Have You Registered to Vote Yet?

It’s official, the writs have been issued and a BC election will be coming our way on October 24. No matter if this is your first time voting or your third, we can all agree that registering to vote is confusing. But ultimately, voting is a great way to have a say in the future. … Continued

Voting for the Environment

By contributor Chantelle Spicer I have something to admit: I am, historically, not a very good voter. I received most of my formative political information in the United States, where I attended high school, learning all about the relatively two-party system of Republicans vs. Democrats and the House of Representatives. In my opinion, this system, … Continued

Parties Divided on Vote-Splitting

Above: Tim Tessier speaks with a student at VIU. Vote-splitting and strategic voting is not a concern for all federal election party candidates, despite the tight race between the Liberals, Conservatives, and NDP in the national polls. Vote splitting is an electoral effect in which the distribution of votes among multiple similar candidates reduces the … Continued

The Politics of Youth

Millennials get a bad rap. This particular generation—“youth” born roughly between 1986 and 1997—have been labelled apathetic, lazy, and entitled. Sweeping generalizations rarely help when examining human behaviour, but bitter-tasting tar seems to accompany the word “millennial” as it rolls from the tongue. Yet, as the generation moves more deeply into adulthood, they’re dispelling some … Continued

Voting for the “address-challenged”

As you may know, youth voter turnout in Canada has been less than stellar, with only 38.8 percent of youth voting in the 2011 federal election. While there are several reasons behind this—apathy towards politics, distrust in the government, or feeling as if they can’t make a difference—for some it is simply the hassle that … Continued

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