Democracy Bootcamp Alberta

March 23rd, 2017 by CIVIX

A group of 35 educators from across Alberta will gather in Edmonton on March 23 and 24 for Democracy Bootcamp Alberta 2017.

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Democracy Bootcamp is a professional development conference for elementary and secondary teachers to improve their democratic engagement, strengthen their capacity and commitment to civic education and enhance their delivery of the Student Vote program.

This is our third professional development conference in the province to date. Previous city-wide events took place in September 2015 in Calgary and Edmonton.

The schedule for the two-day conference is filled with engaging and thoughtful speakers, presentations and group discussion. On opening night, teachers will hear from a panel on ‘the state of our democracy today’ featuring Paula Simons (Edmonton Journal) and Tom Flanagan (University of Calgary), moderated by Nicole Weisberg (CTV Edmonton).

Friday’s agenda provides an opportunity to consult with teachers on ways to improve the Student Vote program in the future and enhance participation. Our goal is to build a plan for the next two years to achieve 75 per cent school participation in the next provincial election (up from 64 per cent in 2015).

In the afternoon, a panel of political insiders and journalists will discuss recent and upcoming provincial political developments in Alberta. The session is moderated by Graham Thomson (Edmonton Journal) and includes Danielle Smith (News Talk 770) and Dave Cournoyer (daveberta.ca).

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Democracy Bootcamp Alberta is made possible with the generous support of Elections Alberta.

Democracy Bootcamp has previously been proven to enhance the reach and quality of the Student Vote program, and we hope that it will contribute to our best Student Vote program in upcoming elections.

Based on analysis of Student Vote participation statistics from the 2015 federal election, it was found that Democracy Bootcamp resulted in committed and enthusiastic teachers who were more likely to register for Student Vote, complete the program entirely (submit results) and engage 50 per cent more students than non-attendees.

Furthermore, an independent evaluation commissioned by Elections Canada also found that the Democracy Bootcamps had a relatively consistent and positive impact on student voting intentions, and a significant impact on political knowledge among elementary students, as well as political discussion among elementary and secondary students. Overall, Bootcamp attendees spent more time teaching about the election, specifically tracking media coverage, engaging with local candidates, analyzing political ads and encouraging students to talk about the election at home.

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2017 Student Budget Consultation Results

March 20th, 2017 by Dan Allan

High school students to Finance Minister Morneau: Reduce debt and increase spending on education and the environment

Despite the federal government’s plan to run deficits, two-thirds (66 per cent) of Canadian high school students believe that debt reduction should be a key priority. Students also want to see more investments in environmental protection and post-secondary education.

Student Budget Consultation

For the fourth time, high school students from across Canada participated in the Student Budget Consultation, a national initiative aimed at engaging youth in the federal government pre-budget consultation process. The project was coordinated by CIVIX, with the support of the Government of Canada, Interac and the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians.

More than 7,000 high school students took part in the 2017 Student Budget Consultation from more than 400 schools throughout the country, representing every province and territory.

Other findings include:

  • Youth unemployment a concern – 68 per cent of students believe that there is a youth unemployment problem in Canada; making student debt more manageable (31 per cent) and improving access to quality jobs (27 per cent) are seen as the top remedies.
  • Students confident in their own prospects – 87 per cent of students are confident in their individual ability to find and maintain a job they are interested in, despite believing that social mobility and raising a family will be more difficult for them than it was for their parents.
  • Make post-secondary education more affordable – Students see increases to the affordability and accessibility of post-secondary education as the government’s most important means of helping youth and Canadian families (44 per cent).
  • Environmental protection is a key priority – 61 per cent of students believe that protecting the environment is a critical national priority and that funding should be increased.
  • Increase spending for education, health and innovation – Other top spending priorities include education (58 per cent), health care (47 per cent) and innovation (45 per cent); arts and culture was the lowest-ranked priority (32 per cent of students favoured a decrease in funding).
  • Investments in affordable housing – 36 per cent of students noted affordable housing as the most important investment priority for their local area.
  • Income inequality a growing concern – 61 per cent of students believe that income inequality is a problem in Canada today and a majority support raising taxes on wealthy Canadians (63 per cent) and corporations (53 per cent).

To view an infographic of the results highlights, click here.

To view the full results report, click here.

Student Budget Consultation

About the Student Budget Consultation

The Student Budget Consultation provides youth with an opportunity to learn about the government’s revenues and expenditures, discuss important political issues and suggested policies, and offer their insights on the priorities of the federal budget. The opinions of students are collected through a survey and the results are shared with the Department of Finance.

The 2017 survey was conducted in partnership with Vox Pop Labs between November 2016 and March 2017.

 

About the Organization

CIVIX national registered charity dedicated to building the habits of active and engaged citizenship among young Canadians. CIVIX provides experiential learning opportunities to help young Canadians practice their rights and responsibilities as citizens, and connect with their democratic institutions.

Student Vote, the flagship program of CIVIX, is a parallel election for students under the voting age coinciding with official elections. In the 2015 federal election, 922,000 elementary and secondary students cast a Student Vote ballot from approximately half of all schools in Canada.

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Democracy Bootcamp B.C. 2017

February 23rd, 2017 by CIVIX

To gear up for the May provincial election, 170 educators from across British Columbia will gather in Vancouver on February 23 and 24 for Democracy Bootcamp BC 2017.

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Democracy Bootcamp is a professional development conference for elementary and secondary teachers to improve their democratic engagement, strengthen their capacity and commitment to civic education and enhance their delivery of the Student Vote program.

This is our third and largest professional development conference in the province to date. Previous events took place in February 2015 and February 2016.

The schedule for the two-day conference is filled with engaging and thoughtful speakers and presentations. On opening night, teachers will hear from B.C.’s Chief Electoral Officer Keith Archer, as well as a panel on ‘the state of our democracy’ featuring John Ibbitson (Globe and Mail), Kathleen Monk (Earnscliffe) and David Moscrop (UBC).

Friday’s agenda includes an exploration of voting research and the impact of Student Vote, as well as a preview of the Student Vote resource materials for the coming election. Educators will also have the opportunity to hear from and speak with their colleagues about best practices, and will receive suggestions on how to integrate a variety of campaign tools.

An experienced panel of political strategists (Don Guy, Jaime Watt and Raj Sihota) will share their insights on what happens ‘behind the scenes’ during a political campaign. In the afternoon, a panel featuring representatives from provincial political parties will discuss major campaign issues, and educators will also have the opportunity to learn and share some tips for organizing their own candidates’ debate. Both panels will be moderated by Justine Hunter (Globe and Mail).

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The 2017 event is made possible with the generous support of Elections BC, Elections Canada, Vancity and the Vancouver Foundation.

Democracy Bootcamp has previously been proven to enhance the reach and quality of the Student Vote program, and we hope that it will contribute to our best Student Vote program in British Columbia this spring.

Based on analysis of Student Vote participation statistics from the 2015 federal election, it was found that Democracy Bootcamp resulted in committed and enthusiastic teachers who were more likely to register for Student Vote, complete the program entirely (submit results) and engage 50 per cent more students than non-attendees.

Furthermore, an independent evaluation commissioned by Elections Canada also found that the Democracy Bootcamps had a relatively consistent and positive impact on student voting intentions, and a significant impact on political knowledge among elementary students, as well as political discussion among elementary and secondary students. Overall, Bootcamp attendees spent more time teaching about the election, specifically tracking media coverage, engaging with local candidates, analyzing political ads and encouraging students to talk about the election at home.

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Rep Day Fall 2016 – Connecting Students with their MPs

December 9th, 2016 by CIVIX

CIVIX coordinated visits between Members of Parliament and classes across Canada as part of the Fall 2016 Rep Day program!

Rep Day is a civic education initiative that connects students with their local MP for a dialogue on government, the electoral process and issues that interest them. The program aims to help students develop a better understanding and sense of trust in the people and institutions within our democracy.

MP Jim Eglinski at Holy Redeemer Catholic Junior/Senior High School

Our goal is to put a face to politics and to dispel negative stereotypes of politicians and the political process by replacing them with greater knowledge about government and its institutions – in short, to transform students into citizens.

During the two parliamentary breaks of October and November, 78 Rep Days were scheduled with 68 Members of Parliament, representing 10 provinces and territories and 4 of the political parties represented in the House of Commons.

MP Charlie Angus at O’Gorman High School

From February to June 2016, CIVIX coordinated 205 Rep Day visits with 156 Members of Parliament across all ten provinces and three territories. Since the creation of the program in 2012, more than half of parliamentarians have participated in the program and feedback from both MPs and schools has been extremely positive.

This marked our second visit to Ardrossan Jr/Sr High as part of the CIVIX program, and we have been thrilled at the results. Garnett always returns impressed with the enthusiasm and engagement of the students, as well as grateful for the organization and accommodation of both CIVIX and the school/staff at Ardrossan. With the busy nature of an MP’s schedule, any assistance in arranging visits to schools and other community organizations is tremendously helpful and equally appreciated.

G. Show, Constituency Assistant for MP Garnett Genuis

Rep Days will be organized again in the New Year, with visits coinciding with parliamentary break weeks.

Interested schools are invited to contact CIVIX to take part and receive free curriculum resources to help guide the visit.

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Student Vote Yukon: The Results

November 7th, 2016 by CIVIX

Yukon Liberal Party forms government in territorial Student Vote

More than 1,300 elementary and high school students participated in the Student Vote program for the 2016 Yukon territorial election.

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

By 6 p.m. today, 19 schools had reported their election results, representing 13 out of 19 electoral districts in the territory. In total, 1,371 ballots were cast by student participants; 1,272 valid votes, 52 rejected votes and 47 declined ballots.

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Students elected Sandy Silver and the Yukon Liberal Party to form government with 7 out of 13 seats and 35.4 per cent of the vote.

Liz Hanson and the Yukon NDP took 4 seats and will form the official opposition, receiving 34.8 per cent of the popular vote. Party leader Liz Hanson did not win in the electoral district of Whitehorse Centre.

Darrell Pasloski and the Yukon Party won 2 seats and received 23.3 per cent of the vote.

The Yukon Green Party received 6.3 per cent of the vote but did not win any seats. Party leader Frank de Jong was not elected in the electoral district of Pelly-Nisutlin.

This is the second territorial-level Student Vote project conducted in Yukon, and seventh overall. In the 2015 federal election, 1,177 students participated from 15 schools.

VIEW COMPLETE RESULTS HERE: www.studentvote.ca/results/yt2016

 

RESULTS HIGHLIGHTS:

  • There were many close races across Yukon, with 6 electoral districts decided by 5 votes or fewer.
  • The electoral district of Riverdale North had the greatest number of participants with 331 valid votes. Whitehorse Centre was second with 220, followed by Copperbelt South with 210.
  • Whitehorse Centre had 3 schools report results – more than any other electoral district.

 

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

The Student Vote project for the 2016 territorial election was made possible with support from Elections Yukon and the Government of Canada.

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Student Vote Day in Yukon

November 7th, 2016 by CIVIX

On November 7, elementary and high school students from across Yukon will take part in the Student Vote program for the 2016 territorial election.

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Student Vote provides students with the opportunity to cast ballots for the official candidates running in their electoral district after learning about government and the electoral process, researching the parties and platforms, and discussing relevant issues with family and friends.

From Whitehorse to Mayo to Old Crow, as many as 1,500 students are expected to participate, representing 13 electoral districts across the territory. 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 four registered political parties.

Yukon students were invited to submit questions to the party leaders. We selected three questions and shared them with the political parties, and we were pleased to receive video responses from all four. The questions focused on key election issues and the Q&A videos can 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 Elections Yukon and the Government of Canada.

The Student Vote election results will be released at the close of the official polls on Monday, November 7 (8 pm).

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Yukon party leaders respond to Student Vote questions

October 31st, 2016 by CIVIX

Next week, elementary and secondary school students across Yukon will participate in the territorial election through the Student Vote program.

Students from 22 schools are learning about the electoral process, exploring the issues, parties and candidates, and will cast ballots for the official candidates in their electoral district.

To help students prepare for their Student Vote Day, CIVIX asked the leaders of Yukon’s political parties to respond to three student questions. More than 65 questions were submitted from Yukon schools and we were pleased to receive video responses from all four parties.

  • Students from École Whitehorse Elementary School in Whitehorse asked: “How will you help Yukon be a better place to live?”

  • Students from Teslin Community School in Teslin asked: “What changes will you make to the education system?”

  • Students from F. H. Collins Secondary School in Whitehorse asked: “What will you do to support independent local businesses and help them grow?”

You can also view the student questions and party leader responses on the Student Vote Yukon website: studentvote.ca/yt2016/the-leaders

This Student Vote project is made possible due to financial support received from Elections Yukon and the Government of Canada.

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Student Vote engages 12,000 youth in Saskatchewan’s civic elections

October 26th, 2016 by CIVIX

More than 12,000 elementary and high school students participated in the Student Vote project for the 2016 civic elections in Saskatchewan.

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 their local mayor or reeve, councillor(s) and school board member.

By 4 p.m. today, 169 schools had reported their election results, representing 58 municipalities in the province. In total, more than 12,600 ballots were cast by student participants.

MUNICIPAL ELECTION RESULTS: www.studentvote.ca/results/skmuni2016

SCHOOL BOARD RESULTS: studentvote.ca/results/home/municipal_results_by_school_boards/18

RESULTS HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Saskatoon: Don Atchison was elected mayor with 36% of ballots cast, defeating Charlie Clark (33%), Kelley Moore (24%) and Devon Hein (6%). More than 3,600 Student Vote ballots were cast from 39 schools representing 9 of 10 municipal wards.
  • Regina: Michael Fougere was elected mayor with 44% of ballots cast, defeating Tony Fiacco (22%), Jim Elliott (20%), Wayne Ast (7%) and Evangeline Godron (7%) More than 3,100 Student Vote ballots were cast from 35 schools representing all 10 municipal wards.
  • Office of Mayor or Reeve Summary: Throughout the province, students elected the following candidates for mayor or reeve:
    • City of Estevan: Roy Ludwig
    • City of Humboldt: Rob Muench
    • City of Melfort: Nicole Gagné
    • City of Melville: Richard Goebel and Walter Streelasky (tie)
    • City of Moose Jaw: Fraser Tolmie
    • City of Prince Albert: Josh Morrow
    • City of Regina: Michael Fougere
    • City of Saskatoon: Donald Atchison
    • City of Swift Current: Denis Perrault
    • City of Warman: Sheryl Spence
    • City of Yorkton: Bob Maloney
    • Northern Town of La Ronge: Joe Hordyski
    • Northern Village of Air Ronge: Gordon Stomp
    • Northern Village of Île-à-la-Crosse: Duane Favel
    • Northern Village of Buffalo Narrows: Candice Evans-Waite
    • Northern Village of Cumberland House: Kelvin McKay
    • Rural Municipality of Calder: Roy Derworiz
    • Rural Municipality of Francis: Jim Vogt
    • Rural Municipality of Prince Albert: Eugene Matwishyn
    • Rural Municipality of South Qu’Appelle: Jeannie DesRochers and Kenneth McPherson (tie)
    • Town of Alameda: Mike Warner
    • Town of Arcola: Keith Erick
    • Town of Canora: Gina Rakochy
    • Town of Dalmeny: Jonathan Kroeker
    • Town of Duck Lake: Jason Anderson
    • Town of Fort Qu’Appelle: Jerry Whiting
    • Town of Gravelbourg: Daniel Lamarre
    • Town of Hague: Patricia M. Wagner
    • Town of Indian Head: Steven Cole
    • Town of Ituna: Doug Scully
    • Town of Lashburn: Steven Turnbull
    • Town of Nipawin: Terry Farden
    • Village of Archerwill: Kevin Prevost
    • Village of Borden: Jamie Brandrick
    • Village of Christopher Lake: Victor Timm
    • Village of Eyebrow: Orlando Bueckert
    • Village of Plenty: Robert Weese
    • Village of White Fox: Brian Lane

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

The Student Vote project for the 2016 civic elections was made possible with support from the Government of Saskatchewan and the Government of Canada.

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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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