The National Film Board is losing $6.7 million, putting an end to Toronto Mediatheque
The arts in Ontario came under fire last week, and now the Toronto Star is reporting that the National Film Board is set to lose $6.7 million from its annual budget due to proposed federal cuts. The reduced funding is prompting the end of many services, including its viewing stations and cinemas at Toronto Mediatheque in September, and as of April 1, it ceased funding festivals and events. After the absence of popular services and 73 cut job positions, the organization is becoming a shell of its former self, but the NFB intends to keep the John and Richmond location open (for one-off events and exhibitions). As for where someone can watch videos from the NFB’s catalogue, its popular YouTube channel is still alive and well, so in between “David After Dentist” and a cinnamon challenge video or two, there’s still the opportunity to learn how to braid rope or how to put centres in chocolates.