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Cabalcor: The rise and fall of a mythical tar sands boom town

Cabalcor: An Extracted History

by Sun Belt
(Anvil Press,
2015;
$24.00)

The relationship between activism and spoken word has a long, storied history in Canada. From Michèle Lalonde's 1968 Speak White, performed during the rise of separatism in Quebec to Ojibwe First Nation's Duke Redbird's spoken word performances about anti-aboriginal racism to Nanaimo's Shane Koyczan's recent anti-bullying performance poetry. 

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Grassroots Dene people defending the land in northern Saskatchewan

March 25, 2015
| Don Montgrand and Candyce Paul talk about the Northern Dene Trappers Alliance, highway blockades, defending the land, and cultural resurgence.
Length: 28:16 minutes (25.89 MB)

Bill C-51 solidifies Harper's attitude towards activists

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Canada's Harper régime has invented the new crime of being a member of an "anti-Canadian petroleum movement," and equating such a stance with terrorism. Evidently believing it is in danger of losing the fight against pipeline projects intended to speed up Alberta tar sands production, its response is to place environmentalists under surveillance.

A secret report prepared by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police claims that public activism against the problems caused by oil and gas extraction is a growing and violent threat to Canada's national security. The report goes so far as to challenge the very idea that human activity is causing global warming or that global warming is even a problem.

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Film: One River, Many Relations

March 15, 2015
| The Mikesew Cree and Athabasca Chipewan First Nations live along the Athabaska River, downstream from the Alberta tar sands, a project which affects almost every aspect of their daily lives.
Length: 19:15 minutes (17.63 MB)

Cutting the crud: Debunking five Big Oil myths

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The Harper government and Big Oil have been spouting some colourful myths about how vital the tar sands industry is for Canada. The jobs! The money! The environment!

Can't we just cut the crud and get down to the dirty truths? Why yes we can.

Let's debunk the five biggest myths about the tar sands.

 

Myth #1: The tar sands industry is great for Canada -- look at all those jobs it creates!

While 'Jobs, Jobs, Jobs' is one of the favourite phrases for tar sands proponents, it looks like Canada's green energy sector is producing more direct jobs than Alberta's oil patch.

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