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Factual TV workers Otto Chung and Denise O'Connell Lawsuit deal could see $1M-plus for Cineflix workers, first union contract in factual TV industry - Two of Canada’s top media and entertainment unions are welcoming a proposed settlement of a class action that would see factual TV company Cineflix pay workers at least $1 million and possibly sign a collective agreement that would be a first in the industry. The agreement, submitted on Monday for court approval, follows three years of negotiations between the company, law firm Cavalluzzo, CWA Canada and IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees). The lawsuit was filed by Cavalluzzo LLP in 2018 on behalf of hundreds of current and former workers at Cineflix, which produces such TV shows as Property Brothers and Mayday. It came after a five-year Fairness in Factual campaign by CWA Canada to improve working conditions in the industry. IATSE joined the campaign in 2019, with the formation of the Factual Television Joint Council. The proposed settlement would see $1 million in compensation for all employment standards entitlements (overtime pay, vacation pay, holiday pay) for nearly everyone who worked for Cineflix as employees or so-called independent contractors since October 2016. Cineflix has until March to decide whether to sign a collective agreement that has already been negotiated or pay an additional lump sum. The collective agreement includes [...]
4 of 5 federal parties commit to support news media, increase CBC funding - Four of the five parties in the federal election support a strong and stable media, with increased funding for the public broadcaster. A vague response by one national party, however, raises concerns about the future of CBC/Radio-Canada and the nationwide services it currently provides. In their answers to questions from the Canadian Media Guild (CWA Canada Local 30213), the NDP, the Liberals, the Bloc Québécois and the Green Party committed to improved funding for the CBC. The parties base their support on the unique role the national broadcaster has in Canada. The four also acknowledge the importance of supporting local news at a time when the media industry is in crisis, with each agreeing to extend some kind of temporary support for the industry, much like the 2019 federal government program. Only the Conservative Party of Canada differs on these points.  While the party did not answer questions directly, it did provide the portion of its platform dealing with media, culture and broadcasting. It describes breaking up the CBC, with decreased support for some areas and increased support for others. In essence, the Conservatives’ proposals amount to cutting English-language television while focusing support on French-language services, especially in Quebec. “It is disappointing [...]
How to avoid one-dimensional Pride coverage by exploring intersectionality - By Anna-Liza BadalooFor CWA Canada As a BIPOC member of the LGBTQAI2S+ community, I know the struggles that come with these intersecting identities all too well. Intersectionality recognizes that we all have multiple identities which overlap and accumulate to create complex layers of discrimination. Pride organizations are ramping up their intersectional programming this year to feature diverse stories from the community. It’s time for media to stop focussing on stories from white, cis, gay males and diversify the conversation. I sat down virtually with Pride organizers from across Canada to find out why intersectional media coverage is vital during Pride Month, and how media can raise awareness of important issues currently facing the queer community. Why intersectional media coverage is important right now By forming diverse advisory groups and engaging in community consultation, Pride organizations are working hard to ensure their programming reflects the communities they serve. Queer performers are raising awareness of how queerness intersects with race, class, ability, size, age, religion and immigration status. But you wouldn’t know it based on mainstream media coverage. As Sherwin Modeste, Executive Director of Pride Toronto notes, “The days of Pride being a white, gay, male event are no longer. Look at [...]
Remote work brings privacy issues closer to home - NADINE ROBINSON It’s a normal day for Employee X. They message a source on a work laptop through their personal social media account (because there is no work account) and step away to use the washroom without logging out. The fluorescent tube lighting flickers and glints off a newly installed surveillance camera in the shared bullpen. There are rumours of bossware on company devices, that can turn on a camera and microphone without warning, and can track all activity on the device, and nearby devices. The protagonist goes home and logs into the VPN from their personal laptop to finish a couple of work emails. Subsequently, Employee X is fired for things that they had said and written. Devastated and confused, X grabs their personal phone to message a colleague to try and understand the extent of what the employer knows and how they know it. Their phone has been wiped; everything is gone, even the video of their baby’s first steps. X feels violated. Will they have to go to extreme measures to get their job and their digital life back? What about their privacy and their freedom? It may sound like a pitch for a new episode of [...]
Striving for a world in which we don’t need International Women’s Day - CWA Canada commissioned the following opinion piece to mark International Women’s Day 2021 on March 8. SHARI GRAYDON I’d like to abolish International Women’s Day. Never mind the many opportunities it’s given me to command space on op-ed pages for issues I know and care about; I’m striving for a world in which everybody agrees that IWD is no longer necessary. In the meantime, designating a single 24-hour period to focus on the concerns and realities of fully half the population of the planet is about as insulting as making space for the voices of Black people only one month of the year. But as media workers, you can help address both these issues. Since 2010, the non-profit Informed Opinions has been working to amplify women’s voices in Canadian news media. Because for decades men’s perspectives have outnumbered women’s by a ratio of sometimes four or five to one. That’s a problem in a society that thinks of itself as a beacon of democracy. Representation is as fundamental to democratic decision-making as are free and open news media. It’s true that as long as men continue to dominate politics, business and sport, and news is significantly shaped by the pronouncements [...]

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