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Arts Day on Parliament Hill
On October 20th, 2014, Equity's Executive Director Arden R. Ryshpan joined arts advocates from across Canada on Parliament Hill to put arts and culture in the federal spotlight. The year 2014 marks the 4th annual Arts Day on the Hill led by the Canadian Arts Coalition.
Council Connection Blog: Did You Know? Dues Remission
Since 1990, Equity has offered dues remission to senior artists within each of its disciplines. Upon application, eligible members may be granted relief from payment of basic (annual) dues. We've recently completed some bylaw changes to increase member awareness of the option...
Small-Scale Theatre Policy Improvements
Equity is pleased to announce the updated INDIE 2.1, Artists' Collective Policy and Festival Policy. Executive Director Arden R. Ryshpan's letter to the membership, and the synopsis of policy improvements are available below.
Equity and ACTRA demand strong arts and culture support from federal government
Equity and ACTRA jointly submit a pre-budget brief to the Federal Government's Standing Committee on Finance in advance of the 2015 budget.
International Federation of Actors (FIA) Meeting, September 2014
On September 26-27, 2014, Equity participated in a global dialogue to discuss trends, challenges and ideas with actors' associations from around the world. Executive Director Arden R. Ryshpan's Country Report is available below.
Equity and Partners Launch 'Equity in Theatre' Campaign
Playwrights Guild of Canada, in partnership with Canadian Actors' Equity Association and some of the arts industry's most vital organizations, is proud to announce the launch of Equity in Theatre (EIT), a campaign to help redress gender inequities in the theatre sector.
EQUITYONLINE website survey
The survey is now closed. Thank you to all members everyone who participated. Information about the survey results and new website will be available mid-fall.

Toronto Municipal Election

The Toronto municipal election is October 27. ArtsVote provides an overview of candidates' understanding of the issues facing the arts community.
2014-2017 Vancouver Opera Agreement Ratified
The recently negotiated Vancouver Opera Agreement was ratified by the eligible Equity membership in a ballot count held September 11.
2014 Summer EQ
EQ comes out in this special queer issue helmed by guest editor Matthew Hays. We travel across the country to ask a celebrated group of artists their feelings about the state of queer theatre and performance today, and look back at 35 years of Toronto's Buddies in Bad Times, the world's oldest queer theatre.
NEW - Pay Your Dues Online!
As promised during the Dues Referendum, Equity members are now able to pay dues online with Visa or MasterCard. This new feature allows members to log in to EQUITYONLINE and securely pay dues in a few simple clicks.
 
Protecting Child Performers: Ontario Update
Before the Ontario Legislative Assembly adjourned for summer recess, ACTRA Toronto and the Canadian Actors' Equity Association (Equity) welcomed the introduction of Bill 17 - Protecting Child Performers Act by NDP M.P.P. Paul Miller (Hamilton East-Stoney Creek). Click below to read the full media release.
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