Today’s Menu: Potatoes, Water and Cara-Medallions

This week, our team tackles food quality on two levels. While one story is about tackling the concern of food quality in places such as schools, the other talks about a recipe for a quality, healthy, and unbaked  dessert.

As well, we take a look at another way the National Hockey League is assisting in resource renewal, this time with water, its own DNA.

Water is a huge part of both hockey and recreational skating. It is its DNA. Photo Credit: Themightyquill

Water is a huge part of both hockey and recreational skating. It is its DNA. Photo Credit: Themightyquill


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Gallons for Goals

Ice hockey without water is obviously impossible. The Bonneville Environmental Foundation, the organization behind the NHL’s implementation of Gallons for Goals, realizes this, and plans to restore 1,000 gallons of water for every goal scored in the NHL this season. Over three million gallons have been restored, which seems like a lot. However, Terra Informa’s Kyle Muzyka speaks to B-E-F’s Tiffany Meyer, and finds out that it’s a very small contribution to a much larger goal.

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B-E-F Website

NHL Green Column on Gallons for Goals

Natalee’s Recipe for Cara-medallions

Hungry for something healthy? Here is a recipe from Terra Informa’s very own Natalee Rawat, on how to create a delicious, unbaked dessert. Make them yourself, or get them at Pangaea Market in Edmonton, Alberta. The members of Terra Informa double as food critics, and we gave them five stars!

Here’s the ingredients:

Process: Dates, walnuts, raw cacao, citrus essential oil, cardamom essential oil, vanilla and dehydrated cranberries

Roll the batter out after its mixed evenly and use a cookie cutter to shape it!

Pangaea Market 

People’s Potato

I’m sure many of us have expressed concern at the quality of food at public institutions like hospitals and schools. Recently, Terra Informa’s Miro Radovic had the chance to talk to K, a member of the People`s Potato — a student initiative started over a decade ago at Concordia University in Montreal to address several food related issues on campus.

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The People’s Potato

Dalhousie’s The Loaded Ladle 

Fresh Perspective

This week, stories about people breathing new life into rivers, cities, and the way we see the universe. We’ve got a story from the streets of Seoul, about the centuries of history that flowed by before one of its dirtiest waterways became a tourist destination. Then, we’ll see how the revitalization of Montreal’s Lachine Canal has changed the lives of the nearby residents. Finally, we’ll hear a model of what planets, stars, and life itself might sound like. Before we go, we’ll brief you on the week’s environmental events.

A view of the icy stream and tree branches below the office buildings on nearby streets.

Cheonggyecheon today is one of Seoul’s most mesmerizing tourist attractions – a far cry from its past as a de facto sewer.

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New Life for Seoul Stream

A lot of us have had this experience of getting to know a place when we’re young, and seeing it get choked with litter or polluted over the years. Every once in awhile, we get to watch things turn around. A big cleanup project, or a revitalization. About a decade ago, the city of Seoul spent hundreds of millions of dollars to give one ancient stream a makeover. Chris Chang-Yen Phillips was in South Korea, curious about why it was singled out. What makes some places so special that cleaning them up can catapult a mayor into the presidency? And how do we decide when it’s time? This is the story of how a stream called Cheonggyecheon was given new life.

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Lachine Canal Carnivale

Chris showed us how one stream became the focal point for upscale urban renewal in Korea, but Canada has its own share of once poor neighbourhoods that are now trendy urban playgrounds. One such place is the neighbourhood of St. Henri in Montreal. It’s a working class part of town, but since the early 2000s, the area has seen an explosion of condo redevelopment. It all began with the clean up and re-opening of the Lachine Canal.

The Sound of Science: What the Universe Sounds Like

Alyssa Hindle and Matt Hirji interviewed Dr. Abram Hindle, a local computing science professor and Noise musician. Alyssa’s brother Abram uses his programming background with inspirations from nature and physics to create unique, and very technically based, sounds. Alyssa Hindle and Matt Hirji spoke with Abram Hindle about his Noise performances and music production.

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What’s Happening

Tzeporah Berman talk at University of Victoria
Tzeporah Berman has been fighting Canadian politicians for 20 years to protect millions of acres of endangered Canadian forests. That being only one of the many fights she has taken on as an activist and author. Berman has been featured on CBC’s The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos and in the global warming documentary film, The 11th Hour that was narrated by actor, Leonardo DiCaprio. Tzeporah Berman will be speaking on Thursday, March 14th at 7pm at the David Lam Auditorium located on campus at the University of Victoria. The event is free and for more information you can visit their website.

George Stroumbouloupoulos at MacEwan University
George Stroumboulopoulos, host of 
CBC’s The Hour has been an advocate of sustainable living himself. He will be speaking at the Students Association of McEwan University’s Speaker Series, for their sustainability week called COMMON GROUND on March 15th at 5pm. Tickets are on sale online. For more information on the series visit the Students Association website.

Thunder Bay Environmental Film Festival
Thunder Bay, Ontario’s Environmental Film Festival opens on March 20th at 7pm and runs until March 24th. It is a free festival that is run by the Thunder Bay Environmental Film Network or EFN. EFN is a volunteer organisation and will be screening films based on environmental and social issues along with an Opening Night Gala, post-film screening discussions and guest speakers. Donations are encouraged and volunteers are welcomed. Read more.

The Battle Over Logging

This week we bring you the stories of two communities who are battling to save their forests. Logging began this past week in habitat crucial for the survival of Canada’s endangered spotted owl near Chilliwack, British Columbia. We talk to a representative from the Western Canada Wilderness Committee about this issue. Construction of a large highway is currently planned through an area with 300 year old trees near Wakefield, Québec. Our correspondent caught up with protestors while on the road in Québec.

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Protestors in the trees near Wakefield, Quebec. Photo by Steve Andersen and Rebecca Rooney.

Logging began this past week in spotted owl habitat located near Chilliwack, British Columbia. Spotted Owls are one of Canada’s most critically endangered species and logging is taking place in an area the BC government had previously set aside for the protection of the spotted owl. To delve deeper into this issue Terra Informa correspondent Myles Curry spoke with  Gwen Barlee of the Western Canada Wilderness Committee.

More on this story: CTV, Western Canada Wilderness Committee, CBC

Another battle over logging is taking place near the small town of Wakefield Québec, which is about an hour from Ottawa. For years, residents have been fighting the proposed construction of a new four lane highway which will result in the destruction of 300 year old trees. Locals also worry the construction may affect the town’s water supply. For more on the story, Steve Andersen catches up with protestors while on the road in Wakefield Québec.

More on this story: A5X (group opposing the highway), Terra Informa’s past coverage of this story


Kent in trouble over Woodland Caribou…again: The Environment Minister has refused to provide Woodland Caribou with the protection they need for survival.

More on this story: Winnipeg Free Press, Pembina, Ecojustice (1), Ecojustice (2), Alberta Caribou Committee

Northern Gateway transportation concerns alleviated: Transport Canada supports the increased traffic from supertankers from the coast of British Columbia to overseas markets in China.

More on this story: The Council of Canadians (1), The Council of Canadians (2)

Booming oilsands poses significant risks: Irreversible damages from Alberta’s oilsands may have a significant impact, both environmentally and financially, to the province.

More on this story: Sierra Club, Privy Council Office

Suppressed communication of scientific research: Accusations of stifling important health and environmental research have been made toward the Canadian government.

More on this story: Sierra Club, BBC