December 15th, 2017

Canadian members of Oscars academy hopeful about new code of conduct

By Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press on December 7, 2017.

This March 2, 2014 file photo shows Oscar statues lined up backstage during the Oscars in Los Angeles. Canadian members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences say they're hopeful the organization's newly released code of conduct will have an impact.The academy, which oversees the Oscars, says members must behave "ethically" with "respect for human dignity, inclusion, and a supportive environment that fosters creativity." THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP

TORONTO – Canadian members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences say they’re hopeful the organization’s newly released code of conduct will have an impact.

The academy, which oversees the Oscars, says members must behave “ethically” with “respect for human dignity, inclusion, and a supportive environment that fosters creativity.”

The new code of conduct comes amid a steady stream of sexual misconduct allegations, which prompted the academy to expel producer Harvey Weinstein in October.

Toronto-based sound editor Jane Tattersall calls the code of conduct a “strong symbol” from a respected institution.

Tattersall says a lot of bad behaviour has been tacitly allowed to continue for many years and she thinks this will be the beginning of the end of it.

Montreal casting director Lucie Robitaille says she was surprised the academy never had a code of conduct but hopes it will now lead to change.

Last month, groups representing Canada’s screen and stage talent announced they will enact an industry-wide code of conduct as part of a new collective approach to end sexual harassment.

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