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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Letter: Voting should be a mandatory civic duty

With the abysmal turnouts in most federal elections, not only in Canada, but much of the world, many have been left wondering what can be done to nudge up participation once again. The highest voter turnout this country has ever had—79.4 per cent in 1958—is still a far cry from the entire electorate voting. While controversial, the solution to low turnout is pretty clear. Mandatory voting—though not perfect—offers an obvious answer with relatively few problems. There are a few commonly cited reasons against mandatory voting: it infringes on people’s rights to abstain from voting, and it forces uninformed voters to cast votes they don’t care about that will inform public policy for years. Nonetheless, voting is a civic duty and […]

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Mid 2000s pop-punk angst . . . where are they now?

We all had that period sometime in middle school where we listened to whiny pop-punk and wallowed in our feelings. I don’t know about you, but I wanted to be a “scene girl” more than anything . . . thank god my parents stopped me from chopping off my hair and making a fool of myself. One thing they couldn’t stop me from doing, though, was blasting “emo” music louder than I should’ve. I know a lot of us have moved on from those bands, but they’re still real and out there. So what have they been up to? Fall Out Boy Back in the day, this foursome was known for Pete Wentz’s nudes, and the songs “Sugar, We’re Goin’ […]

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Best of Arts 2016

2016 has been a year filled with ups and downs, but it’s been an extraordinary year artistically. From finally hearing Frank Ocean’s Blond(e), to the rise of some of the best TV around in the form of Netflix originals like Stranger Things and Marvel’s Luke Cage, there’s been a lot to applaud about this year’s artistic achievements, big and small. Here are some of The Charlatan arts writers’ favourite artistic moments of 2016. Matt Yuyitung – Blackstar by David Bowie I think the first Bowie song I listened to after his death was “Young Americans.” No real reason why, it’s not even my favourite song by him. I guess I didn’t believe he was actually dead at the time. In a year filled with notable musician deaths (Leonard […]

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Carleton art history alumna awarded internship at National Gallery of Art

Danielle Siemens, a Carleton art history alumna, is one of 10 individuals selected for an internship at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Siemens’ internship, which is paid, began on Sept. 12 and will end on May 12, 2017. Her internship is curatorial, and she will be assisting the museum’s department of photographs with organizing and researching an upcoming exhibition about women photographers from 1920-1940. “It’s a full time job . . . I basically help with anything to do with exhibitions and with collection management, cataloguing works of art, which is really exciting,” she said. “I got art handling training and . . . when we access a new work, I get to sort of look at […]

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