September 15, 2014 e-bulletin


  1. The National Democracy Challenge 2014 is now underway
  2. Ottawa event
  3. Vancouver event
  4. E-registration

The National Democracy Challenge 2014 is now underway

PosterCanadians aged 14 to 17 are invited to submit a video, image or piece of writing in response to this year's challenge:

Show us why Canadians should vote.

Key dates

The deadline for submitting entries is November 30, 2014. Winners will be announced in March 2015.


Rick Mercer, host of one of the most-watched satire shows in Canada, The Rick Mercer Report, will return as a judge for the third consecutive year.

Rosanna Tomiuk, medalist at the Commonwealth Games and the FINA World Championships, joins the judging panel this year.

The other judges will be announced in the coming weeks.

School Challenge

The school that submits the most entries will win a bursary for one student to travel to Ottawa to participate in the Forum for Young Canadians. To learn more, check out the details of the School Challenge!


Prizes will be awarded to the finalists in each category of the National Democracy Challenge 2014.

Video category

First place – Bursary from Encounters with Canada (trip to Ottawa to participate in the Encounters with Canada program)

Second place – 32GB iPad with Smart Cover (or equivalent)

Third place – Best Buy gift card

Writing category

First place – 11-inch, 128GB MacBook Air (or equivalent)

Second place – Kobo Arc 10HD and Indigo gift card (or equivalent)

Third place – Best Buy gift card

Image category

First place – 32GB iPhone (or equivalent)

Second place – GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition HD waterproof camera (or equivalent)

Third place – $200 Best Buy gift card

Keep up to date throughout the Challenge

Stay informed through our website, as well as Twitter @democratieCA, Facebook and YouTube.

Ottawa event

The ABCs of Teaching Democracy

Poster for The ABCs of Teaching Democracy eventThis event will feature dynamic discussions with Canada's leading experts in the fields of democracy, civic engagement and experiential civic education.

The panelists will engage in discussions on some of the tools that current and future teachers need in order to talk about democracy, elections, voting and active citizenship in their classroom.

Master of ceremonies:

Mia Rabson, Ottawa Bureau Chief, Winnipeg Free Press


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


Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Alumni Auditorium, Jock Turcot University Centre
85 University Private
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario
Link to map


5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Vancouver event

Democracy: Own It. Use It.

Poster for Democracy: Own It. Use It.Canadian and international students will talk about their experience with democracy in Canada and abroad, and will challenge participants to respond in an interactive discussion format. Themes covered will include democratic engagement and the mechanics of being ready to vote.

Master of ceremonies:

Don Main, Manager, Communications, Elections British Columbia

Keynote speaker:

Alexandra Samuel, Vice-president for social media, Vision Critical


Aim Sinpeng, PHD Graduate, University of British Columbia
Matthew Wildcat, PhD political science student, Scholar at the Liu Institute for Global Issues,  University of British Columbia
Grace Lore,  PhD Candidate in Political Science, and Fellow at the Institute for European Studies, University of British Columbia
Chardaye Bueckert, President, Simon Fraser Student Society, Simon Fraser University


Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Norm Theatre, Student Union Building
Point Grey Campus
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia
Link to map


11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Kickstart your plan to vote in 2015

E-registration18 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

Keep up with all the CDW2014 events

Visit our website's Events page or follow us on social media (see above).

You can also share CDW2014 tools with your network. Contact us to get your CDW2014 and National Democracy Challenge toolkit.

Check out our fact sheets: Get involved! and Educators: Bring CDW2014 to your classroom!

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Did you know?

Canada was the first country in the world to establish an independent elections administration agency. The Chief Electoral Officer position was created in 1920.

Learn more by visiting the Facts and Figures page of our website.

Canada's Democracy Week is an Elections Canada civic education program.

Link to Elections Canada