Peace out, Fernie

A documentary about energy extraction in Western Canada will be shown next month in Fernie, and two Peace Valley farmers will be there to get discussion going.

Peace Out:Energy Costs will be showing at The Arts Station on Saturday, February 9 at 7 p.m. and is an inside look at some of the major energy extraction projects in Western Canada.

Award winning filmmaker Charles Wilkinson (Crash, Down Here, Max) assembles a cast of credible, often irreverent experts including internationally respected scientists, seasoned activists, elected officials, and well -informed area residents and focuses on the vast Peace River region. In this area, planned mega-projects include a major new dam, tens of thousands of hydro-fracked shale gas wells, a nuclear power plant, and the Tar Sands.

“In Peace Out we visited Ft. McMurray to see and film the Athabasca Tar Sands, now called the Oil Sands,” said Wilkinson. “The debate around the Oil Sands was a great example of the reason we made Peace Out. We saw people on one side making wholly negative claims and people on the other making wholly positive ones. But they weren't listening to each other. We believe one key reason Peace Out is attracting audiences and winning awards around the world is that rather than pointing fingers we tried to focus on that which unites us. We're all implicated, we're all in this together. We're going to have to work together. We're maybe even going to learn to play together."

Two local farmers from the Peace Valley will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the issue, which is part of the film. This is also a fund raiser for the Peace Valley Environment Association.

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