No, 16-year-olds should not be allowed to vote
Last year, Calgary City Councillor George Chahal put forward a proposal to have the Alberta government explore the idea of lowering the voting age in municipal elections to 16 from 18 years of age. The idea is still in the public conscience, recently even being espoused by Nancy Pelosi.
There are many reasons people cite why 16-year-olds should be able to vote. They can get a job, drive, pay taxes and join the military. By many counts, they are already young adults, and there are many 16-year-olds who I’m sure would be mature enough to make the decision of who to elect. (On the other side there is a lot of 27-year-olds I know who I’m not sure are mature enough, but that’s a different story)
It seems pretty simple, but there are concerns from those who oppose it and they carry just as much weight. The first being that 16- year-olds could be easily influenced, most, if not all, still live at home, and their
One of the major reasons why people want the change though is they think it will “get young people more involved with politics” which although noble is the exact reason most think we shouldn’t be 16-year-olds vote.
Voting is an important thing, it carries weight and is a key part of being a citizen. It’s a responsibility. Although some activists say that voting young encourages continuing participation in the electoral process, 18 is already young enough.
The question I have is why should we burden 16 year olds with that responsibility? While usually I would argue that increased democracy is a good thing, having 16 year olds who already have a whole host of worries and stresses, have to educate themselves on each political parties manifesto is somewhat cruel.
Exam pressure, social misadventures and coming of age are all hard enough without adding having to have conciseness educated socio-political opinions.
The idea of 14 and 15 year olds having to concern themselves with the news in a run up to an election is just pretty miserable. I say this as a news Junkie and someone who choose to study Politics at high school and college. At 16, I was certainly enthusiastic about politics and would have liked to vote, but I was blessed with being able to form my political opinions and values with no consequence, I couldn’t vote.
But alas, the news is awful, it’s full of slimy politicians, tragedy, crime and corruption and it could make a young person very cynical. As nice as the idea of votes at 16 sounds, and has worked in some countries I think we should stop trying to rush kids to grow up.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.
Statistics Canada has revealed the number of Canadians living below the poverty line, according to 2018’s tax return figures.
The agency says that 3.2 million Canadians are living below the poverty line—which tops out at 8.7 percent of the population, compared to 9.5 percent in 2017.
The child poverty rate has also decreased since 2012, dropping from 15 percent to 8.2 percent in that time. Still, that totals out to 566,000 children living in poverty.
Canada’s child poverty rate of 8.2 percent has not drastically changed one way or the other since 2017.
Social Development Minister Ahmed Hussen touted the numbers as a victory in his speech addressing the figures this morning in Ottawa.
“This is the largest three-year reduction in poverty in Canadian history, and poverty is at its lowest point on record in Canada.”
Toronto-area GO Trains have been halted after protestors were cleared from weeks-long rail blockades near Belleville, Ontario.
The group, known as the “Wet’suwet’en Strong: Hamilton Solidarity,” migrated to the tracks of the Bayview Junction in the Chicago-to-Toronto rail corridor that also serves Amtrak, VIA, and Go Transit, The Globe and Mail reports.
The group said in a Facebook post that they were served with an injunction by police, which they “happily burned.” The group then set up blockades on the GO tracks, which the group has said is in response to the OPP’s dismantling of blockades on Tyendaninaga Mohawk Territory near Belleville.
Those blockades were broken up Monday morning after police forced protestors to leave, eventually arresting 10 people on the scene. The blockades, which stayed up for three weeks, caused nationwide economic stagnation as both CN rail and VIA rail had to temporarily lay off employees, along with other massive inconveniences such as supply shortages.
But after the blockade was taken down, the protestors saw it fit that they continue their rallies, this time on commute tracks.
The group posted on Facebook Monday, saying that “the violence the state has perpetrated towards Indigenous land defenders and their supporters, the forced removal and criminalization of Indigenous people from their lands” was their reason for protesting. “This is a pattern that has existed since settlers came to Turtle Island and that continues to exist today.”
Another blockade has been set up on Highway 6 in Caledonia, Ontario as well, blocking traffic between Argyle and Greens Road.
Amber Heard is cancelled. She has been bombarded by endless hate ever since leaks of the Aquaman actress’s admission of abuse against Johnny Depp were released, prompting her to shut off the comments on her Instagram page.
Despite the hate, the once-popular actress has not recused herself from social media and continues to post on both her Instagram and Twitter—but she has limited her interactions with her wide audience.
Earlier posts dated to January, which were previously filled with pristine replies, are now a mire of angry commentary. In a post on January 15, the actress wrote that she was “missing her Hawaiian tribe.” The replies to her vary from remarks calling her an “abuser” and “you’ll also be missing your career” to more spiteful ones like “we hope you go missing.”
In more recent posts, a notification reads: “comments on this post have been limited,” substituting the thousands of replies that fill the rest of her older updates.
Earlier this month, proof that Amber Heard committed domestic violence against her then-husband Depp surfaced on the Daily Mail. The audio hears the actress admitting to striking Depp.
“I’m sorry that I didn’t, uh, uh, hit you across the face in a proper slap, but I was hitting you, it was not punching you. Babe, you’re not punched,” she said.
“You didn’t get punched. You got hit. I’m sorry I hit you like this. But I did not punch you. But I did not fucking deck you. I was fucking hitting you,” she said, drawing a distinction between “punching” and “hitting.”
The release of the recording is the first of two obtained by the Daily Mail, which released a follow-up tape in which the Aquaman actress can be heard threatening Depp with a sort of #MeToo allegation, which she made good on later on when she appeared in public with a bruised face and hit Depp with a restraining order. She even wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post, coming out as a survivor of sexual violence.
The widely-publicized allegations led to Depp’s abrupt cancellation by the public as an abusive husband who fit every stereotype of an unhinged rock star. In defamation proceedings against the actress in 2019, Depp revealed that he obtained 87 surveillance camera videos that captured the abuse, along with third-party witnesses who backed up his allegations against her. As The Post Millennial reported, Depp was the victim—not the abuser.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced his plan to table what will be “Bill Number One” of the next session of Alberta’s next legislation.
The bill, which Kenney called the Critical Infrastructure Defense Act, will create “new, and stiff critical penalties for anyone who riots on, or seeks to impair critical economic infrastructure in the province of Alberta.”
“We need national leadership to ensure that Canada is a country characterized by the rule of law, and we are pleased to see that action is finally being taken by police services to enforce court orders, but Alberta will do its part,” said Kenney, before announcing the bill.
Kenney’s statements came on the same day that Ontario Provincial Police moved in on blockaders on Mohawk territory after calls from the federal government to clear the railways of blockades and protestors.
Blockaders had stopped trains from running for the previous three weeks in support of anti-pipeline activists.
The announcement came during a lengthy address to media after the Alberta provincial court’s decision to strike down the Trudeau Liberals’ federal carbon tax—a fate opposite than that in Ontario and Saskatchewan.
Kenney went on to say that his government would “not back down” to hostility from the federal government, pressure from special interest groups, or regulatory uncertainty that could potentially inhibit investment in Alberta resource development.
Kenney also reached out to the federal government, requesting that Ottawa work together with Alberta in developing Alberta’s “rich” natural resources, “to generate that wealth in a responsible way.”