DAILY NEWS Aug 19, 2014 1:37 PM - 0 comments

Eco-waste filmmaker runs for federal Liberals

Campaign kickoff today, Balmy Beach Club, 7 pm

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By: SWR Staff
2014-08-19

Canadian environmental documentary filmmaker Andrew Nisker has thrown his hat into the ring as a federal Liberal candidate in Toronto’s Beaches-East York riding for the 2015 election.

Toronto-born Nisker, known for such eco-films as Garbage: The Revolution Starts at Home and Chemerical: Redefining Clean for a New Generation, says he plans to make the environment a key part of his campaign platform. Particularly, he’s irked by ineffective urban planning and its troublesome legacy in his riding, which formerly hosted major industrial facilities that have polluted the local environment.

“What’s happening here in Beaches-East York is a microcosm of what’s happening all across Canada – industry fighting to dilute the rights of citizens, aided and abetted by a Harper Government that has watered down environmental protections, muzzled scientists, bullied activist organizations, and hijacked international progress in the fight against climate change,” says Nisker in a statement on his campaign site. “The good news? It’s not too late to turn Canada away from the damaging course set by Harper, particularly on environmental issues.”

Nisker cites health care, immigration reform and the arts as other key focus areas for his election campaign. As film school graduate who got an early break through the CBC, Nisker fears what more federal cuts will mean for the public broadcaster that still airs his work to this day.

“I believe the time has come for my generation to step up and make a difference – to work to put Canada on a path to environmental sustainability, strong and stable public health care, a vibrant arts community, and support for a middle-class that is struggling to make ends meet,” says Nisker.

For an extensive preview of Nisker’s documentary film Garbage: The Revolution Starts at Home, please click here.

RELATED: Beaches-East York is the same riding recently won by NDP waste industry veteran Arthur Potts

Campaign Kickoff event Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Balmy Beach Club (at the foot of Beech Avenue)

Cocktails and Conversation 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Advance Screening of Andrew’s newest film 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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Andrew Nisker and Justin Trudeau.
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