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Call for Submissions for the 2017 Dave Greber Freelance Writers Book and Magazine Awards for Social Justice Writing

The Dave Greber Freelance Writers Book and Magazine Awards for Social Justice Writing are seeking submissions commencing Monday, March 13, 2017. The closing date is Friday, June 16, 2017 at 5 PM PST.

Canadian freelance writers in the process of completing a book or magazine article for publication are eligible and the awards give special regard to those writing in the area of social justice.

Information about the awards can be found on the website www.greberwritingaward.com

Detailed eligibility requirements can be found at http://www.greberwritingaward.com/submissions.htm.


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CUPW - Child Care Fund

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) has partnered with the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) to find ways to improve support for member-families with child care responsibilities and for Canadian families more generally.

With this in mind, the CRRU is conducting an online survey of parents and parents-to-be across the country who are (or whose partner is) expecting a baby or who are on paid/unpaid maternity/parental leave. The survey will help assess how parents learn about child care options - where do they get their information, what they look for and what barriers they encounter. The survey should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete and is entirely anonymous.

We share this link in solidarity, and hope you will as well.


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Canadian Freelance Union Condemns the Charges Against Journalist Justin Brake in Newfoundland and Labrador

Journalist Justin Brake is facing up to 10 years in prison for covering the indigenous protests against the construction of the Muskrat Falls hydro plant in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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CFU Responds to O'Leary's comments on union membership.

The Canadian Freelance Union condemns the comments made by Kevin O'Leary regarding imprisoning union members in Canada. 

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Attack on the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec.

The Canadian Freelance Union expresses our deepest condolences for the families, friends and wider community affected by yesterday's tragic and senseless violence in Quebec.

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Press Cards for CFU Members

Just a reminder that CFU members may qualify for Press Cards!

We have recently updated the information on our services page with information about requirements and the application process' for both the National and IFJ press cards. If you're a member and would like to know if you qualify.

If you qualify, there is no extra fee for the National Press Card for current members. The IFJ card does have an additional cost attached to it, but comes with some additional benefits such as international recognition and support.

Check out our services page here for more up to date information.

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Request for Proposals: CFU Website design

The Canadian Freelance Union (CFU) is seeking proposals to redesign and add enhanced features to the organization’s bilingual website and certain related online activities including monthly membership dues processing. The design must be a custom NationBuilder theme.

As a union of independent media workers, including designers, illustrators, photographers and filmmakers, the CFU’s online presence needs to be modern and slick—in short, worthy of its own members’ high standard of work.

Proposals are due by end of day on Monday, November 21. They may be submitted via email to nora.loreto@gmail.com. Selection will occur the following week. Only the person or team behind the successful proposal will be contacted.

Our priority is to give work to CFU members. If you aren't a member of the CFU but you would like to bid on the RFP, you can join any time between now and the decision.

To read the full RFP please download the PDF.

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Canadian Freelance Union Condemns the Arrest of Journalist Justin Brake in Newfoundland

Last week, journalist Justin Brake was arrested for covering the protests against the construction of the Muskrat Falls hydro plant in Newfoundland and Labrador. Justin was named in an injunction and subpoena issued at the request of Nalcor - the Crown Corporation created by, almost entirely funded by and largely managed by current and former members of the provincial government.

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CFU signs Canada to support UN Special Representative for the Safety of Journalists

The CFU executive voted unanimously to sign the letter below, an initiative of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression. To learn more about CJFE, you can visit their website here: http://www.cjfe.org/

The letter is addressed to Prime Minister Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion

Dear Prime Minister and Minister,

We, the undersigned organizations and supporters, urge the Canadian government to publicly endorse the campaign to appoint a Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for the safety of journalists. Around the world, journalists are being targeted in unprecedented ways, from kidnappings to cyber-attacks and even public killings, and these crimes too often go unpunished. By endorsing the creation a concrete mechanism to coordinate and give real political weight to UN efforts on the safety of journalists, Canada can become a global leader in the fight to end impunity and ensure the protection of journalists.

There has never been a more dangerous time for journalists. They are being killed and imprisoned worldwide in record numbers. Whether covering conflict, crime or corruption, journalists often have to put themselves at great risk in order to do their job effectively; and when they are threatened, attacked or killed, the crimes against them too often are committed with impunity. According to CJFE’s research, 787 journalists and media personnel were killed while exercising their profession over the last 10 years, including 77 in 2015 alone. In 9 out of 10 cases these crimes remain uninvestigated and unpunished. With their loss, the right to information for hundreds of millions of citizens is shattered.

There have been various resolutions adopted in the past decade, including by the Security Council and the General Assembly, dedicated to this issue. Despite this, former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, in his August 2015 report on the safety of journalists, acknowledges the world’s “failure to reduce the frequency and scale of targeted violence that journalists face and the near absolute impunity for such crimes.” These strong resolutions will continue to be little more than empty words without a concrete mechanism to assure the compliance of member states with their obligations.  Only a Special Representative, working closely with the UN Secretary General, will have the political weight, the capacity to act quickly, and the legitimacy to coordinate with all UN bodies to implement change.

Giving the Special Representative a central and permanent position under the UN Secretary General aegis would significantly empower the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity and all UN efforts lead by UNESCO, the Human Rights Council, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, as well as reinforce the regional actions of the Council of Europe or the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (Organization of American States).

Progress has been made, but more needs to be done. Canada is a global haven for persecuted journalists; it can be a world leader in helping to end impunity. We call on you to endorse the appointment of a Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for the safety of journalists as soon as possible. It is time for concrete action.

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A Freelance Proud Pride

This year marked the first time that the Canadian Freelance Union (CFU) had an official contingent in the Halifax Pride Parade and members represented their union with fierce pride. The CFU has so many talented members and we were lucky to have member Jonathan Rotsztain of ALLCAPS Design (http://www.allcapsdesign.com/) create some stunning pink triangle graphics for Halifax Pride. 


Picture credit: Foundry Photography, CFU members

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