Transcript: Losing Power | Sep 02, 2016

A red slate appears. Captions appear on it. They read “Why poverty? Ask why! TVO.”

A female narrator reads the slate.

Then, a black slate appears that reads “Losing power.”

A young man in his twenties appears. He has short brown hair, is clean-shaven, and is wearing a dark jacket and a cap on his head.

A CAPTION UNDER HIM READS “Nathan. Moose Factory resident.”

He says THE LAST BIG HYDRO
BILL I GOT WAS 12 HUNDRED DOLLARS.

A black slate appears. It reads “What do you pay for your electricity?”

A man in his thirties appears. He has short blond hair and is wearing a checkered shirt. A caption under him reads “Clay. Moose Factory resident.”

He sits in a kitchen and says I TOTALLED ABOUT 6 THOUSAND TO
7 THOUSAND A YEAR IN HYDRO.
WHICH IS PRETTY HARD TO
KEEP DO AND KEEP UP WITH.

A woman in her twenties appears. She has straight brown hair tied in a bun and she’s wearing a Bordeaux jacket.
A caption under her reads “Candice. Moose Factory resident.”

She says IT WAS 900 DOLLARS A MONTH.
AND THEN IT WENT DOWN
TO 300 DOLLARS, 400 DOLLARS.

Now a map appears on screen. It has a red dot that marks the location of Moose Factory. Toronto, Pennsylvania, and New York are also marked.

The Narrator says THE REMOTE ISLAND
COMMUNITY OF MOOSE FACTORY
IS LOCATED APPROXIMATELY
850 KILOMETRES NORTH
OF THE CITY OF TORONTO.
MOOSE FACTORY IS HOME TO THE
MOOSE CREE FIRST NATION.

A clip shows a sign that reads “Wah-Chay, You are in the Moose Cree First Nation Traditional Territory.”
Another map shows six dams marked near Moose Factory.

The Narrator continues THERE ARE SIX
HYDROELECTRIC DAMS
OWNED BY THE ONTARIO
POWER GENERATION WITHIN
THE MOOSE CREE FIRST NATION
TRADITIONAL TERRITORY.

A man in his sixties, clean-shaven, with receding white hair appears. He’s wearing a dark vest and gray t-shirt.

He says HYDRO ONE IS AT
OTTER RAPIDS.

The interviewer asks HOW FAR IS IT
FROM US?

He answers NOT FAR.

A clip shows a power generating station. The building is large and gray.

The female voice says THE OTTER RAPIDS POWER
GENERATING STATION
IS 142 KILOMETRES
FROM MOOSE FACTORY,
UP THE ABITIBI RIVER.

The river appears marked on a map.

Clay says WE'RE PRETTY
CLOSE TO THEM.
THEY'RE JUST UP
THE SAME RIVERS.
AND THE CITIES THAT
ARE GAINING THE POWER
ARE 1 thousand
KILOMETRES AWAY.
AND THEY'RE PAYING PRETTY
EASY-GOING BILLS, I THINK.

The man in his sixties wearing a vest appears again. A caption below him reads “Gary. Moose Factory resident”

He says IT'S PRETTY
HIGH SOMETIMES.
THE DELIVERY CHARGE
AND ALL THAT.
WHICH IS A BUNCH OF,

He smiles and says
I DON'T SWEAR.
BUT IT'S NOT RIGHT.

A CLIP SHOWS AN IMAGE OF NATHAN’S HOUSE, IT’S MEDIUM IN SIZE AND PAINTED IN A LIGHT BEIGE.

Nathan appears and asks I WONDER HOW DO I CONSUME
400 DOLLARS TO 500 DOLLARS WORTH OF HYDRO
WHEN THE SOUTHERN
COUNTERPARTS
ARE ONLY GETTING
BILLED 120 DOLLARS, 80 DOLLARS.

Clay says THIS ONE IS A FOUR-BEDROOM
HOUSE WITH ONE BATHROOM.
AND THEY'RE NOT NICE TO
YOU WHEN YOU FALL BEHIND.

An image of a Hydro One online account appears on a computer screen. It displays the billing information and a caption that reads “Here’s what you owe, balance forward your new charges. Total amount you owe.”

The camera moves to the total amount, which is 417 DOLLARS.

It goes on to show another amount, 425 DOLLARS.

Clay CONTINUES ANOTHER 600 DOLLARS THIS
PAST SEPTEMBER.

Fast clips show bills and pie charts to illustrate what the people say.

A woman’s voice says FOR EVERY ONE DOLLAR
PAID TO HYDRO ONE,
THERE IS A .37 CHARGE THAT
GOES JUST FOR DELIVERY.

Fast clips show a cashier at a supermarket and a label on a pack of chicken breasts that reads “net weight 818 kg, unit price 19.69 slash kg dollars, total price 16.11 dollars.”

Nathan says WE HAVE A LOT OF
PEOPLE FROM THE SOUTH
MOVING INTO OUR COMMUNITY
BECAUSE WE HAVE A TEACHING
HOSPITAL HERE, AND
THEY'RE JUST FLOORED
ON THE AMOUNT OF
HOW MUCH THINGS COST.

Fast clips show prices at the supermarket, Tropicana juice is 6 dollars 75, unsalted butter is 6 dollars 39, milk is 8 dollars 39, bagels are 4 dollars 99.

Clay says WITHOUT SOUNDING MAD OR
ANYTHING, I'VE ALWAYS
OPENLY SHARED OUR
CHALLENGES OF LIVING HERE.
AND A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE
SURPRISED, WHEN I TALK
TO SOMEONE IN TORONTO ABOUT
THE COST FOR YOUR BASIC NEEDS
LIKE FOOD, ELECTRICITY
AND STUFF LIKE THAT.
IT'S MIND
BLOWING TO THEM.

A clip shows the sign shown at the beginning and a view of the lake.

The Narrator says LIVING IN MOOSE FACTORY,
LIKE MANY REMOTE COMMUNITIES
IN ONTARIO'S NORTH, HAS
CHALLENGES FOR RESIDENTS
TRYING TO MEET
THEIR BASIC NEEDS.
THE ADDED HIGH COST
OF ELECTRICITY,

A clip shows power lines along a dirt road.

The Narrator continues ESPECIALLY FOR COMMUNITIES
CLOSE TO THE HYDRO ELECTRIC
DAMS FROM WHICH THEY
DRAW THEIR POWER,
MAKES ONE WONDER WHY
MOOSE FACTORY RESIDENTS
PAY SO MUCH FOR DELIVERY
OF THEIR ELECTRICITY
WHEN IT COMES FROM
THEIR OWN BACKYARD.

The end credits roll. A logo with a goose flying on an orange background appears. It reads “Goose Call Productions.”

Phoebe R. Sutherland, Producer, writer, Director, Co-editor.
Jon Kapashesit, Composer, Co-editor, sound mixer.

The red slate appears again. It reads “Why poverty? Ask why! TVO.”

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