Episodes

Episode of our radio show / podcast.

The NEB & the Future of Energy in Canada

 

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This week on Terra Informa, Terra Informer Amanda Rooney chats with Hélène Lauzon, the co-chair on an expert panel set up by the federal government to work on investigating the modernization of the National Energy Board. Then, in an archive, Danielle Dalgoy and Riyah Lakhani catch up with electrical engineer Warren Sarauer from the Solar Energy Society of Alberta to talk about the future of renewables back in November 2014.

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National Energy Board Modernization Expert Panel

About two weeks ago Terra Informer Amanda Rooney spoke with Hélène Lauzon. Ms.Lauzon is the co-chair on an expert panel set up by the federal government to work on investigating how the National Energy Board can be modernized.

The National Energy Board regulates international and interprovincial energy projects such as pipelines, powerlines and energy exports. The 5 person expert panel has been travelling across Canada holding discussions with stakeholders and the public. They have even held separate days especially encouraging the participation of Indigenous individuals and groups. Check out Amanda Rooney and Carter Gorzitza’s story about some of what the board has heard so far.

More info at: http://www.neb-modernization.ca/neb-welcome

Solar power in the neighbourhood?

When you were a kid in school and you first learned about solar power, did you think, why don’t they put those on our roof? Terra Informa’s Danielle Dolgoy thought a lot about solar power growing up under Edmonton’s big, sunny skies. It seemed simple enough. Slap a few panels up on the house and school, and stop polluting the water, air, and soil.

As solar technology has improved over the last decade it is rapidly becoming a viable alternative to burning fossil fuels. And as energy industry heads scramble to maintain their dominance over the delivery of the essential thing: energy, certain myths have begun to creep into the conversation.

Some people say that solar power is too costly to produce and thus, is not a real alternative for the everyday consumer. Others say that the process of manufacturing solar panels, or modules as the professionals call them, is just as hazardous to the environment as conventional electricity generation. So why mess with what we already know? They say we should stick with the reliable energy that we’ve always trusted and continue using the infrastructure in place in the same way we always have.

Danielle caught up with business owner, electrical engineer, and solar power enthusiast Warren Sarauer recently, to bust these myths. After she and Terra Informa’s Riyah Lakhani attended Sarauer’s talk on solar energy hosted by the Solar Energy Society of Alberta, called “Solar Energy: How to Generate Your Own Power and Sell It Back to the Grid”, they both wanted to know more about the viability of solar power for themselves and the people they know.

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Photo by Brian Cantoni.

 

Urban Week at the University of Alberta

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This week on Terra Informa, we hear from organizer Hayley Wasylycia about Urban week, and the environmental and planning fun that they will be whipping up around campus!

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Urban Week 2017 & The Growroom

What is urban? Who is responsible for the urban environment? What’s the role of bees? What the heck is an IKEA Growroom? Terra Informers Shelley Jodoin and Carter Gorzitza ask these questions and more of Hayley Wasylycia, an organizer of Urban Week, which is coming to the University of Alberta March 20th to 24th.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/747808418709982/
YEG Growroom website: growroomyeg.com
Open Source Website Here: www.space10.io/journal/space10-open-sources-the-growroom

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Photo credit to The Growroom released by Space10

A Little Grain and a Lot of Birds

This week is a special episode that was especially fun to make. Sometimes, when we have an extra cool story that the whole Terra Informa team is invested in, we all go on a field trip together. A couple Sundays ago, we travelled to a Grain Terminal in the City of Edmonton to see some rare birds of prey and meet the folks who watch and photograph them there.

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A Little Grain and a lot of Birds

In class this semester, Edmonton-famous professor and naturalist John Acorn told his students about a special place in the city that attracts hundreds of pigeons each day, who in turn attract rare birds of prey who feed on them. Terra Informer Amanda Rooney took several friends and fellow Terra Informers to the Alberta Grain Terminal in North Edmonton to take it in. In this story, we see hundreds of pigeons, one very lucky sparrow, some merlin falcons, and a prairie falcon.

What’s Happening

Green Drinks: Green Economy

Green Drinks is a gathering of Edmonton’s green-minded professionals to meet new friends, network, and indulge in a local brew. This event takes place at the Yellowhead Brewery on Wednesday, March 1st and featured guests include HEATHER SPEERS, the Project Coordinator for the MacEwan University’s social innovation hub project; Mark Anielski an economic strategist specializing in measuring well-being and happiness and also award-winning author of The Economics of Happiness: Building Genuine Wealth, and many more. Get more info on eventbrite.com.

Aboriginal Law Speaker Series

Also in Edmonton, check out the Aboriginal Law Speaker Series hosted by the University of Alberta’s Aboriginal Law Students Association. The series start March 6th with Eriel Deranger, who we’ve had the pleasure of interviewing on Terra Informa about Alberta Indigenous Peoples and the Climate Crisis. The speaker series is free and more information can be found on Facebook event.

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Photos by Cameron Blais.

Speculating the Future and Utilizing Shame for Good

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This week on Terra Informa, we look to the archives to discuss the future of humanity and the place oil has in that future. First off we have Chris Chang-Yen Phillips with Brandon Schatz talking about science-fiction and its reflection of our current and future states. After that we talk to Jennifer Jacquet about the effectiveness of shaming in modern protest. And lastly we talk with Todd Hirsch about the future of oil in Alberta and the his view on the future economic framework of this province.

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Lenses on the Future

Not everyone likes reading books about the future. Unless you already read science fiction, speculative fiction, or science-fiction as they’re collectively called, you might feel like the whole genre is just about slapstick robots and Orion slave girls. To be fair, some of it is about slapstick robots and Orion slave girls. But Sci-Fi can also teach us a lot about the way we live today. And help us imagine something different. For more on why your summer reading list should venture into the world of ansibles, hyperspace, and pigoons, Chris Chang-Yen Phillips spoke to Brandon Schatz, manager of Wizard Comics in Edmonton. 

Shaming Our Way Past Petrol

For activists trying to get all of society to shift to a renewable energy future, does it work to shame those keeping us in the past? Shame is divisive and combative. But Jennifer Jacquet thinks shame is a great tool in the activist toolkit. This academic in New York University’s department of Environmental Studies published the book Is Shame Necessary? New Uses for an Old Tool.

Alberta’s Post-Oil Future

As demand for Alberta’s oil drops lower and lower in the decades to come, how will the province’s economy change? How will we move forward and learn to prosper in new ways? For some perspective on these questions, we turned to Todd Hirsch, chief economist at ATB Financial.

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Photo by: Chris Yakimov (https://www.flickr.com/photos/doucy/)

Crime, Bugs and the Physics of Fire Ants

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We all know bugs are important in the function of ecosystems but did you know about their importance in the world of forensics, or in the study of physics? This week on Terra Informa, we go to Chris Chang-Yen Phillips to discuss a murder investigation with a forensic entomologist. And after we hear about the physics of fire ants from our partners over at Science Faction.

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Investigating with Bugs

Piecing together a crime can be a messy business. Police can run up against unreliable witnesses, or destroyed evidence. But what if the animals around a body could tell you a story about what happened? Chris Chang-Yen Phillips has this story from forensic entomologist and Simon Fraser University professor Gail Anderson in Vancouver.

Science Faction

Here is a link to Science Faction’s website. This was the first episode in an 8-part miniseries.
http://sciencefaction.ca/

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Photo by: AV Design
https://www.flickr.com/photos/avdezign/

A Tour of Edmonton’s Waste Management Centre

 

Photos by Amanda Rooney

This week on Terra Informa, we bring you along on our field trip of Edmonton’s Waste Management Centre, one of the leading waste management facilities in the world.

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Edmonton Waste Management Field Trip

This past September Terra Informers Tasmia Nishat and Amanda Rooney took a trip to the Edmonton Waste Management Center. The Edmonton  Waste Management Center is well known throughout Canada as a leading innovator  in the business of dealing with municipal waste. The Center is able to divert 50% of the city’s residential waste from the landfill every year. In this piece we join a group on their tour of the Center and it’s facilities. Free tours of the facility are available to the public, every Friday morning at 9am and every Friday afternoon at 12:30pm. The tour is 2 hours long. Reservations are required. Call 780-496-6879.  

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Flora of the Rare, Indigenous, or Arctic Kind

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How Arctic Plants Adapt

Terra Informer Julianne Hayes explains how arctic plants adapt to a warming tundra.

Maintaining the Biodiversity of Alberta’s plants

We all know that even now species are going extinct at an alarming rate. Tasmia Nishat met with Jenine Pederson, a Master’s student in Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta, to talk about her research on preventing the loss of biodiversity. Jenine studies rare plants, and looks at how we can save them from the most devastating effects of climate change.

ID Cards for Plants

Have you ever wondered about which plants are indigenous to the area you are living in?  What are the different uses for the plant and what are the plant’s names?  What has contributed to the dwindling of indigenous species of plants in some areas and what are the impacts?  Terra Informa’s Annie Banks asked John Bradley Williams and Jennifer McMullen to tell us about a set of Indigenous plant identification cards that they’ve created.  The cards help readers identify plants on the unceded Coast Salish Territories of Vancouver Island.  John Bradley and Jen describe the cards and the ideas behind their creation.

Image Credit: Ghislain118 on Wikipedia

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Speciesism + Science Faction

 

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Painting by P. Matthews (1838) of the trial of Bill Burns, a man prosecuted for beating his donkey.

This week’s theme is speciesism! Speciesism refers to the belief that the human species is superior to all other species. Mark Devries is the filmmaker behind “Speciesism: The Movie,” a film that documents the immense scale of pig farms in North Carolina using drone surveillance. Inspired by the animal rights discussion, we’ve included a podcast episode produced by Science Faction that discusses the evolution of land species from fish.

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Mark Devries, Speciesism: The Movie

Mark Devries is a filmmaker interested in the ethics of livestock practices used in North Carolina. His documentary, Speciesism: The Movie, shows how large-scale livestock farms raises the issue of animal rights and raises concerns about environmental protection and human health. Tasmia Nishat interviewed Mark Devries about the visual impact of these livestock farms, his ethical concerns, and the methods he used to capture film of private farm property, including using a small plane and drone surveillance.

Science Faction: Fish with Feet

Science Faction is a Canadian miniseries that explains scientific research using 1000 of the most commonly used words. “Fish with Feet” takes listeners on a journey to the lab of Dr. Emily Standen at the University of Ottawa to learn about fish that can walk. They discuss how Dr. Standen’s lab is raising fish out of water and how her work elevates our understanding of the evolution of ancient fish species into land species.