Episode Guide - Quarterly Report (Series) (1977-1982)

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Quarterly Report
Sep 25, 1977 - A view of Quebec, in light of the Nov. 15 election. Segments examine the influence of language in a small French-speaking town: compare the life of a French-speaking Montreal family with an English-speaking one; reflect the province's political mood with songs and interviews; and recap the transition to an urban culture that began in the 1920s. Also: options for the province's future. (2 hrs., 30 min.)

Oct 30, 1977 - "A Summer Chronicle," a profile of English-speaking Canadians, was produced for telecast earlier this month on CBC-TV's French network. It offers nationwide opinions on Quebec's Nov. 15 election, and regional problems and identities, through interviews (originally dubbed) with people from various walks of life, including artists, industrialists, fishermen, doctors, farmers and businessmen. Host: Louis Martin. (2 hrs.)

Jan 8, 1978 - The Uneasy Union - A 90-minute documentary study with host Barbara Frum. The special asks the question - Is Confederation working?

Sep 10, 1978 - Canada's native peoples are escalating their negotiations with the Federal Government to secure lands and economic independence they feel are their birthright. This report, still being edited at press time, attributes conditions on the reserves— substandard housing, alcoholism, crime and high childhood-mortality—to a poorly organized welfare system. Indian spokesmen discuss their disputes and native political aspirations, and hostess Barbara Frum interviews Hugh Faulkner, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, on the native peoples' role in future resource development. (90 min.)

Dec 17, 1978 - "Energy: The Invisible Crisis." A report on Canada's predicted energy shortage. So far Canadians have been protected by the current glut of cheap energy, but a crisis looms in the not-so-distant future. Even the optimists foresee a serious shortage by 1995. Canadians are among the biggest energy consumers in the world, pouring almost half our fuel into cars and furnaces. But as fossil fuels—oil, natural gas and coal—dwindle, other energy forms must be found; and because of the time needed to plan for future energy use, we must make crucial decisions over the next 20 years. This report examines two major energy alternatives: nuclear and solar. Proponents of nuclear energy debate industry critics on cost and safety factors; and host Barbara Frum looks at existing solar technology. Examples include energy-efficient office buildings and factories; a 16-unit apartment building in Charlottetown, P.E.I., that derives half its hot water and heating from a solar storage system; and a "solar community" in Colorado that uses more than 250 homemade solar installations. (90 min.)

Dec 23, 1979 - "The West: Next Year - Now." Westerners have always called their part of Canada "next year country." Today, next year country is here. Western Canadians, who have long memories of prosperous times that quickly slipped into depression, are absolutely determined that it will stay that way. Its growing wealth and political power — changing the face of Canada, with Barbara Frum and Keith Spicer.

Apr 25, 1980 - "A Question of Country" focuses on the upcoming Quebec Referendum on sovereignty association. Segments include a studio discussion of a public opinion poll, which anticipates voter response in the referendum; and highlights of the prereferendum campaigns, both Yes and No, in Quebec. Also: provincial premiers and constitutional experts comment on the possible ramifications for Canada's future in light of the Referendum. Hosts: Barbara Frum and Bernard Derome. (2 hrs.)

Sep 14, 1980 - The problems created by inflation and recession in Canada are analysed. A report from Vancouver focuses on the city's high housing costs; and in Windsor and Parry Sound in Ontario, the effects of a decline in automobile production are examined. Among those interviewed: Roy Bennett, president of the Ford Motor Company of Canada; Robert While, secretary of the UAW of Canada; Larry Grossman, Ontario's Minister of Industry and Tourism (90 min.)

Dec 15, 1980 - A report on the problems facing Canadian business in developing high-technology equipment. According to this program, the Canadian government lags behind other nations in funding research and development. Telidon (the videotext system developed in Canada) is compared to similar systems in France and Britain that enjoy staunch government backing. Also: a look at the Alberta government's Heritage Fund- used by that province to sponsor research in petroleum-related fields. Barbara Frum is the program host. (90 min.)

Dec 27, 1981 - AFTER THE FLOOD. The prevailing myth is that Canada has all the water we need, for as long as we need it. This Quarterly Report shatters that myth and asks some serious questions about how this valuable resource is being managed - and in some cases mismanaged. Some of Canada's mammoth hydro-electric projects have had serious effects on the environment that are only now becoming apparent. The Nelson-Churchill development, for example, has left a trail of consequences which few had forseen, or if forseen, ignored. Vast river diversion schemes raise the issue of the future American dependence on Canadian water Officials in both countries talk abut NAWAPA - a North American Water and Power Alliance, and discuss the inevitable problems which will arise when the U.S will want to buy vast quantities of Canadian water Can we afford to ignore the political and environmental consequences that mis-management of our water resources could bring?

Jun 6, 1982 - The Electronic Web - Peter Mansbridge is host of this Quarterly Report which takes a look at the darker side of the information revolution: the threat to the privacy of the individual.

Sep 12, 1982 - FOREIGN AID: IS IT WORKING? A report on Canada's aid to Tanzania, which- in financial terms alone- will amount to $175 million over the next five years. Through interviews with President Julius Nyerere, various Tanzanian government officials and members of the Canadian International Development Agency, this report examines how the money is spent and whether it is doing any good. In the past, Canadian dollars have funded impressive projects, such as a hydroelectric plant and a sophisticated water purification plant in Dar es Salaam. But such projects benefit only those people living in the capital city, while rural farmers live without electricity or clean drinking water. Part of the problem may be the labyrinthine process of deciding what to spend the money on. Tanzanian officials ask for help with projects they think are needed, but Canadian officials want to ensure that the Canadian public will perceive that the aid is doing some good. During the negotiations, the peasant farmer's needs are often overlooked. Narrator: Don Francks.

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