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Level 30 Social Studies

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100th Anniversary of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building

This video outlines Saskatchewan's political history and how the legislature came to be built in Regina. Historical photographs, documents and interviews with politicians and historians enrich this documentary and shed light on what the legislative building represents in Saskatchewan's history an...

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Tar Sands: Canada for Sale

Tar Sands: Canada for Sale captures the intersecting storyline of a remarkable cast of characters eager to cash in on the oil boom in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Washington lobbyists, pipefitters from Newfoundland, Chinese investors and Norwegian industrialists descend on tar-soaked Fort McMurray, a ...

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Identity

This program examines what it means to be a First Nations person in the 21st century. Dene, Cree, Blackfoot and Métis communities explore how First Nations values are transferable to life today. Culture, language and storytelling are crucial to positive identity formation for people of all ages.

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The NDP Chooses a New Leader

In the last election the New Democratic Party became the official opposition in Parliament. Three months later its leader, Jack Layton, dies of cancer and a race begins to succeed him. This video looks at that race and how Thomas Mulcair became the NDP's new leader.

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Budget 2012. The Axe Begins to Fall

In March 2012, Stephen Harper's Conservatives table a new budget. It outlines plans for more than $5-billion of spending cuts, as well as one for phasing out the penny. This video examines details of the budget and looks at the reaction from the opposition and other Canadians.

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Generation One. Living in Two Worlds

Canada is a country of immigrants. This video explores "Generation One," children of immigrants who were born in Canada but are still heavily influenced by the cultures and traditions of the countries where their parents once resided.

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Election 2011 and the Robocall Scandal

Allegations of illegal behaviour during the last federal election lead to a large-scale investigation. Thousands of Canadians received phone calls aimed at discouraging them from voting. This video discusses the political reaction and the search for those responsible.

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Research in Motion's High-Tech Woes

Research in Motion (RIM) is one of Canada's most successful high-tech companies. It developed the Blackberry smartphone; but, the company has been losing ground to the competition. This video examines ROM's troubles and the future of the company.

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The Great Oil Pipeline Debate

The U.S. government delays approval of a pipeline to transport oil from Alberta to refineries in Texas. The Canadian government responds by saying it will speed up approval of another pipeline to carry the oil over the Rocky Mountains to British Columbia. This video looks at why the government wa...

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Canada and the Jobless Crisis

Canada's unemployment rate rises to 7.5 per cent, its highest level since April 2011. Canada's economy appears to be stalling, and the situation is particularly bleak in the country's two largest provinces, Quebec and Ontario. This video examines the situation and look at how two Ontario cities a...

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The Struggle to Save Canada's Farmland

Every year Canada loses thousands of acres of farmland by farmers giving up farming or selling their land to developers. A group of Ontario farmers thought they were selling their land to a large company so it could grow potatoes, only to discover it was to be turned into a quarry.

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The Rise of the Occupy Movement

A group called Occupy Wall Street begins a series of demonstrations in New York City. The movement starts as a public protest against social and economic inequality and what the protestors call corporate greed. The movement spreads to several Canadian cities.

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The Eurozone and the Economic Crisis

For over a year a debt crisis in the European community, or eurozone, is affecting the stability of the world's economic system. In recent months the crisis has reached critical levels and is threatening to plunge the Canadian economy into another recession. This video examines the problem and wh...

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Terry Fox. Remembering a Canadian Hero

It's been 30 years since Terry Fox dies in a British Columbia hospital, one month short of his 23rd birthday and nine months after he was forced to give up his cross-Canada run to raise money for cancer research. This video looks at his legendary run and his enduring legacy.

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The Life and Death of Jack Layton

On August 22, 2011, Jack Layton dies of cancer at his home in Toronto. His death shocks many Canadians and leaves the New Democratic Party aimless just three months after becoming the Official Opposition. This video looks at the life and death of Jack Layton and what his death could mean for his ...