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2009 Press Releases Archive
Save the Levy!
December 22nd, 2009 - Canada’s private copying levy puts money directly into the pockets of Canadian creators. But as it currently stands, the levy only applies to outdated technologies and unless the government changes Canadian copyright law, the levy will soon become obsolete and the money will stop flowing. Help save the levy!
STRONG AUSTRALIAN REGS MEANS STRONG AUSTRALIAN TV: CRTC can learn from OZ model
December 9th, 2009 - Australian performers working in Canada are surprised to see so little Canadian TV programs on Canadian TV broadcasters. “Looking at Canada’s prime time TV schedules, I’m shocked at the dearth of Canadian TV programs. In Australia, government regulations – including a floor for drama – means most of the Top 20 TV programs are in fact Australian,” said Simon Burke, President of Australia’s Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA).
PERFORMERS CALL ON CRTC TO PUT MORE CANADA IN PRIME TIME: “Don’t let the broadcasters’ and cables’ slap-fest hijack the agenda”
November 25th, 2009 - Canadian performers appeared before the CRTC today to urge the regulator to focus on getting more Canadian programming in prime time as the regulator re-writes its TV policy. TV stars Wendy Crewson, Nicholas Campbell and ACTRA National President Ferne Downey called on the CRTC to make broadcasters meet their obligations under the Broadcasting Act by forcing them to invest more in Canadian drama and give it a place in their primetime schedules.
MPs MUST PASS EI BILL FOR SELF-EMPLOYED
November 24th, 2009 - Today at a House of Commons committee, Canadian performers urged MPs from all parties to support a bill which would extend special Employment Insurance (EI) benefits to self-employed workers.
HERITAGE MINISTER MUST STAND UP FOR CANADIAN TV
November 19th, 2009 - Canadian performers are urging Heritage Minister James Moore to stand up for Canadian TV, after the government hinted it’s set to overrule upcoming CRTC decisions. “If the Heritage Minister is prepared to start telling the CRTC what to do, then we hope he’ll stand up for the right of Canadians to access Canadian content on our airwaves and make sure we aren’t being fleeced by big cable,” said Ferne Downey, ACTRA National President.
ACTRA HOLDS DAY OF ACTION FOR CANADIAN PROGRAMMING: “If the CRTC gets it wrong again our industry will be crushed”
November 16th, 2009 - Some of Canada’s top TV stars marched en masse to Parliament Hill today to demand more Canada on Canadian TV. As the CRTC launches hearings on the future of TV broadcasting, performers across the country are calling on the regulator to put Canadian programming first by ending the free-ride for big cable and private broadcasters.
Canadian stars hold Day of Action for Canadian TV
November 12th, 2009 - On Monday, November 16 Canadian stars will host a Day of Action for Canadian TV in the nation’s capital with a morning press conference and afternoon rally to demand more Canadian programming on Canadian TV. Additional events will take part across the country.
OUR CANADIAN TV MATTERS
October 8th, 2009 - While broadcasters and cable companies fight it out over fee-for-carriage, performers are challenging them to commit to supporting Canadian programming, especially drama. “With cable bills on the rise, broadcasters threatening to close local stations, and less Canadian programming on TV, Canadians aren’t getting what we’re paying for,” said Ferne Downey, ACTRA National President. “It’s time to stop the cable rip-offs and get more Canada on Canadian TV.”
ACTRA CALLS ON FEDERAL OPPOSITION TO SUPPORT EXTENSION OF PARENTAL LEAVE TO SELF-EMPLOYED WORKERS
October 2nd, 2009 - The union representing Canada’s film and television performers is calling on all federal political parties to support the Conservative government’s plan to introduce new rules extending parental leave benefits to self-employed Canadians.
ACTRA PRESENTS PRESCRIPTION FOR HEALTHY BROADCASTING SYSTEM: What use is a Canadian broadcasting system if it only brings us foreign content?
September 15th, 2009 - Canadian performers have provided the CRTC with a prescription to rejuvenate Canada’s ailing broadcasting system. ACTRA’s proposal would ensure that Canadians can see our own dramatic programming in prime time while making sure broadcasters and cable companies do their fair share to support the broadcasting system that serves them so well.
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