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ParticipationThursday, February 18, 2021

Watch our discussion on online harm

Last week, the Samara Centre welcomed MPs Charlie Angus, Iqra Khalid, and Bob Zimmer for an urgent discussion on the impacts of online harm in Canadian politics. Stream the entire event on YouTube and Facebook.Read more
ParticipationFriday, October 09, 2020

How Incivility Harms Politics

While complaints about incivility online can be used to censor or drown out critical voices, it is also true that disrespect, rudeness, harassment, and abuse online have real costs for our democracy. Find out why! Read more
ParticipationMonday, March 23, 2020

Bad Online Arguments Explained

It’s hard enough to argue constructively, but social media makes it that much harder. This blog post explores nine obstacles to better online political conversations and offers advice on how to overcome them.Read more
ParticipationThursday, October 10, 2019

How to be an Active Citizen

Our Program Manager, Yvonne Su, tells her story of how she became an active citizen in Canadian politics and public policy - and how it made a difference in her community.Read more
ParticipationThursday, July 05, 2018

Here for the people, not the party

In the run-up to the 2018 Ontario provincial election, guest blogger Sam Burton interviewed ten volunteers who worked actively on campaigns for the Liberal, PC, and NDP parties about what motivated them to get involved in formal politics. She shares her insights here.Read more
ParticipationThursday, May 03, 2018

DT and VPU find a new home

We are excited to share that Democracy Talks and Vote PopUp, programs incubated at Samara, will now be housed at the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson University under the new Democratic Engagement Exchange. Read more
ParticipationThursday, February 01, 2018

Learning to Code for Democracy

Guest blogger Robert Furtado explores how improving Canadians’ digital literacy, especially in coding and digital media, could help democratize knowledge and skills that are currently reserved to a small elite.Read more
ParticipationWednesday, June 28, 2017

Thinking Outside the Ballot Box

In early June, Samara convened thought leaders, frontline organizers, senior public servants and elected leaders for Thinking Outside the Ballot Box, a community forum exploring how to foster active citizenship and support democratic inclusion for Canadian newcomers.Read more
ParticipationWednesday, June 07, 2017

Vote PopUp: Every Voice Matters

Every vote counts and every voice matters. That's why, during the BC election, community groups like South Vancouver Neighbourhood House partnered with Samara Canada and Elections BC to run Vote PopUps across the Metro Vancouver area. Read their stories here!Read more
ParticipationSaturday, May 27, 2017

The New Canadian Normal

What was once considered a fringe idea for how to select party leaders is now the new Canadian normal. Today, on the day the Conservative Party unveils its new leader, guest blogger Harout Manougian tells the story of how this came to pass.Read more
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