Join host Michael Demers as we delve into this striking documentary by director Olivier D. Asselin. Limited to first 100 participants.
The expansion of Canada’s oil sands industry—one of the most polluting on the planet—represents a huge environmental challenge. And, as the documentary Pipelines, Power and Democracy makes clear, when it comes to fossil fuels, political power doesn’t always lie where we think it does.
From the hallways of Quebec’s National Assembly, where parliamentary power resides, to the campaigns waged by environmental defence groups and the big media splashes made by some activists, director Olivier D. Asselin follows the journeys of four people who adopt a variety of tactics—showing that it is still possible to effect change.
Over the course of two years, Asselin documents the growth of an anti-pipeline movement in Quebec that rekindled a sense of collective purpose and solidarity.
The result is a film that urges action at a moment in which our planet’s fragile ecological balance is threatened by those who embrace economic growth at any cost.
Michael Demers is a transportation and technology consultant based in Vancouver. He has been a prominent figure in leftist politics in BC over the past two decades: serving at the board of directors and committee chair level in the BC Green party and the Vancouver Coalition of Progressive electors. Michael has also served as part of the management team of the Vancouver Food Bank. Michael has an avid interest in film and comes to us with extensive experience hosting film nights for other organizations in the city.