Canadian Actors And Directors Unions Launch Helpline For Reporting Harassment

Actra, the Canadian actors union, and the Directors Guild of Canada are launching a helpline “to support members when reporting incidents of harassment.”

“We owe it to the courageous individuals who’ve exposed the truth about harassment and misconduct in our industry to have their backs,” said Dgc president Tim Southam.

Notably, the joint press release issued by the two unions doesn’t identify sexual harassment as the problem they seek to address, referring to it obliquely instead.

“Over the past 18 months, it has become clear a cultural shift within our industry is needed to prevent and reduce harassment,” said Actra national president David Sparrow. “Actra has remained dedicated in our commitment to address this issue.”

That cultural shift came about after a wave of sexual harassment claims surfaced in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal that broke on October 5, 2017.

Later that same month, Theresa Tova, president of Actra’s Toronto branch,
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