This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.
Today we hear a first-hand account of a concerning hunting episode on October 24 in Smelt Bay, Cortes Island. We’ll hear from Conservation Officer Brad Adams, a local authority on the laws around hunting. And then we’ll take a deeper dive with Sabina Leader Mense into some ecological considerations of hunting around Cortes.
Continue reading Cortes Island Goose Hunt Frightens Resident, Excites Ecologist and Could Be Lawful
Originally published in Surge Currents, August 2020
By Ginny Vassal, Read Island
The occasional grounding of the Hoskyn Channel dock became much more pronounced in September 2018. The stream at the base of the ribbons re-routed itself towards the dock following heavy rains; the up-stream clear-cutting most likely caused the concentrated run-off that moved large rocks and cut a deep channel with stream sediment running directly towards the dock.
Continue reading Upgrading Hoskyn Channel Dock: A photo essay
This is a Cortes Currents news update, broadcast over Cortes Radio, CKTZ 89.5 FM and funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.
Most Cortes residents have now received a questionnaire, about the Cortes Island Community Wildfire Protection Plan, through the mail. According to the records we possess, going back to 1950, Cortes hasn’t had a fire larger than 10 hectares in extent – but our climate is changing, wildfires are getting bigger and however unlikely it seems at the moment, we need to be prepared in case there is a major wildfire.
Continue reading Updating the Cortes Island Community Wildfire Protection Plan
The invitations were emailed on April 23, 2020 and an announcement was made at www.cortesisland.com for anyone who may have been missed. Cortes Island’s entire non profit sector, “especially those not applying for funds,” were invited to a participatory Grant-in-Aid process. Fourteen organizations were at the first ZOOM meeting; eight subsequently posted final applications. Each organization was instructed to choose a designated rep to vote on how the funding should be allocated. Cortes Island’s Alternate Director, Corry Dow, will present the results to the Electoral Areas Services Committee on Wednesday, June 19th.
Continue reading this year’s participatory Grant-in-Aid process