Weekly Round-Up: August 9

August 9th, 2013 by Dan Allan

Each Friday, CIVIX provides a digest of the major events in Canadian and international politics. For ongoing updates, follow us on Twitter at @CIVIX_Canada.

Is a Nova Scotia election imminent?

We must confess that a lot of time in the CIVIX office has been spent monitoring the #nspoli hashtag on Twitter lately. With good reason, of course: we’re busy preparing for a Nova Scotia Student Vote program, which educators can register for online.

The Chronicle Herald reported this week that politicians are in “full election mode.” There have been many events and announcements by party leaders, and campaign videos have begun to be released. Many candidates have already been nominated, with many nomination meetings scheduled for the weeks ahead.

An election call by Premier Darrell Dexter would interrupt many summer vacations, but it could also delay proposed regulations that would make it mandatory for all MLA offices in the province to be fully accessible.


Elections Canada formally received the Notice of Vacancy for the Toronto Centre riding this week. MP Bob Rae announced he would step down back in June and made it official on July 31. Last week we wrote about some potential candidates who intend to run to replace him.

There are now three vacant seats in the House of Commons, and it’s likely that all three by-elections will be held at the same time. The earliest these by-elections could be held would be September 23, with the writs dropping on August 17. The writ for the Bourassa by-election must be dropped before November 30.

Senator Rod Zimmer also stepped down this week due to health reasons. Zimmer was appointed to the Senate in 2005 by Prime Minister Paul Martin.

What’s on TV? Territorial politics!

Are you a fan of territorial politics? You’re in luck! It just got a whole lot easier for you to follow along with the legislative proceedings in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.

This week, the CRTC ordered all direct-to-home satellite TV providers in the two territories to carry the legislative assembly channels as part of all subscription packages. Residents will now be able to tune into legislative debates, and keep track of their local representatives.

Mayors of all ages

John Hamlyn is the mayor of Crow Head, Newfoundland and Labrador. He is 81, and has been mayor since 1963. That’s 50 years! Mississauga, Ontario Mayor Hazel McCallion is 92, but has only been in office for 34 years.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, Robert “Bobby” Tufts has been elected to a second term as the honourary mayor of Dorset, Minnesota. Tufts is only four years old, and was three when first elected last year. Each “vote” costs $1, and proceeds go to pay for a local festival.

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