Stone-Coaled Milk

On this week’s show, we’ll bring you an update on the Obed Mountain Mine release, music from Iceland’s underground rock star (not what you might think!), and the other horn of the raw milk debate—some call it udder madness, but don’t be cowed until you’ve heard the whole story.

Coal slurry: more than just a stick in the mud. (photo cred: Foo Conner -

Coal slurry (photo cred: Foo Conner –

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Obed Mine Release Update

Remember the Obed Mine release in Alberta last fall? A massive plume of coal slurry spilled out of the Obed Mountain Mine near Hinton and into the Athabasca River. In our last story, we brought you some of the voices from a community forum in Edmonton: the government, the coal company responsible, and the scientists who assessed the damage. The forum provided some answers, but it also opened up more questions. Trevor Chow-Fraser has been keeping his eye on the story and brings you this update.

Lean more: Obed Mountain Mine Release – Water Quality Results (Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development)

What Páll Makes

Have you ever gone somewhere new and had the feeling that you’ve been there before? Imagine going away on a trip and finding that everything you see reminds you of home: the stores have the same shape and sell the same clothes, the restaurants serve the same sort of food, the people listen to the same kind of music…

What about somewhere unique? A place that embraces it’s own character and qualities? While traveling in Iceland last month, Terra Informa’s Chris Chang-Yen Phillips visited Húsafell to meet with Páll Guðmundsson, an artist whose local and naturally inspired work makes his home feel like one-of-a-kind.

Listen to more: Sigur Ros – Odin’s Raven Magic (YouTube)

Converting to Raw Milk

According to the Canadian Dairy Information Centre, in 2012 the average Canadian drank about 78 liters of milk–an entire fridge’s worth. It’s safe to say that most Canadians like their milk, but the question of how we like it–raw or pasteurized–is a touchier subject. To learn about the appeal of raw milk, Morgana Folkmann reached out to Richard Griebel and Kathy Charpentier (relatives of Terra Informa’s own Nicole Wiart), two Castor, Alberta, farmers who, until recently, had been content with the status quo.

Learn more: Weston A. Price Foundation, Slow Food Movement, National Farmers Union, Rawmilk information

What’s Happening?

International Food Security Dialogue
Running April 30th to May 2nd,  the University of Alberta will be hosting the International Food Security Dialogue. Academics from all over the world will be sharing their research on how food connects us all. Major topics include sustainable agriculture, gender, policy and nutrition. Jean Lebel, President of the International Research Development Centre, will be making a keynote address.

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On April 26th in downtown Toronto, take part in the Repairathon. Bring your worn out clothing down to the Artscape Wychwood Barns where volunteers will be waiting to fix them up like new. Volunteers are still needed, so if you have a knack for sewing or a secret desire to create your own clothing line, this could be your chance to shine.

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Cold and Warmth

This week, Terra Informa presents a show live from the 2013 Cold & Warmth Winter Salon, hosted by the Latitude 53 art gallery. We’ve got crowds buzzing around like hot molecules, an interview about Edmonton’s Winter City Strategy, and a rap about the most magical temperature of all.

Cold and Warmth

Warm up with Terra Informa’s live show at the Latitude 53 Winter Salon, themed around Cold and Warmth.

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Winter Salon Photo Gallery

The Most Magical Temperature of All

A year ago, Chris Chang-Yen Phillips was driving down an icy freeway with his mom when a dashboard light flashed on. That little light led him down a rabbit hole towards discovering the most important temperature for life on Earth: 4 Degrees Celsius. That’s because we rely on water to do something almost no other chemical can do at 4 degrees. Instead of getting gradually denser as it cools like most other molecules, it gets densest at that temperature, then starts expanding again. Girl Gone Wild wildlife documentary creator Jamie Pratt joins Chris on stage to explain why it does this, and why you’d better not mess with the benthic zone.

Molecular Movement

Understanding temperature means understanding the movement of molecules. Terra Informer Jessica Kozlowski enlisted Kathryn, Chris, and the crowd to demonstrate what it might sound like when hot fast moving molecules and the cold slow moving molecules in air collide. This formation of average temperature is some seriously above average fun!

Winter City Strategy

The subject of hot and cold is very polarizing. Especially in Edmonton. We call our selves a winter city, and like to boast about how cold it gets here.  But are we a winter city, or a whimp-er city?  Now that it’s warming up, these pothole streets are a good reminder that we can’t seem to adapt our physical infrastructure to cold. And remember that giant snow storm a few week ago? Could traffic snarls, and damage to people, roads, cars been avoided if people didn’t still feel they have to go out? Maybe our economy is not well adapted to cold either.  So what can history teach us about how to adapt to our surroundings? City of Edmonton archivist Elizabeth Walker joined Kathryn Lennon on stage to give us a historical perspective on how people lived with winter in Edmonton.

Return of Misinforma

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Note: For best results, enjoy on April 1st, 2014.

It’s that time of year again! Spring has sprung across Canada and around the world. Why, consider all the lovely, errr, April showers that are gracing the east coast and central Canada. The blossoms are in bloom in Vancouver, at least. Whether you’re a gardener looking to get a head-start on seeding, or you’re in the ice-melter “Safe-T-Salt” racket, there may be something to gain from all the intensified solar heat due to the greenhouse gas effect and changing oceanic temperatures due to melting polar ice caps.

At Terra Misinforma, we’re always turning up the heat on environmentalists and this week’s no different. We ask the questions that are too controversial for you to ask yourself—like what to do with Iceland? Do we really need water? Plus a special investigative feature on Canada’s radical, extremist environmentalists. And of course, it’s time for the annual Ezra Levant Award for Excellence in Excellence in Journalism!

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Spring is in the Air

Why did the coyote cross the road?

Coyote Crossing (Credit: Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife –

Spring is in the air! And to celebrate, we’re bringing you a jam-packed show that’s bursting with life. How does giving birth change your perspective on the environment? What happens when the natural world unexpectedly encroaches on the human? Why do the Great Lakes suddenly need our protection? Who was responsible for the origin of the environmental movement? When will the show start? Just as soon as you hit that “play” button.

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