November 2009

10:00pm – Friday, November 27 on CTV

In the one-hour musical comedy special, Stephen Colbert is on his way to meet with Elvis Costello in New York City but is snowed-in at his cabin in upstate New York (bear country). He weathers the storm with help from his friends Feist, Toby Keith, John Legend, Willie Nelson and Jon Stewart.

Friday, Nov. 27, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), on CBC-TV

On Sept. 11, 2001, the world watched in shock and disbelief as planes flew in to New York’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Washington, and Americans realized they were under attack. But by whom? What really happened? In The Unofficial Story, airing Friday, Nov. 27, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), on CBC-TV’s the fifth estate, Bob McKeown introduces us to people who believe the real force behind the attacks was not Osama Bin Laden, but the U.S. government itself.

Emerging from the dust and debris that day was a movement, known these days as 9/11 Truth or “truthers”—people who believe that Sept. 11 was part of a vast conspiracy and cover-up by a criminal faction within the U.S. government. As the fifth estate reports, public opinion polls now show that the majority of Americans believe the Bush Administration had advance knowledge of those attacks and somehow allowed them to happen and that one-third of Canadians share the same belief.

In The Unofficial Story, Bob McKeown explores why these questions and theories are growing in popularity.

You’ll meet some of the leading proponents of “truther” theories: Richard Gage, an American architect, explains how the WTC twin towers and the lesser known ‘Tower #7’ could only have crumbled as they did due to explosive charges placed inside the buildings. Others, including Canadian professor Kee Dewdney, insist that the story of the brave fight by the passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 must have been a hoax. But, you’ll also hear from others who dispel “truther” theories and try to understand why, from JFK’s assassination to the moon landing to Sept. 11, a culture of conspiracy springs up around certain historic events.  

Despite the difference of opinion between those who blame the hijackers and those who blame their own government, the real importance of the fight over Sept. 11 truth is that it may have less to do with the past than the future.

Executive producer of the fifth estate is Sally Reardon. CBC News Network rebroadcasts the fifth estate on Saturdays, at 8 p.m. ET, Sundays, at 7 p.m. ET, and Tuesdays, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

9:00pm – Friday, November 27 on /A

Also airs at 10 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 10 p.m. MT on ACCESS

Previously aired on CTV and /A Atlantic
A woman involved in virtual reality video games goes missing, and her “avatar” is at the root of the investigation.

9 p.m. ET – Friday, November 27 on Space

An experiment in genetic engineering turns sheep into blood-thirsty killers that terrorize a sprawling New Zealand farm.

Friday, Nov. 27, at 8 p.m., on CBC-TV

This week, on THE RON JAMES SHOW, Ron James invites a star-studded cast of Gemini Award-winners to the show for his season finale, Friday, Nov. 27, at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT), on CBC-TV. Special guests include Colin Mochrie (This Hour Has 22 Minutes), Patrick McKenna (The Red Green Show), Peter Keleghan (Made In Canada) and Dan Lett (Made In Canada).

Viewers can join James as he sheds new light on shipboard life during the Franklin expedition, gets a lesson in locker room etiquette and has a perplexing shopping experience.

For viewers who can’t get enough of ‘Lil Ronnie James, clips of the segment are available on THE RON JAMES SHOW website at www.cbc.ca/ronjames/lil-ronnie-james.php.

THE RON JAMES SHOW showcases the talents of renowned and much-beloved comedian Ron James, and his poetically charged observations about surviving life in the modern world.

Friday, November 27 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

Diego, Manny and Sid return in this sequel to the hit Ice Age. This time around the Ice Age is over and is starting to melt, which will destroy their valley. So they must unite and warn everyone about the situation.

8:00pm – Friday, November 27 on /A

Also airs at 9 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 9 p.m. MT on ACCESS

The murder of a plaintiff in a high profile lawsuit with a major airline leads detectives Lupo (Jeremy Sisto) and Bernard (Anthony Anderson) to a lawyer who will do anything, including committing multiple murders and perjury, to protect his big payday.

8:00pm – Friday, November 27 on CTV

At the age of 40, Andy Stitzer (Steve Carell, THE OFFICE) has done quite a few things in his life. He’s got a cushy job at an electronics superstore, a nice apartment with a proud collection of action figures and good friends. But there’s just one little thing he hasn’t quite gotten around to doing yet – Andy hasn’t had sex. When he lets this information slip at a poker game with his buddies, they go to great lengths to help him. But nothing proves effective enough to lure their friend out of lifelong chastity until he meets Trish (Catherine Keener, Where the Wild Things Are), a 40-year-old mother of three. Andy’s friends are excited that “it” may finally happen, until they hear that Andy and Trish have begun their relationship based on a mutual no-sex policy.

10 p.m. ET/PT – Thursday, November 26 on Space

The arrival of an Arctic ice core causes the temperature to drop in Eureka on Dr. Tess Fontana’s first day managing Global Dynamics. Taggart resurfaces.

Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 8 pm (8:30 NT)

Documentary Filmmaker Miro Cernetig looks at the New Global Wheeler-Dealers Who Barter Carbon Credits for Profit, and Asks: Can We Get Rich…. and Save Our Planet, Too?

Is it possible, considering the many obstacles, to stop global warming, or at least reduce its harm? Anticipating the important United Nations Climate Change Conference starting December 7 in Copenhagen, CBC Doc Zone presents the World Premiere of a timely and intriguing new documentary by Vancouver filmmaker/journalist Miro Cernetig called CARBON HUNTERS that looks at one potential solution. That solution is called carbon trading and it’s unlike most others because it’s market-driven.

CARBON HUNTERS, airing on CBC Television on Thursday, November 26, 8 pm (8:30 NT) and repeated the following night, Friday, November 27 at 10 pm ET/PT on CBC News Network, delves into the controversial, little-understood, yet booming industry of carbon credit trading as a potentially workable mechanism towards solving what most people now acknowledge as the greatest crisis facing the planet: global warming.

This is a crisis with no easy solutions. Voters so far seem reluctant to accept carbon taxes so, while we wait for industry and governments to sign on to binding international agreements that will fix limits on air pollution, one possible solution is good to go right now: carbon trading. Sometimes called emissions trading, carbon offset, or cap-and-trade, carbon trading is attractive to many because it is a market-driven solution that puts a fixed price on pollution, allowing those who pollute to pay and those do not pollute to profit from their position.

Enter Vancouver entrepreneur Shawn Burns. They say every cloud has a silver lining. In Burns’ case, he thinks that cloud is global warming and that there may be a way to stop it and make money along the way. The CEO of Carbon Credit Corp. is a ‘carbon hunter’ — a whole new breed of entrepreneur in a booming new industry: global traders who scour the planet looking for carbon credits. Burns and his partners package those credits and sell them to polluters, taking a cut from the sale.

The plan for trading carbon as a global commodity was hatched at the UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Today, that carbon trading market is a ‘green rush’ that’s already worth $100 billion and climbing. But how does it actually work, and what does a carbon credit actually buy?

Filmmaker Miro Cernetig travels from BC to the Canadian prairie, and on to India, Philippines, Hollywood, Chicago, London and New York to find answers, linking seemingly disparate elements like the dung of sacred cows in India, the band Coldplay, Alberta wheat farmers, movie star Cameron Diaz, Filipino garbage scavengers, U.S. President Barack Obama, sea algae, the Assembly of First Nations in Canada, an English funeral director, the Amazon rain forest, and the Alberta Tar Sands.

Cernetig hears from supporters of this profit motive-driven solution, like influential Canadian Maurice Strong, who feels that carbon trading is “an essential element in the solution…and the most effective one that’s actually working at this moment,” and detractors, like Kevin Smith of the group Carbon Trade Watch and author of the book Carbon Neutral Myth – Offset Indulgences for your Climate Sins, who argues that the carbon trading business is all smoke and mirrors. As for Shawn Burns, he concludes, “Rather than just exploiting resources now we can make money protecting resources. I think you can make money and save the planet at the same time. And I think you should.”

And where does the average Canadian come into this? Cernetig talks to a Vancouver man who learned whether the tree he bought as a carbon credit to offset an airplane trip really made a difference.

“This is the first film that takes a global look at how you buy a carbon credit and what you get — or don’t get — when you do,” says Cernetig. “In our travels we’ve discovered the difficulties and ethical quandaries behind creating a new commodity — carbon credits — to deal with climate change.”

CARBON HUNTERS offers an intelligent and revealing look at a mysterious, bizarre and lucrative new industry.

Miro Cernetig, the Vancouver-based writer/director of CARBON HUNTERS, is an award-winning filmmaker, political and foreign correspondent and, currently, a columnist at The Vancouver Sun. He was The Globe and Mail’s China bureau chief from 1998 to 2001, and later served as that newspaper’s correspondent in New York, covering the United States, Wall Street and the United Nations from 2001 to 2003. He was also the Toronto Star’s Quebec bureau chief from 2003 until 2005. CARBON HUNTERS is his fifth documentary, the prior four being: China’s Sexual Revolution, a look at the impacts of Mao’s attempts to socially engineer Chinese society, which was nominated for Best Writing by the Writers Guild of Canada; Juggling Dreams, about a Cirque de Soleil circus camp in Mongolia to help take children out of the sewers of Ulan Bator, which received a Gemini Award nomination for Best Writing in a Documentary Program; Castro’s Gold, a look at attempts to salvage sunken galleons in Cuba; and Polar Bear Safari: Millionaires and Mukluks, a voyage with modern-day polar bear hunters and their Inuit guides.

CARBON HUNTERS is directed by Miro Cernetig, produced by Melanie Wood, and written by Cernetig and Wood. Executive producers are John Ritchie, Rob Bromley and Gillian Lowrey. Narrator is Ann-Marie MacDonald. Director of Photography is Ian Kerr; Sound Recordist is Jeff Henschel; Editor is Tony Hrkac; and Music is by Christian Prohom. For CBC’s Independent Documentary Unit: Linda Laughlin, Senior Producer; Michael Claydon, Area Executive Producer. Mark Starowicz is Executive Director, Documentary Programming.