Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Karissa Lethbridge, Alberta

Fair address: Southern Alberta Regional Heritage Fair

Project: Canada's Canola

Canada's Canola looks at the history and importance of canola, the world's only "made in Canada" crop.  

What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

Did you know that in 1996 Canada's canola seeds were taken to space to study the effects on growth and germination? Did you know canola oil was used to fuel a race car that ran on canola biodiesel? Isn't canola amazing?!?

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

Canola is one of Canada's most valuable crops. Canadian's need to know that canola is a much healthier choice for cooking and baking because it is cholesterol and trans fat free.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

The people who brought rapeseed to Canada, the Canadian scientists who created canola, Robert Thirsk who brought canola seeds to space, and Kevin Therres who made the first race car to run on canola biodiesel were all courageous people who weren't afraid to take risks. Like those that have gone before us we too can be daring and try our creative ideas!

  • Ladele

    Great Job Karissa. You included every aspect, work, people, economy. Well Done.
    09/07/2015 11:44:17 PM

  • Betty Fieguth

    very interesting I did not realize that canola was invented in Canada and that it was that healthy for us
    08/07/2015 1:48:51 PM

  • Vicki

    It was fun to hear your interview on Radio Canada this past week. Great job withthe French!
    05/07/2015 7:58:21 PM

  • Irmy F

    Hi Karissa Great Job on your Video!
    03/07/2015 10:37:21 AM

  • Matt Redmond

    Great work Karissa! We're proud of you... All the way from Australia! xoxo
    02/07/2015 11:09:17 PM

  • Adriana Myland

    Wonderful presentation Karissa I learned a lot. I hope you make it to Ottawa, because you deserve it!
    02/07/2015 9:59:52 AM

  • Charlotte (Young Citizen 2015)

    I also love to cook and bake with canola oil. I enjoyed learning more about the history and other interesting facts about canola oil. Thanks!
    30/06/2015 11:57:02 PM

  • Theresa Parker

    Thank you, Karissa for your interesting and informative topic. Well done!
    30/06/2015 10:49:33 PM

  • Peter Greidanus

    Intersting! You did a very nice job which obviously involved lots of work. Thank you!
    30/06/2015 9:52:17 AM

  • Bette Greidanus

    Karissa, thanks for teaching us about canola! Very interesting! Good job!
    30/06/2015 9:49:22 AM

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Project partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
  • Canadian Heritage / Patrimoine Canadien
  • Government of Canada
  • HBC: Hudson's Bay Company
  • ecentricarts inc.