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Welcome to the new CAJ.ca!

Dear CAJ members

As our previous membership management software and website were not meeting organizational needs or allowing us to provide the kind of service CAJ members expect and deserve, we have decided to migrate our membership management and website to a different company.

After a rigorous review of the available options, we have settled on Starchapter as the company which most thoroughly meets CAJ’s needs in a cost-effective and user-friendly manner. During this review, we evaluated a number of  options, looking at their usability, their advantages for members and, importantly, their privacy policies.

 Starchapter is based in the United States, something we took into consideration while preparing for the switch. We are assured member data housed on Starchapter’s US servers will be subject to a level of privacy and security commensurate with what it currently experiences. CAJ members’ payment information will now be processed by PSIGate, a Canadian company headquartered in Toronto. It will not leave the country.

We asked Starchapter to tell us under what circumstances it would disclose our data to authorities: the below is an excerpt from its policy available on the new website in full:

Vendor shall not (a) modify Customer Data, (b) disclose Customer Data except as expressly permitted by Customer or as compelled by law, or (c) access Customer Data except to provide the Service and prevent or address service or technical problems, or at Customer's request in connection with implementation, training, and on-going support matters.

 In other words, Starchapter will not sell or give away your contact data. Board members and administrative users may be contacted by email with software updates and Starchapter newsletters, but this will not affect members who are not on the board. 

We are satisfied the appropriate steps have been taken to ensure member privacy and confidentiality.

 CAJ’s switch to Starchapter will open up many new opportunities for members: better control over your membership and member status, access to forums and a cleaner, more functional overall web presence for CAJ . We look forwards to seeing you there.

 f you have any concerns or questions about this transition, please contact CAJ president Nick Taylor-Vaisey at nick@caj.ca or CAJ administrator Kat Eschner at admin@caj.ca.

 Yours sincerely,

 Nick Taylor-Vaisey

CAJ President

 

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In wake of newsroom cuts, Canada should embrace non-profit journalism

OTTAWA, Aug. 11, 2016 – Torontonians and Canadians will be information poorer as a result of the Toronto Star’s recent decision to lay off 45 newsroom staff – something the Canadian Association of Journalists believes further heightens the need for government action to foster and support public-interest reporting.

At a time when cutbacks have reduced many papers to recycling rather than reporting the news, the Toronto Star – home to one of the few investigative journalism teams in the country – has distinguished itself with a continuing commitment to truth-finding and truth-telling.

But this week, the Toronto Star announced it was eliminating 52 positions – including 45 from its newsroom.

“These cuts will inevitably compromise the paper’s capacity to cover public issues in Toronto, Ontario and Canada as a whole – resulting in less-informed citizens, less-informed consumers and a more ignorant society,” said CAJ President Nick Taylor-Vaisey.

“A panel of MPs is currently studying the state of the Canadian media. But this news brings into relief the urgent need for the government to move from study to action,” he added.

Taylor-Vaisey said such measures could include the removal of restrictions that obstruct charitable support for non-profit journalistic endeavours. In the U.S., such efforts have helped fill the gap in coverage created by cutbacks at for-profit news outlets.

The CAJ is Canada’s largest national professional organization for journalists from all media, representing over 600 members across the country. The CAJ’s primary roles are to provide high?quality professional development for its members and public?interest advocacy.

For further information:

Nick Taylor-Vaisey, CAJ president, 647-968-2393 cell, nick@caj.ca

www.caj.ca | www.facebook.com/CdnAssocJournalists | www.twitter.com/CAJ

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CAJ demands legal reforms in wake of B.C. secrecy scandal

KAMLOOPS, BC, Oct. 22, 2015 /CNW/ – The Canadian Association of Journalists demands British Columbia Premier Christy Clark take immediate action to reform the province’s records access law following the release of a report that indicates a breathtaking level of secrecy within her administration.

In that report, the province’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham found that government staff:

* deleted emails responsive to access to information requests and prevented others from producing these records;

* either wilfully or negligently failed to produce records that are potentially responsive to an access request; and

* failed to keep any sent emails, irrespective of the topic.

“Like too many other governments across this country, the Clark administration has repeatedly shown a callus disregard for the public’s democratic right to know what their elected government is doing,” said Canadian Association of Journalists president Nick Taylor-Vaisey.

“Denham’s catalogue of government secrecy requires nothing less than significant reforms to the province’s freedom of information law – a decades-old demand that has been repeatedly ignored by the BC Liberals.”

Taylor-Vaisey said that reform must include a legal requirement for public officials to document their decisions and punishment for those who don’t or destroy those records, as well the closure of a legal loophole that allows government to keep all of its policy advice secret.

“We are supposed to live in a democracy,” said Taylor-Vaisey. “But these are the actions of government that apparently doesn’t realize that.”

The Canadian Association of Journalists is a professional organization with over 600 members across Canada. The CAJ’s primary roles are public-interest advocacy work and professional development for its members.

For further information: Dale Bass, CAJ chair, 250-572-4620, dale@caj.ca; Sean Holman, CAJ vice-president, 403-397-4751, sean@caj.ca; www.caj.ca | www.facebook.com/CdnAssocJournalists | www.twitter.com/CAJ

Read the release on CNW.

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