The Hole Story : The Real Cost of Mining in Canada

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  • The history of mining in Canada is a story of astronomical profits made with disregard for the environment and human health. It is the story of nickel in Sudbury, silver in Cobalt, gold in Timmins, and copper in Rouyn-Noranda. In a country rich in mineral resources, mining companies historically have paid little tax while local municipalities have borne the financial burden of building and maintaining the roads they use to truck their wealth out to other countries. Using striking images, rare archival footage, interviews, and their trademark humorous social commentary, Richard Desjardins and Robert Monderie make a clear case in The Hole Story against the way mining has been done in Canada. This documentary sounds the alarm about mining and continues in the same provocative vein as the filmmakers' earlier work Forest Alert.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on January 25, 2013.
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  • History of Mining in Canada (4:55) -- Silver Mining in Canada (3:21) -- Destruction of a Town for Coal (2:10) -- Mine Owners vs. Miners (3:11) -- Profit vs. Environment (1:49) -- When Mining Companies Are the Law (3:27) -- Miners Protest (1:49) -- Miners as Soldiers (2:48) -- Mine Disaster: No Accountability (2:42) -- Profitable Nickel (1:42) -- Link between Cancer and Mine Toxins (2:19) -- Loopholes for Mine Owners (2:54) -- International Takeover of Canadian Mines (3:15) -- Miners Disempowered (2:36) -- Benefits of Public Ownership. (4:30) -- Blind Eye of Government Official (1:55) -- Health vs. Jobs (5:14) -- Public Health and Mining Interests (2:18) -- Contaminated Waterways (2:01) -- Mechanized Mine Operations (2:39) -- Mining Company Rhetoric (3:07) -- Destruction of Wetlands (2:55) -- Mining Damage to Communities (2:50) -- Money vs. Environment (3:13) -- Damage to Individuals (2:33) -- Toxic Holes and Depleted Economies (2:25) -- Wasteland (1:40) -- Credits: The Hole Story: The Real Cost of Mining in Canada (2:28)
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