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The General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), one of the agreements of the World Trade Organization (WTO), came into force in January 1995. Already, GATS places constraints on the ability of sovereign governments to implement cultural policies and programs. Proposals in a new round of liberalisation talks and the comprehensive negotiating agenda adopted by the WTO, can only bring further restrictions on governmental measures that support domestic cultural expressions and ensure cultural diversity.
Canadian literature is making its presence felt in the world's most populous country this week, as a result of the visit of five well-known Canadian writers to China on a delegation led by the Canada Council for the Arts.
The Canada Council for the Arts and the National Research Council Canada (NRC) recently signed an agreement to promote interaction between the arts, science and technology. The signing coincided with the 550th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's birth.
The Canada Council for the Arts has announced that Louise Profeit-LeBlanc will take up the position of Aboriginal Arts Co-ordinator on 6 May this year.
The winners of the third annual Governor General's Awards for Visual and Media Arts were announced by the Canada Council for the Arts on 12 March.