Kitchener Citizen - December 2021

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TIM LOUIS Member of Parliament, Kitchener-Conestoga




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The Forest Height Community Association shares surplus funds with A Better Tent City HELEN HALL eing a good neighbour means more than just taking care of people who live in the Forest Heights neighbourhood. That is the feeling of the Forest Heights Community Association, which recently made a $10,000 donation to A Better Tent City (ABTC). ABTC is a community for unsheltered homeless people in Waterloo Region. It offers them a heated, insulated cabin. It started as a community-led initiative in April 2020, and is now an incorporated not-forprofit. It is run by a board of directors and the leadership team that meets weekly, with members from The Working Centre, The Social Development Centre of Waterloo Region, and St. Mary’s Parish. In October 2021, the 24 cabins were moved from a temporary location owned by the City of Kitchener on Battler Road, to another temporary location on Ardelt Avenue on property owned by the City of Kitchener and the Waterloo Region District School Board. The ABTC board continues to work closely with the



FROM ONE COMMUNITY TO ANOTHER -The Forest Heights Community Association (FHCA) donated $10,000 to A Better Tent City (ABTC) on November 23. From left: ABTC site co-ordinator Nadine Green, FHCA Director Maureen Doran, FHCA Past President Jerry Corriveau, previous FHCA VP Doug McKluskey, Father Toby of St. Mary’s (founding parish for ABTC) and FHCA Director Joanne Lenos. municipalities to find a longerterm location for the residents of A Better Tent City. The cabins have heat and there is a hot meal served daily. The residents also have access to support for those struggling with their physical, emotional and mental well-being.

ABTC has two full-time staff members who live on-site and one full-time person who lives off-site to help residents and neighbours solve problems and build a caring community. New FHCA president Ray McCormick said it was the idea of the organization’s outgoing

president Jerry Corriveau to donate to A Better Tent City. “We’ve been following it in the newspaper about what is going on with this community and we’ve visited the site,” he explained. The FHCA board members felt this was a good fit for its surplus funds.


Community associations run their programs to cover their costs, but there is sometimes a little extra left in the pot when all the costs are covered. This money accumulates over time, and the funds are redistributed into the community. The current location of ABTC on Ardelt does not have an on-site washroom facility. ABTC board member Jeff Willmer said the FHCA funds will go towards the cost of electrical work for the new washroom facility and the kitchen, as well as permanent electrical work for each of the cabins The new washroom facility has toilets, showers, laundry facilities and is built in an 8 x 40’ shipping container that is transportable. “The cost was covered by one of our generous supporters who took on the initiative and coordinated all the work,” said Willmer. It will have two rooms each with a toilet and a sink, two rooms each with a shower, and one room with two washing machines and two dryers, and a utility room. The facility will be moved to Ardelt when the water and sewer connections and electrical work is complete, and that should happen before the end of the month.

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Kitchener student to perform lead male role in The National Ballet of Canada’s Nutcracker BY CARRIE DEBRONE itchener grade 8 student Eli McCreadyBranch will be dancing the lead male role of Misha in the National Ballet of Canada’s production of the Nutcracker this month. Each year, students from Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) participate in the popular Christmas production, which plays this year at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto from December 10 to December 31. Accepted into the National Ballet of Canada’s School in September, Eli has been living in Toronto during the week and coming home to Kitchener on weekends. Along with his love of dance, he has been part of theatre productions with Drayton Entertainment and the Stratford Festival. “It’s really very exciting. It’s an honour to play the role and to be part of the NBS legacy,” Eli said. “So many great dancers have played Misha in the past. I’m very grateful to have been given the part and I’m really happy to be back dancing for a live audience on stage.” McCready-Branch became interested in dance as a young child when he would imitate dancers he saw on TV. His parents picked up on his talent and started him in dance classes at a local Kitchener community centre. Prior to moving to Toronto, Eli did his dance training at In.Motion Dance School. In 2019, he auditioned for the NBC’s school and attended its summer program, but didn’t feel he was ready to enrol in its program until this fall, when he was accepted as a full-time student. While at the school he spends about 20 hours a week dancing, plus several hours in rehearsal for the Nutcracker while keeping up with the school’s regular academic program. Although ballet has not been a popular route for boys in the past, Eli notes that things are changing. Last year, more boys than girls graduated from the program. “Things are starting to change for the better,” he said, adding that boys are breaking boundaries in the world of dance and inspiring others to do the same. Although he does not yet know whether he will



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attempt to make a career out of dancing or acting, Eli said he is constantly auditioning for shows while attempting to enjoy his dancing journey. “Dancing is hard on the body and your career could be shortened by injury. For now I am just going to see where life takes me. I’m trying to live in the present and to enjoy it while it lasts,” he said. “I’m lucky to have my family support me in my journey. So many male dancers have not had that, but mine has always had my back,” he said. Choreographed by NBS graduate James Kudelka and first staged in 1995, this version of The Nutcracker tells the story of Misha and Marie, a quarrelsome brother and sister, and their friend Peter, the stable boy. With Baba, their nurse, and Nikolai, their eccentric neighbour, the children travel from winter to spring and from childhood to adolescence. For tickets call 416 (toll free 1 866) 345-9595 or online at

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The Rolling Stones | UNZIPPED now open at THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener BY CARRIE DEBRONE ver wanted an intimate look at the lives and history of what has been dubbed the greatest rock and roll band of all time? Now is your chance. In what may be one of the most impressive feathers so far in Kitchener’s cultural cap, THEMUSEUM has succeeded in bringing the Canadian premiere of The Rolling Stones Unzipped exhibit to Waterloo Region. Named after the band’s Sticky Fingers album cover created by Andy Warhol that features a zipper, Unzipped runs until February 27, 2022 at 10 King Street W., Kitchener. It is the largest show THEMUSEUM has hosted to date, taking up all of its four floors. You can’t always get what you want, but it’s a pretty sure bet that this interactive exhibit will push your nostalgia buttons, taking you back to the decades when these rock and roll musicians were true idols, real trendsetters and waging the war against the establishment one song at a time. Costing about $1-million to mount, the exhibit features over 300 artifacts and memorabilia, including some on loan from the Stones’ private collection, giving visitors an insight into the band’s nearly 60-year history. Visitors can see replicas of the Stone’s recording studio, the band’s filthy Chelsea flat living quarters (‘Edith Grove’), and models of their huge performance stages. It also boasts an impressive collection of photos and concert posters and offers a close up


look at many of the costumes worn by band members that were designed by prominent fashion designers like Dior, Prada, Gucci and Versace. Artifacts include rare audio fragments, personal diaries, album covers and video footage. There are also seven original Andy Warhol paintings, Charlie Watt’s 1965 drum kit and an impressive collection of the band’s guitars and harmonicas. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004, the Stones started out playing cover songs, later stepping into the limelight with other iconic bands such as the Beatles, The Who, The Kinks, and Herman’s Hermits. Taking inspiration from Blues, Pop and Rock, they became the bad boys of the British Invasion, identifying with the young, rebellious counterculture of the 1960s. The band was one of the first to write and perform its own music. Its members now include Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood. The Rolling Stones | UNZIPPED has been presented in Europe (London), the United States (New York), Australia (Sydney) and Asia (Tokyo). But why would this iconic show choose to come to Kitchener? David Marskell, CEO THEMUSEUM, jokes that it was because the show’s creators “thought it was easier to say yes than put up with my emails.” But when answering seriously, Marskell said it was perseverance. “We started the negotiations

(which began about two and a half years ago) and we kept at it. We’ve built a reputation and we have shown that we are able to protect the exhibits and brand shows. We’re also close to Toronto and can draw on that population,” he said. But, coming to a smaller community like Kitchener before any others in Canada may also be something that appealed to the Stones, he said. “They’ve popped up in small places before, so coming here may have been on brand for them.” No structural changes were needed to the museum to mount the show, but a wall displaying 35,000 pounds of video screens and monitors had to be built complete with electrical wiring to accommodate the exhibit, which was packed in 12 shipping containers shipped from France directly to Canada. When the containers arrived here, one was missing, causing some very nervous moments ...continued on page 24

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The Christmas season arrives in Kitchener with a number of indoor and outdoor events


s festive lights and decorations arrive in Downtown Kitchener, residents are invited to safely enjoy inperson events and programming this holiday season. All City of Kitchener events and programming will run in accordance with guidance from the province’s Roadmap to Reopen and Region of Waterloo Public Health. “The upcoming holiday season is a magical time of year for so many of us in the community - whether in the downtown or throughout the City,” said Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “After the past 20 months of lockdown, like many of you, I’m excited to see some new and well-loved festive events this winter and encourage citizens to come out, take in the sights of the season, shop local, eat local and celebrate safely.” Christkindl Market Online: December 1-25 Outdoor event: Thursday, Dec. 2 - Sunday, Dec. 5 Gaukel St., Downtown Kitchener Celebrating 25 years! The

Christkindl Market returns with reduced in-person shopping, entertainment, and food and drink. Additional online features include a virtual marketplace, Advent calendar, and sales for Christkindl-In-ABox. Christmas Fantasy Beginning Saturday, Dec. 4 Victoria Park, Kitchener View a spectacular display of festive lights that adorn the trees, buildings, and bridges of Victoria Park. Free to enjoy nightly throughout the holiday season. No registration required. Winter Artisan Market Saturday, Dec. 11, Sunday, Dec. 12 and Saturday, Dec. 18, and Sunday, Dec. 19, 10 a.m. 4 p.m. Kitchener Market, 300 King Street East Shopping and family fun! Browse a curated selection of some of the best artisan vendors in Waterloo Region, along with delicious food and drinks from local vendors and restaurants. Holiday entertainment, visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a synthetic ice surface for all to

enjoy. Christmas Memorial Saturday, Dec. 18, 1 - 3 p.m. Dedication Centre at Williamsburg Cemetery, 1541 Fischer-Hallman Rd. Visit the Dedication Centre at Williamsburg Cemetery and place a personalized ornament, provided by City of Kitchener cemeteries on the Christmas Tree of Remembrance. Donations of new winter outerwear will also be collected for St. John’s Kitchen, the Salvation Army, and YWCA Mary’s Place. Shop local This holiday season, consider shopping local and supporting local small businesses. The Downtown Kitchener BIA’s gift giving guide will soon be available online. Visitors downtown will also enjoy beautiful window decorations, made possible by support from local businesses and the BIA. Visit their website for more information. To learn more about these holiday happenings and more in Kitchener, visit www.


The Santa Claus Reverse Parade organized by the Lions Club of Kitchener was held Saturday, November 20 at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium. The parade was sold out and many little ones were excited to get the chance to drive by Santa on his sleigh.


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Mayor Berry Vrbanovic and Kitchener City Council would like to extend warm wishes as you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Ōmisoka, Winter Solstice, Bodhi Day and a Happy New Year.

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Join us for the Mayor and Council’s New Year’s Levee at the Kitchener Market for an afternoon of family-friendly activities, food vendors, live entertainment, skating and more!

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Congratulations to our Kitchener Rangers Ticket Winners! In the November Kitchener Citizen, we held a draw to win a Family Four Pack of Kitchener Rangers tickets. Congratulations to our two winners! William Moules Amanda Stahlbaum

The Festival of Neighbourhoods annual celebration was hosted by Heather Majaury, the COVID Safe Public Spaces Creative Coordinator of the Social Development Centre of Waterloo Region.

Festival of Neighbourhoods annual celebration held online HELEN HALL uring the summer, the Festival of Neighbourhoods took its “Covid Safe Living Room” out into the community for outdoor gatherings and discussions. For its annual celebration, it recommended you stay in your living room and tune in online. The Festival of Neighbourhood’s annual celebration was held on November 21 and was hosted by Heather Majaury, the COVID Safe Public Spaces Creative Coordinator of the Social Development Centre of Waterloo Region. It was held to celebrate the ways in which neighbourhoods adapted during the pandemic. The afternoon zoom meeting included a video presentation



from the Williamsburg Community Association that showed all the ways it found to have its community still meet outdoors or online during the pandemic. “I felt helpless and had to find ways to let residents know we can still be a community even if we are temporarily forced apart,” said WCA member Laura Shaver, who hosted the video. The afternoon also included a neighbourhood exchange between Laura from the Lydia Street neighbourhood and Nadine from A Better Tent City, where they compared and contrasted their two communities. Prior to COVID-19, the FON held its annual celebration at Kitchener City Hall and it includes grant presentations.

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he 2021-22 WCSSAA high school Girls’ Basketball All-stars have been named. They are: Kallea Bes – Waterloo Oxford District Secondary School Macy Weber and Delaney Cortes – Elmira District Secondary School Jaime Hamm – Bluevale Collegiate Institute Sara Hagarty – Waterloo Collegiate Institute Tamara Popovic – Sir John A MacDonald Sam Taylor – Kitchener Collegiate Institute Milana Nenadic – Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute

Leane Sawan – Forest Heights Collegiate Institute Serana Grant – Eastwood Collegiate Institute Emily Ha – Grand River Collegiate Institute Zerina Duvnjak and Alicia Bujold – Huron Heights Secondary School Brooke Whitby – Southwood Secondary School Keyana Mullings – Glenview Park Secondary School Mary Clifford – Jacob Hespeler Secondary School Gracey Smith – Preston High School Maddy Brown – Galt Collegiate Institute

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Some residents concerned about Walser Funeral Home’s plans for crematorium BY CARRIE DEBRONE November 23 online public meeting on a proposal to change the zoning of the Henry Walser Funeral Home on Frederick


Street in Kitchener to allow construction of a 906 squaremeter addition to the current location and a crematorium drew many comments from 49 local residents. Henry Walser first submitted

a zone change application in August of 2017 but that application included only an addition to the current funeral home. It did not include building a crematorium. Last year, the application

RIBBON CUTTING - A new Food Basics store opened on Fischer-Hallman Road in November. At the ribbon cutting ceremony are, from left: John Manax, Vice President Operations, Food Basics, Kelly Galloway-Sealock, Kitchener Councillor, Mark Chaves, Store Manager, Karen Redman, Regional Chair of Waterloo, Tom Galloway, Region of Waterloo Councillor, Paul Bravi, Senior Vice President, Food Basics

Notice of Intention to Pass Fees and Charges By-Law The Region of Waterloo intends to pass a By-law to Establish Fees and Charges, which includes new fees and charges, as well as amendments and/or removal of existing fees and charges. Some of the changes included in the by-law are for transit services, waste management services, legal services, community planning, airport services, cultural services, children’s services, seniors’ services and paramedic services. The by-law will be considered at the Regular Council Meeting, where the Final 2022 Budget approval will also occur, scheduled for: Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Held electronically in the Council Chamber 2nd Floor, Administration Building 150 Frederick Street, Kitchener A copy of the proposed by-law will be available for review in the Council and Administrative Services Office, Region of Waterloo, 2nd Floor, 150 Frederick Street, Kitchener. If you have questions concerning the amendments, please email If you wish to speak at the Council meeting regarding the proposed by-law, please register as a delegation with the Region's Council and Administrative Services Division, using the Delegation form at and-Administrative-Services/CAS/Delegation-Registration or by calling 519-575- 4400 by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, December 13, 2021. Dated this 23rd day of November, 2021. William Short Director, Council and Administrative Services/Regional Clerk 150 Frederick Street, 2nd Floor, Kitchener, Ontario N2G 4J3 All comments and information received from individuals, stakeholder groups and agencies regarding this by-law are being collected to assist the Region of Waterloo in making a decision. Under the “Municipal Act”, personal information such as name, address, telephone number, and property location that may be included in a submission becomes part of the public record. Questions regarding the collection of this information should be referred to Council and Administrative Services.

was changed to request the crematorium. The Henry Walser Funeral Home currently uses Parkview Crematorium in Waterloo for cremations, but with the significant growth of his business in recent years, the owner would like to bring the work onto his property. The home currently provides about 700 cremations a year. Henry Walser’s plans originally also included demolishing three homes he owns at 40, 44 and 48 Becker Street to enlarge the home’s parking lot, but the plans have changed to accommodate resident’s concerns and now only the house at 40 Becker Street would be demolished. Walser said he would retain ownership of the other properties and continue to rent them out. The city is currently updating the zoning of all properties, which includes creating new zones and making some changes to land use designation in its Official Plan. Under the updated city zoning changes, the main property where the funeral home now sits, was rezoned as general commercial (COM-2) Mixed Use in 2019. However, crematoriums are not permitted in the city’s COM-2 zone. They are only permitted in a Heavy Industrial Employment Zone (EMP-3). The new zoning bylaw also requires that crematoriums cannot be located within 250 meters of and existing or planned residential area. The proposal would place the new crematorium about 84 meters from the closest adjacent housing. The funeral home would like to proceed with the expansion of its main building that would enlarge its reception area and provide additional offices this coming spring and summer. If approved, the crematorium would be built at a later date. Residents attending the online meeting had concerns about whether there would be noise, emissions and odour from the crematorium’s stack, which would stand about 20 feet above the roof of the existing funeral home. Officials noted that a study on the project reports that the cremator noise will be lower than the traffic noise from the adjacent expressway. City staff at the meeting said the double chamber combustion system the home is planning to install is cleaner than what is required by provincial standards. It will

burn at temperatures of more than 1,000C and its second chamber ensures complete burning of any gases or emissions produced. They said it will not produce smoke and that any emissions from the stack would be far below provincial ministry standards. Officials also said the funeral home would have to submit an annual report on emissions to the provincial ministry. A sound barrier would also be constructed on the Walser property line. Residents also asked about storm water on the site. City planners said they will be evaluating the water management there and require the developer to meet its rigid standards, which are frequently being toughened to address climate change and protect drinking water. Other residents questioned how many new parking spots would be created with the updated application. Officials said an additional 44 spaces (there are now 50 parking spaces on the site) would be created by removing the house at 40 Becker Street and an additional 11 spaces would be created on a triangular piece of land Walser owns on the other side of Becker Street across from the rear of the funeral home that is currently used for overflow parking. Residents also wondered if the sidewalk on Becker Street that leads to the Frederick Street overpass will be retained if the expansion goes ahead. Officials said they are unsure if it will remain when the province reconstructs the Frederick overpass to accommodate the highway 7 upgrade. It is not known when the bridge work would begin. Other concerns raised by residents included hours of operation for the crematorium. Officials said it would operate from 7am into the afternoon daily and occasional evenings. The city is continuing to collect comments from the public until January 15, 2022. A planning report on the comments will then go to the city’s planning committee and later be presented to council for a decision. The proposed site plans for the Henry Walser project can be viewed at www.kitchener. ca/planning. Anyone wanting to comment can email garett. s t e v e n s o n @ k i t c h e n e r. c a call 519-741-2200x7070 or mail comments c/o Garett Stevenson to Kitchener City Hall, PO Box 1118, 200 King Street W. Kitchener N2G 4G7




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Letter to the editor


hether you’re a follower of Dear Carrie Debrone, Christmas, Kwanzaa, I was pleased to get your Kitchener CitizenHanukkah, (east edition) and found it quite informative andor I thank you for it. another December cultural belief, you’re I just read your short article regardinginto the natural gas rates going down likely venturing the volatile atmosphere for residential customers. of holiday gift shopping. If supply chain You write that Kitchener Utilities have a 2,100 cubic meter average use woescustomers. have added your stress, gas butmeter, not annually for its residential I still to have an imperial reduced the items on your Santa list, I can which shows the consumption in cubic feet. I have never been able to read you navigate thoseseem treacherous even thethrough meter readers to have a that meter and as forhelp that matter, problem with it as well. Why elseshoals. would the city issue a bill in the amount shopping ofYou’re $452? gonna shop like Gord. My January bill had been $222.16. February, $295.79, there I already sat While you might that Gord anwinter acronym, he is, instead, up and took notice, butguess then excused it by,isthe being especially harsh. aHowever, former colleague of mine. In a month where we’re burdened when I received my March bill, I knew that something was very by COVID hotspots andOffice wild climate my friend’s wrong. I called the Utility and was change asked to shifts, take a piece of paper did not and a pen and readshopping the meter myself. this request I replied thata Irecent unique holiday methodTocame to mind after know how to the imperial meter and aside from that, it wasn't my job. excursion to read Cambridge. The lady I talked verychecking nice and agreed to send somebody out to of do Katherine andto Iwas were out the newest location

British Pride Bakery. This store caters in large part to British expats, but we’re both closet Anglophiles, preferring BBC information to CNN tripe. And for entertainment, nothing cuts through the non-stop, mind-numbing holiday plots televised by the Hallmark Channel than the simplicity of a Call the Midwife Christmas episode. In our family, we find that vicarious British living is enhanced if we avail ourselves of the same snacks that our on-screen heroes consume. With this mindset we arrived in Cambridge, readynew to stock our holiday treats of mince As a relatively arrivalup in on Kitchener I've been exploring the pies, Empire cookies, Jaffa cakes, and especially – photographic arts opportunities here and first impressionsWalker’s are very Crisps. encouraging. It's just not just in the tech side of quality that the community should be judged. A thriving Artsare community usually can To the uninitiated, crisps texturally akindoes to well. our This potato not always be terms measured the financial spectrum living standard chips, but in of flinavours, British crisps as arethe world-beaters:

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Respectfully, no gift cards and no malls. Gord believed that a more personal Ingrid E. Merkel matching of present and recipient was possible if you avoided

the frenzy and instead had friendly encounters with local owneroperators. Larger businesses generally steer consumers towards inventory surpluses while small retailers showcase what had been thoughtfully purchased. Gord believed his method carried less stress and produced more unique gifts. And isn’t that a healthier attitude to carry and convey as we wrap a bow around this tumultuous year? Look ahead, imagine the holiday gatherings that you’ll be attending. Free fromimpressed feverishbybuying, visualize calmer you,provided placing very the Artsyou officecan at City Hall anda with how they personal presents into individual hands, accompanied turna me with information about what was going on here. Those people inby shopping story as distinctive as giver, gift, and recipient. That have offered their own advice and contacts, so again two thumbs up for the level like of support give each other. sounds peacethey on earth to me.

Just what makes Kitchener so good at Arts development?

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Celebrating 25 years Serving Kitchener since 1996

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PARLIAMENTARY REPORT MP Tim Louis for Kitchener Conestoga


ith a new year upon us, it is natural to reflect on the past twelve months and envision the year ahead. We have shared each other’s sorrows and triumphs as Canadians rallied together in ways we could not have foreseen. Neighbours looked after neighbours, communities helped communities, all in a supportive and compassionate way. As 2021 draws to a close,

it offers the opportunity to appreciate everything we have. I want to thank our community in Kitchener-Conestoga, and throughout Canada, for showing their generosity and resilience in the face of incredible challenges. Thank you to all our local healthcare workers. With each dose and booster shot administered, I am optimistic that we are moving together in the right direction.

This past year I was inspired by the many conversations I had with residents, families, business owners and community organizations throughout KitchenerConestoga. I assure you that our government will work every day to keep Canadians safe, healthy, and supported. This holiday season it is my hope that we get to spend quality time together with loved ones, in whatever way

that looks. The traditions we are used to may look different, but we can still appreciate the things we have. Protecting the health and safety of Canadians, and supporting our economy while protecting our environment are my top priorities. I value your ideas and look forward to continued conversations. As always, I can be reached at tim. and 519-5783777.

From my family to yours, I wish you joy, health and love this holiday season, and best wishes for 2022.

PARLIAMENTARY REPORT MP Mike Morrice for Kitchener Centre


s I start out on this journey as a newly sworn in MP, the priorities I heard from my neighbours over the past months and years are top of mind for me. Most specifically, housing affordability, truly universal healthcare, and the climate crisis. This November, I had the opportunity to attend the United Nations’ annual climate conference COP 26, as part of Canada’s official delegation. After working on the climate crisis at a grassroots and community level for over 15 years, I found it surreal to see over 200 countries’ delegates

come together to find consensus on how to respond quickly enough to mitigate the worst of the climate crisis, adapt to what is already underway, and adequately pay for the uninsured losses and damages being incurred by those hardest hit. For our part, Canada is the only country in the G7 whose emissions continue to rise. We know Canadians want to see more ambitious climate action, and I will work collaboratively with my fellow Parliamentarians to set and achieve more ambitious targets. I’m proud to share that

I am already sponsoring a petition, calling on the federal government to fast-track the design and implementation of the Canada Disability Benefit and end disability poverty. Thanks to the leadership of Disability Without Poverty, the petition also calls on our government to actively and genuinely involve people living with disabilities every step of the way. A Canada Disability Benefit would act like a Universal Basic Income for Canadians with disabilities. At a time when the ODSP shelter allowance doesn’t

provide enough to rent *any apartment* in our city, we need decisive action. Petitions are one of the most direct means of communication between people and Parliament, serving as a vehicle for political input, to influence policy making and legislation, and to bring public concerns to the attention of Parliament. I encourage you to add your voice to the thousands who have already signed by visiting petitions.ourcommons. ca/. If you’re interested in creating a petition to be presented in the House of Commons about

affordable housing, mental health, or another subject you would like to see federal action on, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our office at mike. to learn more about the process. We’re happy to help.

PARLIAMENTARY REPORT MP Valerie Bradford for Kitchener South - Hespeler


ith the increasing snow and feelings of festivity in the air, it is clear this year is fast approaching its end. In the case of our newly elected government however, things are only just beginning. I recently had the great honour of taking my seat in the House of Commons for the first time and wanted to spend some time today to give you an update on the start of the 44th session of Parliament. On November 23rd, the Right Honourable Mary Simon— Canada’s first Indigenous Governor General—delivered the Speech from the Throne to open the new session of Parliament. The speech outlined the Liberal government’s

priorities over the coming years: • to get the pandemic under control and finish the fight against COVID-19; • to rebuild an economy that works for everybody and tackles the rising costs of living; • to take bolder action on climate change; • to move us further on the path of reconciliation; • to curb rising gun-violence in our largest cities; • and to safeguard the diversity and inclusion that characterizes us and makes us stronger as a nation. The very next day, our government began to deliver on promises we made during the election and the priorities laid out

in this speech. The Honourable Chrystia Freeland tabled Bill C-2 in Parliament, introducing a brand-new suite of targeted programs that continue to support our hardest hit business sectors and working Canadians while moving forward from the broad-based programs that marked the height of lockdowns. Back in August, we launched an ambitious list of legislation that we are aiming to pass within the first 100 days of Parliament. These include bills such as a ban on conversion therapy, 10 paid sick days for federally regulated employees and a ban on healthcare worker intimidation that could have been passed in the previous session if not for

procedural delaying tactics. As we step into a new year, we will remain committed to delivering on the promises we have made to our fellow Canadians. With a fresh mandate, we hope to work with our colleagues of all stripes to ensure that the 44th session produces the changes Canadians have made clear they are seeking On a local level, I am very pleased to announce the return this year of the Hespeler Santa Claus Parade. Join me and my team this Saturday December 4th as we spread some Christmas cheer and welcome Santa back to Kitchener South-Hespeler! As this will be my final column for the year, I would like to wish

you all a safe and happy holiday season, and a very Happy New Year. If you have any questions or concerns regarding federal programs, please reach out to my office by phone at 519-5715509, or by email at Valerie., and we will be happy to assist you.

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Grand Horizons CELEBRATING SENIORS Winston Park resident Felix Rommens focusses on the positive side of life

The latest episode of the Stories from the Green Bench Podcast features Felix Rommens who is 97 years old. If you are wondering what keeps Felix Rommens young and loving life at The Village of Winston Park in Kitchener, it has to be his art. Erin Davis and guest cohost Doug Reed welcomed Felix to the green bench to share in a conversation about his art and about his hearing impairment, which has formed the life he is living today. Nearly 50% of people over 75 have trouble with their hearing. “Being deaf, I was kind of a loner. So, in order not to get completely bonkers, The Village of Winston Park resident Felix Rommens with one of his pieces of art. I started working with my hands and my mind” said in Belgium at the highest it. So he decided to move his 20 years old. Rommens. Rommens has the use of he was able to go in office whole family to Canada at Rommens was working work, but he did not enjoy the age of 41. a woodshop at the Village He visited the employment of Winston Park to keep office on the day he landed active in his art, but also and went directly into works in his suite, finding a construction, building homes way to continue working on and working 12 hours a day, projects. six days a week. “Keep on the positive side, On the seventh day, he think of all the good things Our pharmacy is staffed would do work at his own that have happened to you,” with a Certified Geriatric home. he says. When he retired at 71, he Rommens was captured by Pharmacist specializing in looked forward to the arts the Nazis during World War dispensing medications and crafts that he enjoyed. II, made to work in factories, and counselling older “The whole idea about awaiting liberation after two patients about their my art is to keep something years in Germany, and then for tomorrow, so you keep ran at the age of 18 on foot medications. going,” he explained. to make it home. “I have only one life and I His father was an officer in 65 University Ave. E Waterloo want to live it to the end.” the Belgian army, shot at 40, Rommens finds projects and Felix as a child had to Fax: (519) 746-3788 • Tel: (519) 746-6133 he looks forwards to with take care of him for the next Pradeep Acharya, Phm, Rph, CGP Certified Geriatric Pharmacist art and continues to use his 15 years due to his injuries. hands as he did when he was Despite the difficulties

in his life, he maintains a positive outlook. “There are always two sides on a coin - I only took the good ones,” he said. *** You can subscribe, rate, and review the Stories from the Green Bench podcast on any network and share your thoughts on social media using the #ElderWisdom tag to help others find it. The Green Bench is a symbol of elder wisdom. Physically or virtually, the bench invites us all to sit alongside a senior, share a conversation, or give and offer advice. It challenges the stigma seniors face; the ageism still so prevalent in society. It reminds us of the wealth of wisdom our elders offer and in doing so, helps restore them to a place of reverence. “The greatest untapped resource in Canada, if not the world, is the collective wisdom of our elders,” says Ron Schlegel, the founder of Schlegel Villages. The podcast is brought to you by Schlegel Villages, retirement and long-term care homes in Ontario. Stories from the Green Bench is produced by Memory Tree Productions. Learn more about the host, Erin Davis, on her website To learn more about cohost, Lloyd Hetherington visit To learn more about #ElderWisdom visit

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Grand Horizons CELEBRATING SENIORS Federal grant opportunity for groups that support seniors


he Federal New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) is offering an opportunity for funding to groups, associations and municipalities operating programs that help seniors in the community. If your program increases senior social inclusion and helps improve the quality of senior’s lives in their communities, then this grant opportunity is for you. Intake for this grant will run for four weeks beginning November 23 and closing at 3 p.m. on December 21,


2021. Local groups can apply for a grant for up to $25,000 to create programs that support healthy ageing in the community, prevent senior abuse, celebrate diversity and inclusion within the senior community and help seniors to age in place. For more information on eligibility and applying online for this grant opportunity please visit: Or use the camera on your New Horizons for Seniors Program - Community-based cell phone and scan this QR projects (up to $25,000) - code to access the application process.

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very year, 200 of Community Support Connections most isolated clients spend the holidays alone. Receiving a stocking for the holiday season helps these individuals gain a sense of belonging, and reminds them that they are valuable and

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ANOTHER SELL OUT - Paul and Yvonne Schaffelburg, members of St. John’s Anglican Church in Kitchener, volunteered on November 11 to wrap and pack some of the 2,000 Christmas puddings produced and sold this year by church members as part of their annual fundraiser. Normally producing about 5,000 puddings, production of the popular treat was scaled down this year because of the pandemic. Ayres Bulk Food and Baking Supplies in Waterloo supplies the ingredients for the puddings, which were sold out in record time this year.


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he City of Kitchener is looking for proposals that would reopen Victoria Park’s Boathouse. The city is asking applicants to submit future plans for the facility. This could include food/restaurant services, live music, entertainment and more.

“The City has made significant investments in this building and we are looking forward to watching it come alive once again,” said Ward 9 Councillor Debbie Chapman. The Boathouse RFP was put on pause during the pandemic due to the challenges faced by

the restaurant, hospitality, and entertainment industries across the globe. The previous operator used the space as a restaurant featuring live music. Interested parties will have until January 10, 2022, to submit plans.


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SHARE YOUR PARK STORIES TO HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE OF KITCHENER’S PLACES AND SPACES THE CITY OF KITCHENER IS HOME TO ALMOST 200 PLANNED PARKS AND OPEN SPACES FOR RESIDENTS TO VISIT AND ENJOY. WHETHER YOU USE OUR PARKS TO GATHER, UNWIND, EXERCISE, SOCIALIZE, PLAY, OR CELEBRATE, WE KNOW OUR PARKS AREN’T JUST IMPORTANT – THEY’RE ESSENTIAL TO OUR RESIDENTS AND OUR COMMUNITY. THIS IS WHY WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU. IN OCTOBER, WE LAUNCHED THE FIRST PHASE OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT FOR PLACES AND SPACES, OUR PARK AND OPEN SPACE STRATEGY. In this first phase of engagement, we want to learn more about how you are using are our parks and open spaces to inform the development of our long-term strategy which will be finalized in 2023. We also want to know if our city has enough parks and if they are located in the right places. Do you use Kitchener parks? If you do, let us know how


you spend your time there and what you like most about them. If you don’t, help us to understand why. We want to make Kitchener parks more welcoming and inclusive spaces for all residents to enjoy and part of achieving that goal means building our understanding of what you think makes a great park and what you feel can be improved. This initial survey is the first of many conversations we’ll be having as our Park and Open Space Strategy


develops over the next two years. Complete the survey at There you can also share your personal parks story and stay in touch with us by subscribing to the page for updates and to be notified of future engagement opportunities as this project progresses and our strategy takes shape. The survey closes on Jan. 7. For more information on Kitchener’s Park and Open Space Strategy, visit


Kitchener volunteers help make winter magic When temperatures dip below freezing, Kitchener outdoor winter rink volunteers spring into action to help build and maintain dozens of outdoor winter rinks in neighbourhoods across the city. From December through March, these rinks provide the opportunity for exercise and family fun for skaters and hockey fans alike. Keeping these valued amenities open each season takes hundreds of dedicated volunteers and this winter is no exception. We’re looking for volunteers who can assist with building and maintaining our outdoor rinks this season. Want to help maintain at a rink in your neighbourhood? Call us at 519-741-2200, ext. 7389 or the website below for more information and to get involved.

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GET YOUR HOME WINTER READY COMPLETING GENERAL MAINTENANCE AND INSPECTIONS AHEAD OF THE COLDEST TEMPERATURES OF THE YEAR IS A GREAT WAY TO HELP LOWER FUTURE REPAIR COSTS AND INCREASE THE EFFICIENCY AND LIFESPAN OF YOUR HOME. FOLLOW THESE SUGGESTED TIPS FROM THE CITY OF KITCHENER. • Clear eavestroughs and downspouts of leaves and other blockages and continue to monitor so that ice and snow does not build up. • Clear outdoor vents and exhaust pipes (from your furnace, dryer, hot water tank, etc.) of any vegetation or items and keep them clear of snow and ice. • Drain outdoor water lines by turning off your home’s outdoor water supply and disconnecting or blowing out your hose(s) and/or irrigation systems.

• Book an annual furnace and fuel-burning appliance inspection by a certified fuel technician. The Kitchener Fire Department, Technical Standards and Safety Authority and Kitchener Utilities recommend booking annual inspections in addition to regularly inspecting your furnace filter and replacing as needed. • Repair caulking and seals around doors and windows. Cold air, as well as unwanted creatures, can use these areas to enter your home. Inspections or repairs may require professional assistance.

WINTER PARKING, SIDEWALK CLEARING AND SNOW EVENTS WE ALL HAVE A PART TO PLAY TO MAKE SURE OUR ROADS AND SIDEWALKS ARE CLEAR AND ACCESSIBLE THIS WINTER. The city clears snow and ice from roads and sidewalks around city-owned facilities, walkways and parks, and residents are responsible for clearing snow and ice from sidewalks around their property throughout the winter months. If a sidewalk is not cleared of snow and ice within 24 hours after a snowfall, a bylaw officer may leave a notice at the property and return after 24 hours to re-inspect the sidewalk. When the weather forecast predicts a significant snowfall, the City of Kitchener declares a Snow Event to help crews clear city streets. A Snow Event triggers the tag-and-tow process, which prohibits parking on

city streets. Parked cars on city streets significantly slow down plowing operations and in some cases streets cannot be plowed at all until the cars are moved. Those who park on the street during a Snow Event can be ticketed $80. From Dec. 1 to Mar. 31 from 2:30 to 6 a.m., there is no overnight parking allowed on any city street, whether or not there is snow on the streets or snowplows are in operation. During this time, residents can apply for overnight parking exemptions. To learn more and to get a parking exemption, visit To stay up to date on Snow Event declarations, subscribe to Snow Events at, or follow the City of Kitchener’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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With colder weather here, it’s easy to think that outdoor fun is harder to find, but there is always something fun to do in Kitchener!

Get festive

‘Tis the season for sparkling lights and holiday music. Beginning Dec. 4, come out to enjoy ‘Christmas Fantasy’, a spectacular display of festive lights in Victoria Park. It’s free and no registration is required. For holiday shopping and entertainment, stop by the Christkindl Market or visit the Kitchener Market’s special Winter Artisan Market in December. has all the details.

DECEMBER CHRISTKINDL MARKET (CONCORDIA) CONCORDIA CLUB Dec. 2-4 A new location added for more of Kitchener’s tradition of German Christmas CHRISTKINDL MARKET (DOWNTOWN) GAUKEL STREET, KITCHENER Online: Dec. 1-25 In-person: Dec. 2-5 Kitchener’s tradition of German Christmas CHRISTMAS FANTASY VICTORIA PARK Dec. 4 into the new year View a spectacular display of festive lights. Free with no registration required.

Dress warm and enjoy nature

The city’s trails remain open all winter, and a little bit of freshly fallen snow on the trees might just let you experience your favourite locations in a new way. Visit to find your next place to visit.

Stay active

Even when it’s cold outside, city pools offer swimming lessons, swim times and other programs. Find schedules and availability at If you have your own activity but just need some space, the city is offering free gym or community room rentals for qualifying activities. Visit to learn more.



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Holiday shopping and family fun Artisan vendors Local food and drink Heated outdoor patio bar Synthetic ice skating surface Visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus

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GUIDED NATURE MEDITATION (ONLINE) Dec. 13, 7:30 to 8:30 pm Online on Zoom, free Guided meditations that draw on the elements of nature. Suitable for beginners. WINTER ARTISAN MARKET KITCHENER MARKET Dec. 11 & 12, 10am-4pm Dec. 18 & 19, 10am-4pm Shopping and family fun with food, drink, and holiday entertainment.





FOR 25 YEARS THE ANNUAL CHRISTKINDL MARKET HAS BEEN SPREADING CHRISTMAS CHEER IN KITCHENER. The festival began in 1997 as a way for its founder, Tony Bergmeier, to recreate his own childhood memories of Christmas in Germany and share them with his community. Since then, it has grown from a couple dozen vendors to almost 100 vendors and has seen attendance go from thousands to tens of thousands of people with tour buses bringing guests from Michigan and New York. Vendors inside of City Hall and outdoors on the surrounding streets sell everything from hand-crafted wooden toys and festive decorations to delicious baked goods and hot seasonal German specialties. It’s the holiday traditions and the combination of shopping, entertainment, and festive sights, sounds, and smells that has people of all ages coming back each year. Even the COVID-19 pandemic could not completely extinguish the Christkindl Market spirit. Although the in-person event was not possible in 2020, the Christkindl volunteer committee, along with city staff, were able to pivot to an online format. featured a virtual Advent calendar with daily audio and video content as well as an online marketplace for vendors to sell their goods. The Christkindl-in-a-box fundraiser was also launched, packaging some visitor-favourites like baked goods, Glühwein (non-alcohol mulled wine), and a collector tree ornament. The boxes were a big success and sold out quickly, with money raised donated to Make A Wish Canada, a cause supported by Christkindl Market each year.

For this year’s Christkindl Market, a return to a smaller-scale in-person experience has been made possible with some lifting of COVID-19 restrictions. There will be a reduced number of outdoor huts and vendors on Gaukel Street, tree sales at Bobby O’Brien’s, and self-guided walking tours will also be offered. For those who still prefer to keep things virtual, there will be an online component with the return of the virtual advent calendar, Christkindl-in-a-box, and lots of archived photos and videos. You can visit to see all that is planned and to help celebrate 25 years of the Christkindl Market in Kitchener.


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Engage Kitchener is the city’s online space where residents can offer feedback, share opinions and exchange ideas about city programs, services and decisions. We’re always looking to improve your experience on Engage Kitchener. We recently launched a refreshed Engage Kitchener homepage to make it easier for you to take part in municipal decisionmaking. We have reorganized projects and added a new banner, an information page, and an archive for projects completed more than six months ago. Check it out at

Kitchener is moving forward with community priorities in its


The City of Kitchener’s annual budget is a detailed plan to deliver the programs and services that residents rely on every day. The 2022 budget is about moving forward with our shared community priorities by making critical investments in our infrastructure, services and programs to respond to the needs of a growing city. It also advances the five strategic goals outlined in our 2019-2022 Strategic Plan through investments that will achieve the targeted goals that were developed in dialogue with our community.


You can get involved in the 2022 budget process by completing our engagement survey at KITCHENER.CA/BUDGET This year’s engagement survey asks about the balance between robust city services and affordability. It also asks about a few of the city’s potential avenues for investment.

PLACES AND SPACES In Kitchener, we know parks aren’t just important – they’re essential to our community. Whether you use our parks to gather, unwind, exercise, socialize, play or celebrate, we want to hear from you. Let us know what a great park means to you! Your feedback will be used to inform our Places and Spaces: Parks and Open Spaces Strategy. Share your thoughts at

Should we create an affordable housing reserve fund that will cover some or all of the development charges associated with affordable housing projects? Should we invest in the City of Kitchener’s buildings through upgrades to our pools, auditoriums and other facilities?

LEAF COLLECTION Did you rake leaves from your property this year? Are you aware of the many options for removing leaves? We want to know which options you used, and how well those are working for you. Your feedback will help us to make improvements to our leaf collection program.

Should we invest in our community’s trails, creating additional routes suggested in our Cycling and Trails Master Plan?

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Find out more about the investments that the budget is making in our strategic priorities, read our budget-at-a-glance summary and the proposed budget in full at



AROUND VISION ZERO PLANNING Vision Zero is a new way of thinking about creating safer roads. The City of Kitchener’s long-term vision is to reduce collisions involving fatalities and serious injury to zero for all types of road users including drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, transit users and people using mobility devices. This vison zero concept started in Sweden in 1997 and has become popular around the world. The city is committed to its strategic plan goal of people-friendly transportation, transforming how people move through the city by making

the transportation network safe, convenient, comfortable, and connected. The city’s vision zero strategy is a long-term plan that includes action items such as road geometry modifications, enhanced signage and pavement markings and educational campaigns to ensure continuous progress towards the Vision Zero strategy. The city is currently developing a four-year strategy with increased public awareness and education about Vision Zero that will go to council in December.


ST RAT E G IC P L A N 2019-2022

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City delivers on strategic plan priorities in 2021 Kitchener’s 2019-2022 Strategic Plan delivers on the shared community priorities that matter to Kitchener residents. It was developed by asking Kitchener residents how the programs and services provided by the city could make a difference in their lives. We’re committed to continuing that dialogue through updates on our progress, including here in Kitchener Life. Here are a few highlights of the strategic plan priorities that we’ve delivered on recently.

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• COMMUNITY CLIMATE ACTION PLAN The TransformWR community climate action plan was endorsed by the City of Kitchener council this summer. The plan is a 30-year strategy to achieve an 80 per cent greenhouse gas reduction by 2050. • DOWNTOWN CYCLING GRID The first portion of the downtown cycling grid opened this past October on Joseph Street.

DOWNTOWN CYCLING GRID There’s a new way to get around downtown. Protected bike lanes are now open for cycling on Joseph and Water Streets. Some of the destinations along this cycling corridor include the Tannery, Victoria Park, the Victoria Park LRT station, 44 Gaukel arts and technology workspace, the Centre for Family Medicine and several small businesses. Kitchener’s Downtown Cycling Grid is designed for people of all ages and abilities to get around safely and comfortably by bike. The concrete

median provides physical separation between people driving and people cycling, creating a trail-like experience in the heart of Downtown Kitchener. The protected bike lanes along Joseph and Water Streets are just one of the enhancements coming to Downtown Kitchener to improve the cycling experience. The rest of the Downtown Cycling Grid is expected to be complete by 2023 with upcoming cycling infrastructure on Cedar, Duke, Ontario and Margaret Streets.

• CUSTOMER SATISFACTION PROGRAM The program is well underway, with the public able to provide real time feedback on many different services in person, when calling our Corporate Contact Centre or emailing staff, as well as through surveys via our online portal. This valuable feedback has already sparked several service improvements. We are also pleased to report the Municipal World has awarded the City of Kitchener its inaugural Innovation Award for the Strategic Plan. To stay up to date on progress of the city’s 2019-2022 strategic plan, visit

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As our community continues to adapt to meet the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, we know many of you are looking forward to visiting our recreational facilities to resume valued programs and activities. To provide a safe and healthy environment for everyone, we’re depending on all Kitchener residents to continue to follow the safety protocols in place such as pre-screening, physical distancing and wearing a mask or face covering. Provincial regulations now require patrons accessing certain indoor public settings to provide proof of full vaccination and valid personal identification. This applies at city recreation facilities like pools and arenas, as well community centres, with limited exemptions.

EXEMPTIONS TO THIS REQUIREMENT INCLUDE: • Patrons entering or accessing critical services (e.g., food distribution programs, warming centres, voting, etc.) • Children under 12 years of age • Patrons under 18 years of age who are actively participating in an organized sport (e.g., sports leagues, organized pick-up sports, dance classes, martial arts, swimming classes, etc.) • Patrons with a medical exemption and a written document from a physician (designated MD) or registered nurse extended class or nurse practitioner Acceptable forms of identification must include name and date of birth, such as a driver’s license, citizenship card, or birth certificate.

Vaccine receipts will continue to be accepted in digital and hardcopy format. Before visiting a municipal recreation facility, patrons are encouraged to “check before you rec” by reviewing COVID-19 procedures in place as they may vary by municipal facility or affiliated sports organization. Where possible, patrons are encouraged to build in extra time to allow for necessary screening and vaccine verification when visiting municipal recreation facilities. Area municipalities within Waterloo Region have also implemented vaccine policies for staff, volunteers and students. For more information on accessing recreation facilities and specific protocols, visit

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Support a senior this season FROM OUTDOOR RINKS, TO FESTIVE LIGHT DISPLAYS, BUILDING SNOWMEN TO ENJOYING SOME HOLIDAY FUN, THERE’S LOTS TO SEE AND DO AT THIS TIME OF YEAR. HOWEVER, FOR OLDER ADULTS IN OUR COMMUNITY, THE SNOW AND COLDER WEATHER CAN BRING NEW CHALLENGES, SUCH AS SOCIAL ISOLATION AND ISSUES WITH MOBILITY. Whether it is a family member, a neighbour or a friend, here are four quick tips to support a senior this winter. 1. Be a good neighbour. This time of year, it’s important for each of us to do our part to keep our sidewalks clear. For seniors and persons with a disability, this is especially important. Be sure to clear your sidewalk of snow and ice and consider shoveling a sidewalk for a senior in your neighbourhood. Keeping sidewalks free of snow and ice ensures everyone can use them safely.

3. Stay connected. Our Kitchener Tech connects program helps seniors stay in touch with friends and loved ones. Through free technology courses and an iPad lending library, we’re helping seniors learn to use iPads, Chromebooks, email, the internet and more so they can stay better connected to the people who matter most to them.

2. Refer them to our Senior Support Calls Program. For some members of our community, wintertime can be isolating. The city’s Senior Support Call Program supports seniors who may be feeling isolated, or just want to talk, through regular social and wellbeing support calls. If you know a senior who would benefit from this service, please have them call 519-741-2916 to register.

4. Gift a program. There are many age friendly programs available for older adults to participate in, ranging from physical fitness to social and educational activities. Programming is available at a number of our community centres. Call your local community centre to add funds to a friend or family member’s ActiveNet account.

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St. George’s of Forest Hill finds a multitude of ways to reach out to the community with aid BY HELEN HALL elping others makes you feel good about yourself. That is why the members of the St. George’s of Forest Hill Outreach Committee have found many ways that they can help those in need in the community and throughout the world. The Outreach Committee is “very established” said co-chair Dianne McCandless, who has been a member of the committee for nine years. The other co-chair is Heather Murphy, who has been a member of the Anglican church for 38 years. The mission of the committee is to do God’s work with CARE, an acronym for • Collaborate to lead initiatives supporting those in need in our community. • Aid to greater KW area • Reaching those in need in the world around us • Environment of caring Christmas is a very busy time for the Outreach Committee. The two largest Christmas fundraisers are the Bells of Christmas and the Angel Tree. COVID-19 has changed the way this kind of gift fundraising is done because of the restrictions on being out in the community. Now, the two fundraisers share a tree within St. George’s church. McCandless said the Angel Tree raised $6,380 last year, and the money was used to buy gifts for youth in the community (some of whom were from Family and Children’s Services), and for several families in the community who were unable to provide gifts for themselves. The Bells of Christmas fundraiser is targeted towards seniors. The Bells of Christmas tree was previously set up at The Bay at Fairview Park Mall. Now most of the donations are from within the St. George’s congregation. When the tree was out in public, people could pick a senior from the tree and purchase them a gift and send a note. Last year, 210 seniors received a gift through the Bells of Christmas program. “It was very heartwarming,” Murphy said The Outreach Committee keeps busy donating to local groups,



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With this year’s Bells of Christmas and Angel Tree are, from left: St. George’s of Forest Hill Outreach Committee members Dianne McCandless, Debra Barclay and Heather Murphy. like House of Friendship, The Food Bank and Monica Place throughout the year, as well as internationally through programs like the Pneumonia Vest program. One of its biggest events that has been put on hold because of COVID-19 is the Children’s Community Closet, which is organized by the Outreach Committee and led by Debra Barclay, who is also on the Parish Council. Barclay says she misses coming into the Parish Hall and seeing “tables stacked with clothes” that were given away free. Barclay describes the work of the Outreach Committee as “faith in action.” She said faith is “more than attending church each Sunday.” “It is caring for others. I wanted to do something to help. That is why I joined the church over 20 years ago,” she explained. McCandless said St. George’s is a welcoming community and gives people the opportunity to help out in a way that suits them best. Pre-COVID, the Outreach committee raised $40,000 in donations and cash, and post-COVID, it raised $20,000. “We were really proud of that. It’s harder with all the restrictions,” McCandless said. For more information, contact the church at 519-744-4751 or through

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Visit our Active Kitchener webpage to find a directly of things to do while following public health guidelines: Be sure to check out our Facebook page for livestreams, program and service updates and more.

Winter Rink Volunteer Volunteer in your neighbourhood and help create an outdoor winter space for your neighbours to enjoy by becoming a winter rink volunteer. Visit for more information or to apply.

Parks, trails and outdoors Natural areas programs:

Through our Kitchener Natural Areas Program, we offer in-person and online events and learning opportunities, including: • Yoga, mindfulness and meditation • Hikes and forest bathing • Workshops Visit to find a program.


Kitchener has over 125 kilometers of trails and many parks, natural areas and outdoor spaces. Find a trail or a park near you at

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Kitchener is a vibrant community filled with history and charm. What better way to discover it, than by foot! Here are some self-guided walking tours you can do on your own or with your own household this winter:

Children and Youth Programming We are back in centres and city spaces providing programs for children and youth in-person! Register your child or youth in programs (afterschool, in the evenings and during school breaks) that help them be active and creative. Our trained staff provide a welcoming and inclusive space where children and youth can play, belong and thrive. Programs include: • Sports, arts, crafts, cooking, STEM and wellness activities • Leadership development with volunteering opportunities • Homework support • Employment readiness support All of our programs work towards building gratitude, hope, empathy and belonging. Visit youth to find a fun program that fits for you.

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WINTER 2021/2022

Older Adult Programs and Services This winter, stay connected while safely participating in our virtual and in-person programs that are available at several community centres. Programs include: • Kitchener Connections - free weekday programs via phone

Arts & culture Visit us online to find out about upcoming virtual exhibitions, art walking tours and exhibitions with community partners For upcoming artist call for proposals, check: Sign up for our newsletter to be up to date on what we’re working on:

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In-person registered programs are back! Space is also available at city community centres for you to book for free to enjoy your own planned activities. Book a gym: Previously called, Book your Bubble, residents can pre-book time to use a community centre gym for physical activity with up to 10 participants. Booking gym time is FREE and bookings for each 45-minute time slot can be made online, in-person or by calling the centre. Book a community room: Also a free program, offering residents the opportunity to pre-book a multi-purpose room at City community centres during business hours, for up to two hours to host a meeting or enjoy a group activity. Bookings can be made online, in-person or by calling the centre. For more information on the Book free space program, including safety measures and availability, visit Be sure to visit or to learn what programs are currently being offered across all our community centres.

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• Social Support Calls - support for those feeling isolated, or just want to talk • Connected @ Home - receive activity boxes, join weekly teleconferences or Zoom group activities • Kitchener Tech Connects - free technology training and lending library • Virtual fitness and wellness programs - in-person classes including fitness, art, yoga, meditation and many others suited for all ages and abilities Visit or call 519-741-2916 and learn about our current program offerings.

Swimming programs We are now offering programs for all ages, including: • Private and family swimming lessons • Leadership and lifeguard programs • Registered aqua-fitness, adult swims, lane swims and family swims Registration for winter term 1 is Dec. 21, and term 2 is Feb. 8. Be sure to visit to learn what programs are offered.

Inclusive programming We offer 1:1 support for people with disabilities wanting to participate in any in-person City programs. Support may be provided by program staff, trained volunteers, or support workers. Visit for more information on how to request support and to complete an inclusion membership form. Fee Assistance is available to low-income Kitchener residents. Visit for more information and application forms. For any other accommodation needs or requests, please contact the Inclusion Services Coordinator at 519-741-2200 ext. 7229.

A variety of holiday and winter themed virtual and inperson programming is being offered, including cooking classes and demos for different ages and skill levels. See what’s happening at the Market this winter by Visit,, or visiting call 519-741-2345, TTY 1-866-969-9994 or the most up-to-date program and event information. The Kitchener Market is open for the Farmers’ Market and Food Hall on Saturdays, 7am-2pm and Be sure to check out our Facebook page for live stream s, program and Food Hall only on Tuesday-Friday, 8am-3pm. service updates and more

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The Rolling Stones | UNZIPPED...from page 3 for museum staff. It was eventually found in Newfoundland where it had been accidentally left behind. Marskell, a huge Rolling Stones fan himself (he’s seen about 25 Stones concerts since 1972 including the one in Texas two weeks ago), described them as his “Kryptonite.” “I couldn’t see them at a concert and not be on my feet. Their energy is amazing. And the fact that they are still going is incredible,” he said. Did he learn anything new about the band from the exhibit? You bet. He learned that Ronnie Wood is also a prolific artist. But he also discovered more about the band’s character. “There’s a perfectionism in them. Their global brand is incredible and it comes through on stage. They expect excellence and achieve it,” he said. Reverberations, an accompanying exhibit curated by Virgina Eichhorn and Mike Tennant, is also housed at THEMUSEUM. The show celebrates this community’s rich history of music and exhibits little-known facts about musicians and superstar encounters in this community. Many local venues are also part of the Unzipped exhibit. The Cambridge Fashion History Museum will present Frock On: A Century of Fashion and Pop Music, and there will be a special performance featuring Canada’s rock

symphony group Jeans ‘n Classics,” an Evening with The Rolling Stones at the Centre in the Square on January 6. Ronnie Wood’s art is being shown at THEMUSEUM’s uptown gallery on King Street south in Waterloo. An Unzipped film series is being presented the third Thursday of each month from December to March at the Original Princess theatre in Waterloo. THEMUSEUM has hired an additional 15 people and is expecting Unzipped visitor numbers to top the 50,000 attendance record it achieved with its Titanic exhibit. “This has been a collaborative effort by many businesses in the KW area. The tentacles of this show touch all parts of the region and I’m hoping this model we’ve created will be used after this exhibit finishes. It really shows what the arts community in this region can do,” Marskell said. THEMUSEUM is looking for volunteers to fill positions associated with the exhibit including volunteer gallery interpreters, guest services volunteers and screen-printing studio volunteers. For more information on UNZIPPED volunteer opportunities at THEMUSEUM, including shift hours, qualifications and how to apply, please visit join-our-team/. Tickets for Unzipped can be purchased at

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR REGISTRY THEATRE PRESENTS - KW’s Big Band Theory returns to The Registry Theatre (122 Frederick St. Kitchener) for their ever-popular Christmas concert. Featuring some of our community’s finest jazz musicians, BBT is led by musical director Jim Edwards, with special guest vocalist Nathan Martin. Enjoy seasonal favourites, big band style. Saturday, December 18 at 8pm and Sunday, December 19 at 3pm. Tickets: $25. Join Jacob Moon and Ali Matthews for an enchanted evening of carols and holiday favorites as they bring Christmas music back to the Registry Theatre! Jacob Moon has released an award-winning Christmas CD and played countless shows all over Canada, including dozens at the Registry, and he is thrilled to welcome Ali Matthews who has several popular and award-winning Christmas records of her own. Together, they are an undeniable collaboration, and they will make your season brighter for having heard them sing your favorite holiday classics, new and old. Friday, December 17 at 7:30pm. Tickets: $38.13 $43.44. Call 519-578-1570 or purchase tickets online at CAN YOU LEND A HAND? Community Justice Initiatives is moving. In January 2022, we will be moving to our new home at 20 Ottawa St N, Kitchener. We are in the process of making plans to begin to receive clients in our new space. Can you lend a hand? If you can offer your time to assist with packing, unpacking, cleaning, set up, wiring for wifi, phone system set up, and other related tasks, please reach out to Mel Horvath-Lucid: NOTEWORTHY SINGERS - NoteWorthy Singers is a choir of seniors dedicated to making Christmas special for needy children in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. We are sponsors of the charity New Toys For Needy Kids. The choir has put together a Christmas concert that will be on YouTube on December 9th at 2:00 p.m. The YouTube channel will run indefinitely. Rogers Cable TV channel 20 is airing the concert on December 9th at 2:00 p.m. and several times throughout December. Check the TV guide for times. We have a GoFundMe page set up to receive donations. Go to the GoFundMe website and search NWS. New Toys For Needy Kids is celebrating its 25 anniversary this year. We’re hoping to make Christmas shine brightly for children in need. Enjoy the concert! COVID CLINIC SITE - Grand River Hospital will continue to operate its COVID-19 test site, located at Charles and Ontario streets in Kitchener (the former bus terminal) until spring 2022. The hospital has provided COVID-19 testing since early in 2020 and moved to the new, larger location at 15 Charles St. West in Kitchener in December 2020 to better accommodate pedestrians, vehicles, and provide more protection from cold and inclement weather for staff, residents and testing equipment. Hours of operation for the clinic will remain the same: 7:15 am to 6:45 pm Monday through Sunday by appointment only. These hours of operation are subject to change. For more information, or to book an appointment, please visit our website: care/visitors/covid-19/covid-19-testing-clinics KW SYMPHONY RETURNS TO IN-PERSON PERFORMANCES - the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony will return to live, in-person performances beginning January 14th, 2022. It will be offering a wide range of performances from Signature and Pops concerts to Baroque and Family concerts. To celebrate the KWS’s return to in-person performances, the Signature Series features a performance of Mahler’s magnificent and majestic Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, in May. The Pops Series opens in January with Juno Award winner iskwē in concert conducted by Andrei Feher. The Baroque & Beyond Series sees KWS Interim Concertmaster Jung Tsai

and Music Director Andrei Feher curating programs that range from Haydn and Pergolesi to Purcell and Mozetich. The Family Series explores rhythm, dance, and the sounds of the orchestra. Music Director Andrei Feher leads families on a musical tour of a zoo… and the orchestra in Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals. STRATFORD MARKS 70TH SEASON - In 2022, the Stratford Festival is coming back big to mark its 70th season, with a full repertory playbill running from early April to the end of October, ten major productions and almost two hundred Meighen Forum events. Tickets will be available in the New Year, with the box office slated to open to the public on March 18, 2022. The season offers a pleasing balance with a blend of classic and modern, with Shakespeare, other classics, new plays and an iconic musical. There are stories from the English and French traditions, a new Indigenous play, a magnificent Nigerian tale, and a comedy about polyamory and economics in the modern world. FESTIVAL THEATRE - HAMLET | CHICAGO | THE MISER: TOM PATTERSON THEATRE - RICHARD III | ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL | DEATH AND THE KING’S HORSEMAN: AVON THEATRE - LITTLE WOMEN: STUDIO THEATRE - EVERY LITTLE NOOKIE | HAMLET-911 | 1939. For tickets and more information visit SCHWABEN CLUB EVENTS – We now have a Member’s Night every Thursday evening from 6:309pm Come out to play cards or games, or just visit with friends in our bar. - Third Friday of every month from 4 – 7pm is Schnitzel Friday. New winter menus. Pre-order or reserve seating by calling the number below. - Christmas Luncheon December 5. Lunch served at 12:30. Entertainment by our members. - Miss Schwaben Ball, January 22, 2022. Crowning of our Miss Schwaben 2022. For more information on these events please call 519-742-7979 or 519-5913192 or visit AMAZING POLLINATORS - exhibit at the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum,10 Huron Road, Kitchener. Transform yourself into a bee, bat, butterfly or more in this vibrant game-like experience. The centerpiece of this exhibit is a visually stunning, playable maze. As you enter the maze you’ll take on a role-play survival mission of a species. Maybe it’s a hibiscus bee, a soldier beetle, or a ruby-throated hummingbird. Your goal: Seek out nectar, pollen, mates, and other necessities as you explore hundreds of beautiful interactive flowers spread across unique environments. As you immerse yourself in the experience, you’ll learn about the often-bizarre relationships between plants and pollinators. How pollinators support our ecosystems and the vital role they play in our food supply. Amazing Pollinators runs until January 2, 2022. It was created by Minotaur Mazes and developed in collaboration with the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. For more information call 519-7481914 or visit Tickets are available on Eventbrite. VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY NEEDED TO DELIVER MEALS - Volunteers who delivered meals to local seniors throughout the pandemic are starting to return to work, leaving a gap for local agency Community Support Connections (Meals on Wheels) to fill. When the pandemic first hit, the charity lost the majority of its meal delivery volunteers who were being instructed to stay safe at home as older adults themselves. Routes in Kitchener and Cambridge are in great need of delivery volunteers. If you can help or for more information please contact Meals on Wheels at (519) 772-8787

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Notes from City Hall

Hi Ward 1, hope you’re well! As winter and Christmas approach, so does the City of Kitchener’s 2022 budget. I’m happy to report the recommended budget is

once again well below the rate of inflation, 1.9%, which marks 10 straight years of hitting a target that few municipalities reach. I would note that we can achieve this target while maintaining our strong financial position and enhancing services. You might recall that we modified our taxtarget to the average of the current and previous year’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation rather than just the current year to shave off the peaks and valleys off the

potentially volatile CPI. What this means is that while we might be slightly over or under inflation in any one year, in the fullness of time, taxes shouldn’t exceed CPI in Kitchener. It turns out this was a timely change, as otherwise, our target for this year would likely have been well above 3%. I’d like to clarify what, exactly, a 1.9% tax increase translates to on your tax bill. Of your total property tax, Kitchener keeps just 31% with the balance going to the

Region of Waterloo and the School Board. In other words, should our 1.9% increase be approved, your total tax bill would increase by just 0.59%. (i.e. 1.9% of 31%). Any further increases would be a result of what’s added by the Region, and School Board. I hope that helps. It’s complicated in a two-tier municipal structure! For questions, contact me anytime using the above information.

December 16 is final budget day Please do our budget survey before December 6. One of the questions asks how you would invest $1 million between affordable housing,

renovating city facilities and new community trails. I have lots of Budget information and the link to the survey on my website daveschnider. com. Just click Budget 2022. Tis the season. The 25th Annual Christkindl Market is on till Sunday December 5 on Gaukel St. Enjoy the 22 huts in the outdoor market and musical performances on the video wall. There are online events too. Get all the details at christkindl. ca. Christmas Fantasy In The Park brightens the bridges, trees and buildings in Victoria Park with festive

lights and displays, Stroll through the park and enjoy. The lights turn on every night at 6. For unique Christmas gifts visit the Winter Artisan Market at the Kitchener Farmer’s Market December 11 and 12 and again on the 18th and 19th. Share some warmth this winter by donating to the Hat and Mitten Tree at the Stanley Park Community Centre. Donations go to ROOF and Out Of The Cold. A former co-worker of mine would share this every year: “Getting is good, Giving is better. Once you

know this, it’s always Christmas”. My family and I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2022. Living through a pandemic has brought challenges. It’s shown we can’t always control what happens to us but we can choose to be kind. If I can assist you, contact me directly or call our contact centre at 519-741-2345. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @ DaveSchniderKW; friend me on Facebook; and visit my website for lots of Ward 2 and city info.

Council recently reviewed the 2022 Budget prepared by staff. No changes were made. The staff recommended Budget results in a 1.9 % increase in the city portion of taxes and a 2.2%

increase in utilities. Natural gas rates increase by 12.7%. Regional and police budgets as well as that of the local school boards must also be taken into account. If you happen to live in a home assessed at $326,000 the annual impact on you will be $137.00. The Region’s increase is estimated at $63.00, resulting in an increase well over $200.00 after School tax increases. The school board increase is currently unknown. I was hoping for a zero increase for 2022 as we start to recover

from the impact of COVID-19. I will not support the recommended increases. A zero increase can be accomplished without any reductions or changes in our service levels. Although a zero increase may not have an overwhelming impact on a homeowner with an average assessment of $326,000; I believe it would send a strong message to our customers and rate payers that we are deeply concerned with the current increase in the price of all goods and services and that we would do our part in helping them.

Bolstered by special grants from the senior governments of $8.4 million in 2020 and $4.1 million in 2021 we were able to come through the severity of a pandemic in a positive condition. We were even able to add to our reserves during that period. Little if any payroll loss was suffered by most of our employees. They will be receiving a 2.67% pay increase in 2022. I am sure that most of our constituents will not enjoy the same benefits. Vision Zero needs to be our goal for 2022 rate changes.

As December brings us closer to a new year, things seem somewhat normal again. We are starting to enjoy dining out, shopping and sporting events, to name a few;

however, some small independent retailers and restaurants need support, and this is the perfect season to give them ours. In Ward 4, the spirit of giving is strong. Some incredible groups are fundraising to ensure everyone enjoys the season. The Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre (DPPCC) is the drop-off location for two charitable works this year. The Christmas Miracle Food Hamper Project: When you donate cash, new mitts, hats and books for children by Dec. 9, you are supporting

your Ward 4 neighbours in need. You can also give by volunteering to put Christmas Miracle food hampers together on Dec. 18. Call 519-7412641 to sign up. Doon South Holiday Toy Mountain Toy Drive: Toys are a big part of the holiday season, and some children are at risk of going without. Thanks to a group of Ward 4 residents, led by Mukul Verma, many children receive a toy collected by these residents. You can drop off new, unwrapped toys ‘til Dec. 15 at Doon Village Pharmacy, Crispy Slice Pizza, and

the DPPCC. November flurries mean winter challenges are on the way. Starting Dec. 1, there’s no overnight parking from 2:30 - 6:00 am on city streets; however, boulevard parking is allowed, but subject to some limitations. For details, visit, search “snow removal.” I wish you the best for the holiday season and a Happy and Healthy 2022! Contact me at 519-741-2779 City Hall; 226-752-9541 Home Office; by email christine.michaud@

see what’s in this year’s proposed budget, visit:, keyword search: 2022 budget. If you have any priorities or thoughts on the budget, please feel free to contact me using my information above. Parks and open spaces are essential to our community. They can significantly improve the physical and mental health of residents of all ages, making them a cornerstone for improved quality of life. Parks and open spaces help

clear the air of pollution, provide a space to connect, encourage activity, improve property values, conserve natural areas, create social equality as they are free to use and open to all. The City of Kitchener wants to hear what a great park means to you. The first phase of community engagement for Places and Spaces, our park and open space strategy, is open to receive your feedback! Your input will help develop guidelines for what makes a park

exceptional, and the City will use this information to make decisions on how we should invest in our parks and open spaces for the next 10+ years. I encourage you to share your ideas and personal park stories by visiting www. and completing the online survey before January 7, 2022. Wishing you and yours a safe and joyful holiday season, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Hello Ward 5, it’s budget time again! We are working on the 2022 budget and final budget day is taking place on Thursday December 16. If you would like to

Wow! It’s hard to believe that December is upon us, and before you know it, we will be saying goodbye to 2021 and welcoming the new year 2022! It goes without saying that the past year, and in fact the past 20+ months have been challenging for all of us as we have adjusted our lives in response to the realities of the COVID-19 global pandemic. But despite these challenges, 2021 saw the arrival of the vaccine and as we look forward to putting aspects of this year behind us, we do so knowing that almost 90% of us in Waterloo region are vaccinated, and vaccinations started this past weekend for those between 5 and 11 years of age. As we look forward to the end of the year, I do want to thank Carrie and Helen and their small Kitchener Citizen team for providing the mechanism to stay in contact with you over the past year with community focused updates from myself and members of Council. I also want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your continued support and guidance over the past year as our community navigated the new realities that the pandemic brought upon us. On behalf of myself, Kitchener City Council and our staff – I wish each of you and your families all the best during the upcoming holiday season. May 2022 bring health, happiness, success and a continued return to normal for all of us. Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year 2022! HOLIDAY SEASON COMES ALIVE IN DOWNTOWN KITCHENER This coming weekend, Downtown Kitchener will welcome the 25th anniversary of the Christkindl Market. While COVID-19, coupled with the ongoing construction of Carl Zehr Square doesn’t allow things to return quite to normal yet – the festival committee has organized the 25th celebrations in a hybrid manner with some online activities, as well as an outdoor street presence with some of your favourite retailers on Gaukel Street at the entrance to Victoria Park. Please join us as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of this beloved Christmas tradition, and look forward to returning to a more traditional festival back in Carl Zehr Square for Christmas 2022. This Saturday, December 4th, Christmas Fantasy also returns to Victoria Park in Downtown Kitchener and runs through until Orthodox Christmas in January. View a spectacular display of festive lights that adorn the trees, buildings, and bridges of Victoria Park. It’s free to enjoy nightly throughout the holiday season. For the first time ever, we are also planning some Christmas Artisan Markets at the Kitchener Market. Running the weekends of December 11/12 and 18/19 from 10-4 each day, please join us for a curated selection ...continued on next page

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Notes from City Hall

Recently, I put forth a motion to council requesting that a Parking Management Plan become a requirement of the city’s site plan approval process to ensure tenants

are provided with an acceptable parking alternative when displaced, and that parking for trades can be adequately provided for. This came about after being contacted by numerous residents without tenant parking during a major construction project. At the time of writing this, council has considered the operating budget which covers the ongoing costs of programs and services for the community. The proposed tax rate increase is 1.9%. I have since put forward various options that both

help to broaden City services towards affordable housing and better celebrate our neighbourhoods. My contribution of identifying additional revenue sources has also helped to reduce the budget impact. This budget was particularly challenging, as many residents and business owners are working towards recovery from past shutdowns and job losses, while the municipality is facing the challenge of providing rising costs for capital projects and services. I want to assure you that balancing the

interests and needs of our citizens, and the municipality in this season of recovery, has been at the forefront of my mind during this budget process. I want to thank those who provided feedback through the budget survey, as this information was helpful when making these difficult budget decisions. From my family to yours, I wish you a happy holiday season, and a safe and prosperous New Year! Contact me at or call me at 226-748-3109.

Hello Ward 7, budget time is upon us! At our Council meeting on November 22, we endorsed a new user fee schedule for 2022 as part of our annual budget process,

with most fees increasing between only 1.5 and 2 per cent. The 2022 proposed budget really focuses on our economic recovery, responding to community needs, supporting a growing city and maintaining our core services and infrastructure. Make It Kitchener 2.0 Economic Development Strategy set aside $5 million to support our economic recovery. Funding is included to support more firefighters, park spaces and trails as well as a new community centre in Kitchener’s south end. The City

plans to create a central service counter at City Hall to better meet your needs. The proposed budget shows investments that support our equity, anti-racism and Indigenous initiatives team to help better reflect our community’s diversity and address needs. Housing For All Strategy remains a priority as well as our long-term plan for sustainably funding the maintenance of our roads, bridges, and transportation infrastructure. You can tell the City how you would distribute $1 million between

creating an affordable housing reserve, addressing our facilities infrastructure gap or investing in community trails. Visit: www. and take the survey before December 6 to make sure your voice is included in a presentation to council on final budget day, December 16. Wishing you a Happy Holiday Season and a Prosperous New Year!

be done to prevent these types of fires. Chief Gilmore mentioned the Provincial Government had begun to amend the Ontario Fire Code in 1983 to include retrofit provisions for existing buildings built before 1975. They were to include self-closing devices on suite doors and positive latching systems on exit stairwell doors. These systems prevented injuries, deaths, and displacement of residents. This inspired me to put a motion together with the help Chief Gilmore and Fire Prevention Officer Jim Hodge. I’m pleased

to share the following Motion passed unanimously by Council on November 22nd: THEREFORE IT BE RESOLVED that the City of Kitchener urges the Government of Ontario to direct the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office – Technical Services, to undertake an immediate review of that portion of the Ontario Fire Code known as Retrofit Section 9.5; THEREFORE IT FURTHER BE RESOLVED that the City of Kitchener urges the Government of Ontario to, as expeditiously as possible, amend

the Ontario Fire Code Sentence to require self-closing devices on all suite closures (doors) within low rise residential buildings; and, THEREFORE IT FURTHER BE RESOLVED that the City of Kitchener urges the Government of Ontario to, as expeditiously as possible, amend the Ontario Fire Code Sentence to require that closures (doors) entering exit stairwells be equipped with both self-closing devices and positive latching.

restrictions and layoffs, and the reinstatement of postponed services and projects. The proposed budget has increases of 1.9% in property taxes, 2.2 % in water utilities and 12.7% in gas. Final changes will be voted on at the Thurs., Dec. 16 meeting. Your suggestions are still welcome. We recently learned of a new condo development at the northwest corner of Victoria St S and Park St. The proposal calls for 3 towers sitting atop a mid-rise podium of 4 to 6 stories. The towers are proposed

to be 25, 36 and 38 storeys with an overall floor space ratio of 11.6. The site would house 1,150 residential units with two thirds planned as one-bedroom units, and the rest as two bedrooms. Parking for 667 cars and 592 bicycles are proposed. Additionally, 50 one-bedroom “affordable” units (4.5% of the total units) at a per unit price of no more than $368000, are also proposed, along with a ground floor space of 1750 square metres in one of the towers for commercial and community space for public

functions. The proposal requires a number of by-law and official plan amendments. I have already received a flurry of messages about the proposal. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with your comments. I wish you all the best over the holidays. Take a stroll downtown to eat and shop #DTK and enjoy the seasonal window decorations. As always, I can be reached at or 226-752-7104. Stay healthy!

A fire broke out in a multi-unit dwelling earlier this year causing injury and extensive property damage. Our Fire Chief, Bob Gilmore and I discussed what could

Budget time is intense; there are many details to think about and consider. This year’s budget has been coined “Moving Forward,” reflecting the transition out of COVID

SKATING DOWNTOWN! Last month, we learned of some unavoidable delays in the completion of Carl Zehr Square. We had hoped the work would be

finished by skating season, but alas it will not be open until spring next year. The good news however is that we will have skating this season downtown in two new locations. So, dust off your skates and stay tuned for exciting details soon! HOMELESS IN WR: Recently we learned that the homeless population in our region has grown to over 1085 individuals, based on a point-in-time count coordinated by the Region of Waterloo. This deeply concerning number did not surprise service providers who have

recognized the need increasing throughout COVID. Now that the wider community has this statistic before us, it is vital and urgent to do what we can to counter the trend. The medium-term solution involves increasing the supply of affordable rental units, which the city has started partnering on. In the meantime, several groups and organizations are doing their best to respond to the needs in innovative ways. If you are seeking assistance with shelter or food, reach out to have help connecting

with appropriate services. If you are in a position to volunteer or donate, please give generously. SHOPPING DOWNTOWN: Check out to download your newly updated shopping and dining guide. You can also find the third iteration of our very popular, award-winning outdoor Art Gallery! Download the updated DTK Art Walk and enjoy a walk at your leisure. HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you and yours. May this season bring you peace, love, and joy.

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of some of the best artisan vendors in Waterloo Region, along with delicious food and drinks from local vendors and restaurants. Holiday entertainment, visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a synthetic ice surface are there for all to enjoy. And check out events, closer to New Year’s Eve, to find out details about this year’s City of Kitchener’s New Year’s Eve celebrations. NEW YEAR’S LEVEE 2022 This year, the City of Kitchener will once again be hosting a New Year’s Levee, but due to COVID-19, it will be primarily outdoors, with some indoor components and it will be located at the Kitchener Market. Food, entertainment and activities will take place. Planned for Sunday January 23rd, please check out www.kitchener. ca/events for details. FCM RELEASES “PARTNERS FOR CANADA’S RECOVERY” – PROPOSALS FOR THE FIRST 100 DAYS OF CANADA’S NEW PARLIAMENT Last week, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) board met in person for the first time since March 2020 and presented a vision for Canada’s recovery to the federal government and opposition parties. As the 44th Parliament begins its work and looking forward to a potential Federal Fall Economic Statement and the 2022 Federal Budget, municipal leaders are putting forward local solutions to pressing national challenges. The last 20 months have showed what is possible when governments work together and as we come out of the pandemic, all orders of government need to continue working together as we focus on driving the kind of inclusive, sustainable recovery Kitchener residents and all Canadians need and deserve. The City of Kitchener stands ready to work with the federal government and all political parties by providing local solutions to national challenges because we know that many of Canada’s biggest challenges can be addressed first, fastest and most effectively at the local government level. From affordable housing to climate change, and economic renewal to transit and so much more, our solutions can deliver results directly in the communities from coast to coast to coast where people live, work and raise their families. The document, titled Partners for Canada’s Recovery, puts forward nonpartisan local solutions that create jobs and tackle some of Canada’s biggest recovery challenges. They include: · Secure, affordable housing · Accelerating climate action · Transit · Safe and healthy communities In the New Year, FCM board and committee members, together with some members of the Big City Mayors’ Caucus will be meeting with MP’s and Ministers to advocate for the priorities important to Canada’s cities and communities like Kitchener and all the municipalities within our region.

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Is holiday decorating permitted in condominiums? Q. We wish to put a Christmas wreath on our front door and decorate our balcony as well. Since we just moved in recently this is all new to us. My neighbour doesn’t have a clue either because she was asking us if we needed permission to decorate. There is nothing written in our rules or bylaws. Who should I consult? A. Each condominium corpora-

tion will have different policies depending on the type of condo. For instance, townhome condominiums will usually have more freedom to decorate. Especially if they pay their own hydro that will power all the Christmas lights they display. I have seen many townhomes decorated to the nines with many different displays in front of each home. Those who live in hi-rise

buildings with balconies may be tempted to display lights by stringing them all along their balcony. They may also wish to display additional holiday decorations around the window area adjacent to the balcony. The reader should contact your board of directors or the management company if you cannot find the decorating information in your condo documents. Alter-

Peter is a licensed Real Estate Agent with Re/Max and has specialized in the Stanley Park area for over 36 years.

Selling during the winter

selling your home in December, TButraditionally, January or February are not the best times. due to the historic low levels of inventory

and record high prices if you need to sell this is not a bad time to get top dollar for your home. When selling during the winter months keep these few things in mind. Make sure your driveway and sidewalks are completely clear of snow and ice. This will prevent anyone visiting your home from slipping and falling and will help with curb appeal. Because it starts to get dark early, around 5

PM, have all your lights on before your showing, inside and out. This will give your home a warm friendly feeling when the buyers arrive. If you decorate for Christmas, don’t go overboard, having a few decorations is fine but too many will make your home look cluttered and smaller than you want it to look. If you have a fireplace have it on and keep the home warm and cozy. For a complete list of everything you should do to maximize the value of your home call or text me at 519-589-3554 or email


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Sort your holiday waste Use 2-blue boxes to sort:

Use the green bin:

Containers Only blue box (rinse, do not bag containers) • Aerosol cans (empty) • Cans, pop cans, foil trays • Cartons (milk, juice, egg nog), juice boxes • Glass bottles, jars (separate lids) • Hard, clear packaging from toys or electronics (remove paper, put in the paper blue box) • Paper coffee cups (separate lid) • Plastic bottles and jugs #1-7 No Styrofoam!

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All food waste • Cookies, fruit cake, snack foods • Fruits, vegetables, peels, pits • Meats, bones, fish, shellfish • Nuts, shells • Spreads, cheese, dips, crackers Soiled paper products and other items • Paper plates, towels • Poinsettias, indoor natural greenery

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


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Pet waste (placed in certified compostable bag or wrapped in newspaper) • Kitty litter, cage bedding • Dog, reindeer droppings

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Bows, ribbon, tape, foil or plastic gift wrap Candles Chip bags, snack wrappers Dishware and cookware Furnace filters Hangers (plastic, wood, metal) Light bulbs and strings (wrap sharp items in paper then put in garbage) Masks, gloves, wipes Plastic food wrap, bubble wrap Plastic cutlery Styrofoam Toys (consider donating) Wooden orange crates

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

A Rainbow Christmas by Cyndi MacMillan The setting sun transformed snowdrifts into iridescent hills. Though the scene was magical, all Skylar wanted to do was shut the door to the world and disappear. Even the twinkling lights and Christmas inflatables failed to sooth her, as they usually did. Finally, after warring with herself for months, she’d come out to her classmates, hoping for acceptance. Her besties had surprised her with a Pride Party, and all her friends supported her. Only a few classmates had been mean, downright cruel, and it was hard to ignore their ugly, stage whispers. “You okay?” Melody asked. “I could come over, later.” “Thanks. But I’m tired. Maybe tomorrow?” Skylar couldn’t imagine what life would be like without her best friend. They were nothing alike, had different interests; still, nobody understood her better. “Eh!” Melody hooted. “The Millers’ little library has been refilled!” Melody opened its tiny door, found a graphic novel and quickly put the book into her backpack. Skylar felt impatient but didn’t rush her. There were four little libraries on the street, including the one she’d built with her dad. As soon as her little library had opened for business, others were so taken with the idea that they, too, added them to their yards and walkways. As they approached the Bowman place, Burt began to bark excitedly, wagged his tail and gave Skylar a hopeful look. The maltipoo begged for attention, turning its adorable face from side to side, obviously puzzled. “Sorry, Handsome, not today,” she muttered. “I’m in a bad mood.” The dog whined and plopped down in his dog pen, looking dejected. She adored Burt. As a puppy, he’d almost frozen to death when he’d snuck outside without anyone being the wiser. Skylar had found the wee thing under a pine in the park, unconscious. Miraculously, he’d recovered, though he’d lost part of his tail. The Bowman’s had thanked her a million times and told her she was his guardian angel. “If you want company, text me. We could watch a movie or something.” Skylar tried to smile. “I don’t think I’m up for it.” Melody headed towards her home, a bungalow on the corner lot that had been previously owned by an older couple who’d moved to a retirement village. Just before they’d sold the house, a fire had broken out in their shed. Skylar—six at the time—had noticed the smoke and alerted the Oders by screaming and banging on their door. The couple continued to send her greeting cards, year after year, and she wrote them letters. Skylar opened her front door and grumbled ‘I-don’t-want-to-talkabout-it’ to her mother. She did her homework, set the table and wished the day would just be done. Her parents sent her sympathetic looks but took the hint and didn’t ask too many questions; the hugs they gave her before she headed to her room almost brought her to tears. She changed into her PJ’s and flopped on her bed. Wanting white noise, she turned on the television. ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ was playing. Again. She stuck her tongue out at Clarence. I’m with you, George. On days like this one, I wish I’d never been born, either.

Snowflakes streamed past her window like wedding confetti as the black and white movie flickered on the screen. She yawned and closed her eyes. “Hello. I don’t want to scare you—” Skylar yelped and fell off her bed, staring at disbelief. “Annie?” The woman grinned. “Lillian, actually. But that don’t matter none. Now, what’s all this nonsense about you wishin’ you were never born? That’s lunkhead talk.” “I’m tired of not belonging. Besides, I’m not sure the world would miss me.” Annie’s eyebrows rose. “Mm hmm. Alright then. You got your wish.” The bedroom window flew open, and Skylar rushed to close it. She looked downwards and blinked. “Hey, where’s our little library? It’s gone!” Then, she looked down the street. All the little libraries were gone. “The library was your idea, wasn’t it? You weren’t here. I can’t tell you too much, but a young man will borrow a book from your library and it will inspire him to write a novel that will touch millions of readers. I mean, he would have done that, if you’d been born.” Skylar turned her head, looking towards the Oder’s place. The dog pen was missing, too! “Burt! Oh, no! No! Did he…” “You weren’t there to save him as a puppy. It broke the Bowman’s hearts, losing him. They didn’t bother getting another pet. Their home is so quiet. Downright gloomy.” Her street looked strange. There were fewer lights, less decorations. Slowly, worriedly, she craned her head in the other direction, staring towards Melody’s house. It was gone! The whole house was missing! Instead, a wire fence encircled an empty yard. “Where is Melody’s home?” She cried. “Where is she?” “Oh, she’s fine, but she lives in another town. Remember the fire? See, you weren’t there. The Oder’s escaped the flames, thank goodness, but the flames quickly spread from the shed to the house. They lost everything, poor folks, and because you never became friends, Melody will never… ah, now, I almost told you too much.” “Please, I take my wish back. I want to take it back!” “Smart girl.” Annie gently guided her back to bed. “We both know this is a dream, right? But it’ll be one of those dreams you’ll remember. Always.” *** Morning light flooded her room. Skylar ran to her window and looked down. There was Melody, leaning against the little library. Skylar shouted, “I’m late! Gimme a few minutes!” Then, she noticed all the rainbows. Rainbows everywhere. Some neighbours had rearranged the ornaments in their trees so they were grouped by colour. One had tied a rainbow scarf around a snowman. Another had attached rainbow streamers to a fence. Even little Burt was wearing a rainbow doggie vest She called down to Melody. “Was it your idea?” Melody nodded. “We all love you. Exactly as you are.” Something warm settled in her chest and she had never more pride… for her community. “Come on up! The view’s amazing!” She laughed. “No! It’s WONDERFUL!”

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The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors

by Drew Daywalt Reviewed by By Sarah Melitzer

Senior Library Assistant, Children’s Programming

A monthly column featuring great reads as suggested and reviewed by librarians from the Kitchener Public Library. Follow along each month and discover your next great read!

You’ve played the game; now discover the legend of how it all began... So tired of always winning, our champions (Rock, Paper, and Scissors respectively) each journey to seek out opponents worthy of their prowess and craftiness in the fighting arena. Clothespin? No match for Rock! Computer Printer? Foiled by a Paper jam! Dinosaur shaped chicken nuggets? Devoured by Scissors! Will these champions ever lose? When finally these champs meet face to face, epic battles ensue! Who will emerge victorious? Who will experience defeat? And how will our champions handle their first losses ever? Wildly expressive in illustrations and dialogue, this absurdly clever picture book takes us on an adventure of formidable fights, menacing match-ups, and rambunctious rumbles as Rock, Paper, and Scissors ultimately wage war against each other with humorously happy results. A brilliantly boisterous battle tale that demonstrates that winning isn’t everything. And then, just when you think this story couldn’t get any better, it does! This book is a book that will read itself aloud! Comically yet

dramatically narrated, this epic tale comes to life in this unique format by Vox Books. VOX™ Books are the world’s first audio books that live in print books. The permanently attached VOX Reader transforms an ordinary print book into an all-in-one read-along. No need for computers, tablets, or CDs—children simply push a button to listen and read. So cool! VOX Books combine outstanding picture books with audio recordings that capture children’s attention and make learning and literacy development fun. While ideal for reluctant readers, this format is equally wonderful for early readers, ESL readers, or kids that just want to hear the same book over and over (and over!) again. KPL is proud to offer a collection of Vox Books available to all our customers. Utterly hilarious, with language and illustrations sure to make those young and old laugh out loud, Drew Daywalt’s The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors is an adventure in hilarity whether read by the reader, or enjoyed via VoxBooks technology. Rock, Paper, Scissors, shoot!

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VRBANOVIC VRBANOVIC 2021 – A Year in Review

Kitchener started 2021 on CTV National News for keeping our holiday lights on in Victoria Park until at least the end of January in order to bring some hope to all of us during a COVID-19 winter. Many residents and other cities joined in.

Throughout the pandemic, #KitchenerEvents has worked hard to bring events in covid-safe ways to residents in neighbourhoods throughout Kitchener. Presley pop-ups were popular as winter ended and we welcomed Spring.

On March 25th, I delivered my first-ever virtual State of the City. The speech turned the spotlight around and focused on the people, partners, and community heroes who pulled us together as a city and as a community over the last year.

In May, I was pleased to join CAO Dan Chapman and GM Denise McGoldrick as we visited our Central Maintenance Facility during National Public Works week to thank staff for their efforts throughout COVID-19.

Together with Councillors Davey, Galloway-Sealock, Marsh and Schnider, we joined KPL CEO Mary Chevreau & branch staff to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Grand River Stanley Park Community Library.

It’s wonderful to welcome Tiny Home Takeout to Downtown Kitchener, thanks to the team at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. In October, their outdoor fundraiser raised dollars for A Better Tent City and other homelessness initiatives.

A favourite fundraiser each year is Maddy Letizi’s Ice Cream Breakfast event for Make-A-Wish foundation at the Stanley Park Community Centre. Great to see radio hosts Kat Callaghan and Laura Geddess supporting it as well!

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

Throughout 2021, like many of you, I made sure to support local businesses working tirelessly throughout the pandemic. One of those great businesses is The Wooden Boat Company, run by musician and chef, Thompson Tran.

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

In September, I was pleased to be able to join our local Ethiopian community as they came together safely with an outdoor celebration for Ethiopian Day. I was honoured to be presented with an Ethiopian Gabi at the event.


Local children`s entertainer Erick Traplin invites Berry to sing backup I was pleased to be joined by Kitchener Fire Department This year, local 1596 Army Cadets were out in the comduring one of his performances.

Chief Bob Gilmore to help launch this year’s #DriveSafe- munity again selling poppies to support the KW Poppy Fund DriveSober holiday campaign with local MADD Chapter rep and local veterans for two weeks before Remembrance Day. I was pleased to support them at the Kitchener Market. Sharon-Lee Landriault and other community leaders.

I was pleased to be joined by Compass Kitchener Chair Judith Stephens-Wells, city staff Dan Chapman and Karen Cooper, as we received an inaugural Innovation Award from Municipal World magazine for Kitchener’s strategic plan.

Dear Friends - The past 20+ months have truly been unlike any other. Our collective COVID-19 journey has been filled with frustration and fear. But it has also been filled with moments of hope, humour and creativity. Despite the challenges, we have seen some of the best in our human spirit, we have pulled together and we have shown the power of our own resilience. As we enter this holiday season and look forward to 2022, let us do so with gratitude, hope, kindness and let us look for the best in others and give the best of ourselves.



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