Energy and the Environment

This week on Terra Informa, Dave Kazcan investigates how the ongoing development of Canada’s energy economy can fit together with Canada’s climate change goals and whether those goals are good for the economy anyhow. Steve Anderson reports on the City of Yellowknife’s plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions for the entire community. Rebecca Rooney brings us another Science Short on Lisa Buckley’s Ph.D. reaseach into an important paleontological dilemma. 

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Yellowknife at Night, by Claude St. Pierre

Environmental News

The Toronto Star has acquired records that indicate that Ontario Hydro had used Agent Orange to clear power line corridors across the province through the 50s, 60s and 70s. These corridors passed through city backyards, parks and farmers’ fields. Further to this, the Toronto Star interviewed former Ontario Hydro employees who were assured these chemicals were harmless but who have been suffering from illnesses over the past decades.

CBC News, Toronto Star, First Perspective

In B.C. RCMP have discovered 34 cesspools related to marijuaina production in the interior. The pools contain a number of toxic materials including pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers and diesel fuel.

CBC News

 Alberta’s new budget reduces funding for the Alberta Environment Department by 3.3% and a slow down in funding for Alberta’s heavily promoted carbon capture and storage initiative.

Calgary Herald


Energy and the Environment in Canada

Energy seems to be Canada’s biggest line of business these days. The Prime Minister, in particular, is enthusiastic about what further development of our energy resources will do for our economy. How will this fit in with our carbon reduction goals? And is it really that good for the economy anyhow. Correspondent Dave Kazcan takes an in-depth look at Canada’s energy future.

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Yellowknife Geothermal Plan

City councilors in Yellowknife have a plan to cut the greenhouse gas emissions of the entire community. They want to convert an old unused mine near town into a brand new source of geothermal power. Steve Anderson investigates this unique plan in northern Canada.

City of Yellowknife Information

UBC Geothermal Concept Study

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Science Short: Bird Species Identification

Rebecca Rooney also talks to Lisa Buckley, curator and collections manager at the Peace Region Paleontology Research Centre in Tumbler Ridge, B.C. about her Ph.D. research into an important paleontological dilemma. She has attempted to classify current bird species based on only their bone records to try and standardize bone identification for extinct species.

Lisa Buckley from the Peace Region Palaentogy Research Centre, looks over the ulna (part of an arm bone) from the duck-billed crested dinosaur skeleton. Picture Courtesy of Tumbler Ridge News

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