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Eye Witness No. 15

Eye Witness No. 15

| 11 min

These vignettes from 1949 cover various aspects of life in Canada and were shown in theatres across the country. Subjects included here are: Man-Made Niagara: the construction of the Des Joachims hydro plant on the Ottawa River adds to Ontario's power resources. Irrigation Revitalizes Dust Bowl: In the southern Alberta drylands, the St. Mary's River is being harnessed to provide life-giving irrigation for prairie crops. Underwater Harvest: Lobster season in New Brunswick provides choice seafoods for epicurean tables.

  • producer
    Don Mulholland


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Ages 13 to 15

Geography - Natural Resources
History - Canada 1946-1991
Technology Education - Environment and Technology

This film helps students reconstitute the post–World War II context, when Canada invested in major work projects for economic, social and political reasons. Ask students to analyze the aftermath. Which government was in power at the time? What were the development constraints? The population’s needs? Techniques for major projects like these have become more refined; concrete is less frequently used on shorelines. A new cause has evolved: environmental protection. Is it forcing us to rethink our methods?

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