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May
26
Mon
2014
All Candidates Debate: Environment @ Paul Martin Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University
May 26 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

All Candidates Debate: Environment
Monday, May 26th

Paul Martin Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University Map
Doors open at 6:30 pm, debate begins at 7:00 pm

Jodi Koberinski, Organic Council of Ontario will moderate the debate, room and logistics sponsored by WLU Department of Geography & Environmental Studies with questions from the aforementioned as well as CREW-WR, Transition KW, Sustainable Waterloo, etc.)

Facebook Event Page

Questions can be submitted to Matthew Casselman mfcasselman@gmail.com ahead of the debate.

May
28
Wed
2014
Debate – Federation of Students, University of Waterloo @ Room 1102, Student Life Centre, University of Waterloo
May 28 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This is the candidates’ opportunity to engage with the large student population in this riding. Along with inviting students and members of the University community to attend this debate, the Federation of Students will also be live streaming the debate online.

Wondering who to vote for in the upcoming provincial election? Come to the SLC Great Hall for the Candidate Debate and hear where each party stands on different issues.

Facebook: Candidate Debate

Student Life Centre, University of Waterloo Map
200 University Avenue West, Waterloo ON

Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce All-Candidates Forums @ Kitchener City Hall Rotunda
May 28 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Hosted by the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce

Kitchener Centre

Kitchener City Hall Map
200 King Street West, Kitchener, Ontario

Kitchener-Centre — Social Planning Council and Poverty Free KW Action Group @ St. Mary's Place Community Room
May 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

K-W Votes

Provincial Election – June 12th

Get Informed. Meet your Candidates

All Candidates Sessions

  • Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo
  • Community Information Centre of Waterloo Region
  • Poverty Free Kitchener-Waterloo

Social Issues & Poverty Elimination

There is a gap between highest and lowest income earners in Ontario which continues to grow. Deep poverty (greater than 40% below median income) and working poor (full year, full time workers earning below the poverty line) exist in our local community but may be less visible because we have a relatively high average income. Decent incomes to ensure people can live healthy lives, have decent jobs and decent futures for our youth are serious issues that our provincial government has a role to address. For some background to these issues visit: http://www.waterlooregion.org/poverty-elimination.

Kitchener Centre Riding
Wednesday May 28
7:00pm – 9:00pm

Mary’s Place Community Room
84 Frederick St., Kitchener
Map

For RSVP, information or accomodation please contact Maria Frana +1-519-579-1098;ext=3009 or by e-mail at maria@waterlooregion.org

May
29
Thu
2014
Provincial All Candidates Meeting in Cambridge @ The Islamic Centre Of Cambridge
May 29 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Provincial All Candidates Meeting in Cambridge
May 29 at 6:30pm

We are hosting an All Candidates Meeting focused on social issues. Free event.

Facebook: Provincial All Candidates Meeting

The Islamic Centre Of Cambridge Map
1550 Dunbar Rd Cambridge, ON N1R 8J5

Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries created the event.

May
30
Fri
2014
Debate – Grand River Chapter of the Professional Engineers of Ontario @ Central Ontario Chinese Cultural Centre
May 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Grand River Chapter of Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO), in conjunction with Ontario Association of certified Engineering Technologist and Technicians (OACETT), with assistance from the Central Ontario Chinese Cultural Centre (COCCC) will be organizing this event.

Registration: Kitchener-Waterloo Ridings Debate Tickets (free)

On June 12 there is a Provincial General Election where we will elect Members of Provincial Parliament to represent us. Join us on May 30 to meet the candidates and to hear their perspectives on the issues facing our community and profession.

Confirmed Candidates

  • Kitchener Centre:
    • Margaret Johnston (NDP)
    • Daiene Vernile (Liberal)
  • Kitchener Conestoga:

    • Michael Harris (PC)
    • Wayne Wright (Liberal)
  • Kitchener-Waterloo:

    • Jamie Burton (Liberal)
    • Catherine Fife (NDP)
    • Tracey Weiler (PC)

Parking is available at the centre. A light dinner will be served. Guests are welcome.

Central Ontario Chinese Cultural Centre Map
100 Campbell Ave Kitchener, ON

All Candidates Meeting @ Galt Country Club
May 30 @ 7:15 pm – 8:30 pm
Jun
2
Mon
2014
Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce All-Candidates Forums @ Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex
Jun 2 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Hosted by the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce

Kitchener-Waterloo

Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex Map
101 Father David Bauer Drive, Waterloo, Ontario

Youth Impact Session @ The Family Centre Auditorium
Jun 2 @ 6:15 pm – 8:30 pm

Youth Issues, hosted in partnership with The Family Centre and the Waterloo Region Family and Children’s Services Youth Advisory Board.

Youth IMPACT Session

Speak to Candidates

Speak about what matters

Do you want to give a voice to the issues youth face today and their concerns about the future? This event provides the space to talk about what is important to YOU(TH)!

Monday June 2, 2014
6:15 pm – 8:30 pm
The Family Centre Auditorium
65 Hanson Ave, Kitchener
Map

All welcome to attend this all-candidates session focused on youth issues.
If you’re an adult – bring a youth! If you’re a youth – bring an adult!

If you’re a youth or youth group who would like to volunteer to help run this session, please contact Maria at maria@waterlooregion.org or 519-579-1096 Ext 3009. Pizza dinner will be provided before the event to all youth volunteers!

Let us know if you need adaptations or assistance and we will consider how we can help make it possible foryou to attend.

RSVP and invite friends via Facebook

For more information, contact:
Trudy Beaulne, 519-579-1096 ext. 3006, spckw@waterlooregion.org
Denny Aschnaki, 519-576-0540 ext. 2698, Denny.Aschnaki@facswaterloo.org

This is your chance to have your say in this provincial election by talking to local candidates about what matters to YOU(TH)!

This event is co-hosted by the Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo, The Family Centre, and the Waterloo Region Family and Children’s Services Youth Advisory Board.

Jun
3
Tue
2014
Televised Leaders Debate
Jun 3 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

From Yahoo News:

Ontario Votes: Leaders’ debate set for June 3

The leaders of Ontario’s three main political parties will square off in one 90-minute televised debate on Tuesday, June 3.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwarth, Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak and Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne will participate in the live debate hosted by TVO’s Steve Paikin at the CBC Broadcast Centre in Toronto.

The debate will get underway at 6:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on CBC, CTV, CHCH, CPAC, Global, Sun News Network and TVO. Viewers are advised to consult local listing for specific broadcast details.

Environmental Debate — Kitchener Centre @ UofW School of Pharmacy
Jun 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A Tweet from @StaceyDanckert:

Environmental debate just booked for Kitchener-Centre for June 3@the UW Pharmacy building pending candidate confirmation

UofW School of Pharmacy
10A Victoria St. S.,
Kitchener, Ontario
Map

Jun
4
Wed
2014
Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce All-Candidates Forums @ Woolwich Memorial Centre
Jun 4 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Hosted by the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce

Kitchener-Conestoga

Woolwich Memorial Centre Map
24 Snyder Avenue South, Elmira, Ontario

Debate – Cultural Exchange @ THE MUSEUM
Jun 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Admission to A Cultural Exchange is free for guests with a suggested donation of $5 to THEMUSEUM. The moderator will begin the evening by inviting the first candidate to speak for three and a half minutes followed by table discussion for five minutes. An arts and culture organization representative to be stationed at each table to add to the discussion. Candidates will rotate tables.

There will be a Twitter wall; if tweeting please use the hash tag #culturalexchange.

There will also be live blogging allowing you to follow along and post comments for those unable to attend.

Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and visitors are welcome to visit Unwrapping Egypt (suggested donation of $5).

THE MUSEUM Map
10 King St. West, Kitchener, Ontario

Jun
5
Thu
2014
Kitchener-Waterloo — Social Planning Council and Poverty Free KW Action Group @ First United Church
Jun 5 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

K-W Votes

Provincial Election – June 12th

Get Informed. Meet your Candidates

All Candidates Sessions

  • Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo
  • Community Information Centre of Waterloo Region
  • Poverty Free Kitchener-Waterloo

Social Issues & Poverty Elimination

There is a gap between highest and lowest income earners in Ontario which continues to grow. Deep poverty (greater than 40% below median income) and working poor (full year, full time workers earning below the poverty line) exist in our local community but may be less visible because we have a relatively high average income. Decent incomes to ensure people can live healthy lives, have decent jobs and decent futures for our youth are serious issues that our provincial government has a role to address. For some background to these issues visit: http://www.waterlooregion.org/poverty-elimination.

Kitchener-Waterloo Riding
Thursday June 5
7:00pm – 9:00pm

First United Church
16 William St. West, Waterloo
Map

For RSVP, information or accomodation please contact Maria Frana +1-519-579-1098;ext=3009 or by e-mail at maria@waterlooregion.org

Jun
6
Fri
2014
FairvoteWRC: Politics On The Patio @ Sole Restaurant and Wine Bar
Jun 6 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

From Fair Vote Waterloo Region: Politics on the Patio.

People at a patio table discussing politics

Politics on the Patio

We have a venue! The Solé Restaurant and Wine Bar has graciously offered to host us in their Wine Cellar Room. The Solé Restaurant and Wine Bar is at 83 Erb Street West, Waterloo, Ontario. Map

A Meet & Greet with the Waterloo Region candidates! Ask questions of your local candidates, or just get to know them better. There will be several patio tables set up so the candidates can circulate while we enjoy a beverage and conversation.


(the location will be a Waterloo restaurant with a patio, but has not yet been confirmed)

People talking about politics, on the patio

Sunset over Politics on the Patio

Pictures by Laurel L. Russwurm from Whoa! Canada: Democracy Week ~ Waterloo Region used under a used under a Creative Commons LicenseCC-BY license.

Jun
12
Thu
2014
Ontario Provincial Election
Jun 12 all-day
Apr
9
Mon
2018
Faith communities and the Ontario election: A workshop to help you get started @ St. Stephen's Evangelical Lutheran Church
Apr 9 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The workshop is aimed at any faith leader who is interested in
developing a specific plan of action for a congregation or community
as the election approaches. Presentations and discussion will focus on
three themes:

t* The nuts-and-bolts of campaigns: How best to engage candidates and
campaign influencers.
t* Engaging the media: What is the best way to use all forms of media
(including social media) to help you shine a spotlight on election
issues concerning your faith community.
t* Practical ideas for congregations/communities. How to develop a
plan of action for the upcoming campaign.

tTo help facilitate the discussion, we have engaged individuals with
significant experience in politics, campaigning and mobilizing faith
groups, and we look forward to a productive evening.

tThere is no charge for the event but we are asking for a $10 donation
to help cover the costs of the light supper that will be provided.

tIf you have not already, we would ask you to formally register for
the event. Please register at Faith communities and the Ontario
election: A workshop to help you get started – Event Registration Form
[1]

tPlease feel free to pass this on to other faith leaders who may find
this of interest.

tAnd please don’t hesitate to contact us at seminary@wlu.ca [2] if you
have any questions or require further information.

tI hope to see you on April 9th.

Links:
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[1]
https://adc.wlu.ca/activedata/EventRegistration.aspx?Rid=630&Iid=9852
[2] mailto:seminary@wlu.ca

Apr
26
Thu
2018
Waterloo Region Family Network: Election 2018 Panel Discussion with MPPs @ Holiday Inn Kitchener Waterloo
Apr 26 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

You are invited to meet the Waterloo Region Members of Provincial
Parliament for a grassroots opportunity to hear and be heard
concerning the Developmental Services Sector.

WHEN: APRIL 26, 2018 6:30 – 9:00 PM

WHERE: HOLIDAY INN KITCHENER WATERLOO (30 FAIRWAY ROAD SOUTH)

WHO: MPP CATHERINE FIFE, MPP MICHAEL HARRIS, MPP KATHRYN MCGARRY, MPP
DAIENE VERNILE HAVE BEEN INVITED

Please RSVP your attendance by email to info@wrfn.info [5] to ensure
our MPPs know it’s important to you that you are heard.

This is your opportunity to let our politicians know about the issues
facing people with a developmental disability and their families in
our region. This is your opportunity to hear what our politicians and
their parties are thinking about developmental services for the next
four years.

This is your chance for your voice to be heard.

Submit scripted question ideas to assist us in our question writing
to info@wrfn.info by March 16.

Please RSVP by email info@wrfn.info or by phone 519-886-9150 x1
by March 16th 2018, indicating the number of people who will be
attending.

Waterloo Region Family Network | Educate. Connect. Empower.

Links:
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[1]

Election 2018 Forum

May
3
Thu
2018
GreenPAC: Where Do Ontario Parties Stand on The Environment
May 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Hosts: GreenPAC, Alternatives Journal, Waterloo Region Environmental Network

Where do Ontario parties stand on the environment?

Panel discussion with local Kitchener-Waterloo experts

* Sabrina Bowman, Executive Director, GreenPAC
* Angela Carter, Assitant Professor, University of Waterloo
* Nicole Langlois, Divest Waterloo and Wellington Water Watchers
* Mary Jane Patterson, Executive Director, REEP Green Solutions

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thursday, 3 May 2018
283 Duke St. W., Kitchener

Free admission, RSVP required: http://greenpac.ca/WhereDoPartiesStand

May
6
Sun
2018
The GPO Vision for the Local Community Art Scene
May 6 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Calling all Artists, Art Lovers and Art Supporters! Find out about the Green Party of Ontario Vision for the community arts! Meet and chat with GPO Candidate Michele Braniff

May
7
Mon
2018
Youth Town Hall
May 7 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

What is the next premier of Ontario going to do for young people?

Find out on May 7th

Youth Town Hall

12:30pm – 3:30pm

Live streaming on TVO; watch their Twitter stream for more info: https://twitter.com/TheAgenda

Tweet using #YTH2018

Leaders’ Debate: CityNews
May 7 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The leaders of Ontario’s three main political parties will square off in the first televised debate in #CityVote: The debate — focused entirely on issues relevant to those who live and work in Toronto.

The debate will take place May 7, exactly one month before the province heads to the polls. Commercial-free coverage will begin at 6 p.m. live on City, CityNews.ca, the CityNews apps for iOS and Android and the CityNews Facebook page.

The debate will also be broadcast in Punjabi and Mandarin on OMNI 2.

Ontario PC Party Leader Doug Ford, the NDP’s Andrea Horwath and Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne will take part in the event.

Ford, Horwath, Wynne to face off in Toronto-focused CityNews debate May 7

May
9
Wed
2018
Waterloo: Social Housing
May 9 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Open The Door to Co-Op Housing

Meet The Candidates

Beaver Creek Co-op’s Community Centre
590 Bearinger Road, Waterloo

Wednesday, 9 May 2018 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm

The Ontario election is on June 7th. Come hear the candidates for Waterloo speak about affordable housing, and ask them about their support for co-op housing.

Food and refreshment will be available.

Mirrored from Beaver Creek Housing Cooperative | Facebook

May
10
Thu
2018
TIE Invitation To Discuss
May 10 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

TIE (Together In Education) a cooperative of the 4 Waterloo Region Teacher’s Unions

4:00 – 5:00pm ~ Mingle & chat
5:00 – 6:00pm ~ Moderated Q&A (no debate)
6:00 – 6:30pm ~ After chat

Election Event

May
12
Sat
2018
KitSHesp: Refugee and Immigration Debate/Panel
May 12 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Refugee and immigration debate/panel on May 12 at 100 Rittenhouse Drive 1:30- 3:30.

Hosted by Community Coalition on Refugee and Immigrant Concerns

https://www.facebook.com/CCORICWR/