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ProudToBeCanadian.ca has not had a fee for service or membership or subscription fee, ever. It has relied on some sort of user-based volunteer revenue for years, a part of it being Google Ad revenue. But that has become a moral quagmire for us. Google literally owns the online ad market now — it’s an abhorrent monopoly. (How our terrific governments ever allowed that to happen is another article for another day).
But Google apparently dislikes — and some might contend, outright hates — conservatives. They’ve become quite activist in this regard. It can be fairly argued and demonstrated that they actively work against conservatives, or at least conservative talking points and values. They are inarguably a large part of the huge techno-cabal that has banned and/or disenfranchised conservative voices (mostly, Google does this through their YouTube division, to say nothing of their Google Search division, which does apparently seem to hide conservative voices in their search results, in favor of blatantly anti-conservative voices). So we are discussing ways of ending any reliance whatsoever on Google and their ad service. We’re sure you agree.
But that leaves something of a hole.
For years we also relied on sales of our slick shiny metal lapel pin, but alas, it was made in China, and so for a number of good, moral reasons, we decided it may not be the best fit for our site. So we stopped selling it altogether. (Any Canadian, American, Australian, or European pin makers out there? Africa?)
Luckily we have also relied on direct cash support from people like you. And that has helped. But it hasn’t been enough.
Running a sometimes contentious site like this is an enormously costly proposition in terms of time, money, work effort, and most especially, legal risk. Any number of people — including the state-owned CBC which has threatened us — would love to sue us every day for the stuff found at our site, if for no other reason than to “legal-fee” us to death. They don’t care if they win, so much as drowning us in legal fees. Or at least they hope for our fear of that, often by simply writing stern emails. The threat is real; even if the actual damage is a total farce. No matter, it costs money. (For more context on that, particularly with regard to our columnists, read this.)
If you feel our web site is providing a valuable service to you or supports the things you believe in, please consider “voting with your dollars”. That’s basically how the free market works. Do it below, if you please.
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