What’s the Deal with Canada’s updated Environmental Legislation?


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You may have heard the news that last month the Canadian Federal Government overhauled a number of different pieces of legislation including the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, Navigable Waters Act, Fisheries Act and the National Energy Board Act. These pieces of legislation inform the way that government protects the environment so these changes are significant. What will this all mean and how will these changes affect how implementation of legislation? No need to go read the new acts! Save yourself some time and let the Executive Director of the Environmental Law Centre explain the implications of these changes.

Terra Informer, Caitlin Macnab, spoke with Jason Unger to discuss whether these changes spell out greater transparency, public participation and environmental protection. Listen on!

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Homelessness in a Changing Climate

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Homelessness In a Changing Climate

Terra Informer Hannah Cunningham spoke with undergraduate student Madeleine Stout. Madeleine is pursuing a BA in Planning and works as a research assistant for University of Alberta human geographer Dr. Damian Collins. Madeleine was awarded Undergraduate Research Initiative grant to look at homelessness and winter in Edmonton. She investigated topics such as how weather factors into homelessness responses in Edmonton, and if the city’s homelessness policies take adaptation to winter weather into account.

Our episode this week investigates how climate change-related impacts are affecting Edmonton’s housing-insecure and homeless populations, and looking at what it means to be a “winter city”.

Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring

To honor the Spring season, we’d like to share a history lesson from 2014 that we pulled from our archives! Have you ever wondered about the origin of the environmental movement or the people behind it? To give you an idea, Yvette Thompson serves up a short on Rachel Carson, a woman who spoke out against pesticides with her 1962 book, Silent Spring. More information: The Life and Legacy of Rachel CarsonThe Story of Silent Spring

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Pollution Tracker determines that Victoria is the most polluted harbor on the West coast.




Controversy over proposed 23-hectare solar farm planned by EPCOR in the Edmonton River Valley.



Disappointing audit of the Edmonton residential waste diversion rate.



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Making Winter Cities Accessible


This week we dug into the archives and found a story from last year. In February of 2017, Edmonton hosted the city’s second Winter City Shake Up – a conference that addresses how we can make our cities more lovable, healthy, safe, and accessible and ultimately how we can beat the odds and thrive in the city during the winter season. Guest contributor Jody Zink went to the conference and brings us a variety of interviews discussing solutions to combat the windchill blues by making cities more winter friendly.

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Photo by: Jeff Wallace

Remembering Father Goose

Bill Lishman, known by many as ‘Father Goose’, passed on December 30 after a battle with Leukemia. Bill Lishman was an eccentric artist who found he had a strong affinity for birds after he began flying ultralight aircrafts. He found joy in flying alongside flocks of ducks and saw that he could use his unique skill of flying with birds to help Canada geese in their migrations by acting as the lead bird.

He enlisted the help of his friend Joe Duff, a photographer and fellow ultralight flyer. Together, they attempted their first migration with geese in 1993. Together, Bill and Joe co-founded Operation Migration to continue their work on aircraft guided bird migration. Since then, Operation Migration has graduated from leading Canadian geese to leading the endangered whooping crane on their migratory route.

Terra Informer, Sofia Osborne, spoke with Joe Duff about his memories of the late Bill Lishman. They also discussed the invention of human-led avian migration, the status of Whooping Cranes, and the legacy of Bill Lishman.

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Headline Links

New York Divesting from Fossil Fuel and Oil Companies

New Marine Refuges off Coast of Nunavut and Newfoundland

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The Cognitive Science behind Climate Change Denial


This week on Terra Informa,  we’re bringing you an interview with cognitive scientist Stephen Lewandowsky, who talks about the concept of a post-truth world.

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Are you concerned about the spread of fake news?  That term might immediately make you think of Donald Trump scrubbing the Environmental Protection Agency’s website of references to climate change. Or it might bring to mind alt-right sites like The Rebel, Breitbart, and InfoWars.

This state of misinformation that we’re in now is often referred to as post-truth. But has the world ever really been a truthful one? And how do people process and react to fake news? Terra Informer Sydney Karbonik spoke with cognitive scientist Stephen Lewandowsky about the current proliferation of false information .

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Photo credit: Opper, Frederick Burr, Artist. The fin de siècle newspaper proprietor / F. Opper. , 1894. N.Y.: Published by Keppler & Schwarzmann, March 7. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2012648704/. (Accessed December 31, 2017.)

The Role of Municipalities in Climate Adaptation

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This week we’re reairing an episode from our archives! This past June Amanda Rooney and Charly Blais sat down with Danielle Koleyak, an environmental project manager with the city of Edmonton. We talked about how municipalities are taking leadership in climate mitigation while also making strides for adaptation. We also spoke with Danielle about Edmonton’s newly developing climate change adaptation and resilience strategy and about the power that local leaders and municipalities have in addressing climate change issues.

Since then it has been announced that the City of Edmonton will be hosting the inaugural  Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Cities and Climate Change Science conference in March 2018. For more information click here.

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What’s Happening

International Mountain Day

Canadian Mountain Network is hosting a Mountain Festival in celebration of International Mountain Day. There will be a number of fascinating and free events! Highlights include: Wade Davis, the Keynote speaker at the festival, speaking  about his book “Into The Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest”,  a panel discussion on biodiversity, contaminants, and Indigenous food security in mountain places, and a talk given by photo historian and University of Alberta Professor Colleen Skidmore on her new book “Searching for Mary Schäffer: Women Wilderness Photography”. 

Change for Climate Talks

On Thursday, December 7, the City of Edmonton is hosting the Change for Climate Talks, an event to inspire Edmontonians into climate action. The event at the Art Gallery of Alberta will feature 11 speakers who will each get 7 minutes to talk about a climate-change related topic. The speakers include Edmonton’s poet laureate Ahmed (Knowmadic) Ali, Anna Ho from Paths for People, and Edmonton’s historian laureate Chris Chang-Yen Phillips.

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Environmentally Themed Music: The Moulettes


This week Terra Informer, Charlotte Thomasson, got in touch with UK rock band The Moulettes.  Formed in 2002, the band’s latest album, Preternatural, has taken on an environmental theme. Charlotte spoke with celloist Hannah Miller about the inspiration for Preternatural, as well as coral reefs, Bjork, and inspiring the masses to take on big issues!

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Preventing Grizzly Deaths on Canada’s Railway Tracks


Over the past fifteen years, there’s been a big spike in the number of Grizzly Bears in Banff National Park being killed by one surprising force: trains. We spoke with University of Alberta professor, Dr. Colleen Cassady St. Clair, and researcher Jonathan Backs, about their five year study into why this is happening, and how they are working to get the grizzly bear population back ~on track~

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Photo by: Roderick Eime on flickr