YVR Bunker Oil :: YEG Beekeepers

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In April 2015, a relatively minor leak turned into a full blown oil spill in Vancouver’s English Bay. We explore the reasons why and what we can learn for The Big Spill coming down the line. Elsewhere in the show, we drop in on one of the first legal deliveries of bees to an Edmonton backyard.

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Lessons from the MV Marathassa oil spill

Vancouver went to sleep on April 8 with no idea what was leaking into the ocean waters right on its doorstep. The MV Marathassa, a brand new ship, had started leaking highly toxic bunker fuel into English Bay. A boater discovered something going wrong at 5pm. But it was hours before the Coast Guard responded. The thick, sludgy petrol continued to leak into Vancouver’s waters all through the night.

Why did it take so long for the Coast Guard and clean-up crews to respond? And given the delay, did they really clean up 80% of the spill in 36 hours? What can we learn from this incident for next time?

To find answers to these questions, Trevor Chow-Fraser turned to some outspoken Vancouverites who have raised their voices in the month since the accident. Mike Cotter is General Manager of Vancouver’s Jericho Sailing Centre. Leila Darwish is a community organizer, the author of Earth Repair and one of the original Terra Informers.

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Urban Beekeeping

There are plenty of frontiers in urban agriculture: community gardens, backyard chickens—beekeeping might be the one that makes neighbours and politicians the most nervous. But after years of debate and a pilot project eased us into the idea, Edmonton has finally opened the doors to backyard beekeeping.

Edmonton’s City Council changed its bylaws in April 2015 to allow residents to get their own licensed beehive. So what does it look like (and sound like) to get a delivery of thousands of bees?

Chris Chang-Yen Phillips joined Kyla Tichkowsky, Steph Ripley and Lisa Lumley to find out.

Book Club

Just a reminder to join us for next week’s book club. We’re discussing The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness, and Greed by John Vaillant.

It won the Governor General’s Award and Writers Trust Non-Fiction Prize in 2005. And it’s now adapted into a documentary film called Hadwin’s Judgement. We featured an interview with filmmaker Sasha Snow and writer John Vaillant last week.

Tune in next week for the discussion and chime in on Twitter @terrainforma.

 

Photo credit: Kent Lins on Flickr.

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