Re: The Real Animation Picture Up North

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Posted by Past slave on April 20, 2000 at 10:53:43:

In Reply to: Re: The Real Animation Picture Up North posted by anon on April 20, 2000 at 08:56:21:

: i remember I long time back when their was talk again of a union in Toronto, this had to be about 10 years back and the Nelvana stooges, you know the 3 of them, threatened to everyone that they would send all the work overseas and become totally a live action shop...

That by the way is against the law. There comes a time where not having a job is preferable than one under a dictatorship.

: well the union never came and Nelvana is sending practically everything overseas anyway. Has anyone challenged Nelvana with regards to the subsidies they are getting and I mean bringing this to the forefront through the media, Canadian tax payers dollars sending work to China. With the Cinar scandal currently all over the wires, I suspect Nelvana might be pretty nervous right now that their books might be a little less than pretty....and they are a public company

: Just a thought...

Nelvana should be very very nervous. I think there are no limits on recovering government money. It wouldn't take much of an investigation, would it.

I had challenged them way back when they were getting funds for hiring Canadians as "posers" and claiming them as "animators" (while sending all the work overseas). They were doing interviews for a Telefilm Canada special and I was slated for an interview for Nelvana. Peter (don't worry Mr.H, I wont say your name), one of the Nelvana management came up and said "they are really worried and don't want you to say anything about the overseas work". I said "If they ask me, I will tell them everything I know, I have no intention of lying". They immediately cancelled my interview.

A lot of the crew reacted badly at my plan to come clean and I was basically told to "shut up, because at least people were working". I quit.

I was stuck between righting a wrong and having my fellow workers totally unemployed or leaving and not looking back. Normally I would have chosen the first as I come from a family of "fighters of futile battles" but I didn't think I could live with putting that many people out of work.

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