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!

  • Jennifer Z

    Good job Karissa! Besides learning and sharing about Canola, I bet you learned a lot about making a video. Keep up the great work!
    29/06/2015 10:26:44 AM

  • Ali Najem

    Great topic! Many people use canola oil and it is great to know about its history.
    27/06/2015 2:32:59 PM

  • Kristina

    Great job. I love the shot in the yellow field.
    24/06/2015 9:25:32 PM

  • Joyce Trafton

    I had no idea about Canola oil until this young lady took the time to point out details. Thank you.
    24/06/2015 12:00:47 PM

  • Cooper Hazelwood

    Great job I know you worked really hard on this video I hope you get to go to Ottawa!
    17/06/2015 8:43:46 PM

  • lorne bisaro

    awesome job Karissa
    17/06/2015 4:23:45 PM

  • Angela

    Very well done :)
    17/06/2015 3:55:42 PM

  • Vinton Goff

    I am blessed to have been able to watch you grow into an outstanding young lady. Heb 12:2
    17/06/2015 3:53:21 AM

  • Audrey Goff

    Very well done. I will add Canola Oil to my pantry.
    16/06/2015 2:52:32 PM

  • Kim Gilmer

    Excellent research and presentation, Karissa!
    16/06/2015 9:48:39 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.