Cultural Plan Renewal

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.

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Federal Budget 2017

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....

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Culture is back…. Or is it?

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? 

 

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Budget 2016

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? 

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Federal Budget 2016

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. 

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Canada 150

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:

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Budget 2015

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. 

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What's in a Name?

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. 

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Sure Sign of Spring: Budget 2014

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. 

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