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  • October 31, 2014

    Friday Fill(ibuster): Municipal monsters and government gremlins

    Some might say that this democracy news roundup is normally just a mishmash of content. This week we hope it feels like more of a Frankenstein monster of political insight. Happy Halloween to all! And don't be scared, there's still one day left to nominate for an Everyday Political Citizen!
  • October 29, 2014

    Riding Changes in the Digital Age: who is online, and who isn’t?

    Election buzz is in the air, but did you know if Parliament was dissolved today there are 338 seats up for grabs? Samara located and analyzed over a thousand riding association websites across the five major federal political parties to find out how well their online transition was matching this “on the ground” restructuring.
  • October 28, 2014

    Attack on Hill is reminder of human dimension of Parliament

    Today’s blog comes from Samara’s acting director, Jane Hilderman. Jane was on Parliament Hill the day before last week’s shooting at the National War Memorial and armed attack on our national legislature. She recounts her experience and explains what should be remembered about politics as a profession as we move forward.

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