Oil Sands: Donna Ominiyak on the effects of a pipeline leak
Donna Ominiyak, a member of the Woodland Cree First Nation, describes the effects on animal and human health of a pipeline leak near Cadotte Lake, northern Alberta.
Music of exile from the Saharawi of the Western Sahara
Working with www.sandblast-arts.org Film and Stills.
The previously nomadic Saharawi people are now restricted in refugee camps in Algeria, scattered in the Western Sahara and living in small numbers in diaspora across the world. Their music tells of a common identity and struggle - ongoing for 40 years but rarely spoken of.
This short film teaser features some of the founders of the first national, organised Saharawi group, the El Wali Band and acts as an introduction to an ever present and increasingly pressing international issue.
Appalachia: Mountaintops to Moonscapes
Coal mining has been part of the socio-economic fabric of Appalachia for over a century, but a move away from traditional shaft mining to mountaintop removal methods has devastated local communities by taking away employment, destroying the landscape and causing pollution-related health problems.
Oil Sands: Wayne Groot explains his opposition to more upgraders
Wayne Groot is a potato farmer from Fort Saskatchewan in the Alberta industrial heartland. Interviewed in 2010, he describes his opposition to the construction of additional upgraders in his area, arguing for slower, more considered development.
England or Bust
Over the past ten years, the port of Ostend has become a major gateway for illegal immigrants trying to enter the United Kingdom. Ostend is attractive to the refugees as there is a direct ferry service to Ramsgate with thirteen ferries leaving every day, carrying 600 lorries. New technology is making detection easier but the immigrants find creative ways to avoid detection. Two refugees at the CAW Centre in Ostend describe their experiences.
BBC Interview: Homeland Lost at the Barbican
Alan Gignoux talking to the BBC about the meaning and significance of the Homeland Lost exhibition at the Barbican.
Oil Sands: Roland Woodward argues for the rights of First Nations
A member of the Woodland Cree First Nation, living next to Lake Gregoire Provincial Park, Roland Woodward talks about the economic and environmental issues confronting First Nations since the development of the tar sands.
Oil Sands: A pipe-fitter discusses the high cost of high pay
Preferring to remain anonymous, this pipe-fitter working in Fort McMurray explains why tales of the high pay of tar sands workers tell only half the story.
Oil Sands: Wayne Groot on the successful blocking of new upgraders
Interviewed in 2012, Wayne Groot expresses cuatious optimism about the successful campaign to stop the construction of new upgraders near his farm.
Alan Parks, a crab waterman from Tangier Island, assesses the implications of new fishing regulations in the Chesapeake Bay.
Oil Sands: The Dirty Maple Leaf - Three Creeks, Alberta
Residents of Three Creeks, Alberta, describe what it is like to live with harmful emissions from a neighbouring CHOPs (Cold Heavy Oil Production with Sand) facility, questioning whether existing regulations are designed to protect human health and the environment or to facilitate the rapid and profitable expansion of the tar sands.
Oil Sands: Alain Labreque on health effects of CHOPS emissions
Alain Labreque, a Peace River farmer, describes the economic and health effects of emissions from the CHOPS (Cold Heavy Oil Production with Sand) facilities in Three Creeks, Alberta.
Oil Sands: Alain Labreque on oil sands regulations
Alain Labreque, a Peace River farmer, describes the lack of regulations and regulatory enforcement around the CHOPS (Cold Heavy Oil Production with Sand) facilities in Three Creeks, Alberta.
Oil Sands: Alain Labreque on the effect of CHOPS emissions on hunting
Alain Labreque describes the effect of CHOPs (Cold Heavy Oil Production with Sand) emissions on hunting in the Three Creeks, Alberta.
The Chesapeake Bay is situated on the East Coast of the US with 6 states comprising its watershed: New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia.
The Bay’s health barometer is the crabbing industry: “If the crabs are healthy then the bay is healthy.” Crabs are an integral part of Maryland culture and the state is known throughout North America for its succulent delicacy, “Maryland blue crabs.”
Since the 1970s there have been concerns about oxygen depletion in the waters of the Bay, caused by the runoff of residential, farm and industrial waste throughout the watershed. Another cause for concern in the 1990s was toxic nutrient waste from local chicken producers.
Alan Gignoux interviews watermen from Tangier Island and others working in industries in the area to learn about the state of the Bay today and the measures being taken to restore and protect its ecology.