@FairvoteWRC this week

Hello Everyone,

Just in case you missed Dave Arthur’s excellent letter about PR published in Wednesday’s Record, here is the online link:

The Record logoElectoral system undemocratic | The Record

On Wednesday afternoon, Bob Jonkman and I gave a presentation to about 40 Laurier students about activism and electoral reform. The students were interested and raised many good questions. Our thanks to Professor Andrea Perrella for the invitation to address his students. We appreciate all opportunities to speak with community groups; if you have connections to community groups that would like a presentation on any aspect of electoral reform, please let us know.


Our monthly meeting is next People with speech bubblesWednesday, 28 November 2018 at 7:00pm in the community room at the Bread & Roses Housing Co-op, 307 Queen Street South (corner of Courtland) in Kitchener. It should be a very interesting evening as Evan Rosamond will present a synopsis of David Van Reybrouck’s Against Elections: The Case for Democracy. Van Reybrouck makes a compelling argument to end elections in favour of selecting legislators as we choose jury members; randomly from the voters list. We are anticipating an engaging discussion!

Hope to see you soon,

Sharon Sommerville
for FVC-WR

What: FairvoteWRC Discussion Night
When: Wednesday, 28 November 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Community Room, Bread and Roses Co-op
Location: 307 Queen Street South, Kitchene Map 1

If you’re driving to Bread And Roses, please park in the north parking lot Map 2 and place a note on the dashboard of your vehicle:

Meeting in Community Room re Apt 107 from 7-9pm

Reminder: Discussion Night on Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Discussion Night Hi everyone: Just a quick reminder of the Fair Vote Waterloo Discussion Night tomorrow (Wednesday):

What: FairvoteWRC Discussion Night: Weighted First-Past-The-Post
When: Wednesday, 31 October 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Community Room, Bread and Roses Co-op
Location: 307 Queen Street South, Kitchene Map 1

Larry Kryski will be presenting his solution for proportional representation, a weighted vote in parliament.

Since it’s Hallowe’en some people will be delayed from giving candy to the little monsters, so Larry’s presentation will start sometime after 7:30pm

In the meantime, there are lots of other things worthy of discussion:

  • We just had a municipal election, where ranked ballots became a thing. What can Fair Vote Waterloo do to encourage the adoption of ranked ballots in multi-member wards to achieve proportional representation?
  • Some people from Fair Vote Waterloo spent some time canvassing door-to-door. What were the results? We’ll get a quick report from the participants.
  • Acronyms: Based on a thread in the Discussion mailing list, we’ve been using many acronyms like PR, ER, RB, MMP and so forth. The jargon is obscuring our message. I’ve compiled a short list, but let’s work on creating a more comprehensive glossary of terms that we can post on the Resources page of our website.

    STV – Single Transferable Vote
    MMP – Mixed Member Proportional
    DMP – Dual Member Proportional
    RUP – Rural-Urban Proportional
    AV – Alternative Vote
    IRV – Instant Runoff Voting (same thing as AV)
    PB – Preferential Ballot (same thing as AV)
    FPTP – First Past The Post
    SMP – Single Member Plurality (fancy words for FPTP)
    RB – Ranked Ballot (used by STV, AV, IRV, PB)
    PR – Proportional Representation
    ProRep – Proportional Representation
    ER – Electoral Reform

    MP – Member of Parliament
    MPP – Member of Provincial Parliament

    AMA – Ask Me Anything (online interview on Reddit)

  • How can we help the BC Electoral Reform referendum? Hints on the Fair Vote Canada PR4BC website.

Anything else?

If you’re driving to Bread And Roses, please park in the north parking lot Map 2 and place a note on the dashboard of your vehicle:

Meeting in Community Room re Apt 107 from 7-9pm

See you there!


Bob Jonkman,
Co-Chair, Fair Vote Waterloo
Phone: +1–519–635–9413
E-mail: bjonkman@sobac.com

FairvoteWRC Contact Info:
Phone: +1–519–279–2990
E-mail: info@fairvotewrc.ca

Upcoming Events: Perspectives on Peace, and FairvoteWRC Discussion Night

Hi everyone:

Perspectives on Peace logo
Register: Perspectives On Peace — Where’s the Peace and Justice? Canada’s New Foreign and Defence Policies
The Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region Chapter will have an information table at “Perspectives On Peace”, a symposium put on by KWPeace, an umbrella organization of Peace and Social Justice organizations in Kitchener-Waterloo and surrounding area. FairvoteWRC is a member organization.

Please join the Peace and Social Justice groups of KWPeace for a midday meal and conversation about Peace, Nonviolence, Social Justice and Climate Change. Our guest speaker is Tamara Lorincz who is completing her PhD in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Tamara will talk about the climate and environmental impacts of Canada’s new foreign and defence policies.

Lunch will be provided by Kitchener Food Not Bombs, which picks up donated food from grocery stores, cooks fresh vegan meals, and serves these meals to the community for free every Saturday in front of Kitchener City Hall.

This event is free with donations gratefully accepted to cover costs! Lunch will be served between noon and 2:00pm; Tamara will speak at 12:30pm.

Member organizations of KW Peace will be on site with information about the good work that they do in our community. FairvoteWRC will have an information table, and we can use some help to staff the table and let people know how Fair Vote promotes peace (hint: proportional representation elects governments that are more responsive to what people want)

What: Perspectives On Peace: Where’s The Peace and Justice? Canada’s New Foreign and Defence Policies
When: Saturday, 27 October 2018 from noon to 2:00pm
Where: The Rotunda, Kitchener City Hall
Location: 200 King Street West, Kitchener, Ontario Map 1
Registration: http://kwpeace.ca/eventsmanager/register-perspectives-on-peace-wheres-the-peace-justice-canadas-new-foreign-and-defence-policies/


For this month’s Discussion Night, Larry Kryski has proposed a minor adjustment to our current First Past The Post voting system that results in Proportional Representation for votes taken in Parliament! How? By weighting the vote of each member by the number of votes received.

What are the advantages? What are the drawbacks? You can read Larry Kryski’s paper Creating a Proportional Representation Electoral System That Works.

Join us for an evening of discussion at the Bread and Roses Community Room at 307 Queen Street South, Kitchener Map 1. Everyone is welcome! You don’t have to be a Fair Vote member to come to Discussion Nights.

If you drive, please park in the north parking lot and place a note on the dashboard of your vehicle:

Meeting in Community Room re Apt 107 from 7-9pm

What: FairvoteWRC Discussion Night: Weighted First-Past-The-Post
When: Wednesday, 31 October 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Community Room, Bread and Roses Co-op
Location: 307 Queen Street South, Kitchener Map 2

See you there!

–Bob.


Bob Jonkman,
Co-Chair, Fair Vote Waterloo
Phone: +1-519-635-9413
E-mail: bjonkman@sobac.com

FairvoteWRC Contact Info:
Phone: +1–519–279–2990
E-mail: info@fairvotewrc.ca

Has the electoral reform egg cracked?

Rank any number of options in your order of preference | Joe Smith | 1 John Citizen | 3 Jane Doe | Fred Rubble | 2 Mary Hill

Preferential or Ranked Ballot

Good Morning FairVoting Friends,

Last night was a historic evening on three fronts! London, used a ranked ballot to elect its municipal government. A totally amazing moment. Cambridge and Kingston both returned wins (yes, wins!) on their municipal referendum questions to use ranked ballots for future municipal elections.

Using ranked ballot to elect municipal politicians is a small & important step in the right direction. While ranked ballot by itself isn’t a form of Proportional Representation, voters will understand that electoral reform isn’t a crazy, radical idea. If ranked ballot is applied to voting for four city councillors, it would become a form of Single Transferable Vote which is a form of Proportional Representation.

Congratulations to all the activists for their hard work and voters who believed that better is possible: way to go!

All the best,
Sharon
for FVC-WR

Discussion Night on Referenda with @YesCambridge on Wed, 26 Sept 2018

Yes! Cambridge | Campaign for Ranked Ballots This coming Wednesday we’re holding our Discussion Night at the Blackwing Coffee Bar in Cambridge, one of several places in Canada that’s holding a referendum on Electoral Reform. We’ll meet up with the team from the Yes! Cambridge campaign. Who knows, there may be some people that you recognize!

We’ll discuss what the members of Fair Vote Waterloo can do to help the referendum campaigns in Cambridge, Kingston, and British Columbia happening now, and in PEI with their provincial election in October 2019.

What: FairvoteWRC Discussion Night: Referenda
When: Wednesday, 26 September 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Blackwing Coffee Bar
Location: 135 George Street North, Cambridge, Ontario Map 1


Next month we’re back in Kitchener at Bread & Roses for an explanation of a Proportional Representation system that uses the existing First-Past-The-Post voting system, keeps the existing electoral boundaries, and doesn’t require any more (or fewer) Members of Parliament.

Larry Kryski will suggest an interesting enhancement that adjusts the relative power of an MP based on the number of votes received by that party. His paper on the proposal, Creating a Proportional Representation Electoral System That Works was submitted to the ERRE consultation.

What: FairvoteWRC Discussion Night: Weighted First-Past-The-Post
When: Wednesday, 31 October 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Community Room, Bread and Roses Co-op
Location: 307 Queen Street South, Kitchener Map 2


Bob Jonkman,
Co-Chair, Fair Vote Waterloo
Phone: +1-519-635-9413
E-mail: bjonkman@sobac.com

FairvoteWRC Contact Info:
Phone: +1–519–279–2990
E-mail: info@fairvotewrc.ca

Discussion Nights in August and September

Discussion Night Hi everyone! For our upcoming Discussion Night on Wednesday, 29 August 2018 we’ll be discussing the results of the provincial election in June.

I invite anyone who has done some analysis of the election to make a short presentation. For example, if you’ve calculated how the seats would have been distributed with an STV voting system, or which electoral districts hold the most voting power, or how few votes it might have taken to swing only a few ridings to change the outcome…

The format will be a 10 minute presentation of your analysis, followed by a 10 minute Q&A. We’ve got a couple of people already lined up, and I suspect we’ll have no trouble filling the two hours of Discussion Night with, um, discussion.

What: FairvoteWRC Discussion Night: Election Analysis
When: Wednesday, 29 August 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Community Room, Bread and Roses Co-op
Location: 307 Queen Street South, Kitchener Map 1

PARKING:

If you’re driving to Discussion Night at Bread And Roses, place a note on the dashboard of your vehicle:

Meeting in Community Room re: Apt 107 from 7-9pm

and park in the north lot, on the other side of the Morrison-Reist building Map 2


In other news: October is filled with Electoral Reform referenda throughout Canada! There’s one in British Columbia:

What You Need To Know About the BC Electoral Referendum | The Tyee

…and Prince Edward Island:

P.E.I. Referendum To Pose Question About Proportional Representation | Huffington Post

…and Kingston:

City adds referendum on ranked ballots to election | The Kingston Whig-Standard

…and right here in Waterloo Region, in Cambridge:

Cambridge to have referendum on ranked ballot system | CambridgeTimes.ca

For our Discussion Night on Wednesday, 26 September 2018 we’ll meet at the Blackwing Coffee Bar in Cambridge, and meet up with the Yes! Cambridge campaign team, who are advocating for a “Yes” answer to the question “Are you in favour of the City of Cambridge using a ranked ballot voting system for the 2022 municipal election?” We can also discuss how to provide support to the other referenda taking place in Canada.

What: FairvoteWRC Discussion Night: Referenda
When: Wednesday, 26 September 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Blackwing Coffee Bar
Location: 135 George Street North, Cambridge, Ontario Map 3


Bob Jonkman,
Co-Chair, Fair Vote Waterloo
Phone: +1-519-635-9413
E-mail: bjonkman@sobac.com

FairvoteWRC Contact Info:
Phone: +1–519–279–2990
E-mail: info@fairvotewrc.ca

Electoral Reform is Alive and Kicking in Waterloo Region

The Hon. Bardish Chagger’s office reached out to Fair Vote Waterloo to invite a delegation to meet with the Hon. Karina Gould on Electoral Reform.

Cathy Scott, Byron Weber Becker and Bob Jonkman meet the Hon. Karina Gould and her infant son Oliver outside Waterloo City Hall

The Fair Vote Waterloo delegation Cathy Scott, Bryron Weber Becker and Bob Jonkman met with the current Minister of Democratic Institutions, the Hon. Karina Gould (and Oliver) at Waterloo City Hall

The morning meeting was productive.

Later that afternoon, the KW Liberal Association hosted a meet and greet for the visiting Minister just down the street at Patent Social. Fair Vote Waterloo Co-Chair Bob Jonkman attended the open-to-the-public event in hopes of engaging further with Minister Gould.

Local electoral reform advocates from Fair Vote and others rally to remind Minister Gould that electoral reform is still top of mind for many Canadians voters across the political spectrum.

There were excellent opportunities to discuss Proportional Representation with passersby.

Electoral reformers welcomed the opportunity to show off their artwork and discuss Proportional representation with the Minister of Democratic Institutions.

Canadians are (understandably) unhappy that the Liberals’ Electoral Reform promise was so cavalierly broken.

The Hon. Karina Gould was asked some hard questions.

Electoral Reform isn’t a partisan issue.

I found it interesting how many “honks” we got from passing motorists. Perhaps the greatest irony associated with Mr. Trudeau’s broken promise is that the exercise did more to raise Canadian public awareness of Proportional Representation than anything else in my lifetime.

Proportional Representation is an idea whose time has come. And it’s not going away.

(additional photos are available in my Reminding Liberals Flickr Album)

Kultrún and WR Nonviolence Day In The Park Volunteers Needed!

Hello FairVoting Friends,

Happy Canada Day long weekend to all!

Kultrun logo

Kultrun

It is the middle of festival season and the result of our recent provincial election is causing people to think about how our electoral system functions. Its a good time to talk with our community about electoral reform.

We are attending two great community events in July for which we could use a few volunteers to help with our information tables.

Kultrún is a world music festival at Victoria Park, Saturday, 14 & 15 July 2018, and the WR Nonviolence Day In The Park is on Roos Island on Saturday, 21 July 2018.

Waterloo Region NonviolenceThere are three 2 hour shifts for Kultrún on both days: 12pm-2pm, 2pm-4pm and 4pm-6pm.

WR Nonviolence Day In The Park is on Saturday only and has 2 shifts: 12pm-2:30pm and 2:30pm-5pm.

If you have a couple of hours to help out over the July 14-15th and July 21st weekends your support would be greatly appreciated!

With thanks,
Sharon
for FVC-WR

AGM

What a turn out for the Waterloo Region Chapter’s AGM.

The numbers keep going up.

You might even think people are serious about wanting equal and effective votes in a proportional representation electoral system.

 

FairvoteWRC Annual General Meeting and Discussion Night

People conferencing at a table Hi everyone! The provincial election is over, June is more than half over, and the year is almost half over! It’s time to have the Annual General Meeting for the Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region Chapter!

AGM Agenda

Date: Wednesday, 27 June 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

  1. Introductions
  2. Review/Accept minutes from 2017 AGM
  3. Statement from the Chair
  4. Financial Statement
  5. Old Business
  6. Election of Executive:

    There are five positions on our Executive Board up for re-election:

    • Co-Chair (1 position, two year term)
    • Treasurer (1 position, two year term)
    • Member-At-Large (3 positions, one year term)

    The other two Executive positions (Co-chair Sharon Sommerville and Secretary Kevin Smith) will start the second year of their two year term.

    You can nominate someone at the meeting, or nominate yourself. If you can’t make it to the meeting but would like to stand for nomination then contact me or FairvoteWRC by phone or e-mail (contact info below), and we’ll ensure your name is on the ballot.

    The voting will be by Single Transferable Vote; once elected, the new Executive will decide amongst themselves which positions to fill.

    Anyone who is a member of Fair Vote Canada can vote at the AGM and be nominated for a position on the Executive. You can get or renew your membership ($25) at the meeting, or online at:

    https://secure.fairvote.ca/en/civicrm/contribute/transact?id=12

  7. New Business
    1. Festival Season! (Sharon Sommerville, Cathy Scott)
    2. Should we initiate a provincial petition similar to our federal petitions for our regional MPPs? (Casey Howard)
    3. Should we begin a door to door canvass about electoral reform? (Casey Howard)
    4. Possible Fall Event: Panel discussion with Denis Pilon, Bob Hepburn (who wrote Ontario politicians should stay clear of electoral reform), and Mitch Potter (who wrote Will Ontario’s vote results open the door to electoral reform?) (Sharon Sommerville).
    5. Municipal Electoral Reform Referendum in Cambridge (Yes, Cambridge!) (Myron Steinman, Sharon Sommerville)
    6. Meeting with the new Chief Editor at the Record (Cathe Campbell)
    7. Marketing plan to draw people into our movement more effectively (Kevin Smith)

    Submissions for New Business are now closed
    If anyone has additional items for the New Business section of the agenda, please let me know (contact info below).

  8. Adjournment of AGM.

Discussion Night: Provincial Election Analysis

The 2018 provincial election gave the usual results: 40% votes, 60% seats, 100% power. But there are more subtle insights; some of FairvoteWRC’s members have given it deeper thought than 40:60:100. If you’ve done some analysis I invite you to come to the Discussion Night portion of the evening and present it, 5 minutes for presentation, plus 5 minutes for Q&A. Please contact me if you have some analysis to present.

See you all there!

What: FairvoteWRC Annual General Meeting and Discussion Night
When: Wednesday, 27 June 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Community Room, Bread and Roses Co-op
Location: 307 Queen Street South, Kitchener Map 1

Note from Scott Stager Piatkowski:

Just chiming in as the Co-ordinator at Bread and Roses. The north lot is currently being repaved. It is still closed!

FairvoteWRC members may wish to consider not driving to the meeting or, if they do, parking off site (street parking on Benton or David, lot parking at Victoria Park, just inside the gate).

Scott

–Bob Jonkman, Co-Chair, Fair Vote Waterloo
Phone: +1–519–635–9413
E-mail: bjonkman@sobac.com

FairvoteWRC Contact Info:
Phone: +1–519–279–2990
E-mail: info@fairvotewrc.ca