Our battleground ridings

Do you live in a battleground riding? FRIENDS has identified 21 particularly tight races, where the election is so close that all party candidates are especially eager to win your vote. Tell them that strong funding for the CBC, public broadcasting and our own Canadian media is an election issue to you by ordering a We Choose campaign sign for your lawn or window. With just 30 days until the election, the time is now to make sure they get the message.

Click here to order a sign if you live in one of the following ridings. (Not sure of your riding? Enter your postal code to find out your federal election riding.)

British Columbia

  • Burnaby North–Seymour
  • Burnaby South
  • Central Okanagan–Similkameen–Nicola
  • Kelowna–Lake Country
  • South Okanagan–West Kootenay
  • South Surrey–White Rock

Alberta

  • Calgary Centre
  • Calgary Confederation
  • Edmonton Centre
  • Edmonton Strathcona

Ontario

  • Davenport
  • Don Valley West
  • Hamilton West–Ancaster–Dundas
  • London West
  • London–Fanshawe
  • Oakville
  • Ottawa Centre
  • Parkdale–High Park
  • Peterborough–Kawartha
  • Toronto–Danforth
  • Waterloo

30 Days to Go! Join the We Choose campaign

Do you live in a battleground riding? FRIENDS has identified 21 particularly tight races, where the election is so close that all party candidates are especially eager to win your vote. Tell them that strong funding for the CBC, public broadcasting and our own Canadian media is an election issue to you by ordering a We Choose campaign sign for your lawn or window. With just 30 days until the election, the time is now to make sure they get the message.

Click here to order a sign if you live in one of the following ridings. (Not sure of your riding? Enter your postal code to find out your federal election riding.)

British Colombia

  • Burnaby North–Seymour
  • Burnaby South
  • Central Okanagan–Similkameen–Nicola
  • Kelowna–Lake Country
  • South Okanagan–West Kootenay
  • South Surrey–White Rock

Alberta

  • Calgary Centre
  • Calgary Confederation
  • Edmonton Centre
  • Edmonton Strathcona

Ontario

  • Davenport
  • Don Valley West
  • Hamilton West–Ancaster–Dundas
  • London West
  • London–Fanshawe
  • Oakville
  • Ottawa Centre
  • Parkdale–High Park
  • Peterborough–Kawartha
  • Toronto–Danforth
  • Waterloo

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.

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).