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  • Sunday, November 15, 2020 10:17 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    Second Annual Celebration of Canadian Children’s Literature slated for February 17, 2021

    En français

    In these uncertain times, when we seek to connect even while physically distanced, the goals of the second annual I Read Canadian Day, February 17, 2021, will resonate now more than ever. The event will be a national celebration of Canadian books for young people, with the goal of elevating the genre, and celebrating their breadth and diversity. I Read Canadian Day will take place in homes, schools, libraries and bookstores all across the country.  Last year, the inaugural celebration received much needed support from federal representatives – most notably Mr. Lloyd Longfield, MP for Guelph, as well as Senator Rob Black, and received coverage from The Toronto StarThe Globe and Mail and Quill & Quire. Celebrated Canadians Eugene Levy; Margaret Atwood; The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson; Kim’s Convenience actor, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee; and the National Ballet of Canada’s Karen Kain, were among those who joined Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau showing their support on social media @ireadCanadian. 

    The goal of I Read Canadian Day 2021, is for children nationwide to read a Canadian book for fifteen minutes on February 17th. On Saturday, February 13th, events will be held at bookstores all across Canada with creators taking part in readings and signings. “In these unprecedented times, now more than ever, we need to celebrate all Canadian voices by participating in I Read Canadian!” says Eric Walters, the best-selling author who spearheaded this initiative. 

    I Read Canadian Day was created as a collaboration between the Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC); children’s author Eric WaltersCANSCAIP (Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers); and the Ontario Library Association (OLA.). This year, Communication-Jeunesse and Canadian School Libraries (CSL) have joined the steering committee, and will respectively be helping the event reach more French-Language Canadians and school librarians. 

    “Young readers across the country responded enthusiastically to the first I Read Canadian Day, and school libraries helped make that happen,” says Anita Kirkland Brooks, chair of Canadian School Libraries. “Canadian books help kids discover more about themselves and make connections to the diversity of the world around them. Kids need those connections now more than ever, and Canadian School Libraries is very pleased to help make that happen.”

    “The team at Communication-Jeunesse is constantly in awe of the quality of the children’s literature coming out of Quebec and French-Canada, which succeeds in holding its own in the competitive global book industry,” says Pénélope Jolicoeur, Executive Director of Communication-Jeunesse. “We are proud to collaborate again this year with I Read Canadian in order to shine light on our great literature.”

    The social media campaign, using the hashtag #IReadCanadian will launch in November on I Read Canadian’s official Twitter and Instagram accounts. Register your class, library or home to participate today at the here. Key activities will take place February 13 to February 21, with February 17 as the official I Read Canadian Day.  On that day at noon EST, a series of videos called I Write Canadian will premiere on the CCBC’s YouTube channel, Bibliovideo. Presentations from an amazing roster of authors and illustrators will be featured to celebrate I Read Canadian

    More information can be found on the official website: https://ireadcanadian.com


    Download the PDF version of this press release here

    For more information, please contact and media enquiries:


    Emma Hunter
    Marketing and Communications Coordinator
    Canadian Children's Book Centre
    416-975-0010 ext. 

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    About the CCBC: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is a national, not- for-profit organization founded in 1976. We are dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting the reading, writing, illustrating and publishing of Canadian books for young readers. Our programs, publications, and resources help teachers, librarians, booksellers and parents select the very best for young readers. See more at bookcentre.ca.

    About Eric Walters: It all began in 1993 when Eric was teaching a Grade 5 class. His students were reluctant readers and writers and Eric began to write to encourage them to become more involved in literature. Since his first novel Eric has exploded on the children’s and young adult scene.  Over the following years he has published over 114 more novels and picture books with 8 more scheduled in the coming years. Eric is the recipient of The Order of Canada for his contribution to literature. See more at ericwalters.net.

    About Canadian School Libraries: Canadian School Libraries (CSL) is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to professional research and education in the field of the school library learning commons in Canada. CSL connects school library practitioners and educators across Canada in the collaborative pursuit of delivering exemplary practices reflective of current professional school library learning commons standards. See more at canadianschoollibraries.ca.

    About CANSCAIP: CANSCAIP is dedicated to Canadian children's authors, illustrators and performers and their work. We provide promotional and networking opportunities to over 400 professional Members and 600 Friends, making us the largest organization in Canada supporting creative work for children and teens. Canada's creators for young people have achieved great success here and around the world, and CANSCAIP has been an important part of encouraging that success. See more at canscaip.org.

    About Communication-Jeunesse: Communication-Jeunesse is a national non-profit cultural organization that was founded in 1971 to promote and appreciate Quebec and Franco-Canadian literature aimed at young people age 0 to 17. The vitality of the organization is largely based on the quality of its associative life and the commitment of its members has been at the heart of its operations since its creation. The members of Communication-Jeunesse enrich its actions and promote its development with as much rigor as energy. For more information, please visit communication-jeunesse.qc.ca.

    About the Forest of Reading: The Forest of Reading® is Canada's largest recreational reading program! This initiative of the Ontario Library Association (OLA) offers ten reading programs to encourage a love of reading in people of all ages. The Forest helps celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators. More than 270,000 readers participate annually from their school and/or public library. All Canadians are invited to participate via their local public library, school library, or individually. See more at accessola.com/forest.

    About the Ontario Library Association: Founded in 1900, the OLA is the oldest continually operating non-profit library association in Canada. With more than 5,000 members, the OLA is the largest library association in the country. We provide the chance for library staff and supporters to share experience and expertise while creating innovative solutions in a constant changing environment. We offer opportunities for learning, networking, recognizing, influencing and celebrating within the library world. See more at accessola.org.


  • Tuesday, November 10, 2020 8:52 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is excited to announce the touring creators for Canadian Children’s Book Week: Readers Take Flight. Forty-Five talented Canadian authors, illustrators and storytellers were selected to take part in this virtual tour and share a love of reading with young people in schools, libraries and homes all across Canada. 
     
    Established in 1977, this year’s national tour will take place from May 2-8, 2021. This year’s theme is “Readers Take Flight/Tournée Lire à tout vent,” which celebrates the transformative power of reading. Applications for schools, libraries, bookstores and community centres interested in hosting readings will open in 2021. Check bookweek.ca for the latest updates and subscribe to the CCBC’s newsletter for monthly updates concerning all of the CCBC’s programs. 
     
    Congratulations to all of the selected creators and thank you to everyone who applied. This year’s roster was chosen by a committee of experts, with selected creators from the 2020 tour given precedence due to the reduction of the tour in response to COVID-19 restrictions. 

    See the French-language announcement here. Download the PDF version of this press release here and visit the online version here.

    For more information, please contact:
     

    Emma Hunter
    Marketing and Communications Coordinator 
    The Canadian Children’s Book Centre
    emma@bookcentre.ca


    Isabelle Chartrand-Delorme
    Program and Events Coordinator
    Communication-Jeunesse
    i.chartrand-delorme@communication-jeunesse.qc.ca

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    The English-language touring creators for 2021 are:

    Hatem Alyillustrator
    Saumiya Balasubramaniam, author
    Michelle Barkerauthor
    Katherine Battersbyauthor/illustrator
    Charlene and Wilson Bearheadauthors
    Aidan Cassieauthor/illustrator
    Cecil Castellucciauthor/graphic novelist
    Paul Covelloauthor/illustrator
    Rita Coxstoryteller
    Natasha Deenauthor 
    Lori Doodyauthor/illustrator
    Selina Eisenbergstoryteller
    Carolyn Fisherauthor/illustrator
    Clayton Hamnerillustrator
    Mireille Messierauthor
    Debbie Ridpath Ohiauthor/illustrator 
    Kenneth Oppelauthor
    Shane Peacockauthor
    Jean E. Pendziwolauthor
    Monique Polakauthor
    Robin Stevenson, author
    Kevin Sylvesterauthor/illustrator
    J. Torresauthor/comic book writer
    Nicola Winstanleyauthor


    The French-language touring creators for 2021 are:

    Annie Baconauthor
    Dïana Béliceauthor
    Alain M. Bergeronauthor
    Steve Beshwatyillustrator
    Stéphan Bilodeauauthor
    Jocelyn Boisvertauthor
    Lora Boisvertauthor
    Carolyn Chouinardauthor
    Lucile de Pesloüanauthor
    Alex S. Girardauthor/illustrator
    Andrew Katzauthor
    Magali Laurentauthor
    Emmanuel Lauzonauthor
    Juliana Léveillé-Trudelauthor
    Diya Limauthor
    Anne Renaudauthor
    Élise Rivardauthor
    Pierre Rodrigueauthor/illustrator
    Lina Rousseauauthor
    Julie Royerauthor
    Mireille Villeneuveauthor

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    About the Canadian Children’s Book Centre 
    The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is a national, not‐for‐profit organization founded in 1976. We are dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting the reading, writing and illustrating of Canadian books for young readers. Our programs, publications and resources help teachers, librarians, booksellers and parents select the very best for young readers. For more information, please visit bookcentre.ca.
     
    About Communication-Jeunesse
    Communication-Jeunesse is a national non-profit cultural organization that was founded in 1971 to promote and appreciate Quebec and Franco-Canadian literature aimed at young people age 0 to 17. The vitality of the organization is largely based on the quality of its associative life and the commitment of its members has been at the heart of its operations since its creation. The members of Communication-Jeunesse enrich its actions and promote its development with as much rigor as energy. For more information, please visit communication-jeunesse.qc.ca.

    About Storytellers of Canada
    Storytellers of Canada is devoted to connecting people, reflecting culture, and inspiring discovery through the art of Storytelling. Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada (SC-CC) was founded in 1993 as a result of a national meeting in Montreal instigated by Rosalyn Cohen. Since then, SC-CC holds an national conference in a different location each year. In 2000, SC-CC was incorporated as a Non-Profit Organization and received its National Arts Service Organization designation. SC-CC functions as the national representative for those involved in maintaining and practising oral traditions in Canada and encourages the participation of all peoples, by recognizing storytelling as a common root of all cultures and by making strong, positive efforts towards regional and cultural inclusion. For more information, please visit storytellers-conteurs.ca.

    We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

    About Canada Council for the Arts
    The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s public arts funder, with a mandate to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts. The Council champions and invests in artistic excellence through a broad range of grants, services, prizes and payments to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations. Its work ensures that excellent, vibrant and diverse art and literature engages Canadians, enriches their communities and reaches markets around the world. The Council also raises public awareness and appreciation of the arts through its communications, research and arts promotion activities. It is responsible for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, which promotes the values and programs of UNESCO in Canada to contribute to a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable future. The Canada Council Art Bank operates art rental programs and helps further public engagement with contemporary arts.

    About the Ontario Arts Council
    Established in 1963 to foster the creation and production of art for the benefit of all Ontarians, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is an agency that operates at arm's length from the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. The OAC's grants and services to professional, Ontario-based artists and arts organizations support arts education, Indigenous arts, community arts, crafts, dance, Francophone arts, literature, media arts, multidisciplinary arts, music, theatre, touring, and visual arts. In 2019-20, the OAC invested $51.9 million in 197 communities across Ontario through 1,965 grants to individual artists and 1,152 grants to organizations. For more information, please visit arts.on.ca.
  • Thursday, October 29, 2020 9:54 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    Due to the challenges faced by publishers and authors the result of Covid-19 the Saskatchewan Book Awards will extend its book submissions deadline from Monday November 2, 2020 to December 2, 2020.
     
    As a result the 2021 Shortlist Announcement will be delayed until March, date to be announced. This will give jury members across Canada time in which to make their shortlist/winner decisions for 14 categories.

    https://www.bookawards.sk.ca/awards/award-criteria

  • Tuesday, October 13, 2020 10:29 AM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    2021 ALBERTA LITERARY AWARDS NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS!

    The Writers’ Guild of Alberta (WGA) is preparing to celebrate another successful year with the 2021 Alberta Literary Awards. Writers from across Alberta and their publishers are invited to check out and submit to this year’s award categories.

    The deadline for submissions to the Alberta Literary Awards is December 31, 2020. 

    Submissions are evaluated on originality, creativity, and quality of writing, as well as appropriate fit within a category. The winners will be announced next spring. 

    The Alberta Literary Awards were created by the Writers’ Guild of Alberta in 1982 to recognize excellence in writing by Alberta authors.

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    The 2021 Alberta Literary Awards Categories

    Prizes of $1500 will be awarded to published entries in the following categories:

    • R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature (picture books)
    • Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction
    • Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction
    • Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry
    • Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama (published or produced) 

    Prizes of $700 will be awarded to unpublished and published entries in the following categories:

    • James H. Gray Award for Short Nonfiction (published)
    • Howard O'Hagan Award for Short Story (published)
    • Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Award (unpublished)

    Award submissions can also be entered to qualify for the following city book prizes:

    • The Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize ($10,000 prize)  
    • The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize ($5,000 prize)

    At the same time, the WGA will also be accepting nominations the Golden Pen Award.

    To view our full submission guidelines, please click here.

    Submit now: https://writersguild.ca/awards-entry/

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    The Writers' Guild of Alberta gratefully acknowledges the sponsors, supporters and funders of the 2020 Alberta Literary Awards:

    Sponsors:

    • Stephan V. Benediktson
    • Under the Arch Youth Foundation
    • Alberta Views Magazine
    • Alexandra Writers' Centre Society
    Supporters:
    • WGA Board of Directors
    • Aritha van Herk

    Funders:

  • Tuesday, October 13, 2020 10:08 AM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    A Note from Kit Pearson (CANSCAIP Member)

    To my colleagues in the Canadian children’s book world:

    After our beloved friend, Jean Little, died last April, Sarah Ellis and I, as well as Jean’s niece, Maggie de Vries, came up with the idea of establishing an award in Jean’s name. We decided that the most appropriate honour would be a prize for a Canadian middle grade novel by a first-time writer. Much of Jean’s writing was for the middle grades, and beginning writers need all the encouragement they can get. Jean was always an enthusiastic supporter of first-time writers. This award would both honour her long and successful career and encourage the next generation of writers following in her footsteps.

    The three of us approached the Canadian Children’s Book Centre and were thrilled when they agreed to add a Jean Little Prize to their galaxy of annual book awards. We still have to work out many details, but the first step is to raise money for the award. Our hope is to fund a prize of $5000 (plus administrative costs) for a minimum of five years – maybe even longer!  We would like to be able to start the prize in 2021. Perhaps by next year we’ll be able to attend an actual, in-person awards ceremony!

    Please consider contributing to this exciting venture – no amount is too small! You can donate via the Canadian Children’s Book Centre website at the link below. When donating, choose “general” for the fund, and type “Jean Little Prize” in the memo box. The CCBC is a registered charity and will issue charitable donation receipts.

    http://bookcentre.ca/support-us/donations

    Forgive me if you receive this message twice – I’m trying to send it out to as many people as possible and it may overlap.  And please feel free to share it. 

    Sincerely,
    Kit Pearson

  • Tuesday, October 06, 2020 10:23 AM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    All are invited to attend the 2020 CCBC Book Awards virtual ceremony, broadcasted live from the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto on Friday, October 30 from 6-7:30 EST, with a virtual bar held afterwards. Partnering with the Toronto International Festival of Authors, the winners of the English-language awards will be announced at the most-anticipated event in the world of Canadian books for young people. This year’s award ceremony will be hosted by Tony Kim, co-host of CBC Kids Studio K. The event will celebrate the winners and finalists of: A post-awards chat will be hosted on Zoom by the CCBC following the ceremony. Visit the virtual bar to socialize and discuss the winners of the CCBC Book Awards. Have a drink from the comfort of your own home and save the cost of a taxi! 

    The French-language awards will be announced on November 13 virtually as a part of Salon du Livre de Montreal. View the shortlists for all awards here

    Register to attend


    About the Canadian Children’s Book Centre 
    The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is a national, not‐for‐profit organization founded in 1976. We are dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting the reading, writing and illustrating of Canadian books for young readers. Our programs, publications and resources help teachers, librarians, booksellers and parents select the very best for young readers. For more information, please visit bookcentre.ca

    About the Toronto International Festival of Authors
    The Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA) is Canada’s longest-running literary festival, a charitable, non-for-profit cultural organization. It presents the finest of Canadian and international writers, artists and thinkers across the range of literary genres from fiction to non-fiction, poetry to plays, graphic novelists and illustrators. It enables audiences access and empowerment to meet, hear and learn from the finest contemporary writers and thinkers of our time. For more information, visit festivalofauthors.ca

    About Tony Kim
    Tony is a lovable and hilarious nerd hailing from Vancouver. In addition to being a star improviser, Tony has a number of acting credits to his name. Tony brings with him a variety of musical talents including vocals, rap, piano and clarinet. He is always at the ready to defend his title as Comic Book Nerd Champ, in either English or Vietnamese. His warm, youthful energy and comfort on camera make Tony feel like an instant friend.

  • Monday, October 05, 2020 10:14 AM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    Are you a Canadian creator who has written or illustrated at least two books for young people? Do you love talking about your books and sharing your love of reading with young readers? Apply to take part in Canadian Children's Book Week 2021 to virtually visit young people all across the country and celebrate books and stories. Canadian Children’s Book Week is the single most important national event celebrating Canadian children’s books and the importance of reading. Taking place every year since 1977, for the first time, Canadian Children's Book Week will be a bilingual tour planned in tandem by the Canadian Children's Book Centre and Communication-Jeunesse. 

    Next year’s tour will take place from May 2 to May 8, 2021, and will allow young readers to connect with their favourite authors and illustrators. The virtual meetings will take place from coast to coast to coast in English and French and provide a great opportunity to immerse oneself in the creative world of children’s literature. Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, all creator visits will be virtual and engaging.

    Deadline: Friday October 3, 2020

    Apply here: https://forms.gle/mwUjsFNJeQ6zM7ur9 

    Learn more about Canadian Children's Book Week at bookweek.ca and at communication-jeunesse.qc.ca

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    For more information:

    Amanda Halfpenny
    Events and Program Coordinator 
    The Canadian Children’s Book Centre
    amanda@bookcentre.ca

    Isabelle Chartrand-Delorme
    Program and Events Coordinator
    Communication-Jeunesse
    i.chartrand-delorme@communication-jeunesse.qc.ca

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    About the Canadian Children’s Book Centre 
    The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is a national, not‐for‐profit organization founded in 1976. We are dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting the reading, writing and illustrating of Canadian books for young readers. Our programs, publications and resources help teachers, librarians, booksellers and parents select the very best for young readers. For more information, please visit bookcentre.ca.
     
    About Communication-Jeunesse
    Communication-Jeunesse is a national non-profit cultural organization that was founded in 1971 to promote and appreciate Quebec and Franco-Canadian literature aimed at young people age 0 to 17. The vitality of the organization is largely based on the quality of its associative life and the commitment of its members has been at the heart of its operations since its creation. The members of Communication-Jeunesse enrich its actions and promote its development with as much rigor as energy. For more information, please visit communication-jeunesse.qc.ca.

  • Friday, October 02, 2020 10:36 AM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    Happy World Smile Day! 

    We hope we will bring a smile to your face as we announce the THIRD bi-annual Joan Betty Stuchner — Oy Vey! — Funniest Children’s Book Award! 

    Please enter your funny book to win one of our TWO prizes!

    Joan Betty Stuchner, beloved children’s author and teacher, passed away unexpectedly in 2014. Joan was many things — brave, gracious, warm, generous, kind and absolutely hilarious to boot.  (“Oy vey!” she’s probably saying now…) With this pair of awards we honour Joan’s life-affirming humour and encourage other children’s writers to laugh it up on the page the way she did.

    The $752.81 x 2 Joan Betty Stuchner — Oy Vey! — Funniest Children’s Book Award is presented biannually to the Canadian authors or illustrators of the two works of juvenile writing that had the jury most buckled over with guffaws, incapacitated with giggles, and/or rib-ticklingly, side-splittingly, thigh-slappingly entertained in these two categories:

    1. A board or picture book
    2. A book with lots more words than pictures

    Eligible works:

    • board books
    • picture books
    • chapter books
    • graphic novels
    • juvenile fiction and non-fiction (suitable for readers up to grade 7)
    • created by Canadian authors and/or illustrators permanently residing in Canada
    • published between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2020
    • written in English

    Ineligible works:

    • young adult fiction
    • self-published titles

    Submission requirements:

    Please send 3 copies of the work along with a completed application form http://www.joanbettystuchneraward.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Oy-Vey-Submission-Form-April-2018.pdf to:

    Joan Betty Stuchner — Oy Vey! — Funniest Children’s Book Award
    6637 Emerson Street 
    Burnaby, BC  V5E 1W5 

    Please include a $25 submission fee per title by a cheque payable to “JBS Oy Vey Award” or by Paypal here: 
    http://www.joanbettystuchneraward.org/submission-payment-form/

    Submission deadline: Monkey Day, 2020 (December 14, 2020)

    The winners of the third Joan Betty Stuchner — Oy Vey! — Funniest Children’s Book Award will be announced in Spring 2021. Details to follow.

    Sincerely,

    The Joan Betty Stuchner — Oy Vey! — Funniest Children’s Book Award Committee

    Ellen Schwartz, Kathryn Shoemaker, Lesley Johnson, Cindy Heinrichs

    http://www.joanbettystuchneraward.org/


  • Tuesday, June 09, 2020 2:34 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    CANSCAIP stands in solidarity with Black People, Indigenous People, and People of Colour who have been the targets of prejudice, injustice, and violence.

    We endorse the statements made by The Writers’ Union of Canada, Association of Canadian Publishers, League of Canadian Poets, Ontario Library Association, Canadian Authors Association and other organizations in support of all who are speaking out, peacefully protesting, and taking action to bring an end to systemic racism. 

    We welcome Canada's authors, illustrators and performers for young people, and support their creative work that reflects our diversity, celebrates our differences, and embraces our common humanity.  



  • Monday, May 04, 2020 4:21 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    Toronto, May 4, 2020 — Canadian Authors Association (CAA) joins out fellow creator and publisher organizations in their reactions to the April 22, 2020 Federal Court of Appeal decision in the case of York University v. The Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency (Access Copyright).

    In that recent decision, the higher federal court affirmed the lower federal court’s 2017 ruling that York University’s self-styled “fair dealing guidelines” are, in law, unfair. Since many learning institutions have adopted similar guidelines, the higher court’s ruling fortifies the position that the educational community must respect creator rights.

    Educators cannot continue to copy illegally according to their own rules. CAA applauds that portion of the higher federal court decision since it balances the rights of users with those of creators. If creators are paid for their work, then users such as Canadian schools will continue to have access to high quality Canadian content.

    In the same decision, however, the higher court ruled that Copyright Board-certified tariffs are not mandatory. The Copyright Board tariff process provides both educational institutions and collective societies – such as Access Copyright, in the case of writers and publishers – with a practical, effective method of establishing fair rates for use of creative works. Until now, tariffs were considered mandatory. The decision “deprives creators of fair and affordable payment for the use of their work by stripping them of the ability to rely on their collective to ensure compliance with their rights and forcing them to be their own compliance officers,” pointed out Access Copyright in its recent media release. 

    In summary, educational institutions’ fair-dealing guidelines are unfair, yet individual creators now have a personal onus to seek out infringements by users such as educational institutions, and to enforce their rights. Ideally, collectives would enforce the rights, and creators would devote their valuable time to creating. This situation is deplorable.

    “The appeal decision reinforces that Canada’s copyright framework is broken,” stated the Association of Canadian Publishers in its release.

    The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) uses the same metaphor. The federal government must “repair the marketplace for Canadian creativity,” it says. CAA joins TWUC’s call for immediate implementation of the 2019 Canadian Heritage’s Standing Committee recommendations in Shifting Paradigms.

    “Canada needs to support a flourishing culture,” said Margaret Hume, National Chair of Canadian Authors Association. “Our literature, music, and theatre tell our Canadian story. To foster an environment that encourages the continuance and growth of our stories, we must support the creators by allowing them to receive fair compensation for the use of their copyrighted work.”

    Canadian Authors Association stands by the right of creators to receive fair compensation for the use of their copyrighted work.

    “The current situation is not sustainable,” said Anita Purcell, CAA’s executive director. “Writers and publishers have been waiting since 2012 for copyright amendments that truly safeguard our rights. In the interim, millions of dollars in earned revenue has been lost. The fixes have been clearly spelled out — how much longer must we wait?”

     

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    Canadian Authors Association was founded in 1921 with a goal of lobbying for the protection of authors’ rights and fostering a sense of cultural and literary solidarity among Canadian writers. Today, CAA and its branches continue to work to provide aspiring, emerging and professional writers across all genres and writing professions the programs, services and resources they need to develop their skills, promote their work, and enhance their ability to earn a living as a writer.   

     

    For additional information:

    Anita Purcell, Executive Director
    Canadian Authors Association
    apurcell@canadianauthors.org



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