Fair Vote Canada Webinars

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Webinars are an opportunity to tune in on your computer and learn from guests presenting information and answering questions in real time. Presentations – by FVC leaders and/or special guests – usually take 45-60 minutes. The remaining 30 minutes is devoted to questions. See more FAQs below the schedule!

Types of Webinars

High Level

Informed Activist

 Teams/Chapters/Leaders

These webinars are general topics for everyone interested in proportional representation and the campaign to Make Every Vote Count! 

These webinars are special topics for those who have the basics and want to understand one aspect of proportional representation in more depth.  These are interactive presentations and small group discussions specifically for our team leaders and most active volunteers. 

 

Upcoming Webinars

Sunday September 24, 7 PM EDT

Countries with PR : How has it shaped their politics for the better?
Special Guest: Associate Professor and Electoral Reform Expert Dennis Pilon. Dennis is the author of several books including “The Politics of Voting: Reforming Canada’s Electoral System” and many articles. Full bio here. Dennis will discuss the use of PR in other western democracies and how it has made a difference to their politics. 

REGISTER HERE: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2472128035323660545

Sunday October 1 at 3 PM EDT

Building your local team and mentoring local leadership 
Special Guest: Sharon Sommerville, leader of Fair Vote Canada’s Waterloo Region team. Sharon has been involved with Fair Vote Canada since about 2012, and leads one of the most active chapters in Canada, hosting 4-5 events, about 10 community tables, speaking engagements and numerous meetings with MPs each year, as well as regular volunteer meetings. Largely as a result of this work, Waterloo Region had one of the best attended electoral reform consultations in Canada. In this workshop she’ll share what has worked to get new volunteers involved and nurture shared leadership within the team – generating more activities and creativity and avoiding burnout. This workshop will be an opportunity for other Fair Vote Canada leaders to share their successes and challenges. 

REGISTER: If you are not on our Chapters/teams email list and would like to join this workshop, please contact anita.nickerson@fairvote.ca

Saturday Oct 21, 2 PM EDT

PR Systems for Canada Series
Part One: Multi-member Systems – Single Transferable Vote (PR-STV) and Local PR
Special Guest: Byron Weber Becker. Find out how Single Transferable Vote (PR-STV) and an adaptation of it (Local PR) works for Canada! Byron Weber Becker teaches Computer Science at University of Waterloo.  He has combined his passion for electoral change and his computer science expertise into a web site (election-modelling.ca) with detailed simulations of how various proportional options for Canada perform with different features under different conditions. He testified to the all-party committee on electoral reform and was asked to do additional work for them. Byron has been involved with the design of two made-for-Canada electoral systems, Rural-Urban Proportional Representation (in collaboration with Fair Vote Canada and Fair Voting BC – see webinar three in this series) and Local Proportional Representation.

REGISTER HERE: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8893666268164002817

Sunday October 29, 1 PM EDT

Helping Your Team Message to and Reach Out to Youth!
Special Guest: Chardaye Bueckert. Chardaye Bueckert has demonstrated her passion for youth engagement as a member of Fair Vote Canada’s National Council and Youth Committee, as a World Economic Forum’s Global Shaper, and as president of Simon Fraser University’s student government. Her accomplishments as a young leader were recently recognized with a Schwarzman Scholarship, enabling Chardaye to complete a Masters in Global Affairs in China. Chardaye is 26 years old and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

REGISTER: If you are not on our Chapters/teams email list and would like to join this workshop, please contact anita.nickerson@fairvote.ca

Sunday November 12, 2 PM EDT

Busting the Most Common Myths about PR for Canada: Get the Facts!
Does PR mean instability? Will MPs still be accountable? What about “fringe parties”? Get the facts to answer all the most common myths, take a look at the research on PR, and ask your questions! 

REGISTER HERE: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4598079947118491651

Sunday November 26, 2 PM EST

PR Systems for Canada Series
Part Two: Top-up Systems – Mixed Member Proportional (MMP)
Special Guest: Byron Weber Becker. Find out how Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) works for Canada! Byron Weber Becker teaches Computer Science at University of Waterloo.  He has combined his passion for electoral change and his computer science expertise into a web site (election-modelling.ca) with detailed simulations of how various proportional options for Canada perform with different features under different conditions. He testified to the all-party committee on electoral reform and was asked to do additional work for the committee. Byron has been involved with the design of two made-for-Canada electoral systems, Rural-Urban Proportional Representation (in collaboration with Fair Vote Canada and Fair Voting BC – see webinar three in this series) and Local Proportional Representation (see webinar one in this series).

REGISTER HERE: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6428164274994150914

Sunday December 10, 2 PM EST

PR Systems for Canada Series
Part Three: Made-for-Canada hybrid, blended systems – Rural-Urban Proportional
Special Guest: Byron Weber Becker. Find out how Rural-Urban Proportional and Local PR work for Canada! Byron Weber Becker teaches Computer Science at University of Waterloo.  He has combined his passion for electoral change and his computer science expertise into a web site (election-modelling.ca) with detailed simulations of how various proportional options for Canada perform with different features under different conditions. He testified to the all-party committee on electoral reform and was asked to do additional work for the committee. Byron has been involved with the design of two made-for-Canada electoral systems, Rural-Urban Proportional Representation (in collaboration with Fair Vote Canada and Fair Voting BC) and Local Proportional Representation (see webinar one in this series).

REGISTER HERE: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2400232069497311234

Upcoming Webinars Winter 2018 (subject to change)

January 2018: Messaging PR: The most effective ways to talk to the public and the media
March 2018: Women’s Representation and PR
May 2018: Federal leaders

FAQ

How do I register and join a webinar?

When you register, the GotoWebinar (Citrix) program will send you a confirmation with a link to join. About five minutes before the webinar is scheduled to start, click the link to run the gotowebinar program. 

Does my computer have the system requirements?

You can check here: http://support.citrixonline.com/en_US/Webinar/help_files/G2W010003

How do I participate? Do I need a webcam?

During the webinar, you will have a chat box where you can type in your questions and the host will read as many questions as possible out loud so presenters can answer them. You do not need a webcam or microphone – no-one will be able to see you or the others who are tuned in to the presentation.

If you are an active volunteer interested in attending the webinars for chapters/team leaders, these will be hosted using gotomeeting and will be interactive (we will be talking to each other, similar to a conference call) and it is helpful to have a webcam. 

Will these be recorded to view later?

In most cases (excluding the teams/chapters/leaders workshops), yes. We will be creating a playlist of our webinars on the Fair Vote Canada youtube channel. Past webinars which were recorded:

Webinar with the parties (Liberal, NDP, Green), February 12, 2015
PR-STV and MMP 101 with international guests from Ireland and New Zealand
Proportional Representation and Good Governance with special guest researcher Salomon Orellana

Have ideas for webinars?

Get in touch with Anita at anita.nickerson@fairvote.ca

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