Must-see Satirical Cartoon on Run-of-River Power


Watch this hilarious and insightful 3 min cartoon produced by the Washington State-based Hydropower Reform Coalition – highly applicable to BC.

Small Hydro Power from Tom11 Films on Vimeo.


About Damien Gillis

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 - working with many environmental organizations in BC and around the world. He is the co-founder, along with Rafe Mair, of The Common Sense Canadian, and a board member of both the BC Environmental Network and the Haig-Brown Institute.

5 thoughts on “Must-see Satirical Cartoon on Run-of-River Power

  1. Love the cartoons’ sarcasm. BC is not a net importer of power. Why do we need to have more power and more this and more that all of the time? Why do we need IPPs just to sell the power to someone else? Let them find another source, we don’t need their business here.

    After the pulp mill left Chemainus on VI, the town was broke. They clued in on the fact the sandstone Petro glyphs and other sites could have tourism value. Now the town has a small theatre and lots of other tourist events and is doing well financially.

    A good example to set for the rest of BC. The entire province should be preserved for tourism only.

    Considering the way the rest of North America seems bent on destroying its environment we would make a killing showing tourists how it used to be….

  2. Casador, BC RoR projects often take 90-95% of the mean annual flow of a given river over the diversion stretch. I have documented this in my film work for Save Our Rivers Society. And there have been instances that we know of, such as Miller Creek, where the river has run completely dry due to operator error. In that case, local farmers had to contact the operator, based in Alberta, to alert them to the problem. I think this cartoon is highly accurate and applicable to BC

  3. This film is a tissue of misinformation. For example, ROR does not dry up rivers – in BC a minimum flow must be maintained at all times. If the river is dry, it is because there is no water, not due to the ROR. Please give us the name of any ROR dam that is 1000 ft wide and 200 ft wide.

  4. Sust1, you are correct. Be advised you have been banned from commenting on the site. Your attempts to monopolize the discussion in these pages and libeling of our staff will not be tolerated further. All future comments will be removed and you will be blocked from commenting further here.

  5. Damien – you have deleted ALL my recent posts that have conclusively shown with sources, that most of your claims against IPPs is either wrong or has no source.

    You then blacklisted my IP address. Then you have closed comments so no one can answer to your unfactual statements.

    What are you scared of?

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