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BIPOC TV & FILM and Bell Media Partner to Increase More BIPOC in Canadian Media Industry – Canada NewsWire

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–  HireBIPOC to become industry-wide website for roster of BIPOC crew and creatives –

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TORONTO, June 30, 2020 /CNW/ – BIPOC TV & FILM and Bell Media announced today the first initiative resulting from their recently announced partnership, a new web portal to generate increased employment of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour working in the Canadian media industry.

Launching later this summer, HireBIPOC will become an industry-wide roster of BIPOC crew and creatives working in screen-based industries available for Canadian productions and media companies to hire. It will facilitate and increase BIPOC hiring in Canadian media and entertainment in roles across all areas of the industry, including production (above and below the line), behind the scenes, communications and marketing, on-air, and more.

“HireBIPOC’s objective is simple: get more BIPOC hired,” said Nathalie Younglai, Founder and CEO, BIPOC TV & FILM. “There are many talented, qualified BIPOC crew and creatives available to work in our industry. We have always been here – the challenge has been getting hired. Too often we hear excuses like, ‘we can’t find any BIPOC crew’ – that’s simply unacceptable. HireBIPOC will simplify the process and more importantly, hold productions and entertainment companies accountable. We need to create long-term change to hiring practices, the workforce, and in the long run, the kind of content and stories we produce. No more excuses.”

“HireBIPOC will be an indispensable tool for producers, production managers, development executives, broadcasters, distributors, cultural institutions, and more,” said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. “To effect change, we need the entire industry to step up and get onboard. We believe HireBIPOC is a first step and a game-changer; we are committed to ensuring its success and will hold our partners and productions accountable in improving their hiring practices.” 

HireBIPOC will feature a Supporter Wall highlighting the productions, producers, and production companies that have used the site and hired BIPOC.

HireBIPOC extends the work of FilmInColour.ca, an online platform that showcases Canadian POC Filmmakers and serves as a community hub to showcase their work and personalities. Profiles for BIPOC crew and creatives will link seamlessly between FilmInColour.ca and the new HireBIPOC site.

The HireBIPOC project follows the partnership announced earlier this month that saw BIPOC TV & FILM become part of Bell Media’s Content Diversity Task Force, as the company commits to changing the decision-making process in the stories it tells on air and amplifying voices from marginalized communities on its platforms.  As part of the partnership, Bell Media has also committed to support and expand BIPOC TV & FILM education programming and operations.

About BIPOC TV & FILM    
BIPOC TV & FILM is a grassroots organization and collective of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour in Canada’s TV and film industry. From writers, directors, producers and actors to editors, crew members and executives, our members are a mix of emerging, mid-level and established industry professionals. BIPOC TV & FILM is dedicated to increasing the representation of BIPOC both in front and behind the camera.

BIPOC TV & FILM was founded in 2012 as Indigenous & Creatives of Colour in TV & Film by Writer/Director Nathalie Younglai, who saw a need to form a community for others like her, who were also feeling isolated by the overall lack of representation of BIPOC in the industry. This collective is the only intersectional organization in Canada dedicated to providing safe spaces for all Black, Indigenous and People of Colour in the industry.

BIPOC TV & FILM hosts a series of panels, Q&A sessions, workshops, networking events and provides opportunities to secure employment in the television and film industry, specifically targeted to BIPOC. We also hold occasional events throughout the year that are open to allies, as we believe the support of allies is integral to creating a welcoming industry for BIPOC. Learn more at www.bipoctvandfilm.com.

About Bell Media
Bell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, digital media, and more. Bell Media owns 35 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s highest-rated television network, and the French-language V network in Québec; 29 specialty channels, including leading specialty services TSN and RDS. Bell Media is Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 215 music channels including 109 licensed radio stations in 58 markets across the country, all part of the iHeartRadio brand and streaming service. Bell Media owns Astral, an out-of-home advertising network of 50,000 faces in five provinces. The country’s digital media leader, Bell Media develops and operates websites, apps, and online platforms for its news and entertainment brands; video streaming services Crave, TSN Direct, and RDS Direct; and multi-channel network Much Studios. The company owns a majority stake in Pinewood Toronto Studios; is a partner in Just for Laughs, the live comedy event and TV producer; and jointly owns Dome Productions Partnership., one of North America’s leading production facilities providers. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. Learn more at www.BellMedia.ca.

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For further information: Media Inquiries: Judy Lung, BIPOC TV & FILM, 416.993.6915, [email protected], [email protected]; Patricia Garcia, Bell Media, 416.302.9318 or [email protected]

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EU executive expresses concern over Hungary's media freedom – The Telegram

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BUDAPEST (Reuters) – A senior European Commission official has expressed concern for the independence of Index.hu, one of Hungary’s last major independent news websites and a leading critic of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government.

“What you are doing, the values you are fighting for, media freedom and pluralism, are essential for democracy,” Vera Jourova, the commission’s Vice President for Values and Transparency, said in a message to Index published on its web site. “You can count on my support.”

Editor-in-chief Szabolcs Dull said last month that Index was at risk of losing its independence because of “external influence”.

He said Index wanted to remain free of government influence and undue pressure from businessmen and advisers with government ties.

Orban has extended his influence over many walks of life in Hungary during his decade-long rule.

Pro-government businessman Miklos Vaszily bought a major stake in a company with control of Index’s revenue stream in March, raising fears of interference with the web site to favour Orban.

Vaszily, who has not returned Reuters requests for comment, has denied he wants to muzzle Index, saying economic problems need to be fixed. But staff are on alert as Vaszily had previously turned their competitor, Origo.hu, into a government mouthpiece.

Jourova said Index’s business situation should not be used as a pretext to undermine its freedom.

“While readership and audiences have been record high, revenues have been heavily hit. Economic pressure should not turn into political pressure…I would like to express my solidarity with the staff of Index.”

Media freedom was a key issue when the EU warned Hungary in April to respect the bloc’s values as it fought against the coronavirus pandemic.

(Reporting by Marton Dunai; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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Restaurateur pours her heart out on social media about disrespectful customers – Montreal Gazette

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“I know a lot of those people and it was nice to hear,” she said.

One patron wrote: “The food was delicious and the terrace was perfect for social distancing!! Shame on those idiots!”

Another: “Don’t let those idiot customers get you down. It happens. We can’t all be nice. I’m looking forward to coming back and enjoying more amazing food.”

Polansky said she apologized to diners seated closest to the disruptive patrons. Usually, her restaurant is “quiet and nice and relaxing and fun,” she told them.

Even after nearly three decades, Polansky still works the floor and is full of ideas for everything from new cocktails to pink masks for the staff.

“I still have passion after all these years,” she said. “I still have that drive. This is not going to get me down.”

On Tuesday afternoon, as she prepared to open at 4 p.m., Polansky was philosophical.

“Other nights aren’t like Sunday,” she said. “I was discouraged on Sunday. Today is a new day.”

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Kamloops Mountie criticized for social media post comparing cosmetic face mask to blackface – CBC.ca

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A Kamloops RCMP officer is being criticized for comments made on his personal Instagram account in regards to blackface and microaggressions.

Const. Rupert Meinke posted two images of himself using a charcoal face mask. He captioned the photos with comments about blackface. 

“Is my skin care racist? Micro-aggressions matter,” one post said.

“Blackface session. It’s supposed to help my looks. I don’t think it’s working,” said the other.

CBC has reached out to Meinke on social media, but has not yet heard back. 

The B.C. RCMP is aware of the posts and is reviewing them.

“The review remains ongoing and will seek to determine further context, as well as a greater picture of the social media profile in question,” an RCMP statement said.

Ex-cop calls jokes about blackface ‘concerning’

Former RCMP officer Chad Haggerty, who has used his own social media channels to talk about systemic racism he faced while on the force, said that when it comes to comments about blackface and racism of any kind, sensitivity needs to be demonstrated. 

“During a time when racial bias is a topic of great concern for Canadian society, to have a police officer not being sensitive to that issue and to make jokes about blackface is concerning,” he told Daybreak Kamloops host Shelley Joyce. 

“We need to step outside of our own personal circumstance, view how these comments in the grand scheme of things are leading to a mistrust of police or a feeling that police aren’t sensitive to the needs of the entire community.”

Haggerty, who is Métis, said during his 17 years serving with the RCMP, he heard all kinds of racist language from fellow officers.

“I was privy to comments like being told that I was hired to work with Indians and I should go back to the reserve, being called chief and scout,” he said. 

“When I tried to raise a complaint about some of the actions, I was cautioned by two supervisors to essentially keep my mouth shut and keep my head down.”

Though he doesn’t know Meinke personally or professionally, and doesn’t know the intent behind the posts, Haggerty said — based on what he’s seen — Meinke needs to engage with people that are impacted by his comments, and undergo some educational training from an organization outside of the RCMP.

“There may be things that can be addressed in his behaviour that will allow him to continue to be a police officer and perhaps he generally displays respect for everybody that he deals with,” Haggerty said. 

“He just needs to develop the skills and the practices to be consistent in his appearance and in his approach to the public.”

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