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Can low voter turnout be good for democracy?

Conventional wisdom says if you want a healthy democracy, you should encourage everyone to vote. But political scientist David Moscrop says more traffic at the polls can actually hurt the democratic process.

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The 180 - Checkout charitiesOct 24, 2014 | 1:34The 180 Checkout charities Audio
The 180 Checkout charities Oct 24, 2014 | 1:34Toronto blogger Samantha Kemp-Jackson makes the case against "checkout charity."
The 180 - Finding optimism about climate changeOct 24, 2014 | 7:37The 180 Finding optimism about climate change Audio
The 180 Finding optimism about climate change Oct 24, 2014 | 7:37Katharine Hayhoe may seem like a contradiction: the Canadian climate scientist is also an evangelical Christian living in Texas. The combination of faith and science make for a curious outlook on the world, but also an optimistic one. She tells Jim why.
The 180 - Should we set gender quotas to make sure women are fairly represented?Oct 24, 2014 | 11:47The 180 Should we set gender quotas to make sure women are fairly represented? Audio
The 180 Should we set gender quotas to make sure women are fairly represented? Oct 24, 2014 | 11:47The RCMP wants half its recruits to be female. And Kim Campbell has a plan for parity in the House of Commons. That got us thinking: are quotas the way to go? We asked Shari Graydon and Pamela Jeffery.
The 180 - Will political unity give way to opportunism after Ottawa attacks?Oct 24, 2014 | 9:39The 180 Will political unity give way to opportunism after Ottawa attacks? Audio
The 180 Will political unity give way to opportunism after Ottawa attacks? Oct 24, 2014 | 9:39Canada-U-S relations expert Chris Sands in conversation about what to expect from Canadian politics in the wake of the Ottawa attacks.
The 180 - Democracy Hacks: Proportional RepresentationOct 24, 2014 | 6:45The 180 Democracy Hacks: Proportional Representation Audio
The 180 Democracy Hacks: Proportional Representation Oct 24, 2014 | 6:45Last week we launched a call for ways to improve democracy. Your most frequent suggestion? Get rid of the First-Past-the-Post voting system. We asked Fair Vote Canada's Kelly Carmichael to explain the alternative.
The 180 - The new head of the National Energy Board wants to do things differentlyOct 17, 2014 | 7:53The 180 The new head of the National Energy Board wants to do things differently Audio
The 180 The new head of the National Energy Board wants to do things differently Oct 17, 2014 | 7:53Jim Brown in conversation with the new chair of the National Energy Board,Peter Watson.
The 180 - Bif Naked says it's time to embrace pink for Breast Cancer Awareness MonthOct 16, 2014 | 5:19The 180 Bif Naked says it's time to embrace pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month Audio
The 180 Bif Naked says it's time to embrace pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month Oct 16, 2014 | 5:19Pink ribbons and pink products are everywhere for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Some say consumerism has taken over and left survivors by the wayside, but not Bif Naked. The musician and breast cancer survivor tells Jim Brown why pink matters.
The 180 - Head of United Church calls for legalization of assisted suicideOct 16, 2014 | 10:32The 180 Head of United Church calls for legalization of assisted suicide Audio
The 180 Head of United Church calls for legalization of assisted suicide Oct 16, 2014 | 10:32United Church Moderator Rev. Gary Paterson says Canadian Law needs to change to allow assisted suicide for some Canadians.
The 180 - Canada's first female PM, Kim Campbell, says we need gender parity in ParliamentOct 16, 2014 | 6:01The 180 Canada's first female PM, Kim Campbell, says we need gender parity in Parliament Audio
The 180 Canada's first female PM, Kim Campbell, says we need gender parity in Parliament Oct 16, 2014 | 6:01Kim Campbell was Canada's first and only female Prime Minister. And now she says the Canadian electoral system has to change or it could be a long time before we see another one. She kicks off our #DemocracyHacks series with her proposal for gender equi
The 180 - Should Canada open itself to free trade with the whole word?Oct 10, 2014 | 7:37The 180 Should Canada open itself to free trade with the whole word? Audio
The 180 Should Canada open itself to free trade with the whole word? Oct 10, 2014 | 7:37Former government economist Dan Ciuriak, now with the C.D. Howe Institute, says Canada should declare itself a free trade zone with no tariffs or barriers for any country that wants to do business with us.
The 180 - Could B.C. lose the industry it's counting on?Oct 10, 2014 | 5:51The 180 Could B.C. lose the industry it's counting on? Audio
The 180 Could B.C. lose the industry it's counting on? Oct 10, 2014 | 5:51The B.C. government will soon reveal its tax structure for the liquefied natural gas industry it wants to build. But potential investors say LNG in B.C. is not a foregone conclusion. We asked BC LNG Alliance president David Keane to explain.
The 180 - Food Fight: Organic versus non-organicOct 10, 2014 | 9:49The 180 Food Fight: Organic versus non-organic Audio
The 180 Food Fight: Organic versus non-organic Oct 10, 2014 | 9:49This week, we look for help deciding whether to bother buying organic. Health policy researcher Tim Caulfield, and organic specialist Av Singh, make their cases.
The 180 - Why can he be a Knight, and she can be Dame...but you can't?Oct 10, 2014 | 8:20The 180 Why can he be a Knight, and she can be Dame...but you can't? Audio
The 180 Why can he be a Knight, and she can be Dame...but you can't? Oct 10, 2014 | 8:20Angelina Jolie and Michael Bloomberg both received honours from the Queen this week. As part of the Commonwealth, Canadians are theoretically eligible to receive these honours, but in practice they can't. We'll hear why, and why some want it to change.
The 180 - Can Question Period be fixed?Oct 3, 2014 | 11:34The 180 Can Question Period be fixed? Audio
The 180 Can Question Period be fixed? Oct 3, 2014 | 11:34With debate swirling in Ottawa about the role of the Speaker in QP, we convened our Rogue Parliament, former MP's Anne McLellan, Val Meredith, and Lorne Nystrom, to discuss whether the tradition can be fixed.
The 180 - Sugar Tax: obesity fix or misguided paternalism?Oct 3, 2014 | 6:24The 180 Sugar Tax: obesity fix or misguided paternalism? Audio
The 180 Sugar Tax: obesity fix or misguided paternalism? Oct 3, 2014 | 6:24The Heart and Stroke Foundation says a sugar tax would improve the health of Canadians in multiple ways. But Eric Crampton isn't so sure. The economist tells Jim Brown why sugar taxes aren't as sweet as proponents make them out to be.

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