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Equal Status for Women in the Indian Act

We are Senators and Indigenous women leaders with a long history of advocating for equality for Indigenous women in Canada. We write to you today to request your support for the full and final removal of sex discrimination from the Indian Act. We ask you to sign on to this letter to Prime Minister Trudeau by November 7th. Shocking as it is, Indian women still do not enjoy the same entitlement to full Indian status and the same ability to transmit their status to their descendants as Indian men. This discrimination has existed since the Indian Act was first introduced in 1876. We believe that 141 years of sex discrimination is enough. We write to you now because the Government of Canada is poised to pass Bill S-3, a revision to the Indian Act, which will, one more time, remove discrimination for some, but leave the core of the sex discrimination in place. On June 1, 2017, the Senate of Canada unanimously passed an amendment to Bill S-3. This amendment, which has been dubbed the ‘6(1)(a) all the way’ amendment, would, for the first time, entitle Indian women and their descendants to full 6(1)(a) Indian status on the same footing as Indian men and their descendants. The Government of Canada has rejected this equal status amendment and wants the Senate to pass Bill S-3 without eliminating all the discrimination against First Nations women and their descendants. As Indigenous women, we need you to help and support us. Indigenous women cannot be successful in this fight alone. We need the support of our non-Indigenous sisters and allies, as well as of our Indigenous brothers and communities, and we need it now. The Government of Canada wants to pass Bill S-3 before December 15, 2017. Please join us in fighting to end discrimination against women in the Indian Act. Here’s what you can do:

  • Sign on to this letter addressed to the Prime Minister of Canada asking him to remove the sex discrimination from the Indian Act now; to sign on send us an email at bills3@fafia-afai.org with your name, if you are signing as an individual, or the name of your organization, and/or the name of all the individuals at your organization that would like to sign on. Please send your sign on by November 7th. We will keep a continuous list and post it on our website.
  • Contact your Member of Parliament directly, and ask him or her to support removal of the sex discrimination from the Indian Act now. Go to this website to find your MP’s contact information and follow this link for a sample email to send to your Member of Parliament.
  • Contact Senators from your province or territory and ask them to hold firm on their support for the ‘6(1)(a) all the way’ amendment. Go to this website to find Senators’ contact information and follow this link for a sample email to send to Senators from your province or territory.
  • Share this email with your membership lists and with your friends and allies. Ask them to sign on and call or write to their MPs and Senators.
  • Find background information on Indian Act sex discrimination and Bill S-3 here and follow this link to register and watch the webinars hosted by the Canadian Women’s Foundation and FAFIA on the Indian Act.

Here’s who we are:

  • Senator Lillian Dyck, Chair of the Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples, which heard testimony on Bill S-3 and initiated the ‘6(1)(a) all the way’ amendment.
  • Senator Sandra Lovelace-Nicholas, Member of the Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples, Petitioner to the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Lovelace v Canada, which resulted in the 1981 ruling that the sex discrimination in the Indian Act violates the rights of Indigenous women to their culture.
  • Jeannette Corbiere-Lavell and Yvonne Bedard, plaintiffs in Lavell, Bedard v Canada, which resulted in the now infamous 1973 Supreme Court of Canada ruling that the sex discrimination in the Indian Act did not violate Canada’s Bill of Rights.
  • Sharon McIvor, Plaintiff in McIvor v Canada, which resulted in the 2009 British Columbia Court of Appeal ruling that won status, or improved status, for about 35,000 previously excluded Indigenous women and their descendants.
  • Dr. Lynn Gehl, Plaintiff in Gehl v Canada, which resulted in the 2017 ruling by the Ontario Court of Appeal that the unstated paternity policy of the Registrar of Indian and Northern Affairs was unreasonable.

Not one of us, to this day, is entitled to full 6(1)(a) status under the Indian Act. Please help us to achieve equal status for Indian women and their descendants now. Learn about the Famous Six and read their message here

 

 

 

 

AFM Hurricane Relief

October  5, 2017

The AFM has set up a link on our AFM website for Hurricane Relief donations and a link for downloading the application to apply for assistance.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE:

To receive assistance:

  1. The applicant must be a member in good standing of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada;
  2. Prior to Hurricane Harvey, Irma or Maria, the applicant must have resided in, or been employed as a professional musician in the affected counties of Texas, Florida or municipios of Puerto Rico that FEMA has identified as a “major disaster declaration” area as a result of Hurricane Harvey, Irma or Maria; and
  3. The applicant must have suffered one of the hardships listed on the application as a result of Hurricane Harvey, Irma or Maria that is not reimbursable by insurance.

President Hair and I believe that AFM Locals are an essential part of the application process (similar to the Petrillo Fund application process). All applicants for AFM Hurricane Fund assistance will be submitting their application and supporting documents to their Local for initial review by the Local. The Local should forward only those applications the Local supports for hurricane relief assistance to:

Hurricane Relief Fund c/o American Federation of Musicians Attention: Nadine Sylvester 1501 Broadway, Suite 600 New York, NY 10036

Thank you in advance for your participation in this process to provide assistance to our AFM members during this very challenging time of hurricane recovery. If you have questions, please call me at (212) 869-1330 x1-224.

Fraternally and sincerely,

 

Ray Hair                                                                       Jay Blumenthal AFM International President                                     AFM International Secretary-Treasurer

 

Musicians BROKE, OUT WEST

Canadian Federation of Musicians labour dispute intends to end exploitation at Western Canadian Music Alliance’s BreakOut West Festival

Toronto, Canada – Monday, September 11, 2017 — The labour dispute between the Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) and the Western Canadian Music Alliance (WCMA), the entity which operates the BreakOut West Festival (BOW), has not been resolved. The BOW conference, which begins on September 13th, in Edmonton, Alberta, the vast majority of festival musicians do not receive payment for either their live performances or for the festival recording their shows.

The CFM, a union within the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), views this as a slap in the face for Canadian workers, and are asking the festival to meet the CLC’s national push for $15/hr and Fairness, based on a 4-hour minimum call.

“While certain headline musicians performing concerts at the festival are paid, most receive no fee,” explains Alan Willaert, Vice-President from Canada of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. “All Canadians deserve to be paid for their work and this must include professional musicians. This is a simple matter of social justice and WCMA’s reluctance to meet this minimum standard is unacceptable”.

“I am grateful for AFM and CFM’s support and fight on behalf of the interest of musicians”, said Claire Ness, an independent artist from the Yukon who is scheduled to perform.

“This event is all about the musicians, yet they are the ones being exploited”, continued Willaert. “The Provincial and Federal Governments should be ashamed that Canadians’ tax dollars (including musicians’ taxes) are being misused to sponsor an event that acts more like a sweatshop than a music festival.”

The Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) is the Canadian National office of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM). The CFM provides vital resources to Canadian musicians at all stages of their careers, on any platform, from live concert to recorded performance, broadcast and film scoring. The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) is comprised of 200 local offices across the United States and Canada, collectively representing a membership of approximately 80,000 professional musicians. The AFM/CFM has been representing the interests of U.S. and Canadian musicians for 121 years, as the representative of professional musicians in a broad range of collective bargaining and legislative actions.

For more information please visit us at http://www.cfmusicians.org/ ׀ CFM on twitter ׀ CFM on Facebook.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Victoria Lord, VLPR Inc.

T: 1-416-484-9047 | E: victoria@vlpr.com

P2 Visa Processing Update

Regular Processing: Submit your P2 package to CFM at least 75 calendar days prior to first performance. US Immigration reports a processing backlog for Regular Processing

Premium Processing: Submit your P2 package to CFM at least 30 days prior to first performance.

NOTE: When you submit a P2 application; you do so at your own risk. AFM does not have control over the decisions U.S. Immigration makes on their processing times. Therefore, USCIS processing times may increase/decrease at any time, without notice. The AFM’s suggested processing timelines are based on an internal weekly, observance of the average turnaround time from submission of application to receipt of approval.

 

 

Musicians in Labour Dispute with WCMA

CFM Initiates Action Against Western Canadian Music Alliance

Musicians in Labour Dispute with WCMA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Toronto, ON May 30, 2017 – Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM, the Canadian National office of the AFM) has entered into a labour dispute with the Western Canadian Music Alliance (WCMA), which has offices in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The WCMA operates the Breakout West Festival, an event which features an industry conference, presentation of the Western Canadian Music Awards and live performances of musicians in various public venues.

The WCMA is refusing to bargain a successor agreement with the CFM, “Without a collective agreement in place, the musicians are not guaranteed reasonable fees. In addition, there would be no pension, and no language to prevent the WCMA or broadcasters from recording and exploiting the performances, anywhere and in perpetuity,” said Alan Willaert, Vice-President from Canada, American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. “Despite receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in government grants and corporate sponsors, they have stated that musicians should not consider Breakout West a gig; they should consider it a ‘networking opportunity’. Where is all that money going? Musicians have to pay the rent, like everyone else.”

Numerous attempts have been made by the CFM to reach out to the WCMA representatives, who were served with a Notice to Bargain, but, they continue to stonewall. Therefore, as a last resort, the WCMA has been placed on the AFM’s International Unfair List, naming them as an entity that refuses to negotiate a fair and equitable agreement for performances in association with this year’s Breakout West Festival in Edmonton, Alberta. This has the effect of prohibiting members from accepting engagements from any organization so designated.

The Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) is the Canadian National office of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM). The CFM provides vital resources to Canadian musicians at all stages of their careers, on any platform, from live concert to recorded performance, broadcast and film scoring. The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) is comprised of 200 local offices across the United States and Canada, collectively representing a membership of approximately 80,000 professional musicians across the United States and Canada. The AFM/CFM has been representing the interests of U.S. and Canadian musicians for 120 years, as the representative of professional musicians in a broad range of collective bargaining and legislative actions.

For more information please visit us at http://www.cfmusicians.org/ ׀ CFM on twitter׀ CFM on Facebook.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Victoria Lord, VLPR Inc.

T: 1-416-484-9047 | E: victoria@vlpr.com

 

 

 

Message from the Musicians’ Pension Fund of Canada

May 23, 2017

Dear Plan Member/Local Officer,

You may have read the recent article by AFM President Ray Hair in the May 2017 International Musician regarding the conditions of the US Pension Fund (AFM-EPF).

Please be advised that this article is not relevant to the Musicians’ Pension Fund of Canada.

The Musicians’ Pension Fund of Canada is a completely separate fund from the American Federation of Musicians and Employers’ Pension Fund. It is administered by a separate Board of Trustees and governed by Canadian legislation.

If you have any questions about the Musicians’ Pension Fund of Canada, please visit our web site http://www.mpfcanada.ca/ or contact the Fund office by email at info@mpfcanada.ca.

Sincerely,

Ellen M. Versteeg-Lytwyn

Executive Director

Canadian Federation of Musicians/GoodLife Fitness

Dear Members,

Thanks for your participation and input in the Goodlife Fitness survey!  The results show significant interest levels, so Goodlife approves the program to offer a corporate discount.  This program is eligible only to currently active CFM members, plus their corresponding family/spouses.

The enrolment is available online and requires you to enter your AFM Number for members. The AFM Member Number can be found in your AFM Portal and is a different member number than the one assigned by your Local.  If you do not know your AFM Member Number or need to update your membership to active status, please contact Cathy Lee in Membership Services, Head Office: clee@afm.org; 1-800-463-6333 x.231.

Please read below in the FAQ about the Goodlife Program. For additional questions about it, please contact: corporateprograms@goodlifefitness.com or 1-800-287-4631.

Here’s to your health!

Canadian Federation of Musicians

Has invested in your health & wellness

ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE!

Register for your GoodLife Fitness Corporate Membership today at:

 https://corporate.goodlifefitness.com

Select Canadian Federation of Musicians in the dropdown menu, then enter your AFM membership number (which is found in your AFM online portal or from your Local office).

  • Significant savings off regular GoodLife Fitness membership rates
  • Access to over 250 GoodLife Fitness Clubs across Canada and 30 Energie Cardio Clubs in Quebec
  • Corporate rate extended to 4 additional family members
  • State-of-the-art cardio equipment
  • All free weights and weight machines
  • World-renowned Group Fitness classes
  • Professionally trained staff to assist you in achieving your goals
  • Towel Service (where available, except Energie Cardio)
  • Child minding (where available at an additional fee)
  • Seeking a health or fitness assessment? Ask the club about a LifeChanger
  • 24 hour locations (select clubs only)
  • Access to the GoodLife Fitness Rewards Program – savings and special offers from over 100 popular brands

Visit us online for a complete list of club locations and amenities.

 http://www.goodlifefitness.com

 https://www.energiecardio.com/en

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I access the online Corporate Membership Program registration tool? Please use the following link for registration https://corporate.goodlifefitness.com/ and select your company from the drop down menu. “Canadian Federation of Musicians”

What is my unique identifier? The unique identifier you need to access the online registration tool is your AFM membership number (which is found in your AFM online portal).

What is the Corporate Membership rate? The annual Corporate Membership rate for your company is $449.00 plus applicable taxes, per member, per year; or the bi-weekly payment will be $24.00 plus tax.

How do I register for or renew a Corporate Membership? Visit https://corporate.goodlifefitness.com/ and enter your unique login information. The enrolment process will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete. Have your payment information and your existing GoodLife Membership number or key tag barcode (if applicable) readily available. If you also wish to enroll up to four family members, have their information available before you begin the registration process. GoodLife will send you a copy of your membership agreement electronically after you’ve completed the online registration process.

Are my family Members eligible for this offer? A benefit of the Corporate Membership Program is the ability to add up to four eligible family members to your Corporate Membership. Eligible family members include your spouse, extended family at or over the age of majority, child(ren) or any minor under your guardianship, as long as they are 12 years-of-age or older. You must register yourself into the GoodLife Fitness Corporate Program before you can register your family members. All payments for family member Corporate Memberships – including any added amenities (such as lockers, Hot Yoga, etc.) – will be withdrawn from your bank account.

Are existing GoodLife Fitness non-corporate members eligible for this offer? Yes. If you are transferring into this Corporate Membership Program, GoodLife will waive the $99 membership buyout fee. You will need to register for the new Corporate Membership offer online and complete the appropriate section with your existing membership details (your existing membership number or key tag barcode number so that we can automatically update your membership with your new corporate rate). Within 10 business days, your payment details will be sent to you in separate emails for your membership and any family memberships you register. Please continue to use your existing membership key tags.

Will my current bank payments immediately stop when I enroll for this Corporate Membership Program? No, your payment information will be updated to the new corporate rate automatically and will be withdrawn on your current payment schedule through the bank account information you provided previously. This will take ten business days to process. If you see more than one payment withdrawn at the old (non-Corporate) rate, please contact corporateprograms@goodlifefitness.com or 1-800-287-4631.

If I sign up online today, when will I have access to the Club? I am a brand New GoodLife Member… If you are a new GoodLife Fitness Member, your new membership key tag will be available at any GoodLife Fitness Club two to three business days after registration. Simply visit your Club of choice and mention you are there to pick up your new Key Tag. You will be required to show photo ID when you pick up your key tag. You are welcome to use the Club immediately after your register (before your new key tag is ready). You will be required to sign a guest pass to do so. Please bring a copy of your membership agreement with you, as well as your photo ID.

I am an existing GoodLife Member (club or corporate)… If you are an existing GoodLife Fitness Member and already have a GoodLife key tag, you can continue to use the Club as normal. You can continue to use you current key tag and do not require to sign anything at the front desk.

What are my payment options for this Corporate Membership Program? I am a New GoodLife Member… Payment is through a pre-authorized bi-weekly deduction from your personal bank account, or you may select to pay up-front-in-full by credit card.

I am an existing GoodLife Member… You may continue to pay through a pre-authorized deduction from your personal bank account and we will match your current payment schedule with the updated rate or you may choose to pay in full via credit card.

Is there a minimum age to join GoodLife Fitness? The minimum age to join GoodLife is 12-years-old. We require a parent or legal guardian to sign for anyone under the age of majority in each province. In addition, all members under the age of 18 are required to complete a series of Orientations called a Youth Passport in order to help familiarize themselves and get comfortable in the Club. This is available at no additional cost. To get started with the Youth Passport, please request an appointment at any GoodLife Club.

Can I go to any GoodLife location with my Corporate Membership? Your Corporate Membership gives you access to all 280+ GoodLife Fitness Clubs across the country, including the 50+ Énergie Cardio Clubs in Quebec.

Is Towel Service included in my Corporate Membership? Yes. Towel Service is included in your membership, however not every GoodLife location offers Towel Service. Please ask a friendly Associate at your Club if they offer Towel Service.

Is Squash included? We do have locations that offer Squash. Please visit http://www.goodlifefitness.com/ for more information on these locations.

Is Personal Training available? And is it included with my Corporate Membership? GoodLife Fitness offers Personal Training at an additional cost to your Membership. Please speak with an Associate at the Club(s) for details.

AFM Officers’ Training

In response to Resolution No. 1 from the 2016 AFM Convention, which called for a training and education program to assist Local Officers, the AFM has created a three-part officer education program:

(1) Nuts-and-bolts of operating a Local, which will be presented via several webinars during the year;

(2) leadership training, which will be presented at a central location twice a year; and

(3) skill-building and topic-specific presentations, to be presented in the two days prior to each of the five main regional conferences.

The skill-building and topic-specific sessions prior each conference take advantage of the fact that Local representatives will already be traveling to the conference. The AFM will be presenting the first set of the skill-building and topic-specific sessions just prior to the Canadian Conference at the Conference hotel in Hamilton, Ontario, on August 9 and 10, 2017.

For more info click here.

Unpaid Mechanical and Video Royalties Canadian Class Action Settlement

The claims period for the Group III Items, which are those items released between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2012 will commence on April 3, 2017.

In order to facilitate the individual class process for class members for the Medium- and High-Value Group III items, CSI will make the Medium- and High-Value Group III information available on a searchable web-based system (the “Claims Website”). The Claims Website can be accessed from CSI’s website at www.cmrrasodrac.ca

Claims for Medium-Value items, which are those items with a value between $1,000 and $2,500, must be filed on or before October 3, 2017 while claims for High-Value Items, which are those items with a value of $2,500 and above, must be filed by April 3, 2018.

 Once an ownership claim has been established and verified, CSI will facilitate payment to the class member. Claims will be reviewed and processed in a timely manner following the conclusion of the claims period.

If you have questions about the claims process, please visit the Claims Website at www.cmrrasodrac.ca, or contact CSI by e-mail at pendingsettlementinquiries@cmrrasodrac.ca. If you would like more information about the case or would like to view a copy of the Court-approved Notice of the Commencement of the Group III Claims Process, please visit www.pendinglistsettlement.com.

PSA on the Actor’s Fund of Canada

The AFC is pleased to announce a Public Service Announcement on The AFC – the lifeline for Canada’s entertainment industry – is now airing on CBC TV and CBC.ca. The 60-second spot, which showcases how even the most celebrated performers and technicians can find themselves needing help after an unforeseen event upends their lives, can also be viewed here. The PSA would not have been possible without the amazing generosity of the CBC, who provided the talent and resources to shoot and produce the video, and donated valuable airtime to let Canadians know about the important work The AFC does. The AFC would also like to thank Mirvish Productions, the National Ballet of Canada, the Royal Conservatory of Music, Frantic Films and IATSE for their generous assistance in the production of the PSA, and all the performers and technicians who graciously donated their time and talent. To learn more about the PSA or The AFC, please visit AFChelps.ca.