Cortes Island All Candidates Meeting

Originally Published on Cortes Radio.ca On Monday October 21st, Canadians will head to the polls in what some believe may be one of the most important elections of our time. Though Conservative candidate Shelley Downey declined the invitation, our incumbent MP Rachel Blaney (NDP), Green candidate Mark De Bruijn and Liberal candidate Peter Schwarzhoff came to the first ever Cortes Island All … Continue reading Cortes Island All Candidates Meeting

Taxpayers For Community Halls: Yes on 341

(This is the full text of a mailer sent to all mailboxes on Cortes during the week of October 11th. This mailer was produced and distributed by a cross-island group of property owners and tax payers who support Bylaw 341.) Our Community Halls  Belong to Us All… On Saturday, October 26, Cortes Islanders will finally … Continue reading Taxpayers For Community Halls: Yes on 341

Cortes Is Different

During all the fire and fury over Cortes’ proposed “Hall Tax,” it occurred to me that the problem of increasing difficulty in operating and maintaining our Community Halls can hardly be unique to Cortes. Surely other communities are facing similar challenges; it would be worth finding out how (or whether) they were solving the problem. So I set out to investigate the funding basis of as many coastal community halls as possible, in communities not too different from our own: smallish, rural-ish, remote-ish.

Hall Tax Consultation Refreshing

Originally Published on Cortes Radio.ca By Roy L Hales On June 6, 2019, Chair Michele Babchuk and three members of the Strathcona Regional District staff caught a water taxi from Campbell River to Cortes Island. Around 80 local inhabitants were waiting for them in Mansons Hall. I doubt anyone could have guessed what was to … Continue reading Hall Tax Consultation Refreshing

Cortes Community Consultation Meeting On Tax Service Referenda

By De Clarke SRD sent four representatives to Cortes island by water taxi on June 6th to conduct a community consultation meeting on two tax service referenda:  the long-delayed and controversial hall tax, and the first-responders training tax.  Present at the meeting from SRD were:  Chair Michele Babchuk, CAO David Leitch, Tom Yates (Senior Manager), … Continue reading Cortes Community Consultation Meeting On Tax Service Referenda