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  • July 28, 2014

    What does it mean to be an Everyday Political Citizen?

    On Canada Day we launched our annual Everyday Political Citizen contest. One question we sometimes get is, “What exactly is an Everyday Political Citizen?” It’s one of our favourite questions to answer.
  • July 25, 2014

    Friday Fill(ibuster)

    Swedish shindigs and democratic detectives—sleuth out your weekly political news with this week’s Friday Fill(ibuster).
  • July 23, 2014

    Hipsters, millennials & the precariously-employed welcome at City Hall!

    Guest post from FCM Jack Layton Fellows. If there is one thing that holds a place in the imagination of hipsters, millennials, the precariously-employed – or whatever you’d like to call us – it might be urban life. So why are youth so disengaged with city politics?

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