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Industry and Workers
This sub-section questions the actions of certain companies and the extent of their responsibilities. It looks at workers defending their jobs and at the people affected by the globalization of industry.
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Worst Case Scenario
2001, production : Glynis Whiting
Shell Canada wants to drill for sour gas near Rocky Mountain...
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Le Mont Rigaud : une colline chez les hommes
2000, production : André Desrochers
Mont Rigaud, Quebec, is one example of a community trying to...
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Battle for the Trees
1993, production : John Edginton
The government defends the logging practices of B.C.'s...
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Battle for the Trees
1993, production : John Edginton
Working loggers find themselves on the frontline in the...
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Battle for the Trees



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Excerpt  (2:12) 1993, production : John Edginton
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The government defends the logging practices of B.C.'s forestry industry as "integrated resource management." But environmentalists accuse government and industry of colluding in the destruction of the world's oldest and tallest trees. A big earner for the B.C. economy, the forestry industry has been getting government permission to clear-cut Pacific temperate rainforest. An ecologist surveys the results.

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It is a complex battle being fought on many fronts--in corporate board rooms, in legislatures, on the streets, and in the woods.

The weapons range from million-dollar public relations campaigns to quiet acts of civil disobedience.

At stake are the last stands of old-growth coastal forest of British Columbia, which are being clearcut at an increased rate every year. Soon they will be gone forever.

The soldiers are ordinary citizens, scientists, loggers, environmentalists, and Indigenous people who are witnessing the liquidation of our public forests and, with it, a way of life.

This important film examines the battle strategies of both sides, and offers some practical solutions that balance economic needs with the preservation of the ancient forests.

If the battle for the trees is lost--and all of the old growth is clearcut--the silence on the barren hills will be a monument to the victory of corporate interests over public process.

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