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:
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details and an agenda.
We hope to see you there!
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.
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)
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.
The group has sent out its first eblast on December 6.
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.
Email Chair Jen Alexis and Vice Chair Dana Clark to attend and/or for more information at email@example.com.
Congratulations to all those who attended and the Club’s supporters. We look forward to more!
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