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Scotland, Quebec and Sovereignty

Friday, September 19th, 2014

This week in school, we spoke a lot about sovereignty. It wasn’t based on the upcoming referendum in Scotland, it’s just the place from which you start when discussing politics. Every single politics class for the last three years of my degree has discussed sovereignty in some way during the first few weeks. This week […]

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Guest Blog: Democracy and Dictatorship 101

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

During my graduate degree in political science, I took a bunch of courses about international relations (now more often called “global affairs”). Talking about global governance, global affairs, or international relations unfortunately usually involves talking about war, conflict, and inequality, not peace and harmony. People have different motivations for getting involved in academia, but my […]

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Kim Campbell reflects on being Canada’s first woman prime minister

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

The Right Honourable Kim Campbell served as the Prime Minister of Canada from June 25 to November 4, 1993. This past Monday marked the 20th anniversary of the end of her time in office. Megan Beretta, a CIVIX volunteer and University of Ottawa student, attended a panel that included Campbell this week. On Wednesday, November […]

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The Voting Thrill

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Fourteen and a half million ballots were cast in the 2011 federal election. Turnout was slightly higher than the 2008 election (a record low of 58.8 per cent of eligible voters cast ballots), but that isn’t saying much. For whatever reason (and there are many: apathy, ignorance, inconvenience, protest) almost half of Canadians didn’t stop […]

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Guest Blog: Student Voice Initiative

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Leah Bae is an eighteen-year old undergraduate student at the University of Toronto and a TD National Scholarship for Community Leadership recipient.    What is student voice? Student voice is the “wish, choice, or opinion openly or formally expressed” by a “scholar or learner who attends a school” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). Student voice is “giving students […]

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