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Universal Pharmacare

Folks just like you are super keen to tell their Members of Parliament why universal pharmacare makes sense.

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Join us this Wednesday, August 8, at 12:30 p.m. EDT for a LIVE Webinar. Become an expert on pharmacare with quick and easy information that we’ll teach you to deliver with confidence.

We can’t assume the federal government will know what we want – it’s up to us to tell them. They need to hear directly from us. We need a plan that is universal, portable, accessible, comprehensive and publicly administered.

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Best,
Laurie Antonin

The Pharmacare Team
Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of Canada’s unions

Len Lytwyn Passes

Len Lytwyn passed away peacefully at Southlake Village, Newmarket on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at the age of 76. Dearly loved husband of Ellen Versteeg-Lytwyn. Loving father of Dawn (Danny Cirillo), Paul Versteeg-Lytwyn (Erin O’Brien) and Mark Versteeg-Lytwyn (Emily). Cherished Gigi of Eric, Evan, Cayman, and Maloh. Dear brother of Elaine (Don) and predeceased by his brother Fred. Len will be sadly missed by his nieces, nephews, extended family and friends, especially by all those he mentored throughout the years. A Celebration of Life Gathering will take place at a later date. Special thanks to all the staff at Southlake Village who took care and loved Len. In memory of Len, please consider a donation to the Margaret Bahen Hospice. Arrangements entrusted to M.W. Becker Funeral Home. Sign an online book of condolences at https://mwbeckerfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/1223/Lenard-Lytwyn/obituary.html#tribute-start

CFM COPYRIGHT REFORM RECOMMENDATIONS

CFM PRESENT LIST OF COPYRIGHT REFORM RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

For Immediate Release Toronto, On June 5, 2018 –  Earlier today, representatives of the Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) appeared before the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology to outline recommendations for much needed amendments to the Copyright Act.   The consultation follows a presentation made to the Heritage Committee on May 29th.  In their statements Alan Willaert , Vice-President from Canada American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada and  Eric Lefebvre of the Guilde Des Musiciens Et Musiciennes Du Québec (GMMQ – AFM/CFM Local 406) called on the committee to lay the foundation for regulatory and policy tools and provide the financial support needed to ensure that Canadian professional musicians thrive in the digital environment now and for the years ahead.

“Our government must respect the contributions of our creative communities, and the indelible mark that recording artists and professional musicians have made on our cultural identity,” said Mr. Willaert.   “The amendments we strongly urge the committee to adopt would increase revenue streams to musicians, create sustainable employment and help to preserve arts and culture in our country”.

Among the list of recommendations, CFM identified changes to the definition of sound recording, eliminating the exemption for radio advertising, and expanding the definition of private copying to include new media devices to be its top priorities.

“Professional musicians are losing a significant part of their livelihood to streaming.  Many can no longer support themselves solely through their music career and are living in poverty,” added Mr. Lefebvre.  “Changes to the Copyright Act are critical to the long-term success of all content creators in this digital, globalized world”.

Singer-songwriter Damhnait Doyle, urges the committee to look at the issues on the table and make the amendments that will give the creative community the opportunity to make the choice to continue to be musicians in this country. “Throughout my 25 years as a long standing and proud member of Local 820 of the Musician’s union, I have only seen the standard of living decrease for those of us who have chosen to make this our profession”, said Ms. Doyle.  “We are being hammered from every angle, from piracy to streaming, to being at the losing end of exemptions to broadcasters and losing our royalties for our work in film and TV because the definition of “sound recording” needing be redefined, while our American counterparts do get paid for their efforts. Meanwhile the cost of living is continually rising, and our middle class has been eviscerated”.


                                                                                                                                                       

LISTE DE RECOMMANDATIONS DE LA FCM À LA CHAMBRE DES COMMUNES CONCERNANT LA RÉFORME DU DROIT D’AUTEUR

 

Pour diffusion immédiate – Toronto, le 5 juin 2018 – Plus tôt aujourd’hui, des représentants de la Fédération canadienne des musiciens (FCM) ont comparu devant le Comité permanent de l’industrie, des sciences et de la technologie de la Chambre des communes afin de formuler des recommandations quant aux modifications essentielles à apporter à la Loi sur le droit d’auteur. Cette consultation fait suite à la présentation ayant eu lieu le 29 mai dernier devant le Comité du patrimoine. Dans leurs exposés, Alan Willaert, vice-président pour le Canada de la Fédération américaine des musiciens des États-Unis et du Canada, et Éric Lefebvre de la Guilde des musiciens et musiciennes du Québec (GMMQ – section locale 406 FAM/FCM) ont demandé au comité de préparer le terrain pour la mise en place de mécanismes de réglementation et d’intervention et de fournir le soutien financier nécessaire dans le but d’assurer la réussite, aujourd’hui et dans les années à venir, des musiciens professionnels du Canada dans l’environnement numérique actuel.

« Le gouvernement se doit de reconnaître la contribution des créateurs artistiques ainsi que l’empreinte indélébile qu’ont eue les artistes-interprètes et les musiciens professionnels sur notre identité culturelle », a déclaré M. Willaert. « Les modifications que nous demandons instamment au comité d’adopter permettront d’augmenter les sources de revenus pour les musiciens, de créer des emplois durables et d’aider à la préservation des arts et de la culture au pays. »

Dans sa liste de recommandations, la FCM a défini, en guise de priorités absolues, des changements à la définition d’enregistrement sonore, l’élimination des exemptions pour la publicité radiophonique et l’élargissement de la définition de copie privée afin d’y inclure les appareils relatifs aux nouveaux médias.

« Les musiciens professionnels perdent une partie importante de leurs revenus à cause du streaming. Beaucoup ne peuvent plus subvenir à leurs besoins uniquement grâce à leur carrière musicale et vivent dans la pauvreté  », a ajouté M. Lefebvre. “Les changements à la Loi sur le droit d’auteur sont essentiels au succès à long terme de tous les créateurs de contenu dans ce monde numérique mondialisé”.

L’auteure-compositrice-interprète Damhnait Doyle exhorte le comité à prendre en considération les questions en jeu et à apporter les changements nécessaires afin de donner aux créateurs la possibilité de poursuivre leur carrière de musicien au pays. « Durant les 25 années où j’ai été une fière membre de la section locale 820 du syndicat des musiciens, j’ai pu constater de mes yeux une baisse constante du niveau de vie des personnes qui ont choisi de faire de la musique leur profession », a indiqué Mme Doyle. « Nous sommes frappés de tous les côtés, que ce soit le piratage, la diffusion en continu, les revenus perdus des musiciens à cause des exemptions accordées aux diffuseurs ou encore les pertes de droits d’auteur pour le travail dans des films et à la télévision en raison de la définition de ce qu’est un “enregistrement sonore” – définition qui doit être revue. Pendant ce temps, nos collègues aux États-Unis sont, eux, rémunérés pour leur travail. Il ne faut pas oublier aussi l’augmentation continuelle du coût de la vie, et le fait que la classe moyenne au pays est pour ainsi dire réduite à néant. »

                        

Dear Members:

Since December 2014, the Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) has been lobbying to ensure safe carriage of musical instruments on Canadian airline carriers.

On Thursday, May 24, 2018, the Canadian Transportation Act (CTA) received Royal Assent, and, the Canadian Transport Agency have since announced the dates for public consultations, as part of the process to develop regulations in air passenger protection, including musical instruments.

The CFM was effective in ensuring that this legislation passed in the House of Commons and the Senate, and will make a formal submission in Ottawa July 4, 2018, but, comments from our professional musicians are also vital to ensure that the regulations truly reflect the needs of all musicians. We encourage you to send in thoughts and experiences through the CTA website http://www.airpassengerprotection.ca/instruments . If you do join this effort by sending your individual submission, we ask that you also mention that you are an AFM/CFM member who supports the CFM’s initiative being that “the musical instruments as carry-on’s regulations for Canada harmonize with the similar regulations in the United States”. Alternatively, if you feel more comfortable in doing so, please feel free to instead send your thoughts to AFM/CFM International Representative, Allistair Elliott (aelliott@afm.org), who will be presenting the submissions for CFM and who will be appearing in the interests of all Canadian musicians.

You may also visit their website for more information http://www.airpassengerprotection.ca/

Sincerely and fraternally,

Vice President from Canada

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Chers membres

La nouvelle Loi sur les transports au Canada (LTC) a reçu la sanction royale le jeudi 24 mai 2018. L’Office des transports du Canada a annoncé depuis les dates prévues pour la consultation publique dans le cadre du processus visant à l’élaboration des règlements pour la protection des passagers aériens, ce qui comprend les dispositions régissant le transport des instruments de musique.

La FCM a déployé beaucoup d’efforts afin de veiller à ce que la législation soit adoptée à la Chambre des communes et au Sénat. Pour la suite des choses, nous présenterons un mémoire officiel le 4 juillet 2018 à Ottawa. À cet égard, les commentaires des musiciens professionnels joueront un rôle crucial afin de faire en sorte que les règlements adoptés répondent vraiment aux besoins de tous les musiciens. Nous vous encourageons par conséquent à faire part de vos idées, commentaires et expériences par le biais du site Web de l’Office des transports du Canada : https://www.protectionpassagersaeriens.ca/instruments-de-musique.

Si vous décidez de vous joindre à cet effort et d’envoyer une soumission écrite à l’OTC, nous vous demandons de mentionner que vous êtes membre de la FCM/FAM et que vous appuyez l’initiative de la FCM pour que « les règlements du Canada concernant le transport des instruments de musique comme bagage de cabine soient harmonisés avec ceux des États-Unis ». Si cela vous convient mieux, vous pouvez plutôt envoyer vos idées et commentaires à notre représentant international Allistair Elliott (aelliott@afm.org), qui déposera les soumissions pour le compte de la FCM et qui fera les représentations au nom de tous les musiciens.

Pour plus de renseignements, vous pouvez consulter le site Web de l’OTC à ce sujet : https://www.protectionpassagersaeriens.ca/

http://www.airpassengerprotection.ca/

Sincères salutations,

Alan Willaert

Fédération Canadienne des Musiciens

 

KAMLOOPS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2018-2019 SEASON

MEMBER NOTICE

RE: KAMLOOPS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2018-2019 SEASON

May 23, 2018

Dear AFM Members, 

Please be advised the Vancouver Musicians’ Association (VMA) does not have an agreement in place with the Kamloops Symphony Society (KSS) for the Kamloops Orchestra Symphony (KSO) 2018-19 Season. Preparations are underway to negotiate a collective agreement covering working terms and conditions with the KSS.  Meanwhile, we are requesting all VMA musicians to refrain from signing any engagement contract with the KSS that does not conform to the Tariff of Fees or until a member ratified collective agreement is in place. Please note the following applicable bylaws:

AFM BYLAWS:

Article 5 Section 27(a) 

All AFM members, by virtue of their membership, authorize the AFM and its Locals to act as their exclusive bargaining representative with full and exclusive power to execute agreements with employers governing terms and conditions of employment.  The AFM, by entering into CBAs, does so for the benefit of all AFM members, and each member is bound by the CBA’s terms.

VMA BYLAWS:

24 MINIMUM RATES

(1) No member shall work, agree to work or solicit other members or non-members to work on an engagement for less than the minimum compensation applicable to the engagements, as set out in the Tariff, unless permission is obtained in advance from the Board.

KSO Musicians,  PLEASE hold the following applicable meeting dates in your calendars:

VANCOUVER: May 31, 11:00 am and June 2 1:00 pm at the VMA Office 100-925 W.8th Avenue, Vancouver

Vernon: June 4th  11:00 am VENUE TBD.

In Solidarity,

Secretary and Business Agent Dusty Kelly

Vancouver Musicians Association, Local 145 of the AFM

Suite 100 – 925 West 8th Avenue

Vancouver, BC   V5Z 1E4

Email: dusty@vma145.ca

Website: http://www.vma145.ca/

Phone: 604-737-1110

Toll Free in Canada: 1-800-644-2899

Mobile: 604-961-5594

 

 

 

BMO Affinity Credit Card

Dear Members,

Bank of Montreal is ending the AFM/CFM MasterCard Affinity Program. This is due to low participation rates and their program now only accepts larger organizations with a minimum of 50,000 Canadian members. Current AFM/CFM MasterCard accounts will still be active, so if you have that credit card you will continue on as a BMO client. There will be a switch from the AFM/CFM MasterCard to the BMO MasterCard. The following two changes may occur: Adjustment of interest rate and the issuing of a blank BMO MasterCard in replacement of the AFM/CFM branded card.

The product types remain the same after the transition, with the exception of the “No Fee Cashback” product which actually increases to 1% cashback reward. Meanwhile, the interest rates will increase for both Retail Purchases and Cash Advances.

 

Current product Product transfer to
AFM NO FEE AIR MILES NO FEE AIR MILES
AFM NO FEE CASHBACK 0.5% NO FEE CASHBACK 1%
AFM WORLD AIR MILES WORLD AIR MILES
AFM WORLD CASHBACK WORLD CASHBACK

 

Interest Rates for Retail Purchases Interest Rates for Cash Advances
Changed from 17.5% to 19.99% Changed from 17.5% to 22.99%

BMO will release a letter in May to clients of the changes and all accounts will be rolled over by the end of June. For further questions, please contact BMO at 1-800-263-2263.

We are currently investigating alternative programs with other financial partners and will update you as new information is available.

Sincerely,

Canadian Federation of Musicians

For more information please visit us at www.cfmusicians.org | CFM on Twitter|CFM on Facebook.

 

Canadian Music Community Anti-Harassment Summit

TORONTO, April 24, 2018 /CNW/ – Senior representatives from numerous live and recorded music organizations participated in a follow up meeting to the inaugural March 1, 2018 Canadian Music Community Anti-Harassment Summit.  These organizations came together to work collectively to discuss an industry-wide Code of Conduct addressing all forms of harassment including but not limited to sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying and violence in the workplace, as per applicable human rights legislation, throughout the music community.

The following music industry organizations acknowledge that the nature of our work environments, often informal and transient workspaces, and coupled with the fact that the music community operates with a variety of contractual relationships, presents unique challenges for establishing national policy.  However, we agree that there are a variety of important issues that need to be addressed to ensure a healthy culture, with zero tolerance to all forms of harassment.  The music community at large needs support as they evaluate their internal organizational policies and procedures.

The second session, held April 19, 2018 in Toronto, focused on the following collective objectives and reconfirmed their commitment to finding industry wide solutions.

1.  Implementation of a Code of Conduct that can be adhered to, or used as an example, by large and small music performance venues/festivals, recording studios, music companies and the many varying workplaces in the music community.
2.  Set standards that will protect:
a.  artists, musicians, technical staff, administrative staff and audience;
b.  whether they are clients, volunteers, employees, dependent contractors or independent contractors, board directors; and
c.  regardless of their representation by an association, guild or union, or not represented at all.
3.  Recognition that there must be zero tolerance for all forms of harassment in the music community;
4.  Creation of education and prevention resources and tools that will help the music community address claims and complaints;
5.  Seek ways to provide resources and support in cases of harassment, and how to seek support.

 

  • Across the Board
  • ACTRA Recording Artists’ Collecting Society (ACTRA-RACS)
  • Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS)
  • Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations (CCMIA)
  • Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM)
  • Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA)
  • Canadian Music Publishers Association
  • CONNECT Music Licensing
  • East Coast Music Association (ECMA)
  • Film and Entertainment Industries, EDC, City of Toronto
  • Folk Music Ontario (FMO)
  • Manitoba Music
  • Music and Film in Motion
  • Music Canada
  • Music Canada Live
  • Music Managers Forum (MMF)
  • Music Nova Scotia
  • Music PEI
  • Musicians’ Rights Organization Canada (MROC)
  • Music-Musique NB
  • MusicOntario
  • Re:Sound
  • SASKMusic
  • Screen Composers Guild of Canada (SCGC)
  • SOCAN
  • Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC)
  • Toronto Musicians Association AFM/CFM Local 149
  • Travelling Musicians Association AFM/CFM Local 1000
  • Unison Benevolent Fund
  • Vancouver Musicians Association AFM/CFM Local 145
  • Women in Music Canada (WIMC)
  • Western Canadian Music Alliance (WCMA)
  • WorkInCulture

For more information please visit us at www.cfmusicians.org | CFM on Twitter|CFM on Facebook.

CFM CONTINUES TO LOBBY TO INCLUDE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS IN BILL C-49

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Toronto, ON April 5, 2018 

On March 20, 2018, Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM the Canadian National office of the AFM) continued to lobby the Parliament of Canada to include the carriage of musical instruments as part of the Passenger Rights Proposals on Bill C-49: The Transportation Modernization Act. Allistair Elliott, International Representative, Canadian Federation of Musicians, and Francine Schutzman, President, Musicians’ Association of Ottawa-Gatineau (Local 180 of the AFM), appeared before the Transportation and Communications Committee of the Senate of Canada. Through the lobbying efforts of the CFM, Bill C-49: The Transportation Modernization Act contains language mandating ALL Canadian airlines to implement a fair policy for musicians flying with their instruments.  The Bill has been passed through the House and, if passed by Senate, will align Canadian regulations with those already in place in the U.S. CFM anticipates this Bill will receive Royal Ascent before June 2018.

For a period of three years, CFM has been working on legislation to include musical instruments in Passenger Rights. Transport Canada will be tasked with preparing regulations to accompany the legislation.  The process is expected to take the remainder of 2018, culminating with Canadian airlines implementing musical instrument friendly policy by early 2019.

“It is critical that as professional musicians, we are able to get to the show, audition, rehearsal or concert hall without fear of our instruments not making the flight.  Clear consistent regulations enacted by a policy for musicians travelling on airlines that hold those airlines accountable is a victory, but we are committed to working with The Canadian Transport Agency on getting this Bill passed”” said Allistair Elliott, Representative for Canada for the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada.

“I was honoured to join Allistair Elliott for this all-important presentation on behalf of our 17,000 CFM musicians.  We need industry-wide, consistent guidelines for traveling with instruments, and it is our hope that the passage of law C49 will help us achieve this aim” added Francine Schutzman.

Building on AFM Canada’s long and successful legacy, CFM will continue furthering the particular interests and needs of professional musicians who earn their living in this country. Everyday CFM helps thousands of musicians with any number of issues related to the recording and performing of their craft. The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada draws on the experience and strength of more than 80,000 musicians, with over 17,000 active members in Canada alone. Proudly celebrating 40 remarkable years of service, CFM is uniquely positioned to address Canadian issues and provides vital resources for Canadian musicians, at any stage in their careers, on any platform, from live performance to recorded and film scoring.

For more information please visit us at 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

Pharmacare: A Plan for Everyone

Today, we are one step closer to universal pharmacare – and Canada’s unions couldn’t have done it without you.

In the federal budget, the government has committed to implementing a plan for universal pharmacare. Dr. Eric Hoskins, Ontario’s former Health Minister, has resigned from his former post to become chair of the new Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare tasked with reporting back on the issue by 2019.

This is welcome news to the over thirty thousand people – including you – who have signed our pharmacare petition. It’s welcome news to the over 3.5 million Canadians who can’t afford their prescription drugs. And it is welcome news to nine out of ten Canadians who believe it’s time for universal prescription drug coverage.

We MUST keep up the pressure.

If you haven’t yet emailed your Member of Parliament, do so now, using our easy tool to let them know you want pharmacare now.

http://www.aplanforeveryone.ca/mp

We’ll be visiting over 25 communities as part of our national pharmacare tour and hope to see you at one happening near where you live. Find out more here, http://www.aplanforeveryone.ca/events.

Together, we can improve the lives of millions of people.

Hassan Yussuff

President

Canadian Labour Congress

Musicians’ Pension Fund

March 5, 2018

Dear Local officers, administrators and staff,

By now, you are all aware that I am retiring at the end of this year, 2018.

I’m extremely confident that all will go very well going forward without me.

For the last five years we have had a succession plan in place which we have been tweaking and implementing.

I am now asking your assistance in this final transition year. You can be a part of a successful transition by sending all correspondence and phone calls that you would normally direct to me to Jill Giustino whom as you know is now Executive Director Designate.

As I ease myself out of the office I will be spending these last months as her backup not the other way around.

Thank you everyone for your support in the past, now and in the future.

Best,

Ellen M. Versteeg-Lytwyn (Mrs.) (Almost Retired)

Executive Director

Musicians’ Pension Fund of Canada

FRANÇAIS:

Chers dirigeants syndicaux, administrateurs et membres du personnel,

Vous êtes maintenant au courant que je prends ma retraite à la fin de cette année, 2018.

J’ai une très grande confiance que tout se passera très bien à l’avenir sans ma présence.

Depuis les cinq dernières années, nous avons mis sur pied un plan de relève que nous avons peaufiné et mis en vigueur.

Je vous demande maintenant votre assistance dans cette dernière année de transition.   Vous pouvez faire partie d’une transition réussie en acheminant toute la correspondance et tous les appels que vous m’auriez adressés à Jill Guistino qui est, comme vous le savez, la directrice administrative remplaçante désignée.

À mesure que je me délaisse de mes fonctions, je consacrerai ces derniers mois dans un rôle de soutien pour Jill.

Je vous remercie de votre soutien dans le passé, maintenant et à l’avenir.

Cordialement,

Ellen M. Versteeg-Lytwyn (Mrs.) (presque retraitée)

Directrice administrative

Musicians’ Pension Fund of Canada