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.

The Canadian Media Guild partners with Friends

We’re thrilled to announce that The Canadian Media Guild (CMG) is an official partner of We Choose! The announcement was made this morning with CMG President Kamala Rao and CBC Branch President Jonathan Spence signing the We Choose petition to demonstrate their support.

“FRIENDS recognizes that our members deliver a vital public service. That’s why we are supporting this essential campaign,” Kamala Rao said.

Left to right: CBC Branch President Jonathan Spence, CMG President Kamala Rao and Friends Executive Director Daniel Bernhard.

“The Guild represents a very important group of private and public sector journalists and media workers who keep our democracy alive in increasingly difficult conditions,” said FRIENDS Executive Director Daniel Bernhard. “Canada needs this campaign to succeed, and with the CMG on board, our prospects for success have markedly improved.”

The average investment in public broadcasting among OECD countries is $87 per person per year. At $34 per person per year, Canada is 16th out of 18 OECD countries when it comes to funding public service media.

CMG President Kamala Rao signs the We Choose petition.

As you can see in our previous posts, we’ve been distributing We Choose CBC lawn signs in 22 battleground ridings to show that voters will support policies – and politicians – that strengthen the CBC. With less than 70 days until the federal election, it’s time to ramp up our efforts to make funding for public service broadcasting a key issue for all our elected leaders.

Dedicated Friends volunteer Lisa Douglas was on hand to help with the partnership announcement.

Be part of the movement to strengthen our public broadcaster by signing the petition, ordering a lawn sign or volunteering with us. You can read our press release on the partnership here.

National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada joins #WeChoose

Friends ED Daniel Bernhard received a warm welcome at the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada yesterday evening. Thank you for supporting #WeChoose!

Friends ED Daniel Bernhard with CEO of NEPMCC, Thomas Saras (left).

South Surrey-White Rock rocks!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth at the White Rock Farmers’ Market to support #WeChoose!

Digital Disconnect with Surrey supporters

It was a full house at our Digital Disconnect screening thanks to our hardworking Surrey supporters!

Burnaby says #WeChooseCBC!

Nothing like a free movie night to bring like-minded folks together. Hats off to our friends in Burnaby for coming out on a Tuesday night to show their support for our public broadcaster!

Shedding some light on #WeChoose

Shedding some light on #WeChoose

Friends ED Daniel Bernhard was at The Shed Public House Lecture Series last night. It was great to see so many enthusiastic supporters of #WeChoose in Dundas!