Civics 101 Blog

Ontario?s looking for a few good citizens. And yes, there will be medals.

I have been watching Question Period at Queen?s Park everyday since November. So far, here?s what I?ve learned:

Recently, the speaker of the Ontario legislature rose at the end of a question period to pronounce it one of the worst since he was elected in 2007.

The most interesting story coming out of Queen?s Park this week? The controversy surrounding Andr´┐Ż Marin.

What exactly did Dalton McGuinty say on Friday, May 7th, that got the Ontario PC party so upset?

The HST isn't new. It was introduced over a year ago. What is new is that Premier McGuinty admitted that, in the short term, it will cost Ontarians money.

Sometimes, civic engagement simply means getting out and about in your neighbourhood. This weekend offers an example par excellence.

How do I summarise the primary issues and discussions that have occupied the provincial legislature over the course of this week?

Don?t use the word activist. In fact, maybe try not to label your civic activity at all, suggests Dave Meslin in this short chat with the Agenda?s Steve Paikin.

Much gets said about apathy and low voter turnout. Scratch just below the surface of that story however, and another comes into view quickly.