Bill 71- Protecting Child Performers Act - goes to second reading
TORONTO, June 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Shirley Douglas, Officer of the Order of
Canada, and a long-time protector of child actors in the entertainment
industry, will be on hand at the Ontario Legislature today with child
actors, parents and other supporters of Bill 71 - Protecting Child Performers Act. ACTRA Toronto and Canadian Actors' Equity Association, representing
screen and stage actors, jointly support the bill. The private members
bill will be presented at second reading today in the Ontario
Legislature by Paul Miller, MPP for Hamilton East-Stoney Creek.
"Children are working this very moment on non-union stages and in
non-union commercials, film, TV and web," said Shirley Douglas. "They
rely on the wisdom of this legislature to shepherd this bill through to
"This proposed legislation is something I'm surprised isn't already
law," said Shannon Kook-Chun ('Zane' from Degrassi: The Next Generation). Added Amariah Faulkner ('Gretl' in Mirvish Productions' The Sound of Music), "For the sake of all child actors like me, I sure hope the government
makes the right choice."
If passed, the bill will go to committee.
ACTRA Toronto is the largest organization within ACTRA, representing
over 15,000 of Canada's 22,000 professional performers working in the
English-language recorded media in Canada. As an advocate for Canadian
culture since 1943, ACTRA is a member-driven union that continues to
secure rights and respect for the work of professional performers.
Equity is the voice of professional artists working in live performance
in English Canada. It is a national artists' association representing
almost 6,000 performers, directors, choreographers, fight directors and
stage managers working in theatre, opera and dance from coast to coast.
SOURCE: ACTRA Toronto
For further information:
Canadian Actors' Equity Association
Public Relations Officer