Succinct, relevant and informative: A timely digest on the politics and policies influencing the arts, heritage and cultural industries in Ontario and Canada.

From the Report

Minister Mélanie Joly’s digital consultation leading to what she is calling the “biggest cultural policy reform” is underway. With a stated focus on cultural industries, work this fall will be all about how to retool Canada’s cultural policy framework. According to the consultation paper, a shift in philosophy is expected

Last week, Premier Kathleen Wynne released mandate letters for ministers for the government’s final two years of its mandate. Characterizing the approach to this final stretch as akin to a marathon, the Premier urged Minister Eleanor McMahon to “concentrate more intently and to move decisively forward … to build on the momentum that we have successfully achieved over the past two years.” The course remains the same, the government will “redouble our efforts to deliver on our top priority — creating jobs and growth.” At the same time, the continued commitment to a balanced budget signals that times remain lean.

For the rookie minister, there is an ambitious priority list