March 27, 2014 | By: Kate Robertson
Yesterday the Minister of State (Finance) Kevin Sorenson and National Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay announced that in order to reduce administrative costs associated with charitable lotteries and to allow charities to modernize their lottery systems, there is a proposal in Economic Action Plan 2014 which will amend the Criminal Code to allow charities to sell their lottery tickets online. The current system forces registered charities that conduct lotteries as part of fundraising to process all sales manually and send tickets by mail rather than electronically. The full announcement is below:
"Harper Government Supports Charities to Create Stronger Communities
Charities to be allowed to conduct lotteries using modern technology
March 26, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Finance
Minister of State (Finance) Kevin Sorenson and National Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay today highlighted the Government's investment in stronger communities through support for the charitable sector. In order to reduce administrative costs associated with charitable lotteries and allow charities to modernize their lottery systems, Economic Action Plan 2014 proposes to amend the Criminal Code to allow charities to sell their lottery tickets online.
Each year, charities in Canada raise hundreds of millions of dollars to support worthy causes through lottery sales. However, outdated legislation forces registered charities across Canada that conduct lotteries as part of their fundraising to process and activate all sales manually, and then send customers their tickets by mail rather than electronically. The use of new technologies will allow charities to use modern e-commerce methods for the purchasing, processing and issuing of lottery tickets and issuing of receipts to donors.
Prominent Canadian charities, including the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Foundation and SickKids Foundation, report that allowing the use of new technologies could save millions of dollars each year in administrative costs for all Canadian charities that run lotteries. For example, the Heart and Stroke Foundation has identified significant savings in annual administrative costs related to the use of computers in its lottery alone. Charities will be able to use these savings to support their important work.
April 22, 2014
Banff, AB –The Banff Centre Board of Directors has announced its reaffirmation of the 2013 Strategic Plan and that it is being fully implemented and represents an exciting direction and new opportunities. This plan was prepared in conjunction with the Board by the President and his team. It represents many changes for the Centre as it embarks on a bold vision, designed to create a great place for sharing art and ideas with the world.
The Board recently announced the resignation of its President Jeff Melanson. Board Chair Brenda Mackie notes, “The Board is disappointed to see Jeff leave but understands the personal matters driving Jeff’s decision and acknowledges that his tenure has set an exciting direction for the Centre.”
Jeff will work with a team to create a transition program over the next number of months along with focusing on donor relations and to onboard the newly appointed Vice President of The Peter Lougheed Leadership Institute.
The Board will issue a Request For Proposal to secure an executive search firm that will be mandated to conduct a comprehensive and transparent process in recruiting the next President of the Centre. A Board committee has been struck and will guide this process.
The Banff Centre’s Strategic plan includes five institutional priorities:
1. Securing funding to enable tuition-free access for participants of arts residencies and programs;
2. Re-imagining leadership development offerings as The Peter Lougheed Leadership Institute;
3. Increasing general access to the art and ideas created in Banff through a digital and events-based dissemination strategy;
4. Renewing the campus, including working with our partners to create public presentation and education facilities in downtown Banff; and,
5. Advancing our contribution to applied research with our Campus Alberta partners and additional partners including BIRS, CIFAR, and others.
“We are delighted to be moving forward with all of these priority initiatives with our talented team of artistic and management/administrative staff members,” concluded Mackie.
The future is very exciting. Board and staff members are unified in our bold vision. Dedicated to sharing the art and ideas created at The Banff Centre, we are all still dreaming big, and working on behalf of, and with, artists, researchers and leaders to make the impossible possible.
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J. KELLY NESTRUCK - The Globe and Mail - Apr. 22 2014, 1:55 PM EDT
Vancouver artist Stan Douglas’s cinematic play Helen Lawrence was set to open Montreal’s Festival TransAmériques in May, the first time that a production from the rest of Canada had been programmed in a prestigious performing arts slot previously occupied by international stage stars such as Germany’s Thomas Ostermeier and American choreographer Merce Cunningham.
But now the FTA is scrambling to find a last-minute replacement as Helen Lawrence lead producer Canadian Stage and Canadian Actors’ Equity Association have been unable to reach an agreement that would allow the show’s 12-actor cast to perform in Montreal.
“This is the first English-language Canadian piece to be invited [to open the festival], so it’s heartbreaking,” says Su Hutchinson, managing director at Toronto’s Canadian Stage.
At the heart of the matter are Equity rules that require there be eight weeks of down time between a show closing and its next engagement.
Helen Lawrence ended its run at Vancouver’s Arts Club on April 13, leaving only five weeks before its three-night showcase in Montreal, then only three weeks before the show is schedule to reopen at the Munich Kammerspiele in Germany. (HelenLawrence’s stops in Munich and, subsequently, at the Edinburgh International Festival and in Toronto are still set.)
According to Hutchinson, actors and agents were made aware of the Montreal tour date during casting in October – and Canadian Stage has been engaged in seeking a concession from Equity to permit the show to go ahead since then. “On March 31, they let us know that they were not approving the concession,” she says. “Either we pay actors for 11 weeks for three performances in Montreal … or we cancel the show.”
A representative from Canadian Actors’ Equity Association was not immediately available for comment.
Helen Lawrence is one of the first major English-Canadian productions to attempt to break into the international festival circuit that European and Quebec productions regularly tour – and to Hutchinson, it’s the demonstrated some of the limits of the Canadian Theatre Agreement, which is negotiated between the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (of which Canadian Stage is a member) and Equity. “What we’ve taken out of this is that the CTA is not in any way set up for taking the work out to the world,” Hutchinson says. “The constraints that we’re working under are quite particular to English Canada.”
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MONTREAL, April 14, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - After 32 years at the National Theatre School of Canada, 17 of which were spent as General Director and CEO, Simon Brault will take his final bow to segue into his newly cast role as Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts on June 26, 2014.
"I am leaving the NTS with the firm conviction of having done my utmost for the development of the School by consolidating and infusing it with relevance and a resilience that too few of our institutions possess. I have a deep sense of leaving a well-ordered house so that, in the words of Edgar Morin, 'the future can emerge by the actors of the future'. Our two artistic directors, Alisa Palmer and Denise Guilbault, are highly competent, respected, motivated, and engaged and we have just completed a clear, ambitious and pragmatic Strategic Plan that bonds the entire NTS community. We are in the enviable position of having a sound and robust financial and organizational situation. My departure couldn't have happened at a more opportune time," said Simon Brault.
"Simon Brault was one of the School's foremost builders. For over three decades, he placed his outstanding human, intellectual and professional qualities at the service of our institution with remarkable energy, passion, intensity and steadfastness. By developing a rich dialogue that balanced artistic, pedagogical, organizational and financial concerns, and by optimizing the synergy between the French and English sections, Simon led the School from one success to another, raising its national and international profile in the process. While regretting his departure, the members of the Board of Directors, together with the School's staff and students, join with me in congratulating him on his new appointment," said Bernard Amyot, Chair of NTS's Board of Directors.
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Interdisciplinary Arts Residency
Application deadline: June 2, 2014
Residency dates: Projects will be adjudicated for Fall 2014 and Winter 2015
The Interdisciplinary Arts Residency at The Banff Centre is designed to support artists, artistic collectives, and companies in the creation, investigation, and production of new work that crosses disciplines and genres. Utilizing the various artistic facilities on campus to combine art forms, artists will be able to explore projects blending music, theatre, dance, opera, literature, digital film, audio, media, or visual arts.
This latest offering from The Banff Centre is a fit for artists generating work that blurs boundaries: composers, choreographers, visual artists, writers, performance artists, photographers, filmmakers, dancers, playwrights, musicians, directors, and those involved in other new and emerging art practices. Artists at various stages of artistic practice are encouraged to apply, whether they are at the conceptual stage, ready for development and production, or preparing for presentation. Adjudication is based on artistic merit and the ability of The Banff Centre to help realize the project.
Call for Submissions: The Emerging Artist Residency Program at Artscape Youngplace
Artscape Youngplace is now accepting applications for a new Emerging Artist Residency Program. Successful applicants will be awarded free access to studio and exhibition space within the Flex Studios and Hallway Galleries at Artscape Youngplace. The deadline for applications is Friday, May 2, 2014 at 5:00 pm. Successful applicants to the Emerging Artist Residency Program will receive six weeks of exclusive access to semi-private studio space in the Flex Studios and a featured one-week exhibition in the building’s Hallway Galleries. Artscape Youngplace will offer promotional support for the artists’ activities as well as access to a larger private studio space for events, larger project work and documentation. Artists-in-residence will benefit from being within a growing community of artists in the Flex Studios program and at Artscape Youngplace, a vibrant new cultural hub in the heart of West Queen West.
APRIL 7, 2014 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FLOYD COLLINS GOES AHEAD WITHOUT SETS, COSTUMES OR PROPS
Barrie, ON…. Talk Is Free Theatre and Patrick Street Productions, the co-producers of Floyd Collins, have been dealt one of the most feared problems of theatre practice – what happens when the shipment of the entire production goes missing between the two cities where it plays?
Written by Tina Landau and Adam Guettel, Floyd Collins is about the caver of the title who, while chasing a dream of fame and fortune by turning a Kentucky cave into a tourist attraction, himself became the attraction when he got trapped 200 feet underground. It is directed by Vancouver’s Peter Jorgensen and stars a company of 13 artists including Daren A. Herbert as Floyd Collins, Michael Torontow as Homer Collins, Krystin Pellerin as Nellie Collins and many others.
Floyd Collins concluded its Vancouver run on March 30 and is scheduled to begin performances in Barrie with a preview this Thursday, April 10 and an official opening on Friday, April 11. All of the materials were picked up by the moving company, Midland Van Lines, in Vancouver on March 30, with promised delivery of 5 to 7 days. Any calls or emails as to the status of the shipment remained unanswered beyond the generic “delayed status”. No information was made available as to the approximate new delivery date, or even where in Canada the shipment is currently at.
“We understand that delays occur, especially when moving things across this vast country”, say producers Peter Jorgensen and Arkady Spivak. “However total lack of information as to the status of the shipment or its new anticipated delivery date made it extremely difficult to manage the situation. Upon reflecting on the difficult situation, we decided that we still had a lot – namely a unique piece of musical theatre writing and an astoundingly talented group of artists doing it. And while the audience in Barrie will not see the fully intended production, they will see the wonderful artists working at an even deeper level of commitment and abandon”.
To help mitigate changes to the production, the preview performance on April 10 is cancelled, but the production will open as scheduled on Friday, April 11. It will continue its scheduled run to April 19, at the Mady Centre for the Performing Arts in Barrie, ON. Tickets and information are available at www.tift.ca or (705) 792-1949.
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