All posts by Roy L Hales

Roy L Hales - is the editor/owner of Cortes Currents. He is also a reporter for CKTZ News CKTZ News . He has had a program on CKTZ since 2014 and was president of the Cortes Community Radio Society June 2017- Apr 2021. Hales has had over 2,500 articles published, in print or web publications, since 1982. Close to 450 of these were republished on the international renewable energy website Clean Technica. Roy has lived on Cortes Island since 2010.

New UBC tool aims to bridge gap between housing needs and availability

CKTZ News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

UBC has developed a new Housing Assessment Resource Tool (HART) to identify sites that can be used to bridge the gap between housing needs and potential building sites in specific communities.

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The COVID vaccine passport and Charter rights

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Though they believe vaccine passports violate Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, anti-vaxers will find this very difficult to prove in court, a lawyer with UBC’s Peter A. Allard School of Law says.

The key question in this debate is whether vaccine passports are mandated or an option.

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Heron Day on Cortes Island

CKTZ News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Cortes Island’s second annual Heron Day was Sunday, September 5th.

“Heron day is where we get a whole bunch of volunteers to go out in different spots around Cortes Island, at the same time, to count Heron,” explained Max Thaysen, President of the Friends of Cortes Island (FOCI). “If we have multiple eyes counting at the same time, then we know we are not double counting heron that are cruising around the island.”

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Tidemark Theatre reopens with ‘the Magnitude of All Things”

CKTZ News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Campbell River’s Tidemark Theatre is reopening at 7 PM Friday, September 17th with a showing of Vancouver film maker Jennifer Abbott’s ’The Magnitude of All Things.’

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Affordable rental crisis responsible for homelessness, says advocate

CKTZ News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Campbell River’s recent homeless count lists 116 people, a 43 percent increase over the 2018 tally, but is only one aspect of  the Strathcona Regional District’s rental affordability crisis.

“People who are paying 40, 50 or 60 percent of their income for a place to live, are usually a few paycheques away from joining the 116 people that we counted,” explained Sue Moen, the Salvation Army’s representative in the Campbell River & District Coalition to End Homelessness.

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