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KITCHENER’S NATURAL AREAS PROGRAM

Finding nature’s beauty within the city boundaries Mark Hall itchener may be a bustling city, but there are still spots where you can experience tranquility. And Kitchener’s Natural Areas Program (KNAP) staff are ready to show you the way. KNAP is an environmental program that is focused on the stewardship of natural areas in Kitchener. KNAP was created in 2006 from a partnership between the Kitchener-Waterloo Field Naturalists and Waterloo Stewardship Network. Today, it is funded and delivered by the City of Kitchener and offers residents free seasonal programs that explore nature within the city. On November 29, about a dozen people bundled up against the early morning cold, and headed to the Walter Bean Trail to hike along the Grand River near Pioneer Tower, in search of water fowl, songbirds, and raptors that inhabit the area. Their guide was City of Kitchener Natural Areas Coordinator Joshua Shea.

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Early into the hike, Shea pointed out a flurry of activity in a growth of small trees and bushes, where cardinals, blue jays, chickadees, juncos and nuthatches were flitting about in search of berries and seeds. An American Kestrel, a small raptor, was also drawn to the activity, and made a low pass overhead before veering off across the river. Shea discussed some of the feeding habits and food sources of many of the trail’s feathered residents, as he pulled burrs and pods from bushes and broke them open to reveal the nuts and grubs inside that the birds rely on to survive through the winter months. Further along, wave after wave of Canada geese were landing in a harvested cornfield that runs along the trail, where they scour the ground for kernels. On the other side of the trail, paths lead to the river where mallards, American black ducks, mergansers and, yes, more Canada geese cruise the waterway. The hike led to the Walter Bean ...Continued on page 2

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IS IT CHRISTMAS MAGIC? Santa is a very busy guy these days, but he made time

to visit the Stanley Park Community Association’s Christmas Party held November 29. Over 400 people attended. Gracie Hamm used her minute on Santa’s lap to tell him she wants Diesel 10 from Thomas the Tank Engine. Photo by Shelley Byers


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Wishing you and your family a safe and happy holiday season!

Merry Christmas • Happy Hanukkah • Joyous Kwanzaa

Happy New Year 2015

Mayor Berry Vrbanovic (aka Santa Claus)

Below: A merganser gets the catch of the day from the Grand River off the Walter Bean Trail, just below the Pioneer Tower. At left, a gaggle of Canada geese land in a nearby cornfield. Most Kitchener Natural Areas programs are outside so it is important to dress appropriately. Photos by Mark Hall

Kitchener Natural Areas Program....from page 1 Grand River Pedestrian Bridge, which crosses the Grand near Doon Valley Golf Course. On the return trip, the group was treated to appearances by a couple of other members of the raptor family. Not far from the bridge, a large red-tailed hawk was gliding high above in its search for prey. And near the end of their trek, a juvenile American bald eagle was sighted flying just over the treetops along the river’s edge. KNAP organizes these urban nature trips in every season, according to Shea. “We try to do one a month,” he said. Most of the programs are outdoor, but some have an indoor component, so for those, preregistration is required. Shea said he usually gets 20-25 people participating, but because it is outdoors, the weather plays a major role in how many people come out.

KNAP Programs Winter Season WINTER WILDLIFE TRACKING Sunday January 18, 10 a.m. Wednesday January 21, 10 a.m. Huron Natural Area, 801 Trillium Drive, Kitchener. Meet at the main entrance picnic shelter Learn how to recognize some of the common winter animal tracks and enjoy a leisurely hike through the forests and fields of the Huron Natural Area. Dress appropriately for the outdoor hike. Free – All Ages Welcome! Note: Washroom facilities will not be available. BIRDS AROUND THE CITY Tuesday February 10, 7 p.m. Thursday February 26, 1 p.m. (Lunch & Learn) Stanley Park Community Centre Whether you are a beginner or an experienced

birder, you will want to attend this presentation to learn more about birds and birding in Kitchener. We will discuss different tips on bird identification and bird feeding as well as some different places within the city where you can go to discover birds in your neighbourhood. Register through the Stanley Park Centre Call: (519) 741-2504 OWLS IN KITCHENER’S NATURAL AREAS (PROGRAM FULL FOR THIS DATE) Saturday February 21, 7 p.m. Huron Natural Area, 801 Trillium Drive, Kitchener Meet at the School Portable Spend an evening learning about the different owls that live in Kitchener’s Natural Areas. We will begin with an indoor slideshow about owls and their habitats and behaviours. We will also go for a night hike to call and look for owls in the Huron Natural Area. Dress appropriately for the outdoor hike.

Highland Hills Mall Kids’ Day - Saturday, Dec. 6th, from 1pm - 4 pm Santa arrives! Face painting, balloon artist, storytime with Santa and free giveaways for kids! (while supplies last)

One stop....For all your Christmas Shopping! Santa Hours for visits and photos are:

Saturday Dec. 6th (Kids Day) – 1pm to 4pm Sunday December 7th – 1pm to 4pm Friday December 12th – 7pm to 9pm Saturday December 13th – 1pm to 4pm Sunday December 14th – 1pm to 4pm

Friday December 19th – 7pm to 9pm Saturday December 20th – 1pm to 4pm Sunday December 21st – 1pm to 4pm Monday December 22nd – 7pm to 9pm Tuesday December 23rd – 7pm to 9pm


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CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL

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REEP celebrates 15 years with Community Action Awards

any people and organizations were honoured for making their homes or workplaces more sustainable at the REEP Green Solution’s Celebrating Community Action awards November 4. This year, 13 Community Action Awards were presented in the categories of Energy, Stormwater, and Education. Community Action Awards in the energy category were sponsored by Union Gas and Kitchener Utilities. Awards in the stormwater category were sponsored by the City of Kitchener and City of Waterloo. The event brought together funders, community members, businesses and elected officials to recognize the shared accomplishments. Awards were presented by Regional Chair Ken Seiling and former Waterloo Mayor Brenda Halloran at the Victoria Park Pavilion in Kitchener. REEP was founded at the University of Waterloo in 1999 and has since conducted 14,000 home energy evaluations, helping residents reduce 21,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually. In 2010, the organization opened the REEP House for Sustainable Living, a demonstration home and education centre located at 20 Mill Street, Kitchener. In 2011, it initiated a ground-breaking rainwater management education program across all sectors in Waterloo Region. Between 2011 and 2013, REEP coled the creation of the Climate Action Plan for Waterloo Region along with Sustainable Waterloo Region, area municipalities and local utilities. This year’s winners are: Samantha Sylvestre, Waterloo – For Achievement in Energy Savings Samantha insulated her entire house: basement, exterior walls and attic. She also installed a highefficiency boiler and heat recovery ventilator, and replaced three windows and one exterior door. All of this work reduced her carbon emissions by 10.1 tonnes

per year, reduced her energy use by 66 percent, and increased their EnerGuide rating by 40 points. Marcel and Johanne Girard, Cambridge - For Achievement in Energy Savings through the Union Gas Home Reno Rebate Program Marcel and Johanne insulated their walls on the main floor, upper level, and their attic. They also replaced one window and two exterior doors. Their actions reduced their annual greenhouse gas emissions by 5.2 tonnes, reduced their energy use by an impressive 45 percent, and increased their EnerGuide rating by 24 points. Cliff and Laura Marck, Kitchener - For Achievement in Energy Savings by a Kitchener Utilities customer Laura and Cliff insulated the exterior walls on their main floor, switched the heating system from oil to gas, upgraded the water heater and replaced one door. Their actions reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by 9.1 tonnes, reduced their energy consumption by 20 percent, and increased their EnerGuide rating by 10 points. Carmen Nave and John Verne, Kitchener - For Achievement in Energy Savings through the Kitchener Home Energy Grant program Carmen and John insulated their entire home: exterior walls, basement and attic, and the basement header. Their actions reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 8.6 tonnes per year, cut their energy consumption by 57 percent, and increased their EnerGuide rating by 37 points. Kristina and Jason Taylor, Baden - For Achievement during the Great Draftproofing Crackdown Kristina and Jason Taylor were enthusiastic hosts of a draftproofing work party in their home. During the work party the REEP team sealed up many areas in

The City of Kitchener would like to remind you there is no overnight parking on city streets between

December 1 and March 31 each winter. Parking is not permitted on any City of Kitchener street between 2:30 a.m. and 6 a.m.

NO EXEMPTIONS WILL BE GRANTED. When a snow event is declared by the City of Kitchener, the tag and tow by-law will begin. Parking is not allowed on city streets at any time until the snow event has ended. For more information, contact City of Kitchener by-law division at 519-741-2345 or visit www.kitchener.ca/tagandtow

the basement and the main floor. After the work party, Kristina and Jason carried on with weather-stripping and significant air sealing of their own in the basement header. Total air leakage was reduced by 18 percent, removing one-third of a tonne of carbon emissions as a result. Stormwater – Sponsored by the City of Kitchener and City of Waterloo KITCHENER AWARDS Andrea and Oliver Popovic – Residential Award Andrea and Oliver designed and built their home in 2012 with water conservation and stormwater management in mind. Their 66,000 litre cistern collects rooftop water in order to flush the toilets, do the laundry and irrigate their half-acre organic vegetable garden. The remaining stormwater on the property is soaked up by drought tolerant grasses and perennials. Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School – Community Engagement award Thanks to the coordination efforts of teacher Pat Rittinger, the support of staff, the muscle power of roughly 50 students, and the expertise of two local contractors, KCI transformed a soggy drainage ditch beside their football field into a stormwater education centre. Featuring permeable paving, an underground cistern and a rain garden, the site has become an outdoor classroom for eight classes each year. Site tours are also given regularly to school board members and community groups that are interested in considering similar projects on their own properties. The Church of St. John the Evangelist – Stormwater Retrofit award Alan Coughlin spearheaded an effort to install a 1,250 litre rainwater harvesting tank, a solar powered pump, an infiltration gallery and a rain garden on the property ...continued on next page

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When you see snow... remember the ‘tag-and-tow’

The City of Kitchener‘s tag-and-tow bylaw prohibits parking on all city streets when a snow event is declared, to provide safe and easy access for the city’s operations crews to plow the streets. A snow event will be declared, based on credible weather forecasts, when a significant snowfall is predicted. During snow events, city staff will be on the lookout for parked vehicles that impede snow plows from clearing the street. If you park on a city street during a snow event: • Your vehicle will be ticketed; • Your vehicle may also be relocated to another nearby area or impounded at your expense. The amount of the ticket for on-street parking during a snow event is $80. Information about snow event declarations will be broadcast on local radio or TV stations - or visit www.kitchener.ca/tagandtow and sign up for e-snow alerts. Take the easy road - find alternative parking during snow event! For more information on the city’s tag-and-tow bylaw or to find out where your vehicle has been relocated, call 519-741-2345.


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KWLT presents Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

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itchener-Waterloo Little Theatre presents ‘Yes Virginia, There is Santa Claus’, based on the teleplay by Val DeCrow and Andrew J. Fenady. The show is inspired by a simple letter written over 100 years ago by 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon to the New York Sun. KWLT’s performance of Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus blends minimalist elements and dramatic storytelling to share

the story of Virginia and the Sun’s reporter Frank Church, and their ability to inspire each other to believe in life’s highest beauty and joy— the magic of childhood. “I love the message that this show shares at this time of year; of seeing the world through the eyes of a child, the magic found in everyday life and the power of believing in something bigger than yourself,” says director Adrienne Steer. Kitchener-Waterloo Little

Theatre has been a part of the community since 1936, providing a place to be entertained and to entertain. Performances of Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus are December 11, 12 and 13. For information on KWLT’s season, go to www.kwlt.org. Tickets are $15 for general admission, with group rates available. For tickets, please see http://kwlt.org/yesvirginia-there-santa-claus or email boxoffice@kwlt.org.

REEP WINNERS....from previous page to irrigate their extensive gardens and to demonstrate the Church’s “green passion” for environmental stewardship. Future plans include a bubbling fountain that will be the focal point of a contemplation garden. WATERLOO AWARDS Daniel Henderson – Residential award Daniel was having problems with erosion and ponding in his backyard. He decided to register for a one-on-one site visit from the RAIN program - a RAIN Home Visit. With advice from his RAIN guide and an experienced local contractor, he transformed his property so that all of the water from the back of the house goes into a tiered rain garden. The runoff from the other half of his home is caught in rain barrels. Aboriginal Student Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University – Community Engagement Award Melissa approached the RAIN program with a stormwater challenge. Stormwater was making its way into their basement and was also eroding a steep slope on their property. They also needed water to irrigate a garden that they were planning to build as part of a teaching and ceremonial space in their back yard. The stormwater solution was a rain garden on their slope and a cistern with an electric pump. Mino-Kimmuk, as their beautiful new space is called, now plays host to educational workshops and ceremonies for students and community members in all seasons. The site’s stormwater management innovations have been featured in best practice tours, hands-on workshops, on their website and in an educational rain garden video that runs on a loop in the student concourse. The Cora Group Inc. – New Build Award Cora owners Manfred and Adrian Conrad wanted to

create a flagship building that was sustainable and that would attract tenants with an environmental philosophy. Located in the University of Waterloo’s Research and Technology Park, their 100,000 square foot energy-, water- and stormwater-wise building is in the process of completing its LEED gold certification. All of the building’s rooftop water is captured in a 40,000 litre cistern that is used to flush toilets and irrigate their perennial beds. The property also features four bioswales that soak up and filter all of the runoff from the main parking lot. In order to further protect water quality, they sweep their parking lot regularly and reduce their winter salt use by hiring a Smart About Salt accredited contractor. Honourable Mentions in the Stormwater Award category: • Ed Goddard • Guelph Street Community Garden • Juanita Metzger and Trent Bauman • Mansion Street Community Garden • Pete Tallon and Susan Pequenot • Mennonite Central Committee • Ontario Die • WalterFedy • Waterloo Region Museum Community Action Awards: Education Randy Dyck, Director of the Technology Department at Elmira District Secondary School – Energetic Educator award, Secondary School Randy was one of the first teachers to bring students to REEP House for Sustainable Living after the demonstration house and education centre opened in 2010, and he has been an enthusiastic supporter since. On four occasions, Randy has brought students from Elmira District Secondary School for full-day programs through the Specialist High

Skills Major program. He connects the skilled trades with sustainability, an important link that needs to be made as we work to make energy efficiency and water sustainability the norm in our community. Mary Louise McAllister, Associate Professor and Faculty of Environment Teaching Fellow at the University of Waterloo – Energetic Educator Award, Post-secondary School Mary Louise has been a long-time supporter of REEP. Since first bringing one of her classes to REEP House for Sustainable Living in 2013, she has arranged for four additional class trips, bringing a total of 132 students to the education centre. Mary Louise is a strong advocate for experiential learning. This ties in with one of the main goals of REEP House: to provide a handson experience where students can see classroom concepts brought to life.

Warmest thoughts for the Holiday Season and best wishes for a healthy and prosperous New Year From Mayor Berry Vrbanovic and members of Kitchener City Council Councillor Scott Davey - Ward 1 Councillor Dave Schnider - Ward 2 Councillor John Gazzola - Ward 3 Councillor Yvonne Fernandes - Ward 4 Councillor Kelly Galloway-Sealock - Ward 5 Councillor Paul Singh - Ward 6 Councillor Bil Ioannidis - Ward 7 Councillor Zyg Janecki - Ward 8 Councillor Frank Etherington - Ward 9 Councillor Sarah Marsh - Ward 10 Join us for our New Year’s Levee, a family-friendly event with entertainment for all ages. Skating • Children’s Activities • Refreshments

Sunday, January 4, 2015 2-4 p.m. at Kitchener City Hall

Christmas Greetings Wishing you and your family the best during the holiday season and throughout the year.

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Kitchener woman’s non-profit business helps support Operation Christmas Child By Carrie Debrone ast year Damaris Vezentan’s life came full cir-

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cle. Born in Communist Romania where oppression and poverty were the norm, when she was nine years old Vezentan received a gold-wrapped shoebox filled with gifts when Operation Christmas Child representatives distributed them in her town. Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian international relief and development organization with projects in more than 110 countries worldwide. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has enabled more than 100 million children in the developing world to receive gift-filled shoeboxes. The shoeboxes donated by Canadians currently go to countries in West Africa and Latin America. “It meant so much to me. It transformed my life. I learned about giving from that shoebox. They packed it with love,” said Vezentan, now a mother of three who lives in Kitchener. “It was very special to me. My parents couldn’t buy us anything. It was a communist country and nothing was available. There just were so few commercial goods

Kitchener resident Damaris Vezentan started her own non-profit business called Love Gives 3:16, which fundraises for Operation Christmas Child. This year, the funds she raised through the sale of candles, artwork and decorated plates filled 683 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, packed on November 15 by a group of 85 volunteers. available,” she said of her childhood. “I remember that I loved to write and I asked my parents for a notebook but we just couldn’t find one. When I received the shoebox, it contained hairclips,

stickers, crayons and a porcelain doll that had ponytails just like mine, and it also had a diary inside. I have always wondered how the person who packed the shoebox knew that I wanted a notebook,” she laughed.

“I still have that diary today,” she said. When Vezentan was 15 years old, her family immigrated to Canada and she re-connected with Operation Christmas Child. She began volunteering at their local warehouses, packing and preparing shoeboxes for other needy children. One day, another volunteer asked her why she volunteered with Operation Christmas Child. Her answer lead her to become an ambassador for the organization. Last September, the charity Samaritan’s Purse offered her the opportunity to travel to Senegal, West Africa where she distributed more than 200 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, similar to the one she received as a child. She also delivered the three shoeboxes packed by her own children. “It was the second time that the shoebox rocked my world,” she said in a recent interview, adding that seeing the incredible poverty in that part of the world made her want to give back more. This fall, she travelled across southwestern Ontario telling the story of her shoebox and the impact it had—and continues to have—on her life. Receiving the shoebox as a child has also resulted in Vezentan starting her own nonprofit business called Love Gives 3:16, which fundraises for Operation Christmas Child.

She sells candles, artwork and decorated plates online, at craft sales, Christmas bazaars, and, by appointment, from her home to help raise money. This year, the money she raised was enough to fill 683 shoeboxes, all lovingly packed on November 15 by a group of 85 volunteers. Although this year’s Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes were sent out in midNovember, there is a need for the boxes any time during the year because some countries do not celebrate Christmas when we do in North America. “To them, it’s Christmas when they receive the shoeboxes,” Vezentan said. * * * Operation Christmas Child accepts shoeboxes all year round at 1 Chandaria Place in Kitchener. You can also pack a shoebox on line at packabox.ca For more information on Love Gives 3:16 or to see the products offered for sale visit lovegives3:16.com or call 519572-8746. For more information about Operation Christmas Child visit http://www.samaritanspurse. ca/operation-christmas-child/. Shoebox distributions often open doors for Samaritan’s Purse to work with community leaders in identifying and addressing other community needs including safe drinking water and medical care.


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Merry

Christmas! For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. ISAIAH 9:6 NLT SANTA HELPS OUT AT WREATH AUCTION

Santa and his helpers were encouraging people to bid on wreaths at the Colour Paradise Wreath Auction on November 22 because the proceeds were going to the House of Friendship. From left: back row, Jennifer Huck, Nathan Huck, Santa Claus, and Mrs. Claus (holding Santa’s hoehoehoe.) In front: Nicole Gondosch.

Colour Paradise wreath auction brings in over $2500 for The House of Friendship

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olour Paradise Greenhouses set another record with its 6th Annual Charity Wreath auction, raising well over $2500 for the House of Friendship. The decorated wreaths were donated by 41 local businesses, churches and community groups, and were up for silent auction between November 22 to 29. Gardening writer David Hobson kicked off the auction by cutting the ribbon on November 22. Dawn Gill of the House of Friendship thanked Colour Paradise and all those who contributed to the auction. The House of Friendship is a local organization serving families living on low income in the community. “We’re glad we beat last year’s total,” said Denise Huck, of Colour Paradise.

I hope you enjoy a safe happy holiday season, and feel the joy of Christmas all year long.

Harold

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Member of Parliament, Kitchener-Conestoga www.HaroldAlbrechtMP.ca 519.578.3777

From my family to yours....

Wishing you all the best of the Christmas season and a happy and healthy 2015. The Kitchener Citizen will return on January 15, 2015.

Local gardening writer David Hobson cuts the ribbon to start the Colour Paradise wreath auction November 22.

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PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Stephen Woodworth MP for Kitchener-Centre

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he government recently introduced Bill C-26 to protect children from predators and exploitation. Interestingly, both government and opposition like to exaggerate the “tough on crime” aspect of justice bills that are really quite moderate. Bill C-26 is another example of that. Bill C-26 includes such reasonable measures as denying spouses with the right to refuse to testify in child pornography cases and requiring registered sex offenders to provide more information when planning to travel abroad. The bill also requires that house arrest, parole, etc. when committing an offence will be accounted an aggravated factor at sentencing for that offence. Other measures enable Canadian Border Services and the National Sex Offender Registry to share information and ensure community safety by establishing a publicly accessible database of high-risk child sex offenders who have been subject to public notification by a province. These are all reasonable, modest measures that show the government is simply finding ways to improve our justice system. The bill also increases the maximum and minimum penalties for certain child sexual offences. For example, a conviction for sexual touching of a person under age 16 years will draw a minimum sentence of 90 days in most cases. The same minimum penalty will apply to a conviction for sexually exploiting a young person by someone who is dependent upon, or

under the authority of, a convicted person. I am not a big fan of minimum sentences, but these minimum sentences are so mild that I have no trouble supporting them. Similarly, I support the idea that separate child sexual offenses or child pornography offenses justify consecutive sentences, not sentences served at the same time, to give due respect to the harm done to each victim. Over 3,900 sexual violations against children were reported to Canadian police in 2012, and this phenomenon is growing. Internationally, approximately one million children are exploited every year by sex tourists and sex traffickers. There are approximately 33,000 sex offenders on the National Sex Offender Registry, of which approximately 22.000 had a conviction for a child sex offence. Even though the Conservative government’s first priority is to do everything possible to deliver jobs, growth and prudent fiscal policy, it would be irresponsible to ignore this growing threat to public safety. Even though the overall crime rate per capita is going down, the number of crimes continues to increase with population growth, and even the rate of crimes like child exploitation continues to rise. Bill C-26 responds to these obvious challenges. It is just one example of the sensible, moderate legislation that the Conservative government continues to deliver for the benefit of all Canadians.

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PROVINCIAL ISSUES by Daiene Vernile MPP for Kitchener-Centre

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he uncertainty surrounding the safety of electronic cigarettes - or e-cigarettes - and their implications on our health has been a hot topic in recent months. To make matters worse, e-cigarettes are becoming more popular among youth. The problem is that we simply do not know the long-term health effects of e-cigarettes yet. Due to the possibility of adverse long-term health implications, e-cigarettes should not be so readily available to youth. This is why it’s important that we take action to protect our youth from the potential dangers of e-cigarettes. The Ontario government is proposing legislation aimed at prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes in places where smoking has already been made illegal, and to ban sales to minors, as well as any form of display or promotion where e-cigarettes are sold. This precautionary step is necessary until we know for certain the real effects of e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices which heat and vaporize a flavoured liquid essentially simulating smoking. Selling this liquid with nicotine in Canada is not currently legal, but there are also options that don’t contain it. The idea behind e-cigarettes is that vapor, unlike smoke, is virtually harmless to inhale. Enthusiasts argue that some e-cigarettes are an innocuous alternative to traditional tobacco products. Some even suggest that e-cigarettes are an effective tool for helping smokers mitigate and kick their habit. Whether any of this is true is tentative. The illusion that ‘vaping’ is some sort of a pleasantly benign alternative to smoking has convinced some to indulge in vaping. But,

there are fears this new trend is re-normalizing the act of smoking, which can have a devastating influence on our youth. Adding his voice to the debate on e-cigarettes is Professor Steve Manske, from the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo, who recently stated, “The Government of Ontario should be applauded for regulating e-cigarettes. While they have potential to help people quit smoking, there is also risk in re-normalizing use of nicotine. Regulating sales and restricting the places people can use e-cigarettes will limit potential harms.” The World Health Organization and Toronto Public Health agree with new studies that the vapor from e-cigarettes does contain some of the carcinogens and other dangerous toxins found in tobacco smoke. Even though the compounds are in much lower quantities, they can induce mouth and throat irritation. Vaporized liquid with nicotine amplifies the health concerns for anyone inhaling it. Although nicotine is not a carcinogen, it is a poison which is harmful to inhale, even as vapor. In a recent report, Toronto’s medical officer of health, Dr. David McKeown, presented some possible ominous health effects pertaining to e-cigarettes, such as decreased lung function, allergic reactions, and potential respiratory inflammation. Through this legislation, The Ontario government is ensuring the well-being of our youth and safeguarding many from the potential dangers that e-cigarettes pose to their health now and in the future.


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THE KITCHENER CITIZEN OPINION PAGE GUEST COLUMN by Jean Haalboom

Letter to the editor Heading heading Is Upper Doon Going to theheading Moon? heading

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n 1968, Kitchener annexed Doon. Doon’s residents were

Dearvery Carrieconcerned Debrone, about Kitchener gobbling up the little old I was pleased to get your Kitchener Citizen (east edition) and found it picturesque rural village of Doon. They feared Doon’s heritage quite informative and I thank you for it. would disappear. To allay fear, the municipal staff thedown City I just read your short articletheir regarding natural gas ratesand going Council of the day stated that Doon’s heritage would be profor residential customers. You write that Kitchener Utilities havefirst a 2,100 cubicPlan metermakes averagesuch use tected and preserved. Kitchener’s Official for its residential customers. I still have an imperial gas meter, aannually statement. which shows the to consumption in cubic feet. I have never been able to read In the 1970s early 1980s, residential development in Lower that meter and as for that matter, even the meter readers seem to have a Doon was fast and furious. The disappearance Lower problem with it as well. Why else would the city issue of a bill in the Doon’s amount heritage its historic houses no longer stood out. Each of them of $452? had justhad another house among new houses onI same Mybecome January bill been $222.16. February, $295.79, there alreadysize sat up and tooklots. notice,Many but thenwere excused it by, the winter being especially suburban demolished to make way forharsh. new However, when I received my March bill, I knew that something was very houses. wrong. I called the Utility Office and was asked to take a piece of paper By 1983, Upper Doon residents asked the City of Kitchener and a pen and read the meter myself. To this request I replied that I did not to uphold promise to preserve lastfrom remnants of 200 know how toitsread the imperial meter andthe aside that, it wasn't myyear job. old Doon. A Heritage Conservation District would be the means. The lady I talked to was very nice and agreed to send somebody out to do

From 1984-1988, Heritage Planning Consultant Nicholas Hill studied Upper Doon and consulted with its residents to identify its significant historic features. What did Hill find? Tilt’s heritage ducks, geese, and hens which have been shown at the Royal Winter Fair for 92 years; Shirley’s riding horses; small farms retaining the late 1800’s village character; Homer Watson’s birthplace; rich industrial remnants - the millpond for the Watson woollen mill and the Huber shoddy mill; Tilt’s brickyard, Perine’s Flax and Twine As mill a relatively new arrival and in Kitchener I've houses; been exploring the Mill; workers’ cottages mill owners’ vernacular photographic -arts here and firstvarying impressions are very architecture eachopportunities house has its own style, lot sizes and encouraging. It's just not just in the tech side of quality that the community lot frontages, sideAyards and setbacks vary; a country streetscape should be judged. thriving Arts community usually does well. This can with trees and an unmanicured look. not always be measured in the financial spectrum as the living standard Responding to Hill’s report, residents were ecstatic. Finally expectations of artists are remarkably low. We don't want that two bedroom within driving Nicholas Hill, a renowned heritage house planner, wasconvenient able to articulate course or mall. Speaking one of those underfunded distanceDoon’s to the golf Upper special character. Thisasreport became By-law independent art producers i'll tell you I've lived in some very bad 88-17. The Conservation of Upper Doonbeing was conditions justHeritage to be close to my working District environment. An example approved by the O.M.B. There were no objections. when living in my various illegal Toronto warehouse studios many years The they purpose of this Heritage Conservation District Plan is before were condoized. are the basically two reasons for artists of to be an area. slightly “toThere secure long-term conservation theinrural andAhistoric compact arts low rents and the availability galleries or character of community the Villagewith of Upper Doon in the City ofofKitchener.” venues to showcase the art produced. I have noticed that there is a vibrant Upper very specific new infillhard and its impact. theatreDoon’s networkPlan here is that none the lessabout is going through times. The Itmusic states ‘Upper Doon is distinctly different from the enclosing scene is really good with a solid choice of local talent that is well new residential and to import new subdivision publicized by a fewsubdivisions local free publications. Radio generally follows the standardwould corprock butdiminish the University of Waterloo has an outstanding design be to its special and individual charm!’

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The Plan states that residents are to be consulted when changes

another alsoispromised to call me back once this was done. It occur.reading Upper and Doon a Jane Jacob’s neighbourhood. was the very next day that I received her call telling me that the new amount Imagine the outrage of the neighbours when they hear ‘by owing was now $200.10, a mere difference of $251.90. I only wonder how chance’ that had twobeen older buildings are going to be demolished often the meter misread in the past. because these homes need insulation and and have water in the My neighbours on either side have metric meters I had previously if I couldWhere get oneisthat be able toAnd read. which The answer that asked basement. theI would consultation? olderto home consisted a flat NO. down inofDoon does not need sump pumps to take care of and Therid cityofhad pre-authorized withdrawal privileges for buildings 2004/005 which get water in the basement? Why can these not be they bungled up so badly that I revoked that privilege. I did ask that office reused and recycled in the same way as these Doon homes: to please send me a paper trail for my records which I never received nor69 Biehn thetoRed Lion Inn, Homerone Watson’s did I get Drive, an answer my request and,and of course, can forgetbirthplace. about an These houses were in an abandoned state and ready to collapse; apology. I realize it is up to your discretion publish or notand to publish my but the that owners took them on astorenovation restoration decide to print it I would like to warn letter. However if you projects. These homes were in worse condition than my the fellow houses "Kitchenerites" to be extra "vigilant" every time that Utility Bill arrives.

now proposed for demolition. The reasons for demolition are weak. How can we be sure that all the other 50-year old buildings Respectfully, will not reach demolition stage, especially if their style and size Ingrid E. Merkel do not fit today’s or tomorrow’s wants. Doon residents are further outraged to discover that proposed to replace these old homes are two houses, each with about 4,700 sq. ft. and four car garages. They will be squeezed between 1960s bungalows with an average size of 1,800 sq.ft. Existing houses have single car garages or no garage. The proposed houses are to have very small side yards , just like those on most suburban streets. Residents have every right to be outraged at this proposal. The Upper Doon Heritage Plan, By-law 88-17, clearly states no very office City Hall and with how they provided newimpressed buildingbyisthe to Arts bring intoatUpper Doon suburban style houses me information onwith suburban styleabout lots.what was going on here. Those people in turn have offered their own advice and contacts, so again two thumbs up for This proposal for two gargantuan houses defies the intent and the level of support they give each other. spirit the are Heritage District It’s a Citydoing By-law. Yes, of there already many Plan. photographers the normal Upper Doon residents worked long and hard make the photographic needs of the region, but the opportunity totowork with emerging like web designers, animation houses, Districtimage comecompanies to fruition. Upper Doon was the first software Heritage producers, locallyDistrict based video electronic images for It broadcasters Conservation in firms, the City of Kitchener. rates as a etc.is growing as theLandscape manufacturing base has Significance. declined. The Upper live Cultural Heritage of Regional entertainment industries, local graphic designers and most especially the Doon is a favourite destination for walking groups, artists, and emerging gallery system bodes well for business opportunities, even in this suburban neighbours. The residents are very enthusiastic about downturn. their heritage village. to Let’s supportbythem. Let’s uphold the ByKitchener is projected be growing a conservative estimate of 100,000 people over the next Doon 20 years and plans call for a big investment law; let’s uphold Upper in conversions warehouse studio style live work , For a tourof ofexisting the Upper Doonbuildings Heritageinto Conservation District space. Technically the manufacturing base has down- turned and left a lot call Jean at 519-748-1508. of empty buildings. is a there retired councillor with a special IfJean out ofHaalboom those numbers areregional 10 percent artists in all media that interest in heritage. actually work at their art all of us are going to need some of this space to

Just what makes Kitchener so good at Arts development?

community station. build up our community. Artists, being artists though, do not like to be The huge pool of university students to draw from for a vocal audience told how to do things. The local government is working hard to reach that with some disposable cash helps in keeping the cities vibrant and level where they can integrate the needs of the artistic community enthusiastic. The number of professional artists is still small enough so that seamlessly into their development plans. they know one another. Many studies have shown time and again how efficient an Arts based We are quickly seeing astounding growth in the digital imaging industry. Fortunately, as a photographer who has been working in digital community can be. A planning group called The Prosperity Council for years it helps me integrate my own work into video, 3D, web, specifically calls for a huge investment for artists and art based businesses advertising, etc. So I think, personally, the opportunities in Kitchener are to encourage them to choose Kitchener as a place to work. This is the first better than Toronto. An example being the cable TV (Rogers) that works time I have found a directed approach to our niche, but very valuable very hard to involve the regions schools and artisians in locally produced segment of society. If even fifty percent of the plans get done it is still an attractive place to build a career. programming. Our image production is now all pixels and with the recent Let's not forget that Kitchener/Waterloo was voted the most intelligent city and speaking as a newcomer it is very evident that the level of announcement of a new 5 million dollar Federal grant to establish a professionalism is visibly high here. People waste little time and the massive digital media centre in the downtown core, it offers unexcelled welcome i've received in presenting my own portfolio to various galleries opportunities to work with some of the leading edge image systems in the and companies has been warm and enthusiastic. A very nice event held world. In fact there are plans to make Kitchener a regional in town is the quarterly parties at the KW regional art gallery. Mellow communications hub and that leads into the possibility of thousands of new people who enjoy art meet each other with cool jazz and some ambient uses for my photos. There is a very good internet system here and if you would like more dub from the djs. The Kitchener welcomes the community Editor. All plans lettersare must clearlyThe state the info just go to theLetters net andtomost available. next With the projected growth of the regions artists in all mediums I have Citizen three yearsalong will establish region of one of the "Silicon inspired found there are many dynamic, specifically targeted thebe published writer’s full name, address, phone number and be signed.plans, Namesbywill with thethis letter, however, addresses andValley" telephone numa thriving gateway of and I before feel very to municipal particular,purposes to fosteranda will (relatively) large examples bers will be government used only forinverification not be published. Letters of should be submitted at new leastideas one week thefortunate publication be able to establish myself here with so many other creative artists. community investment in development towards artist integration. I was date. This newspaper reserves the right to edit, condense or reject any contribution for brevity or legal purposes. Copyright in letters and other

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On November 28, House of Friendship volunteer Matt Galbraith (left), Food Bank Program Director (Community Services) Tony Bender (middle), and Mike Kuch, Food Bank AZ Driver and warehouse associate, helped unload trucks, stack food pallets and arrange the Christmas Bureau’s warehouse in preparation for hamper packing.

Christmas Bureau expects to deliver about 4,400 Christmas hampers this year

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he 50th annual Christmas Hamper program is in full swing. Local social agencies are working together to meet the needs of about 4,400 local families struggling to find some joy this holiday season. The annual Christmas Bureau, which provides food hampers and toys, is a collaborative effort of many organizations including House of Friendship, Salvation Army, Wilmot Family Resource Centre and Woolwich Community Services, with support from The Food Bank of Waterloo Region. This year the House of Friendship is hosting the bureau. Donations to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region, and a large shipment from Loblaws were delivered November 27 and

28 to the Christmas Bureau’s hamper packing centre at 61 Kent Street in Kitchener. Volunteers then sorted and packed the donations into hampers that will be distributed by volunteers from December 8 – 16. Every hamper also contains a voucher for a turkey that can be picked up at either First Mennonite Church, Kitchener or Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, Waterloo. Over 60 pallets of food were donated to the hamper program. “As the temperature drops household expenses go up and many will have to choose between buying food and paying for heat. This delivery of food will provide families with a much needed respite,” said Wendi Campbell, Executive Director of The Food Bank. “It not only provides families

with the basic necessities, but also shows this is a caring community.” “Together, we make the most impact with the tremendous support each of our organizations receives from our community,” said John Neufeld, Executive Director of the House of Friendship. “We are able to identify who needs help, acquire the food needed and schedule the volunteers necessary to assemble and deliver these special Christmas Hampers.” The need for food assistance remains high, with more than 34,000 Waterloo Region residents seeking help last year. For information on how to help House of Friendship and The Food Bank of Waterloo Region visit: HouseofFriendship.org or TheFoodBank.ca

Large homes proposed for Doon heritage district

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itchener’s new council will have to make a decision on a motion that split the previous council. A motion to approve the demolition of two existing homes on adjacent lots and to construct two new 4,700-square-foot homes in the Upper Doon Heritage Conservation District resulted in a 5-5 vote November 17. Ward 8 councillor. Zyg Janecki was absent from the council meeting.

Council deferred the decision until December 15, after the newly-elected council was sworn in. The plans for the large homes had been approved by the city heritage planners, but residents from the neighbourhood attended the meeting in November to voice their disapproval. They felt the large, suburban homes with multiple garages would not fit into the heritage character of the neighbourhood, particularly

because of their square footage and height. The plans were reviewed by Kitchener’s heritage committee early in November and its members also did not feel the designs fit the neighbourhood. The retiring council members suggested that the owners continue to work with heritage planning staff to come up with new designs that will address the neighbours concerns before it comes back to the council December 15.


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CARL ZEHR SQUARE

Retiring mayor has Civic Square renamed in his honour

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ivic Square, the public square in front of Kitchener City Hall, is now known as Carl Zehr Square in honour Kitchener’s longest serving mayor. The announcement was made at a farewell celebration for Zehr at the City Hall Rotunda November 5. “We feel this is a fitting tribute to Mayor Zehr given his support and involvement in the revitalization of the downtown, connecting and involving citizens in their local government and generating dynamic activities for citizens to participate in,” said Jeff Willmer, Kitchener’s chief administrative officer. The square has been a significant community gathering place since its construction in 1993. It’s often filled with people having lunch or a coffee at some of the colourful tables, skating on the rink during the winter, or attending one of many special events and concerts. As a central hub in the downtown and for the broader community, it provides a direct connection between citizens and city hall.

Retired Mayor Carl Zehr stands with artist Laurie Wonfor Nolan and a painting she did for him during his retirement celebration in the Rotunda at Kitchener City Hall November 5.

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The Festival Finale at Kitchener City Hall on November 2, minutes before announcing the winning neighbourhood of the $21,000 capital grant.

A Huge Thank-You to this Year’s Generous Sponsors of the Festival of Neighbourhoods

Sponsors help us shine a spotlight on the positive actions that neighbours in Kitchener take to improve the quality of life in their neighbourhoods Festival of Neighbourhoods is fortunate to have the financial support of the following local businesses and organizations, and their support in promoting the festival throughout the year. Their participation is a true indication of their commitment to the quality of life in our community and the value of the contribution of the leaders who organize their neighbourhood gatherings. Alexandra & Vladimir Ivic Barbara McGrath & Ruth Williams - Peak Realty CityWorks - The Courtyard @ Bonnie Stuart Hammond Plumbing and Heating Happenate Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region Julia White & Associates - The Co-operators KW Pickleball Association MMM Group Swanson’s Home Hardware Building Centre Waterloo Regional Police Service Neighbourhoods in Kitchener that come together to build stronger relations among each other, often include activities to protect the environment, ensure inclusion, bring art and culture to their neighbourhood, build traditions, increase safety, engage youth, overcome barriers in the community, and celebrate heritage. Award sponsors help us celebrate these values. Through their sponsorship we can shine a spotlight on the neighbourhoods that make these values a part of their community gatherings. By doing so, sponsors are helping encourage award winners to continue their great work and are inspiring others to embrace these values in their neighbourhood gatherings as well. Congratulations and our thanks to all! Kitchener’s Festival of Neighbourhoods is a supportive program that encourages you to think of yourself as the centre of your own small neighbourhood, and to organize an inclusive activity that brings your neighbours together.

Register your inclusive neighbourhood gathering (held between October 1st, 2014 and September 30th, 2015) with the Festival of Neighbourhoods before October 5th, 2015. Join us at the Festival Finale at Kitchener City Hall on Sunday, October 18th, when the draw for the $21,000 neighbourhood improvement grant will be held and the winner announced.

'(519) 579 3800 - 7 (519) 578 9185 entries@festivalofneighbourhoods.ca www.kitchener.ca/fon

GRCI hosted a pre-We Day Empowerment tour on November 19. The school was selected as the host for the event because of its efforts since 2006 to fundraise for Free the Children programs, and because it has sent students several times in the last 8 years to help build schools in Africa. Speaking to students about the difference Me to We programs have made in their personal lives are, from left, Robin Wiszowaty, best selling author and Free The Children’s Country Director for Kenya and Ghana, Kisaruni and Oleleshwa All Girl’s Secondary School students, Purity and Vivian, and Mama Helen, small business owner with the Me to We Kenyan Artisans Program.

SUPPORTED FREE THE CHILDREN SINCE 2006

Grand River Collegiate selected to host We Day lead-in Empowerment Tour By Carrie Debrone rand River Collegiate Institute (GRCI) in Kitchener was selected to host the area’s Free the Children Empowerment Tour, the lead-in event before the main We Day event at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium. GRCI has supported Free the Children since 2006 by fundraising and student trips to help build schools in Africa. On November 19, students in the school’s Me to We club and grade 12 civics classes heard the stories of three Kenyan women whose lives have been affected by the fundraising efforts of schools in North America. Mama Helen, who is the mother of five boys, spoke about her involvement with the Me to We Kenyan artisans program, which helps women to sell jewellery and other craft items by running their own small business. She said owning her own business has allowed her to put her children through high school and university while experiencing empowerment and financial independence. Two Kisaruni and Oleleshwa All Girl’s Secondary School students, Purity and Vivian,

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talked about the educational and leadership opportunities they have experienced through Me to We. “My father wanted me to marry an old man,” said 16-yearold Vivian, who explained that she went against her parent’s wishes and went to live instead with her grandparents, earning a scholarship to go to high school. She hopes to become a neurosurgeon. Robin Wiszowaty, best selling author and Free The Children’s Country Director for Kenya and Ghana, spoke about her experiences in Africa. Originally from Chicago, she moved to Kenya where she was adopted by a large family and lived as they did for a year -- fetching water in jerry cans from a source one kilometer away from their home, having only a cup of tea for breakfast and sleeping on a bed of sticks in a mud hut. While there she endured drought, encounters with wild animals and having little to eat. “When we help them build homes, it changes them, but it also changes us,” she said. When she returned to Chicago after living in Africa, she explained that no longer was the gratitude she felt for

growing America enough. She wanted to give more. She now permanently lives in Ghana, working for Free the Children. She explained that Free the Children has many programs running in Africa, which often bring multiple benefits. For example, a program providing clean drinking water by putting a well near a school, means that girls would be able to get an education because they can draw the water (traditionally a woman’s responsibility) their family needs from the well after attending school and not have to make two trips to get both jobs done. Often girls in Africa do not attend school because they are expected to do many of the household chores, like fetching water, that take most of the day to complete. She said this simple relocation of the well tripled the attendance of girls at school. She also challenged students to raise $50 donations that will allow African women to purchase a goat, something that can be used to provide milk and cheese and to be bred. “You don’t need to go overseas to make a difference,” Wiszonwaty said.


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Lions Club of Kitchener K-W Santa Claus Parade November 15, 2014

It was a cold morning for the 2014 Lions Club of Kitchener Santa Claus parade and luckily these young people could dance to keep themselves warm.

One of the first duties of mayor-elect Berry Vrbanovic was to wear his team colours in the 2014 Santa Claus parade.

The parade featured many community groups and some of them brought their four-legged friends. It was so cold even the dogs were wearing coats.

Kitchener City Hall is home to Canada’s original Festival of German Christmas - the Christkindl Market. The Market runs from December 4 to 7, 2014.

Elizabeth Witmer, former Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP), teacher, trustee and community leader, was selected as the 2013 Citizen of the Year for Kitchener-Waterloo.

The Tri-City Roller Girls decided walking, not skating, was the best way to travel down King Street in Kitchener. PHOTOS BY HELEN HALL


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Using my gifts and talents to make change

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By Rachel Huhse alking up the stairs at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium on a snowy November 20, I felt excited and had butterflies in my stomach. I looked for the teachers that I was supposed to meet outside, and was nervous because I couldn’t find them right away. As a few of my classmates arrived, my nerves calmed and I was pumped up to get inside and be a part of We Day. Along with the We Team from Our Lady of Lourdes School in Waterloo, I was looking forward to learning about what students can do to make change happen in our world. This year, the Aud was loud, packed with 7,500 students from all over southern Ontario even a group from Newfoundland was flown in for the day! I have to say, We Day was an experience that has changed my life. Once the dance crew took the stage, we all joined in the We Day dance-talk about getting pumped up! A video message from Malala Yousafzai was inspiring, wishing us a good day and a memorable time. The day was broken into 4 periods, each one with a guest speaker and a different focus. Robin Wiszowaty, the Free the Children program director in Ghana and Kenya, spoke about

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economic empowerment, which really means easier access to resources, jobs, food, and schools. Just by collecting 25 toonies, I can buy a goat for a family, which will provide them with food, milk, and dairy products they can sell to earn money. With this money, they can send a child to school and buy other resources they need. We can all be Rafikis (friends) for others. Spencer West focused on technological empowerment, which is our voice in social media. I can use the We365 app, share our We Team’s goals via Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, using #changetheworld or #savetheworld to raise awareness for Free the Children. Hannah Alper and Shawn Desman inspired us with social empowerment. On

April 16, I will take the Vow of Silence, along with other We Team members, to be silent for an entire day. The message of the Vow of Silence is important; I will raise awareness for those in the world who have no voice, no power to make change happen. Finally, after waiting all day, we were treated to Craig Kielburger, our fourth period teacher, who spoke about educational empowerment. His favourite equation in Math is easy to understand: that gifts+issue=change. Craig told us that the word empowerment has the word “we” in it too. I am going to help change educational empowerment by following Craig Kielburger’s favourite equation, gifts+issue=change. I am going to use my gifts and talents, along with other members of our We Team, to take on a local initiative and a global one, working to make the world a better place. As we left the Aud, the excitement turned to happiness, and the next step will be to set our school goals and spread the message of Me to We. I will never, ever forget my We Day experience, and aspire to follow in the footsteps of the many heroes that we heard. *** Rachel Huhse attends Our Lady of Lourdes School in Waterloo.


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KITCHENER’S COMMUNITY ACCESS BIKESHARE RECEIVES $40,000

Libro Credit Union Awards Nearly $700,000 to Support Local Youth Programs

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ibro Credit Union has announced the recipients of the 2014 Community Builder Grant Program, where Libro is investing almost $700,000 to support programs and projects across southwestern Ontario that are helping to create bright futures for the region’s youth. The Working Centre’s Community Access Bikeshare in Kitchener was the recipient of a $40,000 grant. “We are focused on growing regional prosperity, and championing young people is integral to our Community Engagement Program,” said Stephen Bolton, Libro Credit Union President & CEO. “It’s about fostering career and leadership development skills, and providing meaningful opportunities that inspire youth to build strong and vibrant communities.” Libro awarded 39 Community Builder grants this year, for a total amount of $691,675. Grants are awarded to community development programs where youth up to age 25 play a pivotal role. “It’s very important decisions are made locally and reflect the priorities of each community we serve,” Bolton said. “At Libro, we have a very unique governance structure where each of our 27 branches has a council made up of Owner Representatives who ensure the priorities of their communities are met. Along with staff, the Branch Councils are closely involved in the grant evaluation process and have a voice in the award selection.” The Community Builder Grant Program offers two funding levels. Larger grants range between $20,000 and $150,000 per year and are reviewed by the Community Investment Advisory Panel, made up of Owner Representatives, members of Libro’s Board of Directors and staff. Branch grants range between $5,000 and $10,000 per year and are reviewed by Libro’s 27 individual Branch Councils. In addition to the Community Builder Grant Program, Libro invests back in its 21 communities through a robust Sponsorships and Donations program for local initiatives and organizations that support and reflect the unique needs of each community Libro belongs to. In August, Libro awarded $36,000 through

the Community Builder Scholarship Program to 12 students between the ages of 17 and 25, who demonstrated outstanding commitment in their local communities through volunteerism, leadership and academic performance. Also, through $50 to Give, for every new account, Libro will give $50 to a youth group or cause of the Owner’s choice. To date, Libro has

donated more than $350,000 to dozens of organizations across southwestern Ontario. In 2015, Libro’s Community Engagement Program will be focused on building regional prosperity through the following three key priority funding areas: Youth development and leadership – Supporting youth entrepreneurship and job creation, opportunities for youth in farming and

other rural activities, youth leadership and career skill development. Regional economic development – Supporting entrepreneurship, small enterprises and co-operative start-ups; rural and agricultural development planning and revitalization; food security initiatives; and advancing research and innovation to improve regional economic development projects.

Money smarts – Supporting programs that build financial knowledge and confidence of individuals and families through every stage of life; assist economically disadvantaged people to build financial assets; build financial capability of people and families to adopt or improve good financial behaviours; and advance research and innovation to improve financial literacy initiatives.

Salt impacts our water.

CURB THE

SALT We all have a role to play.

The Region of Waterloo is committed to protecting our water. We are working to reduce salt use on roads and on properties through innovative solutions and partnerships.

Here’s what YOU can do... Shovel sooner than later. Clear the white stuff as soon as you can so a snowy sidewalk doesn’t become an icy one. Instead of salt, let the sun do the melting for you.

Use salt wisely. Only use salt on icy areas and give it time to work. A little goes a long way and salt doesn’t work when it’s colder than -10°C.

Use salt alternatives. Use alternatives like sand or non-clumping kitty litter to create traction instead of salt.

Wear winter boots. Wear a pair of winter boots with good tread to keep you safe and warm. We can’t always expect bare pavement.

For more ideas contact: Region of Waterloo, Water Services Telephone: 519-575-4400, TTY: 519-575-4608 Email: curbthesalt@regionofwaterloo.ca Website: www.regionofwaterloo.ca/curbthesalt


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Notes from City Hall

Hello again Ward 1! After a brief hiatus from the Kitchener Citizen during the election period, Council is back and getting down to the

business of making Kitchener a better city. I’d ask that you welcome our two newest members of council: Dave Schnider of Ward 2, which borders Ward 1 along Ottawa Street, and Ward 10 Councillor Sarah Marsh, who shares Ward 1’s westerly border at the expressway. Both are positive additions to Council and I look forward to working alongside them. One of the first matters to be dealt with by the new council is our annual budget. The 2015 budget gets

underway in January and the process will occur in a more condensed timeframe due to this being an election year. Council hasn’t been briefed on specifics, but I’m confident we’ll see a 4th consecutive budget that is progressive, while keeping the tax-levy increase under the rate of inflation. Committee Appointments Each November, Council appoints committee positions. I’ve maintained my position as Kitchener’s Finance Chair for a 4th term and on Economic

Development for a 5th. I’ve jumped to the Centre in the Square board and stepped aside from the Safe & Healthy Community committee. Over my 4 years on Safe & Healthy, the committee faced challenges before re-focusing and becoming stronger than it has been in years. I’m confident it will continue to contribute, as per its mandate, long into the future. The challenges may be greater, but my intention is to assist the Centre in the Square board in achieving a similar outcome.

Dear Ward 2 Residents, I extend my sincere thanks for electing me to serve you, Ward 2 and our city. I thank Wasai Rahimi,

Grayson Zeilstra, Chris Letizi, Steven Cage and Dan Graham for running strong and respectful campaigns. Currently, there is an important Ward 2 issue I want to bring to your attention. The Waterloo Region District School Board is proposing to change the zoning and community plan designation of the property at the northeast corner of Fairway Rd. N. and Lackner Blvd. If approved, this would allow for the construction of an elementary school and an accompanying development. A public meeting on this issue is

planned for Monday, December 8 at 7:00p.m at City Hall in Council Chambers. I hope you’ll attend and share your point of view and concerns. City staff want to gather as much input as possible to shape their recommendation to city council. Wondering where to call to report an issue or direct your question? The City of Kitchener’s Corporate Contact Centre is available 24/7 at 519.741.2345. Your call will be recorded and tracked. There are some great events and programs at our Ward 2

Community Centres: Stanley Park (519.741.2504) and Centreville Chicopee (519.741.2490). You can also visit https://cccakitchener.com and https://spcakitchener.ca to check them out. I look forward to connecting with you. If you see me at an event or around our Ward please say hello, and you can find me on Twitter and Facebook for updates on events and issues. I wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas, and all the best in 2015!

in this new Council. Former Ward 2 Councillor, Berry Vrbanovic takes over as Mayor replacing Carl Zehr. In Ward 10 Councillor Sarah Marsh replaces Dan Glenn-Graham who was unsuccessful in his bid to become Mayor. In Ward 2 Councillor Dave Schnider replaces Mayor Vrbanovic. I am pleased that I again have the opportunity to represent the citizens of Ward 3. I look forward to serving you for another four years. I do value and appreciate your comments and all issues and

hope to continue hearing from you. In addition, as my main office is in my home I am available to assist you 24/7 on any/all issues. I am slowly becoming more knowledgeable of Social Media and will use it in the hopes of making myself even more accessible in your needs. In addition to the usual media of Phone / E Mails / Post I can be reached on Facebook (john.gazzola.12) Twitter (jgaz3) LinkedIn (John Gazzola). Voting Problems – During the recent Municipal election, I spoke to many residents concerning problems with

the voting process such as the lack of convenient polling stations. As a result, it made it extremely difficult for many of you to vote. In the coming term I hope to advocate for changes in the process to assist voters rather than hinder them. This is something that needs action early in our term so that it is in place for the next election. We need to hear from the Public in this matter and I urge you to become engaged as the process is discussed.

recent municipal elections. I enjoyed the weeks of campaigning door to door as they were a wonderful opportunity to hear from you, and I appreciated your time. I heard your concerns regarding traffic speed and volumes, protection of trails and green spaces, as well as your hopes for future amenities like arenas, pools, and better shopping opportunities. I will certainly keep these under consideration over this term of council. Election day was not without a number of challenges and I am

concerned that some of you may have been deterred from voting by your frustration over these. In response to feedback we received leading up to the election date; Legislated Services is conducting a review of the entire process with consideration being given to common concerns that were shared by citizens. I found the slightly less than 30% of citizens who voted a disappointment. To that end, I invite you to drop in and share your ideas on how to increase voter turnout at

the Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre on Thursday, December 11 from 7:00-8:30pm. I would really like to hear from both those who did, and did not, vote. Tell me what you think are barriers to people voting and what would motivate people to vote. Please also drop in or contact me with your ideas and concerns on other city and ward matters. I wish you and your family a happy holiday season, and all the best for a healthy and prosperous New Year.

honoured to be able to continue to represent you for the next four years. It was great meeting many of you while knocking on doors throughout the ward during the election campaign and hearing your points of view, concerns and how we can make our ward even better. We are beginning some exciting new projects in the coming years and I encourage you to continue to contact me with matters affecting Ward 5 and the city as a whole.

BOULEVARD PARKING Last winter, a pilot project was introduced in Ward 5 that allowed residents and visitors to park their cars on the paved, driveway portion of the boulevard on residential roadways from December 1, 2013 - March 31, 2014. This change allowed the plows to get through the streets in the winter months to clear snow. The specific conditions of this project can be found at: http:// www.kitchener.ca/en/insidecityhall/ Tag_tow_bylaw.asp#Ward5.

This will be coming back to council in December with a recommendation to continue with the program. Please let me know asap if you have any concerns, how it affected you, if you think it should be continued or any other comments. I will be sure to take all feedback to council for consideration in December. Wishing you a safe and joyful holiday season, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

New Term Of Council On December 1st a new Council was inaugurated for the 2014 to 2018 term. There are a few changes

Hello neighbours,

I want to thank the many residents who offered their support, encouragement and help during the

Dear Ward 5 Residents, Thank you to all the citizens of Ward 5 for your support during the election. I am humbled and

Exploring photography and digital storytelling

Artist Shelley Wildeman is a photo-based artist interested in the passage of time, voyeurism, nostalgia and memory. Her exhibit, Station Time, is a study to capture how time is perceived in train stations. The exhibit is in the Rotunda Gallery at city hall for the month of December. “Entering a train station is to immerse oneself into several timelines, all concurrent. We see weighty trains in old stations, yet the people are ephemeral, ghostlike, transitory,” she says. “These are the places where people travel, but trains terminate. Their future is always in question, but while they are here, the older stations seem to be eternal.” Wildeman’s technique combines the look of romantic black-andwhite photography and a very modern technique of layering several shots in different colour channels. The outcome implies the passage of time. Wildeman was born in Kitchener and lives in Toronto. She has extensive experience art-directing photo shoots and sourcing commercial photography as a graphic designer. She has participated in Contact Photography Festival in solo and group shows, and was featured in PhotoEd magazine in 2010. There will be an artist’s reception on Saturday, December 13, 3-5 p.m. in the Rotunda Gallery at city hall. www.kitchener.ca/ rotundagallery Berlin Tower ARTSPACE – City of Kitchener artist-in-residence, Dwight Storring, who wraps up his residency in April, offers a twomonth exhibit, Neighbourhood Voices Interactive, in the ARTSPACE. The exhibition runs from December 3, 2014 to January 30, 2015. Using traditional documentary filmmaking techniques, it documents and preserves the authentic character of Kitchener’s neighbourhoods through the eyes of ordinary people, by gathering the personal stories of family and community. Residents created their own stories for inclusion in a documentary film. Meet the artist on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 5-7 p.m.


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Notes from City Hall

Happy Holidays, I extend my sincere thanks to the citizens of Ward 6 who supported me during the election campaign

Dear Ward 7 Residents, I would like to sincerely thank you for your vote of confidence on Election Day. I am humbled by your

I would like to thank everyone within Ward 8 for supporting me in my re-election. It was a pleasure to meet many of you throughout

Heading into a new term as Ward 9 councillor, my first priority involves thanking all of you for your votes, kind words and support offered

I want to express my gratitude for all the support I received throughout the campaign and on election day from the residents of Ward 10 to

and on voting day at the polls. I have enjoyed meeting with and talking to so many of you over this past term of council. I look forward to what the next four years hold as we continue to work together, shaping this city into the best place it can be to live and work. Being accessible to you for discussion continues to be one of my top priorities. I am available the third Wednesday of each month from 7:30-8:30pm at the Country Hills Community Centre and quarterly at the Chandler Mowat Community

Centre on the Wednesday evening of January 14, April 15, and October 14, between 6:30 and 7:15pm. You may also connect with me by phone and email with your concerns. Since winter has arrived suddenly, I would like to remind you of our winter parking regulations that assist in keeping our streets safe and clear. From December 1 until March 31 there will be no overnight parking permitted on streets from 2:30 to 6:00 am. As well, the city’s tag and tow bylaw will be in effect when a snow event is declared by the city.

This occurs when a significant snowfall is forecasted. The snow event will be communicated to Kitchener residents on our website, www.kitchener.ca, by email (to those who register to receive these advisories), and through local and social media. As we begin to celebrate the Christmas season and visit friends and family, I would like to send my best wishes to the residents of Ward 6 for a safe and happy holiday season

support and the trust that you have placed in me once again. I will do my best to represent both Ward 7 and the city as a whole, and I look forward to working with you to make our community an even better place to live, work and play. I really enjoyed meeting many of you while out campaigning for the recent election. Hearing your points of view on several different topics is a very important part of my role as your city councillor. I want you to know that I am looking into

each concern individually and along with the assistance of city staff, we will work towards the best possible outcome. If you have any further questions or concerns, you can contact the City of Kitchener’s Corporate Contact Centre (CCC) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 519-741-2345. I would like to invite you and your family to once again join Kitchener City Council as we host our annual New Year’s Levee. This event will take place on Sunday, January 4,

2015 from 2 to 4pm in the Rotunda at Kitchener City Hall. There will be fun activities for the whole family, and I look forward to meeting with you personally as we celebrate all that the City of Kitchener has to offer! As always, I encourage you to keep in touch! I hope you and your family have a safe and happy holiday season! Best wishes for 2015.

my election campaign and hear about your various issues, discuss your concerns and answer your questions. I will continue to fight for your interests while balancing the needs of all Kitchener residents. My commitment to you is to respond to all the concerns that you bring to my attention. I will continue to do my utmost in order to resolve each and every problem. However, some will continue to be beyond my ability to bring to a conclusion due to city policies, staff workloads, the time needed to address them, the

cost or it being the responsibility of other jurisdictions. I do communicate these concerns with these outside organizations as best as I can in order that they address them. During the election, my main opponent accused me of excessive personal spending on conferences, home computer equipment, etc. Council is allocated a budget limit, which I met. We are also encouraged by the Mayor and senior staff to attend conferences for the purpose of networking and gaining a broader perspective on topics related to the

decisions we make as council. Kitchener Council will host our annual New Year’s Levee on Sunday, January 4, 2015 from 2 to 4pm in the Rotunda at Kitchener City Hall. I look forward to meeting with you personally at this fun family event. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! If there is any matter you wish to discuss, please feel free to contact me.

generously on numerous doorsteps throughout the recent campaign. Considering the fact my 2010 win by a single vote changed to a 2014 win by 1,402 votes has been a truly humbling experience. On the humourous side, it helped calm those dubbing me “landslide Frank” and my darling wife who, for four years, called me “the one-vote wonder.” On a more serious note, I campaigned on a pledge to work with ward neighbourhood groups,

community police and bylaw enforcement officers in order to clean up eyesore properties and close down houses used for illegal drug sales and scrap-collection dumps. I also promised to monitor the impact on communities caused by development projects that are already having an impact on residents living near LRT stations and along a corridor adjacent to the rapidtransit route. Ward 9 includes seven stations plus a lengthy distance of

LRT track through the downtown and inner-city neighbourhoods. I have high hopes for the next four years based on what I hear from new Mayor Berry Vrbanovic who shares my interest in strengthening neighbourhoods. I believe the coming term will be one where we see greater emphasis on nurturing the health and vitality of city neighbourhoods. Season’s greetings and best wishes for a healthy and happy New Year.

become your representative at City Hall. It is an exciting, humbling challenge that I am honoured to take on. Thank you to Dan Glenn-Graham for the friendly hand-off, and to the staff, community leaders, and fellow councillors for the warm welcome. In 2014, Ward 10 had the most events registered with the Festival of Neighbourhoods and in this last election we had the highest voter turnout rate in the city with 34.5%. I am proud to be part of such an engaged group of citizens.

As I begin my term on council, I want you to know that I have already begun work on some of the priority areas in Ward 10 that you brought to my attention at the door during election campaigning. I have also been appointed to represent you on a number of boards, including the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, the Kitchener Public Library, and the Downtown Kitchener Business Improvement Area. I commit to sharing a regular newsletter with Ward 10 residents to stay in touch about relevant

news, upcoming events, and other points of interest. This will be communicated by email with a paper option also available as needed. If you would like to receive this newsletter starting in January, please email me with the word newsletter in the subject line. Please feel free to contact me about any issues, questions or ideas you may have. I wish you a happy holiday season and a very happy New Year.

This past Monday, your 2014-18 Kitchener City Council had their inaugural meeting. As your newly elected Mayor, I am humbled by your support and look forward to getting to work on many new and exciting initiatives. Over the past few months I have spoken with many of you, listened to your thoughts and suggestions, and together with the rest of City Council, have developed new ideas to help us as we continue to shape Kitchener into a community of connected, complete neighbourhoods, where we can all live, work and play. As part of one of Canada’s fastest-growing regions, Kitchener needs to maintain its’ focus on a growing economy while ensuring residents have safe and convenient access to what they need in their own growing communities while maintaining some of our small town feel. To do this, we need to create “complete neighbourhoods” that put quality of life at the forefront. These are communities that offer a variety of housing options, with access to shops, services and amenities such as libraries, recreational facilities and nearby parks, trails and open spaces. Regardless of where in Kitchener we live, we all need real options so we can get around; not just more roads, but access to public transit, pathways, and bike trails. Another key part of any community is its residents. I encourage all of you to get involved in your community, get to know your neighbours and take part in some of the events being held throughout our city. So, why not join residents from across Kitchener, and the Region, at Kitchener City Hall as council hosts our New Year’s Levee, January 4, 2015 from 2-4 p.m. There will be food, music and fun for the whole family. Don’t forget to bring your skates and take a spin on the Civic Square rink before you head inside to warm up. Hope to see you there! On behalf of Kitchener City Council and staff, best wishes to you, your families and friends for a healthy and restful holiday season and a prosperous New Year.


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Arts & ENTERTAINMENT Altekrea Festival showcases unique and dynamic art By Shelley Byers here’s an energy that envelopes Kitchener’s City Hall Rotunda like a painter’s canvas during the Altekrea Festival of Alternative Art. The fourth annual show, held the weekend of November 21, delivered on its promise to showcase unique and dynamic art. Seven year old aspiring artist and future gallery owner, Kieran Schmidt, knew this when she brought her drawing of an eyeball. The festival ushered in the old, the new, and the Geeks in one venue where comic and sci-fi illustrators, independent publishers, and graphic novelists, sidled up with creators of wearable art, magic wands, and hand-carved Samurai swords. “We’re breaking down the barriers,” said Miroki Tong, Artistic Producer and founder of the festival. Tong re-branded the G33K Show to Altekrea to promote and celebrate the diversity blending within the festival. “The word ‘geek’ carries a stigma,” she said. “We use it

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tongue in cheek, but wanted to diversify to a larger audience who might not think that a show featuring geeks was up their alley.” Visitors agreed. “Some of the things I’ve seen here are [surprising] in terms of art,” said Jennifer Mains, who visited the show. “There’s sophistication; a broader variety and quality of art, and I don’t know that people expect this.” Special guests included Adrian Alphona, Illustrator and Comic Creator; Scott Chantler; Cartoonist and Graphic Novelist; Gerhard, illustrator for Cerebus, Canada’s longest running independent graphic novel; Trenna Keating, Actor; Hugh Rookwood, Illustrator and Comic Creator. “This show casts a wide net over a broad number of audiences,” said Chantler, author of the graphic novels Two Generals and the Three Thieves series. Alphona, best known for his work with Marvel Comics, and most recently Ms. Marvel, has been a guest of the show since its inception.

“They do this show right, and I’m excited to see where it goes,” he said. It was a cozy show with an array of artists who bend and swirl their creations into tarot cards, charms, and jewelry, as well as paintings, drawings, and cartoon characters. “It’s an interesting way to broaden your horizons and check out something you’re not sure you would be interested in,” says visitor, Elisa MacRae. “But seeing something new and different can open up a whole new world.” Hugh Rookwood, character creator for Hasbro and Mattel displayed his independent release of the graphic novel Apocalypse 4. “This show is a blend of artists,” he said. “It has everything creative.” Actor Trenna Keating, currently playing the alien character Doc Meh Yewll, on the Showcase TV series Defiance, was on hand to give a behind the scenes look into the world of acting and television during her Q&A session. Here are insights from that

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session: It takes three hours to apply Trenna’s prosthetic mask for each show; her mother wishes she was a hairdresser; and she has recently found out that she loves to colour with crayons. You heard it here first. Although the Altekrea website had a 300% increase in hits leading up to the event, the number of attendees to the festival this year was lower than expected. “The Canadian weather was a kicker,” said Tong. However, the Gala Opening on the Friday night sold out to fans, who were able to mingle with special guests and artists. The spine tingling contortions of Emily Crawford held the crowd in somewhat painful awe, while Shawnathan DeSousaCoelo’s magic jarred the senses. JD Spark’s flashing LED hulahoop danced with light. The evening wrapped up with Miroki Tong singing with a voice that seared straight into the soul. Walking around the festival, it was encouraging to see many

vendors from the previous year. Kit Daven had not yet released her book, Forgotten Gemstone. This year, the sales are doing better than expected. Her husband, Shawn Chappell, displayed his colourful and mind-bending paintings of Fantastic Realism and, once again, had visitors spellbound by his imagination swirling on canvas. “This is a slick show,” he says. “People walk away feeling that they are part of something.” Young Kieran walked away with some advice and praise for her eyeball drawing from Gerhard whose intricate illustrations stopped people in their tracks to lean in and discover yet another energizing imagination. “All eyes are on you,” he said to the up-and-coming artist. “Never stop drawing.” Proudly taking her eyeball drawing to the next artist, Kieran summed up the entire show: “I like to do art.” Stay tuned to www.altekrea. com for next year’s calendar.

Kieran Schmidt, an aspiring artist, hopes to open her own art gallery in the future.

Presented by:

Lions Gate Corporation Mark and Michelle Trombley

Illustrator and comic creator Hugh Rookwood recently launched his independent Apocalypse 4.


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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! id she, or didn’t she? That’s what you’ll be D asking yourself while reading Jennifer DuBois’s book, Cartwheel.

THIS MONTH’S READING:

Cartwheel

by Jennifer DuBois REVIEWED BY: by Julie Piatek Senior Library Assistant Information Services

The story is inspired by the real life case of Amanda Knox, the American foreign-exchange student convicted of killing her roommate while studying in Italy. In Cartwheel, Amanda is portrayed through the character Lily Hayes, a 21-year-old, naïve yet overly confident study-abroad student in Buenos Aires. She is attractive, free-spirited, and there to immerse herself in the culture. Katy Kellers is her roommate, whom Lily considers dull up until she suspects Katy of having an affair with her sort-of boyfriend, Sebastien LeCompte - the mysterious and sad boy from across the street. This love triangle is the basis of

what investigators will use to accuse Lily of Katy’s murder, but it is Lily’s own behaviour that will convince people she may actually be guilty. Although the book nearly mirrors the real case, it does not sensationalize it. Instead, DuBois focuses on creating a sharp, psychological character study, which examines the personalities, behaviours and motives of each of the players. Cartwheel is not a whodunit and the author is not interested in proving Lily’s innocence or guilt; instead, she reminds the reader there are many sides to a story, that actions can easily be misunderstood and that a person’s behaviour is not an indication of their guilt. Whether you’re familiar with the Knox case or not, this is a great read.

For more great reading ideas, visit www.kpl.org 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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Politicians at the provincial and service to their fellow citizens, federal levels are usually busy their community and their country. Queen Elizabeth 4,II2014 Diamond battling other andCitizen their parties Page 20each l Kitchener - West Edition l December Jubilee medals will be presented at every chance they get. But the Kitchener-Waterloo January 16 to the following riding riding’s Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Kitchener-Waterloo Medal presentation has apparently recipients: Chandrika Anjaria brought out the cooperative spirit. Chandrika Anjaria has been In a rare showing that politicians can cooperate and work with each a tireless volunteer within the other, Liberal MPP of Kitchener community. The focus of her Centre John Milloy, former community work has been empathy Conservative MPP of Kitchener and compassion for others. An Waterloo Elizabeth Witmer and employee for the University of newly elected New Democrat MPP Waterloo’s Information Systems andAnglican Technology Department, of Kitchener St. Waterloo Georges Catherine of Forest Hill Church served as past chair Fife, will321 allFischer-Hallman be present at Road, the Chandrika Kitchener also 519-744-4751 of UW’s United Way Campaign. medal presentation ceremony Sunday Servicesfor 8:15am Holy Eucharist She has also presided as co-chair the Kitchener Waterloo riding 10:00am Holy Choral Eucharist with recipients to be held January 16 at of three local hospital walkathons, Sunday School and Nursery and is the chair of the Earthquakes, Kitchener City Hall. 1:00pm espanol Cycloneenand Tsunami relief fund. Milloy was asked to Sagrada give outEucharistia Wednesday 10:00amChandrika Healing Service is a member of the India the medals on behalf of Elizabeth www.stgeorgesofforesthill.com Witmer after she left provincial Canada Association, past chair email: to stgeorgefh@golden.net politics. He decided instead wait of several cultural festivals and a until after the by-election, allowing founding member of Club 55. In 1997, Church Chandrika was honoured the opportunity to Maranatha whom ever was Lutheran elected to present the medals in as one of Kitchener-Waterloo 236 Woodhaven Rd, Kitchener, ON N2C 1V5 Oktoberfest’s Women of the Year. their own riding. 519.888.7800 Ariarani Ariaratnam The commemorative Ph: medal, email:the maranathlutheran@bellnet.ca Ariarani is the founder and created to mark 2012 Sunday Worship: 11 Executive am former Director of Focus celebration of the 60th anniversary CoffeeQueen and refreshments week after worship. for Ethnic Women in KW. Active of Her Majesty Elizabeth each supportingand women and children, II’s accession to the Throne as infellowship Come experience our Caribbean hospitality! Queen of Canada, is in recognition Ariarani served the KW YWCA of those who, like Her Majesty, locally and internationally. She have dedicated themselves to has also served on the Immigration

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and Refugee Board of Canada. Ontario Board of Services and has demonstrated a lifetime of Ariarani is passionate in helping was recognized at the Mayor’s community service through her newcomers understand, integrate Dinner for the Working Centre in involvement volunteering with the and become fully active members 2011. He is a member of Erb Street Girl Guides of Canada, summer of our community. She is a member Mennonite Church in Waterloo and camp for disabled children, the of the board of the South Asian has been active in various inter- Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, the K-W Symphony, the Grand Seniors Association of Waterloo faith initiatives in the community River Conservation Authority and David Graham Region. A recipient of the Citation In his contributions to our St. Mary’s Hospital. In 1985 she for Citizenship Award from the David Graham was named Oktoberfest Woman of Government of Canada, Ariarani community, also received the Queen’s Golden has worked diligently as a past the Year and she has also received Jubilee Medal in 2002 for her Chair of the Board at St. Mary’s the Ontario Volunteer Service outstanding work in promoting General Hospital, the 1990 Ontario Award for her outstanding work in utherwood has and launched children’s common disorders, well as tips and strategies theasRegion. Summer Games, Leadership the rights of immigrant visible its George Simissues.” Region,forK-W United minority women. mental health blog which Waterloo will provide coping with mental health Sim’s timely faith, his loyal Way, that Rotary of Kitchener, Ronald Beaudreau tips, strategies and other information willClub Future blog postsGeorge will include topics, to his friends and family, and the Canadian such Red Cross K-W Ronald Beaudreaufamilies served as an people help adolescents, and working as how the dedication holiday season can affect the caringadolescents, heart and his delight Currently, David health serves ofhissome Air Cadet, with youthLeading who areAircraftman strugglinginwithBranch. their mental mental focused the reserve Air Force and as a Radar on the boards of the St. Joseph’s in storytelling are an inspiration. health. topics, such as how to better communicate with Operator in the regular service. He Health System. 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This blog is one more way we Marjorie Carroll-Nelson was by enlisting in the Canadian Army, to serving his fellow veterans; information about adolescent will shedand lightinon alistening subjecttothat us.” theiraffects stories all andof helping serving health, from 1953-1965 elected the first female Mayor of mental Waterloo in 1977, and remained the Army Reserve from 1972- to heal their suffering. A kind soul, in this role until 1988. As a nurse 1985. In 1969, he co-founded George is known to offer a hug and and as a public servant, she was KW’s Oktoberfest which continues story to all and enjoys playing the an outstanding choice to chair the to thrive to this day. As a past harmonica. Rosemary Smith K-W Hospital Foundation from President of Kitchener Oktoberfest, Rosemary Smith is a visionary 1989-1992. A devoted volunteer Lions Club, K-W Untied Way, and fundraiser, Marjorie’s efforts Kitchener Chamber of Commerce, leader in our community who has mentor to many. Since K-W Community and isserved resulted aterloo in a remodelled childbirth Region will presented at a Foundation, Community beingas led by the Canadian 2001, Rosemary has been the Westmount Golf & Country Club, Alliance centre atbeGrand RiverCanadian Hospital, Debrief the first at Region of Waterloo to End Homelessness, renamed the Marjorie Carroll 1979 K-W Citizen of the Year, CEO of the Kitchener-Waterloo community to pilot the 20,000 headquarters building on and was inspired by the U.S. and a Paul Harris Fellow (Rotary Community Foundation. She has Childbirth Centre in her honour. Homes Campaign, which aims December 3. Homes Campaign also had leadership roles with International in 1995), Owen’s 100,000 Connie Deckert to permanently house 20,000 of This information will be (www.100khomes.org). 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Brothers,@RegionWaterloo and the Prosperity John Lynch Club Professionals, as well as the is to conduct a community-wide house up to 40 individuals Big Follow John Lynch, a long-time Council of Waterloo Region Canadian Golf Teachers Federation. registry to gather data on the over this winter season. and #20kHomes on Twitter for She is a member of the Canadian Rotarian, was 1981-1982 President Resources Task Force. Rosemary majority of our local homeless The 20,000 Homes Campaign information. has also been a member of the Association of Women Executives of the Rotary Club of Waterloo more population. & Entrepreneurs. Connie is also and is a Paul Harris Fellow. His United Way, Cambridge Women November 30 and a On recipient of the Women Of contributing involvement with in Networking, K-W Women in December 1, more than 60 KidsAbility spans over three Networking, Leadership Waterloo Waterloo Region (WOW) Award, as well as avolunteers graduate ofcanvassed Leadership decades. 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December 4, 2014 l Kitchener Citizen - West Edition l Page 21 CULTIVATING HERITAGE GARDENS AND LANDSCAPES - watch for this coming workshop sponsored by the Region’s Heritage Planning Advisory Committee on Saturday, Jan 31,2015 , 8:30a.m.4p.m. at Waterloo Region Museum. Topics will include History of landscape/garden movement; Architectural styles and associated landscape/gardens; Deciding on a design for your landscape / garden; Sourcing plant material. This workshop will be valuable to owners of heritage buildings, landscapers, and planners. Registration is a must. For more details, call Lindsay Benjamin at 519-575-4757 ext 3210 or lbenjamin@regionofwaterloo.ca GENDER- BASED VIOLENCE VIDEOS – Member of the Zonta Club of Kitchener-Waterloo have written and produced 16 videos on a wide range of topics associated with gender-based violence, sharing Canadian and local statistics as well as personal experiences. The release of the videos coincides with the UN Secretary-General’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, and event, which runs to Dec. 10. Video topics are comprehensive including: dating violence, human trafficking, and abuse of older women, missing and murdered aboriginal women, the personal and societal costs of domestic violence, and female genital mutilation. Zonta invites you to view the videos first-hand on its YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/ ZontaKW). Members of the club are also available to speak on the topics covered as well as what the club is doing within the community as well as globally to advocate for women and address the issues of gender-based violence head-on. Further information about Zonta and its objectives can be found by visiting www.zontakw.com LONGEST NIGHT SERVICE – Christmas can be a difficult time for those who are experiencing loss in their lives, especially the loss of a loved one. Come join us for a special service of God’s hope and comfort, Dec. 15, 2014 at 7pm. Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 322 East Avenue (corner of East and Stirling, one block from the Aud). Call 519-742-5812 for more information. Refreshments to follow. Don’t forget to check out our

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website for updates and additional event info: www.kitchener.ca/knap WINTER WILDLIFE TRACKING – Kitchener’s Natural Areas Program, Sunday, January 18, 10am and Wednesday, January 21, 10am at the Huron Natural Area, 801 Trillium Drive, Kitchener. Meet at the main entrance picnic shelter. Learn how to recognize some of the common winter animal tracks and enjoy a leisurely hike through the forests and fields of the Huron Natural Area. Dress appropriately for the outdoor hike. Free – All Ages Welcome! Note: Washroom facilities will not be available. HOMER WATSON HOUSE & GALLERY WINTER 2014 EXHIBITION - Showcasing works by Riverside Print Group, and Homer Watson runs to December 15, 2014.Viewers will take a rare look at Homer Watson’s history in printmaking in the exhibit: “Watson: A History of Printmaking”. This exhibit explores Homer Watson’s excursions to Europe, and how his talents included more than oil painting. Several prints and plates will be on exhibit including a re-strike by Nicholas Rees from an original plate by Homer Watson. The Riverside Print Group, a group of nine local artists, invites you to its exhibition titled “Variance”. For more information about this exhibition please call the gallery, 1754 Old Mill Road, Kitchener, at 519-748-4377 or visit homerwatson.on.ca LUNCHTIME LECTURE SERIES - Homer Watson House & Gallery is pleased to be concluding our 2014 educational Lunchtime Lecture Series on December 11 from 12 – 1pm. Donna Stewart and Kari Melhus Mullin, members of the Riverside Print Group, will discuss the group’s current exhibition titled Variance. Through an examination of the assembled work, Kari and Donna will share the practices of the nine members as well as details of their shared journey.The event will also include a question and answer period with the talented printmakers as well as tasty treats and beverages! Contact Information/Registration: 519-748-4377 or http://www. homerwatson.on.ca/lunchtimelecture-december-2014/ KWS HOLIDAY CONCERT YULETIDE SPECTACULAR - Featuring holiday favourites,

this concert includes many special guests: tenor Brian Duyn of the Waterloo Region Police, Grand Philharmonic Choir and Grand Philharmonic Children’s Choir and the Carousel Dance Company. In addition, the KWS Youth Orchestra will perform side-byside with the KW Symphony. This holiday tradition brings over 200 performers together from Waterloo Region. Audiences will be treated to a mix of old and new holiday favourites – including Sleigh Ride, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Carol of the Bells and Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus, plus a sing-along with the choirs.Yuletide Spectacular runs December 19 at 8 pm, December 20 at 2:30 & 8 pm and December 21 at 2:30 pm at the Centre In the Square, 101 Queen St. N. in Kitchener. Tickets can be purchased online at kwsymphony. ca or by calling 519.745.4711 or 888.745.4717. FOLK NIGHT AT THE REGISTRY: SEASON 9, 2014-2015 - Season 9 of Folk Night at the Registry is presented by The Registry Theatre and The Old Chestnuts Song Circle. We will welcome singer/songwriters and traditional musicians, bringing audiences the broad and evocative music that makes up “folk”. All shows are at 8pm and take place at The Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick St, Kitchener. Advance tickets are available through the Centre In The Square. MUSTARD’S RETREAT Saturday, February 14, 2015. $17 / $20. Mustard’s Retreat (David Tamulevich and Michael Hough), met in Ann Arbor, MI in 1974, as short order cooks, both on hiatus from their studies at the University of Michigan. Discovering a mutual interest in music/writing and performing, they put together 3 songs one day after work, and took them to the legendary Ark Coffeehouse’s open mic night. They were a hit, and were invited back to do a 45-minute set. Within a year and a half they were doing music full time. Forty years later, they have 12 highly acclaimed recordings of their own, plus 3 more CDs with their songwriting collective, The Yellow Room Gang. Mustard’s Retreat has performed more than 4,000 shows over the years. ALZHEIMER SOCIETY

WATERLOO WELLINGTON EVENTS - Coffee Break - You can support the Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington by hosting a Coffee Break, or by hosting your own event of any kind. Community partners have supported the Society in many creative ways, such as dress-down days, game nights, garage and bake sales, and many other kinds of events. DIVERSECITY TOASTMASTERS CLUB - Do you have trouble finding the right words when speaking to a group? Need a career boost? Want to polish your presentation skills? Toastmasters is the place for you. Learn communication, leadership and presentation strategies in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. DiverseCity is a new club and is open to all. It runs Mondays, 7 - 8:30 pm at Kitchener City Hall, the Conestoga Room. For more information contact Georgina Green, 519-743-7655 or gggreen@ rogers.com. ADULT DAY PROGRAM - Did you know Trinity Village has an Adult Day Program for seniors wishing to socialize with other seniors? The cost is just $8 per day and the program runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am to 1 pm, at Trinity Village Care Centre, on Kingsway Drive, near Fairview Park Mall. Self-referrals welcome or contact CCAC, 519748-2222. For more information call the Day Program Coordinator at 519-893-6320 ext. 235. MAKE NEW FRIENDS WITH BETA SIGMA PHI - Are you a woman looking for new friends and fun things to do? Do you enjoy a social, community service-oriented group? If so, you might be interested in our Beta Sigma Phi chapter. Beta Sigma Phi is an international women’s friendship network. For more information about Beta Sigma Phi visit the international website: www.betasigmaphi.org. There are 200 members in KW alone. Our chapter of 8 women has members in our mid 30s and early 40s, mostly married, with small children. We meet twice a month May – Sept. and plan socials throughout the year too. Email betasigmaphiKW@gmail.com for more information. ROCKWAY ENTERTAINERS - choral group singing fourpart harmony. Recruiting new

members... Membership open to those over 50 years old. Rehearsals are Thursdays at 1:30 – 3:30pm from September until May at Rockway Centre Auditorium, 1405 King Street East, Kitchener. Please phone 519-885-9978 or 519-741-2507 for more information. NATIONAL BALLET SCHOOL TOUR - Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) is pleased to announce that the 2014/2015 National Audition Tour (NAT), which includes Auditions and Open Classes, will commence in Halifax, NS on November 3. This year’s NAT, which is presented by Sun Life Financial, will visit 20 cities across Canada before concluding in Toronto on February 8, 2015. Auditions for the Professional Ballet Program – which offers full-time dance training, academic education and residential care for students in Grades 6 to12, and full-time dance training to post-secondary students (Post-Secondary Program) – take the form of a specially designed ballet class where dancers are assessed for quality of movement, coordination and overall suitability for the demands of classical ballet. The minimum age to audition is 10, and no prior ballet training is required for students aged 12 and under. The tour will be in Waterloo on Friday, January 9, 2015. Registration for Open Classes and Audition dates is now open, check NBS’ website, www.nbs-enb.ca for details. HANDEL’S MESSIAH - An Annual Winter Rite in the Village of Elora - Warming your hearts at the hearth of heavenly music, conductor Noel Edison brings this 1741 oratorio to life with the Festival Chamber Players and the Elora Festival Singers. Originally for modest vocal and instrumental forces, this frequently adapted work based on English scriptural texts, takes on the flair and flavor of Maestro Edison’s distinctive interpretation at St. Joseph’s Church on Sunday, December 7th | 3:00 pm | St. Joseph’s Church, Fergus. Adults: $40 + HST | PostSecondary Students: $20 | High School Students: $5

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KSA ISC Legacy Grant plaques were presented at the Volunteer Awards Night. From left: KSA ISC Legacy Grant Program Chair John Thompson, Kitchener Minor Baseball President June Woolrich, KSA presenter Tom Clancy, KW Minor Boys Softball President Gilles Butcher and KSA President Bill Pegg. Boys Softball received $4,000 to install dugouts at Wilson Park and Kitchener Baseball was given a cheque for $7,000 to enhance and expand the batting cages at Breithaupt Park. The commemorative plaques are to be mounted at the new facilities.

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Special Olympics Ontario), Lana Vanderlee (KW Track & Field), Kurt Munz (Stanley Park Optimist Ball), Mark Sichewski (Twin Cities Minor Tackle Football), Jennifer Ohrling (KW Synchronized Swimming), Bernie Strauss (Kitchener Sports Association), John Watkins (Kitchener Rangers Hockey Club), Susan Wheeler (SkateAble), Gilles Butcher (KW Sports Council), Corinne Williams (KW Predators Volleyball), Mark Blasman (KW Sertoma Speed Skating), Peter & Charlie Pavlinich (KW Minor Lacrosse), Jeff Halloran (KW Minor Boys Softball) and Kitchener Mayor Carl Zehr (for his years of leadership championing local minor sports, tournaments and facilities). The KSA also presented cheques to various sports groups to help with projects such as the bike program at the Safe Haven Shelter, money to help purchase outdoor sports equipment at four Kitchener community centers, and funds to install dugouts at the Wilson Park and batting cages at Breithaupt Park. Since 1982, the KSA has been raising funds at Kitchener Ranger home hockey games through its “Share the Wealth Draw” which are given to support local minor sporting groups and individuals. It has given away more than $1-million in the last 32 years.

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DISTRICT 8 AND CWOSSA VOLLEYBALL CHAMPS

The Rockway Mennonite Collegiate junior boys volleyball team won the local District 8 championship and then went on to take the gold at the Central Western Ontario Secondary Schools Association Single A Championships. Team members are, from left: back Rob Klassen, Jonah Boehm, Matthew Kipfer, Ben Langweider, Tim Falco, Andrew Pfeifer; front, James Carr-Pries, Cam Beettam, Kean Snider, Jared Good and Eric Lantink.


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Christmas Magic The Kitchener Citizen is very grateful to receive this original Christmas short story from author Cyndi MacMillan. May you find Christmas in your own unique way. BY CYNDI MACMILLAN

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ind blew snow against her dark, kitchen window as she reread Chantal’s wish list. It was heartbreakingly short and included things which most six year olds took for granted, simple things like new colouring pencils and rainbow socks, but her budding ballerina also wanted to see the Nutcracker. Ivy sat in front of her slow computer and sighed over the cost of the tickets. The lowest priced seats had all been sold. Christmas was so hard. Three years had passed since a drunk driver had made her a young widow. Yves had been a devoted husband and an incredible father. She was determined to keep his memory alive and sometimes, after telling Chantal a funny daddy story, she could almost hear his throaty chuckle. Emotionally, life was bittersweet and, financially, they lived paycheque to paycheque. Renting out the basement certainly helped with the bills, and her job as a waitress kept food in the fridge, but even reasonably priced ballet lessons had involved careful budgeting. Most forms of entertainment were borrowed from the library; still, Chantal was a happy child. They lived in a small home on a friendly street. Their neighbour, Margo, had become a surrogate grandmother who provided so much more than just affordable childcare. She was grateful for each blessing, but Ivy wanted Christmas to be special. This had been Yves’ season, his favourite time of the year. As per their family tradition, Chantal had also written Santa a letter requesting just one, simple gift. This year Chantal had asked for a horse-drawn trolley ride with her mother, something she’d been hinting about for weeks. It was such a small thing to ask and yet impossible for Ivy to make happen. The schedule for the trolley rides conflicted with her shifts; she’d tried to book a night off, but her coworkers had holiday plans, too. Chantal wasn’t going to get the one thing she wanted most for Christmas. The realization had Ivy turning to Yves’ picture, feeling very alone. She looked at the other list. Though it was midnight, she headed upstairs and sorted through her jewelry box. It was easy to choose two gold chains, but she refused to part with anything which Yves had given her. An hour later, she had four pieces to sell: the chains, a pair of ruby earrings and her grandmother’s marcasite charm bracelet. The charms were Christmas themed—angels, ornaments, tiny parcels with glittering ribbons. It held great sentimental value, but surely it had monetary worth, as well. She hoped one perfect gift would be enough. She’d lost her faith in Christmas magic. Morning was its usual whirlwind. “You look tired,” Chantal mumbled into a muffin. “Did you have another nightmare?” “No, I just didn’t get enough sleep.” “I dreamed about Daddy, last night. He said that you shouldn’t be so sad. He said, tell Mommy things will look up soon.” Ivy swallowed the lump in her throat. “I promise I’ll try harder.” Later that morning, she left a pawn shop, relieved. The shop owner had been fair and sympathetic. He’d offered a loan, instead, but Ivy felt comfortable with her decision to sell. She headed towards the Centre in the Square and bought the tickets. Then, she picked up a fuchsia velvet dress with an ivory satin bow. She knew Chantal would love its full skirt, could imagine her wearing it to the ballet. Christmas shopping was enjoyable, and she splurged on a few extra surprises.

Work was packed with merrymakers. She called home on her break. “We’re making a gingerbread house, but some candy just didn’t make it to the roof.” “What would I do without you, Margo?” “Poppycock. This is fun. Chantal, someone wants to talk to you.” She heard a shriek, then, “Hi, mommy. So, can we go on the trolley ride? Pleeeease?“ “Pumpkin, we can’t. But I have an idea. How about I take you for a toboggan ride in the park, tonight? You can still see the lights. Later, we can have some hot chocolate, okay?” There was a long pause followed by a small, shaky sigh. “I like the lights, too. It’s okay.” It was all so frustrating. All she’d needed was one more hour. When she headed home, she decided to project a smile that she didn’t quite feel. Chantal met her at the door, ready, and looking far from disappointed. Ivy kissed the small forehead. “How did I get to be so lucky?” They had to park the car some distance from the light displays, but Chantal enjoyed the toboggan ride. Ivy was glad she’d had the foresight to decorate it with some bells. The air was crisp and the stars seemed closer. Perhaps, this was meant to be a lesson on how to take things in stride. They were almost there, but the timing couldn’t have been worse. Ivy bit back a groan when the horse and trolley appeared. It was leaving the park for the night. She looked behind her, ready to deal with tears. What she saw, instead, was Chantal rolling off of the toboggan and hot footing it down the sidewalk and towards the trolley quicker than she could yell jingle bells. “Sweetheart, stop!” The trolley pulled up beside them and the door opened. Chantal leapt onto its first step before Ivy could reach her. “SANTA SENT YOU!” She yelled. “YOU CAME! I KNEW YOU WOULD COME!” “I am so sorry,” Ivy said to the driver. “I know we’re too late.” The driver was a petite lady with deep laugh lines. “I’ll tell you what. If you’d like a short ride, I can give you a lift. Come on board, but it will have to be our little secret, okay?” A look passed between the two women. Ivy carried the small toboggan onto the trolley. “Thank you,” Ivy said. “You have no idea what this means to her, to us.” “Santa has a way of delegating.” The woman smiled. “The truth is, I’d been feeling low, lately. My grown-up girl moved out. She gave me an early gift today and it just delighted me. Hey, I didn’t mean to make you cry. Things will look up soon. Don’t be sad.” Chantal piped up, “Daddy told her exactly the same thing.” Ivy couldn’t speak. “Your daddy is a smart man. Oh, I see your mom likes the present I got from my daughter.” The driver turned to Ivy. “Dear, you keep staring at my new bracelet. It is lovely, isn’t it? Antique marcasite. She told me it came from a downtown pawn shop. The charms are just so Christmassy. Now, how could I say no to your little girl while wearing a gift from mine?” Ivy began to laugh. Chantal and the driver joined her but, for a moment, she imagined she could hear a throaty chuckle, too, and the sound was pure Christmas magic.

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