Friday, June 02, 2006

Toronto: U of T presents: A Dialogue on Women's Representation, June 4th

Just a reminder that with the Citizens’ Assembly coming, we are finally going to have a chance to change the way we vote in Ontario.

Will the voting system we choose help get more women elected?
Come and hear some opinions of the experts and add your thoughts and ideas to the conversation.
Please join us on June 4th for a day of stimulating and provocative discussion on an issue of importance to all of us

Equal Voice, Women for Fair Voting

and the University of Toronto Political Science Department



Sunday, June 4, 11-3pm
University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, Falconer Hall, please follow the signs.
84 Queen's Park Cresent West. Museum Subway stop, West side exit.
(South of Bloor Street, next to the Royal Ontario Museum (Queen's Park Crescent is a continuation of University Avenue, and becomes Avenue Road north of Bloor).

The Ontario government has established a Citizens' Assembly to review and make recommendations for altering Ontario's voting system. This half-day forum will feature experts on women's representation and electoral systems who will highlight the key issues that need to addressed on this complex topic. Those in attendance will also be encouraged to bring their knowledge and concerns on the issue into the discussion.

Themes to be addressed include the interaction of social factors and electoral system design on women's representation, the role of parties, questions of 'demographic' representation and 'critical mass', and evidence about women's representation from around the world.

ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Please register as soon as possible.

See below for program details and registration details.

10:30-11:00 Registration

11:00-11:15 Introduction

Diane Williamson, Equal Voice
June Macdonald, Women for Fair Voting

The voting system and barriers to the representation of women

Jill Vickers, Carleton
Barry Kay, Wilfrid Laurier
Brenda O'Neill, Calgary
Amanda Bittner, UBC

12:45-1:15 Snack Break

Demographic representation, critical mass and parties

Melissa Haussman, Carleton
Sheilagh Knight, Research consultant
Kiloran German, Equal Voice
Judith Mackenzie, Guelph
Michelle Dagnino, Osgoode Law School, student-at-law

2:45-3:00 Closing comments


Use this form, or register by calling 416-410-4034. Registration fee covers materials and morning snacks/coffee/tea. Optional lunch available for purchase at the event.

__$10 regular or __ $5 students or unwaged

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expiry date ________________

Name ___________________________________ Email ______________________

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Mail completed form to: Fair Vote Canada, 26 Maryland Blvd., Toronto, ON M4C 5C9
Or fax to: 416-686-4929

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