Tag Archives: Cortes History

Folk U: Coming to Cortes Island 50 years ago

On October 1st Howie Roman celebrated his 50th anniversary of moving to Cortes with his wife and VW van.  This led to an unexpected interview on Folk U, in which Howie talks about: the New York he remembers; why he wasn’t a draft dodger; coming to Cortes in 1971; when the power lines were only on the main road; growing your own food; the stores; how the floorboards bounced at a dance at Gorge Hall; the importance of radio in the 1970s-90s.

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Dillon Creek wetland restoration construction ends, project moves forward

CKTZ News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The construction phase of the Dillon Creek wetlands restoration project, in what is now known as Linnaea Farm, ended on Aug. 20.

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Cortes Island aquifers: Rainwater, wells, salinization and climate change

CKTZ News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

As the level 4 ‘drought’ continues and some shallow well owners are concerned about their water supply, CKTZ News asked an expert about Cortes Island aquifers.

Dr Diana Allen is the head of the Groundwater Resources Research Group at Simon Fraser University. While she has not been to Cortes, Allen has been working on islands like Hornby, Mayne, Saturna and Salt Spring since 1996.

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Catching English Fish & Chips

By Roy L Hales

Bernie Anderson and Leila Gmeiner had big expectations in the Spring of 1978. For the past two years, they had been homesteading in the wilderness of Toba Inlet, British Columbia. Then a friend offered them the use of his fishing boat. They had to make the monthly payments to the bank of course, but any profits beyond that were theirs to keep. Nobody could foresee they would be catching English Fish & Chips.

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