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Return of Misinforma

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Back by seasonal demand, it’s the return of Return of Misinforma: the show that turns up the heat on environmentalists. (For best results, return on April 1st).

We ask the questions that are too controversial for you to ask yourself—like what to do with Iceland? Do we really need water? Plus a special investigative feature on Canada’s radical, extremist environmentalists. And of course, it’s time for the annual Ezra Levant Award for Excellence in Excellence in Journalism!

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What’s Pissed Off Chris

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Terra Misinforma’s regular shock columnist Chris Chang-Yen Phillips has an idea he’d like to get off his chest. It’s about a certain Scandinavian nation that’s become a hot tourist destination for those in search of a union of lava fields and icy slopes.

Reflections on Water: A Debate

Another great use for water.

What’s water really good for besides hockey, hosing down activists, and raining on parades? As far as natural resources go, water’s just a drop in the bucket, and we’ve decided to wash our hands of it. But unlike most media outlets, we try to get you both sides of every story, even if the other is patently wrong. So, to stand up for the big blue—or green, or whatever colour gets you hippies out of bed these days—eco-conscious Canadian Nelly von Hoser joined us in studio for a short and shallow conservation—errr—conversation on the merits of water.

Spawns of Seitan: Canada’s Terrifying Ecoterrorists

You hear news on Terra Misinforma all the time about the misguided misdeeds of Canada’s environmentalists. Fortunately, our great government is starting to catch on. In recent years, politicians, pundits and police have all identified environmentalists as the leading threat to the nation. To tell us more, we’ve got Trevor Chow-Fraser, who went undercover in his fight to remain vigilant against domestic extremism in the name of environmentalism.

Our most excellent awards segment

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The one and only Ezra Levant.

It’s that time of year when we celebrate the best of the best. Yes, it’s time to hand out the Ezra Levant Award for Excellence in Excellence in Journalism. In a tribute to the paragon of journalism that we, as Canadians, dream of reaching in our own work, the Ezra Levant Award for Excellence in Excellence goes to…

(Well, you’ll just have to listen to find out silly)

Exploring The Relationship Between Environmental NGO’s and Corporations

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Lubicon, by Alex Janvier (1988)

Can corporations contribute positively to environmental action? Do we need modern-day Robin Hood’s funneling sponsorships toward good causes—or will corporate dollars always have a corrosive effect on activism? Artist Alex Janvier and forestry activist Tzeporah Berman weigh in.

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Sharing The Stage: Melina Laboucan-Massimo and Crystal Lameman

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In the past month, we’ve been privileged to see some of the biggest names in Canada’s environmental scene, including David Suzuki and Naomi Klein. We’ll share our analysis of these latest tours, today. But we’re even more excited to bring you conversations with two activists who shared the stage with these bigger names. While lesser known, their life journeys and struggles are well worth paying attention to.

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Tackling Climate Change, Balancing Development

People's Climate March

Today we’re live at the People’s Climate March in Edmonton. Reflecting on the challenge of tackling climate change, we’ve selected some pieces dealing with sustainability and social justice. Learn about Ecuador’s constitutionally enshrined ‘rights of nature,’ hear from Julian Agyeman on just sustainability, and meet a teacher bringing permaculture into the classroom.

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Rain Gardens & the Peoples’ Social Forum

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This week, completely unintentionally, we’re all in Ontario! We’ve got a story from Hamilton for anyone with a roof over their heads—did you know it might be making life harder for your local wetland? Rain gardens can help, and we’re going to find out how to make them. We’re also stopping in on the Peoples’ Social Forum in Ottawa, where thousands of community activists and organizations are cooking up a social change soup. We’ll find out how they intend to work together to build Canada’s future.

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Return of Misinforma

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Note: For best results, enjoy on April 1st, 2014.

It’s that time of year again! Spring has sprung across Canada and around the world. Why, consider all the lovely, errr, April showers that are gracing the east coast and central Canada. The blossoms are in bloom in Vancouver, at least. Whether you’re a gardener looking to get a head-start on seeding, or you’re in the ice-melter “Safe-T-Salt” racket, there may be something to gain from all the intensified solar heat due to the greenhouse gas effect and changing oceanic temperatures due to melting polar ice caps.

At Terra Misinforma, we’re always turning up the heat on environmentalists and this week’s no different. We ask the questions that are too controversial for you to ask yourself—like what to do with Iceland? Do we really need water? Plus a special investigative feature on Canada’s radical, extremist environmentalists. And of course, it’s time for the annual Ezra Levant Award for Excellence in Excellence in Journalism!

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Exposed

This week on Terra Informa, stories about being exposed – on your bike and where you live. Musician Ben Caplan walks us through how organized Halifax’s naked bike ride. Then, Calgary resident Tamara Lee tells us about the surprising bonds revealed by the floods that devastated her neighbourhood in June.

Nearly-naked cyclists zoom by in Albany, NY

The World Naked Bike Ride is celebrated in many different cities, as Halifax organizer Ben Caplan tells us on this week’s show (Photo credit: Sebastien Barre)

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How To Ride A Bike Naked (with lots of other people)

Ben Caplan is a singer-songwriter hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia. A few years back, he helped organize a local event for World Naked Bike Ride. Since you really only want to do this sort of thing in the heat of summer, Trevor Chow-Fraser asked Ben to help put together a little how-to guide for hosting a Naked Bike Ride in your town. More Info

How To Put a City Back Together

Sometimes being exposed is really obvious, like when you’re riding naked on a bike. But sometimes we uncover things you can’t really see — you can only feel. Terra Informa’s Chris Chang-Yen Phillips was in Calgary recently, and was thinking about the Sunnyside neighbourhood, where he has some family history. It experienced some of the worst flooding during the disaster in June, and most people had only hours to evacuate their homes. He stopped at one home with a tiny library on their front lawn, and met Sunnyside resident Tamara Lee. On top of maintaining the Pooh Corner Little Free Library, she’s a bit of a community hub, and she’s helped organize the Bow to Bluff citizen-led development process in the neighbourhood, which recently won the the Canadian Institute of Planners national Innovation Award for 2013. But she had no idea how quickly and how high the river would rise in her area, and she had no idea how strongly the city would rally together in the days to come.

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What’s Happening

Next Up Applications

Next Up out of Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, and Saskatoon is calling for applications into it’s 2013-2014 program. Next Up fuels young people committed to social and environmental justice. Application deadlines are coming up in September, so if you want to be part of this life-changing leadership program, head to nextup.ca.

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Flood Relief Concert

On August 15, some home-grown Albertan talent are coming together to fundraise for flood relief efforts in southern Alberta. The line up for Alberta Flood Aid includes Nickelback, Jann Arden, Corb Lund, and Loverboy. It will be held at McMahon Stadium in Calgary. Tickets are $30, $50 and $100.

Heritage Festival

It’s heritage festival time again in Edmonton. Starting August 3rd, William Hawrelak Park hosts a 3 day showcase of Canada’s vibrant multicultural community. Food, dance music, crafts, and more.

Terra Informa Live Show – Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Edmonton listeners, Terra Informa has a treat for you! On Thursday, August 1, we’re hosting Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, a LIVE show. You’re not going to want to miss an hour of interviews, poems, and songs all centered around religion and the environment. It’s taking place at St. John’s Institute at 7 pm, refreshments included — and it’s FREE! Check out our website or FaceBook page for more details.

ChinaDialogue, “Eco Pirate” and Great Bear Lake

Today we talk to Isabel Hilton, of ChinaDialogue, a bilingual website about the environment in Chinese and English, to find out more about what kinds of environmental issues and actions are going on and being talked about in China. Then we hit the high seas with a Green Screen review of the film “Eco Pirate,” about Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherd. And, in this week’s science short, we visit Great Bear Lake in the Northwest Territories, to find out more about trout, lake diversity and global warming. And, don’t forget the news and this week’s installment of “What’s Happening!”, a segment about upcoming environmental events.

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A screen shot of the website, "China Dialogue".

This week, we speak to Isabel Hilton, who is the editor of China Dialogue, a bilingual website about the environment, in English and Chinese.

China Dialogue

China is brought up a lot as a bogeyman in environmental issues. What we don’t often hear about in Canada is what environmental issues are important within China, what people there think about them, and what action they’re taking. Isabel Hilton is the founder and editor of ChinaDialogue, a website that tries to fill that gap. They’re totally unique in tackling coverage of environmental issues that affect China side by side in English and Chinese. Which issues do they dive into, and which are too hot to handle? How has the experience challenged Isabel Hilton herself? Terra Informa’s Chris Chang-Yen Phillips reached her in London to find out.

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China Dialogue, The Browser, Isabel Hilton on China’s overseas food footprint

And, from our archives:

Movie Review: Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson

Today David Kaczan brings us a Green Screen Review of Eco-Pirate. This enviro-documentary from Vancouver’s Trish Dolman focuses on Paul Watson, founder and leader of the controversial ocean-going activist group, Sea Shepherd. Is it green screen gold or garbage? To help you decide, here’s our critical take.

Science Short

In this week’s Science Short Rebekah brings us an interview with PhD student Louise Chavarie about her research on Lake Trout in Canada’s biggest freshwater lake. Great Bear Lake is the largest lake that’s fully within our borders and the 7th largest in the world. It’s situated in the Northwest Territories, where it straddles the Arctic Circle. Louise and Rebekah discuss the contribution of lake trout to the diversity of the lake, and the dangers the lake faces in light of a warming arctic.

What’s Happening!

This week on What’s Happening! There is a fundraising dinner and food drive for the 3rd Annual Unis’tot’en Action Camp against proposed and approved mining and pipeline projects in Wet’suwet’en territory, near Smithers, BC.

News Headlines

Canada has been ranked eleventh out of twelve in an international energy efficiency study conducted by the non-profit, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
More on this story: PR Newswire, CBC, ACEEE

A pilot project started by the city of Kamloops has a herd of 440 goats being used as weed control.
More on this story: National Post, CTV, JARQ

A study released this week focused on the potential of Iron fertilization to sink CO2.
More on this story: Nature, Google, Live Science

An iceberg roughly 120 square kilometers, or about twice the size of Manhattan, broke off of the Petermann glacier earlier this week.
More on this story: Tree Hugger, Guardian, National Post