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"On the Line" screening in Vancouver to raise awareness of Enbridge oilsands pipeline

Festival Cinemas president Leonard Schein spoke about the upcoming screening of On the Line, a documentary by Frank Wolf. The film shows his crew's 1,175-km journey on bike, foot and kayak along the proposed route of the contested Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, interviewing people who live in the area. 

The documentary is presented with Ecojustice and MEC for the event -- and it's being shown for free to audiences.   

"I think Canada should have a national energy policy," Schein said, of his reasons for opposing the Enbridge pipeline. " It doesn't make sense for us to be importing oil for central and Eastern Canada."

Schein said that he has also traveled to the Northern B.C. regions that would be affected by the proposed pipeline, and was especially affected by the First Nations' opposition to the project.

"It's an incredibly beautiful area they're going through with the pipeline, and Aboriginal people don't want it...I think that it's time for Canada to listen to the Aboriginal people. The fact that many of them are poor and needing money and not taking this money says a lot about their opposition."

In the documentary, a First Nations man points to a stunning outdoor landscape with trees and towering forests and comments, "What we are opposed to is blindly going into a project like Enbridge and gambling something that's as beautiful as this."

In another segment of the film, a fisherman challenges Enbridge's promises for more employment, saying that his fishing job would be taken away if the pipeline were allowed to be built. 

Schein added that the resulting tanker traffic along British Columbia's coastlines would be of no benefit for the province.

On the Line (RSVP required)

Saturday, Feb. 18  
9:30 a.m.-noon (film begins at 10 a.m.)
The Park Theatre 
3440 Cambie Street, Vancouver 

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