(with apologies to Paul Simon)
I loved the Michele Rempel commentary on why she has 8 reasons that there will be a Fall election in Canada and agree whole heartedly (https://www.todayville.com/8-reasons-an-alberta-mp-says-there-will-be-a-federal-election-this-fall/) , but want to add a few more reasons WHY a Trudeau-less (and Conservative ) Canadian government is far better for Canada.
- Morals: Trudeau has been brought before the ethics commissioner. In the most recent case (WE), he prorogued parliament in order to stop any further investigation into Liberal corruption!
- Corporate protectionism: While another case of ethics and political favoritism, SNC Lavalin has a long history of international bribery (convicted), support of prostitution, and insider influence, their support of the Liberal Party and Justin Trudeau cries graft the manner of which the Green Hornet would cringe at!
- Ignoring of our veterans: Not so many years ago, Mr. Trudeau told a veteran that there was not enough money to increase pensions and benefits while the irregular immigrants streamed across the border with full benefits and hotel stays. When CERB was introduced, a small additional amount was approved for the disabled.
- Ignoring Pensioners: Mismanagement of seniors pensions and benefits over the last 5 years.
- Creating a 2-tier media system with the buyout of the main stream media while denying access to press conferences and information to those who ask tough questions.
- Refusing to answer a meaningful question in the House of Parliament-accountability is the strength of a leader.
- Shutting down the House of Parliament during a so-called-crisis to avoid debate and monitoring of Covid 19 measures
- The incredible national deficit incurred since ‘sunny days’ have come to Canada
- The failed effort to win a seat at the United Nations-and the expenses incurred that did nothing for the citizens of Canada.
- The dismissal of Canada’s senior aboriginal elected official and her subsequent treatment by our Prime Minister
- The sacrifice of Bill Morneau in an effort to save his own reputation and the method by which Trudeau and company managed the affair.
- Canada Student Employment Grants: The inclusion of sexual orientation and abortion support as a condition of funding is disgraceful and the long-term cost of NOT having students work and gain experience is monumental.
- Trudeau’s continual funding of Reproductive Choices (I e Planned Parenthood) around the world. It is clear from the Conservative Party leader election that pro-life is a strong Canadian element and we as a country should not support abortion worldwide as a choice.
- Irregular immigration and the long-term cost and damage to Canadian society.
- Weak leadership
- Insignificant efforts to bring home our captive reporters in China.
- Lack of decisiveness during the pipeline blockade across Canada.
- The minimization of the oil industry across Canada in order to promote the UN policy of green energy at the cost of thousands of jobs in Alberta and Saskatchewan and the collapse of the Alberta Economy.
- Continued support of the World Health Organization and politically driven agenda surrounding the Covid 19 Virus with funds and supplies.
- Ignoring the reality of the statistics surrounding the Covid 19 virus and adjusting official responses to the decreasing threat with reduced measures. Poor leadership-a failing grade in statistical analysis.
- Not acting on the BLM and Antifa Movements across Canada and treating them as domestic terrorists by allowing the military to remove protests.
- Canada’s falling international reputation due to Trudeau’s lack of leadership and integrity.
- Trudeau’s pending criminal charges on ethics, pedophilia (Norm Traversy) and corruption. No criminal should lead our country.
- His lack of leadership credentials and experience were not sufficient to prepare him for his present role and he should not have been allowed to be PM, NEVER! Drama classes prepare you for drama, not leadership.
- Merely scolding those responsible for destruction of historic statues across Canada and not charging them for Vandalism is not leadership but rather permission by tongue lashing. Enable our police to find and force them to be accountable for their actions.
- His insistence that Canada has NO culture is a sign that despite his residency in Canada, his family history in Canada has no part in his future. Being leader of any country requires your loyalty TO that country first and foremost!
- With suspected ties to globalist groups, Trudeau and his acting Prime Minisiter (Freeland) both clearly dance to a different tune, the UN and their declarations being just one of them. Canada first. FIRST.
- During this last year, the failure of the Canadian Government to back the CFL, our premier sports league, with guarantees and potential grants so they can build community and develop athletes across Canada was very disappointing. It is sad that the NHL and other leagues have been able to operate. Shame on you!
This is only a partial list, but along with many other circumstances and experiences, it is time to remove Justin Trudeau and the Liberal party from leadership of Canada. I firmly believe that his time as Prime Minister will be seen by the future as our worst moment and he will be seen as our worst Prime Minister.
While there are not 50 items here, we have seen Prime Ministers fall for as little as one minor senate scandal, yet we continue to see our present government stumble, fall, collapse and then wake up to start over again seemingly like nothing has happened.
Democracy is people in action. Voting, running, thinking and more importantly being accountable for our actions.
Let us pray that we are granted a leader with morals and the strength to stand up for the truth to every global movement, elite led or not!
Your event has been CANCELLED
Your Event Has Been Cancelled
By Ilan Cooley
The live event industry is in serious trouble. It was the first sector to go dark due to the pandemic, and it is expected to be the last to be allowed back to work.
The people behind the scenes of your favourite events are the mavericks and risk takers you likely don’t know about. They create the events that make you smile until your face hurts, cheer until you lose your voice, and dance until you can’t stand up. They make the magic that fills your social feeds, and the moments that live in your memories.
You may have gotten an email saying “your event has been cancelled” – they lost their livelihood.
“People don’t understand how bullseye targeted this virus was at our industry,” says Jon Beckett, owner of Production World. “It was a 100% bullseye. You couldn’t hit it more dead centre. It’s not like it hurt us – it took it away. People don’t understand that until you talk to them about your industry.”
Beckett’s company used to employ 50 people. Having lost more than 200 events so far, they have laid off 35 people. Their 25,000 square foot warehouse contains almost seven million dollars worth of staging, lighting and other production equipment.
“We have to house that inventory,” he says. “It is not like we can sell it.”
Similarly, Fort Saskatchewan based Superior Show Service has two separate warehouses full of rental items nobody currently needs, plus tax bills and insurance due. As a 35-year-old family-run event rental company, they cater to tradeshows and large events. Some of the 35 staff they laid off in March have been hired back after accessing relief programs, but with more than 80 events already cancelled, owner Chris Sisson worries about the future.
“It feels like the carpet kicked out from under you,” he says. “I’ve always been able to provide for a great number of families, not just my own, and today I have no idea how to provide for my own. I have been in this industry my entire life, and now I have no idea what to do. It is truly humbling and dumbfounding.”
Event promoter Mike Andersson prefers not to dwell on what has been lost, instead focusing on building something consumers will want to come back to when it is over. He knows how to manage complex logistics and bring large groups of people together. Even when faced with severe restrictions for events, his company, Trixstar, was busy creating pandemic proof event manifestos, and blue-sky concepts for safe gatherings.
“When everything came crashing down we were putting up material about what events look like after this, and showing some optimism,” he says. “It is important to get people together and to celebrate.” He admits there are good days and bad days. “It is a rollercoaster of emotions,” he says. “Obviously we feel terrible. It affects us, but it affects so many companies. From the security companies, to the ticketing companies, to the tent company, to the production company – all those people are affected.”
Event photographer Dale MacMillan also worries about the people behind the scenes. He has lost more than 100 days of shooting for professional sporting events, large music events, festivals and fairs, which makes up about 60% of his income, and he knows others are in the same situation.
“There’s a guy sitting out there with probably a quarter section of land and he’s probably got 5500 porta potties that are out at ten to 20 events throughout the month, and he is affected tremendously,” says MacMillan. “I see some of the guys that are usually in the business of trucking the machinery to set up the fairs and festivals that are delivering for Amazon now. I look at all of those people who work the booths to break plates. They are not working at all. How else is a guy who owns a plate breaking booth going to get any other business?”
Even artists like Clayton Bellamy are wondering how to pay their bills. As a successful singer/songwriter and member of Canada’s top country band, The Road Hammers, he wishes the gold records on his wall represented a decent living, but admits there is no money to be made without touring. With up to 90% of his income derived from live shows, and almost no revenue from music streaming, he says he will do whatever it takes to feed his family.
“Obviously I have kids and that comes first before anything,” he says. “The main thing to do is to find work.” He also knows lack of touring impacts others. “Our band employs a lot of people. It is not just me on the stage – it is the tour manager, and the person in the office answering the phones at the management company, and the manager. We help employ 50 people. If you think about the industry as a whole, there are a lot of people relying on that trickle-down.”
Beckett says the model for live events has changed forever.
“If we are going to collapse, then we are going to give it all we can. Right now, we are optimistic that we can somehow find ways to juggle.”
Production World is streaming virtual events to online audiences, and delivering reimagined AHS compliant live events with a mobile stage, video wall, and in-car audio for things like graduations, weddings, movies, drive in music events, and even funerals. They are retrofitting churches for virtual services, and recording content to deliver music and sermons to parishioners.
Sisson suggests his industry should collaborate with government and other industry professionals to develop a plan, like doing events by the hour to control occupancy counts, disinfecting surfaces, contact tracing and testing, and utilizing existing technologies like temperature checks and facial recognition.
“I will be ashamed of our industry if we cannot have something that is approved and a way to conduct ourselves by October,” he says. “At the end of the day there are a lot of livelihoods that need to get looked after.”
MacMillan says the advice his parents gave him to plan for a rainy day was valid. He will get creative with other revenue sources and try to take advantage of programs and subsidies.
“If it helps you along one more month, it is one more month that you can make it until things open up again.”
Bellamy tries to keep his mental health in check by maintaining a rigorous schedule of practicing, writing, and working on existing projects. He plans to finish a new record so he can hit the ground running when touring resumes.
“Right now, I have no income,” he says. “I don’t have a safety net. I don’t have a plan B.”
He says if people want to support their favourite artists they should buy music and merchandise directly, like and share posts and music on social media, and send a letter to the government to help change laws that impact fair pay for artists’ streaming rights.
A return to “normal” is a long way off, and no matter when life starts to feel unrestricted again the world will be altered, and things will be different. Behind the scenes, the event industry not just trying to reinvent itself, it is fighting for survival.
“People don’t think about the human side of it and all that goes into it and all the different companies that come together to produce an event,” says Anderson. “Nobody in the entertainment industry is making a dollar right now. Everyone has to figure out how to survive this, and survive it together. So, my optimism is, I think a lot of companies are going to survive this because they are working together. They are going to support each other once we come out the other side.”
On September 22nd Canadian event industry technicians, suppliers and venues from across the country will Light Up Live events in red to raise awareness for the live event industry – which is still dark.
Read more on Todayville.
COVID can’t stop CAFF
Central Alberta Film Festival to proceed in Red Deer in partnership with CMHA
Screenings and Awards Show to take place in-person at Festival Hall in Red Deer with help from Canadian Mental Health Association
The 2020 Central Alberta Film Festival (CAFF) will take place onsite at Festival Hall in Red Deer October 14, 15, 16, and 17. Canadian Mental Health Association will run the box office and earn a portion of the ticket sales.
“The partnership between CMHA and CAFF is a perfect fit,” says Ranjit Mullakady, President of CAFF. “CMHA has volunteers in place, and CAFF has a way to contribute to CMHA fundraising.”
Organizers are preparing to offer an in-person festival experience in a safe environment, allowing for social distancing.
Tickets will be sold for blocks of time instead of individual films. Screenings will run 6:00-9:00 p.m. on October 14 15, and 16. Screenings will run 12:00-2:00 and 3:00-5:00 p.m. on October 17, followed by an awards show at 6:30-9:00 p.m.
A variety of short and full-length films will be shown during the blocks without intermission.
“People can take breaks throughout the screenings if they need to, with social distancing protocols in mind,” says Mullakady.
Seating will be at tables this year, so groups of attendees will remain socially distant from other groups.
“We’ve always known the Festival would go on, even with worries about COVID-19,” says Mullakady. “We have a backup plan if things change. The festival will go on.”
CAFF is prepared to go forward as a drive-in event if government regulations about indoor gatherings change.
About Central Alberta Film Festival (CAFF)
Central Alberta Film Festival is a not-for-profit cultural organization with a mission to educate, support and promote cinematography and film making in Alberta and Canada. CAFF is a bridge between the audience, critics and the contemporary filmmakers who want to showcase and discuss their work. This festival is a platform to incubate Albertan, Canadian, and international talent. The fourth annual Central Alberta Film Festival will take place October 14-17, 2020.
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