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Having Our Baby

TV One-off, Website

Surrogacy is booming, but what is the impact on our ethics, our laws and the medical system in Canada? And most of all, how does this impact couples desperate to have a child?

Having Our Baby

Having Our Baby

Advances in medical technology and acceptance of gay marriage have fueled a surrogate baby boom in Canada.  Everyone makes money off the deal, except the surrogate moms themselves. It is illegal in Canada to pay a surrogate for her services. Having our Baby follows two childless couples and their surrogates as they navigate the legal and ethical challenges of this most intimate and contentious of transactions.

Surrogacy is a practice as old as the Bible but it’s only in the last 40 years that surrogacy – commercial and altruistic – has taken off. And in the past decade, it’s increased 400%.

Modern surrogacy is challenging ancient notions of birth and parenthood. The ethical challenges provoke world-wide debate. The answers are not simple. But for those who have yearned for a child they thought they’d never have, surrogacy is nothing short of a miracle.

Cut Off

TV One-Off, Webisodes, Virtual Reality Episodes

Canada is home to some of the most remote first nations communities in the world. Places that can seem cut off from the world. But full of people that want to be heard.

Cut Off

Cut Off

Cut-Off VR is an immersive 360° documentary experience that places the viewer in the middle of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s historic visit to Shoal Lake 40, a First Nation in Canada without access to clean water. Viewers also visit Cross Lake, where a state of emergency was declared after a wave of youth suicides.

Locker Room Doctor

TV series, Website, Webisodes

A medical doctor / right wing grinder talking health & hockey

Locker Room Doctor

Locker Room Doctor

We are answering the questions you actually have. Not so much: Should I eat more Kale? More: Why am I peeing so often? What should I drink before and after a game? Is that rash something I should worry about? What’s the best way to play a 2 on 1? Should I have the blood-in-my-stool-test or a colonoscopy to screen for Colorectal Cancer?

We will build original content, show our famous whiteboard med school for the public, answer your questions (so send us your questions), and curate fantastic resources that are funny and evidence-based… Check us out and spread the word.

#RethinkTheDrink

TV series, Other

#RethinkTheDrink was a student-focused, cross-country Talkback Tour that leveraged the documentary Girls’ Night Out to spark conversation about binge-drinking culture at post-secondary institutions.

#RethinkTheDrink

#RethinkTheDrink

Girls’ Night Out is a provocative point-of-view documentary exploring issues related to alcohol and alcohol-related harms among young people.

In association with the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, the #RethinkTheDrink Talkback Tour leveraged the film Girls’ Night Out to engage students in an innovative peer-to-peer discussion around their alcohol consumption.

The #RethinkTheDrink tour visited 22 universities and colleges across Canada in 2016, from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Victoria, British Columbia motivating youth to think critically about binge-drinking culture and enact positive change in their lives.

Addiction: The Next Step

TV series, website, application

Transforming the conversation around addiction from shame and blame to compassion and support. A vital lifeline for loved ones when, where and how they need it.

Addiction: The Next Step

Addiction: The Next Step

A lifeline for parents, partners and loved ones of those battling substance use.
At the core the Addiction Crisis Tool Kit, which puts a world-class, proven therapy directly into the hands of those who need it most: families and loved ones of those battling addiction. Built in collaboration with New York’s Center for Motivation and Change and with financial support from The TELUS Fund, the Crisis Tool Kit teaches how to communicate in a manner that motivates the substance user to change, while reducing family fear and stress. The Tool kit offers a range of scenarios. Click on one that sounds like your problem and begin an interactive journey of discovery that offers guidance when and where you need it. Dr. Jeff Foote and Dr. Carrie Wilkens, co-founders of the Center for Motivation and Change, deliver advice and practical tools in a warm empathetic tone that empowers families.

Médecin sans rendez-vous

TV series, challenges

A practical and informative health magazine. With a digital component rich in content and customizable, it proposes to bring health into the living rooms of all Quebecers

Médecin sans rendez-vous

Médecin sans rendez-vous

A practical and informative health magazine. With a digital component rich in content and customizable, it proposes to bring health into the living rooms of all Quebecers

Emergency Room: Life+Death at VGH

TV series, website

Documentary chronicling busy urban emergency room

Emergency Room: Life+Death at VGH

Emergency Room: Life+Death at VGH

Emergency Room: Life + Death at VGH, is a blood-and-guts, behind-the-scenes documentary series about Vancouver General Hospital’s Emergency Room, revealing the horror, humour, and humanity that unfold daily in the treatment rooms and trauma bays of the city’s busiest emergency room. Every day is critical.

Fish the Dish

TV series, website

Fish the Dish is a playful and delicious television series that follows Chef Spencer Watts as he cooks up some of his favourite sustainable seafood dishes in preparation for his cookbook all about fish.

Fish the Dish

Fish the Dish

Fish the Dish is a playful and delicious television series that follows Chef Spencer Watts as he cooks up his favourite seafood dishes in preparation for his new cookbook all about fish. His animated, high-energy personality shines through as he makes accessible, tasty recipes with sustainable fish and shellfish. With a focus on beautiful, mouth-watering food and photography, Fish the Dish covers recipes for any occasion, using a wide assortment of ingredients, cooking techniques and themes. Each episode features one fish (such as salmon, halibut or trout) and one shellfish (such as lobster, scallops or oysters) done two ways each while focusing on a specific theme such as butter, citrus, or spice. The result? Meals that taste and look gourmet but that are actually quick, easy, and fun to make!

Infomotivation

TV One-off, Website, Quiz

An informative, interactive and entertaining platform for deciphering the phenomenon of motivation.

Infomotivation

Infomotivation

What drives you?

Infomotivation is the new media complement to the TV one-off documentary Marchands de bonheur. It invites the user to find out more about motivation through various components: a fun and interactive quiz to find out about our  own source of motivation; a five short episode fiction web series, Le fil d’Arianne; and over thirty short videos with experts from five different fields of experience (marketing, neuropsychology, psychology, sociology and philosophy) who explain the phenomenon of human motivation each with their own references.

Bugs on the Menu

Documentary, website

Travel to countries where insects are eaten as a great source of protein and nutrients and follow those working to bring edible insects to Western cultures.

Bugs on the Menu

Bugs on the Menu

The feature sustainable food documentary Bugs on the Menu was shot in four continents over two years. It is a comprehensive examination of entomophagy (aka: ‘bug eating’), from the perspectives of cultural traditions in Latin America, Africa, and SE Asia. Experts Dr. Arnold van Huis of The Netherlands (author of the UN report “Edible Insects”) and Washington D.C.’s Sonny Ramaswamy of the USDA provide scientific analysis of this food industry revolution.

It also follows startup companies, such as Ontario’s Entomo Farms, Salt Lake City’s Shark Tank-winning Chapul, Boston’s female-led insect chip company Six Foods, Austin’s Hult Prize-winning Aspire Food Group, Vancouver’s famed Indian restaurant Vij’s, and Seattle’s celebrity cook, The Bug Chef. These and other restaurateurs, cricket farmers, scholars, and scientists are part of a movement to normalize insect eating in the west, as an alternative to accepted, but resource intensive proteins like chicken, pork, and beef.

Keeping Canada Alive

TV Series, website, application

A powerful 24 hour snapshot of Canada's health care system on a typical day. Captured by sixty camera crews across the country.

Keeping Canada Alive

Keeping Canada Alive

Narrated by Emmy Award-winning Canadian actor Kiefer Sutherland, Keeping Canada Alive is an intimate six-part factual series and online experience that gives viewers a powerful 24-hour snapshot of Canada’s health care system as filmed on a typical day in 2015. Sixty camera crews filmed at over 40 health care facilities and private residences in 20 Canadian cities across ten provinces and one territory. In a unique blend of medical mystery and real-life drama, capturing powerful and poignant moments, the cameras rolled as people sought treatment – and medical professionals did everything they could to provide it. In addition, the companion online experience is one of the most ambitious projects to date for CBC and features 40 hours of extended breakout footage, original content, and more, as well as an online 24-hour stream of raw footage.

Mixed Match

TV One-off, website

A compelling character-driven documentary intended to help save lives by exploring how diversity and ethnicity play a critical role in multiethnic patient survival.

Mixed Match

Mixed Match

Mixed Match is an important human story told from the perspective of mixed race blood cancer patients who are forced to reflect on their multiracial identities and complex genetics as they struggle with a seemingly impossible search to find bone marrow donors, all while exploring what role race plays in medicine. With the multiracial community becoming one of the fastest growing demographics in North America, being mixed race is no longer just about an identity, it can be a matter of life and death.

Working It Out Together

TV series, website, magazine

A multi-platform movement designed to promote healthy active living and change the way children and their families move through their daily lives.

Working It Out Together

Working It Out Together

Working It Out Together Season 3 is a thirteen-part documentary series accompanied by a digital monthly Magazine. WIOT is a dynamic movement led by Kanien’kehá:ka Olympian and Health Advocate Waneek Horn-Miller. Both the TV series and Magazine celebrate Indigenous voices from across the country who are taking control of their health and rising above centuries of colonial trauma. WIOT Magazine is an ongoing project that invites artists, activists, filmmakers, writers and Knowledge Keepers to contribute original wellness-related content aimed to inspire and educate both Indigenous and non-Indigenous audiences. Every Magazine issue features a beautiful collage of contributors’ articles, short films, artwork, recipes, photographs and audio podcasts. Collectively, they explore the concept of ‘Mino Bimaadiziwin’ – an Anishinaabe concept meaning ‘The Good Life’ – from a holistic perspective that informs how best to approach and support the health of Canada’s Indigenous communities today.

Sugar Coated

TV One-off, Website, Application

A riveting exploration of the claim that too much sugar is making us sick. A cast of courageous characters reveal the smoking gun to our unprecedented obesity and diabetes pandemic.

Sugar Coated

Sugar Coated

IS SUGAR THE NEW TOBACCO?

How did the food industry get us to stop asking the question: is sugar toxic? It all starts with a secret PR campaign dating back to the 1970s. For forty years, Big Sugar deflected all threats to its multi-billion dollar empire, while sweetening the world’s food supply. As obesity, diabetes, and heart disease rates skyrocket, doctors are now treating the first generation of children suffering from fatty liver disease. The sugar industry is once again under siege. They dodged the bullet once. Will they do it again?

Pulling back the curtain on the tactics of an industry once again under attack, Sugar Coated provides a chilling feeling of déjà vu. Today the industry is back sweetening the message. But this time, history comes knocking.

The feature length version of Sugar Coated is now streaming on Netflix and the TV hour on the TVO website. You can also visit the interactive website sugarcoateddoc.com and download the onesweetapp app at iTunes.

 

The Moblees

Application

A second-screen experience that syncs with The Moblees TV show in real time, inspiring preschoolers to get up and Moblee moving! The app puts your child in the world of Terra Mova and lets you record them moving along with their favourite Moblees characters in their own personal Appisode.

The Moblees

The Moblees

The Moblees app for iPad is a second-screen experience that puts young kids right in the middle of the colourful 3D world of The Moblees. When launched by a parent or caregiver, the app uses innovative audio technology to recognize when an episode of The Moblees is airing and syncs with the series in real time, starting a countdown to the moment when it’s time to get up and move. Parents and caregivers can then record their child’s Moblee moves using the iPad camera, creating a one-of-a-kind Appisode video featuring their child moving with their favourite characters from the series. Appisodes can be replayed an unlimited number of times. Now available for free in the App Store in Canada, the app features parental lock settings and no in-app purchases for a safe, fun experience for both kids and caregivers. The Moblees app won a Cynopsis Award for Best Kids Tech Activation.

Milk

TV One-off, website, application

Three platforms to educate, empower and improve the quality of life of parents, caregivers and the new baby coming into this world

Milk

Milk

Three platforms to educate, empower and improve the quality of life of parents, caregivers and the new baby coming into this world

Nico Can Dance!

Webisodes, Game, lesson plans

Dance teacher Miss Frost and her friend Coco have fun, shake things up and explore different kinds of dance, encouraging viewers to jump up and participate in creative movement.

Nico Can Dance!

Nico Can Dance!

Nico Can Dance! invites children to jump up and join Miss Frost and Nico as they use their imaginations to create fantastical worlds through creative movement.

Each two minute episode has our characters discovering amazing things around them, inspiring them to move. Whether they find themselves underwater dancing like starfish, on a mountainside dancing like bugs, or on the moon dancing like comets in outer space, Miss Frost and Nico always find new and exciting ways to shake things up.

Nico doesn’t always move exactly like Miss Frost, and that’s okay! He has his own way of interpreting the world around him, and finds joy in being curious about everything. Miss Frost encourages Nico to try out new moves, and they celebrate when he tries his best.

With the use of voice-over narration and by looking directly to camera, Miss Frost welcomes children to “Come and dance with us!”

#STI

TV series, application, website

Distraught patients recently diagnosed with STIs look back on how they contracted the disease and what they could have done to prevent the transmission.

#STI

#STI

Distraught patients recently diagnosed with STIs look back on how they contracted the disease and what they could have done to prevent the transmission.

A Change of Mind

Documentary, Website, Application

After a diving accident, Nash suffers from homelessness, drug addiction, crime and eventually murder. Brain injury impacts more than the individual, it impacts society as a whole.

A Change of Mind

A Change of Mind

Derrick suffered his first concussions as a young boy who loved to box, but it was head injury from a car accident that assured his downward spiral into addictions and crime. According to recent surveys, 60-80% of the prison population and 53% of homeless have suffered brain injuries. After brain injury 90% of marriages end in divorce, ‘self- medication’ though substance abuse is rampant and the suicide rate increases fourfold. The resulting cost to society is immeasurable. And yet once the brain injury survivor leaves hospital there is very little help out there.

Following Derrick’s inspiring story, and those of other brain injury survivors, A Change of Mind demonstrates how broken lives can be re-built and damaged brains re-freshed, through new approaches to helping survivors, through science and through a change in societal attitudes and legal reforms.

Défi Santé 5/30

Webseries, website, application

Inspiring individuals from the four corners of Quebec to eat better, be more active, and lead a more balanced life.

Défi Santé 5/30

Défi Santé 5/30

Inspiring individuals from the four corners of Quebec to eat better, be more active, and lead a more balanced life.

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