Radio More specifically, today we will be

Radio Host: Good evening everyone and
thanks for tuning in to Real Talk Time, the only podcast that dedicates its
time to real talk. I’m your host Avery Thomsen and today we will be talking about
civics. A branch of political science, the study of the duties and
responsibilities of citizens, that is civics. More specifically, today we will
be talking about how to make positive contributions to society as an engaged,
informed, and global citizen within the next five years of your life. But
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Okay, now that we got that out of the way
let’s start this off and first talk about what an engaged, informed, and global
citizen looks like.


As a citizen of Canada there are many
things that you can do to become more involved with society. An engaged citizen
is committed to social and political change within Canada and uses democratic
methods to try to bring about change when they feel it is necessary. Being an
active citizen can be as small as volunteering at your local charity, or as big
as campaigning for women’s rights. Whether big or small, you can help make an
impact to further build a stronger and more inclusive Canada.


Being an informed citizen in Canada means
to become knowledgeable of how your government operates and is committed to
democratic values and decision-making. 
You should also be aware of issues relating directly and indirectly to
Canada. In other words, know what’s going on inside and outside your country.


To be a global citizen means to believe
that we are interconnected with nations and people around the world and that
ones actions and concerns ultimately affect everyone. They accept everyone no
matter their race, religion, or ethnicity and strive towards an equal world
free from major social issues such as poverty, racism, and domestic violence
towards women and children.


Okay now let’s talk about how we can make
positive contributions in society within the next five years using what we have
just learned.


The last Canadian federal election was held
on October 19 2015. As we all know, Justin Trudeau was elected the 42nd
Prime Minister of Canada on that day. We also know that as Canadians we are
allowed the right to vote as long as you are a Canadian citizen and are at
least 18 years of age. As Canadians we should be grateful that we get the right
to vote, but why do so many of us still take it for granted. In the 2015
federal election in Canada, only 70 percent of citizens voted. In the age group
of 18 to 24 year olds, only 67 percent of those people voted. In 2-3 years
time, we all will be 18 and be allowed to vote. But according to these
statistics, just over half of us will actually take the time and go out and
vote in the 2019 federal election. This is one of the simplest things that you
can do to become an active citizen and even doing as little as voting every
four years can make a huge impact on what your future will hold.


In Canada, rights come with
responsibilities. One of these responsibilities is to help others in your
community. By donating to charities whether non-profit or a worldwide organization,
you can help change the lives of the less fortunate. There are many different
charities out there such as the Canadian Red Cross providing support for
vulnerable people through the power of humanity, and Skylark providing support
for youth struggling with mental illness. The Universal Declaration of Human
Rights states in Article 25 that everyone has the right to food and shelter.

But why are there 795 million people in the world that do not have enough food
to support a healthy life? Why are there still 100 million people without a
home? This is why we have charities, to support people and provide them with
their basic human rights. When donating to charities, don’t think of why not to
do it but realize what you really are giving them. That 10-dollar bill that you
gave them is a blanket, that 5-dollar bill is a can of soup, that handful of
change is a handful of rice. You don’t need to be rich to donate. You don’t
need to be an adult to donate. It’s the small donations that can make the
biggest differences.


Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, these are all
great social media platforms for posting pictures, videos, and what you just
ate for lunch. With over 3 billion social media users worldwide, we can use
these platforms to spread awareness of issues that need to be heard and
addressed. By taking advantage of Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, etc, we can
inform people about issues regarding Canada and help raise awareness to start
making change. It all starts with you. It is our responsibility as Canadian citizens
to eliminate discrimination and injustices within our nation. Canadian citizens
should be aware of issues and have there own say in how we can resolve them. What
better way is there to spread the word then by using social media to do so?


The next five years of your lives are
crucial to get into a good habit of making positive contributions to society.  Voting allows you to have a say in who will
run your country for the next four years, giving back to your community and
donating will provide people in need with




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