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Special film in the Vancouver International Film Festival plays Thursday

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From: dave olsen
Date: Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 9:35 AM

Human Powered fans and doers rejoice!

The 30th Annual Vancouver International Film Festival includes a
documentary called On The Line, a fully human powered journey from
beginning to end of the proposed Enbridge Tar Sands pipeline to
Kitimat and into 250 Supertankers per year.

Frank Wolf and Todd McGowan have made an insightful film that simply
shows where and who will be affected by this insane plan to make a few
rich people richer.

What impressed me is how they did this.  First riding bikes (that they
then gave away!) for over a 1000km, then when pavement and gravel come
to an end, they convert to hikers and traverse through pristine
wilderness over the Rocky Mountains.  When riding becomes an option
again, they somehow travel over seriously dangerous logging roads
until rafting and kayaking are the only options to get to point where
the bitumen would be loaded onto supertankers.

Not only do they show the incredible beauty of the land and all that
depends on it along the path of the proposed pipeline, they bring
countless stories of the humans who will be affected into the film.
One fact, that 37 jobs will be created by the pipeline while 56,000
people currently make their living from fishing in the area, was
shocking to me.

Not surprising was the fact that the Environmental Review Panel
evaluating this pipeline is set up to approve it at all costs.  That a
Member of Parliament so plainly stated this fact on film was
startling, to say the least.

I'm quite certain that anyone on the fence about this Northern Gateway
Pipeline Project proposed by Enbridge (who declines their invitation
to speak) will simply not be able to sit comfortably anymore after
seeing this self-propelled film.

2 screenings remain for On The Line:

Tomorrow, Thursday, Oct 6th 7:00pm @ Empire Granville 7 Th 2
Tue, Oct 11th 1:45pm @ Empire Granville 7 Th 2


Take care and if you can't take the lane, take the bus!

Parenting with an Open Heart: a seminar series for all Parents,
Caregivers, and Parents-to-be: for info and session dates, please

Movie and Theatre lovers who know a saner world is possible may
enjoying reading and sharing their thoughts on Reel Life, Real Ideas:
Movies and more...

Adam Smith, godfather of modern economics stated: "Civil in reality instituted for the defence of the rich
against the poor, of those who have some property against those who
have none at all."

By regularly riding through red lights and stop signs (after yielding
to make sure it's safe for all), we can encourage the powers-that-be
to modernize their rules (e.g., in Idaho)...we are NOT

Hit by a car at 60 km/h (40mph), a pedestrian has an 85 per cent
chance of being killed; at 50 km/h (30mph) s/he has a 45 per cent
chance of being killed, while at 30 km/h (20mph) the risk falls to 5
per cent. Source: British Parliamentary Advisory Council on Transport
Safety (1996) Taking Action on Speeding

If you are expecting a baby soon... Ina May Gaskin's insightful book, Ina May's Guide to
Childbirth, packed full of birth stories and her experience of helping
deliver over 2,000 babies!
...consider Natural Infant Hygiene (aka Elimination Communication) and
reduce the expense of diapers (and much more)...check out and

Did you know that in Scandinavia...
--> there are laws protecting children from all forms of spanking and
bullying, even from parents
--> these laws do not imprison or punish parents but instead raise
awareness (
--> the elderly are able to remain at home thanks to programs that
provide free meals, free transportation, and free care

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