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Native Plants, Survival Celebration Camp and Wild About Bison

On this week’s show, we take a ramble through a garden with Edmonton’s Naturalization Group to learn about the importance of native plants species. Then we hear about the Survival Celebration Camp for Sustainable Earth, in Northern Saskatchewan. Finally, we bring you the surprising success story of bison conservation in a new segment called Girl Gone Wild. We’ll close off with a run-down of “What’s Happening” in environmental events across the country this week.

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Jamie Pratt, filmmaker and creator of the "Girl Gone Wild" documentary series

Jamie Pratt, filmmaker and creator of the “Girl Gone Wild” documentary series

News Headlines

BC Publisher Proposes Kitimat Oil Refinery
BC newspaper publisher David Black is proposing what he calls a safer, greener twist on the Northern Gateway Pipeline story. The owner of over a hundred community papers and websites wants to build an oil refinery in Kitimat. Black says the $13 billion refinery would produce diesel, gasoline and kerosene for export to Asia.
Brazil court suspends construction of Amazon dam
A federal judge in Brazil has ordered a halt on construction of the massive Belo Monte hydroelectric dam. Local indigenous people occupied the construction site during June’s Rio+20 conference. Members of five local tribes being displaced by the project say the builders and the government have not lived up to their promises. The builders initially promised things building health facilities and schools, and roads for communities who used to get around by boat, whose river routes are already drying up. Judge Souza Prudente said construction on the dam must be suspended until the indigenous groups are properly consulted. The Norte Energia consortium building the dam will have an opportunity to appeal the judge’s decision.
Toronto gets a peek at new LRT cars at expo
If you’re visiting Toronto’s CNE summer expo this month, you’ll get a sneak peek at the new cars for the Eglinton LRT line. The provincial transit agency Metrolinx is showing off the prototype for the two of the cars from its new light rail vehicles. The Eglinton Avenue line will create a much faster east-west transit route through Toronto, but its future has been tossed up and down many times over the last year by local politicians. The CNE runs in Toronto until September 3rd.
More on this story: Toronto Star, Torontoist

Native Plants of Edmonton and Area

When you’re walking through a park in your city or in the backroads of your town, you probably pass all sorts of plants.  Do you know which plants are indigenous to the area and which are not?  Gail Fennell and Liz Deleeuw are stewards at the John Janzen Nature Centre and members of the Edmonton Naturalization Group, an informal group of people in the Edmonton area who like to grow native plants and promote their use in gardening and landscaping to a wider public. They take Terra Informa’s Morgana Folkmann for a walk through one of their demonstration gardens in Edmonton and explain the importance of their fight to maintain the native plant species of Edmonton and area.

More on this story: Edmonton Naturalization Group, and Alberta Native Plant Council

Survival Celebration Camp

Annie Banks recently spoke with Candyce Paul of the Committee for Future Generations about the Survival Celebration Camp for Sustainable Earth in Northern Saskatchewan. What was this gathering all about and what was achieved over this weekend in South Bay on Lac Île-à-la-Crosse? What are the issues at stake for northern communities, what are elders concerned about and what’s next for the Committee for Future Generations?

More on this story: Survival Celebration Camp for Sustainable Earth, The Meadow Lake Progress

Wild About Bison

There’s not much better than a well-done nature documentary. Just sitting back and letting Morgan Freeman tell you everything you need to know about penguins. Not many of them, though, are made independently by smart, funny young people. That’s why we’re starting a new segment called Girl Gone Wild, following the adventures of Edmonton filmmaker Jamie Pratt. She’s the creator of the Girl Gone Wild documentary series. For her first appearance on Terra Informa, our correspondent Chris Chang-Yen Phillips sat down with her in Edmonton’s river valley to ask about to the hairy star of the pilot episode: bison.

More on this story: Girl Gone Wild Documentaries, IUCN Red List, Parks Canada, PBS

 Whats Happening August 21

Friday and Saturday August 24 and 25, the Growing Green! Festival 2012, in Bridgewater, Nova  Scotia, on Mi’kmaq territories. This festival is dedicated to sustainability and features 2 days of events, including a free outdoor concert, street festival, outdoor movies, art show and a local food banquet.
See for more information.

And on the west coast, the Squamish Nation, Tanker Free BC and the
Wilderness Committee are co-hosting a concert in support of Coast
Salish First Nations fighting oil tankers in their waters. The event,
called “Save the Salish Sea”, will take place at Waterfront Park in
North Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish territories on Sunday September
2nd. The organizers of the event are looking for volunteers, so if you
want to take part in making this concert a reality, check out the
links on our website for how you can get involved.

Also, there is an event happening next weekend on Sunday Aug 26, in
Edmonton, Plains Cree and Blackfoot territories, called the Farming in
the City Guided Bus Tour.
Ever wonder where the tasty food sold at local farmer’s markets comes
from? Come along on a guided tour of local farms to find out more
about the produce, the soil and the farmers themselves.
The tours will be leaving from 11331 73 St Northwest, every 45
minutes, from 8:30am until 4:15pm. The tours are approx. 3 hours in
Tickets are $10 per person or $25 for a family. Check out the website
for links to where you can buy tickets and find out more!

Nuclear Energy Special

The disaster in Japan has brought nuclear energy under intense scrutiny, not just over seas, but in Canada as well. Last week we told you about strong opposition to a proposed uranium mine in Nunavut. Today we have a report on the health impacts of radiation and we hear about concerns over the proposed expansion of the Darlington nuclear facility in Ontario. We’ll also take a look at what exactly radiation is, and the different types of radiation a person can encounter.

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Image of nuclear reactor courtesy Greenpeace International