Blog - The Samara Centre for Democracy


Happening Now Thursday, January 07, 2021

Three Updates Heading into 2021

At the Samara Centre, the new year brings renewed commitment, energy, and leadership. We are excited to announce that we will soon be launching a search for our next Executive Director, and invite you to help us spread the word!
Happening NowTuesday, September 08, 2020

Canada on the UN Security Council

Kicking off our #SamaraReads contest, we bring you an excerpt from "Canada on the United Nations Security Council," written by Adam Chapnick and shortlisted for the 2019 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize.Read more
Happening NowThursday, August 27, 2020

An Update From Our Team

With the end of summer fast approaching, businesses gradually re-opening, and schools starting back up, we'd like to take this opportunity to share some important news with you.Read more
Happening NowTuesday, June 30, 2020

A Canada Day Message from Samara

To celebrate this Canada Day, Samara Research Director Dr. Mike Morden shares a special message with all our supporters. Plus, find out what we've been up to this year and what we still have in store!Read more
Happening NowWednesday, June 17, 2020

Samara Speaks at PROC

Last week, the Samara Centre for Democracy appeared before the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs (PROC) to share recommendations on how Parliament should run during COVID-19. Read our full remarks here.Read more
Happening NowTuesday, June 09, 2020

The Samara Centre's 2019 In Review

We invite you to read about our work last year, and hope it inspires you to support a stronger democracy and to share our impact with others.Read more
Happening NowTuesday, May 26, 2020

Legislatures adapt to COVID-19

In this week's edition of our Democracy Monitor, we examine the emergency responses taken in each province and territory (if any), and their recent steps to resume some degree of regular operations.Read more
Happening NowMonday, May 04, 2020

A Case for Virtual Parliaments

In our latest Democracy Monitor report, we explain how government is working as a result of COVID-19 and lay out guiding principles and next steps towards a virtual Parliament.Read more
Happening NowThursday, April 30, 2020

Real House Lives Webinar

Speaking with a group of parliamentary interns over videoconference, our research director explores the ideas and insights in our latest book, Real House Lives. Watch the webinar now!Read more
Happening NowWednesday, April 29, 2020

Virtual Parliaments Webinar

On April 23rd, the Samara Centre hosted a webinar on virtual parliaments, featuring Dr. Cristina Leston-Bandeira of the University of Leeds and our very own Dr. Paul EJ Thomas. Watch the video now!Read more
Happening NowTuesday, April 21, 2020

Comparing 4 Parliaments' Approaches

As the crisis marches on, we compare how the parliaments of Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Canada were convened to pass emergency legislation, who got to participate, and what measures have been put in place to keep tabs on government.Read more
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