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Election Bulletin: Timeline Poster

For the past nine years, the arts have undergone serious cuts– too many to fit on a small poster. We’ve highlighted just a few, as well as some advocacy facts and actions you can take on this PDF of a poster for informational printout/awareness for your arts organization. pour une version française, cliquez...

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2015 Budget Analysis

2015 Federal Budget: Culture and arts still a low priority for the government   The Canadian Conference of the Arts, the Canadian Arts Coalition and the Saskatchewan Arts Alliance are pleased to release the analysis of the 2015 Federal Budget which examines federal funding for the arts and culture sector for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. The broad conclusion of this analysis is that while this pre-election budget does not contain any major changes to cultural funding by Ottawa, arts and culture do not figure amongst the political priorities of the government. For the complete text of the...

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Senate of Canada, Senator James S. Cowan on the Closure of the Canadian Conference of the Arts

Why did the government not at least provide a reasonable period of time to allow the Canadian Conference of the Arts to transition to a new funding model? October 31st, 2012 Hon. James S. Cowan (Leader of the Opposition): Honourable senators, my question is also for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Yesterday, the Canadian Conference of the Arts, the largest national alliance of the arts, culture and heritage sector in Canada, announced that it will be shutting its doors after 67 years. Since 1965, that organization has received a portion of its funding from Canadian Heritage, but...

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House of Commons, MP Andrew Cash on the Canadian Conference of the Arts

Andrew Cash’s Question on the Closure of the Canadian Conference of the Arts and the Nature of Cultural Funding October 30th, 2012 Mr. Andrew Cash (Davenport, NDP):  Mr. Speaker, there are two sets of rules governing arts and culture: one if the artists are liked by the Conservatives, and one if they are not. The Canadian Conference of the Arts is the latest example. When the minister does not like an art exhibit or an organization or the name of a rock band, an unmistakeable chill gets sent out across the land. Canada is big, complex and diverse. Do we really want to have our arts and...

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House of Commons, MP Pierre Nantel on the Canadian Conference of the Arts

Pierre Nantel’s Question in the House of Commons on the Closure of the Canadian Conference of the Arts October 30th, 2012 Mr. Pierre Nantel (Longueuil—Pierre-Boucher, NDP):  Mr. Speaker, the demise of the Canadian Conference of the Arts is directly related to its critical opinion of the controversial copyright reform. When the organization shared the concerns of artists from across the country, it suddenly lost its funding. The transitional assistance provided and the time allocated for the transition were insufficient, which was fatal for the organization. The Canadian Conference of...

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Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates – Department of Canadian Heritage Budget 2012-13 – Canadian Conference of the Arts

Funding Changes to the Canadian Conference of the Arts May 28th, 2012 Mr. Pierre Nantel: Could you tell me about the cultural diversity and arts program that was provided for under the same budget? Mr. Daniel Jean: That program has been in existence for several years. In fact, two organizations have been supported. As you know, Canada is a major leader in adopting the UNESCO Cultural Diversity Convention. That convention has been ratified. Now we have decided to eliminate the program. The two organizations will receive money so that they can make the transition. As we have had a lot of...

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