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Westheights student Emmaoptions Cook to perform Looking at more environmentally responsible burial

event. We have to re-think the whole By Carrie Debrone idea of funerals and burials and see what nvironmentalists and pragmatists works for us as a community,” she said. have long worried about what Many people like the idea of becoming the usual methods of burying our loved a tree after they die, but products like ones are doing to our earth, but a local the BiosUrns, which put your cremated environmentalist and a funeral director remains in a biodegradable urn with a think they may have come up with an growth medium and a tree seed can’t earth-friendly option. legally be used. Koswan said. Thinking outside of the casket, the “You just can’t bury human remains, founders of the Good Green Death even if they are cremated or composted, Project have introduced the idea that in your back yard,” she said. human remains could be respectfully But Koswan, and Brampton area composted. funeral director Ellen Newman, who is The chemicals used to embalm bodies, also a Director with the Green Burial such as formaldehyde, are toxic to Society of Canada, have a new vision. embalmers and interfere with the body’s Research on composting human natural decomposition process. The remains, known as ‘recomposition’, glues, paints and resins in caskets are currently being conducted at Washington also often toxic to the earth. Traditional State University, is central to their vision burial also takes up a lot of land. of a large, conservation area containing Even cremation leaves a toxic forests and meadows that would also footprint as chemicals, such as CO2 serve as a burial site and cemetery, and and mercury from filings in teeth, are be protected by law from development. emitted into the air during the burning The conservation area would include process. a hospice offering top-notch palliative “I just thought that there has to and compassionate end-of-life care. be a better option than what we’re Part of the hospice would include a doing now. Some people are jittery facility where the bodies of people who about talking about anything to do had passed away could be placed into with death, but we are hoping that individual composting units. this will get the conversation going,” The time it takes to recompose, or local environmentalist and founder of compost a body, is still being researched ALL ABOARD IN BELMONT VILLAGE theBelmont Good Village Greenheld Death Project Susan at Washington University, but its annual Christmas in the Village day onState November 25. Visitors Koswan said. Koswan said that when a pig, kicked off the holidays with wagon rides, pictures with Santa, and the opportunity for to “Funerals changing andbank. we Wagon are example, put intoby an donate foodare for the local food rides wereisprovided Beitzenvironment Horse and moving celebration conducive to creating Carriagemore Servicetowards of Breslaua with Randy Luckhart at the reins. Photo compost, by Helen Hallit of life rather than a dressing-in-black takes about a month for the body to


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“I dance because I can escape into a mma Cook, a grade seven student at Westheights Public School in world where I feel safe and where I can be Kitchener, has been selected as one free to express myself. I especially love of the dancers in The Nutcracker: A ballet because of how precise you have Canadian Tradition on December 28 at to be with your movement, but you can still use emotion,” says Emma. Centre in the Square. She adds, “I am super excited to After being chosen through audition by Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s Nutcracker dance the role of a dragonfly in this Youth Education Local Participant year’s Nutcracker, and am extremely Program, twelve-year-old Emma is now thankful for this opportunity to dance busy with rehearsals for her role as a with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen; dancing in Dragonfly. the ballet gives me first hand experience The local participant program provides into a full scale professional ballet the opportunity for young and aspiring company production on a large concert dancers from the Kitchener-Waterloo hall stage.” 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 EMMA COOK inspiration from Group of Seven paintings housed at Kleinburg’s world-renowned McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Susan Newman The Koswan costume(left) and and set Ellen designs reflectwill present the Good Green Death Project at the REEP Green Solutions Sustainable Jörgen’s vision of a distinctly Canadian Living Series event on February 10. Nutcracker set in Algonquin Park – where decompose the point that it becomes Klara meetstolumberjacks, Mounties and the grasses and flowers growing there. usable as compost. The conservation area would be open woodland creatures in her dream journey. The composted remains would then Emma has been dancing since the age of to the public with public trails and even be returned to the family of the deceased three, and has danced competitively since fruit trees. The possibilities of what and either use it todances plant aatnew she they was could six. She currently IN. could be included in the conservation MOTION of the Performing tree to helpSchool reforest, be scattered in Arts the area are many. located on Millarea’s Streetforest in Kitchener. conservation as fertilizer Koswan said another idea might be her spare time, she enjoys practicing forIntrees already growing in the forest, to model the area after the Greenwood barre exercises, up dances, cemetery in New York State that or spread on themaking pollinator-friendly reading about meadows different ballets and ballet conservation as fertilizer for ...continued on page 19 dancers, colouring and playing guitar.

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itchener council approved its 2018 budget, which includes a city tax rate increase of 1.6 per cent. Based on the average residential household assessment of $300,000, the city portion of the annual property tax rate will increase by $17 per year. When combined with increases in water, sanitary and stormwater utility rates of 6.5 per cent ($73 per year), the overall annual increase for the average Kitchener homeowner in 2018 is $90.

City of Kitchener increases its tax rate by 1.6% in 2018

“I am so impressed with what staff has accomplished in bringing forward this budget,” said finance and corporate services committee chair Councillor Scott Davey. “This budget provides an increase under the rate of inflation that maintains funding for existing programs and services while also investing in new resources that people value most – like parks, trails and neighbourhoods – all while continuing to pay down our debt.” The 6.5 percent increase in the


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utility rates also reflects increases to regional rates for water supply and sewage processing. The city states that the combined tax and utility increases still place Kitchener among the most affordable municipalities in Ontario. The 2018 budget invests in neighbourhoods, green spaces, public spaces and the Iron Horse Trail as a major commuter line and backbone of the community. Highlights include: • Funding for Kiwanis and McLennan parks will be brought up to the same levels as the Huron Natural Area and Victoria

Park. • Completing the paving, widening, and lighting of all three sections (north, south, and central) of Iron Horse Trail • Extra resources in parks development, the neighbourhood development office and active transportation planning will strengthen community connections in neighbourhoods and public spaces. “The budget has invested in the things that are important for building a better Kitchener,” said Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “From building strong neighbourhoods through our “Love My Hood”

initiatives to supporting a growing economy through our “Make It Kitchener” strategy including support for new businesses and promoting planned development, this budget has struck the right balance between cost and benefit. It is a budget that allows us to continue to build an innovative, caring and vibrant city.” “As this term comes to an end, this budget and that of the past three years reflects what can be achieved when city council and staff work together collaboratively for the community,” he added.


Coldest Night of the Year February 24 in Kitchener

By Carrie Debrone t least 600 people are expected to participate in the 8th annual Coldest Night of the Year fundraising walk to be held on the evening of February 24. This year’s walkers will travel about 10.4 kilometers, walking up and down King Street in Kitchener. To help kick off the event and create some event buzz, walk organizers from Ray of Hope held a Battle of the Bowls soupmaking competition on January 24 to choose the soup that will be served to walkers participating in the Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser. Five soup-making teams, made up of members from Ray of Hope’s Refugee House, Youth Addictions, Youth Alternative Education, Youth Employment


Chefs who made this year’s winning potato and ham soup are the staff from Ray of Hope’s Welcome Home Refugee House. From left: Noel Bedford (Home Supervisor), Alana Westervelt (Home Supervisor), Stephanie Schreuders (Program Coordinator).

and Community Centre programs, created five different varieties of soup. People attending the event were served about ¼ cup of each soup and then voted on their favourite. This year’s winning entry is a potato ham soup with a cheddar cheese garnish. One of 122 other sites in Canada participating in the Coldest Night of the Year event, Kitchener has had the largest number of people participating annually, and it has also raised the most money. “The first year we did it we didn’t know how it was going to go. It turned out to be a fantastic event and it’s grown every year. Some people who came last year said they really enjoyed it because they hadn’t walked downtown Kitchener for 20 years,” event director Scott Brush said. Currently 56 teams of walkers (about 250 walkers) have registered for this year’s Coldest Night of the Year walk, with the goal to have at least 80 teams (more than 600 walkers). Registration numbers are increasing frequently with new teams joining daily, Brush said. This year, Centennial Public School is on board, the first school

to join in the Coldest Night of the Year walk. Money raised by the walkers goes to support the Ray of Hope Community Centre, which runs the following programs: Meal Program (on average 200 people a night); The Marketplace (the centre’s food bank program – part of the Food Assistance Network – Mon-Thurs from 6:30-9:00pm) Rhythms of Hope (music program – Mondays 3:00-4:00pm); Haircuts (Mondays 4:00-6:00pm); Healing Hearts (crafting group – Tues. 3:00-4:00pm); Foot Care (partnership with foot care nurses - Thurs). “The walk is such a practical way to help people and it gets people talking,” said Jon Hill, Community Centre Program Director, who spoke at the soup lunch. “At Ray of Hope we have art, music and baking programs, and even if people with mental illnesses can’t hold a job they can come here and feel a part of something. We help the most vulnerable in Kitchener,” he said. To join the walk or register a team visit the Ray of Hope online at

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Groh School first in Canada to focus solely on Project Based Learning By Carrie Debrone o say that Groh Public School Principal Helmut Tinnes loves his new school would be a big understatement. His eyes light up, his smile gets wider and his speech gets quicker as he reveals that, as far as he knows, the new school located in the Doon South area of Kitchener (225 Thomas Slee Dr.) is the only school in Canada that uses only project based learning (PBL). Project based learning allows students to pursue their passions through an inquiry-based approach as well as reflecting on their own learning. It aims to increase student’s ability to think critically and creatively, learn to be great communicators, to teach students how to collaborate, build their character and foster citizenship. On February 1, Tinnes, his teaching staff, school trustees, architects, contractors, parents and students had the chance to officially celebrate the new school, which opened in September. The school was named in honour of the Groh family, who travelled from Pennsylvania in the early 1800s to become one of about 30 families to first settle in Waterloo region. Descendent of the Groh settlers, John Groh, told the crowd his family is honoured to have the school named after them. He explained that the original Groh settler, Isaac, became a township councillor and Reeve and said that Groh Drive, now a hiking trail that runs beside the new school, is named in his honour. Isaac’s grandson Harold Groh, who is John Groh’s grandfather, became the first Principal of Rockway Mennonite School, and his wife Cora was a schoolteacher. Groh predicted that the new school will “have its own stories to tell,” -- stories that will be woven into the fabric of the region and he said that “the school will be a bridge between the various cultures in our community”. The $12.8-million school took 18 months to build. Currently 545 students are enrolled in grades Junior Kindergarten to Grade 7, but the numbers will increase next year when Grade 8 students will be added. This school is definitely different. There are no desks. Instead there are puzzle-piece shaped tables that can be put together to form a large table for whole class work, or pulled apart to create more intimate group learning spaces. Here students help determine the work they will do. They are linked to the world outside of the school through technology, fieldwork, community service, internships and consultations with outside experts. Every classroom has a ceiling mounted projector and every teacher speaks into a microphone that is connected to surround sound speakers – to help children hear clearly what is being said and also to save the teachers’ voices.


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THU FEB 8th TUE FEB 13th w ww . n o uga t . c a Kitchener’s newest public school is named after the Groh family. Decendents of the Groh family pioneers were guests at the official opening of Groh Public School on February 1. From left: front, Mary Groh and Elizabeth Rudy (daughters of Harold Groh), back, school Principal Helmut Tinnes, John Groh (Harold’s son), Arlene Groh (John’s wife), Jamie Groh (Harold’s niece), Glenn Fretz (Harold’s great nephew). The picture was taken in front of a school display featuring the history of the Groh family and its members’ many local contributions. Photo by Carrie Debrone Students also use the microphones when they talk. “Global competencies are what employers are telling us they need,” Tinnes told the crowd of several hundred at the opening, adding that through the use of current technology, students could talk to the captain of a marine research ship half way around the world in the morning and then visit some of the many start-ups in Waterloo region or other parts of the world in the afternoon. “We have no classrooms here. Instead they are called studios, labs and workshops,” he said. Since the school opened, Tinnes said he has had the opportunity to give tours of the school to many parents and visitors. “When I visit the classes I usually ask visitors to point out the students with behaviour problems, ADHD or learning challenges. They can’t tell me who they are. The kids are working together and focused. Doing work they want to do,” he said, adding that the unique project based approach to learning keeps all students engaged. The new school has also partnered with the YMCA and also offers before and after school child care in an adjoining centre. The official opening ceremony included a smudging ceremony by Lois MacDonald, remarks from school board trustee chair Scott McMillan and the Director of Education John Bryant, the presentation of the school key and a school bell as well as the dedication of the school by superintendent Ron DeBoer. The ceremony finished with performances by the choir and a video presentation of students and teachers sharing what they like best about the school. “Project based learning gives kids confidence and self worth. We want each student to be successful. I’m proud that our students and parents think this school is the coolest place to be for learning,” Tinnes said.

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Wild Weather has arrived at the Waterloo Region Museum Helen Hall uy Labine said this is the first time Science North and the Waterloo Region Museum have worked together - and he hopes it’s not the last. Labine is the Chief Executive Officer of Science North, Northern Ontario’s most popular tourist attraction and an educational resource for children and adults across the province. He made his first visit to the Waterloo Region Museum last week for the opening of the Wild Weather exhibit, which was created by Science North in 2016, in partnership with the Ontario Science Centre, and is now touring across North America. It arrived in Kitchener from its previous stop in San Antonio, Texas. “What an amazing facility you have here,” Labine said. “You should be proud.” Wild Weather is the 11th travelling exhibit created by Science North in the last 12 years. The 6,000 square foot highly interactive exhibit is of interest to both adults and children. Visitors can experience a flight through a hurricane, witness the



One year old Zaara Usmani of Kitchener crawls into a model of an igloo at the Wild Weather exhibit at the Waterloo Region Museum on Huron Road in Kitchener. Photo by Helen Hall destruction of tornadoes, follow turbulent cloud formations and lightning strikes, become citizen scientists in the middle of a raging winter storm, and meet a researcher studying the force of wind in a lab. Visitors will learn how emerging technologies and recent scientific discoveries are

improving the ability to forecast severe weather and prepare for future climate changes. CTV Kitchener’s weather specialist Lyndsay Morrison was on hand for the opening of the exhibit on February 1, and joked that when she joined the local television station “there was a lot of extreme weather in

the first six months - and I got blamed.” She said she enjoyed seeing children explore the exhibit. “Nothing makes me happier than seeing people get excited about weather.” “Wild Weather will immerse visitors of all ages in the science of severe weather,” said Adèle

Hempel, Manager/Curator at the Waterloo Region Museum. “Delve into current severe weather science, discover cutting edge technology and investigate the stories of scientists, forecasters and passionate enthusiasts. Visitors will leave the exhibition feeling they have been saturated in severe weather elements,” she explained. Eight exhibit zones lead visitors through a series of Wild Weather experiences to gain a better understanding of the science behind severe weather, its connection to climate change, and emerging technologies and forecasting techniques. They will also hear the stories from people who are working to better understand and mitigate severe weather impacts. The interactive exhibits let you fly through the eye of a hurricane in a staged photo op, and dance up a storm as the weather around you responds to your movements. Wild Weather will be on exhibit from February 1 to April 29. The Waterloo Region Museum is located at 10 Huron Road in Kitchener, Ontario. For more information visit: www.

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New in the Collection Scout House members who earned long service pins in 2017 are (from left) 15 year members Ray Hallman, Gord Cupskey; 10 year members Neal Titford, Jim Kennedy; five year members Sienna Joyce, Terry Ellison, Jody Joyce, Chantalle Joyce, Cheryl Riley, Gavin Joyce, Josh Rossignoli, Cindy Rossignoli, Jamie Rossignoli (rear).

Scout House Alumni Band turns 80 and is still in step with the times


he Preston Scout House Alumni Band will be celebrating the 80th anniversary of its founding in 1938 with community oriented performances and special events scheduled throughout 2018. The Band, originally the bugle band of the 1st Preston Scout Troop, begins twice-monthly rehearsals in midJanuary, to prepare for a local and regional performance schedule that will include the Scout House Spring Ahead free family concert on April 15, Preston’s Canada Day parade on July 1, Warriors Day concert for Preston’s Royal Canadian Legion Branch 126 in early September, and annual Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11. The Band’s repertoire will include songs popular with members and audiences in years past. Scout House will include the community in several special events proposed to help celebrate the Band’s 80th anniversary. These include: • the annual Spring Ahead free family concert in mid-April. • a Cambridge Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours social evening. • performing the national anthem at the May meeting of Cambridge city council and updating council members on Scout House activities and plans. • display banners in downtown Preston marking the anniversary year. • requesting that the province of Ontario name a bridge on Highway 401 in honour of Scout House twin brothers who died in World War II. • a flash mob performance in connection with a Cambridge festival or special event. • a children’s colouring contest, with prizes to be awarded during the Scout House annual barbecue on Canada Day weekend. • a special concert for Preston seniors, in conjunction with a vintage car display. • inviting drum corps and other friends to attend events on Canada Day weekend, including a Friday evening social, 80-year memorabilia display at Preston Scout House building, Saturday afternoon concerts by Scout House groups and others, giant catered

barbecue the day before the July 1 Canada Day parade. Recipients of Scout House long service pins this year included the first five year members of Preston Scout House Cadets, the group initiated in 2012 as a drum line to help mark the organization’s 75th anniversary year in 2013. Five-year pins were awarded to 15 people, including eight members of the Cadets organization. Two people received 10 years pins and seven received pins for 15 years involvement. Preston Scout House Band Inc. is a non-profit corporation with registered charity status able to issue tax receipts to donors, incorporated under the Corporations Act of the Province of Ontario on November 29, 1956. The multi-unit organization offers individuals of any age the opportunity to “Arrange the soundtrack of your life” in marching arts activities starting as young as age 8 and continuing throughout life. These units are: • Preston Scout House Cadets drum and bugle corps for young men and women up to age 22, Silver Award winners at the 2016 Drumline Ontario provincial championships. • Preston Scout House Alumni Band is for those over age 18, performing vintage tunes and other popular selections at events in the Cambridge area. • Silver Leaves Brass Ensemble and percussion accompaniment, an awardwinning group which performs at drum corps and community events throughout the year. • Magic of Scout House competitive winter guard, established in the fall of 2014 and undefeated in its first three seasons of North East Color Guard Circuit contests. • Heritage Drill Team, with members wearing tight black shorts, knee socks, short sleeved burgundy tunics, white gauntlets and Aussie hats as in the 1950s and ‘60s. For more information about Preston Scout House Band Inc. activities, contact telephone (519) 653-3376, email prestonscouthouseband.adm@ or visit the website at:

This early 1970s Valentine’s candy box was produced by Kitchener’s Smiles’n Chuckles Limited. Beginning in 1916, the company manufactured candy and chocolates first as the Metcalfe Candy Company, and then as Hamblin-Metcalfe Limited. The company was renamed a final time in the late 1940s after one of their most popular candy brands. Located at Cameron and Weber Street East, the business was in operation until 1972 when it was purchased by Laura Secord. This column is an ongoing feature of artifacts in our collections. Adèle Hempel is the Manager/Curator, Region of Waterloo Museums Contact her at

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Henry Louis Janzen (1845-1927) built the first greenhouses, Berlin Commercial Nurseries, in the area in 1879. He was also largely responsible for convincing the Ontario Sugar Company to open the first sugar beet factory here in 1902. Janzen was actively involved in local politics, becoming mayor of Berlin in 1890. Visit the Hall of Fame located on the second floor of the Waterloo Region Museum.

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Make 2018 a Year to Reach All Your Neighbours!!

Neighbours get together at a Meet & Mingle in Doon South. Neighbourhood get-togethers that reach out to everyone help build inclusive and engaged communities

Once again this year, Kitchener’s Festival of Neighbourhoods challenges you to explore within your own neighbourhood what it means to be inclusive. Our festival theme “Reach!” helps us all focus on this goal. There are huge benefits for everyone when we reach across diversity, and create simple connections across gender, health, age, beliefs, ethnicity, wealth, or other lines that can divide us. Bringing your neighbours together through a potluck, a neighbourhood walk, a clean-up, or in other creative ways includes reducing barriers to participation wherever we can. Barriers can come in many forms such as physical, financial, generational or cultural. How we gather together may include some neighbours while discouraging others. For example, a children’s movie won’t attract those without children. A skating party will be intimidating to those without equipment or skating skills. Organize your activities so there is at least some small thing for everyone to do. Whether it is in the enjoyment of the activity, helping out throughout its organization, or volunteering on the day. There are simple ways to make it a great experience for everyone. Take on the Reach! Challenge and let us know how it made your neighbourhood gathering more inclusive! Kitchener’s Festival of Neighbourhoods encourages everyone to organize inclusive activities in their immediate neighbourhood. Contact us for tips and resources in Kitchener to help bring your neighbours together. Register your inclusive neighbourhood gathering (held between October 1st, 2017 and September 30th, 2018) with the Festival before October 5th, 2018 and join us at the Festival Celebration at Kitchener City Hall on Sunday, November 18th, when draws for the $20,000 neighbourhood improvement grant recipients will be held and announced. It could be your neighbourhood!

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n January, I had the opportunity to spend time in my riding connecting with constituents and stakeholders on various issues. I value this time greatly as it equips me with the knowledge I need to be an effective representative for Kitchener South-Hespeler in Ottawa. Whether it’s meeting with veterans at the Royal Canadian Legion of Hespeler or showing support at the Women’s March KW, I am always amazed at how engaged and community-focused our region is. CPTPP and CETA Last month, a deal was reached on the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). This progressive agreement meets Canada’s objectives of creating and sustaining growth, prosperity and well-paying middle-class jobs today and for the future, including right here in Kitchener South-Hespeler. Overall, the CPTPP would be the largest trading bloc in the world with 11 countries with a combined $13.5 trillion, or 13.5% of global GDP. Here at home, the CPTPP would boost Canada’s GDP by $4.2 billion. In addition, Canada will gain a competitive advantage over the US when trading with Japan, the world’s 4th largest economy. The CPTPP is in addition to the recently ratified Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA),

entered into force on September 21st, 2017. CETA is the most progressive trade agreement ever negotiated by Canada or the European Union (EU). The EU is the world’s 2nd largest economy and Canadians now have preferential market access, through 12 trade agreements to 44 countries with almost 1.2 billion consumers. The benefits will be felt here in Waterloo Region, especially in advanced manufacturing—a significant provider of jobs in Ontario, contributing more than $24.3 billion to the province’s GDP in 2012 and employing nearly a quarter million Ontarians. Between 2010 and 2012 in Ontario, the advanced manufacturing sector exported an annual average of $2.1 billion worth of goods to the EU, and machinery manufacturing was the top export. As of September 21st, the vast majority of EU tariffs on advanced manufacturing products were eliminated. Over the next few months, I look forward to a busy agenda in Ottawa as we proceed with enacting legislation to implement our policy goals. Family Day Skate Lastly, please join me and my colleagues MP Bryan May and MPP Kathryn McGarry for our Family Day Skate at the Cambridge Centre on Monday, February 19th at 10:40am-12pm or 2:10pm-3:30pm.

PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Raj Saini MP for Kitchener-Centre

Dear Friends, This week, from February 4th to 10th, Canada marks International Development Week. This week is an opportunity to celebrate Canadian efforts to reduce poverty and provide international assistance. This year’s theme is “Partners for a Better World”. I hope that all Canadians will take this opportunity to engage in learning about, and contributing to, Canada’s efforts towards peace and sustainable growth that works for everyone. Leading up to this week, I’m proud to say that Minister of International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau visited our community in January to discuss Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy, to meet with members of the Rohingya community, and to host an International Development Roundtable at CGI. Minister Bibeau also took the opportunity to host a roundtable with Francophone members of our community. Minister Bibeau was not the only minister to visit our region in January. Minister of Agriculture Lawrence MacAulay also visited Kitchener for an agricultural producers’ roundtable. These visits proved to be an opportunity to showcase the spirit of innovation and the commitment to technology and production which propels our region. I look forward to continuing to bring our region’s innovative ideas back to Parliament Hill in the weeks and months ahead. Also in January, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains announced the Can Code program, a $50 Million program to

help elementary and secondary school children learn coding and digital skills needed for jobs of the future. February is also Black History Month. In this vein, I’m proud to share that the Prime Minister has recently announced that the Government of Canada will be officially recognizing the UN International Decade for People of African Descent. In recognizing the International Decade, our Government is committing to a better future for Black Canadians. I hope this will help us to address the unique challenges that Black Canadians face, and help us to build a just and inclusive society. By working together, we can combat racism and discrimination. Here in Kitchener, community members will also be marking Black History Month over the Family Day Weekend by celebrating Africa, culture, community, and family at the Bring on the Sunshine Festival. I look forward to seeing many of you there, or at some of the many other Family Day events being held throughout our community. To learn more about the work I am doing here in the riding and in Ottawa, please visit my website,, email me at Raj., or call me at 519-741-2001. My staff and I are always ready to answer your questions or assist you with any federal matter you may have. You are also always welcome to join us on the first Sunday of every month for a community Potluck held in my community office. I look forward to hearing from you.

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by Harold Albrecht MP for Kitchener-Conestoga


ince October 2016, Canadians have seen a number of rule changes designed to alter Canada’s housing market. And on January 1st 2018, further changes were implemented by the current Liberal Government. After hearing concerns from local constituents, my office hosted a focus group in January that concentrated on the following questions: 1. How will the January 1st 2018 changes affect the real estate market? 2. How has the market reacted to the previous set of rule changes? 3. What have these changes meant for Waterloo Region’s real estate market? The new rule changes are a one-size fits-all solution that ignores the differences in local markets. What I heard in this consultation is that there is deep concern that these changes have reduced competition for consumers who are already facing a number of obstacles when trying to purchase a new home. In Waterloo Region, housing inventory levels continue to sit below historical averages and the rule changes have greatly reduced the amount of money local buyers can borrow to purchase a home. We are concerned that if the Liberals continue to make it harder to get a mortgage, home ownership might be pushed further out of reach, especially for young Canadians and First Time Homebuyers. One participant also noted that these changes have ramifications for current home owners:

“These rule changes are affecting existing home owners and Canadians wanting to get into the housing market by eliminating choice and pushing homeowners into higher interest rates for lack of qualifying under the new rules.” Focus Group Participant, January 2018 This quote highlighted someone in the process of renewing a mortgage who does not meet the requirements of the new stress test. This consumer would be tied to their current lender and may be subject to higher interest rates. The experts we spoke with were also concerned that the changes to the rules could result in the housing market being vulnerable if Canada moves into a period of economic instability. They noted that in the first nine months of 2017 the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation insured mortgage volumes were down 47% on a year-over-year basis. The previous Conservative government took a number of steps to ensure the stability of the housing market and steered Canada through the global financial crisis. It is important that industry professionals and consumers are better consulted when making these decisions. I believe that everyone should have an equal chance to succeed - no matter who they are, where they live, or where they work. Canadians deserve choice and I will do everything I can do to hold the current government accountable. Buying a home should not be this difficult.




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

VALENTINE’S DAY FAMILY PARTY Saturday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m.-noon

Join us for kids in the Kitchen. We will be making heart healthy snacks and sweet treats too. Wear red and come and have some family fun.


Saturday, Feb. 10, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Feb. 3: Jack Pender • Feb. 10: Jontue • Feb. 17: Chinese New Year family event • Feb. 24: Jack Cooper


Saturday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

We’re celebrating the year of the dog during Chinese New Year with kid’s crafts, nutritious cooking activities and a live dance performance.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION Saturday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Caribbean Kitchen serves up delicious food with steel drum band music.

KITCHENER MARKET’S EVERYTHING WOMEN SHOW Saturday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Bring your mom, sister or best friend for the day. Enjoy shopping, wine, seminars, health and well-being exhibits, and so much more!


by Daiene Vernile MPP for Kitchener-Centre

ith a new year, comes change. Early Monday morning, on January 15th, my phone rang. On the display screen I read “Caller Unknown.” Probably a telemarketer wanting to sell me duct cleaning, right? At first, I was going to let the call go to voice mail. But, after a few rings, I reluctantly decided to answer. “Hello, it’s Kathleen. Happy New Year.” Our Premier, Kathleen Wynne was reaching out to let me know she was shuffling her Cabinet, and the call was to invite me to serve on her executive council as the new Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. My heart leapt at this fantastic opportunity to work on this important file. Some of my colleagues amusingly refer to this portfolio as the Ministry of Fitness and Fun. But, tied to Ontario’s tourism, culture, and sport sectors are almost 400,000 jobs and $32 billion dollars pumped into our economy. So, what exactly are my duties as Ontario’s new Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport? Our mandate is to work with the tourism industry to support economic growth, collaborate with other partners to attract international investment, and support festivals and events across Ontario. We also work to protect heritage structures and archaeological resources, promote the arts, strengthen public libraries, and support community partnerships. And, we promote active lifestyles, increased participation in sport, recreation, and physical activity for all Ontarians. Now, here’s an interesting angle. Although Waterloo Region has built a


reputation as a thriving innovation hub, tech stakeholders tell me the first question many businesses or individuals ask when considering a move to our community is, “What is there to do in Kitchener-Waterloo?” They’re not asking about the cost of housing, schools for their kids, or if our streets are safe. They want to know about festivals, museums, the music scene, live theatre, bike trails, and other forms of cultural and sporting activities. Tourism, culture, and sport not only enrich our lives, but they directly impact our economic development. So, what does this appointment mean for my riding of Kitchener Centre? As Minister, this gives me an added opportunity to champion the rich cultural diversity that our region – along with the rest of this great province – has to offer. Waterloo Region has a long-standing practice of embracing and supporting culture and the arts. From Oktoberfest, to the Blues Festival, to (my very favourite) Multicultural Festival, KitchenerWaterloo is proud to host it all. Every year, I see thousands of visitors enjoy the dynamic atmosphere shaped by our local festivals and events. Joining the Ministry is yet another opportunity to promote the great work we’ve been doing here at home, while also supporting the rest of the province. But, it’s also no secret that the momentum we’ve built in promoting and celebrating our community would not be possible without the partnerships we’ve made along the way. As I step into this new role, I will continue to keep this value in mind.

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Letter to the editor


Our sidewalk bylaws need a thoughtful thaw

Dear Carrie Debrone, fell last week, not from grace, but on an I was pleased to get your Citizen edition) and found it icyKitchener sidewalk. And(east while my cartoonish quite informative and I thank you for it. slide would neverthesend megas to rates PyeongChang I just read your short article regarding natural going down for figure skating, my two collies and I for residential customers. unquestionably invented the three-man luge. You write that Kitchener Utilities have a 2,100 cubic meter average use annually for its residential stillfirst havetumble an imperial gas–meter, Thiscustomers. was not Imy on ice last which shows the consumption in cubic fall feet. sent I haveme never able towith read year, a similar to been hospital that meter and as for that matter, even the meter readers seem to have a aproblem concussion. This year’s sidewalk encounter merely produced with it as well. Why else would the city issue a bill in the amount aofsprained ankle, but lying prostrate, staring heavenward, I $452? thought of Paul’s Damascus Road. No, the$295.79, Lord did not chastise My January bill had been $222.16. February, there I already sat up and notice, but others, then excused by, the winter being especially harsh. me for took persecuting but itlike many Kitchener residents, However, whencomplained I received my about March our bill, Icity’s knew inadequate that something was very I’ve certainly sidewalk wrong. I called the Utility Office and was asked to take a piece of paper clearing policies. and a pen and read the meter myself. To this request I replied that I did not Afterhow limping to continue myaside reflections, know to read home the imperial meter and from that, Iitrealized wasn't mythat job. our treacherous sidewalks have done more than cause injuries – The lady I talked to was very nice and agreed to send somebody out to do

the endless debate over clearing them has dulled our collective sensibilities. Snow sentiments expressed by the city’s director of infrastructure, councillors, or even our mayor, are all couched in language that’s meant to sooth, not solve. Words like “priority” sound great until they’re followed by “study” or “committee” which offer an entirely different snow job. My epiphany? Abandon our current flawed sidewalk bylaw of reacting to phone-in complaints. Instead, appoint neighbourhood “yetis” to monitor a set number of properties, giving feedback relatively who new would arrival in Kitchener I've been or exploring the to As citya officials assess tax “breaks,” “bricks,” photographic opportunities here and first neglect. impressions are very depending on arts the circumstances of sidewalk encouraging. It'srolls just not just inswell the tech sidemore of quality that the community And the tax won’t with employees; instead should be judged. A thriving Arts community usually does well. This can we’ll tap into the vast volunteer army of seniors who exist not always be measured in the financial spectrum as the living standard

Letter to the editor

another reading and also promised to call me are backthe onceoldest this was done. It throughout Kitchener and, generally, residents, was the very next day that I received her call telling me that the new possessing knowledge of their neighbourhoods thatamount is of owing was now $200.10, a mere difference of $251.90. I only wonder how inestimable value. They know much of the history, most of the often the meter had been misread in the past. neighbours, and if not, their generation will readily knock on My neighbours on either side have metric meters and I had previouslya door, ifand say hello. I could get one that I would be able to read. The answer to that asked consisted of a my flat NO. Let’s use latest accident as an example. My fall occurred cityof hada pre-authorized withdrawalowned privileges 2004/005healthy which inThe front prosperous property, by for a young, they bungled up so badly that I revoked that privilege. I did ask that office businessman. Last year’s tumble happened next to a modest to please send me a paper trail for my records which I never received nor bungalow, ownedtoby widowand, with ownone mobility problems. did I get an answer mya request of her course, can forget about an You see, as a neighbourhood sidewalk monitor, I would apology. I realize that is up to your discretion publish for or not to publish my designate theit widow as not only to eligible city-sponsored decide print it I would to warn my fellow letter. However if youbut sidewalk clearing, alsotorecommend her like for summer sidewalk "Kitchenerites" to be extra "vigilant" every time that Utility Bill arrives. repair; the slippery section in question reoccurs from a significant

sloping and flooding of the walkway. The businessman is not Respectfully, so lucky. His annual icy build-up arises from either long-term Ingrid E. Merkel

neglect or indifference to shovelling. In either case, my reporting to the city springs from a vested interest in my neighbourhood. Tax breaks or increases may appear to dismiss evenhandedness, but the phrase “civic responsibility” entered our language centuries before the expression of “couch potato.” Of course, such radical ideas need never occur, provided we change our bad habits. If we can spend two hours and two grand on a 70” television, watching “Frozen,” we can certainly buy the Disney-themed scoop for our kids, and model responsible civic very impressed by the Arts office City Hall andsing withsome how they provided behaviour together. Heck, weatmight even of the film’s me with information what was going on here. Those people in turn catchy tunes whileabout we shovel. have offered their owntoadvice and the contacts, thumbs up for Just be prepared explain ironysoifagain youtwo choose “For the the level of support they give each other. First Time in Forever.” Yes, there are already many photographers doing the normal

Just what makes Kitchener so good at Arts development?

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 emerging image companies like web designers, animation houses, software distance to the golf course or mall. Speaking as one of those underfunded producers, locally based video firms, electronic images for broadcasters independent art producers i'll tell you I've lived in some very bad growing as the manufacturing base has declined. The live LETTER TO THE EDITOR conditions just to be close to my working environment. An example being entertainment industries, local graphic designers and most especially the when living in my various illegal Toronto warehouse studios many years emerging gallery system bodes well for business opportunities, even in this before they were condoized. downturn. ThereAmerican are basically two reasons for artists to beDream; in an area. is projected to be growing by a conservative estimate of Dear Friends, thatA slightly someone, Kitchener no matter what countries will follow only if they admire compact arts community with low rents and the availability of galleries or 100,000 people over the next 20 years and plans call for a big investment I thought I owed you an explanation for they looked like or where they came from, and believe in what you have become. 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 why I have nothere visited or written the through could hard worktimes. hard The and achieve success. What kind of countries would follow you theatre network that none the less in is going space. Technically the manufacturing base has down- turned and left a lot last year. Wetalent boththat believed that America was right now? music scene is really good with a solid choice of local is well of empty buildings. publicized by aof fewvisiting, local freequite publications. generally follows the In the case frankly, Radio I built by dreamers and doers, notthose fat cats 2. Doareyou truly want of that the If out of numbers there 10 percent artiststhe in allrest media standard the University Waterloo hasinherited an outstanding am afraidcorprock for mybut family’s safety.ofYour who fortunesactually and lived goldart world does? work in at their all of ustoarebehave going tolike needyour somecountry of this space to community station. build up our community. Do Artists, being them artists to though, do not like to be country has become a dark place where plated condos in New York or Miami. you want consider no opinion The huge pool of university students to draw from for a vocal audience told how to do things. The local government is working hard to reach that itwith is not safedisposable to be anything but a in straight, both believed and that US industry is valid except their own? Do you want some cash helps keeping theWe cities vibrant level where they can integrate the needs of the artistic community white, man The whonumber agreesof with everything could enthusiastic. professional artists is still smalloutperform enough so thatany other country in them to believe that a ‘fact’ is any opinion seamlessly into their development plans. they know one another. the President says. It is a place where ‘the the world, selling high tech andshown theytime agree with how andefficient everything else is Manyproducts studies have and again an Arts based We are quickly seeing astounding growth in thebuying digital imaging American way’ means being uneducated, back low valuecommunity products. can be. A planning ‘fake news’? Do you want their leaders group called The Prosperity Council industry. Fortunately, as a photographer who has been working in digital racist, misogynistic, sexist, underWe both believed that the US could be to behave like yours? for years it helps me integrate my own work into video, 3D, web, specifically calls for a huge investment for artists and art based businesses to encourage as aasplace work. has This is the first achieving self-promoting. It the means a model of how to for thethem rest to ofchoose3.Kitchener As much the toworld admired advertising,and etc. So I think, personally, opportunities in Kitchener arebehave time I have found a directed approach to our niche, but very valuable you belittle your enemies, your the(Rogers) world. that works America over the years, it does not need better than Toronto. An example beingfriends the cable TV segment of society. If even fiftyThere percentare of the planscountries get done itthat is stillsell an thecountries regions schools artisiansWhat in locally produced veryeven hard to involve and people and you and don’t happened to those beliefs? When you. other attractive place to build a career. programming. know. did you stop believing inOur yourself? jetsisand and image When production nowcomputers all pixels and and cell withphones the recent Let's not forget that Kitchener/Waterloo was voted the most intelligent It is a place where one elected official did America become the sleazy lawyer or movies and TV shows. 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 verbally abuses other high equally smarmy usedand car the salesman ofdigital the world? The restdowntown of the world ‘voteunexcelled you off massive media centre in the core, can it offers professionalism is visibly here. elected People waste little time to work some of the They leadingwill edgebe image systems in the officials nobodyinhas principles, they You can still decideopportunities if this change is with the island’. poorer without welcome and i've received presenting my own portfolio to various galleries world. In fact there are plans to make Kitchener a regional and companies has been warm and enthusiastic. A very nice event held just have ‘deals’. There is no ‘art’ to a deal reversible. Only you can fix things, but you and you will be poorer without them, hub and that into the possibility of thousands of new gallery. town is is only the quarterly partiesthat at the KW regional artare --inthere false charm lasts long here someMellow ideas tocommunications consider. but leads you can survive in isolation. The US uses for my photos. people who enjoy art meet each other with cool jazz and some ambient enough to get what you want. The deal is 1. You can only lead if people follow. can be the new Russia. There is a very good internet system here and if you would like more dub from the djs. a one-night stand, not a relationship. your Justcommunity don’t pretend you didn’tThe seenext it info just go tocountry the net and most plans are available. 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Grand Horizons Celebrating Seniors Celebrating Seniors’ Month - June 2016

A real-life love story

June is Seniors’ month!

Submitted by the staff at so hard. It’s important that we have Community Support Connections agencies like CSC.” Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Their love story began 65 years Community Support Connections ago on a warm afternoon when – Meals on Wheels and More Allan asked Helen to go for a spin (CSC) is sharing the love story of in his 1930 Ford Model A Deluxe Allan and Helen who are regular Coupe. Allan knew right away that participants in its free gentle she was “the one”, but it took some exercise classes. persistence on his part before the Allan and Helen moved to couple married in a small church in Kitchener a year and a half ago Saskatoon. from their hometown of Saskatoon “I said ‘no’ the first time because to be closer to their son and two I wanted to focus on my studies,” daughters. Though the decision said Helen. “But the second time to leave their home of 53 years I couldn’t resist. He was funny, was difficult, Helen needed extra active and he was on the football support after her husband suffered team.” two strokes and was recovering Allan spent a year in the Air from a serious heart procedure. Force before deciding to pursue Allan lost most of his speech his artistic passions, becoming a as a result, and the couple finds draftsman. Helen recalls much of new ways to communicate with his early work being done on linen each other. They do whatever they using imported ink from India. can to enjoy life to the fullest and Allan began practicing Judo maintain their independence. before earning his 5th degree Black Member of Parliament, Kitchener-Conestoga “If Allan had to go to a care Belt and serving as a National Judo center, I don’t know how we’d referee, eventually earning a spot manage,” saidCountry Helen. “It would be in Unit both the 153 Hill Drive, 2ASaskatoon Sports Hall

of Fame and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame. Helen stayed home to raise their three children before pursuing a 21-year career as a Child Care Centre Director at a local university. All of their children are well accomplished today, making contributions in music, journalism, and academics. Allan’s love for creating continued well into retirement, and he was inspired by a friend to pick up sewing. He started to design and sew clothing for his wife, from fashionable shift dresses to shawls. After 63 years of marriage, the couple are looking forward to gardening in the spring, and continue to participate in CSC’s free gentle exercise classes. “The classes give us a chance to socialize with people in our community,” said Helen. “It helps us get up and get moving instead of staying in bed longer.” Every day, volunteers and

The hard work of Canada’s seniors built this country. In June of each year, we celebrate their contributions and thank them for the proud resilient nation Canada has become!


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Allan and Helen donors are helping thousands to live at home independently. of clients, including hundreds of For more information about couples, stay together in their volunteer opportunities or own homes. From instructing free ways you can support the gentle exercise classes, to giving clients of CSC, please call a ride to a client to visit a lifelong 519-772-8787 or visit www. partner long-term care, often just water communitysupportconnec(NC)inWhile you’re outside heater is replaced and not agardening few simple supports are needed or enjoying the before. weather on your front porch, “Our water heater is more others are also taking advantage efficient than the one you of the situation: door-to-door have in your home.” – There salespeople. is no way of guaranteeing that “For a number of years the salesperson knows the age now aggressive door-to-door and type of water heater you salespeople promoting water currently have or the energy heater rentals and replacements efficiency and savings from have been a top complaint of upgrading. We suggest you Ontario homeowners,” says contact your service provider John Macdonald, president to ask them about any upgrade and CEO of EnerCare Inc., options. a leading provider of energy “We can replace your efficient products, including water heater free of charge.” water heater rentals. – You may be signing a long“We want to make sure that term rental contract with a consumers know what to look new company. Review the out for if a salesperson comes contract and take the time to do to their home, so that they can some research about this new make an informed decision.” company and their service. Be cautious if a water heater “We need to see your salesperson says things such as: current bills.” – Never share “We’re from your current your personal information with water heater provider, utility a door-to-door salesperson or local municipality.” – because there is no reason they Direct Energy, government would ever need to see your agencies and utilities do not bill. promote the exchange of “We need to look at your water heaters door-to-door, current water heater.” – so if someone says this, they Never permit a salesperson to are likely misrepresenting invite themselves into your themselves. house. If you are interested in “Government regulations an upgrade, or in having your say your plastic venting unit serviced, we suggest you materials needMember to beCIPF replaced contact your current provider due to safety reasons.” – First, and schedule an appointment. your water heater provider You can learn more about or utility would never send how to better protect yourself email someone to your house for against aggressive door-toa service call unannounced. door sales people at www. Second, regulations only require venting updates when a

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Kitchener hospitals advise patients to choose health options carefully based on their needs Community Support Connections Meals on Wheels and More works with 1,500 volunteers and donors to help 7,500 people live at home with independence and dignity. Tasty, nutritious Meals on Wheels Free gentle exercise classes Transportation to medical appointments and the grocery store Caregiver support ... and much, much more! For more information or to volunteer, call (519) 772-8787 or visit


he emergency departments of Grand River Hospital and St. Mary’s General Hospital advise patients to choose their health options carefully based on their care needs. The influenza season has led to very high emergency department volumes. Hospitals triage patients based on the urgency of their health need. Patients with less serious needs may have longer waits to see a doctor. “While we absolutely will provide assessment for all patients who come to our emergency departments, our mandate is to care for the most serious and life threatening

situations first,” said Dr. Irene Mitrana, who practices at both Grand River and St. Mary’s hospitals. “For patients with less serious needs, there are many other health options that can support their care.” Patients should consider their health need and make a choice on the best avenue of care. For less urgent needs, patients are advised to consider current emergency waits as well as locations and hours for local walk-in clinics. Information on emergency wait times is available at: www.grhosp. and www. Not all visits will be avoidable. If an emergency

visit is necessary remember the following: • Bring your OHIP card or other medical insurance information; • Bring a list or supply of your current medications; • If you are coming to the department with a child, bring diapers, blankets and comfort items; • If you have a new or worse cough or shortness of breath, put on a mask and use hand sanitizer when you arrive in the department; • If you need to visit, try to bring only essential visitors with you. See list of urgent care and walk-in clinics below.

Waterloo Region urgent care and walk-in clinics

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K-W Westmount Urgent Care Clinic 751 Victoria St S, Kitchener Hours: 8:00-5:00 Mon-Fri, 8:00-3:00 Weekends/Holidays Phone: 519-745-2273

Walk-In Clinic (University) 170 University Ave W, Waterloo Hours: 9:00-8:00 Mon-Fri, 10:00-2:00 Weekends Phone: 519-725-1514

Benton Medical Clinic 51 Benton St, Kitchener Hours: 8:00-8:00 Mon-Fri, 9:00-3:00 Sat Phone: 226-240-3014 and 226-240-3015

Weber Medical Centre 450 Frederick Street, Suite 301 Kitchener Hours: 2:00-8:00 Mon-Fri, Phone: 519748-6933

Laurentian Walk-In Clinic 750 Ottawa St S, Kitchener Hours: 9:00-5:00 Mon-Fri, 9:00-3:00 Weekends Phone: 519-570-3174

Cambridge Walk-In Clinic Hours: 8:00-4:00 Mon-Wed, 8:00-5:00 Tues, 8:00-1:00 Fri Phone: 519-654-2260 Onyx Urgent Care Clinic 580 Lancaster St W, Kitchener Hours: 5:00-11:00pm Mon-Fri, 3:009:00pm Weekends Phone: 519-896-6699

KW Walk-In Clinic (The Boardwalk) 100 The Boardwalk, Kitchener, ON Hours: 9:00-8:00 Mon-Fri, Phone: 519279-4098


K-W Fairway Urgent Care Clinic 385 Fairway Rd S, Kitchener, ON Hours: 8:00-5:00 Mon-Fri, 8:00-3:00 Weekends/Holidays Phone: 519-748-2327

Onyx Urgent Care Clinic 109-280 Lester St, Waterloo Hours: 11:00-3:00pm Tue-Fri Phone: 519-896-669

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WINSTON PARK RESIDENTS ENJOY BURNS SHOW – Agnes (Baird) Reist, who celebrated her 96th birthday in December, was one of the many guests at a Burns Scottish Show presented by the AyrParis Band at Winston Park retirement home in Kitchener on Wednesday, January 24th. A former teacher, and resident at Winston Park since 2003, Agnes grew up near Plattsville. She is shown above with some of the performers in the show, from left, Jessica Bellamy, dancer; Les Brunton, piper; Merry Schmidt, Ayr-Paris band conductor; and Tim Read who recited a Burns poem.


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84th Kitchener Christmas Bird Count summary

By Mike Burrell he 84th Kitchener Christmas Bird Count was held, as usual, on the first Saturday of the count period, which fell this year on December 16, 2017. Like last year, it was more traditional winter weather than we have grown accustomed to. Virtually all water was frozen


and even much of the Grand River was frozen this year. There was a solid layer of about 15 cm of snow in most parts of the circle. Despite the snow on the ground, conditions on count day were fairly pleasant with calm winds (thankfully) and cool temperatures. Once again we had excellent coverage which certainly

seemed to help with finding interesting birds. While waterbirds were much lower than the last few years (especially gulls), presumably owing to the relative lack of open water leading up to the count, there were a few unusual species seen which helped with the total species count. Seventy-one species were recorded on count day,

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well above the twenty-year average of 61 and good enough for sole possession of 3rd place all time. An additional three species were recorded during count week: Sandhill Crane, American Kestrel, and Brownheaded Cowbird (though blackbird sp. was recorded on count day). Total number of individuals was 33,764, well above the twenty-year average of 26,969. One new species (long-overdue Eastern Bluebird) was record bringing the cumulative total to 142. As stated earlier, we had another good turnout of participants: 74 field counters, second only to 2015’s 80, and 41 feeder counters, third best ever. It’s amazing to see the count continue to grow each year and still there are more birds and areas to count in the circle. Thanks to everyone who helped count and make this year another success. Unusual species: Yellowbellied Sapsucker (3rd record), Common Raven (3rd), Trumpeter Swan (4th), Gray Catbird (4th), American Wigeon (4th), Lesser Scaup (4th), Fox Sparrow (4th), Mute Swan (6th), Snow Goose (7th), Wilson’s Snipe (7th), Barred Owl (9th), Hermit Thrush (14th). New highs: Trumpeter Swan (26, previous high 5 in 2016), Hermit Thrush (3, previous high 1 in 13 years), Yellowbellied Sapsucker (2, previous high 1 in 2 years), Snow Goose (19, previous high 10 in 2008), White-throated Sparrow (29, previous high 21 in 2014),

Red-bellied Woodpecker (65, previous high 54 in 2016), Pileated Woodpecker (13, previous high 11 in 2016), Carolina Wren (4, previous high 4 in 2006), Merlin (3, previous high 3 in two years), Common Raven (3, previous high 3 in 2014). Other high counts (20 year average): Mute Swan 4 (0.25), Lesser Scaup 2 (0.2), Pine Siskin 216 (31.45), American Wigeon 1 (0.15), Wilson’s Snipe 1 (0.15), Barred Owl 1 (0.2), Fox Sparrow 1 (0.25), Bald Eagle 12 (4), Wild Turkey 223 (87.55), Eastern ScreechOwl 28 (11.3), Horned Lark 85 (35.47), American Robin 198 (104.35), American Crow 7508 (3966.55), Downy Woodpecker 233 (130.85), Hairy Woodpecker 57 (33.7), Blue Jay 365 (222), Redbreasted Nuthatch 47 (28.9), Golden-crowned Kinglet 87 (55), Northern Cardinal 432 (274.75), Mallard 4476 (2864.95), Rough-legged Hawk 7(4.5), Cooper’s Hawk 11 (7.1), “Slate-colored” Junco 1160 (762.2), Mourning Dove 937 (620.65). Low counts (20 year average): Purple Finch 1 (3.1), Northern Shrike 1 (3.3), Glaucous Gull 1 (4), Swamp Sparrow 1 (4), Ring-billed Gull 172 (834.95), Herring Gull 121 (1227.05), Bufflehead 1 (15.7), Common Redpoll 1 (108.15), Notable misses (times recorded on last 20 counts): American Kestrel (18), Great Black-backed Gull (18), Iceland Gull (12), Lesser Black-backed Gull (10), Ruffed Grouse (8), Brown-headed Cowbird (8).

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Notes from City Hall highest water increase at 6.5%. Before you grab your pitchforks, it’s important to note that even with the increase, rates aren’t the highest in the Region. Municipal budgeting is really about where you can *safely* save residents money, and where you can’t. This was my 7th budget as the chair of finance, and while I shouldn’t be shocked by 11thhour antics, I still am, because the Kitchener’s budget process is more comprehensive and involved than most. At several points during the year,

Councillors can bring forward an issue or provide notice to affect the budget. This preferred practice allows professionals to educate Council, who are effectively lay-people, to make informed decisions. There’s even greater opportunity to provide this ‘heads-up’ during the 3+ month, 4-meeting, formal budget process. Within this context, it becomes clear that there is really no excuse to bring forward drastic changes on final budget day. Yet it happens, and it puts members of council in the unenviable position of making

decisions with limited information, and with zero opportunity for residents to provide comment. Prime examples this year include a motion to de-fund Communitech by 50% (i.e. Kitchener’s greatest economicsuccess story), and another to take money from the Gas utility to offset taxes (where I would argue we should just reduce gas-bills). Fortunately, these motions failed, and in the end we passed a budget I believe both fiscally-responsible while still making Kitchener a better place to live.

the rate of inflation and keeps funding for things you value like parks, trails, neighbourhoods and paying down our debt. We’ll complete and light all three sections of the Iron Horse Trail. We’ve invested in our economy to support new business and development. We’ve also invested in parks, neighbourhoods and innovation. Utility rate increases were: Water 20 dollars, Storm Water 14 dollars and Sanitary Sewer 39 dollars. The

combined utility increase is 6.5 per cent which is $73 per year or $6.08 per month. Together, the overall annual increase for the average Kitchener homeowner is $90. This will fund proactive maintenance programs extend the life of our underground pipes and continue our infrastructure replacement program too. If you have a student in grades 5 or 6, encourage them to take part in our My Ideal City program. Students write a 250 word story on

an idea they feel makes Kitchener a better place. The winners get their stories published by our sponsor, the Kitchener Citizen; are in a mock council debate taped by Rogers TV; and come to a reception and tour of City Hall with their family. If I can assist you, contact me or call our Corporate Contact Centre anytime at 519-7412345. Follow me on Twitter at @ DaveSchniderKW or friend me on Facebook.

Budgets and Property Taxes – 2018 Council recently passed the 2018 Operating and Capital Budgets. I did not support them for a number of reasons. Most Councillors were satisfied with a 1.6% increase in the Tax portion. However, they failed to consider all the services our

customers need and can get only from the city. Considering all the services to our constituents the increase for 2018 is 4.1%; much higher than the inflation increase. I appreciate that it would be imprudent to decrease the required Utility rates. However, it was possible to decrease the tax rate accounts which would reduce the total burden on our customers. To this end I tried repeatedly to reduce our expenditures in all areas which could be accomplished without affecting services. There are about 30 different divisions in the City. In all but one division expenses increased beyond the inflation rate. I tried to reduce the $11 million Library estimates by $18,000 only to be labeled as uncaring and irresponsible.

The Budgets are totally a product of staff and simply rubber stamped by Council. Very little scrutiny is given to Departmental estimates. In fact after about 30 hours of Council meeting there were only three minor changes and not one expenditure estimate was reduced. That must indicate that the staff prepared budget was perfect and there was no room for improvement. I totally disagree. Like it or not “the buck stops with Council” and we are accountable and responsible for the Budgets. We may have one of the lowest tax rates in the Province. We are indeed fortunate as a result of previous Councils and Staff to own our own Natural gas system. We receive dividends annually

that are used to reduce our tax levy by over 10%. As the only municipality in the Province in this position we should have the lowest tax rate. The results that are widely broadcast are for “average properties and utility consumption”. However, there are often many factors over and above the ‘average”. For example constituents are advised to review their assessment to see if changes have been made. That could seriously affect your 2018 costs. If you have any concerns or questions on these or other issues please always feel free to contact me at your convenience (519-744-0807 / 519-498-2389 / john. / jgazzola@rogers. com )

This winter has kept us on a roller coaster ride. December’s frigid temperatures either kept many inside or outdoors like some of our hardy citizens, who flooded

neighbourhood rinks or made their own on ponds throughout our Region. Sadly, in the first week of January some of those Storm Water Facilities (ponds) were made unusable for skating by city works staff. I understand the concern for liability, but it is difficult to explain that to young children who are outside enjoying the fresh air and the quintessential outdoor activity that is part of being Canadian. Many parents of these children have taken care and every caution to ensure

that the ice is thick enough so that people can skate on these rinks. I recognize that close to 40 outdoor rinks are managed by the City and run by wonderful volunteers, but as one person reminded me, it only takes a few days of less than perfect conditions for those rinks to disappear. The ponds however, seem to be able to withstand some fluctuation in temperatures and, with constant vigilance from these “rink warriors,” people have rinks to skate on much longer than the others that are built on concrete surfaces.

Some research shows that ponds are created to hold a specific amount of water during less active weather which can mean less water is flowing in and out of the ponds. During consistent cold weather these ponds can have stable ice when built up by flooding and clearing off of the snow. By the time this goes to press I will have brought a motion to council to have our staff review the use of Storm Water Facilities (ponds) in hopes that some of these ponds can be used for winter activities.

a role in looking after it. Are you aware of what you and your family are flushing down your toilets or pouring down your sinks? Water flows through city pipes that lead to one of the Region’s Wastewater Treatment Plants where solid waste is removed from the water. The water is then treated and returned to the Grand River. It is our responsibility to protect the city’s pipes by making sure we are not using our sinks and toilets as a way to dispose of our garbage. Did you know wipes, even the

ones advertised as flushable, do not break down after flushing. Wipes are a major cause of pipe blockages. Blockages can lead to overflows which can cause health concerns, environmental issues and costly repairs due to property damage. Blockages result in extra costs to the city due to the need for unscheduled maintenance which could result in higher taxes for our community. Other major contributors to blocked sewer pipes are fat, oil, grease, tampon applicators and hair. Only human

waste and toilet paper should be flushed down the toilet. Make sure things like coffee grind, food, fat, oils, grease, and hair are disposed of in your green bin and things like bandages, cotton swabs, dental floss, tampon applicators and extinguished cigarettes go into the garbage. For more information on how to properly dispose of your waste visit:

Budget Kitchener’s 2018 Budget saw the lowest property tax increase in the Region at 1.6%, well under inflation. Out-of-necessity, we also had the

Our 2018 Budget is complete. Your property tax rate increase is 1.60% which is 17 dollars a year or $1.42 a month for the average household. The increase is under

One of the city’s top priorities is maintaining our infrastructure. We need to do all we can to ensure our aging infrastructure can last as long as possible and we all play

Happy February! While the news from our new friend Wiarton Willie was not so good, winter will be over before you know it. But in the meantime, get out and enjoy some of the winter activities available in our community. From skiing at Chicopee to tobogganing at McLennan Park or enjoying outdoor events like this coming weekend’s Mayor’s Cup at City Hall all day Saturday – there are many opportunities to get out and make the most of our cold weather. BUDGET DAY 2018 We recently completed the 2018 City Kitchener budget and I am pleased that Council was able to get the final budget down to 1.6% for the City of Kitchener portion of the budget – maintaining our efforts to keep tax increases to at/or below the rate of inflation. Based on citizen input, in setting the budget each year, the city strives for competitive, rational and affordable taxation levels while also ensuring we make key investments in infrastructure and community-building. The 2018 budget invested in neighbourhoods, green spaces and public spaces. This year these investments include Kiwanis and McLennan parks as well as the Iron Horse Trail. We also continued our $300k annual investment in Communitech, our community’s non-profit technology and innovation ecosystem partner organization. This small investment is multiplied many times over, leveraging investments from the other orders of government and the private sector. This collaboration has helped rebuild our local economy and literally created hundreds of new jobs locally. As you can see, the 2018 budget has invested in the things that are important for building a better Kitchener. From building strong neighbourhoods through our “Love My Hood” initiatives to supporting a growing economy through our “Make It Kitchener” strategy including support for new business and promoting planned development – this budget has struck the right balance between cost and benefits. It allows us to continue building an innovative, caring and vibrant city and demonstrates what is possible when city council and staff work together collaboratively for the community. FAMILY DAY WEEKEND Family Day weekend is coming up throughout the province of Ontario from February 17-19, 2018! Many of our neighbourhood associations, city facilities and other community organizations will be hosting family oriented activities at various points throughout the weekend. And on Monday, our local African-Canadian community will be hosting their annual Bring On The Sunshine cultural event! I will be attending various activities throughout the weekend! Please stop me and say hello! ...continued on next page

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Notes from City Hall

Dear Ward 6 Residents, On Jan. 22 council approved a 1.6% increase to property taxes. I’m glad to say that it’s the lowest increase when compared to the other municipalities

At the 2018 Budget Public Input Night, Council heard from two of the delegations who spoke in favour of undertaking sidewalk snow clearing

And here is the rest of the story not reported in the papers. Council approved a tax increase of 1.6% just below inflation. Looks very good. However, when combined with

When it comes to preservation of heritage buildings, Kitchener council has a well-earned reputation for eating its young, or should I say its old. Which is why it’s refreshing

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in the Region. The rate is also well below the rate of inflation. It’s one thing to keep the property tax impact low by all means, but the real difficulty is to strive for a budget that not only maintains existing service levels, but also invests in new services. Through this budget, I’m proud to inform you that the city will focus on increased funding to our major district parks. This will allow for ongoing improvements to McLennan Park, and over time, achieve parity for provisional funding between Kiwanis,

McLennan Park, Huron Natural Area and Victoria Park. I have continually advocated for greater equality of funding for McLennan Park in comparison to Victoria Park. The 2018 approved budget will also see further investments made in our neighbourhoods with more help to promote neighbourhood led initiatives and place making. Stronger neighbourhoods ensure improved quality of life for our citizens. The city will continue to heavily invest in the replacement of aged infrastructure. Although this

maintenance is something that isn’t easily noticed, it’s crucial to providing safe and reliable water, sanitary, and stormwater services. I have been a staunch advocate of setting utility rates that are sustainable to the ratepayers. Overall, when the property tax, and Gas, Water, Sanitary and Stormwater rates are combined, the total rate increase is 2.4%. This equates to a $90/year increase in cost for an average household and still the lowest personal impact when compared with other municipalities in the region.

and similar feedback was received by Council from the Engage Kitchener survey. At this meeting, Council asked for info on the status of the winter maintenance review and sidewalk snow clearing. The Comprehensive Winter Maintenance Review is intended to examine current processes, create option scenarios for analysis and provide greater level of detail related to service levels scenarios and associated cost impacts. Staff is compiling and considering all input as the comprehensive

review progresses. The review includes overall service review including review of core services, service levels, gap analysis, risk assessment, impact of winter operations on other services, benchmarking service delivery with other comparable cities in Ontario, consultation with internal and external stakeholders, new Provincial Maintenance Standards, cul-de-sac maintenance, sidewalk maintenance, trails and cycling lane maintenance, Regional Services including impact of ION tracks on

snow loading and salt management. City staff continue the Comprehensive Winter Maintenance review, including the impact of the new provincial maintenance standards on service levels and will report back to Council in June 2018. Staff will propose options and seek direction on next steps. Next steps could include pilot programs for 2018/2019 with community engagement around service levels and related cost increases.

the utilities which incudes storm water, water and sanitary sewer wastewater, the overall increase is 4.06%. Ouch. In addition, Council also decided to give a grant of $300,000 to Communitech to continue on with their start-up companies. We’ve been doing this for a number of years. Iain Klugman, when he appeared at the Public Session of the Budget night, stated all the glowing achievements that have been taking place in Communitech and the exponential growth with many companies in the tech area exploding here in Kitchener. Wow. Great.

Now that we’ve achieved a great success in the Tannery and surrounding area we need to cut back our handout money. Coun. Yvonne Fernandes tabled a motion to reduce the grant by $100K and I moved an amendment to decrease it by $150K. It was defeated by an 8-3 vote with the only other support from Coun. John Gazzola. Here we have many startups making tons of money and yet we can’t support other businesses and their employees that are closing down like Sears. We councillors are handling OPM –

Other People’s Money which is really taxpayers’ money. This money to Communitech is taxpayers’ money. Money doesn’t grow on trees. Sure I like to see success in the tech industry. But enough is enough. We’re not a charity handing out free money. Yes, a lot of the budget items were wisely committed but the taxpayer has had enough of doling money out unnecessarily. I didn’t support this budget due to high utility rates and free money to the tech people.

to see the historic brick-and-beam Hide House at 195 Joseph Street in Victoria Park saved from demolition bulldozers. I toured the beautiful, $10-million brick-and-beam building recently opened by former governor general David Johnston as the headquarters for Deloitte, one of Canada’s leading financial services. The building and neighbouring smokestack behind the Tannery is now the workplace for 200 employees located a short walk from Light Rail Transit and the regional transit hub.

When I was first elected in 2010, heritage advocates and residents were bitterly protesting council’s support for the demolition of four similar heritage buildings on Joseph Street. For that reason I had to smile as Johnston said how wonderful it is that Kitchener had the vision to save the Hide House instead of flattening the building. He didn’t mention that Kitchener flattened the other historic tannery buildings to make way for a dusty surface parking lot. After a lengthy dispute, the

Hide House was saved by Allied REIT a company that specializes in constructive reuse of heritage resources. Allied bought the Hide House from Cadan Inc. The buildings were the original home for the Lang Tanning Company, founded in 1848 by onetime Kitchener councillor Reinhold Lang. That company grew into one of the city’s first major industries that provided shoe leather as well as saddles, harnesses and boots for troops during the Second World War.

Monday February 19 at Kitchener City Hall 10am-6pm. As per usual, the festival features local artists and performers as well as opportunities to participate for the whole family. One of the best parts is the delicious food available to enjoy! This month check out these Kitchener Market events: Kids in the Kitchen: Valentine’s Day Party on Saturday February 10, 10am12pm. Wear something red and bring along a canned food donation for the Food Bank of Waterloo

Region. Admission is free. We will have lots of family fun crafts and activities including making some heart healthy snacks and some sweet treats too! February 14th Green Light Arts is presenting a staged reading of Eve Ensler’s award winning play The Vagina Monologues in support of Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region. This V-Day event is part of a global movement to end violence against women and girls. February 24th 9am-1pm is the launch of Kitchener’s first Library

of Things! Come check it out at 91 Moore Ave and sign up for a membership to be able to borrow items as needed. They have things like camping equipment, tools, and even a snow blower! That same day, come to Carl Zehr Square rink to cheer on the young Kitchener tykes playing in the Mayor’s Cup hockey tournament. From 10am4pm, it includes indoor and outdoor activities for young kids and a charitable BBQ with proceeds going towards Kitchener Minor Hockey.


from previous page QUEENS ’S PARK ADVOCACY DAY As many of you will recall, in the Fall of 2016, we had our first-ever Waterloo Region Advocacy Day on Parliament Hill. It was very successful in delivering our priorities to MP’s, Ministers and the Prime Minister. My staff and I are now working again with my other elected mayoral colleagues from throughout the region, as well as the regional chair, to host our first-ever Waterloo Region day at Queen’s Park. We believe this is a great opportunity to speak with some of the new Ministers, as well as to dialogue with representatives from all four major parties about Waterloo Region priorities going into the next election. These priorities will include affordable housing, infrastructure investment, 2-way, All-Day Go Transit, high-speed rail, tech and innovation funding and more. I’ll write more about this advocacy initiative in upcoming issues. A VIBRANT COMMUNITY OF FESTIVALS As you know, as a city, we encourage the development of festivals and special events throughout the community and throughout the year. In hosting these events as a city, or in conjunction with community or private sector partners, we always work hard to strike a balance between the benefits of these events for different parts of our community and any challenges which may be associated with them such as volumes of people, noise or other issues. Recently, City Council dealt with a noise exemption for the annual EDM or electronic music festival which is hosted at Bingemans by one of their concert promoter partners. Our staff have been working with the concert promoter as well as Bingemans, as the venue operator, in a collaborative way so as to ensure the success of their event while also balancing concerns we heard from the community with respect to excessive noise and other issues. In that spirit, we recently approved a noise exemption being granted, subject to the promoter ending the concert by 9pm on the Sunday and an overall decibel level decreased from 65 dB to 55 dB. We believed this struck the right balance between building community vitality and offering festival choices for all age groups and the concerns of some of our residents, particularly on a Sunday night - ahead of school the next day. Recently, the promoter was heard on talk radio saying he won’t be respecting the decision of Council with respect to the 9pm end. That would be very unfortunate and not consistent with the spirit of goodwill we have attempted to operate under with both them and the venue operator. Bingemans, as the venue operator, has a long history in our community as a well-regarded community partner, and I hope that the promoter won’t put them or the city in an unfortunate situation. As a city, we would expect the promoter and his sound team to follow the regulations under our noise bylaw and the exemption they have been granted. However, failure to respect that will result in possible enforcement action by our bylaw department, and a potential loss of goodwill and understanding from the community.

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Regional Government Community Update


appy 2018 to everyone as we move into an exciting year for Waterloo Region. I’m happy to join with Kitchener Regional Councillors to bring you information about what we’re doing at the Region and what you might expect to see in the coming year. My first contribution will be a brief summary of what you might expect to see and or hear in the year ahead. Topping the list of things happening in 2018 will be the start of the ION light rail system. It will be integrated with the entire Grand River Transit system and one fare will allow you to ride anywhere on the system, whether it be by bus or ION train. Although we had hoped to have the new trains up and running in 2017, Bombardier was unable to deliver the cars as scheduled so our start time has been pushed off until the spring of this year. As we prepare to start the new system, all of the existing GRT routes are being redesigned to better feed into the central transit corridor. In the months ahead, you will see some of the ION cars out on the tracks as testing takes place to get the system ready for operation. If you are driving on the streets served by ION, take time to look for the lights and signals as well as changes as to where you can turn and cannot turn. If you happen to drive along Fairway Road, you will see the construction of a new GRT station and parking lot, one of the projects being completed as we move closer to opening. In addition, we are also responding to the increased demand for more Mobility Plus rides by adding more buses and staff to the service. Road improvements and construction will be underway once the winter passes. Among the projects in 2018 affecting Kitchener will be the start of rebuilding Weber Street with Queen to Borden being done this year. Work will also be done to widen Fairway Road East with construction on Ottawa Street West and Homer Watson Boulevard East. Not visible to most, work will continue on the $400 million upgrade to the Kitchener sewage treatment plant. This work is already producing better water quality on the Grand River and it’s part



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of the Region’s commitment to improve water quality on the Grand. Upstream work will continue with the Waterloo plant as well. Work at the Kitchener plant will also see the building of cogeneration facilities so that methane gas from the plant can be converted into electricity. One of the year’s larger challenges is dealing with the growing problem of opioids, fentanyl and the rising number of deaths being experienced as a result in the Region and across North America. New strategies will need to be developed and one area being explored is the possibility of safe injection sites in the Region. The Federal and Provincial Governments are facilitating and financing harm reduction programs. Affordable housing and supports for those with low incomes and those in need of support continue to be a challenge. Regional Council is very active in getting units built with many community partners but the pressure never diminishes. A new Federal government housing strategy will hopefully help us increase our investments in affordable housing as it unfolds in the coming year. You can expect to read articles from your Kitchener Regional Councillors in the coming weeks. These Councillors are part of a great team who work well together and who work hard for you and all Waterloo Region residents. Please feel free to contact them or myself at any time. We are here to help where possible.



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elen Jowett has been acclaimed to a third one-year term as chair of the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA). Chris White has also been acclaimed to a third one-year term as vice-chair. Both members were acclaimed by the GRCA board of directors at the general membership meeting on Friday, January 26, 2018. As per the GRCA by-laws, a member is eligible to be re-elected to the role of chair or vice-chair for a maximum of five one-year terms. The 26-member GRCA board is composed of representatives appointed by the municipalities within the Grand River watershed. “The new Conservation Authorities

There is NO OVERNIGHT PARKING on City of Kitchener streets between December 1 and March 31. Our operations roads crews aim to clear all streets within 24 hours when a SNOW EVENT occurs. The City of Kitchener’s tag-and-tow bylaw prohibits parking on all streets at any time during a Snow Event, until it is cancelled.* Keeping vehicles off the streets allows the crews to clear the streets safely. Cars parked on streets during Snow Events will be ticketed and may be towed. A ticket for parking on-street during a Snow Event is $80. *To receive notices when Snow Events are declared and cancelled, visit to subscribe.

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Act provides a strong foundation for the GRCA to continue in its role as a leading watershed management agency,” said Jowett. “I look forward to continuing to work with the board and GRCA staff as the new legislation is implemented.” During the meeting, both Jowett and White expressed appreciation to fellow board members and GRCA staff for their dedication and contributions in the stewardship of the water and natural resources within the Grand River watershed. “I am grateful for the opportunity to support the board and GRCA staff as we work together to create a healthy, sustainable Grand River watershed,” said White.

We must all work together to ensure residents can travel safely. Unshovelled sidewalks create issues for individuals who use mobility devices or who have a disability; older adults or parents with strollers. Removing snow and ice from sidewalks around their property within 24 hours after a snowfall is not only a city bylaw, it’s also the neighbourly thing to do. Be a good neighbour.


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COMMUNIT Y CALENDAR BRING ON THE SUNSHINE AFRICAN FESTIVAL – Free (Entrance donations are appreciated) – Monday, February 19 (Family Day) from noon – 5pm at Kitchener City Hall. Free parking in the city hall lot downstairs. Discover the riches of all our African cultures and enjoy African cuisine, music, arts and crafts, dancing, a vendors marketplace offering a diverse selection of artisan items, and workshops such as drumming and dance. BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION AND FUNDRAISER - Celebrate Black History Month and enjoy a Caribbean Hurricane Relief fundraiser on Friday, Feb. 9, 8pm at the Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick St. Kitchener. Tickets $22 Call 519-578-1570 or visit COAA ART SHOW AND SALE The Central Ontario Art Association (COAA), presents ’Visions’ its 2018 members’ show and sale of recent work. Show runs until February



16 at the Button Factory Arts, 25 Regina St. South in Waterloo (just north of William). Gallery hours: Tues – Fri. 10-5, Sat. 10 – 3. For further information on the COAA art show and sale visit the website: INSPIRATIIONS ART SHOW – the Gallery at Frames by Verne, 299 Manitou Dr. Kitchener, presents ‘Inspirations’ showcasing the work of Waterloo Region Artists on exhibit until March 18. Gallery Hours: Tues – Fri. 9:30am to 5:30pm, Sat. 9:30am – 3:30pm. Featuring the award-winning Blair watercolour artist Tiina Price. For more information call 519-4896038 or email verne@framesplus. ca KITCHENER COMIC CON Kitchener Comic Con 2018 will be held Saturday, March 3 (11am to 8pm) and Sunday, March 4 (11am to 4pm) at Kitchener City Hall, 200 King Street West, Kitchener. Comic Con is an award-winning event that celebrates the wonderfulness of all things that are comic book related.

Naturescaping Seminar Series

Register now for any of five seminars the Region is holding to give ideas on how to create beautiful outdoor spaces without much water use.

Saturday March 24, 10 - 11:30 a.m. Stanley Park Community Centre, Kitchener Easy Annuals for Containers with Owen Reeves Containers are all the craze, but they can be very high maintenance! Owen Reeves, a regular on The Marilyn Denis Show, really knows which annuals will perform the best for you this summer! Wednesday March 28, 7:30 - 9 p.m. RIM Park, Room 207/208, Waterloo

Landscaping a Small Yard...Design Tips from a Pro with Sean James With small yards, the devil is in the details! Sean will analyze small yards and share ideas and help you get the full potential out of your own yard. Saturday April 7, 10 - 11:30 a.m. Cambridge Centre for the Arts, Toyota Room

Tips and Tricks for Water Wise Gardening with David Hobson

For more information visit www. or email SING ALONG TO YOUR FAVOURITE MUSICALS - If you love musicals and have always wanted to sing along with the symphony, you’ll finally get the chance with Sing-Along Musicals on February 16 at 8pm and February 17 at 2:30 and 8pm at Centre In The Square. Kitchener Waterloo Symphony audience favourite, John Morris Russell, will lead the orchestra in a concert that features selections from popular musicals like South Pacific, Oklahoma!, The King and I, The Sound of Music and more, while the lyrics are projected on the big screen. The Grand Philharmonic Youth Choir along with soloists Bradley Christensen and Zola Magwood will help the audience sing along. Tickets can be purchased online at kwsymphony. ca or by calling 519-745-4711 or 888-745-4717. FOLK NIGHT AT THE REGISTRY - Season 12 presents songwriters Joe Jencks and Si Kahn at 8pm on Saturday, March 10 at the Registry Theatre,122 Frederick St. Kitchener. Jencks is an international touring performer, songwriter, entertainer and educator based in Chicago. Kahn is in his 52nd year as a musician and civil rights, union and community organizer.Tickets are available at 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 519-7459834. SUNNYSIDE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS LIKE YOU! We are a Region-operated campus at 247 Franklin St. N. in Kitchener with long-term care, supportive and affordable housing, and other services for older adults. Make a difference in your community by giving one to two hours to help in our afternoon Tuck Shop, assist over mealtime in long term care or supportive housing, porter residents to the hair salon or to the Sunday afternoon chapel service. Your time would enable residents and tenants to have a quality dining experience or be more involved in activities. To apply, visit www.regionofwaterloo. ca/volunteeratsunnyside<http:// w w w. r e g i o n o f w a t e r l o o . c a / 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. CONFEDERATION CLUB EVENT – The Confederation Club proudly welcomes its February 2018 Guest Speaker: Lindsay Shepherd, the WLU Teaching Assistant who was thrust into national attention following a lesson on the use of gender pronouns for her grammar class. She showed a video clip from The Agenda with Steven Paikin which included Jordan Peterson, a controversial professor, and his opinion that the refusal to use proper pronouns when addressing people in the workplace or in schools should not be counted as discriminatory. After the showing, she was called into a meeting with her supervisor and two other Laurier staff

Join David on a light-hearted and informative journey to the heart of water wise gardens. Magic, mystery, inspiration, creativity, patience and humour are part of the journey to your new garden. Sunday April 15, 1 - 2:30 p.m. St Jacobs Country Gardens

No Maintenance Perennials with Robert Pavlis

Would you like a garden that requires no maintenance? Robert will show you how to reduce your work load by selecting the right no-maintenance plants and present other gardening tricks that let you enjoy gardening more. Learn all about perennials, bulbs, shrubs and grasses.

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


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

Have you or your family been impacted by a great teacher? Have you been looking for a way to show your appreciation? At the Kitchener Citizen we value the important role teachers play in shaping tomorrow’s community leaders. That’s why we have established the Kitchener Citizen Community Teaching Award to recognize teachers who go above and beyond in Kitchener classrooms each day.

The award is open to teachers currently working in all of Kitchener’s Public and Catholic schools, teaching grades from Junior Kindergarten through to Grade 12. Nominating your favourite teacher is easy. Watch for details in coming issues of the Kitchener Citizen! Nominations will be accepted until March 23, 2018.

members, who reprimanded her, bizarrely equated her neutrality on Peterson’s words with someone showing a clip of Hitler’s speech and claiming neutrality on his words, and declared her to be transphobic. Lindsay recorded and released an audio recording from the meeting, which went viral on social media. Lindsay’s supervisor and the university President have publicly apologized, and a later university investigation found that no meeting should ever have taken place. Luncheon speaking date: February 15. Registration: 11:30a.m. to 12noon, Luncheon: 12noon to 1:30pm at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 105 King Street East, at Benton Street, Kitchener. To reserve a seat, call: Jamie Hill at 519-747-3014 or Email: You can also buy tickets online from Eventbrite. Reserve your tickets by noon Monday February 12, 2018. Please note: to attend this event, advanced reservations online or by the usual RSVP are required. Only guests whose name is on the advanced reservation list and members who have paid for the luncheon will be allowed to sit in the meeting room and participate in the meeting. Members $30/Non-Members $45 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. Saturday, February 10, 2018 – Valentines Event - The Schwaben Club proudly presents New Kid In Town, an evening of the Eagles. Canada’s #1 Eagles Tribute. Doors open at 6 pm, Dinner is served at 7 pm; Show starts at 8:30 pm. Dinner and Show tickets $49.75 ea. + HST, Show only $28.25 ea. + HST. 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. 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.

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Young entrepreneur opens Bon ApaTreat bakery in Kitchener’s west end By Steve Beilstein n October 2017, 28 year old Chantelle Villeneuve opened Bon ApaTreat on Highview Drive in Kitchener and has already earned a strong customer base. From custom cakes to squares to cookies, her talent knows no bounds. With a solid foundation in the culinary industry, she decided to set her focus on the exacting discipline of baking. She hasn’t regretted it for a single moment. Her love of cooking stems from a young age. “When I was a kid I would go to my grandma’s house and we would make strawberry shortcake or muffins or some other dessert. My mom and I would bake chocolate chip tollhouse cookies and I actually memorized the recipe,” Villeneuve explains. “My Mom and my Grandma were the bakers and my Dad was the chef. Food was always really important and I was always intrigued with it growing up,” Villeneuve says with a smile. “We would cook different things like Asian or Thai food. I grew up with a broad spectrum of foods from around the world,” Villeneuve remembers. Early on in high school is when Villeneuve decided she wanted to be a chef. “I love cooking and felt I could make something out of it. Immediately after high school I went to St. Louis for their culinary course then to Conestoga College for Culinary Management. I wanted to be a sous chef, or an executive chef or something. The sky is the limit. I was so excited,” she says. For years after, Villeneuve followed her passion to different sectors of the restaurant industry, from sous chef to kitchen manager to line cook, to bakery chef, excelling at


Chantelle Villeneuve at her bakery Bon ApaTreat on Highview Drive in Kitchener. Photo by Steve Beilstein

each discipline. But something was missing. She didn’t feel like she was able to express herself enough. After carefully considering her options, Villeneuve chose to open Bon ApaTreat. It would afford her the stable hours for her family and also allow her to incorporate her love of art and baking, giving her the creative expression she so desperately craved. Villeneuve embraced this challenge with the determination and drive of a champion. “If people have a dream and want to accomplish it, they have to take the jump. If I succeed that’s incredible. If I fail, at least I tried,” Villeneuve states. From day one she set the bar high, experimenting with different flavors, textures, designs. Custom cakes became a specialty. Every figure she tops a cake with, be it a character from Alice in Wonderland or Star Wars, is meticulously hand sculpted by Villeneuve. No design proved too intricate

and she began raising the bar on herself to push even harder for each and every customer. “I am not trying to compete with another business, I am competing with myself every day,” Villeneuve laughs. The highest level of customer service and product excellence are two things she takes very seriously. Failing to provide it is not even an option in her eyes. Her ever present smile, positive energy, and superior people skills allow her to communicate and connect easily with anyone. Her eagerness to undertake new and more challenging projects keeps her motivated. Villeneuve is always planning new items for the menu and experimenting with new ideas and techniques. Almond bars, cream puffs, cookie sandwiches are just a few of the many baked goods that have been earning her a growing number of repeat customer; customers she now knows by name.

“I love my customers. I try to be really personable with them. I get to know them and they get to know me.” Villeneuve smiles. “They keep me going.” To keep up with her patrons’ ever changing taste buds, Bon ApaTreat started a new perk, a monthly draw to win one of her delicious treats for filling out an

online survey (it’s well worth the two minutes it takes). Be it a wedding, birthday party, anniversary, any occasion at all, Bon ApaTreat offers a wide scope of products guaranteed to impress not only visually, but where it really counts - when you get to eat it. Before beginning a custom order, she is careful to make sure all the details are clear, then she begins to sculpt a new work of art, painstakingly perfecting every small detail. Everything is carefully hand made in store, from the batter to the caramel to the butter cream. Being the business owner, Villeneuve enjoys the freedom to adjust the menu, and she knows her customers depend on her decisions being in their best interest. She has always been able to deliver. So if you ever find yourself near the roundabout at Ira Needles Blvd. and Highview at the west end of Kitchener, drop in and visit Bon ApaTreat. There is something there for even the most picky palate. You can also look Bon ApaTreat up on her Facebook page or e-mail her at BonApatreatBakery@gmail. com.

Bon ApaTreat has a wide variety of delicious treats, including almond bars, cream puffs, and cookie sandwiches.

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

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Arts & ENTERTAINMENT 2018 Youth Video Competition


ach year, the City of Kitchener partners with the Kitchener Public Library, to offer young, budding filmmakers in our community a chance to showcase their talents and win some extra spending money. Filmmakers between the ages of 12 and 25 are invited to share their original short films and animations for a chance to win cash prizes. There are two $300 cash prizes to be awarded in each of the three age categories: 12-14, 15-17 and 18-25. The deadline for video submissions is Friday, March 30, 2018, 5 p.m. Join us in viewing the winning short original films, including 10 honourable mentions, at the KPL central library theatre on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 2 p.m. Visit for more information about contest criteria, how to submit your video and the selection process.

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Kitchener Waterloo Musical Productions is presenting Shrek The Musical February 8 - 17 at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse. From left: Michael Klein plays Donkey, Jill Prince plays the Princess Fiona, and Max DeNardis is Shrek.

Shrek launches KWMP’s 70th anniversary


his year marks the 70th anniversary of Lord Farquaad, played by Rob Bridel, and over Kitchener Waterloo Musical Productions. a dozen other fairy land misfits, and you’ve got To begin its milestone year of celebration, a twisted fairytale full of laughs where curses KWMP is presenting Shrek the Musical, which are reversed, monsters get the girls, donkeys and runs from February 8 to 17 at the St. Jacobs dragons find love and princesses are beautiful in Country Playhouse theatre. all shapes and sizes. Based on the film Shrek that started it all, this Featuring all-new songs, amazing dance Tony award-winning musical brings everyone’s numbers and a cast of over 40, Shrek The favourite grumpy ogre Shrek, played by Max Musical is fun for the entire family. DeNardis, to life. Living alone in his swamp, Shrek is directed by David Atkins, with musical Shrek’s hermit like existence is turned upside direction by Michael Brown and choreography down when a group of homeless fairy tale by Jason Franco. characters – Pinocchio, the Gingerbread Man KWMP’s anniversary year line-up also and the Three Little Pigs (among others) burst includes: Spring Awakening (May 31-June into his swamp seeking refuge from a cruel Lord. 9th) and KWMP’s 70th Anniversary Showcase Travelling to a far away kingdom, this unlikely (October 18-21st.) hero shows up to rescue the feisty Princess Fiona, Ticket prices for Shrek the Musical are: played by Jill Prince. Adults: $36 + HST; Youth: $30 + HST. For more Add in a chatterbox Donkey, 8played by information or to buy tickets visit or • JULY 2017 • KITCHENER CITIZEN (EAST EDITION) Michael Klein, the egotistical and short tempered call the box office at 519-747-7788.

De Boer’s Treasures

Bringing more LiFE to Kitchener!

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


Kitchener LiFE is a new publication ublication from the City of Kitchener mation about some of the amazing people, intended to share information nts happening around Kitchener. places, projects and events formation and tips for your health, Each issue will feature information for your home, and of course, for your ‘hood. Watch for the new Kitchener LiFE in the March, June, September and December issues of the Kitchener Citizen!

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ne way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday is to recognize our progress in car manufacturing since 1867. That year Henry Seth Taylor, a watch maker and jeweller from Stanstead Quebec manufactured the first car in Canada known as the Seth Taylor Steam Buggy. a sustained 24 km/h controlled by a long His invention consisted of a horse less handled valve located on the right side carriage with a coal-fired steam boiler of the seat. In front of the seat was a behind the back seat. Rubber hoses steering tiller but don’t spend too much by John De Boer carried water to the boiler from a tank lo- time looking around for brakes as they cated under the front axle. Steam presSinger Heather Christine is adon’t humble, exist. hard-working artist sure from the two cylinders powered the You can see this one of a kind vehicle from Mississauga who plays the part of Karen Carpenter rear axle, producing forward motion. in the Canada Science Technology MuThe steam buggyby wasBruce able to travel at seum in accompanied Tournay, asOttawa. her brother Richard

Carpenter. This new show is called “Only Yesterday” The Carpenters’ Story, presented by Bill Culp Productions. Charming Heather sings as beautifully as she looks and her talents extend to playing the piano, guitar and like Karen Carpenter, playing the drums. She has also starred in a musical “Patsy Cline and the Queens of Country” as well as performing solo in many Ontario towns. Heather is married to fellow musician Matt Zaddy, and they perform as a duo called River North. If you would like to see Heather, her next gig as Karen Carpenter is this Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the Port Stanley Festival Theatre. There are two performances in this cozy 200 seat venue, one at 3pm and the other at 8pm.

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Green burial options....from page one


The Waterloo Region Courthouse was evacuated on February 1, when the fire alarm began ringing inside. The Kitchener Fire Department arrived to find it was a false alarm and allowed the few hundred people back inside after about 20 minutes.

maintains bee hives where supporters can donate $500 to experience harvesting honey. The cemetery also sells the honey produced there under the very appropriate name of ‘Sweet Hereafter Honey.’ Composting human remains is an idea being championed by Katrina Spade of Seattle, who founded the Urban Death Project in 2014 to bring attention to the toxins used in traditional burials. Since then she founded Recompose Life, a Public Benefit Corporation, which developed a patent-pending process that converts human remains into soil. Koswan met with Spade last year before she led a local forum in October on composting human remains. Koswan said Spade had started off with a design to compost everyone together, but has since moved to using individual composting units – which is what Koswan had been working on already. Koswan has been successful in finding a local manufacturer of composting units that can be modified for human use. There are other places around the world trying variations on what Koswan is proposing. At Germany’s Friedwald

forest cemetery cremated remains are buried beneath designated trees in the forest, and the Denman Island Natural Burial Cemetery in British Columbia is home to a community cemetery exclusively dedicated to natural burial, returning remains to the earth without the pollutants used in conventional burials, and without the landscaping and concrete vaults used in most cemeteries. No gravestones are used. Instead, natural vegetation is allowed to grow over the burial sites. Human composting studies at the University of Washington State have not yet released any data, Koswan said. “They have people who have willed their bodies to be part of this research. It’s already a well-established practice with animals like pigs and chickens on farms and research I’ve seen shows that the compost produced from dead animals is more nutrient-rich than compost produced just by using straw and manure,” she said. The Good Green Death Project is looking for anyone interested in helping out. ‘”We’re currently looking at the process of becoming a not-

for-profit because we’d like to make the process affordable for people. This has all been a great problem-solving project for me, personally, and the idea of becoming a tree in a forest after I die is very appealing to me,” she said. *** Susan Koswan and Ellen Newman will present the Good Green Death Project and their ideas at the REEP Green Solutions Sustainable Living Series event on Saturday, February 10 at 1:30pm (followed by an open house until 3:30pm), at the REEP House for Sustainable Living, 20 Mill St. Kitchener. Tickets are $10 per person ($5 for students). Register https:// Another related event, as part of the growing “DeathPositive” movement, is the KW Death Café on Monday, February 12 at the Fresh Ground Café, 256 King Street E. in Kitchener from 6:308:30pm. Everyone is welcome. For more information on the Good Green Death Project email info@goodgreendeathproject. ca and website www.

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Kitchener Citizen - West Edition - February 2018  

Kitchener's original community newspaper - established in 1996.

Kitchener Citizen - West Edition - February 2018  

Kitchener's original community newspaper - established in 1996.