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Fake News 411

Posted on March 13, 2019

In recent months, members of the Parry Sound Muskoka Riding Association have encountered an increasing number of fake news stories on social media.

Many people have heard about this phenomenon, but how many people actually know how to tell the difference between fake and real news?

Its a challenge we all face; particularly when our lives are busy.

Here are a few tips to help you keep your critical thinking skills sharp:

Beware of Headlines

We have long known that headlines are intended to grab our attention and are often sensationalized. What fake news does is rely on the short attention span our busy lives create to make sensational claims that will be as widely distributed as possible. Be on the look-out for headlines that generate a “whaaaat!?!?” Reaction. If you react that strongly, look more deeply before accepting it as truth.

Watch the Language

Most reputable media houses that are publishing (in any language) will do so while observing standard grammar and spelling norms. If an article is written in a way that shows a lack of mastery in the language the article is published in – it’s probably fake news.

Back It Up

If claims are made, take note of supporting evidence as well as the source of supporting evidence. For example, we found an article claiming our Prime Minsiter was so rich he bought Rideau Hall!

Check the Images

News coming from the source, eye witnesses, and other reputable sources usually have their own photography and they copyright their images. Photographers will usually have a social media account to check out.

Check the Author

Who wrote the article or captured the video (or whatever)? Do they have a history of taking positions on things?

Remember, Canada is democracy and our freedoms are the envy of the world. It’s up us to protect that by being informed citizens.

Thank you and good luck!

By Jen Alexis
Chair of the Parry Sound-Muskoka Liberal Women’s Club, March 2019

Questions? Contact us at PSMLiberalWomen@gmail.com
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Invitation – Meeting on Sunday December 9, 2018

Posted on December 7, 2018

The Liberal Riding Association is holding a board meeting in Rosseau on Sunday December 9th at 2pm.

All Liberal Party members are invited. Please contact president@parrysoundmuskoka.ca for details and an agenda.

We hope to see you there!

Introducing the Liberal Women’s Club of Parry Sound – Muskoka

Posted on December 6, 2018

December 2018 — We are very pleased to announce that the Liberal Women’s Club of Parry Sound – Muskoka held its inaugural meeting in Port Sydney on November 15, attended by about 25 women from the area. Thank you to lead organizer Nancy Osborne and all who attended and helped out. Download the Meeting Agenda.

Attendees of the inaugural meeting of the Liberal Women's Club of Parry Sound-Muskoka

Attendees of the inaugural meeting of the Liberal Women’s Club of Parry Sound-Muskoka

The group held a lively and spirited discussion regarding the shape it will take, appointed several officers, set its Purpose Statement and was subsequently successful in achieving the required number of memberships and submitting completed paperwork to the Liberal Women’s Comission, making the formation of the group official. Download the Meeting Minutes (PDF)


Purpose Statement

As approved by the group and accepted by the Liberal Women’s Commission

The Parry Sound – Muskoka Liberal Women’s Club is a voice for women in the entire electoral district (EDA) to advocate for policies that promote gender equity, issues of concern to women, intersectionality of identity and privilege based on personal characteristics, and maximize the potential for women’s representation in the political realm.


Officers

Chair Jen Alexis and Vice Chair Dana Clark

Officers of the Liberal Women’s Club of Parry Sound – Muskoka: Jennifer Alexis, Chair; Dana Clark, Vice Chair; Tamsen Tillson, Recording Officer (not pictured.)

 


The group has sent out its first eblast on December 6.

First eBlast, sent December 6, 2018

First eBlast, sent December 6, 2018. Click image to view online.


Communications

The group has set up the following:

Beyond an agreement that the group wishes to work collaboratively with everyone interested in women’s issues in Parry Sound – Muskoka, regardless of gender identity and political affiliation, much has yet to be determined regarding the group’s activities. That work will begin at the next meeting, taking place on January 10, 2019.

Next Meeting — January 10, 2019

Email Chair Jen Alexis and Vice Chair Dana Clark to attend and/or for more information at psmliberalwomen@gmail.com.

Keeping In Touch

  • Join the group’s Associates email list. *Regardless of gender identity, location or political affiliation, we encourage everyone interested in women’s issues in Parry Sound-Muskoka to sign up. You will have to confirm by clicking a link in an email you will receive to activate. You will receive occasional eblasts. We adhere to CASL regulations. We respect your privacy and will not share your information. You can unsubscribe at any time.
  • Complete a Membership Form. *You must live in Parry Sound – Muskoka, identify as a woman and be a member of the Liberal Party of Canada to join.
  • Join the Liberal Party of Canada. It’s free and it only takes a minute to sign up.

Congratulations to all those who attended and the Club’s supporters. We look forward to more!

 

 

 

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