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Support the new Common Sense Canadian - a leading-edge web and social media platform focusing on key issues shaping our future - our economy and environment.
Damien Gillis
Vancouver, British Columbia
1 Team Member

We need your Common Cents!

It is only through the support of readers like you that The Common Sense Canadian can thrive as a voice for the public and environmental interest - which is why Rafe Mair and I need your help. 

With this easy-to-use tool, you can get some awesome rewards for supporting independent media we know you value and enjoy.

Donating online not your thing? We happily accept cheques :-)

How this fundraiser works

  1. Click on a reward or "perk" from the right hand column
  2. Fill in your email address
  3. Provide your credit card information

It’s that easy!

Media that YOU own

It's no secret that much of mainstream media no longer serves us. The old bastions of journalism not only fail to cover the issues that matter, but they're steadily going out of business. 

Many of us spend tens or hundreds of dollars a month on newspaper and cable subscriptions. What if some of those funds went to support a different model of journalism?

Many of you have spent time at The Common Sense Canadian in the three years since Rafe Mair and I co-founded it - so you have a sense of what we're capable of. What you may not be aware of is how much we've managed to do with so little.

Your support will go a long way!

We already reach a hundred thousand people, primarily in Western Canada - but we want to be speaking to a half million, across the country and beyond. That's where you come in.

Your Support Will Go A Long Way

We've been working hard for the past year at taking The Common Sense Canadian to the next level. By investing in this campaign, you will help fund:

  • Our new web platform
  • Heightened reporting and coverage of key stories
  • Investigative research
  • New videos and infograhics  
  • Public forums

    The Common Sense Canadian

    We'll keep hammering away at the issues that really matter

    From Enbridge, Kinder Morgan and Keystone XL to "fracking" and LNG; from elusive salmon viruses to billions in hidden government debt; from the destruction of BC Hydro to Canada's lagging support for innovation; from foreign trade deals to solving our transportation challenges; from resource politics and climate change to balancing our need for jobs with our need for a clean environment - the team of independent experts and commentators at The Common Sense Canadian have been there with fresh insights, a dogged pursuit of the truth and defence of the public interest.

    This isn't a one-way street - get awesome rewards for your support!

    By chosing to support our independent journalism, you're also eligible for some unique rewards!

    • HD digital downloads of Sean Holman's new doc, "Whipped" and "Rafe Mair: 80 and Still Kicking Ass"
    • Exclusive web video chat, invitation to Networking Party, dinner with Rafe and me
    • Modo Car Co-op - free membership, $50 discount
    • All-new e-book - "A Dose of Common Sense"
    • Limited, signed Ian McAllister prints

    Some of our rewards

    Other Ways You Can Help

    Some people just can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean they can’t help:

    Help us share this Indiegogo campaign and web page with your friends.

    Check out our new website at CommonSenseCanadian.ca - and share widely!

    Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter

    A citizen-supported media project dedicated to the environment and public interest...now that's common sense!


    I really appreciate it!


    Publisher, The Common Sense Canadian

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    raised by 175 people in 1 month
    22% funded
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    $50,000 USD goal
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    This campaign ended on October 18, 2013
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    • $10USD
      "Whipped" must-see documentary

      HD download of "Whipped", a must-see new documentary by award-winning investigative journalist Sean Holman about the secret world of party discipline, which forces politicians to vote against their constituents and even their own conscience. Common Sense Canadian filmmaker Damien Gillis was the director of photography on the project. Feat. Geoff Plant, Carole Taylor, Mike Harcourt.

      34 out of 100 claimed
      Estimated delivery: November 2013
    • $25USD
      Modo Carshare discount + video

      Carsharing is the most economical and sustainable way to “own” a car. Modo The Car Co-op is offeering donors at this level a special deal to get you started! Modo will waive the $20 registration fee and credit your account with $50 carsharing credit when you become a new member! New members only - valid in Vancouver...Plus Sean Holman's must-see documentary, "Whipped: The Secret World of Party Discipline". (for new Modo members only)

      3 out of 50 claimed
      Estimated delivery: November 2013
    • $25USD
      Rafe Mair: 80 and Kicking Ass

      Enjoy this video of Common Sense Canadian co-founder and Hall of Fame broadcaster Rafe Mair's 80th birthday roast. Featuring terrific speeches from a host of renowned British Columbians - Red Robinson, CBC's Rick Cluff and Shiral Tobin, CKNW's Jon McComb, The Tyee's David Beers, Corky Evans, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, and more! An evening of good ribbing, great stories, and a tribute to one of BC's most venerable environmental defenders and independent voices...Plus Sean Holman's "Whipped".

      23 out of 125 claimed
      Estimated delivery: November 2013
    • $50USD
      Exclusive Video Chat + e-book

      Access to an exclusive online video chat on the current state of our democracy and media - feat. Rafe Mair, Sean Holman, Damien Gillis and guests. From troubling trends to new solutions - with a focus on the future of the Common Sense Canadian...Plus new e-book: "A Dose of Common Sense: Policy Prescriptions for Managing Canada's Economy and Environment", and digital downloads of "Whipped" and "Rafe Mair: 80 and Still Kicking Ass".

      15 out of 200 claimed
      Estimated delivery: November 2013
    • $100USD
      Networking Party + T-shirt

      An invitation to an exclusive networking party hosted by the Common Sense Canadian - featuring leading figures in media and the environmental community. Also, your choice of several awesome new Common Sense Canadian t-shirts - feat. artwork by our cartoonist Gerry Hummel...Plus digital downloads of "Whipped" and "Rafe Mair: 80 and Still Kicking Ass" an invitation to exclusive online web chat and download of new e-book, "A Dose of Common Sense"

      18 out of 100 claimed
      Estimated delivery: January 2014
    • $250USD
      Signed Ian McAllister print

      Your choice of a select few, rare prints by renowned BC nature photographer Ian McAllister - feat. wolves, spirit bears and BC's spectacular Great Bear Rainforest! (check our Gallery for choices)...Plus invitations to online video chat and networking party, digital downloads of "Whipped" and "Rafe Mair: 80 and Still Kicking Ass" and download of new e-book, "A Dose of Common Sense" Prints courtesy of Pacific Wild - http://www.pacificwild.org/

      5 out of 25 claimed
      Estimated delivery: December 2013
    • $500USD
      Ultimate Altruist reward

      For those who believe it is better to give than receive, we offer the opportunity to earn our undying thanks in exchange for this generous donation :)

      0 out of 10 claimed
      Estimated delivery: October 2013
    • $1,000USD
      Dinner with Rafe and Damien

      An exclusive dinner at the Vancouver home of Common Sense Canadian publisher Damien Gillis, with co-founder and Hall of Fame broadcaster Rafe Mair. Enjoy a five-star meal and fiery conversation about hot-button issues...Plus invitations to online video chat and networking party, digital downloads of "Whipped" and "Rafe Mair: 80 and Still Kicking Ass" and download of new e-book, "A Dose of Common Sense"

      0 out of 6 claimed
      Estimated delivery: December 2013
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