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General News · 14th August 2021
Still hot and no reprieve in sight. Stay cool, drink lots of water, be calm.

With most British Columbians, and most people on Cortes Island, vaccinated, some of our regular activities are back, with little or no restrictions. BUT there is an uptick with daily cases of COVID-19 in B.C., so it is wise to stay cautious.


CISS - AGM - Cortes Island Seniors Society - Annual General Meeting

• Monday, August 30, 11 a.m. - Manson's Hall

Walking Group

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

Luncheons (and a Barbecue!)

The luncheons are back! They will be hosted this month by Karen and Rod Lee (barbecue, at 5 p.m.), Gerri and George, The Sunflower, and some TBA. All are on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m., with exception of the barbecue, which is on Wednesday, August 4, at 5 p.m.

Please note: Lunches locations depend on the weather and a subject to change. CISS members will be notified about any changes.

• Wednesday, August 4, 5:00 - barbecue at Karen and Lee Rod's
• Tuesday, August 10, 12:30 - Emilie Hansen
• Tuesday, August 17, 12:30 - Judy Malek, Green Mountain
• Tuesday, August 24, 12:30 - location tba
• Tuesday, August 31, 12:30 - location tba

Rex Weyler on Knowledge Channel

Monday, August 2, 8 p.m. - Small Voices, a program about people who had an impact on British Columbia. Rex Weyler will be talking about Greenpeace and their first whale campaign.

Lagoon Gumbooting

• Sunday, August 8, 10:30 to 12:30 - Lagoon Gumbooting, an event sponsored by the Cortes Museum and Friends of Cortes Island, Manson's Lagoon, registration required, call 250-935-6340 before noon, Friday, August 6.

Beehive Demonstration

• Thursday, August 19, 10 to noon - Beehive Demonstration (with live bees!), Cortes Island Museum, 957 Beasley Road, open to everyone.

Misty Isles Cruises is sponsored by the Cortes Museum

To register call Misty Isles Adventures at 250-935-6756.
• Whaletown Explorer (new), Sunday, August 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (fully booked)
• Desolation Sound, Saturday, August 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

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.

Masks are required in both museum's locations.

• Interested in Cortes Island History? Visit the new Online Archives or

Squirrel Cove Art Shop Co-op

• Every day, from 11 to 4 p.m.

Old Schoolhouse Art Gallery

The Old Schoolhouse Art Gallery is pleased to announce a mini-season for 2021 with three shows. The Gallery is open four afternoons per week: Thursday through Sunday, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

• July 29 to August 1, August 5 to 8, and 12 to 15 - Members Show
• August 19 to 22 and 26 to 29 - Hannes Grosse "Moments of Silence"
• September 2 to 5 and 9 to 12 - Meinsje Vlaming "Tales from the Garden of Insanity"

Cortes Island Library, 1255 Seaford Road, as of July 15:

• Wednesdays, 1 to 4 and 5 to 7
• Thursdays, Fridays, Saturday, 11 to 4

Masks recommended


Did you know that BC Housing has two rental supplement programs for low-income tenants living in the private rental sector?

• The Rental Assistance Program (RAP) provides eligible low-income working families with monthly assistance with their rent.
• The Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER) provides eligible seniors with monthly assistance with their rent payments.

Each year, these programs help more than 35,000 households with monthly rent payments.

For more information, including eligibility criteria and application forms, visit or

If you need help with getting enough information, please contact or call Gina0080 or Carina6793.


The old logging railroad at Carrington Lagoon has been a source of wonder to me for years. As many times as I have hiked or triked past the most obvious part of it along the old road to the head of the lagoon, I’ve wondered who built it, and when, and where does it go? ... by Doreen Thompson, Whaletown National Enquirer, March 1989. Read more in our newsletter. The article is also attached below.


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.



Your current newsletter is attached below.
Email your comments to Gina at or call Gina250-935-0080.

If you are a CISS member, you should be getting an email with the newsletter.
If you cannot find it in your email box - check your spam or junk folder; if it is not there, call Gina250-935-0080.

You can read and subscribe to our newsletter-by-email here: CISS AUGUST 2021 NEWS

Doreen Thompson - Carrington Trail story