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Bringing fast reliable internet to Cortes and Quadra this fall

The Province of British Columbia will be bringing fast reliable internet to remote communities  like Cortes Island, Quadra Island and Zeballos by the fall of 2021.

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North Quadra Residents Divided About Wildfire Protection

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Dalyce Dogterom recalls the night a neighbouring house, in Quadra Island’s remote community of Bold Point, caught fire a couple of years ago.

She couldn’t see the blaze from her property, but the night sky glowed red, she said.

Residents’ calls to 911 brought out the police and the ambulance service to treat the residents for smoke inhalation.

But the Quadra Island Fire Department (QIFD) wasn’t called out because fire protection services in the less densely populated and more isolated northern part of the island falls to the BC Wildfire Service, Dogterom said Monday.

The provincial wildfire service does not fight structure or residence fires, but rather forest fires.

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Results of The North Quadra Island Open Burning Survey

According to Dalyce Dogterom, the current fire protection on North Quadra Island does not include private dwellings. On February 12th, the Strathcona Regional District (SRD) mailed the 240 property owners asking if the would like this changed. Little more than a third (84) of this number responded. While 64% indicated they were satisfied with their current protection, the  results of the North Quadra Island Open Burning Survey show a great deal of indifference. 

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More Theft During COVID

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Quadra Island RCMP says four times as many thefts have been reported to police compared to this same time last year.

Cpl. Sean Bulford, Quadra Island RCMP detachment commander, said the overall numbers aren’t high but the rate of the increase is significant.

“Percentage wise, it’s a large increase in a place like this,” said Bulford on Wednesday.

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SRD Soon To Reopen Remaining Regional Parks & Facilities

In response to the COVID pandemic, on April 8, the Government of British Columbia closed all provincial parks – but most regional parks within the Strathcona Regional District (SRD) remained open. Now, as the provincial government is opening parks up throughout British Columbia, the SRD is working on its own plan to reopen remaining regional parks & facilities for public use. 

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