Post Weinstein, Canadian Industry to Establish Code of Conduct
MCD Staff

MCD Staff

The Canadian film and TV industry is jointly taking steps to introduce a code of conduct to end sexual harassment on and away from movie and TV sets.

Following a day-long meeting in Toronto by industry unions, guilds and associations, Canadian industry reps in a statement said they will “collaborate on an industry-wide response to sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying, and violence.”

“We agree to zero tolerance for such behavior. We recognize that increasing gender equality and diversity across our industry is an important part of the solution,” the statement added. The proposed cross-industry code of conduct will also define “expectations of appropriate and inappropriate behavior, enforcement and consequences.”

The industry discussions north of the border follow similar moves by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to draw up its own code of conduct for its members in the wake of allegations accusing Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and many others of sexual harassment, abuse and rape.

The Canadian industry also proposed Thursday “more effective reporting mechanisms and supports” so talent can report allegations, and “more effective enforcement of existing industry policies.” Introducing a code of conduct follows criticism from Canadian actress Mia Kirshner (The L Word) that SAG and ACTRA, Canada’s actors union, did not protect her against an “ordeal” with Harvey Weinstein, and that actors still fear speaking out against sexual predators to avoid putting their careers in jeopardy.

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