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CARP Election Forum @ CIGI Campus Auditorium
Sep 3 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

CARP is the national leader in advancing the interests of Canadians as we age. Waterloo Region is home to more than 3,000 CARP members. Like many older Canadians, they are politically aware, and they are more likely to vote. To be fully informed before casting their ballot, they’d like to hear directly about each party’s policies.

On the evening of Thursday, September 3, CARP Waterloo Region members will gather in the CIGI Campus Auditorium, 67 Erb Street West, Waterloo, for the CARP Election Forum. The Forum will be live-webcast by CIGI, our venue sponsor, making the program available to those CARP members who want to view it at home.

CARP Waterloo Region would like to invite each of the four major national political parties to participate in the Forum by having one of its candidates on stage to address our members on their party’s policies.

The Forum is intended to allow each political party to “put its best foot forward”. The event is not structured as a “candidates’ debate”.

The preliminary event agenda is:

  • Doors open 6:00 pm
  • Social hour in the CIGI Campus Foyer 6:30 to 7:15 with coffee/cookies
  • formal event in the Auditorium 7:15 to 8:30
  • mingling afterward in the Foyer till 9:00 when the
    event ends
KW Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum for Kitchener South – Hespeler @ Waterloo Regional Police Association and Recreation Centre
Sep 28 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a candidate forum for Kitchener South – Hespeler on Monday, 28 September 2015 from 4-6 pm at the Waterloo Regional Police Association and Recreation Centre, 1128 Rife Road in Cambridge.


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

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.

[2] mailto:seminary@wlu.ca

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



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

Waterloo Region Family Network | Educate. Connect. Empower.


Election 2018 Forum

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

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

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

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

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

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


African Canadian Association of Waterloo Region & Area
May 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The African Canadian Association of Waterloo Region & Area are
organizing an all candidates debate:

when: May 14 2018 from 6:00pm  – 8:30pm

where: Chandler Mowat community centre

this debate will focus very specifically on the African community’s concerns

please keep in mind that we represent 51 countries living in all ridings



Gehan D. Sabry
Editor / Publisher
Cross Cultures magazine (since 1991)
POB 20002 Kitchener ON N2P 2B4
Tel: (519) 748-9520
Fax: (519) 893-4259

Cultural Exchange at THEMUSEUM
May 15 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener is inviting all regional candidates for the upcoming provincial election from both Kitchener and Waterloo to a ‘Cultural Exchange’, an opportunity to discuss the importance of arts and culture with members of cultural organizations and institutions, as well as members of the general public. This is something that THEMUSEUM has done before every election period since 2010.

For this event, we have the room set-up in round tables, with a candidate situated at each table along with community members. Chosen at random, each candidate with have 3-5 minutes to do a quick spiel to the room about their platform on arts & culture, and then everyone will have the opportunity to discuss this platform with others at their tables. This is not a debate, but a conversation. This continues, with the candidates rotating tables after each session, until all candidates have had the opportunity to speak.

On the evening of the 15th, doors, and bar, will open at 6:30pm, and the event will begin at 7pm sharp.

If you have any questions, or need any additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Kind Regards,

Jenna Afshar
Development Specialist
THEMUSEUM http://www.themuseum.ca/
10 King Street West
Kitchener, ON N2G 1A3
P: 519-749-9387 Ext. 238
Twitter/FB: @THEMUSEUM Instagram: @themuseumkitchener

All-Candidates debate at Wilfrid Laurier University
May 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Zdravko Gunjevic, GPO candidate in Waterloo, will be participating in the All-Candidates debate at WLU on May 16.

This debate will focus on themes impacting post-secondary institutions, including provincial funding structures, community integration, and the future of pedagogy in higher education.

Register at Eventbrite

What is the third line in Ontario’s budget and a dominant force in our local economy? Post-Secondary Education (PSE).

Want to know where Waterloo Provincial candidates and their parties stand on important PSE issues? Join us as CBC’s Craig Norris moderates a Waterloo candidates debate on the present and future of PSE.

With three PSE institutions right here in Waterloo, we’ve come together to bring the candidates to University Ave to hear what they have to say on the issues that matter to us.

Cambridge: Rogers TV Debate
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Rogers TV (Cable 20 in Waterloo Region) will be airing a debate with the 2018 Ontario provincial election candidates from Cambridge.


SPCCND All Candidates Meeting for Kitchener South–Hespeler
May 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Provincial All Candidates Meetings

The SPCCND will be hosting Provincial All Candidates Meetings for the ridings of Cambridge and Kitchener South Hespeler.

Location: Sunbridge Hotel and Conference Centre, 200 Holiday Inn Drive, Cambridge (Map)

Date: Kitchener South Hespeler: May 22nd
Cambridge: May 31st

Time: 7 pm-9 pm

Come out to hear your local candidates for the upcoming provincial election views on social issues and have the opportunity to ask your own questions.

Upcoming Events – Social Planning Council Of Cambridge and North Dumfries

Meet The Candidates – Kitchener Centre
May 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Provincial Election June 2018 | Up Close! | Meet The Candidates | This is not a debate - Let's sit and talk! | Housing - Health Care - Environment - Democratic Reform - Income Security | Kitchener Centre May 23 6-8pm St. John the Evangelist Church, 23 Water St. North, Kitchener; Drop off parking and Entrance on Duke Street; Bus Routes 4 and 7; Street Parking | Waterloo May 29, 6-8pm, First United Church, 16 William St. West, Waterloo; Bus Routes, Parking from Caroline St. South | For information and accomodations please contact us at sdcwr@waterlooregion.org or 519-579-3800
Provincial Election June 2018

Up Close!

Meet The Candidates

This is not a debate – Let’s sit and talk!
Housing – Health Care – Environment – Democratic Reform – Income Security

Kitchener Centre
May 23 6-8pm
St. John the Evangelist Church
23 Water St. North, Kitchener
Drop off parking and Entrance on Duke Street
Bus Routes 4 and 7; Street Parking
May 29, 6-8pm
First United Church
16 William St. West, Waterloo
Bus Routes
Parking from Caroline St. South

For information and accomodations please contact us at
sdcwr@waterlooregion.org or 519-579-3800

Hosted by:

Advance Polls
May 26 – May 30 all-day
Televised Leaders’ Debate
May 27 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The broadcast consortium of CBC, CTV, Global, TVO, CPAC, and CHCH has so far scheduled one debate — on Sunday, May 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the CBC Broadcasting Centre.

Source: Kathleen Wynne, Doug Ford, Andrea Horwath invited to face off in televised debate on May 27 | CBC News

Lutherwood Village All Candidates Panel Discussion
May 28 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am

The residents of Luther Village on the Park invite the candidates for the provincial electoral district to participate in a panel discussion to be held in the Great Hall at Luther Village on the Park, 141 Father David Bauer Drive in Waterloo, from 10:45 am to 11:45 am on Monday, May 28, 2018.

To provide the residents with an opportunity to learn more about you personally and the election platform for your party, the format for the event will provide each participant with an opportunity to speak and take questions for a total of 10 minutes. The panel will be moderated by a representative of the Residents Advisory Board

Following the formal panel presentation, there will a table available for each participant at the back of the room where you can meet with residents individually to answer any additional questions and distribute campaign materials.

Gordon Greavette
Resident of Luther Village

Chamber of Commerce Candidate Election Forum: Riding of Kitchener South-Hespeler
May 28 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Chamber members are encouraged to submit questions to the provincial candidates to answer for the Provincial Riding of Kitchener South-Hespeler.

Please forward your questions to Ian McLean, President & CEO, and/or Art Sinclair, VP Public Policy and Advocacy, at the Chamber.

Ian McLean – imclean@greaterkwchamber.com

Art Sinclair – asinclair@greaterkwchamber.com

If you are a Twitter user you can forward your questions to the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce Twitter account @GKWCC.

The Forum will be taped by Rogers for you to view from the comfort of your own home. Stay tuned for those details.

This Forum is open to the general public, seating is based on first come first serve.

Events Calendar

Kitchener–Conestoga Meet the Candidates: Social Justice
May 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Meet The Candidates session to discuss Social Justice issues:

* Environment
* Housing Strategy
* Income Security
* Health Care
* Democratic Reform

and more…

Sponsored by:

* Divest Waterloo
* Council of Canadians
* Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region Chapter

Kitchener–Conestoga Chamber of Commerce debate
May 29 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce is hosting a candidate forum for the riding of Kitchener-Conestoga at the Woolwich Memorial Centre, 24 Snyder Avenue South in Elmira, on Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Jeff Pickel from 570 News will moderate. Further details on the format will be sent prior to the debate.