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Unique wellness centre responds to the challenges of being on the frontline

Helen Hall fter seeing some of the worst tragedies in his 30 years as a paramedic, Bryan Stevens was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in 2014. Stevens, who is a Kitchener resident, had spent the first 12 years of his career in Mississauga, and then the next 18 years as a Critical Care Flight Paramedic on a helicopter based in London. “There was a very high stress level,” Stevens said. “We responded to the worst trauma” following car crashes as well as industrial and farming accidents. They were responsible for trying to keep people alive while quickly transporting them to a hospital. After being diagnosed with PTSD, he received 18 months of treatment and was healthy enough to go back to work. But he knew, in his line of work, it was “100% likely I would be retraumatized” he said, so he decided to retire. “I made that happy and healthy decision for myself and my family.” While visiting a friend in



First responders from across Waterloo Region came to the grand opening of the Frontline Forward wellness centre on Shirley Avenue in Kitchener on June 21. Also attending were, Waterloo MP and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons Bardish Chagger (third from left) and Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic (third from right). Owner Bryan Stevens is beside the mayor. Photo by Helen Hall Kingston who had been in the military, he learned about a gym that was being used by people with PTSD. “I thought ‘This is what I

want to do. I want to reach out my hand to any person who needs a helping hand.’” That was the spark that helped him create Frontline Forward,

an 8,200 square foot support and education wellness centre that helps prevent and manage symptoms from (PTSD) and Occupational Stress Injury

(OSI). He transformed a former auto repair shop at 45 Shirley Avenue in Kitchener into one that helps people repair and strengthen their bodies and minds. Frontline Forward is not just a gym. It includes space on-site for psychotherapy and physiotherapy, yoga, meditation, massage, chiropractic services, fascial stretch therapy, one-on-one and group therapy, workshops and guest speakers. While it is aimed at first responders, military, medical staff and corrections officers, it is open to anyone, to help them deal with the physical and mental stresses of their job or their life. “There is nothing like this in North America,” Stevens said. “We have one common goal to support everyone’s physical and mental health.” Frontline Forward is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There is staff in the building between 7am and 9pm each day. For more information, visit its website at www.

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Cameron Heights Collegiate highlights its 50 years

Lennox Lewis (far right) was inducted into the Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute’s Wall of Fame as part of the local high school’s 50th anniversary celebrations June 15. From left: Principal Ray Teed, Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, piper and CHCI student Gavin MacKay, CHCI co-president Noah Velji, co-president Meena Waseem, Student trustee Oscar Judson-Kelly and world heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis. Hundreds of people attended the CHCI School Open House to meet former classmates and teachers, view the Decade Rooms, look at photographs and yearbooks that were on display, and watch the induction of Wall of Fame alumni and the unveiling of Decade Lockers. Photos by Jeff Brall

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More than a transit system -- it’s Waterloo Region’s most expensive planning tool

By Carrie Debrone aterloo Regional councillor Tom Galloway’s humourous statement “Pinch me. Somebody, please” was met with laughter and applause from an appreciative crowd of hundreds who gathered at the transit platform at Fairview Park Mall on June 21 to witness the official start of the region’s Light Rail Transit system, the ION. The ION is the first LRT to be built in Canada since the mid 1980s. Others are currently in the works for Ottawa and Hamilton. The transportation system has long been seen as a planning tool that will limit urban sprawl by helping to encourage a more intense growth with high rises and high-density housing in the core areas of our region’s cities to protect rural farmland. About 50 per cent of new development in Waterloo region is now happening within urban areas. The region had promised ION trains would be running before this summer, and with only minutes to spare until summer officially arrived, they delivered on their promise. To a rousing cheer inside and outside, the first train car carrying dignitaries, politicians, ‘golden ride ticket winners’ and media left the platform about 11:30am as a band played a fanfare written for the occasion by Waterloo Region’s Chief Administrative Officer Mike Murray’s son. The train returned about 25 minutes later after an enjoyably smooth ride. Many people watched from apartment buildings and the backs of businesses as they viewed the first ever ION car to carry passengers travelling along the route from Fairway to Block Line and Mill stations, often taking pictures and waving. Some roofers working on a project near one of the intersections even stopped nailing long enough to look up and wave both arms in the air as the train passed. Before the official ribboncutting, Galloway, sporting a tie decorated with a picture of the ION train, and ION socks, thanked the many regional government politicians and staff who have worked on the project over the years, saying that plans for the LRT started to solidify in 2003 when regional council adopted a growth management strategy that would focus new development in local cities, thus preserving regional farmland. “Thank you for your foresight


and vision,” Galloway said. “Many people said it wouldn’t work,” adding that the three most recent local elections had been mainly fought around the question of keeping or scrapping LRT. “Until now, with zero passengers carried, there has been $3.2-billion worth of construction in the corridor because of the LRT, and we’ve reversed urban sprawl.” “I want to say three words to local government officials,” Galloway said. “Onward to Cambridge.” Grand opening emcee Mike Murray called the project, which local officials have spent decades planning, an “historic” and “truly a community project”, adding that it was a “long and sometimes challenging process to get to today’s milestone.” Regional Chair Karen Redman said “today is about the celebration of the completion of the project” and invited everyone to take advantage of the 11 days of free rides on ION offered until July 1, encouraging them to view some of the public art that decorates the LRT route and many of the ION stops. She publicly thanked former regional chair Ken Seiling for whom she said the LRT has been a “labour of love for the last 19 years.” “Your leadership was absolutely essential,” Redman said, predicting that the ION will benefit even people who never set foot on it by making our region more prosperous. “With this project we are taking charge of our future,” she said. “June 21st marks a historic investment in Waterloo Region,” said Kitchener Centre MP Raj Saini, predicting that it will be “transformational and will revolutionize daily transit for people here.” Following a 10-kilometer route from Conestoga Mall to Fairview Mall, the route has 16 stops and connects with an express bus system that takes riders on to Cambridge. Plans are currently underway to extend the ION from Fairway to the Ainslie Street terminal in Cambridge.

* * * As of June 24 GRT bus routes have changed to support ION. When you ride the ION you must pay before you board (at the fare vending machine located at the station) and keep your fare with you as proof of payment. A single fare costs $3.25. Trains arrive every 10 - 15 minutes. You can ride the

ION driver Jessica Earp drove the first LRT train car to carry passengers at the official launch on June 21. Free rides on the ION were offered until July 1. Over 73,000 passengers rode the LRT during the opening weekend. Photo by Carrie Debrone route end-to-end in about 45 minutes. Trains stop at each

station. You can also purchase an EasyGo fare card or a multi-

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7th annual Tacofest raises $52,000 for Community Support Connections


aterloo Region Tacofest promises three things: tacos, craft beer, and good times. Not only did the fiesta exceed expectations, it raised $52,000 for the clients of Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC). “The support we receive year after year is remarkable,” said

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Last month's winners: Joan Shea, Florence Karchern Simply email to be entered in the draw. Winners will be notified by the newspaper following each month’s giveaway and winners will be announced in the Kitchener Citizen following each draw. Winning tickets may be used for any performance at the following Drayton Entertainment venues during the 2019 season: Hamilton Family Theatre - Cambridge St. Jacobs Country Playhouse St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre King’s Wharf Theatre Drayton Festival Theatre Huron Country Playhouse Huron Country Playhouse II *Tickets must be booked in advance. Performance dates and times are subject to availability. To see what exciting shows Drayton Entertainment has in store for you this season call 1-885-DRAYTON (372-9866) or visit



Will Pace, Executive Director at CSC. “We are grateful for our attendees, sponsors, vendors, and volunteers who make this event possible, with all proceeds directly supporting our clients.” Since its inception seven years ago, the local fundraiser has steadily grown in

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The two faced taco fan. popularity, raising a total of winning in back to back years. $242,000 for local seniors and The Best Brew went to first year adults with disabilities who vendor, Von Bugle Brewery, need supports and services to and the People’s Brew was live independently in their own awarded to rookie vendor, Jackass Brewing. homes. Major sponsors including On Friday June 7, around 800 attendees and vendors Heffner Toyota, Toyota Motor packed into THEMUSEUM Manufacturing Canada, Brick in downtown Kitchener, with and Co. Restorations Ltd., part of King Street closed off and Freedom 55 Financial, so ‘Tacofesters’ could sample supported a variety of event tacos and brews donated by 16 components from greening the local restaurants and 16 Ontario event to entertainment. Funds raised will help provide craft brewers. Tacofest is also a friendly local services including Meals competition for participating on Wheels, transportation to vendors as they compete for medical appointments, and free gentle exercise classes. Those five awards. Gilt Restaurant and Lounge interested in learning more received the Golden Taco and about CSC’s events and other the People’s Taco, and Cafe ways you can support the local Pyrus kept a tight grip on charity, can call 519-772-8787 the Vegetarian Victor award, or visit

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Adèle Hempel Manager/Curator

New in the Collection The West Montrose Covered Bridge is on a new stamp issued by Canada Post.

West Montrose Bridge included in new covered bridge stamps from Canada Post


uilt in a bygone era as vital transportation links spanning rivers, covered bridges are now also portals that invite the imagination back to the age of steam locomotives and horse-drawn buggies. Canada Post has issued five stamps that depict five historic covered bridges across the country. The issue pays tribute to their engineering and design and their role in transportation, but it also recognizes them as important symbols of community life in rural Canada. At the end of the 19th century, the country had more than 1,400 covered bridges; today, an estimated 140 or so remain. Of the more than 400 covered bridges that once existed in New Brunswick, about 60 still stand – including the longest in the world. Quebec once boasted more than 1,000 but now has about 80. Ontario has only one historic covered bridge, as does British Columbia. Bridges were covered to protect their load-bearing structure from the elements and extend their useful life. These bridges are featured on the stamps:

This salt glazed stoneware piece is part of a dash butter churn manufactured by Henry Schuler (1842-1908) from Paris, Ontario. Henry apprenticed with and learned the pottery trade from Xavier Boehler in New Hamburg. By 1868, Henry had opened a pottery in Paris with Peter McGlade but the partnership dissolved in 1873. Henry continued his own pottery, the Paris Stoneware Works, until it was destroyed in an 1884 flood. Adèle Hempel is the Manager/Curator of Region of Waterloo Museums. Adele can be contacted via email at

Waterloo Region Martin Buhr has long been a social services advocate in Waterloo Region. Serving as Executive Director for Kitchener’s House of Friendship from 1978 to 1998, he also co-founded The Food Bank of Waterloo Region in 1984. During retirement, Martin co-founded MennoHomes Inc. in 2001, a non-profit charitable organization that provides affordable housing in Waterloo Region.

Hartland Covered Bridge (New Brunswick)

With a 391-metre span, this bridge across the Saint John River is the longest covered bridge in the world. It was an engineering wonder when it was built at the turn of the 20th century. The original bridge was open; the cover was added in 1922.

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This bridge across the Châteauguay River was built in 1861 and is considered Canada’s oldest covered bridge. With a span of 50 metres, it was built with strong and rigid McCallum inflexible arched trusses. It is the only known bridge left in the world of that McCallum design.

Félix-Gabriel-Marchand Bridge (Quebec)

Known locally as the Marchand Bridge or simply the Red Bridge, this is the longest covered bridge in Quebec, at 152 metres. It crosses the Coulonge River near the village of Fort-Coulonge. Built in 1898, it is one of the oldest surviving covered bridges in Quebec.

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West Montrose Covered Bridge (Ontario)

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This is Ontario’s last remaining historic covered bridge. It crosses the Grand River in Waterloo Region. It opened in 1881. Often referred to as “the kissing bridge,” the 60-metre bridge is true to its original design, but the concrete and steel parts added later increased its lifespan. Scenes in the 2017 horror movie It, based on a Stephen King novel, were filmed around the bridge.

Ashnola No. 1 Bridge (British Columbia)

Built as a railway bridge over the Similkameen River in 1907, it was first used during the region’s gold mining era. Known locally as the Red Bridge, the 135-metre bridge had its railway tracks removed in 1954 and was opened to vehicles in 1961. It is British Columbia’s only remaining historic covered bridge.

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5th annual Neighbours Day weekend

Mike Hepditch from Conestoga College Pre-Service Firefighting helps Felicia Clement learn how to properly hold a fire hose at Mill Courtland Community Centre on Neighbours Day.

Volunteer Lisa McKay played table tennis with Logan Martin at the community ping-pong table at the Mill Courtland Community Centre on Neighbours Day.

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Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate our first-ever Neighbours Night and 5th Annual Neighbours Day on June 7 & 8. Neighbours Day weekend was a huge success, in large part because of the generous support of our sponsors, partners, volunteers, and staff. Thank you to everyone who helped make this weekend possible. Your neighbourhood pride makes the Kitchener community a more vibrant, inclusive and welcoming place to live. We look forward to another great Neighbours Day weekend next year!

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The 5th annual Kitchener Neighbours Day was held Saturday, June 8 with numerous events taking place throughout the city. Taylor Robinson watched Bob Carmount demonstrate how he makes Metal Earth models at the Stanley Park Community Centre in Kitchener.

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land titles division of the land registry office or the registry division of the land registry office, if it does not have a land titles division. The land registrar will assign a name and number to each corporation that is registered. Freehold condominium corporations are allowed under the Condominium Act of Ontario. These can include vacant land corporations, phased condominium corporations and common elements corporations. Condominium corporations differ from other corporations in many ways. It is a corporation without share capital and the owners are the members. The Corporations Act does not apply

to condominiums. The writer should examine the documents received when they purchased their townhouse. The documents should clearly indicate whether the complex is a condominium or not. If you cannot find the information you seek, then contact the lawyer who handled your sale. He or she will be able to provide you with the information you require. Marilyn Lincoln is a condo owner, director and author of The Condominium Self Management Guide 2nd ed. Send questions to

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PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Raj Saini MP for Kitchener-Centre

Dear friends, Happy Canada Day! I hope each of you enjoyed the many festivities around our Region and the fireworks in Downtown Kitchener as much as I did. On Canada Day, I saw the pride in many new citizens taking their Oath of Citizenship, the great sense of community throughout the celebrations, and the natural beauty our Region preserves from parks to community gardens. We are very fortunate to live in a country with such diverse natural beauty from three oceans, to the Arctic, to a rainforest, the Great Lakes, and the Canadian Shield. All

of us are able to appreciate Canada’s celebrated treasures because of the protection of historic and environmental sites across the country. These are precious resources passed on to us from our ancestors and it is our responsibility to preserve and pass them on to future generations. Canadians are increasingly concerned about climate change and how it will affect these resources and natural sites. Our government listened to Canadians and is taking steps to lead the fight against climate change. We are phasing out coal, investing in green infrastructure, putting a price

on pollution and making zeroemission vehicles a more affordable choice, among many other initiatives. The burden of plastic pollution is a challenge people are facing globally and our government understands that without introducing additional measures plastic waste will pollute our coastlines and freshwaters. We recently announced a ban on singleuse plastics such as plastic bags, cutlery, plates, and stir sticks by the year 2021. In addition, our government is working with provinces and territories to implement targets for companies manufacturing

PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Harold Albrecht MP for Kitchener-Conestoga

Canada’s Conservatives have a real plan to protect our environment. It’s a balanced approach to reduce emissions, conserve and protect our air, land, water and wildlife, and fight climate change. It’s built on three key policy principles. First, is to invest in green technology, not taxes. This is the best way to lower our emissions without imposing new taxes on Canadians. Second, is to promote a cleaner and greener natural environment. We will work with farmers, hunters and anglers, Indigenous peoples, provinces, and territories to

help protect our air, land, water and wildlife. Third, is to take the climate change fight global. Climate change is a global problem. It requires a global solution, and Canada has a leadership role to play. Our Conservative plan will fight climate change by lowering global emissions, while also leaving more money in Canadians’ pockets. Canada’s Conservatives are working to help all Canadians get ahead. Conservatives have a proud legacy when it comes to managing Canada’s natural environment and improving

Canada’s environmental performance. This legacy spans the full history of our country. The founder of our party and Canada’s first Prime Minister – Sir John A. Macdonald – laid the groundwork for the national parks system and created the first three – Banff, Yoho, and Glacier. Years later, Prime Minister Robert Borden championed arctic exploration to establish a scientific understanding of our northern frontier. Prime Minister John Diefenbaker further entrenched Canada’s arctic sovereignty with his Roads

PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Marwan Tabbara MP for Kitchener South—Hespeler

I hope everyone had an enjoyable and safe Canada Day and I wish you all a great start to the summer! With our final Parliamentary session of the 42nd Parliament behind us, my schedule is quickly filling

up as I meet with residents and participate in the many community events that will take place over the next few months. Summer provides me the opportunity to focus on the most important part of my role

as your federal representative, which is engaging with, and listening to the residents of Kitchener South – Hespeler. This is also the time of year when one of the most important federal government initiatives,

plastic products and packaging and introduce accountability for corporate plastic waste. And, beginning July 1, a complete ban on the production and import of toiletries containing plastic microbeads will come into effect. Waterloo Region’s electric vehicle ownership also tripled last year according to Sustainable Waterloo Region. This was great news, as I was present on Parliament Hill during our government’s announcement on making zero-emission vehicles more accessible and affordable. As of May 1, 2019, batteryelectric, hydrogen fuel cell, and longer-range plug-in hybrids are eligible for an incentive of $5,000, and shorter-range plugin hybrids are eligible for an incentive of $2,500. In 2019, it is vital that we re-envision our communities

through an environmental lens. Recently, we witnessed the launch of a public transit system that will connect our community and give residents the freedom to move around the Region in a whole new, environmentally friendly way. I am proud to be part of a government that supports green infrastructure and the ION transit system and that continues to play a key role in transforming our Region in the fight against climate change. Please feel free to contact my office to learn more about our government’s environmental plan. And don’t hesitate to connect to learn more about the work I am doing in Kitchener Centre by visiting my website,, emailing me at, or calling my office at 519-7412001.

to Resources policy while also enshrining in legislation Canadian Environment Week, an annual tradition encouraging environmental action that continues to this day. Brian Mulroney - named the greenest Canadian Prime Minister in 2006 - negotiated the Canada-US Acid Rain Agreement, created eight new national parks and enforced the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, the first antipollution law in the history of our country. Most recently, under the leadership of Stephen Harper, the previous Conservative government contributed $17.7 billion to support the environment. In addition to significant financial contributions, our government secured 4,000km2 of ecologically sensitive private

lands and added an area nearly twice the size of Vancouver Island to the network of federal protected areas. All these efforts led to a 5.1% reduction in green house gas emissions between 2005-2012, while the economy grew by 10.6%. Climate change is real. And it represents a serious threat not only to Canada, but to our entire planet. So we owe it to our children and grandchildren, who will inherit from us this great and beautiful country, to preserve the environment they will be entrusted to protect. I am a father of 3 and grandfather of 9 and they mean a lot to me. Everything I do in this job, I do for them. And just as Conservatives will not leave our next generations a fiscal deficit, we will also not leave them an environmental deficit.

in my opinion, gets into high gear: the Canada Summer Jobs Program. For 2019, Kitchener South – Hespeler has been approved for $826,600 in funding which will create 245 jobs. I am proud that our government not only has the opportunity to fund and support a whole variety of organizations, but also helps young people gain valuable work experience. Lastly, please join me at

McLennan Park, near the gazebo, for my Summer Social on July 13th between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM! I will also be hosting a Summer Social at Forbes Park in Hespeler on August 24th from 2:00 PM4:00 PM. Come find me by the ice cream truck and enjoy free soft serve ice cream, as well as fun and games with your family and friends. Look forward to seeing you there!

Have a great summer! Next issue August 15, 2019

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Respectfully, Ingrid E. the Merkel Next, disdainful bargain hunters. Do we have cameras? make me think less of The Three Musketeers and more of La I fibbed, saying that we had already sold my grandfather’s Guillotine. But why? collection of professional Hasselblad 35 mm cameras. When It could be that after six years, we just don’t have much asked the price, I informed the wide-eyed browser that we familial junk to unload. Sorry, I meant treasure to recycle. It’s charged very little because they weren’t digital. I hope the true; I attribute our streamlined household to the efficiency of gentleman got home okay; he was clutching his heart. my wife, Katherine, who seldom buys an item without first But real fun came from distributing balloons to young considering its efficacy. But that means a paltry garage sale children too innocent to barter. Their wide-eyed expression at offering; it’s like being the lone geranium in the Garden of this free gift was heartwarming, until the balloons inevitably Eden. exploded. As a relatively arrival in Kitchener exploring the very by the always Arts office at City Hall how they provided Maybe it’s the new actual commerce. Yard I've salebeen selling requires Ohimpressed well, there’s next year; I and havewith twelve months to photographic arts opportunities here and first impressions are very me with information about what was going on here. Those people in turn special DNA – and I don’t have it. My ineptness might stem find better treasures, or sturdier balloons. encouraging. It's just not just in the tech side of quality that the community have offered their own advice and contacts, so again two thumbs up for from of enthusiasm incommunity convincing someone to buy shouldabelack judged. A thriving Arts usually does well. This an can the level of support they give each other. Dear Carrie Debrone, sixth annual garage sale. Participation I was pleased to get your Kitchener Citizen (east edition) and found it was high, selection was diverse, and the quite informative and I thank you the for it. crowds enthusiastic. I just read your short article were regarding the natural gas rates going down for residential customers.I, however, was a reluctant participant. You write that Kitchener Utilities have in a 2,100 meterfriendliest average use Now I live one cubic of the annually for its residential customers. I still have an imperial meter, neighbourhoods, and that standinggasstems which shows the consumption in cubic feet. I have never been able to read from the and warm formed byreaders some seem pretty finea the meter to have that meter as forrelationships that matter, even families. Forit our part, myelse wife andthe I love delivering seasonal problem with as well. Why would city issue a bill in the amount gifts like Advent calendars and Easter eggs to the growing of $452? My January bill had been $222.16. February, $295.79, there Ithe already sat number of youngsters living on our crescent. We love ritual, up and took notice, but then excused it by, the winter being especially harsh. the reception, and the joy that can only spring from distributing when I received my March bill, I knew that something was very aHowever, few pounds of sugar to young people who don’t live with us. wrong. I called the Utility Office and was asked to take a piece of paper But every June, timeToapproaches the sale didthe not and a pen and read thewhen meterthe myself. this request Ifor replied that Iof century, feel the joy. I still participate know howItojust readdon’t the imperial meter andAnd asidewhile from that, it wasn't my job. The lady talkedfor to was andfor agreed send somebody to do with an I“All onevery andnice one all”tosentiment, yardoutsales

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Just what makes Kitchener so good at Arts development?

not always be measured in the financial spectrum as the living standard Yes, there are already many photographers doing the normal expectations of artists are remarkably low. photographic needs of the region, but the opportunity to work with We don't want that two bedroom house within convenient driving emerging image companies like web designers, animation houses, software LETTERS TO EDITOR golfTHE course or mall. Speaking as one of those underfunded producers, locally based video firms, electronic images for broadcasters distance to the independent art producers i'll tell you I've lived in some very bad growing as the manufacturing base has declined. The live conditions just to be close to my working environment. An example being entertainment it could be connected thegraphic existing terminal a frequent industries,to local designers andsite mostbyespecially the when living in my various illegal Toronto warehouse studios many years emerging gallery system well for business opportunities, in this passenger shuttle bus,bodes possibly every ten minutes. Witheven suitable before they were condoized. As Wingfield says, “Dear Ed”. downturn. traffic lights at the station, and possibly Water Street as the main Therewith are basically reasons for artists to bemuch in an area. A slightly Now the LRTtwo successfully launched, attention has route, Kitchener is projected to be growing a conservative of strong and convenient link by with the existingestimate terminal compact arts community with low rents and the availability of galleries or 100,000apeople over the next 20 years and plans call for a big investment turned towards the existing bus terminal and its future. At the be established. Hub would justinto be studio a littlestyle larger. venues to showcase the art produced. I have noticed that there is a vibrant could in conversions of existingThe warehouse buildings live work same planners arenone inviting suggestions abouthard thetimes. creation theatretime network here that the less is going through The space. These suggestions hopefullybase will the and planning Technically the manufacturing has expand down- turned left a lot of a Transportation Hubwith at aKing and Victoria Streets. music scene is really good solid choice of local talent thatThere is well process into wider, more attractive and satisfactory solutions of empty buildings. publicized by a few local free publications. could be good solutions in both areas. Radio generally follows the and If out of those numbers there are 10 percent artists in all media that creations. standard corprock the University of Waterloo has an outstanding The existing busbut terminal is only two stories high. Would it not actually work at their art all of us are going to need some of thisRoberts space to Donald community station. build up our community. Artists, being artists though, do not like to be be possible to construct whatever the city desires, be it housing, The huge pool of university students to draw from for a vocal audience told how to do things. The local government is working hard toKitchener reach that recreation, an arts centre, etc.,inABOVE existing ramps and with some disposable cash helps keeping the the cities vibrant level where they can integrate the needs of the artistic community and lanes ? The Thenumber existing terminal works wellenough with large enthusiastic. of professional artists isvery still small so that seamlessly into their development plans. they know one another. vehicle access from all four corners, permitting well distributed With Canada’s election thehow corner, I’manconcerned Many studies have shownjust timearound and again efficient Arts based We are quickly seeingefficiently astounding growth in the digital imaging entrances and exits, using adjacent nearby streets. that community can be. A planning group called The Prosperity Council our political parties are not protecting the personal industry. as alocated photographer been working in digital Itforalso hasFortunately, an LRT stop there,who andhasintercity buses. This information calls for agather huge investment artists and artthey basedshould businesses they from us. for I believe that be years it helps me integrate my own work into video, 3D, web, specifically to encourage them choose Kitchener as a place to work. This is should the first would be anetc.opportunity for some the outstanding architecture and advertising, So I think, personally, opportunities in Kitchener are made subject to to Federal privacy laws. Political parties time I have found a directed approach to our niche, but very valuable engineering. better than Toronto. An example being the cable TV (Rogers) that works follow the same rules companies have to – it’s only fair. Privacy regions andisartisians in locally produced segment of society. If even fifty percent of the plans get done it is still an very to involve Thehard location at the King and schools Victoria hopelessly obstructed, matters regardless of awho we vote for. In this election, I believe attractive place to build career. programming. especially for large vehicles, and has very limited access to allOur the parties should commit to protecting our privacy I’ll image production is now all pixels and with theand recent Let's notstreets. forget that Kitchener/Waterloo was voted the most intelligent adjacent There is little chance transportation could announcement of aifnew million dollar Federal grant todecision establish a looking to see they5 do when I make my voting city and speaking as a newcomer it is very evident that the level of be move through all this with reasonable speedlittle or satisfactory professionalism is visibly highany here. People waste time and the massive digital media centre in the downtown core, it offers Dougunexcelled Minaker in the passenger movement. welcome i've received in presenting my own portfolio to various galleries opportunities to work with some of the leading edge image systems Waterloo and companies has been train warmstation and enthusiastic. A very nice held world. In fact there are plans to make Kitchener a regional Since the passenger is also a vital part ofevent the hub 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 establish this region of one of the "Silicon Valley" inspired found there are many dynamic, specifically targeted plans, by the ences with the community as a guest columnist. Do you have a rant? A viewpoint about a local event or opinion about an important issue? Or, do municipal government in particular, to foster a (relatively) large examples of a thriving gateway of new ideas and I feel very fortunate to you have a personal or funny story? The Kitchener Citizen is looking for 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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Randy Farrell was named Kitchener’s 2019 Senior of the Year in a ceremony held in council chambers at City Hall. The prestigious award, which is presented by the Mayor’s Advisory Committee for Kitchener Seniors (MACKS) in partnership with Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, celebrates the contributions of residents 65+ in the Kitchener community. Kitchener’s Senior of the Year and 11 nominees were recognized during the annual ceremony. Farrell has been a long-time volunteer and advocate for acceptance and inclusion in Kitchener, serving as a driving force in the establishment of SPECTRUM, a community space and accredited charitable organization that supports members of the Rainbow community and their allies in Waterloo Region. From left around Randy Farrell are: Kitchener Conestoga MPP Mike Harris, Regional Chair Karen Redman, councillors Sarah Marsh, Dave Schnider, and Debbie Chapman and Mayor Vrbanovic.

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Stanley Park Optimist 2019 baseball season wraps up

This season the Optimist Club baseball program organizers moved away from the traditional one-day wrap-up (Hotdog Day) celebration opting instead for presenting trophies and awards after each individual league’s final games. With the help of Dominos, every player ended their final game of the season with a free slice of pizza. Unfortunately rainouts and field closures played havoc with the schedule, which meant that the Jr. 3-Pitch Consolation final got bumped to Sunday, June 23. Although the weather made spring play difficult this year, the season was a tremendous success with over 520 players participating on 45 teams in five leagues. The program runs with the help of 28 sportsmanship managers, 37 umpires and about 150 coaches and assistants. “Thanks to all our sponsors, our officiating crew, the supervisors (all of whom are volunteers) and the hundreds of volunteers who work to make all this possible,” said program chair Gord Dearborn. Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic and councillors Scott Davey and Dave Schnider attended final games on Saturday, June 22 as 16 teams wrapped up their seasons. They thanked volunteers and helped Lisa Collins hand out City volunteer pins. The 2019 winners are: Senior T-Ball: • Consolation Champions: First Choice Haircutters • Consolation Finalists: Sportco • Finalists: bitKids • Champions: Durnin Motors Junior 3-Pitch: • Consolation Champions: Helmutz Interlock • Consolation Finalists: Milton’s Restaurant • Finalists: Golden Triangle Restoration • Champions: Alfran Trophies Senior 3-Pitch: • Consolation Champions: Mj’s Scooters

• Consolation Finalists: Mr KW Landscaper • Finalists: Tentworks • Champions: TextNow INDIVIDUAL RECOGNITION AWARDS The following players are recognized for their performance this year and for being good team players. All are good sports, a pleasure to coach and are aware that, in a team sport such as 3-Pitch, their personal success is in no small part due to the effort and contribution of their teammates. Individual trophies are sponsored by Tentworks. Congratulations to all! Award recipients for Senior 3-Pitch • Outstanding Team Player Emma Vautour, ATS • Outstanding Team Player Brooke McFee, Diekat • Outstanding Team Player Dylan Kaufman, MJ’s Scooters • Most Improved Player Olivia Manson Tentworks • League MVP Award Nolan Phuong, TextNow • League MVP Award Tyler Potts, Mr KW Landscaper • League MVP Award Cannon Loschnig, Tentworks • League MVP Award Cody ZeidlerRice, MJ’s Scooters •Award recipients for Junior 3-Pitch • Outstanding Team Player Jayce Brito, Alfran Trophies • Outstanding Team Player Aaliyah Halley, bauhaus • Outstanding Team Player Emerson Dykes, Mayburry Electric • Oustanding Team Player Grace Nethery, Helmutz Interlock • Oustanding Team Player Luca Dumbrava, Milton’s Restaurant • Most Improved Player Claire Delorey, Golden Triangle • Team MVP Jonah Hagey, Mayburry Electric Registration for the 2020 ball season will begin in November 2019.

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TextNow took the 2019 Stanley Park Optimist Senior 3-Pitch Championship. The final game was played June 19 at a Franklin School diamond. From left: front, Keaton Simpson, Nathan Starr, Alex Pipilas, Ben Atkinson, second row, Nolan Phung, Kevin Hoxha, Zach Reinhardt, third row, coach Tristan Huntington, Brooklyn Kropf, Nikos Piperakis, Ethan Druar, Rylie Heimbecker, Elysia Sawartzky, coach Evelyn Sawatzky, back, coach Shawn Sawatzky.

Tentworks is the 2019 Senior 3-Pitch finalist. From left: front, Evan Hamilton, Ava Ruth, Cole Raper. Andrew Jessop, middle, Zach Hamilton, Katie Jessop, Olivia Manson, Joshua Zettell, Jacob Burt, back, coaches Peter Burt, Mark Jessop, Paul Raper. Absent: League MVP, Cannon Loschnig

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Durnin Motors, 2019 Senior T-Ball Champions: From left, Back: Coach Shane McKinnon , Coach Peter Wit, Head Coach Tim Hall Middle: Tyler Herzing-McKinnon , Chelsea Ryan, Andrew Davison , Ryder Wit, Ryker Hall and Colton Potts, ,Front: Rio Habermehl , Kitana Woodworth, Quintin Klassen, James Nusca , Jake Davison and Amelia Schultz. (Absent: Trystan Underwood)

bitKIDS 2019 Senior T-Ball Finalists: From left, front, Ethan Bross, Lucas Carter, Dean Driver, Dominik Blanco, Emma Hearn, Amelia Bittle, middle: Samuel Brunen, Adam Dalcourt (in front of tree), Everett Attwood, Sammy Brunen, Cameron Vaneyck, back, coach Robyn Harrison, Mason Greco, coach Kate Driver, coach Brad Hearn. Absent: Nathan DeGraaf and coach ChrisGreco

Alfran Trophies took the 2019 Junior 3-Pitch Championship. From left: front, Michael Kearsey, Scott Teschke, Nathan Dinnes, Luke Teschke, Kylie Chira, Michael McGivern, middle, Owen Balzer, Sophie Davey, Kevin McLarty, Jayce Brito, Andrew Kearsey, Trevor Meagher, Zoe Harrison, back, (Coaches): Scott Davey, Andrew Kearsey, Dan Meagher, Jason Harrison.

Golden Triangle Restoration are the 2019 Junior 3-Pitch Finalists. From left: front, Sean Godfrey, Eoin Godfrey, Liam McManus, Keelia Nellis, middle, Luke Borman, Josh Campbell, Parker Campbell, Chris Erotokritou, Ruby Carriere, Jordan Brouillette, Claire Delorey, Emma Mitchell, Connor Richards, back (coaches) Nathan Godfrey and Andrew Richards.

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Notes from City Hall

There’s a volunteerism problem in our city. Volunteer numbers are dwindling along with general interest. While short-term “gig volunteerism” is strong, finding folks

to help longer-term, like sitting on a Community Association Board, is becoming challenging. If we do not devise a solution, one of two things will happen: Community programming will dwindle lock step with this decline or the city will endeavor to replace volunteers with paid staff, greatly increasing costs. Part of the problem is the parameters of volunteerism vs. work. One either “works for free” as a volunteer, or alternatively becomes a city employee at $14/ hr ($29k/yr). There’s no middle

ground, at least as it relates to remuneration. We simply cannot afford to replace volunteers with civil servants. It certainly runs against the efficiency/value pledge that guides my decisions. We do value our volunteers and acknowledge them often, but is there not more we could do? Clearly, this work needs to be intrinsically motivated, but we could offer some extrinsic benefits outside of direct-remuneration. To this end, I’ve tabled a motion to direct staff to explore ways to reward our volunteers in ways

that won’t ultimately cost the city in any significant way, but would demonstrate how much we value our volunteers. Examples include free swim passes or access to the new Kiwanis Park pool. Or perhaps even discounted access to our golf courses or KW Titans/Symphony tickets. There are several avenues we can explore that don’t involve new paid staff, and we must explore them first. For questions or comments on this or any other issue, please don’t hesitate to contact me anytime.

It’s been a productive period of council. We recently passed our affordable housing strategy―a pilot for year round maintenance of trails and pathways around schools― the truth

and reconciliation commission calls to action―climate change emergency measures – neighbourhood seating, greening and art programs―a review of our city facility booking guidelines and our 2019-2022 strategic plan. Big thanks to the CentrevilleChicopee (CCCA) and Stanley Park Community Associations (SPCA) for their great Neighbours Day celebrations. I also thank Grandview Church for their financial and volunteer support provided to Centreville Chicopee and St. Anthony Daniel Church for partnering with

Stanley Park, our Kitchener Fire Department, and Waterloo Regional Police, who were at both celebrations. Mark your calendars and come downtown for these free events: Cruising On King―Friday, July 12. Check out classic cars along King Street, and enjoy live music in Carl Zehr Square. The Downtown Kitchener Ribfest and Craft Beer Show―Friday, July 19 to Sunday, July 21 in Victoria Park. Rock & Rumble―Saturday, July 27 from 5-11pm. Custom and Vintage motorcycles, food trucks, craft beer,

wrestling and live music with Haywire and Men Without Hats. In Ward 2, stay cool at the Centreville Chicopee Community Centre’s free Splash Pad open daily from 9 till 9. Also enjoy free family swim times at Idlewood Pool this summer. 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.

I am pleased to announce the allocation of Federal Gas Tax funding in the amount of $300,000 for improvements to the Vanier Park Splash Pad. In addition, a further

$155,000 was allocated for removal and replacement of a low lying bridge immediately upstream of Vanier Park on Montgomery Creek. These improvement works are planned for 2020. An important part of the planning work will involve community engagement and input. There will be FREE public swims at Wilson Pool throughout the summer until September 1, 2019. Search “Wilson outdoor pool” for the public swim schedule at During the summer months there are many activities taking place in and

around City Hall. On Saturday July 6th a 2018 pilot event KW Vegfest returns with vegan food vendors and a celebration of sustainability and reversing climate change. On Friday July 12th “Cruising On King” - the region’s biggest street party and classic car show will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, featuring tribute bands of The Who and Jimi Hendrix. Other events in July include the “Rock and Rumble Weekend”; the “Kultrun World Music Festival”; the KW Ribfest and the annual TD Blues

Festival. Come out and enjoy these free events! There are no formal Committee or Council Meetings until August 12th. During this period many staff do take their earned vacations. Nonetheless the City is Open for Business. During this period please feel free to contact me at your convenience at (519-7440807 / 519-498-2389 / john.gazzola@ / My main office is in my home and so I am pretty much available 24/7. I look forward to assisting you in any matters affecting you and the city.

Hello Ward 4 friends! There continues to be lots of activity in Ward 4. Construction on Homer Watson: Just a reminder if you’re interested

Recently, a standing committee approved the expansion of the Love My Hood program to develop three new resident-led programs. These three programs, including resident-led greening, art and

in receiving construction updates by email, please contact Regional staff at 519-575-4745 ext. 3164 or email juarmstrong@regionofwaterloo. ca. Find detailed information on the Region’s website at regionofwaterloo. ca, search “Construction and Road Closures.” Neighbour’s Day: What a fantastic turnout at Upper Canada Park! I’m sure many enjoyed connecting with and meeting neighbours, kids enjoyed the bouncy castle, and the bike rodeo was a great success and liked by all ages. Thank you to the Southwest Optimist Club, and all volunteers

for creating such a great day for our community. Upper Canada Park officially opened on Saturday, June 22. If you weren’t able to make it to the grand opening and festivities, head down there this summer to enjoy a walk or bike ride along the trail and pathways, play some basketball, or watch a baseball game. It really is a beautiful park. Zehrs BBQ: I want to give a shout out and thanks to store manager Mario and staff at Zehrs Pioneer Park for throwing such a great party. Their Annual Eat Together BBQ, with live

entertainment, prizes and fun for all ages, was a wonderful community gathering. Skate Park: A skate park was identified and included in the Upper Canada design phase; however, when it was tendered, the cost was significantly more than anticipated. I will be supporting this project during the 2020 budget process through a transfer of funds from the Gas Tax, and am hoping that the majority of council agree to include this in the budget so that it may be implemented in 2020.

public seating, were identified through the Love My Hood strategy as three areas of primary interests for residents. It is wonderful that the City of Kitchener continues to create opportunities for residents to strengthen our neighborhoods through supporting projects to enhance the quality of life, and foster an environment of innovation and care in our communities. These three new neighbourhood places programs open many doors to allocating funding for exciting new projects. Art projects

like community murals and mosaics, greening projects like tree planning, community cleanups and pollinator gardens, and more public seating initiatives like benches and picnic tables are all great ideas to put forward in your application for the funding. The Neighbourhood Matching Grant will fund these initiatives, and you can apply through the Love My Hood website at this link: https:// Neighbourhood-Matching-Grant Applications close August 15.

I am eager to hear your ideas surrounding what the potential funding can be put towards in our community. You, as a resident, have the unique opportunity to shape the future of your neighbourhood and what you’d like to see in terms of improvements to public spaces! I am always available to talk if you’d like to learn more about the program, or feel free to connect with the Neighbourhood Development Office at 519.741.2200 ext. 4663 for more support and resources.

City’s Neighbourhood Places Program offers Kitchener residents three new ways to enhance their ‘hood’

The City of Kitchener has approved three new Neighbourhood Places Programs, offering residents opportunities to enhance their neighbourhoods through greening, public seating and art projects. As the latest addition to the city’s Love My Hood Neighbourhood Strategy, the new programs allow residents to transform public spaces into gathering places that bring neighbours together and foster a greater sense of community identity and connectedness. “In our parks, trails and recreational areas, public seating tends to be a top priority outlined by residents,” said Ward 6 Councillor, Paul Singh. “I’m enthusiastically supportive of the Neighbourhood Seating Program which will help train and educate our community partners and residents who want to see more public seating in our neighbourhoods. As a caring and innovative community, Kitchener’s collaboration efforts serve to strengthen our neighborhoods.” Residents first expressed interest in greening, seating and art initiatives during initial consultations for the Love My Hood strategy. Since then, the city has continued to engage with the public to develop resources that will enable residents to take the lead in implementing these types of projects in their neighbourhoods. Input from a community workshop held earlier this ...continued on next page

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Notes from City Hall

Dear Ward 6 Residents, Wishing you all a good summer! In 2015, I brought forward a motion requesting a pilot program be initiated to asphalt and winter maintain trails leading to Elementary Schools.

Council approved improvements to approximately 2.5km of trail around Glencairn Public School in Ward 6 of the Country Hills West neighbourhood, and provision of winter maintenance of these trails, and to use this as a pilot project to inform other works. The request for the pilot was a response to my desire to see better trail utilization as year round active transit routes to local area schools. The trails in the Country Hills West neighbourhood, providing access to Glencairn Public School, were identified as a high priority trail network that is well utilized by both

the general public, and students. It was decided this area would be used to assess trail usage, financial impact and community feedback for the pilot. This spring, staff reported back to council regarding this pilot project’s year round winter trail maintenance around Glencairn Public School. You will be happy to know this was approved as a permanent service level in the Country Hills West neighbourhood beginning this 20192020 winter season. Further, staff has been directed by council to address prioritization and timing of trail investments, provided

through the Cycling and Trails Master Plan for the 12 additional schools identified as high priority for this service. Residents of Ward 6 and, especially those in the Country Hills West Neighbourhood will greatly benefit from this added service. I will continue to advocate for improvements that enhance the quality of life of Kitchener residents. Connect with me about any ward or city issues or questions. You can reach me at or at 519-741-2793.

Recently, the City of Kitchener was approached by two residents with a wish to donate the design and the construction of a Survivor Garden in Victoria Park. Survivor gardens, are places for those to

go and seek solace and peace and typically have a theme focused on cancer survival. This survivor garden in Victoria Park will not have such a theme but instead seeks to broaden the definition of survivor to include all individuals on any point in their journey, and not limited to cancer or mental health alone. This garden is meant to be a source of inspiration, encouragement, and a place for those to connect and gather. I felt honoured to be part of the discussion when my friend Scott

Barker approached me with the idea. Scott, who is dealing with several health ailments, is an inspiration to our community and I am proud to support such a remarkable project. The project team is working toward a 2020 construction time. I am excited to see this project come to fruition, as I think a survivor garden is a wonderful asset to the City of Kitchener and a new space in Victoria Park for self-reflection and inspiration. This generous philanthropic gift is one that will hopefully be a space to support

mental health and wellness among our community and celebrate survivors of all types for years to come. The City of Kitchener is now seeking resident input to help design an inclusive space for all. The survey is open on Engage Kitchener, www.engagekitchener. ca and will close on September 1, 2019. Staff will share the feedback collected through this consultation process and will be reflected in the final project design later this fall.

On June 11, the City of Kitchener hosted a drop-in open house to inform residents about the City’s intent to install separated bicycle lanes on Belmont Ave and Queen’s

Blvd. Thank you to all of the residents who attended this open house and provided their comments and feedback! For a quick overview, as part of the City’s “complete streets” approach, which is a design process that prioritizes the safety and convenience of pedestrians and cyclists, both Belmont Ave and Queen’s Blvd are in the process of receiving separated bike lanes in both directions of travel. On Belmont Ave between Glasgow St and Highland Road, there will be a physically separated 1.8 meter

wide bike lane in both directions of travel with a 0.1 to 1 metre buffer between traffic. This proposed lane designation is also similar on Queen’s Blvd between Belmont Ave and Westheights Dr. These separated bike lanes are planned to be installed on Belmont Ave by the end of July 2019 and on Queen’s Blvd by August 2019. Previous data has informed us that these roads see over 10,000 cars per day and the 85th percentile speed is approximately 60km/h on these roads. It was also observed

that 70% of cyclists are riding on the sidewalk to avoid traffic. By moving to make Belmont Ave and Queens Blvd into Complete Streets, the City of Kitchener has committed to enhancing traffic calming measures and ensuring the safety of pedestrians and cyclists in our neighbourhood. I look forward to hearing your comments about these new bike lanes once they are installed and in use. I hope this summer will provide many opportunities to utilize and enjoy these new bike lanes in our neighbourhood.

A climate emergency with a carbon budget! I would like to start by commending the residents who worked together to lobby city councillors and to propose a motion requesting that the City

declare a climate emergency. To the original motion was added a clause requesting that the city adopt the idea of a carbon budget and that we develop a plan to implement the budget. While this was referred back to staff, I trust that through consultation with the climate activist community a carbon budget will be drafted. The motion was passed unanimously. Kitchener joins over 400 municipalities across the country that have taken this bold step. Declaring a climate emergency and calling

for a carbon budget provide tools for the City to be more proactive in doing our part to reduce green house gas (GHG) emissions and reducing our ecological footprint. The carbon budget would put climate change at the forefront of all decision making whether to do with development, community services or parks and trails. We have an undeniable global climate crisis which all levels of government have a responsibility to address. I look forward to working with climate change advocates as the

plan develops. Oslo’s climate budget contains 42 measures including such things as eliminating cars from the downtown, phasing out fossil fuel heating and growing their bike infrastructure. If you have any suggestions on measures the City of Kitchener could adopt to reduce our GHGs, I would be happy to hear from you. I’d be happy to hear from you. You may contact me at debbie. or at 226752-7104.

Kitchener is a partner in the Waterloo Region Climate Change Action Plan, with a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050, based on 2010 levels. This will take a paradigm shift on all levels. That night, Councillor Schnider wisely reminded the room that we have several key priority areas to focus on, including affordable housing and the opioid crisis. To that point, I am pleased that we are developing a made-in-Kitchener affordable housing strategy, and we remain fully supportive of the Region’s response to the opioid

crisis as well. July events include: Cruising on King St. on Friday, July 12 is an annual classic car show. At 7 p.m., thousands will line King Street to watch one of the largest car parades in Canada, followed by live music at Carl Zehr Square from 8-10 p.m. featuring tribute bands of The Who and Jimi Hendrix. Kultrun World Music Festival is Waterloo Region’s only world music festival on July 13-14 in Victoria Park. It’s packed with high quality global music, performance art and

an art market. Free family-friendly entertainment all weekend long! The 16th annual Kitchener Ribfest & Craft Beer Show is on from Friday, July 19 to Sunday, July 21 in Victoria Park. Later in the month, the 4th annual Kitchener Twilight Grand Prix will kick off an exciting “Speed Weekend” in Waterloo Region. July 27th is the first cycling race featuring a 1.3 km course through Victoria Park and around Downtown Kitchener. Sign up to compete, or come be a spectator!

Last month, Council voted unanimously to declare a climate change emergency in Kitchener. Our Council Chambers were filled with people who all share a common goal, and it was exhilarating.

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year helped plan the scope of the new programs as well as the types of resources needed to support residents in making improvements to public spaces in their neighbourhoods. “Residents told us that there isn’t a one-size-fitsall approach when it comes to planning projects in their neighbourhoods,” said Jenna van Klaveren, neighbourhood development office associate. “By providing a wide range of projects through the Neighbourhood Places Program, residents have the opportunity to shape the future of their neighbourhoods by undertaking projects that matter most to them.” Using feedback from the community, the city has created three step-by-step guides to assist residents with planning local projects such as food forests, picnic tables, and community murals. The guides can be found online at www. and paper versions are available at city facilities. Residents are also encouraged to connect with the city’s neighbourhood development office for guidance in navigating city processes or to learn more about funding for a project. The city is currently accepting applications for its Neighbourhood Matching Grant, funding which can be put towards greening, seating or art projects. The deadline for applications is August 15. For more information,

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Singer Cheryl Lescom has toured Canada but calls Kitchener home Steve Beilstein anadian singing legend Cheryl Lescom has forged an impressive career over the years. Her performances deliver a powerfully energetic vibe that makes it impossible to sit still. Her rich voice effortlessly makes you forget about the rigors of life, transporting you into a lively world of music meant to calm the beast within. A native of Kitchener, Lescom moved around quite a bit. “I’ve lived in Vancouver, Halifax, London, Ontario and Toronto, but my heart is in Kitchener. That’s where I’m staying in my old age,” Lescom comments. Although music wasn’t an everyday part of her family life, she had a musical family on both sides. “My father left when I was a kid. He had a lot of musical ability, but the war left him a very damaged man. My mom’s side of the family had some musicians too, but I never grew up playing music around the kitchen table,” Lescom explains Music seemed to fill the empty void of being raised by a single mom as an only child. It became almost a therapy to her. She wanted to play, to sing, to express herself musically. Where there is a will there is a way. “Music came natural to me. It was the



60s. The music was brilliant. I was an only child being brought up by a hard working single mom. I had lots of spare time. Music was everything to me. My mom made sure we had a piano. We didn’t have much, but I could leave my world and go into my own musical planet,” Lescom remembers. With inspirations like Etta James, Janis Joplin, Robert Plant, Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner, she practiced day and night, giving everything she had become proficient enough to perform. Years later her break would come while at work. “I was a waitress at the Coronet in Kitchener. Heart played there in the early 70s. I wanted to do what Ann Wilson was doing. After talking to her till the wee hours of the morning, I decided to quit slinging booze and get a band together and go on the road. I was already singing backups for a guy named Mike Lehman. It was a different time. Bands worked six days a week and could make a living playing live without a lot of expensive travel. My first group I put together was called Hardtail. It was a blues band,” Lescom says. Even though it seemed like an unstable future, her mom was supportive and loving towards her daughter. “My mom loved me and always wanted me to be happy. She knew music

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Cheryl Lescom did that for me. I’m sure she would have been happier if I had a job that had a pension and financial stability,” Lescom chuckles. Her career choice began to take off. Her popularity increased quickly and she found herself travelling frequently. “I did a cross Canada tour with Long John Baldry in the early 80s. I toured

all over the USA when I was with The Detroit Women. Haven’t toured much in Europe, but I’m not dead yet. So maybe there’s still hope,” She laughs. Touring takes a toll on relationships, and after having her two sons in the 90s, her marriage broke down. Her primary focus was to raise her sons and take in a more domestic lifestyle. She toned it down a bit, doing mostly local shows. In 2003, Cheryl Lescom developed cancer and had to go through chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and like the champion she is, she beat it. Even during her cancer, she sang when she could, never giving up hope. She remains busy, doing shows all over. With six successful CD’s under her belt, she is set to release yet another in the fall of this year. Cheryl Lescom is a credit to the musical community. Always smiling, always eager to chat with fans and sign an autograph, she is magnetic and professional to a fault. Her shows are a must see for the music lover inside all of us. To purchase a CD, you can find them at Encore Records, or online. To contact her for a booking or to get a list of shows, you can contact her at or through Mark Logan at Busted Flat Records. That is her own label. https://

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Kitchener Blues Festival volunteers Susan Schulzek and Tim Willcox.

“The best seat in the house is backstage” says Kitchener Blues Festival volunteer Steve Beilstein or the last 10 years, Tim Willcox and his partner Susan Schulzek have been volunteering at the Kitchener Blues Festival. Willcox, a huge music lover who has served as the Main Stage Manager for years, left the position in 2018 to serve as Assistant to the President, Rob Barkshire, a job which carries a tremendous amount of responsibility. Volunteering is in Willcox’s blood. His parents volunteered for Kitchener’s Oktoberfest when he was young, so he understood the demands and dedication that come with volunteering at a big event, and he embraced it. “Giving back to the community is something I learned from my parents,” Willcox explains. “It’s approximately 60 to 80 hours during the course of Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,” Willcox says of the hours he volunteers. In fact many of the volunteers work similar hours. They have to. There is a lot to do in preparation and maintaining the festival: so much that goes on behind the scenes that people never see. Some of the responsibilities Willcox has as Main Stage Manager and Assistant to the President include driving bands around, paying bands, taking care of bands in terms of equipment set-up or if they need a coffee or a guitar string, making sure the bands enter



the stage and exit on cue, and organizing the volunteers where they are needed. These are only a few of the things he oversees. An example of stage set up is sound. “Sherwood Music does the sound. So we’re here to lug amps and Hammond Organs. It takes six people to get a Hammond Organ up the ramp and onto the stage. They’re heavy and awkward. Then they have to move it again when it’s needed at another stage later that day,” Willcox chuckles. Many other integral services that volunteers provide are merchandise sales, ticket sellers, servers, information booth, and site managers. Joe Cormier is the volunteer coordinator, and it’s his job to organize them. “Security is hired out. We don’t do that,” Willcox says. Even with all the long hours in the scorching heat, everyone loves their job. “The volunteers come back every year. We have a blast,” Willcox concludes. Susan Schulzek served as Hospitality Lead in charge of food and drinks for the bands until she suffered a stroke last year, and has since been limited in her abilities. Although her recovery has been slow, she is hopeful to volunteer again one day. One of her responsibilities was making sure the kitchen and all of its components were up to fire code and Waterloo Region Health Board code.

This included making sure temperatures were maintained, food was stored properly, all food was not expired, that the delivery vehicles were on time so they didn’t run out, as well as making sure the bands had their meals on time. Along with this, she had to organize the volunteers to be where they were needed at the right time. It was a demanding and exacting job that she did with the expertise of a seasoned professional, and with a smile on her face the entire time. Her kitchen passed every inspection with 100% and was always given the green light to proceed. Although the stroke has left its mark, Schulzek remains hopeful, vowing that until she can one day volunteer again, she watch the festival. Tim Willcox and Susan Schulzek have big hearts and a strong sense of community. They believe in the Kitchener Blues Festival because it’s more than just a weekend of music. It brings people from around the world together by the magic of music, where many have chiseled out lifelong friendships with people they would never have met had it not been for the festival. “The best seat in the house is backstage,” Willcox says. If you would like more information on the Kitchener Blues Festival, or wish to volunteer, you can visit them at their website https://

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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 Worship Service Times :10:00am Worship Service Sunday Morning Fellowship & Bible Study 11:15am Adult Bible Study 11:15am Sunday School (JK –Grade 12) Breslau Evangelical Missionary Church 102 Woolwich St., Breslau (519) 648-2712 Sunday Worship Service: 10:00am Children’s Ministry - Youth Ministry - Small Groups All are welcome! Visit us at Stanley Park Community Church 9 Dreger Ave., (at Ottawa St.) Kitchener (519) 893-8186 Pastor: John Pearce Sunday Service and Kid’s Church: 10:00am ALL WELCOME!

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CHERRY FESTIVAL - The Cherry Park Neighbourhood Association is hosting its 12th annual Cherry Festival on Saturday July 6th from 11 am to 6 pm in Cherry Park. The purpose of the festival is to build community by bringing people into our neighbourhood, to fill the park with a festive atmosphere and to celebrate the cherry harvest. Attracting over 5,000 visitors, this year’s festival will include Eric Traplin, the Cherry Train, vintage cars, a jumping room, carousel swing, mini-putt golf and a climbing wall. We will be holding a silent auction with items donated by local businesses. Of course there will be lots of great food, cherry products and fresh cherries. The All Things Cherry area will include delicious cherry pies, tarts and cherry squares made by the Hillcrest bakery in Floradale, cherry jam, ice cream and fresh cherries. It is a great family event full of activities and local vendors and products. There is plenty of free parking in the parking lot on Dominion St. REGGAE FEST - On The Grand presents Reggae Fest on July 27 from 6 – 11pm (doors open at 5pm) at Bingemans Centre, 435 Bingemans Centre Drive in Kitchener, with performances by Konshens, Gyptian, Kranium, Luciano and Stylo G. A vibrant cultural celebration of Reggae music the event is the final all ages mini festival before the August long weekend. Created by Beyond Oz Productions, the Reggae Fest includes live music, vendors and much more. Tickets can be purchased at KITCHENER MID-WEEK MARKET - The summer growing season is here and the Kitchener Market is ready to celebrate with second day market events for the next two weeks. The ‘Mid-Week Market’ will run from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesdays, July 10 and July 17. The Mid-Week Market will have a smaller group of vendors than the popular Saturday farmer’s market (approximately 20 vendors each week), but visitors will still be able to pick-up a great selection of produce, meat and dairy items along with flowers and offerings from artisan vendors too. The Food Hall will be open, allowing people to either sit and enjoy a meal, or pick-up dinner on their way home. A large licensed area will also feature local beer and cider. Live music will be featured throughout the evenings and chef demos, DIY

classes for all ages, and kid’s salad. Fridays & Wednesdays activities are planned for each KARAOKE with Randall week. For more information on Kuhn’s ”The Musicscene” the Mid-Week Market, please at the Schwaben Cub. Come visit and enjoy. Singing & dancing, midweekmarket making more friends, good BRAIN EXHIBIT AT food & beverages. Pub Food THEMUSEUM EXTENDED available. Fridays 8:30 pm - Due to popular demand, – until close, Wednesdays BRAIN: The World Inside 6:30 – 11:00pm. Table Tennis Your Head, exhibit at – EVERY TUESDAY at the THEMUSEUM (10 King Schwaben Club at 7pm.  Should St. W.) has been extended to you be interested in a few trial September 8. The exhibit offers games and see if you would some of the most educational like to play it and have fun at and interactive experiences the same time; then we would to visitors allowing them to appreciate if you would contact learn how the most essential Walter at 519-742-3372 or and unique organ in the Ken at 519-894-6695. Sunday, human body reacts to various September  8 – Filmnachmittag environments and emotions. – Schwaben Club Keller – Guests go through a series of “Unter Palmen am Blauen fun games, life-scale models, Meer“. Film begins: 2:30pm, and impressive special effects Coffee and cake available. across a 3,000 square-feet floor Doors open 2pm. Film starts space. For more information or at 2:30pm. For information on to buy tickets visit themuseum. any club event, please call the ca or call 519-749-9387. Schwaben Club at 1668 King SKILLS LIBRARY NEEDS St. E. in Kitchener – 519-742VOLUNTEERS The 7979. Country Hills Community ELORA FESTIVAL – 40th Centre has launched a program ANNIVERSARY – Celebrate called Skills Library.  It is a July 12 – 28 with the Elora chance for youth and adults Festival as it marks it 40th to come together and gain an anniversary. Known as a understanding of each other, destination for international share the space, learn new skills caliber vocal and choral music, and build positive relationships this year’s festival will include on Mondays, ages 11-15 from 6 performances by the core - 8:30pm. The Centre is looking ensemble-in-residence the for adult volunteers to come Juno and Grammy nominated into the space and share their Elora Singers in collaboration skills, talents or interests with with class soloists and musical the youth in our community. artists. Opening night includes If you are interested in Carmina Burana, French Choral volunteering a skill or hidden Music for the Soul, The Elora talent, please contact: Shannon Singers at Twilight, music from Parsons, 519-741-2200 ext. the English Tradition, Singers 5051 or at Shannon.parsons@ Unplugged (Broadway), Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles WORTH A SECOND LOOK (an unforgettable El Camino – Open The 6Working Centre’s and Bach’s Magnifcat. days a week, closedjourney) Mondays thrift store, 97 Victoria Street Other performances during North, Kitchener is looking for the weeks include the State and Jim Mantas donations of clothing,Sue books, Choir Latvija, Festival of the 105 Peel St., New Hamburg 4545 current magazines, craft and • 519-662 Sound -Ensemble and Natalie art supplies, sporting goods, MacMaster in Unforgettable: housewares, furniture, jewelry, Nat King Cole Story, soprano purses, backpacks, hygiene Jane Archibald, an evening products, pictures, frames, with Measha Brueggergosman, music and movies, radios, Daniel Taylor, tenor Matthew stereos, CDs, DVDs, toys and Cairns (COC Competition games. The retail outlet’s goal winner), plus Evensong and is to provide the community Sunday Services. For more with low-cost used furniture information visit elorafestival. and assorted houseware items com while keeping reusable goods ADULT DAY PROGRAM out of landfills and creating Did you know Trinity Village opportunities for employment. has an Adult Day Program for Open 9am to 5pm weekdays seniors wishing to socialize and 9am – 4pm Saturdays. To with other seniors? The cost is donate call 519-569-7566. just $8 per day and the program SCHWABEN CLUB EVENTS - runs Mondays, Wednesdays Fish Fry – EVERY FRIDAY at and Fridays from 9 am to 1 the Schwaben Club Keller, 5 to pm, at Trinity Village Care 8pm. Serving Breaded Fish, Pan Centre, on Kingsway Drive, Fried Fish as well as Schnitzel. near Fairview Park Mall. For All dinners are served with more information call the Day creamy coleslaw and choice of Program Coordinator at 519French Fries or German potato 893-6320 ext. 235.


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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!


Take Me With You

by Andrea Gibson


Amanda Wilk

Manager, Country Hills Community Library

Take Me With You by spoken-word poet Andrea Gibson is a book that will appeal to super fans of Gibson and their work, and to people who are unfamiliar with their poetry. A pocket book of poetry divided into three sections (love, the world, and becoming), it does not contain full poems, but instead one liners, couplets, and greatest hit phrases from Andrea’s work. Thus, it serves as either a touchstone for those who have used Andrea’s words to encapsulate their feelings and existence; or as an accessible introduction to Andrea’s poetry for people discovering it for the first time. From this entry point, readers may choose to delve further. For example, the collection includes lines from their poem Photograph like: “I wish I was the photograph in your wallet/I wish I was the face you show to strangers when they ask where you come from.” A reader finding themselves intrigued, may look to read the full poem which dives into love, heartbreak,

loss, and learning. Andrea’s poems take you on a journey, and while Take Me With You includes valuable life advice, and meaningful refrains, it does lack the depth and storytelling found in Andrea’s full works. So though it does serve as a warm reminder of their words, or an easy introduction to their work, I would encourage readers to access it as a starting or ending place and not take it as indicative of their work as a whole. I would recommend Andrea Gibson to readers who enjoy the poetry of Rupi Kaur and Amanda Lovelace. Kitchener Public Library has this title available to read in print form. We also have their other works Pole Dancing to Gospel Hymns and Lord of the Butterflies, as well as their spoken word album Hey Galaxy available to stream via Hoopla. You can also access some of Andrea’s work via spoken word videos on YouTube. Photograph, Maybe I Need You, and Your Life are a few of their most well-known poems.

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