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Posted September 28 , 2010

Local Leadership Council wants local citizens to be prepared for the ballot question on Election Day

WATERLOO REGION — Should they or shouldn’t they? That is the question. Well, actually, the real question on the ballot is, “Do you support members of Kitchener and Waterloo councils engaging in discussions about the advantages and disadvantages of merging the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo? Yes or No?”

Citizens are voting yes or no to a discussion, not amalgamation, but for some people this is a difficult question to answer. That’s why Leadership Waterloo Region’s Alumni Council has organized a Conversation Café on this topic. Citizens of both Kitchener and Waterloo are invited to register for facilitated round-table discussions to learn, share and prepare to answer this ballot question prior to Election Day.

The goal of the alumni council’s second Conversation Café is to provide everyone with an opportunity to enhance their understanding of the referendum question and to provide a venue in which they can communicate the type of information they need in order to answer this question.

“The Conversation Café is a chance for community members to come together and share ideas to better understand one another and focus on the opportunities facing Waterloo Region. When people get together and brainstorm on issues, especially something as complex and divisive as amalgamation, new, great ideas are bound to come up,” said Lisa Talbot, alumni council chair. “We want to share these ideas from the Conversation Café with both councils so they’re better equipped to discuss the issue with voters, in advance of the polls,” she added.

Event details for the general public:

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010
Time: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Bingemans -Berkley Room
Cost: $5.00 (includes refreshments)
Pre-registration required: www.leadershipwaterlooregion.org

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