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How Industry and the Environment came together to make something beautiful for Central Alberta

Ellis Bird Farm

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  • As battle lines draw ever deeper between industry and environmentalists..  there’s a unique and world class example of how both can thrive side by side, right here in Central Alberta.

    40 years ago, Union Carbide.. a huge multinational company was looking for a new home in Central Alberta.  Union Carbide wanted to set up an ethylene glycol plant along the Red Deer River, right smack in the middle of some of the best agricultural land in the country.  It wouldn’t be easy finding farmers willing to sell their beloved land to an industrial giant.

    The last person many would expect to deal with the company was a slight and aging farmer, a bird lover named Charlie Ellis.   Actually, bird lover was an understatement.  In the years after their parents died, Charlie and his sister Winnie stayed on the Ellis farm and cultivated their passion for nature.  Charlie started innocently enough with a few birdhouses, and a strong urge to protect native birds… tree swallows, chickadees, purple martins, flickers, and especially Mountain Bluebirds.  The birds flocked in record numbers to Winnie’s orchards and flower gardens as well as Charlie’s growing number of birdhouses stretching acre after acre.  The birds became permanent residents of the land just like the Ellis’.  Now Charlie was growing older and his concern for the future of his birds was growing stronger.   When an agent of Union Carbide came for a visit.. to everyone’s surprise, Charlie proposed a deal.

    If the company was willing to take care of his birds, if they’d promise to keep up what Charlie had built up… well then Charlie would sell his land to the company.  The company agreed.. and that’s when things truly got complicated.

    The Red Deer River Naturalists caught wind of the deal and they rushed in to make sure the company was dealing honestly with Charlie Ellis and his sister Winnie.  The Naturalists were highly skeptical of industrial giants like Union Carbide.  This might have been a recipe for disastrous meetings which could have killed Charlie’s plan.  But someone proposed they bring in a young man from Red Deer who everyone agreed would treat both sides fairly.   Morris Flewwelling was approached to chair the meetings overseeing negotiations.  Here’s what happened.

    Sponsored by DOW Chemical Canada and Ellis Bird Farm, Todayville is proud to present a series of features on the history of Central Alberta’s incredible prairie oasis and nature preserve… The Ellis Bird Farm.  In this first part we hear from Morris Flewwelling.


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    Watch: Viral video produced in Red Deer a finalist in 4 categories at Alberta’s top film awards!

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  • It just might be a breakthrough year for Nick Saik and Know Ideas Media.   Last summer Nick produced a short film called “Nut Milking Exposed” for his production company Know Ideas Media.   The short film was entertaining… VERY entertaining.  Nick set out to make a point that maybe certain liquids referred to as “milk” shouldn’t really be called milk.  But the script, the actor, the editing.. it was all so well done that the little video became a major viral success.

    So far “Nut Milking Exposed” has been seen over 35 million times!  That’s right 35,000,000 and counting!

    When Nick saw that viewers loved it, he entered “Nut Milking Exposed” in the 2019 Rosie Awards.  The Rosies are an annual award presentation by The Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA).  They are the top awards for the Alberta film making industry.  Nick entered four categories and is a finalist in every one of them!

    Here are the categories where Nick went 4 for 4 as a finalist!The Rosies will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Edmonton’s Shaw Conference Centre (9797 Jasper Ave).

    BEST DRAMATIC SHORT

    A Memento of Life – Bonita Schoenleber, Producers – VonitaVon Pictures

    Aeternitas – Gordie Haakstad & Chris Beauchamp, Producers, The Distillery Film Company

    Nut Milking: Exposed – Nick Saik & Tyler Duffy, Producers, Know Ideas Media

    Rivals – Derek Heisler, Producers, – H Studios

    Sunday Morning, Coming Down- Christina Beamish, Chase Gardiner & Chevi Rabbit, Producers – Revolutionary Waltzes / CGCinematography / Telus StoryHive

    The Suburbanight – Eva Colmers & Susie Moloney, Producers – No Problem Productions

     

    BEST DIRECTOR  (DRAMA UNDER 30 MINUTES)

    Derek Heisler – Rivals – H Studios

    Gordie Haakstad – Aeternitas – The Distillery Film Company

    John Cameron – Direct Energy – “New Moms” – META Productions

    Justin Kueber – Black and Blue – Guerrilla Motion Pictures

    Nick Saik –  Nut Milking: Exposed. – Know Ideas Media

    Reamonn Joshee – A Memento of Life – VonitaVon Pictures

    BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ALBERTA ACTOR

    Greg Lawson – Wynonna Earp – “I Fall to Pieces” – Seven24 Films

    Mark Meer – Necessary Evil – “Soul Purpose”  – Group of Rogues

    Samuel Duke – A Gentleman – DDG

    Shaun Johnston – Heartland – “A Place to Call Home” – Seven24 Films

    Sheldon Elter – Caution: May Contain Nuts – “Sexy Bigfoot Alien Chef” – Mosaic Entertainment

    Tyler Duffy – Nut Milking: Exposed – Know Ideas Media

     

    BEST EDITOR  (DRAMA UNDER 30 MINUTES)

    Carey Komadina & Sarah Taylor – Caution: May Contain Nuts – “Sexy Bigfoot Alien Chef’ – Mosaic Entertainment

    Nick Saik – Nut Milking: Exposed – Know Ideas Media

    Nina Staum – SGI – “A Knock at the Door” – Bamboo Shoots

    Sabir Alimzhan – Cruel – DDG

    Sarah Taylor – The Suburbanight – No Problem Productions

    Thomas Dudley – Vijitkul – “Golden Godess” – Leader Productions

     

    OK.. if you haven’t seen this video before you’re likely dying to see it now.  If you have it’s always worth another look and another laugh.   35 million views can’t be wrong!

    Todayville is proud to have partnered with Nick Saik and Know Ideas Media on a new platform focussed on agriculture.   Click here to see more of Nick’s work on Todayville Agriculture!

     


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    Agriculture, trade ministers will testify in April on Chinese canola issue

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  • OTTAWA — A pair of federal cabinet ministers have been called on to testify before a parliamentary committee on China’s move to reject canola shipments from one of Canada’s largest grain producers.

    The House of Commons trade committee voted today to hear from Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and International Trade Minister Jim Carr on the Canada-China canola issue during the week of April 1.

    Beijing recently suspended canola imports from Richardson International Ltd. for what one Chinese official alleged was the detection of hazardous organisms in the company’s product.

    In an interview last week, Carr said Canada is pushing to solve the economically important matter — but he added that China had yet to provide evidence to back up the claims.

    China’s decision to block shipments of one of Canada’s key exports comes with the two countries locked in a diplomatic dispute related to the December arrest of Huawei senior executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver — where she’s now fighting extradition to the United States.

    China has since arrested Canadian citizens Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor on allegations of engaging in activities that have endangered Chinese national security — moves viewed as an effort to pressure Canada into releasing Meng.

    The Canadian Press


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