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Stronger Democracy. Better Canada. CELEBRATING FIVE YEARS

Samara Canada: Celebrating Five Years

Apr 06, 2016



Samara Canada

It’s been five years since Samara Canada became a charity and we began our work by interviewing a group of former Members of Parliament. After five years, we wanted to look back at all that we’ve accomplished, with the help of staff, volunteers and donors.
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Stronger Democracy. Better Canada.


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ABOUT US Samara Canada is dedicated to reconnecting citizens to politics. Established as a charity in 2009, we have become Canada’s most trusted, non-partisan champion of increased civic engagement and a more positive public life.

Samara Canada’s research and educational programming shine new light on Canada’s democratic system and encourages greater political participation across the country to build better politics, and a better Canada, for everyone.

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A samara is the winged “helicopter” seed that falls from the maple tree.

A symbol of Canada, it is also a reminder that from small seeds, big ideas can grow.

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WHAT’S INSIDEWelcome: A Letter from our Co-foundersOur First Five Years

Our WorkResearchProgram – Democracy TalksProgram – Everyday Political CitizenPublications

Building CommunityOur VolunteersOur People




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It’s been five years since Samara Canada became a charity and we began our work by interviewing a group of former Members of Parliament. After five years, we wanted to look back at all that we’ve accomplished, with the help of our staff, volunteers and donors.

We began Samara out of a belief that politics matters. Politics is where the big decisions are made about the future of our country. As a consequence, all Canadians must feel represented and heard by the political system. But we can see by declining voter turnout and increasing cynicism that Canadians don’t believe politics matters or that it works for them.

We are proud to share how Samara has illuminated the ways in which politics can be improved and how citizens can play a bigger role in shaping Canada’s political system. Over the last five years, we’ve:

focused a national conversation on politics through our provocative research reports and the publication of our bestselling book, Tragedy in the Commons.

provided opportunities for people to learn about politics and how to get involved through our innovative Democracy Talks program, which introduces politics to young people and newcomers in a fun and accessible way.

highlighted and celebrated political role models through our Everyday Political Citizen project and profiles of individuals working in politics.

become a resource for educators and journalists, with our research and concepts taught in high school and university classrooms across the country, and referenced in national media.

hosted scores of public events and lectures across the country, bringing important discussions to where Canadians are.

provided hundreds of people with the opportunity to participate as volunteers in Samara’s work and gain valuable skills in the process.

As we look forward to an election year in 2015 and Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017, we imagine a Canada where citizens understand they have a role in the system and believe that politics is accountable to them.

In the next five years, Samara will continue to encourage change within the political system, and improvement in the work of our political leaders, especially MPs. We will highlight the great work done by citizens to support and volunteer in politics, and work toward a better politics for everyone.

Our first five years have been tremendously successful, but none of this would have been possible without you. We hope you will continue to support Samara Canada as we embark on the next five years of growth.

To better politics,

Alison Loat and Michael MacMillanCo-founders


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“Thank you for all the great work you do. You make me

proud to be Canadian.”

“We are always so proud of your important work at Samara. Thanks for all you do to promote strong leadership and democracy. We all benefit.”

“For the first time, I can see the scope, depth,

and full implications of the problem with

our democracy — and at long

last a possible mechanism for

fixing it.”

“I’ve been living in Southern California

for 18 years, but still love Canada!

Thanks so much for your efforts!”

“Bravely forward!”

“Keep being awesome.” “You are making

a significant contribution to

the understanding and functioning of



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The first round of MP exit interviews results in the publication of the first two MP Exit Interview Reports, “The Accidental Citizen?”, which outlines the MPs’ backgrounds and paths to politics, and “Welcome to Parliament”, which documents the MPs’ disparate definitions of their job. Both receive national media attention.

Samara begins a series of seminars on public affairs journalism in partnership with the Massey College Journalism Fellows.

With the help of the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians, Michael, Alison and colleagues initiate Canada’s first-ever series of exit interviews, eventually speaking with 80 former Members of Parliament from all political parties and regions of the country, including 35 cabinet ministers and one prime minister.

“The Samara Project” receives charitable status.

2011“It’s My Party” and “The Outsiders’ Manifesto” are published. These last two MP Exit Interview Reports solidify Samara’s reputation for innovative research.

Working with the Writers’ Trust of Canada and inviting input from thousands of Canadians, Samara develops a definitive list of the best political books in Canada.

In preparation for the Samara Canada Index, the Democracy Reports begin. These aim to increase Canadians’ understanding of politics and elevate the discussion on the health of Canadian democracy. “The Real Outsiders” reveals that the politically disengaged are not as apathetic as previously thought.

2012Democracy Reports — “Occupiers and Legislators”, “The Neighbourhoods of #cdnpoli” and “Who’s the Boss?”— focus attention on how media, social media and Members of Parliament address Canadians’ perceptions of politics.

Democracy Talks begins. In association with community groups across Ontario, the program helps disengaged and disempowered Canadians find their political voice. Samara’s series on “50 Ways to Redesign Parliament” sparks a national conversation and a Globe and Mail series on the same topic when we ask sitting MPs, partners and volunteers, community leaders and citizens, “What change would you propose to ‘redesign’ Parliament so it’s more relevant to you?”.




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Democracy Report “Lost in Translation or Just Lost?” looks at how Canadians’ priorities are reflected in the House of Commons and “Lightweights?” examines how Canadians participate in political life.

The Everyday Political Citizen Project launches, celebrating Canadians who make positive change happen in their communities. Nominations come in from across the country. A jury of prominent Canadians selects the winners.

An innovative interactive web-based project on the number of words spoken by MPs in the House of Commons, a pop-up video to explain the Speech from the Throne and an infographic reviewing MPs’ websites all come to life online.

Democracy Talks’ network of outstanding organizations and community-based partners doubles in size.


Tragedy in the Commons: Former Members of Parliament Speak Out About Canada’s Failing Democracy, written by Alison and Michael, publishes to critical acclaim and becomes a #1 Canadian national bestseller.

Democracy Report “By Invitation Only” examines Canadians’ perceptions of political parties. In two infographics, we release the first-ever analysis of MP and riding association websites.

The Everyday Political Citizen Project returns. Prominent Canadians, including political satirist Rick Mercer, NHL hockey player Grant Clitsome and former mayor of Iqaluit Madeleine Redfern, join the jury of Canadians celebrating unsung political heroes.

Samara Canada advises on a civics textbook Civics in Action and inspires the academic book Canadian Democracy from the Ground Up.

2013 2014

The Samara Canada Index, the culmination of three years of research and the Democracy Reports, will focus attention on political life beyond the ballot box by regularly measuring 25 indicators of a strong democracy.

Everyday Political Citizen will return with a focus on the election year.

Democracy Talks will expand nationally and help community groups foster democratic engagement in their members.


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Samara Canada’s research is the basis for all we do—it helps us identify problems with Canada’s political system, and propose solutions. Through our research we explore and expose how Canada’s democracy works in a rigorous, accessible and innovative way. The conversations provoked by Samara’s research help Canadians better understand and contribute to renewing politics.



Based on our research, we also suggest improvements to the political system in the form of tip sheets and checklists for elected leaders, parties, citizens and MPs, as well as playful infographics on ways to increase politics’ openness and accountability.

In our research we explore how:

• MPs perform their jobs and feel about their role.• citizens participate in politics beyond voting.• citizens evaluate MPs and parties.• well MPs communicate online and how much they speak in the House of Commons.• well local political party associations communicate online.• youth engage with politics.• newcomers to Canada engage with politics.


As the problems with Canada’s political system are complex, we use a variety of research tools to increase Canadians’ understanding of democracy, including:

• national public opinion surveys of Canadians.• focus groups.• in-person interviews.• automated content analyses of Hansard (the transcripts from the House of

Commons).• content analyses of 1600 online resources.• curation of public records.• third-party program evaluation.

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IMPACTMedia Coverage: Findings are extensively reported in media outlets across the country, provoking national conversations.

Insight: Journalists and political practitioners come to us for expert, non-partisan insight as events unfold. Our events, blog and Twitter chats share findings and invite wider discussion.

Education: Democracy Reports feature in a civics textbook for high school students published by McGraw Hill Ryerson. Canadian Democracy from the Ground Up, an academic book based on Samara’s data and intended for university audiences, is published by UBC Press.

Best Practice: MP Michael Chong cites Samara’s research in the backgrounder to his Private Member’s Bill, the Reform Act. A House of Commons committee reviewing the Fair Elections Act invites expert testimony from Samara in 2014. Top MP websites feature Samara “Top Website” badge.

Academic Collaboration: Samara regularly shares data to seed academic research, and we frequently co-author publications and academic projects.

Samara is committed to examining how our political system works. And to do that, it "seeds ideas for relevant and responsive politics that Canadians can believe in." This all sounds very Canadian. Very formal. Very polite. In actual fact, however, Samara is a major sh*t disturber.

— Tim Knight Journalist and Commentator

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Democracy Talks is an innovative approach to civic engagement that creates a safe space for both the facilitators and the participants to carry out non-judgmental conversations about our common concerns regarding the communities we live in, the city we want to build and the country we proudly call home.

— Beatriz AlasCommunity Engagement Coordinator

North York Community House



The Democracy Talks program is based on a simple premise: our democracy is healthiest when people’s voices are heard. Emerging in 2011 from focus groups from across the country and the expressed needs of community groups to better educate Canadians about their role in the political process, Democracy Talks is, at its heart, a conversation, taking place within established peer groups, which encourages those who’ve never had a political conversation to start talking about politics.

Democracy Talks discussions spark lively, enjoyable conversations about issues that matter to participants, letting them share their perspectives and explore their values. These facilitated, activity-based discussions inspire new ideas, strengthen social bonds, and inspire people to become more active and engaged in politics and society.

Democracy Talks is delivered in partnership with community groups committed to fostering democratic engagement among participants with limited prior interest in Canadian politics.

Partners include:

• North York Community House• University of Toronto• Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada• The Stop Community Food Centre• Engineers Without Borders

Curriculum and program evaluations will be a resource for political parties, candidates, community organizations and others seeking evidence-based approaches to improving their engagement of citizens in politics.

• Toronto Neighbourhood Centres• YMCA of Greater Toronto• Canadian Association of Community Health Centres• YMCA of Northern Alberta• Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House

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IMPACTPositive Social Effects: Through Democracy Talks, people find out that talking about our democracy can actually be fun, countering the reflexive negative association many have with politics.

Reach: Democracy Talks have been integrated into adult literacy classes, senior gardening groups and youth leadership classes, succeeding in reaching the least politically engaged Canadians. It also features in a civics textbook.

National Scope: Elections Canada features Democracy Talks as a “program that works” to youth-serving organizations in six cities from Vancouver to Halifax.

Adaptable: The program is flexible enough to succeed with groups ranging from five people to 200+ and to last from 1 1/2 hours to six hours. The material has been translated into four languages in addition to French and English.

Proven Results: A third-party evaluation found evidence of success for the Democracy Talks program: 70% of respondents report learning a lot or a great deal during the program and participants demonstrated a “measurably positive impact” on their political engagement.

Democracy Talks has definitely invigorated our agency’s work around civic engagement. By centering discussion around what participants need to change in their own community, we have seen a positive shift in their attitudes towards advocacy. Facilitators are also appreciative of the many workshops they have been able to co-lead with the Democracy Talks staff.

— Adnan AminSettlement and Education Partnerships in Toronto Coordinator


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Politics need not be an intimidating realm, especially for the younger generation. There are so many ways to participate, both big and small. By highlighting those everyday political heroes who are making politics more accessible, we’re breaking down old stereotypes and inspiring more political participation.

— Gabrielle ScrimshawAward-winning Indigenous Professional

and EPC Juror







There are so many people who keep our democracy moving in private and never get recognized. How and why someone gets involved shouldn’t be a state secret, it should be a state celebration!

— Rick MercerPolitical Satirist and EPC Juror




EVERYDAY POLITICAL CITIZENThe Everyday Political Citizen project celebrates the unsung heroes of Canadian democracy. At a time when many Canadians are disengaging from politics, this project highlights the regular people who make their communities better every day. By profiling role models from across the country, Samara Canada hopes to encourage Canadians to increase their own political participation.

Through the Everyday Political Citizen Project, Canadians nominate the people who inspire them — both those involved in party politics, and those who organize at a grassroots level. All nominees are featured on the website and their profiles are shared with Samara’s social media network. An interactive map on our website shows the national scope of nominations. The annual contest concludes with two winners chosen — one adult and one youth — from a shortlist assembled by our jurors. The winners are congratulated by their Members of Parliament and all nominees are celebrated at a year-end event.

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IMPACTNational Scope: The EPCitizen contest brings in hundreds of nominations from coast to coast to coast. It boasts a high-profile jury from across Canada including prominent Canadians such as CBC personality Rick Mercer, NHLer Grant Clitsome, President of CIVIX Taylor Gunn, former mayor of Iqaluit Madeleine Redfern and former MP Preston Manning.

Media Coverage: The contest receives national news coverage, including syndicated interviews on dozens of CBC radio stations, and nominees receive attention for their causes and communities.

Education: The project resulted in six 2013 youth nominees being featured in Civics in Action, an Ontario grade 10 civics textbook.

Transformative Engagement: Going beyond the facts and figures, the EPCitizen contest has a powerful effect on people’s perception of their own participation in Canadian civic life.



2013 WINNERS RUNNERS-UPMark Coffin Halifax, NS

Ali ChaturToronto, ON

Idil BuraleToronto, ON

Sam LivingstoneFort McMurray, AB

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Tragedy in the Commons Published by Random House Canada

Written by Alison Loat and Michael MacMillan, Tragedy in the Commons focuses attention on an important and growing conversation in this country about improving politics and political leadership. The unvarnished revelations, analysis and anecdotes of 80 former Members of Parliament make Tragedy in the Commons a book like nothing else ever written about this country’s public life.

Civics in Action Published by McGraw Hill Ryerson

Samara contributed to and consulted on a new Grade 10 civics textbook for Ontario. The book includes profiles of the youth Everyday Political Citizens, Member of Parliament exit interviews, Democracy Talks and excerpts from our research.

Canadian Democracy from the Ground Up: Perceptions and Performance Published by UBC Press

Samara’s research forms the foundation of this book, a collaboration among academics. The book explores Canada’s democratic deficit from the citizen’s perspective, through public opinion data, Parliamentary debate, media coverage, #cdnpoli tweets and MP exit interviews.

In 2014, Samara Canada was involved with three important books that took our research into communities across the country. Co-founders Alison and Michael wrote a bestselling book, Tragedy in the Commons. Samara staff also advised on a high school civics textbook and our research inspired an academic textbook.


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I learned a lot from this book and I’ve been covering politics my whole life.

— Kevin Newman, National Broadcaster


IMPACTEvents: Thousands of Canadians attend several dozen book events in 14 cities, including Vancouver, Calgary, London, Toronto, Hamilton, Kingston, Fredericton and Ottawa.

Readers: Samara volunteers put together a book club guide so readers can hold discussions about the important subjects raised in their own living rooms, cafés and libraries.

Education: Tragedy in the Commons and Canadian Democracy from the Ground Up are included on university course syllabi. Civics in Action is used in high schools across Ontario.


There’s much to be learned from Tragedy in the Commons—it’s a real page-turner, with informative writing and exciting stories. . . . Tragedy in the Commons is fascinating and well-researched. . . . It won’t disappoint.

— The Telegram (St. John’s, NF)

[A] compelling case that what we are witnessing is the steady slide of public confidence in political institutions and the people who run them precisely because things like consolidating power in the hands of so few rarely ends well. . . . Loat and MacMillan’s book shows much change is needed, and not just in Ottawa. It’s clear they’re onto something.

— Keith Baldrey, Global News


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Samara Canada is lucky to be part of a community — both online and off— of Canadians committed to improving politics for everyone. We enrich our community by producing content and sharing the thoughts of others on the Samara blog, hosting live events and engaging in constructive online discussion on issues that matter.

BUILDING COMMUNITYOur website features over 600 blog posts including interviews, research and features from special guest writers as well as a weekly round-up of political headlines and commentary on public affairs, bringing hundreds of visitors to every day.

Our blog series showcase and explore some of the greatest issues in politics today.

• “50 Ways to Redesign Parliament” outlines ideas— from the grand to the small— that have the potential to change the way our politics works for people (produced in associated with the Globe and Mail).

• “How’d You Get that Job?” showcases Canadians working in politics and their paths to success.

• “Best Political Books of the Last 25 Years” crowdsources a list of top political books and hosts an online competition to find the very best.

• “Democracy Talks Profiles” explores the barriers to engagement for those people who don’t feel part of the democratic system—and suggests ideas for change.

• “On the Campaign Trail” brings to life the experiences of campaign workers, candidates and others who are deeply involved in formal politics.


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BUILDING COMMUNITYSamara has a growing social media audience: more than 5000 on Twitter, over 1500 on Facebook and hundreds more on Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube. Through our social media platforms, we encourage political participation and non-partisan discussion and engagement 365 days of the year.



In partnership with the Writers’ Trust of Canada, we co-host yearly contests to showcase the finalists for the Shaughnessy Cohen and Hilary Weston Prizes, the most prestigious non-fiction prizes in Canada.

We host and co-host events that bring together Canadians around issues of concern to their community.

• Significant political moments such as elections, debates and votes.

• Seminars on the future of journalism with excellent international speakers, such as Sasha Issenberg, Emily Bell and Tom Rosenstiel.

• Book launches and events for authors, such as Paul Wells, Susan Delacourt and Alfred Hermida.

• Maytree Foundation events on diversity in politics.• Equal Voice events to encourage more women

in politics.• Online events like Twitter chats, which engage

thousands of followers.



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Samara Canada has an amazing group of volunteers. We couldn’t do our work without their help. We want to introduce just a few of our volunteers, and give them the opportunity to share what they’ve worked on and what it means to them to volunteer for Samara.

For a complete list of our volunteers, please see page 26.

Thank you volunteers!

OUR VOLUNTEERSLouise Cockram, Nova Scotia

I have worked on two separate volunteer projects with Samara, and really enjoyed working on both. The best part of volunteering for Samara is feeling connected to others who believe that democratic life in Canada should and can be improved.

Projects: EDA website infographic and guest blogger

Democracy in one word: Accountable

Alice Wong, Ontario

As a young person, I strongly believe in the spirit of volunteerism and I’ve seen firsthand the doors of opportunity Samara opens for youth. I’ve gained many networking connections someone of my age rarely has and Samara’s publications continually enhance my education. Therefore, I am extremely optimistic that Samara and its many projects will continue to be a part of my personal journey of political learning.

Projects: Events

Democracy in one word: Knowing


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Chloe Shantz-Hilkes, Ontario

Volunteering for Samara has helped me understand that a group of committed citizens can help make politics more responsive and more representative. Overall, I would say that being a part of the Samara community—in however small a way—gives one cause for great optimism in a time when cynicism about Canadian democracy is rampant.

Projects: EDA and MP website coding and guest blogger

Democracy in one word: Participatory (at least ideally!)

Steven Lee, Northwest Territories

My favourite volunteer work has been working with the Samara staff. I was intimidated to travel to Toronto to volunteer the first time, but they were friendly, forthright and open. After meeting the staff and getting to know them, I am eager to volunteer in person because I believe in Samara’s mission and have great confidence in the people behind it.

Projects: Events, guest blogger, EDA and MP website coding, research

Samara in one word: Insightful


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“Congratulations on another year of high-

quality work and measurable impact!”

“Thanks for everything

you do!”

“I am very appreciative of the work that you do. It’s a great public service.”

“Samara’s is truly an

exciting and badly needed mission.”

“Never give up your pragmatic

idealism, and NEVER forget

the infinite value of what you are

doing for ALL Canadians!”

“Yours is good work that

must grow and continue.”

“Thank you for all that you are doing for this country and all of us!”

“Samara is a national



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STAFFAlison Loat, Executive DirectorKendall AndersonLaura AnthonyJohn BeebeMark DanceJane HildermanSally LeeJennifer Phillips

BOARD OF DIRECTORSMichael MacMillan, ChairStephanie MacKendrick, Co-ChairRatna OmidvarRuth Ostrower, SecretaryKasi V.P. RaoWilliam Young

ADVISORY BOARDHeather ConwayGeorge CooperScott GilmoreKevin LynchCharles SiroisPerry SpitznagelRobert Prichard

Shelley Ambrose Jamie and Patsy Anderson Kendall Anderson and Stephen Whillans

The Aurea Foundation Lisa Baiton Trish Barbato Karim Bardeesy Craig Barlow Isabel Bassett Heather BastedoJohn Beebe Max Bell Foundation Alex Bellamy Avie BennettBennett Jones LLP Gloria Bishop John Bishop S.M. Blair Family Foundation The John and Judy Bragg Family Foundation

Randal Brown David Bruce Malcolm Burrows and Barbara Dick

Janet Butler Gregor Caldwell Barry Campbell Shannon Cavanagh, in honour of Paul Major

Peter Caven Alastair Cheng Rachel Chertkoff Morris Chochla Vince Cifani

Joel Clark, KJ Harrison & Partners Inc.

CN RailLouise Cochrane Charles Coffey Heather Connelly Douglas Connolly Heather Conway Debbie Cook Robin and Ehren CoryStuart Coxe, Antica Productions

Connie Deckert Alana Del Greco Andy Donovan Laurence Donovan Christopher Dulny Bob and Caroline Duncanson Hilda Earl, in honour of those who fought and died for our democracy

Salima Ebrahim Edelman - in kind Elections Canada William C. Fanjoy Frank G. Felkai Charles Ferkranus Maurice Ferkranus Henry Fiorillo Virginia Flintoft Jane Forrester Justine and David Foxall Paul Fredericks Ian Froude André Gignac

Greg Gillespie Keith Gilson Jan Goddard Maurice Gomme David Gourlay Andrew Graham William Green Franca Gucciardi Susan Guichon Beth Haddon Barbara Hall Kiren Handa Antony Hare George E. Hart Ron Hartling Jesse Helmer Garrett HermanJane Hilderman, in honour of Susie Hilderman

Don Hogarth David Holland Jennifer Hollett Anthony Holmes Susan Holt, in memory of Andy Scott

Carolyn Hurst Inspirit Foundation Richard and Donna Ivey Rosamond Ivey Jascha Jabes Jackman Foundation Frances Kampouris Martin Katz Alex Kenjeev Kingston Writers’ Festival

Dorothy Kindellan David Kines Daniel Kitts Andrew Kovacs Georgia Krebs Constance Kretz Elaine Lam Mike Lauzon Paul Ledwell Donald Lemieux Sally LeeSteven Lee Du Yi Leu Chris Lindal Julia Lo Alison Loat Christopher and Patricia Loat Matthew Lombardi Graham Lowe Vaughan Lyon Jock MacDonald David and Joanna MacDougall Bill Mackinnon The MacMillan Family Foundation

Mary MacMillan Martin Masse Andrew McCreathWilliam F. McCutcheon Caitlin McKenna McKenna Family Fund Hugh McLelland Trina McQueen Andrew Medd Michael Meighen




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Reflects donations received as of September 30, 2014. Please excuse, but let us know of, any errors or omissions. If you are a donor and your recognition wishes have changed, or if you have any questions, please contact Sally Lee at 416-960-7930 or

Paris Meilleur Marco Mendicino Ian Michael Thomas Miller David Mitchell Amanda Moore Karen Moores Christopher Morgan Karine Morin Ian Morrison Judith Moses Jevone Nicholas Margot Northey Paul Oabel Fiona O’Connor Ratna Omidvar The Ontario Trillium Foundation

Ontario Association of Library Technicians

Charles Pachter Panicaro Foundation Anil Patel Michael Paterson Honor de Pencier Joan Pennefather Barry Peters

Hon. David and Shelley Peterson

Ben Peterson François Pétry Charles Pielsticker Robert Prichard and Ann Wilson

Andrew Pringle Sam Rabinovitch Gord Raman Irfhan Rawji Peter Raymont Danyaal Raza Jody Rechenmacher Tim Reid Susannah Roth Eric Rothschild Bill Rutsey Peter Sarsfield Conrad Schickedanz Linda SchuylerNeil Selfe Gareth Seltzer Bradley Sherman John and Amanda Sherrington Benjamin Shinewald Rajiv Singal

Charles Sirois David Skok Jennifer Sloan Margot Smart Adrianne and Jerry Smith Scott Snowden Gary Solway Rosemary Speirs James Spence Geoff Spidle Thomas Stanley Brian Stewart David Sugarman Robert Sutton and Barbara Garrett

Robert Sutton, in honour of Rosemary Wolfe

Merebeth Switzer Paul Szabo Eric Tam Don Tapscott Paul Temple Nicholas Terpstra Larry Till M. Annabelle Twilley Richardson, in honour of Caroline Anne Robbins

Teresa Vasilopoulos Christopher Wells James and Jennifer Werry Grace Westcott Mark Wheeler Don Wilford Tatum Wilson Mark Wiseman, in honour of Meyer Brownstone

Nelson Wiseman Greg Wong Leslie Wood Stuart Wood Richard Woods Cathy Worden Yung Wu Torrance and Andrée Wylie Brian Wynn Phyllis Yaffe Matthew Young Your Canada Your Constitution Al ZikovitzAnonymous (11)


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Cy Abbass Agincourt Community Services Association

Quinn Albaugh Derek Alton Andrew Balfour Donna Banham Barclays Heather Bastedo Ben McNally Books Dr. Paul Bennett Liba Berry Caroline Birks Sarah Blanchard Kelly Blidook Bloor Hot Docs Cinema Colette Brin Bryan Prince Booksellers Grant Burns Max Cameron Canadian Association of Community Health Centres

Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians

Andrea Canales Ray Cao Remzi Cej Ali Chatur Morris ChochlaSujit Choudhry Wayne Chu Jessa Chupik Citizens Academy Karen Clark Grant Clitsome Nancy Close Closson Chase Winery Mark Coffin Anne Collins Kelta CoomberGeorge CooperThe Craft Brand Company Kyle CrawfordFrank Cunningham Louise Dennys Different Drummer Books

Alex DiGioseffoÉmilie Dionne Andy Donovan Léo Duguay Dan Dunsky Munroe Eagles Equal Voice Engineers Without Borders Jim Farney Fred Fletcher Victoria Foley Mariève Forest Mary Francoli Stephen Frank and CLHIA Hon. Douglas Frith Kirstan Gagnon Suzanne Gallant Thierry Giasson Elisabeth GidengilThe Globe and Mail Danny Graham The Green Party of Canada Taylor Gunn Jesse Helmer and the Friends of Samara Canada London, ON

Alfred HermidaMark Heyck Shira Honig Paul Howe The Inspirit Foundation Institut Du Nouveau Monde Institute for Canadian Citizenship

iPoliticsEmma Jenkin Patrick Johnston Kelly Kaye Photography The Kingston Writers’ Festival Joshua Knelman Royce Koop Myna Kota Andreas Krebs Miriam Lapp Francis LeBlanc Lawrence LeDuc

Carol Lee Tom Long Hugh MacKinnon Jonathan Malloy Preston Manning The Manning Centre Alex Marland Brad Martin Massey College Journalism Fellows

Akosua Matthews Maytree Foundation Mary Ann McCollD’arci McFadden McKinsey & Co. McMaster University Peter McNelly Jane McWhinney Rick Mercer Howie Millard Barb Minett Kathleen Monk Sean Mullin Jack Murta NATIONAL Public Relations Naheed Nenshi Chima Nkemdirim North York Community House Fiona O’Connor Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies

Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association

Ruth Ostrower The Ottawa Writers’ Festival Mike Painter Main Jon Pammet Perfect Books François Pétry Justin Philippi Chip Pitfield Craig Pyette Deon Ramgoolam Bob Ramsay Random House Canada Vincent Raynauld

Reclaim our Democratic Canada

Madeleine Redfern Amy Robichaud Jonathan Rose Rotman School of Management

Doug Rowland Nick Ruderman Gabrielle Scrimshaw Reva Seth Chris Shulgan Denise Siele Jack Silverstone Susan Simms Simon Fraser University Gillian SmithLeora Smith Social Planning Toronto Devan Sommerville Stuart Soroka Springtide Collective Dietland Stolle Aimee Sulliman Shauna Sylvester Paul Thomas Erin Tolley Toronto East General Hospital Toronto Neighbourhood Centres

Livianna Tossutti André Turcotte UBC Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions

UforChange University of King’s College Christopher Waddell The WalrusMichael WattersWhy Should I Care? Women’s Executive Network Stuart Wood Blaine Woodcock The Writers’ Trust of CanadaYMCA of Greater Toronto



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