Nuclear Garden

Michèle White and Magi Oman

1995, 26:30 minutes, colour, English


What happens to the quality of life in a community which houses a nuclear refinery? In Nuclear Garden three local citizens of the town of Port Hope, Ontario, home to the Eldorado Nuclear Refinery (renamed CAMECO) since the mid 1940's, describe what it has been like living in the town.
Marion Walker Garland, a local architectural conservationist, paints a picture of one of Ontario's best preserved heritage sites.
Robert Sculthorpe, a former farmer and engineer, describes the efforts he and others have gone to, over the past two decades, to bring the level of awareness of the impact of low-level radioactive waste distributed in land-fill sites and temporary storage facilities throughout the town and adjacent township of Hope.
Patricia Lawson, a homemaker and volunteer environmental activist brings us into the heart of the issue which has shaped her life and that of those who share a commitment to their community.
Nuclear Garden shows us images of the town and the refinery, the harbour and the farmer's fields in which this drama has played out. Port Hope becomes a microcosm for all communities today situated within the post-industrial world and on the edge of the nuclear power debate which simmers at the edge of all our consciousness.

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