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Arts and artists need a ‘new deal’

By Deanna Horton       

Supporting the arts as part of the creative class that is essential to innovation and economic development does not require the costs of building hard infrastructure, and the impact may be intangible.

Red Sky Performance dancers, pictured on Sept. 30, 2019, at the Honouring National Day for Truth and Reconciliation ceremony at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The government has recognized the necessity of fiscal stimulus not only to revive the economy, but also to support the most vulnerable. Artists and the arts sector are at serious risk during the pandemic. For example, a recent Nordicity report noted a survey of live music which indicated that 96 per cent of surveyed venues were at risk of failure—only one sector of the arts spectrum, many without access to enough government support.

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Parties ramping up candidate nominations across Canada as election threat looms

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Former innovation minister Bains was most-lobbied minister in 2020

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News|By Neil Moss
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News|By Neil Moss
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Designating Proud Boys as terrorist organization could deter recruits, experts say

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In 2019, the federal government added two white supremacist groups to the terrorist list. Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says officials will see if Proud Boys will become the third far-right group.

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News|By Beatrice Paez
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