Rosemary Ganley The Peterborough Examiner May 9, 2019
The future of the CBC and Canadian journalism is a major election issue. LUCAS OLENIUK/TORONTO STAR
I try to organize my philanthropic giving by annual commitments and monthly deductions.
The list of groups I donate to, and which I follow closely, includes local, national and international causes. I know, from being a beggar for Jamaican Self-Help for many years, that good causes benefit hugely from knowing they can count on regular contributions. They can plan, budget, implement and then send out narrative and financial reports online (always look at the financial reports). Groups don't need to mail me paper.
Because my mind is so well-served and the democracy I live in so strengthened by it, my top Canadian cause these days is the preservation and support of national media, that is, journalism, the arts and truthful news.
After the climate crisis, it will be my "ballot box" question on October 21.
Right now, the main defender of a healthy, well-informed Canadian media landscape is the non-partisan, nonprofit group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting. To my surprised delight, Friends has 364,000 supporters. It is focusing on the upcoming election and on educating the public about the conditions under which Canadian media entities are laboring. These involve completely unfair favoritism toward the global giants, that group of five soulless corporations, which some wag has called "FAANGS:" Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google.