Election Blogs

Hosting a Pre-election Meeting

An event during the election campaign can be a great way to discuss important issues with candidates and educate members of your community. You can structure the meeting in various ways, including a roundtable discussion, a town hall meeting or a debate.

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Busting Myths About Climate Change in Canada

MYTH The climate has always been changing; what’s happening now is no different. FACT Climate refers to atmospheric conditions over a long period of time: years to centuries. The climate we experience results from complex chemical, physical, and biological processes that interact with complicated social and political structures. As creatures and citizens of both ecological…

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How voters can engage with candidates about Canada’s defence budget

By calling for a reduction in military spending from 70 per cent to 30 per cent over 10 years, significant amounts of money could be reallocated to programs for human needs and for the protection of the environment.

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Environmental Displacement: Why Immigration and Climate Change Policy Must Intersect

As climate change continues to affect growing regions of the world—threatening to create as many as 200 million environmental migrants by the year 2050—Canada’s immigration policy must address the issue of environmental displacement.

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No Rest Stop on the Misinformation Highway

As the 2019 federal election approaches, Canadians must be more vigilant than ever in safeguarding our democracy against the spread of misinformation.

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Should Canadian voters be concerned about populism?

Canadian voters will select a new government in a few months, joining nearly 2 billion citizens around the world participating in elections this year.

Amid this historic moment in time, appeals to the “everyday” citizen have been widespread, as candidates around the world have attempted to present themselves as the sole representative of the disenfranchised.

But when political leaders claim to be “for the people,” research shows that there can be legitimate reasons for voters to be concerned about the state of democracy.

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Busting Myths About Poverty in Canada

MYTH Poverty is about bad personal choices. FACT Poverty is a complex and multifaceted reality. It is rooted in systemic barriers, structural injustice, inequity, and social exclusion. People living in poverty often experience discrimination based on gender, racialization, disability, and other forms of exclusion that prevent full engagement in society. In addition, a weakened social…

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Busting Myths About Refugees in Canada

Myth Refugees just want to take advantage of Canadians’ generous social programs. Fact Refugees are forced to flee their homes, with some leaving behind good jobs. Most are eager to work but may first have to learn a new language and wait to process their work permit, this can take many months. Myth Refugees might…

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