Political donations and journalism

Figures released by Elections Canada on July 31, 2012 show donations to federal political parties in the first six months of the year totalling $17,334,882.50 from a total of 160,466 individual donations. That works out as an average of $108.03.

For substantially less, you can support strong, principled reporting to ensure the spotlight remains on those parties, their spending and the news that matters. Please consider making a donation. Every penny helps us build Tomorrow.

Is community stronger from $108.03 given to political parties, or from $10 given to principled reporting to watch those parties?

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For example, if a comment mentioned criminal allegations against an individual, this would be removed as it might identify innocent individuals or victims.

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Please apply this basic approach when considering a comment: would you make it to a parent or close friend? We encourage readers to discuss stories with friends, family or anyone and then return to make comments. Then you will be meeting principle 11 as well.

And remember, as a news editor once said, you only get five exclamation marks in life, so use them sparingly.