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

WRN | Waterloo Region NonviolenceThis is an IDOPAN event!


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

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

Fair Vote Waterloo Discussion Night, 7pm, Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Group discussionHi everyone: This week marks the last Wednesday of the month, and time for another Fair Vote Discussion Night.

There’s no particular topic this time, but there’s an election coming up and we’ll surely find something to discuss. Among other things, FairvoteWRC is participating in at least two All Candidate Meetings; what could we possibly ask them about?

What: FairvoteWRC Discussion Night
When: Wednesday, 25 April 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Community Meeting Room, Bread & 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

All Candidate Meetings

For the curious, here are the details for the All Candidate Meetings:

What: Meet The Candidates: Kitchener Centre
When: Wednesday, 23 May 2018 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: St. John the Evangelist Church
Location: 23 Water St. North, Kitchener Map 3

What: Meet The Candidates: Waterloo
When: Tuesday, 29 May 2018 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: First United Church
Location: 16 William Street West, Waterloo Map 4

See you Wednesday!

–Bob.

Fair Vote Waterloo Discussion Night: Gordon Nicholls presents MMPPR

Chat

Discussion

Hi Everyone: February is a short month, so that means Discussion Night is here sooner than I expected. We have another interesting topic to discuss this month: MMPPR, a voting system that combines Preferential Voting with Mixed Member Proportional, presented by Gordon Nicholls.


What: Discussion Night
When: Wednesday, 28 February 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Community Meeting Room, Bread & Roses Co-op
Location: 307 Queen Street South, Kitchener Map 1

Gordon will explain the problems he sees with other proposed voting systems, and will show how MMPPR overcomes them. We’ll get sample ballots, and hold an election simulation!

You can read Gordon’s paper: A compromise proposal for a Canadian electoral system that would retain all current ridings (49 kBytes, MS-Word document)

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

Spring 2018 Planning Meeting

And next month we’re going to plan our summer activities:

What: Spring 2018 Planning Meeting
When: Sunday, 18 March 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Sharon Sommerville’s house
Location: 34 Aberdeen Road, Kitchener, Ontario Map 3

At which festivals and events will we put up an info table? What public events can we put on? Should we host All-Candidates meetings for the provincial election? Join us, and gives us your input!

–Bob Jonkman
Co-Chair, Fair Vote Waterloo

Pictures of our Unhappy Anniversary Party

On Wednesday, 31 January 2018 we held our regular Discussion Night. Laurel Russwurm baked an Unhappy Anniversary Cake, Donald Fraser brought beverages, and everyone pitched in to uncelebrate the first anniversary of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s broken promise on Electoral Reform.

After cake, Dave Arthur gave an excellent presentation on voting thresholds.

Reminder: Discussion Night, 7pm on Wed, 29 Nov 2017 at Bread and Roses

Group discussion Hi all: Just a quick reminder of tonight’s Discussion Night:

What: Fair Vote Waterloo November 2017 Discussion Night
When: Wednesday, 29 November 2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Community Meeting Room, Bread & Roses Co-op
Location: 307 Queen Street South, Kitchener, Ontario Map 1

Topics:

1 February 2018

The first of February marks the anniversary of the Liberals’ broken promise on Electoral Reform. What should we do to remind them that this is unacceptable? Another rally? A march from one MP’s office to another? Let’s make some plans!

BC Referendum

The BC provincial government will be holding a referendum on proportional representation in 2018, and it is not without opposition. BC Liberal MLA Todd Stone pulls out the usual argument of “We’ll be having perpetual coalition governments like we have right now, where you have the tail wagging the dog” — If the Liberals had been open to a collaborative government with the Greens then they could have been the whole dog!

Electoral reform an attack on democracy, Stone says — Alberni Valley News

We can discuss how we can provide support for the BC referendum. Fair Vote Canada has just launched a campaign, with accounts on Facebook, Twitter and soon on Instagram:

Facebook: Fair Vote Canada-BC

Twitter: @fvc_BC

Holiday Get-Together

The regular Discussion Night (last Wednesday of the month) falls on 27 December 2017 next month. Since that’s right in the middle of the holidays, perhaps we should have a Holiday Get-Together instead! Save the date, plans for a social night are in the works!

Parking:

If you’re driving to tonight’s 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

See you Wednesday!

–Bob.

Joint meeting of @FairvoteWRC and KW Council of Canadians @KWCofC

Group discussionHi Fair Voters: This month, the regular date for the Fair Vote Waterloo Discussion Night falls on the same day as the KW Council of Canadians meeting. But rather than making you choose one or the other, we’re holding a joint meeting!

There is considerable overlap in the membership of our groups, and one of the Council of Canadians’ campaigns is Electoral Reform. This joint meeting is one way that we can offer support to CoC.


Council of Canadians | Acting for social justice | Conseil des Canadiens | Agir pour la justice socialeThis is also an opportunity for FairvoteWRC members who haven’t heard about Council of Canadians, and might like to join that organization. And, of course, it’s an introduction to FairvoteWRC for CoC members who would like to get involved with FairvoteWRC in a focused campaign solely on electoral reform.

What: Joint meeting of @FairvoteWRC and KW Council of Canadians @KWCofC
When: Wednesday, 25 October 2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Community Meeting Room, Bread & Roses Co-op
Location: 307 Queen Street South, Kitchener, Ontario Map 1

Parking: If you’re driving, 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

There’s no fixed agenda for this meeting, but the following are points for discussion:

There will be a town hall meeting sponsored by the Waterloo Regional Labour Council on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 6:30 pm and St. David’s Catholic Secondary School, 4 High St, Waterloo featuring Kitchener- Waterloo MPP Catherine Fife, Ontario Health Coalition Executive Director Natalie Mehra, and other local politicians. We urge all who can get there to attend.

Several of us attended the CoC Guelph meeting on 18 October at which Maude Barlow and Gus Van Harten spoke eloquently about the dangers of NAFTA and its implications for water rights. This provided a number of ideas we can talk about regarding further advocacy and actions.

  • Van Harten urged everyone present to write to Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs at chrystia.freeland@international.gc.ca and ask her with due respect to get Canada out of ISDS

Philippe Charbonneau (Political Team Admin Assistant in Ottawa) asks if chapters would be interested in screening a new documentary on the cooperative enterprise model called A Silent Transformation that features Maude Barlow. There would be a small fee. If there is sufficient interest, we will ask for further details.

The Liberal government has not kept the campaign promise to restore protection to the 99% of lakes and rivers removed from the schedule of protected waters under the Harper government. CoC chapters are urged to call on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Transport Minister Marc Garneau for protection of a local lake or river. For further details see No waters left behind – nominate a lake or river worthy of protection and Groups across Canada urge Trudeau government to protect 100% of lakes and rivers.

Friday, 10 November 2017 at 3:30pm, FairvoteWRC will present a petition in support of proportional representation to MP Raj Saini at his Constituency Office (Suite 202 – 209 Frederick Street, Kitchener. Electoral reform is one of the areas in which CoC and FairvoteWRC overlap, and the more we can coordinate our efforts, the more likely we are to succeed. All are invited to attend.

The FairvoteWRC Outreach subcommittee is reaching out to faith-based communities to build awareness of and allies on the issue of proportional representation (PR) in the community. Their goals are to

  • create awareness of FairvoteWRC
  • offer an opportunity to further educate about the issue
  • invite endorsement of our work with an invitation to engage or join with us in the future

On 1 February 2017 the mandate letter for the Hon. Kristina Gould, Minister of Democratic Institutions was released, marking the first official announcement that the Liberals would be breaking their promise that “2015 will be the last election under First Past The Post”. FairvoteWRC intends to hold an event (protest, rally, public information meeting) to remind people, and especially the Liberals, that we have not forgotten the promise, and that we’ll be holding the Liberals to account.

Every year FairvoteWRC tries to hold several public information events during the winter months. We could bring in a speaker, show a movie, or hold a seminar to explain the mechanics of proportional representation. Sometimes these events are held as part of Discussion Nights; sometimes they’re held separately. The Kitchener Public Library has been a suitable venue in the past.

See you on Wednesday!

–Bob Jonkman,
FairvoteWRC Co-chair

Tonight: Annual General Meeting of @FairvoteWRC (21 June 2017)

Meeting

Meeting

A quick, last-minute reminder that the Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region Chapter is having its Annual General Meeting tonight:

What: Fair Vote Waterloo Annual General Meeting
When: Wednesday, 21 June 2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm (6:00pm dinner)
Where: Egg Roll King Restaurant
Location: 85 Courtland Avenue East, Kitchener, Ontario Map

We’ll have a summary of last year’s events, planning of upcoming events, and the election of the 2017-2018 Executive Board.

For a full agenda see Fair Vote Waterloo Annual General Meeting for 2017 on the calendar.

–Bob.

Cross Cultures Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination at Kitchener City Hall, Tues 21 March 2017

Cross Cultures | since 1991 (c) MagazineHi everyone: It’s still a bit early for the Summertime Festival Season, but Fair Vote Waterloo is starting with an information table at Cross Cultures on Tuesday.

What: Cross Cultures Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
When: Tuesday, 21 March 2017 from 8:45am to 8:45pm
Where: Rotunda, Kitchener City Hall
Location: 200 King Street West, Kitchener, Ontario Map

The event is on all day, with a huge attendance of local schoolkids presenting and participating until 2:00pm, talks and lectures all afternoon, and a Peace Vigil and Peace Concert in the evening.

If anyone would like to help staff our information table for a few hours, either morning or afternoon, please drop by.

There’s a schedule of events on the KWPeace Calendar Pick any time, there’s always something interesting happening.

– –Bob.