FunDrive 2013 Pt. 2

Four people speak in recording studio (photo in black and white)

Terra Informa’s Kyle Muzyka (far left) interviews David Herbert and Aliza Dadani, two of the voices behind Activat ED.

This week, hear Part 2 of the annual Terra Informa Fun Drive Live show! The live show features interviews from Canadians of all walks of life and focuses on municipal government and its power to affect a community. With Alberta-wide elections approaching quickly on October 21 this is an excellent time to get educated about the changes that can or can’t be made by your municipal government. In part 2, we spoke to an Edmonton group trying to promote progressive candidates, and to an Edmonton engineering student who’s seen the extremes of environmental issues municipalities try to deal with.

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Promoting Progressive Candidates

What does the word “progressive” mean to you? Activat ED is a group of young people with a vision for more progressive leaders in Edmonton. Kyle Muzyka sits down with Aliza Dadani and David Herbert of Activat ED for a more in-depth look at their definition of progressive, as well as how much of an impact they are actually making on the mayoral race.

Further readingActivat ED

What Can Local Politics Do?

Local politics is where we are most connected to the direct impacts of the decisions our leaders make. We can easily travel around the whole boundaries of the place they govern, and if they’re concerned about the level of pesticides in our water, you’ll see the effects of any pesticide restrictions in the parks and yards in your neighbourhood. Paradoxically though, in many ways it’s also the least powerful form of government. Keita Hill is a civil engineering student at the U of A, and a Terra Informa alumnus. He spent his summer working in a community that demonstrates the extremes of the limitations that municipalities face in environmental issues: Pangnirtung, Nunavut. It’s an Inuit hamlet of about 1800 people on the edge of the Eastern Arctic. Terra Informa’s Chris Chang-Yen Phillips interviewed Keita for ACGC Connect when he first arrived in Pangnirtung with a program called Engage North, and invited Keita on air to share what he learned during his time working there.

Further reading: Engage NorthACGC Connect Podcast – Pangnirtung, Permafrost, and Possibilities

What’s Happening

2013 Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) Annual Conference

This October, 24-27 the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation will hold its annual conference in Thunder Bay. This year’s theme is Rural Canada – Ready to Grow. The event is co-hosted by Lakehead University, the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association, and the Nishnawbe-Aski Nation. You’ll be digging into questions like how to ensure that some of the benefits of natural resources stay where they’re extracted, and how to cope with the social impacts of that development. These are, pretty much, the questions in the air right now, especially for Aboriginal communities. That’s October 24-27 in Thunder Bay. We’ll tweet out the link with more information, or you can just go directly to to register.

Vermicomposting Workshop

In Windsor, Ontario, there’s a vermicomposting workshop coming up on October 26. OPIRG Windsor is hosting the workshop at their headquarters. If you’re like me and you’re trying to process more of your own food scraps at home, vermicomposting lets you do that with the help of squirmy worms. The workshop is October 26 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM.

CJSR Fun Drive

Don’t forget, you can still donate to CJSR 88.5 FM after October 5th by visiting our FunDrive webpage!  We appreciate any support you can provide to your local community radio station CJSR.

A MASSIVE Thank you to ALL of our sponsors!

  • Lucid Lifestyle for donating a gift certificate, socks, and water bottle
  • House of D.A.M. (Edmonton’s Only Contemporary Vogue Collective) for donating a complementary trial Vogue Class with Robert.

Although we gave away this voguing prize on air, all new students can have a trial week of Unlimited Classes for $25 to get a taste of what style they are interested in.  Voguing is an incredible sub-culture from the Black & Latin Queer Community that dates back to the 1960’s in Harlem, NYC. Inspired by Modelling, Runway, Magazines, Film, these poses and movements are integrated with angular, linear, and rigid arm, leg, and body movements. A Wonderful fun and fabulous class to build self-confidence, love, beauty as well as extreme strength, dexterity, flexibility, musicality and theatricality in how this performance style has evolved over the years.

When: Every Thursday at 6pm
Location: Pique Dance Centre (Edmonton’s Only Adult Drop-In Dance Centre) 10604 105 Ave NW

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