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Screenings, Volunteer Opps, Links, "What You Can Do".
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Are corporations responsible and productive members of
society? Or are they ruthless psychopaths, stopping at
nothing to maximize profits? Is profit for real -- or are the
costs being hidden? Are poverty, war and the destruction
of the environment being needlessly advanced by corporate

Most importantly, does it have to be that way?

Beginning this Friday, January 16, "The Corporation" is
screening in Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa. It is being
hailed by some as "the next Bowling for Columbine".
Perhaps even more so than Michael Moore's remarkable
film, The Corporation tackles root causes of what is wrong
with society today -- a society that is quickly destroying
the planet and everything on it.

Many of us work for corporations, big or small. There are
many good, well-meaning people in corporations, both staff
and management. But this film argues that the legal and
economic structure of the corporation itself - despite the
best efforts of the people who work for them - is inherently
destructive. And unnecessary.

Anyone who wants a healthy life, meaningful work and
a saner world will be interested in this film. Why do
things always seem to sink to the lowest common
denominator -- pointless work, seedy consumerism,
senseless violence? How can we reconnect with our
values and needs? This film helps shed some light
on these questions. It might even inspire us to do
something about it.

Below you will find screening times for the film and brief
but important volunteer opportunities at each screening.

We have also created an online discussion, where you
can post your thoughts, questions and announcements
related to the film and the issues it raises.

Whether or not you can make it to the film, check out the
related links, organizations and opportunities, below.
There are many ways to learn and get involved, from
simply reading up on the issue, to spreading the word,
to getting involved in your community.

- Peter Blanchard

(A) Screenings in Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver . . .
(B) Volunteer Opportunities
(C) E-mail List & Discussion / BB
(D) What Can You Do?
(E) Reviews, Quotes, Links


Toronto, Ottawa & Vancouver -- more cities to follow.
Check local listings to confirm times. Updates and info:


(1) The Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. (just east
of Bathurst subway)
Admission: $6/$8   Tel. (416) 516-2330  
Fri Jan 16, 4:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sat Jan 17, 6:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Sun Jan 18, 4:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Mon Jan 19, 9:00 p.m.
Tues Jan 20, 9:15 p.m.
Wed Jan 21, 9:00 p.m.  (preceded at 7 p.m. by
    "Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky: In Our Times)
Thurs Jan 22, 9:00 p.m.
    (also "Power and Terror" at 4:30 p.m.)

(2) Canada Square, 2190 Yonge, just south of Eglinton
(416) 646-0444 Showtimes:


The Bytowne, 325 Rideau, Ottawa.
Tel. 613-789-FILM.
Fri Jan 23, 8:55 p.m.
Sat Jan 24, 6:35 p.m.
Sun Jan 25, 5:50 p.m.
Mon Jan 26, 8:40 p.m.
Tues Jan 27, 8:40 p.m.
Thurs Jan 29, 6:45 p.m.
Fri Jan 30, 9:15 p.m.
Sat Jan 31, 4:00 p.m.


(1) Tinseltown Cinemas, 88 West Pender, 3rd Floor
Starting Fri Jan 16. Tel. (604) 806-0799

(2) Ridge Theatre, 3131 Arbutus St. (at 16th Ave.)
Tel. (604) 738-6311 
Starting Fri Jan 16.


The film may be great, but what can you do about it?
Will people go to the movie, feel concerned and motivated
to do something -- but not know where to start?

People- & Planet-Friendly is seeking volunteers to hand
out leaflets in front of the Bloor and Canada Square
Cinemas. We need:

(1) Volunteers to hand out flyers before each screening.
(Volunteer for one screening or more). This involves
about 45 minutes work, starting half an hour before
the screening. If you care about these issues, this can be
a lot of fun. It's an opportunity to empower cinema goers
-- who are already interested -- by connecting them to
information, activities, organizations and resources. 

(2) Somebody in downtown Toronto to do photocopying
before 4 p.m. this Friday, January 16.

(3) A donation to cover photocopying costs -- or a
photocopier that we could use in central Toronto.

(4) If you're in Ottawa or Vancouver, feel free to
download our flyer and distribute it at a screening

To volunteer, send an e-mail to Peter Blanchard, with the subject: volunteer.
Please indicate which screening(s) you could cover and be
sure to include a *phone number* where we can contact you.


The producers of The Corporation are also seeking
volunteers and other assistance. Sign up for their
e-mail announcement list at:


(1) The Corporation has an e-mail announcement list.
They are also seeking donations; help publicizing screenings
when they come to your city; and pre-orders for VHS or DVD.

(2) People- & Planet-Friendly has created a public,
online forum where you can post your thoughts,
questions and announcements regarding The Corporation
and the issues it raises. Better yet, why not
propose a meeting, event or activity?
(this is not affiliated with the film's producers)

(3) If you want to get involved with this issue and
would like to receive updates from People- & Planet-
Friendly, send an e-mail to
with the subject: subscribe corporation. See also:
(not affiliated with the film's producers)


Whether or not you can make it to the film, check out the
related links, organizations and opportunities, below.
There are many ways to learn and get involved, from
simply reading up on the issue, to spreading the word,
to getting involved in your community.

Why not:

* forward this e-mail to your friends and associates

* distribute leaflets in your school, neighbourhood or
(see also )

* join or participate in groups and org's working on these
(see also )

* check out the websites, organizations and resources at:  and/or
sign up for the People- & Planet-Friendly e-mail newsletter

* post your questions and ideas about "what you can do" at:

"Democracy is not something you believe in or a place to
hang your hat, but it's something you do. You participate.
If you stop doing it, democracy crumbles." - Abbie Hoffman
(see also )


The Corporation

Winner of Peoples Choice awards in Toronto, Calgary
and Vancouver, the word is in on The Corporation:

"The Next Bowling for Columbine" (Globe and Mail)

"A brilliantly argued essay which takes us on a scintillating
journey To the heart of global capitalism"  (International
Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam)

"A cogent, entertaining, even rabble rousing indictment of
perhaps the most influential institutional model of our era (Variety)

"Documentary filmmaking aimed at the funny bone not just the
brain... like the best issue of harpers magazine set to music"
(CBC News online)

"Impeccably reasoned and rhetorically engaging" (Toronto Star)

Featuring 40 interviews including 7 CEOs, 3 VPs,
2 Whistleblowers, a broker, a spy and the FBI's top
consultant on psychopaths. Also featured are many
critical perspectives including interviews with Naomi
Klein, Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore, Vandana Shiva
and many more.

Go to for the complete
list and more information about the film.

Please forward this email!

CORPORATION IN THEATRES! In today's context,
it's a political act to see this film in a commercial movie
theatre. Please go see it during its first week run and
encourage others. If enough people go to the film it will
be held over. This is the only way it will remain in
theatres and reach a wider audience.


"Where once the student was taught that the unexamined
life was not worth living, he is now taught that the profitably
lived life is not worth examining." - Benjamin Barber

"Eleven Inherent Rules of Corporate Behavior: The Profit
Imperative; The Growth Imperative; Competition &
Aggression; Amorality; Hierarchy; Quantification,
Linearity, Segmentation; Dehumanization; Exploitation;
Ephemerality; Opposition to Nature"

"Why new rules? Because the old ones don't work any
longer. They undermine local economies, subvert
democracy, weaken our sense of community, and ignore
the costs of our decisions on the next generation."
- The New Rules Project







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