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ACTRA National 2019 Woman of the Year Nominations

Nominations for the 2019 ACTRA National Woman of the Year are now open!

Each year since 2010, the ACTRA National Women’s Committee recognizes one ACTRA member as “Woman of the Year” ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8. Next year (2019) will mark the 10th recipient to receive this honour.

The ACTRA Woman of the Year Award shows recognition to a cis or transgender woman of notable acting presence who has made significant contributions to advance women within ACTRA and the recorded media industry, and has been influential in her advocacy and volunteer work within society.

Nomination Criteria

You are invited to nominate an ACTRA member who fits the following criteria:

  • Is a female identifying ACTRA Member;
  • Predominantly resides in Canada or actively advocates for Canadian work/performers;
  • Has a history of volunteer work and/or advocacy;
  • Has worked to forward gender equality/parity* and has made significant contributions within the recorded media industry;
  • Is working/has worked in the film/TV industry; and
  • Must not be earning any stipends/honorariums within ACTRA and cannot have a role in governance within any of the ACTRA branches.

*The theme for the 2019 International Women’s Day is #BalanceForBetter (to build a gender-balanced world).

Deadlines

The deadline for nominations is Sunday, December 16, 2018, at 11:59pm, Pacific Time. Late submissions will not be considered.

Selection Process

Nominations will be reviewed by a jury of ACTRA National Women’s Committee members. The jury will create a shortlist and the ACTRA National Women’s Committee will vote on who will receive the award. ACTRA will announce the recipient ahead of International Women’s Day 2019 (March 8).

Past award recipients

2018 – Dr. Rita Shelton Deverell (ACTRA Toronto)
2017 – Tina Keeper (ACTRA Manitoba)
2016 – Catherine Joell MacKinnon (ACTRA Toronto)
2015 – Amanda Tapping (UBCP/ACTRA)
2014 – Jean Freeman (ACTRA Saskatchewan)
2013 – Mary Walsh (ACTRA Newfoundland/Labrador)
2012 – Sandi Ross (ACTRA Toronto)
2011 – Tantoo Cardinal (ACTRA Toronto)
2010 – Shirley Douglas (ACTRA Toronto)

For more information the ACTRA National Women’s Committee initiatives as well as our past award recipients, click here.

Question?

If you have a question or would like further information about the nomination process or eligibility requirements, please contact Champi Sevathiar (csevathiar@actra.ca).

ACTRA Stunt Performers’ Canadian Academy discount

Calling all Fellow ACTRA Stunt Community Members,

It is time to help move our community forward and we need all of you to pitch in!

The ACTRA National Stunt Committee has embarked on a pilot project with the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (Canadian Academy), with full support of ACTRA, to have members of our stunt community recognized for the incredible contribution our community makes to the film industry here in Canada and abroad.  The end goal is to have stunt categories officially recognized by the Canadian Academy’s awards committee, alongside our other ACTRA sisters and brothers, at the Canadian Screen Awards.

The first proposed category is for our esteemed Stunt Coordinators.

This is long overdue and initial talks with the Canadian Academy finds there is much common ground and appreciation for the work and contribution of our stunt community.  What would film be without action!

This is a historical first step to galvanize recognition at the 2020 Canadian Screen Awards and we need to show our support by being enthusiastic supporters and part of the process.

We can do this! To have a say, you have to have a vote.  Similar to the Academy Awards, you have to be a member to have a vote.  The Canadian Academy has made accommodation for a discount for our ACTRA stunt members.

There are fantastic Canadian Academy member benefits as well, aside from our end goal.  The Academy provides a host of free workshops, movie screenings, industry discounts and are eager to design stunt-specific projects to serve our members.

The U.S. Academy has historically shunned stunts.  How very tired are we that the important contributions of stunt performers are continually ignored and even exploited.  Seems the Canadian Academy sees things differently and does indeed treasure our stunt community!

Fitting that we as Canadians can come together as a community and wholeheartedly embrace this important initiative in support of all artists.

Click on here for more information and join the Canadian Academy! Use STUNT2018 as your code for a 25% savings on membership.

Questions?  Contact, Angelica Lisk-Hann or Tania Cardwell.

IPA Ratification 2018

ACTRA has successfully reached a tentative settlement with the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) and the Association québécoise de la production médiatique (AQPM) with respect to the Independent Production Agreement (IPA).

This deal comes to you for ratification from both your Negotiating Committee and the ACTRA National Executive with the unanimous recommendation to vote YES in this referendum.

This page contains some key details on the new agreement and how you can vote to support it. Click the links below for key details of the new agreement:

HOW TO VOTE BY ONLINE BALLOT

  1. You need your ACTRA Member ID (the number on your membership card) and PIN (sent by email at 9:00am EST on Monday, November 26, 2018; check your email inbox and/or spam folders and please ensure emails from the actra.ca domain are enabled). If you haven’t received a PIN, please contact the IPA help desk between 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. EST Monday to Friday by phone (416-489-1311 x4037 or 1-800-387-3516) or email (ipa@actra.ca) to see if we have your correct email address on file;
  2. Please review the information in the Why Vote YES section below and/or review our list of FAQs, the Memorandum of Agreement and accompanying Highlights document to make an informed decision about your vote;
  3. Visit our Online Voting Site (https://actra.secured.vote) to cast your ballot. Votes must be submitted no later than 3:00pm EST on Friday, December 14, 2018.

HOW TO VOTE BY MAIL-IN BALLOT

  1. Letters and paper ballots were delivered to the post office by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 26, 2018. Mail-in ballots were only mailed to eligible members who do not have an email on file with ACTRA. If you know you do not have an email on file with ACTRA and have not received a mailed ballot by Friday, November 30, 2018, please contact your local Branch. If you are eligible to vote, you will need to complete a Declaration of Non-Receipt and a new mail-in ballot will be issued;
  2. Please review the information on Why Vote YES section below, and/or review our list of FAQs, the Memorandum of Agreement and accompanying Highlights document to make an informed decision about your vote;
  3. Vote on the paper ballot and return it in the pre-paid, addressed envelope so that it may be received by the office of the scrutineer no later than 3:00 p.m. EST on Friday, December 14, 2018.

WHY VOTE YES

With already one of the best performer agreements in the world, our goal is always to secure a fair deal for our hard-working members. We successfully worked through a complex series of issues to negotiate an excellent settlement. This deal comes to you for ratification from both your Negotiating Committee and the ACTRA National Executive with the unanimous recommendation to vote YES. Ratification of this settlement will bring significant improvements to the IPA, including:

  • Improved measures on harassment prevention, nudity, and respectful workplace language;
  • An annual general increase of 3% in each of the 3 years;
  • Stunt Coordinators rates will increase 5% in the first year and 3% in each of the subsequent two years;
  • Recognition for ACTRA Additional Background Performers; and an increase in the Background Performer Count;
  • For Series Optioned Performers, the maximum RRSP Engager contribution per series cycle will increase to $8,300 (from $7,920);
  • A self-tape will be considered an audition or audition recall when the Producer requires the Performer to submit a self-tape; and
  • Two additional Use options have been added for Animation Productions to increase work opportunities for ACTRA Animation Voice Performers.

For more information on who is eligible to vote on the ratification of the IPA, please visit the FAQ page.

Please read the documents listed above (cover letter, Memorandum of Agreement and accompanying Highlights document as well as the list of FAQs) then exercise your right to vote on the ratification of this Agreement by voting by online ballot, or completing the paper ballot and mailing it in the envelope provided, so all votes may be submitted or received by the office of the official scrutineer no later than 3:00pm EST on Friday, December 14, 2018.

RATIFICATION REFERENDUM TIMELINE

Monday, November 26, 2018: paper voting package ready and delivered to post office by 5:00 p.m. (to those who are eligible to vote who do not have an email address on file with ACTRA)
Monday, November 26, 2018: online ballot credentials emailed at 9:00am EST to those who are eligible to vote (to those who are eligible to vote and have an email address on file with ACTRA)
Monday, November 26, 2018: voting period begins at 9:00 a.m. EST
Friday, December 14, 2018: voting period ends at 3:00 p.m. EST
Monday, December 17, 2018: consolidated results from scrutineer delivered to ACTRA National Council

2018 IPA NEGOTIATING COMMITTEE

ACTRA members were represented in these negotiations by an exceptionally-skilled and capable group of performers who, like you, work under the IPA. These members worked long, difficult hours and remained united in their commitment to stand strong against Producer demands for significant concessions.

We extend our deepest gratitude to the members of the 2018 ACTRA IPA Negotiating Committee:

David Sparrow (National President); Blair Young (Alberta); Tristan D. Lalla (Montreal); Shawn Doyle (Toronto); Theresa Tova (Toronto); and Richard Young (Toronto).

Alternates: Eleanor Noble (Montreal); Catherine Disher (Toronto); and David Gale (Toronto).

Observers: Paul Dzenkiw (UBCP/ACTRA); Keith Martin Gordey (National Vice President; UBCP/ACTRA).

Member Resources: Shereen Airth, Background (Toronto); Angelica Lisk-Hann, Stunts (National); and Steve Shackleton, Stunts (Toronto).

 

 

IPA Negotiations 2018 FAQs: Ratification

Click this link to be taken to the secure voting site: https://actra.secured.vote

IPA SETTLEMENT

Click on the following questions relating to the 2019-2021 IPA to see its respective answer:

Harassment Prevention:


 

Fees:


 


 


 


 


 


 

Work Conditions:


 


 

Health, Safety and Stunts:


 


 

Background Performers:


 

Animation and Off-Camera Voice Performers:


 


 

ELIGIBILITY

Pursuant to the current Constitution and By-Laws, you may vote on the ratification of the IPA if you are:

  • A Full Active Member in good standing who has worked under the IPA from January 1, 2016 to September 30, 2018;
  • An Apprentice Member who has two (2) engagements in a residual category under the IPA from January 1, 2016 to September 30, 2018;
  • An Apprentice member in a background role who has worked the required number of days under the IPA from January 1, 2016 to September 30, 2018;
  • An Additional Background Performer who has worked the required number of days under the IPA from January 1, 2016 to September 30, 2018.

If you have questions about your eligibility or you think you should have received a ballot, please contact your local Branch.


 

BALLOTS

Click on the following questions to see its respective answer:







 

IS THE CURRENT IPA STILL IN EFFECT?

Yes. The 2016-2018 Independent Production Agreement remains in effect until December 31, 2018. If ratified by eligible members, the 2019-2021 Independent Production Agreement will take effect January 1, 2019.

IPA ONLINE VOTING PROCESS

Click on the sections below for information related to voting by online ballot:


 







 

HAVE A QUESTION THAT IS NOT ANSWERED HERE?

For any technical-related questions (including issues related to the voting portal or your PIN), please contact the IPA help desk between 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. EST Monday to Friday by phone (416-489-1311 x4037 or 1-800-387-3516) or email (ipa@actra.ca). If you require further information about the Memorandum of Agreement, please contact Jennifer McLaren with your question(s) by phone (416-489-1311 x4046 or 1-800-387-3516) or email (jmclaren@actra.ca).

President’s Message – October 2018

Friday, October 5, 2018

Update on progress in creating respectful workplaces

Over the past year, ACTRA has been and remains dedicated to preventing and reducing harassment, discrimination, bullying and violence within our union and the broader Canadian creative industry. While progress has been made over the last 12 months, there is still more work to be done.

The first step was to convene a group of creative industry stakeholders to collaborate on an industry-wide response to sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying and violence. After this meeting in November 2017, the group released a joint statement committing to zero tolerance for harassment in all its forms and established working groups to develop an industry Code of Conduct, explore safer reporting measures, and review opportunities for industry-wide education and training.

A series of industry stakeholder meetings continued over the winter months and, on March 8, 2018, the Canadian Creative Industries released their Code of Conduct (www.readthecode.ca), which lists useful steps to better identify, address and prevent harassment.

Since becoming signatory in March, our union has remained dedicated to executing these steps to better serve our members. These include identifying and implementing policies and procedures for members to report experiences of harassment as well as creating a process to quickly address reports.

In spring 2018, ACTRA contracted a Respectful Workplaces Advisor who, along with ACTRA’s legal counsel, have guided us through a review of our union’s policies and procedures. They have advised us on making the necessary changes to ensure our union has appropriate guidelines and measures in place to assist and protect members who have experienced harassment or assault.

In June 2018, ACTRA’s National Council unanimously passed amendments to our Constitution and By-Laws to better protect our membership. Specifically, By-Law #17 was amended to set clearer guidelines to ensure respect on set as well as consequences for members who engage in harassing behaviour.

Additional changes to this By-Law include:

  • Clearly laying out members’ responsibilities to uphold workplace, industry and union environments free from harassment and discrimination;
  • Creating a separate and expedited process for complaints of harassment and discrimination;
  • Giving the union the ability to initiate or pursue a complaint even if there has been no formal complaint; and
  • Creating a separate and expedited process for complaints of harassment and discrimination including proportional consequences and reporting of discipline decisions.

Our branches have also undertaken various initiatives within their own memberships to create respectful workplaces, including holding safe space membership meetings, town halls, and education and training sessions as well as providing access to other resources. If you are interested in learning more about other initiatives available to members, please contact your branch.

Your union remains committed to continuing a dialogue and working with our industry partners on this shared responsibility to address these issues. We will provide further updates on any future ACTRA initiatives as they become available.

In solidarity,

David Sparrow
President
@davesparrow14

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Treasurer’s Report for the Fiscal Year Ended February 28, 2018

A brief overview of the financial statements for the fiscal year ended February 28, 2018

Your union has been very active this past fiscal year (2017-2018) – negotiating improvements in the National Commercial Agreement; leading the industry’s reaction to the Weinstein sexual harassment revelations; advocating for increased work opportunities for Canadian performers at the CRTC, on Parliament Hill, and in international trade negotiations; and improving our information systems to better serve the ACTRA membership and the industry.

Revenue:
Fiscal 2017/18 Revenue of $6 million increased by $103,300 or 1.8% from the prior year. Equalization Revenue increased by $51,800 or 3.4%.  Full Member per capita payments increased by $26,800 from the prior fiscal year due to an increase in Full Member count of 0.8%. Apprentice Member per capita payments increased by $22,800 from the prior fiscal year reflecting an increase in Apprentice Member count of 6%. Consistent with Canadian accounting principles the investments held for trading were adjusted to their market value at year end.

Expenses:
Total Fiscal 2017/18 expenses of $5.8 million increased by $230,000 or 4.1% from the prior year.

 In Fiscal 2017/18 Collective Agreement Negotiation and Administration costs were $157,200 higher than the prior year. The NCA was negotiated in Fiscal 2017/18.

ACTRA participated at the Canadian Labour Congress Convention held in Toronto in May 2017. Related expenses in Fiscal 2017/18 were $58,200.

Fiscal 2017/18 Salaries are higher than last year by $85,100 or 2.5% due to contractual increases.

Public Policy & Communication expenses are $21,900 or 7.3% higher than last year. This is mostly due to expenses incurred to review the impact of NAFTA renegotiation on ACTRA’s members and the industry. In addition, ACTRA Magazine costs were higher than the previous year due to a larger publication to celebrate ACTRA’s 75th Anniversary.

Research & Bargaining expenses are $13,300 or 38.7% higher than last year. In FY 2017/18 ACTRA began a review of its policies and procedures related to bullying and harassment, which contributed to Research costs being higher than the prior year.

Information Services department expenses decreased by $35,400 or 12.2% from the prior year mostly due to lower director expenses and no external consulting expenses.

The Apprentice Member credit in FY 2017/18 was $17,900 or 30% lower than the prior year; both the number of Apprentice members becoming Full Members and the Credit decreased, by 4.5% and 22% respectively.

Transfer payment to the Branches decreased by $16,500 or 49.9% in FY 17/18 from the prior year.

All other Fiscal 2017/18 expenses account for a decrease of $35,900 from the prior year.

Final results:
ACTRA National’s Fiscal 2017/18 Operating Surplus is $157,700. Consistent with the surplus policy established in October 2007, operating surplus in excess of $2 million will be distributed to the Branches and $157,700 will be distributed in this fiscal year. Consistent with Canadian accounting rules, the transfer to the Branches is recorded on the balance sheet.

ACTRA Branch Support: Harassment

ACTRA takes all reports of harassment seriously. If you need assistance or would like to report an incident, please click on the link below for your branch where you will find further support and information.

ACTRA Alberta
ACTRA Manitoba
ACTRA Maritimes
ACTRA Montreal
ACTRA Newfoundland/Labrador
ACTRA Ottawa
ACTRA Saskatchewan
ACTRA Toronto
UBCP/ACTRA

Let’s Celebrate #actra75

*Posts to Instagram are eligible too in addition to Twitter

Celebrate, support and promote your industry to the world in honour of ACTRA’s 75th anniversary!

How to enter:

Snap a photo and share on Twitter and/or Instagram along with a caption that includes the hashtag #actra75 and completes one of these statements:

  1. Being an #ACTRA member means _____
  2. Being an #ACTRA member has meant ____ in my career as a professional performer
  3. When I first got my #ACTRA membership card, I ____
  4. #ACTRA has done ____ to help/protect Canadian culture
  5. #ACTRA performers are an important part of Canada’s cultural fabric because ___

Example

#ACTRA performers are an important part of Canada’s cultural fabric because we help tell stories by Canadians to Canadians and the world #actra75

You must include the hashtag #actra75 to be eligible to enter the contest (and you must craft your own message – you can’t use the example provided above).

One tweet equals one entry for a chance to win one of many ACTRA swag prizes. Enter as many times as you want!

Contest rules:

  1. The contest officially runs from April 1 to December 31, 2018.
  2. A minimum of one (1) prize package will be given out each month for posts done that month up until and including the month of December 2018
  3. The draw will be made within five (5) business days after the end of the given month for which the contest will take place
  4. The eligible month for the contest draw starts on the first day of the month and ends on the last day of the month (i.e. the draw for all social media posts for the month of May will be begin on May 1 and end on May 31. The draw will take place within five (5) business days from the last day of May)
  5. You must have an Active ACTRA membership status to be eligible to enter (i.e. your ACTRA membership status cannot be suspended or withdrawn)
  6. ACTRA members may enter as many times per month as wanted so long as they follow the contest rules and provide a new tweet and image for each entry (i.e. you can’t keep tweeting the same message and image multiple times within the same month)
  7. The winner will be selected randomly from the pool of all eligible entries within the given month
  8. The prize package includes: ACTRA-branded hat, ACTRA-branded T-shirt, ACTRA-branded water bottle and swag item from a Canadian TV show.
  9. The winner will be contacted by email (by the email address on file in AMS) to be advised they are the winner. The winner has three (3) business days to accept the prize by replying to the email from ACTRA National otherwise the prize will be forfeited, and another winner will be selected. Upon accepting the prize, if the winner is unable to pick up the prize package from the ACTRA National office (625 Church Street, 3rd floor, Toronto, Ontario), the package will be sent by mail to the winner (to the mailing address on file in AMS). ACTRA National will determine the name of the winner based on their social media account so please ensure your name is included in your profile if it is not part of your social media handle (i.e. your name is Mary Smith but your Twitter handle is @Cdnactor).
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