step-by-step instructions for writing an LTE
Our #VaccinesWork campaign is to ensure that every last child receives life-saving vaccines. With your help, we can ensure Canada remains a leader in global health by making strong financial commitments to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
Ask #1: Canada to pledge $215 million over 4 years to GPEI.
Ask #2: Canada to pledge $600 million over 5 years to Gavi.
letter to the editor \ (LTE)
: a letter written to a newspaper, magazine or other periodical about issues of concern to readers, usually intended to be published in the paper/periodical
It's time to capture the headlines! In celebration of International Development Week, tell or amplify the human stories of how #VaccinesWork. Write about why Canada should support GPEI and Gavi with an ambitious pledge. Read our top tips, follow our step-by-step instructions, and share real life examples of impact like Safia’s to help tell the story.
Try to find a local story to connect to the campaign.
Is there a recent outbreak of a disease in Canada that could be addressed by getting children vaccinated? Raise the importance of vaccination and how Canadians have access and how no one should be left behind because of where they are born.
Canada is behind
There is growing fear in the development community that after years of advocating full international funding for the Global Fund for Aids, TB and Malaria, the Trudeau Liberals are planning to abandon it. This is deeply concerning because Canada has long been at the bottom of spending of all developed nations on developmental aid.
The Global Fund is an extremely successful multinational effort combating the world’s greatest killers, and Canada’s past support was one admirable facet of an otherwise poor record. To fail at this year’s funding replenishment would cement the Trudeau Liberal’s legacy as that of the rich relative that always disappears when the cheque comes to the table.
Nathaniel Poole, Publication date: July 19, 2019. The Battleford News-Optimist
Don’t include mention of Results Canada - this keeps your letter looking like it’s your opinion, because it is!
You can send your letter to as many editors as you like - no need to change it or make it different. The more editors you send it to, the better your chances of getting published.