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Buffie, Erna

Works: 46 works in 104 publications in 2 languages and 1,082 library holdings
Genres: History  Documentary television programs  Nonfiction television programs  Nature television programs  Science television programs  Biography  Documentary films  Juvenile works  Fiction 
Roles: Director, Author of screenplay, Producer, Narrator, Author
Classifications: QK45.2, 580
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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 474 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 )
8 editions published between 1989 and 2009 in English and held by 120 libraries worldwide
An in-depth look at the witch-hunts that swept through Europe
Asking different questions women and science ( visu )
10 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and held by 84 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
By woman's hand ( visu )
6 editions published between 1994 and 2008 in English and held by 36 libraries worldwide
Explores the life and times of three Canadian women artists: Prudence Heward, Anne Savage and Sarah Robertson
Killed by care making medicine safe ( visu )
7 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 35 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
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
The science of the senses ( visu )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 29 libraries worldwide
"Why is music so important to us and why does it have such a profound effect on the human heart? This episode explains the answer to that question and take us on a journey through the ear, into the brain and right into the heart of the human psyche with Interviews with world class neuroscientists, like Daniel Levitin, Oliver Sacks and Steven Pinker, and a host of extraordinary people--from a woman whose brain cannot "hear" music to a deaf musician who is one of the world's top percussionists. We'll also meet Dr. Blake Papsin, of Sick Children's Hospital in Toronto, to explore how a revolutionary little device called a cochlear implant ins restoring hearing to the deaf"--Container
The science of the senses ( visu )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 28 libraries worldwide
"Touch is expressive, intuitive and complex in design and function. No sense defines us more. And yet most of us move through life completely unaware of the myriad ways we use it ... take a journey through the skin, into the subcutaneous world of our sensory receptors and into the brain, to explore the hidden language of our most essential sense. Along the way meet Ian Waterman, a man who has developed some amazing strategies to compensate for the loss of his sense of touch. Looks at what a race car driver and a surgeon have in common when it comes to using this extraordinary sense"--container. Topics include: proprioception; how a blind artist interprets perspective; using touch to interpret emotional expression; complex haptic interfaces such as the Neuroarm Project, which utilizes robotic arms for neurological surgery; etc
Broken promises the High Arctic relocation ( visu )
1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 27 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 Artic 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
One ocean ( visu )
3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 23 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
Mackenzie King and the Conscription Crisis ( visu )
5 editions published between 1991 and 2009 in English and held by 21 libraries worldwide
From the beginning of the Second World War in 1939, Mackenzie King tried to avoid conscription, lest civil war break out in Canada. Most English Canadians thought young men should be sent to fight. Most French Canadians vehemently disagreed. This same division had nearly torn the country apart during the First World War. Now a similar pressure was building. Should conscription be imposed? In spite of delaying tactics, King had to make a decision in the final year of the war. Mackenzie King and the Conscription Crisis combines archival footage with excerpts from The King Chronicles, a dramatic film series written and directed by Donald Brittain. Some scenes contain graphic language
Riding the tornado ( visu )
1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 19 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
A Song for Tibet ( visu )
3 editions published between 1991 and 2009 in English and held by 17 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
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
The goddess trilogy ( visu )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 15 libraries worldwide
Pt. 1 looks at goddess-worshipping religions of the ancient past, linking the loss of goddess-centered societies with today's environmental crisis. Pt. 2 discusses the witch-hunts in Europe, with false accusations and trials which led to massive torture and burnings at the stake, and ultimately to the destruction of an organic way of life, presenting the theory that widespread violence against women and neglect of our environment can be traced back to those times. In Pt. 3, authors, teachers, social activists and feminists explore manifestations of contemporary women's spirituality in the Western world, envisioning a sustainable future where domination is replaced with respect
Le Temps des buchers by National Film Board of Canada( visu )
6 editions published between 1990 and 2008 in French and held by 15 libraries worldwide
Ce film rend hommage aux sorcières. Celles d'hier, contre qui l'Eglise et l'Etat se sont acharnés, d'un commun accord; celles d'aujourd'hui, qui professent un retour à la connaissance de la déesse primitive, harmonie pacifique de toutes les formes de vie. Un documentaire qui se base sur des transcriptions de procès, des manuels à l'usage des inquisiteurs, des textes littéraires ou religieux, des oeuvres picturales et des objets d'époque
Democracy à la Maude ( visu )
4 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and held by 12 libraries worldwide
A study of Maude Barlow, head of the largest citizen's group in Canada, the Council of Canadians, as she and the Council bring a court action against the takeover of the Southam newspapers by Conrad Black. Talks about her family background, the ideas and influences that led her to where she is, and the ideas of "corporate rule" that she fights against
The power game ( visu )
2 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 10 libraries worldwide
Looks at women's complex and ambivalent relationship with institutional power. It examines what female power means, both to those who exercise it and to those who are affected by it. It begins with a view of the past when the route to power was in being "the power behind the throne", using with the Empress of China as an example, and shows how this idea persists. Looks at modern women who are leaders in their own right in the Brazilian senate, a Paris boardroom and in a small village in Turkey. It also considers the legacy of two recent Prime Ministers, Gro Harlem Brundtland of Norway and Tansu Ciller of Turkey
The nature of things. taste and smell ( visu )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 9 libraries worldwide
Many people wrongly assume that between our senses of taste and smell, taste dominates. But what actually allows us to differentiate one food from another--especially when we venture beyond the basics of sweet, sour, salty, savory, and bitter--is the aroma. This program explores how smell combines with taste somewhere in our brains to create the perception of flavor. In on-camera experiments and interviews, a Toronto chef discovers innate sensory characteristics that may explain his skill in the kitchen, while a woman who has been robbed of her sense of smell describes how that loss affects her daily experience. An outstanding teaching tool for pointing out the importance of two mysterious and often misunderstood senses. A part of the series Science of the Senses
Nico la taupe ( visu )
2 editions published in 2001 in French and held by 7 libraries worldwide
Nico ne cesse de perdre sa boîte à lunch, de se tromper en classe et de se ridiculiser dans la cour de récréation. Il aimerait être invincible comme le capitaine Cosmo, le héros de sa bande dessinée préférée mais, myope et timide, il est toujours en butte aux humiliations que lui font subir ses camarades de première année. Il vit solitaire dans un monde flou, aveugle même à Gaby, sa seule véritable amie. Une visite chez l'optométriste permet de mettre les choses au clair. Sa première paire de lunettes sur le nez, Nico excelle en classe et dans la cour de récréation. Cependant, rempli d'une nouvelle confiance en lui, il perd de vue qui sont ses véritables amis - jusqu'à ce qu'un violent accident les lui rappelle. Drôle et poignant, Nico la taupe est une vivante exploration cinématographique de la première année scolaire et de ce que cela peut être de ne pas voir les choses tout à fait de la même manière que les autres. Nico la taupe raconte avec humour et sensibilité l'histoire d'un petit garçon qui voit les choses un peu différemment des autres enfants, mais qui veut à tout prix se faire accepter de son entourage. Ce film qui amusera les petits offre aux enseignants un précieux outil de discussion pour aborder des questions touchant leurs élèves : l'influence des pairs, la crainte du rejet, l'amitié et la tolérance
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