Petition to Protect Arts Funding to Keep Toronto Vibrant

Calling on Toronto Councillors: Petition to Protect Arts Funding to Keep Toronto Vibrant

Toronto City Council plans to make deep cuts to the city budget, and this puts arts and cultural funding at serious risk. Cutting the arts could be an economic and social catastrophe for Toronto: not only does the city achieve a huge return on a relatively small investment, but our vibrant arts scene is also a big part of what makes Toronto a great place to live, work and visit.

Please send a message to the Mayor and your councillor telling them that arts funding should not be cut. Here’s why:

  • Arts and culture are essential to Toronto’s economy, generating $9 billion every year.
  • Arts and culture create jobs. 130,000 people work in the sector – and many more depend on related businesses, including those in hospitality and tourism.
  • Torontonians care about the arts. In 2010, there were 20 million visits from every corner of Toronto to city-supported arts events.
  • Every dollar Toronto invests in arts organizations attracts $17 more from private and public sources. Arts and culture funding has a great return on investment. 
  • Great art and artists take years to achieve commercial success; today’s funding enables tomorrow’s art.
  • Artists flock to cities that support them – yet Toronto invests less in the arts than other major cities; City Council has been working to change that, and it must stay the course.

We the undersigned ask Mayor Ford and Toronto City Councillors to:
  • Meet the City's commitments to the Creative Capital Initiative to make Toronto a leader in arts and culture.
  • Maintain current City funding to arts and culture: protect investment in Toronto Arts Council, Toronto’s 475 arts organizations and hundreds of local artists



Sponsor

The organizing committee of Friends of the Arts is a working group of arts advocates from across the City of Toronto. We are working together to give voice to Toronto residents and businesses who care about the role that the arts play in the city, and to make sure that City Council takes their perspectives into account when making difficult financial decisions. Email: friendsoftheartsto@gmail.com

Links

Arts Vote Toronto
Arts Etobicoke
BeautifulCity.ca
Business for the Arts
Creative Trust
Lakeshore Arts
Scarborough Arts
Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts
Toronto Arts Foundation
Urban Arts  

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    viv, Canada

    1 year ago Comments: This was copied from http://freeforum101.com/tsaa It is time you did one of your fantastic exposes on female teachers and their underage studs. Go to the above site and check out these people. You will find plenty on the internet. A sample is below. And oh yes she was let off and is now with the TSAA. DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE OF THE ONTARIO COLLEGE OF TEACHERS BETWEEN: ONTARIO COLLEGE OF TEACHERS and GORDANA ANNE STEFULIC NOTICE OF HEARING THE INVESTIGATION COMMITTEE OF THE ONTARIO COLLEGE OF TEACHERS, pursuant to section 26, subsection (5) of the Ontario College of Teachers Act, 1996 (the “Act”), Statutes of Ontario, 1996, chapter 12, has directed that the matter hereinafter described regarding the conduct or actions of Gordana Anne Stefulic, Certificate No176236 , be referred to the Discipline Committee of the Ontario College of Teachers. IT IS ALLEGED that Gordana Anne Stefulic is guilty of professional misconduct as defined in subsections 30(2) and 40(1.1) of the Act in that: (a) she failed to maintain the standards of the profession, contrary to Ontario Regulation 437/97, subsection 1(5); (b) she abused a student or students physically, sexually, verbally, psychologically or emotionally, contrary to Ontario Regulation 437/97, subsection 1(7) and engaged in sexual abuse of a student or students of a nature defined in sections 1 and 40 (1.1) of the Act; (c) she failed to comply with the Education Act, Revised Statutes of Ontario, 1990, chapter E.2, and specifically section 264(1)(c) thereof or the Regulations made under that Act, contrary to Ontario Regulation 437/97, subsection 1(15); (d) she committed acts that having regard to all the circumstances would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional, contrary to Ontario Regulation 437/97, subsection 1(18); and (e) she engaged in conduct unbecoming a Member, contrary to Ontario Regulation 437/97, subsection 1(19). PARTICULARS OF THESE ALLEGATIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS: 1. Gordana Anne Stefulic (the “Member”) is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers. 2. At all material times, the Member was employed by the Toronto District School Board (the “Board”) as a Principal at School (the “School”) in Ontario. 3. During the 2007-2008 academic year, the Member granted and/or permitted Student No. 1 and Student No. 2, two male students of the Board under the age of sixteen years, entry and/or access to her Facebook page and by so doing, allowed Student No. 1 and Student No. 2 to access inappropriate and/or view material including: (a) A photographic image of a male person without a shirt, wearing a Speedo bathing suit and titled, “Meal of the Day”; (b) A drawing showing a naked woman depicting her breasts and a naked man holding a string which was tied to his well endowed penis. 4. During the 2007-2008 academic year, the Member, (a) permitted a student and/or students to have access to a personal laptop computer which she knew or ought to have known contained images of a pornographic nature or erotic nature, which appeared to depict young adolescent males; (b) permitted a student and/or students to have access to the classroom computer which she knew or ought to have known contained pornographic images and/or violent cartoon images and/or images of naked bodies; (c) requested and/or allowed Student No. 3, Student No. 4 and Student No. 5, male students, to give her a massage; and (d) made no efforts to deter or prevent a student and/or students from seeking to massage her back. THE DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE WILL HOLD A HEARING pursuant to sections 30 and 32 of the Ontario College of Teachers Act, 1996, to decide whether the allegations are true and whether Gordana Anne Stefulic is guilty of professional misconduct. A copy of the Rules of Procedure of the Discipline Committee and of the Fitness to Practise Committee will be provided upon request. THE DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE WILL MEET on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. to set a date for the hearing of this matter. The Committee will meet on the 12th floor of the offices of the Ontario College of Teachers at 101 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario. YOU ARE ENTITLED TO BE PRESENT ON THE ABOVE MENTIONED DATE AND AT THE HEARING AND TO BE REPRESENTED BY LEGAL COUNSEL. If you wish, you or your legal counsel may contact College Counsel to discuss the scheduling of a hearing date to determine whether a date for the hearing can be agreed upon. If a date for the hearing can be agreed to, in accordance with Rule 4.02(2) of the Rules of Procedure of the Discipline Committee and of the Fitness to Practise Committee, the hearing will proceed on the agreed date. IF A DATE FOR THE HEARING OF THIS MATTER IS NOT AGREED UPON AND YOU DO NOT ATTEND ON SEPTEMBER 27, 2012 TO SET A DATE FOR THE HEARING OF THIS MATTER, THE DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE MAY PROCEED IN YOUR ABSENCE TO SET A DATE FOR THE HEARING. NOTICE OF THE HEARING DATE WILL BE PROVIDED TO YOU IN WRITING AT YOUR LAST KNOWN ADDRESS AS SHOWN IN THE RECORDS OF THE COLLEGE. IF YOU DO NOT ATTEND ON THE SCHEDULED HEARING DATE, THE DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE MAY PROCEED IN YOUR ABSENCE AND YOU WILL NOT BE PROVIDED WITH ANY FURTHER NOTICE OF PROCEEDINGS. IF THE DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE FIND YOU GUILTY of professional misconduct, you are liable to the penalties set out in section 30 of the Act. A MEMBER whose conduct is being investigated in proceedings before the Discipline Committee may examine before the hearing any written or documentary evidence that will be produced or any report, the contents of which will be given as evidence at the hearing. You or your representative may contact the office of Caroline Zayid of McCarthy Tétrault LLP, solicitor for the College in this matter, at Suite 5300, Toronto Dominion Bank Tower, Toronto, ON M5K 1E6, telephone 416-601- 7768. Date: January 14,2013 Michael Salvatori, OCT Registrar and Chief Executive Officer Ontario College of Teachers 12th Floor, 101 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON M5S 0A1 TO: Gordana Anne Stefulic AND TO: Calderoni Steer Wanderon McTavish & Smith LLP 2 Sheppard Ave E North York ON M2N 5Y7 Dale Stump, Solicitor for the Member
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    Mark Haasnoot, Canada

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    Collin Butcher, Canada

    1 year ago Comments: I am going into the art of acting. I am training in Toronto and I would love to keep it and all art alive.
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