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Special Projects Manager to Join Equity Staff
Equity is delighted to announce that Kristian Clarke, former CARFAC Ontario Executive Director, will be joining Equity as the new Special Projects Manager.
Executive Director Arden R. Ryshpan stated "We are delighted to have someone of Kristian’s calibre and experience join our staff. His demonstrated commitment to the arts community is laudable and we look forward to him bringing his organizational skills to this job and to Equity."
The Special Projects Manager will initiate and implement projects for enhanced member service. Upcoming activities include harassment outreach and diversity/inclusion-related initiatives.
Council Link Spring 2015 - Safe and Respectful Workplaces Survey
Thank you very much to all those who took part in our recent national survey on Safe and Respectful Workplaces. Now that the survey results are in, Equity Council has put together a preliminary overview of the key survey findings. Read the Spring 2015 Council Link for more information.

Guest Artist Policy - Member Input Wanted
The Guest Artist Policy is one of the most highly used of all of Equity's policies and provides hundreds of work weeks for the membership. As part of the ongoing review of all of Equity's agreements and policies, the time has come for a thorough review of the Guest Artist Policy. Member input is wanted in this process. NEW SUGGESTION DEADLINE: April 17, 2015.
2014-2015 National AGM Video Reports
Equity's National AGM was held on February 23, 2015. The Council President and Executive Director reports are now available in video and written format here.

Banff Centre and NACMDA Agreements Now Ratified
The Banff Centre Agreement and the National Arts Centre Music Department Agreement were ratifited in ballot counts held on February 12, 2015.
Equity Bylaw Update
At its meeting of January 26, 2015, Council approved a bylaw change. Click below to learn more.
Voluntary RRSP Contribution Deadline
It's not too late for an Equity member to make an RRSP contribution for deductions from their 2014 income tax. Voluntary RRSP contributions must be postmarked on or before March 2, 2015.
Cheques must be payable to London Life Insurance Company and mailed to: Group Retirement Services, 330 University Ave., Toronto, ON M5G 1R8.
Please ensure that your name and certificate number are clearly marked on the front of the cheque. Questions regarding voluntary RRSP contributions may be directed to Colleen Didur, Membership Administrator, by email to or by phone at 1-800-387-1856 (416-867-9165 in Toronto).

Pay Your Dues Online Today
Equity basic membership dues of $90.00 were invoiced on NOVEMBER 1, 2014. The three-month grace period following this billing ended JANUARY 31. A $10.00 overdue fee applies to any outstanding basic dues amount on or after February 1, 2015.

Safe Workplace Survey Has Concluded
The national Safe Workplaces survey has now concluded. A report to membership will be released this Spring. Thank you to all who participated.
EQ Magazine Online
EQ Winter 2015: 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.
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...
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