The Energy War Room: A Deep Dive into the Canadian Energy Centre Ltd.


Photo from the Canadian Energy Centre

This week, we’re bringing you part one of a two-part series on the Canadian Energy Centre Ltd., alternatively known as the Energy War Room introduced by Alberta’s UCP government. In this episode, Terra Informers Sonak Patel and Hannah Cunningham discuss what the centre is, why it was created, the funding and organization behind it, and its staff. We also feature audio from a talk on the Canadian Energy Centre done as part of the Parkland Institute’s 2019 Fall Conference by David Climenhaga and Dave Cournoyer.

Stay tuned for next week, where the second episode will focus on the work that the Canadian Energy Centre does, and the implications it has for environmental journalism.

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Why Aren’t We Talking About the Climate Crisis?


Credit to Chad Kainz for the image.

This week on Terra Informa we talk about the roles and responsibilities of the media when it comes to reporting on the climate crisis and providing truthful information to the public about this global issue. Sean Holman, Associate Professor of journalism at Mount Royal University, and Dr. Joe Vipond, an emergency physician and Co-chair of Calgary Climate Hub, both argue that the media are failing to cover the climate crisis properly.

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In the grey —Alberta’s relationship with oil in a changing world


Image courtesy of The Gateway

This week we are lucky to have co-authors Elizabeth Gierl and Sofia Osborne read their feature article entitled “In the Grey” that was published in the April 2019 edition of the University of Alberta’s student magazine, The Gateway. In the piece, Gierl and Osborne set out to explore climate change, the Global oil market and Alberta’s complex relationships to the industry in the province. They also pose a question glossed over in mainstream discourse regarding Alberta’s oil production – who will even be buying it?

After the authors read their piece, Terra Informer Charlotte Thomasson sat down with them to delve into some of the research that went into the piece as well as to reflect on the current situation for energy production in the province as well as globally.

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Investigating in Alberta


Continental no. 9 oil well at Woodbend, Alberta. Photo Credit: Provincial Archive of Alberta.

This week we present a single interview between Terra Informer Sofia Osborne and Sharon Riley. Riley is an investigative journalist covering energy and the environment in Alberta for The Narwhal, an independent online magazine that reports on the basis that climate change is a real and happening issue.

Read Riley’s story on delinquent oil and gas wells in Alberta here.

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Which costs matter most? FunDrive 2014, Part One

It’s our annual community radio fundraiser, and we’re bringing some special guests into the studio! Today, we present an interview with science journalist Torah Kachur. She’s always on the quest for fascinating, fun, geeky and sometimes freaky science news. She shares the journey she’s taken over the past half decade, and why radio is the best. Then, Dr. Alan Lockwood tells us why coal is anything but the best, and why Alberta’s power plants are costing more than we think.

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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.

More on this story:
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