Category Archives: Disaster

New Fire Chief leads volunteer recruitments and training

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

David Ives has recently taken on the position of Fire Chief for the Cortes Island Fire Volunteer Department (VFD). He has been working in the firefighting realm for 20 years, and began as a volunteer. Volunteer recruitment and training is at the forefront of his focus, as he settles into his new role. Ives explains, “My drive is to increase the membership exponentially and drive harder and train harder with new recruits so that the island is in even better shape going forward.”

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Single motor vehicle accident on Cortes Island 

At approximately 11:30 PM on Tuesday, June 21, Quadra RCMP received a report of a single vehicle motor vehicle accident on Cortes Island. 

Their subsequent press release states, “The driver was pronounced dead on scene and the passenger was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. The passenger is currently in stable condition. Speed is believed to be a factor in the collision. The investigation is ongoing.”

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West coast expedition explores deep-sea habitat never seen before

Editor’s note: Vancouver Island’s last major earthquake was in January 1700 and measured +9 on the richter scale. Earthquakes of this magnitude occur roughly every 500 years (but could be as little as 200 years or as much as 1,000 years – Dr. Gerard Fryer, University of Hawaii). The largest local earthquake in more historic times only measured 7.3 and occurred in 1946. The epicentre was Cumberland, Union Bay and Courtenay, where 75% of the chimneys crumbled, but building swayed as far away as Vancouver. There were reports from Campbell River, Powell River and on Cortes, Quadra and Read Islands. 

By Melissa Renwick, Ha-Shilth-Sa, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Deep under the ocean’s surface off the west coast of Vancouver Island lies a mountain range of around 50 underwater volcanoes – measuring from 1,000 to 3,000 metres high. 

These seamounts, as they’re more accurately named, are the reason earthquakes and tsunamis threaten British Columbia’s coast, said Cherisse Du Preez, head of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s (DFO) deep-sea ecology program.

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Canadian Coast Guard reopens seasonal rescue boat station on Cortes Island

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

The Canadian Coast Guard has four seasonally operated Inshore Rescue Boat stations across the BC coast that reopened for the season on May 20th.

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Folk U FieldTrip: Native Plant FireScaping

On June 3, guests joined Autumn Barret Morgan and host Manda Aufochs Gillespie at hte Mansons Village Commons for a special Folk U Field Trip (simulcast on the radio) event to learn both the how and why of firescaping with native plants AND get a chance to see and learn how.

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