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posted 03 April 2007 05:02 AM      Profile for Jonas     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
In the 2003 provincial election the Liberal's promised to bring in Status of the Artist legislation. In 2004 the culture minister set up a special status of the artist sub-committee which spent 2 years consulting with arts groups and presented a 49 page report in the fall of 2006.

On the same day as the budget, the Liberals introduced "Status of the Artist" legislation that is woefully inadequate and with no dollars attached to it. Here is what the CBC report said:
The law introduced Thursday, which had no dollar figures attached, promised to:

Formally recognize artists' unique economic and social contributions to Ontario's society.
Create a clear vision for arts and culture that will guide development of future policies.
Declare the first weekend of June as Celebrate the Artist Weekend.
It also held an ill-defined promise to "indicate Ontario's commitment to" training and professional development for artists, promoting artists' health and safety, strengthening cultural organizations and promoting local cultural tourism.

This does virtually nothing to address the real needs of our artists and has been roundly criticised by arts groups and unions.

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