Federal money for the arts to match private money for the arts

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

It took a while, but the federal government finally seems ready to invest a bit of money in the Quebec arts scene.  In fact, the department of Canadian Heritage is giving $4,222,861 to Montreal organizations like the National Theatre School, Les Grands ballets canadiens de Montréal and The Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre.  They are […]

Movie night on Parliament Hill

Monday, April 20th, 2009

While many films, along with entertainment in general, have been known to desensitize people to violence, the Bloc Quebecois hope to use the medium to sensitize Members of Parliament from all parties to the magnitude of tragedies like the massacre of 14 women by Marc Lepine at Ä–cole Polytechnique in Montreal in 1989. This event, […]

Afraid to sign

Monday, April 6th, 2009

In an about-face of the previous government’s position, Australia decided on Friday to endorse the UN declaration on the rights of indigenous people to their own culture, institutions and spiritual traditions. With Australia joining the 143 countries that came on board when the bill passed in 2007, the list of nations opposed to the declaration […]

I want my CBC

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Harper’s conservatives have already proved that they’re not afraid to cut funding to artists and are only willing to backpedal when their move loses them crucial votes in Quebec.  They’ve also shown that when they do pull an about-face rhetorically, it usually ends up with those who lost out still losing out and new private […]

Two more arts funding controversies

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Since we reported on reaction to arts funding in the Harper government’s most recent budget last week, a new controversy has sparked up.  It’s not over lack of funding for a particular area of the arts, but rather due to $25 million being spent on the Canada Prize for the Arts. The problem?  After canceling […]

Money money money

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Many independent activist arts collectives have always found ways to get things done with little or no funding.  When you challenge corporate influence, having some of their financial influence help you out in some way is, to put it mildly, unlikely and in many cases unwanted.  Who wants to take money from a system you […]

Contre Harper Avec les Jeunes Patriotes!

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Before the recent Canadian federal election, Stephen Harper visited Longueil, not far from Montreal, OTL and others were there to meet him, including Melanie Kal, who files this report I, Melanie, performed in a jam for the first time in my life wearing an Official Man’s outfit.  needless to say – this included his face […]