Region of Waterloo Library series kicks off tonight in Elmira! #EngagedInER #ERRE

The Region of Waterloo Library and Fair Vote Waterloo Region  present Understanding Electoral Reform.   Our electoral system is changing ~ find out what our options are!   Join Bob Jonkman for a presentation of "Make Every Vote Count" followed by an audience question and answer session. Photo of Bob Jonkman, co-chair of Fair Vote Waterloo with the Hon. Maryam Monsef, Minister of Democratic Institutions at her Waterloo Region Community Dialogue. Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 - 6:00pm — 8:00pm  Elmira Branch, 65 Arthur Street South, Elmira ON N3B 2M6 Next Week: Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 - 6:30pm – 8:00pm  New Hamburg Branch, 145 Huron St., New Hamburg, ON N3A 1S3  Thursday, September 29th, 2016 - 6:30pm – 8:00pm  Ayr Branch, 137 Stanley St, Ayr, ON N0B 1E0

Electoral Reform in Elmira, International Festival in Cambridge, Discussion Night in St. Agatha

Hi Everyone! We’re two-thirds through September, and the Electoral Reform events are not slowing down. I’d like to invite you to join your fellow Fair Voters at four events in the next week.

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Title slide Make Every Vote Count

Thanks to the efforts of Paul Nijjar, Fair Vote Waterloo has been invited to provide a public information session at some of the Region of Waterloo Libraries. The first is this week in my home town:

What: Presentation of Make Every Vote Count
When: Wednesday, 21 September 2016 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: Elmira Branch, Region of Waterloo Library
Location: 65 Arthur Street South, Elmira, Ontario Map 1


Cambridge International Festival

Also thanks to Paul, Fair Vote Waterloo will have an information table at the Cambridge International Festival. Got some time on Saturday? Come join us, eat some great food, and spend an hour or two telling people about Proportional Representation (contact Sharon Sommerville to volunteer).

What: Cambridge International Festival
When: Saturday, 24 September 2016 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Where: Cambridge Riverside Park
Location: 49 King Street West, Cambridge, Ontario Map 2



Group discussion

Group discussion

It’s time for another Discussion Night! Last month we ventured South, this month we’ll venture West. To accommodate those people in the western townships, we’ll have this month’s discussion night at Kennedy’s Restaurant in St. Agatha. Note that Kennedy’s is only open until 8:00pm on Mondays, so we’ll start at 6:00pm

What: Monthly Discussion Night
When: Monday, 26 September 2016 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Kennedy’s Restaurant
Location: 1750 Erb’s Road, St. Agatha, Ontario Map 3



People conferencing at a tableDon’t forget about the continuing Community Dialogue meetings, at which we work on group submissions to the Special Committee on Electoral Reform. If the Electoral reform – Canada.ca site is a bit overwhelming then come to a Community Dialogue for guidance in making a submission.

What: Community Dialogues
When: Every Tuesday, 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Where: Queen Street Commons Cafe
Location: 43 Queen Street South, Kitchener, Ontario Map 4



Tune in again next week, when we have three more presentations at local libraries! For a complete list of all Fair Vote Waterloo events see http://fairvotewrc.ca/events.

Hope to see you this week!

–Bob Jonkman,
Co-Chair, Fair Vote Waterloo

WR Greens host a Community Dialogue at Kitchener City Hall, Saturday 17 September at 3pm

Today’s Community Dialogue at Kitchener City Hall:

Where: Kitchener City Hall
Location: 200 King Street West, Kitchener, Ontario Map
Facebook: Community Dialogue: Proportional Representation | Facebook

From the Waterloo Region Greens:

Julia and Sam
Julia and Sam (Kitchener Centre Greens) are passionate about meaningful electoral reform.  The shape of their future depends on it.  They’re the driving force behind our Canada’s Voting System Is Changing event at Kitchener City Hall tomorrow.

Canada's Voting System Is Changing poster
Canada’s Voting System Is Changing poster ~ click to download larger size


The main goal of the event is to provide public information about our options.

Every MP in Canada has been asked to consult with their constituents about what they would like to see in terms of electoral reform.  Although our evening with Ms. Monsef was excellent, it would have been nice to see four Liberal Town Halls.  Knowing how long it took me to get my head around electoral reform, more events might make it easier for many citizens.

Sadly Kitchener-Conestoga residents don’t get any Town Hall at all.  Our Conservative MP Harold Albrecht has declined to conduct a consultation.  Fair Vote Waterloo will be putting on 3 more Library Information nights at Elmira Library, New Hamburg and the Ayr Public Libraries.

Earlier in the year the Waterloo NDP put on an information event with Fair Vote Waterloo, but now it’s our turn.

Proportional Representation is not a partisan issue; it is simply a way to better represent citizens in Parliament.  This isn’t about parties, but about what is best for all of us, the voters.  That’s why each of these events have worked hard to put partisanship aside in order to both inform and converse with the public.

the Hon. Maryam Monsef, Minister of Democratic Institutions speaks to a packed house in Waterloo Region, Wednesday Night.
The Hon. Maryam Monsef, Minister of Democratic Institutions speaks to a packed house in Waterloo Region

So many other countries have adopted meaningful electoral reform that there’s a lot of information out there. And yet, Canadians have heard almost nothing about the alternatives before us.

That’s why Fair Vote Waterloo co-chair Sharon Sommerville will give an introductory talk about Proportional Representation. Then we’ll break into small group discussions, much like Maryam Monsef’s National Electoral Reform Community Dialogue Tour the other night.   We have decided to have two kinds of groups; one to help those of us just beginning to learn about Proportional Representation, and another for those who have an idea of what kind of reform they would like to see.  The latter will be able to discuss the issue as a group in order to make a group submission we can forward on to the ERRE Committee.

Even if you have a pretty good handle on Electoral Reform, we look forward to seeing you in Carl Zehr Square.  It is always a lot more fun to work on a submission together, and it is amazing how much discussion can help clarify the things we’re fuzzy on.  The more Canadians participate in this electoral reform process, the better the outcome will be.

This is a perfect opportunity to help your friends and neighbors get the facts about electoral reform.  We hope to see you there!

Canada’s Voting System Is Changing: Community Dialogue
Saturday September 17th, 2016
3:00pm – 4:30pm

Carl Zehr Square, in front of Kitchener City Hall
200 King St W, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada map

RSVP on the Facebook Event:
Community Dialogue: Proportional Representation

The Minister of Democratic Reform is attending tonight’s town hall, hope you can as well!

The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Democratic InstitutionsDear FairVoting Friends,

The Minister of Democratic Reform, Maryam Monsef will attend tonight’s (Wednesday, 14 September 2016) town hall on electoral reform. She wants to hear from Canadians and in particular Canadians from Waterloo Region about electoral reform. This is our opportunity to engage with Minister Monsef on the need for a fair electoral system. Can you join us tomorrow ?

The town hall begins at 7:00pm (6:30pm for registration) at Stanley Park Community Centre, 505 Franklin Street North in Kitchener. It’s south off Ottawa, just west of River Road.

Please RSVP online or call +1-519-741-2001

If we speak with one voice about the values of proportional representation, fairness & equality, we will be heard. Please take this opportunity to speak with Minister Monsef this evening.

See you there!

Sharon Sommerville for FVC-WR


What: Town Hall on Electoral Reform
When: 14 September 2016 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Stanley Park Community Centre
Location: 505 Franklin Street North, Kitchener Map
Register: Please RSVP online or call +1-519-741-2001


You can get these announcements by e-mail by subscribing to the Fair Vote Waterloo Announcements mailing list or the Fair Vote Waterloo Discussion mailing list.

Jean-Pierre Kingsley and Minister Maryam Monsef are visiting Waterloo Region and so much more!

Hello FairVoting Friends,

As we approach the 7 October 2016 deadline for public consultations by the Electoral Reform Committee, there are an enormous number of educational and consultation events here in Waterloo Region. Now is the time to come out for an education event or to express your opinion to our government.

Educational Opportunities

Make Every Vote Count |Fair Vote Canada - Représentation équitable au Canada

Title slide Make Every Vote Count

If you would like to strengthen your understanding of electoral reform join us for any of these events:

Kitchener Public Library Information Session

What: Understanding Electoral Reform
When: Thursday, 8 September 2016 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Where: Meeting Room C, Kitchener Public Library
Location: 85 Queen Street North, Kitchener Map
Register: Register at Kitchener Public Library

Elmira Public Library

What: Make Every Vote Count
When: Wednesday, 21 September 2016 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Where: Elmira Public Library
Location: 65 Arthur Street South, Elmira Map
Register: Register at Elmira Public Library

New Hamburg Public Library

What: Make Every Vote Count
When: Wednesday, 28 September 2016 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: New Hamburg Public Library
Location: 145 Huron Street, New Hamburg Map
Register: Register at the New Hamburg Public Library

Ayr Public Library

What: Make Every Vote Count
When: Thursday, 29 September 2016 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Where: Gingrich Meeting Room, Ayr Public Library
Location: 137 Stanley Street, Ayr Map
Register: Register at Ayr Public Library

Jean-Pierre Kingsley To Speak

Jean-Pierre Kingsley

Jean-Pierre Kingsley

Jean-Pierre Kingsley, former chief electoral officer (1990-2007) will join us to speak about electoral reform. This is an extraordinary opportunity to hear one of Canada’s most authoritative experts on electoral systems (and in particular Canada’s electoral system) address electoral reform. If you are a skeptic about why we need change or what change could look like, this would be a good event to attend.

What: Jean-Pierre Kingsley Speaks on Electoral Reform
When: Wednesday, 28 September from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Where: Auditorium, Kitchener Public Library
Location: 85 Queen Street North, Kitchener Map

Community Dialogues

People conferencing at a tableEvery Tuesday at 6:30pm we host a Community Dialogue. Community Dialogues are opportunities to talk with other folks about electoral reform and submit your ideas in writing directly to the Electoral Reform Committee.

What: Community Dialogues on Electoral Reform
When: Tuesday, 16 August 2016 to 4 October 2016 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Where: Queen Street Commons Cafe
Location: 43 Queen Street South, Kitchener, Ontario Map

Minister of Democratic Institutions, the Hon. Maryam Monsef in Waterloo Region!

The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Democratic InstitutionsMinister Monsef will attend the Liberal MP’s regional town hall on electoral reform. This is another extraordinary opportunity to hear from and speak with the minister responsible for directing the electoral reform process.

The date is Wednesday, 14 September 2016 7:00pm-9:00pm at the Stanley Park Community Centre. This is a must attend event for electoral reform supporters.

What: Town Hall on Electoral Reform
When: 14 September 2016 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Stanley Park Community Centre
Location: 505 Franklin Street North, Kitchener Map
Register: Please RSVP online or call +1-519-741-2001


This really is it. September is the big push! Join us to learn together, talk together and express our views to our government and together we can achieve a fair electoral system.

See you soon,
Sharon Sommerville for FVC – WR


You can get these announcements by e-mail by subscribing to the Fair Vote Waterloo Announcements mailing list or the Fair Vote Waterloo Discussion mailing list.

Discussion Night tonight, and other upcoming events this week

Kiwi Cambridge Bar & Grill

Kiwi Cambridge Bar & Grill

Hi all: Just a quick reminder of tomorrow’s (Monday’s) Discussion Night at the Kiwi Cambridge Bar & Grill:

What: Fair Vote Waterloo Discussion Night
When: Monday, 29 August 2016 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Kiwi Cambridge Bar & Grill
Location: 47 Dickson St., Cambridge, Ontario Map 1


Community Dialogues

Community Dialogues

The following night (Tuesday) is another Community Dialogue at Queen Street Commons Cafe:

What: Community Dialogues on Electoral Reform
When: Every Tuesday from 6:30pm to 9:00pm until 4 Oct 2016
Where: Queen Street Commons Cafe
Location: 43 Queen Street South, Kitchener, Ontario Map 2


The Fair Vote Waterloo information booth

Information Booth

Fair Vote Waterloo will be at the LINK Picnic Festival this coming weekend:

What: Info Booth at the LINK Picnic Festival
When: Saturday and Sunday, 3-4 September 2016 from Noon to 7:00pm
Where: The Commons in Victoria Park, Kitchener, Ontario Map 3


Labour Day Picnic

Labour Day Picnic

And at the Labour Day Picnic next week Monday:

What: KW Labour Day Picnic
When: Monday, 5 September 2016 from Noon to 4:00pm
Where: Waterloo Park
Location: Father David Bauer Drive, Waterloo, Ontario Map 4


There are many more exciting Electoral Reform activities taking place in Waterloo Region; check out the Fair Vote Waterloo list of events!

–Bob.

Audio of Bob Jonkman interview on the Alim Show

On 23 August 2016 Bob Jonkman, Co-Chair of the Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region Chapter was interviewed on The Alim Show on SoundFM.

Here is Bob Jonkman Interview – Fair Vote Canada | SoundFM – 100.3 FM

BOB JONKMAN INTERVIEW – FAIR VOTE CANADA

The Alim Show

Today, we interviewed the Co-Chapter of Fair Vote Canada Bob Jonkman. He educated us about the issues surrounding politics and also educated us about the importance of going to a Proportionate Representation system.

Please check out www.fairvote.ca and sign the petition there to get your voices heard for a Proportionate Representation system. One can also visit the local chapter at http://www.fairvotewrc.ca/.

Fair Vote Canada has the following community consultations scheduled for this year and the dates are as follows:

August 23  –         6:30 p.m.
August 30  –         6:30 p.m.
September 13 – 6:30 p.m.
September 20 – 6:30 pm.
September 27 – 6:30 p.m.
October 4          – 6:30 p.m.

These will be held at Queens Street Commons Cafe. If anyone has any questions, please email Sharon Sommerville at sharonsommerville@gmail.com or info@fairvotewrc.ca.

Fair Vote Canada also had events being held at

Kitchener Public Library – Central Branch from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Thursday September 8, 2016 Registration Required. One can register by going to www.kpl.org as registration is now up.

Elmira Branch
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday September 21, 2016
Region of Waterloo Library

New Hamburg Branch
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday September 28, 2016
Region of Waterloo Library

Ayr Branch
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday September 29, 2016
Region of Waterloo Library

We hope to see you there! Remember, get involved! Here is the interview below. Enjoy!

Community Dialogue Tonight — Tuesday, 23 August 2016 at Queen Street Commons Cafe #ERRE

Fair Vote Waterloo co-chair Sharon Sommerville oversees the second group discussion.  August 9, 2016

Fair Vote Waterloo co-chair Sharon Sommerville oversees the second group discussion.
August 9, 2016

Hello FairVoters,

Tonight, at 6:30 we are hosting our third Community Dialogue at the Queen Street Commons Cafe (43 Queen Street South) in Kitchener. Join other interested Canadians to discuss and submit a report on electoral reform to the committee (ERRE) that will make recommendations for change to Parliament.

If you can’t make it to a Community Dialogue, you can submit you views via
an e-survey
.

Hope to see you tonight to make your views known to the electoral reform committee!

Kind regards,
Sharon
for FVC- WR


What: Community Dialogues on Electoral Reform
When: Tuesday, 16 August 2016 to 4 October 2016 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Where: Queen Street Commons Cafe
Location: 43 Queen Street South, Kitchener, Ontario Map

Your Opinion Will Count — Community Dialogues on Electoral Reform

The group spent the evening discussing the questions posed in the ERRE committee handout.

The group spent the evening discussing the questions posed in the ERRE committee handout.

Hello FairVoting Friends,

Tonight, we host our second Community Dialogue at the Queen Street Commons Cafe in Kitchener. The discussion will be written up and the notes will be submitted to the electoral reform committee.

If you can’t make it to tonight’s discussion, we will be at the Queen Street Commons every Tuesday at 6:30 from now until October. It is an informal way to make sure the government knows that we want PR. See you at 6:30!

All the best,
Sharon
for FVC-WR


Fair Vote Waterloo co-chair Sharon Sommerville oversees the second group discussion.  August 9, 2016

Fair Vote Waterloo co-chair Sharon Sommerville oversees the second group discussion.
August 9, 2016

What: Community Dialogues on Electoral Reform
When: Tuesday, 16 August 2016 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Where: Queen Street Commons Cafe
Location: 43 Queen Street South, Kitchener, Ontario Map

Tonight: PR In The Back Yard with Catherine Fife, NDP MPP for Waterloo

Hello FairVoting Friends,

This evening, 12 August 2016, join Catherine Fife, MPP for Waterloo for a relaxed and informal night of education, discussion & debate on proportional representation.

We hope to see you at 7:00 pm in the back garden of 184 Forsyth Drive in Waterloo later today!

Best regards,
Sharon
for FVC-WR


What: PR In The Back Yard
When: Friday, 12 August 2016 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Don and Maureen Fraser’s Back Yard
Location: 184 Forsyth Drive, Waterloo Map

If you’re with Leadnow you can register at PR in the Backyard with Catherine Fife

PR in the Back Yard

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