Snippets from Article:
An NDP private member's bill designed to protect child performers in the entertainment industry passed Second Reading in the Ontario Legislature on Thursday.
So does Shirley Douglas, a Canadian television, film, and stage actress and activist who's worked in the entertainment industry for 60 years.
"I will never be happy until the children are treated with the respect and the care that we (adults) can demand," said Douglas at a press conference in the Queen's Park media studio earlier in the day.
"I can say to the director that something has got to stop and they stop it. But a child can't do that. And so we have to protect children from the very freewheeling behaviour that can take place in the theatre and in film."
When Douglas starred in Wind at My Back, the acclaimed television show set in the 1930's during the Depression in the fictional town of New Bedford, Ontario that ran from 1996 to 2001, she said it was the first time she worked with children in film.
"Who looks after the children?" asked Douglas.
She was appalled to find out they're left on their own.
"We have to see that all the children -- not just ACTRA and Equity children -- are in an environment that is safe and safeguarding their education. Because if they're not going to get an education, then they shouldn't be in the film."
Source: http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/johnbon ... nd-reading
Hmm... left on their own?