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Link: Jay Switzer invested with the Order of Canada

From Bill Brioux of Brioux.tv:

Link: Jay Switzer invested with the Order of Canada
Switzer built his reputation in the TV business from the bottom up. He started, at 16, on the Citytv switchboard. According to the colourful bio passed along by his Hollywood Suite corporate partner, David Kines, Switzer did everything during those early days at City, even the daring job of wiring up notorious Dutch madam Xaviera Hollander with a lav mic. Continue reading.

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Link: ‘I never felt safe on set’ — Canadian actors on changing the culture of harassment

From Tony Wong of the Toronto Star:

Link: ‘I never felt safe on set’ — Canadian actors on changing the culture of harassment
“I’ve always felt like this is a boys’ club. I’ve never felt safe on set. Sexual harassment is pervasive and insidious and it exists. It’s not always the crazy stuff you hear about. It can be more subtle. But it’s a fact of life.” Continue reading.

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Link: CBC to launch ad-free paid streaming option as part of revamped TV app

From The Canadian Press:

Link: CBC to launch ad-free paid streaming option as part of revamped TV app
CBC said Monday it plans to launch a paid version of a new CBC TV app that will let viewers watch programs without ads.

The broadcaster said in a memo that the new app, which will also be available for free in an ad-supported version, will allow users to live stream CBC TV, watch episodes on demand on the same day they’re released, see ad-free children’s programming and see series not aired on the network. Continue reading.

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Link: Veteran Canadian film producer and broadcaster Felix “Fil” Fraser dies at 86

From Etan Vlessing of The Hollywood Reporter:

Link: Veteran Canadian film producer and broadcaster Felix “Fil” Fraser dies at 86
Fil Fraser, who worked as a broadcaster, writer and radio, TV and film producer over five decades, died Sunday of unspecified causes. He was 86.

“Fil Fraser was a great Albertan whose storied career made him a national treasure and a living legend,” Michael Jorgensen, board chair of the Alberta Media Production Industries Association, said Monday in a statement. Continue reading.

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Link: ACTRA says it’s expediting sexual-harassment complaints processes

From Victoria Ahearn of The Canadian Press:

Link: ACTRA says it’s expediting sexual-harassment complaints processes
The union for Canada’s TV and film performers says it’s expediting its discipline processes for sexual harassment and assault complaints.

At a panel discussion on sexual harassment hosted Friday by the organization behind the Toronto International Film Festival, ACTRA Toronto president Theresa Tova outlined a number of immediate steps the union is taking as it also works with other industry stakeholders on longer-term strategies. Continue reading.

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