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New legislation may affect studios in Canada

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New legislation may affect studios in Canada

Postby Charles » Sat Jul 24, 2010 12:44 pm

Media industry fears new rules will kill jobs

Changes to federal legislation meant to protect Canadian employment could backfire and hinder the growth of local companies, critics say

The Vancouver Sun
Joanne Lee-Young
July 5, 2010

Vancouver has been busy promoting itself as a creative, digital hub. It's part of a strategic effort to make the city a place where young, smart people want to work.

The arrival this year of Pixar and Digital Domain, the Venice, Calif.-based company behind Academy Award-winning films Titanic and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, was a major coup. Both are rolling out large studios and hiring local staff.

The hope, of course, is that once these heavy-hitters settle in, more of their kind will follow. But just as there is some momentum, there is also a mini-snag on the horizon.

In a little known move by Ottawa, slated for this fall, there is a desire to protect jobs for Canadians, but the plan could backfire and hamstring the growth of hundreds of jobs in B.C.'s economy.

More: ... story.html


Thanks to The Entertainment Economy Institute for the lead on this story.

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