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Hold a Documentary Screening

Invite people to watch a documentary on the impact of media.

There are several documentaries out that address the impact of media. Many of them discuss issues about gender representations, consumerism, and social stratification.

Choose a documentary to screen at school or host a screening for your friends and family at home. Create discussion questions for the group to answer after watching the film.

Suggested Steps

  1. Choose a documentary film;
  2. Choose a date, time, and location;
  3. Spread the word through social networks;
  4. Prepare for the screening: make some snacks or suggest that others bring a dish, watch the film beforehand, develop discussion questions for a conversation after the film;
  5. Watch the movie;
  6. Discuss your questions.

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Climate Change, Food Justice, Gender Representations, Globalization, Health Care, Income Inequality, Media Awareness

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Produce Your Own Media

Create your own media – a blog, a Zine, a video – to share your perspectives and opinions.

Although media often produces negative messages that tell us how to view ourselves and the world, we can take back control of the media by producing our own!

If you have something to say, or an idea to share, multi-media outlets have made it very easy for us to produce our own media and the Internet has made is easy to distribute. Create a video, Zine, Blog, or song and share it with your online social networks.

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Start a Living Wage Campaign

Research The Living Wage for Families Campaign and start a campaign in your community or workplace.

The living wage is an hourly rate of pay that is re-calculated annually to reflect what people need to support their families based on the actual costs of living in a community. The living wage is a response to the spiral of debt, anxiety and long-term health problems that are related to low rates of pay. The living wage results in reduced stress, improved health and more independence for families while reducing health and social service costs and increasing participation and well-being in the community.

To start a Living Wage Campaign, read about the living wage, why it is important and what steps an employer and a community need to take to become recognized as living wage employers. Introduce the idea to your employer or your community – be sure to focus on all of the benefits that result from paying a living wage. When your employer is considering the idea, contact the Living Wage for Families Campaign for more information about how to become an officially recognized living wage employer.

Learn what the Living Wage is in your community.

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Income Inequality, Sweatshops

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Write to a Member of Parliament

Write a letter to your MP and tell them what is important to you.

We elect MPs into government in hopes that they will speak on our behalf on the issues and problems that concern us as citizens. Even if you may not be of legal voting age, you can still voice your opinion and let your MP know what is important to you. You can also write to Canada’s Minister for the Environment, Peter Kent,  and share your ideas on what Canada should do to protect the environment. Some people have said that for a politician, a letter from one person counts for the voices of 1,000 others who didn’t get around to writing the letter (with hand-written letters and original letters being given even more weight than e-mails).

Find your representative here.

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