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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

Oct
25
Wed
2017
Joint meeting of @FairvoteWRC and KW Council of Canadians @KWCofC @ Community Room, Bread and Roses Co-op
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Hi Fair Voters: This month, the regular date for the Fair Vote
Waterloo Discussion Night falls on the same day as the KW Council of
Canadians [1] meeting. But rather than making you choose one or the
other, we’re holding a joint meeting!

There is considerable overlap in the membership of our groups, and
one of the Council of Canadians’ campaigns is Electoral Reform. This
joint meeting is one way that we can offer support to CoC.

[2]This is also an opportunity for FairvoteWRC members who haven’t
heard about Council of Canadians, and might like to join that
organization. And, of course, it’s an introduction to FairvoteWRC for
CoC members who would like to get involved with FairvoteWRC in a
focused campaign solely on electoral reform.

WHAT: Joint meeting of @FairvoteWRC and KW Council of Canadians
@KWCofC
WHEN: Wednesday, 25 October 2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
WHERE: Community Meeting Room, Bread Roses Co-op
LOCATION: 307 Queen Street South, Kitchener, Ontario Map 1 [3]

Parking: If you’re driving, place a note on the dashboard of your
vehicle:

MEETING IN COMMUNITY ROOM RE APT 107 FROM 7-9PM

and park in the north lot, on the other side of the Morrison-Reist
building Map 2 [4]

There’s no fixed agenda for this meeting, but the following are
points for discussion:

There will be a town hall meeting sponsored by the Waterloo Regional
Labour Council [5] on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 6:30 pm and St.
David’s Catholic Secondary School, 4 High St, Waterloo featuring
Kitchener- Waterloo MPP Catherine Fife, Ontario Health Coalition
Executive Director Natalie Mehra, and other local politicians. We urge
all who can get there to attend.

Several of us attended the CoC Guelph meeting on 18 October at which
Maude Barlow and Gus Van Harten spoke eloquently about the dangers of
NAFTA and its implications for water rights. This provided a number of
ideas we can talk about regarding further advocacy and actions.

* Van Harten urged everyone present to write to Office of the
Minister of Foreign Affairs at chrystia.freeland@international.gc.ca
[6] and ask her with due respect to get Canada out of ISDS

Philippe Charbonneau (Political Team Admin Assistant in Ottawa) asks
if chapters would be interested in screening a new documentary on the
cooperative enterprise model called A Silent Transformation [7] that
features Maude Barlow. There would be a small fee. If there is
sufficient interest, we will ask for further details.

The Liberal government has not kept the campaign promise to restore
protection to the 99% of lakes and rivers removed from the schedule of
protected waters under the Harper government. CoC chapters are urged
to call on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Transport Minister Marc
Garneau for protection of a local lake or river. For further details
see No waters left behind – nominate a lake or river worthy of
protection [8] and Groups across Canada urge Trudeau government to
protect 100% of lakes and rivers [9].

Friday, 10 November 2017 at 3:30pm [10], FairvoteWRC will present a
petition in support of proportional representation to MP Raj Saini at
his Constituency Office (Suite 202 – 209 Frederick Street, Kitchener.
Electoral reform is one of the areas in which CoC and FairvoteWRC
overlap, and the more we can coordinate our efforts, the more likely
we are to succeed. All are invited to attend.

The FairvoteWRC Outreach subcommittee is reaching out to faith-based
communities to build awareness of and allies on the issue of
proportional representation (PR) in the community. Their goals are to

* create awareness of FairvoteWRC
* offer an opportunity to further educate about the issue
* invite endorsement of our work with an invitation to engage or
join with us in the future

On 1 February 2017 the mandate letter for the Hon. Kristina Gould,
Minister of Democratic Institutions was released, marking the first
official announcement that the Liberals would be breaking their
promise that ‘2015 will be the last election under First Past The
Post’. FairvoteWRC intends to hold an event (protest, rally, public
information meeting) to remind people, and especially the Liberals,
that we have not forgotten the promise, and that we’ll be holding the
Liberals to account.

Every year FairvoteWRC tries to hold several public information
events during the winter months. We could bring in a speaker, show a
movie, or hold a seminar to explain the mechanics of proportional
representation. Sometimes these events are held as part of Discussion
Nights; sometimes they’re held separately. The Kitchener Public
Library has been a suitable venue in the past.

See you on Wednesday!

-Bob Jonkman,
FairvoteWRC Co-chair

Links:
——
[1] https://canadians.org/
[2] https://canadians.org/
[3] https://osm.org/go/ZXnwTLMg–?m=
[4] https://osm.org/go/ZXnwTL0rw–?m=
[5] http://www.wrlc.ca/pharmacare
[6] mailto:chrystia.freeland@international.gc.ca
[7] http://asilenttransformation.ca/
[8] http://www.freshwateralliance.ca/no_waters_left_behind
[9]
https://canadians.org/media/groups-across-canada-urge-trudeau-government-protect-100-lakes-and-rivers
[10]
https://www.fairvotewrc.ca/event/rescheduled-visit-your-mp-raj-saini-kitchener-centre/?instance_id=58870

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
1
Wed
2017
Community Groups Networking: Making It Easier! with @SPCofKW @ Social Development Centre
Nov 1 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

[1]

Together with the Social Development Centre [2], we are calling on
citizen/volunteer led groups interested in networking and mutual
support to come together on November 1st: civic, neighbourhood,
environmental, professional, social justice, ethnocultural groups!
Come to the Trinity United Church on 74 Frederick Street, and to find
out more contact trudy@waterlooregion.org [3] or
+1-519-579-1096;ext=3006

Links:
——
[1] http://waterlooregion.org/community-groups-networking
[2] http://waterlooregion.org/
[3] mailto:trudy@waterlooregion.org

Nov
10
Fri
2017
Rescheduled: Visit your MP: Raj Saini, Kitchener Centre @ Raj Saini's Office
Nov 10 @ 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Fair
Vote WRC co-chairs Sharon Sommerville and Bob Jonkman met with
Kitchener-Centre MP Raj Saini to discuss Proportional Representation
on Wednesday, 13 January 2016We are keeping the pressure on!
You are invited to visit Raj Saini, MP Kitchener Centre [1] to deliver
a petition in support of PR. Everyone is welcome!

Rescheduled from Friday, 20 October 2017 at 3:00pm [2]

Links:
——
[1] http://rsaini.liberal.ca/
[2]

Postponed! Visit your MP: Raj Saini, Kitchener Centre

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



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
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:
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[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:
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[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:
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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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