Election 2006

    
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  Election 2006
January 19, 2006
  No excuse for apathyPDF files may take a moment to load

Trudeaumania it ain't, but if the sense of momentum currently surrounding Stephen Harper and the Conservatives holds until election day, it may inspire some previously apathetic Canadians to vote. Conversely, the prospect of a Conservative government may scare previously apathetic Canadians on the other side of the ideological spectrum into voting as well. Whatever the ultimate turnout is, it is unlikely to exceed 70 per cent of registered voters, a mark the past few federal elections have also failed to reach.

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January 19, 2006
  Elections for all!PDF files may take a moment to load

Anyone who says they haven't wanted to unduly influence a federal election is a goddamn liar. Now, thanks to 80soft, any aspiration you may have had about leaning on the media so they'll imply Stephen Harper is a pedophile can finally be realized.

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January 19, 2006
  Voting 201: A how to guide for dummies, students and the infirmPDF files may take a moment to load

It's no secret voter turnout among the 18-20-year-old demographic is pretty low, with the most commonly used statistic being the 22 per cent in 2000 from a survey commissioned by Elections Canada. The same survey also lists "apathy/lack of interest" and "attention turned elsewhere" as a reason why 30 per cent of those voters didn't go to the polls. "Lack of knowledge and information" accounted for five per cent.

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January 19, 2006
  Apathy killed the electoral processPDF files may take a moment to load

A wise man once said, "Get up, stand up; stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up; don't give up the fight."

In the 2004 election only 60.5 per cent of Canadians voted. After the startling 2000 election when only 25 per cent of eligible 18-24 year olds voted, a report was commissioned by the Canadian government.

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January 19, 2006
  Media bias mappedPDF files may take a moment to load

A new on-line resource is giving Canadian voters insight into the influence of advertising and media coverage on voting decisions.

The "Mapping the Media in the Americas" project launched at the University of Calgary Tue., Jan. 17 with the unveiling of the Canadian portion of the 12-country project. The resource compiles official data into an interactive map that visually demonstrates the location and ownership of Canadian media in relation to the demographic profiles of the electoral districts they reach.

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January 12, 2006
  Liberals promise big bucks to you and mePDF files may take a moment to load

A lofty promise for post-secondary education came from the Liberal Party last week, when Prime Minister Paul Martin announced a series of measures to combat the increasing cost of tuition. The '50/50 Plan' proposed by the party would have the federal government pay half tuition costs for all Canadian undergraduates in their first and final years. The plan would take effect in fall 2007.

Student leaders admitted the proposal may not amount to more than an election promise, but are glad PSE is on the agenda.

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January 12, 2006
  More candidates forum hyjinxsPDF files may take a moment to load

The recent federal election forum held by Public Interest Alberta gave candidates from all the major parties a chance to tackle the big issues facing Canadians in the upcoming election. Unfortunately, the Conservative Party was not present, so the organizers did the only logical thing they could: they had a bobbing duck sit in for the Tories.

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January 12, 2006
  The candidates come to campus, mostlyPDF files may take a moment to load

This week's Calgary West all-candidates forum began with the removal of a man demanding signatures on a petition to oust Calgary City Council members for not applying for the 2010 Olympics. After Campus Security removed the obscenity-shouting protestor, the debate began, and five diverse political candidates came to agreement over a major issue they wanted resolved--where is Rob Anders?

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January 12, 2006
  Komrades, Unite!PDF files may take a moment to load

Contrary to stereotyped opinions, the federal leader of the Communist Party of Canada does not wear green army fatigues emblazoned with the red star. Instead, Miguel Figueroa proclaims very Canadian values.

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January 12, 2006
  The environment needs your votePDF files may take a moment to load

Can the environment help a candidate win a federal election? The environment has repeatedly been cited as one of the most important issues to Canadians, especially to young Canadians. It's inevitable that each party will address this issue in some way, at least during the campaign season, but which ones are simply memorizing facts for the cameras, and which ones have promises that are effective and will be kept?

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