Write a letter to the editor in your local paper
Letters to the editor and opinion pieces are powerful tools that are often read widely by the public and elected officials.
This is one way leaders learn about the issues that are important to his/her constituents. Please make sure you:
- Adhere to the guidelines set by your local paper. This will include a word count and the preferred method of submitting it.
- Open with a strong statement. Put your most important point at the beginning. Sometimes letters will be edited to fit space and placing your most important point at the top decreases the likelihood it may be cut.
- Think about why this issue speaks to you personally and locally. Why is ending the calf hunt in Ontario something you think needs to happen? What personal story made you take action here? Tell the story of why this matters locally if possible.
- Include your name and contact information. An editor will likely follow up with you before they publish.