Enter the Great Bear Rainforest


Starring grizzlies, eagles, humpback whales, and the legendary spirit
magical place is threatened by Enbridge’s proposal to bring an oil
pipeline from the Alberta Tar Sands and supertankers to BC’s North and
Central coast – Gillis was filming for his recently released short
documentary, “Oil in Eden.” This 4 min film captures the highlights of
that experience – featuring breathtaking, never-before-seen footage of
the Great Bear Rainforest!

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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.

9 thoughts on “Enter the Great Bear Rainforest

  1. Vic, I suggest you read my latest piece, “2010: The Year of the Oil Spill.” The oil industry has made so maaaany improvements since the Valdez. Indeed! That’s why this was the worst year on record for oil spill disasters – many of which involved pipelines and tankers, some even run by Enrbridge, as my piece outlines. Check it out – you might learn a little common sense for yourself. https://commonsensecanadian.ca/449-2010-year-of-the-oil-spill-damien-gillis

  2. It sure is convienient to trot out the hollow sovereignty argument any time a ENGO gets a couple bucks from a US foundation, so what about all the US money invested in the tar sands? Or in other industrial infrastructure? I mean are we really talking about us (Canada) developing our own resources for our benefit anymore? I don’t think that has been the case for decades. So don’t trot out the anti-US Canadian sovereignty crap when it suits the business interest…..complaining about a few pennies to some ENGOS is a relative joke. Further on the topic of sovereignty, if this pipeline is so important for Canadian interests, then why is it already on the US State Department’s list of infrastructure outside of the United States that is considered to be of critical importance to US security? This precious little fact came out in a Wiki-leak, but barely got mentioned before it was dropped like a hot potato. Haven’t heard it mentioned since. Hmmmm….. I think there is a lot more to this picture than meets the eye…

  3. Man is quickly ruining most of our planet, the East Coast in Noval Scoita has hardly any wildlife on its shores, ducks etc, no fish, not much sea shore life seastars, sea urchins, etc, such as what we have because they have been settled earlier than us. However, ours is still pristine, we have lots of sea life, sea shore oysters, clams, etc, lets keep it that way. Greed and money can find a way to go outside our 100 mile limit and off shore of our waters. Lets keep this beautiful, pristine, inland water way clear of huge tankers, and such. The Georgia Staight already has a lot of traffic to contend with. Our Killer Whales have poisioned bodies and are not doing good, so lets try and save what we still have on our lovely West Coast line, all the way up to Alaska.

  4. As a family we have sailed these exquisite waters and cringe at the thought of what an oil spill would mean.
    Accolades to Ian McAllister and everyone involved in the fight to save the Great Bear Rain Forest.
    thank you to the producers of this beautiful film.

  5. common sense?
    ok ,heres common sense.
    you show a wonderful and beautiful area but this exists where tanker traffic has existed for twenty years already and coexisted with this wonderful environment without any harm whatsoever.did you know that?
    you interspersed pictures of the exxon valdez incident which happened 21 years ago and since then the shipping industry has been turned on its ears, and rightly so.
    the safety measures put in since then are above and beyond so why dont show a recent accident involving tankers on this coast…. you cant, because there is none.
    then you put pictures of the gulf incident last year which is deceiving because that was caused by a hole in the earth which released enough oil to shadow every oil tanker incident on this planet ever.EVER
    nice film, but common sense shows how your trying to sway your cause us by sideways tactics … were smarter than that thankyou.
    btw ,look at the funding behind the no tanker initiative and you’ll see that it is very generously funded by U.S. dollars.
    why not!! eliminating canada out of oil exports keeps all the oil for the US economy and not the ASIAN economy. wake up canada.
    common sense from common sense site!

  6. Go out there and paddle a canoe,don’t go out there in a power boat,paint what you see not use a camera,catch your own food live off the land then say what you really feel about being out there in nature. Because if it weren’t for the way things are now,you would have had to use a horse pack animals feed them yourselfs,in short travel there like it was 1800 and see if youd go there.


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