Category Archives: Community

Bruce Ellingsen: 2022 recipient of the Jo Ann Green Award

Every year, the Friends of Cortes Island (FOCI) give the Jo Ann Green Award to a Cortes Islander who has made a significant contribution to the environmental wellbeing of the community. Bruce Ellingsen is this year’s recipient.

“Jo Ann Green was an exemplary environmentalist who came to Cortes in 1969, and she immediately became involved in social environmental activities on the island,” explained Helen Hall, Executive Director of FOCI. 

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Immigration lawyers caution Ottawa on new Express Entry system

Editor’s note: Roughly ½% of the people who moved to Campbell River between 2014/15 and 2018/19 were immigrants from the United States or other nations. The other  99½% came ‘from other parts of BC, and to a lesser extent, migration from other parts of Canada.”(1) The percentage of International immigrants coming to Area C was higher, roughly 2.5%, during a similar time frame.(2) The Cortes Island Profile does not give a breakdown for the number of immigrants. 27.7% of the household moves between 2011 and 2016 involved people from ‘either another province or another country.’ The vast majority were most likely Canadians. 

By Fabian Dawson, New Canadian Media, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Canada’s major overhaul of its Express Entry System to attract more economic migrants will see a dramatic increase in “invitations to apply” (ITAs) being issued by Immigration Canada (IRCC)

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The things that keep Cortes Island Museum going

“I feel that the museum should reflect the community.  It helps to strengthen our identity and strengthen our sense of not only ourselves,  but what we can do for one another,” said Melanie Boyle, Managing Director of the Cortes Island Museum and Archives.

One of the  mottos of the museum is ‘Reflect, Celebrate, Imagine.’  

Boyle explained, “I’d like to think of it as reflect on the past, imagine the future and celebrate what we have today.”

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Gender equality fund to be awarded to island projects, applicants

CKTZ News, through an LJI grant from Canada-info.ca

The Cortes Island Community Foundation (CICF) is partnering with the Community Foundations of Canada, the Equality Fund, and the Government of Canada to focus on local gender equality initiatives.

The Fund for Gender Equality “looks to support local initiatives in over 20 communities across Canada. Hosted by local community foundations, the Fund builds on efforts to shift power to women, girls, Two-Spirit and gender-diverse people, and will work towards a future grounded in justice and gender equality,” according to the Community Foundations of Canada.

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Hiway Hippy’s home burns down

The home of one of Cortes Community Radio’s most popular DJ’s burned down on Friday, September 20. Hiway Hippy had been living in a 38 foot long trailer at Breezy Bay Farm, on Saturna Island, since December. An RCMP investigation determined that the fire was caused by a short in the electrical system.

“I had the RCMP come. I thought it was suspicious. There was an explosion. It blew a hole in my hat, and it blew the glasses off my face. So I immediately thought ‘arson,’ but the RCMP fire inspector walked me through his inspection and explained everything to me. He told me that 90% of RV and trailer fires happened because of a short in the electrical,” explained Hiway Hippy.

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