Kitchener Citizen - June 2022

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Kitchener council approves the construction of a pool at RBJ Schlegel Park

HELEN HALL itchener City Council has approved the construction of indoor turf facilities and an indoor pool at RBJ Schlegel Park in southwest Kitchener. The aquatics centre will be over 45,000 square feet and the indoor athletic facility will be almost 65,000 square feet. The pool will be 25 metres long and have eight lanes, and there will also be a warm water leisure pool. The indoor athletic facility will have approximately 40,000 square feet of artificial turf playing surface. While creating the plan for the recreation centre, the city spoke with user groups such as the ROW Swim Club, Waterloo Region Artistic Swim, Kitchener Soccer Club, Grand River Soccer, Youth Disc Sports, K-W Olympic Field Hockey and K-W Minor Lacrosse association. A comprehensive public engagement plan is planned for the preliminary and detail design phase in 2022-23.



A City of Kitchener graphic showing the location of the future indoor recreation facility in light green. FischerHallman Road is on the right of the drawing.The roundabout shown has not yet been built. The motion passed at the Community and Infrastructure Services Committee meeting on May 16 and came up for further discussion before being passed by council on May 30. Councillor John Gazzola expressed concern that the cost

of the recreation centre had increased from $39-million to $93-million. He suggested that council could save money by pulling something out of the plan or looking for alternatives for some of the items included in

the plan. “It’s an excellent project, I don’t deny that,” Gazzola said. Councillor Sarah Marsh, who is the chair of the Community and Infrastructure Services Committee, said she is in favour of the project.

VALERIE BRADFORD Member of Parliament, Kitchener South—Hespeler



“This is a really important piece of infrastructure,” Marsh said. “We have not had a new swimming facility in 32 years.” Ward 5 councillor Kelly Galloway-Sealock agreed. “It’s time that we move forward with this. It has been in the works for over 20 years,” she said. Gazzola asked for a recorded vote and he was the only councillor opposed. Council has directed staff to begin concept and detail design development. That is expected to continue into 2023. The park received a $2.3-million investment from RBJ Schlegel, a local company involved in seniors’ care and urban development. It is the largest sponsorship agreement in the City of Kitchener’s history. RBJ Schlegel Park’s green infrastructure was made possible because of a $750,000 investment from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program funded by the Government of Canada.

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BY HELEN HALL here is one new face representing a Kitchener riding following the provincial election on June 2. Progressive Conservative Jess Dixon was elected in the Kitchener South - Hespeler riding to replace former Progressive Conservative MPP Amy Fee, who did not run for re-election. It is Dixon’s first time in provincial politics. She is currently a Crown Attorney. The Progressive Conservatives also held onto its seat in Kitchener Conestoga. The Kitchener Conestoga riding is a mixture of rural and urban voters, and includes the townships of Wilmot,


Re-elected Kitchener Conestoga MPP Mike Harris Jr. tweeted out this photo of his campaign team on election night from their celebration following his win. Twitter Photo

Wellesley, and Woolwich and a portion of the City of Kitchener that is west of Fischer-Hallman Road. Mike Harris Jr. was re-elected as the MPP. It is his second term representing this riding. In Kitchener Centre, voters re-elected Laura Mae Lindo of the New Democratic Party. This is Lindo’s second term representing Kitchener Centre at the Legislative Assembly of

Ontario. PC leader Doug Ford won a majority government, getting seven more seats than his party did in 2018, when it first came into power with him as the leader. The leader of the New Democratic Party Andrea Horwath and Liberal leader Steven Del Duca have both announced their intention to retire.

Transportation Agency rules Flair Airlines can keep its license BY CARRIE DEBRONE he Canadian Transportation Agency has ruled that Flair is a Canadian airline – a decision that allows the airline to keep operating out of the Waterloo Region International Airport. The agency released its final decision June 1 reversing a previous preliminary ruling made in March that put the airline’s license in jeopardy. The agency had earlier ruled that the discount airline was breaking Canadian law because it was principally controlled by investors from the United States. “Flair is Canadian,” a report from the agency concludes. “The Agency finds, after considering all of the facts, that the changes implemented since the Agency’s Preliminary Determination, including to the USA and Promissory Note, have addressed the concerns raised by the Agency in its Preliminary Determination.” To meet all the conditions of Canadian ownership, Flair made changes to its management and rearranged the conditions of its leasing of aircraft from a US investment firm. Flair currently has a time-


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limited exclusive agreement with Waterloo Region to operate from the local airport, and the region has provided it with more than $300,000 in subsidies hoping that it will support the $35-milliion expansion of the airport. Other discount carriers have complained that Flair should not have exclusive rights to provide discount flights from the regional airport, however, regional councillors only agreed to partner with Flair after it struggled repeatedly over the years to retain other carriers. Flair, based in Edmonton, is expected to expand its operations at the local airport by adding more planes, and is looking towards servicing more than 700,000 passengers this year – nearly quadrupling the number who used the airport last year. Rival airlines like Swoop, which flies out of Hamilton, had complained that Flair would be getting unfair treatment if it was granted its request for three months of time to make changes and sort out its ownership after the preliminary determination. The request for more time has been dropped because the agency ruling was completed in less than the three months.

Region of Waterloo votes to extend the mask by-law as COVID-19 cases increase

The City of Guelph and the area municipalities from the Region of Waterloo are working together to establish a joint Municipal Elections Compliance Audit Committee (MECAC).

The MECAC will review candidate or registered third-party 2022 election campaign finances. When an application is made to the MECAC, the municipality will strike a committee and invite members from a pool of accepted applicants to participate in the review of the relevant campaign finances.

Positions available

We are looking for up to 10 individuals to join the committee membership pool for a 4- year term ending in November 2026. Interested individuals who have financial, accounting or legal expertise and knowledge of the municipal election process are invited to apply. Applications must be submitted to the Office of the Regional Clerk for the Region of Waterloo on or before Friday, July 22, 2022 at 4:30 p.m.

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Further information and the application are available online at and at the Regional Clerk’s Office (2nd Floor, 150 Frederick Street Kitchener). Questions regarding the Committee or the application process may be directed to

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PARLIAMENTARY REPORT MP Tim Louis for Kitchener Conestoga


o many of us, community means more than a place where people reside. One definition of a community is “a group of people having a particular characteristic in common, sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.” In Kitchener-Conestoga, this means acceptance regardless of ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, abilities, religion, economic status, and views. I strongly believe this and will continue to work tirelessly to advocate for a fair and equal community for everyone. This ideal is easier said than done, but the more often we practice acceptance, the stronger we are together. For this reason, we designate certain times of the year to highlight the

contributions of others in our community. During June, we celebrate Indigenous History Month to recognize the rich heritage, resilience and diversity of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples across Canada. KitchenerConestoga is situated on the Haldimand Tract, land that was promised to the Six Nations, and includes ten kilometres on either side of the Grand River. This is the traditional territory of the Anishnabeg, Attawandaron (Neutral) and Haudenosaunee peoples. I encourage everyone to learn more about Indigenous peoples, their cultures, languages and experiences. Canada also recognizes this month as Pride Month. It is a time to celebrate the diversity of LGBTQ2+ communities and

uplift their voices. Let us also acknowledge the trailblazing activists and change-makers. They risked everything to build a safer and more inclusive Canada by living their truth and advocating for LGBTQ2+ rights and protections. We all have a role in building an inclusive Canada where we can all be who we are and love who we love. In addition, June finds us celebrating Seniors Month and highlighting the extraordinary contributions of today’s older adults, those who have helped build the Canada we all know and love. During Seniors Month, it is an opportunity to acknowledge seniors’ contributions and to work toward making Canada a more age-inclusive society. June is also Italian, Filipino and Portuguese Heritage Month.

It is the perfect time to recognize and showcase Italian, Filipino, and Portuguese Canadians’ rich culture and heritage and their ongoing contributions to building a stronger and vibrant nation. During June, we celebrate the many contributions of Canadians with disabilities while also promoting efforts to increase accessibility and inclusion in Canada. Imagine a Canada that doesn’t just accommodate a disability, but one that is disability-inclusive from the start. The federal government has reintroduced legislation to create a monthly benefit payment to reduce poverty and create financial security for workingage Canadians with disabilities. There is much to celebrate in June and throughout the year. As

Canadians, we see shared values in each other, lift others’ voices, and celebrate together – as a community. I appreciate every opportunity to connect with you. I am here to support you, your business, and your loved ones. Please reach out to my office by emailing me at or calling 519-578-3777.

PARLIAMENTARY REPORT MP Valerie Bradford for Kitchener South - Hespeler


une is Pride Month, and marks the beginning of Pride Season (June to September) when LGBTQ2 communities and allies come together to spotlight the resilience and recognize the contributions of LGBTQ2 communities across Canada. Just over a week ago, I had the great honour of attending the raising of the Pride Flag on Parliament Hill, and I wanted to take a moment today to highlight some of the important steps our government has taken over the years towards building a Canada that allows ever Canadian to fully participate in all spheres of society, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. Today, Pride events are held from coast-to-coast, and we are home to some of the largest Pride events in the world (in Toronto, for example). However, this was not always

the case. The first large scale gay rights demonstration to take place in Canada was the “We Demand Rally” in 1971. Parallel rallies in Ottawa and Vancouver were held in response to overt acts of discrimination by police, employers, and government institutions that were still omnipresent in Canadian society despite changes to the Criminal Code that decriminalized certain gay acts in the previous year. In 2017, our government took a huge first step in addressing this historic inequity by making a formal apology to LGBTQ2 Canadians acknowledging Canada’s role in the systemic oppression, criminalization, and violence against LGBTQ2 communities. Our government followed this up with concrete action that same year; first by amending the Canadian Human Rights Act to include

gender identity and gender expression as protected grounds of discrimination, and later passing legislation that would allow the criminal records of Canadians previously convicted of consensual sexual activity with same-sex partners to be expunged. One of the proudest moments of my political career came in December of 2021. After a year of political wrangling and bitter bipartisanship, Members of Parliaments of all stripes voted unanimously to fasttrack our government’s bill to ban the practice of conversion therapy—a widely discredited and cruel practice aimed at changing a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Many of us fought back tears as we walked across the aisle to hug our counterparts—it was a true display of the things we are

able to achieve as a society when we come together on matters that rise above party, and I won’t soon forget it. More recently, our government made good on its promise to end the ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men and implement a sexual behaviourbased model that screens all donors, regardless of sexual orientation or gender. While our government has made huge strides towards LGBTQ2 equality in the last 5 years, there is always more work to be done, and I was happy to see $100 million in funding for the Federal LGBTQ2 Action Plan included in Budget 2022— a historic amount of funding that gives me hope that the next 5 years will see the same momentous progress towards equality that we’ve made in the last.

Wishing all of my constituents here in Kitchener South – Hespeler a Happy Pride Season! As always, if you have any questions or concerns regarding federal programs, please reach out to my office by phone at 519-571-5509, or by email at, and my team will be happy to assist you.

PARLIAMENTARY REPORT MP Mike Morrice for Kitchener Centre


ow we respond to the housing crisis will define our community over the coming years. I continue to hear from neighbours who are unable to find a place to rent, or who are moving out of our region because they can’t afford to live here anymore. Families are moving apart and others are forced to get into their cars for long commutes when they can’t live and work in the same place. I was honoured to be joined by two local housing experts while hosting my latest town hall on May 26th, with a spotlight on housing affordability. We took questions and discussed

topics along the housing spectrum, like an increase in demand for affordable and supportive housing offered by organizations like House of Friendship and The Working Centre, or how investing in co-op and other non-market housing options and a foreign buyer ban may help cool a burning hot market. One of our guests, Dr. Brian Doucet, pointed out that for both renters and buyers, we need to shift the conversion away from how many units we need to build, to what kinds of units, where we need to build them, and who they are for? For example, there are significant gaps in our housing

supply for growing families, with developers favouring onebedroom condos that maximize their profit margins. We need to change the rules so that the market incentivizes the housing our community needs. Others have reached out to my office about the encampment at Victoria and Weber which has grown in recent months. The fact is, we are in a housing crisis, and this particular encampment is one manifestation of it. The 50 or so people there are part of at least 412 we know are living rough across Waterloo Region. We should all be deeply concerned. That anyone is forced to live

this way in a country as wealthy as ours is deeply shameful, and the result of decades of insufficient government action and underinvestment in mental health, housing, addiction treatment, and dignified income supports. I’ve been speaking with local housing providers, advocates, local elected officials, and neighbouring businesses, and have visited the site on several occasions. While there are no simple solutions to difficult problems, all of this continues to inform my advocacy for long term solutions from the federal government. This is an important moment

for our community. If you’re interested in chatting about housing or any other priority of yours, email my team at mike.morrice.C1@



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Dear Carrie Debrone, I was pleased to get your Kitchener Citizen (east edition) and found it quite informative and I thank you for it. I just read your short article regarding the natural gas rates going down for residential customers. You write that Kitchener Utilities have a 2,100 cubic meter average use annually for its residential customers. I still have an imperial gas meter, which shows the consumption in cubic feet. I have never been able to read that meter and as for that matter, even the meter readers seem to have a problem with it as well. Why else would the city issue a bill in the amount of $452? My January bill had been $222.16. February, $295.79, there I already sat up and took notice, but then excused it by, the winter being especially harsh. However, when I received my March bill, I knew that something was very wrong. I called the Utility Office and was asked to take a piece of paper and a pen and read the meter myself. To this request I replied that I did not know how to read the imperial meter and aside from that, it wasn't my job. The lady I talked to was very nice and agreed to send somebody out to do

another reading and also promised to call me back once this was done. It was the very next day that I received her call telling me that the new amount owing was now $200.10, a mere difference of $251.90. I only wonder how often the meter had been misread in the past. My neighbours on either side have metric meters and I had previously asked if I could get one that I would be able to read. The answer to that consisted of a flat NO. The city had pre-authorized withdrawal privileges for 2004/005 which they bungled up so badly that I revoked that privilege. I did ask that office to please send me a paper trail for my records which I never received nor did I get an answer to my request and, of course, one can forget about an apology. I realize that it is up to your discretion to publish or not to publish my letter. However if you decide to print it I would like to warn my fellow "Kitchenerites" to be extra "vigilant" every time that Utility Bill arrives. Respectfully, Ingrid E. Merkel

Letter to the editor

Just what makes Kitchener so good at Arts development?


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Students who were My Ideal City essay winners visited City Hall for a reception with Kitchener City Councillors on May 30.

My Ideal City student essay winners visit Kitchener City Hall

As a relatively new arrival in Kitchener I've been exploring the very impressed by the Arts office at City Hall and with how they provided photographic arts opportunities here and first impressions are very me with information about what was going on here. Those people in turn 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 he judged. Kitchener Citizen proud to sponsor the City of the a topic with the of the actual city councillors should be A thriving Artsis community usually does well. This can level of-support theyassistance give each other. not always be measured the financial spectrum as the living standard sitting Kitchener’s MyinIdeal City contest. Yes, there are already by their side. many photographers doing the normal expectations of artists are low. years due to COVID-19, photographic needs of the region, but the opportunity to work with After restrictions inremarkably the past two This year, during the televised meeting on June 20, the We don't want that two bedroom house within convenient driving emerging image companies like web designers, animation houses, software the contest returns this year. Students between the age of students will read their aloud. images for broadcasters distance to the golf course or mall. Speaking as one of those underfunded producers, locally based videoessays firms, electronic 10 and 12 art years were invited to submit essays describing independent producers i'll tell you I've lived in some very bad The students had the opportunity City The Halllive on growing as the manufacturing base to hasvisit declined. conditions just to be close to my working environment. An example being entertainment their “ideal city.” industries, local graphic designers and most especially the May 30 to meet Kitchener city councillors. when living in my various illegal Toronto warehouse studios many years emerging gallery system bodes well for business opportunities, even in this In the past, the winning students took part in a televised As the event sponsor, the Kitchener Citizen will publish before they were condoized. downturn. mock meeting, where eachto be student represented winning essays in July 7 by issue. There council are basically two reasons for artists in an area. A slightly the Kitchener is projected to our be growing a conservative estimate of compact arts community with low andcouncillors the availabilityand of galleries or 100,000 Kitchener’s mayor and therents ward debated To learn more, search My Ideal Citycall at for people over the next 20 years and plans 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. publicized by a few local free publications. Radio generally follows the If out of those numbers there are 10 percent artists in all media that standard corprock but the University of Waterloo has an outstanding actually work at their art all of us are going to need some of this space to community station. build up our community. Artists, being artists though, do not like to be The huge pool of university students to draw from for a vocal audience told how to do things. The local government is working hard to reach that with some disposable cash helps in keeping the cities vibrant and canright integrate ustainable Waterloo Region, aartists non-profi organization that level that where doesn’tthey exist now.”the needs of the artistic community enthusiastic. The number of professional is still tsmall enough so that seamlessly into their development plans.sustainability initiatives of all promotes environmental sustainability to businesses and “We are excited to engage with they know one another. Many— studies shownwater time and how efficient an Arts setting based municipalities, is expanding Oxford County along with types fromhave carbon, andagain waste reduction target We are quickly seeing astoundinginto growth in the digital imaging community can be. A planning group called The Prosperity Council industry. as aCounties. photographer who has been working in digital to green buildings to developing a circular economy — and our Perth andFortunately, Wellington These municipalities include calls for a huge investment for artists and art based businesses for years Woodstock, it helps me integrate myListowel, own workArthur, into video, web, specifically Guelph, Stratford, Erin,3D, Fergus, organization provides a wide range resources to encourage them to choose Kitchener as aofplace to work.and Thisservices is the firstto advertising, etc. So I think, personally, the opportunities in Kitchener are Elora, Ingersoll and Tillsonburg. support these types of projects,” Davidson said. 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 of society. If even fifty of the plans get done it is still “Climate changethedoesn’t stop atand county borders andproduced neither segment At this time, the name ofpercent Sustainable Waterloo Region is an not regions schools artisians in locally very hard to involve place to build a career. do we,” said Executive Director Tova Davidson. “By expanding attractive changing. programming. is now all with the recent Let's not forget was voted thewe’re most intelligent our network to that our Kitchener/Waterloo neighbouring communities, bringing Our For image moreproduction information visitpixelstheand website www. announcement of a new 5 million dollar Federal grant to establish a city and speaking as a newcomer it is very evident that the level of a level of support for transitioning to a just and clean economy massive digital media centre in the downtown core, it offers unexcelled professionalism is visibly high here. People waste little time and the welcome i've received in presenting my own portfolio to various galleries opportunities to work with some of the leading edge image systems in the and companies has been warm and enthusiastic. A very nice event held world. In fact there are plans to make Kitchener a regional in town is the quarterly parties at the KW regional art gallery. Mellow communications hub and that leads into the possibility of thousands of new people who enjoy art meet each other with cool jazz and some ambient uses for my photos. Kitchener Citizenhere invites to would share your experiThere is a veryThe good internet system andyou if you like more dub from the djs. info just goabout to thea net and mostorcommunity plansanare available.issue? The next Withwith the projected growthasofathe regions artists Do in all mediums I haveA viewpoint ences the community guest columnist. you have a rant? local event opinion about important Or, do three yearswho will establish thisto region one views of the "Silicon Valley" inspiredin a found there are many dynamic, specifically targeted plans,is looking by the for you have a personal or funny story? The Kitchener Citizen writers are willing shareoftheir with their neighbours of a thriving gateway of new ideas and I feel very fortunate to municipal government particular, to foster (relatively) large examples guest column. Columns in should be 400-500 wordsalong and submissions must include your name and contact information.To submit your column 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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by email or mail, please call editor Helen Hall at 519-394-0335 or email

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The Kitchener Citizen welcomes Letters to the Editor. All letters must clearly state the writer’s full name, address, phone number and be signed. Names will be published along with the letter, however, addresses and telephone numbers will be used only for verification purposes and will not be published. Letters should be submitted at least one week before the publication date. This newspaper reserves the right to edit, condense or reject any contribution for brevity or legal purposes. Copyright in letters and other material submitted to the publisher and accepted for publication remains with the author, but the publisher may freely reproduce them in print, electronic or other forms.

Contributing Columnists Scott Davey Dave Schnider John Gazzola Christine Michaud Kelly Galloway-Sealock Paul Singh Bil Ioannidis Margaret Johnston Debbie Chapman Sarah Marsh Berry Vrbanovic Valerie Bradford Tim Louis Mike Morrice

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Celebrating 26 years Serving Kitchener since 1996

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Forever young: aging well and living well in Kitchener

Stay active, connected and safe is the theme for seniors’ month across Ontario this June. Kitchener celebrates older adults who embody this theme and have made a positive impact on their communities. by Zunera Ali City of Kitchener Communications ver the past few years, COVID-19 stay-athome measures and reduced gathering sizes made it difficult for older adults to participate in activities and stay connected with others. Heike Sixtus, a fitness instructor in Kitchener, intro-


duced virtual fitness classes to ensure older adults kept up their regular fitness routines regardless of their limitations. Having been a trainer for more than 20 years, Sixtus knows the importance of maintaining a routine and remaining active as we age. Each day, Sixtus gets up at 4:30 a.m. to prepare for her first training session of the day. Sixtus feels like she is the healthiest she’s been in her life. “I strongly believe that you have to be a part of the change you want to see,” Sixtus said. “I’m in my 80s and my goal is to inspire and motivate older adults to remain active and continue exercising, so they can

Chandrika Anjaria performing yoga. feel great at any age too.” Staying engaged and healthy as we age goes beyond eating nutritious meals and staying physically active - it also involves spending quality time with loved ones, nurturing the soul, and stimulating the mind through enjoyable activities. A crafter for 40 years, Gloria Doherty loves working with

her hands and gets giddy when she makes something new. She is constantly changing her techniques and incorporating new elements into her work. She is exceptionally skilled at creating one-of-a-kind angels. “I get excited about each day because I’m constantly learning new techniques and trying something new,” said Doherty.

“It is never too late to start a new hobby or learn a new skill and I hope my work inspires others to do the same.” Lloyd Fridenburg, a martial arts instructor, is constantly pushing the limits of what older adults are capable of in his karate classes. In addition to teaching older adults ...continued on next page

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Local athletes nominated for Athlete of the Year Award

BY CARRIE DEBRONE everal local athletes have been nominated for both the 2020 and 2021 Athlete of the Year Award. The Athlete of the Year Kitchener-Waterloo, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich released its nomination list last week


following months of dedicated effort to research and vet over 1,000 potential candidates. The annual event was postponed for the past two years because of COVID, so this year’s Annual Athlete of the Year Award ceremony will include recognizing top athletes for their outstanding

Welcome to the Kitchener Citizen’s 2022

'I Love Live Theatre'

Drayton Entertainment Ticket Giveaway! Win two free tickets that can be used at any coming Drayton Entertainment 2022 season performance! Last month's winners: Judy McCormick, Judy Raiman 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 2022 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

Olympic boxer Mandy Bujold signs an autograph for a fan in Waterloo Region. Photo by Helen Hall achievements for both 2020 and 2021. The ceremony will take place June 15, 2022 at the Ken Seiling Region of Waterloo Museum. The following names were presented to the Selection Committee to determine one recipient for each year: 2020 Nominees: Mandy Bujold, Boxing– Represented Canada at the 2020 Olympic Games and finished 17th Mark Scheifele, Hockey– Led National Hockey League

Water wisely! The Water Conservation By‐law is in effect May 31 to September 30

Know your day and follow the rules to help conserve our community’s water. Water lawns once per week, based on your house number. If your address ends in: 0 or 1 your watering day is: Monday 2 or 3 Tuesday 4 or 5 Wednesday 6 or 7 Thursday 8 or 9 Friday

Only water 5:30–10 a.m. and 7–11 p.m.

• You can water shrubs, trees and gardens, wash vehicles or top up pools every other day: even-numbered addresses on even days of the month and odd-numbered addresses on odd days. • Using a bucket, watering can or rain barrel is allowed anytime. • For newly-planted grass and nematode applications, apply online or call. Follow the by-law to help reduce summer strain on our water supply. Thanks for doing your part! For more information:, 519-575-4400 Deaf and hard of hearing (TTY): 519-575-4608

Winnipeg Jets averaging over a point per game in regular season and playoffs and named to the 2020 All Star Team Alec Elliot, Swimming – Represented Canada at the 2020 Paralympic Games placing 5th in the 200 m Medley and 9th in the Men’s 50 m Freestyle Ryan Benesch, Lacrosse – led the National Lacrosse League Halifax Thunderbirds scoring 18 times and 33 assists in a shortened 12 game season Shelina Zadorsky, Soccer – Captain of the Football Association Women’s Super League Tottenham Hotspur team captain and Olympic Gold Medalist David Edgar, Soccer – Leader on the Canadian Premier League 2020 Championship Forge Football Club 2021 Nominees: Keith Preisman, Badminton – Competing at the Badminton World Federation Senior Championships achieved Gold in Men’s Doubles 60 and Silver in Men’s Singles 60 Garret Rank, Golf – placed 2nd at both the Porter Cup and Dogwood International Amateur Golf Tournaments, 9th at the Mid-Amateur Championship Tournament Kelly Rudney, Long Drive – Women’s Amateur Long Drive World Champion with a 263yard drive. Also drove a ball 283, 337 and 355 yards during other ALDC events Alyssa Lagonia, Soccer – Leader on the Swiss Women’s Super League Champions, Servette Chênois Keira Hickox, Squash – Ranked number one U-15 player in 2021 after placing 3rd at the U-15 Junior Nationals and 2nd at both the Adult Provincial and U-15 Canadian

Junior Open Ben Flanagan, Track and Field – Canadian 10k Champion after placing 1st in 5 races in 2021 in a variety of distance events Lauryn Hovey, Volleyball – Led Scoring for Canada at the 2021 Fédération Internationale de Volleyball Girls’ U18 World Championship Dhane Smith, Lacrosse – National Lacrosse League MVP, scored 135 points in 18 regular season games for the Buffalo Bandits, 2 short of the all time record he set in 2016 Tyler Pasher, Soccer – A leader on the MLS Houston Dynamo, also represented Canada during the CONCAF Gold Cup Team Trinity Shad-Ceres, Track and Field – At 14 years old, placed first in 3 Provincial level U20 Championships Mike Daly, Football – A Defensive leader with the Grey Cup finalist Hamilton Tiger Cats These athletes have achieved success in their chosen sports and are being recognized for the hard work and dedication it takes to rise to a level where they represent our region at the highest levels in their sports. “The Athlete of the Year program is appreciative of the 30 dedicated community sports volunteers who have been enthusiastically fulfilling their roles despite the challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Co-Chair John Thompson. Established in 1997, the Athlete of the Year KitchenerWaterloo, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich’s goal is to recognize athletic excellence in a meaningful way.

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Nine local women honoured as KW Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year


i t c h e n e r - Wa t e r l o o Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year recognized a record number of local nominees in nine award categories during a hybrid awards event held at Tapestry Hall on May 18. These outstanding women were joined by friends, family and local dignitaries. The event featured guest speaker Jackie Lauer, as well as Universal Music Canada artist Jamie Fine and local musician Danielle Doel. The following women were recognized for their outstanding contributions to this community: • • • Arts & Culture (sponsored by Central Views Property Management) recognizes women for enriching the culture of our community through the creation or promotion of the arts on a volunteer or professional basis.

Betty Ann Keller - For more than five decades, Betty Anne

worked tirelessly both as a volunteer and as a municipal employee to build, support, and promote a strong, diverse, and visible arts community in Waterloo Region. From 1972 to 1995, she worked as a concert promoter and touring manager for recording artist Loreena McKennitt. She served as Manager of Culture at City of Waterloo from 1999 until 2013. Betty Anne is the producer of the documentary Rock this Town, which celebrates the history of KW’s local rock scene. • • • Community Service (sponsored by Rogers TV) recognizes women for generously volunteering time to programs and services that make our community a better place.

Nadine (Udanapher) Green – Nadine is truly an extraordinary woman. Her selfless support of vulnerable

people in our community is well known. For five years she sheltered and cared for people experiencing homelessness in her downtown Kitchener convenience store until she was evicted in January 2020. In April 2020, Nadine was invited to help establish and live in A Better Tent City. Nadine continues to go out at night with the help of her group Going Mobile KW to care for hundreds of people in our community who remain unsheltered. • • • Entrepreneur (sponsored by Piller’s Fine Foods) recognizes women for initiating and/or administering an enterprise or business.

Donna Litt – Donna is an extraordinary leader, a humble yet experienced startup founder and a tireless champion for female entrepreneurship and diversity in the tech sector. As Uvaro’s COO, she has

established a culture of diversity and inclusion. Under Donna’s guidance, the Uvaro Community Fund through the KW Community Foundation has grown past $40,000 in value in just 3 years. She is empathetic. She is a champion for the marginalized. An extraordinary human, she approaches everything she does with a whole heart. • • • Group Achievement (sponsored by Tapestry Hall) recognizes achievements by a group of women that impact and/or improve our community or society.

Canadian Federation of University Women Kitchener Waterloo (CFUW K-W) – The Canadian Federation of University Women KitchenerWaterloo is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The club’s purpose is to promote human rights, cultivate educational excellence, and encourage higher education

of women. Each year the club provides scholarships to outstanding students in local area secondary schools, universities, colleges, adult learning centers and the K-W Symphony Youth Orchestra through the CFUW K-W Charitable Fund, which has grown to $1.67-million. Among other activities, the club advocates in our community on issues such as Housing and Homelessness, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and conditions in Long Term Care. It encourages involvement in public service, marks International Women’s Day with a clothing drive and supports the commemoration of the National Day of Remembrance and Action to End Violence Against Women.

More KW Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year honourees on page 10

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Nine local women honoured as KW Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year...from page 9 Health & Wellness (sponsored by Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce) recognizes women for

promoting and helping others achieve and promote mental, physical or spiritual well-being in their career or community


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ONLY these plastic bags & outer wrap

Recycle ONLY these plastic bags Not all plastic bags can be recycled. Only these plastic bags can be recycled. • Bread bags • Garden bags (mulch, soil) • Milk bags (outer and inner), rinsed • Newspaper bags • Retail store bags, grocery bags • Salt bags (softener, driveway) • Outer wrap such as from toilet paper and beverage cases NO other plastic bags are accepted • No vegetable or fruit bags (fresh, frozen, produce bags), no zippered bags, no pouch bottom bags, no chip bag or snack bags How to recycle: Empty, tie loose bags into one bag and put into the Paper and Plastic Bag Blue Box. Not sure? Ask the Waste Whiz. Download the Waste Whiz app or check on our website. Paper and Plastic Bags 519-575-4400 TTY 519-575-4608

and influence positive change within nursing education and all medical organizations. • • • Lifetime Achievement (sponsored by Schlegel Villages) recognizes women for being role models, mentors and/ or advocates for positive and social change throughout their lifetime.

Vickie Murray – Vickie Murray is the Integrated Director of Pharmacy for Grand River Hospital and St. Mary’s General Hospital. After organizing the Grand River Hospital vaccine clinics, Vickie took over leadership for all the Region of Waterloo’s vaccine rollout. Vickie took on her role with caring tenacity and positive outlook, while overseeing thousands of staff, physicians and volunteers to be able to make COVID vaccine accessible for our community. During the vaccine rollout, she continued to give back to our community as Chair of Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region, where rising incidents of domestic violence are also making headlines. • • • Professional (sponsored by Home Hardware) recognizes women for dedicating themselves to the pursuit of excellence in their chosen careers.

Susan MacQueen – Sue has been a physiotherapist for 41 years, recently retiring from her role as an advanced Practice Physiotherapist with the Arthritis Society after 33 years. Her passion has been to develop innovative models of care to improve access to care for people living with arthritis. Sue served as the President of the Arthritis Health Professions Association from 2018 to 2020, collaborating with professional and patient advocacy groups. She has been awarded the AHPA Extraordinary Service and Lifetime Achievement awards

and the Ontario Physiotherapy Association Leadership and Advocacy award. Sue has paved the way for future generations of arthritis health professionals. • • • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (sponsored by Enbridge) recognizes women for outstanding advancement to the field of STEM.

Adele Newton – Adele Newton graduated from Math at the University of Waterloo in 1978. She was a rarity in a maledominated faculty. At a time when women generally weren’t encouraged to study math, Adele began a 40 year mission to change that. Her professional experiences span some of the most reputable academic institutions and companies in Canada, with the majority of her work central to Waterloo Region. A connector, mentor and trailblazer, Adele has inspired women en masse to consider technical career paths. • • • Young Adult (14 to 23) (sponsored by CHYM 96.7, Country 106.7 and CityNews 570) recognizes young women for leading by example and being a role model to their peers.

Sarah Odinotski – During Sarah’s five years at Conrad Grebel, she has acted in the capacity of resident, orientation leader, student ambassador, and apartment superintendent. Sarah became the Speaker Relations Director of the Waterloo Nano Conference; a student-founded international conference open to the public. Sarah worked to bridge the gap between students and employers by creating interactive breakout rooms and networking sessions, allowing students to meet employers and learn about the skills they value. Sarah’s openness to share her experience and her support for other students is truly inspiring.




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AFTER TWO YEARS OF FINDING NEW AND CREATIVE WAYS TO SAFELY CONNECT AND CELEBRATE, IN-PERSON EVENTS AND FESTIVALS ARE RETURNING TO GET KITCHENER GOING THIS SUMMER. FOR CITY-RUN EVENTS, THE SEASON KICKS OFF WITH TWO DAYS OF MUSIC-FILLED FUN, BEGINNING WITH NEIGHBOURS NIGHT ON FRIDAY, JUNE 17. A free concert in Victoria Park will be headlined by national recording artists Virginia to Vegas and Delaney Jane, along with special guest, Rêve. Neighbours Day, on Saturday, June 18, will move the party to porches and front lawns across Kitchener as residents host performances by local artists, along with BBQs and a variety of other community events. Canada Day is always one of the biggest events of the summer and it returns to Downtown Kitchener on Friday, July 1 with lots of family-friendly fun, an evening concert, headlined by Glass Tiger and featuring Alyssa Reid, Bad Child, and Rufus, and a beautiful fireworks display to cap off the night.

Local families will be happy to know that our beloved Kidspark event will once again be held in Victoria Park this summer. On Sunday, August 21, enjoy lots of fun activities, games, and performances that will have the little ones laughing, learning, singing, and dancing.

Kitchener’s biggest street party will take over downtown when Cruising on King Street rolls in on Friday, July 8, 6-10 p.m.. The classic vehicles will set up in front of City Hall and along King Street. Groove to live entertainment while checking out some of the coolest cars ever made.

In addition to big festivals and events, look out for details on artisan markets, movie nights, concerts, and more planned at community centres, the Kitchener Market, on Gaukel Street and throughout Downtown Kitchener. You can also get out to enjoy some exercise and good times at the city’s golf courses, parks and walking trails, indoor and outdoor pools, and splashpads too. It’s going to be a great summer... Kitchener, let’s go!

On Saturday, July 23, the Wayback Festival will be a classic rock celebration and a trip back in time. Experience retro fun with food vendors, a licensed area, and performances from two legendary Canadian acts, Trooper and Lee Aaron.

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more about the city’s cyc n r a e ling infrastructure options L The City of Kitchener is committed to providing a variety of active transportation options so that people who choose to bike can move through our community safely and quickly!

Not sure what options are available?

Living well and aging well in Kitchener As part of Kitchener’s Age-friendly program, we are celebrating seniors’ month and the stories of Kitchener seniors. Seniors’ month is an important time to highlight the valuable contributions older adults make in our community. This year’s theme is ‘Stay Active, Connected, and Safe’. Learn how Kitchener older adults are staying active and contributing to their communities at

Learn about the city’s cycling infrastructure options below and download our bike map at

Separated bike lanes We create separated bike lanes using bollards, curbs or raised medians. This improves safety and makes cycling more comfortable for everyone.

Multi-use trails Pedestrians and cyclists share multi-use trails, whether the trail is fully off-road or in the boulevard next to a street. If you are on a bike, please yield to slower moving pedestrians to keep everyone safe.

Painted bike lanes Painted bike lanes are marked lanes on roads for cyclists. These lanes are between the road and sidewalk, marked with: • white line • bicycle and diamond pavement markings • cyclist-only signs pointing to the lane

Bike boxes You’ll find bike boxes at intersections across the city. They help make cyclists more visible to drivers and reduce the risk of a collision. When a traffic light turns green and a cyclist is in a bike box, they can continue through the intersection ahead of drivers.





LOCAL BUSINESSES HAVE BEEN IMPACTED SIGNIFICANTLY BY THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, requiring many to pivot and adjust to changing restrictions and circumstances. This past April, Kitchener City Council approved the Love My Business program to provide support for local businesses in suburban areas of Kitchener that were impacted by the pandemic. This new program was launched as part of the Make It Kitchener 2.0 Economic Recovery Framework, which supports local businesses in re-engaging their customers and attracting new ones. The program was developed in consultation with the Kitchener business community and supports the city’s strategic goal of creating a vibrant economy.

Here are more details on the support programs:

The Love My Business program aims to inspire residents to support businesses in their own neighbourhoods, while also creating connections that would allow businesses to collaborate with other local businesses. As part of the program, funding is provided for partnership events among Kitchener businesses, collaborative marketing initiatives, and one-to-one consultation with city staff to help support digital content creation.

DIGITAL CONTENT SUPPORT • Book a one-to-one session with the Love My Business Coordinator to assist with content creation. Develop skills to: • Batch produce photos and videos • Create Instagram reels • Get started with TikTok • Strategize and schedule content

HOST A COMMUNITY EVENT • Collaborate with another Kitchener business to host a community event • Examples include a pop-up market, open house, family fun day, tasting passport, competition event, live music, etc. • Up to $1000 towards event expenses MARKETING COLLABORATIONS • When three businesses work together on a marketing collaboration such as: • Direct mail campaign • Social media campaign • Advertising (digital or print) • Budget of $500 per participating business

Businesses can apply to participate in the program from May 1, 2022, until Oct. 31, 2022. Eligible businesses include bricks and mortar businesses that were negatively impacted by Provincial COVID-19 restrictions (i.e., restaurant, retail, fitness, beauty and entertainment) and are located in suburban Kitchener.

For more information about the program and eligibility visit,

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*Promotion available to Kitchener Utilities residential gas customers and in effect January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022 or until funding is depleted. Visit to see if you qualify for a Smart Thermostat Rebate.

PLANNING AN OUTDOOR PROJECT THIS SEASON? OBEY THE LAW AND CALL OR CLICK BEFORE YOU DIG! It is important to make sure any underground lines are found before your project begins to prevent hitting a utility line. Should a line, pipe or wire be impacted by a dig, it can cause serious damage, and may cause you harm. To request a locate go to or call 1-800-400-2255. LOCATE GUIDE














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With everything from family swims and lessons to a full staycation destination, Kitchener’s outdoor pools will be ready for you! 2022 welcomes back the return of popular programming, like single-visit public swims and lessons, and full access to changerooms at all outdoor facilities.

Opening Saturday, June 17, Kiwanis Park has a lakelike outdoor pool where families and friends can gather for a swim or a full day-long getaway. The park also features a leash-free dog park, canoe launch, volleyball courts, and play equipment. Harry Class Pool - 45 Woodside Avenue Opening Monday, June 13, Harry Class is located inside Woodside Park, and offers swimming lessons and public, family, and lane swim times. Wilson Pool - 78 Wilson Avenue Opening Saturday, June 18, Wilson pool is a shallow pool for families and guests of all ages to enjoy all summer long. Idlewood Pool - 5 Thaler Avenue Opening Saturday, June 18, Idlewood offers lessons, aquafit programming, and both public and family swim times. There is a shallow area and small slide for younger visitors. All pool opening dates are weather dependent. For the most up-to-date information and to learn more about Kitchener pools, visit . City of Kitchener splashpads are also a great way to stay cool and are open now. Learn more at

The next municipal election is on Monday, Oct. 24, 2022. While the fall may seem like many months away, it’s never too early to start thinking about the role you want to play on election day. Here are just a few ways you can get involved in the 2022 municipal election and help shape decision-making in your community:


RUN FOR OFFICE: Want to be a key decision-maker? Consider running to be a member of Kitchener City Council. The nomination period for municipal candidates opened on May 2 and closes on Aug. 19. If you’d like to run for office, visit our website at to learn more about the eligibility requirements and to book an appointment with city staff to file your nomination. REGISTER TO VOTE: Voting for the candidates that will represent you for the next four years is one of the best ways to ensure your interests are represented in your local government.

Mark your calendar for election day on Oct. 24 or make plans to vote early during advanced polls on Oct. 12-15. If you’re eligible to vote in the next municipal election, check first to make sure you’re on the voters’ list and if not, add your name as soon as possible to receive your voter notification card in the mail. APPLY TO BE AN ELECTION WORKER: It takes hundreds of dedicated people to help us carry out a fair and equitable municipal and school board election every four years. Be part of the process and consider applying to work during advanced polls or on election day. Subscribe to our webpage at to be notified when applications open.

For the most current election information, including details on the candidates, voting process, and polling locations, visit


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CONVERSATION Engage Kitchener is the city’s online space where residents can offer feedback, share opinions and exchange ideas about city programs, services and decisions. Register for a free account to be notified about new opportunities. Be part of the conversation at

As a premier destination for community gatherings, events and casual visits, this public square in the heart of Downtown Kitchener is an important part of our community.

ROAD RECONSTRUCTION PROJECTS From spring to fall each year, the city completes several reconstruction projects to maintain the safe operation of Kitchener roads. On Engage Kitchener, you can now learn and ask questions about new road reconstruction projects in your neighbourhood. This option complements the paper mailouts that are currently sent to affected residents. Find out more at .........................................................................

The redevelopment of the square will be wrapping up over the late spring and early summer – here are a few milestones to look forward to.


> Main Carl Zehr Square open for public access > William’s Café patio area open > Access to stage and public washrooms > Access to all front doors at City Hall > West wing overhang open


> King Street frontage fully open > Ramp and stairs open both sides > Water feature operational > Plantings completed > Signage installed

Although the main Carl Zehr Square will be reopened by the end of June, work will be ongoing at City Hall. The Duke Street side of City Hall will be closed from College to Young Streets for demolition work until spring 2023.

Whether you’re gardening in your front yard or back yard, on a deck or balcony, or at a community garden – we want to hear from you! For over 20 years, Kitchener In Bloom has recognized all varieties of street-facing gardens and celebrated the gardening efforts of Kitchener residents. Your feedback will help us to improve the program and expand its impact. Share your thoughts at .......................................................................... Register for a free account to be the first to know about new opportunities. Join the conversation at

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WHY CREATE A PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT VIDEO EXPLAINER SERIES? It can be difficult to understand how the city plans to develop and how decisions on land use and growth are made. That’s why the city is rolling out a development video explainer series. This video series is one way the city is working to break down barriers to understanding growth and development in Kitchener.

WHAT ARE WE COVERING IN OUR SERIES? Introduction to planning & development This introduction simplifies how your community is shaped, now and in the future.

THE VISION FOR THE CITY - the vision for land use and growth is set out in the city’s Official Plan. PLANNING TOOLS - there’s a lot to consider before shovels go into the ground. ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES - when a property owner wants to develop a new use for their land, they begin a process working with city staff. ZONING BYLAWS AND MINOR VARIANCES - zoning bylaws are pieces of the puzzle for a complete community.

COMING SOON! Four more videos are currently in production: > Site plan approval

> Additional housing units

> Tall building design

> Infill and redevelopment

Visit to watch the whole series!

GOLF CONTINUES TO BE A POPULAR PASTIME AND WAS ONE OF THE FEW ACTIVITIES THAT CONTINUED THROUGH MOST OF THE PANDEMIC. Kitchener golf courses provide an opportunity to be active and social outdoors. While COVID restrictions have been dropped at local courses, golf easily allows for physical distancing and masking for those who prefer to continue health and safety practices. Our municipal courses, Doon Valley and Rockway, have several different options to allow for users of all skill levels to enjoy or learn the game.






Doon Valley Golf Course is just minutes away from the 401, near the Homer Watson Boulevard exit. For those looking to improve their game, it features a driving range as well the short-yardage Pitch & Putt Course. Doon Valley’s 18-hole course offers a challenging layout amid expansive natural wetlands and river-side fairways. The Classic nine-hole course will play as a seven-hole course this summer as construction on Highway 401 has caused the temporary closure of holes one and eight. These holes are being reconfigured to ensure the safety of golfers and 401 drivers for years to come, but while the work is being done golfers can take advantage of a quicker, lower-priced experience. Rockway Golf Course is a traditional favourite located in the heart of Kitchener. Its gorgeous, mature tree-lined course has been home to Canadian golf legends like Moe Norman and Gary Cowan, while still being a comfortable play for the most casual golfer. It truly is one of the best value golf courses in the area. ................................................................................................................................

Shaping your vision for Kitchener today and in the future Kitchener’s strategic plan is more than just a guiding document – it represents our community’s shared vision for the future of our city and it motivates key decisionmaking that ensures we build the kind of city you can be proud to call home. We’ve been hard at work these past three years bringing your the vision for an innovative, caring, and vibrant Kitchener to life. In its first year of implementation, we’ve completed 14 of the 44 actions included in the city’s award-winning Housing for All Strategy. Staff continue to collaborate with community partners, area municipalities, and the Region of Waterloo to create more housing opportunities and support the implementation of the right to housing locally. Our Corporate Climate Action Plan achieved a major milestone this year, with the city reaching its corporate greenhouse gas reduction target of eight per cent. Following the success of our current Corporate Climate Action Plan, the city will begin developing a new plan for the future to align with the actions included in TransformWR’s community climate action plan. While we continue to make great progress on our current strategic plan, we’re actively seeking input for the community priorities that will make up our plan for 2023-2026. In March, a phone survey was conducted to ask for input from residents across Kitchener. This summer, we’re continuing to engage with residents to learn more about priorities for the next four years and to help us create a 20-year vision for our city. Your voice matters. Help shape Kitchener’s future by sharing your perspective and ideas with us. There are lots of ways to contribute. ...................................... Visit to learn more about the ways you can get involved.

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FOR STAFF AT THE CITY OF KITCHENER, WORKING IN PUBLIC SERVICE IS MORE THAN A JOB – IT’S A CALLING. Our staff come to work every day with a clear purpose:

to proudly serve our community. From the services we deliver to the programs and events we run, working at the city means you play a key role in improving residents’ quality of life and making our community an even better place to live. If you’re passionate and enthusiastic about a career in public service, here are the top five reasons why you should consider joining Team Kitchener: OUR PEOPLE PLAN – this is our strategy for supporting our employees, so we can create the kind of culture that continues to make Kitchener a great place to work. Visit to learn more. A PLACE TO LEARN AND GROW – our corporate learning and development programs offer a variety of different subjects to help you develop your skills and grow your career.

HEALTH AND SAFETY – we place great importance on health, safety, and well-being to help ensure you’re at your best - at work and at home, which is why all our staff have access to well-being supports and receive training to ensure they’re equipped to do their jobs safely.



INCLUSION – our workforce values differences and believes in recognizing and respecting all people. We live the values and commitments in our Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism Policy, which guides how we work together and with the community. APPRECIATION AND FUN – we value the contributions of all staff which is why we’ve developed several employee recognition programs to show our appreciation and celebrate the hard work, milestones and achievements of all employees. ......................................................................................................................

From pollinator patches to vegetable gardens to recognize all Kitchener gardeners that are helping to make our city a greener, more sustainable and more beautiful place to live. Have you seen a home or business that’s making the most of their greenspace? Here’s your opportunity to recognize their efforts. It’s easy! Simply share the address of the deserving property by

Friday, Sept 16, 2022 and we’ll take care of the rest.

Visit to make a submission online or call 519-741-2200 ext. 7537 for more information.

Is the City of Kitchener a place you want to work? Learn more about a career at the city and find current opportunities at


TRI-PRIDE SUMMER FESTIVAL VICTORIA PARK, KITCHENER Saturday, June 4, 12 - 8 p.m. Celebrate pride with entertainment, vendors, bar area and kids zone. events KIDS IN THE KITCHEN KITCHENER MARKET Saturday, June 11 AND 25, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Inspiring young chefs, teaching importing early kitchen skills.

KING STREATERY FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL + OUR WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL DOWNTOWN KITCHENER Sunday, June 12, 12 - 8 p.m. Food trucks festival and musical performances. NEIGHBOURS NIGHT VICTORIA PARK, KITCHENER Friday, June 17, 6 - 10 p.m. Free concert with Virginia to Vegas and Delaney Jane, with special guest Rêve. NEIGHBOURS DAY NEIGHBOURHOODS IN KITCHENER Saturday, June 18, 1 - 5 p.m. Live music on porches, driveways, front lawns, boulevards and more!

FATHER’S DAY AT THE MARKET KITCHENER MARKET Saturday, June 18, 2 - 6 p.m. Celebrate Dad and the important men in your life with a beer garden, BBQ, and artisan vendors. MID-SUMMER GARDENING CLASS *VIRTUAL ONLINE Tuesday, June 21, 7 - 8 p.m. The free online event includes master gardeners who will have conversations and answer questions. DALLAS SMITH - THE AUD Friday, June 24, 7 p.m. Celebrated Canadian country music star performance.

K-W MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL – VICTORIA PARK, KITCHENER June 25 - 26, 12 - 6 p.m. Food, fun, music and dance from around the world.

JULY CANADA DAY – CARL ZEHR SQUARE, KITCHENER CITY HALL Friday, July 1, 6 - 10:30 p.m. Free concert and fireworks with Glass Tiger, Alyssa Reid, Bad Child, and Rufus John. Food and drinks available. CRUISING ON KING STREET – DOWNTOWN KITCHENER Friday, July 8, 6 - 10 p.m. Classic car show and street party. ROCKIN’ IT AT ROCKWAY – ROCKWAY CENTRE Enjoy music, food and drinks on the patio every Wednesday night. July 6-August 31 25 - 26, 12 - 6 p.m. DTK RIBFEST AND CRAFT BEER SHOW – VICTORIA PARK, KITCHENER July 15-17 Barbequed ribs and chicken and Ontario craft-brewed beer. WAYBACK FESTIVAL – CARL ZEHR SQUARE, KITCHENER CITY HALL Saturday, July 23, 6 - 10:30 p.m. Free concert with Trooper and Lee Aaron. Food and drinks available.

AUGUST TD KITCHENER BLUES FESTIVAL – DOWNTOWN KITCHENER August 4-7 One of the largest blues festivals in Canada with 50+ artists. KIDSPARK - VICTORIA PARK, KITCHENER Sunday, August 21, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Creating fun, free, memorable moments with family-friendly activities and entertainment.

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Alex Mustakas awarded Meritorious Service Medal


rayton Entertainment’s Artistic Director Alex Mustakas received the Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division) from Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on May 26. Created by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Meritorious Service Decorations recognize Canadians for exceptional deeds that bring honour to their country. Mustakas is being celebrated for his lifelong commitment to making the performing arts affordable and accessible. His distinctive business model has created one of the largest and most well-respected charitable arts organizations in Canada. Drayton Entertainment stages over 800 performances annually at its seven venues, with attendance exceeding 250,000 each year. The Government of Ontario’s Tourism Regional Economic Impact Model (TREIM) estimates the organization’s economic impact on visitor spending at over $80 million annually, positively affecting multiple communities throughout the province. “I am beyond humbled to be singled out with this honour, and share this recognition with everyone involved in the success of Drayton Entertainment,” said Mustakas. “It takes an entire creative community to produce such an ambitious lineup of shows each season, including our artists, musicians, technical crew, administrative staff, volunteer Board of Directors, sponsors, donors, and front-line volunteers. Each person involved with our organization plays an integral role and shares in this accomplishment. It’s especially meaningful to receive this medal as we launch a new season after two years of closure. It’s a reminder of the success we’ve had in the past and hopefully will continue to have in future.” Mustakas emigrated from Cyprus at the age of six. As a natural performer, he was drawn to the stage, but he honoured his father’s wishes by earning a business degree in Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo. He found employment in the corporate sector, but seemed unable to shake his draw to the performing arts. In a bold move, he handed his degree to his father and said, ‘This was for you. Now I want to do something for myself. I’d like to become a professional actor.’ Mustakas set off for uncharted territory, but after a few years on the stage, he pursued a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration at City University in London, England. His dream of a small theatre of his own began to take shape

Alex Mustakas during these years, providing the impetus to become an agent of change. He was acutely aware of the physical, social, economic, and cultural barriers that limited access to the arts, particularly in rural areas. He also recognized the stigma that surrounded the arts in terms of their perceived value and contribution to society. Mustakas returned to Canada and began to build what would

become a thriving theatre organization starting with an all-but-abandoned opera house in the small hamlet of Drayton, Ontario. Mustakas has repeatedly noted that he’s grateful to his father for encouraging him to pursue economics training – his business acumen and artistic vision converged to create Drayton Entertainment’s unique theatre model that amortizes production and administrative costs across numerous venues, and enables live theatre to flourish on seven unique stages across Ontario: the Drayton Festival Theatre in Drayton, Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge in Cambridge, Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend, King’s Wharf Theatre in Penetanguishene, and St. Jacobs Country Playhouse and the Schoolhouse Theatre in St. Jacobs. By merging his creative and commerce knowledge, Mustakas has set a path for longterm sustainability within the charitable arts sector.

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Week-long day camps For children ages 5 to 12 July through August

What can we do this summer?

Summer Camps 2022

It’s time to bake, build, dig, dress-up, play and make new friends.


Playground Dates July 6 - August 14

Fun! Safe! Exciting! Affordable!

The City of Kitchener Summer Playgrounds program offers games, songs, crafts, sports, special events and off-site trips open to children ages 3-12. Playground leaders are trained in Standard First Aid and police screened. All locations are proposed and subject to change. For information call 519-741-2200 x7389.

Adult Volunteers Needed!


For children born in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Must be 3-years old and toilettrained. Songs, games, crafts, and drama create a fun and exciting program. Each week is new, and each day has a new theme! Please note: Preschool programs that offer morning and afternoon programs – you may register for morning OR afternoon, NOT both.

* You will require a Family Pin and Individual ID code for each family member in order to use this service.

In person

You can also visit any City of Kitchener Community Centre, Pool or the 7th Floor of City Hall. Staff there will assist you. You can begin registration either online or in person March 3 at 8:30am.

The City of Kitchener Summer Playground program is delivered at various community centers and local schools featuring indoor and outdoor activities, special events and offsite trips! All locations are proposed and subject to change. For information call 519-741-2200 ext. 7389

and police screened.

Adventure Before & After Care

Summer Playgrounds before and after care provides additional supervision between 8:309:00am and 4:30-5:00pm for full day programs. Separate course code required.


For children born in 2007, 2008, and 2009. Songs, games, crafts, and drama create a fun and exciting program. Each week is new, and each day has a new theme!

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children born in 2003, playgrounds Hearts’happen. campaign is runningFor until August 31 with a goal to 2004, 2005 2006. Sports, Many are for hungry kids andand raise twopositions million meals families this summer. games, crafts, special events available. Please call 519The Waterloo Region Foodbank says that almost 35% of the and drama create a fun and 741-2200 serves each year 34,620 people are children. exciting program. Each week Food supplies hit an all-time is low during July and August. new, and each day has a Very important for all “You may look forward to new summer vacation as a fun and theme! sites, please read: relaxing time. However, it’s an unfortunate truth that kids in our • All school locations are community will head home for their summer break Before & After Carewithout the proposed and may be comfort of knowing where their next meal will come Available for Full Dayfrom,” said subject to change in Food Bank CEO Wendi Campbell. Programs. Cost: $10 per location. A donation of $35 will provide 105 meals. week *Must be registered in • You may be required to For more information or to make a donation visit thefoodbank. advance. show child’s PROOF OF ca/fullbellies or phone 519-743-5576. AGE Registration for all other • All preschool participants Summer Playgrounds must be toilet trained and There are two ways to the age of three before register for any Summer program begins. Playground program. • Call 519-741-2200 x7389 for more registration Online information. Visit and • Registration ends click on Program Registration Wednesday at close for the (WEBreg) under eServices to following week’s program. register. Register early!

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Humane Society urgently needs foster homes


t the beginning of June, the Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo & Stratford Perth (HSKWSP) was making an urgent appeal for foster homes for 17 animals in its care, including ten dogs and seven cats. With three dogs needing medical attention, there was a pressing need for new fosters who can provide extra care and attention to the animals. “We are looking for volunteer foster parents who can take in dogs or cats until they are ready for adoption,” stated Kathrin Delutis, chief executive officer, HSKWSP. “We provide training, food, supplies, and medical care, while you provide space and lots of love.” There were eight large dogs and three cats at the Kitchener Waterloo location waiting to go

Are you interested in being a community leader? We are looking for a treasurer volunteer position with an accounting and finance background!

to a foster home, while the Stratford centre had four cats and two dogs. Some animals have specific needs, so interested foster parents are encouraged to call their local centre if they have any questions. Both centers see a high influx of injured and sick animals almost daily, and foster homes will also be needed for them where they can recoup. “We are always looking for foster parents who can provide a temporary home to animals requiring medical care and a little extra attention.” If you want to become a foster parent and provide a home to animals in the Humane Society’s care, visit the Humane Society’s website to apply.

For more information, please scan the QR code or contact

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Are you prepared for the condo lifestyle? Q. I am very interested in buying a condo. What are some important factors I should know before we buy into this type of lifestyle? A. Most people would be delighted to have someone else cut the grass, shovel snow or replace the roof. At the same time you will have no final say in the type of yard/landscaping maintenance, the color of your roof shingles, the style of your window coverings etc. Are you ready to compromise? If you choose a hi-rise condo you will have people above you, beside you or below you.

Therefore, can you respect other people’s rights to quiet enjoyment in this vertical village? Can you turn down the volume of your television/ radio, walk softly and vacuum at reasonable hours? Remember, most condominium owners share walls and odds are you will hear some type of noise. Do you have pets? Some condos have certain restrictions on size, breed and how many. Are you a three-car family? Parking is limited so check how many spaces are available? Size is another factor to

consider. Are you prepared to downsize if you are currently enjoying a 3000 square foot home? You may have to choose smaller furniture and sell your appliances. Not all condos are equipped for a washer and dryer in the individual units. Therefore you may have to use a common area laundry room shared by all owners. If you do choose this type of lifestyle be prepared to follow all the rules governed by the Condominium Corporation. The corporation consists of a board of directors elected by the owners at the Annual

Peter is a licensed Real Estate Agent Peter is a licensed with Re/Max and Real Estate Agent has specialized in the with Re/Max andfor Stanley Park area has36 specialized in the over years. Stanley Park area for over 36 years.

General Meetings. It would be very wise to check out who the board members are and how they manage the community. Review the minutes of the board meetings over the past year or so to determine if there are any issues of contention or re-occurring problems that don’t seem to be resolved. It is very important to also walk around the property you are considering buying and see if the windows, doors, roofs etc are all in good shape and the maintenance of the grounds is being carried out in a professional manner. The

* * * Marilyn Lincoln is a condominium owner, director and author * * * of The Condominium Self Management Guide, 2nd edition. Marilyn Lincoln is a condominium owner, director and author Send questions to of The Condominium Self Management Guide, 2nd edition. Send questions to

Next issue of the Kitchener Citizen July 7, 2022

The bubble has burst! The bubble has burst!

As predicted, our Real Estate market is crashing, in some cases prices are down As$300,000 predicted, our Real Estate over since February of this market year. is crashing, in some prices are have down When prices go upcases as fast as they over $300,000 February this will year.fall since 2017, it issince inevitable thatofthey go up asup. fast as they have as When fast as prices they have gone since 2017, it is inevitable that they will fall In January, we had an active inventory as fast as they have gone up. of approx. 100 homes for sale in KitchenerIn January, an active inventory Waterloo, now we thathad number has gone up approx. homes forMay. sale This in Kitchenertoofover 900 100 at the end of is great Waterloo, now who that have number gone up news for Buyers had has a tough time to over 900this at the end of May. This is great throughout Boom! news for Buyers who have had a tough time throughout this Boom!

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MAY AREA SALES JANUARY-DECEMBER AREAREPORT SALES REPORT STYLE OF HOMES # OF SALES PRICE RANGE AVERAGE PRICE MAY AREA SALES REPORT JANUARY-DECEMBER AREA SALES REPORT Single Detached Home 13 Low $755,000 $898,219 STYLE OF HOMES # OF SALES –3 bedroom, single garage Single Detached Home 13 Single Detached Home –3 bedroom, single garage 6 –4 bedroom, double garage Single Detached Home 6 Semi Detacheddouble garage 2 –4 bedroom, –4 bedroom, double garage Semi Detached 2 –4 bedroom, double garage

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Community Church Listing Community Church Listing

Kitchener Gospel Temple-Pentecostal 9 Conway Dr. (at River Rd), Kitchener (519) 894-5999 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Mid-week activities for all ages. St. George’s of Forest Hill - Anglican

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321 Fischer-Hallman Road, Kitchener (519) 744-4751 Kitchener East Presbyterian 10 Zeller (519) 748-9786 Prayer) Sunday ServiceDrive, 8:15 Kitchener a.m. (Book of Common Reverend: Mark S. Richardson Sunday Service 10:00 a.m. (Children’s - Youth Ministries) Kitchener GospelService Temple-Pentecostal a.m. Sunday Service:Wednesday 10:30 a.m. Nursery and10:00 Sunday provided 9 Conway Dr. (at River Rd), Kitchener (519)School 894-5999 All Welcome Sonshine Corner, Thursdays from 9 - 11 a.m.

Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Mid-week activities for all ages. Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran 322 East Avenue (at Stirling), Kitchener (519) 742-5812 Kitchener East Presbyterian 10 Zeller Drive, Kitchener (519) 748-9786 Reverend: S. Richardson Sunday Service: (Sept. - June) Mark 8:30 and 11 a.m., (July-Aug.) 9:30 a.m 9:45 a.m. - 10:30 Sundaya.m. School, Youth Adult Bible Classes Sunday Service: Nursery and& Sunday School provided Choirs - Stephen Ministry Groupfrom - Beginnings Sonshine Corner,- Youth Thursdays 9 - 11 a.m.(0 -3 years)

Hope LutheranLutheran Holy Cross Evangelical 30 Shaftsbury Drive, Kitchener (519)(519) 893-5290 322 East Avenue (at Stirling), Kitchener 742-5812 Worship Service : 10:00 a.m. at 11 thisa.m., time(July-Aug.) 9:30 a.m Sunday Service: (Sept.Nursery - June) closed 8:30 and 9:45 a.m. - Sunday School, Youth & Adult Bible Classes Choirs - Stephen Ministry - Youth Group - Beginnings (0 -3 years) Breslau Evangelical Missionary Church 102 Woolwich St., Breslau (519) 648-2712 Hope Lutheran 30 Shaftsbury Drive, Kitchener 893-5290 Sunday Worship Service:(519) 10 a.m. Children’s Ministry Youth Ministry - Small Groups Worship- Service : 10:00 a.m. All are welcome! Visit usatatthis Nursery closed time Stanley Park Community Church Breslau Evangelical Church 9 Dreger Ave., (at Ottawa St.)Missionary Kitchener (519) 893-8186 102 Woolwich St., Breslau (519) 648-2712 SundayPastor: Worship Service: John Pearce10 a.m. Children’s Ministry Youth Ministry - Small Groups Sunday Service and Kid’s Church: 10 a.m. All are welcome! Visit us at ALL WELCOME! Nexus Church Church Stanley Park Community Meets inAve., The(at Conrad Center 36 King St(519) W. Kitchener 9 Dreger Ottawa St.) -Kitchener 893-8186 Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. K Pastor: John Pearce Sunday Service and Kid’s Church: 10 a.m. All welcome! ALLareWELCOME! Nexus Church Meets in The Conrad Center - 36 King St W. Kitchener Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. Next issue of the Kitchener Citizen K July 7, 2022 All are welcome!

Advertising deadline - June 30, 2022 Because good news is news too!

COMMUNITY CALENDAR HOUSE AND GARDEN TOUR OF NOTE - The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Volunteer Committee is happy to announce the return of the annual House and Garden Tour of Note on June 18, 2022. After a twoyear hiatus, the tour returns with new elements of food trucks and ticket holder discounts at local businesses along with the highly anticipated sealed bid auction and of course the tour of beautiful homes and gardens across the Waterloo Region. All proceeds support the KitchenerWaterloo Symphony. This year’s tour highlights seven properties including a 50-year-old home that is authentic, personal and a unique home to an art studio with views of Alder Creek in New Dundee. In Waterloo, you will see a Westmount beauty adapted and enhanced in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright built in 1959. As well, see a home that features art from around the world and a music room displaying a unique guitar collection. A minimalist home featured in Cambridge shows unique sliding walls, and hidden storage and incredible views of the Grand River. Enjoy gardens at four of the locations, which will be supported by experts from the Kitchener Garden Club and local landscapers to provide information or answers to any garden and plant questions. Take in the views and smells as soloist and small groups of musicians from the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and KWS Youth Orchestra provide musical accompaniment throughout the day. This self guided tour offers a day enjoying local landscaping, architecture, and community. For more information visit Tickets on sale now with credit card at or with cash at Camerons Flower Shop, Just For Him, Living Lighting, Dana Shortt, Framing & Art Centre, Not Just for the Garden, Tweed & Hickory, Words Worth Books, Reid Candy & Nut and Etcetera Linens & Gifts. FAMILY DAY & SKILLS MARKET – Sat. June 18 from 11am to 1pm at Hope Lutheran Church, 30 Shaftsbury Drive, Kitchener. Everything is free. Free BBQ, popcorn, garage sale, kid’s craft, prayer tent, cooking class. For more information call 519-893-5290 or email DOON HERITAGE VILLAGE – The Region of Waterloo’s Doon Heritage Village is open for the summer. Wander through the 60-acre outdoor village featuring historic buildings, gardens, farm animals and daily programming. The village is open Thursday to Sunday from 11am to 4pm with extended hours through the summer months. For more information visit HUMANE SOCIETY SEEKS FOSTER HOMES – The Humane Society of Kitchene Waterloo Stratford Perth (HSKWSP) is making an urgent appeal for foster homes for 17 animals in their care including ten dogs and seven cats. With three dogs needing medical attention, there is a pressing need for new fosters who can provide extra care and attention to the animals. Both centres see a high influx of injured and sick animals almost daily, and foster homes will also be needed for them where they can recoup. If you are interested in becoming a foster parent visit the Humane Society’s website to apply. HOMEWARD BOUND GALA IS BACK- Canadian comedian Graham Chittenden is gracing the stage in support of the animals at the Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo

& Stratford Perth (HSKWSP). HSKWSP’s annual Homeward Bound Gala returns on June 24th at the beautiful NithRidge Estates in Ayr. This year’s event will boast of a night full of laughter paired with an incredible three-course meal provided by Chef D’s culinary team. Tickets are $100 each. Shared and exclusive corporate tables are available starting at $500. For tickets to the 2022 Homeward Bound Gala visit BRAIN TUMOUR WALK - Fundraise and celebrate your hero by registering at for our Brain Tumour Walk Weekend (June 17-19, 2022). This year, instead of one national walk day, the Brain Tumour Walk will be held over a full weekend to better accommodate different time zones, schedules, and weather! No matter where you walk (or how you take your steps) you will be making a difference. There are no registration fees, no fundraising minimums and all are welcome to join. In our 40th anniversary year, we are honouring our past, embracing our present and celebrating our heroes! As we look to the future, our vision is to end brain tumours. Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is the only national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to reaching every Canadian affected by any type of brain tumour through support, education, and research. 2022 GOLF CLASSIC FOR RAY OF HOPE – In support of Youth Employment services at Ray of Hope. Players of all abilities welcome. June 20 at Rebel Creek Golf Club. 1pm shotgun start with a Scramble format. Price: $175 - Includes: 18 holes, cart, and dinner. There will be contests to challenge your skill and a prize table for all players. For more information on how to register, play or become a sponsor email: golfclassic@rayofhope. net or call: 519-578-8018 KIDSABILITY SUPERHERO CHALLENGE – The third annual KidsAbility Superhero Challenge is now underway. The communitywide event takes place June 6 to 12. Participants can challenge themselves to run, walk, or wheel a distance or choose their own challenge activity. Tony Martin of New Hamburg, an ultra runner since the 1990s, plans to run 58 kilometers on his 58th birthday with the goal of raising $5,800. Martin expects to start his run at dawn looping around an 8.7-kilometer trail at Shades Mills Conservation Area in Cambridge. His run will take him less than eight hours to complete. He encourages others to join to keep him company. “At my age, though,” Martin added laughing. “I always plan extra time for the possibility of the unknown!” This year’s Challenge features accessible mapped routes located throughout Cambridge, Elora/Fergus, Guelph, Kitchener, and Waterloo, in addition to themed-suggested challenge ideas. There is no cost to participate, and registration is open to give participants time to fundraise in the weeks leading up to their personal activity. In 2021, participants across Waterloo Region and Guelph-Wellington collectively raised over $160,000. All funds go directly to supporting children and youth with special needs who benefit from life-changing therapy, programs, and services at KidsAbility. To learn more, register, or make a donation on any participant’s page, visit www. EVENTS AT SCHWABEN CLUB - Friday Fish Fry - Our fundraiser Fish Fry is always 1st Friday of the

month- 4 to 7pm. Pre-orders for take out are suggested, walk-ins are welcome. Sitting inside or outside in our Biergarten (weather permitting) is available to eat your take-out dinner. Schwaben Club, 50 Scheifele Place, Breslau. Visit schwaben@ RIDE WITH PRIDE IN JUNE -Throughout the month of June, Grand River Transit (GRT) is inviting customers to Ride with Pride. To mark Pride Month, a specially designed wrap will cover a GRT bus that will pick up customers on routes in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge. Pride Month is not only a celebration of the Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning+ (2SLGBTQ+) community, but also an opportunity to reflect on the work that remains. The bus wrap is a symbol of GRT’s ongoing commitment to providing welcoming and inclusive spaces for all riders and staff. The bus will be featured at community events across the Region. Throughout the month, special giveaways will also take place on board the Pride bus. FREE EDUCATION PROGRAMS Until October 7, 2022 THEMUSEUM is offering free education programming for all STEAM, virtual and in-person school trips as part of a pilot project. Aiming to make programming accessible for everyone, the project is funded through a grant form the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation. Before the pandemic, THEMUSEUM hosted 10,000 students annually. Currently, if offers 25 curriculum-based programs from JK to 12 and is developing additional climate-related, bilingual and STEAM programs. To book STEAM, virtual or in-person visits teachers should visit THEMUSUEM online at educators-2/education-programs/ or e-mail Education@THEMUSEUM. ca to inquire about program availability. KW SYMPHONY PERFORMANCES the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony has returned to, in-person performances. It will be offering a wide range of performances from Signature and Pops concerts to Baroque and Family concerts. For more information visit NEW ENTREPRENEURSHIP HUB – A first-of-its-kind social entrepreneurship hub was recently approved by Kitchener City Council. Located at 2 King St. W., the space will be transformed into an interim incubation space for entrepreneurs and start-ups focused on social and environmental innovation and solving local and global issues. The new space will welcome a variety of social and environmental entrepreneurs including underrepresented groups. The Waterloo Region Small Business Centre will be the first partner, overseeing the space on behalf of the city. Additional entrepreneurial program partners will be brought on in the coming months. VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY NEEDED TO DELIVER MEALS - Volunteers who delivered meals to local seniors throughout the pandemic are starting to return to work, leaving a gap for local agency Community Support Connections (Meals on Wheels) to fill. When the pandemic first hit, the charity lost the majority of its meal delivery volunteers who were being instructed to stay safe at home as older adults themselves. Routes in Kitchener and Cambridge are in great need of delivery volunteers. If you can help or for more information please contact Meals on Wheels at (519) 772-8787.

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Allies: Real Talk about Showing Up, Screwing Up, and Trying Again edited by Shakirah Bourne and Dana Alison Levy Review by Ann Ford Library Assistant Pioneer Park Community Library Kitchener Public Library

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!

Written as a series of essays, Allies: Real Talk about Showing Up, Screwing Up, and Trying Again, edited by Shakirah Bourne and Dana Alison Levy is an informative guide for the would-be ally. If you have ever been told or felt that you should listen (more) to diverse voices, then this is an excellent start. In total, there are sixteen essays with resource lists curated by the authors. The reader is introduced to a comprehensive set of perspectives including Queer, BIPOC, newcomers/non-English speakers, people with disabilities and allies in order to present what allyship entails and what it does not. It can be an uncomfortable read, pointing out how we as individuals and as a collective fall short. Many of the stories are painful, difficult narratives laying bare the discrimination people face as well as stories of others reckoning with their own shortcomings as bullies, bystanders and the oblivious. For those who would be allies, there are several calls to action. Accept others. Stand up by calling out and fighting against discrimination. Provide support both emo-

tional and financial to the communities and people affected. And most importantly, keep marginalized voices at the centre of their own stories. Let them be the spotlight. As should be the case then, the majority of the essays come from members of the communities represented. This is a book for considering over time and revisiting as needed. Authors are skilled at giving easy-to-read explanations of pertinent terminology and sharing concrete examples throughout. It is worth noting that the style of writing, first-person accounts of highly personal experiences, also makes for a moving and thought-provoking read. While the tone of the book could have become negative, the emphasis remains on what can be done. Authors state that you will “mis-step”, “misspeak”, even fail and feel defeated. They have too. They and we should persist. As Dana Alison Levy writes: “Being an ally, first of all, is a constant act – not a state of being.” (p.14) Allies: Real Talk about Showing Up, Screwing Up, and Trying Again is a must read for those who are moved to do better

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Notes from City Hall Hi Ward 1! As spring wraps and we approach the summer months, I’d like to highlight some news and services that might be of interest. On the news front, we’re

hosting our popular ‘Neighbours Day’ on Saturday, June 18th. There will be roughly 50 different artists performing across our city for Porch Parties, events at our Community Centres, and a free evening concert in Victoria Park. For more details, search for ‘Neighbours Day’ at www. You might see more e-scooters on the road this summer. The regional government recently approved the use of the electric

devices on any regional road with a speed limit of 50km/h or less beginning July 1st. The Region owns many major roads in our city (e.g. Ottawa, Victoria, Bridge, Lancaster etc.) so Kitchener staff intend to bring forward a report allowing e-scooters on our roads as well, in line with the Region’s July 1st timing. Please note, owns some roads only, no sidewalks! You may have heard that we’re finally bringing an aquatics facility to the south-west area of Kitchener.

It will be constructed in the coming years. We’re quite fortunate to already have two great pool facilities in Ward 1 to either cool off or get a little aquatic exercise. We have Lyle Hallman Pool at the corner of Ottawa and Heritage Dr. and in the north, we have the recently renovated pool in the amazing Kiwanis Park. If you’ve never been, it’s an enormous outdoor pool with a gentle grade into the water, the next best thing to being at the beach!

The severe storm on Saturday, May 21 caused a lot of property damage and a massive amount of fallen trees and branches. Our forestry team members responded

immediately and worked with KW Hydro crews, the Kitchener Fire Department, and Regional Police to unblock roads and address dangerous situations. The additional cleanup will take several months. There was also extensive damage to our parks, trails, cemeteries, and golf courses. Some trails have been temporarily closed due to dangerous conditions, please obey the signs. Unfortunately, there will be some areas where multiple trees will need to be removed and where entire streets may lose their existing trees

due to the damage they received. Some of our current programs like the emerald ash borer tree replacement are temporarily paused so staff can focus on storm clean up. For your own clean up, you can put your storm debris out for your collection day, but please separate storm debris from regular waste collection Many of our staff have been redeployed from their regular roles to temporarily assist with the storm issues. I appreciate the excellent work our crews continue to do. It’s wonderful seeing many positive

comments of appreciation about our staff’s storm response on social media. I thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding. I can help with issues or questions you have. Contact me directly or call our contact centre at 519-7412345 or email Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @DaveSchniderKW or “friend” me on Facebook. Visit my website, for lots of Ward 2 and city info.

There are several events occurring in June relevant to Ward 3. Neighbourhood Planning Meeting (4220 King St. E.) A virtual meeting was held on June 7th. If

you did not attend and/or would like additional information please contact me or Craig Dumart (Sr. Planner) at 519-741-2200x 7073 or craig. or visit the city’s website (https://www.kitchener. ca) and planningapplications Queen Victoria Statue The vandalism on the city’s public property was discussed at a meeting on June 8th. Again, I would urge you to familiarize yourselves with the discussions from that meeting. There will be a great deal of deliberation

concerning the statue and similar discussions relative to Indian Road. As we move forward on these topics it is essential that we hear from as many residents as possible. To date discussions have been one-sided. It is important to hear from ALL SIDES concerning these issues. Pioneer Tower Road Traffic Calming Review – Staff Recommendations These will be discussed at The Community Services Committee virtual meeting on June 13th.The report can be viewed on the City’s website. Presentations by

delegations are welcome. Condominium Draft Plan Application (55 Franklin St. S.) A staff recommendation will be discussed at the Planning Committee virtual meeting on June 13th.The report can be viewed on the City’s website. Presentations by delegations are welcome. To discuss any of these or any Ward/City issues; please feel free to contact me, at your convenience, 519-7440807 (Home/Office) jgazzola@rogers. ca 519-498-2389 (Cell)

Stay tuned for details! Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre will be celebrating its completed expansion on July 16. It’s a great opportunity to come together and

celebrate community with food, fun and games. Speeding on our city streets remains the number one concern reported to me by residents. I encourage you to be mindful of your speed on our neighbourhood streets this summer. Please help keep our roads safe for all users and keep an eye out for children playing outside and cycling. According to the results of a recent Environics survey, affordable housing, homelessness, roads, and climate change top the list

of important issues to Kitchener residents. This survey is conducted every four years and is a valuable tool for council and staff in planning and making decisions for the future of our city. Your input is vital to developing our strategic plan. We will have more opportunities for you to provide feedback through pop-up and event engagement, outreach to community groups, and an online public survey at kitchener. Exciting news that will impact Ward 4! The federal government

is investing almost $10 million towards building a new, accessible RBJ Schlegel Aquatic Centre and recreation facility to meet the expanding recreational needs of our community. The facility, to be built at RBJ Schlegel Park, is expected to be completed by 2025 and is recommended to include a 25 metre, 8-lane pool, warm water leisure pool, and indoor rec facility with artificial turf. Contact me with your questions, concerns, and ideas at christine.

Turf facility at RBJ Schlegel Park! The Aquatics Centre will include a 25m, 8 lane pool and a warm water leisure pool. The Indoor Athletic Facility includes approximately 40,000 sq. ft. of artificial turf playing surface. The Indoor Athletic facility will provide Kitchener Soccer Club with the much-needed office space to administer their indoor and outdoor programs at RBJ Schlegel Park. Other organized sports will also benefit like lacrosse, cricket,

field hockey and ultimate frisbee as they are in need of spaces to train when outdoor fields are not available due to availability or weather. Our City’s current four indoor pools are operating at capacity, with wait lists for swimming lessons and programs. The new Aquatics facility should help alleviate this as it is anticipated that residents across Kitchener will travel to use this facility. With the City successfully obtaining Federal

and Provincial grant funding for the Aquatics Centre under the ICIP cost-sharing grant program in 2021, the construction will commence in 2024 and will need to be completed by the end of 2025 to fulfil the terms of the grant. With Aquatic and turf program space in such high demand, this is very welcomed news, not only for Ward 5 but for the entire City of Kitchener community! Visit www. to learn more.

Hey Ward 5, I’m happy to report that Council recently endorsed the staff recommendation to design and move forward with construction of the Aquatic Centre and Indoor

Mayor Berry Vrbanovic’s Statement on 2022 Ontario Election On behalf of the City of Kitchener, I would like to congratulate Premier Doug Ford on his party’s re-election victory. The past few years have required an unprecedented level of collaboration amongst different orders of government as we collectively worked to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and numerous other issues. By working together, we ensured that cities like Kitchener would have the resources necessary to continue to serve the residents of our community during this challenging period. That level of collaboration will remain equally important in the years ahead, as we strive to ensure a strong recovery for Kitchener, our region and the Province of Ontario. Our community has proven to punch above its weight in terms of its role in the provincial economy in recent years, and I remain committed to work with the Premier and his government to ensure that this continues to be the case and that the issues important to the residents of our community remain at the forefront. In addition to getting the job done with our Make It Kitchener 2.0 economic strategy, we also look forward to working together with the Province and the other orders of government on our other major challenges including housing affordability, investing in mental health and substance use issues, and community safety and wellbeing. These issues which are critical to Kitchener’s and Ontario’s success, will require ...continued on next page

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Notes from City Hall

Allow me to direct your attention to an existing neighbourhood park in Ward 6—Alpine Park. Not unlike other parks in our city, this park, with its older and simple play equipment,

Hey Ward 7! We recently announced the return of in-person events and festivals across the City this summer and I couldn’t be more thrilled! This will be an exciting

Hello Ward, 8, Let’s talk parks! Places and Spaces Not all green spaces are created equal. There can be a variety of different needs in different areas which is

June is Pride Month. Watch for events and activities around the Region in the coming weeks. Spectrum describes Pride month as a time to “promote equal rights

June Events in Downtown Kitchener (DTK) – Mark your calendars: the DTK Summer Kickoff Party Friday, June 10 will be a patio crawl at downtown restaurants and bars, followed by a full day of

has been in need of an update. Over the past few years, I’ve worked alongside the Alpine Neighbourhood Association to advocate for an accelerated timeline for this park’s redesign and improvement. Funding was allocated as part of the 2021 city budget, which I happily directed and supported. Through the summer of 2021, park staff and a selected design team sought input from the public about how Alpine Park was being used, and what it needed for the park

to support the community into the future. Based on the input many of you provided, two preliminary conceptual designs were developed for Alpine Park. These can be viewed at Once the final design is chosen, and the necessary site assessments are completed, I’m hopeful that the work can begin this fall or the latest by early spring next year. This soon to be improved park, will be an example of collaboration and inclusion, that created community

spirit through the process. Because of the important role local parks play in helping to build and sustain a healthy community, I feel we need to do more to support and fund their continued improvement. You’re invited to Cinema Under the Stars! This free, outdoor family event returns to the Country Hills Community Centre on June 25 at 8:30pm. Movie begins at dusk. Come early for prizes and popcorn and bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. Movie will be in the gym if it rains.

season ahead, giving us the longawaited opportunity to reconnect with friends and neighbours. I encourage you to check out some of these major events: Neighbours Night on June 17 at Victoria Park, enjoy a free concert headlined by national recording artists Virginia to Vegas and Delaney Jane with special guest Reve. Neighbours Day on June 18, happening in neighbourhoods all over Kitchener from porches to driveways, front lawns to boulevards, local musicians will be staging pop-

up concerts. KW Multicultural Festival in Victoria Park on June 25-26, community groups, ethnic associations, artisans, and both professional and amateur performers from our community will be featured. Cruising on King is back in Downtown Kitchener on July 9, showcasing classic cars on King Street with live entertainment and open patios. Canada Day Celebration Downtown Kitchener on July 1, with family activities, a free concert and fireworks! Downtown Kitchener Ribfest and Craft Beer

Show in Victoria Park from July 15-17, offering barbequed ribs and chicken, Ontario craft-brewed beer, live entertainment, and a Kids Fun Zone. Wayback Festival on July 23, classic-rock concert headlined by legendary Canadian artists. TD Kitchener Blues Festival Downtown Kitchener, August 4-7 featuring outstanding international blues acts and local talent. There’s many more upcoming local events and festivals, for more details visit:

why, we need to be responsible when creating spaces. We are in the midst of updating our existing Parks Strategic Plan with Places and Spaces. The idea is to develop a plan that better reflects the current demand of our park spaces. ‘Places’ and ‘Spaces’ are the two main focuses with ‘Places’ being all about the quality of our parks and ‘Spaces’ being all about the quantity of our parks. After staff received feedback from residents, and community groups through EngageWR, the

draft ‘Spaces” strategy will go before Council for final approval June 20. See the plan discussed at the June 8 Community and Infrastructure Services Committee meeting on the Council and Citizen Committees calendar page at www.kitchener. ca.The ‘Places’ part of the plan is still being developed. More opportunities to help shape the future of our Kitchener parks can be found on Westwood Park Improvements Westwood Park was awarded at the

May 30 Council meeting. We will see updated trails, new tree planting, a new loop path and a scrub cricket area for informal cricket and is also able to be used as a gathering space. The Park will contain biodiversity planting and additional play equipment and will also see a new basketball court and hard surface multi-use area. New seating and shade as well as new garbage bins will be added. We hope work to be completed in 2022. For more information, visit: www.

and visibility”. Diversity of sexual orientation is to be celebrated. Let’s show our support. There is still a lot of debris caused by the recent windstorm. Please be patient as crews work their way around the city cleaning-up. What does it mean to refer to a ‘liveable’ city? It is a concept often used to describe the attractive and positive features of an ideal city. I particularly like the idea of a 15-minute neighbourhood or community, where there is a diverse mix of land-uses and housing

types, shops, services, schools, day cares, jobs, and parkland. It is a community that is supported by active transportation options including public transportation, trails, and bike lanes. For me a liveable city requires an all-encompassing plan. A plan that gives residents reassurance and predictability. A plan that has been carefully crafted through planning policies and public consultation. A plan that gets updated every few years through the same rigorous process. A plan that ensures a

liveable city where all residents are adequately housed. Planning is a central part of what municipalities do. It is very important to get it right from the beginning. The Downtown Working Group is tasked with crafting a 10-year vision for creating a ‘downtown for all’. A final report from the committee will be submitted to council in 2023. I’d love to hear what your vision is for the downtown area. I can be reached at debbie.chapman@

family-focused activities Saturday, June 11. Our community’s beloved K-W Multicultural Festival is back in person on June 25-26 in Victoria Park, offering markets, food vendors and many great performances. I hope to see you there. The annual Canada Day Celebration will be at our newly renovated Carl Zehr Square at Kitchener City Hall on July 1 from 6-11pm with activities, a free concert and fireworks in the evening! Check out more upcoming events and festivals at: www.

Encampments – On a more serious note, our community’s most difficult challenge is the unprecedented number of residents currently homeless. While the Region of Waterloo has the lead responsibility for homelessness and housing, we can all agree that this complex issue requires a collaborative approach involving social services, advocates, all municipalities, and provincial and federal partners. As the weather heats up, we see an increase in encampments

– people sleeping rough. Encampments on City property are treated with care, on a case-by-case basis, and with the well-being and safety of the individuals living there in mind. Outreach workers and staff work to connect unsheltered individuals to the shelter system and provide resources and connections (outreach, transportation, etc.) as needed. In addition, we continue to advocate for more affordable housing initiatives to be built as soon as possible.

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an earnest commitment on the part of both our provincial and federal government partners in order to successfully bring about the needed results. Cities like Kitchener cannot tackle these issues on our own and we remain ready and committed to rolling up our sleeves and tackling these challenges, together, and with a renewed vigour. Locally, I would like to extend my congratulations to the elected MPP’s from all parties. Congratulations to Mike Harris Jr, Catherine Fife and LauraMae Lindo on your re-election. I look forward to continuing to work with each of you. I also would like to congratulate and welcome newly elected MPP, Jess Dixon. Finally, a thank you to candidates from all parties who put their names forward and were part of last week’s election, as well as the volunteers in all campaigns. Your participation is an integral part of our democratic system. Thank you as well to everyone in our community who took the time to get informed and vote.

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Visit our Active Kitchener webpage to find a directory of things to do:

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Be sure to check out our Facebook page for livestreams, program and service updates and more.


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Summer events and festivals Kitchener is coming back to life with a wide range of concerts, events and festivals from well-loved favourites to exciting new offerings across the city. Here are some of our summer event highlights:

King StrEATery Food Truck Festival & Our World Festival of Music

Pools and splashpads

Neighbours Night

This summer, come to one of our indoor or outdoor pools or a splashpad to keep cool! We have something for all ages, ability levels and schedules. Pay as you go or register for an ongoing swim program.

Neighbours Day

Find a place to take a dip or learn to swim:

Summer Lights Festival

Swimming programs:

KW Multicultural Festival

Splash pads: Indoor and outdoor pools:

Canada Day

July 6-Aug 31:

Rockin’ it at Rockway

July 8:

Cruising on King Street Downtown Kitchener Ribfest and Craft Beer Show Wayback Festival TD Kitchener Blues Festival Kidspark You can see what we have lined up this summer by visiting

Create your own fun for free in our community centres Book a gym or community room at your local community centre to use for physical activity or to host a hobby group or neighbourhood meeting...for free! Book a space for your next activity now:

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Kitchener Market programs Join staff and local chefs at the Kitchener Market this season for cooking classes, programs and events. Or check out the farmers’ market every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. for fresh food and talented artisans. Add the Kitchener Market to your summer plans! See what’s on the calendar by visiting

Programs and activities for all ages and abilities Check out our ActiveNet webpage to find an activity, sport or programs that suits your interest and ability for all ages. Find the program listings and register online by visiting Seniors programs and drop-ins: Youth programs and drop-ins: All ages:

Visit or, or call 519-741-2345, TTY 1-866-969-9994 for program information. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for things to do, Proof of vaccination is no longer required at city facilities. Learn more:

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