We Choose Canada

Our public broadcaster exists to “inform, enlighten, and entertain” Canadians but it’s practically on life support after 30 years of cuts. The BBC receives $100 per person per year! Norway’s public broadcaster gets $162 per year. But CBC gets a measly $34!

Instead of funding professional Canadian journalism to tell our truth and stories, Ottawa is throwing billions at Silicon Valley monopolies that profit from spreading fake news and extremism. When you add it all up, the tax breaks and exemptions the federal government gifts to companies like Facebook and Google are worth more than double what we invest in our national public broadcaster.

We have two problems:

  • Facebook is besieging our democracy with misinformation and extreme content, at the very moment when Canadian journalism is facing extinction.
  • Unregulated broadcasters like Netflix are Americanizing our screens. They make great TV, but they aren’t required to follow the same rules Canadian broadcasters must comply with. We don’t even ask them to!

A strong CBC, and a healthy independent media with enough funding to fight misinformation and tell great Canadian stories about our communities across the land can address these two problems.

Foreign corporations can’t be trusted to put Canada’s interests first. It’s time to put the Canadian people back in charge. The future of Canadian journalism and culture should be one that we choose.

Join our campaign to put Canada back in charge of our own culture and democracy. Let’s make Silicon Valley play by our rules, and let’s double down on CBC to give us the shamelessly Canadian news and programming we need.

#WeChooseCanada #WeChooseCBC

We Choose goes back to school!

We held the first of our fall screenings of Digital Disconnect last night at Ryerson University! Thank you to everyone who came out, watch the film and got the conversation going with some tough questions. Our deepest appreciation go to the Ryerson Leadership Lab and Documentary Organization of Canada for partnering with us on this event.

Co-Founder of the Ryerson Leadership Lab welcomes guests with a few opening remarks about the event and the film.

 

FRIENDS Executive Director Daniel Bernhard introduces the film and panellists.

 

Daniel Bernhard with panellists: Chair of the Open Democracy Project Ana Serrano, journalist and documentary filmmaker Sun-Kyung “Sunny” Yi, and founder of Who Targets Me Sam Jeffers.

 

From left: Daniel Bernhard, Sun-Kyung “Sunny” Yi, Ana Serrano and Sam Jeffers.

 

National Campus and Community Radio Association supports We Choose!

National Campus and Community Radio Association (NCRA) joins FRIENDS’ We Choose campaign! We’re excited to have you on board the fight for Canadian journalism.

Seated left to right: CHUO Station Manager Erin Flynn, Friends Executive Director Daniel Bernhard, National Campus and Community Radio Association Executive Director Barry Rooke, and Friends’ Ottawa Centre volunteer Marina Rowbotham.

 

Seated left to right: CHUO Station Manager Erin Flynn, Friends Executive Director Daniel Bernhard, National Campus and Community Radio Association Executive Director Barry Rooke, and Friends’ Ottawa Centre volunteer Marina Rowbotham.

 

Friends’ Communications Advisor Jim Thompson speaking on air on CHUO FM about NCRA’s support for We Choose.

 

We Choose signs being placed around the NCRA office.

 

Jim Thompson (left) with Friends’ Ottawa Centre volunteer Marina Rowbotham.

Friends in the Globe & Mail

Friends was featured in a Globe & Mail article yesterday! Media reporter Simon Houpt shone a spotlight on what Friends supporters are doing to secure CBC and Canadian broadcasting, and what Ottawa should do to protect Canadian culture against the encroachment of Silicon Valley giants. You can read the full article here.

We Choose gets traditional in Princeton, B.C.

We Choose volunteers brought the We Choose message to the Princeton Traditional Music Festival last weekend. Thanks for signing our petition and supporting the cause!

Friendly faces Peterborough Folk Fest

Peterborough Folk Festival has some of the friendliest folks around! Thank you for stopping by our booth to learn about why We Choose Canada.

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Urge Ottawa to commit to funding CBC so it can fight misinformation and tell great Canadian stories from our communities.

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