Occupy Wall Street

Owl Banding, Environmental Poetry and the Occupy Edmonton Demonstration

This week Terra Informa has an exciting lineup! We start off the show with an on-the-ground field report on owl banding from the Beaverhill Bird Observatory. Next up we bring you an update on the Occupy Wall Street movement, which was introduced on our show last week. Occupy events have spread to communities around the world, and our correspondent looks for environmental themes amidst the mayhem. And if that’s not enough, we’ve also got a special report on how one artist uses his poetry to promote environmental conservation.

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Saw-whet Owl. Magnificentfrigatebird via Flickr.com.

Joining researchers on an owl banding expedition at the Beaverhill Bird Observatory is an exciting opportunity, one for which correspondent Steve Andersen gladly volunteered! If you picture an owl, odds are good you’re picturing a Great Horned Owl or a Barred Owl, but there is another species which is much smaller. Have a listen to this report to find out more!

Related Resources: Canadian Migration Monitoring Network, BirdNet, Wildlife Society

The Occupy Wall Street movement has spread to various communities across the world. People gathered to march, set up tents in parks and oppose corporate control and economic injustice. Correspondent Kathryn Lennon takes a look at the ways in which occupy events in Canada are focused on the environment.

More on this story: Occupy(ed) Canada, David Suzuki, The Canadian Press

Environmental poetry is a unique way to explore the connection between art and the environment. Many artists draw their inspiration from nature. Poet David James Hudson in Guelph threads themes of environmental conservation throughout his medium, aiming to communicate environmentalism to his audience. Correspondent Rebekah Rooney catches up with him in this report.


Green Groups lose Alberta power plant appeal bid: A bid regarding the approval of a coal-fired power plant in Alberta was overturned by a judge in the province last week. Prior to the decision, environmental advocates have argued that the construction of Maxim Power Corporation’s Milner Plant near Grande Cache was fast tracked to avoid upcoming federal carbon reduction regulations. Proponents, however, argue that the regulator had examined the construction application 28 months before it gave the project interim approval this past June.

More on this story: Reuters, Canadian Business

Environment agency says cuts will limit oversight: The president of the Canadian Environmental Assessment agency told members of a parliamentary committee last week that proposed federal funding cuts would severely undermine her agencies ability to keep an eye on natural resource projects which aim to prevent environmental damage.

More on this story: CBC, Vancouver Sun

Strategy to protect woodland caribou gets failing grade: The federal government’s strategy to protect the country’s woodland caribou has come against harsh criticism by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, which is one of Canada’s leading conservation groups. The group argued that the habitat protection target is not large enough to ensure that the species can overcome it’s endangered status in Canada’s boreal forest.

More on this story: Canada.com

“Potatogate” public land sale cancellation: The Alberta government issued a release last Wednesday announcing the cancellation of the notorious “potatogate” public land sale. This action was a campaign promise of Alison Redford which aims to increase the transparency and accountability of the government. The public land sale involved approximately 65 square kilometers of native grassland which was to be used for an irrigated potato farm.

More on this story: Winnipeg Free Press, Alberta Wilderness Association

Nova Scotia’s new wetlands conservation policy: A new Wetlands Conservation Policy has been implemented in Nova Scotia. This policy seeks to balance both environmental conservation and economic growth. Wetlands serve many important purposes, including providing habitat for fish and other species as well as protecting drinking water.

More on this story: CTV, Ecology Action

Why Environmentalists are Occupying Wall Street and Review of ‘Weibo’s War’

This week Terra Informa speaks with 350.org about the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City. This movement began on September 17th, and is currently spreading across the nation as cities in Canada and the rest of the world chime in to speak up against “economic inequality and corporate influence”.

We also bring you a green screen review of Wiebo’s War, which is a documentary currently showing in cinemas across the country. This movie tells the story of Weibo Ludwig and his family who own property on top of one of the largest undeveloped natural gas fields in North America. The family has struggled against the gas industry over the past two decades to defend their home.

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Protestors at Occupy Wall Street. Mrwho00tm via Wikipedia.

 Occupy Wall Street began with a simple call to action issued by Adbusters, a Vancouver-based magazine, which stated “On September 17, flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and Occupy Wall Street”. This movement is described as being a “people powered movement for democracy”. Since its inception, the movement has grown from hundreds to thousands of people camped out in New York City’s Zuccotti Park. On October 15th, cities across the nation will join in with their own ‘occupy movements’. Environmental organizers are among the many who have joined the movement. Terra Informa correspondent Kathryn Lennon spoke with Phil Aroneanu, co-founder of 350.org and author of an article titled “Why Environmentalists Should Occupy Wall Street“.

If your in Edmonton, Bill McKibben of 350.org will be speaking at the University of Alberta on Friday, October 21st, as part of Sustainability Awareness Week.

More on this story: Treehugger.com, Occupy Together, Naomi Klein

Wiebo’s War had its North American premier at Toronto’s Hot Docs festival and will begin showing in cinemas across Canada this week. But before you hit the box office, have a listen to Terra Informa’s green screen review by correspondent Rebekah Rooney.

Wiebo’s War theatrical engagements:

  • October 14: Ottawa, Mayfair Theatre
  • October 19: Winnipeg, Winnipeg Film Group Cinematheque
  • October 21: Vancouver, Vancity Theatre
  • October 21: Calgary, Plaza Theatre
  • October 21: Edmonton, Metro Cinema
  • October 21: Toronto, The Royal

More on this story: Trailer, Producers, Book on Wiebo Ludwig

News Headlines:

Canadian Environmental Network Looses Funding: Last week Ottawa dealt a devastating blow to one of Canada’s oldest environmental groups by cutting off their funding in 2012. The Canadian Environmental Network is an umbrella organization which facilitates communication between the federal government and more than 600 environmental groups spanning the country.

More on this story: CBC, CTV News, The Telegram, RCEN

Drilling Halted After Second Spill at Offshore Rig: A second spill has occurred in Newfoundland at an offshore drilling rig.

More on this story: CBC, Winnipeg Free Press, The Telegram

New Marine Conservation Area Planned for British Columbia: The federal and provincial governments in British Columbia have announced the boundaries for a new national marine conservation area which will cover approximately 1400 square kilometers. Plans for the area are hoped to be completed within the coming year.

More on this story: Vancouver Sun, News 1130, Market Watch