Tag Archives: Cortes Island

Deer Tales

The ECOreport looks at encounters with another kind: Deer Tales

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMMy wife and I first saw them at dusk, passing in front of our cabin window. This was to become an anticipated highlight of our visits. It soon became apparent they were just as curious about us. One day, as I peered out the window, I found myself looking into the face of a doe. Another time, we found a deer poised on our threshold, as if wondering whether it should enter. Continue reading Deer Tales

British Columbia’s Expanding EV Infrastructure

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMCortes Island is three ferry trips north of Vancouver. There are three hours of driving time. As you also spend a significant amount of time waiting, the trip can take six hours in peak season.   Some people think of Cortes as a throwback to the 1970‘s; others regard it as one of BC’s sustainable hubs. The major industry is tourism. There are around a thousand inhabitants, three hamlets and a number of non-profit organizations. There is also an EV charging station. I am told it has only been used once. This says a great deal about the extent of BC’s expanding EV infrastructure.
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Protesting Service Cuts to an Overpriced BC Ferry System

The ECOreport looks at British Columbians expected to descend on Victoria, protesting service cuts to an overpriced BC Ferry System

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMThousands of people may be descending on Victoria on March 11, protesting service cuts to an overpriced BC Ferry System.

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Forestry: Quality Always Takes Time

Originally Published in the Eco Forest Journal

By David Shipway

As a woodworker on the drier southern BC coast with a very small woodlot, and some working familiarity with the timber journey -from seed to old tree and from sawn lumber to sailboat, it seems obvious to me that there’s still a tug of war between two polarized goals in forestry. One strives for Quantity, the other strives for Quality. It’s a simplification I know, but then we could also call it Ishmael’s battle between Takers and Leavers, and ask who is winning. Nearly always in our modern addiction to economic growth, gross volume wins over real value. But the short-term quest for higher quantity has already severely compromised long term timber quality in many coastal watersheds. Does this have to be the eternal dilemma in our transient relationship with wild forests, trees and wood? Or is this really a false dichotomy built on ignorant assumptions? Is there a better middle path, a more gracious future in a truly sustainable forestry?
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First Nation’s History Seen Through A Village Workshop

The ECOreport looks at First Nation’s History Seen Through A Village Workshop

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMI recently took part in a “Village Workshop” at the Klahoose New Relationship Building on Cortes Island, in BC. This is a novel introduction to the First Nations perception of their history in that it involves role playing.
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