November 2009

Thursday, November 26 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

A recap of the season so far that includes special never-before-seen footage of the castoffs.

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 lining golden. Global warming just might make Burns a very very rich man. As CEO of Carbon Credit Corp., he and his partners hope to make millions, literally, out of thin air. He’s a ‘carbon hunter’ — a whole new breed of wheeler-dealer in a booming new industry: global traders who scour the planet looking for lucrative 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.

8:00pm – Thursday, November 26 on /A

Also airs at 9 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 8 p.m. MT on ACCESS

In the film Cinderella Man, the former successful boxer James Braddock (Russell Crowe) loses all his possessions and savings with the crash of the stock market. As a result, his beloved wife Mae Braddock (Renee Zellweger) and their three children face poverty with no food and lack of heat. In 1934, when Jim’s coach and manager Joe Gould (Paul Giamatti) offers to him a chance to return to boxing, he becomes the symbol of hope of hopeless people in a ruined nation.

– Live interview on MOD, Thursday, Nov. 26th at 5 p.m. ET
– Fans can get in on the action live in studio and via webcam, text, phone, and e-mail –

Soulful sweetheart Leona Lewis is living her dreams. At the young age of 24, she’s just released her second platinum album Echo, and was nominated for three Grammy Awards® for her first album Spirit. On Thursday, Nov. 26 at 5 p.m. ET, the songstress stops by MUCHONDEMAND to chat with MuchMusic VJ Devon Soltendieck about her latest album and what’s on the horizon for her blossoming career.

Lewis also talks about everything from music to fashion to relationships with fans in the audience and anyone connecting with MOD through text, phone, e-mail and webcam.

Her latest album Echo, featuring the stand-out hit “Happy,” debuted last week to an enthusiastic reception by critics and fans alike. Working with everyone from OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder to pop phenom Justin Timberlake, Lewis has established herself as a force to be reckoned with on the music scene.

10:30 p.m. ET/PT – Wednesday, November 25 on Comedy Network

The Reno Sheriff’s Department must give the Pope’s advance team a tour of the city.

10:00pm – Wednesday, November 25 on /A

Also airs at 11 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 8 p.m. MT on ACCESS

When Darryl (Paul Gross) arranges an art show for Roxie (Rebecca Romijn) he invites New York art maven Greta Noa (guest star Rosanna Arquette, WHAT ABOUT BRIAN). Thrilled at first, Roxie forgets that his motives might be less than pure. Joanna (Lindsay Price) turns to her power to get her life back on track, but swiftly discovers that every action, magical or otherwise, has its consequences. And Kat (Jaime Ray Newman), still unsure about how to move on from Ray (Jon Bernthal), shies away from a budding romance with Will (Johann Urb).

10:00pm – Wednesday, November 25 on CTV

In the culmination of a multi-episode mystery, Mac (Gary Sinise) and his team uncover the dark lair of murderous madman, the “Compass Killer” (Skeet Ulrich, Scream). But as they race to save his fourth victim, the sunrise presents one final surprise that no one ever expected.

Wednesday, November 25 at 10 p.m. ET/11 p.m. PT

Kelly and a group of new friends set off on an exciting and sometimes frightening adventure in the Costa Rican rainforest and search out the most beautiful and exotic watering hole for the ultimate skinny dip.

10 p.m. ET/PT – Wednesday, November 25 on Comedy Network

Michael Ian Black quickly regrets his decision to let Michael Showalter stay with him.

Wednesday, November 25 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

Concerned that Sue is up to no good, Will pays a visit to an instructor of a competing Glee Club (guest star Eve) to see what information she might be leaking, which leads to the club getting a look at their hair-rising competition. Meanwhile, Kurt gives Rachel a makeover to impress Finn, but he may have ulterior motives.