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


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!


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!


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 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)



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.


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.

A Morning at the Kitchener Market Info Booth

Today Fair Vote Waterloo staffed their information booth at the Kitchener Market.

At the Kitchener Market Info Booth

Kitchener Market Info Booth

People signed the Petition to the Government of Canada, the Declaration of Voters Rights, and sent a postcard to Justin Trudeau to tell him to Keep His Promise.

Signing a petition


Keep Your Promise | Bob Jonkman | I'm _really_ annoyed with you! Even my son knows to keep his promises!So far, Fair Vote Waterloo has collected:

  • 157 “Keep Your Promise” postcards to Justin Trudeau
  • 15 postcards for Kitchener Centre MP Raj Saini
  • 86 signatures on the Declaration of Voters Rights
  • 94 signatures on the Petition to the Government of Canada

If you missed us at the Kitchener Market you can catch us throughout the spring and summer at Cross Cultures, the Day In The Park for Peace and Nonviolence, the Multicultural Festival, Open Streets, and many other events.

Pictures from the National Day of Action on Electoral Reform

Pictures from the National Day of Action on Electoral Reform held Saturday, 11 February 2017 at Carl Zehr Square at Kitchener City Hall.

Photos by Donald A. Fraser and Laurel L. Russwurm.

Donald Fraser and Byron Weber Becker hold the Proportional Representation for a Better Democracy banner

Donald Fraser and Byron Weber Becker

Sam Nabi is photographed

Sam Nabi

At the National Day of Action on Electoral Reform

At the National Day of Action on Electoral Reform

Lulex Lanteigne and Jonathan Cassels

Lulex Lanteigne and Jonathan Cassels

Catherine Fife

Catherine Fife

Attentive crowd

Attentive crowd

Protest sign: How can we reach consensus if Canadians don't understand their alternatives

Protest sign

Anita Nickerson

Anita Nickerson

The crowd listens to the speakers




Sharon Sommerville

Sharon Sommerville

The crowd

The crowd

People holding signs

Signs, signs, everywhere there’s signs

Photos are copyright ©2017 by the photographers, and used under a CC BY-SACreative Commons Attribution ShareAlike license.

More pictures of the National Day of Action on Electoral Reform

Choose a date for the Fair Vote Waterloo Campaign Tactics meeting

At our Strategy Meeting: Next Steps held Monday, 5 February 2017 we decided to hold a meeting to come up with some tactics for the continuing campaign to get Electoral Reform.

When are you available for a Campaign Tactics Meeting? Select the dates for which you’re available, or if none of these suit you, add a date and time for which you are available. Oh, let us know if you may be able to host this meeting. We’re looking for a location with a large working surface (Cafeteria tables? Ping Pong club? Quilting table?)

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
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Simple plurality decides which date – most votes wins!

Fair Vote Waterloo Discussion Night at Egg Roll King Restaurant, Wednesday, 25 January 2017 at 7:00pm

Group discussionFair Vote Waterloo is having the first Discussion Night of the New Year! Join us for an evening of Q&A, political discussion, and figuring out strategies for getting electoral reform in Canada (hint: meet with, write to, or e-mail your MP).

It’s been another interesting month: The cabinet in Canada’s parliament has been shuffled; and there’s also been a shuffle in the government down south. And Prime Minister Trudeau has been holding Town Hall Meetings across Canada.

In the news:

See you Wednesday!

What: Discussion Night
When: Wednesday, 25 January 2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Egg Roll King Restaurant
Location: 85 Courtland Avenue East, Kitchener, Ontario Map

We expect to be busy talking to MPs and advocating for Proportional Representation in the bill that is due in parliament in May, so this will be the last Discussion Night for a while. We’ll resume in May with a potluck dinner.


Reminder: Fair Vote Waterloo Strategy Meeting Tomorrow, 7:00pm, Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Meeting notes now online!


Just a reminder that Fair Vote Waterloo is having a strategy meeting at 7:00pm tomorrow, Wednesday, 11 January 2017 to discuss how we can continue to let our Members of Parliament know that we still want Electoral Reform. Everybody is welcome to attend! You don’t need to be a member of Fair Vote, or have a degree in political science!

What: Fair Vote Waterloo 2017 New Year’s Strategy Meeting
When: Wednesday, 11 January 2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Sharon Sommerville’s dining room
Location: 85 Westmount Road South, Waterloo, Ontario Map

Plenty of parking on Douglas Street, and you can come in at the back door at the end of the driveway off Douglas.

From the CBC

Gould, 29, is the youngest female cabinet minister in Canadian history.

The Burlington, Ont., MP is an Oxford University graduate and a trade and investment specialist who worked for the Mexican Trade Commission before her foray into federal politics.

There has been a most interesting development this week: A cabinet shuffle has replaced Maryam Monsef as the Minister of Democratic Institutions with rookie MP Karina Gould. We can discuss how this will affect the Liberals’ promise of electoral reform.

Chrystia Freeland takes over Foreign Affairs as Trudeau shuffles cabinet – Politics – CBC News

The 3 new faces of Justin Trudeau’s Liberal cabinet – Politics – CBC News

Notes from previous strategy meetings: