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!

  • Darlene Angelozzi

    I was unaware of how Canola was developed and got its' name. very informative and interesting talk.
    12/06/2015 2:01:04 PM

  • Marj Scheurkogel

    Nice video, Karissa - very informative. I, too, enjoyed the variety of view points, from plant breeders to oil producers to consumers. Well done!
    12/06/2015 1:42:37 PM

  • Dale Burns

    Excellent work, Karissa. It was nice meeting you and seeing your evident curiosity. Keep asking questions! As for canola itself, breeders will keep working hard to make it even more important in the future.
    12/06/2015 11:12:19 AM

  • Helen Irwin

    Awesome video! Very informative, lots of variety with authentic backgrounds, professional interviews, & historical and current facts. You obviously did a lot of research and took a great deal of time to put this video together. I learned a lot! Good luck! :)
    12/06/2015 10:08:29 AM

  • Rebekah Eckert

    Wow, Karissa - I learned a lot! Fascinating topic!
    12/06/2015 10:07:26 AM

  • Martin Ebel

    An excellent video about one of Canada's most important "Developed in Canada" crops. Well done!
    12/06/2015 10:01:48 AM

  • Lisa Weiss

    Wow Karissa!! Amazing video!! My family produces canola and I did not know all that. Great information, very eloquently presented! Thank you!
    12/06/2015 9:39:54 AM

  • Lisa Weiss

    Wow Karissa!! Amazing video!! My family produces canola and I did not know all that. Great information, very eloquently presented! Thank you!
    12/06/2015 9:37:56 AM

  • robin charlebois

    Fantastic video Karissa! What an informative presentation. Good luck ma belle!
    12/06/2015 9:20:26 AM

  • Christine Levesque-Smuk

    Quel bon reportage! C'est tout comme une journaliste. J'ai aimé que tu as filmé ton reportage à different endroits! Bravo Karissa!
    12/06/2015 9:16:49 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.