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  • Trevor 21:19 on 26 June 2013 Permalink | Reply

    Calgary’s flood of the century* and climate change 

    On June 21, 2013 I was supposed to be in Calgary enjoying Explosions In The Sky and the rest of the Sled Island Music Festival. Instead, I stayed home while 80,000 Calgarians were evacuated from their homes. The mighty Bow and Elbow rivers had overflowed their banks, sending the city into a two week state of emergency.

    People said it was the flood of the century. Problem is, they had already experienced a flood of the century back in 2005. And another time just nine years before that. Three floods of the century in less than twenty years?

    Watching the news and analysis unfold, this flood of the century motif repeated over and over. Not once did I hear that the occurence of extreme weather events was accelerating. In fact, senior Federal politicians explicitly shutdown any discussion that would tie the 2013 to climate change.

    Chris Chang-Yen Phillips and I wanted to challenge this denial, and discuss the flood in the context of climate change. Working on a short timeline, we spoke to University of Calgary climatologist Shawn Marshall as well as expat Calgarian and sustainability professional Mike Soron. Listen in for the analysis of the 2013 Calgary flood that you need to hear.

    This story originally aired on Terra Informa in July, 2013.

  • Trevor 17:30 on 12 November 2012 Permalink | Reply

    Dreams of star travel 

    The year I moved to Edmonton, I was heavily into Battlestar: Galactica. It has a reputation for being the kind of show that induces uncontrollable bingeing. But that’s not my style. In Guelph, I paced myself by getting together with a friend once a week, to watch as if it were still an on-air television show. I like this because it gives me lots of time to reflect on what happened in the show and try to figure out what’s going to happen next.

    Once in Edmonton, I was broke, unemployed and mostly stayed at home for the first little while. This gave me a little too much time to reflect on the show. I started to think a lot more about space travel in general, which led me to the website of Paul Gilster, Centauri Dreams. He posts surprisingly frequent updates (almost daily) on the science and progress of space travel.

    When Terra Informa started planning a special edition on “Night,” I jumped at the opportunity to interview Paul about the Fermi Paradox—a suprisingly simple observation that suggest we may never actually manage to travel the stars. Learn all about it, and more on the practicality of space travel in this story.

    This story originally aired as part of Terra Informa At Night in November, 2012.

  • Trevor 17:47 on 27 April 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    This show is Untitled 

    “Good morning. My name is Trevor Chow-Fraser and this show is Untitled.” I’m always a sucker for a good pun.

    For a little over a year, I took care of the Monday morning 9 AM timeslot at 93.3 CFRU Radio in Guelph. Untitled was a show about reading out loud. It started out with my partner Marcelle Kosman helping out with reading of Canadian poetry. Through the loss of Marcelle’s free time, and experimentation, the show expanded to encompass readings from other genres and even non-fiction. Some weeks were just music, but I always felt the value of the show came from the spoken word bits.

    It all started when Bry asked us to do a fill-in show during the winter 2010 holidays. Up until then, I had no intention of being on air. I wanted to learn how the tech works, recording and engineering audio. In fact, I was fully intent on resisting all efforts to give me a show. Pre-recording a single fill-in episode sounded like a fun project, and a good way to learn to control the board. But after that, I was hooked. I remember spending days planning the first song on that fill-in show.

    After the holidays, we were given a timeslot and we continued to figure out just what the heck we were doing, mixing readings with music. Our first show was ALL NEW POEMS ALL NEW MUSIC. I quite enjoyed that, digging into totally alien music while Marcelle read young poets. We also celebrated our first Family Day on air, a bizzare holiday that didn’t exist when I was growing up. We previewed the Griffin Poetry Prize that year, a show that was necessarily full of fantastic poetry. On my own, I remember doing some fun shows on the Women’s World Cup of Soccer, creative science writing, Winney the Pooh, and walls from China’s Great Wall to Israel’s security fence.

    CFRU archives its shows online. As of 2013, the archive for Untitled cannot be searched, but you can still access the files. I’ll hotlink some of my favourites for you right here.


    • Roseanna 14:15 on 19 May 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Full of salient points. Don’t stop beeliving or writing!

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