Our overarching purpose at Mapleleafweb is to use the Internet to promote public discussion and the dissemination of knowledge in the area of Canadian politics, with a particular emphasis on Canadian political institutions, processes, and public policy. At Mapleleafweb, we consider this objective to be vital not only to continued education in Canadian politics, but also to citizenship and democratic participation.
In achieving this purpose, Mapleleafweb adopts an innovative strategy based on four key principles: Accessibility, Quality, Non-partisanship, and Interactivity.
Accessibility : Mapleleafweb strives to be accessible in two sorts of ways. Firstly, Mapleleafweb provides it’s content to educators, students, and concerned public on a non-profit basis and free of charge. This ensures that all may have access to information on Canadian politics, regardless of socio-economic status. Secondly, Mapleleafweb content is written in a style and tone that is open to all persons. This ensures that all may learn about Canadian politics, regardless of their educational background or experience in the field.
Quality: In addition to being accessible, Mapleleafweb works hard to ensure that its content is of the highest quality, which is accomplished through strict research and writing standards. All Mapleleafweb writers and editors have advanced degrees and/or personal experience in the field of Canadian politics. Furthermore, Mapleleafweb has a rigorous editing process, in which all content is vetted through multiple layers of review and revision. This ensures that all information provided by Mapleleafweb is accurate, comprehensive, fair, and written in a manner that is accessible to a wide audience.
Non-partisanship: Mapleleafweb’s only ideology is one of public education and discussion in the field of Canadian politics. Outside of this, Mapleleafweb does not officially support or seek to promote any moral or political values related to a particular perspective or group. Mapleleafweb accomplishes this through the institution of several internal policies and procedures. Firstly, Mapleleafweb maintains strict editorial independence from all of its funders and partners. Secondly, when providing analytic or normative information, Mapleleafweb always requires the presentation of multiple perspectives and sides in a fair manner. Thirdly, Mapleleafweb works hard to identify and remove ideological biases by having multiple editors from different political perspectives review its content.
Interactivity: Mapleleafweb does not view its users as passive participants in the education and discussion process. Instead, Mapleleafweb actively pursues policies and initiatives that encourage user participation. In this context, Mapleleafweb provides Discussion Forums and Weblogs, where users may discuss and exchange information on website content or other issues in Canadian and International politics. Moreover, Mapleleafweb encourages the expression and engagement of a wide range of political views and perspectives, as long as they are expressed in a manner that is respectful to other users.
Mapleleafweb pursues an innovative and collegial organizational structure that that takes the best from the worlds of academia, politics, and cyberspace. Mapleleafweb brings together highly qualified persons from across Canada that share a common interest in Canadian politics, political education, and citizen participation. In order to stay ahead of the curve, Mapleleafweb encourages discussion and debate amongst its and staff, contributors, and users on how best to produce and present its content. Mapleleafweb also constantly strives to maximize the medium of the Internet in order disseminate political information in the most accessible, comprehensive, and interactive manner possible.