Multicultural Media Sound Alarm Over ‘Fake News’

 

 

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NCM News Desk Analysis

Canada’s mainstream and multicultural media world may be two solitudes with little in common, but they are agreed on the danger posed by “fake news” and “disinformation”. Multicultural media have devoted reams of newsprint and airtime to keep their audiences informed as Canadians prepare to vote in the Oct. 21 national election.

New Canadian Media partnered with MIREMS, an ethnic media monitoring service, and diversityvotes.ca to review 635 pages of election coverage translated into English from their original multicultural media source. They analysis covered the period between June 1 and Sept. 12, the day after the election was called.

The analysis did not reveal any concrete instances of news manipulation other than two instances that were also reported by mainstream organizations. In both instances, social media posts tried to muddy the waters around voter eligibility by suggesting that international students and expat Canadians were being wrongly encouraged to exercise their franchise.

Our review showed the following themes: an Ipsos poll in June showing that 90 per cent of Canadians

Photo by Nariman Ansari

feel vulnerable to “fake news”; an Apathy is Boring campaign encouraging youth to think critically of their media choices; government-issued warnings against specific foreign nations that will seek to influence the elections; the much-discussed Russian interference and lessons drawn from the recent Alberta provincial elections.

In at least one instance, an ethnic media organization weighed in with commentary wondering why it has taken the government so long to wake upThe comment from the Punjab Guardian in Surrey, B.C. on July 4 is noteworthy. Responding to repeated government warnings that agents from Russia, China and Saudi Arabia may try to interfere with the elections, the paper responded with this wisecrack: “It needs to be remembered that Canadian Sikhs have been telling the Canadian government and Canadian media about it for a long time.

However, security agencies have accepted for the first time that foreign interference is occurring. Now that security agencies are openly expressing their concerns about it, the government should take some serious steps in this regard.

Sowing confusion over voting rights

The instance of “voter fraud” appears to have been based on a genuine Facebook post by Truro, N.S., woman, but quickly morphed into a clear case of disinformation. This case received coverage in Portuguese, Mandarin and Filipino media at the end of AugustAfter the Truro woman posted about receiving four voter registration letters addressed to international students who had been rooming in her home, bad actors used their own social media accounts to imply that Elections Nova Scotia were wrongly adding non-citizens to the voters’ list. The Atin Ito daily’s reporting for its Filipino audience was typical, “It turns out there’s a simple explanation for the letters, but the confusion is just one example of misinformation circulating online that’s stoking fears around voter fraud as Canadians head closer to the federal election.”

The same stories also mentioned the voting rights recently given back to Canadians living abroad (“expats”), but that fact was distorted to suggest that over two million people who were not citizens were being allowed to vote on Oct. 21.

Last June’s Ipsos survey on “fake news” got wide coverage, according to NCM’s analysis. The survey, in which 90 per cent of respondents confessed to being fooled by “fake news” – a rate slightly higher than their international and North American cousins – was reported by an Italian publication, four different Tamil media organizations, a Punjabi outleta Filipino newspaperMuslim Link and a weekly Urdu weekly paper in Montreal, Nawai-Pakistan.

Reporting on the survey, the Urdu paper referred to “Russian trolls  trying to stoke divisions among Canadians by tweeting fake news stories and Islamophobic statements after the Québec mosque shootings in 2017,” warning that a similar threat exists leading up to the October election.

Apathy is Boring’s campaign to equip youth with tools to distinguish between credible and fake news was covered by media serving the South Asian community and Chinese diaspora. The Canadian Parvasi’s coverage from Mississauga was typical: The “group wants young voters ‘to think critically about what they’re seeing online and why it might be spreading.’ The federal government has set up a team of top civil servants who will monitor the election for foreign interference and alert the public if necessary. Parties have also been given secret briefings on how to protect themselves and their candidates from online misinformation.

Range of foreign actors

In mid-July, The Canadian Press quoted documents to suggest “China and India trying to use their respective ethnic communities in Canada to advance their own agendas. This got surprisingly little coverage – just three outlets in Cantonese and South Asian outlets. The reports specifically cited a series of tactics, including “cyberattacks, efforts to spread misinformation and using diaspora communities, either directly or indirectly, to steal technology, influence elections and target Canada’s economy, infrastructure and democratic institutions.”

A University of Calgary academic’s warning on Russia’s election meddling found mention in a South Asian publication and Russian Week published from Toronto. Sergey Sukhankin’s study was quoted as saying:

Perceived as one of Russia’s chief adversaries in the Arctic region, Canada is a prime target in the information wars, with Russia potentially even meddling in the October 2019 federal election. Ottawa should be ready for a new surge in cyberattacks, disinformation and propaganda levelled against Canada in the near future.”

Russian Week reported that disinformation about Canada will focus on three main areas: ridiculing Canada’s military presence in Latvia as part of NATO’s deterrent against Russia, portraying the country as a “useful satellite” of the U.S., and calling it a testing ground for “immoral Western values” because of its support of same-sex marriage and the legalization of cannabis.

Atin Ito, a Filipino publication in English, cited suspicious social media activity in the run-up to the Alberta provincial election as foreshadowing the period before Oct. 21. The online site reported on Sept. 7 that although malicious accounts clearly acted in sync during the April provincial election, there is no evidence to suggest this social media activity affected the Alberta election outcome. However, the Hamdard Daily in Punjabi reported on its front page that although investigators had identified a large number of fake social media accounts in the run up to the Alberta poll, there was no evidence of “foreign interference” – all of the accounts were identified as Canadian.

‘Censorship is coming’

Our analysis also revealed a rather unusual opinion from the Polish language Wiadomosci weekly published from Toronto, on June 6. This editorial seemed to conflate a whole host of issues, concluding that the Liberal government supports internet censorship. Here is the translated comment, verbatim: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is introducing a digital charter in Canada that will impose consequences on tech companies if they do not rein in misinformation on their platforms. It is a form of internet censorship that the Liberal government is introducing even though officially, Trudeau says that freedom of speech “is fundamental to our democracies.” In addition, Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould announced she had managed to persuade high-tech companies to censor the internet in the upcoming political election, with the guidance of a new declaration on “electoral integrity.” The opposition feels that this is being done for political reasons. Trudeau already ensured main media support by giving them more than $500,000 of public money to “help selected news outlets.” 

This news analysis has been created as a service to readers who wish to follow news and commentary in languages other than English and French, in partnership with MIREMS and diversityvotes.ca.

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Punjabi Connection: NDP’s leader’s Q&A with ethnic media highlights influence of the community

Original story source Calgary Sun Sept. 13, 2019

The ability to communicate with ethnic media is particularly important at the individual riding level, since most ethnic media are focused on specific communities, according to Silke Reichrath, the editor- in- chief at MIREMS, a group that monitors and tracks ethnic media.

And like English- and French-language media, Punjabi and other ethnic media also make decisions to focus more or less on candidates, said Reichrath, who is also part of Diversity Votes, a project examining the impact of ethnic media and diverse communities on the election.

“Sometimes you get two or three Punjabi candidates from different parties, and these may be from different factions within the community” and receive varying levels of attention from outlets, Reichrath said.

She said the Portuguese community in the Toronto riding of Davenport constitutes a meaningful voting bloc. So do the Chinese communities in several Markham, Ont., ridings and Edmonton Mill Woods (won in a very tight race in 2015 by Liberal Amarjeet Sohi).

Reichrath also said the fact that this year’s election debates (including Thursday’s Maclean’s debate) will be translated live for Punjabi speakers will be “very significant to get them involved” in the democratic process.

The Maclean’s debate will also be translated into Mandarin and Cantonese, while the October debates organized by a broad partnership of media outlets will also be offered in several other languages, including Arabic and Italian. And on top of those national debates, ethnic media often organize all-candidates debates and town halls at the local level, Reichrath said.

Ethnic Media Election Coverage 8-14 September 2019

This week about 230 election-related articles were analysed.

Major issues covered:

Campaign: As expected, the official start of the campaign and the initial messaging and positioning of the main parties dominated campaign-related coverage. Other aspects receiving significant coverage included the fundraising weakness of the NDP, a number of information articles regarding voting registration and procedures, expanded voting rights for Canadian expatriates no matter how long they had been absent from Canada and previous barriers to voting faced by Chinese Canadians:

“…although voting rights for Chinese Canadians did not come easily, it seems like Chinese Canadians don’t seem to care about voting. In the last general elections, the Chinese Canadian voter turnout rate was very low; it was far lower than other ethnic minorities such as Indian and Muslims. It is only when Chinese Canadians become a whole that they will be valued greatly by others. We are Chinese Canadian and that should be our common label and common interest. On October 21, for the benefit of the Chinese, let us all vote together!” (Chinese, 51.ca)

Candidates:

  • Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill: Leona Alleslev, former Liberal and current CPC MP, was profiled.
  • Beauce: The Rhinoceros Party’s plans to run a candidate also named Maxime Berner to run against the PPC leader.
  • Brampton Centre: Baljit Bawa, PPC candidate, was questioned regarding PPC immigration policies in a city where most residents are immigrants of visible minorities:
  • “Referring to the increasing crime rate, Bawa cited the increasing number of immigrants and refugees coming to Canada as a possible reason. He talked in particular about asylum seekers coming to Canada from across the border. They don’t have enough background checks. …The PPC wants to stop all the loopholes in Canada’s immigration system…Bawa said that the PPC is not anti-immigrant, but aimed at ˜pure and truer immigrants” (Punjabi, WTOR 770 AM Radio South Asian Pulse Prime Time)
  • Brampton West: Murarilal Thapliyal, CPC candidate, campaign office launch was covered.
  • Don Valley North: Sarah Fischer, CPC candidate, was profiled.
  • Dufferin-Caledon: Kyle Seeback, CPC candidate’s nomination was challenged by runner-up Barb Shaughnessy in an email blast, with Seeback considering legal action.
  • Eglinton-Lawrence: Marco Mendicino, Liberal MP and candidate, was interviewed by the Corriere Canadese:
  • “Mendicino also discusses the Liberal government’s efforts to protect Italian culture in Canada and to help seniors through the CPP and GIS. He is concerned about what is happening at Villa Colombo, where the Ford administration’s cuts are putting assistance to seniors at risk.” (Italian, Corriere Canadese)
  • Kingston and the Islands: Barrington Walker Jr., NDP candidate, was profiled.
  • LaSalle—Émard—Verdun: David Lametti, Justice Minister and Liberal candidate, was profiled:
  • “With regard to immigration, everybody from the Indigenous peoples to the French to the English to the Italians, Lametti says, has helped make Canada a welcoming and inclusive nation that respects human rights and religious diversity.” (Italian, Corriere Canadese, ironic given Quebec’s Bill 21)
  • Laval-Les Iles: Tom Pentefoundas, CPC candidate’s inauguration of his campaign office was attended by CPC leader Scheer.
  • Markham Stouffville: Former Liberal minister and current independent MP Jane Philpott commented on abortion:
  • “[She] is standing by the pledge she made as a Liberal candidate to support access to abortion despite her beliefs, but accuses her former party of playing politics with a deeply personal issue.” (South Asian English, The Canadian Parvasi)
  • Markam Thornhill: Mary Ng, Small Business Minister and LPC candidate, was profiled.
  • Markham-Unionville: Current MP and CPC candidate Bob Saroya, and Alan Ho, LPC candidate, were profiled.
  • Oakville: Anita Anand, LPC candidate, attended a fundraising with Liberal leader Trudeau.
  • Saint-Léonard-Saint-Michel: Controversy regarding the former Liberal candidate Hassan Guillet continued, with both Guillet and former Liberal MP Di Iorio complaints receiving coverage, along with the appointment of the nomination runner-up, Patricia Lattanzio.
  • Regina Qu’Appelle: Andrew Scheer, CPC leader, was profiled.
  • Scarborough Agincourt: Jean Yip, MP and LPC candidate, was profiled (Yip succeeded her late MP husband Arnold Chan in a by-election). Sean Hu, CPC candidate, was also profiled.
  • Scarborough North: Sean Chen, Liberal MP and candidate, was profiled. David Kong, CPC candidate, was also profiled.
  • Spadina-Fort York: Frank Fang, CPC candidate, was profiled.
  • Surrey: Harjit Gill, NDP candidate, was profiled.
  • Surrey Centre: Randeep Sarai, Liberal MP and candidate, was profiled.
  • Vaughan-Woodbridge: Francesco Sorbara, Liberal MP and candidate, was profiled.
  • Waterloo: Jerry Zhang, CPC candidate, was profiled.
  • Windsor West: Sandra Pupatello, former Ontario provincial cabinet minister and Liberal candidate, was profiled.

Foreign interference: Studies by the Rapid Response Mechanism Team and Sergey Sukhankin of University of Calgary warning of foreign interference, the former with respect to cyber-attacks and social media, the latter with respect to Russia and its interest in dominating the Arctic, received widespread coverage.

Immigration: PPC proposed immigration policies continued to receive largely critical coverage. The NDP’s proposal to increase settlement funding to Quebec was also covered.

“Experts say there is a niche group of voters in the 905 area of the GTA, a lot of them first-generation Canadians and new Canadians, who have an issue with asylum seekers walking over the border because they see these people as queue jumping. That group could be the focus for the Conservatives.” (Caribbean, G 98.7 FM Mark & Jem in the Morning)

Polls: Recent polls by Abacus Data, Ipsos (increase in populist and anti-immigration attitudes) and Nanos Research (preparedness for a change in government) were covered.

Leaders’ debate: Liberal leader Trudeau’s decision to skip the Macleans/City TV and Munk debates received neutral coverage.

Ethnic vote: Joe Volpe, former federal immigration minister in the Martin government (2005-6) continued a series of commentaries, conspiratorial in nature, reflecting a perceived loss of influence of Italian Canadians:

“Political parties see each other as adversaries rather than enemies. The real enemies are in their own ranks. The Conservative Party is legendary for the precarious position of its leaders: Bernier, Ford and Kenney vs. Scheer. Meanwhile, Justin Trudeau has his nemesis: the “Deputy Prime Minister of Brampton.” Nav Bains, whose family runs the World Sikh Organization (which promotes the independence of the Indian state of Punjab), has put his followers in key positions within the party. He seems to have a stranglehold on Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen: in the last four years, 180,925 Indian applicants – 22.5% of all immigrants – have received Canadian permanent residence while Italians, Portuguese and Poles have been kept at under 0.05% a year. Bains’ detractors claim this is part of a plan to populate Canada with supporters for the impending leadership race to replace Trudeau. Some party supporters worry about foreign elements influencing the upcoming political elections because Hindus, presumably encouraged by political activism at home, appear determined to vote against parties supported by Sikhs.” (Italian, Corriere Canadese) [Note: Visible minority immigrants have formed about 80 percent of all immigrants for the past 20 years)

Other articles included the importance of the ethnic media, improved understanding of the Canadian political system, and the risks of identity politics (religious and ethnic).

Cost of living: The Conservative overall focus on cost of living issues, including making EI parental benefits tax deductible, continued to be covered. The Liberal campaign promise for an expansion of the First-Time Home Buyer Incentive (FTHBI) and the establishment of a national vacancy tax on homes to help curb foreign speculation in the housing market were also covered.

Abortion: In addition to continuing coverage of the Conservative pledge not to reopen the abortion debate, Green leader Elizabeth May’s position that Green MPs would not be prohibited from re-opening the debate on abortion despite her personal support for abortion rights.

China: Coverage included PM Trudeau’s comment on China’s use of arbitrary detention, CPC leader Scheer’s statement that PM Trudeau would not participate in the Munk foreign policy debate as he was “afraid” of his own record, and former Ontario cabinet minister Chan’s rebuttal to criticism of his perceived taking the Chinese government side in a demonstration supporting Hong Kong protestors: “Chan said that he spoke against the violence and in support of the unity, peace and prosperity of Hong Kong.” (Chinese, 51.ca)

Other: Other issues that received some coverage included climate change, cyber security and same sex marriage.

Andrew Griffith, ethnic media provided by MIREMS

 

Justin Trudeau ashamed to face voters, can Chinese voters still vote for him? – Chinese

WEB – Van People – Vancouver, 10/09/2019 – ARTICLE, Chinese

Photo Credit: The Little Potato Company

With the federal election approaching so quickly, voters have only a month and a bit of time to decide who to vote for. Why did Justin Trudeau set such a tight timeline? It is obvious that he doesn’t want voters, candidates, and controversies from his past four years of political performance to impact the outcomes of the election. In the last federal election, then prime minister Stephen Harper dissolved parliament early, initiating the longest federal election campaign period in Canadian history. Harper said he was confident about his political achievements, but was unhappy with the way that media attacked and dehumanized him. He hoped to use this extended campaign period to let voters understand his achievements. However, the long campaign trail caused fatigue in voters. This gave Trudeau an opportunity and voted him for change. Trudeau won by a landslide, but he was unable to keep most of his campaign promises. To some extent, Trudeau has cheated the hopeful young voters that voted him in office. Trudeau wants to get this election over with, and does not want to be involved in too many public engagements. The slogan of his campaign is even more ridiculous, where he urged voters to choose to move forward instead of revert back to the days of the Harper government. For Chinese voters, there are many that are still in support of the Liberal Party. But voters must see the differences between Justin Trudeau-led party and a Pierre Elliot Trudeau-led party, especially in immigration and foreign policies. Chinese voters who love the Liberal Party need to say no to Trudeau in this election, and give the party an opportunity to re-establish themselves. They should not allow Trudeau to ruin the entire party.

 

Trudeau government says that it has created 1 million jobs in four years, but doesn’t tell how many people they have ‘imported’! – Punjabi

PRINT – Khabarnama Punjabi Weekly – Brampton, 06/09/2019 – EDITORIAL, Punjabi

Photo credit: thechive.com

Shonky Englandia – A Punjabi ad is running on Toronto’s many Punjabi radio programs that claims that the Liberals have created 1 million jobs in the last four years. The ad is in the voice of Trudeau’s faithful Liberal Minister Navdeep Bains. For the last four years, the Trudeau government has choked the ethnic press, and the government ads were given to big US social media corporations, while the Trudeau government keeps boasting about promoting Canadian businesses. In the last budget, the Trudeau government allocated millions of dollars to help the local press, but nobody knows which media institution received that money. As per the Conference Board of Canada’s recent report, the influx of immigrants disproportionately settling in the Greater Toronto Area is causing a shortage of jobs in this area. The report also urged all levels of government to address the imbalance. The Trudeau government and its supporters are suggesting Canada accept more than 370,000 immigrants annually. The government is calling for thousands of refugees, temporary foreign workers and a large number of international students every year. The Trudeau government has imported more than 3 million people, besides visitors, in the last four years. Even if the Trudeau government has created 1 million jobs in four years, those are not even enough for the people the government has brought into Canada.

The ‘boomerang effect’ of Canada’s anti-immigrant billboards in Canada – Spanish

PRINT – Contacto Directo – Vancouver, 06/09/2019 – NEWS, Spanish

The billboards showing an image of PPC leader Maxime Bernier and the slogan ‘Say NO to Mass Immigration’ caused a lot of heated political debate among those in favour of and against immigration. This controversial proposal is a challenge to the basic principles of Canada which has always been proud of being a welcoming and open country for immigrants all over the world. It’s also a political message against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s immigration plans to increase the level of immigrants to 1 million over three years. The official information that was revealed is that the billboards with their nasty, rude and disrespectful announcements against immigrants were launched by third parties linked to Maxime Bernier, who has asked on numerous occasions that mass immigration to Canada be stopped since 350,000 foreigners enter the country each year.

Scheer lacks Charisma to steer conservatives to a clear victory – Tamil

RADIO – East FM 102.7 – Toronto, 11/09/2019 – Analysis, Tamil

Scheer in the House of Commons on June 2, 2011 (Image source: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

Ramanan – An election is being called and the parties are beginning their campaigns. Most of the opinion polls up to now have indicated a close battle between the Conservatives and the Liberals. Liberals are being criticized for their immigration policy, especially the way they handled the thousands of illegal immigrants who entered Canada from the US. When it comes to immigration policy, the Conservatives fare better than the Liberals. However, immigration is not the single factor that decides victory in this election. Many political observers are of the view that even though Andrew Scheer has as much support as Trudeau, he lacks the personal charisma to steer the Conservatives to a clear victory.

Religion and ethnicity in Canadian politics – Punjabi

RADIO – Red FM 88.9 Good Morning Toronto – Brampton, 10/09/2019 – PHONE IN, Punjabi

Image source: Vancouver Sun and Ipolitics mash

Political candidates in Canada are now openly using communities’ religion and ethnic background to woo voters, said show host Shameel Jasbir. A big question we need to pay attention to is whether South Asian voters are divided or are being divided on the bases of religion. The unfortunate thing is that even the political parties are seen feeding this thing, he said. It’s such a serious issue that if not addressed, it can poison those values such as better society and better community that make Canada a better country to live in.

The host said we need to be really very careful about such practices and should bring those people into the light who are involved in these practices. He said Muslims are being attached to a specific candidate, and Sikhs or other groups are being attached to another. People need to be careful of these divisive tricks, he added. A caller on the show agreed with the host and said we came to Canada because it’s a country where you are not judged based on your religion and ethnic background and are provided equal opportunity everywhere, including in jobs and politics. He criticized religion-based politics and gave the example of the last Brampton municipal elections, involving Mayor Patrick Brown, in which many WhatsApp messages were sent to people telling them which candidate was supporting which religion most and who was making the most visits to Hindu temples, or to mosques or gurdwaras. He said it’s not good to have only a specific community-based group or even friend circle rather than a diverse group.

Another caller said religion-based politics are very dangerous and are not acceptable in Canadian society as it can bring all those bad things into Canada for which they left their home countries. Another caller, however, said religion-based politics are inevitable and can’t be stopped. Division is everywhere in the world, be it based on religion, money, culture or geography, he said. Another caller said voters are intelligent enough not to be swayed away by such religion or community-based rallies by the candidates and can make their own decisions, as was proved in the last elections.

Petition for National Diabetes Strategy urges action in the fight against diabetes

Strategy includes recommendations to support high-risk communities

TORONTO, Ont. (September 10, 2019) – In 2018, Diabetes Canada released a report on how implementing a diabetes strategy could help governments take action to help manage and reduce the risk of diabetes, including recommendations for ethnic groups who are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Although there has been strong momentum, it hasn’t been enough to persuade government to implement the strategy which is why the Diabetes 360° Petition has been launched to help showcase the support of Canadians and get the attention of all parties and candidates running in the upcoming federal election.

“Diabetes is a complex and challenging disease that brings with it many serious health challenges and that disproportionately affects certain groups of Canadians,” says Charlene Lavergne, Indigenous diabetes advocate and person living with type 2 diabetes. “People of certain ethnic backgrounds are at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes, specifically people of African, Arab, Asian, Hispanic, Indigenous and South Asian descent.”

Diabetes 3600 is an evidence-based, community-developed strategy that has the potential to reduce the human burden of this rapidly escalating disease and the unsustainable pressure on the health-care system.

Recommendations that have special relevance for people at risk of diabetes due to ethnicity:

  1. Healthy Eating Strategy measures like making the Canada Food Guide inclusive of all cultural dietary patterns and available in 26 languages will make it easier for people to eat a healthy, culturally appropriate diet and prevent diabetes and its complications.
  2. Culturally appropriate tools will be developed in collaboration with ethnic communities at higher risk of diabetes to support them in preventing diabetes and its complications.
  3. Greater adherence to the Clinical Practice Guidelines for screening will mean that people of African, Arab, Asian, Hispanic, Indigenous or South Asian descent are screened regularly for diabetes. Improvements in treatment will ensure that everyone gets culturally relevant care when and where they need it.
  4. A patient portal will help Canadians access community-based supports for diabetes self-management in their language, in their culture and in their community.

Diabetes 360° is a framework that is intended to be implemented differently in each province and territory, and possibly in each community, based on their unique priorities and needs. This is to ensure the requirements of each group at higher risk of diabetes due to ethnicity are well met.

About Diabetes

Diabetes is a chronic disease in which the body either cannot produce insulin or cannot properly use the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone that controls the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood. Diabetes leads to high blood sugar levels, which can damage organs, blood vessels and nerves. The body needs insulin to use sugar as an energy source.

 About Diabetes Canada

Diabetes Canada is the registered national charitable organization that is making the invisible epidemic of diabetes visible and urgent. Diabetes Canada partners with Canadians to End Diabetes through:

  • Resources for health care professionals on best practices to care for people with diabetes;
  • Advocacy to governments, schools and workplaces; and
  • Funding world-leading Canadian research to improve treatments and find a cure.

For more information, visit diabetes.ca or call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464).