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English Research Links

These links will inform your Research Questions and Critical Thinking Questions.

Q3.1 US – A short visual representation of the ideas behind the political system of (3:28) democracy: Link 1 (3:28) L2 

CAN – What accounts for low voter turnout? The Conference Board of Canada puts out the facts and some of the reasons why people do and don’t bother to vote, including some information on compulsory voting: Link 2 L2

INT – Democracy is one of the main reasons why we are able to be active citizens, before we learn what that means. Let’s define democracy: Link 3 L2


Q3.2 INT-US – A civil society is… Find out the influence of civil society in democracy! Link 4(3:43) L1

CAN – A short animation investigating the case of Canada’s missing democracy: Link 5 L1 

INT – Civil society is a necessary part of a healthy democracy in the UK, but this applies to Canada as well: Link 6 (4:24) L2 


Q3.3 CAN – How do we elect our leaders in Canada? Link 7 L2 Explore its advantages and disadvantages: Link 8 L1

CAN – Check out alternatives to the current Canadian electoral system: Link 9 L1 and: Link 10 L2


Q3.4 INT – Voting isn’t the only way to be an active citizen in your community. A democracy allows us to be active in many other ways. Find out more: Link 11 L2 

INT – Find out ways you can get involved beyond voting! Link 12 L1

CAN – There are other ways to create systems around us that are democratic - participating or starting a Co-op is one way that is far less hierarchical: Link 13 L2 

US – Occupy Love is a documentary that captures the power of individuals joining together to create one of the biggest social movement of our time: Link 14 (3:43) L2 


Q3.5 CAN – The Canadian Council for Policy Alternatives made this short video that illustrates the changes in voter turnout and political engagement in Canada over the past century: Link 15  (2:06) L2

CAN – This rant provides a precise reason as to why our politicians probably don’t care about students: Link 16 (2:24) L2

CAN-BC – This local youth challenges the voting age in Canada by using the media! Link 17 L2

INT – If we want change, we need to take a stand and that can make a difference. This talk started a movement; it is entitled, “The girl who silenced the world for 5 minutes”: Link 18 (6:42) L1 


Helpful Optional Links

CAN-BC  Here’s a great source to find opportunities to be active in Vancouver communities. If you are not in Metro Vancouver, see if you can find a similar site for your community and get involved! Link 19 L2

INT-US  The Story of Solutions talks about taking ideas and turning them into action and solutions. This is the equation for change: Link 20 (9:08) L2

CAN – This is a great short video that explains how the Canadian Government works: Link 21 (14:55) L2

US – Severn Suzuki returns to Rio 10 years after her inspiring speech as a 12 year-old speaking about the future of the environment: Link 22 (10:57) L2 

INT-US – When we want to make a difference or change in the world, we need to think about social democracy. Learn what that is here: Link 23 (3:49) L2

CAN – Learn about the levels of Canadian government and what they are in charge of: Link 24 L1

CAN – Here’s an article that describes how the Canadian government works. Who is really in charge? This is outdated when they reference the PM and departments but the structure referenced is still applicable: Link 25 L2

CAN – If you have more questions about how parliament and government work, reference this interactive website! It even describes how a bill becomes a law: Link 26 L2

CAN-BC  A lot of people don’t know how our voting system works. Learn about BC’s voting system here: Link 27 L2


Current Events

CAN – 2018 April 30th  CBC:Trudeau government proposes major changes to election Law: Event 1

CAN – 2015 June 19th - National Post  “Ishmael N. Daro: Want to improve Canadian democracy? Lower the voting age to 16” Lowering the voting age to 16 could provide a push for civic involvement needed in Canada and encourage more changes to be made in the democratic sphere: Event 2

CAN – 2015 June 16th - The Star  “7 Ways Justin Trudeau plans to restore democracy in Canada” A significant platform focus for the federal Liberals in reforming democratic processes to increase voter turnout and establish more representative voting results: Event 3 

CAN – 2015 June 16th - Ottawa Citizen  “Ashby: The value of Canadian citizenship” Bill C24 is known as the “Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act” will allow immigrants to Canada still holding citizenship in another country to be stripped of their Canadian citizenship in convicted of a crime related to terrorism or espionage: Event 4


Liens de Recherche en Français

Ces liens informeront vos Questions de Recherche et vos Réflexions Critiques 

CAN - Le droit de vote est un droit démocratique fondamental. Ce lien explique pourquoi nous devrions voter. Lien 1

INT – Qu’est-ce que la démocratie? L1 Lien 2

CAN – Apprenez quelle est la participation électorale au Canada. L2 Lien 3

CAN – Pourquoi observons-nous une diminution de la participation électorale? L2 Lien 4

CAN – Apprenez quel est le rôle du gouvernement du Canada! L1 Lien 5


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