Save The Petrels! Veggie Eggs



This week on Terra Informa, we discuss how bringing life into the world can change perception of life on the whole planet. We will cover the demise of the sea-faring petrels and how to reverse its population trends. And finally, we introduce a new generation of egg.

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Eye-opener: Aurélie Arnaud on Giving Birth

From time to time, we bring you Eye-openers: moments that have dramatically shifted how you look at the environment. This week, Chris Chang-Yen Phillips brings you a story from Aurélie Arnaud, a Montreal woman whose experience as a mother has sharpened the way she see the state of the planet.

Aleutian Seabirds

This next story is little ditty about a seabird in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The petrel is a bird that spends its entire life at sea, only landing on remote islands to copulate. But, things have gone from bad to worse for this seabird in recent years and many biologists are hatching up ideas to help the petrel population survive in an era of marked by climate change and overfishing. Some of these ideas even have 80s rockers tapping their toes and thinking about our responsibility to protect the world’s most vulnerable ecosystems. Matt Hirji talked to Rachel Buxton about her research into the area.

Plant-Based Eggs

Which came first? The chicken? Or the egg? In Josh Tetrick’s California-based facility, the eggs they’re scrambling are coming to you from broken-down plant protein. Hampton Creek Foods was founded on the sensibility of sustainability, and concern for the planet. How to feed a rapidly growing population of more than 7 billion people? Food technology is an undeniable part of our future and Tetrick speaks to Natalee Rawat about his motives behind creating the first plant based egg.

What’s Happening

Environment and Sustainability Series: Beekeeping – September 16, Montreal, Quebec

The PGSS Environment Committee and Green Drinks Montreal will again be offering a once monthly series on all things related to the environment and sustainability. This year, events will take place from 5-7pm in the Thomson House basement located on theMcGill downtown campus. The first event on September 16 will be on urban apiculture (beekeeping) and honey production. There’ll be folks responsible for the hive at Thomson House this summer on hand to talk about urban bees, answer questions and maybe even provide some honey tasting. Light refreshments will be served. All welcome!

Hike Nova Scotia Fall Guided Hike Series – September through November, Nova Scotia

Hike Nova Scotia and 17 host organizations across the province have partnered up to offer the 2014 Fall Guided Hike series in September, October and November. There are 43 hikes led by local folks and participants qualify to win “trail prizes.” Hike NS thanks its partners for organizing the hikes on the ground. Check out the list of events here:

Urban Fruit Trees | Beyond the Backyard Urban Gardening Workshop – September 14, Toronto, Ontario

September is the best time to order your fruit tree for an early spring delivery, but how do you pick the best one for your sites unique conditions? Join Susan Poizner  of fruit tree consulting company Orchard People at Evergreen Brickworks at 1 PM as she takes you through the process of evaluating your site, exploring pollination requirements, root stock properties, harvest times, disease resistance and more.

Ashbridge Estate Tour – September 9, Toronto, Ontario

Come explore the living heritage of historic Ashbridge Estate from 6-8 PM located on Queen Street East and Greenwood Avenue. Discover trees planted by the Ashbridge family during their two centuries of living here, and find out how the land has changed over time. Learn about conservation arboriculture techniques used today to maintain the beautiful old trees on the property. Hear the story behind Emma’s Willow, planted over one hundred years ago and still going strong! The suggested donation is $5, and registration is recommended.

Book Club: Tim Lilburn’s “Kill-site”

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It’s the end of summer, and that means a conclusion to the Terra Informa Summer Book Club. This month, we read Tim Lilburn’s Kill-site, a collection of poems exploring ecology, colonialism and spirituality through the landscape of Southern Saskatchewan. For the children’s segment, we tackle a classic, Dennis Lee’s Alligator Pie.

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Tim Lilburn’s Kill-site

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To his virtuoso collection of new poems, Tim Lilburn brings a philosopher’s mind and the eyes and ears of a marsh hawk. This series of earthy meditations makes the strange familiar and the familiar strange. Lilburn’s close study of goldenrod, an ice sheet, or night opens into surprising interior and subterranean worlds. Pythagoras lurks within the poplars, Socrates in stones, people fly below the ground. Elsewhere, the human presence of motels and beer parlours is ominous. Kill-site is an exploration of a human’s animal nature. Lilburn invites the reader to: “Go below the small things… then / walk inside them and you have their kindness.” Though a natural progression from Lilburn’s last book, To the River, in Kill-site, the poet moves toward a greater understanding of the human, of sacrifice.

Dennis Lee’s Alligator Pie


Before Dennis Lee published Alligator Pie in 1974, the only poetry most Canadian children knew by heart was Mother Goose. Reading to his own daughters, the Governor General’s Award-winning poet had noticed that the “jolly millers, little pigs and queens” of the old rhymes were no longer “home grown” and recognizable. So he started experimenting with a new kind of nursery rhyme, “not abolishing Mother Goose, but letting her take up residence among hockey sticks and high-rises.” Alligator Pie was an immediate hit, and generations since have grown up chanting Lee’s toe-tapping nonsense about laundromats, skyscrapers, rattlesnakes, and windshield wipers.

Rain Gardens & the Peoples’ Social Forum

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This week, completely unintentionally, we’re all in Ontario! We’ve got a story from Hamilton for anyone with a roof over their heads—did you know it might be making life harder for your local wetland? Rain gardens can help, and we’re going to find out how to make them. We’re also stopping in on the Peoples’ Social Forum in Ottawa, where thousands of community activists and organizations are cooking up a social change soup. We’ll find out how they intend to work together to build Canada’s future.

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The Tale of the Evans Cherry

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This week, we’ve got a special segment of Dispatches of the Dirt brought to you by Terrainforma’s Danielle Dolgoy and Hamdi Issawi. Find out how the magical Evans Cherry came to be in Edmonton’s supposedly unforgiving climate!

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On Music and Remediation

Oyster mushrooms can be used in the remediations of pollutants such as petrolium and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons

Oyster mushrooms can be used in the remediation of pollutants such as petroleum and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons

This week we talk to two remarkable people whose environmental concerns figure prominently in their work. First, we reconnect with Leila Darwish, the author of Earth Repair, for an explanation and illustration of bioremediation. Then, singer-songwriter Morgan MacDonald shares how environmental issues strike a chord in his music.

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Stories that Sizzle

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The World Naked Bike Ride is celebrated in many different cities, as Halifax organizer Ben Caplan tells us on this week’s show

The dog days of summer are upon us, and in keeping with the climate, this week’s show is sizzling. From naked cyclists to incendiary writers, and fiery film to free range eggs.

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July Book Club: The Year of the Flood and For the Birds

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For the July edition of Terra Informa’s summer book club, we dive into Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood, the second volume in the MaddAddam trilogy. This week we’ll discuss some of the issues raised by the book and our own thoughts on the story. For our younger listeners, we also take a peek at Atwood’s children’s book For the Birds. Warning: this episode contains spoilers!

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The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan is finished. Here’s how the final version reflects your feedback.


Thoughts on the plan? How will it affect ranchers, endangered species like the Greater Sage Grouse, and communities affected by fracking?

Originally posted on Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development:

SSRP bannerThe SSRPhas been a long time in the making. Over three phases of consultation we heard from 7,500 Albertans and received 2,000 online workbooks and written submissions.

The views and ideas we heard were diverse to say the least (you can check out all the summaries of the consultation sessions here). But there were also some concerns and ideas that we heard in almost every community we visited. We’ve made changes based on those comments.

Today, we’re happy to announce that the SSRP has been finalized. Here are some of the changes we’ve made to reflect your feedback: SSRP sign Taber 2013

  • More land for the Castle Wildland Provincial Park (now 54,588 hectares) and Pekisko Heritage Rangeland (34,356 hectares)
  • A formal commitment to work with our stakeholders to explore conservation opportunities in the Twin River and Onefour Heritage Rangeland Natural Areas of the grasslands
  • Improved connectivity for wildlife habitats, both within…

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