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Canadian creative industries launch ReadTheCode.ca

The website, which launched this week, aims to be a helpful and accessible resource for all industry members

By Molly Long on 15 Jun 2018

David Sparrow, ACTRA

David Sparrow, president of ACTRA, which has been involved since the creation of the code of conduct

image © ACTRA

In March 2018, Canada’s creative industries launched an industry-wide code of conduct. The code was largely a response to the widespread bullying, harassment and discrimination allegations that were being made around the world in the wake of the #metoo movement. This week the industry launched ReadTheCode.ca, a supplementary website for industry members.

Users can find the code of conduct on the website in both French and English, as well as several other resources. Among these is an up-to-date list of all industry signatories. Since its launch in March, over 60 organisations have signed up to the code – with 36 new music industry partners to be announced soon.

Also promised for ReadTheCode.ca are updates from two committees currently working on industry wide improvement recommendations. The Education, Training and Awareness Committee is in the process of creating training programs to compliment the application of the code of conduct. It hopes to deliver lessons on crucial issues using methods like print campaigns, school partnerships and courses.

“I am happy to announce this new resource as a next step in our industry’s goal to combat harassment, discrimination, bullying and violence”

Similarly, the Reporting Committee is currently looking into creating safer and more effective reporting mechanisms. Much like the recently launched Mores.online service in the Netherlands, it hopes to provide a space where allegations can be reported without fear of judgement or retribution.

In a statement addressing the launch of the resource website, national president of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) David Sparrow says: “I am happy to announce this new resource as a next step in our industry’s goal to combat harassment, discrimination, bullying and violence within Canada’s creative sector.

“I am also pleased to welcome 36 live and recorded music organisations that will soon become signatory to the Code of Conduct to ensure a healthy culture with zero tolerance to all forms of harassment within Canada’s music community.”


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