Author Index

Rochelle Baker

Rochelle is a staff reporter with Canada’s national Observer, thanks thanks to a grant 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 the Vice President of Cortes Community Radio, CKTZ, 89.5 FM. Access her articles on this website here.

Rod Burns

Rod 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 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.

Bruce Ellingsen

Bruce is one of the founders of the Cortes Community Forestry Co-operative and is one of the six members of the Cortes Fortestry 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 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 is a writer. She’s the author of the Green Mama series of books  ( and the publisher of the award-winning website  She is also a mother, neighbour, and founder of Folk University (  Access her podcasts on this website here.

Guest Posts

Cortes Currents occasionally publishes items which it believes to be of value to the community at large. These can be from organizations or individuals. You can access them here.

Roy L Hales

Roy is the President of Cortes Currents and also the Cortes 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 2,000 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.

David Shipway

 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.

Max Thaysen

Photo & Bio coming – Access his articles and podcasts on this website here.

Rex Weyler

Rex 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.

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