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University of Ottawa hosts “The ABCs of Teaching Democracy”

In partnership with the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Education, CDW2014 presents a panel of Canada's top experts in civic education programming.

The event features:

  • Marc Mayrand, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada
  • Joel Westheimer, Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa
  • Taylor Gunn, President, CIVIX
  • Jan Haskings-Winner, Ontario History and Social Sciences Teachers' Association
  • Brigitte d'Auzac de Lamartinie, Historica Canada

Mia Rabson from the Winnipeg Free Press will be moderating tonight's interactive program.

You're a teacher but can't make it to the event in Ottawa? Check out our top 12 list of CDW activities and our learning resources page for more ideas!

National Democracy Challenge question revealed

Democracy: Own it. Show us why Canada should vote

The National Democracy Challenge 2014 question is: 

Show us why Canada should vote!

We are challenging Canadians aged 14 to 17 to send us a video, image or piece of writing answering the Challenge question.

Your inspiring ideas can win you great prizes: trips to Ottawa, an iPad, iPhone, GoPro headcam, MacBook Air laptop, Kobo e-reader or gift cards.

Find out more about the Challenge on YouTube or visit the Challenge page on our website

CDW2014 Events and Activities

Canada's Democracy Week Event-Ottawa

Canada's Democracy Week events across the country

In Ottawa on Tuesday? CDW2014 kicks off with an open data and civic engagement event on Tuesday evening at Ottawa City Hall and a panel of Canada's leading experts in civic education at the University of Ottawa.

Activities and announcements are happening across Canada, including in Halifax, across New Brunswick, in Québec, Montréal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Vancouver.

The CIVIX Rep Day program for 2014–2015 also kicks off this week.

Visit our calendar of events for what might be taking place in a community near you.

Fast Facts on Canadian Democracy

Are you registered to vote?

Kick-start your plan to vote in 2015

Are you 18 or older? Check or update your voter registration now at

If you're registered at your current address, you'll be ready to vote. You will get:

  • a personalized voter information card that tells you when and where to vote
  • faster service at the polls
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