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Democracy Dialogues

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A free virtual series which will answer some of our biggest questions and concern we have about democracy during COVID-19.

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This free virtual series answers some of the biggest questions and concerns we have about democracy, political power, and a just and effective response during a pandemic.

During this pandemic there is a clear focus on the ability of our healthcare and economic systems to respond to the immediate crisis. This series unpacks the political dimensions of COVID-19; how decisions are made, the stark power inequalities, how people are organizing their communities, and how we elect leaders.




Broken Telephone Townhall - Elected representation during a crisis

Tuesday, June 9 - 1:00PM ET

Led by: Mike Morden, Samara Centre for Democracy

In this moment of change and public anxiety, open dialogue between Canadians and their elected representatives is essential. But the COVID-19 pandemic has severed many of the connections on which representatives rely. How can leaders adapt during the pandemic, to maintain and strengthen two-way conversations with citizens, and ease the strain on our representative democracy? And how can citizens make sure they are heard? Mike will discuss some of the challenges Members of Parliament are encountering, and the potential for mobilizing digital platforms to replace traditional forms of contact.


If we build it will they vote? The experience of on-campus voting in the 2019 federal election

Tuesday, June 23 - 1:00PM ET

Led by: Miriam Lapp, Elections Canada & Taylor Deasley, Ryerson Votes

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