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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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Battle for the Trees
1993, production : John Edginton
The timber industry became worried about its reputation in...
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Les Quatre Cavaliers de l'Apocalypse
1991, production : Jean-François Mercier
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The Great Buffalo Saga
1985, production : Michael McKennirey, Boyce Richardson
While conservationists worked to replenish Canada's wild...
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Histoire de pêche
1975, production : Jean Chabot
Speaking in the 1970s, a Quebec government spokesman wonders...
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Battle for the Trees
Excerpt  (1:11) 1993, production : John Edginton
The film
The timber industry became worried about its reputation in the early 1900s when the controversy over logging in BC made world headlines. An alliance of forestry companies hired Burson-Marsteller, a leading international public relations firm, to improve their image. Burson-Marsteller's previous clients included Exxon, Union Carbide, the Argentinian military dictatorship and Saudi Arabian government.

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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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