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Finance committee  Perhaps I'll take that question. Arden, please feel free to join in. The federal government and all provincial governments have some funding formula for most arts organizations through the Canada Council for the Arts, and there are similar provincial agencies. In addition to tha

June 18th, 2020Committee meeting

John Lewis

Finance committee  I think it's crucially important. Many years ago a prominent left-wing politician, Hugh Segal, talked at my university about a universal basic income. I think the time has come to relook at that. I think it addresses issues for people working in the arts, because there's always

June 18th, 2020Committee meeting

John Lewis

Finance committee  We are seeing a fundamental change in viewing habits around the world. The growth of audiovisual streaming services is not going to change any time soon. We are close in proximity. We are a friendly place for large U.S. studios to go. One thing that was holding us back was not h

June 18th, 2020Committee meeting

John Lewis

Finance committee  Absolutely.

June 18th, 2020Committee meeting

John Lewis

Finance committee  I live in the riding next to yours, and yes, we do have many Toronto members. Technology is changing rapidly in the industry, in theatre and motion picture and television, and the ability to stay on top of that is crucial. We're growing so exponentially. The industry is growing b

June 18th, 2020Committee meeting

John Lewis

Finance committee  Thank you. I'm speaking on behalf of the IATSE, which is the largest union in the entertainment industry, representing over 150,000 technicians across North America, including 26,000 in Canada. Our members work in both the film and television and live performance sectors. We ar

June 18th, 2020Committee meeting

John Lewis

Industry committee  Speaking for the IA, yes. We're looking for an objective third party in whom the industry and the population of our country would have confidence that it would look at it in a fair, impartial way.

June 7th, 2018Committee meeting

John Lewis

Industry committee  I would just say that what the CRTC has done lately, I think, gives everyone a sense of cautious optimism that the right questions are being asked. My concern is with the influx. Our industry is booming right now. A lot of it is frothy because of a lot of the foreign service wor

June 7th, 2018Committee meeting

John Lewis

Industry committee  I'm not sure of the technology. I am aware of it, but I am not sure how easy it is to circumvent the system by using that. I'm just not aware of that.

June 7th, 2018Committee meeting

John Lewis

June 7th, 2018Committee meeting

John Lewis

Industry committee  The Canadian production Letterkenny is pirated. We have productions made in Canada that are—

June 7th, 2018Committee meeting

John Lewis

Industry committee  I think Pirate Bay at one time was based in Canada, and they have been a very flexible and very transient group. I think they were based in Vancouver. Other than that, I'm not sure, but they were one of the largest players as well. There's all this discussion of Netflix, and the

June 7th, 2018Committee meeting

John Lewis

Industry committee  Canada.

June 7th, 2018Committee meeting

John Lewis

Industry committee  When the whole camcording issue—

June 7th, 2018Committee meeting

John Lewis

Industry committee  Yes, the camcorder in the theatres. What was one of the largest centres for that? Montreal.

June 7th, 2018Committee meeting

John Lewis