All Candidates Meeting In Kitchener-Centre Tomorrow Evening

Hello Everyone in Kitchener Centre:

Tomorrow evening, Wednesday 23 May 2018, the first of 3 All Candidates Meetings is taking place at St. John’s Anglican Church, 23 Water St. North (at Duke) at 6 pm.

BallotThe meeting is an opportunity to discuss issues with candidates that are important to our community. We will sit together to have a respectful discussion about health care, income security, housing, the environment and of course, electoral reform.

Kitchener–Conestoga is next Monday evening, 28 May 2018 at 6pm at the Wilmot Recreation Centre, and Waterloo is next Tuesday, 29 May 2018 at 6pm at First United Church.

We hope you can join us to get to know all the candidates in Kitchener Centre, Kitchener–Conestoga and Waterloo.

Kind regards,
Sharon Sommerville
for FVC-WR

All Candidates Meeting hosted by @FairvoteWRC, @SPCofKW, @DivestWR, @KWCofC, @AAP_KW

BallotHello FairVoting Friends,

We are mid-election and this one is a biggy. If you are in Kitchener Centre, Waterloo or Kitchener Conestoga, please join us to speak with candidates at an All Candidates Meeting.

These meetings are not debates, they are an opportunity to sit at a table with a candidate and discuss issues that are important to our community and province. We have partnered with other social justice and environmental groups to address health care, income insecurity, housing and the environment.

In Kitchener Centre:

Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 6:00pm
St. John’s Anglican Church
23 Water Street North (at Duke) Map 1
Kitchener

In Kitchener Conestoga:

Monday, 28 May 2018, 6:00pm
Wilmot Recreation Complex
1291 Nafziger Road Map 2
Baden

In Waterloo:

Tuesday, 29 May 2018, 6:00pm
First United Church
16 William Street West (at King) Map 3
Waterloo

Hope you can join us for this opportunity to engage in a respectful discussion about important issues with our local candidates in the upcoming provincial election.

All the best,
Sharon Sommerville
for FVC-WR

Participating organizations: Fair Vote Waterloo, Social Development Centre Waterloo Region, Divest Waterloo, KW Council of Canadians, Alliance against Poverty, Disabilities and Human Rights Group, TransitionKW, RENT.

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

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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

Join the FVC ThunderClap!

Hello FairVoting Friends,

Feb. 1st is the anniversary of the Liberal government breaking its promise to make 2015 the last election using First Past The Post (FPTP).

There is a lot we can do to let PM Trudeau know that we aren’t going to forget his broken promise and disinterest in ensuring that our electoral system works for every Canadian.

Fair Vote Canada is organizing a ThunderClap for 1 February 2018 and an online pledge in support of a press conference by Nathan Cullen (NDP Democratic Reform Critic) and Elizabeth May (leader of the Green Party of Canada) to mark the first anniversary of our government’s broken promise.

Discussion NightAnd, tomorrow night Fair Vote Waterloo is hosting an “Unhappy First Anniversary Party.” Join us to have cake and tweet lots of “Unhappy Anniversary” pictures to our local Liberal MPs and PM.

After the cake & pics, Dave Arthur will discuss the impact of thresholds in Proportional Representation systems.

We will meet Wednesday, 31 January 2018 at 7:00pm in the Community Room at the Bread and Roses Housing Co-op, 307 Queen Street South, at Courtland in Kitchener. Map 1 If you are coming by car, 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

Unhappy about the broken electoral reform promise? Join the ThunderClap, sign the online pledge, eat cake!

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.

Season’s Greetings From Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region Chapter

All I Want For Christmas Is Proportional Representation Hello FairVoting Friends,

The Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region Chapter would like to wish you and yours all the very best of the festive season.

And, to invite you to celebrate the season together at our festive pot luck on Wednesday, December 27th 2017 at 7pm. The get together is at 34 Aberdeen Road in Kitchener. Map

Safe & happy holidays to all!,

Sharon
for FVC-WR

All I Want For Christmas Is PR postcard by Laurel L. Russwurm is used under a CC 0 (Public Domain)Creative Commons — CC0 1.0 Universal (Public Domain dedication) license.

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.

Our Meeting With Raj Saini

Fair Vote WRC visits RajHello Fairvoting Friends,

On Friday afternoon, a group of nine of us meet with Raj Saini, Liberal MP for Kitchener Centre. Nine folks pretty much fills Raj’s office! We presented Raj with this summer’s petition which asked that his party keep their campaign promise and enact legislation to change our electoral system in time for 2019. There were well over 500 signatures on the petition.

Our message was strong, clear, passionate and respectful. Each of us had time to speak directly to Raj about why they care about electoral reform. Those comments were very powerful.

People spoke about the inevitability of electoral reform as our own experience and recent polls (In late October Insights West found that 67% of Canadians want the Liberal government to keep its promise on electoral reform; in early October Angus Reid found the same) & the evidence that supports change. One of us emphasized that this is a legacy issue as Prime Minister Trudeau’s father before him established by patriating our Constitution and raised the question of what side of history do you and your party want to be on? One of us asked him, “I know, that you know that PR is the way to go to establish a fair electoral system, what happen?” One of us asked, what can we do to help you support PR?. One wanted to finally, after 40 years of voting, to be represented by someone they voted for.

We addressed Trudeau’s statement that the decision to renege on the promise of electoral reform was his to make and he made it because they weren’t going to be able to institute Alternative Vote (June 2017, Iqaluit, Nunavut). We raised the anti-democratic nature of that statement. Raj spoke about the threat of a referendum being the justification for not moving forward with electoral reform. We knew that because the Liberals were unwilling to negotiate with the NDP & Greens to bring about the ERRE recommendations, the NDP & Greens brokered a deal with the Conservatives. To bring in a majority report from the ERRE committee, the price was a referendum.

Raj promised to present our petition to the House and speak with the Minister of Democratic Institutions about our concerns. We thank Raj for taking those actions and for the respectful conversation we had on Friday.

There is interest in putting a group together to speak with the Hon. Bardish Chagger, Liberal MP for Waterloo. If anyone is interested in going to meet with Minister Chagger, please let me know and we will arrange a meeting. You can reach me at:

sharonsommerville@gmail.com

A sincere thank you to the eight fair voting supporters who attended Friday’s meeting. Everyone’s passion, honesty and determination is inspiring.

With thanks to all our supporters for your continued support as we work toward building a better Canada.

Best wishes,
Sharon
for FVC-WR

Reminding Raj Saini about Electoral Reform

Fair Vote WRC visits Raj

Friday’s Petition Crew

To encourage the Liberals to keep their promise to reform our electoral system,on Friday afternoon (November 10th, 2017) we delivered our 500+ signature Fair Vote petition to Kitchener Centre MP Raj Saini.  We had a brief opportunity to meet with Mr. Saini to explain our frustrations with his government’s failure to deliver on their oft repeated Electoral Reform Promise.

Mr Saini told us the only reason he voted against accepting the ERRE report was the inclusion of a referendum.  (Of course, had the Liberals on the ERRE Committee had been willing to work across party lines with the Greens and NDP there would have been no need for the inclusion of a referendum in the report.)  He did, however, promise to submit the Petition to the House of Commons.

In case you’ve forgotten, this is what Mr. Saini had to say about electoral reform before he was elected MP.

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