GPO: The 2016 Calabogie Convention

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The Green Party of Ontario will be hosting its 2016 Convention at Calabogie Peaks Resort, from May 13-15, 2016.

Just announced, our keynote speaker will be Jo-Ann Roberts, GPC candidate and former CBC Radio Host. We’re very excited to have Jo-Ann join us, to tell tales from her high profile campaign in Victoria, where she ended in 2nd place with a mighty 23,666 votes (that’s more votes than 151 MPs who were elected!)

Register now!

Mike Shreiner
Mike Shreiner, Leader GPO

The convention is only 6 weeks away, and things are shaping up to be an excellent weekend. Here’s a snippet of what we have planned so far:

Hear from our Keynote Speaker, Jo-Ann Roberts

Participate in our Strategic Pathway to Election ’18 presentation & breakout sessions with GPO Leader Mike Schreiner & ED Becky Smit (members only)

Discuss the incoming policy and constitutional resolutions with passion and grace (available online)

Connect with like-minded, passionate Greens from across the province, in a beautiful setting in Eastern Ontario

Join in a nature walk, a nighttime campfire, or grab a drink at the hospitality suite

Remember, all Convention registration payments and accommodations are eligible for a generous tax credit of up to 75% back. This means you could be paying as little at $73.53 after taxes for an entire weekend, food, gala dinner, speakers & accommodations!

Sign up for a day, evening or weekend. Keep tabs on the still evolving Calabogie Convention Agenda here.

X marks the ballotVoting

Political Conventions are the place where party members forge policy and vote in elections. This year, registered Green Party of Ontario members don’t have to attend the Convention to cast their votes for the 2016 Provincial Executive Elections. For the first time ever, the GPO is are offering online voting through Simply Voting, a secure, independent voting management company.

Online voting will be open from April 16, 2016 to May 14, 2016 at 1:30 PM. You will receive an email from on April 16, 2016 with your unique link to the secure ballot and your password.

For more information on the election, please go to

Info Table

Bob Jonkman spent some time staffing the WRGreens table at Cross Cultures.
I got the idea to put out a bowl of candy from my Fair Vote WRC Friend, Sharon Sommerville.  Candy rockets (my own favourite Hallowe’en treat) proved to be very attractive to the kids attending the Cross Cultures conference.  By the end of the day, we were out of buttons, too.


Cross Cultures: UN Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Look for the WRGreens information table at Kitchener City Hall March 31st, 2016 for the Cross Cultures commemoration of UN Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Cross Cultures has been organizing Waterloo Region’s full day free event to commemorate the UN Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination every year, for educators, students, organizations and the general public. Events are within the concept of Elimination of Racial Discrimination and with focus on specific themes each year.

8:30 arrivals
9:00 Elder indigenous opening prayer
followed by “O Canada” and dignitary greetings

The day continues with panel discussions, speakers, presentations (multimedia etc), information booths, displays…

6:30 we have the annual

Peace Concert

Encompassing the word “culture” in its broader sense (song, dance, instrument, drama, poetry, visual art & photography display, CD & DVD etc)

Location: Kitchener City Hall Rotunda
200 King St W, Kitchener, ON N2G 4V6, Canada

Kitchener City Hall

Better Late Than Never

Welcome to the new Waterloo Region Greens blogsite.   To start, this site is intended to post information about all WRGreen events in Waterloo Region, general Green Party news and events, as well as information and events that might be of interest to Green supporters.   Posts here will be sporadic, so if you want to stay in the loop,  your best bet would be to subscribe.National Puppy Day

This site was not up and running in time for National Puppy Day on March 23rd, but I thought it would be better to post this late than never.  The Green Party is a truly grass roots organization, and as such volunteers are always welcome.  Get involved!