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FunDrive 2019


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This week on Terra Informa we share highlights from our annual Fundrive show, recorded live from the CSJR studio! Even though we are now post Halloween, I hope you’re not done with spooky stories because Terra Informers Sonak Patel and Charlotte Thomasson are gonna be bringing you some chills and thrills from beneath the earth – and no I’m not talking zombies. Special guests include Margarete Detzlaff, a PhD student at the University of Alberta, and Robert Rogers of the Alberta Mycological Society. Welcome to Scare-a Informa!

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The Most Terra-fying FunDrive Yet!


This week we’re bringing you a ~ spooky ~ recap of our FunDrive episode that aired LIVE in Edmonton last week. FunDrive is CJSR 88.5fm’s annual fundraiser and thanks to you we surpassed our goal! For this show, we summoned the ghosts of past terra informers and reminisced with these apparitions about the best parts of community radio and podcasting!

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A Toronto-based company called Genecis is hoping to make biodegradable plastics a reality, while keeping them cheap enough to use in throw-away items like coffee cups, straws, and other packaging.  [click here]

According to a map produced by researchers from the University of Queensland and the Wildlife Conservation Society, just five countries hold 70% of the world’s last wilderness including Australia, the US, Brazil, Russia, and Canada. [click here]

Ghosts of Terra Informa’s Past

Last week was our annual CJSR FunDrive! What a success! Thanks to all of you, we broke our $1500 goal and raised over $1600! 

The FunDrive is CJSR’s annual fundraising event where volunteers collect pledges from listeners, fans, friends, and family to help support this awesome local and independent radio station. It is because of your generosity that keeps community radio alive! The money raised during FunDrive goes towards running, maintaining or replacing the equipment we use at the station, and also helps to provide amazing training opportunities so that new volunteers with no experience can learn all sorts of skills like recording, interviewing, or mixing music.

What’s Happening

Green Drinks will be hosted by The Local Good at the Yellowhead Brewery on Wednesday, November 7 at 7:00pm. The evening’s theme, YEG Allies, will feature facilitated discussions around indigenous relations and treaties, supporting the LGBTQ2S+ community, feminism, antiracism, and mental health. [click here]

Photo: Carter Gorzitza and Amanda Rooney at the CJSR Headquarters for World Domination. Taken from the Terra Informa Facebook page. [click here]

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Almost Unbearably Green Prizes – Live for FunDrive at the Mighty CJSR

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On September 30, catch Terra Informa live! We’ll be broadcasting live from CJSR this week in support of FunDrive: CJSR’s annual fundraising week. Terra Informa is produced by CJSR 88.5 FM in Edmonton, a campus and community radio station at the University of Alberta. You’re just as likely to catch us playing dance beats and Somali rap as environmental news. It’s our 30th anniversary this year, and we rely on listener donations to support the independent reporting you hear from your community on Terra Informa every week.

Help us reach our fundraising goal of $885 on September 30th and you’ll be entered to win these fabulous prizes from Apache Seeds and the Edmonton Naturalization Group. You’ll also get great CJSR swag! Tune in online or at 88.5 FM at 5 pm MST for our hour-long show. Then donate to FunDrive by calling in during the show or by going to CJSR’s website.

Listen in for stories about reporting on the environment from CBC Radio’s Torah Kachur, and from the University of Alberta’s Dr. Dwayne Donald on reframing our education system to include sharing history through story. You’ll also hear physician Alan Lockwood explain why Alberta sticks out like a sore thumb on one big source of air pollution — and no, it’s not the tar sands. And we’ll have a long-time Terra Informa volunteer in studio to share an insider’s take on producing community radio.

It’s going to be a fun show. Thanks for listening and thanks for your support!

FunDrive 2013 Pt. 2

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Terra Informa’s Kyle Muzyka (far left) interviews David Herbert and Aliza Dadani, two of the voices behind Activat ED.

This week, hear Part 2 of the annual Terra Informa Fun Drive Live show! The live show features interviews from Canadians of all walks of life and focuses on municipal government and its power to affect a community. With Alberta-wide elections approaching quickly on October 21 this is an excellent time to get educated about the changes that can or can’t be made by your municipal government. In part 2, we spoke to an Edmonton group trying to promote progressive candidates, and to an Edmonton engineering student who’s seen the extremes of environmental issues municipalities try to deal with.

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FunDrive 2013 Pt. 1

Nikki and Yuri

Terra Informa’s Nicole Wiart speaks with Yuri Wuensch, an Edmonton citizen concerned with the “Zombie”-like nature of the city’s urban sprawl.

This week, it’s the annual Terra Informa FunDrive Live show!  The live show features interviews from Canadians of all walks of life and focuses on municipal government and its power to affect a community.  With Alberta-wide elections approaching quickly on October 21 this is an excellent time to get educated about the changes that can or can’t be made by your municipal government.

In Part 1, hear from Yuri Wuensch about the pressing issue of urban sprawl in Edmonton.  And listen to another Edmontonian, Crystal Sherris, defend the right to raise chickens within Edmonton’s city limits.

PS: The hard working volunteers of your favorite environmental news show raised a total of $1,870.00 for CJSR community radio during this live broadcast!

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Rare Earth Elements, Urban Coyotes, and Fixing Your Bike

Today’s episode is a special one.  Terra Informa is produced at CJSR in Edmonton.  CJSR is a community supported radio station that procures 45% of its annual operating budget from listener donations pledged during a 10 day long Fundrive that is happening right now!  For Fundrive we are putting together a special hour long episode much of which will be broadcast live in the Edmonton area and from CJSR’s website. What you’re listening to is a lot of the material that will air during the Fundrive Special, but crammed into a mere 29 minutes.  So strap yourself in and hold on tight because this is going to be a little speedy!

On this episode of Terra Informa we investigate rare earth elements; a group of minerals that can be environmentally damaging to extract, but which are essential for many of today’s clean energy technologies. We hear from Maureen Murray, a researcher who is studying coyote populations that have taken up residence in some of Canada’s major urban centres. And we take a look at some basic maintenance you can do to keep your bike rolling smoothly, whether you’re about to put it away for the winter or are getting it ready for months of snowy riding. All that, plus your wrap up of the week’s news headlines. But first,Marcus Peterson brings you a rapid review of this weeks environmental headlines.

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Photo by Marya (emdot) of San Luis Obispo, USA.

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Environmental News Headlines

Going green in Edmonton (Edmonton Journal)

Action needed to save ecosystems in peril: report (Vancouver Sun)

Suppressed Report Confirms International Violations by Canadian Mining Companies (Mining Watch)

Rare Earth Metals

Have you ever heard of “rare earth elements?” They are also called “rare earth metals”, They refer to 17 chemical elements including the class of 15 chemically related elements with atomic numbers from 57 to 71, and scandium, yttrium. In 1787, the Swedish officer discovered them, and at first, it was used for grinding lenses in optical science industries. These days, rare earth elements are required in various industries such as not only in optical sciences, but also in electronics, medical, and petrochemical industries. However, it must be stressed that unlike other minerals, the process to extract and separate is very difficult and complicated. While in this process, toxic chemicals are added to make bubbles to separate from other minerals, and this causes serious environmental problems. This week, Terra Informa’s correspondent Seon-Ah introduces detailed story about rare earth elements.

Bicycle Traffic Report

Next up, Steve talks to Terra Informa’s Bicycle Traffic Reporter, Karly Coleman, about how to keep your bike riding smoothly. Whether you’re checking your bike over before putting it away for the winter or tuning it up for months of snowy riding, Karly’s ABC’s of bike maintenance are the perfect starting point. Karly served on the board of Edmonton’s community bike shop for years and is an avid cyclist who spent this past summer touring all over Canada. Steve caught up with her at her home in Edmonton.


Urban Coyotes

Urban coyotes are a growing issue across North America.  In the last two decade urban populations have sprung up in cities including Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton.  Now city residents are having to learn how to coexist alongside these opportunistic carnivores.  The Edmonton Urban Coyote Project is a multi-faceted study of coyotes based out of the University of Alberta. Their goal is to collect information on the movement, habitat selection and diet of coyotes, as well as the knowledge and perceptions of residents. Marueen Murray is a masters student working on the project and I met up with her in the department of biological sciences to record this Science Short for you.



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