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On April 8th, the Canadian Arts Coalition sent the following update from the office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.
- Businesses/organisations can use January and February as reference points for revenue decline;
- For the month of March, they need to demonstrate a 15% decline in revenue rather than 30%;
- Not-for-profit organisations and charities have the option to include or exclude government funding in the calculations of their revenue loss;
- The wage subsidy is retroactive to March 15, 2020.
The wage subsidy is dependent on negotiations happening between the government and opposition parties on the bill to adopt these measures in the following weeks.
Online Members’ Meetings
Since many organizations have fiscal years that end on March 31, and since we can’t predict the length of the self-isolation period, you may need to hold your members’ meeting online. Recent changes to the law now allow remote decision-making in non-profit organizations in Quebec and Canada. The following post, produced by COCO, describes fairly well the process for holding an online AGM in compliance with the Quebec Companies Act or the Canadian Act on non-profit organizations. They highly recommended doing a dry run beforehand to make sure details regarding voting rights, and Board elections by electronic vote run smoothly and can be verified.
During this pandemic period, organizations may wish to take this opportunity to put in place a contingency plan in the event of the temporary absence of key personnel due to illness, among other risks. COCO has produced this resource which offers advice on producing this essential element of good governance.
Online Documentation and Archives
April 9, 2020—This article is based on two workshops—“La diffusion de la documentation en ligne et l’archive (Dissemination of Online Documentation and Archives)” (2019) and “Performance Documentation: Exploring Digital Curation and Archiving” (2018)—given by Hélène Brousseau, librarian at Artexte. These workshops were commissioned by ARCA for members of the Association des groups en arts visuels francophones (AGAVF) and members of an ad hoc group of performance art presenters, with support from the Canada Council for the Arts Digital Strategy Fund.
This article considers the possibilities of archives and documentation, with a specific focus on their online dissemination and circulation. Particular emphasis will be placed on archive and documentation access and reuse by the greatest number of users possible. In the history of archiving, this was not always the most popular approach. Some archivists continue to advocate for the idea of protecting the integrity of an archive by limiting physical access to it. Today, given the fact that the vast majority of documents created are natively digital, the access-versus-preservation dilemma, which once had some relevance, is usually no longer an issue. Whether a webpage is consulted three times or 300,000 times, its physical integrity and legibility will remain unchanged. We are thus faced with a particularly favourable opportunity to further open and even circulate artist-run centres’ archives and documents.
Useful links / Canada Council for the Arts
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