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Waterloo Region Candidates and Events for 2015 Federal Election

Posted by Bob Jonkman on 9th August 2015



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.

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

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.

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

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!


Anita Nickerson
FVC Action Coordinator

283 Danforth Avenue #408
Toronto, ON M4K 1N2

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
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

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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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

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

Faith communities and the Ontario election: A workshop to help you get started @ St. Stephen's Evangelical Lutheran Church
Apr 9 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

tI hope to see you on April 9th.

[2] mailto:seminary@wlu.ca

@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

[1] https://osm.org/go/ZXnwTL0rw–?m=

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

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

WHEN: APRIL 26, 2018 6:30 – 9:00 PM



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

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

This is your chance for your voice to be heard.

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

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

Waterloo Region Family Network | Educate. Connect. Empower.


Election 2018 Forum

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

Hosts: GreenPAC, Alternatives Journal, Waterloo Region Environmental Network

Where do Ontario parties stand on the environment?

Panel discussion with local Kitchener-Waterloo experts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Find out on May 7th

Youth Town Hall

12:30pm – 3:30pm

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

Tweet using #YTH2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Open The Door to Co-Op Housing

Meet The Candidates

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

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

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

Food and refreshment will be available.

Mirrored from Beaver Creek Housing Cooperative | Facebook

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

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

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

Election Event

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

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

Hosted by Community Coalition on Refugee and Immigrant Concerns


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

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

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

where: Chandler Mowat community centre

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

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



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

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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E-voting: Hacking newspapers vs. hacking elections

Posted by Bob Jonkman on 5th February 2013

Jeremy Epstein

Jeremy Epstein

With both the City of Waterloo (warning: 88 kByte PDF document) and the City of Cambridge (warning: 4,000 kByte PDF document) considering Internet voting for 2014, I wrote that E-voting is Considered Harmful. Although I discussed only the integrity of Internet voting, not the many security issues of voting online, the Cities should consider that some of the largest sites on the Internet have not been able to protect themselves against malicious intrusion.

Jeremy Epstein from the technology blog Freedom to Tinker provided expert testimony to a Virginia state Senate Committee Hearing on a bill to allow military voters to cast their votes via the Internet, and has written an article comparing Hacking newspapers vs. hacking elections:

The past few days have revealed that the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post have all been hacked by Chinese government-affiliated organizations, for the purpose of spying on reporters. The Washington Post says that the attacks were detected over a year ago, and had been going on for at least a year before that. Commercial security products like anti-virus did not detect the malware, which isn’t surprising to anyone who is familiar with signature-based schemes. The attacks on major newspapers were significant enough that Krebs on Security quotes Gunnar Petersen saying it would be “more surprising would be a major newspaper outlet that wasn’t hacked by the Chinese”. (This in turn reminded me of the Nixon enemies list, where being omitted from the list was a sign that one was unimportant, and “Newsman Daniel Schorr and [actor] Paul Newman stated, separately, that inclusion on the list was their greatest accomplishment.”.)


So what does this have to do with voting? The NY Times story appeared on Jan 30. On Jan 29, I testified to the Virginia Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections hearing in opposition to SB 830 and 874. These two bills would require the Virginia State Board of Elections to allow military voters to cast their votes via the Internet. (The Patron (sponsor) of 874 said that it was not internet voting, but rather returning the ballot via electronic format, which is to say by email or web site. I fail to see the a meaningful difference between that an internet voting.)


In my testimony, I explained that internet voting is harder than almost any other kind of activity on the internet including banking – and that the only reason we can do banking and other activity online is because of cross-checks and the willingness to accept a level of fraud that’s not possible with voting.


In response to my testimony, representatives of the State Board of Elections were asked by the senators whether they were confident that the system was secure. The SBE representative assured the senators that the system was secure. Unfortunately I was not permitted to respond to that assertion, and the SBE wasn’t challenged why they believe that they can provide the necessary protection.


I continue to be amazed that elected officials can read constant articles about hacking, and yet readily accept the assurances that there will be no problems with internet voting. If the SBE is so good at stopping attacks, perhaps they should supplement their paltry budget by providing security for banks, Federal government agencies like DOD, and the nation’s leading newspapers!

In reply to my request for permission to republish his article, Jeremy Epstein wrote:

[…] There’s been a number of ill-considered internet voting experiments in Canada, unfortunately. Probably the worst was in Edmonton AB, where there was a “mock election” to select a favorite jelly bean color. Based on that experiment, which disallowed any effort to break the system, the city concluded that the system was secure. I don’t understand how they came to that conclusion – or even to the much simpler conclusion that the apparent winner of the jelly bean contest was actually the selection of the majority of the voters. The only conclusion that I could reasonably draw is that people like internet voting – which we already knew. What we don’t know is how it can be done securely, and that experiment did nothing to further our understanding.

Updated 5 February 2013 to clarify that Jeremy Epstein testified at the Virginia state senate hearing, not a federal one.

Hacking newspapers vs. hacking elections by Jeremy Epstein from the Freedom to Tinker blog is republished with permission of the author.

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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/
Website: http://garnetbruce.com
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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