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General News · 30th June 2021
Is this unusual heat wave a sign of things to come? We would have to learn new survival skills. Some hints on how to survive the heat are provided on a government site with the links below and in our E-News.


Walking Group

The walking group meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9 a.m., Manson's Hall parking lot, for 30-min to one-hour walk, followed by coffee in the outside seating of the Co-op café. Observing COVID-19 restrictions.

The luncheons are back! They will be hosted by Madhurima and Mark (Gaia Tree Farm, formerly Raven Farm), Gerri and George, and Charlene and Gordon. All start at 12:30 p.m.
• Tuesday, July 6 - place TBA
• Tuesday, July 13 - at Gaia Tree Gardens (former Raven Farm), 478 Manson Road
• Tuesday, July 20 - at Gerri & George's, 1084 Freeman Road
• Tuesday, July 27 - at Charlene & Gordon's, 575 Potlatch Road

Canada Day - July 1
The movement to cancel Canada Day in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples continues to grow. Many places and organizations in Canada decided to cancel Canada Day this year. Regardless of whether you celebrate Canada Day this year or not, it is a time for reflection.

Friday and Saturday Markets
• Every Friday, noon to 3 p.m. Manson's Hall
• Every Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Gorge Marina

Free Store
• The Free Store is open Mondays and Wednesdays, 11 to 3. No more than one bag or box per household allowed.

Cortes Island Museum
• Main Gallery, 957 Beasley Road – new exhibit Listening to Bees – Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Wild Cortes, 1255 Seaford Road – new exhibit The Big Three – Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.
• Interested in Cortes Island History? Visit the new Online Archives or

Misty Isles Cruises sponsored by the Cortes Museum
• Cassel Lake and Refuge Cove (new), Sunday, July 11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Whaletown Explorer (new), Sunday, August 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To register call Misty Isles Adventures at 250-935-6756. Call early as space is limited due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Squirrel Cove Art Shop Co-op
• Every day, from 11 to 4 p.m.

Old Schoolhouse Art Gallery
• July 29, 30, 31, Aug 1 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday), from 2 to 6 pm
• also, August 5, 6, 7, 8 and August 12, 13, 14, 15


We all will miss Suzanne! Many CISS members remember our wonderful Christmas dinners, Christmas Bird Count lunches, and so much more.
Read the full obituary in this Tideline post.

Many places in Canada have a high number of extreme heat events, often called “heat waves.” Extreme heat can put your health at risk.

Some safety tips

1. Prepare for the heat
2. Pay close attention to how you, and those around you, feel
3. Stay hydrated
4. Stay cool
5. Avoid exposure to extreme heat when outdoors

READ MORE on this Government of Canada website.

Carina Verhoeve is the coordinator for Seniors Helping Seniors. She may be contacted Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 250-935-6793. Please respect Carina's days and hours when calling unless it is an emergency. Contact Carina about seniors' lunches, meals, other services, Better at Home, and more.

The more members we have, the more we can do to help our neighbours on Cortes Island, and the better impression we can make when we approach governments over concerns or apply for housing or other grants. We accept anyone over 50. Our dues remain at a reasonable $10 per person. Encourage your friends to join us. You can get the membership form here: CISS MEMBERSHIP FORM.



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Cortes Buck - photo Christian Gronau
Cortes Buck - photo Christian Gronau