31 Scary Reasons Canadians Should Reject the Risky TPP

What's wrong with the risky TPP? Modified from "What Is Wrong With the Trans-Pacific Partnership" (Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons).

For years, Canadians have been hearing how the risky TPP trade deal was being negotiated in secret. The text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership was revealed late last year, but already, the Liberal government has agreed to sign on in early February. This, stressed International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland, “essentially means Canada can keep its spot at the bargaining […]

#DeclineYourVote an Ineffective Solution to Voter Apathy

"X" — Don't decline your vote!

So you’ve heard you can #DeclineYourVote and you figure it sounds like a good idea? Think again. Someone will be elected, so you may as well have a say in who that is! Voting is no joke when the stakes are this high. It’s not a game to see how many people are willing to get their butts […]

Enabling Democracy through Media: Redefining Roles and Modifying Expectations

Was this media scrum with Jack Layton during the 2006 electoral campaign enabling democracy?

Often, there is a conception that media should objectively inform society’s members, especially in the case of politics, since the health of democracy depends on the voter base. Generally, media’s role in enabling democracy is to provide facts which the population can use to form opinions and make decisions. And yet, increasingly, this is not the reality. To […]

What’s Bugging Me Right Now: An Annual Message to Politicians

These protesters in Toronto are sending their own type of what's bugging me right now message to politicians!

Over the past few years, it’s become a bit of an annual tradition for me to get in touch with my elected representatives to let them know what’s bugging me right now, this year, this month, last night, and next year. I send this to my MP and MPP, without any regard for whether the items on my […]