Blog - The Samara Centre for Democracy


Happening Now Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Representation in Isolation

With tomorrow’s Throne Speech set to usher in a new parliamentary session, Members of Parliament are still struggling to agree on how the House of Commons should return to work. Our new report charts a way forward.
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
Happening NowFriday, 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.Read more
Happening NowThursday, April 02, 2020

Parliament Under Pressure

With Parliament set to convene once again to pass additional COVID-19 measures, we present an evaluation of Parliament’s first two rounds of emergency lawmaking, highlighting what our national legislature and leaders got right and what they got wrong. Read more
ParticipationMonday, March 23, 2020

Bad Online Arguments Explained

It’s hard to disagree civilly and constructively. Social media makes it that much harder. This blog post explores nine obstacles to better online political conversations and shares proven ways to overcome them.Read more
Happening NowTuesday, March 17, 2020

COVID-19: A Message from Samara

The spread of COVID-19 is a powerful reminder that our democratic system is the responsibility of all Canadians. To learn how the Samara Centre is adjusting to these new realities, continue reading.Read more
Happening NowWednesday, February 26, 2020

Real House Lives Now Available!

The Samara Centre is thrilled to announce the release of Real House Lives: Former Members of Parliament on How to Reclaim Democratic Leadership, a new book based on our latest round of MP exit interviews, and the sequel to our #1 bestseller Tragedy in the Commons. Read more
Happening NowFriday, February 14, 2020

In Defence of Democracy

This past November, the Samara Centre for Democracy was proud to present In Defence of Democracy, a fireside chat between bestselling author Anand Giridharadas and acclaimed journalist Nahlah Ayed in front of a live audience in Toronto.Read more
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