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Grand River Stanley branch of the In 1907, Park the farmers’ market always willKitchener be, an integral partPublic Library celebrates 50 years
Our farmers’ market is among the oldest consistently By Cmarkets arrie Debrone operating in Canada. he Grand River Stanley Its vibrant colours, freshPark branch the from-the-field produce,oflively Kitchener Public faces Library chatter and friendly have celebrated its by 50thresidents anniversary been enjoyed and on July 28. visitors to the area for more The than 140current years. branch opened inThe 2002 market inside theisGrand River a proud High School. It had tradition in the city.originally It links been located the basement of young with inold, past with Sunnyside in 1971 present and Home rural with urban.and relocated later to a section of The beginnings of the the Christ Lutheran farmers’ market can Elementary be traced to School on Trafalgar Road in the first Mennonite settlements Kitchener. in Waterloo Region. In the Therefarmers had alsowho beenproduced a ‘book 1830s, mobile’ at the could Krug more thanlocated their families Street Plaza during some of the consume, held outdoor markets branch’s early years. in the Village of Berlin (now sparked fond theThe Cityoccasion of Kitchener) to share memories of thewith current branch their abundance others. and of its former locations from The first permanent market the staff was andbuilt elected officials structure in 1869. That who town attended the approved outdoor year, council anniversary celebration in front the expenditure of $7,000 to of the library entrance. town construct a two-storey Kitchener Berry hall to houseMayor the farmers’ Vrbanovic shared memories market, Council Chambers, a of his library youth and whena post he worked public office. asBy a library 1981had to 1872, page the from market 1985 when was located grown so itpopular thatin the basement Sunnyside Home. initial site of became too crowded used market to clean records, and“Ia new building was check movies, talking needed. It wasrewind constructed books and I mopped the behind the town hall. This floors of was the main on building homebranch to the Saturdays,” recalled. market for 35heyears.
to fill out ‘memory cards’ of was built on the same site to of the community in Kitchener. their experiences at the library accommodate the growing over the years. The cards population. A two-storey red are currently on display in brick building was constructed the glass case located in the and served as the location of hallway leading to the branch’s the farmers’ market for well entrance. over 60 years. “You always punch above In 1973, the Market Square your weight. You put so much building, a downtown Kitchener into this little branch,” said shopping mall, became home Kitchener councillor Sarah to the new market. A 1972 Marsh as she thanked the library brochure announcing the staff for their dedication. market’s anticipated move The mayor presented the made a commitment to residents library with a plaque to stating: “There’ll always be commemorate the occasion. a market in Kitchener…the It states: “For the past 50 Kitchener Farmers’ Market will years, in its 3 locations, the not close this year, next year – Grand River Stanley Park ever.” Branch of Kitchener Public Continuing with its legacy Library has not only served as of culture and tradition, in the a home for knowledge and a spring of 2004, the Market community gathering spot in opened in a new marquee site Kitchener’s east-side, but also on King Street, between Cedar as the great socio-economic and Eby Streets. Marking CELEBRATING A MILESTONEto - Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic presents a plaque to Grand River Stanley equalizer which provided equal the eastern entranceway Park Library Branch Manager Robyn Downtown Kitchener, the Zondervan honouring the local library’s 50th year. In the background is an opportunity for all of our city’s enlarged poster of a photo taken facility is one of the mostin 1971 featuring the mayor at the time, Sidney McLennan, and the Librarian residents to dream big and Betty Mooreand at the contemporary opening of the original branch, which was located in the basement of Sunnyside Home on achieve great things.” beautiful KULTRUN MUSICThe FESTIVAL Franklin Street North in Kitchener. plaque also contains the markets in all of Canada. Members of thebyLevant Community Dabke performed Photos Carrie Debrone famousGroup poem by Dr.several Seuss: Although the location of dances for an appreciative crowd at“The the 2019 Kultrun World Music more that you read, the the farmers’ market may have library was open as much as instrument lending program. It “When the city does surveys Festival held in Victoria Park in Kitchener July 13you andwill 14.know. The linemore things The changed over the years, the was allowed. was allperformers fantastic,”included he said.music groups and individual artists from to rate its services, the library is up of more that you learn, the more tradition and spirit of the “Over the years the library Branch manager, Robyn often number one,” Vrbanovic France, the Czech Republic, Colombia, Zimbabwe, Peru, Chile and market in Kitchener has not. has moved with the times Zondervan told visitors that in places you’ll go.” said, adding that, “Everyone Canada. Interactive activities included a drum circle,*Feel * * the Music, a The market has become a part providing computers for honour 50th and anniversary especially recognized its value concert of for the the deaf, a silent disco. MorePhoto by Carrie Debrone photos on page 16. of the city’s cultural identity public use and beginning an the library had asked its clients during the pandemic” when the and is rooted in our natural and human heritage. It is, and
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Local candidates still coming forward for the September 20 federal election Helen Hall On August 13, a federal election was called and voters will go to the polls on Monday, September 20. Here are the local candidates who are running in Waterloo Region ridings. Some parties have not yet selected their candidates. Kitchener Centre Liberal - Raj Saini (incumbent) Conservative - Mary Henein Thorn Green - Mike Morrice New Democratic Party Beisan Zubi Henein Thorn ran in the 2018 provincial election for the Progressive Conservatives. Morrice ran in the 2019 federal election and finished second, garnering 14,394 votes to Saini’s 20,316. Zubi is a firsttime candidate. Elections Canada lists the population of the riding as 105,258, with 83,884 voters. Kitchener South-Hespeler Conservative - Tyler Calver Liberal - Valerie Bradford New Democratic Party - Suresh Arangath. People’s Party - Melissa Baumgaertner. The Green party has not yet announced a candidate in this riding. The current MP for by
Kitchener South - Hespeler is Marwan Tabbara was elected as a Liberal, but became an independent in 2020 after he was charged with assault, break-and-enter and criminal harassment. Bradford is a first-time candidate. Calver ran for the Conservative nomination in 2019 but lost to Alan Keeso, who came in second in 2019. Arangath is also a first-time candidate. Elections Canada lists the population of the riding as 105,309 with 80,150 voters. This riding was first created in 2015. The boundaries include the part of Cambridge that is north of Highway 401 and a section of Kitchener east of Fischer-Hallman Road and south of the Conestoga Parkway, Fairway Road and Kossuth Road. The riding stretches east to Townline Road. Kitchener-Conestoga Liberal - Tim Louis (incumbent) Conservative - Carlene Hawley People’s Party - Kevin Depuis The NDP and the Green have not announced candidates. Hawley is a first time candidate. Depuis is a former Waterloo Catholic District School Board trustee. Elections Canada lists the population of the riding as 100,709 with 74,975 voters. In the last couple of elections, there has been a tug of war for
the riding between Liberal Tim Louis and former Conservative MP Harold Albrecht. In 2019, by a narrow margin, Louis beat Albrecht by 365 votes. Albrecht had been the MP since 2006. In 2015, Albrecht narrowly defeated Louis by 251 votes. Waterloo Liberal - Bardish Chagger (incumbent) Conservative - Meghan Shannon People’s Party’s - Patrick Doucette The NDP and Green parties have yet to announce candidates for the riding. Shannon and Doucette are both first-time candidates. Elections Canada lists the population of the riding as 110,134 with 88,927 voters. Cambridge Liberal - Bryan May (incumbent) Conservative - Connie Cody. Green - Michele Braniff New Democratic Party Lorne Bruce Cody ran for Cambridge city council previously to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Frank Monteiro, but did not win. Braniff is a repeat candidate for the Greens, having run in 2015 and 2019. Bruce has run previously for the NDP in other ridings in 2011 and 2015. Elections Canada lists the population of the riding as 115,463 and there are 90,291 voters.
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Grand River Transit offers a new fare reduction program
rand River Transit has introduced a new fare reduction program that is based on income called the Affordable Transit Program (ATP). It is open to all members of a household including children 17 or younger. The new program took effect on July 1. The ATP offers a 48% discount on the price of GRT fare products. ATP is open to anyone in Waterloo Region living with low income. If approved, all members of a household can purchase the discounted fare products. You may be eligible for ATP if: • You are 18 or older • You live in the Region of Waterloo • You are not a full-time postsecondary student
• Your household income is below the income limit A household can include a single person living alone, or a partner, child, parent or grandparent living with you for financial support. Eligibility for the ATP is managed by the Region of Waterloo Department of Community Services. For more information about eligibility, please contact Community Services at 519883-2100 ext. 3 (Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm). Fare products and prices Once approved for ATP, you can purchase monthly passes or stored value. Both products offer the same 48% discount. A monthly pass is reduced to $46.80 from $90. A stored value is reduced from $2.86 to $1.49
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Still time to donate to Food Bank’s summer campaign
ONKEL HANS IS VAXED - Onkel Hans prepares for Oktoberfest by getting his vaccination from Sandy McGinnis at the Cambridge Pinebush Vaccination Clinic. Mayor Berry Vrbanovic (centre) and the Pinebush staff lend their support. McGinnis is the Clinical Lead at the Cambridge Pinebush vaccination clinic.
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arlier this summer, The Food Bank of Waterloo Region launched Full Bellies. Happy Hearts., a summer-long campaign focused on ensuring children who rely on food banks, community meal, and emergency hamper programs, have access to healthy food throughout the summer months. Now, more than halfway through the campaign the Food Bank is pleased to share we have raised 85% of its goal. They are asking the community to rise to the challenge and help it reach its goal of raising one million meals by August 31. “Thirty-six percent of people
accessing food assistance in Waterloo Region are under the age of 18,” said Wendi Campbell, CEO, The Food Bank of Waterloo Region. “Full Bellies. Happy Hearts., is about the community coming together to help neighbours in need. Donations tend to drop at The Food Bank throughout the summer and we want to make sure we can continue providing emergency food all year long.” The Food Bank thanks its matching donor, Allan Bush of CIBC Wood Gundy Waterloo, who doubled the impact of donations made throughout the campaign and inspired many others to get involved.
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Drayton Theatre moving ahead with plans to open a Youth Academy By Carrie Debrone espite the devastating impact of the COVID pandemic on the arts world, Drayton Entertainment is continuing its plans to open a new Youth Academy that will serve as a hub for the company’s expanding arts education initiatives. The local theatre company has had to shut down all seven of its stages across Ontario over the last 18 months, but the interruption to providing its usual live stage productions has allowed Drayton Entertainment time to plan for its recovery and the new academy. It is hoped the Youth Academy Hub will cultivate the next generation of theatre artists, technicians, audience members, arts advocates and community members. The new academy will be located at 145 Northfield Drive, West in Waterloo – a location that is accessible to the new Light Rail Transit (LRT) system, public transit and shopping, and just minutes away from the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse. Renovations are already underway to transform the existing industrial warehouse at the address into a 10,000 sq. ft. complex. The interior will be designed to be used by a variety of artistic disciplines and will include rehearsal halls, classrooms, music rooms, and acting studios, as well as access to Drayton Entertainment’s adjacent professional Production Centre for the Technical Arts. No date has yet been set for the launch of the new academy.
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“Our organization is at a pivotal point in its history,” said Alex Mustakas, Artistic Director and CEO of Drayton Entertainment. “Even though it’s been a very tough time for us, we know that this Youth Academy is an important investment and will help us emerge from this difficult period stronger than ever.” “We see our best opportunity to make a real impact and lasting change in our society through youth education, and in so doing, positively affect the quality of life for the community-at-large.” A tuition bursary endowment fund will be available to help marginalized and underrepresented groups, including youth identifying as Black, Indigenous, and/or Persons of Colour (BIPOC), LGBTQ+, new Canadians, and Persons with Disabilities. “It’s very clear to us that there is a need for more arts education in the various communities that we serve,” said Mustakas. “We want to support the next generation of storytellers and theatre makers.” Known for their substantial philanthropic contributions, the Willy Heffner and John Heffner Jr. families have provided the space for the academy. “Simply put, the arts unite people,” said Willy Heffner. “We’ve seen firsthand how access to and participation in the arts positively impacts a community. We are proud of our history of support for cultural activities, and we look forward to being part of the lasting legacy that this new Youth Academy will create.”
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The City of Kitchener’s has been hosting Outdoor Movie Nights this summer. On July 22, the city presented Charlotte’s Web at an appropriate location - the Steckle Heritage Farm on Bleams Road. A sprinkling of rain didn’t keep the movie goers away. There is still one more movie night this summer on August 23. Due to COVID-19, there is a limited capacity of the number of people who can attend. Visit the City of Kitchener website at www.kitchener.ca and search ‘movie nights’ to get more information.
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Innovative food waste recovery facility launched IN DRUMBO
StormFisher and Generate partner to launch food waste recovery facility
By Irene Schmidt-Adeney tormFisher is expanding its operation near Drumbo with the addition of a $20-million resource recovery facility. This project was built by StormFisher in partnership with Generate Capital, Inc., a Kitchener company. StormFisher converts food waste, water, and energy into renewable natural gas that can be used to power businesses, manufacturing plants, schools and other organizations. Generate Capital, Inc. builds, owns, operates and finances solutions for clean energy, water, waste and transportation. The StormFisher facility is located at 806548 Oxford Road 29, between Hubbard Road and Oxford Road 22. The natural gas product from the Drumbo facility will be piped directly into the line that runs near the plant. The technology enables municipalities, restaurants, grocery stores, and food manufacturers to reduce food waste while producing renewable energy and organic fertilizer. The facility will have the capacity to process over 100,000 tonnes of food waste
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protections by encouraging the recycling of nutrients and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Lisa Thompson. “These farms can benefit from taking processed materials, like those at the new Drumbo facility, which is ready for digesters, potentially increasing farms’ renewable natural gas outputs. The facility will also have a significant impact on the local economy. “The StormFisher expansion is a great addition to rural Oxford, bringing in numerous new full-time positions as well as offering construction and maintenance contracts to dozens of local contractors,” said Ronda Stewart, a Director at Rural Oxford Economic Development Corporation. The company currently employs 20 people at the Drumbo facility and with the expansion expected to double its workforce. The Canadian Biogas Association awarded StormFisher the 2021 Project of the Year Award for its decarbonization strategies and solutions to create a sustainably-powered planet.
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Dear Carrie Debrone, ’ve never attended summer camp. I was pleased to get yourGrowing Kitchener Citizen found it up in(easta edition) smallandfarming quite informative and Icommunity thank you forof it. 300 souls, my camp setting I just read your short article regarding the natural gas rates going down was a field, a river, and willow trees, all for residential customers. located behind house. do recall You write that Kitchener Utilities have aour 2,100 cubic Imeter averageone use well-meaning adult annually for its residential customers. I still haveorganizing an imperial agasyoung meter, which shows the consumption in cubic feet.but I have never ableStevie to read boys craft group, when ourbeen friend matter, even theto meter readers seem to have that meter and as for that taught us all how covertly construct a popa problem with it as well. Why else would the city issue a bill in the amount can bazooka with a tennis ball and butane of $452? from his dad’s lighter, whoFebruary, wants to$295.79, build athere birdhouse? My January bill had beenwell, $222.16. I already sat mybutwife Katherine up as a summer upConversely, and took notice, then excused it by,grew the winter being especiallycamp harsh. However,Over whenthe I received my March bill, I knew that something was very savant. years she has regaled me with tales from many called the Utility and was or asked to take aorpiece of paper awrong. campI experience, be Office it canoeing, crafting, wilderness not and a pen and meter myself. Tocan this request training. To read this the day, Katherine make aI replied betterthat fireI did from know how to read the imperial meter and aside from that, it wasn't my job. kindling I agreed listen to tosend the somebody lyrics ofout “Little The lady Ithan talkedI tocan, was but very when nice and to do
Rabbit Foo-Foo,” I think missing out on campfire songs did not harm my development. But Katherine’s summer experiences recently helped us open our very own Graceland Camp – named after its mascot, our five-month old sheltie, Gracie. With the Region’s workplaces opening again, dear friends needed four days of supervision for their 12 yr. old twins, Adri and Bella. Katherine enthusiastically agreed to take on the task, hyping our address as a unique summer camp experience. I, on the other hand, was a bit apprehensive. These two young campers arrived new with impressive academic creative As a relatively arrival in Kitchener I've beenand exploring the photographicwhile arts opportunities and first impressions are very credentials my greatest here achievement had been teaching encouraging. It's not just inhigh the tech side ofmales quality that the community Shakespeare tojust wayward school – not exactly a
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another also out promised to callinme backfor once this was done. It recipe reading for fun.and Turns I worried vain, Katherine’s plans was the veryanext day that I received call telling me that the new amount included secret element thatherguaranteed success. It came to owing was now a mere difference of and $251.90. only wonder be known as $200.10, “Anything with Gracie,” wasIanchored byhow the often the meter had been misread in the past. twins’ unrelenting love side for our pup. My neighbours on either havelittle metric meters and I had previously Take croquet for example. I fretted introducing this read. The answer to that asked if I could get one that I would be able toabout game’s complex set of rules, strokes, and faults. But the Gracie consisted of a flat NO. The citywas had played pre-authorized withdrawal privileges for 2004/005 version with no hoops, just 6 wooden stakeswhich -- all they bungled up thatheight. I revoked that privilege. I did askballs that office hammered in so at badly sheltie Replace the wooden with to please send me a paper trail for my records which I never received nor pup-friendly plastic ones, and the game soon disintegrated did I get an answer to my request and, of course, one can forget about an into who could actually hit a post not blocked by a stakeapology. chewing canine. to the frisbee version was even more I realize that it is Switching up to your discretion to publish or not to publish my decide to printscore it I would to warn my fellow letter. However if you enjoyable. Why bother keeping whenlike there’s more fun to "Kitchenerites" to be extra "vigilant" every your time that Utility Bill arrives. be had in chasing the dog who stole flying disc!
For those moments when Gracie slept, we introduced the twins
Respectfully, to theE.game Bananagrams – a hybrid of Scrabble tiles assembled Ingrid Merkel
in crossword form. Bella and Adri not only took over the game, but added a new wrinkle – each victor was required to invent a story containing all the winning words. While Katherine and I pride ourselves on our English degrees, we soon discovered that our only use in Bananagrams was performing as human dictionaries to the girls’ search for correct spelling. Over lunches, and laughter, and a memorable field trip to Stratford, I finally discovered what Katherine already knew. Summer camps venues forHallgrowth, socializing, and very impressed by the are Arts office at City and with how they provided going on here. Those peopleknow. in turnI me with information about what friendship. Will we ever runwasthis camp again? I don’t have their own be advice contacts, again two thumbs up for thinkoffered Gracie would veryand picky aboutsothe applicants.
Just what makes Kitchener so good at Arts development?
should be judged. A thriving Arts community usually does well. This can not always be measured in the financial spectrum as the living standard expectations artists areEDITOR remarkably low. LETTERS ofTO THE We don't want that two bedroom house within convenient driving distance to the golf course or mall. Speaking as one of those underfunded independent art producers i'll tell you I've lived in some very bad conditions justelection to be close to my working environment. An 9 example being A federal looms. On Monday, August the United when living in my variousReport illegal Toronto warehouse studios years Nations International on Climate Change wasmany released. before they were condoized. Reuters stated: There are basically two reasons for artists to be in an area. A slightly “Global dangerously to spiralling out of compact artswarming communityiswith low rents andclose the availability of galleries or control, U.N. climate saidI in a landmark have noticed thatreport there isMonday, a vibrant venues toashowcase the art panel produced. theatre network here that the less is going hard times. The warning the world is none already certain to through face further climate music scene isfor really good with a solid choice oftolocal talent thatdeadly is well disruptions decades, if not centuries, come...The publicized by gargantuan a few local free publications. the heat waves, hurricanes andRadio othergenerally weatherfollows extremes standard corprock but the University of Waterloo has an outstanding that are already community station.happening will only become more severe.” What arepool Canadian voters’ top to issues - jobs, economy, The huge of university students draw from for athe vocal audience and with some disposable cash helps keeping the cities vibrant Healthcare or education? How inabout climate change, which enthusiastic. numberissue. of professional is still small enough so that is not justThe another It’s anartists escalating crisis affecting they know one another. everything else. This summer, with extreme heat taking hundreds We are quickly seeing astounding growth in the digital imaging of industry. lives inFortunately, BC and anasunprecedented wildfire season, has made a photographer who has been working in digital this extremely clear. Our political leaders climate for years it helps me integrate my own workmust into discuss video, 3D, web, advertising, So Imuch think, personally, thebigger opportunities Kitchener are action thatetc. goes faster and than inwhat they’ve better than Toronto. An example being the cable TV (Rogers) that works offered. regionsaction schools look and artisians in locally produced very harddoes to involve What real the climate like? 350.org Canada, programming. (Wikipedia definition: “An international environmental Let's not forget that Kitchener/Waterloo was voted the most intelligent organization addressing the climate crisis. Its stated goal is to city and speaking as a newcomer it is very evident that the level of professionalism visiblyfuels high and here.transition People waste little time and the end the use ofisfossil to renewable energy welcome i've received in presenting own portfolio to various by building a global, grassrootsmymovement. The 350 ...galleries stands and companies has been warm and enthusiastic. A very event held for 350 ppm (parts per million) of carbon dioxide,nice ... identified in town is the quarterly parties at the KW regional art gallery. Mellow as the safe upperart limit avoid a climate has it people who enjoy meettoeach other with cooltipping jazz andpoint.”) some ambient right withthe their dub from djs. Canada On Fire campaign. With the Canada projected calls growth the regions 350.org onofTrudeau to:artists in all mediums I have found there arefuel many dynamic,with specifically targetedonplans, by and the * Halt fossil expansion a moratorium new oil municipal government in particular, to foster a (relatively) large gas projects community investment in development towards artist integration. I was
the level of support they give each other. Yes, there are already many photographers doing the normal photographic needs of the region, but the opportunity to work with emerging image companies like web designers, animation houses, software producers, locally based video firms, electronic images for broadcasters etc.is growing as the manufacturing base has declined. The live workers andindustries, communities support, as weand race toespecially decarbonize entertainment local graphic designers most the emerging gallery system bodes well for business opportunities, even in this our economy. downturn. Confronting the climate crisis means confronting fossil fuels. Kitchener is projected growingtoby a conservative estimate of This hard, crucial worktoisbeneeded build a safe, liveable future 100,000 people over the next 20 years and plans call for a big investment for everyone. I’m proud to support this campaign. I hope you in conversions of existing warehouse buildings into studio style live work will be too. Details at 350.org/on-fire space. Technically the manufacturing base has down- turned and left a lot Gail Schenk of empty buildings. If out of those numbers there are 10 percent artists in all media that Kitchener actually work at their art all of us are going to need some of this space to Candidates should support localthough, news build up our community. Artists, being artists do not like to be toldThese how todays, do things. localmy government is working hard towondering reach that whenThe I open newspaper, I’m always level where needs thefavourite artistic community whether it’sthey the can last integrate time I’ll the get to readofmy column or seamlessly into their development plans. get a story about what’s happening in our community. Due to Many studies have shown time and again how efficient an Arts based years of government inactiongroup and called the hostility of big Council foreign community can be. A planning The Prosperity players, Canada’s newsinvestment industry for is dying. specifically calls for a huge artists and art based businesses Here’s the though, Canadian storytelling to encourage themthing to choose Kitchener as a place to work. This is matters. the first time I haveitfound a directed to our niche,whether but veryitvaluable Whether is on screens orapproach in our newspapers, is about segment of society. to If even fiftylocal percent of the plansorget doneaitnew is stillafter an a new initiative support businesses about attractive place to build a career. school program — our stories tell us who we are as a society. So Our image production is now all pixels and with the recent if these stories so dodollar we. Federal grant to establish a announcement of disappear, a new 5 million And digital that’s media the crux of my fear. Canadian storytelling is going massive centre in the downtown core, it offers unexcelled opportunities with some of leading edge image extinct and to thework government is the simply standing idlysystems by. in the world. In fact has therebeen are called. plans to makeourKitchener a regional An election I want candidates to know communications and that into if theyou possibility thousands of new that my vote hub comes at aleads price: don’tofoffer substantive uses for my photos. solutions to the Canadian news crisis, you can forget about my There is a very good internet system here and if you would like more vote. info just go to the net and most community plans are available. The next I hope myestablish fellow this readers, my community three years will region of onefellow of the "Silicon Valley"members inspired examples a thriving gateway of newfrom ideas our and elected I feel very fortunate to will joinofme in demanding more officials. be able to establish myself here with so many other creative artists.Martin Louise
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Grand Horizons CELEBRATING SENIORS Stories from the Green Bench celebrates 10,000 podcast downloads By Kristian Partington hen the idea of auditioning to cohost a new podcast alongside respected broadcaster Erin Davis was put forth to Lloyd Hetherington, he fully admits he didn’t have a clue what a podcast was and he’d certainly never taken the time to listen to one. Never one to shy away from a new educational opportunity, Lloyd, who calls The Village of Riverside Glen home, decided to go through the process, eager to help showcase and highlight the extraordinary lives of ordinary people who happen to be in their later stages of life. “Much to my delight,” he says, “I was accepted as the cohost for this podcast; it excited me then and it excites me even now to be part of this lovely venture reaching out to people to share the wisdom of the elders.” In mid-April of 2021, almost exactly six months after the first episode of Stories from the Green Bench first aired, Lloyd, Erin and the entire production team celebrated a remarkable 10,000 downloads of the show. “We have always believed that the people we serve in our Villages have so much
was a way to inspire others to recognize the wealth of wisdom seniors carry while “challenging ageist stereotypes,” Hudson says, “and the podcast has been a way to carry that message forward.” The idea of the podcast has been simmering for a few years, Hudson adds, but when the COVID-19 pandemic struck in early 2020, limiting the ability of residents to physically be out in their community, the Green Bench became a virtual symbol and the podcast conversations began. The short episodes are authentic and honest conversations between the hosts and their guests. Personal philosophies mingle with memories and lessons learned, and we are reminded that it is often the simple things in life Ted Hudson (left) and Bryce McBain, General Manager at The Village of Riverside Glen (right), present Lloyd that carry the most meaning. “I just love Lloyd,” says coHetherington with an award marking 10,000 downloads of the Stories from the Green Bench Podcast, which host Erin Davis as she reflects Lloyd co-hosts with well-known retired broadcaster Erin Davis. on the evolution of the Podcast. “In a way, he reminds me of to teach us through the rich experience and maybe helping collectively hold, he describes my Dad who is in a senior’s experiences of their lives,” says them rethink the role of older it as the greatest untapped residence in B.C. and is soon resource in our society. Ted Hudson, one of the key adults in our communities.” to be 88 years old. My Dad and When Ron Schlegel, the The #ElderWisdom cam- Lloyd and so many other of our developers of the podcast and builder and paign first brought the stories guests on #ElderWisdom share the online engagement manager community visionary behind the Schlegel of Schlegel Villages residents their stories, their perspectives, with Schlegel Villages. “It’s amazing to know Villages organization, speaks to their communities in 2016 their loves, lessons and losses. that this podcast is helping of the immense amount of upon a “green bench” placed It’s like having a heart-to-heart others discover a taste of that wisdom our community’s elders in prominent locations. It every time and we really want to listen to what these elders say because when they’re gone, many of the stories they share will be gone with them.” “That’s why this Podcast is such a gift,” says Erin, who is recently retired from a long career in radio and is now an author living on Vancouver Island. The show is a preservation of history for us to savour, she says, remembering the wisdom of ordinary people who, over the course of lifetimes, lived extraordinary lives.
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Grand Horizons CELEBRATING SENIORS Canadian Folk Troubadour James Gordon finds inspiration in being housebound Eric Alper hile Canadians were largely at loose ends self-isolating during the lengthy series of pandemicrelated lockdowns, prolific folk singer/songwriter James Gordon hunkered down and got busy creating his 40th album, When I Stayed Home. That’s right; Four. Zero. And the timely 13-track fulllength release also features Gordon’s powerful musical response to the national residential school tragedies with the song, “We’ll Bring You Home”. The arrival of COVID-19 — and the fear, uncertainty, and disruption it brought with it — initially affected Gordon, like many of us, negatively. Since the Guelph, Ontario based artist has toured all over the globe relentlessly since his twenties, being stuck at home was depressing… at least, for a while. Then, the creative muse stepped in and Gordon got busy with a capital B. From his tiny home studio, he finished a soon-to-be-released ‘musical novel’, The Ark of the Oven Mitt, set to be accompanied by a 36-song recording. He also created a virtual tour of his oneman show, James Gordon’s Emergency Climate Musical, as well as successfully navigated his side hustle as a Guelph city councillor, and, perhaps most significantly, wrote and recorded When I Stayed Home. “I can’t seem to stop writing songs,” Gordon shares. “Mostly, they write themselves — I just hold up a net, and catch them as they flutter past.”
James Gordon of Guelph has released 40 albums during his career.
Some of those 1,500+ songs Gordon modestly claims to have merely ‘fluttered past’ have also landed on stage and in studio with the likes of Cowboy Junkies, James Keelaghan, Melanie Doane, Laura Smith, Miranda Mulholland, and various international choirs. The songs Gordon wrote for When I Stayed Home cover an array of compelling and current topics — including climate change, the income gap, racism, empathy, social justice, our natural environment, and ‘love in a challenging time’. The first single, “We’ll Bring You Home,” packs a punch that hits closest to the heart for all of Canada right now; in response to the horrific discoveries of hundreds of unmarked graves belonging to unknown Indigenous
children at residential schools in Western Canada, Gordon wrote and recorded the late addition to the album just prior to final preparations for its release. We’ll bring you home, bring you home So your names and your stories can be known Bring you home, bring you home We’ll give a voice to your dust and to your bones Over his enduring forty-year career, Gordon has released music both as a longtime, successful solo artist, and as a founding member of the groundbreaking Canadian folk group, Tamarack. That said, When I Stayed Home marks the first time a James Gordon solo album has been created almost exclusively… well, solo. Unable to bring any of his
stable of top Canadian talent into the studio, Gordon took on the formidable task of playing all the instruments
himself on the album’s baker’s dozen of tracks — including acoustic and electric guitar, banjo, mandolin, piano, bass, accordion, harmonica, tin whistle, ukulele, and percussion. Just two brief exceptions were made to Gordon’s “all by myself” rule, with stellar cameos from vocalist Tannis Slimmon and clarinetist John David Williams. After a year and a half of being off the road and pivoting to a live streaming show world, James Gordon is looking forward to leaving home again and lighting up stages with his warm, reflective and topical songs of When I Stayed Home, and more. “These songs demanded to be written,” says Gordon. “I’m excited about sharing them with the opening-up world.” When I Stayed Home and “We’ll Bring You Home” are available now.
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Community Calendar LEARN BRIDGE IN A DAY - Want to keep your brain sharp? Grand River Bridge Club is offering a workshop – Learn Bridge in a Day on Saturday, September 11 from 10 am – 3 pm. For $25 you’ll nail the basics of bridge in this interactive class that has both instruction and coached play. Our 5-week Beginner course starts immediately after on Thursday evenings beginning September 16. Register at http:// grandriverbridgeclub.com/beginner-lessons or contact us at email@example.com. Take the workshop and see if this is a game for you! BESTIVAL - This year’s Belmont Village Bestival offers a variety of Ontario artists’ performances throughout the summer and early fall. The European-style street festival began five years ago and has been growing in popularity. The Village is comprised of three pedestrian-friendly blocks of charming businesses and interesting restaurants that spark the imagination. Bestival helps celebrate the budding and percolating vibe of this tiny but vibrant space. The festival provides both adult and children’s entertainers on Saturdays - August 28, September 4, September 11 and September 18. For more information and a schedule of performers and locations visit wwwbelmontvillagebestival.com KW OKTOBERFEST 2021 – the 53rd annual Oktoberfest festival will run over three weekends from September 24 to October 11 and will again this year offer programs to safely enjoy this community tradition, both virtually and in-person. The Official Opening Ceremonies will be live streamed once again from the Region of Waterloo International Airport on Friday, September 24th at 12 noon. The Regional Chair and Mayors from all three cities will take part in this invitationonly ceremony to declare the festival open. In similar format to last year, the Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade will take place as a virtual event broadcasted on CTV on Monday, October 11. The Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest 2021 pin design was released August 17. This year’s design honours and celebrates our frontline healthcare workers with a portion of pin sales going to the OktoberfestCares Fund in support of Grand River Hospital and the Onkel Hans Food Drive (The Food Bank of Waterloo Region). The 2021 pin can be purchased at www.oktoberfest.ca. Several local restaurants will transform into Micro-Festhallen to offer Oktoberfest-themed entertainment and one-of-a-kind Bavarian meals to their guests. For more information visit www.oktoberfest.ca. The German Clubs and other Festhallen partners will be offering some great programming during the festival. A full schedule of events will be available on our website in the coming weeks. HIKE & BIKE FOR HOSPICE - Hospice Waterloo Region is inviting participants to register online to participate in the 9th annual Hike & Bike for Hospice Waterloo Region. Participants either hold their own hike/bike virtually, between August 23 and September 19, or join in person on September 19 at The Gies Family Centre. The event will be hosted on the grounds of the new facility, which opened this spring, in North Waterloo. Event organizers are encouraging people to register
as individuals or to form teams. Hike & Bike for Hospice will offer a chance to reconnect with friends and family outdoors, enjoy a beautiful walk on local trails, and support a worthy local cause. Register online at www. hospicewaterloo.ca/hike-and-bike-for-hospice MUSIC AT THE MARKET - Partnering with the Registry Theatre, the City of Kitchener is presenting Music at the Market in Kitchener on Thursday evenings in August and September. A series of concerts featuring local talent, the line up includes: August 26, Avalon Bridger, Kevin Ramessar; Sept. 2, Errol Blackwood, Mary-Catherine Pazzano; Sept. 9, Elsa Jane, Danny Michel; Sept. 16, Flamenco Plus, Pendericki String Quartet; Sept. 23, Air Blaq, Keelo D-Ville, Tait Garrett. HolliZay; Sept. 30, Jessie T, Western Swing Authority. Doors open at 6pm, music begins at 7pm. $10 per person (minimum purchase of 2 tickets per order). Drink options from TWB Brewing and food prepared by Chef Rob. For tickets visit firstname.lastname@example.org 25% of tickets for each concert will be given to the Grand River Hospital Foundation for distribution to front line workers who have been at risk. SCHWABEN CLUB EVENTS – The Schwaben Club continues its twice a month Friday Fundraisers with a Fish Fry on the first Friday of each month, and a Schnitzel Night on every third Friday. The club is located at 50 Scheifele Place, Breslau. To order for the Friday fundraisers call 519-742-7979 or visit www.kitchenerschwabenclub.com PUBLIC ART IN ELMIRA - New, colourful outdoor public art exhibits are available for viewing in Elmira’s core. The Elmira Art Exhibit (“EAE”) project aims to positively impact both the arts and culture industry and local business community by showcasing ten pieces of public art in the downtown. Each art piece relates to the community in various forms of mediums and styles – a mix of tradition, history and culture, and a touch of contemporary and fun! For additional information about the EAE please visit: www. downtownelmira.ca THE TREBEK INITIATIVE - In honour of the birthday of the late Alex Trebek, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) and the National Geographic Society (NGS) have introduced The Trebek Initiative; a new grantmaking program to support emerging Canadian explorers, scientists, educators and photographers who will help ignite “a passion to preserve” in all Canadians. The late, renowned host of Jeopardy! and philanthropist had a passion for geographic literacy and supported both the RCGS (where he served as Honorary President until his passing) and the National Geographic Society. The types of projects the Initiative will champion include: exploration of unique Canadian ecozones, scientific research on Canadian wildlife, wilderness or water, photographic expositions on unique Canadian geographies, or new tools to create a better understanding of our environment. Applications will be reviewed for approval twice annually. For additional information about the Initiative and grant application details, please visit www.TrebekInitiative.com
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Support for not-for-profit Black-led organizations in Waterloo Region
lack-Canadian business owners and entrepreneurs make important contributions to the Canadian economy, yet they continue to face systemic racism and obstacles in starting and growing their businesses. This has been further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government of Canada is working to address longstanding barriers with its firstever Black Entrepreneurship Program (BEP)—an over $400-million investment to support the long-term success of Black entrepreneurs and business owners. On August 13, Raj Saini, Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre, and the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth, Member of Parliament for Waterloo, on behalf of the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, announced that the Caribbean Canadian Association of Waterloo Region (CCAWR), in partnership with local organizations and postsecondary institutions, including Conestoga College, Waterloo Region Small Business Centre, Velocity at the University of Waterloo, and Wilfrid Laurier University’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Centre, will receive up to $2,999,687 to deliver the National Ecosystem Fund in Waterloo Region, Guelph and Wellington County. The CCAWR is collaborating with members of the vibrant
entrepreneurial ecosystem of Waterloo Region and Wellington County to develop and deliver a new incubator and accelerator program for Black early-stage entrepreneurs. The LiftOff program will have a strong focus on supporting female entrepreneurs, and will provide access for Black entrepreneurs to business advisory services, incubator and accelerator programming, entrepreneurial workshops, and one-on-one mentorship opportunities to help them start and grow their businesses. The support is provided through the National Ecosystem Fund, which was created to strengthen the entrepreneurship ecosystem for Black entrepreneurs and business owners across Canada. In Waterloo Region, Guelph, and Wellington County, FedDev Ontario is administering the Fund. “Conestoga is honoured to work in partnership with CCAWR to develop and deliver programming for Black entrepreneurs and build capacity in our region’s Black entrepreneurship ecosystem.” said John Tibbits, President, Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. “Support for this important initiative provided through the National Ecosystem Fund will contribute to the economic prosperity and wellbeing of the community by providing Black entrepreneurs with the mentorship, training and tools to launch, grow and scale their businesses.”
Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre moving to a new home
fter 15 years at 102 King Street West in Kitchener’s downtown core, the KitchenerWaterloo Multicultural Centre announced today that it has chosen a location for its new office. The 54-year old organization will be moving to 715 FischerHallman Road after construction on their new offices is completed later this year. “We selected the FischerHallman Business Centre as it was ideally situated to serve newcomers to Canada, many of whom live on Kitchener’s west side. It is also big enough to consolidate our two downtown offices into one location “ said Lucia Harrison, CEO. “We sold our downtown property prior to the pandemic and have been serving all of our clients remotely since last March. We stayed open - online - from the start of all of this and will continue to serve our clients by phone and video chat until
the new office is ready and from community locations like local libraries as we move to step 3.” Harrison added that she hoped construction on their new offices would be finished soon and encouraged people to check their website, www.kwmulticultural. ca, for regular updates. The Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre - known to many for its annual festival in Victoria Park - provides a wide variety of services for new immigrants to the community and operates an interpretation and translation business that saw service volumes rise to nearly 20,000 service requests last year. Its Conversational English Program, which draws hundreds of volunteers from all over Waterloo Region, is currently looking for new volunteers to help newcomers practice speaking English. For more information visit the website https://www. kwmulticultural.ca
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Hi Ward 1! Hope you’re having a good summer. As I write this, aside from the troubling Delta variant, things are slowly returning to normal as far as COVID-19 is
concerned. I hope you’ve had the chance to get double-vaccinated! The biggest concern I’m hearing is anxiety over the back-toschool plan. While I share those concerns, having two school-aged children, that issue is well outside of my jurisdiction. Switching to what’s within my jurisdiction is the approaching 2022 budget discussions for the City of Kitchener. You might recall, from previous writings in this space, that we have adopted a tax-increase
policy averaging the current and previous year’s inflation as a target for each budget. This change was implemented in place of the former single (current) year policy for the express reason of smoothing the peaks and valleys of tax increases affecting taxpayers and by proxy, renters. This relatively new policy appears to be timely as inflation is currently hitting 10-year highs in North America. Ontario’s inflation is sitting at 2.5% with just the first six months of data and will
likely breach 3% by year-end. Rather than that high figure, our new policy would see a tax increase target roughly half that once averaged with 2020’s 0.64% inflation. Kitchener has had a remarkably consistent run over the past 10+ years of budgets. We’ve been close, but always under inflation in each of those years, a feat no other local municipality has matched.
As a member of the Kitchener In Bloom committee I’m excited by how many gardens are being recognized throughout our city. A beautiful garden can really lift your
spirits and we’re blessed to have so many residents and companies creating them for us to enjoy. If you’d like someone to receive recognition from the city, go to kitchener.ca and search “Kitchener in Bloom” to enter the address. Our next municipal election is in October of 2022. Our staff want your input on different methods for voting and your thoughts on your past voting experiences. It’s a short but important survey that’s open until August 31. Go to engagekitchener. ca and select “Your Vote Your Way.”
While you’re there, check out the other opportunities to share your input and ideas. The Ward 2 community centre outdoor markets are very successful. Visit the Centreville Chicopee Community Centre on the 4th Thursday of each month from 4-7pm and Stanley Park Community Centre every Thursday from 5-7:30pm to get fresh local produce and goods. A big thanks to the Stanley Park and Centreville Chicopee Community Associations for putting these markets together
and to our city staff for their support. I’m looking forward to the return of Kitchener Rangers hockey in October. Provincial protocols are still pending for October, and there will be some adapting needed, but I’m sure the Rangers organization will make coming back to the Aud a great experience. If I can assist you, contact me or call our contact line anytime at 519741-2345. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @DaveSchniderKW and friend me on Facebook.
vaccinated. To get to herd immunity which is classified as normal; 90% of the population must be fully vaccinated. All the vaccines used in Canada are safe and effective. The vaccines don’t give you COVID-19 but they do prevent you from getting any serious illness from the virus including the new deadly variants that we are now seeing throughout the world. This is not a personal choice issue. It is about protecting OTHERS – your friends and families. It is not an attack on your civil liberties. It is
like not being allowed to smoke in a restaurant or other public place. Not smoking anywhere benefits your health; not smoking in a public place benefits the health of all those around you. It is my hope that in the very near future that everyone who does not have an authentic health issue because of vaccines will be fully vaccinated. I expect there will be some sort of passport proof system put into effect. I will be advocating for all City employees to be fully vaccinated and for entrance to city
facilities to be limited to those fully vaccinated. Provisions can be made for that small group that are unable to be vaccinated for legitimate health reasons. Until we reach the 90% vaccination level, we need to continue wearing masks and maintaining proper distance separation protocols... Please feel free to contact me, at your convenience, to discuss any Ward/City issues john.gazzola@ kitchener.ca 519-744-0807 (Home/ Office) firstname.lastname@example.org 519498-2389 (Cell)
The ability to find affordable housing for many has become increasingly difficult. As a result, council approved a zoning by-law change that would allow for a range
of units, including backyard homes, coach homes, laneway suites and tiny homes on approximately 25,000 properties in the city. While this bylaw change certainly won’t solve the affordable housing crisis, it’s a step in the right direction. The Backyard Homes competition invites participants to design a backyard home in Kitchener. Submissions are open until midnight on August 20, and later this fall the winning proposals, that could win up to $2500 for their recommendation, will be announced.
Parks are an essential part of a healthy and connected community. The City of Kitchener is asking residents how we can make them better. You can have your say and share your ideas about this and other city initiatives at engagewr. ca/kitchener. For information and updates on our parks, go to kitchener.ca and search, “park development.” Please slow down! I have mentioned in many columns that traffic safety is the number one concern of citizens across our
city. You may have seen the Love My Hood “Drive Slow” signs along boulevards throughout the city recently, reminding everyone to drive the speed limit. As the summer winds down and a new school year begins, we all need to do our part to make sure every child gets to and from school safely. I want to give special thanks to Cllr. Schnider and staff for taking the initiative to create a pilot program making a limited number of these signs available in each ward.
I hope you are enjoying your summer Ward 5! Good news, design work is underway for a new Kitchener Public Library (KPL) branch in Southwest Kitchener.
The Southwest Community Library has been discussed by the Library Board and City of Kitchener Council for many years. In 2000, a Branch Libraries Review identified the need for a new community library in Southwest Kitchener, as an area of planned growth and development in the city. In 2011, the KPL Board passed a resolution to endorse the proposed library location at Abram Clemens Street and Rosenberg Way. Core infrastructure work has begun to support the development of the Rosenberg community and
critical infrastructure is anticipated to be complete in 2021. Construction is planned to take place in 2022 with a potential opening of the new library in 2023. Libraries are important, as they provide a safe, inclusive, and vibrant space for the community. Over the years, KPL’s services and supports have grown. In addition to core library services, KPL offers some unique services such as access to 3D printers, The Heffner Studio providing two project workstations and a music workstation available
featuring a variety of free and licenced music software, video editing, graphic design and photography. You can even book your wedding at KPL! Ceremonies in the Stacks is a unique wedding experience for couples who wish to celebrate their wedding at the Central KPL. Library Settlement Partnerships Services are also available for new Canadians offering help with language training, career and employment, housing, health care and more. Visit www.kpl.org.
Getting Vaccinated I would like to devote this month’s column to urging everyone to get both their vaccination shots. The only way to ever get back to what we called normal is by having everyone
Kitchener Mayor meets with Provincial Ministers at AMO conference
Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic joined other elected leaders from Kitchener and throughout Waterloo Region in attending the virtual Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference on August 17-19, using the opportunity to meet with Provincial Ministers to advocate for post-COVID economic recovery and growth. “All sectors and so many businesses of all sizes, whether locally owned restaurants to major global organizations, have struggled over the past year. From manufacturing to tech, retail to tourism and entertainment venues, and so many more, all have felt the impact of the pandemic,” said Vrbanovic. “We know there will be a lot of work to get our economy back on track, and I know we are up for this challenge. Through our Make It Kitchener 2.0 economic development strategy, Kitchener is investing up to $110-million in the coming decade, including $5-million for local post-COVID business recovery efforts. We look forward to continuing to work with the Province of Ontario to not only lead the post-COVID recovery but also boosting economic growth.” Delegates heard from Premier Doug Ford, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark, leaders of opposition parties and had formal meetings with Ministers and other elected officials. “We appreciate the Province of Ontario reaching out to municipalities, over the past 17 months and during this conference, to listen to our concerns, support our residents and businesses, and to help shape our recovery,” said Vrbanovic. “We know great things can happen when governments work together, and the challenges we have faced so far and will face in the future, require tremendous and continued collaboration between all three orders ...continued on next page
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Notes from City Hall
I hope you have been staying safe and with that in mind, I encourage you to consider being vaccinated, if you haven’t already. As our city grows, it can impact
Westheights Pond I have heard from some area residents that Westheights pond is in need of repair and regular maintenance. After reaching out to
Active Transportation With students back in the classrooms this September, and with the extra traffic that can bring, I find my thoughts turning to safety
It’s nice to see music events returning to the streets of downtown Kitchener. One very exciting piece of news is that the Kitchener Market has partnered with the Registry Theatre
This month, our community is experiencing some intense highs and lows. The sense of anticipation and hope is palpable now. With more residents vaccinated, the variants of
the needs of the community. The Region of Waterloo is currently making improvements to Ottawa St. from Fischer-Hallman Rd. to Alpine Rd. to better service the area. Improvements are being made due to aging infrastructure and changes in traffic, pedestrian and cycling volumes and use. The works in progress will: • Replace asphalt nearing the end of its service life; • Create designated cycling lanes between Williamsburg Rd. and Strasburg Rd.; • Create/improve pedestrian and/or
cyclist crossings; • Make changes to bus stop areas to improve service quality; • Improve the left turn demands from Ottawa onto Williamsburg Rd., Howe Dr., Mowat Blvd., Howland Dr. and Elmsdale Dr.; and • Reduce congestion during peak traffic at the Ottawa and Westmount Rd. intersection. Although this portion of Ottawa St. is a Regional road, and not under the City of Kitchener’s jurisdiction, I participated in some meetings with Regional staff to help provide area perspective and advocacy
on behalf of the Ward 6 residents. I also emphasized the need for improvements to the Strasburg and Ottawa intersection in anticipation of increased traffic and pedestrian volume due to the new area developments. I want to thank you for your patience during the construction of these works. I’m hopeful the improvements will better manage traffic volumes and provide greater safety and a better experience for you when you are cycling, walking, and driving in this area.
our Operations and Maintenance team in Sanitary and Stormwater Utilities as well as with our Parks team, there is currently no maintenance or rehabilitation work planned or required for this pond as far as “in-water” works are concerned. Westheights pond is a natural kettle lake that formed during the last ice age and is not engineered infrastructure. There is a combined inlet/outlet structure from a storm sewer that is connected to the lake
but it is only utilized in large storm events if the storm sewer is over capacity or if the lake level gets too high to protect the neighbouring properties from flooding. Parks staff have been asked to have a look at the pond to see if there’s any need to address logs and debris when possible. Through the LoveMyHood grant program, residents could apply for funding to support a pond planting project. Planting vegetation around the pond
could complement rehabilitation. It would be up to residents to acquire the plant materials as well as to physically plant them. Intake for LoveMyHood applications is happening this August and another in November. For more information on LoveMyHood, visit: www.lovemyhood.ca.
in school zones. Vehicles parking or stopping around schools for student drop offs and pickups can be dangerous. Whenever possible, active transportation like walking and biking to and from school should be encouraged. Students who walk or cycle to school not only improve their physical health, but also arrive at school more alert and ready to learn! Reducing the number of cars commuting to schools improves air-quality, creating a healthier environment. Consider practicing
a safe walking route to school with your kids prior to the beginning of school. Students who walk can foster a deeper connection with their community by finding joy in nature and other people along the way. Walking to school can also provide a great opportunity for kids to take on more responsibility for themselves and for younger children. With more students walking and riding their bikes, the issue of traffic and speeding is top of mind for safety. In March 2020, Council directed staff
to develop a Vision Zero strategy. Vision Zero is a new way of thinking about creating safer roads to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries to zero. We recognize the need to make improvements that will contribute to safer roads, vehicles, speeds, and road user behaviors. We expect to complete the Vision Zero strategy by the end of 2021. For more information: www.kitchener. ca/visionzero. In the meantime, motorists, slow down. You have control over your actions.
and the Business Improvement Association to bring live music to the Market every Thursday evening in August and September. “Music in the Market” will feature local musicians, drink options from TWB Brewing, and food prepared by Chef Rob. Doors open at 6:00 pm and music begins at 7:00 pm. There is a $10.00 fee per person. Tickets and the schedule are available at kitchenermarket.ca, click on “Music at the Market” on the homepage. It was so good to have some live music throughout the downtown
during this year’s Blues Festival that took place at 8 restaurants August 6-8. If you missed this, don’t worry, as other live music can be enjoyed throughout the downtown at the different outdoor patios in August. Grab a meal out and enjoy. Get your fresh fruit and veggies each Wednesday from 9:30am to 1pm at the Mill Courtland Neighbourhood Market at the Mill Courtland Community Centre at the corner of Stirling and Mill St. They’re also selling fresh croissants and butter tarts from City Café.
“Deliciosos!” Check out the CAFKA 2021 art installations found around the Region. Visit cafka.org for more info. I hope you’re able to enjoy the events and activities found throughout the city as things slowly begin to open-up. Summer will be over before you know it. Make the best of it! Please contact me at Debbie. email@example.com with your concerns and questions.
concern will be increasingly held at bay, so VERY soon we will see COVID restrictions further lifted in Waterloo Region. We will visit with loved ones in person for the first time in so long! Another sign that we are heading in the right direction as a community is that last month all the Region’s municipalities approved the Transform Waterloo Region (TransformWR) strategy, a community climate change mitigation plan. The strategy has been developed through the
ClimateActionWR collaborative lead by Reep Green Solutions and Sustainable WR. The strategy sets out a path for municipalities, businesses, organizations, and households to reduce our greenhouse (GHG) emissions by 80 per cent from 2010 levels by 2050. We also endorsed, in principal, a community GHG emissions reduction goal of 50 per cent by 2030 calling on the provincial and federal governments to assist municipalities in achieving this target. We can achieve this, but it won’t be easy.
We will need to change how we think and how we go about things every day to keep climate a priority. Learn more at: climateactionwr.ca. At the same time, our hearts are heavy with the discovery of thousands of unmarked graves of children who never made it home from so-called Residential Schools. As we grapple with this awful truth and work toward a path of reconciliation, I encourage all of us settlers to double down on the necessary work of learning and unlearning.
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Kitchener wins Innovation Award for Housing Plan
On August 17, it was announced that the City of Kitchener was the recipient of one of the 2021 Peter J. Marshall Innovation Awards for the Housing For All strategy. The strategy declares that housing is a human right, has more than 40 actions to help support the right to housing in Kitchener, and sets out tools that the City can use to help make housing a reality for all. While still in the early stages of implementation, Housing For All is already responsible for the development of over 100 units of new supportive housing, with half of these units being occupied by the end of 2021. “We all deserve the right to housing and our Housing For All strategy ensures that we’re building a caring community where people feel a sense of belonging, are connected and have access to basic needs such as affordable housing,” said Vrbanovic. “This award belongs to the many community members and partners, who worked with our Council and staff to develop this important strategy. We’re thrilled about this recognition but there is still work to be done. Aligned with our strategic plan, the strategy includes actionable priorities, including working alongside people with lived experiences of homelessness and housing challenges to help ensure the City is doing what we can to ensure safe and affordable housing is available for all residents.” *** Mayor Berry Vrbanovic’s column will return in September.
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CONDO COLUMN Who are the board of directors? Q. Who are the board of directors and what should I know regarding the duties of these owners who are managing my condo investment? A. Whether you are aware of it or not, living in a condominium gives you a powerful voice in the way your property is run, especially if you choose to be on the board of directors. The board of directors is a select group of homeowners who have a significant interest in their community. In most cases a director is a volunteer resident who is willing to take on this huge commitment so they can have a say in how their property is managed. The success of any corporation highly depends on the expertise and knowledge of the
board of directors. They are the backbone of the operation. To be successful, they must continue to educate themselves on a daily basis, by keeping themselves up to date and as informed as possible. According to the Ontario Condominium Act, no person under the age of 18 may become a director. The act also states that a director cannot be someone who has an undischarged bankruptcy or anyone who is mentally incompetent. According to the Condominium Act there are certain mandatory training courses for directors. Directors must be able to manage all the affairs of the condominium corporation legally and in accordance with the bylaws, declarations, rules and regulations.
Directors have certain powers that allow them to hire contractors to complete necessary repairs to the common areas, hire a management company if necessary and to direct anything that pertains to the upkeep and maintenance of the condo corporation property. One of the most important duties of a director is to review all written reports and any correspondence submitted for approval as well as all the minutes of any meetings whether they attended or not, in order to keep themselves up to date on all corporation issues. A director’s term on the board is usually three years or less, as the bylaws state. Each director has a title, and with that title comes a specific duty and obligation to the owners. Ideally, Peter is a licensed Sales Representative with Re/Max and has specialized in the Stanley Park area for over 35 years.
Housing market continues to defy logic As agents and sellers take a break and enjoy the summer weather, the number of active listings on the market goes down. Currently there are only 272 active resale listings on the K-W MLS System. A healthy market would have at least 800 homes for sale this time of year. This makes things very difficult for buyers; not only is there very little to choose from, once they find a home, they are usually in multiple
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WHAT WE’RE READING
Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted by Suleika Jaouad Reviewed by: Sherry Erb, Manager, Volunteer Services
A monthly column featuring great reads as suggested and reviewed by librarians from the Kitchener Public Library. Follow along each month and discover your next great read!
Between Two Kingdoms is a beautifully written memoir that chronicles Suleika Jaouad’s cancer journey from the onset of symptoms to recovery. The title of this book comes from Susan Sontag’s Illness as Metaphor: “Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick.” In part one, Suleika describes the time she spent in the kingdom of the sick. She had just graduated from Princeton, fallen in love and moved to Paris to pursue her dream of becoming a foreign correspondent. But unusual symptoms like an itch that felt “like a thousand invisible mosquito bites” all over her body and bone-deep exhaustion forced her to return home. At age 22, Suleika received the diagnosis of leukemia with a 35% chance of survival. Suleika began to write a column for the New York times, called “Life, Interrupted”. In this Emmy award-winning column, she shared the impact of cancer – on her body, her mind, her relationships, and her connections to the outside world. Suleika
received countless messages from readers who could relate to her story of illness and loss. In part two, Suleika shares the difficulty she experienced transitioning back into the kingdom of the well after her treatment. Her life was interrupted for four years, and she was a changed person. She decided to reach out to twenty readers (strangers) who sent her messages during her illness, in hopes that they could provide insight on how to move forward. She embarked on a 100day road trip across America with her dog. She visited a man who became mysteriously ill while on an archaeological dig in Afghanistan, a grieving mother whose son committed suicide, a death-row inmate, and a friend facing a second cancer diagnosis. In the end, Suleika learns to accept her grief, be present, and embrace the uncertainty of life. Between Two Kingdoms comes at a pivotal time in our society, as we reopen from the pandemic. It is a hopeful and inspiring memoir that reminds us all to support one another as we find our way forward.
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Grand River Stanley Park branch of the Kitchener Public Library celebrates 50 years...from front page
‘Memory Cards’ posted by library visitors at the Grand River Stanley Park branch.
Kitchener Public Library invites you to say your wedding vows surrounded by the greatest love stories of all time
LIBRARY CELEBRATION - On July 28, city officials and library staff celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Grand River Stanley Park Branch of the KPL. From left: Kitchener councillor Sarah Marsh, Kitchener councillor Dave Schnider, Kitchener councillor Kelly Galloway-Seacock, Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, Branch Manager Robyn Zomdervan, KPL CEO Mary Chevreau, library board chair Stephanie Soulis, Kitchener councillor Scott Davey.
ouples can now have their wedding ceremonies at Kitchener Public Library’s iconic downtown Kitchener location. The library’s new Ceremonies in the Stacks wedding package is perfect for couples looking for a unique and intimate way to celebrate with friends and family. Included in the $999 package is a one-hour ceremony with up to 30 guests, a wedding officiant and whimsical book-themed decorations. Couples will also get thirty minutes of photography time to take one-of-a-kind wedding photos in the award-winning
Central Library. “We’ve been approached for engagement and wedding photoshoots in the past, so why not take it one step further and offer weddings at the library as well? For many, the library has played a key role in their story, making it an extra special place to exchange vows. Reimagining the library as a venue for special events, like weddings, allows us to continue to offer innovative library programs and services.” said Mary Chevreau, CEO, Kitchener Public Library. For more information on weddings at the Kitchener Public Library, please visit kpl. org/weddings.
5TH Annual Ice Cream for Breakfast fundraiser to be held September 18
Inside the current Grand River Stanley Park Library.
PROGRAM REGISTRATION Program registration opens August 24 at 8:30am Class sizes have smaller capacities to ensure social distancing. Please join the waitlist if a program is full that you are interested in.
To register visit online.spcakitchener.ca or call 519-741-2504.
he 5th annual Ice Cream for Breakfast fundraiser will be held at the Stanley Park Community Centre (Franklin Street N. in Kitchener) on Saturday, September 18 from 8:30am to 12 noon. Thirteen-year-old Madison Letizi, who lives in Kitchener, has hosted the event for the last five years raising more than $30,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Madison lives with Muscular
Dystophy and Scoliosis. She has had seven spine surgeries in recent years to correct her spine due to complications from her neuromuscular disorder. To participate you can join her at the event at the community centre, donate online or treat/ host an ice cream party at work and collect donations. For more information contact Madison at madisonletizi@ gmail.com or visit www. icrecreamforbreakfast.ca
Welcome Back Party Please join us as we welcome back the community!
Enjoy some food, games and music while chatting with others in the community. Donations to the food bank will be accepted towards the Thanksgiving Food Drive.
Sept. 25th 12:30-3:30pm Cost: Free
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