For the first half of the Fall Semester, the country will be in the midst of an election campaign. Many of my students will be eligible to vote for the first time in their lives. Many of them (many of you!) may not even be aware of how to vote. You’ll want to know where to go, what kind of identification you’ll need to present, but also you’ll want to know something about the candidates in your riding. You might want to know the basics–what is a riding? How does someone become a candidate? Who is the youngest candidate ever elected? Oldest?
For this reason, in all of my classes there will be an assignment associated with the election. To earn marks towards this assignment, you may either post something here, or make a 1-2 minute announcement in class. Postings must:
Have a title
Be 50-100 words in length about a topic that has not yet been covered. (You are responsible for reading through the posts here to ensure that your topic/question/issue hasn’t been covered. No points for repeats!)
Include a link (hyperlinked please, maximum 3), towards which interested students can go to find out more, and which proves the statement you’ve made.
Have your first and last name, your class, your section number
How to register to vote in the federal election this year
Anyone 18 and over who is a Canadian citizen can register to vote in the federal election, but you must do this in advance of the election. The easiest way to do this is to register online here. You’ll need a piece of government ID and you need to know your address. For general information on registration, you can go to this page.
Jocelyn Parr, all the classes, all the sections.
In class announcements should provide the same sort of structure.
Report on something from one of these Interesting Links:
Vote Note – a new app developed by Concordia University Students
Creative Publics art project in Vancouver from SFU students
Topics you may want to cover:
- Information about the riding you are in and how it voted last election
- Information about a candidate’s position on an issue
- Information about a candidate — what is their background, what jobs have they had in their life, where do they live?
- A comparison of how two or three candidates in your riding differ on an issue (you might want to do this with a partner)
- Information about how much money has been spent to date
- Read an article in the news — CBC, The Globe, Le Devoir, or elsewhere– and summarize it for us, providing the link
- carbon tax
- Maybe you find another blog, website, newspaper to be an interesting source of information. Tell us about it, and tell us why it’s great. If it trends left or right, tell us that too.
- You can also be more personal about this–What matters to you in the upcoming election? How will it affect you, your family, your future, your home?
- Define a term for us.
- Partisan. MP. Candidate. Riding. Constituency. Electoral District. FPTP (First Past The Post). Add your own.
- Tell us something surprising: How big are the electoral districts in Canada? Where is the biggest one, Where is the smallest? What does this difference mean?
- How many people voted in the last election? How many people could have voted?
- What percentage of the vote did the Conservatives win?
- Here are some left leaning publications I’m aware of: The Harper Decade, The Tyee, Ricochet
- What right leaning publications do you know of?
- Make links between our class and the election. In the Finance classes, identify the rolls businessmen played in the past, such as the Rothschilds. In Western Civ, find out where the conventions of left-leaning, or right-leaning come from.
- Sign up to receive emails from one (or all!) of the political parties. Report back to us on what you find out from a week of this. Do you feel better informed? Were any of the emails funny? Did they speak to you?
- Or, follow one or more of the leaders on facebook. Read the comments section (if you can handle it!).
How you’ll be graded:
- As always, presentation counts. Stay in the time/ word limit. If you’re posting online, edit your post before you post it.
- Content counts, too–A summary of one article is good, but bringing together two or three on the same topic is better.
- If on the first go, you didn’t do so well, do it again.
Deadline: 19 October 2015