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AFP Submits Additional Comments on Do-Not-Call List

(May 30, 2006) In response to continuing concerns from the Canada Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), AFP has submitted additional testimony regarding the implementation of a national do-not-call list.

On May 2, AFP representative Boyd McBride, national director of SOS Children’s Villages in Ottawa and a member of the AFP Canadian Government Relations Committee, spoke at a CRTC hearing about how the national do-not-call list should be developed and implemented. However, a series of CRTC questions aimed at McBride indicated that the commission may still be wrestling with several issues related to the do-not-call list, including how charities will be affected by the list.

“It is our hope that the CRTC will implement rules that are consistent with Parliament’s decision to exempt registered charities from the national do-not-call list,”  said Susan Mullin, CFRE, director of development for York University Foundation in Toronto and chair of the Canadian Government Relations Committee. “Parliament spent a great deal of time considering these issues and trying to balance the needs of charities and society versus an individual’s privacy. We think they did a terrific job, and the bill serves as a great starting point for the list’s implementation.”

To further clarify its position, AFP has submitted additional comments to the CRTC. These comments address several of the specific points raised by the CRTC during the hearing, including the issue of separate do-not-call lists for each organization and how callers are supposed to identify themselves.

Another issue is the how the new do-not-call list and associated telemarketing rules should be publicized. During the hearing, the CRTC intimated that charities and other organizations ultimately should be responsible for raising public awareness about the do-not-call list.

“Certainly charities should be able to discuss the list and the rules while they speak with donors, potential donors and others during the regular course of business,” Mullin said. “But to charge charities and others with a mission of public education about new government regulations seems counterintuitive. That should be the role of government, and to an extent, the role of professional associations. Of course, AFP will be alerting members to the new CRTC regulations as soon as they are finalized.”

AFP will now wait to hear from the CRTC in response to its latest submission.

“We certainly respect the work of the CRTC and its interest in serving the public,” said Paulette Maehara, CFRE, CAE, president and CEO of AFP. “We look forward to working closely with them in developing these final regulations based on the work of Parliament.”

A copy of AFP’s comments is available in the Attachments section below. For more information on this issue, contact Jason Lee, director, government relations, at jlee@afpnet.org.

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