Friday, November 26, 2010
meanwhile, in today's Globe
(thanks to the Canadian Magazines blog for this image)
A coalition of Canadian writers and writer groups has purchased a full-page ad in today's Globe & Mail calling Bill C-32 as written "unacceptable" and asking for immediate amendments from the Special Committee on C-32.
This coalition, which has been attacked by certain consumer advocates as elitist and fear-mongering consists of:
The Canadian Authors Association;
The League of Canadian Poets;
The Literary Translators' Association of Canada;
The Playwrights Guild of Canada;
The Professional Writers Association of Canada;
The Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators and Performers; and
The Writers' Union of Canada
Take a look at the names signed to that open letter:
Daniel David Moses
Other than the obvious CanLit stars, these groups represent over 5,000 hard-working creative professionals, who average around $24,000 per year from their work for the cultural sector.
Their concerns about the proposed legislation are real and informed by authoritative legal advice. A full-page ad in the Globe speaks volumes about their commitment to see meaningful and positive amendments to Bill C-32.
Good on them, and shame on anyone who suggests they are working against the interests of average Canadians.