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 British Columbia: An Untold History – filmmaker nominated for Canadian Screen Award

Terrace Standard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Northwest B.C. based filmmaker Michael Bourquin has been nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for his work on the four-part documentary, British Columbia: An Untold History.

Bourquin shares the nomination with his colleague Alfonso Chin in the category of Best Photography (documentary or factual) announced last week by The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.

British Columbia: An Untold History has also been nominated for Best History Documentary Program or Series, Best Direction, Best Documentary Series, Best Editorial Research.

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Behind Every Great Timber Fortune…?

“Behind every great fortune lies a great crime.” — Honoré de Balzac

On the 21st of January 2022, a notice appeared in Cortes Tideline, from Mosaic (a “forest management corporation” which handles logistics for TimberWest and Island Timberlands). The gist of it was captured in one sentence: “As we have now been able to spend some time becoming familiar with our private managed forest lands on Cortes Island, we would like to share details of our draft three-year plan with those interested from communities on Cortes Island.”

Mosaic was careful to include the important word “private” in their announcement — a reminder that some 9 percent of Cortes forest land is still owned by private timber companies (not Crown land), and that (since 2003 at least) “privately managed forest lands” are a different kettle of fish.

Most coastal residents are aware, on some level, that vast tracts of BC are privately owned by timber companies, whereas other tracts of land are “Crown land” where logging takes place under licence. Few, however, are aware of how that situation — and the inconsistent policies and rules governing the two different land types — came about.

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Canadian Coast Guard celebrates 60 years

By Norman Galimski,  Prince Rupert Northern View, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Editor’s note: Coast Guard 509 Cortes Island, in Cortes Bay, has been in operation close to 50 years and is one of four B.C. stations opened  for summer duty. The other three are Coast Guard 508 Sointula; Coast Guard 501 Victoria; and Coast Guard 507 Nootka.

Today, Jan. 26, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) has sailed from coast to coast to coast for 60 years.

“To me, working for the coast guard is about helping people save lives, protecting the environment [and] making a difference for Canadians,” Ashley Wilson, officer in charge at the Prince Rupert Coast Guard base, said.

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The inspiration for ‘Mother’s Keep’

Frank Wayne Mottl’s new book opens up in Gibsons, on the Sunshine Coast, a little more than a century ago.  Like his first book, ‘the Cumberland Tales‘, ‘Mother’s Keep’ blends the flavours of actual and imagined events. This has prompted readers to ask him about the characters.

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The Mystery Mountain Project comes to Cortes Island

On Sunday November 7, Bryan Thompson and Susanna Oreskovic will be bringing The Mystery Mountain Project to Mansons Hall on Cortes Island.

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