It's here !
First issue of the "Free Press Advocate" rolled off the
presses September 10th, as promised. Enthusiastic readers
say that the 40,000 first-run will be snapped up quickly.

The editorial: "A new day, a familiar call to arms", of this first issue of the "FREE PRESS ADVOCATE", was quick to draw significance of the September 10th timing of its press run, compared to events of 65 years ago.

Prime Minister MacKenzie King ---65 years ago, to the day--- made his famous call to arms against the Second World War threat to freedom and democracy. He stated:

"There is no home in Canada, no family, and no individual whose fortunes and freedom are not bound up in the present struggle. I appeal to my fellow Canadians to unite in a national effort to save from destruction all that makes life itself worth living, and to preserve for future generations those liberties and institutions which others have bequeathed to us."

                                                     -Prime Minister Mackenzie King, Ottawa, September 10, 1939


The editorial points out that, while this time the enemy is within, it is no less threat to our democratic values, and way of life. It concludes, "Like the previous generation, we have been dealt a conflict we neither sought nor initiated. Like them, we accept that some things are worth fighting for. And, like them, let us commit for the duration. Let our legacy be that we didn't shy away from the call. We owe our kids that much. And theirs. ...Step forward with us. It'll will be quite a ride..."

The back page interview of former Liberal Federal Agriculture Minister, The Honourable Eugene Whelan, by Free Press Advocate correspondent Sarah Trant is outstanding. Here are a few excerpts:

"Whelan's beef is a big one: He's simply not prepared to sit idly by and see the values that built 'this great country of ours' be eroded 'by a bunch of what I'd call little despots.'"

..."That's what's happening to us, you know. Democracy is all but dead and it's taking common sense and decency with it."

..."I find it unbelievable. We've forgotten our roots. ...When we forget our roots and turn our backs on rural culture, which is the backbone of this nation, when we give up on the people who are responsible for putting food on Canadians' tables, then we stand in grave danger of seeing our country come apart."

..."Today's top-down government style is putting our great country, and particularly this province, on a very slippery slope.
I think it's important for the rural voice to be heard.
I believe that there are still people out there who think that too.
What is needed is for rural Ontario to speak out -- loud and clear and with a single voice.
The Free Press Advocate may be the way.
I hope so.
I support it wholeheartedly.
And I wish it all the luck in the world."



Free Press Advocate Editor, Doug Clark, has informed the Rural Council that rave reviews of this first edition are beginning to pour in. However, in all modesty, he claims that it was a group effort, and that it all came together because of the help of many individuals throughout the province ---for which he is most thankful. "THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING!", asserts an excited Mr. Clark.

The Rural Council urges all interested citizens to support the newspaper with a one year subscription ($50.00), which will extend to December of 2005, guaranteeing you will never miss a printing. This will also allow the paper to add more pages, and to print more newspapers per issue, while advertisers increase in number.

If you believe in the democratic values, espoused by the Free Press Advocate, and wish to support these same values --through one unified voice-- then there is no better way to do it, than with a subscription.

Sept.16-2004   Ottawa Valley News reports on provincial newspaper's debut

Sept.19-2004   OTTAWA SUN reports, provincewide voice of rurals just got louder

Earlier stories:

Aug.14 -2004:   “Free Press Advocate” readying to go to press

July 12 -2004:   The "Free Press Advocate" ...refreshing new voice for democracy

Meet FREE PRESS ADVOCATE Editor, Doug Clark

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