Terms and Conditions

This document represents the Terms and Conditions ("Terms") between you and Western Standard New Media Corp. publishing under the names: “The Western Standard”, “Western Standard”, “West Coast Standard”, “Saskatchewan Standard”, “Alberta Report”, “Manitoba Standard”, “Calgary Standard” and “Edmonton Standard” subject to change, modification and addition. All publications and services offered by Western Standard New Media Corp. will hereinafter be referred to as "WS". WS is a news organization with its principal place of business located at 717 7 Ave SW Suite 1100, Calgary, AB T2P 0Z3. The Agreement sets forth the terms and conditions “terms” governing your use of the website, mobile applications, newsletter, property (including cameras, microphones, and other media equipment) and other services we may offer (collectively referred to as the "Services"). By accessing or using the Services, you acknowledge that you have read, understood, and agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of this Agreement. If you do not agree to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, you must immediately discontinue using the Services.


Additional terms and conditions may apply to the purchase of Services. By using WS Services and making these purchases, you agree to such terms and conditions, as applicable, and to the extent that these additional terms and conditions differ from those detailed in these Terms, the additional terms and conditions will govern.

Assistance. If you have any questions or comments, we invite you to contact our Customer Service Department by email at membership@westernstandard.news.

Refund and Return (Cancellation) Policy. Once a WS membership has been purchased, no refunds will be given, unless required by law, for the duration of subscribed period. To cancel a membership, the cancellation form must be filled out and submitted. Nothing herein is meant to limit your return or cancellation rights under applicable local law. Certain events, conferences, and other WS offerings may have different policies with respect to refunds and returns. To the extent that those policies differ from the refund and return policy detailed here in the Terms, the terms of the refund and return policies of the event, conference, or other WS offering will govern.

Charges. For all charges for any products, services, or memberships sold by WS, WS will bill your credit card, or alternative payment method offered by the Western Standard, on a recurring basis until you complete the cancellation form, either monthly or annually depending on your selected membership. You agree to provide valid and updated payment information. In the event legal action is necessary to collect on balances due, you agree to reimburse WS for all expenses incurred to recover sums due, including attorneys’ fees and other legal expenses. You are responsible for purchase of, and payment of charges for, all Internet access services needed for use of these Services and any and all fees charged to you by your financial institution related to the charges. The membership fees are based on the listed price for the membership and not actual usage. Payment obligations are non-cancelable, and fees paid are non-refundable. If you cancel your membership in the middle of the period for which the membership was paid, we will not issue a refund for any portion of the amount charged for that period, unless required by law. See “Account Registration and Security” for more information about memberships. WS may suspend or terminate your account, in addition to other rights and remedies, if fees are past due. You shall provide WS with written notice of any disputed charges within ten (10) business days of the date of the charge. Notice of the dispute must provide in reasonable detail a statement of the basis for disputing the charge.

Sharing of account login information is strictly prohibited. Each account is intended for use by a single individual. Sharing accounts with others is a violation of our terms of service, and may result in the immediate suspension or termination of the account without notice, and/or may result in disciplinary action or legal action. By accessing or using our Services, you agree to these terms or service.

Corporate accounts membership subscriptions to WS Services are limited to define members of that organization. Sharing corporate accounts with others is a violation of our terms of service, and may result in the immediate suspension or termination of the account without notice, and/or may result in disciplinary action or legal action. By accessing or using our Services, you agree to these terms or service.

Copyright, Trademark and Ownership. All content displayed on the Services, including without limitation text, graphics, photographs, images, moving images, sound, and illustrations (“Content”), is owned by the Western Standard, its licensors, agents, or its content providers. All elements of the Services, including, without limitation, the Services general design, Western Standard’s trademarks, service marks, trade names (including the Western Standard’s name, logos, the Services names, and the Services design), and other Content, are protected by trade dress, copyright, moral rights, trademark and other laws relating to intellectual property rights. The Services may only be used for the intended purpose for which they are being made available. Except as may be otherwise indicated on the Services, you are authorized to view, play, print and download documents, audio and video found on the Services for personal, informational, and non-commercial purposes only. You may not use, copy, reproduce, republish, upload, post, transmit, distribute, or modify the Content or the Western Standard’s trademarks in any way, including in advertising or publicity pertaining to distribution of materials on the Services, without the Western Standard’s prior written consent. Of course, you’re free to encourage others to access the information and Services themselves on our Services and to tell them how to find it.

The use of WS trademarks on any other website is not allowed. WS prohibits the use of WS trademarks as a “hot” link on or to any other website unless WS approves the establishment of such a link in writing in advance. The website, its content, Services and all related rights shall remain the exclusive property of WS or its licensors unless otherwise expressly agreed. You will not remove any copyright, trademark, or other proprietary notices from material found on the Services.

Use of Contact Information. Any and all contact information that is displayed on the Services, including the information contained in any member directories or other directories that may be provided on the Services, is provided for informational purposes only and is not to be used for marketing, telemarketing, or solicitation purposes, regardless of whether such marketing, telemarketing or solicitation is commercial, non- commercial, charitable or political in nature. This information may not be copied or redistributed and is provided “AS IS” without warranty of any kind.

Links. You may establish a hypertext link to these Services, including display of the website’s RSS feeds, so long as the link does not state or imply any sponsorship of or affiliation with you or your site by us. However, you may not, without our prior permission, frame any of the content of the Services, or incorporate into another website or other service any material, content or intellectual property belonging to us or any of our licensors.

From time to time, these Services may contain links to third-party websites that are not owned, operated, or controlled by WS or its affiliates. All such links are provided solely as a convenience to you. If you use these links, you will leave these Services. Neither we nor any of our respective affiliates are responsible for any content, materials or other information located on or accessible from any other website. Neither we nor any of our respective affiliates endorse, guarantee, or make any representations or warranties regarding any other websites, or any content, materials, or other information located or accessible from any other website, or the results that you may obtain from using any other website. If you decide to access any other website linked to or from WS Services, you do so entirely at your own risk.

User Content. Our Services may include interactive features, such as discussion groups, blogs, forums, and other community publishing areas that allow members and other users to post content and materials for display on the Services (“User Content”). User Content remains the intellectual property of the individual user, and you will be solely responsible for any and all content and materials of whatever nature that you post on, transmit to, or link to from the Services. You agree to indemnify and hold WS and its affiliates, agents, representatives, directors, officers, employees, and licensors, harmless from any liability of any nature arising out of or related to any content or materials submitted to or displayed on the Services by you or by others using your user account.

By posting content on our Services, you expressly grant WS a non- exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, fully paid-up worldwide, fully sub-licensable right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, transmit, perform, and display such content and your name, voice, and likeness as contained in your User Content, in whole or in part, and in any form throughout the world in any media or technology, whether now known or hereafter discovered, including all promotion, advertising, marketing, merchandising, publicity, and any other ancillary uses thereof, and including the unfettered right to sublicense such rights, in perpetuity throughout the universe. All User Content is deemed non-confidential and WS shall be under no obligation to maintain the confidentiality of any information, in whatever form, contained in any User Content. To submit a request to have content that you have posted removed, submit a request to us at membership@weste rnstandard.news

User Content does not represent the views of WS or any individual associated with the Western Standard, and we do not control the User Content. In no event shall you represent or suggest, directly or indirectly, Western Standard’s endorsement of User Content. WS does not vouch for the accuracy or credibility of any User Content on our Services and does not take any responsibility or assume any liability for any actions you may take as a result of reading User Content on our Services. Through your use of the Services, you may be exposed to content that you may find offensive, objectionable, harmful, inaccurate, or deceptive. There may also be risks of dealing with underage persons or people acting under false pretense. By using our services, you assume all associated risks.

You acknowledge that we may establish general practices, limits, and restrictions concerning use of any public posting areas of our Services, and the posting of content, information, or materials by users of the Services. These restrictions may include a limit on the number of days that message board postings or other submitted content will be displayed on the Services and/or retained by us and the maximum number of times (and the maximum duration for which) you may access the Services in a given period of time. We assume no responsibility or liability for the deletion, corruption, or loss of any content or material submitted by you, or for our failure to receive or store submitted content for any reason, including without limitation malfunctioning of any network, hardware, or software. We reserve the right to change these general practices, limits, and restrictions at any time, in our sole discretion, with or without notice.

Inappropriate Submissions and Use of the Services. You are prohibited from sending or posting any unlawful, threatening, defamatory, libelous, obscene, pornographic, or profane messages or materials on the Services. You may not post material on the Services, or otherwise use the Services in any manner, that:

  1. you do not have a right to make available under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships (such as inside information, proprietary and confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure agreements);
  2. humiliates, threatens, or injures other people or their property rights, including, but not limited to, intellectual property rights;
  3. violates the privacy or publicity rights of other individuals or entities;
  4. is profane, sexually explicit, tortious, vulgar, obscene, libelous, abusive, or unlawful, or infringes the rights of others or interferes with the ability of others to enjoy the Services;
  5. harasses, degrades, intimidates or is hateful toward an individual or group of individuals on the basis of religion, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, age, or disability;
  6. harms minors in any way;
  7. impersonates any person or entity, including, but not limited to, employees of the Services, a forum moderator, or another user, or that falsely states or otherwise misrepresents your affiliation with a person or entity;
  8. constitutes or includes unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, “junk mail,” “spam,” “chain letters,” “pyramid schemes,” or any other form of solicitation, except in those areas that are designated for such purpose;
  9. contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of the Services or any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment;
  10. interferes with or disrupts the Services or servers or networks connected to the Services, or disobeys any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of networks connected to the Services;
  11. that is false, deceptive, misleading, or deceitful;
  12. could be considered criminal conduct or give rise to civil liability; or
  13. otherwise violates any law or these Terms.

WS does not encourage and strongly discourages any User Content that results from any activity that:

  1. may create a risk of harm, loss, injury, emotional distress, death, disability, disfigurement, or illness to you, to any other person, or to any animal;
  2. may create a risk of any loss or damage to any person or property; or
  3. may constitute a crime or create civil liability.

You agree that you have not and will not engage in any of the foregoing activities in connection with producing your submission. Without limiting the foregoing, you agree that in conjunction with your submission, you will not inflict emotional distress on other people, will not humiliate other people (publicly or otherwise), will not assault or threaten other people, will not enter onto private property without permission, and will not otherwise engage in any activity that may result in injury, death, property damage, or liability of any kind.

We have the right (but not the obligation), in our sole discretion, to screen content submitted by users and to edit, move, delete, and/or refuse to accept any content that in our judgment violates these Terms or is otherwise unacceptable or inappropriate, whether for legal or other reasons. You acknowledge and agree that we may preserve content and materials submitted by you, and may also disclose such content and materials if required to do so by law or if, in our business judgment, such preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (a) comply with legal process; (b) enforce these Terms; (c) respond to claims that any content or materials submitted by you violate the rights of third parties; or (d) protect the rights, property, or personal safety of our Site, our officers, directors, affiliates, staff, representatives, or members or other users, and/or the public.

Further, any unauthorized use of our Services is a violation of these Terms. In addition to any remedies that we may have at law or in equity, if we determine, in our sole discretion, that you have violated or are likely to violate the foregoing prohibitions, we may take any action we deem necessary to prevent or cure the violation, including without limitation, the immediate removal of your content from WS Services and termination of your access to the Services. We may fully cooperate with any law enforcement authorities or court order or subpoena requesting or directing us to disclose the identity of anyone posting such materials.

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