Social Media Policy

Social media terms of use and user agreement

Terms of use for Port Hope Area Initiative
official Facebook page

The Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI) official page on Facebook is a place to connect, share, and tell us what you think. Here you will find the most recent news stories, updates and photos that are distributed by the PHAI. If you're looking for the official source of information about the PHAI, visit our homepage at

While this is an open forum, it's also a family-friendly one, so please keep your comments and wall posts clean. In addition to keeping it family-friendly, we ask that you follow our posting guidelines here. If you don't comply, your message will be removed:

  • We do not allow graphic, obscene, explicit or racial comments or submissions nor do we allow comments that are abusive, hateful or intended to defame anyone or any organization.
  • This is not a forum for political debate. Please respect the purpose of this page, which is to share and discuss information about the Port Hope Area Initiative projects.
  • We do not allow solicitations or advertisements. This includes promotion or endorsement of any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency, political or social group. Similarly, we do not allow attempts to defame or defraud any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency (or any individual).
  • We do not allow comments that suggest or encourage illegal activity.
  • You participate at your own risk, taking personal responsibility for your comments, your username and any information provided.

Also, the appearance of external links on this site does not constitute official endorsement on behalf of the PHAI, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, Natural Resources Canada or Public Works Government Services Canada

PHAI Social Media User Agreement

The following User Agreement (”Agreement”) governs the use of official PHAI social media sites and pages to include social networking pages, web blogs and file sharing sites, along with all policies applicable to the PHAI.

Please read the rules contained in this Agreement carefully. You can access this Agreement any time. Your use of any aspect of the websites will constitute your agreement to comply with these rules. If you cannot agree with these rules, please do not use the websites.

The Agreement may be modified from time to time; the date of the most recent revisions will appear on this page, so check back often. Continued access of the website by you will constitute your acceptance of any changes or revisions to the Agreement.

Your failure to follow these rules, whether listed below or in bulletins posted at various points in the websites, may result in suspension or termination of your access to the websites, without notice.

The Port Hope Area Initiative Management Office does not necessarily endorse, support, sanction, encourage, verify or agree with the comments, opinions, or statements posted on the websites. Any information or material placed online, including advice and opinions, are the views and responsibility of those making the comments and do not necessarily represent the views of the PHAI, the Government of Canada or its third party service providers. By submitting a
comment for posting, you agree that the PHAI, the Government of Canada and its third party service providers are not responsible, and shall have no liability to you, with respect to any information or materials posted by others, including defamatory, offensive or illicit material, even material that violates this Agreement

The PHAI reserves the right, but undertakes no duty, to review, edit, move or delete any material submitted as a comment to the information provided for display or placed on the social media websites in its sole discretion, without notice. Comments submitted to these sites will be reviewed and a representative sample may be posted on the website, or in the case of social networking sites, inappropriate comments may be deleted at the sole discretion of the PHAI. We hope to receive submissions from all viewpoints, but we ask that all participants agree to the following Terms of Participation:

  • To ensure constructive questions, please post only questions directly related and relevant to the PHAI.
  • Refrain from posting questions that contain threats, obscenity, material that would violate the law if published here, abusive, defamatory or sexually explicit material.
  • Submissions containing the following will be deleted:
  • Contains obscene or threatening language or discrimination (hate speech) based on race, sex, gender, religion, national origin, age, or disability.
  • Promotes services or products (not including non-commercial links that are relevant to the topic)
  • Includes any personal or sensitive information (phone numbers, email, postal addresses or employee names)External Links (including Advertising Links) The appearance of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the PHAI of the linked web sites, or the information, products or services contained therein. The PHAI does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations. All links are provided consistent with the stated purpose of these PHAI websites.

DISCLAIMER: Reference herein to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favouring by the PHAI and the Government of Canada. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the PHAI, and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes. With respect to documents available from this server, neither the PHAI nor any of its service members or employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, including the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights.

Please let us know about existing external links which you believe are inappropriate and about specific additional external links which you believe ought to be included.

All comments posted on and messages received through the PHAI websites are subject to Canada’s Privacy Act. Learn more about the Privacy Act here:

November 30, 2016