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Food Bank of Waterloo Region opens new fresh food centre

By Carrie Debrone o longer will volunteers have to fight for whatever space they can find in warehouse aisles, to cut, portion and wrap the generous donations of fresh food the local food bank receives from local farmers and restaurants every day. Nope, not any more. Now they have the Fresh Approaches Centre - a new, $150,000, 578-square-foot, nearly fully-equipped food preparation room located at the food bank’s 50 Alpine Ct. location. The new centre was constructed with the help of contractor S.G. Cunningham, which donated funds and building expertise to the project. A major donation from the Savvas Chamberlain Family Foundation also helped pay for the new facility. Expanding its perishable food program has been on the food bank’s bucket list for several years and during its June 25 grand opening, CEO Wendy Campbell explained to guests that the food bank has often had to turn down donations of fresh food because it simply had


Instead of the traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony, the local food bank opened its new fresh food centre June 25 by chopping vegetables. From left: Trevor Herrle-Braun (food bank board chair), Maria Harper (Savvas Chamberlain Family Foundation representative), Beverly Cunningham (S.G. Cunningham contractors representative) and Wendy Campbell, food bank CEO. Photo by Carrie Debrone no way to distribute produce before it would spoil. “Now when our fresh food

partners and local farmers donate food to us we can distribute as much as we can

right away and anything we have left over will be cut up and frozen to be given out later

in the year, especially in the off-growing season when fresh local produce is not available,” she said. Campbell said the need for fresh food is growing because with rising heat, rent and hydro costs, people often pay those bills before they think about paying for food- especially fresh food. “People need access to fresh fruits and vegetables to maintain good health,” she said. “We can clean, preserve, and freeze the food safely here,” she said, adding that the centre will also allow space to repack bulk food products and properly label food. The food bank will also work with agencies and food partners to educate people on what is available at the location and what is needed. Every fresh food hamper donated will include a recipe card telling recipients how to store the perishable food, and offering ways to use it. “Now we have a way to donate this food instead of it going to waste,” she said. The local food bank’s fresh ...continued on page 2

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Candidates coming forward for Let’s Celebrate October municipal election

Canada & Ontario 150!

Kitchener Regional CounHelen Hall cillor (four elected): Elizabeth ith the provincial Clarke, Tom Hiller, Ted 379Martin, Queen Street South, Unit 3, Kitchener, Ontario N2G 1W6 Daiene Vernile election behind us, Kari Williams. T: 519.579.5460 | F: 519.579.2121 | MPP Kitchener Centre people are looking forward CITY OF KITCHENER to the municipal election on Mayor (one elected): Berry October 22, 2018. Vrbanovic. The nomination period has City Councillors (one elected been open since May and in each ward): candidates are starting to Ward 1: Davey, Scott Established in 1996 register for city, regional and Ward 2: Arangath, Suresh; school board seats. Brusse, Regan Sunshine KITCHENER’S ORIGINAL COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER Nominations can be filed Ward 3: Gazzola, John until July 27, 2018. Ward 4: Michaud, Christine Complete information about Ward 5: Pandya, Sonal becoming a candidate in the Ward 6: Singh, Paul The Food Bank of Waterloo Region’s new Fresh Approaches Centre is equipped with stainless steel sinks, a municipal election is included Ward 7: None range, dishwasher and counter space, but is still in need of about $30,000 worth of equipment. For information at the City of Kitchener’s Ward 8: Janecki, Zyg; on how to donate visit website and Johnston, Margaret search Election 2018. Ward 9: Bowman, Melissa; Information can also be Chapman, Debbie ...from page one found on the Region of Ward 10: Meier, Peter food program began in 2012 and over the last produce, making the transfer of food donations • July 2017 • Circulation 30,000 waterlooregionmu Waterloo’s website www. SCHOOL TRUSTEES six years the facility has gradually improved to the warehouse much easier. Public School Board (Vote for its processing and storage. It has expanded its Campbell predicted that the new centre will As of our press deadline, up to four) coolers to hold much more fresh food. allow the food bank to expand its farm and other the following candidates have Hutzal, Brent Usually people think of the food bank as a fresh food partners so much that fresh food filed their nomination papers Separateto School fill out Board a survey(Vote askingplace if they wereonly dry and non-perishable food is donations will likely rise by 100,000 pounds of where to run in the four) ByOctober Carrie municipal DeBrone for up tointerested in having a dogstored. park inNothing their could be further from the truth. food in the first year and, she added, “We know election. Brian Hundreds of people, and theirSchmalz, pets community. Results fromLast theyear, survey 35 per cent of all food given out by the the possibilities are endless.” REGION OF WATERLOO French Public for one) by the had a dog gone good time at Kitchener’s were (Vote not known localKitchener bank was fresh food. More than 32,000 people last year (about 1 in Regional Chair (one elected): Trudel, J press deadline. “We anticipate that this will grow with the 20 households) used the local food bank, which Knollwood Park event June 25 when a Denis Citizen’s d’Ailly, Jan offrom Waterloo; French Separate (Vote for one) group of residents the Auditorium “We don’t know what the results of from opening the new centre,” Campbell said. operates with the help of about 2,000 volunteers. Redman, Karen of Kitchener. Petit-Pas, Dorothee and Central Frederick neighbourhoods the survey will be. It could beAthat a newonly partnership with Food Banks Canada Equipped with stainless steel sinks, a range, hosted The Dogs of East Ward: A few people are interested in thegive idea,the or local bank even more access to dishwasher and lots of counter space, the will Canada 150 Celebration. there may be tons of people interested,” fresh fruits and vegetable donations, and to room is ready for use, but the food bank is still Invited to celebrate Canada’s said event organizer Donna Cassidy, different kinds of food. looking for donations of another $30,000 worth sesquicentennial, the first 150 dogs while helping to stuff goodie forraised for the centre have allowed of kitchen supplies, including a coffee grinder, Andbags funds received goodie bags and ‘Canada 150’ the event on the Thursday the to purchase additional equipment scales, knives, slotted spoons, a vacuum, meat the before food bank bandanas. event. like a new dock leveler, which allows the slicer, stock pots and cutting boards, among The event was both a unique way About two months ago, warehouse Heinz Koller, loading dock to be raised or lowered other items. To donate visit www.thefoodbank. to both celebrate Canada’s 150th another member of the group, developed to match the level of trucks that deliver the ca and search for “fresh approaches” anniversary of confederation and to a “dog density” map using word of discover if people in the area want a mouth, email and Facebook page. It Please contact my office for assistance with leash-free dog park in their community. maps out the homes in the area that have New friends Chantal Vallis (left) federal government services, including: “It started with the idea that we could dogs to get an idea of how many pet dogs and Jessica Darlington bonded have a party for area children and there are in theApplications two neighbourhoods. So Income Tax  Passport over balloon headgear at the families to celebrate Canada’s 150th  Old Age Security  Employment far, map results Insurance show 60 to 70 dogs in Waterloo Region Tacofest, which Canada Pension  Citizenship and and then the idea just came to me that his neighbourhood, but he said it is far raised $52,000 for Community Plan Immigration Support Connections (CSC). we could stick with the 150th theme and from complete and continues to be a  Student Loans Canada Tax Benefit  About 600 people attended the try to attract 150 dogs and their owners work in progress. event, featuring a pop-up barber and centre the event around them,” said Both Koller and Fulop agree that dogs shop and face painting, along with group member Susan Fulop. are great community connectors. craft beer and a range of tacos The event included an afternoon mass /MarwanTabbaraMP “I think there are 11 dogs on my block from local restaurants. All vendors pack walk, a group photo, a vet who of 12 houses alone,” Fulop said. donated 100% of their food and answered questions about dog health, “You meet a lot of people when you @MarwanTabbaraMP drink to support the cause at the plastic pools for the dogs to cool off in, walk your dog,” said Koller who owns a @MarwanTabbaraMP event held at THEMUSEUM. and crafts for all ages including one that Shepherd-Chow cross named Jace, and CSC is a local charity that helps allowed owners to design their own dog who admits to usually not being very 2A– 153 Country Hill Drive people live in their own homes bandana. social. with independence and dignity Visitors wereKitchener, asked to Ontario bring aN2E “I wouldn’t have met half of my 2G7 through programs like Meals on donation for the food bank or an item neighbours if I didn’t walk the dog,” he Wheels, gentle exercise classes, Tel: 519-571-5509 needed by the Kitchener-Waterloo laughed. From left: Mayor’s Advisory Council for Kitchener chairperson andSeniors transportation to Randy medical Email: Humane Society. “I’ve talked to a lot of dog owners Farrell, Kitchener Centre MPP Daiene Vernile, Senior of the Year Cook, appointments and Violet the grocery In addition, visitors were also asked in the area and a lot of them tell me and Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. store. Photo by Andrea Hall



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Canada’s only female Prime Minister added to Baden statue path

By Helen Hall here was a surprise guest speaker at the unveiling of the Kim Campbell statue on the Prime Ministers Path in Baden on June 28. While she wasn’t there in person, the former Prime Minister sent audio of a short speech to be played for the assembled crowd. Campbell admitted she was “skeptical that the artist would render a likeness of me that I thought of as satisfactory.” However, she said both she and her family think it is “wonderful.” “It is an honour to be embodied in your artistic creation,” Campbell told artists Darren Byers and Fred Harrison of New Brunswick. Campbell also thanked Createscape Waterloo Region, the group that had the “vision” to create the educational Prime Minister statue project “not just for this community, but for Canada” and said it would celebrate Canadian artists and hopefully spark discussion about the role of the Prime Minister and Canadian democratic values.” “I do hope, that down the line, there will be another woman whose sculpture you’ll have to create to join the Prime Minister’s Path,” she said. Campbell was the first, and only, female Prime Minister of Canada, serving between June 25 and October 24, 1993. In February 1993, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney announced his retirement from politics, to take effect June 25, 1993. Campbell won the leadership race to succeed Mulroney. She had served in four cabinet portfolios prior to running for the party leadership, including three years as Minister of Justice. The federal election was


scheduled for October of the same year. The Conservatives were swept aside by a Liberal majority and Campbell’s term as Prime Minister was over. Dave Caputo, one of the leaders of Createscape, recalled a lawyer saying to him years ago that he couldn’t be serious about making a statue of Kim Campbell after such a short time as Prime Minister. Luckily, Caputo said, he had just read a book about her life. “She was the first female Canadian Prime Minister. She had more cabinet experience than any Prime Minister before or since,” Caputo said. “She was the first female Minister of Defence from any NATO country.” He added that she also helped to create laws about gun control and sexual harassment. “If I had daughters, I would want them to see a statue of Kim Campbell so they would know they could grow up and be the Prime Minister,” he said. Caputo asked the crowd to thank the politicians on hand, noting it is a time in history when not many people are fond of them. He said most “are trying their best to make Canada a better place for all of us.” The statue was unveiled by Connie Klassen, 91, of New Hamburg. Like Campbell, Klassen is a woman of many firsts. She was the first woman on the school board in New Hamburg, and an entrepreneur who has run three businesses. Klassen told the crowd that when she was younger, women were allowed to be three things “a teacher, a nurse or a secretary.” She noted the changes in society since then, stating that half of the ministers of Canadian cabinet portfolios are women, as are the CEOs of many large companies.

Artist Fred Harrison with Connie Klassen, 91, a woman ahead of her time, who served on the New Hamburg school board and was an entrepreneur before women were encouraged to do so.

Kitchener-Conestoga MP Harold Albrecht and artist Fred Harrison shake hands in front of the statue of former Prime Minister Kim Campbell. It was added to the Prime Minister’s Path in Baden on June 28. Photos by Helen Hall

Ninety-one year old Connie Klassen of New Hamburg gets ready to unveil the statue of former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell in a celebration in Baden before Canada Day.

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Kitchener recognizes Esseleyne Bell as senior of the year

ive local seniors were honoured at the end of May at Kitchener’s Senior of the Year ceremony. The Senior of the Year Award is a provincial program that recognizes residents aged 65 and over. This year’s nominees impacted hundreds of lives in the community. Each one is a role model for active living and exemplifies what it means to be a community builder. The selection panel, made up of members of Kitchener City Council, the Mayor’s Advisory Council of Kitchener Seniors (MACKS) and the Volunteer Action Centre, faced a difficult task in selecting just one recipient. “I was so honoured to present this year’s Senior of the Year award to Esseleyne Bell,” said Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “I am always so inspired to see and learn about the contributions of these older adults. I’m glad we have such

incredible role models to look up to here in Kitchener.” Bell, who runs the Caribbean Kitchen at the Kitchener Market, has a special gift of understanding the needs of others and putting those needs ahead of her own. The selection panel was impressed with her efforts as a caregiver, connector and contributor in both the Caribbean community and more broadly across the region. The award was presented as part of the Living Well Expo held May 26 at Kitchener City Hall. The Living Well Expo is an event that helps adults over 55 continue to live healthy, active lives. Senior of the Year profiles Esseleyne Bell – Recipient of the Senior of the Year Award 2018 As the owner and cook at Caribbean Kitchener, Esseleyne is able to give back by donating food to those less fortunate through catering and charitable

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events. She volunteers with a number of organizations including The Aids Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener Waterloo Area (ACCKWA), Congress of Black Women of Waterloo Region, and the Caribbean Canadian Cultural Association (CCAWR). She is also a founding and very active member of her church. Carol Johnston – Nominee Carol is a peer support volunteer at Peer Connections, a program that supports those living with dementia as well as those who care for them. She also volunteers at the Rockway Centre Tuck Shop and is an important presence at the centre. Wanda Cakebread – Nominee Since retiring, Wanda has used her teaching background to benefit our local community as well as those in El Salvador. She has been involved with a number of organizations including the Waterloo Holocaust Education Committee, 100 Women Who Care – Wilmot, L’Arch, Congregation of the Resurrection and CanTeach

Senior of the Year nominees with Mayor and Chair of MACKS at the Living Well Expo are, from left: Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, Wayne Ernst, winner Esseleyne Bell, Carol Johnston, Wanda Cakebread, Heike Sixtus, David Dirks - MACKS chair. Photo submitted.

Connections. Wayne Ernst – Nominee Wayne founded the Leukemia Awareness Fund in order to raise funds to support the Oncology Unit at Grand River Hospital. He is actively involved in planning and organizing a charity golf tournament that has raised over $165,000 for the unit since 2010. His efforts have made a positive contribution to those

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facing a life-threatening illness. Heike Sixtus – Nominee Heike became a fitness instructor at age 60 proving that it’s never too late to live a healthy life. At 76, she teaches 16 classes a week and takes care with each participant to ensure they are able to safely participate to their fullest potential. She has inspired many to feel strong and live a healthy lifestyle.

greatly appreciated by so many. You can contact the House of Friendship by calling 519.742.8327 or emailing Its website is located at www.

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Looking to get involved with older adult initiatives? The Mayor’s Advisory Council for Kitchener Seniors (MACKS) is seeking two adults 55+ to join the committee this fall. MACKS meets regularly with Mayor Vrbanovic (Sept - June) to discuss ideas, issues and initiatives impacting Kitchener adults aged 55+. By advancing the priorities outlined in the AgeFriendly Kitchener Action Plan, MACKS helps create a community that supports living and aging well. Those interested in applying must be Kitchener residents aged 55+ and willing to serve a three year term. Please submit a letter of interest and resume by Aug. 8 to: Carolyn Cormier, Rockway Centre, 1405 King St. E., Kitchener, ON N2G 2N9 or email For more information visit

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Adèle Hempel Manager/Curator

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House of Friendship Development Director Margaret Lucas and Executive Director John Neufeld in front of the donor recognition wall made of hand-painted tiles that look like a quilt.

House of Friendship has a long history in the City of Kitchener Steve Beilstein n 1939 a women’s prayer group founded House of Friendship, and invited Russian immigrant Joseph Cramer as director. From its humble storefront on King Street Kitchener, House of Friendship initially began as an outreach to a small group of hungry and homeless men desperate for help due to the Great Depression. Today they provide assistance for over 42,000 people a year struggling with hunger, homelessness and addiction. Those employed by House of Friendship, over 1,000 staff and volunteers, are compassionate, loving, qualified, giving people, determined to help improve the lives of those in need all over Waterloo Region. That’s a lot of real estate to cover. Enter Executive Director John Neufeld and Development Director Margaret Lucas. Well versed in the rich history, they not only help preserve it, but continue to pioneer new ways to assist all those in need, be it a compassionate ear, intensive counselling, or a hot meal or a warm bed. There are in place four essential programs designed to help those in need. Each program spiderwebs into a family tree of others too numerous to mention. Lucas explains the fundamental basics. “People may only know one piece of us, but there are so many. It really boils down to four things. The first is food. That’s the food hampers you’ve heard about. The second is housing, that’s shelter, or supportive housing. The third is addiction treatment. What’s unique about that is that it’s a continuing treatment from people that need a little bit of help to people that need a whole lot of help. And there is a whole range of that. The fourth is Neighborhoods. It’s really a family outreach program. It is community centers, and we send kids to camp.” “It’s about the journey. People have different needs along the way.



Community needs have changed,” says Lucas. “We are in partnership with the community, we are stronger together. Everything we do, we do with our partners, with those we serve. They have a voice in this.” Addiction treatment is a big part of House of Friendship. The root causes that lead someone to dependency are varied from person to person. The approach to identify the “why” is very subtle yet very effective. “One thing I talk about is the three E’s,” Neufeld explains. “Economics, environment, and experience. They usually help give a little backdrop to why people walk through our doors, regardless of which doors they are, whether it’s shelter, food, or addiction treatment. The number one thing we hear is that they never imagined they would be here.” “We’re so committed to doing community work, because that’s where we can do preventative work.” Poverty, abuse, rejection, neglect, and depression are only a few of the many mitigating circumstances that can lead to addiction. The councillors and support staff are compassionate and respectful to all who walk through their doors. People are met with a warm smile, a word of encouragement, and the respect and dignity they so rightfully deserve. Many who complete the program make return visits for support, to give back, or just to talk. Some need ongoing counselling, which House of Friendship is more than willing to provide. They will never turn someone away who is genuinely seeking help. Everyone is worth it to them. Every program offered at House of Friendship is deeply rooted in treating people with dignity. It is the foundation on which the treatment is based. Everyone, no matter who they are, deserves to be treated with dignity. Since 1939, the number of people needing assistance has increased, and it requires more volunteers, more ...continued on previous page

The wooden trunk depicted here was used by Maria (Dienesch) Gellner when she immigrated to Kitchener in 1950. Born in Birk, Romania, Maria and her family were ethnic Germans who became displaced persons (refugees) during the Second World War. Maria’s first husband was killed during the war, and she sailed to Canada alone aboard the Beaverbrae. The Beaverbrae brought 33,000 refugees, mostly ethnic Germans, to Canada between 1948 and 1954. To learn more about German immigration to Canada visit our Canada and Germany: Partners from Immigration to Innovation exhibit at the Waterloo Region Museum. Adèle Hempel is the Manager/Curator, Region of Waterloo Museums Contact her at

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Craig Campbell is a self-trained naturalist and field ecologist. He is a nationally recognized expert on Ontario’s flora and fauna. Due in large part to Campbell’s expertise, the Region of Waterloo became Canada’s first municipality to designate Environmentally Sensitive Policy Areas (ESPAs) in 1976. Visit the Hall of Fame exhibits located on the second floor of the Waterloo Region Museum.

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Opening Reception of Baggage - Carrying On Between Two Worlds exhibit Thursday, July 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. You’re invited to our opening reception that features a talk and tour of the exhibit by Folk Artist-in-Residence Naomi Smith. Soap Making Demonstration Tuesday, July 16, 2 p.m.

Doon Cruise-In Classic Car Show Wool Dyeing Demonstration Sunday, August 26, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, 2 p.m. Tour Doon Heritage Village and enjoy Schneider Creek Neighbourhood Porch Party a classic car show. Live music in the Saturday, July 28, 7 p.m. gazebo. For special event details visit our websites. TTY: 519-575-4608

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Barbecues are hot issue in some condos Q. Our condominium rules state barbecues are not permitted on our balconies. A couple of residents are ignoring the rule and sometimes barbecue not once but twice a day. I can’t

even open my windows or sit on my own balcony because of all the smoke. What can I do to resolve this problem so I may enjoy my balcony for the rest of the summer? A. Potential fire hazard and environmental are two reasons

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safety and security of all owners as well as the property. Immediate steps should be taken by the board to rectify this rule violation before additional barbecues start appearing on several other balconies. Maybe there is a portion of the outside common area that can be set up for those who enjoy barbecuing. Allowing owners a choice is the key to a happy, healthy condominium community. * * * Marilyn Lincoln is a condo owner, director and author of The Condominium Self Management Guide 2nd ed. Email: marilyncondoguide@ with questions.

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why barbecuing on a balcony may be prohibited. Strong odors along with thick smoke will definitely drift into a neighbor’s window where smoke detectors will be activated. There are also laws concerning the transporting of propane through a hi-rise building that only complicates matters further. Propane tanks and cylinders must be stored in a safe place away from dwellings. Propane cylinders must be transported in a service elevator, or when there is no service elevator, the person must use the passenger elevator alone to transport the cylinder. Certain condo corporations restrict the use of barbecues on the balcony because their insurance policies will not permit transporting a propane cylinder

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Small neighbourhood off-leash dog park to open this fall behind Kitchener Auditorium

By Carrie Debrone lmost a year ago, neighbours in the Central Frederick/Auditorium area of Kitchener came up with the idea that they should establish an off-leash dog park in their neighbourhood. They set up a committee, did their homework, and talked to a lot of people in the area and beyond – no hushed puppies here. The result is that a new, small, community-sized off-leash dog park adjacent to Stirling Ave, and next to the skateboard park behind the Kitchener Auditorium, has been approved by the city and is expected to be ready for use by this fall. Sensing they were barking up the right tree, and taking what they hoped would be the path of leashed resistance, last summer the neighbourhood committee created a petition and a survey looking for support and feedback on their dog park idea. They received overwhelming support from the neighbourhood, where many homeowners have dogs. When the Auditorium site was targeted as a possible location, the residents again


reached out to residents on Stirling adjacent to the planned location and were told, even by those who didn’t have dogs, that they believed it is a great use of the space. Donna Cassidy, who has been a member of the neighbourhood committee looking into establishing the dog park, said she is pleased that the project is moving forward. The owner of a 95-pound Lab Retriever cross named Sparky, said whenever she takes her pet for a walk “my neighbours are asking me when the park is coming.” “We only started thinking about it on about Canada Day last year so I’m pleased that it seems to be coming to fruition so quickly. Everyone is very excited. There’s lots of dogs in our area and this will give them a great place to run,” Cassidy said. Although the area is not large enough to be called a true dog park, she said it is an open enough area to allow a few dogs to run at a time – a good space for a community-sized dog park. The area is currently partially fenced, but an additional fence will have to be built on the

highway side of the lot as well as several gates, a cost that will be paid by the city. No estimates on the fencing cost were yet available. Cassidy said the city will likely also supply garbage cans for the park. There are still a few details to be worked out, but Cassidy said everyone is excited to give it a try and see how it goes. And, she added that the neighbourhood will also be sharing some responsibility for the maintenance of the area. Sarah Marsh, the Kitchener councillor who represents the area, has also been working with the group. “This neighbourhood size dog park is going to open thanks to the group of neighbours who came to the city with the idea, gathered wide local support on the idea, and patiently worked with staff on a concept that will involve neighbours as stewards of the park.” This smaller dog park is not intended to serve large numbers of dogs. The city has two large dog parks located at Kiwanis Park and McLennan Park with enough space to accommodate larger numbers of off-leash dogs.

“I think this is an excellent example of what we are trying to achieve through the neighborhood strategy: citizenled, city supported initiatives to enhance our neighbourhoods,” Marsh said.

If all goes well this diamond in the ruff will be transformed from space that is not being used to well-used space – all because of a good idea and a community that worked like a dog to make it happen.

BARK IN THE PARK - Led by his owner Juliana Heppler of the Platinum Pooch Grooming Salon, ‘Stitch’, a mixed breed mostly Australian Shepherd shows off his agility during the Bark in the Park event held at Weber Park on June 24. Organized by the Central Frederick Neighbourhood Association, the event featured goodie bags for dog owners, kids crafts, an interactive demo by the Little Veterinarian School, and a group dog parade. Unfortunately rainy weather kept many pet owners from attending, but those who came enjoyed the day and the chance to visit with neighbours.

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Paying a Patriotic Duty on America’s Gift

Dear Carrie Debrone, o paraphrase Richard Bach, “No I was pleased to get your Kitchener Citizen (east edition) and found it quite informative and I thankproblem you for it. ever visits you without bearing gift in its I just read your short article aregarding thehands.” natural gas rates going down for residential customers. Remember that phrase; commit it to You write that Kitchener Utilities have a 2,100 use memory, because our cubic worldmeter willaverage change annually for its residential customers. I stillJuly have1st. an Iimperial meter, dramatically after am, of gas course, which shows the consumption in cubic feet. I have never been able to read of the themeter impending readers seemCanadato have a that meter and as forspeaking that matter, even U.S. trade war. July 1sta billsignals the problem with it as well. Why else would the city issue in the amount implementation of Canadian tariffs on over 140 American of $452? My January bill had been February, there I already imports, in retaliation for$222.16. American tariffs$295.79, on Canadian exportssat upsteel and took but then excused it by, the winter being especially harsh. of andnotice, aluminum. However, when I received my March bill, I knew that something was very This isn’t a family tiff. No, the nice cousin has moved on and wrong. I called the Utility Office and was asked to take a piece of paper in place a bully whomyself. is poised punchI replied us, bend arm I did not andhis a pen andis read the meter To thistorequest thatan behind ourtoback, and demand weand sayaside “uncle!” President know how read the imperial meter from that, it wasn'tTrump my job. lady to I talked to wasour veryauto niceindustry and agreed send somebody to do isThe ready decimate bytocharging a 25%outtariff

another reading and also promised to call me back once this was done. It in Quebec and sold locally. Or Brantford-made Ferrero Rocher was the very next day that I received her call telling me that the new amount instead ofnow Reese’s chocolates. Theseofare smallI only but wonder symbolic owing was $200.10, a mere difference $251.90. how ways to keep employed. often the meter Canadians had been misread in the past. My neighbours either side yourself? have metric The meters and of I had previously Why not be aon producer City Kitchener if I keep could up get one that Ichickens, would be able read. your The answer to that askedyou lets to four andtosince American consisted of a is flatabout NO. to increase in price, why not try making mayonnaise The city had pre-authorized withdrawal privileges for 2004/005 which your own from homegrown eggs? Look, it’sask July, and they bungled up so those badly that I revoked that privilege. I did that office before your kids settle into a summer of texting and gaming, to please send me a paper trail for my records which I never received nor get out to tend your Victory thoseabout did them I get an answer to my request and, gardens of course,and onefeed can forget apology. In every war that has threatened this nation, Canadians of every I realize that it is up have to yourstepped discretion publish not to my age and persuasion uptoand didortheir bitpublish for the letter. However if you decide to print it I would like to warn my fellow country. Your turn. "Kitchenerites" to be extra "vigilant" every time that Utility Bill arrives. The long-term gift is harder. Don’t you think it’s time to extricate ourselves, where we can, from our overdependence on Respectfully, Ingrid E. Merkel America? We do not deserve being labelled a “national security risk,” or categorized as cross-border shoe smugglers. Nor does any Canadian prime minister merit the label of “dishonest” and “weak.” When Trump declares that “the future belongs to Americans, totally,” don’t you think it’s time we chart our own destiny by pursuing other economic partners? So, let’s be bold. Canada needs a range of new military equipment. Why not shop European? After all, NATO is an organization with more than the United States as members. If we’re such a national security risk, I don’t think we should be very impressed the Arts office at City Hall and with how they provided allowed to buybyAmerican weapons, do you? me with information about what was going on here. Those people in turn And the next time Americans make fun of us for saying, have offered their own advice and contacts, so again two thumbs up for “eh,” justoftell them it’sgive a reflex action from the days when we the level support they each other. were asked to give our nation a grade. Yes, there are already many photographers doing the normal

on Canadian-made motor vehicles. No Marvel superheroes, no Disney princesses, and no Jedi knights will be making an appearance to save us. After all, those are American fictional creations; Canadians need a more reasoned and practical response. Which brings me back to Bach’s quotation. Trump is a problem, but not the antichrist. And although Republican legislators have quietly bleated their consent to his policies, this particular president can only be in office for a maximum relatively arrivalofinAmerican-Canadian Kitchener I've been kinship, exploring he the of As six amore In terms photographic arts opportunities here and first impressions are very really is visiting. But thetech gift? encouraging. It's just notwhat’s just in the side of quality that the community We can gift ourselves by investigating patriotic shopping should be judged. A thriving Arts community usually does well. This can ( always be measured in the financial spectrum as the living standard expectationsConsider of artists buying are remarkably low.toilet tissue, manufactured photographic needs of the region, but the opportunity to work with canadian). Cascades

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Just what makes Kitchener so good at Arts development?

We don't want that two bedroom house within convenient driving emerging image companies like web designers, animation houses, software distance to the golf course or mall. Speaking as one of those underfunded producers, locally based video firms, electronic images for broadcasters independent art producers i'll tell you I've lived in some very bad growing as the manufacturing base has declined. The live conditionsTO just to be close to my working environment. An example being entertainment industries, local graphic designers and most especially the LETTER THE EDITOR when living in my various illegal Toronto warehouse studios many years emerging gallery system bodes well for business opportunities, even in this before they were condoized. downturn. There are basically two reasons for artists to be in an area. A slightly Kitchener is projected to be growing by a conservative estimate of compact arts right community with low and the availability of galleries or in100,000 lost my leg above therents knee when I was four years old a boating accident. people over the Inext 20 years and plans call for a big investment I have noticed that there is aIvibrant venues tostanding showcase up the in art aproduced. in conversions of existing was dinghy when it hit a big wave. fell overboard and the motor warehouse buildings into studio style live work theatre network here that none the less is going through hard times. The space. Technically the manufacturing base has down- turned and left a lot injured my leg. music scene is really good with a solid choice of local talent that is well of empty buildings. As a member oflocal The free Warpublications. Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) I’m spreading publicized by a few Radio generally follows theProgram, If out of those numbers there are 10 percent artists in all media that standard butand the sharing University Waterloo an video, outstanding the safetycorprock message myof story in ahas new PLAYSAFE: Don’t LetartItall of us are going to need some of this space to actually work at their community station. Happen to You. build up our community. Artists, being artists though, do not like to be The huge pool of university students to draw from for a vocal audience told how to do things. The local government is working hard to reach that With the help of seven amputees, I warn kidsand to spot the danger before with some disposable cash other helps young in keeping the cities vibrant leveltrains, where boats, they can integrate the needs of the artistic community they play and tonumber be aware of “meanartists machines” like lawnsomowers, cars enthusiastic. The of professional is still small enough that seamlessly into their development plans. theyfarm knowequipment. one another. Whether you’re near, in or on the water, it’s good to stay alert. and Many studies have shown time and again how efficient an Arts based We are quickly seeing astounding growth in the digital imaging Accidents happen when you least expect it. industry. Fortunately, as a photographer who has been working in digital community can be. A planning group called The Prosperity Council calls parents, for a huge investment for artists and art based businesses Asyears the weather warms up and spendinto more time I encourage for it helps me integrate my kids own work video, 3D,outside, web, specifically to encourage them to choose Kitchener as a place to work. This is the first teachers group leaders to help me pass on the advertising, So I think, personally, the opportunities in Kitchener are PLAYSAFE message. time I have found a directed approach to our niche, but very valuable better than Toronto. An example being the cable TV (Rogers) that works Please take some time to watch or download the video free-of-charge online at very hard to involve the regions schools and artisians in locally produced segment of society. If even fifty percent of the plans get done it is still an attractive place to build a career. programming. Our image production is now all pixels and with the recent Let's not forget that Kitchener/Waterloo was voted the most intelligent of a new Rebecca Mideros, 13 5 million dollar Federal grant to establish a city and speaking as a newcomer it is very evident that the level of announcement centre in the downtown core, it offers unexcelled professionalism is visibly high here. People waste little time and the massive digital media Ontario welcome i've received in presenting my own portfolio to various galleries opportunities to work with some of the leading edge image systems in the and companies has been warm and enthusiastic. A very nice event held world. In fact there are plans to make Kitchener a regional in town is the quarterly parties at the KW regional art gallery. Mellow communications hub and that leads into the possibility of thousands of new people who enjoy art meet each other with cool jazz and some ambient uses for my photos. There is a very good internet system here and if you would like more dub from the djs. netKitchener and mostCitizen community plans aretoavailable. Theexperinext With the projected growth of the regions artists in all mediums I have info just go to the The invites you share your three years will aestablish this region of one of thean"Silicon Valley" inspired foundwith there many dynamic, plans,a rant? by the ences the are community as a guestspecifically columnist.targeted Do you have A viewpoint about local event or opinion about important issue? Or, do of a thriving gateway of new ideas and I feel very fortunate to municipal government in particular, foster a Citizen (relatively) largeforexamples you have a personal or funny story? ThetoKitchener is looking writers who are willing to share their views with their neighbours in a community investment in development towards artist integration. I was be able to establish myself here with so many other creative artists.


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Nothing lasts forever … except maybe a really great superhero

By Shelley Byers hen Richard Comely gets an amazing, fantastic idea, “ka-blam!” he makes it happen. In 1973, a friend suggested that Canada needed a comic book hero. A champion in red and white. “Pow!” Captain Canuck hit the shelves in 1975. His bulging shoulders proudly display our maple leaf as he protects the innocent and safeguards the exploited. He is


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Evelyn, have commandeered Bingemans Conference Centre in Kitchener from October 5 to 7 for the first Tri-Cities Super Con. “We have unique events that people will not see at any other con,” says Comely. It promises to the “Biggest and Best Geek Fest in the Region.” Stay tuned for celebrity guests, workshops, auctions and contests including costume play (cosplay). New! Watch for the Teen Comic Creation Contest, a province-wide Pop Art contest and more. Richard is finding that it takes superhero energy to make this event materialise. Good thing he believes there are superhero qualities in all of us, including himself. He doesn’t take all the recognition for the creation of Captain Canuck. He gives “cocreator” credit to Ron Leishman for instilling the idea. Well, he owes his Canadian citizenship and love and pride for his country to his parents who immigrated to Canada from England in 1953 when he was almost three years old. “We got off the boat on Pier 21 in Halifax. My parents

asked how to get to British Columbia,” he says with a smile. “They had no perception of how big Canada is.” Christopher Robin Comely and Maureen Ivy West married in Gretna Green, Scotland – the British version of Reno or Vegas (minus the gambling). During their first two years in Canada, they made it as far as Etobicoke. Christopher worked on a farm but dreamed of touching rich soil of his own one day. In 1955, they made the trek to Portage la Prairie, Manitoba where, for a whopping $50 down payment, they secured 40 acres. Maureen wrote of this journey and the first years in the small town just outside of Winnipeg in her book Going West with Annabelle under her pen name, Molly Douglas. He recalls reading about their first Halloween. Maureen opened the door to costumed children holding bags of apples. “Mom said, ‘thank you’, took two from a bag and gave them to my brother, Peter and me,” he says. Richard is the eldest of six children. Maureen also had success as

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Captain Canuck...from previous page a romance writer for British and Australian magazines. “I read one,” he says. “It was hilarious. The story, set in Canada, makes perfect sense if it took place in the Swiss Alps.” Twenty years after asking directions to British Columbia, Richard’s parents finally made it to Courtenay, British Columbia. They never returned to England. The elopement distanced Richard’s parents from his grandparents more than the miles. Richard’s grandfather, Dick, was a WWI hero who managed a government venture to employ men “on the dole,” as his grandmother, Mabel, describes in her journals. These Land Settlement Associations became small villages. “My grandparents looked after 80 families,” says Comely. In 1935, to honour the Silver Jubilee of King George V, Mabel organized a festival for the community. The small crowd cheered her determination. She couldn’t contain her feelings. “She was so mortified by the applause she showed emotion. She shed a tear,” He stops for a moment to dab his eyes. “Stuffy Brits.” At age 11, Richard won free membership in the Allied Art club in Portage la Prairie. “I don’t know how I got there,” he says. “They said I could take classes for free with the adults.” Throughout his artistic career, he has worked as a sign painter, portrait artist, poster designer, graphic designer, even fashion designer … but he always loved cartoons. In 1971, he joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They answered his questions like no other faith. This would not only transform his spiritual life, but discover his inner superhero. Comely met co-creator, Ron Leishman in church. They shared a love of cartoons. By

early 1973, Leishman was out west and up north earning money to be able to serve as a missionary. Meanwhile, Richard completed four pages of art with no characters or a complete story. Still, he contacted the only Canadian publisher he knew. Harlequin Romance. “I didn’t want to contact American publishers like Marvel and DC,” he says. “Why would they be interested in a Canadian superhero? That would be crazy.” Harlequin was interested. However, he turned down their offer to move to Toronto in favour of self-publishing. He borrowed $7,000 from his parents and gathered ad sales. Now all he needed was a story. “I was literally a one-man band,” he says. “I had to learn how to do everything. I’d buy a whack of comics without covers for cheap to get a feel for the storytelling and art style.” The entire cast of characters didn’t come to life until late 1974. The first issue of Captain Canuck was dated July and released in May 1975. It was the first successful Canadian comic book since WWII. “When it first came out, practically every newspaper in Canada ran the story,” he says. “It was the first item on the national news.” By this time, he was able to share his growing universe with his new wife, Evelyn. They met in 1973 with everything in common including the search for inner peace. They were married in the Latter-day Saint Temple in Cardston, Alberta in March 1975. “She’s very smart,” he says. “But, she does find me bossy at times.” He smiles for a moment. The couple have seven sons, one daughter and have welcomed 10 grandchildren into their lives. As Captain Canuck would say, “You have to be

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ready for anything!” Richard had produced the first two issues when he met George Freeman and Claude St. Aubin. After the third issue, they barely broke even and moved from Winnipeg to Cardston to run a small, independent newspaper for needed income. “George and Claude came with us. We gave The Westwind News a whole new look,” he says. “Lots of cartoons and graphics.” However, it wouldn’t fly. George eventually moved back to Winnipeg. Richard and Claude took jobs as commercial artists in Calgary. But, Captain Canuck would live to fight another day! In 1978, CKR was formed with two investors to finance the comic book publishing and another 12 issues were released up until early 1981. “I literally feel that George and Claude were a Godsend. I needed their help,” says Comely. However, it fell to earth. With Captain Canuck on the bench once again, Richard went back to working as a commercial artist and also produced two issues of Star Rider and the

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Magazine, Los Angeles Times, The Toronto Star, Globe and Mail and National Post, among others. With Chapterhouse’s publication of “Invasion” – book one of a three part series written by actor Jay Baruchel and Van Jensen, the Captain is back … again. “This didn’t happen overnight. In 1975, Canadians were ready and waiting for Captain Canuck. It was almost a fluke,” says Comely. “It wasn’t that I had my hand on some pulse. Captain Canuck starts out working for the government. How more Canadian can that be?” Richard believes that mortality lasts for a split second in the scheme of eternity. One must do the best they can with the time they have. “Draw a line that has no end then put a little mark somewhere,” he says. “That’s mortality.” Nothing lasts forever on earth … except maybe a really great superhero. For more information about the Tri-City Super Con, guests and contests vistit www.

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A Neighbours Day love story at Kiwanis Park By Carrie Debrone any residents in Kitchener consider the Kiwanis Pool a gem, but it has an even deeper meaning to Scott and Anne Marie Fraser. The newly renovated Kiwanis Pool in Kitchener (1000 Kiwanis Park Drive) officially opened June 9, coinciding with many community events happening that day as part of Neighbours Day in Kitchener. The Frasers first met at the pool in the summer of 1969 when Scott was working there as a lifeguard. “One day I was checking cars at the front gate and Anne Marie’s family drove through. She was in the back seat. No kidding. Our eyes locked, “ Scott said. They went out on many dates but eventually they broke up and went their separate ways, each marrying other people. They met again by chance in 2000, when they each were single again. They married two years later on July 20, 2002, the 33rd anniversary of the exact day they met at the pool. Now married for 16 years, between them the couple has 9 children and 14 grandchildren. The pool as a swimming facility is also particularly special to Scott because swimming has remained a large part of his life. A high school championship swimmer, he continues to compete. This year he will attend the 55+ Canada Games in St. John, New Brunswick competing in freestyle, butterfly and breaststroke. He has won 13 medals in the four Canada Games he has entered since 2007. He is also well known as a Town Crier.


Scott has been the Oktoberfest Town Crier for 19 years and usually helps lead the parade, and has been the City of Stratford’s honourary Town Crier for 23 years. He has been to three Town Criers’ world championships. “This park absolutely has a special meaning to both of us. It’s amazing to see the transformation,” Scott said of the pool renovations, adding that when he worked there he recalled the pool had a sand beach. “When the wind blew it would blow all the sand into the pool and we couldn’t see the bottom,” he laughed. To mark the pool opening, admission to the park and pool was free. The Frasers were among many families taking time out to enjoy the pool on Neighbours Day, despite the cool and cloudy day. In 2014, the city was notified that, because of changes in legislation, the pool no longer met current code requirements and would need improvements to its filtration and mechanical systems. The pool was closed last summer while it underwent a $4.1-million reconstruction that includes a new poolside splash pad, a large filtration system and a new peninsula lifeguard post, increasing visibility and safety for the hundreds of daily visitors. Its popular oval shape has been changed to include two oval pools that provide 4,500 square feet of swimming area. The pools, which gradually slope to a depth of four feet, hold a combined 2.4-million liters of water and are divided by what is being called a sand bar. Kiwanis Park was founded by the Kiwanis Club of Twin Cities in 1967 as a centennial project. The pool opened

Scott and Anne Marie Fraser stand with Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic in front of a plaque installed at the entrance to the newly-renovated Kiwanis Pool in Kitchener that marks the 50th anniversary of the pool and park and commemorates the history and the support of the Kiwanis Club to the project. in 1968. The park was looked after by the club until 2008 when the city of Kitchener took over its maintenance. The club is still involved with running the park’s snack bar. It opens each June and remains open until Labour Day, welcoming about 45,000 visitors each summer. More than 500 visitors per week use the sports fields during the summer months. The park has about 300 dog park visitors a week, and over 100 visitors per week access its trails. In addition to the pool, Kiwanis Park also has beach volleyball courts, athletic fields, a playground, picnic shelter, nature tails, a leash-free dog park, a snack bar, outdoor ice rink in the winder, a canoe launch and access to the

Walter Bean Trail and Grand River. June 9 marked the 4th annual Kitchener Neighbours Day, an event that connects people and strengthens relationships through neighbourhood activities and gatherings. The day continues to grow in popularity, this year featuring 40 events across the city in parks, at pools and community centres, including 19 Host Your Own (HYOE) events planned by neighbourhood groups and/or individual residents. This year HYOEs were supported by The City of Kitchener with a $200 gift card. Activities included BBQs, picnics, an ice cream sundae party, a tea party and a movie night with food trucks at Max Becker Commons.

Ethan Wolfe, 4, his Mom Jule and brother Austin (18 months) enjoyed the pancakes and sausage served at the Downtown Kitchener Community Centre on Neighbours Day.

A Tea in Tecumseh Park was a popular event on Neighbours Day held June 9 in Kitchener. Here Dave Lubitz pours tea for his neighbours from left, Alayne Klesser, Rebecca Lubitz, Mary Pavlinich, Myrna and Ivan Frederick. The tea featured a selection of fruit, cookies, cake, flatbreads, cream cheese, coffee and tea and the chance for neighbours to get to know each other better.

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A group of scouts shared their camping skills with others behind St. George’s of Forest Hill church. From left: Adam Tuka, Aiden Smith, Trey Smith and Hunter Smith.

A bicycle repair and tune-up station was offered at the Neighbours Day celebrations at the Stanley Park Community Centre. Holly Pffeffer (middle) from Recycle Cycle helps to repair a bike brought in by Candice (left) and Jillian Butchart.

Volunteers served pancakes and sausage at the Downtown Kitchener Community Centre on Neighbours Day June 9. From left: Andrew Hutchinson, Sheri Follett, Susan Flop, and Kitchener Centre MP Raj Saini.

Thousands of people came out to celebrate the 4th annual Neighbours Day in Kitchener on Saturday, June 9. There were more events this year than ever before and they could not have happened without the generous support of our sponsors, partners, volunteers, and staff. This special day was a huge success and we want to thank everyone who helped to make it happen and to all who came out to take part in the fun. We look forward to another great Neighbours Day next year!

Thank-you to our sponsors At the Victoria Hills Community Centre the theme was all about playing outside. Here, Aarya Desai and his brother Athrv learn how to operate a fire hose from some Kitchener firefighters.

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The team sponsored by Helmutz Interlock won the Junior 3-Pitch league championship defeating Miltons Restaurant in the final. From left: front, Travis Ruth, Gavin Raper, Alex Burt, Joshua Hamilton, Kate Morwood, Josie Morwood, Luke Manson, middle, Trenton Querin, Alexandra Vincent, Noah Querin, Jack Dalcourt, Evan Hamilton, Joel DeGraaf, back, Coaches Paul Raper, Darryl Querin, Peter Burt. Photo courtesy of PKG Photography

The team sponsored by TextNow took the Senior 3-Pitch league championship defeating Diekat in the finals. From left: front, Nolan Phuong, Elysia Sawatzky, Keaton Simpson, Alex Pipilas, Ben Atkinson, middle, Rylie Heimbecker, Aiden Bradley, Derek Jimenez, Tessa MacKenzie, Charlie Donville, Nikos Piperakis, back, coaches Shawn Sawatzky, Tristan Huntington. Photo courtesy of PKG Photography

From left: front, Evan Hamilton (Sportsmanship), Eoin Godfrey (Sportsmanship), Phoenix Losching (Jr. 3-Pitch League MVP), back, Carson Proctor (Team MVP), Brooke Puumalainen (Sportsmanship), The team sponsored by Sportco won the Senior T-Ball league championship beating the team from Kate Jessop (Sportsmanship), Rylie Heimbecker (Sportsmanshp) Absent are: Farah McKellar TD Bank in the final. From left: front, William Thompson, Jack Morwood, Mac Richmire, Tyson Skinner, (Outstanding Player), Marlowe Vuckovic Kirle (Sportsmanship), Keydon Kraehling (Sportsmanship), Zen Derschner, middle, Owen Bellamy, Benjamin Preuss, Eric Kropf, Quintin Eller, Jordan Brouillette, Aiden Ventura Dolinar (Sportsmanship), Marco Peveroni (League Rookie of the Year), Kate Reader (Outstanding Player), Milo Hunter (Sportsmanship), Nathan Thompson (Sportsmanship), Liam back, coaches Greg Eller, Rich Brouillette, Adam Derschner. (Absent, Owin Funk) DeSoto (Team MVP). Photo by Carrie Debrone Photo courtesy of PKG Photography

Stanley Park Optimist 2018 ball season wrap up

By Carrie Debrone The Stanley Park Optimist Club baseball program wrapped up its 49th season with a party at Wilson Park in Kitchener on June 23. All four championship games were played before the rain started later in the morning, just before the closing ceremonies were set to begin. Many players braved the weather to enjoy free hotdogs and drinks, trophy presentations and music by Erick Traplin. The year-end wrap up party provides the opportunity for individual players to receive their trophies, for winning teams to be recognized and for the community to thank the many people who work together to provide the popular program including organizers, umpires, coaches, managers, assistants, helpers and team sponsors. With about 540 players this year, the program is the largest youth baseball program in Kitchener. All participants received medalions, a photo package and a set of personalized trading cards. Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic and councilors Scott Davey and Dave Schnider helped hand out trophies and thanked the hundreds of volunteers who helped coach and manage the teams. Final results Senior T-Ball Champion - Sportco

Finalist – TD Bank Consolation Champion – Pm Windows & Doors Consolation Finalist –PSG Masonary Junior 3-Pitch Champion – Helmutz Interlock Finalist – Miltons Restaurant Consolation Champion – Hiller Truck Consolation Finalist - Wonder Tots 
 Senior 3-Pitch Champion - TextNow Finalist - Diekat Consolation Champion – PSG Plumbing Consolation Finalist – ATF Automation Individual Awards For exhibiting good sportsmanship, a positive attitude and enthusiasm in addition to good play the following players were recognized for their outstanding performances in the 2018 season. The trophies they received were sponsored by Tentworks. Senior 3-Pitch MR KW Landscaper Sportsmanship Award: Marlowe Vuckovic Kirle Burgess Flooring Sportsmanship Award: Keydon Kraehling Tentworks Sportsmanship Award: Kate Jessop TextNow Sportsmanship Award: Rylie Heimbecker ATS Sportsmanship Award: Aiden Ventura Dolinar PSG Plumbing Team MVP: Carson Proctor

League Rookie of the Year: Marco Peveroni (from Diekat) Special award: Tentwork’s Outstanding Player: Farah McKellar Junior 3-Pitch League MVP: Phoenix Loschnig (Kitchener Citizen team) Milton’s Restaurant Sportsmanship Award: Brooke Puumalainen Helmutz Interlock Sportsmanship Award: Evan Hamilton Wonder Tot’s Sportsmanship Award: Eoin Godfrey Hiller Truck’s Outstanding Player: Kate Reader Mayberry Electric Sportsmanship Award: Milo Hunter Bauhaus Sportsmanship Award: Nathan Thompson Alfran Trophies Team MVP: Liam DeSoto. *** Players were reminded that baseball is a team game, so individual success is, in large part, achieved through working with teammates under the guidance of their coaches. The recipients of these awards are representative of the many other worthy players. The Stanley Park Optimist Club and the Kitchener Citizen congratulate all the award recipients whose efforts help make the games a more enjoyable and rewarding for everyone.

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Kitchener to open 2018 Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour in October H

itting the road for its fifth annual coastto-coast tour this fall, Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour will open in Kitchener with a special three-day celebration from October 5 to 7. That weekend also marks the opening celebrations for KW Oktoberfest’s 50th anniversary. “The City of Kitchener is excited to be chosen to host the launch of the fifth season of Rogers Hometown Hockey,” said Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “Kitchener has so much to offer, and we are thrilled to put our vibrant and hockey-rich community on display for the whole hockey world to see! With the 50th Anniversary of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest in October 2018, having Hometown Hockey in Kitchener this fall will make an already historic celebration even more electric.” The tour will then travel cross-country to mark special occasions in London (ON), Glace Bay (NS), Mississauga (ON) and CFB Esquimalt

(BC) along the 25-stop season. “In Canada, our deep hockey roots extend from coast-to-coast and keep our communities intrinsically connected,” said tour host Ron MacLean. “Beginning with celebrating milestones in these five communities, we have the privilege of a fifth season of uncovering the great hockey tales of our past, celebrating the hockey victories of our present and meeting the hockey stars of our future.” Arriving in a new community every Saturday and Sunday throughout the 2018-19 hockey season, Rogers Hometown Hockey celebrates Canada’s hockey heritage through familyfriendly activities, world-class storytelling, and star-studded guest appearances and musical acts. The free festival concludes every Sunday with an outdoor viewing party of the Sportsnet broadcast of an NHL game hosted by Ron MacLean and Tara Slone.

Kitchener-Waterloo selected to host Canada Soccer’s 2020 Toyota National Championships U-15 Cup


itchener and Waterloo have been selected by Canada Soccer to host the 2020 Toyota National Championships U-15 Cup. The event is one of Canada’s premier amateur soccer competitions that brings together clubs from across the country. The competition is scheduled to take place from October 7th– 12th, 2020. The bid from Kitchener-Waterloo featured collaboration between the Kitchener Soccer Club, the Waterloo Minor Soccer Association and the South-West Regional Soccer Association, along with representatives from both cities and the Regional Sport Tourism Office (RSTO). “As a soccer dad who enjoyed watching my two sons play the beautiful game for years, I’m excited that our community will be hosting this

prestigious event,” said Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky. “This competition is a great precursor to Canada co-hosting the World Cup in 2026 and we look forward to showcasing our soccer facilities to players and families from across the nation in 2020!” The Toyota National Championships are Canada Soccer’s largest annual amateur competition with more than 600 competing clubs and 10,000 players. In 2018, close to 600 teams entered provincial or territorial play downs to qualify for the Toyota National Championships. The U-15 championships will be hosted in Edmonton, AB, in 2018 and in Laval, QC in 2019


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PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Harold Albrecht MP for Kitchener-Conestoga


n Monday, June 25th, a needle exchange program was introduced to the Grand Valley Institute for Women in Kitchener. It is very concerning that the Liberal Government commanded Corrections Canada to approve this program which sends the wrong message to prisoners, victims of crime, and to all Canadians. This program will allow prisoners who are convicted of violent crimes access to needles in order to inject themselves with substances that are illegal in the general public, as well as in prison. I agree with Ontario region president of the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers, Rob Finucan, when he raises the concern that this program puts Correctional Officers in harm’s way and that it is forcing Officers to turn a blind eye to illegal activity within the Prison system. I realize that illegal drugs make their way into our prison system, and that there are nearly 1,500 drug seizures in prisons each year. However, the solution to this is not to turn a blind eye but to effectively enforce Corrections Canada’s zero tolerance policy. The previous Conservative Government took strong action to crack down on this problem by increasing random drug testing, investing significantly in drug interdiction, and creating tough mandatory prison sentences for selling drugs in prisons. My constituents, and Canadians, would like to see more of this action, not the normalization of the use of illegal drugs

in prisons. We also need to be investing far more in treatment and prevention programs. The first and most important role of a Government is to keep its citizens safe; not focussing on making criminals’ lives more comfortable. I will always focus my efforts on giving victims a strong voice in the justice system and ensure that convicted criminals face the full force of the law. Unfortunately, we’ve also seen this with the heavy-handed decision by the Liberal Health Minister to force communities who don’t want them to have so called “safe injection sites.” Canadian families expect safe and healthy communities in which to raise their children. The Respect for Communities Act (introduced by the previous Conservative Government) gave police, residents, and municipal leaders a say when it comes to opening an injection site in their community. Dangerous & addictive drugs tear families apart, promote criminal behaviour, and destroy lives. Instead of making it easier for drug addicts to consume drugs, the Liberal Government should support treatment and recovery programs to get addicts off drugs, and enact heavy mandatory minimum sentences to crack down on drug traffickers. I hope that the Liberal Government will stop and consider the negative message this needle exchange program is sending and reverse this policy as quickly as possible.

PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Raj Saini MP for Kitchener-Centre

Dear Friends, As we wrap up the Parliamentary season, I am greatly looking forward to spending another summer in our wonderful community. It is during this time that I am able to connect with many of you and attend all sorts of events and festivals both here in Kitchener Centre and throughout our broader region as a whole. This summer, I will be making special stops at the organizations that have hired students through our Canada Summer Jobs program, to meet the students and the organizations. Our government has doubled the funding for the Canada Summer Jobs program compared to the previous government, creating meaningful and paid work for nearly 70,000 students per year. Not all local organizations, or students think of contacting their local representative when they run into an issue; that’s why these meetings are so crucial. It will ensure all Canadians’ voices are heard, and to ensure that everyone has access to their Member of Parliament. This year there will be tens of thousands of students across Canada that will have the opportunity to work in a field that interests them while earning money to pay for next year’s tuition. Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the 51st Multicultural Festival, and deliver remarks celebrating our vibrant and diverse community. Being engaged and being part of the community is something I have always enjoyed, and as a Member of Parliament I have a special platform from which to do so. Our community has a strong sense of diversity, and this is representative in our

long running Multicultural festival, and many other events throughout the year. This summer I will be attending many community events such as, Camexicanus, Cruising on King, Kultron World Music Festival, Ribfest, Blues Festival, LINK Picnic Festival and so many more. I will also be posting about these, and many more events on my social media, so be sure to stay involved there! If you see me, please come up and say hello! Ensuring that all people have safe, accessible and affordable housing is a top priority for me and for our government. That is why I was so proud to have been able to announce a $2.07 million investment in K-W Habilitation Services as part of the Rental Construction Financing initiative for the construction of its four-storey building. This building will be designed to be energy efficient and to achieve lower greenhouse gas emission targets. All of the units will be designed to be accessible and additionally, all units will be held at rents lower than average market rents for a period of 25 years. We all benefit as a community when everyone has a safe and secure place to live and this project will benefit our entire community. To learn more about the work I am doing here in the riding and in Ottawa, please visit my website,, email me at Raj., or call me at 519-741-2001. My staff and I are always ready to answer your questions or assist you with any casework that you may have. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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THEMUSEUM will purchase the neighbouring THEMUSEUM Board of Directors. Bank of Montreal building at 2 King Street West, “THEMUSEUM has come to play a vital role in Pastor: Pearce Kitchener, allowing a significant expansion. theJohn rejuvenation of Downtown with its 100,000+ “We’re thrilled to announce this soleSunday purchaser annual visitors,” said Kitchener Mayor Berry Service and Kid’s Church: 10:30am agreement with THEMUSEUM and be a part of this ALLVrbanovic. WELCOME! important campaign to help bolster the burgeoning “With the LRT slated to connect our communities arts and culture community of this growing region,” like never before by later this year, an expanded said Julie Barker-Mertz, Senior Vice President, museum that offers increased arts, culture and South Western Ontario Division, BMO Bank of STEAM programming will create a virtually endless Montreal. stream of possible collaborations in the future, he BMO has also pledged a $1,000,000 donation to said. In 2017, the family of David Marskell, CEO help with the transformation. of THEMUSEUM donated $1,000,000 to the “Our board identified capacity and sustainability organization. issues eight years ago and this decision not only THEMUSEUM will now begin consultations with aligns with our plans, but allows us to flourish funders and interested groups. The sale is expected and evolve,”said Frank Boutzis, President of to close later this year.


Creative Hub at 44 Gaukel to expand

he creative hub at 44 Gaukel will be expanding with a $775,000 investment from the City of Kitchener’s Economic Development reserve fund. Council had previously allocated these funds to the creative hub from the sale of 48 Ontario Street. The city has identified arts, culture and the creative industries as a key economic sector in Kitchener and a major factor in the vitality of our community. It has invested in space for creation, connection, and career and business development supports to those working in creative industries. At its June 11 meeting, council also endorsed staff’s

recommendation for a partnership model where the city retains oversight of the hub but involves partners in the day-to-day operations. This model has been successful with the ArtsBuild Ontario and the Accelerator Centre on the second floor at 44 Gaukel where hardwarefocused start-ups and arts, culture and creative industry organizations are able to share space and ideas. The entire second floor of 44 Gaukel is in full use and council believes that expanding the hub to both floors of the building will continue the momentum and experience of the industries there.

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Notes from City Hall

Sidewalk Snow Clearing We all want the same thing, sidewalks cleared of snow in a timely manner. We also don’t want to see those who are unable burdened

with this duty. What many disagree upon is the method by which we achieve this goal. I believe piloting city clearing is redundant as some neighbouring cities already have this service. The data is available, and the results are mixed at best. Complaints always go up but other aspects are of greater concern. It’s terrible for the environment. More carbon in the air from required vehicles and staff estimates five times more salt on the earth. Salt is already a problem for our groundwater, and that’s the water

we drink. Cost is also a concern. The $759K pilot would wipe out our Winter Reserve Fund (supposed to balance years of excessive snowfall) and dip into other reserves that are already under-funded. If approved citywide, the tax implication would be the greatest in recent memory. The estimate is 3.5% on TOP of inflationary increases. I worry about our city’s financial condition, but I’m also progressive and believe there are limits on taxation the votingpublic will accept. At 3.5%, what will be the appetite for other services/

infrastructure residents desire? Is city-snow-clearing “the” service? We instead approved a more efficient option; proactive bylaw enforcement, in tandem with a program aiding those that need help. It’s far less expensive, has never been tried, and should see sidewalks cleared far in advance of the city’s ability. Before draining reserves, it seems prudent to try the civic-duty/barn-raising approach our Region is known for.

I want to give huge thanks to the Centreville-Chicopee and Stanley Park Community Associations for the great Neighbours Day celebrations at their community centres. I also

want to thank Grandview Church for partnering with Centreville Chicopee with financial and volunteer support that made the day even more special. St. Anthony Daniel Church partnered with Stanley Park with more activities and events. Our Kitchener Fire Department and Waterloo Regional Police had staff at both celebrations and their presence and participation is always appreciated. The Kiwanis Park Pool has reopened. I encourage you to enjoy this jewel of a facility in our City. The

renovations are amazing and the kids sure love the new spray pad. It’s a great place to pack a picnic lunch for and enjoy some family time. Come downtown for these upcoming free events: Cruising on King is on Friday, July 13. Check out the classic cars along King Street and live music in Carl Zehr Square. The Downtown Kitchener Ribfest and Craft Beer Show: July 20-22 in Victoria Park. Rock & Rumble: July 21 from 5-11pm. Custom and vintage

motorcycles, food trucks, craft beer and live music featuring Honeymoon Suite and The Northern Pikes. The Centreville Chicopee Community Centre’s Splash Pad is free to enjoy daily from 9 till 9. Just bring your towel. I welcome your ideas and concerns. Contact me if I can help in any way. You can report an issue or get questions from any city department answered by calling our 24 Hour Contact Line at 519-741-2345.

issued in May. During the past several months staff have spent considerable hours engaging the Public, including all major stakeholders, concerning this matter. Based on these discussions staff prepared several detailed alternatives complete with cost estimates. The estimated costs of the study were somewhat distorted in that over 1/3 of the costs related to re-usable/saleable Capital equipment and therefore not a true estimate of the real incurred costs. No new permanent staff would be hired for the tests. Some of the costs related to the new Regulations imposed by the Province and thus required implementation regardless of the tests. Based on my detailed review of the estimated costs I expect that they

would have been closer to $400,000 compared to the oft-quoted $770,000. This is unquestionably a considerable amount to be spent for a pilot project. However, sometimes it is necessary to spend money to save money. This is an issue that impacts everyone as we all use sidewalks and roads. Recently, the majority of Council quickly endorsed a pilot project costing $800,000 for a Creative Arts Hub which I suspect only impacts a minority of our constituents. At this time no one knows the real cost and impact of this issue. I don’t know! There are too many unsubstantiated figures “floating around”. In order to make a viable decision we need REAL FACTS. These can only be attained by carrying out

proper tests. Postponement at this time is only a tactic to circumvent some tough questioning on the election campaign trail. One of the most discouraging results of the recent vote by Council was the fact that we have again solicited Public Engagement with the far too normal result – “we want to hear from you; thank you for opinions; and now we will proceed to do what we had originally planned to do”! I hope everyone has an enjoyable summer. We are still open for business; so if you have any concerns or questions on these or other issues please always feel free to contact me at your convenience (519-744-0807 / 519-498-2389 / john. / jgazzola@rogers. com)

Some exciting proposals have come forward to our most recent committee meeting in June. Proposals included the ability for people to do boulevard improvements

besides just grass and some guidelines around our street parties which continue to be a huge success in the community Boulevards often have numerous challenges for residents. Some don’t mind the grass and the trees that have been placed there during the development of their neighbourhood, some wish there weren’t any trees and others look at it as an opportunity to be creative and landscape it differently than the regular grass. Our Bylaw staff has come up with a recommendation to allow residents the flexibility to be creative on their

boulevards. A variety of plant material and landscaping will be allowed as long as it follows the criteria that has been set. You can check the link to the staff report CSD-18-016 through this link: WebLinkExt/0/doc/1602193/Page1. aspx Our Love My Hood continues to be a huge success across the community. Special events are popping up everywhere and neighbours are gathering in parks, on the streets and in each other’s backyards. As these events grow we have identified a few possible concerns

so in order to alleviate them we have created a Special Events Bylaw. This should help organizers understand the logistics around hosting a street party. In addition a Guide to Hosting Street parties can be found on the www. site. Street parties that are less than 200 people will now be covered by the City’s insurance over 200 then a special permit will be required. Please consider hosting or helping someone in your neighbourhood organize a street party! Bringing community together is always positive!

I was very pleased to be part of the Huron Natural Area Federal Grant Opening on June 16. The City of Kitchener received $400,000 through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. The Federal

Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario provided these funds to improve and extend portions of trail that link Strasburg and Huron Road. With this funding we were able to upgrade the existing six kilometres of trail by extending them another kilometer. This extension improves access to the trails for neighbouring residents and for the whole community to enjoy, while also protecting and preserving the natural habitat. Spend some time outside with your family this summer and see what the HNA has to offer! Join me in congratulating

the Williamsburg Community Association (WCA) as they celebrate being recognized with the volunteer service award for 10 years of providing dedicated community support and programming. The WCA also received a placemaking grant for the Max Becker Commons Park to add trees, benches and fitness equipment. They will be seeking volunteers shortly to help plant and maintain a garden in the park. Contact 519-741-2240 if you are interested in volunteering! Your kids aged 8+ can practice getting some “Air” at the Doon

Skatium Mobile Skatepark from Jul 16-Aug 3, Mon-Fri at the Williamsburg Community Centre. You can also sign up for kid’s softball, soccer, adult beach volleyball and family softball that run from Jul 4-Aug 22 for just $10.00 each at Freedom Christ Church at 1643 Bleams Rd. WCA is also offering a Youth Drop-in over the summer on weekday evenings from Jul 3-Aug 17. Also, check out the upcoming events in downtown Kitchener this month at:

Sidewalk Snow-clearing. This topic has been discussed several times during the past three years. It is one on which almost everyone has an opinion. Full discussion was always postponed awaiting new Provincial Regulations which were finally

Happy July! I trust everyone enjoyed the Canada Day long weekend and had an opportunity to celebrate our great country in Downtown Kitchener, at the University of Waterloo or at other celebrations in your neighbourhood or amongst friends! While July 1st is our nation’s birthday, we are all fortunate to live in this great country and have reason to celebrate Canada and being Canadian each and every day! LOTS OF GREAT EVENTS IN JULY One of my favourite parts of the summer is all of the special events and festivals that take place in our community for people to enjoy! I encourage you to get out and enjoy these events – they are a big part of what makes Kitchener a great community to live, work and play in! Some events to look forward to in the coming weeks include: • our annual giant car show, Cruising on King which takes over King Street on Friday July 13th • the Kultrun World Music festival which runs July 13-15th in Victoria Park with music from around the world including Canada, Ecuador, Poland, Korea and Chile • Rock and Rumble in Carl Zehr Square on July 28th with 80’s and 90’s bands – Honeymoon Suite and Northern Pikes • Discovery Square on July 31st in Carl Zehr Square • Show & Shine Classic Car Mondays each Monday evening in July in the plaza at Highland and Westmount. And of course, you should start planning ahead for the weekend of August 9-12th in Downtown Kitchener as the annual Kitchener Blues festival returns once again for another awesome year of Blues! REGIONAL SCS SITES At its June meeting, Regional Council considered a report that proposed two SCS sites in the region – one in Cambridge and one in Kitchener. Each of these sites would be health care sites, with a full suite of wrap-around services also available to those seeking access. The report also suggested two possible locations for the Cambridge site and one possible location for the Kitchener site at 115 Water Street North. Council directed staff to consider additional locations which might be suggested by the municipalities or the community, in each municipality, during the first part of July. A public

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Notes from City Hall

I’m proud to inform you that council will continue their support of resident led initiatives, focusing on reducing the “red tape” to make it easier for residents to take action and affect

change in their neighbourhoods. Council just passed a bylaw that will allow you to personalize your neighbourhood boulevards. Through the Boulevard Beautification program, residents can use different materials and plantings as alternatives to grass on city boulevards. The bylaw will speak to the materials you can use, and identify safety requirements and other considerations. A step-by-step guide will be made available soon to help residents plan and complete a boulevard beautification project. Council also approved changes to

bylaw requirements to make it easier for you to host a street party in your neighbourhood. Through the “Love my Hood” consultations, residents let us know they wanted to see more neighbourhood events, so this was one more way the city could support that desire. Instead of 100 per cent of your neighbours needing to sign off on a street event, you now only need support from 60 per cent of your neighbours. If you’re interested in hosting a party, but aren’t sure how to get started, you can find a simple

step-by-step guide called “How to host a street party” and you can visit the inspirational blog to help with ideas at Thank you to all the residents who took part in the “Your Kitchener, Your Say! Strategic Plan Review” online survey. Your ideas will influence the city’s work over the next four years. Share your thoughts about our customer service on the newly posted survey, “Kitchener wants to serve you right!” posted on the www. site until noon of September 30, 2018.

Love My Hood Neighbourhood Strategy The City of Kitchener received the 2018 CAMA Willis Award for Innovation from the Canadian Association of

Municipal Administrators (CAMA) at their national conference in Fredericton, NB on May 30 for Love My Hood: Kitchener’s Guide to Great Neighbourhoods Strategy. It was recognized for its grass roots approach to building social infrastructure and for creating an environment where residents can affect their own neighbourhoods by working together. The strategy offers a unique approach to city building where residents can take the lead and the city supports them along the way. The Love My Hood movement has continued to grow as more

and more residents have become involved in their neighbourhoods. The projects were evaluated against a set of criteria, which included; how innovative and creative they were, their impact on the municipal administration, their potential to be adopted by other municipalities, their impact on the organization or municipality, and the sustainability of the results. Love My Hood Neighbourhood Strategy also received the Gold Quill Award for Best External Publication 2018, the Ontario Professional Planners Institute Award in the

Communications/Public Education category in 2017 and the Gold Hermes Creative Award in 2018. The City of Kitchener offers several grants to assist you with projects that improve your neighbourhood: Neighbourhood Matching Grant, Neighbourhood Placemaking Grant, Community Gardens Grant, Inclusion and Belonging Grant. To learn more about the strategy and resources to help you take the lead on initiatives in your neighbourhood, I encourage you to visit:

1,500 homes with the City clearing the sidewalks at a cost of $758,700. Initially councillors accepted staff’s suggestion, however, after further review Council opted instead to increase enforcement proactively by hiring four temporary officers for $177,000. We received numerous replies from residents both equally for and against spending $0.75 Million on this trial pilot. Many thought it was good and just as many stated it was a waste of taxpayers’ money. The pilot project would only cover a very small area of the city and the balance of the homeowners would

still be responsible for clearing their sidewalk. This clearly appeared to not be fair spending money where a very large portion of the city will not get the same service. It is evident that more than 90% of the homeowners already shovel their sidewalks immediately. Those that don’t receive a warning and are required to clear their sidewalk asap but only upon complaint. If there’s no complaint, then it remains not shoveled. When complaints were filed, 95% of those homeowners cleared their sidewalk afterwards.

By taking a proactive approach, councillors feel that all sidewalks will be cleared quickly as no one will want to receive a fine and then be sent a bill of $250+ for the City clearing it for them each time. I supported this strong proactive action as I feel it will result in all sidewalks cleared within 48 hours regardless of the amount of snow at a better price. The City will also partner with The Working Centre to have them provide workers to clear sidewalks for seniors and those with disabilities.

Alarming increases in opioidrelated deaths continue as regional council crawls slowly toward a solution. Public health statistics show that

every month regional councillors, Trump-light Premier Doug Ford and Cambridge council stall decisions on supervised injection sites, at least seven local people will die from opioid overdoses. Part of a solution to this urgent issue would be a decision on two supervised drug injection sites — one in downtown Kitchener and another in Cambridge’s drug-troubled core. As usual, because the city apparently has no opioid issues, Waterloo is not considered for a site. Ford, who is on record for being

“dead set” against sites, has to approve them before the federal government opens the facilities. Ever since Kitchener councillors courageously approved such a politically unpopular drug-injection site, the Region has been dithering about approval for supervised facilities complete with wrap-around social services. Part of the delay involves a renewed search for alternate sites and a hastily created, electioneering bylaw in Cambridge to ban such a facility in the city’s core which is being

ravaged by drug problems. In Kitchener, one potential site has been identified in a Water Street North house located between Duke and Victoria near St. John’s Kitchen. Meanwhile the tragedy grows: ° About 85 people died in Waterloo Region from opioid-related overdoses in 2017. ° Locally, we have about 4,000 people a day injecting drugs often laced with deadly fentanyl. We need immediate action instead of hand-wringing and wordy waffling.

Sidewalk snow clearing has been a contentious issue for a long time, and my perspective on the topic has developed over time. Municipally provided snow clearing

seems at first glance to be a costly endeavor that would only end up disappointing residents who would expect all sidewalks to be cleared within an hour of each snowfall. Also, most residents are already responsible property owners, so snow clearing provided by the city may seem unnecessary. While those arguments have some merit, pedestrians across the city have told us loud and clear that the current system isn’t working. We rely on complaint-driven enforcement for each address in

the city, which usually takes several days to a week to be resolved each time. This is disappointing for any able bodied pedestrian, but for those with mobility challenges, it will mean the difference between being able to get out and having to stay home for days on end. The fundamental need is clear: we need to ensure consistently cleared pathways for everyone to get to their destinations. Unfortunately, the City of Kitchener is not yet going to lead the way in finding an evidence-

based researched solution to this perennial problem. This winter we will see more proactive enforcement, which should help a little, but it will still take up to a week for each case to be resolved, so this winter we will continue to see mobility for pedestrians hindered by unshoveled sidewalks. The debate will be revisited in May 2019. I for one am in favour of ensuring the city is consistently accessible for all, regardless of abilities and regardless of weather conditions.

Last week City Council debated the winter sidewalk snow clearing maintenance options presented by staff. It was suggested that a pilot project be tried in a cluster area of


from previous page consultation would follow in August with a report coming back to the region in the Fall following this process and after direction from the new provincial government on these sites. NEIGHBOURHOOD STRATEGY WINS NATIONAL AWARD Recentlly, at the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators’ conference, the City of Kitchener received the prestigious Willis Award for innovation for our Neighbourhood Strategy. Love My Hood: Kitchener’s Guide to Great Neighbourhoods strategy was recognized for its grass roots approach to building social infrastructure and for creating an environment where residents can affect their own neighbourhoods by working together. I’m very proud of the work we have collectively done around building great neighbourhoods and appreciate the great leadership by both our staff and the citizens who were part of the steering committee that led this project. It’s great to know that all of our work on this initiative will now be shared with municipalities across Canada and will hopefully help shape great neighbourhoods across our great country! PILOT WINTER SIDEWALK PROGRAM At the June City Council meetings, Council considered a proposal from staff that would have seen the City pilot a range of sidewalk clearing options in different parts of the city during the upcoming winter 201819. This proposal was more than two years in the making, based on input from various members of the community including our accessibility advisory committee, GRAAC and also the TriTag citizen group which advocates for better investment in sidewalks, trails and bike paths. The intent of the various pilots was to see how each pilot meets citizen expectations and how it improves accessibility for pedestrians, those with accessibility challenges, those with children in strollers, cyclists and others. I was hopeful that Council would have supported this entire proposal, so a future council could make some evidence-based decisions, based on full information in the future. In the end, only two parts were approved for 2018-19 – namely proactive sidewalk enforcement through the entire City and the exploration of partnerships with community organizations for older adults and those with accessibility challenges who are on limited incomes. This revised pilot will come back in spring 2019 for the next Council to consider.

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Young Heritage Leaders Award winners from Bluevale Collegiate with Waterloo regional councillors.

JULY – IT’S A GREAT MONTH TO ENJOY FRESH PRODUCE GROWN RIGHT HERE IN ONTARIO! LOOK FOR FRESH STRAWBERRIES, RASPBERRIES, BLUE BERRIES, CHERRIES, PEACHES, AND MORE ON YOUR NEXT TRIP TO THE KITCHENER MARKET. KIDS HOP This month’s schedule: July 3, 17, 31 Bring your little ones to the Kitchener Market every other Tuesday from 11a.m. to noon for a fabulous, fun-filled morning! Be prepared for a high-energy, hopping good time at these FREE weekly children’s events as Erick Traplin and others entertain your tots. Afterwards, stop by one of our international food court vendors for a healthy and kid-friendly lunch with plenty of options for adults too.

KIDS’ ART AT THE KITCHENER MARKET A FREE art program every Thursday! Every Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon, ARTSHINE will be hosting a parent and tot program at the Kitchener Market - a program for children and their parents. Participate in a fun, unique, hands-on creative art experience. AFTER the program, be sure to stop by one of our market vendors for a healthy, kid-friendly lunch with lots of options for adults too. Space is limited. Reserve a spot now for the ARTSHINE programs by calling 226-647-2777, or emailing

SATURDAY LIVE MUSIC FOR JULY You can join us for a great lineup of local musicians every Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. FEATURED ARTISTS: Tim Louis - July 7 Matt Weidinger - July 14 Peter Shaw - July 21 Erick Traplin - July 28 Get the MarketNEWS delivered every month to your inbox!


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he Region honoured a number of volunteers at Regional Council in June. “Volunteers are at the heart of this great community and it is important that we pause to recognize all that they do”, said Regional Chair Ken Seiling. Ontario Heritage Award for Lifetime Achievement Lary Turner, a long-time resident of Cambridge, has contributed significantly to the conservation of Hespeler’s cultural heritage for over 40 years. Locally, he is known as “Mr. Hespeler,” having acquired an expert knowledge of the area through years of community involvement. Lary played an integral role in founding the Hespeler Heritage Center, an organization devoted to the promotion and preservation of history and community. He has been an active member of the Waterloo Regional Heritage Foundation and currently serves as one of the Foundation’s Elected Directors. Young Heritage Leaders Awards (Group) Since 2000, teachers and students at Bluevale Collegiate Institute have volunteered at the Waterloo Wellington Children’s Groundwater

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Heritage award winner Lary Turner with Chair Ken Seiling.

Festival. Each year a group of enthusiastic volunteers spends a great deal of time and effort preparing for and animating 50 hands-on, interactive learning centres. The Groundwater Festival aims to educate more than 5,000 students in grades two to five about the importance of water in their daily lives by delivering several key messages: use water wisely, protect your water, examine the relationship between water and technology, and celebrate the role of water in our ecosystem. Ontario Senior of the Year Ruth Hicks’ many volunteer contributions to Waterloo Region Museum and Schneider Haus have enhanced visitors’ experiences. Ruth, a retired nurse, has been a dedicated volunteer for over 23 years and has donated over 2,800 hours of her time. Ruth’s passion for gardening has been put to good use in the heritage gardens at Doon Heritage Village. During the summer months, you will find Ruth in period costume, tending to the plants on the 60 acre property. She has also been active in programs like Day in the Life, Lantern Tours, and Starry Night.

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C OM M UNI T Y C ALEN D AR FALLS PREVENTION SERIES - Join our free six-week program to reduce your risk of falling with integrated movements for all levels. Topics include nutrition, building balance, and bone health. To register, call Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More at 519-772-8787. Located at Rockway Centre, 1405 King St. E., Kitchener. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Aug. 20 – Sept. 28. WORTH A SECOND LOOK – The Working Centre’s thrift store, 97 Victoria Street North, Kitchener is looking for donations of clothing, books, current magazines, craft and art supplies, sporting goods, housewares, furniture, jewelery, purses, backpacks, hygiene products, pictures, frames, music and movies, radios, stereos, CDs, DVDs, toys and games. The retail outlet’s goal is to provide the community with low-cost used furniture and assorted houseware items while keeping reusable goods out of landfills and creating opportunities for employment. Open 9am to 5pm weekdays and 9am – 4pm Saturdays. To donate call 519-569-7566. FOOD TRUCKS ON FRANKLIN - Thursdays until September 13, from 4:30 – 8:00pm at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 317 Franklin St N, Kitchener. All proceeds to charity! Everyone welcome! SCHWABEN CLUB EVENTS - Sunday, July 8, 2018 – Filmnachmittag – Schwaben Club Keller – “Das Hirtenlied

vom Kaisertal” . Doors open 2:00 PM, Film begins: 2:30 PM, Coffee & Cake available. Sunday, August 12, 2018 – Filmnachmittag – Schwaben Club Keller – “Eine Mutter fuer Anna“ . Doors open 2:00 PM, Film begins: 2:30 PM, Coffee & Cake available. For tickets and more information, please call the Schwaben Club at 1668 King St. E. in Kitchener – 519742-7979. CALLING ALL HARMONICA PLAYERS – Michel Allard, an accomplished pianist, has taken the lead of the Happy Harmonica Players and is energizing and refining the group. We welcome any interested harmonica players. Come out and see what the Happy Harmonica Players are all about. We practice Tuesdays from 9:15 to 10:30am at the Rockway Center (upstairs), 1405 King St. E, Kitchener. For more information contact 519745-9834. 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, leo.tintinalli@gmail. com

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. For more information call the Day Program Coordinator at 519-893-6320 ext. 235. REEP OFFERS HOME RETROFIT COACH - remore 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 for more details. 
REEP is pleased to be working on this project with its partners Mindscape Innovations and Scaled Purpose. WATERLOO CHAPTER FAMILY DAY - Your Landscape Ontario event - Bring the family out to Bingeman Park on July 29 for Your Landscape Ontario Waterloo Chapter Family Day - a fun-filled day at the waterpark. Includes admission, face painting, bouncy castle, lunch, volleyball, prizes and more. Limited number of tickets available. Reserve your spot early by calling 1-800-265-5656 or visit

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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. 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 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 Interim Intentional Pastor: Rev. Raymond Kirk SUMMER SERVICE TIMES Starting June 3, 2018 Worship Service @ 10:00 am (nursery provided ) 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 Stanley Park Community Church 9 Dreger Ave., (at Ottawa St.) Kitchener (519) 893-8186 Pastor: John Pearce Sunday Service and Kid’s Church: 10:30am ALL WELCOME!

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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!


The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse

By Alexander McCall Smith

“It was one of those strange things that happened in those days. People were brought together in odd ways.” This novel is set at the end of World War II and focuses on the profound impact the war had on the lives of soldiers, their families and civilians. The story lines take place in England, Germany and Holland. Only a writer of the calibre of Alexander McCall Smith can take a moment in history and so deftly explain the magnitude of the chaos and suffering of the people at that particular time, and at the same time capture the sense of optimism of the people, and their incredible acts of kindness and courage in the face of fear. The characters are wonderfully real and unforgettable. On the first page of this book, you meet Val Eliot, a young English woman from the Women’s Land Army. Val is described as a person who “…saw things that others failed to see and understood them,” which is a familiar trait to those who know the character of Mma Ramotswe, McCall Smith’s beloved protagonist in the bestselling No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. If you liked those books for their well-developed

characters, you’ll appreciate this stand-alone novel for the same reasons. In this novel we follow the lives of many other characters as well: a farmer, the village postmistress and her distant relative, an American pilot, a German soldier, and a dog. The common thread that brings them all together is Peter Woodhouse, a border collie. Peter Woodhouse is rescued from a foul-tempered farmer by animal-loving, simple-minded Willy. Not just any dog, Peter Woodhouse becomes Dog First Class, the mascot of the US Air Force. To be sure, a lot of seemingly unlikely things happen in this book: a dog who likes to fly, chance meetings, the kindness of strangers, and the courage of the people who risk their lives to help others - but none of it is unbelievable. McCall Smith is a terrific storyteller, making this book on the surface, a light, summer read. Under the surface, his writing contains much compassion and wisdom that gives the reader a lot to think about. A wonderfully uplifting story in a time of war: one that speaks to the incredible power of kindness and resilience, in the face of despair, loss, and loneliness.


By Julie Curry, Manager, Systems and Resources, Kitchener Public Library

For more great reading ideas, visit 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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