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Fed up with politics? Stop venting and get off the couch - The Globe and Mail
DENISE BALKISSOON
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Sep. 04 2014

Walking up and down driveways is boring and tiring, and a lot of people get pretty angry when sharing their opinions on government. It’s also one of my favourite things to do, because it’s about the realest way I can think of to figure out where people are at and where they’re coming from, what’s important in their lives and what they expect their public servants to do about it.

It’s always a downer when after a busy season of door-knocking, voter turnout stays stalled at Canadian lows. The highest turnout in a federal election in the last century was in 1963, when it almost hit 80 per cent. Municipal elections are even more depressing – about 40 per cent of eligible voters usually show up at the polls, which is why Toronto got so excited at our last go-round, in 2010, when a big fat half of the city turned up to mark a ballot.
Toronto  elections  mayoral  voter_turnout  political_campaigns  disengagement  apathy  politics 
september 2014 by jerryking
Reality Check - NYTimes.com
December 11, 2010| NYT | By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN. “America
must get out of the way so Israelis and Palestinians can see clearly,
without any obstructions, what reckless choices their leaders are
making. Make no mistake, I am for the most active U.S. mediation effort
possible to promote peace, but the initiative has to come from them. The
Middle East only puts a smile on your face when it starts with them.”
Tom_Friedman  Mideast_Peace  disengagement  mediation  Palestinians  Israeli 
december 2010 by jerryking

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