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Student Vote Newsletter #3: September 29

The election is now gripping the country and only 20 days remain until election day.

Student Vote Week is even closer – October 13 to 16 – and we hope that you are starting to sense a growing interest and excitement among your students.

Below are some great tools you can use to engage your students in the campaign and prepare for Student Vote Day.

1) Pollenize:
Looking for student-friendly party platform summaries? Pollenize is a mobile-friendly app that allows users to compare the platforms of several Canadian political parties on 12 themes.

2) Leaders’ debate:
The final English leaders’ debate took place last night with Harper, Mulcair and Trudeau. Focused on Canada’s foreign policy, the debate has been described as the best of the campaign so far. A replay is available on the CPAC website.

3) Vote Compass:
Where do your students fall on the political spectrum? Vote Compass is a short online quiz that helps students to reflect on their own beliefs and values.

4) Educational videos:
Need an interesting way to teach the basics about voting and democracy? We created four animated videos to visually explain the most important concepts:  

And we just posted two new videos with Globe and Mail journalist Jane Taber’s analysis of political advertising and making your decision: 

Thousands of teachers have already written back to our email from last Thursday to confirm their riding and increase their ballot count. Thank you! If you haven’t done so yet, the deadline is tomorrow.

As of this morning, more than 7,000 schools throughout Canada are registered for Student Vote – more than half of all schools in the country – and our team is preparing to package more than a million ballots for distribution next week.

We’re here to help if you have any questions,

Dan
On behalf of the CIVIX team

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