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,
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,
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,
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


Community Dialogues and PR In The Back Yard

Hello FairVoting Friends,

The Electoral Reform Committee wants to hear from Canadians, we have an amazing opportunity to let our government know that we want Proportional Representation and why.

Community Dialogues

People conferencing at a tableThe Electoral Reform Committee is asking Canadians to participate in community dialogues and submit reports to them on what is important in an electoral system and why.

Starting on Tuesday, 9 August 2016 at 6:30pm and every Tuesday until October we will be at the Queen Street Commons (43 Queen Street South) in Kitchener Map to facilitate conversations about electoral reform. We will talk together, record the conversation and submit it to the government. Join us for a coffee and a chat.

PR In The Backyard

On Friday, 12 August 2016 at 7:00pm join Catherine Fife, MPP for Waterloo to learn more about Proportional Representation. There will be a presentation, comments from Catherine, discussion groups and a Q & A. Learn, discuss and debate in a pleasant, informal backyard setting.

Hope to see you soon!,

Best regards,
for FVC-WR

NDP hosts PR in the Back Yard — 12 August 2016

in the
Back Yard

Learn, Discuss & Debate
Proportional Representation

Special Guest Catherine Fife MPP NDP
Fair Vote / Leadnow outreach to the local NDP
August 12, Friday at 7:00pm
184 Forsyth Drive, Waterloo

A friendly discussion in Don Fraser’s Backyard
All are welcome
Discussion Circles

Snacks will be provided

Fair Vote CanadaLeadnow.caNDP - people powered changeRegister with

PR in the Back Yard

#ERRE social event in Waterloo

#ERRE Deck Party

Fairvote Waterloo Discussion Night morphed into an ERRE event

The Fair Vote potluck dinner discussion night was envisioned as a purely social event, but the reality is that an informal discussion on the electoral reform Parliamentary Consultation process currently underway arose.  The new attendees had lots of questions and information about various voting systems were discussed.  A lively discussion about the week’s ERRE Special Committee on Electoral Reform meetings in Ottawa that had been broadcast live by CPAC (on local cable station, Parlvu and still available to watch on CPAC) in which #ERRE #Q questions posed on Twitter posed by Waterloo Region residents including Jennifer Ross, Anita Nickerson, Eleanor Grant and myself were discussed.

Everyone is looking forward to the rumoured visit of the ERRE Committee to Waterloo Region in August.  As yet there are no details about the 5 Electoral Reform Town Halls that should be scheduled in the Waterloo Region Electoral Districts:

Everyone should contact their local MPs constituency office for details of these events.  Because the time line is so tight, it is important these be scheduled very soon.

Reminder: Open Streets, Sun 24 July at Waterloo Square & Potluck Dinner Discussion Night, Mon 25 July 2016 at 6pm

Hi everyone: Just a reminder of two things in a row:

Fair Vote at Open StreetsWhat: Open Streets Uptown Waterloo
When: Sunday, 24 July 2016 from noon to 5:00pm
Where: Waterloo Town Square
Location: 75 King St. S., Waterloo, Ontario Map 1
FairvoteWRC Calendar: Fair Vote Waterloo info table at Open Streets

Help staff our info table, talk to passers-by about Proportional Representation, enjoy the food and music of Open Streets. First time helping? No problem! There will be experienced volunteers to show you the ropes. It’ll be hot — don’t forget to bring a hat, sunscreen, and a water bottle.

Many dishes of food on the table

Yummy Office Potluck Lunch

What: Potluck Dinner Discussion Night
When: Monday, 25 July 2016 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Cathe Campbell’s deck
Location: 195 Silvercrest Drive, Waterloo, Ontario Map 2
Facebook: Potluck Dinner Discussion Night | Facebook
FairvoteWRC Calendar: Potluck Dinner Discussion Night

Bring a dish to share, preferably something that doesn’t require any preparation on-site. Fair Vote Waterloo will be supplying a few flats of pop; perhaps someone can bring some fruit juice. Cathe will provide the dishes, glasses, and cutlery.

See you Sunday at Open Streets, and Monday at the Potluck Dinner Discussion Night!

–Bob Jonkman,
Co-Chair, Fair Vote Waterloo

Volunteers Needed for Kultrun and Nonviolence Festival on 9-10 July 2016


Nonviolence Festival

Good Morning FairVoting Friends,

The electoral reform committee is meeting with expert witnesses this week and push toward a fair electoral system is heating up!

If you have an hour or two this weekend and would like to help at our information table at Kultrun or the Nonviolence Festival, we would appreciate your support. You don’t need to be an expert on the mechanics, just enthusiastic.

Kultrun logo


If you can help for an hour or two, please be in touch!

With thanks,
for FVC -WR - people powered changeIf you’re volunteering with Leadnow you can sign up at:

Steve Dyck and Ken MacKay on Guelph Politicast with Adam A. Donaldson

On 24 June 2016 Adam A. Donaldson, the Guelph Politico, interviewed Steve Dyck and Ken MacKay of Fair Vote Guelph.

elxnreform.mp3 (53 MBytes, 46m17s)

From GUELPH POLITICAST #41 – Fair Vote Guelph on Electoral Reform | Guelph Politicast:

You might have heard a lot of discussion in the news about electoral reform, but what is it, what are we reforming, and what are we reforming it into? All good questions that also have the virtue of not being easy ones to answer as well. This is the podcast that, at least initially, aimed to answer those questions, but if you’re not sure where to begin on electoral reform, then this is as good a place as any to start.


The following Q and A session is between myself and Steve Dyck and Ken McKay, two of the organizers of Fair Vote Guelph. Electoral reform’s been on my radar for a while, and it’s a topic that has a lot of traction in Guelph, which has had many people working hard on the issue since the robocall incident in 2011. The general feeling being that a less partisan Parliament – less dependent on winning a few bell-weather seats to achieve majority government status by tapping out at 39 per cent national support – would mean less illegal shenanigans to encourage people not to vote. Oh yes, and it will also help to create a more democratic country that better reflects its citizens and bring Canada in line with other western democracies that already use some form or proportional representation.

Approval of 2015 AGM minutes



Hi everyone: At our Annual General meeting on Monday, 27 June 2016 I did not bring printouts of the minutes for the previous Annual General Meeting in 2015. I made a motion that we defer the approval of the 2015 AGM minutes, that they be published online and to the Discussion List, and that the Fair Vote Waterloo membership approve them online.

I’ve now published the 2015 AGM minutes at and included them below.

Please read through the minutes and let us know of any typos, other errors, missing items of discussion, and any other necessary additions, corrections, or deletions. Please send your corrections by Friday, 8 July 2016 to (but feel free to use the Discussion list if you want to discuss the minutes). Kevin Smith (Secretary for FairvoteWRC) will compile the corrections and the corrected minutes will then be posted to

Also, on behalf of Co-Chair Sharon Sommerville and myself, I’d like to welcome two new Executive Members: Donald A. Fraser and Mo Markham as Members-At-Large, and congratulate the returning Executive Members: Aden Seaman, Treasurer; Kevin Smith, Secretary; and Shannon Adshade, Member-At-Large. Shannon has served tirelessly on the Fair Vote Waterloo Executive Board every year since it was founded in 2006. Thank you, everyone!

–Bob Jonkman
Co-Chair, Fair Vote Waterloo