Author Index

Odette Auger (Sagamok Anishnabek)

Odette comes to us through creative commons and was also one of the producers for Cortes Radio’s 2020 Local Journalism Initiative Grant. She moved to the traditional territories of the toq qaymɩxʷ (Klahoose) in 1999. She has worked with island youth as facilitator in local programming for 17 years, and works as Program support for Tides Canada Initiatives project Indigeneyez. She started working with Cortes Radio in 2013, fundraising and project management. Writing and producing for the Deep Roots Initiative (2016 -2019) gave an outlet for Odette’s storytelling skills, and a lasting love of the listening, story gathering, and collaborative processShe is also a Vancouver Island reporter for IndigiNews. Access her articles on this website here.

Anastasia Avvakumova

Anastasia comes to us through creative commons and is a reporter for Cortes Radio’s 2021 LJI grant. She has followed her curiosity to live on four different continents and has earned a living in a wide variety of jobs, including voice talent and writing for magazines in Asia. She is delighted to have settled into west coast island life, where she spends her time in the healing arts, glassblowing, gardening and reporting the local news for Cortes Community Radio, CKTZ 89.5 FM. Access her articles on this website here.

Rochelle Baker

Rochelle is a staff reporter with Canada’s National Observer, thanks thanks to 2020 and 2021 grants from the Local Journalism Initiative of the Government of Canada. She previously worked as a newspaper reporter and photographer in BC’s Lower Mainland for over 7 years and is also a former board member of the Cortes Community Radio Society. Access her articles on this website here.

David P Ball

David comes to us through creative commons and is a multimedia journalist who has appeared in the Globe & Mail, The Guardian and National Post. He’s won Canadian Association of Journalists and the Jack Webster Foundation awards, and was previously a reporter for The Tyee and Toronto Star, before which he co-hosted the Vancouver Co-op Radio morning show for five years before returning there in 2020 for The Pulse as part of the LJI program.  Access his articles on this website here.

Rod Burns

Rod is a contributor to Cortes Currents who has lived and travelled across Canada, from Yukon, Newfoundland to coastal B.C.  In the past 35 years, work in British Columbia has included being a high school teacher, co-owner operator of C to C Tours, Victoria  and 22 years co-owner of Bold Point Farmstay, Quadra Island. Major accomplishments include:  a) bicycling solo across Canada, b) being the photographer – curator of Roadside Heart, a documentation of murals across Canada, c) Education Supervisor / Chief Interpreter at Salmonier Nature Park, Newfoundland. Access his articles on this website here.

De Clarke

De is a contributor to Cortes Currents and was also one of the producers for Cortes Radio’s 2020 Local Journalism Initiative Grant. She is a sailor, photographer, retired software engineer and intermittent author who since the late 70’s has published both technical writing and essays on various topics ranging from feminism to technology and environmental issues. She has lived on Cortes since late 2011. Her motto: Show me the math.  Access her articles on this website here.

Zoë Ducklow

Zoë came to us through creative commons and was the 2020 Local Journalism Initiative reporter for Black Press in northern Vancouver Island. Zoë reports on regional issues such as forestry, logging, fisheries, the environment and First Nations current affairs. Access her articles on this website here.

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Bruce Ellingsen

Bruce is a contributor to Cortes Currents, one of the founders of the Cortes Community Forestry Co-operative and is one of the six members of the Cortes Forestry General Partnership. Prior to that he was president of the Cortes Ecoforestry Society. A logger turned oyster and organic fruit farmer, Ellingsen is a fourth generation descendant of the first European family on Cortes Island and grew up in coastal logging camps. He graduated in commerce and business administration from UBC and has been involved in Island politics since the 1970s. Access his articles and podcasts on this website here.

Francesca Gesualdi

Francesa is a contributor to Cortes Currents and one of the producers for Cortes Radio’s 2020 Local Journalism Initiative Grant. She is an author/producer living on Quadra Island. She produced Cortes Radio’s contributions to the National Campus and Community Radio Association’s 2018 and 2019 Rendevous de la Francophonie marathons. Access her podcasts on this website here.


Manda Aufochs Gillespie

Manda has a (Folk U) partnership agreement with Cortes Currents and was also one of the producers for Cortes Radio’s 2020 Local Journalism Initiative Grant. She is a writer and of the author of the Green Mama series of books.   Manda is also a mother, neighbour, and founder of Folk University (folku.ca).  She has been a contributor to Cortes Currents since 2019, is host of Folk U Fridays on Cortes Radio, CKTZ 89.5 FM, and is one of the Cortes Currents producers for the Cortes Radio 2020 Local Journalism Initiative Grant. Access her podcasts on this website here.

Roy L Hales

Roy is the editor of Cortes Currents, one of the former producers of the Deep Roots Initiative, and a former reporter for both the 2020/2021 Cortes Radio LJI grants. He is also a former President of the Cortes Community Radio Society, where he has produced a web platform and radio program (originally called the ECOreport, now Cortes Currents) since 2014. He has had over 2,500 articles published, in print or web publications, since 1982. A large number of the latter were republished on the environmental news website Clean Technica. Roy lives at Squirrel Cove, on Cortes Island. Access his articles and podcasts on this website here.

Hayley Newell

Hayley’s articles are on Cortes Currents as a result of her association with Folk U Radio (our partner). Hayley is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor as well as a certified Synergetic Play Therapist and certified Relational Somatic Therapist. She currently practices on Cortes and Quadra Islands, as well as the Campbell River and Comox Valley areas. Hayley is also  the Administrative Assistant for Cortes Community Housing. Access her articles and podcasts on this website here.

Binny Paul

Binny Mary Paul’s articles came to us through creative commons. She was the 2020 Local Journalism Initiative reporter for Black Press Media’s Campbell River Mirror. Binny is currently writing for the Terrace Standard. As part of the LJI program, funded by the government of Canada, she reports on civic issues in underserved and remote communities on Vancouver Island. Access articles on this website here.

David Shipway

David is a contributor to Cortes Currents. He started learning about forestry in the early 70’s, first in engineering and survey with MacBlo on Vancouver Island, then in treeplanting all over BC. He discovered Cortes soon after the ferry service started, and bought a home in the early 80’s, making his living in construction and woodworking. “By managing my own land I realized it takes at least a century to grow big trees that produce good wood.” David became active in conservation issues. Access his articles and podcasts on this website here.

Jenny Mei Xi Tan

Jenny Mei Xi Tan’s (陳美希) articles came to us through creative commons. She has served in print, podcasting, and radio journalism. Prior to co-hosting The PULSE, Vancouver Co-op Radio’s morning news program founded by the 2020 Local Journalism Initiative, she produced the podcast The Canadian Diaries which highlighted stories of sustainability, race, and food. She also served as one half of a two-woman newsroom in Nipawin, Saskatchewan, where she covered all beats from civic politics to agriculture. She’s grateful to be constantly learning from the people she interviews, especially Indigenous folks, folks of colour, and women.  Access her articles on this website here.

Max Thaysen

Max is a contributor to Cortes Currents and one of the producers for the Cortes Radio 2020 Local Journalism Grant. He immigrated to Cortes Island from Vancouver in 2007. He has been elected to the board of the Friends of Cortes Island (FOCI) in 2009, and served as president since 2012.  – Access his articles and podcasts on this website here.

Tara Warkentin

Tara was one of the producers for the Cortes Radio 2020 Local Journalism Grant as well as Cortes radio’s Deep Roots Initiative. She grew up on Cortes. She studied Human Geography at Quest University Canada, where she wrote her undergraduate thesis on oil corporations and Canadian law. She’s curious about community food systems, the role of stories in anti-oppression work, grandmother’s recipes, and what lies underneath beach stones. – Access her articles on this website here.

Rex Weyler

Rex has contributed both reposts and original articles to Cortes Currents. He is a writer, ecologist and co-founder of Greenpeace International. His books include Blood of the Land, a history of indigenous American nations, nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; GreenpeaceThe Inside Story, a finalist for the Shaughnessy-Cohen Award for Political Writing; and The Jesus Sayings, a finalist for the BC Book Award. He lives on Cortes Island and currently posts the “Deep Green” column at the Greenpeace International website. Access his articles and podcasts on this website here.

Maureen Williams, ND

Maureen comes to us through her association with Folk U. She earned her doctorate in naturopathic medicine at John Bastyr College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1995 and has been practicing for 22 years. She also teach community health classes and does literature-based research and writing, which keeps her current in the scientific findings regarding natural therapies. Access her articles on this website here.

Guest Posts

Writers who have made a single submission to Cortes Currents, or with whom we have not yet made an agreement are classified as guest posts. You can access all guest posts here, or find listings by author:

  • Peter Anderson – submission to Cortes Currents
  • Marc Fawcett-Atkinson – Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
  • Natalia Balcerzak – The Narwhal, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
  • Keili Bartlett –  Kootenay Co-op Radio – 93.5fm Nelson BC, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
  • Nancy Beach – submission to Cortes Currents
  • Quinn Bender – Prince Rupert Northern View, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
  • Barbara Biley – Decafnation
  • Athena Bonneau – The Discourse (IndigiNews), Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
  • Dale Boyd – Times Chronicle, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
  • Natasha Bulowski – Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
  • Jake Cardinal – Alberta Native News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
  • Mo Cranker – Medicine Hat News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
  • Meg Cunningham – CHMA, Sackville Campus/Community Radio, 106.9 FM, Local Journalism Initiative
  • Darren Davidson – Kootenay Co-op Radio – CJLY, 93.5fm Nelson BC, Local Journalism Initiative
  • Sam Dharmasena – CJRU 1280 AM – Ryerson University, Local Journalism Initiative.
  • Rebecca Dyok –  The Williams Lake Tribune, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
  • Karissa Gall – Haida Gwaii Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
  • Sophie Gray – Osoyoos Times, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
  • Morgan Hampton – Merrit Herald, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
  • Yona Harvey – Smiths Falls News Record, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
  • Kelsie Kilawna – The Discourse (IndigiNews), Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
  • Yulia Kochubievsky – associated with Folk U broadcasts
  • Catherine Lafferty –  the Discourse (IndigiNews), Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
  • George La Masurier – Decafnation
  • Aly Laube –  Fraser Valley Community Radio, CIVL 101.7 FM, Local Journalism Initiative
  • Chehala Leonard –  The Discourse (IndigiNews), Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
  • Cloe Logan – National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
  • Francois Macone – Radio Victoria,  CILS 107.9 FM, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
  • Bayleigh Marelj –  The Discourse (IndigiNews), Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
  • Breanne Massey –  The Columbia Valley Pioneer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
  • Bernice McGowan – submission to Cortes Currents
  • Cara McKenna –  the Discourse (IndigiNews), Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
  • Anna McKenzie – The Discourse (IndigiNews), Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
  • Dan Mesec – CICK News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
  • Carl Meyer – Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter 
  • Kate Partrige –  CFUR, 88.7 FM, Prince George, Local Journalism Initiative
  • Martha Perkins –  North Shore News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
  • Coty Perry – Your Bass Guy
  • Michael Potestio – Kamloops This Week, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
  • Melissa Renwick –  Ha-Shilth-Sa, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
  • Nicole Rycroft – National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
  • Hannah Scott –  Richmond Sentinel, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
  • Alastair Sharp – National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
  • Matt Simmons – The Narwhal, Local Journalism Initiative reporter
  • George Sirk – submission to Cortes Currents
  • Jen St. Denis – The Tyee, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
  • Sarah Suleman – Victoria’s campus and community radio, CFUV 101.9 FM, Local Journalism Initiative.
  • Mansoor Tanweer – New Canadian Media, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
  • Ginny Vassal – Surge Currents
  • John Woodside – Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
  • Moira Wyton – The Tyee, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
  • Fran Yanor –  The Rocky Mountain Goat, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

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