On July 7, 2016, Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand spoke before the Special Committee on Electoral Reform. He commented on their study on alternative voting systems, mandatory voting and online voting.
There has never been a better time to discuss democracy, especially in the classroom. This year's theme for Canada's Democracy Week (CDW2016) is "Teaching democracy: Let's talk teacher needs."
CDW2016 will be launched on September 15, the International Day of Democracy, and will be wrapping up on September 22. Stay tuned to the website for more information to come!
Do you know an Everyday Political Citizen in your community? Everyday Political Citizen is an annual contest organized by Samara that highlights local stories about Canadians participating in their democracy. Do you know someone working to make their community better? Nominate them here! All are eligible and the contest runs from August 30 to October 13, 2016.
Municipal and school board elections to take place on Saturday, October 15, 2016.
Municipal elections for both urban and rural municipalities will be taking place on Wednesday, October 26, 2016.
Between October 29 and November 7, 2016, Prince Edward Island will be holding a plebiscite. Citizens will be asked to order five voting systems options by preference. The five options include: 1) the current first-past-the-post (FPTP), 2) a tweaked FPTP system, 3) preferential voting, 4) dual member proportional representation, 5) mixed member proportional representation.
The winner must have at least 50 plus 1 percent of the votes. Anyone aged 16 or older on November 7, 2016, is eligible to vote.
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What factors affect youth voter turnout in Canada? This survey includes a random national sample of 1,000 young Canadians aged 18 to 34 and 503 adults aged 35 and older, plus an additional oversample of 1,506 youth from five groups of particular interest: Aboriginal youth, ethnocultural youth, youth residing in rural areas, youth with disabilities and unemployed youth. The National Youth Survey provides a unique portrait of youth voting behaviour in Canada, including the access and motivational barriers that deter youth from voting and the different information needs of young voters compared to older adults.
In the 42nd general election, voter turnout for youth increased by 18.3 percentage points compared to the 41st general election. This is the highest increase since Elections Canada began documenting this trend in 2004. Check out the Elections Canada website for more detailed information and infographics on voter turnout by age group in the 42nd general election.
Voter turnout on First Nations reserves in the 42nd general election increased by 14 percentage points compared to the 41st general election. The gap between turnout on reserves and turnout in the general population is at its lowest since Elections Canada began tracking these data in 2004.
We've added many new tools and resources to Inspire Democracy. Here are just a couple.
Samara has created an informative poster (available for download) to show political leaders how to effectively engage young people. Developed by thirty young Everyday Political Citizens, the four main messages of the poster are: 1) "Recognize the diversity of youth", 2) "Forget talking about 'youth issues'", 3) "Use social media for meaningful conversations", 4) "Visit youth where they are".
The Joint Consortium for School Health has created a helpful online toolkit to communicate the importance of youth engagement in school curriculums, to provide relevant research and rationale for the implementation of youth engagement in schools, and to act as a how-to guide with effective practices to support youth engagement.
Youth-Friendly Service (an Apathy is Boring initiative) provides tools and services to help organizations better engage their youth. Check out the website to learn more about creating your own workshops, presentations, audits and consultations to engage youth.