Posts for the Topic Democratic Engagement

The importance of voting in municipal elections

Did you know that voting in all elections is a responsibility of Canadian citizens? Over the next month, municipalities across several provinces and territories will hold municipal elections. Municipal policies can have a large impact on wellbeing and yet, with few exceptions, Canadians tend to be less interested in municipal politics than they are in federal or provincial politics (Figure 1).

Young adults are slacktivists, and that's a good thing

September 15 to 21, 2014 is Canada’s Democracy Week, which “aims to connect Canadians with activities in communities across the country that celebrate our democratic values and traditions.” Democracy Week is especially focused on engaging youth in democratic activities. As part of Democracy Week, we look at young adult participation in both digital activism and in public demonstrations or protests.

The CIW’s Democratic Engagement Domain

Voting and wellbeing: why showing up at the polls matters

Voting in elections is one of the most basic expressions of our political opinions. While it is only one element of democratic engagement, it is often the first activity we think of when it comes to maintaining our democracy. But why vote?

Ten ways all Canadians can improve their wellbeing this spring

It’s finally spring! While the CIW measures wellbeing at the national, provincial, and community level we recognize that wellbeing at the personal, family, and neighbourhood level has huge impact on the daily lives of Canadians. The arrival of warmer weather is the ideal time to make improvements to wellbeing, by getting more involved in the community, trying new things, and making healthy choices.

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