Week 2 Update: Vote Compass Canada Youth Edition, News Literacy Resources and Student Vote Ballots

Category: Communications

For this week’s newsletter, we wanted to highlight resources that have become available for use and send a reminder about ballot changes.

CIVIX and Vox Pop Labs, the creators of Vote Compass, are pleased to launch Vote Compass: Canada Youth Edition to help young Canadians discover their place within the political landscape.

This political spectrum survey invites students to consider their views on 30 political statements, tailored to a younger audience. Background information is available to provide context and/or help familiarize students with the different sides to the issues.

Teachers can generate a code for their class(es), and distribute it to students so that they can receive reports about who completed the exercise, as well as analytics about how the opinions of their class compare to those of the general population. Upon your registration for the tool, you will receive an email with your class code and additional instructions. Please consult Lesson 9 in the Secondary-level Learning Resource for a complete set of activities and supplementary tools.

The ability to assess information online has become an essential skill of citizenship in the digital age. This is especially true at election times when we receive many conflicting messages, and the source of information is not always clear.

The following online activities can be found on our new-and-improved newsliteracy.ca website and are incorporated into the Student Vote Canada 2019 lesson plans with supporting videos and slide decks. 

  • Feed for Thought (Lesson 5) explores the relationship between the information we consume and the decisions we make, analyzing the impact of personalized and polarized newsfeeds through a referendum on the proposed construction of a factory.
  • FakeOut (Lesson 6) is an e-learning interactive that aims to build the habits for verifying information online. By evaluating the claim, source and image, students learn how to distinguish true from false information on the internet — in the game and in real life.

After the close of nominations next week, we will immediately begin preparing your ballots. If you have any changes to your ballot quantities or riding(s) or if you plan to vote before October 15, please let us know as soon as possible. We will also be contacting you later this week if we noticed a discrepancy in your riding information. Please respond promptly.

Thank you again for participating in Student Vote Canada 2019!