It's high time the government reviewed the way it distributes arts funding and to whom.
The Canadian arts community act as if they are entitled to government hand-outs so they can produce self-indulgent drek that cannot command an audience that justifies its expense.
Case in point - Ellen (aka Elle) Flanders, the notorious grupenfuhrer of Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (al-QuAIA) is allegedly a filmmaker. I am unaware of any social benefit from any Elle Flanders film. For that matter, I have never even seen or heard of any of her "films".
The following us what Ellen Flanders received in our tax dollars from The Canada Council for the Arts:
The Canada Council site only provides grants search results for 10 years from 1998-2008.
In that period, Elle Flanders has taken at least $154,500 of our tax dollars.
How about her al-QuAIA cohort, John Greyson. I wonder if any of our tax dollars subsidized this waste?
2001: $2000 (plus $18,000 shared with David Wall)
2004: $30,000 (shared with David Wall)
So in the same period, John Greyson has cost us at least (in addition to his salary as an instructor at York University), $180,500
That's $335,000 between the two of these luminaries. And that's not including what they get from other tax-subsidized sources.
Some people might call that absurd. I call it masochism.
It's about time the grants process was reviewed so that there is a limit on the number of grants one individual can receive. Government should not be in the business of giving money, in perpetuity, to self-described "artists" who produce things no one wants to see.