Winter Bike Riding & Distinguishing Civil Disobedince from Terrorism

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Winter Bike Riding Tips From The Edmonton Bicycle Commuters Society

You may have noticed that it snowed last week. Many people take snow as a sign that it’s time to park the bike and hop on the bus, but this is not necessarily the case. More and more people are opting to ride year-round, even in Northern cities like Edmonton, where the temperature can drop below -30 Celcius. This week, Terra informa correspondent Rebecca Rooney interviews Keith Hallgren – experienced winter cyclist, bicycle mechanic, and board member of the Edmonton Bicycle Commuters Society – about winter cycling.

The Edmonton Bicycle Commuters’ Society (EBC) has been a leader in the Edmonton and area environmental and cycling community since 1980. Our goal is to support the bicycle as a healthy and ecologically sound mode of everyday urban travel.

Distinguishing Civil Disobedience from Terrorism with Professor Laurie Adkin

In the space of less than a month, Greenpeace activists have held protests at three facilities related to the Alberta tar sands. Last week premier Stelmach suggested that the activists have been getting off too lightly. Alberta’s solicitor general went a step further and compared the protesters to terrorists. Not surprisingly, those remarks have raised a fair bit of controversy. For more on the implications of politicians equating civil disobedience with terrorism, our correspondent Steve Andersen talked toUniversity of Albert Political Science Professor Laurie Adkin.

Professor Adkin is the author of several books and many paper, her most recent work is titled Environmental Conflict and Democracy in Canada

“By grounding theory in empirical study of the discourses and practices of social actors, political economy, and institutions, Environmental Conflict and Democracy in Canada charts a new course for research in environmental citizenship. It is essential reading for anyone interested in political ecology and the environmental challenges we now face.

The contributors to this path-breaking collection argue that environmental conflicts are always about our rights and responsibilities as citizens and the quality of our democratic institutions. They offer sixteen case studies that range from First Nations resistance to the coastal fisheries crisis, to regulatory battles over genetically modified crops, and to the implications of suburban sprawl. These essays bring the perspectives of science, environmental justice, social movement theory, and institutional design to bear on environmental conflicts, provide a critical assessment of green democratic theory, and present the case for a Gramscian understanding of environmental politics. (UBC Press)”

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