Join Today's ParentThursday, January 8 2004
Join Today's Parent "Return to Sender" CampaignI am sick and tired of Today's Parent. Look at the ads which were in their Pregnancy and Birth issue for fall 2003. Included was a little booklet called Baby Guide. If you have any connection with an institution which orders this magazine, please do what you can to stop orders and have them let Today's Parent know why. If that's not possible (I can't stop them ordering them at St. Michael's Hospital), then tear out the coupons and throw them in the mail without filling them in. Then throw the magazines in the recycling.
Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC
Or an even better suggestion from INFACT... Join the Return to Sender Campaign!!
Send any copies of Today's Parent back to the source:
Ted Rogers, Sr.
Rogers Communications Inc
333 Bloor Street East, 10th Floor
Don't put any postage on your envelope. Postage will have to be paid by
Rogers Communications Inc. This will cost Rogers double.
Follow up with a personal email to Mr Ted Rogers:
Let Mr. Rogers know that his publications targeting pregnant women and new mothers are in gross violation of the World Health Organization's International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes, which the Government of Canada has endorsed. The International Code is designed to protect breastfeeding and to ensure that parents receive independent information about infant feeding without commercial pressures to formula feed. Violations coercing mothers to formula feed puts he health of Canadian infants and young child at risk. The International Code requires Roger's Communications Inc to abide by its provisions. These include:
- No advertising of infant formulas, bottles and nipples to pregnant women, new mothers, and the general public
- No free samples of these products to pregnant women and new mothers
Rogers Communications, as a leading multimedia corporation, has a huge capacity to do so much good for the benefit of Canadian babies, children, mothers and parents. We look to you to provide such leadership by removing the offending advertisements.
Pass it on!!
Director INFACT Canada/IBFAN North America
Tel: 416 595-9819
Fax: 416 591-9355
Recipients of the Right Livelihood Award 1998