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Katimavik’s Eco-Citizenship Program, Petro States, and a Review of the Cove

This week, on Terra Informa…

We take a look at Katimavik’s youth leadership program that focuses on environmental citizenship and active living. Dr Gordon Laxer talks to us about the political and economic dangers of western Canada’s reliance on oil revenues. And we review the Oscar award winning film “the Cove” which delves into the hidden world of the Japanese dolphin slaughter.

Photo by Jade Gregg

Environmental News Headlines

P.E.I. – Genetically modified salmon approval

Report – Ontario’s North threatened by developers

Oil Sands – Special report on impacts commissioned by Env. Minister Renner

Arctic Ice – Third lowest levels on record

Nova Scotia – Biomass project proposal

Green Screen Review: “The Cove”

Terra Informa correspondent Alex Hindle gives us his review of “The Cove“, a controversial documentary which follows a dolphin trainer searching to uncover a dark secret. The movie documents activists, filmmakers and freedivers as they work to discover the hidden world of a dolphin killing operation in Japan.

Interview with Jade Gregg on Katimavik

Jade Gregg works as a project leader with Katimavik, Canada’s volunteer-service program for youth.  As such, she lived with the youth volunteers, was responsible for daily operations of the program, and for implementing the program’s learning model.  The program consists of three streams, and today Terra Informa correspondent Rebecca Rooney asks Ms. Gregg about the Eco-citizenship and Active Living stream, which fosters a connection with nature through outdoor activities and a focus on understanding ecological challenges faced by the host community.

Gordon Laxer on Petro States

Energy and resources, especially oil, drive the Western Canadian Economy. We hear a lot about the environmental damage that results from this, but today we investigate the possible political and economic implications of such dependency. What does Canada have to show for its fossil fuel wealth compared to other oil rich countries? And is there a danger that oil wealth is distorting sectors of our economy, not to mention our democracy? To answer these questions, Terra Informa’s David Kaczan spoke to Dr. Gordon Laxer, director of the progressive think tank the Parkland Institute, based in Edmonton.  Gordon Laxer is a Political Economist and has written extensivley on such topics for both an academic and broader audience. This piece originally aired in March.