Tonight: “Make Every Vote Count” at Ayr Branch, Region of Waterloo Library (29 September 2016)

Make Every Vote Count poster

Ayr Branch, Region of Waterloo Library hosts Make Every Vote Count presented by Donald A. Fraser of Fair Vote Waterloo.

Prime Minister Trudeau has promised to make “every vote count” in future elections, and the process of electoral reform is currently underway.

  • Why might the current electoral system benefit from reform?
  • What electoral reforms are being considered?
  • What are their advantages and disadvantages?
  • How is this electoral reform process structured?
  • How can we participate in this process?

A panel from Fair Vote Waterloo will hold a Question and Answer session after the presentation.

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

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Kingsley & New Hamburg Tonight! (28 September 2016)

Hello FairVoting Friends,

Last night I had the pleasure of hearing Jean Pierre Kingsley speak in Guelph. Mr. Kingsley is the former head of Elections Canada (1990 – 2007). The depth and breadth of his understanding of this country, our electoral system and electoral systems around the world is enormous. Not only did he share his knowledge of electoral systems with us but also his passion for democracy, democratic rights and his concerns for what we might lose if our democracies don’t continue to strengthen.

There are two opportunities to hear Mr. Kingsley in Waterloo Region today. We encourage you to take the time to hear this great Canadian and democrat speak about our electoral system and ways to improve our democracy. He will take questions at the end of his talk.

The first opportunity is at Laurier:

Time: 1 pm, Wednesday, 28 September 2016
Location: The Peters Building – Room 2007

The second opportunity is at Kitchener Public Library

Time: 7 pm, Wednesday, 28 September 2016
Location: KPL – Main Branch, 85 Queen Street North in the Auditorium

Tonight’s talk includes a short power point presentation on three types of PR systems by Byron Weber-Becker. It is an excellent opportunity to clear up some of the mystery surrounding PR.

Both talks will be moderated by Dr. Brian Tanquay, professor of Political Science at Laurier, who co-arthured the 2004 Law Commission Report on electoral reform in Canada.

We are very lucky to have two power house talks today!

If you are in the New Hamburg area and want to learn about electoral reform closer to home we are hosting a presentation on electoral reform at the New Hamburg Library tonight, Wednesday, 28 September 2016 at 7pm with Bob Jonkman. Bob is a longtime PR supporter, former Green Party candidate and very knowledgeable about PR and electoral systems.

What a great day to learn about electoral reform in Waterloo Region!

Hope to see you at one of these incredible events!

All the best, Sharon 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 Electoral Reform events for the week of 26 September 2016

Group discussion

Group discussion

Hi all: A quick reminder that tonight (Monday, 26 September 2016) is our monthly Discussion Night, an hour earlier than usual. Let’s talk about the Electoral Reform process, answer any questions on the submission process and about submissions we’ve made, and experiences we’ve had talking to others about electoral reform. And, of course, there will be people who can answer questions about voting systems, ballots, and wax poetic about the Westminster parliamentary system.

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 A



People conferencing at a table

Community Dialogues

Tuesday is our penultimate Community Dialogue. Join us to make your submission to the Electoral Reform committee:

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



Wednesday is a busy day — two presentations from Jean-Pierre Kingsley:

Jean-Pierre Kingsley

Jean-Pierre Kingsley

What: Jean-Pierre Kingsley at Wilfrid Laurier University
When: Wednesday, 28 September 2016 from 1:00pm to 2:20pm
Where: Room 2007 Peters Building, Wilfrid Laurier University
Location: 75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, Ontario Map C

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 D



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Title slide Make Every Vote Count

…and one from me in New Hamburg:

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 E
Register: Register at the New Hamburg Public Library

And Thursday Donald Fraser is making a presentation in Ayr:

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 F
Register: Register at Ayr Public Library

That should keep you all busy!

–Bob Jonkman Co-Chair, Fair Vote Waterloo

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

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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.