Letter: Mandatory voting isn’t the solution

In a Feb. 16 letter, Sima Shakeri wrote that Canada should institute mandatory voting, to cure what ails Canadian democracy. Shakeri praises Australia for its mandatory voting system, and its consistent voter turnouts of more than 90 per cent. This does not say much about the state of Australian democracy. After all, it is mandatory. In fact, researchers at the Australian National University released a study in December 2016 reviewing their most recent federal election, concluding that faith in Australia’s democracy hasn’t been so low since 1975. A 2014 study from the Lowy Institute found less than a third of voting-age Australians had confidence in the federal government. The same problem exists in our country. Eighty per cent of Canadians […]

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Politics Blog: Voting should never be mandatory

The right to vote is promised to every adult citizen in our nation, and is assured as a universal and eternal right by the Canadian Constitution. However, according to Elections Canada, voter turnout rates in federal elections have remained firmly below 70 per cent since the 1990s, and have steadily dipped closer to the 60th percentile as the years wear on (the exception being 2015’s polarizing election, which saw voter turnout increase to a mere 68 per cent). These statistics make it clear that, for whatever reason, eligible voters are becoming increasingly disinterested in the electoral process. This has led many to speculate on possible resolutions to the pandemic of the aloof citizen—either too uninformed or not proactive enough to […]

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Toronto students to drive solar race car across Australia

A group of University of Toronto (U of T) students are planning to drive 3,000 kilometres in a solar-powered race car across Australia. U of T’s Blue Sky Solar Racing (BSSR), a team of students working together to build and race solar cars, will compete in this year’s World Solar Challenge in Australia starting on Oct. 18. The race will last five days, and the team will drive from Darwin to Adelaide from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. BSSR is the only Canadian team competing this year alongside more than 40 other teams from across the world. The team’s car is named “Horizon,” and took roughly two years to build. Nicole D’lyma, a team leader for BSSR, said […]

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