EDMONTON FILM COMMISSION OFFICE REMAINS UNDER REVIEW

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.


CHANGES IN NOTLEY’S CABINET

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