CASL - Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation

District 86 received the following information from Toastmasters International Legal Department.  We encourage all members to understand the information below and comply with the legislation as explained.

Legislation

New Anti-Spam Legislation passed in Canada that will go in effect on July 1, 2014.  This legislation will affect how Toastmasters members send their emails, texts, and social media messages. World Headquarters is here to help guide you through the transition process.

Definition

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (“CASL”) defines a Commercial Electronic Message (“CEM”) as a message that encourages participation in a commercial activity. This includes advertisements and information about promotions, offers, business opportunities, events, etc.  Under CASL, the following are identified as CEMs:

  • Email messages;
  • Messages sent through social networking accounts (such as Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter messages), instant messaging; and
  • Text messages sent to a mobile phone

Compliance with CASL

To be in compliance, starting July 1, 2014 all CEMs must include a signature block with an Unsubscribe notice. A sample signature block with an Unsubscribe notice is provided below:

  • Your Name
  • Member
  • Your Club Name
  • Your club address
  • Your club city, state, country, zip code 
  • Telephone: Your telephone number
  • Your Toastmasters email address
  • This message was sent to you by YOUR NAME, member, on behalf of YOUR NAME at YOUR CLUB NAME. Please contact us at YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS or at YOUR CLUB’s MAILING ADDRESS. If you do not wish to receive electronic messages from YOUR NAME/YOUR CLUB NAME, please reply by email and write “Unsubscribe.” Unsubscribing will remove any emails sent to you in the future.

Unsubscribe Process

If someone requests to Unsubscribe, within 10 business days, you must ensure that no further messages are sent to that individual and keep a record of it. We suggest that the club/district secretary keep a log in an excel spreadsheet with the date and name of the unsubscriber for recordkeeping purposes.

Please note text messages and social media messages (such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter messages) are also considered CEMs. A good rule of thumb is to avoid sending any unsolicited commercial electronic messages.

As long as you are sending CEMs to members within the Toastmasters organization and the CEMs concern the activities of the organization, you are CASL compliant. 

Action Required

We are requesting that Toastmasters Club, District, and Division leaders acknowledge that your club, division, or district understands members must be in compliance with the requirements.  (Emails were sent to all offcers)

As we continue to research the laws, World Headquarters may send future updates to assist members, including sharing tips on other key components of the new legislation as it relates to members and prospective members. For more information, please visit http://fightspam.gc.ca. If you should have any questions, please contact legal@toastmasters.org.

The Travelling Toastmaster

BudBrownWhile on vacation in Nova Scotia, I was looking for an iconic background at which to get my picture taken holding my Toastmasters magazine. While touring the historic site of the fortress at Louisbourg I was looking for that backdrop scene when I walked into a barracks where three people, dressed in french uniforms of the period were sitting around a table (behind "the rope") as if waiting to go on duty. I told them that I am a Toastmaster and that we do this thing of getting our picture taken with the magazine around the world and that these pictures are on occasion published in that same magazine. "Would it be OK if I stepped over the rope and had my picture taken with all of you?" They said "of course!"

After several shots had been taken, the 'soldier' across the table from me asked "what is this Toastmasters" . . . . Of course, I said, "I'm glad you asked" and gave them my elevator speech about the best place in the world to learn both communication and leadership skills. If I hear about a Toastmasters club beginning in the town of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia I want the credit for planting the seed.

Bud Brown - Area 61 Governor/Incoming Division W Governor

Excellence

Excellence is not a Skill, it is an Attitude ................................................................................................. by Riya Chatterjee

Most of us are aware of the difference between positive thinking and negative thinking. To make this point clear, I share a small story with you.

Many years ago, two salesmen were sent by a British shoe manufacturer to Africa to investigate and report back on market potential.

The first salesman reported back, “There is no potential here, - nobody wears shoes.”

The second salesman reported back, “There is massive potential here – nobody wears shoes.”

This simple story explains to us how a single situation can be viewed in two different ways.

The secret of joy in work is contained in one word –“ Excellence”. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it. Excellence should be MORE about fun, than about mediocrity. So friends, it is the approach or mindset that matters and the topic I present today is Excellence is not a Skill, it is an Attitude.

Excellence lives in the present. We must maximize what we are doing now. Do not live in the glory of the past, drop your ego, accept criticism to expand and stretch to take up challenges. Excellence is doing things outside the box. Learn from your mistakes, and move ahead. Isn’t that Attitude?

I also believe excellence is about being lucky. You all may ask me how? What is luck? Luck is about making things happen for yourself. It is a combination of preparation and recognition so you can be ready for the opportunity when it comes. My coming to Canada and joining Toastmasters and connecting with the right people, isn’t it being lucky? I now know that Toastmasters will lead me to my Vision of being a Leadership and Management Trainer.

So Excellence is not a skill, it is an Attitude. I leave you with a thought to ponder-
Raise your level high and challenge yourself and you will be filled with a bountiful future.

Riya ChatterjeeRiya Chatterjee, new member/ Tangri Toastmasters

Club News April 2014

Investors Group London Toastmasters Club chartered April 2, 2014

 

Centre Wellington Charter chartered Jan. 29 2014

April 23, 2014 Centre Wellington Charter Celebration
Members with Lt. Gov. Education & Training, Carolyn Hoxie, DTM and Lt. Gov. Marketing, Janice McDonald, DTM

 

Georgian BayTM

Georgian Bay Toastmaster Charter night used video conferencing. Thank you, Lynn Rabey, DTM for being Table Topics Master from afar!

Georgian BayTM2

April 22, 2014 Georgian Bay Toastmasters Club Charter Members with Guest Speaker and Incoming LGM, Mike Proudlock, DTM and current LGM Janice McDonald, DTM

 

Dr. Roberta Bondar Toastmasters Club chartered April 28, 2014

Toastmasters International Values:  Respect • Integrity • Service • Excellence
Our Principles:  Lead By Example • Work / Play as a Team 

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