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Last Friday, we put in place a caretaker Board of Governors. We will gladly receive and consider any serious offer to reactivate the activities of the CCA.read more
Press Release The Canadian Conference of the Arts (CCA), the largest national alliance of the arts, culture and heritage sector across Canada, announces that it will begin winding down its operations immediately. Founded in 1945 by a group of eminent artists, including painters Lawren S. Harris, of the Group of Seven, and André Biéler, the CCA has the unique mandate in the Canadian cultural sector of promoting the interests of Canadian artists and of the cultural sector at large at the...read more
Issues and Challenges for the CBC The CRTC hearings on the CBC’s license renewal will begin on November 19th. It is impossible to deny that things have changed in the world of communications in the 13years since the Corporation’s last license renewal. The broadcasting ecosystem has been turned upside down. “We could already sense it in 2000 during the last CBC renewal. The CBC had begun to mark its presence. But the last two years confirmed the magnitude of the phenomenon,” says Pierre...read more
For the past 40 years, CBC and Radio-Canada radio has been a haven free from the barrage of commercials typical of most other radio providers. As it stands, one can listen to music or the debating of important questions on CBC/Radio-Canada radio without interruption. But following recent cuts introduced in Jim Flaherty’s 2012 federal budget, the Corporation has asked the CRTC for permission to broadcast national commercials over Radio 2 and Espace Musique airwaves. According to the CBC,...read more
Alright, I admit it. The CBC is a part of me. Like Obélix, I fell in the cauldron of elixir when I was young. I was brought up with the CBC. I remember Sunday mornings in our living room, my brother and I playing while my parents read. We all listened to Sunday classical music programming on CBC radio. And then there were television programs like Pépinot and Marie4poches… It seems so long ago! But it’s clear that the time for nostalgia has passed. We have changed, and the CBC too. The world of...read more
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It seems the old adage is true: everyone’s a critique! In November 2012 the CBC/SRC appear in front of the CRTC for the renewal of its multiple licenses. In the weeks leading up to the hearing, organizations and individuals across Canada have been submitting their opinions on the proposed changes to Canada’s national broadcaster. It is clear from the submissions that Canadians love the CBC, but have very strong feelings on the way it should be run. The CBC is an integral part of Canadian...read more
Canada Council for the Arts Calls for Public Engagement in the Arts
In a discussion paper released on October 16, the Canada Council for the Arts calls for public engagement in the Arts. The publication was made at the Council’s Annual Public Meeting and accompanies the release of its Annual Report. The 29-page document, titled Public Engagement in the Arts, is an overview of current approaches...read more
Canada’s 150th Anniversary: An Opportunity to Look Backwards
After 37 meetings, spanning from fall 2011 to spring 2012, the Standing Committee on Heritage published on September 24th a 63 page report on Canada’s 150th anniversary. The Committee made a total of 19 recommendations to the government...
An overview of cultural policy in the UK A Tale of Coalition, Cuts, Creative Industries & Cultural Olympiad
In March 2011, the House of Commons Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport released a study on funding arts and heritage. The report’s summary begins with a statement which can be construed as this government’s cultural policy platform: “Arts and heritage in Britain are among our greatest assets. They bring great cultural and economic benefits and everybody should have access to them.” “Since the Second World War, most arts and heritage organisations have operated on a mixed...read more
“A man without culture is like a zebra without stripes” (African Proverb) Our first fall Magazine edition enters the season gracefully. We have another article from Denis Bertrand’s continuing column on how to know your audience… social media cannot do it alone! Is it really purely by coincidence that we have two articles making reference to the Massey-Lévesque Report in this month’s edition of the Magazine? Obviously, the issue is topical: it is raised by our featured...read more