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Everybody Counts | 5-Questions, 2-Minutes

In case you missed the Equity Census, or are a new member of Equity, a brief 5-question demographic confidential survey is now available.
Email to request an invitation to Everybody Counts, a new questionnaire regarding age, culture and ethnicity, disability, gender identity and sexual identity. Your information will be treated as strictly confidential and will only ever be reviewed or disseminated in an aggregated format.
The ongoing collection of information about the diversity of Equity's membership will allow us to measure the impact of member diversity on work opportunities, engagement patterns and income earned on an ongoing basis. The data is a powerful tool in collective bargaining for equitable representation of diversity onstage and in related hiring. It also informs advocacy recommendations to funding bodies (federal, provincial and municipal).

Heritage Digital Content Consultations
The Minister of Canadian Heritage is holding public and stakeholder online consultations on the theme of "Canadian Content in a Digital World." Have your say - provide your input by the NOVEMBER 25TH deadline. In order to reinforce some key points and provide ideas that may augment your submission, Equity has prepared a resource document here.
Notice of Disciplinary Action
At its most recent meeting, Council received the final report from a Hearing Committee struck to decide on a complaint of harassment and unprofessional behaviour by a member.
After hearing from all sides and investigation by an independent third party, the Committee upheld the complaint, and has required several restorative and training remedies relevant to the reported behaviour, to be completed within six months. It is the understanding of Council that plans are under way to satisfy the terms of the decision.
Members can find details of Equity's complaint and discipline process in Bylaws, articles 34-87.

Equity Bylaw Updates - October 2016
Equity's Council encourages all members to be familiar with the rules that govern membership in our Association. Electronic copies of the current bylaws are always posted for review or download in the "Document Library" section of EQUITYONLINE (, and are available in print format upon request to the Association.
Federal Arts and Culture Funding in 2016-2017
A new report released by the Canadian Conference of the Arts, the Saskatchewan Arts Alliance, and the Canadian Arts Coalition examines federal arts and culture sector funding for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.
Pay Your Basic Membership Dues Online
Payment of basic dues can be made by logging in to EQUITYONLINE to make an online dues payment.

DentalCare and VisionCare Discount Program Cancellation
After nationwide member consultation, and due to the participation rates that were well below expectations, the DentalCare and VisionCare discount programs will be cancelled as of January 1, 2017.
Too few members have found the discount Network advantageous for the significant cost of program delivery.
Equity members in good standing may continue to use the DentalCare and VisionCare Network, including signing up for first time benefits, until December 31, 2016.
Arts Day on the Hill - October 25, 2016
Equity's Executive Director Arden R. Ryshpan and Senior Projects Manager Kristian Clarke are joining together with arts advocates from across the country to make the arts and culture industry a top government priority.
Support #ArtsDay 2016 by emailing your local MP to let them know a constituent supports the arts. Click to find your MP and read Equity's recommendations to include in your email message.
Ontario 'Changing Workplaces Review'
Equity has responded to the Ontario Ministry of Labour's 'Changing Workplaces Review - Special Advisors' Interim Report' with a set of recommendations on how the Province can strengthen the Ontario Labour Relations Act with respect to Arts workers in Ontario. Click here to read Equity's submission.

Personal Information Statement RE: Online Security
On October 11, 2016, emails appearing to be sent from Equity's @CAEA.COM domain were distributed to some members and engagers. Please see the full statement regarding this incident here.
After consultation with the membership and specific outreach to those members who worked under the INDIE 2.1, Equity is pleased to launch the new INDIE 2.2.
ACE Insurance is now Chubb
Equity members please note: in January 2016, ACE Limited acquired the Chubb Corporation. The insurance company now operates under the Chubb name. Members should experience no substantive change to Equity's insurance policies or claims process resulting from the change of ownership.
Artists' Collective and Festival Policies Now Updated
Equity is pleased to announce that the updated Artists' Collective Policy and Festival Policy are now available online.
Summer 2016 EQ Online
We're celebrating Equity's Ruby Anniversary with a special commemorative issue of EQ that looks back over the past 40 years and ahead to the next 40. Follow the timeline that flows through the magazine to see how Equity has helped improve conditions for all members - and don't miss our exclusive interview with Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, on how the Liberal government plans to follow through on its commitment to increased funding for arts and culture.
Equity's Western Office has Moved
Equity's Western Office moved to a new Vancouver location on June 1, 2016. The new Western Office address is be 1316-750 West Broadway Vancouver, BC V5Z 1J3.
Equity's 40th Anniversary!
April 1, 2016 marks 40 years since Canadian Actors' Equity Association's amicable separation from AEA (U.S.) and 60 years that we have existed in Canada. Our anniversary presents a fantastic opportunity in which to mark our Canadian heritage and modernize our look.
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Council Connection is an ongoing journal of the doings and decisions of the board of the Canadian Actors' Equity Association.

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