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Your letters about privacy and online spying are getting published from coast to coast

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This is amazing! Canadians from coast to coast have used our Letter-to-the-Editor tool to successfully publish letters in 30 major Canadian newspapers. Check them out below.

Clearly this government has it all wrong when it comes to respecting our right to privacy.

That’s the message coming across again and again in newspaper letter pages right across Canada. It looks like Canadians are fed up with repeated government attempts to invade our privacy -- whether through their reckless spy agency CSEC or through Justice Minister MacKay’s new Online Spying Bill C-13.

The spy agency bureaucrats aren’t backing down -- but we know decision-makers in Ottawa are feeling the pressure from thousands of Canadians about invasive spying and lavish spending on agencies like CSEC.

The last thing CSEC’s bloated bureaucracy wants is for Canadians’ voices to be heard. That’s why your OpenMedia.ca team worked hard to build a new letter-to-the-editor tool to amplify your voices in local newspapers from coast to coast across the nation.

Building this tool was a real team effort -- we just couldn’t have made this happen without generous support from our monthly allies and donors. And the results have been impressive -- hundreds have used the tool, and letters are now appearing in publications large and small.

Here’s just a sample of the letters we’ve spotted so far:

Abitibi Express

Moose Jaw Times Herald

Ajax News Advertiser

Newmarket Era

Annapolis County Spectator

PEI Guardian

Penticton Herald

Carleton Place Almonte Canadian Gazette

Sackville Tribune Post

CBN Compass

Sask Star Phoenix


The Bulletin d'Aylmer

Inside Belleville

The Daily Courier

Inside Ottawa Valley

The Gulf News

Kelowna Capital News

The Labradorian

L'Echo La Tuque Haut-St-Maurice

The Lewisporte Pilot

L'Hebdo Journal

The Western Star

La Nouvelle Union

Toronto Star

Laurentides Point de Vue

Wellington Advertiser

London Free Press

Windsor Star


Thanks for speaking out Canada! We know from experience that when Canadians stand up, it really does make a difference. We stood together to beat back Vic Toews’ last attempt at an online spying bill and we know we can do it again when it comes to CSEC and Bill C-13.

If you haven’t done so already, please take the time to send a letter to your local paper using our easy-to-use tool at https://OpenMedia.ca/Letter -- this really is one of the most powerful ways to make your voice heard.

Pro-tip: for best results, please take the time to write the letter in your own words. We’ve provided helpful talking points to get you started but you’ll hugely increase your chance of getting published if you write about these in your own style, rather than cutting-and-pasting. Mentioning your local MP by name is also a great way to keep the pressure on decision-makers.

With Peter MacKay trying to ram his Online Spying Bill C-13 through the House of Commons, it’s never been more important to speak up. Please, take a few moments today to make sure your voice is heard in your community.



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