Silence Is Not An Option

Today I darkened my blog to join thousands of Canadians in support of the BlackOutSpeakOut campaign.


The Huffington Post ran a great article explaining why this campaign exists and why it’s so important:

“Black Out, Speak Out” is a warning that the Harper Government has gone too far. It has abused its social license by attacking civil society. This protest has brought together a diverse array of Canadians to defend their democracy and right to have an open debate about the future of their country.

If civil society is suppressed, then who in Canada will conduct research that debunks their government’s false claims, or publicizes its misdeeds, or exposes its too cozy relationship with industry, or sues it to require enforcement of existing laws?

If the media is the Fourth Estate in a democracy, civil society is the indispensible Fifth Estate. To attack it in the interest of an oil industry that threatens our economic, social, and environmental future is unethical government and a threat to democracy itself.

Read the full article here.

To learn more about the campaign and to show your support, visit the campaign website at



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