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Regional municipalities vote on allowing retail cannabis stores Helen Hall hile the province has declared that the first retail cannabis shops will open April 1, 2019, it is still up in the air whether any of them will be located in Waterloo Region. As of January 11, only one of the region’s seven municipalities had voted on whether to allow pot shops. The province of Ontario has given municipalities until January 22 to “opt out” of having retail cannabis shops. The Township of Wellesley opted in last week. The other councils have the item on the agenda prior to the January 22 deadline. Although Wellesley has opted in, a pot shop will not be opening in the village this spring. One of the provincial rules is that the first 25 stores must be located in municipalities of 50,000 people or more. Staff reports from Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge recommend that their councils opt in to allowing retail cannabis outlets when they hold their votes prior to January 22. “With cannabis consumption now being legal, allowing for



provincially licensed cannabis stores will allow us to move from the illegal and often unsafe black market to safer, quality-regulated product from the legal market,” said Mayor Berry Vrbanovic when asked for his position. “Allowing for legal retail stores locally will help achieve the objectives of safeguarding our youth, protecting our health and safety and preventing illicit activity - all with the assistance from provincial resources and regulatory bodies,” he added. Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky said he would not speculate on how the vote would go in Waterloo, but conveyed his opinion on retail cannabis shops. “The decision for me really comes down to supporting the free market, or allowing the black market to keep its monopoly, selling a potentially contaminated product,” he said. “For safety, I lean towards opting in.” Cambridge Mayor Kathryn McGarry said her council will vote on January 15 and she looks forward to the discussion. “My opinion is that we should provide a safe, legal ...continued on page 2

KITCHENER’S NEW YEAR LEVEE - The rink was packed in Carl Zehr Square in front of Kitchener City Hall on January 6 when Mayor Berry Vrbanovic and members of Kitchener City Council hosted the Annual New Year’s Levee. The occasion gave the public the chance to meet members of council, enjoy some entertainment and refreshments, and take a whirl around the rink. See more photos on page 2. Photo by Helen Hall

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NEW YEAR’S LEVEE ADDRESS - Mayor Berry Vrbanovic (at right) brought greetings from the City of Kitchener at the New Year’s Levee on January 6. He also introduced some members of council who were in attendance including, from left: Debbie Chapman, John Gazzola, Dave Schnider, Margaret Johnston, Sarah Marsh and Christine Michaud.



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Some of the levee entertainment was provided by musicians Julia Appleton and Francois Goudreault.

planned to sell cannabis through LCBO stores in Ontario. When the Conservative government was elected in the spring, they decided cannabis would be sold through private retailers, and it rolled out a new plan for its distribution. A lottery would be held by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario to choose the first 25 private retailers that could apply to sell cannabis. Between January 7 and 9, individuals and businesses filed an “expression of interest” to operate a cannabis shop in the province. There was a $75 fee to get into the lottery. The lottery draw was held on January 11. The 25 “expression of interest” winners will be the first allowed to fill out an application to operate a legal retail cannabis store in Ontario. A waiting list was also drawn to fill in for those in the first 25 whose application does not pass the provincial test, or who decide after the lottery not to apply. With their application, expression of interest lottery winners must submit a $50,000 Letter of Credit (which will be drawn on if they are not able to meet the April 1, 2019 timeline), pay a non-

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refundable $6,000 Retail Operator Licence application fee, and following completion of the Retail Operator Licence application, pay a non-refundable $4,000 Retail Store Authorization application fee. To ensure the first 25 outlets are located throughout Ontario, the government has designated distribution of the stores across the province. Five stores will be located in the East Region (Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, Prescott and Russell, Ottawa, Leeds and Grenville, Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, Hastings, Prince Edward, Northumberland, Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Simcoe, Muskoka, Haliburton, Renfrew); six stores in the GTA Region (Durham, York, Peel and Halton); two stores in the North Region (Nipissing, Parry Sound, Sudbury, Greater Sudbury, Timiskaming, Cochrane, Algoma, Thunder Bay, Rainy River, Kenora); five stores in the Toronto Region; and seven stores in the West Region (Dufferin-Wellington, Hamilton, Niagara, Haldi-mand-Norfolk, Brant, Waterloo, Perth, Oxford, Elgin, ChathamKent, Essex, Lambton, Middlesex, Huron, Bruce, Grey, Manitoulin). The winners of the expression of interest lottery are listed on the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario website.

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Happy New Year at Kitchener City Hall

WHO YOU GONNA CALL? - With 2019 marking the 35th anniversary of the Ghostbusters movies, a replica Ecto-1 Ghostbusters car was part of the New Year’s celebration in the Rotunda at Kitchener’s city hall. There were also console and vintage arcade games, a toy, comic and collectable marketplace, music and children’s crafts. The Jackson family, from left, Calvin, Caleigh, Keeghan and Kyleigh checked out Ecto-1. Photos by Helen Hall

SKATING IN THE RAIN - Young new year’s revellers didn’t let the pouring rain keep them from skating at the rink in Carl Zehr Square in front of Kitchener City Hall. Drier actvities were offered inside the building to help celebrate the new year, including a new year count down with Kitchener city councillors.

One year pilot project allows residents to park on boulevards citywide


itchener council approved a one-year pilot project that permits parking on the paved portion of a boulevard (driveway ramp or apron) in Wards 1-4 and Wards 6-10 from December 1 to March 31, 2019. “In 2014 council approved parking on the boulevard in Ward 5, which has helped address concerns with limited parking in neighbourhoods,” said Gloria MacNeil, director of bylaw enforcement. “Allowing parking on boulevards during the winter months reduces the number of vehicles parked on roadways, which helps our operations crews clear the roads, and keeps pedestrians and cars safe.” There are some areas where boulevard parking is not applicable as there is not enough space for vehicles to park. The following standards outline where parking on the boulevard can occur:

• Vehicles, if parked parallel to the road, must be facing the direction of travel. • Vehicles must not park on the landscaped or hardscaped portion of the boulevard or access the paved portion of the boulevard by driving over landscaped, or hardscaped portions of the boulevard. • The vehicle must be fully encompassed on the paved portion of the boulevard. • All tires must be fully on the hard surface. • No part of the vehicle can overhang the sidewalk or the curb/road edge. • Residents with abutting driveways must not overhang the projection of the property line. • No boulevard parking will be permitted within 15 metres of an intersection. • Only driveways providing access to single family, semidetached and street fronting townhouses are applicable.

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Regional Municipality of Waterloo

2019 Citizen Appointments to Boards, Commissions, Advisory Committees & Special Purpose Bodies Each year the Regional Municipality of Waterloo advertises for applications from the public and appoints citizens to various Boards, Commissions, Advisory Committees and other Special Purpose Bodies required for a particular year(s) or Council term of office. These appointments give citizens of this Region, from a variety of backgrounds, an opportunity to volunteer and become actively engaged as a member of a Board, Commission, Advisory Committee or other Special Purpose Body. Interested citizens and incumbent members are invited to apply for appointment to any of the following: Active Transportation Advisory Committee (ATAC)

Five persons are required for a term of up to four years ending December 31, 2022. The Active Transportation Advisory Committee will serve as a forum for the public to raise their viewpoints on particular active transportation issues and to advise Regional Council and staff on cycling and pedestrian issues. Residents from all areas of the Region are encouraged to apply to provide a balanced regional perspective on cycling and pedestrian issues. Ecological and Environmental Advisory Committee (EEAC)

Up to Four persons are required for a term of up to four-years ending December 31, 2022. Persons with knowledge, interest, professional and/or technical qualifications in environmental issues related to such disciplines and policy areas as biology, ecology, hydrology, hydrogeology, forestry, agriculture, environmental law/policy, wildlife management and urban/rural planning are encouraged to apply. Heritage Planning Advisory Committee (HPAC)

Four persons are required for a term of up to four-years ending December 31, 2022. The Heritage Planning Advisory Committee advises on Regional heritage issues and policies, in accordance with the Regional Official Plan. The Committee also assists the Region in promoting Regional heritage and in increasing public understanding of heritage issues. Kissing Bridge Trailway Advisory Board

One person is required for a three-year term ending December 31, 2021. Non-farm landowners in proximity to the Kissing Bridge Trailway in any of the communities in which the Trailway is located are encouraged to apply. The Trailway Advisory Board advises the County of Wellington and Regional Council on the development and management of the Trailway. Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC)

Four persons are required for a term of up to four-years ending December 31, 2022. The Region of Waterloo Public Art Advisory Committee develops and recommends policies for the selection, acquisition, display, retention, maintenance, storage and de- accessioning of public art which is owned by or on loan to the Region. Specialized Transit Services Advisory Committee (STSAC)

Six persons are required for a two-year term ending December 31, 2020. The Specialized Transit Services Advisory Committee will advise and provide assistance relating to the development of Special Transit Services policies and service that best meet the needs of the community. Members of MobilityPLUS are strongly encouraged to apply. Persons interested in serving as a Committee member must file an application with the Regional Clerk prior to 4:30 p.m. on January, 25, 2019. The application form and the Terms of Reference for the listed Committees are available on the Region’s website or by contacting the Regional Clerk’s office. To view the application and the Terms of Reference for the various committees on the Region’s website: •    

Go to Select the “Regional Government” drop down menu Select “Agendas/Minutes” Select “Advisory Committees” Scroll down page for “2019 Citizens Appointments”

This information may also be obtained from the Office of the Regional Clerk or by contacting Tim Brubacher at 519-575-4493 or by emailing Advertised vacancies on a particular Committee may be filled by incumbents whose terms have expired and, therefore, the number of actual vacancies may differ from the number of advertised vacancies. Individuals are not permitted to sit on more than one Advisory Committee unless joint membership is specified in the applicable terms of reference. All applicants will receive written notification about the outcome of their application. It is expected that all appointments will be finalized and approved by Regional Council no later than February 28, 2019. Personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act and will be used to determine suitability for appointment. Questions regarding the collection of personal information should be referred to Tim Brubacher at 519-575-4493, Office of the Regional Clerk.

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Moody’s confirms region’s Triple A rating


oody’s Investors Service has confirmed the Region of Waterloo’s Triple A credit rating, the highest credit rating possible. This top credit score, held by the Region since 2000, was awarded based on strengths such as a diverse and affluent local economy, consistent positive operating results, and a mature and supportive institutional framework. “Maintaining this rating since 2000 is a reflection of the Region’s consistently sound financial management and planning,” said Karen Redman, Regional Chair. “The Region continues to manage well while investing in infrastructure and the future needs of citizens.” Moody’s rated the Region of Waterloo at the high end of Canadian municipalities. According to the report, Moody’s

has an expectation of “continued positive fiscal outcomes, robust economic growth and strong debt affordability.” Moody’s categorized the Region’s outlook as “stable.” “Keeping a triple A credit rating allows the Region and area municipalities to borrow money to invest in infrastructure at the lowest possible interest rates, saving taxpayers millions of dollars,” said Sean Strickland, Administration and Finance Committee Chair. “On average, the Region borrows $80 million per year for important Regional and area municipal capital projects.” Moody’s Investors Service has been providing Canada’s investors and issuers with credit ratings since 1901. Today, Moody’s rates more than 300 Canadian corporate, structured and public finance issuers.

Waterloo Regional Police check 22,889 vehicles during Festive R.I.D.E Program


rom November 23, 2018 to January 1, 2019, Waterloo Regional Police held Festive R.I.D.E programs throughout Waterloo Region to raise awareness around impaired driving and to remind motorists to drive sober. A total of 53 Festive R.I.D.E programs were held, and 22,889 vehicles checked. As a result, 36 impaired related charges were laid (13 Impaired Driving charges, 21 Over 80 charges and two Refuse Breath Sample charges). In addition, a total of 31 threeday suspensions were issued, and 271 Highway Traffic Act charges, 16 Criminal Code charges, and 12 Cannabis Control Act charges were laid against drivers. “Road Safety is a top priority for the Waterloo Regional Police Service and our members remain committed

to ensuring our roads are kept free from impaired drivers,” said Police Chief Bryan Larkin. “It is disappointing to see that motorists continue to make the decision to drive while impaired, and we will continue our enforcement efforts until everyone gets the message that impaired driving is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.” R.I.D.E programs remain an important part of road safety as they create a visible reminder to motorists to not drive impaired. The Waterloo Regional Police Service conducts R.I.D.E programs throughout the year to remind the public to: • Plan ahead and arrange for a designated drive home or public transportation • Offer a sober ride to a friend who is impaired • Call 9-1-1 to report suspected impaired drivers.

Region releases trailer for upcoming film documentary


he Region of Waterloo has released a trailer for “Growing Up: The Story of ION Light Rail in Waterloo Region” an upcoming feature length documentary. The documentary showcases the Region of Waterloo’s decision to build light rail transit, and the transformative impact the project has had on the community. It also tells the story behind this generational project, and illuminates how Waterloo Region has been shaped as a result of building light rail. “We have a strong history here in the Region of planning

for the future, of making the right decisions to ensure we leave behind a community that is economically sound for future generations,” says Councillor Tom Galloway, Chair of the Region of Waterloo’s Planning and Works Committee. “ION light rail is already a major part of Waterloo Region’s story, and this documentary captures that narrative.” You can watch the trailer by going onto the YouTube website and searching “The Story of ION Light Rail in Waterloo Region.” The documentary will be released in 2019.

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Volunteering creates a bond beyond video games By Rosalind Horne hursdays have taken on a whole new meaning for Andy White, a Friendly Visiting client with Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC). “I am so excited when Thursday comes. I’m jumping for joy,” said White. “We are much like brothers, man.” Matched with volunteer Peter Lawler for the past year, the pair meet up weekly for a couple of hours starting with a trip to Tim Hortons followed by a video game session. “Playing my games, sometimes I get stuck and that, and Peter knows what to do,” said White. Peter is a busy fifth-year Wilfrid Laurier University student, but always finds time to volunteer. The flexibility of the position fits his schedule and fulfills his passion for giving back to others. “It’s about making connections, having someone that you can come and hang out with that you usually wouldn’t have the opportunity to do so,” said Lawler. “It’s been probably one of the greatest things that I’ve done in my youth.” White lives at home with his mom, who first discovered the program. She is grateful for the


match because she says Lawler adds so much joy to her son’s life. Karla Lambe Communications and Resource Development Coordinator said Peter and Andy have a bond that goes beyond video games. Their friendship is an example of how one relationship can build a greater sense of inclusion and belonging in a larger community. Although program success stories like this one are common, with some matches lasting decades, the agency needs more volunteers to meet increasing demand. “We currently have 31 clients on the program waitlist and encourage anyone who has a couple of hours a week to spare to lift the spirits of a neighbour,” said Will Pace, Executive Director of CSC. “A new friend can make a world of difference.” The program primarily serves socially isolated seniors and adults with disabilities in Kitchener and Waterloo, while the City of Cambridge runs its own programming. Each friendship is unique, and volunteers become an important link to the outside world. The program is also designed to provide caregivers with a brief break while providing compassionate

Community Support Connections volunteer Peter Lawler, who attends Wilfrid Laurier University, and Andy White. The pair share of love of video games. Submitted Photo

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Public Input Meeting on the 2019 Regional Budget Public Input meetings are scheduled to gather input on the 2019 Regional Budget. The meetings will be held on: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 6:00 p.m. and Wednesday, February 6, 2019 6:00 p.m. Both Meetings will be held at: Regional Council Chamber 150 Frederick Street, 2nd Floor, Kitchener If you are interested in Regional services you may wish to attend. Final approval of the Region’s 2019 Operating Budget and TenYear Capital Program is scheduled for Tuesday, February 19, 2019, with the meeting starting at 4:30pm. Notice of these meetings is being given in accordance with the “Municipal Act” as amended and the Region’s Notice Policy. Please visit our website for more information on the Regional Budget: or view the 2019 Preliminary Budget Book and 2019 Budget Issue Paper Package after December 11, 2018 at the Council and Administrative Services Office, 150 Frederick Street, 2nd Floor, Kitchener. To speak to a staff person in Corporate Budgets regarding the budget, please call Cheryl Braan at 519-575-4705 or email CBraan@

Ken Seiling, who officially ended his 33 years as Waterloo Region Chair, hands over the keys to the chair’s office on November 30 to newly-elected Regional Chair Karen Redman. The two shared some memories and a few laughs while the media took photos of the key exchange. Photo by Carrie Debrone

You are welcome to attend any of the scheduled budget meetings or Council meetings. For a copy of the budget schedule please visit our website, as above. Members of the public may register as a delegation at the two public meetings on January 16th and February 6th, 2019. Please contact the Regional Clerk’s Office at 519-575-4400 or to register to speak at the public meetings by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, January 14th (for the January 16th meeting) and Monday, February 4th (for the February 6th meeting). If you require accessible services to participate in these meetings, please contact the Regional Clerk’s Office by the Friday prior to the meeting. Unable to attend the Budget Public Input meetings? Join the conversation online at by January 16th to provide your feedback on the Region’s 2019 Budget. Kris Fletcher Regional Clerk All comments and information received from individuals, stakeholder groups and agencies regarding the budget are being collected to assist the Region of Waterloo in making a decision. Under the “Municipal Act”, personal information such as name, address, telephone number, and property location that may be included in a submission becomes part of the public record. Questions regarding the collection of this information should be referred to Cheryl Braan, as above.




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Finding John Lingwood documentary film premieres January 17 at the Princess


he documentary film Finding John Lingwood by Kitchener filmmaker Dwight Storring will premiere January 17 at the Princess Twin Cinemas in Waterloo. Storring, who was also the City of Kitchener’s 2014 Artist in Residence, spent his early career as a photojournalist at the Kitchener-Waterloo Record. His work still focuses on the stories of ordinary people and how they form a larger community narrative. In his new documentary Finding John Lingwood,

Dwight reveals the man behind the buildings. Lingwood was one of Waterloo Region’s most influential architects, and through interviews with family, colleagues, clients and those who have occupied his buildings, the film explores Lingwood’s influence on community life. “This is not a chronology of his life or a survey of his work,” says Storring, “but more of a quest to find just what inspired him and how that played out in his life and work.” The film includes three of

Lingwood’s Kitchener sites, and also takes viewers on a journey to the shores of Burnt Island in Georgian Bay, the place where Lingwood felt truly at home - a place close to the wood and stone that figure prominently in his work. The film will premiere on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 7pm at the Princess Twin Cinemas, 46 King St. N., Waterloo. A second screening will take place Sunday, January 20 at 1pm at the Princess Twin. Advance tickets only, available at

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Representatives from a number of local sports groups accepted cheques at the November 27 KSA Volunteer Appreciation night in support of their fee-assistance programs in 2018. From left: (BACK ROW): LeVar Piper (Waterloo Regional Boxing), Ron Mooibroek (Kitchener Minor Baseball), Craig Findlay (Stanley Park Optimist Ball), Mike Quigley (KW Youth Basketball), Brad Freund (Kitchener Minor Hockey Donna’s Kids Program), Scott Mueller (KW Water Polo), Torsten Wandelt (Kitchener Minor Girls Softball) and Bill Pegg (KSA President - cheque presenter). (FRONT ROW L-R): Kelvin Lee (KW Gymnastics), Heather MacKneson (Pride Stables), Adele Couchman (Sports for Special Athletes), Shon Carroll (KW Minor Boys Softball) and Lerinda Chapeskie (KSA Fee-assistance Committee).

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The Kitchener Sports Association presented a cheque for $1,200 to help pay the travelling expenses of three young members of the K-W Diving Club competing at the recent CAMO International event in Montreal. KSA President Bill Pegg (right) presented the funds to KW Diving Club’s President Brian Dixon during the KSA’s volunteer recognition night. At the diving competition the three KWDC divers had 7 top-12 finishes in the 9 events they entered. They competed against a field from 14 nations and often in divisions with over 30 divers in each event.

KSA fee assistance program open to all local minor sports groups


o assist in efforts to ensure that more children have the opportunity to play, in the spring of 2013 the Kitchener Sports Assocation (KSA) announced the establishment of a program to provide financial support to local minor sports groups offering registration fee subsidies. This initiative provides funding to local minor sports groups that either already have publicized formal feeassistance programs in place, or plan to establish a formal fee-assistance program and promote it. To date, sports groups offering subsidized registration fees in partnership with KSA include: Kitchener Minor

Baseball, Kitchener Minor Girls Softball, KW Minor Boys Softball, KW Water Polo, KW Youth Basketball, Stanley Park Optimist Ball, Forest Hill T-Ball, Sports for Special Athletes, Waterloo Regional Boxing Academy, KW Gymnastics and ROW Swim Club. KSA also supports Donna Weber’s Sponsored Kids Program (Kitchener Minor Hockey) and Pride Stables (Ontario Developmental Riding Program). The invitation to partner with KSA is open to all local sports groups. Many other sports organizations may also have their own fee-assistance programs.

Recognized for their volunteer work with local sports organizations are the KSA Volunteer Recognition Awards 2018 winners. The awards were presented November 27 at the annual KSA awards dinner. From left: (BACK ROW): Rick Waud (KSA), Elizabeth Baker (KW Minor Boys Softball), Brian Hilliker (Kitchener Minor Hockey), Trevor Williams (Waterloo County Rugby), Alex Urosevic (KW Youth Basketball), Dale Cressman (Region of Waterloo Swim Club) and Daniel Bartozzi (Track 3 Ski School). (MIDDLE): Alison Sims (KW Skating Club), Kelley Putzu (Waterloo Region Minor Football), Mark Couch (Kitchener Minor Baseball), Lisa Watson (KW Predators Volleyball), Heather Andrews (KW Sertoma Speed Skating), Penny Richard (KW Gymnastics) and Sue Dawson for Dan Dawson (Waterloo Ringette). (FRONT): Eleanor Kerr (Waterloo Regional Boxing Academy), Meaghan and Kelly Reitzel (KW Sports Council), Marlene Weber (Kitchener Rangers Hockey Club), Torsten Wandelt (Kitchener Minor Girls Softball) and Jessica Dawson (for her father Dan). Absent from photo: Ken Wettlaufer (Stanley Park Optimist Ball), Louise Harrison (Sports for Special Athletes), Aaron Himmelman (SkateABLE) and Brian Woolley (Kitchener Ringette).

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king really know the daily struggles of his lowly subjects? It seems reminiscent of a billionaire president saying he can relate to citizens who have no paycheques. So, no, not Shakespeare. Maybe media? Surely somewhere on CraveTV, or Netflix, or AmazonPrime there’s a television or film offering with inspirational music and special effects (even a plot) that will spur us on to triumph in the year that theKitchener temptation binge-watch, Asbeckons? a relativelyThen new again, arrival in I've to been exploring the photographic arts that opportunities here and first impressions are not very to never leave comfortable couch, well, that’s encouraging. It's just not just in the tech side of quality that the community exactly the impetus I was searching for. should be judged. A thriving Arts community usually does well. This can Inalways the be end, I found in the theliving years of not measured in theencouragement financial spectrum as standard my youth. ofMy father was the low. quintessential early riser, expectations artists are remarkably We don't want that two bedroom within convenient driving possessing a work ethic that house my brothers and sisters

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another reading and alsoOf promised to call me back this wasme done. strove to emulate. course, when Dadonce required toIt was the very next day that I received her call telling me that the new amount follow him to the barn at six in the morning, I recall more owing was now $200.10, a mere difference of $251.90. I only wonder how consternation than Surely often the meter had beenemulation. misread in the past. the feeding of newly weaned calveson could for ametric moremeters suitable My neighbours eitherwait side have and Ihour! had previously if I could get one that I would be able to read. The to that asked If I chose to grumble aloud, my father wouldanswer rummage consisted of a flat NO. through of proverbs regaleforme with some The cityhis hadcollection pre-authorized withdrawaland privileges 2004/005 which homespun wisdom. while that I have forgotten many of they bungled up so badly And that I revoked privilege. I did ask that office to please send me paper trail for myto records whichthe I never received his sayings, mya favourite had do with promise ofnor a did I get an answer to my request and, of course, one can forget about new day: “Just breathe in that air,” he’d say, “it’s so new,an apology. noI realize one’s that used yet.” Thediscretion message fell onorstony ground, it isit up to your to publish not to publish my then, as anif adult I nowtoknow being gently invited print itIIwas would like to warn my fellow letter. but However you decide "Kitchenerites" to potentiality be extra "vigilant" every time Utility Bill arrives. to share in the of each newthat day. Whether I could see it or not, the sun always rose in the Respectfully, east, over the bridge; no matter how hard the morning Ingridjust E. Merkel chores were, they always ended, and we’d shut the barn door and turn back to our house. Our routine rarely prompted conversation, but I frequently stole glances at my dad, and his face reflected his life’s philosophy: believe in the freshness of each morning, and smile more than you frown. That’s the approach I would recommend we adopt as we stride into 2019. While the months currently lying empty beforebyus inevitably beand filled, let’sthey seek out very impressed themust Arts office at City Hall with how provided Those people in turn me with information aboutwho what was positive companions willgoing helponushere. complete the days, have offered owncelebrate advice andour contacts, so againand two comfort thumbs upus for friends whotheir will victories the level of support they give each other. in Yes, setbacks. Andalready most many importantly, let’s remember that there are photographers doing the normal every twenty-four givesbut us the another chance make photographic needs ofhours the region, opportunity to to work with emerging like web designers, animation houses, software this newimage yearcompanies memorable.

Just what makes Kitchener so good at Arts development?

distance to the golf course or mall. Speaking as one of those underfunded producers, locally based video firms, electronic images for broadcasters independent art producers i'll tell you I've lived in some very bad growing as the manufacturing base has declined. The live conditions just to be close to my working environment. An example being entertainment industries, local graphic designers and most especially the GUEST COLUMN when living in my various illegal Toronto warehouse studios many years emerging gallery system bodes well for business opportunities, even in this before they were condoized. downturn. There are basically two reasons for artists to be in an area. A slightly Kitchener is projected to be growing by a conservative estimate of compact arts community with low rents and the availability of galleries or 100,000 people over the next 20 years and plans call for a big investment ointo DeafBlind Ontario Services on Friday, tickets. I have noticed that thereFebruary is a vibrant your venues showcase the art produced. in conversions of existing warehouse buildings into studio style live work theatre network here that noneGalt the less is going Club through times. The space. 22nd at the beautiful Country inhard Cambridge LiveTechnically and silent auctions, a base wine and raffle the manufacturing haswall, down- turned and leftwill a lot music scene is really good with a solid choice of local talent that is well of empty buildings. and embark on a journey of the senses! complete this memorable event, leaving guests with a publicized by a few local free publications. Radio generally follows the If outunderstanding of those numbers of there are 10 in alla media that At the corprock first 5 Senses Gala, guests will have alloutstanding of their better what it’spercent like artists to have sensory standard but the University of Waterloo has an actually work at their art all of us are going to need some of this space to senses challenged like vision and hearing loss. community station. through five interactive sensory stations, impairment, build up our community. Artists, being artists though, do not like to be The huge pool of university students to draw Taste, from for and a vocalAroma. audience including: Vision, Hearing, Touch, The 5 Senses MacNeil Dodd told how to do things. Gala, The localpresented governmentby is working hard to&reach that with some disposable cash helps in keeping the cities vibrant and level where they can integrate the needs of the artistic community Mystery silent auction items and special discounted Pharmacy, will raise funds to support the specialized enthusiastic. The number of professional artists is still small enough so that seamlesslyprovided into their development plans.Ontario Services to people product offers will be available to guests from the services by DeafBlind they knowand onegift another. Many studies have shown time and again how efficient an Arts based We are quickly seeingstation astounding growth inEntertainment the digital imagingand a living with deafblindness. evening’s sensory sponsors. community can be. A planning group called The Prosperity Council industry. Fortunately, as a photographer who has been working in digital delicious gourmet dinner will further enhance this sensory DeafBlind Ontario Services is a not-for-profit for years it helps me integrate my own work into video, 3D, web, specifically calls for a huge investment for artists and art based businesses to encourage them to choose as a place work.deafblind This is the first experience. that helpsKitchener individuals whoto are to advertising, etc. So I think, personally, the opportunities in Kitchener are organization time I have found a directed approach to our niche, but valuable better than Toronto. An example cable TVopportunity (Rogers) that works Guests will also have being the theunique to increase their independence and improve their very quality of segment of society. If even fifty percent of the plans get done it is still an theartist regionsatschools in locally produced life very hardtheir to involve inspire inner ‘Art and in artisians the Dark’ workshops through specialized attractive place to build a With programs across programming. throughout the evening. Attendees will experience the the province, their reach extends into and a wide of Our image production is now all pixels with range the recent Let's not forget that Kitchener/Waterloo was voted the most intelligent announcement of a new 5 million dollar Federal grant to establish artistic while undergoing a simulation exercise city and process speaking as a newcomer it is very evident that the level of communities in Ontario, including Ayr, Kitchener, anda massive digital media centre in the downtown core, it offers unexcelled professionalism is visibly high here. People waste little time and the Waterloo. wearing a blindfold. By using their sense of touch, they welcome i've received in presenting my own portfolio to various galleries opportunities to work with some of the leading edge image systems in the will interact with art warm in ways may never before. LearnInmore buyare yourplans tickets www.deafblindontario. fact and there to at make Kitchener a regional and companies has been and they enthusiastic. A veryhave nice event held world. communications hub and that leads into the possibility of thousands of new Limited spaces are available; add-on when you purchase com. 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. netKitchener and mostCitizen community plans aretoavailable. Theexperinext With the projected growth of the regions artists in all mediums I have info just go to the The invites you share your three years will establish this region of one of the "Silicon Valley" inspired found there are many dynamic, specifically targeted plans, by the ences with the community as a guest columnist. Do you have a rant? A viewpoint about a local event or opinion about an important issue? Or, do municipal government in particular, to foster a (relatively) large examples of a thriving gateway of new ideas and I feel very fortunate to you have a personal or funny story? The Kitchener is looking are willing share their viewsother withcreative their neighbours able towho establish myselfto here with so many artists. in a community investment in development towards artistCitizen integration. I wasforbewriters


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CSC FREE GENTLE EXERCISE CLASSES - Stand Up to Falls. Meet People, Stay Active! Join Registered Kinesiologists to improve balance, strength, and maintain your independence. Classes are held 2pm-3:30pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Rockway Centre, 1405 King Street East, Kitchener. Classes start February 5 and run until June. Registration is not required. For more information and other class locations across Waterloo Region, please call Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More at 519772-8787 and ask for Jenn at extension 228 or email KW GLEE and KWS - Local Kids, Amazing Voices! KW Glee Joins the KWS for More Pop Music Magic. After two successful collaborations in 2015 and 2017, KW Glee returns to the stage with the KWS on January 22 and 23 at 7:30 pm at Centre In The Square, with brand new music and choreography. Led by conductor and arranger Trevor Wagler, the concert features over 100 youth performers from across Waterloo Region who are members of the nationally renowned show choir while the orchestra provides the music for chart-topping pop hits from the 1960s until now, including

music by Rihanna, Michael Jackson, Coldplay, The Bee Gees and more! KW GLEE runs January 22 at 7:30 pm and January 23 at 7:30 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 888745-4717. KITCHENER CITY HALL RINK OPEN– The Carl Zehr Square Outdoor Rink – opened Dec. 3. Sharpen your skates and come downtown to enjoy free skating with friends and family, seven days a week from 9am to 10pm. AT THE REGISTRY THEATRE – For any of these coming events call 519-5781570 or buy online at www. K-W’s great singer-songwriter Benjamin Rollo returns. Ben welcomes local music legend, and one of Canada’s finest,  Danny Michel, popular duo Twas Now (Diana & Mike Erb), and silken voiced songstress Jo Jo Worthington. Plus Ben’s musical friend Matt Weidinger makes a guest appearance. Another evening with some of Canada’s best composers of popular music, plus more of Ben’s own beautiful originals. Friday, Feb. 1, 8pm. Tickets $25. Nota Bene Baroque Players Musica à 4 - Playing on authentic


or replica instruments, Nota Bene’s professional musicians come as close as possible to recreating what the composers from the early Baroque to the early Classical period intended us to hear. The String Quartet is a staple of chamber music, but was not fully formed until the Classical era. However, the tradition of four-voice writing goes back to the Baroque era. Nota Bene plays music for 4 voices that was the genesis of the chamber music quartet. Joseph Lanza – violin, Sarah Wiebe – violin, John Wiebe ~ baroque viola. Joel Tanjerd ~ cello. Sunday, February 3 at 3pm. Tickets: $28 Adult/$25 Senior. Children 12 and under Free. Call 519-578-1570 or buy online at www.registrytheatre. com. Larry Larson’s Jazz Guys and Mary-Catherine Pazzano Part of The Winter Jazz Festival Larry Larson - Friday, February 8 at 8:00 PM. Mary-Catherine Pazzano - Saturday, February 9 at 8:00 PM Tickets: $30 per concert, or $25 each when bought together.   Friday: K-W Symphony’s principal trumpet launches the Winter Jazz Weekend. Larry & the Guys are back for their annual Registry appearance. Larry was a jazz aficionado from his earliest days as a musician, so he loves to step away from his day job for

a night of cool jazz. Some classic trumpet tunes, plus beautiful, lesser-known gems. Featuring Larry on trumpet and flugelhorn, plus his standout group of not-so-sidemen, Paul Shilton piano, Dave Wiffen saxes, Matthew Lima bass, and Dave Campion drums. Saturday: Bernstein was an internationally renowned composer, conductor, writer, and educator. His centennial will be celebrated worldwide throughout the 18-19 season. On the heels of her remarkable Women Music Revolutionaries concert last season at The Registry with Joni NehRita, M-C returns with music from West Side Story, On The Town, plus some of Bernstein’s choral work, and instrumental compositions. Celebrate Black History Month at the Registry with ‘My Place Right Here’ Hugh Burnett & The Fight for a Better Canada. An original play written by Aaron Haddad, and performed by the Flex We Talent Players. The powerful story of one of Canada’s first civil rights activists. Hugh Burnett was a key figure in the fight for anti-discrimination legislation in Ontario. Through the 1940s and early 1950s, he organized tirelessly against racial discrimination in public service in his hometown of Dresden, Ontario, rising to

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prominence as a leader and organizer of the National Unity Association (NUA), a coalition of black community members who advocated for equal rights. Sunday, February 10 at 3pm. Tickets: $10 Advance/$12 At the Door. KWSA ART EXHIBITION – The Kitchener-Waterloo Society of Artists (KWSA) presents ‘Selection 2018’ on exhibit until February 1, 2019 at The Link at Waterloo Innovation Park, 611 Kumpf Dr. Waterloo. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm. KWSA is Waterloo Region’s oldest continuously operating arts organization and currently has over 130 members. For more information visit www. VOLUNTEER AT SUNNYSIDE - Make your new year’s resolution about giving to others this year - volunteer to help older adults at Sunnyside! Spend a few hours a week selling refreshments at our Tuck Shop in Kitchener. Money raised through sales will help support older adults. Sunnyside is a long-term care home on a campus that also includes supportive housing, dementia services, and other programs for older adults. To volunteer, call Janice at 519893-8494, ext. 6372 or apply at: volunteeratsunnyside



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WORTH A SECOND LOOK – The Working Centre’s thrift store, 97 Victoria Street North, Kitchener is looking for donations of clothing, books, current magazines, craft and art supplies, sporting goods, housewares, furniture, jewelry, purses, backpacks, hygiene products, pictures, frames, music and movies, radios, stereos, CDs, DVDs, toys and games. The retail outlet’s goal is to provide the community with low-cost used furniture and assorted houseware items while keeping reusable goods out of landfills and creating opportunities for employment. Open 9am to 5pm weekdays and 9am to 4pm Saturdays. To donate call 519-569-7566. SCHWABEN CLUB EVENTS - EVERY FRIDAY at the Schwaben Club Keller, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Fish Fry. Fridays & Wednesdays KARAOKE with Randall Kuhn’s ”The Musicscene.” Pub Food available. Fridays 8:30 p.m. – until close Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.Table Tennis – EVERY TUESDAY at the Schwaben Club at 7 p.m.  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 519-7423372 or Ken at 519-894-6695. 


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

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Do you have those days when dinner is the last thing you have time for? This class concentrates on having something in the fridge that can be completed quickly without giving up taste or nutrition.

HEALTHY COMFORT FOOD - $49 Wednesday, Jan. 23, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Enjoy your favourite comfort foods, made healthier and more delicious.

VALENTINE’S DAY KIDS PARTY! Saturday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m. - noon

ear residents of Kitchener Centre and Waterloo Region, HAPPY NEW YEAR! I was so happy to celebrate the holidays with many of you at my office Open House. It was great meeting many of you for the first time while also catching up and listening to all of your thoughtful advice. For me, a new year offers a chance to reflect on the previous year and to look forward with optimism and new energy. This year started with my first event on New Year’s Day as our community welcomed 38 new citizens into our Canadian family. They shared their stories, the challenges they faced in arriving here and how grateful they are to finally call Canada home. The venue could not have been more perfect! The Kitchener Rangers management team hosted the citizenship ceremony at The Aud. After reciting the Oath of Citizenship, I joined the 38 new Canadians on centre ice and sang our national anthem. The crowd was overjoyed as the new citizens were introduced to our local hockey team. It was a very memorable event that celebrated the best of Canada. 2018 was a great year for the economy, here in Kitchener, and across Canada. Since our Government took office, Canadians have created over 800,000 new jobs and significantly increased the number of full-time jobs. This is a testament

The Kitchener Market is a great place to find plenty of foods that are good for your heart – eating lots of fruits and vegetables can keep your heart healthy and happy. Join our FREE Kids in the Kitchen program to learn fast facts to improve your overall health and learn how good foods can still be delicious and fun! Create a tasty treat. There will also be activities and crafts for kids. We would love it if you would wear something red and come with a donation for The Food Bank of Waterloo Region.

VALENTINE’S WINE & SIGN DATE NITE - $120/couple Wednesday, Feb. 13, 6:30 - 10 p.m.

Spend an evening enjoying some of Ontario’s boutique and craft producers of wine, perfectly paired with a selection of delicious chocolates all while learning step-by-step how to create coordinating wooden “farmhouse” style signs! Nailed It Nite will teach both you and your sweetie how to build, stain and stencil your coordinating farmhouse style signs, while The Vineyard at Home serves up some delicious chocolates and exclusive samples of wine.

KIDS HOP AND KIDS ART – FREE 11 a.m. - noon Kids Hop this month: Tuesday, Feb. 5 & 19 Kids Art this month: Thursday, Feb. 7, 14, 21, & 28

The Kitchener Market is a great place for family fun. Bring the kids out to play, sing and create. Kids Hop takes place every other Tuesday and Kids art is every Thursday, unless otherwise stated.


Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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Feb. 9: Jessie T Feb. 23: Ben Rollo

to the hard work, creativity, and innovative spirit of our country. There is always more to do, and I am confident in our local entrepreneurial spirit and our country’s innovative drive. On January 1st, our Government also cut the small business tax rate to 9.0%, which follows our earlier reduction in January 2018. This means up to $7,500 in savings annually and is the lowest tax rate in the G7. We know that over 98% of businesses in Canada are small businesses and helping them will further advance our economy and make sure that there is ongoing job creation. As we are about to begin our new session of Parliament, I am looking forward to returning to Ottawa and participating in debates that will advance our Region. As a member of the Foreign Affairs and Ethics Committees, our agenda is quite full as we study geopolitical challenges and the protection of Canadians’ privacy. The New Year presents many opportunities. Opportunities for renewal, opportunities to engage and opportunities to meet as many of you as possible. If there is an event that you would like me to attend or if there are any issues where I may be of any assistance, please call 519-7412001 or email me at Until next time, Happy New Year once again! May this year be positive, hopeful, and successful for each of you.

PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Marwan Tabbara MP for Kitchener South—Hespeler


would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! In the year ahead, I look forward to continuing to engage with the residents of Kitchener South-Hespeler about issues that matter to our community. While the summer may seem to be in the distant future, I want to dedicate my column to the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program. CSJ is a federal government initiative that strengthens local economies and communities across Canada. Each year, Canada Summer Jobs helps employers create valuable summer job opportunities for 15-30 year-olds. CSJ provides funding for not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with up to 50 employees. Not-forprofit employers can receive up to 100 percent of the provincial/territorial minimum hourly wage as well as employment-related costs. Public-sector employers and small businesses can receive up to 50 percent of the provincial/ territorial minimum hourly wage.


Monday, March 11 – Friday, March 15, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day

(extended supervision is available daily from 8:30-9 a.m. and 4-5 p.m.) Roll up your sleeves and get messy! Kids from 7 to 12 years of age take over the Marketplace for this interactive cooking camp. Our leaders and chefs provide a fun experience where kids will cook meals, learn about healthy eating, play games and enjoy other educational activities. INCLUDES: Cooking apron, recipes, lunch and snacks. FOR MORE INFO VISIT

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In 2018, Kitchener South-Hespeler received approximately half a million dollars of funding for the Canada Summer Jobs Program. This money provided 193 summer jobs for young people in our community! This funding provides a beneficial opportunity for both employers and young people. While employers benefit from acquiring extra help during the summer months, employees gain workplace skills and experience. This year, applications are being accepted online until January 25th, 2019 with applicants starting their jobs as early as April 2019. For more information on CSJ, including the eligibility criteria and application guide, visit or a Service Canada Office, or call 1-800-935-5555. Lastly, I would like to invite all residents of Kitchener South-Hespeler to my Family Day Free Skates! I will be hosting a skate at the Hespeler Arena on February 17th from 2:00PM4:00PM and one at the Sportsworld Arena on February 18th from 2:15PM-4:15PM.

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Kitchener Waterloo Titans revitalization is bringing success in third season BY ROD HODDLE

s each win is recorded, A the story of this third season for the K-W Titans gets progressively better. It was a struggle early in the season, but Head Coach Cavell Johnson felt good vibes about this group from the start. Johnson took over as Head Coach last year when the locals hit rock bottom and found themselves out of the play-off picture long before the end of the regular season. In looking to a new start in this third season, he knew he could build on a decent nucle-

us of talent returning for this 2018-19 campaign. Now, with one third of the season gone, the revitalized Titans not only appear to be play-off bound but could have an optimistic long run in the post season. The K-W Titans compete in

the 10-team National Basketball League of Canada. There are five teams in each division. The Central Division includes the Titans, along with franchises in London, Windsor, Sudbury and St. Johns. The Island, Moncton, Halifax, St. John and Cape Breton make up the Atlantic Division. This season’s edition of the Titans is made up of mature veterans who are tenacious and talented. Coach Johnson says that due to the spirited competition you can’t afford to coast on a big lead. It can evaporate quickly. The team must stay focused. There are five returning Titans from the previous roster including Canadians Greg Morrow and Tramar Sutherland, who are both in their third season while fellow Canucks Denzel James and Nigel Tyghter are in their second go round and Derek Hall is also back. Ashton Smith and Joel Friesen have joined the Titans ranks. Their presence should encourage a winning pedigree as they helped London to a league championship last year. Flen Whitfield who played for the Titans in its initial season is also back this season after playing as part of a championship team in Finland last season. Akeem Ellis who is a third year veteran of the NBL Canada and a former teammate of Coach Johnson, Justin Strings, Damon Lynn and Ed Horton have all been great additions to this year’s team. Now that the Titans are playing winning and exciting basketball, many fans are taking the time to enjoy their successes and regularly attend games.






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Notes from City Hall the year as it sets the parameters for all upcoming accomplishments in our city. This proposed budget is not unlike previous years in that our property tax target is under the current rate of inflation; of which I am proud. Nor is it dissimilar in that our proposed water rate increases is well in excess of inflation at 6.5%. I am by no means proud of that figure... but it is very much a necessity for continued safe drinking water in our city. I could waste a great amount

of space here explaining why we are in this situation. I could blame previous gov’ts or bad projections etc., but in the end, we either properly fund this most basic of services, or we do not. While we are always striving to reduce costs, I am constantly reminded of situations like that of nearby Flint, Michigan who have been without safe drinking water for more than 4 years. 6.5% is much higher than it should be but this will be the last year of significant increases.

Projections show increases will drop to 4.5% for the next budget. This budget also addresses other challenges such as catching up on street tree replacement from the emerald ash borer. It will also see funding for the renovation of Carl Zehr Square with minimal impact to taxpayers, as I had once feared. There is a lot of information on the city’s website about our 2019 budget and I would love to hear any feedback you might have. Please contact me anytime to discuss.

Operating – for the day to day services and programs the city provides and Capital – for one time investments for up to ten years. The proposed tax rate increase is just below Ontario’s rate of inflation at 2.3%. For a home assessed at $309,000 it’s an increase of 25 dollars a year. The focus is on your priorities of Road Safety and Cycling, Environmental Sustainability, Improved Customer Service and Investment and Maintenance of Infrastructure. Water, Storm Water and Sanitary Utilities are proposed

to increase a combined 6.5%, or 78 dollars per year. This funds our Water Infrastructure Program that maintains and preserves our system to keep it functioning longer and continues 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. Gas is set to be reduced 0.93%, or 7 dollars per year. The total impact per average household is $96.00. You can view the proposed budget and comment on it at

I want to provide 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 21. You can also have your say at If I can assist you please contact me or call our Contact line 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 2019!

this year. These include: the completion of the Traynor-Vanier LRT pedestrian crossing to Fairview; the planning for Phase 2 of the LRT affecting residents in the Hidden Valley and Deer Ridge areas; the Zone Change Application dealing with the Tall Buildings planned for the corner of Courtland & Block Line Rd.; and various Traffic Calming plans throughout the ward. In addition there will be the annual issues dealing with the increasing costs to our customers for Utilities and Property Taxes. There will undoubtedly be considerable media coverage for these issues. In addition the City’s website at will provide considerable background 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 / ) The annual Budget and local tax levies and utility rates are now before Council. The Budget Document prepared by staff is recommending a combined increase for taxes and water utilities of $103, or 4.5%. This is prior to taking

into account Regional and Education levies or possible increases in individual property assessments. I believe we need to reduce the impact on our customers to no more than a 2.4% increase - the current inflation rate. There are many opportunities in the Budget to reduce net expenses without affecting the current levels of service. There has been virtually no debate by Council and no recommendations whatsoever for any changes to what has been recommended by staff. I urge you to attend Council on Monday January 21, 2019 at 7:00 PM to provide your comments on the Budget that is currently being recommended!

Happy New Year Ward 4! I have experienced my first budget day as your city councillor and I am pleased to say we approved a one-year pilot project, which allows

residents, city wide, to park on the paved portion of their driveway ramps or aprons from now until March 31, 2019. This will help reduce the number of vehicles parked on roadways, which in turn assists operations staff to clear the roads during the winter months and help keep pedestrians and cars safe. This may also help alleviate concerns with limited parking in certain areas within our ward. I would like to take this opportunity to point out some important rules to keep in mind when parking on boulevards. If parked

parallel to the road, make sure your vehicle faces the direction of travel. No part of your vehicle should overhang the sidewalk, curb or road edge. Your vehicle must not be parked on the landscape or hardscape portion of the boulevard. Boulevard parking is not permitted within 15 metres of an intersection. For more information on parking in the city, please visit:, keyword search, “parking regulations”. The City’s LoveMyHood program has seen successfully supported resident-led Neighbourhood pro-

jects for two years, since council approved a three-year plan to build out. The program has brought us Neighbourhood Matching Grants, Community Garden Grants and the Neighbourhood Markets Program. In 2019, look for the launch of the Neighbourhood Places Programs, which will focus on Neighbourhood Greening, Public Seating and Neighbourhood Art. For more information on how you can access these grants and programs for your neighbourhood, visit: www.

Happy New Year Ward 5! This year’s budget includes increased measures for traffic calming. The city’s traffic calming program implements traffic calming measures on roadways

until such a time that a formal traffic calming review is warranted, or for roadways that may not meet the minimum thresholds for formal traffic calming. The measures that are used through this program are Radar Speed Display signs and Flexible “PedZone” delineators (also known as “flex signs”). Radar Speed Display signs flash the speed as a vehicle passes it, bringing awareness to the driver of their speed and awareness of the community concern about speeding. This has been found to

temporarily reduce speeding. The Radar Speed Display signs would be in place for a two-week period on a rotational basis due to their temporary effect. Flex signs are mounted in the centre of a roadway and display messages to drivers. The signs are approximately 4ft tall and 1 ft wide but are mostly outside of the travelled portions of road lanes. The signage provides warning/ regulatory messages to drivers such as speed limit reminders, children at play, or school zone.

The visual narrowing of the lane has been shown to subconsciously cause drivers to slow down. The flex signs are installed in the spring and then removed before winter. Please provide me with your feedback about any traffic concerns in your neighbourhood. I will have the opportunity to provide input for potential locations in our ward for the 2019 seasonal trafficcalming program and would like to hear from you.

Happy New Year Ward 1! With each New Year comes a new city budget. I may be a bit of a nerd, but I love the budget process and find it the most interesting time of

I hope 2019 is a happy, healthy and prosperous one for you. The 2019 budget will be finalized on Monday, January 31. There are two main parts to the budget.

I would like to wish everyone a Happy and Rewarding New Year in 2019 !! We are beginning not only a new year but also a new term of Council ( 2018 to 2022 ). There are still a number of issues affecting Ward 3 that will be dealt with

Happy New Year 2019 everyone! It’s hard to believe that we’re already a couple of weeks into the new year and that 2018 is merely a set of hopefully positive memories. On behalf of all of us at the City of Kitchener, please accept out best wishes to each of you and your families for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019! Budget 2019 The past two Mondays, the city’s Finance and Administration committee has begun considering the city’s 2019 budget. The 2019 budget is looking promising with any proposed tax increases being kept to below the rate of inflation. In addition to normal day-today operations, the budget is proposing investments in 4 strategic areas for the city – road safety and cycling, environmental sustainability, improving customer service and maintaining and investing in infrastructure. Some of the proposed initiatives include an increase in funding for residentled traffic calming, a protected bike lane pilot, improvements to the Iron Horse trail, increased use of biodiesel fuels to reduce greenhouse gases, investments in our urban forest strategy, improvements to the online customer service experience, improvements to City Hall outdoor spaces and moving forward with the new Huron Brigadoon Community Centre. If you’re interested in providing input into the 2019 budget, I encourage you to go online on the city’s website to do so, or attend the public budget input session on Monday January 21st at 7pm. We’ll be finalizing the 2019 budget on January 31st, so you can check back in this column next month, for further details. Retailing of Cannabis in Kitchener This past Monday, Council considered whether to opt-in or opt-out of the new provincial approach to the retail licensing on cannabis. As you know, with the decision to legalize cannabis, which took effect this past October, the province was moving to add a retail component throughout the province in addition to their online store which they launched at that time. While I am writing this column ahead of the meeting where staff’s report will be considered, I do anticipate that Council will opt-in to permit retail locations in Kitchener – consistent with both the recommendations of our staff as well as the Waterloo Regional Police Service. With cannabis consumption now being legal, allowing for provincially licensed cannabis stores will allow us to move from the illegal and often unsafe black market to safer, quality-regulated product from the legal market. Allowing for legal retail stores locally will help achieve the objectives of safeguarding our youth, protecting our health and ...continued on next page

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Notes from City Hall

Kitchener residents are reminded that winter parking regulations are now in effect until March 31, and that no parking is permitted on city streets from 2:30 am until 6 am. During this

time, the city’s tag-and-tow bylaw will be in effect. The tag-and-tow bylaw does not allow parking on city streets anytime a snow event is declared. For more information about please visit:, keyword search: “tag-and-tow” and keyword search: “snow removal”. To help provide winter parking options, city council passed a resolution for a one-year pilot project that permits parking on the paved portion of a boulevard (driveway between the sidewalk and the road) from now until March 31, 2019. There

are some areas where boulevard parking is not applicable as there is not enough space for vehicles to park. Council has begun the 2019 budget process by reviewing the operating budget. I’m hopeful and will strongly advocate that council again set the tax levy rate relative to the inflationary rate. The challenge continues to be with the Water/Sanitary and the Storm Water Management fee. I have been voicing concern that this and future rates need to be within the capacity of all homeowners to absorb. I don’t entirely oppose the rate increase

that will go to address the backlog of important infrastructure repairs. The concern that I have advocated is that these rate increases need to be phased over a longer period of time. I’m happy to report that this is the very strategy that will be for council consideration. The final budget and utility rates will be voted on by council on January 31. I encourage Ward 6 residents to connect with me to pass on their feedback so that I can effectively represent their collective voice.

Happy New Year Ward 7! I hope you had an enjoyable holiday season with family and friends. Over the last few months, I have been hearing from residents about

concerns with coyote sightings in the Ward. I would like to take this opportunity to provide some information, which may help to ease any worries. The coyote is a natural inhabitant of the City of Kitchener and has adapted well to life in the city. They play an important role in urban areas by eating other animals and controlling pest populations. They are typically more active during the spring and winter months, which could account for the rise

in sightings. Green spaces and urban natural areas provide an excellent habitat for coyotes. They will use ravines, natural areas and hydro corridors to remain undetected. They prefer secluded locations for their dens and will often choose areas near ponds, rivers or streams. Coyotes can live in close proximity to people without causing any problems provided we remember a few simple rules. Be sure to store your garbage and pet food so coyotes

cannot get to it. Keep your outdoor compost in a secure location with a locked lid. Try to clean up fallen fruit around fruit trees. Keep your cats indoors and dogs on a leash at all times. Do not feed coyotes or any other wildlife that may attract coyotes to the neighbourhood. Coyotes generally avoid people. Simply seeing one should not be reason for concern. If you have any concerns about coyote behavior, please report it to the City of Kitchener at 519-741-2345.

Hello and Happy New Year Ward 8 Residents! It is a great honour to represent you! I really enjoyed meeting you on the campaign trail during the recent election; you expressed to me

your thoughts, concerns and wishes for our Ward and City and I am thrilled to work with you as your Councillor! Thanks so much for your support! It has been an exciting and busy time since our Inaugural meeting. We have chosen our Committees and I will be returning to the Economic Development Advisory Committee as well as serving on the Belmont Improvement Area Board of Directors, the Safe & Healthy Community Advisory Committee, the Animal Designation Appeal Committee and the Dog Designation Appeal

Committee. The volunteers and committee members are engaged and enthusiastic participants! I look forward to seeing what we can do together for our City throughout this Term! As a Council, we approved a resolution for a one-year pilot project that permits parking on the paved portion of a boulevard (driveway between the sidewalk and the road) from now until March 31, 2019. As it is a pilot project, please let me know your thoughts about this new initiative. Winter weather has arrived. With

that comes the issue of sidewalk snow clearing. Please visit: www.kitchener. ca, keyword search “snow removal” to learn more about the new Proactive Bylaw Inspection Program, for finding agencies who provide assistance with snow removal and to apply for a Neighbourhood-shared snow blower. Nominate a kind-hearted neighbour or volunteer at:, keyword search “snow angels”. I look forward to meeting and hearing from you, please do not hesitate to connect!

There is no City Hall 101 course that could possibly cover all the interconnected aspects of the job. December was a month replete with meetings and training sessions. Some of the challenges that were brought to my attention included toxic waste being left at a development site, the potential damage to come if the Province of Ontario’s Bill 66 is passed and the City’s snow removal policy. Resident-driven development groups have organized in the downtown areas in response to the “building tsunami” we are

experiencing. These groups have been educating themselves about the development sites, asking questions about issues directly impacting established neighbourhoods and working with developers and city staff to protect heritage designated areas. There is a lot happening and residents have every right to be part of the process. While affordable housing is one of the most pressing issues in the Region right now, little has been done to address the deficit. I will continue to work with community groups and

other elected representatives to find ways to address this growing problem. Inclusionary zoning would be a good place to start. I commend the different neighbourhood groups in Ward 9 and beyond for the amazing work they do to engage people through public meetings, programming and events. January is budget month. I invite residents of Ward 9 to contact me if you have any questions or concerns with the direction in which the City is moving. How would YOU like to see taxpayers’ money spent?

same time maintains tax increases at or below the rate of inflation. It’s also important that we keep in mind people on a fixed income, and ensure we have an affordable community. To learn more about our budget, visit budget and to comment, visit www. or in person at our public input night January 21st at 7pm. Feel free to let me know your thoughts by contacting me directly. Many in the community have been saddened by the loss of one

of downtown Kitchener’s most wellknown and colourful characters. Duff will be sorely missed, and a memorial is being planned to take place February 1st. Details will be posted at the Queen St. Commons café. On January 19th, the annual Women’ March will take place around the world. In our community, the March starts at Waterloo Square and travels King St. to Kitchener City Hall 10am – 1pm. For details, please see: www.womensmarchcanada. com

Later this month, 152 Shanley will be put up for a second tax sale. It’s my hope that this vacant, contaminated site will be purchased by a responsible new owner with a plan that aligns with the neighbourhood vision, and the resources needed to implement it. As you may have seen earlier this month, 152 Shanley was in the news because of falling bricks that came loose from the single storey addition. That situation will not affect the tax sale process.

My first few months as Ward 9 councillor have been full of challenges as I learn to navigate the internal workings of city hall and become knowledgeable about the different issues and concerns of residents.

Happy New Year! The month of January Council’s main focus will be all about reviewing and approving the 2019 budget. I feel that the proposed budget reflects many of the community priorities and at the


from previous page safety and preventing illicit activity – all with the assistance from provincial resources and regulatory bodies. I’ll write more about this next month, once the decision is made. Remembering Duff Last week, our Downtown community said farewell to one of our special individuals who made downtown home – Detlef “Duff” Becker. Duff passed away unexpectedly over the holidays, resulting in a rough end to 2018 for many in our downtown and homeless communities. Duff was a special individual who often cared about others at times more than he did about himself. He was a smiling and caring face who advocated for the marginalized in our community, assisted the Downtown BIA with many of their activities and let folks like me know when governments had to find ways to do better. Visitation for Duff occurred last week at the Henry Walser funeral home, and I was honoured to join his family, MP Raj Saini and Joe and Stephanie Mancini of the Working Centre for a private interment. A community memorial will take place at St. John’s Kitchen on Friday February 1st from 2-3pm, followed by a walk from the Kitchen to The Kitchener Market from 3-4pm, and then a community bbq at the market from 4-6pm. Mayor’s City Builder Awards This year we have changed the format of the presentation of the Mayor’s City Builder awards. The awards will be presented during a Council meeting on Monday, March 4th at 7pm, with a reception for the winners and their guests preceding the presentation. Thank you to everyone who nominated somebody and stay tuned for the March edition of the paper to find out who our 2018 City Builders are. 2019 State of the City speech It’s time to save the date in your calendar for my 2019 State of the City speech. It will take place Thursday April 11th, beginning at 5pm. This year the speech will be taking place at our Kitchener Operations Facility. Please mark the date in your calendars and watch for tickets going on sale in February! Remember, the proceeds from the event go to the KW Community Foundation! Region of Waterloo Consumption & Treatment Services Recently, Region of Waterloo council approved proceeding to the next phase of community consultations with respect to consumption and treatment services for those dealing with addiction health challenges. In Kitchener, three properties are being considered to possibly host this service, as part of a comprehensive wrap-around model which would meet the needs of those with addictions. The region will be conducting some public consultation sessions in late January and early February. I urge those interested in this topic to attend to voice their support and/or concerns about this issue.

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Kitchener Waterloo Musical Productions presents Titanic The Musical February 7 to 16 By Carrie Debrone n the final hours of April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic, on her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York, collided with an iceberg. The ‘unsinkable ship’ slowly sank and 1,517 men, women and children lost their lives. Since then, the characters and personal histories of the people aboard, the ship itself, and the circumstances that lead to this tragedy have fascinated people. The event has sparked numerous books, a Broadway musical and, of course, the 1997 Oscar winning James Cameron film, Titanic. As a child, it also stirred the imagination of Alexander Galant, who is now directing the Kitchener Waterloo Musical Productions offering of Titanic, The Musical, which is coming to the St. Jacobs Country


Playhouse February 7 – 16. He knows the tragedy intimately. Galant said he was first attracted to the story by the image of the huge ship sinking, and then later by wondering how something so huge could have been brought down by ice. His interest in history and the Titanic later lead him to write the novel Depth of Deception, published in 2012 on the centennial anniversary of the sinking. He listened to the Titanic Broadway musical’s soundtrack while he wrote the novel. “I think I’m fascinated by how things happened that night. There were so many mishaps, and if any little thing had happened differently it might have changed the outcome. I often think about what might have been,” he said. “When I heard that KWMP was looking for directors, I

From left: Sebastian Mateus plays Jim Farrell and Amie Debrone is Kate McGowan, two third class passengers. Photo by Hilary Gauld Camilleri of One For The Wall Photography applied,” he said, adding that it is the first time he’s worked with KWMP, now celebrating its 71st year. “There’s no Rose or Jack here,” Galant said of the musical. “This show is based on or inspired by the real people who were aboard the most legendary ship in the world” -- people like Isidor and Ida Straus, who owned Macy’s department store and who died when the ship sank, and, the captain Edward Smith, who also went down with his ship. The KWMP cast of 46 actors, some who play multiple characters, represent the thousands of Titanic passengers. “There’s no ‘lead’ character in this show. It’s very much an ensemble production and you have all these great characters

featured throughout. In this show we want to bring the production to life without copying whatever has been done before.” “This is a very grand and spectacular production with music either being sung or underscoring every scene, and some unique staging,” Galant said. “We chose Titanic the Musical because it is a large ensemble production, with a lot of opportunity to highlight the amazing talent in our community,” said KWMP President Brenden Sherratt. “K-W Musical Productions is dedicated to giving members of our community a chance to shine both on and off stage.” “The show features Tony award winning music, and a story that is timeless. The issues that the passengers of

the Titanic were dealing with in 1914 are the same ones we are dealing with today,” said Sherratt. Focusing on the hopes, dreams and aspirations of her passengers, who each boarded with stories and personal ambitions of their own, Titanic, The Musical tells the story of those aboard – all innocently unaware of the fate awaiting them. The third class immigrants dream of a better life in America, the second class imagine they too can join the lifestyles of the rich and famous, while the millionaire Barons of the first class anticipate legacies lasting forever. The winner of three Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical and an outstanding ensemble production, the production is based on the book by Peter Stone, with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston, music direction by Deva Neely and choreography by Mistyna Wilcock. The main characters include Fred Brandenburg as Captain E.J. Smith, Phil Shuh as Thomas Andrews, Wes Errey as J. Bruce Ismay, Armaan Webb as Stoker Frederick Barrett, Jesse Katersberg as wireless operator Harold Bride, Trevor Middleton as 1st Officer William Murdoch, Amie Debrone and Sebastian Mateus as 3rd class passengers Kate McGowan and Jim Farrell, Alison Enns and William Brezden as 2nd class passengers Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Beane, and Wendy Parker Wagler and Mike Vanderloo as Mr. and Mrs. Isidor Straus. *** The show runs February 7 – 16 at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, 40 Benjamin Rd. E. Waterloo. Tickets are $36 for adult plus HST and $31 for youth under 15 plus HST. To purchase tickets call the Drayton Entertainment box office at 1-855-372-9866 or visit and click on Events by Other Presenters.

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 27, 2019, 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 15, 2019 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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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!

No One Eats Alone: Food as a Social Enterprise By Michael S. Carolan Reviewed by Lesa Balch, Director, Technologies and Content

Americans report that they eat almost 50 per cent of their meals alone, and that the majority of office workers eat alone at their desks. Michael Carolan leads us from this statement to the theme that even though we may eat our meals alone, we are connected to everyone who had a role in providing the food we are eating. No One Eats Alone advocates for local and sustainable farming and distribution systems, and alerts us to marketing campaigns by Big Food companies like McDonald’s and Coca-Cola. The author encourages us to consciously make choices beyond Pepsi versus Coke and what flavour of potato chip to buy. Carolan points out that it’s not enough to recognize that fresh fruits and vegetables are healthy and should be eaten

at every meal. Rather, we need to change how we feel about food to effectively change our behavior. Can we eat irregularly shaped chemical-free fruits and vegetables? The author encourages us to discover a superior taste experience by eating local organic produce. We can change how we feel about food when we connect with the people who grow the produce and raise the chickens and the cattle. We need to consider the impact of eating food that benefits the farmers more than the companies that process and package it. Carolan also encourages us to eat food grown in an environmentally sustainable manner. For example, eating local food decreases the impact of transportation. While inspiring us to become conscientious and connected diners, No One

Eats Alone does skim over the need to feed a world population of billions of people, and the difficulty of getting sustainably produced food to the inner city or to remote communities. However, here in Waterloo Region we can apply most of Carolan’s suggestions by shopping at farmers’ markets and local food businesses. Kitchener Public Library has many titles about eating healthy, local and sustainable food, and understanding the food industry. Examples include the ebook Real Food, Fake Food by Larry Olmstead, a Hoopla streaming documentary Food Choices, and the recently published book Unsavory Truth: how food companies skew the science of what we eat by Marion Nestle.

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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