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General News · 29th March 2020
Noba Anderson
We are in a new world... at least for the time being, quite likely for a good while, and I pray in some ways forever. May the skies be clearer for here on.

However, right now, we are in full-on disruption. Although we are some of the Earth’s most privileged people, many of you are still feeling the pinch. Some seniors on fixed incomes will struggle to afford local food prices as trips to town are being discouraged. People on Disability are feeling this situation in a particularly acute way, both financially and emotionally. Parents with kids at home who are going squirrelly, cut off from being with their friends, are needing to be especially creative in the face of everything else. Frail seniors are rightly concerned for their health or even their lives. These are trying times for all of us, and we are in it together. Sharing a small island makes this abundantly clear.

The Federal and Provincial governments are offering financial supports in an unprecedented way. Please take full advantage of these programs and support your neighbours and colleagues to do the same. Here are a couple good websites with collated information https://srd.ca/covid-19-information/ and https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

Last week, I hosted 3 on-line zoom conference calls with community and business leaders from over 30 local organizations. On Monday, we shared with each other how we are each responding to the Covid-19 situation. On Wednesday, I received clear direction about what to tell people traveling on and off island. I communicated that out on Thursday on www.cortesisland.com and have written a flyer that I believe will be handed out at the ticket wicket at BC Ferries and available at docks and public spaces. On Friday, we broke into 9 groups to discuss areas of immediate needed community attention ranging from food security, to support for vulnerable home-bound citizens, youth and seniors, to how to best deploy communication tools to how to best get traction on key community priority projects. I have asked these discussion groups to continue to self-organize, to offer community support services as needed and to use this extraordinary time to build community resilience.

This Tuesday, March 31st, I will be hosting an on-line community meeting to which you are ALL invited! That’s right, thank-you Zoom, thank-you Twincomm, we are trying out new ways of gathering on-line. Updates will be provided on many community matters, we will have some time for smaller discussion groups and I will also be taking questions and receiving your suggestions.
Please join us if you can.

Cortes Community Zoom Meeting
Tue, Mar 31, 2020 5:30 PM

WEBLINK: https://zoom.us/j/519645378

You may be prompted to download Zoom if you don’t already have it. You can also download in advance at https://zoom.us/download. You do not need a zoom account, but you will need a device with audio/microphone/camera and internet connection.

OR CALL IN: +1 (778) 907-2071 and enter meeting ID: 519 645 378

I wish you all the very best of health.

With all my heart,
Noba Anderson
Regional Director
Cortes Island