Stop Distributing Graphic Images, CCBR

Recently, residents in Old East Village (including myself) and other parts of London have received flyers from a Calgary-based organization, the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform. These flyers include graphic images of fetuses.

Many residents have contacted me because they or their children have received these unsolicited flyers at their homes. Some have described receiving the flyer as an assault. My heart goes out to everyone who has been harmed by the distribution of these flyers.

I have been in touch with organizations with expertise in this area to discuss what can be done at the municipal level to discourage or prohibit advertisers from distributing flyers with such graphic images. If you have ideas about what should be done, please email me at jhelmer@london.ca.

In the meantime, here are four things you can do at an individual level:

  1. Make a complaint to Ad Standards that the advertising is contrary to the Canadian Code of Advertising Standards.
  2. Download, print, sign and mail a Trespass Notice to the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform. This is an action suggested by Peter Tabuns, NDP MPP in Toronto Danforth. Similar flyers were distributed in that area a few years ago. I have reached out to Peter's office to inquire about the efficacy of the trespass notices.
  3. Add your name to this page to let me know you support measures that will discourage or prohibit the distribution of advertising that is contrary to the Canadian Code of Advertising Standards.
  4. Make a donation to the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada. If the CCBR realizes that its campaign to distribute graphic images generates donations to the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada, perhaps it will discourage them from distributing such graphic images.
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  • Pawel Barabasz
    signed 2020-12-04 01:06:44 -0500
  • Erik Hodgins
    signed 2020-11-21 18:11:13 -0500
  • Ian Weeks
    signed 2020-11-21 09:35:29 -0500
    Recieved flyer from Canadian centre for bio ethical reform in my mailbox today and the images are graphic and discussting
  • Amanda Grigg
    signed 2020-11-19 12:04:58 -0500
  • Kirstin Fernandes
    signed 2020-11-12 11:39:51 -0500
  • Hana Hamza
    signed via 2020-11-05 18:32:07 -0500
  • Sheena Davis
    signed 2020-11-03 14:20:37 -0500
  • Geoff Yeung
    signed 2020-10-30 14:40:52 -0400
  • Melissa Jenkins
    signed 2020-10-29 22:45:02 -0400
  • Louis Perzia
    signed 2020-10-29 21:27:49 -0400
  • Chelsey Van Laarhoven
    signed 2020-10-29 17:34:27 -0400
    Thank you for listening to our voices and trying to make a change.
  • Erica Ferguson
    signed 2020-10-29 17:26:06 -0400
  • Sandra Tanney
    signed 2020-10-29 14:35:42 -0400
  • Amy Orendorff
    signed 2020-10-29 13:03:57 -0400
  • Monika Gokstorp
    signed 2020-10-29 12:47:51 -0400
  • Zoey Gauthier
    signed 2020-10-29 11:38:14 -0400
  • Darlene Magoffin
    signed 2020-10-29 11:09:22 -0400
  • Caroline Palmer
    signed via 2020-10-29 10:41:31 -0400
  • Sandra Weatherhead
    signed 2020-10-29 10:23:05 -0400
    As someone who has experienced a miscarriage at 17wks these images seen twice on my commute to work have brought up the pain of the worst time in my life.
  • Melissa L’Heuruex
    signed 2020-10-29 10:18:44 -0400
  • Leanne Howlett
    signed 2020-10-29 09:52:07 -0400
    It’s about more than just the flyers. The signs they hold on the road could cause an accident from someone how has unexpectedly become traumatized!!!
  • Candice Lawrence
    signed 2020-10-29 09:48:25 -0400
    I am disgusted by these flyers and the 6 foot banners this group is holding up at busy intersections on London. They are spreading misinformation and traumatizing residents with these violent and bloody images
  • Heather Randall
    signed 2020-10-29 09:37:18 -0400
  • Tiffany Rogers
    signed 2020-10-29 09:28:36 -0400
  • Karin Ramsden
    signed 2020-10-29 09:10:31 -0400
  • Kevin Howard
    signed 2020-10-29 08:55:47 -0400
  • Samantha Franssen
    signed 2020-10-29 08:55:30 -0400
  • Toni Mansilla
    signed 2020-10-29 08:34:04 -0400
    This blatant disrespect of public decency must be stopped!
  • Laura Tiffin
    signed 2020-10-29 08:05:46 -0400
  • Ben Fraraccio
    signed 2020-10-29 00:49:21 -0400