The fate of Edmonton’s Film Commissioner continues to be sorted out by the city administration and various stakeholders. Council’s executive committee last week reviewed a proposal to set up an independent, non-profit Film Commission office. The executive committee passed a motion directing the administration to work with the Edmonton Arts Council, Edmonton Economic Development and industry stakeholders, to work out the terms of reference for a new Film Commission. The terms of reference are to consider the scope of the Film Commission’s mandate, as well as clearly identify partners, membership and a funding strategy. Recommendations are due back to the executive committee by May 10th. The city administration and Economic Development similarly are to submit recommendations on the future of the $10-Million Edmonton Film Fund at the May 10th meeting of the executive committee.


Alberta has a new Culture and Tourism minister after today’s cabinet shuffle by Premier Rachel Notley. He is Ricardo Miranda, MLA for Calgary-Cross. Miranda has the distinction of being Alberta’s first openly gay cabinet minister.

Miranda moved to Calgary as a child from Nicaragua. He graduated from Father Lacombe High School in Calgary, and went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in humanities from the University of Calgary while working as a flight attendant. He has worked for the Canadian Union of Public Employees, where he often did political and economic analysis. Miranda previously sat as a board member of the Parkland Institute, an Edmonton-based public policy think tank. He currently serves as chair of the Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future and as a member of the Select Special Ethics and Accountability Committee. Previously he served as a member of the Standing Committee on the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund.

Here is Premier Notley’s new cabinet, in order of precedence:

Rachel Notley: Premier of Alberta, President of Executive Council

Sarah Marjorie Hoffman: deputy premier, Minister of Health

Brian Mason: Minister of Infrastructure, Minister of Transportation, Government House Leader

David Hanson Eggen: Minister of Education

Deron Michael Bilous: Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Deputy Government House Leader

Joseph Anthony Ceci: President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance

Kathleen Teresa Ganley: Minister of Justice and Solicitor General

Shannon Phillips: Minister of Environment and Parks, Minister Responsible for the Climate Change Office

Oneil John Carlier: Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Deputy Government House Leader

Danielle Marie Larivee: Minister of Municipal Affairs

Margaret Ellen McCuaig-Boyd: Minister of Energy

Irfan Sabir: Minister of Human Services

Lori Dawn Sigurdson: Minister of Seniors and Housing

Richard John Feehan: Minister of Indigenous Relations

Christina Gray: Minister of Labour, Minister Responsible for Democratic Renewal

Stephanie Veronica McLean: Minister of Service Alberta, Minister of Status of Women

Ricardo Miranda: Minister of Culture and Tourism

Marlin Robert Schmidt: Minister of Advanced Education

Brandy Lynn Payne: Associate Minister of Health