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Equity's National AGM was held on February 23, 2015
The Council President and Executive Director reports will be available in video and written format very soon.

Banff Centre and NACMDA Agreements Now Ratified
The Banff Centre Agreement and the National Arts Centre Music Department Agreement were ratifited in ballot counts held on February 12, 2015.
Equity Bylaw Update
At its meeting of January 26, 2015, Council approved a bylaw change. Click below to learn more.
Voluntary RRSP Contribution Deadline
It's not too late for an Equity member to make an RRSP contribution for deductions from their 2014 income tax. Voluntary RRSP contributions must be postmarked on or before March 2, 2015.
Cheques must be payable to London Life Insuranec Company and mailed to: Group Retirement Services, 330 University Ave., Toronto, ON M5G 1R8.
Please ensure that your name and certificate number are clearly marked on the front of the cheque. Questions regarding voluntary RRSP contributions may be directed to Colleen Didur, Membership Administrator, by email to or by phone at 1-800-387-1856 (416-867-9165 in Toronto).

Pay Your Dues Online Today! Late Fee Applies February 1st, 2015
Equity basic membership dues of $90.00 were invoiced on NOVEMBER 1, 2014. The three-month grace period following this billing will end JANUARY 31. As of FEBRUARY 1, a $10.00 overdue fee will apply to any outstanding basic dues amount.

Safe Workplace Survey Has Concluded
The national Safe Workplaces survey has now concluded. A report to membership will be released this Spring. Thank you to all who participated.
EQ Winter 2015 Available Online
Discover why audiences and artists alike love festivals as we explore the appeal of festivals such as the Fringe - and ask whether it's becoming the new development ground for original Canadian works. Also in this issue, learn how the Royal Winnipeg Ballet used dance to tell the story of the Indian Residential Schools, and find out why it's important to participate in the upcoming Membership Demography Survey even if you don't consider yourself to be part of a diverse group.
NACMDA and Banff Centre Agreement Now Up For Ratification
The proposed changes to the 2014-2017 Banff Centre Agreement and the 2014-2018 National Arts Centre Music Department Agreement are now subject to ratification by the affected Equity membership. The results of the ratification will be announced on e-drive and on EQUITYONLINE on Friday, February 13, 2015.

CTA Ratification Voter Registration
The Canadian Theatre agreement is set to expire June 28, 2015. Negotiations between Equity and PACT begin February 2015. Voting on the negotiated changes will commence as soon as possible after the conclusion of negotiations.
Life and Regular Equity members, in good standing and who were engaged under the CTA or another theatre agreement or policy *NEW* (Artists' Collective Policy and Festival Policy excepted) since June 29, 2009, will be automatically enumerated to vote.
*NEW* Life and Regular Equity members, in good standing but who are not eligible for automatic enumeration, may now register to vote on the CTA ratification. Register for CTA ratification voting here.

2015 Agreement Negotiations & Engagement Policy Review
Equity members are encouraged to contribute to the development, negotiation, review and revision of agreements and policies.
Council Connection Blog: RRSP Part 2
If you have read my previous post on RRSPs, you will know that returns on our funds are right up there with others available in our industry. However, it doesn't matter in the least how good the returns are, if you don't follow these two weird tips for success in retirement investing...
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