On September 9th, my son and thirty or so members of his first-year Art History class at Langara University College are due to fly off to London on the first leg of their six-week study abroad program. The group has attended class every day for the last week and will continue to do so until their departure date.
Except that, thanks to the demise of yet another airline in Canada, their tickets on Zoom Airlines are as useless as the electronic ticket they are printed on. It brings back memories of when now defunct airline, Canada 3000 filed for bankruptcy, leaving passengers stranded all over the world.
I’m sure the Langara instructor who heads up the study abroad program is scrambling to find another carrier for his students, while on the home front, parents try to recover their costs by contacting Visa and Mastercard.
I wonder if some of the same people who oversaw C3’s demise, are now involved in Zoom? Might be worth looking into…
Man, this is turning into an expensive day…see: Thanks, Mr. Harper
Well, the Tories claim that their recent funding cuts to the artistic community in Canada will have little impact on Canadian artists. Not true. I did not get my travel grant to attend a six week residency in Iceland (probably one of the most expensive places in the world to fly to), even though I would be fulfilling the obligation to promote Canadian Arts internationally.
Oh well. I guess I’ll find the money from the meager income that I make — and be thankful that, at least, I no longer have to work for minimum wage to support my writing “hobby.”
See the Grant Application Details:
Discipline Writing and Publishing
Genre Children’s (Text)
Purpose To attend a six-week residency at Skriduklaustur, Iceland from November 14 to December 10, 2008.
Amount Requested $2,500.00
Event Writer in Residence
Destination Skriduklaustur (Iceland)
Date(s) of travel November 14/08-December 10/08
Grant Application Result
The assessment committee for the program, has recently completed its deliberations. We regret to inform you that your application was not successful. Committee members were asked to review and evaluate each application and to make grant recommendations based on the assessment criteria published in the program application guidelines. Because of the limited funds available, the assessment committee’s decisions had to be made in an extremely competitive context. All committee decisions are final.
So, I close my eyes and wish for:
A lottery win
A lucrative option on a book
A new government