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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)

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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Cold Lake: Something in the Water (With Update)

Terra Informa’s Chris Chang-Yen Phillips and Nikki Wiart walk the streets of Cold Lake First Nation, Alberta in search of residents willing to share their views on the summer oil spill.

Terra Informa’s Chris Chang-Yen Phillips and Nikki Wiart walk the streets of Cold Lake First Nation, Alberta in search of residents willing to share their views on the summer oil spill.

This week on Terra Informa we are re-airing an important piece that was recorded in the area of the Cold Lake First Nation, where several leak sites have brought attention to Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.’s high-pressure steaming process of bitumen extraction. The story was originally aired nearly a year ago, and since then, not a lot has changed for the people who reside in this area, the CNRL operation there, or the Alberta Energy Regulator’s approach to projects of this sort.

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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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A telling tailings tale and the disappearing Greater Sage Grouse

The Greater Sage-Grouse, an endangered bird, sits peacefully on the ground.

Sorry to be pushing you to extinction, Mr. Grouse, although you sure do look fabulous. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The Wild Rose province bears two dubious distinction that we’ll explore this week. Alberta is home to some of Canada’s most endangered animals, and it is also the location of Canada’s worst ever coal tailings spill. Our reporters give you an update on the aftermath of October’s Obed Mine spill. But first, we explore the human stakes in the fight to save Canada’s Greater Sage-Grouse.

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Changing the Conversation

A snaking river winds its way through a wide mountain valley

The Wind River is one of six navigable rivers that make up the vast waterway system of the Peel River Watershed.

This week, don’t fear the tears. Terra Informa takes a hard look at a threatening future and has to ask the question, what are we thinking? We’ll get an analysis of the troubled plans for a parcel of Canada’s North that stretches far beyond the horizon. And a person who spends all their time thinking about the far future tries to get the rest of us to look beyond the next quarter. We’re examining the at times ineffective processes that we have in place to protect the land and plan for the future.

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Special: How should Alberta scrap coal?

Four MLAs seated at a desk in front of a whiteboard.

Representatives of Alberta’s four major political parties participated in the debate. From left: NDP MLA Rachel Notley, WIldrose MLA Joe Anglin, Associate Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy and PC MLA Donna Kennedy-Glans, and Liberal MLA David Swann.

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Something special for Terra Informa listeners today – this is not a full episode, but an extra from a story we’re working on for a future show. On January 17, a remarkable gathering occurred. Representatives from Alberta’s four major political parties met at the University of Alberta to discuss the health effects of coal-fired power generation in the province, and how to wean the province off of coal. We’ve captured a full recording of the event for you to listen to above.

Alberta relies on coal for the majority of its electricity needs — an outlier compared to provinces like Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec, which depend more heavily on hydroelectric, natural gas, and nuclear power for electricity generation. As a result, greenhouse gas emissions from Alberta’s electricity sector are high compared to other provinces and territories, and so are health effects like asthma episodes, breathing difficulties, and hospitalizations from air pollution.

The debate was hosted by the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE), and moderated by epidemiologist and professor Dr. Colin Soskolne. Thanks to CAPE and Joe Vipond for allowing us to record and broadcast the event.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Act Two

Over the winter holidays, Terra Informa will be re-broadcasting our three part series Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. Thanks for listening!

Terra Informer Morgana Folkmann interviews Gary Lee about his work.

Terra Informer Morgana Folkmann interviews Gary Lee about his work.

In a show recorded before a live audience, Terra Informa brings you stories of spirituality and the way it shapes our attitudes to the natural world. Act Two brings you poetry about Alberta’s landscape and history from Edmonton-based poet Gary Lee, plus stories about faith and our environment from the audience, and another song from singer-songwriter Sierra Jamerson. Tune in next week for the final act, recorded live at Edmonton’s St. John’s Institute.

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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Act Two

In a show recorded before a live audience, Terra Informa brings you stories of spirituality and the way it shapes our attitudes to the natural world. Act Two brings you poetry about Alberta’s landscape and history from Edmonton-based poet Gary Lee, plus stories about faith and our environment from the audience, and another song from singer-songwriter Sierra Jamerson. Tune in next week for the final act, recorded live at Edmonton’s St. John’s Institute.

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Eco-Poetry: Upon This Rock

What connects you to a place, causes you to push your roots deep down into it? Are you captured by the rich smell of the soil? By the sight of open skies? Or — is it the realization and enormity of all that has happened beneath your feet? No matter where you’re from, or who you are, people find profound connections to the world around them. Gary Lee, is an Edmonton-based poet, painter, videographer and musician. Gary has travelled around Canada by thumb and by Greyhound, working as a janitor, proofreader, counter-fitter, grain bin builder, addictions worker, maintenance man, sound man, roadie, psychiatric aide, itinerant guerrilla poet, performance artist and musical saboteur. Our own Morgana Folkmann has known Gary Lee since his days as a hitchhiking bard across Canada. We heard them in conversation, as Gary recited his poems Upon This Rock and Power Spot.

Audience Thoughts on Faith and Nature

Host Nikki Wiart asks members of the audience and the Terra Informa crew some questions about faith and nature. What spiritual experiences with nature have you had? Is there a place in nature that speaks to you? Are you part of a faith tradition – and if so, what is the opinion or attitude of that faith toward the environment?

She’s Gonna Save the World

Sierra Jamerson was born into a family of talented leaders as well as 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 Tahltan Nation from BC. 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 natural gas and coal exploration started on their land a few decades ago, her family had something to say about that. In this act, she performs her original song She’s Gonna Save the World, a tribute to the powerful women she’s been inspired by, among community leaders and her family.

Floods, Warnings, and Exciting Proteins

Calgary has been in the news lately after it’s disastrous floods, and a couple of our contributors happened to be caught up in the chaos. Then we’ll be hearing about ‘climate change warning labels’ and what they could do to change perceptions on climate change, and then about a newly developed source of food in ‘plant-based eggs’, a type of egg made of plant protein that tastes “kind of herby”.

Floods, Warnings, and Exciting Proteins

East Village in Calgary, during the Alberta floods 2013 (credit: Ryan L. C. Quan)

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Climate Change Warning Labels

Rob Shirkey, is the founder of Toronto-based advocacy group Our Horizon.
He wants us to connect the dots between our actions and climate change, and he’s doing it in a unique way. We’ve all seen those cigarette warning photos of diseased gums and lungs. Shirkey takes this idea on a larger scale.
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What’s Behind Alberta’s Floods?

It’s brought together a mayor, a premier and a prime minister.
It’s forced over a hundred thousand people from their homes.
Chris Chang-Yen Phillips and Trevor Chow-Fraser have the story on what’s behind the disaster that’s hit Alberta, and what’s ahead.

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Plant-Based Eggs

Which came first? The chicken? Or the egg? In Josh Tetrick’s California-based facility, the eggs they’re scrambling are coming to you from broken-down plant protein. Hampton Creek Foods was founded on the
sensibility of sustainability, and concern for the planet. How to feed a rapidly growing population of more than 7 billion people? Food technology is an undeniable part of our future and Tetrick shares his motives behind creating the first plant based egg.

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What’s Happening

Pet Waste Composting Workshop

On Thursday, June 4th, Hearthmakers Energy Cooperative in Kingston Ontario is hosting a hands-on workshop teaching pet owners how to safely dispose of pet waste.  By outlining how composters, manure digesters, and mini-septic systems work, pet owners can safely break down the waste in their own back yards and provide fertilizer for non-edible trees and bushes. The workshop is free, and all participants will leave with a completed pet waste composter ready to install at home.

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EPIC: The Sustainable Living Festival (July 6 – 7)

This upcoming weekend of July 6 and 7, EPIC: The Sustainable Living Festival is happening in Vancouver at the VanDusen Botanical Garden. It’s the newest outdoor summer festival celebrating sustainability, culture and community. Join in on an awesome weekend of live music, dozens of beer and wine vendors, delicious eats provided by Green Table restaurants and on-site food trucks, and a huge sustainable living marketplace.

Learn more and buy tickets: epicfest.ca or follow the twitter feed @EPIC_Fest