We’re live at Edmonton’s MEC Bike Fest with a two part special all about cycling. This week, we’ll show you how to take good care of your ride, why you should jump on a World Naked Bike Ride, and what’s going on across Canada for Bike Month.
Taking Care of Your Bike
Chris Chan from Edmonton Bicycle Commuters gives some tips on basic bicycle maintenance, and shares the one thing that he finds himself neglecting on his own bike.
World Naked Bike Ride
It’s a day when people just ride their bikes—naked. Why? We find out when Tasmia Nishat speaks with Julie of World Naked Bike Ride Edmonton.
Update: Due to weather, the World Naked Bike Ride event in Edmonton date has been changed to Saturday, July 4th.
Bike Month Across Canada
Toronto’s Bike to Work Day began in 1989 and is now one of the largest events of its kind throughout North America.
Toronto, Mississauga, York region and Hamilton
@BikeMonth on Twitter
Carbon Cycle Lake-to-Lake overnight bicycle trip from Lake Ontario to Lake Erie.
Ride the Road hands-on course
Bikeology: Bikey Breakfast
Out for an early morning ride? Going to work or school or practice? Woke up early and are pondering possibilities? Have a gap in your schedule between 7 – 9 a.m.? Check out to our Bikey Breakfasts where you can find tasty food and beverages provided by local restaurants, information about cycling in Edmonton, a listing of all the events happening during Bike Month, AND have your bicycle checked by one of our cheery mechanics.
Bikeology: Foodie Fridays
We recognize that some folks just don’t have time to stop… they wanna get where they are going and we might want to go with them! So we created Foodie Fridays with the intent of gathering hordes of cyclists, riding to one or several restaurants every Friday ALL DAY (or for the major meal portions) and then #yegbike -ing the heck out of the ride, the resto, the meal, and the groovy time had by all…EVERY Friday in June!
Bikeology: Commuter Challenge Race
Held during the Commuter Challenge, this race demonstrates the efficiency of various modes of transportation. It’s a friendly competition where we invite participants (including you!) to use various transportation modes (bus, car, bicycle, skateboard, walking/jogging, roller blading, camel) to make their way from a starting location to a finish line in downtown Edmonton. We have developed a highly scientific bagel unit of energy to determine the efficiency of your transportation choice. And, of course, bagels are part of the light breakfast you can look forward to at the finish line.
Bikeology: Mocktails on the Bridge
If early mornings aren’t your stchick and coffee not a draw, then drop by the Handle Bar at the High Level Bridge for a pedal-powered smoothie and a chance to catch up on local goings-on in the bikey world.
Bikeology: Outdoor Ride-In Movie
A simple concept really, it’s a drive-in movie for bicycles, powered by bicycles. The movie is often preceded by music, until it’s dark enough to see the screen (I know, hey?). Bring your own snacks, mozzie repellant, blankets, and something warm and dry to sit on. If you have any suggestions for what bikey film you’d like to see, tell us!
Wax poetic about your ride! The Bikewriters’ Nights take place at Mike’s Bikes and Beans, where our host Mike makes his living ensuring Edmontonians have access to bicycles by either selling bicycles or fixing bicycles. And when he’s not fixing, or out riding, he’s writing! Join the Bikeology Gears and Mike whilst they wax lyric about their favourite object – the bicycle. And Mike makes a mean coffee, just saying…
Coffee Tour of Edmonton
Derek Pluim invites you to join him on his quest for the perfect coffee. Be there to quell your coffee addiction in the most pleasant of ways! Derek says: “some people believe that there isn’t enough coffee in the world for them to become a morning person. I intend to test the validity of that statement. Join me for an invigorating mid-morning ride as we meander our way to some of Edmonton’s best local coffee shops.”
Local Bike Store Day
Local Bike Store Day is slated to be an internationally celebrated day observed the second Thursday of June each year. Its purpose is to celebrate the contributions that independent bicycle stores make: encouraging local jobs, providing local services, ensuring cycling is accessible and affordable everywhere to everyone.
Critical Lass is an inclusive monthly ride for female cyclists in street clothes, on a route suitable for novice riders, to promote cycling as an approachable, fun, everyday activity, organized by the Loop-Frame Love co-bloggers in Edmonton since June 2010.
What, you ask, is a Kidical Mass? It’s a lighthearted family- and kid-centred group ride that is now running in most North American cities. Once again hosted by the lovely ladies at Loop-Frame Love. The first ride was held in April 2008 in Eugene, Oregon and has now spread to over a dozen communities throughout North America and it debuted in Edmonton last year. The rides are meant to be family friendly bike rides through a community. All types of bikes, trailers, trail-a-bikes, Xtracycles, longtails, bakfiets, Long Johns, tandems, folders, trikes, and whatever rolls are welcome! We celebrate the fact that Kids are Traffic Too and aim for family fun on vehicles that don’t hurt the future! It’s just another excuse to pedal around town with your family.
Now in our second year, Terra Informa’s book club is an official tradition. This week, join the discussion on John Vaillant’s The Golden Spruce. The worst excesses of resource extraction, radical environmental activism, First Nations traditions run roughshod, harrowing stories of betrayal and hypocrisy—this book truly is “a true story of myth, madness and greed.” Download this episode now. The Golden Spruce The “Golden Spruce” was a rare Sitka spruce tree that grew along the Yakoun River. Regarded as sacred to the Haida Nation, the tree met a tragic fate when activist Grant Hadwin cut it down in protest against the logging industry. John Vaillant’s The Golden Spruce shares Hadwin’s story, from his beginnings as a legendary forest engineer and wilderness man, through his crisis of faith, and beyond his mysterious disappearance in February 1997. Alongside all of this, Vaillant gives an insightful history of forestry in North America and its effects on the Haida people and the land we share. The Golden Spruce won the Governor General’s Award for non-fiction, and the Writers Trust non-fiction prize in 2005. It has recently been adapted into the film Hadwin’s Judgement. Listen to our interview with filmmaker Sasha Snow to learn more.
Join in the discussion
In April 2015, a relatively minor leak turned into a full blown oil spill in Vancouver’s English Bay. We explore the reasons why and what we can learn for The Big Spill coming down the line. Elsewhere in the show, we drop in on one of the first legal deliveries of bees to an Edmonton backyard.
Lessons from the MV Marathassa oil spill
Vancouver went to sleep on April 8 with no idea what was leaking into the ocean waters right on its doorstep. The MV Marathassa, a brand new ship, had started leaking highly toxic bunker fuel into English Bay. A boater discovered something going wrong at 5pm. But it was hours before the Coast Guard responded. The thick, sludgy petrol continued to leak into Vancouver’s waters all through the night.
Why did it take so long for the Coast Guard and clean-up crews to respond? And given the delay, did they really clean up 80% of the spill in 36 hours? What can we learn from this incident for next time?
To find answers to these questions, Trevor Chow-Fraser turned to some outspoken Vancouverites who have raised their voices in the month since the accident. Mike Cotter is General Manager of Vancouver’s Jericho Sailing Centre. Leila Darwish is a community organizer, the author of Earth Repair and one of the original Terra Informers.
There are plenty of frontiers in urban agriculture: community gardens, backyard chickens—beekeeping might be the one that makes neighbours and politicians the most nervous. But after years of debate and a pilot project eased us into the idea, Edmonton has finally opened the doors to backyard beekeeping.
Edmonton’s City Council changed its bylaws in April 2015 to allow residents to get their own licensed beehive. So what does it look like (and sound like) to get a delivery of thousands of bees?
Chris Chang-Yen Phillips joined Kyla Tichkowsky, Steph Ripley and Lisa Lumley to find out.
Just a reminder to join us for next week’s book club. We’re discussing The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness, and Greed by John Vaillant.
It won the Governor General’s Award and Writers Trust Non-Fiction Prize in 2005. And it’s now adapted into a documentary film called Hadwin’s Judgement. We featured an interview with filmmaker Sasha Snow and writer John Vaillant last week.
Tune in next week for the discussion and chime in on Twitter @terrainforma.
Photo credit: Kent Lins on Flickr.
Why did Hadwin cut down Haida Gwaii’s sacred Golden Spruce? The people behind a just released NFB documentary shares their insights. Plus, Science Faction joins in to tell us about fish with feet.
If you were living in British Columbia in 1997, you may remember the story about forest engineer Grant Hadwin and the Kiidk’yaas or Golden Spruce.
It was a rare Sitka spruce tree that grew along the Yakoun River. Its glowing golden needles sparkling against the lush green forest. Regarded as sacred to the Haida Nation, the tree met a tragic and completely surprising fate. Hadwin cut down the Kiidk’yaas in protest against the logging industry.
Hadwin confessed to his horrific act and was summoned to court, but failed to appear. In fact, Hadwin has been missing since February 14, 1997 and is presumed dead. But his story lives on and the symbol of the Golden Spruce has evolved. An award-winning book called The Golden Spruce by John Vaillant has now inspired a documentary film called Hadwin’s Judgement, directed by British filmmaker Sasha Snow.
Natalee Rawat spoke to the two before the film’s debut at Toronto’s Hot Docs film festival.
Book Club: The Golden Spruce
John Vaillant’s The Golden Spruce is a Governor General’s Award winning book. And it’s the selection for our next book club. Pick up a copy at your local library or independent book store. Then share your thoughts by emailing email@example.com or tweet us @terrainforma and we’ll feature your thoughts in the book club special the week of May 25, 2015.
Science Faction: Fish With Feet
This month on Science Faction we visit the laboratory of Dr. Emily Standen at the University of Ottawa to learn about fish that can walk. This story about present-day Polypterus fish walking is actually a story about our distant past & how it is that ancient fish gave rise to four-legged land animals, including us.
Ontario recently announced that it would join Quebec in one of the largest carbon pricing systems in North America. We’re sharing as much as we could find out about what’s in the deal, and what needs to be in the deal, to make it effective. We also drift down the North Saskatchewan River in search of an ancient fish, the Lake Sturgeon.
Ontario’s Plan To Price Carbon
Put your thinking caps on! Carson Fong and Erin Carter are going to explore cap and trade, the carbon pricing system that Ontario announced that they will be implementing. For expertise, we’ll hear from Green Party of Ontario leader Mike Schreiner, Tom Chervinsky from Canadians for Clean Prosperity, and Chris Ragan a professor in economics at McGill University.
Girl Gone Wild: Lake Sturgeon
Every now and again, Chris Chang-Yen Phillips takes a trip with our resident wildlife expert, Jamie Pratt. She’s the creator of the Girl Gone Wild wildlife documentary series, and this time we decided it was time to journey down Edmonton’s North Saskatchewan River in search of an ancient fish — the Lake Sturgeon.
Gotta love those oscillations in the air… also known as sound! We explore the art of handcrafting your own sound all the way from Iceland, and the ambience of animals.
What Páll Makes
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.
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.
Acoustics of Bark Beetles
David Dunn, sound artist and composer produced an album in 2006 called The Sound of Light in Trees: The Acoustic Ecology of Pinyon Pines, in collaboration with the Acoustic Ecology Institute. With tiny microphones, he records the sounds of bark beetles in New Mexico’s pinyon pines. Beyond a fascinating listening experience, this is an innovative approach to the ecology of insects, and to monitoring bark beetle populations
Sounds of Spring
What does spring sound like? Well on a farm, there’s chirping chicks, bawling lambs, and clucking chickens. In this next segment, Terra Informa’s Nicole Wiart joined a group of 5 year olds as they toured through her Aunt and Uncle’s farm to check out all of the new and noisy baby animals.
On May 5, 2015, Albertans will head to the polls and elect a new provincial government. It has been three short years since the last election and seven months since Jim Prentice won the Progressive Conservative leadership and became premier. Like us, you may be wondering: how does the environment factor into the platforms of the different parties? What are their climate strategies and their stance on the oil sands? We’ve done some digging and now we want to give you the answers you need!
Learn how the Progressive Conservative, Wildrose, Liberal, New Democrats and the Alberta Party stack up when it comes to their environmental policies. If you’re planning to vote and you care about conservation and climate change, you don’t want to miss this show.
Thank you to the many guests who helped out with this show, including:
- Linda Osinchuk, Wildrose candidate for Sherwood Park; former mayor of
Sherwood ParkStrathcona County
- Laurie Blakeman, MLA for Edmonton-Centre since 1997; now running for the Liberals, Greens and the Alberta Party
- Dave Cournoyer, writer and political analyst at daveberta.ca
- Sean Kheraj, assistant professor of Canadian and environmental history at York University.
- Chris Severson-Baker, Managing Director of the Pembina Institute.