Writing Letters to Local and National Newspapers
Writing letters to newspapers is extremely helpful. Newspaper editors, like politicians, need to know what people are thinking about regarding the issues facing Canada's Pacific coast. The editorial section is often the first page politicians turn to.
Keep your letter short and to the point – less than 150 words is preferable. Your letter should carry its most important message in the first few sentences. Make your letter timely – if you have just returned from a trip to the Great Bear Rainforest or if it is a reaction to a previous story in the paper. Include contact information so that you can be reached during the day and the evening. Don’t be afraid to tell readers what you want them to do - this is your chance to speak your mind.
Links to some of the main Canadian national and BC newspapers:
National Post firstname.lastname@example.org
Financial Post email@example.com
Canadian Press firstname.lastname@example.org
Prince George Citizen email@example.com
Vancouver Sun firstname.lastname@example.org
Vancouver Province email@example.com
Victoria Times-Colonist firstname.lastname@example.org
Finding your BC MLA
Writing a Letter to Elected Officials in British Columbia
It is very important to copy your letter to other sources. For example, if you write a letter to Premier Campbell, copy the letter to one or more cabinet ministers and a newspaper.
Hon. Christy Clark
Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations
Hon. Steve Thomson
PO BOX 9049
Minister of Environment
Further Useful B.C. Provincial Contacts
MLA Rob Fleming, NDP Environment Critic
Adrian Dix, Leader of the NDP
Mike Farnworth, NDP
Adam Olsen, Interim Leader of the Green Party
Joyce Murray, MP
(Liberal Member fr B.C. submitted private member's bill to put a legal moratorium on oil tankers traveling on B.C.'s coast which was delayed due to Federal election set for May, 2, 2011)Email: Murray.J@parl.gc.ca
Writing a Letter to the Federal GovernmentFinding your Federal MP
The marine environment falls under Federal jurisdiction in Canada. To write a letter about the proposed tanker moratorium being lifted write to:
The Prime Minister and all Members of Parliament can be reached by mail in Ottawa with the following mailing address:House of Commons
Prime Minister Stephen HarperEmail: email@example.com
|23 Alison Blvd (Main Office)|
|Fredericton, New Brunswick|
Minister of Natural Resources Canada
The Hon. Joe Oliver
Telephone: (613) 996-7046
Fax: (613) 992-0851
|511 Lawrence Ave West,|
Minister of Environment
The Hon. Leona Aglukkaq
|P.O. Box 1930|
|Iqaluit, Nunavut, X0A 0H0|
Sample text: Below is some sample text for a letter or email to the Prime Minister. Make sure to personalize it — it's you're chance to speak up!
Dear Prime Minister Stephen Harper,
I strongly oppose bringing crude oil to the Great Bear Rainforest.
The proposed plan to build a crude oil pipeline from the Alberta tar sands to the North Coast is the wrong choice for British Columbia. Allowing this pipeline to be built and oil tanker traffic in the pristine waters of the Great Bear Rainforest would undermine the conservation gains already made and the way of life of the coastal First Nations people.
More than 80 percent of British Columbians oppose crude oil tanker traffic on the North Coast and the coastal First Nations have declared a ban under their traditional laws. This project would be a major, long-term investment in dirty oil development at a time when B.C. and Canada should be investing in the clean energy economy.
We have the opportunity to set an example here. To show how we deal with the last few wild places on our planet and more importantly, for how we honour and respect the rights and traditions of First Nations and all indigenous people. I strongly urge you to have the foresight and ingenuity to move forward with a plan that will move British Columbia, and Canada, into the future instead of clinging to the status quo.
Thank you for your time.