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Canadas independent producers performers and directors petition Minister Joly to reject CRTC

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement In addition to greatly reduced PNI spending, the joint petition objects to the CRTC’s decision to remove evening exhibition requirements for the broadcasters’ discretionary services and the negative consequences of the CRTC’s failure to address the erosion of independently-produced programming.QUOTES“There is unanimous agreement among creators across Canada that the CRTC got this one wrong. These decisions are going to have a very real, negative effect on Canada’s television production sector; they will decrease the production of diverse, compelling original Canadian content, limit consumer choice, and ultimately hurt our ability to produce and export great Canadian shows.”–             Reynolds Mastin, President and CEO, Canadian Media Producers Association “We are very concerned about the future of Canadian production and the devastating effects the CRTC’s decisions could have on the thousands of Canadians employed in the television production sector. It’s time for a new direction at the CRTC: one that protects Canadian culture and the jobs of cultural workers; understands the challenges of our film and television sector; and ensures Canadian stories can continue to be shared on screens in Canada and around the world.”–              Stephen Waddell, National Executive Director, ACTRA“This is a ruling handed down by the outgoing chair at the CRTC, a Harper appointee who called for an end to nearly every support for film & television from Canadian hiring requirements to tax credits. Now, the Trudeau government has to decide whether to stand with Mr. Harper’s man, or stand with audiences and creators. We have to modernize our broadcast system to bring it into the 21st century, not tear it apart.”–              Tim Southam, President, Directors Guild of Canada.ABOUT THE CMPAThe Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) is the country’s leading member-based advocacy organization for independent producers, representing hundreds of companies engaged in the development and distribution of English-language content made for television, cinema and digital media channels. The CMPA works to promote the continued success of the Canadian production sector and ensure a future for diverse content made by Canadians for both domestic and international audiences.  www.cmpa.caABOUT ACTRAACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national union of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 23,000 members across the country – the foundation of Canada’s highly-acclaimed professional performing community. www.actra.caABOUT THE DGCThe Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) is a national labour organization that represents over 3,800 key creative and logistical personnel in the screen-based industry covering all areas of direction, design, production and editing. The DGC negotiates and administers collective agreements and lobbies extensively on issues of concern for members including Canadian content conditions, CRTC regulations and ensuring that funding is maintained for Canadian screen-based programming. Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement OTTAWA, June 29, 2017 – Today the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA), the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), and the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) submitted a joint petition to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, asking her to set aside, or refer back, the CRTC’s Group Licence Renewal decisions for Canada’s large television broadcasters, released last month.Across the production sector, Canada’s creator community shares deep concerns about the damaging impact of these decisions. An independent analysis commissioned by the CMPA found that the CRTC’s decision to decrease the required amount broadcasters must spend on Canadian Programs of National Interest (PNI) will likely result in a drop of more than $900 million in production volume, causing a cumulative economic reduction of $1.15 billion in GDP over the five-year period during which the broadcasters’ licences will be in place. A backgrounder summarizing these findings is available here.If these decisions are allowed to stand, the required PNI spend for channels operated by Rogers, Corus and Bell, will fall to just five per cent, having a severe negative impact on the production of Canadian television dramas, comedies, children’s programming, long-form documentaries, variety and performing arts shows,  and on the health and productivity of our sector as a whole. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Ottawa judge tells Ojibway man she doesnt want to hear another sob

first_imgKenneth Jackson APTN National NewsOTTAWA – Some Aboriginal people do have it hard, but Christopher Jacko isn’t special.Not in the eyes of Ottawa Justice of the Peace Louisette Girault.Jacko, 25, is an Ojibway man from a northern Ontario reserve and when he appeared before her looking for bail Sept. 16, Girault wasn’t interested in hearing another “sad” story.He isn’t a child soldier or been tortured in some war-torn country, according to Girault. ‎To get bail, and freedom from the local Ottawa jail where he’d spent the last three months on assault and breach charges, Jacko wanted to tell a woman he never met his “horrific” story of abuse, neglect and the generational effects of residential schools had on his life.The Supreme Court has a name for Jacko’s story – they’re called Gladue principles.Courts are directed to consider them any time they want to play keeps with the liberty of an Aboriginal person in Canada. That direction is also listed in the Criminal Code.“What is he going to say? … I’ll be a good boy; I won’t have any knives; I won’t take any alcohol or drugs? I am assuming,” said Girault according to court transcripts obtained by APTN National News.Ottawa Justice of the Peace Louisette Girault seen in this April 2014 photo taken from an Ottawa-area curling club.Jacko wanted to tell her he had plans to reconnect with his culture to deal with his anger that has given him a long criminal record – one of the convictions for attacking a step-dad he said beat him growing up.Gladue principles are typically applied through a report written for the court and trace an offender’s history back generations often finding the impact of residential schools and other forms of colonization.“We don’t want to go through like, you know, his life history at the end of the day,” Girault said. “I mean I am imagining it is a little bit of the sympathy issue that you are looking for. I mean I will balance that with the nature of the charges, but I don’t think we need to hear from his life history from the time he’s 14.”After listening to a judge question the need of a long-winded story of his life, Jacko took the stand after a lunch break, and told his story.“He has had a very horrific background in many respects, particularly in relation to his family life,” said his lawyer Michael Purcell in submissions to Girault. “He’s doing his best to navigate his life having had that terrible background.”Purcell said Jacko was denied assistance needed at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre, including having a chance to smudge. He said if released, he would take programs at the Odawa Native Friendship Centre in Ottawa.Girault didn’t wait long to give her decision on the same day.The following is an excerpt from the decision:“Quite frankly, the Gladue thing, I am well aware of, you know, Aboriginal and, you know, some people do have for sure a harder life but in your particular case you are not the only one with that. You know there’s Caucasian, there’s black people, there’s people that come from war-torn countries, you know, that have been tortured and child soldiers. So a lot people come with a lot of baggage, I am very sympathetic to that. But at one point you have to stop blaming others because they think that, you know, at the end of the day you have got to look at yourself in the mirror and you have got to say, “What is it that I can do to change this? And you know what? I had a really tough life so what is it that I can do not to inflict that on other people and maybe on children that I may have in the future?” And I hope that you don’t because you are clearly not in a position to be a father to anybody.So you know what, I mean not everybody has a good parent. People, you know, come here with drug addicted parents that they have been abused physically and otherwise and I am sympathetic to that but in my – I mean I am not a Gladue expert, I will say that right away. I should, you know, in a sense spend a little bit more time looking at it but I always look at the view that you have to use common sense, you have to use empathy and sympathy and you also have to look at what is right and wrong in the community.So in this particular case, on this case only, does it call out for detention? Absolutely not. I mean half of these charges the Crown won’t even be able to prove. I am not even sure they will be able to prove the alcohol now that they say that because, you know, you come across the way you talk it almost seems like you would be someone who is under the influence of some sort, I think that is just the way you talk.”After all that, Girault gave Jacko bail. He would end up being released on time served.Lawyers in Ottawa described Girault’s comments as baffling but wouldn’t speak on the record because they have to appear before her.Jacko’s lawyer also declined to comment.But criminal defence lawyer Sarah Dover, who practices in and around Six Nations near Hamilton, Ont., said despite the Supreme Court first making its ruling on Gladue principles in 1999, the court can be a “commonly traumatizing, insensitive and exploitative” experience for Indigenous accused and victims.“I once observed a justice run out of the court when an accused man refused to stop speaking in Mohawk and the justice thought she was being hexed,” said Dover. “Justices need training to be able to talk across race, across history, and to appreciate Indigenous law and perspectives. On the other hand, these errors evidence the absurdity of non-Indigenous people continuing to impose a justice system over Indigenous people, families and communities.”Mohawk constitutional lawyer Stephen Ford, who is credited with first successfully applying Gladue at a bail hearing, said too often a Justice of the Peace lacks the training.“The comments made by (Girault) would seem to reveal a lack of understanding why Gladue principles apply at bail stage,” said Ford. “Aside from a course or courses the people appointed as JP’s are not required to have law degrees, in fact they have little legal training.”Girault’s experience wasn’t immediately available, but she has presided over high-profile terrorism bail hearings in the past.Ford said some cities, like Toronto, have Gladue courts that are presided over by a judge with the necessary experience dealing with Indigenous people.“In my experience most Aboriginals accused will delay their bail hearing and adjourn to the next Gladue court date to avoid what has happened in (this case),” he said.Ottawa doesn’t have a Gladue court, despite talk of one for the last several years.APTN provided the Ministry of the Attorney General excerpts of Girault’s decision and is waiting for a [email protected]’s note: After this story was published APTN received this comment from a spokesperson inside Ontario’s Attorney General’s office: “It would be inappropriate for the Ministry to comment on any statements made by the justice of the peace in the course of her ruling on this matter.”last_img read more