The Ontario Election is off at a gallop; there have been so many events packed into the schedule (even before it started) I’ve been so busy taking photographs and recording video there hasn’t been time to look through our multi-media much less post it… until now!
There will be more video to come from this and other events this week.
Bob Jonkman will be live on the radio on Bollywood Mix, 10-11am Tuesday morning
On Wednesday he’ll be getting his SHORE Centre briefing to ensure our campaign is well informed on accurate sexual health education and confidential pregnancy options, issues including:
Updated sex ed curriculum
Safe Access Zones
Parental notification laws for minors seeking abortion care
Mifegymiso (abortion pill)
Abortion access and regulations in Ontario
OHIP+ & Pharmacare implications on access to birth control
Although this isn’t an election event, you are welcome to join Bob on Thursday evening for his regularly scheduled KWVoIP meeting at the Egg Roll King Restaurant, 85 Courtland Avenue East, Kitchener Map. The Kitchener-Waterloo Voice Over Internet Protocol Users Group (KWVoIP) meets regularly on the fourth Thursday of the month. Meetings are scheduled to begin at 7:00pm, but some people arrive at 6:00pm to order dinner before the meeting.
This is a regular informal meetup where tech folk can share information with each other as well as help non-tech people interested in exploring VoIP. Skype is the VoIP most people are familiar with, but there are plenty of economical free software options. Bob set up our WRGreens campaign office with a cost effective VoIP system. If you’re interested in finding out how this stuff works, this is a great resource. (And the food at Egg Roll King is fabulous!)
Check out Bob’s online Calendar for updates on Ontario Election events he’ll be attending.
The Kitchener-Conestoga Greens are again sharing an office with the rest of the WRGreens in DownTown Kitchener. We’re having an open house tonight. You’ll be able to pick up a button or a lawn sign. If you know anyone interested in finding out about the Greens, a social event like this can be a good introduction. (The more the merrier)
We’re also looking for a few items to help furnish the space. If you have anything you might be able to contribute, here is our ongoing list of needs:
The campaign is officially underway and there has been a flurry of activity already! Green signs are popping up all over the city, we’ve knocked on hundreds of doors, and a visit from our provincial leader, Mike Schreiner, helped kick off our campaign this past wednesday.
This year’s WRGreens Campaign Office is located downtown at 6 Duke Street East, Kitchener, ON N2H 2G9. We will be having an Office Opening Party here Sunday night, when parking is free and relatively easy.
But generally the parking situation is much more complicated than it was at our 2015 Office in Waterloo.
Since the office is shared by all 5 WRGreens campaigns, we’ll have visitors and volunteers from across the region. This post is intended to identify the issues to help those arriving by car steer clear of parking tickets.
Even though the system isn’t up and running yet, the ION is being tested throughout the city, and the LRT Track runs right in front of our new office. Last week Zdravko mentioned he hoped we’d get an opportunity to see an LRT train come by. As exciting as that may be, in practical terms it means the loss of about five parking spaces in front of the Duke Food Block.
All vehicles except the ION itself are prohibited from driving or even stopping on the LRT tracks. There are huge fines if you do, and we’d rather not see that happen. If you need to unload, you can always stop in the roadway on the other side of the LRT track, put on your hazzard lights, and unload quickly. If you’re on your way within 10 minutes or so it shouldn’t be a problem, although it may annoy traffic behind you. If you proceed past the office and go around the corner, turning right on Queen Street you can park in the loading zone.
Kitchener has complicated parking rules, and we don’t want our volunteers and visitors to get ticketed.
Street parking is allowed in the area marked within the red streets allowed for 2 hours. After which there is no parking in the zone again for 5 hours. You can either find a space outside the zone, or park in a pay lot or parking meter.
Outside the 2 hour Red Zone, the the City of Kitchener default is 3 hour street parking from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. year round. Outside of winter (April 1st through November 30th). the City of Kitchener allows overnight parking on any city street from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. UNLESS this conflicts with other posted parking regulations.
on, or over any sidewalk
paved or grass covered city boulevards, including the bit between the sidewalk and the street
facing the wrong direction
on private property without the owner’s permission
within 3 metres of a fire hydrant
in a designated fire route
in a space designated for disabled people (unless a valid MRO permit is clearly displayed on the dashboard)
if your vehicle’s license plate is expired
Trucks exceeding 4,600 kg weight
“If your vehicle is found in violation of any of our parking bylaws, you may be issued a ticket and your vehicle may be towed at your own expense. Parking violation fines can range from $15 to $300.”
The Ontario Election was called on Wednesday May 9th, 2018. The WRGreens invited Green Party Leader Mike Shreiner to join in our campaign launch
The WRGreens are again setting up a shared campaign office; this time at 6 Duke Street in Kitchener. We’ll announce our opening in another blog article. But with the election on, we’re all spread pretty thin. Tonight all the candidates from the Liberal, PC, NDP and Green Parties were invited to an education Q & A event to speak to teachers. Sadly none of the PC candidates chose to attend. I hope to start posting video tomorrow tomorrow.
And tonight, Mike Schreiner has been excluded from CityTV’s televised Leadership Debate.
If you care about democracy in Ontario, if you can get down to City TV in Toronto tonight, please join the silent protest about the Green Party’s exclusion from the debate.
A contingent of WRGreens has gone down to join the silent protest. Signs are welcome. the Protest begins at 5:00 pm down at City TV News, 33 Dundas Street East in Toronto, and is scheduled to go on at least until the televised debate begins. The Facebook event information can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1649693598473089/
Even though they’re trying to shut him out, Mike Schreiner is all about getting things done. So while the City TV debate is being broadcast tonight, Mike will be sharing his answers to the questions posed at the debate online. We can watch that here: https://secure.gpo.ca/content/mike-mic
If the “news media” isn’t willing to inform Ontario voters of our options, we can help broadcast it ouselved on social media. If you’re a Twitter user, please tweet and reshare Mike’s tweets.
You can always subscribe to our WRGreens Tweets List on Twitter if you can help tweet and retweet green information throughout the campaign.
[republished from WRGreens: Why does CityTV think it is Okay to Censor What Voters Need to Hear?]
On Wednesday, May 9th, Mike Schreiner, Leader of the Green Party of Ontario, will be launching our official campaign for the 2018 provincial election.
Come celebrate with us as we kick off the biggest campaign we’ve ever run in Green Party history! We’ll have lots of excitement as the writs are drawn up and the election is officially underway. Make sure to wear Green so we can show Ontario that the Green Wave is here.
This discussion is centred around the issues facing people with developmental disabilities and their families in Waterloo Region. It will provide an opportunity for members and organizations involved in the developmental services sector to hear learn about the policies offered by local politicians and their parties over the next four years.
Care has been taken to ensure this is not a debate. The panel of participants represent the four major parties in the 5 Waterloo Region constituencies with no candidate running against each other in the upcoming election.
The audience will be individuals with an interest in the Developmental Sector, primarily family, self-advocates and persons supported by the Sector and people volunteering or working in the Sector or related Sectors. The purpose of the evening is for candidates to outline their Parties Platform related to the Developmental Sector and to speak to the issues related to the Sector.