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Dale Henry of New York State travelled to Kitchener to participate in the Waterloo County Classic Crokinole Tournament at Joseph Schneider Haus on April 7. Seven teams of four people competed. Joseph Schneider Haus has in its collection what is believed to be the earliest known crokinole board. It was made by Eckhardt Wettlaufer in 1876 in Perth County, Ontario, Canada. Photo by Helen Hall

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he Volunteer Action Centre of Kitchener Waterloo & Area will present 14 local citizens, organizations and businesses with its Volunteer Impact Award, honouring the time and talents they contribute to the local community. The awards will be presented on Thursday, April 19 at the Waterloo Region Museum, 10 Huron Road, Kitchener. Canada’s National Volunteer Week is being held April 15 – 21. In Waterloo Region, 48 percent of the population over the age of 15 volunteers. The 2018 winners are: Caring Program Award - Freda Millar Over the years Freda Millar has delivered over 7,000 meals for Community Support Connections Meals on Wheels and more. The ‘and more’ tends to speak to Freda’s volunteer efforts. Freda treats each and every person that she meets like they are her family and does everything in her power to make them laugh and to make them feel important and special. Mentorship Award - Jill Strome The success of the partnership between Langs and W. G. Davis school is much to be credited to the leadership and organizational direction

of Strome. She is well versed with Langs mission, vision, values and is a big advocate and supporter of the programs and services. This semester alone, 19 student volunteers have volunteered 5440 hours to support the Early Years programs of Langs thanks to Jill Strome. Organizational Support Award Barbara Duncan With the Fairview Senior’s Community and the Cambridge Library Barb Duncan works tirelessly to maintain and support their book exchange program. Whether researching book requests or organizing book sales, Barb is the driving force behind this library program for seniors. Outstanding Youth Award Chloe Jang Chloe Jang is motivated to serve her community and she gives back with energy and enthusiasm. A third-year biomedical student at the University of Waterloo, she volunteers with: • University Gates Seniors Residence • Grand River Hospital Association Supporting Children’s Education Nurturing and Development (ASCEND) • YMCA • Margaret Avenue Public

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School • New Canadian Ukulele Youth Band • Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre Special Event Award - Marlene O’Brien No task is off limits for Marlene O’Brien. If it needs to get done she will give it 100%. House of Friendship staff rely on the ‘Marlene Effect’ to provide support and creative problem solving for the Community Potato Lunch, The Golf Tournament and the Friendship Dinner. Neighbour Award - Yvonne Hilker Several scrap books attest that Yvonne Hilker epitomizes a Good Neighbour. At 86 years young she is currently volunteering in eight different roles in her senior’s complex. From friendly visiting to bingo calling she is inspiring others with her humor and commitment. She also volunteers with Golden Years Nursing Home and the Alzheimer Society. Neighbour Award - Mamaye Yimegnuhal The entire Sunnydale community would agree that Mamaye Yimegnuhal is an integral part of the community. ...continued on page 2

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Volunteer Impact Awards...from page one She goes above and beyond in all of her work and is truly committed to being a “Good Neighbour”. She is an advocate for those who are not able to advocate for themselves and strives to create a community that is welcoming for everyone. Multicultural Award - Community Coalition on Refugee and Immigrant Concerns Waterloo Region is an inclusive, welcoming com-

munity and CCORIC contributes to this spirit of diversity and inclusion. A volunteerbased grassroots group composed of representatives from local immigrant and refugee serving agencies, faith group members, immigrants and refugees, and community members, CCORIC has held forums on mental health, the need for trained interpreters in healthcare settings, family

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reunification, and the need for timely accreditation of internationally trained professionals. Board of Directors Award Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation Each year, the Board of Directors of the Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation sets a growth target, and for the past eight years they have not only reached their targets, but they have surpassed them. But what is even more notable, commendable and inspiring is that, as individuals, the Board Members of the Foundation invest a huge amount of time in the community on behalf of the Foundation. They are truly the community champions. Committee Award - Professional Advisory Committee Bereaved Families of Ontario – Midwestern Region is fortunate to have a Professional Advisory Committee which provides guidance and expertise on program development and delivery. The skills and commitment of this advisory assists in decision making about program direction that have clearly led stronger programs supporting more families in our communities. Group Engagement Award Menno S. Martin Contractor Ltd. Putting people first is not just a catch phrase for Menno S. Martin Contractor Ltd., it’s a way of life. From supporting


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Caring Program award winner Freda Millar and Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic.

Special Event award winner Marlene O’Brien. staff to donate funds and time to giving each employee $75 to conduct random acts of kindness, Menno S. Martin acts its values. In 2017 they also built fencing to provide private outdoor spaces for people transitioning out of House of Friendship addiction treatment programs. Leadership Award - Chuck Snider Among his many roles as Chair of the Cambridge Memorial Hospital Volunteer Association, Chuck Snider has provided leadership for the operation of three businesses; The Red Poppy Gift Shop (onsite gift shop), The Recovery Room (a thrift shop located in downtown Galt) and the everpopular on-site Tim Hortons. In addition, he has been a key player in fundraising and board restructuring, and has also made time for regular volunteer shifts in the Diagnostic Imaging Department. Volunteer Manager Award Janine Armstrong In Janine Armstrong’s term as Manager of Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region she has positively impacted thousands

of individuals. Her ability to engage not only the conventional volunteer base, but to promote inclusiveness is inspiring. She has created numerous strong community partnerships with co-op students, community service individuals, retirees, individuals with disabilities, and teams. Recently, Janine was featured in a newspaper article for her role in integrating inmates from Grand Valley Institution for Women into a volunteer program and she will soon be working closely with McMaster students to create supports for volunteers with accessibility issues. Volunteer Impact Award - Trevor Bauman Thanks to Trevor Bauman’s behind the scenes support, over 4000 Christmas food hampers get delivered to people in need in the Waterloo Region each year. At one of the busiest times of the year, he takes more than a week’s vacation from his fulltime job in order to volunteer with House of Friendship. For 36 years Trevor has been involved with the Christmas Hamper program, and for 26 years his leadership has been invaluable.

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New Hospice to be built in North Waterloo this year


10-bed residential hospice will be built in North Waterloo near the RIM Park building, as part of a new hospice palliative care centre. Construction is expected to start late this spring and it is hoped the project will be completed by the summer of 2019. The Ontario government will provide up to $2 million to help fund the costs of building the new hospice wing of the Hospice of Waterloo Region Centre. And, once construction is complete, the province will provide over $1 million in annual operating funding. The new residence will provide nursing and personal support services for end-oflife support in a home-like environment. The centre will also include expanded spaces for the community hospice support services currently delivered by Hospice of Waterloo Region, rooms for volunteer and health care professional education, and a palliative medical clinic.

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Artist rendering of the new hospice for Waterloo Region. NEO Architecture Inc. Hospice of Waterloo Region has been providing services to the community for 25 years. In 2017, more than 230 volunteers delivered over 11,000 hours of support to 1,200 clients and caregivers for home visits, day programs, and a variety of support groups. “Compassionate palliative care is a much needed resource in Waterloo Region,” said Daiene Vernile, MPP for

Kitchener Centre. This is a welcome investment for our community, and will go a long way toward bringing support for people where and when they need it. By providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere, hospices offer an environment where friends and family offer support for their loved ones, while knowing that they’re receiving the best possible care at a difficult time.”


Company convicted and fined for spill of waste oil in 2016 By Carrie Debrone .V. Development Corporation and Ronald Behrendt have been convicted and fined for discharging waste oil into the Grand River and the natural environment on April 29, 2016. P.V. Development Corporation is located in Kitchener and operates Code Yellow Towing. The company leased an industrial garage space on Forwell Road and used it for truck maintenance and oil changes. Behrendt is the company director. On April 29, 2016, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change’s Spills Action Centre (SAC) received a report that an oil spill was draining into the Grand River near where it intersects with Victoria St. N. in Kitchener. On May 3, 2016, Behrendt contacted the SAC and advised that waste engine oil had spilled at the Forwell site during the night on April 29, 2016, and


that it was not discovered until the following morning. He said that the oil had leaked from an 800 litre waste oil storage tank through a broken valve. The matter was referred to the ministry’s Investigation and Enforcement Branch. On April 3, 2018 the company was convicted of one offence under the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA) and one offence under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA), and was fined a total of $50,000 plus a Victim Fine Surcharge (VFS) of $12,500. Behrendt was also convicted of one offence under the OWRA and was fined $6,000 plus VFS of $1,500. A restitution order was issued under the OWRA conviction, requiring both defendants to jointly pay $122,000 to the City of Kitchener for a portion of the cleanup costs, which are estimated to be about $1.3-million, which the city hopes to recover through insurance.

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Kitchener’s Happy Harmonica Band - champions of community music for 40 years By Carrie Debrone n Tuesday mornings at Kitchener’s Rockway Community Centre a special group of musicians participate in what could be considered a down-home-style Waterloo Region ‘kitchen party’ – producing music that will have you tapping your toes and maybe even singing along in a matter of minutes. The Happy Harmonica Band, a group of 12 harmonica players (including one bass harmonica player), two guitarists and a banjo player, a button accordion player and a piano player gather to rehearse upstairs at the centre. The atmosphere is casual -- the players playing because they are truly having a great time making music together. Started in 1978, the community band has been championing community music for 40 years. Michel Allard, who took over last June after long-time director Irene Watt passed away, now directs the band. Obtaining Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of Toronto, Allard taught music at elementary schools in the Peel Regional School Board for many years. Now retired, Allard is the Music Director at Calvin Presbyterian Church. Playing many types of music during his life, including classical and jazz, Allard enjoys presenting solo piano and chamber concerts, accompanying and composing. He has been a volunteer at the Community Music School of Waterloo Region and at the Westmount LTC facility in Kitchener. He also presents


The Happy Harmonica Band members gather Tuesday mornings at the Rockway Community Centre to practice. From left: front, Henry Epp, Director Michel Allard, Isolde Rigby, Chuck Carney, back, Guenther Haas, Dale Sider, Dave Allen, Ron Johnston, Richard Charbonneau, Danny Graham, Gerry Nentwig, Axel Schoenemann, Fran Gordon. ‘The Versatile Piano’ series of piano concerts at the Rockaway Community Centre and performs in the Dixie Doodle Band. He also has experience teaching how to play many different instruments through his work with schools. Because the harmonica band plays in only two keys (C and G), Allard has arranged many of its songs to remove chromatic scale notes. He learned how to make these types of alterations in music when he played a 15-bell chime at the St. James Anglican Church in Stratford. There he had to arrange songs to fit the notes that could be made by the small number of bell chimes. Isolde Rigby, who has been a Happy Harmonica Band

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Ron Johnston plays banjo and guitar with the Happy Harmonica Band. Photos by Carrie Debrone member from its beginning, plays the button accordion and harmonica. “You know, I can come in here grouchy in the morning, but once I play I’m happy. I’m humming all the way home,” Rigby said with a smile. Harmonica player Axel Schoenemann, who had heart surgery six years ago and lost about 90 per cent of his lung capacity, credits playing with the band for improving his health. Problems with his hips keep him from exercising, but blowing the harmonica has helped him regain more than 20 per cent of his lost lung capacity in just two years. “I’m still trying to improve, but if it wasn’t for this group and my harmonica I don’t think I would have improved at all,”

Schoenemann said. The band’s varied repertoire includes traditional folk and pop music. As Allard accompanies the players on the piano in rehearsal, they get to hear the tune clearly. Then he steps away from the piano to direct, encouraging the players and keeping tempo and even singing with the band at times. As the song ends, Allard discusses the outcome of the playing, what changes could be made and how it could be played when they perform it for community groups, taking suggestions from the players. At a typical practice you might hear Turkey in the Straw followed by Zippity Doo Dah, a Beatles tune, then Camp Town Races, a theme song from a movie, then on to I Love

to Go A Wandering followed by a Hank William’s song – all popular tunes that anyone can enjoy playing and hearing. The fun group vibe is something band director Michel Allard is very proud of. “For many people there seems to be an aura around musicians. We feel that they are not accessible,” Allard said. “But music is for everyone and everyone has a right to learn to play it. Often in our society we celebrate the achievers or the people who get to their goals, but we don’t celebrate the action taken by people on their way to achieve a goal,” he said, adding that we need to remember to support those who are trying – in all areas of life whether it be in sports, business or the arts. “ I just love community music and helping others to learn how to play. It must be my music education background,” Allard said. “I want to promote music to everyone in the community.” “This group embodies the elements of learning to play music together and community music,” he said, adding that most of the songs the band plays can be learned by ear. “Maybe I like this band so much because I’m trying to make up for all the years that I didn’t use my ears to make music,” he joked. Allard’s goals for the Happy Harmonica Band include giving spotlight opportunities to players who are becoming more accomplished in the style of music they like to play such as the blues or jazz. He and the band have also committed to ‘playing out’ at least once a month at various locations in Waterloo Region. The band’s 16 members come from Waterloo, Guelph, Kitchener, St. Mary’s and the surrounding areas. Past performances have been at local nursing and retirement homes, churches and community centers, and they recently played at the Trinity Village Adult Day Program, which includes music in its programming. The band will be featured April 20 at the Chartwell Westmount Long Term Care Residence. The Happy Harmonica Band practices weekly from 9:15 to 10:30am each Tuesday at the Rockway Community Centre (September to June). The band is accepting new members and anyone interested in joining can contact Michel Allard at or call 226-476-2330. Some knowledge of playing the harmonica is required. Reading music is also a plus, but not required.

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“Mighty Maracle” the first recorded Indigenous NHL player was born in Ayr

by Irene Schmidt-Adeney next year he played for the North Bay Trappers History was made when Henry “Buddy” and it was here that he met his wife, (Mildred) Maracle played 11 games with the New York Irene Marshall. Rangers in 1931, and it gave Ayr bragging rights At the time of their marriage in 1924, he was as his birthplace. listed as a riveter and she was a stenographer. Maracle was a Mohawk from Six Nations and She was not Indigenous. appears to be the first Indigenous person to play They moved to Toronto where Maracle joined in the National Hockey League. the Toronto Industrial senior hockey club for the After exhausting every avenue of research, we 1925-26 season. He spent the next five years can say that Maracle was born in Ayr – not from with the CanAm League’s Springfield Indians, any official government document, but because winning championships in 1927 and 1928. Maracle stated it. On his marriage licence He was noticed by the media, and became issued on June 11, 1924, he signed in beautiful known as “Buddy” Maracle, the Indian Puck Star, handwriting that he was and the Redskin Icer. At born in Ayr, Ontario. It the time, he was 5-feet, was also listed as his 11-inches tall, weighing birthplace in several 195-lbs., playing center newspaper articles written and left wing. about him when he was a Maracle was traded player. by Springfield to the New Our research began York Rangers to play at the Six Nations the final 11 games of the Woodland Cultural 1930-31 season, scoring Centre in Brantford one goal and having three almost two months ago. assists. He stayed with When executive director the team to play the first Paula Whitlow heard that four games of the postresearch into Maracle’s season, but was kept off past was difficult, her the scoreboard. response was, “Welcome By this time, the to the world of Indigenous Maracles had two children, history.” John Richard and Betty Whitlow explained that Fay. Maracle returned at the turn of the century, to the Can-Am League, when Maracle was born, playing one season for the government did not the Bronx Tigers. He then encourage Indigenous returned to the Springfield people to record their Indians, followed by history. the New Haven Eagles, Henry Elmer Maracle During a trip to the Philadelphia Arrows, centre, an Indigenous woman remarked that Tulsa Oilers, and Detroit Pontiacs. He missed two some parents didn’t register the birth of their seasons due to injuries and retired from hockey in children, fearing that they would be taken away 1939, at the age of 35. and put into residential schools. Maracle became a naturalized American and With Whitlow as a sounding board, we have went to work as a tire builder at an auto factory assembled the facts and filled in with theory what in Detroit. Irene was an elevator operator in an could be the events that led to Maracle’s birth in apartment building. Ayr. It appears that Maracle became estranged According to the Six Nations’ Interest from his family after 1939. Distribution Lists, Maracle’s father Albert was Maracle gave up his Mohawk status in 1955. born in Blenheim Township in 1891. The lists He died three years later, in 1958 at the age of 53 record that his grandparents, Elias and Elizabeth from a kidney disorder. At the time, he was driving (Betsy) Maracle lived in Blenheim Township in a produce truck and living in Dallas, Texas. 1871. He had remarried, and his wife Josephine The Interest Distribution Lists recorded the died in 1969. They are both buried at Oakland names of band members who received interest Cemetery in Dallas. payments from the federal government. Albert Recently, the Canadian government honoured Maracle was a Mohawk from Six Nations of the another man as the first Indigenous hockey player Grand River near Brantford. His mother, Elsie Hill in the NHL – an honour that belongs to Maracle. (also called Alsie or Alice), was born around 1877 The Order of Canada was presented to Fred and grew up at Six Nations. Sasakamoose, an Ahtahkakoop Cree from “Henry and both of his parents were members Saskatchewan, recognizing him as the first of Six Nations,” confirmed a member of the player with treaty status to play in the NHL. Ohsweken Genealogy Society. Sasakamoose played 11 games for the Chicago Henry Elmer Maracle was born on September Black Hawks during the 1953-54 season, over 20 8, 1904 while his parents were living in Blenheim years after Maracle. Township. At that time, his father was a farm HALL OF FAME MAY RECOGNIZE MARACLE worker and a Presbyterian. Craig Campbell, a researcher with the Hockey The border of former Blenheim Township is Hall of Fame in Toronto, has requested a copy of on the west side of Trussler Road, a very short the Ayr News research into Maracle. distance from the Ayr village limit. In this area The Hall of Fame currently has both the of Trussler Road between Piper Street and the Sasakamoose and Maracle biographies in its Drumbo Road remain descendants of the farmers database, but only has Sasakamoose described from this time. as Indigenous. Those farmers remember an Indigenous “We had no idea,” Campbell said. “New settlement on Gibson Lane. Gibson Lane is a information surfaces all the time that is another short distance to the farms on Trussler Road. little nugget for our history.” Knox Presbyterian Church has records He said the Hockey Hall of Fame is a charitable pertaining to the name Maracle, but no direct link organization that focuses on all kinds of hockey to Henry Maracle’s family. from minor to professional and relies on the After Henry’s birth, Albert and Elsie Maracle assistance of others to share new information moved to Haileybury in Northern Ontario by 1911. when it is found.Campbell said they also currently Maracle’s hockey prowess was revealed during have a “Diversity in Hockey” exhibit on display at this time. the Hall of Fame and may be able to add Maracle Maracle was a member of the Haileybury High to it. School hockey team for the 1921-22 season. The From The Ayr News

Adèle Hempel Manager/Curator

New in the Collection Temperance was a social and political movement in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Temperance supporters advocated moderate use of or abstinence from alcohol. Many temperance societies were formed, and this pledge card was signed by Albert Meyer Snyder (1869–1936) around 1890. Albert was a greatgrandson of Joseph Schneider, the owner of the home now known as Schneider Haus National Historic Site. Adèle Hempel is the Manager/Curator, Region of Waterloo Museums Contact her at

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Muriel Clement (1895-1975) helped hundreds of new Canadians who came to the Kitchener-Waterloo area from the 1930s to the 1950s. Clement founded and developed the Council of Friendship, of which, she was president for thirty years. She was named Woman of the Year by the Quota club in 1949. Visit the Hall of Fame located on the second floor of the Waterloo Region Museum.

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Egg to Chicken PD Day Fun – April 13, Enjoy the Wild April 14, 15, 16, Visit our baby chicks and Weather exhibit and activities. learn what it takes to raise them. Teddy Bears’ Night at the Museum WAMPUM and its Importance to April 13, 6 to 8 p.m., Children can bring Indigenous People – April 18, 7 to 9 p.m. their favourite stuffed animal for a fun night of storytelling, crafts, and games. Guest lecture by Seneca Elder Yvonne $10 per child. Pre-registration required. Thomas of the Six Nations, Grand River Kitchener Territory. Eco Market Wheels dri Waking up the Garden April 21, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. adults with April 21 and 22, The Schneider family Eco-friendly vendors, speakers, Connectio depended on their garden for food. Help us panelists are featured in this market. Doon Heritage Village opens for season plant some seeds and find out what sorts in Kitchen of food the Schneiders ate as the garden the lunch h May 1, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. wakes up in the spring. Regular admission rates apply. For event details visit our websites. TTY: 519-575-4608

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This Spring Break the Ice in your Neighbourhood!

Traynor Vanier Clean Up

Williamsburg Country Hills Plant Swap Spring 2017 brought neighbours together with different activities that celebrate the season. As we look forward to warmer weather, think of the many opportunities available to meet your neighbours and have fun! Special days such as Earth Day, Mother’s Day or Victoria Day can inspire you to organize an activity. Neighbourhood clean-ups, plant swaps, pancake breakfasts, cob oven cook-offs, garage sales and Jane’s Walks are just some of the activities that can bring your neighbours together this spring. Break the ice so you and your neighbours can connect with each other and grow a stronger sense of belonging. Enlist the help of your neighbours, not just to lighten your load, but also to include them as you organize the event. Invite everyone in your neighbourhood, and reduce barriers to participation to make your neighbourhood gathering as inclusive as possible. Think of ways to make sure that there is something for everyone so they can feel welcome. For example, combine a barbecue with a bike safety event to engage children and adults. Check out our website for tips on how to make your neighbourhood gathering more inclusive with the Reach! Challenge. Also the Neighbourhood Activity Guide is full of practical tips on how to bring your neighbours together. Contact the City of Kitchener for support and supplies to do a neighbourhood clean-up. At you will find all the information to hold a Jane’s Walk.

Kitchener’s Festival of Neighbourhoods encourages everyone to organize inclusive activities in their immediate neighbourhood. Contact us for tips and resources in Kitchener to help bring your neighbours together. Register your inclusive neighbourhood gathering (held between October 1st, 2017 and September 30th, 2018) with the Festival before October 5th, 2018 and join us at the Festival Celebration at Kitchener City Hall on Sunday, November 18th, when draws for the $20,000 neighbourhood improvement grant recipients will be held and announced. It could be your neighbourhood!

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by Harold Albrecht MP for Kitchener-Conestoga

nyone who has ever run a community event, fundraiser, goodwill campaign, benefited from a local shelter or boys and girls club, or even asked some friends to help you move understands the value of good volunteers. April 15th-21st is National Volunteer Week in Canada – a week when we thank all those who give up their time, energy, and even resources, to help causes larger than themselves. That is why last year, MPP Michael Harris and I sought out 150 community members on the occasion of Canada 150, and presented them with certificates and medals that thanked them for the hard work they do as volunteers and community leaders. It was a fantastic day of celebrating these special individuals for their contribution to our community and show them our gratitude. Going forward I will continue to work hard to make sure those who have helped me out by volunteering feel valued – I hope you will too! I know personally that my staff and I would not be as effective as we are if it were not for volunteers that have helped us along the way. Charles Dickens once said, “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.” I would like to make sure that you are aware of several events that are upcoming in KitchenerConestoga!

My office is hosting ‘Community Coffee Chats’ in different locations across the riding. On Wednesday April 11th I will be at Schmidstville Restaurant in Wellesley from 8:00am-10:00am. On April 12th I will be at the Williamsburg Arms in Kitchener from 2:00pm-4:00pm and 7:00pm9:00pm. On May 15th I will be at Puddicombe House in New Hamburg from 9:00am-11:00am. On May 16th I will be at Jacob’s Grill in St. Jacobs from 7:00pm-9:00pm. And on May 17th I will be at At the Crossroads in Elmira from 8:30am-10:30am. In addition to these chats I am hosting a Blood Donor Clinic in Baden at Steinmann Mennonite Church on Victoria Day, May 21st. The clinic will be open from 5:00pm-8:00pm. We’re hoping to have over 75 donors! Giving blood is very important and the Canadian Blood Services are always in need of donations. And as per the request of many constituents I will be hosting my annual Shredding Party on June 9th from 9:00am-12:00pm in the parking lot behind my office at 1187 Fischer-Hallman Road. I look forward to seeing you in the community this spring! Please call my office at 519 578 3777 for additional details on any of the events listed above.

PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Raj Saini MP for Kitchener-Centre

Dear Friends, March was a busy month in Ottawa! The Minister of International Trade launched a new organization focused on streamlining and encouraging investment in Canada called “Invest in Canada”; the Minister of Environment and Climate Change launched the Low Carbon Economy Challenge - an open call for madein-Canada climate solutions; and the Minister of Health announced a number of important initiatives to help address the opioid crisis including emergency funding to help provinces increase access to evidence-based treatment. Our Government also introduced firearms legislation that prioritizes public safety and effective police work; and in late March MPs stayed in the House of Commons through the night to cast budget votes! On the Foreign Affairs and International Development Committee, we just wrapped up a study on how Canada provides consular services to Canadians abroad. Our Government must be able to help Canadians in trouble abroad whether during a natural disaster, during a violent incident or those who have been charged with a crime. It is vitally important to ensure that the Government has all of the necessary tools at its disposal when dealing with these cases. Next, the Committee will be looking at Canada’s relationship with Asia and examining ways of strengthening our links with countries such as Japan, Indonesia and South Korea. On the Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics Committee we are beginning a study on ways to keep Canadians’ private information safe and secure as we move towards a more digitalised government. With more and more activity taking place online, it is important for us to have the ability to safely store and maintain that information so that Canadians will

have confidence when giving their data to the government. Here in Kitchener, last week, I was honoured to attend a wreath laying ceremony at the Armoury commemorating the 101st anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. It was a solemn moment, and an opportunity to pause and reflect on the sacrifices made by those brave men and women who serve our country in uniform. We all have a responsibility to honour their sacrifice, and our Government has a duty to support those who have served and their families. This is why I’m so proud to be able to share with you that on April 1st our Government implemented a series of meaningful changes to better support Canada’s Veterans and their families. We are removing time limits for the Rehabilitation Services and Vocational Assistance Program; introducing a Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund and a Veteran Emergency Fund; expanding access to the Military Family Resource Centres; and working to recognize the important role of caregivers, help more families, support mental health, and offer greater education and training benefits so that Veterans can find the work they want following their military career. To learn more about the work I am doing here in the riding and in Ottawa, please visit my website,, email me at Raj., or call me at 519-741-2001. My staff and I are always ready to answer your questions or assist you with any casework that you may have. You are also always welcome to join us on the first Sunday of every month for a community Potluck held in my community office, or to join me at one of the many events I attend in our community – like the Blood Donation clinic I adopted on April 12th . I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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by Marwan Tabbara MP for Kitchener South—Hespeler

Infrastructure Investments in Ontario Last month, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure, announced the signing of a bilateral agreement that will provide more than $11.8 billion over the next decade in federal funding dedicated to infrastructure projects under the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Canada will make unprecedented investments towards infrastructure across Ontario and provide the flexibility for its communities to identify their priorities and projects. These investments will help transform Canada in four priority areas: public transit; green infrastructure; community, culture and recreation infrastructure; and rural and northern community infrastructure. Under the public transit stream, Waterloo Region will receive more than $187 million to build new urban transit networks and service extensions that will transform the way Canadians live, move and work. In addition, other local communities will receive funding totaling more than $10 million to strengthen their public transit systems. These investments will make a positive difference in communities, resulting in the better movement of people and goods, providing clean air and water, and enabling smarter and more efficient cities, including right here in Waterloo Region. Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare

Canada remains the only industrialized country with universal health insurance but no national pharmacare policy for its citizens. The most comprehensive study estimates one in ten Canadians can’t fill their prescriptions because of the cost. Just as access to a family doctor or emergency department is crucial, access to drugs is essential for a truly responsive and sustainable health care system. In Budget 2018, our government announced the creation of an Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare. The Council will study, evaluate, and provide recommendations on a path forward for a pharmacare system that puts the needs of Canadians first. This builds on existing work our government has undertaken to bring down the cost of prescription drugs. EAF Funding for Hespeler Legion The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 272, in Hespeler was recently approved for funding through the Ministry of Sports and Person with Disabilities’ Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF). Branch 272 received $50,000 that will help to make all washrooms in the building accessible. The Legion hosts many low cost or free events on a regular basis for seniors and persons living with disabilities, including Friday night meals, hosting a dart league for the hearing impaired, luncheons, card and bingo games, darts, washer toss and horseshoes, just to name a few. This funding will help the Legion continue to serve our community and eliminate all barriers to participating in the activities and ceremonies at the Hespeler Legion.



Start the week off on the right foot by getting the kids involved with making simple, healthy snacks for the week with certified health coach Cassandra Eggleton.


Indulge in cuisine from around the world presented by aspiring chefs, restaurant managers and entrepreneurs studying in hospitality and culinary programs at Conestoga College. Delight in food and wine tastings as you travel the globe through eight internationally inspired ports, enjoy live music, and experience food demonstrations by some of Waterloo Region’s finest chefs. Purchase tickets:


7th Loretta F • 14th: Juneyt • 21st: Matt W • 28th: Tim Louis


April 3 and April 17, 11 a.m. – noon


Thursdays, 11 a.m. – noon

Bring your little ones for a fabulous fun-filled morning. Be prepared for a high-energy, hopping good time. Erick Traplin, a popular local musician, performs some of kids’ favourite songs. Every Thursday ARTSHINE hosts a program for children and their parents. Participate in a fun, hands on creative art experience.



by Daiene Vernile MPP for Kitchener-Centre

s an MPP, I’ve had the privilege of a front row seat hearing Premier Kathleen Wynne speak before numerous communities and during the daily Question Period on a variety of important topics. The common thread among all these issues is the notion of care. She believes that government can and should be a force for good in peoples’ lives. And, it’s this sentiment that inspired me to serve the people of Kitchener. Our recently announced 2018 Budget embodies this commitment of caring and compassion. We are making historic investments in care across the province. From the Ontario Drug and Dental Program – ensuring dental care for so many in this province who don’t have dental coverage – to expanding OHIP + to seniors 65 and over with free prescriptions – it’s clear that this budget will expand access to healthcare in a way that’s never been achieved in any province across Canada. We are seeing life made more affordable for families with free pre-school childcare for children aged 2.5 until they are eligible for kindergarten, which puts $17,000 a year, per child, back in families’ wallets. For low income students and families, the new OSAP provides free tuition – a first for any jurisdiction in North America. This school year, over 225,000 Ontarians, of all ages, benefited from the new OSAP. And, the Seniors’ Healthy Home Program will help Ontarians 75 and over offset the cost of maintaining their homes. We’re also committing to monumental investments in public transit across the province.


May 5, 10 a.m. – noon

So, what does this mean for Waterloo Region? It’s full speed ahead with $11 billion invested to support construction of the first High Speed Rail service in Canada, connecting our region to Toronto and London. We continue our investments to deliver two-way, all day GO Train service to our region. And, when the Region asked the province to cover a $25 million dollar cost overrun for the new ION LRT, we were quick to the table with that support, bringing our total investment to $325 million. Our local hospitals will receive $11.62 million to reduce wait times and provide services, with St. Mary’s General Hospital receiving an additional $7.58 million, and Grand River Hospital receiving $4.04 million. Across the province, our management and intentional investments have created 800,000 jobs since the recession. Ontario has the lowest unemployment rate in 18 years at 5 per cent, and it’s even lower in Waterloo Region, at 4 per cent. Our province is experiencing faster growth than Canada and all G7 countries. The people of Waterloo Region have always persevered in an ever-changing economy, and these investments will continue to make life more affordable for families and seniors. How a Government invests its money is a strong indication of its priorities. If this budget is any indication, it shows that Premier Wynne and the Liberal Government see the people of this province as a priority. Caring for everyone is our responsibility, and we will always stand to ensure every person in Ontario will receive the care they need.

Start the week off on the right foot by getting the kids involved with making simple, healthy snacks for the week with certified health coach Cassandra Eggleton.


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:


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.

MAKE YOUR OWN MONOGRAM DOORMAT April 12, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Activity #20394

Personalized doormats can be a great way to glam up your doorway and add a unique touch to your porch décor. Join Sarah Forler for a fun night and see how easy it is to create your own doormat! Supplies (and a glass of wine) provided, just bring your creativity.


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Get your girls together for wine and painting! No experience needed, no brushes used. Create two beautiful marbled paintings with the help of host Cindy Pearce of Conscious Creations Arts. Get the MarketNEWS delivered every month to your inbox!


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Heading heading heading heading Our high schools are well-armed


Letter to the editor


Dear Carrie Debrone, ast month I joined some teachers I was pleased to get yourand Kitchener Citizenfrom (east edition) found it students HuronandHeights quite informative and I thank you for it. Secondary Schooltheon a week-long tourdown of I just read your short article regarding natural gas rates going Italy. for residential customers. THE Huronhave Heights? of the You write that Kitchener Utilities a 2,100 The cubicepicenter meter average use annually for its residential still have anMarch imperial meter, recentcustomers. “School I Shooting 28!gasNot a which shows the consumption in cubic feet.washroom I have neverwall beenscrawl? able to read joke. Watch Out,” that meter and as for that matter, even the meter readers seem to have a Yep, that’s the one. problem with it as well. Why else would the city issue a bill in the amount also the school that gave ten thousand dollars and a van ofIt’s $452? to My a needy and her$222.16. family.February, The school that consistently Januarymom bill had been $295.79, there I already sat up and“The took notice, then excused the winter being especially harsh. earns Best but School Spirit”it by, award at the annual Ontario However, Leadership when I receivedConference, my March bill,AND I knew the that something was very Student one sending a wrong. Imaster called the Office and was asked take a pieceStudent of paper student of Utility ceremonies to this year’stoGLOBAL and a pen and read the meter myself. To this request I replied that I did not Leadership The school where WCSSAA know how to Summit. read the imperial meter and aside the fromcurrent that, it wasn't my job. Dunk Champion whose staff pioneered computer The lady I talked toattends, was very and nice and agreed to send somebody out to do

initiatives for students. I could go on, and on, but you see my point. Now is NOT the time for casting aspersions on students, staff, and faculty; it is, instead, the time for a reality check. All bathroom scrawlers want to promote a frenzy on social “feedia,” but peek behind that curtain of fear. Unlike the dreadful situation at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, Waterloo Region students don’t possess assault rifles, or guardians who would willingly allow them in their homes. As our a relatively newcontain arrivalthe in lonely, Kitchener been exploring the But schools do theI've marginalized, and the photographic all arts here real and or first impressions are very disregarded, of opportunities whom may have perceived grievances. encouraging. just notprogress just in the tech side of quality thatillness, the community And despite It's societal regarding mental teens should be judged. A thriving Arts community usually does well. This can need to be coaxed out of their dark thoughts, for they still fear not always be measured in the financial spectrum as the living standard the stigma spotlight. expectations of artists are remarkably low.

Letter to the editor

another and alsoFirst promised to call me back once thisnever was done. So bereading supportive. recognize that you will stopIta was the very next day that I received her call telling me that the new amount scrawler without putting cameras in washrooms (just viewing owing was now $200.10, a mere difference of $251.90. I only wonder how whatthe males in high school washrooms would raise the often meter DO had been misread in the past. spectre of species extinction). My neighbours on either side have metric meters and I had previously If you can’t get capture theI culprit, the culture. if I could one that would bethen able change to read. The answer toLet’s that asked consisted a flat NO. return toofHuron Heights, where waiting list leadership classes The city pre-authorized withdrawal privileges 2004/005for which don’t justhad send kids to conferences; they get for equipped life they bungled up so badly that I revoked that privilege. I did ask that office outside the school by practising within it. Think true colours, to please send me a paper trail for my records which I never received nor notIschool colours. did get an answer to my request and, of course, one can forget about an Leadership students at Huron not only lead the cheer charge, apology. I realize that it is to up investigate to your discretion publish or not to publish my they are trained peer to group corners, encouraging decide to comfort print it I would to warn my fellow letter. However the quiet kidsiftoyoufind their level like of involvement. So, "Kitchenerites" to be extra "vigilant" every time that Utility Bill guitar arrives.on the curriculum-challenged student can finally play his

MyArt Music Night, and the socially-awkward teen finds a safe Respectfully, spot playing board games. Ingrid E. Merkel

And these events, and games, and mentoring activities are all led by teachers who are giving of their time. Arm teachers? They are already armed, with ideas, compassion, and character, modelling behaviour for those kids who might not consistently see positive adult role models. On the first night of our Italian trip, after 27 straight hours of travelling, we pulled into our hotel room, only to find a maelstrom of teens from an Arizona high school (no curfew), and an all-male Welsh rugby team (no guidelines). But what very impressed by the Arts office at Citydo? HallLocated and with their how they provided did tired Huron Heights teachers supervisory was law. goingNight, on here.night. Those people in turn me with information about what the counterparts and laid down have their own advice and contacts, two thumbs up for Sooffered be concerned about school threats, so butagain know that in WRDSB the level of support they give each other. high a proportional response is being doing gathered. Yes,schools, there are already many photographers the normal No joke. needs of the region, but the opportunity to work with photographic

Just what makes Kitchener so good at Arts development?

We don't want that two bedroom house within convenient driving distance to the golf course or mall. Speaking as one of those underfunded independent art producers i'll tell you I've lived in some very bad GUEST COLUMN conditions just to be close to my working environment. An example being when living in my various illegal Toronto warehouse studios many years before they were condoized. There are basically two for artists to be in an area. A slightly Byreasons Michael Harris compact arts community with low rents and the availability of galleries or Kitchener-Conestoga MPP venues to showcase the art produced. I have noticed that there is a vibrant nder the shadow of yet another Government theatre network here that none the less is goingOntario through hard times. The prorogation and a budget that puts the province an music scene is really good with a solid choice of local talent that is well publicized by a few local free Radioconcerned generally follows the additional $6.7 billion in publications. debt, I remain for the standard but thetoday University of priorities Waterloo has impact ofcorprock our decisions on the we an all outstanding share for community station. our children of tomorrow. The huge pool of university students to draw from for a vocal audience It was a fewcash short months ago the thatcities thevibrant Ontario and with somejust disposable helps in keeping enthusiastic. Thewas number of professional artists is still small enough so that Government promising balanced budgets for years know one another. totheycome. Less than a year later, the provincial 2018 We are quickly seeing astounding growth in the digital imaging pre-election budget breaks commitment – industry. Fortunately, asalready a photographer who that has been working in digital plunging a massive deficit for years itOntario helps meinto integrate my own$6.7 workbillion into video, 3D, and web, advertising, etc. So more I think,multi-billion personally, the opportunities in Kitchener are now promising dollar deficits for the better than Toronto. An example being the cable TV (Rogers) that works next six years. very hard to involve the regions schools and artisians in locally produced I’m further concerned when I hear that, instead of programming. Let's not on forget Kitchener/Waterloo was voted the most intelligent reflecting thethat impact of their decision to push our debts city and speaking as a newcomer it is very evident that the level onto future generations, long-time Government MPP’s areof professionalism is visibly high here. People waste little time and the indicating are in “proud” ofmy having tripledtoour debt, and welcome i'vethey received presenting own portfolio various galleries and companies has been warm and enthusiastic. A very nice event held would “do it again.” inThink town isof thethat… quarterly parties at the KW regional art gallery. Mellow people who enjoy art meet each other with cool jazz and some ambient After dub fromtripling, the djs. in only fifteen years, the debt that it took theWith previous provincial overina all century to Idig, the projected growthgovernments of the regions artists mediums have found are manymembers dynamic, indicating specifically they’re targeted looking plans, byfor the we see there government municipal government in particular, to foster a (relatively) large the opportunity to “do it again”. towards The fact that our current community investment in development artist integration. I was

emerging image companies like web designers, animation houses, software producers, locally based video firms, electronic images for broadcasters growing as the manufacturing base has declined. The live entertainment industries, local graphic designers and most especially the emerging gallery system bodes well for business opportunities, even in this downturn. Locally watched Kitchener we’ve is projected to be while growing by a conservative estimate of 100,000 peoplehospital over the next yearsto and plans call for a big investment St. Mary’s has20had in conversions of existing warehouse buildings into studio style live work wait over 6 years for a vital space. Technically the manufacturing base has down- turned and left a lot electro-physiology lab our of empty buildings. patients werenumbers promised well If out of those there are 10 percent artists in all media that actually of work at their all of us are going to need some of this space to ahead the last art election; only build up our community. Artists, being artists though, do not like to be to see Ministers’ having to be told how to do things. The local government is working hard to reach that embarrassed into level where they cancoming integratedown the needs of the artistic community seamlessly into theirtodevelopment plans. to Kitchener re-announce studies time and theMany same EPhave Labshown funding andagain how efficient an Arts based community can be. A planning group called The Prosperity Council then stillcalls fail fulfill theirfor artists and art based businesses specifically for ato huge investment commitment. to encourage them to choose Kitchener as a place to work. This is the first time have found a directed to ourbefore…government niche, but very valuable OfI course, we’ve seenapproach this movie segment ofdown If even fifty percent of the plans get done is still an coming promise significant projects – itAll-Day attractive place to build a career. Two and Highis Speed have OurWay imageGoproduction now allRail pixels and been with promised the recent ahead of twoofsubsequent elections now and stucka announcement a new 5 million dollar Federal grantwe to are establish massive digital media centre the are downtown core,again it offersand unexcelled waiting for the train – in that repeated again opportunities to work with thethe leading edge image systems in the before the promise of some moreofin upcoming sequel. world. In fact there are plans to make Kitchener a regional Just look athub theandHigh-Speed Rail example…one the communications that leads into the possibility of thousandsof of new 2018 uses forbudget’s my photos. biggest commitments was an $11Billion There is a very good internet system here Wynne and if youGovernment’s would like more announcement of support for the info just go to the net and most community plans are available. The next HSR plan. The only problem is that just $19.1 million of three years will establish this region of one of the "Silicon Valley" inspired the billions announced just enough examples of a thriving gatewayisofactually new ideasbudgeted; and I feel very fortunate to be able myself hereassessment with so many that other creative artists.have for theto establish environmental all parties

The cost of broken promise debt-building budgets


Premier doubled-down to indicate, “All of our MPPs are enthusiastic about the investments that we are making,” does little to re-assure taxpayers that we’re on the right track. The fact is, Ontario has the highest debt of any province or state in the world, and this is crowding out the services like health care and education we all depend on. Where I come from, when you’re in a hole, you stop digging.

already committed to. If the HSR pattern is in any way similar to that followed for All-Day Two Way GO we will be waiting for many more years before the promised trains ever pull into the station. Following years of fiscal mismanagement and more broken-promises that only dig us further into holes our grandchildren will be left to climb out of, I remain dedicated to confronting the Ontario Government’s ongoing direction that prevents support for the vital priorities we all share.


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Regional Government Community Update By Geoff Lorentz Chair of Community Services Committee n anticipation of First Responders Day on May 1, Waterloo Regional Council is acknowledging the accomplishments of the Region’s lifesaving paramedic services team. Despite growth in call volume throughout 2017, response times improved to a Regional average of nine minutes and 21 seconds, compared to nine minutes 37 seconds in 2016. Paramedics serve a population of approximately 600,000 across Waterloo Region, and currently operate 37 vehicles. From January to December 2017, Paramedic Services responded to 45,621 calls resulting in 52,771 vehicle responses. This is the highest yearly call total to date - 4,194 more vehicle responses than last year. To address these increasing call volumes three additional ambulance units were introduced in July 2017, and two more in February 2018. Offload delays, which occur when a patient has been transported to a hospital but remains under paramedic care until the Emergency Department can take over, prove to be one of the major challenges for our Paramedic Services. Last year, time lost to offload delays more than doubled from 2016. Work is being done to minimize offload delay losses, including shifting offload nursing hours to periods of greater demand, and advocacy from Regional Council to the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care to “…immediately increase funding to the dedicated offload nurse program, to a level proportionate with the degree of offload delay in our local Emergency departments and, that this increase to ongoing base funding be effective immediately.” In addition to new ambulances added to support the growth of the service, designs for a new Paramedic Services administrative headquarters and north fleet centre are underway. Construction is anticipated to be completed and

Vitamin C for Collagen?


W. Gifford-Jones, MD (age 94)

Everyone is talking about collagen these days, and with good reason. As we age, the body’s production of collagen slows down, which can result not only in aging skin, but also contributes to osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and many other conditions, including declining cardiovascular health. This is where vitamin C comes in. Geoff Lorentz

the building occupied by the end of November 2019. This facility, which will be built on Regionally owned lands along Erb Street West, Waterloo, will be comprised of a 20,000 square foot vehicle garage bay for parking of up to 21 ambulances and support vehicles, a two-storey administrative area, and will also be an active deployment station. As we celebrate the accomplishments of first responders, let’s acknowledge the immense contribution that Paramedic Services workers make to our healthcare system, and give thanks for all they do to provide excellent patient care and to save lives. On behalf of Regional Council and the residents of Waterloo Region, I would like to thank the Region of Waterloo Paramedic Services for the essential work they do every day. *** These community updates are provided by Regional Chair Ken Seiling and Kitchener Regional Councillors Tom Galloway, Geoff Lorentz, Karen Redman and Elizabeth Clarke. Additional information about Regional programs and services can be found at www. or by calling the Region at 519-575-4400.

Vitamin C is the single most important water-soluble antioxidant in the human body. Aside from supporting immune health, vitamin C is needed to manufacture collagen, the major component of the body’s connective tissues, including cartilage, tendons, ligaments, bones and most importantly, blood vessels. High doses of vitamin C, combined with lysine, support healthy arteries and overall cardiovascular health. Vitamin C is required to manufacture healthy collagen, the glue that holds coronary cells together, just like mortar is needed for bricks. Lysine, like steel rods in cement, makes collagen stronger. Together they provide healthier arteries and reduce risk of heart attack and stroke. Coronary arteries are under more pressure than any other artery in the body. The heart beats 100,000 times every 24 hours and 2.2 billion times if you live to 70 years of age. Without healthy arteries, this constant pounding causes minute cracks in collagen, resulting in atherosclerosis, blood clots, or rupturing of a weakened artery, resulting in a stroke. As we age, the key to healthy collagen for cardiovascular health, joint health, teeth, gums, wound healing, and more is vitamin C combined with lysine. If that doesn’t convince you, all the beauty experts will also tell you that collagen helps keep skin looking youthful. I’ve been taking high doses of vitamin C and lysine for 20 years following my heart attack. I still enjoy travelling, writing my columns, and I also rappelled down Toronto City Hall to help raise funds for Make-A-Wish® Canada. I turned 94 this year - not bad!

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$2 off Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic (right) and Ken Schade, who has been a volunteer Meals on Wheels driver for five years, packed meals into a van and then delivered them to local seniors and adults with disabilities during the anuual Mayors for Meals event hosted by Community Support Connections on March 22. The CSC prepares and delivers up to 350 Meals on Wheels every weekday in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and North Dumfries. Volunteers able to drive once a week over the lunch hour are needed for the program.

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Earth Day is April 22, 2018 NHL Green collaborates with Laurier’s citizen-science research initiative RinkWatch

Joint Design Review Panel - Transit Hub Citizen Appointments

Up to six persons are required for an initial term of up to five years starting May 2018. Persons with knowledge, interest, professional or technical qualifications related to such disciplines as architecture, urban design, public art, landscape design, engineering or planning are invited to apply. The Joint Design Review Panel will focus on the Region’s transit hub development project. To view the application and/or Terms of Reference visit Please file an application with the Region’s transit hub team via prior to 4:30 p.m. on April 18, 2018. For further information please contact Council and Administrative Services at 519-575-4400.


inkWatch, a citizenscience research initiative led by Wilfrid Laurier University faculty members Robert McLeman and Colin Robertson, has joined with the National Hockey League as part of NHL Green’s commitment to ensure all levels of hockey, including hockey played on outdoor rinks, are available for future generations. Since its launch in 2010, NHL Green™ has been committed to promoting sustainable business practices across the league as well as preserving the environment, including the frozen ponds that inspired and cultivated the game more than 100 years ago. “We are so excited to be associated with NHL Green,” said Robertson. “They have been great supporters of RinkWatch and will help us

It’s back! Rain Barrel Distribution

Saturday, May 5, 2018 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.



(while quantities last)

Purchase your Rain Barrel at one of three locations: Fairview Park Mall, Kitchener Cambridge Centre Mall Conestoga Mall, Waterloo


• Waterloo Region residents only • limits apply 519-575-4400 TTY: 519-575-4608

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Shown together in 2013 are RinkWatch developers, from left: Master’s student Haydn Lawrence and Associate Professors Robert McLeman and Colin Robertson. Photo courtesy of Wilfrid Laurier University reach a wide audience with our research.” “The NHL is making genuine efforts to become a leader in corporate environmental responsibility, which fits well with Laurier’s commitment to leadership in environmental research,” said McLeman. “Hockey in Canada can be traced back to humble beginnings on frozen ponds,” said Kim Davis, NHL executive vice president, Social Impact and Growth Initiatives. “A lot of NHL players grew up playing hockey outdoors. It’s such a critical part of the game and it’s important that access remains available for future generations.” Launched at Laurier in January 2013, RinkWatch offers people who love outdoor skating the chance to help environmental scientists monitor winter weather conditions and study the longterm impacts of climate change. RinkWatch users do so by submitting information about

skating conditions on outdoor rinks in their neighbourhoods to the RinkWatch website. The results highlight the value of engaging citizens in environmental research. Using data submitted by RinkWatch participants, the researchers have been able to show that the number of days cold enough for outdoor skating in a typical Canadian winter could decrease by 34 per cent in Montreal and Toronto and by 20 per cent in Calgary over the course of this century as a result of climate change. RinkWatch has also generated valuable information about what motivates people to build outdoor rinks and the important social benefits they bring to communities. The National Hockey League released its 2018 Sustainability Report during the first-ever NHL Green™ month. The report is available on, and includes highlights from studies generated by the RinkWatch project.

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New sustainability officer position will help Kitchener deliver on environmental commitments


itchener’s new sustainability officer Claire Bennett began work last week. In March, the city announced the creation of a sustainability office and appointed Bennett. She will continue to advance Kitchener’s strong reputation for leadership in environmental management. Bennett has spent the last seven years developing and leading a sustainability program at Wilfrid Laurier University that was recognized on a national and international scale. Climate change is a significant global challenge that requires everyone to take action. In her role, Bennett will lead the development and implementation of the city’s Corporate Climate Action Plan and establish standards, policies and procedures that will help the city reach the organization’s greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target of eight per cent below 2015 levels by 2026, as well as contribute to achieving the community’s target.

Claire Bennett “Being a leader in environmental sustainability is something that our residents regularly identify as a key municipal priority,” said Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “We need to build a culture of sustainability and lead by example in terms of asset management, energy consumption, water and waste initiatives and building and operating environmentally responsible facilities.” Municipalities have a key role to play in reducing GHG emissions and achieving commitments on a global scale. Kitchener is known for its ability to innovate, and many of the city’s initiatives, including the work it’s doing around stormwater management, are

leading edge in Canada. The creation of an organizational sustainability role will help ensure the city is in compliance with increasing legislative requirements and higher expectations from the public by embedding a framework of sustainability into its policies and planning. “Kitchener is already quite progressive in the area of sustainability and I couldn’t be more excited to join their team,” said Bennett. “I believe wholeheartedly this needs to be fully embraced throughout society - sustainability is one of the biggest contemporary issues the world is facing today. I look forward to leveraging the skills and resources already in place to embed sustainability into the very fabric of the organization.” Bennett will also work with staff across the organization on a variety of environmental initiatives, track progress and present annual updates to council on project and program achievements.

Landfill tours! Saturday, April 21, 2018 Tour times: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Celebrate Earth Day with a free, one-hour guided bus tour of the Waterloo Waste Management site.

Find out how organics are turned into compost!

Get up close to landfill equipment and collection trucks!

Visit the recycling sorting centre!

Reservations required Call 519-575-4400 Deaf and hard of hearing (TTY): 519-575-4608 or email Waste Management Operations Centre, 1516 Glasgow Street, Kitchener Donations to support local Food Banks are welcome. If you require accessibility assistance to participate, please let us know at time of booking.

Tagged trumpeter swans have been seen migrating through the Grand River watershed for the past few weeks. The swans are leg banded and tagged with large yellow plastic wing tags. The Wye Marsh in Midland keeps track of the migrating swans with the help of citizens who document sightings of the swans on the Wye Marsh website.

GRCA looking for watershed heroes

Do you know a watershed hero? They’re the individuals, families, groups and businesses who put their time and energy into improving the Grand River watershed. Many do it without recognition, satisfied with the legacy they leave for future generations. The Grand River Conservation Authority thinks they deserve to be acknowledged and is looking for nominations for its annual Watershed Awards. The GRCA has presented the awards since 1976. There are the two categories:

• Honour Roll Awards - presented for a sustained record of environmental achievement over an extended period of time • Watershed Awards for outstanding examples of environmental work Nominations can come from anyone in the watershed. The deadline for nominations is May 1, 2018. More information on the program, including the nomination form and a list of past winners, can be found on awards. The winners will be honoured at a special event in October.

Reading the newspaper is a greener choice than you might think. We in the newspaper industry are committed to reducing our impact on the environment. We take our responsibility seriously, and our production processes are now more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. We recognize the importance of preserving and protecting Canada’s forests, and we only use newsprint from responsible producers that embrace 5 widely accepted sustainability principles in their forestry operations. For Canadians, this means that the forest industry plants more trees than it takes and it has successfully reduced gas emissions by 10 times what is required under Kyoto! And then, of course, there are your efforts. You’ve helped make newspapers a recycling success story by recycling over 80% of all newsprint in Canada. Thank you for your waste reduction efforts. We will continue to do our part to reduce our carbon footprint. There is more to do, and together, we can work toward sustainability. Because sustainability isn’t just another story to us. It’s how we’re shaping our future.

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Storm water management in your garden

By Tom Woodcock, Planning Ecologist, rare Charitable Research Reserve eavy rains and sudden thaws can result in flood disturbance and damage – no matter what the season. Long ago, many people accepted flooding as the price of living close to a river. However, as property values and cost of damage in cities and towns increased, urban storm water planning began to focus on removing the water from the landscape and confining it to rivers and lakes as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, this resulted in a number of unintended consequences, including erosion, loss of small streams, pollutant runoff, and lost wildlife habitat. It also reduced the amount of precipitation that slowly seeped into the groundwater, which takes a toll on quantity and quality of available drinking water. The key is to slow water drainage in appropriate places, keeping it on the landscape and allowing groundwater


Garden areas awaiting planting in the spring are already holding water and reducing drainage rates that can cause unwanted erosion and flooding. Photo by T. Woodcock. recharge. A fully integrated landscape approach remains elusive, especially one that includes the greatest free labour of all —the beaver! As land values increase, there are economic incentives to limit storm water management to smaller areas. Regardless of perceived cost, water management is invaluable and requires space. Municipalities are introducing the concept of storm water management utilities to encourage responsible behaviour. On the other hand, managing water in the landscape doesn’t have to be a regional effort. You can do your part on your own property. You can help maintain groundwater quantity 296 Highland Road East, by diverting water to areas that (near Stirling Avenue) Kitchener allow it to soak into the ground.

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You can protect water quality by minimizing or eliminating the use of fertilizers, pesticides and especially winter de-icing salt, which is impossible to economically remove from stormwater with our present technology — and salty drinking water is becoming a real health concern in our Region. At rare, we are in the early stages of collaboration with REEP Green Solutions to help residents and developers alike understand the benefits of lotlevel storm water management. We have constructed an educational rain garden at North House, our model home for sustainable living, located at 681 Blair Road. This garden is designed to slow the flow of water while directing it around the house. Following some tweaks to the design, the garden will be planted with a variety of native plants suited to the conditions this spring. A rain garden is an excellent way to reduce your impact on water, while helping wildlife and pollinators in your community. Ours will host educational events about storm water management and demonstrate what others can do in their own backyards to manage storm water. To book a tour of North House or the rain garden, contact our Gosling Engagement Coordinator, Laura Klein at (519) 650-9336 x 126 or Laura. The North House Rain Garden is supported by the Region of Waterloo Community Environment Fund, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, RBC Bluewater Fund, Fiskar’s Orange Thumb, KPMG and Dufferin Aggregate. The rain garden is a feature of the Savvas Chamberlain Family Foundation Pollinator Conservatory.

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Notes from City Hall assets; the Grand River. The Grand, which marks the eastern boundary of the City (and Ward 1) is a nationally significant heritage river, and one that many believe to be vastly underutilized. Fortunately, the Regional Tourism Organization 4 (RTO4) agrees, and they will be working with the City of Kitchener to develop two new mini-park-style canoe-launch sites this summer. The first location is just off of Victoria St. at 2500 Shirley Dr. and the other is near the end of Ottawa St. at 650 Otterbein Rd. I’m also pushing

for a third location in Bridgeport that’s TBD. Each site will include parking, picnic tables and benches, waste bins, and washrooms. There will, of course, be a canoe-launch area with a kiosk and appropriate signage/mapping to help navigate your trip. These locations will be designed to tie in nicely with our ever-expanding network of trails. Bridgeport Community Centre One of the best kept secrets in our corner of the city will become less of a secret soon. The Bridgeport community centre on

Tyson Dr. (just off of Bridge St.) is finally getting a digital community centre sign like the ones you see elsewhere in the city. This small but mighty centre is tucked back, off of main roads, so during the summer, the sign will be installed on Bridge St. to help bring attention to the many great programs and services provided to the local community. For questions on these, or any items city-related, please don’t hesitate to contact me anytime.

519-741-2200 ext. 5345 to request a paper application. Please submit your nomination by April 13. The recipient of our Senior of the Year Award is announced by Mayor Vrbanovic at the Living Well Expo on Saturday, May 26 at City Hall. My Ideal City lets students in grade 5 and 6 tell us in 250 words or less about their ideas to make Kitchener even better. Winners get their essay published in the Kitchener Citizen, come to a reception and tour of City Hall with their family, and are

in a mock debate on Rogers TV. Hopefully your child’s school is taking part. If not, entries can be dropped off at the security desk at City Hall or emailed to me at dave. before the deadline of April 9. Our city staff is looking for your input on how they can serve you better. Take a few moments and visit to share your experiences and suggestions. To learn about what parks, arenas, community centres and

more are in your neighbourhood, visit You can also find ideas and ways you and your neighbours can make your neighbourhood an even better place with events, activities and grants. If I can assist you, contact me or call our contact line anytime at 519-741-2345. I update my city and community activities often on social media. Follow me on Twitter @DaveSchniderKW, friend me on Facebook or visit my website

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

Over the last few weeks I have been working with a group of citizens who were shocked to learn that an application to sever part of the heritage property at 883 Doon

Village Road would be discussed at a Committee of Adjustment meeting the next week on Feb. 20th. At that meeting a decision could be made to allow the owners to sever the property resulting in the addition of 4 new lots along the side of the property facing Bechtel Dr. This property is the original home of Benjamin Burkholder the first teacher in the Waterloo Township. His house was built in 1863 and stands as a reminder to all who pass by it of bygone days. A time in our community history when the home

was surrounded by acres of farmland and where the first settlers came to make a new life. The buildings on this site are unique in their appearance, therefore it should be the entire site that is considered of cultural heritage landscape importance, not just the house. The view of the house on this property with an out-building that is presently used as storage shed should be the important consideration. Generations of residents have walked, biked and driven past this wonderful property.

Committee members listened to numerous delegations speaking against this change. Thankfully the committee saw the importance of being further informed about this site and deferred their decision until April 17, the next Committee of Adjustment meeting. A public meeting was held on March 22 and well attended by over 80 residents. If you are concerned with the changes in this site please contact me at Yvonne.fernandes@kitchener. ca

Just a quick reminder, Catch Up with Kelly is coming up on Tuesday April 10 from 7-8pm at the Williamsburg Community Centre. Hope to see you there.

You can expect to see the construction work begin on Ottawa St. S., the regional road between Fisher-Hallman Road and Knechtel Court. The purpose of the project is to repair the road, add curbs, street lights and replace/add underground infrastructure as well as create new multi-use trails for hiking and biking. With the new residential development in the Ottawa and Trussler Rd. area, there is a need to accommodate growth. Between April and December Ottawa Street

will be closed from David Bergey Dr. to Trussler Rd. and a signed detour route will be available along Trussler Rd., Bleams Rd. and Fischer-Hallman Rd. Local residents or emergency services will continue to have access. The Sunrise Centre and any other local businesses will remain open and you will continue to have access. The public will still be able to use the Ottawa Street and David Bergey Dr./Windflower Dr. intersection for most of the year, however, the region will need to

close it for a short period to make final pipe connections. Residents who front or back onto Ottawa St. will receive a letter within the next couple of weeks detailing the construction timing and contacts in case they need to get in touch with the region and/or contractors. For more information on the Ottawa St. S. project, please contact Boris Latkovic, Project Manager at the Region of Waterloo at 519-575-4457 or BLatkovic@

Happy Spring Ward 1 As warmer days are upon us, I am happy to report an exciting new development leveraging one of Kitchener’s greatest outdoor

We’re looking for Kitchener’s Senior of the Year. You can nominate someone by searching Senior of the Year at or by calling Carolyn Cormier at

#PrayersForHumboldt As I sat down this weekend to write my column for the Kitchener Citizen, the topics I was going to write about took a turn as our country suddenly became united in grief and support for the community of Humboldt, Saskatchewan and the unspeakable tragedy faced by the Humboldt Broncos hockey organization resulting from a tragic bus accident on Friday evening. This tragedy hit us hard for many reasons. First, because there were so many deaths and difficult injuries impacting young people – young people in the prime of their lives and moving forward with promising futures doing what they love – playing hockey – Canada’s national sport. Second, because so many of us could see ourselves, our family members, our friends on that bus. Whether as part of a hockey team or another sports team or a choir or a folkdance group, bus travel as part of a team or group is part of a ritual of growing up or coming of age for so many youth in our city and in our country. Tragedies such as this should never stop us from doing what we love or from giving our youth a chance to spread their wings and fly. Rather, they should always be a reminder to cherish the relationships we have, to take time to tell people we love them, to even in competition or disagreement, never lose sight of the common humanity that binds us. On behalf of all of us in the City of Kitchener, I have extended our prayers and sincere condolences to the people of Humboldt, the Humboldt Broncos organization and all of their many family and friends. May these young, innocent souls rest in peace, and now play the game they love for all of eternity. MAYORS’ DINNER FOR THE WORKING CENTRE This past Saturday, I was joined by Mayor Dave Jaworsky of Waterloo and Mayor Doug Craig of Cambridge as we hosted the 31st annual Mayors’ Dinner for The Working Centre. That night, we recognized St. John’s Kitchen and three women who have been key leaders at the kitchen over the past 30+ years – Arleen Macpherson, Gretchen Jones and Jennifer Mains. It was an incredible evening with over 950 guests who came out to support this incredible community organization and its work with some of our community’s most vulnerable citizens. A place where through the support of the Working Centre’s dedicated team of staff and volunteers, guests get food, support and medical and psychiatric care in a non-judgmental environment filled with compassion, dignity, grace, hope and love. Thank you to The Working Centre co-founders Joe and Stephanie Mancini, to Arleen, Gretchen and Jennifer, and to the many volunteers who walk alongside these citizens, demonstrating that Kitchener and Waterloo region truly is a caring and compassionate community to live in. ...continued on next page

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Notes from City Hall parking that directly impact your dayto-day lives. The city operations staff has worked diligently to keep our roads clear of snow and safe, yet there is still room for improvement based on feedback received from Kitchener’s citizens. I request that you contact me to provide me your input on what you feel requires more attention with the city’s winter maintenance. Council is still in the midst of determining the right course to take with sidewalk snow clearing. Currently the sidewalk snow clearing

by-law requires the property owner to be responsible for snow clearance within a 24 hour period. Some residents have been advocating for the city to take over this responsibility. Council will have to weigh the overall benefit with the significant increase in costs to the operations budget and its impact on taxes. Please provide me with your input so that it will help guide me on this issue. A few years ago, bylaw staff presented council with the option to allow residents to park on the driveway apron, also referred to

as boulevard parking. At that time, council chose to restrict this allowance to Ward 5 due to the number of narrow lots providing only single car parking and little on street parking. I have continued to hear from residents that this should be allowed citywide. Based on staff clarification, this could be reconsidered during this term of council; otherwise it will have to wait until the next term. Let me know if you feel this should be allowed in Ward 6. Depending on your feedback I will advocate accordingly.

To get started, visit and access the step-by-step guide that walks you through the whole process from organizing logistics, promoting your market to making it run smoothly. On the website you will also find a bookable pop-up market kit with all the supplies you will need to create your own neighbourhood market. The kits are free and include tents, tables, baskets, a cash box, signage, tablecloths and more. The program will connect you with Kitchener Market farmer’s vendors so you can purchase the produce to sell at your

stand. Make the market your own by adding entertainment, craft vendors, food vendors. The idea is to create situations that encourage people in their community to gather and get to know one another. A neighbourhood market is the perfect way to enrich neighbourhood life. Neighbourhood Matching Grant Do you have a great idea for your neighbourhood but not sure how to make it happen? First you come up with an idea, gather a team together, reach out to your neighbours and community for assistance and support

with the project. Develop your project budget. There’s up to $15,000 in matching grant funds available for projects that transform public space and build stronger relationships with your neighbours. Once you have your proposal ready, submit your application and wait for city approval. Visit and search keyword “grants” to learn more about Neighbourhood Matching Grant. The grant continues until funds run out, so you can apply anytime. Get creative and make some plans to support positive change in your hood!

Avalon/Southmoor area. Regional Council approved the construction of this bridge unanimously supported by the four Kitchener regional councillors notwithstanding that I appeared before the Regional Planning & Works Committee to argue against it. The Environmental Assessment has now gone through its public process and everything was carried out properly by all parties and due diligence was done as I see it. I read over the lengthy report that was available for public review and have no objection to the EA process. However, this is a case of a carrot

of money dangling from the feds with the Regional transit staff jumping on board to build something not needed. 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 it for lack of ridership a few years ago. Now they want a few potential passengers using this bridge. I monitored the existing pedestrian bridge built in the early 1970s from Dixon area to Boniface for school children the other day. I counted

twelve pedestrian students using the bridge in the morning and the same in the afternoon going to and from Rockway Public School. Other than that no one else was using the bridge. The Region is also spending about the same amount of money at $7.3 million widening Highland Rd. from Ira Needles to Fischer-Hallman from two lanes to four. This road will carry around 20,000 vehicles daily. Now this is money well spent. But this pedestrian bridge has no vision.

Local taxpayers should read it and weep. They have paid about $1 billion for a much delayed light rail system that I’m glad to see has generated at

least $1.2-billion construction activity in downtown Kitchener. But the same taxpayers are now paying excessive “bonuses” to developers who are already making large profits on condominium units selling vigorously along that LRT route. At the same time, not a single unit of subsidized housing is included in the rash of buildings being approved, mostly in my downtown ward. That reflects a grossly inequitable payback for taxpayers and was the reason I voted at planning committee against a project by Momentum developments

that wraps around the heritage Huck Glove building at Victoria and Bramm streets. Because I support efforts to save the beautiful Huck building and, after research, found that Momentum, under a different name, is building a token amount of Kitchener-Waterloo affordable homes, I approved the project at council. Meanwhile, at the Huck site, an intensified 25-storey building will have 300 units, an outdoor park area will be replaced with a partly-indoor “public amenity area,” and parking spaces will

be cut from 411 to 233. Momentum has or will soon build more than 1,000 high-rise condos on Victoria and at Charles-Gaukel that include no affordable shelter despite the fact Waterloo Region has 3,000 names— about 10,000 adults, children and seniors—on a waiting list for lowcost housing. Buried under the blanket of bonuses is a responsibility that companies make certain affordable housing forms part of their projects. Housing is supposed to be a basic right for all Canadians.

Happy spring to you! I want to draw your attention to a couple important opportunities for feedback. This month, our staff will bring forward a draft of the long

anticipated comprehensive review of the zoning by-law (CRoZBy). Public meetings will take place to hear citizen input on these plans in the evenings of April 30th and May 8th . If you are interested to learn more and have your say, please see the project page: www. If you live in the Midtown/Mount Hope neighbourhood, please consider participating in a planning charrette to discuss the future of 152 Shanley St. In advance of a second tax sale process,

neighbours are invited to share their perspectives about possible future uses for the building. Email me to register by April 21st. The event takes place April 28th. During the month of April, Earth Day will be celebrated worldwide, and locally, many residents will demonstrate support for our environment by gathering friends, family, and neighbours together to organize a clean-up of a public space. Residents planning local clean-up activities are invited to register their event on our City of

Kitchener website at earthday. We will provide gloves and bags to assist you with keeping our earth beautiful! In addition, on Friday April 20 the city is hosting a 20-Minute Makeover event. Wherever you may be at 2pm, grab a friend and join in by heading outside for 20 minutes to pick up any nearby litter and garbage. When you register a team at, not only will you receive your free supplies for your clean-up team, your group will have a chance to win a prize.

Dear Residents, Although winter is almost done, I want to take this opportunity to gauge the interest of Ward 6 residents on key winter maintenance matters and

Neighbourhood Pop-up Markets The Kitchener Market and Love My Hood have recently joined together to provide you with everything you need to bring a market to your neighbourhood!

I have serious concerns about the waste of taxpayers’ money to build a $7.6 million pedestrian bridge across the Conestoga Parkway from the Chandler/Strasburg area to the


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THANK-YOU, MICHAEL HARRIS This past weekend, we learned that Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris will not be running in the upcoming provincial election due to health reasons caused by a chronic issue involving his eyesight. Public life is a significant sacrifice from both a personal and family perspective. I applaud Michael for putting his health and his family first. Thank you as well Michael, for being a strong voice for the concerns of Kitchener and Waterloo region at Queen’s Park. Best wishes as you address your health concerns and in your future endeavours. BCMC MEETING ON MENTAL HEALTH Earlier this week, Toronto Mayor John Tory hosted a Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Big City Mayor’s Caucus (BCMC) Summit on Mental Health in Toronto. As the local member of BCMC representing the region’s urban municipalities, I attended and shared our experiences in Kitchener and throughout Waterloo region, some of our best practices and also identified areas where we need more support from our provincial and federal powers. In preparation for the meeting, I obtained significant input from our local WaterlooWellington LHIN, the Waterloo Regional Police Service, Grand River Hospital, the Region of Waterloo and a variety of community not-for-profits including the House of Friendship and the Working Centre. Addressing mental health needs more effectively is extremely important to me if we are going to effectively address the needs of some of our city’s most vulnerable population, and I am pleased to add my voice to those of Mayors from Canada’s largest cities in our call for help from our provincial and federal partners. STATE OF THE CITY 2018 Next week, I will be delivering my final State of the City speech during this term of Council, reflecting on how our community has done over the past year, as well as throughout this term of Council. The speech will be taking place at the new Catalyst 137 facility, home to Miovision and many companies working in the smart city and IoT space, with ticket proceeds going to the KW Community Foundation. You can watch the speech live on the City’s Facebook account as well as via our website, and it will be posted on the website afterwards. I’ll share some of the highlights from the speech in next month’s edition. VOLUNTEERS ROCK Finally April is national volunteer month! Throughout this month, I will be participating in activities that thank and acknowledge both City of Kitchener volunteers as well as others which support different community organizations. Our City is fortunate to have literally thousands of volunteers who engage with everything from sports teams to arts & culture organizations to social not-for-profits like Carizon and The Working Centre. Our community is better because so many of you roll up your sleeves to help build a better community. Thank you for all you do! You are helping ensure that one day we leave our world a little better than we found it!

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April is Oral Health Month Mouthguards – protect your winning smile


id you know that dental injuries are the most commonly reported injuries that occur during participation in sports? These injuries can be painful, costly and permanent. Therefore, all athletes from kids to professionals should wear a mouthguard. What is a mouthguard? A mouthguard is an appliance worn in the mouth, which helps: · Prevent tooth fracture, tooth dislocation and bone (jaw) fracture · Protects the lips, tongue, and cheeks from bruising and

laceration · Allows the athlete to play with confidence What to look for in a mouthguard. · Should provide maximum protection from a traumatic force · Remain in place during play · Allow proper breathing and speech · Be comfortable and easy to clean Types of mouthguards? There are three main types of mouthguards: · Stock mouthguards: These are made in standard sizes and

offer little customization. Many people complain that they are loose, bulky, uncomfortable and difficult to wear. · Boil-and-bite mouthguards: People “customize” these guards by biting into the warmed material but they often complain that they feel bulky and they cause difficulty with breathing and speaking. · Custom mouthguard: These are made by a dental professional and are the most highly recommended type of guard. They offer an excellent fit, which leads to greater comfort and protection.

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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!


The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own By Joshua Becker REVIEWED BY:

Lesa Balch, Director, Technologies and Content

The More of Less is more than just a de-cluttering book. It promotes minimalism in all areas of life, in an effort to focus on what is really important. Becker encourages you to figure out what you want to achieve by minimalizing, and use that goal to help you determine what objects or time commitments should be removed from your life. For example, your goal might be to downsize to a smaller living space, spend more time with your children, go on a trip, join a gym, or find time to volunteer. Practical suggestions are included regarding how to reduce the amount of stuff in your life. For example, the 80/20 rule means that we use 20% of our things 80% of the time, so start with an easy sweep through your house, removing what you don’t use and don’t want. Then, after the initial sweep, go through room by room, handling each item as you decide if and how it helps you achieve your goal. Becker acknowledges how books, papers, and technology are often the hardest to let go, and provides some suggestions regarding how to decide to keep something or not. One thing

Becker does not mention is how your local public library can still provide access to books or movies that you may be reluctant to part with. The More of Less points out how stores and society encourage us to purchase things, promising an easier or happier life with our purchase. We need to be aware of loyalty points and cards that offer the opportunity for targeted marketing, and encourage spending. Becker occasionally includes religious reasons for decluttering your life, but you can apply the spiritual premise in a more general way. This book reminds us that instead of looking for security in the accumulation of things, we need to focus on our relationships. If we have less stuff to take care of, we have more time to spend with others. “Own less to live more.” Kitchener Public Library has this title available as a book or e-book or listen to as an e-audiobook, and a DVD featuring Joshua Becker was recently released entitled “Minimalism: a documentary about the important things.” The library also offers other titles about minimalism and decluttering.

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 singer-songwriter doesn’t let setbacks set her back

What can we do this summer?

SUMMER CAMPS 2018 A Special Section of the Kitchener Citizen CITY OF KITCHENER NEIGHBOURHOOD CAMPS you have any questions please call 519-741-2200 ext 7389. Please note all school locations are subject to change based on availability. For full refund, request must be made 7 days before the start of the program.

The City of Kitchener provides a variety of affordable full day and half day camps for children aged 4 – 13. Registration is available online by visiting or in person at any City of Kitchener Community Centre. Should

School’s Out Weekly Sessions: July 3 – August 10 • Full Day Weekly Sessions: July 3 – August 17

Schools Out Camp Schools out camp 5-12 year olds 9am – 3pm • $62.45 ($50 for the week of July 3 and Aug 7)

Chandler Mowat Community Centre

Crestview Public School

Doon Public School

Jean Steckle Public School

WT Townshend Public School

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One week at summer camp...a lifetime of memories Full Day Specialty camps (9-12 year olds) Full day camps are $101.95 ($81.55 for the week of July 3 and Aug 7). Before and after care available at all full day camps. 8:30 – 9am and 4:30 – 5pm - $11.50 ($9.20 for the week of July 3 and Aug 7)

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Full Day Camps (JK – 12 years old) Full day camps are $101.95 (*81.55 for the week of July 3 and Aug 13) Before and after care available at full day sites 8:30 – 9am and 4:30 – 5pm • $11.50 ($9.20 for the week of July 3 and Aug 7)

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Victoria Hills Community Centre

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Our popular Summer Art Camps are designed for students aged 4 - 14; select programs are available for students aged 14-18. Visual art activities include painting, drawing, pottery, photography, cartooning, animation, sculpture, printmaking, mixed media and more! Camp Dates: Monday - Friday, July 3 - August 31, 2018 Camp Times: 9:00 am - noon & 1:00 - 4:00 pm

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Williamsburg Community Centre (For children 4-8 years old)

9am – 4:30pm START DATE Jul 3* Jul 9 Jul 16 Jul 23 Jul 30 Aug 7* Aug 13

CODE 19964 19965 19966 19967 19968 19969 19970


Stanley Park Optimist Ball FOR CHILDREN BORN 2004–2014 (and as recently as May 31, 2015)

Blastball $50 • Junior T-Ball $90 Senior TBall & all 3-Pitch $100 LIMITED SPACES STILL AVAILABLE

*Extended care is available as early as 8:00 am and as late as 5:00 pm.


Come see why families voted us the best Summer Camp in 2017.

Art Camps 519.748.4377 |

Register on-line: or pickup a form at your local community centre

SUMMER DAY CAMPS Visiting Cousins

Travel back in time to the 1800s. Children dress in authentic clothing. July 9 to 13, July 23 to 7, July 30 to August 3 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. • $180 per week Lunch included

Ages 8 to 12

Schneider Survival 101

Experience how early settlers like the Schneiders survived the early years. August 6 to 10 and August 20 to 24 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. • $155 per week Bring your own lunch

Pre-registration is required

Baseball School For over 40 Years!

July 9-13 and July 16-20

PlayBall Academy 10 Executive Place, Kitchener

Book Now!

466 Queen St. S. Kitchener • 519-742-7752

To learn more & register visit:

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Half Day Camps

To advertise in the camp pages...

Call Carrie at 519-578-8228

Half day mornings camps 4-8 year old 9 – 11:30am $37.75 ($30.20 for weeks of July 3 and Aug 7)

Centreville Chicopee Community Centre

Doon Public School

9am – 11:30am

START DATE Jul 3* Jul 9 Jul 16 Jul 23 Jul 30 Aug 7*

START DATE Jul 3* Jul 9 Jul 16 Jul 23 Jul 30 Aug 7* Aug 13

CODE 19481 19482 19483 19484 19485 19486 19487

9am – 11:30am CODE 20028 20029 20030 20031 20032 20033

WT Townshend Public School 9am – 11:30am START DATE Jul 3* Jul 9 Jul 16 Jul 23 Jul 30 Aug 7*

CODE 19945 19946 19947 19948 19949 19950

Chandler Mowat Community Centre

Jean Steckle Public School 9am – 11:30am START DATE Jul 3* Jul 9 Jul 16 Jul 23 Jul 30 Aug 7*

CODE 19869 19870 19871 19872 19873 19874

Crestview Public School 9am – 11:30am START DATE Jul 3* Jul 9 Jul 16 Jul 23 Jul 30 Aug 7*

CODE 19933 19934 19935 19936 19937 19938


Victoria Hills Community Centre

9am – 11:30am Meet Dr. Ramona and tea CODE START DATE CODE

9am – 11:30am START DATE Jul 3* Jul 9 Jul 16 Jul 23 Jul 30 Aug 7*

19495 Jul 3* June 194732nd Saturday, 19496 Jul 9 19474 19497 Jul 16 19475 19498 12-3pm @ Jul 23Watson 19476 Mall 19499 19500

Jul 30 19477 519-632-8150 Aug 7* 19478

Aug 13 19479 Dentistry is our pro

Canadian Team Mathematics Contest

dancer Clark Wang prepares for his own green burial while battling lymphoma. The spirited Clark and his partner Jane, boldly At the 2017 Canadian Team team member answers a different facing his mortality, embrace the planning of a spiritually meanMathematics Contest, Toronto-based challenging question in turn. The catch ingful funeral and join with a compassionate local cemetarian Albert Campbell Collegiate upset is that the answer to one team member’s to use green burial to save a North Carolina woods from being WATERLOO COUNTY TEACHERS’ CHOIR PRESENTS SPLISH net proceeds to support solutions for safe and accessible water previous champion Waterloo Collegiate question must be received, and correct, SPLASH A Tribute Water.its Date: 7:30pm Grandin Pikangikum. The money will go directly to the project through clear-cut. With poignancy and unexpected humor, A Will for the Institute.- Will WCI tore-gain titleApril this 24, in orderatfor the next team member to Woods portrays the last days of a multifaceted advocate – and view Church, 250 Old Chicopee Dr., Kitchener. Cost: $15, Chilthe MCC. year? complete their question. dren 12 and under free. aTickets: available throughThe Jan CTMC Hember isSCREENING of the YOUTH VIDEO COMPETION - KPL Cen- one community’s role in the genesis of a revolutionary moveWhen people picture mathematician, organizedGALA by the 519-745-1375 or email Reception to follow tral Library Theatre on Saturday, April 28 at 2pm. View the win- ment. As the film follows Clark’s dream of leaving a legacy in they often imagine someone serious Centre for Education in Mathematics concert. Donations: Opportunity to give to the Pikangikum Wa- ning short original films by youth ages 12-25, including up to 10 harmony with timeless cycles, environmentalism takes on a proandProject anti-social, an andfrom Computing which aimsfollowed by a short Question and Answer found intimacy. Thursday April 19 at 7pm at the Princess Twin. ter with taxworking receiptsalone for $20indonations the Men- (CEMC), honourable mentions office. to increase enjoyment, confidence and professionals:Tony Smith (One of the Presented by the Good Green Death Project. Tickets: $10 www. nonite Central Committee. This spring, the Waterloo choir chose period with film industry AfNot so in the real world of ability in mathematics and computer to raise awareness of the much-needed help for the people of founders of Lighthouse Equipment) and Duncan Finnigan (pro- ter the film, join Instigators, Susan Koswan and Ellen Newman, mathematics, and not so at the science among students and teachers the First Nation community, Pikangikum in Northern Ontario. ducer, director and filmmaker). Free admission. from the Good Green Death Project and other panellists to learn Canadian Teamhas Mathematics in due Canada and internationally. Through This community made world Contest! news recently to the high A WILL FOR THE WOODS - What if our last act could be a gift to about the Good Green Death Project, and what green funeral The University of Waterloo’s Centrehas been contests, workshops, In this remarkable film, determined that his final rest- and burial options are currently available in the region. suicide rate of teenagers. The community under a face-to-face boil- the planet? for Education Mathematics onlinea portion resources, placepublications, will benefit the earth, musician, psychiatrist, and folk water advisory forin 10 years. The WCTCand is donating of ingand Continued on back page... Computing (CEMC) hosts this the CEMC provides curricular and challenging, collaboration-based enrichment support to elementary and contest on Thursday, April 5. secondary schools. Over two hundred of this country’s The enthusiasm, friendly compepromising high school students will tition and drive for excellence at the gather to compete at UW, accompanied CTMC are palpable. The model of the by their teachers. They will come from CTMC echoes a little-known aspect of as far east as New Brunswick and as far careers in mathematics and computer west as British Columbia. Hundreds of science. other students will be participating at Many researchers in these fields their own schools around their world. collaborate with each What other, does and with your ideal city look like? We want to know what makes a city a great place to live. Each team will be given a set of experts in fields such as medicine, Tell Mayor Vrbanovicscience 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) problems and asked to collaboratively forensics, environmental and 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! solve them in a short period of time. the like. Since the students range in age and The CTMC gives students the grade, part of a team’s strategy Reports is to are experience working together on due by April 9,of2018 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 assess each team member’s strengths mathematics problems: security desk.) Achallenging total of 11 reports will be chosen. All entries are the property of the City of Kitchener. Only the winners’ names, their age your and reportsfamily will be published. For more information, call 519-741-2300. Love from and friends and tackle the problems accordingly. because, after all, there is strength in In the high-energy relay event, each numbers.


Calling all future student leaders, decision makers and visionaries in grades 5 and 6!

Happy 60th Birthday Mark!

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Kitchener Citizen - West Edition - April 2018  

Kitchener's original community newspaper - established in 1996.

Kitchener Citizen - West Edition - April 2018  

Kitchener's original community newspaper - established in 1996.