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write a letter to the editor (LTE)

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Write a letter to the editor (LTE) on topics related to current events in the media or something already in print. Be creative by finding a hook and connecting it to our current campaign. Use our step-by-step instructions to write your LTE and get it published in the media.

why write an LTE

Write a letter to the editor (LTE) if you want to make your opinion heard in a timely manner. You don’t need a lot of research, and your LTE can be brief and to-the-point - just 200-500 words! When time is of the essence, choose to write an LTE.

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You have a better chance at getting published if you keep it short and sweet (and don’t be afraid to be bold!)

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Politicians are in their jobs because of you! As Canadians, we have voted them into office to represent us. So they want to hear from you to learn what issues you feel are most important.

write your Member of Parliament (MP)

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Write to your Member of Parliament (MP) as a way of introducing yourself and share a personal story or example on a topic that concerns you. Your MP works for you so be sure to get informed, and use our step-by-step instructions to help you get started.

why write your MP

Write to your MP (Member of Parliament) if you want to share your opinion about an issue that concerns you. A personalized letter or email from you means that there is a constituent in their riding who cares, and whose opinion needs to be represented on Parliament Hill.

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Sending a personalized handwritten letter by mail is one of the most influential ways to get your MP’s attention.

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Why not make writing your MP a family activity? Ask your children to draw a picture linked to our current campaign and include it with your letter. You can also take a photo of your family and share it with your MP on social media and tag @ResultsCda.

use your voice on social media

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Use social media if you want to get your opinion out quickly and frequently. Tag your Member of Parliament (MP) or Ministers to get immediate attention on our current campaign which can be amplified through retweeting and sharing. Use our step-by-step instructions or pre-filled Tweets and post something now!

why use social media

Social media is a quick and easy way to speak up and tell your Member of Parliament (MP) that you care about immunization and access to vaccines. Get public attention and let Canada know that they should continue to be a global leader.

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Twitter is a news-centric platform! 71% of users get their daily news from Twitter making it a great platform to share and spread your news.

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Politicians are people too! Don’t be afraid to use social media to reach out to them about the issues that are important to you. 94% of Canadians are on at least 1 social media platform so it makes sense for politicians to be active on social as well.

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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

Use World Immunization Week to talk about how pivotal vaccines are in protecting people of all ages against disease. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, explain how investing in vaccines cannot wait, and that you want to see Canada remain a leader in global health by pledging to GPEI and Gavi. Consult our Do’s and Don’ts on how to talk about poverty and coronavirus.

Use our step-by-step instructions below and get your LTE published in the media.

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  1. Make it relevant and timely - ideally within 2 days of a current event.
  2. Finish and submit your letter - it doesn’t have to be perfect, and you don’t have to be an expert to have an opinion. You simply need to care.
  3. Come up with a dynamite title that will catch the Editor’s attention.
  4. Be creative and speak from the heart about the campaign issue.

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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. 

follow these 8 steps

  1. Familiarize yourself with our current campaign.
  2. Connect our campaign and your opinion with a newsworthy topic or hook that inspires you. Try these ideas:
    • refer here to our key dates, hashtags, tags and keywords
    • do internet research, read the latest news articles, or use external resources
    • refer to past volunteer LTEs to see published examples.
  3. Write your LTE to give your opinion related to our campaign issue. See an example below.
  4. Use our searchable list of editors’ emails to email your LTE to.
  5. Press send.
  6. Send your LTE to your Member of Parliament (MP) to let them know your opinion.
  7. If you belong to a Results group, let your Group Leader know that you’ve submitted an LTE. If you are not part of a group, consider joining one! Until then, fill out this “actions taken” online form.
  8. If your LTE gets published, share it on social media by tagging @ResultsCda and your MP. And make sure to let your Group Leader know!

see an example of an LTE

Feb. 6: Transit task force, teachers’ strike and other letters to the editor

Vaccines can save millions of lives

Re: Vaccination

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

 

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Don’t include mention of Results Canada - this keeps your letter looking like it’s your opinion, because it is!

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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.

See all our resources to help you write your LTE, along with key dates, hashtags, tags and keywords found on our campaigns page here.

I remember the first time that I sat down to write my first ever LTE. It was nerve wracking but also very exciting to be able to share my opinion in such a quick and easy way. Pressing ‘send’ can be daunting but you just have to go for it! Remember that you don’t have to be an expert to have an opinion, you only need to care.

- Melanie, Results volunteer
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