Blog - The Samara Centre for Democracy


Happening Now Friday, April 03, 2020

COVID-19: An Update from Samara

During this crisis, our team is working to monitor Canada’s democracy in a state of emergency, understand democratic representation in a time of physical distancing, and support civic education and knowledge translation remotely.
Happening NowMonday, October 21, 2019

Happy Election Day!

Not sure how to vote or what you’ll need? Here’s what you need to know!Read more
Happening NowThursday, October 17, 2019

Kendall Anderson is Samara's New ED

We're pleased to announce that Kendall Anderson is our new Executive Director here at the Samara Centre! Our co-founder, Michael MacMillan, pens a letter to say farewell to Jane Hilderman as former Executive Director, and welcome Kendall as the new leader of the organization.Read more
Happening NowThursday, October 17, 2019

Farewell from Jane Hilderman

Our former Executive Director, Jane Hilderman, reflects on her time at the Samara Centre as she passes the torch to Kendall Anderson. Read more
Happening NowWednesday, October 16, 2019

Brexit & Heckling: A Growing Issue

Concerns about the safety of Members of Parliament and other politicians around the world have been growing as of late with the advent of Brexit and the rise of angry political rhetoric, both within government and out of it. Louise Cockram, a PhD candidate at Carleton University, explores the reasons why this is a problem that needs to be stopped.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
Happening NowThursday, September 19, 2019

Samara Releases "Field Guide"

Bringing together insights from the study of difficult conversations and social media, as well as new survey data, we present The Samara Centre’s Field Guide to Online Political Conversations.Read more
Happening NowWednesday, September 11, 2019

Samara Releases Platform

This election, we recommend nine non-partisan, evidence-based changes to address pressing and documented challenges facing Canadian Parliament.Read more
LeadershipTuesday, September 10, 2019

The Reform Act Revisited

In 2014, MP Michael Chong introduced The Reform Act in hopes of beginning to rebalance the relationship between MPs and their parties. Here we examine the four requirements brought into effect by this legislation.Read more
Happening NowWednesday, July 24, 2019

Party Favours Media Roundup

Rounding up some of the press coverage and public response to our latest report, Party Favours: How federal election candidates are chosen.Read more
Happening NowWednesday, July 17, 2019

Samara Releases "Party Favours"

Today the Samara Centre for Democracy releases "Party Favours: How federal election candidates are chosen," a report that pries open the "black box" of nomination contests in Canada, and asks whether parties are missing an opportunity to strengthen the democratic process.Read more
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