CIVIX Announces new Board Chair and Directors

January 10th, 2019 by CIVIX

January 10, 2019: CIVIX, a non-partisan, national, registered charity dedicated to building the habits of active and engaged citizenship among young Canadians, is pleased to welcome five new members to its Board of Directors and to confirm the election of a new Board Chair. CIVIX founder and President, Taylor Gunn, and new Chair, Francis LeBlanc, made the announcement today.

The additions to the Board of Directors are:

  • Robert Asselin, Senior Director, Public Policy, at Blackberry, and a Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto and at the Public Policy Forum in Ottawa.
  • Megan Beretta, Policy Analyst at the Canadian Digital Service, recent graduate of the University of Oxford’s Internet Institute, and CIVIX alumni.
  • Rachel Curran, Senior Associate with Harper & Associates and Practitioner-in-Residence at the Clayton H. Riddell School of Political Management at Carleton University, and a former Policy Director to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
  • Elizabeth Dubois, CIVIX alumni, Assistant Professor of Communication and member of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society at the University of Ottawa.
  • Kathleen Monk, Principal at Earnscliffe Strategies, founding Executive Director of the Broadbent Institute, and former Director of Strategic Communications to NDP Leader Jack Layton.

The new Chair, Francis LeBlanc, is a former MP and currently Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians. He succeeds Chris Wilkins, President and CEO of Edge Interactive, a student recruitment solutions company, who will remain on the Board as Past Chair.

The other members of the CIVIX Board comprise:

  • Peter Donolo, Vice Chair at Hill & Knowlton and former Director of Communications to Prime Minister Jean Chrétien.
  • Michele Mackenzie, Founding Member of the Associates Consulting Group, former Managing Principal at Ensight Canada, and a former political advisor at Queen’s Park.
  • Bob Medland, CPA.ON, retired, former CFO at CSNX Markets, Inc., and currently is Treasurer and Director of a Canadian foundation and an officer of a U.S. not-for-profit.

Michael MacMillan, Co-founder and Chair of Samara Centre for Democracy and currently founding CEO of Blue Ant Media has stepped down from the Board after eight years and both Taylor Gunn and Francis LeBlanc wish to express their heartfelt thanks for his skillful guidance and loyal service to CIVIX.

Since 2003, the CIVIX team has been carrying out Student Vote parallel elections to coincide with federal, provincial, and municipal elections throughout Canada with the aim of giving young people an opportunity to learn about democracy and experience the voting process firsthand.

CIVIX also offers initiatives between elections, including government budget consultations with youth (Student Budget Consultation), coordinated visits between high school students and their elected representatives (Rep Day), and professional development opportunities for teachers (Democracy Bootcamp). More recently, CIVIX has developed news literacy tools to help young people navigate information in the digital age (NewsWise).

During the next year, CIVIX will bring together Student Vote, Democracy Bootcamp and NewsWise in an integrated strategy to boost the capacity and commitment of teachers to improve the skills and habits of informed citizenship among Canadian youth. CIVIX expects to engage 7,500 schools and 1.2 million students through these efforts leading up to the October 2019 federal election.

 

For information call:

Taylor Gunn: (866) 488-8775
Francis LeBlanc: (613) 697-8864

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We’re hiring: Manager, National Partners

January 2nd, 2019 by CIVIX

CIVIX is seeking a new teammate to cultivate, steward and drive its activities with national partners leading up to and including the 2019 federal election, and beyond.

 

Background:

CIVIX is Canada’s leading civic education charity dedicated to fostering the habits of active and engaged citizenship among young people. We work with teachers to provide authentic learning opportunities to help students practice their rights and responsibilities as citizens and connect with their democratic institutions. Rather than learn about civics and citizenship from a textbook, students experience it firsthand with real life events and issues.

CIVIX programming focuses on the themes of elections, government budgets, elected representatives and news literacy. CIVIX also facilitates professional development opportunities for educators to improve their capacity and commitment to civic education.

Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX. Coinciding with official elections, students learn about government and the electoral process, research the issues, parties and candidates, and participate in a parallel vote. The Student Vote results are shared publicly following the close of official polls.

CIVIX delivered its largest ever Student Vote program during the last federal election with approximately half of all Canadian schools registering to participate. In total, 922,000 students cast a ballot from 6,662 schools across Canada, representing all 338 electoral districts.

In next year’s federal election, CIVIX is working towards engaging more than 9,000 schools and 1.1 million students throughout Canada. In addition, a focus on ‘fake news’ and disinformation will be integrated into the Student Vote program.

 

Objective of Position:

The Manager, National Partners will be focused on enhancing the reach and impact of CIVIX programs throughout Canada by working with major national and regional partners. This will involve face-to-face meetings, phone work, letter communications and other outreach strategies. The Manager, National Partners will also represent CIVIX at a variety of meetings with existing donors, partners and others.

 

Job Description:

The position will have the following responsibilities:

  • Stakeholder engagement and management – Communicate with education stakeholders to garner support for the federal election and coordinate promotional efforts;
  • Volunteer management – Liaise with the CIVIX network of ambassadors (educators) to support local outreach activities;
  • Media coordination – Assist with the coordination of media visits and interviews with participating teachers and schools, and act as a spokeperson;
  • Events – Represent CIVIX at select meetings or events to present CIVIX programming, and assist in the coordination of professional development conferences and workshops.
  • New Partner Engagement – Represent CIVIX in meetings, and support the development of new collaborations and partnerships.
  • Activities will require regular travel throughout Canada.

 

Qualifications:

  • The position requires at least five years’ experience in communications, stakeholder relations or project management.
  • The successful candidate must be energetic, personable and hard working. Strong communication and organizational skills are required.
  • Must be comfortable with public speaking.
  • A background in education and/or political science is preferred.
  • Bilingualism is an asset.
  • No partisan affiliation.
  • Must have a driver’s license to facilitate travel.

 

Compensation:

Hourly rate commensurate with experience. Approximately 40 hours per week. Start and end times may vary during election campaigns or project timelines due to travel and varying time zones.

 

Application Guidelines:

Cover letter, resume and two references for recent work or volunteer experience to be submitted as one Word or PDF e-mail attachment to hello@civix.ca with Manager, National Partners in the subject line. No phone calls about the position can be accepted.

We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

Deadline to Apply: The deadline to apply is January 23, 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

CIVIX is committed to accessible recruiting, employment, and retention practices, and individual accommodations can be provided upon request.

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Student Budget Consultation: 2019 Federal Election Edition

November 6th, 2018 by CIVIX

Coordinated by CIVIX, the Student Budget Consultation is a unique classroom program that provides students with an opportunity to learn about government and public finance, debate important issues, and have a voice in our democracy.

The Student Budget Consultation launches next week, and will act as an important precursor to the 2019 federal election. The conversations surrounding the upcoming budget will launch months of debate on what Canada’s priorities should be, and where the money to pay for that spending should come from. The consultation provides Canada’s youth with an important opportunity to be part of this conversation.

To participate, you must register here: http://studentvote.ca/federal_sbc/

The project includes three online lesson plans along with a variety of supplementary tools, including animated videos about the Government of Canada’s budget, interviews with prominent youth advocating for key issues, as well as additional video content providing a cross-partisan pitch from all federal political parties. 

We expect to have videos from the leaders of nearly all of the parties in the House of Commons: Justin Trudeau (Liberal), Andrew Scheer (Conservative), Jagmeet Singh (NDP), Elizabeth May (Green) and Maxime Bernier (People’s Party), as well as a Bloc Québécois representative.

In the culminating activity, students will submit their feedback through a consultation survey. The results will be shared with the Department of Finance and all political parties so that they can see what matters most to young Canadians as they develop their platforms for the October federal election.

We hope you will consider involving your students in this civic education initiative.

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11,000 Manitoba youth cast ballots in Student Vote program for the municipal elections

October 24th, 2018 by CIVIX

Even though they are under the voting age, more than 11,000 elementary and high school students from throughout Manitoba had the opportunity to consider the future direction of their community and vote for the candidates running for municipal council and school trustee.

The Student Vote program is a hands-on learning program that enables teachers to bring democracy alive in the classroom, and empowers students to practice the habits of active and engaged citizenship.

Participating schools were supplied with free learning materials and election supplies to help them engage in the campaign and organize a parallel vote.

Students learned about municipal government and school divisions, and researched the issues and candidates through classroom activities, family discussion and campaign events. In the culminating activity, students took on the roles of election officials and coordinated an election within their schools.

At 3:00pm CDT today, more than 130 schools had submitted their Student Vote results for the 2018 municipal elections, representing 38 municipalities throughout Manitoba.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Winnipeg: In total, more than 8,000 students cast ballots from 75 schools in Winnipeg. Brian Bowman was elected mayor with 35 per cent of vote, defeating Jennifer Motkaluk (18%) and Don Woodstock (14%), among other challengers. The following candidates were also elected to council:
    • Charleswood – Tuxedo: Kevin Klein & Grant Nordman (tied)
    • Daniel McIntyre: Josh Brandon
    • Elmwood – East Kildonan: Robb Massey
    • Fort Rouge – East Fort Garry: Sherri Rollins
    • Mynarski: Ross Eadie
    • North Kildonan: Jeff Browaty
    • Old Kildonan: Devi Sharma
    • Point Douglas: Vivian Santos
    • River Heights – Fort Garry: John Orlikow
    • Boniface: Matt Allard
    • James: Scott Gillingham
    • Norbert – Seine River: Nancy Cooke
    • Vital: Brian Mayes
    • Transcona: Wally Welechenko
    • Waverley West: Janice Lukes (acclaimed)
  • Portage and Main Plebiscite: 4,676 Winnipeg students voted in the Portage and Main plebiscite – 2,550 (55%) voted ‘Yes’, compared to 2,126 (45%) who voted ‘No’.
  • Brandon: In total, 282 students cast ballots from 5 schools in Brandon. The following candidates were elected to council:
    • Ward 1 – Assiniboine: Jeff Fawcett
    • Ward 2 – Rosser: Glen Kruck
    • Ward 3 – Victoria: Barry Cullen
    • Ward 4 – University: Shaun Cameron
    • Ward 5 – Meadows-Waverly: John Loregio
    • Ward 6 – South Centre: Nick Brown
    • Ward 8 – Richmond: Ron Brown
    • Ward 9 – Riverview: Glen Parker
  • City of Thompson: In total, 97 students cast a ballot from 3 schools in the City of Thompson. Penny Byer was elected mayor with 34% of the vote.
  • The Pas: In total, 295 students cast a ballot from 3 schools in The Pas. Jim Scott was elected mayor with 36% of the vote.

COMPLETE RESULTS FOR ALL MUNICIPALITIES AND SCHOOL DIVISIONS: http://studentvote.ca/mbmunicipal2018/results/

 BACKGROUND: 

Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, a national civic education charity focused on developing the habits of active and engaged citizenship among young people. CIVIX programming focuses on the themes of elections, government budgets, elected representatives and news literacy.

The Student Vote project for the 2018 municipal and school board elections in Manitoba was made possible by the Government of Canada.

CONTACT:

For further information, please contact Dan Allan at dan@civix.ca or 1-866-488-8775.

RELATED LINKS:
http://studentvote.ca/mbmunicipal2018/

http://civix.ca/

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Plus de 150 000 élèves de l’élémentaire et du secondaire ont participé au Vote étudiant pour les élections municipales et scolaires de l’Ontario

October 24th, 2018 by CIVIX

Même s’ils n’ont pas encore l’âge de voter, plus de 150 000 élèves de l’élémentaire et du secondaire de partout en Ontario ont eu l’occasion de considérer la direction future de leur communauté et de voter pour les candidats qui se présentent au gouvernement local et aux postes de conseillers scolaires.

Le programme du Vote étudiant est un programme d’apprentissage expérientiel qui permet aux enseignants de faire vivre la démocratie dans leur salle de classe et d’offrir aux élèves l’opportunité de pratiquer leurs habitudes de citoyenneté active et engagée.

Les écoles participantes ont reçu des ressources pédagogiques et du matériel électoral gratuits qui leur ont permis de s’engager dans la campagne et d’organiser un vote parallèle.

Les élèves ont appris sur le gouvernement local et les administrations scolaires, ont recherché les enjeux et les candidats grâce à des activités en classe, des discussions en famille et des événements de campagne. Dans l’activité finale, les élèves ont joué les rôles des employés électoraux et coordonné une élection au sein de leur école.

À 18h heure de l’est aujourd’hui, plus de 1350 écoles avaient soumis leurs résultats du Vote étudiant pour les élections municipales de 2018, représentant 221 municipalités de partout en Ontario.

POINTS SAILLANTS :

  • Toronto : Au total, 29 319 élèves, provenant de 279 écoles, ont exprimé leur suffrage. John Tory a été élu maire avec 49% du vote.
  • Ottawa : Au total, 13 648 élèves, provenant de 111 écoles, ont exprimé leur suffrage. Jim Watson a été élu maire avec 60% du vote.
  • Mississauga : Au total, Au total, 8876 élèves, provenant de 69 écoles, ont exprimé leur suffrage. Bonnie Crombie a été élue maire avec 56% du vote.
  • Brampton : Au total, 4053 élèves, provenant de 49 écoles, ont exprimé leur suffrage. Patrick Brown a été élu maire avec 38% du vote, défaisant Linda Jeffrey avec une faible marge puisqu’elle a obtenu 35% du vote.
  • Hamilton : Au total, 2093 élèves, provenant de 41 écoles, ont exprimé leur suffrage. Fred Eisenberger a été élu maire avec 45% du vote.
  • London : Paul Cheng a été élu maire.
  • Markham : Frank Scarpitti a été élu maire avec 52% du vote.
  • Vaughan : Maurizio Bevilacqua a été élu maire avec 59% du vote.
  • Kitchener : Berry Vrbanovic a été élu maire avec 59% du vote.
  • Windsor : Drew Dilkens a été élu maire avec 51% du vote.
  • Burlington : Rick Goldring a été élu maire avec 40% du vote.
  • Greater Sudbury : Brian Bigger a été élu maire avec 19% du vote.
  • Oshawa : Dan Carter a été élu maire avec 40% du vote.
  • Barrie : Jeff Lehman a été élu maire avec 76% du vote.
  • St. Catharines : Walter Sendzik a été élu maire avec 55% du vote.
  • Guelph : Cam Guthrie a été élu maire avec 73% du vote.
  • Cambridge : Kathryn McGarry a été élu maire avec 34% du vote.
  • Kingston : Bryan Paterson a été élu maire avec 51% du vote.
  • Thunder Bay : Bill Mauro a été élu maire avec 30% du vote.
  • Waterloo : Dave Jaworsky a été élu maire avec 60% du vote.

Les résultats complets, pour toutes les municipalités, districts régionaux et conseils scolaires peuvent être trouvés ici: http://voteetudiant.ca/resultats/onmuni2018

CONTEXTE :

Vote étudiant est le programme phare de CIVIX, l’organisme de bienfaisance en éducation civique le plus important au Canada. CIVIX offre des opportunités d’apprentissage authentiques pour aider les jeunes canadiens à exercer leurs droits et leurs responsabilités à titre de citoyens et à créer un lien avec leurs institutions démocratiques. La programmation de CIVIX met l’accent sur les thèmes des élections, des budgets gouvernementaux, des élus et de la littératie médiatique.

Le projet du Vote étudiant pour les élections municipales et scolaires de l’Ontario de 2018 a été rendu possible grâce au ministère de l’Éducation de l’Ontario et du Gouvernement du Canada.

 

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150,000 Ontario youth cast ballots in Student Vote program for the municipal elections

October 22nd, 2018 by CIVIX

Even though they are under the voting age, more than 150,000 elementary and secondary school students from throughout Ontario had the opportunity to consider the future direction of their community and vote for the candidates running for municipal council and school board trustee.

The Student Vote program is a hands-on learning program that enables teachers to bring democracy alive in the classroom, and empowers students to practice the habits of active and engaged citizenship.

Participating schools were supplied with free learning materials and election supplies to help them engage in the campaign and organize a parallel vote.

Students learned about municipal government and boards of education, and researched the issues and candidates through classroom activities, family discussion and campaign events. In the culminating activity, students took on the roles of election officials and coordinated an election within their schools.

At 7:00pm EDT today, more than 1,350 schools had submitted their Student Vote results for the 2018 municipal elections, representing more than 220 municipalities throughout Ontario.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Toronto: In total, 29,319 students cast ballots from 279 schools. John Tory was elected mayor with 49 per cent of vote.
  • Ottawa: In total, 13,648 students cast ballots from 111 schools. Jim Watson was elected mayor with 60 per cent of vote.
  • Mississauga: In total, 8,876 students cast ballots from 69 schools. Bonnie Crombie was elected mayor with 56 per cent of vote.
  • Brampton: In total, 4,053 students cast ballots from 49 schools. Patrick Brown was elected mayor with 38 per cent of vote, narrowly defeating Linda Jeffrey with 35 per cent of the vote.
  • Hamilton: In total, 2,093 students cast ballots from 41 schools in Hamilton. Fred Eisenberger was elected mayor with 45 per cent of vote.
  • London: Paul Cheng was elected mayor.
  • Markham: Frank Scarpitti was elected mayor with 52 per cent of the vote.
  • Vaughan: Maurizio Bevilacqua was elected mayor with 59 per cent of the vote.
  • Kitchener: Berry Vrbanovic was elected mayor with 59 per cent of the vote.
  • Windsor: Drew Dilkens was elected mayor with 51 per cent of the vote.
  • Burlington: Rick Goldring was elected mayor with 40 per cent of the vote.
  • Oshawa: Dan Carter was elected mayor with 40 per cent of the vote.
  • Barrie: Jeff Lehman  was elected mayor with 76 per cent of the vote.
  • St. Catharines: Walter Sendzik was elected mayor with 55 per cent of the vote.
  • Guelph: Cam Guthrie  was elected mayor with 73 per cent of the vote.
  • Cambridge: Kathryn McGarry  was elected mayor with 34 per cent of the vote.
  • Kingston: Bryan Paterson was elected mayor with 51 per cent of the vote.
  • Thunder Bay: Bill Mauro was elected mayor with 30 per cent of the vote.
  • Waterloo: Dave Jaworsky was elected mayor with 60 per cent of the vote.

COMPLETE RESULTS FOR ALL MUNICIPALITIES AND SCHOOL BOARDS: http://studentvote.ca/results/onmuni2018  

BACKGROUND: 

Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, a national civic education charity focused on developing the habits of active and engaged citizenship among young people. CIVIX programming focuses on the themes of elections, government budgets, elected representatives and news literacy.

The Student Vote project for the 2018 municipal and school board elections in Ontario was made possible by the Ministry of Education of Ontario and the Government of Canada.

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More than 60,000 elementary and high school students participate in B.C. local elections

October 20th, 2018 by CIVIX

Even though they are under the voting age, more than 60,000 elementary and high school students from throughout British Columbia had the opportunity to consider the future direction of their community and vote for the candidates running for local government and school trustee.

The Student Vote program is a hands-on learning program that enables teachers to bring democracy alive in the classroom, and empowers students to experience the voting process firsthand and practice the habits of active and engaged citizenship.

Participating schools were supplied with free learning materials and election supplies to help them engage in the campaign and organize a parallel vote.

Students learned about local government and the electoral process, and researched the issues and candidates through classroom activities, family discussion and campaign events. In the culminating activity, students took on the roles of election officials and coordinated an election within their schools.

At 4:00 pm PST today, 538 schools had submitted their Student Vote results for the 2018 local elections, representing 105 municipalities and regional districts throughout British Columbia.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Vancouver: In total, 8,132 students cast ballots from 62 schools in Vancouver. Kennedy Stewart was elected mayor with 19 per cent of vote, defeating Ken Sim (15%), Hector Bremner (14%) and Shauna Sylvester (11%), among other challengers. The following candidates were also elected to council:
    • Adrian Crook
    • Justin Caudwell
    • Pete Fry
    • Melissa De Genova
    • Adriane Carr
    • Ken Low
    • Elizabeth Taylor
    • Jojo Quimpo
    • Rebecca Bligh
    • Christine Boyle

 

  • Surrey: In total, 7,459 students cast ballots from 61 schools in Surrey. Tom Gill was elected mayor with 34 per cent of vote, defeating Doug McCallum (23%), Bruce Hayne (16%) and Pauline Greaves (11%), among other challengers. The following candidates were also elected to council:
    • Linda Annis
    • Rina Gill
    • Doug Elford
    • Maria Foster
    • Narima Dela Cruz
    • Avi Dhaliwal
    • Roslyn Cassells
    • Laurie Guerra
  • Richmond: In total, 3,032 students cast ballots from 25 schools in Richmond. Malcolm Brodie was elected mayor with 54 per cent of vote, defeating Roy Sakata (16%) and Hong Guo (10%), among other challengers. The following candidates were also elected to council:
    • Alexa Loo
    • Carol Day
    • Chak Au
    • Kelly Greene
    • Derek Dang
    • Sunny Ho
    • Bill McNulty
    • Andy Hobbs
  • Abbotsford: Henry Braun won with 50 per cent of the vote (by 14 votes)
  • Burnaby: Derek Corrigan won with 58 per cent of the vote
  • Kamloops: Kenneth Lorne Christian won with 65 per cent of the vote
  • Kelowna: Colin Basran won with 54 per cent of the vote
  • Langley (City of): Val van den Broek won with 50 per cent of the vote
  • North Vancouver (District of): Mike Little won with 39 per cent of the vote
  • Nanaimo: Leonard Krog won with 58 per cent of the vote
  • Victoria: Lisa Helps won with 34 per cent of the vote
  • White Rock: Grant Meyer won with 40 per cent of the vote

The complete results for all municipalities, regional districts and school districts can be found at http://studentvote.ca/results/bclocal2018 

 BACKGROUND: 

Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, Canada’s leading civic education charity. CIVIX provides authentic learning opportunities to help young Canadians develop the habits of active and engaged citizenship. CIVIX programming focuses on the themes of elections, government budgets, elected representatives and news literacy.

The Student Vote project for the 2018 local elections was made possible with support from the Government of CanadaCity of VancouverCity of SurreyCity of RichmondDistrict of North VancouverCity of Langley and City of White Rock.

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Happy 15th Birthday, Student Vote

October 2nd, 2018 by CIVIX

15 years ago today, a very small and very young team of naive and hopeful 25-year-olds managed the first set of Student Vote results to ever roll in from 825 schools throughout Ontario.

The little team couldn’t see at the time how big and successful that first Student Vote was.

I’m not even sure if we should be celebrating today. The world seems like a much rougher place, democracy seems more under threat and, while voter turnout has risen, it is still relatively low compared to where it could be.

But I can smile when I look at where Student Vote has gotten to.

I bumped into a teacher over the summer who told me that all the schools they have taught at over the last decade now permanently expect Student Vote to occur during an election. The teacher said that the program has changed the way teachers teach elections, and built a habit into the school system around using elections as teachable moments to build the skills of citizenship within kids. This isn’t the only teacher to share this with us — we hear this all the time.

As we approach next year’s federal election, in many jurisdictions across Canada, Student Vote is coordinated in as many as 60% of all schools. In last week’s New Brunswick provincial election, 65% of schools registered to take part in Student Vote.

But it still feels to me like the best is yet to come for the Student Vote program.

Disinformation has risen quickly to be one of the most significant threats to democracies around the world. And within the suite of responses being considered by governments, civic education and digital literacy remain a consistent proposition at the top of the list of reports and recommendations from the Public Policy Forum, to CSEC and even the UN.

The thing is, you can’t substantially educate people about disinformation and ‘fake news’ by running a fake news PR campaign on Facebook, or ads on radio and TV. The reality is that verification skills and habits of informed citizenship need to be taught and developed through practice.

We already have the social infrastructure that democracies need so badly to battle against the threat of disinformation right here in Canada. It’s called Student Vote.

Over the next year, the Student Vote program may turn into the best defense that Canada has against disinformation, with an on-the-ground reach that extends classroom to classroom, school to school, in all 338 electoral districts across the country, and literally, 8,000 communities from coast to coast to coast.

If you have an extra second today, please wish this little experiential learning program a Happy Birthday. It deserves it.

If you were able, we would ask that you consider making a donation to CIVIX to ensure the growth of Student Vote, and our other civic education projects: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/civix/

Happy Birthday, Student Vote.

Taylor

Taylor Gunn
President & CEO
CIVIX

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Student Vote New Brunswick Results

September 24th, 2018 by CIVIX

Gallant and the Liberals win majority government in province-wide Student Vote

More than 24,000 elementary, middle and high school students participated in the Student Vote program for the 2018 New Brunswick provincial election.

After learning about the electoral process, researching the issues and platforms, and debating the future of New Brunswick, students cast ballots for the official candidates running in their local electoral district.

As of 4:00 p.m. this afternoon, 175 schools had reported their election results, representing all 49 electoral districts in the province. In total, more than 24,000 ballots were cast by student participants; 23,700 accepted ballots and 700 rejected ballots.

“We would like to thank all participating teachers for their enthusiasm and dedication to this project during what we know is a busy time of the school year,” said Taylor Gunn, President and CEO of CIVIX. “This is the first Student Vote organized at the provincial level in New Brunswick and we are thrilled to have more than 24,000 ballots cast by future voters.”

Students elected Brian Gallant and the Liberal Party of New Brunswick to form a majority government with 26 out of 49 seats and 34.2 per cent of the vote. Gallant also won in his electoral district of Shediac Bay-Dieppe with 81.8 per cent of the vote.

Blaine Higgs and the PC Party of New Brunswick took 16 seats and will form the official opposition, receiving 27.1 per cent of the popular vote. Higgs won in his electoral district of Quispamsis with 48.3 per cent of the vote.

David Coon and the Green Party of New Brunswick won 4 seats and received 18.8 per cent of the vote. Coon won in his electoral district of Fredericton South with 48.6 per cent of the vote.

Kris Austin and the People’s Alliance of New Brunswick won 3 seats and received 11.0 per cent of the vote. Austin won in his electoral district of Fredericton-Grand Lake with 73.5 per cent of the vote.

The New Brunswick NDP elected no candidates despite receiving 7.9 per cent of the vote. Leader Jennifer McKenzie was defeated in her electoral district of Saint John Harbour.

KISS NB elected no candidates, receiving 0.5 per cent of the vote overall. Leader Gerald Bourque was defeated in his electoral district of Fredericton-Grand Lake.

This is the first provincial-level Student Vote project conducted in New Brunswick. The project was made possible by Elections New Brunswick.

VIEW COMPLETE RESULTS HERE: http://studentvote.ca/results/nb2018

 

RESULTS HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The electoral district of Fredericton North had the greatest number of participants with 2,024 students. Fredericton South was second with 1,628 students, followed by Miramichi with 1,364 students.
  • The electoral district of Kent South had 8 schools report results – more than any other electoral district.

 

 

BACKGROUND:

Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, a national civic education charity focused on developing the habits of active and engaged citizenship among young people. CIVIX programming focuses on the themes of elections, government budgets, elected representatives and news literacy.

This Student Vote project is conducted in partnership with Elections New Brunswick, the non-partisan office of the legislative assembly charged with running provincial and municipal elections.

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17,000 New Brunswick youth expected to cast ballots in first-ever provincial Student Vote

September 20th, 2018 by Dan Allan

Even though they are under the voting age, more than 17,000 elementary, middle and high school students from throughout New Brunswick will vote for the official candidates running in the 2018 provincial election.

Student Vote is an authentic learning program that enables teachers to bring democracy alive in the classroom, and empowers students to explore and debate important issues facing their communities.

To prepare for Student Vote Day, students learn about provincial government and the electoral process, research the parties and party platforms, and engage in political discussion with friends and family.

“We are thrilled to be working with Elections New Brunswick to deliver Student Vote for the first-time for a New Brunswick provincial election,” said Taylor Gunn, President of CIVIX. “The response from educators has exceeded our expectations.”

An independent evaluation published in 2015 confirmed the positive impact of the Student Vote program on student knowledge and understanding of politics and elections, on their interest and confidence in discussing politics, and future voting intentions. Furthermore, the program provides an opportunity for students to bring their newfound knowledge home and discuss the election with their parents.

“Imparting knowledge of our electoral process and fostering civic responsibility among students is an effective way to build a stronger democracy,” said Kimberly Poffenroth, Chief Electoral Officer of Elections New Brunswick. “We are pleased that so many educators have embraced this opportunity to engage their students in the provincial election.”

Students will cast ballots on September 24 and the results will be released publicly following the close of polls at 8:00pm.


BACKGROUND:

Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, a national civic education charity focused on developing the habits of active and engaged citizenship among young people.

This Student Vote project is conducted in partnership with Elections New Brunswick, the non-partisan office of the legislative assembly charged with running provincial and municipal elections.


RELATED LINKS:

http://studentvote.ca/nb2018/

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