Canadian screen stars want code of conduct to deal with sexual harassment

From CBC - November 23, 2017

Groupsrepresenting actors,directors and others in Canada's film and television industry say a code of conduct will be one of several steps toward tackling sexual harassment in the industry.

More than a dozen organizations convened a closed-door meeting on Thursday in Toronto to discuss what can be done to curb the problem.

They issued a statement that says a code of conduct would clearly define what is inappropriate behaviour as well as what the consequences would be for those who commit such actions.

The groups also agreed to create more effective ways to report such behaviour without fear of retribution.

The recent allegations of sexual misconduct against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and other prominent celebrities has shone a light on harassment in the industry.

Some say sexual misconduct has long been a reality in Canada's film scene, and they contend it's a problem that appears to be growing.

Actress MiaKirshner wrote a blistering opinion piece last monthin the Globe and Mail, blasting the "disease in [the]industry... of turning a blind eye to sexual harassment and abuse carried out by those who wield power in the film industry."

Kirshnerhas beencritical of how performers unions like ACTRAand the Screen ActorsGuild have handled the issue.




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