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Folk U Reporter’s Roundtable: the Housing Crisis in rural/isolated and small communities

Folk U Radio’s Reporters Roundtable on CKTZ: where we go in-depth on today’s big issues from a small community perspective with the journalists that are researching and writing about them from within these communities. Today’s topic is the unique nature of the the Housing Crisis in rural/isolated and small communities.

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Quadra Island Seniors Housing Project close to opening its doors

After almost a year of delays. the Quadra Island Seniors Housing Project is close to opening.

The 16 unit building, beside Q-Cove Plaza in Quathiaski Cove, was almost ready last Spring. 

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Cortes Island takes step to solve seniors housing crisis

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Cortes Island senior Hanyu Wasyliwis in no hurry to unpack the boxes after her latest move.

The 77-year-old is settling into her new digs at her leisure because, for once, she’s not going anywhere.

“I do not intend to pack up and move ever again, God willing,” she said laughing.

Wasyliw is one of the residents moving into new housing at the Cortes Island Seniors Village, which provides stable, affordable units so older residents can age in place among family and friends.

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Who WIll Be Left? Cortes Island Housing crisis

[Editorial by Bill Dougan, reprinted with permission and some editing; this article first appeared in Tideline on Jan 15, 2021]

As long as I have resided on Cortes Island, housing has been an issue. In my earlier days many folks had housing most of the year, but would move out to allow the owners to enjoy their property during the summer months. This was not an ideal situation but it now appears, in hindsight, the Good Ol’ Days.

This year we have 18 families residing on the Gorge Harbour Marina Resort property; most of these people are here because they cannot find a place to live. Some of these people have lived on Cortes Island for years, built a life here, have friends and children here… but now find themselves with no place to stay on a permanent basis .

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Last day for Quinsam Road camp

Friday, Oct 30th, was the last day for Quinsam Road camp in Campbell River. There were only three residents remaining and all left peacefully when the RCMP and Ministry of Natural Resources went up to clean the site. 

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