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No more teacher-librarians for public elementary schools as of September Carrie Debrone There will be no more teacher-librarians in Waterloo Region’s 102 elementary public schools. In September 2013, the teacher-librarian position will no longer exist. A small portion of the work that teacher-librarians did will be taken over by four Digital Literacy Teachers who will spend 75 per cent of their time working on computer/ technology related issues in schools and helping to keep teachers up to date with new technology, and 25 per cent on library issues. The completion of library courses is recommended, but not required, for the new Digital Literacy jobs. The current teacher-librarians were informed in March that their jobs were being terminated, a decision made internally at the Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) after it was informed last year that the Ontario Ministry of Education was changing the way it funds what are termed “centralized roles” --- people who work in the system who serve as resources and program leaders. “The bottom line is that we had less money so therefore we have less people that can be ...continued on page 4

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Conflicting opinions on safety leaves parent concerned about JKs riding on school buses By Helen Hall Jenna Hammond doesn’t believe she’s an over-protective parent. When making plans for her daughter to attend junior kindergarten this fall, she wondered if her 14.5 kg (32 lb) daughter would even be able to climb on and off a school bus on her own. She began searching “junior kindergarten” and “school buses” on the internet and that’s when she came across a 2004 Transport Canada study that recommends students under 18 kg. (40 lb) are safer in car seats on the school bus. School bus seats are built with high backs and cushioning on both sides of the seats. In a crash, the children will hit the back of the padded seat in front of them and it absorbs the energy from their bodies in the collision. This is called “compartmentalization” and Transport Canada believes it is safer for children than using seat belts on the bus. However, another study by Transport Canada found that

children under 18 kg. don’t have enough body mass to benefit from compartmentalization, and tend to fly head first into the seat in front of them. Therefore, Transport Canada recommends children under 18 kg. are safer in car seats on a school bus. In addition, in 2007 Transport Canada required that all new school buses have Universal Anchorage Systems (UAS) to hold car seats. Transport Canada says its role is “to determine requirements for child seats in Canada” and “define appropriate size categories for infants and children.” It says the provinces decide “in what circumstances and in which vehicles” the child seats will be required by law. “When I came across these reports I was totally shocked,” Hammond said. Hammond said her daughter is average for both height and weight for her age. In digging further, Hammond found that Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia started putting car seats on school buses in 2010 for children under 18 kg. The children are weighed at

the beginning of the year and quickly learn how to do up the clips themselves. Hammond has called a school principal, Student Transportation of Waterloo Region, and Service Ontario to inquire about using a car seat. She said people just keep reassuring her that school buses are safe. “I feel like nobody is listening to my concerns,” she said. General Manager of Student Transportation of Waterloo Region Benoit Bourgault says the company has no plans to add car seats to its school buses. They bus both public and Catholic board students. “We are always looking at providing safe transportation for students,” Bourgault said. He said that the risk of an injury is “extremely low in our environment” because their school buses travel in the city at slower speeds. He also said having car seats in the bus would be “very difficult to manage.” Bourgault said drivers cannot be responsible for buckling ...continued on next page


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students into car seats and no parents are allowed on the bus for safety reasons. He also said keeping tabs on which students were over and under 18 kg. would be hard. Local school buses are used for two runs each day. High school students travel first because they have to be at school earlier. Elementary school students are picked up in the same buses when the high school run is complete. Bourgault said that they wouldn’t be able to fit the high schoolers on the bus if several of the bench seats had car seats on them. Bourgault said he believes about 40 percent of their fleet has anchorage systems for car seats, since they were purchased after Transport Canada made it a law. Hammond is left unsure about what she will do in September. Her family is moving to Baden and her children will travel to New Hamburg on the school bus, which means they will be travelling at higher speeds on country roads. She said she has never had a concern about her son being on the bus, who was larger and heavier than his sister when he started junior kindergarten. Of course, she has the option of driving her children to school. “I’m trying to be as reasonable as possible,” she said. “I’m not saying that school buses aren’t safe. I just don’t know what the right choice is to make.” She doesn’t want to exclude her daughter by not sending her to junior kindergarten or boarding the bus with other children in their new neighbourhood. But now that she has read the reports that say her child should be in a car seat on the school bus, she finds it hard to put that aside. “I think ‘what if they get in an accident?’ How am I going to sleep at night when I knew it wasn’t safe.” C








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No more teacher-librarians at WRDSB....from page one withdrawn from the classroom to serve in these centralized roles,” said Mark Carbone, Chief Information Officer at the Waterloo Region District School Board. Carbone said the board deferred the change for nearly a year while it examined how to best meet its new goal to prioritize support for digital learning and technology in schools. He said the board looked at what other school boards in the province were doing and examined the skill sets needed for digital learning.

“We needed to rebalance things,” Carbone said, adding that the new technology-focused goals meant the board has to provide more direct support and resources for teachers, so they can learn how to properly use new technologies and become more media literate. “Teachers need to be up to speed with new technology. These goals weren’t on the table two years ago,” he said. “This new Digital Literacy position means we will be able to provide service in the areas where we needed more

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horsepower,” he said, adding that the same amount of money will be spent on libraries this year as in previous years. ”You can’t prepare students for the future if you don’t focus on good skill sets for the kids. All school boards are going through this. We’re in a time of such rapid change that has not been faced by school boards ever in their history,” Carbone said. All elementary school libraries will continue to be staffed with library clerks and eight central technicians, and teacher-librarians will remain in place at all public high schools. In 2001, the WRDSB cut its elementary school teacherlibrarians from 56 to 28, and the following year it further cut that number to just five. One more teacher-librarian was later added and the six teacher-librarians remained on the job until just a few days ago. Pam Burrows, who retired June 30 from a 34-year teaching career and 22 years as teacherlibrarian working with several school boards in Ontario, both at the high school and elementary school levels, said she found out her job would no longer exist at a meeting a week before March break. Burrows is concerned by the board’s decision, but her main concern is the protocol used to make the decision. A teacher-librarian for the last 12 years with the WRDSB, and the person responsible for

bringing the first school library to Long Island, Bahamas, she said the board has made the wrong decision in the wrong way. Burrows said she is absolutely in favour of technology in schools, and believes that technology is an excellent tool for every student and teacher to learn to use, however, she said that schools must value grounding in basic knowledge, which includes learning to read and write well, for their students to become competent, successful learners. “A specialist teacher is a positive step but not at the expense of basic library skills. Choosing to put money into only digital teachers over the expertise and knowledge base of people who have a wealth of experience is throwing the baby out with the bath water,” Burrows said in a recent interview. “There must be a blending, not a one or the other.” Shelagh Paterson, Executive Director of the Ontario Library Association (OLA), said students who attend schools without teacher-librarians are at a disadvantage. “It’s a really perplexing thing that’s happened in Waterloo. Why narrow the offering to students?” Paterson questioned, adding that recent EQAO testing shows schools with teacherlibrarians and solid library programs score on average 5.5 percent higher than those without teacher-librarians. “You need a solid library program and teacher-librarians through all your school years. You have to become a good reader in order to become a good learner and we must teach children at a young age to love reading,” she said. “I don’t know why the board is not recognizing the need and the importance of teacherlibrarians,” she said. An OLA brief released recently in response to the loss of teacher-librarians across the province titled “De-Valuing of Teacher Librarians in School Boards” states that for the past 12 years the association has witnessed an erosion of qualified teacher-librarians. “School boards are facing difficult decisions in light of declining enrolment combined with a fiscally austere government. However, placing unqualified staff in charge of the school library program is not an economic decision.” “Students who are in schools without a staffed and resourced library program are not receiving the same education as students who have school libraries,” the report states. And Burrows said it is particularly difficult to under-

stand why the decision to eliminate teacher-librarians in the Region of Waterloo was made at a time when libraries continue to be built, upgraded and funded in its schools and in the community. “The knowledge and experience of teacher-librarians has been invaluable in the design and set up of libraries in new schools,” she said. In the past 11 years, local teacher-librarians have helped set up and design libraries in 14 new schools in this region. “Was this the best decision the board could make for our students? A decision made in isolation? The stakeholders were not informed of this opportunity or included in any discussions to look at any of the models presented on how to deliver programs that would align with the technology strategies of the board, ” Burrows said. “No parents were told, and even some of the staff at schools didn’t know. It is a loss of an entire philosophy and an entire teaching stream. It’s an important enough change that the public should have been made aware of it.” “There will be no depth of knowledge or experience left in our school libraries. It’s the students and the teachers who will really lose here.” “We are passionate about what we do and we have done our jobs very well. I feel like truly what we did was not valued,” Burrows said. “We should be role-modelling collaboration and respect for the opinions of others, and I don’t feel that opportunity was afforded to me or to anyone on our team of teacher-librarians,” she said. “Teacher-librarians already do what is required for the Digital Literacy position, plus we have a library-resource background.” “It’s a difficult change,” Carbone said. “No one is saying libraries are not important. But we must look at the broader picture of connecting it to the digital world. Relative to today’s world, we needed to achieve another balance.” “You can’t have technology without literacy,” Burrows said. “Libraries teach a life-long skill. They are so important.” “This is about good decisionmaking, collaboration, a smooth transition to be sure you get the best of all your teaching teams and their knowledge and expertise in the design of such a vital new educational model. We all know libraries are important and technology is the new tool. It did not have to be a difficult change if the groundwork for transition had been laid. We must always remember in any decision that student learning is our first priority.”

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From left: Firefighter Marcus Beu and Keagan Martin-Woerns, 5, check out a fire truck at the Family Fun Day on June 22 at the Forest Heights Community Centre. The Fun Day is an annual event put on by the Forest Heights Community Association.

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Neighbourhood hoping for 3,000 visitors

Helen Hall The Cherry Festival was started 6 years ago to “raise the consciousness” of the Cherry Park Neighbourhood and has grown to where it now attracts visitors from across Kitchener. “We wanted to have a sense of pride (in the neighbourhood) and involve local youth,” says organizer Frank Gastmeier. “We’ve been very successful at by

that.” Organizers are hoping for 3,000 people to attend this year’s festival being held July 6 at Cherry Park, located at the corner of Strange and Park Streets. Two stages will feature performances by a steel drum band, Erick Traplin, a poetry slam, and Latin, rock, country and blues bands. “There’s a little bit of

everything,” Gastmeier said. There will also be inflatables for the young children and a jousting game and dunk tank for the older ones. A car show will feature antique trucks, a dragster and stunt motor bikes. The Cherry Train will return, looping around the park. And, there will be lots of food including, of course, cherry pie, cake, and strudel.

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notes from city hall Art markets foster local arts and culture scene


ocal artist and downtown core resident, Kate Cox has taken part in many of the collaborative arts projects happening in the tri-cities. Originally from the UK, Cox has been in Canada for seven years. Community arts are a big part of her interest, and she loves to delve into projects that help to develop arts in the community. Her most recent involvement was in the Kitchener Art Market. “It’s a really fantastic initiative,” said Cox. “The art market brings together a really diverse group of creative people.” Cox’s vibrant art was on display while passersby walked through the streets soaking up the sights and sounds of Canadian art right in our core. “As a participant, it gives me the opportunity to be present in the downtown and reach a really wide audience,” she said. “People who maybe are too busy to get to a show, or are just walking home from work; we get great incidental interaction.” With the revitalization of the core and arts initiatives in recent years, Kitchener has gone from a few events a year to an abundance of them. From lectures, art events and festivals, underground arts and creative events in open studios, to mural painting, burlesque shows, late-night live painting competitions and live music in venues around the city, there is something in the region’s arts community for everyone. As an artisan, Cox’s work is vivid with expression inspired through books, music, film and anything around her. Passion and creativity are clearly a part of her nature, and expressed through her art as well as in her high-spirited personality. “I love building really abstract backgrounds with bleeding ink washes and watercolours, and working into them with metallic paints and line work to make the images seem deep and complex,” she said. Arts and culture builds community and improves quality of life. Thanks to contributors like Cox, Kitchener is on the map as a city that knows a thing or two about embracing the many opportunities art brings to a community. The art market is just one of the many ways to enjoy the occasions to be a part of the growing culture within our community. Check out to learn more. Follow Cox’s work at n

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he City of Kitchener provides natural gas service to most of our residents. We are in the minority, as few municipalities own

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n the past 2.5 years, an increase in the number of demolition applications coming to council has come to my attention. I have

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hope you took advantage of the great free festivities down at city hall. The streets were jammed at many events last year, another reason why downtown is so awesome!

their gas utility, but it’s a favourable minority and one that pays dividends... literally. It’s important to note that the dividend comes from delivery and does not (and, by policy, cannot) draw profit from everfluctuating natural gas rates. There have been calls to liquidate this asset, and this concerns me greatly as it’s exactly the opposite direction to my preference of lower taxes via other-revenue generation. If Kitchener were to sell the utility, we would certainly get a sizable one-

time payout, but what then? If we spend the payout, it’s gone forever, and if we invest it, the return would be at a much lower rate than taxpayers currently enjoy from owning the utility! Meanwhile, the private-sector purchaser would draw the same profit except that it would no longer offset taxes and would, in all probability, leave the country as it does with Union Gas to their U.S. parent, Spectra Energy Corp. The surplus Kitchener draws goes right

back to the community, as was highlighted during the 2013 budget by the $4.3 million dedicated from the gas utility to deal with the annoying little emerald ash borer (EAB) beetle. This unfortunate cost would have otherwise come via taxation as we simply cannot have dead trees falling into the streets. Assets like the one we have in natural gas are critical in maintaining service levels without higher taxes.n

challenged many of these applications, even though the Planning Act does not provide much authority to the municipality. It is really the planned development that may be of concern to residents as it can sometimes change the fabric of the neighbourhood. A new development can be positive if an older or derelict building is replaced with something that provides better housing for residents. Conversely, the new structure can be a major change in the neighbourhood and cause frustration for neighbours.

Since the province passed the 40 per cent infill development requirement in their Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the city has experienced an increase in residential demolitions for the purpose of developing more units on many of these sites. Our site plan-review process, rezoning, and variances monitor these new builds. The provincial policy guidelines state replacement buildings must follow the zoning of the area and fit in with the existing community. Your voice can be

influential in decision-making when there is a zone change application. Planning staff and council recently reviewed the demolition control policy and application process. Greater transparency was identified as an item and is something I strongly support. In response to council direction and past resident concerns, a letter will be sent to neighbours within close proximity to the proposed site for demolition and clear signage will be erected. I hope this helps you better understand this process and how you may impact the outcome.n

Methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) clinic We have more people living and working in Kitchener. This is why I find it frustrating that another MMT clinic will be in the former Fred Astaire dance studio at King and Ottawa — just a block from the first clinic location in this area. Some residents and business owners expressed concerns about the issue. I responded by asking council to support a motion that was approved. The resolution will be sent to clinic owners, requesting that all

operators of MMT clinics in Ontario not locate future clinics within three kilometres of an existing methadone maintenance treatment clinic in Kitchener, and to consider locating future clinics equitably throughout the region. I am happy to arrange a meeting with the new owner, if anyone wishes. Porch parties in your neighbourhood I was very impressed by the Hohner Street group who held their first “porch party.” It was so professionally planned and performed that people were raving about it. The turnout was

tremendous, filling the streets with spectators! Musicians actually had to be turned away from playing! If you would like to plan a “porch party” or a street event, please contact me for direction on what you will need from city hall, how to qualify to win a $10,000 improvement grant with Festival of Neighbourhoods, and some pointers, like making your event child- and family-friendly by offering sidewalk chalk, face painting and games. So throw a porch party! I would love to help and attend!n

First transportation master plan receives unanimous support

The City of Kitchener has its first transportation master plan (TMP). The community and infrastructure services committee unanimously recommended the master plan on June 17. The plan will be reviewed every five years during its 20-year life span. Kitchener has never had its own transportation master plan, instead relying on direction from the province and region to help define how transportation choices and direction are made. The TMP and its implementation are directly linked to the city’s draft Official Plan, which incorporates transportation policies, and must be approved before the Official Plan is finalized and approved. The second draft of the new Official Plan was recently tabled for public review and is nearing completion. “Until now there has never been an allencompassing plan that integrates all the pieces that make up the city’s transportation system and, by doing so, supports a complete and healthy Kitchener,” said Ken Carmichael, interim director of

transportation services. “With this plan, we’re defining and prioritizing a transportation system that is integrated and supports all types of travel under the city’s jurisdiction. If the policies, plans and forecasts for this area come to fruition, there will be a significant increase in people walking, cycling and using public transit.” The TMP also provides policy and direction for future transportation projects and planned growth, and follows the provincially approved planning process for master plans. The city and Region of Waterloo have developed options for improved walking, cycling and transit use, while also maintaining and improving the efficiency of trips related to moving people and goods, which reduces dependency on single-occupant vehicle trips. Councillor Paul Singh highlighted the importance of coordinating the city’s transportation plans with the plans of neighbouring municipalities. “When we’re looking at transportation

demand management, it’s not just what we’re doing on our city streets,” he said, “it’s what’s being done in Waterloo and Cambridge, too.” Continued dependence on private auto use over the next 20 years is not sustainable from either a community or financial perspective, the plan indicates. Therefore, the goal of the TMP is to reduce auto dependence by 2031. Implementation has been designed to: • Have transportation policies that support a complete and healthy community; • Support and encourage alternative modes of transportation such as walking, cycling and transit; • Support and encourage transportation demand management measures to change travel patterns and habits; • Support the integration of both conventional and rapid transit operations in the city; • Support and encourage a city form that requires less reliance on cars; and • Support growth and intensification initiatives in a sustainable manner.

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ne of the great things about living in Kitchener is access to lots of leisure and recreation options.

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ave you heard about the new Kitchener Studio Project (KSP)? If you haven’t, you soon will – KSP is creating a lot of buzz!

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ilemma: A new issue has surfaced regarding the installation of a proposed sanitary sewer on Maple Hill Drive located between Glasgow Street and

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e will soon have two methadone clinics open for business in a one-block area of King Street East.

I am happy to report that your choices are about to expand even further! The Leisure Facilities Master Plan (LFMP) was implemented in 2005 and the projects outlined in it are now almost 92 per cent underway or completed. The LFMP was developed in consultation with community groups and sports organizations, as well as council members and city staff. An exciting component of the plan is the development of the new South Kitchener District Park – right here

in our own backyard. The 17-hectare piece of land will be developed in phases; construction is tentatively scheduled to start in 2017. For more information and to view conceptual drawings, visit Recently I have received a number of calls about cars speeding on residential roads in our area. While the city is able to put in trafficcalming measures like speed bumps and additional signage, it’s important that everyone is mindful

of the speed limit, particularly during the summer months when children are playing outside. Speaking of children, as some of you may have heard, I am expecting my first child in August. While my husband and I are thrilled to welcome our new addition, I wanted to reassure residents that I will be back to work soon after the baby is born. I am fortunate to have lots of help in place, so I will be just as available as before. Enjoy your summer! n

summer with the city coming in under-budget by $1.3 million in this first quarter. The first variance report, which assesses the city’s financial performance compared to the 2013 budget, indicated the city underspent the tax-supported budget by about $1.3 million in the first four months of the year. All good news aside, there are still some areas in the corporation that have or cause chronic deficits, such as bylaw, hydro and water, and operations. These were identified to council through the

2013 budget process. Earlier this year, I brought forward a motion directing staff to accompany the variance report with additional information detailing the chronic deficits, and, more importantly, to give opportunity to departmental heads to make recommendations on how to resolve these chronic deficits. This was a helpful addition to the first 2013 variance report, and I have requested staff to include it in all future variance reports.  Each year the City of Kitchener, along with our local partners,

recognizes our residents and businesses who express their pride of ownership by beautifying their property through their gardening and greening efforts. Not a gardener, but enjoy the efforts of those who are? Then why not nominate their property to be recognized through the Kitchener in Bloom program. The city will be receiving nominations until July 15. All you have to do is send in the address of the property you wish to nominate to or call 519-741-2200 x7224. n

What is KSP? Think of it as an ideas lab for the next generation of local digital artists. As one of the facilitators of this project, I am really excited to see it launch. It was inspirational to meet with stakeholders and work to pinpoint areas that could be further strengthened. Our already-thriving tech community identified a need for collaborative space to work with emerging artists. Promoting arts and culture is a big part of what we

do at the City of Kitchener, so the project was a perfect fit. Led by Conestoga College, KSP will also partner with Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo, with support from the City of Kitchener and Christie Digital. Students of all three schools will benefit from access to both the academic perspective of the universities and the hands-on approach offered by Conestoga College. KSP promises to be an ideal

training facility and showcase for our next generation of digital media artists. Having a business background, I fully support this kind of investment. Training people locally to work in our growing digital arts sector is a smart way to attract and retain talent. Please check the city’s website, keyword search: “Kitchener Studio Project” for the latest developments. Have a great summer! n

Westmount Golf Course. There is one large vacant lot located at the end of the cul-de-sac and all 17 of the existing developed properties have a septic system. The houses were built in the late 1950s in the former Township of Waterloo abutting the golf course, which was located within the Kitchener border. Over the last half-century, these executive homes have become one of the nicest enclaves in the city. The residents are satisfied with their septic systems and a few have

replaced them when new dwellings were erected. The owner of the one remaining lot wishes to construct a huge single detached dwelling and an adequate septic system cannot be accommodated on the lot. Accordingly, the owner wishes to construct a sanitary sewer along the entire length of Maple Hill at his initial expense and has requested through the city that each property owner reimburse him up to a maximum cost of up to $20,000 within 20 years should they need to

hook up. Each resident would also need to extend the lateral connection from the street line to their dwelling unit and decommission their septic system. This hook-up on their own lands would cost each owner about an additional $50,000 and the costs would vary from each lot depending on the extent of their landscaping, distance from house, depth of pipe, and elevation of the home on the lot. To install a sewer and hook-up or not? That is the question! n

Which means, with another clinic on Park Street, there will be three in my ward. Before going further, I would emphasize that I support the use of methadone to help those whose lives are devastated by opiate addictions. However, I object to having two methadone clinics 250 paces apart at 1145 King near Sydney Street, and 1253 King near Sheldon Avenue. Combined, the two could eventually treat about 1,300 people and some patients will come

from as far away as Brantford and Stratford. I recognize that methadone centres can legally open in areas zoned for medical clinics and owners want their buildings near public transit. My concern with having two clinics so close in proximity is that they are located in Kitchener’s east end, an area that already has more than its share of agencies providing excellent help for disadvantaged and addicted people. For years east-end residents have

asked that these agencies be spread through Kitchener and Waterloo Region. That’s why I recently supported a council motion asking clinic operators to not put any clinics in an area three kilometres from existing treatment centres. Operators were also asked to spread clinics around the region. And, to achieve more planning control, staff will investigate a separate zoning category for methadone clinics. n

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ave you been to downtown Kitchener lately? If the answer is no, then I highly encourage you to come and see what all the buzz is about. Downtown Kitchener is vibrant and exciting, with lots of new additions that are worth checking out. Recently, new colourful, artistic bike racks were installed throughout the downtown core, providing secure places to lock up your bike. In the interest of cyclist safety, bright green sharrows have been painted on King Street. Sharrows remind drivers and cyclists that they must share the road and indicate to cyclists proper positioning on the roadway. There is always something to see and do in downtown. Foodies, head to civic square for lunch on Food Truck Thursdays or check out our numerous other restaurant choices any day of the week. For those looking to relax, you can take part in free yoga in Victoria Park, Wednesdays at noon; bring your mat and look for the group gathering near the Clock Tower. Music lovers will enjoy the noon hour concerts happening throughout the downtown. The music venue changes from day to day, so check out to find updates on this and all downtown events. For some, namely those who visit downtown infrequently, there is a memory of a downtown from years ago, one that was a little rougher around the edges and maybe not as inviting. However, I challenge you to find that old downtown feel today – it truly is history! Now, I won’t sugarcoat things by saying there aren’t people downtown who are facing their own personal challenges, as there are in any urban centre. In order to ensure their needs are attended to as equally as other people, several social service agencies are located in our core aimed at assisting them. It is this welcoming attitude and enthusiasm that has created a renewed interest in living, visiting, and working in downtown Kitchener. So, the next time you are looking to try a new restaurant, go shopping, hear some live music, or check out a local festival, make downtown Kitchener your destination. You won’t regret it! n

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The spring session of the Ontario Legislature wrapped up on June 11 with the passing of the 2013 Budget. Since the session began in February, Premier Kathleen Wynne and our team moved forward on a number of measures to grow the economy and help people in their everyday lives. Our government is helping people in their everyday lives through measures that include: • Increasing the Ontario Child Benefit’s annual maximum payment by up to $210 over the next two years; • Taking steps to transform social assistance to help more recipients find jobs and improve their financial security; • Reducing auto insurance rates by 15 per cent on average for nine million drivers; • Investing an additional $260 million this year in home and community care; • Proposing new rules for wireless contracts and services; • Strengthening the rights of consumers in the areas of door-to-door sales, debt settlement services and real estate transactions. During the spring session, the government also introduced legislation that, if passed, would help make Ontario a safer, healthier place for everyone by: • Prohibiting the sale of tanning services to people under 18 to protect young people from skin cancer; • Providing job protection for caregivers who take leave to care for sick or injured loved ones or to cope with the illness or loss of a child; • Making it easier for municipalities to collect unpaid fines from Ontario drivers; • Making more local food available in stores, schools and restaurants across the province; • Requiring producers to take responsibility (519) 579-5460 For more information call 519-579-5460 or email John at

for recycling the products they sell and turning more waste into new products. In the 2013 Budget, the government unveiled new initiatives to create jobs, including: • A plan to invest more than $35 billion in infrastructure across Ontario over the next three years that will support more than 100,000 jobs on average each year; • A proposed increase to the Employer Health Tax exemption that would provide greater tax relief for small employers and help them hire more people. Our government is also focused on youth unemployment, which is why we created a new Youth Jobs Strategy that will create about 30,000 job and mentorship opportunities for young people and support their entrepreneurial efforts. As part of this strategy consultations have been happening across the province, including one I hosted on June 21st with the Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment, Dr. Eric Hoskins. At the roundtable we discussed the growing technology sector with some of our youth entrepreneurs and what our government could do to assist them and other youth looking to start their own company. Through the Youth Jobs Strategy, the government would invest $295 million over two years in the strategy. This would support employment opportunities for about 30,000 young people, while promoting innovation and entrepreneurship as valuable career options. Helping youth succeed in a 21stcentury economy is part of the new Ontario government’s plan to build a prosperous and fair province. It has been a busy spring session at Queen’s Park and I am looking forward to enjoying all the summer events in Waterloo Region!

PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Stephen Woodworth MP for Kitchener-Centre

Legislative Highlights from the 41st Parliament The negative coverage of Question Period and party politics can sometimes overshadow the great work happening on Parliament Hill. The 1st session of the 41st Parliament can best be described as tumultuous. Last week, however, as the dust settled and Parliament adjourned for the summer, you could see the difference made by team work and determination in getting important legislation passed. This legislation wasn’t reported as much as the controversies, so I am pleased to share some highlights now. Bill C-60, Budget Implementation Act This year I again spoke on Spring’s Budget Implementation Act, which emphasized $900 million in new infrastructure spending, the development of the Canada Job Grant, an extension of the Employment Insurance credit for new hires, and new skills training programs. All of that emphasizes job creation for Canadians. The budget bill also delivered changes to the temporary foreign workers program to ensure Canadians find jobs first and to protect foreign workers from exploitation. The bill was assented June 26, 2013. Bill S-15, Sable Island I was also especially honoured to speak in the House of Commons on Bill, S-15, which creates a new national

park reserve, Sable Island, protected in the middle of an active oil and gas field. The island, known for its wild horses, hundreds of shipwrecks and wildlife habitat is currently protected informally and without legal backup by residents who spend months at a time guarding the island. I was pleased to see this bill from inception to royal assent through my role on the Environment Committee. The bill received Royal assent June 19, 2013. Bill S-8, Safe Drinking Water for First Nations There is a misconception that every Canadian living in our country has access to safe drinking water. This is in fact not the case as there has been no legislation in place, until now, to ensure First Nations have access to safe drinking water. The Act addresses health and safety issues on reserves by providing strict regulations to govern drinking water. The bill has a long history, first being introduced by the Senate in early 2010 and only receiving royal assent on June 19, 2013. There are no good reasons for First Nations residents to accept second-class standards. Parliamentarians continue to work hard and work together to ensure these important pieces of legislative move smoothly through the lengthy process. I am proud of the numerous accomplishments of session 1 in the 41st Parliament. Have a safe and enjoyable summer!





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LetterMotion to the editor Heading heading heading heading for monthly financial statements voted down

Members of council currently receive financial reports three Dear Carrie Debrone, times a year. On June 17th, we received a report for the four I was pleased to get your Kitchener Citizen (east edition) and found it months ended April That quite informative and I30. thank youreport for it. indicated that the city could be facing a deficit in excess of $1 million for gas 2013. several I just read your short article regarding the natural ratesFor going down for residential years, I havecustomers. advocated for more timely monthly financial You write that Utilities have 2,100 cubic meter averagethe use information so Kitchener that changes can bea considered. Recently, annually for its residential customers. I still have an imperial gas meter, Waterloo Region Police Services Board requested monthly which shows the consumption in cubic feet. I have never been able to read statements because budget over expenditures matter, even the meter readers seem todue havetoa that meter and as for of thatconstant police overtime. similar problem with it as The Whyfaces else would the issues. city issue a bill in the amount ofWith $452?that in mind, I again presented a motion asking for My January bill hadstatements. been $222.16.The February, there I revenues already sat monthly financial city $295.79, has annual and tookof notice, but then excused it by, the winter being especiallyare harsh. inupexcess $350-million. Monthly financial statements a However, when I received my March bill, I knew that something was very necessity for private business corporations even much smaller wrong. I called the Utility Office and was asked to take a piece of paper compared to read the the City of myself. Kitchener. city’s localthat agencies I did not and a pen and meter To thisThe request I replied (Library in the Square; Kitchener know howBoard; to read Center the imperial meter and aside from that, Housing it wasn't myetc.) job. The lady I talked to was very nice and agreed to send somebody out to do all prepare monthly statements. Accounting technology has changed considerably. Accounting

programs costing less than $100 are capable of producing

another reading and also promised to call me back once this was done. It immediate reports. The city’s multi-million dollar accounting was the very next day that I received her call telling me that the new amount system should be able atomere easily produce andI concise monthly owing was now $200.10, difference of clear $251.90. only wonder how reports. My recommendation not ask that these reports be often the meter had been misread in did the past. My neighbours either side meetings have metricbut meters had previously reviewed at theon committee that and theyI merely would if I couldfor get interested one that I would be able read. The answer to that asked be available members oftocouncil and the public. consisted a flat NO. Staff hasofstated that it would take 65 hours a month to produce The city had pre-authorized withdrawal privileges for 2004/005 which these statements. Withthat 1,500 employees paid Ifor hours they bungled up so badly I revoked that privilege. did210,000 ask that office inplease a month, we can 65 hours toIkeep and to send surely me a paper trail expend for my records which never Council received nor ourI constituents informed. did get an answer better to my request and, of course, one can forget about an apology. My motion was again NOT SUPPORTED by Councillors I realizeDavey; that it is up to your discretion to publish or not toEtherington; publish my Singh; Vrbanovic; Galloway-Sealock; letter. However if you decide to print it I would like to warn my fellow Ioannidis and Mayor Zehr. "Kitchenerites" to be extra "vigilant" every time that Utility Bill arrives.

It is all a question of Accountability and Transparency. John Gazzola Kitchener City Councillor Ward 4

Respectfully, Ingrid E. Merkel


Letter Providing to the editortransit options for a growing community

Waterloo Region is a vibrant global community that continues to experience increased investment, growth and change. We are the fourth largest community in Ontario and the tenth largest Canada. new Waterloo continues grow with over As ainrelatively arrivalRegion in Kitchener I've to been exploring the half of our new place existing built up photographic artsdevelopment opportunities taking here and first inimpressions are very encouraging. It's just not just in the tech side of quality that the community areas. should A thrivingfor Artsregional community usually does well. This can Somebeofjudged. the objectives councillors and mandates not always be measured in the financial spectrum as the living standard for the region toare find ways to low. manage and shape growth to expectations of are artists remarkably ensure a livable, healthy, thriving and sustainable community We don't want that two bedroom house within convenient driving for all of our residents. distance to the golf course or mall. Speaking as one of those underfunded independent artfor producers i'll tell dependable you I've lived in environmental some very bad The demand an economical, and conditions just toofbetransportation close to my working environment. An example friendly mode is something I continue to being hear when living in my various illegal Toronto warehouse studios many years from many of my constituents. The region wants to shift the before they were condoized. current trend of how people travel, less people using their cars There are basically two reasons for artists to be in an area. A slightly and morearts people using with various modes public transportation. compact community low rents andofthe availability of galleries If or I have noticed that there a vibrant venues to showcase the art produced. gas prices are averaging $1.27 now, what will they lookislike four theatre network thecontinue less is going through times. The years from now?here Asthat fuelnone prices to rise andhard car insurance music scene is really good with a solid choice of local talent that is well premiums at an all-time high, by 2017 public transportation may publicized by a few local free publications. Radio generally follows the very well be the only affordable mode of travel in Canada. standard corprock but the University of Waterloo has an outstanding The Region of Waterloo is looking ahead and preparing for the community station. The by hugefocusing pool of university students totransportation draw from for aneeds vocal audience future on the growing of our and with some disposable cash for helps keeping the acities vibrant community. In preparation theinION in 2017, Central Transit enthusiastic. The number of professional artists is still small enough so that Corridor Community Building Strategy is being created to help they know one another. guide andseeing development thethe 23digital new imaging transit stops. We growth are quickly astoundingaround growth in This strategy will link Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo. industry. Fortunately, as a photographer who has been working in digital for years it helps isme owninwork into video, 3D, both web, Transportation an integrate essentialmy factor managing growth, So I think, personally, the opportunities in Kitchener inadvertising, terms of etc. moving people and shaping the community. IONare is better than Toronto. An example being the cable TV (Rogers) that works expected to attract more people to the region’s downtown core, very hard to involve the regions schools and artisians in locally produced allowing for expanded amenities and new job opportunities. programming. InLet's Kitchener, areas along the was IONvoted corridor have been not forget five that Kitchener/Waterloo the most intelligent city and speaking a newcomer and it is investment very evident areas that the levelon of identified as key as development based professionalism is visibly highand here. People waste little time and the their unique characteristics development potential. welcome i've received in presenting my own portfolio to various galleries These areas include: and companies has been warm and enthusiastic. A very nice event held Kitchener: Includes IONartstops at Mellow King/ gallery. in• town Downtown is the quarterly parties at the KW regional

Victoria, Young/Gaukel, Benton/Frederick and Cedar • Ottawa/Borden: Includes ION stops at Ottawa/Borden and Mill Street • impressed Blockline: Includes Blockline very by the Arts office ION at Citystop Hallat and with how they provided • Fairview: Includes ION stop at Fairview Mall people in turn me with information about what was going on here. ThosePark have their own advice and contacts, so at again two thumbs up for • offered Sportsworld: Includes ION stop Sportsworld theWe levelhave of support they give each other.roads in our existing built up limited room for new there region are already many for photographers the with normal Yes, The areas. is planning the arrivaldoing of ION the photographic needs of the region, but the opportunity to work with goal of creating seamless connections with Grand River Transit emerging image companies like web designers, animation houses, software (GRT). locally based video firms, electronic images for broadcasters producers, GRT continues to expand and align transportation growing as the manufacturing base has The livein entertainment industries, localFor graphic designers especially preparation for the ION. example, if and youmost currently livethein emerging gallery system bodesbe well for business in thisto Forest Heights you will able to take opportunities, the iXpress even directly downturn. the corridor, transfer onto the ION and make your way to various Kitchener is projected to be growing by a conservative estimate of ends ofpeople Kitchener, Cambridge or and Waterloo. 100,000 over the next 20 years plans call for a big investment Over the next few years residents will see increased number in conversions of existing warehouse buildings intoan studio style live work of routes and service run timesbase between buses. space. Technically the manufacturing has downturnedStarting and left athis lot of empty buildings. fall, a new 202 University iXpress route will begin operating If out oftothose numbers are 10 percent artists in allservice media that Monday Sunday withthere 15 minute peak and midday and actually workoff-peak at their art all of us are going toInneed some of this space to 30 minute frequency service. 2015, iXpress will run build up our community. Artists, being artists though, do not like to be along Victoria Street and Highland Road. told how to do things. The local government is working hard to reach that The future of Waterloo Region’s transit system, level where they can integrate the needsintegrated of the artistic community includinginto GRT, ION, GO transit and VIA Rail, will solidify our seamlessly their development plans. Many as studies have showninnovative time and again how efficient based region a prosperous, community withana Arts connected community network. can be. A planning group called The Prosperity Council specifically calls for a huge investment for artists and art based businesses I want people to have alternatives to how they choose to travel. to encourage them to choose Kitchener as a place to work. This is the first The beaanother option forniche, our residents. It may time IION havewill found directedviable approach to our but very valuable not solve all of our transportation needs but, combined with segment of society. If even fifty percent of the plans get done it is still our an walking,place cycling anda GRT attractive to build career.initiatives, the ION will help move production nowlocal all businesses, pixels and with the recent Our image people with ease to and isfrom attractions, and announcement of a new millionindollar Federal grant to but establish a regional facilities - not5 only our downtown core within massive digital media centre in the downtown core, it offers unexcelled our surrounding neighbourhoods. opportunities to work with some of the leading edge image systems in the Geoff Lorentz world. In fact there are plans to make Kitchener a regional Regional Councillor Kitchener communications hub and that leads into the possibility of thousands of new

Just what makes Kitchener so good at Arts development?

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. and mostCitizen community plans The next Thenet Kitchener invites youare to available. share your experiWith the projected growth of the regions artists in all mediums I have info just go to the three years willaestablish this or region of one of the Valley" inspired foundwith there are many dynamic, targeted plans, by the ences the community as a guestspecifically columnist. Do you have a rant? A viewpoint about local event opinion about an"Silicon important issue? Or, do of aare thriving gateway of their new ideas I feel fortunateintoa municipal government in particular, foster aCitizen (relatively) largeforexamples you have a personal or funny story? ThetoKitchener is looking writers who willing to share viewsand with theirvery neighbours community investment in development towards artist integration. I was be able to establish myself here with so many other creative artists.


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Valerie and Nick got married, eh! Valerie Anne Kipfer and Nicholas Gerard Bless exchanged wedding vows on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church in Kitchener. Valerie’s parents are Marlene and Randy Kipfer, of Kitchener, and Nick’s parents are Bev and Joe Bless, of Vineland. The ceremony was filled with song and featured an RCMP honour guard - perfect for a Canada Day weekend. Maid of Honour was Emma Van Vleit. Bridesmaids were Victoria Rondinelli, and Nick’s sisters Natalie Klassen and Danielle Brien. The Best Man was Josh Juhlke. Groomsmen were Aaron Janzen, Will Martin and Chris Carruthers. Vanessa Klassen was the Flower Girl and Alex Klassen was the Ring Bearer. Valerie’s brothers Joseph and Matthew Kipfer ushered the guests. The reception was held at St. George’s Banquet Hall in Waterloo. The couple will reside in Kitchener.

A commemorative bench was unveiled June 10 to complete Kitchener’s centennial of becoming a city. The bench was donated by Superior Memorials and is located in the Duke Street Gardens at the rear entrance to City Hall. Businesses (including the Kitchener Citizen) and individuals donated items to be buried in the capsule under the bench. From left: John-Michael Weber of Superior Memorials, city councillors Scott Davey, Dan Glenn-Graham, Berry Vrbanovic, and Frank Etherington; Mayor Carl Zehr; city councillors Bil Ioannidis, Zyg Janecki, Paul Singh, Kelly Galloway-Sealock, and John Gazzola. Photo courtesy of the City of Kitchener.


Time capsule celebrates 100 years of cityhood

Helen Hall It was a year long celebration. Starting June 10, 2012, the City of Kitchener and community groups held numerous events to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the City of Kitchener becoming a city. by

The party finished at June 10, 2013 behind city hall ,where a commemorative bench was unveiled covering a time capsule buried in the Duke Street gardens. The time capsule includes contributions from 40 individuals and businesses, including the Kitchener Citizen, that are in water-tight containers. The time capsule will be opened in 2038. There was entertainment and refreshments were served to “toast” the time capsule. Residents had the opportunity to sign a signature scroll that will also be buried with the time capsule. After the time capsule ceremony, the celebration moved into Kitchener City

Hall Rotunda where people got to see the results of Kitchener’s largest centennial event. Kitchener was added to the Guinness Book of World Records for hosting the longest picnic on King Street on July 15, 2012. The Guinness certificate was on display for photographs. More than 100 volunteers set up the picnic route within two hours, with tables and chairs brought from rental places as far away as Owen Sound. Kitchener’s longest picnic table line measured 2,277 metres with about 4,000 people participating. The previous record was set in 2009 by Halle, Germany, whose picnic was 1,979 metres long.

During the centennial year, Kitchener hosted the world’s longest picnic, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. With the city’s certificate are, from left: picnic committee chair Mark Bingeman, 100 years of Cityhood committee chair Kathi Smith, and picnic committee co-chair Sam Varteniuk. Photo by Helen Hall

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t takes 26 hours for the average person to report a lost wallet. It takes 68 minutes for them to report a lost phone.

For most people, phones are a necessary part of our accessories, like key, purses or wallets. We carry them in our pockets and pull them out when we’re standing in line. Whether it’s a smart phone or cell phone, it’s even easier now to get information from the City of Kitchener as it rolls out a one-year short messaging system (SMS) pilot. SMS, commonly known as texting, provides the ability to

reach a large number of mobile phone users and is not limited to smart phone users.

It also has the potential to reach different demographics such as youth and employees without internet access or city email. “It’s another way to get the information you want,” said Nicole Amaral, communications unit, social media. “It’s convenient, and you only sign up or subscribe to the streams you want information for.” Under the pilot SMS program, residents

Hall of famer shares history with Rockway D

og owners know people in their community by their dogs. Tony Matlock knows communities by their golf courses. He should. With a few partners, he started some courses around here, including Merry-Hill and Dundee. But it’s his connection to Rockway Golf Course that holds some of his fondest memories. Matlock, who was recently inducted into the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame housed at the Waterloo Region Museum, remembers watching Rockway being built in 1933. He was five years old. “I watched it from my father’s little farm through the fence,” said Matlock, now 85. “It was a makework project. Instead of people asking for relief funds, the unemployed men worked with teams of horses, shovels, whatever. It was nice to see those men at work.” The beautifully landscaped 18 hole, par 70 course was designed by Stanley Thompson. Opened in 1935, Rockway remains one of the finest public golf courses in Ontario. For Matlock, those observations through the fence sparked a lifetime of interest in the sport. He started caddying at Rockway at age eight. “Golf was good to us. Two holes bordered my father’s farm, and golf

became a source of income for us during the Depression when we got a few cents for handing the balls back over the fence,” he said. “Then we caddied. We got 50 cents for 18 holes. That was good income for a kid.” At age 14, when he left school to enter the workforce, he and many of the other caddies became members at Rockway. And many went on to become golf professionals. The golf course was a place to connect, to do business, to drum up business. Matlock caddied for Norman Schneider of JM Schneider Meat Packers; Harold Guy, president of Mutual Life, and Mort and Nat Budd of Budd’s Department Stores, among others. Later, when he went into business himself as owner of a successful appliance retail centre, he did his own share of work on the golf course. “One wonders if the city fathers and the engineer, Stanley Shupe, and his associates had not taken an abandoned sewage disposal tract of land in 1933, in the height of the Depression, to build a fine golf course, where would we be today?” Matlock ponders. “Golf in this region has flourished well.” For more on City of Kitchener golf courses or to book tee times, please see n

sign up to receive specific, targeted information of interest to them. The type of messages includes news, information, notifications and deals, depending on the keyword. To subscribe, cell phone users can simply text a keyword, such as the ones below, to 76000 to sign up. The participating divisions include KitchenerNews, KitchenerYouth,TheAud, KitchenerArts, FieldClosures and RoadClosures. A full list of keywords is online. The city’s human resources division is also using this tool to increase its reach to

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employees by delivering messages related to learning and development programs, internal initiatives and wellness and benefits. After the one-year period, the communications and marketing division will assess the program to determine continued use of the tool and potential expandion to other divisions within the corporation. To receive future media releases right to your phone, text KitchenerNews to 76000. For a complete list of keywords and instructions, visit: n

Tooney Tuesdays with a twist B

ring the kids downtown on Tuesday evenings for Discovery Square -- a brand new twist and name for Tooney Tuesdays! There are more things to do, including more activities that embrace the technology-focused initiatives the city is becoming known for. Hosted by popular children's entertainer, Erick Traplin, Discovery Square runs every Tuesday in July from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Civic Square. “Many kids have access to so much technology and information now. We’re trying to reflect that and give them an outlet where they can discover and explore what they are passionate about,” said Jeff Young, manager of special events. “It still has everything people love about Tooney Tuesdays, but we’ve expanded the age group to include older children, too. It’s a new generation of innovation!” There are hands-on activities and demonstrations for children aged five to 12 that focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math. For more information, please go to n

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he following facilities are cooling centres in extreme heat: Pools and community centres during regular hours. All splash pads and outdoor pools in the city during regular hours. Kitchener Public Library: all locations during regular hours.

The Aud and community arenas (foyer and lobby areas) l Kitchener City Hall is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day. Call or visit family, friends and neighbours, especially isolated adults and seniors who are at greater risk of suffering from heat-related illness, to see if they require assistance. A list of cooling centres and extended hours in extreme conditions is available online at n l

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Williamsburg Bereavement Companions Take in relevant presentations and connect with others who share your journey of grief. Hosted on Sunday, Aug. 4, 1-3 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 1, 1-3 p.m. For more information and to RSVP to one of these programs, visit or call 519-741-2880.n Walk to Remember and butterfly release Kitchener Cemeteries, in partnership with Bereaved Families of Ontario (BFO), hosts an annual Walk to Remember and butterfly release at Williamsburg Cemetery Dedication Centre on Sunday, Sept. 8. Registration 1-2:15 p.m. n Free pre-planning seminars Delaying preplanning results in increased future costs – investing today results in savings tomorrow. We can show you how to save your family time and money. Join Kitchener Cemeteries at Williamsburg Cemetery 1541 Fisher Hallman Rd., Kitchener on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 12-1:30 p.m.n

The wheels are turning


n the last issue, we highlighted the super-sharrows the city installed on King Street. Well, guess what? The City of Kitchener won an award for being bike-friendly; the bronze 2013 Bicycle Friendly Community Award was given by the Share the Road Cycling Coalition (SRCC) at the fifth annual Ontario Bike Summit in May. The sharrows are just one part of the efforts the city is making to make city streets a welcoming place for cyclists. “The City of Kitchener is honoured our community is being recognized for our efforts to promote and encourage cycling, including installing Ontario’s first supersharrows, new eye-catching bike racks, a bicycle map, the Bike2Work Challenge, and more,” says Josh Joseph, transportation demand management coordinator with the city. “More than 1,500 residents attended our first BikeFest event in May. I think it’s safe to say this community wants healthy, active, and sustainable transportation options such as cycling,” he adds. Studies indicate there is a pent-up


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The creation of Joseph’s position three years ago is one of the factors that helped Kitchener win the award, said Justin Jones, project co-ordinator for the SRCC. “The judging panel really felt that Kitchener had shown a dramatic commitment to improving conditions for cyclists in the city. Hiring a full-time transportation demand manager to oversee the city’s transportation demand management plan and their Cycling Master Plan speaks volumes to the true dedication to these issues,” he said, adding the panel was impressed with the Bike Ambassadors program, which aims to

Free wi-fi at most city facilities


as this happened to you? You’ve got the smart phone but you’re out of data.

You’re out and about and you just have to keep up with your Twitter account, you’re waiting for an important email, or you want to upload a video of that really great performer at the festival at city hall.

What’s cooking? Discover a love for cooking at the Kitchener Market for only $39! Classes are Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Visit or email l July 17: Grilling and BBQ techniques l August 7: Cooking with fruit l August 13: Bernardin water bath canning workshop l August 21: Harvest food There’s always something fun happening at the Kitchener Market on Saturdays. Details are available at l July 6, 10 a.m. to noon: Kids in the Kitchen: Canadian, eh? l July 12, 6-11 p.m.: Cruising on King at the Kitchener Market l July 20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Corn Festival

desire for cycling across the province: l 69 per cent of Ontario residents said that they would prefer to cycle more. l 70 per cent of respondents said they would like to see more bike lanes where they live. l Five per cent of Ontarians – or 600,000 people — are riding their bicycles daily. l 36 per cent of Ontarians ride at least once a month. l 17 per cent of that total number is riding weekly.

Your dilemma is over if you’re in a city facility. Free wi-fi (wireless fidelity) has been installed in 12 community centres, two pools, Doon Valley and Rockway golf courses and the Kitchener Market. Kitchener City Hall has wi-fi service in council chambers and the rotunda. The other floors at city hall will be completed before year end. The internet can now be accessed

through wi-fi enabled device by simply connecting to the “KitchenerWiFi” network, opening a browser and accepting the terms of use. “We are excited to offer this convenient service to the public who use and rent our facilities,” said Dan Murray, interim director of information services and technology. “We were able to integrate the public wi-fi internet access project with our existing network and telephone upgrade project. This allowed the city to provide this service at our facilities with no extra cost to the taxpayer.” For information about the 18 public wi-fi locations with free access to the Internet, a listing of facilities and the Acceptable Use Policy, visit n

Tweet us @CityKitchener T

he City of Kitchener’s social media efforts are getting noticed! Redbrick Communications, an independent public relations agency based in Mississauga, recently released its annual survey of municipal social media activity, placing the City of Kitchener in the top 10 in the following categories: Facebook Most Active, Facebook Most Liked, Twitter Most Followed, Twitter Most Active. To view the Redbrick results, visit And, recently, the city made it even simpler to follow and interact with residents. In June, the city’s Twitter handle was changed to @CityKitchener. This new, single official account is now a one-stop place to find city-wide news, events, job opportunities, programs and services – and to interact with the city. “The City of Kitchener is regarded as a leader in municipal social media and is committed to timely and consistent communication with the public,” said Laura Johnston, the city’s director of corporate communications and marketing. “Under the @CityKitchener handle, information sharing is streamlined and two-way dialogue with the city is even easier.” To find out all of the ways you can connect with the City of Kitchener online, visit n

“The work is just beginning,” -- Josh Joseph transportation demand management coordinator

educate drivers and cyclists about the proper way to share the road, and were also impressed by Kitchener’s innovative “super sharrows” being installed.

“In addition, we felt Kitchener was building a strong network of city staff, local cycling groups, bike shops, schools and other stakeholders to promote cycling,” said Jones. “These are the kinds of connections and partnerships that lead to strong action.” “The work is just beginning,” agrees Joseph, “but in the short term, the work we’re doing is raising the profile of cycling and reminding both cyclists and drivers that we need to share the city’s roads.” For full story, see For more information about what the city is doing to promote cycling, please visit n

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t’s Easter weekend and you discover that your hot shower is not hot. In fact, you have no hot water at all. It’s a long weekend, and you’re sure there will be no repair service. You’ve got the Easter bunny making an appearance and guests are coming for dinner. What will you do? One Kitchener resident discovered Kitchener Utilities (KU) is more than just a uniform. A call to the KU service department on Saturday evening around dinner time brought a service technician out to inspect the tank on Easter Sunday between 9-10 a.m. “What I liked is that KU delivered on their promise and came out within the 24-hour turnaround period that they promise customers,”Michele K. of Lackner Woods explains. “When the service technician came out, the problem was fixed very quickly and only one quick visit was required to fix the tank.” “We take our customers’ concerns to heart because they’re taxpayers in Kitchener. That means our customers are also our owners,” said Barry Nash, manager of customer relations for KU. “We keep our customers’ best interest top of mind.” “At each stage of the process, everything worked out perfectly for the situation I was in,” said Michele. For full story, see n

Rockway remains central to city’s seniors


ockway participants can look forward to the possibility of a purpose-built older adults’ centre on the current Rockway site, while continuing to enjoy the centre they know and love for the foreseeable future. Rockway Centre could be redeveloped into a medium-to-high density residential building that would include a new, modern and fully accessible ground-floor older adult community centre, as well as additional space for uses such as a drug store and doctor and/or dental offices. “There are a huge number of variables that must be considered when making planning decisions about city facilities. There are also many competing interests that impact on, or which are impacted themselves by such decisions,” said Elizabeth Leedham and Janet Speight, who represented the Rockway advisory committee on the project team through the feasibility study. “City staff made a great effort to ensure the concerns of Rockway

“We felt involved and supported by both city staff and the Rockway community.” – Janet Speight and Elizabeth Leedham, Rockway advisory committee members

members were heard, and also that members received accurate information in a timely manner, during the process. We felt involved and supported by both city staff and the Rockway community.” Council directed staff to proceed with a request for proposals to engage a private partner in the redevelopment opportunity, a process that could take up to six years. “We now know where we’re headed,” said Mark Hildebrand, director of community services. “The Rockway Centre community can breathe easier now, and we can all

City recognized for finance reporting


he City of Kitchener was recently recognized for its commitment to open communication, two-way citizen engagement and transparency in governance. The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) gave the city a Canadian Award for Financial Reporting for its 2011 Annual Financial Report. The annual report summarizes the city’s finances – its assets, liabilities, revenues, and expenses – much the same as private-sector annual reports. When the city’s 2012 financial report was presented to council at the end of June, this commitment to fiscal

transparency was again evident. “The 2012 financial results demonstrate Kitchener’s continued excellence in sound financial management,” said Dan Chapman, deputy CAO, finance and corporate services, and city treasurer. “We are committed to creating a sustainable financial position now and into the future and to being transparent in our delivery of high-quality services to the community.” The award is given for an easily readable and efficiently organized annual financial report, with content conforming to specific program standards. A copy of the 2012 Annual Financial Report is available at or by calling 519-741-2200 x7357.

move ahead together.” Meanwhile, the Rockway centre will continue in its current configuration, offering programs and services to older adults, and the centre will be maintained at a reasonable standard, in line with other municipally owned buildings, until a final decision regarding the long term vision for the centre has been implemented. Rockway Gardens would also be identified as having cultural heritage value and interest; specific heritage criteria will be included in the request for proposals. “The location is important, pleasant to look at, and easy to access. We are attached to the homey atmosphere rather than the bricks and mortar of Rockway,” said Leedham and Speight. “Rockway has programs for almost every activity and yet encourages people with different interests and abilities to socialize and be mutually supportive. This has a well-documented benefit to physical and mental well-being for seniors who may otherwise be isolated.”n

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id you know the city currently maintains 3,000 acres of turf and sportsfields across the city? Did you know it also spends about $2 million annually to keep these popular places maintained so our residents and visitors can enjoy them?

Did you know it takes nearly 30 fulltime and 40 seasonal staff to spread out across the city to work on one of 14 grass-cutting routes? The inventory of city-owned parks and green space continues to grow each year, as the city grows. These locations differ in size, location and classification, and the city attempts to ensure they’re maintained on a regular basis throughout the warmer months. Of course, this work depends on variables such as weather conditions (too wet or too dry), large amounts of litter and staff and equipment allocations.

Cruising on King It’s all about the cars! Join us on Friday, July 12 for the largest parade of its kind in Ontario. l Show and shine in Victoria Park from 3-7 p.m. l The Cruise on King Street from 7-8 p.m. l Car show on King Street from 8-10 p.m. l Plus live music, exhibits and activities. Please see for details on the summer’s events. n Kidspark Celebrating its 25th year, Kidspark is an exciting day full of activities, entertainment, music, art, crafts and more! Join us on Sunday, Aug. 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in historic Victoria Park for a day packed with fun for the whole family.n Kitchener Blues Festival Why is it that when living legends get the blues, the rest of the world is happy to listen? You’ll find the answer to this question and more at the annual Kitchener Blues Festival, held every August in front of Kitchener City Hall. The Kitchener Blues Festival will take place from Aug. 8-11. n Rock ‘n Rumble Come enjoy the live rock show, unique “street eats” and some of the area’s best motorcycles on Saturday, July 27 noon – 6 p.m. There’s lots to see and do whether you are a rider or just looking, including shopping at some of our downtown merchants. n

For general inquiries about the city’s turf maintenance practices, please call 519-741-2345. n

BLOOMIN’ LOVELY – Are there properties in your neighbourhood that have gorgeous gardens or use environmentally friendly gardening practices? The Kitchener in Bloom committee wants to hear about it! All you have to do is provide the address. Deadline for nominations is July 15.

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he region’s chief administrative officers (CAOs) put their heads together to propose a region-wide economic development strategy to the eight local municipal councils. The proposal, which came out of a jointly commissioned study on economic development services and the supply of industrial/employment lands in the region, was developed by the CAOs of all the municipalities, including the Region of Waterloo.

Completed by Malone Given Parsons Ltd. in April, the proposal received an approval in principle from the finance and corporate services committee at the City of Kitchener in May and city council in June. “The strategy would address gaps in delivering services across the region,” said Jeff Willmer, CAO of the City of Kitchener. “The perception is often that neighbouring municipalities are our

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competition, but really, they are our partners. We should work together.” The recommendations include: l Creating an office of economic development at the Region of Waterloo, which would coordinate the strategy in partnership with area municipalities, Canada’s Technology Triangle (CTT) and other local economic development stakeholders; l Approval in principle for a Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation (WREDC) to oversee services other than land development;

Further investigation toward creating a corporation specifically for developing strategic employment lands; l

l The implementation plan would consider how to build on the existing strengths of CTT, and create a smooth transition to the new organization. CTT’s current mandate focuses on foreign direct investment and the new corporation would need to maintain CTT’s momentum.

Similar recommendations are also being considered by all city and township councils, as well as regional council.n

Ribfest It’s the 10th anniversary for the Downtown Kitchener Ribfest and Craft Beer Show, held July 19-21 in Victoria Park. Entertainment by Ian Ross Band, D’Eve Archer Band, Greasemonkeys and more. Free admission, but donations to The Food Bank of Waterloo Region accepted at the gate. Those under 19 must be accompanied by an adult. n

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Ernie’s friends moved away from the neighbourhood…

Members of downtown Kitchener’s St. John the Evangelist Church congregation gathered June 16 for a Water Festival ceremony in the church’s Memorial Garden to celebrate the installation of two new water cisterns and a native plant rain garden that will help the property better manage its storm water. From left, holding a paper chain ribbon, are: REEP representative Cheryl Evans, warden Al Coughlin, parishioner Debbie Houston, warden Matt Kieswetter, deputy warden Dawn Carr, Kitchener councillor Dan Glenn-Graham, MPP Peter Braid, MP Stephen Woodworth, Reverend Christopher Pratt.

St. John’s passion for all things green By Carrie Debrone The Church of St. John the Evangelist parishioners have always had many passions. Known locally for its Soup Kitchen outreach work and its Christmas pudding program, in recent years the congregation’s passion for greening their church has been added to the list. Greening an old building takes commitment, time and money, but if it is done right it can save a lot of energy while preserving historical buildings for the next generation -- at least that’s what the St. John the Evangelist congregation is banking on. Spearheaded by church warden Al Coughlin, the congregation began its Green Passion program two years ago, taking on various environmentally-themed projects around the church, which is located at 23 Water. St. N. in Kitchener. “Everything we do here now has an environmental or green component to it. As we think about renovations we think about longrange sustainability,” Coughlin said.

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The irony of the church’s Water Street address was not lost on several of the speakers who participated in a Water Festival celebration in the church’s existing Memorial Garden on June 16, when the congregation celebrated the installation of a 2,000-litre water cistern and native plant rain garden at the Water/Duke street corner of the church lot. The cistern will capture water from the church’s roof, which has been draining directly into the city’s storm water system, for use around the church property. The church worked with REEP Green Solutions on an eco-friendly plan to better manage its storm water. REEP Green Solutions is an environmental, non-profit organization that provides services, tools and programs to help people use energy and water wisely. The church also installed a second underground 500-litre cistern to capture overflow water from the larger cistern and use it to supply a water feature waterfall that will be installed on top of it in the garden. The overflow from the 500-litre

At Chartwell, they’re just down the hall. Now at Chartwell, Ernie is part of an active community again. Not only is he making new friends, but he is also back to doing the things he’s always enjoyed: a morning coffee with the gang, a game of afternoon cards and shooting pool after dinner. Like to have your friends down the hall? We can help.


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23 Water Street North, Kitchener (Corner of Duke and Water) Services: Sunday at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. followed by breakfast Sunday school and youth program at 10am service on Sunday All are welcome to all services and programs. (519) 743-0228

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underground cistern includes a pipe that drains to a rain garden. The rain garden can also capture and dissipate about 500-litres of rainwater through the use of native plants with long roots that will capture and use the water. The rain garden soil contains about 30 per cent sand and 30 per cent mulch, which helps the soil act as a sponge to capture water. The special garden ceremony included a snakelike art display made from hundreds of plastic drinking water bottles, that were draped through the trees at the front of the church around signs below on the lawn that read, “Where Do You Get Your Drinking Water?,” and “Is Water a Human Right?” Coughlin said the bottle sculpture, constructed by the youth at the church, is meant as a reminder to everyone that water is a precious resource that we should be constantly thinking about protecting. It also is designed to raise awareness about the over-abundance of plastic water bottles. The new water-based initiatives are just two of the many environmental projects completed at the church in the last few years. In 2008 the church insulated its bell tower and surrounding roof area, a spot where there was previously no insulation and where a significant amount of heat was escaping. Kicking off its Green Passion campaign, in 2010 the church installed four green roof starter panels, which successfully grew again this year. Church plans include covering the whole roof in coming years to gain the green roof benefits of extra insulation in the winter, keeping the building cool in the summer and protecting the roofing material.

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In 2011 it completed a solar panel assessment and is currently working with the city to install solar panels in the future. The church’s 180, 40-watt flourescent light fixtures are being replaced with 25-watt tubes, at a cost of $10,000. It worked with KW Hydro through it’s Save on Energy Retrofit Program, (which pays about 50% of the cost). The church also installed nine large LED efficient lights in March ,significantly reducing power usage. It is expected that these two lighting changes alone will save between $1,000-$2,000 per year in energy costs. The church practices composting and collects water in a rain barrel. It has also purchased a cordless, rechargeable, battery powered lawnmower and weed cutter. The church is also planning to replace its 1968 boiler/furnace heating system in the very near future. “We’re working with Enermodal Engineering in Kitchener to see how we can make this a really green system,” Coughlin said. The church is also considering lowering its 4,000 square-foot flat gym roof, changing it instead to a sloped roof. Constructed in 1954, the gym has no insulation. Coughlin said a gabled roof will allow it to be shingled instead of having to have a more expensive membrane-style flat roof covering that needs maintenance and replacement more often. “We have an architect and an interior designer on board to help us create a ten-year plan for renovations so we can put the money we save in reduced energy costs into our outreach programs instead,” Coughlin said.

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Upon hearing of the Turk’s plight in his an Away is the most recent and the best in the Benjamin January series by present day 1837, Ben sets out to discover the Barbara Hambly. The series is set in 1830s real murderer. Teaming up with his friends New Orleans where one finds a complex mix Lieutenant Abishag Shaw of the city guard as of cultures including the French Creole, well as his fellow musician, Hannibal Sefton, BUILDING THAT American, NOW free WE’RE black, and ON slave he SUCCESS! investigates the perplexing mystery. Ben help us by supporting our Building AchievAbility Campaign. communities.Please Benjamin January navigates dodges threats to his freedom and his family’s Your contribution will help us inspire abilities and enrich lives. each community with and or safety To learn more, please caution call 519-744-6307 visit us on-line at:as risking his life to save Pasha. as well understanding. A free man of colour with He must also deal with the painful emotions training as a surgeon and a musician, he that arise as the past and present collide. always seems to stumble into a mystery or Hambly, a trained historian, interweaves murder to solve. intricate threads of historical detail In this adventure, Ben is surprised to learn that the Turk, Huseyin Pasha, lately arrived throughout her story. Slipping in, as a matter Students, staff and local dignitaries took part in the groundbreaking ceremony Junein12 New for Orleans, has been accused of of course, authentic descriptions of everyday murdering two of his concubines. Because of life from coffee sellers to apparel to the sights the $4.8-million addition that began this week at Woodland Christian High School located past experience, Ben knows in his heart that and smells of Paris and New Orleans, she on Spitzig Road near Breslau. From left: front, councillor Jean Haalboom, Staff THISRegional MONTH’S READING the Turk isn’t capable. At first, the reader is creates complex characters with interesting representative Ken VanderZwaag, Student Government President SELECTIONS ARE:Emily Fearon, Capital transported back ten years to Ben’s days in back stories and their own quirks and foibles. Campaign Chairperson Derrick Grift, back, Principal John Van Pelt, Waterloo Regional Paris with his first wife, Ayasha, and the She frames her events in the historical RAN AWAY Chair Ken Seiling, MPP Mike Harris, Board Chairperson Steve Marfisi, SKC Construccircumstances of his first meeting with situations of the day, and writes a convincing by Barbara Hambly tion representative Clare Streutker. Photo by Carrie Debrone and historically faithful tale. Huseyin Pasha are revealed.


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Woodland Christian High School building will more than double in size with a $4.8-million addition

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For more great reading ideas, visit and click on the“Books and More”tab. Certified bags can nowread? be used the green bin program as Want to share your own compostable review of your favourite Theinlibrary’s online catalogue of July 1, 2013. Residents will be able to choose paper liner bags, certified enables library card holders to write a review for any item in the collection. Simply click compostable bags, or do-it-yourself on the “Add Review” tab for your selected book, andpaper writeliners. away!

By Carrie Debrone Construction of a $4.8-million addition to Woodland Christian High School, located on Spitzig Road near Breslau, began this week. The 67,943 square foot addition will more than double the size of the current school and allow it to increase its present enrolment of 255 to 325 students over the next three to five years. Students, teachers, parents and local officials participated in a groundbreaking ceremony at the school June 12 beginning the construction that will include a new double gym, new change rooms, a conference room, new science lab, an additional 105 lockers, more classroom space, storage space, washrooms, office space and teacher workspace, and a new two-storey main entrance lobby, which will be located on the south side of the school. The construction will also convert the existing gym into a new Performing Arts/ Student Commons area with a practice room, media arts room and servery. Plans for the addition began about five years ago and school board chairperson Steve Marfisi said it signifies the “start of a new journey” for the school. Established in 1976, the Christian education high school constructed its first school building in 1979 with later additions in 1987 and again in 2001. It has a current staff of 30 and 1,120 alumni. Principal John Van Pelt said $3.6-million has already been raised towards the project and fundraising efforts will continue through coming years. “The founders had a vision for Christian education and they sacrificed to give us the school and gifts we have now. This addition will allow us to provide Christian education to a larger group of people. We want our kids to feel valued and appreciated and to engage students in the learning process,” Van Pelt said, adding that the additions will provide a “new face allowing us to renew and expand our vision.” Waterloo Regional Chair Ken Seiling noted that at the base of a solid education is a good facility in which to learn. Remembering that he had watched the initial opening of the school, which he described as a “leap of faith,” Seiling noted that the school has proven itself successful. “Congratulations on a great project” Seiling said of the addition. “Clearly this expansion will produce grads who will go on to become community leaders,” said MPP Mike Harris.

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John Bryant new WRDSB Director of Education

John Bryant, who has been Director of Education at Bluewater District School board since October 2010, will become Director of Education for the Waterloo Region District School Board on September 1, 2013. WRDSB trustees confirmed Bryant’s appointment at their June 24 meeting. With more than 30 years in public education in a variety of senior roles, Bryant previously served the WRDSB in the positions of Executive Superintendent of Human Resource Services and Organizational Development and Superintendent of Education, Family of Schools.

He also worked as a Supervisory Officer in both Human Resources and Family of Schools with Grand Erie District School Board. “We welcome Mr. Bryant back to our community in his new role as Director of Education for our school board,” said board chair Ted Martin. “I look forward to the honour that WRDSB has afforded me as Director of Education and supporting the vision of Inspired Learners, Tomorrow’s Leaders,” said Bryant. Bryant succeeds Linda Fabi, who retires August 31, 2013.


History Under the Trees

The Waterloo Historical Society will be looking into family fables at History Under the Trees on Saturday July 6, 2013. Everyone is welcome to attend this meeting held at 1:30 p.m. outside on Doon Heritage Green at the Waterloo Region Museum. If you say you are attending History Under the Trees and the museum admission rate will be reduced. Anyone who’s done family research discovers mistakes, exaggerations, cover-ups, even little lies that have come down through generations. Attendees are welcome to share those generational “untruths” that make family


THIS MONTH’S READING: The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen REVIEWED BY: Barb Janicek, Children’s Librarian

enry K. Larsen is a 13 year old boy who loves watching wrestling, has just started at a new school, and happens to be a trivia buff. He also reluctantly keeps a journal, at his therapists’ suggestion. It is through his journal entries that we experience the ups and downs of Henry’s daily life: adjusting to life in a small apartment with annoying neighbours, getting roped into joining the Reach for the Top team, inadvertently befriending the geekiest kid in school, and coping with his parents’ uncertain marital status. It is also through his journal that we eventually learn the reasons for the changes in his life. Henry’s older brother, Jesse, having had enough bullying, committed a violent and desperate act at his old school. Both amusing and heart-wrenching, it is a timely story, reflecting recent headlines. Nielsen approaches the weighty topics of bullying, school shootings, and grief in a

history so much fun. These short recollections will remind us again that our ancestors were not very different from us. Come early to walk the village, browse the museum, and eat at Hazel’s Café. The Waterloo Historical Society fosters the recognition of Waterloo region’s unique heritage and encourages heritage preservation. The Waterloo Historical Society gratefully acknowledges its ongoing partnership with the Kitchener Public Library. The Society has kept its collection and archives in the Library since the founding of the WHS in 1912.

way that allows the reader to understand all sides, never painting anyone as simply victim or bad guy. Henry and his parents each deal with the fallout of Jesse’s decision in different ways. Seen through Henry`s eyes, the story is ultimately about how to cope with grief, how to move on after tragedy, and how hope and support can come from the most unlikely people and places. Susin Nielsen has been writing for youth for a long time. She started in television, writing for Degrassi Junior High and Ready or Not. The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen won the Governor General’s Award, the Canadian Library Association’s Book of the Year for Children Award, and was shortlisted for the CLA Young Adult Book Award. The book will appeal to both boys and girls who are looking for a satisfying read in realistic fiction. (Recommended for Grades 4 and up).

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service $1.4-million to their fellow citizens, Politicians at the Drive provincial and “We Create Change” Penny raises federal levels are usually busy their community and their country. Queen for Elizabeth battling each other andclean their partieswater providing 56,000 people with lifeII Diamond Jubilee medals will be presented at every chance they get.

The pennies collected weigh more than 64 elephants and more than five empty 747 airplanes. Hundreds of thousands of Canadian youth and their schools raised 140 million pennies ($1.4 million) for the Free the Children “We Create Change” penny drive. Free The Children is an international charity that was established in 1995, which empowers youth to become active local and global citizens. The money will be used to provide 56,000 people with clean water for life as part of Free The Children’s year-long Water Initiative to provide a permanent source of clean water to people in developing countries. As Canada’s largest youthled penny drive came to a close, elementary school students pulled 50 red wagons filled with pennies up Bay Street in Toronto on June 27. RBC president and CEO Gord Nixon and co-founder of Free The Children Marc Kielburger were there to welcome the students and their penny wagons into the bank’s Toronto main branch and to congratulate and celebrate their amazing fundraising drive. “It’s great to be part of something that is truly creating change and I would like to thank all the students and schools who participated,”

said president and ButGord theNixon, Kitchener-Waterloo riding’s Queen’s Diamond Jubilee CEO, RBC. Medal apparently “Ourpresentation long-term has commitment brought out the cooperative spirit. with Free the Children supports In a rare showing that politicians two very important issues can cooperate and work each financial literacy andwith access other, Liberal MPP of Kitchener to clean water. Today’s results Centre John Milloy, former demonstrate how Conservative MPP aoflarge-scale, Kitchener positive impact be made Waterloo Elizabethcan Witmer and when elected we work no newly Newtogether Democrat—MPP matter how Waterloo small orCatherine simple of Kitchener thosewill acts all maybeseem.” Fife, present at the medal presentation for Students at ceremony more than the Kitchener Waterloo riding 3,000 schools across Canada recipients to beinheld 16 at participated the January “We Create Kitchener City Hall. Change” penny drive over the Milloy wasyear. asked to give out past school the medals on behalf of Elizabeth Individual donors, businesses Witmer after she left provincial and organizations collected politics. He decided also instead to wait pennies campaign. until afterfor the this by-election, allowing Freeto The theSpecial opportunity whomChildren/ ever was RBC penny bags provided elected to present were the medals in to allown participants. their riding. The medal, Whencommemorative full, each bag held $25 created to – enough mark to theprovide 2012 in pennies celebration the 60th one personofwith cleananniversary water for of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth life. II’s“We accession Throne as are tosothe incredibly Queen of Canada, is in recognition humbled by the amount of of those who, like Her Majesty, changededicated Canada’sthemselves youth were have to

able to achieve and January 16 to this the year, following Kitchener-Waterloo riding we can’t thank RBC enough recipients: for opening up their branches to Chandrika accept the Anjaria more than 56,000 Chandrika Anjaria been penny bags that were has dropped aofftireless volunteer within the throughout the year,” said community. The focus of her Marc Kielburger, co-founder of community work has been empathy Free compassion The Children.” and for others. An “On average, percent of employee for the80University of illnesses inInformation the developing Waterloo’s Systems world Technology can be linked to poor and Department, water andalso sanitation. Thanks Chandrika served as past chair of United Way efforts Campaign. to UW’s the incredible of She hasacross also presided co-chair youth Canada,asthe “We of three local hospital walkathons, Create Change” penny drive and is the chair of the Earthquakes, will provide 56,000 people in Cyclone and Tsunami reliefclean fund. our developing countries, Chandrika is a member of the India water for life.” Canada Association, past chair collected throughand Wea of Pennies several cultural festivals Create Change, founding member inofconjunction Club 55. In with the proceeds was from honoured sales of 1997, Chandrika Me to Rafiki Friend as oneWe’s of Water Kitchener-Waterloo Chain, online donations, and Oktoberfest’s Women of the Year. Ariaratnam WeAriarani Walk 4Water, has enabled Ariarani the founder and Free The isChildren to reach former ExecutiveWater Director of Focus its year-long Initiative for in KW. Active goalEthnic of Women providing 100,000 in supporting women and children, people around the world with Ariarani served the KW YWCA permanent of clean locally and sources internationally. She water. has also served on the Immigration

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and Refugee Board of Canada. Ontario Board of Services and Ariarani is passionate in helping was recognized at the Mayor’s newcomers understand, integrate Dinner for the Working Centre in and become fully active members 2011. He is a member of Erb Street of our community. She is a member Mennonite Church in Waterloo and of the board of the South Asian has been active in various interSeniors Association of Waterloo faith initiatives in the community David Graham Region. A recipient of the Citation In his contributions to our for Citizenship Award from the David Graham Government of Canada, Ariarani community, also received the Queen’s Golden has worked diligently as a past Jubilee Medal in 2002 for her Chair of the Board at St. Mary’s outstanding work in promoting General Hospital, the 1990 Ontario Games, Leadership the rights of immigrant and visible Summer Waterloo Region, K-W United minority women. Way, Rotary Club of Kitchener, Ronald Beaudreau Ronald Beaudreau served as an and the Canadian Red Cross K-W Air Cadet, Leading Aircraftman in Branch. Currently, David serves the reserve Air Force and as a Radar on the boards of the St. Joseph’s Operator in the regular service. He Health System. In recognition of is a member and past president of his service, David was awarded the the 404 K-W Wing RCAFA of the K-W Citizen of the Year in 1990, Air-Force Association of Canada. the Waterloo Award, the Canada 125thand Anniversary medal and the He also assisted in starting the for Outdetails Visit our website to register: of the Cold program in Kitchener- Queen Elizabeth Silver and Golden Waterloo and has been a youth Jubilee Medals. Owen Lackenbauer counsellor for boys aged 6-18 for Owen Lackenbauer began his the past 45 years. career of service to the community Marjorie Carroll-Nelson Marjorie Carroll-Nelson was by enlisting in the Canadian Army, elected the July first female Mayor Friday, 12, 3-11 p.m.of serving from 1953-1965 and in Waterloo in 1977, and remained the Army Reserve from 1972Classic car displays, parade, food, live entertainment and lots more! in this role until 1988. As a nurse 1985. In 1969, he co-founded place at Kitchener City Hall, Victoria Park, King Streetcontinues KW’s Oktoberfest which andEvent as atakes public servant, she was to thrive to this day. As a past an and outstanding choice to chair the Kitchener Market. Visitthe K-W Hospital Foundation from President of Kitchener Oktoberfest, 1989-1992. A devoted volunteer Lions Club, K-W Untied Way, and fundraiser, Marjorie’s efforts Kitchener Chamber of Commerce, resulted in a remodelled childbirth K-W Community Foundation, and Saturday, JulyRiver 13, 7Hospital, a.m.- 2 p.m. Westmount Golf & Country Club, centre at Grand 1979 Citizen of the Year, renamed the Marjorie Carroll Join University of Waterloo students as they K-W fundraise for their and a Paul Harris Fellow Childbirth Centre in her honour. dragon boat team. They’ll be cooking up a storm to raise money to(Rotary International in 1995), Owen’s Connie Deckert will be held to in Victoria, BC. compete inDeckert the Canadian Nationals that contributions our community Connie successfully ran Motivair Canada Ltd., a local have been profound. He is past auto company for 35 years. The Honorary Colonel of the Royal company was sold in 2008 and she Highland Fusiliers of Canada, changed careers. Connie is now a Waterloo Region’s reserve infantry Saturday, July 13, 7 a.m.- 2 p.m. member of the LPGA Teaching and regiment. Learn about the descent of as cornthesuch asJohn the ancestral Lynch importance of Club Professionals, as well John Lynch, long-time Canadian Golf Teachers Federation. the grain. Enjoy live flamenco music and dancing. Feast onadelicious Rotarian, was 1981-1982 President Shefood. is aOrganized member by of Kitchener the Canadian Market vendor, Pupuseria and Bakery Association of Women Executives of the Rotary Club of Waterloo de Izote. & Flor Entrepreneurs. Connie is also and is a Paul Harris Fellow. His a recipient of the Women Of contributing involvement with Waterloo Region (WOW) Award, KidsAbility spans over three as well as a graduate of Leadership decades. 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Members of the Kitchener Cycling Advisory Committee and City Councillors Dan Glenn-Graham (in blue), John Gazzola (in yellow) and Zyg Janecki (at front in white) bike away from city hall to look at cycling conditions in Kitchener.

Councillors and avid cyclists share the road Helen Hall Members of the Kitchener Cycling Advisory Committee and City Council hit the road on June 18 to look at how cycling iniatives are working or not working - in the city. Councillor Zyg Janecki said it is the second year the group has taken a trip together around Kitchener on their bicycles. It took about two hours, with stops and starts, for the trip. “The purpose is to see what has been completed and what still needs to be done (to meet the recommendations of Kitchener’s Cycling Master Plan)” Janecki said. Four city councillors, Yvonne Fernandes, John Gazzola, Daniel Glenn-Graham and Janecki, by

went on the ride. Janecki said it would be the first time he will merge with car traffic on the portion of King Street that is now painted with sharrows indicating cars and bikes must share the road. Transportation Demand Management Coordinator Josh Joseph said the route was chosen by members of the Cycling Committee. “They can show councillors what’s working and not working (for cyclists on city streets),” Joseph said. Joseph said some participants from June’s Bike2Work Challenge also went on the ride. They spent the month of June biking to work each day. Their blogs are located at.www. bike2work2013.

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July 4, 2013 l Kitchener Citizen - West Edition l Page 21 SO YOU THINK YOU CAN SING G&S! Waterloo Regional Gilbert & Sullivan Society is hosting a music competition for nonprofessional soloists on Saturday, October 26, 2013 Two Categories: Youth (age 15-18) & Adult (19 & over) Cash prizes for each group: (1st $500, 2nd $300, 3rd $200) For more information and to register by September 30, 2013 Email: or call 519-650-4246 RODDING FOR READING – 3rd annual Car & Motorcycle Show on Saturday July 13 from 9am to 2pm at Southworks Outlet Mall, 64 Grand Ave. S. Cambridge. Rain or Shine. Presented by The Lead Kings Car Club. All proceeds to support The Literacy Group of Waterloo Region. Door prizes, trophies, food, entertainment, kid’s activities, live auctions, used books. CASTING CALL FOR DRAYTON PRODUCTION OF OLIVER - Local youth ages 9 to 15 will have the opportunity to perform as orphans in the coming production of Oliver! at the Drayton Festival Theatre. Auditions will take place on Sunday, July 14th, 2013. Pre-registration is required. Up to 30 youth may be cast in the orphan ensemble with professional actors in the lead roles. No professional experience necessary. Auditions will take place at Drayton Festival Theatre, 33 Wellington Street S, Drayton, Signin at 12:30pm. Auditions will run 1pm. to 4pm. For more information visit www. CALL FOR ENTRY FOR


EXHIBITIONS AT CITY HALL - The Rotunda Gallery is a unique exhibition space located on the ground floor of Kitchener city hall. The curved, wooden hanging wall includes 48 feet of vertical hanging space above a wall-length bench where visitors linger. The gallery features monthly exhibits of original work by outstanding visual artists. Call for entry
 for visual artists with professional curricula vitae are invited to submit exhibition proposals for the Rotunda Gallery’s 2014 schedule. Proposals must be received by Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 4pm. Please visit for details and submission requirements. The exhibition program at the Rotunda Gallery supports professional contemporary practice in the visual arts. To promote the local development of visual arts, artists from Waterloo region are given preference. Proposals are selected by a jury of visual arts professionals, and are reviewed for quality of artistic work and professional credentials. TORN FROM HOME: MY LIFE AS A REFUGEE - is on exhibit at the Waterloo Region Museum until September 2. The exhibition provides families with an opportunity to better understand the hardships and hopes experienced by refugee children and their families worldwide. In conjunction with Torn From Home, the Waterloo Region Museum explores the history of offering refuge in Waterloo Region. SUBMISSIONS FOR BOX 13 ART

SHOW & SALE - More artists than ever before will be selected for the BOX 13 Art Show & Sale on November 15, 16, 17 to be held at 41A Ardelt Place, Kitchener, behind Double R Steel Inc. 
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 For questions contact Cathy Farwell at or 519.504.3277 MONTANA’S COOKHOUSE COMMUNITY NIGHTS - Montana’s Cookhouse in Kitchener is reaching out, once again, to Children’s Charities in the Tri-Cities. Last year, Montana’s donated approximately $3000 to well-deserving charities via its monthly Community Nights. Once a month, Montana’s hosts a charity in its restaurant and donates 10% of that group’s sales directly back to the charity. Any groups interested in being a recipient of this program are urged to contact Montana’s at (519) 579-0524 or email at jennlemcke@ CONCERTS IN THE GARDENS Kitchener Horticultural Society (KHS) has coming Concerts in the Gardens: Paul Mitchell Quintet Free Admission, bring a lawn chair Dorothy Elliott Gazebo in Rockway Gardens, 7 Floral Drive, Kitchener July 28, 2013 7:30 - 8:30 pm Licorice Allsorts Clarinet Quartet Free Admission, bring a lawn chair Dorothy Elliott Gazebo in Rockway

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Email the correct answer to this question for a chance to win. Winner’s name will be drawn. Who is Drayton Entertainment’s Artistic Director? The Kitchener Citizen is offering you the opportunity to enter every month from April until August. Winning tickets may be used for any performance at any of the following Drayton Entertainment venues, during the 2013 season:* • Dunfield Theatre Cambridge** • St. Jacobs Country Playhouse • Schoolhouse Theatre • King’s Wharf Theatre • Drayton Festival Theatre • Huron Country Playhouse • Playhouse II * Tickets must be booked in advance. Performance dates and times are subject to availability. **This offer excludes “Mary Poppins” at the Dunfield Theatre in Cambridge. To see what exciting shows Drayton Entertainment has in store for you this season call 1-855-DRAYTON (372-9866) or visit www.draytonentertainment. com. The ticket winners will be announced in the Kitchener Citizen each month. JUNE WINNERS: Laura Mills and Diane Lemont

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With its charming blend of music covering the Great Canadian Song Book, humour, and political satire, Sorry…I’m Canadian offers a fresh take on what it means to be a proud Canadian. Conceived & Directed by Alex Mustakas Additional Material provided by Dave Broadfoot Orchestrations, Vocal Arrangements & Music Direction by Nicole Gusé

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Story and photos by Helen Hall

oger Nicholson jokes that he wanted to buy a 1953 Chris Craft 63-foot motor yacht, but he couldn’t find one. So he made one instead. His boat took him two years to make and is an exact scale model of the original. The biggest benefit of his boat (pictured above and below) is that it fits in the reflecting pool in front of Kitchener City Hall. Nicholson and other members of the Golden Triangle Marine Modellers Club are hobbyists who meet in front of City Hall on Wednesday evenings between 6:30 and 8:30pm to do a little summer boating. John Freund of Waterloo is one of the founding members of the club, that started in 1969 to promote model boating. He says the club has visited many watering holes in Waterloo Region - from Columbia Lake to Waterloo Park to a gravel pit out by the Schneiders sign by the 401 - but it currently calls the reflecting pool in front of City Hall its home. Formal Meetings are held from September to May at the Albert McCormick Arena in Waterloo. The meetings feature guest speakers, modelling information, member updates, and news about upcoming competitions. Local modellers have boats in the Scale, Sail, Submarines, Steam, Fast Electric and Gas

divisions. Most models are radio controlled, using two to six channel radios. For over 30 years, the club has put on a show at the Wellesley Apple Butter and Cheese Festival each September. Between 60 and 80 miniature boats of all types take over Wellesley Mill Pond. He said kids are drawn to the pond when they hear the gas boats racing. “Gas boats used to go 60mph,” Freund said. “Now they go 70, 80, even 90mph.” “It’s quite a show,” Freund said. “And it’s the only time we’re all together.” Paul Dreher has been a member of the local club for over 20 years and was driving a radiopowered military boat that was given to him by a friend. He said regattas are held all summer by clubs, like his, that are members of the Great Lakes Model Boat Association. There are seven clubs in the association. He explained that at the regattas, competitions are held for driving the boats through obstacle courses (without touching the obstacles), and “predicted log” events where modellers observe the course and then predict low long it will take their boat to get through it. These are not races, but more about the modeller knowing how his or her boat performs in different types of courses.

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Photos by Helen Hall


About 10,000 people visited Victoria Park June 22 and 23 to attend the KW Multicultural Festival, now in its 46th year. Above, dancers from the Grand River Chinese school perform. At left, Edwin Enriquez of the Filipino-Canadian Association of KW barbecues pork and chicken. On the same weekend, the park also hosted the Latitudes Storytelling Festival and an Aboriginal powwow on Roos Island.


Joseph Hrncirik performed Frank Sinatra’s That’s Life at the Senior Star talent competition and went on to become the winner of this year’s regional finals at Kitchener’s City Hall June 26. The competition is sponsored by Chartwell Retirement Residences and is open to any Canadian residents over the age of 65. Hrncirik may advance to the Nationals in the fall. Judges were Marilynn Franks, Tim Louis and Randy Rollo. Photo by Helen Hall

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Kitchener Citizen West Edition - July 2013  

Kitchener's original community newspaper established in 1996.

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