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Action on handguns might help Trudeau unite voters

By Shachi Kurl, Executive Director At some point, usually early in our lives, we are wrenched from the artificial bang-bang gun violence of the movies, TV and gaming into the terrifying, permanent and traumatizing reality of gun violence in our

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Digesting poll results means chewing over the data carefully

By Shachi Kurl, Executive Director Like grief (OK, not entirely), there appear to be five stages to the way journalists, political junkies and various interested folks consume political polls. Stage one is Keen Top-Line Craving, in which survey readers gluttonously

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Updated Electoral Record

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Lowering the federal voting age in Canada to 16 sounds good in principle … but in practice?

By Shachi Kurl, Executive Director Elections Canada may have hired (then later fired) a dozen or so social media influencers to persuade young people to vote this fall, but the bigger question is: How much influence on democracy should the

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From My Parents’ Homeland to My Own

By Shachi Kurl, Executive Director As a journalist and then a polling executive at the Angus Reid Institute, Shachi Kurl has explored the questions around immigration and its role in the Canadian experience and identity. As the Canadian-born daughter of

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As we move closer to election day, beware the backups

By Shachi Kurl, Executive Director OK, can we talk about backups? Everyone’s got them: your backup vacation home checker, in case your first choice has a record of drowning house plants. Your backup babysitter when brother-in-law wants a night off.

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