Democracy Week Events 2013 / ÉVÉNEMENTS DANS VOTRE VILLE

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Celebrate Democracy Week 2013 by joining events coast to coast. The ways to participate are as diverse as our democracy itself, but all events will engage Canadians in their democracy as never before.

We invite you to join an event in your community, and if there isn’t one, start your own. If you would like your event added to our calendar, contact

Nous vous invitons à rejoindre un événement dans votre communauté, et s’il n’y en a pas, organisez-en un! Si vous voulez ajouter votre événement à notre calendrier, contactez :


British Columbia
New Brunswick
Nova Scotia
Prince Edward Island

British Columbia


Entertaining Short Videos and Discussion on Electoral Reform
When:  Thursday, September 19th, 2013 7-9pm
Where:  Little Red Church Healing Centre, Private Workshop Room , 243 Alpine Street, Comox, BC
Contact: Mike Fowler
Discuss real Electoral Reform in Canada
When: Sept 20, 7:30-8:30 PM
Where: Surrey Center Library room #418 10350 University Drive, Surrey, B.C. V3T 4B8
Details: A rigged voting system can be reformed with
Proportional Representation (PR)democracy.
Contact: Bruce 778.574.5164

Salt Spring Island
Elizabeth May — Save Democracy from Politics 2013 Tour!
September 18th, 5:00 p.m. PDT
All Saints by the Sea
110 Park Drive
Event site

Elizabeth May — Save Democracy from Politics 2013 Tour!
Town Hall September 19th, 7:00 p.m. PDT
HSDA240 Human and Social Development Building
University of Victoria
3800 Finnerty Road

Mainstreeting for Democracy on September 21
Everyone will meet at 3rd and Commercial at noon.
We will walk Commercial for up to two hours, break briefly
and switch to Main St or continue on Commercial.
Contact Les Brown 


Democracy Week Meet-Up Group Fair Vote Canada – Calgary Chapter
The first event will be on Sunday 15 September at 6.00 p.m. at the James Joyce authentic Irish Pub at 114 – 8th. Avenue SW.
RSVP to by the end of Thursday 12th September – so the pub can be booked


Association canadienne d’éducation de langue française Annual Conference (Event held in French)
Location: Delta Regina Hotel, Regina, Saskatchewan
September 26, 27, 28
French-language educators and education professionals will have a chance to meet with Elections Canada representatives to learn about civic education resources.
Craig Scott’s Electoral Reform Tour: Cross-Canada Consultations
Saskatoon, SK: Tuesday, October 1st


Whose Democracy Is It? Citizen Engagement and Diversity in Canada
Location: Marshall McLuhan Hall, University Centre, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (doors open at 10:00 a.m.) Sept 19
Be part of the discussion about how citizens can become more connected to and engaged in the democratic process.
Download the poster in PDF format


Make Every Vote Count panel event
When: September 18, 7 PM
Where: Terry Fox Public School
Details: Panelists will be college lecturer Rosemary Ganley of Peterborough, who helped Joyce Murray campaign for the Liberal leadership on a platform of proportional representation, former Deputy Leader of the Green Party of Ontario, Judy Smith Torrie of Cobourg, along with Fair Vote Canada national councillor Wilf Day.
Walk, Rally and Talk for Democracy
When: Mon Sept 16, 6 PM
Details: Meet at Kitchener City Hall at 6 PM, walk to Waterloo Square for rally with speakers. Join MP Craig Scott on his Democratic Reform Tour at 7 PM at First United Church, 16 William Street (beside Waterloo Square).
Contact: Sharon Sommerville
Craig Scott Democratic Reform Tour
When: Sunday Sept 15, 1-3 PM
Where: Crabby Joe’s Restaurant, 276 Dundas St. (Dundas and Wellington)
Details: Craig wants to hear your ideas on proportional representation, Senate reform, and better democracy.
Contact: Margaret Hoff

On Monday, Sept 16, Fair Vote folks in Guelph have organized a viewing of the City Idol film/video: “Take Back the City”.  10 Carden Street, 7pm
Ken MacKay

FVC at Farmer’s Market in Guelph
Saturday, September 14, 10:00 -12:00

FVC at Writer’s Festival in Eden Mills
Sunday, September 15, 10:30 until late afternoon


Make Every Vote Count Campaign
Join us on Parliament Hill Thursday September 19, 12:15 PM, for the official launch of the Make Every Vote Count Campaign, aimed at making a commitment to proportional representation a key issue in the next federal election.
When: Thursday September 19, 12:15 PM
Where: Parliament Hill
Joining us on the Hill will be MP Joyce Murray, Deputy Leader of the Green Party Georges Laraque, Greenpeace Campaigns Director Yossi Cadan, and more guests (check this page for regular updates!)

Fair Vote Canada National Capital Region Chapter AGM
When: Tuesday, September 17th, 2013, 7 PM
Where: Sandy Hill Community Centre, 250 Somerset Street East, Ottawa
Details: The keynote address will be delivered by Joyce Murray, three-term Member of Parliament for the riding of Vancouver Quadra in B.C. and Liberal Party critic for National Defence and Western Economic Diversification. A strong supporter of electoral reform, Ms. Murray’s recent leadership run helped put proportional representation in the spotlight and challenged M. Trudeau’s alternative vote proposal.

Albion-Heatherington Recreation Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre – Election Forum

Sept 18, Time: Starts at 6:30 p.m.
Participate in an educational evening to help you understand the importance of voting.


Fair Vote Canada Simcoe Social
When: September 18, 7 PM
Where: The Kempenfelt Room, 37 Ellen Street, Barrie, buzz #54
Details: Topic: “The use of Ranked Ballots in Municipal Elections”. Special Guest: Mayor Jeff Lehman

St. Catharines

Fair Vote Canada info table
When: Friday Sept 20, 11:30-1:30
Where: Brock Farmer’s Market, Brock University


March and Craig Scott Democratic Reform Tour
When: 6 PM Sept 19: Join us for a march along the Danforth beginning at Broadview subway station. We will hand out brochures to Danforth strollers and make some noise about the urgent need for PR! 6:30 PM: Craig Scott Democratic Reform Tour
Where: Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave. (at Chester)
Contact: Joyce Hall

Canadian Electoral Alliance  Democracy Salon
Monday September 16, 2013, 6:00 to 8:00pm
The 519 Community Centre, 519 Church St., Toronto, Ontario
More information:

Scarborough / Pickering

FVC info table at West Rouge 20th annual family day
September 14. 2-4pm 270 Rouge Hills Drive, Scarborough
Contact Gary Dale: 


Strengthening Voices for Democracy.
Former Mayor of Newmarket, Tom Taylor will talk about the ‘Demise of Democracy’.
Newmarket Public Library on Sunday, September 15, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. 438 Park Ave., Newmarket,  L3Y 1W1 (see map).


Make Every Vote Count
A conference scheduled for September 27-29, 2013
YMCA Geneva Park Conference Centre, Orillia, Ontario



From Clicking “Like” to Marking the Ballot: Youth Electoral Engagement
(Event held in French)
Location: La Grande Bibliothèque, Montréal, Quebec
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
September 16
Join us to find out what leaders from Canadian and Quebec political culture have to say about youth electoral participation and youth civic engagement.
Institut du Nouveau Monde – Registration Form (French)
Download the poster in PDF format (French)

Nova Scotia

Launch of the South Shore FVC Action Team
Sign the declaration, join the team!
Lunenburg Farmers’ Market
Thursday, September 19
Lunenburg Arena, 8am to 12noon
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Contact Linda Loth,


Bridging the Gap: Connecting Active Citizenship with Politics
Location: McInnes Room, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Time: 4:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. (doors open at 3:30 p.m.)
September 18
Be a part of the discussion about connecting expressions of active citizenship with formal politics.
Download the poster in PDF format

Elizabeth May — Save Democracy from Politics 2013 Tour!
Halifax, September 17th, 6:30 p.m. ADT
Room 1020, Rowe Management Building, Dalhousie University
6100 University Avenue
Event page on Facebook

New Brunswick

Elizabeth May — Save Democracy from Politics 2013 Tour!
Press Conference, September 26thFredericton Elizabeth May — Save Democracy from Politics 2013 Tour!
Town Hall, September 26th

Prince Edward Island


St. John’s
In honour of Democracy Week, Fair Vote members are starting an action team
in St. John’s Newfoundland—-Wednesday, September 18, from 10-2 at Memorial University.
Contact: Robert Ring


Elizabeth May — Save Democracy from Politics 2013 Tour!
Town Hall September 20th, 6:30 p.m. PDT
Old Firehall, 1105 1st Ave
Dawson City
Elizabeth May — Save Democracy from Politics 2013 Tour!
Town Hall September 21st , 6 p.m. PDT
D�noj� Zho Cultural Centre
1131 Front St.

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