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In light of the death of Director of Business Rep Services Keith Davidson, Equity has made the difficult decision to postpone the Honours Awards evening until June 25, 2018 when the event will not be overshadowed by the loss of a colleague. The National AGM will continue as scheduled on February 26.

With profound sadness, Equity announces the passing of Keith Davidson following a short illness.

Equity would like to congratulate Doug Irons on his retirement as of February 2, 2018. He served the Association and its members well for nearly 30 years as the Association's Financial Controller. Doug's steady financial leadership leaves Equity in solid financial health and prepared to meet future challenges.

Council President Scott Bellis' letters to the Equity membership regarding Soulpepper Theatre.
Equity's media statement on media reports regarding serious legal allegations made against theatre producer Albert Schultz and Soulpepper Theatre.

Thank you to all members who submitted nomination packages.

Equity has submitted its recommendations as part of the 2018 Federal pre-budget submission process.

With great sadness, Equity announces the passing of former President Henry Gauthier on December 27, 2017. Henry served on Equity's national Council 2000-2008, as Secretary-Treasurer in his first term and as Council's President from 2003 to 2006.

At its meeting of October 29, 2017, Secretary-Treasurer Scott Bellis (Councillor for BC & the Yukon) was appointed Council President and Diane Speirs (Councillor for Western Opera) was appointed to the vacant position of Secretary-Treasurer.

The Equity Census Executive Summary and complete Final Report are available for download.

Executive Director Arden R. Ryshpan and First Vice-President Stephen Erickson are representing Equity at the 2017 FIA (International Federation of Actors) Executive Meeting. Arden's report to the FIA North America working group (including other visiting English language affiliates) is now posted too.

At its meeting of September 25, 2017 Equity's national Council accepted Allan Teichman's resignation as Council President. Allan has served as Council President for a record three plus terms encompassing 11 years of tireless and exceptional work.

Equity recently committed to a new 10-year lease for its National Office. The terms of the new lease are very favourable and as an inducement to renew, the landlord has agreed to cover the costs for some needed upgrades. The office will be undergoing renovations until mid-October in order to make better use of the available space.

Recently negotiated changes to the 2017-2020 Vancouver Opera Agreement with the Vancouver Opera were ratified in a mail-in vote (only) concluding August 10, 2017.

Equity is actively following the BC election and providing updates on the election results.

Titled Creative Canada, this strategy provides a new vision and approach to creative industries and to growing the creative economy by the Government of Canada. It has received mixed reviews.

A survey invitation was sent to Equity members in good standing living in the province of British Columbia. The survey closed on March 26, 2017.

The OPEN, a short duration and multi-engagement dance policy, is now available for use by Equity members. It is designed to support the engagement of dance artists working in a diverse range of practices for short-duration performances and activities. Artists may also self-engage.
Over the past year, Equity conducted in-depth outreach to artists in the independent dance community. We talked to some of Canada's top independent artists examining their unique struggles as professional dancers and exploring how membership in Equity could support real change. This Dancer Rights Awareness Campaign includes a new website dedicated to dance engagements and revised membership requirements. Learn more about the campaign in the Summer Issue of EQ or visit

Equity Council is currently seeking candidacy submissions for a mid-term replacement to help represent the region of Ontario. Candidacy is open to fully paid-up regular and life members in good standing.

Recently negotiated changes to the 2017-2020 Royal Winnipeg Ballet Agreement (RWBA) with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet were ratified in a mail-in vote (only) concluded Thursday, June 8, 2017.

Equity launched its innovative Not in OUR Space! campaign at last evening's National Annual General Meeting in Toronto.

Video presentations of the Council President's Report (delivered by Allan Teichman) and the Executive Director's Report (delivered by Arden R. Ryshpan) to the Equity membership are now available.

Written reports by Council President Allan Teichman and Executive Director Arden R. Ryshpan, and the ratified 2015-2016 Financial Statement, are now available.

Recently negotiated changes to the 2017-2020 Alberta Ballet Agreement (ABA) with the Alberta Ballet were ratified in a mail-in vote (only) concluded February 20, 2017.

EQ Winter 2017 focuses on safety in a live performance work environment. Read the online version of Your Personal Safety Checklist and learn how to stay safe on stage.

Bargaining for minimum fees and the overtime rate (only) for the last two seasons of the Les Grands Ballets Canadiens Agreement (LGBA) with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal successfully concluded on January 25, 2017.

A list of Equity's agreement negotiations and engagement policies taking place in 2017 is now available. Equity members are encouraged to send their suggestions for changes or improvement by the deadlines indicated in the PDF link above.

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