Oct 14, 2010

Book your tickets now for film premiere of “People Power”

VANCOUVER—BC Citizens for Public Power is launching a province-wide tour of “PEOPLE POWER: Building Social Movements to Protect Public Power in Canada,” a new DVD on how to organize community coalitions to protect public electricity and fight the privatization of our rivers and BC Hydro.

The film premieres on Sunday, October 3 at SFU Harbour Centre at 6:00pm (Joseph & Rosalie Segal Centre, Rooms 1400-1420). The premiere opens with a wine and cheese reception, followed by presentations by ecologist/activist Rex Weyler and documentary film maker Damien Gillis. The 8:00pm screening will be followed by a Q&A session.

“The only force between us and the complete loss of our natural resources are the people themselves,” Rex Weyler, co-founder of Greenpeace, says in Part One of “PEOPLE POWER.” Weyler will be on hand at the premiere to discuss the film and take questions.


Call 604.681.5939 or email [email protected] to RSVP

Come and enjoy:

• 6:00-7:00 – Wine and cheese reception
• 7:00-7:45 – Presentations by Vancouver ecologist Rex Weyler and documentary film maker Damien Gillis
• 8:00 – The premiere film screening of PEOPLE POWER
• 9:00-9:30 – A question/answer period


1. An introduction to the private power gold rush in Canada
2. Traditional approaches to grassroots activism
3. New media campaign strategies
4. Collaborating with First Nations
5. Strategies to counter opposition
6. And a call to action to develop effective community-based campaigns to protect public power

The DVD is available for purchase for $10. Visit for details.

The Vancouver premiere launches BC Citizens for Public Power’s provincial PEOPLE POWER tour. Film screenings and presentations by ecologist/activist Rex Weyler and local community organizers will take place throughout the fall.

Vancouver & Lower Mainland
Vancouver: October 3rd (6 – 9pm) SFU Harbour Centre
Burnaby: October 21st (7 – 9pm) Scandinavian Community Centre
Harrison: November 23rd (7 – 9pm) Harrison Resort - Cheam Room
Pitt Meadows: November 25th (7 – 9pm) Ramada Inn - Sumerset Room

Golden: November 1st (7 – 9pm) Prestige Resort - Purcell Room
Nelson: November 2nd (7 – 9pm) Best Western Hotel - Osprey Room
Castlegar: November 3rd (7 – 9pm) Recreation Centre - Banquet hall

Sunshine Coast
Campbell River: November 8th (7 – 9pm) Community Centre - Lounge
Powell River: November 9th (7 – 9pm) Lang Bay Community Club
Sechelt: November 10th (7 – 9pm) Seaside Centre

Lillooet: November 15th (7 – 9pm) Recreation Centre - Mezzanine
Whistler: November 16th (7 – 9pm) Community Centre - Miller Room
Squamish: November 17th (7 – 9pm) Brackendale Art Gallery

Vancouver Island
Qualicum Beach: November 29th (7 – 9pm) Civic Centre - Windsor and Oak Room
Nanaimo: November 30th (7 – 9pm) Vancouver Island Conference Centre - Duke Point Room
Victoria: December 1st (7 – 9pm) Vacation Inn Hotel - Kitty's Hideaway Hall

Visit the BCCPP events page for more details.

Speaker Biographies:

Rex Weyler served as a director of the original Greenpeace Foundation in Vancouver and as editor of the Greenpeace Chronicles. Weyler speaks around the world on environmental topics and he appears regularly in The Tyee, Common Dreams, and is presently writing a book about ecology and economy.

Damien Gillis is a Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker with a focus on environmental and social justice issues - especially relating to water, energy, and saving Canada's wild salmon. He is the co-founder of The Common Sense Canadian, and a board member of both the BC Environmental Network and the Haig-Brown Institute.

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