Tag Archives: Cortes Island

British Columbia’s Fight For Sustainable Logging

The ECOreport interviews the producer of two short films about British Columbia’s fight for sustainable logging

By Roy L Hales

When Island Timberlands arrived in 2012, they found Cortes island residents waiting behind a blockade. The Vancouver Observer sent a young film maker to cover the story, but Daniel Pierce found more than just another clash between a logging company and local environmentalists. He is still documenting British Columbia’s fight for sustainable logging.
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Fun with Firewood

The ECOreport has a little fun with firewood

By Roy L Hales

Firewood is a vital source of heat energy on Cortes Island. Some think of it as our secret sin. There may be more environmentally conscious people here than any other part of British Columbia, per capita, yet we use a more carbon producing energy source than coal. This is the season when we cut and stack it for the coming winter. It’s also time to have fun with firewood.

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Lund Is Soul Candy

The ECOreport tours British Columbia’s Sunshine coast, Part one: Lund Is Soul Candy

By Roy L Hales

The village of Lund is about 20 miles from my home on Cortes Island. There are vantage points on Cortes, from which you can actually see Savary Island. Though only a short distance across the waters, it takes a day and three ferry trips to drive there. The experience is delightful. Lund is soul candy.
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Where Have All the Salmon Gone?

The ECOreport posts a link to Roy L Hales’ documentary Where Have All The Salmon Gone?  

Originally Posted on the Deep Roots Initiative, Cortes Community Radio (CKTZ)

Episode #4: Where Have All the Salmon Gone?

Roy L Hales, Program Producer

Narrator: “… Fishing was once a cornerstone of British Columbia’s economy, but we’ve been hearing stories of diminished runs and out of work fishermen for years. Roy Hales lives on Cortes Island, where the fishing industry seems to be mostly spoken about in the past tense. So he set out to find out where have all the salmon gone.”

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NDP Government Would Reduce Some Ferry Fares

The ECOreport looks at why an NDP Government would reduce some ferry fares in British Columbia

By Roy L Hales

Everyone knows that B.C. Ferries is losing money. According to their press release last November, the supposedly “publicly owned company” was $1.2 billion in debt. Yet this morning Claire Trevena, the NDP critic for transportation, announced that an NDP Government would reduce some ferry fares.

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Conversation With Claire Trevena, MLA for North Island

The ECOreport publishes a Conversation With Claire Trevena, MLA for North Island, about the upcoming election

By Roy L Hales

With British Columbia’s provincial election approaching, I decided to interview the candidates in my riding. Dallas Smith, who is attempting to capture this seat for the BC Liberals, has yet to respond to my emails. Green candidate Sue Moen and I will be talking soon. My conversation with Claire Trevena, MLA for Island North, took place on a bench overlooking the wharves at Heriot Bay, on Quadra Island.
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The Limitations Of Bioremediation

The ECOreport interviews Rex Weyler about ecological solutions for our planet’s environmental problems &; the limitations of bioremediation

By Roy L Hales

In its’ simplest form, bio-restoration is something that every farmer every just does naturally.  In this interview, Canadian  ecologist/journalist Rex Weyler talks about natural solutions to most of the world’s environmental problems and the limitations of bioremediation.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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