September is off to a politically charged start as the party conventions wrap up in the US and Quebec ushers in a new government. The election brought good news for civic engagement: 74.61% of eligible voters in Quebec turned out this past Tuesday, the highest participation rate since 1998. Open North and our friends are hard at work on opening up other democratic processes to the public through open data and open government to sustain this momentum.
- Le Directeur Général des élections du Québec has released datasets for each riding in Quebec with full results for each candidate. They have also mapped the election results.
- TranspoCamp 2012 is taking place September 21st and is organized by Living Lab Montreal. The event is organized to coincide with the “In the City Without My Car” event and will address route optimization, Bixi travel, CO2 footprint, telecommuting and much more!
- Access Info Europe is leading a campaign to create open government standards. They are asking for input on what governments should do in terms of transparency, participation and accountability to qualify as "open." You can send them your own definition of open government and three ideas for government standards to help them prepare their draft.