There are some remarkable encounters; Gene Fowler is one of those. I’ve never met him, but I just needed two or three phone calls, a tiny bit of research on the internet and a few incursions on his Facebook page to get an idea of how colourful this character is.
Entries Tagged as 'english posts'
September 1st 2010 No Comments
Believe it or not, it’s been calm this week in the GDP headquarters. Colleagues Nathalie (production coordinator), HĂ©lĂ¨ne (director-coordinator), editor Claude and myself are the only people left after 4 of our esteemed colleagues have left the ship.
The National Film Board’s 1-year project is coming to an end at mid-September. Technically, the project’s done: We’re [...]
August 30th 2010 No Comments
Economic decisions are too important to be left to economists. Thatâ€™s the big lesson Iâ€™m taking away the GDP Project as I clean out my desk and prepare to move on.
Itâ€™s been a year to remember – documenting the worst economic crisis in our lifetimes as it plays out in communities across Canada. Before I [...]
August 25th 2010 1 Comment
The OWN Co-op – the place that Bea Levis calls home and a model of inner city affordable housing â€“ owes its existence partly to good timing.
â€śIt was the last housing project to be built before the Harris government cancelled Ontarioâ€™s affordable housing funding,â€ť says Erin Harris, a retired nurse who volunteers with the [...]
August 24th 2010 2 Comments
As we wrap up production on the GDP project, weâ€™re spotlighting an inspiring cooperative initiative in rural Alberta â€“ an illustration of what communities can achieve when theyâ€™re united around a common economic vision.
August 17th 2010 No Comments
When we first encountered Nancy – the featured subject of our photo-essay On the line – she and her fellow workers at the nickel mine in Sudbury had already been on strike for 5 months.
That conflict would last another seven months. It ended on July 8, when 75 percent of strikers voted in favour of [...]
August 13th 2010 No Comments
â€śInsecurity is the river that runs through it,â€ť said economist Trish Hennessy when we asked her and her colleagues at the Centre for Policy Alternatives to identify some key characteristics of Canadaâ€™s economic recovery. They generously made time to talk to us earlier this summer â€“ helping to put our work on the GDP Project [...]
August 11th 2010 No Comments
Among the first postings we made to the GDP Project last year was Brian Howellâ€™s series of photo-essays on Mackenzie, a BC logging town that had been walloped by the crisis in the forestry sector. At the time six mills had recently closed within the immediate area, putting 1,500 people out of work. The local [...]
July 29th 2010 No Comments
We’ve been updating our Google Map throughout the last year of production – 127 films and 50 photo essays to date, with one month left. Here’s a quick access to our Google Map.
July 27th 2010 2 Comments
Last summer, I wrote this short blog post – $10 life – a highly touching story about a woman called Rose Simpson, downsizing her credit-fuelled suburban life.
Since then, Rose and her partner’s lives have been good. They still work in the video business, only they now do it part-time, and work on projects that interest [...]