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Canadian stars hold Day of Action for Canadian TV

November 12, 2009 — OTTAWA – 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.

ACTRA’s decade-long fight to get more Canadian drama back in prime time is entering the final round on November 16 as the CRTC starts hearings to re-write the rules for Canadian TV. Canadian TV drama has all but disappeared since the CRTC’s last policy hearings in 1999, this time we need to get it right, our culture and our voice depends on it.

DATE: Monday, November 16, 2009

WHO: ACTRA National President Ferne Downey will be joined by some of Canada’s top stars including Dalmar Abuzeid (Degrassi), Nick Campbell (Da Vinci’s Inquest/ZOS), Jackson Davies (Beachcombers), Mark McKinney (Kids in the Hall/Slings & Arrows), Grace Park (The Border/Battlestar Galactica), Carlo Rota (Little Mosque/24), Zaib Shaikh (Little Mosque/Metropia), R.H. Thomson (October 1970/ The Englishman’s Boy) and Tonya Lee Williams (The Border, The Young and the Restless).

EVENT: Press Conference to mark opening of CRTC TV Policy Hearings

TIME: 10:30am EST

WHERE: Conference Centre, Phase IV, Room COM-10, 140 Promenade du Portage, GATINEAU, QC

EVENT: Rally on Parliament Hill for “OUR TV”
*musical appearance by award-winning recording artist Gordie Sampson

TIME: 1:00pm EST

WHERE: Parliament Hill, OTTAWA

ACTRA will appear before the CRTC’s policy hearings on November 25, 2009.

ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national organization of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 21,000 members across Canada.

Gordie Sampson appears courtesy of AFM Canada, supporters of ACTRA’s campaign.

For more information:
Carol Taverner, Public Relations Officer
(416) 644-1519, ctaverner@actra.ca , cell: (416) 768-3336

Chris Faulkner, Public Relations Officer
Cell: (647)227-3318, cfaulkner@actratoronto.com


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