Nomination Meeting Tonight!

2018 Kitchener—Conestoga Green Party of Ontario Nomination Contest
Thursday, 5 April 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
3876 Sandhills Rd, Baden, Ontario
[The map isn’t particularly accurate, but there are number signs along the road…Bob]

Find out more about the candidates in Meet our 2018 #KitCon Candidate Nominees!


Find us at the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival!

On Saturday April 7th, the Kitchener-Conestoga Greens have booked our first info booth at the 2018 Elmira Maple Syrup Festival!

We’ll be able to provide information about the Green Party for the election, but we will also be hosting a (free) button making event where kids of all ages will be able to create their own button, like we did at Open Streets Waterloo last year.

Our booth will be located inside the Woolwich Memorial Centre. You’ll find us across from the washrooms in the main concourse, outside the swimming pool area.

But if that isn’t enough, there’s more!

You’ll get to meet the newly chosen Kitchener-Conestoga GPO Candidate for the upcoming 2018 Ontario Election.  And he’ll be joined by 3 other WRGreens Candidates *and* Green Party of Ontario Leader Mike Schreiner to participate in the Pancake Flipping Contest between 10:am – Noon in the arena.  And this isn’t just an ordinary Pancake Flipping Contest!

You’ll find more information on the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival on their website:

Here are my Open Street Map maps to help you find your way!

Meet our 2018 #KitCon Candidate Nominees!

As the 2018 Ontario Election draws near, the Kitchener—Conestoga Constituency Association is preparing to select our candidate.

Patrick McDonald

Patrick McDonald, candidate nominee

Patrick has been a resident of the Region of Waterloo (Breslau) for 28 years. He has been an active member of the Breslau Recreation Association (serving several of those years as president), has been a very active Kids Chess events organizer, has been for many years a Foster parent and also served for several years on the Safety Kleen Public Liaison Committee. He has been working for many years in the IT industry and currently manages an Implementation and Support Services group.

Patrick started out in the Photographic Arts industry, moving into digital imaging in the early years of this technology and now works with many aspects of commercial Information Technology.

This is Patrick’s first venture into politics.

Bob Jonkman

Bob Jonkman, candidate nominee

Bob first got involved in politics during the 2007 Ontario referendum on Electoral Reform. He has served on the Executive Board of Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region Chapter since 2009, and was a founding member of the Pirate Party of Canada, and its Executive Director in 2009-2010.

Professionally, Bob is a computer consultant, providing technical support and training to large and small corporations. Several clients are social justice organizations, in which Bob also takes an active role. He’s an advocate in the Free Software community, encouraging the use of software that respects computer users’ freedom. Bob has spoken at conferences on copyright reform, Free Software, and freely available Open Data from government and business.

Bob has lived in Elmira with his wife Laurel and son Willem for 18 years.

The Kitchener—Contestoga Green Party of Ontario Candidate nomination meeting will take place at 7pm on April 5th, 2018.  GPO members eligible to vote will receive details by email.  If you’re a lapsed member, you still have time to renew your membership so you can vote for your preferred candidate nominee.  If you haven’t received an email, contact for information.

Candidate Nominees Patrick McDonald and Bob Jonkman flank awesome #Kitcon entertainer Sandy MacDonald who performed at Kennedys during our AGM.
2011 KitCon candidate David Weber (pictured here with Sandy MacDonald) will be supervising the candidate election process.



Green Party of Ontario’s 8th Annual Calendar Contest!

Every year the GPO produces a calendar created from member photos of Ontario as a fundraiser. The images chosen are selected through a contest. I only found out about it at the last minute, and this is my entry. (Next year I’ll let you know earlier, so you can enter too!)

I found these wild strawberries blossoming just off Elmira’s Ring Trail in the spring. Since these blossoms (and the berries that will follow) are so tiny, I had to set my camera to Super Macro, and while I was making my adjustments this little ladybug climbed on and posed for me.

Now that all the entries are in, you can vote for the photos you like best, and maybe the images you choose will be featured in the calendar to celebrate the beauty of our home province.

Vote now and rate as many photos as you like. The 12 top-rated photos will be featured in next year’s calendar.

  • You vote by rating a photo out of 5 stars.
  • You can vote on any number of photos – from one to all!
  • No registration required.
  • Voting is open online from today until midnight September 30
  • Voting is restricted to one vote per photo per IP address.

Voting ends on September 30, so don’t delay…vote today!

Contest winners will receive a free copy of the calendar.  If you want to vote for mine (hint, hint), you can go straight to the picture and vote, and while you’re there I encourage you to check out the other entries.

If any other Kitchener-Conestoga residents have entered, please share the link to your photo(s) in the comments below to give other #KitCon Greens a chance to vote for your work.   Whether or not mine is chosen, I’ll let you know how the contest comes out, and how you can order your calendar(s) so you can share them with family & friends.