Student Vote Day for the Saskatchewan Civic Elections

October 25th, 2016 by CIVIX

On October 25, elementary and high school students from across Saskatchewan will take part in the Student Vote program for the civic elections.

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Student Vote provides students with the opportunity to cast ballots for the official candidates in their municipality after learning about government and the electoral process, exploring the local issues, and discussing the election with family and friends.

From Moose Jaw to Regina to Prince Albert, more than 10,000 students from 80 municipalities are expected to cast ballots for their local council members and school board representatives. You can view all participating schools on our interactive map.

In addition to election materials, a wide variety of online tools have been made available to participating schools. The Student Vote website includes an online resource library with lesson plans, handouts and activity sheets, as well as other educational tools like videos and PowerPoints. Written profiles were prepared for many Saskatchewan municipalities.

Students in Saskatoon and Regina were invited to submit questions to the mayoral candidates. We selected three questions from each city and shared them with candidates, many of whom sent us back their video responses. The questions focused on key election issues and the Q&A videos can be viewed here for Saskatoon and here for Regina.

Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, a national civic education charity dedicated to building the skills and habits of active and engaged citizenship among young Canadians.

This project is made possible due to financial support received from the Government of Saskatchewan and the Government of Canada.

The Student Vote election results will be released at the close of the official polls on Wednesday, October 25 (8 pm).

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Student Vote engages 13,000 youth in Nova Scotia’s municipal and school board elections

October 15th, 2016 by CIVIX

More than 13,000 elementary and high school students participated in the Student Vote program for the 2016 municipal and school board elections in Nova Scotia.

After learning about government and the electoral process, exploring the issues and candidates, and discussing the election with family and friends, students cast ballots for mayors, councillors and school board members.

By 9 p.m. on Friday, 112 schools had reported their election results, representing 32 municipalities in the province. In total, 13,000 ballots were cast by student participants.

MUNICIPAL ELECTION RESULTS: studentvote.ca/nsmunicipal2016/the-results/

SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION RESULTS: studentvote.ca/results/home/municipal_results_by_school_boards/17

RESULTS HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Halifax Regional Municipality: Mike Savage was elected mayor with 74 per cent of ballots cast, defeating Lil MacPherson (26 per cent). More than 5,500 Student Vote ballots were cast ballots from 45 schools representing all 16 municipal districts.
  • Cape Breton Regional Municipality: Cecil Clarke was elected mayor with 59 per cent of ballots cast, defeating Rankin MacSween (41 per cent). Despite the damaging floods, more than 2,200 Student Vote ballots were cast from 15 schools representing all 12 municipal districts.
  • Office of Mayor Summary: Throughout the province, students elected the following candidates for mayor:
    • Town of Amherst: George Baker
    • Town of Antigonish: Sean Cameron
    • Town of Bridgewater: David Walker
    • Town of Kentville: Sandra Snow
    • Town of Lockeport: Howard Roszel
    • Town of Middleton: Dan Smith
    • Town of New Glasgow: Henderson Paris
    • Town of Pictou: Jim Ryan
    • Town of Shelburne: Karen Mattatall
    • Town of Stellarton: Danny MacGillivray
    • Town of Stewiacke: Wendy Robinson
    • Town of Truro: Bill Mills
    • Town of Westville: Roger Mackay
    • County of Colchester: Bob Taylor
    • County of Kings: Peter Muttart / Dick Killam (tie)
    • District of Lunenburg: Tom Lockwood
    • Halifax Regional Municipality: Mike Savage
    • Cape Breton Regional Municipality: Cecil Clarke
    • Region of Queens Municipality: Christopher Clarke

BACKGROUND:
Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, a national civic education charity.

The Student Vote project for the 2016 municipal and school board elections was made possible with support from the Government of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia School Boards Association and the Government of Canada.

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Student Vote Days for the Nova Scotia Municipal and School Board Elections

October 13th, 2016 by CIVIX

On October 13 and 14, elementary and high school students from across Nova Scotia will take part in the Student Vote program for the municipal and school board elections.

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Student Vote provides students with the opportunity to cast ballots for the official candidates in their municipality after learning about government and the electoral process, exploring the local issues, and discussing the election with family and friends.

From Sydney to Halifax to Yarmouth, more than 10,000 students from 170 schools in 43 municipalities are expected to cast ballots for their local council members and school board representatives. You can view all participating schools on our interactive map.

In addition to election materials, a wide variety of online tools have been made available to participating schools. The Student Vote website includes an online resource library with lesson plans, handouts and activity sheets, as well as other educational tools like videos and PowerPoints. Written profiles were prepared for all Nova Scotia municipalities and school boards.

Students in the Halifax Regional Municipality were invited to submit questions to the mayoral candidates. We selected three questions and shared them with Mike Savage and Lil MacPherson, who sent us back their responses. The questions focused on safety, taxation and leadership. The Q&A videos can all be viewed here.

Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, a national civic education charity dedicated to building the skills and habits of active and engaged citizenship among young Canadians.

This project is made possible due to financial support received from the Government of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia School Boards Association and the Government of Canada.

The Student Vote results for the 2016 municipal and school board elections will be released at the close of the official polls on Saturday, October 15 (7 pm).

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Halifax mayoral candidates respond to Student Vote questions

October 4th, 2016 by CIVIX

Next week, elementary and secondary school students from more than 170 schools in Nova Scotia will participate in the municipal and school board elections through the Student Vote program.

In the Halifax Regional Municipality, students from more than 60 schools are learning about the electoral process, engaging in the campaign and will cast ballots for the official mayor, council and school board candidates.

To help students prepare for their Student Vote Day, CIVIX asked HRM mayoral candidates Mike Savage and Lil MacPherson to respond to three student questions. More than 80 questions were submitted from schools across the municipality and we were pleased to receive video responses from both campaigns.

  • Students from St. Joseph’s-Alexander McKay Elementary in Halifax asked: “What things are you going to do to make Halifax a safer city?”

  • Students from Bel Ayr Elementary School in Dartmouth asked: “What will you do to make taxes and bills for water less to help families?”

  • Students from Gaetz Brook Junior High School in Gaetz Brook asked: “What would you like to do or change as mayor? What will you bring to the table over the next few years?”

You can also view the student questions and candidate responses on our Nova Scotia municipal election website: http://studentvote.ca/nsmunicipal2016/hrm-mayoral-candidates/

This Student Vote project is made possible due to financial support received from the Government of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia School Boards Association and the Government of Canada.

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Student Vote: Register for the Saskatchewan Municipal and School Board Elections

September 5th, 2016 by CIVIX

Elementary and high schools in Saskatchewan are invited to participate in the Student Vote program coinciding with the October municipal and school board elections.

Student Vote provides students with an opportunity to learn about government and the electoral process, research the issues and platforms, discuss relevant issues and cast ballots for the official election candidates.

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Student Vote is a great way to create a teachable moment out of the election and encourage discussion about local issues. Involve your students in this province-wide initiative and connect them with their peers in the community through Student Vote Day.

CIVIX is organizing the Student Vote project for the Saskatchewan local elections with support from the Government of Saskatchewan and the Government of Canada.

Schools can sign up today by visiting www.studentvote.ca/registration or by calling our team toll-free at 1-866-488-8775.

Participating schools will receive activity resources, posters, an election manual, ballots and ballot boxes. Materials are available in English and French and there is no cost to participate. Registration is open until October 7.

Registered schools will also receive access to online tools, including lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, and municipality and school board profiles on the election website: http://studentvote.ca/skmunicipal2016/

This will be the eighth Student Vote project coordinated in Saskatchewan since 2004. In the 2015 federal election, 33,128 Saskatchewan students cast ballots from 454 schools. You can see the results for Saskatchewan ridings here.

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Student Vote: Register for the Nova Scotia Municipal and School Board Elections

August 29th, 2016 by CIVIX

Elementary and high schools in Nova Scotia are invited to participate in the Student Vote program coinciding with the October municipal and school board elections.

Student Vote provides students with an opportunity to learn about government and the electoral process, research the issues and platforms, discuss relevant issues and cast ballots for the official election candidates.

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Student Vote is a great way to create a teachable moment out of the election and encourage discussion about local issues. Involve your students in this province-wide initiative and connect them with their peers in the community through Student Vote Day.

CIVIX is organizing the Student Vote project for the Nova Scotia local elections with support from the Government of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia School Boards Association and the Government of Canada.

Schools can sign up today by visiting www.studentvote.ca/registration or by calling our team toll-free at 1-866-488-8775.

Participating schools will receive activity resources, posters, an election manual, ballots and ballot boxes. Materials are available in English and French and there is no cost to participate. Registration is open until September 28.

Registered schools will also receive access to online tools, including lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, and municipality and school board profiles on the election website: http://studentvote.ca/nsmunicipal2016/

This will be the seventh Student Vote project coordinated in Nova Scotia since 2004. In the 2015 federal election, 30,885 Nova Scotia students cast ballots from 256 schools. You can see the results for Nova Scotia ridings here.

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Westsyde Secondary students advocate for lower voting age

May 30th, 2016 by Dan Allan

After taking part in the federal Student Vote last fall, students at Westsyde Secondary School in Kamloops, British Columbia got a “taste of voting” that led them to pursue a project of their own.

Students in Jeremy Reid’s Social Studies 11 class began by learning about democracy and the voting process. When they learned that the voting age in Canada was 18, most students agreed that it should be lowered to 16.

Reid encouraged students to draft their own legislation to address their concerns, and they learned that Green Party leader and Oak Bay-Gordon Head MLA Andrew Weaver was about to introduce bill M229, which if passed would lower the voting age in BC to 16.

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We asked students from the class to share their experience so far:

“Recently our class’s interest was sparked on the subject of lowering the voting age to 16. One day we were doing a project on compulsory voting throughout the world and the subject of 16 year olds voting came up. This started a long discussion on whether or not it was a good idea for 16 year olds to vote and, after some debate, the majority of the class was all for it. So far, during our research on lowering the voting age, we have made a few short videos on the pros and cons of it, we have made plenty of internet memes and have even had news articles written, in order to promote our case. But not everyone is for lowering the voting age. In fact, most adults that have learned about what we are doing have voiced their displeasure on the subject, saying things like ‘they don’t have the common sense,’ or ‘to set such a young age on something this important seems dangerous.’ One person even went as far to say that Mr. Weaver himself is being immature for trying to lower the voting age. A local political scientist, Mr. Pillar, commented saying politics is too boring for young people, and one of the main reasons why kids my age don’t bother listening to politics is because politicians don’t take the younger demographic seriously enough to bother saying things that affect us. If the voting age was lowered to 16, it would force politicians to take our thoughts into account. The next big step we need to take to further action on the bill is to get more politicians on our side and make Bill M229 a reality for the near  future.”
-Grade 11 student Parker

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“We were inspired to have the voting age lowered to 16 because we were learning about politics, and within our government unit, we did a few projects where we looked at studies done by students. The data they collected said if people started voting at a lower age they develop a habit of continuing to vote. In our eyes that seemed to fix the current problem of our age group not voting. As far as the steps we see for the future, we have an appointment to visit our local MLA about the issue and explain our side of the story. In local media, there were comments from people who frown upon the thought of us voting but they are not the ones who should decide our future; we are the leaders of our tomorrow.”
-Grade 11 students Nayab, Savannah and Reece

The class will provide an update on their project after meeting with Terry Lake, the MLA for their local riding of Kamloops-North Thompson, next week. Stay tuned for more!

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Student Vote Manitoba: The Results

April 19th, 2016 by Dan Allan

Pallister and the PC Party win majority government in province-wide Student Vote

More than 20,000 elementary and high school students participated in the Student Vote program for the 2016 Manitoba provincial election.

After learning about the democratic process, researching the candidates and party platforms, and debating the future of Manitoba, students cast ballots for the official candidates running in their local electoral divisions.

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By 4 p.m. today, 243 schools had reported their election results, representing all 57 electoral divisions in the province. In total, 21,159 ballots were cast by student participants; 20,100 valid votes, 801 rejected votes and 258 declined ballots.

There were many close races in the province, with 7 electoral divisions decided by 10 votes or fewer.

Students elected Brian Pallister and the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba to a majority government with 30 seats and 35.4 per cent of the vote. Party leader Brian Pallister won in his electoral division of Fort Whyte with 55.2 per cent of the vote.

The NDP won 14 seats and will form the Student Vote official opposition, receiving 27.3 per cent of the popular vote. Party leader Greg Selinger was defeated in the St. Boniface electoral division.

The Manitoba Liberal Party won 11 seats and received 23.8 per cent of the vote. Party leader Rana Bokhari did not win in her electoral division of Fort Rouge.

The Green Party won 2 seats with 9.6 per cent of the vote. Party leader James Beddome was not elected in his electoral division of Fort Garry-Riverview.

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“CIVIX would like to thank all of the dedicated teachers for leading Student Vote in their schools, many for a second time this school year,” said Taylor Gunn, President and Chief Election Officer of CIVIX. “This impressive Student Vote participation is a reflection of the incredible effort put forth by Manitoba educators to ensure that students build the habits of active and informed citizenship at an early age.”

This is the second provincial-level Student Vote project conducted in Manitoba. In 2011, 17,560 students participated from 186 schools.

The 2016 project was made possible by the Youth Take Charge program at the Government of Canada and the Winnipeg Foundation.

VIEW COMPLETE RESULTS HERE: http://studentvote.ca/results/mb2016  

 

Results Highlights:

  • Only one political party leader won their seat: Brian Pallister (PC Party) in Fort Whyte. Greg Selinger (NDP), Rana Bokhari (Liberal), James Beddome (Green), Darrell Rankin (Communist) and Gary Marshall (Manitoba Party) were defeated in their electoral divisions.
  • The electoral division of Assiniboia had the greatest number of participants with 1,097 valid votes. Fort Richmond was second with 1,026, followed by Kildonan with 833.
  • Midland had 12 schools report results – more than any other electoral division.

 

Background:

Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX.

CIVIX is a national civic education charity building the skills and habits of citizenship among young Canadians.

CIVIX coordinated the Student Vote program for the 2016 Manitoba provincial election with support from the Government of Canada and The Winnipeg Foundation.

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Student Vote Day in Manitoba

April 18th, 2016 by Dan Allan

April 18 is Student Vote day in Manitoba! Elementary and high schools across the province will cast ballots for the official candidates running in the 2016 provincial election.

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The Student Vote program provides students with the opportunity to cast ballots for the official candidates after learning about the democratic process, researching candidates and party platforms and debating the future of Manitoba.

As many as 20,000 elementary and secondary students are expected to participate from 287 schools representing all 57 electoral divisions. You can view all participating schools on our interactive map.

In addition to election materials, a wide variety of online tools have been made available to participating schools. The Student Vote Manitoba website includes an online resource library with lesson plans, handouts and worksheets, as well as other educational tools like videos and PowerPoints.

Students were invited to submit questions to the party leaders and their submissions were shared with the provincial political parties. The questions focused on issues like education, healthcare and taxes. Responses were received from Greg Selinger (NDP), Brian Pallister (PC), Rana Bokhari (Liberal) and James Beddome (Green). The questions and answers can all be viewed here.

Students also took part in the Celebrating our Right to Vote multimedia contest to commemorate the anniversary of women’s right to vote and the pathway to universal suffrage. We received many great submissions, including videos, photos, drawings and essays. You can view the winning entries here.

With support from the Government of Canada and The Winnipeg Foundation, CIVIX is offering the Student Vote program to elementary and secondary schools across the province for the 2016 provincial election.

This will be the seventh Student Vote program conducted in Manitoba. During the 2011 provincial Student Vote, more than 17,560 students cast ballots from 234 schools.

Like the results of the official election, students elected an NDP majority government with a PC opposition. The complete results are available here.

The 2016 Student Vote Manitoba results will be released at the close of polls on Tuesday, April 19 (8:00 p.m. CDT).

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