We have been battling the Harper government for long enough. It has been a blessing to have the NDP, Green Party and the Liberals all in favor of launching a national inquiry in Canada. While the Harper government claims enough studies have been done, the actual figures produced by various NGOs are proof enough that we need to continue studying the root causes more in order to take action. Yes, immediate action is needed in many areas, but we cannot stop learning why some of these acts of violence are happening. That is an ongoing process.
It is one of our goals to launch a campaign to get safe and affordable transportation in northern B.C. It has long been a fact that women and girls have been put at risk due to the lack of public transportation. This must and will stop.
When you watch the film, please do not shy away from writing us on our website to tell us your thoughts on the project or share your ideas on what you think needs to be done in order to have public transportation in the north. Just two days ago (Oct. 7), another article came out on CBC about the lack of public transport:
"Passenger transportation in this region is the worst it has ever been probably in decades and it will probably get worse," said Bachrach.
Your support for our film means the world to us. We're overjoyed that Hot Docs and The Globe and Mail will be hosting a Reel Perspectives screening in Toronto on October 26, 2015. If you live in Toronto, I highly suggest you attend, as there will be a great Q&A hosted by The Globe's David Walmsley.
If you haven't had a chance, please take a moment to sign our petition on Change.org. Your support in pushing the government to make Federal Act a reality is greatly appreciated.
Wishing you all the best,
Matt (& the Highway of Tears production team)