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Open House for Rainbow Ridge

Despite the heavy snowfall Wednesday, at least 100 people are believed to have attended the open house for Rainbow Ridge affordable housing development in Mansons Hall. 

 “We were really happy with the turnout considering the weather, the snow and the road conditions. We decided to go ahead with the event regardless because we had special guests including Ian Scott, who was coming all the way from Victoria. He’s our development consultant and he was in Campbell River for other meetings. He made it to Cortes through the snow. The island roads were plowed and salted to help people, including me, get all the way from Squirrel Cove as well as the Klahoose drummers who made it to the event to help open up the presentation,” said Sandra Wood, Executive Director of the Cortes Community Housing Society.

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Interview with Cortes Island’s new Interim Fire Chief

(Transcript of the radio program, with edits)

Eli McKenty had been Cortes Island’s Interim Fire Chief for 15 days when I interviewed him. He was actually the Department’s preferred choice as Fire Chief five months ago, but turned the job down, so they hired someone from Alberta. After five months of a six month trial period, the Cortes Island Fire Department came to the conclusion that ‘aspects of Dave Ives’ leadership style were at odds with the culture of our fire department’ and he was dismissed. McKenty agreed to be the Fire Chief until they can find a replacement. 

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Volunteer Fire Department chief let go by the organization’s board of directors

Greg Osoba, CKTZ News, through an LJI grant from Canada-info.ca

Cortes Island’s fire chief was dismissed this week ahead after five months on the job.

Dave Ives was a few weeks shy of completing his six month probation as chief of the Cortes Island Volunteer Fire Department.

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Three fires in Tiber Bay follow windstorm on Cortes Island

CKTZ News, through an LJI grant from Canada-info.ca

Cortes Island was hit by a windstorm on Oct.10 that knocked some roadside trees on power lines by the late afternoon, causing intermittent power outages, and fires on the island.

The Cortes Island Volunteer Fire Department (CIVFD) received their first call of the evening at 5:45 p.m. There was a power line down, causing a small wildfire in the Tiber Bay neighborhood. This area of Cortes island is not a part of the Fire Protection Zone that the CIVFD is responsible for, creating challenging circumstances for both the residents and the fire department.

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Why media like the Cortes Island Academy

A tiny education program on Cortes has been getting a lot of media attention lately.

“We were featured on the National Observer with our local journalism initiative reporter, Rochelle Baker.  She did a fabulous piece on this program that was picked up by the Vancouver Sun and then was picked up by some Vancouver radio stations and by the CBC. So as nearby as Cortes Currents and as now far away as the reach of CBC,” explained Manda Aufochs Gillespie, one of the organizers of the Cortes Island Academy.

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