Thursday, 28 January 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM

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The Film:

The Air of Death

On October 22, 1967, the network broadcast an original program titled The Air of Death. Produced by Larry Gosnell and hosted by national news anchor Stanley Burke, this program aimed to awaken Canadians to the realities of air pollution. This program drew a sizeable audience and received rave reviews for its informative message, but it also raised the hackles of the industry for its depiction of events in Dunnville, Ontario, where effluent from the nearby Electric Reduction Company (ERCO) phosphate plant was damaging farmers’ crops and crippling livestock. Sourced from this article, written by Ryan O’Connor.

The Speaker:

Ryan O’Connor

Ryan O’Connor is a writer, historical consultant, and Associate Member of the Centre for Environment, Heritage and Policy at the University of Stirling (Scotland). He is the author of The First Green Wave, in which he traces the rise of the environmental movement in Toronto, home to one of Canada’s earliest communities of environmental activists. See the full description on his website.

The Evening’s Itinerary:

7 pm – Environment Hamilton

7:10 pm – Ryan O’Connor

8 pm – Short break

8:10 pm – Air of Death documentary screening

Hosted By:


Environment Hamilton

The evening is sponsored in part by Environment Hamilton, an organisation taking part in a myriad of local environmental initiatives, for which more information can be found at their website:


McMaster University – 

McMaster Outdoor Club –

MacGreen –


Ewart Angus Room 1A1 (Located By the Health Sciences Library)
Health Sciences Centre, McMaster University
1280 Main Street W. Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4L8 CA – View Map

Air of Death Eventbrite Registration

Air of Death