Blue Future and Festive Symbols

(c) Rcbutcher on wikipedia. Depicts Christmas tree farmer tending to trees in Waterloo, Nova Scotia.

In this week’s archival show, we talk Maude Barlow’s Blue Future and whether artificial or au-naturale is the way to go for a certain festive symbol.

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Maude Barlow’s Blue Future

When we think about water security and sustainability in Canada, the first name that comes to mind is Maude Barlow. Her newest book, the third and final in her series focused on water sustainability, is called Blue Future. Here is Terra Informa’s Matt Hirji with an interview captured at the beginning of her latest book tour.

Christmas Tree Showdown

We’re starting to get to that time of year when many of us are on the lookout for a new Christmas tree for our living rooms. We’re usually faced with one of two options: springing for the real deal, or going artificial. But who wins in the ecological showdown between the two types of trees? Each has its pros and cons, but when it when it comes to deciding which is naughty and which is nice, the answer isn’t so cut-and-dried. Before sprucing up your den this holiday season, you might want to hear some of the facts, which Hamdi Issawi will take us through.

Links: Ellipsos, Kansas State University Saint Joseph’s University

What’s Happening

Christmas Bird Count – Regina, Saskatchewan

From December 14 through January 5, 2014, tens of thousands of volunteers across Canada take part in an adventure that has become a family tradition among generations. Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission – often before dawn. For more information you can email

New Year’s Eve Party at Bow Habitat Station – Calgary, Alberta

Ring in 2015 with the whole family this New Year’s Eve! Join us for fun, family-friendly activities from 10 am to 4 pm , and for a ‘Countdown to Noon’ dance party from 11:45 am to 12:30 pm. Activities include: a trip to feed the fish, build your own noisemaker, face painting, family photo booth and more. Cost: Adults, $10. Seniors/Students, $8. Youth (5-17), $6. Children 4 & under, free. For more information you can email

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