Media Relations and Social Media
The Township of Puslinch recognizes the importance of providing timely information to community members where they. The Township welcomes the opportunity for respectful online conversations on its various platforms amongst its followers.
The Township will be utilizing its social media platforms to share information and not to engage with the public. The Township’s website and EngagePuslinch.ca remain the primary way to contact Township Council, Committee Members and Staff regarding any inquires or feedback.
The Township will participate in interviews with journalists and/or bloggers who:
- Identify themselves and any affiliation they may have with print, broadcast or online media outlets; and
- Conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the Canadian Association of Journalists’ Principles for Ethical Journalism and Ethics Guidelines
Submit your media request using the form below.
The Township of Puslinch uses social media as a way to share Township business, services, programs and provide timely updates. The Township’s Advertisement, Communication and Media Relations Policy sets the content standards that must be followed by all social media users. Further it provides guidance to the Corporations departments and operations, volunteers, students, Council and Committee Members when implementing advertising or communications including for social media.
The Township’s Advertisement, Communication and Media Relations Policy sets the Internal/External Content Standards on any Township of Puslinch media or advertising platforms. Section 5. Internal/External Content Standards states:
“Content, comments or links containing any of the following will not be permitted (or, in some cases acknowledged) on any Township of Puslinch media or advertising platforms. The Township reserves the right to remove content containing the following at their discretion in accordance with the following:
5.1 Content that disclose confidential information, or compromise the impartiality or integrity of staff, Council or Committees;
5.2 Content that contains defamatory statements, allegations, inferences,
5.3 Comments made in an impertinent or disrespectful manner;
5.4 Threats to any person or organization;
5.5 Social Media comments not directly related to the particular post or article;
5.6 Slanderous remarks, obscene language or sexual content;
5.7 Content that promotes, fosters or perpetuates discrimination on the basis of race, creed, colour, age, religion, gender, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, national origin, physical or mental disability or sexual orientation;
5.8 Commercial endorsement or solicitation: includes content that is commercial in nature and that attempts to endorse, advertise or sell the products or services of an individual, business or organization (This prohibition does not apply to Section 7.1 and 7.2 on Rink Board and Ball Diamond Advertising);
5.9 Personal religious content: includes content that promotes an individual’s religion or religious service;
5.10 Content that promotes organizations with a political mandate and/or clubs with exclusive membership;
5.11 Content that promotes or supports services geared specifically to activities related to tenant/landlord associations;
5.12 Content that promotes political candidates (of any level of government);
5.13 Content that promotes political material (of any level of government);
5.14 Content that promotes illegal activity;
5.15 Information that may compromise the safety or security of the public or public systems;
5.16 Content that is known to or may be considered to violate a legal ownership interest of any other party.
The Township of Puslinch reserves the right to block/ban specific users from the Township’s official social media channels whose activities do not comply with the above criteria. The Township of Puslinch reserves the right to reject a communications or advertisement application that does not comply with the above criteria.
Submissions deemed in violation of the above guidelines, or in any way deemed not in keeping with the general principles of permitted use, will be removed in its entirety at the discretion of the staff.
Posts that include profane or disrespectful language directed at Municipal representatives, Council or Committee members, are not appropriate and will not be tolerated. As a result, the Township may:
5.17 Reject the media or advertisement application; or
5.18 Remove the social media post; or
5.19 If removal is not possible, ask the poster to delete the post and refrain from further disrespectful and inappropriate comments.
The Township of Puslinch website (Puslinch.ca) will remain the Township’s primary and predominant internet presence.
Below are the official social media accounts of the Township of Puslinch and Puslinch Fire and Rescue.
|Township of Puslinch Facebook||Facebook.com/TownshipofPuslinch|
|Township of Puslinch Twitter||Twitter.com/TwpPuslinchON|
|Township of Puslinch YouTube||Youtube.com/@townshipofpuslinch|
|Puslinch Fire and Rescue Twitter||Twitter.com/PuslinchFRS|
Social Media Guidance for Council, Committee Members and Municipal Representatives
Council, Committee Members and Municipal Representatives (employees, volunteers, etc.) are encouraged to follow the Township’ Social Media Guide. Fore more information the Advertisement, Communication and Media Relation’s Policy provides detailed guidelines for Council, Committee Members and Municipal Representatives.