Volunteers Needed For Summer Festival Fun

Info booth

Multicultural Festival 2011

Hello FairVoting Friends,

The summer festival season is underway and we will be at the Multicultural Festival this weekend, 24-25 June 2017. If you are attending the festival, please drop in to say hello! Our table is on the west side of Jubilee Drive, just south of the bridge to Roos Island. Get caught up on what’s happening with electoral reform, send a postcard or sign a petition.

We will be attending eight other festivals over the summer. Do you have two hours to help out at a festival table? You don’t need to be an electoral systems expert, a basic understanding of the problems with FPTP and the advantages of PR and a belief in fairness and equality is all that is needed.

Here is a list of the festivals we will be attending:

  • Kultrun – Sat. July 8 and Sun. July 9 – Victoria Park
  • Day in the Park – Sun. July 9 – Victoria Park
  • Open Streets – Sun. July 26 – Waterloo Square
  • Open Streets – Sun. August 21 – Waterloo Square
  • LINK Family Picnic – Sat. Aug. 26 and Sun. Aug. 27 – Victoria Park
  • Labour Day Picnic – Mon. Sept. 4 – Waterloo Park
  • Open Streets – Sun. Sept. 17 – Waterloo Square
  • Cambridge International Festival – Sat. Sept. 23 – Riverside Park

There are three shifts: Noon to 2pm, 2pm to 4pm and 4pm to 6pm.

We have a great time talking with interested folks, please consider joining us at a festival this summer!

You can email me at sharonsommerville@gmail.com if you have any questions or want to sign up for a shift.

All the best,
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.

Open Streets on Sunday!

See you there!

Steve Dyck to speak about LocalPR on Wed, 12 April 2017 at @FairvoteWRC meeting

MeetingHello FairVoting Friends,

This Wednesday’s (12 April 2017) FVC-WR meeting will have a special guest. Steve Dyck from Democracy Guelph will join us to talk about LocalPR. LocalPR is a made in Canada Proportional Representation model that is generating a lot of interest and endorsements from folks like JP Kingsley and Denis Pilon. Steve has asked that if possible, people check out Make All Votes Count In Canada — AllVotesCount.ca for a bit of background before the meeting.

Please Note: There has been a change of location! This Wednesday’s meeting will take place at the home of Donald & Maureen Fraser, 184 Forsyth Drive in Waterloo. Forsyth runs west of Westmount Rd., just south of Economical Insurance. Our thanks to Donald & Maureen for hosting on our meeting on short notice.

Wishing you well,
for FVC-WR

What: Fair Vote Waterloo Spring Strategy meeting
When: Wednesday, 12 April 2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Donald and Maureen Fraser’s house
Location: 184 Forsyth Drive, Waterloo, Ontario Map

Nathan Cullen’s “Keep Your Promise” Tour — Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Natan CullenHello Fair Voting Friends,

Last Thursday Nathan Cullen, NDP critic for Democratic Institutions presented Petition E-616 in support of electoral reform to Parliament. With over 130,000 signatures, E-616 is Canada’s largest e-petition to date. In this excerpt from a press conference held after the presentation, Nathan’s intelligence, conviction and passion for democracy is striking. It is well worth the time.

Nathan Cullen news conference

Nathan Cullen will be coming to Kitchener to speak this Wednesday, March 29th, 7pm at KPL as part of the Keep Your Promise tour. It is a town hall meeting in support of what we as citizens can do as Parliament prepares to vote this spring on whether or not electoral reform becomes a reality in time for the 2019 federal election.

What: Nathan Cullen’s Keep Your Promise Tour
When: Wednesday, 29 March 2017 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Where: Kitchener Public Library
Location: 85 Queen Street North, Kitchener, Ontario Map
Facebook: Keep Your Promise: a path towards democratic reform

See you Wednesday!

for FVC-WR

From an e-mail sent by Anita Nickerson, Fair Vote Canada’s Chapter Co-ordinator:

Hi everyone! Nathan Cullen’s Keep the Promise tour started on Saturday. Fair Vote Canada will be promoting all the stops.

I hope Liberal MPs do show up somewhere but even if they don’t (these are NDP events) it’s an opportunity for people to come together on this issue and get motivated to do things such as send letters, make visits to the MP and be visible in the ridings. We need to push the Liberals to vote yes in May OR encourage those who support PR to find some other way to come back to the table. Equally important in case we don’t change Liberal minds – we need to connect people in advance of 2019.

We can’t assume other groups will promote these so please do your best to share with your networks.

FVC is allowed to have tables at all the stops! Here are the list of stops so far below this email. We have TO, Kitchener and Guelph covered. If you are in one of the other places, please get in touch with me off list if you can have a table for us and tell me what, if anything, you need. (I’ll be emailing you soon otherwise 🙂

We really need to build Fair Vote Canada and this tour is one way to do it.
So please have the clipboards with Declarations and invite people to sign!
The ridings Cullen is targeting will include those we especially need to grow in for 2019 to elect pro-PR MPs.

Other awesome things to have on your table: Tabloids. (I only have one box left, not sure if Kelly has more). Postcards to Trudeau (that Kelly is mailing out to those who asked for them or use a different one with the same idea). Also, check out “photos” on our facebook page for things you might like to print for a display.

Thanks so much for helping make the best of this opportunity!


Saturday, 25 March 2017 Toronto Parkdale – High Park / Davenport
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 Kitchener Kitchener Centre
Thursday, 30 March 2017 Guelph Guelph
Saturday, 8 April 2017 Halifax/PEI Halifax & Charlottetown
Sunday, 9 April 2017 St. John’s St. John’s East
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 Sudbury Nickel Belt
Friday, 21 April 2017 Kingston Kingston and the Islands
Saturday, 22 April 2017 Peterborough Peterborough – Kawartha
Sunday, 23 April 2017 Hamilton Hamilton – Stoney Creek
Monday, 24 April 2017 Thunder Bay Thunder Bay – Rainy River
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 Winnipeg Winnipeg Centre
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 Regina Regina Wascana
Saturday, 6 May 2017 Whitehorse Yukon
Saturday, 20 May 2017 Vancouver Vancouver Granville
Sunday, 21 May 2017 Kelowna Kelowna – Lake Country

Reminding Liberals Rally — Thu, 2 March 2017

Sign: Justin, You Promised | Make Every Vote Count


Hello Fellow FairVoters,

The Hon. Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage will be joining Waterloo Region Liberal MPs for a meet & greet at St. John the Evangelist Church, 23 Water Street in Kitchener.

With five Liberal MPs, including two cabinet ministers in one place at one time, we thought we should take this opportunity to remind Liberal politicians that reneging on the promise to end First Past The Post and make every vote count will have consequences.

The meet and greet starts at 6:00 pm, so we will gather at St. John the Evangelist Church (basement entrance on Duke Street) at 5:45 pm. If all the MPs arrive on time, we will rally until 6:15 pm. Bring horns, tooters, drums, signs or funny hats, whatever you like to make a point; we are here, we are disappointed and we aren’t going to forget that you broke your promise to make every vote count.

What: Reminding Liberals Rally
When: Thursday, 2 March 2017 from 5:45pm to 6:15pm
Where: St. John the Evangelist Church, Duke Street entrance
Location: 23 Water St N, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada Map

See you there?

And, the Meet & Greet with the Hon. Mélanie Joly is a public event. If you would like to attend and speak with local Liberal MPs or the Hon. Mélanie Joly about their broken electoral reform promise, please RSVP at Liberal Party of Canada » Meet and Greet with the Hon. Mélanie Joly

With thanks,

for FairVoteCanada – Waterloo Region

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See You Saturday

Saturday at 1:00pm we’ll be rallying for Electoral Reform in Carl Zehr Square at Kitchener City Hall.

Fair Vote Waterloo folk planning for Electoral Reform

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Hope to #SeeYouSaturday

Update on National Day of Action on Electoral Reform held Saturday, 11 Feb 2017

Hello FairVoting Friends,

Some great news about tomorrow’s 1:00 pm rally for electoral reform at Kitchener City Hall!

Catherine Fife, MPP for Waterloo will be speaking. Catherine is a long time supporter of Proportional Representation and Fair Vote Canada’s work. We are excited that she will be joining us and are looking forward to her comments.

Jonathan Cassells has agreed to speak! Jonathan is the Kitchener resident who initiated the Petition to the Government of Canada on electoral reform. The petition hit 102,306 signatures this evening which will trigger a debate in the House of Commons. Brilliant citizen advocacy.

The heart of the rally is the open mic. Everyone who wants to share what electoral reform means to them or what they think of the Liberals broken promise will have a chance to speak until the rally’s end at 2:30 pm.

Join us tomorrow at 1:00 pm at Kitchener City Hall to share your story about electoral reform and send a message to our Prime Minister that we expect him to keep his promise to make every vote count.

Sign the Petition to the Government of Canada on electoral reform here: Sign this petition to the House of Commons

See you tomorrow!

Sharon Sommeville

PS. The forecast is 6C & sunny!

February 11th Day of Action For Electoral Reform

This is our spiffy poster for Saturday’s National Day of Action for ELECTORAL REFORM event.

If you can print a few copies to put up in your neighborhood that would be enormously helpful.

You can Download the full size colour PDF here (4 MBytes)

or Download the full size Black and White PDF here (3 MBytes)

or Download the full size Duotone PDF here (1 MByte)

or choose the jpg image size you want from Flickr

This poster is released with a CC0Creative Commons 0 Public Domain Dedication which allows anyone to legally print and use it for any purpose.

If you’re in or near Waterloo Region, Ontario, please print and distribute as many posters as possible on public property where allowed Be sure to get permission before posting on private property, in retail stores, on community bulletin boards etc.

Help Make This Event A Success!


Plan to attend if you can, and bring as many friends, family members, neighbors, co-workers, your kid’s teachers … anyone you know!  This isn’t about politicians , it is really about us… we deserve to have our votes count.  It’s only fair!

Share the event on your social media.


Sign up on the Facebook Event Page

Share the event (click on the “share” button at the top of the right sidebar and choose where to share)


Retweet @FairVoteWaterloo’s event announcement

and other tweets about the event between now and Saturday.

For making your own tweets, the event hashtags include:

Bring Your Own Sign

Give your inner child free reign to create your very own sign!

If you’ve got kids, get them involved ~ make it a family art project.  Use Bristol Board or just ordinary cardboard.

Sign Tips

Keep it Simple : One Idea per sign (although you can have another on the back of a double sided sign)

Black and white, primary colours

Big easy to read letters

Not everyone feels they are artistic, so if you’re feeling inspired, if you make extras, no doubt there will be folks happy to carry them.

If you are looking for inspiration, you might get some ideas from the graphics in my PR For Canada or ERRE Flickr Albums.

Sign the Petition

Whether or not you can make it out on Saturday, you can sign the record breaking (85552 signatures as of writing) House of Commons e-616 ePetition here.  You don’t need to set up an account to sign, but you will need to confirm in email before it counts.  As I understand it this one was started by a Waterloo gent.

There is still time for the Canadian Government to adopt electoral reform in time for 2019.
That’s would still be the BEST possible outcome for Canadians.
And it just *might* happen if we make enough noise now.
(If not, we can get to work on making sure the next government does.)


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:
Start date 07-02-2017 00:00:01
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Poll Results:
When can you come to a Fair Vote Waterloo meeting about Campaign Tactics in February 2017?

Simple plurality decides which date – most votes wins!