This just in from our friend and online campaign workhorse Eric Squair:
If you are running online campaigns in Canada, I want to invite you to an event in Toronto later this month to find out more about some open source tools for running campaigns in Canada.
Make Poverty History wants to share the free tools they have developed for Drupal, tools that make it quick and easy to set up online petitions, create online actions that put people in touch with their Member of Parliament (based on postal code) and allow supporters to opt in to the Make Poverty History email list.
If you are in Toronto (or know anyone who could benefit from these tools) here's an invite to an information session on Saturday, Feb. 27th starting at 1pm.
Looks like a fantastic event that will explore the state advocacy software for Canadian organizations running online campaigns. The event will focus on the "Connect" module for Drupal, built by venerable Mike Gifford and the team at Open Concept. (An early version of these tools was used for the Greenpeace Canada's Kleercut.net campaign.)
These tools are only possible with the support of the organizations that choose to use them, thus providing the necessary feedback and financial investments to make them sustainable. So, if you are working in one of those organizations, go register now!