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General News · 20th April 2020
Noba Anderson
Also live streamed on Cortes Radio – CKTZ 89.5 FM

Discussion Topics:
1. Housing on Cortes in the time of Covid-19.
2. How to re-engage some unemployed islanders on priority community initiatives?

*Note – the time change for the meeting series from 5:30 to 4:30 to better accommodate the dinner hour, especially for families.

Links to the audio recordings for the first three meetings are at the bottom of this article.

I have included with this post a 20 minute audio summary of the meeting series to date:

Register in advance for these meetings, including on the 21st:

If you would like to phone in rather than join on-line, please call me at 250-935-0320 and I will give you the call-in number. You do not need a computer to join the meeting but the number is not being posted publicly in an effort to avoid zoom-bombing of the calls.

ALSO – Join a follow-up discussion from last week on the topic of ‘Cortes well being in the time of physical distancing.’ This will take place on Monday the 20th at 1 pm. Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 913 0759 3817
Password: 573990

Invitation for this week’s theme
Notes from the last virtual meeting on April 14
Other Updates and Information

Invitation for this week’s themes
After regular updates from myself and other community resource people, we will move into two different discussion topics and then re-convene to share some highlights with each other.

1. Housing - Following up on a number of questions from you about housing and the article I posted titled ‘Freeze on all Rental Evictions due to Covid-19’ we will open up the discussion on housing. What are your questions, stories, suggestions and reflections on our current housing situation? I will do my best to have a qualified resource person join us on the call.

2. Labour Force – For the first time in the summer season we will have, at least to some degree, people who are looking for work or meaningful use of their time. How could we assist people to find valuable ways of focusing their time either on community priority projects or assisting the vulnerable? This is a question that has arisen in a few discussions and I invite further exploration.

Notes from the last virtual meeting on April 14
I have included with this post a 20 minute audio summary of the meeting series to date, including the last one on April 14th.

Last week the clinic provided an update primarily informing people that the clinic is still providing the island with medical service. We are asked to call first so that consultations can be done on the phone as much as possible.

The Health Association and Manson’s Hall are working on two key Covid-19 community service projects. The first is a coordinated food delivery service, helping to coordinate store and food bank deliveries, as well as potential coordinated off-island food shopping. What is needed next in support of this initiative in a needs assessment. The second project is intended to create a systems navigation support person to assist islanders to access the myriad of government programs currently available as a response to Covid-19. As an adjunct to this effort, there is an intended extension to help people connect with formal local supports as well as a collaboration with the Community Economic Development Association to create and populate a ‘needs and offers’ platform that could live well beyond these times of acute disruption.

I then also shared that I have been in contact with the medical health officer for our area to advise that Cortes may be interested in participating in population-level testing that is being developed for some small remote and indigenous communities.

There was some discussion on the changed regulations in response to Covid-19 which I followed up with an article found at

We then broke into small groups to discuss the question “In the face of potentially long-term social distancing orders, how can we seed social wellbeing both individually and collectively?” The discussions were rich and often returned to how we might come together in person in a responsible way for PLAY! Suggestions included a BYO Everything Picnic, bocce ball with gloves or corn hole, or ways to share live music. Half of those engaged in this conversation very much wanted to discuss this further and will do so on Monday the 20th at 1:00 pm. To join this conversation, see the zoom information at the top of the page.

Other Updates and Information
1. The Province of BC will be presenting 5 COVID-19 virtual townhalls across BC—one for each health authority region—hosted by MLAs from all three parties to give citizens the opportunity to ask their COVID-19 questions and have them answered live by public health experts. These townhalls will be live streamed on both facebook and YouTube. The links to those live streams and a way to submit questions beforehand can be found at
Our region, the Island Health Authority region, meeting will be on Tuesday April 21 at 7:15.

2. Open Burning Prohibitions in effect in our Region - Implemented by the by Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources. Nothing bigger than a camp fire is permitted at this time so as to keep air quality good in the face of Covid-19.

3. The new email for the Cortes Food Bank at this time is or call 0276.

4. For free one on one counselling (over phone or online) from Mental Health workers in BC email

5. The Cortes Women’s Centre will be checking emails and phone messages Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays. 250-935-6501 or email

6. A ban on camping in BC parks has also been extended until May 31. The province’s Forestry recreation campsites and amenities are also closed until the end of May.

For the most up to date public health information visit the BC Centre for Disease Control at

If you have concerns about your health, call HealthLinkBC by dialing 8-1-1

For non-medical questions, call 1-888-COVID-19 (1-888-268-4319)

March 31 Virtual Community Meeting

April 7 Virtual Community Meeting

April 14 Virtual Community Meeting

With all my love to all of you.
Noba Anderson
Regional Director, Cortes Island 250-935-0320