Canada's Anti SPAM Law (CASL)
Canada's Anti SPAM Law (CASL) was enacted July 1st, 2014 and takes effect over the following 3 years. By now, most members will have received requests from charities, non-profit and commercial organisations asking for permission to continue electronically communicating. Sadly the law is ambiguous when considering not-for-profit organisations such as the CVMG, and the fines for non-compliance could be hefty.
NOTE TO SECTION CONTACTS: Any CVMG sections using their own distribution lists for sending out section information need to ensure they only send that information to paid-up CVMG members. If you include non-members in your local section email distribution lists, then you will need to get each individual's express consent which you will have to keep a record of and you will need to renew the consent before July 1, 2017, and every two years thereafter. You must also provide your full contact information in each email sent to a non-member, a means for that person to be removed from your distribution list, and that removal must happen within 10 days of the request being received. A better option would be to just sign them up as a member !