It’s official! The Government of Newfoundland & Labrador has launched its Cultural Policy Renewal process which, according to an April 25th press release, will “revitalize the [province’s] approach to supporting culture”. Consultations are scheduled to begin in St. John’s on April 30th.
This initiative is a big deal for anyone engaged in heritage and the arts at any level in this province. Let’s face it, when government talks about “supporting culture” they’re primarily talking about funding - how much, to whom, and for what. Now I hear you when you say you don’t have the time or energy or faith to engage in yet another round of public consultations, but the sector really, really needs your experience and your voice.Read More
For the second year running, the Federal government is investing oodles of dollars in Canada’s cultural sector. Yes, some of the funding identified in yesterday’s federal budget is a re-commitment of dollars announced last year. But there’s also lots of new investment. Here’s how it all shakes out....Read More
Earlier this morning, Minister Mitchelmore announced effective immediately, the provincial Department of Tourism, Industry and Innovation would be changed to the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation (TCII). Furthermore, Minister Mitchelmore stated the dropping of the word culture from the Department's title was an unintended consequence of the recent restructuring.
Yes folks, culture is back ... or is it?
By now, you’ve likely heard about the Provincial Government’s recent steps towards the creation of a “flatter, leaner civil service”. What does this mean for NL’s heritage sector?Read More
Better news from inside the Rooms this afternoon ….Read More
Well! This morning's session of the Premier’s forum at the Rooms has just wrapped up. Lots to take in and it will definitely take some time to digest it all. In the meantime, here are a few highlights ... and a few questions (and editorialising!) to go along with them:Read More
Depending on who you listen to, Budget 2016 (a.k.a the Austerity Budget) is particularly hard on on seniors, youth, women, families, rural Newfoundland, Memorial University, the poor, the middle class, small business, writers, readers, drivers.... But what about heritage?Read More
By now, you’ve all heard the good news: The Federal government is investing oodles of dollars in the cultural sector. The biggest chunk of change specifically allocated for heritage is destined for Canada’s National Museums. But there’s also plenty of funding that will directly impact heritage organizations in this province.Read More
Earlier this week, the latest session of NL’s House of Assembly officially got down to business with the 2016 Speech From the Throne. Should you care? Absolutely!Read More
Last Wednesday, reps from the Department of Canadian Heritage presented updated guidelines for the Canada 150 funding program (not to be confused with the Canada 150 Infrastructure funding administered by ACOA). For those who couldn’t make it into St. John’s, here’s a rundown of key points:Read More
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In this week's edition, the Rooms receives a major gift, a heritage property owner claims wrong-doing, and the Sun(dance) shines on Random Passage.
News, views, opportunities and events for Newfoundland & Labrador’s heritage sector.Read More
If you’re an avid hunter with an annual income of more than $120K and a home security system that’s constantly on the fritz, today’s provincial budget was a downer. But for the heritage sector, today was a good day. 2015 may have produced one of the most austere provincial budgets in recent memory, but by the grace of the heritage gods, it seems our sector has once again escaped largely unscathed. Read on for the details.Read More
Last week’s cabinet shuffle ushered in some big changes for the Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation. While it’s likely too soon to predict what they will mean for the heritage sector, I’d like to suggest that it’s the right time to start asking some serious questions.Read More
The Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) comes into effect on July 1, 2014. Never heard of the CASL? Well listen up. There are a few things you need to know.Read More
It may still look like winter in Newfoundland and Labrador, but I’m confident that spring has finally arrived. How can I be sure? Well, the kittiwakes have returned, the eider ducks are moving north, and last Thursday, government presented the Provincial Budget. Titled Shared Prosperity, Fair Society, Balanced Outlook, the 2014 budget is intended to reflect the priorities of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians while also maintaining the Provincial Government’s commitment to strong fiscal management.Read More
They're back! After a short hiatus, we've resumed our monthly posting of on-line learning opportunities for the heritage sector. Brush up on existing skills or try something completely new. As in the past, most of the webinars on this month's list are FREE!
Maybe, one hundred years after the Battle of Beaumont Hamel, what we really need isn't another memorial, but some really great public history.Read More