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Letter from the Editor - Fall 2008 Federal Election Resources

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I Introduction

Given the impending federal election (Tuesday, October 14, 2008), this week's feature article is a compilation of various resources to help inform readers on the parties, the issues and election processes.

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II Official Election Site

Elections Canada
http://www.elections.ca/
An independent body set up by Parliament to conduct Federal elections. The website offers information about candidates, election policy, and how and where to vote.
 
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III The Parties

The full list of registered parties is on the Elections Canada website:
http://www.elections.ca/content.asp?section=pol&document=index&dir=par&lang=e&textonly=false

Here are direct links to the websites of parties most often mentioned in the media:

Bloc Québécois  
http://www.presentpourlequebec.org/Accueil.aspx

Conservative
http://www.conservative.ca/

Green
http://www.greenparty.ca/

Liberal
http://www.liberal.ca/

New Democratic
http://www.ndp.ca/
 
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IV News and Information Sources

Canada.com
http://www.canada.com/topics/news/features/decisioncanada/index.html

Canoe.ca
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/CanadaVotes/

CBC
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canadavotes/

CTV
http://www.ctv.ca/mini/election2008/

Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics

Kitchener-Waterloo Record
http://record.ca/sections/Election2008

Mapleleafweb
http://www.mapleleafweb.com/features/2008-election-canada

National Post
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/election-2008/index.html

NoDice
http://www.nodice.ca/elections/canada/

Ottawa Citizen
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/decisioncanada/index.html

PlanetVote Portal
http://www.planetfriendly.net/planetvote/portal.html

Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/election
 
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V Polling Sites

DemocraticSPACE
http://www.democraticspace.com/canada2008/

Ekos Election
http://www.ekoselection.com/

Nanos Research
http://www.nanosresearch.com/main.asp
 
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VI  Issues and Advocacy

NEW Community Social Planning Council of Toronto Fact Sheets http://www.socialplanningtoronto.org/voting/
This series of twelve fact sheets on key election issues  such as
Health Care,  Housing,  Immigration, Employment and Income, Poverty,
Seniors, Single Parents, Federal Transfers (funding), and Women is
available in 19 languages.

Canadian Breast Cancer Network
http://www.cbcn.ca/en/?section=1&category=1723&regionid=
Questions on treatment wait times, testing standards and federal funding.
 
Canadian Council on Social Development - Canada Votes 2008
http://www.sparc.bc.ca/index.php?option=com_rubberdoc&view=doc&id=260&format=raw
A new publication designed to help people engage with their local candidates around critical public policy issues.
 
Code Blue for Child Care Election 2008 Report Card http://www.buildchildcare.ca/www/election08-publications/child-care-report-ca
Monitoring party positions on child care throughout the election campaign.

Council of Canadians
http://www.canadians.org/08/
Issues include water, energy, trade, health care and peace.
 
Equal Voice
http://www.equalvoice.ca/
Equal Voice offers a variety of programming, public awareness campaigns, and initiatives to promote the involvement and election of women to all levels of political office.
 
Fair Vote Canada
http://www.fairvotecanada.org/
Advocates for a fairer electoral system.
 
Immigrant Children
http://immigrantchildren.ca/election-fall-08/
Alerts and news on events/announcements by the political parties, NGOs, media that occur during the campaign that address issues of immigrant children and families, as well as very extensive links to other election-related sources.
 
Make Poverty History - Vote to make poverty history
http://www.makepovertyhistory.ca/en/take-action/action-alerts/vote-make-poverty-history
Includes an action kit with a section on 'Eight ways to make poverty an election issue'.
 
Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care
http://www.childcareontario.org/
Site currently includes a flyer on child care as a key element of poverty reduction, as well as a blog with child-care-related election items.
 
Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants - Federal Election 2008 Questions http://www.ocasi.org/index.php?qid=982
Questions about immigrant settlement and integration, labour market integration, the racialization of poverty and more.
 
Rabble.ca Election blog
http://election.rabble.ca/
Multi-author blog with extensive election-related commentary.
 
Wellesley Institute - Housing, homelessness, health, and the 2008 federal election  http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/housing-homelessness-and-2008-federal-election
Backgrounders, data, and key resources on a number of issues regarding housing and homelessness, health reform, community health, and other social determinants of health.
 
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VII Post-election Analysis

G.P. Murray Research Limited is holding a post-election workshop on the outcome of the 2008 national election. There will be a panel with experts from the Conservative, Liberal and New Democractic parties.

Thursday, October 23, 2008 7:30-10:30 a.m.
Location: TBA (presumably in Toronto)
Registration Fee: $175 + GST
To register, call (416) 367-3777 or email gpmrl@gpmurray-research.com
 
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VIII On the lighter side...

If all else fails, check out this silly video from The Onion - "Pretend you ‘care'* about the election" It relates to the US election, but the notions do carry over to the Canadian context. *Caution: They use a rather ruder phrase here!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXY_8cJlGMc