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Happy 1st anniversary!

Jonathan Spencer — February 1984

As The Peace Calendar enters its second year, we realise that there is one issue which has never been discussed in these pages — Who does The Peace Calendar represent?

Despite all the favourable comments we’ve received from readers who appreciate our impartial stand, several people have complained that they don’t feel that their interests are represented in The Peace Calendar. We are partly responsible for this, because we haven’t made it sufficiently clear that we rely on reader input.

To rectify this situation, we are taking several steps to ensure that members of . the peace movement help decide what should be covered in The Peace Calendar.

  1. We will hold open planning sessions for each issue. From now on, we’ll announce in the event calendar the location and time of the meeting held each month to plan the next month’s issue. This will permit greater and more direct public participation.
  2. We will publish regular announcements soliciting suggestions from readers who are unable to attend the planning sessions.
  3. We will create a list of local correspondents from across Canada. Acting as ‘field agents’ for The Peace Calendar, these people will help to make TPC a truly national newspaper.
  4. We will be more accessible. Some of us, too involved in coordinating the ins and outs of producing a monthly newspaper, have been guilty of remaining isolated. We need to get out there and talk to people, for two reasons; to keep our fingers on the pulse of the movement, so to speak, and so people don’t feel we are strangers.
  5. We encourage coordinators of peace groups to remember _The Peace Calendar at all times. At your monthly meetings, always ask if there are any announcements that should go in the next month’s issue. And make a note of our production deadlines so that we receive your event information in time for publication.

To us, impartiality does not mean saying only those things upon which we can all agree. Exactly the opposite it means exposing people to a variety of interesting viewpoints, in the interest of moving the discussion forward.

It costs enormous amounts of money to publish The Peace Calendar, and it just isn’t worth it if people aren’t using the service we provide. Take advantage of it. Support it. Work with us on it. This is your paper. Happy Anniversary!