Investigating Political Polarization on Twitter: A Canadian Perspective

During the 2011 Canadian Federal Election, a lot was written about the influence of social media on the election. On some level this is not very surprising. In just a short period of time, social media have altered many aspects of our daily lives, from how we teach and learn, to how we find and[…]

Election Update: Gaging Sentiments of Twitterers on Election Day

As part of our coverage of today’s election, we have been following Twitter to find out how often the parties and their respective leaders are mentioned on Twitter between 8am and 6pm Atlantic time. To gather this information we use queries like “vote <party name>” for parties and elxn41 (leader name OR leader twitter username[…]


Strawberries and other fruits are all the rage on Twitter tonight

As polling continues across the country we are seeing more evidence of the problems Canadians have with Section 329, the law which prohibits Canadians from exposing election results before all polls across the country have closed. The twitter hashtag #tweettheresults is fast becoming one of the most controversial trends during this election. This is a[…]


Election Updates from the Nova Scotia Twitterverse

To see how the election is being talked about on twitter, we are following a number of twitter streams for specific ridings and regions.The ridings of: Dartmouth, West Nova, Halifax, and South Shore/St. Margaret’s, have all been labelled as interesting ridings to watch because of their status as contested ridings, or districts that are expected[…]

Election Updates from Facebook

It is election day in Canada, and many Facebook users are taking the opportunity to share opinions on their walls. After examining common trends, it appears that many individuals are promoting the fact that they voted in the election, and are telling others to do the same. This seems especially true of younger Canadians, who[…]

Sec 329

Should Sec. 329 of the Canada Elections Act be repealed or amended?

Tweeting or posting a comment about the election results on your Twitter or Facebook wall on election night in Canada could make you $25,000 poorer according to John Enright, spokesman for Elections Canada. The agency was forced to alert tweet-happy Canadians to a 1938 law which banned the “premature transmission” of election results across time[…]