step-by-step instructions for writing an LTE
Our #LeaveNoOneBehind campaign this month focuses on the impact that income inequality has on the communities impacted most by COVID-19. In the fight against this pandemic, we need Canada to support a global and equitable response by investing in the strengthening of vulnerable communities.
Ask #1: Canada to invest at least 1% of its COVID-19 response in new and additional aid towards a global response.
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
Ask #2: Canada must commit to a permanent increase in Canadian aid (ODA - Official Development Assistance) to ensure progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ending extreme poverty.
Write a letter to the editor calling on the government to address in the upcoming federal budget the direct and secondary effects that COVID-19 has on vulnerable populations with an increase to Canadian aid. Explain how we might be seeing the first rise in global poverty since 1990 with at least 71 to 100 million more people pushed into extreme poverty. Mention the impacts that COVID-19 is having on health systems, education, food security and nutrition. Ask that Canada commit to at least 1% of its COVID-19 response to support a global response, along with a permanent increase in Canadian aid (ODA) in the new 2021 federal budget to ensure that we #LeaveNoOneBehind.
Use our step-by-step instructions below and get your LTE published in the media.
Try to find a local story to connect to the campaign.
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Vaccines can save millions of lives
The recent coronavirus outbreak has shown diseases know no borders. While we in developed nations are aptly (and hopefully) prepared for such outbreaks, those in underdeveloped countries still struggle to protect themselves.
A simple, cost-effective and — despite the anti-vax movement — reliable way to prevent the spread of disease is vaccination. Life-saving vaccines are vital for developing nations since disease and poor health is a major barrier for progress.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised an increased Canadian presence in the international community, but has yet to materialize this commitment.
A compelling and practical approach would be for the Canadian government to provide financial aid to Gavi: The Vaccine Alliance, and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).
Millions are at risk. Canada can play an important role in the prevention of disease and helping these people rise out of poverty and into an optimistic future.
— Adam Ranallo, Publication date: February 6, 2020, The Hamilton Spectator
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.