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Allan Teichman Resigns as Council President
At its meeting of September 25, 2017 Equity's national Council accepted Allan Teichman's resignation as Council President. Allan has served as Council President for a record three plus terms encompassing 11 years of tireless and exceptional work.
Creative Canada Policy Framework
Titled Creative Canada, this strategy provides a new vision and approach to creative industries and to growing the creative economy by the Government of Canada. It has received mixed reviews.
Not in OUR Space! Campaign Launches Nationwide
Launching in Fall 2017, Not in OUR Space! is a multi-faceted and comprehensive anti-harassment campaign developed by Equity with PACT as a founding partner. Both organizations are seeking to ensure healthy working conditions for professional artists working in live performance spaces across the country.

Honours / Awards 2018: Nominations Close October 1
The Honours Committee is currently accepting nominations for 2018. Nominations are open until October 1, 2017.
Ontario Councillor Candidate Search
Equity Council is currently seeking candidacy submissions for a mid-term replacement to help represent the region of Ontario. Candidacy is open to fully paid-up regular and life members in good standing.
National Office Lease Renewal and Renovation
Equity recently committed to a new 10-year lease for its National Office. The terms of the new lease are very favourable and as an inducement to renew, the landlord has agreed to cover the costs for some needed upgrades. The office will be undergoing renovations until mid-October in order to make better use of the available space.
Introducing The OPEN
This new short duration and multi-engagement dance policy, is now available for use by Equity members. It is designed to support the engagement of dance artists working in a diverse range of practices for short-duration performances and activities. The OPEN offers flexibility, rehearsal, break and performance day limits and other artist protections.
2017-2020 VOA Ratified by Membership
Recently negotiated changes to the 2017-2020 Vancouver Opera Agreement with the Vancouver Opera were ratified in a mail-in vote (only) concluding August 10, 2017.
Priorities for the 2018 Federal Budget
Equity has submitted its recommendations as part of the 2018 Federal pre-budget submission process. The complete Pre-Budget Submission is available here.
Summer 2017 EQ Online
Not In OUR Space! Live performance artists work in shared spaces where their actions affect those around them. EQ explores what happens when inappropriate or damaging behaviour occurs on stages and in rehearsal areas. Find out what constitutes harassment and what you can do if it happens to you or a colleague, and how the Not In Our Space! campaign aims to stop harassment before it starts.
Dance Equity Campaign to Launch to Launch Summer 2017 - Read how Equity is reaching out to independent dancers to ensure they are protected and compensated fairly.
Equity Census Update: Get more in-depth information from the 2015 Equity Census with a new analysis of earnings based on gender, ability and sexual orientation.

Equity is gearing up for a Dancer Rights Awareness Campaign including a new website dedicated to dance engagements, a new policy for the engagement of independent dancers including urban and commercial dancers, and revised membership requirements.

Learn more about the campaign in the Summer Issue of EQ or visit
Pay Your Basic Membership Dues Online
Equity basic membership dues of $90.00 were invoiced on May 1, 2017. Payment of basic dues can be made by logging in to EQUITYONLINE to make an online dues payment.

Chubb Insurance Now Accepts Claims by Email
british columbia Equity is pleased to announce a new member service intended to speed up insurance claim response times. Beginning April 21, Equity's insurance provider will accept member claim submissions by email.

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