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Lots of choices for outdoor skating this winter in Kitchener Helen Hall here are some benefits to the frigid temperatures this winter. People have been able to bundle up and participate in traditional Canadian outdoor activities like skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing and ice skating. The City of Kitchener is helping to organize and support 38 outdoor winter rinks at community centres, schools and parks that can be used free of charge. “The rink really brings people in a neighbourhood together,” says Mark Harris, Children’s Service Co-ordinator, who looks after the outdoor rinks in Kitchener. “In the summer, it’s easy to go outside,” he said, adding in the winter it’s things like community rinks that bring people together. Harris said that, while the City of Kitchener helps organize the rinks, it is the “hard work of the volunteers” that makes the outdoor rink program possible. This year, about 350 volunteers are maintaining outdoor rinks in the city. “We’ve had amazing rink weather,” Harris said.



GETTING TOGETHER FOR A GAME OF SHINNY - The temperatures were low, but there was lots of sunshine for a game of shinny behind the Forest Heights Community Centre this weekend, on one of the outdoor rinks organized by the City of Kitchener. From left: Don Filiatrault, Jamie Sloat, London Sloat, Myles Filiatrault, and Nolan Filiatrault. Photo by Helen Hall Each Kitchener rink has a sign encouraging people to wear proper equipment, such as a certified helmet. Harris said the rinks have low boards to encourage hockey players to keep the puck low when

shooting to help avoid injuries on the ice. Harris said keeping the puck low is “good shinny etiquette” since players rarely wear full hockey equipment. Harris said rink organizers

sometimes make rules around shinny and free skating times at their location, and that all skaters should look out for the safety and enjoyment of everyone on the ice. He said some locations in

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Kitchener have two rinks so hockey can be played on one and just skating on the other. Ice skating is not allowed on any stormwater ponds owned by the City of Kitchener. Manager of the Stormwater Utility Nick Gollan said that people are often drawn to skating on the frozen tops of stormwater ponds, but they are not safe for recreation. Gollan said some stormwater ponds are over two metres deep. They have water flowing under the ice, and sometimes air pockets between the ice and the water, making them unpredictable. Because they are created from stormwater runoff, the water in the pond has road salt in it that can affect the strength of the ice. Gollan said items left on the ice by skaters, such as rink boards, seats, hockey sticks, pucks and nets can sink into the stormwater treatment ponds during a melt, and plug the pond and cause flooding. To see a list of the locations of Kitchener’s outdoor rinks, visit or see page 17 of the Kitchener Citizen. Volunteers are always needed. You can sign up by contacting Mark Harris at

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Committee members needed for project to digitize Sports Parade of History photos

Carrie Debrone ver wonder which Canadian and international sports heroes come from Kitchener and Waterloo? Well, if you’ve ever gone to an event at the Waterloo Recreation Centre or the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium, you likely couldn’t help but notice the large photo galleries that cover some of the walls. The photos tell the story of championship sports teams and local athletes who competed and represented both cities provincially, nationally and internationally. Called the Sports Parade of History, the idea to create and maintain walls of photos of our sports champions came from the late KW Civitan Club member Ed Davies. Established in 1988, in cooperation with the City of Kitchener, the Parade of History project became the way that the Kitchener-Waterloo Civitan Club celebrated its 25th anniversary. Since then the numbers of photos have grown and now cover four walls beside the Subscriber’s Lounge at the Aud, and a large wall on the second level of the Rec Centre outside the Hauser Haus Room. From 1989 to 1993, 204 pictures of local athletes representing 42 sports were added to the walls, which include photos dating back to 1888 and represent historical sports pictures as well as



championship teams and individuals. Some are of athletes who have won Canadian and World Championships or have represented Canada at the Olympics. Younger athletes who have also won championships in Ontario and had no higher level at which to compete, are also included in the displays. Kitchener has had world champions in many sports including the 1918 Kitchener Allan Cup and World Amateur Champions in wrestllng, boxing, waterskiing, windsurfing, 10pin bowling, and men and women atheletes who have played on Canada’s World Championship Hockey teams. In recent years the project has struggled, mainly because it is running out of space, and because many of the people involved in its development and continuation have passed away including well-known champions of local sport Pat Doherty and Howie Dietrich. And, some of the older photos are now showing their age, have become faded or ragged and need to be replaced. An idea to update the project by digitizing all the photos has taken root, and four organizations have stepped up to the leadership plate. The Parade of History digital project is a partnership of the KW Civitan Club, the Kitchener Sports Association (KSA), the City of Kitchener and the City

One of four walls at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium filled with photos of local sports champions. Some of the photos date back to 1888. of Waterloo. The project is looking for volunteers to be on a committee that would lead the project. The work will involve digitizing all the photos currently on display, and presenting them to fans on web based touch screens, likely located at kiosks at the Aud, the Rec Centre and possibly other locations in the region, such as museums and libraries. KSA President, Bill Pegg said he has received about

seven applications so far from people willing to serve on the committee. “The ideal would be to have ten or more,” Pegg said. “The cities have all the negatives stored in their archives,” Pegg said, adding that the costliest part of the project will be converting the photos to a digital format and purchasing equipment to allow viewing. No budget for the project has yet been set. “We started talking about the project about three years ago. The KSA stepped in and said we’re willing to get involved. We think it is a very worthwhile project and I think both cities and the Civitans want to get going on it,” Pegg said. Ashley Purvis, Sport

Development Coordinator at the City of Kitchener, said that after applications are received, the committee will be struck with a view to having the project started next month and a goal to having all the photos digitized within two years. If you are interested in local sports and/or local history with a background in either, skilled in research or technical aspects, or just an interested person that this appeals to, the committee would like to hear from you. The committee will also be charged with reviewing and approving all new applicants to the Parade of History. Anyone interested should email a response/inquiry by January 31, 2018 to: ksapresident@kitchenersports. ca

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Mayor’s City Builder Awards presented at annual New Year’s Levee

ive individuals have been recognized as recipients of the City of Kitchener’s 2017 Mayor’s City Builder Award for fostering community connections to build a better Kitchener for everyone. “Reviewing the nominations showed me how much passion our residents have about ensuring community support is there for everyone,” says Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “The compassion and commitment these five leaders have shown is inspirational and critical to the success of each program, committee and organization they are involved in.” The awards were handed out at the January 7 New Year’s Levee held at Kitchener City Hall and hosted by Mayor Vrbanovic and council.

Melissa Bowman For the past four years, Melissa has been president of the Victoria Park Neighbourhood Association (VPNA) and is current chair of the Downtown Action and Advisory Committee (DAAC). Melissa’s work with VPNA has helped make this neighbourhood an exciting and vibrant place to live and visit. Her leadership and insight has provided value to city staff on the rejuvenation of the downtown core. An avid volunteer, Melissa has been donating her time with the Waterloo Region Food Bank for almost a decade and served for seven years in volunteer roles with Nexus church. Known for her desire to make her neighbourhood great, Melissa gladly lends a helping hand whenever she can.

in educating the community on issues surrounding sexual violence. Sara is currently the executive director of the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region and sits on a number of boards and coalitions addressing gender violence. She co-chairs the Sexual Assault Response Team of Waterloo Region and represents her centre as a member of the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres and the Sex Workers’ Action Network of Waterloo Region.

her role as a local place maker and community activist. Laura bridges art and community through individual initiatives like Central Fairy Doors and The Ladybug project, and through creative collaborations like The Frederick Street Art Walk, The Hohner Avenue Porch Party and The Weber Park Piano. Whether its long term collaborative committee work with the Central Frederick Neighbourhood Association and Downtown Neighbourhood Alliance, or joining relatively new adventures like the Summer Lights Festival Board of Directors and the City of Kitchener’s Neighbourhood Strategy Project Team, she commits to long term relationships and follows through with dedication, passion and action. This dedication to reaching as many people as possible and creating community connections is

woven throughout her artwork and love of storytelling.

Paula Saunders Paula Saunders has been a strong advocate for promoting a barrier-free community. For over 25 years Paula has been on the Waterloo Region Barrierfree Advisory Committee, offering suggestions and practical solutions for

eliminating barriers to both municipalities and the region. She has consulted for the City of Kitchener to review blueprints and designs of new buildings, including the construction of City Hall. With the introduction of the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, this committee became the Grand River Accessibility Advisory Committee where Paula continued her work in the role of Built Environment Chairperson from 2011 to 2017. Paula has worked with city staff and engineers to examine curb cuts, intersections, trails, parks and buildings to ensure the same level of accessibility for everyone. The Mayor’s City Builder Awards recognize any youth, adult, older adult or group that has demonstrated a commitment to making the city and community a better place today and in the future.

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Basheer Habib Basheer Habib serves numerous organizations including: Canadian International Council, World Partnership Walk, Aga Khan Council for Ontario, Aga Khan District Administrative Committee, St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation, Junior Achievement and Waterloo Region Walks. Specifically, Basheer has been instrumental in making the World Partnership Walk a fixture in Waterloo Region. He was one of the original founders of the walk and has served as a chair for many years. As chair, Basheer built relationships with local corporations, academic institutions and all levels of government, educating them about the importance of supporting international development. Through Basheer’s philanthropic work, many local residents have been inspired to be active members of the community, turning their thoughts and learnings into meaningful action.


Sara Casselman In playing an active role within the sexual assault support sector for over 17 years, Sara is an advocate and leader

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he Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) has been replaced by the new Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT). The tribunal is a result of the new Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, which was passed in the Ontario legislature in December 12, 2017. “This legislation is taking action to give residents and municipalities a greater say in how our communities are developed and grow,” said Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry Kathryn McGarry, who represents Cambridge and North Dumfries. “Giving people a stronger voice in the planning of their own communities will help ensure that these areas reflect the best interests of the people living in them today, as well as future generations.” Appeals currently filed with the OMB are not affected by the new tribunal. “Matters currently in process will continue to be dealt with under the current rules and processes,” said Mark Cripps, OMB spokesperson. In 2015-2016 (the most recent year for which data is available), the OMB received 1,460 cases from across the province. McGarry said that the new

legislation will create the free local Planning Appeal Support Centre, which will provide people across the province with information about the land use planning appeal process, legal and planning advice. In certain cases, legal representation will be provided for proceedings before the tribunal. OMB hearings were previously “de novo”, meaning the board looked at all the information for the first time as if no decision had been made by the municipal council, which will no longer be the case. The LPAT will have less power than the OMB. Appeals to the LPAT will focus on whether a municipal council failed to follow its own Official Plan or disregarded provincial planning policies. If a municipal council doesn’t follow its own planning rules in its decision, the matter will be sent back to the council by the LPAT for them to reconsider. The act will also modernize the Conservation Authorities Act. The legislation clarifies the roles and responsibilities of conservation authorities and strengthens oversight and accountability. It also encourages increased public engagement by setting requirements for more public disclosure and for meetings to be open to the public.

Region approves 2.74 % tax increase



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.

he Region of Waterloo approved a 2.74 per cent tax increase for 2018. “The Region of Waterloo continues to provide services which support a thriving community. Keeping pace with the demands for service that ensure a good quality of life is key to our budget, and residents of the region continue to receive good value for their property tax dollars,” said Ken Seiling, Regional Chair. “Major cost drivers for the 2018 budget are enhanced paramedic services and increased transit services as outlined in our long term business plans,” said Sean Strickland, Regional Councillor and Chair of the Budget Committee. “This includes the addition of two 12 hour ambulances and 10 paramedics. Additionally, proposed transit service changes to improve service to Conestoga College and better integrate with ION LRT service. Expansion of MobilityPlus service will ensure accessible transit to those who need and request it. Transit and paramedic services are big ticket items that are costly but necessary to service our community.”

Additional funds have been allocated in this budget to invest in a number of services. These include an emergency notification system, discretionary benefits for Ontario Works clients, and providing additional staff resources at Sunnyside Home. The budget also continues to invest in new infrastructure to support growth and the repair and replacement of existing, aging infrastructure in areas such as roads, bridges, transit, water supply and wastewater treatment facilitie, and affordable housing units. “Regional staff worked hard to balance new service priorities with longer term planned projects in the 2018 budget,” said Mike Murray, Chief Administrative Officer. “Staff have identified over $14.1 million in sustainable savings over the last five years, and continue to focus on providing excellent value to the community.” The increase of 2.27 per cent for regional services and 0.47 per cent for police services will impact the average household by $53. Regional services account for about 50 per cent of the residential property tax bill.

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MP Raj Saini honours local community members with sesquicentennial pins


aj Saini, Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre, awarded 15 individuals and five organizations with sesquicentennial pins in honour of their extraordinary contributions to Kitchener. Recipients were nominated from the community and excelled in one or more of the following four categories: promoting a diverse and inclusive Canada, advancing reconciliation of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians, reaffirming the importance of strong environmental stewardship, and engaging and inspiring youth. “Our community is fortunate to have so many people who strive to help and support others in so many different ways,” said Saini. Each award recipient received a Canada 150 pin and a challenge coin. The pin incorporates the original copper which covered the roofs of Canada’s Parliament buildings from 1918 to 1996. Challenge Coins have long been a tradition to mark outstanding service. The award recipients were: • Asma Al-wahsh • David Marskell • Debora Ritchie • Diane Bonfonte • Donna Dubie • Engin Sezen & Selda Sezen • Fitzroy (Fitz the Whip) Vanderpool • Gebrehiwot (Gebre) Berihun • Haile Kiflai • John Neufeld • Kathryn Bender • Laura Hamilton • Sarah Shafiq • Tarique Plummer • Tracey Weiler As well as four groups: • Anishnabeg Outreach • I am Rohingya (Theatre production group) • Mennonite Central Com- mittee • OK2BME, KW Counselling • YWCA, Kitchener Waterloo Emergency Shelter (formerly Mary’s Place) The ceremony was held December 9, 2017 at the Main Branch of the Kitchener Public Library. Entertainment was provided by Drumming Women from Healing of the 7 Generations. O Canada was performed by Yvonne Jarsch. The award winners were introduced by Ethan McCready-Branch.

A group photo following the Sesquicentennial Awards of Recognition hosted by MP Raj Saini on December 9 at the Kitchener Public Library. Recipients excelled in one or more of the following four categories: promoting a diverse and inclusive Canada, advancing reconciliation of Indigenous and nonIndigenous Canadians, reaffirming the importance of strong environmental stewardship, and engaging and inspiring youth.

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by Marwan Tabbara MP for Kitchener South—Hespeler

appy New Year! I offer my best wishes to all the residents of Waterloo Region. I hope 2018 brings health, happiness and peace. The New Year started with some excellent news: Canada has created almost 700,000 jobs since we were elected, and now has its lowest unemployment rate in over 40 years! Canada’s unemployment rate now stands at 5.7% – the lowest since government records started being kept in 1976. Ontario’s unemployment rate has fallen to 5.5%, and, in the KitchenerCambridge-Waterloo Census Metropolitan Area, the unemployment rate hit an extraordinary low of 4.3% in December. I believe that this success has been achieved by implementing our plan: reducing taxes on the middleclass and those working hard to join it, putting more money in the pockets of moms and dads who will stimulate the local economy with their tax-free Canada Child Benefit, and investing in infrastructure. I believe we can continue to build on this success in the year ahead, and I look forward to continuing to being a strong voice for my constituents in Ottawa. Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund In 2017, the world faced another humanitarian crisis that saw the fleeing of 600,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh. The majority of these refugees are women and children. The Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund was

established to help address this crisis. In the span of three months, Canadians donated more than $12.5 million to registered charities. The Government of Canada made a matching contribution of $12.55 million which will be allocated to life-saving and gender-sensitive assistance being provided by humanitarian partners to those living in camps and settlements in Bangladesh or those displaced within Myanmar. Overall, Canada’s contribution is more than $37.5 million. Canada Summer Jobs Last summer, several not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses and the students they hired as summer employees in Kitchener South-Hespeler benefited from the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program. In total, 158 job opportunities were available thanks to $542,047 in CSJ subsidy funding to employers in our riding. This is a great opportunity for employers and students; employers benefit from acquiring extra help during the summer months and students gain valuable workplace skills and experience. Applications from employers are being accepted online until February 2, 2018. For more information on CSJ, including the eligibility criteria and application guide, visit, a Service Canada Office, or call 1-800-935-5555.



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by Raj Saini MP for Kitchener-Centre

appy New Year! With the holiday season behind us, I’m looking forward to the year ahead, representing our community both here at home and in Ottawa. As we enter 2018, I’m pleased to begin the year by sharing very positive news about our economy. In 2017, Canada added 422,000 jobs. Our country’s unemployment rate now stands at 5.7% - the lowest since government records started being kept in 1976. In 2018, through smart investments, we’ll continue to create the kind of growth that works for everyone. When you have an economy that works for the middle class, you have a country that works for everyone. For some, this will mean that it is easier to find a good well-paying job, or to progress in their careers. Our Government is investing in growing this economy through measures like the recently announced Venture Capital Catalyst Initiative, which will make $400 million available through the Business Development Bank of Canada. This will help companies grow start-ups into global champions while creating jobs across the country. Interested applicants can submit expressions of interest until February 23, 2018, and can learn more here: eic/site/061.nsf/eng/h_03052.html. Another important component of the Government’s work to create jobs is the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program. Canada’s future prosperity depends on young Canadians getting the education and experience they’ll need to succeed, and that includes access to work experience. From December 19, 2017, to February 2, 2018, eligible employers can apply for CSJ 2018 funding. For more information on CSJ, including the eligibility criteria and application guide, visit, drop by a Service Canada Office or call 1-800-935-5555.

Small businesses are at the heart of the Canada Summer Jobs program, and they are the heart of our community. From the bookshops and galleries where we share art and knowledge, to the startups where we innovate and share ideas, local businesses help shape the character of our city. In the coming weeks, I hope to meet with local businesses to discuss some of their priorities for 2018, to answer any questions about Government programs, and to ensure that our Government is working to meet their needs. If you are a small business owner and would like me to drop by in January, I would encourage you to reach out to my office to arrange a visit. As we continue to look to the year ahead, the Minister of Finance has also launched an online pre-budget consultation process for Budget 2018, inviting Canadians to offer their ideas on four themes: progress for the middle class, the economy of tomorrow, lifelong learning, and gender equality. Canadians can participate in person, through the website www.budget., or by engaging on social media using #YourBudget2018. I would encourage all members of our community to participate, as we work together to create a vision of what Canada’s future should look like. To learn more about the work I am doing here in the riding and in Ottawa, please visit my website,, email me at, or call me at 519-7412001. Please also feel free to join us at our next Community Potluck, to be held in my office on Sunday February 4th. My staff and I are always ready to answer your questions or assist you with any Federal matter you may have. I look forward to hearing from you. I wish you and your family all the best for a safe, healthy, and happy 2018.

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by Harold Albrecht MP for Kitchener-Conestoga


e are fortunate to live in Canada, a country that has flourished and prospered over the years. And our new positive Conservative message recognizes the pride we feel in Canada and its history. As Andrew Scheer, Leader of the Official Opposition, said, “It is indisputable that the world has been better off for the last 150 years because of Canada.” Canada’s Conservatives are unapologetic in our love for Canada and its history. Our positive alternative will make Canada as much the envy of the world for the next 150 years as we have been since our country was founded. My positive Conservative vision for KitchenerConestoga is about encouraging policies that create prosperity and opportunity for everyone in our community – those in Kitchener, Wellesley, Woolwich, and Wilmot. I believe that everyone should have an equal chance to succeed - no matter who they are, where they live, or where they work. Whether you’re a financial planner in Kitchener, work in manufacturing at Tri-Mach in Elmira, or are lucky enough to test some of Ontario Drive and Gear’s new vehicles in New Hamburg, the Conservative message has something to offer. I have always stood for policies that promote hard work, risk and reward. That is why my positive Conservative message is about making prosperity and opportunity for everyone the core of everything that I do. When I talk about cutting taxes, it’s because I want families to be able to keep more of their own money. I believe that everyone should have an equal opportunity to succeed.

My plan is simple: 1) Balance the Budget 2) Lower Taxes 3) Be Accountable. Canada’s Conservatives have always stood up for balanced budgets because we know that our economy won’t grow and create jobs if we spend more than we have. I will always fight for disciplined spending so Canadians can invest in their future and so we can secure opportunities for our children, and grandchildren. I have always been committed to lifting up all Canadians. I believe in helping Canadians achieve prosperity and opportunity. Our Conservative team believes that hard-working Canadians should get to keep more of their hardearned money so that they can choose what’s best for themselves and their families. That is the message I shared with farmers, small and medium sized business owners, and entrepreneurs across the Waterloo Region. The Conservative Party of Canada is stronger, more united and working harder than ever before. In 2017 we elected a new leader, Andrew Scheer, who is travelling the country sharing his positive Conservative vision with hardworking Canadians. Most of all, Canada’s Conservatives demonstrated to Canadians that there is a real alternative to Justin Trudeau’s Liberals: a Conservative movement that recognizes how hard Canadians work, and how little of their hard earned money they get to keep. Listening to you is my number one job. I’m Kitchener-Conestoga’s voice in Ottawa. I can be reached by email at or by phone at 519 578 3777.




Tuesday, Jan. 9 and Jan. 23, 11 a.m.-noon Bring your little ones to the market every other Tuesday for a fun-filled morning. Popular local musician, Erick Traplin performs some of kids’ favourite songs. Be prepared for a high-energy, hopping good time.

EARLY YEARS CENTRE FAMILY KITCHEN Tuesday, Jan. 16, 23 and 30, 9:30-11 a.m.

Join Early Years Centre in the marketplace for family cooking time. This program provides strategies to families on how to involve children in the kitchen.


Thursdays, 11 a.m.-noon Every Thursday ARTSHINE hosts a program for children and their parents. Participate in a fun, hands-on creative art experience.

MUSIC AND MOVEMENT Fridays, 9:30-11 a.m.

Imagination and creativity are developed and explored through rhymes, songs and finger plays. Bring your young children to an interactive class that supports language development and physical activity.


by Daiene Vernile MPP for Kitchener-Centre

he start of a new year is when many people resolve to make changes to improve their lives. Lose weight. Quit smoking. Get your finances in order. At the start of 2018, the Ontario government resolved to create fairness and opportunity with a milestone plan to help people get ahead in our changing economy. This plan includes a higher minimum wage for workers and free prescription medications for Ontarians under 25 years of age. So, why are we doing this? Currently, Ontario’s economy is red hot. The unemployment rate, at 5.5%, is the lowest it’s been in 18 years. Economic success is being felt across all sectors, including manufacturing, technology, real estate, and finance. And for a third straight year, our growth is outperforming all G7 countries. But, unfortunately, not all Ontarians are sharing in these gains. Many are struggling to get ahead in a workplace where jobs and benefits are less secure, and income inequality has become the moral issue of our time. This is why the Ontario government is taking action to help more people afford life’s expenses. The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act increases the minimum wage to $14 per hour on January 1st of this year, and then to $15 per hour by January 2019. This means almost a third of Ontario workers will now earn a living wage. It will also make employee scheduling fairer, require employers to pay the same wage to parttime employees who do the same job as full-time employees, introduce two paid days per year of


personal emergency leave, and ensure at least three weeks’ vacation after five years of service with the same employer. Recently, while browsing through dress shop Sisters on Huron, owner Delores Sullivan approached me to share her views on the minimum wage. Delores has experienced both sides of the retail floor – as a staffer, and now as a small business owner employing six workers. “I agree and support the fact that the minimum wage should be increased. I appreciate that it is to be done incrementally over 2 years,” wrote Delores in an open letter posted on Facebook. Delores’ next comments are striking. “How is it possible that employers sleep at night, growing their successful companies on the backs of loyal and often hard working people, paying them poorly?” She concludes by saying, “Thank you to the Wynne government for this new action to ensure that all will be treated fairly.” Delores encourages more business owners to take a positive stand and treat their employees fairly. Ontario is also expanding medicare so no parent has to choose between paying for their child’s prescription drugs and providing other essentials. Everyone under the age of 25 with OHIP coverage and a valid prescription will now get their medications at no cost. OHIP+ provides access to more than 4,400 drug products, including ones to treat cancer and rare diseases. Building a fairer Ontario is fundamental to the success of people in every corner of our province.

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Vietnamese dishes are widely acknowledged as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world: full of fresh ingredients with limited use of dairy and oil. Join Chef Thompson Tran for a hands-on class creating a delicious Vietnamese meal that will satisfy your taste buds without breaking your new year’s resolutions.

WINTER WARMER: SOUPS & STEWS Wednesday, Jan. 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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Warm up to a bowl of homemade soup or stew using one of the fabulous recipes you’ll learn in this class. Soups and stews can be made ahead of time and frozen for future meals; they are also a great way to incorporate fresh veggies into your diet.


Wednesday, Jan. 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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Thai dishes are created using many elements in a harmonious way to create a full dish. Many of the ingredients used in Thai cooking complement a vegetarian diet, so this is the perfect combination of lifestyle and cuisine. Get the MarketNEWS delivered every month to your inbox!


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A New Year’s Resolution: Increasing Our Local Fitness

’ll admit it – I have not been this excited Dear Carrie Debrone, about a newCitizen year in a long, I was pleased to get your Kitchener (east edition)long and while. found it youyou guess quite informative andCan I thank for it.why? I just read your shortSome article regarding naturalchoose gas ratesthe goinglongdown of you the might for residential customers. awaited roll-out of our LRT, the IOU – You write that Kitchener Utilities have a 2,100 cubic meter average use whoops -- I mean, ION. Good guess, but annually for its residential customers. I still have an imperial gas meter, no, although I will fascinated less which shows the consumption in cubic feet. be I have never been ableby to the read ridership and more by the vehicular ballet that will ensue when that meter and as for that matter, even the meter readers seem to have a problem with it as well. Whytrain else would the city all issuevie a bill the amount motorists, cyclists, and conductors forin the same of $452? piece of pavement. You want a prediction for 2018? KW will be January billtohad been $222.16. February, $295.79, there sat theMy first region deploy Blackberry self-driving carsI–already for our up and took notice, but then excused it by, the winter being especially harsh. self-preservation! However, when I received my March bill, I knew that something was very You might my excitement to asked the fed’s of wrong. I calledpin the Utility Office and was to takelegalization a piece of paper recreational slated forToJuly Hmmmm, close, I didbut not and a pen andmarijuana, read the meter myself. this 1st. request I replied that know how read the imperial andthe asidefirst fromconsumers that, it wasn'ttomy job. again, no. toWhile I will be meter among visit TheRegion’s lady I talked to was very nice and agreed to send outlets, somebodyitout to do the three designated cannabis retail won’t

military equipment oftoour Ditto for the another reading and alsoworthy promised callarmed me backforces. once this was done. It provincial government; you can’t truly understand the need for was the very next day that I received her call telling me that the new amount affordable housing when your home address is Iinonly Toronto. owing was now $200.10, a mere difference of $251.90. wonder how often the meter hadisbeen misread in the past. Local politics exciting because it’s close to home, our chance neighbours on either side have metric meters and I and had previously toMy influence school board decisions, city services, Regional asked if I could get one that I would be able to read. The answer to that policies. These elected officials are not only our neighbours, but consisted of a flat NO. the very system that elects them is the purest form of democracy The city had pre-authorized withdrawal privileges for 2004/005 which since Socrates up Iinrevoked Ancient say,ask“What the they bungled up sostood badly that thatAthens privilege.toI did that office to please send me a paper trail for my records which I never received nor heck?” didAnd I getinan2018, answer to my arequest and, of course, one canfor forget about an there’s new wrinkle. Candidates the October apology. 22nd elections can’t declare their intention to run until May 1st, I realize that it is up to your discretion to publish or not to publish my making it a bitifdifficult to back a particular political horse when to print it I would like to warn my fellow letter. However you decide you don’t have the needed background. "Kitchenerites" to be extra "vigilant" every time that Utility Bill arrives. That’s where the Kitchener Citizen comes in. If an incumbent Respectfully,decides to run, the back issues of our paper (all candidate Ingrid E. Merkel online!) give you a wealth of information – some written by the be to purchase product, but to peruse the personnel for former very politicians you’re scrutinizing. And should a new candidate students of mine, the ones I frequently admonished with the enter the fray in May, you can count on the Citizen to cover lecture, “Your marijuana expertise will surely lead you to a construction of all local political platforms. life of drugs.” How was I to know that they’d be working with Being informed doesn’t mean gleefully putting the feet of governmental blessing? elected officials to the fire, but silence implies consent, and How about a hint? Okay, think politics, but not the American Canadian electorates must shun the trend of American meanness variety, although I will admit that should our southern cousins permeating the political landscape. not throw out a good number of Republican apparatchiks in So, let’s work out more this year by exercising our local their November midterm elections, I will lead the call to build a franchise. Let the Citizen be your personal trainer with a As a relatively new arrival in Kitchener I've been exploring the very impressed by the Arts office at City Hall and with how they provided northern wall.arts opportunities here and first impressions are very me dedicated politicalabout regimen. photographic with information what was going on here. Those people in turn No, my January excitement is for this year’s municipal After all, we charge no membership encouraging. It's just not just in the tech side of quality that the community have offered their own advice and contacts, fees. so again two thumbs up for should be judged. thriving Artsto community usually does well. This can the level of support they give each other. elections. Forget A about trying get the federal Liberals to buy

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Just what makes Kitchener so good at Arts development?

not always be measured in the financial spectrum as the living standard Yes, there are already many photographers doing the normal expectations of artists are remarkably low. photographic needs of the region, but the opportunity to work with We don't want that two bedroom house within convenient driving emerging image companies like web designers, animation houses, software LETTER THE EDITOR course or mall. Speaking as one of those underfunded producers, locally based video firms, electronic images for broadcasters distance toTO the golf independent art producers i'll tell you I've lived in some very bad 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 esidents who walk a distance walking conditions throughout this city.” interactions,” said Boos. “Our cities’ before they were condoized. downturn. as are short as 50 winterto be in TriTAG following a approach to sidewalk clearing should not There basically twometres reasons in for artists an area.initiated A slightlythe study Kitchener is projected to be growing by a conservative estimate of are more arts likely than not encounter a availability City of Kitchener that compared confine anyone within prison ice and compact community withtolow rents and the of galleries orreport 100,000 people over the next 20 years and plans calla for a bigof investment noticed there issidewalk a vibrant inclearing venues to or showcase art produced. sidewalk cornertheobstructed byI have ice or thethatcity’s policies snow.” conversions of existing warehouse buildings into studio style live work theatre network here none the less is going through hard times. The cities snow, according to athat new study released with those of other actively TriTAG base is has downrecommending space. that Technically the manufacturing turned and leftthat a lot scene is really good with a solid choice of local talent that is well of empty buildings. bymusic the Tri-Cities Transport Action Group plow their sidewalks, solely on the basis Kitchener and other municipalities adopt publicized by a few local free publications. Radio generally follows the of thoseThe numbers there are percentthe artists in all media that (TriTAG). The but volunteer-run of has costs complaintIf out volumes. metrics that10assess mobility impacts standard corprock the University study, of Waterloo an and outstanding actually work at their art all of us are going to need some of this space to conducted several weeks in January TriTAG study attempts to provide better, of sidewalk policies, and is calling on communityover station. build up our community. Artists, being artists though, do not like to be huge poolofof 2017, university draw from fordirect a vocalmetrics audienceto assess the state of the city to conduct a pilot program to andThe February hasstudents foundto that more told how to do things. The local government is working hard to reach that with bylaws some disposable cash helps practices in keeping walking the citiesmobility, vibrant and local and enforcement by counting the number more directly evaluate sidewalk level where they can integrate the needs of the various artistic community enthusiastic. The number of professional artists is still small enough so that requiring property owners to clear of adjacent properties and street corners enforcement and plowing options. seamlessly into their development plans. they know one another. Many studies have shown time full and again how efficient based adjacent of snow and ice do not snow-clearing The report can bean Arts accessed We aresidewalks quickly seeing astounding growth in thewhere digitalabsent imagingor inadequate communityThe canstudy be. A from planningthe group called The Prosperity Council guarantee towho all hashas left sidewalks inaccessible. TriTAG website: industry.sidewalks Fortunately,are as aaccessible photographer been working in digital specifically calls for a huge investment for artists and art based businesses yearsmonths. it helps me integrate my own workfound into video, 3D, in web, infor colder that even cases where there had wintersidewalks to encourage them to choose Kitchener as a place to work. This is the first advertising, etc. So I think, personally, the opportunities in Kitchener are “Kitchener’s Pedestrian Charter been no snowfall fortime several I havedays, found an a directed approach to our niche, but very valuable better than Toronto. An example being the cable TV (Rogers) that works recognizes walking as a right to be average transit user would get less than Tri-cities Transport segment of society. If evenThe fifty percent of the plans get done it isAction still an very hard to involve the regions schools and artisians in locally produced enjoyed by its citizens,” said Mike Boos, halfway to a bus stop before encountering Group (TriTAG) is a local grassroots attractive place to build a career. programming. is now alladvocating pixels andfor with the recent executive member of TriTAG. uncleared or snow. Our image production organization changes that Let's notcommittee forget that Kitchener/Waterloo was voted the mostice intelligent of a newenable 5 million Federal grant to establish city andwe’ve speakingfound as a newcomer the level of of announcement “What though, itisis very that evident “Forthat many our neighbours, alldollar people in Waterloo Regiona massive digital media centre in the downtown core, it offers unexcelled professionalism is visiblysidewalk high here.clearing People waste little time and the means today’s ‘do-it-yourself’ uncleared sidewalks they end up to have transportation choice, and to opportunities to work with some of the leading edge image systems in the welcome i've received in presenting my own portfolio to various galleries policies do not uphold the Pedestrian staying indoors to feel safe, rather than improve their experience and dignity and companies has been warm and enthusiastic. A very nice event held world. In fact there are plans to make Kitchener a regional Charter’s promise of safe and consistent participate in everyday tasks or social walking, and riding transit. communications hub and when that leads into thebiking, possibility of thousands of new in town is the quarterly parties at the KW regional art gallery. Mellow 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. With the projected growth of the regions artists in all mediums I have info just go to the net and most community plans are available. The next The Kitchener Citizen welcomes Letters to the Editor. All letters must clearly state the found there are many dynamic, specifically targeted plans, by the three years will establish this region of one of the "Silicon Valley" inspired writer’s full name, address,inphone number be signed. Names will be published with the letter, however, addresses andvery telephone numexamples along of a thriving gateway of new ideas and I feel fortunate to municipal government particular, toand foster a (relatively) large bers will be used only for not be published. be myself submitted least week theartists. publication able toshould establish hereat with so one many otherbefore creative community investment in verification developmentpurposes towards and artistwill integration. I was beLetters


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Retro cartoon party rings in the New Year at Kitchener City Hall

The City of Kitchener hosted a New Year’s Eve retro Many other costumed characters roamed the hallways cartoon party to ring in the New Year. The free event of Kitchener City Hall, including the Swedish Chef, featured live music, retro arcade games, costumed one of the Jim Henson Muppet characters. characters, and ice skating on Carl Zehr Square. Scooby-Doo was on hand with the Mystery Machine van on display. With Scooby-Doo are Isabelle (left) and Annapaula. Photos by Helen Hall

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The City of Kitchener’s first priority is making sure residents can travel safely around the city each winter by keeping roads and sidewalks clear of snow and ice. The city is responsible for snow removal on: • public roadways; • sidewalks around city facilities; • crosswalks.

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The City of Kitchener is responsible for winter road maintenance including plowing, sanding and salting. A number of factors – including temperature, future forecasts and precipitation – determine how and when plowing, salting or sanding should take place. Snow-plowing priorities Each snow plow is assigned a designated area of the city and clearing is carried out on the basis of the following priorities. 1) Major arterial roads; 2) Major collector roads and GRT bus routes; 3) Local residential streets.

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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. Residents are responsible for removing snow and ice from sidewalks around their property within 24 hours after a snowfall. There are local agencies who can help, if you are unable to clear your sidewalks because of health or mobility restrictions. Fees and eligibility requirements may apply, so call for details: • Community Support Connections/Meals and Wheels and More: 519-772-8787; • Working Centre: 519-513-9225; You can also ask a high school student; volunteer hours are required for graduation from high school. Contact your local high school to see if there are students who can help you through the winter. Be a Snow Angel! Snow Angels volunteer to shovel snow for someone in their neighbourhood, lending a hand to clear to those who may not be able to meet their responsibility to remove ice and snow from their sidewalks after a snowfall. They help create a safer community for

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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, visit tagandtow to subscribe.

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Snow and ice clearing tips Follow these tips to keep your sidewalk clear of snow and ice this winter.

Shovel or plow the snow first. • Clear the snow as soon as you can so a snowy walk doesn’t become as icy one • Do not use salt or de-icers to melt snow • Use a broom to sweep up snow left behind by the shovel or plow

Treat icy patches only. • Remove ice with a steel ice chopper • Use non-clumping kitty litter or sand to reduce the potential to slip and when it’s too cold for salt to work • Sprinkle salt or de-icer on icy areas only and give it time to work before clearing ice • Follow salt or de-icer directions for working temperature and application rate • Empty leftover salt from your scoop or bucket back into the bag, and not on the ground, to save for next time

Stopping salting completely may not be realistic, but we know we could all use a little less.

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Lowe’s new location on Ottawa Street South in Kitchener held its official grand opening December 14. Lowe’s representatives and the Waterloo Regional Chair watched as Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic (middle) saws the grand opening board in half. From left: Store Manager Summet Sindwani, Regional Chair Ken Seiling, Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, Lowe’s Divisional Vice President Malcolm Parks, and Marketing Director Rick Truant.

Lowe’s representatives present a cheque for $5,000 to Wendi Campbell, (second from left) for the Food Bank of Waterloo Region. The Food Bank also received a $2,200 donation from Lowe’s employees, who raised the money in only a few short weeks by holding cookie and chocolate sales and a chili cook-off.

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Lowe’s and its employees give to local food bank By Carrie Debrone fter 16 weeks and a $4.3-million renovation, Lowe’s located in the former RONA Home and Garden location at 730 Ottawa Street South in Kitchener, held a grand opening December 14. The converted store is the first “new model” home improvement Lowe’s store in Ontario. Company representatives explain that the new store design was developed by taking the best of Lowe’s and RONA’s offerings with the goal to create an enhanced shopping experience for customers. It has 40,000 items available in store and many more online. The Kitchener store is the 60th Lowe’s store in Canada and the second location locally (the other is located on Ira Needles in Waterloo). The opening of the new Lowe’s created 45 new jobs in the community. It has 160 permanent employees and about 40 seasonal workers. The grand opening included speeches by local politicians and company representatives. It also included a $5,000 donation to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region from the company, which will go toward work needed on the food bank’s Alpine Ct. building. A team from Lowe’s will be going to the food bank to help with clean up, repairs and other work needed at the facility. An additional $2,200


donation that was raised solely by the store’s employees will go towards purchasing food for the food bank. Store manager Summet Sindwani said the employees raised the money in only a few short weeks by baking cookies, selling chocolate and holding a chili cook-off, among other fundraisers. “I’m proud to be part of such an amazing team,” Sindwani said. The store was kept open for all but about five hours during its four-month transformation. Although it was difficult, employees worked around the construction and Sindwani praised their above and beyond efforts to ready the store for the opening. The store includes an expanded summer patio furniture section, a wood flooring section and new products by manufacturers like John Deere and Cub Cadet. Its services to contractors have also been expanded and include charge accounts and a drive-through lumberyard. Lowe’s Companies Inc. is visited by 17 million customers a week in Canada, the United States and Mexico. Based in Boucherville, Quebec, Lowe’s Canadian business, together with its subsidiary RONA Inc., operates or services more than 600 corporate and independent affiliate dealer stores including Lowes, RONA, Réno-Dépôt, Marcil, Dick’s Lumber and Ace.

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Notes from City Hall

Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were satisfying and restful. As council begins the new year we delve right back into the 2016 budget process. To find

It was nice meeting many Ward 2 residents at the New Year’s Levee. The 2018 budget will be finalized on Monday, January 22. You

I would like to wish everyone a Happy and Rewarding New Year in 2018 !! Several major issues affecting various areas of Ward 3 will be discussed by Council in 2018. These include: the Traynor-Vanier LRT pedestrian crossing to Fairview; the planning for Phase 2

A new year brings the promise of hope and many resolutions are made as the year unfolds. When attending events throughout the Christmas season,

I hope you enjoyed a happy and peaceful holiday season. As we kick off the new year, council will be finalizing the 2018 budget. Public Budget Day takes place on January 15 in the council

out more, visit www.kitchener. ca/budget2016. If you have any interests or concerns, you are more than welcome to call (519) 7412200 extension 7700 to connect on the budget, or appear before council for a presentation. Our Public Input session is January 12th at 7pm. Alternatively, you can contact me directly any time before January 18th; final budget day. The property tax increase target is 1.5%, a low certainly in our region and likely near the lowest

in Ontario. 1.5% approximates the previous-years inflation which has been our past practice, but I wonder if that’s appropriate going forward. I do believe CPI inflation is the target to which we should hold ourselves, but using an averaged inflation over the previous few years makes more sense than a single year. Consider the implications of a volatile year. Suppose an anomalous year that saw deflation of say -3%. Would it be reasonable/possible to cut approximately $3 million from our

budget without lowering service levels? Conversely, if inflation were to skyrocket 5% or 6% in a single year, is it reasonable to expect taxpayers to accept that increase the following year? I think not in both cases. Our current informal policy forces reactionary decisions rather than carefully planned ones. While this isn’t an issue that needs resolving for this budget, I believe council should revisit it prior to 2017.

can view the proposed budget at The proposed tax rate increase is 1.7%. For a home assessed at $300,000 it’s an increase of 18 dollars a year or $1.50 per month. The combined rate increase for our Water, Sanitary Sewer and Storm Water utilities is 6.5%. That’s down from 9.3% from last year’s budget. We’ll improve our infrastructure maintenance to preserve it and keep it functioning longer. It still allows us to continue

a steady rate of replacing our infrastructure too. The budget also allows for investment in parks and trails and for citizen led neighbourhood projects and events. My goal is to have the right balance of the services you want at a cost acceptable to you. Call or email me with your thoughts and suggestions or come to our public input session on January 15. You can also have your say at

Visit our Community Centre websites at or they have great programs, activities and events to enjoy. If I can assist you, please contact me or call our Contact Centre anytime at 519-741-2345. I update my city and community activities often on social media. Follow me on Twitter at @DaveSchniderKW or friend me on Facebook. My website is All the BEST in 2018!

of the LRT affecting residents in the Hidden Valley and Deer Ridge areas; Traffic Calming plans for Fallowfield Dr; the Tall Buildings planned for the corner of Courtland & Block Line Rd; the Zone Change application for the property at the corner of Fallowfield & Block Line Rd. In addition there will be the annual issues dealing with the increasing costs of all of the City’s services such as Utilities and Property Taxes. There will undoubtedly be considerable media coverage for these issues. In addition the City’s web site at will provide considerable back ground information on these and other Kitchener projects and programs. I strongly encourage all citizens to continue to be actively engaged in all of

these discussions. Please do not hesitate to contact me at your convenience for updates and additional information on these and any City project. My main office is in my home so that I am pretty much available 24/7 to assist you with your concerns and questions on all issues. (519-744-0807 / 519-498-2389 / john.gazzola@kitchener. ca / ) Over the past several months a number of residents have asked whether I am as actively involved as in the past since they have not seen my name in media reports. I assure you that I participate vigorously in all Council debates and activities. I continue to try to put forward all sides of issues being considered. Unfortunately the trend continues to discount opinions

‘different’ from those put forward by staff and many Members of Council. I have found over the years that giving “different” opinions makes you “negative” and earns you the label of “naysayer”. Recently the question was raised in Council as to why opposing views were not included in City media reports. Apparently this is a City policy. One that I submit lacks transparency. I will continue to work energetically to see that all aspects of all issues are considered in City discussions regardless of whether or not they are reported by City or other media.

it is encouraging to see how our community comes together. Hundreds gather in City Hall and in the square to celebrate the cultural heritage of Christkindl Market; on New Year’s Eve, again hundreds attend the festivities to ring in the New Year, and our New Year’s Levee is always well attended by the community. As our city grows, people are finding more opportunities to gather together with their neighbours to celebrate not only special events,

as I mentioned above, but also to get to know their neighbours. As Ward 4 grows further out towards New Dundee Rd. it is encouraging to see citizens step up to gather their neighbours together to build safer communities. When you know your neighbours and look out for each other you are building a better and safer community. I was so proud to see that two groups in Ward 4 were recognized at the Festival of Neighbourhoods for events that

were held during the summer. The Safer Neighbourhoods Award was given to the group in the Topper Woods area who hosted a “Mix and Mingle” for their neighbours, and the Newcomer Award was given to a second group who held a large neighbourhood gathering in Thomas Slee Park. Look out for each other especially as we move through the winter and sidewalks become treacherous and roads are less safe.

chambers and I encourage you to attend and share your feedback on the proposed budget. You may also provide input by visiting www. and complete our online survey or by calling: 519741-2200 ext. 7700. Final budget will be approved on January 22. With winter well underway it is important to remember a few things regarding snow removal that will assist the city and help keep the public safe: observe the city’s tag and tow program and keep parked cars off streets wherever possible;

clear the snow and ice from your sidewalks within 24 hrs after a snow event; avoid pushing snow back onto roads - please shovel it onto private property; place your garbage and recycling in the driveway area and not on the roadway on collection day; remind children not to climb or play on snowbanks; try to keep your fire hydrant or gas meter clear of snow and ice. Last year we began the new Snow Angels initiative to encourage people to be good neighbours by clearing snow for those with

limited mobility or individuals with a disability. This campaign is also a recognition program where residents can nominate their “Snow Angel” to receive a letter of thanks from the mayor and a chance to receive a $100.00 gift card. Last year was a great success with 177 nominations received along with many inspiring stories sharing acts of kindness. This year the program continues and I encourage you to be a Snow Angel and help shovel snow for a person in your neighbourhood.

Happy New Year 2018! I hope everybody had an opportunity to enjoy the holiday season with an opportunity to slow down, spend time with those nearest and dearest to us, reflect on 2017 and look forward to 2018! I wish each of you and your families a year filled with health, happiness, prosperity and gratitude for all that we have in this great country we call home. CANADA 150 COMES TO AN END With the arrival of the new year, the celebration of our country’s sesquicentennial comes to an end! 2017 was a great year to reflect on our country’s and our city’s history as we have lived it for the past 150 years, and begin to think about the kind of country we want to be as we commence the next 150 years of our journey. Congratulations to the team in Ottawa that organized the celebrations in our nation’s capital for those who were able to make it there at some point this year! Thanks also to everyone who participated in some of our local celebrations including Canada Day on July 1st, the ON150 concerts in Downtown Kitchener and our commemorative tree planting of 150 native trees in Kiwanis Park. As we begin this next part of our shared history together, let’s make sure we ask ourselves, “What am I going to do in the coming year to make Kitchener and Canada a kinder, gentler and smarter community and nation?” We all have a role to play in this journey and I encourage you to begin writing that next chapter in the coming year. MAYORS CITY BUILDER AWARDS This past Sunday, I was pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Mayor’s City Builder Awards at our annual New Year’s Levee. I introduced these awards in my first State of the City speech as mayor in 2015, and this will be the third year that we are awarding them. The award was introduced to recognize and bring attention to Kitchener citizens and groups who have demonstrated a commitment to making our city and community a better place today and in the future. Congratulations to this year’s recipients - Melissa Bowman, Sara Casselman, Basheer Habib, Laura McBride and Paula Saunders. Thank you to them for all they have done to make our community a great place to live, work and play in. Thank you also to everyone who took time to nominate people this year. ...continued on next page

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Notes from City Hall efforts to improve city services, make them more effective and efficient, and strengthen our economy. As your representative on City Council, I feel that a strong and resilient economy and effective and efficient city services, as outlined in the city’s strategic priorities, are the most important endeavours for our focus: Strong and resilient economy: We will work within a collaborative network of city-builders to create a dynamic and prosperous Kitchener that is rich with employment opportunities and successful business ventures that can

grow and thrive within the broader global economy. Effective and efficient city services: We will deliver quality public services that meet the day to day needs of the community in a reliable and affordable way, made possible through technology, innovation, employee engagement, and a sound long-term financial plan. Collaboration, partnerships and the leveraging of Federal and Provincial funding, help to ensure you get the most for what you pay through your property taxes. A recent example of

this is the $865,000.00 in provincial funding that Kitchener will receive for new bike lanes and other cycling infrastructure, covering up to 80% of the capital costs. This new funding will help promote alternative modes of transit for our growing population, by significantly improving our cycling infrastructure. Staff will look at the list of possible projects on their work plan to determine which investments will maximize the impact on commuter cycling locally by creating a safer, more connected bike network.

capital budget plan puts the City of Kitchener in a great position moving forward into the new year. With a proposed net tax levy increase of 1.7%, the average Kitchener home ($300,000) will see an approximate net tax increase of only $1.50 per month. Compared to other large cities across the province, Kitchener has one of the lowest tax burdens making it one of the most affordable places to live. Through a careful review of our city’s water infrastructure we discovered with improved

maintenance programs we can extend the life of some of our city’s water pipes. This savings allows for a reduced utility rate increase of only 6.5% in 2018 which is considerably lower than the projected 9.2%. Keep in mind, this rate increase also includes the 2.5% portion we pay the Region of Waterloo for treating our city’s water and sewage. Not only is the proposed capital budget balanced, it includes 423 projects and also reduces the city’s debt. According to the Province of Ontario, the recommended target

range for average city debt per household is between $400.00 and $1000.00. The City of Kitchener’s average debt per household falls well within this range and is expected to drop even lower by 2023. Public input on the budget is important and council relies on your feedback. A public input session takes place on January 15 at City Hall. Please visit www.kitchener. ca for more information as well as the many other ways to share your feedback before we approve the final budget on January 22.

The City of Kitchener has been growing at a steady rate since the formation of Regional government. Its growth has been outward with new subdivisions in the suburbs as

well as upwards with tall apartment buildings. There was a very strong apartment development in the 1970s when the baby boomer population was leaving home and wanting to live in a starter home, usually an apartment building. Many apartments were built and some as high as 20 storeys at certain nodal points like around Fairview Park Mall, as it was called then, the downtown and elsewhere throughout Kitchener. We are now at a point in Kitchener’s growth into the 21st century of going

even higher. City staff has prepared a manual entitled Design for Tall Buildings which was approved by City Council last month. As a former city planner I can envision the direction Kitchener is taking in the next 25 to 50 to 100 years. Tall buildings that are erected today are built to last a very long time and will be standing well into the 22nd century. Note that we also have many buildings from the 19th century still standing. With intensification we will be growing taller and denser. We won’t

look like Toronto or New York but we’ll have buildings in the future as high as 40 storeys or more. These buildings will have to be located at nodal LRT stops to maximize transit travel in the region. In their design we need to look at buildings higher than nine storeys to be architecturally beautiful as well designed to address placement, relative height, separation, overlook, orientation, streetscape and landscape design amongst other things. Yes, we’re planning tall buildings for the 21st century.

It’s unlikely Ottawa’s overdue housing strategy will be in place when at least 15 major high-rise projects dramatically change Kitchener’s skyline during the next two years.

That $1-billion construction frenzy will be caused by a combination of intensification, the much-delayed Light Rail Transit and developers scrambling to benefit from forgiven developmentcharge incentives in the core worth millions of dollars that end in February 2019. To help save countryside from urban sprawl, I’m in favour of intensification but I also support protection and preservation of established communities in downtown wards, particularly heritage neighbourhoods. Which is why I’m concerned about developments being built along King,

Queen, Victoria, Benton and Charles as well as other major downtown arteries cradling those older communities. Recently I noted plans to build a 25-storey tower along with the first supermarket-grocery near the Tannery in Kitchener’s west end at Francis and Charles streets and another 20-plusstorey building at Victoria and Bramm streets. Meanwhile others will be built around the LRT hub at King and Victoria and developers of what started as a 24-storey condo at Gaukel and Charles streets are pushing it up to 31 storeys. Additional projects are coming which

is good for the economy but what about the character of established neighbourhoods expected to embrace condo towers that do little to provide housing for other than investors and high-income homebuyers beside the LRT? Councillors and planners should insist developers benefiting from cash incentives meet high standards of quality and design in buildings that will be with us for decades. They should also do more to make certain that developments meet housing affordability needs of all income groups.

Happy New Year! Looking ahead to 2018, we can anticipate an unprecedented amount of proposed development in our city’s downtown core. It’s undoubtedly an exciting time as we experience

intense urban redevelopment, and it’s also very important that we are thoughtful and careful about how we grow our city. In December, Council approved a new tool to help us look at many aspects of designing buildings taller than eight storeys. I recommend having a look at our new Tall Buildings Urban Design Manual. It is intended to aid council, staff, and the private sector to consider things like scale, compatibility, sustainability and safety as we move forward with intensification. I’d like to draw your attention to

two important initiatives planned within Ward 10. King Victoria Transit Hub. Plans will be developed for Regional Council approval. Stay tuned for public consultation on the name and public art decisions for this future central hub for trains, buses, LRT, and active transportation uses. 152 Shanley St. After the first tax sale process failed last year for this vacant property, the city is now in a position to reduce the price and hold a second tax sale by the end of 2018. Before we do that, we will hold a neighbourhood charrette (a

brainstorming session to discuss a design challenge) this spring to explore redevelopment options for this property. Active participation from neighbours will help make this event successful. We will use the feedback to help create the terms of the second tax sale process. If you want to make sure that you receive all notices and information updates on this initiative, please contact me about it. I wish you and yours all the best in 2018.

Dear Ward 6 Residents, I wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous 2018. Our city continues to grow and change for the better as we sustain our

I am proud of the City of Kitchener’s newly proposed budget for 2018. The proposed net tax levy increase, utility rate increase and


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BUDGET 2018 City Council is well on its way in the preparation of Budget 2018. The draft budget is looking quite positive with one of the lowest proposed increases in the region which will be below the rate of inflation and includes investments in new and replacement infrastructure, pays down our debt and maintains and in some cases improves services to our residents. For more information on the 2018 budget, please visit our website at:, and search on keywords Budget 2018. We will be completing the 2018 budget on January 22nd but in the meantime, we will have a Budget Public Input night on January 15th at 7pm. If you have input for the 2018 budget, you are encouraged to attend and participate. COMMUNITY EVENTS First of all, a giant thank you to all the staff and community volunteers who helped make the holiday season in Kitchener outstanding this year. Highlights included our 21st annual Christkindlmarket, Christmas Fantasy in Victoria Park, the annual KW Musical Society Christmas concert in the Rotunda and of course our annual New Year’s Eve celebration! A special thank-you goes to Christie Digital who returned this year during Christkindlmarkt and had a simultaneous showing of Handel’s Messiah in Carl Zehr Square with thanks to the KW Symphony, the Grand Philarmonic Choir and the Centre in the Square. Looking ahead, don’t miss out on a new event, a winter Porch Party at the Kitchener Public Library branch in January 20th from 10am – 4pm. Then in term of planning for next month, throughout February, various organizations will be celebrating the Chinese New Year so lots of activities to participate in. In addition, look for a variety of activities on Family Day, Monday February 19th throughout the city, including the Bring on the Sunshine African festival! GROWING ECONOMY Things continue to flourish on the economic development front throughout the City. Many of you no doubt read the story over the holidays in the Waterloo Region Record by Terry Pender that reflected on the success of the city’s 10 year economic development fund, and spoke of the estimated $1.2 billion in potential building permits to be issued over the next 12-16 months as a result of job growth in the tech sector, an increased desire to live downtown and the construction of the LRT. Next week, I will be joining the Deloitte team as we open their new regional office as part of the Tannery development in Downtown Kitchener. Later this winter, or in early spring, we also expect to see Thalmic open their new space in the former Schreiters furniture building and the new 475,000 sq.ft. IoT space open at Catalyst 137, where Miovision will now be headquartered. Overall 2018 looks to be very promising for our community.

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Regional Chair Ken Seiling presents Jack Young Civic Awards

our local leaders received Jack Young Civic Awards from the Region of Waterloo in December. Recipients were former regional councillors William (Bill) Strauss, Carl Zehr and Jane Brewer (posthumously), and retired Waterloo Region Police Chief Larry Gravill. The Jack Young Civic Award is the Region’s highest honour and is presented to individuals in Waterloo Region who exemplify the high standards of political and civic life exhibited by Jack A. Young – the first Chair of the Regional Municipality of Waterloo – during his years of public service. It is a uniquely Region of Waterloo Award that celebrates and recognizes the contributions of people directly connected to Regional government and its programs and services, or Regionally created or administered organizations. “The selection committee was struck by the broad scope and length of time of the recipients’ involvement in our community,” said Ken Seiling, Regional Chair. “The contributions of Jane, Larry, Bill and Carl and during the accumulative 130 years of their Regional public service have had a lasting and positive impact on the citizens of Waterloo Region.” Jane Brewer was known for her fair, thoughtful and evenhanded approach to politics. She served on Regional Council for 32 years, including her initial appointment in 1982. She was elected as Mayor of Cambridge in 1988, serving in that capacity until 2000, when she was directly elected by Cambridge residents to represent them on Regional Council. She could be strong without being combative. Brewer was always a Cambridge booster who also understood how her city fit within the larger Regional government. Brewer, who passed away on August 22, 2017 at the age of 93, was so devoted to her constituents that she only left public office in 2014 – at age 90 – because she was forced by illness. However, that didn’t stop more than 4,000 people voting for her in the municipal election that fall. Jane was honoured with the Cambridge and North Dumfries Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014. She was famous for working long hours in her prime and was known as an old-school politician who rarely missed a community barbecue, festival or parade. Larry Gravill joined the Waterloo Regional Police Service in 1973, holding several progressively responsible

At regional council on December 13 to receive a Jack Young Civic award were, from left: John Brewer (accepting for the late Jane Brewer), Larry Gravill, William (Bill) Strauss, and Carl Zehr. Also recognized at the meeting was Marilyn Scott with the Ontario Senior Achievement Award. positions until he was appointed Police Chief in 1992, a position he held until his retirement in 2007. He is credited with numerous innovative policing initiatives, but particularly the operationalizing and championing of the Community Policing Model, introduced by his predecessor, Harold Basse. This model has been adopted across the country. In 2001, retired Police Chief Gravill was recognized for his outstanding service and leadership to the policing profession and invested as a Commander of the Order of Merit of Police Forces. In June 2014, he was appointed to the position of Citizenship Judge, serving in that capacity for three years. During his career, Larry was instrumental in many initiatives including the development of the Waterloo Region Children’s Safety Village – which celebrates 25 years this year – providing quality handson education to elementary school-aged children. He has served as Honourary Chair of the Kitchener Waterloo United Way campaign and continues to be involved with the local Rotary. William (Bill) Strauss served as a Councillor, first in the Township of Wellesley from 1969 to 1974, and later in the Township of Woolwich from 1985 to 1994, before becoming Mayor of the Township of Woolwich in 1997. While serving as Mayor, a position he held until 2010, he also served on Regional Council for 13 years. In November 2009, Bill received a 25-year LongStanding Service Award from the Province of Ontario. What stands out the most about Bill is the genuine relationships he nurtured with the residents he served, as well as the Council members and staff with whom he worked. He has always maintained that if you take the time to talk to people, you can learn so much.

Carl Zehr was first elected to Kitchener City Council in 1985. He continued to serve on Kitchener Council, representing residents in the ward of Chicopee until 1994. He was appointed by the City of Kitchener to represent the municipality on Regional Council from 1988 until 1994. In 1997, he was elected as the Mayor of Kitchener and was re-elected in 2000, 2003, 2006 and 2010; he also served on Regional Council in his capacity as Mayor. He served on Regional Council for 21

years. In 2014, as the longest serving mayor in Kitchener, he announced that he would not be seeking an additional term in the municipal election. He was a member of the Large Urban Mayors’ Caucus of Ontario and served as its chair in 1999. He was also a member of the Big City Mayors Caucus (Canada) from 1997 to 2014. He has served as a member of the board of numerous Kitchener area organizations, including the KitchenerWilmot Hydro Board, the University of Waterloo, Centre in the Square, and Kitchener Housing Inc. Officially retired, Carl continues to represent Waterloo Region through his work on the board of Metrolinx, the Toronto-based public transport agency, where he’s supporting improved rail service to Waterloo Region. Carl always brought a Regional perspective to his work and was a key supporter of projects such as the LRT, the medical school, and the David Johnston Technology Park. The 2017 award recipients’ names have been engraved on the Jack Young Civic Award plaque and their group photograph will be displayed

in the lobby of the Regional Administrative Headquarters, 150 Frederick Street, Kitchener until December 31, 2019. Also recognized during the Council meeting was Marilyn Scott, past-Chair of the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund. She was one of 15 individuals recently presented with an Ontario Senior Achievement Award by the Lieutenant Governor for Ontario, the Honourable Catherine Dowdeswell. “I was pleased to support Marilyn’s nomination in recognition of her volunteer work to support and strengthen the arts in Waterloo Region. Marilyn has served on the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund for the past six years, three of those as Chair,” said Ken Seiling. “I witnessed first-hand the significant measures she implemented, in collaboration with the Board, during a very challenging period in the Arts Fund’s history. She has spent countless hours over the past many years to help further the cause of the arts community and to ensure that much needed funding was available to support local artists and artistic organizations.”

Public Notice 2018 Municipal and School Board Election Changes to Nomination Dates The Municipal Elections Act requires that every person who wants to run for office in the Monday, October 22, 2018 Municipal Election must file a Nomination Form with the Clerk. There have been a number of changes to the legislation, including a change in the Nomination period which now opens on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 and closes on Friday, July 27, 2018 at 2 p.m.

It is anticipated the Province of Ontario will release the prescribed Nomination Form on or after April 1, 2018 which will include the new requirement for 25 supporting signatures on the Nomination Form.

The Municipal Elections Act provides that a candidate’s election campaign period for any of the offices listed below begins on the day they file a nomination for the campaign. No contributions shall be made or accepted and no expenses may be incurred before the Nomination Form is filed with the Clerk. Money, goods and services given to and accepted by or on behalf of a person for their election campaign are contributions. Please note that nominations for the offices listed below will be received by the Clerk responsible for their municipal election to be held on Monday, October 22, 2018: • • • • • • • •

Regional Chair Mayor Regional Councillor for Cambridge, Kitchener or Waterloo Ward Councillor Waterloo Region District School Board Trustee Waterloo Catholic District School Board Trustee Conseil Scolaire Viamonde Conseil Scolaire catholique MonAvenir

For more information, please visit Dated this 1st day of December, 2017.

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COMMUNIT Y CALENDAR COAA ART SHOW AND SALE - classic Casablanca on January 19 The Central Ontario Art Association and 20 at the Centre In The Square. (COAA), presents ’Visions’ its 2018 Former KWS Assistant Conductor members’ show and sale of recent Evan Mitchell leads the Orchestra work January 26 to February 16 at as they play Max Steiner’s Oscar the Button Factory Arts, 25 Regina nominated score while the film is St. south in Waterloo (just north of shown on the big screen. This 1942 William). Gallery hours: Tues – Fri. American romantic film classic 10-5, Sat. 10 – 3. Opening reception tells the dramatic story of a man is January 26 from 5 to 7pm and is torn between love and virtue and a free ‘Waterloo Final Friday’ event. features iconic performances by For further information on the COAA Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman art show and sale visit the website: and Paul Henreid. Assistant Conductor of the KWS from 2011 to HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU, KID! 2014, Evan Mitchell is proving to be - Casablanca Comes to Life with the one of the most able and imaginative KWS Classic cinema and symphony young conductors in Canada. orchestra…it’s the beginning of a He has enjoyed two triumphant beautiful friendship as the KWS seasons as Music Director of the 8 • JULY 2017 (EAST EDITION) presents the • KITCHENER timelessCITIZEN romantic Kingston Symphony Association.

De Boer’s Treasures 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


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 John De Boer carried water to the boiler fromby a tank lo- time looking around for brakes as they cated the front axle. Steam presdon’tWestern exist. Withunder the construction of the Great Railway between sure from the two cylinders powered the You can see this one of a kind vehicle Toronto Windsor 1853, the village of Glencoe became rear axle, and producing forwardin motion. in the Canada Science Technology MuThe steam buggystop was able travel at seumsettling in Ottawa. in the region. a regular train for toimmigrants

Glencoe’s first train station was a log structure, which was replaced with a frame building in 1856, and by 1873 a more suitable station was built to meet the needs of the local community. The Wabash Grand Trunk Railway built a new train station in 1900, which only lasted a year due to a fire. In 1902, another larger station was built, however it burned down in 1904. That same year this current building was erected, which continued to operate until 1993 when it was closed and boarded up. Eventually the village of Glencoe acquired the deteriorating building from Canadian National Railway. Historian Harold Carruthers from the Glencoe and District Historical Society tells me they formed a committee called “Save the Station” whose members were instrumental in getting this train station restored to its original glory.

CASABLANCA: THE FILM WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA runs January 19 and 20 at 8 pm at the Centre In the Square, 101 Queen St. N. in Kitchener. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 519-745-4711 or 888-7454717. 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. For more information visit www. or email CALLING ALL HARMONICA PLAYERS – It is with sadness that we announce the recent passing of our well-known leader Irene Watt and our drummer Douglas Lacey. They will both be greatly missed by all members of the Happy Harmonica Players. We are extremely fortunate to have Michel Allard, an accomplished pianist, taking on the duties of energizing and refining our group. We welcome any interested harmonica players. Come out and see what the Happy Harmonica Players are all about. We practice Tuesdays from 9:15 to 10:30am at the Rockway Center (upstairs), 1405 King St. E, Kitchener. For more information contact 519-745-9834. SUNNYSIDE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS LIKE YOU! We are a Regionoperated 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 January 18, 2018 luncheon guest speaker: Todd Smith, Ontario PC Party Energy Critic who will present “Fueling the Future: The People’s Guarantee and the Energy Revolution.” Hear Smith in advance of the June 2018 provincial election, as he outlines the depth of the Liberal government energy mismanagement, and the PC Party’s energy platform. Todd previously served as Critic for Natural Resources and Forestry, Small Business and Red Tape, Citizenship and Immigration Critic and Critic for the Pan Am Games. Date: Thursday January 18, 2018; Registration: 11:30am. 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 519-7473014 or Email: sandy_jamiehill@ Please reserve your tickets by noon on January 15, 2018. SCHWABEN CLUB COMING EVENTS Fish Fry – EVERY FRIDAY at the Schwaben Club Keller, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Fish Fry. Serving Fish & Chips and Schnitzel. Table Tennis – EVERY TUESDAY at the Schwaben Club at 7pm. Should you be interested in a few trial games and see if you would like to play it and have fun at the same time; then we would appreciate if you would contact Walter at 519-742-3372 or Ken at 519-894-6695. Sunday, January 14, 2018 Filmnachmittag – Schwaben Club Keller – “Unter Palmen am blauen Meer” – Doors open: 2pm, Film begins: 2:30pm. Coffee & Cake available. Saturday, January 20, 2018 – Miss Schwaben Ball 2018 - Music by the Golden Keys. Doors open 4:30 pm, Dinner 5:30 pm. Members $32.00. Non-Members $37.50, Children (814) $13.00, Children (7 & under) are free. Tickets are available until January 15, 2018. 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 – 519-742-7979. DIVERSECITY TOASTMASTERS CLUB - Do you have trouble finding the right words when speaking to a group? Need a career boost? Want to polish your presentation skills? Toastmasters is the place for you. Learn communication, leadership and presentation strategies in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. DiverseCity is a new club and is open to all. It runs Mondays, 7 - 8:30 pm at Kitchener City Hall, the Conestoga Room. For more information contact Leo Tintinalli, leo.tintinalli@gmail. com REEP OFFERS HOME RETROFIT COACH - REEP Green Solutions has a Home Energy Catalyst program. Homeowners now have access to the free services of its knowledgeable Retrofit Coach to guide them through the process of making their home more energy efficient. The coach will provide expertise and advice where it’s needed along the way, from prioritizing renovations and hiring contractors, to evaluating completed work and considering next steps. Want to upgrade your drafty home? Want to avoid rising energy costs? We want to hear from you! Please contact for more details. 
REEP is pleased to be working on this project with its partners Mindscape Innovations and Scaled Purpose. FOLK NIGHT AT THE REGISTRY’S 12TH SEASON - presented by the Old Chestnuts Song Circle, features an exciting lineup of rising stars and iconic folk artists, thanks to the enthusiasm of our Folk Night audiences. We will welcome singersongwriters and traditional musicians from both near and far, bringing audiences the broad and evocative music that makes up “folk”. All shows are at 8pm and take place at The Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick St, Kitchener. Advance tickets and a limited number of series passes are available exclusively through and jhcole@mgl. ca. Line up includes: Jan. 20 Joe Crookston; March 10 Joe Jencks and Si Kahn; April 14 Dave Gunning and JP Cormier; and May 5 Shari Ulrich.

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Kitchener Community Night at Chicopee on February 11

hicopee Ski & Summer Resort will hold its Kitchener Community Night on February 11 from 5 to 9pm. Residents of Kitchener are able to ski free – just bring your proof of residency. Chicopee Ski Club, situated on 165 acres at 396 Morrison Rd. in Kitchener East, is a community Not-For-Profit organization established in 1934 and operated by a volunteer Board of Directors. Chicopee provides work for approximately 500 seasonal employees; many are students and first time workers. The club’s mission statement is to “Offer unique and memorable experiences through fun-filled programs, activities, and events.” In the winter, Chicopee is

open seven days a week from 9am to 9pm weekdays and 8:30am to 9pm on weekends. The resort offers three chairlifts and two surface lifts that serve 11 runs and its Freestyle Terrain Park. Chicopee offers eight-week lesson programs in skiing, snowboarding, freestyle skiing and racing for all ages. If you have never tried skiing or snowboarding, you can try a Discover Monday where from 5 to 9pm you get a Beginner Centre Lift ticket, Group Beginner Lesson, and your equipment all for $35. Students receive a special All-Access $25 Lift ticket rate on Student Wednesday. Family Fridays offer $30 AllAccess Lift Tickets and $45 Discover Packages.

Riding the North chairlift at Chicopee Ski Hill.

Public outdoor skating rinks in the City of Kitchener December through March, more than 30 outdoor rinks operate at local schools, community centres and parks providing fun and fitness to skaters of all ages. The rinks are completely dependent on weather and volunteer support. Without generous help from community volunteers, the rinks wouldn’t be possible. If you are interested in volunteering at one of Kitchener’s outdoor rinks, call the city at 519-7412200, ext. 7389 for more information. • Admiral Park, 93 Roxborough Ave. Confirmed open • Belmont Park, 285 Belmont Ave. W. Confirmed open

• Bridgeport Community Cenre, 20 Tyson Dr. Confirmed open • Centreville Chicopee Community Centre, 141 Morgan Ave. • Chandler Mowat Community Centre, 222 Chandler Dr. - Confirmed open • Cherry Park, Strange Street and and Waverly Road - Confirmed open • Conway Park, Conway Drive and Wayne Drive Confirmed open • Country Clair Park, Country Clair at Pebble Creek - Confirmed open • Country Hills Community Centre, 100 Rittenhouse Rd. - Confirmed open • Country Hills Public School, 195 Country Hill Dr. • Crosby Park (formerly

Stanley Park Public School), 191 Hickson Dr. - Confirmed open • Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre, 150 Pioneer Dr. - Confirmed open • Forest Heights Community Centre, 1700 Queens Blvd. - Confirmed Open • George Lippert Park, Weber and Louisa streets - Confirmed open • Glendale Park, Rex Drive and Glen Road • Guelph Park, Guelph Street and Clifton Road Confirmed open • King Edward Public School, 709 King St. W. (on Walter Street, near Agnes Street) • Lakeside Park, Lakeside Drive and Gatewood Road - Confirmed open

• Max Becker Commons, Max Becker Drive and Commonwealth Road Confirmed open • Meadowlane Public School, 236 Forestwood Dr. • Mill-Courtland Community Centre, 216 Mill St. Confirmed open • Morrison Park, Morrison Road - Confirmed open • Pioneer Park Public School, 55 Upper Canada Dr. • Pioneer Park West, 40 Green Valley Dr. Confirmed open • Prueter Public School, 40 Prueter Ave. • River Ridge Community Rink (at Kiwanis Park), 600 Kiwanis Dr. - Confirmed open • Salvation Army Church, 75 Tillsley Dr.

• Sheppard Public School, 278 Weber St. E. (at Stirling Avenue) • Smithson Public School, 150 Belleview Ave. • Southridge Public School, 1425 Queen’s Blvd. • Stanley Park Community Centre, 505 Franklin St. N. • Timberlane Park, Timberlane Crescent • Vanier Park, 319 Vanier Dr. • Victoria Hills Community Centre,10 Chopin Dr. Confirmed open • Victoria Park (2), Jubilee Drive and David Street • Weber Park, Frederick and Edna streets Confirmed open • Westmount Public School, 329 Glasgow St. Confirmed open

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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Region of Waterloo Arts Fund awards 29 grants

The Region of Waterloo Arts Fund announced 29 grants for a total of $159,895 in response to proposals submitted by artists and arts organizations throughout Waterloo Region. The Arts Fund initially received 62 requests, for a total of $444,224. After the first round of evaluations, 38 applicants seeking a total of $270,075 were invited to submit more detailed Stage 2 applications from which the 29 grants were ultimately selected. Since it was established in 2002, the Arts Fund has supported more than 594 projects for a total community investment of $3,196,501. Proposals selected for full or partial funding in the Fall 2017 round are: Richard Burrows, Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound $10,000 for “Nu Ears Ensemble”. Four concert performances by the Nu Ears Ensemble, featuring compositions of new music by international artists – an experience otherwise not available to local audiences. Jennifer Cornish, $7,500 for “Boy Beatle”. The workshop stage for a memory play exploring the life of a musician – to generate material for staging, costume, set and projection design. Sam Dlugokecki, $4,000 for “Terminus”. A nine track studio album, a career development step to follow up the artist’s initial 5 song EP - Recorded at Small Dog Studio. Anne Marie Donovan, $8,400 for “Fundamentals of Rage”. A development workshop and workshop performance for a new work on the theme of the status of women in contemporary society - A hybrid of opera, theatre and movement. http://www. Rebekka Fry, Waterloo Chamber Players $3,850 for “Growing Darker”. A concert featuring a collaboration between emerging composer Keenan Reimer Watts and the Waterloo Chamber Players, premiering Watts’ Piano Concerto in F. www.waterloochamberplayers. com Misha Gingerich, $2,500 for “The Sooner, the Better”. An autobiographical graphic novel which includes full page

embroideries – includes an exhibition of the completed work, and ultimately a published book. Laurie D. Graham, $4,420 for “Clearcut”. The third book of poetry in a series, this book explores the ecology and non-human life in destroyed or disturbed ecosystems – includes a collaboration with visual artist Amanda Rhodenizer. www. Carl Hiebert, $8,000 for “Stories Within the Forest”. A theatrical performance event at the Registry Theatre plus on site art creation, utilizing the 17 mixed media trees of the “Illuminative Forest of Storytelling Trees”. Josh Hill, Moir Centre $6,000 for “Kaleid Choral Festival”. A noncompetitive choral festival engaging youth from several local high schools - Includes visiting artists and the composition of new choral music. www.kaleidchoralfestival. com Kenneth Hull, Spiritus Ensemble $4,300 for “Hauptmusik – The Cantata Project. A commission for a new choral-orchestral work – includes collaboration with composer Zachary Wadsworth and poet Amanda Jernigan – the new cantata will be performed in concert by the Ensemble. www. Nada Humsi, $6,200 for “Why - Stories of Syrian Youth”. A workshop in theatre, writing, filming and performing to provide youth the opportunity to express their experience of integrating and gaining a sense of belonging in their new home. Ivan Jurakic, UW Art Gallery $6,500 for “This Could Be the Place”. The third iteration of this unique performance art piece, in relation to a vintage Airstream trailer, it will include five or six new interdisciplinary actions culminating in a symposium and panel discussion. www.uwag. Victorija Kovac, Cosmic Fishing Theatre $10,000 for “The B Party”. To develop the artist’s experimental work based on the iconic image of “Barbie” into a professional oneact play. The public performance will include audience engagement opportunities. cosmicfishing Dylan Langan, Vera Causa

Opera $5,500 for “Canadian Opera Fest 2018”. A festival of newly commissioned operas by emerging Canadian composers and performed by local artists - culminating in performances throughout Waterloo Region. Joe Mancini, Commons Studio $6,600 for “Alfred Kunz Documentary”. A film on the life of conductor/composer/artistic director Dr. Alfred Kunz - in collaboration with the Commons Studio, the goal is a broadcast quality film. www. Ahmad Meree, $7,950 for “The Suitcase”. A play inspired by the artist’s experience as a Syrian refugee - includes the work of many local theatre professionals. Ciaran Myers, Informal Upright Theatre Collective $7,000 for “Me, Not You”. Creation of new theatre works based on the plays of Samuel Beckett – develops the portfolio for the artist collective, and contributes to audience development. www. Adam Murphy, $6,000 for “Life Lines”. A community oral history project which includes video recorded interviews, live comics drawing and book publishing – in collaboration with Commons Studio, City of Kitchener and a seniors’ assisted living facility. www. Joni Nehrita, $8,000 for “Love and Protest Album”. An eleven song studio album on the themes of social justice, activism and feminism - Recorded at Cedartree. www. Marc Pare, Nota Bene Baroque Players $4,000 for “The Magic Touch”. Performances of Baroque repertoire on the theme of magic, with specially commissioned works of visual art - In partnership with Chilean artist Maca Suazo, and local sculptor Nicholas Rees. www. Mary Catherine Pazzano, $2,000 for “Women Music Revolutionaries”. A jazz concert performance, with expanded instrumentation by the Penderecki String Quartet, honouring seminal female artists - Includes performances by Joni Nehrita, and emerging vocalist Maggie Van Der Sluis. www. Seth Ratzlaff and Clarence

Cachagee, $3,800 for “North Wind Man”. A biography of Clarence Cachagee, created collaboratively and including material from Clarence’s deceased father, a residential school survivor. Amanda Rhodenizer, $1,175 for “The Larger Forgetting”. A book of paintings and poetry with a launch event and exhibition – in collaboration with Laurie D. Graham. Paul Roorda, $3,000 for “Time Stops”. Installations of interactive micro-galleries placed in public places in neighbourhoods – challenging community members to consider the effects of climate change. Don Russell, $$6,000 for “Stone, Clay, Fire”. A durational land art project which includes a stone and clay circle around a fire burning for 28 days – in collaboration with CAFKA and RARE Charitable Research Reserve. Alan Sapp, The Nickel Mines Collective, $4,000 for “We Will Never Be the Same”. A staged reading of the third draft of the play inspired by the shooting in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania of 10 Amish girls - In partnership with the Mennonite Central Committee. Aidan Ware, Cambridge Art Galleries $10,000 for “Transformed Through Touch”. A multi-sensory art exhibition created through workshops with a team of artists including deaf and blind participants – free from the normal “Look! Don’t touch!” limitations. www. Carol Leigh Wehking, Fresh Stories, $2,200 for “Fresher Than Fresh”. Two new storytelling events for children and families – to expand the audience demographic. Jason White, $1,000 for “Listen”. A career development opportunity for 5 mid-career musicians to make recordings of their live performances at the Jazz Room; the recordings may then be used for further artist promotion and development. www. *** The mandate of the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund is to make art happen in the community by providing meaningful grants and other advocacy support to individual artists and to arts and culture

organizations. In 2017, Region of Waterloo Council increased the annual allocation to the Arts Fund by $150,000. Waterloo Region now generously allocates the equivalent of 67 cents per capita to the Arts Fund so that the people of Waterloo Region may benefit from the vibrancy of the arts and culture sectors. Created in 2002, the Arts Fund is a not-for-profit corporation served by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Arts Fund provides arms-length funding for the performing, visual, media and literary arts. It welcomes grant applications in all arts disciplines from individual artists and arts organizations based in the Region of Waterloo (comprising the cities of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo and the townships of North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich). The Arts Fund Board invites applications in the spring and fall of each year for projects that will occur within the following 12 months. The goal in the longer term is to enhance the ability of an artist or arts organization to make more art happen through future projects. The Arts Fund is one of the few granting bodies in Canada that awards grants directly to artist-led projects. Often these supported projects are able to attract additional funds through earned revenue, grants from provincial, federal or private sources, sponsorships, private and in-kind donations. For more information about initiatives such as peer-to-peer grant writing assistance, Board-hosted open houses before application deadlines, Artist-at-Large Advisers and previous grant recipients, visit the website: The next Arts Fund Open House for grant applicants before the spring 2018 round is on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 5-7 p.m. at the Region of Waterloo Headquarters, Room 110, 150 Frederick Street, Kitchener. This is an informal drop-in, where board members will be available to share general information about the fund and its mandate. The next deadline for applications to the Arts Fund is 4 p.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018; full details are available on the website: www.

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


The Losers Club

By Andrew Clements REVIEWED BY:

Christy Giesler Librarian, Children’s and Teen Collections Kitchener Public Library

Sixth-grader Alec loves to read. Usually this would be considered a good thing, but in Alec’s case reading has become a problem, especially during the school day. Alec reads in class and doesn’t pay attention to his teachers. Warned repeatedly that this must change, he can only stop for short periods before he is drawn back into his beloved world of stories. That is, until his school principal gets involved. Alec’s grades have plummeted and he is now in danger of having to attend summer school, ultimately ruining the family vacation plans. To complicate matters, his parents have changed work schedules and he has been signed up for an after-school program full of activities and clubs. Desperate to regain his impending loss of reading time, he comes up with a plan to start his own club - a book club! - one that is unique where members (hopefully a membership of just one) sit quietly and read whatever they want and are not disturbed. Welcome, The Loser’s Club, a name chosen

specifically to deter anyone from joining. His club is approved. Finally, things begin to look up for Alec. He pays attention in class, his grades improve, and he now has time to sit and read. What he doesn’t anticipate is that there could be other kids just like him. Unable to prevent new members from joining, Alec’s club soon becomes the most popular after-school club and teaches him that real life can be just as exciting, interesting, and engaging as the world of books. New York Times bestselling author Andrew Clements has written another winning, smart, and very funny middle grade tale. I highly recommend it for Grades 3- 6, this book would also make an excellent read-aloud for a classroom. Did you know that Kitchener Public Library has a mother/daughter book club and a book club for boys? Upcoming meetings are on Jan. 20 and Feb. 17. Go to and check our program calendar for details.

For more great reading ideas, visit and click on the “Books and More” tab. Want to share your own review of your favourite read? The library’s online catalogue enables library card holders to write a review for any item in the collection. Simply click on the “Add Review” tab for your selected book, and write away!

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Kitchener Citizen - West Edition - January 2018  
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