Tag Archives: Cortes Island

Cortes Islanders Support Standing Rock

The ECOreport looks at a North Dakota tribes’ resistance to a proposed pipeline crossing their only source of water and the extend to which Cortes Islanders support Standing Rock

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1The Standing Rock Sioux’s struggle to halt the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline, a half mile north of their reservation, has gained international recognition. The Guardian’s coverage began on April 2, with a story of 200 Native Americans who “took to horseback” in a mounted protest. In August, Reuters reported on the tribe’s attempt to obtain an injunction against construction. As of this morning, Democracy Now has posted 154 stories. That’s just the media. Many North American communities have held demonstrations. Two events, in a relatively remote part of British Columbia, illustrate the extent to which Cortes Islanders Support Standing Rock.

Continue reading Cortes Islanders Support Standing Rock

The Friends Of Cortes Island

The ECOreport interviews the President and Executive Director of the Friends of Cortes Island

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pmMax Thaysen described FOCI as a support group for local inhabitants confronting the environmental challenges in the Cortes Island area.  Helen Hall described the society’s role of both monitoring and protecting, as well as educating the  public. They are the President and Executive Director of the Friends of Cortes Island (FOCI), respectively.
Continue reading The Friends Of Cortes Island

Good News About BC’s Fishing Runs

The ECOreport went looking for evidences of the industry’s decline and instead found good news about BC’s fishing runs

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMAside from the incredible run of 2010, reports of the Fraser River’s sockeye salmon tend to be glum. I believe there is only one Cortes Island based fisherman still working the Johnston strait and recently learned this is the second year he did not receive an opening to fish sockeye.1 Though the culprits were last year’s drought and a culvert (close to my home), most of the chum returning to Basil Creek in 2015 were killed before they could spawn. These were just a few of the stories that prompted me to seek out evidences of the impending demise of what was previously one of our province’s leading industries. Instead, I found good news about BC’s fishing runs.

Continue reading Good News About BC’s Fishing Runs

  1. Roy L Hales interview with Thea Block, daughter of said fisherman

A Different Vision For British Columbia’s Forests

The ECOreport publishes an OP ED:  what a film maker learned on Cortes Island, a Different Vision for Forestry in British Columbia

By Daniel J. Pierce

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMDaniel J. Pierce is a Victoria-based documentary filmmaker. He is almost finished production on a documentary series entitled Heartwood: A West Coast Forestry Documentree. He is in the midst of a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the post-production of this series. Please click here to watch his pitch video and learn more about his project. And enjoy the brand new Heartwood trailer below.

Continue reading A Different Vision For British Columbia’s Forests

Four Decades Of Gillnetting In British Columbia

The ECOreport looks at commercial fishing with the help of one man’s experience, Four decades of gillnetting in British Columbia 

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThere are more than more 40 names on the Cortes Island Museum’s list of fishermen from the 1970’s. Some were wives, who worked alongside their husbands. Others may have been deckhands. The names of 28 boats are given, though not how many were working in any given year. Now there are two.1 In this week’s radio program (podcast below), the owner of one of those 28 fish boats describes close to four decades of gillnetting in British Columbia.

Continue reading Four Decades Of Gillnetting In British Columbia

  1. Ken Block; Chris & Amy Kendel

Self Reliant Living On Cortes Island

The ECOreport visits a home that could be the model for self reliant living on Cortes Island

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThis is Roy Hales with the ECOreport, which you can find on the web at the ecoreport,com I recently visited David Rouseau for what was to have been an interview about adopting renewables the developing world. Only the story changed when I found myself looking at a model of self reliant living on Cortes Island.

Continue reading Self Reliant Living On Cortes Island

Overshooting Our Planet’s Resources

The ECOreport interviewed Greenpeace co-founder Rex Wyler about the role hydrocarbons have had in our civilization, climate change and how humanity is overshooting our planet’s resources. 

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMRex Wyler spoke of a wolf pack that found a valley full of deer. Initially, they flourished and grew plentiful. Only they were too successful. They eventually ate all the deer and there was no food left for the wolves. Humanity is in a similar situation, overshooting our planet’s resources.

Continue reading Overshooting Our Planet’s Resources

Cool Clean Water Comes From Healthy Forests

The ECOreport interviews looks into a stream keeper’s perspective of the importance of forestry. Cool clean water comes from healthy forests

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThough Cec Robinson has been a recognized personality in the logging blockades, he would rather work in his garden, or go fishing. Only there is a lot at stake. Speaking as one of Cortes Island’s stream keepers, Cec said you need cold, clean  water for healthy streams. Cool clean water comes from Healthy forests.

Continue reading Cool Clean Water Comes From Healthy Forests

Launch Of The Modern Environmental Movement

The ECOreport publishes Rex Wyler’s personal reflections of the launch of the modern environmental movement in the mid 1970’s.

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Greenpeace exploded into the public’s awareness after confronting the Russian Whaling fleet off the coast of California. This kind of environmental action was unheard of  in 1975! The next day, there were photographs around the world. Looking back today, Rex Wyler thinks that, in some ways, that moment was the launch of the modern environmental movement.

Continue reading Launch Of The Modern Environmental Movement

Where Have All The Wild Salmon Gone?

The ECOreport asks Cec Robinson, a founder of the Cortes Streamkeepers, where have all the wild salmon gone?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMSix to eight hundred adult Chum Salmon used to come up Hansen’s Creek. Now there are 30 in a good year and as few as 3 in poor ones. Though we were talking about Cortes Island, this is a common phenomenon along the West Coast of British Columbia. Where have all the Wild Salmon gone?

Continue reading Where Have All The Wild Salmon Gone?