Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

April 28, 2009 12:30 ET

CHUM-FM Accused of Censorship

Canada's largest radio station refuses to play Canadian Labour Congress ad about workplace deaths

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 28, 2009) - The Canadian Labour Congress wants to know why CHUM-FM is refusing to play an ad to promote awareness about Canada's unacceptably high workplace death rate.

The ad, nicknamed "Its Not Funny" was produced to promote information about the fact that over 1,000 Canadians died because of unsafe working conditions last year. It features the voice of a man who is outraged at the situation, nothing obscene, nothing slanderous, nothing that comes remotely close to pushing any boundaries. However, CHUM-FM has refused to put it on the air.

"The excuse we were given was that people will tune out because they don't want to hear outrage on the radio, which is beyond ridiculous because that's the bread and butter of many talk radio stations," says Georgetti.

The ads have been placed on the CLC's web site, www.april28.ca, so people can decide for themselves. Georgetti says people should listen to the ad, and if they think there's nothing wrong with it they should ask themselves what else they are not being allowed to hear.

"There's nothing wrong with being outraged that unsafe workplaces killed 1,055 Canadians in 2007 and another 1,008 Canadians in 2008. There's nothing wrong with being angry that employers who let this happen are literally getting away with murder because our governments will not enforce the law. People are right to demand that something be done and have a right to be heard. Censorship only contributes to the problem," says Georgetti.

The CLC asked a number of stations, in Toronto and Ottawa, to reconsider their initial decision to censor the ad, and has even consented to having a tag line added that identifies the Canadian Labour Congress as the sponsor of both of the ads produced to mark the April 28 Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job.

The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour movement, represents 3.2 million Canadian workers. The CLC brings together Canada's national and international unions along with the provincial and territorial federations of labour and 130 district labour councils. Web site: www.canadianlabour.ca

The ad has been placed on YouTube.

An audio file is available at the following address: http://file.marketwire.com/release/CLC_NotFunny.mp3

Contact Information

  • Canadian Labour Congress
    Jeff Atkinson
    613-526-7425 and 613-863-1413