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Aug
6
Thu
2015
Maclean’s Leaders’ Debate
Aug 6 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The first debate for the party leaders in the 2015 Federal Election, hosted by Maclean’s magazine.

Maclean’s National Leaders Debate: Watch and Engage

REPLAY: Maclean's National Leaders Debate – YouTube

Aug
12
Wed
2015
WREN Meet ‘n’ Greet @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Aug 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join CAB, WREN (the Waterloo Regional Environmental Network) and more for a summer social at the Queen Street Commons Cafe. This will be a great opportunity to connect with one another in the network and greater Waterloo Region community.

Aug
25
Tue
2015
Kitchener Centre All Candidates Meeting on Electoral Reform – Fair Vote Waterloo @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Aug 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region is pleased to invite you to an all
candidates meeting on electoral reform, with the candidates from Kitchener
Centre.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 25, 7 PM

WHERE: Queen Street Commons, 43 Queen Street South

We have an unprecedented opportunity to elect 170 MPs who will commit to implementing proportional representation. Where do your local candidates stand on PR? Know before you vote!

Candidates will be invited to present their positions on proportional representation. They will then discuss with the audience in an informal, social setting, moving between tables.

Please help us by sharing this event widely!

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1636135436662308/

Thank you for supporting Make Every Vote Count 2015!

Sincerely,

Anita Nickerson
FVC Action Coordinator

FAIR VOTE CANADA / REPRÉSENTATION ÉQUITABLE AU CANADA
283 Danforth Avenue #408
Toronto, ON M4K 1N2
Canada

Sep
3
Thu
2015
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
Sep
17
Thu
2015
Globe and Mail Leader’s Debate
Sep 17 @ 7:00 pm

A Canadian Leader’s Debate on the economy, hosted by the Globe and Mail.

Source: Wikipedia – Canadian federal election, 2015

Sep
28
Mon
2015
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.

http://www.greaterkwchamber.com

Sep
29
Tue
2015
KW Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum for Kitchener-Conestoga @ Woolwich Memorial Centre
Sep 29 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a candidate forum for Kitchener-Conestoga on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 from 4-6 pm at the Woolwich Memorial Centre, 24 Snyder Street South in Elmira.

http://www.greaterkwchamber.com

Sep
30
Wed
2015
KW Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum for Kitchener Centre @ Kitchener City Hall Rotunda
Sep 30 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a candidate forum for Kitchener Centre on Wednesday, 30 September 2015 from 4-6 pm at the Kitchener City Hall Rotunda, 200 Kint Street West in Kitchener.

http://www.greaterkwchamber.com

Oct
1
Thu
2015
KW Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum for Waterloo @ Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)
Oct 1 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a candidate forum for Waterloo on Thursday, 1 October 2015 from 4-6 pm at CIGI, 67 Erb Street West in Waterloo.

http://www.greaterkwchamber.com

Oct
2
Fri
2015
TVA French Language Leader’s Debate
Oct 2 @ 7:00 pm

French language leader’s debate for the 2015 Federal Election, hosted by TVA.

Source: Wikipedia – Canadian federal election, 2015

Oct
7
Wed
2015
Consortium French Language Leader’s Debate
Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm

French language leader’s debate for the 2015 Federal Election, hosted by the media consortium of CBC/Radio-Canada, CTV, Global, and Télé-Québec.

Source: Wikipedia – Canadian federal election, 2015

Oct
8
Thu
2015
Consortium English Language Leader’s Debate
Oct 8 @ 7:00 pm

English language leader’s debate for the 2015 Federal Election, hosted by the media consortium of CBC/Radio-Canada, CTV, Global, and Télé-Québec.

Source: Wikipedia – Canadian federal election, 2015

Sep
27
Wed
2017
Discussion Night for Fair Voting — an #IDOPAN event @ Community Room, Bread and Roses Co-operative Homes
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

[1]
DiscussionDiscussion Nights are returning to Fair Vote
Waterloo! Thanks to a bit of prompting from Fair Vote Canada [2] we’ll
be holding a guided discussion to answer the questions How can we
capitalize on what has happened over the last two years? and How can
we raise the profile of Proportional Representation, and elect a
Member of Parliament who supports PR, and make the next election
different?

We missed the International Day of Democracy [3] on 15 September, and
Democracy Week surrounding it (9 September to 17 September). But we’re
still in time for IDOPAN, the International Days of Peace and
Nonviolence [4]. What better way to achieve peace and nonviolence than
by ensuring everyone has fair representation in a democratic
government?

Thanks to Fair Vote Waterloo members Jim and Ellen we have access to
the Bread and Roses Community Room. Parking is a bit tricky; if you’re
coming to Discussion Night please make sure you’re subscribed to
either the Discussion [5] or Announcements [6] mailing list. We’ll
e-mail a parking permit to those mailing lists for anyone who’s
driving in.

See you at Discussion Night!

-Bob Jonkman,
Fair Vote Waterloo Co-chair and Discussion Night organizer.

Links:
——
[1]

discussion


[2] http://fairvote.ca
[3]

International Day of Democracy


[4] https://wrnonviolence.org/idopan/
[5]
http://listserv.thinkers.org/mailman/listinfo/fvc-wat-disc_listserv.thinkers.org
[6]
http://listserv.thinkers.org/mailman/listinfo/fvc-wat-announce_listserv.thinkers.org

Sep
30
Sat
2017
@FairvoteWRC Info Table at @KWPeace Perspectives: Peace In Our Community @ St. John the Evangelist Church
Sep 30 @ 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Fair Vote Waterloo is participating in KW Peace [1]’s annual event
Perspectives on Peace [2]. This year’s theme is _Peace In Our
Community_.

Democracy is the cornerstone of a Nonviolent and Peaceful society.
Fair Vote Waterloo will have an information table with literature,
statistics and petitions about Proportional Representation, the way to
get fair representation in Parliament, and a true democracy.

Please join us!
————————-
[3]

Join us for an evening of discussion and networking on the theme of
building peace in Kitchener-Waterloo. Program includes a panel
discussion, dinner (by donation), and a chance to speak with
organizers of the various Peace and Social Justice organizations in
Waterloo Region. Register [4]

_FEATURING_

* MELISSA WEBSTER, Executive Board of _ALIVe — Awareness of Low
Income Voices_
* TRUDY BEAULNE, Executive Director of the _Social Development
Centre_, Waterloo Region
* GEHAN SABRY, editor of _Cross Cultures_ website and organizer of
the annual _UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial
Discrimination_ in Kitchener
* RICHARD WALSH, retired Wilfrid Laurier University psychology
professor and co-founder of _Alliance Against Poverty_

Saturday, 30 September 2017, 4:00pm–9:00pm
The Church of St. John The Evangelist
23 Water Street North, Kitchener

Admission is free. Suggested donation $10 for dinner.
Please register by 22 September 2017 on kwpeace.ca [5] International
Days of
Peace and Nonviolence
Sep 21 / Oct 02 presented by
KW Peace
kwpeace.ca

Download the poster! [6] (Perspectives_2017-2.png, 202 kBytes, 1275
× 1651)
Poster design and artwork by Matthew D. Albrecht

Links:
——
[1] https://kwpeace.ca
[2]

Register: Perspectives on Peace: Peace in the Community


[3]
https://kwpeace.ca/eventsmanager/register-perspectives-on-peace-peace-in-the-community/#register
[4]
https://kwpeace.ca/eventsmanager/register-perspectives-on-peace-peace-in-the-community/#register
[5] https://kwpeace.ca/
[6] https://kwpeace.ca/wp-content/uploads/Perspectives_2017-2.png

Oct
1
Sun
2017
Fair Vote Canada Webinar: Building your local team and mentoring local leadership
Oct 1 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Special Guest: SHARON SOMMERVILLE, leader of Fair Vote Canada’s
Waterloo Region team. Sharon has been involved with Fair Vote Canada
since about 2012, and leads one of the most active chapters in Canada,
hosting 4-5 events, about 10 community tables, speaking engagements
and numerous meetings with MPs each year, as well as regular volunteer
meetings. Largely as a result of this work, Waterloo Region had one of
the best attended electoral reform consultations in Canada. In this
workshop she’ll share what has worked to get new volunteers involved
and nurture shared leadership within the team — generating more
activities and creativity and avoiding burnout. This workshop will be
an opportunity for other Fair Vote Canada leaders to share their
successes and challenges.

Register: If you are not on our Chapters/teams email list and would
like to join this workshop, please contact anita.nickerson@fairvote.ca
[1]

Links:
——
[1] mailto:anita.nickerson@fairvote.ca

Oct
21
Sat
2017
Fair Vote Canada Webinar: PR Systems for Canada Series Part One: Multi-member Systems — Single Transferable Vote (PR-STV) and Local PR
Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Special Guest: BYRON WEBER BECKER. Find out how Single Transferable
Vote (PR-STV) and an adaptation of it (Local PR) works for Canada!
Byron Weber Becker teaches Computer Science at University of Waterloo.
He has combined his passion for electoral change and his computer
science expertise into a web site (http://election-modelling.ca [1])
with detailed simulations of how various proportional options for
Canada perform with different features under different conditions. He
testified to the all-party committee on electoral reform and was asked
to do additional work for them. Byron has been involved with the
design of two made-for-Canada electoral systems, Rural-Urban
Proportional Representation (in collaboration with Fair Vote Canada
and Fair Voting BC — see webinar three in this series) and Local
Proportional Representation.

Register:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8893666268164002817 [2]

Links:
——
[1] http://election-modelling.ca/
[2] https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8893666268164002817

Oct
29
Sun
2017
Fair Vote Canada Webinar: Helping Your Team Message to and Reach Out to Youth!
Oct 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Special Guest: CHARDAYE BUECKERT. Chardaye Bueckert has demonstrated
her passion for youth engagement as a member of Fair Vote Canada’s
National Council and Youth Committee, as a World Economic Forum’s
Global Shaper, and as president of Simon Fraser University’s student
government. Her accomplishments as a young leader were recently
recognized with a Schwarzman Scholarship, enabling Chardaye to
complete a Masters in Global Affairs in China. Chardaye is 26 years
old and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Register: If you are not on our Chapters/teams email list and would
like to join this workshop, please contact anita.nickerson@fairvote.ca
[1]

Links:
——
[1] mailto:anita.nickerson@fairvote.ca

Nov
12
Sun
2017
Fair Vote Canada Webinar: Busting the Most Common Myths about PR for Canada: Get the Facts!
Nov 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Does PR mean instability? Will MPs still be accountable? What about
‘fringe parties’? Get the facts to answer all the most common myths,
take a look at the research on PR, and ask your questions!

Register:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4598079947118491651 [1]

Links:
——
[1] https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4598079947118491651

Nov
26
Sun
2017
Fair Vote Canada Webinar: PR Systems for Canada Series Part Two: Top-up Systems — Mixed Member Proportional (MMP)
Nov 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Special Guest: BYRON WEBER BECKER. Find out how Mixed Member
Proportional (MMP) works for Canada! Byron Weber Becker teaches
Computer Science at University of Waterloo. He has combined his
passion for electoral change and his computer science expertise into a
web site (http://election-modelling.ca [1]) with detailed simulations
of how various proportional options for Canada perform with different
features under different conditions. He testified to the all-party
committee on electoral reform and was asked to do additional work for
the committee. Byron has been involved with the design of two
made-for-Canada electoral systems, Rural-Urban Proportional
Representation (in collaboration with Fair Vote Canada and Fair Voting
BC — see webinar three in this series) and Local Proportional
Representation (see webinar one in this series).

Register:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6428164274994150914 [2]

Links:
——
[1] http://election-modelling.ca/
[2] https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6428164274994150914

Dec
10
Sun
2017
Fair Vote Canada Webinar: PR Systems for Canada Series Part Three: Made-for-Canada hybrid, blended systems — Rural-Urban Proportional
Dec 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Special Guest: BYRON WEBER BECKER. Find out how Rural-Urban
Proportional and Local PR work for Canada! Byron Weber Becker teaches
Computer Science at University of Waterloo. He has combined his
passion for electoral change and his computer science expertise into a
web site (http://election-modelling.ca [1]) with detailed simulations
of how various proportional options for Canada perform with different
features under different conditions. He testified to the all-party
committee on electoral reform and was asked to do additional work for
the committee. Byron has been involved with the design of two
made-for-Canada electoral systems, Rural-Urban Proportional
Representation (in collaboration with Fair Vote Canada and Fair Voting
BC) and Local Proportional Representation (see webinar one in this
series).

Register:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2400232069497311234 [2]

Links:
——
[1] http://election-modelling.ca/
[2] https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2400232069497311234

Jun
7
Thu
2018
Ontario Provincial Election 2018
Jun 7 all-day

This is the date for the Ontario Provincial election, following the
provincial election of 12 June 2014.

From the Election Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. E.6 [1] (revised 7 June 2017):

First Thursday In June

(2) Subject to the powers of the Lieutenant Governor referred to in
subsection (1), general elections shall be held on the first Thursday
in June in the fourth calendar year following polling day in the most
recent general election. 2016, c. 33, s. 7.

Links:
——
[1] http://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/90e06#BK28
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/42nd_Ontario_general_election

Oct
22
Mon
2018
Ontario Municipal Elections 2018
Oct 22 all-day

From the Ontario Municipal Elections Act, Voting Day [1]:

Voting day in a regular election is the fourth Monday in October,
subject to section 10. 1996, c. 32, Sched., s. 5; 2009, c. 33, Sched.
21, s. 8 (4).

Links:
——
[1] http://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/96m32#BK5

Oct
21
Mon
2019
Federal Election 2019
Oct 21 all-day

This is the latest date for a federal election, following the federal
election of 19 October 2015.

For Fixed Election Date legislation see Date of General Election |
Canada Elections Act [1]

Links:
——
[1] http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/E-2.01/page-22.html#h-27