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Film Crews Abound Today in St-Henry Neighbourhood of Montréal

[Montréal, Québec, Canada 22°C] August 23, 2010 is a special day in St-Henry, a traditionally working class area of Montréal that is nestled southwest of downtown just north of the Lachine Canal. Parabola Films is documenting the neighbourhood’s cultural landscape in a single day with 12 crews roaming the streets and alleys. The project, St-Henry, the 26th of August, is directed by Shannon Walsh, a Montréal-based filmmaker whose feature documentary, H2Oil, traces the high human and environmental costs of the Alberta tar sands. It is co-written by her and Denis Valiquette who grew up in the neighbourhood, where he lived...

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Voting Begins in Sudan Despite Rigging Accusations and Boycott

[Montréal, Québec, Canada 10°C] Today is election day in Sudan, the first of three days of polling. It is the first multi-party elections in Sudan since 1986, three years before the 1989 coup-d’état that brought Omar al-Bashir’s National Islamic Front – NIF (later renamed the National Congress Party – NCP) party to power. It has been five years since the end of a 21-year civil war between the government of Sudan and the southern SPLM rebels that killed two million people and displaced more than four million others in Africa’s largest country. According to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, the people...

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Jacmel Youth From Ciné Institute Film Their Shaken World

[Montréal, Québec, Canada 6°C] Before the January 12th earthquake shook the ground from beneath Haiti’s foundations, pulling the roofs down onto the people of Jacmel, Ciné Institute used the power of cinema to educate and empower Haitian youth in the coastal city south of Port-au-Prince. Just like other educational institutions, Ciné Institute was devastated with its building—where it housed its equipment, trained aspiring filmmakers and held its weekly screenings—came crashing down two weeks ago. Students from the institute, whose own houses were destroyed, dug cameras and other equipment out from under the rubble and began capturing images of destruction and...

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Berlin Wall is Gone but Separation Walls are a Growth Industry

[Montréal, Québec, Canada 7°C] The celebration of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall was one week ago today. With that behind us, it is now time to acknowledge that the construction of separation walls throughout the world is on the increase. According to l’Observatoire de géopolitique de la Chaire Raoul-Dandurand at Université du Québec À Montréal (UQÀM), and a special ‘Section C’ in Montréal French language daily, Le Devoir, there are now 40 walls around the world that render passage across borders extremely difficult. In the article, The Wall Fantasy (Le fantasme du mur) by Élisabeth...

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Berlin, Check Point Charlie, and Giant-Puppet Theatre

[Montréal, Québec, Canada 16°C] Since my first visit to (East and West) Berlin in 1985, the city has never fully escaped my imagination. I remember walking up one of the platforms on the Western side of the wall near Potsdamer Platz to peer over the reinforced concrete barrier to get a glimpse behind the Iron Curtain. I remember at the time, how dangerous it felt to take a glimpse inside  of what looked like a prison, heavily guarded by armed soldiers from nearby watch towers. I remember later urinating on the wall as a symbolic gesture of defiance towards a...

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Air Traffic Worldwide.

[Montréal, Québec, Canada 18°C] I case you were wondering how many flights take to the skies in any given 24 hours around the globe, below is a 71-second video from Swiss engineering school, ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte, that has also developed software to follow global air traffic LIVE. So now you can follow a particular flight and watch it on-screen as you hear it fly over your house! That’s a lot of CO2 emmissions! Notice the change is air traffic quantity as the daylight turns into night. Airtraffic Worldwide in 24 hours

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Bombarding Palestinian Refugee Camps in Gaza

[MONTRÉAL] A little-known detail about Gaza that is rarely mentioned in the media is that within its borders exist 8 United Nations refugee camps: Palestinian refugees within occupied Palestinian territories. According to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), the 365-square-kilometre Gaza Strip has a total population of approximately 1.4 million of which up to one million are registered refugees living both inside and outside of the camps. Since the bombardment of the Gaza Strip began on December 27, 2008, there are certainly fewer refugees than before the attacks, considering the escalating death tole, which according...