Privacy Policy

This privacy policy is designed to protect personal information you provide on this website.

Collecting Personal Information

The purpose of this website is to inform and provide opportunities for the public to comment to government on issues relating to US thermal coal exports from BC, Port Authority governance, and related issues.  When you visit this site and access information, you are anonymous.  We do not require you to provide personal information to view it.  The commenting process is facilitated by RealHearings.org on behalf of Voters Taking Action on Climate Change, Communities and Coal and, occasionally, other partner organizations, which are always listed on the home page. 

However, when you ask to receive email updates from RealHearings, VTACC, Communities and coal or other campaign partners, we will ask for additional information.  We do this to keep in touch with you through email and provide you with information and opportunities for action that may be valuable to you.  We ask for your postal code so we can send you emails specific to your MP and MLA.  On occasion, RealHearings.org or campaign partners may email you to solicit donations in support of various campaigns.

Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)

RealHearings.org complies with CASL and we are committed to making sure you only get the email communications that you want from us. You may stop receiving email at any time by using the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any email.

RealHearings does not send any Commercial Electronic Messages as defined by CASL, but we take all steps to ensure that we have your consent to send you electronic communications such as emails.

For the purposes of this policy we define Commercial Electronic Messages (CEM) to be electronic messages that have as one of their purposes an encouragement to participate in a commercial activity, including messages that include:

(a) offers to purchase, sell, barter or lease a product, goods, a service, or land;

(b) offers to provide a business, investment or gaming opportunity;

(c) advertises or promotes anything referred to in paragraph (a) or (b); or

(d) promotes a person, including the public image of a person, as being a person who does anything referred to in any of paragraphs (a) to (c), or who intends to do so.*

Since RealHearings.org does not send CEMs we are exempt from the sections of CASL [paragraph 6(1)(a)] that require implied or express consent to be obtained from recipients of Commercial Electronic Messages.

However, because we are committed to protecting your privacy and avoiding unwanted email we have the following policy in place to provide additional clarity to electronic message subscribers. All web forms on RealHearings.org’s websites contain express consent statements about the nature of communications a subscriber will expect to receive by entering their email address into one of our forms or websites and how they can terminate their subscription.

In addition to the above RealHearings.org always clearly identifies itself as the sender of any electronic messages and provides a clear opt out link in the footer of each message.**

* http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/E-1.6/page-1.html#h-1

** http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/E-1.6/page-2.html#h-6

Use of Information:

Email addresses

RealHearings does not ever trades or sells email addresses.  You may stop receiving email at any time by unsubscribing.

Policy Updates and Changes

If for any reasons changes need to be made to these policies, they will be updated on this page. Please note that RealHearings.org’s Privacy Policy can be superseded by applicable provincial or federal regulation or legislation and in these cases we have no other option but to comply.

Links

To provide users with more information on various issues, we often provide links to third-party websites.  However, we do not control those websites or necessarily endorse their viewpoints.

Comments

Your privacy is important to us. We welcome comments and questions about our policy. Please contact us at [email protected].