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Jann Arden featured speaker on Monday at The Lending Cupboard’s first annual “Winter Luncheon”

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  • Jann Arden will be the featured speaker when The Lending Cupboard hosts its first annual Winter Luncheon on Monday at Red Deer’s Sheraton Hotel.

    The Lending Cupboard serves more than 10,000 clients each year, many of whom are aging.  The “Winter Luncheon” is a new initiative designed to bring education and awareness to the many issues members of community face, in this case, Alzheimer’s.

    “The Lending Cupboard is introducing this new event to continue to bring awareness to our organization and the services that we provide to central Albertans.” said Dawna Morey, Executive Director of The Lending Cupboard. “This includes our clients that are dealing with long term illnesses such as Alzheimer’s”.   

    “We chose Jann Arden because she speaks so passionately about her painful journey dealing with her Mom’s Alzheimers”, says Morey.  “As one of our country’s most-enduring and endearing artists, we really hope that she can help us create new connections to our community, raise our profile and raise some money.  We are a non-profit organization and rely heavily on fundraising and volunteers to operate.”

    This short video gets right to the heart of why this organization is so vital to our community.

    Jann Arden knows all about Alzheimer’s. Here’s a link to a blogpost Arden penned earlier this year called Being With Mom, about her journey dealing with her mom’s disease.  It sets the tone for what she’ll speak to when she’s here in January. Being with Mom is a deeply personal and heartfelt story written in a voice that’s clearly Arden’s.

    “The Lending Cupboard has played an important role in the communities of central Alberta since 2006, ensuring individuals and their families have the support of medical equipment and daily living aids regardless of their income, status, or ability.  We are extremely grateful for the support that our community partners and individuals have entrusted to us to ensure we are “Paying It Forward – Enhancing Mobility, Independence & Dignity.”

    Dawna Morey, Executive Director, The Lending Cupboard

    As a renowned musician and bestselling author, Jann Arden can bring a hall full of people to tears through song, only to have them, moments later, rolling in the aisles from her off-the-cuff comedy. Whether she’s performing her music, hosting an event, or telling her deeply personal and affecting stories, Arden’s wisdom and wit shine in everything she does.

    Arden catapulted onto the Canadian music scene in 1993, with the release of her debut album, Time For Mercy. She boasts 19 top-10 singles, and has received eight Juno Awards, including “Female Artist of the Year” and “Songwriter of the Year.” She has also been recognized with 10 SOCAN Awards; four Western Canadian Music Awards; a Much Music Video Award; three Prairie Music Awards; and an Alberta Recording Industry Association Award. She has also been honoured with a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame, and inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

    Of course, never one to settle on a single discipline, Arden was the host of Being Jann on CBC Radio; she has been a judge on television’s Canada Sings; and has appeared on the Rick Mercer Report and in several sitcoms. She is also a returning co-host of CTV’s The Social.

    On stage, Arden was part of the cast for the Canadian tour of The Vagina Monologues. Her most recent album of original material is These Are The Days, released in early 2018.

    Arden is the author of several books, including, If I Knew, Don’t You Think I’d Tell You?; I’ll Tell You One Damn Thing and That’s All I Know; Falling Backwards; and her memoir, Feeding My Mother — a piercingly honest account of her experience with her mother, who is in the grip of Alzheimer’s.

    Listen to Arden’s hit song “Good Mother”.

    What is The Lending Cupboard?

    TLC is a unique non-profit organization operating in Red Deer and serving a growing number of communities in Central Alberta.  We loan more than 1400 pieces of medical equipment and aids to daily living each month.  We are supported by volunteers who contribute more than 11,000 hours each year.  In 2018 we served in excess of 10 thousand clients.

    What is Alzheimers?

    Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia that affects 564,000 Canadians, with the number is expected to reach 937,000 in 15 years, according to Alzheimer’s Society Canada.

    It’s not yet known what causes Alzheimer’s. Risk factors include smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, alcohol, low levels of formal education, depression, head injuries, family history and being female.

    Alzheimer’s Society Canada says that warning signs include the following:

    • Memory loss affecting day-to-day abilities–forgetting things often or struggling to retain new information.
    • Difficulty performing familiar tasks–forgetting how to do something you’ve been doing your whole life, such as preparing a meal or getting dressed.
    • Problems with language–forgetting words or substituting words that don’t fit the context.
    • Disorientation in time and space–not knowing what day of the week it is or getting lost in a familiar place.
    • Impaired judgment–not recognizing a medical problem that needs attention or wearing light clothing on a cold day.
    • Problems with abstract thinking–not understanding what numbers signify on a calculator, for example, or how they’re used.
    • Misplacing things–putting things in strange places, like an iron in the freezer or a wristwatch in the sugar bowl.
    • Changes in mood and behaviour–exhibiting severe mood swings from being easy-going to quick-tempered.
    • Changes in personality–behaving out of character such as feeling paranoid or threatened.
    • Loss of initiative–losing interest in friends, family and favourite activities.

    Please join us for a moving and memorable luncheon on January 28th.

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    Getting to know… AMPIA

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  • What is AMPIA?

    Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA)is a vibrant non-profit, member-driven association that leads, builds and promotes Alberta’s screen-based production industry.

    When/how/why was it formed?

    AMPIA was the first film and television Industry Association in English-speaking Canada. It was formed in 1973 by a small but energetic group of industry professionals in order to represent their common interests and to advocate for and promote the Alberta Film & Television Industries. The primary method of promoting the achievements of the Industry is through the Alberta Film and Television Awards, which just celebrated their 45th Anniversary, making them the longest-running film and TV Awards show in English Canada.

    How does it support Media production in the province?

    The mandate of the Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) is to promote and support the growth of screen-based production within Alberta. This is accomplished by providing services in Communications, Professional Development, Marketing, Membership Benefits and Advocacy to all levels of Government and regulatory bodies such as the CRTC.

    How many members are there in the association?

    AMPIA has approximately 200 individual members as well as member companies, representing over 2,000 industry professionals — a cross-section that includes producers, directors, screenwriters, performers, craftspeople, distributors, exhibitors, broadcasters, digital and web-based content creators and students engaged in film and media studies.

    How large is Alberta’s Media Production Industry?

    Volume of production in Alberta in 2017-18 was $308 Million, making it the fourth largest in Canada after BC, Ontario and Quebec.

    How has the industry changed in the past 10 years?

    The major change in the Industry is the rise of OTTs (Over the Top) distribution platforms such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime. These platforms operate in the Canadian market and yet make no contribution to Canadian content through the Canada Media Fund. Nor do they make any contribution to the Canadian economy, as they don’t pay taxes in Canada. As the traditional Broadcasters face increasing competition for advertising revenue, the amount of funding available for Canadian producers is shrinking rapidly.

    What is your greatest opportunity to make a positive impact and what does that look like?

    Alberta’s production was just over $300 Million and supported approximately 5,500 jobs in 2017-18, whereas next door in BC their volume of production was $3.8 Billion, with over 75,000 people working in production and post-production. Our greatest opportunity would be to level the playing field between Alberta and other jurisdictions in North America, which will lead to growth in jobs and economic impact in our Province.

    What is the greatest threat to the industry in Alberta?

    The lack of a competitive incentive. Most jurisdictions in North America use a tax rebate system, as opposed to the grant system used in Alberta. The grant system is beneficial in that it is faster and easier to administer than a tax rebate; however, the problem is the Fund is capped at $7.5M per project, making large-scale productions unfeasible. A tax rebate system has no cap.

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    Commons committee calls for strict rules on streaming services, online piracy

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  • OTTAWA — An all-party committee of MPs is recommending the government set stricter rules for Canadian content on foreign streaming services and a crackdown on internet piracy.

    The House of Commons heritage committee’s final report on its review of the federal Copyright Act asks the federal government to make foreign-based streaming services such as those run by Netflix, Amazon and Apple contribute to the creation of Canadian content.

    The report says while those platforms have simplified the way that Canadians consume film and television, the shift to digital has meant a decline in payments to domestic artists.

    There are no policies requiring digital streaming services based outside the country to help fund the production of content in this country, the committee noted.

    The effect has been an erosion of artists’ ability to earn middle-class livings thanks to a system that has “diverted wealth from creators to large digital intermediaries,” the committee said.

    The committee also asks the government to crack down harder on people sharing content illegally, noting that witnesses asked the government to increase punishments and fines.

    The committee also recommends the federal government look at crafting new rules and laws so that internet service providers can be held accountable for the illegal distribution of copyrighted material on their networks.

    However, the NDP’s heritage critic was critical of some inconsistencies in the majority report. Montreal-area MP Pierre Nantel wrote that the committee’s report addresses several concerns from cultural industries, but also objects that it suggests tighter regulations for music services like Spotify and YouTube Music than for video streaming services like Netflix or YouTube.

    The committee’s report is the latest in a series that have called on the government to make legislative changes to copyright and Canadian content rules.

    One year ago, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission recommended the Liberals regulate any online video or music service and have them pay to create and promote more domestic content.

    The Canadian Press

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