Election Finance Laws

The Liberals in previous years had a bad habit of having expensive dinners that cabinet ministers could attend.  This is a problem as it means rich people have more access to the government then people with little or no disposable income. This can be a problem in a democracy.

In democracy, money shouldn’t outweigh citizens.

Mike Schreiner led the charge to reform political fundraising laws in order to stop this ‘pay for access’. During the process he also got corporation and union donations to political entities banned, brought down the donation limits (although the new limits are still higher than most people can afford).

Candidates, MPPs, cabinet ministers can no longer attend fundraising dinners.  People do not have to pay to access Ontario politicians.

Elections Ontario has handy guidebooks for Political Parties, Candidates and their CFOs on their website. They are in easy to understand language, spell out clearly what are fundraising events and restrictions on who can attend these events.  Donation limits are easily found out as well.  The limit is $1222 for 2018. This amount can be donated to:

  • a Party, and
  • to a constituency association
  • and to a campaign.

You can donate $1222 in total to election campaigns.  This can be donated to one campaign or spread out over several campaigns.  The maximum you can donate in total is $3,666 in total.

Earth Day with David Suzuki

Election Finance laws are mildly frustrating for someone in the position of CFO or as a fundraising director.  Having to say, “Sorry, you can’t donate that much, as much as I would like to accept it” or “no we can’t charge admission to this event” is hard to do.  That is why the recent Earth Day rally in Guelph with David Suzuki, Sarah Harmer, Elizabeth May and Mike Schreiner was free.   Anyone could attend the event.  We did ask for donations at the event, which is allowed, but a donation was not required for attendance.

However, the frustration is worth it to make democracy stronger.  Everyone should have access to the people running for office and in office without having to pay for the privilege.  The representatives elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario are there to represent us, the people in the province.  Right now, we are having an election, essentially one big job interview for candidates.  We all should have access to them, no matter how much money we have, because the candidates who are elected are supposed to represent us at Queen’s Park.

When people running for office break Election Finance laws, I wonder what they do they really think about democracy?  What other laws will they break to get or retain power?

The laws governing election spending limits and ‘pay for access’ are there to help make our elections fair and democratic.

Large election events don’t just happen.  They are never planned in isolation.  Candidates (and especially leaders of parties) never just show up.  Ignorance of the law is no excuse and is never an excuse.

Election laws are there to protect you, the people of Ontario.

WRGreens @ THE MUSEUM

The event was a series of round tables connecting people with candidates, interspersed with 3-5 minute talks by candidates and representatives from the local culture scene. The speaking order was determined by drawing names out of a bowl, and as it happened, our Green Candidates dominated the beginning of the evening.

Waterloo Candidate Zdravko Gunjevic started the evening off with a look at the importance of Public Libraries in our shared culture (if you listen closely you’ll hear an Ontario Cabinet Minister heckle him)

Next up, Kitchener-Conestoga Candidate Bob Jonkman considers the impact of culture on our most vulnerable citizens

And finally, Kitchener Centre Candidate Stacey Danckert spoke about the importance of public support for the creators who make our culture

WRGreens were honoured to be included in this valuable event.

Sign of the times: #PeoplePoweredChange #ONelxn

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The Waterloo Region Greens are ready to make history by sending some Green MPPs to Queen’s Park!

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Drop by 6 Duke Street East, Kitchener to pick up a sign, or to volunteer, donate, or just say “hi”!

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Special thanks to Tori, who created a fabulous banner, and thanks to the sign crew– Greg, Mark, James, Elliot– who did an excellent job hanging it today!

The Museum: A Cultural Exchange 6.0 Tonight! #ONelxn #ONpoli

Tonight, Ontario MPP Candidates from all parties across the Region have been invited to speak at The Museum: A Cultural Exchange 6.0

The Museum
7:00 – 10:00 pm
10 King Street West
Kitchener, ON, N2G 1A3

Join the Waterloo Region Greens tonight at The Museum. Here’s a clip of Kitchener—Conestoga candidate Bob Jonkman speaking at the 2015 Museum event.

Michele Braniff: Ontario Chamber of Commerce Interview #ONelxn #ONpoli

Check out Greg Durocher’s Ontario Chamber of Commerce interview with Michele Braniff, the Green Party Candidate for Cambridge. This is part of the Chamber’s 2018 Ontario Election coverage of Cambridge and Kitchener South—Hespeler.

Parking at the Campaign Office

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.

 

 

WRGreens 2018 Campaign Office: OPEN HOUSE #ONpoli

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

Returning Offices in Waterloo Region

Looking for more information about the election? Contact your local Returning Office:

Cambridge

Cambridge Smartcentre
30 Pinebush Road unit 101, Cambridge, N1R 8K5 Map
Phone number is +1-866-850-0473
You can vote from May 10 – Jun 6

Monday to Saturday: 10 AM – 8 PM
Sunday May 13, May 20, June 3: 12 PM – 5 PM
Sunday May 27: 10 AM – 8 PM

Elections Ontario: Cambridge

Kitchener Centre

137 Glasgow Street unit 210, Kitchener, N2G 4X8 Map
Phone number is +1-866-850-4574
You can vote from May 10 – Jun 6

Monday to Saturday: 10 AM – 8 PM
Sunday May 13, May 20, June 3: 12 PM – 5 PM
Sunday May 27: 10 AM – 8 PM

Elections Ontario: Kitchener Centre

Kitchener — Conestoga

Returning Officer: Nick Driedger

1187 Fischer Hallman Road, Kitchener, N2E 4H9 Map
Phone number is +1-866-850-8977
You can vote from May 10 – Jun 6

Monday to Saturday: 10 AM – 8 PM
Sunday May 13, May 20, June 3: 12 PM – 5 PM
Sunday May 27: 10 AM – 8 PM

Elections Ontario: Kitchener–Conestoga

Kitchener South — Hespeler

148 Manitou Drive unit 202, Kitchener, N2C 1L3 Map
Phone number is +1-866-714-2812
You can vote from May 10 – Jun 6

Monday to Saturday: 10 AM – 8 PM
Sunday May 13, May 20, June 3: 12 PM – 5 PM
Sunday May 27: 10 AM – 8 PM

Elections Ontario: Kitchener South–Hespeler

Waterloo

630 Weber Street N unit 100, Waterloo, N2V 2N2 Map
Phone number is +1-866-259-7278
You can vote from May 10 – Jun 6

Monday to Saturday: 10 AM – 8 PM
Sunday May 13, May 20, June 3: 12 PM – 5 PM
Sunday May 27: 10 AM – 8 PM

Elections Ontario: Waterloo

The Writ is Drawn and the Election is on…

Mike Schreiner addresses the crowd

Don’t have time for more than a few photos from our awesome Election Launch yesterday!

Catch the video at CTV Kitchener

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Mike makes friends
Green Party of Ontario Candidates: Stacey Danckert (Kitchener Centre), Michele Braniff (Cambridge), Mike Schreiner (Guelph), Bob Jonkman (Kitchener-Conestoga), Zdravko Gunjevic (Waterloo) and David Weber (Kitchener South-Hespeler)
Kitchener Centre Candidate Stacey Danckert
Mike Schreiner