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Wishing everyone in Waterloo Region a New Year filled with health, happiness and community!


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Fighting misconceptions about recycling

Helen Hall tories are popping up everywhere that say half of the material that is recycled ends up in a landfill. Not so in Waterloo Region, says Kathleen Barsoum, the region’s Coordinator of Waste Management. Barsoum said that over 90% of the blue box contents that reach the region’s recycling centre in Waterloo are recycled. The remainder are non-recyclable items that must be discarded. And the percentage could be higher if residents are more diligent in sorting and preparing their recyclable materials each week. “Waterloo Region is doing remarkably well with its recycling program,” she said. Residents are the first sorters of recyclable materials in Waterloo Region when they put them in their blue box. Blue box items then go through several more sorting processes both mechanical and human - at the recycling centre. The items are sorted by the material they are made from (including the type of plastic) and also to remove any nonrecyclable materials that could contaminate the loads that are



sold. Those items are put in the landfill. “This week we got a set of false teeth,” Barsoum laughed. Contaminants are non-recyclable items mixed in with the recycling, such as chip bags or diapers, or containers that have not been cleaned out and contain food. Sometimes these items are not caught in the sorting process. The sorted materials are then baled and shipped to recycling processors. Barsoum said the recycling is randomly checked by the purchasers and they don’t accept loads with more than .5 to 1% contamination. Loads with contamination are downgraded and sent to secondary markets where it will be sorted again or used for lessor value products. Either way, once rejected by the primary markets, less money will be paid for the material with contamination. Blue Boxes Waterloo Region is the home of the blue box, which was first launched in Kitchener in 1981. “Our residents feel a huge sense of pride about the blue box program,” Barsoum said. Some municipalities have switched to larger, garbage can sized bins for recycling. These bins can be mistaken for

garbage cans and therefore may be contaminated with refuse. Garbage collectors can’t see what is in them because of their depth, and then dump them, with the garbage and the non-recyclable materials inside, into their recycling trucks, which creates higher levels of contamination. In Waterloo Region, if a collector notices a blue box includes non-recyclable items, they will put a sticker on the blue box with instructions and leave it behind. Local Purchasers Barsoum said there are also misconceptions about where recycled materials go after they leave the sorting centre. “Markets change and we have a lot of good recyclers here in Ontario,” Barsoum said. The region does not send its recyclable items overseas. Some of the Waterloo Region plastics are sent to a company in Teviotdale, which makes new bottles out of them. Other plastics are sent to Listowel to be made into pellets that are then sold to other recyclers. Paper cartons go to Burlington where they are repulped and made into new materials such as paper towels, napkins and toilet paper. The steel cans go to Hamilton to

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Waste Management Coordinator Kathleen Barsoum at the Region of Waterloo recycling centre with cans that have been crushed into cubes for resale. Photo by Helen Hall

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Recycling misconceptions...from page 1 be recycled. Wish-cycling Barsoum said that some people’s enthusiasm for being green causes them to put nonrecyclable items into their blue box, with the hope they can be recycled. This can cause contamination in loads at the sorting centre. She said that it is important to follow the rules when packing your blue box. Containers should be rinsed out. Plastic bags should be fully emptied (no garbage or receipts inside), stuffed in one bag and tied. Plastic wraps and bags can

get tangled in the machinery at the sorting centre if they are loose. No plastic wraps should be included that have been in contact with meat, fish or cheese. Empty containers should go in one blue box and cardboard and bags in another. Barsoum said it is important to be a good recycler, but it is even more important to reduce the amount of recyclables and garbage you bring into your home. Purchase items with less packaging, reuse and recycle items when you can, and shop with reusable bags.

After the Christmas season, the recycling centre has a higher than normal amount of recycling to sort.

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Conveyor belts transport recycling around the sorting centre in Waterloo. Loose bags can get caught in the machinery and slow down the process. Photos by Helen Hall

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Cameron Heights High School principal Ray Teed retires after 43 memorable years in education By Carrie Debrone f there’s one thing educator Ray Teed knows, it’s that good leader’s live in the future. He tried to do that his whole career. The former Cameron Heights and Grand River High School Principal Ray Teed, 72, stepped into retirement at the end of December feeling grateful for his 43 years working in the field of education. “It’s an absolutely wonderful job working in education and an honourable profession. You have to love working with people and solving problems. I feel incredible gratitude for being allowed to do this job for so many years. I never saw it as work,” Teed said in a recent interview. He was eligible to retire about 17 years ago, but giving up the job he cherished was not on his curriculum until now. Graduating from Western University in 1969, Teed began his teaching career after a sixyear stint in the Royal Canadian Regiment where he served as an infantry officer. The leadership skills he learned in the military served him well both in the classroom as a teacher and later as a principal. He went back to Western to obtain a teaching degree and then got his first job teaching business in 1976 at Elmira District Secondary School. Teed went on to teach in other local high schools, eventually becoming viceprincipal at several schools and then principal in 1994 at Glenview Park Secondary School in Cambridge. Soon after, he become Grand River Collegiate Institute’s principal, a post he held for over 12 years. He followed that post with another 11 years as principal of Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute. “Each day I went to work I found complete job satisfaction,” he said, adding that helping students and their families solve problems was one of his favourite things to do. “I love challenging situations and getting to a win-win situation. I spent a lot of time working with frustrated parents on solutions where everyone could walk away and feel like they had a good outcome and, I really enjoyed that.” “High schools are microcosms of society,” he said. “When you work there you are exposed to a lot of the problems we see in society in general.” A great deal has changed in


Hundreds of people attended a celebration for retiring Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute principal Ray Teed held December 17 at the Victoria Park Pavillion in Kitchener. Teed retired December 31 after a 43-year career in education. Brian Rainville (left), former Waterloo Oxford High School principal who has known Teed since 1966, stands with Teed and his wife, Kathi Smith. Photo by Carrie Debrone education in the last 40 years and Teed says schools today must be ready to adapt ‘on a dime’ to new state-of-the-art technology in order to meet the demands of educating future generations. He says local schools are doing a good job of adapting, but more could be done. “When I started teaching students could graduate and get a good job in the manufacturing sector. There were a lot of unskilled labour jobs in those days but that’s all completely changed. Students now need a really high level of education. Educators have changed our approaches to education. Before we sorted and graded our kids and the system was teacher-centered. Now it’s more student oriented and the curriculum is adapted to suit the student rather than the other way around,” he said. Teed remembers the good times in his career, but there were also some bad times. He remembers the1987 two-week teachers strike that saw local teachers marching a picket line in front of their schools. “That was a real disruption for everyone, students, parents and teachers. I saw that as an opportunity to help my staff. I needed to be with them and to support them,” he said. But, following that strike, new legislation removing principals as members of the teacher’s federation kept him from openly supporting his staff in the two one-day teaching strikes that followed in subsequent years. “It was difficult not to be with them then,” he said. Some of his fondest work memories are from times when he wasn’t in the school building. “I used to coach cross country, and being able to connect with the kids outside the classroom was great.” That level of connection was extended when he often chaperoned on field trips or

student trips to Europe. Another unforgettable memory for him was taking part in both Grand River and Cameron Heights High School’s 50th anniversaries. “You get to see the kids 20 or 25 years later and find out what they are doing and see how they have developed in their lives.” “I love the staffing process. Hiring good teachers that you know will be attributes to your school is extremely satisfying,” Teed’s future plans include volunteer work, perhaps with social agencies like the Working Centre in downtown Kitchener. “I plan to enjoy life, do more reading and stay in good health. I love the outdoors, hiking and canoeing. I consider myself truly blessed,” he said.

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Adèle Hempel Manager/Curator

Feature Artifact Almost non-existent today, brightly coloured, wooden weathervanes were commonly found on barns and smaller farm buildings in Waterloo Region in the 1920s. This quirky example is attributed to Sidney F. Martin (1918-1999) of Woolwich Township. Made between 1940 and 1960, this weathervane has a mechanism that, when activated by the wind, makes it look as if the man is sawing a log.

This J.J. Kenyon painting is being auctioned in New Hamburg after spending over 20 years in California. Kenyon was a Blair artist and the horse’s owner was from Ayr.

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From Waterloo Region to California and back

By Diane Sewell rare J.J. Kenyon oil painting of a prized Clydesdale is on its way back to Waterloo Region after hanging on a wall in southern California for the past 20 years. Kenyon owned horses, loved horses and loved painting them for other people. He was born in the hamlet of Washington, Ontario, grew up in Kitchener, but in his mid-30s settled in Blair, where he established himself as a photographer and a painter. According to historical records, he followed the ‘Grand Circuit’ horse races where he would photograph winning horses, then paint them and sell the portraits to the horses’ owners. He is also reported to have painted horses at the historic Cruickston Park Farm, a large farm established near Blair in 1858, which became well known for breeding prizewinning horses. Interestingly, Kenyon also travelled to local schools and took class photographs, selling the prints to teachers and parents. Edward Cropley, who says he collects a variety of old things, discovered the painting 20 years ago in a consignment store in northern California. It was being sold as a “print”, but he instinctively knew otherwise. He loved the painting and immediately bought it for an undisclosed sum. “I grew up in the 1970s and the Clydesdale horses in the Budweiser ads made a big impression on me.” Cropley says there were a lot of upscale retirement homes in the area and speculates it may have come into the store via that route. The painting by Kenyon (1862-1937) is titled ‘Custodian at 4 years. Imported by & the property of James Chandler, Ayr, Ontario.’ It’s signed in the lower left corner. It’s a bit of a mystery just exactly when Chandler owned Custodian, but according to the Clydesdale Stud Book of Canada, Volume VI from 1892, a horse named Custodian and fitting his description was imported into Canada from Scotland in 1883 by an Andrew Renwick, also from Ayr. According to the Clydesdale Horse Society of Britain and Ireland’s Stud Book Volume 12, James Chandler owned four other Clydesdales in the late 1800s, suggesting he was a significant player in


the horse circuit. Clydesdales typically weigh between 1,800 and 2,200 pounds – roughly double that of a standard horse. They’re “horses of superior quality,” according to canadianclydesdales.ca, known for their strength and ability to pull heavy loads. They were originally raised in Scotland’s Valley of the Clyde for more than 300 years – hence the name. The first Clydesdale shipped to Canada arrived in 1840. How the J.J. Kenyon painting made its way all the way back to Miller & Miller Auctions in New Hamburg – just 30 kilometers from Ayr, where Custodian and his owner lived – is another story. Cropley, who lives in California and works as a chief engineer with Marriott International, was researching J.J. Kenyon and discovered that owner James Chandler was a member of the Clydesdale Horse Association of Canada – a membership which cost the princely sum of $3 a year to maintain in the late 1800s. He also discovered that Miller & Miller Auctions had sold a Kenyon painting in 2018, so he contacted the auction house about selling his. Ironically, Miller & Miller is also located just 15 kilometers from Kenyon’s birthplace. “I think I probably rescued it from being thrown out,” ventures Cropley. “Art really needs to be appreciated and I’ve enjoyed it on my wall for 20 years. But this is a Canadian artist and now it’s time for this painting to go home and be appreciated back in Canada. That’s always been a dream of mine.” “J.J. Kenyon paintings are fairly rare and he is one of just a few painters who recorded prize-winning horses,” says Michael Rowan, a Green River, Ontario dealer in Canadiana and folk art, who also co-authored with John Fleming the 2012 book Canadian Folk Art to 1950. Rowan says the things that tend to drive value with Kenyon paintings are the interest in the names of the most famous horses, the fact they fit so well in the folk-art category, and the condition of the work itself. “Kenyon really did get around and carried on the very British tradition of doing animal portraits in this country,” says Rowan.

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Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Mel Brown (19392009) became one of the most sought-after session musicians on guitar and keyboard in North America. He moved to Kitchener in 1989, where his appearances built a large loyal following for the blues and live musical performance in this region. The Kitchener Blues Festival would not exist without the influence of Mel Brown. Visit the Hall of Fame exhibits located on the second floor of the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum.

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Jesse Harris and his son Jaxon joke around in the Jurassic Park car that was surrounded by At the New Year’s Levee, from left: Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, Lawrence Bingeman, dinosaurs at the New Year’s Eve celebration at Kitchener City Hall. and Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky. Bingemans provided the food that was served at the Levee.

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The new decade was rung in at Kitchener City Hall with a New Year’s Eve celebration on December 31 that featured a dinosaur theme, and the New Year’s Levee on January 5 in the City Hall Rotunda.

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Good neighbours recognition program


rom raking leaves, to shovelling snow, to hosting street parties, Kitchener neighbourhoods are home to good neighbours of all kinds. To recognize individuals, whose efforts make Kitchener a better place to live, work and play, the City of Kitchener launched a Good Neighbour Recognition Program on January 1. The program allows residents who have been touched by the kindness of a good neighbour the opportunity to say thank you. “In neighbourhoods across Kitchener, good deeds by good neighbours happen every day,” said Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “These small acts of kindness make a big difference in our community and they play an important role in creating the kind of caring and inclusive city we can all be proud to call home.” The Good Neighbour Recognition Program was inspired by the success of the city’s previous Snow Angel Recognition Program with a similar nomination and recognition process. In the past three years, the Snow Angels program has

received over 350 nominations, many of them recognizing community members for acts of kindness beyond snow shovelling. Residents are encouraged to nominate a good neighbour online or by phone for all acts of kindness, community volunteerism, and neighbourhood pride. Nominations will be accepted year-round and every individual, group, business, and organization that is nominated will receive a thank you card from their neighbor, with signatures from the mayor and members of council in recognition of their efforts. Nominees will also be entered into a bi-monthly draw to win prizes. “Kitchener really is a city of good neighbours,” said Councillor Dave Schnider. “They make our neighbourhoods stronger, friendlier and more connected. By recognizing a good neighbour, we as a city show that we value and appreciate their contributions.” To learn more about the Good Neighbour Recognition Program, visit w w w. l o v e m y h o o d . c a / goodneighbour.

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PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Raj Saini MP for Kitchener Centre

Dear friends, It’s hard to believe that we have entered a new decade! There is now an exciting new year ahead of us that is full of limitless possibility. The new year is a great opportunity to reflect on the past and look ahead to the future. What was your most cherished memory of 2019? My most cherished experience over the last year was regaining your trust and being given a second chance to be your voice in Ottawa. Another great memory was spending time with the community, in the company of both new and familiar faces, at the annual Holiday Open House that my Team and I hosted just before the Christmas break. Thank you to everyone who took the time to join us and added life to our office’s festivities. It was one of

our biggest turnouts and was an inspiring way to end 2019. Now that January is upon us, our Region will soon be celebrating the Lunar New Year with traditional lion dances, festive treats and cultural performances. In 2020, the Lunar New Year will begin on January 25, and will welcome the Year of the Rat. Rats are seen as a symbol of wealth and generosity and are quick-witted and adapt swiftly to changing environments. The Year of the Rat will be an auspicious year for new ventures, new opportunities, and fresh beginnings. I will be taking part in Lunar New Year festivities around Waterloo Region throughout January and February, so make sure you come by and say hello! Our government has a full agenda for 2020 and a very

exciting plan for all Canadians. I look forward to implementing our platform commitments and also working together to strengthen our Region economically and socially. One of the most pressing issues of our time is protecting our shared environment, and our government has taken steps to create a more sustainable future for all of us. By banning single use plastics by 2021, by incentivizing businesses to create the new technologies of the future, by providing a rebate on zero-emission vehicles, and by helping residents retrofit their homes, I look forward to creating a sustainable environment by reducing our carbon emissions and taking us to net zero emissions

The Region of Waterloo intends to pass a By-law to Establish Fees and Charges which includes new fees and charges, as well as amendments and/or removal of existing fees and charges. Some of the changes included in the by-law are for transit services, waste management services, legal services, airport services, Sunnyside Home programs and amenities, cultural services and paramedic services. The by-law will be considered at the Special Regional Council Meeting, where the Final 2020 Budget approval will also occur, scheduled for: Tuesday, January 22, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. Regional Municipality of Waterloo Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, Administration Building 150 Frederick Street, Kitchener A copy of the proposed fees and charges will be available for review in the Council and Administrative Services Office, Region of Waterloo, 2nd Floor, 150 Frederick Street, Kitchener. If you have questions concerning the amendments, please contact Emily Dykeman at 519-575-4757 ext. 3107 or at EDykeman@ regionofwaterloo.ca . If you wish to speak at the Special Council meeting regarding the proposed 2020 Fees and Charges by-law, please register as a delegation with the Region's Council and Administrative Services Division at 519-575-4400 or at regionalclerk@regionofwaterloo. ca by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, January 20, 2020. If you require accessible services to participate, please contact the Council and Administrative Services Division at least five days in advance of the meeting. This notice is in accordance with the “Municipal Act, 2001”, as amended. Kris Fletcher, Director, Council and Administrative Services/ Regional Clerk All comments and information received from individuals, stakeholder groups and agencies regarding this by-law are being collected to assist the Region of Waterloo in making a decision. Under the “Municipal Act”, personal information such as name, address, telephone number, and property location that may be included in a submission becomes part of the public record. Questions regarding the collection of this information should be referred to Council and Administrative Services.

stronger economy that leaves no one behind, environmental actions that will help heal our planet, investments in people that will drive innovation, and a future that is filled with optimism and great opportunity. I look forward to meeting you in the weeks and months ahead to get your feedback and advice on how we can meet these collective challenges together. If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback, please contact my office at 519-7412001. We are located at 209 Frederick Street, Suite 202, if you wish to drop by in person. Wishing you all a very successful and prosperous New Year!



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by Marwan Tabbara MP for Kitchener South—Hespeler

o the residents of Kitchener South – Hespeler; I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year. As 2020 begins, I am counting my blessings and wishing you more. I feel blessed to be able, once again, to represent you in Ottawa this year. I look forward to continuing to engage with you about the issues that matter to our community. In 2015, our government was elected on a promise to invest in the success of all Canadians, to grow and strengthen the middle class, and to tackle the issue of climate change. I am very proud to say that we have made significant progress towards these goals in the last four years. Together, we have managed to lift 900,000 Canadians out of poverty, including 300,000 children. We have set ambitious climate targets and laid out a feasible path to achieve them.

Canadians sent us a strong message in October that more needs to be done. I am pleased to share that our first action this mandate was to put forward a plan that would cut taxes for nearly 20 million Canadians by 2023. We are committed to fulfilling our promise to Canadians and to working together with Members of Parliament of all stripes in order to achieve these goals. Lastly, I would love to see you all this year, and what better time than at my Family Day Free Skate events? I will be hosting a skate at the Hespeler Arena on February 16th from 12:30PM-2:30PM, another at the Sportsworld Arena on February 17th from 2:30PM-4:30PM, and co-hosting a skate with my good friend and colleague Brian May at the Cambridge Centre on February 17th from 10:00AM-12:00PM. I hope to see you there!



by Tim Louis MP for Kitchener-Conestoga

appy New Year! I hope this holiday season allowed you the opportunity to relax and enjoy time with friends, family and loved ones. With January upon us, we tend to reflect on the past 12 months and look forward to the year ahead. Looking back at 2019, I am inspired by the many conversations I have had with residents, business owners and community organizations throughout Kitchener-Conestoga. Our region brims with community spirit, volunteerism and the desire for growth and development. Recently, I had the privilege of welcoming two cabinet ministers to our community. The Honourable Melanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official languages visited in December. She was our guest for a round-table discussion on how the government can best support local businesses as they scale up and strive for continued innovation and global competitiveness. In January, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Family, Children and Social Development joined us for a forum discussion. Along with other elected officials, we met with several local organizations that focus on serving our most vulnerable residents. During Minister Hussen’s time in the region, we visited KW Habilitation, an organization that

provides services and housing to children and adults living with disabilities. We also visited The Family Centre, a resource centre where community groups and organizations work cooperatively to help children and families learn, share and connect with others. Our final visit of the day was with Elmira District Community Living. This good-neighbour model of affordable housing enables people from all backgrounds and abilities to live together in an inclusive community. We are fortunate to live in a community that has many outstanding organizations designed to help those in need. It was my honour to introduce the minister to some of these essential organizations. Looking forward to the year ahead, I am proud and humbled for the opportunity to represent your voice in Ottawa. As Parliament resumes, my goal is to ensure your needs in Kitchener-Conestoga are heard. My office is working hard to serve our constituents and we welcome your inquiries regarding federal initiatives and programs. We are open Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. You can reach us by calling 519-5783777, or you can contact me directly by e-mail at tim.louis@parl.gc.ca. Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2020!




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Dear Carrie Debrone, teacher, we would telland students I was pleased to get youra Kitchener Citizen (eastoften edition) found it that the antidote to Adolf Hitler’s Mein quite informative and I thank you for it. Kampf was ThetheDiary of rates Annegoing Frank. I just read your short article regarding natural gas down for residential customers. When adolescent brows would crinkle You write that Kitchener Utilities have a 2,100 meter average use in consternation, we’dcubic explain that the annually for its residential customers. I still have an imperial gas meter, Nazi dictator’s hateful, racist rants could which shows the consumption in cubic feet. I have never been able to read balanced, andmeter even suppressed, bya even the readers seem to have that meter and as for be that matter, the reflective, a young problem with it as well. Why else wouldcaring the citythoughts issue a billof in the amount of $452? Jewish girl; Anne may have been confined billher hadthoughts been $222.16. $295.79, there I already sat toMy an January attic, but had February, free passage. upAs andwe tookbegin notice, 2020, but thenthe excused it by, harsh. world isthe inwinter dire being need especially of antidotes However, when I received my March bill, I knew that something was very to countless wounds: theasked animal holocaust wrong. I called emotional the Utility Office and was to take a piece offrom paper Australian bush fires; the personal and societal losses from I didan not and a pen and read the meter myself. To this request I replied that Iranian missile the comedic/tragic American know how to readstrike; the imperial meter and aside spectacle from that, itof wasn't my job. The lady I talked to was very nice We and agreed to send somebody out to do democracy circling the drain. are inundated with “instigate

events” that irritate, incite, and inflame. And our spirits need help. The late Joseph Gold, former chair of English at the University of Waterloo, was a champion of bibliotherapy, or BT for short. Bibliotherapy is prescribed reading -- using recommended works of fiction and nonfiction for therapeutic effect. At BT’s core is the belief that books contain personal connections and clues for transforming the way we live our lives. Are any of us shocked that the Brits are way ahead of us a relatively newTheir arrivalBooks in Kitchener I've been program exploring the in As promoting BT? on Prescription is photographic arts opportunities here and first impressions are very available at every public library, with titles recommended by encouraging. It's just not just in the tech side of quality that the community both professionals and community by people usually who have some shouldhealth be judged. A thriving Arts does faced well. This can notthe always be measured the issues. financialAt spectrum as the living standard of same anxieties inand https://reading-well.org.

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uk/books you can find titles suggested by every age range and another reading and also promised to call me back once this was done. It for variety of day personal issues.her call telling me that the new amount wasathe very next that I received In Canada, we’re a bit difference slow to ofembrace of owing was now $200.10, a mere $251.90. Ithe only notion wonder how bibliotherapy. Personally, I’veinbeen aided by the great folks at often the meter had been misread the past. neighbours on either side meters and I Library had previously theMyForest Heights branch ofhave the metric Kitchener Public and if I could get one that Books I would (they be ableare to read. The answer to that asked the staff at Wordsworth actually promoting of a flat NO. aconsisted Bibliotherapy workshop this month to cultivate resilience The city had pre-authorized withdrawal privileges for 2004/005 which when faced with loneliness). they bungled up so badly that I revoked that privilege. I did ask that office at for us, my KPL has which the reading resources toWhatever please send life me athrows paper trail records I never received nor did explore, I get an answer to my and,books of course, can forget about an to reject, andrequest select thatonecontain personal apology. resonances while simultaneously helping our budget line. I realize that it special is up to your discretion to publish not to publish my And for those tomes that affect us soordeeply that we letter. However if you decide to print it I would like to warn my fellow must possess atocopy, Dave and Mandy from give "Kitchenerites" be extra "vigilant" every time thatWordsworth Utility Bill arrives. sterling recommendations. My personal therapy involves anger over the perceived inability of Americans to recognize Donald Respectfully, Ingrid E.for Merkel Trump what he is; I was in need of an antidote from the daily inundation of shallow American political tribalism; Dave recommended Stephen Markley’s Ohio which has gifted me with insights into the damage and disenchantment residing in America’s Rust Belt. I might still worry about Canadians choosing to cross into the United States, but I now have a deeper understanding of a nation who would rather self-destruct than self-examine. This year, our fractious and fractured southern neighbour will choose a president; avoid having your psyche either swamped very impressed by the Arts office at City Hallonand with media’s how they hateful provided by waves of political lies, or grounded social me with information about what was going on here. Those people in turn shoals. Instead, the and reflective recommended have offered theirsail ownfor advice contacts,waters so again two thumbs upby for those professionals who’ll steer you to deeper connections with the level of support they give each other. a selection veryalready fine books. Yes, thereof are 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 etc.is growing as the manufacturing base has declined. The live 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. There are basically two reasons for artists to be in an area. A slightly Kitchener is projected to be growing by a conservative estimate of 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 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 theatre network here that none the less is going through hard times. The space. Technically the manufacturing base has down- turned and left a lot music scene is really good with a solid choice of local talent that is well of empty buildings. publicized by a few local free publications. Radio generally follows the If out of those numbers there are 10 percent artists in all media that standard corprock but the University of Waterloo has an outstanding actually work at their art all of us are going to need some of this space to community station. build up our community. Artists, being artists though, do not like to be The huge pool of university students to draw from for a vocal audience told how to do things. The local government is working hard to reach that with some disposable cash helps in keeping the cities vibrant and level where they can integrate the needs of the artistic community enthusiastic. The number of professional artists is still small enough so that seamlessly into their development plans. they know one another. LETTER TO THE EDITOR Many studies have shown time and again how efficient an Arts based We are quickly seeing astounding growth in the digital imaging community can be. A planning group called The Prosperity Council industry. Fortunately, as a photographer who has been working in digital 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 encourage them of to choose Kitchener as adirected place to work. This is thethe first Like millions Canadians, horrified by the loss of habitat proceeds the sale will be to WIRES, advertising, etc. SoofI think, personally, the opportunities in Kitchener are toAll time I have found a directed approach to our niche,Service but veryinvaluable and wildlife in Australia, I wanted to cable help.TV But how? that I found Information, Rescue and Education New better than Toronto. An example being the (Rogers) works Wildlife segmentWales, of society. If even fifty percent of the plansisget is still an regions schools andfolk artisians locally produced veryanswer hard to in involve an the the work of Canadian artistin Maud Lewis. South Australia. This organization ondone theit ground attractive place to build a career. programming. Beginning February 11, two original Maud Lewis paintings rescuing koalas, kangaroos and all other endangered I Our image production is now pixels and with wildlife. the recent Let's not forget that Kitchener/Waterloo wasAbbott voted the most intelligent will be auctioned on-line by the Cowley Auction House invite other readers of the Kitchener Citizen to imagine ways city and speaking as a newcomer it is very evident that the level of announcement of a new 5 million dollar Federal grant to establish a in Toronto. www.cowleyabbott.ca. Waiving their usual toodigital can assist this massive undertaking. massive mediaincentre in the downtown core, it offers unexcelled professionalism is visibly high here. People waste little timeseller’s and the they fee, Cowley Abbott will invite bids tovarious Church” and opportunities to work with some of the leading edge image systems in the welcome i've received in presenting my on own“Walking portfolio to galleries a regional and companies been warm and enthusiastic. nice event held world. In fact there are plans to make Kitchener “The Skaters.”has They are expected to fetch in A thevery neighbourhood Nancy Silcox communications hub and that leads into the possibility of thousands of new gallery. Mellow in town is the quarterly parties at the KW regional art of $15,000. New Hamburg people who enjoy art meet each other with cool jazz and some ambient uses for my photos. There is a very good internet system here and if you would like more dub from the djs. netKitchener and most community plansyou areto available. Theexperinext The Citizen invites share your With the projected growth of the regions artists in all mediums I have info just go to the three years will establish this region of oneabout of thean "Silicon Valley" inspired found with theretheare many dynamic, specifically plans,a rant? by the ences community as a guest columnist.targeted Do you have A viewpoint about a local event or opinion important issue? Or, do examples of a thriving gateway of new andwith I feel veryneighbours fortunate to municipal in particular, to Kitchener foster a Citizen (relatively) large for you have a government personal or funny story? The is looking writers who are willing to share theirideas views their in a community investment in development towards artist integration. I was be able to establish myself here with so many other creative artists.


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Removing buckthorn at Laurel Creek Nature Centre

By Mary-Anne Cain GRCA Environmental Education Specialist he Laurel Creek Nature Centre l in Waterloo contains valuable ecological features and educational resources. Maintaining the biodiversity of the property is important for nature centre programs and the wildlife that live there. Screech and greathorned owls, white-tailed deer, red foxes, raccoons, coyotes, rabbits, red and grey squirrels and many bird species are found on the property. For program participants, observing wildlife is one of the highlights of a visit to Laurel Creek Nature Centre and helps create a connection to the local natural environment. There are numerous plant species on this property and across the Grand River Oshanna Cromer and Brandon Moser, GRCA co-op students from Resurrection Secondary School and watershed that are not native to Eastwood Collegiate, are shown removing buckthorn at Laurel Creek Nature Centre. Many volunteers have the area. These species have been worked to clear areas invaded by buckthorn, making them ready for planting native species. introduced by humans. Many of these are invasive and outIn addition to out-competing people know about the problem, compete the native plants. Fewer native species of plants, it the easier it will be to stop native plants result in decreased has been shown to negatively the introduction or spread of biodiversity, which can threaten affect some native songbird invasive species. the health of a whole ecosystem, populations. Birds nesting in this Education is also an important and have economic and social buckthorn are more susceptible first step for community implications as well. to predators, because of the volunteers. After learning how Invasive plants are a concern low branch heights and lack to identify buckthorn, volunteers because they have ‘displacement of protective thorns (like those are taught how to remove it. An capacity’. These invasive species found on hawthorns and native extractigator is like a weed puller, form dense colonies or compete rose species). The berries are only it is designed to pull out the aggressively, forcing out native eaten by many birds: thrushes, stem and roots of invasive plants. vegetation. waxwings, white-throated If a buckthorn plant is too big to Characteristics of invasive sparrows, European starlings, pull out with an extractigator, the species include: high annual blue jays and small mammals, plant is cut down and the stumps seed production and quick but offer low nutrients, and the are bagged with buckthorn bags establishment; tolerance of laxative properties of the seeds to prevent regrowth. a wide range of growing ensure they are spread widely Thanks to a grant from TD conditions; ability to spread and rapidly. Friends of the Environment by underground roots that reBuckthorn can also affect Foundation to assist with grow quickly when disturbed by nearby agricultural crops by buckthorn control, the plant pulling, cutting or fire; and a lack hosting oat rust, a damaging biodiversity of Laurel Creek of natural predators to keep their fungus, as well as the soybean One way to identify buckthorn is to Nature Centre is improving. population under control in their aphid, an insect that damages scrape away the bark. The under Volunteers from community layer of european buckthorn is a groups such as Waterloo Scouts new environment. soybean crops. Some of the invasive plant The GRCA’s steps for brilliant orange colour. and Cubs, Waterloo Region species found at the Laurel Creek reduction of European buckthorn Teens, Blue Dot Waterloo Nature Centre are European on its properties include: in the space where they once Region, Creekside Church buckthorn (also known as education about invasive species, were; and monitor and control volunteers, Cambridge Hawks common buckthorn), garlic including buckthorn; creating buckthorn regrowth. families and Waterloo Public mustard and Japanese knotweed. opportunities for volunteers, At the nature centre, students Library have cleared areas European buckthorn was school groups, community and are able to inventory populations invaded by buckthorn, making introduced from Europe to corporate groups to help control it and learn about native and non- them ready for planting native North America in the 1880s as by pulling or cutting and bagging native species through hands-on species. a shrub, and was widely planted stumps; creating opportunities experiences and exploration. Volunteers from community for fencerows and windbreaks for volunteers to plant native Helping people understand the groups such as Waterloo Scouts in agricultural fields. Since herbaceous plants, coniferous impact of invasive species on and Cubs, Waterloo Region then, it has spread aggressively and deciduous trees or shrubs biodiversity is important to Teens, Blue Dot Waterloo throughout southern Ontario. to replace the buckthorn plants watershed health. The more Region, Creekside Church


volunteers, Cambridge Hawks families and Waterloo Public Library have cleared areas invaded by buckthorn, making them ready for planting native species. Classes from St. Mary, St. David, Resurrection, Holy Rosary, St. Agnes, St. Teresa of Avila and St. Nicholas schools also extracted buckthorn, and they planted native wildflowers and shrubs as well. Adding native plants to the area has increased diversity and will help control the regrowth of buckthorn. The canopy will shade out invasive species, because there is less sunlight available for them to grow. Support through the Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots and Shoots project, funded by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, allowed students from St. John, Lourdes, St. David and Resurrection schools, as well as staff from Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada to participate in these activities. Staff at the Laurel Creek Nature Centre will continue monitoring for young buckthorn plants, and hope that the odd hand pulling may be all that is required to control it in these once heavily infected zones. How you can help • Learn how to identify buckthorn and other invasive plants, and how to remove them from your property. • Report invasive species online at www.invadingspecies. com. • Avoid buying and using invasive plants in gardens and landscaping. • Dispose of invasive plants in the garbage. Do not put them in the compost or discard them in natural areas. Discarded flowers may produce seeds. • When hiking in natural areas, prevent the spread of invasive plants by staying on trails and keeping pets on a leash. • Watch for volunteer opportunities. For more information on volunteering with the GRCA, visit www. grandriver.ca/volunteer. • Support the Grand River Conservation Foundation in efforts to enhance biodiversity and create learning opportunities at GRCA Nature Centres. Visit www.grandriver.ca/grcf.

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 25, 2020, 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 10, 2020 and can be emailed to council@kitchener.ca or dropped at the Office of the Mayor and Council in City Hall, 200 King Street West (after business hours, drop off at security desk.) A total of 14 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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COMMUNITY CALENDAR PICKLEBALL CARDIAC CLASSIC St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation, The City of Waterloo and The Waterloo Pickleball Club have teamed up to bring together pickleball players and supporters of St. Mary’s in a 3-day tournament that will excite, unite and help St. Mary’s General Hospital continue to provide the exceptional care it is known for. The inaugural Pickleball Cardiac Classic will take place on February 19th – 21st, on the courts of the Waterloo Pickleball Club at RIM Park Manulife Sportsplex. Players of all skill levels will have the opportunity to play! Separate tournament dates are dedicated to beginner, intermediate, and advanced Picklers, and offer the option to play either a half or full day of tournament play.  As a token of thanks, each Pickler will receive a Pickleball Cardiac Classic activewear t-shirt. Funds raised will support the purchase of needed equipment for St. Mary’s Regional Cardiac Care Centre. For more information on St. Mary’s Pickleball Cardiac Classic, visit www.supportstmarys. ca/pickleball 5 SENSES GALA – Challenge your senses through interactive sensory stations, gourmet dinner, wine and whiskey tasting, entertainment, live and silent auctions on Friday Feb. 28 at the annual 5 Senses Gala held at the Galt Country Club, 750 Coronation Blvd. in Cambridge from 6 – 10pm. The event is a fundraiser for DeafBlind Ontario Services. Purchase your tickets before Jan. 31 and save $10 per person. Earlybird tickets are $85 per person. The event makes for a great date night or a night out with friends. Don’t miss this unique sensory experience. For tickets visit deafblindontario.com KW WOMENS EXPO 2020 – Feb. 1 and 2 at Bingemans Conference Centre, Marshall Hall, 425 Bingemans Centre Drive in Kitchener. The expo features over 200 exhibitors showing products and services for women (and men) of all ages. With two distinctive stages, the expo includes inspiring speakers, demonstrations and a fashion show with real people in real everyday fashions. Sample delicious food and beverages, wine/ spirit/beer samples and lots of shopping. General admission tickets are available until Jan. 31, 2020 and cost $8 per person in advance, $10 at the door. For ticket information visit kwwomensexpo.ca TEDxKITCHENER 2020 – enjoy the latest TEDx lecture series on Sat. Feb. 22 from 1 – 5:30pm at the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, 75 University Ave. West, Waterloo. An afternoon of speakers and performers centered around exploring ideas on the future of education. This event is for anyone passionate about the educational space. Speakers include MPP Laura Mae Lindo, Google Engineer Product Manager and girls in STEM champion Komal Singh, student activist Rayne Fisher-Quann, and Dr. Maria Cantalini-Williams, Dean of the Faculty of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University, along with many others. Tickets $45, available a www. ecentbrite.ca BRING ON THE SUNSHINE FESTIVAL – on Sunday, February

16 at Kitchener City Hall. Hosted in partnership with the African Canadian Association of Waterloo Region (ACAWRA), the Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre and the City of Kitchener, the festival celebrates Africa and its culture, community and family during Black History Month with a variety of entertainment, African food, dance, music, arts and crafts. The festival will run from 12 noon to 5pm. Entrance by donation. Free parking in the City of Kitchener lot at city hall. For more information visit www.bringonthesunshine.ca. LAURIER ART GALLERY EXHIBIT Book Room, an upcoming exhibition at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Robert Langen Art Gallery, delves into themes of memory and trauma using journals filled with scraps of fabric, bits of newspaper, text and paintings. The books are opened from floor to ceiling like accordions and arranged in a way that creates intimate spaces within the gallery. The images convey snippets in time, but they also explore the nature of memory itself. The mixed-media installation by Torontobased artist Rochelle Rubinstein runs until Feb. 15. The opening reception will be held on Jan. 20 from 7 to 9pm. CANADIAN WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR EXHIBIT - at Schneider Haus National Historic Site. The travelling exhibit features award-winning wildlife photographs promoting the beauty, diversity, value, and vulnerability of wildlife by highlighting the most striking and unique photography depicting natural subjects. The exhibit includes the 30 winning photographs from the Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year Contest organized by Canadian Geographic in partnership with the Canadian Museum of Nature and the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada. Judges selected the top photos from close to 3,800 entries. The photos will be on view until April 26, 2020. Schneider Haus is located at 466 Queen Street South in downtown Kitchener. For more information visit www.schneiderhaus. com or call 519-742-7752. SKILLS LIBRARY NEEDS VOLUNTEERS - The Country Hills Community Centre has launched a program called Skills Library.  It is a chance for youth and adults to come together and gain an understanding of each other, share the space, learn new skills and build positive relationships on Mondays, ages 1115 from 6 - 8:30pm. The Centre is looking for adult volunteers to come into the space and share their skills, talents or interests with the youth in our community. If you are interested in volunteering a skill or hidden talent, please contact: Shannon Parsons, 519-741-2200 ext. 5051 or at Shannon.parsons@kitchener.ca WORTH A SECOND LOOK – The Working Centre’s thrift store, 97 Victoria Street North, Kitchener has completed renovations. Come and see the fresh, new look! The store is looking for donations of clothing, books, current magazines, craft and art supplies, sporting goods, housewares, furniture, jewelry, purses, backpacks, hygiene products, pictures, frames, music and movies, radios, stereos, CDs, DVDs, toys and games. The retail outlet’s

goal is to provide the community with low-cost used furniture and assorted houseware items while keeping reusable goods out of landfills and creating opportunities for employment. Open 9am to 5pm weekdays and 9am – 4pm Saturdays. To donate call 519-569-7566. SCHWABEN CLUB EVENTS Fish Fry – EVERY FRIDAY at the Schwaben Club Keller, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Fish Fry.  Serving Breaded Fish, Pan Fried Fish as well as Schnitzel. All dinners are served with creamy coleslaw and choice of French Fries or German potato salad. Fridays & Wednesdays KARAOKE with Randall Kuhn’s ”The Musicscene” at the Schwaben Cub. Come and enjoy. Singing & dancing, making more friends, good food & beverages. Pub Food available. Fridays 8:30 p.m. – until close Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. 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.  FREE COUNTRY LINE DANCING – EVERY WEDNESDAY at the Schwaben Club at 7 p.m.  Lots of fun and good workout! Learn at your own pace. Instructor Steph is great! Learn new dances and review previously taught dances every week! Food and beverages available to purchase. Great night out! SIDE-HUSTLE STARTER KIT – Canadians are moving away from the traditional, linear career path and embracing the emerging gig-economy where everyone is empowered to turn their skills and passions into a side business. With so much information on the internet it can be a little daunting to get started with your side hustle so the Maker’s Collective has teamed up with the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre to provide an educational workshopstyle lesson on the side-hustle basics and how to navigate today’s digital landscape as a business owner. The workshop will take place Tue. Feb. 11 from 6:30 – 8:30pm at Kitchener City Hall, 200 King St. W, Kitchener. It will be followed with a panel discussion featuring experts from the community who are walking the walk and a Q & A. You can also sign up for speed coaching with industry partners. All participants receive a Side Hustle Starter Kit that includes a workbook and resources. Tickets are $25 and are available at waterlooregionsmallbusiness. com THE WIND IS BLOWING AGAIN REVIVAL SERVICE - join Pastor Dzidzai Chimbari for a night of revival at the Registry Theatre, Kitchener. Come expecting to hear the undiluted Word of God, to experience the power and infilling of the Holy Spirit and to experience authentic worship. Invite your friends and families to come and receive the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. Friday, January 31st at 7pm (Doors open at 6:30pm) Tickets: FREE For more info contact Ropa Chimbari: ropa@ dzidzaichimbari.org

The Kitchener Market is more than a building, it's a community. The market exists to connect people, create experiences and build relationships. Whether you’re coming for the Saturday farmers market, stopping in during the week for breakfast or lunch or taking part in one of our many events and cooking classes, we hope you enjoy your visit and come back again. www.kitchenermarket.ca 300 King St E, Kitchener, ON N2H 2V5 General line 519-741-2287 TTY 1-866-969-9994

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Join us Wednesday evenings on the upper level, in the Marketplace for cooking classes and demos designed to improve your knowledge and abilities as well as simply provide a great evening out with friends. Each class costs $52 per person and run from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Registration is required. Visit kitchenermarket.ca/cookingclasses

HEALTHY EATING SERIES WITH SAGE NATUROPATHIC CLINIC THURSDAY EVENINGS IN FEBRUARY, 6:30 - 8:30 P.M. Join us in the Marketplace for an informative four part series that will focus on healthy food selection and preparation. Learn a variety of tips and tricks to getting more benefit and wellness from the food you eat, along with some great ideas for meal preparation. Cost: $35 for each session. Registration is required. Feb. 6: Breakfasts - The Energizing Start of the Day Feb. 13: Entrees - Getting Bang for Your Buck Feb. 20: Nourishing Side Dishes Feb. 27: Baking and Desserts - Simple and Sweet


Cost: $55 per session - registration required A tour of the world one bite at a time! Introducing the Underground Flavour Series, a multicultural dining experience at the Kitchener Market, hosted By The Underground Flavour Group. On the final Wednesday of each month, experience hands on cooking, crafted & prepared from our group of 12 diverse top chefs with backgrounds that touch all-around of the globe. Meal includes three courses and one glass of wine. Jan. 29: Nicaragua with Chef Arnold Yescas, featuring Tacos Al Pastor, Bistec Encebollado, Buñuelo De Yucca, and more!

CHINESE NEW YEAR SATURDAY, JAN. 25, 10 A.M. – NOON Discover the traditions and taboos, dishes and drinks that are part of China’s most important holiday, the Chinese New Year! Come and enjoy dancers, cooking and craft fun! No registration required.

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Notes from City Hall

Coyotes If you live near a wooded or naturalized area in Ward 1, it’s not terribly uncommon to see wild animals. Coyotes, in particular,

have caused more of a stir over the years. They can be a little startling to see, but coyotes play an important role in controlling the populations of various small animals, from rodents to rabbits, and are generally of little risk to humans. Any diseases/parasites coyotes may carry are unlikely to affect humans, and it’s quite rare for them to contract rabies. In fact, it is believed they help limit the spread of rabies as they prey on many species that are

high-risk carriers (e.g. fox.). Risks come when citizens fail to secure food sources, such as garbage or compost, which can draw them closer to homes. The worst issues arise when people intentionally feed wild coyotes, which, of course, lessens their fear of us. Coyotes are naturally afraid of humans, but should you ever encounter one, it is important to face them and back away slowly while making loud noises and waving your arms to appear larger. This is advice from

the experts, but coyote attacks are ridiculously rare, and fatalities even less so. Let’s just say you should be much more concerned about lightning than coyotes. Having said that, coyotes cannot distinguish between their regular prey and cats or small dogs. It’s important, therefore, to take precautions by keeping dogs (especially small ones) on a short leash and keeping your cats indoors.

I hope 2020 is a happy, healthy and prosperous one for you. May it be a great start to a new decade! The 2020 budget will be finalized on January 20. There are two main

parts to the budget: Operating – for the day to day services and programs the city provides, and Capital – for one time investments for up to ten years. The proposed tax rate increase is 2.2% or 24 dollars a year for the average household. The focus is on priorities you identified in extensive consultation that formed our current Strategic Plan: Improved Customer Service, People Friendly Transportation, Environmental Leadership, A Caring Community and a Vibrant Economy.

Gas is set to be increased 1% or 7 dollars, while water utilities are proposed to increase by 4.4% or 50 dollars. This funds our Water Infrastructure Program that maintains and preserves our system and continues a steady rate of infrastructure replacement too. This proposed budget also allows for investment in parks, trails and for citizen led neighbourhood projects and events. The potential total impact per average household is $81.00. You can view the proposed budget at kitchener.ca by searching

the key words, “2020 Budget.” I want to provide the services you want at a cost acceptable to you. Call or email me with your thoughts and suggestions. If I can assist you, please contact me or call our Corporate Contact line anytime at 519-741-2345. I update my city and community activities often on social media. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @DaveSchniderKW or friend me on Facebook. My website is daveschnider.com All the BEST in 2020.

As Council commences a new decade, I thought I would use this month’s article to share my thoughts about the next few years for the City of Kitchener. My thoughts are based on my over

fifty years’ experience involved with the City. At this point the City is in an enviable position financially. This is due to a number of reasons. A major factor relates to our ownership of Gas and Hydro Operations. Unlike almost all municipalities in the province, Kitchener resisted selling its natural gas operation. I am proud to say that I was personally very actively involved in this action. As a result of annual dividends from the Natural Gas Business, taxpayers

pay approximately 15% less than they would have had to pay. Because of this fortunate financial position in my opinion both tax and utility rate increases should be well below the annual inflation rate every year. A great deal has been said about the state of the city’s infrastructure. Again, in my opinion there has been some exaggeration of current conditions. Current funding is being provided from a variety of new sources to deal with this issue without the necessity of

the imposition of any new levies. In addition, funding can be made available for new responsibilities such as providing funds to improve our environmental and for assistance in providing more affordable housing units. We are indeed in an enviable position which should be shared with our customers – our taxpayers!!

It’s a new year, and Ward 4 has a new community centre! Thanks to the Doon Pioneer Park Community Association and city staff for your hard work to keep activities going

at other venues during construction. And, thanks to Ward 4 residents for your patience. Programming returned to the centre Jan. 6. Winter hours are Mon. to Thurs. 9am to 9pm, and Fri. and Sat. 9am to 5:30pm. A full complement of programming will begin in the fall. Visit Kitchener. ca, search Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre or visit dppca.ca for details. I continue to hear concerns from residents about traffic – specifically, speed and parking. I was pleased

to get Doon South included in the Speed Reduction Pilot project, and I am looking forward to the staff report later this year. I would also like to hear from you about lower speed limits throughout the city. Affordable and available housing is critical to the health and long-term growth of any city, and I am pleased to be a part of the Affordable Housing Strategy committee for the City of Kitchener. The Housing Needs Assessment provides an understanding of Kitchener’s housing situation and identifies

housing needs and gaps in the existing and projected housing. For a complete review visit Kitchener.ca, search “affordable housing.” Please join me and Mark Hildebrand, Director of Neighbourhood Programs and Services for coffee on Jan. 25 at the Community Centre from 9 to 10:30am. I have thoroughly enjoyed serving you this past year and look forward to great things happening in 2020. Please continue to reach out to me with any concerns or ideas you have.

Happy New Year Ward 5! Hope you enjoyed a happy and peaceful holiday season. 2020 Budget The City’s operating budget

reflects the ongoing costs required to deliver valued programs and services for the community. In 2020, the proposed tax rate increase is 2.2%, which is aligned with the rate of inflation. Investments in the capital budget include additional funding of 38M that has been allocated to begin to address the City’s facility infrastructure deficit. Grant funding of 49.9M received from the Federal Government will be used to make important investments in the City’s stormwater infrastructure. Funding from development charges will help

fund the expansion of a broad array of services across the city. The 2020 Operating and Capital Budgets will be approved on Final Budget Day, Monday January 20. More details about the proposed 2020 Budget and how your feedback can be incorporated into the budget process can be found at www.kitchener.ca/ budget. Fire Safety Tips Statistically, January is one of three months when most fire deaths occur. Why not make January the month you check that you have

working smoke alarms on every floor and outside of all sleeping areas. Test your alarms to make sure they will alert your family in the case of a fire. Also, make sure you have working carbon monoxide alarms and replace any carbon monoxide alarms over seven years old. Another important tip is to make an emergency escape plan with your family and practice it so that family members know how to get out safely in the case of a fire. Wishing you all the best for a safe and prosperous 2020!

Happy New Year everyone! Welcome to 2020! I trust you had a great holiday season. May the new decade and the coming year be filled with health, happiness, new adventures and most of all, wonderful memories with the family and friends that are closest and dearest to you! FCM BIG CITY MAYORS’ CAUCUS In early February, the FCM Big City Mayor’s Caucus will be meeting in Ottawa with the reelected federal government. I look forward to bringing the voice of our local communities to the table as we meet with federal ministers ahead of the 2020 federal budget. It will be an opportunity for mayors from Canada’s largest cities to discuss major issues with the federal government including affordable housing, climate change, infrastructure investment and public transit. In recent years, this group has been able to make significant inroads with the government on behalf of cities and communities of all sizes across Canada, and I am confident that this will continue under the current minority government scenario. Watch for updates on this meeting in the February edition of the Citizen. MEETING WITH MINISTER AHMED HUSSEN Last week, our local Mayors and the regional Chair met with our local MPs and the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development – Minister Ahmed Hussen. We had an excellent meeting with Minister Hussen discussing the challenges of housing affordability in our community along the full-spectrum, ranging from high-need, highly supportive housing on one-end of the spectrum, to assistance towards home ownership on the opposite end of the spectrum. We advised the Minister that in particular we are in need of supportive housing to help address the needs of those with the most complex challenges in the area of addictions and mental health, and this was an area where federal and provincial resources were most needed. In addition to housing, we took our meeting time to also discuss issues around child care and the work that local municipalities are doing in terms of localizing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. ...continued on next page

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Notes from City Hall

From my family to yours, I wish everyone a Happy New Year! I hope you had the opportunity to enjoy the holiday festivities and spend time with family. Once more, I

thank you, the Ward 6 residents, for giving me the fortunate opportunity to represent you at City Hall. As we move forward into the New Year, important decisions will be made through the 2020 budget on city services and strategic initiatives. Council and city staff have worked hard to develop a budget that balances priorities across infrastructure repair and replacement; environmental stewardship through the city’s Corporate Climate Action Plan; and cycling infrastructure

improvements. Most importantly, it focuses on strategies to tackle the affordable housing crisis. I feel this budget represents a conscious and caring effort to balance the need for affordability for our Kitchener tax payers, while investing in our city’s future to better the quality of life for our citizens. These council articles, facilitated by the Kitchener Citizen, are an excellent format to inform and update the community with. It allows me as your Ward 6 Councillor, the opportunity to highlight some of

the many activities and decisions of your Council. It is with this in mind that I request your feedback on how I can further improve my communication with Ward 6 citizens. Please feel free to email paul. singh@kitchener.ca or call me at 519-741-2793 with your input. Join me at the Country Hills Community Centre from 7:00-8:00pm on the third Wed. of each month to meet and informally discuss your ideas, concerns and suggestions.

Happy New Year Ward 7! Over the past year, I have introduced a number of motions at Kitchener City Council. I am especially pleased with the work

that has resulted from one motion in particular―the declaration of a climate emergency this past June which council unanimously supported following our approval of a Corporate Climate Action Plan in April. By 2026, our Corporate Climate Action Plan will lead the City of Kitchener to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 8 per cent. We have already been steadily reducing our GHG emissions over the past decade, and will continue to do so by focusing on buildings, fleet

and business travel, lighting, waste management and by adapting to the impact of extreme weather events. The city has also endorsed the broader community goal to cut emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. Now, the City of Kitchener is working in partnership with Climate Action Waterloo Region (CAWR) to conduct a technical inventory of the greenhouse gas emissions for the whole community. This inventory will be used to develop a Community Climate Action Plan scheduled for late 2020.

The cities of Kitchener, Cambridge, Waterloo and the Regional Municipality of Waterloo provide equal contributions toward Climate Action Waterloo Region’s annual budget of approximately $100,000. This funding support is secured until July 2021 in order to provide stability for the implementation of the Community Climate Action Plan. I am proud that the City of Kitchener is acknowledging the urgency of climate change and is taking immediate action!

Happy New Year Ward 8 residents! Wishing all of you a healthy and happy 2020! It has been a little over a year now since our election and I have really enjoyed getting to know

you and work together on many initiatives. I look forward to this continued connection in 2020. Westmount Road forms the backbone of our Ward. Many of you may have heard that the Region of Waterloo is planning roadway changes to Westmount Road as part of a series of projects scheduled to happen in 2022 and 2023. In November, the Region of Waterloo held a public input session regarding proposed changes on Westmount Road between Glasgow St and Erb

St. Many residents attended this meeting and sent in feedback by the December 1st deadline. Thank you to the local neighbourhood associations for messaging nearby neighbours to attend this meeting and express their thoughts. From the Engage WR website https://www.engagewr.ca/kwwestmount-road, the Region will be reviewing comments and updating their preferred design concept in winter 2020. In spring 2020 they will report to the Regional Planning

& Works Committee for Approval. A detailed design in summer/fall 2020. As your City Councillor, I wanted to keep you in the loop as to plans on this important section of our Ward. Please connect with the Regional Project Manager, Eric Saunderson at ESaunderson@regionofwaterloo. ca with questions and concerns about this project along with your Kitchener Regional Councillors; Geoff Lorentz, Elizabeth Clarke, Tom Galloway, Michael Harris and Berry Vrbanovic.

Welcome 2020! We all have good, bad, happy and sad stories to share about 2019. This is true as well for the City. Many people take year-end to think about things

they would like to change in their lives in the New Year. I started thinking about what the City’s New Year’s resolutions might look like (of course these are my newyear’s resolutions for the city) and came up with the following list. 1) the city will get people off the streets and into proper housing 2) the city will introduce bylaws to reduce greenhouse gases at the community and corporate level 3) the city will ensure that people of all abilities can move through

the city during all times of the year 4) the city will critically reflect on the speed of development 5) the city will protect heritage, established neighbourhoods and green spaces 6) the city will bring residents to the table to ensure open and transparent discussions While some will say these are already being worked on, I think it is important to be reminded of our responsibilities. It is important always to reflect on the way we do

things, just as we do in our homes, places of employment and with our family members. I would love to hear your list of resolutions for the City of Kitchener. I wish you all the best in the New Year and I look forward to working with you. I can be contacted at Debbie.Chapman@kitchener.ca.

Happy New Year! Council kicks off 2020 this month with our Final Budget decisions on January 20th. I look forward to supporting cycling infrastructure, urban forest

initiatives, climate change mitigation strategies, participatory budgeting and most importantly, forward momentum on our affordable housing strategy. On January 13th, we will be discussing an in depth Housing Needs Assessment Report. The data reveals striking numbers that demonstrate why we need to act quickly to address this issue head on. In a nutshell, affordability of housing is a potential struggle for a large percentage of our residents. 2020 will be a banner year as our

downtown develops before our eyes. We continue to see positive signs that our downtown is increasingly vibrant, with an engaged neighbourhood association, a diverse range of excellent restaurants, well designed buildings, thousands of new residents, and exciting new businesses to name a few. This month, we also welcome 1200 new Conestoga College students to our core with the opening of the International Business program located in the lower level of Market Square.

Parallel with these successes, we are seeing a stark and startling increase in the number of street involved people struggling with the day to day. At the city, we are working closely with our community partners who are tirelessly supporting the most vulnerable among our residents. Please consider supporting these cornerstone organizations including House of Friendship, YW, Ray of Hope, and The Working Centre. They need fundraising support from the wider community more than ever.

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KITCHENER’S 1ST-EVER HOUSING NEEDS ASSESSMENT Last month, the City of Kitchener released it’s first ever Housing Needs Assessment, which takes a complete look at the issue of housing in our community. This study is being done for two main reasons – first to inform us in our work at the city in terms of our new affordable housing task force as well as our joint study with the City of Waterloo on inclusionary zoning and second, to assist us in our advocacy efforts with the regional, provincial and federal governments which have primary responsibility for affordable housing. I encourage you to read the report. It can be found at www.kitchener.ca, and enter keywords: Affordable Housing Strategy. CITY BUILDER AWARD Great cities don’t just happen. They are built with purpose, and with passion by people from all walks of life - formal and informal leaders, young people, older adults, civic visionaries and the neighbour next door. As a city, Kitchener thrives because of the many citybuilders who have demonstrated a commitment to make our city an even greater place tomorrow than it is today. The City of Kitchener Mayor’s City Builder Award was introduced in 2015 to recognize and bring attention to Kitchener citizens who have demonstrated a commitment to making our city and community a better place today and in the future. Examples of this work might include dedicated charitable work, acts of kindness and compassion, inspiring community building activities, and any other act or achievement that has strengthened and benefited our community.  Nominations are being accepted until Monday January 20, 2020 at 5pm.  The awards will be presented at a Council meeting in 2020.  For more information, visit: www. kitchener.ca and enter keywords: CITY BUILDER AWARD. BRING ON THE SUNSHINE Family Day weekend in February will see the return of one of our city’s favourite festivals which celebrates African culture with the broader Canadian community – Bring On The Sunshine. This festival, which takes place during Black History month celebrates the food, songs, dances and traditions of African culture with our broader community. It’s also an opportunity to start thinking about a return to spring and warmer weather in the midst of Family Day weekend each year. The festival will take place on Sunday February 16th from 11am to 5pm at Kitchener City Hall. Hope to see you there!

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AT LEFT: The Kitchener Sports Association (KSA) recently

honoured many of its volunteers at its 2019 Volunteer Recognition Awards. From left: (Standing) Mark Sichewski (WRMF presenter), Jenn Herzog (Predators Volleyball), Dave Smith (WRMF), Ray Danbrook (Track 3), Amanda Kesselring (WRBA), Duncan Miller (KWSC), Christopher Brown (WMBA), Claude Restoule (KMHA), Jason Herman (KWMBSA), Cathy Lapar (KMBA), Ryan Windley (KW Lacrosse), Adam Cooper (KW Sports Council), Iain Harrison (KW YBA), Penny Swinston (KSA), Steve Marrier (KMGSA), Les McAuslan (Kitchener Rangers), Chris Timm (Laurel Creek Track), David Howey (SSA), and Nancy & Dwayne Kuiper (ROW), (Sitting) Cathy Herzog (Predators Volleyball), Christa MacKinnon (KW Gymnastics), Shelly Herman (KWMBSA), Elissa Cressman (Special Olympics KW), Connie McFatridge (Kitchener Ringette), Karen Adourian (KW Sertoma), and April LeBlanc (Stanley Park Optimist Ball). Absent: Christopher Green (Supreme Athletics).

Kitchener Sports Association Volunteer Recognition AT RIGHT: The Kitchener Sports Association KSA presented fee-assistance cheques totalling almost $20,000 to several local sports groups at its November 26 Volunteer Recognition dinner. Recipients are from left: Penny Richard (KW Gymnastics), Janet Dupuis (Waterloo Minor Baseball), Steve Miller (Kitchener Minor Girls Softball), Leah Mychayluk (Pride Stables), Ron Mooibroek (Kitchener Minor Baseball), Lerinda Chapeskie (Co-chair, KSA Fee-assistance Committee), Craig Findlay (Stanley Park Optimist Ball), Adele Couchman (Sports for Special Athletes), Mike Quigley (KW Youth Basketball), Shon Carroll (KW Minor Boys Softball) and John Menezes (Waterloo Regional Boxing Academy). Photos by Gord Dearborn

Titans bring 4th season of pro basketball to K-W the Central Division while Moncton, Island, Halifax and St. John’s are in the Atlantic Division. Akeem Ellis joined the Titans in early January and Head Coach Cavell Johnson is very upbeat about his return. At 6’6” he was last year’s scoring leader averaging 17.6 points and played close to 36 min-

utes each game. He was also second in rebounding and was a big part of the Titans’ success in last year’s play-off win over London. New to the team this season are forwards Olu Famutimi, Jonathan Harris, Julian Harris and Marvin Phillips. Myles Charvis and Jared Nickens are new guards. “ D e n m a r k ”


still early but the K-W Iint’sTitans are off to a slow start their fourth season of Na-

tional Basketball League of Canada action. A losing trend though can change quickly. The good news is that a solid nucleus of talent from last season is back. Ed Horton, Damon Lynn, Trammar Sutherland, Nigel Tyghter, and Akeem Ellis have all suited up again for the locals. Sutherland, a shooting guard from Toronto is the only original Titan. Ed Horton came later on in season one. Last year the Titans made the play-offs and scored an upset victory over London, but were bumped out by the St. John’s Edge in the second round. K-W, Windsor, London and Sudbury make up

Denny McDonald is in his first year, too. Close to 2000 fans greeted the Titans in their home opener and were treated to a 115-107 win over Sudbury. It was the first time in four seasons that the local pro bas-


TITANS HOME GAME SCHEDULE Tuesday, January 14 Thursday, January 16 Thursday, January 23 Thursday, January 30 Sunday, February 2 Thursday, February 13 Thursday, February 20 Saturday, March 7 Sunday, March 8 Thursday, March 12 Tuesday, March 17 Wednesday, March 18 Sunday, March 22 Thursday, April 2 Thursday, April 16 Saturday, April 18

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ketballers won their home opener. Let’s hope that the Titans can aspire to winning basketball this season, which will build their fan base and provide great family entertainment.

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A monthly column featuring great reads as suggested and reviewed by librarians from the Kitchener Public Library. Follow along each month and discover your next great read!

A New Year reading selection: Reviewed by: Sherry Erb, Volunteer Engagement Manager Fraiche Food, Full Hearts by Jillian Harris and Tori Wesszer It is hard to resist this beautiful collection of recipes for every day and casual celebrations written by Jillian Harris and her cousin, dietician Tori Wesszer. Filled with full-colour photography, the recipes are organized by breakfasts, appetizers and snacks, salads and soups, main dishes, veggie and sides, and desserts Primarily a plant-based cookbook, some fish and seafood dishes are included. Each recipe is easy to follow and includes dietary indicators (dairy/gluten/nut-free) so that you can easily accommodate the needs of your family and guests. The Celebration Menus are well planned and will make entertaining for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas a joy.

Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo What if you approached every challenge with the mindset that everything is figureoutable? Life coach, Marie Forleo, gives you the tools and courage to do just that. It all starts by identifying limiting beliefs and creating a strategy to make meaningful changes, where possible. Learn new ways to define your dream, deal with fear, and think more creatively in your personal and professional life. Inspiring stories and Insight to Action Challenges invite the reader to apply the ideas to their own life. Everything is Figureoutable is more than a self-help book, it is a mantra and a roadmap to results. Fans of Forleo's award-winning show, and her podcast, will enjoy this book!

Core 4 by Steph Gaudreau Core 4 offers women, regardless of age, experience or fitness level, a 30-day framework to achieve overall health. Based on her experiences as a nutritional consultant and fitness coach, Gaudreau focuses on four pillars of wellness: eat nourishing foods, move with intention, recharge your energy and empower your mind. Many of us focus on only one pillar at a time, but for long-term success it is important to build and balance all four pillars together. You can customize the program to fit your personal goals and gain an objective measure of your overall health. Core 4 is filled with practical information on nutrition, meal planning, strength-training workouts, movement guides, and inspiration that will motivate you to take small, manageable steps to a healthier you.

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