This week on the show, we’re figuring out what bugs can help solve murders, and how boreal caribou are doing. Forensic entomologist Dr. Gail Anderson in Vancouver tells us about her work helping police solve crimes with insects. Then University of Alberta professor Fiona Schmiegelow helps us understand the mysteries of caribou population swings.
The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation is filing a groundbreaking constitutional challenge to the proposed expansion of the tar sands by Shell Oil, a proposal based in the territories of the First Nation. Shell’s proposed Jackpine Mine project would mean 100,000 barrels of oil per day being taken out of Treaty 8 territories.
European union lawmakers have decided not to impose strict regulations or a moratorium on offshore oil and gas drilling in the Arctic. Instead, a new motion proposed that companies must have “adequate financial security” in case of any accidents and to submit safety hazard and emergency response reports to national authorities.
A union representing the Canadian Coast Guard’s marine communications officers is putting forth another plea to the government to reconsider the closing of three communications offices on the west coast. The federal government has decided to close offices in Vancouver, Comox and Tofino on Coast Salish First Nations’ territories, in the next three years.
Grub @ West Kootenay EcoSociety
If you’re looking for food and friends in Nelson, you might be interested in Grub, on October 19. Grub is a little mix and mingle event hosted by the West Kootenay EcoSociety. Celebrate local food and farms with locally-sourced munchies, and sample some beers and wines. $10 at the door or become an EcoSociety member and get in free. October 19, from 5-7 pm, at the Anglican Church Hall in Nelson.
More information: West Kootenay EcoSociety
Disc Brake workshop in Winnipeg
If you’re like me and you have a bike but you wish you knew more about how to take care of it, there’s a workshop coming up in Winnipeg you might want to check out. The Bike Dump – that’s a community bike shop in Winnipeg – they’re hosting a disc brake workshop on Wednesday, October 24. Learn a little bit about how disc brakes work. Like all their workshops, it’s free, and it runs from 6 to 8 pm. No prior registration needed!
More information: The Bike Dump
Food Secure Canada Conference in Edmonton
Registration is open now for Food Secure Canada’s Annual Assembly in Edmonton. Taking place November 1st to 4th at NAIT in Edmonton. The theme this year is Powering Up! Food for the Future. Learn about Canada’s food movement, and find ways to get involved in a citizen-owned food policy for Canada. Terra Informa’s own Kathryn Lennon will be speaking! So are Eriel Deranger, Michael Lewis, and other farmers, and researchers, and foodies from Yukon, Guinea-Bissau, and Guatemala.
More information: Register for the Food Secure Canada Conference
Edmonton Food and Agriculture Public Hearing
If you haven’t heard about the October 26th public hearing on Edmonton’s draft food and agriculture strategy, consider heading down to City Hall that day. This will be the only public hearing on the draft City-Wide Food and Agriculture Strategy. It’s a Friday, but you don’t have to stay for the whole thing. If you’re passionate about how we grow food in and around Edmonton, what kind of land is going to be available for it, consider going down. October 26, from 9:30 am til 5:30 pm.
More information: Facebook