Assembly Meeting Schedule

The Learning Phase:

Assembly members will participate in six weekend sessions at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (Keele campus) in Toronto. Members of the public are invited to observe plenary sessions. A detailed schedule follows.

Free parking is available on the west side of Osgoode Hall - entrance north from the Pond Rd.

Simultaneous English/French translation will be available at all Plenary Sessions. If you plan to observe a session and require special accommodations please contact us.

Day Time Details
September 9, 2006
Weekend One
Day One
9:15 – 10:00 Plenary Session:
Opening Remarks from the Chair & Open Forum
10:00 – 10:45 Plenary Session:
Working Together
11:00 – 12:00 Small Group Discussions:
Working Together, Our Shared Values
1:00 – 2:00 Plenary Session:
Report Back: Working Together
2:00 – 2:45 Plenary Session:
Overview of Learning Phase & Learning Materials
3:00 – 3:15 Plenary Session:
Introduction to Plans for Public Consultation
3:15 – 3:30 Plenary Session:
Discussion of Evaluation & Survey
September 10, 2006
Weekend One
Day Two
9:15 – 9:40 Plenary Session:
Working Together
9:40 – 9:50 Plenary Session:
Voting Simulation
9:50 – 10:45 Plenary Session:
What are Electoral Systems?
11:00 – 11:45 Small Group Discussions:
What should elections accomplish?
11:45 – 12:30 Plenary Session:
What should elections accomplish? & Voting Simulation Results
September 30, 2006
Weekend Two
Day One
9:15 – 9:40 Plenary Session:
Open Forum: Feedback from Weekend One
9:40 – 10:20 Plenary Session:
Creation of Working Groups & Advisory Committees
10:35 – 11:15 Plenary Session:
The Structure & Functions of Our Legislature
11:15 – 12:15 Small Group Sessions:
How are we represented?
1:15 – 2:00 Plenary Session:
The Role & Function of Parties and their Relationship to Electoral Systems
2:00 – 3:15 Small Group Sessions:
Parties & Electoral Systems
3:30 – 4:30 Plenary Session:
Panel Discussion: The Work World of the Legislature
Day Time Details
October 1, 2006
Weekend Two
Day Two
9:15 – 10:00 Plenary Session:
What principles matter when designing electoral systems?
10:10 – 11:15 Small Group Sessions:
Principles
11:15 – 12:30 Plenary Session:
Introduction to Consultation Process
October 14, 2006
Weekend Three
Day One
9:15 – 9:45 Plenary Session:
Open Forum: Feedback from Weekend Two
9:45 – 10:30 Plenary Session:
Approval of Draft Consultation Plan and Guide
10:45– 11:30 Plenary Session:
Electoral Systems: What they are
11:30 – 12:30 Small Group Sessions:
Electoral Systems
1:30 – 2:15 Plenary Session:
Plurality Systems
2:15 – 3:00 Plenary Session:
Majority Systems
3:15 – 4:30 Small Group Sessions:
Plurality & Majority Systems
October 15, 2006
Weekend Three
Day Two
9:15 – 9:45 Plenary Session:
Principles & Characteristics of First-past-the-post
9:45 – 10:30 Plenary Session:
Panel Discussion: Understanding Ontario's FPTP System
10:45 – 11:30 Plenary Session:
Questions for Panel
11:30 – 12:30 Small Group Discussions
October 28, 2006
Weekend Four
Day One
9:15 – 9:30 Plenary Session:
Open Forum: Feedback from Weekend Three
9:30 – 10:30 Plenary Session:
Proportional Systems
10:45 – 12:00 Small Group Sessions:
Proportional Systems
1:00 – 1:45 Plenary Session:
Single Transferable Vote
1:45 – 3:00 Small Group Sessions:
Single Transferable Vote
3:15 – 4:00 Small Group Sessions:
Preparing for Consultation
October 29, 2006
Weekend Four
Day Two
9:15 – 10:30 Plenary Session:
Combining PR with Geographic Representation
10:45 – 12:00 Small Group Sessions:
Mixed Systems
12:00 – 12:30 Plenary Session:
Open Forum: Taking Stock
Day Time Details
November 11, 2006
Weekend Five
Day One
9:15 – 9:45 Plenary Session:
Open Forum: Feedback from Weekend Four
9:45 – 10:45 Plenary Session:
The Importance of Principles in Electoral Reform
11:00 – 12:15 Plenary Session:
The Canadian Experience with Electoral Reform
1:15 – 2:15 Plenary Session:
Citizens’ Assemblies: The Cases of B.C. and The Netherlands
2:15 – 3:15 Plenary Session:
Electoral System Change in Emerging Democracies
3:30 – 4:30 Plenary Session:
The New Zealand Case
November 12, 2006
Weekend Five
Day Two
9:15 – 9:45 Plenary Session:
Review
9:45 – 10:45 Small Group Discussions:
Preliminary Weighting of Principles & Characteristics
11:15 – 12:30 Plenary Session:
Report Back & Discussion of Values
November 25, 2006
Weekend Six
Day One
9:15 – 9:45 Plenary Session:
Open Forum: Feedback from Weekend Five
9:45 – 10:15 Plenary Session:
Introduction to Simulated Elections
10:15 – 11:00 Plenary Session:
Simulated Election: Single Transferable Vote
11:15 – 12:15 Plenary Session:
Working Group Presentations
1:30 – 2:15 Plenary Session:
Single Transferable Vote: Simulated Election Results
2:15 – 3:00 Plenary Session:
Simulated Election: Mixed Systems (Compensatory & Parallel)
3:15 – 4:00 Plenary Session:
Mixed Systems: Simulated Election Results
November 26, 2006
Weekend Six
Day Two
9:15 – 10:15 Plenary Session:
Mixed Systems: Different Assumptions
10:30 – 11:30 Plenary Session:
Working Group Presentations
11:30 – 12:30 Plenary Session:
Closing Remarks from the Chair & Wrap-up

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