Weekly Round-Up: April 17, 2015

April 17th, 2015 by Dan Allan

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

Provincial election campaigns continue

The second week of campaigning in Alberta and Prince Edward Island is almost over, but the races are starting to heat up with less than three weeks remaining until voters head to the polls.

Nominations close today for both elections, and students will have an opportunity to vote on their local candidates through Student Vote programs in both provinces. There’s still time for teachers to register for the free election materials!

Budget day preview

The federal budget will be tabled on Tuesday, and Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa will present his provincial budget on Thursday.

We don’t know what Joe Oliver will include in his budget, but we do know what more than 5,500 students from across Canada will want to see. We surveyed high school students in every province and territory about their budget priorities as part of this year’s Student Budget Consultation and the results will be released on Monday. Stay tuned for more details!

Democracy Bootcamp Ontario

More than 200 educators from across Ontario have assembled in Toronto for Democracy Bootcamp! The two-day professional learning conference is intended to improve the interest, knowledge and instructional capacity of classroom teachers to teach democracy and citizenship in the lead-up to this fall’s federal election (and the Student Vote). Learn more here.

MPs visit classrooms across Canada

Spring break is almost over for MPs, but not all of them have been taking it easy. Eighteen MPs have visited schools in their ridings as part of our Rep Day program over the past two weeks, with more visits to come before the end of the school year.

The program aims to help students develop a better understanding and sense of trust in the people and institutions within our democracy. You can read a great blog recap of Okanagan-Coquihalla MP Dan Albas’ Rep Day visit to Dayna Hart’s Grade 8/9 classroom to learn more about what makes the experience so valuable.

Great opportunities for students and educators

There is still time for educators to apply for the 2016 Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy and Grade 7 students can apply now for the Ontario Legislative Page Program. We recommend both!

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

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