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Happening Now Wednesday, June 01, 2016

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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
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
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


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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 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. 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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