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Helen Hall hen Carol Ann Whalen created her first Real Women that Ride calendar in 2018, she wanted to “break the stereotypes” about women who ride motorcycles. “Nobody is going out riding a motorcyle in a bikini,” she laughs. She decided to create a calendar with real riders, and then donate the proceeds to a charity. Now in its second year, the 2020 Real Women That Ride calendar is donating its proceeds to the YWCA Emergency Women’s Shelter in Kitchener. Whalen put out a call for photographs and was flooded with photos of women, young and old, on their motorcycles. And they came from all over southern Ontario, with quite a few from Waterloo Region. She said she looked for photos that demonstrated “empowerment, storytelling and women supporting each other.” She said the great majority of women who ride are over 40 years old. “I’ve been riding most of my life,” she explained. Whalen opened 2nd Gear Motorcycle Culture and Collectibles on Northumberland Street in Ayr in April 2017. Riding is one of her passions, as is film production. Whalen and Rob Currie have

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owned C to C Productions in Kitchener for over 30 years. C to C Productions is a professional production company that creates videos to instruct, promote, demonstrate, document, advertise and communicate. With her first calendar, she was able to raise over $5,000 to help train a service dog for a young girl in Innerkip. She is hoping this year’s calendar is just as successful. You can purchase a calendar by dropping by the 2nd Gear store at 148 Northumberland Street in Ayr or by calling Whalen at 519-897-9867.

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Carol Ann Whalen with the 2020 Real Women that Ride calendar. Photo by Helen Hall

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FORMER VICE-PRINCIPAL TALKS TO STUDENTS OF ALL AGES

Giving students strategies to manage their mental done health was walking in the door

by Helen Hall ometimes, it is all in the way you look at things. When Kevin O’Reilly needed help while suffering from anxiety and depression, he decided to look at it the same way he would look at getting treatment for any other part of his body that wasn’t working properly. “My brain is different than a lot of people’s brains,” he explained to a group of high school students at Kitchener Collegiate on November 26. “I’ve got to deal with the way my brain works.” O’Reilly, a retired high school vice-principal, spent the month of November talking to students about their mental health. His plan to do 30 talks in 30 days - to coincide with the mental health theme of

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Kevin O’Reilly giving one of his “30 Talks in 30 Days” mental health presentations to students at Kitchener Collegiate Institute. Movember - turned into over 50 talks in a month and a half. O’Reilly visited schools throughout the region, from elementary schools to high schools, talking about his personal journey with his mental health, and trying to take away the stigma that many people associate with it. O’Reilly described himself as a “high-functioning” person with depression and anxiety. Although he felt since high school that something “wasn’t quite right”, he excelled at school, quarterbacked the high school football team, married his high school sweetheart, had three wonderful kids, and was a teacher who eventually became a vice-principal. But evenutally, his brain got tired of “racing all the time”, and in 2010 he had to take time off work because he was too exhausted and depressed to go on. “The hardest thing I’ve ever

of the psychologist’s office,” he said in the KCI auditorium. However, once inside, he found out that “talking to them was easy.” Now O’Reilly considers his therapist like any other doctor he would see for other parts of his body. “I call him my brain strategist,” he told the students. He said when he runs into difficulty, they discuss strategies for getting his brain back on track. “I have to be careful with my brain,” he said. And many students can relate to O’Reilly’s story. “Young people 15 to 24 are more likely to have a brain illness or substance use disorder than any other age group,” he explained. “If you don’t talk it out, you’ll act it out,” O’Reilly said. As a vice-principal, O’Reilly saw many students come into his office for problems with drugs, alcohol, and chronic lateness, that many times came from issues with their mental health. He asked the KCI students what kind of things bring them stress that could affect their mental health. They mentioned the pressures of school and tests, and relationships with other students. O’Reilly left them with some tips to help them de-stress, including eating properly and exercising, and getting enough sleep. He encouraged the students to practise “repetitive gratitude” rather than “repetitive complaining.” While we can’t control things that go on around us, we can control how we react to them and we can appreciate the good things in our lives. O’Reilly suggested the students could use their five senses to reduce their stress by getting a calming sound app on their phone, feeling the touch of a weighted blanket, or the taste of good, nutritious food. He encouraged them to talk to a trusted adult if they are struggling. O’Reilly also encouraged them to use “breathing and blessings” to help them be calmer. As a group, he had the students breath in through their noses, think about a blessing, pause, and then let the breath out. “After a few of those deep breaths, the whole energy in the room drops,” O’Reilly said, before he sent the students back to class.


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CITY HALL CHRISTMAS TREE

This year’s City of Kitchener Christmas tree was donated by the Snape family from their home on Otterbein Road, in the Grand River north area of Kitchener. It took workers several hours to cut, load and install the Spruce tree in Carl Zehr square near the front entrance of city hall on November 12. The tree is now decorated with lights and will serve as a festive backdrop to the city hall’s outdoor rink, which is set to open on December 2, weather permitting. Photos by Carrie Debrone

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Painting rocks for others brings inner peace and spreads joy

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aitlynn Patzelt started KWRocks to bring a sense of positivity and happiness to others through something as inert and unassuming as a rock.

Patzelt was inspired by the Kindness Rocks Movement. So, she recruited three friends, Brittany Rohrbacher, Lauren McCullough, and Leigh Grimm to help her out, and KWRocks was born. Starting with the four of them, their numbers have skyrocketed to over 1,800 members on their Facebook page and continues to grow. Her mission was to find rocks, painting them, and hiding them like Easter Eggs for people to find - with the hope it might brighten their day. Self taught, beginning with sketching as a teenager, she enjoys creating beautiful artwork and sharing it with others. “Honestly, I don’t find myself artistic. I’ve never really taken any art courses. I just go with the flow. I find I paint better when I’m having bad days. It calms my anxiety. I have very high anxiety, ” Patzelt explains. She puts on music, gathers her kids together, and they all paint rocks. It’s a great way to spend time with her family, as well as being therapeutic. Brittany Rohrbacher has a similar reason for painting rocks. She has bi-polar disorder and finds it helps her focus on something positive. “Growing up I sucked at art, I’ve always been more musical. I couldn’t even draw a stick man,” she remembers. “And then I went to a paint night, probably close to

From left: Leigh Grimm, Lauren McCullough, Brittany Noelle Rohrbacher, and Kaitlynn Patzelt two years ago, and I loved it. I couldn’t believe the beautiful painting I brought home. I went to two more paint nights and after learning different techniques, I left, as paint night was too expensive. So, I started getting canvas and paint and creating my own paintings at home. Then Kaitlynn asked if I’d help with KWRocks.“ Rohrbacher decided to take her art to the therapeutic level and began to paint motivational scenes and messages to recovering addicts and gave them to the staff at addiction centers to hide for the patients to find. Rohrbacher plays piano, guitar, and is an up and coming solo vocalist, so painting completed her creative muse.

Lauren McCullough’s interest in art began somewhat hesitantly. “I’ve been doing art for about a year. It started with a paint night with my mom. The only reason I decided to go was because it was a Tim Burton theme. Not being able to draw a stick man, I didn’t expect very much to come out of it,” she said. “I was really impressed by what we both brought home.” “Kaitlynn and I are really good friends and when she asked me to help on this project, I was more than happy to support her,” McCullough says. Since then, she and her six year old daughter buy dollar store canvas and spend the days painting and enjoying some real

quality time together. Since her one and only art class, McCullough relies on YouTube and KWRocks to help her improve her already impressive talent. Leigh Grimm and her four year old daughter love doing crafts. “I’m always looking for cost efficient activities to do with her, or ways to keep her busy,” Grimm said. “I first became interested in painting rocks when my high school friend Lauren McCullough invited me to join KWRocks. We are spreading joy, happiness, and wellbeing by leaving these painted treasures around town.” “Every human needs a pick me up, and finding a painted rock does just that. The other thing I found with this group is that it allows people to tap into their artistic abilities,” Grimm explains Being a part of KWRocks brings a strong sense of community to these four talented women. Ever supportive of each other, they find it humbling that something as simple as one of their painted rocks can bring a sense of joy or comfort to someone who finds it. Some rocks take as long as 14 hours to complete. Recently, this group has done a food drive for a local Food Bank and collected 655 pounds of food and $150 in online donations. They were supported by members of their page and are planning another in the spring. To become part of their community, simply look up KWRocks on Facebook. You could become part of a movement that spreads a message of hope.

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CAPTURING CAROLLERS - Harold Russell, son of Waterloo Region Hall of Fame inductee Dorothy Russell (1900-2006), shared some of her photos with the Kitchener Citizen. Above, a choir singing on the steps of Kitchener’s old City Hall in 1972.

The John Forsyth Company Limited of Berlin (Kitchener), Ontario began manufacturing shirts and collars for men in 1903. Located at Duke and Young streets, the company also operated manufacturing facilities locally in Waterloo and Wellesley. The Forsyth family was involved in the management of the business until it was sold in 1973. This 1950s advertisement was used in a retail environment to promote the sale of Christmas gifts. Adèle Hempel is the Manager/Curator of Region of Waterloo Museums. Adèle can be contacted via email at ahempel@regionofwaterloo.ca

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Teacher, naturalist, historian, and amateur photographer Dorothy Russell (1900-2006) had an impact on many organizations in Waterloo Region. Dorothy began teaching kindergarten at Kitchener’s Suddaby Public School, and worked in a number of schools until her retirement in 1965. The Kitchener-Waterloo Field Naturalists and the Waterloo Historical Society are two local groups that benefited from Dorothy’s support. Visit the Hall of Fame exhibits located on the second floor of the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum.

A RUSSELL CHRISTMAS - Dorothy shows her Christmas tree in their Victoria Park home in 1965. In addition to being a photographer, naturalist and local historian, Dorothy took painting lessons from Matthew Kousal in the 1950s, and her artwork adorned the walls of their home.

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BOTH FORMERLY WORKED AT THE WATERLOO REGION RECORD

Local author, illustrator collaborate on first children’s book broke her leg and collarbone the illustrations

By Carrie Debrone ets inspire us in ways we may never dream of. What started as a “random thought” by local writer Kathy Storring that someone should write a book about her two pet cats, has resulted in her new children’s book titled Rocki & Emily, A Cat Tale for Kids. Storring and her friend and award-winning illustrator Diane Shantz, self-published the book’s heart-warming story at the end of September. The project took about six months to complete. The two local women had planned to publish it at the end of the summer in time for Christmas sales, but Storring fell and

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near the end of the project and it had to be put on hold for a month while she recovered. Aimed at children aged four to seven years old, the book tells the story of the cat Rocki, who is dumped at the side of the road and abandoned by her two former owners. Left to fend for herself, she eventually finds a new home, only to discover that her new family already has a cat…Queen Emily, who is threatening and not friendly at first. As time goes by, their friendship grows and the two cats eventually become purrfect friends. “I always wanted to do a children’s book,” said Shantz. “When this came along I

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thought it would be fun.” “If a creative idea strikes me I try not to dismiss it too easily. I became curious about this project and once I started doing it, it felt really fun. I loved all the back and forth energy working with Diane. I felt we had a good project and we both wanted to do it well,” she said. Having previously worked together at the Waterloo Region Record and Grand Magazine, Storring immediately thought of Shantz as the best person to contribute the beautiful, original watercolor images that now adorn most of the book’s 32 pages. “I knew that half the magic of the story would lie in the illustrations, and I knew that Diane could do that,” Storring said. “With a children’s book the illustrations are as important as the story because you can so easily lose a child reader at any point. You have to keep them engaged and really wanting to turn that page,” she said. “We fully collaborated on it. Some of Kathy’s words changed my drawings and some of my drawings changed her words,” Shantz said. “I did the basic story and then would give it to Dianne and tell her where I thought

might fit. Then she’d come back with something even better than I thought of,” Storring said. They tested their book on some local neighbors to see how their children would react. “We heard that they sat through the whole book, so we think we have got the story and the number of pages right,” Storring said, adding that she has also heard from a man who bought the book for his catloving mom who is in a nursing home. “You never know who is going to enjoy your book,” Storring said. The two cats in the tale belong to the Storrings and the story is based on their years together. Emily, who lived to be 20 years old, died last year. Rocki, who was adopted by the Storring family as a stray, continues to be the family’s cherished pet. “We didn’t do this to make a lot of money, but we did treat it as a serious project. We spent a lot of time looking at children’s books in local bookstores, seeing what made them engaging and which ones we considered magical. The challenge, as with everything, is to do it the best that you can,” Storring said. As to the reporter’s obvious question of whether there will be a second book in the future, the two women look at each other. “I do have an idea for a second book,’ Storring said with a twinkle in her eye. “It would probably involve the cats again….or maybe Diane’s poodle/bichon frise dog,” she laughs. * * * Published by Lydia Heins Publishing and with an initial print run of 300, Rocki & Emily, A Cat Tale for Kids, is printed by Waterloo Printing. It is available for $12 at Wordsworth Book Store (where Shantz and Storring also held an author’s reading in the fall) in Waterloo, Green Heron Books in Paris, Ontario, and at the She Said Boom book and music store in Toronto. The two women also sold their book at the November Frederick Art Walk and at the Waterloo First United Church’s fall artisan show.


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He University of Waterloo, recognitions the to March 2, 2024. This aligns challenges, current housing and on climate change adaptation Action; Healthy, Safe and Inc. for 15 transit coaches. has also funded nine research McMaster University, ConesOrder of Canada, officer level; with the end date of the curbside homelessness data); consult that is being undertaken and Inclusive Communities; and · $3,281,906 to FinnbiltJubilee Gen- collection contract which will chairs at several institutions, toga College, Schlegel Villages Queen’s Diamond with community partners; and planned for by the Region, Responsive and Engaging Public eral Contracting Limited for provide a seamless transition and made other philanthropic and other partners. Award; Kitchener-Waterloo update the strategic directions Area Municipalities and other Service. There are 22 strategic Waterloo Landfill Pumping gifts. 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He and residents collaborate on He is with also Green a member of development across private, gathering public input as part of to advance, measure and report (GFL) for the operation of the Limited for Green Bins for a RON SCHLEGEL research that will transform Communitech’s Entrepreneur public, and non-profit sectors. the Regional Official plan (ROP) on the progress on the specific Materials Recycling Centre two-year term. health-care delivery and Hall of Fame and Waterloo Schlegel has an Ongoing honorary (MRC) A steering committee comprised update. The Region will grow actions within the plan. to March 2. This will · $214,610 increase to Stantec improve the lives of Canadians. Doctor of Laws degree from the Region’s Hall of Fame. of senior staff and Councillors to 835,000 people and 404,000 dialogue with citizens and ensure a seamless transition Consulting Services Limited will work on this goal, including jobs by the year 2041. Public customers of regional services, to full producer responsibility as an amendment to a previous looking at innovative housing meetings and an online forum, area municipalities, partner which is currently planned to tender for consulting engineering solutions and reducing barriers known as enagewr.ca, are some organizations and other levels occur between January 1, 2023 services for the Weber Street he first citizens big snowfall has of As government is tradition, year’s downtown to enjoy the outdoor improvements (Forwell Creek to development. ways can give will this be key to and December 31, 2025. Wishesrelated for a Merry Christmas The of the already come, so let’s massive spruce tree is being rink in Carl Zehr Square. 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PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Raj Saini MP for Kitchener Centre

The Kitchener Market is more than a building, it's a community. The market exists to connect people, create experiences and build relationships. Whether you’re coming for the Saturday farmers’ market, stopping in during the week for breakfast or lunch or taking part in one of our many events or Marketplace classes, we hope you enjoy your visit and come back again. www.kitchenermarket.ca 300 King St E, Kitchener, ON N2H 2V5 General line 519-741-2287 TTY 1-866-969-9994

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Dear friends, There is a process that every elected official goes through after community members make their choice on Election Day. The first matter of business is the swearing-in ceremony. Before any elected Member can take their seat in the House of Commons, they must take an oath. Taking an oath is a British practice, and is an affirmation and a reminder to every Member of Parliament of their duties and obligations to their community and country. The swearing-in ceremony was a very moving experience for me. This is the second time that Kitchener Centre has put their trust in me. As I was taking the oath, I looked around the room and was humbled to be surrounded by friends, family, volunteers and my campaign managers, all of whom made this journey possible. I also looked at my parents and thought about their struggles when they first chose Canada as their home. I was raised in a society where I was constantly reminded by my parents that no dream is impossible to achieve. The people of Kitchener have given me the opportunity to represent them for the past four years, and I look forward to earning their trust once again. As the Holiday Season approaches, I hope to have opportunity to connect with you all again

in the community. Downtown Kitchener, streets are beautifully decorated with Christmas lights, meaning that the annual Christkindl Market is quickly approaching! Starting December 5, dozens of festive outdoor huts and food stands will line our streets. I look forward to meeting many of you there with your friends and family members as the spirit of German Christmas comes to life. The Holiday Season is a time to keep our neighbours and fellow community members in mind. There are several fundraisers and community events happening around the Region, and I encourage you to check them out. My team and I will be volunteering for Epilepsy South Central Ontario’s Gift Wrap at Conestoga Mall on December 16. Please drop by and say hello! Finally, I would like to extend a warm invitation to my office’s annual Holiday Open House on Tuesday, December 17, 4pm-6pm. Our constituency office is located at 209 Frederick Street, Suite 202, Kitchener. We encourage you to take public transit, as there are bus and ION stops within walking distance from our office. My team and I look forward to seeing you over the Holidays. I hope you will be able to join us for some Christmas cheer!

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his past month, I had the incredible honour of laying a wreath at the Hespeler Cenotaph in remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our freedom and safety. Both the Hespeler and Kitchener communities have a long history of courageous men and women who risked it all to fight for our freedom and safety. For instance, during WWI, the community of Hespeler sent one soldier to the front for every 40 residents - this was the greatest percentage of the population of any town in Canada. This December, the 43rd Parliament commences and I am eager to be back in Ottawa to represent the residents of Kitchener SouthHespeler. Our government understands that voters are looking for Members of Parliament from all sides to cooperate and work in the best

interest of Canadians. We will continue to fight for the middle class, tackle climate change, grow the economy, and so much more. As the holiday season approaches, I hope we continue to share in our sense of community and continue with our generosity to those who are less fortunate, as this is often a time in which many in our community are struggling to make ends meet. The holiday season is a time for all people to celebrate and spend time with their family and friends. I would like to wish everyone a joyous holiday season and a new year filled with peace and happiness. Hope to see you at my office (2A-153 Country Hill Dr, Kitchener) for my Holiday Open House on December 16th from 4PM-7PM.

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Over 150 people gathered at the Stanley Park Community Centre November 8 to enjoy a breakfast provided by local restaurants, chefs and caterers to support Student Nutrition Programs in 141 schools across Waterloo Region. Canadian Martyrs Catholic School principal Sean Spitzig spoke of the impact and importance of student nutrition programs at his school and said that sometimes their food bin is empty before the end of the day indicating, that “kids are hungry and this program is working at our school.” Rustico owner Simon Mathias coordinated the participating restaurants, that included Rustico, Swine and Vine, Caseys, Whale and Ale, Victoria Street Market, Tim Horton’s and Little Mushroom Catering.

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t is with gratitude that I write to you today. I am thankful for the confidence you have shown by electing me to serve as your Member of Parliament for Kitchener -Conestoga. I remain committed to working tirelessly to continue to earn your trust. Since the election on October 21st, I have focused on setting up our constituency office, meeting with stakeholders, and attending events throughout our riding. I am proud to say our office is open and we are already busy at work, serving constituents on important issues. Should you need assistance, please feel free to reach me at tim.louis@parl. gc.ca. It was an honour to be part of six separate Remembrance Day events throughout the riding and to represent our country in honouring our veterans. Our nation appreciates your dedication and service. The holiday season is a busy time in KitchenerConestoga. My team and I are looking forward to each one of the community events and seven

Christmas parades we will be participating in. Tree lighting ceremonies and Santa Claus breakfasts are wonderful opportunities to help get us into the holiday spirit, and a fun way to stay connected. It has been my pleasure to attend many charity events this season. I am humbled by our community’s capacity to give and inspired by our ability to work together in helping neighbours, near or far. Our region is home to service groups, charitable organizations and individuals who contribute their time and resources to make a difference to those in need. It is the spirit of giving that makes me proud to be part of our community. If you are home for the holidays, may your season be filled with warmth and contentment. For those who will be away from family and friends, including those serving our country, please know you are appreciated and you will be home in our hearts. From my family to yours, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season!

REMEMBRANCE DAY - Kitchener Fire Fighters marched to the Kitchener cenotaph on November 11 taking part in the city’s 2019 Remembrance Day ceremony. Despite the snow and bitterly cold temperatures many people attended. Photo by Carrie Debrone

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lfred Lord Tennyson once Dear Carrie Debrone, I was pleased to get your Kitchener (eastspring, edition) and found it wrote Citizen that, in a young quite informative and I thank you for it. man’s fancy turns to thoughts of love. I just read your short article regarding the natural gas rates going down Possibly, but when winter rolls around, for residential customers. You write that Kitchener a 2,100 cubic on meter average use this Utilities man’s have fancy focuses Christmas annually for its residential customers. have an imperial gas meter, baking. And IifstillTennyson had had the which shows the consumption in cubic feet. I have never been able to read opportunity to taste my grandmother’s that meter and as for that matter, even the meter readers seem to have a shortbread, I’dthe bet thata bill young men problem with it as well. Why else would city issue in the amount of $452? would see more value in cookie tins than flower bouquets. My January bill had been $222.16. February, $295.79, there I already sat Yes, these cookies are that good. In my teaching days, up and took notice, but then excused it by, the winter being especially harsh. this shortbread became go-to colleagues However, when I received my my March bill, Igift knewfor thatboth something was very wrong. I calledand the Utility wasscaled asked toback take aproduction, piece of paper and classes, whileOffice I haveandnow not and a pen and read meter myself. this request Ianticipation replied that I didof December stillthebrings that Todelicious know how to read the imperial meter and aside from that, it wasn't my job. gathering ingredients the agreed big bake. That is,outuntil The lady I talked to was very for nice and to send somebody to do

2019, or as I have termed it, The Year of the Christmas Cookie Crisis. You see, my electric beaters died. Now, most of you would tell me to just Amazon up a replacement, but these were no ordinary beaters. No, this was a Sunbeam, allmetal, Model 2360 Mixmaster – known affectionately as The Beast. Possessing 500 watts of power, this monster churned through ingredients like an Evinrude outboard slicing through new Conestoga YouI've need every ounce As a relatively arrival inLake. Kitchener been exploring the of power for mixing the copious amounts of butter, flour, photographic arts opportunities here and first impressions are very encouraging. It's just not just the tech side of quality that the community and sugar that make upinGramma Henderson’s shortbread should be judged. A thriving Arts community usually does well. This can recipe. not always be measured in the financial spectrum as the living standard I have dodged previous cookielow. calamities. There was the expectations of artists are remarkably We that don'twhey want that twofell bedroom within convenient driving year butter out ofhouse fashion (only philistines golf course or mall. Speaking as one of those underfunded distance to the make shortbread with creamery butter). Then the local independent art producers i'll tell you I've lived in some very bad supplier flour went outAnofexample business. conditions of justgramma’s to be close tospecial my working environment. being

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In bothreading cases,and tragedy reverted to me tradition when I ranged another also promised to call back once this was done. It was the very next day her call telling me that the new further afield to that findI received the essential ingredients. Butamount this owing was now $200.10, a mere difference of $251.90. I only wonder how year’s technological disaster had seemed insurmountable. often the meter had been misread in the past. Ourneighbours 250 watt hand side mixer My on either have just metricgroaned meters andand I hadstopped, previously could getgears one that would to read. to of that asked if Iburning adding to Imy air be of able panic. TheThe twoanswer speeds consisted a flat NO. produced equally useless results; the our foodofprocessor The city had pre-authorized withdrawal privileges for 2004/005 which pulse function the mixI and continual they bungled up sogave badlyno thatcontinuity I revoked thattoprivilege. did ask that office power produced a melted buttery goo. I did check out nor a to please send me a paper trail for my records which I never received did I get an answer to my request and, of course, one can forget about new Sunbeam Mixmaster, but nixed that purchase; it wasan apology. plastic and substituted metal bowls for the heavy glass I realize that it is up to your discretion to publish or not to publish my ones required the todough’s I pondered decide print it Iconsistency. would like to warn my fellow letter. However if to yousee be extramixer, "vigilant"but every time that Utility arrives. a"Kitchenerites" KitchenAidto stand spending sevenBill hundred dollars for something that looked like the child of the Respectfully, Borg Queen Ingrid E. Merkeldidn’t sit right. Was this the year that my shortbread ritual ended? Was this a signal from the cosmos that, like fossil fuels, buttery treats were a part of last century. Was it time for (gulp!) soy margarine shortbread stirred by hand? No! I would not be the grandson that let down his gramma! Online deliverance came in the form of the aptly named Rare Bird Antiques shop, where a vintage 1970s Sunbeam Mixmaster resided for the astounding price of dollars. I’moffice heading road to the very40 impressed by So the Arts at Cityout Hall on and a with how trip they provided metropolis of Elmwood, Ontario to purchase a fellow me with information about what was going on here. Those people in turn have offered advicetoand contacts, so again two thumbs up for retiree, andtheir putown it back work. thePlease level of pray support they give each other. that the partnership lasts, if only for this Yes, there are already many photographers doing the normal season. My new resolution willopportunity be to findtoa work worthy photographic needs year’s of the region, but the with replacement or order a vegan cookbook and explain to emerging image companies like web designers, animation houses, software producers, locally based video firms, electronic images for broadcasters my friends at Christmas 2020 that soy shortbread is so etc.is growing as the manufacturing base has declined. The live in! entertainment industries, local graphic designers and most especially the

Just what makes Kitchener so good at Arts development?

when living in my various illegal Toronto warehouse studios many years emerging gallery system bodes well for business opportunities, even in this before they were condoized. downturn. The Kitchener Citizen invites you to share your experiThere are basically two reasons for artists to be in an area. A slightly Kitchener is projected to be growing by a conservative estimate of ences with the community as a guest columnist. Do you have a rant? A viewpoint about a local oryears opinion issue? Or, do compact arts community with low rents and the availability of galleries or 100,000 people over the event next 20 andabout plans an callimportant for a big investment noticed thatCitizen there isisa looking vibrant for venues to showcase theorart produced. you have a personal funny story?I have The Kitchener writers who are willing to share their views with their neighbours in conversions of existing warehouse buildings into studio style live workin a theatre networkColumns here thatshould none the is going through The space. guest column. be less 400-500 words longhard and times. submissions must include yourthe name and contactbase information.To submitand your Technically manufacturing has down- turned leftcolumn a lot music scene really goodcall witheditor a solid choice of at local talent that isorwell empty buildings. by email or is mail, please Helen Hall 519-394-0335 emailofcitizenwest@hotmail.com. publicized by a few local free publications. Radio generally follows the If out of those numbers there are 10 percent artists in all media that standard corprock but the University of Waterloo has an Theoutstanding Kitchener Citizen Letters Alltoletters mustofclearly statetothe actuallywelcomes work at their art alltoofthe us Editor. are going need some this space community station. build up ouralong community. Artists, being artists though,and do telephone not like to numbe writer’s full name, address, phone number and be signed. Names will be published with the letter, however, addresses The huge pool of university students to draw from for a vocal audience toldLetters how to should do things. The local government isweek working hardthe to reach that bers will be used only for verification purposes and will not be published. be submitted at least one before publication with some disposable cash helps in keeping the cities vibrant and level where for theybrevity can integrate the needsCopyright of the artistic community date. This newspaper reserves the rightartists to edit, condense or reject any contribution or legal purposes. in letters and other enthusiastic. The number of professional is still small enough so that seamlessly into their development plans. they knowsubmitted one another. material to the publisher and accepted for publication remains with the author, but the publisher may freely reproduce them print, Many studies have shown time and again how efficient an Arts in based We are quickly seeing astounding growth in the digital imaging electronic or other forms. industry. Fortunately, as a photographer who has been working in digital community can be. A planning group called The Prosperity Council for years it helps me integrate my own work into video, 3D, web, specifically calls for a huge investment for artists and art based businesses advertising, etc. So I think, personally, the opportunities in Kitchener are to encourage them to choose Kitchener as a place to work. This is the first better than Toronto. An example being the cable TV (Rogers) that works time I have found a directed approach to our niche, but very valuable very hard to involve the regions schools and artisians in locally produced segment of society. If even fifty percent of the plans get done it is still an attractive place to build a career. programming. Our image production is now all pixels and with the recent Let's not forget that Kitchener/Waterloo was voted the most intelligent city and speaking as a newcomer it is very evident that the level of announcement of a new 5 million dollar Federal grant to establish a professionalism is visibly high here. People waste little time and the massive digital media centre in the downtown core, it offers unexcelled welcome i've received in presenting my own portfolio to various galleries opportunities to work with some of the leading edge image systems in the and companies has been warm and enthusiastic. A very nice event held world. In fact there are plans to make Kitchener a regional in town is the quarterly parties at the KW regional art gallery. Mellow communications hub and that leads into the possibility of thousands of new people who enjoy art meet each other with cool jazz and some ambient uses for my photos. There is a very good internet system here and if you would like more dub from the djs. With the projected growth of the regions artists in all mediums I have info just go to the net and most community plans are available. The next found there are many dynamic, specifically targeted plans, by the three years will establish this region of one of the "Silicon Valley" inspired municipal government in particular, to foster a (relatively) large examples of a thriving gateway of new ideas and I feel very fortunate to community investment in development towards artist integration. I was be able to establish myself here with so many other creative artists.

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Local SPORTS Local referee moves into the Ontario Hockey League by Irene

Schmidt-Adeney hen you are watching a Kitchener Rangers hockey game, you may notice linesman Tristan Peacock. At six-feet six-inches tall – even before lacing up his skates – the 23-year old is easy to spot. So far this season, in addition to the Kitchener Rangers, the Waterloo Region resident has been on televised games for the Guelph Storm, and the London Knights. Peacock started his hockey career with the Ayr Minor Hockey Association. Around the age of 14, when he was playing juvenile, he realized that his skill level didn’t match his passion for the game. His mother suggested becoming a referee and after speaking with officials who came to Ayr, he began taking courses through the Ontario Minor Hockey Association. It wasn’t long before he was back on this ice, this time as a referee for minor hockey games. For the next five years, Peacock honed his skill in the minor hockey system, and then two years ago he attended an officiating and development camp run by former NHL referee Don Koharski. After being seen at the camp, he was selected to officiate at the Jr. B and Jr. C level, a duty that brought him home to Ayr for Centennials games.

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you are moving all the time.” The officials also become a team. “The connection you have with the other referees is like a brotherhood,” he said. “Being on the ice and part of the game -- I like the whole team work.” With his height, it’s no surprise that Peacock has been chosen to be a linesman. “Linesmen are typically taller because the players are taller,” said Peacock. And height is an asset because the linesman will also step in to break up a fight. When asked if it is harder to officiate the higher the league, Peacock replied that it is actually the opposite. “Minor hockey coaches are mostly parents and they just don’t know all of the rules,” he said. “Sometimes it’s tough to communicate with them and explain why an action was taken.” “It gets easier the higher you go because the coaches know the rules. If a coach is yelling at you, you probably made a mistake.” When asked if they are more challenges the higher you go, with a smile, Peacock said that all of the coaches know that he is new. “So they bug me. They just like doing that.” And he dodges the puck ‘as best I can’. He’s on the ice about four times a week, still officiating at minor hockey games, Jr. B and Jr. C games. While he waits to learn what will become a full-time career, his home base is with his parents in Ayr. Keeping his options open, he is a graduate of the Georgian College firefighting program, and is currently completing an apprenticeship as a sheet-metal worker. “Right now, refereeing is my number one goal.” His next level in officiating would be the AHL, but for now, “My goal is to just get a playoff game in the OHL.”

NOW HIRING!

CHRISTMAS PANCAKE BREAKFAST & ARTISAN MARKET Visit with Santa! Write a letter to Santa! Christmas Crafts!

Saturday, December 7 • 8 – 11:00 am Join us for a fun community breakfast! Free for community members of all ages. Registration open now. Code: 38251 CHILDREN MUST BY ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT

New centre hours starting in January. Opening at 7 am. 505 Franklin St N Kitchener 519-741-2504

Instructors and Assistants for the following programs: Preschool • Child Ukulele Youth sport including: Badminton and Ringette

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K I T C H E N E R

WINTER 2019

CITY OF KITCHENER BUDGET TIME SIDEWALK ACCESS FOR EVERYONE COMMUNITY CONNECTEDNESS NEW ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PG 2

PG 5

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CELEBRATING 150 YEARS OF THE KITCHENER MARKET THIS YEAR MARKED AN INCREDIBLY BIG ANNIVERSARY FOR THE KITCHENER MARKET; 150 YEARS AGO, THE VERY FIRST DEDICATED MARKET BUILDING OPENED. Prior to the first building, farmers who produced more than their families could consume, would gather in outdoor areas and sell or exchange their goods. In 1869 though, town council approved the construction of a two-storey building that would serve as the town hall, council chambers, public library, post office, and be home to the farmers’ market. Over the years, there have been several different looks and locations for the Kitchener Market - technically a name change as well, since back then this area was known as Berlin. By 1872, the market had grown so popular that a larger building was needed. It was constructed behind the town hall but, again due to popularity, needed to be expanded and became its own twostorey brick building in 1907. This location would end up being the market’s longest serving home, lasting over 60 years, until the move to Market Square in 1973.

KITCHENER.CA/KITCHENERLIFE

The current location people know as the Kitchener Market’s home, 300 King Street East, opened in the spring of 2004. It has allowed the market to evolve and offer more than could have been imagined when council made that important decision 150 years ago. It’s more than a place you go on a Saturday to buy produce and meat, although it is great for that, the market offers children’s programs and camps, live music, and DIY classes. Want to learn more about cooking, wine pairings, or plan a team building event? You can do that too. And their Food Hall offers a great collection of meals and treats from people who have come from all over the world. On Oct. 5 of this year, many gathered to celebrate the 150th anniversary. Great photos and stories were shared and neighbours came together to celebrate all that the market has meant to them and what it continues to be; it’s more than a building, it’s a community. KitchenerMarket.ca/history

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KITCHENER’S

STRATEGIC PLAN 2019-2022

THIS IS KITCHENER A strategic plan helps the City weigh competing priorities and focus on the issues that matter most to residents. Residents have consistently identified five policy areas for the city to prioritize, which became our five strategic goals and 25 “action statements.” So far in 2019 we’ve already accomplished three of these milestones:

Corporate Climate Action Plan: A detailed plan for how staff will adjust our operations to reduce energy use, increasingly adopt alternative fuels and achieve our greenhouse gas emissions targets under the Paris Agreement. Many of these initiatives reduce the City’s operating costs, and set the stage for our work in 2020 to build a wider Community Climate Action Plan in partnership with the Region and City of Waterloo.

Urban Design Manual:

1822

A convenient, go-to resource for the development community, residents, community groups, city council and staff that explains our urban design guidelines and standards. The manual includes both our natural and built spaces, blending architecture, landscape and planning practices together responsibly to make our urban areas unique, functional and attractive.

- 1909

Jacob Y. Shantz was born to Swiss Mennonite parents in Berlin, Ontario (now known as Kitchener) on May 2, 1822. He was a farmer, business man, office holder, author, contractor, and promoter of Mennonite settlement. Shantz was responsible for the market’s first permanent and formal installation. In December of 1869, the Market House, as it was called, was open for business.

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Complete Streets Guidelines:

KitchenerMarket.ca

info@kitchener.ca

519-741-2345 TTY: 1-866-969-9994 Kitchener.ca/customerservice

Our Complete Streets report outlines the guidelines that we will use for designing new and reconstructed streets going forward. Our approach means designing streets for safety by reducing speeds and offering protection for vulnerable users, ensuring sidewalks are accessible for people of all ages and levels of mobility, supporting a variety of transportation modes and improving the environmental impact of our roadways. Learn about all of our milestones in the 2019-2022 Strategic Plan and see our progress to date at Kitchener.ca/ourplan

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IT’S BUDGET TIME – WHAT DO YOU THINK?

KITCHENER’S BUDGET IS AN ANNUAL PLAN TO DELIVER THE SERVICES AND PROGRAMS THAT KITCHENER RESIDENTS RELY ON EVERY DAY. The City of Kitchener’s proposed 2020 budget is here! This year, we’re asking for more feedback from the community than ever before. We want you to weigh in on the allocation of $360,000 across four initiatives in our operating budget, and $3.5 million in funding across three initiatives from our capital budget. Our feedback survey and more information about the funding options we’d like you to consider can be found at Kitchener.ca/budget. The proposed initiatives we’re looking for your input on are:

COMMUNITY GRANT FUNDING options to expand grant funding to new or emerging organizations in the areas of arts, culture, special events, sports, recreation or community development.

CORPORATE CLIMATE ACTION PLAN a number of projects that could be implemented to support our Corporate Climate Action Plan’s emissions targets by 2026.

SUSTAINABLE URBAN FOREST STRATEGY various levels of proactive conservation and protection measures for our community’s tree canopy.

PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING participatory budgeting gives residents control over how a project’s budget is allocated. We’ve piloted this program with two park redevelopment projects, allowing residents to select the upgrades their parks would receive. The budget contains options to continue or expand this program.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING funding for affordability quick wins and financial support for the ALL IN 2020 campaign run by Homelessness & Housing Umbrella Group in partnership with Wellbeing Waterloo Region. LEISURE ACCESS the possibility of expanding the Leisure Access program to cover fees for programs run by Neighbourhood Associations. LOVE MY HOOD increased funding levels for resident-led neighbourhood initiatives.

PUBLIC INPUT SESSION: Council Chambers, Kitchener City Hall – Monday, Jan. 12, 2019 12 – 5 p.m.

The budget process will continue throughout January. Want to get involved? Attend Public Input Night on Monday, Jan. 13 and Final Budget Day on Monday, Jan. 20 in person or follow the conversations live on the City’s social media channels. Kitchener.ca/budget

FINAL BUDGET DAY: Council Chambers, Kitchener City Hall – Monday, Jan. 20, 2019 12 – 5 p.m.

– PROTECTING OUR MOST VALUABLE RESOURCE One of the city’s main areas of focus for 2020 is to continue protecting Kitchener’s water infrastructure – the ways it’s delivered to and from our homes, our maintenance processes and the ways we’re getting ready for the impacts of climate change. In Kitchener, the two most significant impacts of climate change in the near future will be an increased risk of flooding and an increase in erratic, intense weather patterns. We saw examples of this weather last winter, with snow and ice melting into water and then refreezing in a cycle that led to a significant buildup of ice throughout the community. Over time, this kind of weather takes a big toll on our infrastructure. Since 2017, our “Water Infrastructure Program” has invested time and resources into building resiliency and adaptability into our system. By proactively testing our water mains, clearing waterways of sediment, using cameras to inspect our sewers for blockages and proactively maintaining our stormwater infrastructure, we can improve our city’s ability to handle increasingly severe weather and prepared ourselves for the challenges of climate change.

WHAT HAVE WE ACCOMPLISHED IN

2019? 5.7 km of sanitary sewers replaced 4,000

metric tonnes of sediment removed from stormwater ponds

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upgraded pumping stations, unlocking development in new neighbourhoods.

890 km of watermain network

proactively maintained

Our pipes and sewers are cleaner, better-inspected and in 2020 we’ll continue to work towards making sure we’re ready for whatever nature throws at us.

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WINTER

TIPS MAINTENANCE

CLEAR EAVES AND DOWNSPOUTS

Ensure all eaves troughs and downs spouts are clear of leaves and other buildup or blockages. Continue to monitor through the winter so that ice and snow doesn’t build up. Downspouts should be directing water away from your home’s foundation and, in some cases, should carry water one metre (3 feet) away from the building.

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KEEP OUTDOOR VENTS CLEAR It is recommended that your fuel burning appliances are inspected annually to ensure they are running efficiently and safely. They should be inspected by a certified TSSA technician.

FURNACE AND FILTER CHECK Make sure your furnace, dryer, hot water tank, and any other external exhaust/ vent pipes are clear of any vegetation (trees, plants, etc.) and keep them clear of snow and ice during the winter season.

REPAIR CAULKING AND SEALS Inspect your caulking and seals inside and outside of your home. Repair cracks or gaps – they can lead to water or moisture getting into your home and heat escaping from your home. Mice, insects or other small animals could also use these areas to make your home, their home.

DRAIN OUTDOOR WATER LINES Turn your home’s outdoor water supply off, drain the line and disconnect your hose. Leaving your hose hooked up, with water running to it can lead to frozen lines or even a burst pipe inside your home.

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Bare pavement means

access for everyone! WINTER CONDITIONS CAN MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO MOVE AROUND KITCHENER. To ensure that everyone can move through our community throughout the winter, residents must clear their sidewalks of snow and ice down to “bare pavement,” which is to say completely clear. For many Kitchener residents, icy and snow-covered sidewalks are a dangerous barrier, keeping many seniors and those with limited mobility from leaving their homes. Keeping our sidewalks clear to bare pavement ensures that Kitchener remains accessible for everyone, year-round.

How does it work? STEP 1: Snow falls.

STEP 4: When the 24-hour period expires, unclear sidewalks reported to bylaw officers or STEP 2: When the snow stops, the clock starts, noticed during a bylaw patrol will result and residents are required to clear their in a warning being issued to the property sidewalk within 24 hours. owner, indicating that they must clear STEP 3: If it snows again within the 24-hour period, their sidewalk within another 24 hours the clock resets, giving residents another or a fine will be issued. 24 hours.

STEP 5: For repeat offenders, bylaw officers will hire a contractor to clear the sidewalk at the owner’s expense. STEP 6: If weather conditions become so extreme that sidewalks can’t be maintained, a “Significant Weather Event” will be declared, giving residents more time to clear their sidewalk.

When continual snowfall causes the 24-hour clock to reset, it’s still a good idea to clear your sidewalk as often as you can – last year’s freeze/thaw cycles meant that even a few hours of snow could melt and refreeze into a layer of ice – much more difficult to clear! Is there a challenge or issue with the sidewalk near your house that prevents it from being cleared properly? Let us know by calling our corporate contact centre (519-741-2345) – we understand that sometimes conditions beyond your control make it difficult to clear your sidewalk!

For more information, visit Kitchener.ca/snowremoval

The average Ontario household has 4-6 appliances that produce carbon monoxide (CO). These appliances include: •Gas /oil furnaces •Wood-burning •Gas water heater fireplaces/stoves •Gas fireplace •Gas barbecue •Gas stove •Portable generators •Gas dryer •Fuel-burning space heaters

CO Safety Checklist Have a TSSA-certified fuels technician inspect and maintain your gas or oil furnace and other fuel-burning equipment annually. Visit COSafety.ca to find a TSSA-certified fuel contractor near you. Ensure that outside furnace vents are not blocked. Install a CO alarm on every floor level and outside of every sleeping area. Never use a fuel-burning appliance or device in an enclosed space.

WE LISTENED WHEN RESIDENTS TOLD US THEY WANTED A PARKING BYLAW THAT REFLECTED THEIR BUSY LIVES, WHICH IS WHY THE CITY HAS PUT A NEW SYSTEM IN PLACE TO MAKE OVERNIGHT PARKING EASY, CONVENIENT, AND WORRY-FREE FOR CITIZENS. New this winter, the City of Kitchener will launch overnight parking exemptions, allowing residents the opportunity to request approval from the city to park their car overnight on residential streets. From Dec. 1 to March 31, residents can apply online, or through the city’s Corporate Contact Centre to receive up to five parking exemptions per license plate, authorizing their vehicle to park overnight, between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. In the case of a snow event, parking exemptions will be cancelled to allow for snow clearing.

For more information or to request a parking exemption, visit Kitchener.ca/parkingexemptions or call the Corporate Contact Centre at 519-741-2345.

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inspire VOLUNTEERS

Feeling inspired to volunteer?

Here are just a few of the ways that you can volunteer your time in your ‘hood this winter: • Be a good neighbour and help someone in need clear snow and ice from their walkways.

COMMUNITY CONNECTEDNESS

• Get involved at an outdoor rink. We have more than 30 outdoor rinks and Kitchener and it takes over 200 volunteers to keep them going. Contact the City of Kitchener at 519-741-2200, ext. 7389 for more information or to get involved.

From city events and programs to associations and other community groups, the City of Kitchener relies on the support of over 6000 volunteers who generously dedicate their time and skills for the benefit of the community. Whether this support comes in the form of weekly, ongoing activities, or through special events and initiatives, the contributions of every volunteer are meaningful and significant.

• Join a resident group in your community that’s doing something great for your neighbourhood.

In celebration of International Volunteer Day on Dec. 5, we’re sending a giant ‘thank you’ to residents in our community who give the greatest gift of all – time. Each day, volunteers across our city give their time and energy to benefit our community – making it a safer, more inclusive place for all of us to enjoy.

• Find an opportunity that fits your schedule. Create a volunteer profile and view our list of current opportunities to find something that interests you!

Volunteers contribute to our community in a number of inspiring ways. They are the extra pair of hands helping out at community centres and the resident across the street that checks-in on their elderly neighbour during a snow storm. Volunteers help transform our neighbourhoods into more connected and more welcoming places to live, work, and play!

There’s no better feeling than doing your part to make someone’s day or to make our city better. Help out in your ‘hood – be a volunteer!

Learn more at Kitchener.ca/volunteer

KITCHENER HOME TO GOOD NEIGHBOURS OF ALL KINDS Gary Orton takes great pride in being a good neighbour. With his friendly demeanor and willingness to lend a helping hand, Gary is happy to help his neighbours when and where he can. Gary isn’t alone in this - Kitchener is home to good neighbours of all kinds. From shovelling snow, to cutting lawns, to hosting street parties, Kitchener neighbourhoods are welcoming and inviting places to live because of the kindness and community spirit of the residents who live there. To recognize the individuals whose efforts make Kitchener a better

place to live, work and play, the City of Kitchener is launching a Good Neighbour Recognition Program – allowing residents who have been touched by the kindness of good neighbours like Gary, the opportunity to say ‘thank you.’ Starting Jan.1, residents will have the opportunity to nominate a good neighbour by completing an online nomination form. Nominations will be accepted year-round and nominees will receive thank you card signed by the mayor in recognition of their efforts.

Know a good neighbour you would like to recognize? Visit lovemyhood.ca/goodneighbour for details or to submit a nomination.

KITCHENER AWARDS AMAZING PEOPLE Earlier this year, Randy Farrell was recognized as our 2019 Senior of the Year for his advocacy work and ongoing support for the Rainbow Community in Kitchener. Randy is one of many Kitchener residents who are doing and achieving incredible things in our community and the City of Kitchener is doing its part to recognize and honour these achievements through various awards. From outstanding youth and seniors, to achievements in business and athletics, the city is proud to recognize residents, businesses and organizations for their achievements and for their tremendous contributions to our community.

Each year, the following awards are presented to various Kitchener citizens:

~ Athletic Awards ~ Business Heritage Awards ~ Mayor’s City Builder Award ~ Great Places Awards ~ Senior of the Year ~ Youth Action Council Awards

Do you know someone who is deserving of an award or recognition? Learn more about award criteria and submit a nomination at Kitchener.ca/awards

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A NEW SOUND FOR THE

Artist in Residence PROGRAM community inspired, musical pieces, but also creating the actual instruments being played in sessions and workshops she calls ‘junk music jams.’

“My time as Artist in Residence has been a transformational experience,” says Mary. “I have been working in the community for a while now, but this residency gave me an opportunity to truly understand the place that I live in through my practice and interaction with residents. I believe that everybody is musical and I see how participants embrace and discover the joy of making music.”

Mary has been busy organizing and facilitating over a dozen workshops since her launch event took place in March. Although her residency ends with the calendar year, she wants to use the momentum she’s gained and has plans to continue to apply for grants to help bring her programs to schools and even to other communities.

“My time as Artist in Residence has been a transformational experience...”

‘Making beautiful music. Together.’ That is what Mary Neil’s time as the City of Kitchener’s Artist in Residence has been all about. Mary is the creator of KW Junk Music and has been traveling around Kitchener, helping people not only create new,

An artist’s growth and development is a key element of the city’s Artist in Residency program, Mary, however is one of the first to have such a musical focus. Karoline Varin, City of Kitchener’s program administrator of Arts & Creative Industries is excited about what Mary has brought to the program. “We have further realized the wide possibilities of how an artist can engage communities and foster a sense of belonging. platform where artists of all disciplines can grow and build on their talents while contributing to the vibrancy of Kitchener.”

To learn more about Mary and the Artist in Residence program, visit Kitchener.ca/air

DEC. 31 FROM 6 P.M. - MIDNIGHT

NEW YEARS EVE AT

KITCHENER

CITY HALL!

IT’S A PREHISTORIC PARTY WITH LOTS OF DINO FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! LIVE MUSIC • FREE SKATING • RETRO ARCADE COUNTDOWN TO 2020

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ADVERTISE HERE Kitchener.ca/kitchenerlife or call 519-741-2602

Give Back

This holiday season, bring your family to the Dedication Centre at Williamsburg Cemetery to see our breathtaking 18-foot Christmas Tree of Remembrance. On Saturday, Dec. 21, please join us from 2-4 p.m., for a casual Christmas gathering. We invite you to enjoy festive treats and place a personalized ornament, provided by us, on our Tree of Remembrance in memory of a loved one. In addition to our Christmas Tree of Remembrance, you may wish to decorate our ‘bare’ tree with your charitable donations of new winter outer wear. The items collected will be donated to St. John’s Kitchen, the Salvation Army and YWCA Mary’s Place. Both trees are located in the Dedication Centre at Williamsburg Cemetery at 1541 Fischer-Hallman Road.

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Winter has arrived and so has the fun!

christkindl.ca

HERE IS A LIST OF THINGS TO DO IN KITCHENER THIS WINTER: 3 WINTER YOGA HIKES: Free every Thursday at Huron Natural Area, Kitchener.ca/huronnaturalarea 3 INDOOR ICE SKATING: Free! Visit Kitchener.ca/skatingschedule to find a date/time at an arena near you!

Celebrate the magic of the season with live bands, choirs, dance groups and a great variety of children’s entertainment. Enjoy delicious food, drink and shopping from nearly 100 vendors inside of City Hall and the Outside Village.

3 OUTDOOR ICE SKATING: Free skating on various ice rinks in neighbourhoods throughout the city. Find a location near you by visiting Kitchener.ca/outdoorrinks

Make memories for the whole family!

3 A PREHISTORIC NEW YEARS’ EVE PARTY: Free admission on Dec. 31 starting at 6 p.m. in the Rotunda at City Hall, KitchenerEvents.ca 3 CHRISTMAS FANTASY: Visit Victoria Park for a free light display nightly starting Dec. 7, KitchenerEvents.ca 3 TOBOGGANING: Grab some pals and slide down a hill in your neighbourhood, or at McLennan Park! Kitchener.ca/mclennanpark 3 TAKE AN EASY HIKE IN TRILLIUM WOODS: Located in Williamsburg Cemetery, Kitchenercemeteries.ca/trilliumtrail

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3 GERMAN CHRISTMAS MARKET: Check out Christkindl Market from Dec. 5-8. Free admission. Christkindl.ca

FREE ADMISSION! Dec. 5 - 8, 2019, Kitchener City Hall

3 Hockey Town: Celebrate your love of the game this February during this free event. KitchenerEvents.ca

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DECEMBER

FEBRUARY

SEPTEMBER - FREE CHRISTKINDL MARKET City Hall, Kitchener THURSDAY, DEC. 5, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. FRIDAY, DEC. 6, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. SATURDAY, DEC. 7, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. SUNDAY, DEC. 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A family friendly festival of German Christmas. Christkindl.ca

KIDS HOP Kitchener Market THURSDAY, FEB. 11 & 25, 11 a.m - NOON Join Erick Traplin for sing-along family fun. KitchenerMarket.ca/kidshop

HOLIDAY CONCERT Kitchener Market SATURDAY, DEC. 7, 11-11:45 a.m. Featuring a special performance from Suzuki Waterloo. KitchenerMarket.ca CHRISTMAS FANTASY OPENING CEREMONY Roos Island, Victoria Park SATURDAY, DEC. 8, 5:30-8 p.m. Enjoy the spectacular display of festive lights in Victoria Park. KitchenerEvents.ca KIDS HOP Kitchener Market THURSDAY, DEC. 17, 11 a.m. - NOON Kids Hop Christmas Special: Santa joins Erick Traplin for sing-along family fun. KitchenerMarket.ca/kidshop

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TREE OF REMEMBRANCE Williamsburg cemetery SATURDAY, DEC. 21, 2-4:30 p.m. This holiday season, bring your family to the Dedication Centre at Williamsburg Cemetery to see our breathtaking 18-foot Christmas Tree of Remembrance. KitchenerCemeteries.ca

KIDS’ ART Kitchener Market EVERY THURSDAY, 11 a.m. – NOON Free fun and hands-on creative art experience. KitchenerMarket.ca/kidsart

CHRISTMAS MARKET Kitchener Market SATURDAY, DEC. 21, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. The Saturday Market with extra Christmas fun and a visit from Santa. KitchenerMarket.ca NEW YEARS EVE 2019 City Hall, Kitchener TUESDAY, DEC. 31, 6 p.m.-12 a.m. A free, family-friendly NYE party. KitchenerEvents.ca KIDS’ ART Kitchener Market EVERY THURSDAY, 11 a.m. – NOON Free fun and hands-on creative art experience. KitchenerMarket.ca/kidsart

JANUARY KIDS HOP Kitchener Market THURSDAY, JAN. 14 & 28, 11 a.m - NOON Join Erick Traplin for sing-along family fun. KitchenerMarket.ca/kidshop

KIDS’ ART Kitchener Market EVERY THURSDAY, 11 a.m. – NOON Free fun and hands-on creative art experience. KitchenerMarket.ca/kidsart

FAMILY DAY FREE COMMUNITY SKATE Activa Arena MONDAY, FEB. 17 10-10:50 a.m. and 3:15-4:05 p.m. TheAud.ca/skatingschedule FAMILY DAY FREE COMMUNITY SKATE Sportsworld Arena MONDAY, FEB. 17, 1-2:50 p.m. TheAud.ca/skatingschedule FAMILY DAY FREE COMMUNITY SKATE Lions Arena MONDAY, FEB. 17, 11:15 A.M.-1:05 p.m. TheAud.ca/skatingschedule WE ARE OLD DOMINION TOUR The Aud MONDAY, FEB. 24, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Join Old Dominion and supporting acts Mitchell Tenpenny & Meghan Patrick on February 24 as they ROCK THE AUD! TheAud.ca/olddominion HOCKEY TOWN Carl Zehr Square SATURDAY, FEB. 22, TIME TBD KitchenerEvents.ca


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Always Christmas

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The Kitchener Citizen is very grateful to The receive this orignal Christmas short story from author Cyndi MacMillan. May May you find Christmas in your own unique way. BY CYNDI MACMILLAN

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obin sat in her Corolla, blinking back tears as she gazed at that familiar, welcoming porch. Though six months had passed since cancer had stolen her grandmother way, it was still hard to accept she was gone. The sprawling Victorian was her inheritance, and she adored it, but without Gran... it was just some huge empty house. Her parents wanted her to sell the property. Instead, she’d hired someone to mow the grass, rake the leaves and prepare the rose garden for winter. She wasn’t sure what she was going to do. All she knew is that there were only two weeks until Christmas, and she had a promise to keep. The sun was still rising, and she took another sip of tea. Then, she pulled the short note from her purse and read it again:

d, Little Bir ult, My Sweet task diffic is th d n fi l u’l e job. I know yo son for th r e p t s e b e the each but you’r e parlour, th in s e x o n my I’ve left b book is o s s e r d d a ask y tagged. M iends and fr y m ll a c se, I’d like desk. Plea the things p u k ic p rt, please them to Sweethea d n A . e v a lways. them to h ur heart, a o y in s a istm keep Chr , Gran I love you

The car windows were fogging. A man, walking T his dog, stopped in his tracks and squinted at her, suspiciously. Main Street had changed, as had the city. The houses had all been rezoned for both commercial and residential use, so Gran’s neighbours had sold their homes, each making a tidy profit. Gran’s house was sandwiched between a trendy cafe and a used bookstore, popular with tourists and theatre-goers. Robin avoided calls from realtors eager to get their hands on the elegant Queen Anne. Some potential buyers thought it would make a perfect B & B; others wanted to divide the space into condos. Last month, she’d been told that the small hardware store she managed would be closing. The owners were appreciative of her ten years of service, and they had provided her with a generous severance package. Still, she was at a crossroads. If she sold Gran’s home, she could start her own business. She took a deep breath and hauled herself from the car. She retrieved the trays filled with baked goods and the other bags from the back seat. With a sigh, she made her way across the snowy walkway and up the salted steps. She stopped herself from knocking on the door, and it took considerable jiggling to get the key to work. After turning up the furnace, she headed to the parlour. A sob escaped her when she saw all the boxes, decorated with bows—at least two dozen.

Gran loved... had loved the holidays. Robin remembered all those summer vacations they’d celebrated Christmas in July. After she’d been given the biopsy results, Gran had called her and cheerfully proclaimed, “I’ve decided. It’s Christmas every day.” It took over an hour to compile a list of names and phone numbers. It took several hours more to make the calls. She set out refreshments and tried to ready herself for what she knew would be an emotional day. By early afternoon, people began to drop by to pick up their presents. Every person had a ‘Gran tale’ to tell. Agnes Rebeck was the first to arrive. “It’s been ages since I’ve seen you!” She gave Robin a long, sisterly hug. “I love the new haircut.” She stood in the doorway, almost reverently. “Oh my, I remember the epic sleepovers your grandmother hosted, here. She never turned a soul away. Did she tell you about the strangers she took in that one Thanskgiving?” Robin stared at her, puzzled. “You didn’t know? A family of seven was involved in a pretty serious car accident. Minor injuries, thank goodness. But their van was totaled. They had nowhere to go. So your Grandmother – who’d been driving behind them – invited them here.” “I’m not surprised. Gran was very, very kind.” “They stayed with her for four days.” She smiled as Robin handed her a box. “I wonder what...” Agnes began to laugh. “Cookie cutters! She knew I could use these at the daycare! The kids will enjoy using these with playdough... but we’ll make gingerbread men, first!” More and more people came but were in no hurry to leave. They opened their boxes and revealed the contents to each other. A tiny village went to a senior’s home. A box full of fragile ornaments was gifted to a newlywed couple; the bride had lost her sight, and she gently touched a mouth-blown glass reindeer, tracing its shape with her fingers and smiling Nativity scenes, stockings, embroidered table-

cloths and wreaths, all found new homes. Cookbooks and picture books, sewing patterns, even balls of wool were held up with wonder. Robin swallowed the lump in her throat so many times that she’d finally excused herself, so she could have a little cry. Afterwards, she’d taken another tray from the fridge and offered refreshments to the growing crowd. The impromptu party had spread to the hall, dining room and library. Everyone was talking about her dear Gran, sharing memories and softly chuckling. “There she is,” Susanna Mathis gave her a sympathetic look. “How are you holding up, kiddo? I was just saying how proud your Gran was of you. It’s like she’s here, isn’t it? When she realized... Well, that last year, it was Christmas every day at 16 Main Street.” Robin grinned. “She told me.” “I stopped in for a visit during a heatwave. She served me hot apple cider.” Everyone laughed. “We watched ‘It’s a Wonderful Life” in March!” Tommy Smith shouted. “Mistletoe hung on St. Patrick’s day!” “She took a cab to our place to sing us carols at Halloween!” “Turkey and stuffing and plum pudding for Easter.” Robin wished the moment had been recorded. It was so precious. After everyone left, she wandered through the old place, seeing each room as if for the first time. Upstairs, she envisioned a youth hostel, while the lower floor... hmm... yes, the lower floor would have a tea room and a small shop that sold Christmas ornaments year round. Excited and happy, she dashed down the stairs, finally ready to open her box. In it she found a nest full of tiny blue-speckled eggs made of glass. “Robin’s Nest is what I’ll name this new venture of ours,” she whispered, holding the perfect gift in her palm. “Merry Christmas, Gran. Forever and always.”


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COMMUNITY CALENDAR WATERLOO COUNTY TEACHERS’ CHOIR (WCTC) - invites you to Celebrate the Season on Wednesday December 11 at 7:30pm, at Benton Street Baptist Church (90 Benton Street, Kitchener). Our 100-voice choir will present a captivating evening of choral music, ranging from 15th century poems through to modern carols. WCTC is directed by Jane Schultz-Janzen and accompanied by Michel Allard, and

for this special night will be joined by several guest instrumentalists. Tickets are $15.00; free for children under 12. Available from choir members or wctchoir@gmail.com. Food Bank donations at the door are gratefully accepted. A portion of the night’s proceeds will go to Music In Schools, a WCTC initiative that has supported 15 regional school music projects in its first year. Please join us for conversation and refreshments

Community Church Listing St James’-Rosemount United 171 Sherwood Ave., Kitchener (519) 742-1002 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Lunch served following service on the third Sunday of every month. Nursery, Sunday School, Youth Group, Wed. Night Bible study Kitchener Gospel Temple-Pentecostal 9 Conway Dr. (at River Rd), Kitchener (519) 894-5999 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Mid-week activities for all ages. www.kitchenergospel.com Kitchener East Presbyterian 10 Zeller Drive, Kitchener (519) 748-9786 Reverend: Mark S. Richardson Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Nursery and Sunday School provided Sonshine Corner, Thursdays from 9 - 11 a.m. Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran 322 East Avenue (at Stirling), Kitchener (519) 742-5812 www.holycrosskitchener.org Sunday Service: (Sept. - June) 8:30 and 11 a.m., (July-Aug.) 9:30 a.m. 9:45 a.m. - Sunday School, Youth & Adult Bible Classes Choirs - Stephen Ministry - Youth Group - Beginnings (0 -3 years) Hope Lutheran 30 Shaftsbury Drive, Kitchener (519) 893-5290 www.hopelc.ca Worship Service Times 10 a.m. Worship Service Sunday Morning Fellowship Bible Study 11:15 a.m. Adult Bible Study 11:15 a.m. Sunday School (JK –Grade 12) Breslau Evangelical Missionary Church 102 Woolwich St., Breslau (519) 648-2712 Sunday Worship Service: 10 a.m. Children’s Ministry - Youth Ministry - Small Groups All are welcome! Visit us at www.bemc.ca Stanley Park Community Church 9 Dreger Ave., (at Ottawa St.) Kitchener (519) 893-8186 www.stanleyparkchurch.ca Pastor: John Pearce Sunday Service and Kid’s Church: 10 a.m. ALL WELCOME! Nexus Church Meets in The Conrad Center - 36 King St W. Kitchener Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. Kids programs (0-12yrs) offered during service. www.nexuschurch.ca All are welcome!

after the concert. ACCESSIBLE PARKING is in the church lot. All other parking is on the street or in the city lot at Charles & Benton. SING NOEL – A Christmas Cantata, December 8 and 9 at 7:30pm at the Centre in the Square, 101 Queen St. N. Kitchener. A music celebration, a collection of contemporary music and carols intertwined celebrating our Christian faith. Featuring the 125 voice Festival Choir, Children’s Chorus, soloists and the KW Symphony Orchestra along with guitarist singer/songwriter Jacob Moon, and singers Brandon Leis and Marion Samuel-Stevens. Tickets are available at the center’s box office or online at www.centreinthesquar.com 519-578-1570 A LOST AND FOUND CHRISTMAS - Step into Lost & Found Theatre’s “living room” for a cozy evening of holiday stories and songs. A great way to get into the Christmas spirit... Lost & Found invites you to start your holiday season in a lower key.  We’ll have stories, songs and poems presented in a laid-back “kitchen party” style with guest musicians each night. At the Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick St. Kitchener. Here’s the lineup: Friday, December 6 at 7:30pm: The Full House Brass Quintet, Kyle Logue harp and vocals, Jack Cole guitar and vocals, The Evergreen Ensemble (hammered dulcimer, guitar, vocals) Amie Debrone vocals. Saturday, December 7 at 7:30pm: Reid Spencer vocals, The Evergreen Ensemble (hammered dulcimer, guitar, vocals), Kyle Logue belly dance for Christmas, and one or two yet to be confirmed! Tickets: $22, $18 Student. Call 519-896-2253 or buy tickets online at registrytheatre. com or purchase at the door with cash, cheque or credit card. CHRISTKINDL MARKET - December 5-8, all day:  Christkindl Market at Kitchener City Hall - a traditional German Christmas Market featuring German crafts and artisans, food and local vendors, offers gifts for everyone on your list. Show up for the opening ceremonies on Thursday evening to see the Grand Philharmonic Choir, or Saturday morning at 10-11am to see the Grand Philharmonic Children’s and Youth Choirs perform, or Sunday at noon-1pm to see Grand Harmony Chorus - live entertainment while you shop and eat!   https://www. christkindl.ca/ MESSIAH AT CENTRE IN THE SQUARE - December 7 at 7:30pm with the Grand Philharmonic Choir and the KW Symphony and worldclass soloists at the Centre in the Square. Handel’s “Messiah” is a holiday tradition in this community you have to experience this classic at least once in a lifetime, or maybe even every year  https://grandphilchoir. com/events/list/ KW GLEE CHRISTMAS SHOW - December 13-15 at various times:  KW Glee at Humanities Theatre, University of Waterloo this show ALWAYS sells out, and this concert marks their 10-year anniversary!   Come and see these talented kids and teens sing and dance their hearts out to all your pop favourites!  http://www.kwglee.com/

KW SYMPHONY YULETIDE at the Centre in the Square, December 1315 featuring the Grand Philharmonic family of Choirs, Contemporary School of Dance, and two very wellknown Canadian actors/musical theatre performers hosting the event. For tickets and more info visit https:// kwsymphony.ca/concerts/yuletidespectacular/ FOOD BANK CHRISTMAS MEAL DRIVE - Make sure no one in Waterloo Region goes hungry this Christmas. Currently one in 20 households in our community are struggling to put food on the table and one third of those going hungry are children. You can make a difference by donating to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region. Every $1 you give provides three healthy meals. To donate visit thefoodbank. ca REGISTRY THEATRE - Saturday, December 14 at 8pm and Sunday, December 15 at 3pm.The Waterloo Region’s best jazz musicians play Christmas classics with a jazz twist. 17 great players, plus a special guest vocalist. A fundraiser for the Waterloo Region Record’s “Books For Kids” annual project buys new books for needy children in our community. Tickets: $25. Call 519-578-1570 or buy tickets online at registrytheatre. com CANADIAN WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR EXHIBIT - at Schneider Haus National Historic Site. The travelling exhibit features award-winning wildlife photographs promoting the beauty, diversity, value, and vulnerability of wildlife by highlighting the most striking and unique photography depicting natural subjects. The exhibit includes the 30 winning photographs from the Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year Contest organized by Canadian Geographic in partnership with the Canadian Museum of Nature and the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada. Judges selected the top photos from close to 3,800 entries. The photos will be on view until April 26, 2020. Schneider Haus is located at 466 Queen Street South in downtown Kitchener. For more information visit www.schneiderhaus. com or call 519-742-7752. SUNNYSIDE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS LIKE YOU!  Do you enjoy simple woodworking? We have an opportunity for you to share your hobby with others so they can experience it too. Sunnyside is looking for volunteers to do woodworking projects with participants in our Community Alzheimer Program once a week. Groups are held Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings. If one of these days work for you, please call Janice Klassen at 519-893-8494 ext. 6372 or apply at www.regionofwaterloo. ca/volunteeratsunnyside<http:// w w w. r e g i o n o f w a t e r l o o . c a / volunteeratsunnyside>. SKILLS LIBRARY NEEDS VOLUNTEERS - The Country Hills Community Centre has launched a program called Skills Library.  It is a chance for youth and adults to come together and gain an understanding of each other, share the space, learn new skills and build positive relationships on Mondays, ages 11-

15 from 6 - 8:30pm. The Centre is looking for adult volunteers to come into the space and share their skills, talents or interests with the youth in our community. If you are interested in volunteering a skill or hidden talent, please contact: Shannon Parsons, 519-741-2200 ext. 5051 or at Shannon.parsons@kitchener.ca WORTH A SECOND LOOK – The Working Centre’s thrift store, 97 Victoria Street North, Kitchener has completed renovations. Come and see the fresh, new look! The store is looking for donations of clothing, books, current magazines, craft and art supplies, sporting goods, housewares, furniture, jewelry, purses, backpacks, hygiene products, pictures, frames, music and movies, radios, stereos, CDs, DVDs, toys and games. The retail outlet’s goal is to provide the community with low-cost used furniture and assorted houseware items while keeping reusable goods out of landfills and creating opportunities for employment. Open 9am to 5pm weekdays and 9am – 4pm Saturdays. To donate call 519-569-7566. SCHWABEN CLUB EVENTS Fish Fry – EVERY FRIDAY at the Schwaben Club Keller, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Fish Fry. Serving Breaded Fish, Pan Fried Fish as well as Schnitzel. All dinners are served with creamy coleslaw and choice of French Fries or German potato salad. Fridays & Wednesdays KARAOKE with Randall Kuhn’s ”The Musicscene” at the Schwaben Cub. Come and enjoy. Singing & dancing, making more friends, good food & beverages. Pub Food available. Fridays 8:30 p.m. – until close Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Table Tennis – EVERY TUESDAY at the Schwaben Club at 7pm.  Should you be interested in a few trial games and see if you would like to play it and have fun at the same time; then we would appreciate if you would contact Walter at 519-742-3372 or Ken at 519-894-6695.  FREE COUNTRY LINE DANCING – EVERY WEDNESDAY at the Schwaben Club at 7 p.m.  Lots of fun and good workout! Learn at your own pace. Instructor Steph is great! Learn new dances and review previously taught dances every week! Food and beverages available to purchase. Great night out! Monday, December 16, 2019 – German Christmas Show 2019 ”Alle Jahre Wieder” with Silke Kuhnert from Niedersachesen, Joachim Bischof from Salzburg, Austria, Die Auserwählten from Austria, and Gästsänger Wolfgang Rippert from Cleveland, Ohio.  Doors open at 5:00 pm, Dinner at 5:30 pm, Show starts at 7:00 pm. Dinner & Show: Member Price $55.00, Non-Member Price $60. Show only: $28. (Entrance for ”show only” at 6:30 pm) Sunday, January 5, 2020 – Filmnachmittag – Schwaben Club Keller – “Dort in der Wachau““.  Coffee & Cake available. Doors open 2:00 p.m. Film begins:  2:30 p.m. For tickets and more information on any of the above events, please call the Schwaben Club at 1668 King St. E. in Kitchener – 519-742-7979


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Property Taxes Aren’t Exactly Clear. Budget time is here again. City staff have taken Kitchener Council’s goals and intentions into account,

and have proposed an inflationary tax-increase of 2.2% for 2020. Council will surely tweak that figure as we go through the long and detailed budget process but, it got me thinking, does everyone understand what a 2.2% increase really means? In Kitchener, we have three entities collecting property tax: the city, the region and the school boards, whereas cities like Guelph or Toronto have just two entities: city and school boards. It can be confusing in many ways, one of

which is how we report budget related tax increases to you. Of your total property tax bill, the City of Kitchener keeps just 31.5%, school boards take 14.5%, and the Region of Waterloo collects the remaining 54%. Using my home as an example, my taxes total $4,215, but just $1,328 of that goes to Kitchener, $611.00 goes to the school boards and, the lion’s share, $2,276, goes to the Region of Waterloo for the services they provide. My point is that when you hear in the media that “Kitchener

is raising taxes 2.2%”, we are not raising your total property taxes by 2.2%, but only on our 31.5% share of your taxes. In absolute terms, 2.2% of the city portion means your total property taxes would rise by just 0.69%. Going back to the example of my own home, that would equate to about $29 more for the year. Any region or school board increases, the latter being set by the Province, would be in addition, but it is an important distinction when judging our efficiency.

The 2020 budget process began November 25 with council going over our Operating (day to day city operations) Budget. Council considers our Capital Budget on

December 2. Give your input on our budget at engagekitchener.ca. Council will learn about your input on December 13. It will have a strong impact on the decisions council makes. You can see the draft of the budget at kitchener.ca, search 2020 budget. It can take our snow plows between 16 to 24 hours to finish all routes. Major arterial roads get plowed first, then major collector roads and bus routes and then residential streets. There’s no overnight street parking from December 1 to March 31. If a

Snow Event is declared there is no parking on any street. Our residential street 40km speed limit pilot is underway. You’ll see the signs in a zone of residential streets within River Road E, Ottawa Street N, Lackner Boulevard and Fairway Road N. I thank Stanley Park Community Centre for hosting the Toasty Toes campaign. Over 40,000 pair of socks were collected for homeless shelters. The Centreville Chicopee Community Centre has their Gingerbread Party on December

11 at 6:30pm. Visit their website at cccakitchener.com If you see a great Christmas light display in our ward, take a picture and send it to me at dave.schnider@kitchener.ca so I can share it on social media. I wish you the best during this festive season and happiness and health in 2020. I enjoy serving you. Please contact me if I can help. Our Contact Centre is staffed 24/7. Report an emergency, issue or ask questions about any city department, call 519-741-2345.

The annual Budget which sets local tax levies and utility rates are now before Council. The Budget Document prepared by staff is recommending a combined increase for taxes and water

utilities of $74 or 3.3%. This is before considering Regional and Education levies or changes in individual property assessments. The impact on our customers for ALL services should not increase by more than 1.9% - the current inflation rate. There are many opportunities in the Budget to reduce net expenses without affecting the current levels of service. Very little scrutiny is given to Departmental expenses which are increasing by 4.0% including 15 new staff. There are about 30

different divisions in the City. In 24 of those divisions expenses are increasing beyond the inflation rate. Budgets have become totally products of staff and simply rubber stamped by Council. Last year there were only four minor changes to revenue estimates. Not one expense estimate was reduced! We can do much better. I have repeatedly urged that each division of the Budget be voted upon by Council at the Operating and Capital Budget Meetings. This gives the Public an opportunity

to assess the support of various proposals before they are ratified on Budget Day. I urge you to attend Council on Monday January 13, 2020 at 7:00 PM to provide your comments on the Budget that is currently being recommended by staff. Thanks to all my constituents for your support during the past year. It has been a pleasure serving you. May you enjoy the upcoming festive season. Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year in 2020!

found on engagewr.ca/Kitchener. Council has directed staff to review the city’s sidewalk snow clearing requirements and conduct four major pilot projects related to snow removal services. Included in these pilots are zones chosen for sidewalk clearing by the city to collect data and feedback on services and process. I’m also interested in hearing from you regarding our 2020 budget. Council will be considering the operating and capital budgets over

the next couple weeks, prior to final budget on January 20, 2020. The budget process allows your elected officials to prioritize the programs and services that the city provides, as well as various projects for the upcoming year. You can view the budget at a glance at Kitchener.ca, keyword search, “2020 budget.” Work is approaching final stages in December at the Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre, in order to get occupancy of the community centre. Before the doors can open

to the public staff will need to have all the stations ready to service residents, and the centre will need to be furnished. It is anticipated that the centre will be open to the public in the New Year. I am available to speak with you about any city or ward concerns, questions, or ideas. Please feel free to contact me at christine. michaud@kitchener.ca. I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy Holiday Season and Prosperous New Year.

is why I was happy to be present at the launch of the Safer, Slower Speeds pilot project in Huron Park on November 18, one of three neighbourhood zones that were chosen to take part in the pilot. The three Zones were selected as they have been identified as areas with minimal through traffic, containing no high-profile destinations that would draw a lot of vehicle traffic and where there was a higher level of complaints about speeding. Zone One, in Ward 5, is

bounded by Fischer Hallman Rd, Huron Natural Area and Huron Rd. Zone Two is bounded by Homer Watson Blvd, Conestoga College Blvd, New Dundee Rd, Caryndale Dr, Stauffer Dr, Tilts Bush and Schneider Greenway. Zone Three is bounded by River Rd E, Ottawa St N, Lackner Blvd and Fairway Rd N. Our Transportation team placed signs indicating a 40km/h limit at the entrances to each area with the hope of achieving lower average speeds that will increase

public safety. The pilot will last for a year with City staff collecting information such as traffic speeds, collision data and feedback from the three neighbourhoods. Piloting lower speed limits throughout entire neighbourhoods will give us a better understanding of the implications of this policy as we consider where it could make sense elsewhere. In late 2020, city staff will report to Council with their results. For more information on the pilot, please visit kitchener.ca/speedlimit.

Your feedback impacts councils’ decisions. That’s why I am encouraging you to provide your input by completing the Winter Sidewalk Maintenance survey,

Safer, Slower Speeds Pilot One of the most common concerns I hear from residents in Ward 5 has to do with speeding in residential neighbourhoods. That

Wow! It’s hard to believe December is upon us and we are already into the final month of the year! As 2019 comes to an end, thank you to Carrie and Helen for providing space in the Kitchener Citizen so we can communicate with you every month and to all of you readers for taking the time to read this column every month, and often providing feedback. Best wishes to each of you and your families during the upcoming holiday season and my sincere hopes that 2020 will be a year filled with love, health and happiness for each of you. DECEMBER HOLIDAY SEASON EVENTS The next few weeks are amongst the busiest in the city’s special events calendar, as we celebrate the holiday season. It all gets started this Thursday with Christkindlmarkt. This traditional German Christmas market runs this Thursday and Friday December 5 and 6 from 10am to 9pm, Saturday December 7 from 9am to 9pm and Sunday December 8 from 10am to 4pm. The official opening begins with a candlelight procession at 6pm on Thursday, followed by official ceremonies and a performance by the Grand Philarmonic Choir, commencing at 6:20pm on the main stage in Carl Zehr Square. Then on Saturday December7th, Christmas Fantasy returns to Victoria Park with activities from 5:30 to 8pm, and the official turning on of the lights at 6pm. The lights will be on nightly until Orthodox Christmas on January 7, 2020. And if you want to check out another free Christmas light exhibit, visit Waterloo Park’s Festival of Lights, running now until New Year’s Day. On Sunday December 22nd, we will celebrate the diversity in our community during the holiday season as we gather with our KW Jewish community to celebrate Chanukah in Waterloo Town Square, with the lighting of the first candle on the menorah, beginning at 5pm that day. Hope to see you there. And please remember to join us at Kitchener City Hall and Carl Zehr Square on New Year’s Eve from 6pm to just after midnight as we welcome the arrival of 2020 at our familyfriendly annual celebration. This year there will be lots to see and do with our prehistoric theme including the Jurassic Park jeep and the Flinstones car for pictures and the band, Starpower for entertainment. Hope to see you there! ...continued on next page


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Council have considered the operating and capital budgets for 2020, and will be holding the final Public Budget meeting on Monday, January 20. To view the

2020 budget visit Kitchener.ca, key word search, 2020 budget. There is also a public engagement survey available at engagewr.ca/kitchener. ca. Please feel free to email me your thoughts on the upcoming budget and know that my desire is to keep increases at or below the current rate of inflation. With December 1st just behind us, please remember that until March 31st, you can no longer park on any city street from 2:306:00am. However, this will be the first winter that you may park on

your paved driveway blvd. with some restrictions. In general, you can park parallel to the road, facing the direction of travel, with all tires fully on the hard surface without overhanging the sidewalk or neighbour’s driveway, curb or road edge. Full regulations can be found at www.kitchener.ca, keyword search, parking regulations. Our tag-and-tow bylaw prohibits parking on a city street when a snowfall of more than 8 cm is forecast or a snow event is declared. Be “in the know,” and

sign up for snow event alerts at kitchener.ca, keyword search, “tagand-tow bylaw.” I am available every 3rd Wed. of each month at the Country Hills Community Centre from 7:308:30pm to meet with you and talk about any concerns, ideas or questions you may have. I will also be at the Chandler Mowat Community Centre Wed. Jan. 15 from 6:30-7:15pm to meet. Reach me by email as well at paul.singh@ kitchener.ca. Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season!

Coyotes Over the last few months, I have been hearing from residents about concerns with coyote sightings in the Ward. I would like to take

this opportunity to provide some information, which may help to ease any worries. The coyote is a natural inhabitant of the City of Kitchener and has adapted well to life in the city. They play an important role in urban areas by eating other animals and controlling pest populations. They are typically more active during the spring and winter months, which could account for the rise in sightings. Green spaces and urban natural areas provide an

excellent habitat for coyotes. They will use ravines, natural areas and hydro corridors to remain undetected. They prefer secluded locations for their dens and will often choose areas near ponds, rivers or streams. Coyotes can live in close proximity to people without causing any problems provided we remember a few simple rules. Be sure to store your garbage and pet food so coyotes cannot get to it. Keep your outdoor compost in a secure location with a locked lid.

Try to clean up fallen fruit around fruit trees. Keep your cats indoors and dogs on a leash at all times. Do not feed coyotes or any other wildlife that may attract coyotes to the neighbourhood. Coyotes generally avoid people. Simply seeing one should not be reason for concern. If you have any concerns about coyote behavior, please report it to the City of Kitchener at 519-741-2345.

This winter season is nearly upon us and we have two sidewalk snow-clearing pilot programs as a part of the City’s Winter Sidewalk Maintenance Review. The Initial

Clearing for Snow Events Pilot will engage a contractor after an initial snow event (8cm or more) and clear the snow on approximately 40km of sidewalk within 24 hours of the end of the snowfall. The contractor will not clear accumulated snow but instead, only when a snow event is declared. Residents will still be responsible for their own snow clearing the rest of the time. The pilot area boundaries are: Ottawa St. N, River Rd. E, Rennie Dr, Idlewood Dr, Clover Pl, Fergus Ave, Weber St. E,

Montgomery Rd. and King St. E. The Full Winter Maintenance Service of 40km of Sidewalks Pilot will provide city led sidewalkclearing services after all snow and weather occurrences on 40km of sidewalk within 24 hours. This means Operations staff will continue to come back until the sidewalk is clear. The pilot area boundaries are: Charles St, Water St, Joseph St, Queen St. S, Mill St, Highland Rd. E, Heiman St, Pleasant Ave, Patricia Ave, West Ave, and Victoria St. S.

City staff will be collecting and analyzing data from these pilots in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the programs. They will report to Council in May 2020 with their results and recommendations, which will help to determine the future of our sidewalk clearing practices. For more information on the new winter 2019/2020 pilot projects, please visit: www.kitchener.ca, keyword search: snow removal. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any feedback at my contact info above.

the budget documents which can be found on the City Calendar page of the city website, keyword search, “current agendas and reports.” The operating budget and the capital budget documents are there. Until these go to council for final approval, you are welcome to send me your comments and suggestions. Or, consider attending one of the committee meetings and signing up as a delegation. I have received many messages from residents concerned about a proposed development at 19-41 Mill

St. Some of the concerns that have been brought to my attention include the setback from a designated heritage home, the setback from the Iron Horse Trail (which is a cultural heritage landscape), the height of the tower being proposed, the proposed demolition of one of the other homes in the stretch that has been taken off the heritage list, and the displacement of dozens of people from affordable rental apartments. This proposal is still at an early stage, so if you have concerns, please send them to me.

I’d also like to report that the Affordable Housing Strategy Committee met for the first time on November 18. It was great to connect with the many familiar faces of people eager to see shortterm and long-term solutions to the housing crisis. Studies are good, but actions produce quicker results. I look forward to seeing those action items appear. I would love to hear from you. My email address is debbie.chapman@ kitchener.ca.

also learned that in order for the King Victoria Transit Hub to be our new GO Transit site, Duke St will need to be closed to vehicular traffic. As we move forward with the plans, I will continue to advocate that we maintain ample pedestrian and cycling access between the midtown neighbourhood and downtown. Here are some reminders of fun things to do in December: With the recent opening of the Carl Zehr Square rink, come enjoy the ever popular free outdoor

skating with friends and family in front of City Hall while taking in the beautifully lit Christmas tree, donated by local residents. Don’t forget the annual Christkindl Market, running from December 5-8 this year at Kitchener City Hall. Check out the over 100 vendors located inside and in the outdoor village with plenty of food and some great gift ideas! The Christmas Fantasy opening ceremony is on Saturday December 7 from 6-8pm on Roos Island, Victoria Park. Come see the

fabulous festive lights and bring the kids for a chance to see Santa and Mrs. Claus as well as characters from Frozen. There will be free activities, hot chocolate and trolley rides through Victoria Park courtesy of the downtown Kitchener BIA. Kitchener’s annual New Year’s Eve Party is on December 31 from 6pm-12am. Ring in the New Year and enjoy a Prehistoric world in the Kitchener City Hall Rotunda. Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy holiday season!

December is a busy month on many fronts: budget time, secondary plan discussions, and lots of events going on around the city. I invite you to have a look at

Last month we learned of a promising agreement to purchase the abandoned Electrohome factory at 152 Shanley. I look forward to working with the new owners and the neighbours on next steps. We

Vrbanovic...from previous page FCM - 1ST 100 DAYS FOR 43rd PARLIAMENT Last week, I attended the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) annual Advocacy Days and board meetings in Ottawa. The meetings were the first opportunity for the board and some Big City Mayors to meet with the recently re-elected government, including with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland. During our meetings, FCM released our flagship document presenting recommendations for the new government’s first 100 days. The document reflects that by working together in the coming months, this country’s federal and municipal representatives can concretely improve the lives of Canadians from coast to coast to coast. FCM’s call-to-action, entitled Building Better Lives Together, represents the united vision of cities and communities of all sizes, in every Canadian region. It urges the federal government to move quickly—in its first 100 days—to engage municipalities in 15 policy areas, including: · Strengthening local infrastructure, from roads and bridges to water systems and arenas, by ensuring federal investments reach municipalities as intended. · Modernizing public transit for faster commutes and lower emissions, by implementing election platform commitments to launch permanent, predictable federal transit funding. · Making housing more affordable by building on the National Housing Strategy to support lower-income Canadians, while strengthening leadership on the wider housing crisis. · Supporting local climate action— both to protect our communities from extreme weather, and to unlock municipalities’ tremendous potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. CITY BUILDER AWARD Great cities don’t just happen. They are built with purpose, and with passion by people from all walks of life - formal and informal leaders, young people, older adults, civic visionaries and the neighbour next door. As a city, Kitchener thrives because of the many city-builders who have demonstrated a commitment to make our city an even greater place tomorrow than it is today. The City of Kitchener Mayor’s City Builder Award was introduced in 2015 to recognize and bring attention to Kitchener citizens who have demonstrated a commitment to making our city and community a better place today and in the future. Examples of this work might include dedicated charitable work, acts of kindness and compassion, inspiring community building activities, and any other act or achievement that has strengthened and benefited our community. Nominations are being accepted until Friday January 17, 2020 at 5pm. The awards will be presented at a Council meeting in 2020. For more information, visit: www. kitchener.ca and enter keywords: CITY BUILDER AWARD.


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ecember is traditionally not a great time to D sell a home. There are fewer Buyers and even fewer homes on the market. Most people are preoccupied with Christmas parties and/or shopping to think about moving. But there are a few positives about selling a home this time of year if you really need to. Outdoor Christmas lights make streets and subdivisions look warm and inviting. Inside decorations also make the home look warm and festive as long as there are not too many.

In December and January, there are much fewer homes on the market, so less competition for your home and Buyers are generally more serious, you get fewer “lookers”. We also offer a one-hour free staging consultation with a professional home Stager, this will help get your home ready regardless of the market conditions. For more information on this or just to find out what your home is worth, call me on my direct line at 519-589-3554 and “Merry Christmas”.

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to foresee because these are consistent items that usually have a fixed rate. A difficult item to budget is corporation insurance. The annual increase of condo insurance is unpredictable. Certain insurance premium costs have risen dramatically over the years. Higher premiums may dictate considering higher deductibles. Contact your agent and request information or quotes based on current needs and market conditions. Reserve fund contributions should be very simple to budget because they are based on the results of your reserve fund study. Board members should adopt a timetable in which to study, prepare and revise the yearly expenses. Consider having an alternative budget prepared in case the board needs to increase or decrease particular items. If the property manager prepares the budget, it will still require final approval from the board. If all parties involved with the preparation and approval of the budget are well informed, the budget process should go quite smoothly. Good Luck! Q. Are there other options available to condo corporations to increase the reserve funds other

then condo fee increases or special assessments? For instance, can we have a fund raiser to help provide more money to contribute to our reserve fund account? A. Condo corporations do have the option of acquiring a loan if they need to complete a major repair/replacement and the reserve fund is not sufficient. All borrowing must be approved according to your condo bylaws and the Condominium Act of Ontario. Condominium Corporations are non-profit and cannot raise funds independently of the owner contributions. The best way to maintain a good reserve fund account is to follow the recommendations of the reserve fund study. This type of study is mandatory and must be conducted every three years. Following the terms of your study should help avoid any significant condo fee increases or special assessments. Marilyn Lincoln is a condo owner, director and author of The Condominium Self Management Guide 2nd edition. Email: marilyncondoguide@ hotmail.com with questions.

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Leaders, volunteers and participants gather at the annual Festival of Neighbourhoods Celebration in Kitchener City Hall.

Congratulations to the Award Recipients at the 26th Annual Festival Celebration ....And to all the NEIGHBOURHOOD LEADERS, VOLUNTEERS AND PARTICIPANTS, THANK YOU for making the Festival of Neighbourhoods a great success.

FESTIVAL OF NEIGHBOURHOODS DRAW WINNERS - The Centreville-Chicopee and Victoria Commons neighbourhoods were the lucky winners of $20,000 Capital Neighbourhood Improvement Grant at the Festival of Neighbourhoods Annual Celebration. From left: Ward 7 councillor Bil Ioannidis, Shauna Nelson (Victoria Commons), Ward 5 councillor Kelly Galloway-Sealock, Ward 6 councillor Paul Singh, Kyla Pugliese (CentrevilleChicopee), and Ward 10 councillor Sarah Marsh.

Centreville-Chicopee and Victoria Street Commons win $20,000 each at Festival of Neighourhoods annual finale Helen Hall t has been an interesting first year in Kitchener for Kyla Pugliese. New to the community last February, she started visiting the Centreville-Chicopee Community Centre to meet other people. “They were a number one supporter for a newcomer trying to find my place,” she said at the Festival of Neighbood finale November 17 at Kitchener City Hall. She organized a Neighbours Day Picnic on June 8, and entered the event into the Festival of Neighbourhoods draw, where two Kitchener

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neighbourhoods would win a $20,000 capital improvement grant from the City of Kitchener. Her neighbourhood was one of the lucky two winners, and she is bringing that money back to Centreville-Chicopee. Pugliese said she will have to discuss with those in the community how they will use the grant. Shauna Nelson of the Victoria Street Commons neighbourhood was also happy to be taking $20,000 back to her neighbourhood. “Even though you know its a possibility when you come, it’s so unexpected to win,” she said.

Victoria Street Commons also held a Neighbours Day event that they entered in the Festival of Neighbourhoods. It was a Block Party . Nelson said she will also have to talk to her community about what to do with the winnings, but some have discussed bike storage and art installations in their neighbourhood. Thirty-three neighbourhoods held 69 gatherings in the past year that were entered in the draw. About 8,000 people took part in the community events that bring neighbours closer together and make the community more inclusive and safer.

33 Neighbourhoods - 69 Gatherings - 289 Organizers - 8,000 participants in Kitchener Trudy Beaulne Award by the Social Development Centre of Waterloo Region North6 Neighbourhood Reach! Inclusion Challenge Recognition Chicopee Sprucedale Crescent Stanley Park South Victoria Common Williamsburg $20,000 Capital Neighbourhood Improvement Grants by the City of Kitchener Chicopee Victoria Common

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Kitchener’s Festival of Neighbourhoods encourages everyone to organize inclusive activities in their immediate neighbourhood. Contact us for tips and resources in Kitchener to help bring your neighbours together. Register your inclusive neighbourhood gathering (held between October 1st, 2019 and September 30th, 2020) with the Festival of Neighbourhoods before October 5th, 2020 and join us at the Festival Celebration at Kitchener City Hall in November.

Festival of Neighbourhood’s volunteer Matt Muller explains a fun way to meet neighbours to an attendee. This year, participants could list a special interest on a board and then were invited to find other people with a similar interests in the crowd during the 2019 Festival of Neighbourhoods Finale held at Kitchener City Hall on November 17.

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Milne and Mary Lou Oakes intervenors is dedicated to ensuring consistent and holistic person-centered plans are in place for the individuals we support to live full, meaningful lives.” “Philanthropy is very important to Mary Lou and me. The more we learned, the more we became committed to supporting this organization,” said Milne. Mary Lou joined committees for DeafBlind Ontario Services’ signature fundraising events. The couple also spent time during a few winters generously clearing snow from the residential location’s driveway and walkways. One year, with the help of a few friends, Mary Lou and Milne even purchased a snow blower for the location. “From the beginning of our involvement, DeafBlind Ontario Services has been a charity of choice for us. We believe in the invaluable work of this organization. As the years passed, we decided to

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increase our gift through a donation of securities,” said Milne. Gifts of publicly traded securities can be made within the donor’s lifetime or in the form of a bequest. Mary Lou and Milne have also made a gift in their will, calling it a “natural extension of their giving”. “The holidays are a time when many consider ways to give back, whether through acts of kindness, gifts, or volunteerism. It has enriched our lives knowing that the people supported by DeafBlind Ontario Services are getting every opportunity to expand their horizons and live more independently,” said Mary Lou. “Mary Lou and Milne demonstrate the spirit of the season year-round. What started as committee work and snow removal at our location in Waterloo, has turned into something much more. Small actions can truly have big impacts… Mary Lou and Milne are the perfect example of this,” said Karen Keyes. “This holiday season, I encourage you to think about how you can extend this spirit in your own lives both now and into the New Year to come.” DeafBlind Ontario Services provides accessible residential and customized support services across the province. Its holistic approach to Intervenor Services empowers people with deafblindness to achieve their goals and dreams. Learn more at www.deafblindontario.com.


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Grand Horizons CELEBRATING SENIORS Seniors Grant provides free admission to THEMUSEUM

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he Ontario government has invested $7,000 in THEMUSEUM to help seniors in Kitchener stay active and socially connected. This funding is part of the Seniors Community Grant program that is providing $3-million to support more than 260 projects to benefit seniors in communities across the province. The funding will give free admission to those aged 55 years and older with THEMUSEUM’s new 55 & Better Thursdays program. This pilot program will give seniors the opportunity to socialize and have fun together in their community by taking part in local activities, workshops, and events at THEMUSEUM. Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility, and Belinda Karahalios, MPP for Cambridge, were at the THEMUSEUM November 14 to make the announcement. “Helping seniors here in Kitchener access programs and services where they live has tremendous health benefits, including helping to keep seniors out of the hospital,” said Cho. “This project will stimulate creativity, encourage social connections, and build inclusive and engaged communities by helping seniors get involved in local

Cambridge MPP Belinda Karahalios, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility Raymond Cho and Chief Executive Officer of THEMUSEUM David Marskell look at an exhibit. activities that are important to them. Keeping seniors engaged and active will also benefit everyone’s overall well-being.” This year’s Seniors Community Grant program better supports the unique needs of seniors living in underserviced rural, remote, multicultural and Francophone communities, including: • Initiatives that focus on elder abuse; • Programs and services that help prevent social isolation; • Increasing accessibility and seniors’ safety; and, • Activities that help keep seniors physically and socially

active. “Our older adults in this community look forward to the programs and services we provide here at THEMUSEUM,” said David Marskell, Chief Executive Officer of THEMUSEUM. “This funding will go a long way in giving them the opportunity to take part in activities that they may not otherwise be able to access without this support. This funding will also help bring our community together and will give older adults and seniors a chance to socially connect with their peers and build meaningful friendships.”

Hundreds of local seniors in need of snow workers

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he blast of winter that came early in November has prompted hundreds of local seniors to request a snow buddy through local charity Community Support Connections, but the agency doesn’t currently have enough workers to go around. The charity recruits people interested in a flexible way to earn extra income throughout the winter, matching them with clients in Kitchener and Cambridge to help them stay in their homes. There are currently 128 people on the waitlist in Kitchener, and another 75 in Cambridge. “For our clients, a snow buddy can mean the difference in them being able to stay in their own home, while making sure it is safe for them to get out to remain

connected to the community,” said Rosalind Horne, Major Gifts and Engagement Lead. “We currently have 13 people waiting in the Hespeler area alone and don’t have a single worker there at the moment.” Community Support Connections is seeing a large decrease in returning workers this year due to a number of their older snow buddies retiring due to health issues of their own, a sign of things to come as the population ages. “This is something that is great for young people looking for work experience for their first job, or for those who are looking for a meaningful work opportunity that will allow them to give back in their role.” Workers are able to choose the number of clients they are matched with in their area. Workers are paid $18.50 an

hour if they’re using the clients’ equipment, or more if they’re using their own. Anyone interested can fill out an online application to start the screening process, which includes references and a police check for working with the vulnerable sector.

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Kitchener Rangers support the Children’s Wish Foundation

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he Kitchener Rangers were pleased to present the proceeds from the 2019 Fan Fest and Barbecue and the Preseason Showcase to the Children’s Wish Foundation in November. The Fan Fest and Barbecue raised $4,300 with the Preseason Showcase gate proceeds adding $10,500 for a grand donation total of $14,800. This year’s proceeds granted 15 year-old Trayton (who’s favourite sport is hockey) and

his family his most favourite wish: a trip to Atlantis in the Bahamas. While there, Trayton went deep sea swimming among the reefs and visited all the other attractions that Atlantis has to offer. “I really don’t know how to describe it but it was just really fun,” Trayton said. “It’s amazing that the Rangers have done something like this. Thank you so much to everyone.” Kitchener Rangers Board of Directors President Shawn

McKelvie presented the cheque to Anne Boehm, Children’s Wish Foundation Coordinator for Waterloo Region. Boehm described how “the family was just over the moon” with the granted wish. “Honestly, we can’t say thank you enough to the Rangers and all the fans and community for making this possible,” Boehm said. Over twenty-two years, Rangers fans have raised over $203,000.00 for the Children’s Wish Foundation.

From left: Anne Boehm, Children’s Wish Foundation Coordinator for Waterloo Region, Trayton, and Kitchener Rangers Board of Directors President Shawn McKelvie.

Notice of Study Completion 2018 Transportation Master Plan The Study

Moving Forward guides how the Region of Waterloo will improve roads, public transit, and facilities for walking and cycling, now through 2041. The plan also provides direction for new policies to support more sustainable and healthy modes of travel, and improved transportation choices.

A Plan Reflecting Community Input

Moving Forward is a product of a collaborative effort from the Region, local and provincial governments, transportation experts, local stakeholders, a steering committee and the public. This input was used to develop a new vision for transportation in the Region.

The Challenge

The Region of Waterloo is growing. Continued investment in transportation and new policies are needed to prevent increased traffic and transit congestion, support economic growth, and further enhance the quality of life in our Region.

The Process

The Transportation Master Plan followed the master planning process requirements for Phases 1 and 2 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process (Oct 2000, amended 2007, 2011 and 2015), as approved under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act. The plan addresses need and justification at a broad level. Recommended projects will require further detailed studies as per the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process.

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Develop a Fast and Frequent Transit Network

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The implementation of Moving Forward is expected to cost $1.3 billion over 22 years. These costs are affordable for the Region and in line with the projected costs within the 2010 Regional Transportation Master Plan and other Council-approved plans.

Study Report Review and Completion

The Region is providing a 30-day review period starting November 29, 2019. Please provide all written comments to the Region of Waterloo by no later than December 29, 2019. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record of the study.

Use Strategies to Support New Mobility, Road Safety, Transportation Demand Management, and Goods Movement

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Additional Information and Comments Please direct requests or comments to:

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Please note that comments will become part of the public record. Information will be collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Environmental Assessment Act. Any personal information such as name, address and telephone number included in a submission will become part of the public record unless the commenter specifically requests that such personal details not be included in the public record.

The Explore WR Mistletoe Trail returns for the holidays

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t’s time for some holiday fun as you head out on the #ExploreWRMistletoe Trail. The #ExploreWRMistletoe Trail features seven Instagramable locations in Waterloo Region where the mistletoe has been hung and visitors are invited to stop by for a shareable moment – a hug, a kiss, and definitely a picture or selfie. “Visitors and locals are looking for things to do now that the cold weather is here,” says Minto Schneider, CEO of Explore Waterloo Region. “The #ExploreWRMistletoeTrail is a fun way to encourage people to head outdoors and explore our region with their family and friends. Take a picture under the mistletoe, post it on social media, and share the fun while celebrating the season.” NEW THIS YEAR: BYOM – Bring Your Own Mistletoe. Share a picture of you under mistletoe you’ve provided at your favourite outdoor Waterloo Region location. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ExploreWRMistletoe. 2019 #ExploreWRMistletoe Trail Locations Cambridge: above the front doors of the Cambridge Fire Hall Museum Kitchener: next to the Christmas Tree in front of Kitchener City Hall Waterloo: at the Seagram Drive entrance to Wonders of Winter in Waterloo Park Woolwich Township: above the new mural on the Old Post Office building in St. Jacobs Wilmot Township: in the Court Yard behind The Imperial Market & Eatery in New Hamburg Wellesley Township: at the entrance to ErbHaven Trails in Wellesley (behind the township fire hall) North Dumfries Township: at the Detweiler Meeting House in Ayr For more information go to www.explorewaterlooregion.com/ explorewrmistletoe


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Sort your holiday waste Use 2 blue boxes to sort:

Use the green bin:

Containers Only blue box (do not bag containers) • Plastic food and beverage containers • Cartons (milk, juice, egg nog), juice boxes • Glass bottles, jars (separate lids) • Cans, pop cans, foil trays (empty and rinse) • Aerosol cans (empty) • Paper coffee cups (separate lid) • Hard, clear packaging from toys or electronics (remove paper, put in the paper blue box) • No Styrofoam!

All food waste • Cookies, fruit cake, snack foods • Fruits, vegetables, peels, pits • Spreads, cheese, dips, crackers • Meats, bones, fish, shellfish • Nuts, shells

Paper and Plastic Bags blue box • Boxboard (cereal boxes, gift boxes) • Cards, envelopes, flyers, junk mail • Plastic bags and outer wrap (tie all bags into one bag) • Paper gift wrap, gift bags, tissue paper (remove tape, bows, no foil paper)

Pet waste (wrap in newspaper) • Kitty litter, cage bedding • Dog, reindeer droppings

Soiled paper products and other items • Paper plates, napkins, towels • Poinsettias, indoor natural greenery

Questions? Visit www.regionofwaterloo.ca/waste

What goes into the garbage: • Bows, ribbon, tape, foil or plastic gift wrap • Broken bulbs, light strings (wrap sharp items in paper then put in garbage) • Broken toys • Broken dishware and cookware • Candles • Chip bags, snack wrappers • Furnace filters • Hangers (plastic, wood, metal) • Plastic food wrap, stand-up pouches, bubble wrap, squeeze pouches (baby food) • Plastic cutlery • Styrofoam • Wooden orange crates

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2019 • A Year in Review

The Titans were looking for a couple of new recruits for the team, so they invited Mayor Jaworsky & myself to practice at RIM Park. Needless to say they’re still playing basketball and we’re still the mayors and not on the bench.

A historic day for local fire services occurred earlier this year when Cambridge Fire Dispatch consolidated with Kitchener Fire Dispatch at KFD Headquarters, providing seamless fire dispatch for all residents throughout Waterloo region.

Former Olympian Jon Montgomery came to KitchenerWaterloo earlier this year as we welcomed him and the Amazing Race Canada production and contestants to the Concordia Club and several other popular local destinations.

Years of planning and construction rolled down the tracks for the first time with passengers last June as we celebrated our region’s new LRT, the iON, commencing operations. It was great to be there with all of City of Kitchener council.

2019 saw significant advances in cycling infrastructure in the City of Kitchener. I was pleased to join our Cycling & Trails advisory committee as we rode our first separated lane pilot on Queen Street earlier this year.

Fall is football season at our two university campuses. Awesome to have the Laurier Golden Hawks recognize the contributions of our first responders by hosting a day for police, fire and EMS personnel.

In September, I had the privilege to meet with Ontario Lieutenant-Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell at UN week at the United Nations during the UN Climate Change and Sustainable Development Goals summits.

Berry Berry is is joined joined by by Canadian Canadian astronaut astronaut Cmdr. Chris Hadfield Cmdr. Chris Hadfield at at the the Association Association of of Municipalities Municipalities of of Ontario Ontario meeting. meeting.

As a Croatian-Canadian who immigrated here as a child, I was honoured to join our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as we welcomed Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and her husband to Canada on their first-ever state visit.

Berry Berry emcees emcees the the first first City City Age Age –– The Innovation Innovation City City Conference Conference in in The Waterloo Waterloo Region Region in in 2013. 2013.

This past summer we launched our City of Kitchener Mayor’s Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion with a get to know you bbq for all the task force members at the Mill-Courtland Community Centre.

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Local Local children`s children`s entertainer entertainer Erick Erick Traplin Berry to Climate change hasbackup been at the forefront of discussion and Oktoberfest week also marked the 80th anniversary of Traplin invites invites Berry to sing sing backup during of action in performances. Kitchener and cities around the world with student Kitchener small business Newtex Cleaners. I was pleased during one one of his his performances.

school strikes. I was pleased to join some KW youth at one to join several generations of the Renaud family to celebrate of our local #FridaysForFuture rallies in Uptown Waterloo. this special occasion and many years of business success.

This fall, Mayor Jaworsky, Mayor McGarry and I conducted our first economic development mission this term with the Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation. We visited numerous companies incl. Google in Silicon Valley.

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