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2014 Ontario General Election Analysis for Waterloo Region

Posted by Bob Jonkman on 5th March 2018

There’s another Ontario General Election on the horizon (7 June 2018), so this is a good time to see how things went last time around.

The voting system that Ontario uses is First-Past-The Post, or technically, Single Member Plurality. That means that the candidate who gets more votes than the runner-up gets the single seat for the whole riding. No need for a majority. With five candidates in a riding the “winner” could have as little as 20% of the vote, and so up to 80% of the votes cast wouldn’t serve to elect anyone, and are wasted. It makes no difference if those voters had stayed home; the result would have been the same. In Waterloo Region things weren’t quite as bad as that, but not far off. Overall, 61.2% of votes cast in Waterloo Region were wasted.

No candidate won a riding with a majority. The closest was Diaene Vernile in Kitchener Centre, who received 43.1% of the votes cast in that riding. Kathryn McGarry won the seat in Cambridge with only 38.9%, comparable to Ontario, where the Liberals received 38.6% of the vote, but received 54.6% of the seats (58 out of 107 seats). This is yet another false majority, directly attributable to the single-member seat allocation. The worst showing was in Kitchener–Conestoga, where Michael Harris retained his seat with only 36.4% of the votes. That means 63.6% of the voters voted against Mr. Harris! Even worse, only 17083 of 94886 eligible voters voted for Mr. Harris. He won with the approval of only 18% of the electorate!

With only five parties and four ridings in Waterloo Region it is difficult to assess the how proportional the seat count is compared to the vote count. The Liberals are over-represented with two seats, 50%, with only 36% of the vote. The Progressive Conservatives are under-represented with one seat, 25%, and 30% of the vote. The NDP is properly represented with one seat, 25%, and 26% of the vote. The Greens and Libertarians together received 7.3% of the votes cast, and would not have gained a seat in the Region even with a proportional voting system.

It would not take a large shift in voter preference to significantly change the outcome. Note how small the plurality for each of the winners is, only a few thousand votes. Kitchener–Conestoga is especially fragile, where Michael Harris won by only 1419 votes. Even a small increase in voter turnout would add more votes than that. An increase from 49.5% to 51.0% would add 1423 votes, more than enough to topple the Progressive Conservative seat in favour of the Liberals.

Region-wide, voter turnout was abysmal at 50.9% of eligible voters casting a ballot. No wonder 49.1% of the voters stayed home, when there is such a high number of wasted votes. It is said that a system with proportional representation will improve voter turnout, because almost all votes cast contribute towards some representation in the legislature. I sure hope to see that for the next election!

Here are the results for the four electoral districts in Waterloo Region:

  Cambridge Kitchener Centre Kitchener–Conestoga Kitchener–Waterloo Totals  
Liberal * Kathryn McGarry * * Diaene Vernile * Wayne Wright Jamie Burton   50.0% seats Liberal
18763 38.9% 18472 43.1% 15664 33.3% 16534 30.1% 69433 36.0% votes
Progressive-Conservative Rob Leone (Incumbent) Wayne Wettlaufer * Michael Harris * (Incumbent) Tracey Weiler   25.0% seats Progressive- Conservative
15694 32.6% 11550 27.0% 17083 36.4% 14450 26.3% 58777 30.5% votes
NDP Bobbi Stewart Margaret Johnston James Villeneuve * Catherine Fife * (Incumbent)   25.0% seats NDP
10413 21.6% 9765 22.8% 9958 21.2% 20536 37.4% 50672 26.3% votes
Green Temara Brown Ronnie Smith David Weber Stacey Danckert   0.0% seats Green
2726 5.7% 2472 5.8% 3277 7.0% 2859 5.2% 11334 5.9% votes
Libertarian Allan R. Detweiler Patrick Bernier David Schumm James Schulz   0.0% seats Libertarian
605 1.3% 557 1.3% 1001 2.1% 481 0.9% 2644 1.4% votes
 
Votes Cast | Turnout 48201 48.1% 42816 51.5% 46983 49.5% 54860 54.3% 192860 50.9% Votes Cast | Turnout
Eligible Voters 100130   83170   94886   100972   379158   Eligible Voters
Approval (Winning votes / Eligble Voters)   18.7%   22.2%   18.0%   20.3%   19.7% Approval (Winning votes / Eligble Voters)
Plurality | % votes cast 3069 6.4% 6922 16.2% 1419 3.0% 4002 7.3% 15412 8.0% Plurality | % votes cast
Wasted Votes 29438 61.1% 24344 56.9% 29900 63.6% 34324 62.6% 118006 61.2% Wasted Votes

And that’s how it was in 2014. I hope to have an analysis of the 2018 Ontario General Election once the excitement has worn off a little…

–Bob Jonkman is the Co-Chair for the Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region Chapter.

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Waterloo Region Candidates and Events for 2015 Federal Election

Posted by Bob Jonkman on 9th August 2015

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Hello Waterloo Region Electorate! It’s time again for a Federal Election. To head off the usual dearth of information I’ve collected information about the candidates running in the five ridings of Waterloo Region.

Federal Election 2015 – WR Candidates

This page will be updated as I get more information about each candidate, so if you’d like to stay up-to-date you can subscribe to the page updates via ChangeDetection.com, or add the RSS feed to your favourite reader.

I’m also maintaining a calendar of public events where the candidates will be appearing.


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

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

Apr
25
Wed
2018
@FairvoteWRC Discussion Night @ Community Meeting Room, Bread & Roses Co-op
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

On the last Wednesday of every month we meet in the Community Room
in the Bread and Roses Cooperative Housing to discuss the latest news
and politics of electoral reform. Sometimes we have presentations on
different aspects of voting systems, sometimes we just have an
informal discussion.

Everyone is welcome! You don’t have to be a Fair Vote member to come
to Discussion Nights.

If you drive, please park in the north parking lot Map [1] and place
a note on the dashboard of your vehicle: Meeting in Community Room re
Apt 107 from 7-9pm

Links:
——
[1] https://osm.org/go/ZXnwTL0rw–?m=

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:
——
[1]

Election 2018 Forum

May
22
Tue
2018
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.

Source:
Upcoming Events – Social Planning Council Of Cambridge and North Dumfries

May
23
Wed
2018
Meet The Candidates – Kitchener South–Hespeler
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
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

Hosted by:

May
26
Sat
2018
Advance Polls
May 26 – May 30 all-day
May
27
Sun
2018
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

May
29
Tue
2018
Meet The Candidates – Waterloo
May 29 @ 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
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

Hosted by:

May
30
Wed
2018
@FairvoteWRC Discussion Night @ Community Meeting Room, Bread & Roses Co-op
May 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

On the last Wednesday of every month we meet in the Community Room
in the Bread and Roses Cooperative Housing to discuss the latest news
and politics of electoral reform. Sometimes we have presentations on
different aspects of voting systems, sometimes we just have an
informal discussion.

Everyone is welcome! You don’t have to be a Fair Vote member to come
to Discussion Nights.

If you drive, please park in the north parking lot Map [1] and place
a note on the dashboard of your vehicle: Meeting in Community Room re
Apt 107 from 7-9pm

Links:
——
[1] https://osm.org/go/ZXnwTL0rw–?m=

May
31
Thu
2018
SPCCND All Candidates Meeting for Cambridge
May 31 @ 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.

Source:
Upcoming Events – Social Planning Council Of Cambridge and North Dumfries

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



You can add the iCal feed to your favourite calendar application.

This year it should be easier for me to gather that information, as I’m running for the Green Party in Kitchener-Conestoga. But still, if you find Errors or Omissions, or have Additions or Updates for either the candidates’ info or the calendar then please let me know at bjonkman@sobac.com or leave a comment on this page.

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Calendar of All Candidates Meetings

Posted by Bob Jonkman on 25th May 2014

Information on All Candidates Meetings has been scarce for the Provincial Election in 2014. Thanx to the contributions of a few organizations and individuals, here is a list of all the All Candidates Events that I’ve been able to find. In addition, Rogers Community Television has a schedule of rebroadcasted televised candidates debates.

Also, a list of all candidates and their contact information is on the Ontario Election 2014 – WR Candidates page.

Add the All Candidates Meetings to your calendar: iCal (.ics file or feed, less than 20 kBytes)

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


Errors? Omissions? Additions? Updates? Please let me know at bjonkman@sobac.com or leave a comment on this page.

Thanx to the Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo for providing their list of All Candidate Sessions, and to Jamie Burton, Liberal candidate in Kitchener-Waterloo, for her list of events, and @StrangeAttracto for additional Upcoming all-candidates meetings. Extra thanx to Paul Nijjar for still more info, as well as post-meeting updates and reports.

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E-voting Considered Harmful

Posted by Bob Jonkman on 28th January 2013

Finger pressing on electronic voting screen

Voting Screen

The Waterloo Chronicle reports:

The City of Waterloo is going to investigate the possibility of using Internet and telephone voting in time for the 2014 municipal election.

There is already some concern about e-voting. Waterloo Regional Councillor Jane Mitchell writes My problem with on-line voting is the end of the secret ballot.

One of the principles of our electoral systems is anonymity. Another principle is “One person, one ballot”, or singular voting. Both objectives are reasonably easy to do with paper ballots – hand out one ballot to a voter, then cross that voter’s name off the list. The vote cast is both anonymous and singular.

But when people are allowed to vote anonymously on their home computer there’s no way to determine if they’re voting more than once. So to prevent multiple votes you’d have to track voters with a unique ID; but that can then be correlated with the vote cast, destroying anonymity.

Fundamentally, anonymous and singular voting is not achievable through computerized at-home voting. In a report “Technology and the Voting Process” [1] the conclusion of Elections Canada was that the integrity of electoral process is a cornerstone of our democracy, and a decision to move to electronic voting should not be made lightly, without much more study. “Much more study” has not been done by our municipal government.

And don’t get me started on the number of home computers that are infected with viruses, the number of people that are defrauded through identity theft, and the number of times government loses data from their laptops and thumb drives…

–Bob.

Footnote [1]: pp. 58-60, “Technology and the Voting Process”, KPMG and Sussex
Circle for Elections Canada, 1998.
http://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=res&dir=rec/tech/tec&document=index&lang=e

Voting Screen by DonkeyHotey is used under a CC BYCreative Commons — Attribution 2.0 Generic — CC BY 2.0 license.

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Politics on the Patio: Meet the Kitchener Waterloo By-Election Candidates

Posted by Bob Jonkman on 29th August 2012

During last year’s provincial election the Waterloo Region Chapter of Fair Vote Canada hosted a very successful all candidate’s meet & greet called Politics on the Patio. It’s election time again in K/W so we are reprising Politics on the Patio!

You are invited to meet with Eric Davis of the Liberal Party, Stacey Danckert of the Green Party, Elizabeth Rowley of the Communist Party, Allan Dettweiler of the Ontario Libertarian Party, John Turmel of the Paupers Party, Catherine Fife of the NDP and Garnet Bruce, Independent for an informal opportunity to enjoy a beer and have a chat with the candidates on Saturday, 1 September 2012 starting at 8:00pm at the Huether Hotel (map) in the Malt Room (ground floor at the back). We invited all the candidates so we may have some surprise last minute guests as well!

It was a great event last year and we expect it to be great this year as well. So, hope to see you at the Huether on the 1st!

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Contact Info for Candidates in Kitchener-Waterloo By-Election 2012

Posted by Bob Jonkman on 22nd August 2012

wemakevotingeasy.ca? This is supposed to be the official Elections Ontario site? It seems a crass attempt at making a “folksy” website, but all the cute domain name does is cast doubt on the veracity of the site’s content. I’m still not sure if “We Make Voting Easy” is truly the official site. And similar content is scattered across both sites, making it hard to find information. Protip for Web designers: If you have an official domain name, use it!

Originally posted on 13 August 2012
Added Twitter and Facebook links, 27 August 2012

New 29 August 2012 — Twitter list of candidates: @fairvotewrc/kitwat2012

There seems to be no comprehensive list of candidates for the upcoming Kitchener Waterloo by-election, nor a convenient list of their contact information.

The Waterloo Region Votes site comes close, but the We Make Voting Easy site is absolutely pitiful. It lists only three candidates Update 22 Aug 2012: All candidates are listed. Now, it’s true that the Elections Ontario site Important Dates – 2012 By-Elections page indicates that nominations don’t actually open until Thursday, 16 August 2012. But if that’s true, why does “We Make Voting Easy” already have a list of candidates?

Here’s the list of candidates I’ve found. The list is subject to change as I find a more official source.

Stacey Danckert, Green Party
E-mail: stacey@danckert.ca
Phone & Text Message: +1-519-800-0476
Website: http://danckert.ca/
Twitter: @StaceyDanckert
Facebook: Stacey Danckert | Green Party of Ontario KW
Catherine Fife, NDP
E-mail: catherinefife@on.ndp.ca
Phone: +1-519-725-4888
Website: http://www.catherinefife.com/
Twitter: @CFifeKW
Facebook: Catherine Fife
Postal address: 182 Weber Street North, Waterloo, Ontario N2J 3H4

Eric Davis, Liberal Party
Email: info@ericdavis.ca
Phone: +1-519-746-1234
Website: http://ericdavis.ca/
Twitter: @eric_m_davis
Facebook: Eric Davis
Postal address: 380 King Street North, Waterloo, Ontario N2J 2Z3

The e-mail @ symbol was selected by Ray Tomlinson in 1971. Here we have contact information for candidates running in 2012, 41 years later. I’ll bet that e-mail is older than some of the candidates… Protip for candidates: You need to have a real e-mail address. With a web form my message to you doesn’t appear in my Sent Items, and so I’m going to forget you when it comes time to include you in events, debates and getting quotes in the media…

Tracy Weiler, PC Party of Ontario
E-mail (online form only): http://ontariopc.wufoo.com/forms/x7s9a7
Phone: +1-519-208-4133
Website: http://kw.ontariopc.com/
Twitter: @traceyweiler
Facebook: Tracey Weiler
Postal address: 156 King Street South, Waterloo, Ontario N2J 1P6
Kevin Clarke, The Peoples Political Party
E-mail (online form only): http://peoplespoliticalparty.net/contact.html
Phone: No phone number listed
Website: http://www.peoplespoliticalparty.net
Twitter: @voteClarkePeace
Facebook: The Peoples Political Party
Postal address: 75 Silver Springs Boulevard Unit 609, Toronto, Ontario M1V 1W2
Allan Dettweiler, Ontario Libertarian Party
E-mail: allan.dettweiler@libertarian.on.ca
Phone: +1-519-622-2527, +1-519-716-4359
Website: http://www.libertarian.on.ca/profiles/allan-r-dettweiler
Twitter: @LPOntario
Facebook: The Ontario Libertarian Party
Postal address: 7-91 Rylander Blvd., Box 121, Scarborough, Ontario, M1B 5M5

 
Added 22 Aug 2012:

Garnet Bruce, Independent
E-mail (online form only): http://garnetbruce.com/contact/
Phone:
Website: http://garnetbruce.com
Twitter:
Facebook:
Postal address:
David Driver, Freedom Party of Ontario
E-mail: ddriver@rogers.com
Phone: +1-519-590-3352
Website: www.freedomparty.on.ca
Postal address: 240 Commissioners Road West, London, Ontario N6J 1Y1
John Turmel, Paupers
E-mail: johnturmel@yahoo.com
Phone: +1-519-753-5122 or Cell: +1-519-717-1012
Website: http://johnturmel.com/
Facebook: John KingofthePaupers Turmel
Postal address: 50 Brant Avenue, Brantford, Ontario N3T 3G7
Elizabeth Rowley, Communist Party of Canada (Ontario)
E-mail: erowley@live.ca
Phone: +1-647-994-4976 & +1-519-584-7531
Website: http://communistpartyontario.ca/
Twitter: @RowleyCPCOforKW
Facebook: Liz Rowley
Postal address: 290A Danforth Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4K 1N6

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