With the upcoming election on October 21st, our theme for the next few weeks is about literacy and civic engagement.
Continuing this theme today, we are talking about Media Literacy. This week October 7-11th, is Media Literacy Week. This topic is perfect for election season with the flood of advertisements, social media posts and news reports about the election, and the messages that political parties and lobbyists are trying to spread to get your attention. We discuss what is media literacy, why it is essential to read and view with critical and questioning eyes and ears.
We are speaking with Matthew Johnson, the Director of Education from MediaSmarts and Angelina Leggo from theGaspesie Literacy Council. Our guests give us some insights and tips on developing our Media Literacy. We strengthen our ability to know what are facts and what are misleading messages during this election season and our everyday lives. How do we know what sources to trust?
Matthew helped us to define media literacy and why it is so important to develop skills to understand “fake” news and the truth. This year to celebrate Media Literacy Week, MediaSmarts has started Break the Fake campaign, which offers resources to help strengthen our media literacy skills. From Break the Fake’s campaign, below is a great video to get us to start thinking about how easy it is now to make something as absurd as a house hippo seem real. Makes us wonder what else is out there that I assume is real just because it is circulating in the news or on my Facebook feed? Here are some fact-checking websites:
factscan.ca and snopes.com
In this week’s member’s moment, we are speaking to Angelina Leggo from our member organisation, Gaspesie Literacy Council (GLC). Angelina is working hard to developinfographics that help to explain issues, topics or concepts like Media Literacy. She talks about the connections between the GLC’s work and the importance of developing critical reading and media skills.
Election How-to Special: Advance Voting
Feeling inspired?As we mentioned that week, to be able to vote there are a few things to keep in mind
1. Vote on advance polling days
Vote at your assigned polling station from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on:
2. Vote at any Elections Canada office
There are over 500 Elections Canada offices open across Canada. Vote at any one of them before Tuesday, October 15, 6:00 p.m. You will vote using the special ballot process. Theoffices are open seven days a week. Find the Elections Canada office nearest to you.
3. If you are a student you can vote on select campuses across Canada
Vote on select campuses from Saturday, October 5, to Wednesday, October 9, 2019. Find the Vote on Campus office nearest to you. You will vote using the special ballot process.
4. Vote by mail
To vote by mail, apply online or at any Elections Canada office across Canada before Tuesday, October 15, 6:00 p.m. If you live abroad, you can also apply through any Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate. You will vote using the special ballot process.
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