Rally in Toronto for Jobs, Justice and the Climate, Sunday, 5 July 2015

People marching in the street

March for Jobs Justice and the Climate

Good Morning Fair Voting Friends,

Next Sunday, July 5th, there is a large rally planned in Toronto for jobs, justice and the climate. FVC will have a section in the rally and walk behind a FVC banner.

If you would like to attend but don’t want to drive, there is a bus going from Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph.

Read more about the rally and sign up for the bus on the Facebook page March for Jobs, Justice & the Climate.

The lead up to October’s election is the time to send a message of change to our governments. I plan to be on Sunday’s bus, can you join me?

Kind regards,
Sharon Sommerville
for FVC -WR

More information is available at March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate web site.

The National Post is calling

Good Morning All,

The National Post has requested letters regarding electoral reform. Here is what they are asking for:

Should Canada’s electoral system be changed?
Why or why not? Is so, how?
Send answers of 100 words or fewer to:
letters@nationalpost.com by noon EDT on Friday

This is an opportunity to get our message across to people who reader the NP and we don’t usually reach. The National Post is looking to check the appetite for change, we should let them know just how large it is!

Hope to see your letter in the National Post!

Best regards,
for FVC-WR

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Fair Vote Waterloo AGM is Thursday, 25 June 2015 at 7:00pm

Good Morning FairVoters,

Everyone is invited to our Annual General Meeting tomorrow night, Thursday, 25 June 2015, at Ricky’s Grill on 751 Victoria Street South at Westmount Road in Kitchener. [Map] We will meet in the Board Room at 7 pm.

The upcoming federal election is important, perhaps even historic. We will be making plans for our involvement in the election here in Waterloo Region and taking stock of our year’s activity. New board members are always welcome.

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow at Ricky’s.

Kind regards,
Sharon Sommerville
for FVC-WR

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Come to our booth at the K-W Multicultural Festival 2015

K-W Multicultural Festival, Victoria Park, 12pm - 8pm, Sat 20 June - Sun 21 June 2015The Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region Chapter will have an information table set up at the Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Festival. We’ll have flyers, Fair Vote newspapers, petitions, and maybe a Multi-Member Proportional Election Simulation!

On Saturday and Sunday, 20 & 21 June 2015 stop by our booth on Jubilee Drive near the bridge in Victoria Park and say Hi! Map

Stephen Woodworth is hosting a Teleconference Townhall, 16 June 2015 at 7:00pm

Hello FairVoters,

Residents of Kitchener Centre have a great opportunity to talk with Stephen Woodworth at a teleconference he is hosting Tuesday night. It is a chance to raise the issue of fair elections and electoral reform. Our message of fair elections and a Parliament that reflects the way Canadians vote, is taken more seriously when voters raise the issue with their MP’s.

Here are the details to give Mr. Woodworth a call:

Tuesday, June 16th at 7pm
Call 1 877 229 8493
Enter Code 17779

Working together we can make 2015 the last unfair election.

Best regards,
for FVC-WR

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You are invited to the Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region Chapter Annual General Meeting on 25 June 2015 at 7:00pm

Hello FairVoting Friends,

You are invited to the Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region Chapter’s Annual General Meeting on Thursday, 25 June 2015 at 7:00pm to be held in the meeting room at Ricky’s All Day Grill. Ricky’s is at 751 Victoria Street South (at Westmount), it is on a bus line and is accessible. [Map]

In addition to laying out plans for our engagement in the coming federal election, we will be electing our new board and voting on an amendment to our Constitution.

The amendment under consideration is as follows:

Motion: “To provide continuity on the Executive, the positions for Co-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer should be two-year terms, with one Co-Chair and Secretary alternating with the other Co-Chair and Treasurer. Members-At-Large would continue to serve one-year terms.”

Please join us on the 25th to help put in place our plans to make this the last unfair election.

Best regards,
Sharon Sommerville

Agenda (tentative)

  1. Adoption of 2014 Minutes
  2. Statement from the Chair
  3. Old Business
    • By-Law Amendment
  4. Treasurer’s Report
  5. Executive Board Elections
  6. New Business
    • Upcoming Federal Election, 19 October 2015
  7. Announcements
  8. Adjournment
  9. Meetings of the Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region Chapter are open to everyone, but you must be a member in good standing with Fair Vote Canada in order to vote or be nominated for a position on the Executive Board.

FairvoteWRC at TriPride, Saturday, 6 June 2015 – Volunteers needed!

Hello Everyone,

This year FVC-WR will be back at Tri-Pride in Carl Zehr Square at Kitchener City Hall. Looking forward to a fun kick off to an important festival season ahead.

Tri-Pride is this Saturday, 6 June 2015 from 1 – 5 pm. if anyone has an hour or two to spare and would like to volunteer at our FVC-WR table, please let me know. We will be doing the mock MMP election again this summer.

With thanks,

For more information see the tri-Pride Festival web site.

TD Kidz Zone, Vendor Tables, Licensed Area, Silent Auction, Food Trucks, and more

Stage Schedule

11:45 – 12:00pm: DJ
12:00 – 12:45 pm: Opening ceremonies,
Performances by Mr. & Miss tri-Pride & Talent show winner,
Presentation of Community Awards, and more
12:45 – 12:55pm: DJ
12:55 – 1:35pm:
1:35 – 1:45pm: DJ
1:45 – 2:15pm: Drag Queen/King Performances – hosted by Miss Drew
2:15 – 2:25pm: DJ
2:25 – 3:10pm: Band – BACA
3:10 – 3:20pm: DJ
3:20 – 4:05pm: Band – Brave & Crazy
4:05 – 4:15pm: DJ
4:15 – 5:00pm: Band – Boss Lady
5:00 – 5:05pm: DJ
5:05 – 5:50pm: Band – Stiletto Flats
5:50 – 6:00pm: DJ
6:00 – 7:00pm: Band – Grace

An Opportunity To Contribute To Provincial Electoral Reform Legislation

Good Morning FairVoting Friends,

The Provincial government is currently reviewing the Municipal Elections Act and considering electoral alternatives to First Past the Post. For the next seven weeks, the government is accepting submissions from citizens on their views on the Ranked Ballot. Ranked Ballot, when used to elect members in multi-member districts is a proportional system known as Single Transferable Vote (STV). Here in Waterloo Region it would mean we would elect Region Council using STV, a proportional electoral system.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to influence government policy and it is actually easy. The discussion paper and online questionnaire which you can use to let the government know your views is here:

Municipal Elections Act Review (http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page11112.aspx)

Click on Ranked Ballot and scroll down the page to the questionnaire.

We can have proportional representation in Waterloo Region if the government allows Ranked Ballots to be used in municipal elections. Please take a few minutes to fill in the questionnaire, it is only seven questions and help bring STV to Waterloo Region.

No matter what the issue, at which ever level of government, the key to good governance is who make the decisions. Let’s help the Ontario government choose Ranked Ballots and get STV in multi-member districts.

Thank you for your time and support of fair elections.

Best wishes,
Sharon Sommerville
for FVC – WR.