GLOCAL is a grassroots initiative formed by a group of young Canadians who saw challenges in our democratic platforms. Our mission is to empower residents in Canada to be globally aware and locally engaged. We aim to support and work with our fellow Canadians in bringing about a more inclusive, transparent, accessible, and engaging democratic participation with a global understanding.
We are alumni of the University of British Columbia, Dalhousie University, University of Manitoba, University of Toronto, McGill University, Simon Fraser University, McMaster University, York University, Queen’s University and Harvard University.
We are honoured to become an official partner of The Consortium on Electoral Democracy/Consortium de la démocratie électorale (C-Dem), a consortium of academic, civil society, and government organizations working on strengthening the health of democracy in Canada (https://c-dem.ca/).
GLOCAL stands for:
It is together that we can implement with innovation.
Faye Ying, Founder & Executive Director
Raghu Rajendran, Director of Organizational Development
Carla Caruana, Director of Public Education
Gemma Hauser, Social Media Manager
Richard Mou, Project Manager
Nina Russell, Compliance Officer
YouCount.ca is a digital platform that connects people with our political representatives across all levels of government, from your city or town councillors to the Prime Minister. It is a one-stop platform for Canadians to navigate our political institutions with ease and support.
This research project provides a comprehensive and accessible overview of local governance, written for a general audience. It examines the state of play in the “third order” of government in Canada, and provides a mapping of different systems of local governance, drawing to the extent possible from primary sources. The report describes the governance of incorporated municipalities as well as the patchwork quilt of governance systems in unincorporated communities. It takes a historical and comparative perspective on municipal incorporation and systems across the thirteen provinces and territories, including the election of municipal representatives. Further, the report compares these systems with the Indigenous governing structures, which may have a local focus but are not municipal governments as such.
A topic of much interest, confusion, bedevilment and frustration in Canadian politics, given its fundamental influence over who does what and therefore who is responsible for what policy failures, is federalism. Federalism is a fundamental aspect of Canadian politics: it’s the reason we have provinces instead of a unitary government. But when you decide to split your government into different levels and different units, you also face the decision to split up their responsibilities. Who controls what, who pays for what, who is ultimately accountable for what?
All that can be a little time-consuming to navigate! Don’t worry, GLOCAL’s got you covered. We’ve prepared this primer for you to make learning about federalism as easy as possible.
According to a government survey, about one in five Canadians will face a serious legal problem during their lifetime. Attempting to solve such problems is never easy, and the often opaque nature of Canada’s judicial system can magnify such complexities. This guide to Canada’s judicial system attempts to demystify the actors and institutions that comprise it. Please keep in mind that this guide is meant to be a brief overview of Canada’s legal system, and that nothing in these pages should be construed as legal advice. Please seek out the relevant professional for assistance with any legal issues that may arise.