‘Remind Justin Trudeau Rally’ in Cambridge this Tuesday, 16 April 2019

People in the audience

Rallying

Hello FairVoting Friends,

This Tuesday evening, Justin Trudeau will be hosting a town hall at St. Benedict’s Catholic Secondary School in Cambridge.

Join us to remind the Prime Minister that there are consequences for breaking a promise about democracy. We will rally outside St. Benedict’s at 50 Saginaw Parkway at 5:30pm this Tuesday to let Mr. Trudeau know that Canadians are disappointed that he didn’t keep his commitment to improve our electoral system.

Bring signs, whistles, drums, horns etc. to make a loud point that this is an election year and we haven’t forgotten his broken promise from 2015 to make every vote count.

What: Rally
When: Tuesday, 16 April 2019 at 5:30pm
Where: St. Benedict’s Catholic Secondary School
Location: 50 Saginaw Parkway, Cambridge, Ontario Map
Why: Because it is 2019 and we still don’t have a fair electoral system.

Hope to see you there!

All the best,
Sharon Sommerville for FVC-WR

PS, If you need a ride or can offer a ride, email me at sharonsommerville@gmail.com and we will arrange for car pools to Cambridge.


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Discussion Night: Electoral Systems in Turkey

Discussion Night Happy Spring, Fair Voters! This past week at the Cross Cultures 2019 U N International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Fair Vote Waterloo had an information table, and I attended a session called What is happening now in Turkey: Where is the country heading to just before the Municipal elections on March 31 with Wilfrid Laurier professors Selda Sezen and Engin Sezen. As is typical for these interactive discussions, the topic wandered away from the Turkish election into the history of the greater Anatolian region, the Turkic language, and the state of journalism in Turkey.

We could have continued the discussion for hours… so I’ve invited Selda and Engin to come to our Discussion Night, where we can actually discuss the Turkish election and electoral system.



What: Fair Vote Waterloo Discussion Night
When: Wednesday, 27 March 2019 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm iCal
Where: Community Room, Bread and Roses Co-op
Location: 307 Queen Street South, Kitchener Map

As well, we’ll finally make the decision on funding the web site and mailing list migration to a new server.

As always, if you’re driving please park in the north lot (Map), and place a note in your window:

Meeting in Community Room re Apt 107 from 7-9pm

See you on Wednesday!
–Bob.

Discussion Night at 7pm on Wed, 27 Feb 2019

Group discussion Hi everyone: February is a short month, so the last Wednesday of the month has arrived well before I’m ready for it. But our Discussion Night is on!


What: Fair Vote Waterloo Discussion Night
When: Wednesday, 27 February 2019 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm iCal
Where: Community Room, Bread and Roses Co-op
Location: 307 Queen Street South, Kitchener Map

Last month we had a combination Executive and Strategy meeting. If you weren’t able to be there you can read the meeting notes.

And what to discuss? For those of you into Social Media, you may have seen some discussion on Electoral Reform vs. Proportional Representation. While the mandate for Fair Vote Canada is strictly to advocate for proportional representation, there are many other aspects to our electoral system that could stand improvement, eg. term limits, abolishing whipped votes, or reducing the power of the PMO.

As always, if you’re driving please park in the north lot (Map), and place a note in your window:

Meeting in Community Room re Apt 107 from 7-9pm

See you on Wednesday!
–Bob.

Holiday Get-Together for 2018

All I Want For Christmas Is Proportional Representation Happy Upcoming Holidays, everyone! Instead of holding our regular Discussion Night on the last Wednesday of the month (which is Boxing Day), we’re going to hold a Holiday Get-Together on Thursday, 27 December 2018!

Cathy and John Scott have kindly volunteered to host. We’ll gather at their home at 6:30pm. If you can, please bring a potluck dish to share: appetizer, savoury snack, substantial entree, dessert, or even that potluck staple, potato salad. Let us know on the Discussion List what you’re bringing so we can avoid duplicates. And when you come, please label your dish if it contains wheat, nuts, eggs, dairy, meat, &c.

What: Fair Vote Waterloo Holiday Get-Together for 2018
When: Thursday, 27 December 2018 from 6:30pm to late at night
Where: Cathy and John Scott’s home
Location: 213 Sheldon Avenue North, Kitchener, Ontario Map

Hope to see you there!

–Bob Jonkman
Fair Vote Waterloo Co-Chair and Holiday Organizer

@FairvoteWRC this week

Hello Everyone,

Just in case you missed Dave Arthur’s excellent letter about PR published in Wednesday’s Record, here is the online link:

The Record logoElectoral system undemocratic | The Record

On Wednesday afternoon, Bob Jonkman and I gave a presentation to about 40 Laurier students about activism and electoral reform. The students were interested and raised many good questions. Our thanks to Professor Andrea Perrella for the invitation to address his students. We appreciate all opportunities to speak with community groups; if you have connections to community groups that would like a presentation on any aspect of electoral reform, please let us know.


Our monthly meeting is next People with speech bubblesWednesday, 28 November 2018 at 7:00pm in the community room at the Bread & Roses Housing Co-op, 307 Queen Street South (corner of Courtland) in Kitchener. It should be a very interesting evening as Evan Rosamond will present a synopsis of David Van Reybrouck’s Against Elections: The Case for Democracy. Van Reybrouck makes a compelling argument to end elections in favour of selecting legislators as we choose jury members; randomly from the voters list. We are anticipating an engaging discussion!

Hope to see you soon,

Sharon Sommerville
for FVC-WR

What: FairvoteWRC Discussion Night
When: Wednesday, 28 November 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Community Room, Bread and Roses Co-op
Location: 307 Queen Street South, Kitchene Map 1

If you’re driving to Bread And Roses, 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

Reminder: Discussion Night on Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Discussion Night Hi everyone: Just a quick reminder of the Fair Vote Waterloo Discussion Night tomorrow (Wednesday):

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, Kitchene Map 1

Larry Kryski will be presenting his solution for proportional representation, a weighted vote in parliament.

Since it’s Hallowe’en some people will be delayed from giving candy to the little monsters, so Larry’s presentation will start sometime after 7:30pm

In the meantime, there are lots of other things worthy of discussion:

  • We just had a municipal election, where ranked ballots became a thing. What can Fair Vote Waterloo do to encourage the adoption of ranked ballots in multi-member wards to achieve proportional representation?
  • Some people from Fair Vote Waterloo spent some time canvassing door-to-door. What were the results? We’ll get a quick report from the participants.
  • Acronyms: Based on a thread in the Discussion mailing list, we’ve been using many acronyms like PR, ER, RB, MMP and so forth. The jargon is obscuring our message. I’ve compiled a short list, but let’s work on creating a more comprehensive glossary of terms that we can post on the Resources page of our website.

    STV – Single Transferable Vote
    MMP – Mixed Member Proportional
    DMP – Dual Member Proportional
    RUP – Rural-Urban Proportional
    AV – Alternative Vote
    IRV – Instant Runoff Voting (same thing as AV)
    PB – Preferential Ballot (same thing as AV)
    FPTP – First Past The Post
    SMP – Single Member Plurality (fancy words for FPTP)
    RB – Ranked Ballot (used by STV, AV, IRV, PB)
    PR – Proportional Representation
    ProRep – Proportional Representation
    ER – Electoral Reform

    MP – Member of Parliament
    MPP – Member of Provincial Parliament

    AMA – Ask Me Anything (online interview on Reddit)

  • How can we help the BC Electoral Reform referendum? Hints on the Fair Vote Canada PR4BC website.

Anything else?

If you’re driving to Bread And Roses, 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

See you there!


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

Upcoming Events: Perspectives on Peace, and FairvoteWRC Discussion Night

Hi everyone:

Perspectives on Peace logo
Register: Perspectives On Peace — Where’s the Peace and Justice? Canada’s New Foreign and Defence Policies
The Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region Chapter will have an information table at “Perspectives On Peace”, a symposium put on by KWPeace, an umbrella organization of Peace and Social Justice organizations in Kitchener-Waterloo and surrounding area. FairvoteWRC is a member organization.

Please join the Peace and Social Justice groups of KWPeace for a midday meal and conversation about Peace, Nonviolence, Social Justice and Climate Change. Our guest speaker is Tamara Lorincz who is completing her PhD in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Tamara will talk about the climate and environmental impacts of Canada’s new foreign and defence policies.

Lunch will be provided by Kitchener Food Not Bombs, which picks up donated food from grocery stores, cooks fresh vegan meals, and serves these meals to the community for free every Saturday in front of Kitchener City Hall.

This event is free with donations gratefully accepted to cover costs! Lunch will be served between noon and 2:00pm; Tamara will speak at 12:30pm.

Member organizations of KW Peace will be on site with information about the good work that they do in our community. FairvoteWRC will have an information table, and we can use some help to staff the table and let people know how Fair Vote promotes peace (hint: proportional representation elects governments that are more responsive to what people want)

What: Perspectives On Peace: Where’s The Peace and Justice? Canada’s New Foreign and Defence Policies
When: Saturday, 27 October 2018 from noon to 2:00pm
Where: The Rotunda, Kitchener City Hall
Location: 200 King Street West, Kitchener, Ontario Map 1
Registration: http://kwpeace.ca/eventsmanager/register-perspectives-on-peace-wheres-the-peace-justice-canadas-new-foreign-and-defence-policies/


For this month’s Discussion Night, Larry Kryski has proposed a minor adjustment to our current First Past The Post voting system that results in Proportional Representation for votes taken in Parliament! How? By weighting the vote of each member by the number of votes received.

What are the advantages? What are the drawbacks? You can read Larry Kryski’s paper Creating a Proportional Representation Electoral System That Works.

Join us for an evening of discussion at the Bread and Roses Community Room at 307 Queen Street South, Kitchener Map 1. Everyone is welcome! You don’t have to be a Fair Vote member to come to Discussion Nights.

If you drive, please park in the north parking lot and place a note on the dashboard of your vehicle:

Meeting in Community Room re Apt 107 from 7-9pm

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

See you there!

–Bob.


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

Kultrún and WR Nonviolence Day In The Park Volunteers Needed!

Hello FairVoting Friends,

Happy Canada Day long weekend to all!

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Kultrun

It is the middle of festival season and the result of our recent provincial election is causing people to think about how our electoral system functions. Its a good time to talk with our community about electoral reform.

We are attending two great community events in July for which we could use a few volunteers to help with our information tables.

Kultrún is a world music festival at Victoria Park, Saturday, 14 & 15 July 2018, and the WR Nonviolence Day In The Park is on Roos Island on Saturday, 21 July 2018.

Waterloo Region NonviolenceThere are three 2 hour shifts for Kultrún on both days: 12pm-2pm, 2pm-4pm and 4pm-6pm.

WR Nonviolence Day In The Park is on Saturday only and has 2 shifts: 12pm-2:30pm and 2:30pm-5pm.

If you have a couple of hours to help out over the July 14-15th and July 21st weekends your support would be greatly appreciated!

With thanks,
Sharon
for FVC-WR

AGM

What a turn out for the Waterloo Region Chapter’s AGM.

The numbers keep going up.

You might even think people are serious about wanting equal and effective votes in a proportional representation electoral system.