The province has decided on the dates of the next municipal and provincial elections, moving them a little further apart and flipping them around. Originally, the next civic election was to have been held on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 with the provincial vote five days later. Now we will go to the polls to elect a provincial government on October 26th followed by the municipal election two weeks later on November 9th. After 2020, provincial elections will fall on the last Monday in October and municipal elections will happen on the 2nd Wednesday in November. We have to go through a federal election next year. The Media Technology Monitor, through a survey of over 4,000 respondents across the country, has delved into how concerned Canadians are about the impact of fake news in the 2019 election, as well as their level of trust in media, traditional, non-traditional and social. They found that three quarters of Canadians had at least some level of concern about the potential impact of fake news on next year’s federal election. Canadians still put the most trust in traditional, mainstream media over online alternatives. That makes sense to me seeing traditional media employs trained journalists for the most part while anyone with a modicum of computer know-how can engage in producing fake news online that looks like it’s real.
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