61% of Endorsed Candidates Elected!

Better Choices Waterloo Region logoA big thank you goes out to everyone who voted for the Better Choices candidates, and who worked so hard to encourage your fellow union members, family, and neighbours to do the same. We now have progressive Mayors of all three of our cities in Waterloo Region, and a progressive Regional Chair. Better Choices Waterloo Region and our Labour Council played a big part in making that happen! We helped elect 23 out of the 38 (61%) candidates we endorsed. An additional three progressive people who sought but did not receive our endorsement were also elected.

See the table below to see how our endorsed candidates fared.

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Elect the Boss You Deserve!

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ONE Vote (Yours?) Could Be the Difference!

Kitchener's Ward 9 Was Won by One Vote in 2010!

To make your vote count, go to www.betterchoiceswr.ca.

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Support the Better Choices Candidates!

Here are some ways you can help elect progressive candidates to municipal councils and school boards on October 27th. Together we can make a difference!

After you've read this yourself, please post it on your union websites and forward it via email to your members and friends.

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Get Your Union Involved in Electing the Better Choices Candidates!

Better Choices logoA record number of people turned our to our September membership meeting to discuss this Fall's municipal elections. Delegates representing 29 union Locals plus dozens of guests discussed the process Better Choices Waterloo Region used to evaluate candidates and what they could do to help get the endorsed candidates elected to municipal councils and school boards on October 27th.

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Better Choices Announces Its 38 Endorsed Candidates

Better Choices Waterloo Region has endorsed 38 candidates for the October 27th municipal and school board elections. The coalition of progressive individuals and organizations endorsed candidates for Regional and area municipal Councils and both school boards after 60 candidates filled out the group’s questionnaire.

Better Choices Endorsed Candidates for the 2014 Municipal Elections

“We are extremely excited about this diverse group of candidates,” said Nancy Hutcheson, spokesperson for the Better Choices Executive. “It contains a good mix of incumbents and new candidates from a variety of backgrounds and experience, and we are confident that a  good number of them will be successful in their election campaigns.”

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Municipal Election Training June 20-21

We don’t need to remind you that Municipalities Matter! So to help ensure our candidates are equipped with the right tools to run their campaign successfully, Better Choices Waterloo Region has teamed up with our friends from We Are Guelph to arrange a special training session for the Municipal elections, which will introduce a number of proven tools and techniques to make your campaign a success. The training will be held at Guelph City Hall in two parts, June 20 (6-9pm) and 21 (9am-1pm).

The training session will be invaluable to prospective Candidates, Campaign Managers, and Campaign Volunteers.

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First Candidate Endorsed by Better Choices

Tweet announcing Cameron Dearlove's endorsement

Better Choices has endorsed its first candidate. That's because we've been working hard for the past month getting the word out about our campaign! Allow us to tell you a bit about what we've been doing, and how you can help us out.

Last month, we sent a letter of introduction to all incumbents and declared candidates for municipal councils and school boards. Shortly afterwards, we issued a news release announcing our campaign to our community. In response, we got some good media coverage, received submissions from five candidates asking for our endorsement, and made our first endorsement decision!

Media Coverage
You can read our news release on the website of Exchange Magazine, which reprinted it verbatim. The Record published a story about us with some puzzling comments from Regional Councillor Sean Strickland in it, on February. This gave our Executive member Paul Cyr an opportunity to write a letter to the editor to set the record straight about our objectives. KOOL-FM's Brian Bourke wrote a column about us in The Waterloo Chronicle. People are talking about us!

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Start Preparing Now for 2014 Municipal Elections!

The Waterloo Regional Labour Council is making the 2014 municipal elections a high priority.  That's why we are joining with a community coalition called Better Choices Waterloo Region to identify progressive candidates NOW.

You and your union can help! We need you to tell Better Choices which of the current municipal Councillors and School Board Trustees you support (or not), and why. We need you to help us identify progressive people who might be convinced to put the names forward as a candidate.

We already have a lot of momentum.  Better Choices held public meetings in September 2013 that attracted over 80 people, and has set up a group of people who are prepared to co-ordinate a serious campaign.  Join in the action!

Go to http://betterchoiceswr.ca/action-updates/ to sign up for campaign updates, and/or to offer your support!

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