Tag Archives: Cortes Island

Delores Broten & the Watershed Sentinel

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The Watershed Sentinel’s origins go back to 1990. Most of Cortes Island’s forest is second growth, which has grown up up since the turn of the 20th century. When MacMillan Bloedel came to harvest these trees, they found themselves opposed by 100 to 200 local residents. Delores Broten kept local residents abreast of of developments with a newsletter that  grew to become an award-winning environmental news magazine. This morning’s broadcast focuses on Delores Broten & the Watershed Sentinel.
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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

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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