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Nelson chapter to screen ‘100 Short Stories’ documentary

The Council of Canadians Nelson chapter will be screening the film 100 Short Stories on Wednesday June 7 at 5 pm in an event that will include the filmmaker taking questions after the film showing.

The Nelson Daily notes, “A great new film on environmental community and action in Atlantic Canada is coming to Nelson’s Civic Theatre. Acclaimed Nova Scotia filmmaker Neal Livingston is bringing the film to Nelson, as part of a Canada-wide tour of his stories of stopping gas fracking drilling and instead building windmills in Nova Scotia.”

It adds, “Livingston himself took part in the activism he documents. He says he provides ‘an often humorous exploration of contemporary life in Atlantic Canada’.”

And it notes, “100 Short Stories is a first-person account of a years long struggle to develop Black River Wind a renewable energy project, and overcoming an attempted hostile takeover. Meanwhile, the local citizens of Inverness County band together to defeat oil and gas drilling and fracking coming onto Cape Breton Island.”

The Council of Canadians Inverness County chapter was instrumental in the struggle to defend Lake Ainslie, the largest freshwater lake in Nova Scotia, against fracking. The chapter began opposing a plan by Calgary-based PetroWorth Resources Inc. to drill within the Lake Ainslie watershed area, which feeds a number of other rivers including the historic Margaree River and its salmon spawning grounds. After a community effort stopped Petroworth in November 2012, the community worked with their municipal council to pass a by-law in May 2013 that bans fracking in Inverness County.

100 Short Stories won the Energy Award at one of the top environmental film festivals in the U.S., Cinema Verde. It also screened at the Atlantic Film Festival and at Canada’s Planet in Focus festival in Toronto.

Other Council of Canadians chapters will also be screening the film in the coming days:

June 8 – Kamloops

June 9 – Vancouver

June 11 – Powell River

June 12 – Campbell River

To watch a trailer for the film, please click here.