Regional Council debates for Kitchener Candidates

Thanks to the Working Centre for their leadership in presenting the Regional Council debate for Kitchener last night.

Head over to The Working Centre’s All Candidate Meetings site for the audio from our debate, as well as two other recordings for city candidates in Wards 9 and 10. Click on the player to hear your candidates, or use the download link to see a page that breaks down the timeline of the debate for each question.

Here are the time points for the recording that will allow you to hear what I had to say in about twenty minutes. If you do have time to listen to all the candidates (just under two hours), please do so!
Preamble 14:00-14:44
Intro 14:44-17:06
Why Light Rail Transit matters 25:38-27:15
LRT for lower taxes 34:37-36:13
GO buses and other transit issues 44:49-45:59
Our water supply 51:45-53:22
Role of schools in the community 1:07:30-1:09:00
Other cities’ successes 1:13:29-1:14:45
Out of the Cold & transportation 1:19:05-1:20:14
Open Data 1:25:59-1:26:59
Tax increases 1:31:34-1:33:02
Closing remarks 1:38:50-1:40:15

As you may know, there was also a televised debate on Rogers TV (20), but there are no current plans to put that online or rebroadcast it. So, I am very thankful for the chance to encourage voters throughout Kitchener to listen to last night’s event.

You’re Invited: Election Night 2010

Less than a week to go until election day, so it’s that time of the campaign: the invitation to the party!

Come out and join the team for a celebration of the past six weeks. We’ve been sharing a vision of green prosperity for Waterloo Region, and have had great support from electors across the city, and from all sorts of diverse backgrounds. As the polls close on Monday, it will be time to share some quality time and some tasty appetizers.

We’ll be gathering at Crabby Joe’s (King and Frederick, Downtown Kitchener) from 7:00pm to 11:00pm on Election Day (Monday, Oct. 25th, 2010). Some appetizers and soft drinks will be provided, and you are welcome to support our hosts by purchasing your own meals and other drinks. We will have our own space with live television coverage of the results.

Of course, our work is not done. We are running at full speed, with a variety of campaign activities every day. If you can help in any way at any time, we have a job to suggest and great people to work with!

Please RSVP so that we can plan for the right number of guests (email I look forward to seeing you there and thanking you in person for your support!

Garden Party a success

Enjoying a beautiful day on the patio

Thanks to the group of volunteers that came out to the Garden Party on Sunday. It was beautiful weather, and we had standing room only beyond the patio. Thanks also to those volunteers who had a busy elsewhere, but sent best wishes and affirmed their commitment to help out over the next few weeks of the campaign.

Discussing municipal issues and our platform

We had a chance to review the platform with new volunteers, discuss the issues that matter in the variety of neighbourhoods represented by the group, and (of course) enjoy some harvest from the garden! I deeply appreciate the input that each of you have passed on from your friends, colleagues, neighbours, and personal experience, and I know we have a platform we can all stand proudly behind. Let’s harness our ambitions for the Region and continue to work hard and have fun over the next five weeks to Election Day.

You’re Invited: Garden Party

The Jason Hammond Campaign will be having a Garden Party & BBQ this Sunday afternoon, to celebrate current and incoming volunteers. If you would like to support the campaign in any way (requesting a lawn sign, spreading the word, etc.), learn more about our priorities for the Region, and register to spend some of your time over the next few weeks as a campaign volunteer, you are welcome to join us!

Where: Backyard of 118 Strange Street (between Victoria and Dominion, one block west of Park St.)
When: 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., this Sunday, September 19th
Who: Regional Councillor Candidate Jason Hammond, members of the campaign team, and YOU (and anyone you think might be interested in volunteering)
Why: To introduce the campaign to new (or potential) volunteers, and help them get to know the rest of the team

So, pass on this invitation to those who may be interested in Jason’s campaign and considering spending some volunteer time with us over the next month. Speak about it with your friends, family, neighbours, and colleagues. We’ll see you there!

RSVP’s are not required, but very much appreciated to help with planning the event. Please email if you are able to RSVP. Either way, we look forward to seeing you.