February 28, 2013
Tom Birch, a BC Conservative MLA candidate, introduces the app he's created that lets constituents check in on his monthly expenses, his voting record, and his party's platform.
February 27, 2013
Today we're talking to the founders of Open North, a new non-profit that is creating revolutionary online tools to help Canadians understand and interact with our governments.
February 26, 2013
"In today’s digital age, the dividing line between an offline institution and its online presence is ever narrowing. Institutions are becoming their websites as the bulk of the interactions they share with their audience moves online." Online communications expert, Amanda Clarke, discusses the importance of Parliament's website, and the need to make it more user-friendly.
February 25, 2013
In the final week of our Redesigning Parliament idea-a-day series we explore the theme of Technology. How can new technologies improve our democracy? How are they already improving our democracy? Samara's Jennifer Phillips gives us a sneak peak into the ideas we'll hear this week.
Responses from Samarans Thoughts on Redesigning Parliament
. By Karen Moores, Samara volunteer
"Allow e-petitions and promise substantive debate on those e-petitions that reach a certain threshold (the UK has a 50,000 signature threshold that gives a petition 1 hour of debate)." - Ian Froude
"I want to see technology as the way out of this mess. I want to see the internet giving unprecedented access to our representatives and vice versa. I want to see an app that shows where the politician stands, how they vote, what they've introduced and work on, where their interests lie, and maybe
most of all, the ability for people to better interact with their system." - Mark McInnes