On August 17, Cortes Currents published a review of David Broadland’s report ‘Land-use planning on Quadra Island has been undone by the Ministry of Forests.’
Broadland wrote that while all of the other Quadra Island woodlots leave big trees standing, Okisollo Resources fells a substantial number. In ‘before’ and ‘after’ satellite images from one of their cutblocks at Hummingbird Lake, he showed that 35 out of about 50 were logged in July and August of 2019.
Continue reading Cutting Old Growth: Quadra Woodlot holder responds
David Broadland recently wrote a devastating critique of the old growth logging at Hummingbird Lake on Quadra Island. It is sometimes necessary to cut down an old growth tree, so I asked the Cortes Community Forest how often this occurs in their operation.
Continue reading Controversy over a Quadra Island Woodlot
The 20th century did not begin well. After the warm-ups of the Crimean and Boer Wars, Europe stumbled into World War I in 1914, a fatal combination of hubris and stupidity that killed about 17 million people. The trauma inspired an unflinching examination of the dark recesses of the human psyche in an effort to understand what happened. Dada, the mindless artistic expression of absurdity, was not a satisfactory answer. The philosophical loneliness of existentialism was arguably a nihilistic consequence of the monumental blunder of the First World War—a loss of any remnant of idealism and collective human wisdom.
Continue reading The Quadra Project: The War Years
Originally published on the Discovery Islander
The problems Quadra Islanders are having with Mosaic’s Forest Stewardship Plan (FSP) have their roots in the relationship of the corporate forest industry with the province of British Columbia. As governments transferred the authority for the management of forests to corporations such as TimberWest and its proxy, Mosaic, two processes were activated. The first was the disempowerment of the public to influence the fate of their own forests.
Continue reading Critique of Mosaic’s 2022 Forest Stewardship Plan for Quadra Island (P2)
According to Luke, the pilot, there are usually sightseers on board when CorilAir delivers the mail in the Discovery Islands.
A man from Campbell River and his sister-in-law from Ontario were on the plane when it picked me up at Cortes Bay, on Wednesday, March 23rd. Neither of them had made the trip before, and they were busy taking pictures throughout the trip. So was I. Everything looks much different when you are sitting hundreds of feet up in the air!
Continue reading Sightseeing on the Discovery Island Mail Run