Cortes Island

Posted on December 29, 2014

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As of Monday December 3rd, there is a week's truce in the Cortes forest dispute to allow for continuing negotiations. The company is in a position to apply for an injunction.

Video Courtesy of Daniel J. Pierce

Video from Global BC TV, Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Cortes Islanders invite people to join them on a blockade to stop logging by Island Timberlands owned by Brookfield Asset Management and China Investment Corporation. The Gorge Marina on Cortes has opened up their camps sites for free for anyone who is coming from off island.

Directions to the blockade site for support and donations of food.

CBC’s “All Points West” host has asked that people call in to comment and to share their thoughts about the proposed logging and also about the demonstrations. Please call in so that they keep covering our story and know that this issue matters to their listeners!

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Posted on October 15, 2012

Cortes Island seeks a brighter future for its forests.

by Liza Morris

Cortes Island stands on the brink of a revolution--or a higher stage of evolution--in its local forest practices.

Posted on October 03, 2012

Friends of Cortes Island Society is just beginning a new Water Stewardship project. The community consultation program will work with you to assess your fresh and waste water issues and provide you with economical and innovative options for local, environmentally sound septic alternatives that meet the needs of individual homeowners, as well as larger developments.

by Kathy Smail

Like our garbage, a large proportion of our poop on Cortes Island is regularly trucked off-island to Campbell River. This means that, after trucking, ferries, and dumping into a secondary treatment facility to be aerated, settled and clarified, the solids (sludge) are piled up in a field and the liquid is sent down a big pipe into the ocean that feeds us.

Posted on January 11, 2012

cortes island by Joyce Nelson

Most of BC's public land forests, and all of BC's private land forests, are owned by two huge companies, known as TAM and BAM [see diagram]. TAM is Third Avenue Management of New York, and BAM is Brookfield Asset Management, based in Toronto.

As Briony Penn wrote for Focus Magazine (Feb. 2011), "Look out your window anywhere from Crofton to Sooke and you'll be gazing at a piece of real estate owned in some fashion by BAM or TAM ... [which] form a many-headed hydra that has been devouring most of the private forest lands on southeast Vancouver Island." 

Posted on September 29, 2011

by Delores Broten

It's been a long haul, but after almost twenty-five years of angst, anguish, and mind-numbing, soul-crushing, hard work, the entire Crown land forests of Cortes Island are finally in the process of coming under community control.

Posted on February 28, 2009

by Carrie Saxifrage

We’ve ridden our electric bike on Cortes regularly for the last year, covering about 2,555 km at a cost of less than $6 in electricity. We’ve saved hundreds of dollars on gasoline and reduced our global warming emission by more than half a ton. To top it off, riding an electric bike is fun.

Electric bikes solve two problems: the weight of the car and the use of fossil fuels. In a car, most of the fuel goes toward moving the machine, not the person.

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