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Nanaimo Art Gallery, Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre receive new arts infrastructure funding – Nanaimo News Bulletin

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Two arts and culture groups in Nanaimo have received more than $100,000 from the provincial government to help improve their spaces and support arts programming.

On Jan. 22 the B.C. Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport announced in a press release that nine arts and culture groups on Vancouver Island and its adjacent islands received more than $440,000 as part of the B.C. Arts Council’s new arts infrastructure program. Among the local recipients are the Nanaimo Art Gallery, which got $75,000, and the Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre, which got $31,933.

NAG executive director Carolyn Holmes was thankful for the grant and said the funds will be spent on expanding the ArtLab studio.

“These renovations will make it possible to increase the capacity of our programs and involve more members of our community in art-making experiences,” she said in the press release. “This recent year has showed us just how important these creative outlets and learning opportunities are for our well-being.”

Other recipients on the Island include the Belfry Theatre, CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers and Victoria Baroque Music Society, all located in Victoria, as well as the Cumberland Museum and Archives. The Hornby Island Arts Council, Alert Bay’s U’mista Cultural Centre and the Sointula Museum and Historical Society also received funding. In all, 49 group from across the province received nearly $2 million in grants.

“Art and creative expression are so important for people to maintain healthy lifestyles, especially right now,” Nanaimo MLA Sheila Malcolmson said in the release. “We are supporting arts and culture spaces across the province and here in Nanaimo, assisting them through the pandemic and helping to make them better for the future.”



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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.

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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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