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"Electronically Enhanced Democracy in Canada" is the first of two studies undertaken by the Canada West Foundation to understand the present state and the potentials of Cybercitizenship in Canada. An Executive Summary and the full Report are available for free download at http://www.cwf.ca.
Online campaign takes MacKay bid to new level . OTTAWA - PoliticsWatch, January 24, 2003. "Armed with flashy splash-pages, massive Web forums, and online-donation options, more and more leadership hopefuls are using the power of the Internet to connect with potential supporters..."
No easy e-path to democracy, By Jonathan Malloy.Globe and Mail, August 6, 2003. "E-government is the buzzword in public administration these days, as bureaucrats try to make more and more services available on-line. Canadians can process everything from tax returns to dog licences through the Internet, and governments at all levels are trying to make their services as technologically advanced as possible. Canada has been repeatedly recognized by observers like Accenture as one of the world's most-advanced e-governments..."
Internet is a cheap, effective tool to renew democracy in Canada, says study. Yahoo News, Canada, October 8, 2002. "OTTAWA (CP) - The answer to winning back the confidence of Canadians disenchanted with politics may be just a computer mouse click away, suggests a new report by a committee of federal, provincial and municipal politicians...."
Consulting with Canadians - "The Government of Canada is committed to finding new and innovative ways to consult with and engage Canadians. Consulting Canadians provides you with a "single-window" access to a listing of consultations from selected government departments and agencies...."
Learning to Engage: Experiences with Civic Engagement in Canada, by Miriam Wyman, David Shulman and Laurie Ham "Over the last decade it has become clear that there is a growing risk of "disconnection" between government and citizens. Research tells us that citizens are increasingly concerned that their democratic institutions are out of sync with their values and interests. Moreover, citizens strongly believe that there is a growing gap between their actual and desired level of influence in government decision making. As one citizen stated, "I don't think unless you work trying to get your government to be democratic and to work with you that you discover the kind of pain you feel when you find out you're invisible." The new millennium is marked by reflection on the very nature of civil society, democracy and social cohesion. The Commonwealth Foundation has invited Commonwealth countries to join them in an exploration of ways to strengthen, promote and encourage the wide variety of citizen initiatives that make up civil society and that, therefore, strengthen social cohesion, democracy and citizen engagement in societal development. This report explores the Commonwealth Foundation's questions about the roles for citizens and governments in a good society by examining six Canadian experiences with civic engagement. Each case study involves different sectors of society, and different key players, goals, processes and outcomes. Each touches on long standing policy issues within Canada. The case studies detail how players have come together - or failed to - to engage one another and work toward finding creative solutions to sometimes overwhelming and complex policy situations. Many of these experiences highlight obstacles to a trusting relationship between government and citizens. At the same time, they point to steps that can be taken on the part of citizens and governments to recreate their relationship and allow for meaningful, mutual engagement. Of note, none of the case studies provide a neatly packaged outcome...." Report is only available in pdf format (382 kb) (this document requires the use of Adobe Acrobat Reader). An overview of the report is available at http://www.cprn.com/en/doc.cfm?doc=86
Lessons from the Network Model for Online Engagement of Citizens, Elisabeth Richard. A project by Canadian Policy Research Networks with Public Works and Governments Services Canada. Paper presented to the LENTIC Colloquium: Quelle administration publique dans la société de l'information? Brussels May 18-19, 2000. Report is only availabe in pdf format (46kb) (this document requires the use of Adobe Acrobat Reader).
Online Consultation Technologies Centre of Expertise - "... set up to inform and support Canadian departments and agencies who wish to undertake online consultation activities..."
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