Government Is Us

 

 

 

 

Developed by EV Nova Scotia Co-chairs Louise Carbert and Naomi Black, Government is Us is a comprehensive overview of how governments work in Canada. It is current as of July 1, 2013.

 

Using a Powerpoint format, Government is Us provides a step by step guide:

  • the different levels of government in Canada
  • the powers that different governments in Canada have
  • how political parties operate in the electoral system
  • how to be directly involved in a political party, and
  • how even ordinary individuals can be appointed to public positions in Canada.

A text for reading or presentation accompanies the Powerpoint slides.

 

In addition, a handbook has been created for individuals who want to offer this Powerpoint to a a group of women, as a workshop for a community group or a club meeting.

 

View the images and text here . Then you can download the whole PowerPoint as well as the the Handbook hereThe handbook offers pointers about how to set up and run a workshop, including technical logistics, discussion topics, frequently asked questions, and added resources.

 

 

 

About Louise Carbert: Louise Carbert is Associate Professor of Political Science at Dalhousie University. She is the author of Agrarian Feminism: The politics of Ontario farm women (1995), Rural Women's Leadership in Atlantic Canada (2006), and articles including “Viewing women’s political leadership through a rural electoral lens: Canada as a Case Study” in K. O’Connor, ed.Gender and women's leadership: A reference handbook (2010). Her current work tracks women's candidacy and election to public office. She was a member of the 2012 Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Nova Scotia, and directed the 2013 Nova Scotia Election Study.

 

About Naomi Black: Naomi Black is Professor Emerita of Political Science and Women's Studies at York University (Toronto). She is the author or co-author of books including, most recently, Virginia Woolf as Feminist (2004) and, with Gail Cuthbert Brandt, Paula Bourne, and Magda Fahrni, the 3rd edition of Canadian Women: A History (2011). Her research interests include feminist theory and the comparative study of women's political activism. She is currently working on a study of contemporary feminism in Canada.

 

Naomi and Louise have recently published two studies of the women recently elected to the Nova Scotia legislature in record numbers:

  • “Doing the work of representation, Nova Scotia style” in R. Lexier and T. Small, eds. Mind the gaps: Canadian perspectives on gender and politics (Winnipeg: Fernwood Press, 2013).  
  • “Electoral breakthrough: Women in Nova Scotia politics” in J. Arscott, L. Trimble and M. Tremblay, eds. Stalled: The representation of women in Canadian governments (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2013).

 

 

 

 

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