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Up Next: Feb 9, Lost On Arrival: Me, the Mounties and PTSD.

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#10 Petrovich in Tacloban, Philippines. Haunted by the devastation

A new film by Helen Slinger for CBC’s Firsthand. Watch the trailer Now. Vancouver International Airport – YVR – is familiar territory for Curt Petrovich. As a CBC News national reporter on the West Coast since 2005, he uses YVR as a portal into the world’s disaster zones and back home again to his young family.

Bountiful is Nominated for 2 Canadian Screen Awards

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Helen Slinger’s Hold Your Fire for CBC’s Firsthand and Maureen Palmer’s Wasted, for the Nature of Things, nominated for Canadian Screen Award Best Documentary. Thanks very much to all of our colleagues who helped us create and of course to CBC for allowing us the privilege of doc making.

Canadian Mental Health Association Conference: B4SStage4 

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Maureen and Mike B4SStage4

Maureen speaking with partner Mike Pond at Canadian Mental Health Association conference, B4SStage4 We don’t wait until stage 4 to treat cancer. But that’s our approach to treating addiction when the disorder becomes a full-blown crisis. Victoria, Nov. 28–30, 2016, the Canadian Mental Health Association launched a ground-breaking campaign to ensure those battling addictions and

Addiction.The Next Step

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Welcome to Addiction. The Next Step – a project designed to transform how you think about addiction. Built with support from the Telus Fund, Addiction.The Next Step picks up where our film Wasted leaves off. Here you will find evidence-based research, stories, and treatment to help those struggling with substance use disorder. The Addiction Crisis

Bountiful Films Honoured at Yorkton Film Festival

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Bountiful is so pleased to have been nominated in two categories at the prestigious Yorkton Film Festival. Hold Your Fire, directed by Helen Slinger, was nominated in the documentary social/political category and Wasted, directed by Maureen Palmer was nominated in Science/Nature/Technology documentary. Big congratulations to all winners. We are in great company!

No more waiting – Hold Your Fire airs Thursday

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The jury has finally begun deliberations in the trial of the Toronto police officer charged with 2nd degree murder in the shooting of Sammy Yatim – the young man on the streetcar in the summer of 2013. This means that Hold Your Fire can finally be broadcast. Even though it had been thoroughly lawyered with

Wasted in The Georgia Straight

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Here’s the full article – Maureen and Mike interviewed by the Georgia Straight: http://www.straight.com/life/619391/wasted-flawed-treatment-system-leads-alcoholic-therapist-seek-better-options-addiction

Wasted – on The Current

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Maureen, Mike and Dr. Evan Wood were on CBC’s The Current to discuss Mike’s relapse … and the new medications that helped him recover. Listen here:  http://www.cbc.ca/radio/popup/audio/player.html?p=a&autoPlay=true&mediaIds=2682235729

Director’s Diary – Mike Drank Again

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I can honestly say I never saw it coming and I never thought I’d have to deal with it. In our first round of filming, the experts told us alcohol use disorder is a chronic relapsing condition and yet it never occurred to me it would happen to Mike. How smug of me. The night

Wasted

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Don’t miss Bountiful’s next film, Wasted, Thursday January 21st, 8pm, on CBC’s The Nature of Things.  The premise: Maureen follows psychotherapist Mike Pond, a recovered alcoholic 5 years sober and Maureen’s partner, as he searches for the best new evidence-based treatments for addiction. At least that was the premise. Shortly after filming began, Mike drank