Open Streets on Sunday!

See you there!

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

Signing

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.

A Chilly Reception for Liberal Meet & Greet, 2 March 2017

A meet and greet at St John’s Evangelical Church in Kitchener involving two Cabinet ministers and 3 MPs was picketed by Proportional Representation enthusiasts angry about the broken Liberal electoral reform promise.

We made the local CTV evening broadcast. Since my sign only appears for a second, I show both sides of it below. The second side needs explanation. “Harperism” is the type of governance promoted by Harper in his last and only majority government in which he consistently attacked our democracy. Proportional Representation leads to coalition government in which nobody has a majority and governing is done by cooperation and compromise. Three CPC Harper-clone-Trumpist leadership candidates, Leitch, Alexander and O’Leary remind us of the possibility of another Harper-like majority so long as we keep our present First-Past-The-Post election system.

Protestors at rally

We're angry about the broken election reform promise!!!

Proportional Representation Protects Canada from Harperism

More Pictures of the National Day of Action on Electoral Reform, 11 Feb 2017

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 Laurel L. Russwurm.

Sign: Make My Vote Count

Sign

People listening to speakers

Listening to speakers

Sign: Trudeau broke his promise

Sign

People rallying

Rallying

Sam Nabi

Sam Nabi

Catherine Fife

Catherine Fife

Richard Walsh

Richard Walsh

Sign: Perform On Reform

Perform On Reform

Sign: Support Voter Reform | Make Every Vote Count | for Equity, Social Justice, Climate Justice

Justice

Two signs: Proportional Representation for a Better Democracy | "First Past The Post", Abuse of Dominance, Abuse of Rights, Bad Corporate Behaviour

Signs

David Weber

David Weber

Sign: How Can We Reach Consensus If We Don't Understand Their Alternatives

Consensus

Supporter in the audience

Supporter

Sign: Nobody believes Liberal excuses

No-o-o-obody!

Sam Nabi and Sharon Sommerville

Sam Nabi and Sharon Sommerville

Unhappy citizens in the audience

Unhappy Citizens

Anita Nickerson

Anita Nickerson

An audience member taking pictures

Taking pictures

Sign: 39 ≠ 100

39 ≠ 100

Sign: Justin, You Promised | Make Every Vote Count

Protesting

Catherine Fife

Catherine Fife

Sign: Perform On Reform

Big sign

People in the audience

Rallying

Sign: I want my vote to count

Little sign

Nadia Matos and a camera

CTV News

@Lulex (Louisette Lanteigne) holding a sign: Support Voter Reform | Make Every Vote Count | for Equity, Social Justice, Climate Justice

@Lulex

Bob Jonkman

Bob Jonkman

Sharon Sommerville

Sharon Sommerville

Photographer

Photographer

Tiger Hat

Tiger Hat

Sign: Democracy demands trust | R.I.P. Democracy | PR -- the peoples choice | Lies -- the Prime Ministers

Sign

Oz Cole-Arnal

Oz Cole-Arnal

Mo Markham

Mo Markham

Sign in the gallery: Make My Vote Count

Gallery

Louisette Lanteigne

Louisette Lanteigne

Food Not Bombs

Food Not Bombs

Aden Seaman

Aden Seaman

Stacey Danckert

Stacey Danckert

Lunch is served

Lunch is served

Alim Nathoo

Alim Nathoo

Hat embroidered with the Liberal logo and "Real Betrayal"

Real Betrayal

Rallying dog

Rallying dog

Sign: Just-In | Nous Sommes Canadiens | Not Fringe | We Believed You | Believe In Us | And Just-ice

Nous Sommes Canadiens

Sign: The 1% is the "Fringe" Group PM Trudeau Should Worry About | #PR Now

The 1%

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

Other pictures of the National Day of Action on Electoral Reform

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

Listening

Protestors

Protestors

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

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!

COME

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
Share the event on your social media.

FACEBOOK

Sign up on the Facebook Event Page
https://www.facebook.com/events/1371976016188409/

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

TWITTER

Retweet @FairVoteWaterloo’s event announcement

and other tweets about the event between now and Saturday.

For making your own tweets, the event hashtags include:
#PerformOnReform
#ChaqueVoteCompte
#SeeYouSaturday
#ERRE
#CDNpoli

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.)

Regards,
Laurel

Video: Maryam Monsef in Waterloo Region, 14 September 2016

With the recent controversy over the Hon. Maryam Monsef claiming the straw poll she took at her Electoral Reform Town Halls do not support Electoral Reform, it is interesting to look at the video of the event held in Waterloo Region on Wednesday, 14 September 2016 to hear what was actually said:

Published on Oct 31, 2016

The Honourable Maryam Monsef’s National ERRÉ Cross Canada Community Dialogue Tour stopped in Waterloo Region on September 14th, 2016. This is Ms. Monsef’s introductory speech to the 300+ folk who turned out to discuss Electoral Reform.

Note: I’ve compensated for an unusable bit of video with a montage of still photo.

Because I participated in the small group discussion, the rest of the video is in bits & pieces. I’ll post more of the video from that evening as soon as possible.

#MonsefWR

Music Credit:
“Nothing in the Dark” (instrumental version) from “heretoday” is copyright by Josh Woodward and released under a Creative Commons Attribution License.

Maryam Monsef in Waterloo Region is Copyright © 2016 by Laurel L. Russwurm of LibreLeft Pictures and released under a CC BY-SACreative Commons Attribution Share-alike 2.0 license.
Accompanying music Nothing In The Dark is Copyright © 2016 by Josh Woodward and released under a CC BYCreative Commons Attribution-Only 4.0 license.

Your Opinion Will Count — Community Dialogues on Electoral Reform

The group spent the evening discussing the questions posed in the ERRE committee handout.

The group spent the evening discussing the questions posed in the ERRE committee handout.

Hello FairVoting Friends,

Tonight, we host our second Community Dialogue at the Queen Street Commons Cafe in Kitchener. The discussion will be written up and the notes will be submitted to the electoral reform committee.

If you can’t make it to tonight’s discussion, we will be at the Queen Street Commons every Tuesday at 6:30 from now until October. It is an informal way to make sure the government knows that we want PR. See you at 6:30!

All the best,
Sharon
for FVC-WR


Fair Vote Waterloo co-chair Sharon Sommerville oversees the second group discussion.  August 9, 2016

Fair Vote Waterloo co-chair Sharon Sommerville oversees the second group discussion.
August 9, 2016

What: Community Dialogues on Electoral Reform
When: Tuesday, 16 August 2016 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Where: Queen Street Commons Cafe
Location: 43 Queen Street South, Kitchener, Ontario Map

#ERRE social event in Waterloo

#ERRE Deck Party

Fairvote Waterloo Discussion Night morphed into an ERRE event

The Fair Vote potluck dinner discussion night was envisioned as a purely social event, but the reality is that an informal discussion on the electoral reform Parliamentary Consultation process currently underway arose.  The new attendees had lots of questions and information about various voting systems were discussed.  A lively discussion about the week’s ERRE Special Committee on Electoral Reform meetings in Ottawa that had been broadcast live by CPAC (on local cable station, Parlvu and still available to watch on CPAC) in which #ERRE #Q questions posed on Twitter posed by Waterloo Region residents including Jennifer Ross, Anita Nickerson, Eleanor Grant and myself were discussed.

Everyone is looking forward to the rumoured visit of the ERRE Committee to Waterloo Region in August.  As yet there are no details about the 5 Electoral Reform Town Halls that should be scheduled in the Waterloo Region Electoral Districts:

Everyone should contact their local MPs constituency office for details of these events.  Because the time line is so tight, it is important these be scheduled very soon.

Proportional Representation vs. Alternative Vote – Video

On Thursday, 7 April 2016 Fair Vote Waterloo hosted a panel discussion with professors Dennis Pilon and Barry Kay, debating the merits of Proportional Representation and Alternative Vote. The evening was moderated by Diane Freeman.

Two of Canada’s leading experts on electoral reform, Prof. Barry Kay (Wilfrid Laurier University) and Prof. Dennis Pilon (York University ) discuss “Proportional Representation vs. Alternative Vote”.

This timely interesting and informative discussion was moderated by Waterloo City Councillor Diane Freeman. The experts took audience questions after the initial discussion.

This Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region Chapter event was recorded in the Council Chamber of Kitchener City Hall Thursday, 7 April 2016

The video has been edited for watchability; you can listen to the uncut audio of the entire event at Audio of Proportional Representation vs. Alternative Vote Panel Discussion

Credits:
Proportional Representation vs. Alternative Vote
© 2016 by Laurel L. Russwurm/Libreleft Pictures is released under a CC BY-SA 4.0Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.

Special Thanks to our Panel:
Barry Kay,
Associate Professor Political Science,
Wilfrid Laurier University

Dennis Pilon
Associate Professor Political Science,
York University

and Moderator Diane Freeman
Waterloo City Councilor

And

to Marianne Shilling and the City of Kitchener

Sound Recording by Bob Jonkman
Sound Technician David McLaren

Music: The Gloaming by Josh Woodward
Music Sharing Policy – Josh Woodward
©2002-2016 and released under a CC BY-SA 4.0Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.

You can listen to The Gloaming, written, performed and produced by Josh Woodward on his album The Wake in its entirety.

Find out more about electoral reform from

Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region Chapter: http://www.fairvotewrc.ca/

follow @FairvoteWRC on Twitter: https://twitter.com/fairvotewrc

like Fairvote WRC on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fairvotewrc/

Fair Vote Canada: http://www.fairvote.ca/

If you’re new to the discussion (as most Canadians are) check out Laurel L. Russwurm’s Proportional Representation for Canada Whoa!Canada series.


Political science Professor Dennis Pilon is a leading expert on Canadian electoral reform at York University in Toronto.

Read more on the constitutionality of electoral reform in Mr. Pilon’s February 2016 National Post article: You can’t hide behind the Constitution to spare us electoral reform

Follow Mr. Pilon’s Wrestling With Democracy blog

get the book Wrestling with Democracy – University of Toronto Press

Always check your local book store first, but if needed you can get Wrestling with Democracy: Voting Systems as Politics in the 20th Century West (Studies in Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy) (2013)

from Kobo Wrestling with Democracy eBook by Dennis Pilon – 9781442662742

or Amazon: Wrestling with Democracy: Voting Systems as Politics in the 20th Century West: Dennis Pilon: 9781442613508

Also:

The Politics of Voting: Reforming Canada’s Electoral System (2007)

Amazon: The Politics of Voting: Reforming Canada's Electoral System: Dennis Pilon: 9781552392362

Emond: The Politics of Voting: Reforming Canada’s Electoral System