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Friday Special Blend
Friday July 16th, 2021 with Susan Johnston
Patrick Thompson talks about his work and community engagement. Katy Alambo shares plans for citizen science work on the Ottawa River. Comedian Steve Patterson talks about his newest book, Dad Up.

Our first interview features Patrick Thompson, a multi-disciplinary artist working in painting, sculpture, printmaking, and public installation. His social practice work in Embassy of Imagination ( and artist collective PA System (with Alexa Hatanaka) often relies on north-south collaboration. Thompson works and lives between Kinngait Nunavut and Western Quebec. Next, we speak with Ottawa Riverkeeper biologist Katy Alambo about that organization’s public outreach and citizen science initiatives that are underway. Katy’s research has focused on the production of harmful algal blooms in Canadian freshwaters. I always learn a lot from Katy, and appreciate her visits to CKCU. Today, we talk about shoreline cleanups, the new iCleanup app (, watershed health assessment and monitoring projects, and more. Then, we’ll hear from comedian, The Debaters host, and writer Steve Patterson about his new book, Dad Up - Long Time Comedian. First-time father. ( Patterson’s lines hit home, over and over and over.
Home (Toro y moi remix)
Caribou - Caribou Canadian
How I feel (feat. Leonard Sumner, Shad, Northern Voice)
Halluci Nation - Halluci Nation Canadian
Lost (Rise Ashen remix)
Kellylee Evans - Northern Faction 5 Canadian
Interactive CKCU