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AR Kaufman School getting new instruments through MusiCounts program Helen Hall eaching during the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for all teachers, but particularly for those who teach music. Safety procedures are very stringent in the music room. “I did lots of cleaning last year,” says Dance AgapievaVasileska, who teaches music from grades one to eight at AR Kaufman School in Kitchener. “But the kids were so happy. It was worth it,” she says. Those students will be even happier in September when they return to school to find that, through Agapieva-Vasileska’s efforts, AR Kaufman has received $8,000 worth of new instruments from MusiCounts Canada. The music education charity recently announced that it has donated $1-million worth of instruments, equipment, and resources to 95 schools across Canada through its MusiCounts Band Aid Program. The MusiCounts Band Aid Program grants up to $15,000 for high-need schools to furnish or refurbish their music programming. AR Kaufman is one of the 21
schools in Ontario that received money from MusiCounts, and the only one in Waterloo Region. This was Agapieva-Vasileska’s second application to the MusiCount’s program, her first one being unsuccessful. She is a classicly trained pianist who began teaching at AR Kaufman two years ago. Agapieva-Vasileska said that music is her “passion” and she was disappointed when she arrived at the school to find that many of its instruments were “old or broken.” She learned about the MusiCounts program from a Child and Youth Worker at the school, Stacey Kuenzler, who encouraged her to apply. After her first attempt was unsuccessful, she attended a Coalition for Music Education workshop, which works with the MusiCounts organization, to learn more about it before applying a second time. In her second application, she pitched buying Orff instruments for the school. For many of AR Kaufman’s students, English is not their first language. Orff instruments are used in music, movement, dance, and speech. They include small percussion instruments, as
well as soprano, alto, and bass xylophones and metallophones, and soprano and alto glockenspiels. “This is why I thought Orff instruments would be the best approach for this school,” she said. This application was successful and the school should have all the instruments by the end of May. “It’s unbelievable,” Agapieva-Vasileska said. “We are so excited.” Her purchases include Boomwhackers (handheld percussion instruments that are easy to clean) and glockenspiels, xylophones and metallophones. Her long range plan is to also get traditional band instruments as the children use the Orff instruments to learn music theory. Agapieva-Vasileska said she is grateful to the Long and McQuade music store for its support in helping her find the Orff instruments at an affordable price. MusiCounts is only able to support 25 percent of schools that seek support from the MusiCounts Band Aid Program. To learn about the program, visit www.musicounts.ca.
Dance Agapieva-Vasileska plays a xylophone that AR Kaufman received through a grant from the Waterloo Teachers’ Choir last year. The school is receiving more instruments this year through a grant from MusiCounts Canada. Photo by Carrie Debrone
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By Carrie Debrone he Schwaben Club of Kitchener moved into its new home in Breslau in January marking the club’s 90th anniversary in a way none could have anticipated even a year earlier. The club, which started in 1932 in a building in downtown Kitchener, relocated in the 1950s to 1668 King Street, where it remained until two months ago. The new Donauschwaben cultural centre is now located
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this place. Most members realized that if the pandemic lasted a long time it would create a big financial hardship for us,” he said of the former building, which included a 700seat hall and a restaurant. The new family-oriented, smaller location is more manageable for the club. It will keep one full-time staff member, but operate mostly through its active volunteer base. The new location has a licensed 150-seat outdoor patio, indoor bar, 200-seat main hall that is available to rent for weddings and other events, an upper floor cultural room with a library, large tables for games nights, and enough room to display club artifacts. Outside there is a pavilion, children’s playground and grassed fields that can be used for outdoor sports. Members are working to replicate and reinstall a commemorative garden that was built at the former site. “The new building is a testament to the hard work the Sava Club did here. They put their heart and soul into the building so there’s not a lot we need to change,” Herold said. Members are hoping the new location will draw more young members, members from the Breslau community and possibly from Guelph. “We’ve had calls from people in Breslau telling us that they are glad to have us here,” Herold said. Youngest board member Nickolas Leipold, who grew up as a member of a German club in the Leamington area, said what he likes best about the club is “having a place to ...continued on next page
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on a three acre property at 50 Scheifele Place in Breslau. The site was the former home of the Sava Club. Shrinking membership that has affected some of the traditional German clubs in K-W in recent years forced the Slovenian Association, which had operated the Oberkrainer Haus on Scheifele Place for six decades, to make changes and the membership voted to close their club in March. The Schwaben Club’s decision to purchase the Sava Club and move to Breslau happened very quickly. Schwaben President Glenn Herold said he and a few other club members came to an event hosted by the Sava Club in November 2019 when conversation about the building being used as a possible new home for the 350-member Schwaben Club first started. “We were at one of their events with a number of our youth who were dressed up in our traditional clothing and dancing. They appreciated seeing the young people enjoying the culture, and we started talking about having us purchase their club house,” Herold said. “We had such a large building at the King Street location, and to be able to stay there we had to have a lot of events to pay the rent. Some membership wanted to be more of a club and not have to run as a business,” Herold said. “Being here, we control our destiny. Our focus can be more on the cultural and social sides of the club,” he said. The former building owned by the club, was sold to a developer in December 2020. “We were fortuitous to find
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The new location of the Schwaben Club at 50 Scheifele Place in Breslau.
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Schwaben Club...from previous page go and share some common ground with people.” He added that it provides a sense of belonging and encourages everyone to get involved in its events and workshops. “As the youngest member of the board I want to see more youth involved and I want to make things go well and have some influence. I’m excited about the new space. It gives us some room to grow and we have a great new outdoor natural area,” Leipold said. “All the members are very happy with the move. We just couldn’t afford to keep the other building anymore,” said long-time member Seppi Hoedl, who is the club’s flag bearer and a member of the board of directors. “We now have good green space for picnics and outdoor events. We had a clean-up two weeks ago and I was surprised to see so many young members show up to help. We were all socially distanced and the day was very successful. My wife, Monika, and I feel we’re part of a happy, nice family when we go to the club. Our heart belongs to it. It is good to know we will have a club life again,” Hoedl said. Anyone wanting to join the club can visit kitchenerschwabenclub. com to obtain a membership application. A family membership costs $80 per year. Due to current Covid regulations, the Schwaben Club is not hosing any in-person events. However it is providing take out dinners two Fridays a month as a club fundraiser. The first Friday of each month is Fish Fry Friday, and the third Friday of the month is Schnitzel Friday. To order take out meals call 519-742-7979 or visit kitchenerschwabenclub.com *** History of Schwaben people The history of the Donauschwaben people, the ancestors of current club members, is full of happy and sad periods. In the 15th and 16th centuries the countries known now as Hungary, Romania and Yugoslavia were ruled by the often cruel Ottoman Empire, which controlled
Southeastern Europe for more than 150 years. When the empire was finally defeated, settlers, farmers and craftsmen primarily from West German lands were encouraged to settle the land. They traveled with barges eastward on the Danube River to reach the new land and settled along the river, hence becoming known as the Danube Swabians. In the span of 200 years they made this area one of the most fruitful in Southeastern Europe. It was referred to as the “Breadbasket of Europe”. Many came to America at the end of the 19th century. At the end of WWI, when the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy was dissolved and the area was divided among Hungary, Romania and Yugoslavia, many more came to Canada. During the Second World War about 250,000 Danube Swabians were annihilated in the concentration camps of Tito. A further 100,000 Danube Swabians from Romania and Hungary were abducted to Russia for forced labour where many thousands died. Survivors were forced to flee or were expelled from their homeland as a result of advancing communism. Most sought refuge in the already overcrowded countries of Germany and Austria, where some of them still remain. But for many Danube Swabians, the liberal immigration laws of Canada gave renewed hope and the opportunity to start anew. A large number settled in Southwestern Ontario, near Regina, Saskatchewan, and in British Columbia. Schwaben Clubs were originally formed to assist newly immigrated people from Romania and Hungary who were sick or in need and who came to Canada after WWII. The clubs also supported German language schools, youth and sports groups, folk dancing groups and choirs in hope of preserving their language, songs, dances and customs. There are four other Schwaben Clubs in Ontario -- one in Windsor, two in Toronto and one in Leamington.
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Choirs - Stephen MinistryDrive, - Youth Group -(519) Beginnings (0 -3 years) Peter Schneider, We support: The 2020 family fun activity 30 Shaftsbury Kitchener 893-5290 WorshipPeter Service : 10:00 a.m. SalesSchneider, Representative Peter Schneider, Peter Schneider, was cancelled three weeks Re/Max Solid Gold WorshipSales Service a.m. Nursery closed at: 10:00 this time Representative Sales Representative Sales Representative Hope Lutheran Realty (II) Ltd.,time Brokerage before festival day due to the Re/Max Solid Gold Nursery closed at this Re/Max Solid Gold www.hopelc.ca Re/Max Solid Gold 30 Shaftsbury Drive, Kitchener (519) 893-5290 Realty (II) Ltd., Brokerage 180 Weber St. S., Waterloo Realty (II) Ltd., Brokerage current pandemic, but the www.hopelc.ca Realty (II) Ltd., Brokerage 519-888-7110 Business EMSF committee decided it St. Worship180 Service : 10:00 a.m. 180Weber Weber St.S., S.,Waterloo Waterloo 180 Weber St.Business S., Church Waterloo Breslau Nursery Evangelical Missionary www.takemehome.ca 519-888-7110 519-888-7110 Business was not going to let another closed at this time 519-888-7110 Breslau Evangelical Missionary Church 102 Woolwich St., Breslau (519)Business 648-2712 year slip by without savouring www.takemehome.ca www.hopelc.ca www.takemehome.ca Woolwich St., Breslauevaluation (519) 648-2712 www.takemehome.ca For a free102 inSunday homeWorship market me at 519-888-7110. taste of festivals past – an Service: 10 a.m. in your area, callsome Sunday Worship Service: 10 a.m. *Price and closing date to be agreed upon by Peter and the seller. event which dates back over Children’s Ministry Youth Ministry Small Groups For a free in home market evaluation in your area, call me at 519-888-7110. For aa free free in home home market evaluation in your your area, area, call call me me at at 519-888-7110. 519-888-7110. Breslau Evangelical Missionary Church For in market evaluation in Children’s Ministry - Youth Ministry - Small Groups five decades. All are welcome! Visit us at www.bemc.ca *Price and closing date to be agreed upon by Peter and the seller. *Price and closing date to be agreed upon by Peter and the seller. 102 St., Breslau andVisit closing date to648-2712 be agreed upon by Peter and theThirty seller. AllWoolwich are *Price welcome! us at(519) www.bemc.ca three different businesses and groups helped Sunday Worship Service: 10 a.m. KNOW SOMEONE TALKING ABOUT MOVING? Stanley Park Community to sponsor the 2021 event, Children’s Ministry - Youth Ministry Church -Church Small Groups ABOUT KNOW SOMEONE TALKING KNOW SOMEONE TALKING ABOUTMOVING? MOVING? 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Eight women honoured with Oktoberfest Women of the Year awards
ktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year honoured a record number of nominees this year across eight award categories. Nominees were joined by friends, family and local dignitaries at a virtual awards event held in early May. The event featured internationally recognized author and guest speaker Samra Zafar, as well as a special music tribute from Juno nominated country music duo The Reklaws. The following women were recognized for their outstanding contributions to this community: Arts & Culture (sponsored by Home Hardware) recognizes women for enriching the culture of our community through the creation or promotion of the arts on a volunteer or professional basis. Jayme Armstrong Jayme’s transition from actor to director through her roots at Drayton Entertainment has allowed her to establish herself as a force in the Canadian theatre scene. Both onstage and off, she embodies positive traits that young women, emerging artists, and our local community can look to for inspiration. Jayme persevered in the pandemic, evolving Enchanted Entertainment (specializing in children’s character events) to include
significant charitable contributions across Canada. She initiated #shareyourmagic to encourage others to give back through acts of kindness including partnerships highlighting frontline workers, promoting awareness for artist support, and facilitating opportunities for unemployed local performers. Other nominees: Donna Dubie (Kitchener), Ruppan Grewal (Kitchener), Mona Mousa (Waterloo), Brenda Reid (Kitchener), April Bulmer (Cambridge), Jennifer Farquhar (Kitchener), Marcia Horvat (Waterloo), Lisa O’Connell (Waterloo) Community Service (sponsored by Rogers TV) recognizes women for generously volunteering time to programs and services that make our community a better place. Julie Sawatzky What began as a family project, giving food from their fridge to those in need in downtown Kitchener, has grown to a bustling volunteer organization under Julie’s leadership. Julie saw more needs than her family could support and immediately created a facebook group asking for donations of items and time; her call to action received immediate support as 5,000 facebook members responded! How Julie was able to
Elections to the Board of Directors of the Waterloo Regional Heritage Foundation The Waterloo Regional Heritage Foundation is a non-profit Corporation funded by Regional Council for the purpose of assisting organizations and individuals in the preservation of the heritage and culture of the Regional Municipality of Waterloo. The By-laws for the Foundation provide for the election of ten members-at-large to its Board of Directors. As of the Annual Meeting, there will be three (3) vacancies to be filled for three year terms. Elections will be held at the Annual General Meeting Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. Meeting to be held Electronically The Board of Directors currently meets electronically at 5:30 p.m. on the 4th Tuesday of each month, except July, August and December. Board of Director Applications may be obtained at the website (www.wrhf.org), or email firstname.lastname@example.org Due to COVID-19 restrictions meetings are currently being held electronically. If you wish to attend the meeting please contact the Foundation Secretary at email@example.com by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, June 7, 2021. If you require accessible or technical support, please contact the Foundation Secretary at least 5 days in advance of the meeting.
mobilize thousands of volunteers and touch the lives of so many people in need, was nothing short of incredible. She truly leads by example. Julie’s mission at 519 Community Connection has grown to be so much more with outreach events, an urban meal program, emergency food hampers and support with transition from shelter to housing for those most vulnerable residents of Waterloo Region. Other nominees: Lynda Abshoff (Cambridge), Andrea Davidson (Kitchener), Sharon Gilroy-Dreher (Kitchener), Joy Huggins (Waterloo), Bobbie Kennedy (Kitchener), Sylvia Kolednik (Kitchener), April Tu (Elmira), Tammy Webster (Kitchener), Siobhan Bonisteel (Cambridge), Selam Debs (Waterloo), Nadine Green (Cambridge), Tessa Jennison (Bayfield), Corey Kimpson (Cambridge), Shelley UvanileHesch (Baden), Corinne Williams (Kitchener) Entrepreneur (sponsored by Piller’s Fine Foods) recognizes women for initiating and/or administering an enterprise or business. Jill Zappitelli Jill is a courageous female entrepreneur who is committed to her role as a Human Resource professional. Jill opened her business, which quickly became a pillar for all businesses and organizations at all stages of their business cycles. Jill instinctively knew entrepreneurs would need and benefit from HR expertise to navigate other facets of their business. Plus, what better way to understand the complexities of entrepreneurship than to become one yourself, and predicate your entrepreneurial success on other entrepreneurs’ success! H2R Solutions has quickly grown to a team of twelve staff and is established as a strong employerbrand. Jill balances her business, with volunteering; she is a role model for her staff, HR colleagues and her sons, inspiring others to follow their business dreams. Other nominees: Bolatito Alawode (Kitchener), Irene Divaris (Waterloo), Gosia Jurgiel (Waterloo), Jessica Malcolm (Kitchener), Ainsley Poirier-Craig (Kitchener), Shelby Behling (Kitchener), Sandra Gibson (Waterloo), Leah Mackie (Waterloo), Stephanie Melo (Cambridge), Tracy Valko (Kitchener) Health & Wellness (sponsored by Greater KW Chamber of Commerce) recognizes women for promoting and helping others achieve and promote mental, physical or spiritual wellbeing in their career or community involvement. Dr. Linda Lee Not only does Dr. Lee provide excellent dementia care to her patients, she has worked tirelessly throughout her career to spread her novel approach of inter-professional care to other communities. Early in her career Dr. Lee became aware that people with dementia were going undiagnosed and under-treated. She witnessed the challenges that patients and their families faced. So she chose to do something about it. She revolutionized dementia care
by creating the MINT Memory Clinic model. It integrates assessment, treatment planning, and links to community supports, all under one roof. Patients are supported by a team - physician, nurse, pharmacist, social work and occupational therapy. What started as one clinic in Kitchener, has grown to be an internationally recognized model of care with over 110 locations across Canada. Other nominees: Dajana Beckman (Kitchener), Dr. Nicole Didyk (Waterloo), Michelle Wein (Drumbo), Dr. Veronique Boscart (Bright), Kate Elliott (Waterloo), Diana Strickland (Kitchener) Lifetime Achievement (Sponsored by Schlegel Villages) recognizes women for being role models, mentors and/or advocates for positive and social change throughout their lifetime. Donna Dubie Donna works to bring First Nations Metis Inuit culture to the region and she does so with the intention of being as genuine to the community and culture as possible. Donna selflessly works to make each person feel heard and understood, while advocating for them at many different levels. For Donna, this is a duty and not a job in her leadership of the Healing of the Seven Generations. She strives in her work to build community and healing for the First Nations Metis Inuit peoples of this region even during a pandemic. Donna’s nominators describe her impact and number of contributions as so numerous, they could fill an entire series of books. Donna has given them all a voice and created a platform to stand on in the fight for equality and rights as First Nations Metis Inuit. It is her passion; it is the reason she gets up every day and why she has never taken any recognition for the work she does for this community. Other nominees: Lynda Abshoff (Cambridge), April Bulmer (Cambridge), Marcia Horvat (Waterloo), Patricia Polischuk (Kitchener), Sherry ShannonVanstone (Campbellville), Shelley Uvanile-Hesch (Baden), Dr. Veronique Boscart (Bright), Dr. Lina Lee (Kitchener), Laura Potje (Drumbo), Lisa Toner (Breslau) Tracy Valko (Kitchener), Corinne Williams (Kitchener) Professional (sponsored by Rogers Radio) recognizes women for dedicating themselves to the pursuit of excellence in their chosen careers. Jennifer Gordon Jennifer has committed her professional career to education, advocacy and improvement of the status of women. At the YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo, Jennifer served as the Director of Youth Services and Entrepreneurship where she brought a portfolio of innovative youth programming as well as the In Her Shoes social enterprise to the community. More recently, as the Director of Advocacy for YW KW, she leads the Feminist Shift, whose mission it is to address and prevent gender-based violence. Jennifer balances her work at the YWCA with her role as a Senior Advisor at the Canadian Centre for Disability Studies
(Eviance), a national communitybased research organization that is a leader in disability human rights and operates a consulting business. She knows how to lead social impact work that creates real positive change through business, research, art, or advocacy. Other nominees: Irindeep Badial (Cambridge), Kimberley Fowler (Cambridge), Colleen James (Kitchener), Patricia Polischuk (Kitchener), Sandi Young (Cambridge), Judy Bradford (Cambridge), Kathryn Kitchen (Baden) Lisa Toner (Breslau) Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math (sponsored by Enbridge) recognizes women for outstanding advancement to the field of STEAM. Sherry Shannon-Vanstone Sherry’s lived experience as a girl growing up in an era when few women pursued the study of Mathematics was the start of her journey to become a trail-blazer in the STEAM field. While involved in her career and several business start-ups, Sherry actively engaged in volunteer work that inspired the next generation of female STEAM leaders. From the Women in Communications and Technology group to her educational outreach with the Perimeter Institute and academic institutions, Sherry seldom passes up the chance to speak to girls who need to “see” and hear from a woman in STEAM. Other nominees: Tereza Dan (Waterloo), Angelique Mohring (Kitchener), Avonwy (Avvey) Peters (Kitchener), Karishma Punwani (Kitchener), Komal Singh (Kitchener), Christine Logel (Kitchener), Olga Pawluczyk (Waterloo), Laura Potje (Drumbo), Leah Zhang-Kennedy (Stratford) Young Adult (14 to 25) (sponsored by the Kitchener Fire Department) recognizes young women for leading by example and being a role model for their peers. Fatima Awan Fatima is an inspiration and role model with an innate ability to make things happen, create a difference, and overcome challenges. She has made an enormous impact over the past 4 years at Southwood Secondary School as a passionate advocate for all students. Fatima is an engaged community leader, of youth programs at Kinbridge Community Centre, actively involved in committees and as President of School Activity Council as well as an active fundraiser - accumulating over 1000 hours of volunteer time. Fatima exemplifies the virtue of good citizenship and inspires all of us to go above and beyond expectations. Other nominees: Nikolina Lesic (Kitchener), Kirsten Mosey (Waterloo), Emma Spence (Cambridge), Samantha Heard (Waterloo), Jasmine Marinelli (Kitchener), Mariko Shimoda (Kitchener), Rupakeerthana Vemulapalli (Mississauga) A feature presentation of the 2021 K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year Award will be televised on Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 7 pm on Rogers TV, Cable 20. Details at www.rogerstv.com
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ur family received an unexpected Dear Carrie Debrone, dose ofCitizen delight week. Whileit I was pleased to get your Kitchener (east last edition) and found quite informative and Iboth thankKatherine you for it. and I have recently received I just read your shortour article regarding naturalthis gas rates going down first vaccinetheshots, injection took for residential customers. the form of an uplifting email to my wife, You write that Kitchener Utilities have a 2,100 cubic meter average use carrying newsI that her long-awaited annually for its residential customers. still have an imperial gaspuppy, meter, much inanticipated, would suddenly be which shows the consumption cubic feet. I have never been able to read matter, for evenpick-up. the meter readers seem to have a that meter and as for that available problem with it as well. Why wouldvaccines the city issue a billpromise in the amount Andelselike that to of $452? the spread of COVID-19 variants, this pup’s imminent combat My January bill had been $222.16. February, $295.79, there I already sat arrival produced anthen unexpected elation in me. A especially year of social up and took notice, but excused it by, the winter being harsh. distancing had recently reduced my colourful outlook to very one However, when I received my March bill, I knew that something was tinged increasing shades gray. wrong. by I called the Utility Officeofand was asked to take a piece of paper I did not and a penago, and read the meter myself. To this request I replied Years a family friend remarked that all life’sthat problems know how read the imperial and aside from that, it wasn'tsmiling my job. could betosolved by dogmeter ownership. I remember The lady I talked to was very nice and agreed to send somebody out to do indulgently at this homespun wisdom, but having endured a year in which both of our collies had passed away, this advice now carried more truth than I had previously imagined. You see, the cynicism I had been quick to recognize in others had found a home within me. When local protesters met to superspread their complaints about the loss of personal freedoms, I contemplated driving by these rallies, not to honk in support, but to sneer in disdain. I found myself leaving grocery lineups when I could no longer bear outlandish tales from fellow that arrival spokeinofKitchener government officials forcing As a shoppers relatively new I've been exploring the vaccine needles into our veins. photographic arts opportunities here and first impressions are very encouraging. It's just not justemail in the dinged, tech side of quality thatathe community But then Katherine’s and I saw picture of a should little be judged. A thriving community does well. This can sweet dog held aloftArts in two hands.usually My world brightened, not always measured financialhuman spectrumabsurdity as the livingfaded standard and newsbeitems thatin the reported in
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significance. another reading and also promised to call me back once this was done. It thenext Arizona andherWildlife wasLike the very day that IFish received call tellingDepartment, me that the new seeking amount owing was now $200.10, difference of $251.90. I only wonder how 12 volunteer huntersa mere to cull 400 bison and receiving 45,000 often the meterOld hadme beenwould misread in the past. applicants. have criticized those Americans who My neighbours on either side have metric meters and I had previously enjoy any excuse to fire off their assault rifles. But puppy me asked if I could get one that I would be able to read. The answer to that dreamily instead, imagining how one small life would consisted of smiled a flat NO. better ourhad world. The city pre-authorized withdrawal privileges for 2004/005 which theyOr bungled up so badly thatreported I revokedhundreds that privilege. I did ask that office the broadcast that of Albertans holding toa please sendanti-lockdown me a paper trail for my records which I never received nor defiant rodeo that displayed neither social did I get an answer to my request and,would of course, onesighed can forget an distancing nor masks. Old me have at about reckless apology. spectators broncos bucking and or cowboys lassoing I realize thatwatching it is up to your discretion to publish not to publish my steers. Puppy me was drawn instead to thoughts of Katherine letter. However if you decide to print it I would like to warn my fellow working withto her own"vigilant" little doggie in athat backyard filled with "Kitchenerites" be extra every time Utility Bill arrives. training toys.
Respectfully, Many of the same people who ignore the statistics that support Ingrid E. Merkel
vaccine effectiveness, and masks, and social distancing, own dogs themselves. Yet have any of us ever witnessed protesters gathering to denounce the scientific advantages of canine companionship? When a dog enters your life, depression, high blood pressure, and cholesterol levels are all lowered. This pandemic might have diminished our opportunities for human contact, but hugs and squeezes and cuddles bestowed upon our furry friends can go a long way to correct this imbalance. Dogs are ambassadors of joy. Out for a walk, we can be passed by stoic strangers, when you by a very impressed by the Arts officebut at City Hall andare withaccompanied how they provided puppy, new acquaintances spring up like May flowers. As we me with information about what was going on here. Those people in turn all inch closer a world positive interactions, have offered theirtoown advicethat and allows contacts,more so again two thumbs up for the of support they give eachthe other. ourlevel family will contemplate arrival of one small Sheltie who Yes,give there already many photographers doing the normal will us aarechance to practice.
Just what makes Kitchener so good at Arts development?
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Inclusive programming If you or your child has a disability and require 1:1 support to participate in any of our in-person programs, we will do our best to accommodate you. Support may be provided by program staff, trained volunteers or support workers. Visit www.kitchener.ca/leisuresupport for more information. For any other accommodation needs or requests, please contact the Inclusion Services Coordinator at 519-741-2200 ext. 7229 or email@example.com
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Community centres In-person registered programs may be offered once the provincial shutdown has been lifted, including: Book your Bubble: With the Book your Bubble program, residents can pre-book time to use a community centre gym for physical activity with their household bubble of up to 10 people. Booking gym time is FREE and bookings for each 45-minute time slot can be made online, in-person or by calling the centre. Select programs and day camps: sign your kids, or yourself, up for a safe and fun program. Be sure to visit www.kitchener.ca/communitycentres or www.kitchener.ca/activenet to learn what programs are currently being offered.
Children and Youth Programming Natural areas programs: Get your vitamin-N (nature) along with these fun and informative programs offered in our Kitchener Natural Areas Program. Visit www.kitchener.ca/knap to see which programs are currently being offered in-person or online.
Throughout the pandemic, the City of Kitchener is continuing to offer children and youth recreational opportunities that support physical and emotional wellbeing with a focus on fun and connection! Virtual programs have a focus on art, movement, exploration and writing:
Trails: Kitchener has over 125 kilometers of trails and many parks, natural areas and outdoor spaces. Find a trail or a park near you at www.kitchener.ca/parks
NEW: Heart of Hope Project (9-12 years old)
Walking tours: Kitchener is a vibrant community filled with history and charm. What better way to discover it, than by foot! Here are some self-guided walking tours you can do on your own or with your own household this winter: www.kitchener.ca/tours
In-person registered programs may be offered following the provincial shutdown.
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S U M M E R 2021
Swimming programs In-person registered programs may be offered once the provincial shutdown has been lifted, including: Private and family swimming lessons Leadership and lifeguard programs Registered aqua-fitness, adult swims, lane swims and family swims
Registration dates: First term: June 15 for lessons in July Second term: July 6 for lessons in August Be sure to visit www.kitchener.ca/pools to learn what programs are offered.
Older Adult Programs and Services This spring, stay connected while safely at home by joining us for fun and engaging programs with other seniors: Kitchener Connections - free weekday programs via phone Social Support Calls - support for those feeling isolated, or just want to talk Connected @ Home Program - receive activity boxes, join weekly teleconferences or Zoom group activities Rock Solid Connections - an interactive Zoom-based social and recreational program Kitchener Tech Connects - free technology training and lending library
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Kitchener Market The Kitchener Market remains open for the Farmers’ Market and takeout orders from the Food Hall on Saturdays, 7am-2pm. Some market vendors have now moved outside for added shopping area! The Market is offering a great variety of virtual programming, including cooking classes and demos for different ages and skill levels. See what’s happening at the Market this month by visiting www.KitchenerMarket.ca/Calendar
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PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Raj Saini MP for Kitchener Centre
Dear friends, May 3rd to May 9th is Mental Health Awareness Week in Canada. By the time you receive this parliamentary update the week would have passed, however the cause remains. It is more important than ever to recognize and acknowledge the diverse range of feelings all of us might be witnessing. Whatever you are feeling and wherever you are in your life right now, please take a moment to commend yourself. This Mental Health Week Canadians were encouraged to name and not numb how they are feeling. If you would like to know more please visit www. mentalhealthweek.ca for some
great resources and please share it with your friends and family. Now moving on to the Parliamentary Affairs, this month our government’s Budget 2021 has been the centerpiece. Given the times we are in, this is a historical budget focused on finishing the fight against COVID-19 and rebuilding a fairer and more prosperous future. It means providing the social infrastructure families, business and seniors need to flourish. During this pandemic we witnessed issues impacting residents and workers in our long-term care homes. To ensure the safety of our seniors, Budget 2021 proposes providing $3
billion over five years, starting in 2022-23, to Health Canada. This will allow Health Canada to support provinces and territories in implementing standards for long-term care and ensuring permanent changes are made. Additionally, for seniors who want to stay at home and live healthy and independent lives, Budget 2021 proposes $90 million over three years, starting in 2021-22, to launch the Age Well at Home initiative. This initiative will assist local organizations in providing support that will help vulnerable and/or low-income seniors. For example, matching seniors with volunteers to help run daily errands. Furthermore, the
initiative will support national and regional projects that are helping seniors access services and are proven to help seniors stay at home. Budget 2021 recognizes that older seniors have different needs and proposes a one-time payment of $500 in August 2021 to Old Age Security (OAS) pensioners who will be 75 or over as of June 2022. Legislation will also be introduced to deliver on our promise of increasing regular OAS payments for pensioners 75 and over by 10 per cent on an ongoing basis as of July 2022. This would increase the benefits for approximately 3.3 million seniors, providing additional $766 to full pensioners in the
first year, and indexed to inflation going forward. Budget 2021 provides a well-rounded approach for job creation, climate action, green economy, and early learning and childcare. I will get into details of these topics in coming updates and I invite you to connect with me if you have any questions or concerns about Budget 2021. You can reach me via email Raj. Saini@parl.gc.ca or phone 519741-2001. To access a copy of the budget please visit: www. budget.gc.ca/2021
PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Tim Louis MP for Kitchener-Conestoga
hope you are safe and well, thanks for doing your part to protect our community. To date, thirty-six percent of Canadians have received a vaccine. Every week, Canada will receive over 3 million vaccine doses to distribute to the provinces. My priority is keeping Kitchener-Conestoga safe, and supporting you through this global pandemic. Our 2021 budget will help us finish the fight against COVID-19 by
investing in our health care system and in programs to support Canadians. We’ll keep working with provinces to keep Canadians safe today and every day. In April we introduced Budget 2021, a historic investment to address the impact of COVID-19 by putting Canadians – you – first. Your input in the pre-budget consultations I held earlier this year was instrumental in putting together this plan. With this federal budget, we
are making investments that will recover lost jobs and build a more resilient, prosperous, and fair Canada. For parents and families, we’re making a transformative investment to build a nationwide early learning and childcare system. This plan will reduce the cost of childcare by 50 percent by next year and reach an average of $10 per day in five years. Addressing climate change is a priority of this budget, starting at home with loans to support deep home energy retrofits like replacing oil furnaces or drafty windows and doors. We are also establishing
a Natural Infrastructure Fund to support projects to improve our green spaces and waterfronts, mitigating the impacts of climate change. May 10 to 16 is National Nursing Week. Nurses have been on the frontlines throughout the pandemic, playing a critical role in our country’s fight against COVID-19. This week, we recognize the personal sacrifices Canadian nurses have made to safeguard the well-being and health of our communities. On behalf of our grateful community, thank you to our healthcare workers and volunteers at the Region of Waterloo.
Even as Canadians continue to get vaccinated, we must do all we can to protect ourselves and each other. Continue to wear a mask, wash your hands, keep your distance, use the COVID Alert app and avoid gatherings. The health and safety of Canadians is our Federal government’s top priority. We are here to support you, whatever is needed for as long as it takes. Stay safe and take care.
PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Marwan Tabbara MP for Kitchener South—Hespeler
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fter a month of provincewide lockdowns, it seems the desired effect is finally taking place. Case counts are once again beginning to drop, pulling us back from the dire situation we faced throughout April. It is important not to get complacent, and to continue to respect all public health measures to prevent yet another wave from taking hold. With that being said, I wanted to look ahead today to discuss the government’s newly passed budget, and what it means for our postpandemic economic recovery. The new budget has enshrined the government’s commitment to assist Canadians through the end of this crisis, improve upon pre-existing social security, and invest in Canadians to create future growth. While there is more than a column’s worth to discuss, I want to focus today on the elements that most directly impact Canadians and the economy. In order to ensure Canadians remain supported until we
turn a new page, the budget has allocated funds to extend pandemic supports for individuals and businesses through the fall. However, the government is also allocating funds to strengthen pre-existing supports for the future. This includes creating a $15 federal minimum wage, extending the maximum period of EI Sickness Benefits to 26 weeks (up from 15), and increasing OAS payments by 10% for pensioners 75 years of age or older beginning in July 2022. The government has made clear that it recognizes the disproportionate impacts of the crisis, and that investing in Canadians will be the key to our future success. This includes, for example, helping students by extending interestfree repayment periods of their loans until March 2023. The bigger and more ambitious announcement in this respect is a massive investment to create and sustain a national child care program. This will help families make ends meet,
increase women’s labour force participation rates and create big returns for the Canadian economy. Looking forward, the government has announced an investment of $100 billion over the next 3 years to jumpstart our economic recovery. This massive infusion will be used to ensure that our recovery is sustainable and includes a just and green transition for our economy. While we are not there yet, the measures included in the newly approved budget provide hope and optimism for our futures. In the meantime, it’s important for us all to continue doing our part to finally put this crisis behind us. I urge everyone in the community to protect themselves and their community by getting their vaccine as soon as possible and continuing to obey public health measures.
May 2021 l Kitchener Citizen l Page 11 Peter is a licensed Sales Representative with Re/Max and has specialized in the Stanley Park area for over 35 years.
Prices stay steady!
he Real Estate market in Kitchener-Waterloo and all of Ontario continues it’s crazy pace with Multiple offers on almost every listing and home selling well over asking price. Surprisingly prices have not increased substantially month over month. The average single family home remains around $900,000 almost unchanged from a month earlier. How can this be? The truth is we have seen prices rise then fall and rise again over the
past 60 days. As the second lockdown was loosened, we saw more new listings which caused prices to soften a little. But, as the 3rd lock down happened, new listings slowed and buyers panicked and prices rose again. This is a good indication as to what will probably happen as this 3rd lock down is lifted. For a free over the phone Market Evaluation or in person, please call me at 519-589-3554.
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Single Detached Home –3 bedroom, single garage Single Detached Home –4 bedroom, double garage
Low $626,000 High $845,000 Low $858,000 High $1,515,000
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Why do people buy condominiums? (Will this lifestyle suit my needs?) Q. I have heard many negative as well as positive comments about condo living. It is time to retire from our house that is too big to take care of now that we are retirement age. We think condo living would be a good option. Any advice you can offer would be very helpful. A. Condominium living can be a great way of life and may actually be a good option for retirement. However, to be absolutely sure that this lifestyle suits your needs, some research would be well advised. If you choose a hirise condominium you will have people above you, beside you or below you. Therefore, you must respect other people’s rights to quiet enjoyment in this vertical village? Can you turn down the volume of your radio, walk softly, close doors without slamming them, vacuum at reasonable hours etc? It is very important to remember that most condominium owners share walls with their neighbours and the odds are that you are going to hear some type of noise. Sounds can travel from elevators, laundry rooms, gym room, swimming pool etc., so be sure to consider how close your unit is to these facilities. Even the best soundproofing won’t block out every noise. Due to the high density nature of condominium living there are several rules and restrictions to consider. Be diligent in your search for the perfect condo and don’t rush into it without checking the restrictions that are attached. Get written confirmation of all assurances you have re-
ceived from the seller. Especially, when it involves parking and pets. Verbal statements will be of no use to you should there be conflict between what you were told and what appears in the condominium documents. Another fact of life you must consider when choosing this lifestyle is a condominium owner association. Condominium corporations are managed by a board of directors whom are elected by the owners. Some properties are self managed and others hire the support of a property manager. Prospective buyers will need to research the condo corporation, especially the board of directors, to determine how they manage the community. Review the minutes of the board of director meetings over the past year or so to see if there have been any issues of contention or re-occurring problems that don’t seem to be corrected. A well organized condominium corporation is vital in order to maintain an attractive property with good re-sale value. Before you take the plunge weigh all the pros and cons. This lifestyle is not for everyone but it seems to be winning over a growing legion of homeowners across the continent. * * * Marilyn Lincoln is a condo owner, director and author of The Condominium Self Management Guide 2nd ed. Email marilyncondoguide@ hotmail.com with questions
Very clean, well cared for home, located on a quiet mature Crescent, close to schools and shopping. This well built home has oak hardwood flooring and plaster construction. Most windows and the front door have been replaced. New roof in 2009. New high efficiency gas furnace in 2016. You will love this beautiful home that backs onto the Grand River and Kilometers of biking and walking trails. This well cared for townhouse Condo has an eat-in kitchen with newer countertops. Bright living room that looks out to the private treed yard. 3 bedrooms upstairs and finished recreation room downstairs.
Well cared for Duplex located close to King St, the LRT and all amenities. The main floor 2 bedroom unit has recently renovated and will be vacant May 30th. The upstairs 2 bedroom unit has long term tenants that wish to stay.
Peter Schneider Sales Representative Re/Max Solid Gold Realty (II) Ltd., Brokerage
180 Weber St. S., Waterloo 519-888-7110 www.takemehome.ca
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Notes from City Hall
Hi Ward 1! Hope you’re well. I’m going to skip the usual COVID ‘staysafe’ speech this time around and speak to those of you who are faring well, at least financially, during this
pandemic. Though some of our incomes have been largely unaffected by COVID, many businesses are struggling as a direct result. If you want to use some of those saved-upcents to help those less fortunate, I have a couple of suggestions. The first is a pretty easy one, order some take-out from a local restaurant! Many restaurants, especially the non-fast-food variety, are taking it on-the-chin from COVID but they’ve also adapted by offering enhanced
take-out options. So, hit up places like the Lancaster Smokehouse, the Arabesque Family Restaurant, or the Whale & Ale! I’d also ask if you’re able to pick up the food yourself, please do so, as the UberEats and SkipTheDishes of the world tend to eat up much of the restaurant’s profit. My other suggestion has nothing to do with COVID and is more to do with it being the month of May. Every year since 2014, a friend, barnraiser, and well-known radio
host has given up an entire month of his life, every May, to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis doing odd jobs for a donation. Mike Farwell has donated more of his time to the community than anyone I know, but mostly in the pursuit of a cure for the disease that claimed the lives of two of his sisters. If you have the time and the means, I’d ask that you please make a donation at https://www. kwcf.ca/farwell4hire.
I hope you’re looking forward to the nicer weather and making even more use of our parks and trails. Our city staff have done a great job with the remediation of the Storm Water
Management Facility in Springmount Park. The trail has been repaved and once things green up, the area will look even better. The work brought improved function for storm water and environmental improvements that benefit wildlife. We’re developing a new Places and Spaces Strategy to have a fresh look at what residents want in their neighbourhood parks and how they’d like to see open spaces used. You can be part of this and give your input on local park improvements, city-wide park projects and
developing the Places and Spaces Strategy. Visit Kitchener.ca and search Places and Spaces. Our city grass cutting season is underway. Staff try to cut all grass once every three to four weeks. Some areas like sportfields may get cut more often. Some areas, like the sides of trails may get cut less often. Weather plays a part in how often we can cut grass. In wet periods, it might be too wet for the equipment to operate safely or without damaging turf. In dry weather, grass may go dormant or grow very slowly, so we
cut less often. Our Kitchener website has been updated. You can customize it by using the “My Kitchener” option. I hope you visit my website daveschnider.com too. Stay Happy, Healthy and Safe and warm wishes for a Happy Mother’s Day. If I can assist you, contact me or call our contact line anytime at 519741-2345. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @DaveSchniderKW and friend me on Facebook.
that most adults will be eligible to register for their vaccinations. I urge everyone to register and receive their vaccines. Only then will things return to some form of normal. In the meantime, please adhere to the current protocols of keeping proper distances and wearing masks. During the past sixteen months there have been many social changes. Some are due to COVID-19 where many others are a result of activities that have occurred around the world and especially with our neighbouring country to the south. It
has become clearer that many of the injustices suffered around the world, although not as prevalent, have also occurred in our own country, even in our own neighbourhoods. As we deal with this phase of our history there will undoubtedly be many changes introduced in the way we do things. Considerable new costs will be incurred. An enormous amount of public engagement will be necessary. Again, I urge everyone of every age to participate in these discussions. Only by participation and healthy and open discussions will many of these
necessary changes occur. I continue to hear from many constituents about the Traffic Calming measures in place or planned for this summer. I welcome and appreciate your comments. Please feel free to contact me, at your convenience, to discuss any and all Ward/City issues. I am pretty much available 24/7 as I have no other places to visit. Thank you for your continued support during these challenging times. john. firstname.lastname@example.org 519-744-0807 (Home/Office) email@example.com 519-498-2389 (Cell)
50 to 40km/hr as part of this pilot project over the summer. Residents in the affected neighbourhoods will receive a postcard with a link to a survey to provide feedback to staff about the pilot. For more info, go to kitchener.ca and search transportation projects, then choose Neighbourhood speed limit pilot. The recent, unanimous decision by council, allowing additional dwelling units (ADU’s) on qualifying properties is a welcome start to bringing relief to our current housing
crisis. There is still lots of work to be done by planning staff to outline design guidelines for ADU’s. Stay tuned for a design competition to be hosted by planning staff for postsecondary students and design professionals to come up with tiny house concepts. Kitchener In Bloom is just around the corner! This program aims to celebrate citizens and business owners who create gardens to make our city beautiful. If any of your neighbours or local business
owners you know work to make their space beautiful, you can recognize their property online at kitchener.ca, search Kitchener in Bloom or call 519-741-2200 ext 7537. There is still time to visit the Homer Watson House & Gallery’s (HWHG) outdoor art exhibit Arena & Alpha, by artists Benoit Maubrey and Trevor Waurechenand, It will be at this gallery at 1754 Old Mill Rd until May 31. For more details, go to homerwatson.ca or call the HWHG at 518-748-4377.
Strasburg Creek) has restarted. Many artifacts were found last year, requiring archeological work, which delayed some of the road construction work that was planned for 2020. The remaining road work, which includes road widening, new multi-use path and street lighting, south of Bleams Rd will need to be completed this year following the completion of the archeological investigations. Expect to see 2-way traffic during the majority of the construction with the occasional lane restrictions. In addition, construction
of the Fischer Hallman Rd and Bleams Rd roundabout will also take place with an anticipated completion by December 2021. For questions about this project, please contact the Region’s Senior Engineer, Justin Armstrong at JuArmstrong@ regionofwaterloo.ca. Neighbourhood Speed Limit Pilot The Huron Village neighbourhood (borders are Fischer Hallman Rd, Huron Natural Area and Huron Rd) is currently one of three areas where speed limits have been reduced from 50 km/h to 40 km/h as part of
our Neighbourhood Speed Limit Pilot project running throughout 2021. The purpose of the pilot is to evaluate the challenges, cost and impacts of slower speed limits. As a resident within this area, you can expect to receive a postcard in the summer that includes a link to a survey where you can provide your feedback about the pilot. Our City of Kitchener staff will be monitoring the pilot neighbourhoods and will report their findings by the end of 2021.
Post Covid We continue to be under a provincewide shutdown with most facilities still closed for public use. However, more and more of our citizens are getting vaccinated. Within the next month I expect
Speeding is one of the top concerns received regularly by council. The Doon South, Idlewood and Huron Park neighourhoods will see the speed limit lowered from
Construction on Fischer Hallman Rd - Update from the Region The Region’s construction of Fischer Hallman Road improvements (between Rockwood Rd and
Happy May, Kitchener! It’s hard to believe how quickly time is flying by, despite the personal and professional challenges we are all dealing with as individually, within our families and within our workplaces, we tackle the realities of #COVID19! Despite these challenges, it is great to see and hear about the positive things people continue to do for each other – paying it forward at a drive-thru, checking in on elderly neighbours, celebrating our health-care heroes who are sacrificing so much. Thank you to everyone who despite the challenges we have all lived through, is being kind, staying positive and doing what we can to get through this – together! EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS WEEK Last week was emergency preparedness week, but I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to remind folks to check on their emergency supplies in their homes and make sure your family’s emergency plan is up-to-date. This year’s theme was Emergency Preparedness: Be Ready for Anything. By taking a few simple steps, you and your family can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies – anytime, anywhere. It is important to: Know the risks – Although the consequences of disasters can be similar, knowing the risks specific to our community and our region can help you better prepare. Make a plan – It will help you and your family know what to do Get an emergency kit – During an emergency, we will all need some basic supplies. We may need to get by without power or tap water. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours in an emergency. For more information, visit: www. alertwr.ca COVID-19 UPDATE As of last week, we are starting to see trends begin to move in the right direction but rates remain high in Waterloo Region. As of May 6, our weekly incidence rate was at approximately 70 cases per 100,000 per week, while the weekly incidence rate for Ontario was around 140 cases per 100,000 per week. Taking into account interim data, our 7-day average for percent positivity was at 5.6 per cent while Ontario’s average was at 7.9 per cent. We continue to have a significant number of COVID-19 cases in our local hospitals, both acute cases and those who are no longer infectious but remain in serious condition, requiring ongoing hospitalization or ICU care. Our situation can change quickly if we don’t keep up with public health measures. We need to keep up with these measures to drive our rates
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Notes from City Hall
Dear Ward 6 Residents, While some business sectors have thrived because of the pandemic, many small area businesses have suffered great losses. City Council
has been mindful of the economic impacts and strongly supports business recovery. Council directed staff and supported a twofold economic support and recovery plan to: “Unleash our community spirit and spending power,” which will include the launch of the “Love My Business” program aimed at accelerating food retail, and to service businesses. “Accelerate a new wave of entrepreneurship and innovation” to support start-ups and scale-ups, the launch of an entrepreneurial network,
and work to attract new business. The city will also continue to dedicate its existing resources to supporting businesses through the Small Business Centre and supporting arts, culture and festival organizations. Work in partnership with organizations like Waterloo EDC will also continue to attract new businesses to Kitchener. Although we’ve seen Kitchener businesses reinvent themselves like never before, many have been left behind. I’m excited to see our economic recovery plan include
creative campaigns that I’m really passionate about, like Love My Business, an idea that I had brought forward to our staff, one that I’m glad to see incorporated in the new recovery plan. City Council will continue to put a high priority on supporting local businesses in their recovery; #LoveMyBusiness is one of the first steps, along with the launch of a new seed fund to stimulate growth and opportunity, to strengthen the Make It Kitchener 2.0, Economic Development Strategy.
Our City is growing, and we have a significant shortage of housing and rental properties. Unfortunately, single family homes are becoming a luxury that our community can
no longer afford, economically or sustainability-wise. This is why I am so pleased to share that on April 26th, a new zoning by-law amendment was approved by me and my fellow Council members, which allows for detached additional dwelling units (ADU’s) or what is also referred to as tiny houses, laneway suites or backyard homes. This decision is based on a staff report created in response to a strong community interest in constructing Additional Dwelling Units (Attached and Detached). The
City received feedback from residents through community engagement opportunities which included a 2019 survey, a Public Meeting in 2020 and 2021 focus group. The staff report recommended expediting allowances by amending the existing zoning by-law to permit 1. Additional Dwelling Units (Detached) on all low-rise residential properties and 2. Semi-Detached Duplex Dwellings in all zones that allow Semi-Detached Dwellings. New zoning and parking regulations will apply to help ensure
these new units are a good fit in our existing neighbourhoods. The permit process to construct an additional dwelling unit (detached) will require a site plan application and building permit. Additional requirements may be needed if the property is located within the GRCA’s regulated area or if the property is a listed or designated heritage property. You can find more information by visiting www.kitchener.ca, keyword search: “Backyard homes and duplexes”.
Stormwater Tips Hey Ward 8! May is a great month to start planning projects for the coming growing season. Watching it rain and taking notice
of the rain flow and runoff on your property can help to show where you might have issues with drainage. You may want to consider creating a rain garden or utilize rain barrels as a way to improve these issues. REEP Green Solutions has partnered with the City of Kitchener to provide an upcoming webinar event: Designing your Rain Garden on May 18. This free workshop will teach you the benefits of rain gardens and how to plan and build
a rain garden in your own yard! Visit www.reepgreen.ca and click on Events to register. Spring Clean-up Now that the weather is nicer and we are spending more time outdoors (safely), we can all do our part to help keep our neighbourhoods, parks and open spaces clean! Next time you go out for a walk, be a good steward and if you see trash along the way, pick it up. Be careful not to touch toxic materials, broken glass, dead
animals or needles. Call 519-7412345 to report any items too large or unsafe to pick up. For needles and other hazardous materials, call the Region of Waterloo at 519-575-4400 to report. Most importantly, please remember to follow our public health guidelines including avoiding crowds and physical distance yourself from others while out and about.
push to help people get vaccinated in high-risk areas. Some of these areas are in Ward 9. Speaking of ‘diversity, equity and inclusion,’ I attended the Annual Celebration of Capacity Canada a few weeks ago. It is an organization I have only recently become aware of. They provide professional supports to not-forprofit organizations; everything from leadership skills to governance and knowledge sharing. What most impacted me was a joint panel with Nneka Allen and
Mide Akerewasi. Nneka critically examined the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion mantra we have all bought into. She pointed out that diversity is little more than statistics, which often result in tokenism. So, for example, “we” look at how many black people or indigenous people “we” employ or are on a committee etc. and then “we” try to recruit more to even out the numbers. Regarding inclusion, she stated that it is based on existing power dynamics that result in assimilation. Her argument is that the “we” who
are in fact white people seek ways to include black people or people of colour into our whiteness. Her summary argument was that the only way to achieve social justice is to achieve equity. I leave this for you to ponder. Mide invites us to listen, reflect, advocate and to be an ally. As a society I believe “we” can do better. I will continue to check my privilege and whiteness and try to do better. I invite you to do the same. Stay healthy!
receiving their first dose. I see these photos as encouragement for others to do the same when it is our turn, and I am so grateful to be among those lucky enough to have rolled up my sleeve earlier this month. If you remain hesitant to sign up when you have your chance, may I remind you that the science is clear: the threat of serious illness due to COVID-19 is much greater than the rare threat of serious side-effects from some vaccines...and it didn’t even hurt! You can do it! STAY SAFE ASYMPTOMATIC
SCREENING Have you seen one of the three rapid testing buses out and about in Waterloo Region? Check out their schedules here: staysafescreen.ca These are specifically offering free rapid testing for any asymptomatic people who have not been advised of a possible exposure to COVID-19. The test is self-administered, and it takes about 15 minutes to receive the results. This approach is going to help us identify more asymptomatic cases, which will help slow the spread of the virus and ultimately
help speed up the timeline for reopening our economy. They are currently looking for volunteers to help with this initiative. SUPPORT OUR SMALL BUSINESSES I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Our community thrives when our residents choose to support our small independent businesses whenever possible. Seek them out. Make the time. The hospitality and service industries need us now more than ever. www.shopkw.ca heylocal. ca
The vaccine is slowly becoming available to more people. I got my first shot in mid-April and am feeling a sense of protection I didn’t have before. I was pleased to see a
VACCINES Now that vaccines are increasingly being made available to more groups of people in these last several weeks, we are flooded with images of people
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down. We need to drive them lower and lower. We do not want to emerge from lockdown at high levels. This will keep us continually at risk and under restrictions for longer. We continue to make strong progress in our vaccine distribution in Waterloo region. All COVID-19 vaccines available in Ontario have been determined to be safe and effective by Health Canada. For the vast majority of the population, the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccines outweigh the risks of getting COVID-19. In Waterloo Region, our rates remain high. We’ve been in the Red Zone or Shutdown since November 2020. The best vaccine is the first vaccine you are offered. For the latest information on COVID-19, public health and vaccine information, please visit www.kitchener. ca/covid19 and www.regionofwaterloo. ca/covid19 . JOIN KITCHENER BOXER MANDY BUJOLD’S RIGHT TO FIGHT Many of you know Mandy Bujold – Kitchener resident, mom, community advocate and multiple-medal winning female boxer. As it has been widely circulated in the media over the past few weeks, Mandy Bujold has been fighting for her right to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Due to the Americas Olympic Qualifier in Argentina being cancelled, Mandy was deprived of the opportunity to compete at the Tokyo Olympic Games. This is due to a change in the IOC qualification rules which does not take into consideration Mandy’s 2017 pre-pregnancy ranking in the Americas. Only 3 events held during an 11-month period in 2018 and 2019 are now being considered to qualify which female athletes in the Americas will compete in Tokyo. During this qualification period, Mandy was pregnant and/or postpartum and, therefore, did not attend these events. Currently, Mandy is in the process of a legal challenge to demand that the qualification rules be revised. As a result, she urgently requires funding to pay the legal costs associated with this challenge. These funds are not to cover any fees for her lawyers, who are working on a pro-bono basis (for free); but are to cover the other legal expenses associated with such an important legal challenge. The rules surrounding an Appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) where Mandy’s appeal was filed prevent her from discussing any details with respect to the Court’s process because it is completely confidential. It’s 2021, not 1921. An elite female athlete like Mandy should not have to choose between being able to compete or being able to take some time off to start a family. If you are able, I invite you to join Team Bujold by making a donation towards the funds needed to start an arbitration hearing against the Olympics for this issue for her chance to compete in Tokyo 2020. Donate at www.gofundme.com and search, Mandy Bujold.
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Kitchener student awarded $40,000 scholarship
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By Irene Schmidt-Adeney his September, Lena Hart, 18, will attend the University of British Columbia (UBC) where she has been accepted into the Arts program, working toward a music degree in clarinet performance. She chose UBC after being awarded a $40,000 scholarship. Hart grew up in Ayr and after graduating from Cedar Creek Public School was accepted into the Eastwood Collegiate Integrated Arts program. She now lives in Kitchener and graduated from Grade 12 with an average of 98% after completing a triple major in vocal, instrumental and visual arts. Hart is reaping the benefits of hard work and talent, but she is the first to say that if it wasn’t for the support of a local organization, she would not have had these opportunities. “I would not be where I am today without the Ayr-Paris Band,” said Hart. In 2015, the 12-year old brought a flyer home from school advertising the annual Ayr-Paris Junior Band open house. She was interested in taking up a musical instrument. The band offers a free weekly program through the Ayr-Paris Junior Band for students who have learned the basics of an instrument. The weekly band practice and instrument is provided free of charge. On the evening of the open house, Hart chose the clarinet. “I needed a year of lessons (to join the junior band) because I hadn’t played an instrument before. But we couldn’t afford the lessons,” said Hart. Hart’s mother told band secretary Heidi Ostner that the family could not afford the private lessons. Understanding their
Lena Hart disappointment, Ostner approached the band executive who enthusiastically agreed to sponsor the lessons with band woodwind instructor Steve Brunton. “I fell in love with music from there,” said Hart. In no time, Hart joined the Junior Band. “Every week I looked forward to playing in the AyrParis [Junior] Band and this allowed me to audition for Eastwood,” said Hart. The COVID-19 pandemic shut down the Eastwood music program, but Hart didn’t let the restrictions hold her back from performing. “We weren’t allowed to play music in school so I started a clarinet choir [online] with a bunch of clarinets – soprano,
B-flat, E-flat, and bass,” said Hart. She conducted and mentored the ensemble. When the KW Kiwanis Music Festival moved to a virtual format, the Clarinet Choir entered. Hart recorded herself playing each instrument in the competition piece and forwarded it to the ensemble. On the day of the virtual competition, the ensemble won first place and took home the trophy for Best High School Band (Clarinet Choir). Hart begins her new adventure in August when she moves to British Columbia. “I would like to thank each of the teachers and role models that Lena had the opportunity to learn from – what you do is valuable,” said Bonnie Hart, Lena’s mother.
COMMUNITY CALENDAR BRAIN TUMOUR WALK - Register, fundraise and walk your way at https://braintumourwalk.ca/. On June 27, 2021, join the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada for our livestreamed opening ceremonies and gather a group of family and friends to #EndBrainTumours. Our Brain Tumour Walk Program is our largest fundraising event and raises money to fund brain tumour research, support services, trusted information, and advocacy to help brain tumour patients and survivors live longer, better, and with hope. Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is the only national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to reaching every Canadian affected by any type of brain tumour through support, education, and research. 10:23 AM CARE TUITION BURSARY PROGRAM - Wilfrid Laurier University
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is reducing barriers to university education for individuals who are currently or were formerly in the foster care system through the creation of the Learners from Care Tuition Bursary program, which will ensure tuition fees are covered for up to 20 students in its first year. As part of the pilot program, which begins in fall 2021, interested students can also be matched with a staff member from either the Dean of Students office or Teaching and Learning Services, who will support them throughout their degree and help them access resources, as needed, such as educational supports, academic advising and funding opportunities. The program is open to both mature students and those who’ve recently graduated high school. Priority will be given to incoming first-year students pursuing their first degree. The bursary will be renewable as long
as students continue their studies at Laurier. For more information visit Laurier’s bursary’s website. “JABBED LIKE JAGGER” THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener has launched a “JabbedlikeJagger” campaign — which will offer FREE admission for a visit to THEMUSEUM this summer to anyone with proof of vaccination.The goal is to encourage the local community and visitors to Waterloo Region to do their part while contributing to a safe return to public spaces.The concept of “JabbedlikeJagger” is inspired by the message being conveyed by famous Rolling Stones band member Mick Jagger — who has spoken outwardly about the benefits of vaccines in recent weeks. THEMUSEUM is hosting the Canadian premier of the Rolling Stones | UNZIPPED exhibition in seven months.
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WHAT WE’RE READING
The Art of Drag Written by Jake Hall
Illustrated by Sofie Birkin, Helen Li, and Jasjyot Singh Reviewed by Amanda Wilk, Manager, Country Hills Community Library
A monthly column featuring great reads as suggested and reviewed by librarians from the Kitchener Public Library. Follow along each month and discover your next great read!
Drag has become a cultural phenomenon is recent years. This may be due, in part, to the mainstream success of RuPaul’s reality TV competition Drag Race. But drag is not new. It has existed in some form for thousands of years. The Art of Drag, written by Jake Hall and illustrated by Sofie Birkin, Helen Li, and Jasjyot Singh, explores this rich history of drag, taking readers on a graphic exploration through time. The Art of Drag works to make clear how fashion, theatre, sexuality and politics intersect through drag, playing a key role in subverting and challenging the social constructs of gender, and sexuality. As someone who recently began watching Drag Race as a form of pandemic escapism, and has loved seeing the styles and creations of the queens, I was excited to read this book and learn more. The Art of Drag is full of illustrations, which propels the story and makes it come alive. Despite the speed at which I was able to move
through it, I learned new things and developed a deeper understanding of drag history and the way in which famous queens from the past continue to influence style and culture today. While focusing on drag in the Western world, The Art of Drag also depicts drag in other parts of the world such as at the Peking Opera in China, and the Miss Tiffany’s Universe competition in Thailand. My one critique is that I wish the book had taken the opportunity to tell more stories, and highlight the voices of more individuals. I think this would have made the reading experience feel more personal. However, overall, this is a fun, informative, and beautifully designed read. Kitchener Public Library has The Art of Drag available to read in book form. We also have other resources on the history of drag in our collection including the documentary Paris is Burning, Legendary Children by Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez, Drag: The Complete Story by Simon Doonan, and more.
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Hockey Helps the Homeless Waterloo Region pivots and raises $322,000
he 7th Annual Hockey Helps the Homeless Waterloo Region (HHTH) tournament that was supposed to take place last October 29, 2020, was forced to shift in 2020 like many other events around the region, province, and country. No skaters hit the ice, instead, all the cities that normally had a tournament last Fall and this Spring, took part in an online campaign called the Canada Life Cup. Canada Life being the National sponsor of Hockey Helps the Homeless, provided the eight cities a chance to compete against each other and fundraise as much as possible for local homeless shelters. Incredibly the HHTH Waterloo Region volunteer committee came together and raised $322,000 through fundraising, selling lawn signs, an online auction, incentives from Canada Life, and a matching donation. Rob Way, chair of the HHTH Waterloo Region volunteer committee and CEO of Swiftspace Inc., donated $100,000 as a fundraising match for the campaign. “As Chair of the Waterloo Region HHTH Committee,
I see the dedication and amazing work performed in our community by our charity partners as they strive under difficult circumstances to provide safe shelter beds each night for the homeless,” said Way. “When it couldn’t be HHTH business as usual, Swiftspace wanted to make a difference by providing a $100,000 matching gift with the hope that it would encourage others to become ‘Game Changers’. We are very pleased to see that the end result is that HHTH Waterloo Region will be able to donate $322,000, the
most ever in the history of the event.” Hockey Helps the Homeless Waterloo Region supports five local agencies: YW KitchenerWaterloo, oneROOF Youth Services, Lutherwood Safe Haven, Cambridge Shelter Corp, and the House of Friendship. The past year has been very trying for these agencies, with additional costs brought on by COVID-19, and other unforeseen events. The funds raised and donated to these five agencies has become more critical every year. “Hockey Helps the Homeless
Waterloo Region gives these men the gift of a safe place to sleep and heal, including wrap-around healthcare and housing supports through our ShelterCare model,” said Margaret Lucas, Development Director, House of Friendship. “As a result, over 30 men who were staying with us have been housed since our shelter fire in February, and over 77% of this at-risk group have now been vaccinated. As our Region grows, many of us will flourish while for many others, life will become even harder. That is why what Hockey Helps the
Homeless is doing matters so much”. As HHTH Waterloo Region looks ahead to their next event, they are hopeful there will be the opportunity to get players back on the ice and raise even more money to assist our local homeless agencies. This will be dependent on how everything progresses in the coming months. “We are hopeful our next event will at least contain the hockey portion of our normal event,” said Craig Herner, vicechair of the HHTH Waterloo Region volunteer committee. “I can see not having a lunch and dinner with a couple hundred people in a room being possible for a while, but at least get the players skating and fundraising. Our volunteer committee continues to be 100% committed to raise funds annually for our charity partners, and we are always looking for new individuals, organizations and companies to come on board.” To find more details about HHTH Waterloo Region and how you can help, visit wr.hhth. com, email waterloo@hhth. com, or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @HHTHWR
My Neighbourhood Maker A volunteer run food support program where folks can grab a weekly meal-to-go on us.
Reasons they were nominated: - organized line dancing on our street - posted silly things to do when you walk by their house - walk like a duck or dance - has a butterfly garden and a zip line on her front lawn - created a newsletter for our neighbourhood - opened their pool to the neighbours
We know times have been tough for many people this past year, so, every week we will have a free, prepared meal available to help ensure our community is eating well. Every week will be different, but you can expect both meat and vegetarian options, such as chili, fajita bowls, soups and curry.
Where: Stanley Park Community Centre, hut outside the front doors When: Every Wednesday from 11:00-12:00pm No information required, just come on down. Please ensure proper Covid-19 distancing and masking protocol. For more information about this program, you can check out our website at www.spcakitchener.ca/eats If you need support accessing the program, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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