The Crashing Pink Tide

by Daniel Blazekovic Brazil’s far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro maintains a substantial lead over his leftist rival Fernando Haddad in the lead-up to an October 28th run-off vote. Bolsonaro’s rise in popularity brings with it the end of a political phenomenon that arrived in Brazil fifteen years earlier with the election of socialist Lula Da…

Canada’s Policy Transformations – January 17 2018

Good morning PPGR enthusiasts! As we wind down the celebrations for Canada’s sesquicentennial, this week’s Morning Brief is a special edition, highlighting Canada’s Policy Transformations: The Last 50 and the Next, a major conference where both academics and policy influencers reflected on the country’s past in order to speculate about its future. This week’s Morning Brief was…

How to become a Toronto City Councillor

On Thursday, November 2nd, Toronto’s City Council held a special meeting to appoint a new council member to Ward 28. The successful candidate, Lucy Troisi, filled the ward seat that had been vacant since long-time Councillor Pam McConnell passed away in July. Appointments tend to happen if one of Council’s 45 seats (44 ward representatives…

Why and how Canada should lower the voting age to 16

Federico Vargas Why and how Canada should lower the voting age to 16 Few today would question the right of 18-year-olds to vote in elections. Until as recently as 1971 however, Canadians younger than 21 years of age were barred from casting a ballot for federal elections. A survey conducted in 1958 also found that…