By Ezra Winton
I was going to make this week’s pick a selection from a “top ten” list from the very recently launched Netflix.ca, but the selection is so atrocious, so barren and bad, that I couldn’t bring myself to do it. So, this week’s selection, in a roundabout way, connects with other Canadian “news”: One of Canada’s leading arts, culture, politics and literature magazines, The Walrus, has recently taken to offering its advertising space to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) and the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) for the sole purpose of greenwashing. CAPP and RBC, the principle investor in Canada’s eco-nightmare tar sands project, are publishing full-page ads in the magazine that amount to lies and rubbish.
Since the Walrus-tar sands greenwashing campaign is all about the supposed efforts of Canadian finance and resource companies’ efforts to reforest the brutally scarred region of northern Alberta, and since the awesome doc about the tar sands—H2Oil—isn’t available for streaming, we bring you Forbidden Forest.
Forbidden Forest is a tangentially related topic – deforestation and civil society resistance in New Brunswick. It’s a snappy little National Film Board doc, running at about one hour. The synopsis from the NFB site:
Enjoy, and after you watch, if you read The Walrus, write them a letter about their poor judgment in advertisers.