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Eye Witness No. 40

Eye Witness No. 40

| 11 min

The Eye Witness series is a collection of short documentaries featuring Canadian news stories from the 1940s and '50s. This segment includes Prairie Harbour: The Port of Flowing Grain, a look at the lakehead cities of Fort William and Port Arthur, funnelling centres for western grain on its way to world markets. In Modern Miracle: Surgery is Safe, the appendectomy of patient Henry Brown demonstrates the advances in modern medicine. Co-Op Carpenters: Home-Made Community illustrates the principles behind the cooperative housing program for veterans in Carleton Heights near Ottawa.

  • producer
    David Bairstow
  • executive producer
    Nicholas Balla
  • script
    Thomas Farley
  • camera
    Walford Hewitson
    Robert Humble
  • editing
    Marion Meadows
  • narrator
    Budd Knapp


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Ages 14 to 17

History - Canada 1946-1991
Social Studies - Social Policies and Programs
Technology Education - Science and Technology

What are Canada's main exports today? How has the grain industry changed since the film was made? Discuss the advances in modern medicine since the time of the film. List the cutting-edge procedures being done today as opposed to the 1950s. Compare/contrast the co-op housing project seen in the film to other community housing initiatives. How do these planned communities differ from "organic" communities?

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