Faith, Floods and Frostbite

Winter in Edmonton: The Highlevel Bridge

Winter in Edmonton: The Highlevel Bridge (Photo Credit: M. Folkmann)

This week, we hear from faith-based organizations about why they’re so active in the climate justice movement. We also learn what lessons and techniques reporters need when a natural disaster strikes—disasters like the massive flooding that hit Calgary last summer. Finally, two short stories exploring wintery themes: discover frostbite’s sway on history and what makes snowflakes unique.

Update: this episode was remixed with new content on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 at 9 pm MST.

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Faith and Climate Justice

Last week we heard from three guests—an analyst, an activist and a Bishop—about Fast for the Climate, a campaign based off of the hunger strike that thousands of people took part in during the Warsaw climate change talks. This week, Trevor Chow-Fraser wanted to hear more on what inspires people of faith to get involved in the international climate negotiations. To figure it out, Trevor step back and ask them how they first came to connect their faith with the environment.


There are some things we can do to shape the climate, but one thing that’s never going away is one of the ways winter really gives us the cold shoulder: frostbite. Today, CJSR’s Roshini Nair tells a story about how we know what we know about frostbite, how we’ve treated it over the years, and how winter has shaped wars. Follow us through the winds of history and the forests of 19th-century Russia.

Links:“Everything You Need to Know About Frostbite” from CBC News, “A History of Frostbite Treatment” from the International Journal of Circumpolar Health, “The Coldest War” from Doctor’s Review

Disaster Reporting

When a natural disaster hits, there are so many questions we want answered. To get the answers, someone has to be on the ground gathering all this information.  It turns out that doing that well is a mix of planning ahead, and thinking on your feet. Terra Informa’s crew was at the Canadian University Press national conference last month in Edmonton, and we heard from someone who’s had first-hand experience with disaster reporting. His name is Jason Markusoff, and when he and his fellow reporters at the Calgary Herald heard that the city was in for some floods in the summer of 2013, they had no idea how big of a crisis was washing up on the shores of the Bow River.


We’ll meet the professor who delves into the intricacies of snow more than your average Joe. CJSR’s Matt Hirji brings us more.

What’s Happening

Voices from Elsipogtog: Mi’kmaq Warriors Speaking Tour

Suzanne Patles of the Mi’kmaq Warriors Society, will be speaking in Edmonton as part of a national tour to raise awareness about the struggle at Elsipogtog against shale gas fracking. You might remember the story that came out of New Brunswick last October. They led a blockade for a couple months trying to block fracking for natural gas at Elsipogtog First Nation. The confrontation came to national attention when the blockade was attacked and broken up by RCMP officers. Forty members of the blockade were arrested, and a number of members of the Mi’kmaq Warriors Society now face legal charges. We on the show found it valuable to hear from First Nations people involved directly in this struggle. You might also enjoy the opportunity to hear about the Mi’kmaq Warriors Society’s struggle in their own words.

That’s February 11 in Edmonton, at 6:15 at the University of Alberta’ Telus Centre. It’s a free event, but any donations raised during the tour will go towards their legal support.

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If you’re a student looking for a summer job in Halifax this summer, Halifax Water is seeking a Water Quality Research Student. The job is open to students in two year Water Treatment technical programs, or currently enrolled in a post-secondary program in environmental sciences, microbiology, or chemistry. You have to be headed back to school in the fall of 2014. The application is due on February 12 at noon.


Victoria’s Seedy Saturday

And coming this Saturday, February 15 to Victoria, it’s Seedy Saturday! Seedy Saturday is a community event with lots of opportunities to learn about seed diversity, food security and sustainable gardening practices. You can find local and organic seeds to buy, nurseries, books, kids’ activities, Master Gardeners, and more. There will also be speakers on topics like edible landscaping, and permaculture design. It’s February 15 at the Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street, 10am – 4pm. $7 at the door, but if you’re under 16, it’s  free.


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