Almost Unbearably Green Prizes – Live for FunDrive at the Mighty CJSR

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On September 30, catch Terra Informa live! We’ll be broadcasting live from CJSR this week in support of FunDrive: CJSR’s annual fundraising week. Terra Informa is produced by CJSR 88.5 FM in Edmonton, a campus and community radio station at the University of Alberta. You’re just as likely to catch us playing dance beats and Somali rap as environmental news. It’s our 30th anniversary this year, and we rely on listener donations to support the independent reporting you hear from your community on Terra Informa every week.

Help us reach our fundraising goal of $885 on September 30th and you’ll be entered to win these fabulous prizes from Apache Seeds and the Edmonton Naturalization Group. You’ll also get great CJSR swag! Tune in online or at 88.5 FM at 5 pm MST for our hour-long show. Then donate to FunDrive by calling in during the show or by going to CJSR’s website.

Listen in for stories about reporting on the environment from CBC Radio’s Torah Kachur, and from the University of Alberta’s Dr. Dwayne Donald on reframing our education system to include sharing history through story. You’ll also hear physician Alan Lockwood explain why Alberta sticks out like a sore thumb on one big source of air pollution — and no, it’s not the tar sands. And we’ll have a long-time Terra Informa volunteer in studio to share an insider’s take on producing community radio.

It’s going to be a fun show. Thanks for listening and thanks for your support!

Read this for July 23: The Year of the Flood/For the Birds

Cover photo of Margaret Atwood's The Year of the Flood

Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood

Terra Informa’s reading club pick for July is a pair of books by Canada’s Margaret Atwood – master of sharp words and cautionary tales.

The Year of the Flood is the second book in the Maddaddam series that began with Oryx & Crake. The series explores dark truths about human nature, genetic manipulation, and a world where ChickieNobs and rakunks portend a new age for humanity. Following our joyous accident of reading both an adult and kids’ book in June, we’re also reading Atwood’s children’s fable For the Birds.

Read along, and let us know what you think by July 23! Email us at or tweet us@terrainforma to let us know what you think of either of the books. Leave us your phone number and we’ll give you a call.

Live Show: CJSR Turns 30


On Tuesday, January 7th, Terra Informa will be broadcasting live from Edmonton’s City Hall to celebrate the 30th anniversary of our home station: CJSR. From 5-6 PM, join us for a special one hour episode of stories about leaving a legacy.

Hear music from across Canada, and stories about artist Richie Velthuis’ delicate carvings in ice and the echoes of Chinese immigrants on Edmonton’s food culture today. We’ll also be joined by Linda Duncan – Alberta’s sole NDP MP, an environmental lawyer, and a recurring guest on Terra Informa over the past few years.

Edmonton listeners can tune into the broadcast live on CJSR 88.5 FM at 5 PM on January 7th, and listeners in other communities will hear both halves of the live show over the next two weeks. Stay tuned throughout 2014 for more celebrations marking the history of one of Canada’s most outstanding community radio stations.

Donate to CJSR and Terra Informa


As you all know, Terra Informa is produced at the studios of the mighty CJSR in Edmonton, Alberta. And like most campus-community radio stations, we depend in part on our listeners for support. Your donations keep the podcasts flowing, the antennae tuning, the microphones chirping, the tape recorders spinning, our reporters listening, and many more exciting noun-verb combos.

The 2013 FunDrive runs until Saturday, October 5. Not only does your gift make Terra Informa better, but you can take home some sweet gifts of your own, including music, hoodies, and more.

Please donate at or by calling 780-492-2577 ext 0. Thank you!

Aug 1 Live Show: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

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How does faith affect our connection to the land? Does it inspire us to protect rivers, or justify draining them? In partnership with the St John’s Institute, CJSR’s Terra Informa brings you a free live show this Thursday, Aug 1 to explore these ideas and more.

Featuring performances from iconic Edmonton singer Sierra Jamerson and Alberta poet Gary Lee.

This show will be recorded for broadcast on CJSR 88.5 FM and syndicate stations around the country. See the magic and be part of this one-time only event!

This is a free, all-ages performance (donations gladly accepted), and the venue is accessible.

Pipeline documentary nets national award

Guess what? We won an award for our Northern Gateway Pipeline documentary, and it’s kind of a big deal!
Terra Informa's award from the award ceremony in Winnipeg

Very curious to get this puppy in our hands and see what old-school equipment they built them out of!

For the fourth time now, we’ve been honoured for our work by the National Campus and Community Radio Association. At a ceremony in Winnipeg this week, the NCRA recognized our two-part radio documentary, Rough Waters and Divided Valleys: Voices From The Route Of The Northern Gateway Pipeline, for Outstanding Achievement: Syndicated Show or Podcast.

In the summer of 2011, Terra Informa correspondents set out on a journey to follow the path of the proposed Northern Gateway from its starting point in Edmonton to its terminus in Kitimat, on the coast of British Columbia. We wondered whether media coverage at the time was really capturing the full range of thoughts and feelings held by those directly affected. The documentary is the result of conversations we had over thousands of kilometres travelled, in communities with the most to gain, and the most to lose. What we found is that a seemingly simple pipeline is creating turbulence in some communities, while building solidarity in others.

Terra Informa has previously been recognized by the NCRA for Outstanding Achievement in News, Current Affairs and Documentary production.

A huge thank you to the NCRA for the honour, and to our home station CJSR for your continuing support.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Myles Curry – Terra Informa producer

Cold and Warmth: Terra Informa live at Latitude 53 Winter Salon

Cold & Warmth

Terra Informa has some sizzling stories to share on stage this Thursday, March 28.

Hey Edmontonians! Come in from the cold and warm up with Terra Informa this Thursday, March 28th. We’re performing live as part of Latitude 53’s Winter Salon series. This third and final Winter Salon for the year will feature performances and art around the ideas of cold and warmth from Terra Informa, Anthony Goertz, Body Habitat (Lily Gael & Lisa Wells), and Anya. You might remember Anthony Goertz from the poem he read on last fall’s CJSR Fundrive show.

Our portion of the evening will include live interviews with Girl Gone Wild‘s Jamie Pratt and Elizabeth Walker, a City Archivist involved in planning Edmonton’s Winter City Strategy. Jamie is another frequent guest on Terra Informa, and a big fan of bison, snails, and sturgeon.

Cold & Warmth
Thursday, 28 March 2013, 7–9 pm
Location: McCauley School – 9538 107 Avenue

Latitude 53 has put up a handy Facebook event if you’re warming up the idea. If you can’t make it out on Thursday, we won’t leave you out in the cold. Next week’s broadcast will feature excerpts from the performance.