Lower Churchill: Plugging In or Tuning Out? Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Public Service Announcment



The Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project in Labrador proposes to build two dams on the Grand River/Mishta Shipu  (a.k.a. Churchill River), creating two reservoirs and destroying what is left of a once free-flowing river.  The majestic Grand Riverwatershed (largest in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador) spans portions of four distinct ecoregions and provides habitat for rich communities of boreal flora and fauna. The threat of this project to those unique ecosystems resulted in the Grand River being named the ninth most endangered river in Canada by Wild Canada.

The Lower Churchill project is being sold to Nova Scotians as a cheap way to get off of burning coal for our electricity. However, there are deep concerns regarding impacts on the Grand River ecosystems, greenhouse gas emissions, methyl mercury pollution, and the loss of a way of life to people who live on and around the river.  Questions also remain about the cost of transmission, the transmission route, and - probably most importantly - the markets for electricity generated. 


Join us to hear Roberta Benefiel, Grand Riverkeeper® Labrador Inc. & Sierra Club's Bruno Marcocchio discuss impacts of the project and alternative sources of low impact energy and to watch the 2006 film Grand River: Labrador's Treasure, Newfoundland's Secret. This short film (18 min.) follows a group of adventurers on their canoe trip down the Grand River in Labrador. The paddlers share their love of the river and their many concerns over the serious degradation of this marvelous resource that would stem from current plans to dam it.  

Come find out if we should plug in or if are we are just tuning out the plight of the Grand River!


WHAT: Lower Churchill: Plugging In or Tuning Out?– Grand River: Labrador's Treasure, Newfoundland's SecretFilm Screening and Panel Discussion with Roberta Benefiel, Grand Riverkeeper®, Labrador, Inc. & Sierra Club’s Bruno Marcocchio


WHEN: Monday, August 16th,  7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


WHERE: St. Andrew’s United Church Hall, 6036 Coburg Road, Halifax, NS


SPONSOR: Sierra Club Canada – Atlantic Canada Chapter


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For more information or to arrange interviews with the panelists, please contact Gretchen Fitzgerald, Director, Sierra Club Canada – Atlantic Canada Chapter at 902-444-3113 or gretchenf@sierraclub.ca.


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