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Return of Misinforma

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Back by seasonal demand, it’s the return of Return of Misinforma: the show that turns up the heat on environmentalists. (For best results, return on April 1st).

We ask the questions that are too controversial for you to ask yourself—like what to do with Iceland? Do we really need water? Plus a special investigative feature on Canada’s radical, extremist environmentalists. And of course, it’s time for the annual Ezra Levant Award for Excellence in Excellence in Journalism!

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What’s Pissed Off Chris

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Terra Misinforma’s regular shock columnist Chris Chang-Yen Phillips has an idea he’d like to get off his chest. It’s about a certain Scandinavian nation that’s become a hot tourist destination for those in search of a union of lava fields and icy slopes.

Reflections on Water: A Debate

Another great use for water.

What’s water really good for besides hockey, hosing down activists, and raining on parades? As far as natural resources go, water’s just a drop in the bucket, and we’ve decided to wash our hands of it. But unlike most media outlets, we try to get you both sides of every story, even if the other is patently wrong. So, to stand up for the big blue—or green, or whatever colour gets you hippies out of bed these days—eco-conscious Canadian Nelly von Hoser joined us in studio for a short and shallow conservation—errr—conversation on the merits of water.

Spawns of Seitan: Canada’s Terrifying Ecoterrorists

You hear news on Terra Misinforma all the time about the misguided misdeeds of Canada’s environmentalists. Fortunately, our great government is starting to catch on. In recent years, politicians, pundits and police have all identified environmentalists as the leading threat to the nation. To tell us more, we’ve got Trevor Chow-Fraser, who went undercover in his fight to remain vigilant against domestic extremism in the name of environmentalism.

Our most excellent awards segment

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The one and only Ezra Levant.

It’s that time of year when we celebrate the best of the best. Yes, it’s time to hand out the Ezra Levant Award for Excellence in Excellence in Journalism. In a tribute to the paragon of journalism that we, as Canadians, dream of reaching in our own work, the Ezra Levant Award for Excellence in Excellence goes to…

(Well, you’ll just have to listen to find out silly)

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Years of Living Dangerously, Biochar, and Water Conservation

Misting sprinklers watering a lawn sidewalk

This week on Terra Informa we hear from Katie MacKissick, a Californian who tells us why she’s proud of her dry, dead lawn. We also share a discussion on Years of Living Dangerously, Showtime’s new documentary series on the effects of climate change, plus a Ecobabble that gives you the dirt on biochar.

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Summer and CO2 in the air

Two people placing a small plant into the ground.

Ahhh. Summer has arrived, and Terra Informa’s got your gardening Q’s covered with our new segment, Dispatches from the Dirt. Of course, it’s hard to enjoy the weather if the skies are black with fumes—and making you sick. This begs the question, how does one find out if the environment is the cause of certain illnesses in the first place? Finally, we get an economist’s guide to the complex climate change negotiations from a Killam Prize winner.

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Cold and Warmth

This week, Terra Informa presents a show live from the 2013 Cold & Warmth Winter Salon, hosted by the Latitude 53 art gallery. We’ve got crowds buzzing around like hot molecules, an interview about Edmonton’s Winter City Strategy, and a rap about the most magical temperature of all.

Cold and Warmth

Warm up with Terra Informa’s live show at the Latitude 53 Winter Salon, themed around Cold and Warmth.

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Return of Misinforma

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Note: For best results, enjoy on April 1st, 2014.

It’s that time of year again! Spring has sprung across Canada and around the world. Why, consider all the lovely, errr, April showers that are gracing the east coast and central Canada. The blossoms are in bloom in Vancouver, at least. Whether you’re a gardener looking to get a head-start on seeding, or you’re in the ice-melter “Safe-T-Salt” racket, there may be something to gain from all the intensified solar heat due to the greenhouse gas effect and changing oceanic temperatures due to melting polar ice caps.

At Terra Misinforma, we’re always turning up the heat on environmentalists and this week’s no different. We ask the questions that are too controversial for you to ask yourself—like what to do with Iceland? Do we really need water? Plus a special investigative feature on Canada’s radical, extremist environmentalists. And of course, it’s time for the annual Ezra Levant Award for Excellence in Excellence in Journalism!

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Changing the Conversation

A snaking river winds its way through a wide mountain valley

The Wind River is one of six navigable rivers that make up the vast waterway system of the Peel River Watershed.

This week, don’t fear the tears. Terra Informa takes a hard look at a threatening future and has to ask the question, what are we thinking? We’ll get an analysis of the troubled plans for a parcel of Canada’s North that stretches far beyond the horizon. And a person who spends all their time thinking about the far future tries to get the rest of us to look beyond the next quarter. We’re examining the at times ineffective processes that we have in place to protect the land and plan for the future.

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Wasting Sea-Stars and Maude Barlow’s Blue Future

Curling swirl of a wave seen from underwater; aqua and red tints.

It’s a wet and wild episode on this week’s Terra Informa. West Coast correspondent Melati Kaye brings us a ghoulish story about a precious ocean creature that is—literally—disappearing before our very eyes. From such dark waters we’ll drift into the murky depths of resource wars, privatization and other contentious issues of water security. Fortunately, our guide is crystal clear: prolific author and Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow.

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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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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.

Speaking Out for Water and the Trans Mountain Pipeline

Recent decisions by Kinder Morgan Canada Inc. to more than double the capacity of the existing Trans Mountain Pipeline has been met with opposition and apprehension by locals, First Nations and various environmental organizations. For more details, we speak to Sheila Muxlow, an advocate for social and environmental justice. And controversy surrounds the recent decision by the University of Alberta to present one of three prestigious awards on the future of water to Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, chairman of Nestle, a multinational corporation pushing for the privatization of water. Tune in to find out more!

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The University of Alberta stirred controversy when it announced that Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, the CEO of Nestle, was being awarded an honorary degree for his work on water conservation. Photo by the Mouvement des Entreprises de France.

The Trans Mountain Pipeline has been owned and operated by Kinder Morgan Canada Inc. since 2005. This pipeline travels from Edmonton to Greater Vancouver and the Puget Sound. It currently transports up to 300,000 barrels per day of tar sands crude, resulting in more than 60 tankers within the Burrard Inlet. A recent announcement by the company on its plans to twin the pipeline, expanding export capacity to up to 700,000 barrels per day, has been met by opposition and apprehension by local communities, First Nations and environmental organizations. Terra Informa correspondent, Myles Curry, speaks with Sheila Muxlow, an advocate for social and environmental justice who currently resides in Chilliwack, British Columbia.

Who really speaks for water? And who is allowed to speak for water in Alberta, and globally? These were questions asked by many last week surrounding a controversial decision by the University of Alberta to award an honorary degree to Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, chairman of Nestle. On March 1, the university presented degrees to three individuals who are said to make important contributions to the global conversation around the future of water. Many were baffled to see that one of these three was Brabeck-Letmathe. For more than 40 years he has worked for Nestle, a multinational corporation that pushes for the privatization and commodification of water worldwide, is known as the largest player in the bottled water industry, and whose human rights record is questionable.  The university claims to be encouraging a healthy public conversation about the future of water. But are some voices louder than others? Terra Informa correspondent Kathryn Lennon shares some clips of the conversations she heard last week.

News:

PEARL Arctic Research Station: Canadian scientists have announced that they’re shutting down the world’s most northerly research station. The PEARL arctic research station is perched at a latitude of 80 degrees north, on Ellesmere Island near Eureka.

More on this story: Winnipeg Free Press, CBC, Nature Blog, Vancouver Sun, Ontario Innovation Trust

Municipalities to get more say in wind turbines: The Ontario government says it will be giving locals more say over green energy projects. Premier Dalton McGuinty announced that the province is reviewing the Green Energy Act, and will be placing more decision making power in the hands of municipalities.

More on this story: Sun News Network, CBC, Toronto Sun, The Star

Tree protestors arrested in Quebec: Last week we told you about residents of Wakefield, Quebec who were blocking construction crews from building a new highway past their town. Well, this past Thursday police moved in and arrested the tree sitters and those who were supporting them.

More on this story: The Council of Canadians, Low Down Online, CBC, Ottawa Citizen

Shell sues environmental groups, preemptively: Shell oil has taken an unprecedented step in an Alaskan courtroom this past week. The company is preemptively suing 13 environmental groups who they think may file suit against a recently approved oil spill response plan.

More on this story: US News, SCPR, Yahoo News

Exploratory work continues at proposed New Prosperity mine: This week, a BC mining company, Taseko Mines, plans to resume exploratory work on the proposed New Prosperity Mine situated near Fish Lake, 125 kilometers southwest of William’s Lake, BC. In January, an injunction brought on by the Tsilhqot’in First Nation blocked the company from the site.

More on this story: CTV BC, US News, Winnipeg Free Press