Democracy Bootcamp Ontario 2017


Why Are We Here [PPT]

Student Vote Best Practices [PPT]

Indigenous governance and perspectives [PPT]

Chris Cochrane [PPT]

Matthew Feinberg [PPT]

Looking forward [PPT]


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CIVIX Programming

  • Student Vote [link]
  • Rep Day [link]
  • Student Budget Consultation [link]
  • Democracy Bootcamp [link]

Democracy Bootcamp Agenda

Thursday, April 20

6:00 – 6:30pm


6:30 – 6:45pm


6:45 – 8:00pm

The state of democracy today

Commentators share their thoughts about recent international events, emerging trends in politics and the impact they have had on the state of democracy

o   Sarah Kendzior (Globe and Mail)

o   Adam Radwanski (Globe and Mail)

o   Moderator: Laura Stone (Globe and Mail)



Friday, April 21

7:00 – 8:00am


8:00 – 8:30am

Why are we here

Voting trends and research, the importance of civic education and the key findings from the recent Student Vote Evaluation

8:30 – 9:15am

Student Vote experiences and best practices

Review of best practices for Student Vote followed by small group discussions regarding program experiences, including both successes and challenges

9:15 – 10:15am

Indigenous Governance and Perspectives

An overview of Indigenous governance in Ontario and opportunities to introduce Indigenous perspectives in the classroom

o   Lindsey Lickers (Native Canadian Centre of Toronto)

10:15 – 10:35am


10:35 – 11:30am

Media and Political Conversations

Scholars present research related to the effects of media today and the role of values in political conversations, followed by a question-and-answer period

o   Chris Cochrane (University of Toronto)

o   Matthew Feinberg (Rotman School of Management)

11:30 – 12:00pm

Political literacy teaching strategies

Key strategies and ideas for effective political discussion and the exploration of controversial issues

12:00 – 12:50pm


12:50 – 2:10pm

Politics Panel

Understanding the strategies and tactics of the parties in lead up to the next elections

o   Sean Speer (Macdonald-Laurier Institute)

o   Kathleen Monk (Earnscliffe)

o   Scott Reid (Feschuk.Reid)

o   Moderator: Jennifer Ditchburn (IRPP)

2:10 – 2:50pm

Looking forward: 2018 elections

Consultation session regarding future Student Vote programs in Ontario, including setting up an outreach network and other ideas for enhancing participation

2:50 – 3:00pm

Closing Remarks