Fair Vote Waterloo Discussion Night — Monday, 30 May 2016 at Bauer Kitchen

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Hi Everyone: The last Monday of the month is approaching, so it’s time for another Discussion Night.

What: Fair Vote Waterloo Discussion Night
When: Monday, 30 May 2016 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: The Bauer Kitchen
Location: 187 King Street South, Waterloo, Ontario Map
Facebook: Discussion Night | Facebook

FairvoteWRC had a Strategy Meeting last Thursday, 19 May 2016 to discuss the ways in which we can influence the All-party Parliamentary Committee’s decision and report. If you missed the meeting then Discussion Night is an opportunity to catch up! You can read the minutes from the 2016 Strategy and Executive Meeting.

The Fair Vote Canada (National Office) Annual General Meeting is in Ottawa on 3-4 June 2016. Who’s going?

The Summer Festival Season is upon us! Do you know of any events where Fair Vote Waterloo can set up an information booth or table? We have several events planned already; come help out! If you have no experience staffing an information booth we’ll pair you up with an experienced volunteer.

And some news items worth discussing:

Local MPP Catherine Fife is in the news calling for more transparency and a non-partisan, independent overview to the provincial Liberals’ proposal for electoral reform in Ontario: Liberals propose sweeping changes to electoral process – Waterloo Chronicle

The Referendum advocates seem to be gaining ground. Let’s discuss why a referendum isn’t needed, and promote that at our summer info tables (hint: it’s a Charter issue). Here’s iPolitics’ article on some recent polls: A referendum on electoral reform? Making sense of differing EKOS, Ipsos polls – iPolitics

And an older news item, but still worthy of consideration: “Trudeau unlikely to change voting system, say political scientists” — what can we do to prevent Justin Trudeau’s views from prevailing at the APC? Trudeau unlikely to change voting system, say political scientists – British Columbia – CBC News

Two final items:

Let’s discuss when and where we should have the Fair Vote Waterloo Annual General Meeting. Do we want to combine it with Discussion Night on 27 June 2016, or hold it earlier in the month on another weekday?

And where should we hold our next Discussion Night? Bauer Kitchen is nice, but it’s not for everyone. Does anyone have a second-favourite place for our group to meet?

See you all on Monday!

–Bob Jonkman
Co-chair, Fair Vote Waterloo

Fair Vote Waterloo Strategy Meeting on Thursday, 19 May 2016

Minutes of the 2016 Strategy and Executive Meeting now available.

Meeting

Meeting

Hi Everyone: Just a reminder of the Strategy Meeting tonight (Thursday) for Fair Vote Waterloo members.

The Hon. Maryam Monsef, Minister of Democratic Institutions has announced the creation of the All-Party Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reform. This committee must table its report by 1 December 2016.

The Government asks the committee to invite Members of Parliament to host town halls with Canadians across the country to consider – together – how the principles should be reflected in our electoral system.

We must begin preparations to be involved, in whatever ways are appropriate, in the five town halls that will be held in Waterloo Region. The Fair Vote Waterloo Executive Board and interested others will meet to share ideas and look at developing a plan.

Everyone is welcome to attend this meeting!

Some things for us to consider before meeting:

  • Objectives
  • MP town halls
  • Meeting with Minister Monsef in KW
  • Deputation to All Party Committee in KW

What: Fairvote Waterloo Strategy and Executive Meeting
When: Thursday, 19 May 2016 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Sharon Sommerville’s dining room
Location: 85 Westmount Road South, Waterloo Map

Parking on Douglas, use the back door if you like.

If you’re on Facebook you can register at the Fairvote Waterloo Strategy and Executive Meeting

–Bob Jonkman Co-Chair,
Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region Chapter

The presentation is ready: Make Every Vote Count

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

Title slide Make Every Vote Count

At long last, Fair Vote Waterloo’s presentation on Proportional Representation and voting systems is ready!

This presentation, Make Every Vote Count, describes four types of voting systems: First-Past-The-Post and Alternative Vote (both Winner-Take-All systems), and Multi-Member and Mixed Member (both Proportional Representation systems).

Available as:

The presenter’s script is available as:

The presentation was prepared by Byron Weber Becker, with research, editorial advice and project management by Sharon Sommerville, Bob Jonkman, Sean Haberlin, Gordon Divitt, and Holly Featherstone.

Please send inquiries and suggestions for improvement to bwbecker@golden.net.

To the extent possible under law, Byron Weber Becker has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to this Presentation in any format. This work is published from: Canada. See CC0 - Public  Domainhttp://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/

Harold Albrecht presents Fair Vote Waterloo’s petition to Parliament

On Tuesday, January 19th, 2016, Fair Vote WRC co-chairs Sharon Sommerville and Bob Jonkman met with Kitchener-Conestoga MP Harold Albrecht to discuss Proportional Representation

On Tuesday, January 19th, 2016, Fair Vote WRC co-chairs Sharon Sommerville and Bob Jonkman met with Kitchener-Conestoga MP Harold Albrecht to discuss Proportional Representation

A delegation from Fair Vote Waterloo met with Kitchener–Conestoga MP Harold Albrecht on 19 January 2016 to discuss electoral reform, and to present the Fair Electoral Representation: Petition to the House of Commons. This petition was signed by over 100 citizens in Waterloo Region during summer festivals in 2015 and information events throughout the year. We asked Mr. Albrecht to present this petition to the House of Commons.

On 23 February 2016 Mr. Albrecht stood in the House of Commons and read the petition to the House of Commons:

I’d like to thank Mr. Albrecht for representing his constituents, and for providing us with the video.

–Bob Jonkman
Co-chair, Fair Vote Waterloo

On Social Media Sharing

YouTube

Fair Vote Waterloo has a YouTube Channel where you’ll find our videos. Until we get 100 subscriptions, Fair Vote Waterloo’s YouTube URL will be https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-L4PPVo7i10TITtMPPh2Aw. If you have a Google or or YouTube account please subscribe to help us change UC-L4PPVo7i10TITtMPPh2Aw to FairVoteWRC.

Although our PR vs AV video is still in post production, we have a 1 minute “Soundbites: Constitutional?” teaser to start with. Fair Vote Canada’s voting system expert Dennis Pilon explains why adopting Proportional Representation is not a constitutional issue.

Last fall Fair Vote WRC co-Chair Bob Jonkman discussed Proportional Representation in a 7 minute video made during his election campaign. The video has now been brightened up and has been newly rebranded for Fair Vote WRC.  As you probably know, Fair Vote Canada is a grass roots multi-partisan citizens campaign which exists to advocate for Proportional Representation.

With so many countries using different forms of Proportional Representation, there is an awful lot of information out there. Unfortunately most of the main Stream Media either ignores the facts about electoral reform or publishes misleading opinions as if they are facts. Please help Fair Vote set the records straight.

Twitter

If you use twitter, you’ll find Fair Vote Waterloo there @fairvotewrc
You might also wish to follow @FairVoteCanada

Why Proportional Representation?Other active Canadian Fair Vote Twitter accounts include:

You can also get an idea of what people are saying by looking at the #ProportionalRepresentation hashtag on Twitter.

Facebook

You’ll find also find Fair Vote WRC on Facebook

If that’s your social media home, you might also want to follow Fair Vote Canada

For some time now I have been making Proportional Representation graphics that you can find in my Flickr FVC album.  If any might be useful to you, help yourself 🙂  They’re all licensed to share.  I hereby waive the requirement for attribution for any of my images for Fair Vote use.

These days citizen advocacy groups can have a much greater impact if we share images and videos with our friends on our social media networks. The more Canadians know about Proportional Representation, the greater our chance of seeing it implemented. So please talk about Proportional Representation, and if you like any of our materials please share as much as you can.

Happy sharing!

Regards,
Laurel

No more wasted votes!

Fair Vote Waterloo Discussion Night — 7pm, 25 Apr 2016 @TheBauerKitchen

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Hi Everyone! For the next Discussion Night we’ll meet at The Bauer Kitchen again. I’ve made a reservation for 8, the maximum people before there’s a required minimum per-person charge. I understand Bauer Kitchen may not be a suitable location for everyone; let me know if you have another preferred location.

What: Fair Vote Waterloo Discussion Night
When: Monday, 25 April 2016 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: The Bauer Kitchen
Location: 187 King Street South, Waterloo, Ontario Map

You don’t have to be a Fair Vote member to come to Discussion Night! If you’re interested in democracy, politics, and especially the government’s promise for electoral reform please come introduce yourself.

I don’t want to detract attention from our own event, but the Basic Income Waterloo Region group is having its first Pub Night on Monday as well. I expect there’s some overlap in interest between Fair Voters and advocates for Basic Income. At some point in the future we may have a joint event; after all, policies like Basic Income are far more likely to be passed in a government elected with Proportional Representation.

Here are some Electoral Reform happenings over the last few weeks, suitable as Discussion Starters:

If you’re on Facebook you can register for Discussion Night, but it’s not required. Just show up!

–Bob Jonkman
Co-chair, Fair Vote Waterloo

Audio of Proportional Representation vs. Alternative Vote Panel Discussion

Poster for event: Proportional Represenation vs. Alternative VoteOn Thursday, 7 April 2016 Fair Vote Waterloo held a panel discussion with professors Dennis Pilon and Barry Kay on Proportional Representation vs. Alternative Vote, moderated by Diane Freeman.

Here is the audio of the evening. Video is being edited and will be available in a few weeks.

Other audio file formats are available from Fairvote WRC Proportional Representation vs Alternative Vote 2016 04 07 : Fair Vote Waterloo : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive.

The Experts Discuss Proportional Representation vs. Alternative Vote — 7pm, Thursday 7 Apr 2016

Poster for event: Proportional Represenation vs. Alternative VoteHello FairVoting Friends,

On Thursday night, 7 April 2016 we have the opportunity to hear two of Canada’s leading experts on electoral systems discuss the electoral system they prefer and why.

Join Prof. Barry Kay (Laurier) and Prof. Dennis Pilon (York) as they talk about Proportional Representation vs. Alternative Vote, moderated by Waterloo City Councillor Diane Freeman. It will be an educational and interesting discussion as well as a chance to have your questions answered by experts on electoral systems. We start at 7:00pm in the Council Chamber of Kitchener City Hall. The event is free.

What: A discussion of AV vs. PR by two of Canada’s leading experts on electoral reform
When: Thursday, 7 April 2016 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Where: Council Chamber, Kitchener City Hall, 200 King St. West, Kitchener Map
Why: We all need to educate ourselves on the options

Download and post our fabulous poster for the event!

Hope you can join us!

Best regards, 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.

Cross Cultures commemoration of UN Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Bob Jonkman at Cross Cultures 2016Gehan D. SabryLast Fall Fair Vote Canada’s Waterloo Co-Chair Bob Jonkman became much more involved in the political arena when he became the Green Party Candidate for Kitchener-Conestoga in the 2015 federal election.  Since both Fair Vote Waterloo and the Waterloo Region Greens were planning to have information tables set up at the 2016 Cross Cultures International UN Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Bob’s intention was to divide his time between the two tables.

The UN Day commemoration is an annual affair put on at Kitchener City Hall by Cross Cultures magazine’s editor-publisher Gehan D. Sabry as part of her long time commitment to ending racial discrimination and the promotion of understanding and harmony among all cultures in Canada.

This year Gehan invited Bob Jonkman to speak about Proportional Representation during the afternoon after participating in the Politics vs. Religion panel discussion at the Cross Cultures event.

Bob was pleased to join distinguished guests Michael H. Clifton, Director of Public Affairs for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Kitchener, Professor Norman Klassen, of St. Jerome’s University, Doug Thomas of Secular Connexion Séculaire and the Ahmaddiya community’s Muhammad Afzal Mirza on the panel.  The discussion turned out to be a frank discussion that was less about the opposition of religion and politics than about how to best to balance their inevitable co-existence in the public sphere.

[I’ve recorded both the panel discussion and Bob’s talk; when they’re ready to go I’ll let you know here.]

Cross Cultures: Politics vs. Religion Panel: Bob Jonkman, Michael H. Clifton, Professor Norman Klassen, Doug Thomas and Muhammad Afzal Mirza

Politics vs. Religion Panel: (l-r) Bob Jonkman (Fair Vote Waterloo/Green Party of Canada), Michael H. Clifton (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints), Professor Norman Klassen (of St. Jerome’s University), Doug Thomas (of Secular Connexion Séculaire) and Muhammad Afzal Mirza (of the Ahmaddiya community).

Michael H. Clifton (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)

Michael H. Clifton (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)

Professor Norman Klassen (of St. Jerome’s University)

Professor Norman Klassen (of St. Jerome’s University)

Cross Cultures Panel in the Rotunda at Kitchener City Hall

Cross Cultures Panel in the Rotunda at Kitchener City Hall

Doug Thomas (of Secular Connexion Séculaire)

Doug Thomas (of Secular Connexion Séculaire)

Muhammad Afzal Mirza (of the Ahmaddiya community).

Muhammad Afzal Mirza (of the Ahmaddiya community).

Panelists: (l-r) Bob Jonkman, Michael H. Clifton, Professor Norman Klassen, Doug Thomas, and Muhammad Afzal Mirza

Panelists: (l-r) Bob Jonkman, Michael H. Clifton, Professor Norman Klassen, Doug Thomas, and Muhammad Afzal Mirza

I’ve begun uploading additional photos in my Cross Cultures Flickr Album.

 

 

 

FairvoteWRC Monthly Discussion Night Is At The Bauer Kitchen, Monday 28 March 2016

Group discussion

Group discussion

Hello Fair Voting Friends,

Just a reminder that our monthly discussion night is this evening.

In case we need something to discuss:

The Liberal’s budget has met with a range of responses:

Liked:
Trudeau’s first budget is about direct investments not tax gimmicks (Karl Nerenberg, Rabble.ca)

Indifferent:
Trudeau’s ‘To Be Continued’ Budget (Susan Delacourt, The Tyee)

Disliked:
Deceit and democracy: Do broken election promises matter? Part 1: Liberals with the truth (Craig Scott, Rabble.ca)

And there is more Electoral Reform afoot in other jurisdictions:

Manitoba:
Liberals would set aside at least 10% of Manitoba seats for indigenous MLAs (CBC)

Vancouver:
City of Vancouver wants more applicants for Election Task Force (CHML)


What: Discussion Night
When: Monday, 28 March 2016 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: The Bauer Kitchen
Location: 187 King Street South, Waterloo, Ontario Map

Parking is on Caroline Street.

If you’re on Facebook you can register for the event, but it’s not required; just show up!

See you all tonight!
Best regards,
Sharon and Bob
for FVC-WR