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Upcoming Virtual Forum on Water Quality and Quantity

The Cortes Housing Society’s Virtual Forum will be returning to the airwaves at 10 AM on Saturday, April 20, with a program on ‘Water Quality and Quantity.’ Host Sadhu Johnstone will be joined by three expert panelists: Darren Bond from Hornby Water Stewardship, Nick Sargent from the Quadra Island Climate Action Network (Quadra ICAN) and David Bethune of Groundwater Solutions. There will also be breakout sessions to discuss how these issues apply to Cortes Island.

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Sechelt Council backs water conservation for new development

Editors note: In response to recurring water issues, a 36 unit development to the south of our broadcast area adopts conservation measures.

By Jordan Copp, Coast Reporter, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Sechelt council adopted the rezoning of Lot 5 Tower Road (Silver Valley Homes) and endorsed water conservation measures, to be built into the development permit stage at its Dec 6 meeting.

The development proposes 36 units of a mix of single-family homes, duplexes and townhomes with variation from studios to three-bedroom units. 

Recognizing that committing to new developments means committing the Coast’s increasingly scarce water reserves, the conservation measures will be added to the development permit conditions, and would be secured by a covenant when the development permit is approved, Ian Holl, development planning manager explained.

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The 2023 Creative Spaces Garden & Studio Tour

The ‘Creative Spaces Garden & Studio Tour’ returns on Saturday, July 8. 

“This is a self-guided tour, and once you get your ticket, you can choose what gardens or artist studios you want to visit, in what order, and you can stay as long as you want at each place,” explained Nancy Kendel, a museum board member whose garden will be among those exhibited. 

“We have 17 venues this year, 21 participating artists and gardeners,” added Managing Director/Curator Melanie Boyle.

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What Quadra ICAN accomplished in 2022

According to the 2021 census, 36% of Quadra Island’s population is 65 years old or older. That’s 10% higher than throughout the Strathcona Regional District (SRD) as a whole, which has a considerably higher proportion of seniors than most of the province. The only Area in the SRD with a larger percentage of seniors is Cortes Island, where that number is 38%. Some might regard that large number of retirees as a problem, Quadra ICAN’s new Coordinator, Ramona Boyle,’ describes them as an asset that was responsible for much of her organization’s accomplishments during 2022.

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Rainwater harvesting: A more responsible way to water your garden

Quadra ICAN sells 250 gallon water storage tanks at cost ($200 each). 

According to Kris Wellstein, from the ICAN water security team, they have sold about 200 so far. She connected Cortes Currents with two Heriot Bay residents to get further details about their installations.  

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