New Association Formed to Represent Canadian Media and Communications Professionals

January 16th, 2020 The membership of the Professional Writers Association of Canada has resoundingly voted to amalgamate with the independent membership of the Canadian Media Guild Freelance Branch to form the Canadian Freelance Guild. This new association, totalling close to 400 members, will be founded within CWA Canada, the oldest and only all-media union in […]

Posted on January 15, 2020 at 9:48 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

CMG Freelance On the Move

My fellow members, as of 2020, the independent membership portion of the Canadian Media Guild Freelance Branch will be moving to a new home at our parent organization, CWA-Canada. This move will give our group more autonomy to run our own affairs while at the same time preserving the benefits we currently enjoy from being […]

Posted on December 6, 2019 at 8:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

CMG election information for CBC freelancers

The Canadian Media Guild Freelance Branch is reminding any freelancer who has completed any freelance contract since January 1st, 2019 for CBC/Radio Canada that you are eligible to sign a membership card in CMG and vote and/or run in the upcoming CMG union-wide elections. Your contract must be either a: freelance specific services, freelance contributor, […]

Posted on November 5, 2019 at 9:25 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Vocal Fry Studios hosts podcast events in Toronto

Podcasting is here to stay. All you need as evidence of that is the success of independent podcasting companies such as Toronto’s Vocal Fry Studios. Vocal Fry has a busy couple of weeks ahead with several community and educational events on their calendar, and CMG Freelance is proud to be playing a part in some of them. […]

Posted on October 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

TORONTO: PWAC and CMG Freelance Together Again!

CMG Freelance President Don Genova and PWAC President Doreen Pendgracs cordially invite all members of both associations in the Greater Toronto Area to join them at a ‘cross-pollination’ mixer on Wednesday, October 30th. Where: Pogue Mahone Pub and Kitchen, 777 Bay St., Toronto (use the College Street entrance for the pub, just a short walk […]

Posted on October 15, 2019 at 8:03 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

The Expert Panel on Modern Federal Labour Standards

by Don Genova In early May I was asked, in my role as president of the Canadian Media Guild Freelance Branch, to participate in an exercise called ‘The Expert Panel on Modern Federal Labour Standards’, a panel sponsored by the federal government aimed at reviewing and updating working conditions within any federally-regulated workforce. The panel […]

Posted on June 26, 2019 at 6:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

CMG Freelance tax time advice

Spring has sprung! And that means it’s tax time. CMG Freelance president Don Genova has a special offer that will help you learn everything you need to know about running your freelance business. Watch his latest video update. For more information on the costs and benefits of membership, check out this page on the CMG […]

Posted on April 4, 2019 at 9:00 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Freelance at the CBC? You may be eligible to vote on the new collective agreement.

CMG-CBC agreement – Freelance workers eligible to vote From Tuesday, March 26 to Thursday, March 28, Canadian Media Guild (CMG) members working at CBC/Radio-Canada will have the opportunity to vote on the tentative agreement reached between our union and the Corporation. The vote will take place online using our electronic voting system. In order to […]

Posted on March 25, 2019 at 4:43 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Freelancer-related highlights of the CMG’s tentative agreement with CBC

The Canadian Media Guild’s bargaining committee reached a tentative agreement with the CBC earlier this month. Highlights of the tentative agreement as it relates to freelancers are as follows: The proposed agreement will provide more clarity to distinguish between the various types of freelance engagements. The CMG will have access to additional contact information for […]

Posted on February 23, 2019 at 9:18 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

CMG Freelance resolution for 2019

CMG Freelance president Don Genova has some advice for you now that we’re into 2019…

Posted on February 2, 2019 at 6:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,