Fellow blogger Jonathon Narvey took up the charge against Yellow Pages by starting a Facebook group titled, The Yellow Pages Must Be Stopped! Jonathon took his cue from my earlier blog post (my third on the topic) railing against the yellow books. First, I produced a short 36 second YouTube video called "When Yellow Meets Blue." I followed it up with another phone book rant a few months later, and topped it off with a letter to the editor last Spring (which the Sun never published) which inspired Narvey to snap into action and set up the group.
Now CBC News is on the Ban Yellow Pages bandwagon, along with hundreds of Facebook group members and even more hundreds of commenters to the CBC story online.
What CBC have discovered is just how difficult it is to get off distribution lists. The comparison to email spam fits, as they are unsolicited bulk ads. And I mean BULK. We get bombarded by a great big fat book almost 3000 pages thick. Unless you are an elderly anglophile with no internet access (a nearly extinct species in Metro Vancouver), these books are an enormous waste.
Is it time for cities to regulate the distribution of these books to telephone line subscribers? I know how I would answer this question...absolutely!
In spite of phoning Telus to ask politely not to receive any phone books (an ordeal unto itself), I have received not one but three phone directories since the New Year. Two Yellow Pages, and a CanPages so large and heavy it barely squeezed into the blue box. Surely dropping off these books without asking, in a city as wired and multiculturally diverse as Vancouver is absurd?
Plastic bag bans are in fashion politically these days. Are Yellow Pages bans next in line for city councils across the country?