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!

  • Zoie Kachor 2015 Young Citizen

    Lots of great information! Loved all the interviews!! I had no idea canola oil was the healthiest for us either!!
    13/06/2015 9:01:50 PM

  • Lloyd Quantz

    FIRST CLASS and makes us all proud!!
    13/06/2015 8:47:03 PM

  • Rachelle

    Amazing job Karissa!! We learned a lot from your presentation - well done! Very proud of you!!
    13/06/2015 4:36:43 PM

  • Kim Gilmer

    Great research, Karissa!
    13/06/2015 10:20:43 AM

  • Susan Zubach

    Wonderful job!
    13/06/2015 8:38:00 AM

  • Molly Porter

    Good job - I learned a lot and now can answer those in Ukraine who say it's only for engine oil! Theya re amazed we cook with it. I never knew it was different from rapeseed! Thanks for the info.
    13/06/2015 12:06:47 AM

  • Leona Jacobs

    Very interesting! Thank you for putting this together!
    12/06/2015 6:53:39 PM

  • Michelle Clymer

    You are very well spoken Karissa. Your information was clear and easy to understand. Great job! Thank you.
    12/06/2015 4:36:09 PM

  • Karen T

    I learned many things from your video. In China we used "rapeseed" oil. Good job.
    12/06/2015 3:51:07 PM

  • Trudy

    Well done article. I see a future reporter here. I learned a few new things about Canola. Thanks.
    12/06/2015 3:34:43 PM

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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.