Friday Fill(ibuster)

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Political News Friday, August 08, 2014 View Count = 2809

Friday Fill(ibuster)


What have cameras have done to the culture of Parliament? Brian Lee Crowley explains how aesthetics have replaced argument since televising House of Commons proceedings began in the late 1970s. 

But if debate isn’t happening in the legislature, where is it happening? The UK experience indicates that politicians might be going at each other in the twittersphere rather than in the House of Commons.

In the battle between flash and substance, spin-doctors’ salaries in Ottawa now rival those of parliamentarians.

Still in the realm of images, a piece in the Parliamentary Review uses Samara research to show how MPs can change how they are seen by citizens.

And MP Joe Preston runs his own experiment, demonstrating a different way to wield power in Ottawa. Hint: honest brokerage and working collaboratively across party lines is not a dead art.

Does public service run in the blood? Politics as a family affair in one Manitoba riding.

The Samara-researched book on the struggles of MPs, Tragedy in the Commons, gets an endorsement from atop the Rock.

From the legislature to the internet: how cities can engage crowd-funding to make decisions collaboratively.

On that note, a kickstarter-inspired plan in the UK could hack the electoral system, giving voters confidence to listen to their hearts when they head to the polls.

And the man who once spread music across the internet is now hoping to do the same with political participation. An innovative civic engagement initiative from Sean Parker, Napster founder.

Back on the electoral side, everyone’s favourite five-year-old mayor loses an election. We suspect that there will be time for him to make a political comeback.

And while that defeated mayor stretches our sense of who can get elected, Halifax’s mayor stretches our understanding of who gets to do the electing. Mike Savage tries to expand the franchise to permanent residents.

Speaking of ways to get involved, our blog has been bustling this week with ideas and criticisms around how people find themselves working in politics. Labour lawyer Andrew Langille asks if Canadian politics is addicted to unpaid work while Minister John Baird's former issues manager, Kristin Baldwin, gives us the scoop on how she got that job.

If you’re looking to satisfy your Samara fix in a visual form, our very own Alison Loat will be appearing on TVO’s Agenda with Steve Paikin this Monday to talk about youth engagement and political participation. The Agenda homepage is right here.

Finally, our Everyday Political Citizen contest keeps picking up nominations from across the country. Check out one Nova Scotian teacher who inspires young Canadians to get engaged and get your own nominations in for people who inspire you with the way they make politics part of their lives.

Political events and opportunities

Attention schools: register for Student Vote’s mock municipal elections.

And should Saskatchewan Day be renamed? It’s not too late to have your say in the comments!

Looking for a job right this second? Today's the last day to apply for an educational outreach position at the Library of Parliament.

And Monday's the last day to apply for the fall internship with the very cool MASS LBP engagement team in Toronto.

(photo credit, bottom: Associated Press)


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