Category Archives: ECOreport Radio

Replacing the Culvert at Basil Creek

The ECOreport looks at a program that could make a huge difference for British Columbia’s fish stocks, Replacing the Culvert at Basil Creek

By Roy L Hales

Two weeks ago, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure closed a small segment of Whaletown Road on Cortes Island. The impact on the local community is minimal. However replacing the culvert in Basil Creek is part of a program that could make a huge difference for British Columbia’s threatened fish stocks.

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Victoria’s Passive Houses

The ECOreport looks at three of Victoria’s passive houses

By Roy L Hales

When I first interviewed Rob Bernhardt in 2014, you could count the number of British Columbia’s passive houses on your fingers. The Berhardts built the first certified passive house in the Victoria region. Rob went on to become the CEO of Passive House Canada. I recently interviewed him again, during a quick peek at Victoria’s passive houses.

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Turn It In Week

The ECOreport looks at Turn it in Week for aquacultural debris within the CKTZ listening area, September 11-15, 2017

By Roy L Hales

For the past eight years Gorge harbour residents, on Cortes Island, have been cleaning up the aquaculture debris, left by industry, at their own expense. This was sometimes a source of tension between property owners and industry. Barry and Amanda Glickman, who organized these annual clean-ups, said the first year they hauled away three truck loads of debris. The most recent clean-up was last May. Now the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is stepping in and, in partnership with industry, will be holding Turn it in week between September 11-15, 2017.

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Revisiting Ocotillo

The ECOreport does an update on one of California’s most controversial wind farms – Revisiting Ocotillo, five years later

By Roy L Hales

The Ocotillo wind farm went online almost five years ago. Were they not documented in such meticulous detail, some of the  reports coming from the tiny desert community this project surrounds would be difficult to believe.  I once received a constant stream of YouTube videos and reports. It was one of the sites that shaped my perception of the energy sector.  To some extent, I’ve moved on from this story, but I always knew I would be revisiting Ocotillo.
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What the 50 Summers Of Love Says To This Generation

The ECOreport looks at the celebration on Cortes Island and asks what the 50 Summers of Love Says to this generation

By Roy L Hales

As many as 100,000 people participated in the 1967 Summer of Love. There were 450 at the recent anniversary celebration on Cortes, which is a huge turn-out for our little island.  I was there, asking what the 50 Summers of Love says to this generation.

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Gathering Place Trading

The ECOreport looks at a Cortes Island company with international reach, Gathering Place Trading 

By Roy L Hales

Lovena is Canadian and her husband Ryan is from South Africa. They wanted to keep in touch with their families in both countries. Being Rooibos tea lovers, the Harveys sought out a supplier in South Africa’s Cederberg Mountains. That’s where they found Frans and Gerda, who greeted the Harveys with a cup of the best Rooibos tea they have ever tasted. Gathering Place Trading was born.

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The Horse Racing Industry Is Very Environmentally Conscious

The ECOreport interviews an Irish consultant, who explained how the Horse Racing Industry Is Very Environmentally Conscious

By Roy L Hales

A lot of images come to mind when you hear that someone is an environmental consultant, but horse racing isn’t one of them. Stephen Griffin told me about another side to this industry, when we met at Manson’s Landing Friday Market. When it comes to their animals, the horse racing industry is very environmentally conscious.

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Is Strathcona Regional District Prepared For A Major Emergency?

The ECOreport asks the local Protective Services Coordinator about floods, fires and earthquakes, Is Strathcona Regional District Prepared For A Major Emergency?

By Roy L Hales

In light of the wildfire situation in British Columbia’s interior, it seemed like a good time for an update on our area’s emergency preparedness. So I asked Shaun Koopman, the district’s Protective Services Coordinator, “Is Strathcona Regional District prepared for a major emergency?”

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Whale Tales

The ECOreport asks about whale tales and other wildlife sightings on the Cortes-Quadra ferry 

By Roy L Hales

In light of the wildfire situation in the interior of our province, it seemed like a good time for an update on the Strathcona Regional District’s emergency preparedness. Only there were three humpback whales along the route, as I crossed over to Quadra Island to meet with the district’s Protective Services Coordinator. This isn’t the first time I’ve seen whales along this route, but they were still whales in the area when I returned four hours later. So I asked I asked Jessica Towers, who works on this ferry, if she had any whale tales.

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Cortes Island’s One Stop Shopping Experience

The ECOreport looks at Squirrel Cove General Store, Cortes Island’s One Stop Shopping Experience

By Roy L Hales

In an era of increasing specialization, some remote locations are developing in the opposite direction. In addition to the services you might expect, Squirrel Cove’s General store is also a gas station, post office, liquor store, gift shop, hardware outlet, building supply store, shellfish interpretive centre and it hosts one of the island’s finest take-out food providers. It has become  Cortes Island’s one stop shopping experience.

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