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Exploring the Unseen Environment

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Terra Informa in CJSR’s Studio A. From the top clockwise: Sofia Osborne, Dylan Hall, Olivia Debourcier, Charlotte Thomasson, Amanda Rooney, with Carter Gorzitza behind the camera!

This week we decided to shake things up on Terra Informa and take a page from one of our favourite podcasts, Radiolab! Specifically, an episode called Breaking Bad News Bears in which they tasked their reporters to pitch and produce a story about either breaking news or bears.  So we sent our volunteers out to report on either a breaking news story OR something that fits into the category: the unseen environment

We ended up with stories ranging from ancient organisms (both big and small) to deleted provincial parks and murmurations. We’re pretty sure that our reporters did an amazing job! What do you think?

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The Battle Over Logging

This week we bring you the stories of two communities who are battling to save their forests. Logging began this past week in habitat crucial for the survival of Canada’s endangered spotted owl near Chilliwack, British Columbia. We talk to a representative from the Western Canada Wilderness Committee about this issue. Construction of a large highway is currently planned through an area with 300 year old trees near Wakefield, Québec. Our correspondent caught up with protestors while on the road in Québec.

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Protestors in the trees near Wakefield, Quebec. Photo by Steve Andersen and Rebecca Rooney.

Logging began this past week in spotted owl habitat located near Chilliwack, British Columbia. Spotted Owls are one of Canada’s most critically endangered species and logging is taking place in an area the BC government had previously set aside for the protection of the spotted owl. To delve deeper into this issue Terra Informa correspondent Myles Curry spoke with  Gwen Barlee of the Western Canada Wilderness Committee.

More on this story: CTV, Western Canada Wilderness Committee, CBC

Another battle over logging is taking place near the small town of Wakefield Québec, which is about an hour from Ottawa. For years, residents have been fighting the proposed construction of a new four lane highway which will result in the destruction of 300 year old trees. Locals also worry the construction may affect the town’s water supply. For more on the story, Steve Andersen catches up with protestors while on the road in Wakefield Québec.

More on this story: A5X (group opposing the highway), Terra Informa’s past coverage of this story

News:

Kent in trouble over Woodland Caribou…again: The Environment Minister has refused to provide Woodland Caribou with the protection they need for survival.

More on this story: Winnipeg Free Press, Pembina, Ecojustice (1), Ecojustice (2), Alberta Caribou Committee

Northern Gateway transportation concerns alleviated: Transport Canada supports the increased traffic from supertankers from the coast of British Columbia to overseas markets in China.

More on this story: The Council of Canadians (1), The Council of Canadians (2)

Booming oilsands poses significant risks: Irreversible damages from Alberta’s oilsands may have a significant impact, both environmentally and financially, to the province.

More on this story: Sierra Club, Privy Council Office

Suppressed communication of scientific research: Accusations of stifling important health and environmental research have been made toward the Canadian government.

More on this story: Sierra Club, BBC