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Some Items of Interest At the May 13th SRD Board Meeting

The Strathcona Regional District finally posted the recording of their May 13th SRD Board Meeting late in the afternoon of the 21st. Given the lack of interest most of their constituents show for local politics, this is understandable. However the minutes of their meeting are little more than a record of votes and links to (far more valuable) attachments. There were several items of interest to Cortes, Read and Quadra Island residents.

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May 19 Virtual Community Meeting: Family Support & Folk U

After hearing a number of concerns about the effects that COVID related isolation is having on youth, Desta Beattie contacted between 80% and 90% of the Cortes Island families with teenagers to see how they are coping. Her quiet, unassuming manner is almost the opposite of Maunda Aufochs Gillespie, whose bubbling enthusiasm is displayed in constant movement and ever changing facial expressions. Gillespie has also reached out into the community, giving it platform to express itself and planting seed money where it is most needed. Their ministries, Cortes Island Family Support & Folk U, were the focus of the eighth Cortes Virtual Community Conference on May 19, 2020. 

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SRD Soon To Reopen Remaining Regional Parks & Facilities

In response to the COVID pandemic, on April 8, the Government of British Columbia closed all provincial parks – but most regional parks within the Strathcona Regional District (SRD) remained open. Now, as the provincial government is opening parks up throughout British Columbia, the SRD is working on its own plan to reopen remaining regional parks & facilities for public use. 

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Financial Impacts of COVID 19 on Cortes, Quadra & Other Electoral Areas

While only two projects have been cancelled so far, a significant number are on hold. Strathcona Regional District staff are monitoring the financial situation closely. Their preliminary report on the financial impacts of COVID 19 within the electoral areas suggests there will be a budget surplus “primarily due to staff vacancies, layoffs, and related travel and training costs.

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SRD Delivered Over $10,000 To Community Organizations

Emergency Response Coordinator Shaun Koopman approached Emergency Management BC in response to concerns expressed in the Strathcona Regional District’s rural communities. There was a need for low income people to access groceries in Campbell River. Community groups in Tahsis (400 private dwellings) , Campbell River (population 35,138) and Read Island (population 66) applied for funding in March.  A recent press release states that last month the SRD Delivered over $10,000 to community organizations assisting vulnerable members of the regional district with food and other essentials.

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