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Performance Anxiety
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posted 14 July 2004 01:36 AM      Profile for Performance Anxiety        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I heard rumours that the Culture & Heritage Minister lost her riding, so a new one is going to be appointed soon. The old Minister was a pale comparison to the scrappy Sheila Copps. Anyone have any info on the new appointment?
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Hinterland
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posted 14 July 2004 01:56 AM      Profile for Hinterland        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The Grope and Flail speculates:

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One is Liza Frulla, who won her Montreal riding of Jeanne-Le Ber last month by only 35 votes, the other is Toronto-based Sarmite (Sam) Bulte, who was re-elected for her third stint as the representative of Parkdale-High Park.

Neither one means anything to me.


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Performance Anxiety
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posted 14 July 2004 01:57 AM      Profile for Performance Anxiety        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yup! Here's the proof. Adios to HSC - what a culture-dud!
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Performance Anxiety
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posted 14 July 2004 02:05 AM      Profile for Performance Anxiety        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Cheers for that Hinterland:

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The hope is that this time around, Martin will, in the words of the Canadian Conference of the Arts, "appoint a minister . . . with knowledge of, and experience in the arts and cultural sector." As Arthur Lewis, head of the Our Public Airwaves lobby group, noted in a letter this week to Martin, that called for a minister who is "a strong advocate for Canadian arts and broadcasting," Heritage is a "complex and important portfolio." It takes in seemingly everything -- multiculturalism, international trade, sports, broadcasting, publishing, museums and galleries, federal parks, film policy, the visual arts -- and in recent years, the portfolio and its myriad agencies have received annual parliamentary appropriations of more than $4-billion.


And let's not forget the "theatre"...


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Performance Anxiety
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posted 14 July 2004 02:09 AM      Profile for Performance Anxiety        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Incidentally, I think Frulla would be a pretty good choice - in fact I was very suprised that she was not given the post in the first place. Then again, I know nothing of this Ontarioan. If anyone finds any info, please post here.
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posted 14 July 2004 09:50 AM      Profile for NDP Newbie     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Anyone short of Wappel, Szabo, or Galloway (including many Conservatives) would be a huge improvement from Scherrer.
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pebbles
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posted 14 July 2004 12:29 PM      Profile for pebbles     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Hinterland:
Neither one means anything to me.

Sam Bulte is a twot.

http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1087165504982&call_pageid=968350072197&col=969048863851

"According to Elections Canada, Bulte and her riding association have accepted thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from rights holder groups and broadcasters. Parliamentarians involved in the copyright reform process should refuse all such contributions to ensure that the perception of absolute impartiality is preserved."


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Performance Anxiety
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posted 14 July 2004 02:25 PM      Profile for Performance Anxiety        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Frulla it is then. Now WHO appoints the Minister (the PM?), and what do we have to do to lobby?
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posted 14 July 2004 03:07 PM      Profile for pebbles     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Performance Anxiety:
Frulla it is then. Now WHO appoints the Minister (the PM?), and what do we have to do to lobby?

Frulla is just as much in bed with the cultural groups who suck the PCH teat as Copps or Bulte ever were.

The whole department needs at least a shakeup, if not complete abolition.


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Performance Anxiety
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posted 14 July 2004 06:44 PM      Profile for Performance Anxiety        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Good point! Now how do we go about catalyzing that?
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Performance Anxiety
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posted 14 July 2004 07:04 PM      Profile for Performance Anxiety        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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Dear Paul,

In light of Helene Scherrer losing her riding in the latest election, there is much discussion on who will be appointed the new Minister of Culture & Heritage.

As a cultural worker fighting for Canadian values, I would like to lobby for a Minister who is willing to put our collective values ahead of corporate interests, something Ms. Scherrer did not do. Sheila Copps played the part very well, and I am hoping the new appointee will match her enthusiasm and dedication to the job. I would like to nominate Liza Frulla, a fellow Quebecer with experience in the provincial culture portfolio, whom I believe can defend the cultural interests of our artists and canadians in general.

We have recently launched a new festival in Montreal to combat the corporate interference with our work:

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The festival is spreading virally, even into the United States. It signifies that artists are having to take matters into their own hands because the governments are failing us. Even in the historical district where many of us live, the Plateau Mont Royal, the arondissement is under threat by Billboard trucks, gentrification, corporate sponsors taking over the street fairs, and a trademarked "Fringe" festival. As artists we are demanding better.

Please consider our plea and nomination of Ms. Frulla to the post. Thank you.



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pebbles
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posted 14 July 2004 07:27 PM      Profile for pebbles     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Performance Anxiety:
I would like to lobby for a Minister who is willing to put our collective values ahead of corporate interests, something Ms. Scherrer did not do.

Examples please?

What did Scherrer not do that she should have done?

What did she do that she should not have done?

What are "collective values"? Who are "artists"?


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Performance Anxiety
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posted 15 July 2004 04:18 PM      Profile for Performance Anxiety        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Pebbles, a lot of that is political babblespeak that Paul martin & the Libs will understand.

Examples please?

What did Scherrer not do that she should have done? What did she do that she should not have done?

Sided with the corporations instead of artists on copyright issues, snubbed culture in general, failed to go to important summits on culture, etc.

What are "collective values"?

"Canadian collective values" (in the eyes of the PMO) typically inculde support for human rights, freedom of expression, tolerance, peace, diplomacy, etc.

Who are "artists"?

Those who participate in the arts, often relying on government regulations to protect them, and sometimes fund them.


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Critical Mass
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posted 15 July 2004 04:48 PM      Profile for Critical Mass        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hey, I just had a flash.

Let's start a lobby to have Performance Anxiety appointed to the Senate, which makes him eligible to join the Cabinet as the new culture minister.

That way, we get to exile him to Ottawa where he won't have any more time to spam Babble.

Just a thought... But, hey, I've been having a weird day...


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clearview
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posted 15 July 2004 04:50 PM      Profile for clearview     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Critical Mass:
Hey, I just had a flash.

Let's start a lobby to have Performance Anxiety appointed to the Senate, which makes him eligible to join the Cabinet as the new culture minister.

That way, we get to exile him to Ottawa where he won't have any more time to spam Babble.

Just a thought... But, hey, I've been having a weird day...


I fear you plan may have the opposite effect.


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Critical Mass
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posted 15 July 2004 04:58 PM      Profile for Critical Mass        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
You know that feeling when you've been staring at a screen for too long and you begin to feel buzzed and your consciousness starts to drift and you feel like you have split into 2 and one of you is floating and watching and observing the other you staring at the screen and there is a flash, an instant, a brief moment when an insane, a totally out of the box idea comes into your mind from nowhere, it could be outer space, or maybe it comes from the part of your brain you never knew you had - the genius part or is it the psychotic part - and then your fingers just start typing that maybe we should campaign for Performance Anxiety to become culture minister and then you realize you are losing your mind and you want to break out in tears, or maybe hysterical laughter but you're at work so you can't break out laughing...

Oh never mind, it was just a weird thought.


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Performance Anxiety
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posted 15 July 2004 08:32 PM      Profile for Performance Anxiety        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'd prefer to play the Minister of Culture-Jamming to be honest. But seriously, I think it is in all Canadians best interests to make sure our next Minister of Culture & Heritage is a good one. Let's lobby for it!
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PBoy
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posted 21 July 2004 01:58 PM      Profile for PBoy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by pebbles:

Sam Bulte is a twot.

http://www.thestar.c om/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1087165504982&call_pageid=968350072197&col=969048863851

"According to Elections Canada, Bulte and her riding association have accepted thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from rights holder groups and broadcasters. Parliamentarians involved in the copyright reform process should refuse all such contributions to ensure that the perception of absolute impartiality is preserved."


Yes and everything in the Toronto Star is factual.


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posted 21 July 2004 01:59 PM      Profile for PBoy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
A couple of articles on how Bulte is good for Toronto and that many people are hopeful Frulla will do a good job:

http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1090361419911&call_pageid=968867495754&col=969483191630

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20040721/FRULLA21/TPEntertainment/TopStories


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posted 21 July 2004 04:11 PM      Profile for pebbles     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by PBoy:

Yes and everything in the Toronto Star is factual.


"Rollseyes" yourself.

Whether or not you choose to believe Michael Geist, ONE of the following must be factual:

1) Sarmite Bulte truthfully represented her financial contributions in her reports to Elections Canada.

2) Sarmite Bulte misrepresented her financial contributions in her reports to Elections Canada.

So, to recap:

Either Sarmite Bulte, according to her own financial reports, received loads-o-cash from "cultural industries", and this can be verified in public documents...

Or Sarmite Bulte breached the Elections Act.

Take your pick.


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