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Safe Workplace Survey Now Underway
Council is currently undertaking a national survey of the membership on the topic of promoting safe and respectful workplaces, free from sexual or personal harassment, bullying, discrimination, and other behaviours that create a toxic work environment.
Survey links have been sent out to all Regular and Life Members in good standing for whom a current email was on file as of January 7. If you believe that you should have been sent a survey, but did not receive one, please contact the national office at 416-867-9165. The survey closes January 25.
EQ Winter 2015 Now 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.
Equity and ACTRA Sign Reciprocal Agreement
The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) and Canadian Actors' Equity Association announced December 8th, 2014, the signing of a modernized Reciprocal Agreement between the two unions.
Changes explained here. Updated Equity/ACTRA Reciprocal Agreement is on page 9 and 10 of this document.
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...
Introducing Equity Advantage
As a benefit of membership, Equity members in good standing now receive an Equity Advantage card enrolling them in DentalCare and VisionCare discount programs.
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