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Many things can keep people away from the polls in municipal elections: physical barriers, lack of opportunities for personal engagement, immigration status and perceived inability to make a difference through a vote are just a few.

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Should there be mandatory voting in Canada?

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Let's face up to it. Making voting mandatory under the electoral system we have now would be like demanding that a student learn music on a keyboard that produces the intended note less than half the time -- and requires them to wait four years between keystrokes.

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A number is never just a number: Voter turnout -- how low can we go?

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Percentage of voters who cast a ballot in the 2014 Ontario election (unofficial count), up a bit from the province's 2011 historic low voter turnout of 48 per cent. (Source and source)

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How to beat Tim Hudak and defeat the right-wing agenda

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It seems like most Ontarians are only now getting interested in the June 12, 2014 vote in Ontario and the ballot, which will determine who will rule Canada's largest province. The Polls indicate that the current governing Ontario Liberals led by Kathleen Wynne are in a neck and neck race with Tim Hudak's Ontario Progressive Conservatives.

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What are people saying at the door in one of Ontario's closest ridings?

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"Bastards!"

The anger of the middle-aged woman at her door in Toronto's Davenport riding is palpable when asked about the Ontario election.

Olga, who did not provide a last name, is speaking to Green Party candidate Daniel Stein and is furious about the Liberal's gas plant scandal saying "they did it to save their jobs." She also says that "the NDP are totally bonkers" and that "Canada is becoming the biggest hypocrite country in the world."

Stein says she's a natural fit for the Greens and asks if she'll put up a sign -- she gives him a tentative "maybe."

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| April 18, 2012
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The next election campaign will start Tuesday morning

The meaning of the sudden NDP surge is this: It's a grasping for hope in a dispiriting situation in which all of the likely outcomes are bad. That grasping comes from within the majority -- from the 60 per cent or more who see Stephen Harper as a negative, anti-democratic force.

Above all, it raises the question of how to ultimately bring together this loose centre into one, uniting not only Liberals and New Democrats, but disaffected Progressive Conservatives and both federalists and soft nationalists in Quebec, perhaps leaving the Greens in the left-wing slot the NDP used to occupy.

| May 2, 2011
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Quebec leads the way to political change

Who's complaining about polling now? The polls have been wild and crazy, but they're revolutionizing this election. So what's the message in the madness?

First and foremost, hats off to Quebec. She just can't seem to help herself. It looks like she just might rescue Canada -- again.

Remember, last time out it was Quebec that mostly saved us from a 2008 Harper majority. And it happened poetically. Francophone artists went viral and turned the tide. Once Quebeckers realized that Harper scoffed at the arts, a worrisome flirtation was off and the Conservatives stalled at the same 10 seats they got in 2006. The rest is history.

Apathy is Boring

Apathy is Boring aims to use art, and technology to educate Canadian youth about democracy.

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