Tag Archives: Bill Dougan

How the Sunflower food truck moved into the Gorge Harbour General store

The Sunflower food truck opened beside Whaletown road last summer, when the pandemic seemed to be fading away and the whole province was coming out of self isolation

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Clark McKay and Carol Pierce: How COVID changed the meaning of take-out

Clark McKay and Carol Pierce have been running the Floathouse restaurant, on Cortes Island, since last October. 

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Shoplifting in City and Country

In 2020, Campbell River stores reported 275 cases of shoplifting to the RCMP. That is in a city, is the situation similar in more remote  settings like Cortes Island?

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Who WIll Be Left? Cortes Island Housing crisis

[Editorial by Bill Dougan, reprinted with permission and some editing; this article first appeared in Tideline on Jan 15, 2021]

As long as I have resided on Cortes Island, housing has been an issue. In my earlier days many folks had housing most of the year, but would move out to allow the owners to enjoy their property during the summer months. This was not an ideal situation but it now appears, in hindsight, the Good Ol’ Days.

This year we have 18 families residing on the Gorge Harbour Marina Resort property; most of these people are here because they cannot find a place to live. Some of these people have lived on Cortes Island for years, built a life here, have friends and children here… but now find themselves with no place to stay on a permanent basis .

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Whaletown Post Office Update: Fully Functional

This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada‚Äôs Local Journalism Initiative

The relocated Whaletown Post Office has finally got its approved Canada Post internet connection! Twincomm and Canada Post’s technical staff were able to get the PO online in January, so semi-automation is restored for many routine postal functions. Customers can once again use credit cards.

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