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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  • Joshua Wiener
    signed 2020-10-22 16:16:48 -0400
  • Theresa Kiefer
    signed 2020-10-20 14:58:02 -0400
  • Tyler Campbell
    signed 2020-10-19 17:27:02 -0400
  • Bradley Banks
    signed 2020-10-19 14:26:10 -0400
  • Kerri Ptaszynski
    signed 2020-10-19 11:49:49 -0400
  • Tedi-Ann Scott
    signed 2020-10-19 11:21:52 -0400
  • Jennifer Temple
    signed 2020-10-15 21:21:43 -0400
    They def should be a law that stops them from shoving these disturbing images at any one. How is it not an offence to give a child a graphic pic of a dead fetus. That’s child abuse and should be treated as such when these ppl shove it in the faces of children. U can’t give children prob why can these ppl get away with graphic photos.
  • Phyllis Dunne
    signed 2020-10-15 12:50:01 -0400
    These ads are very offensive. They are pornography composed of exaggerated pictures of medical waste. They should never be put in the mailboxes of private citizens.
  • Tonie Goldner
    signed 2020-10-15 12:12:22 -0400
  • Regan Manzara
    signed 2020-10-15 12:08:29 -0400
  • Debra Breuer
    signed via 2020-10-12 08:13:27 -0400
  • Mary Vickers
    signed 2020-10-09 15:43:11 -0400
    What came to my door in the flyer was an assault. It is as pornographic as any hate literature intended to force an agenda using horror and fear. Not in my Canada!!!
  • Chris Dobbins
    signed 2020-10-09 10:53:15 -0400
  • Sarah Phillmore
    signed 2020-10-07 13:50:05 -0400
    Devastating images for my young child to see. She often gets the mail for us. An envelope at least is required. I would like a sticker system to prohibit flyers dropped at houses for this reason.
  • Emilie Maxwell
    signed 2020-10-07 10:44:12 -0400
  • Britney Avery
    signed 2020-10-03 19:12:27 -0400
  • Becca Manners
    signed 2020-10-03 16:14:10 -0400
  • janice gorodzinsky
    signed 2020-10-02 21:30:32 -0400
    This toxic, triggering material is an affront to women who have experienced pregnancy loss. Despite the discourse surrounding reproductive choice, termination of pregnancy remains a deeply personal decision, regardless of the factors that may have shaped a woman’s decision, Canadians can and must do better in recognizing the misogynistic agenda of the anti-choice movement. There is no room in our community for this kind of harassment.
  • Dave King
    signed via 2020-10-02 20:09:44 -0400
  • Bryan Knight
    signed 2020-10-02 19:23:32 -0400
  • Kathy Lewis
    signed 2020-10-02 19:14:28 -0400
  • Ann Thompson
    signed 2020-10-02 10:37:03 -0400
    If this violates ad standards and is a well-known problem in the city, why would any member of the London Police Service handcuff a man for recording these people on the street? Honestly, this city is terrible because it’s determined to be.
  • Brenda Trigger
    signed via 2020-10-02 10:19:14 -0400
  • Katie Dean
    signed 2020-10-02 10:13:24 -0400
  • Christina Bayer
    signed via 2020-10-02 09:16:29 -0400
  • Kendra Michano
    signed via 2020-10-01 23:51:30 -0400
  • Dawn-Marie Deagle
    signed 2020-10-01 22:55:30 -0400
  • Katrina Fortner
    signed via 2020-10-01 20:07:57 -0400
  • David Murphy
    signed 2020-10-01 15:20:58 -0400
  • Amanda Roddam
    signed 2020-10-01 14:00:56 -0400
    Graphic material was received this morning Oct 1/20 in North East London. It was being distributed to neighborhood mailboxes by a young lady. Thankfully it was intercepted prior to my child seeing these disturbing graphic images.