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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.
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
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


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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

Read about a local grade 11 student's experience volunteering at Samara's office in Toronto this past March Break.Read more
ParticipationMonday, April 18, 2016

Adventures in babysitting democracy

In an effort to understand how polling stations work, Theresa Wallace volunteered as a poll clerk for Elections Canada on E-day last October. She has written about it to help other Canadians understand what's happening behind-the-scenes.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
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