New Faces in Farming

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With many farmers pushing past retirement, a new generation of 20-somethings and 30-somethings is leaving college behind and jumping into farming. They’re bringing liberal arts degrees, live-tweeting, dance music and brunch-cravings with them—alongside a fresh enthusiasm for alternative farming models. We’re learning what the next generation of hipster-farmers is up to on this week’s Terra Informa.

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Exploring The Relationship Between Environmental NGO’s and Corporations

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Lubicon, by Alex Janvier (1988)

Can corporations contribute positively to environmental action? Do we need modern-day Robin Hood’s funneling sponsorships toward good causes—or will corporate dollars always have a corrosive effect on activism? Artist Alex Janvier and forestry activist Tzeporah Berman weigh in.

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Sharing The Stage: Melina Laboucan-Massimo and Crystal Lameman

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In the past month, we’ve been privileged to see some of the biggest names in Canada’s environmental scene, including David Suzuki and Naomi Klein. We’ll share our analysis of these latest tours, today. But we’re even more excited to bring you conversations with two activists who shared the stage with these bigger names. While lesser known, their life journeys and struggles are well worth paying attention to.

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Keeping it energized!

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What is necessary for survival, comes in many forms…and on the minds of nearly every global citizen? If you guessed energy, good work. The controversy around energy sourcing, governance and use is frequently in the news, however how much do we really know? This week we explore just what oil pricing really is, dive into alternative energy possibilities for our homes, and learn about what could be possible from advancements across pond. Check out this energized edition of Terra Informa.

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Energy Alternatives for British Columbia

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Listen up Canada, today’s whole show is focused on alternative energy in British Columbia. It may be all the way across the country, but there’s a lot we can all learn from their experience. We’re talking the pros and cons of cleaner, cheaper, more economically productive energy schemes—from big hydro to little and to the ground beneath your feet.

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A Dam Good Repeat: Site C Special

Artists Rendering of Proposed Site C Dam on the Peace River

This week on Terra Informa, we’re bringing you a whole show dedicated to one topic: the Site C mega dam proposed for British Columbia’s Peace River region. With an 8 billion dollar price tag, and coming with weighty cultural and environmental impacts, this dam proposal hasn’t been given an easy ride.

It was four years ago that the BC government decided to put the dam to regulatory review. Now, in the fall of 2014, they are on the cusp of announcing their final decision—we’re expecting it some time in November.

To prepare for this decision, we want to brush up on this controversial project. So for yours and ours listening pleasure, here’s a damn good special Terra Informa put together back in May of 2010.

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Stranded Assets: Energy East & Undergraduate Research

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There’s a new pipeline in the works that could be bigger news than either Keystone XL or the Northern Gateway. We talk to a member of Climate Justice Montreal to find out why they’re concerned about Energy East. Gasp! Undergraduates contributing to environmental scholarship? The Earth Common Journal proves it can work. Plus, another Eyeopener captured at the recent Peoples Climate March.

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Healthy People Are Storied People: Fundrive 2014 Part Two

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It’s part two of our annual community radio fundraiser. Dr. Dwayne Donald talks about this city known as Edmonton and the missing stories that haunt it. He’s talking about First Nations stories, and his work focuses on reintroducing these aboriginal narratives, concepts and values into our education system. We’ll also hear the backstory on one of our longtime contributors, Morgana Folkmann, as we send her off on her next journey.

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