The Fight for Bala

Genre:  Documentary
Running Time:  10 min.
Release year:  2015

Current rating: Rating: 5.00
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Cast: Rob Stewart


When Canadian corporation Swift River Energy Limited proposed a hydroelectric generating station be constructed at the famed and National Geographic award-winning Bala Falls, it caused outrage within the local community.

Due to the significance of the land to First Nations, the federal and provincial governments legally are obliged to consult with all potentially impacted First Nations, but according to Chief Philip Franks of the Wahta Mohawks, they were not consulted, and they believe the plant will degrade the historically significant Bala Portage as the only water passage connecting the Muskokas to Georgian Bay and Lake Ontario.

The community decided to stand together and fight against the plant that will irreparably ruin the natural landscape, destroy their tourism industry forever and wreck livelihoods - without providing any benefit to the community.

Director: Rob Stewart, Jonah Bryson
Studio: Sharkwater Productions
Producer(s): Rob Stewart, Jonah Bryson, Tyler Levine, Zoe Crook
Screenplay: Rob Stewart, Jonah Bryson
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  • 5 stars "Fantastic movie. No dangerous power plant in Bala."
  • 5 stars "a very compelling short film about a local town and its seasonal residents as well as local native Canadians coming together to fight to stop an historical landmark waterfall from becoming an eyesore power plant at a huge cost to the government. the town doesn't want it, and the dollars to build and run the project don't make sense and yet it has not been stopped. more local activists should take on bad government decisions like Bala has."