Democracy Hacks

  • Texting

    Sunday April 19, 2015

    Democracy? There's an app for that

    Our Democracy Hacks series continues with a listener suggestion for how politicians can get direct guidance from their constituents on how to govern.

    Posted: Apr 19, 2015 7:13 PM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 16, 2015 6:59 PM ET
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    Listen 6:29
  • Voter

    Sunday April 12, 2015

    What good are fixed election laws?

    In a week which saw two provinces announce they will ignore their fixed election dates, and a third deciding not to implement new fixed election legislation, we ask what value these laws have in Canadian democracy.

    Posted: Apr 12, 2015 3:06 PM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 09, 2015 6:48 PM ET
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    Listen 10:12
  • Eve Adams and Justin Trudeau

    Wednesday February 11, 2015

    DEBATE: Should floor crossings trigger byelections?

    This week's floor crossing reignited the age-old debate about whether MPs who change parties should face byelections. We ask two sitting MPs to tackle the issue.

    Posted: Feb 11, 2015 5:19 PM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 13, 2015 1:22 PM ET
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    Listen 11:22
  • Coalition 20081201

    Sunday December 21, 2014

    Should Canada be more open to coalition governments?

    A new polls suggests more Canadians might consider supporting a coalition in Parliament. We explore the history of coalitions in Canada, and hear one political scientist's democracy hack for making coalitions clearer.

    Posted: Dec 21, 2014 11:45 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 23, 2014 2:32 PM ET
    Listen 11:39
  • Cotler 620

    Thursday December 04, 2014

    Democracy Hacks: A national Speak No Evil Day

    The 180 is taking suggestions for simple ideas to improve Canadian democracy. This one comes from Liberal MP Irwin Cotler. Cotler thinks discourse in the House of Commons has been diluted by nasty personal attacks. He's currently trying to gain support for his motion for a National Speak No Evil Day.

    Posted: Dec 04, 2014 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 18, 2014 3:51 PM ET
    Listen 4:48
  • ConradBlack620

    Thursday November 27, 2014

    Democracy Hacks: Conrad Black's Democracy Hack is inspired by his time in jail

    This week, Conrad Black sat down with Jim to talk about his new history of Canada. Since he recently wrote 1020 pages about this country, we figured he might have a thing or two to say about how to make our institutions more democratic.

    Posted: Nov 27, 2014 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 18, 2014 3:41 PM ET
    Listen 16:47
  • the hill 620

    Sunday November 23, 2014

    Democracy Hacks: Get out of Ottawa!

    This week on The 180's "Democracy Hacks" series: Why politicians should leave Ottawa. We're collecting simple, concrete suggestions to improve democracy in Canada, and the latest comes from a professional democracy hacker.

    Posted: Nov 23, 2014 1:50 PM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 18, 2014 3:40 PM ET
    Listen 6:50
  • civic election voting 620

    Friday November 14, 2014

    Democracy Hacks: End incumbency at city hall

    When you look at your city council, do you see the same faces you've seen for years? Vass Bednar does, and she says it's bad for democracy. We asked the municipal researcher to share her hack for incumbency.

    Posted: Nov 14, 2014 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 18, 2014 3:39 PM ET
    Listen 6:56
  • Lamoureux620

    Wednesday November 05, 2014

    Democracy Hacks: Would hearing a candidate's voice change the way you vote?

    Do you know what your MP sounds like? Kevin Lamoureaux thinks you should. In this week's Democracy Hack, the Liberal MP says candidates should have to voice their own campaign ads-- or at least "approve" the message at the end, like American candidates. We'll also speak with a linguist, to find out just how a candidate's voice could influence...

    Posted: Nov 05, 2014 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 18, 2014 3:39 PM ET
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    Listen 12:20
  • Iceland Althing

    Tuesday October 28, 2014

    Democracy Hacks: A new seating plan for MPs

    The Democracy Hacks keep coming. The 180 is running a special series where we take your simple, concrete ideas to improve democracy. This week, an idea from Iceland, via NDP MP Peter Stoffer. Stoffer's idea is to change the physical layout of the House of Commons.

    Posted: Oct 28, 2014 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 18, 2014 3:38 PM ET
    Listen 7:52
  • vote620

    Tuesday October 21, 2014

    Democracy Hacks: Proportional Representation

    This week we hear another suggestion of a small change that could make a big difference in the way democracy works in Canada.

    Posted: Oct 21, 2014 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 18, 2014 3:38 PM ET
    Listen 6:45
  • Kim Campbell 620

    Thursday October 16, 2014

    Democracy Hacks: Canada's first female PM, Kim Campbell, says we need gender parity in Parliament

    Kim 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 equity in Parliament.Her proposal? Every federal riding should elect two representatives, one male and one female, to send...

    Posted: Oct 16, 2014 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 28, 2015 5:57 PM ET
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    Listen 6:01