A Great Pub Night, A Date for our AGM & Politics on the Patio

More pictures on Flickr at Pub Night pictures by Laurel L. Russwurm

Good Morning FairVoting Friends,

We had a good time at the Duke last night talking politics. Thank you to provincial candidates, Catherine Fife, NDP Kitchener – Waterloo, David Weber, Green Kitchener Conestoga & David Schumm, Libertarian Kitchener-Conestoga for taking time out of their busy campaign schedules to talk about what’s important in the provincial election with us. It was terrific to have them join us last night.

Participants at Pub Night

Pub Night L-R: Bob Jonkman, David Arthur, Jean, David Weber (Green Party), Sharon Sommerville, Catherine Fife (NDP), Dale Fife.

Our AGM is scheduled for Thursday, June 19th at 7pm at Ricky’s Restaurant, 751 Victoria Street in Kitchener (corner of Westmount) Map in the private dining room. If you would like to participate at any level in the movement toward a fair voting system: joining the board, volunteering at festival tables, giving presentations, organizing events or simply to hear what we have been doing in the past year to establish an electoral system that represents all Canadian please come to the AGM on June 19th.

The festival season begins soon & our first one is the KW Multi-Cultural Festival, June 21st & 22nd. We can always use extra help at the festival so if you can spare a couple of hours that weekend, please consider volunteering. Please feel free to contact me anytime about volunteering.

We are in the early stages of planning another Politics on the Patio event. Politics on the Patio is an opportunity to bring voters & Waterloo Region candidates together in an informal setting to discuss how we can best meet the challenges that face Ontario. We will let you know when the date & location are in place.

There is a lot going on, we hope to see you soon!

Best regards,
Sharon Sommerville
for FVC-WR

Pub Night pictures by Laurel L. Russwurm, used under a Creative Commons LicenseCC-BY license.

Reminder: Pub Night on Thursday, 22 May 2014 at The Duke of Wellington

Sign depicting the Duke of Wellington

The Duke of Wellington

Do you have some politics you’ve got to get off your chest? Come to The Duke of Wellington Pub at 33 Erb Street West in Waterloo, Ontario Map on Thursday, 22 May 2014 at 7:00pm iCal

All the candidates for the Ontario election are invited too, so you’ll have a chance to bend the ear of your local politician or future politician.

And, of course, we’ll tell them that Electoral Reform is the foundational issue for this election — proportional representation will make all our votes count!

Disagree? Let’s talk over a beverage, bangers and mash!


The Duke of Wellington Pub

The Duke of Wellington Pub

Fair Vote Canada AGM Registration is OPEN!

Good Morning Everyone,

The FVC AGM is June 6 & 7th in Ottawa. Shannon Adshade is interested in going & suggested that if anyone else is considering attending we should think about car pooling. The AGM & conference is worthwhile. I went two years ago in Toronto and found it very helpful, great for connecting with people, generating ideas & fun. This year is the kick -off for the pre-election campaign so there will be a lot going on. Inexpensive accommodation is available at UO which is where the AGM is being held, so it is a very nice opportunity.

If any one is interested, please let Shannon & I know!

And, don’t forget we have a pub night coming up on May 22nd, 7pm at the Duke of Wellington. Personally, I am looking forward to a beer.

Have a great day,

Registration: 2014 Fair Vote Canada AGM / AGA et congrès 2014 Tickets, Ottawa – Eventbrite

2014 Fair Vote Canada AGM / AGA et congrès 2014 Fair Vote Canada / Représentation équitable au Canada

Friday, June 6, 2014 at 6:30 PM – Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 9:30 PM (EDT)
Ottawa, ON

Join us for Fair Vote Canada’s 2015 AGM and Campaign Kick-off:
Why Canada Needs Proportional Representation!


Friday evening Social – 6 June 2014 at 6:30pm

Fox and Feather
283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1M1

Saturday, 7 June 2014

University Of Ottawa, Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences
120 University- Room 4007

8:00 – registration opens

9:00 – 10:00 – business meeting

Welcome, Introductions – Doug Bailie, President

Executive Director Report – Kelly Carmichael

Treasurer’s Report – Rick Sawa

Ratification of Election of Board of Directors – Wilf Day

10:00 – 10:15 – Coffee break

10:15 – Keynote Speaker (TBC)

10:45 – Partisan Panel
Green – Bruce Hyer, MP, Thunder Bay – Superior North
NDP – Craig Scott, MP,Official Opposition Critic for Democratic and Parliamentary Reform
Liberal – Sheila Gervais, Strategic Communications Consultant and former Former National Director, Liberal Party of Canada

12:15 – 1:15 – Lunch (provided)
Chapters meet & greet meeting

Council meet & greet meeting

Youth Meeting

1:15 – 2:45 Workshops :

Women and Minorities – Donna Daskow, a pollster and analyst of political and societal trends. Founder and past National Chair of Equal Voice

Provincial Landscape – Update from Quebec, Ontario, Alberta

PR 101 – Henry Milner

Participatory Democracy – Professor Howard Doughty

2:45 – 3:00 – Coffee break

3:00 – Campaign Kick-off and Call to Action

Introduction of 2015 campaign with Fair Vote Canada’s executive Director, Kelly Carmichael

and Citizen Super Hero with Ian Capstick, Managing Partner of MediaStyle and regular contributor to CBC’s Power & Politics

Book your Travel & Accomodations to receive discounts!

Via Rail will provide discounted conference fares (details TBD) from train travel anywhere in Canada to Ottawa. Members should quote discount code 12894

Accommodations at University of Ottawa include low cost student residence rooms for conference attendees. Traditional “simple” rooms $35 or $70 (quote#285789) or double occupancy suites at $99 (quote #285788). Reservations must be received by May 26 by calling 613-564-5400 ‘0’ or toll free 1-888-564-4545 ‘0’ or emailing reserve@uOttawa.ca

Have questions about 2014 Fair Vote Canada AGM / AGA et congrès 2014? E-mail office@fairvote.ca

Registration: 2014 Fair Vote Canada AGM / AGA et congrès 2014 Tickets, Ottawa – Eventbrite