Polls, Schmolls

Posted by Fern Hill on April 5, 2011 at 9:56 am Accountability, Democracy Comments Off
Apr 052011

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the reliability of political polling. Well, there would be given the complete disjunct between the Contempt Party’s record and campaign so far and polls seeming to show the country’s apparent willingness to overlook all that.

A report today from StatsCan sheds some light.

In addition, more households are abandoning their traditional landline telephones in favour of wireless phones only. In 2010, 13% of households reported they used a cell phone exclusively, up from 8% in 2008.

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Democracy's Future

Posted by Fern Hill on March 24, 2011 at 8:15 pm Activism, Democracy 6 Responses »
Mar 242011

If nothing else, the past five years have shown Canadians how badly broken our democracy is. Until and unless we get some radical electoral and democratic change, it’s going to be up to citizens to protect what’s left of that creaky old institution.

Luckily, we’re a resourceful lot. When Harper prorogued Parliament for the second time, we’d had enough. Unfortunately, over 200,000 of us on Facebook and thousands in the streets didn’t seem to impress the politicians much.

But that was just the beginning. More non-partisan or multi-partisan grassroots groups sprang up: Catch 22 Harper Conservatives, Unseat Harper (of course), and a more recent group LeadNow.

Today I went looking for more, specifically for groups aiming at young voters. Found two.

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