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Monday, March 02, 2009

Conservatives' latest attempt to stifle art...

This news has me so flustered, I am doing something rare for me: offering a link to a Facebook page.

From the Intro page of the Coalition to Keep Canadian Heritage Support for Literary and Arts Magazines:

“Canadian literary and arts magazines publishing in either English and French are in danger of losing a key federal funding source.

On February 17, 2009, Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore announced in a speech he made in Montreal that the Canada Magazine Fund and Publishing Assistance Program will be merged to create the Canada Periodical Fund. Initiatives from this new body will come on stream in 2010.

Departing from his prepared remarks, James Moore indicated that eligiblity for funding could potentially be restricted to those magazines with an annual circulation above 5000. With notable exceptions, the circulation of virtually every Canadian literary and arts magazine, large and small, is below 5000.

We have to make sure this possibility does not become an actuality, for if it does, as April 1, 2010, these important and praiseworthy magazines will no longer qualify for funding that they have been receiving for years from the CMF and PAP despite the excellent work that they undertake for the readers and writers across Canada (and around the world)!”


Blogger Andrew Tibbetts said...

I'm trying to comment to this but I'm too spittin' mad.

Wed Mar 04, 06:10:00 pm GMT-5  
Blogger Tricia Dower said...

I got an e-mail from the BC Federation of Writers about this, too, saying they will lose funding, as well. I'll register my protest, Tamara, but in this economy it's doubtful the funding cut will be stopped. We're not a powerful enough lobby, obviously. If we went on "strike," we might be the only ones who care.

Wed Mar 04, 11:36:00 pm GMT-5  

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