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Politics and its Discontents: Some Compelling Reasons To Vote

H/t Memorial March for the Victims of Harperism

H/t David Suzuki Foundation

If anyone you know is not certain whether he or she is registered to vote, checking out one’s status is easy by a visit to Elections Canada Online.

Meanwhile, the truly disenfranchised are getting some help in Halifax through something called the . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Some Compelling Reasons To Vote

Politics and its Discontents: And Now For You Youngsters Out There

Those words, or something very similar, were often uttered by Ed Sullivan when he had an act that would appeal to a youthful demographic. People of a certain age, or, because the Mound of Sound recently chided me about my use of euphemisms, old farts like me, will remember those times.

Today, it is hard . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: And Now For You Youngsters Out There

Politics and its Discontents: Joy Taylor Has A Mission

Ninety-two years old and still fighting the good fight.

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Politics and its Discontents: If You Know Some Young Potential Voters

Please send them this

so that we can have less of this

and thisin the future. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Sidelining The Youth Vote

The potential of the youth vote, about which I have written several times on this blog, is, without question, great. The fact that only a low number of young people turn out to vote should be a source of grave concern for all those who desire real change in Canada.

Sadly, those low . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Sidelining The Youth Vote

Politics and its Discontents: Attention, Young People: Here Is Why You Should Vote

This brief but powerful video should be viewed by all those who are politically disengaged, especially our young citizens:

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Politics and its Discontents: A Post-Election Reflection

I don’t want to comment directly about last night’s Ontario election, given that it has been incisively and very competently observed by others already. However, I want to address a comment my friend Tom, who voted Liberal, made on Facebook:

And here’s why the system is broken: @51% voter turnout — up marginally from . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Post-Election Reflection

Politics and its Discontents: The Responsibility We All Must Assume

In a column entitled A disheartening year in Canadian politics published on Dec. 20, The Globe’s Jeffrey Simpson recounts the corruption, buffoonery and scandals that permeate our municipal, provincial and federal political governments. Whether we look at the antics of Toronto’s Rob Ford, the widespread venality, graft and ties to organized crime endemic to Montreal . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Responsibility We All Must Assume

Politics and its Discontents: Citizenship on the Sidelines

Being on holiday has induced in me a certain mental torpor, so please forgive me if this post states the obvious. Those of us who write politically-oriented blogs are, of course, engaged intellectually and emotionally in the machinations of those we elect. And I suspect it is to our regular consternation and disappointment that . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Citizenship on the Sidelines

Politics and its Discontents: The Tory Strategy of Fostering Voter Disengagement

I have long believed that a good part of the Conservative strategy to become Canada’s natural governing party rests on a strategy of disenfranchisement. By lowering the tone of public debate, by acting in high-handed and undemocratic ways, by hobbling data-gathering apparatuses, and by employing a myriad of other tactics very ably outlined recently by . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Tory Strategy of Fostering Voter Disengagement