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The annual blues or ambulances or even to the Food Forest at the Forest Applications large scale Heights Community Centre, favourite public for places.” ture Services. letBooker you know when there is Heights Community Centre, and grants and the painted fence mural on projects Applications for largeabove scale T. Jones was the headline“This act atwill the take Kitchener Blues Festival on August 12. Jones is a us down the black ice forming on roads. path of becoming a smart and theRoad. painted fence mural on $6,000 due by October 2, River projectsareand grants above songwriter, record producer and arranger, who is best known as the frontman of the blues and These, and many other cityThe in the future,” said MayKitchener councillors gotof a close up look River at The the new LED sensor streetlights now being installed indue Kitchener. Installation Road. 2017. Applications for grants Neighbourhood Place$6,000 are by October 2, funk band Booker T. & the M.G.’s. band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Fame uses, are all possibilities beof the Sheepdogs, 16,000 new streetlights is expectedmaking toThe be completed by the end of October. The newthan lights (being held byfor councillors orblues Berry Vrbanovic during Neighbourhood Placeless $6,000 are due April Challenge is an open 2017. Applications grants in 1992. Other performers at the festival this year included The The Skydigcause the new LED lights and Ioannidis) are significantly smaller and have many more high tech applications than the old ones they are a press conference called to Davey making Challenge is an open placemaking competition. Residents can 29, gers, David Wilcox, the Steve The annual blues festival less2018. than Specific $6,000 are due April contain sensors that can Strongman Band, and Matt Weidinger. replacing (held by Mayor Vrbanovic, right). From left: front, Kitchener councillors Scott Davey, Paul Singh, Bil Ioannidis, competition. Residents can grants are also available for ran from Augustwith 10 to 13 in downtown Kitchener. continued on page 5... Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, back, John Gazzola, communicate other Frank Etherington, Dave Schnider. Photo by Adam Wiseman (www.adamjwiseman.com) submit their ideas through an residents with a special interest application form, which will in health, sustainability and BY CARRIE DEBRONE
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Wishing students, parents and teachers Enjoy the last few school weeksyear! of summer! a great start to the new Remember, entry to Canada’s National Parks is free this year.
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Chicopee Hills Public School opened September 5 We are creative. We are connected. We are community. We are Chicopee.
BY CARRIE DEBRONE
amilies cheered and sang O Canada as the first school day of the 2017-2018 school year began at the brand new Chicopee Hills Public School in Kitchener. The $13-million, three-storey school, located at the corner of Fairway Road and Lackner Blvd. in Kitchener, finally opened after a three-year delay caused by multiple planning difficulties. The first school day ended with an official ribbon-cutting and a school tour for local officials and the media. A grand opening of the school is being planned for later in the year. With an enrollment of 585 students, the school currently offers Junior Kindergarten to grade 7 classes. Grade 8 classes will be added next year, likely bringing the school to its 650-student capacity. The school attendance boundary takes in residential areas on both sides along Fairway Road
North cutting through Lackner Woods to the west and extending to the Grand River in the east. The school includes several innovative design features including a “learning commons,” which takes up about one third of the second floor. The space will be used as a discovery centre where students will be making things using a variety of hand tools and recycled materials. It also includes a library and a green screen room where students can learn about filming and videography, and a conference room where students can meet to discuss project plans or debrief what they’ve learned. The school also has science and technology and art rooms. The school’s programming is also unique. It is the only school in Kitchener to offer a specialty guitar music program. Chicopee Hills principal Lee Anne Andriessen, who holds a music degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, is especial-
Waterloo Regional School Board trustees and officials gathered for a ribbon-cutting at the September 5th opening of Chicopee Hills Public School. From left: front, Lila Read, Evelyn Giannopoulos, principal Lee Anne Andriessen, Courtney Waterfall, John Bryant, Ted Martin, Michael Weinert, Anna Splan and Scott Lomax.
ly proud of the music program. “String and woodwind programs are expensive to start and to maintain,” she told a group who took the end-ofthe-day tour of the new school. “The kids came in today and they were running to the guitars. They couldn’t wait to get their hands on them,” Andriessen said. “The smaller, student sized guitars are easier for the students Member of Parliament to handle and it’s easKitchener South - Hespeler ier for the teacher to 2A-153 Country Hill Drive Kitchener, ON, N2E 2G7 teach the same instru519-571-5509 ment to all students. They are also an easier instrument to maintain,” she said, adding the guitar program The Canada 150 Award of Excellence will recognize the will unify the students achievements of individuals who have made contributions as they all learn the in the four themes of Canada 150: same instrument to- Promoting a diverse and inclusive Canada gether. She also said - Supporting efforts towards national reconciliation that because many of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians families have guitars - Reafﬁrming the importance of strong AWARD OF EXCELLENCE environmental stewardship; and, at home, it might be - Engaging and inspiring youth. easier for students to continue their interest Nominate someone today! Visit: http://marwantabbara.liberal.ca/page/canada-150 at home.
Chicopee Hills Public School principal Lee Anne Andriessen holds one of the student-sized guitars that will be used for the school’s guitar music program. The guitars are stored on the music room walls becoming part of the room’s unique decor.
Chicopee’s music program also feeds comfortably into Grand River High School’s guitar program, for those interested in pursuing music at high school. The school has about 30 acoustical guitars and three electric guitars. Situated on a very large lot, which includes several sports fields, the school is modern, open, airy and colourful.Most
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of the construction is complete but Andriessen said some interior décor items haven’t arrived yet – including two large coloured glass panels that will be mounted on the walls in the halls and serve as boards where students can write positive comments and thoughts with erasable marker. The school was opened for parent tours on September 12.
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Dan Chapman appointed as Kitchener’s new Chief Administrative Officer BY HELEN HALL
here’s a new chief in town. T Dan Chapman took over as Kitchener’s chief adminis-
trative officer (CAO) on September 1. He took the reins from Jeff Willmer, who retired August 31 after spending 28 years with the city. “I have spent the last 12 years building my career at the City of Kitchener,” Chapman said. “During that time I’ve worked on projects and services that have had significant impact on the lives of citizens in our community. Doing work that improves the customer experience, strengthens our corporate culture and enhances the quality of life for citizens in the community is very inspiring. The ability to provide leadership in these areas is, in part, what motivated me to pursue the CAO posiwhen his Homer tion Watson HouseJeff and announced Gallery intention to retire.” Chapman joined the City of Kitchener in 2005 as director of financial planning. Since that time, he has taken on greater responsibilities, first as general manager of financial services in 2008, and then assuming his most recent position of deputy CAO in 2010. In these roles, he has overseen a mix of internal and external services, including func-
tions such as finance, human resources, information technology, Kitchener Utilities and fleet. As Deputy CAO he developed and implemented a strategy to improve the delivery of corporate services, and developed the city’s first award-winning Digital Strategy. Chapman’s education includes a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario. He is also a Chartered Professional Accountant. “Dan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with him to the role of CAO,” said Mayor Berry Vrbanovic in announcing Chapman’s appointment. “In his time at the city, he has proven himself to be a tal-
ented and thoughtful leader that sets and achieves strategic results. He is trusted by staff and council alike. I am confident that Kitchener will continue to advance its reputation for excellence in public administration and a high quality of life under his leadership,” Vrbanovic said. As CAO, Chapman will provide leadership to a diverse workforce of more than 2,200 full-time and part-time employees. “Since the announcement of my appointment as CAO, I’ve had lots of questions about my vision, my priorities for the city, and what might change under my leadership,” Chapman said. “ I am committed to working with city staff to deliver on the priorities of the community’s strategic plan and the mandate council has set for me. In terms of the mandate council has given me, I will get started immediately on strengthening relationships with council and our community partners, advancing strong customer service and economic development agendas, and continuing to foster a strong organizational culture.” Chapman was chosen as CAO after an extensive search and a competition that attracted external candidates from across the country.
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where beavers toppled a tall oak tree. Behind BYthat JOHNisDeone BOERof the many beaver ponds in this 58 hectare nature area, and a half kilometre further is Fairview Park Mall. ne who way knew to celSomeone this nature area well was the late Daphne Nicholls, who spent 25 ebrate taking Canada’s years exploring, photos, sketching and painting scenes from this enchanting wildlife birthday is to area. 150th recognize our progSheress andinhercarhusband Gordon were long-time members of Waterloo Region Nature and manufacfounding Friends of Hidden Valley. They have been tireless advocates for turingmembers since of 1867. That year and Henry Seth the protection preservation of this diverse habitat for the benefit of current and future Taylor, a watch makgenerations. er and jeweller from It was Daphne’s wish to create more public awareness of this property by having an art Stanstead Quebec exhibition. This juried show “Hidden Valley Revealed” will take place at Homer Watson manufactured the first •• Chesterfield 66 at 11am at Housecar and Gallery from September 16 to October 2017. Chesterfield -- November November at22, 11am at Cenotaph Cenotaph in in the the Chesterfield Chesterfield Cemetery Cemetery in Canada known
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Moparfest 2017 – 38th Annual Wrap-up Report
In the summer of 2017 it was difficult to find two days back to back without rain falling. Well, in New Hamburg on the weekend of August 19th-20th at Moparfest, no rain fell throughout the show hours. Yes we know how lucky we were. However, as cars arrived, some were wet, indicating that they drove through rain somewhere close to the show. Clearly, a lot of Mopar and AMC show vehicles didn’t care about a rain threat as 1,638 of them registered over the two days. People swarmed the vendor field, especially on Saturday. A steady stream of parts flowed out of the field, and vendors reported brisk business. I think we can assume that the Mopar restoration efforts of those purchasing these parts are still as strong as ever. The entire vehicle restoration industry has been wondering if the aging baby boomer crowd would someday have a negative effect on vehicle restorations. So far, there is no sign of this happening. We continue to put forth a new indoor arena display of highly •• Chesterfield restored vehicles each year. This year, the Old Chrysler Corporation Chesterfield -- November November 66 at at 11am 11am at at Cenotaph Cenotaph in in the the Chesterfield Chesterfield Cemetery Cemetery •• Drumbo November 11 at 11am at Blenheim Public School Auto Club (OCC) members brought together a 50th anniversary Drumbo - November 11 at 11am at Blenheim Public School display of both the 1967 GTX and 1967 Coronet R/T cars. There •• Innerkip -- November at Cenotaph in Innerkip November 11 at 11am 11am at Cenotaph in Cemetery Cemetery each come year – it 11 brings us to a at total of 52 vehicles that have been awarded were seven of these prominently displayed and marked with signs names are drawn from the pre-registered group, and • New Dundee November 5 at 11am at New Dundee Park forth and pull one of 10 keys to try to start the engine. Suspense at Moparfest. Purchasing used classic vehicles, • New Dundee November 5 at 11am at New Dundee Parkrestoring them, in the arena, and we thank them for a great display. A yearlong • Paris November 11 at 11am at Cenotaph Downtown was building when finally the 10th key started the vehicle, and servicing and maintaining them, gasoline costs, • Paris - November 11 at 11am at Cenotaph Downtown Paris Parisshow vehicle effort is put forth, and the ‘Arena Vehicle Committee’ is headed up Tim Wiles of Kitchener got to take home the 1973 Dodge Dart 340. entrance costs, insurance, and storing of the vehicle have allSchool been • Plattsville November 11 at 11am at Plattsville & District Public by George Schertzer each year. There is currently a waiting list of • Plattsville - November 11 at 11am at and Plattsville & District Public School The second vehicle was the New Hamburg Optimist new 2017 part of the escalating costs time needed to offer classic Mopars • Princeton November 11 at 10:45am at Princeton Cenotaph vehicles that will already qualify for 2018, but more are needed. • Princeton - November at 10:45am at Princeton Cenotaph draw was won by as Grand 11 Prizes. So a decision has been made that instead of a If you are reading this and feel that you have a vehicle of special Hemi Dodge Challenger. The winner of this car This message brought to you by Mike Yarek Dodge Chrysler Limited in Paris Mauro Trinchini, who has been purchasing $500 worth of tickets vehicle as Grand Prize for the pre-registered participants – we This message brought to you by Mike Yarek Dodge Chrysler Limited in will Paris and and Da Da interest or a highly restored vehicle, or low production vehicle – we each year over the past 9 or 10 years. I suppose we can all agree be offering a substantial cash prize as a grand prize. The exact want to hear from you for 2018. Go to our web site www.moparfest. com and send us some pictures and a brief write-up about your that he is deserving, especially after supporting the Optimist Clubs amount will be decided in the next 60 days and then announced youth work so strongly for years. Congratulations and a big thank on the website, so stay tuned. vehicle that has not been in the Arena in the recent past. Moparfest continues to be a big success year after year. This New this year the OCC Club purchased a portable ¼ mile you goes out to him. As always, the Moparfest Committee wants to thank the would not be the case if it was not for the Mopar owners who starting light system that measures your reaction time. It was great hundreds of volunteers that help each year and give of their time come to show their vehicles, the vendors who supply access to to see someone challenge their friend to a race, and watch for the over the weekend. We are very serious when we say that without the restoration parts, the sponsors – some who have been with fastest reaction time over five separate races. At 1:30 PM each their help, we could not put on the same show each year. us for many, many years now, and the spectators who come day, the top 20 fastest reaction time participants had a runoff. The Next year’s planning efforts start in October, lead by co-chairs each year to support the event. Without these groups of people, fastest and last man standing received a cash prize. We were Patt and Michelle Schertzer. As many Mopar enthusiasts already it would not have been possible to raise and give away a grand impressed to see that there are some very good racers who put know – Patt has been fighting cancer over the last two years. Her total $3,220,000 to Youth Work and Community Organizations, forth some impressive times. We plan to bring this back again daughter Michelle has stepped into Patt’s place to lead the Chair which have come to count on these funds to keep their various next year and promote it more, as it’s provided some serious but duties (you can bet the Patt is right there with lots of coaching, organizations healthy. So from the Moparfest Committee, we say 47 Northside Drive • St. Jacobs. Ontario friendly entertainment. Look for it to be in the Arena again. and doing whatever she can to help her). Patt is slowly recovering thank you to all who are involved in any way with Moparfest. You 519-664-2281 Also returning was the Portable Dyno unit from the Dynocologists, and we hope she can continue the long recovery road that cancer are all invited to come back on the 3rd weekend of August - the whose owner offered up discounted rates to test your vehicles real www.mosemartinsgarage.ca subjects a person to. 18th & 19th in 2018, when we do it all again. horsepower at the rear wheels. These dyno pulls could be heard With the addition of the two vehicles that were given away this Submitted by Don Wagner – Committee member over the grounds all day on Saturday. Of course the Engine Blows each day are always a big hit. We were disappointed that the Saturday vehicle could not make it past the 16 second time from startup. But the Sunday vehicle made up for this by running just over an hour and came back from what we thought was the end several times, erupting into audience applause. All the funds raised went to the Sunshine Foundation, which has now received over $40,000.00 since Moparfest started its Engine Blows. There were two very happy people who won and went away with major cash when purchasing 50-50 draw tickets. Saturday’s winner took home $6,388.00, and Sunday’s winner took home a new record of $7,698.00. When added together these reached a new high for the 50-50 draws. The other half of these funds go to the New Hamburg Firebirds Junior Hockey program costs. Each year the 12 area Chrysler Dealers join together to provide After Moparfest, at 4:30pm on on After ataround around 4:30pm a major prize Moparfest, by way of elimination draw from the Saturday show Saturday, cruise down to Wellington Motors Saturday, cruise vehicle participants. 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Kitchener’s Terry Fox Run has new location in Victoria Park BY HELEN HALL
fter nearly being called A off this year, Kitchener’s Terry Fox Run is back on
track and all it needs is you. Participants are needed for the annual fundraising event that will be held on September 17 at Kitchener’s Victoria Park for the first time. Marcus Drasdo sprinted into action in May when last year’s organizer retired and it looked like there might not be a run in Kitchener this year. He is a big fan of the annual charity run and has been participating in it since he was a child. “It was an adventure and
a half,” Drasdo said with a smile referring to getting the local run organized in just a matter of a couple months. The event was previously held at Sportsworld Crossing.
Last year 162 people participated raising about $11,000. Drasdo felt that moving it into downtown Kitchener would make it more visible and help to spread awareness about the charity walk and run. He said the Terry Fox Run is more than just a run to raise funds, it is a way to raise cancer awareness and to honour Terry Fox. Following a diagnosis of bone cancer in 1977, Fox, who was 18 years old, had his right leg amputated above the knee. Not long after his surgery, Fox decided to run across Canada to raise awareness and money for cancer re-
search. He ran for 143 days, but was forced to quit when cancer spread to his lungs. He died shortly before his 23rd birthday. Because all the details of the new location in Kitchener were only firmed up a few weeks ago, it has been difficult for Drasdo to make people aware of the event this year and its new location. “It is a beautiful route that is flat and easy,” Drasdo said. “It is good for all ages and all abilities.” Drasdo stressed that it is not a race, and that participants can walk, run, ride in a wheelchair or a stroller, rollerskate or ride a bike. There will be a 5 km route,
and also a shorter route with a turn off after 1 km. Drasdo has recruited some volunteers and received donations of water and snacks to be given out to participants. If you want to participate, you can register online at www.terryfox.org, or contact Drasdo through the Kitchener Terry Fox Facebook page. You can also reach Drasdo directly by email at marcus@ greenwichhomes.ca or on Twitter @marcusdrasdo. Last minute participants can show up on the day of the run to register. Registration starts at 11am in front of the Clock Tower. The run begins at noon.
Kitchener turns ‘appetite’ for placemaking into community-wide grant challenge BY HELEN HALL
he deadline of October T 2 is fast approaching to apply for a new grant to cre-
ate a gathering place in your neighbourhood. Residents looking to transform a public space can access a grant of up to $20,000 to spruce up a park, enhance a cul-de-sac, create art and more. Through the Neighbourhood Placemaking Challenge, residents can turn everyday spaces into destinations and gathering places where people
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introduce the new high tech streetlights. ‘I’m thrilled to see as a city we are taking the next steps forward to build a city that will connect people in ways that we can only imagine,” said Vrbanovic. With a price tag of about $7-million, installation of the new lights in Kitchener started last week and is expected to be completed by the end of October. City officials estimate the cost of replacing the lights will be recouped in about seven years through savings in energy. The lights are expected to last 20 years. Officials estimate the new lights will save the city $1-million each year in the cost of energy and it has decided to use about $300,000 of that to pay for a new Civic Innovation Lab that will be looking at how the new streetlight sensor network could be used in the future. “We have some ideas about how it could be used, but the cool thing is there are many solutions that we don’t even know about yet,” said Justin Watkins, Kitchener’s Manager of Digital Strategy. The lab
want to spend time. “We have experienced placemaking projects already in a number of communities in the city,” said Darren Kropf, Development Office Associate with the City of Kitchener. “There is an appetite for this in the community.” Kropf described placemaking as any contribution to a neighbourhood that “creates a reason to spend time in a public place.” He gave examples of placemaking that have already occurred in Kitchener, such as the public ping-
pong table in Tremaine Park, edible Food Forests, and any kind of public art. The Neighbourhood Placemaking Challenge is an open competition. Residents can submit their ideas through an application form, which will be reviewed by a committee of volunteers and city staff. To encourage placemaking of all kinds, the city will award up to 15 placemaking grants ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 depending on the scope of the project. Kropf said placemaking
helps to “increase safety and belonging” in neighbourhoods. Applications for large scale projects and grants above $6,000 are due on October 2, 2017. Applications for grants less than $6,000 are due April 29, 2018. Specific placemaking grants are also available for residents with a special interest in health, sustainability and business centre revitalization. To qualify for the grant, groups must complete their project by July 30, 2018. On
July 28 to 30, 2018, the city and grant recipients will host a Placemaking Challenge weekend for all groups to display and animate their projects and celebrate their unique gathering places in neighbourhoods across the city. The application form is now available at lovemyhood. ca. Residents can also access a brand new Placemaking Guide, as well as read several frequently asked questions related to the challenge.
will begin work next year to find new applications for the light sensors. “Maybe in the future we will be able to have the lights flash in front of a house where there has been a fire call to help guide emergency services there faster,” said Watkins. He also suggested they could be used to monitor storm water management ponds. But, for the next year or so, the lights will function only as streetlights. They are, however, sophisticated. Already energy efficient, they can be dimmed during the wee hours of the night to save even more on energy. The new LED lights have a colour temperature of 3,000 Kelvin, and are considered “warm,” and not light polluting, eliminating the harsher blue light that often comes with many LED lights. Aligning with the American Medical Association’s guidelines for outdoor lighting, the new lights are also embedded further into their casings than previous models so there is less light spillage, enabling the light to shine straight down. The street light conversion project is part of a larger Region of Waterloo plan to save
money and energy by upgrading all street lighting and fits into Kitchener’s “Digital Kitchener” strategy and
commitment to build a world class smart city by harnessing the power of digital technology.
“This can make the city’s delivery of services more efficient and save money,” Vrbanovic said.
Advisory Committee on Council Compensation Citizen Appointments
Each term, Regional Council appoints an advisory committee to review Council compensation and any other matters referred to it for the next term of Council (2018-2021). Members must live in the Region of Waterloo and should be prepared to commit to up to four meetings to conduct the review and prepare the final report to Council. It is expected that the work of the Committee will conclude by December 2017. To view the application form go to the Region’s website: http://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/regionalGovernment/publicnotices.asp Please submit an Application, along with your letter of interest and resume no later than Friday, September 29, 2017 to: Kris Fletcher Regional Clerk and Director, Council and Administrative Services Regional Municipality of Waterloo 2”d Floor, 150 Frederick Street Kitchener ON N2G 4J3 Email: regionalclerk@ regionofwaterloo.ca Fax: 519-575-4481 For further information please call Council and Administrative Services at 519-575-4400.
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In Vino Veritas: A Little Whine About Wine W
ell dear readers, a full year has now passed since my retirement from the English classroom. While I am enjoying this new life, I do miss the opportunity to illustrate how Shakespeare’s language still pertains to today, especially in the play Hamlet, where we learn that things aren’t quite what they appear to be. Consider the revengeful character Laertes, who gleefully admits that he “bought an unction of a mountebank,” meaning he purchased a poison from a local apothecary, but upon reflection I think that Laertes was really saying he bought substandard wine from a fraud. Hear me out. I’m certainly not accusing the fine folks at the LCBO of being modern mountebanks; staff members are merely selling wine that comes prepackaged with outlandish descriptions like, “This wine emphasizes approachability with a lovely layered weight of smoke, leather tones, and beach breeze, all chiseled with a stony bright finish through toasty oak aging.” Really?
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gage the skills of a sommelier, the professional wine expert who haunts the finer restaurants. But I ask you, haven’t you always wondered if his recommended selection was less a case of matching your meal and more a case of too many . . . cases? I thought I had the system beat. A good friend is actually studying to be a sommelier as a new career path when she retires. The training has been a gruelling journey through exhaustive readings, several exams, and many, many tastings. She generously gave me a bottle of rosé endorsed by her instructor, but I did not have the heart to tell her that I’ve had better vinegar! Perhaps I’ll return to my roots and join a book club. Apparently there’s a greater chance of wine being consumed than books being read, but I trust bibliophiles. And will I be recommending Hamlet? Nope – The Grapes of Wrath.\ Jack Nahrgang recently retired from the Waterloo Region District School Board. He is a monthly columnist with the Kitchener Citizen.
Protect waterways so we all can enjoy them
ight now, the federal government is reviewing the Navigation Protection Act—that’s the law that should give all Canadians the right to paddle up and down this land’s waterways. That right is very important to me. In recent years, 99% of Canada’s waterways lost navigation protection under the act. Unless our waterways have full legal protection we’ll all lose our right to enjoy and play in streams, rivers,
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Now I enjoy a nice glass of wine, and I admit that I have no idea what it is I’m supposed to appreciate, but if there’s metaphoric music in the grapes, then my palate is tone deaf. So where can we glean an honest recommendation instead of such overblown poetic meanderings? Well, we could turn to friends. All of us have acquaintances who claim to be oenophiles – wine connoisseurs. Yet most of the time, they’re just plagiarizing from the aforementioned label. Next time that happens, shake ‘em up with a follow-up question like, did their specialized training involve dropping into Home Depot for a little clandestine lick of oak planking or a chew on that nice leather tool belt? I mean, PUH-LEEEEZE! How is it that wines can have these outlandish subtleties that drift by in the air but there’s no mention of buried soil components influencing the vine? True, who wants to buy a wine whose description hints at overtones of “Mr. Frisky” in homage to the nearby burial site of the neighbour’s cat? Much better to spin out a different type of tale. You could kick it up a notch and en-
lakes and oceans. Even worse, when waterways are blocked by development or land owners, sensitive ecosystems are put at risk. There’s currently no law that makes it mandatory to evaluate environmental impacts on blocking and obstructing waterways, which can seriously harm fish, fish habitat and water. Long lasting decisions are being made right now about our basic right to explore
this country by kayak and canoe. Fellow outdoor enthusiasts, I hope you’ll join me in writing or calling your MP to tell them to make sure the Navigation Protection Act protects our environment, heritage and way of life. Cherie Bauman Kitchener
Ensure access to such a precious resource
have heard that there is a waterways protection act review underway currently. I believe it is extremely important to protect our waterways, right to navigate, protect water quality and ensure access
to such a precious resource. In fact I believe that development should not encroach on any waterway, since this blocks access and takes away from our cultural enjoyment of such an important resource. Please act to ensure our
waterways are protected for everyone to enjoy. Stephen Westbury Kitchener
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PROVINCIAL ISSUES by Daiene Vernile MPP Kitchener Centre
have a confession to make. I was Idergarten one of those students – from kinto university – who always looked forward to going back to school.
PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Raj Saini MP Kitchener Centre
ur Government understands that O no matter the stage in life, supporting yourself and those you care about
is often your first priority. We are committed to ensuring that working conditions in Canada foster innovation, investment, and growth not just in the economy but in individuals, families,
PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Marwan Tabbara MP Kitchener South/Hespeler
Student Work Placements On August 31st, I joined my colleague the Hon. Bardish Chagger at D2L Corporation in Kitchener as she announced that the Government of
At age 5, when deposited at a north end Toronto elementary school by my older sister, I didn’t speak a word of English. Sure, I knew it was going to be an uphill climb, but little did I know I’d hit the jackpot. Excellent, caring teachers. Wellresourced classrooms. Limitless opportunities. Because of Ontario’s exceptional public education system, I became the first member in my family of Italian immigrants to earn a university degree. Fast forward half a century (yes, admitting my age here), and I am proud to be part of a government launching ground-breaking support for postsecondary students. This fall, 210,000 Ontario students from low income families are entering colleges and universities at no cost. This is now possible under the new Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). For families with an income under $50,000, tuition is covered. For families earning more, the new OSAP is still there to help with
generous grants which make attending college or university much more affordable. For many students, the excitement of attending a post-secondary institute is clouded by worries of how they’re going to cover the costs. Others may not apply at all because they think they can’t afford to go. We want to let these students and their families know that – yes – you can now afford to go. And, if you’re a mature student, you’ll now get more from the new OSAP so you can go back to school to upgrade your skills. Students from the lowest-income families are about four times less likely to pursue post-secondary education than those from the highestincome families. That’s a lot of wasted potential. Our government believes that access to college or university should be based on your potential, not your ability to pay. We also believe in fairness – that everyone should get a
fighting chance to build a better life. A good education prepares young people for success in life, giving them the tools and skills they need to find their first job, helping many of them to break the cycle of poverty, and place them on the path to a better future. Under our watch, more students are staying on this path. Since 2004, Ontario’s high school graduation rate has gone from 68 percent to over 85 percent – a stunning increase that has captured the attention of experts from around the world. And 67 percent of our population has attained post-secondary education – higher than any other OECD country. For anyone who thinks they can’t afford a higher education – the new OSAP is there to lighten the load and help you achieve your full potential. I encourage you to visit ontario.ca/ osap to find out how much you can get from the new OSAP and to learn more about the biggest reform to financial assistance in North America.
and communities. Our Government is working hard to support Canadian workers at all phases of life, and throughout all stages of their careers. Last month I wrote to you about the Canada Summer Jobs program, one of the ways in which our Government is helping to support Canadian youth in their career development. Our Government knows that as circumstances change and as life progresses, so do the demands we face. This Labour Day, I took a moment to reflect on how lucky we are to live in a country which believes in supporting Canadians no matter what their career aspirations are and helping people achieve their goals. Our goal is to provide support to Canadian workers as they overcome obstacles, meet new challenges, build families, and reach new milestones in their lives. By improving the flexibility of work arrangements and strengthening protections for federally regulated workers, the Canada Labour Code is now more reflective of a modern Canadian economy. Support for working Canadian families comes from expanding and improving parental and maternity benefits, as well as creating a new care-
giving benefit and more high-quality, affordable child care spaces. In this way, we are making access to employment supports more flexible while helping to build a modern, innovative Canadian economy which meets the needs of Canadian workers and families. Our Government’s support of Canadians continues into retirement, and in early August, I was proud to host my friend and caucus colleague Marc Serré here in Kitchener to discuss the needs of seniors in our community. MP Serré is the driving force behind a successful motion in Parliament that calls on the Government to create a national strategy for seniors; a motion that I was proud to second. As part of our work on this important issue, we held a roundtable meeting with local stakeholders to gain their valuable insights and perspectives on this file. We owe seniors so very much; they are the backbone of our community and their work and effort has gone into making Kitchener the place we know and love today. Seniors’ issues are diverse and touch on every facet of day to day life and it is very important, as the percentage of seniors in the Canadian population continues to grow, that the Government
have a well-developed strategy in place to deal with these critical issues. Consultations like the one I recently hosted on the development of a National Seniors Strategy are an important part of our democratic process. This fall I encourage you to take a moment to renew your commitment to civic engagement within our community. I host monthly potlucks in my office on the first Sunday of each month, which offer an excellent opportunity for members of our community to break bread together while exchanging ideas. I encourage you to come out to our next potluck on Sunday, October 1st, 12 noon – 1:30 at our office. Other opportunities to engage within our community also include the Canada 150 Awards nomination process and my constituency youth council. You can learn more about these by visiting my website www.rajsainimp.ca or contacting the office. As always, my staff and I are here to assist you with federal programs and agencies or discuss any federal issues that are important to you. You can contact our office at 519-741-2001 or at raj. email@example.com.
Canada will help create 60,000 student work placements over the next five years. A $73-million investment will be rolled out by the Government in the Student Work-Integrated Learning Program. The program will create 10,000 paid student work placements over the next four years, facilitating stronger partnerships between employers and partnering post-secondary institutions.
Bill C-45 (the Cannabis Act) legalizing marijuana and its companion Bill C-45 updating Criminal Code provisions to deal with driving under the influence of marijuana will be the subject of Committee hearings before returning to the House for a final third reading vote. The Passengers Bill of Rights in Bill C-49 and new rules for political financing in Bill C-50 will also be subject to study and debate. Likely to receive careful scrutiny are enhancements to the Canada Pension Plan (C-26 and C-27), improving regulation of national security and oversight in Bill C-59, strengthening the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act in Bill C-58, increasing disability awards and death benefits for Canadian Forces members and veterans in Bills C-12, and C-42, the Veterans Well-being Act. You can follow the progress of legislation by searching for Legisinfo online.
Your Voice in Ottawa It’s been a great summer in the riding and I’ve had the pleasure of meeting with many of my constituents. Now, I am eager to bring your ideas and concerns to Ottawa when parliament resumes on September 18th. During this fall’s session, we’ll be working in Committees and debating legislation until mid-December. Currently, there are 33 pieces of legislation which have been introduced by the government which are awaiting either or both Committee study and passage through the House of Commons.
confederation, I am recognizing people that make our community such an extraordinary place to live. The Canada 150 Award of Excellence will recognize the achievements of twenty residents of Kitchener South-Hespeler who have made significant contributions in the following areas (the four themes of Canada 150): • Promoting a diverse and inclusive Canada; • Supporting efforts towards national reconciliation of Indigenous and nonIndigenous Canadians; • Reaffirming the importance of strong environmental stewardship; and, • Engaging and inspiring youth. If you know someone who is deserving of a Canada 150 Award of Excellence, nominate them by visiting my website and following the instructions: http://marwantabbara.liberal.ca/page/ canada-150. If you prefer to receive a hardcopy of the application, please Canada 150 Award of Excellence call (519-571-5509) or email my office I would like to remind everyone that (Marwan.Tabbara.firstname.lastname@example.org) to to celebrate Canada’s 150 years since request one.
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Groh Public School opens in Doon South in Kitchener BY HELEN HALL
he first day of school is always an exciting one,
but even more so when your school is a brand new one. More than 500 students, most with family members,
met outside Groh Public School at 225 Thomas Slee Drive in Kitchener on September 5, eager to get a peek
Groh Public School principal Helmut Tinnes spoke to excited children and parents before a ribbon-cutting to open Groh Public School in Doon South on September 5. Photo by Helen Hall
inside the brand new building. They were welcomed by principal Helmut Tinnes, who said only students would get to go inside on the opening day, but parents could return two days later for an open house and tour the new building. The $13-million school for kindergarten to Grade 8 students is one of two new schools opened by the Waterloo Region District School Board in Kitchener this year. The other is Chicopee Hills Public School located at 800 Fairway Road North. Groh Public has 27 classrooms and a capacity of 650 students. It is named after Harold and Cora Groh, who grew up
on nearby farms in the early 1900s and married in 1929. In an era when most Mennonite children left school after grade eight, both Harold and Cora went to high school in Galt, and then went on to get the education to become teachers and taught in various locations in Ontario. When the Mennonite Conference of Eastern Canada decided to open Rockway Collegiate, a high school in Kitchener, Harold was its first principal and remained there for 11 years. In recognition of the Grohs agricultural upbringing, and the fact that much of Doon South was once farmland, the school’s library was designed with a barnlike roof.
Local speed skater named top male athlete at COC’s Olympic talent search
itchener-Waterloo speed skater Mitchell Schrum was named top male athlete at the Canadian Olympic Committee’s (COC) ‘search for new Olympic talent’ event held in Toronto August 26. A new initiative to bring undiscovered athletes into Canada’s Olympic talent pool, the event called ‘RBC Training Ground, gives athletes from all sports the opportunity to test their strength, speed and endurance in front of officials from 11 Olympic sports and
against Olympic benchmarks, and earn ‘Future Olympian’ funding. “What stood out with Mitchell Schrum, was his allaround versatility, performing at a very high level in each of the Power, Speed, Strength and Endurance tests, moreso than any of the other athletes,” said John Grootveld, Director, Business Development Canadian Sport Institute Ontario. “As mentioned Mitchell ranked highly in each of his
four tests, but his highlights were top three placing in both endurance and strength.” As a result of his performance, Mitchell has been invited to the Toronto regional final event to be held on October 14 at Scarborough’s Pan Am Sports Centre. In addition to training support from a national sport organization the athlete may not have considered, top performers also win financial support from RBC and a trip to the 2018 Olympic Games Kitchener-Waterloo speed skater Mitchell Schrum was named top male athlete at the Canadian Olympic Committee’s (COC) ‘search for new Olympic talent’ event held in Toronto August 26. Photo courtesy of KW Sertoma Speed Skating Club
in Pyeongchang to experience a Games firsthand. The program is designed to help fill a hole in Canada’s amateur sport system (talent identification in a country as big as Canada) and to then provide the athletes with the high-performance sport resources they need to achieve their podium dreams. In 2016, the first year of the program, 25 young athletes were identified through the program and are now pursuing their Olympic dreams.
TRAINING AT THE ACC - The Kitchener Jr Rangers MD Red team was one of 16 minor hockey teams that got to “train like a pro” on August 31 at the Air Canada Centre through the Ford Drills & Skills program. Team members developed their skills, learned about physical fi tness, conditioning and nutrition. Off the ice, the team has exhibited community leadership through collecting food for the Food Bank of Waterloo Region. Last season, they filled a city bus with their donations. Photo submitted
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September 2017 l Kitchener Citizen l Page 5
Adèle Hempel Manager/Curator
New in the Collection
This photograph of Pastor John Schmeider standing at the lectern in St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Kitchener, believed to be taken in the 1930s, is already in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada collection at the Laurier Library.
Evangelical Lutheran Church partners with Laurier Archives to preserve historic church records
he Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) has partnered with Wilfrid Laurier University Archives to ensure a significant collection of historic church records will be preserved for years to come. Adding to the archives’ already robust collection of Lutheran materials, the records provide a window into both the history of Lutheranism in Canada and into the broader communities in which the church has operated. “We are thrilled by the deepening of our relationship with the ELCIC and the possibilities this donation opens up to researchers in a wide range of academic fields, including gender studies, immigration, childhood and the environment,” said Gohar Ashoughian, Laurier’s university librarian and archivist. “The addition of these records further cements Laurier’s status as the national centre for the study of the Lutheran church, and Lutheran communities, across Canada.” The archives include records from across the ELCIC, including those from congregations and regional synods. “These records represent our history, our legacy; they have enormous significance for our church, its members and the wider public,” said the Rev. Susan C. Johnson, national bishop of the ELCIC. “The Laurier Archives has already done a wonderful job preserving the records of our eastern synod and we are thrilled that they will be taking on these additional records for safekeeping.” The national-level records include information about the church policy, including documents on such issues as full communion with the Anglican Church in Canada, the ordination of women and the blessing of same-sex marriages. The records document the church’s international relief and missionary work, as well as policy statements that have covered such topics as people living with HIV/AIDS, apartheid in South Africa, gun control, and right relations with Indigenous peoples. The congregational materials, by
contrast, include local records such as baptismal registers, church council minutes, as well as photos and scrapbooks from the Women’s Auxiliary and youthfocused Luther League chapters. Many of the now-defunct congregations had a strong immigrant flavour, and were populated with recent arrivals from countries such as Germany, Norway and Latvia. “Many of the significant chapters in Canadian history are reflected in the Church archives,” said Julia Hendry, head of the Laurier Archives. “To cite just a few examples, the ELCIC records document the early days of some Canadian communities; the hardships of the Great Depression; the women’s movement and the youth movement of the 1960s and 1970s; up to the ELCIC’s more recent response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report. Since many of the early congregations were immigrant churches, the records give an intimate look into the 19th and 20th century immigrant experience.” Laurier was originally founded as the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary in 1911; in part because of this historical tie, the Laurier Archives have long been keepers of the records of the Lutheran Church’s Eastern Synod, which encompasses congregations across Ontario and Eastern Canada. The archives team is currently going through the collection to catalogue its contents in finding aids to assist visitors in locating specific items, and is also in the process of generating digital copies of select items to make them available to the world online. The results of this work will begin to roll out to the public in the fall of 2017. Hendry stresses that, going forward, the archives will continue to collect the records of the ELCIC as it continues to make history as a living organization. “The value of this partnership is that it gives us the opportunity to make these rich historic documents available, and also ensures that we will continue to document the work of the ELCIC going forward,” she said.
This photograph was taken between 1900 and 1910, and shows nine of the 11 adult children of Robert Baird (1832-1909) and Christina Ledgerwood (1830-1910), originally from Ayr, Scotland. Their one son, James (far right, back row) lived with his family in what is now McDougall Cottage in Cambridge. This column is an ongoing feature of artifacts in our collections. Adèle Hempel is the Manager/Curator, Region of Waterloo Museums Contact her at email@example.com
Waterloo Region 2017 Inductees Lloyd Schmidt has volunteered as race director for The Waterloo 10KM Classic road race since the 1980s. Schmidt, along with hundreds of volunteers, now helps to plan and organize more than a dozen running races under the banner of RunWaterloo. Visit the Hall of Fame located on the second floor of the Waterloo Region Museum.
Waterloo Region Museum Doon Heritage Village
Schneider Haus National Historic Site
10 Huron Road, Kitchener 519-748-1914 www.waterlooregionmuseum.ca
466 Queen Street South, Kitchener 519-742-7752 www.schneiderhaus.ca
Exhibit opens September 22
Exhibit opens September 20
Waterloo Region Museum Special Events
Schneider Haus Special Events
Seniors’ Day September 14, Free admission for those 55 plus. Sunday Family Fun Day Code Breakers September 17, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Trailblazing – Women in Canada Since 1867 exhibit September 22, 2017 to January 7, 2018 Heritage Bus Tour, by the Friends of Waterloo Region Museum October 5, 1 to 5 p.m. Journey of a Lifetime exhibit October 15 to 20
Art Class Series September 16 and 23, 10 a.m. to noon PD Day Fun - From Garden to Table September 22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fire and Steel exhibit opening reception September 23, 1 to 4 p.m. Waterloo County House of Refuge exhibit Opens in October! Blacksmithing Demonstration, by Douglas Morlock September 30, 3 to 6 p.m.
www.regionofwaterloo.ca/museums TTY: 519-575-4608
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15th annual Doors Open Waterloo Region Sept. 16 visit some of Waterloo Region’s buildings not normally Yopenoumosttocantheinteresting public at the 15th annual Doors
Open Waterloo Region event on Sat. Sept. 16. Most sites are open from 10am to 5pm. Admission is free. For more information go to www.regionofwaterloo.ca/doorsopen. Look for the official map and guide at local libraries, tourism offices and museums. Doors Open Waterloo Region 2016 had close to 17,000 site visits in 7 hours. Since 2003, more than 300 sites in Waterloo Region have opened their doors to more than 100,000 visits during Doors Open. The 2017 theme is Identity + Innovation. Our theme sites will represent whom we are as a region and the innovative spirit that contributes to this unique place.
FREE TALKS To mark Canada 150, Ontario 150 and 15 years of Doors Open Waterloo Region, six FREE talks related to the 2017 Identity + Innovation theme are being offered. No registration required. The Talks include one of Canada’s top architects, an Indigenous expert on treaties and land issues, two historian/authors, a Guru/meditation teacher, and a theologian. Here’s a brief description of each talk: Attractors – Slamak Hariri of Hariri Pontarini Architects, one of Canada’s top architects, and lead in the design of the University of Waterloo’s School of Pharmacy and McMaster’s DeGroote School of Medicine next door (visit both on Sept. 16), will talk about the philosophy and the collaboration that produce work like the Pharmacy building, an icon in the evolving Kitchener-Waterloo landscape. He will discuss the ability of design to shift the perception of what an institution is and wants to be. By channeling the finest aspects – the very soul – of each institution into architectural form, the power of design can transform, attract and uplift. A FREE TALK, 2pm, at the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy, A-10 Victoria St. S, Kitchener. Free Doors Open parking (UW Lot 3 - enter from Joseph St.) on Sat. Sept. 16. No registration required. The Grand and the Land: Indigenous History in this Place – Phil Monture of Six Nations of the Grand River, spokesperson and professional researcher with 40 years of experience on the topics of treaties and land issues, will provide an illustrated overview of the long history of land use in this region and the lager Grand River watershed, and also the land transactions involving indigenous peoples, the crown and later settlers. A FREE Talk, 3pm Sat. Sept. 16. No registration required at the Button Factory Arts, 25 Regina St. S Waterloo Life in the Detweiler Neighbourhood 150 years ago – Gather meetinghouse-style on the benches of Ontario’s only surviving stone Mennonite meetinghouse, the 1855 Detwei-
ler, as they did 150 years ago, and hear Sam Steiner’s overview of life and faith among the Mennonite settlers in this part of Waterloo Region. Your guide to this rarely opened heritage site, Steiner is a Mennonite historian and author, and the former archivist and librarian at the Mennonite Archives of Ontario, Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo. Followed by a Q & A session. Illustrated books covering much of this history will be for sale at the book table. A FREE TALK – 11am, Sat. Sept. 16. No registration required. Detweiler Meetinghouse, 3445 Roseville Rd, Roseville, North Dumfries Township. 60 Years at Waterloo: Perspectives of a University from a corn field to architectural traditions – In this illustrated talk, Ken McLaughlin distinguished professor emeritus and the University of Waterloo’s official historian, will tell the story of the development of the 1,000-acre campus and its impact in Waterloo and beyond. Special Collections & Archives in the iconic Dana Porter Library building will open at 10am – 12:30pm and 2 – 3 pm for behind-the-scenes tours and an overview of its more than 300 collections, including the University of Waterloo Archives. A FREE TALK, 1pm, Sat. Sept. 16. No registration required. Dana Porter Library, Flex Lab (floor 3), 200 University Ave. W. The Importance of Meditation – Explore the theory and the practice of meditation, with its long tradition in South Asian culture as your context, and Swami Haripriya, a priest at Ram Dham Hindu temple, as your guide. An opening 30-minute talk will be followed by a guided 15-minute meditation session. Ram Dham Hindu Temple and Brahmvidya Yogashram is a place of worship, cultural and social activities and a centre of higher learning where the Brahmrishi Mission of Canada seeks to share Vedic ideology and its divine way of life, unity in diversity, and universal kinship among all peoples based on mutual love and service. A FREE TALK. 11am, Sat. Sept. 16. At Ram Dham Hindu Temple and Brahmvidya Yogashram, 525 Bridge St. E. Kitchener. No registration required. Windows into Heaven Iconography – Discover the rich meaning in the Byzantine iconography of Holy Transfiguration Church, painted by Master Iconographer F. T. Koufos, and Mykola Bidniak. Your guide to this ancient art form is Fr. Myroslaw Tataryn, professor, theologian, and Department of Religious Studies Chair, St. Jerome’s University, Waterloo. FREE TALK. 2 pm, Sat. Sept. 16 at Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church, 131 Victoria St. S., Kitchener. No registration required. There are many sites in Waterloo, Cambridge and North Dumfries as well as these Doors Open Kitchener locations. For a complete listing of all sites visit www.regionofwaterloo.ca/doorsopen.
KITCHENER SITES The Communitech Hub 151 Charles St. W., Suite 100, Kitchener www.communitech.ca @Communitech 44 Gaukel 44 Gaukel St., Kitchener www.44gaukelarts.com www.acceleratorcentre.com @44Gaukel Google Kitchener-Waterloo office 51 Breithaupt St., Kitchener www.google.ca/about/careers/ locations/waterloo @googlecanada Heritage Mausoleums, Woodland Cemetery 119 Arlington Blvd., Kitchener www.kitchenercemeteries.ca Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church 131 Victoria St. S., Kitchener www.holytransfigurationkw.com @UCC_Kitchener Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro Inc. 301 Victoria St. S., Kitchener www.kwhydro.ca @KWHydro MartinSimmons Architects Inc. 200-113 Breithaupt St. www.martinsimmons.ca @msarchitectsinc McMaster University Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine 10B Victoria St. S., Kitchener www.fhs.mcmaster.ca/mdprog/ waterloo_regional_campus.html Polocorp (former J.M. Schneider home) 379 Queen St. S., Kitchener www.polocorpinc.com @Polocorp Ram Dham Hindu Temple and Brahmvidya Yogashram 525 Bridge St. E., Kitchener www.brahmrishimission.org SRM Architects Inc. 279 King St. W., Suite 200, Kitchener www.srmarchitects.ca @srmarchitects St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education 80 Young St., Kitchener stlouis.wcdsb.ca @StLouisWCDSB University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy 10-A Victoria St. S., Kitchener www.pharmacy.uwaterloo.ca @UWPharmacy Waterloo County Gaol and Governor’s House 73-77 Queen St. N., Kitchener www.preventingcrime.ca @PreventingCrime Waterloo Pioneers Memorial Tower south end of 300 Lookout Lane, Kitchener www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/on/woodside/ decouvrir-discover/waterloo
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Paulina Rodriquez, left, and Jocelyn Beatty, right, planted a pollinator garden – with interpretive panels explaining the plant species and their importance to bees – on the Iron Horse Trail. They received a $1,000 grant from the City of Kitchener through the Neighbourhood Placemaking Challenge.
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Residents turn everyday spaces into neighbourhood gathering places
just pass through., and now, with the garden here people have a reason to stop and linger,” explains Jocelyn.
itchener has many unique places that bring people together. Whether it’s community gardens, park gazebos, murals or ping-pong tables, residents are transforming outdoor places into gathering places for people to spend time together.
When residents Paulina Rodriguez and Jocelyn Beatty spotted the empty space near the Iron Horse Trail and Mill St., they saw an opportunity for a new community initiative. Paulina, Jocelyn and a group of volunteers installed a pollinator garden—a place for people to learn about the importance of bee pollination and observe different plant varieties. Neighbours are welcome to sit and enjoy the garden, and read small interpretive signs that explain why pollination is important for the environment. What used to be an empty patch of grass is now a beautiful place for
Paulina adds, “The day we did this, everyone was stopping to look at what we were doing and asked us questions about the garden. It was a great way to get to know our neighbours.”
people to enjoy. The group received $1,000 from the City of Kitchener to complete the project through the Placemaking Challenge in August 2016. While still a new concept for many Kitchener residents, placemaking is about empowering residents to turn everyday spaces into destinations and gathering places. “This was a pretty non-descript place before. People would
Tips for residents
here are a number of things residents can do around their homes to prevent flooding while helping to improve water quality and control the quantity of surface water that enters our water system.
You can find the full list of tips at www.reepgreen.ca and some of these tips can even help you save money! Rain barrels, rain gardens and soakaway pits (or infiltration galleries) may be eligible for a stormwater credit on your utility bill. Visit www.kitchener. ca/swmcredits to learn more and apply. Stormwater is part of an integrated water management program that also provides drinking water and sanitary sewer service. Investing in these three vital systems is the
RAIN is an award winning program delivered locally by Reep Green Solutions. They even have a RAIN coach that can work with homeowners to develop beautiful solutions to managing rainwater on their properties. Even without the RAIN coach, some of the things you can do around your home include: • Installing a rain barrel or soakaway pit • Building a rain garden • Cleaning up pet waste regularly • Using commercial car washes instead of washing your car in your driveway
rban forests are forests for people. They’re the forests in our natural areas, the trees in your boulevard, in your parks, and in your back yard. The urban forest represents each tree that calls Kitchener home.
With $60,000 in grants available, residents can apply for placemaking projects of all kinds, including permanent structures, artwork, painted crosswalks, seating areas, gardens, pop-up farmers markets, outdoor fitness equipment and more. If you have an idea for a public space in your neighbourhood, the Neighbourhood Placemaking Challenge is a great way to get started. Applications for larger grants are open until Oct. 2, 2017. Full details and more placemaking resources - are available at www.lovemyhood.ca responsible thing to do and staff has been working on a plan to allow for necessary investments in our water infrastructure. Investing now will ultimately lower maintenance costs and result in fewer service interruptions, but we need to balance these investments with affordability for our customers. A safe and healthy city depends on strong, reliable infrastructure and the City of Kitchener and Kitchener Utilities are committed to providing safe and reliable water, sanitary and stormwater service for the citizens of Kitchener.
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We want to make sure our city’s trees are healthy and reach a full life,
so we’ve spent the summer chatting with more than 1,500 residents about trees. But we want to hear more. You can help. Here’s how: Go to www.kitchener.ca/trees and take a look at our online interactive map, where you can discover the urban forest in your neighbourhood, and learn more about the city’s tree canopy. We’ll be holding two community workshops in September, Full Colour
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Non-profit reps invited to community grants meeting
s your organization looking for financial assistance for a community initiative? Don’t miss the public information session on Nov. 15, 2017 to learn more about the 2018 community grant application process. Community grants provide financial assistance to non-profit organizations who offer services or special events to Kitchener residents. Organizations or groups in arts and culture; special events; sports and recreation; and community support and development may be considered for funding. Services provided by other levels of government, including health care, social services, training and education, are not eligible for funding. Staff will be available at this session to provide information about the grant process and answer questions. What: Community Grant Public Information Session When: November 15, 2017, 5-6 pm Where: Conestoga Room, Ground Floor, Kitchener City Hall, 200 King St. W. The 2018 community grant application deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 at 5 p.m. Late applications will not be accepted. For more information, a complete list of grant criteria and eligibility requirements, contact Kathleen Woodcock at email@example.com or 519-741-2200 ext. 7597
which will help us shape a strategy for the future of Kitchener’s urban forest: • Sept. 23, 1-3 p.m., Forest Heights community centre; • Sept. 28, 6-8 p.m., Victoria Park Pavilion. Find out more about Kitchener’s urban forest at www.kitchener.ca/trees. When you come to the workship, you will receive a cool t-shirt that shows 10 ways trees help us and be entered into a grand prize draw for a tree, free planting and stewardship consultation.
Get your kids involved with meal prep during “Fresh Fuel 4 School” at the Kitchener Market
f you follow food bloggers or the food network on social media then you’ve probably heard of a new food trend called, “meal prep” that involves setting aside some time on the weekend to prepare multiple healthy, balanced meals for the week. As the school year begins we know there is more on parents’ plate, that’s why the Kitchener Market is launching a new kid’s program called Fresh Fuel 4 School in partnership with certified health coach Cassandra Eggleton. This new program gets kids involved in the kitchen with meal prep to help parents save time during the week and ensure their kids are eating healthy snacks at school. “During the class kids will learn, practice and develop the skills and knowledge they need to make healthier food choices,” says Cassandra Eggleton, certified health coach. “From planning recipes and making grocery lists, to knife skills and food handling, we want kids to feel comfortable in the kitchen.” Kids will prepare, make and bag simple healthy snacks to take home for the week. “The earlier children have exposure and access to the kitchen, the sooner they will start asking questions and learning,” explains Eggleton. “Children who are involved in preparing their own food take ownership over their meals and
are more likely to try new foods, and less likely to reject foods.” Start the week off on the right foot by getting the kids involved with meal prep at Fresh Fuel 4 School. The program will take place on September 30, October 21, November 18 and November 25 from 10 a.m.noon. Free class for children ages 12 and under, for kids ages eight and under a parent must be present. Register each person attending, including parents to secure your spot by e-mailing: firstname.lastname@example.org Are your kids picky eaters? Try these three tips from certified health coach Cassandra Eggleton. Demonstrate good habits as parents and mentors. Children love to mimic and mirror behaviours, so the more you do the more your children will follow. Let your children decide their comfort zone. If your child wants to use a bigger knife or try a different food, let them, with appropriate supervision. Create a safe and curious kitchen environment. Provide new food and experiences whenever possible. Invite children into the kitchen and assign age appropriate food prep, from measuring to chopping to stirring. The Kitchener Market offers a variety of free programs for kids. Check out more events at: www.kitchenermarket.ca/events
Groundbreaking on Kitchener’s newest park
n Sept. 14, residents will hear the latest updates about the new 40+ acre South Kitchener District Park. A public open house is taking place at the Dedication Centre at Williamsburg Cemetery (1541 Fischer-Hallman Rd.) and residents are invited to drop in any time from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
about what’s been happening since the master plan for the park was approved in 2013. Staff will also share the next steps and information about key construction phases. . For those unable to attend the meeting, information will be posted online at www.kitchener.ca/southkitchenerpark
Staff will provide a brief presentation at 6 p.m. to bring people up to speed
Work is scheduled to begin in a few weeks to prepare the site for
construction in spring 2018. The park will feature two artificial turf soccer fields, a multi-sport field, an open space that can be used for passive or programmed activities as well as a splash pad and playground. Later phases will include enhanced walking trails, parking lots and service buildings and additional sports amenities. The park will also be the
future home of a new community and recreation facility. We’re pleased to move forward with this exciting project, and there is still opportunity to get involved in the planning. Later this fall look for an opportunity to provide input about the design of the playground and splash pad facilities. Watch the website for updates.
As the kids head back to school remember these safety rules A
s school begins, traffic gets heavier. People are back from holidays, school buses and public transit are on regular routes, and people are walking, cycling or driving to school.
Here are some facts to remember to ensure everyone stays safe: • Drivers and cyclists must stop and yield the whole roadway at pedestrian crossovers, school crossings and other locations where there is a crossing guard. • Drivers and cyclists can only proceed when pedestrians and school crossing guards have crossed and are safely on the sidewalk. • 40km/hour speed limits have been installed along some City streets for schools. Watch for children within school areas especially during school drop-off and pick-up times. • To protect students walking around the school and in crosswalk areas, motorists should be aware of parking restrictions within school areas. Do not park or stop your vehicle where there is a parking or stopping restriction.
Members of the Kitchener Fire team were around visiting schools throughout the first week of school to help promote school safety.
SEPTEMBER 9 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Market Tour: Healthy eating for your gut. www.kitchenermarket.ca 10 1:00 p.m. Walk to remember butterfly release at Williamsburg Cemetery, 1541 Fischer-Hallman Rd. This event supports those who’ve lost love ones through the healing process. Learn more at www.kitchenercemeteries. ca/walktoremember 13 6:30–8:30 p.m. Cooking class: Just roll with it sushi. www.kitchenermarket.ca 14 5:30–7:30 p.m. Join us at an open house to get an update on the construction of the new South Kitchener District Park. Williamsburg Cemetery Dedication Centre, 1541 Fischer-Hallman Rd. Learn more at www.kitchener.ca/ southKitchenerpark 16 & 17 1:30–2:30 p.m. Porch view Dances with King East
Neighbourhood Association outside on the piazza at the Kitchener Market. www.kitchenermarket.ca 19 9:30–10:30 p.m. Early Years Centre Family Kitchen. Learn how to involve children in the kitchen. www.kitchenermarket.ca 20 6:30– 8:30 p.m. Cooking class: Tasty Thai. www.kitchenermarket.ca 21 6:30–8:30 p.m. Knitting 101 Learn the basics of knitting and create a wide-knit head-band. www.kitchenermarket.ca 23 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Harvest Festival kick off. Fall soup and stews, and local wine and cheese demos. www.kitchenermarket.ca 27 6:30– 8:30 p.m. Cooking class: Local brews and fall food. www.kitchenermarket.ca 30 10 a.m.–noon Fresh Fuel 4 School. Meal prep 4 kids with certified health coach Cassandra Eggleton. www.kitchenermarket.ca
OCTOBER 3 9:30–10:30 p.m. Early Years Centre Family Kitchen. Learn how to involve children in the kitchen. www.kitchenermarket.ca 6 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Kitchener council’s Grillfest. Join members of council to celebrate the official opening ceremonies of KW Oktoberfest. www.kitchener.ca/grillefest 9 8:30 a.m. KW Oktoberfest parade. Parade starts from Weber and Frederick Streets in Kitchener and ends at Weber at Bridgeport. www.kwoktoberfestparade. oktoberfest.ca 14 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Cook Like Oma - Oktoberfest Make pretzels and other traditional German food like Oma makes at the Kitchener Market. www.kitchenermarket.ca
18 6:30–8:30 p.m. Cooking class: Feasting Vegan Plant Based Recipes. www.kitchenermarket.ca 20 Ambush the Arts. Free art-based event for youth to showcase their artistic talents. City Hall. 519-741-2200 ext. 5075. www.kitchener.ca/AmbushTheArts 21 10 a.m.–noon Fresh Fuel 4 School. Meal prep 4 kids with certified health coach Cassandra Eggleton. www.kitchenermarket.ca 26 6:30–8:30 p.m. Learn the basics of knitting and create a wide-knit headband. www.kitchenermarket.ca 28 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Kitchener Market Monster Mash Halloween kids party. www.kitchenermarket.ca
Fall yard and garden tips A
s the weather starts to cool and the days become shorter, we have some tips for homeowners from the city’s horticulture and turf experts.
For the garden: • September is a great time for planting -plant spring bulbs now as well as any new trees or shrubs to give them at least six weeks before frost. • Add compost to your garden beds to enrich the soil. • Bring in any clay pots and clean and sharpen your gardening tools to City staff grows more than 1,000 mums each year. Tom Margetts, supervisor of major parks and horticulture for the city, suggests that prolong their life. pinching the growing tips back early will help produce bushier plants with more blooms. • Continue watering evergreen trees and shrubs until the ground freezes as your mower so they can decompose the city’s annual leaf collection survive dry summer weather. they continue to lose water through on your lawn and adding rich program at www.kitchener.ca/ their foliage on sunny winter days. • Fall is also a great time to de-thatch nutrients to the soil. For other ways leafcollection or check out the ad in your lawn and overseed any areas • Pull weeds before they go to seed to to get rid of your leaves, learn about this issue of the Kitchener Citizen. that are damaged or thin. reduce the number of weeds next year. • Raise the mowing height slightly in • Clean up garden debris by removing the fall to promote deeper roots – the all vegetable plants, fallen fruit, longer the leaves, the deeper the dead annuals and cut back perennial DID YOU KNOW? roots. But don’t leave it too long or foliage. You can leave flowers with While dumping leaves and other garden debris in a field or along a trail or it will become matted and encourage seeds for the birds. natural area may seem like composting, it’s actually not permitted under winter moulds. the city’s encroachment bylaw. Lawn clippings, leaves and garden debris For the lawn: • Don’t let leaves pile up on your lawn. can introduce invasive species and also leak elements like phosphorous • Apply two applications of fertilizer to Leaving whole leaves blocks light and nitrogen into our parks and natural areas and can attract small help your lawn green up earlier in the and makes great nesting spots for animals and rodents that become food for larger wildlife like coyotes. rodents. Instead, mulch them with spring and grow deep roots to help
Learn how to master home canning at the Kitchener Market E merie Brine’s love of fresh food started as a young child while growing up on a farm. Home canning was a yearly tradition providing nutritious food for the family. Now, Emerie is the executive chef and brand manager for Bernardin mastering the efficiencies of preserving, and experimenting with new recipes.
“As a child, my family canned fruits and vegetables that we grew,” explains Emerie. “With the abundance of herbs, spices and vinegars available, I add spunk to traditional recipes that become family favourites.”
Join Emerie for a Holiday Gifts and Canning event at the Kitchener Market on Nov. 29 from 5:30-8 p.m. Learn about safe home canning and time saving tips. “Canning allows you to provide healthy local food to your family by controlling the ingredients so you know what’s in it,” explains Emerie. “Enjoy the ingredients right out of the jar or use them in a dessert.” Check out Bernardin’s website for over 750 recipes: www.bernardin.ca/ recipes Register for the event at www.KitchenerMarket.ca/Events
Kitchener city council’s Grillefest is coming! You’re invited to Carl Zehr Square
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Play a role in Kitchener’s future! Kitchener City Council needs citizens and community members to get involved in civic life. At this time, we are recruiting for only a few committees and boards. Application forms and information may be obtained after SEPTEMBER 8 by:
Natural gas lines can sometimes intersect with sewer lines beyond the outside walls of your home or building. In these
• visiting our website at www.kitchener.ca/citizencommittees; or
cases, clearing a blocked sewer line with motorized or water jetting equipment could damage the natural gas line and lead
• in person at any Kitchener branch library, or community centre; or
to a gas leak creating a serious safety risk for you and others.
• by contacting the Office of the City Clerk at 519-741-2200 x7591. The final date for submitting completed applications is Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 at 5 p.m.
NEIGHBOURHOOD PLACEMAKING CHALLENGE Placemaking brings a neighbourhood to life by turning everyday spaces into gathering places.
Start a project in your neighbourhood. Apply for a grant between $1,000 and $20,000!
Applications due October 2, 2017 Want some ideas? • Ping pong table in a park • Mural on a storage shed • Bicycle fix-it station on a trail • Pop-up lemonade stand on the sidewalk • Pollinator garden on a cul-de-sac
More ideas and grant details at
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BUSINESS feature Kitchener inventor receives patent for prolapsed bladder support garment BY HELEN HALL
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went eight months of independent testing with the study results now published in the June 2017 abstract from the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada’s Annual Scientific Conference. The study concludes that the Hide-a-way is an acceptable treatment option for prolapse and should be offered to women by their doctors as a way to manage the condition. Dr. Donna Fedorkow, a surgeon and physiogynecologist at McMaster University Hospital in Hamilton completed independent testing on the Hide-a-way after hearing about Lincoln’s invention when a Hamilton newspaper did an article on treatments for prolapse. Lincoln also received an offer earlier this year from the popular CBC TV show Dragon’s Den to introduce her new product, but declined. “I want to control the growth of my business and be able to manage it myself,” she said, adding that at the time of the TV show’s invitation, she had not yet received the patent or completed any studies. “And, I didn’t want to go on the show without a patent or without solid study results,” she said. Now she has both. Bladder prolapse is a common problem for many women – especially as they age. Also called a cystocele, a prolapse occurs when the bladder sinks down into the vagina due to weakness in the pelvic floor muscles that support it. Prolapse can be caused by childbirth, (1 in 5 women who give birth have a prolapse), hysterectomy, obesity, constipation, heavy coughing or weakening in the pelvic floor muscles after menopause. Women may be unaware that they have a prolapsed bladder if the area of prolapse is small, but with a large prolapse women experience tissue bulging outside of the vagina or right at its entrance. Some prolapses can be helped with surgery or the use of a uterine pessary, but many people don’t want, or can’t have, surgery and cannot tolerate a pessary. Lincoln, not a candidate for surgery, got the idea for her Hide-a-way support garment by considering what she believed could personally help her. In the last year and a half
Kitchener inventor Marilyn Lincoln holds the Hide-a-way, a support garment she invented to help women with prolapsed bladders. She has received a Canadian patent for the design and it is patent-pending in the U.S.
she has sold 3,000 Hide-aways through her website to women aged 30 to 96-yearsold. Customers have come from all over the United States, Canada, Singapore, Hawaii, Ireland, Australia, Scotland, Africa, Poland, Switzerland, England, Mexico and the Philippines. She has also been contacted by physiotherapists in the US and Kitchener who are interested in providing the product to their clients and she is working with a medical supply store in the U.S. that is interested in selling the Hidea-way. Lincoln includes a form which each order she ships, which offers users the chance to comment on the product. “The feedback was phenomenal. They always tell me that it’s given them their life back. One lady wrote to me that she hadn’t been out of the house for two years. She called it the ‘answer to her prayers’ and the Hide-a-way allowed her to get her freedom back. Another woman
told me it worked so well for her that she is back golfing again,” Lincoln said. “We haven’t even touched the tip of the iceberg. Lots of women are sitting at home alone and suffering. It’s the silent epidemic. As soon as someone is diagnosed with this condition they are usually depressed. They think their life is over and they treat themselves as an invalid. It doesn’t have to be that way,” she said. “Doctors don’t even talk about it. I want more doctors to know about this product because it can help people. I want women who suffer silently to know there’s a solution,” Lincoln said. * * * The user-friendly, high quality, wash-and-wear Hide-away garment sells for $39.95 (plus shipping and handling) and is available in regular and plus sizes. For more information email email@example.com or to order visit www.prolapsedbladdersupport.com
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Are you taking possession before new condo is registered? Q. What will it cost me when I take possession of my new condo before it is registered? What exactly takes place during this period of time? Since this is my very first time buying a condo I don’t have a clue how this works. I need all the advice I can get so I am ready for what is coming next. Thanks for your help. I really enjoy reading your column, as it is very interesting and informative. A. First, there will be an interim closing date. This is when you will pay the balance of the deposit owing under the original contract agreement.
Once this is done you are given possession, but not yet legal title. Your funds will be held in trust in accordance with the provisions of the Condominium Act. The time before the final closing date is called the interim occupancy period. If you are going to have a mortgage, those funds cannot be advanced from your financial institution before the final closing date. Instead, you will pay a monthly interim occupancy fee to the developer, which includes the equivalent of mortgage interest. The amount is based on a formula in the Condominium Act. Once the condo corporation
is registered, you will proceed on to the final closing. At this time, you will pay the balance of the purchase price and the title will then transfer to you. I am sure your experienced real estate lawyer will take you through each step to ensure a smooth purchase transaction. You don’t want to have any unexpected surprises do you? Good luck and wishing you the best regarding your condo purchase.
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* * * Marilyn Lincoln is a condo owner, director and author of The Condominium Self Management Guide 2nd ed. Email marilyncondoguide@ hotmail.com with questions.
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Notes from City Hall
New CAO For the second time in my two terms as a Kitchener City Councillor, we’ve hired a new person for the top city-staff role
of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). Jeff Wilmer, the previous and now retired CAO, performed admirably during his tenure. Mr. Wilmer helped to lead the city in our resident-led mandate of taxation at of the rate of inflation, while maintaining the city services upon-which we rely. His councilchosen successor, Dan Chapman, reported directly to the CAO, and also assisted significantly in that mandate as his previous role was the head of our Finance and Corporate services division.
I have every confidence in our new CAO’s ability to execute any challenge that flows to him through council from the residents of this great and growing city. I thought this might be an opportune time to explain the council-staff governance structure as I’ve often heard misconceptions. Some believe that city staff are our staff (i.e. Council’s), but that isn’t the case. The way the system works is that all of council really only has a single employee; the CAO. Council
cannot direct other staff, only the CAO, and even then only as a collective council. In addition to running the day-to-day operations, it’s the CAO’s job to execute any motions, grandiose or mundane, passed at council meetings. It’s an interesting governance structure; as a member of council there are 240,000 ‘bosses’ we report to (i.e. the population of Kitchener) yet we have just one employee we rely upon to deliver our collective mandate and vision.
I’d like to wish the very best to staff and those attending the newly opened Chicopee Hills Public School. It’s been great watching the construction progress and thinking
about how it will be a wonderful place for families to connect and for students to learn and grow. With the kids back in school now, let’s be sure to keep our speeds at the posted 40 kph in all our school zones. Recently, I took part in a water infrastructure tour our staff offered to members of council. We saw the Woolner Trail Pumping Station, the Idlewood Creek Naturalization Project, The Stormwater Management Pond Retrofit on Lackner Drive, a Watermain Flushing on Idlewood Drive and
Road Reconstruction on Sheldon Avenue. It was very educational to see and hear about the depth of work being completed and how meticulously it’s done. I left with a better understanding of the work that goes into making sure Kitchener’s water delivery and sanitary/storm water systems are kept up to legislated standards 24 hours a day. The cost of doing this is extensive and after seeing all that is involved to do that work, I have a greater appreciation for those costs and for the results
they achieve. Our staff members are some of the top professionals in their field and the quality of work and their pride in it was clearly evident. Thanks to the Stanley Park and Centreville Chicopee Community Associations for the great programs they offer at their Community Centres. Visit and take part in the good things going on. A reminder that our Corporate Contact Centre is staffed 24/7 at 519-741-2345. Call anytime to report an issue or get answers to questions about any city department.
dialogue took place with all stakeholders. Normally recommendations coming to Council are discussed and debated at Committee Meetings and a vote is taken. This allows interested parties to have continued discourses with members of Council with the hopes of persuading them to reconsider their positions. Committee recommendations then proceed to Formal Council Meetings for a final vote and ratification. This process was not followed on this occasion. Not until the final night of discussions was a vote taken. At that point it was too late to follow the democratic process of contacting Councillors in an effort to dissuade them from their decision. This process circumvented the principles
of transparency and meaningful public engagement In this case both major stakeholders (the neighbourhood and minor baseball enthusiasts) did an exceptional job of investigating all sides of the issue. Generally both sides were respectful of each other. The neighbourhood did not want to close the park down. They wanted to continue current practices where activities in the park cease by 9:00 PM. Addition of lights means activities will not cease until about midnight. Minor baseball enthusiasts desire more facilities to meet the needs of a growing population. These facilities can be located anywhere in the City. Limited financial information was
provided for Council and as a result discussions were focused on two extremes; the staff recommendation of $580,000 and an Alternative estimated to cost $6.3 million. However, this was not a valid “apples to apples” comparison. The $6 million estimate include $5 million for land acquisition; $700 thousand for construction of diamonds and parking; contingencies of $345 thousand and finally $380 thousand for lighting. Another alternative which looked at three existing sites in the City was given very little discussion or consideration as again limited financial information was available. In my opinion transparency was ignored in this process.
November for a long overdue and significant road reconstruction project. The road has presented numerous challenges, including a blind curve, lack of safe walking area for pedestrians, and standing water in the bend of the road where it collected, creating challenges for both pedestrians and drivers in all seasons. To address these concerns, the road bed will be raised and curbs, sidewalks, and gutters will be added. This will provide a safer road for drivers and
citizens who walk along this road, keeping conflicts between drivers and walkers sharing the road, to a minimum. The project also includes a new culvert under Old Huron Rd. to replace what was originally underground and through which Strasburg Creek flowed. This new culvert will help keep the stream flowing better and provide a safer pathway for fish. It will also improve the environment along Strasburg Creek and reduce erosion. During some of this culvert work,
it came to the attention of our engineering staff that there were some additional complexities to be considered concerning the gas and sewer infrastructure. I’ve been assured that, while this part of the project may be delayed, work will continue around other parts of this contract, so there shouldn’t be significant delays or increased cost to this project. Although road closures can be frustrating, it’s encouraging to know that that this much needed work will be completed soon.
vandalism, I urge you to please call 911 immediately to report the crime to the police. To report graffiti, please call the region wide Graffiti Busters hotline at 1-855-TAGFREE (824-3733) with location details. You can also use our new mobile app, Pingstreet (search this on kitchener.ca for the app), to take a photo of graffiti in Kitchener and send it to us. The faster graffiti is removed, the less likely it is to spread or re-appear. In response to some concerns raised in our ward and across the
city, I wanted to provide you with some information on land rats. Urban environments unfortunately provide an excellent home for rats and mice which can carry disease. Keep an eye out on your property for rats and mice, and close any holes or gaps in your home to prevent them from entering. Prevent attracting them by cleaning up any sources of food or water and anything that might provide shelter for rodents. Contact Region of Waterloo Public Health at 519-575-4400, ext. 5147 or visit
www.regionofwaterloo.ca, click on the Safe & Healthy Community tab, then Healthy Living tab, and search “rodents” for more information. Just a quick note to let you know that we’ve added a new way for you to share your compliments, concerns or service improvement suggestions online or ask for assistance. At the top of the City’s homepage at kitchener.ca, you’ll now find a new “Feedback” option. Your entry is sent immediately for follow up within an approved timeframe.
Breithaupt Park Lighting Council recently approved the installation of lights at this park at an estimated cost of $580,000. Elapsed time to come to this final decision took more than six months. Considerable research and
Residents living in the area around Old Huron Rd. and Biehn Dr. have seen a lot of activity between Maxwell and Battler Rd. Old Huron Rd. is closed until approximately
With your help we can reduce graffiti in your neighbourhood. It’s considered an act of vandalism and is against the law. If you witness someone actively leaving graffiti
Happy September everyone! It’s hard to believe that the summer of 2017 is already behind us and our kids are back to school, and the rest of us have returned to our normal work schedule with the busyness that Fall always brings along! With school back -- a reminder to everyone to pay extra attention in school zones and to remember speeds are reduced to 40km/h in those areas. Let’s make sure we keep our kids safe! New LED Streetlights In recent weeks, you may have noticed crews working in your neighbourhoods beginning to change the streetlights. In fact, over 16000 streetlights throughout the City of Kitchener are being changed to these new lights. As part of the installation, we are also installing special adaptors that will operate as a narrowband network, allowing us to test and implement various other Smart City technologies throughout the community in the future. These new lights, once fully implemented will allow us to better control lighting levels in neighbourhoods, are more environmentally sustainable and will save us operating dollars. City of Kitchener Innovation Lab Opens Soon On September 5th, Karl Allen-Muncey started at the City of Kitchener as the first Director of our Civic Innovation Lab at Communitech. Amongst the first of its kind in North America, the lab comes from a recommendation in our City of Kitchener Digital Strategy approved earlier this year. Karl, some yet-to-be hired interns and seconded city staff will be working on various aspects of civic innovation in the future -- all part of our direction to see Kitchener be a smart city in terms of services and service delivery in the future. Stay tuned for an official opening of the lab, later this Fall. Mayor’s Economic Development Mission to Germany This month I will be involved in an economic development mission to Germany with both Communitech and the Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation. Many of you might recall Mayor’s Craig and Jaworsky participating last year, and at the time the decision was made to hold off with my participation until this year so as to maximize effectiveness and resources. With Communitech, I’ll be joining a delegation of local tech leaders participating in Berlin’s Startup Night festival, meeting with leading incubators and innovation companies and also with recently appointed Ambassador Stéphane Dion and his officials. The time with the Communitech delegation will then be followed with site visits and meetings with our Waterloo EDC and City of Kitchener Economic Development officials to various German companies already in our region and also with those who are looking to grow their Canadian presence and Waterloo region is of primary interest. Stay tuned for future updates about some of the follow-up from this mission.
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The City of Kitchener is pleased to announce that Dan Chapman has been selected as its new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). Mr. Chapman has been with the city for
Youth and Stars Success Walk is coming to Kitchener’s downtown September 30. This is an opportunity created to bring youth
The summer is now winding down and so are the summer Classic Car Cruise Nights in Ward 8. Belmont Village had three successful cruise nights that were well attended with
Combining planning vision with quality design to create downtown revitalization can be expensive but Kitchener has already proved the cost is worth the investment.
Happy Fall to you. It’s a time of new beginnings, with school starting up again, community activities and programs beginning, and it is a time to enjoy the bounty of local produce,
a total of 12 years, most recently as Deputy CAO, responsible for finance and corporate services. During my council term, I take great pride that the city tax levy increases were kept in line with inflation, while budgets, although fiscally focused, still allowed for improved city services from previous levels. Equal credit is due to the city’s leadership team and our diligent Finance and Revenue Department, which Mr. Chapman directed over the last 7 years of my time on council.
I have considerable confidence in Mr. Chapman’s ability to lead the City of Kitchener’s corporate team with a focus on integrity, efficiency and community service. August 26 was the 6th annual Ward 6 “Cinema Under the Stars” event. This was the first time that the weather cooperated enough to allow us to hold the event outside. I’m pleased to say that the event was very well attended and a great success in helping to animate Ward 6. I want to again thank the various volunteers from all the Ward 6
neighbourhood associations and city staff from Country Hills Community Centre who helped to make this event happen. “Cinema Under the Stars” continues to help create a link and strengthen ties between the Country Hills Recreational Association, Chandler-Mowat Neighbourhood Association and the Alpine Community Neighbourhood Association. This collaboration between the neighbourhood associations has benefited our community.
of all ages, cultures and abilities together to connect them with music and sports celebrities, as well as doctors, teachers, first responders, politicians and community leaders. These successful community leaders and celebrities will engage in purposeful conversation with participating youth to give advice, talk about career opportunities, while encouraging them to expand their skill sets, pursue higher education, and learn about recruitment possibilities during the 5K walk.
The event will host more than 100 booths including recruitment agencies, business and service providers. The day will end with a celebration and concert at Victoria Park. This is a wonderful opportunity for our youth to ask questions and get the tools and advice they need to pursue a successful and fulfilling career. Visit youthandstars.com to register, be a sponsor or apply to volunteer. Tier 1 and Tier 2 Community Grant Appeals. Every member of council would like to support an
appeal from deserving individuals and groups in need of financial assistance for good works in our community; however, this wouldn’t keep us on track with our annually budgeted dollars. So, council approved my motion to have a one year trial period whereby any 2018 appeals would be considered by the CAO, Deputy CAO of Community Services and the Executive Director of the Office of the CAO, removing the decision from council.
the help of some good weather this year. Cruise nights at The Shops on Highland, west of Westmount Rd., will continue on a few more Mondays in September. So, c’mon out and see these classics, as well as my vintage vehicle. Thanks once again to Brian Campbell and Wayne Fox for their efforts in organizing these two annual events and their great oldies music from the 50s/60s and prizes. A new event in Belmont Village will take place on Sat. Sept. 16
from 10am to 10pm. Tim Moher has organized a “Belmont Village Bestival” music scene of jazz, blues and other local artists that will play in the village. Stages will be located at Belmont and Union and Belmont at Claremont. The day will kick-off with the Police Marching Band, followed by family fun activities including music by Erick Traplin, a drum circle, music workshops, and Funtastical Studios, as well as an art express tent. C’mon out and check out this new fall event and support the local businesses. Visit
www.belmontvillagebestival.com for details. Belmont Local Food Market was held every Tues. from 11am to 3pm during the summer, featuring fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables from local farms and baked goods from our village businesses. Sept. is the last month before the season ends. Again, c’mon out and support Belmont Village and our farmers. Thanks to all for running this weekly event.
Which is why I support a $1.8-million city proposal to upgrade Queen Street between Charles and Duke Streets on both sides of King. It’s also why, at municipal budget time next year, I would be willing to do the job properly and invest as much as double the anticipated price for the renewal project. At council recently I was pleased to see a majority of councillors support the proposal which would improve the health of the downtown which represents the beating heart of our city. Still, I remain nervous about the halfhearted support displayed by some of councillors who, one eye on the 2018
municipal election, threaten to nickel and dime the project. Despite that price tag, the plan has my support because I continue to see results of the economic boom in the west-end originally financed after councillors made a courageous decision in 2004 to support a $110-million loan over 10 years to upgrade that area. On Queen, street infrastructure work was already planned for 2019 and this proposal represents a more efficient way of using taxpayer cash. The project would also link LRT stations on Charles and Duke. On the price tag issue, part of the cost of the upgrade could be shared by
higher levels of government, Kitchener’s Downtown Business Improvement Area as well as core developers who have recently invested millions in the area including an upcoming residential-retailoffice project that will soon replace the shabby American Hotel block at Queen and King. Included in the proposal: - Redesign of the Vogelsang Green at Duke-Queen complete with a natural amphitheatre, a new parkette-water area at Charles-Queen, renewal of Halls and Goudies Lanes, green walls, decorative paving and special lighting.
whether from your own garden, or from a nearby farm. There’s no better time than now to come check out the food and the activities at the Kitchener Market. I’m there each week, and I’m always meeting up with people to talk about city issues, ideas, or to greet participants at one of our many Kitchener Market events. It’s a natural gathering spot, where we can take a pause between shopping to catch up with a friendly face. I hope to see you on Saturday. Later this month, I encourage you to check out world class theatre at
the biennial IMPACT 17 international theatre festival. September 26th to October 1st. Details at mtspace.ca/ impact-17. On a more somber note, I want to mention a serious topic. In the past two years, I have worked in a couple neighbourhoods dealing with how to respond when a house becomes a main gathering place for injection drug users. In both cases, the houses became a drop-off point for stolen items like bicycles, tools, and other items. Even when these locations are known to police, the
law is limited, and there are no easy answers to this complex problem. The more calls received by police, the more resources they can allocate to a specific area. Neighbours are recommended to report to police any suspicious behaviour, and to lodge a bylaw complaint about illegal metal recycling. Often people are reluctant to call, but it can be anonymous. Relevant numbers are: Police dispatch 519-653-7700 and bylaw enforcement 519-741-2345. Always call 911 if anyone’s safety is threatened.
Berlin Tower ARTSPACE September exhibit
Farm Days is a series of paintings that intend to translate the artist’s experience of working on an Organic Farm, exploring different moments on a day’s work in the simple, yet satisfying rhythms of farm life. Working on the fields, under all weather conditions, the paintings reflect the constant change of plants and insects as the season progresses. They are inspired by the mysterious force found in nature, the importance of rain, sunshine and the cycles that naturally happen to all living things and the patterns of colour that translate to the day’s chores as if they were maps. Using textures, shapes and colour combinations in Seeds of Change, personal history is captured as the artist watched his father grow increasingly dependant after his stroke. The painting Barn Cat captures the days ahead away on the fields, while on other paintings like in The Whistling Farmer, the feeling of working while listening to the wind is expressed, and in the far distance, the farmer, whistling to himself.
In the Rotunda Gallery: MAIN STREETS & MEMORIES Sylvia Galbraith
For the month of September, see the history of “small town Ontario” through photographs capturing architecture, streetscapes and people. Working from photographs of original postcards, the exhibit compares early 19th century street scenes to present day. This collection is about connections and continuity; the past with the present, how things change, yet also how they stay the same, how life often repeats itself. Using an urban style of photography, the artist highlights the personality and resilience of these villages. Photographs portray a sense of a pioneer spirit, yet include modern and often humorous or quirky touches that connect the past with the immediate present.
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SEPTEMBER THE FALL HARVEST HAS ARRIVED! PICK UP FRESH VEGETABLES TO MAKE WARM SOUPS AND STEWS.
In Good Taste SIMPLE RECIPES FOR A BUSY LIFE STYLE If you are served a “Greek” salad that contains lettuce, it isn’t a Greek salad. The popular summertime salad in its authentic form is a well-honed comingling of flavours that rejects attempts at improvement. Having said that, I admit to adjusting the usual ratio of 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar, to 2 parts oil to 1 part vinegar. (In this recipe, that would be 6 tablespoons oil and 3 tablespoons vinegar).
GREEK SALAD (Salata Therini)
MARKET TOUR: HEALTHY EATING FOR YOUR GUT Saturday, Sept. 9, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Healthy gut month kicks off at the Kitchener Market. Learn about Kombucha, DIY pickling, fermented foods and gut health from certified health coach, Cassandra Eggleton. Participants will receive a Kombucha scoby and jar, jar of pickled product from the activity.
PORCH VIEW DANCES WITH KING EAST NEIGHBOURHOOD ASSOCIATION Sept. 16 and 17, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Kaeja d’Dance returns to KW to to present Porch View Dances and work with local dancers and choreographers! See your neighbourhood like you’ve never seen it before - alive with dance. The dancing starts at 53 Betnzer Ave North at 12:30 p.m. with a performance at the Kitchener Market at 1:30 p.m.
GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT: KNITTING 101
3 ripe tomatoes 1 cucumber, sliced 1 onion, sliced 2 sweet green peppers, cut into rings 6 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons wine vinegar sea salt flakes freshly ground black pepper 1/3 pound feta cheese, cut into cubes 2 dozen black kalamata olives chopped fresh oregano, or parsley In a large salad owl, place the tomatoes, cucumber, onion and peppers. Shake or whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Pour the dressing over the salad. Strew the feta cheese and the olives over the top. Sprinkle with the oregano or parsley Serve immediately.
Sept. 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Learn the basics of knitting: casting on, knit stich, purl stitch and binding off. By the end of the class, we will get started on your very first project - a modern, wide-knit headband.
Sept. 23, 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. Harvest Festival kicks off in the Marketplace with two great cooking demos by ChefD! Join us for a fall soups and stews cooking demonstration or a wine and cheese pairing class featuring Kitchener Market vendors Pillitterri Estates Winery, Mickey McGuire’s Cheese and River’s Edge Goat Dairy
FRESH FUEL 4 SCHOOL: MEAL PREP 4 KIDS
Saturday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Free new program for kids. Start off on the right foot by getting the kids involved with making simple, healthy snacks for the week with certified health coach, Cassandra Eggleton. Prep, make and bag food to take home.
Saturdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sept. 2: David G, Sept. 9: Juneyt Yetkiner, Sept. 16: DJam Jazz, Sept. 23: Jack Pender, Sept. 30: Jontue
COOKING CLASSES IN THE MARKETPLACE All classes are $49 unless otherwise noted. Register online through ACTIVE Net. Visit www.kitchenermarket/cooking.
Sept. 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Learn about all of the different yet harmonious components of Thai cuisine, and leave with recipes for some of your favorite simple and tasty meals from Thailand.
LOCAL BREWS & FALL FOOD
Sept. 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Cozy up with a local brew and comfort food. Our chef will be teaching some classic fall favorites that you can make at home. Get the MarketNEWS delivered every month to your inbox!
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HERB SALT 8 fresh sage leaves ¼ cup fresh rosemary leaves 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves 1 cup sea salt flakes or kosher salt 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper In a food processor, pulse the sage, rosemary and thyme until coarsely chopped. Add the salt, hot red pepper flakes and black pepper and pulse to blend. This keeps well if stored in an airtight container at room temperature.
A very, very Italian tomato sauce. This makes about 3 cups, enough for 1 pound of spaghetti.
GARLIC TOMATO PASTA SAUCE 2 pounds ripe plum tomatoes 2 heads garlic 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1/8 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes ½ teaspoon salt Cut and “X” into the bottom of each tomato, and blanch in a large pot of boiling, salted water for 10 seconds. With a slotted spoon, transfer immediately to a large container of icewater to cool. Then peel, seed and chop. Peel the garlic cloves, halve each lengthwise, and discard any green sprouts from the centre. Cook garlic in the oil in a large, heavy pot over medium heat, stirring occasionally until garlic is golden – 3 – 5 minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes, the red pepper flakes and the salt. Simmer, covered, stirring occasionally for one hour.
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Taste for seasoning and add additional salt as required. Try spreading this generously on crusty bread to accompany not only fi sh and seafood, but also dishes such as pasta and salads.
OYSTER BAR BUTTER ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature 4 garlic cloves, peeled and finely grated 2 teaspoons finely-grated lemon zest 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 2 teaspoons hot sauce, such as Tabasco 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley ¼ cup chopped chives. 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill coarse sea salt flakes freshly ground black pepper With a rubber spatula, mix until smooth the butter, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce and olive oil. Gently mix in the parsley, chives and dill. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Flounder (sole, fluke or plaice), haddock, cod, and halibut are all quite delicious in this simple preparation for a cool summer day.
BAKED FLOUNDER WITH TOMATOES AND BASIL (4 servings) 1 pound very ripe tomatoes, cored and quartered (or halved, if small) 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons thinly-sliced fresh basil leaves coarse sea salt freshly ground black pepper 1 ½ to 2 pounds boneless flounder fillets (4) Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a large baking dish, place the tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice and basil. Toss and season with salt and pepper. Spread out evenly. Bake for 5 minutes. Season fish with salt and pepper and arrange in a single layer over the tomato mixture. Roast just until fish is barely done – 6 or 7 minutes. Serve immediately.
You can make this hotter if you like.
SWEET AND HOT DRESSING FOR CUCUMBERS 2 tablespoons cider vinegar 1 tablespoon sugar ½ teaspoon hot red pepper flakes salt to taste Combine well and pour over prepared, sliced cucumbers.
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HopeSpring cancer support centre relocates to The Inn of Waterloo opeSpring Cancer Sup- that The Inn of Waterloo and “We have been blessed accessible from both high- Inn of Waterloo, a vision of H port Centre relocated Conference Centre has pro- with this generous and way and public transit, along a new home and new future to The Inn of Waterloo, 475 vided HopeSpring Cancer unique offer of sustainabil- with offering complimentary King St. N, Waterloo on September 1. Helping an average of 1,000 people a year, HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre has offered free individual and group programs and services to people living with cancer and their families since 1995 the former centre operated out of leased space on Andrew Street in Waterloo. Due to lack of funds, last January the charity announced it was closing. The organization had an annual budget of about $600,000 and employed five full-time workers and about 160 volunteers. It did not use government funding, relying instead on community donations as a way to pay its operation costs. The announcement was followed by an outpouring of donations from the community and a trust fund was set up. Several people started a GoFundMe accounts and local businesses and organizations raised money in the spring. Good news for the organization came late in the summer when it was announced
Support Centre an affordable and fiscally responsible opportunity to continue its free services for those affected by cancer and their families in the Waterloo/Wellington/ Grey-Bruce/Huron areas. HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre will be located in the northwest corner of The Inn of Waterloo with access from the west parking lot. A grand opening celebration will take place later in the fall.
ity from The Inn of Waterloo. In our time of need, the Inn came forward with available space that would provide a comfortable, safe and secure environment for the free services we offer for our members and their families. For this we are truly blessed. This new location will allow us to further our efforts of sustainability and map out our strong and healthy long term future. With a location easily
parking and flexible space, this was a significant win for HopeSpring.” said Shuchanna Swaby, Board Chair. “I have known several people who have used the services at HopeSpring over the years. When I heard that HopeSpring was going to close their doors after over 20 years of supporting our community’s citizens battling cancer, I knew I had to offer help. With available space at The
for HopeSpring came alive. Having HopeSpring move their offices and services into the hotel is very exciting. It has been a pleasure working with this great organization so they can continue to operate and help so many people for years to come,” said President, Sharon Hales. To learn more about HopeSpring visit www. hopespring.ca
Community Support Connections urgently needs volunteer drivers
ommunity Support ConC nections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC) is
facing a shortage of volunteer drivers to help local seniors get to medical appointments, the grocery store or visit their lifelong partner in long-term care. Transportation is CSC’s fastest growing program and demand continues to rise as a result of an aging population. In 2008-09, CSC provided 9,600 client rides skyrocketing to 41,372 rides in 2016-17 – a 330% increase. Though the agency is doing
everything they can to meet growing demand, about 100 ride requests are unmet each month due to a lack of volunteers. Over the summer alone, CSC had to turn down more than 300 requests. “We are grateful to the dedicated volunteers out on the roads helping our neighbours get to the important places they need to be,” said Dale Howatt, Executive Director of CSC. “It would be wonderful to see more caring members of our community come forward
Sorting Matters! BY MADEHA KHALID Coordinator, Communications and Promotions Waste Management Division, Region of Waterloo
Did you know? • For items to be fully recycled into new products, they need to first be made into a new “raw material”, such as metal sheeting, paper pulp or plastic pellets. • In order to make these recycled raw materials, all items from the blue box have to be properly sorted and separated from each other into their material type. • Paper recyclers don’t want containers, and container recyclers don’t want paper. If these items are mixed together when the recyclers get them, they may end up in the garbage instead of recovered! • Better sorting in the blue boxes (such as keeping paper and plastic bags separate from containers), means better value for our recyclables. To avoid wasting these valuable resources, the sorting process starts in our hands at home. Use two separate blue boxes for your recyclables; one for paper and plastic bags and one for containers (the larger blue boxes, if you use them, are specifically
for containers). Pack your plastic bags into one bag, tie it shut and place it in the blue box with your newspapers and cereal boxes. Place empty milk cartons, cans and water bottles in the other “Containers only” blue box. These items are doublechecked at the curb by recycling drivers when they load them into the trucks. When the trucks arrive at the Nyle Ludolph Materials Recycling Centre in Waterloo, even more sorting techniques come into play, which ensures the quality of the recycling process. Paper and plastic bags are set aside for shipping to another facility in Niagara for additional processing. Inside the Waterloo recycling centre, exciting technologies using magnets or optical systems further separate the container types. Several conveyer belts carry containers to sorting lines where many crew members are dedicated to visually inspect and hand-sort even more. When items are properly sorted, the system is effective and efficient but incorrect items, such as plastic bags mixed in with the containers, can get stuck on conveyer belts, requiring clean-out and possibly ending up in the garbage. The Region is here to help; we have stickers you can adhere to your blue box to help you sort your recyclables. Call 519-575-4400 to have these stickers mailed to you. Or check our website at www.regionofwateloo.ca/waste for more information. And, try our Waste Whiz for specific information on “what goes where”! Thank you. What you do at home really does make all the difference. Keep on recycling!
to help meet client demand.” Volunteers can sign up for daytime, evening or weekend rides and can drive as often as they like, from one day a week, regular shifts or on a more casual basis. It is also an ideal position for retirees, seasonal or shift workers who have
daytime availability, or for students looking for experience in their field of study. If you would like to help, please call CSC’s office at 519772-8787 or to apply online visit their website www.communitysupportconnections. org/apply.
Blue box sort Separate your recyclables
Bottles, cans, cartons, jars and tubs.
Paper and plastic bags Plastic bags and outer wrap go in with paper and boxes.
Bag and tie closed.
www.regionofwaterloo.ca/waste Not sure where it goes? Ask Waste Whiz on our website. Download the free My Waste app
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THEMUSEUM welcomes one millionth visitor THEMUSEUM in Kitchener, which began 14 years ago, welcomed its one millionth visitor on August 23. Jen VanMol, was warmly greeted by the downtown Kitchener museum’s staff and volunteers who surprised her as she approached the Visitor Services Desk. Jen was visiting THEMUSEUM with her daughter Alena, who is a museum member. The mother and
daughter were given a gift basket containing merchandise from THEMUSEUM, a certificate for a one night stay at The Walper Hotel, two Ride All Day Passes to this year’s Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto, a yearlong subscription to the Waterloo Region Record, a meal at B@THEMUSEUM, and a year-long extension of their THEMUSEUM membership.
Community Church Listing St James’-Rosemount United 171 Sherwood Ave., Kitchener (519) 742-1002 Sunday Service: 10:30am Lunch served following service on the third Sunday of every month. Nursery, Sunday School, Youth Group, Wed. Night Bible study Kitchener Gospel Temple-Pentecostal 9 Conway Dr. (at River Rd), Kitchener (519) 894-5999 Sunday Service: 10:30am Mid-week activities for all ages. www.kitchenergospel.com
“We usually check THEMUSEUM’s Facebook Page to see what’s on before we
come to visit, but today we didn’t,” explained Jen VanMol. “So, we had no clue what was going on!” Jen, who holds a Dual Membership to THEMUSEUM, has been a member since 2015. “Everyday is a new experience,” explained Jen when asked why her family holds a membership to THEMUSEUM. “As we approach our 15th anniversary in September 2018, we are thrilled to welcome Jen, our one millionth visitor, and pleased for those who had the vision to create something big in a boardedup, former department store,” says says David Marskell, CEO of THEMUSEUM. “Led by the tech community, we raised $17 million to reclaim Goudies and open
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Kitchener East Presbyterian 10 Zeller Drive, Kitchener (519) 748-9786 Reverend: Mark S. Richardson Sunday Service: 10:30am Nursery and Sunday School provided Sonshine Corner, Thursdays from 9:00 - 11:00am Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran 322 East Avenue (at Stirling), Kitchener (519) 742-5812 www.holycrosskitchener.org Sunday Service: (Sept. - June) 8:30am and 11am, (July-Aug.) 9:30am 9:45am - Sunday School, Youth & Adult Bible Classes Choirs - Stephen Ministry - Youth Group - Beginnings (0 -3 years) Hope Lutheran 30 Shaftsbury Drive, Kitchener (519) 893-5290 Pastor: Rev. Raymond Kirk Worship Service Times (starting on Sept. 17) 10:00 am Worship Service Sunday Morning Fellowship & Bible Study 11:15 am Adult Bible Study 11:15 am Sunday School (JK –Grade 12) Breslau Evangelical Missionary Church 102 Woolwich St., Breslau (519) 648-2712 Sunday Worship Service: 10:00am Children’s Ministry - Youth Ministry - Small Groups All are welcome! Visit us at www.bemc.ca Stanley Park Community Church 9 Dreger Ave., (at Ottawa St.) Kitchener (519) 893-8186 www.stanleyparkchurch.ca Pastor: John Pearce Sunday Service and Kid’s Church: 10:30am ALL WELCOME!
TV star George Wendt (Norm on Cheers) takes on the role of struggling salesman Willy Loman, who cannot understand how he failed to achieve his dreams of success and happiness. Don’t miss this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-Winning masterpiece touted as one of the greatest plays of the 20th century.
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something for families. To all of those visionaries, funders, teachers and families: Thank You and Congratulations. What you have created is important and it would not be here without your early efforts.” More information about exhibitions and programming can be found at THEMUSEUM.ca.
First Belmont Village Bestival is September 16 he first annual Belmont T Village Bestival will take place Sept. 16 from 10am to
10pm. The popular Kitchener shopping destination will be transformed into a freeadmission European-style street festival called the Belmont Village Bestival. With its many eateries, green parks, connection to the Iron Horse Trail, and beautiful streetscape, the village has emerged as a popular pedestrian destination. Bestival will offer a oneday music festival featuring a mix of eclectic music, locally prepared food and inspiring art. In addition to jazz, blues, country and rock, this familyfriendly festival will offer fun activities for all. The Belmont stage will house main acts including Sosolya Undugu Dance Academy, Matt Storch and the Usual Suspects, LoFi Mind, Jessie T, and the Sultans of String while the Claremont Ave. performance area lures guests with The Gary Cain Band, Derek Hines Jazz Quartet, and Lily Frost. Midtown Yoga KW, Bojangles dancers, Ukulele workshops, Erick Traplin, Funtastical Studios, and a giant drum circle are sure to strike a chord in Gilner Park and Belmont Bicycle Café will feature a few favourite spoken word artists. Belmont Village Food Avenue member restaurants will offer showcase cuisine to go in addition to their regular sit-down menus. One of the village’s many patios would be the perfect place to enjoy a beverage and a meal while taking in the scene. Headliner My Son the Hurricane, a 14-piece brass band will be playing its own version of New Orleans style grooves blended with funk, jazz and hiphop that the band likes to call “brasshop funk.” For more information visit www.belmontvillagebestival
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR SUNNYSIDE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS LIKE YOU! - We are a Region-operated campus at 247 Franklin St. N. in Kitchener with long-term care, supportive and affordable housing, and other services for older adults. A Sunnyside volunteer was quoted as saying that volunteering “gives my life more meaning and purpose”. Make a difference in your community by: Walking older adults to their health appointments (Tues or Thurs afternoons), Operating cash at the tuck shop; proceeds from sales are used to support seniors (weekday afternoons), Hairdressing assistant (Tuesday afternoon), Chapel assistant (Sunday afternoon), Program assistant (Friday morning). To apply, visit www.regionofwaterloo.ca/volunteeratsunnyside For more information about an opportunity, call Janice Klassen at 519-8938494, ext. 6372. HIDDEN VALLEY REVEALED - September 16 to October 22, 2017 at Homer Watson House & Gallery 1754 Old Mill Road, Kitchener. This fall, Homer Watson House & Gallery proudly presents Hidden Valley Revealed. In this juried exhibition, artists explore our natural environment in particular the Environmentally Sensitive Area inside Hidden Valley. Through a diverse range of media, artists create an empathetic view of this natural setting and unspoiled gem of spectacular diversity that has been enjoyed by enthusiastic naturalist for generations. This exhibition honours the late Daphne Nicholls, an artist, active environmentalist, and a founding member of Friends of Hidden Valley. Don’t forget to join us for these events as well: Opening Reception: Sunday, September 17, 2017 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Artists Talk: Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm THE MURDER MYSTERY, ‘Big Al’s Boitday’ focuses on madness, mayhem and a murder mystery to solve. The theme for the evening is A Salute to 1952 in celebration of the 65th anniversary of the chapel at Trinity Village. The event features look-alike celebrities from the 1950’s along with vintage vehicles from the era and music from the time period. Other surprises are in store for attendees and we encourage everyone to participate by wearing fashions from the time period and help us to revisit 1952 for a few hours. Silent Auction services provided by AFGI. Event will be held September 29 at Grand Valley Golf and Country Club, 1910 Roseville Road, Cambridge. Doors open at 6:00 pm for social hour and dinner and show at 7:00 pm. Tickets, $65 per per-
son or $565 for a table of 8 (with a tax receipt for donation portion of the table) are available at Trinity Village Studios and Care Centre receptions or online through snapd at https://kitchenerwaterloo.snapd.com/events/ view/1065900 PORCH VIEW DANCES - Kaeja d’Dance & The Registry Theatre present Real People Dancing in Real Spaces Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17 at 12:30pm starting at 53 Betzner Ave N, Kitchener and ending at the Kitchener Market (300 King St East). Tickets: Pay What You Can. Porch View Dances is an innovative dance festival, engaging members of local communities across Ontario since 2012. PVD celebrates through dance the stories that tie our community together. Performed by local non-dancer residents on their porches, and in the front and backyards of their own homes. This year’s PVD will also feature live choral musical accompaniment, arranged and performed by Kitchener-based musician Sarah Pearson. The audience is guided from dwelling to dwelling, watching the stories of a neighbourhood unfold. The event culminates at the Kitchener Market, where the audience joins in a group dance. MOONLIGHT MASQUERADE – The Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region presents the Moonlight Masquerade Dinner and Ball on Sat. Nov. 4. Doors open at 6pm, dinner at 7pm at the Waterloo Region Museum, 10 Huron Road, Kitchener. Entertainment and silent auction. Who will you become? Tickets (on sale until Oct. 28) are $100 before Oct. 14 and $115 after Oct. 14 and are available by visiting sascwr.org THE FOOD TRUCKS ARE HERE! - Every Monday until Sept 25th … 5-8 pm … St Luke’s Lutheran Church, 317 Franklin St N in Kitchener. Bring your own chairs/blankets. Proceeds to community outreach. SCHWABEN CLUB COMING EVENTS – Fish Fry – EVERY FRIDAY at the Schwaben Club Keller, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Fish Fry. Serving Fish & Chips and Schnitzel. Schwaben Family Bowlers – at Towne Bowl, 11 Ottawa Street N., Kitchener. Every 2nd Monday from 6:30 pm until approx., 9 pm, from September till April. The cost for adults for 3 games this year is $16.00 (incl. prize money) If interested, please contact the League President, Helga Peller at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Schwaben Club. You do not have to be a member of the
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Over 3,000 Wilfrid Laurier University students voluteered to go out into the community on Sept. 9 to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis in the annual Shinerama campaign by washing cars, running BBQs, and collecting money from drivers. Shinerama is Canada’s largest post-secondary fundraiser, originating at Wilfrid Laurier University in 1961. Each year students continue to raise funds and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis, Canada’s most common fatal genetic disease. The Shinerama committee hosts fundraising events throughout the year, but the largest event is at the end of Laurier Orientation Week – Shine Day. Laurier consistently has the largest per capita campaign in Canada, raising over $100,000 annually. In 2016, Laurier was the top fundraising post-secondary school in Canada, raising over $120,000. Standing on the pedestrian island on Margaret Ave. in Kitchener to take donations from passing drivers were: From left: front, Dana Wong, Jessica Kwong, middle, Victora Losier, Talia Falconer, back, Alan Crang, Mark Presado, Riley Blackmore, Luke Paron, Andrew Koiyn.
WHAT WE’RE READING 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!
THIS MONTH’S READING:
Witches Be Crazy By Logan J. Hunder REVIEWED BY:
Ashley Tielemans Library Assistant Kitchener Public Library
Witches Be Crazy by Logan J. Hunder had me laughing from the first page. This fantasy adventure is laced with humour throughout the story: dark humour, silly jokes, puns, sarcasm, tongue-in-cheek, clever humour - it basically has a little bit of everything. But there is more to this book than its ability to make the reader laugh. The story centres around an unlikely hero: Dungar Loloth is a surly smith and innkeeper who discovers information that could lead to the downfall of his kingdom. While he doesn’t seem like the normal hero type, he is a patriotic man who wishes to do the right thing. Leaving his sheltered small-town life behind, he sets out to save the kingdom with no plan, no money, no equipment, and a slightly mad companion with no clue. Hilarity ensues. Having this everyman hero in a world filled with knights and princes made for a more compelling choice than the usual suspects. The events in this book are also unlikely at times. The obstacles our heroes encounter
are often unusual, or have a unique twist on a fantasy trope. There was an enjoyable unexpectedness that kept me engaged, as well as laughing. Hunder uses creative approaches and solutions to the hero’s journey. There are references to our modern world, as well as to other famous fantasy stories. It is a fast-paced story, which was surprising given there is more narration and description than dialogue. His descriptions and exposition all flowed very naturally. The witty nature of the third person narration made the book itself seem like an endearing character. This book was one of the most enjoyable reads I have encountered in a while. The tone and humour is reminiscent of The Princess Bride, Tom Holt, Terry Pratchett, and Piers Anthony. Fantastical events mixed with realistic and quirky characters make this a well-rounded book. Witches Be Crazy is a wonderfully delightful book that brings fresh humour and originality to a fun fantasy adventure story. This is the debut novel by Logan J. Hunder, and I hope it is the first of many.
For more great reading ideas, visit www.kpl.org and click on the “Books and More” tab. Want to share your own review of your favourite read? The library’s online catalogue enables library card holders to write a review for any item in the collection. Simply click on the “Add Review” tab for your selected book, and write away!
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Schwaben Club. Table Tennis – EVERY TUESDAY at the Schwaben Club at 7 p.m. Should you be interested in a few trial games and see if you would like to play it and have fun at the same time; then we would appreciate if you would contact Walter at 519-742-3372 or Ken at 519-894-6695. Schwaben Family Soccer – starting May 12th – EVERY FRIDAY – at 6:30 PM (free) All ages and skill levels welcome to join. Schwaben Club Membership not required. For more info contact: kwschwabensoccer@gmail. com Starting Saturday September 9 – Mia San K-W FC Bayern Fan Club – Come watch the Bundesliga Game LIVE on the big screen at the Schwaben Club!!! Doors will be open half an hour before the game starts. Upcoming Games: Saturday, September 16 – Mainz 9:30am. Saturday, September 30, – Hertha 9:30 am. Saturday, September 16, 2017 – Schwaben Club – Kirchweih – Music provided by the Blue Waves, Hall opens: 4:30 p.m. Buffet dinner: 5:30 p.m. Members: $30.00, Guests $35.00, Child (814) $13.00 Child (7/under) free. Tickets on sale until September 11, 2017. Schwaben Club Oktoberfest – Oct. 6-14, 2017. 2 halls to party in with the Golden Keys and the Steve Angel Band. Live Bands, Delicious Food, Dance Groups, Games, Shotski. Get your tickets NOW at the Schwaben Club. Sunday, October 8, 2017 – Oktoberfest Family Day at the Schwaben Club from 11 am to 4 pm. – Games, Crafts, Dancing, Great Food. Free admission for children 12 & under. Bring the kids for a great day! Get your tickets at the Schwaben Club. TRUE NORTH: THE CANADIAN SONGBOOK The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony welcomes back Eleanor McCain for the first concert of the 2017/18 season, True North: The Canadian Songbook on September 29 and 30 at 8 pm at Centre In The Square. Led by Daniel BartholomewPoyser, this concert will showcase iconic Canadian pop and folk songs like the Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, Jann Arden’s Good Mother, Bryan Adams’ Run To You, Gordon Lightfoot’s If You Could Read My Mind, Neil Young’s Helpless, Sarah McLachlan’s Angel and many more. Con-
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cert performances at the Centre In the Square, 101 Queen St. N. in Kitchener. Tickets can be purchased online at kwsymphony.ca or by calling 519-745-4711 or 888-745-4717. ‘REAL CANADIAN STORY’ COMPETITION - Elmira Stove Works, an independently owned and operated Canadian appliance manufacturer based in Elmira, is celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday by partnering with craft brewers across the country to host a “real Canadian Story competition” where consumers submit a story and enter into a chance to receive a new red refrigerator. The person who submits the most compelling story will be awarded a special edition 18 cubic foot “CANADA 150” Northstar fridge, complete with draft system and “Proudly Made in Canada” slogan. Stories will be judged based on: Nostalgic value, Relevance to refrigerators, Relevance to beer (especially Canadian beer), Entertainment and / or human interest value and Relevance to Canada. Stories must not exceed 500 words or depict or represent illegal or unethical activities. One entry per person. Deadline is Monday, Oct. 9, 2017 at 1:59 p.m. ET. Entries should be submitted to email@example.com, or mailed to Elmira Stove Works at 285 Union Street, Elmira, ON CANADA N3B 3P1 The person receiving the award will be selected and notified during the week of October 16, 2017. KWAG BLACK & GOLD FUNDRAISER – Thurs. Oct. 19/2017. The Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery is the leading public art gallery in the region and Black & Gold annually raises more than $55,000 to support exhibitions and education programs at the Gallery. This year, we continue favourite parts of the event like the reception, the 50/50 draw and the live auction (auctioneer Martin Julien will return!) but we are also switching things up - this won’t be your average fundraising dinner! In keeping with the Gallery’s innovative spirit and the region’s tech affinity, our silent auction will be completely mobile thanks to Givergy, award-winning fundraising technology. No more paper forms, no more forgetting where the item you loved is - you can network and get creative with the art activity and not miss out on the items you are bidding on! Tickets to this highly anticipated event are
extremely limited and do sell-out! Get your tickets before July 31st to take advantage of the Early Bird pricing! Special discounts for tables so get a group together and get ready for a fun night out in support of art in YOUR community! DIVERSECITY TOASTMASTERS CLUB - Do you have trouble finding the right words when speaking to a group? Need a career boost? Want to polish your presentation skills? Toastmasters is the place for you. Learn communication, leadership and presentation strategies in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. DiverseCity is a new club and is open to all. It runs Mondays, 7 - 8:30 pm at Kitchener City Hall, the Conestoga Room. For more information contact Leo Tintinalli, firstname.lastname@example.org ADULT DAY PROGRAM - Did you know Trinity Village has an Adult Day Program for seniors wishing to socialize with other seniors? The cost is just $8 per day and the program runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am to 1 pm, at Trinity Village Care Centre, on Kingsway Drive, near Fairview Park Mall. Self-referrals welcome or contact CCAC, 519-748-2222. For more information call the Day Program Coordinator at 519-893-6320 ext. 235. REEP OFFERS HOME RETROFIT COACH - REEP Green Solutions has a Home Energy Catalyst program. Homeowners now have access to the free services of its knowledgeable Retrofit Coach to guide them through the process of making their home more energy efficient. The coach will provide expertise and advice where it’s needed along the way, from prioritizing renovations and hiring contractors, to evaluating completed work and considering next steps. Want to upgrade your drafty home? Want to avoid rising energy costs? We want to hear from you! Please contact coach@reepgreen. ca for more details. REEP is pleased to be working on this project with its partners Mindscape Innovations and Scaled Purpose. TOUR ION OPERATIONS FACILTY - On Saturday, September 16, residents will have an opportunity to tour the ION Operations, Maintenance and Storage Facility (OMSF) as part of this year’s Doors Open Waterloo Region event. The Community Open House will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 518 Dutton Drive in Waterloo.
RAW: KITCHENER WATERLOO SEEKS SUBMISSIONS - RAW Kitchener Waterloo is currently accepting submissions to spotlight visual art, photography, fashion, hair, make up, music, accessories and performance arts for its coming November 2 showcase to be held at Maxwell’s in Waterloo. Selected artists will showcase their work to more than 600 audience members and have the opportunity to show their creations in any one of more than 70 cities where RAW holds showcases throughout Canada, Europe, the U.S.A. and Australia. Application deadline is Oct. 9. For more information on the showcase visit www.RAWartists.org FOLK NIGHT AT THE REGISTRY’S 12TH SEASON - presented by the Old Chestnuts Song Circle, features an exciting lineup of rising stars and iconic folk artists, thanks to the enthusiasm of our Folk Night audiences. We will welcome singer-songwriters and traditional musicians from both near and far, bringing audiences the broad and evocative music that makes up “folk”. All shows are at 8pm and take place at The Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick St, Kitchener. Advance tickets and a limited number of series passes are available exclusively through www.folknight.ca and email@example.com. Line up includes: Sept. 23 Matthew Byrne; Oct. 28 Lizzy Hoyt; Jan. 20 Joe Crookston; March 10 Joe Jencks and Si Kahn; April 14 Dave Gunning and JP Cormier; and May 5 Shari Ulrich. CELEBRATE HER STORY – the 11th annual Inspiring Women Event will be held Thurs. Sept. 28 from 8am to 4pm at Bingemans (425 Bingemans Centre Dr., Kitchener). The largest celebration of women in business, entrepreneurship and corporate leadership in the area, the event will feature guest speaker Sherri Stevens, President & CEO, Women’s Executive Network (WXN), the Canadian Diversity Board Council (CBDC) and Stevens Resource Group (SRG) and inspirational stories from other leading Canadian women. It also provides an opportunity to network and build relationships with other professionals who share your desire for growth, leadership and betterment. Tickets are $150 per person (table of 8 - $1,100). To register or for more information visit greaterkwchamber.com
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