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ACTRA members ratify new commercials pact

Canadian performers voted overwhelmingly in favour of the new three-year deal.

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Veteran actor Walter Massey dies at 85

The stage and screen veteran appeared in about 50 film and TV roles over a six-decade career.

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Advertisers and ACTRA reach tentative deal

Mediation moves 17 days of bargaining towards a deal, with ACRTA members voting over the next five weeks.

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Child actor protections bill reintroduced in Ontario

An earlier version of the bill died on the order paper when a provincial election was called this spring.

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New work permit law spurs industry bargaining in Ottawa

Canadian producers are negotiating with immigration minister Chris Alexander to ease the impact of hiring foreign actors for local shoots following changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers program.

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ACTRA-advertisers contract talks move to mediation

The current round of bargaining between the actors’ union and ad agencies and advertisers appears hung up on the thorny issue of internet use of commercials.

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2014 Unions and Guilds Report: ACTRA

Part 4: ACTRA national executive director Stephen Waddell on increasing opportunities for Canadian performers, and Canadian programming in the digital age.

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Industry leaders sound the alarm in wake of CBC cuts

With financial hardship ahead, industry leaders question what the cuts will mean to Canada’s biggest CanCon programmer. (CMPA president, CEO Michael Hennessy pictured)

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Photo Gallery: 2014 ACTRA Awards in Toronto

Photos from this year’s ACTRA Awards in Toronto, which took place Feb. 22 at The Carlu.

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Amanda Brugel, Rick Roberts win at ACTRA Awards

The actors union handed out hardware at The Carlu in Toronto, including R. H. Thomson earning the 2014 Award of Excellence. (Rick Roberts pictured)

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Tatiana Maslany, Rick Roberts up for ACTRA Awards

Actors from Empire of Dirt, Cracked and Sex After Kids also receive nominations for their performances.

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Sea Wolf/ACTRA lawsuit reaches Montreal court showdown

The Superior Court of Quebec will today start hearing Bezina/Walsh vs ACTRA/Raymond Guardia, a case that alleges negligent representation of two long-time members by the actors union. (Updated)