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Put a woman on Canada’s $100 bill

Posted by Tom Megginson | 29-10-2014 18:33 | Category: Gender issues

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Although, as a Commonwealth country, Canada currently has Queen Elizabeth II on every $20 bill, the only Canadian women honoured on a banknote were recently removed. In 2001, Canada’s redesigned $50 bill featured The Famous Five, a group of women who successfully petitioned the supreme court to recognize women as “persons” in the constitution of the 1920s. In 2011, a new series of bills removed the women and replaced them with an icebreaker.

A petition on Change.org began to circulate, stating “Bank notes that belong to all Canadians should depict a wider range of Canadians, of both genders as well as various ethnic origins. Who and what is celebrated on our bank notes matters, as it reflects what we consider important in our culture and history and who we consider worthy of honouring for achievement. Women are not absent from the list of notable worthies in Canada, just notably absent or under-represented in many of the images that surround us and which contribute to our view of the world and our potential role in it.”

The petition gained support from people like author/poet Margaret Atwood. But now the people behind it have found a fun way to engage the public: By having them nominate their own famous Canadian women for an upcoming issue of the $100 bill with a photo mockup tool.


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If you knew your words were hurtful, would you say them again?

Posted by Tom Megginson | 16-10-2014 16:30 | Category: Discrimination

If you knew your words were homophobic, would you say them again? Learn how to be an LGBT positive parent.

Full disclosure: I wrote these ads as a personal volunteer project, in partnership with my sister-in-law, Bonnie Robinson, at Ottawa’s YOW! Productions. We had been looking for a pro-bono job to do together, and Bonnie had been involved with the organization. She shot these two PSAs on an absolute shoestring, with volunteer actors and most people’s time donated. I’m sharing them here because as parents we really need to stop enabling a culture of casual homophobia.

The first PSA is for parents of LGBT children who haven’t come out yet. The quotes are based on actual surveys that Etc. did with LGBT youth, about things they had heard that had hurt them and the underlying message of seemingly-innocent comments:


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Guilt tactics that work in this campaign from the Salvation Army

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 10-10-2014 21:00 | Category: Homelessness, Poverty

Salvation Army: It’s Time to End Poverty in Canada.

“We’re too developed, too wealthy, and too kind-hearted a country to allow poverty to affect any of us.” This 2014 summer campaign from the Canadian Salvation Army is about guilt, and that is a tactic not so desirable in social advertising.
Yet it is quite popular on social networks and widely shared. Sometimes just the right chord is hit, and I think that’s the case here. It is a simple and recognizable equation.

The prints and video’s are part of the ongoing campaign ‘It’s Time to End Poverty in Canada’.


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What does the wolverine say?

Posted by Tom Megginson | 26-09-2014 21:15 | Category: Government

Canada's Banff National Park: What does the wolverine say?

This bizarre video, promoting Canada’s Banff National Park, has been making the rounds of Canadian media:


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Is this anti-FASD ad about love… or shame?

Posted by Tom Megginson | 16-09-2014 14:59 | Category: Health

Is this anti-FASD ad about love… or shame?

How can I criticize a social marketing campaign that’s trying to prevent a fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD)? It’s certainly an important social cause. But so is treating women with respect. Bear with me here.

I spotted this ad at my neighbourhood liquor store. Where I live, in Ontario, Canada, alcohol is sold by a government monopoly. As part of their corporate social responsibility, they host campaigns by various alcohol-related not-for-profit organizations.

This one, FASworld.com, presents a simple message: FASD is 100% preventable, so just don’t drink any alcohol if you’re pregnant, and we can easily wipe it out.

Simple, eh? Well, perhaps not.


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30 People Watching

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 17-08-2014 21:00 | Category: Discrimination, Violence

Subtle Vigilance Collective: 30 People Watching.

On November 14, 1997, a South Asian teenager is swarmed and beaten by seven teenage girls and one teenage boy in Victoria B.C. The Subtle Vigilance Collective tackles the disturbing implications of this Canadian murder in a theater play.
The play addresses bullying and violence and the violence on and disposability of racialized bodies.

Toronto based activist design studio The Public made the promotional artwork.


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An annual report difficult to read because of a handicap

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 9-08-2014 20:40 | Category: Ableism, Awards, Design

Calgary Society for Persons with Disabilities (CSPD): An annual report difficult to read because of a handicap.

Calgary Society for Persons with Disabilities (CSPD): An annual report difficult to read because of a handicap.

Most annual reports are difficult to read. Canadian agency WAX Partnership used that idea to give the annual from the Calgary Society for Persons with Disabilities (CSPD) an additional function.

The brief of CSPD was to create a provocative annual report that told their financial story, but which can also be used to raise awareness (and funds) for the organisation.

WAX decided to make the annual difficult to read by using a single staple in the centre of the pages. WAX then told the story of a client over a day using stark, journalistic photos and honest language that doesn’t pull any punches.
By simply placing a single staple in the middle of the report, WAX created a simple yet incredibly powerful metaphor for the struggle that persons with disabilities face every day of their lives. Because “being handicapped is hard”.

WAX won a Black Pencil prize at the D&AD Awards this year with the annual.
It is the second time WAX has been awarded for work with the CSPD. In 2009, the 2008 CSPD Annual Report earned In Book, where the entire annual report was written by hand, on objects that were purchased from fundraising efforts to help people living with disabilities.


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Campaign sheds light on the STI stigma

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 6-08-2014 21:00 | Category: Health

Planned Parenthood Toronto: Campaign sheds light on the STI stigma.

Toronto based activist design studio The Public has recently made ​​a campaign about the stigma on STIs (sexually transmitted infections). The project is a collaboration with Planned Parenthood Toronto and is designed to address the stigma around STIs which often prevent people from having open communication around their health and well-being, or getting tested and treated.

The Public did the concept, creative, copy-writing and art-direction. The illustration is from Hyein Lee. The posters took up space on subways and transit shelters across Toronto.


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Confronting fears for funding cancer research

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 6-08-2014 16:00 | Category: Fundraising, Health

The Canadian Cancer Society Fearless Challenge: Confronting fears for funding cancer research.

The Canadian Cancer Society just launched their new fundraising campaign with the title ‘Fearless Challenge’. It is an invitation to all Canadians to confront their fears to help those living with cancer.
Money raised through the Fearless Challenge will fund cancer research and help patients and their families through support services.

Susan Drodge from The Canadian Cancer Society: “The society is committed to creating a world where no Canadian fears cancer, but we are not there yet. We know that more work needs to be done because a cancer diagnosis is still one of the scariest things a person can face.”

Participating in the Fearless Challenge is easy. Participants need to register a fear, upload a video and start fundraising.
From spiders to heights, to singing in public, no fear is too big or too small.


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Information is ammunition unfortunately

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 4-08-2014 20:45 | Category: Human rights, Media

CJFE, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression: Information is ammunition.

‘Information is ammunition’ is the latest campaign from CJFE, the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression. It is an incomprehensible variation on ‘The pen is mightier than the sword’.

Every sane person will understand that the used visuals in this campaign are about the use of information in conflict areas and dictatorial countries. But anyone who follows the information about the current conflict in Gaza know that this ammunition is also used by media from countries with free press. Besides that we all became a journalist and columnist with social media. Twitter and Facebook are the modern trenches, filled with a barrage of comments, insults and irrationality.
Regardless of press freedom or oppression.

I am an advocate for free speech but not with words as ammunition. Where ammunition is used there is no room for debate and respect. Unfortunately, that doesn’t depend on press freedom.
The campaign is well intentioned but don’t speak the language of our time.


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