Ilona Dougherty
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Ilona is a regular commentator in the national media, and speaks to audiences internationally about tapping into the innovation potential of Millennials and Gen Z. In 2004, she co-founded Apathy is Boring, a Canadian non-partisan charitable organization that educates youth about democracy and encourages them to vote. In 2015, she was named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by the Women's Executive Network.

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Olympic Gold Medallist Penny Oleksiak Is Every Canadian Teenager

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2016 | 11:12 AM

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Gold medallist Penny Oleksiak of Canada poses during the medal ceremony for the Women's 100m Freestyle Final on day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. (Photo: Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

As her medal count increased over the course of the Rio Olympics, Canada placed...

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Increasing Youth Voter Turnout: Easier Said Than Done

(2) Comments | Posted November 29, 2011 | 1:51 PM

Youth voter turnout appears to have increased in the last federal election, but just barely: 38.8 per cent of 18- to 24-year-olds cast a ballot in 2011, compared with 37.4 per cent in 2008. While any increase in democratic participation is a good thing, this obviously leaves plenty...

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Stop Blaming Young Voters

(5) Comments | Posted October 7, 2011 | 10:27 AM

It's been a busy year for democracy in Canada. Along with the federal election in May, eight provinces and territories will hold regional or local elections before 2011 is over. And after all the ballots have been counted, we can expect to see the usual articles bemoaning the low level...

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