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Buffie, Erna

Works: 66 works in 176 publications in 1 language and 1,585 library holdings
Genres: Documentary television programs  Nonfiction television programs  History  Documentary films  Nature television programs  Science television programs  Nonfiction films  Educational films  Internet videos  Television programs 
Roles: Author, Director, Narrator, Author of screenplay, Producer
Classifications: RG137.5, 580
Publication Timeline
Publications about Erna Buffie
Publications by Erna Buffie
Most widely held works by Erna Buffie
What plants talk about ( visu )
3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 521 libraries worldwide
Hard core science is effortlessly integrated with a light-hearted look at how plants behave. Scientist J.C. Cahill reveals an astonishing landscape where plants eavesdrop on each other, talk to their allies, call in insect mercenaries and nurture their young. It is a world of pulsing activity, where plants communicate, co-operate and, sometimes, wage all-out war
The Burning times ( visu )
9 editions published between 1989 and 2009 in English and held by 120 libraries worldwide
An in-depth look at the witch persecutions that swept through Europe during the Middle Ages. Of those killed, 85 percent were women. An exploration of the process whereby the old pagan communities were destroyed by Church authorities, fear, and misogny
The pill ( visu )
10 editions published between 1999 and 2016 in English and held by 116 libraries worldwide
Chronicles little known chapters in the history of the birth control pill. Examines how far the pharmaceutical industry was willing to risk women's health. Interviews women from Puerto Rico who became unsuspecting test subjects. Provides insights from women health activists who questioned the high-dose version's safety, and testimony from scientists who developed the pill
Asking different questions : women and science ( visu )
12 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 83 libraries worldwide
Five women scientists who have re-examined the foundations of modern science in an attempt to uncover the contradictions. They feel science is not "objective" or "valuefree" and that women provide a feminist approach to science that might change the nature of science itself
The science of the senses ( visu )
8 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 78 libraries worldwide
This episode takes viewers on a fascinating tour of our visual world, from the moment light enters our eyes, to the way this information is transformed into electrical impulses and decoded by our brain – the domain of "visual perception". Seeing takes an immense amount of brainpower, more than 65% of the brain's neural pathways. This massive machinery has been intensely studied, and yet scientists continue to be surprised by what we see with our eyes and actually perceive with our brains. Viewers will literally see with "new eyes" as The Nature of Things explores the complexity and quirks of sight. World-class scientists will share the stories of new discoveries and what they have learned by studying patients suffering from a variety of visual disorders. Those personal stories will anchor the film as we reveal, in startling ways, how our eyes and brain trick us into seeing the world
Killed by care : making medicine safe ( visu )
10 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 50 libraries worldwide
Explores the tragic consequences of medical error on patients, their families and on health care workers, asking how medicine can be made safer. Exposes a culture of secrecy and blame. Victims' relatives and patient safety experts contribute
Broken promises : the High Arctic relocation ( visu )
8 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and held by 44 libraries worldwide
In 1953, Inuit from Port Harrison, now Inukjuak, Quebec, were relocated to new settlements in Resolute Bay and Grise Fiord, in the Northwest Territories, only one of a series of relocations. Slumping process in the fur market, the Inuit's chief source of income, and a need to increase settlement in the Arctic to protect Canada's sovereignty, were factors in the government's decision. Archival footage and interviews with survivors tell of the hardships the Inuit endured
By woman's hand by Prudence Heward( visu )
8 editions published between 1994 and 2008 in English and No Linguistic Content and held by 41 libraries worldwide
Explores the life and times of three Canadian women artists: Prudence Heward, Anne Savage and Sarah Robertson
One ocean ( visu )
4 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 35 libraries worldwide
"In our final episode ... we discover that the ocean is sending us clear signals. Off the rugged and beautiful coast of British Columbia we meet scientists and fishermen who are shocked at the recent arrival of a voracious new creature? the Humboldt squid. This monster-sized squid native to the equatorial waters of Mexico has moved north and ushered in a cascade of changes to the ecosystem. Their arrival is part of a disturbing pattern that is emerging with species movement being tracked around the world ... we illustrate how the ocean's chemistry and systems are being compromised by increased acidity, less oxygen and warming temperatures ... In the idyllic waters of the Bay of Naples, we get a glimpse of our future ocean, thanks to the mythic Mount Vesuvius. As scientists swim through lush green seagrass beds, they collect creatures whose shells are dissolving, and we discover that this amazing place has a terrible secret. It has been naturally acidified for millennia? could this be our ocean's future?"--One Ocean series website
Women on Patrol ( visu )
6 editions published between 2004 and 2015 in English and held by 35 libraries worldwide
This documentary film follows two female police officers from Canada who serve a nine-month tour with the United Nations Civilian Police in East Timor
Performance ( visu )
1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 31 libraries worldwide
Twenty years ago, no one paid much attention to what they ate. But in an era where winning and losing is measured by milliseconds, many athletes are now turning to the science of nutrition to make the difference
Ticked Off : The Mystery of Lyme Disease ( visu )
3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 23 libraries worldwide
Lyme disease, a mysterious tick-borne illness, is the fastest spreading vector-borne disease in the United States, and over the past decade, the tick that carries Lyme has been spreading across Canada with alarming speed. From the micro world of the tick and its disease-causing bacteria, to the macro world of human suffering and medical science, this eye-opening documentary explores a disease that has devastating effects, is often misdiagnosed and mistreated, and continues to be mired in a medical controversy
Let us be true by Erna Buffie( Book )
4 editions published between 2000 and 2015 in English and held by 22 libraries worldwide
"At the heart of the novel is 74-year-old Pearl Calder, a woman who has thrown away her past and kept it a secret from her daughters. But as Pearl confronts her own mortality, she begins to understand what her dead husband, Henry, has always known. Secrets are like dark and angry ghosts. And they don't just haunt you. They haunt everyone you love. Alternating between the past and present, and between Pearl's voice and the voices of her family members, both living and dead, the story explores how all of our lives, to a greater or lesser degree, are shaped by secrets: our own as well as ancestral secrets we may know nothing about, but which affect who we are and who we become. Pearl is no exception. With a life that spans the Great Depression, the 2nd world war and the deep conservatism of the postwar boom, Pearl's secrets are rooted in events over which she had no control: the death of her mother; a father destroyed by war; a brother who adores her, but who dies on the beaches of Dieppe, and a sister who abandons Pearl to save herself."--Publisher's description
Decoding Desire ( visu )
2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 21 libraries worldwide
From preening peacocks to promiscuous primates, what do animals reveal about our own sexual behaviour? Explore how sexual diversity and the experience of pleasure itself may be the key to species survival. Decoding Desire features leading scientists who examine mating behaviours and reveal research that shatters old assumptions about human sexuality
Mackenzie King and the Conscription Crisis ( visu )
5 editions published between 1991 and 2009 in English and held by 21 libraries worldwide
In this video, the viewer is made to identify with William Lyon Mackenzie King as he tried to avoid conscription in the final year of World War 2. Through the skill of the writers and cinematographers, William Lyon Mackenzie King is seen as a man who clearly understood the danger to the future of Canada so sharply focused in the single issue of conscription
Beyond the image : films and videos about women's culture, politics and values by Erna Buffie( Book )
1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 19 libraries worldwide
Drug deals : the brave new world of prescription drugs ( visu )
5 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in English and held by 19 libraries worldwide
While the prescription drug industry strives to develop life-saving medicines, it is also a lucrative business with billions of dollars of revenue at stake. This documentary asks whether corporate pressure is causing new drugs to be released before they are adequately tested and probes the far-reaching influence of drug companies. Features interviews with researchers, doctors, government regulators and a grieving family
Riding the tornado ( visu )
1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 18 libraries worldwide
Boom and bust economic cycles are inevitable in countries that are dependent primarily on resource exports. Countries like Canada. And we've had our share: minerals, timber, wheat. Perhaps the most spectacular boom and bust experienced in Canada was that in Alberta oil during the seventies and early eighties. When the bust hit, with a drop in world oil prices, those business people who knew how to "ride a tornado" (as one Albertan described the experience) simply cut their losses and moved out and on. Many others were devastated, left with nowhere to go. But the picture is not completely bleak. Faced with a possible oil boom of its own, Newfoundland is taking the lessons of Alberta to heart. Part three of the series Reckoning: The Political Economy of Canada
Fair trade ( visu )
1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 16 libraries worldwide
Women find it difficult to support themselves and their children in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Some dare to defy the traditionally male-dominated economy by trading in the market or breaking rocks to sell for cement. Now the Small Industry Development Organization will lend money to ambitious women who want to start a business or expand into larger markets
A Song for Tibet ( visu )
3 editions published between 1991 and 2009 in English and held by 16 libraries worldwide
Since the illegal invasion of their territory some forty years ago by the Chinese army, Tibetans have been struggling for cultural and political survival in a world surprisingly indifferent to their plight. The only weapon that the Tibetan people have is that of world opinion. Solidarity groups have sprung up around the world to form an international "lifeline." A Song for Tibet chronicles the ongoing efforts of Tibetans in exile as they campaign for the very existence of their homeland and culture. Featured are two Canadian Tibetans, two modern people with roots deeply planted in their ancestors' beliefs and traditions. A Song for Tibet is a beautifully photographed portrait of one of the world's last ancient cultures
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Alternative Names
Buffie, Erna Valerie
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