• Curio programming earns positive marks in ERAC reviews

    The Educational Resource Acquisition Consortium (ERAC), a cooperative member based organization that work in partnership with its members, BC public school districts and independent schools to support quality education for public and independent K-12 students in British Columbia, recently reviewed a number of Curio.ca programs.

    Here’s a sample of the reviews:

    Canada Debates Same-Sex Marriages is a well-balanced, historical overview of gay rights in Canada, with a focus on same-sex marriage. The film is a good introduction and/or summary of gay rights in Canada…”

    Desire Denied, a 2014 podcast of the CBC program Ideas, powerfully uses the medium of radio to illustrate the fate of LGBTQ people from around the world.”

    “[Pride and Prejudice: Cultural Barriers to Coming Out] provides young people with an opportunity to hear people their own age discuss LGBTQ issues related to coming out and being accepted by family.”

    Les gais sortent de l'ombre est une bande audio-visuelle qui donne un bon aperçu historique de la progression des droits des gais et lesbiennes dans un Québec traditionnel à la fin des années soixante.”

    To view or listen to the ERAC-reviewed shows on Curio, click on the above titles!

  • Marking the École Polytechnique massacre, 25 years on

    On December 6, 1989, Marc Lépine walked into Montreal's École Polytechnique and shot 14 young women to death. The massacre shocked the world. Questions about Lépine and his motives were difficult to answer. In this 1999 profile of Marc Lépine, The Fifth Estate traces his upbringing and other factors that shaped his distorted world in an effort to provide some explanation for his heinous crime. Legacy of Pain also looks at the aftermath from a number of perspectives, starting with the families of the murdered women.

    View Legacy of Pain here.

    From The Fifth Estate website:

    It was December 6, 1989 - the last day of classes before midterm exams at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique. Around 4 p.m., a man entered a classroom with an assault rifle.

    “He ordered the men - the students and the professors - to go on the right side of the class, and the girls on the left side,” said Adrien Cernea, one of the teachers in class at the time.

    Fourteen women were shot dead in all. The gunman, Marc Lepine, then took his own life.

    In 1999 the fifth estate conducted an investigation into Lepine’s life, and just what it was that led him to pick up a gun and attack complete strangers. But the gunman’s plans extended beyond women he had never met. Lepine also left behind a list of other women he’d planned to kill - many of them well-known in Quebec.

    Francine Pelletier, host of the CBC’s fifth estate, was on that list.

    Pelletier delves into Lepine’s past, speaking with his aunt, friends and roommates, and discovers factors that may have led him to act as he did. Pelletier also sits down with relatives of Lepine's victims.

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