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The Democracy Cookbook

Recipes to Renew Governance in Newfoundland and Labrador

Edited by Alex Marland & Lisa Moore
Categories: Policy And Politics, Newfoundland And Labrador Studies, Economics
Series: Social and Economic Papers
Series Number: 34
Paperback : 9781894725446, 392 pages, November 2017

Table of contents

Foreword | Kathy Dunderdale, Roger Grimes, and Jack Harris | 12
Acknowledgements | 13
Preface | 15
Editors’ Tip | 18

PART 1: Introduction 19
1 How The Democracy Cookbook Came Together | The Editors | 21
2 Reflections on the Governance in Newfoundland and Labrador Project | Lisa Moore | 32
3 How Democratic Government Works in Newfoundland and Labrador | Alex Marland | 37
4 Why Focus on Provincial Politics? | Jared Wesley | 56
5 Patriotic Correctness in Newfoundland and Labrador | David Cochrane | 60
6 Begging to Differ in a Small Place | Robin Whitaker | 64
7 Can Newfoundlanders and Labradorians Govern Themselves? | Drew Brown | 68
8 Decolonizing Newfoundland and Labrador’s Democracy | Vicki Hallett | 72
PART 2: All Politics Is Local, B’y | 75
9 Renewing Democracy through Practice | Karen Stanbridge | 77
10 Governance for the Rural Knowledge Economy | Ken Carter and Reeta Chowdahri Tremblay | 81
11 Enhancing Democracy in Rural and Regional Development Governance | Kelly Vodden | 85
12 Non-Profits Are a Resource Waiting in the Wings | Clifford Grinling | 89
13 The Role of Neighbourhood and Community Groups | Kathryn Simonsen| 93
14 Increasing the Competitiveness of Municipal Council Elections | Alison Shott | 96
15 Ministers and Citizens Walking Together | Elizabeth Yeoman | 101
PART 3: Captain Newfoundland & Labrador | 105
16 What If Kids Ran the Government? | Paula Graham | 107
17 What a Byzantine Historian Can Contribute to Newfoundland and Labrador Governance | Marica Cassis | 109
18 The Hero’s Energy in Newfoundland and Labrador | Joel Deshaye | 113
19 Artful Leadership | Ian Sutherland | 117
20 Political Parties as an Essential Link to Better Governance Processes | Des Sullivan | 121
21 Levelling the Field for Potential Party Leaders | Kelly Blidook | 125
22 The Role of Public Service Executives | Robert Thompson | 128
PART 4: Communication | 133
23 Hogging Call-in Show Lines | Ramona Dearing | 135
24 The Media as a Cornerstone of Shared Power in Newfoundland and Labrador | Erwin Warkentin | 138
25 Conflicts of Dependence and Independence in the Press Gallery | Michael Connors | 142
26 Governing in the Twitter Era | Sonja Boon | 146
27 Real-Time Virtual Democracy | Peter Trnka | 150
28 Towards a Poll-Savvy Citizenry | Scott Matthews | 154
PART 5: Engagement | 157
29 Youth Vote | Amelia Curran | 159
30 Motivating Voter Turnout | Nahid Masoudi | 161
31 Enhancing Democratic Engagement through Electoral Reform and Civic Literacy | James Bickerton | 165
32 Literacy, Democratic Governance, and Political Citizenship | Raymond Blake | 169
33 Educating Tomorrow’s Citizens in Today’s University | John Hoben | 173
34 Empowering Young Newfoundlanders and Labradorians for Future Political Engagement | Simon Lono | 177
35 “Following Up and Following Through” with Community Consultations | Ailsa Craig | 181
36 A Democratic Process for Informing Public Safety and Justice | Rose Ricciardelli | 184
37 Learning from Public Consultation about the Proposed Closures of Libraries | Anne Graham | 187
PART 6: Power to the People(s) | 191
38 Alba and The Old Woman | Mary Dalton | 193
39 Direct Democracy | Jonathan Parsons | 196
40 Enhancing Indigenous Women’s Participation and Formal Representation | Carol Lynne D’Arcangelis | 200
41 Breastfeeding in the House of Assembly | Christina Doonan | 204
42 When the “Other” Becomes a Proud Newfoundlander | Valérie Vézina | 208
43 Building an Inclusive Democracy in Newfoundland and Labrador | Tony Fang and Kerri Neil | 211
44 Reshaping an Inclusive Vision for Governance in Newfoundland and Labrador | Elizabeth Davis | 215
45 Disability and Civic Engagement in Newfoundland and Labrador | Aleksandra Stefanovic-Chafe | 218
46 Enabling the Political Participation of Persons with Disabilities | Mario Levesque | 222
PART 7: Oh Me Nerves, the Opposition Got Me Drove | 227
47 Electing Women to the House of Assembly | Nancy Peckford and Raylene Lang-Dion | 229
48 Reserving Seats in the House for Aboriginal MHAs | Dimitrios Panagos | 232
49 The Downfalls of Debate | Taylor Stocks | 235
50 Democratizing the Legislative Branch | Paul Thomas | 239
51 Institutionalizing a Strong Opposition through Electoral Reform | James Feehan | 243
52 Strengthening the Opposition through Proportional Representation | Sean Fleming | 247
53 The Benefits of an Alternative Transferable Vote Electoral System | Glyn George | 251
PART 8: Scrutiny | 255
54 Improving Newfoundland and Labrador’s Access-to-Information System | Stephen Power | 257
55 Public Policy Think-Tank | Steven Wolinetz | 261
56 Taking Politics Out of Governance | Alison Coffin | 264
57 The House of Assembly Needs a Legislative Budget Officer | Jeffrey Collins | 268
58 Auditing Equity and the Environment | Robert Sweeny | 272
59 Efficiency Committees | Jill Power | 276
60 Governance and Appointments | Lynn Moore | 279
61 Appointments to the Boards of State-Owned Companies | Jeffrey Pittman | 282
62 Re-Democratizing School Governance in Newfoundland and Labrador | Gerald Galway | 285
PART 9: Spend and Spend and Spend and Never Get Back Change | 289
63 The Debt | Andreae Callanan | 291
64 Taking Corporate and Union Influence Out of Politics | Peter Cowan | 293
65 A Start for Tackling Pay to Play | Ashley Fitzpatrick | 296
66 We Need to Discuss the Fairness of Public-Sector Pensions | Gordon Cooke | 299
67 Strategic Philanthropy | Jennifer Dyer | 302
68 Helping Rural Newfoundland and Labrador Flourish through Social Enterprise | Natalie Slawinski | 305
PART 10: Orders of the Day |  309
69 The Politics of Energy Sources | Fiona Polack | 311
70 Engaging the Public to Avert the Risks of Oil Dependency | Angela Carter | 314
71 Muskrat Falls | Vick Allen | 318
72 Creating Spaces for Indigenous Labradorians in Provincial Governance | Erin Aylward and Elizabeth Zarpa | 321
73 An Increased Role for Indigenous Citizens in Decisions Affecting Labrador | Scott Neilsen | 325
74 Defensive Expansionism in Newfoundland and Labrador | Stephen Tomblin | 329
75 Democratizing Environmental Governance | Mark Stoddart | 333
PART 11: Conclusion | 337
76 What the All-Party Committee on Democratic Reform Should Do | Alex Marland | 339

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Recipes | 353
77 Transparent Snow Crab Rice Paper Rolls | Andrea Maunder | 355
78 Baked Cod Worth Crossing the Floor For | Margaret Burden | 357
79 Filibuster Fried Cod | Caroline (Kay) Young | 358
80 Multiparty Moose Stew | Timothy Charles | 359
81 Red-Hot Lobsters – In Hot Water Again | Rex Gibbons | 360
82 Right Honourable Rabbit Stew | Christopher Welsh | 361
83 Seafood Chowder that Will Leave the House Speaker Speechless | Colleen Hiscock | 363
84 By-Election Bakeapple Dessert | Judy Manning | 365
85 Patriotic Partridgeberry Cake | Sharlene Hinz | 366
86 Poli-tea-cal Tea Buns | George Murphy | 367
87 Strawberry and Rhubarb Political Fool | Jill Curran | 368
Appendix (Recruitment Document Provided to Contributors) | 369
Index | 377
House of Assembly | 389
About the Editors | 390
The Democracy Cookbook Photography Exhibition | 391

With snappy opinion pieces and a mix of perspectives, the conversation about democratic governance in Newfoundland starts here.

Description

The Democracy Cookbook is a collection of short and snappy, non-partisan opinion pieces authored by a cross-section of opinion leaders, academics, creative writers and other citizens. It also features some politically-themed poetry and food recipes. A unique form of grassroots mobilization, the book brings together a wide variety of voices to speak to the matter of “fixing” democratic governance in Newfoundland and Labrador after a period of acute political turmoil. It can be a useful model for jurisdictions across Canada and for small polities worldwide seeking to engage the public in debate about how democratic structures and processes should evolve. The Democracy Cookbook promises to stir up conversations around cabinet tables and kitchen tables alike.

Reviews

"Democratic reform is badly needed in our province as recent events show. This is of great importance to all members of the public. "

- John Crosbie, PC, ON, ONL, QC

"Marland and Moore's innovative treatment deserves emulation. "

- David E. Smith

"A vital, engaging, and accessible contribution to public discourse in the province. .. easy to read and accessible. "

- Louise Calbert, Dalhousie University