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Where Are We When Our Youth Need A Helping Hand?

The number of British Columbian participants in the Friday, November 29, 2019, Climate March was down, everywhere. 100,000 marched through the streets of Vancouver two months ago; A thousand took part in the mock funeral that ended with six arrests. A similar number blocked traffic in front of BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources in Victoria for half an hour. Only 200 people rallied in Courtenay’s Simms Millennium Park, before marching downtown. There were only dozens in Kelowna. Fifteen people – all but two of them students – took part in a Cortes Island event. This prompted the organizer to ask, “Where are we when our youth need a helping hand to carry the big load?”

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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 follow. The resulting Cortes Island Hall Tax consultation was refreshing.

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Conservatives Refuse To Participate In Cortes’ All Candidates Meeting

By Roy L Hales

Cortes Island’s All Candidates Meeting will be at Mansons Hall on October 12. The Liberals, Green Party, and NDP candidates will all be there. However the Conservatives refuse to participate. 

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Canada’s Green New Deal Came To Mansons Hall

By Roy L Hales

Canada’s Green New Deal came to Mansons Hall on Friday, May 14, 2019. FOCI sponsored the townhall event, which was organized by Ashley Zarbatany. Karen Mahon, a former executive director of Greenpeace now living on Gunflint Lake, Cortes Island, was the  MC.

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Canada’s New Green Deal

By Roy L Hales

The idea was born in the United States. Canada’s Green new deal launched in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal earlier this month. According to a poll of 2,000 Canadians conducted by Abacus Data, as much as 61% of the nation supports the idea of moving to 100% Green energy. There is much more of course. Town hall meetings are being held across the nation. At 6 PM on on June 14, Canada’s New Green Deal comes to Cortes Island.

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