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Happening Now Monday, May 02, 2016

On Electoral Reform I

What is the problem that electoral reform is meant to solve? What's wrong with our current system? Here's what our community told us.
Happening NowMonday, May 02, 2016

On Electoral Reform II

Different voting systems prioritize different (and sometimes competing) values, such as simplicity, representation, group power or individual power. What values should we prioritize when designing a new voting system? Read more
Happening NowMonday, May 02, 2016

On Electoral Reform III

We know most Canadians have historically not been interested in electoral reform – although they do recognize that our democracy is not working for them. How can a consultative process produce interest in the conversation? Read more
Happening NowMonday, May 02, 2016

On Electoral Reform IV

This Twitter chat set the stage for a panel the following day at the University of Ottawa hosted by the Jean-Luc Pepin Research Chair, with a keynote by the Hon. Minister of Democratic Institutions Maryam Monsef. In advance of this discussion we asked our community to share advice they would offer the Minister and other parliamentarians on undertaking electoral reform. Read more
Happening NowMonday, May 02, 2016

On Electoral Reform V

Samara's focus is on everyday democracy and empowerment of citizens. Electoral reform might be part of the solution but are there other ideas that should be on the democratic reform agenda? Here are a few ideas we heardRead more
ParticipationMonday, April 25, 2016

This high schooler gets political

During this past March Break, I was given the opportunity to work with a team of politically engaged citizens and a fantastic organization pursuing the goal of an improved democracy. It was a simple volunteer job on the first day. Once the Samara team told me more about their work, I realized the effect of a handful of dedicated people to help other people reflect on politics. Read more


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ParticipationMonday, April 18, 2016

Adventures in babysitting democracy

As soon as I hung up from the call that informed me I would be hired as a poll clerk on election day, someone else phoned and asked me to be a communications officer, which sounded much more important. But I declined, because this was partly a fact-finding mission...Read more
Happening NowWednesday, April 13, 2016

Q&A with Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Q&A with Sheila Watt-Cloutier, author of The Right to Be Cold: One Woman's Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic, and the Whole Planet.Read more
Happening NowWednesday, April 06, 2016

Q&A with Norman Hillmer

Q&A with Norman Hillmer, author of O.D. Skelton: A Portrait of Canadian Ambition and finalist for the Writers’ Trust’s Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. Read more
Happening NowThursday, March 31, 2016

Q&A with Andrew Nikiforuk

Q&A with Andrew Nikiforuk, author of Slick Water: Fracking and One Insider’s Stand Against the World’s Most Powerful Industry and finalist for the Writers’ Trust’s Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. Read more
ParticipationTuesday, March 29, 2016

Happy 1st birthday, Democracy 360!

To celebrate the Democracy 360 report's first birthday, we are making public two national survey data sets. Links to the research are in this blog. Read more
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