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U of W Aviation student launches region’s first Women in Aviation chapter

By Carrie Debrone he sky’s the limit. At least that’s the way pilot and University of Waterloo Aviation student Jodie Scarrow sees it. Wanting to improve the aviation industry for women, the 3rd year university student started a new collegiate chapter of the international organization Women in Aviation. It launched March 2, just ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8, with a celebration at the Waterloo


Wellington Flight Centre. The new chapter is still provisional and it will take about a year to become officially recognized. Named the Winged Warriors, the U of W Women in Aviation chapter is one of very few Canadian collegiate chapters, and one of only two in Ontario. (The University of Western Ontario also has a new collegiate chapter in the process of chartering). The Winged Warriors’ 15 inaugural members are all U of W Aviation students.

A new collegiate chapter of Women in Aviation launched March 2 at the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre. From left: Associate Professor U of W Aviation Dr. Suzanne Kearns, Vice President Winged Warriors, pilot and 3rd year U of W Science and Aviation student Natalie Smith, Winged Warriors President and founder, pilot and 3rd year Geography and Aviation student Jodie Scarrow, and Western University adjunct professor Human Factors in Aviation program, Victor Ujimoto. Scarrow, who is also captain of the U of W Dance Team, is clearly passionate about the aviation industry. “I attend every conference and event possible to get involved and learn more. When I asked if there was a Women in Aviation group at UW, I was told there wasn’t, but was encouraged to start one. I knew there was potential, so I readily took on the task,” Scarrow said. Scarrow, who earned her pilots’ license in July of 2016, is now working on her commercial license. She needs another 30 hours of flight time in order to take the commercial license test. Currently she flies Cessna

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152s, 172s and Piper Sentinels. “I would love to be a commercial airline pilot. There is a shortage of pilots now so there are more job opportunities,” she said. “I don’t know what it is about flying that I love so much. It’s exciting. It’s different,” she said, adding that she was accepted to the university’s engineering program, but she just “couldn’t see myself sitting at a desk all day. Aviation just sounded so much more interesting.” “Jobs in aviation are so based on networking and the industry has always been a fraternity – a brotherhood. Women in the industry just don’t have that so forming a chapter like this will give the girls there now, and those coming into the university program in the future, a great way to network and meet new people in the aviation industry.” Scarrow said. “I think there are a lot of first and second year students in the program who haven’t figured out that you’ve got to get out there and network and really start learning about the industry. If you do, maybe someone will remember your name and you will get a job out of this,” Scarrow said. Winged Warriors Vice President Natalie Smith agrees. “Women are breaking through in the aviation industry. This is a great way to meet people and make friends and band together,” she said. Anyone is welcome at the new chapter meetings, but under the provisional chapter rules, they must be University of Waterloo students. When the chapter becomes officially recognized its membership may open up to allow members from the community. Smith, who will take her commercial pilot test this week, said she always enjoyed flying but never considered it as a

profession until she discovered the U of W Aviation program. “I am really hoping to be part of the aviation industry after I graduate,” she said. Victor Ujimoto, a Western University adjunct professor with the Human Factors in Aviation program, met Scarrow at a conference and encouraged her to start the new Women in Aviation chapter. “The number of women in aviation is so low compared to other professions,” he said, adding that the new chapter will help facilitate getting more women into the industry. “Jodie is passionate,” he said. “Flying is different than any other kind of work. It can be raining down here on the ground but its usually sunny and beautiful above the clouds,” Ujimoto said. Anna Pangrazzi, owner of Apex Aircraft Sales Ltd. was invited to speak at the chapter launch. Involved in the Women in Aviation organization for more than 20 years, she said that coming out of World War II, airlines have always been very male dominated. Currently only about five per cent of pilots are women. “We are now entering a time when airlines are booming and we’ve been working to get more women involved. There are exciting, high paying jobs in aviation and women should be looking for them,” Pangrazzi said. Pangrazzi said, however, things are starting to change. She said Porter Airlines has taken the lead in hiring women and currently 12 percent of its pilots are women, and Air Canada has made changes to promote diversity in its workforce. The new chapter has already enjoyed a few networking sessions and is looking forward to an April visit to Air Canada to use and learn from its flight simulators.

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Hundts receive Canadian Meritorious Service Medal By Carrie Debrone arry and Lorna Hundt of Kitchener, founders and owners of the local coach and tour operator Great Canadian Holidays & Coaches, have been awarded the Canadian Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division). The Meritorious Service Medal, a decoration that is gifted by the Queen, was presented to the Hundts by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada in a ceremony that included recognition of about 60 other remarkable Canadians at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto on February 20. It is one of the highest levels of distinction an individual can receive. The awards recognize Canadians for their excellence, courage or exceptional dedication to service with one of the following honours: the Order of Canada, Decorations for Bravery, Meritorious Service Decorations, or the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers. The Meritorious Service Decoration was established to recognize the extraordinary people who make Canada proud and the Hundts were nominated and selected for the award because of their commitment to promoting Canadian unity and pride. The night of the near disastrous 1995 Quebec separation referendum, defeated by a margin of only one per cent, the Hundts made a decision to do everything they could to remind Canadians all that we have to be proud of and what makes our country great.


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They dedicate their fleet of over 40 motor coaches having them hand-painted with murals depicting various Canadian themes such as Our Nation Builders, Great Canadian Women, Lest We Forget, Canadian Sports Achievements and Great Canadian Moments. The motor coaches frequently travel across Canada and to the United States and they turn heads wherever they go, serving as a reminder of all the many things we have to be proud of as a nation. A press release from the Governor General’s office states, “Thanks to their initiative, the coaches, now attractions themselves, allow passengers and bystanders to learn about our history and heritage. The couple have become lifelong ambassadors for our country, instilling Canadian pride and awareness of our heritage.” The goal of the awards is to help share inspiring stories, celebrate tremendous contributions to our society and connect with Canadians. Past recipients have tackled poverty in their community, improved education opportunities for children in Canada and abroad, or raised awareness of important causes and issues. * * * Constable Judith Falbo from Cambridge also received a Meritorious Service Medal for her work along with Corporal Warren MacInnis of Dundalk, Ontario to revamp the RCMP’s approach to investigating intellectual property crime. Diligent research and collaboration with industry were the lynchpins to providing

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he 53rd annual Elmira Maple Syrup Festival will be held April 7. Since first beginning in 1965, the festival has grown each year and now attracts visitors from around the world. The local festival has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Largest Single Day Maple Syrup Festival with 66,529 people attending in 2000. All proceeds from the Festival are returned to the community, to both charitable and notfor-profit organizations, with about 40 percent of the profits allocated annually to Elmira District Community Living and the remaining amounts shared among selected organizations. In 2001, the festival received the Outstanding Philanthropic Action award from the Foundation for Rural Living. And, at the completion of the 2015 festival, the total money raised for these community groups surpassed the 1.5

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million dollar mark. It’s always a challenge to find the more than 2,000 volunteers needed to ensure the festival’s smooth running, but festival chair Kim Dixon knows that when you volunteer you often get more than you give. Dixon, who currently works in marketing at Manulife, has volunteered with many different organizations since high school, including the Heart and Stroke Foundation, HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre, and her son’s hockey community. She has also been a board member with Woolwich Community Services for the past six years and became a volunteer at the Maple Syrup Festival in 2014. “Working with the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival Committee is a wonderful way to give back to the community. It’s a great way to help raise funds for local non-profit agencies and community organizations, while at the

same time helping Elmira and Woolwich Township showcase a world class family-friendly festival,” Dixon said. “I know I’m learning new things from working with others on the festival committee and the festival brings all that together. It’s a great group of people who are helping me achieve my dreams!” she said. Dixon said that when it comes down to it “it’s the volunteers who are the face of the festival.” Volunteers come from all walks of life and from all areas of Waterloo region – some have been supporting the festival for more than 30 years and others are brand new. “All are welcome and more are needed. My advice to first time volunteers is that when they sign up, they should indicate the type of work and experience they would like to do or gain. It can range from participating on the main committee or one of the sub

committees or it can be a oneday commitment, supporting the event on festival day,” she said, adding that volunteers can assist indoors at the arena, outdoors working with tour buses or car parking, help folks get to the tractor-pulled wagons and back, or help with the pancake flipping contest or sugar bush tours. “The bottom line is that my volunteer experience since high school has helped

shape who I am, and more importantly, gives me a great sense of well-being and happiness,” Dixon said. To volunteer for the Maple Syrup Festival contact Rose at or fill out a volunteer form at volunteer/ You can also check out the festival’s Web and Facebook sites at www.

What to do at the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival

• Enjoy pancakes with prize-winning maple syrup (from 7am – while supplies last) • Browse the Main Street Mall featuring a variety of food stands, apple fritters, baked goods, maple syrup, crafts and displays • Savour Old Fashioned Toffee – watch how maple toffee used to be made by boiling down sap • Old MacDonald’s Farm • Toy Show and Sale • Antiques and Collectibles Show • Sugar Bush Tours (9 -3pm) • Pancake Flipping Contest – 10am - 1pm at arena • Children’s Activity Zone (at Dan Snyder Arena) • Buskers on the Mall • Music at the Gazebo 12 – 3pm

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Adèle Hempel Manager/Curator

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Letter’s and Dreisinger’s Undertaking at 116 King Street North at the corner of Spring Street in Waterloo in the 1940s. The business closed in 1943 when Norman Letter retired and the building was changed back into a residence for Letter and his wife Lydia. The building was demolished in the 1970s and the land sold. Photo courtesy of Marion Roes Collection

Research into family business leads to history book on local funeral homes by Helen Hall hat started as some research into her family’s business has turned into a much bigger undertaking for Marion Roes. Roes is writing a book on the history of funeral homes in Waterloo Region. Her great-grandfather Christian Dreisinger purchased an undertaking business from Charles Ruppel in Elmira in 1905. As was common at the time, Ruppel was offering undertaking as part of his furniture business in Elmira. Dreisinger at first operated out of his home and then purchased the Wachsmuth Block in 1906 at the corner of Arthur and Church Streets for his funeral and furniture business. In 1977, the funeral home moved to 62 Arthur Street South, its current location. Dreisinger was followed into the business by his son George, and his grandchildren Hazel and David. Hazel’s daughter Grace Maher also entered the profession, along with David’s son John Dreisinger. In 2009, the business was sold to Monty and Karen Steenson. Maher still works there, and has for over 48 years. Roes is another one of Hazel’s daughters. “I did work after high school in the furniture store,” Roes said. “The funeral home was in the same building.” Her quest to understand more about the history of her family’s business began when she found an old photo of a funeral home at the corner of King Street North and Spring Street in Waterloo. “It had a huge sign, 15 feet high, that said ‘Letter’s and Dreisinger’s Undertaking’,” she explained. The photo was taken in the 1930s. She had no idea that her greatgrandfather had once had a funeral home in Waterloo. That started Roes on a quest to learn more about her family business history. Roes has always had an interest in local history and is a past-president of the


Waterloo Historical Society. She learned in her research that Dreisinger also had a partnership with Orton Bechtel in a funeral home in Kitchener in the late 1920s at 178 Queen Street South at Joseph Street. Bechtel went on to partner with Edward Ratz operating the RatzBechtel Funeral Home. That funeral home closed on December 31, 2015 and was located at 621 King Street West in Kitchener since 1949. Through her research, she learned a great deal about other funeral homes and undertakers in the region In 2014, she received the Edna Staebler Research Fellowship at the Joseph Schneider Haus and began working on her book. She said she is getting “good material” from interviews, libraries, and historical records from such organizations as the Board of Funeral Services, which was a licencing body for undertakers. The book also looks into Mennonite burial customs in the area, that have always been part of the practice at Dreisinger Funeral Home in Elmira. Roes published an earlier book on funeral home vehicles. She has in her collection “wonderful old photos” of Dreisinger funeral vehicles and published “From a Horse-Drawn Hearse to Studebakers, Packards and Cadillacs: Dreisinger Funeral Home Vehicles.” That book looks at the evolution of funeral service vehicles at Dreisingers in Elmira. It is available to read at the Grace Schmidt Room of the Kitchener Public Library. It is also for sale at the gift shop at the Waterloo Region Museum at 10 Huron Road in Kitchener. Roes publishes her books herself and expects this latest book to be over 500 pages and should be completed in about two years. If you have any stories about local funeral homes that you would like to share with Roes for her book, she can be contacted by email at mlroes@ sympatico.

This ornate 1940s accordion, from Kitchener, was used be Olive Fraser - her name is spelled out in rhinestones on the front of the instrument. Olive was a member of the Crawford Accordion School Band. Organized and taught by Edna Crawford, the band was in operation from the mid-1930s to the early 1950s when Edna moved to Florida. The band played locally in parades and at civic events. This column is an ongoing feature of artifacts in our collections. Adèle Hempel is the Manager/Curator, Region of Waterloo Museums Contact her at

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Bobby Bauer (1915-1964) was an NHL player with the Boston Bruins from 1937 to 1947. During this time, the Bruins won the Stanley Cup twice. After playing in the NHL, Bauer returned to Kitchener as coach and then manager of the Kitchener Dutchmen Hockey Team in the Senior OHA. Visit the Hall of Fame located on the second floor of the Waterloo Region Museum.

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Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony - Tiger in the Well – March 3. Pre-concert Activities – 9:30 a.m., Concert – 10:30 a.m. March Break - Wild Weather exhibit March 10 to 18 Soupfest - Just Add Water – March 22 Fundraiser for the Waterloo Wellington Children’s Groundwater Festival, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Special Theme Day: From Sap to Syrup March 3 and 4 March Break Activities – March 12 to 16 Special Theme Day: Surviving Spring March 17 and 18 Onions and Eggs – Preparing for Easter March 24 and 25

Seniors’ Day – March 29 Wild Weather Talks and Roundtable: Our Changing Climate – March 22. A Easter Egg Hunt – March 31 presentation and roundtable discussion For age eight and under. $2 per child. about climate in the Region of Waterloo 10 a.m. and across the globe. 7 to 9 p.m. For event details visit our websites. TTY: 519-575-4608

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Provincial election boundaries to match federal ones by Helen Hall he date for Ontario’s next provincial election has been set for June 7, 2018. The province will adopt the new federal riding boundaries in southern Ontario that were approved for the 2015 federal election, while retaining the same northern constituencies as in the last provincial election. That will mean 122 MPPs will be elected in 2018 — up from 107. In Waterloo Region, there will be a new provincial seat up for grabs. Kitchener South - Hespeler Riding is made up of the south end of Kitchener and the old Hespeler portion of Cambridge. It is bounded by Fischer-Hallman Road on the west, New Dundee Road and the 401 highway in the south, Townline Rd. in the east, and a jagged line that is made up of Kossuth Road, Fountain St. N., Zeller Dr., Fairway Rd. N. and follows the Expressway until it meets Fischer-Hallman in the north. In addition to including South Kitchener and part of Cambridge, the new riding also includes a small portion of Kitchener in the east made up of the Chicopee neighbourhood and going south towards Freeport Hospital. This area was previously part of Kitchener-Centre and is bounded by the Conestoga Parkway in the west, the Grand



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For the first time the new riding of Kitchener South - Hespeler will be part of a provincial election. River in the south, Zeller Drive in the east, and Fairway Rd. N. in the north. The remaining four Waterloo Region ridings have been altered to help divide the population more evenly between ridings. The average riding size was set to be 106,000. Kitchener - Conestoga: In the last provincial election, this riding included three townships and the south part of Kitchener. It loses Kitchener South to the new Kitchener South - Hespeler riding, but picks up residents in the Forest Heights and Victoria South part of West Kitchener. These residents living in an area bounded by the Conestoga Parkway, Fischer-Hallman Rd., University Ave. and Trussler Rd. used to be part of the Kitchener- Centre riding. Kitchener - Centre: This riding trims its population from the last provincial election by giving part of its west Kitchener area to Kitchener-Conestoga and some of its east Kitchener

boundary to Kitchener South - Hespeler. It picks up some voters from north of Victoria Street N. and bounded by the Conestoga Parkway on the east, that used to vote with Waterloo in the old Kitchener-Waterloo Riding. Waterloo Riding: This riding is made up of Waterloo and a small portion of Kitchener, including Bridgeport, north of the Canadian National Railway tracks and northeast of the Conestoga Parkway. Cambridge Riding: This riding includes part of Cambridge and North Dumfries Township, as well as a portion of Brant County. It loses the Hespeler portion of Cambridge located north of the 401 to the new riding of Kitchener South - Hespeler. These changes will keep residents of the Region of Waterloo voting in five separate ridings all located within the region, as they did in the last federal election.

Earth Day Celebration location changed to Kiwanis Park Helen Hall he City of Kitchener’s annual Earth Day Celebration will be held at Kiwanis Park this year. The event is normally held at the Huron Natural Area. However, construction to improve and expand the trails at the HNA is not expected to be completed by April 28, in time for the celebration. Last March, the city received a $400,000 federal grant to improve the trails at the Huron Natural Area. The funding was part of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. Kitchener Natural Area Co-ordinator Josh Shea said there are other changes happening with the annual Earth Day event. It will now rotate between being held in


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emphasis on “true.” In Canada, we have (always) used paper ballots in our elections; no Russian could ever mess with our voting system because senior citizens working for Elections Canada would never let charlatans near our ballot boxes! As for school safety, advocating that we arm teachers to protect students would elicit laughter from school council members and a drug test for the advocate. Of course, Canada has guns, but we also have nuts. We just avoid putting the two together and charging membership fees. As awhile relatively newmedia arrival crosses in Kitchener I've of been exploring the And social myriad borders, most photographic hereConsider and first this impressions are very discord does arts not opportunities originate here. recent Twitter encouraging. It's just not just in the tech side of quality that the community sequence. Basketball star LeBron James criticizes Donald should be judged. A thriving Arts community usually does well. This can Trump; political analyst, Ingraham, defends president, not always be measured in Laura the financial spectrum as thethe living standard telling James sit are down and shut expectations of to artists remarkably low.up. Grey’s Anatomy star,

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another reading andoffers also promised to call mefight back once this was various done. It Ellen Pompeo, to physically Ingraham; was the very next day that I received her call telling me that the new Twitter users urge the FBI to arrest Pompeo. That’s notamount fake; owing was now $200.10, a mere difference of $251.90. I only wonder how it’s a sad American fact. Can you even imagine a Mitch often the meter had been misread in the past. Marner-Justin Trudeau-Rick Twitter They’d My neighbours on either side haveMercer metric meters and Ifeud? had previously probably break rib that hugging one if I could geta one I would be another. able to read. The answer to that asked consisted of a flat NO.are you consuming? Don’t smugly announce Step Two. What The city had pre-authorized withdrawal for 2004/005 which you no longer have cable but admit privileges to watching back-to-backthey bungled up so badly that I revoked that privilege. I did ask that office to-back episodes of innumerable American television series. to please send me a paper trail for my records which I never received nor New that binge-watching givesabout youana did I getresearch an answerreveals to my request and, of course, one TV can forget 95% higher risk of deep vein thrombosis – an affliction more apology. I realize thatassociated it is up to your discretion to publishair or travel. not to publish commonly with long-distance Geez,myat print you it I would like to warn my fellow letter. you decide togives least However flying toifVancouver a shared experience with "Kitchenerites" to be extra "vigilant" every time Utility Bill arrives. in 400 other passengers; try finding suchthat common ground

television viewing. Respectfully, When you throw in smartphones and their addictive apps, Ingrid E. Merkel

peace runs from you. Don’t scoff. The list of executives resigning from social media giants like Facebook, Google, and Twitter continues to grow – and they all give the same warning: social media is an addiction for profits. My realist side knows the technology genie will never return to the bottle, but my fatalist side urges you to swim free from this lost, Titanic nation. When a country elects politicians who insist mass murderers are Democrats; when right-wing bloggers use design programs to change the facial features very by the Arts at City those Hall and how they provided of aimpressed school gunman tooffice resemble ofwith another race; when was going on here. people in turn me withmedia information about what social continually spews out the worstThose aspects of human have offered advice again two thumbspursue up for nature, it’s their time.own Turn off and thecontacts, phone; so master yourself, the level of support they give each other. harmony. Yes, there are already many photographers doing the normal God wouldneeds loveofanother peaceable photographic the region, but thechild. opportunity to work with

Just what makes Kitchener so good at Arts development?

We don't want that two bedroom house within convenient driving emerging image companies like web designers, animation houses, software distance to the golf course or mall. Speaking as one of those underfunded producers, locally based video firms, electronic images for broadcasters independent art producers i'll tell you I've lived in some very bad growing as the manufacturing base has declined. The live conditions just to be close to my workingUNTIL environment. An example NOMINATIONS ACCEPTED MARCH 23 being entertainment industries, local graphic designers and most especially the when living in my various illegal Toronto warehouse studios many years emerging gallery system bodes well for business opportunities, even in this before they were condoized. downturn. There are basically two reasons for artists to be in an area. A slightly Kitchener is projected to be growing by a conservative estimate of compact arts community with low rents and the availability of galleries or 100,000 people over the next 20 years and plans call for a big investment ntil March 23, the Kitchener Citizen newspaper will nominate exceptional teachers. 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 accepting nominations Thethrough Kitchener Citizen SheTechnically approached us in 2017 to help her create this award theatre be network here that none the less isfor going hard times. The space. the manufacturing base has down- turned and left a lot music scene is really good Award. with a solid choice of local talent that is well of Community Teaching and she has been the driving force behind it. empty buildings. publicized by email a few local freenomination publications. to Radio generally follows the You can your KCCTA@outlook. The award is open to are teachers currently in If out of those numbers there 10 percent artists in working 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 com Kitchener’s Public and Catholic schools teaching grades community station. up our community. Artists, being artists though, do not like to be The huge of university to draw from forthe a vocal We all pool remember thatstudents special teacher, oneaudience who build Junior Kindergarten to 12. told how to do things. The local government is working hard to reach that with some us disposable cash during helps inour keeping the years. cities vibrant impacted the most school Even and if level Anwhere impartial the they cancommunity integrate the committee needs of the will artisticselect community enthusiastic. The number of professional artists is still small enough so that seamlessly into their development plans. decades have passed, our memories of a teacher who stood winner. They will be profiled in an edition of The Kitchener they know one another. Many studies havereceive shown time and again how efficientpackage. an Arts based out, provided guidance, motivated usimaging or inspired Citizen and will a plaque and a prize Wewho are quickly seeing astoundingwho growth in the digital community can be. A planning group called The Prosperity Council industry. Fortunately, as a photographer who has been working in digital us, stay with us throughout our lives. Spend some time thinking about your teachers. If you for years it helps me integrate my own work into video, 3D, web, specifically calls for a huge investment for artists and art based businesses The Kitchener Citizen values the important role teachers think they them haveto choose impacted youraslife ortothe lives oftheyour to encourage Kitchener a place work. This is first advertising, etc. So I think, personally, the opportunities in Kitchener are time I have found a directed approach to our niche, but very valuable play in shaping tomorrow’s community leaders and we are children in a special way, consider nominating them for better than Toronto. An example being the cable TV (Rogers) that works of society.Citizen If even fifty percent of the plans getAward. done it is still an regions schools andafter artisians in locally produced very hard toto involve honoured helpthe create this award hearing the story segment the Kitchener Community Teaching attractive place to build a career. programming. of Kitchener resident Brooke Robinson. This image is yourproduction chance tois make an pixels impactand on with their the life!recent Our now all Let's not forget that Kitchener/Waterloo was voted the most intelligent Robinson, who appreciated the above-the-call-of-duty To learn more, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. 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 digital media search centre in the downtownCitizen core, it offers unexcelled work done byis her son’s and wanted totime nominate On Facebook Kitchener Community professionalism visibly highteacher here. People waste little and the massive to work with some of the leading edge image systems in the welcome received inaward, presenting my own portfolio various galleries him for i've a teaching discovered that to there were no opportunities Teaching Award. and companies has been warm and enthusiastic. A very nice event held world. In fact there are plans to make Kitchener a regional teaching awards where their art families On Twitter hub we and arethat @KCCTAward. leads into the possibility of thousands of new gallery. could Mellow communications in town is the quarterly partiesstudents at the KWorregional people who enjoy art meet each other with cool jazz and some ambient uses for my photos. There is a very good internet system here and if you would like more dub from the djs. netKitchener and most community plansyou areto available. Theexperinext With the projected growth of the regions artists in all mediums I have info just go to the The Citizen invites share your found there are many dynamic, specifically targeted plans, by the three years will establish this region of one of the "Silicon Valley" inspired ences with the community a guest columnist. have a rant? A viewpoint a localgateway event orof opinion about anI important issue? Or,todo examples about of a thriving new ideas and feel very fortunate municipal government in asparticular, to fosterDo a you (relatively) large you have a personal or funny story? The Kitchener Citizen is looking for writers who are willing to share their views with their neighbours in a community investment in development towards artist integration. I was be able to establish myself here with so many other creative artists.


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PARLIAMENTARY REPORT MP for Kitchener-Conestoga


John P. Rush, B.Sc., D.D.S. udget 2018 was a huge opportunity for John S. Cameron, D.D.S. Trudeau. The world economy is Irish M.Sc.. D.D.S. Mon to Malapitan, Fri: 9 am to 6 pm • Sat: 9 am to 4 Justin pm • Sun: Closed Gino Gizzarelli, B.Sc., Phm, roaring but Justin Trudeau is failing to turn this D.D.S., M.Sc. (Dental Anesthesia) favourable climate into results for Canadians.

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Wednesday April 18, 7:30 - 9 p.m. Kitchener Public Library (Main Branch), Theatre Love your Lawn! with Aileen Barclay Lawns can be a challenge, but they don’t have to be! Learn how to have a great lawn, with less work. You will love your lawn! Register at or call 519-575-4400.

PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Raj Saini MP for Kitchener-Centre

Dear friends, On February 27th, Finance Minister Bill Morneau presented the 2018 federal budget in the House of Commons. I’m proud to be able to say that our community, and our Region, will be well served by this year’s budget. In Budget 2018, our Government committed to: working to improve the conditions of the middle class and small business owners; helping women entrepreneurs grow their businesses; protecting Canada’s stunning natural beauty with an historic investment in nature; growing Canada’s research and development sector through ground breaking investments; as well as strengthening and improving access to the Canada Workers Benefit. As a pharmacist by training, I’m particularly proud of Budget 2018’s investments in the health of Canadians, including announcing the creation of an Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare, and making further investments to address the opioid crisis. This budget works for all Canadians, and will help to continue our unprecedented economic growth. Supporting women and girls across Canada has been one of our key focuses since 2015, and this continues in Budget 2018. Our Government is committed to working to ensure that women face a more equitable working environment, with federally regulated sectors now working to address pay disparities between men and women and ensuring equal pay for equal work. We are also committed to increasing labour market participation rates for women, improving parental leave by allowing for greater flexibility in how that leave is taken, and increasing the number of women in the skilled trades.

I’m also proud to say that our plans to grow Canada`s research and development sector is a key part of Budget 2018. Our region’s own Mr. Neil Turok of the Perimeter Institute was mentioned in Minister Morneau’s budget speech. I’m proud to say that our Government is dedicating over $4 billion to improve Canada’s research capabilities, to better support the work of Canadian scientists and researchers and ensure they have the equipment, training and support they need to succeed in the 21st century. This includes an investment in Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing, which will receive renewed funding of $15 million over three years to continue to undertake high caliber quantum research. It also includes investments in the Industrial Research Assistance Program and the Strategic Innovation Fund, both of which will help to provide more focused support for business research and development projects. I look forward to seeing how Budget 2018 drives sustainable economic growth in our Region. My next Community Potluck will be held in my office on Sunday April 8th. I look forward to seeing you there. With tax season now underway, I am hosting free income tax clinics each Wednesday night in March at my office. To learn more about the tax clinics, upcoming community pot luck, and the work I am doing here in the riding and in Ottawa, please call me at 519-741-2001or email me at Raj.Saini@parl., or visit my website, My staff and I are always ready to answer your questions or assist you with any federal matters you may have. I look forward to hearing from you.

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PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Marwan Tabbara MP for Kitchener South—Hespeler

Budget 2018 On February 27th, Minister Bill Morneau tabled Budget 2018- “Equality + Growth: A Strong Middle Class.” This budget is guided by a Gender Results Framework and proposes measures to ensure that every Canadian has a real and fair chance at success. Highlights from Budget 2018 include enhancing the Canada Child Benefit, EI benefits for shared parental leave, EI benefits for seasonal workers, and targeted supports for women in trades. A particular takeaway from Budget 2018 is the Canada Workers Benefit for those with a lower income, which replaces the Working Income Tax Benefit. CWB will allow a lowincome worker earning $15,000 to receive up to almost $500 more from the CWB in 2019 than under the WITB in 2018. As a result of making this benefit more generous, the budget will help lift about 70,000 more Canadians out of poverty by 2020. The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario currently supports economic growth in southern Ontario through the delivery of federal programs and services. The Agency’s funding will be renewed to continue supporting that growth with a commitment of $920 million over six years. In addition, Budget 2018 proposes an additional

$511 million over five years on a cash basis, starting in 2018-19, to the regional development agencies to support the Innovation and Skills Plan across all regions of Canada. Of the $511 million, $149 million would be allocated to the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario of which $33 million will be for nationally coordinated, regionally tailored, support for women entrepreneurs. We are proud to announce that Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) will receive renewed funding of $15 million over three years starting in 2019-20. As a worldleading Canadian research facility, this funding will allow IQC to continue to undertake high caliber quantum research and help strengthen Waterloo Region’s reputation internationally. Lastly, on February 15th, 2018, the Government announced that the Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster (an innovation hotbed that is home to a strong industrial cluster, or clusters, linked through their shared reliance on specialized inputs, including technologies, talent and infrastructure) based in Ontario, was selected as one of Canada’s five superclusters. This supercluster will connect Canada’s technology strengths to our manufacturing industry to make us a world manufacturing leader in the economy of tomorrow.



by Daiene Vernile MPP for Kitchener-Centre

he month of March ushers in springtime. Flowers bloom, birds chirp, and for many, it’s home renovation time. This year, Ontario homeowners can improve their homes, save money, and fight climate change – all at the same time. The province’s new GreenON program provides rebates for low-carbon, energy-efficient renovations to your home through a new program from the Green Ontario Fund – a non-profit provincial agency funded by proceeds from the province’s cap on pollution and carbon market. My colleague, Ontario’s Environment and Climate Change Minister Chris Ballard, said, “No matter where you live or work in Ontario, fighting climate change can be as easy as changing a light bulb, switching your thermostat or making other home improvements that cut your energy bills.” He added, “Knowing that so many of our daily choices and actions at home contribute to greenhouse gas pollution, a program like GreenON Rebates will make it easy and more affordable for people to fight climate change by choosing low-carbon ways to improve their homes.” So, what’s covered under the GreenON rebates? · Up to $7,200 off new insulation and a $100 rebate for air sealing · Up to $20,000 to install ENERGY STAR certified ground source heat pumps (home geothermal), or up to $4,500 to repair existing heat pump systems · Up to $5,800 off air source heat pumps that are ENERGY STAR certified or meet program requirements · Up to $5,000 for replacement windows that meet program requirements Along with renovation rebates, homeowners

can access a $100 smart thermostat rebate through a partnership with Save on Energy. The province has also launched GreenON Support, a free over-the-phone service offering impartial advice from energy experts to help consumers learn how to save money and reduce their carbon footprint through home upgrades. And, here are a few other interesting facts. Did you know that homes and buildings generate almost a quarter of Ontario’s greenhouse gas emissions? As a homeowner, taking advantage of these rebates allows you to do your part to reduce greenhouse gases. Contractors who participate in the program must satisfy established criteria and complete training for specific low-carbon renovations. The Climate Change Action Plan and carbon market form the backbone of Ontario’s strategy to cut greenhouse gas pollution to 15 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, 37 per cent by 2030, and 80 per cent by 2050. Other action plan measures funded by carbon market proceeds include new electric vehicle incentives, charging stations and infrastructure, a bigger and safer province-wide cycling commuter network, energy retrofits for homes, multi-residential buildings, social housing, targeted greenhouse gas emission reduction programs for large industries, small and mediumsized businesses and support for Indigenous communities to fight climate change. So, how can you take advantage of these savings and reduce the effects of climate change? Just visit to find out how small – or big – changes in your home can help save money while reducing greenhouse gas pollution.

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Notice of Completion Schedule ‘C’ Class Environmental Assessment Highway 7/8 Cycling and Pedestrian Bridge between Chandler Drive and Avalon Place The Regional Municipality of Waterloo has undertaken a planning study in accordance with the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act following the approved process for Schedule ‘C’ projects under the “Municipal Class Environmental Assessment” (2007), as amended in 2015, to consider a cycling and pedestrian crossing of Highway 7/8 between Chandler Drive and Avalon Place in the City of Kitchener. The Recommended Design Alternative includes the following key elements: • A pedestrian bridge located at the end of Southmoor Drive with ramps extending west along Avalon Place and south along Chandler Drive and stairs at each end of the bridge; • A steel truss bridge structure with no roof enclosure; • A clear width of 4.0 metres on the bridge and connecting ramps; • New sidewalk along the south side of Avalon Place connecting to the intersection of Avalon Place and Stirling Avenue; • A new cycling facility (type to be determined during detailed design) along Strasburg Road from the proposed bridge to the intersection of Strasburg Road and Ottawa Street; • Pedestrian lighting on the bridge and ramps; and • Enhanced landscaping in the vicinity of the bridge ramps as space permits.

Environmental Study Report An Environmental Study Report has been prepared to document the planning process followed,including conclusions and recommendations, and how public input was received and considered. The Environmental Study Report will be available for public review for a period of 30 calendar days, starting on March 5, 2018 and ending on April 4, 2018 at the following locations, during normal business hours, 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday: The Regional Municipality of Waterloo The Corporation of the City of Kitchener Clerk’s Office Chandler Mowatt Community Centre 150 Frederick Street, 2nd Floor 222 Chandler Drive Kitchener, Ontario N2G 4J3 Kitchener, Ontario N2E 3L7 Office: 519-575-4420 Office: 519-741-2733 Comments Interested parties should provide written comments to either of the following, within the 30-day review period: Skylar Van Kruistum, P. Eng. Steve Taylor, P. Eng. Senior Project Manager EA Project Manager Regional Municipality of Waterloo BT Engineering 150 Frederick Street, 6th Floor 25 Base Line Road, Suite 11A Kitchener, ON N2G 4J3 London, ON N6J 1V1 Tel: 519-575-4757 x3182 Tel: 519-672-2222 Email: Email: If concerns from the public regarding this project cannot be resolved in discussions with the Region of Waterloo, a person or party may contact the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) and request a Part II Order. Requests must be sent to the Minister at the address below, and copied to the individuals noted below, on or before April 4, 2018: Minister of Environment and Climate Change 77 Wellesley Street West Ferguson Block, Floor 11, Toronto, ON M7A 2T5 Copy to: Copy to: Director, Environmental Approvals Branch Regional Municipality of Waterloo Class EAs and Declarations Section 150 Frederick Street, Floor 6 Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Kitchener, ON N2G 4J3 135 St. Clair Avenue West, Floor 1 Attn: Mr. Skylar Van Kruistum Toronto, ON M4V 1P5 Design and Construction Division Please note that ALL personal information included in a Part II Order submission – such as name, address, telephone number and property location – is collected, maintained and disclosed by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change for the purpose of transparency and consultation. The information is collected under the authority of the Environmental Assessment Act or is collected and maintained for the purpose of creating a record that is available to the general public as described in s.37 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Personal information you submit will become part of a public record that is available to the general public unless you request that your personal information remain confidential. For more information, please contact the Ministry’s Freedom of Information and Privacy Coordinator at 416-327-1434. This notice was issued on February 26, 2018.

St. Dominic Savio school receives a provincial achievement award


t. Dominic Savio Catholic Elementary School in Kitchener has been named one of only eight Ontario schools to receive the 2018 Dr. Bette M. Stephenson Recognition of Achievement Award. The award – named for the former long-time Ontario Education Minister — was established in 2009 to recognize schools across the province for their use of data to enhance and support the progress of their students. The award was presented in Toronto on February 28, 2018. Schools honoured with the award have used a wide range of evidence to develop action plans based on their unique circumstances and have seen notable improvements in student achievement, as demonstrated by an increase in EQAO results over time. St. Dominic Savio CES was honoured for the following reasons: Use of Assistive Technology: The school staff attributes their success working with students with Individual Education Plans (IEP) on the committed and systematic use of Read&Write for Google Chrome to promote deeper learning for students. This initiative is supported by two half-day training sessions provided to students, classroom and special education teachers, support staff and parents. The school’s special education team conjointly with the principal also offer in-service on the use of Read&Write during staff meetings and professional development (PD) days to maximize the tool’s power for students. Follow-up classroom visits and working with teachers to train all students reinforces this learning. Use of Read&Write has had the benefit of enabling students with IEPs to be increasingly more independent and show their learning in varied ways, while teachers have the opportunity to be more purposeful in their instruction and embrace colearning with students. Monitoring Student Progress: The introduction of the board’s Web-based data portal Encompass, which provides a complete student profile including EQAO results, report card data and




data from other assessments, has allowed for timelier and more precise programming and monitoring of student learning. Through Encompass, teachers are able to analyze various data components, identify specific student learning needs and determine interventions that can be implemented and monitored in the classroom. After initially selecting “target student” at the beginning of the year and uploading assessmentfor-learning artifacts reflecting student’s needs, teachers add new evidence and anecdotal comments. They can then review interventions periodically throughout the year to show a timeline of growth and learning for each student. Students add to the portal examples of work they feel best reflect their achievement, therefore self-reflecting on their skills and strengths. The use of Encompass allows the staff to collaborate and have fulsome conversations about the use of multiple data sources to ensure targets are thoughtful and share effective strategies and interventions, all in order to showcase evidence of growth. Special Education Team Meetings: The special education and the administrative teams meet twice a year with each classroom teacher to provide them with ongoing assistance in working with students requiring additional support. They also monitor the progress of students on IEPs, discuss new referrals, develop intervention strategies and celebrate student success. Each meeting consists of reviewing the academic, behavourial, social and emotional needs of each student by examining samples of students’ work along with the board’s balanced literacy assessment measures tracking sheets, and discussing teaching strategies, interventions and possible accommodation that could include technology. These meetings allow the staff to be confident students with identified needs or learning gaps will participate in focused intervention outside the classroom, in addition to the individualized and differentiated program they are receiving in the classroom.

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MarketNEWS MARCH – ONE OF OUR MOST POPULAR EVENTS WILL BE HOSTED AT THE MARKET THIS MONTH – ST. PATRICK’S DAY! JOIN OUR CELEBRATION AND BE IRISH FOR THE DAY. MARCH BREAK FUN DAY Mar. 13, 11 a.m. – noon Bring your kids to Kids’ Hop for a special St. Patty’s Day Show with children’s entertainer Erick Traplin with a live Irish dance show.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARTY Mar. 17, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. It’s the luck of the Irish! We are having a blast on March 17th with a live Irish dance show, crafts for kids and a nutritiously delicious cooking activity.


Robin Andraide (left) and her daughter dropped in to the KW Humane Society on March 2 to donate to the society’s 5th annual Cupcake Fundraiser. The society is hoping to beat last year’s amount of $42,000, but final amounts won’t be known for another week. All of the proceeds from the sale of cupcakes goes to the homeless animals in the shelter’s care. The KW Humane Society receives no government funding and relies on the generosity of caring community members. In the photo, event coordinator Cristina Strub is holding Max, a twoyear-old male cat, currently up for adoption.

Pancake lunch raises $28,000 for Child Witness Centre


he Child Witness Centre raised $28,000 in just a few short hours at its 20th annual Shrove Tuesday pancake lunch on February 13. Over 600 guests attended including dignitaries, business owners, community champions and friends of the agency. The funds raised will support the work of the Child Witness Centre, ensuring children and youth who are, or may become, victims or witnesses of abuse or crime will receive the support, education and advocacy needed as they journey through the criminal justice process. Laura Muirhead, Executive Director of the Child Witness Centre, told the lunch audience about a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal that determined that more than a third of Canadians have suffered some form of child abuse in their lives. “That means likely a third of the adults in your workplace, a third of the young people at the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College or in your neighbourhood are people who have suffered some form of child abuse,” said Muirhead.

Registration is now open. Kids from 7 to 12 years of age take over the Marketplace for an interactive cooking camp in July and August. View details at:

COOKING CLASSES IN THE MARKETPLACE All classes are $49 unless otherwise noted. Register online through ACTIVE Net. If you have questions call 519-741-2287 or email info@ Visit for more information.

VIETNAMESE CUISINE Mar. 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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Vietnamese dishes are widely acknowledged as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world: full of fresh ingredients and a limited use of dairy, gluten and oil. Join Chef Thompson Tran for a hands-on class creating a delicious Vietnamese meal that will satisfy your taste buds without breaking your new year’s resolutions.


Over 600 guests attended the 20th annual Shrove Tuesday pancake lunch in support of the Child Witness Centre. The centre, which began 35 years ago, provides support to young people who are victims of abuse or crime. By supporting young people at their time of need, it is possible to dramatically change the trajectory of victims’ lives. “The long term implications for a young person who has experienced abuse and doesn’t receive support are staggering,” she said. “Youth are 30 per cent less likely to graduate from high school and 26 times more

likely to be homeless. This is the reality of the world we are living in.” Now entering its 35th year, the Child Witness Centre provides support to young people through three core programs: The Child and Youth Advocate Program, The Child Witness Program and the Youth Symposium.

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Get your girls together for wine and painting! No experience needed, no brushes used. Create two beautiful marbled paintings in size 8X10 and 12X16 with the help of host Cindy Pearce of Conscious Creations Arts.

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he February blues were chased away with music and dance when the Bring on the Sunshine Festival was held at Kitchener City Hall on February 19. Held on Family Day, the event celebrates Africa, culture, community and family. It is held during Black History Month is said to “share in the riches of all of our African cultures with Canadians of every origin.” Events included music, theatre, spoken word and dancing performances, as well as African yoga, painting and bellydancing workshops and a fashion show. The event is organized by the Bring on the Sunshine committee, in partnership with the African Canadian Association of Waterloo Region (ACAWRA), Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre, and the City of Kitchener.


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Neighbourhood markets offer more than just convenient access to local food or crafts. They are also a unique social experience for neighbours to enjoy. Especially when combined with live music or entertainment, they create comfortable ways for neighbours to get to know each other and add to the rich fabric of neighbourhood life. Now, you can bring a market to your ‘hood! The Kitchener Market and Love My Hood have teamed up to support you in taking the lead. We’ve made it easy with a step-by-step guide and a bookable pop-up market kit. You don’t have to buy all the expensive equipment, you can borrow a temporary pop-up market kit that can be set up and taken down the day of the market. The kit has all of the items you’ll need like tents, tablecloths, baskets, calculators and more. Book the kit in advance and pick it up at the Kitchener Market. Cont’d on PG 7

WELCOME TO THE NEW KITCHENER LiFE We’re excited to bring you our first issue of Kitchener Life! This new publication will be delivered to your door four times a year to share information about some of the amazing people, places, projects and events happening around Kitchener.

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Each issue will feature information and tips for your health, for your home, and of course, for your ‘hood. In this issue, hear from experts on keeping your family safe in an emergency, and what’s popping up in a neighbourhood near you!

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Awesome camps for Awesome kids!

Choosing a summer camp for children can be very overwhelming for parents, especially with so many camps to choose from, with so many different options, from so many organizations. Thankfully, the City of Kitchener is here to help parents make the decision easy and ensure your child has a great summer!



3 a.m. Daylight Savings Change your smoke detector batteries when you change your clocks!


FREE • 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. Earth Hour Kick off Earth Month, raise awareness and reduce climate change by turning off lights for an hour.


$11.26 • 11:45 a.m. Dine at the Rock – ST. PATRICK’S DAY SPECIAL Enjoy homemade Irish stew and biscuits while being entertained by the “Intensely Irish” dancers. Rockway Centre, Auditorium, 1405 King St. E. Must purchase 24 hours in advance 519-741-2507


FREE • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. St. Patrick’s Day Party Live Irish dance show, crafts for kids and a delicious cooking activity. Kitchener Market, 300 King Street E. events


12 p.m.-7p.m, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. KW Home and Garden Show Get answers to home decor, renovation and landscaping questions from more than 150 exhibitors. See website for tickets. The Aud, 400 East Ave.

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10 a.m.-noon Fresh Fuel 4 School Involve kids with making simple, healthy snacks for the week with certified health coach, Cassandra Eggleton. Kitchener Market, 300 King Street, E. Register: Active NET #20219



$26.75 and up • 7:30 p.m. WWE Live! Road to Wrestlemania See all of your favourite wrestlers live in action. The Aud, 400 East Ave.

$32.75 and up • 7 p.m. Harlem Globetrotters Some of the most electrifying athletes on the planet embarking on their latest World Tour. The Aud, 400 East Ave.


FREE • 2 p.m. 20-Minute Makeover Register your group and take 20 minutes to make your nearby environment a little cleaner. Supplies provided and a chance to win a group prize.


$11.26 • 11:45 a.m. Dine at the Rock – Easter special Enjoy turkey dinner, trimmings while being entertained by professional pianist John Nevins. Rockway Centre, Auditorium, 1405 King St. E. Must purchase 24 hours in advance 519-741-2507


FREE • 1–4 p.m. Earth Day Celebration Live birds of prey demonstration, tree planting and kids crafts. Hosted by the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo. NEW Location – Kiwanis Park, 1000 Kiwanis Park Dr.

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• Various locations throughout the entire city for children ages 4 to thirteen years old.

• Activity themes such as swimming, sports, arts, cooking, youth and more.

• Extended before and after care. • Rest assured that your child is safe with City of

Kitchener staff, trained to manage emergency situations.

• Our low camp fees will allow you to save more money. • Great experience for kids to discover new interests, build friendships and share memories.

All City of Kitchener camps are listed in one central place at with a direct link to convenient online registration through ACTIVE Net. Additional information is also provided to learn more about various camp support services including fee assistance, camp readiness, accessibility and inclusion.

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Registration is now open! Affordable, fun camp options, available for all ages and interests. Schedules include full day and half-day options, plus before and after care. Visit for more information or call 519-741-2907.

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2 p.m. Rockway Entertainers Concert Enjoy songs performed by our 55+ chorus. Stanley Park Community Centre, 505 Franklin St. N 519-571-2507


$5-$25, under 4 FREE • 10 a.m.-5 p.m. KW Pet Expo Largest pet consumer show in the Waterloo Region. 100+ vendors for pet related products and services. The Aud 400 East Ave.

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$55 • 6:30-9:30 p.m. Moms and Daughters Creations with Rescued Relics You and your mom can make a one-of-a-kind handmade creation, perfect for decorating any space. Kitchener Market, 300 King St. E. Register: Active NET: #20018


$7 • Sat., 7 p.m. OR Thurs., 2 p.m. Rockway Entertainers Concert Enjoy songs performed by our 55+ chorus. Rockway Community Centre, 1405 King St. E


$11 • 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Festival of Trees Canada’s largest literary event for young frenchlanguage readers. The Aud, 400 East Ave.


FREE • 11 a.m. Bike Fest A community event with activities such as free bike tune ups, live music and cycling skills workshops. City Hall – Carl Zehr Square, Rotunda

Saturday, May 26, 2018

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.@ Kitchener City Hall Rotunda


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An engaged city brings people together for conversations to address issues that impact them most, to solve shared problems, and to bring about positive social change. It involves people in the decision-making process, encourages two way dialogue with the city and helps us to make decisions that are more informed and reflective of our citizens concerns and values.

> SPEAK FOR THE TREES Recently, we asked you about trees as part of our urban forest strategy and boy did you have a lot of things to share with us! Over the past year, almost 1,900 residents told us their priorities when it • There is a need for better and more information about trees, along with how comes to trees. We heard that: to plant and take care of them. And many of you are willing to get involved in active stewardship of the urban forest. • You appreciate the trees in the city and the benefits they provide including shade, fruit, and native trees for wildlife and biodiversity;

You also told us how important it is to be included in decisions and in the process, • You’d like to see more trees planted,and programs or incentives to support particularly at the neighbourhood level. And that you want to work together with the city to achieve a sustainable urban forest. planting trees on private property. • Maintaining and protecting trees is important to you, including during The draft strategy will be available for public comment this spring before going and after development; improving city service levels and the need for active to council in June. management (i.e. pruning, invasive species control); Learn more about this project at

> DESIGNING HAPPINESS Next time you’re out for a walk in the city, take a look around you. How do you feel as you walk down the street? Do you feel safe? Do you feel happy? Is there anything fun or memorable about the street? It might surprise you, but the city’s built environment – that is the streets, buildings and open spaces around us - can impact people’s happiness, health and safety. It’s likely something most people don’t give much thought to... Unless you’re an urban planner. Planners think a lot about how to build the type of community people want to live in.

Staff is updating Kitchener’s urban design guidelines and will be hosting informal discussions in local coffee shops throughout April for residents who’d like to learn more and provide feedback into this process. Our expectations have evolved around how buildings and public spaces are designed, and how they can contribute to environmental sustainability as well as residents’ health and safety. Staff would like to hear what matters to Kitchener residents and Urban design guidelines are one of the tools planners use to shape how a city what they want to see reflected in the new urban design guidelines. You can looks and functions. It sets standards for how sites are designed, supports also provide input online through Engage Kitchener beginning in April. pedestrians, and promotes feelings of safety by ensuring there are eyes on streets and protection for pedestrians. For dates and locations: or call 519-741-2426.

EXCITING CHANGES AHEAD IN DOON Long-time residents and newcomers to the neighbourhood recognize the Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre as the heart of this community. The Doon community is a thriving neighbourhood along the southern edge of Kitchener that is expected to grow in the coming years. The centre is a neighbourhood hub that brings friends and neighbours together over a game of pickle ball, in fitness classes, through crafts and other activities hosted by the neighbourhood association or at the Doon branch of the Kitchener Public Library. Beginning in March 2018, the community centre will undergo significant renovations

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so that it can continue to deliver programs and services to this growing community. Residents can look forward to: 4 A large program room 4 A new gymnasium 4 Additional meeting space 4 Spacious lobby and seating area 4 New washroom facilities 4 New splash pad

The community centre will be closed beginning this March (with winter programming wrapping up Saturday, March 3) until the Fall of 2019. Some programs will continue to run at other locations during the construction phase, and the Kitchener Public Library will remain open during the renovations. Visit for regular updates and a full list of available programming.

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ARE YOU WATER WISE? The Region of Waterloo is challenging you to look at your personal water consumption and see if there are ways to conserve. Here are a few tips from their website that will help you conserve water at home: Check your toilets for leaks: Toilet flapper or flush valve seal leaks can waste up to 330 litres of water each day, or over $42 per toilet per month. Retrofit faucets with water-saving aerators: Avoid letting water run when not in use, and change to watersaving aerators to make existing faucets more efficient. Use a load selector on your washing machine: Match your water level with the size of your laundry load. If your machine does not have a load selector, only wash full loads. Use a Water Sense showerhead: Using a Water Sense showerhead can reduce water bills significantly, without the loss of water pressure.

Q: What are the risks?

Steve LaRochelle is the Manager, Emergency Management & Business Continuity at the City of Kitchener. Steve is highly skilled in crisis management, government, business continuity, crisis communications and emergency management. He holds a Masters of Social Work focused on Community Development and Social Planning from Wilfrid Laurier University, is ABCP certified with DRI International (Disaster Recovery Institute) and is an active member of the Ontario Association of Emergency Managers (OAEM). Steve also is a Certified Emergency Manager or CEM® from the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM).

A: A few of Waterloo Region’s top risks are similar to the City of Kitchener’s: Extreme heat, tornadoes, wind storms, floods, thunderstorms, ice/sleet storms, winter storms, air transportation accident, health emergencies and power outages. Q: Why don’t most people prepare for an emergency? A: One of the biggest reasons why people don’t prepare for an emergency is because they believe it won’t happen to them as we typically don’t see disasters in our area. Some people will also say they have all of the items, but they are not readily accessible. Essentially, in a sudden emergency event where you have to evacuate, you would have five minutes to gather your family, pets and specific items. That’s why it’s important to have all the essential survival items ready.

Q: What is an Emergency Preparedness Plan? A: Everyone should have an emergency plan. It will help you and your family know what to do in case of an emergency. It’s important to know the risks, be prepared for them, and understand what you can do to protect yourself and your family. To do this, it’s important to build a 72-hour emergency preparedness kit with key items for basic survival including special items specific to individual’s situations or persons with special needs, including your pets.

Q: What should I include in an emergency survival kit? A: Visit for more information on how to build your Emergency Preparedness Plan and cut out the checklist below to build your kit today.

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EMERGENCY Backpack/duffel bag (to hold all of the emergency survival kit items)

Medication Playing cards Radio and batteries or crank radio

Blankets or sleeping bags


Candles and matches/lighter

Spare batteries (for radio and flashlight)

Clothing and footwear Extra car keys and cash

Toilet paper and other personal items

First aid kit

Whistle (to attract attention, if needed)

Flashlight and batteries

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Food and bottled water

Food, leash, cage, medications, etc., for your pets

Important papers (identification)



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y l r  b h g i e n LOVE! Visit for all things neighbourhood!

Residents created a mosaic art wall for Homewood Parkette. Rockway Gardens comes alive with yoga in the park. Not to mention, fun events like River Ridge’s sports day or Boardwalk’s party in the park. All these ideas and more are featured on a brand new website. On Feb. 14, 2018, the City of Kitchener launched a new website dedicated to the Love My Hood movement—a vision that empowers residents to build great places, connect with people and work with the city to make their ideas happen. In this new online space, you can share ideas, find out what’s happening nearby and easily access information, like “how to” guides and applying for grants. The website showcases the passion, energy and excitement that occurs when residents engage and connect with one another. Whether you’re new to the neighbourhood and looking for nearby activities and places or you’re searching for ways to get involved, the new website is your one-stop-shop for all things neighbourhood. Visit and be inspired by all the fun ways to show your ‘hood some love.

TIPS FROM THE PRO With spring just around the corner, golfers may be itching to get out for their first round. While the courses need a bit more time to dry out and green up, there are things you can do now to get you ready for the season. We asked Dave Roy, Kitchener Golf’s head golf pro for his tips on what you can do now to be in peak form when the courses open in April.

balance is as easy as standing on one leg (like a flamingo). At first, do this with your eyes open for 30 seconds on each leg, and increase your time as you improve.

Q. Are there really things you can do in the off-season that will help improve your game?

DAVE: You can visit for more tips and exercises to get you in shape for the season. Also, now is a great time of year to have your equipment checked – have the grips, shafts and club heads looked at to make sure all is in working order.

DAVE: There is no doubt that you will get better at golf by improving your body and mind. Just look at the way Tiger Woods changed the game by improving his overall strength and fitness and the wave of golfers who followed in his footsteps. There is no need for fancy equipment - your own body weight, with the proper movements will allow you to gain strength and agility which will benefit your game. Q. What types of exercises will help get you ready for the golf season? DAVE: In addition to strength training, your golf game will benefit from increased cardiovascular health, improved flexibility and hand-eye coordination. Improving your balance actually allows you hit the ball further because your body can use its strength for the swing, not maintaining balance. Improving your

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Q. Do you have any other tips for golfers that can’t wait to get swinging?

Do you own a heritage property? The city is now accepting grant applications from residents looking to restore or conserve their heritage property. Eligible properties include individually designated properties under the Ontario Heritage Act and properties located in one of the city’s four heritage conservation districts:

Upper Doon Victoria Park St. Mary’s and Civic Centre. Grants are available to cover up to half the cost of eligible projects, from a minimum of $500 to a maximum of $3,000. Applications for 2018 funding are due March 30. For more information, go to

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Neighbourhood Markets cont’d from PG 1 The step-by-step guide provides you with information on how to get started, organize logistics, promote the market and run it smoothly. First, rally some of your neighbours together and identify a vision for your market. We’ll connect you with farmers at the Kitchener Market so you can order fresh local food to sell at your market. Then make it your own with food vendors, crafters and live entertainment, whatever you think will attract people to come and enjoy your market. And promote, promote, promote! Check out some neighbourhood markets that are already doing it well. The Highland Stirling Community Group Neighbourhood Market at Mill Courtland Community Centre runs from June to August every Wednesday and is hosted by a dedicated group of volunteers with the Highland Stirling Community Group. The Belmont Local Food Market sets up its produce stands in the middle of Belmont Village on Tuesdays in the summer months. Along with fresh produce, they often sell baked goods from local restaurants and bakeries.

Kitchener residents are constantly coming up with new ways to show their neighbourhood love.

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Start a new resident-led project in your ‘hood that will bring neighbours together to bond over everyone’s favourite ritual – shopping for local food or crafts! To get started and read the step-by-step guide, visit Or contact: Lauren Burr Neighbourhood Development Office 519-741-2200 ext. HOOD (4663)

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Regional Government Community Update

by Tom Galloway Trains are now testing out the LRT rail system. Take notice and take care as this change becomes more prevalent as we move towards full service. A safety education program for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians is now underway. ION is close to full rollout, albeit late due to issues with delivery of vehicles from Bombardier which were ordered in August 2013. Nonetheless, this major infrastructure project is already achieving the main objective intended for it; intensification of our urban form. Land along the corridor is being snapped up and numerous development projects have already been announced and some are under construction. Total construction value is now well north of $2 billion.

Here is some history of the project. Back when the Province passed the Places To Grow Act, the Region of Waterloo was told to plan for another 250,000 residents over a thirty year period. We created the Regional Growth Management Strategy to plan for this significant influx. Within this plan it was decided to accommodate at least 50% of this growth through the intensification of a central transit corridor rather than most of this growth being accommodated through the usual encroachment into farmland areas. And in order to incent this type of intensification development we used a rapid transit system that had been similarly successful in other cities. LRT was chosen over a bus based system because it incents 40% more development over a bus based system due to long term certainty that the route will not be changed. It was not without great trepidation that the decision to build the system was made. But it is good to see the main objective already being achieved. Historically we have been developing 65% of new residential units in greenfield areas and 35% intensification.

Viverra Village, Block Line/Courtland Already these numbers have been reversed. This reversal will also save the local taxpayer $500 million over the next 30 years for road projects that will not be required. Developers have responded and announced numerous substantive projects along the route. In each case the LRT has been named as a key factor. Here is a partial list: Drewlo (Waterloo Inn), King/ Bridgeport Road (HIP), Brick Brewery (HIP), King/Willis Way, Walter St. (HGTV Scott

McGillvary)., King/Louisa Mid-Town Lofts, Six-O (RatzBechtel site), Google2, One Victoria, 100 Victoria, Transit Hub (Perimeter/Ellis Don), Manulife (Water/Charles), Charlie West (Charles/Gaukel), Perimeter (King St.), Drewlo (Charles/Madison), Auburn (Schneiders site), Block Line/ Courtland (Viridis) All of these developments and more to come will not only help achieve the planning goals in our Growth Management Strategy but our ridership goals

for ION as well. *** These community updates are provided by Regional Chair Ken Seiling and Kitchener Regional Councillors Tom Galloway, Geoff Lorentz, Karen Redman and Elizabeth Clarke.

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Notes from City Hall

Victoria St. Bridge A significant development in Ward 1 is the recent closure of the Victoria Street Bridge. It’s an interesting microcosm of the

fractured and confusing political representation we sometimes face. While I’d speculate that as a result of the closure we, at the city, have fielded the most calls about traffic etc., we have no direct control/ authority over the project. Victoria Street, and the bridge itself, actually belongs to the Region of Waterloo, not Kitchener. But the Region really isn’t in control either, as the project actually belongs to the Province of Ontario as part of the new Highway 7 work. It will be frustrating for all of

us during the closure, which is expected to last 11 months, but the work needs to be done. Once the build-out is complete, the new highway will dramatically reduce commute-times to Guelph. What some may find surprising is that the original plan actually called for a closure of two years! Fortunately the province did manage to shorten the timeline significantly. The bridge needs to be demolished and replaced with a wider span to accommodate the new Highway, but it also carries utility lines and

pipes as well, lengthening the required time. As difficult as it will be for commuters, who will need to travel the detour routes north along Shirley Ave. or south via Frederick St., it will be more difficult for the local businesses. If you’re able, I’d ask that you not forget the many fine retailers and restaurants that will suffer with the much-reduced traffic flow. Please don’t hesitate to contact me anytime with any questions or concerns!

Our community centres are busy. I thank the Centreville Chicopee and Stanley Park Community Associations for coming up with great Spring programs and events

for you to enjoy. Register for programs at and You can also pick up a Program Guide and register at the community centres. CentrevilleChicopee is at 141 Morgan Ave. Stanley Park is at 505 Franklin St. N. Centreville Chicopee Community Centre has an Easter Egg Party on March 28. There are Youth DropIn Nights on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 9:00 pm for those 12 to 14 and Fridays from 7:00 to 9:30 pm for 15 to 17 year olds.

Stanley Park Community Centre’s Walking Group meets Mondays and Thursday from 10:30 to 11:30 am in the gym. Their Board Game Café meets Thursdays from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Both are free. To request a plot or get more information about their Community Garden, email communitygarden@spcakitchener. ca Saturday, June 9 is Neighbour’s Day with great activities at both Community Centres. Kitchener’s Neighbourhood By-law Guide answers your

questions about your property and neighbourhood. View it at kitchener. ca/bylawguide. Printed copies are at all city facilities. The final regular season home game for our Kitchener Rangers is Friday, March 16. An exciting playoff run will follow. I love being at The Aud with over 7,000 Rangers fans. If I can assist you, contact me or call our contact line anytime at 519-741-2345. Follow me on Twitter at @DaveSchniderKW , visit or friend me on Facebook.

Up-coming Events During the next several months there are a number of issues coming before Council affecting constituents of Ward 3. There are only 5 Committee Meetings followed by 5 Council meetings between now and the summer break. Council activity always

slows down in the summer. This year being an election year proceedings will be even slower. Fallowfield Dr. Traffic Calming Review This will be discussed in Committee on March 5th and will be ratified at Council on March 19th. (Evening Meeting). Zone Change Application-25 & 75 Fallowfield Dr. Staff have yet to complete their report. This should come to Committee before the summer break (latter part of June). Zone Change Application-Block Line Rd & Courtland Avenue This also is still a work in progress and is expected to come to Committee and Council in the latter part of June. When specific

dates are known I will attempt to notify all interested parties with ample notice. Traynor-Fairway LRT Pedestrian Crossing A Public Information meeting was held on December 2nd but, unfortunately it appears that very little progress has been made with this project. This is a Regional project that should have been in place prior to the start of LRT service operations. This is not a question of “if” but “when”. City Hall was quick to shut down skating on storm water ponds, but we are moving too slow on this which can have much more serious safety risks for our constituents. The Region recently approved an unsolicited multi-million dollar pedestrian walkway over the Conestoga Parkway

and yet are unable to find the funding for this small overlooked part of a billion dollar project. I encourage you to petition our local representatives at the Region regarding this potential risk before someone is injured. Regional Councillors (E. Clarke / T. Galloway / G. Lorentz / K.Redman / B. Vrbanovic) can be reached at 519-575-4404 and the Regional Chair (K. Seiling) at 519-5754585. Please do not hesitate to contact me at your convenience regarding any of these or other city matters. I can be reached at 519-744-0807 (home) 519-741-2790(city hall) 519-498-2389 (cell). john.gazzola@ or

Council the week before at our public input night I decided I wanted to see Communitech’s financial report . I could only find an annual report which extolls the virtues of what Communitech has done over the last 20 years. Without a doubt Communitech originated the whole technology start up process. Twenty years ago they lobbied for seed funding and received $500,000 from the City of Kitchener. Many successful companies started on the floor of Communitech. Companies like Bridgit, Vidyard and Thalmic Lab. Communitech may have been

instrumental in bringing Google to Kitchener and I suspect that this has brought an economic benefit to Kitchener. In their annual report, I note that their public sector revenues topped $7M and their private sector revenues were also over $7M. It is good that they seem to be leveraging their public funding with private sector. So why was it so disastrous that I suggested to reduce the funding that we give them from $300,000 to $200,000? Shouldn’t Communitech stop the ongoing funding from the city? As taxpayers

can you think of other ways that this $300,000 could be spent on other public amenities or needs? Before final budget day we learned that we had $50,000 from additional assessment growth. Numerous councillors had ideas on how this money could be spent. Everything from reducing the tax levy, tree pruning, entrance improvements at Rockway gardens and more. Imagine what we could do with 6x that amount! Maybe it is time to revisit the need to fund Communitech the way that we do now.

Kitchener’s community engagement team to discuss customer service and they will be looking for people to share their customer service experiences. Come in-person or join the conversation online @ gallowaykelly #kellychat. Nominate a youth volunteer or individual between 18 and 24 who has made a contribution to our community for the Kitchener Youth Action Council Awards! The purpose of the awards program is to encourage a positive image of our youth and recognition of their valuable contributions. Nominations

will be received online until March 29, 2018. For a list of the award categories and to nominate a youth visit:, keyword search: Youth Action Council Awards. International Women’s Day commemorates the movement for women’s rights around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their accomplishments without regard to ethnic, cultural, national, economic or political divisions. Thursday March 8 let’s celebrate women’s achievements throughout history.

Bring your Neighbours together by planning an activity or event and register it in the Kitchener Festival of Neighbourhoods (FoN). You could qualify for a variety of awards and prizes including a neighbourhood improvement grant. FoN is an initiative that encourages individuals and families to get to know one another and help build stronger communities. To access the registration form visit: www. or call 519-5793800. Deadline for registrations is October 5, 2018.

During our budget discussions in January , I put forward a motion to reduce the annual funding that we give Communitech. After listening to Iain Klugman‘s presentation to

Mark your calendars Ward 5! On Tuesday April 10 I am hosting an informal open house, Catch up with Kelly, from 7-8pm at the Williamsburg Community Centre. I will be joined by staff from the City of

It’s hard to believe that Winter is essentially behind us and in a couple of weeks, we will be welcoming spring once again! Spring is my favourite time of year as everything comes back to life – trees come alive, gardens colour our community, wildlife returns in great abundance, and most of all our community comes back outside in large numbers to enjoy all the great activities offered throughout the community during the spring, summer and fall months! I look forward to seeing many of you around the city at the many events and festivals I attend. Please take time to say hello and also to share any ideas and concerns with me! WATERLOO REGION ADVOCACY DAY AT QUEEN’S PARK On February 28th, I was joined by Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky, North Dumfries Mayor Sue Foxton, Woolwich Acting Mayor Larry Shantz and Region of Waterloo Chair Ken Seiling, as we conducted our first-ever Waterloo Region Advocacy Day at Queen’s Park. We were also joined by Tony LaMantia, CEO of WREDC (Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation) and several municipal staff. While we have certainly conducted individual advocacy in Toronto before, this was the first time we came together as a region and did a full day in our province’s capital, building on our successful day in Ottawa for the first time in late 2016. Over the course of the day, in addition to our local Ministers and MPP’s Minister for Tourism Sports & Culture - Daiene Vernile and Minister for Transportation - Kathryn McGarry, we also met with the Minister for Economic Development and Growth - Steven Del Duca, and the Minister for Housing and responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy – Peter Milczyn. In addition to them, we also had a brief meet with Premier Kathleen Wynne and meetings with senior officials from the offices of Minister of Finance – Charles Sousa and Minister for Infrastructure – Bob Chiarelli. Our day ended with meetings with our two other local MPP’s – Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris and members of the Ontario PC Party caucus, and Kitchener-Waterloo MPP Catherine Fife and members of the Ontario NDP caucus. Our advocacy day was a great opportunity to bring to the forefront, with one shared voice, issues which are important to all of us throughout the region including transportation (Allday, 2-way Go Transit, High-speed rail, Highway 7, and HOV lanes on 401), affordable and supportive housing, public transit, investments in arts and culture including theatres, museums and start-up business via OMDC. support for the WREDC’s marketing and business attraction efforts and a variety of other issues as well! We’ll be looking to do another day like this again next spring to speak with the government and opposition parties after June’s provincial election. ...continued on next page

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Notes from City Hall

Dear Residents, Our council has continuously endorsed the need for better reach and connection with our citizens to understand the things that matter

On February 15 the federal government announced funding for five innovation supercluster applications. Earlier this year, Kitchener along with communities

I appeared before Regional Planning & Works Committee on behalf of some dozens of residents who signed a petition opposing the construction of a pedestrian bridge

It’s a no-name, urban village planned in central Kitchener that could take at least 10 years to develop. About 100 residents who live near Kitchener’s 27.6-acre Schneider’s site

Greetings! One of the most rewarding parts of my role is that I get to work with passionate residents, business owners, and leaders in the not for profit sector who all advocate in different ways

most to you and to have an inclusive process so you can have your say on important initiatives that the city may be considering. Kitchener residents play an active role in our decisions related to local issues. After all, our choices directly affect you, so you should have a say in these outcomes. The city has also launched a new online community engagement portal—Engage Kitchener. Through this portal, you’ll find all of the projects we’re currently looking for input on, as well as updates on recent public consultations. Go to,

and search “Engage Kitchener.” Your input plays an important part in how the city is governed. Please take the time through this portal to have your say. Kitchener has more than 30 community gardens throughout the city where people come together to grow vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers in designated plots. These gardens are organized and led by groups of passionate volunteers. Community gardens play a crucial role in helping to build strong connected community. I

have been engaging with the Alpine Neighbourhood Association to outline potential areas within Alpine Village that could accommodate a community garden. I have heard from numerous residents in our community who have expressed a strong desire to see more community gardens in Ward 6 and especially Alpine Village. If you share this interest, please feel free to contact me so that I may include your name to this growing list. It is necessary, as ultimately this needs to be a community led and city assisted initiative.

in the Region of Waterloo that make up the Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation submitted five proposals as part of a nationwide competition that saw more than 50 applications submitted for consideration this year. Projects were evaluated for their potential to breathe new life into the economy and increase jobs that pay well. Two out of five proposals were chosen which will greatly benefit the City of Kitchener as well as the expanded TorontoWaterloo Region corridor. The two projects chosen: NGM

Canada - a collaboration between tech and manufacturing sectors using internet of Things, big data, sensors and intelligent machines. Scale.AI - defining a new AI-powered global supply chain platform to make a significant impact in the retail manufacturing and infrastructure sectors. These proposals are focused on advanced manufacturing and involve the University of Waterloo and partnering with some of Waterloo Region’s best companies, researchers and innovators. We are so fortunate to have this opportunity to grow our

economy and create new jobs. Infrastructure Canada has also introduced The Smart Cities Challenge, a pan-Canadian competition open to municipalities, regional governments and Indigenous communities of all sizes. The challenge administered by Industry Canada, encourages communities to finalize a design that improves the lives of residents through innovation, and connected digital technology. The winning proposal will see a prize of up to $50 million regardless of population!

over the Conestoga Parkway from Chandler/Strasburg over to Avalon/ Southmoor. The residents had concerns about crime infiltrating their neighbourhood from the south side of the expressway. And here is the rest of the story not reported in the local media papers. In addition, my main concern was the $7.6 million cost of this bridge to be built by the Region, The money was part of the Infrastructure Canada program giving municipalities money to address transit issues. The Region wants to provide bridge access to the bus routes on Chandler that are not

available in the Avalon area. There was bus service in the Avalon/Stirling area for years until the transit staff removed the route for lack of ridership a couple of years ago. Now the Region wants to take this free federal money (our tax dollars) and build a bridge to provide access to riders. Clearly it is a waste of taxpayers’ money building a bridge if there’s a lack of riders. This bridge was not in the Regional budget last year. But because of Canada’s 150th birthday, the feds are handing out loot. Residents in the Traynor area are

begging for access to the businesses on Fairway since they have been cut off with the construction of the LRT along the hydro corridor and the installation of fencing. Surely, a bridge there would be more worthwhile and beneficial. Plus, this money is not guaranteed from the feds. The Region has allocated 67% to come from debentures to proceed which means interest has to be paid over a number of years to cover costs. Waste of taxpayers money.

recently showed up at an information meeting to ask questions about the development by Auburn Developments that will eventually include at least 2,000 housing units. The site, which has stood empty for three years, will include everything from town homes to 18-storey condo and rental towers. It is located between Courtland, Borden, Palmer and the rail tracks near Mill. It is on the Light Rail Transit route and close to two LRT stations. Residents learned that initial site activity will include drilling, soil testing

and demolition. It will also involve renovation of the existing office building, warehouse and garage near Courtland-Borden for high-tech’ offices, restaurant and brew-pub purposes. Other proposals: • Consideration of affordable housing mixed with stacked townhouses and medium to high-rise buildings; • Extension of Kent and Palmer streets into the site. • A park corridor connecting with neighbourhood creeks and trails; • A transit study and inspection of nearby homes that could be affected

by demolitions; • Dust and noise controls as work progresses. Meanwhile, Auburn has activated a website at www. and announced that issues about site activity should go to Site Manager, Connor Wilks at 519.434.1808. On a lighter note, residents have been asked to suggest names for the development and new streets, but I would venture that several are unlikely to be considered. My favourites? “Wiener Way” in “Hot-dog hamlet.”

for a stronger community, be it for better snow clearing, affordable housing, support for cultural events, to name a few. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again… I am always up for an open dialogue with passionate people about how we can improve. Last month, many Canadians were outraged and devastated upon learning the news of two separate cases of white men being found not guilty in murder trials that involved Indigenous murder victims. The outcome was

seen as indicative of an unjust, racist culture that has not yet embraced the need to implement the recommendations included in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Report. Without a doubt, we have more work to do toward decolonization. That is why I think it is so important for the City of Kitchener to do our part as an organization to intentionally build partnerships with local First Nations groups and seek ways to implement the TRC recommendations relevant to municipalities.

Kitchener City Council has taken the first step toward that by tasking our Community Engagement lead to start this process. We have a long road ahead, but it’s a start. Culture can take such a long time to shift, and it’s important that as individuals we work toward our own understanding of decolonization. As individuals, Canadians should all read the report (it’s heartbreaking and eye-opening) and most importantly we need to follow its recommendations.


from previous page STATE OF THE CITY SPEECH – APRIL 17, 2018 I will be delivering my 2018 State of the City Speech on April 17th at the new Catalyst 137, IoT facility on Guelph Street. The speech will be my final speech during this term of Council, and I look forward to sharing with the community updates on many initiatives throughout the City of Kitchener about building strong neighbourhoods, growing the economy and together, building a better Kitchener. Tickets are $30 and going fast, so if you have not ordered yours yet, please visit and do so soon. FEDERAL BUDGET 2018 From a municipal perspective, the 2018 federal budget built on the commitments made over the past two years to municipalities which saw billions of dollars in investments for infrastructure, transportation and affordable housing committed to over the next 10+ years. These tremendous previous commitments will certainly see investments flowing to municipalities like Kitchener in the 2018-19 fiscal year, however we had hoped to see an increase in the dollars for affordable housing repairs to be increased in the coming year. This is something we advocated for through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Big City Mayor’s Caucus, and see this as a lost opportunity in terms of addressing a growing need in the short-term for cities and regions like ours. We did however gain some important support from the federal government with $150 million in emergency funding across the country to help us deal with the opioid crisis as well as a re-affirmation of the 25/75 split on proceeds from marijuana sales between the federal government and the provinces and a reminder to the provinces to share those proceeds with cities to support marijuana legalization. Many of the investments in the research and innovation areas that were announced in the budget will benefit our three local academic institutions as well as our local economy, and thus an important win for Waterloo region as well. REGION DEALS WITH SELFINJECTION SITES Over the last few months, the Region of Waterloo has been dealing with the issue of SelfInjection services as part of our community’s strategy in dealing with the current opioid crisis – looking at these sites as part of a harm-reduction strategy in addressing the tragedy of these addictions facing many people from all walks of life in our community. During March and possibly early April, the region will be looking at conducting public meetings on this issue and the community views pertaining to permanent versus mobile sites. I urge residents throughout the region, and in particular in the central areas of Kitchener and Cambridge (Galt) to become engaged in this issue.

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Sports Archer sets his sights on Olympics...from page 1

Volunteers posted at FreshCo (corner of Franklin and Weber) filled a pick up truck bed several times with donations of potatoes during the annual Supermarket Potato Blitz in support of the House of Friendship. From left, Bob Costen, Mike Kuhl, Jen Kuhl and Lisa Costen.


Hundreds volunteer during the House of Friendship’s annual Supermarket Potato Blitz


eams of volunteers were posted at local grocery stores throughout Waterloo Region on February 10 to collect donations of cash or potatoes during the annual Supermarket Potato Blitz. The event supports the House of Friendship, which aids more than 42,000 people who need food, shelter, addiction treatment and community resources every year. Almost 300 volunteers collected donations of about 300,000 pounds of spuds (potatoes and

cash equivalent), for the House of Friendship’s Emergency Food Hampers and other program meals. Volunteers included members of the Waterloo Regional Police Service team led by Chief Bryan Larkin (at Beechwood Zehrs), who also challenged the community to ‘stuff a cruiser’ with potatoes. Regional Councillor Jane Mitchell volunteered at Sobeys on Ira Needles Blvd. and former Waterloo Mayor Brenda Halloran was at Sobeys on Parkside Dr.

Columbia) in August. “My goal is to make our country proud and place in Guatemala at the Youth Olympics, and I hope it’s me that will represent and bring home a gold medal for both YOG and Pan Am championships. My long term goal is to make the Olympic squad for Tokyo in 2020 and/ or Paris 2024, where I hope to medal and be able to take a team of archers to the next Olympics,” he said. Past recipients of the FACE grant include Olympic and Paralympic medalists Patrick Chan, Hayley Wickenheiser, Rosie MacLennan, Mark Tewksbury, Kaitlyn Lawes, Marielle Thompson Mac Marcoux (GOLD, Para alpine skiing) and Nicholas Gill. Since 1988, FACE grants have supported more than 3,000 Canadian athletes and coaches by providing more than $11,000,000 in financial support. Developed by Petro-Canada, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), the FACE Program supports up-andcoming athletes at a most critical time in their careers ---when they are striving to represent Canada at the Olympic or Paralympic Games, but don’t yet qualify

for government funding. Recipients are selected based on potential. FACE grant recipients who participated in the February 2018 Winter Olympic Games included Kim McRae (Luge), Cendrine Browne (CrossCountry Ski), Mirela Rahneva (Skeleton), Gabrielle Daleman (Figure Skating), Mélodie Daoust (Women’s Hockey) and Chris Spring (Bobsleigh). In addition to providing financial support, FACE athletes and coaches are invited to an annual summit to learn from Olympians and Paralympians, and receive advice on media training, public speaking, and personalbrand development.

Pickleball provincial championships scheduled for RIM in September Helen Hall he provincial pickleball championships are coming back to Waterloo Region. Ontario Pickleball Association president Jim Parrott said the 2018 championships will be held at RIM Park on September 14-16. The tournament was also held at RIM in 2016. Pickleball is a relatively new sport in Canada. It is a game that resembles tennis or badminton in which players use paddles to hit a perforated plastic ball over a net. It is very popular at some of the community centres in Kitchener. “It’s gained a lot of momentum in the last 10 years,” said Parrott. The Ontario championships began in 2011. Because of how new the sport is in Ontario, the provincial championships are open to any Ontario Pickleball Association members who register. “It’s a good way to spread


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camaradarie and friendlycompetion within the sport,” Parrott said. He said about 325 people took part in the 2017 provincials. Fiona MacGregor is the 2018 provincial tournament co-chair with Jim Zuber. MacGregor is also the chair of the Pickleball of Waterloo Wellington Region group. She said registration for the tournament is likely to begin at the end of June or beginning of July. Players will provide information when they register that will help place them in a category to play against others at their skill level. There is competition in mens, womens and mixed. There is also singles and doubles competitions. MacGregor said the Kitchener Downtown Community Centre runs a pickleball instruction program for those who would like to learn to play. For more information on the provincials, visit www.


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Protect your corporation from fraud


Q. I am under the assumption that any business can be subject to fraud and condominiums are no exception. Being a brand new condo corporation the board would like to ensure that we are prepared. How can we prevent fraud in our condo corporation and what action can we take if we do suspect any wrongdoing? A. Although such incidents seem isolated all corporations should take measures to protect themselves. The

act of fraud takes motivation and opportunity. Board members must implement sound accounting principles to help eliminate opportunity. For instance, thoroughly review monthly financial statements, compare cheque book reconciliation’s to bank statements, confirm all cheques are signed by at least two board members, refuse to sign any blank cheques, monitor the petty cash fund and do not accept any hand written receipts for reimbursement. The system of internal control of cheques, cash and balances is

what either keeps the fraud from taking place or allows it to happen. All accounts should be under the name of the condo corporation. Otherwise the corporation does not own it and someone else has control of it and can take it. One of the key players there to protect the owners is the condo auditor. He/ she will audit the corporation financial statements yearly. Unit owners appoint the auditor through a voting process at the annual general meeting. The above are just a few tips to help prevent theft. If anyone suspects

mismanagement or fraud, the first step is to obtain the necessary information in order to provide proof. Any condominium unit owner or his or her agent appointed in writing is entitled to review the condominium records. If rock solid evidence is discovered regarding fraud, then the board should contact the police. Marilyn Lincoln is a condo owner, director and author of The Condominium Self Management Guide 2nd ed. Email marilyncondoguide@hotmail. comwith questions.

Region of Waterloo launches citizen-focused website


he Region of Waterloo launched a new, engaging and user-friendly website on February 26, 2018: The new site has updated information, improved accessibility, compatibility with mobile devices, and social media connectivity. The website also incorporates the previously stand-alone websites for Public Health and Emergency Services and Community Services. Developed with extensive community and staff input, the website will help meet the needs of residents and visitors, many of whom use the website as a first point of

access to Regional programs and services. Key features of the new website include: • Easy, service-oriented navigation including an “I want to” feature. • Enhanced user experience with increased ability to transact business and engage citizens. • Integration of the Community Services and Public Health websites into the corporate website. • Improved news and calendar tools with a subscription function. • An improved Council calendar, including agendas, minutes and webcasts


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he Kitchener Waterloo Symphony unveiled its coming year’s season with a teaser performance from Carmen during its February 8 season launch at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts. The symphony will perform Bizet’s Carmen, starring mezzo soprano Lucia Cervoni as an opera in concert this coming season along with a wide variety of music from Pops and Baroque concerts to school and outreach concerts. “For my very first season with the KWS, I would like to share so many exciting adventures

KW Symphony unveils 2018/19 Season

because they are all very close to my heart,” said new director Andrei Feher. “From Eastern European composers like Enescu, Bartók and Tchaikovsky to some of the great romantics like Brahms, Dvořák and Bizet, it will be such an amazing experience to play music with the wonderful musicians of the KWS. It’s also important to me to connect with all the audiences that the KWS reaches, which is the reason I am conducting on all of the series, including the School and Outreach concerts. I believe that music speaks to everyone and I

want to make it interesting for them, move them with music,” he said. This season’s Signature Series will see Feher leading five of eight programs, with the first two concerts showcasing the orchestra in works by the great romantic composers, including Tchaikovsky’s passionate Symphony No. 5, Dvořák’s dramatic Symphony No. 7 and Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1 featuring Canadian piano star Charles Richard-Hamelin. In the fifth concert on the series Feher explores his heritage with works by the Romanian composer Enescu and the Hungarian composer Kodály, while the orchestra shines in Ravel’s masterful orchestration of Mussorgsky’s grand and exciting Pictures at an Exhibition. The orchestra will also be featured in classical blockbusters like Vivaldi’s The Four Season, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, Pastoral and Mozart’s Linz Symphony. Pianist Stewart Goodyear returns after performing all of the Beethoven piano concertos with the KWS to be featured in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto alongside Concertmaster Bénédicte Lauzière and Principal Cello John Helmers. Soloists from the orchestra will be featured in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante on a program that also welcomes Mi’kmaw poet and one of the

foremost female indigenous voices in Canada, Rebecca Thomas, to perform her powerful collaboration with composer Laura Sgroi entitled We’re Not Done Drumming. The season will end with Orff’s epic Carmina Burana, and Concertmaster Bénédicte Lauzière will be featured in Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto. Former KWS Assistant Conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser opens the Pops Series with a concert featuring Canadian soul diva Shakura S’Aida performing the greatest hits by this century’s Queens of Song, including Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Whitney Houston, Beyoncé and more. Back by popular demand is the fun and interactive voting concert Live By Request, led by audience favourite John Morris Russell, this time featuring popular hits from stage and screen. Also on the series is the heartwarming masterpiece E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial with John Williams’s Academy Award winning score performed live by the KWS while the film is shown on the big screen. The holiday favourite Yuletide Spectacular will feature highlights from the Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, and Mike Nadajewski, a favourite from the 2017 Yuletide concert, will return as host and narrator. Audiences will also be treated to an exciting and unique concert

Easter Services

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

23 Water St. N.(corner Duke) 519-743-0228 The Ven. Perry Chuipka, Transitional Minister Lenten and Holy Week Services Maundy Thursday Liturgy - March 29th 7:00pm Good Friday Liturgy of the Passion - March 30th 10:00am Easter Sunday - April 1st 8am BCP Holy Communion 10am Festal Eucharist Setting: Darke in F Director of Music – Marlin C. Nagtegaal Parish Nurse – Elsie Millerd

experience that blends pop art, performance and music as guest conductor Lucas Waldin leads a program featuring Torontobased artist and speed painter Jessica Gorlicky (JESSGO). KW Glee returns to perform with the KWS in January 2019 after three sold-out performances in 2017. Winners of the Show Choir Canada National Championship, KW Glee is made up of local teenagers whose incredible talent and enthusiasm for song and dance are off the charts. The KW Symphony also offers a Baroque & Beyond Series and a Kinderconcert Series with the storyteller and musicians format, and the popular Family Series that will explore the music that is all around us with Music in Your Neighbourhood, Music in Your House, and Peter and the Wolf. For more information about the season or to buy tickets visit

GRCA approves 2018 budget


he Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) will spend more than $34 million this year on programs that protect water quality, reduce flood damages, protect natural areas, support responsible development and provide outdoor recreation and environmental education. The budget was approved by the GRCA board on Friday, February 23, 2018. The board is made up of 26 members appointed by the municipalities in the Grand River watershed. Municipalities will contribute about $11.3 million in general municipal levy to the GRCA this year, about 33 per cent of the total budget. The municipal levy portion is up 2.5 per cent this year, which works out to approximately $10.72 per watershed resident. Government grants totalling just over $4.9 million represent about 15 per cent of the budget. This includes $800,000 from municipalities towards the Rural Water Quality program. The remainder is primarily provincial grants, which include funding of over $1.5 million for the Source Protection Program. The GRCA generates more than $15.3 million or 44 per cent of its own revenue through revenue sources such as camping fees, park admissions, nature centre programs, hydro sales, property rentals, tree sales, planning permits, and donations raised by the Grand River Conservation Foundation (GRCF).

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ART$PAY CALL FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS – ART$PAY is looking for photographers to participate in its Distillation – The Essence of Waterloo event. Application deadline is April 15, 2018. Nine juried Art$Pay photographers will be matched with nine sound artists for a one-day performance of sight and sound at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). Applicants must be AP members. Visit for full details KITCHENER-WATERLOO BRAIN TUMOUR WALK 2018 - People affected by brain tumours should never walk alone. Join the movement to end brain tumours. Walk to raise funds to support your brain tumour community. These funds go towards lifechanging research, support programs, information, advocacy, awareness, and HOPE. Sunday, June 10 at Waterloo Park, 50 Young St W., Waterloo. Route Length(s): 2.5km or 5km. Register Free Online at www. WILD WEATHER TALKS The Waterloo Region Museum has assembled four of the top researchers and specialists in our region to join us in igniting the conversation of climate change in a special event called Wild Weather Talks and Roundtable: Our Changing Climate that takes place Thursday, March 22 from 7 to 9pm. All are welcome to join the conversation and learn about ways to make a difference in helping our planet on a local and global scale. The specialists and researchers participating in the discussion include: Dr. Christine Dow, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo; Dr. Chris Fletcher, Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo; David Roewade, Sustainability Specialist, Region of Waterloo and Dr. Johanna Wandel, Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo. To reserve tickets call 519-748-1914. General admission rates and membership discount apply. Seating is limited. No refunds. CHESS EXHIBITION BY INTERNATIONAL MASTER - Interested in being one of 30 people playing a chess master at the same time? --Or just watching? On Tuesday, March 13, Wilfrid Laurier University’s Centre for Women in Science (WinS) is hosting a simultaneous chess exhibition by Natalia Khoudgarian, who holds the Woman International Master title of the World Chess

Federation. Khoudgarian has represented Canada twice each at the Women’s World Chess Championship and the Women’s Chess Olympiads and is a four-time winner of the Canadian Women’s Championship. She will be available for informal chats after the simultaneous games. Anyone of any age or ability level can be one of the 30 to play against Khoudgarian. To register as a player, email Hasan Shodiev at hshodiev@ Spaces are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis and there is no fee. The event takes place from 1-3 pm on March 13 in the Science Building Atrium on Laurier’s Waterloo campus. There is no need to register to be a spectator. BUGFEAST AT BUTTERFLY CONSERVATORY - See nature come alive at the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, 2500 Kossuth Rd. Cambridge. Admire more than 2,000 amazing butterflies and moths in the Live Insect Terrariums, Moths Magnified and Honey Bee Observation Hive exhibits. Put your taste buds to the test at this year’s annual BugFeast from March 10th to March 18th — featuring chocolate! Try a chocolate “chirp” cookie made with cricket flour, white chocolate bark with roasted mealworms or cricket milk chocolates. Save the planet, eat a bug! For more information visit or cal 519-653-1234. PLAY GAMES AND HELP RESEARCHERS Researchers at the University of Waterloo Games Institute are inviting visitors to THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener (10 King Street W.) to help bridge the gap between virtual reality and ‘real’ reality as part of research study. Participants will play a space exploration game in virtual reality and will be asked to complete questionnaires about their experience. March 10-16, ages 8 and up. CALL FOR ENTRIES – Wilfrid Laurier University is seeking submissions for the 2018 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction, a $10,000 literary award that recognizes excellence in Canadian creative non-fiction. Designed to encourage new Canadian talent, this national award is open to authors who have published a first or second book with a Canadian locale and/or significance. Open to all works published in 2017 that are distinguished by first-hand research, wellcrafted interpretive writing and a creative use of language or approach to the subject matter. Entries must be received by April 1. To obtain an entry form and a list of submission guidelines visit the Edna


Staebler Award website. Author Sonja Larsen was the winner of the 2017 Award for Creative Non-Fiction for her memoir, Red Star Tattoo: My Life is a Girl Revolutionary. KW ASTRONOMY CLUB The KW Astronomy Club (The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Kitchener-Waterloo Centre) works with local universities, local schools and conservation areas and provides events for the public to observe the night sky. We set up telescopes and invite everyone to learn about astronomy. The events are free to attend. March 23, 7 to 9pm. Activity: Stargazers 101, the monthly meeting for people new to astronomy. The meeting is free and open to the public. Location: Upstairs in the Community Room of the Zehrs store, 750 Ottawa St S, Kitchener; April 13, 7:30 to 9:30pm Activity: KW Astronomy Club General Meeting: the monthly centre astronomy meeting. The meeting is free and open to the public. Location: Wilfrid Laurier University, 7:30 to 9:50pm, Room 112, Bricker Academic Building. Free parking in front of the building; April 27, 7 to 9pm, Activity: Stargazers 101, the monthly meeting for people new to astronomy. The meeting is free and open to the public. Location: Upstairs in the Community Room of the Zehrs store, 750 Ottawa St S, Kitchener. APARTMENT MANAGEMENT TRADE FAIR – The Waterloo Regional Apartment Management Association will hold its annual Trade Fair on April 11 at St. George Hall, 665 King St N., Waterloo from 7 – 9pm. This is a free event aimed at area landlords, property managers, rental investors and maintenance managers. Many local businesses will be present to showcase their products and services. For more information visit www. INSPIRATIONS ART SHOW – the Gallery at Frames by Verne, 299 Manitou Dr. Kitchener, presents ‘Inspirations’ showcasing the work of Waterloo Region Artists on exhibit until March 17. Gallery Hours: Tues – Fri. 9:30am to 5:30pm, Sat. 9:30am – 3:30pm. Featuring the award-winning Blair watercolour artist Tiina Price. For more information call 519489-6038 or email verne@ CANSTRUCTION WATERLOO REGION – April 15– 22 and May 6 – 13/2018. Canstruction is a unique, international event engaging groups to use their talents to help those struggling with food insecurity. Canstruction takes place at Conestoga Mall. Sign up your Canstruction team or visit the mall and vote to

determine the People’s Choice awards. To sign up a team visit Community Sorting Night at the local Food Bank is March 8 from 6 – 8pm. Each year, volunteer groups sort 900,000 pounds of food donations. You must register to ensure your sorting night spot at www. KWSA JURIED ART SHOW - Homer Watson House & Gallery, 1754 Old Mill Rd. in Kitchener, will host a juried Art Show from March 18 – 22. Opening reception is March 25 from 2 – 4pm. Artist talk April 6 from 1 – 3pm. COLOUR OUR COMMUNITY: A COMMUNITY ART PROJECT - Mennonite Central Committee Ontario’s Circle of Friends Program and the Kitchener Public Library will be hosting a fun bi-monthly crafting event for people of all ages! Art supplies and snacks will be provided. Come help us create a beautiful work of art that represents our wonderfully diverse community! 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month starting March 6th, from 2-4 pm. At the Kitchener Public Library in Room C. RICK MERCER COMING TO KITCHENER - Canadian comedian Rick Mercer will perform May 1 at Bingemans at 7:30pm. Fresh off his toprated, award-winning CBC Show, The Rick Mercer Report, “Canada’s Unofficial Opposition” will make Kitchener his first stop on a nation-wide tour. THEMUSEUM is thrilled to host “An Evening with Rick Mercer” celebrating Mercer’s storied 15-year TV series as well as THEMUSEUM’s 15th anniversary. Born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Mercer has won over 25 Gemini Awards for The Rick Mercer Report, Made in Canada and This Hour has 22 Minutes. Mercer also starred in Rick Mercer’s Talking to Americans and is the author of three national bestsellers: Streeters, The Rick Mercer Report: The Book and A Nation Worth Ranting About. For tickets visit FOLK NIGHT AT THE REGISTRY - Season 12 presents songwriters Joe Jencks and Si Kahn at 8pm on Saturday, March 10 at the Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick St. Kitchener. Jencks is an international touring performer, songwriter, entertainer and educator based in Chicago. Kahn is in his 52nd year as a musician and civil rights, union and community organizer. Tickets available at CALLING ALL HARMONICA PLAYERS – Michel Allard, an accomplished pianist, has taken the lead of the Happy Harmonica Players and is energizing and refining the group. We welcome any interested harmonica

players. Come out and see what the Happy Harmonica Players are all about. We practice Tuesdays from 9:15 to 10:30am at the Rockway Center (upstairs), 1405 King St. E, Kitchener. For more information call 519-745-9834. SUNNYSIDE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS LIKE YOU! We are a Region-operated campus at 247 Franklin St. N. in Kitchener with long-term care, supportive and affordable housing, and other services for older adults. Make a difference in your community by giving one to two hours to help in our afternoon Tuck Shop, assist over mealtime in long term care or supportive housing, porter residents to the hair salon or to the Sunday afternoon chapel service. Your time would enable residents and tenants to have a quality dining experience or be more involved in activities. To apply, visit www.regionofwaterloo. ca/olunteeratsunnyside or call Janice Klassen at 519-8938494, ext 6372. SCHWABEN CLUB COMING EVENTS Fish Fry – EVERY FRIDAY at the Schwaben Club Keller, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Fish Fry. Serving Fish & Chip and Schnitzel. Fridays & Wednesdays KARAOKE with Randall Kuhn’s ”The Musicscene” at the Schwaben Cub. Come and enjoy. Singing & dancing, making more friends, good food & beverages. Pub Food available. Fridays 8:30 p.m. – until close Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Table Tennis – EVERY TUESDAY at the Schwaben Club at 7 p.m. Should you be interested in a few trial games to see if you would like to play it and have fun at the same time; then we would appreciate if you would contact Walter at 519-742-3372 or Ken at 519894-6695. Mia San K-W FC Bayern Fan Club - Come watch the Bundesliga Game LIVE on the big screen at the Schwaben Club. Doors will be open half an hour before the game starts. The bar service will commence at 11:00 am. Upcoming Games: Sat., March 10, 9:30 a.m., Sun., March 18, 1pm; Sat. March 31, 9:30am *Please see Mia San Kitchener-Waterloo Facebook page for any cancellations, delays in show times, etc. Saturday, March 24, 2018 – Schlachtfest at the Schwaben Club. Music provided by the Golden Keys. Buffet Dinner. Doors open 4:30 p.m. – Dinner: 5:30 p.m. Member $35.00. Non-Member $39.50. Child (8-14) $13.00 (7/under free). Early Bird Discount. Buy your ticket by March 9, 2018 and save $5.00 on any adult ticket. Tickets on sale until Monday, March 19. We will be

announcing our Mr. Schwaben. Saturday, March 24, 2018 – “Selective Soul” - the ultimate party band from classic to current hits. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., Show starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door. Sunday, April 8, 2018 – Filmnachmittag – Schwaben Club Keller – “Die Fischerin vom Bodensee”. Doors open 2:00 PM, Film begins: 2:30 PM, Coffee & Cake available. For tickets and more information, please call the Schwaben Club at 1668 King St. E. in Kitchener – 519-742-7979. DIVERSECITY TOASTMASTERS CLUB - Do you have trouble finding the right words when speaking to a group? Need a career boost? Want to polish your presentation skills? Toastmasters is the place for you. Learn communication, leadership and presentation strategies in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. DiverseCity is a new club and is open to all. It runs Mondays, 7 - 8:30pm at Kitchener City Hall, the Conestoga Room. For more information contact Leo Tintinalli leo.tintinalli@ ADULT DAY PROGRAM - Did you know Trinity Village has an Adult Day Program for seniors wishing to socialize with other seniors? The cost is just $8 per day and the program runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am to 1 pm, at Trinity Village Care Centre, on Kingsway Drive, near Fairview Park Mall. For more information call the Day Program Coordinator at 519893-6320 ext. 235. ART EXHIBIT AT WILFRID LAURIER GALLERY - The Robert Langen Art Gallery at Wilfrid Laurier University is pleased to announce its new exhibit, Zaagi’idiwin: Silent, Unquestionable Act of Love, by Indigenous artist Leanna Marshall, running until April 6. HISTORY OF GAMING COURSE - Wilfrid Laurier University in partnership with THEMUSEUM in Kitchener is offering a new continuing studies course, The History of Gaming. Students will have the chance to explore the history of video games, their impact on our culture and the future of the industry with Canada’s top video game collector and noted gaming historian, Syd Bolton. During the first and final classes held at TheMuseum, participants will be able to learn while immersed in the interactive exhibition ‘Interplay’. The exhibition features personal computers and video game consoles of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. The History of Gaming runs Tuesdays from April 3 to May 8. All registrations must be submitted by March 20. For more information or to register visit

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Arts & ENTERTAINMENT A night out at karaoke turns singer into a John Denver tribute artist Steve Beilstein immy Gribbon looks uncannily like the late great John Denver. His voice is so hauntingly similar, you would swear it is actually him. Everywhere Jimmy performs, the people love him. He is



interactive with the audience and radiates a good ‘ol country boy charm. Originally born in York Ontario, his parents separated when he was four and his mom moved around a lot until they settled in Kitchener with Jimmy and his five sisters.

Jimmy Gribbon doing his John Denver tribute performance at a Canada Day event in 2017.

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Singing was always a part of his life even from a young age. “When I was about 7 years old, we had Stompin’ Tom Connors and his band in our house.” Gribbon chuckles. “And that was a really cool night. My mom met him in a little bar in Pembroke. For some reason the bar shut down early and they wound up coming back to my place. They played there for hours.” That had a real impact on him. He loved the music. Loved watching them play. Performing was inherent to Jimmy from the get go. “When I was in Kindergarten the grade 7 teacher used to come and get me once a week, and for about a half hour, I used to entertain her class with singing and telling jokes. I would do Henny Youngman jokes and Elvis songs. It was a lot of fun.” The doctor dropped a huge bomb when he was told he would never be able to play guitar because of an injury. Jimmy was disappointed. It was his dream to be able to play. “It was a real bummer for me because it was a passion for me to be able to play. So I didn’t really pick up a guitar until years later. I would try and play

my mom’s guitar sometimes but she didn’t know how to play so she couldn’t show me. I didn’t really get anywhere with it,” Gribbon explains. “Later, when my son Dylan was about 9, he would play Rock Band and would ask me to play along with him. After awhile I asked him how about I go and buy us each a guitar and maybe we could learn to play these songs for real? Dylan was ecstatic. Two weeks later Dylan had an electric guitar and shortly after I had an acoustic guitar. Then we started learning off the internet.” The John Denver thing started just shortly after. Jimmy and his wife Bev used to go out and karaoke. That is where things started to take shape. “At a little bar in Cambridge, a few ladies asked if I would do Annie’s Song. At first I didn’t want to do it, I was apprehensive, I didn’t really know the song, but did it anyway, and the people loved it. After that, whenever I got up to sing, people wanted me to do Annie’s Song,” Gribbon says. “In January of 2008, we went out to karaoke with a friend of my wife, Jim Bergen, who was an Elvis tribute artist. Well he asked me to sing Annie’s Song. Then Country Roads.” Gribbon

chuckles. “He thought for a minute then told me to dye my hair blonde and learn about 8 songs then enter in a contest called Rock Of Ages in August as a John Denver tribute artist.” After passing an audition, Jimmy entered in the open category and took second place. “I was nervous. There were between 400 and 500 people.” Gribbon remembers. After that things started to snowball. People wanted to know who he was. He began to do shows just about every weekend. His audience began to grow. People were calling to book him, and there are no signs of that slowing down. Jimmy remains very popular. He continues to perform at casinos, open air shows, private shows, events. No venue is too small or too big. His fan base continues to grow, but his biggest fans will always be his wife Bev, daughter Ayraleena, and son Dylan, who support him through thick and thin. If you want to see him live portraying John Denver, you can look up his schedule at or you can find him on facebook by looking up Jimmy Gribbon.

Calling all future student leaders, decision makers and visionaries in grades 5 and 6! What does your ideal city look like? We want to know what makes a city a great place to live. Tell Mayor Vrbanovic and members of council (in 250 words or less) how you would shape Kitchener for the future. Winners will participate in a MOCK DEBATE (televised meeting) on May 7, 2018, to debate a community-related topic and receive a tour of City Hall. As well, your report will be printed in an upcoming issue of the Kitchener Citizen! Reports are due by April 9, 2018 and can be emailed to or dropped off at the Office of the Mayor and Council in City Hall, 200 King Street West (after business hours, please drop off at security desk.) A total of 11 reports will be chosen. All entries are the property of the City of Kitchener. Only the winners’ names, their age and reports will be published. For more information, call 519-741-2300.

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Blockbuster Broadway musical launches 2018 Drayton season in a BIG way


airspray, Broadway’s musical-comedy phenomenon that inspired a major motion picture and won eight Tony® Awards, including Best Musical will launch Drayton Entertainment’s 2018 season. This larger-than-life production bursts onto the stage at the recently renamed Hamilton Family Theatre in Cambridge (formerly Dunfield theatre) for a limited four-week run, March 14 to April 8. “We are extremely excited

to bring this dazzling, upbeat musical to our audiences in Cambridge,” said Alex Mustakas, Artistic Director of Drayton Entertainment. Based on John Water’s cult classic film, Hairspray tells the story of pleasantly plump heroine Tracy Turnblad, who dreams of dancing on The Corny Collins Show, a popular prime-time television program in 1960s Baltimore. Against all odds, Tracy wins a coveted spot on the dance show, and overnight is

transformed from social outcast to irrepressible teen celebrity. She soon falls head-overheels for the handsome male star, Link Larkin, the boyfriend of teen queen Amber Von Tussle. But can this loveable plus-size trendsetter vanquish the program’s reigning princess, win the heart of the heartthrob, and integrate a television show, all without denting her ‘do? This fun, bubbly musical is brought to life on stage by Director and Choreographer David Connolly, whose

impressive résumé includes work on major musicals like the pre-Broadway production of First Wives Club in Chicago as well as numerous Drayton Entertainment productions including Singin’ in Rain and Mamma Mia!. Connolly is joined by Music Director Steve Lavoie, Set Designer David Boechler, Costume Coordinator Julia Holbert, and Lighting Designer Jeff Johnston Collins. Stephanie Pitsiladis will play the lovable heroine Tracy Turnblad and Wade Lynch

brings his sharp comic timing and grandiose stage presence to the role of Tracy’s hilarious plus-sized mother Edna Turnblad, while Larry Mannell is Tracy’s goofy and devoted father Wilbur. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge (46 Grand Ave. S., Cambridge), online at www.draytonentertainment. com or by calling the Box Office at (519) 621-8000 or toll free at 1-855-drayton (3729866).


We all have one .... that exemplary teacher we remember. Even if decades have passed, our memories of a teacher who stood out, provided guidance, motivated or inspired us, stay with us for a lifetime.

Have you or your family been impacted by a great teacher? Have you been looking for a way to show your appreciation? At the Kitchener Citizen we value the important role teachers play in shaping tomorrow’s community leaders. That’s why we have established the Kitchener Citizen Community Teaching Award to recognize teachers who go above and beyond in Kitchener classrooms each day. The Broadway blockbuster musical Hairspray will be on stage at the newly renamed Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge (formerly Dunfield Theatre Cambridge) from March 14 to April 8. Photo: Drayton Entertainment

Email each write-up to and provide your contact information. For full details visit: Twitter: @kcctaward Facebook: Kitchener Citizen Community Teaching Award

Come out for a fun family movie! Brought to you by the Stanley Park Community Association, Optimist Club of Stanley Park, and the City of Kitchener

The award is open to teachers currently working in all of Kitchener’s Public and Catholic schools, teaching grades from Junior Kindergarten through to Grade 12. To nominate a teacher, tell us in 400 words or less what makes your teacher awesome. Then have 2 others do the same - parents classmates, other teachers, etc.

Friday, March 23 Doors open at 7:00pm Movie starts at 7:30pm Register online (space limited) For more info please call or drop in the Stanley Park Community Centre Adults must accompany children Code: 14450

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Health &


Men and women encouraged to get checked regularly for colon cancer


arch is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. The Waterloo Wellington Regional Cancer Program is reminding Waterloo Wellington residents to get checked with a safe and painless take-home test. While colon cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in Ontario, when caught early, it is 90 per cent curable and easier to treat before it has spread to other

parts of the body. Research shows that regular colon cancer screening using an FOBT, for people who are 50 years of age and older, can reduce deaths from colon cancer. Colorectal cancer is a cancer of the large intestine (lower part of the digestive system); this includes both the colon (and bowel) and rectum (last six inches of the colon). It is estimated that in 2017,

over 10,000 Ontarians were diagnosed with colon cancer and over 3,000 Ontarians died from the disease. Despite these numbers, many people, particularly men, are not getting checked. People between 50 and 74 years of age without a parent, brother, sister or child who has been diagnosed with colon cancer are considered to be at average risk for the

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disease. Cancer Care Ontario recommends that men and women at average risk get checked for colon cancer with a fecal occult blood test (FOBT) every two years. For those who are not average risk, speak with your family doctor or nurse practitioner to discuss the best test for you. “In Waterloo Wellington region, approximately 38 per cent of screen-eligible individuals aged 50-74 are overdue for screening”, says Dr. Jonathan Love, regional colorectal screening lead with the Waterloo Wellington Regional Cancer Program. “This makes it more important than ever to encourage the men and women in your life to get checked for this disease beginning in their early 50s – even if they have no family history of the disease and no symptoms (such as changes in bowel habits like diarrhea or stomach pains that don’t go away).” The FOBT is a safe and painless cancer screening test that checks a person’s stool (poop) for tiny drops of blood that we cannot see, which could be caused by colon cancer. An abnormal FOBT result does not necessarily mean that a person has the disease, but more testing with a colonoscopy is needed to find out why there is blood in their stool. When you have done the test, follow up with your family doctor or nurse practitioner to have further testing if necessary. “Turning that magical age of

50 this month has reminded me to visit my family doctor and ask for the take-home colon cancer screening test,” says Lori Temple of Kitchener. “My mom had a positive test that led to a colonoscopy which found a pre-cancerous polyp that was removed. Her doctor said if it had not been found and removed, it would have turned into a cancer. I hope everyone can – I know I will - learn from my mother’s experience and do the test.” To recognize Colon Cancer Awareness Month, the Waterloo Wellington Regional Cancer Program is partnering with the In-Store Registered Dietitian at Zehrs Markets® at the Laurentian Power Centre in Kitchener. Together they will offer a free education session to the public on the evening of April 4, 2018 with Dr. Jonathan Love. Topics will include preventing cancer, colon cancer screening, and healthy foods to keep your colon (and body) healthy. To register, visit Talk to your healthcare provider today about getting checked for colon cancer with the best screening test for you. People without a family doctor or nurse practitioner can get a take-home FOBT kit through Telehealth Ontario (1866-828-9213) and community pharmacies. For more information on colon cancer screening in Ontario, visit www.cancercare.

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WHAT WE’RE READING A monthly column featuring great reads as suggested and reviewed by librarians from the Kitchener Public Library. Follow along each month and discover your next great read!


Sputnik’s Children By Terri Favro


Mary Lim Library Assistant, Pioneer Park Community Library

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In Sputnik’s Children, Canadian author Terri Favro imagines a world where the Cold War never ended. At the moment of a nuclear test in 1945, history as we know it diverged into separate yet similar timelines. The narrative is split between Debbie Reynolds Biondi’s present as a comic book creator in our world (Earth Standard Time) and her past as the saviour of this alternate world (Atomic Mean Time). In Earth Standard Time, Debbie’s fans are begging her to write the origin story of her long-running cult heroine, Sputnik Chick. What they don’t know is that Debbie herself is the “Girl with No Past.” She must confront her own memories of growing up in the Industrial Nation of Canusa – what we would call the Niagara region – and a world where anti-radiation bubble baths and nuclear bomb shelters are commonplace. In 1969, a mysterious, self-proclaimed time traveler tells 13-year-old Debbie that only she can rescue all of humanity from a nuclear war that’s due to wipe them out in ten years. Now, thanks to her heroic actions in 1979, no one else remembers history quite as she does. Her mem-

ories seem like fantastic fiction to her readers. Favro’s world-building is exceptionally strong. Fans of alternate histories will appreciate her attention to detail. She grounds Atomic Mean Time firmly in the real history of the 1960s and ‘70s, from the social and political issues to the pop culture. Her thoughtful extrapolations of specific changes to historical events make the more fantastical elements seem plausible, and give an appropriately retro sci-fi feel to the story. At the heart of the novel, however, is Debbie’s coming-of-age tale, which will appeal to readers who might usually avoid science fiction. Debbie juggles the normal challenges of young adulthood with the pressure of saving her world from impending nuclear destruction. Or does she? Present-day Debbie relies on alcohol and pills to make it through her days. Are her stories a true account of her past, or just another way for her to cope with a disappointing reality? Sputnik’s Children will have readers questioning the distinction between personal and collective memory, and how accurate any of us can be when writing our own origin stories.

For more great reading ideas, visit and click on the “Books and More” tab. Want to share your own review of your favourite read? The library’s online catalogue enables library card holders to write a review for any item in the collection. Simply click on the “Add Review” tab for your selected book, and write away!

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Kitchener Citizen - March 2018  
Kitchener Citizen - March 2018  

Kitchener's original community newspaper. Established in 1996.