Read this for July 23: The Year of the Flood/For the Birds

Cover photo of Margaret Atwood's The Year of the Flood

Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood

Terra Informa’s reading club pick for July is a pair of books by Canada’s Margaret Atwood – master of sharp words and cautionary tales.

The Year of the Flood is the second book in the Maddaddam series that began with Oryx & Crake. The series explores dark truths about human nature, genetic manipulation, and a world where ChickieNobs and rakunks portend a new age for humanity. Following our joyous accident of reading both an adult and kids’ book in June, we’re also reading Atwood’s children’s fable For the Birds.

Read along, and let us know what you think by July 23! Email us at terra@cjsr.com or tweet us@terrainforma to let us know what you think of either of the books. Leave us your phone number and we’ll give you a call.

La Puya Protests and Sci-Fi as a Glimpse into the Future

Open pit mine in desert.

This week on Terrainforma we give you the run-down on the eviction of La Puya In Guatemala, the usefulness of Science-Fiction beyond your basic entertainment value, and how to make a tasty meal out of those cattails that would otherwise be sittin’ pretty.

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La Puya Protests

Neo-liberal exploitation, whether in our own backyards, or in others’, has unfortunately become par for the course in today’s global economy. Local residents of San Jose del Golfo and San Pedro Ayampuc in Guatemala had been peacefully leading a protest against the contruction of a Canadian turned US based mining company for two years until they were recently broken up by the Guatemalan police. Tasmia Nishat speaks with Robert Mercatante, director of the Guatemalan Human Rights Commission office, about the protests and transnational phenomenon in Guatemala. Check out the GHRC’s websitetwitter, or Facebook for ways you can get involved.

Lenses on the Future

Not everyone likes reading books about the future. Unless you already read science fiction, speculative fiction, or science-fiction as they’re collectively called, you might feel like the whole genre is just about slapstick robots and Orion slave girls. To be fair, some of it is about slapstick robots and Orion slave girls. But SF can also teach us a lot about the way we live today. And help us imagine something different. For more on why your summer reading list should venture into the world of ansibles, hyperspace, and pigoons, Chris Chang-Yen Phillips spoke to Brandon Schatz, manager of Wizard Comics in Edmonton. Find our more about the three comic book/graphic novel series that Brandon recommended:

Girl Gone Wild: Cooking Cattails

In this week’s edition of Girl Gone Wild, wildlife documentarian Jamie Pratt took Terra Informa’s Chris Chang-Yen Phillips out to cook up some cattails from her family’s backyard pond. Check out Girls Gone Wild on Twitter.

What’s Happening

Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC) The CCEMC has $65 million in funding available for projects that will help Alberta reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Successful projects will focus on energy efficiency and conservation, carbon capture and storage, or cleaner energy production and use. The deadline is August 28, 2014. Click here for more information.

Solar Photovoltaic Manufacturing Tour CEP Toronto presents A Tour of Celestica’s Solar Photovoltaic Manufacturing Facility. In this event, attendees will tour Celestica’s advanced manufacturing facility and learn about the role Sustainability plays in Celestica’s business strategy and how they embed Sustainability into existing processes and departments. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity and register soon. Limited spots available. If you are interested in carpooling, please indicate this when completing your event registration, and organizers will do their best to match attendees. Click here to register. For more information, you can email info@ceptoronto.org.

Wednesday Night Walks: Bee-hind the Scenes On Wednesday, July 16, 2014 from 7:00-8:30 PM Guelph, ON The University of Guelph will be hosting a bee-themed night walk. Come learn about the native, and non-native, bees working behind the scenes to pollinate our nation. We will then get to see some of these creatures at work in The Arboretum! Adult/youth are $2, and children under 5 are free. Visit the website for more information or contact 519 824 4120 exit 52358 or email rpararaj@uoguelph.ca.

Book Club: we read “Being Caribou”

Male caribou with big antlers strutting across a meadow

Grab an ice cold drink and settle into your lawn chair: it’s the Terra Informa Summer Book Club! You’re invited to read along with us and share comments or reviews via email, twitter or on facebook. This month, Yvette Thompson leads a discussion on Karsten Heuer’s non-fiction book, Being Caribou.

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Book Club: Being Caribou

This past month, we read Being Caribou by Karsten Heuer. It tells the story of Karsten and his wife Leanne Allison on their journey to document the migration of the Porcupine Caribou Herd. And it all takes place amidst of the controversy over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Listen in on the book club discussion, and grab a copy of your own to enjoy this summer. In addition to the full length book, Being Caribou also comes in a children’s version and was made into a documentary film. Find the print versions at your local community library and watch the documentary online courtesy of the National Film Board.

Read this for July 23: The Year of the Flood/For the Birds

Terra Informa’s reading club pick for July is a pair of books by Canada’s Margaret Atwood – master of sharp words and cautionary tales.

The Year of the Flood is the second book in the Maddaddam series that began with Oryx & Crake. The series explores dark truths about human nature, genetic manipulation, and a world where ChickieNobs and rakunks portend a new age for humanity. Following our joyous accident of reading both an adult and kids’ book in June, we’re also reading Atwood’s children’s fable For the Birds.

Read along, and let us know what you think by July 23! Email us at terra@cjsr.com or tweet us @terrainforma to let us know what you think of either of the books. Leave us your phone number and we’ll give you a call.

What’s Happening

Great Canadian Beaver Pond Voyage/Excursion au pays des castors

An interpretive guided walk puts you in a beautiful, pristine nature reserve featuring Mactaquac Provincial Park’s remarkable chain of beaver ponds. Join in hands-on activities introducing wetland wonders nestled in our Acadian forest. The gentle wheelchair accessible trails allow folks of all ages and abilities to enjoy the experience.

Every Wednesday in June, July and August from 11am – 12:30pm. Tour begins at the Mactaquac Park Administration building (1256 Route 105). Provided as a free public service by New Brunswick Tourism, Heritage, and Culture.

Wilderness Skills Intensive Weekend

Join Sticks and Stones Wilderness School’s Skeet Sutherland as he takes you on a crash course of wilderness and survival skills! Friday, July 4 to Sunday July 6 in Toronto.

The basic human needs in any situation are Shelter, Water, Fire, and Food. In this weekend workshop, participants learn how to turn a stressful survival situation into a wilderness living adventure.

Participants will learn how to locate natural materials for building Shelters, how to locate and sanitize Water, to make Fire by friction (bow-drill/hand-drill), to learn about various North American Plants (where they grow, how to harvest and process them), and to harvest animals in energy-efficient ways.

Bon Portage Island Clean-Up

Saturday July 5, 2014, Bon Portage Island, Nova Scotia: Join us as we roll up our sleeves and don our gloves, and work to remove washed up litter from Bon Portage Island’s shoreline. This is your chance to contribute to the stewardship of this amazing and ecologically rich place, which was is protected in partnership Acadia University. Rain date: July 12. Space is limited so please register: alice (at) nsnt.ca or 902-425-5263.

Laura’s “You can eat that?!” Wild Edible Adventure

Saturday July 5, 2014 in Gardenton, New Brunswick. Get ready for a fun adventure in wild edible plant identification, harvesting and preparation! These one-day workshops will give you the confidence you need to incorporate a variety of common wild edibles into everyday meals. With Laura’s guidance, you will prepare a full-course meal with a variety of wild edibles that you gathered, yourself! (As many as 14 species of plants have been gathered by a single class!)

Class size is limited to 12 to maximize your hands-on experience! Cost: $130 (save $20 by registering 30 days in advance).

Friend or Food? And Other Musings

Image Credit: Tanakawho

Image Credit: Tanakawho

 

This week on Terrainforma, we speak with David Schindler and Kamal Bawa about the chasm between science and policy. Danielle gives us the rundown on edible container gardening, and Kieran O’Donovan questions what makes for acceptable meat-eating.

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Mind the Gap

Let’s be honest. Science rules. It’s how we learn what’s going on beneath our feet and up in space. There would be a lot that we would be missing out on without having some understanding of the laws of matter. However, this gleaming enthusiasm for science doesn’t necessarily reflect in government policy. So what do the scientists have to say about the gap?

Trevor Chow-Fraser and Yvette Thompson were curious and took it up with David Schindler and Kamal Bawa when they came to Edmonton to receive honorary degrees for their work in science and policy.

Dispatches from the Dirt

Gardening for food is more than just a hobby. It’s a way of life for people all over the world. When we consider the future of our planet, developing sustainable food systems begins at home. Terrainforma’s Danielle Dolgoy gives us the scoop about about edible container gardening.

Friend or Food?

When is an animal a friend and when is it food? Kieran O’Donovan straddles an interesting line that gives him a unique perspective on when an animal is a friend, and when it’s dinner. He’s a wildlife biologist and documentary filmmaker, but when he goes home to the Yukon, he’s also a hunter. Terra Informa’s Natalee Rawat discusses with Kieran about how he sees our relationships with other animals.

What’s Happening

Driftwood Art Competition – Fredericton, NB, Main Beach, Mack-ta-cack Provincial Park: July 1 1-4 PM

Come and view the sculptures made using stuff found at the beach. The rules for this art competition are:  use anything found at the beach, but, your creation must include some driftwood. You can also join in creating Driftwood Paintings with Acrylic paint (supplies will be provided). This event is free to participate in, but there is an $8 vehicle entry fee to enter the park
Visit http://www.tourismfredericton.ca/en/calendar.asp for more information.

Yoga at the Garden – Lethbridge, AB, Niko Yuka Japanese Garden: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:15-10 AM

It’s just their luck for those yogis looking to the great outdoors this summer, because the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden will be hosting yoga in their garden. You can register at the visitor center of the Japanese Garden. Buy a block of 5 or ten classes or pay the drop in fee of $15. Visit www.nikkayuko.com for more information.

Moonlight Hike & Wolf Howl – Manitoulin Island, ON, Gordon’s Park Eco Resort: June 29 8 PM

Moonlight Hike & Wolf Howl is an orientation about wolves and their habitats and the type of species that can be found on Manitoulin Island. Participants will also call for wolves, search for their tracks and watch for other signs of wildlife on a guided educational nature hike. A howling competition around the campfire with really great wolf souvenir prizes follows the hike. Registration is $15.00 per person or $35 a family (2 Adults and kids under 16.) Tax is included. There are limited spots, so call to register! The number is 705-859-2470. You can also email rita@gordonspark.com or check out www.gordonspark.com for more information.