ACTRA hosts meeting to discuss combating sexual misconduct
Ferne Downey, President of ACTRA (centre), heads up the "OUR TV" rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ont., Monday, November 16, 2009. ACTRA and some of Canada's biggest TV stars staged the rally in order to get more Canadian drama back in prime time and to let all of Canada know that the fight is about our culture, our TV and, as Canadians, our voice. The Canadian Press Images PHOTO/ACTRA
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, November 23, 2017 7:23AM EST
TORONTO - Canada's performers' union, ACTRA, will host a meeting this evening with other industry stakeholders to talk about sexual misconduct.
Other groups that will be a part of the meeting in Toronto include the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.
The meeting comes amid a flood of sexual harassment and assault allegations coming out of the film and TV worlds.
Canadian filmmaker Patricia Rozema says while the screen industry here is smaller than Hollywood, "there's been sexual harassment" within it.
ACTRA says it wants to work with other groups to implement practical, concrete measures to tackle the issue in a way that also leads to cultural change.
Filmmaker Atom Egoyan says ACTRA needs to take "a much firmer stand" going forward.