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  • Terry Rose
    April 11, 2013 - 21:23

    If an adult artist (18 and over) wants to travel to a conference, pay for it yourself, if there was a market for anything the artists are doing they should be able to thrive on their own. Do tax payers pay mechanics to attend conferences and travel, or grocery store workers. Health Care, youth services, justice should be a priority, the arts community can fund raise etc, taxpayers should not be paying for them.

  • hua mulan
    April 11, 2013 - 09:49

    this is the action plan brought unto us by the reformcon party of NL: * incapacity to grasp the value of arts and culture in the province... check! *unconscionable hatred of public servants , but an inability to hide their deeper loathing of artists...check! * attack, hack, slash rights "granted" to the non-noblesse by the magna carta * bestow cushy jobs n tax breaks in the millions to their 1% supporters. * roll in the muck of their 90 million $ slush fund behind billc29. * dine and wine with each other over the finest place settings like the noblesse they see themselves * experiencing that cold, cold chill each morning they look in their dorian grey mirrors

  • Scott
    April 10, 2013 - 12:01

    To call 13 hard working intelligent people is foolish, but to do it in such bad grammar and tone is the truly disgusting part of your response. Go home a play with your phonics kit, let the big people discuss reality. Do you not see how 13 families being financially supplied and not, as you seem to suggest suck off the system by being unemployed? Oh of course art is not a real job to you, your conception of art is a jumbled blur of Hollywood-stereotypes and culturally dark-aged notions pieced together with a lame, popsicle-stick house of intellect. When we all learn to be as empathetic as you, perhaps we can indeed be more entrepreneurial, you troglodyte.

  • N. Brace
    April 10, 2013 - 11:54

    Another cut to services that make up the whole picture of a thriving and living cultural experience that is a huge part of the tourism landscape that we have already spent millions on in promotion. Boy, won't all those tourists be happy when there is nothing here that was advertised!!. Talk about baby and bathwater!

  • Ed Fry
    April 10, 2013 - 11:01

    What foolishness. If people want to be artists, they can do it on their own time and on their own dime. We are better off spending money on healthcare and looking after our seniors. Cut ALL arts funding and let artists become entreneurs rather than remaining the entitled, government-teat-sucking leeches many of them are now. As for the Rooms, it could operate with far less staff and run much reduced hours to save money. In fact, it should perhaps only open during tourist season and occasionally during the rest of the year. We cannot continue to lavish money on these facilities while our debt grows by a half-BILLION dollars per year.

  • Audrey Feltham
    April 10, 2013 - 10:58

    It is particularly disturbing that they have cut the CEDP program while having the face to tell artists that have not made cuts to programs that provide them with sustainable dollars. That CEDP program allowed people like myself, who are professional artists intent on enlarging their geographic outreach, to secure funding to attend international residencies such as I have done recently. I can do longer do this because I can't afford to pay the cost of accommodation, travel, food, supplies etc. in an international market for extended periods of time. It really is a shame, and means that the government has effectively told the artists in this province that they no longer value their export potential. In addition the cuts to the budget at the rooms means that when the time comes around for the yearly Government PRocurement, if it goes ahead at all, the budget will be massively hit. Again, such short sightedness on the part of the government. I distinctly remember sitting at a table with Danny Williams with the Cultural Blue Plan was introduced. His comment, word for word, was this. "Oil and gas will come and go; cultural is with us forever." Whatever happened this this party did a complete reversal?