Everyone knows that real change doesn't come from letter-writing campaigns, action groups, hired lobbyists or complaints to the media. Real change comes from joining Facebook groups. Because when you've joined a Facebook group advocating something, politicians notice.
Or maybe it's just journalists, with column inches to fill, who take notice. And their editors, desperate to show that they're hip to this Internet thing, encourage them.
So in that spirit, here are some local-interest Facebook outrage groups. Look for stories about them in your local newspaper soon:
- No to Bill C-10! Governments shouldn't get to decide what they fund! (Background)
- Ban plastic grocery bags in Montreal! Let's cut down more trees and use paper!
- For free Wi-Fi hotspots in Montreal! Because we shouldn't pay for our Internet access!
- Save the McGill Daily! Because a vote to keep funding is a vote to stop funding.
- Rename Lionel-Groulx after Oscar Peterson! Because ... well we already know because.
- Cut gas prices to 79.9 cents in Canada! Because consumption of greenhouse-emitting fuels on a massive scale is our God-given right! And lower prices will lead to less consumption!
- Run the metro all night! Because those three people need to get home, and track maintenance is for wussies!
- Make Park Ave. officially Greek! Because racial ghettos bring happiness to all!
- No "Dix 30" in Griffintown! Because someone has seriously suggested turning the neighbourhood into a strip mall.
- Extend the metro to the West Island! Because wasting billions of dollars on something that sounds cool but makes no practical sense is how Montreal does things.
- Change Berri-UQAM back to Berri-de-Montigny! Because streets that no longer exist should still be attached to the names of metro stations they no longer intersect.