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The Liberal Scarf: Brush up on my youth democratic participation and civic education policy in time for provincial council!

With provincial council coming up this weekend, here’s a brush up on my policy that got prioritized by the Ontario Young Liberals at Summer Fling back in August. Here is a blog post I wrote outlining some of the stats and evidence behind this policy, and why I think it would work for Ontario.

ENCOURAGING YOUTH DEMOCRATIC PARTICIPATION AND IMPROVING CIVIC EDUCATION BY: WILLIAM NORMAN, MISSISSAUGA SOUTH WHEREAS the lowest voter registration rates are for young voters 18-24 years of age WHEREAS there is a positive correlation between voting and being registered as a voter before General Voting Day (Read more…) . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Brush up on my youth democratic participation and civic education policy in time for provincial council!

The Liberal Scarf: Final version of my policy to be presented at Summer Fling: Encouraging Youth Democratic Participation and Improving Civic Education

My original policy had some friendly amendments for clarity and language, so here is what I’ll be presenting at Summer Fling this weekend: Encouraging Youth Democratic Participation and Improving Civic Education (Provincial) By: William Norman, Mississauga South   WHEREAS – The lowest voter registration rates are for young voters 18-24 years of age WHEREAS – There is a positive correlation between voting and being registered as a voter before General Voting Day WHEREAS – Australia and several American states allow for voter registration below the age of 18 WHEREAS – The Chief Electoral Officer of British Columbia recommended in 2011 in his (Read more…) . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Final version of my policy to be presented at Summer Fling: Encouraging Youth Democratic Participation and Improving Civic Education

The Liberal Scarf: "Political parties aren’t perfect, but that’s why I belong to one"

Giving some dap to an article written by Hillary Buchan-Terrell for Samara about her experiences in politics, and why political parties matter.

calgaryliberal.com: Vincent Endorses Graeme Maitland’s Run for AYL President

Vincent St. Pierre, Canada’s #1 Political Blogger and Alberta Young Liberal, has endorsed Graeme Maitland in his run for President of the Alberta Young Liberals. See Vincent’s endorsement below. “My name is Vincent St. Pierre. And I am proud to endorse Graeme Maitland for AYL president. His work as a young liberal in Calgary-Klein, efforts [...]

calgaryliberal.com: The Simple Plan

There comes a point when what goes on has to stop, trends have to be rejected, and a vision set forth. In Alberta I want to put forward the three objectives below. (1) Unite the Divided. Honest engagement, openness to new people, and a drive for cooperation, is key if anyone is ever to be [...]

The Liberal Scarf: Check out my new tumblr for all my political graphic design projects!

http://williamnorman88.tumblr.com/

Featuring graphic design projects done for the Charles Sousa leadership campaign, Anita Vandenbeld’s campaign for Ottawa West-Nepean, various Young Liberal clubs, and more. I’ll be updating it from time to time as well.

The Liberal Scarf: Youth support from across Ontario for Charles Sousa!

Like the Sousa campaign on Facebook!Follow Charles on Twitter!

I remember when I first started volunteering for Charles Sousa back in 2007. Charles had just been nominated as the Liberal candidate for the fall general election, following the departure of Tim Peterson from the Liberal caucus. Charles was a first time candidate running in a riding which had never voted Liberal provincially before 2003 against an incumbent the PC’s were treating as a star candidate. I’ve seen as Charles’ campaign has grown from his kitchen table and the back of his van to a province wide effort, and that’s

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The Liberal Scarf: Follow the Young Liberals of Canada ground team at the COP 18 UN Climate Change Conference!

http://ylcatcop18.wordpress.com/I was a member of the first YLC team to go to a COP meeting, attending the COP 15 in Copenhagen. I’m very happy to see the YLC continue to be committed to sending delegates as part of the International Federation of Libe… . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Follow the Young Liberals of Canada ground team at the COP 18 UN Climate Change Conference!

calgaryliberal.com: Supporting Community — Young Liberals for Harvey Locke collect cans and non-perishables for Sunalta’s halfway house

Ryan: Maggie: Thomas:

The Liberal Scarf: Be a Young Liberal delegate to the next UN Climate Change Convention! Deadline to apply is tomorrow!

Click this link for more info

I had the opportunity to go to the COP-15 Conference in Copenhagen back in 2009, and it was a remarkable experience for me. Young Liberals have developed a proud history now of sending delegates as part of the International Federation of Liberal Youth, and I recommend any Young Liberal with an interest in the environment or international relations to consider being a delegate. Follow the link above to find out more info on how to apply, the deadline is tomorrow!

calgaryliberal.com: UofC Liberals sign up 150 young liberals

Liberalism is alive and well in Calgary. As of September 21st the University of Calgary Liberal Association signed up 148 young Liberals from the annual week long clubs week held by the Students’ Union. The membership now counts more than 170 with renewed members, in addition to several new federal Liberal memberships sold and renewed [...]

The Equivocator: Toronto Pride with the Queer Liberals

“There is no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation.” – Pierre Trudeau

While at university I made appoint of watching the Toronto Pride Parade a a member of the crowd. This year, thanks to my friends in the Queer Liberals, I was able to participate in the Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo Pride Festival, the Durham Region Pride and I marched in the Toronto Pride Parade.

My experience at all 3 pride festivals was extremely positive. The Federal and Provincial Liberals have solid records on Queer issues. With Bill 13 in Ontario the fact that words matter and

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The Equivocator: Zach Armstrong: Step Up, Step Aside

I recently attended the Ontario Liberal Party’s Provincial Council in Sudbury. It was great to see so many dedicated Liberals working together in Northern Ontario, but one moment was particularly inspiring. During a session about youth in politics, Kathleen Wynne (Minister of Municipal & Aboriginal Affairs) provided some insights from her seat in the audience.

After talking about the intelligent young people working with her in Toronto, she said that young people have a distinct responsibility to challenge their elected representatives. Don’t be afraid to start conversations about the future of your province, or your country, she said. Conversations should

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The Liberal Scarf: First post in a long time, some policy discussion!

I haven’t posted in forever, so I decided to break out of the doldrums of summer by posting a policy I’m considering submitting for OYL Summer Fling on reforming Canadian Content regulations. Here it is:

Whereas – Canadian music deserves to be supported and funded for both economic and cultural reasons,

Whereas- Canadians are accessing more and more content online, bypassing the traditional models of Canadian Content regulation and promotion, [1]

Whereas- Many Canadian bands and performers have recently had more success from establishing popularity outside of Canada, or from online promotion,

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Leopard spots

Hot on the heels of the non-news that the Liberal Party’s national executive would rule soon that interim leader Bob Rae is “allowed” to run for the permanent leadership (he could anyway, but whatever), social media, the blogosphere, and the mainstream media are full of reports suggesting that Rae may already have a team in place.

Consider this widely noted paragraph in Joan Bryden’s Canadian Press piece:

There are very few Liberals who believe Rae won’t run. Indeed, there have been signs that his campaign is already in gear, with at least one organizer, Toronto MP Jim Karygiannis

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The Equivocator: Joseph Uranowski and Liam Nichols Endorse Parker Mackay for Riding Director of the Ontario Young Liberals

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Parker on the 2012 provincial election campaign. As founding members of the Whitby-Oshawa Young Liberals, we have worked closely together over the last number of months to build a strong Young Liberal club in Whitby-Oshawa. Parker is a fantastic choice for Riding Director. He has experience as the president of the WOYL and the Glendon Young Liberals. Parker Mackay is intelligent and approachable. He is a great campaigner and organizer. Having knocked on a countless number of doors with him and stayed up into the wee hours of the night putting up signs

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The Equivocator: 5 Questions: Shane Mackenzie

Shane Mackenzie is the OYL United candidate for Policy Director. His proficiency at online communications and social media brought him to my attention shortly after the last federal election. Shane is incredibly hard-working, funny and sincere. He was kind enough to answer my questions:

1. Why are you a Liberal?

I was attracted to the Liberal Party because from what I’ve seen, history ends up being primarily defined by liberal features through Liberal measures that other parties opposed adamantly and eventually accepted (and now funnily attempt to champion). The Liberal Party has always been ahead of future issues and has done

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The Equivocator: 5 Questions: Adam Exton

Adam Exton does communications for the Barrie Young Liberals. If you don’t like Adam Exton I’d like you to leave this blog, turn off your computer, and find a quite place to reevaluate your life. The Barrie Young Liberals should serve as a model to young liberals across the country. Their focus on community service and real community-based engagement and activism has been an inspiration to the Whitby-Oshawa Young Liberals.

1. Why are you a Liberal? The short answer is that the positions of LPC and OLP match closest with my own values. The longer answer deals with my belief

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The Equivocator: 5 Questions: Paulina O’Neill

I met Paulina O’Neill while canvassing for Grant Gordon in Toronto-Danforth (though I have been receiving e-mails from her for the past year on the UofT Young Liberals listserv.) She was a delight to canvass with and I am proud to support her for the position of Communications Director for the Ontario Young Liberals. Her organizational experience and communication skills will be crucial to helping turn the OYL into a effective activist organization during and between elections. She was nice enough to take the time to answer my questions:

1. Why are you a Liberal?

I am a Liberal

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The Equivocator: “Pennies 4 Katimavik” Launches Today!

Pennies 4 Katimavik (a campaign spearheaded by Bismah Haq) is officially launching today in Ottawa at 2:30pm (click here for the facebook event.)

When I heard about this campaign I was very excited. Axing the program was one of the Harper government’s most maliciously-arbitrary decisions in the 2012 budget. I talked to Bismah about what inspired her to start up this campaign and what she hopes to accomplish. Here is what she told me:

“I originally came up with the idea while watching an analysis about the budget on CBC at Hedy Fry’s office (I volunteer

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The Liberal Scarf: Young Liberals take strong stand against Mulcair’s pro-Harper, pro-prohibition stance on marijuana

Today Young Liberals across the country are taking part in a campaign taking on NDP leader Tom Mulcair for his pro-Harper position on marijuana prohibition. I’m proud to count myself as part of the Ottawa team, putting up posters, handing out information and buttons, and reaching out to the majority of Canadians who believe that continuing the war on marijuana would be a mistake.

The current state of marijuana laws in Canada are hitting taxpayers hard, and Stephen Harper’s tough on wallets crime schemes will only make the situation worse. Hardworking Canadian policemen and policewomen should be working on stopping serious

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The Liberal Scarf: Renewal and activity in the commissions a great sign for Liberal rebuilding

Blogging has been light of late, although I’ve been keeping very active in Liberal events, obviously. In particular, in the last couple of weeks I’ve been to events involving the Young Liberals, the Aboriginal Peoples’ Commission, and the Women’s Commission here in Ottawa, and they all speak to the fact that our commissions are playing a crucial role in the renewal of the Liberal Party and the Liberal brand. I attended a great Young Liberal organized event in Ottawa, the Ottawa Centre/Ottawa-Vanier Young Liberal Bonanza. It was great to hear from Mauril Belanger and Yasir Naqvi how important Young Liberals . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Renewal and activity in the commissions a great sign for Liberal rebuilding

The Liberal Scarf: Empowering and engaging Young Liberals – Alexandra Mendes’ plan for youth

Alexandra Mendes has a proven track record of Young Liberal engagement, including having her successful 2008 election campaign being managed by a Young Liberal! She knows the strength and abilities Young Liberals can show if given responsibility and empowerment. Read here about Mendes’ plan for youth! http://www.alexamendes.ca/en/blog/5-young-liberals-les-jeunes-liberaux

“Young people in politics, as in all other facets of civil society, offer us a daring, optimistic and creative energy that we must embrace if we want to truly reflect our communities.

No party, in fact, no organization can be truly vibrant and relevant without fully engaging these sources of power

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The Liberal Scarf: Support sending Young Liberals to the COP-17 UN Climate Change Conference!

https://www.liberal.ca/ylc-durban/?typecode=300011936

I was lucky enough to be a part of the COP-15 YLC delegation, and I’m really pleased the party is doing a lot more to help promote fundraising for youth delegates. Please donate and help support the Young Liberals of Canada.