Récapitulatif hebdomadaire: 14 août 2015

August 14th, 2015 by CIVIX

Nouvelles relatives à l’élection fédérale

La deuxième semaine de campagne électorale touche à sa fin et il ne reste qu’un peu plus de deux mois avant le jour de l’élection.  Vous pouvez revoir les faits marquants de la première semaine de cette campagne.

Le premier débat des chefs, qui a eu lieu la semaine dernière, a attiré moins de téléspectateurs qu’en 2011, même si plus de 4 millions de Canadiens l’ont suivi à la télévision ou en ligne. Un deuxième débat des chefs en français a été confirmé pour le 24 septembre et sera présenté à  Radio-Canada. Trois autres débats sont planifiés d’ici les prochains mois, soit un autre en français, un en anglais et un bilingue.

Des élèves du secondaire réagissent au débat des chefs

Nous avons rassemblé des élèves du secondaire qui participeront au Vote étudiant afin qu’ils puissent regarder le premier débat des chefs ensemble, dans le bureau de CIVIX.  Ces derniers nous ont offert leurs commentaires, analyses, et opinions par rapport aux performances de chacun des chefs!  Nous avons filmé et compilé leurs meilleures réactions que vous pouvez visionner (en anglais seulement).

Élection partielle

Les électeurs de Simcoe Nord, en Ontario, auront  de nombreuses façons de voter au cours de la prochaine élection partielle. Le leader du Parti conservateur, Patrick Brown, se présente comme candidat afin de remporter officiellement un siège à Queen’s Park.  L’élection aura lieu le 3 septembre.

Encourager la participation des jeunes pendant l’élection fédérale

Notre programme fédéral du Vote étudiant est présentement en cours et est offert en partenariat avec Élections Canada.  Déjà plus de 3 200 écoles se sont inscrites partout au pays. Les enseignants peuvent s’inscrire ici afin de recevoir des ressources pédagogiques gratuites.

De plus, au cours de l’élection générale fédérale de 2015, Élections Canada lancera un projet pilote afin d’ouvrir des bureaux de scrutin sur certains campus et dans certains centres d’amitié et centres communautaires. Ces nouveaux bureaux constitueront des points de service supplémentaires où les gens pourront se renseigner, s’inscrire et voter. En tout, il y aura 40 bureaux de vote qui aideront particulièrement les étudiants collégiaux et universitaires à voter pour le candidat de leur circonscription, malgré la distance.

Gardez-vous au courant de l’actualité politique et de nos programmes en nous suivant sur Twitter @voteetudiant ou @CIVIX_Canada

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Weekly Round-Up: August 14, 2015

August 14th, 2015 by Dan Allan

Each Friday, CIVIX provides a digest of the major events in Canadian politics.

Federal election update

Week two of the 2015 federal election campaign is nearly over and just over two months remain until election day. The race is “gridlocked,” according to one recent poll, and attack ads are set to become more and more common.

Last week’s’ debate reportedly drew less viewers than 2011 but still managed to reach more than 4 million Canadians through television and online broadcasts. The conversation shifted this week to future leader’s debates, and an agreement was reached between the parties that will allow four more to take place: one English, one bilingual and two French.

Kids react to the leaders’ debate

Speaking of leaders’ debates, our team gathered a group of high school students participating in this year’s Student Vote program to watch the debate, discuss what they saw and share their reactions to each leader.

We assembled a few of the highlights into our new video, which you can watch here (and read about on the Maclean’s website):

By-election races

Provincial by-election campaigns continue in Ontario and Alberta. The Calgary Foothills by-election is seen as both “a test” and “a barometer” for Alberta’s new NDP government. Parties have nominated candidates and the “scorecard is nearly filled.”

The race is “heating up” in Simcoe North and the majority of candidates have now been named. Most notably, party leader Patrick Brown will represent the Progressive Conservatives in his bid to win a seat at Queen’s Park. Both ridings head to the polls on September 3.

Resignations and nominations

More provincial by-elections could be on the horizon. In British Columbia, three provincial seats could be left vacant as provincial MLAs seek federal party nominations, including former Finance Minister Doug Horne.

In Manitoba, former cabinet member Peter Bjornson resigned his legislature seat in Gimli. The moves comes just eight months before the next provincial election, currently scheduled for April 19.

Engaging youth in the election

Our federal Student Vote program is being delivered in partnership with Elections Canada, and nearly 3,200 schools have already registered from ridings across the country. Educators sign up here to receive free election resources.

Elections Canada has also launched a new program aimed at making voting easier for post-secondary students who want to vote in their home ridings by setting up offices on 40 college and university campuses across the country. 

For ongoing updates, follow us on Twitter at @CIVIX_Canada and like our Facebook page.

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Weekly Round-Up: August 7, 2015

August 7th, 2015 by Dan Allan

Each Friday, CIVIX provides a digest of the major events in Canadian politics.

The 42nd federal election has begun

The writs of election have been issued and the 42nd general election campaign is officially underway! Prime Minister Stephen Harper met with Governor General David Johnston on Sunday morning and, after an 11-week campaign, Canadians will head to the polls on Monday, October 19.

If you’re looking for news from the first week of the campaign, the Globe and Mail has launched their Election 2015 website. For more information on the election, you can never go wrong by visiting the Elections Canada website.

Leaders’ debate recap

The first leaders’ debate of the campaign took place last night in Toronto. Hosted by Maclean’s and moderated by Paul Wells, the debate featured Harper, Mulcair, Trudeau and May and focused on issues like the economy, the environment, democratic reform and foreign affairs. You can watch a replay of the debate here.

Last night, we tried something new by gathering a group of 7 high school students to watch the debate and capturing their reactions. We tweeted some of the initial feedback, and we’ll be releasing more in a video soon. We’ll be directly engaging with Student Vote participants and providing them with a voice throughout the election. (And, speaking of Student Vote, educators can sign up their school here).

Other elections and by-elections

As a result of the federal election call, Saskatchewan’s 28th provincial election has been officially moved to April 4, 2016. The date was initially set for November 2 of this year, but this move avoids any overlap between the two campaigns.

Despite the federal election, Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown will have a chance to win his seat before the provincial legislature resumes in September. Premier Kathleen Wynne announced last week that the Simcoe North by-election would take place on Thursday, September 3.

In Alberta, Premier Rachel Notley has called the provincial by-election in Calgary-Foothills for September 3. The by-election is being held to replace former Premier Jim Prentice, who resigned on election night. Voters in the riding will be heading to the polls for the third time in less than a year.

CIVIX is hiring for the federal election

We’re currently accepting applications for multiple positions, including Campaign Distribution Manager. Apply today!

For ongoing updates, follow us on Twitter at @CIVIX_Canada and like our Facebook page.

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The story of building citizens starts now

August 2nd, 2015 by CIVIX

Canada’s 42nd general election has begun and Canadians will go to the polls to elect our next federal government on October 19.

This will be the longest, most expensive and viciously fought election campaign in Canada’s history – and it all starts with the Conservatives, NDP and Liberals in a three way race.

For those that follow politics, it doesn’t get more exciting than this. For those that don’t, there might finally be something to care about.

The team at CIVIX has been preparing for this day for more than a year and we stand ready to deliver our farthest reaching and most effective Student Vote program yet.

I write today because I want you to be a part of one of the most important stories that will be coming out of the next 11 weeks: the story of 600,000 students under the voting age becoming engaged in the election and building the habits of active and informed citizenship.

For 12 years and 26 elections, our team has been very comfortable keeping our heads down focused solely on delivering our best at work. That’s our style. But, this election, we’re going to occasionally raise our heads to speak with our friends and donors to share the inspiration we feel when organizing a Student Vote, and to open ourselves to the encouragement and support that you can offer us as we work towards our ambitious goals. We need it.

Here’s how Student Vote is starting this campaign:

– Nearly 3,000 schools have registered for Student Vote as of today, representing approximately 20% of all schools in Canada. We’ve already reached 70% of our total registrations of the 2011 election. Our end goal is 6,000 schools registering and receiving materials from Student Vote and 600,000 students casting a Student Vote ballot.

– By the end of September, CIVIX will have trained 800 teachers with the aim of improving their ability to deliver Student Vote in their classrooms this fall. Over 400 teachers will have been trained cumulatively in BC, Ontario and Quebec, and another 400 will be trained in Calgary and Edmonton. We hope to establish a precedent in Calgary and Edmonton with more than 70% of all schools in a major urban centre participating in Student Vote.

– CIVIX is trying something new this campaign: engaging directly with students. We’re finalizing the design of a Student Vote Council for high school students across Canada. The goal is to give students a voice throughout the campaign, and actively collect and share content from their election experience. It’s a gamble, but a fun and important one to take.

We’re chasing a dream this campaign. The dream is that kids inspire this election.

By late September, thousands of schools across Canada will be motivating their students to pay attention to the election. Hundreds of schools will bring in local election candidates for meet-and-greets with their students, or even school-wide candidate forums.

Kids as young as ten years old will be causing their families to watch the leaders’ debates and challenging their parents to vote. At Thanksgiving dinner, families will be inspired or shamed into voting by the knowledge and opinions of the election that their kids bring home to the dinner table.

During National Student Vote Week, October 13th to 16th, more than half a million students under the voting age will cast their Student Vote ballot for local election candidates with their peers acting as Deputy Returning Officers and Poll Clerks.

The first complete riding-by-riding results available on election night will be the Student Vote results, and they almost always predict the winner.

This is going to be an incredible 78 days.

We’ll be in touch soon. Remember, the first debate is on Thursday night.


P.S. – We chuckle when we get confused for a government agency. We’re not. CIVIX is a charity that is powered by real citizens – not folks – that believe in what we do and donate their money for us to do it. We happily provide receipts. More on our partners and donors for this campaign soon!

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Weekly Round-Up: July 31, 2015

July 31st, 2015 by Dan Allan

Each Friday, CIVIX provides a digest of the major events in Canadian politics.

Will the writ drop this weekend?

Monday is a holiday for most Canadians, but by the time it rolls around the country may already be in the midst of the 42nd federal election campaign. Reports suggest that Prime Minister Stephen Harper will visit Governor General David Johnston as early as Sunday to dissolve Parliament and call the election.

The extended campaign – at 11 weeks it will be one of the longest in Canadian history – will cost taxpayers more, due to inflated election expenses, but will also give voters more time to consider how they will cast their ballot on October 19.

A new Ipsos poll shows a statistical tie with a “new-school two party race” at the top, while an Abacus poll of millennials show that the younger demographic favours the NDP. The first leaders’ debate, hosted by Maclean’s, takes place on Thursday.

Remembering Flora MacDonald

The week began on a sad note with the passing of Flora MacDonald, Canada’s first female secretary of state for foreign affairs. MacDonald was a long-time politician who helped pave the way for other female parliamentarians, ultimately receiving the Order of Canada in 1992.

MacDonald served as a Member of Parliament from 1972 to 1988, serving in several cabinet positions. You can read some of her many tributes, as posted on Twitter, here.

Electoral changes

Electoral reform remains in the news for another week, with the federal Conservatives proposing that a national referendum be held before any changes are made to how we choose our elected representatives.

The NDP and Liberals had already presented their plans for eliminating first-past-the-post, which Peter Loewen has summarized in the Ottawa Citizen. At the end of the day, Campbell Clark argues in the Globe and Mail, parties will just end up favouring the electoral changes that will benefit them the most.

Notable nominations

The candidate nomination process has been accelerated with the election approaching fast. The week started with the much-publicised loss of MP Eve Adams in the race for the Eglington-Lawrence Liberal nod, where she was defeated by Marco Mendicino.

Also in Toronto, an interesting race is shaping up in the new riding of Spadina-Fort York. Former MP, and Toronto mayoral candidate, Olivia Chow was appointed as the NDP candidate for the upcoming election. She’ll be taking on Liberal Adam Vaughan, who won the seat in a by-election last summer.

By-election breakdown

It’s easy to lose track of provincial politics with the election frenzy, but there are still several interesting stories to follow. In Ontario, the Progressive Conservatives are “pressing” Premier Kathleen Wynne to call a by-election this summer so that new leader Patrick Brown can get into the legislature before its return in September.

Former Premier Jim Prentice resigned his seat on Alberta’s election night, and the by-election to replace him will take place this fall. Two candidates have been nominated so far, including former two-term MLA and city councillor Bob Hawkesworth for the NDP.

Register for Student Vote 2015!

While Elections Canada is getting ready for the official election, we’re busy putting the final touches on the federal Student Vote parallel election program.

Elementary and secondary school students across the country will have an opportunity to cast their own ballots this fall, and nearly 3,000 schools have already registered from ridings across the country.

Educators can sign up today to receive free resources as soon as school returns in September!

(And, by the way, we’re still accepting applications for our Campaign Communications Assistant position).

For ongoing updates, follow us on Twitter at @CIVIX_Canada.

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Weekly Round-Up: July 24, 2015

July 24th, 2015 by Dan Allan

Each Friday, CIVIX provides a digest of the major events in Canadian politics.

Federal election news

Less than three months remain until the federal election and there continue to be rumours of an early election call. The writ may drop a month earlier than required, but the four major parties “are starting to look like they’re ready” for the campaign with candidate rosters nearing completion. The polls show a tight race, so this fall will certainly be an exciting one.

Adding to the anticipation is the possibility of a coalition government. The NDP are in favour, the Liberals aren’t and the Globe and Mail explains the “rules and conventions” that could allow it to happen. In other election news, Canadian expatriates who have lived abroad for more than five years will not be eligible to vote this October.

Brown to face by-election

Patrick Brown has been Ontario PC leader since May but he still does not hold a seat at Queen’s Park. On Tuesday, long time MPP Garfield Dunlop announced that he will resign so Brown can run for his seat in Simcoe North.

If called right away, the by-election could take place before Labour Day and Brown could be in legislature for its return on September 14. However, Premier Kathleen Wynne will wait to set a date until after the federal election, arguing that Brown should have found a riding to run in sooner.

Quebec’s new L-G

On Tuesday, the PM announced the appointment of J. Michel Doyon as the new Lieutenant Governor of Quebec. Doyon replaces Pierre Duchesne, who served as Quebec’s vice-regal representative since 2007.

Electoral reform recap

In the Globe and Mail, David McLaughlin speculates on how the results of the federal election will impact Canada’s first-past-the-post electoral system. And, later today, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to call for Senate abolition with Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall.

In Prince Edward Island, the Greens and NDP want to seek public input before next year’s plebiscite on preferential balloting. In Nova Scotia, some are calling on Premier Stephen McNeil to “follow through” on his promise to pursue electoral reform.

Youth engagement update

Electoral changes are also being debated for those under the voting age. In London, Ontario, it was proposed that teens be allowed to vote for mayor. In the United States, Democratic Minority leader Nancy Pelosi voiced her support for lowering the voting age to 16 or 17.

Legislation may take years to change, but it is possible for Canadian youth to take part in the election this fall. To get started, educators can register their class for our federal Student Vote program today.

Interested in joining our team?

There is still time to apply for our Campaign Communications Assistant position for this fall’s federal election!

For ongoing updates, follow us on Twitter at @CIVIX_Canada.

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Récapitulatif hebdomadaire: 17 juillet 2015

July 17th, 2015 by CIVIX

Le récapitulatif hebdomadaire est de retour après 3 semaines d’interruption!

Les élections fédérales

Il y a des spéculations que le Premier ministre déclencherait les élections fédérales au mois d’août, plus tôt que prévu.  La date butoire officielle du déclenchement est le 13 septembre pour des élections qui auraient lieu le 19 octobre. D’ailleurs, le premier débat des chefs, organisé par le magazine Maclean et Rogers, aura lieu le 6 août, en anglais.

Participation des jeunes

L’institut Broadbent a publié un nouveau rapport (en anglais seulement) suggérant que la génération du millénaire n’est pas si indifférente qu’on la croirait face à la politique. Elle ne fait tout simplement pas confiance aux politiciens et à leur capacité de prendre des décisions qui reflètent les priorités et les intérêts des jeunes.

Alors, comment susciter l’intérêt des jeunes et les motiver à prendre part au processus démocratique? Les enseignants peuvent commencer en inscrivant leurs classes au programme Vote étudiant.  Il y a déjà presque 3000 écoles d’inscrites de partout au pays!

Rencontre des premiers ministres provinciaux

Les premiers ministres provinciaux se sont rencontrés au Labrador cette semaine afin de discuter de plusieurs enjeux, notamment une stratégie nationale de l’énergie

Joignez-vous à notre équipe!

Êtes-vous intéressé à vous joindre à notre équipe pour les prochaines élections fédérales? Nous sommes à la recherche d’un/e assistant/e des communications. Postulez aujourd’hui, vous ne le regretterez pas!

Gardez-vous au courant de l’actualité politique et de nos programmes en nous suivant sur Twitter @voteetudiant ou @CIVIX_Canada

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Weekly Round-Up: July 17, 2015

July 17th, 2015 by Dan Allan

Each Friday, CIVIX provides a digest of the major events in Canadian politics.

Federal election countdown

After a three-week hiatus, the Weekly Round-Up is back! And right on time, too, as there are now reports that the prime minister may have a “cunning” plan to call the federal election earlier than expected. The writ doesn’t have to drop for the scheduled October 19 vote until September 13, but many expect it could come as soon as early-August.

Over at the Ottawa Citizen, Kady O’Malley mused about the fixed-election date, and what would happen if the PM ignored it, and also offers a super handy guide to the upcoming leaders’ debates. In other federal news, the National Post created a fun election advent calendar, Global News looks at where your money goes when you donate to a party and the Globe and Mail released their new election simulator.

Youth engagement

A new report from the Broadbent Institute suggests that millennials aren’t apathetic – they just don’t trust politicians. Our friends at Samara and Apathy is Boring are quoted in this Global News article on the findings.

How can we change youth attitudes and engage them in the electoral process? Educators can start by registering their class for our federal Student Vote program. Nearly 3,000 schools have already signed up from across the country!

Canada’s premiers gather

Premiers from almost all of Canada’s provinces and territories met in in Newfoundland and Labrador this week to discuss several concerns, including aboriginal issues, energy and health care. This was the first Council of the Federation meeting for the recently elected Rachel Notley and Wade MacLauchlan.

By-election breakdown

Nova Scotia held three provincial by-elections on Monday, which many saw as the first real “test” for Premier Stephen McNeil’s Liberal government.

In the end, the Liberals won two seats (in Cape Breton Centre and Sydney-Whitney Pier), and the NDP took one (in Dartmouth South). Full results are available on the Elections Nova Scotia website.

Electoral reform

After weak turnout in advance polls for the by-elections, Premier McNeil floated the idea of a ranked ballot voting system, and possibly online voting. McNeil won’t act on changes during this mandate, and will consult with opposition parties before taking any action.

A plebiscite on electoral reform is likely to be held in Prince Edward Island next year, where voters will choose from three voting systems (including the current First-Past-the-Post). And in Ottawa, community groups are asking residents to discuss how the province’s municipal elections legislation could be improved.

Join our team!

Interested in joining our team for the upcoming federal election? We’re hiring a Campaign Communications Assistant. Apply today – you won’t regret it.

For ongoing updates, follow us on Twitter at @CIVIX_Canada.

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Fête du Canada 2015

June 30th, 2015 by CIVIX

Cette année on fête le 148e anniversaire du Canada! 

La fête du Canada souligne la Loi constitutionelle de 1867, qui a été adopté le 1er juillet 1867 et qui marque la naissance du Canada comme pays indépendant. À l’époque connue sous le nom de L’Acte de l’Amérique du Nord britannique, la loi a créé le Dominion du Canada, une fédération de quatre provinces: la Nouvelle-Écosse, le Nouveau-Brunswick, l’Ontario, et le Québec. 

L’anniversaire de la confédération a été fêté pour la première fois le 1er juillet 1879  et était appelé la fête du Dominion. Ce n’est qu’en 1982 que la journée est devenue officiellement la fête du Canada. 

Voici quelques faits intéressants sur l’histoire de la Fête du Canada:

  • Le nom “Canada” trace ces origines aux voyages de l’explorateur Jacques Cartier en 1535 et le nom a apparu sur des cartes started appearing on maps by the mid 1500s. L’origine du nom ‘Canada’ est le sujet d’une des Minutes du Patrimoine
  • Lors de la confédération en 1867, plusieurs autres noms ont été suggéré pour le nouveau Dominion, incluant Anglia, Albionora, Borealia, Cabotia, Efisga, Hochelaga, Laurentia and Victorialand.
  • Sir Charles Stanley Monck est devenu le premier gouverneur général du Canada le 1er juillet 1867.
  • En 1879, le 1er juillet est devenu un jour férié grâce à une loi fédérale, afin de souligner l’anniversaire de la confédération.
  • À Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador, le 1er juillet est aussi le Jour du Souvenir. Cette journée est observée depuis 1917 et rend hommage aux soldats du régiment de Terre Neuve qui sont morts lors de la Bataille de la Somme le 1er juillet 1916. La province se joint à la confédération en 1949. 


Plusieurs évènements vont souligner la fête du Canada à travers le pays. En voici quelques-uns: 

  • À Ottawa, les célébrations vont avoir lieu toute la journée. Voici une liste complète d’activités.
  • À Toronto, vous pouvez fêter à Mel Lastman Square avec une soirée de dance, musique, et feux d’artifice.
  • À Vancouver, les activités vont avoir lieu à Canada Place.
  • À Calgary, il y a plusieurs évènements organisés. Vous pouvez aussi célébrer la fête du Canada à l’Assemblée législative de l’Alberta.
  • À Montréal, il y aura des activités toute la journée au Vieux-Port.
  • À Halifax, vous pouvez observer les feux d’artifices au Halifax Harbour.

Visitez le site de votre ville pour plus d’information sur les évènements planifiés dans votre communauté.

Bonne fête du Canada!

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Canada Day 2015

June 30th, 2015 by CIVIX

This year marks Canada’s 148th birthday!

Canada Day celebrates the passage of the Constitution Act on July 1st 1867. Then known as the British North America Act, the legislation created the Dominion of Canada, a federation of four provinces – Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec.

The anniversary of this event was first celebrated on July 1st 1879 as Dominion Day. In fact, the holiday we now know as Canada Day was officially called Dominion Day until 1982.

Here are few interesting facts about Canada’s journey as a nation:

  • The name “Canada” originates from Jacques Cartier travels in 1535 and started appearing on maps by the mid 1500s. The story is told in a Canadian Heritage Minute
  • During confederation in 1867, other names were suggested for the new dominion, including: Anglia, Albionora, Borealia, Cabotia, Efisga, Hochelaga, Laurentia and Victorialand.
  • Sir Charles Stanley Monck was sworn in as Canada’s first Governor General on July 1st 1867 in Ottawa, Ontario.
  • In 1879, a federal law made July 1st a statutory holiday to honour the anniversary of confederation. 
  • In Newfoundland and Labrador, July 1st is also Memorial Day. Observed since 1917, the day commemorates the soldiers of Newfoundland’s 1st Regiment that died during the Battle of the Somme, on July 1st 1916. The province joined confederation in 1949.


Many events will be held to celebrate Canada Day across the country. Here are a few:

  • In Ottawa, Canada Day celebrations will run from morning to night. For a full list of events and activities, click here.
  • In Toronto, you can celebrate Canada Day at Mel Lastman Square with an evening of dance, music, family activities and fireworks.
  • In Vancouver, Canada Day festivities will take place at Canada Place. Click here for more information.
  • The City of Calgary has organized numerous events for Canada Day celebrations. Click here for the list of attractions and events. You can also celebrate Canada Day at the Alberta Legislature.
  • In Halifax, you can celebrate Canada Day at Halifax Harbour.

Visit your city or town’s website for more information on local events and celebrations.

Happy Canada Day!

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