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United in Art

United in Art

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Petition against using foreign made products to reward Canadian Federal civil servants for their long service awards.
Promotion of a larger tax deduction for Corporate Canada to reward their long service employees with Canadian made art
Supported by http://www.carfac.ca/ our National association of visual artists (CARFAC)

Canadian art should be offered to everyone, we need work, handing over millions of dollars to foreign countries does no good to Canadian artists that are for the most part living at poverty levels. With today's technologies, we could create an art friendly way for long service recipients to choose from a variety of arts found locally or Nationally instead of some product made overseas, Get with it Canada, how else are we going to see our country flourish. Please, share this with as many friends as you can. Thank You.
Petition against using foreign made products to reward Canadian Federal civil servants for their long service awards.
Promotion of a larger tax deduction for Corporate Canada to reward their long service employees with Canadian made art
Supported by http://www.carfac.ca/ our National association of visual artists (CARFAC)

Canadian art should be offered to everyone, we need work, handing over millions of dollars to foreign countries does no good to Canadian artists that are for the most part living at poverty levels. With today's technologies, we could create an art friendly way for long service recipients to choose from a variety of arts found locally or Nationally instead of some product made overseas, Get with it Canada, how else are we going to see our country flourish. Please, share this with as many friends as you can. Thank You.

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Hi, my name is T-BO, I am an artist, yes, a real one, sometimes solvent,
sometimes broke… you know the drill.
 
Please read this, it’s not long and it’s important to
artists and anyone that appreciates art.
I think it’s time to make a big difference for
ourselves.
 
I promise you, this is not spam or junk, this is for real and it’s happening all over
Canada as you read this.
 
The Future Growth and Survival for Art in Canada
As of June/2011Mr. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of CanadaMr. Jim Flaherty, Minister of FinanceMr. James Moore, Minister of Art & CultureThe following are facts; you may check the evidence by following the attached links.
**THE ISSUE**
This past June, I, participated in a forum held by the French Canadian Cultural Federation,
“La Fédération Culturelle Canadienne
-
Française”, in Ottawa to discuss how artists in
Canada view and foresee the development of the arts and its industry in our country. The forum was brilliant, was very well attended and an abundance of information and suggestions came of it.The issue that stood out for me the most at this forum was
“ 
the earnings statistics of artists in Canada and the monies spent by our government to help support this great Canadian enigma called, The Canadian
 Arts” 
.
Most artists’ in Canada are struggling; for 
the most part, they are well below the poverty levels due to the lack of support for thearts that exists in our country. I believe I have found a creative and an efficient solutionthat could help our government and the Canadian artist, and so,
this is the reason I’ve
decided to call upon your help.
 
 
*Federal, Provincial and Territorial Governments Faux-Pas*
The Federal governments award’s program is a multimillion dollar awards program that 
begs one to ask ,
why is our government spending millions of dollars in support of the
arts in one hand and then rewards it’s long service employees with mix masters,
 
 plastic clocks, sets of luggage, doo dads, whirly gigs and wrist watches made in some foreign country ? It happens at all levels of government, right down to your own City Hall.
I found thisterrible *Faux -
 pas* in the Federal government’s service awards program and 
recognized it immediately since I design and still create the long service awards here for the Government of the NWT.
ONE SOLUTION 
The Canadian art industry, as a whole, needs help in order to survive; it needs to beelevated appreciated and nurtured in order for it to succeed. What better way toaccomplish this feat than for the Government of Canada to offer Canadian Art as tokenof appreciation for your long service awards recipients and visiting dignitaries.The simple act of defining awards exclusively to be of Canadian art works would be ahuge step and a much needed boost to the industry. Why not reward staff members withworks created by a variety of Canadian artists as to recognize their continued efforts? 
Wouldn’t it be fitting for an award recipient to be offered a redeemable credit for art 
 purchase or to be given choices of a unique work of art from a variety of art forms by various artists and artisans? This would not only encourage people to support art through commissions but it would nurture the development and future sales of art through networking and perhaps incubate new art collections. A credit or point credit reward system could be implemented to encourage the commissions of larger works from artists or could be used as a financial infusion towards the costs of a yearly theater or ballet membership fees as well. These could be used for:
 Autographed music CD’s or 
 film productions, literary works, original paintings, pottery, jewellery, tooled leather or wo
rks from Canada’s First Nation, Métis or Inuit 
artists.The avenues of opportunities are boundless and this could be applied to a variety of finearts or quality handicrafts from across this great country.By giving the recipient the opportunity to interact with the artist directly for somethingunique or custom made for their years of dedicated services instead of a barrage of 
 
 
commercialized foreign product, your staff will be acknowledged with pride and genuine appreciation.
The future growth and survival for art in Canada must start at the federal government levels and encouraged at the Provincial, Territorial and City levels as well.
Imagine thebenefits that this simple gesture would create. These steps need to be implemented by our governments and addressed with enthusiasm. Not only would the governments beawarding their employees with great gifts but they would be finally fixing the current oxymoron that exists by supporting the foreign manufacturing and distributors instead of our own government funded art industry.
BONUS+
Corporate Taxes & Revenues
If the Government of Canada got on board and led the way, how much financial support do you think would then be added to the art industry if Corporate Canada wereencouraged to follow suit? 
If corporations were approached to do the same via a little bigger tax incentive for Canadian art purchases for their company gifts and promotions, our government could  possibly save millions as an end result.
We need our government to examine this and get this in place ASAP. Just imagine if Bell, Rogers or Bombardier and other largeemployers were to get on board, the results would be astounding, our government and country would enjoy the benefits while more and more artists would gladly contribute to
our country’s tax base.
 The following is a just a sample of a couple of employers and employees in Canada. Witha little effort and better tax incentives for art purchases, we could change lives. I believethere are thousands of corporations that would participate.*Telus Corporation Telus Corporation is Canada's second-largest telecommunicationscompany, Internet, voice and wireless communication services. 24,384 full time staff *Loblaw Companies Limited Loblaw Companies Limited is Canada's largest food distributor of drugstore, general merchandise and financial products and services31,582 full time staff *Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is the country's largest financial services group with over 85,000 full- and part-time employees 51,100 full time staff 

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This has got to be the dumbest thing I've ever heard that our Government does. Why would you give someone you reward for working for the government for years with something made in Hong Kong when Canadian artists are struggling to sell their works.........Please!!!

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