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Going forward, how can voter turnout be improved?

October 20, 2017 - 11:59pm Updated: October 22, 2017 - 11:27am

Prior to Election Day on Monday, I wrote a column encouraging -- nay -- imploring Red Deerians to vote.

However, I was under no false preconceptions that the majority of those eligible actually would. I may be an optimist, but I can still be a cynic.

Anyhow, in case you missed it, voter turnout in Red Deer this year was an abysmal 30.3 per cent.

But this conversation cannot end here -- we can and should continue to promote the benefits of voting, namely your license to complain. Turning out to vote even means going to the polling station and spoiling one's ballot. 

Get out and vote, please!

October 15, 2017 - 10:21am Updated: October 15, 2017 - 11:15am

About two and a half years ago, Albertans voted in a historic provincial election.

I had moved to Alberta just three months prior and in that time, I used a hospital for a broken toe, I set down roots where I planned for my daughter to go to school and I got to know what this province's issues and values were all about.

It tore me to shreds that I couldn't vote that May -- provincially, like municipally, one must be a resident of Alberta for six months before they are eligible to vote.

Trump vs. NFL is annoying, but sparks an important conversation

September 24, 2017 - 11:28am Updated: September 24, 2017 - 10:06pm

What a shame -- and of course this is all distracting us from other things.

Nonetheless, as unfortunate as this entire Trump v. the NFL / Golden State Warriors thing is, it's the perfect starting point for a conversation we all apparently need to have again, and that is one which revolves around inequality and injustice.

Canada 150 and a day: We're a great country, but we can be better

July 4, 2017 - 8:07am Updated: July 4, 2017 - 7:36pm

It's Sunday night, a day after one of the largest parties this country has ever seen -- one which cost a reported $500 million.

Some of what's below you've likely recently seen or heard elsewhere, but I want to add my voice to the mix.

I've only ever done one thing on Canada Day -- celebrate. That might involve making sure I say 'eh' a few extra times, eating Timbits or taking in local festivities. This year, I still did all those things, but I did so while conflicted with a mixture of patriotism, reluctance and guilt.

Why I'm an LGBTQ ally and I'm not afraid to show it

June 16, 2017 - 3:56pm Updated: June 18, 2017 - 11:29pm

As a journalist, one of the hardest rules to follow is to set your opinions aside when reporting on a story. 

There is, however, an exception to nearly every rule.

I simply refuse to remain silent on the issue of equality for the members of our LGBTQ+ community. You'll find "LGBTQ+" on all of my main social media bios. I'm not afraid to admit it.

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By: Josh Hall

Josh Hall is a reporter for rdnewsNOW
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