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May your holiday season be filled with joy and peace.

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Westheights student Emma Cook to perform in The Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition



Belmont Village held its annual Christmas in the Village day on November 25. Visitors kicked off the holidays with wagon rides, pictures with Santa, and the opportunity to donate food for the local food bank. Wagon rides were provided by Beitz Horse and Carriage Service of Breslau with Randy Luckhart at the reins. Photo by Helen Hall

mma Cook, a grade seven student at Westheights Public School in Kitchener, has been selected as one of the dancers in The Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition on December 28 at Centre in the Square. After being chosen through audition by Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s Nutcracker Youth Education Local Participant Program, twelve-year-old Emma is now busy with rehearsals for her role as a Dragonfly. The local participant program provides the opportunity for young and aspiring dancers from the Kitchener-Waterloo area to perform alongside members of the professional company and gain performance experience. The holiday classic is choreographed by Artistic Director of Canada’s Ballet Jörgen, Bengt Jörgen, and takes its inspiration from Group of Seven paintings housed at Kleinburg’s world-renowned McMichael Canadian Art Collection. The costume and set designs reflect Jörgen’s vision of a distinctly Canadian Nutcracker set in Algonquin Park – where Klara meets lumberjacks, Mounties and woodland creatures in her dream journey. Emma has been dancing since the age of three, and has danced competitively since she was six. She currently dances at IN. MOTION School of the Performing Arts located on Mill Street in Kitchener. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing barre exercises, making up dances, reading about different ballets and ballet dancers, colouring and playing guitar.

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EMMA COOK “I dance because I can escape into a world where I feel safe and where I can be free to express myself. I especially love ballet because of how precise you have to be with your movement, but you can still use emotion,” says Emma. She adds, “I am super excited to dance the role of a dragonfly in this year’s Nutcracker, and am extremely thankful for this opportunity to dance with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen; dancing in the ballet gives me first hand experience into a full scale professional ballet company production on a large concert hall stage.”

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With Warmest WarmestWishes Wishesfor foraa With Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year A rendering of the exterior of Janet Metcalfe Public School. The school is currently under construction, and is located at the corner of Seabrook Drive and Amand Drive, west of FischerHallman in Kitchener. Credit: WalterFedy

PIONEER IN EDUCATION Wishing you and your family peace and contentment during the holiday season. Merry Christmas from all of us at KITCHENER’S ORIGINAL COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER

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New southwest Kitchener public school to be named after Canada’s first Kindergarten teacher


he Waterloo Region District School Board will recognize a local educational pioneer by naming its newest school Janet Metcalfe Public School. Trustees voted to name the school after Metcalfe, who was the first public school

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kindergarten teacher in Canada. She worked at Central School in Berlin (Kitchener’s previous name) in 1882. Central School was renamed Suddaby Public School and it is still operating in downtown Kitchener. Records indicate that her work alongside Jeremiah Suddaby on early kindergarten education played a major role in understanding the principles and practise of education in the late 19th century. Janet Metcalfe Public School, located in Southwest Kitchener at the corner of Seabrook Drive and Amand Drive is scheduled to open in September 2018 for students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. The school will also be home to a child care centre. Janet Metcalfe later became Principal of Margaret Avenue Public School. She worked as an educator in Waterloo region for 31 years, and was known at the time of her death in 1935, aged 82, as one of the pioneers of kindergarten education in Ontario. “Janet Metcalfe Public School uniquely demonstrates the innovative spirit of our

school district and honours an individual who made a crucial, though hitherto overlooked, contribution to education in Waterloo region and across Canada,” said Courtney Waterfall, trustee and chair of the board’s ad-hoc school naming committee. The first principal at Janet Metcalfe Public School will also be a Janet. Janet Hale will leave her role as principal at Lincoln Heights Public School in March 2018 to begin planning for the new school opening. The Waterloo Region District School Board is currently doing a study to determine the boundary for the new school. The study area includes homes in the Huron South and Wildflowers communities in Kitchener, and may affect the boundary of Jean Steckle Public School. Students who will attend Janet Metcalfe Public School are currently attending Jean Steckle, Laurentian Public School, Queen Elizabeth Public School and Southridge Public School.


507 Frederick St., Kitchener • 519-749-8467 A plan view of Janet Metcalfe Public School. Credit: WalterFedy

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Adopt a storm drain to keep neighbourhood safe and dry by Helen Hall t’s a simple act that could make a big difference in your neighbourhood. REEP Green Solutions wants residents of Waterloo Region to “adopt” a storm drain and keep it free from snow and ice in the winter, and leaves and debris all year long. Keeping storm drains clear is important because when water cannot get into the sewers, it can cause flooding on roads, and can also lead to water getting in nearby homes. The water can also freeze and make the road, and fallen leaves, slippery. Both situations can cause accidents for pedestrians and those in vehicles. A clear storm drain is also important in preventing pollution and salt from entering the storm water system that makes its way to local rivers and lakes. The storm drain system in Kitchener is operated by the City of Kitchener and individuals who sign up for the REEP program are helping the city and their neighbours out by keeping that drain clear whenever they are able. And if you want to adopt a storm drain, there’s an APP for that. REEP has an online map where people can sign up and volunteer to adopt a drain in the region. It is located at www. “It’s really about fostering a neighbourhood ethic to handle it,” says Patrick Gilbride, RAIN


Program Manager at REEP. Reep Green Solutions is an environmental charity that helps people to live sustainably. Programs and services focus on residential energy efficiency, managing storm water, water conservation, and waste reduction. Gilbride said REEP has always encouraged people to keep the storm drains near their homes clear when it does home visits to help people out with managing their storm water drainage. “Anyone who lives or works in Waterloo Region can adopt a storm drain,” said Gilbride. “It shows that you care about having safe, dry streets, preventing flooding and preventing pollution from reaching our water system. Use our interactive map and commit to showing some love to a storm drain near where you live or work. Or perhaps adopt one as a part of a group?” REEP encourages people to be careful when keeping a drain clear, to watch for vehicles on the road and other hazards such as slippery wet leaves or ice. When cleaning the drain grill, leaves and other organic materials can be put out with yard waste. Litter, including plastic, may be recyclable. Grit and other debris is garbage. Snow can go on the boulevard. If that is not possible, avoid putting snow where it will be plowed back onto the storm drain or will block the water running toward the drain.

ONE FREE PHOTO WITH SANTA PER CUSTOMER. Management and all our merchants would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a safe Happy Holiday Season.


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Plains Road permanently closed between Huron and Fischer-Hallman


s the construction of new homes continues down FischerHallman Road, Plains Road has been closed permanently between Huron and Fischer-Hallman. Grading for the new subdivision in the area has begun. The Huron end of Plains Road has been closed off. The FischerHallman end allows access to a few homes located near the intersection of Plains and Fischer-Hallman. Kitchener Engineering Technologist Christine Goulet said the road will not be reopened. The new subdivision will be built over it, and new residential streets will be created. Goulet said the condition of the road was very poor prior to being closed. “We wanted to close it before winter,” she said. Plains Road remains open west of Fischer-Hallman to Trussler Road.

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festive events. Choir. Christkindl thentheopens BY HELEN HALL have been busy organizing event. the ceremony Christmas Tree – November 28simple and more with lightingthe of number Carl Zehr Squarewho andhave the “A portrait! What could be more “It the is amazing of people The installation of more the profound.” annual outdoor the Waterloo Region complex, more obvious and French Christmas volunteeredtree, theirfollowed support,” by Ferrede said. poet Charlestree Baudelaire,1859. Volunteers will beChoir. on hand to register people, and Christmas kicked off the holiday season Special Education we often of sharing gifts with to doOpening hair and makeup. Ferrede has received inWhile Kitchener. A think 30-foot sprucefood treeand donated by others • When: ceremony Thursday, Decem-a those need at Christmas, aboutthrough the ideathe of ber donation of photographic paper and ink to print the Karenin MacGregor made what its way 7 (Festival runs December 7-10). sharing something as uncomplicated powerful28. as portraits Henry’s streets of Kitchener to city hall on yet November • Time:from 5:30-8 p.m.Camera Shop in Waterloo. aItphotograph? Waterloo Mayor Halloran Park helped– arrange was installed outside of Kitchener City Hall at • Where: DepartBrenda from Victoria Clock Help-Portrait is a global movement of photographers the Waterloo Recreation Centre as the location for Carl Zehr Square by City of Kitchener forestry Tower at Joseph St. at 6 p.m. for the procession using their time, gear and expertise to give back to Help-Portrait. staff. inDecorations for the tree are provided by to Carl Zehr Square. those need. Ferrede has encourtheOndowntown Kitchener • Who: Official welcome by Christkindl December 10th BIA. aged others who have Carl Zehr Square Outdoor Rink – Opens Market committee, Mayor Berry for the past three years, offered Vrbanovic to volunteerand to December 1 other dignitaries. photographers from find someone who would Sharpen • More: Candles and holders candlelight around the your world skates have and come downtown benefifor t the from Helptaken and Donations bring them to glidephotographs around theforoutdoor rink in front of procession are available atPortrait 5:45 p.m. free for people who can’t tree. The skating rink go towards this free festival. to theSouvenir Rec Centre on the decorated Christmas Canada afford have a portrait Decemberfor 10th. outsidetoKitchener City Hall at Carl Zehr Square 150 Christkindl Market ornaments sale at the done. Ferrede has been will open to the public starting Friday, December Information booth inside Kitchener City Hall. Their goal is to help families or individuals feel in contact with community organizations such 1, weather permitting. See for details. the dignity and self-worth that comes from having a as YWCA’s Mary’s Place to let them know the Christkindl Market – December 7-10 Christmas Fantasy – December 9 photograph of yourself and those you love. opportunity is there to have portraits done of Wow your friends and family with a unique Experience the magic of the at Scott Ferrede of Core Photography is joining the individuals or families. They have also holidays put up flyers experience at Christkindl Market. The four-day Christmas Fantasy as thousands of twinkling movement this year, and will be setting up a studio in Kitchener and Waterloo. festival brings European to lights on for first Core time in Victoria Park. at the Waterloo Memorial Christmas Recreation traditions Complex on This turn is the firstthetime Photography has Kitchener.10th from 9am to 5pm. The complex is Bring the kids to see and get photo with has some December participated in Help-Portrait day,a and Ferrede no Tasteatsavoury seasonal from fritters and of characters from Frozen, and located 101 Father David foods, Bauer Drive. ideatheir how favourite many people will participate. “It’s pretty much a and worldwide eventand now,” said Santa “I have good Claus. feeling There though will that be there will be schnitzel to stollen sausages, quench anda Mrs. crafts, hota Ferrede, with overGlühwein. 10,000 photographers participating good response,” your thirst with Visit over 100 vendors chocolate and he livesaid. music. Enjoy a trolley ride from 56 live countries including “I want it to Park be fun. I wantbypeople to enjoy plus 30 bands, choirs Australia, and danceIndonesia, groups. around Victoria provided the downtown Germany and China. themselves and I want them to walk away with a Kids will enjoy the model railway, live nativity, Kitchener BIA. The idea is simple: fi nd someone in need, take their smile on their face,” Ferrede said. puppet show, blacksmith demonstrations, and • What: Christmas Fantasy opening ceremony. portrait, print their portrait and give it to them. To learn more about the Help-Portrait movement, kids’ workshops. Relive Christmas traditions 5:30-8 p.m. - activities on Roos Island. Festive Each person who comes to Help-Portrait day will visit their website at or Core with visits from Christkindl, angels and Knecht lights will on at, 6 p.m. receive an 8 x 10 photo for free. Photographybeatturned Ruprecht. Experience the joy of our international • When: Saturday, December 9 phenomenon from December 7-10 at Kitchener • Time: 5:30-8 p.m. City Hall. • Where: Roos Island, Victoria Park from page one • Who: Live performances by Erick Traplin and • What: Christkindl Market’s official opening ceremoniesThey beginestablished with a sing-a-long of only Rock. Money will be used to purchase said, the addingSchool that the February. a Parks with Grand Philharmonic Choir and at 5:45 p.m. at are thethat the Free admission to all to events. fill more stockings. All restrictions items must items website, created posters cash donations are be unwrapped items must organizational flclock yers, established a Facebook and The tower in Victoria Park. candlelightand food Tag @CityKitchener and use the hashtag for charitable tax receipts. be commercially and in eligible Twitter presence, lined upfrom five Joseph procession then departs St. and available #KitchenerEvents to share your experiences To further increase the their lantern manufacturer/distributor’s stocking drop points, found Gaukel St. at 6offp.m. Bring your own or online.

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sponsors, and with the help of Mosaic Counselling and Family Services established a way to offer charitable tax receipts for corporate donations. “They are such wonderful committee members,” said Parks. “We are hoping that each year it will grow and grow so that no child is left out at Christmas,” Parks said. Any size or style of stocking may be stuffed and any amount can be spent on items to fill it. Parks suggests most stockings could be stuffed for about $30. “We want to allow people the freedom to stuff the stocking with whatever items they want to give,”

wrapping. Although stockings are needed for all youth (aged 0 – early 20s), they are particularly needed for teens. Parks explained that this group tends to be overlooked because there are not as many items available as for children. She suggests calling cards, Tim Horton’s gift cards, journals and practical items such as toothbrushes, hats, socks, mitts and scarves as good stocking stuffers for teens. Anyone can donate a stocking – individuals, families, organizations or businesses. Cash donations are also accepted.

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campaign’s visibility, StuffIn Stockings will hold a family event ‘Elves at Play’ on Saturday, December 10 at Waterloo Town Square from 1 – 5pm. Stocking donations will be accepted throughout the day and elves will be busy stuffing stockings in the mall. There will be a kids’ colouring corner, pictures with Santa and skating available. “It’s a fun way to give and I think it reminds a lot of people of when they were young,” Parks said. To make a donation or volunteer visit the StuffIn Stocking website at

Want to be in our StuffIn Stockings Drop-off Locations Easter Service offering free yoga classes to the Stuffed stockings can also be Square – 75 King Street South MW, 10 am – 6 pm, TF, 10 am – 8 community Sunday’s Dec. 11 dropped off until December 15 at: and 18 from 11am to 12 noon. pm, Sat., 10 am – 6 pm, Sun., 11 Directory? Kitchener

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The holiday season has kicked off downtown Photographers across the world here is something for everyone to enjoy this pick up a free candle. Proceed along Gaukel St. T holiday season. Makeskills lasting memories you arrive atin Kitchener City Hall hear the share their withOncethose need with friends and family at one of Kitchener’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Grand Philharmonic


(corner of Westmount and Village Rd.) Kitchener

Join us for Christmas Eve Service of Lessons & Carols at 5:00pm or 7:00pm and Divine Service on Christmas Day at 10:00am

Our Place Early Years Centre – 154 Gatewood Road (inside St. Francis Elementary School) *Please bring your stocking to Reception Waterloo Region Museum – 10 Huron Road, Kitchener Monday – Saturday, 9:30 am – 5 pm, Sunday, 11 – 5 pm *Please bring your stocking to Reception Waterloo The Shops at Waterloo Town

Participants are asked to bring am – 5 pm *Please drop your stuffed either a stuffed stocking, a child’s at All proceeds or a cashus donation. stocking into the fireplace display giftEmail in the concourse. Please put your go to StuffIn Stockings. STUDiO stocking in a bag and tie off first (to ENERGi is located at 60 Bathurst Drive, Unit 14-15, Waterloo (519) prevent spillage) Channer’s Mens Apparel and 888-8339 Cambridge Shoes – 95 King Street South or Maranatha Christian Reform (beside Waterloo Town Square) MW, 9 am – 6 pm, TF, 9 am – Church – 94 Elgin Street South MWF, 9 am – 4 pm 8 pm, Sat., 9 am – 5:30 pm, Sun., *Please use front door (ring bell), noon – 5 pm Studio Energi, in Waterloo, is Contact: Mary Vandermunnik

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Adèle Hempel Manager/Curator

New in the Collection Card photographed and published by J C Jaimet looking west along King St. East in Berlin from the Market Hotel. The 1886 post office tower is at left top corner. The Walper Hotel’s original tower is in middle background. The building at right is on the site of 2017’s Crabby Joe’s restaurant (although it isn’t the same building). Two streetcars of the Berlin and Waterloo Electric Street Railway are seen. This card was not mailed.

This folk art piece was made by Harvey Sauder in 1937 when he was 13 years old. Sauder served in the military during the Second World War and when he returned to Canada in 1945, he operated a general store in Wellesley. Later in life, Sauder returned to his hobby of making wooden items. This column is an ongoing feature of artifacts in our collections. Adèle Hempel is the Manager/Curator, Region of Waterloo Museums Contact her at

Waterloo Region 2017 Inductees At the time of her retirement from professional skiing in 2013, Kelly VanderBeek was the most decorated female member of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team. She earned three top-three World Cup career medals, and had a fourth-place finish in super-G at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. Visit the Hall of Fame located on the second floor of the Waterloo Region Museum.

This is a Real Photo Post Card taken in Bridgeport. It is not known who created it. It was addressed to Miss Sadie Hosie, 50 Elgin St., Berlin. It shows a scene on the Grand River following a mid-winter flood, which drove ice floes against everything in its path. After the floes jammed up, the river overflowed for a while. Post Card Photos courtesy of rych mills


The thrill is in the hunt for post card collectors Helen Hall ccording to rych mills, every once in a while you find a post card that “makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck.” For mills, it was when he came across a 1933 post card of a class at Kitchener’s King Edward Public School - and his father was one of the students. “It was like he was laughing at me from heaven,” mills said. Mills is a member of the Kitchener Waterloo Cambridge Regional Post Card club, and for him and other post card collectors, the thrill of collecting old post cards is hunting for that intriguing card at post card shows, antique shops, and online. The local Post Card Club was established in 2004 and meets about five times a year at the Victoria Park Pavillion. The group also hosts one of its own post card shows at Bingemans in March. “I started by collecting Victoria Park post cards,” said mills, who is a local historian and writes regularly for the Waterloo Region Record. “I then went on to collect any post cards from Berlin (Kitchener’s previous name) and Kitchener.” Mills said collectors often have an interest, and collect post cards connected to that interest - like the world wars, or a particular city or country.



“The problem is, I’m interested in every damn thing there is,” mills said with a laugh. He said some of the most valuable post cards in the world have to do with the Titanic. Many passengers of the famous ocean liner sent out post cards when the boat made stops in France and Ireland on its ill-fated voyage to New York. “By the time their friends got them, they were on the bottom of the ocean,” mills said of the Titanic passengers who mailed the post cards. Mills said the 1920s were the “golden age” of post cards. Typically, they came in three varieties. Large companies, which produced them en masse to sell for a profit; smaller organizations like downtown Kitchener’s JC Jaimet store, which printed primarily local post cards; and individuals who had one of their photos made into a post card, known as Real Photo Post Cards. Mills said Real Photo Post Cards are interesting because often there is nothing written on them, and the collector must try to figure out why someone chose to have the photo made into a post card. The KWC Regional Post Card Club’s next meeting is on January 10, 2018 at the Victoria Park Pavillion. Doors open at 6:30pm and the presentation, which is often a guest speaker, begins at 7:30pm. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Waterloo Region Museum Doon Heritage Village

Schneider Haus National Historic Site

10 Huron Road, Kitchener 519-748-1914

466 Queen Street South, Kitchener 519-742-7752

On exhibit now to January 7, 2018

On exhibit now to December 24

Waterloo Region Museum Special Events

Schneider Haus Special Events

Christmas Shopping at the Gift Shop Daily during the Museum’s open hours. Unique gift-giving with vintage-style toys and ornaments. Country Christmas - Dec. 3, 10, 17, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Horse-drawn wagon rides, Father Christmas and carols. Mom and Babes Morning Out - Dec. 6, 10 to 11 a.m. $3 per adult. Holiday Family Fun Day - Dec. 27 to Jan. 2. Daily activities and experience our Trailblazing exhibit. Gift Shop Boxing Day Sale - Dec. 27, 28, 29, 30, 31.

Puppets and Paper - Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 3, 1 to 5 p.m. Enjoy a puppet show and create a story. Brezeln und Pfeffernüße (Pretzels and Gingerbread) - Dec. 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 10, 1 to 5 p.m. Taste traditional Pennsylvania-German treats. Warm and Cozy: Pants and Petticoats Dec. 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 17, 1 to 5 p.m. Try on 1850s style clothing. Toys and Games - Dec. 23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Dec. 24, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Discover the fun of playing games and making toys. TTY: 519-575-4608

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PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Marwan Tabbara MP for Kitchener South—Hespeler


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. Magician • Carnival Games • Skating • Music Face Painting • Refreshments and More!

Sunday, January 7, 2018 1:30 - 4 p.m. at Kitchener City Hall

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ur fall session will come to a close shortly and I look forward to being able to spend more time in the riding meeting with residents of Kitchener South-Hespeler. As winter approaches and temperatures begin to drop, we see the most vulnerable in our society severely affected by the lack of safe and affordable housing. All Canadians need and deserve housing that is safe, affordable and liveable. Better housing makes it easier to raise healthy children, pursue an education, and gain employment. On November 22nd – National Housing Day in Canada – Prime Minister Trudeau announced Canada’s National Housing Strategy. This 10-year, $40 billion strategy will help reduce homelessness and improve the availability and quality of housing for Canadians in need. Across Canada, 1.7 million Canadians are in core housing need. To help address this, the Strategy has set bold goals including: • reducing chronic homelessness by 50 per cent • removing more than 530,000 households from housing need • creating four times as many new housing units as built under federal programs from 2005 to 2015 • repairing three times as many existing housing units compared to those repaired under federal programs from 2005 to 2015 • protecting an additional 385,000 households from losing an affordable place to live. Investment under the National Housing

Strategy includes: • $15.9-billion for a new National Housing CoInvestment Fund • $8.6-billion for a new Canada Community Housing Initiative in partnership with provinces and territories, and $500 million through a new Federal Community Housing Initiative • $4-billion for a new Canada Housing Benefit to be launched in 2020 in partnership with provinces and territories • $2.2-billion to reduce homelessness • $300-million in additional federal funding to address housing needs in Canada’s North. • $241-million for research, data and demonstrations. The National Housing Strategy will meet the needs of Canadians, including seniors, Indigenous Peoples, survivors of family violence, people with disabilities, refugees, veterans, and those grappling with homelessness. It will encourage the construction of homes that are sustainable, accessible, mixed-income, mixeduse, and located near transit, work, and public services. This sets a long-term vision for housing in Canada, with unprecedented investments and new programs that will deliver real results for many people who are working hard to improve their quality of life. For more details on the strategy, you may visit Please accept my best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Raj Saini MP for Kitchener-Centre

Dear friends, As 2017 draws to a close, this is the perfect opportunity for us to reflect on the accomplishments of the year and to look forward to all that lies ahead for 2018. Over the course of 2017, my team and I worked hard on my motion, M-132, which calls upon the House of Commons Standing Committee on 2016-11-22 12:30 PM Health to conduct a study on ways to improve the results of federally funded health research while bolstering access to medicines. I’m proud to say that, in early November, M-132 passed unanimously in the House of Commons. M-132 will come before the Standing Committee on Health in 2018, and in my view, the Health Committee’s study on this issue represents the best chance for our Government to improve access to medicines, both here in Canada and abroad. My work on access to medicines aligns perfectly with some of our Government’s larger strides within the fields of both domestic and global health. This includes an additional $100 million in funding to the Global Polio Eradication Initiatives’ Endgame Strategic Plan to end polio by 2020; supporting research and releasing a framework to lessen the impact of antimicrobial resistance on Canadians; and new targeted funding to support better home care and mental health care. Our Government’s strides over the past year go far beyond the realm of health. This includes an historic $28.7 billion investment in public transit systems, approval of over 4,000 infrastructure projects, and the announcement of Canada’s first ever National Housing Strategy. This 10 year, $40-billion plan will give more Canadians a place is a proud sponsor of youth in the arts to call home and will focus on meeting the needs

of Canadians by promoting diverse, sustainable, and accessible mixed-income and mixed-use housing communities. This is an exciting program that will have a significant positive impact here in Kitchener. With all that said, I know that there is still so much more to do, and I look forward to continuing to serve our community, and to representing you in Ottawa in 2018. There are many in our community who devote their time, talent and energy, to make our community a wonderful place to live, work and play. I invite you to join me for our Canada 150 Sesquicentennial Awards ceremony on Saturday December 9th at the KPL main branch at 10:30 am. We will be presenting 20 awards to outstanding individuals and organizations in our community who have shown tremendous leadership in the areas of: diversity and inclusion; youth engagement; the environment; and reconciliation. As we celebrate the holiday season, please note that in lieu of a December potluck, I will be hosting a Holiday Open House on Tuesday, December 19th, 4-7pm at 209 Frederick Street. Please join me and my staff for hot chocolate, sweet treats, and the opportunity to share your ideas regarding how we can best work to improve our community in 2018. Our monthly community potlucks will resume on January 7th, so mark the first Sunday of every month on your 2018 calendar. To learn more about the work I am doing here in the riding and in Ottawa, please visit www., or contact me at (519) 741-2001 or My staff and I look forward to hearing from you. I wish you and your family all the best for a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season. Raj

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by Daiene Vernile MPP for Kitchener-Centre

fter a five week strike by college faculty in Ontario finally came to an end, we’re asking a number of questions. Why did it take so long to end the strike? And, why didn’t the government intervene sooner? Let’s rewind to the onset of this dispute. About 12,000 college instructors – members of the Ontario Public Service Employers Union (OPSEU) – went on strike demanding fewer parttime positions and more classroom autonomy. Meanwhile, the College Employer Council (CEC) was concerned about the cost of these demands. From the onset, the Ontario government supported and respected the collective bargaining process, protected under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. When forcing an end to a labour dispute, there’s always the possibility of facing a challenge before the Supreme Court with a Charter challenge. In 2015, in the case of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour v. the Province of Saskatchewan, the Supreme Court of that province ruled that strike action was protected under the provincial Charter, and that it should only be superseded “if deemed necessary to uphold a free and democratic society.” In other words, workers had the right to strike. In 2016, in the case of the Union of Postal Workers v. Her Majesty of Canada, the same conclusion was reached by the Supreme Court of Canada. If a provincial government or the federal government of Canada is going to interfere in a strike, it had better be prepared to withstand a Charter challenge.

So, according to our laws, the Ontario government was legally obligated to allow OPSEU and the CEC to use all the tools at their disposal to reach a negotiated settlement. Throughout the strike, we were in close contact with both parties, urging a settlement. In week three of the strike, after both parties had spent time away from the negotiating table, we convinced them to return. At first, there was indication that a settlement might be reached. But then, talks broke off, again. A final offer was put forward on week five, but the offer was rejected. It was only when the two sides admitted a deadlock that the government intervened with back-to-work legislation. When we introduced back-to-work legislation, quick passage could have seen college students back in class a few days later. The Progressive Conservatives supported this measure, but the New Democratic Party refused. The NDP dragged the debate on for an additional three days. During the strike they implored the government not to interfere with the collective bargaining process, but then scolded the government for not taking action sooner. Which brings us to the students. Powerless and caught in the crossfire of this lengthy dispute. With the strike over we’ve brought forward measures to see students eligible for up to $500 for costs such as rebooking travel plans, rent, or child care fees. And, students who decide to withdraw from college because of the strike will receive a full tuition refund. A task force is now looking at ways to protect students and ensure this doesn’t happen again.


The smells and tastes of the holidays are captured in this interactive baking class for kids. Make Christmas cookies, brownies and cupcakes.

MAKE COOKIES WITH SANTA Saturday, Dec. 9, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Santa Claus is coming to town and he’s here to make cookies! Santa and Mrs. Claus will be here for a photo opportunity.


Saturday, Dec. 16, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Bring the whole family for breakfast at the market. We will have delicious food and crafts for kids. Santa will be there for a photo opportunity.


Saturday, Dec. 19, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Children’s entertainer Erick Traplin and Santa Claus team up to bring the very best holiday music to kids.

Saturday, Dec. 23, 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

by Harold Albrecht MP for Kitchener-Conestoga

alfway through their mandate, it’s time to take a look at how the Liberals are doing compared to the promises they made in the 2015 election campaign. We know from independent, non-partisan watchdog website trudeaumeter. ca that the Liberals made 226 promises in the last election. Of those 226 promises, they have already broken 36 and have not yet started 59. What we know for sure is that the Trudeau government has little to celebrate and much to answer for. Justin Trudeau’s policies are hurting the very people that he claims to want to help and Liberal tax hikes are making it increasingly difficult for Canadians to make ends meet. Don’t just take my word for it- a report by the Fraser Institute found that 81 per cent of middle class families are paying more tax under the Liberals (on average families are paying $840 more each year). They have accomplished this by eliminating the Universal Child Care Benefit, the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit, the Children’s Art Tax Credit, tax credits for post-secondary education and textbooks, and income splitting for families. They cancelled planned small business tax reductions and EI tax reductions, increased payroll taxes, and introduced a federal carbon tax. Justin Trudeau also cut TFSA contributions by half, ended the Public Transit Tax Credit, added a new tax on Uber, and raised taxes on beer, wine, and spirits. The Prime Minister even tried to tax health and dental benefits and employee discounts! And now, Justin Trudeau is shockingly raising taxes specifically on Canadians suffering






from diabetes. Justin Trudeau is wasting Canadians’ hardearned tax dollars. So far Justin Trudeau’s tax hikes have paid for luxury vacations on tropical islands, a secret payout to convicted terrorist Omar Khadr, and a fancy cover for the Liberals’ latest budget. That’s not right. Canadians are becoming increasingly wary of the current Liberal government after two years of broken promises and tax hikes. The Conservative Official Opposition, in stark contrast, believes in lowering taxes. Canadians deserve better from their government than out-of-control spending. For the duration of their mandate we will continue to hold the current Liberal government accountable for their actions and we will fight their tax hikes every step of the way. The recent report of the Auditor General also highlights a number of files on which the Liberal government has failed miserably. We learned that the Liberals ignored issues with the Pheonix pay system and that it will now cost over $500,000 to fix! Additionally we learned the CRA only answered 36% of incoming calls, while blocking 29 million calls from Canadians. Worse still, 30% of the time the agency couldn’t even provide an accurate response Conservatives believe in lowering taxes and we will continue to bring forward a positive Conservative vision for Canadians frustrated by Justin Trudeau. Our movement has room for every Canadian who believes in responsible government spending, lower taxes, and a more affordable Canada for everyone.

The Kitchener Market is your one-stop-shop with tons of vendors and artisans selling unique gifts and delicious additions to your Christmas dinner.

COOKING CLASSES IN THE MARKETPLACE Cost for the Girls’ Night Out Series is $55/class. For more information and to register: Visit www.kitchenermarket/cookingclasses.

GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT: WINE AND WREATH MAKING Wednesday, Dec. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The perfect girl’s night out! Spend an evening with your girlfriends, sisters or mothers and come for our wine and wreath night. Enjoy a glass while creating a beautiful Christmas wreath for your home.

GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT: COCKTAILS AND APPS Wednesday, Dec. 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Gather up your girlfriends and stop in for a fun night of cocktail and appetizer making. Learn how to impress your holiday guests and mix cocktails like a pro with the recipes you’ll learn in this informative, hands-on cooking class.

GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT: WINE AND CENTREPIECES Wednesday, Dec. 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Holiday centerpieces are the perfect hostess gift and the best way to bling up your own dining room table. Get ready to entertain in style with a beautiful centerpiece you made yourself! All supplies are provided, along with wine and soup to dine on during the workshop. Get the MarketNEWS delivered every month to your inbox!


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by Helen Hall itchener’s first residence that provides care specifically for people with dementia opened in October. Located in a rural setting off New Dundee Road, the 26 room home does not feel like an institution. The design and the layout of the building were created to assist those with Alzeimer’s and related dementias, but the furniture and decorating is warm and inviting. The furniture was made locally by C & G Solid Wood Furniture, and has rounded edges and is built from dark wood to help the residents differentiate it from the floor. All individual rooms are private, including a private bathroom, and are furnished with the resident’s own belongings. Joy Birch, Chief Operating Officer of Highview Residences, said the building has a “warm and fuzzy feeling inside.” She said the kitchen has an open concept so that residents can continue helping out with chores they enjoy. “We want them to be as independent as possible for as long as possible,” Birch said. Birch said some residents like to help prepare meals or fold their own laundry. Others prefer doing things outdoors and at Highview’s first residence in London, planter boxes for gardening have been popular. This is the second private care home opened by Cathy and Ross Chapin. The Chapins were disappointed at the options available to them when


Cathy and Ross Chapin cutting the ribbon to open their new Kitchener residence in October.

Cathy’s father was diagnosed with Alzeimer’s disease 20 years ago. They set out to create a better model, opening their first home in London in 2002, followed by this one in Kitchener. Birch said they liked the rural location, and how near it was to Highway 401. The residence, called Blair Creek House, is the first of two to be located at the site. In the spring, construction will begin on a second 26 room home.

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Letter to the editor


Heading heading heading heading Of Babies and Bathwater

y parents threw a lot of homespun Dear Carrie Debrone, wisdom Citizen at their children. Whileit I was pleased to get your Kitchener (east edition) and found quite informative andsome I thanksayings you for it.were confusing, like “Let I just read your short article regarding natural gasno rates going down sleeping dogs lie,”the(we HAD dog), others for residential customers. were intriguing, such as “don’t let the cat out You write that Kitchener Utilities have a 2,100 cubic meter average use of the bag” (wait, we could put the cat IN annually for its residential customers. I still have an imperial gas meter, the bag?). one thatnever stopped which shows the consumption in But cubicthe feet. I have been me ablein to my read tracks was “don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.” When that meter and as for that matter, even the meter readers seem to have a problemthe withtwelfth it as well. Why and else would city issuebrother a bill in has the amount you’re child, your the newborn been of $452? home from the hospital for a week, you definitely pay attention. My January had beento$222.16. February, I already sat That idiombillsprung my mind as $295.79, we oncethere again enter up and took notice, but then excused it by, the winter being especially harsh. December and face the societal directive to not However, when I received my March bill, I knew that mention somethingthe was25th very by its proper name. It’s “Holiday this” and “Winterlude wrong. I called the Utility Office and was asked to take a piece ofthat,” paper but hedging history misses point of this I did not andsuch a pen aand read the of meter myself. To this the request I replied thatseason: knowinhow to read the imperialAnd meter aside it wasn't mythat job. faith spiritual renewal. if and much offrom the that, world shares The lady can’t I talked was very and agreed thought, wetoshare thisnice month, too? to send somebody out to do We begin with Mawlid an Nabi, a time when Muslims celebrate the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, a role model for followers of Islam. On that day, songs, sweets, and decorations abound. By the 8th of December, Bodhi Day commemorates Gautama Buddha experiencing enlightenment as the “Awakened One.” Followers will spend the day in meditation and performing acts of kindness. December 12th marks the start of Hanukkah, an eight-day Jewish festival of lights when the menorah’s candles chase away the darkness. The renewal I know best is December

Letter to the editor

25th; thepromised world, toborn in back a manger, anotherJesus readingenters and also call me once thissymbolizing was done. It hope that extended beyond his thankful parents. was the very next day that I received her call telling me that the new amount Except for $200.10, Christianity, other of faith devalues the central owing was now a mereno difference $251.90. I only wonder how often the had beenwe misread thede-emphasize past. event bymeter rebranding; needinnot a little baby for Mysake neighbours on either side have metric metersample and I had previously the of worldly equivocation. There’s room in the asked if I could get one that I would be able to read. The answer to that month, in our minds, and especially in our hearts, to recognize consisted of a flat NO. that should welcome renewal and enlightenment over routine Thewe city had pre-authorized withdrawal privileges for 2004/005 which and darkness. Heck, there’s even the pagan Yule celebration for they bungled up so badly that I revoked that privilege. I did ask that office to please send me a paperWho trail for my records I never all environmentalists. wouldn’t getwhich up early on received the 21stnor to did I get answerknowing to my request of course, forgetand about an greet theandawn, that and, the sun rises aone bitcan earlier stays aapology. bit longer as gloom surrenders to glimmer. I realize that it is up to your discretion to publish or not to publish my No However one is immune to the darkness of the us. to print it I would likeworld to warnaround my fellow letter. if you decide It permeates politics, families, and our workplaces, but even "Kitchenerites" to be extra "vigilant" every time that Utility Bill arrives. in those darkest moments we share a kinship with others. Think Respectfully, of Mary and Joseph, a mother anxious for her unborn child, E. Merkel aIngrid father concerned about tax money, and both pondering an imminent birth in a manure-strewn stable. But a light shone in the darkness, gifts arrived, and hope began. So, in this month, after a long year of dirt and debris, we deserve to take a moment to wash ourselves clean in the spirit of renewal, to prepare for the new year ahead as if we were once again an untainted child, full of optimism and promise. So, yes, by all means, toss out the bathwater. But keep the baby. After all, my parents kept my little brother Tom around. And he turned out just fine.

Just what makes Kitchener so good at Arts development?

As a relatively new arrival in Kitchener I've been exploring the very impressed by the Arts office at City Hall and with how they provided photographic arts opportunities here and first impressions are very me with information about what was going on here. Those people in turn encouraging. just not just in the tech side of quality that the community have offered their own advice and contacts, so again two thumbs up for LETTER TOIt'sTHE EDITOR should be judged. A thriving Arts community usually does well. This can the level of support they give each other. not always be measured in the financial spectrum as the living standard Yes, there are already many photographers doing the normal expectations of artists are remarkably low. photographic needs of the region, but the opportunity to work with We don't want that two bedroom house within convenient driving Dear Editor, charged with the responsibility to protect that currently owns,houses, by bringing emerging image companies like rare web designers, animation software golf course or mall. as one of lands those underfunded distance to thegreen based them video firms, images forand broadcasters Protecting spaces – andSpeaking why we the in one piece,producers, within itslocally existing underelectronic new ownership opening independent art producers i'll tell you I've lived in some very bad growing as the manufacturing base has declined. The live need them more urgently than we need boundaries, beyond our own lifetimes, for up opportunities for development of these conditions just to be close to my working environment. An example being entertainment industries, local graphic designers and most especially the additional yourstudios benefit andyears that of your children and lands. Such suggestions not only disregard when livingroads in my various illegal Toronto warehouse many emerging gallery system bodes well for business opportunities, even in this Over they 3,500 species, plants and animals grandchildren, on into downturn. the future. the very core priorities and values of before were condoized. are basically two for artists an want area. A callThere rare home. Thirty ofreasons these species areto be inWe to slightly make it clear that, is in projected spite our organization, they areestimate also not Kitchener to be growing by a but conservative of compactdesignated arts community with low rentsmeans and the availability galleries or we100,000 species at risk, which of some ofconfusion, are inpeople opposition permitted within existing policy over the next 20 years and plans the call for a big investment venues to showcase the art produced. I have noticed that there is a vibrant in conversions of existing warehouse buildings into studio style live work they are under various degrees of threat, to any proposals that roads be built, framework and ignore the realities of the theatre network here that none the less is going through hard times. The space. Technically the manufacturing base has down- turned and left a lot many them due good to significant or directed the rare actual landscape. The area in question music of scene is really with a solidhabitat choice of enhanced local talent that is well ofthrough buildings. loss. The by healthy relationships among lands. Wefollows have the madeIfempty our standpoint is important in many ways, including publicized a few local free publications. Radio generally out of those numbers there are 10 percent artists in all media that standard corprock the University of Waterloo has antooutstanding these species, the but landscape and humans known community members who habitat grassland birds actually work at their art as all of us are for goingthreatened to need some of this space to community station. are of key importance because we all rely have brought up related propositions, aerial effects of build up our community. and Artists, beinginsectivores. artists though,The do not like to be The huge of university draw from for a vocal audience on clean air,pool clean water andstudents healthytosoils including road options, West Theany or land swaps would increase toldsuch how toasdoathings. localroads government is working hard to reach that with some disposable cash helps in keeping the cities vibrant and level was where they can integrate the needs of the artisticrare community for our well-being and survival. Bypass –– an option that dismissed fragmentation of the original lands, enthusiastic. The number of professional artists is still small enough so that seamlessly into their plans. to wildlife movement and In know an one anthropocentric worldview, from any further planning many yearsdevelopment create barriers they another. Many studies have shown time and how efficient an Arts based We are quickly seeing astounding in theago. digital people often focus on the humangrowth species Atimaging that time, hundreds of rare donors come with again severe edge effects, thereby community can be. A planning group called The Prosperity Council industry. Fortunately, as a photographer who has been working in digital alone and consider it separately from came forward and over $1 million was altering and destroying specifically calls for a huge investment for artists and critical art basedhabitat. businesses forenvironmental years it helps me integrate my own all workraised into video, 3D, web, critical itsadvertising, context; however, to provide information The undesirable impact of roads to encourage them to choose Kitchener as a place to work. This is cannot the first etc. So I think, personally, the opportunities in Kitchener are time I have found a directed approach to our niche, but very valuable ofbetter us, than in fact, play a significant part in that demonstrated the significance of the be mitigated by building additional roads Toronto. An example being the cable TV (Rogers) that works society. If even fifty percent of the plans get donelands. it is still an the allschools be grateful hydrology, geology, segment habitatof diversity, through existing conservation The the can regions and artisians in locally produced veryenvironment. hard to involveWe attractive place to build a career. toprogramming. live in a community that values species diversity and many other features “green infrastructure” provided by rare, Our image production is now all pixels and with the recent not forget that Kitchener/Waterloo was voted the rare most intelligent notLet's only carefully-planned economic of the property. We led this effort to including habitat and ecological services, announcement of a new 5 million dollar Federal grant to establish a city and speaking as a newcomer it is very evident that the level of development, but also understands the ensure that the rare lands remain intact has an estimated annual benefit to our professionalism is visibly high here. People waste little time and the massive digital media centre in the downtown core, it offers unexcelled value provided by a place like rare. in perpetuity with no further roads and with communities of more opportunities to work some of the leading edge than image$10,000 systems inper the welcome i've received in presenting my own portfolio to various galleries In and fact City there acre, are plans make Kitchener a regional As companies a land has trust environmental built, Region for atototal exceeding $9.5 million and beenand warm and enthusiastic. bridges A very nice eventand heldtheworld. communications hubofand that leads into the possibility of thousands Mellow in town israre the quarterly at the KW of regional art gallery. institute, protects parties over 900 acres showed foresight and leadership ahead annually. Our conservation effortsof new are uses for my photos. people who enjoy art meet each other with cool jazz and some ambient conservation land, an area that is larger their time by deleting these road options welcomed by thousands of supporters There is a very good internet system here and if you would like more dub from the djs. than Central Park in New York, and and creating the ESL designation, the first from across Cambridge, Kitchener, With the projected growth of the regions artists in all mediums I have info just go to the net and most community plans are available. The next we share a border with the proposed of its kind in Canada. Mayor Craig took this Waterloo and beyond,Valley" including region of one of the "Silicon inspired found there are many dynamic, specifically targeted plans, by the three years will establish Cambridge West development. at theexamples planning Severnof new Cullis-Suzuki, who “This of meeting a thriving gateway ideas and I feel verysays fortunate to municipal government in particular, toThe fosterthea opportunity (relatively) large be able establish myself here with so many artists. community investment development towards artist integration.7 Itowas rare lands are part ofin the Blair Bechtel on November remind thetocommunity organization has aother verycreative important role to

It’s important to protect green spaces in our region

Cruickston Environmentally Sensitive Landscape (ESL) system, based on a policy framework that was put in place due to the ecological significance of the area. The core of our mission and vision as a land trust is to protect and steward the rare property, beyond municipal or other policy frameworks, intact in perpetuity, on behalf of the public. This means we are

of this history and to stress that, for good reasons, the option of a Cambridge West bypass was ultimately and permanently dismissed. We also do not endorse new rare property boundary lines or land swaps that are proposed by community members in order to support the construction of roads through the ecologically significant lands

play on the world stage and I intend to do my part to help it achieve its vision.” We invite the community to explore our 8km of trails to learn more about the importance of green spaces in their neighbourhoods. Sincerely, Stephanie Sobek-Swant, rare Executive Director


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Lions Club of Kitchener 2017 Santa Claus Parade

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ABOVE: Members of the University of Waterloo Warriors handed out candy to children along the parade route. ABOVE RIGHT: Santa Claus greets the crowds of people who lined the streets November 19 for the annual Lions Club Kitchener Santa Claus Parade. BELOW RIGHT: Children enjoyed watching the Thomas the Tank Engine float.

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Unique character of Kitchener’s neighbourhoods celebrated with two $20,000 grants By Carrie Debrone here’s no limit to the ingenuity of Kitchener’s neighbourhoods – each one with its own character and it’s own ideas. A celebration of all that creativity and energy was held November19 at Kitchener City Hall where the 139 activities in 49 Kitchener neighbourhoods that took place in 2017 were highlighted at the annual Festival of Neighbourhoods Finale. The finale drew about 50 representatives from neighbourhoods throughout the city offering the chance to brainstorm ideas, to tell others from across the city about the projects done by their neighbourhoods this year, and to reach out to others. But the highlight of the finale is always the draw for a $20,000 grant. Every year the FON invites people to register their neighbourhood events. If they do, their event goes into a draw for a $20,000 capital grant provided by the City of Kitchener, which the neighbourhood can use to fund a future project of their choosing. This year, the


Kitchener councillor Sarah Marsh presents this year’s second $20,000 capital grant to Schneider Creek neighbourhood representative Jan Pellar.

John MacDonald amount of the capital grant was doubled. The 2017 grand prize grant winners are the Schneider Creek and Settlers Grove neighbourhoods, which each took home $20,000. Neighbourhood events this year included Canada Day Parties, community clean ups, an Easter egg hunt, BBQs, neighbourhood movie nights, a guided bird watching hike, a heritage walking tour, park cleanups, baking sessions, potlucks, community fun days, bike rodeos, meet and mingles, pancake breakfasts, free pubic swims, ballroom dancing, garage sales, building gardens,

a dog in the park event, and a winter carnival, to name just a few. The Festival of Neighbourhoods, with its goal to build community, strengthen neighborhoods, and improve neighbourhood safety, was founded 24 years ago by the City of Kitchener, John MacDonald Architect and the Waterloo Region Social Development Centre. Strong neighbourhoods create strong communities, and it has long been recognized that when people know their neighbours, they feel more part of their community, and their quality of life is lifted. “This is such an unique event. This doesn’t happen in other cities,” said finale emcee Bill Bean. ‘It’s very usable information and successful. I take a lot of satisfaction knowing it is happening in my city.” “It’s really awesome to see how over the years the festival has grown throughout the city and how the number of events each year has increased,” said Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “This celebration reminds us that the city is ours to care for,’ ...continued on next page

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Festival of Neighbourhoods...from previous page said founding member John MacDonald, who said that the question “How do you do?” is one of the most important questions you can ask anyone because it opens the door for them to explain how they have achieved something in their community. “‘How’ lets you reach out to others,” he said, adding that there will always likely be preconceptions and misconceptions in our community, which can be combated and dispelled with inclusive neighbourhood events like those supported by the Festival of Neighbourhoods. The festival presents several other awards in various categories. The 2017 winners are: • The Pillar Award, sponsored by Steed and Evans, for a neighbourhood that has registered an event for five or more years, was presented to Bridgeport neighbourhood. • The Newcomer Award (for a first-time registered activity), sponsored by the Victoria Park Neighbourhood Association, was presented to the Doon South neighbourhood. • The Arts and Culture Award, sponsored by Alejandra Ivic, RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc., was presented to the Paulander neighbourhood for registering its annual community BBQ, where residents enjoyed a collaborative art project, henna and face painting. • Youth Award, sponsored by the Waterloo Regional Police Service, was presented to Laurentian West neighbourhood for its Wetlands Cleanup, which was organized by students in grades five and six. • The Safer Neighbourhoods Award, sponsored by Swanson’s Home Hardware Building Centre, was presented to the New Doon neighbourhood, which organized a community

To All the Festival of Neighbourhoods Sponsors and to all the NEIGHBOURHOOD LEADERS, VOLUNTEERS AND PARTICIPANTS,


for making the Festival of Neighbourhoods a great success!!

Kitchener councillor John Gazzola and Settler’s Grove neighbourbourhood representative, Lurdes Jordao, accept a capital grant for $20,000. The money is provided by the City of Kitchener to fund a future project in the winning neighbourhood.

BBQ. • The Green Neighbourhood Award, sponsored by Boehmers Hargest Block Ltd., was presented to the Mill Courtland neighbourhood. • The Heritage Award, sponsored by Grand Valley Society of Architects, was given to the Victoria Park neighbourhood, which registered a pizza party and trivia night that featured neighbourhoodspecific questions researched and presented by local neighbourhood historians. • The Inclusion Award was selected by the Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region. The winner was the Traynor-Vanier Neighbourhood. • The Neighbourhood Connections award, sponsored by the Social Development Centre Waterloo Region, was presented to the King East neighbourhood

for its efforts to provide more time for more engagement and community development activities to strengthen the social connections in this neighbourhood. • The Ward Challenge award went to Councillor Frank Etherington (Ward 9), with 31 registered neighbourhood gatherings. “Since the start of this initiative 24 years ago, participation has grown considerably but much has remained the same.,” said Trudy Beaulne, Festival of Neighbourhoods partner. “The simple gesture of reaching out to our neighbours may be intimidating if we have a lot of diversity in our neighbourhood. However, doing so can help us to build stronger, welcoming and more caring neighbourhoods. It`s well worth the effort!”

Paula Saunders of the Independent Living Centre delivers the Inclusion Award to neighbours of TraynorVanier for their exceptional efforts to have a more inclusive neighbourhood. Schneider Creek Neighbourhood and Settler’s Grove were this year’s lucky winners of the City of Kitchener’s $20,000 capital grants. Congratulations! Kitchener’s Festival of Neighbourhoods 24th Annual Celebration took place Sunday November 19 and brought together neighbourhoods from all over the city. This year’s theme, Reach!, encouraged everyone to engage and extend themselves into their neighbourhood, to reach out. Thanks to our sponsors, we can shine the spotlight on the neighbours who bring these values to life in their neighbourhood gatherings and provide models for others to follow.

AWARDS SPONSORS Alejandra Ivic - Re/Max Twin City Realty Boehmers Hargest Block Grand Valley Society of Architects Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region Steed and Evans Swanson’s Home Hardware Building Centre Victoria Park Neighbourhood Association Waterloo Regional Police Service & KidZone Sponsors ArtShine & KW Junk Music

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

The Paulander Neighbourhood received the Arts and Culture award for their BBQ, which included a collaborative art project of a tree made with leaves that neighbours wrote on stating their favourite places in their neighbourhood. The idea for the project came from Paulander resident Ilaria Hassan. Paulander representative Wisam Osman received the award from presenter Mark Hildebrand, Kitchener’s Director of Community Programs and Services.

Pooja Budhiraja’s neighbourhood, Doon South, won the Newcomer Award, for registering an event for the first time.

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Welcome to the wacky world of independent comic books

Studiocomix Press, located at Frederick Mall in Kitchener, held its grand opening November 4. Owner Alfonso Espinos, (wearing the black Studiocomix shirt and hat) poses with artists and comic enthusiasts who dropped by for the celebration. Special guests included Pat Mastroianni from the Degrassi Series, Mitch Markowitz, better known as Super Hippy from the Hilarious House of Frightenstein and indie comic artists A. Shay Hahn, creator of The Homeless G-Men, and Gerhard of the long-running series, Cerebus. BY SHELLEY BYERS

tep into a world of fantasy. Slimitations. Step into creation without Step into Studioco-

mix Press at the Frederick Mall in Kitchener where you don’t need a cape to be a superhero. Sound a little out-there? Welcome to the wacky world of independent comic books! On November 4th, Studiocomix Press held its grand opening launching owner, Alfonso Espinos, into another chapter. The comic book store which is also a printing house “for every printing need,” is dedicated to showcasing independent comic artists. “There is more in the water than Spiderman and Batman,” says Espinos. Special guests to the event included Pat Mastroianni from the Degrassi Series, Mitch Markowitz, better known as Super Hippy from the Hilarious House of Frightenstein and indie comic artists A. Shay Hahn, creator of The Homeless G-Men, and Gerhard of the long-running series, Cerebus. Dr. Stevil and Gunslinger Spawn also made appearances throughout the day. Independent artists, those brazen souls who print without a publisher, are strapping on their rocket boots and leaving the rules behind. Alfonso and his team have leaped to the challenge. The store offers everything from creation and printing to distribution. Two weeks after the opening, the shop already features the works of 67 artists including Alfonso’s own creation, Night Spike. “We have a different approach,” he says. “You can

come here and have confidence that your art will be handled properly.” As an independent artist, Espinos knows the stresses of creation. Picture this: Mexico City. A boy sits in the corner of a cluttered room. A world of harsh reality is kept outside a dusty window. Disapproval is blocked by a closed door. Fear is submerged in imagination. A pencil moves across the page. In this space, he can become a superhero. He can become an artist. “Mental pollution kept moving and spreading in Mexico City,” he says. “I fought a constant fear. Every day the media would tell us something bad was going to happen; that we should lock our doors and seal the windows.” It was from this world that comic strips became popular. The struggles of living with different social levels, corruption, community, family and history were the hot topics. Superheroes were secondary. “That’s where the concept of my characters came from,” he says. “They are super heroes without super powers.” Espinos’ parents, like most, believed in art as a hobby not a career especially in an environment where fear is consumed like coffee. Still, the budding artist submitted an illustration to a local contest and came in second. “It spurred me to stick with it,” he says. In one room of his house, his parents kept their paperwork from their 30 year business. It was here, hidden among the boxes that Espinos created his characters and honed his drawing skills.

“I finally found my place in that room – in a corner with a piece of wood as a desk.” He started drawing for a few hours, then continuing until 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning. He leans back in his chair, crosses his arms and smiles. Awards hang on the wall behind him. “I would hear my parents coming down the steps late at night,” he recalls. “What the heck could he be doing there in the corner at three in the morning?” he recalls their question. He’d show them his art. ‘Just doodles, they’d say. Do something that will take you someplace. ‘ He joined the local Rotary. He got a paying gig illustrating for a local magazine working 24 hours straight to meet deadlines. Later, he landed employment with the local government and stayed put for six years. But like most superheroes, those were merely his day jobs. “I was doing my comics too. But, it came to a point where I got sick of the fear. I just didn’t want to live with that anymore,” he said. He packed his cape and moved to Cancun. He dove into the tourist industry assisting vacationers from across the globe. It’s also where he met Nancy, his future wife. A friend brought her for a visit. “Yes, it was love at first sight,” he says. Even his eyes are smiling. They married and moved closer to her parents in Kitchener. Still, the heartbeat of his comic characters ricocheted in his mind. He created 22 issues of Night Spike while in Mexico and became his own publisher with the creation of Studio.

Com.ix. For the first year in Canada, Espinos was unable to work as the couple waited for the eternal paperwork. Nancy presented him with a drawing desk. “Being a comic book creator is a tough, lonely career,” he says. “Nobody draws a book or a piece of art thinking it will fail.” With the English version of Night Spike under his arm, Espinos visited local comic book shops where his books were left to collect dust, recycled, or stuffed back in his face. “But I never gave up,” he says. “I dug myself up from the bottom and started going up. I didn’t stop. I was constant.” Today, his books are featured in 45 stores across the province. And he’s scaled another building. He wipes away tears

as he thinks of his parents, finally coming to terms with his passion, accepting his goals, and who are now very proud of him. But the story doesn’t end here. Like all good comic books, there’s a cliff hanger. Stay tuned for the next thrilling issue. “As an independent, it’s always a fight against the big market,” he says. “I’m not going to fight with anyone. I’m just doing my stuff.” • • • Check out Studiocomix Press at: The Frederick Mall, 385 Frederick St, Unit #12 Facebook at www.facebook. com/studiocomixpress or call 519-954-3232.

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Kitchener singer-songwriter doesn’t let setbacks set her back By Steve Beilstein ell known in the local music scene, Kitchener singer-songwriter Nicole Aube has the talent and determination to go far. Bright and articulate, Aube continues to move forward. With two full length albums under her belt, she tirelessly navigates the ever changing currents of pop. From studio sessions to live shows, her every moment is devoted to creating, performing, and recording. And Aube does it all with a smile on her face and a sparkle in her eyes. Her debut CD Philosoft shows her unique style. She not only wrote all but one of the songs, but did the musical arrangements and played a host of instruments as well. The CD is a series of intriguing stories that will take you on different journeys. Some songs are bright and bubbly, while others are more somber, but they all command rapt attention. Aube explains that she initially wanted to be a ballerina, after seeing her first ballet on TV at the tender age of three. “I just started dancing everywhere. I asked my mom for lessons, which I got three years later.” Until around age 11, she would fall asleep with visions of dancers performing to music she had written. “I didn’t realize at the time I was making up music, I thought I was making up the dances.” Eventually her passion and talent for dance led her to an audition, but heartbreak set in when they told her she was too tall. Already a burgeoning professional, she wouldn’t stay down for long. Shortly after that, she tried modeling. At 14, she was excited when she was offered a $30,000 contract and a ticket to Tokyo. Her mother wasn’t as enthusiastic, and told her that focusing on modeling would take away from her interest in music. “She said if you go, you won’t ever play piano again. I naively believed her and turned it down. Six months later, I started to regret it and felt like I had failed again.”




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Next, at 18, she wrote a short story for a creative writing OAC exam, and, unbeknownst to her, the teacher submitted it to the Waterloo Regional Short Story Award. “It won! It really won!” Aube cried, reliving the moment. It was a much needed boost. She sent the story along with another to a publisher who met with her and signed her to a book deal. “What do you think happened?” Aube laughs. “By the time I was finished writing the book, the original publisher had handed over the company to someone else, and by the time it got to the printers the

company had folded.” To overcome three landmark disappointments at such a young age gave her the determination and strength that would shortly begin to pay off. While in university, she began to feel homesick, missed her family, friends and her beloved piano. One day her roommate brought a guitar and Aube picked it up and began to play around with it. Within a few minutes she had figured out a song. This brought a sense of confidence back and helped her to combat the feelings of separation. As fate would have it, some friends heard her and asked if she would help them out by singing and playing to test out their new gear. They continued playing together for two years and the performing bug bit Aube hard. After that things began to happen fast. Aube worked tirelessly honing her skills, writing songs, perfecting her style, recording, and eventually she started playing shows. There was a lot to learn, but she caught on fast, even mastering the recording equipment herself so she wouldn’t have to rely on others. “It was a huge learning curve. It’s all about collaboration. You need to learn how to communicate about something that comes from somewhere deep in you, something you feel vulnerable about.” she remembers. “It took four and a half years. I thought it would take four and a half weeks.” With her debut CD Philosoft, and the release of the video Ghosts of Ignatius, success started smiling on her. Show after show, studio session after studio session, interviews, another CD, more videos, and her opportunities to perform increased. Aube goes on to explain about having balance amidst all the work she does. About staying true to herself and her music. She explains how grateful and blessed she is for being able to perform for a living. “This is cliché, but it comes from my Christian upbringing - to make a joyful noise. I set out to do that, and everything I got back from that was multiplied.” To learn more about Aube, visit her website at See her videos on youtube by typing in Nicole Aube.

Ideas to help you trim your holiday waste

by Kathleen Barsoum Region of Waterloo Waste Management Recycling is a tradition that can be part of your holiday routine, and makes a lasting difference to the environment. Here are a few tips to reduce, reuse and recycle through the holidays. Donate gently used clothing, books, toys and housewares at our free Goodwill drop-off, Waterloo site, 925 Erb Street, West, Gate 2. Wrap creatively, don’t use paper and save a tree. Wrap gifts in a scarf, a tea towel, or a cookie tin. Cereal and cracker boxes make

perfect gift boxes. Make gift tags by cutting up old greeting cards. Can wrapping paper be recycled? Yes, tissue paper, gift bags, gift boxes, and wrapping paper can be recycled. Please remove tape and ribbon. Avoid foil or metallic wrapping paper as these can’t be recycled. Put all worn or torn wrapping paper into a grocery bag, tie it shut, and place the bag in the Paper and Plastic Bags blue box. Use your green bin for food waste. All food such as turkey, bones and fruit cake, and soiled paper towels, plates and napkins can be recycled

into compost. This compost is used on farm fields, and adds nutrients to the soil. Healthy soil grows healthy food. This is a zero waste gift that keeps on giving. There are many free locations to recycle electronics and batteries. Find dropoff sites near you at www. recyc lemyelectr, and for batteries at www. We tend to see an increase in paint disposal over the holiday season. Unused paint and other home chemicals, such as cleaners and solvents, can be dropped off at our free Household Hazardous Waste

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(HHW) depots: Cambridge (201 Savage Drive), or Waterloo (925 Erb Street West, Gate 2). Empty and dry paint and aerosol cans go into the Containers Only blue box. Styrofoam goes in the garbage, it is not accepted in the blue box. This includes all Styrofoam fast food containers, meat trays, and packing peanuts. Styrofoam is difficult to recycle, and we do not have a recycler who will take it. Most importantly of all, create memories, not waste. Who doesn’t love a gift of home-made jam?

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Arts &



Lost & Found Theatre presents Charles Dickens Writes A Christmas Carol

By Carrie Debrone o you ever wonder what goes on inside the head of a writer? Especially a wellknown one? The Lost & Found Theater’s coming production of Charles Dickens Writes A Christmas Carol will offer a unique opportunity to look inside the creative mind of one of the most famous writers of all time - Charles Dickens. Written by Richard Quesnel, the play Charles Dickens Writes A Christmas Carol (which includes lots of music) revolves around the struggle Dickens overcame to produce what has become one of the most enduring and well-loved Christmas tales. “It shows how and why Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol,” said Quesnel, adding that Dickens has been credited by some as single-handedly saving Christmas. Quesnel explained that although Dickens had written his famous novel Pickwick Papers, profits from that book were rapidly running out and he felt he had lost his ‘muse’. And, Dickens publishers cut his salary by 50 British pounds, a significant amount at that time. “He needed to write to make money,” Quesnel said. Miraculously, he overcame his writer’s block and completed A Christmas Carol in just two weeks in order to publish it before Christmas. He hoped it would be seen by audiences as a ‘Christmas carol in prose’.


publisher inspires his Scrooge character and Dickens’ own family becomes the Cratchits. Although Quesnel has directed his play other years, this year he is not directing. “I’m hoping to sit back and just enjoy it as a great way to celebrate Christmas,” he said. The show features a cast of 20 blended professional and community actors, aged 6 to 60. Directed by Terry Barna, Dan Payne will play Charles Dickens, Vince Carlin is Scrooge and Hall (Dickens’ publisher), Amie Debrone is Mrs. Dickens, Kathleen Sheehy is Mrs. Dilber and Robin Bennet plays the role of Marley. Charles Dickens Writes A Christmas Carol runs December Actors Hannah Ziss, Richard Marchment, Vince Carlin, Kathryn Marchment, Kathleen Sheehy, John 13 to 23 at the Conrad Centre Bigelow, Reid Spencer, and Christy Ziss. Photo by Tina Weltz. for the Performing Arts, 36 For the writer who gave us – and it’s become a Christmas out his characters in different Queen Street W. Kitchener. Great Expectations and David tradition for many people. voices in his study while he Tickets range from $19 for Copperfield, A Christmas Carol Quesnel, who studied 19th struggled to produce dialogue,” students to $30 for adults and also became one of his most century literature as an English Quesnel said, adding that when are available from the website famous works, published over major in his youth, became you read the novel A Christmas at or and over, made into movies fascinated with Dickens and Carol, the narrator is the voice call the box office at 519-896and re-told through the ages. with how much of his own life of Charles Dickens. You can 2253. *** The phrases and characters he put into his books. hear his lament for the politics VICTORIAN CAROLS in the book have become a “Dickens was a Christian of the time and against the Join cast members of Charles part of our everyday language and saw how Christmas was inhumane treatment of the poor. Dickens Writes A Christmas from “Bah, humbug!” to being eroded because of the “I wanted the voice to be Carol for a holiday sing-adescribing someone miserly as politics of the time that valued clear in this play and to be very long on Monday, December a “Scrooge.” only things that were practical. present. I hope it tells the story The writing of Charles It was seen as not practical to from a new perspective” he 4, 7-8pm, Kitchener Central Library Lounge. Free Dickens Writes A Christmas give a day off to workers – even said. admission. Carol was not so speedy. for Christmas. It was seen as Quesnel’s creation does COMING PERFORMQuesnel produced many too great a cost for employers,” just that, offering audiences ANCES Lost & Found revised versions of it over about Quesnel said. the chance to watch Dickens Theatre will present THE 12 years, with the final version “The play also allows people break through his writer’s VELOCITY OF AUTUMN by completed in 2014. The Lost to see how Dickens created the block with help ofCITIZEN a band ofEDITION) 8 • JULY 2017the • KITCHENER (EAST Eric Coble on May 2-13 at KW & Found Theatre has produced work. He was an actor and a roving carolers. His tight-fisted Little Theatre. the play for the last three years, writer and people say that you adding it to its annual line up

could often hear him acting

De Boer’s Treasures The Kitchener Citizen welcomes this new column, De Boer’s Treasures John De The Boer byby John De Boer. column will be a regular feature each month.

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a sustained 24 km/h controlled by a long handled valve located on the right side of the seat. In front of the seat was a steering tiller but don’t spend too much time looking around for brakes as they don’t exist. You can see this one of a kind vehicle in the Canada Science Technology Museum in Ottawa.

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Notes from City Hall largely determined during their budget. Kitchener’s final-budget decision day is in January, but it’s contemplated over four committee meetings prior. The first of these meetings is on User Fees where we set rates for everything from swimming at city pools to building permits. Next up is the Operating budget, where we determine recurring/ongoing expenses, which is followed immediately by the Capital budget where we deal with one-time costs like building a recreation centre or a road. On

January 15th we hold the second last meeting, Public Input, where anyone may register to address council with any thoughts or concerns about the budget thus far. Finally, January 22nd is scheduled for Final-budget day where we take everything into account and make final decisions. We’ve been working on safely getting our water/sewer rates down, and we’ve had some success. Past projections had increases in excess of 9% but we’ve been able to pare that back to 6.5% for this year, and it’s projected to drop to

4.5% the budget after next. Still too high, but put simply, cutting back any further would be irresponsible, and endanger our water service. I’m very pleased to report that this year our target property-tax increase is right at inflation, just 1.7%. That target is lowest of the tri-cities, and we’ve maintained that inflation-level increase for several years running, while not only maintaining, but enhancing city services. Wishing you and yours an enjoyable holiday season and a happy new year!

levels you want and the price you pay for them. There’s a public input session on January 15 and final budget day is January 22. You can also give input at Once we have 5 cm of snow on major roads and 8 cm on residential streets, snow plowing starts, taking 16 to 24 hours to complete. Major arterial roads get plowed first, then major collector roads and bus routes, then our residential streets. Search “snow removal” at for full details. Remember there’s no overnight onstreet parking from Dec. 1 to Mar.

31, and if a Snow Event is declared, there’s no parking on any street at any time. The Stanley Park Community Centre’s Pancake Breakfast/ Christmas Party is Dec. 2 from 8-11:30am. Kids can do crafts and visit Santa. Register at 519-741-2504 or in person. If you can, please donate to their hat and mitten tree. For more events go to The Centreville Chicopee Community Centre has a great outdoor neighbourhood rink. Enjoy a skate over the holidays and winter months. Visit

their website at I thank Colin Robinson for his 6th Annual Toy Drive, collecting hundreds of toys for Women’s Crisis Services and The Salvation Army. Thanks to you and everyone who donated a toy, the media who promoted it and Chicopee for hosting it. I wish you the best during this festive season and happiness and health in 2018. I enjoy serving you so please contact me if I can help. Our Contact Centre is staffed 24/7 where you may report an emergency, an issue or ask questions, call 519-741-2345.

debated. The public are able to register as delegates and offer their personal opinions on topics being deliberated. Motions are tabled. The process concludes with a formal vote which may either be tabulated by a less formal show of hands or by a formal recording of each councillors vote. The results of the vote do not become laws (bylaws) or plans for future actions until they are ratified with another vote at a formal Council meeting usually held a week or two afterwards. In this week/ two week interim Councillors have an opportunity to rethink their position; persuade other Councillors to change their vote; listen to constituents and other interested parties. As a result over the years there have been many occasions

where final actions have changed and normally for a better final result. Prior to the past dozen years a similar process was followed in approving the annual Capital and Operating Budgets. Under current practice questions are asked by some councillors; virtually no debating takes place and NO votes are taken. This is all left until the Final Budget day when all actions are quickly completed. Participation by many Councillors is very limited. It is difficult to know who supports what position. The general public have no idea whatsoever on the stance of each individual Councillor. The annual public engagement meeting is poorly attended and quickly concluded. I suspect that the only discussion takes place in the back

rooms of City Hall by City Councillors out of hearing ranges of the general public. I again put forward a motion to change the current process and to revert to the practice followed with all other Council public meetings. The vote again lost with only Councillors Fernandes and Janecki supporting my motion. Leadership and transparency are AWOL at Kitchener City Council. Traynor-Fairway LRT Pedestrian Crossing I urge all affected residents to attend a second meeting on this issue that is being held on Saturday, December 2nd from 2:00 to 5:00 PM at the Kingsdale Community Centre.

In early November, a group of councillors toured the KitchenerWaterloo Humane Society. I was so impressed with the facility and the work that is done with stray

dogs, cats and sometimes other animals. The shelter is clean and bright and the animals have units that are full of toys to stimulate them, as well as food and daily attention by staff and volunteers. We toured the veterinary clinic where three vets were in attendance. Two were working on cats that required surgery and three puppies were slowly waking up from their surgery. All animals that are brought to the shelter are assessed for health problems, spayed and neutered, treated, then

set up in a unit until they are healed. Last year alone the vets did more than 1900 surgeries, of which 10% were for life saving procedures. There is a belief that the Humane Society euthanizes animals after a certain time, but less than 5% are, and is mainly due to the animal struggling with a significant health issue. The City of Kitchener partners with the KW Humane Society to address the concerns of animal welfare and therefore contributes financially to their operations. It is unfortunate that many dog owners don’t pay for a dog

license as this money helps to assist the Humane Society do their work in the community. Recently, there has been discussion about how to get stray cats home and reduce the feral cat population. I learned that having them spayed or neutered and micro–chipped may be the best solution. Reduced cost rabies vaccinations and micro-chip clinics are offered during the year. Consider a Christmas donation to this wonderful facility. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2018!

Check out the Winter programming offered for the Huron and Willimsburg area communities. Register online with our new online registration system at www. or in-person at a community centre, any public pool or 7th floor at city hall. Looking for some outdoor activities this winter? The Huron Natural Area has some free events coming up. On Sunday Dec 3 at 7pm is the Lantern Walk, Saturday Jan 20 at 1pm is the Winter Scavenger Hunt and Every Wednesday is Tales and Trails at 10:30am. With winter approaching, here are some tips and reminders to keep in mind this season: Overnight parking on city streets

is not permitted from Dec 1– Mar 31. When a snow event has been declared, parking on the road is not permitted at any time. Only Ward 5 residents may continue to park on the boulevard. Residents are responsible for removing snow and ice from the sidewalk adjacent to their property. By clearing snow, you can ensure that everyone can travel safely and easily. There are many individuals who are aging or have physical limitations that prevent them from shoveling their sidewalks. I encourage you to be

a snow angel and help out your neighbours who may not be able to clear their sidewalks. Remember to clear the ice and snow within 24 hours from the time the snow stops falling. Snow can be piled on front lawns and boulevards, but cannot be placed on sidewalks or roadways. Sand is better to use below -10 and is available for no cost at several locations throughout the city. Visit bylawguide for locations. Enjoy the holiday season and have a safe and Happy New Year!

2018 Budget When the snow starts to fly you know decision-time at City Hall is approaching. Most of the big decisions for a municipality are

2018 Budget talks are on. For budget information visit kitchener. ca and search “Budget 2018.” I value your input, as I strive to find the right balance between providing the service

Budget Process – Transparency Missing Committee and Council legislative meetings are a major part of an elected municipal official’s responsibilities. At Committee meetings staff recommendations and issues affecting the municipality are studied and

It’s Christmas time in the city and soon it will be Christmas Day! Yes, it’s hard to believe but December has already arrived and the holiday season is upon us. Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or simply spending time with family and friends during the holiday season, let me begin by wishing each of you and your families a relaxing and joyful holiday season and a 2018 that is filled with health, happiness and new adventures. HOLIDAY SEASON ACTIVITIES There are many activities that take place in Kitchener and throughout the region where you can enjoy the holiday season. By the time you read this paper, the 2017 Christmas tree should have arrived at City Hall and weather permitting, our rink at city hall should be open for the 2017-18 free skating season. Everyone’s favourite Christmas festival, Christkindlmarkt will this year be celebrating it’s 21st season. It officially opens the evening of December 7th and runs from December 7-10 at Kitchener City Hall and in Carl Zehr Square. Some special surprises are in store for you, so make sure you make it out to check them out. And on Saturday December 9th from 5:30-8:00pm, Christmas Fantasy in the Park gets underway in Victoria Park. All these activities are free, and I encourage you to get out and enjoy them through the holiday season, and in the case of skating, throughout the winter. BUDGET 2018 Over the last couple of weeks, Council has begun its review of the staff-developed 2018 budget. Did you know that out of every tax dollar collected, the city only keeps 31 cents, while the other 69 cents goes to the Region of Waterloo and to the local school boards? That 31 cents pays for a range of services including fire protection, recreation and leisure, road maintenance and winter control, planning and economic development, administration and legislated services, Kitchener Public Library, Centre in the Square, Mayor & Council and any debt payment and capital transfers. This year’s draft budget is looking to come in with an increase below the rate of inflation, keeping Kitchener as the least costly city to live in the region and one of the least costly in Ontario. If you’re interested in commenting on the budget, I encourage you to do so via our website and the Engage citizen engagement tool or by attending our public budget meeting on January 15th. ...continued on next page

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Notes from City Hall

Council began the 2018 budget process by reviewing the operating budget Nov. 20. I’m hopeful and will strongly advocate that council again set the tax levy rate relative to the

LED Streetlight Conversion Project You may have noticed the recent change over to LED streetlights

I took the opportunity attending the Veteran’s Day event on November 11th in Orlando while on a family vacation last month. The Americans mainly celebrate the day in ways

Kitchener councillors have “defurred” the cat-licensing issue until Dec. 4. And, with one jaundiced eye on potential lost-pet votes in the 2018 municipal election, I doubt the

Happy December! Last month, we celebrated community members who volunteer their time and energy to organize neighbourhood events at the 24th Annual Festival of Neighbourhoods finale. Many

inflationary rate. This expectation was clearly communicated by our citizens in the last Environics survey. The challenge continues to be with the proposed utility rate increase for water, sanitary, and stormwater. I’ve voiced my concern that this and future rates need to be within the capacity of all home owners to absorb. Although I don’t entirely oppose the rate increase that will address the backlog of important infrastructure maintenance, I have voiced that these rate increases need to be phased in over a longer

time period. I’m happy to report that staff recently updated this is the very strategy that council will consider. The final budget and utility rates will be voted on by council on Jan. 22 and the public input session will be held on Jan. 15. I encourage Ward 6 residents to attend and give feedback concerning the budget by contacting me at paul.singh@ or 226-748-3109; going to; emailing or following the discussion on social media. Your feedback will help me

to better represent your collective voice. Just a friendly reminder not to park on any city street from 2:30am to 6am starting Dec. 1 through March 31. For more information on winter parking regulations and to sign up for snow event advisories search “snow removal” and “parking regulations.” Best wishes to the residents of Ward 6 for a safe and happy holiday season.

in the last few months. There are many benefits to the conversion. The new LED lights are expected to last up to 20 years, reducing future replacement costs and the energy savings from this program should pay for the LED replacement cost in about seven years. The new fixtures have a full cut-off design, which will result in less light. The LED street lights that were chosen are considered “Dark Sky Friendly” by the International Dark Sky Association which has an interest in reducing light pollution and

maintaining the visibility of our night sky. The lights used are warmer coloured LED lights to minimize use of blue light which is known to scatter further through the atmosphere compared to other colours. The new LED lights include sensors with adaptive controls that integrate with the city’s network of smart controls. The adaptive control system will allow the city to control and monitor street lights, which will improve customer service by showing lighting outages in real time so we can respond to faulty

lights more efficiently. The Adaptive Control System provides the ability to dim lights in areas that have more light than necessary, leading to energy savings and proper lighting conditions for residents as well as more advanced uses like improved navigation for emergency services and making gas meter data available in real-time. If you have any questions or concerns, Email me at: I hope you and your family have a safe and happy holiday season! Best wishes for 2018.

that are different from the ways we Canadians observe November 11th. There was a parade held in downtown Orlando which I attended with one of my sons. It was filled with marching bands from various high schools, military men and women currently serving in the armed forces, numerous veterans from various services marching or riding in cars or jeeps, cadets and majorettes marching and other groups wishing to participate. The Americans view this day as a celebration of the victories of the various wars they have been

involved in over the last 100 years. The theme of this year’s Veteran’s Day Parade was “Healing the Invisible Wounds of War” referencing the mental and emotional fallout that service members and their families can face. A number of service men and women suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. No one in attendance wore a poppy or a ribbon. We Canadians, on the other hand, attend a memorial in honour of all the service men and women who served our country and died in battle and we wish to remember them by wearing a

poppy. A couple of years ago I also attended another Veteran’s Day Parade in Beaufort, South Carolina near Hilton Head which included a similar parade but which ended at a Veterans cemetery. There, a US Marine Band played military music and the guest speaker at the event was a four star general who served in Afghanistan and spoke about his service and American involvement and achievements in the war. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.

cat-fight issue will gain more than lukewarm support when my motion comes back for consideration with, I predict, at least one added clause. I think that once a staff report on potential workload and lengthy public consultation involved in the subject of cat licenses and micro-chipping returns to city hall, councillors will take a long pause, a lengthy catnap and no action on the subject. Which means we will ignore issues of unfairness for dog owners and the increasing drain

of $630,000 paid out each year by taxpayers to care for stray animals — 66 per cent of them abandoned, unlicensed cats. That lack of equality has to do with about 40,000 dog owners who are supposed to buy $30 licenses (only 15,000 do so today) while an estimated 50,000 cat owners do not. On the workload issue councillors are fully aware that cities including Guelph, Stratford, London, Mississauga, Sudbury, Ottawa, Peterborough, Calgary, Edmonton,

Winnipeg and Montreal successfully introduced cat licensing without rushing out to hire dozens of people to cope with a spitting push-back from cat owners. After a recent tour of our excellent humane society shelter, I’m convinced Kitchener should create a set fee for a cat license that would be reduced if a responsible pet owner microchips the pet in order to quickly reunite the missing feline. Then, when the cats came back, it would save us all tax dollars.

prizes were awarded, including the Neighbourhood Connections award which went to the King East Neighbourhood Association. Two neighbourhoods won the $20,000 capital improvement grants: Settlers Grove and Schneider’s Creek. Congratulations to all prize winners! As the winter weather sets in, it’s time to get out and enjoy some of our city’s great options for embracing winter activities. Come down and skate at Carl Zehr Square in front of the 30 foot spruce tree decorated for the holiday season. We also offer many free skates and adult pick-

up hockey. For schedule details go to and search public skating. For those who prefer the cozy indoors during colder weather, we also have countless programs at our community centres and KPL locations. Throughout the holiday season, I encourage you to make plans with family and friends to experience downtown Kitchener’s many shops and restaurants to explore. Don’t forget to make your way to the following fantastic annual events: Dec. 7 - 10 Christkindl Market at Kitchener City

Hall: Admission is free. Free horse-drawn carriage rides offered by the Kitchener Downtown BIA. Saturday Dec. 9 Christmas Fantasy Opening in Victoria Park. View the lighting up of the festive lights and enjoy free activities and live music from 5:30-8pm. Dec. 31 Kitchener’s New Year’s Eve Retro Cartoon Party from 6pm12. Ring in the New Year and enjoy a world of animation in the City Hall Rotunda. I offer my wishes to you and yours for a happy, healthy holiday season!


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NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION – DEC. 31st Looking to ring in 2018 at a free, family-oriented New Year’s Eve event. Well, once again, we’ll be hosting our annual New Year’s Eve celebration at Kitchener City Hall and in Carl Zehr Square on December 31st from 6pm to midnight. With a retro-cartoon theme this year, you’ll see everything from old arcade games to Flintstone vehicles and get to listen to the sounds of Sound Parade NEW YEAR’S LEVEE – JANUARY 7, 2018 Please join Kitchener City Council and myself on Sunday, January 7th from 1:30pm to 4pm as we welcome 2018 with our annual New Year’s Levee at Kitchener City Hall. Music, free food, activities for the kids - this family-friendly event, will also see us present the annual Mayor’s City Builder awards to deserving individuals in the community. I hope you and your family will join us for this annual tradition! ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MISSION TO NEW YORK AND BOSTON Earlier in November, Mayor Jaworsky from Waterloo, Councillor Monteiro from Cambridge and I joined our economic development teams, including that of Waterloo EDC, on an economic development mission to New York and Boston. A very busy 4 ½ days saw us participate in events hosted by our two Consul-Generals, spoke at the BlackBerry security summit, met with business leaders to promote investment in Canada, encouraged young Canadians to consider returning home, conducted some company meetings and visited a number of technology and innovation related facilities. We also participated in an event with Mayor John Tory and the City of Toronto, continuing to promote the Toronto–Waterloo Region corridor. Overall, this was a very successful mission. FCM ADVOCACY DAYS & BCMC MEETINGS Over the last two weeks, in my capacity as a former FCM President and a member of FCM’s Big City Mayors’ Caucus, I participated in FCM Advocacy Days and our fall BCMC meeting/economic summit. During our Advocacy days, FCM organized over 200 meetings with MP’s and Ministers. I met with Minister Morneau on finance & infrastructure, Minister Sohi on infrastructure, Minister Bains on innovation and economic development, Minister McKenna on the environment and climate change, and Parliamentary Secretary Bill Blair on the cannabis legislation. I also had the opportunity to talk to all five of our local MP’s and be in Ottawa as Canada’s first-ever Housing Strategy was launched. Last week, BCMC met in Toronto to explore various economic issues and heard from people like Richard Florida, as well as tech leaders from Kitchener-based, Miovision. I left with many ideas to consider for our community.

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A FREE WORKSHOP FOR SPORT INSTRUCTORS AND COACHES - The KW Sports Council has partnered with the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) and Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) to offer a free physical literacy training workshop for Instructors and Coaches. In this workshop you will: • Learn what motivates women 55-70+ to be active • Better understand what helps build confidence/competence in physical activity and sport for women 5570+ • Receive training in NCCP Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) • Learn FMS adaptations/ considerations for women 55-70+. Workshop will be held Saturday, December 16, 8:30am – 3:30pm (lunch provided) at The Family Centre, 200 Ardelt Ave., Kitchener. No cost for workshop, materials or FMS training. To register send an email to Shelley at: purpledog@ (limited to first 30participants) CALLING ALL HARMONICA PLAYERS – It is with sadness that we announce the recent passing of our well-known leader Irene Watt and our drummer Douglas Lacey. They will both be greatly missed by all members of the Happy Harmonica Players. We are extremely fortunate to have Michel Allard, an accomplished pianist, taking on the duties of energizing and refining our group. We welcome any interested harmonica players. Come out and see what the Happy Harmonica Players are all about. We practice Tuesdays from 9:15 to 10:30am at the Rockway Center (upstairs), 1405 King St. E, Kitchener. For more information contact 519-745-9834. FAMILY-FRIENDLY HOLIDAY CRAFT WORKSHOP – The holiday season generates mountains of paper waste and packaging, most of which ends up in the landfill or recycle bin. The more we do to minimize and re-use waste the better. This year Reep Green Solutions is offering a make your own wrapping paper


and cards workshop on December 9 from 1:30 to 4:30pm at the MillCourtland Community Centre gym located at 216 Mill St. Kitchener. Facilitator Michele Martin will give an overview of materials and a demonstration of suggested techniques for printing wrapping paper and cards, then you get to try your hand at creating. The workshop is FREE and open to all ages. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Basic materials will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring along tools or materials they would like to try and re-use. To register visit THEMUSEUM BEER& SERIES – the 5th annual Beer& Series includes: Beer& Essential Oils – Wednesday, December 13. The Beer& Series events are 19+ and each pair an Ontario Craft Brewery partner with a unique activity. More themes will be released for January 2018. Event begins at 6:30pm and includes admission to THEMUSEUM and its various exhibitions, plus one pint of beer. Additional beer will also be available for purchase. Tickets range in price and can be found online at SUNNYSIDE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS LIKE YOU! - We are a Region-operated campus at 247 Franklin St. N. in Kitchener with long-term care, supportive and affordable housing, and other services for older adults. Make a difference in your community by giving one to two hours a week to assist over mealtime. Your time would enable a resident to have a quality dining experience. To apply, visit www.regionofwaterloo. ca/volunteeratsunnyside<http:// w w w. r e g i o n o f w a t e r l o o . c a / volunteeratsunnyside> or call Janice Klassen at 519-893-8494, ext 6372. TAKE A RIDE ON THE POLAR EXPRESS - for the KitchenerWaterloo Symphony’s Annual Yuletide Spectacular. Former Assistant Conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser returns for the annual concert featuring the

classic Christmas story, The Polar Express, with images from the original Chris Van Allsburg story projected on the screen above the Orchestra and narrated by Mike Nadajewski, while the Orchestra plays the score by the famous film composer Alan Silvestri. Special guest vocalist Joni NeRita is featured singing O Holy Night and Mary’s Boy Child from the Boney M Christmas album, as well as the popular Mariah Carey song All I Want For Christmas Is You. Also joining the Orchestra is the Carousel Dance Company and other special guest dancers for selections from The Nutcracker, and the Grand Philharmonic Choir and the Grand Philharmonic Children’s Choir will lead audiences in a singalong of Christmas favourites. The show runs December 15 at 8 pm, December 16 at 2:30 & 8 pm and December 17 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. STRONG START TO READING™ NEEDS VOLUNTEERS – Strong Start has a fun and festive volunteer opportunity for 4-5 people on Tuesday December 5 between 10am and 4pm at our office in Kitchener. We need volunteers to help assemble our holiday mailer. Activities include folding, stuffing and sealing envelopes that contain our annual newsletter and holiday greeting card. This is a great activity for a small team or individuals. The work takes place in a large, comfortable boardroom. We can accommodate volunteers between the hours of 10am to 4pm and ask for a minimum gift of time of 2 hours. If you are interested in volunteering, please email as soon as possible. SCHWABEN CLUB COMING EVENTS Fish Fry – EVERY FRIDAY at the Schwaben Club Keller, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Fish Fry. Serving Fish & Chips and Schnitzel. Table Tennis – EVERY TUESDAY

at the Schwaben Club at 7pm. Should you be interested in a few trial games and see if you would like to play it and have fun at the same time; then we would appreciate if you would contact Walter at 519-742-3372 or Ken at 519-894-6695. Sunday, December 10 Filmnachmittag – Schwaben Club Keller – “Ein himmlischer Freund” – Doors open: 2pm, Film begins: 2:30pm. Coffee & Cake available. Sunday, December 17 – Christmas Show 2017 “Alle Jahre wieder” at the Schwaben Club with guest singer Wolfgang Ribbert from Cleveland/Ohio, Silke Kuhnert from Niedersachsen, Duo Leuchtfeuer from Ostfriesland, Captain Freddy from Bayern and the Zillertaler Edelweiss Duo from Tirol. Doors open at 11:30am, lunch buffet at 12:00 noon, show begins at 1:30pm. Tickets $55.00. Sunday, December 31 – New Year’s Eve – Ring in 2018 – 80’s Party with Material Men. $75.00 plus taxes, includes Buffet, 3 Drink Tickets and Live Music. Hall opens @ 5:30p.m.- Buffet starts @ 6:30pm. Sunday, January 14, 2018 Filmnachmittag – Schwaben Club Keller – “Unter Palmen am blauen Meer” – Doors open: 2pm, Film begins: 2:30pm. Coffee & Cake available. For tickets and more information on any of the above events, please call the Schwaben Club at 1668 King St. E. in Kitchener – 519-7427979. 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 Leo Tintinalli, ADULT DAY PROGRAM - Did you

know Trinity Village has an Adult Day Program for seniors wishing to socialize with other seniors? The cost is just $8 per day and the program runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am to 1 pm, at Trinity Village Care Centre, on Kingsway Drive, near Fairview Park Mall. Self-referrals welcome or contact CCAC, 519748-2222. For more information call the Day Program Coordinator at 519-893-6320 ext. 235. REEP OFFERS HOME RETROFIT COACH - REEP Green Solutions has a Home Energy Catalyst program. Homeowners now have access to the free services of its knowledgeable Retrofit Coach to guide them through the process of making their home more energy efficient. The coach will provide expertise and advice where it’s needed along the way, from prioritizing renovations and hiring contractors, to evaluating completed work and considering next steps. Want to upgrade your drafty home? Want to avoid rising energy costs? We want to hear from you! Please contact for more details. 
REEP is pleased to be working on this project with its partners Mindscape Innovations and Scaled Purpose. FOLK NIGHT AT THE REGISTRY’S 12TH SEASON presented by the Old Chestnuts Song Circle, features an exciting lineup of rising stars and iconic folk artists, thanks to the enthusiasm of our Folk Night audiences. We will welcome singer-songwriters and traditional musicians from both near and far, 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 and a limited number of series passes are available exclusively through and jhcole@ Line up includes: Jan. 20 Joe Crookston; March 10 Joe Jencks and Si Kahn; April 14 Dave Gunning and JP Cormier; and May 5 Shari Ulrich.

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A major rebuild for the Titans’ second season A major rebuild for the Titans’ second season 14 • DECEMBER 2017 • KITCHENER CITIZEN (EAST EDITION)

from last year and they happen to be Canadian. Tramer ith a new look and fully Sutherland is a 6’3” guard/ recharged, the KW Tiforward who 9.4 they hapfromaveraged last year and BY ROD HODDLE s are off and running in points per pen game season. to last be Canadian. Tramer son two of the ith aNational new look and fully Greg Morrow, a 6’4” guard/ Sutherland is a 6’3” guard/ ketball League. recharged, the KW Tiforward and former who Western forward averaged 9.4 record tans crowd close areof off andtorunning in University points star, isper hoping gametolast season. 00 cheered in National seasonthem two on of the boost his production for his Greg Morrow, a 6’4” guard/ ir homeBasketball opener but, the League. rookie season. 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KW Titans’ Head Coach: Serge Langis W Titans Head Coach and GM of Bas- ing several national championships with the K ketballKW Operations, Serge Langis brings Boys’ Under 15 and Under 17 New BrunsTitans’ Head Coach: Serge Langis over 22 years of coaching experience from wick programs. He coached at the Canadian


all levels, including highHead school, collegiate, at Crandall be- with the W Titans Coach and GMcollegiate of Bas- level ing several nationalUniversity championships and professionally in the National Basketball fore joiningBoys’ the Moncton Miracles basketball ketball Operations, Serge Langis brings Under 15 and Under 17 New BrunsLeague of Canada organization during the NBLC’s inaugural over 22 (NBLC). years of coaching experience from wick programs. He coached at the Canadian Born andallraised Moncton,high NB, school, Langis collegiate, 2011-12 season. Sincelevel then,atLangis has held levels,inincluding collegiate Crandall University beearned a bachelor’s degree ininthe psychology a range of fore rolesjoining and responsibilities includ- basketball and professionally National Basketball the Moncton Miracles from the University St. Thomas and a bach- ing Assistant Coach, Assistant League ofofCanada (NBLC). organization duringGM, theAssociate NBLC’s inaugural elor’s degreeBorn in secondary education from theNB,Head Coach and now HeadSince Coach andLangis GM has held and raised in Moncton, Langis 2011-12 season. then, University earned of Maine Presque Isle. He in haspsychology of Basketball Operations a second year a at bachelor’s degree a range of rolesfor and responsibilities includbeen a highfrom school forof 14St. years, lead-andwith the KW theeducator University Thomas a bachingTitans. Assistant Coach, Assistant GM, Associate elor’s degree in secondary education from the Head Coach and now Head Coach and GM University of Maine at Presque Isle. He has of Basketball Operations for a second year been a high school educator for 14 years, lead- with the KW Titans.


No. Player Position Ht Wt College Hometown 1 Darren Duncan PG 6’0 175 Merrimack College, NCAA DII ‘10 Queens, New York KW TITANS, NBL CANADA ROSTER 2 Rick Bodiford SG/SF 6’5 205 Indiana University Southeast, NAIA ‘11 Louisville, Kentucky 3 Ben Vozzola 6’6 195 St. Catharine Las Vegas, Nevada No.P Player G/SG Position Ht Wt College, College NCAA DII ‘15 Hometown 4 Kevin Hill 1 Darren PF/C of New Orleans, NCAA NCAA DI ‘15 DII Westwego, Louisiana Duncan 6’8 210 PG University 6’0 175 Merrimack College, ‘10 Queens, New York 6 Denzel James* PG/SG 6’3 200 MacEwan University, Sports‘17Southeast, Edmonton, 2 Rick Bodiford SG/SF 6’5 205 Indiana U University NAIA ‘11Alberta Louisville, Kentucky 9 Tramar Sutherland* SG/SFP 6’3 200 of Arkansas at Little Rock,NCAAToronto, 3 Ben Vozzola G/SGUniversity 6’6 195 St. Catharine College, DII ‘15 Ontario Las Vegas, Nevada ‘12 University of New Orleans, NCAA DI ‘15 Westwego, Louisiana 4 Kevin Hill PF/C NCAA 6’8DI210 10 Mark Holmes SF/PF 6’6 220 North Park NCAA DIII ‘13U Sports‘17 Elk Grove Village, Illinois Alberta 6 Denzel James* PG/SG 6’3 200University, MacEwan University, Edmonton, Ball Construction congratulates 12 Greg Morrow* 6’4 210 Western University, U Sports ‘16 London, 9 Tramar SG/SF Sutherland* SG/SF 6’3 200 University of Arkansas at Little Rock,Ontario Toronto, Ontario the Titans on an exciting start to 15 Kyle Arseneault* SF/PF 6’5 215 Acadia University, Sports Fredericton, NB NCAAU DI ‘12 ‘17 their second season as Kitchener34 Nigel Tyghter* PF/C 6’7 250 of Windsor, U Sports ‘09 NCAA Brampton, 10 Mark Holmes SF/PFUniversity 6’6 220 North Park University, DIII ‘13 Ontario Elk Grove Village, Illinois Waterloo’s first National Basketball Ball Construction congratulates 35 Derek Hall12 Greg Morrow* PF/C 7’0 230 Albright NCAAUniversity, DIII ‘12 U Sports Northampton, Pennsylvania SG/SF 6’4 College, 210 Western ‘16 London, Ontario League of Canada team.on an exciting start to 55 Russell Byrd the Titans SF/PF 6’7 215 State University, NCAAUDISports ‘14 Fort 15 Kyle Arseneault* SF/PFMichigan 6’5 215 Acadia University, ‘17 Wayne, Indiana Fredericton, NB their second season as Kitchener34 Nigel Tyghter* PF/C 6’7 250 University of Windsor, U Sports ‘09 Brampton, Ontario PLAYER Building Canada's Future Since 1923Waterloo’s first National Basketball * DENOTES CANADIAN 35 Derek Hall PF/C 7’0 230 Albright College, NCAA DIII ‘12 Northampton, Pennsylvania League of Canada team. 55 Russell Byrd SF/PF 6’7 215 Michigan State University, NCAA DI ‘14 Fort Wayne, Indiana

Building Canada's Future Since 1923


Best wishes to the KW Titans for a successful 2018 NBL Canada season. Best wishes to the KW Titans for a successful 2018 NBL Canada season.

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$3500 raised at Region announces every second Colourweek Paradise auction garbage collection schedule wreath for 2017


new garbage collection schedule, approved by Waterloo Regional Council, will take effect on March 6, 2017. All eligible residents of Waterloo Region will receive garbage and bulky item collection every second week with a four bag/can limit, with unlimited collection of green bins and blue boxes every week. Residents in the city of Kitchener and the townships of North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich will receive garbage and bulky item collection the week of March 6 to 10, 2017. Residents of the cities of Cambridge and Waterloo will not have garbage


collection that week, and will begin the new garbage and bulky item collection the week of March 13 to 17. All residents will continue to receive weekly green bin and blue box collection. In addition to the new schedule of collecting garbage every second week, some residents will also have a new waste collection day. Bidders for the new waste collection contract had the option to change waste collection days for efficiency and cost effectiveness. In the Townships, waste collection days will be changing for most residents, effective March 2017. In the tri-cities, a few thousand homes


he 7th annual Colour in Kitchener andwreath a few homes Paradise auction on the borders Kitchener ended Saturdayof and raised and Waterloo $3,500 for will the have Housenewof collection days. Friendship. Dawn Gill of the All residents can look up House of Friendship said over their to by view 4,200home peopleaddress are served the collection dayin some and schedule organization way each information for their home on year. the She Region’s thankednewly Colourlaunched Paradise waste changes webpagesin the at for being a “do-gooder” community and encouraged wastechanges. others to do good and visit the Additional information reHouse of Friendship’s “12 Days garding garbage tags, the newto of Good” website to pledge rules limits, frequently do aand good deed and for 12 days in a asked questionsDecember about the10new row between and curbside service changes area December 21. Each day has available the newyou webpages. theme tooninspire to come Information alsodeed. available up with yourisgood through Region’s From theleft: DeniseService Huck First Call Centre at 519-575of Colour Paradise, Wilmot 4400. Mayor Les Armstrong and Gill.

ERIN BOW Celebrating community actions to protect the environment

Wilmot mayor Les Armstrong, right, cuts the ribbon to begin the upporters and partners of Trades and Apprenticeship at with permeable paving strips. wreath auction at Colour Paradise Greenhouses in Mannheim REEP Green Solutions Conestoga whose faculty bring November 12. With Armstrong is Denise Huck, one of the owners RAIN Community he Canadian Children’s ($20,000) students to Group also Award awarded - the gathered November 12 to Award of Colour Paradise. At the conclusion of the week long auction, their construction Engagement The Bookwhat Centre (CCBC) REEP Sex IsHouse a Funny Word: A Book Prix TD de littérature celebrate our community $2,665 was raised for the House of Friendship in Kitchener, to learn about how $30,000 main campus of the University KSA Volunteer Recognition Recipients (2017) (Back row L-R) Gord Cameron (SkateAble), MikeofRooymans (Special Olympics KW), Jeff Kartechner Gymnastics), announced the sustainability winners About Bodies, Feelings, and canadienne pour l’enfance et Jeff la is doing to make bringing the eight year totalAward to nearly $18,000. a century home was upgraded. of Waterloo(KW provides 19 courses Brown (KW Sports Council), David Bunce (KMBA), Joe Watson (Stanley Park Ball), Sheri Pratt (KW Skating Club), David Sutherland (KMHA) & Duncan Cairns (KW Predators its seven English-language You, written by Cory Silverberg jeunesse to Jacques Goldstyn and environmental protection RAIN STORMWATER per year related to stormwater Volleyball). MIDDLE ROW: Joyce Palubiski (KW Water Polo), Stephanie Sharon Dahmer (Waterloo Region Football), for Christine Lucin (KWMBSA), Rick children’s awards in and illustrated by Minor Fiona Smyth, L’arbragan (Éditions de theKrug norm(WRBA), inbook Waterloo Region. AWARDS management and actively Weinstein (KSA). FRONT ROW: Angela Schrum ( KW Sertoma Speedskating), Charlene Stevenson (KMGSA), Melissa Tulipano (KW Youth Basketball), Tina Borghese (Wat November. won the Norma Fleck Award la Pastèque), with another Awards were given out in Residential Stormwater involves students in campus Region Track3 Ski School), Janet Lanteigne (Waterloo Ringette) & Norm Leblond (KitchenerChildren’s Rangers Hockey Club). ABSENT: Liz Koenig for Special Athletes), Stuart The TD Canadian for Canadian Children’s Non- (Sports $12,500 divided between nine categories.The winners Award: Cambridge - Marystormwater management Saunderson (Kitchener Ringette) & Lisa Ross-Black (KW Rowing Club). Photos by Gord Dearborn Literature Award was given to Fiction publisher and four were: Louise($10,000) Byrne and Alain Goldstyn’s projects that feature permeable author Melanie Florence and Uncertain Soldier by Karen other nominated titles. ENERGY AWARDS Pinard installed French drains, paving and drought-tolerant, illustrator François Thisdale, won the paving, Geoffrey aBilson TD landscapes. Bank Group also Homeowner Impact Award Bass permeable rain native who will share the $30,000 Award for Historical Fiction partnered with CBC Books to - Jeff and Daria Casello of garden and infiltration galleries Stormwater Management prize, for their picture book For Young People ($5,000) present the Fan Choice Award. Waterloo who upgraded their to keep their basement dry and Improvement Award Missing Nimâmâ (Clockwise The Blackthorn Key by Young readers were asked to 1895 era home, which resulted improve their back yard. Johnsonite Canada Inc. Press); an additional $12,500 Kevin Sands won the John pick their favourite book from in energy savings of 20% on Residential Stormwater increased its stormwater Subject to additional terms and conditions found at *Incentives are available for was dividedbillsbetween the Spray Mystery Award ($5,000) the shortlisted byTDusing Canadian installation of eligible equipment completed between Jan. 1, 2015 and Dec. 31, 2015, and must be their utility and reduced Award: KitchenerTim and sustainability simple submitted no later than Feb. 1, 2016. Equipment must be purchased from and installed by a winning book’s publisher and The Scorpion Rules by Erin Children’s Literature 5 tonnes of greenhouse gas Heidi Mussar installed a French technologies to soak Awards up and participating contractor. †Replacement furnaces must be high-efciency models with an electronically commutated motor (ECM). ††Annual electricity cost savings are estimated based on past program the creators of the other four Bow the Monica Hughes an onlinefrom poll60% fromof emissions. drainwon system that leads water titles cleaninstormwater experience. Funded by the Independent Electricity System Operator and offered by Kitchener-Wilmot nominated titles. Seven awards Award for Science Fiction and September 19 to October 30, Hydro Inc. Official Mark of the Independent Electricity System Operator. Used under licence. Contractor Impact away from their back fence into its parking lot. inAward total were given out: Fantasy ($5,000) 2016. This year’s winner was - Aire One KW two new rain gardens. They RAIN Innovation Award Missing 12 Nimâmâ, written now The have Trutha dry Commission by Kenneth Oppel, who Strasburg received referred Homeowners backyard and Grand River Transit’s by Melanie Florence and Susan Juby won the Amy the $5,000 Fan to REEP to complete their earned a 45% stormwater credit Operations Centre Choice features illustrated by François Teenof Book Award Award for his paving book Thearound Nest energy evaluations. Those Mathers from the City Kitchener. permeable Cheque presentation to Joey Daniels, participant in KSA’s Athletic Thisdale, won the TD Canadian ($5,000) (HarperCollins Publishers). homeowners averaged 2 tonnes Residential Stormwater eight trees, two bioswales and Excellence Program (L-R): Bill Pegg (President, KSA), Angelica Children’s Literature Award WinnersWaterloo were announced atand a aIn250,000 total, litre $145,000 was of greenhouse gas reductions Award: -21, Ken underground KSA Fee-assistance cheque presentations, November 2017 (L-R): Heather MacKneson (Pride and Ron Daniels (parents of Joey) and Gord Dearborn (Chair of the ($30,000) gala event in Toronto hosted by awarded between the two per homeRon andMooibroek shaved 30% off Elizabeth McLaughlin along cistern that Joe collects rooftop (Kitchener Minor Baseball), Kelvin Yee (KW ceremonies Gymnastics), Watson (Stanley Athletic Excellence Program). Joey was absent for the photo due to Stables). Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox the CBC’s Shelagh Rogers. to Canadian their energy consumption. their neighbour Catherine water.Tammy The harvested rainwater Park OptimistDaniel Ball), won LeVarthe Pyperwith (Waterloo Regional Boxing Academy), Carol (KW Minor his attendance at Princeton University on a track scholarship. He is a by Danielle In worked Montreal on November authors, illustrators andto Student Engagement Fife together to replace is then filtered and reused Boys Softball), Adele Couchman (Sports for Special Athletes), Tom Graham (Kitchener Minor Hockey member Supreme Athletics (local track club) and competes at the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book 1, the CCBC and TD Bank publishers. Award – The School of their(President, paved adjoining Donna’s Kids Program) and Bill Pegg KSA). driveways wash their transit buses. international level. (November 21, 2017)

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We raised over $2,600 for House of Friendship with the Charity Wreath Silent Auction!

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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!


They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us By Hanif Abdurrabqib

This is a beautifully written book of essays on rap and punk and emo, on the rock ’n’ roll of the 70s and 80s, and the pop music of 2016. Chance the Rapper sits beside Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac mingles with Carly Rae Jepsen and Fallout Boy, and Prince walks on water at the Superbowl. The essays are not merely album or concert reviews - though there is some of that - but an ongoing struggle to capture all that music means to us, the ways in which it shapes and reflects and challenges our lives. Many of the essays investigate the intersection of race and music. In Under Half-Lit Flourescents: The Wonder Years and the Great Suburban Narrative, Abdurraqib recalls riding his bike as a black child into the manicured suburbs next to his neighbourhood. “And then, with the sun setting on another hot day, we would ride back a few blocks to our neighbourhood’s familiar skin, the language we knew - the songs we could rap along to, and the comfort that comes with not standing out.”

The essay is about race, home and memory, but also about the universality of music, as he writes about the pop-punk band The Wonder Years and their album Suburbia. In the essay I Wasn’t Brought Here, I Was Born: Surviving Punk Rock Long Enough to Find Afropunk, he looks at both racism and misogyny. “I don’t remember the first time I heard a racist joke at a punk rock show … I don’t remember the first time I saw a teenage girl get shoved out of the way so that a teenage boy her size, or greater, could have a better view of a stage.” Abdurraqib’s excellence as a poet is on display in the piece There Is a Picture of Michael Jackson Kissing Whitney Houston on the Cheek: an extended riff, a poem, a stream of consciousness on youth and death and pop music. “It is likely true that we only get one livable youth & I wasted mine thinking myself beautiful and throwing money into jukes” Abdurraqib writes. They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us is available at Kitchener Public Library and would also make a great holiday gift for the music lover in your life.


Charlotte Prong Social Media Editor

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2017 • A Year in Review

STRONG NEIGHBOURHOODS - As we celebrated Canada’s 150th birthday, neighbourhoods like the Tanglewood area celebrated with street parties throughout the year and favourite activities like street hockey.

GROWING ECONOMY - Companies like Vidyard continued to employ more people, got national attention with a visit from the Prime Minister and built community through their Plug-In events.

BETTER KITCHENER - Building a better Kitchener builds a better Canada, and that means supporting fellow Canadians as our local Chinese community did after the Fort McMurray fires.

STRONG NEIGHBOURHOODS - In February, we approved our new Neighbourhood strategy, with recommendations that make placemaking initiatives like this one in the Homewood Ave neighbourhood possible.

GROWING ECONOMY - Our economic development efforts have supported companies like Erwin-Hymer grow locally at their Kitchener plant, a new Cambridge plant, with more to follow in Kitchener too!

BETTER KITCHENER - Our community is stronger when we all do our part to make it better like through our annual neighbourhood clean-ups every April like this one in Forest Heights.

Berry emcees the first City Age – The Innovation City Conference in Waterloo Region in 2013. STRONG NEIGHBOURHOODS - We want our neighbourhoods to be great places to live for everyone - from our youngest to our oldest. It was great to welcome former Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion to Revera’s Highland Place residence this past year! Berry emcees the first City Age – The Innovation City Conference in Waterloo Region in 2013.

GROWING ECONOMY - This year, I continued to work with local mayors to build local collaboration in economic development through the Waterloo EDC and for the Toronto-Waterloo Region corridor with Toronto Mayor John Tory.

BETTER KITCHENER - Part of what makes our city and our country strong is our diversity - we are stronger because of it. The kind of diversity I celebrated this past year with the local Gujarati community for their 20th anniversary!

STRONG NEIGHBOURHOODS - Part of what makes our downtown and our neighbourhoods strong is our community festivals. This year, Local children`s entertainer Erick our community, including the Oktoberfest was celebrated throughout Traplin invites Berry to singClub. backup 50th anniversary of Concordia during one of his performances.

GROWING ECONOMY - Small business is the backbone of our local economy. This year, one of our most successful small businesses, the Charcoal Steakhouse celebrated its 60th anniversary, after growing into the Charcoal Group of restaurants!

Berry is joined by Canadian astronaut Cmdr. Chris Hadfield at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario meeting.

Berry is joined by Canadian astronaut Cmdr. Chris Hadfield at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario meeting.


BETTER KITCHENER - The most successful cities and regions collaborate with each other. It’s why I’m working with Mayors locally and from the GTA to promote initiatives like high-speed rail and a new transportation hub at Pearson Airport.

Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Local children`s entertainer Erick Traplin invites Berry to sing backup during one of his performances.

Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or spending time with

family and friends during the holiday season,


from my family to yours, Happy Holidays and best wishes for a safe & healthy 2018!

Kitchener Citizen - West Edition - December 2017  
Kitchener Citizen - West Edition - December 2017  

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