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Worst Case Scenario
2001, production : Glynis Whiting
Sour gas contains hydrogen sulphide, lethal in even a small...
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Worst Case Scenario
2001, production : Glynis Whiting
Alberta's Energy and Utilities Board, mandated with...
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Battle for the Trees
1993, production : John Edginton
The Kyuquot people, indigenous to Vancouver Island, oppose...
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Les Quatre Cavaliers de l'Apocalypse
1991, production : Jean-François Mercier
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Battle for the Trees
Excerpt  (3:45) 1993, production : John Edginton
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The Kyuquot people, indigenous to Vancouver Island, oppose the clear-cutting of their land. The giant timber company MacMillan Bloedel now wants to clear-cut one of their last unlogged valleys. They express their opposition to industry and government representatives. The interests of First Nations are often at odds with the industrial extraction of natural resources.

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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 Natives 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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