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The following has been recdeived from the RAD's Clarke MacIntosh who has been working diligently to reduce current licensing fees -
On January 12, 2018 the Copyright Board issued an updated Tariff 6.B for the years 2013-2017. This recent determination increases the tariff for dance schools rather significantly:  


Settlement Tariff 6.B

A recent change to the rules in the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and Ontario Works (OW) will be a huge step forward for artists in Ontario who get benefits from these income support programs and receive arts grants.

On December 13, 2017, the Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) announced that, effective that day, arts grants are exempt as income and assets in both ODSP and OW.

The Canadian Arts Coalition (CAC) is surprised by Budget 2018’s oversight of artists. This budget focuses on women, Indigenous, and marginalized members of the Canadian society, which is commendable. Yet, if the goal was to highlight precarious workers, the federal government missed the opportunity to recognize the role that 650,000 cultural workers play in the Canadian economy. Based on the Statistical Profile of Artists and Cultural Workers in Canada, the average income of artists is 32% lower than other workers.

City Council passed its 2018 operating budget on February 12, including a $2 million increase to arts funding, $500,000 of which will go to Toronto Arts Council. With this increase, the City has finally met its longstanding $25 per capita funding target. We thank and acknowledge City Council for all its good work contributing to this achievement.

At DanceWeekend's 25th Anniversary Edition, Claire Whitaker received this year's Jacque Foesier Youth Dance Award from last year's recipient, Tess Vosper.
She was nominated by Patricia Fraser, Artistic Director of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre.

Image: Patricia Fraser and Claire Whitaker

Eleanor McMahon will leave Tourism, Culture & Sport for the Treasury and Daiene Vernile, who represents Kitchener Centre, is now Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

Daiene Vernile was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2014 as the MPP for Kitchener Centre.





"The end of a calendar year is a time for reflection on the year past. As I look back on 2017, I’m struck by how much we accomplished. It was a busy year for my ministry and we achieved a lot together. That is why I am thrilled to share with you some highlights from this year.

George Brown Dance alumnus Nobahar Dadui has been cast as the lead performer in Cirque du Soleil’s exciting new production Crystal -  A breakthrough ice experience. Nobahar is a graduate of the 2013 Dance Preparation program and spoke about how George Brown Dance prepared her to take on this lead role.