Toronto docs, speakers, bike summit

angela bischoff greenspi at
Fri Mar 14 17:07:15 EDT 2008

Green Screens presents
Manufactured Landscapes
Directed by Jennifer Baichwal. 2006, 86 minutes

For almost three decades, internationally renowned Canadian artist Edward
Burtynsky has been creating large scale photographs of landscapes
transformed by industry: quarries, scrap heaps, factories, recycling
yards, dams. Manufactured Landscapes follows Burtynsky to China as he
travels the country capturing the evidence and effects of China's massive
industrial revolution.
7 PM
150 JOHN ST (at Richmond St W)
Green Screens partners films from the National Film Board with experts and
panellists from the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy.
If you are interested in the environment, Green Screens will both
entertain and educate.

Vic Envirofest 2008: Beyond Tomorrow...
will feature a keynote address on global politics and climate change from
authors Ross Gelbspan and Thomas Homer-Dixon March 20th 7:30pm at the
Bader Theatre. This interactive session will bring together the scientific
and geopolitical aspects of climate change. Ross Gelbspan a Pulitzer Prize
winner has published two immensely influential books on climate change.
Thomas Homer-Dixon has also published best-selling books on the topic of
resource scarcity and environmental degradation in a political context.
With the wealth of experience and student interaction, this lecture
promises to be one of the best of the year. Admission is free.

The Envirofest Schedule also includes:

    * Tuesday 18th 7pm: Garbage Warrior the movie pre-release in the Cat's
    * Wednesday 19th 11am – 3pm: eNGO Fair at Old Vic.
    * Thursday 20th 7:30 pm: Thomas Homer-Dixon and Ross Gelbspan on
Climate Change in the Isabel Bader Theater. .
    * Tuesday 25th 8pm: Open Mic w/ Max Galactic at Caffeinds in Old Vic.
    * Thursday 27th 8pm: Environmental Fashion Show at the Cat's Eye
    * Friday 28th 12:30: Hike with UTOC. Leave from Wymilwood.

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All events are all free and open to the public. All the locations are on
Vic campus, on Charles street, U of T. Map:


Dr. Davis will examine how exposures in the workplace and in the broader
environment are contributing to the cancer epidemic. And how we can take
individual and collective action to do something about it.

WHEN: Monday April 7, 2008 @ 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: OISE auditorium, 252 Bloor St.West (between St. George St. and
Bedford Road)

The Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (
<> ) and the Ontario
Federation of Labour are sponsoring a two day conference on occupational
health research. 

As an opening event,
<>Dr. Devra Davis has
agreed to speak.
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“I know what cancer looks and feels like. I have also come to know that
much of the disease can be prevented, if only we had paid attention to
what some people have been warning for years.”
– Dr. Devra Davis


April 25th –  <>Bike Summit
2008 in Toronto!

Join leading thinkers, practitioners and decision-makers who are on the
fast track to creating bikeable communities.
<>Bike Summit 2008 will be
held on Friday, April 25th in Toronto.

Enjoy innovative and forward-thinking sessions that will:

Share international and Canadian best practices and perspectives on
putting policy into action.
Build local, regional and provincial momentum and leadership for bikeable
Engage key stakeholders on how to effectively implement policies and
strategies to realize and maximize the value of bicycling for
transportation, health, tourism, recreation, economic development, energy
conservation and the environment.

Highlights of Bike Summit 2008:

The Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation (TCAT) and the Clean Air
Partnership are partnering to host this one-day Summit, covering topics
such as public policy, economic incentives and disincentives, business
support, infrastructure policies and design, and government support.

To register, and for more info about Bike Summit, visit TCAT’s website at


And if you have CBC Newsworld, check these docs out:

(Sunday March 16 at 8pm ET on CBC Newsworld)
Tar Sands: The Selling of Alberta captures the intersecting storylines of
a remarkable cast of characters eager to cash in on the oil boom in Fort
McMurray, Alberta.  Washington lobbyists, Newfie pipefitters, Chinese
investors and Norwegian industrialists descend on tar-soaked "Fort
McMoney", a modern-day Eldorado, where rents are sky rocketing and cocaine
abuse is four times the provincial average. Up for grabs - a stake in a
$100 billion energy bonanza and Canada's economic sovereignty.
Discuss this film online.

(Sunday March 16 at 10pm ET/PT on CBC Newsworld)
NO END IN SIGHT (120 minutes)
The first film of its kind to chronicle the reasons behind Iraq's descent
into guerilla war, warlord rule, criminality and anarchy, NO END IN SIGHT
is a jaw-dropping, insider's tale of wholesale incompetence, recklessness
and venality.

Based on over 200 hours of footage, the film provides a candid retelling
of the events following the fall of Baghdad in 2003 by high ranking
officials such as former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage,
Ambassador Barbara Bodine (in charge of Baghdad during the Spring of
2003), Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell,
and General Jay Garner (in charge of the occupation of Iraq through May
2003), as well as Iraqi civilians, American soldiers and prominent

(Monday March 17 at 10pm ET/PT on CBC Newsworld)
In bleak Afghan villages, the lure of opium cultivation is clear. With no
other viable alternative for farmers and no effective law enforcement by
the Afghan police, growing poppies is the only way for locals to feed
their hungry families. It is this opium that is sold to drug barons and
their envoys, processed into heroin and then smuggled across borders.

(Saturday March 15 at 10pm ET/PT on CBC Newsworld)
Supersize Me meets Northern Exposure in My Big Fat Diet when a First
Nations community off Vancouver Island gives up sugar and junk food,
returning to a traditional style of eating for a year to fight obesity and
diabetes. Together they'll lose over 1200 lbs and are now calling on other
First Nations to take the weight loss challenge.

My Big Fat Diet chronicles how the Namgis First Nation follows a diet
study led My Big Fat Diet chronicles how the Namgis First Nation follows a
diet study led by Dr. Jay Wortman and sponsored by Health Canada and the
University of British Columbia. Through the stories of six people, it
documents a medical and cultural experiment that may be the first of its
kind in North America.
Watch an excerpt and discuss this film online.

Eulogies for Tooker and Stories for a
healthy mind, body and planet
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