Let’s Go Bike Touring!


Grease your chain, stock up on water, check the weather, and prepare to pump some pedals… vicariously! Listen to provoking environmental news headlines as you prepare to join Terra Informer Shelley Jodoin as she takes a 130km summer bike ride from Edmonton to Elk Island National Park and back with her roommates Jasmine Farahbakhsh and Katrina Wilson. Then, travel back in time and through space to the 2015 MEC bike fest to find out what Edmonton citizens think about biking.

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Terra Informers Go Biking

What is it about bikes? What madness convinced Terra Informer Shelley Jodoin to join her roommates Katrina Wilson and Edmonton Bicycle Commuters Society volunteer Jasmine Farahbakhsh to go on a 67km bike ride? Sustainable, fun, good for your health: Join these adventure seeking women and hopefully you will be convinced to take mechanical advantage of gears and muscles to propel yourself on your own adventure sometime soon.

MEC Bike Fest – Streeters

During MEC Bikefest 2015, Terra Informers Natalee Rawat, Erin Carter, and Tasmia Nishat walked around asking people about first biking memories, and favourite biking routes.

Headline Recap

Iron&Earth is an initiative created by oil sands workers who want more opportunities for trade workers to work in the renewable sector. Check it out!

Heroic RCMP officers saved a starving skunk by removing the Tim Hortons cup stuck on its head! Come on, Timmy.

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Photo courtesy of Travel Luxembourg


The Right to be Cold


This week’s episode is a book club in which Terra Informers Shelley Jodoin, Dylan Hall, and Amanda Rooney discussed Canadian author and environmental and human rights activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier’s book The Right To Be Cold.

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Sheila Watt-Cloutier is internationally known for her lifetime of outstanding tenacity and her work dedicated to defending the economic, social, and cultural rights of Inuit and other indigenous people. In 2015 she received the Right Livelihood Award “for her lifelong work to protect the Inuit of the Arctic and defend their right to maintain their livelihoods and culture, which are acutely threatened by climate change.” Watt-Cloutier is most famous for proving that climate change is a global violation of human rights and not merely an environmental issue.  In her words: “If we continue to allow the Arctic to melt, we lose more than the planet that has nurtured us for all of human history. We lose the wisdom required for us to sustain it.”

The terra informers read “The Right To Be Cold”, a memoir chronicling Watt-Cloutier’s life and work. In her novel Watt-Cloutier brings the reader into all aspects of her life; from a childhood of ice and snow in an Inuit Community in northern Quebec, to a turbulent southern education in a residential school, to political advocacy work in ever more prominent international roles.

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Photo credit to Wilson Bentley.

The Way We Travel


On this week’s episode of Terra Informa from the archives, we talk hybrid car sales and how to make biking safer, live from MEC Bike Fest 2015.

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Who’s Buying Hybrid?

At this point, hybrid vehicles have been on the market for a while. The Toyota Prius began selling in Canada fifteen years ago. But despite the constantly improving technology, electric and hybrid electric vehicles account for less than 5% of the automotive market. Adoption is proving to be slow.

To examine what’s happening at the point of sale, Terra Informa’s Carson Fong sat down with a few members of the Lexus of Edmonton team. Wayne Chak, a sales consultant at the dealership, and Matt Miller, the general manager, spoke about the trends they’re seeing with their clients.

Open Maps Make Good Neighours

Bike lanes—somewhat unbelievably—have become one of the most divisive issues in Canadian cities. They cost a lot of money, but advocates believe they save lives. How can anyone argue the price on that?

Matthew Dance and Conrad Nobert think part of the problem is data. City planners have it, the rest of us don’t. City planners can see the most dangerous streets on a map and know where bike lanes would help most. Matthew Dance wants to share that map with the world.

Ghost Bikes

Every once in a while, you might see a bicycle painted entirely white—frame, handlebars, wheels, drivetrain—locked up on a streetside lamp post. Here in Edmonton, the ghost bikes are an initiative Edmonton Bicycle Commuter Society. Trevor Chow-Fraser spoke with their executive director, Chris Chan, to learn more about this poignant bicycle safety project.

ECOnomics and ECOlogy with David Suzuki and Jeff Rubin

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This week’s episode from our archives shines the spotlight on two environmental guru’s from Canada: David Suzuki and Jeff Rubin. Dr. David Suzuki is a celebrated scientist, broadcaster, and environmentalist who’s perhaps best known for his role on the long running CBC series, The Nature of Things. Jeff Rubin, formerly the chief economist at CIBC financial markets, is the author of Why Your World Is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller and more recently The End of Growth.  In 2012, when this episode first aired, Suzuki and Rubin were touring from coast-to-coast on a book tour promoting ‘The End Of Growth’. In the recent federal election in 2015, leaders from every federal party were promoting the necessity of economic growth, showing that little has changed in mainstream political thought, and making this episode as timely as ever.

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David Suzuki and Jeff Rubin – The End of Growth

On May 28, Random-House Canada and Greystone Books announced that Jeff Rubin and Dr. David Suzuki would be visiting cities across Canada to deliver a message…one that you can’t afford to miss. Jeff Rubin, formerly the chief economist and strategist at CIBC World Markets, is the author of Why Your World Is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller and more recently The End of Growth. David Suzuki is the celebrated scientist, broadcaster, and environmentalist who’s perhaps best known for his role on the long running CBC series The Nature of Things. His latest book, Everything Under The Sun: Toward a Brighter Future on a Small Blue Planet, examines the interconnected nature of life on earth, and our role in it. Together, they’re turning heads as they tour the country to tell Canadians that a sustainable future is still possible, but only if we’re willing to change the way we currently understand the economy and the environment.

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Photo credit to Jenni Konrad.

The Meats Episode

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Credit to Wikipedia user Raysonho for the image

Last week we talked about the real cost of cheap food, this week we continue our conversation about food but this time we focus on an always controversial topic – meat. In this episode of Terra Informa we explore meat and all the challenges and opportunities that come with a meat eating society. Erin Carter Talks to Ruth Ozkei about her book entitled “My Year of Meats” and then we go to the archives to hear Carson Fong talk to Three Boars Co-owner and Head Chef, Brayden Kozak.

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My Year of Meats

Terra Informer Erin Carter interviewed Ruth about her first novel, My Year of Meats. They discussed how the cultural messages we receive about meat in Canada and Japan tell us about ourselves, the shift toward eating animal products in Japan, and the traditional differences in meat consumption between Canada and Japan.

No Meat Left Behind

Many different cultures have been using… “interesting” parts of the animal in their cooking for a long time now. But the concept is only barely penetrating North American culture, where our appetite for meat revolves around nice, expensive cuts. Brayden Kozak, head chef and co-owner of Three Boars Eatery in Edmonton, aims to make delicious dishes with meat that might seem a little strange to us. The result? For his suppliers, it means less meat that gets thrown out. For his customers, it means unique plates that excite and delight. And for him? It means a very very busy restaurant. Terra Informa’s Carson Fong got a chance to speak with him.

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Food: Worldwide struggles and local solutions


This week we bring you an episode from our archives about food: an ever timely topic. Ever wonder why food is so cheap? No? Well, it may surprise you when sociologist Michael Carolan explains the true cost of our cheap food in an interview that delves into the enormous cost the environment and developing countries bear so that individuals in wealthy nations can chomp cheap pizza. And, pedalling permaculture enthusiasts well aware of unsustainable agriculture systems will share their local solution to global problems in an interview about the Victoria-based bicycle-powered compost company, Pedal to Petal!

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Pedal to Petal
Pedal to Petal is a Bicycle Powered Compost Pickup Company located in Victoria B.C. They are a carbon-negative social enterprise that’s found a unique way of transforming kitchen waste into treasure, and livelihood. They describe themselves as “a permaculture-based collective of bicycle loving food security activists who are taking direct action to reduce carbon emissions and landfill waste and to feed the soil and the city’s hungry”.  They do this through a bike-powered kitchen scrap pick up service, building edible landscapes, and composting. Trevor Van Hemert of Pedal to Petal talks to Terra Informa about innovations in compost set-up and how to run a business that thinks outside the box.

Real Cost of Cheap Food
Michael Carolan is a sociologist with some fascinating things to say about how our food is made. Food certainly looks cheap at the supermarket, and the average north American pays far less for food relative to incomes than people did only a generation ago. But Michael Carolan argues that this extraordinarily cheap food is a product of bad agriculture policies that make the environment, other countries, and future generations bear the real cost. Michael Carolyn is based at Colorado State University, and just published a new book called The Real Cost of Cheap Food. He joins us today to talk about his work.

The Thinking Garden                                                                                                                         ‘The Thinking Garden’ is a beautiful, thought-provoking, and uplifting documentary film about South African women’s grassroots efforts to combat food insecurity, climate change, structural poverty, and HIV/AIDS. They are currently in the homestretch of an indie-gogo funding campaign and would love your help to finish the documentary!

The link to the campaign: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-thinking-garden#/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sathinkinggarden/?fref=ts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkinggarden

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National Aboriginal Day: Resistance through Music and Education through Storytelling

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This week on Terra Informa we revisit a couple of strong First Nations speakers, first we listen to singer songwriter Sierra Jamerson and then hear a traditional story told by Dwayne Donald.

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Sierra Jamerson on B.C.’s Sacred Headwaters

Sierra Jamerson was born into a family of talented leaders and gifted musicians, and she’s been performing professionally since the tender age of eleven, singing traditional Black Gospel, jazz, soul and R&B music.

Part of that talented family of hers is in the Tahltan Nation in British Columbia. You might have heard of the Sacred Headwaters in Tahltan territory. It’s the origin point for three powerful rivers that run through British Columbia—the Stikine, the Skeena and the Nass. When the oil and gas industry tried to start mining in the area, Sierra’s family was at the forefront of Tahltan resistance.

Chris Chang-Yen Phillips spoke with Sierra Jamerson during a live taping at the St. John’s Institute of Edmonton in 2013.

The Story of the Buffalo Child

Math, geography and… storytelling? Teachers are regularly focused on a particular style of education that focuses on a prescribed curriculum. However the standard curriculum can lack voice, perspective and meaning without including one key aspect. Story. Dwayne Donald has challenged the norms on how we view education and curriculum through his unique position in the academic and Aboriginal communities. Dwayne toes the space between how and what we teach with his powerful message on curriculum.

Yvette Thompson spoke with Dwayne Donald, Professor in the Department of Education at the University of Alberta in September 2014. Today, we’re playing the story of The Buffalo Child, as told by Dwayne Donald.

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Academhicks + Science Faction

(c) Pepicek on Wikipedia - Alexander Blok's poem 'Noch, ulica, fonar, apteka' on a wall in the Dutch city of Leiden (corner Roodenburgerstraat/Thorbeckestraat)

This week on Terrainforma, we talk the intersection of poetry, nature, and academia, and then we revisit an episode of Science Faction on remaking memory.


Jenna Butler

Science Faction

Have you ever had a bad memory that you wanted to change into something better? This once impossibility is now possible, at least for mice, thanks to research led by Nobel laureate Dr. Susumu Tonegawa of the RIKEN-MIT Center for Neural Circuit Genetics. Join us this month on Science Faction.