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Quebec’s National Assembly: a political tour with a difference

Quebec stands out from the rest of Canada. The tour of the National Assembly, its provincial parliament, continues that tradition.

Preferential treatment: what Australia’s 2019 election would have looked like under first-past-the-post voting

Let's be clear from the outset: Australia will probably never again adopt first-past-the-post voting, whether at a federal or state level. Apart from the lack of appetite for it, other countries have looked to Australia's system as something worth emulating. But hypotheticals are fun! Having just moved to Canada, where federal politicians will face voters … Continue reading Preferential treatment: what Australia’s 2019 election would have looked like under first-past-the-post voting

Maths-metal and streaking: Hottest 100 vote lobbying’s shaky history

THIS month, many of my friends, relatives, complete strangers and I have been asked to make a very important decision; one that could change the course of history. There’s also a state election on. I speak, of course, of the decision whether or not to follow the social media push to force Taylor Swift's "Shake … Continue reading Maths-metal and streaking: Hottest 100 vote lobbying’s shaky history

My kind of town, Chicago is… in summer

“YEAH, I could live here,” I thought as I strolled along the Lake Michigan shoreline. It was a sunny June morning and I was on a decent hike from my hostel through skyscraper-lined streets, parkland, beaches, and riverfront, soon to arrive at the Lincoln Park Zoo. America’s third-largest city was alive with a pulsing energy, … Continue reading My kind of town, Chicago is… in summer