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#I Have Seen the Change: The Flood

Catalogue Number:  LM0019
Producer:  LeMay Media
Subject:  Canadian World Studies, Environmental Studies, Geography, Science
Language:  English
Grade Level:  6 - 8, 9 - 12
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2018
Running Time:  16
Closed Captions:  Yes

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#I Have Seen the Change: According to Environment Canada, floods are the costliest natural disaster in Canada in terms of property damage. They are also the most common. In this new production from filmmaker Matt LeMay, we look at extreme weather events, in particular flooding. Using Belleville, ON as the primary example, we hear homeowners discuss their fears and experiences as the rising waters of Lake Ontario pummelled their homes and properties in the spring of 2017. Communities across the country experienced similar disasters. Brian Kelly, Manager of Sustainability for the Region of Durham discusses the importance of communities learning to adapt to the impact of climate change to mitigate the risks. Important infrastructure changes must take place across the country as many culverts, drainage ditches, river banks, roads and bridges were designed for the climate we experienced 50+ years ago. For too long, we have fuelled the needs of industry at the expense of the environment and safety of our communities.

Filmmaker Bio: An award-winning Métis filmmaker, Matt LeMay is an innovator in the field of educational documentary film. He has channelled his passion for addressing social issues that impact First Nations and Métis communities into documentaries that showcase the power of Indigenous storytelling and the importance of protecting the natural environment.

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