Kitchener Citizen - July 2021

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50,000 artifacts found so far prior to road construction on Fischer-Hallman by Helen Hall t is not a typical sight in a road construction zone. During the past few months, on both sides of Fischer-Hallman near Bleams Road, archaeologists in reflective vests can be seen sifting through the dirt looking for artifacts. And their efforts have been exceptionally successful. As of June 25, 50,000 Indigenous artifacts have been recovered that date back to 1350. Barbara Slim of Wood PLC is the lead archaeologist on the project. “We have 20-25 archaeologists working on the Stage 4 archaeological assessment,” she explained. “We commenced work at the site in July 2020 and worked until December. Work resumed this year in the spring.” The artifacts recovered to date include: pottery, clay smoking pipes, chipped stone drills, arrowheads, darts, knives, blades, and scrapers; faunal bone from deer, beaver, turtle, and fish; plus, stone beads and bone jewelry. Slim said that most of the artifacts are associated with a Late Woodland Iroquoian village site, dating to AD 1350-1600. She said they also recovered projectile points dating to the Late Archaic Period (1900-1500 BC).


SIFTING THROUGH TIME - Wood archaeologist William Kearney screens the soil for artifacts prior to the completion of a road construction project on Fischer-Hallman Road near Bleams Road. About 50,000 Indigenous artifacts have been found so far. More photos on page 3. Photos courtesy of Wood PLC

Slim said Wood PLC is the archaeological consultant on this project, and that it is completing archaeological investigations as required by the Ontario Heritage Act and the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries (MHSTCI). Fischer-Hallman Road is being widened to four lanes south of Bleams Road, and that

construction will begin after the required archaeological work is completed, according to Justin Armstrong, Senior Engineer, Transportation Expansion Design and Construction Division at the Region of Waterloo. “If this work cannot be completed before winter this year, it will be completed in 2022,” he said.

A new roundabout will be constructed at the intersection of Fischer-Hallman Road and Bleams Road, and is expected to be completed by September 2021. He said the duration of the archaeological work will depend on the extent of the findings. Once the required archaeological work is complete and Ministry of Heritage, Sport,

Tourism and Culture Industries clearance has been provided, road construction can be completed. The artifacts will be curated by Wood and then transferred to the Province of Ontario or another public institution, once an agreement is made between the project owner, the MHSTCI and any other legitimate interest groups.

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Political parties begin to select candidates for next federal election By Carrie Debrone espite having served under two years of their four-year mandate, rumours are swirling that the federal Liberals may call an early election. Local parties have begun naming their candidates. Kitchener Centre If an election should be called, this riding appears ready with a nominated candidate in each of the four main parties. Incumbent MP Raj Saini will run again for the Liberals. Mike Morrice is the Green Party’s candidate. Morrice ran in the 2019 election capturing 26 per cent of the riding’s vote, the highest vote share for a Green across the Prairies, Ontario and Quebec. Currently Wilfrid Laurier University’s inaugural Social Entrepreneur


in Residence, Morrice is well known for founding Sustainable Waterloo Region and Green Economy Canada. The Conservative candidate will be Mary Henein Thorn, who ran for the provincial Conservative party in 2018. Beisan Zubi is the New Democratic Party’s candidate. A former Communitech community relations manager, she recently started an initiative that matches Black, Indigenous and people of colour with local non-profit boards. Kitchener South-Hespeler Valerie Bradford is the Liberal candidate for Kitchener SouthHespeler. Bradford is an expert in economic development. Incumbent Marwan Tabbara was the Liberal MP representing this riding but is now sitting as an independent after he was charged with

criminal harassment, assault and breaking and entering a year ago. His case has not yet come to trial. He has not made a decision on running again. Conservative, NDP and Green Party candidates have not yet been chosen for this riding. Kitchener-Conestoga In Kitchener-Conestoga, Liberal MP Tim Louis will run again. Carlene Hawley, a certified professional accountant, is the Conservative candidate.

No New Democratic Party or Green candidates have been chosen. Waterloo In Waterloo, Liberal incumbent MP Bardish Chagger will run again. Meghan Shannon is the Conservative candidate. She is a policy adviser for the Ontario Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, and Indigenous Affairs, and previously managed the social agency Oneroof. The NDP and Green Party

have not yet chosen a candidate. Cambridge In Cambridge, incumbent MP Bryan May will run for the Liberals. Although the Conservatives have yet to choose a candidate, Connie Cody has put her name forward. Cody opposes a consumption and treatment site in Cambridge. She campaigned for a seat on Cambridge city council in the fall, losing to Scott Hamilton by 31 votes. The NDP or Green candidate have not been chosen.

Next issue: August 19, 2021 I got vaccinated for my students. To be able to lead by example and to celebrate science – there’s no greater joy and satisfaction that gives me as an educator. I can’t wait to learn in person with them again. Edith Kovacs Teacher, St. Mary’s High School

OUTDOOR MARKET - Stanley Park Community Centre hosted an Outdoor Market on Canada Day. The popular market is held every Thursday from 5 - 7pm at the centre, 505 Franklin Street North, Kitchener and features local fruit and vegetables, food trucks, craft items, Burr’s and the Bee’s Honey, products from Dettweiler Sausage and Grainharvest Breadhouse. To be a vendor or for more information call 519-741-2504. Photo by Carrie Debrone


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About 50,000 artifacts found prior to Fischer-Hallman Road construction Above: Wood archaeologists completing excavations on Fischer-Hallman Road. at right: A 600 year old arrowhead found at the site. At left: Carbonized maize and bean seeds found during FischerHallman Road excavations. Photos courtesy of Wood PLC

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City of Kitchener provides temporary location for A Better Tent City


n partnership with the Region of Waterloo and The Working Centre, the City of Kitchener has provided a temporary home for A Better Tent City (ABTC). A small portion of the city’s Battler Road snow storage site will be used to house about 50 individuals who are currently living in small cabins at Lot 42 as part of A Better Tent City. The Battler Road facility, located at 1585 Battler Road, is not used by the City during the summer months. It has a large, paved surface with berms that will provide some privacy for residents. The Tent City community had until June 20 to leave its previous location at Lot 42, which is under new ownership. The snow storage site will be made available for ABTC until the end of October 2021. It will then be converted back to its regular use as part of the city’s winter maintenance operations. “The City of Kitchener has a long history of stepping up and working with our community to address social challenges like homelessness that face both our city and the broader region,”

said Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “The pandemic has reminded us of the importance of looking after our most vulnerable residents, and I’m proud that Kitchener Council, with its priority on affordable housing, came forward to collaboratively support A Better Tent City and its residents,” Vrbanovic said. The Working Centre is finalizing a ‘Good Neighbour Plan’ with the goal of creating dialogue, accountability and a commitment between the tent city residents and the Battler Road neighbourhood. The plan is available on its website. Over the past year, over 400 individuals have been housed under the Region of Waterloo’s 10 Year Housing and Homelessness plan. “With regional Council’s historic investment in affordable housing as part of the 2021 budget, and enhanced partnerships at all levels, we anticipate a 10-fold increase in the number of affordable housing units created each year than with previous strategies,” said Regional Chair, Karen Redman.

RE-CONSIDERING CANADA DAY - Out of respect for its Indigenous neighbours, the Williamsburg Community Association (WCA) changed its Canada Day plans this year. It gave away freezies and water at the Little Brown Hut at Max Becker Common for donations to The Healing of the Seven Generations and Anishnabeg Outreach. The WCA also had Indigenous children’s books at the booth that could be borrowed and read by families in the park. The WCA is encouraging adults to read The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Call to Action. At the Little Brown Hut are, WCA member Laura Shaver, Westmount Chartwell Retirement Living Consultant John Whiting and WCA member Christine Furniss. Westmount Chartwell Retirement donated the water for the event.

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PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Raj Saini MP for Kitchener Centre


n the spirit of reconciliation, I acknowledge that as a settler I live, learn and work on lands that belong to Indigenous Peoples. I am on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishnaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples. Kitchener is located on the Haldimand Tract, land that was

promised to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Like every other nation around the world we too are imperfect and must acknowledge and learn all facets of our history. What sets us apart is our constant fight to do better and achieve

better, and we have seen this with the pandemic. Everyone on the frontline worked harder than ever to keep us all safe. Where neighbours found gaps, multiple community organizations and faith groups stepped in to help out; and when we faced loss, we held hands virtually and mourned

together. Every year, but especially this year, Canada Day means different things for different people. So while I celebrate our everyday Canadians and gratefully thank those who made sacrifices to keep our communities safe, I will also be choosing to listen, learn, reflect and honour the

Indigenous Peoples of this land.

PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Tim Louis MP for Kitchener-Conestoga


ummer is here and we have a lot to be thankful for. We thank the frontline workers who sacrificed and worked tirelessly to protect us. We thank parents, who managed to work while their children were learning from home; everyone who has taken care of their elderly parents; places of worship that have adapted to offer essential services while keeping their members safe. Thank you, everyone, who has done their part by staying home following guidelines and getting vaccinated. We also thank our educators, who continued to teach under

the most difficult circumstances and support our students. This school year has been challenging. That’s why I am proud to share that the federal government is investing over $4.8 million towards 14 schools in Kitchener-Conestoga to improve air quality, install handwashing stations, and space reconfigurations to enhance social distancing. In Kitchener, the recipient schools include Driftwood Public School, Forest Heights Collegiate Institute, John Sweeney Catholic Elementary School, Meadowlane Public School, Resurrection Catholic

Secondary School, and St. Dominic Savio Catholic School. While we continue to recover from COVID-19, our federal government will be here to support you, your family, and your business. Vaccine deliveries are also on the rise, with millions of doses coming in each week, including more than 9.1 million Pfizer doses arriving in July. By the end of September, we’ll have more than enough doses to fully vaccinate all Canadians who want to be. It’s important to follow regional public health

guidelines and support our local businesses. With vaccine rollout increasing and local economies beginning to safely reopen, small businesses will play a crucial role in a strong economic recovery. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the heart of our communities. This summer, my office is handing out Stronger Together lawn signs to thank our community for doing their part, celebrate our diversity, and acknowledge all that unites and inspires us to work together for a better future. Please contact my office to reserve yours.

I look forward to connecting with you over the summer, hearing your ideas and working to support you and keep our community safe. While my office continues to work remotely, we are here to support you. Please call 519578-3777 or email me at Tim. Stay safe and take care.

PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Marwan Tabbara MP for Kitchener South—Hespeler


ast Thursday marked the 154th anniversary of the country we call home and cherish. For many of us, this marked a time of celebration and joy. I want to wish everyone in Kitchener South – Hespeler a Happy Canada Day. It is equally true that for many of us this year, a shadow loomed over typical celebrations. In the face of recent discoveries— first in Kamloops, and more recently in Marieval—of the remains of hundreds of Indigenous children on the


grounds of former residential schools, Canadians have been stunned and horrified. It was a stark revelation of the horrific abuses perpetrated against our Indigenous and First Nations brothers and sisters. It was also a reminder that while we have much to celebrate and be thankful for in this country, we have often neglected to acknowledge the darkest chapters of our history as a nation— chapters that are not as distant as many of us imagine, and whose devastating

effects continue to be felt today. Over 130 residential schools operated across Canada from 1831 to 1996, and while the recent discoveries have been tragic, they are highly unlikely to be the last. This year, cities and towns across Canada lowered their flags at half-staff, and many amended their Canada Day celebrations in honour of the victims of residential schools. The federal government and its provincial counterparts have pledged to help find other

such gravesites. I would like to encourage my constituents to mark the 154th anniversary of our country by contributing to a brighter future and to reconciliation. We can all do our part by striving to educate ourselves on the history of our country’s relationship with our Indigenous community members, by reaching out, and by supporting local organizations such as Anishnabeg Outreach and White Owl who have worked tirelessly to build the pathway to

healing. While we cannot change the past, we can and should learn from it, and take meaningful actions that help pave the way to a brighter future of true reconciliation with our Indigenous communities.

Provincial and federal governments provide money for RBJ Schlegel Aquatic Centre

n May, Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Tim Louis, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Conestoga; Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure; Mike Harris, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry and Member of Provincial Parliament for Kitchener-Conestoga; and Berry Vrbanovic, Mayor of the City of Kitchener announced joint funding to support the construction of the RBJ Schlegel Aquatic Centre in Kitchener. The Government of Canada is investing more than $9.7 million in this project through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan.

The Government of Ontario is providing more than $8.1 million, while the City of Kitchener is contributing more than $6.5 million toward this project. Project work for the aquatic centre will include the construction of an eightlane, 25-meter long pool with a removable floor and ramp access, bleacher seating, community use multi-purpose rooms, public washrooms, and food and beverage services. Once complete, the new aquatic centre will provide greater access to recreational facilities and services for members of the Kitchener community to lead healthy, active lifestyles. “Now more than ever, staying active and healthy is an essential

part of our mental and physical wellness,” said KitchenerConestoga MP Tim Louis. “With the construction of the new RBJ Schlegel Aquatic Center, Kitchener residents will have a new facility to swim, play sports, and socialize for many years to come.” “Southwest Kitchener is the fastest growing area in our region, and is expected to double in population by 2041,” said Mayor Vrbanovic. “This funding announcement will support the residents and visitors of this growing community with additional recreational facilities for many years to come. I would like to thank the Government of Canada and Province of Ontario for partnering with the City of

Kitchener towards building this wonderful and much needed aquatic centre at RBJ Schlegel Park.” Through the Investing in Canada plan, the federal government is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities. Across Ontario, the Government of Canada has invested more than $9.8 billion in over 3,150 infrastructure projects. Over the next ten years, the Government of Ontario is investing approximately $320 million across the province,

and the federal government is investing approximately $407 million under the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. This stream supports the construction of new facilities and upgrades to existing facilities that improve community infrastructure (e.g. community centres, libraries), recreational venues (e.g. arenas, recreational spaces) and cultural spaces (e.g. theatres, museums). Ontario is investing over $10.2 billion under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to improve public transit; community, culture and recreation; green, and rural and northern community and other priority infrastructure.





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Letter to the editor


Dear Carrie Debrone, ome Canadians have developed I was pleased to get your Kitchener Citizen (east edition) andmonths found it learned helplessness after 16 quite informative and Iof thank you for it. COVID battering. Sickness, isolation, I just read your short article regarding the natural gas rates going down loss for residential customers. of income, even death are just a few of the pandemic that we’ve endured. You write that Kitchener Utilities havetraumas a 2,100 cubic meter average use Many of us have masks, kept annually for its residential customers. I still donned have an our imperial gas meter, which shows the consumption in cubic feet. to read our distances, andI have linednever up been for able vaccines, matter, even the meter readers seem to have a that meter and as for that but others just feel powerless as COVID problem with it as well. Why else would the city issue a bill in the amount variants continue to evolve and threaten our of $452? personal and societal health. My January bill had been $222.16. February, $295.79, there I already sat these trials, politicians appearbeing sincere, weighing upThrough and took notice, but thenmost excused it by, the winter especially harsh. However, when I received my March bill,looking I knew thatatsomething was very options, investing billions, and the long-term wrong. I called the economy. Utility Office and was asked tomass take immunization a piece of paper restoration of the Passing through I did not and a pen and read the meter myself. To this request I replied thattogether clinics raises public pride as Regional citizens rally know how to read the imperial meter and aside from that, it wasn't my job. to provincial improving our collective Theextinguish lady I talkedour to was very nicehotspot, and agreed to send somebody out to do

wellbeing. So why can’t we summon the same government and societal support for Canada’s Indigenous peoples? Why can’t we be roused to fight with them? Why won’t we tell our politicians that the continual failure to improve the lives of our Indigenous communities constitutes systemic racism? The sheer number of unmarked children’s graves displayed on news channels have stunned Canadians, but not Indigenous communities. To them, these are “recoveries,” for survivors of theAs residential school have repeatedly of children a relatively new system arrival in Kitchener I've told beenusexploring the photographic arts from opportunities here and first impressions are that very who disappeared these heinous institutions. It appears encouraging. It's just not just in the techstopped side of quality that the community only Indigenous Canadians never searching. should be judged. A thriving Arts community usually does well. This can For overbe320 years,inBritish and Canadian and not always measured the financial spectrum asgovernments the living standard businesses have violated both the letter and spirit of every treaty expectations of artists are remarkably low. signed withwant Canada’s Indigenous peoples, funds,driving and We don't that two bedroom house withinstolen convenient course or mall. Speakingyou as one of those underfunded distance to the the golf perverted justice system. Whether investigate substance

Letter to the editor

another also promised call me women, back oncethe thisstatistics was done.are It abuse, reading suicide,andmurdered and to missing was the very next day that I received call telling meCanadians. that the new amount disproportionately higher forherIndigenous We’ve owing was nowlet $200.10, a mere difference of $251.90. I only wonder how continually them suffer. often the meter had been misread in the past. Butneighbours these communities soldiered onand through pain and My on either sidehave have metric meters I had previously privation. On get forty there boiltowater if I could oneFirst that INations would bereserves, able to read. Theare answer that asked advisories. consisted of aWould flat NO.we stand for such treatment? Then why won’t Thestand city had pre-authorized withdrawal privileges 2004/005 which we beside our Indigenous brothers and for sisters? What will they bungled up so badly that I revoked that privilege. I did ask that it take to move us to action? For some of us, the line in theoffice sand to please send me a paper trail for my records which I never received nor may beantheanswer risingto tally of unmarked graves. it may did I get my request and, of course, oneFor can others, forget about an come from hearing nations now speak of “Canadian apartheid.” apology. InI realize our Region, situated on land originally the or property of the my Six that it is up to your discretion to publish not to publish to print would liketwo to warn my fellow letter. However you decide Nations of theif Grand River, mayit II propose starting points "Kitchenerites" for action? to be extra "vigilant" every time that Utility Bill arrives.

Make a financial commitment. Donate to Brantford’s Woodland

Respectfully, Cultural Centre, housed in Canada’s first residential school. Ingrid E. Merkel

The staff there are working tirelessly to preserve Indigenous history, language, and culture. When COVID restrictions lessen, consider a short road trip there with your loved ones to tour the site. Educate yourself. Buy a copy of Melanie Florence’s book, Righting Canada’s Wrongs: Residential Schools for the family reading list. It is accurate, accessible, and provides answers to questions that will surely arise. With additional Indigenous communities requesting ground-penetrating radar for use on residential school this atyear generate more very impressed by the sites, Arts office Citywill Hall and with how theyquestions provided was going on here. Those people in turn me withour information about nation’sabout racistwhat roots. have theirmeans, own advice and contacts, again twoand thumbs up for Sooffered by all wear orange soribbons shirts to the level of support they give each other. commemorate the dead, attend sacred fires, and participate Yes, there are already many photographers doing the normal in smudgingneeds ceremonies. But ifbutthat’s all we do, tothen wewith are photographic of the region, the opportunity work complicit with those like Canadians whoanimation came before us, and emerging image companies web designers, houses, software supportedlocally this cultural genocide producers, based video firms, electronic images for broadcasters

Just what makes Kitchener so good at Arts development?

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 industries, local graphic designers and most especially the 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. LETTER THE two EDITOR There areTO basically reasons for artists to be in an area. A slightly Kitchener is projected to be growing by a conservative estimate of compact arts community with low rents and the availability of galleries or 100,000 people over the next 20 years and plans call for a big investment venues to showcase the art produced. I have noticed that there is a vibrant in conversions of existing 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 music scene is really good with a solid choice of local talent that is well of empty buildings. We need to inculcate so much more love for others As I heard newsfree of publications. a dreadful Radio and horrendous attack publicized by a the few local generally follows the hatred. If out of those numbers there are 10 percent artists in all media that standard corprock but the University of Waterloo has an outstanding and respect faiths philosophies society on a Muslim Family who were killed intentionally by a actually work at for theirall art all of us and are going to need sometoof the this space to community station. build up our importantly community. Artists, being artists though, do notThis like to be and most to our future generations. must run down of a speeding truck because of their faith, I was 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 absolutely in deep cash terror andin therefore not resist and start at the root levels everywhere. with some disposable helps keeping thecould cities vibrant level where they can integrate the needs of the artistic community enthusiastic. Theit. number of professional artists is still small enough so that I am ainto member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community writing about seamlessly their development plans. they know one another. organizer of shown the famous Religions Conference My heart bleeds for the 4 members of the same family and Many studies have time andWorld again how efficient an Arts based We are quickly seeing astounding growth in the digital imaging community can be. A planning group called The Prosperity Council held annually in Waterloo, that promote interfaith harmony and for the injured 9-year old boy who has lost his family industry. Fortunately, as a photographer who has been working in digital calls for forour artists and art “Love based businesses for years it helps me integrate my own work into video, 3D, web, specifically and respect. Wea huge are investment known for motto, for All, and a grandparent. encourage them to choose Kitchener as a place to work. This is the first advertising, etc. Canada So I think,ispersonally, the opportunities in Kitchener are to Hatred for None”. Canada needs a lot more interfaith We believe a safe haven for all faiths and ideas better than Toronto. An example being the cable TV (Rogers) that works time I have found a directed approach to our niche, but very valuable initiatives everywhere to percent ensureofa the safer place for itmembers to flourish. But incidents these are now beginning to segment of society. If even fifty plans get done is still an the regions like schools and artisians in locally produced very hard to involve place to build a career. of all faiths. emerge all over Canada where someone is motivated by attractive programming. Our image production is now all pixels and with the recent Let's forget that Kitchener/Waterloo voted the mostcrimes. intelligent Nabeel Rana hate ofnot another faith to execute the was most horrible city and speaking as a newcomer it is very evident that the level of announcement of a new 5 million dollar Federal grant to establish a Kitchener For sure, we Canadians are not doing enough to stop this professionalism is visibly high here. People waste little time and the massive digital media centre in the downtown core, it offers unexcelled welcome i've received in presenting my own portfolio to various galleries opportunities to work with some of the leading edge image systems in the and companies has been warm and enthusiastic. A very nice event held world. In fact there are plans to make Kitchener a regional in town is the quarterly parties at the KW regional art gallery. Mellow communications hub and that leads into the possibility of thousands of new The Kitchener Citizen invites you to share your experipeople who enjoy art meet each other with cool jazz and some ambient uses for my photos. ences withthe thedjs. community as a guest columnist. Do you have a rant? A viewpoint about a local or opinion aboutand an ifimportant issue? Or, do There is a very goodevent internet system here you would like more dub from just go to the and most community plans aretheir available. The next youWith havethe a personal funnyof story? The Kitchener Citizen is looking writers who are net willing to share their views with neighbours in a projectedorgrowth the regions artists in all mediums I have forinfo threeinclude years will establish one of the "Silicon Valley" inspired foundcolumn. there are many should dynamic, specifically targeted plans, by the must guest Columns be 400-500 words long and submissions your name this andregion contactofinformation.To submit your column of a thriving gateway of new ideas and I feel very fortunate to municipal in particular, to Hall foster a (relatively) orlarge by email or government mail, please call editor Helen at 519-394-0335 emailexamples 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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Who is in charge of the condo, the directors or the property manager? Q. Who is in charge of our condo property? Our property manager seems to be making all the decisions and

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issues at board meetings? I thought the manager was the employee and the condo corporation is the employer. Am I correct? I feel the manager has taken full control and calling the shots. How do we rectify this situation? A. You are correct. The Condominium Act clearly states that the board of directors shall manage the affairs of the corporation. The manager’s job is to complete all the duties set out in the management contract. There is no standard contract, as each corporation requires different duties according to size and type of property. Under no circumstances should the board just delegate its decision-making functions to the management company. Managers are hired by the corporation for their valuable experience, knowledge and professional advice. Their job is to make recommendations to the board and then carry out the board’s final decisions. Directors are responsible to conduct board meetings to discuss, research and vote on any recommendations or suggestions submitted by the property manager. Any board that simply carries out the manager’s suggestions without careful review is not meeting its obligations under the Condominium Act of Ontario. If you feel the directors have lost control and the manager is in charge then you do have some options to help change things around. You can write to the board and the

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Waterloo Regional Council meeting briefs from Wednesday, June 30, 2021 Council moves forward with actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions Regional Council has directed staff to develop detailed plans on how the Region will implement the TransformWR community climate action strategy. The strategy aims to reduce Waterloo Region’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by the year 2050, while building an equitable, prosperous, resilient low-carbon community. This planning includes developing a detailed corporate climate change plan to transition the Region off fossil fuels as an organization and community service provider. Staff will also work with local partners on monitoring and reporting progress on the strategy’s goals, and the Region will advocate for provincial and federal support to achieve the changes outlined in TransformWR. The Region is the lead organization on 28 action items in the strategy, including co-lead with local municipalities on 18 of those items. Council approves plan to protect tenants in rent supplement units Regional Council is taking steps to protect the subsidy that tenants receive through the Region’s rent supplement program. Council approved a staff plan to renew expiring contracts with private housing providers by increasing market rents over a reasonable period and ensuring their financial stability. The plan will preserve 711 affordable units. Council will also call on the Province to dedicate permanent funding for rent supplements. Council approves plan to purchase land for affordable homes along proposed ION route Regional Council authorized staff to strategically purchase properties along the ION Stage 2 preferred route in Cambridge for affordable home development. As the Region acquires sites for the ION route, staff will examine the development potential of neighbouring properties. If the lands are optimal for developing affordable homes, the Region would acquire the lands. Region to replace rooves in Waterloo Region Housing complex Regional Council is investing more than $1.5 million into roof replacements for hundreds of tenants living in Waterloo Region Housing at 45-65 Holborn Drive in Kitchener. The properties contain 40 and 45unit apartment buildings, as well as blocks of row housing with 25 units. Replacing the roof systems will increase quality of life for tenants and lower maintenance and repair costs. Region moves forward with two projects to protect water resources The Region is moving forward with the process of planning for $14 million in upgrades that will ensure the Shingletown Wells meet Health Canada’s more stringent aesthetic drinking water targets. An

environmental study report for the project is now out for a public review and comment period. The upgrades will require a new building to house treatment equipment, as well as land acquisition. The Region is also hiring a consultant to develop a master plan for the Mannheim Water Treatment plant that will include identifying upgrades and improvements, as well as opportunities to reduce energy consumption and operating costs required to treat water. For the past 25 years, the Mannheim Water Treatment Plant has served a vital role in the Region’s drinking water serving the Cities of Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and the communities of St. Agatha, Elmira, St. Jacobs, Breslau, Conestogo and West Montrose. Council approves four projects that add 103 affordable housing units Regional Council has approved four projects that will add 103 affordable housing units in Waterloo Region. The projects include units for people with mental health issues, older adults, and people experiencing chronic homelessness. Council approves tender for $11 million in expansion work at Region of Waterloo International Airport Regional Council has approved Amico Infrastructures as the vendor to complete expansion work at the Region of Waterloo International Airport. The $11 million dollar project includes site improvements and pavement rehabilitation to prepare for the new terminal building, which will accommodate up to 1,000,000 passengers and increase the capacity of the baggage system. The airport projects a large increase in demand for travel once it is safe to do so. Council approves reinvestment priorities for child care Regional Council has approved the reinvestment priorities for $4.3 million in provincial funding previously used to support the Region’s directly operated children’s centres. The priorities include initiatives around equity and inclusion, quality improvement, increasing access and affordability of child care, as well as sustaining the current child care system through grants for operators impacted by COVID-19. Council approves guiding principles for redevelopment of Charles Street terminal Regional Council has approved the principles that will guide the redevelopment of the former Charles Street terminal. The principles include leveraging economic development opportunities and promoting housing options. The site is currently a COVID-19 testing clinic but the Region and the City of Kitchener are working together to determine a long-term use for the property. Technical and background studies on the site will begin this summer.



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Bright farm offers visitors relief from the stresses of urban life

Helen Hall heryl and Greg Haskett took an ‘udderly ridiculous’ idea and turned it into reality. Their third generation former pig farm in Bright has been transformed into an award winning producer of Udderly Ridiculous Goat’s Milk Ice Cream and is branching out into the agri-tourism industry.



People can “escape the stress of city life” by visiting the farm and doing yoga with goats or taking an alpaca for a walk. Located in Bright, less than a half hour drive from Kitchener, the farm has a Marketplace where it sells its Udderly Ridiculous Goat’s Milk Ice Cream and other delicious treats that are made with goat milk. The 200 acre farm has a work

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side and a play side. On the work side, it has 1,500 goats that are milked for sale to Gay Lea and to make the six flavours of its Udderly Ridiculous Ice Cream. It has cows and chickens and crops like hay, barley and corn. Its fun side has “an agritourism experiential facility” that it shares with others. It has 14 goats that climb on outdoor playground equipment and participate in goat yoga classes. And there are baby goats who love a good cuddle. Thirteen alpacas eat grass in paddocks that separate the boys from the girls. They allow visitors to join them in the paddock or take them for a walk. Cheryl is the ‘teller of tales’ to the visitors, describing the different animal personalities, and what life is like on the farm. Alpacas are very “skittish” animals and there are tips for keeping them calm when you take them for a walk. Do alpacas spit at you? “They spit at each other,” explains Cheryl. She said female alpacas will spit at males when they don’t want to mate. There is a guard llama named Snickers, who patrols the space between the alpaca paddocks. “Why are llamas good farm guards? That’s one thing I will never understand,” Greg says with a laugh. Cheryl says llamas are herd animals that “sound the alarm” with shrill noises in the night if any predators, like coyotes, approach the paddock. They are large ungulates that kick, and predators seem to know they shouldn’t come near them. Cheryl tells stories of their family, how she and Greg met while she was teaching a course to farmers, and how they blended their two families when they married. They each have two boys. Greg started a business plan in 2015 to expand and modernize the farm. He had always wanted to sell products right off the farm, and Cheryl loved to cook. Goat milk, cheese and soap were already popular products in the marketplace and they decided to go in their own direction creating and selling goat’s milk ice cream. They began to market their Udderly Ridiculous Goat’s Milk Ice Cream in the spring of 2019, kicking it off at the One of a Kind Show in Toronto. About 65 percent of the world’s population drinks goat milk, which has less lactose than cow’s milk and is less

Cheryl Haskett of Udderly Ridiculous Farm Life gives visitors tips on keeping alpacas calm while walking them.

Andrea Hall cuddles Mia, a baby goat. allergenic. In July 2020, the ice cream won one of the 27th Annual Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards for the Best Dessert (Fresh, Refrigerated or Frozen) with their name alongside other large scale operations that won awards including Sobeys, Walmart and

Canadian Tire. Future plans for the farm include a larger marketplace with a commercial kitchen where they can hold cooking classes. In January 2021, they decided to move forward with the part of their plan that opened up the ...continued on next page

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It is goat recess time with the goats out on the playground equipment. ... from the previous page farm to the public when they learned Greg’s father Alvin had cancer. He was the original ‘teller of tales’ on the farm and loved to talk to anyone who came for a visit. They wanted to have the agri-tourism facility up and running so he could experience it before he passed away. Unfortunately, he died in April and didn’t see it come to fruition. “He would have loved it,” Cheryl says. *** Udderly Ridiculous Farm Life and Marketplace is open from Wednesdays to Sundays from 10:30am to 8pm. Visit to learn more about the farm experiences offered, booking information and prices. Udderly Ridiculous is following the current COVID-19 rules to make sure your visit is safe. Udderly Ridiculous Goat’s Milk Ice Cream is also sold locally in stores including the Sobeys on Ira Needles in Kitchener and Vincenzo’s in Waterloo.

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Notes from City Hall

Hi Ward 1! A rising area of concern in our growing city is just that...we’re growing. Planning is a necessary core responsibility but it’s also my least favourite.

Councillors differ in their passions and approach to the job, but I don’t think it’s offside to suggest that we’re the same when it comes to why we run for office; we want to serve. We want to amplify your voice to enhance our city. Nothing challenges that desire quite like infill planning, which is the placing of new developments within existing neighbourhoods. It often feels like an exercise in frustrating the very people that put you in office. Regardless, we

are mandated by the Province to accommodate density targets for development, and if we fail in that job, the decision leaves our hands to be decided by an unelected Provincial appeal board. If it sounds like I’m passing-the-buck, the truth is there are good reasons to buildup within our borders. Think of the cost of urban sprawl. Consider not only our environment but costs related to maintaining endless single-detached neighbourhoods. A snowplow can clear the road

in front of a 300-home high-rise downtown in just a few seconds. How long would a 300-home subdivision take? How much more sidewalk, roadway, and water/ sewer/gas pipes would we have to build and maintain? The biggest challenge for council is to learn to balance these pressures at our level because failing to do so only shifts the decision to an unelected board and that truly is passing-thebuck.

You can now enjoy outdoor markets at our Ward 2 Community Centres. The Stanley Park Community Centre offers them every Thursday from 5 till 7 pm. The

Centreville Chicopee Community Centre has them every 4th Thursday of each month. You’ll be able to get fresh, local produce and goods. Big thanks to the Stanley Park and Centreville Chicopee Community Associations for putting these markets together and to our city staff for their support. There are some issues and projects I’d love to have your input on. You can provide your thoughts and ideas to help guide the planning of our City staff and the decisions Council will make. Right now you

can give input on Inclusionary Zoning and how to offset the costs incurred by this. Inclusionary zoning would require developers to provide a percentage of the units they create as affordable housing. Just visit to participate. When you see a beautiful front yard garden, you can recognize those who created it through Kitchener In Bloom. They’ll receive a letter of thanks and a sign to recognize their property. Go to, search Kitchener in Bloom and provide the address of

the home to register them. To make your walks more enjoyable, Kitchener created the Make Tracks Challenge. There are 5km routes around all our community centres for you to try. Go to and search Make Tracks Challenge for the details and story maps. If I can assist you, contact me or call our contact centre anytime at 519-741-2345. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @ DaveSchniderKW and friend me on Facebook.

Climate Action Plan - All Eight Municipal Councils in the Region have unanimously endorsed in principle a community GHG emissions reduction target of 50% by 2030. That is a lofty goal to reach in 9

short years. To accomplish it will take more than noble words and phrases. We need to change our thinking fast. All levels of government will have to provide subsidies for people to convert their homes to deal with this. Considerable funds will be required We will not be able to do everything. We will have to make choices. With careful planning and realistic choices, we can probably accomplish a great deal while maintaining our current levels for property and utility rates. We must change our ways in dealing with our homes and our cars. Electric options for home heating,

cooling, water heating and vehicles are available today and when used can immediately eliminate most of the emissions associated with heating and driving. It is my concern that strategies will be aimed at getting people out of their cars by encouraging biking and walking. Although there has been some uptake in this area due to the monotonies of the Corona Virus, I do not believe this will expand in future years. In addition reductions in GHG gas emissions from this option are minimal. For that reason, I believe that every dollar spent in that area

must be accompanied by spending $100 to assist people to get into Electric Vehicles and in refurbishing their homes to become “Net Zero Homes”. We are moving out of this pandemic, but we need to use caution. Please feel free to contact me, at your convenience, to discuss any Ward/City issues Thank you for your continued support during these challenging times. john.gazzola@ 519-744-0807 (Home/ Office) 519-4982389 (Cell)

Traffic Calming Traffic and pedestrian safety are always hot topics, particularly during spring and summer. City staff will assist you in a resident-led

traffic calming plan for your road or neighbourhood. Resident-led projects usually include things like painted crosswalks/intersections and “Watch for Children” boulevard signs. I noticed some bright green signs reminding drivers to slow down in the Biehn Dr. area. Find out how to get started at lovemyhood. ca, search traffic calming. Willow Lake Park Construction of a new Sanitary Pumping Station is underway at Willow Lake Park. The project involves three parts: building the

new station; the reconstruction of Old Mill Rd. between Pinnacle and the bridge; and demolition of the old pumping station with the potential creation of a lookout site. The city will be incorporating a record of site condition into the scope of work, which will lay the groundwork for the creation of a beautiful lookout spot in the future. Biehn Drive Extension The City of Kitchener is conducting a Class Environmental Assessment (EA) Study for the extension of Biehn Dr. southerly

to Robert Ferrie Dr. The Biehn Dr. extension will include a trunk sanitary sewer, storm sewer/ ditches and water main. The study will evaluate alternatives for the alignment of the Biehn Dr extension, intersection locations and designs, and municipal services, while minimizing natural, social, cultural and land use impacts. A newsletter has been sent out to residents in the area. For more information about the EA Study, go to and search infrastructure projects.

TransformWR Community Climate Change Mitigation Plan Council had a very busy day on June 28 with many items on the Council meeting agenda. One of

those items was the TransformWR Community Climate Change Mitigation Plan— which I’m proud to say, we approved! The TransformWR strategy was developed through the Climate Action WR collaborative, led by Reep Green Solutions and Sustainable Waterloo Region. The strategy was funded by the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge, as well as the Region of Waterloo. The TransformWR strategy lays out a path to reduce Waterloo Region’s local greenhouse

gas (GHG) emissions by 80 per cent by 2050—a commitment made in 2018 by all eight city, township, and regional councils. We also endorsed in principle, a community GHG emissions target of 50 per cent by 2030 and we are calling on the provincial and federal governments to help us meet this target. For more details, visit: https://climateactionwr. ca. Kitchener in Bloom Kitchener in Bloom recognizes residents and businesses with outstanding front-facing gardens

that help to make our city more beautiful and sustainable. This summer, when you are out on a walk, take notice of the gardens in your neighbourhood and consider nominating one that you think deserves to be recognized. Any type of garden is fair game. Whether it’s a vegetable garden, herb garden, pollinator patch, perennial and/or annual garden, celebrate and show your appreciation by sharing their address at before September 3.

Happy July, City of Kitchener! It’s hard to believe that summer has

already arrived and we are into Summer School break and vacation season for many people. While things are gradually getting better and returning to a new normal, we have had our challenges locally with the Delta variant. Please - let’s look after ourselves and each other by getting vaccinated and in the meantime, please continue to follow public health guidelines. CANADA DAY 2021 Last week, we marked Canada Day in Kitchener and across the country. Without a doubt it was a very different day than normal. While Canada Day itself has passed, our commitment to learning, listening and committing to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 calls to actions must remain strong as a nation in the weeks and months ahead. Here is the statement that I issued on Canada Day on behalf of the City of Kitchener……… Canada Day has arrived and many of us will be marking the occasion this year with both reflection and acknowledgement. There are so many things that continue to make Canada a great country and a destination of choice for immigrants from all over the globe – my family included – like our vast and beautiful landscape, our cultural diversity, our reputation for the good we have done around the world, how we have risen to support each other during the pandemic, our essential workers and so much more. However, Canada Day this year is different. We simply cannot ignore the recent horrific discoveries of unmarked graves of Indigenous children at former residential schools across the country. These discoveries have exposed to Canadians and the world, our nation’s shameful treatment of Indigenous peoples. The recent anti-Islamic attack on a Muslim family in London was another heartbreaking example of the deeprooted racism that exists in Canada today. We can’t deny that these terrible truths are part of our reality in Canada. It’s hard for anyone to celebrate during such a heartbreaking and sombre time. For those whose daily lives are directly impacted by intergenerational trauma, systemic racism and discrimination, there is nothing to celebrate at all. Despite this, I believe that we can still move forward with hope for the future and gratitude for the good that exists in our country. All of us can show support and solidarity by taking time to learn about the devastating history of ...continued on next page

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Notes from City Hall

McLennan Park provides excellent active space and amazing experiences to so many park-goers. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been without problems. Reuse of a former landfill

into a district park has been a complex challenge and with ongoing issues. Many of which have been related to the active underground movement of the landfill. Regrettably, I need to update you on some infrastructure concerns at McLennan Park. The washrooms have been closed due to severe vandalism to the interior, and fencing has been erected as a precautionary measure due to recently observed ground movement changes. The fencing could likely be in place until 2022 as the city works on repairs to

the washroom and the surrounding plaza area. Several portable washrooms, including all abilities accessible units, are located on the site and are being cleaned and serviced regularly. I have requested a washroom trailer to provide flushable toilets, but significant and ongoing vandalism at the park limits our options. Staff will explore other alternatives to see if an improved user experience is possible, and the portable washrooms will be onsite until the fall. Staff are reviewing the splash

pad and are implementing recommendations from this work to ensure that it remains open for the summer. This has included some recent paving work and drainage improvements. Please don’t hesitate to contact me further if you have any questions regarding McLennan Park or any other matter. I’m committed to providing Ward 6 residents representation that is accountable, with strong commitment and good leadership.

Many area residents have reached out to me over the past month with concerns after becoming aware of Crossing Paths: Hearts of the Community Gathering Space project

in Westheights Park. This project was a submission to the City of Kitchener’s LoveMyHood Matching Grant Program. The purpose of the grant program is to provide financial support to resident groups allowing them to develop and lead new neighbourhood projects and initiatives. The application process for the LoveMyHood Grant Program is always open to anyone and, in this case, the applicants were the staff and residents of Lanark Heights Long-Term Care and Lanark Village. Their proposed idea was to

install two accessible picnic tables or benches for public use, upgrades to the east-west sidewalk running through the space and the installation of a fully serviced yearround garbage can, enhancing the Westheights Pond area by creating a safe place for residents to enjoy the natural area. All project submissions to the LoveMyHood Matching Grant Program must follow a specific application and review process. This project, which was conditionally approved, was still in the Technical

Review stage and had not reached the next stage in the process, Mandatory Neighbourhood Engagement. Prior to the community consultation, the resident group leading this project received a petition, created by their neighbours, and have made the decision not to pursue their plan. I am hopeful that we will see more community grant applications come forward from Ward 7 residents looking to bring neighbours together. For more information: lovemyhood. ca.

Hello Ward 8! I’m happy to report, on June 28 Kitchener Council approved pedestrian crossovers and trail enhancements on the Iron Horse

Trail at Union Boulevard, Glasgow Street, Gage Avenue, West Avenue, Mill Street, Madison Avenue, and Kent Avenue. The Iron Horse Trail is Kitchener’s busiest trail with over 250,000 trips made per year by pedestrians and cyclists. A desire for safer trail crossings was identified through several community engagement occasions during the Iron Horse Trail Improvement Strategy in 2015; an open house in 2019; in consultations for Complete Streets,

Cycling and Trails Master Plan and Vision Zero. The installation of pedestrian crossovers at Iron Horse Trail crossings will improve trail safety by providing pedestrians with crossing opportunities requiring motorists to yield to pedestrians within the crosswalk. Raised crossings will also be constructed at the Iron Horse Trail at Glasgow Street, Mill Street, and Madison Avenue. The raised crossings are designed to remain smooth and flush with the trail to greatly

improve crossing accessibility. Raised crossings will also provide the additional benefit of greater visibility of vulnerable users. Along with many Ward 8 residents, I’m a frequent user of this trail, and I know that these improvements are much needed and welcome. Funding for this project comes from the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling (OMCC) grant and improvement budget. As the OMCC funding must be used before the end of 2021, all work is scheduled for this fall.

fixed rate of 2.14% and $18K down payment would then be $1,505.83. Condo fees in a new building are, say, $200 at the lower end. Add another $500 for property taxes, insurance, parking, heat, hydro and water, and total monthly payments are just over $2,200. For this figure to be 30% of your income you would need to make $88K per year. Average household income in Kitchener is just under $80K. Don’t forget to add food, clothing, transportation, and other general living expenses. Is this affordable?

For whom, one might ask. This is way out of reach for a full-time minimum wage earner, the precariously employed, the over 6,000 households on the affordable housing waiting list, and those on OW or ODSP. Is this designed to meet the needs of the “missing middle?” According to studies cited by Kaitlin Webber of University of Waterloo’s Planning Dept., the missing middle needs duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, bungalow courts, townhouses, live/work buildings, and courtyard

apartments—not unaffordable onebedroom condos. But wait, things get even more interesting when you consider there’s nothing to stop investors from buying one or more of these “affordable” units to flip and sell at market value. Neither are there any mechanisms in place to ensure purchasers meet a socio-economic threshold demonstrating a need. Public policy designed for the for-profit private sector does not produce affordable housing. Period.

concern will be increasingly held at bay, so VERY soon we will see COVID restrictions further lifted in Waterloo Region. We will visit with loved ones in person for the first time in so long! Another sign that we are heading in the right direction as a community is that last month all the Region’s municipalities approved the Transform Waterloo Region (TransformWR) strategy, a community climate change mitigation plan. The strategy has been developed through the

ClimateActionWR collaborative lead by Reep Green Solutions and Sustainable WR. The strategy sets out a path for municipalities, businesses, organizations, and households to reduce our greenhouse (GHG) emissions by 80 per cent from 2010 levels by 2050. We also endorsed, in principal, a community GHG emissions reduction goal of 50 per cent by 2030 calling on the provincial and federal governments to assist municipalities in achieving this target. We can achieve this, but it won’t be easy.

We will need to change how we think and how we go about things every day to keep climate a priority. Learn more at: At the same time, our hearts are heavy with the discovery of thousands of unmarked graves of children who never made it home from so-called Residential Schools. As we grapple with this awful truth and work toward a path of reconciliation, I encourage all of us settlers to double down on the necessary work of learning and unlearning.

The Region’s Official Plan policy for affordable housing ownership states a unit’s maximum price could be $368K. Monthly payments on a 25-year mortgage with a three-year

This month, our community is experiencing some intense highs and lows. The sense of anticipation and hope is palpable now. With more residents vaccinated, the variants of

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Canada’s Residential School system and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 calls to action. This is heavy and emotional work, but a necessary part of authentic and lasting reconciliation. You may also choose to donate to a local Indigenous organization. Along with members of City Council and our organization, I am personally committed to reconciliation by providing leadership to integrate inclusive best-practices across the City. Council is committed to continue learning to deepen our understanding of the history and current reality of Indigenous peoples, and addressing longstanding, systemic anti-Indigenous racism that exists in our community and in our organization. We have a long way to go and the path there is not a straight one. This year, I hope that all Kitchener residents find an appropriate way to recognize Canada Day, acknowledge the things that make this country wonderful and reflect on the work required to make this a better and more inclusive country. We must strive for the day when every child in Canada – whether Indigenous, born to those settled on Canadian soil, or a foreign-born immigrant – is part of a fair, just and equitable country and community.  By learning more, listening more and having an open mind, we can all play a small role in lifting each other up and building a brighter future for the country we call home – Canada. COVID-19 UPDATE The communities of Waterloo region continue to fight the battle against COVID-19 with the Delta variant getting a foothold in our communities in recent weeks. As a result, Chair Redman as Chair of the Region of Waterloo and ROW’s Board of Public Health and myself as Mayor of Kitchener have reached out to the Premier for additional vaccine to come to our region, as was done when other areas like Peel Region and Toronto had outbreaks. It is clear that high rates of vaccination have helped get those areas under control and we know the same will be true here. These efforts have resulted in additional capacity in all regional clinics, the drive-thru clinic at Bingemans last weekend, two pop-up teams being sent to our region, and more vaccine opportunities to come in the days ahead as we work hard to ensure everyone in this region is double vaccinated as quickly as possible. This is our Shot, Waterloo Region. Please get yourself signed up for one of the regional clinics, at a local pharmacy or at your primary care physician as soon as possible, and together after two doses, we will see things return to the new normal, and a safer, healthier summer for all of us! #ThisIsOurShotCA

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Local Lost & Found Theatre merges with Green Light Arts


wo local theatre groups have become one. On June 9, Green Light Arts and Lost & Found Theatre merged under the common management and brand of Green Light Arts. About 12 months ago Lost & Found Theatre’ Inc.’s Artistic Director, Kathleen Sheehy, reached out to Green Light Arts with a proposal that the two companies join. A press release from Green Light Arts states that “After 17 years, Kathleen felt that Lost & Found had provided a considerable legacy of theatre work and community building

in Waterloo Region, but now that each of the company’s ensemble members had moved on to other pursuits, it was time for the company to evolve as well.” Instead of dissolving her company’s operations, Sheehy, with the support of her Board of Directors, proposed a “pay it forward” solution that would see Lost & Found passing its torch to Green Light Arts. “While our programming choices are not necessarily similar, the heart that moves each company is,” Sheehy said. Both theatre companies share a history of collaborating

with other regional arts groups and individual artists and are dedicated to enriching the lives of patrons through theatremaking, nurturing artists, and strengthening arts and culture in Waterloo Region. “It is a great match and an opportunity to honour the impact of one organization while helping to bolster another,” Sheehy said. “Green Light Arts is extremely grateful and moved by this coming together of companies and we look forward to serving the performing arts community and the public to great capacity moving


forward,” said Matt White, Green Light Arts’ Artistic Director. Sheehy stepped down from her position at Lost & Found on June 9 and Green Light Arts’ cofounders Matt White and Carin Lowerison were appointed as the new leadership team by the new Board of Directors, which includes a combination of board members from both organizations. “This strategic relationship will serve to honour the legacy of theatre-making that Lost & Found has contributed to this community while ensuring that Green Light Arts can continue serving the community through theatre-making as a stronger and more organizationally-effective company post-pandemic. Working collaboratively towards positive outcomes for the sector is vital as COVID continues to place immense challenges on the well-being

and return of the performing arts in communities,” a press release on the merger states. An important part of this transition is the continuation of two Lost & Found Theatre projects, under Green Light Arts’ wing, that were sidelined by the pandemic: a collaboration with the Irish Real Life Festival and a future iteration of A Lost & Found Christmas. An annual Green Light Arts bursary will also be established in the name of Lost & Found Theatre for a local high school graduate pursuing theatre at a post-secondary institution. A statement from Green Light Arts says the company will continue to offer its brand of bold, thought-provoking, and entertaining programming that people have come to expect, and will continue to call the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts, its artistic home.

START A CAREER IN THE SKILLED TRADES WHILE IN SECONDARY SCHOOL The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a School to Work program that opens the door for students to explore and work in apprenticeship occupations starting in Grade 11 or Grade 12 through the Cooperative Education program. Students have an opportunity to become registered apprentices and work towards becoming certified journeypersons in a skilled trade while completing their secondary school diplomas. •

A combination of onͲtheͲjobͲ training and classroom instruction.

80Ͳ90 % of apprenticeship training is provided in the workplace.

Length of the apprenticeship varies depending on the trade.

10Ͳ20 % involves classroom instruction on theory, which is usually given at a local community college, or provided through another approved training organization.

Apprenticeships sectors include Motive Power, Service, Construction and Industrial.

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In OYAP, you can “Earn While You Learn” in such exciting careers as: •

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“The advice I would give other women who are considering a career in plumbing would be don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t do it. There will be people who believe the trades is a man’s job, but you can’t let those people tell you your limits”

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QUEEN VICTORIA STATUE VANDALIZED - On Canada Day, red paint was sprayed on the statue of Queen Victoria in Victoria Park in Kitchener. On Friday, when a crew arrived to clean it, a man climbed the statue to prevent the work from being done. It was reported that he climbed the statue to inspire conversations about Canada’s colonial past.

Queen Street building given heritage designation to save front façade but allow residential tower


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itchener councillors have decided to provide a heritage designation for the front façade and a portion of the sides of the building located at 16-20 Queen Street North. This building has been on the city’s municipal heritage register since 2010 and is listed as a non-designated property of cultural heritage value or interest. The city received a proposal to

construct a 34-storey residential tower on the property that includes maintaining some of the heritage features, including the front façade and select interior features. Staff will continue to work with the building owner through the planning and development process to explore what interior features are to be conserved or adaptively re-used within the development proposal.

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The Anthropocene Reviewed Written by: John Green Reviewed by: Joseph Brannan

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!

estselling author John Green (Turtles All the Way Down; The Fault in Our Stars and more) has just released his first nonfiction work: The Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays on a Human-Centered Planet. A project that began as a podcast of the same name, The Anthropocene Reviewed examines everyday objects like lawns, Canada Geese, and the Internet, and also cultural and scientific objects like Halley’s Comet, Auld Lang Syne, and the Lascaux Cave paintings. With all of these things and others, Green examines how humans shape the world around us, and what our creations say about humanity as a whole. Uniquely, Green chose to sign all 250,000 copies of the first printing of The Anthropocene Reviewed printed in the US and Canada. He accomplished this by signing blank sheets of paper that were then bound in each book by the publisher. Green writes that this was his way of creating a form of connection with each reader, even if he cannot go to where each copy of the book ends up. Green’s essays are both witty and full of

humour, and yet also profound and steeped in emotion, from childhood memories to the struggle of the pandemic in early 2020. Opening with a review of the Liverpool Football Club song “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, each of the essays touches on something that has impacted his life, and the ways in which all of us share common experiences that are easy to overlook. Green talks about mental illness, coping with pain and loss, and finding meaning even when questions like “why?” and “what’s the point?” can make life seem meaningless. Where his fiction has found popularity in the past for examining stories about hope in the face of sickness, mental illness, and other struggles, Green’s nonfiction shines by letting his own personal stories add depth to his writing. Honed by years of writing in a variety of other formats, from podcasts to video (Vlogbrothers, Crash Course), Green’s voice is thoughtful and informed, and seeks to show how humans must work with the world we’ve changed, and change to keep our species thriving in the face of climate change and other challenges.

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Viol’s fifth fundraising challenge is a Canoe for Cardiac Care


by Jane Jamieson

aising funds and awareness for cardiac disease and women’s heart health issues has a special meaning to Sergeant Pete Viol, now retired from Waterloo Region Police Services (WRPS). In 1983, Viol’s wife Monique died of complications following a heart transplant. Viol is back for his fifth fundraising adventure in support of cardiac care at St. Mary’s General Hospital, this time travelling by canoe. From mid-August to midSeptember, he will complete an expansive tour of Ontario waterways, paddling approximately 750 kilometres. Viol will begin his journey in Port Severn and travel in an easterly direction through the entire Trent Severn Waterway. He will travel through historic locks on this stunning inland passageway through Sparrow Lake, Lake Simcoe, Beaverton, Fenelon Falls and Peterborough. He’ll continue this meandering waterway through Rice Lake, Campbellford and finally to Trenton. At Trenton, he will enter the big waters of Lake Ontario and paddle east to Kingston. There, he will enter the

Pete Viol trains for his 2021 fundraising event for Cardiac Care at St. Mary’s Hospital. He will paddle 750 kilometres through Ontario waterways. To learn more, or make a donation, visit Submitted Photo Rideau Canal System and follow the Rideau Heritage route in a blend of rivers, lakes and canal cuts through towns such as Westport, Perth,

Smiths Falls and Kemptville. Heading north, he’ll complete his journey in Ottawa. Viol is no stranger to supporting charitable causes

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through physical challenges. In the past, many of his longdistance journeys have been by bicycle. In 2015, he took on the “Tour Divide”, a grueling, self-

supported mountain bike race held on dirt roads and remote trails of the Continental Divide in western Canada and the United States. In 2016, once again alone and self-supported, he pedaled 3100 km on the back roads and rail trails of the Canadian East, from Newfoundland to Ottawa, and in 2017, he rode 4,300 km across Canada from Vancouver to Waterloo Region. In 2018, his Appalachian Tour ended abruptly after a bike crash and a serious shoulder injury. Coming back after the injury in 2019, he rode from Banff Alberta to Tuktoyaktuk, North West Territories on the edge of the Arctic Ocean. In 2020, Pete exchanged his bike for hiking shoes and hiked the 970 km Bruce Trail from Queenston to Tobermory. According to Viol, “I’m excited by the change to a paddling adventure, and the opportunity to raise both funds and awareness about women’s heart health.” In the last four years, Viol’s charity events have raised over $112,000 in support of priority projects at the Regional Cardiac Centre. His goal in 2021 is to raise $30,000. To learn more, or make an online gift, visit

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