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What you get 

  • Weekly email newsletters that inform and connect our community. We strive to deliver information and analysis that gets to the heart of what the Cowichan Valley is talking about right now, like our everyday struggles
  • New series of responsive community events that set the table for conversation among people with different perspectives
  • In-depth reporting, driven by you. This summer, as requested by our community members, we’ll be reporting on the worrisome environmental changes affecting Cowichan’s land and water. In the fall, expect federal election coverage that’s truly local, for a change. After that? You tell us
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"So often in today’s information-saturated world, I skim read. I approach your emails differently, as they bring me closer to the people in my community. When they reach my inbox, I look forward to reading them and set aside quiet time to do so and let your words sink in."

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Why us?

Over the past year, here’s what we’ve heard from you: Now, more than ever, we need local journalism that unites, rather than divides. You told us you want an alternative to traditional journalism produced by newsrooms that are disproportionately white, male and based in downtown Victoria or Vancouver, far removed from the small communities they’re also meant to serve. You said journalism should be accessible to everyone — not only people who can pay for subscriptions and are valued by advertisers. You inspired us to fill in the gap left by dying local newspapers.

So, last October, we launched a new model of community-powered journalism in three communities: Scarborough, the Cowichan Valley and Urban Nation. Why support us now? Because The Discourse is not yet sustainable. We can only keep delivering journalism that represents everyone if we can fund it. That’s why we’re asking 1,000 of you to support us by June 15.

Since a group of feminist journalists founded The Discourse five years ago, we’ve served people who are often excluded from public and political dialogue. How? By producing award-winning investigative journalism that creates change in underrepresented communities, like yours. We’re passionate, scrappy journalists committed to building a new kind of media that better reflects us all — because we’re connected to these communities, too.

That brings us to the moment of truth: Is what we’ve built valuable enough to you that you’ll pay for it? Become a monthly supporter of The Discourse today, and help us build a future for community-powered journalism in Canada.

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