Rachel Blaney, Member of Parliament for North Island – Powell River, gave Cortes Currents an overview of the important political issues and her family life during this past year.Continue reading 2021 as seen by Rachel Blaney, MP for North Island-Powell River
Trying to keep the grid up has been very challenging these past three weeks. BC Hydro crews were constantly on call throughout the region, since Christmas Eve, repairing power outages caused by falling trees and snow encrusted power lines. Sub-zero temperatures meant skyrocketing heating bills. When local resident John Sprungman recently asked why his lights were flickering, a BC Hydro repair technician informed him that Cortes Island is trying to draw more power than the infrastructure on Cortes can handle. BC set a new record for peak electricity demand between 5 and 6 PM on December 27th, 2021: 10,902 megawatts.Continue reading Keeping the grid up on Cortes Island
The City of Powell River has established a working group with members of the Tla’amin First Nation to dig into how to best honour the Tla’amin request for the municipality to change its name. But there is no great rush to the finish line.Continue reading Discussions continue on name change for City of Powell River
According to the provincial government’s Daily Update, there are now at least 3,906 active COVID cases on Vancouver Island. This statistic is low. The number of people who are believed to have COVID and gone into self isolation, but have not yet been tested, is growing
“As many people have noted in the past few weeks, we reached our capacity both from testing, from the lab equipment, from the personnel and the reagents,” said BC Provincial Health Officer Bonnie Henry on Friday.Continue reading As Omicron spreads, the number of unreported COVID cases keeps growing ( local data)
qathet Living, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
It was a stormy October night in 2014, when a massive flash flood raged over the Tla’amin salmon hatchery.
Logs, leaves and mud clogged the hatchery river fencing. The river overflowed into the protected area. “It was actually very similar to the downpour we received just a few weeks ago,” says Scott Galligos, a Tla’amin hatchery technician. “The flood itself lasted just about 48 hours. There was a lot of salmon escapement.”Continue reading 2014’s weather was even weirder than 2021’s, in this coastal BC town