Join us at the WRGreens Office Open House tonight!

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)

Here’s the official Invitation message from Stacey (reproduced from theWRGreens blog):

Hi Green supporters,

Please come out and join us this Sunday evening, 7pm at our new office!

We’ll have pizza & snacks available, and you can meet with fellow supporters as well as our 5 candidates in Waterloo Region.

Location: 6 Duke St E, Kitchener Map

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.

View the video with Mike Schreiner from the launch event on Facebook.

See you soon!

Stacey Danckert for Kitchener Centre

WRGreens 2018 Campaign HQ

Since the odds are Kitchener-Conestoga Greens will be arriving by car, you’ll want to know about the hazards of Kitchener parking:

The marker shows points to the 2018 WRGreens Campaign Office in the Duke Street Food Block.  Original Interactive map is available at Open Street Map

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.

The Ion came calling on Saturday!

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.

LRT

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.

Parking Regulations

Kitchener has complicated parking rules, and we don’t want our volunteers and visitors to get ticketed.

RED ZONE

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.

The Red Zone Original interactive map at Open Street map Larger map available on Flickr

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.

NO PARKING

  • 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.

— Kitchener Parking Regulations

OPEN HOUSE

We hope you’ll be careful about parking when you join us at our WRGreens Open House on Sunday night.

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The Election is On! #LetsMakeHistory

Bob Jonkman and Green Party of Ontario Leader Mike Schreiner wave at passing motorists in downtown Kitchener

The Ontario Election was called on Wednesday May 9th, 2018.   The WRGreens invited Green Party Leader Mike Shreiner to join in our campaign launch

Mike Schreiner joined the Waterloo Region Greens to launch our 2018 election campaigns!
Mike gave an inspirational speech to the WRGreens candidates.Stacey Danckert (Kitchener Centre), Michele Braniff (Cambridge), Mike Schreiner (Guelph), Bob Jonkman (Kitchener-Conestoga), Zdravko Gunjevic (Waterloo) and David Weber (Kitchener South-Hespeler)and friends along with assorted news media at the Working Centre’s Fresh Ground Cafe in DownTown Kitchener.
Then we joined Mike for a stroll down King Street.
at Kitchener City Hall

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.

Its time Ontario joined the Green wave that’s sweeping Canada and send some Green MPPs to Queen’s Park.

Bob’s calendar is filling up fast: https://bobjonkman.ca/calendar/

Remember when the TV News tried to inform us?

Macleans Magazine just published its “Ontario election 2018 platform guide: Where the parties stand on everything from hydro bills to taxes to transit” which makes absolutely no mention of the Green Party at all.

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/

What else can we Do?

Devon Rowcliffe recommends:

“Can you please take five minutes to help Mike Schreiner be invited to the CityNews Toronto televised provincial leaders’ debate this Monday?

PHONE: 416-599-CITY (2489)
* press “4” for the general mailbox and leave a message (unfortunately their “Viewer Relations Dept” mailbox doesn’t seem to be working)

EMAIL (via web form): http://toronto.citynews.ca/contact-us-news-tips/

FACEBOOK (leave a comment): https://www.facebook.com/citynewstoronto/posts/10155297477146175

TWITTER (leave a comment): https://twitter.com/CityNews/status/992735787476226048

(Unfortunately their Instagram account doesn’t show comments)

AND… Please sign the petition at https://fairdebates.ca/

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?]

Campaign Launch: Waterloo Region

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.

The event is free, but spots are limited so RSVP today. https://gpo.ca/event/campaign-launch-kitchener/

When: May 9, 2018 3:30 pm
Where: Fresh Ground (at The Working Centre), 256 King St E, Kitchener