Janet Monk September’21_2

Voting Tools to Help You Decide

By Janet Monk

With election day fast approaching, it is important for voters to stay informed and understand their options. To see where you land on the political compass (Economic Left/Right, Social Progressive/Conservative), take the Vote Compass assessment on CBC.ca. The Vote Compass compares your values to the values of the parties, provides additional resources, and has a feature that can weigh your results based on how important certain issues are to you. The assessment can be taken anonymously, and you can choose to save your results for later consultation. Over 350, 000 voters have participated as of the writing of this article. You can follow live updates, see analyses, and watch video coverage of the election on CBC news, CTV news, and Global news. There are several podcasts and shows available online to keep you in the loop, such as Power and Politics with Vassy Kapelos, Party Lines, The Pollcast, The House, and Front Burner. If you need to register to vote, you can do it through Elections.ca’s Online Voter Registration Service until 6 PM on Tuesday, September 14. You can also register in-person at any Elections Canada office until 6 PM on Tuesday, September 14. Election day is Monday, September 20, 2021. Advanced voting in Scarborough Southwest will take place Friday September 10, Saturday September 11, Sunday September 12, and Monday September 13. Make a plan to vote, watch for your voter information card in the mail, and stay safe by following COVID-19 safety guidelines at the polls.


~ Janet Monk is an Author and Copy Editor with an HBA in Creative Writing, History, and Music and Culture from the University of Toronto – Scarborough. To make an inquiry or leave a comment, please send an email to janet.monk@alum.utoronto.ca.