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Participation Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Launching the EPCitizen project

Samara is excited to be launching our fourth annual Everyday Political Citizen project today! Each year, Canadians from across the country submit nominations on behalf of out the ordinary citizens working in big and small ways to make their communities better, and our democracy stronger.
Happening NowThursday, September 01, 2016

Samara Appears Before Committee

On August 31st, Samara Executive Director Jane Hilderman appeared as a witness before the Special Committee on Electoral Reform in Ottawa. Read her remarks here.Read more
ParticipationThursday, July 21, 2016

Teaching Democracy with Playdough

For the last year, with the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, North York Community House and Samara have undertaken a major initiative to strengthen democratic engagement by training almost 50 staff members and engaging over 600 community members in one of the most diverse regions in Canada.Read more
Happening NowTuesday, July 05, 2016

Congratulations, Ms. Bassett

All of us at Samara would like to extend our sincere congratulations to Samara Advisory Board Member Isabel Bassett, who was recently appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada!Read more
LeadershipThursday, June 16, 2016

How to Engage Young Canadians

To illuminate how political leaders can better engage youth, Samara asked young leaders from across Canada for their recommendations, and captured their ideas in a clear and colourful poster!Read more
Happening NowThursday, June 09, 2016

New Law Impacts Ontario Non-profits

Before Bill 181 was passed this week, Samara's Executive Director co-authored an op-ed asking for amendments to ensure that non-profits wouldn't be restricted in their engagement efforts during elections. Good news: changes were adopted!Read more


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ParticipationMonday, June 06, 2016

Change Fair Celebrates Engagement

At the end of May, with help from Samara, North York Community House brought together over one hundred of its community members to celebrate democratic engagement and ask: "How will you take action in 2016?"Read more
Happening NowWednesday, June 01, 2016

Help Samara turn $1 into $10,000

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ParticipationTuesday, May 31, 2016

Third Annual #YOUthInOffice Day!

On May 31st, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, host the third annual #YOUthInOffice day. To celebrate, we revisit Rachel Berry's experience as a student on Parliament Hill in 2014.Read more
LeadershipMonday, May 16, 2016

Bringing Gender Equity to Parliament

On May 11th, MP Kennedy Stewart introduced a bill designed to bring gender parity to the House of Commons by incentivizing political parties to nominate more women in future elections. Read his full speech to Parliament here.Read more
ParticipationTuesday, May 10, 2016

What is Open Government?

What does "open government" mean and how does it affect citizens' relationship with government. We asked Kent Aitken at the Treasury Board Secretariat for a primer.Read more
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