Here you will find a list of news and feature articles mentioning the work of Samara with the most recent listings at the top. Our editorial and op-eds can be found here.
Tragedy in the Commons
"A must-read this summer" by Randy Simms in The Telegram
"Candidate, educate thyself" by Dale Smith in the Ottawa Citizen
"Why parties matter" by Dale Smith on LooniePolitics.com
"The case for abolishing political parties" by Susan Delacourt in the Toronto Star
An excerpt of Tragedy in the Commons in Policy Options.
"Tragedy in the Commons" a review in The Canadian Taxpayer (starts on page 7)
"Canada's Politicians Don't Want Us to Know They're Politicians" Alison Loat sits down with Michael Bolen at Huffington Post Canada.
"Heather Menzies: Reclaiming the commons in Canadian Politics" in the Ottawa Citizen
"Politicians should reclaim themselves, say authors of new book Tragedy in the Commons" by Kate Malloy in the Hill Times.
"How do MPs really feel about their job and the work they do?" Alison Loat and Michael MacMillan on CanadaAM (video).
"When MPs hate politics, it's time for change" by Liz Renzetti in the Globe and Mail.
"5 Reasons You Should Read Tragedy in the Commons" by Terry Fallis on Retreat by Random House.
Kevin Newman said "I learned a lot from this book and I've been covering politics my whole life." See Alison on CTV's Kevin Newman Live (interview was from April 15th's episode and starts at 29:20).
"The tragedy of the House of Commons: A new book explores the lives and frustrations of our MPs" by Aaron Wherry in Maclean's.
"Former MPs look back at House in 'exit interviews'" by Mark McNeil in the Hamilton Spectator.
Hear some great stories from Alison and Michael on this hour-long call-in show with Bill Good on CKNW in Vancouver.
Michael shares some of his reactions to the exit interviews on Dale Goldhawk's AM740 show and onCBC's Ontario Today with Rita Celli.
Alison talks about open nominations and other lessons from the interviews with Tencer and Grose on CHED AM 630 in Edmonton .
For a longer conversation check out these podcasts with Mark Blevis and this one with Joseph Planta.
Alison sat down with Calgary’s Breakfast Television to talk about nominations processes and the state of Question Period.
Alison talks about the “surprising truths” of the book on Global Calgary’s Morning News Edition.
Alison and Michael on CPAC’s Primetime Politics. To watch, search for April 28th (interview starts at 40:00).
Tragedy in the Commons: through the eyes of MPs. Alison discusses the book on The West Block.
“Why have members of Parliament allowed their power to be siphoned away as they have?” Get a sneak peek at the book from this excerpt in the Ottawa Citizen.
Anthony Furey reports in Sun News that Tragedy in the Commons holds an optimistic message for Canadian politics (we think so too).
“The truth is that we have a system designed to be controlled by the centre.” Great interview with Alison and Michael in The Tyee. The Tyee also ran an excerpt from the book.
Samara in the society pages. If you missed our Ottawa book launch, check out these great pictures from iPolitics.
Aaron Wherry referred to Tragedy in the Commons in this moving article on the humanity of politicians.
Two great op-eds on the experiences of women in Parliament cite Tragedy in the Commons:
Parliament is still Mad Men territory for women, and that’s bad news for democracy.
Respect for women in the House of Commons matters.
“Disillusioned with party politics,” Alison speaks to David Gray on The Calgary Eye Opener.
Listen to Michael on the Dave Taylor show by searching for “April 23” and “1pm”, the interview starts 9 minutes in.
By Invitation Only: Canadians' Perceptions of Political Parties
"Political parties failing Canadians: survey" by Don Butler in The Ottawa Citizen
"Canadian poltical parties not doing their job: survey" by Susan Delacourt in The Toronto Star
"Samara survey: Canadians give political parties failing grades" by Laura Beaulne-Stuebing on iPolitics.ca
"Canadians give political parties failing grades", Jane Hilderman on RCI Radio
"Being likeable is nasty business
" Straight Talk by John Robson on Sun News Network "Mandryck: Poll shows Tories driving cynicism
" by Murray Mandryck in the Leader-Post
"The real reason political parties are failing: Delacourt
" by Susan Delacourt in The Toronto Star
", Alison Loat on CBC Metro Morning
Everyday Political Citizens
"Samara announces Everyday Political Citizen winners" by Laura Beaulne-Stuebing
"National recognition keeps fight alive for Nunavut food activist" by David Murphy on nunatsiaqonline.ca
"Saskatoon activist nominated for political citizen award" on News Talk 980
"Edith Perry humbled by nomination for community activism" by Luke Arbuckle on peicanada.com
"Marc Laferriere nominated for Everyday Political Citizen Project" by Victoria Gray in Brant News
"Everyday Political Citizen project recognizes Canada's unsung heroes" by Rachel Aiello and Brad Fougere on Canada.com and originally in the Ottawa Citizen, The Montreal Gazette and The Vancouver Sun
"Rob Ford scandal may lead to better democracy" by Bob Hepburn in the Toronto Star
"Local Woman Makes Shortlist for 'Everyday Political Citizen'" by EFN Staff in the Eagle Feather News
Alison Loat and Jane Hilderman spoke about cynicism in the wake of political scandals and Samara’s antidote - Everyday Political Citizens - on 22 CBC morning shows. Recordings are available fromToronto’s Metro Morning, Ontario Morning and Radio Canada International
"Cognitive Surplus and Appreciation in Civic Life" by Jane Purvis in Spacing Magazine
"FTW Friday: Everyday Political Citizen" by Joe Thomson in this magazine, this.org
For an overview of Samara's work, along with that of other organizations working to strengthen citizen engagement with democracy, we encourage you to watch this feature by CPAC's "The Bright Side," or this feature by Piali Roy in Yonge Street Media.
News and features
"Harvard Kenney School Alumni named Young Global Leaders" by Mari Megias in HKS Alumni stories (featuring Alison Loat).
Alison Loat on Metro Morning talking about voter engagement in the 2014 Ontario Election as it kicked off in May. And again the day after Election Day.
"Ontario electoral dysfunction: Award for most apathetic riding goes to..." by Erica Vella on globalnews.ca
"GUEST COLUMNIST: Don't let democracy slip away" by Samara volunteer Bob Sutton in The Sarnia Journal
"Would a Merger with Canada Save U.S. from Ourselves," by Rick Cohen on Nonprofit Quarterly.
"Balance of power: MP Michael Chong on fixing the relationship between MPs and their leaders" by Andrew Coyne on Canada.com
"Time and cash strapped Gen X and Y? Join the club" by Misty Harris (Samara's work mentioned)
"MPs need authority, yes. And clear responsibilities" by David McLaughlin in the Globe and Mail
"The young will inherit and future they see as a sham" by Michael Valpy in The Toronto Star
"The merits and drawbacks of heckling," Alison Loat joins a panel to discuss heckling on CBC Radio's The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti
"Rathgeber challenges party dominance of MPs" by Samara Executive Director Alison Loat in the Ottawa Citizen and on Canada.com
"Considering the scandals plaguing multiple levels of government, it seems accountability as a virtue is on the wane," Samara Executive Director, Alison Loat, is quoted by Joseph Brean in the National Post
"Democracy Talks comes to Nelson," The Nelson Star reports on our Democracy Talks program paying a visit to the local library in April 2013.
Samara's Jane Hilderman on NewsTalk Radio in Saskatchewan talking about why citizens are not more engaged with politics.
Samara's work recently spurred a question for CBC National's At Issue Panel, regarding Canada's electoral system.
"Polling and journalism: the future is in the details", Susan Delacourt discusses the polling-journalism relationship with Sasha Issenberg, American journalist and author.
"Turning a non-voter into a voter", Adam Radwanski sits down with recent guest of Samara and author of the Victory Lab, Sasha Issenberg for a Q&A
"Fixing the way we 'do democracy'", by Sharon Aschaiek, a profile on Samara and founders, Alison Loat and Michael MacMillan in Queen's University alumni review.
"Is democracy in decline?" by Jim Coyle in the Toronto Star
"Harper's cynical assault on democracy", an editorial by Bob Hepburn in the Toronto Star
"Appears we get the Parliament we deserve" by Tom Ford in the Winnipeg Free Press
An article in The Tyee mentioning Samara's work.
An article by John Ibbitson in the Globe and Mail, which quotes Samara's work on The Real Outsiders.
An article in the Hill Times mentioning the work of Samara.
"Underrepresented", a feature article by Isabel Bassett, published in the magazine Women of Influence.
A feature on "How to fix our politics" by Aaron Wherry in Maclean's
A profile on Alison Loat by Andrew Potter and Victoria Salvas in This Magazine
An article on Michael MacMillan by Emily Davies, in the Queen's Journal
A feature on Samara by Piali Roy, on yongestreetmedia.ca
"Are you being served?" Samara Executive Director Alison Loat on The Agenda
(April 11, 2013)
Lightweights?: Political Participation Beyond the Ballot Box
"Canadians aren't apathetic, we're just sick of the political status quo" by Adam Kingsmith on rabble.ca
"Why Canadians have no time for politics" by Alex Himelfarb in the Toronto Star
"Why you should get involved in politics" an op-ed by Catherine McKenna in the Ottawa Citizen and on Canada.com
"Don't worry, politics could make you happy" by Douglas Todd in The Vancouver Sun
"Is there ever an excuse for not voting?" by Liz Renzetti in The Globe and Mail
"Canadians not that politically active, study finds" by Susan Delacourt in The Toronto Star
"Politics ‘a dirty word’ for Canadians, finds new study of engagement between elections
" by Misty Harris in theon OCanada.com (also appeared in Leader Post, The Province, The Vancouver Sun, The Star Pheonix, The Calgary Herald, and The Edmonton Journal).
"How politically engaged are you? Take the quiz.
" A web extra by Misty Harris in The Calgary Herald, The Edmonton Journal
and The Montreal Gazette
"Are Canadians Political lightweights?
" by Andrew Dreschel in The Hamilton Spectator.
"Not even twitter can save us now
" by Dan Lett in The Winnipeg Free Press.
"Don’t blame the young
" by Chris Selley in The National Post.
"The hunt for an honest man lands candidate
" by Pete McMartin in The Vancouver Sun.
"Canadians civic minded but not political: study
" by Maryse Zeidler in The Tyee.
'The Unengaged Majority
" by Greg Fingas on his blog, “Accidental Deliberations”
"Measuring Political Engagement" on Though Undermined.
Samara's Executive Director on CBC's Metro Morning
"Study Shows Canadians Least Interested in Politics" by Sam Dixon in the Oye!Times.
"Woeful participation in party politics" by Greg Fingas in The Leader-Post.
Occupiers and Legislators: A Snapshot of Political News Coverage
"Bias? What mainstream bias?" by Michael Valpy on his blog, Origins of Politics
"Politics and the media" by Paul Berton in The Hamilton Spectator
"A snapshot on Canadian political journalism" by Alex Veeneman on Uloop student news network
"Canadian news get mixed reviews" by Mia Rabson in the Winnipeg Free Press
"Sharp contrast in tone of TV, newspaper political reporting: study" by Elizabeth Thompson in iPolitics.ca
"Political news usually fair, but not always informative, study finds" by Don Butler in theOttawa Citizen and the Victoria Times Colonist
"On studying the media: Samara and the 'news' we want" by Colin Horgan in iPolitics.ca
"Watching the Watchdog: Stats Don't Lie, Political News Falls Short" by Tim Knight in theHuffington Post Canada
"Samara's Occupiers and Legislators debunks some criticisms of the media" by Belinda Alzner in J-Source.ca
"Canadian MSM political news coverage leaves much to be desired: report" by Ben Christopher in The Tyee
"Questioning the press gallery" by Aaron Wherry in Maclean's online
"Les «idées reçues» revues et corrigées" by Geneviève Tremblay in Le Devoir
The Rutherford Show
CBC Nova Scotia - Mainstream Cape Breton with Wendy Bergfeldt
The Real Outsiders: Politically Disengaged Views on Politics and Democracy
"Understanding the limits of government" by Nicholas Gafuik in the Calgary Herald
"Must Politicians Be Phonies?" by Maxwell Cameron in The Mark
"Deadlines and Democracy" by Rebecca Lindell on Global News Online
"Voter Turnout: thinking outside the ballot box" by Clifton van der Linden and Kelly Hinton inThe Mark
"Oversight key for oilsands," an Op-Ed in the Star Phoenix mentioning The Real Outsiders
“What gives? Samara study looks at Canadians’ reasons for turning away from politics” by Chris Plecash in The Hill Times
"If they don't vote, don't worry" by Iain Hunter in the Times Colonist
"Ibbitson responds: How to re-engage citizens in democracy" by John Ibbitson in the Globe and Mail
“In an age without mediators, many feel left out of the political process” by John Ibbitson in the Globe and Mail
"Political re-engagement should focus on public services" by Don Lenihan on iPolitics.ca
"Alienated from What? By Whom?" by Andrew Potter on Canada.com, originally in the Ottawa Citizen
"The welfare state isn't pleasing anyone" by Tasha Kheiriddin in the National Post
"Where Have All the Voters Gone?" by Ben Christopher in The Tyee
"They know what they don't like" by Aaron Wherry in Maclean's online
"Who engages young voters?" by Jonathan Migneault in OpenFile Ottawa
Interview with Alison Loat on Global TV's "The Morning Show"
Interview with Alison Loat on CTV National News
"Who are Toronto's "real outsiders", and why are they turned off by politics?" by John Michael McGrath in OpenFile Toronto
"Canada's Political Outsiders" by Nick Ruderman in The Mark
"The democracy gap - how did not voting become preferred option?" by Craig McInnes in theVancouver Sun
"Non-voting Canadians consider themselves outsiders: study" by Don Butler in the Ottawa Citizen
"Does not voting make you an indifferent citizen — or an idealist?" by Susan Delacourt in theToronto Star
"La politique du désabusement" by Manon Cornellier in Le Devoir
"Non-voters see political engagement as futile: study" by Rebecca Lindell on Global News online
"Politicians to blame for voter apathy" by Joseph Chin on Mississauga.com
"Why doesn't 40 per cent of the population vote?" by Andy Radia on Yahoo News Canada
"Politically disengaged Canadians not apathetic or uninformed, study finds" by Colin Horgan oniPolitics.ca
"Outsiders" a blog post on CalgaryGrit
Interview with André Turcotte on Radio-Canada's Maisonneuve en direct
Alison Loat was featured on 14 drive-home CBC radio shows and on Dave Rutherford’s #1 call-in radio show in Alberta.
Outsiders' Manifesto: Surviving and Thriving as a Member of Parliament
with Alison Loat by Steve Paikin on TVO's "The Agenda"
with Alison Loat about constituent services on CBC Radio's "The Current"
"The cult of the political outsider
", an article by Andrew Potter on Canada.com, originally in the Ottawa Citizen
by national columnist Chantal Hébert in the Toronto Star
on MPs' recommendations for improving the practice of politics on iPolitics.ca
on CBC News online
in the Toronto Star
by Susan Delacourt
Mia Rabson's take
on the report, from the Winnipeg Free Press
From Global News online, an article
by Rebecca Lindell highlighting the report's "outsider narrative"
from former MP Glen Pearson
by Donald Lenihan in The Huffington Post
The highlights of this report's local and national media coverage are available here
, on the Samara blog.
"It's My Party": Parliamentary Dysfunction Reconsidered
An interview with Alison Loat by Steve Paikin on TVO's "The Agenda"
A post-election interview with Alison Loat by Matt Galloway on CBC Radio's "Metro Morning" (the segments begins at the 14:15 mark)
The highlights of this report's national and local coverage is available here, including editorials and other commentary generated by the findings.
Welcome to Parliament: A Job With No Description
An interview with Alison Loat by Steve Paikin on TVO's "The Agenda"
with Alison Loat by Carol Off on CBC Radio's "As It Happens" (the segment begins at the 7:00 mark)
with Alison Loat by Rosemary Barton on CBC TV's "Power and Politics" (the segment begins at the 33:15 mark)
A survey article
on partisanship in the House which features an interview with Alison Loat in The Hill Times
illuminating the report by Bea Vongdouangchanh in The Hill Times
by Joe Jordan in The Hill Times
by Elizabeth Thompson in iPolitics.ca
, which also ran in newspapers across Canada, including the National Post
, Vancouver Sun
, Calgary Herald
, Windsor Star
, Ottawa Citizen
and on Canada.com
, "What are we doing here," by Aaron Wherry , from Maclean's
from an op-ed by Alison Loat in the Globe and Mail
, "What do we want from them?", by Aaron Wherry, from Maclean's
from Hill Times survey featuring Alison Loat, "Somebody should do something," by Aaron Wherry, from Maclean's
"Democracy in Danger?! Not really
," by Andrew Potter, from the Ottawa Citizen
reflecting on the findings for Alberta's Legislative Assembly, by Dave Cournoyer.
The Accidental Citizen?
"Liberals should reform the candidate nomination process," an article by Kyle Harrietha in iPolitics.ca
An interview with Alison Loat on TVO's "The Agenda" with Steve Paikin.
An interview with Alison Loat, followed by a discussion with former MPs John Godfrey, Jean Augustine and Monte Solberg by Anna Maria Tremonti, on CBC Radio's "The Current".
An editorial "MPs: our inside outsiders," by the Globe and Mail's editorial board.
Another interview, this time on TV, with Alison Loat by Rosemary Barton on CBC's "Power and Politics" (the segment begins at the 1:47 mark).
A blog by Andrew Potter, from Maclean's.
An excerpt, entitled "A House of Outsiders and Idealists," by Aaron Wherry, from Maclean's.
Another excerpt, entitled "Hide Your Ambitions," by Aaron Wherry, from Maclean's.
An Extra, Extra mention by David Topping, in the Torontoist.
An article, "Study undercuts the stereotypes about politicians," by David Beers in the Tyee.com
A view on the report's implications for potential female candidates, from the Equal Voice blog.
A reflection on the report's implications on policy change, "The World's Older Profession," by Al Etmanski on his blog.
Another reflection on the report, "Silly Monkeys," by Max Fawcett, on his blog.
Best Political Books of the Last 25 Years contest
A blog, by Susan Delacourt, from the Toronto Star
to our books list, by John Geddes from Maclean's
A round-up of television, print, radio and online coverage on the visit of Birgitta Jonsdottir
A column on the State of the News Media report by Kathy English, in the Toronto Star
A Q&A with Tom Rosenstiel by Susan Krashinsky, in the Globe and Mail
A radio interview with Tom Rosenstiel by Anna Maria Tremonti, on CBC Radio's "The Current"
An interview with Paul Steiger by Joseph Brean, in the National Post