What’s the Deal with Canada’s updated Environmental Legislation?


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You may have heard the news that last month the Canadian Federal Government overhauled a number of different pieces of legislation including the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, Navigable Waters Act, Fisheries Act and the National Energy Board Act. These pieces of legislation inform the way that government protects the environment so these changes are significant. What will this all mean and how will these changes affect how implementation of legislation? No need to go read the new acts! Save yourself some time and let the Executive Director of the Environmental Law Centre explain the implications of these changes.

Terra Informer, Caitlin Macnab, spoke with Jason Unger to discuss whether these changes spell out greater transparency, public participation and environmental protection. Listen on!

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What Oil Spills?


This week on Terra Informa, we bring you an exclusive piece with non-profit ecologist Dr. Kevin Timoney about oil and saline-water spills caused by the energy industry in Alberta. Dr. Timoney reveals fascinating evidence that exposes the Alberta Energy Regulator’s misrepresentation and omission of spill data. This piece begs the question: if the Alberta Energy Regulator is 100% funded by the industry that it’s supposed to regulate, how can it possibly remain impartial? Can the AER be reformed, or does it need to be replaced?

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What’s Happening

On Wednesday, February 7, the Alberta Climate Dialogue is hosting an event at the Edmonton Tower with the City of Edmonton and the Athabasca University Press. Challenging Public Involvement: Learning from the Citizens’ Panel on Edmonton’s Energy and Climate Challenges will start at 6:45 PM! No tickets are required.

For more information visit their Facebook page.

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Grizzly Deaths on Railways


This week on Terra Informa, we discuss the mystery involving trains and grizzly bears deaths in Banff National Park. A team of researchers from the University of Alberta lead by Dr. Colleen Cassidy St. Clair  set out on a 5 year study to look at why locomotives were derailing our grizzly population. This archive piece is done by Amanda Rooney, who sat down with Dr. Cassidy St. Clair and Jonathan Backs to find out more about this issue and how they are working to get the grizzly bear population back on track.

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Eco Cars at the U of A


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This week on Terra Informa, we give you an inside look at the University of Alberta’s EcoCar team. We had the pleasure of speaking with 3 team members (who are also students!) about their experiences on the team. Listen further if you’ve ever wondered “what on earth is a fuel cell!?”

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The Role of Municipalities in Climate Adaptation

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This week we’re reairing an episode from our archives! This past June Amanda Rooney and Charly Blais sat down with Danielle Koleyak, an environmental project manager with the city of Edmonton. We talked about how municipalities are taking leadership in climate mitigation while also making strides for adaptation. We also spoke with Danielle about Edmonton’s newly developing climate change adaptation and resilience strategy and about the power that local leaders and municipalities have in addressing climate change issues.

Since then it has been announced that the City of Edmonton will be hosting the inaugural  Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Cities and Climate Change Science conference in March 2018. For more information click here.

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What’s Happening

International Mountain Day

Canadian Mountain Network is hosting a Mountain Festival in celebration of International Mountain Day. There will be a number of fascinating and free events! Highlights include: Wade Davis, the Keynote speaker at the festival, speaking  about his book “Into The Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest”,  a panel discussion on biodiversity, contaminants, and Indigenous food security in mountain places, and a talk given by photo historian and University of Alberta Professor Colleen Skidmore on her new book “Searching for Mary Schäffer: Women Wilderness Photography”. 

Change for Climate Talks

On Thursday, December 7, the City of Edmonton is hosting the Change for Climate Talks, an event to inspire Edmontonians into climate action. The event at the Art Gallery of Alberta will feature 11 speakers who will each get 7 minutes to talk about a climate-change related topic. The speakers include Edmonton’s poet laureate Ahmed (Knowmadic) Ali, Anna Ho from Paths for People, and Edmonton’s historian laureate Chris Chang-Yen Phillips.

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Environmentally Themed Music: The Moulettes


This week Terra Informer, Charlotte Thomasson, got in touch with UK rock band The Moulettes.  Formed in 2002, the band’s latest album, Preternatural, has taken on an environmental theme. Charlotte spoke with celloist Hannah Miller about the inspiration for Preternatural, as well as coral reefs, Bjork, and inspiring the masses to take on big issues!

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Preventing Grizzly Deaths on Canada’s Railway Tracks


Over the past fifteen years, there’s been a big spike in the number of Grizzly Bears in Banff National Park being killed by one surprising force: trains. We spoke with University of Alberta professor, Dr. Colleen Cassady St. Clair, and researcher Jonathan Backs, about their five year study into why this is happening, and how they are working to get the grizzly bear population back ~on track~

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Cooking Up Better Food Policy in Canada


This week on Terra Informa, we discuss the ongoing consultations about Canada’s food policy with master food strategists Juanita Gnanapragasam and Kathryn Lennon.

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Canada’s Food Policy

The federal government explains on their website that “A Food Policy for Canada will set a long-term vision for the health, environmental, social, and economic goals related to food, while identifying actions we can take in the short-term. A food policy is a way to address issues related to the production, processing, distribution, and consumption of food.”

Consultations about the policy are being carried out by the federal government across Canada. Although they didn’t organize one in Alberta, luckily our AB food organizations have our backs and organized their own consultation event called “What’s Your Recipe for a Better Food System? Towards a National Food Policy…” This event will be happening on Wednesday September 13, 2017 from 6-9 pm at the Edmonton Food Bank (Annex) 11434-120 Street. If you’re not in Edmonton or you’ve missed the 13th – no need to worry! You can contact your local MP or email the federal government at foodpolicy-politiquealimentaire@canada.ca. The hashtag being used for this discussion is #Foodpolicy4Canada.

Terra Informer Amanda Rooney spoke with representatives from two organizations present at the upcoming event on Wednesday; the University of Alberta’s Sustainable Food Working Group and the City of Edmonton. 

Juanita Gnanapragasam talks about her work on making food culturally inclusive and what she believes a food policy could bring to Canada. Ms. Gnanapragasam is a student at large member of the University of Alberta’s Sustainable Food Working Group.

Terra Informa alumni Kathryn Lennon also weighs in on what a national food policy might entail and the role of federal government in our food systems. Kathryn now works for the City of Edmonton as a Principal Planner in Policy Development working on the city’s food strategy alongside the Edmonton Food Council.  

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