Tuesday, May 16, 2006

June 4 Forum: A Dialogue On Women's Representation

Hi everyone,

The Ontario government has established a Citizens' Assembly to reviewand make recommendations for altering Ontario's voting system. On June 4, there will be a half-day forum which will feature experts on women's representation and electoral systems who will highlight the key issues that need to be addressed on this complex topic.

If any of you are interested in this seminar, here are the details:

Equal Voice and Women for Fair Voting present A DIALOGUE ON WOMEN'S REPRESENTATION

Sunday, June 4, 11-3pm
University of Toronto (specific room location TBA depending on registration)

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.

PROGRAM
10:30-11:00 Registration
11:00-11:15 Introduction Diane Williamson, Equal Voice; June Macdonald, Women for Fair Voting
11:15-12:45 The voting system and barriers to the representation ofwomen Jill Vickers, Carleton; Barry Kay, Wilfrid Laurier; Brenda O'Neill, Calgary; Amanda Bittner, UBC
12:45-1:15 Snack Break
1:15-2:45 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

DESIGNING A FAIR VOTING SYSTEM - REGISTRATION
Use this form, or register by calling 416-410-4034.
Registration fee covers materials and snacks/coffee/tea.

__$10 regular or __ $5 students or unwaged

__ cheque enclosed or __ credit card

# (VISA or MC)_________________________expiry date ________________

Name ___________________________________

Email ___________________________________

Address__________________________________

Phone (day)____________________

Mail completed form to:
Fair Vote Canada, 26 Maryland Blvd.
Toronto,ON M4C 5C9

Or fax to: 416-686-4929

*** If you plan on attending, could you please do me a favour and send me an email to let me know how it went. Very interested, but live in BC.

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