Student Vote Nova Scotia 2017: The Results

May 30th, 2017 by Dan Allan

More than 18,000 elementary and high school students participated in the Student Vote program for the 2017 Nova Scotia provincial election.

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

As of 3:00 p.m. this afternoon, 163 schools had reported their election results, representing 50 of 51 electoral districts in the province. In total, 18,929 ballots were cast by student participants; 18,186 valid votes and 743 rejected ballots.

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Students elected Jamie Baillie and the PC Party to form a minority government with 25 seats and 36.4 per cent of the vote. Baillie won in his electoral district of Cumberland South with 35.9 per cent of the vote.

Gary Burrill and the NDP took 13 seats and will form the official opposition, receiving 25.9 per cent of the popular vote. Burrill won in his electoral district of Halifax Chebucto with 38.7 per cent of the vote.

Stephen McNeil and the Liberals won 11 seats and received 26.2 per cent of the vote. McNeil won in his electoral district of Annapolis with 41.1 per cent of the vote.

The Green Party received 1 seat and 8.7 per cent of the vote. Leader Thomas Trappenberg was defeated in his electoral district of Clayton Park West, but candidate Anthony Edmonds won in Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank with 33.8 per cent of the vote.

The Atlantica Party elected no candidates while receiving 2.5 per cent of the vote. Leader Jonathan Dean was defeated in his electoral district of Clayton Park West.

“We would like to thank all of the teachers for their enthusiasm and leadership, and for dedicating the time and effort to this civic education exercise at such a busy time of the year,” says Lindsay Mazzucco, Chief Operating Officer of CIVIX. “This is the second Student Vote project organized in Nova Scotia this school year and more than 30,000 ballots were cast by future voters in both the municipal and provincial elections.”

VIEW COMPLETE RESULTS HERE: http://studentvote.ca/results/ns2017

 

RESULTS HIGHLIGHTS:

  • There were many close races across Nova Scotia, with 15 races determined by 15 votes or less.
  • The electoral district of Antigonish had the greatest number of participants with 1,140 valid votes. Hants East was second with 1,040, followed by Hammonds Plains-Lucasville with 852.
  • Kings South and Victoria-The Lakes each had eight schools report results – more than any other electoral district.

 

BACKGROUND:
Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, Canada’s leading civic education charity. CIVIX provides authentic learning opportunities to help young Canadians practice their rights and responsibilities as citizens and connect with their democratic institutions. CIVIX programming focuses on the themes of elections, government budgets and elected representatives.

The Student Vote project for the 2017 Nova Scotia provincial election was conducted with support from Elections Nova Scotia, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia School Boards Association and the Government of Canada

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Student Vote Day in Nova Scotia

May 28th, 2017 by Dan Allan

May 29th is Student Vote Day in Nova Scotia! 15,000 elementary and high school students across the province are expected to cast ballots for the official candidates running in the 2017 provincial election.

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Student Vote Nova Scotia 2017 is a hands-on learning program that enables teachers to bring democracy alive in the classroom by empowering students to experience the voting process firsthand for the purpose of practicing the habits of active and engaged citizenship. Participating schools are provided with free learning materials and election supplies to help students engage in the campaign and organize a parallel vote.

Students learn about government and democracy by researching the issues, party platforms and candidates through classroom activities, and family discussions and campaign events. In the culminating activity, students take on the roles of election officials and coordinate the election process for their peers. On Student Vote Day, students cast ballots for the candidates running in their school’s electoral district.

A total of 186 schools have registered to participate in Student Vote Nova Scotia 2017, representing 50 of 51 electoral districts. 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 five registered political parties.

Nova Scotia students were also invited to submit questions to the party leaders. CIVIX selected five questions and shared them with the political parties. Video responses were received from the five parties. The Q&A focused on key election issues and all students and party videos can be viewed here.

The Student Vote Nova Scotia 2017 results are tabulated by electoral district and will be released at the close of polls on Monday, May 29th (8:00 pm Atlantic time).

The Student Vote project for the 2017 Nova Scotia provincial election is being conducted with support from Elections Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia School Boards Association, the Government of Nova Scotia and the Government of Canada.

Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, Canada’s leading civic education charity. CIVIX provides authentic learning opportunities to help young Canadians practice their rights and responsibilities as citizens and connect with their democratic institutions. CIVIX programming focuses on the themes of elections, government budgets and elected representatives.

Since 2003, CIVIX has coordinated 36 Student Vote projects at various levels of elections. In the 2015 federal election, 922,000 students cast ballots from 6,662 schools representing all 338 ridings. Students elected a Liberal majority government.

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Student Vote BC 2017: The Results

May 9th, 2017 by Dan Allan

More than 170,000 elementary and high school students participated in the Student Vote program for the 2017 British Columbia provincial election.

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

As of 4:15 p.m. this afternoon, 1,092 schools had reported their election results, representing all 87 electoral districts in the province. In total, 170,238 ballots were cast by student participants; 163,923 valid votes and 6,315 rejected votes.

Students elected John Horgan and the BC NDP to form government with 60 out of 87 seats and 39.0 per cent of the vote. Horgan won in his electoral district of Langford—Juan de Fuca with 55.7 per cent of the vote.

Andrew Weaver and the BC Greens took 14 seats and will form the official opposition, receiving 28.5 per cent of the popular vote. Weaver won in his electoral district of Oak Bay—Gordon Head with 48.9 per cent of the vote.

Christy Clark and the BC Liberals won 12 seats and received 25.4 per cent of the vote. Clark was defeated in her district of Kelowna West by NDP candidate Shelley Cook; Clark received 32.1 per cent of votes cast, compared to Cook’s 35.8 per cent.

Students also elected independent candidate Nicholas Wong in Delta South. Wong defeated Liberal candidate Ian Paton by 10 votes.

This is the fourth provincial-level Student Vote project conducted in British Columbia. In the 2013 provincial election, 101,627 students participated from 766 schools.

VIEW COMPLETE RESULTS HERE: http://studentvote.ca/results/bc2017

RESULTS HIGHLIGHTS:

  • There were many close races across B.C., with eight races determined by 15 votes or less.
  • The electoral district of Surrey—Guildford had the greatest number of participants with 3,963 valid votes. Vancouver—Quilchena was second with 3,855, followed by West Vancouver—Capilano with 3,686.
  • Oak Bay—Gordon Head and Langley each had 20 schools report results – more than any other electoral district.

 

BACKGROUND:
Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, Canada’s leading civic education charity. CIVIX provides authentic learning opportunities to help young Canadians practice their rights and responsibilities as citizens and connect with their democratic institutions. CIVIX programming focuses on the themes of elections, government budgets and elected representatives.

The Student Vote project for the 2017 British Columbia provincial election was conducted in partnership with Elections BC and with support from the Vancouver Foundation, the BC Teachers’ Federation and the Government of Canada.

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Student Vote Day in British Columbia

May 8th, 2017 by Dan Allan

May 8th is Student Vote Day in British Columbia! More than 180,000 elementary and high school students across the province will cast ballots for the official candidates running in the 2017 provincial election.

Student Vote BC 2017 is a hands-on learning program that enables teachers to bring democracy alive in the classroom by empowering students to experience the voting process firsthand for the purpose of practicing the habits of active and engaged citizenship. Participating schools are supplied with free learning materials and election supplies to help students engage in the campaign and organize a parallel vote.

Students learn about government and democracy by researching the issues, party platforms and candidates through classroom activities, and family discussions and campaign events. In the culminating activity, students take on the roles of election workers and coordinate the election process for their peers. On Student Vote Day, students cast ballots for the candidates running in their school’s electoral district.

A total of 1,220 schools have registered to participate in Student Vote BC 2017, representing all 87 electoral districts, making this the largest Student Vote program held in the province to date. 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 registered political parties.

British Columbia students were also invited to submit questions to the party leaders. CIVIX selected five questions and shared them with the political parties. Video responses were received from twelve parties. The Q&A focused on key election issues and all students and party videos can be viewed here.

The Student Vote BC 2017 results are tabulated by electoral district and will be released at the close of polls on Tuesday, May 9th (8:00 pm).

The Student Vote project for the 2017 British Columbia provincial election is conducted in partnership with Elections BC and with support from the BC Teachers’ Federation, the Vancouver Foundation and the Government of Canada.

Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, Canada’s leading civic education charity. CIVIX provides authentic learning opportunities to help young Canadians practice their rights and responsibilities as citizens and connect with their democratic institutions. CIVIX programming focuses on the themes of elections, government budgets and elected representatives.

Since 2003, CIVIX has coordinated 35 Student Vote projects at various levels of elections. In the 2015 federal election, 922,000 students cast ballots from 6,662 schools representing all 338 ridings. Students elected a Liberal majority government.

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“Vote. It’s as simple as that” — Student Vote at Thomas Haney Secondary School

May 5th, 2017 by CIVIX

Marlowe Evans is a senior student at Thomas Haney Secondary School in Maple Ridge, B.C. Marlowe organized an all-candidates’ forum at her school as part of Student Vote BC 2017.

Vote. It’s as simple as that. Democracy is the foundation upon which our country was built and voting is what keeps us true to this principle. I am seventeen and can’t vote in legal elections yet, but I’m getting close.

I first voted in the fifth grade. Even then, everyone in my class felt empowered to be able to vote. Political parties know that the results of Student Vote are important. Young people become voters, and when we vote “for real,” we will already have a firm grasp of the process. The fact of the matter is, when I’m eighteen, I’ll already have student voted in three elections. It’s nearly the real thing.

Though my generation may have a reputation for not paying attention, for being apathetic, we get charged about our politics. Not a day of my high school career has passed without getting political. We are keen observers of what is swirling around us in the global, national, and provincial political arenas. Our discussions are intense and we have strong opinions. Today’s political actions shape the world we will inherit. High school students know what’s happening, and we discuss politics, often– between classes, at lunch, and on break.

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Student Vote provides an authentic voting experience for youth across Canada. Without being encouraged to become involved in the democratic process, our enthusiasm for politics may wane. Barely half of all eligible voters in the province bothered to vote in the 2013 provincial election. Nonetheless, Student Vote has encouraged me to become involved, not only with organizing a vote for my high school, but also organizing a political forum.

I hosted an All-Candidates Question Period at Thomas Haney Secondary at the end of April, allowing students to ask questions about issues that were relevant to them. The questions they came up with didn’t surprise me at all.

Sure, they asked about the housing crisis and drugs – important, but predictable. Little did I know they were only getting warmed up. Students went on, asking, “What is your party going to do for First Nations youth, and to preserve their culture?”Where does your party stand on women’s and LGBTQ+ rights?” While every candidate had an answer, it was clear that these were questions that made them think. The meeting was concrete evidence: youth are well aware of the issues and want to be involved.

So yes, my generation may have a reputation for not paying attention, for being apathetic, but we are charged. Every day reminds me that one day I will be a voter. That one day, everything we simulate with Student Vote will be happening for real. The passion that I experience through debate and discussion won’t only be taking place in classrooms and hallways, but on the world stage.

I encourage students and teachers in schools across Canada to participate in Student Vote. Next week will decide the future of B.C. for the next four years. Though I may not be legal to vote, I like to think that I can still make a difference. Student Vote enables me to express my opinion about what I believe is best for my province, and ultimately, my country.

Marlowe also wrote about the all-candidates’ forum she organized for the Maple Ridge News.

Student Vote BC 2017 culminates next week with more than 180,000 elementary and secondary students casting ballots in all 87 provincial electoral districts. Results will be released at the close of polls on May 9.

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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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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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