Tag Archives: COVID 19 Profiles

Grocery Stores Provide Essentials For Cortes & Quadra

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Bertha Jeffery, owner of the Cortes Market grocery store, is unequivocal about how critical her staff is in serving the store’s small island community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Namgis Elder’s Death Heightens Concern

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The shutdown of First Nations communities is more crucial than ever with the sad news that an Indigenous elder from another island has died from COVID-19, says a Quadra Island, B.C., council member.

“My first thought was real sadness to hear this,” We Wai Kai Councillor Ted Lewis said. “It hurts all First Nations to hear this. Quite a few members have family up there, lots of people are related to that community.”

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Isolation Of Rural Women Facing Violence

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The danger to rural women facing violence is higher than ever due to the COVID-19 crisis, but the number of victims reaching out for support is not growing apace in the North Island region, troubling the agencies that help them.

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Tzeporah Berman: A Message of Hope

500 people from across Canada logged in to hear Linda Solomon Wood‘s conversation with Tzeporah Berman, last night, about the federal government’s big oil bailout! It was the second in a series of National Observer interviews being held over Zoom. Berman gave a message of hope. 

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BC Ferries Don’t Take Cash

On Monday, April 13, I was intending to board the ferry in Heriot Bay bound for Cortes Island.

“How will you be paying?” the officer in charge of boarding asked.

“Cash.” I replied.  I only had cash, having left my wallet at home on Cortes.

“We don’t take cash… Because of the virus,” he replied.

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