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Preventing Grizzly Deaths on Canada’s Railway Tracks

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Over the past fifteen years, there’s been a big spike in the number of Grizzly Bears in Banff National Park being killed by one surprising force: trains. We spoke with University of Alberta professor, Dr. Colleen Cassady St. Clair, and researcher Jonathan Backs, about their five year study into why this is happening, and how they are working to get the grizzly bear population back ~on track~

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Photo by: Roderick Eime on flickr

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Do It Yourself! A Tool Library Adventure.

Have a DIY project you’ve been itching to do but just don’t have the supplies? Striving to reduce consumerism and waste? The Edmonton Tool Library has got you covered. We dive into what it’s all about and how you can volunteer or become a member!

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Edmonton Tool Library

This week on Terra Informa, we take a trip to the Edmonton Tool Library, a non-profit that launched in January 2017 and it’s located in the Bellevue Community League. The library shelves are full of donated tools, some well-loved and well-worn, while others barely touched. Members can borrow the tools for their art projects, home renovations, yard clean-ups and more. Terra Informers Shelley Jodoin and Lauren Carter explored the tool library and interviewed two of the board members, Robyn Webb and Leslie Bush. They’ll tell you what a tool library is and how it can save you money, reduce your environmental impact and empower you to take on a do-it-yourself project.

Check out their website where you can view the tool catalogue and sign up for volunteer opportunities. You can also follow them on Facebook and on, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Photos by: Shelley Jodoin

Sounds of Space & Thoughts for Our Future.

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Future Landscape by Naomi Vona, 2013

This week we take a look into the past and the great void, to shine some light on our current situation. First Shelley and Dylan talk to some Terra Informa Alumni about their experiences with Fun drive this year. Following that we listen to Ronald Wright as he discusses the past, and allows us to use this information when looking into the future. Lastly, we hear from Dr. Abram Hindle about his creative process when making music inspired by outer space.

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Talking Fun drive with some Alumni  

Alumni of Terra Informa talk with Shelley Jodoin and Dylan Hall about their experiences as Terra Informant’s at this years Fun drive.

The Trap of Progress

Last November, The Parkland Institute kicked off its sixteenth fall conference in Edmonton, Alberta. The theme was Petro, Power and Politics, and the opening keynote was delivered by writer Ronald Wright. Wright is best known for having delivered a CBC Massey Lecture which he called A Short History of Progress. For his lecture at the Parkland Institute, Wright drew on this earlier work to discuss our modern environmental crisis, including climate change and loss of biodiversity. To chart our possible future, Wright looks back to examine the collapse of civilizations all across the world. It’s depressing business, and more than one audience member asked the obvious question: is there any hope at all?

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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The Steve Show

This week, we say goodbye to Steve Andersen. An activist, bike enthusiast, and Terra Informa producer and correspondent, Steve helped guide and create Terra Informa over the last six years. A former Terra Informer shares a story about Steve’s magic, we take a listen to our favourite bike reports and garbage segments from Steve’s work, and we interview Steve himself.

How do you balance being in the news and making it? How easy is it have a microphone on while you’re unfurling a protest banner in midair? All this and more, as we wish Steve luck in his next chapter.

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Terra Informa, with Handsome Steve Andersen.

This week, we say goodbye to Steve Andersen as he passes the torch onto a new rogue’s gallery of Terra Informers. (Photo credit: Akex Hindle)

A fellow Terra Informer looks back on Steve’s magic, passion, and secret life fighting crime (maybe)
Marcus Peterson was a Terra Informer who worked with Steve for a number of years on the show. He sat down with Chris Chang-Yen Phillips to share stories about Steve’s time on Terra Informa.

Steve’s Segments: Bicycle Traffic Report and Garry the Garbage Guy
Two of Steve’s popular recurring segments were the Bicycle Traffic Report and Garry the Garbage Guy. He wasn’t afraid to dive right in, whether it was standing beside busy road with bicycle traffic reporter Karly Coleman or literally dumpster diving with Garry Spotowski, Terra Informa’s garbage and recycling expert. From our archives, two of our favourite selections from those two segments.

Steve covers the Gulf oil spill
Of course, Steve also tackled difficult stories, like the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. From our archives, Steve Andersen speaking with John Hocevar, the director of Greenpeace USA’s oceans campaign. We reached him in Grand Isle, Louisiana just after BP’s Deep Horizon rig exploded, gushing oil into the Gulf.

Steve in Studio
Finally, we wanted to sit down with the man himself. Chris Chang-Yen Phillips asked Steve Andersen to join him in studio to reflect on six years of work guiding Terra Informa.

News Headlines

Bhutan goes all-organic
Bhutan has made a recent pledge to convert to a 100% organic agricultural system.
The goal of the Ministry of Agriculture is for Bhutan to go organic by 2020.

More on this story: Samdrup Jonkhar Initiative, Bhutan Times, NPR

Barriere Lake Algonquins fight illegal logging
In Quebec, the Algonquins of Barriere Lake and supporters have been opposing the illegal logging taking place on Barriere Lake land.
This week, the opposition has resulted in concessions being made by the company attempting to log Barriere Lake land and the Quebec government.

More on this story: Barriere Lake Solidarity, Rabble, Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement Ottawa

BC Grand Chief predicts long battle over Northern Gateway Pipeline
Grand Chief Steward Philip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, called the proposed Enbridge pipeline the largest issue faced by B.C.’s First Nations communities.
Philip stated that there would be a long fight if the project is allowed to move forward, both in the courtroom and on the land.

More on this story: The Globe and Mail, Ottawa Citizen, Vancouver Sun

Hundreds of millions in India hit by historic blackout
Most power has been restored after what’s being called the “worst blackout in history” in India this week.
An estimated 620 million people were without power due to the outages.

More on this story: CBC, The Globe and Mail

Satellites record largest summer sea ice loss
In June, the Arctic experienced the largest sea ice loss in recorded satellite history, that of 1.1 million square miles of ice, equivalent to the size of Alaska, California, Florida, and Texas combined.

More on this story: Nunatsiaq, The Guardian

What’s Happening

On this week’s What’s Happening, there are two upcoming wildlife viewing events taking place in the Yukon and two job postings in Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories.

Yukon Wildlife Talks
On Friday, August 10 from 9:30 – 11:30 pm, Environment Yukon biologists will be teaching participants about bat biology, habitat and conservation at the “Going Batty! Bat Viewing!”.

On Tuesday, August 14, there will be an evening walk about squirrels, entitled “Are You a Nut?”. Meghan Larivee, biologist and squirrel enthusiast, will be talking about the small critters that most people ignore.
Meet at the Robert Service Campground at 7pm.

Visit the Environment Yukon site for more information.

Vancouver Job Postings
And, in Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories, the BC Association of Farmers Markets is looking for a Strengthening Farmers’ Markets Project Coordinator. The position is part-time and temporary and the deadine to apply is August 13, 2012.

And The Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House [DTES NH] is seeking a full time Program Lead for the Community Drop-in and Right to Food Initiatives who will oversee the DTES Right to Food Network, food related partnerships, the Building Welcoming and Inclusive Neighbourhoods (BWIN) Program, and provide leadership to the Community Drop-In Program.

More information at Good Work Canada and Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House