March 25, 2015 – Part of FOCA’s role has always been to speak up on behalf of Ontario’s waterfront communities – a role that has been central to our work since 1963. As a large group of voters, the opinions, needs, and aspirations of our members are diverse and complex – and are important.
FOCA encourages all citizens to speak up and have their voices heard.
Getting involved in public policy and feeling connected to the decisions that affect our lives are important. We’ve heard that “democracy is messy” – but its what we’ve got, and it is up to all of us to make it the best it can be.
Perhaps just as important is the on-going participation in public discourse, and weighing in on the things that are important to us, to our families and our communities. We get the representation we deserve.
Samara Canada has just released “Democracy 360“, its first-ever report card on the state of Canada’s democracy.
The report focuses on three essential areas for a healthy democracy: communication, participation and leadership.
Bringing together all of Samara’s research over the past three years, “Democracy 360” paints a fuller picture than ever before of the way that Canadians engage with—and think about—politics, and hopefully will encourage debate and provoke change.
FOCA encourages you to participate in the process.
“Democracy must be built through open societies that share information. When there is information, there is enlightenment. When there is debate, there are solutions. When there is no sharing of power, no rule of law, no accountability, there is abuse, corruption, subjugation and indignation.” – Atifete Jahjaga
Who’s responsible? A summary of “division of powers” (from Ecojustice)
How Public Policy Works in Canada – a backgrounder (from Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation)
The Government of Ontario – Who Does What (from the Ontario Nonprofit Network)
How Municipal Government in Ontario Works (from Association of Municipalities of Ontario – AMO)