Fighting Environmental Racism in Nova Scotia: Q&A With Advocate of the...

Dr. Ingrid Waldron was recently named the Advocate of the Year at the Better Politics Awards for her work fighting environmental racism in Nova...

Op-Ed: New politics? Up to you, Nova Scotia

This editorial was written by Mark Coffin, and originally featured in The Chronicle Herald, Opinions section. See the original here.  “A new politics” was the first...

What we’ve learned since starting Make Democracy Better.

We launched the Make Democracy Better project to build a space – on the ground, and online - where people could contribute to a discussion...

Reform Act would make the Prime Minister First Among Equals

Written by Mark Coffin Originally published in the Globe and Mail on December 4th, 2013.  The House of Commons is one of the most expensive and least...

Politicians could learn to collaborate from whale watchers

Written by Mark Coffin. Originally published in the Chronicle Herald.  If politics worked more like the whale watching business, more of us would want to...

Nova Scotia Election Results Unpacked: 2013 Provincial Election

Analysis of election results reveals deep problems with first-past-the-post electoral system. View PDF version (recommended). A detailed analysis of the provincial election results suggests that...

Stephen McNeil, Jamie Baillie and Darrell Dexter on Democratic Renewal

Written by Mark Coffin Tomorrow, thousands of Nova Scotians will head to the polls. Despite popular belief, we will not be electing a government. Instead,...

Why politicians attack one another

Pictured above: A screenshot from an NDP television ad targeting Liberal leader Stephen McNeil from the 2013 provincial election campaign.  Written by Mark Coffin. After last night’s provincial...

The political system doesn’t need us.

Written by Mark Coffin I’ve got good news and bad news. The bad news is, the political system doesn’t actually need any of us. The...

Want attack ads to stop? Let’s make our votes work more...

Written by Mark Coffin Originally Published in the Chronicle Herald on Aug 6 2013 Porter Airlines launches a seat sale every few months. Sometimes Air Canada...