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Art Beat: Rogue Arts Festival goes virtual on Saturday – Coast Reporter

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The music and cultural gathering that is the Rogue Arts Festival was among the many arts cancellations last summer, thanks to the pandemic. But the funkiest annual festival on the Coast is bringing last summer’s planned lineup of acts back for a mini-fest this weekend, online. “We are thrilled to be able to showcase a diverse sampling of 2020 Rogue Fest artists while remembering the volunteers, vendors, staff and supporters that have made us who we are today,” Rogue Fest said in a Facebook post. On Saturday, Jan. 23, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. you can catch Bits of String, Disco Funeral, Parlour Panther, Sadé Awele, Sarah Noni, Stephen Hamm, and Tetrahedron. “Hosted by the ever-awesome Ndidi Cascade.” Go to roguefest.ca for details on the performers and information on how to link up on Saturday afternoon.

Tracing Footsteps

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Also online this weekend is an opening reception, art exhibit, and meet-the-artist session all in one. On Sunday, Jan. 24, Sechelt artist Lynda Manson presents Tracing Footsteps, a collection of paintings based on sketches by her uncle, Bruce Black, who was killed in action in the Second World War. Manson will show Black’s sketches made while he was off-duty in the U.K., her re-imagined and elaborated takes on them, plus other works related to the theme. Proceeds from the exhibition will go to the bursary fund of the Sunshine Coast branch of the Canadian Federation of University Women. Tickets are $10 at eventbrite.ca or at cfuwsc.org.

Arts grants

The pandemic has been just as hard on the arts community as other parts of the community and economy since early 2020, so the B.C. government has come up with a new grant program to help out. “Together with the arts sector, we are working hard to make sure that dancers, writers, painters and other artists can continue being resilient and finding innovative ways to keep creating through COVID-19,” B.C. Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport Melanie Mark said in a news release. The ministry has created a new, $500,000 Pivot for Individuals program through the BC Arts Council. B.C. residents can apply for up to $12,000 to learn new skills or adapt their practices. The program is available to professional artists and cultural workers, including: dancers and choreographers; visual artists; writers; actors; multi-media artists; and arts administrators. To learn more, go to bcartscouncil.ca and follow the links.

Due to the pandemic, all listed live events are subject to change. Check ahead. Space is limited in Art Beat but please let us know about your events at arts@coastreporter.net

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Admiral Art McDonald steps aside as defence chief amid investigation – CTV News

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OTTAWA —
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says Admiral Art McDonald has voluntarily stepped down as chief of the defence staff as he is investigated on unspecific allegations.

Sajjan says in a release that the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service is doing the investigation.

Sajjan says he takes all allegations of misconduct seriously and continues to take strong action on any allegation of misconduct that is brought forward “no matter the rank, no matter the position.”

Sajjan says as of Wednesday he has appointed Lt.-Gen. Wayne Eyre as acting chief of the defence staff.

He says he will have no further comment at this time due to the ongoing investigation.

Military investigators are probing allegations of sexual misconduct against Eyre’s predecessor, Gen. Jonathan Vance.

More to come.

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Canada's top military commander Art McDonald steps aside after investigation launched into misconduct – CBC.ca

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Canada’s new top military commander Art McDonald has voluntarily stepped aside as he is investigated by the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service on unspecified misconduct allegations.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan posted a statement online at just after 11 p.m. Wednesday stating he was informed of the situation and takes allegations of misconduct seriously.

“As I have stated, I take all allegations of misconduct seriously and continue to take strong action on any allegation of misconduct that is brought forward,” wrote Sajjan in a statement. “No matter the rank, no matter the position.”

Sajjan did not reveal the details of the allegations and said he will not comment further because the investigation is ongoing.

He has appointed Lt.-Gen. Wayne Eyre as acting chief of the defence staff. Lt-Gen. Eyre is currently the commander of the army. 

This latest development comes in the wake of the controversy surrounding the former chief of defence staff Gen. Jonathan Vance, who is also under investigation by the military’s National Investigation Service after allegations — first reported by Global News — that Vance had an inappropriate relationship with a female subordinate. 

McDonald appointed in December 

The investigation is looking into whether the former top military commander violated the code of service discipline or any laws were broken. 

McDonald was appointed to the role on Dec. 23, and he assumed command on Jan. 14, marking the official transfer of command of the Canadian Armed Forces from Vance to McDonald.

McDonald apologized earlier this month after a public backlash erupted when he posted a photo online about the importance of diversity. However, the photo depicted eight white, male colleagues sitting around a conference table with one woman on a screen in the background. 

“It’s true: the leadership of the CAF is, and historically has been, predominantly male and white. That needs to change,” McDonald tweeted.

“We need to reflect Canada’s diversity at all levels. We must work to eliminate systemic racism and dismantle the barriers to career advancement that exist. We are there in mindset but know there is still a lot of work to do, and we are committed to doing it.”

McDonald commanded the Royal Canadian Navy from 2019 to 2021.

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Sci-fi exhibition opening at Richmond Art Gallery in April – Richmond News

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Richmond Art Gallery (RAG) is partnering with Richmond-based Cinevolution Media Arts Society for a sci-fi exhibition on the ideas of intimacy, presence and cultural memories.

The exhibition titled Union, created by Nancy Lee and Kiran Bhumber, will headline Cinevolution Media Arts Society’s annual flagship event, Digital Carnival Z starting April. 24.

The exhibit takes place in the year 3000, when the nation state has collapsed and physical contact and living spaces have been affected by a viral air pollutant.

Union is about two beings discovering their ancestral memories through the longing for touch and rituals practiced in their post-apocalyptic wedding ceremony,” reads the event’s website.

According to the RAG, the exhibit will feature an extended reality component – real and virtual environments generated by computer technology – as well as a performance, sculptures and sound and video installations.

“Drawing on parallels between our world and the speculative future while working through the artists’ diasporic identifies, Union is a potent critique of modern surveillance capitalism, but also a gesture towards hope through the generative possibilities of intimacy, performativity and presence,” says the RAG exhibition page.

Union will be exhibited at the art gallery from April 24 to June 5.

For more information, visit RichmondArtGallery.com

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