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G&M: Apathetic voters in a ballot-heavy time

October 18th - Joe Finkle, a vice-president of McMaster University's students union, is embroiled in a fight with the City of Hamilton over its decision to yank its polling station at the university because of poor turnout in the 2006 municipal election, when only 10 students voted on campus.

In an effort to promote civic politics and encourage more students to vote, Mr. Finkle, 23, has set up a website outlining the key issues in the campaign along with each candidate's policy platform.

The G&M: How Parliament would look if only youth voted

October 7, 2010 - But according to Elections Canada, only 37 per cent of eligible voters between the ages of 18 and 24 exercised their democratic duty during the 2008 federal election, compared to 59 per cent among all age groups. This lack of political engagement of Canada’s youth makes it far more difficult for a party like the Greens to make any headway, and contrasts sharply with the 68 per cent of Canadians over the age of 65 who voted in the last election.

CBC NEWS: PM gave Jean pledges in prorogation crisis

October 2nd, 2010 "I think the length of time the Governor General spent discussing the matter with the prime minister indicated, as so many commentators have pointed out, that she was not a clerk who would just say, 'Yes, whatever you want I must give,'" Russell said. Jean told The Canadian Press earlier this week she took the time to make the right decision and was using the delay to send a message to Canadians to become more involved in the political process.

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CTV News: Michaelle Jean breaks silence on prorogation

Sept. 28th, 2010 After almost two years, Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean has broken her silence about the day she saved the Harper government and revealed that she was trying to deliver a hidden message to the country. Jean shared some of her thoughts about that controversial, historic decision in a farewell interview with The Canadian Press. While Jean described the episode, seated in the same wood-panelled study where she and Prime Minister Stephen Harper held their high-stakes encounter, there were moving vans Tuesday outside Rideau Hall lugging away some of her personal belongings.

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