Kitchener Citizen - West Edition - July 2016

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Eastwood student recognized with national Aboriginal arts award By Helen Hall Kitchener student mixed her love of writing with solid research to earn herself a national award for a play she wrote called I Remember. Cyan-Raven Gielewska was one of four winners chosen from 650 entries from across Canada for an Aboriginal Arts and Stories Award. She just completed grade nine at Eastwood Collegiate and is in the Integrated Arts Program. I Remember tells the tale of a student who is assigned a school project that leads her to learn about the impact attending a Residential School had on her grandmother’s life. Residential Schools were government-sponsored religious schools established to assimilate Aboriginal children into Canadian culture. The schools were first opened in the late 1880s, and the last residential school closed in Saskatchewan in 1996. Many of the schools offered a poor curriculum with a heavy emphasis on religion. The living conditions were inadequate, with students not fed or clothed properly, and children were often subjected to excessive punishment, including physical abuse Gielewska, who is Métis, received her award at a ceremony at the Art Gallery of Hamilton on June 15. The three other winners were from Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. She was the youngest person to receive an award. She gave a two-minute acceptance speech at the awards ceremony. Her mother Anya and brother Darby also attended. Gielewska said she has never entered a contest like this one before, and was “super ecstatic” to learn that she had won.


“It was an honour to meet a lot of renowned writers, artists and community leaders at the ceremony,” she said. This year, the Aboriginal Arts and Stories Awards were judged by journalist and former radio host Brian Maracle, artist Maxine Noel, poet and author Lee Maracle, pianist and composer John Kim Bell, and playwright Drew Hayden Taylor. “This is the first play I’ve written,” Gielewska said. She decided to write a play instead of a story because she felt that people would “connect more with the characters” when their story is acted out rather than just appearing on a page. “I really enjoyed it. It was fun to do,” she said of the process of writing the play. She said she has been approached by someone who would like to put her play on the stage, which she thinks would be “cool.” Gielewska is majoring in drama, instrumental and visual arts at Eastwood. She also plays the flute, tenor sax and the trombone. The Aboriginal Arts and Stories Awards are hosted by Historica Canada, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting awareness of Canada’s history and citizenship. It is best known for its “Heritage Minute” videos and its online Canadian Encyclopedia. The annual contest invites First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists between the ages of 9 and 29 to interpret an aspect of their culture and heritage through literary and visual arts to win prizes and national recognition. How much do you know about Canada’s history? To help us celebrate Canada Day, Historica Canada has provided the Kitchener Citizen with a multiple choice Canada Day quiz on page 9.

Journalist and former radio show host Brian Maracle congratulates Cyan-Raven Gielewska of Kitchener for winning an Aboriginal Arts and Stories award for her play called I Remember. Photo courtesy of Historica Canada

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Joan Sinclair, 91, invited people to sit with her on the green bench outside Kitchener City Hall on June 8 to talk about life and to share her insights as part of the Elder Wisdom campaign aimed at quashing ageism.


Taking aim at negative stereotypes about older people By Carrie Debrone isdom can be difficult to find. But on June 8, outside Kitchener City Hall, Joan Sinclair was offering her lifetime-ofexperience backed brand of wisdom to anyone who wanted to stop, sit with her on a bench and chat for a while. June was Seniors Month and the 91-yearold resident of Winston Park in Kitchener was participating in the green bench project, a part of the #ElderWisdom social media campaign by Schlegel Villages. The bench travelled to 13 cities in Ontario where Schlegel Villages operates long-term care and retirement homes. The goal of the campaign is to quash negative stereotypes of the elderly, and encourage people to see the wisdom and value of seniors. The seniors participating in the green bench


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chats were selected (one resident from each retirement home) to sit on the bench and discuss various topics with members of the community, sharing their insights on life. Sinclair, who had intended to become a nurse but instead found she loved working in the advertising industry, said she has no regrets in her life. The only child of two good people she describes as “my friends as well as my parents”, Sinclair was married for 61 years. She and her husband raised two children, and she said she “wouldn’t have changed a day” in her life. Her bit of wisdom from our brief chat on the green bench – “Get the most out of every stage of your life.” Sinclair had already had several visitors before this reporter got there in the morning, including a teacher from Eastwood high school, an artist and a University of Waterloo employee.

Three festivals collide in downtown Kitchener


Downtown Kitchener was full of light and sound June 18 when three festivals - Summer Lights Festival, Our World Festival of Music and Altekrea Festival - all happened at once. Five blocks of downtown featured live bands, choral groups, art, film and food. Here two-time Juno Award nominee and Canadian Reggae Music Award winner Jason Wilson and the Perennials fill Carl Zehr Square with reggae music. Photo by Helen Hall

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GRCI alumni celebrate high school’s evolution and share memories at 50th anniversary

All I heard all weekend from a Women’s Pole Vaulter who By Carrie Debrone my classmates, alumni, staff and finished 6th in the 2004 Athens any things have changed community members was what Olympic Games and who is at Grand River High an amazing event. The Reunion currently chief resident at Tulane School over the last 50 years, but truly showcased 50 Years of Dermatology; Rupinder Gill, its legacy plays out every day in Excellence. Grand River is such who attended GRCI from 1992the successes and memories that a special place for me.” 97 who wrote the best-selling each of its graduates carry with Former students and staff from book On the Outside Looking them throughout their lives. all around the world attended the Indian; Colin Doyle (1991- 96) Perhaps it was those memories 3-day anniversary. A map filled who became a professional that brought back more than with dots indicating the countries lacrosse player with the National 2,000 former students, teachers visitors had travelled from was Lacrosse League for 17 years; and staff members to celebrate at a popular gathering space at Carolyn Neumann-Vanderburgh the Kitchener high school’s 50th Renfest held at the Kitchener (1986-1991) who is president of anniversary on June 4, 5 and 6. Aud on June 3. Dots on the the Kodaly Society of Canada and Throughout the weekend and map indicated former students an instructor at Wilfrid Laurier at every event you could see had come from as far away University; Jill Hennessy (1981 people laughing and reminiscing as Zimbabwe, South Africa, – 86) who became an actress and with old classmates, hugging Australia, the Philippines, Egypt, musician and in 2007 received a each other and catching up on Morocco, California, Mexico, star on Canada’s Walk of Fame the years they had been apart, Cuba, Jamaica, New Zealand, who released COMMUNITY NEWS - WEST and • DECEMBER 10, two 2008albums • 3 or screaming with surprise and Alaska, Hawaii, Iceland, British Ghost in My Head in 2009 and delight as they finally recognized Columbia and many countries in I Do in 2015; Darryl Fletcher an old friend. (1978-82) who is known locally Joy Hunt (Miller), who graduated in 1978, saved all her GRCI Europe. Whether by Ken Riley, who student cards and wore them around her neck to the anniversary Another popular gathering as Chef D and now has a popular found a photo of his sister in celebration. spot was the GRCI Hall of Fame. cooking show At Home with the 1980s decade room, or the Photos and descriptions of the Chef D on Rogers Cable TV; mother who told me she had to Road. The school’s newspaper class of ‘87 peers. Some of them I work of former students who George Michaels (1970 – 74) get a photo of the anniversary was named ‘Drumbeat ‘and its haven’t seen in over 25 years and have gone on to become famous who retired in 2015 as one of the choir because “I’ll never see yearbook the ‘Sequoyah’. Not of it was great to hear about their since graduating from GRCI longest running morning show this again” explaining that her concern in the 1960s, the image is lives. It was also a wonderful were posted on lockers along a radio hosts in Canada: Imad ...continued on page 8 daughter who is currently a now unthinkable and considered opportunity to share laughs and corridor including: Dana Ellis, GRCI student was singing with racist. A headdress and buckskin reminisce about our time as her son -- a GRCI alumni, or Joy jacket gifted to the school many students at Grand River. I have to Providing Insurance and Financial Services Hunt (Miller) a 1978 graduate years ago were thought to be say a few were surprised to hear who saved all of her student from representatives of the Six that I was now the Principal of AUTO • HOME • BUSINESS cards and then wore them strung Nations Reserve. Years later, Grand River,” Tyrrell said. “I am so proud of the staff and proudly around her neck, the and on closer examination by • FINANCIAL SERVICES Aboriginal leaders, the items do the school. The 50th Reunion well-organized event that was 450 Westheights Dr. Committee, the various sub two years in the making will not not appear to be authentic. (near Fischer-Hallman & Ottawa) Nicole Robinson from the committees and volunteers put in soon be forgotten. Angie Martens Degroot Angie Martens It began with a golf tournament Waterloo Region District School countless outside of school hours “LIKE A GOOD NEIGHBOUR, at Conestoga Golf Course in the Board’s Equity & Inclusion for almost two years to organize STATE FARM IS THERE.” Office (Aboriginal Focus) told and plan what turned out to be 519-579-0543 morning on June 3, and continued visitors that the school is built an absolutely awesome event. with the official opening ceremonies and the dedication of five on the sacred traditional lands of ‘decade lockers’, which house the Haudenosaunee, Neutral and people. Sheis news sang, memorabilia from each decade Anishinaabe ...because good news too! since the school was opened offered prayers and played a drum in 1966. The lockers will be a in recognition and acceptance of permanent display at the school. the spirit of respect, peace and friendship with which the school REPLACING THE MASCOT community offered its apology As though the GRCI motto, for mistakes the rates. past. Ask about(Strength our low, annual businessincard Potential Per Scientiam The school is in the process of Through Knowledge), was at 519-741-5892. Call Helen choosing a totally new image to guiding anniversary organizers, represent the Renegade name, the anniversary opening included which represents the values a ceremony aimed at making of Respect, Resilience and amends for the use of its former Responsibility in academics, Renegade mascot -- a picture of extracurricular activities or an Indian Chief with a feather governance. in his hair, bright red skin and Kitchener Centre MPP Daiene wielding a tomahawk. Vernile praised GRCI for its Members of the Waterloo efforts to restore its relationship Region Aboriginal Academic with Aboriginal people. Advisory Committee worked “I applaud Grand River with a group from GRCI to school for its efforts to rebrand create a plan for restoring respect the symbols of the school. It is and repairing the relationship only through education that we between the school and East Kitchener South Kitchener West Kitchener can create a better future for all indigenous people – one it hopes Canada,” she said. Call Laura Call Carrie Call Helen will set an example for other *** school boards across Ontario and 519.578.8228 519.897.6889 519.741.5892 Current GRCI Principal North America. Debbie Tyrrell, who is also a Just a few weeks shy of the GRCI alumni, gave an unique 20th official Canadian Aboriginal perspective on the anniversary. Day (June 21), the anniversary “I had a wonderful time provided a good opportunity to reconnecting with my former make amends. classmates and former teachers The mascot image was all throughout the weekend. At originally adopted because Renfest I was able to speak with the school was built on Indian and spend time with my own



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Letter toMedical the editor American Association issues statement on dangers of LED street lighting


want to bring this to your attention as it is precedent setting and the beginning Dear Carrie Debrone, of more to come I am sure. Light pollution I was pleased to in getthe your Kitchener Citizenexcuse (east edition) and found it is getting its time spotlight (please the pun.) quite I thankAssociation you for it. (AMA) released statement The informative American and Medical I just read yourdangers short article the natural gas rates warning of the of regarding high intensity (high CCTgoing and down too for residential customers. bright) LED street lighting. You write that Kitchener Utilities have a 2,100 cubic meter average use The International Darksky Association (IDA) has also annually for its residential customers. I still have an imperial gasmade meter, statement on the theconsumption AMA public which shows in statement. cubic feet. I have never been able to read even the references meter readers to have a that and LED as forstreet that matter, Ourmeter current lighting RFP theseem IDA. problem with it as well. Why else would the city issue a bill in the amount CBC’s The Current radio show recently devoted time to of $452? discussing the problems of light pollution. My January bill had been $222.16. February, $295.79, there I already sat Our Canada LPA (light pollution abatement) Chair, up andown took RASC notice, but then excused it by, the winter being especially harsh. Mr. Robert Dick, joins that CBC radio discussion at 6:40 However, when I received my March bill, I knew that something wasinto very the broadcast. of you may Robert Dick did wrong. I called Many the Utility Office andnot wasknow askedthat to take a piece of paper I did not a pen and read the meter myself. To this request I replied thatof a and presentation to the Region of Waterloo on the impacts light know howback to read the imperial meter and aside from that, wasn't my job. pollution in March. I had assisted in pulling thatitpresentation The ladythrough I talked to was very nicecontact and agreed send somebody outwork to do together my ongoing withtoRobert Dick and on LPA and work alongside the KW RASC. I will be making his presentation available on my website in the coming days if you should be interested in reading it. This AMA statement is currently being brought to the attention of the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Physicians Association on the Environment. The Canadian Cancer Society has also been made aware of new developments on the problems surrounding bad LED street lighting. With our own LED retrofit progressing it’s important for us As a relatively new arrival in Kitchener I've been exploring the tophotographic see yet again how poorly implemented night time lighting arts opportunities here and first impressions are very can have serious repercussions. While pleased thecommunity working encouraging. It's just not just in the tech side I’m of quality that the group Region and municipalities on our LED street shouldatbethe judged. A thriving Arts community usually does This can not always behave measured in the spectrum the living standard changeover chosen to financial use lower CCT as (correlated colour expectations of are(or remarkably low. temperature) ofartists 3000K less if possible) it was not always the We don't want that two bedroom house within convenient driving case. distance to the golf course or mall. Speaking as one of those underfunded Back in December of 2015 I discovered discussions independent art producers i'll when tell you I've lived inthe some very bad unfolding the past year for implementing 4000K LED lighting conditions just to be close to my working environment. An example being throughout Region and municipalities, I sounded themany warning when livingthe in my various illegal Toronto warehouse studios years before theywould were condoized. bell. This have been catastrophic long term and as some are basically twowe reasons artiststhe to full be inextend an area. slightly sayThere an experiment since don’tforknow of A damage compact arts community withlighting low rents and thenear availability of galleries or from altering night time to a day light colour venues to showcase the art produced. I have noticed that there is a vibrant temperature. Skyglow be less made worse (bluehard lighttimes. scatters theatre network here thatwould none the is going through The more easily) and the bio/eco effects devastating especially to music scene is really good with a solid choice of local talent that is well wildlife and nocturnal if notgenerally concerned about publicized by our a few local free environment publications. Radio follows the standard corprock but the University of Waterloo has an outstanding our own health. community station.of the 4000K LED plan I had set to work gaining When I learned The huge pool of university students to draw from for a vocal audience help associations and residents to speak up on the plan and withfrom somelocal disposable cash helps in keeping the cities vibrant toenthusiastic. use 4000K LED street lighting. I brought awareness The number of professional artists is still small enoughtosothe that plan. already had some cases in Kitchener where (really bad) they We know one another.

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5000K LEDs were approved and installed in new communities to unsuspecting and to families. another readinghomeowners and also promised call me back once this was done. It was the very next dayI that I receiveda her telling me that new amount Most notably, received lotcallhelp from thetheKW RASC owing was now $200.10,Centre a mere difference of $251.90. I only wonder how (Kitchener-Waterloo of the Royal Astronomical Society often the meter had been misread in the past. of Canada) and Waterloo Region Nature. The President and LPA My neighbours on either side have metric meters and I had previously Chair KW Director of to Waterloo could getRASC one thatand I would be able read. TheRegion answerNature to that asked ifofI the took the oftime submit letters against high temperature LED consisted a flattoNO. street lighting citing the increased damage to our precious which night The city had pre-authorized withdrawal privileges for 2004/005 they bungled so badlyspecies that I revoked that privilege. did time ask that office sky and alsoupdiurnal compromised by Iday lighting to please at night. send me a paper trail for my records which I never received nor didMany I get an answer to oftook course, onetocan forget about an residents ofmy therequest Regionand, also time send in letters to apology. councillors, mayors and chairs and even staff. I realize that it is up to your discretion to publish or not to publish my I’veHowever been chastised overto my to reduce pollution printwork it I would like to light warn my fellow letter. if you decide in Kitchener-Waterloo for many years. I know some choose "Kitchenerites" to be extra "vigilant" every time that Utility Bill arrives. to ignore me on the topic. Some have (not all!) chosen not to respond Respectfully, and not answer questions. Even currently, I have some staff that Ingrid Merkel ignore on the LED street lighting topic. While my outspoken messages asking for help and changes to reduce light pollution since 2008 may not be liked, I believe in what I do, continue to fight the uphill battle and I know it is just as important to see light pollution addressed as is recycling or conserving energy or not wasting water. Light pollution is a bio and eco problem that affects us all. Science and medical are proving this. With the American Medical Association releasing public statement on the hazard of high intensity LED street lighting and the numerous associations, scientists and doctors around the very impressed by the Arts office at City Hall and with how they provided world that have been saying this for a long time now it reinforces me with information about what was going on here. Those people in turn the need fortheir us toown start a fresh how can change have offered advice anddiscussion contacts, so on again twowe thumbs up for mindsets improve how we here in the Region and the level of and support they giveon each other. municipalities usealready artificial lighting at night. Itdoing makes sense Yes, there are many photographers thenonormal photographic the region, butisthe opportunity work with to ensure ourneeds LEDofstreet lightning safer while wetocontinue to emerging image companies like web designers, software allow new home and commercial builds animation to installhouses, and spill high producers,(rich locally firms, electronic images for at broadcasters intensity inbased blue)video lighting into our environment night. growing as the manufacturing base has declined. The live Other municipalities in Ontario and across Canada have already entertainment industries, local graphic designers and most especially the designed and implemented bylaws (controlling neighbour emerging gallery system bodes well for business opportunities, even inlight this trespass) downturn. and bringing awareness to how lighting at night can be a nuisance justis as much astosomeone disrupting the peaceestimate with loud Kitchener projected be growing by a conservative of 100,000 people blaring music over can the be. next 20 years and plans call for a big investment in Iconversions existing warehouse buildings studio style live work appeal to of everyone who has read this into far to continue pushing space. Technically the manufacturing base has downturned and left a lot for better when it comes to our LED street lighting changeover of empty buildings. and addressing residents use10and injectartists artificial at If out of those how numbers there are percent in all lighting media that night. Staying in the dark is no longer an option when it comes actually work at their art all of us are going to need some of this space to to curbing increasing problems light pollution throughout build up ourthe community. Artists, being of artists though, do not like to be told how to do things. The local government is working hard to reach that our Region. level where they can integrate the needs of the artistic community Shawn Nielsen seamlessly into their development plans. Kitchener

Just what makes Kitchener so good at Arts development?

We are quickly seeing astounding growth in the digital imaging industry. Fortunately, as a photographer who has been working in digital for years it helps me integrate my own work into video, 3D, web, advertising, etc. So I think, personally, the opportunities in Kitchener are n Friday, June 2016,being the the International Association of better than Toronto. An17, example cable TV (Rogers) that works Athletics Federations (IAAF) upheld the ban on Russia’s very hard to involve the regions schools and artisians in locally produced track and field team from competing due to systematic doping. programming. Let's not forget the that IAAF’s Kitchener/Waterloo wasright voted to thedetermine most intelligent We recognize independent the city andofspeaking as a newcomer is veryassessed evident the thatapplication the level of validity their membership. TheitIAAF professionalism is visibly high here. People waste little time and the and the actions of the Russian sports federation and determined welcome i've received in presenting my own portfolio to various galleries that they do has not been meet IAAF standards due tonice theevent use held of and companies warm and enthusiastic. A very performance enhancing drugs. We trust that the Russian sports in town is the quarterly parties at the KW regional art gallery. Mellow people whowill enjoy art meet otherall with cool jazz and somefor ambient federation adhere to each any and recommendations their dub from the djs. continued participation in international sporting events. With the projected growth of the regions artists in all mediums I have The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has confirmed found there are many dynamic, specifically targeted plans, by the their support for the continued ban oftothefoster Russian track and field municipal government in particular, a (relatively) large team. Furthermore, on June 21, 2016, the IOC confirmed community investment in development towards artist integration. Ithat was

Many studies have shown time and again how efficient an Arts based community can be. A planning group called The Prosperity Council specifically calls for a huge investment for artists and art based businesses to encourage them to choose Kitchener as a place to work. This is the first support forfound the IAAF’s the Russian and time I have a directeddecision approachtotoban our niche, but verytrack valuable segment of society. If even fifty percent of the plans get done it is still an field team. attractive placestated to build a career. The IOC that all Russian athletes wishing to compete Our image production now all individually pixels and with recent in Rio will need to be isevaluated for the doping by announcement of a new 5 million dollar Federal grant to establish a approved international authorities, and that those who pass the massive digital media centre in the downtown core, it offers unexcelled appropriate to tests will allowed to compete undersystems the Russian opportunities work withbe some of the leading edge image in the flag. In fact there are plans to make Kitchener a regional world. communications hub and that leads into possibility of thousands new Regardless of which country an the athlete competes for, orofwhich uses for my photos. sport they compete in, athletes need to abide by the rules and Thereparticipate is a very good internet system herehonour. and if you would must in their sport with This banlike is more good info just go to the net and most community plans are available. The next news for Canadian athletes and all athletes around the world three years will establish this region of one of the "Silicon Valley" inspired who compete in high performance sport, works toward examples of a thriving gateway of new ideas and Iand feel itvery fortunate to making playing field level competitors. be able tothe establish myself here withfor so all many other creative artists.

Opposition Critic for Sport supports IAAF ban of Russian track and field athletes


they would uphold the ban for the upcoming Rio Olympics. The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) also indicated their

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Crowds enjoy the Forest Heights Community Association Fun Day

On Saturday June 18, the Forest Heights Community Association (FHCA) hosted a free Fun Day at Forest Heights Community Centre. It included free rides for kids, activities, JP the DJ, candy floss, snow cones, face painting, tattoos, balloon animals, a barbecue and pizza. Above: It takes a lot of hours to put together a large community event like the FHCA Fun Day, from left: Program Manager and Fun Day Chair Deanne MacIntosh, Councillor Bil Ioannidis, FHCA Volunteer Coordinator Hilary Friesen, FHCA vice-president Doug McKlusky, and Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. Above left: There were plenty of activities for kids, including some cool temporary tattoos applied here by Drew Hasen, a FHCA board member. Below left: The weather cooperated for the FHCA Fun Day and lots of people enjoyed the sun and participated in the free activities that were offered at the Forest Heights Community Centre.

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MarketNEWS JULY – NOW THAT SUMMER’S IN FULL SWING ENJOY EVENTS OUTSIDE ON OUR PIAZZA AND SHOP FOR FRESH LOCAL FOOD AT OUR OUTDOOR SATURDAY MARKET. CANADA DAY & CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY Saturday, July 2, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Celebrate Canada Day outside on our piazza. Ride your bike to the market and check it into our bicycle stand. Enjoy breakfast or lunch outside on our community tables with your family and friends. Our International Food Court Vendors are open from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Play chess in the sunshine, enjoy live music, or get your face painted. PLUS: Be sure to visit the Market booth. We’ll be handing out 500 red and white Kitchener Market shopping bags to show our customers how much we appreciate them.


Tuesdays in July, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. DEAL ALERT: Bike to the Kitchener Market for lunch and receive a $5 coupon towards your purchase, courtesy of Bike Kitchener. Lunch is better local! Outside on the piazza, enjoy the weather while you eat your lunch at our banquet style tables. Challenge a friend to a game of chess and enjoy live music performed by local musicians.


Friday, July 15 & Saturday, July 16, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Join Kitchener’s artist in residence Sarah Granskou for a fun, family-friendly activity with natural dyes.


Saturday, July 16, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. While you shop at the Saturday Market you can also get your cooking utensils and tools sharpened to help make the perfect meal. Specialty items include: garden & workshop tools, peelers, paper cutters, pizza cutters, mandolin blades, food processor blades and florist tools. Check out their mobile sharpening on the piazza.

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by Harold Albrecht MP for Kitchener-Conestoga


n Canada Day, we are provided the chance to celebrate our country’s rich history and contributions on the world stage. In an everchanging world, it’s important to remember and celebrate our history. In 2014, we marked the centennial of the outbreak of WWI. As Canadians, we are blessed to live in a country that embraces values of freedom, democracy and rule of law. We get to embrace these values, because of the sacrifices of those who fought and died for them. An important example of Canadian sacrifice is D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. They represent a pivotal moment in history where Canadian and Allied forces stormed the German defenses on the beaches of Normandy. Canada played an integral role in the success of the D-Day landings with Canadian troops progressing further than any of their Allies that day. Their success came at a significant cost. Their brave and sacrificial service turned the tide of the Second World War and ultimately helped liberate Europe and the world from Nazi tyranny. This Canada Day, as we celebrate this great nation, we remember the tremendous service and sacrifices of all Canada’s Veterans. Then in 2015, we celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the Maple Leaf flag. Our most recognizable official Canadian symbol is our National Flag. However, did you know it took 40 years for our current flag to be adopted? Although the search for a flag began in 1925,

it took many years of discussion, thousands of designs, and heated debate in Parliament before the flag as we know it today was raised for the first time over Parliament Hill on February 15th, 1965. The anniversary of this event is observed across the country every February 15 as the National Flag of Canada Day. A professor at the Royal Military College in Kingston suggested a red and white single maple leaf design, as it could be seen clearly from a distance. In fact, vexillologists – flag experts – often cite the National Flag of Canada as one of the world’s most beautiful, based on its simple design and limited number of colours. This Canada Day, fly your Canadian flags proudly. Next year, we as a country will be celebrating an additional number of important milestones that helped shape us as a nation. In 2017, we will commemorate the 100th anniversary of valour at Vimy Ridge, along with 150 years of Confederation itself. As former Prime Minister Stephen Harper remarked, “These milestones remind us that our national story is deeply rooted in honour, in the great deeds of our ancestors and in a centuries-old, constitutional legacy of freedom.” This Canada Day let us celebrate our great country’s past as well as anticipate its wonderful future. I hope you can join me at one of the many celebrations happening around the Waterloo Region on Canada Day!

PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Raj Saini MP for Kitchener-Centre

Dear Friends, As this legislative session comes to close, I would like to take this opportunity to tell you a bit about the work I have done in Ottawa over the last few months. On the Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics Committee, I was part of a team that passed a substantive report calling for an overhaul of the ‘Information Act’. Members from all parties collaborated to come up with 32 recommendations designed to ensure that Canadians are able to access government information more quickly, efficiently, and more cost effectively. I am pleased to share that this was a unanimously adopted report. I enjoyed working with my colleagues from all parties to focus on the best interests of all Canadians. On the Foreign Affairs and International Development Committee, we carried out a study of Canada’s National Action Plan regarding women, peace and security. Reviewing this Action Plan helps ensure the success of our efforts to empower the health and education of women all over the world, while ensuring that women in peace processes are equal partners at the table. Studies show that the empowerment and education of women is the best way to promote lasting peace. Our committee also undertook a study of the countries which receive the most Canadian foreign aid. This review was important to ensure that the countries receiving

Canadian funds are able to use them effectively and efficiently to achieve targeted goals. The House of Commons also had a very productive first session. We passed a budget with a renewed focus on infrastructure and innovation. After years of minimal economic growth, our budget is giving the Canadian economy the jump start it needs while planning for Canada’s future. This includes a new focus on green infrastructure, green innovation and green technology. Our region stands poised to benefit tremendously from these investments. We also passed the Canada Child Tax Benefit which gives nine out ten families more money, tax free, to help with the costs of raising children. I am proud of the respectful, compassionate debate that we had in the House of Commons and in our community regarding Medically Assisted Dying legislation, Bill C-14. After much thoughtful discussion this Bill was passed in the House and in the Senate. I am excited to be back in the riding for the summer and look forward to meeting with as many of you as possible in my office and out in our great community. Please visit my website for more information on upcoming events and public consultation being held over the summer. And as always, if you see me, please come up and say hi. My office and I stand ready to assist you with any issues you may have. Wishing you a Happy Canada Day and a safe summer.

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PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Marwan Tabbara MP for Kitchener South—Hespeler


n Friday, June 24, I had the pleasure of hosting a discussion about Canada’s defence policy at a Town Hall at the Royal Canadian Legion, Hespeler Branch 272. An important part of our collaborative and transparent policymaking process, town halls seek to inform as well as engage everyone in the decisions that affect them. Consulting Canadians about areas where the government will soon take action is crucial to ensure that people’s opinions and concerns are being listened to. I heard many viewpoints at our pre-budget town halls on February 8 and 10, in Cambridge and in Kitchener. I also co-hosted discussions about medical assistance in dying on May 15 and 24 in Cambridge and Kitchener with my friends and colleagues, the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism, P.C., M.P. (Waterloo) Bryan May, M.P. (Cambridge) and Raj Saini, M.P. (Kitchener Centre). Following the summer recess of the House of Commons, I

am continuing to consult on a variety of topics. There will be town halls on: immigration policy with the special participation of the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, the Honourable John McCallum; electoral reform; climate change; Canada Post; employment insurance; the second phase of our infrastructure investment plan, and veterans’ affairs. Everyone is encouraged to participate in policy development and to contribute to the ongoing discussion about our political system. To learn about dates and locations of our next town halls, visit my Facebook page (facebook. com/marwantabbaramp), or my Twitter feed ( MarwanTabbaraMP). You can also visit my website (, where you can see notices of upcoming town halls or subscribe to email updates. I look forward to meeting you and hearing your views. Join the conversation. Engage in the discussion. Share your interests and aspirations.

built bypass, freeing up the Kitchener line for passenger service. This will help increase capacity and speed along the corridor. We’re also adding two morning and afternoon GO trains starting in September. And, also beginning in September, a new express GO bus service will run all day between Kitchener and the GO Rail Station in Brampton, connecting passengers to Union Station, in Toronto. A few days after this momentous transit announcement, I was pleased to deliver another critical investment – this one at St. Mary’s General Hospital. After bringing the concerns of area cardiologists to our Health and Long Term Care Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins, together we announced that Ontario is providing $7 million for a new electrophysiology suite. This will provide high quality care to complex cardiac patients. Successfully securing important investments for Kitchener isn’t always an easy task. You need to be tenacious. Sometimes, even a pest. But, in the end, it’s a privilege to know that we are building the foundations for a stronger, livable community.

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to those controlling the purse strings at Queen’s Park, that your community merits the investment. These ongoing discussions can take months, and sometimes years as you make your case to senior policy advisors, ministerial staff, and the Minister of the portfolio overseeing the expenditure. One can hope for a big ticket item during his or her term in office. But, in just one week, there were five monumental announcements for Kitchener. After advocating on a number of developments for my community, I was proud to stand by Premier Kathleen Wynne and Transportation Minister Stephen Del Duca to announce the province will fully fund a new $43 million transit hub to be built at the corner of King and Victoria in downtown Kitchener. This will allow commuters to seamlessly connect from GO trains and buses to Grand River Transit, and the future ION LRT service. We also announced that the province has reached an agreement-in-principle with CN Rail that will shift freight traffic onto a soon-to-be



erving as a Member of Provincial Parliament for Kitchener Centre, you soon find out that constituents reach out to you on two levels: the individual who needs help on personal issues, and then stakeholders who present broader community needs. I’ll call these the smaller versus bigger picture items. Every day, my dedicated staff are solving the personal concerns of local residents. Inquiries on birth certificates. Assistance on disability support. And, advice on navigating the Family Responsibility Office, just to name a few. But, then there are the bigger ticket items. Improving transit to and within our region. Investing in our local manufacturing and tech sectors as they create jobs. And, securing large funding for improved health care services at our area hospitals – again, just to name a few. During a four-year term, MPPs and their staff will solve many smaller personal matters. But, it’s the bigger items – the ones that can cost millions that are harder to deliver. You have to demonstrate,

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Coach, teacher Brian Millar retires after 34 years at Grand River high school By Carrie Debrone rian Millar has spent almost his entire life at school – Grand River High School. Growing up in the Stanley Park area of Kitchener, he entered grade nine at GRCI in 1969 and graduated in 1974. Hired by GRCI’s first principal Ross Shaver, Millar returned to GRCI to work following teacher’s college in London and three years as a supply and fill-in teacher at other schools. It was the beginning of his 34 year teaching and coaching career that would see him become one of the school’s most cherished assets. Ironically, this June was one of the busiest and most rewarding months of his whole career – a month in which he guided the GRCI girls’ soccer team to a bronze medal at OFSAA and helped to organize the very successful GRCI 50th



anniversary reunion that took place June 3 – 5. Dedicated and hard-working Millar found a way to cover both commitments on June 4 when the girl’s soccer team was competing in Welland the same day that the 50th anniversary dinner was being held. Millar’s brother, Gord, who owns a small plane, made the job easier. Millar had planned to drive to and from the soccer event, but his brother volunteered to fly Millar to Welland so he could be with the soccer team in the afternoon, and then fly him back in time to attend the anniversary dinner event. The plan went off without a hitch and Millar successfully made it to both events. “My brother even had a shuttle car waiting to take me to the soccer field that was about 10 minutes away when I landed,” he laughed. Although eligible for

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retirement several years ago, Millar, 61, said he wasn’t ready then and put it off until the end of June this year. “I love my job and being with the kids. It’s been really, really fun. I have so many good memories. I get up in the morning and I just love coming here. I never thought of it as work. It will be tough walking away,” he said. Aside from being a phys ed teacher, Millar has coached many school teams in his 34 year career with many successes. He formerly coached boys’ soccer, and for several years he’s coached the girls soccer team and the cross-country running teams, but he is most well known for guiding the GRCI boy’s hockey program to several championships. Under his watch the Renegades took 15 WCSSAA titles, nine CWOSSA titles and two bronze medals at all-Ontario (OFSAA) championships. Millar’s hockey program put GRCI on the provincial high school sports map and the school’s hockey team continues to be among the best in the region. Next year, Scott McCulloch will take over as hockey team coach. Kari Lewis will become the girls’ soccer team coach and Jennifer Roy will continue as the cross-country team head coach. The mild-mannered Millar said he leaves the teaching profession with the hope that all teachers will continue to lead extra curricular activities at their schools. “They could be involved in music, chess, sports or any clubs at their school. There is a need for all kinds of teachers willing to lead clubs and outside-of-school activities. It helps the atmosphere at schools and keeps up morale, and it’s really important for the kids”. “When I look back at what I did in high school as a student, I can’t remember what I learned in chemistry but I remember the teachers who were special, the ones that were fun and the ones that engaged with us in extra curricular things rather

Grand River Collegiate Institute phys ed teacher and coach Brian Millar was busy clearing out his memoriabilia-laden gym office as he ends a 34-year teaching career at the school. He is holding a soccer ball autographed by all the girls on this year’s GRCI soccer team, which won the bronze medal at OFSAA earlier this month. than just in the classroom. Trips are getting harder and harder to provide with lots of hoops to jump through to do them, but what they do for kids just can’t be replaced,” he said, remembering GRCI’s trips to Algonquin Park. “There were kids with us who had never been camping before. They came back and thanked us so much. You can’t replace that kind of learning,” he said. Contrary to some views popular these days, Millar also thinks that today’s young people are better than the students of the past. “They are more inquisitive and they ask more questions. They think about things a lot rather than just accepting what their teachers say. We have a way to go sometimes

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Quahwash) 2002 – 2006) who plays pro basketball in Europe and Asia; Tyler Miller (1999-2002) who is a 2012 Paralympic gold medalist in Wheelchair Basketball; Kelly VanderBeek who was an Olympic downhill skier and has been a sports broadcaster at the last three Olympics; Bill Barber (1966- 70) a retired NHL player who won two Stanley Cups with the Philadelphia Flyers and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1990; and Randy Stewart Rollo (1966 – 69) a well known singer, songwriter and musician for 60 years . He spent time with ‘Terry Fox’ on his ‘Marathon of Hope,’ and penned the song ‘So Little Time’ that was used by the Canadian Cancer Society, He’s

in the respect department, but teachers also have to earn that respect,” he said. A self-professed hard worker, Millar said he believes kids learn many valuable lessons from being involved with sports and physical activity. “I always tried to praise the effort, regardless of how they did at a sport. It’s that lesson of hard work that you can take with you into the other aspects of your life,” he said. Millar will take some time to travel in the next year, and to stay active and fit by continuing to run and play hockey, but he will also be returning to GRCI in September to volunteer his time as a coach for the soccer, cross country and hockey teams. “Because it’s GRCI, I will be here,” he said.

also the original leader/ founder of the ‘Randy Stewart & the Roadhouse Band’ (later became ‘the Roadhouse Band’) at the legendary ‘Lulu’s’ from 1984- 88 sharing the stage with music icons such as ‘Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Charles, Roy Orbison, Woody Herman and Chubby Checker. The anniversary event also included an alumni and current staff breakfast, school tours, decade rooms, music ensemble performances, volleyball, basketball, ball hockey and soccer games and a coffee house as well as a more formal “Saturday Night on the Grand” evening dinner and dance at Bingeman’s on June 4.

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Canada Day Quiz from Historica Canada 1. Who was Canada’s first Prime Minister?

b) High Flight

of Wayne Gretzky’s first professional hockey team?

a) Louis Riel

c) In the Trenches

a) Edmonton Oilers

b) Sir John A. Macdonald

d) Over the Top

b) Calgary Cowboys

c) Sir Wilfrid Laurier d) Jacques Cartier 2. Today, we know it as Ottawa. What was our nation’s capital called before its name was changed in 1855? a) Springfield b) York c) Unionville d) Bytown 3. Which Canadian city is known as the polar bear capital of the world? a) Timmins b) Iqaluit c) Churchill d) Moose Factory 4. What is the name of the sailing vessel featured on the Canadian dime? a) The Bluenose b) HMS Bountry c) The Bismarck d) HMS Beagle 5. Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae served as a medical officer in the First World War and wrote what is considered to be Canada’s most famous war poem. What is it called? a) In Flanders Fields

6. Who, in 1999, was the first Canadian to board the International Space Station? a) Chris Hadfield b) Julie Payette c) Marc Garneau d) Roberta Bondar 7. From 1867 to 1982, Canada Day was known as what? a) Dominion Day b) Confederation Day c) Kanata Day d) Empire Day 8. The stone figure on the flag of Nunavut means “in the likeness of a human” – what it is called in Inuktitut? a) Igloo b) Inukshuk c) Nanuk d) Otok 9. Which of the following Canadians is NOT a film director? a) Denys Arcand b) Norman Jewison c) Xavier Dolan d) Mordecai Richler 10. What was the name

c) Cleveland Crusaders d) Indianapolis Racers 11. Michaëlle Jean, the first Black Governor General of Canada, was born in which country? a) Jamaica b) Kenya c) French Guyana

ffices at Kitchener City Hall will be closed on Friday, July 1, but the building opens at 9 a.m. and the Kitchener Downtown BIA’s Canada Day celebration kicks off at 4 p.m. The event features the headliners The Glorious Sons, Modern Space, Jocelyn Alice and Kiki Rowe. Services normally offered by staff will be available again on Monday, July 4 at 8:30 a.m. Please abide by local regulations on lighting fireworks. Under the City of Kitchener Municipal Code, fireworks are permitted June 30, July 1 and 2. For more information on fireworks safety, visit www. POOLS Kiwanis Park is open from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. All outdoor pools are open on Canada Day. Special swims are as follows: Wilson Pool: public swims are 2-4:30 & 6-7:30 p.m. Harry Class Pool: family swims – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 5-6:30 p.m.; lane swims – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 5-6:30 p.m.; public swims – 2-4:30 and 6-7:30 p.m. Idlewood Pool: family/ lane swims – 12:30-1:30 p.m; public swim – 2-4:30 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m. All indoor pools are closed on July 1, including Breithaupt Centre. KITCHENER MARKET

Once-per-week lawn watering is in effect May 31- September 30. Remember that lawn watering days are based on the last digit in your house number. If your address ends in: 0 or 1 your watering day is: Monday 2 or 3 Tuesday 4 or 5 Wednesday 6 or 7 Thursday 8 or 9 Friday 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

d) Haiti 12. Which of the following was not discovered or invented in Canada? a) Blackberry phone b) Canadarm c) Telescope d) Snowmobile Questions sourced from The Citizenship Challenge, a program of Historica Canada. The Challenge asks Canadians to put their national knowledge to the test by writing a mock citizenship exam. Test your knowledge at www. Historica Canada is the country’s largest organization dedicated to enhancing awareness of Canadian history and citizenship, through programs such as the Heritage Minutes, The Canadian Encyclopedia and The Memory Project. Find out more at www. Answers on page 21.

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The market will be closed on Friday, July 1 in honour of Canada Day. It will re-open on Saturday, July 2 at 7 a.m. KITCHENER PUBLIC LIBRARY All Kitchener Public Library locations will be closed on Friday, July 1. They will reopen at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 2. COMMUNITY CENTRES All community centres are closed on Canada Day. THE AUD and ARENAS All arena facilities are closed on July 1, including the walking track at Activa Sportsplex and the administrative office and box office at The Aud. BUDD PARK Budd Park indoor field will be closed on Friday, July 1.

The following activities are permitted during the above watering hours for evennumbered addresses on even days of the month and for odd-numbered addresses on odd days of the month: • Watering of shrubs, trees and gardens • Washing of vehicles • Pool top-ups

Thanks for doing your part! For newly planted sod/seed lawns and nematode applications contact the Region for a permit. For more information: 519-575-4400 •

Reading the newspaper is a greener choice than you might think. We in the newspaper industry are committed to reducing our impact on the environment. We take our responsibility seriously, and our production processes are now more energyefficient and environmentally friendly. We recognize the importance of preserving and protecting Canada’s forests, and we only use newsprint from responsible producers that embrace 5 widely accepted sustainability principles in their forestry operations. For Canadians, this means that the forest industry plants more trees than it takes and it has successfully reduced gas emissions by 10 times what is required under Kyoto! And then, of course, there are your efforts. You’ve helped make newspapers a recycling success story by recycling over 80% of all newsprint in Canada. Thank you for your waste reduction efforts. We will continue to do our part to reduce our carbon footprint. There is more to do, and together, we can work toward sustainability. Because sustainability isn’t just another story to us. It’s how we’re shaping our future.

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50th anniversary of the Kitchener Minor Girls Softball Association


Kitchener City Councillor Kelly Galloway-Sealock throws the ceremonial first pitch at the Kitchener Minor Girls Softball Association’s 50th Anniversary celebration at its U10/U14 tournament in Kitchener June 24. Galloway-Sealock played in the organization when she was younger, and said it has been “many years” since she has thrown a pitch. She looked like a natural in the pitcher’s circle.



Kelly Galloway-Sealock presented KMGSA President Torstan Wandelt with a certificate from the city to honour its 50th anniversary. She spoke of the importance of volunteers who are the driving force behind minor sports organizations. Since its beginning in 1966 when the registration fee was $1 and 54 girls signed up, KMGSA has been providing a fun, competitive and safe sports environment for over 12,000 young girls in Kitchener between the ages of 5-19 years. KMGSA runs house league, rep and Learn-2-Play programs, Twenty-three teams participated in the tournament held on the celebration weekend at the Peter Hallman Ball Yards.

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Living for summer

ondering what to do this summer that’s close to home and free? Look no further. There are so many things to do for everyone, you won’t know what to pick first.

Try yoga in Victoria Park at noon every Wednesday until August. It’s free and hosted by Queen Street Yoga instructors. Watch for Downtown Live musicians and performers all through the downtown, Tuesdays to Fridays through to September. Cruising on King cruises to the ‘50s downtown with a new two-day event. The classic car parade and show will be on Friday, July 8, 3-10:30 p.m., with live music tributes to Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly. On Saturday, from 12-5 p.m., the party continues on Carl Zehr Square with vendors, food and live music featuring the sounds of Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and Jerry Lewis performed by tribute artists. Hot on the heels of the vintage cars comes the event of the year for motorcycle enthusiasts and concert goers alike. Rock and Rumble takes over downtown Kitchener for a fifth year on July 22-23. The weekend kicks off on Friday night with live boxing in the Ring

on King, starting at 6 p.m. After the boxing, Quiet Riot headlines the main stage with special guests, Helix. On Saturday, hundreds of custom and vintage motorcycles from across Ontario and the US rumble into town to showcase their bikes. This year’s headliner is Destroyer, Canada’s premier KISS tribute band. New this year is the Epic Food Truck Festival. Sample tastes from food trucks and craft beer in the licensed area. Proceeds from sales support programs and services offered by the Independent Living Centre. All events are free admission and all ages are welcome.

Join us each Tuesday in July for Discovery Square, a free program series focusing on STEAM – science, technology, engineering, art and math for kids. Stop by Carl Zehr Square (rain or shine) from 5-8 p.m. for hands-on activities and entertainment for children ages 5-12. Stage shows are hosted by Erick Traplin, with performances by Traplin or Ultimutts, from 6-6:45 p.m. Kidspark is fun, free and amazing! Celebrating its 28th year on Aug. 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Victoria Park, Kidspark is an exciting day full of activities, entertainment, music, art, crafts and more, including

Innovating public space


he design drawings outlining the vision for the future of Carl Zehr Square and the Duke Street entrance to city hall are now complete.

the Kitchener Public Library stage hosted by Erick Traplin and the Animal Kingdom stage. This year’s event also includes ImagineIt Kitchener Island, where you can explore youth literacy through fun, hands-on activities, including multiple story times, appearances by authors, crafts, games, and more. Bring it! Fill it! Drink it! Look for the water wagon, a mobile drinking water station, out at community events this summer. Remember to bring your reusable bottle to refill with free tap water. There is even a doggy bowl for our furry friends. For more information on the water wagon and event dates, visit online at Getting there Don’t let construction stop you from taking part in these amazing, free events. Follow us on social media for the best route to get downtown, or plan your route ahead of time by checking roadclosures. There are a variety of parking options in downtown Kitchener. For parking information, visit

Obey the signs

Last fall and again this spring, we reached out to get input from the public and stakeholders to learn what they liked about the current spaces and what they would like to see improved. People told us how Carl Zehr Square connects people – whether co-workers on their coffee break, hundreds at events throughout the year or tens of thousands at some of Kitchener’s premier events. They shared memories of times spent using the skating rink and how valuable a community asset it is. People did recognize that the square is starting to show its age and is in need of repair. They also commented on accessibility issues in Carl Zehr Square; the absence of shade and plantings; on the awkwardness of the stage; on the lack of flexibility to accommodate a variety of events and the desire to interact with the water. The proposed final design aims to address the feedback heard by creating a more functional space to support the many community and civic events and enhanced sustainability features that will help manage stormwater and reduce salt usage in the winter. It proposes a repositioned stage that improves access, incorporates electrical and a/v connections, and serves as additional seating when not in use. Semi-permanent umbrellas will provide shade and trees and shrubs in movable planter boxes will create a more comfortable environment for people to enjoy. People felt the Duke St. entrance is an underused space, but appreciate the quiet green space it provides. Accessibility concerns were also raised for this area. The proposed Duke Street entrance design includes upgrades to improve access and pedestrian flow, improve lighting and showcase historical artifacts. The final step before presenting the preferred options to council this fall is to get one more round of comments from the public. Visit to view the final proposed designs and provide your feedback. There will also be opportunities to provide input at City Hall. n

This is Tom. He’s 63, has five grandchildren and loves to golf. Tom works for Kitchener Utilities as a crew leader. One day, Tom’s crew had to close a busy road to attend to a short-term repair. At first, the crew tried to do the necessary repair leaving one lane open to make it more convenient for drivers. Unfortunately, they found drivers constantly driving around the road closed signs, going the wrong way down the open lane and even driving on the

sidewalks and on lawns to get around the work, putting the workers’ safety at great risk. In the end, Tom and his crew had to close the road altogether. He also called out the police to monitor the traffic; drivers who disobeyed the signs around the site were ticketed. Every year, eight roadworkers are killed in construction zones across Ontario. Obey the signs. Someone’s dad and granddad works here. n

Bike Picnic Day On Saturday, July 2, 7 a.m.-2 p.m., look for BikeCheck – like a coat check for bikes – at the Kitchener Market bicycle stand on the piazza. Shop at the market for fresh, local food! Dine outside with family and friends at our community tables. International Food Court vendors are open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be live music, face painting, balloons and more. n Long Table Tuesdays Join us on the Kitchener Market outdoor piazza on Tuesday, July 5, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. for live music and a friendly atmosphere for your mid-day break. Join a community bike ride and receive $5 off lunch at the Kitchener Market, courtesy of BikeKitchener and the market! Meet at 11:30 a.m. at Berlin Bicycle Café, 701 Belmont Ave. W. in Belmont Village. n

Lighting up your life R

eplacing high-pressure sodium (HPS) streetlights and exchanging them for full lightemitting diode (LED) streetlights is a smart move. Why? Replacing 18,325 streetlights saves more than $1 million in electricity usage annually AND reduces greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 500 tonnes each year. Smart, huh? The existing street light system is one of the city’s single largest consumers of electricity, using about 10 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually at a cost of about $1.4 million. When combined with the $450,000 the city spends annually to maintain the existing system, the cost to maintain and operate the current streetlight network is about $1.85 million annually. The expected lifespan of an LED streetlight is about 15 to 20 years, with most manufacturers offering a warranty/ guarantee for a minimum of 10 years. It’s a good move for taxpayers and also for the environment, and keeps

Cave-making and natural dyes Come help Kitchener’s artist-inresidence, Sarah Granskou, make a felted “cave” and dye wool with vegetable waste at the Kitchener Market on July 15 and 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Make puppets with vegetables Aug. 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and Aug. 20, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Join Sarah and her volunteers in creating a large cave for her winter exhibit at city hall. Check out more performances and workshops at www. n Live Music Saturdays Talented local musicians will bring live music to Kitchener Market every Saturday in July, from 10 a.m. to noon. • July 2: Jesse Webber • July 9: Jack Pender • July 16: Tim Moyer • July 23: David G • July 30: Loretta and Sandy Find out more at n

the city on track in its commitment to safer neighbourhoods and green infrastructure. But that’s not the only reason this change makes Kitchener a “smart city.” A smart city uses information and communication technologies to enhance the quality, performance and interactivity of urban services, reduce costs and resource use, and improve contact and service delivery for citizens. When the lights are replaced, we’re taking advantage of the ideal opportunity to install an integrated network with smart controls for the city’s street light system. Adding smart controls enables the city to regulate and monitor the street lights to provide improved overall customer service. Examples of this include: •

Identifying outages in real time through an automated process within the support software.

Having full control over the lighting system, which means that

individual through to network-wide lights can be dimmed or trimmed remotely. •

Adjusting lighting to illuminate roadways adequately without overlighting, which provides a better experience for citizens.

Smart controls also reduce electricity consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from streetlights by an additional 15 per cent.

Kitchener isn’t the only city doing this; the Region of Waterloo and all other area municipalities and townships within the region have jointly explored LED streetlight technologies and potential streetlight replacement strategies. An LED replacement reserve fund will also be created to fund the future replacement costs of LED streetlights, and $300,000 from anticipated operating savings will also be set aside to fund smart city pilot initiatives in 2017-18. n

City earns top marks in 2015 report card

Free or nearly free When it comes to free, or low-cost fun, there’s lots to do this summer . . . for everyone! Kitchener is a vibrant city with thriving neighbourhoods that all offer something for you to do. Whether it’s an indoor or outdoor activity, there are lots of fun activities and special events available that are easy on your wallet. Did you know that there are tennis courts, horseshoe pits and basketball courts located across the city? Or that you can play chess just outside city hall? There are more than 100 kilometres of community trails suitable for walking, jogging, bicycling, walking the dog or even bird watching throughout the city. Maps of the trail system are available at Huron Natural Area, a 107-hectare site located at 801 Trillium Dr., offers trails and nature-based programs for all ages all summer long. The city also has nine free splash pads, open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily until Sept. 20, and three skate parks at The Aud, Fischer Park and McLennan Park – these are free, but unsupervised, to use. The skate parks are open from dawn to dusk, seven days a week. Helmets are mandatory. Check out the webpage for a full list of activities and events. Printed versions of the free or nearly free brochure can be found at community centres and swimming pools across the city.

Kitchener council is bringing home a report card to be proud of in 2015, with its pursuit of safe and thriving neighbourhoods taking the top grade – an ‘A’ – for the work done thus far in building a comprehensive neighbourhood strategy. The report card delivers a letter grade for each of the city’s five strategic priorities: Open Government BStrong & Resilient Economy ASafe & Thriving Neighbourhoods A Sustainable Environment & Infrastructure B Effective & Efficient City Services B+ The annual citizens’ report card is compiled by Compass Kitchener, a 12-person citizen advisory group that advises council on public engagement processes to determine the community’s vision and strategic direction. Check out the full report card online at n

Imagining neighbourhoods With a little help I from our friends magine your neighbourhood ten years from now. What would it look like if it were up to you and your neighbours? What would it take to get there?

We’d love to know!

There are already a lot of great things happening, and by working together we can make our neighbourhoods even better.

As the city develops its first-ever neighbourhood strategy, there are so many great localized initiatives already underway, and funding available to make even more exciting things happen across Kitchener.

We want Kitchener to be home to safe and thriving neighbourhoods with vibrant public spaces, strong relationships between neighbours, and support for local neighbourhood priorities.

The city’s neighbourhood matching fund is a onetime grant to provide support to neighbourhood-driven grassroots initiatives. Applications are accepted year round, and funding is available until funds are exhausted.

We would love to hear from each and every resident on how we can build the kind of city that has everyone saying “I #lovemyhood”! Your participation is critical so we understand how we can support your neighbourhood ideas and efforts. You can get involved by:

“We are always working to improve our local neighbourhoods,” said Mark Hildebrand, director of community programs for the City of Kitchener. “We want residents to meet their neighbours and to be proud of their neighbourhood.”

1. Hosting a focus group. Invite your friends, neighbours, sports team, faith community, service club, or, well, anyone! We’ll provide everything you need to get started and even some free refreshments (but only while supplies last, so sign up quickly!). Visit lovemyhood to sign up and learn how fun and easy it is to host a focus group.

Festival of Neighbourhoods is another longstanding city-supported program that encourages neighbours to meet neighbours through a localized event. Festival of Neighbourhoods provides support, resources and ideas to help you take the lead. Invite all your neighbours together in a way that helps them get to know one another.

2. Sharing online. Give your input at Engage Kitchener. It only takes 5 minutes to complete a survey or share a comment on our ideas forum (via lovemyhood).

Once registered, your neighbourhood has a chance to win a $20,000 capital improvement grant, among other prizes and awards! Register your event by Oct. 5. Winners are drawn at the Festival of Neighbourhoods finale celebration on Sunday, Oct. 16, 1-3 p.m.

We are excited to hear what you have to say! Everyone’s ideas will be gathered into a series of recommendations to create the first draft of the Neighbourhood Strategy this fall. We can hardly wait! n

Wanted: citizen scientists Many bat species are in significant decline and disappearing from our communities. Bats can tell us a lot about the state of our ecological health, and are sensitive to changes in land use practices. As part of our commitment to improving and managing our natural areas, we are looking for citizen scientists to help us monitor our local bat populations. Do you see bats in Kitchener? Where? You can be a citizen scientist to collect information about these species and report your findings so we can use the data to develop management and restoration plans for our parks. All you have to do is borrow one of our handheld bat detectors for two-week periods between now and October, and: •

spend time outside in your neighbourhood or nearest natural area park, and

record the bats that you see using the detector.

The detectors record the sound of bat echolocation; this is the information we need. Learn about bats and bat ecology at a free public bat walk on July 23 from 8-10 p.m. at Huron Natural Area (HNA). We’ll walk the forests and fields of HNA in hopes of locating a few local species. All ages are welcome. Registration is required; there is limited space. If you are interested in attending the bat walk, tracking bats or being a citizen scientist, please contact 519-741-2600 x4177. n

To find out more about eligibility and guidelines for any of the city’s grants, go to n

Stormwater master plan sets priorities


ith 75 per cent of the urban area of Kitchener without stormwater (SWM) management to control flooding and water quality, a master plan to address issues before they become a problem is extremely important. Stormwater runoff is water that flows over hard surfaces (rooftops, driveways, etc.) and across the land. This water is routed into drainage systems and ultimately into our natural areas such as creeks, lakes and wetlands. Managing stormwater is necessary to control erosion, flooding, and water quality and to protect our watercourses. The city’s new stormwater master plan provides strategic guidance on how the city should manage stormwater over the next 15 years. The master plan, which updates a stormwater management policy from 2001, considers flood and erosion control, groundwater and surface water quality, environmental management and infrastructure. “We’re aiming for an integrated approach,” said Nick Gollan, manager of the City of Kitchener’s stormwater utility. “Where possible, improving stormwater facilities will be done alongside existing and planned city initiatives, so we can reduce overall costs.” The implementation plan, which will be developed for the fall, includes recommendations to introduce stormwater controls for private property owners in prioritized subwatersheds, as a pilot program within the stormwater utility’s credit system, focusing specifically on the industrial, commercial, institutional (ICI) and multiresidential properties within the city. For more on the master plan, go to n

Camps Looking for a fun summer camp for your kids? We have fun, affordable summer camp options for kids including half days and full days. Openings are still available; for a list of where, check out summercamps. Fee assistance is available for local children who would like to participate but may not have the full financial means. The participation card is valid for up to a maximum value of $62 per program per season for a child. n Sharpen up On Saturday, July 16, 7 a.m.-2 p.m., get your knives and tools professionally sharpened by Sharp My Knife on the Kitchener Market piazza. They’ll also sharpen garden and workshop tools, peelers, paper cutters, pizza cutters, mandoline blades, food processor blades and florist tools. n


We’re asking for your ideas on planning, building and supporting great neighbourhoods right now until August 12 as we create Kitchener’s first Neighbourhood Strategy.

Kitchener Rangers Fan Fest and Barbecue Kick off the Rangers’ 2016-17 season with fun, food and friends at the team’s Fan Fest and barbecue, in support of the Children’s Wish Foundation, on Sept. 4 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at The Aud. Meet the Rangers and enjoy inflatable games and rides! After the barbecue, the Rangers host their first exhibition game of the year. Tickets are available at the door. n By knitters for knitters The KW Knitters’ Guild features more than 70 vendors offering the latest products at its one-day fair on Sept. 10, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The fair, held at The Aud, includes a Micro Market, which showcases smaller local designers and knitting-related businesses. Admission is $7 per person; children under 12 free. Check fair/ for more information. n

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Planning an outdoor project this season? Obey the law and call Ontario One Call 1-800-400-2255 before you dig!

To the taxpayers of the city of Kitchener

It is important to make sure any underground lines are found before your project begins to prevent hitting a utility line. Should a line, pipe or wire be impacted by a dig, it can cause serious damage, and may cause you harm.

Please be notified that the city’s audited 2015 consolidated financial statements are available online at

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Top 5 tips on green binning in the summer by Kim Kitagawa Region of Waterloo Waste Management Don’t let hot weather prevent you from being green. Here are some tips: 1. Layer in! After you drain the liquids from your food scraps, bury them in your green bin between layers of paper waste (such as facial tissues or shredded paper) to help absorb any leftover liquids and keep your bin cleaner. 2. Chill out! Wait until the day before

collection before cleaning out your refrigerator. Freeze meat and fish scraps in paper or certified compostable plastic bags and add them to your bin on your collection day. Store your green bin in a shady area. 3. Freshen up! Use deodorizers such as baking soda, garden lime, biodegradable laundry detergent (without bleach) or white vinegar in your kitchen container and green bin.

4. Crack down! Naturally control any bugs. Cover maggots with lime, salt, vinegar or Diatomaceous Earth, a natural fossil product. Smear an essential oil such as citronella or tea tree oil which naturally repel pests on and around the lid of your green bin. Please do not use chemical pesticides. If your bin is cracked, please bring it to one of our sites when you pick up a free replacement (201 Savage Drive, Cambridge or 925 Erb Street West, Gate 1, Waterloo). 5. Curb more! Set your green bin out every week by 7 a.m. on your collection day, even if it is not full. Do you have a summertime tip? Share it on Twitter @ WasteWR, and Facebook Region of Waterloo Waste Management.

Reduce Our Wasteline in Waterloo Region National photo project captures Canada’s Golden Hour


n Saturday, June 4, Posterjack hosted a national photography project where over 100 photographers from the Northwest Territories to Newfoundland joined together to capture Canada’s Golden Hour - the magic hour shortly after sunrise or before sunset. The #CanadasGoldenHour project aimed to showcase the beauty of Canada and connect the story of its cities, places and landscapes at the same time across the country. Posterjack received images from rural towns to rolling mountain landscapes and vast city views. To view the spectacular work of these Canadian photographers, visit Canada’s Golden Hour microsite at ‘The golden hour is a magical time of day for photos and we thought the idea of photographers

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all taking photos at the same time across Canada was pretty special,” says Tim Faught, president Posterjack. “There is an ethereal quality to these photos that is really beautiful. “ Posterjack will host an exhibition to showcase the photos in Toronto, where featured photography will be available for purchase. As well, a book showcasing the photos titled Canada’s Golden Hour is available for pre-order on Posterjack’s website. All profits from the exhibition and photobook will be donated to the Nature Conservancy of Canada - a national charity dedicated to protecting areas of natural diversity. Posterjack is an online company that transforms Canadians’ digital photos into big, bold, vibrant artwork on canvas, framed prints, metal, acrylic, and wood prints.

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Over $5,500 was raised for HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre at the 7th annual Power of Pink Fundraiser at Colour Paradise Greenhouses on June 9th. This was their best year ever for funds raised. Sophie Bourdon, 11, of Mannheim, was one of the volunteers at the event serving food to shoppers. A portion of Colour Paradise’s sales went to HopeSpring, along with funds raised through a silent auction and a percentage of proceeds from vendors. Photo by Helen Hall

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The KW Viper U17 Boys Basketball Team won the Division 1 Provincial Championship in Newmarket, Ontario on the May 27-29 weekend, beating 55 other teams for the coveted title. It is the first Viper team in the organization’s 20+ year history to win the provincial title and it completed the task as an underage team (could have played in the U16 age group). The team finished 24-4 in Ontario (276 overall) that included 3 tournament wins and two 2nd place finishes. Seeded number one at the provincials, the team won its first 3 pool games by a combined total of 70 points over Scarborough Blues, Hamilton Wildcats and Toronto Fire. In the final, the Vipers beat #2 seeded Brantford 42-41 in dramatic fashion. SJAM Jr. Star (and WCSSAA tennis champ), Dragan Stajic, hit a step back 3 at the buzzer for the win. From left: Coach Locksley Turner, Branko Damjanovic, Tucker Sutton, David Peet, Gew Chuol, Cam Mehring, Layee Jabateh, Brandon Aultman, Dragan Stajic, Filip Cabrilo, William Urosevic, Coach Dejan Stajic, Jody Brown, Coach Bob Urosevic.

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Canada Inline representatives recently held a series of selection camps across the country where youth through to adult Inline Hockey players competed for the honour to wear the red and white Canadian maple leaf. Three KW Inline Hockey players received top honours and were selected as Team Canada members. From left are, Carter Buehlow, Emma Woolner Deakos and Eastan Eckert. Emma Woolner Deakos travelled to Roana, Italy on June 16 to tend goal for the Canadian Junior Women’s team at the FIRS World Inline Hockey Championships. On July 10, as members of the Team Canada U16’s, Eastan Eckert and Carter Buehlow will travel to Kapolei, Hawaii to compete in the AAU Junior Olympics. Woolner Deakos, Eckert and Buehlow play recreationally with the KW Inline Hockey League and also compete with KW’s Rage representative program, where they and their teammates have been successful in capturing a number of AAA international championships.

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Welcome to the Kitchener Citizen’s


Send an email stating “I Love Live Theatre!” and we’ll put your name in a draw for two tickets to a Drayton performance.

Winning tickets may be used for any performance at any of the following Drayton Entertainment venues, during the 2016 season:* • Dunfield Theatre Cambridge • St. Jacobs Country Playhouse • Schoolhouse Theatre • King’s Wharf Theatre • Drayton Festival Theatre • Huron Country Playhouse • Playhouse II

JUNE WINNER: Diane Fisler


or the 28th consecutive year, the Arts Awards Waterloo Region celebrated the work and achievements of artists in our community across a variety of disciplines. Held at the Humanities Theatre, University of Waterloo on June 23, members and patrons of the local arts community gathered to appreciate the world-class artists, dancers, writers and performers our region has nurtured. The gala featured performances by local musical acts Jesse Parent, Janice Jo Lee and James Downham. Recipients of the Denney award are: Corporate Arts Supporter Award Sherwood Lifetime Achievement Award Sue King Comcor Environmental Leading Edge Award Matt Weidinger Long & McQuade Leading Edge Award Vienna D’Amato Hall Leading Edge Award Alten Wilmot Leading Edge Award Steven Restagno


Literary Award Pamela Mulloy Wagner Livock Mentor Award Rufus John Cook Homes Music Award Kathryn Ladano Open Award Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery Hemmerich, Flanagan Performing Arts Award Nada Humsi Amy Hallman Snyder Textile, Fibre and Quilting Arts Award Kate Carder-Thompson Machteld Fass Xander Visual Arts Award Soheila Esfahani Special Jury Award Janis Price Special Jury Award Heather Franklin Festival or Event Award Mill Race Festival of Traditional Folk Music Scotiabank New Festival or Event Award FLASH Waterloo Region For a full list of nominees, visit www.

Artist Zhaoyi Kang created “The Well” in front of Kitchener City Hall on June 8 as part of the 2016 Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area (CAFKA), a free biennial exhibition of contemporary art in public spaces. CAFKA is a non-profit, artist-run organization that promotes art education through art exhibits, public tours and workshops, videos and public lectures. It was created to take the experience of contemporary art out of the gallery, to present it as a critical and integral part of community life, and to make that experience accessible to everyone. Meant to be a metaphor for the artist’s trapped identity at a time of transition from one culture to another, after he was finished building the well, Kang invited viewers to take a banana and dismantle the well to symbolize breaking down the barriers to that transition.


Forty local artists are honoured at the 28th annual Arts Awards Waterloo Region

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Vienna D’Amato Hall performs at the Summer Lights Festival in downtown Kitchener June 18. She won the Long & McQuade Leading Edge Award at the annual Arts Awards Waterloo Region. Photo by Helen Hall

* Tickets must be booked in advance. Performance dates and times are subject to availability. 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.

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Notes from City Hall that ensures the availability of jobs is important to you. As a six year member of Kitchener’s Economic Development committee, I don’t recall a time that our numbers have been better in this regard when compared to our municipal peers. According to Statistics Canada, local unemployment has rocketed from 19th to 4th lowest in all of Canada year to date. Our unemployment currently stands at just 5.5% and has dropped each month this year. For reference Ontario’s unemployment

is 6.8% and Canada’s is at 7.1%. Inflation While on the topic of StatsCan figures, I’d like to provide an update on the Consumer Price Index (i.e. inflation), now that we have five months of data. CPI inflation is important because Council has used this figure as a target for our budget over recent years. It’s not quite representative of escalating municipal costs, but it is reflective of yours, which is why I believe it’s an appropriate target. Ontario’s

inflation rate to date is 1.82% and although there’s still 7 months of data to be incorporated, it’s unlikely to deviate significantly. Back in Black On the heels of Kitchener’s 2015 budget surplus, the first in a decade, staff have projected a $458k surplus for 2016. There’s an asterisk beside that figure, as it is projected based on 4 months of data, but it’s rare that we begin a year in a positive position and an indicator of fiscal discipline.

July is packed with great events to enjoy in Kitchener! Every Tuesday night from 6 – 8, it’s Discovery Square in Carl Zehr Square. Free and fun hands

on science, technology and arts activities for kids aged 5-12. Cruising On King returns Friday, July 8. Classic cars fill King Street accompanied by live music on Carl Zehr Square. The Kultrun World Music Festival runs July 8-10 in Victoria Park, featuring local and international artists, storytellers, food, crafts and interactive activities for children. Downtown Kitchener Ribfest and Craft Beer Show July 15 to 17 in Victoria Park. Free admission, but donations to the Food Bank of

Waterloo Region are appreciated. Rock & Rumble on Carl Zehr Square July 22 – 23. Boxing starts Friday at 6pm in the Ring on King, followed by Helix and Quiet Riot in concert. Saturday at noon enjoy hundreds of bikes in front of City Hall, food trucks, craft brews and the KISS tribute band, Destroyer. Admission is free. Go to for more details. Our Kitchener Market is a Saturday institution, but enjoy their other events like Long Table Tuesdays. Tables are set up on the

piazza so you can enjoy your lunch from their International food court and live music. Centreville Chicopee Community Centre’s Splash Pad is free to enjoy daily from 9 till 9. Just bring your towel. You can report an issue or get questions from any city department answered by calling our 24 Hour Contact Line at 519-741-2345. I also welcome hearing your ideas and concerns. Contact me if I can help in any way.

Senior Government Grants. There has been a great deal of media in the recent budgets presented by the Provincial and Federal Governments relating to vast sums of funding to restore and upgrade municipal

infrastructure. To date there has been little or no action but many promises by the senior governments. Although these types of grants appear to be “windfalls” there are often many downsides. To start with it really only is your own taxes paid out of your other pockets; returning to you. It is always a “matching funds” formula which means that if you are granted $1 million you must find another million of your own money which never has been budgeted for these purposes. If you don’t have the money to take advantage of these “sales” you either have to borrow the money or postpone another higher priority project. Generally, municipalities are given a

very small window of opportunity in order to apply for the grants. There are always a lot of “strings attached to the offers.” Normally they have to be for an entirely “new project” which was not planned for that particular year. Thus, the processes followed by the senior governments in the name of their generosity lead to forcing municipalities to make bad business decisions. The grant process needs to be reviewed so that it acts as a help and not a hindrance in dealing with severe problems facing municipalities and their related organizations as well as many arts and cultural organizations. Recently the City of Kitchener had

an opportunity to apply for a $1 million grant. At that time I urged Council to allocate the grant funds towards the ageing infrastructure in our Water and Sewer Divisions. Staff with Council’s approval have embarked on a plan of increasing total water and sewer rates combined by 9.2% every year, compounded for a ten year period. It was my hope that by directing some of these “windfall monies” in that direction we would be able to reduce the huge increases planned for water and sewer rates over the next decade. I was unsuccessful in my bid with only Councillors Fernandes and Janecki supporting my proposal.

Doon Village Rd. Speeding has been a point of great interest in the community since the tragic deaths of two young men in March. I expect both of these meetings will be well attended. Given the speeding and traffic concerns voiced by residents, I have asked for speed detectors to be located throughout the community in the coming weeks. There are a number of solutions to reduce speeds in our neighbourhoods, but often the expectation is on our police force to change driver habits

through enforcement. It is a challenge to have enough police available to enforce speed limits throughout the entire Region, and is usually only effective while police are monitoring. This is why I am glad that our transportation staff will be looking at cost effective and community based initiatives that will help reduce the incidence of speeding in our neighbourhoods. Also, on June 22, a public meeting was held to share plans with the community regarding the implementation and creation of the

Battler Rd. snow storage site. At the time of writing this article, I remain concerned over the noise from emptying and amount of traffic the dump trucks will cause. I am interested in hearing the outcome of the noise study and the plans for reducing this location’s impact on nearby residents at this meeting, especially regarding a future response should the promised noise reduction not work as proposed. I hope to see you out this summer as I cycle throughout the Ward. I encourage you to contact me about these or other ward and city matters.

Laurentian Wetlands and Borden Wetlands are both great places to view a wide range of wildlife including bullfrogs, egrets and purple martins. In fact, wetlands are considered the most biologically diverse of all ecosystems. Additionally, wetlands moderate water flow, helping to reduce flooding and sustain stream flow during dry spells. Be sure to check out these natural wonders! School Safety Zone Speed Changes In other safety news, expect

speed limit reductions in front of most elementary schools this fall. The reduced speeds, combined with increased enforcement will help make school frontages safer for kids. A number of studies have shown that lower speeds decrease the severity and likelihood of death for pedestrians hit by a car. Any changes we can make to prevent or limit this kind of injury are well worth making! Summer Fire Safety This BBQ season, put safety first by testing your equipment for leaks.

Here are three steps to ensure things are in working order. 1) Clean: Use a pipe cleaner or wire to ensure burner ports are free of rust, dirt, spider webs or other debris. 2) Check: Examine the hose leading from the tank to the burners. Replace if cracked or damaged. 3) Test: Find leaks by applying a 50/50 solution of water and dish soap to propane cylinder connections and hoses. If bubbles appear, tighten the connection and/or replace the damaged parts and retest.

Employment Whenever we poll our residents, economic development has rated high as an expectation. Clearly a strong and resilient local economy

Two information sessions were held June 21 and 23 respectively at JW Gerth School about traffic calming along Doon South Dr and

Wonders of Ward 5: Laurentian Wetlands and Borden Wetlands One of the things I appreciate most about living in Ward 5 is our abundance of natural areas. The

Provincial government announces additional GO rail transit between Kitchener and Toronto

The provincial government responded to a call from municipal leaders along the TorontoWaterloo Region innovation corridor advocating for improved transit connections. On June 14, Premier Kathleen Wynne and Minister Steven Del Duca announced critical components that will help improve commuter rail service within this vital economic region. The province has secured an agreement in principle that will allow GO Regional Express Rail to be built along the Kitchener GO corridor and begin the planning and technical analysis to build a new freight corridor that will allow CN to shift most of its freight traffic freeing up capacity for more GO service between Brampton and Kitchener. They also announced an investment of up to $43 million to help fund the proposed Waterloo Region Transit Hub in downtown Kitchener. This integrated hub will make it easier for transit users to connect to GO rail and bus service, ION Light Rail Transit, VIA rail and local and inter-city bus service. In September 2016, GO will add two train trips from Kitchener to Toronto in the morning and from Toronto to Kitchener in the afternoon (all stopping in Brampton, Acton and Guelph). GO is also starting a new express bus service running all day in both directions between the Bramalea GO station in Brampton and Kitchener - timed to optimize bustrain connections. The Toronto-Waterloo Region corridor is the second largest innovation corridor in North America – next only to Silicon Valley. The government’s investment and support to improve rail transit that links Toronto to Brampton, Halton Hills, Guelph and Waterloo Region will help make the corridor a global centre of talent, growth, innovation and discovery. The government stated it believes that a strong Innovation Corridor is not only good for the community, but is also a key economic driver for the province. Two-way, all-day GO rail service linking Toronto to Waterloo Region is an integral component to creating stronger transportation links.

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Notes from City Hall

Dear Ward 6 Residents, Over the last year and half, major strides have been taken to establish a more comprehensive, thorough Neighbourhood Strategy

to promote Kitchener’s distinct and vibrant communities. Great effort has also been made to promote citizen engagement and improve connectivity. I have enjoyed taking part and promoting citizen engagement both in Ward 6 and the city at large; however, I feel there are a few areas that need consideration. I have noticed an increased frequency with residents reporting concerns about vacant, boarded-up buildings and undeveloped/vacant lots in our neighbourhoods. Even though there are only a few across the city, they tend to stand out and

overshadow the tremendous effort most residents take in preserving and beautifying their properties. Because vacant, boarded-up buildings especially can project an unwarranted negative image of a neighbourhood, I recently put forward a motion to council to address this. The motion directs staff to investigate the feasibility of incorporating requirements for vacant buildings to be maintained at a level that is in keeping with neighbouring properties beyond the existing minimum standard for securing the site. The City of Kitchener Property

Standards By-law review is currently in process, and is listed in the 2016 Business Plan. I saw this as an appropriate time to have staff review the best practices implemented by other municipalities to regulate the keeping of vacant buildings. This can play an important role in our current review of the City of Kitchener Property Standards By-law. By the time you read this, I hope my colleagues on council have shared in this concern by supporting my motion, which I strongly believe will help to enhance our neighbourhoods.

Electric Vehicles Kitchener is a forward-thinking city. We’re green and we’re tech savvy. So it’s up to cities like us to

lead the charge on promoting the use of electric vehicles. On June 6, I introduced a motion requesting that the Province of Ontario amend the Building Code to incorporate 220V outputs in all new buildings and major renovations to accommodate charging stations. The Province of Quebec is already in the process of making a similar amendment to its Building Code, and I feel that Ontario should follow suit. If we want to make the shift away from greenhousegas-emitting vehicles, we need to provide the infrastructure to make

that possible. Multi-use Trail A group of concerned residents and I have been advocating for a safe route for pedestrians and cyclists on Victoria Street between Eastforest Trail and Fischer Hallman Road for some time. A multi-use trail will protect pedestrians and encourage cyclists. The Region listened to our concerns and I’m pleased to report that work on the trail is almost complete! Working with residents and other orders of government to get things done is one of the best

parts of my job. John Darling P.S. Fun Fair On June 9, John Darling P.S. hosted its 27th annual Fun Fair fundraiser. As usual, there were games, entertainment and a raffle. However, the highlight had to be the “pie-in-face” activity - where else are you able to throw a pie in the face of one of your teachers? The kids definitely enjoyed themselves! Congratulations to the organizers on yet another successful event.

I had the opportunity in May to visit a number of historical cities in Europe during my vacation. I spent nearly two weeks visiting Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Salzburg and

a number of smaller towns and villages. I enjoy travelling to Europe to check out its beautiful architectural buildings that are some two, three, four hundred years old and older that have been saved and restored. Europeans are very much into preserving buildings and their history. In Budapest, I visited the Franz Liszt building erected in around 1850s where this famous composer had lived for his last ten years. The building, both inside and out, has

been preserved and is currently used as a museum and a school for music and art teachings - an arts hub. Students were coming and going and there was music throughout from lessons being taught. The building next door was an extension for arts groups. The same is true in Salzburg in the historic Mozarthaus where Wolfgang, that famous Austrian composer was born. The five storey circa 1720s building in the core of the old town is used as a museum for the history of his life’s musical works

but the balance of the building holds an arts hub and attracts groups who are arts oriented. In Vienna, a concert we attended was located in a large building converted to a music hall for some 200 patrons. The rest of the building was utilized for an art gallery and concert receptions in the arts hub of the capital. Yes, Europeans know how and love to save their architecturally historic buildings and convert them to be used by today’s society.

A few rogue, uncaring tenants should not be allowed to hold residents in decent, mature neighbourhoods hostage. But that’s exactly what has been

happening in the Mount Hope community in Ward 9’s Cherry Park neighbourhood where nightmare tenants have been thumbing their noses at neighbouring families as well as police and bylawenforcement officers. The out-of-control tenants and their frustrated landlord have, for many months, had a huge, negative impact on the nearby community and made lives miserable for dozens of intimidated families living in neighbouring properties. In addition to criminal activity and frequent police visits to the Mount Hope house, hydro was cut off when bills went unpaid and someone tampered with a

meter. Since then, nearby homeowners have been forced to put up with the smell, fire risk, and noise from a gasoline generator. Faced with this ongoing, worsening situation, I recently organized a community meeting at a neighbourhood church. At the meeting about 15 Mount Hope residents were updated on charges laid by bylaw officers and police. They were also told by police and the owner of the property about redtape eviction proceedings that can take months to process and complete. Residents learned that the problem house will soon be sold once tenants

are evicted and I’m certain legal proceedings will move faster now that neighbours have united and formed stronger partnerships with police, bylaw enforcement officers and myself. At the meeting, we agreed to make increased use of fire and property-standard regulations to step up pressure on the irresponsible tenants. Meanwhile, I’m convinced provincial politicians should study and take action on the ineffective Landlord and Tenant Act to speed up enforcement of painfully slow eviction proceedings that cause so much grief for neighbourhoods.

SUMMER IN THE CITY Kitchener is festival city in the summer! It was great to see so many of you out exploring the great events our community has

to offer, including: CAFKA.16, KW Multicultural Festival and Summer Lights. But that’s just the beginning I’m also looking forward to enjoying the many free events offered this summer, including Canada Day (July 1); the Kultrun World Music Festival (July 9-10); Ribfest (July 15-17); TD Kitchener Blues Festival (August 4-7) and KidSpark (August 21). Hope to see you there! WANTED: YOUR FEEDBACK The City of Kitchener is embarking on a community consultation to hear feedback on two related topics. The

first is about the best future use for the city owned former Legion Building at 48 Ontario Street. The second is to consider how best to support an arts hub that would provide muchneeded affordable space for artists of all different disciplines. These are related topics because we have an opportunity to see our own building transform into a thriving arts hub. An arts hub would enable artists to work, collaborate, and exhibit or perform their creations, contributing to a vibrant downtown. To take a real life or view a virtual tour of the

building and provide your input, please contact me. Residents of older, established neighbourhoods, take note: the Residential Intensification in Established Neighbourhoods Study (RIENS) is well underway. Kitchener is currently reviewing its planning and approval process for new developments in established communities. I encourage you to find out more details at www.kitchener. ca, keyword search “RIENS”. If you have feedback, please get in touch with staff or myself.

HAPPY CANADA DAY! On Friday, we’ll all be celebrating Canada’s 149th birthday! For a relatively young country, we have done great things and have a lot to be proud of! Most of all, we can be proud of the fact that we have brought people together from all over the world, learned the best from each other and created this incredible mosaic we call Canada – a country where we celebrate being Canadian by also celebrating the cultures where we came from. Happy birthday you Ol’ True North, Strong and Free nation! As we get ready to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday next year, I’d love to hear your thoughts on how Kitchener should celebrate Canada’s birthday next year! Please email me at mayor@kitchener. ca. #2WAD GO TRANSIT ANNOUNCEMENT I was pleased to join Premier Kathleen Wynne, Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca, MPP Daiene Vernile and other provincial and local politicians a couple of weeks ago as the Premier announced significant investments for our community. First of all, the province announced that an agreement had been reached in principle with CN for about 30km of track between Bramalea and Georgetown. This agreement was key to unlock the logjam in the corridor between freight and passenger rail. Without it, 2-way, all-day Go Transit would be a pipedream. With it, the province can start design work and then construction to improve capacity on the Kitchener GO Transit line. Next, they committed $43 million to our regional multi-modal transit facility. Third, they confirmed that the 2 previously announced additional morning outbound and evening inbound Go Trains would start this fall. And in the meantime, they are also starting an express Go Bus/Go Train service from Kitchener to Toronto via Bramalea this fall to support local business until the rail service can be implemented over the next several years! These four announcements are extremely important for our local economy and for that we are extremely appreciative. We also look forward to work with our community partners and the provincial government to see the next phases proceed as quickly as possible. LOCAL ATHLETES SHINING ON WORLD STAGE Congratulations to Kitchener raised, Jamal Murray who last week became the first person from Kitchener I believe to ever be drafted to the NBA. Jamal was the 7th round draft pick and will be going to Denver to play with the Denver Nuggets. Congrats Jamal – our community is extremely proud of you! Congrats also to Kitchener’s own Mandy Bujold who will be going to Rio next month to compete for the gold in Women’s Boxing. Mandy has made Kitchener home for the past many years and we’re extremely proud of her and send our collective best wishes for success to not only her but all the athletes from Waterloo region and Team Canada who will be competing in Rio 2016!

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


The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper By Phaedra Patrick REVIEWED BY:

Sharron Smith Manager, Bibliographic Services

In her debut novel, author Phaedra Patrick takes readers into the heart and soul of a 40-year marriage. Widower Arthur Pepper, still mourning his late wife, decides the time has come to sort through her belongings on the first anniversary of her death. Needless to say, after 4 decades of marriage, this is sure to be a daunting task, and Arthur struggles with where to begin. It’s during this process that Arthur discovers, hidden in a boot, a gold charm bracelet, a piece of jewelry he never saw his wife wear. Curious to learn both the significance of the bracelet, as well as the secrets behind each of the charms, Arthur needs to understand why his wife kept it hidden, as well as how and why each of the charms had meaning for her. As he begins his journey into his wife’s past, Arthur questions whether he ever actually knew who his beloved wife was, and whether their marriage was the relationship he thought it was.

The bracelet takes him on a journey into his wife’s life before they met and married, winding from India, to London and Paris. Along the way, Arthur is helped by people from his wife’s past, his grown children, and a slightly meddlesome neighbour. It is with the help and kindness of all of those around him that Arthur slowly begins a transformation from a reclusive existence to one filled with hope and a bright future. Filled with emotion, this is a story for anyone who has experienced love and loss and Arthur’s quest into the past shows what true love really is. This charming, heart-warming tale will be enjoyed by fans of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce or A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. This book is available in both regular and large print.

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

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR K-W SOCIETY OF ARTISTS ANNUAL ART SHOW – at the Waterloo Community Arts Centre (The Button Factory). 25 Regina Street S Waterloo on until Sat. July 23. Runs Mon. to Fridays 10am to 5pm and Saturdays noon to 4pm. Meet the artists. Refreshments. 2016 SHINERAMA CAMPAIGN - July 10th. Watch for volunteers collecting donations for Cystic Fibrosis as part of the Volunteer Summer Challenge where orientation volunteers from Wilfrid Laurier University go out into the community to raise money and awareness to fight CF (rain or shine). FOOD TRUCKS - The Erb strEAT Food Truck event ( with at least 5 trucks) will be held at Parkminster United Church, 275 Erb Street East, EVERY WEDNESDAY from 4 -- 8pm until September 14. EVENT AT MAXWELL’S - Fanfare Ciocarlia & Adrian Raso will appear as part of the Devil’s Tale Tour at Maxwell’s, 35 University Ave E, Waterloo on July 5. Tickets, $20 in advance/ $30 at the door available at Doors open at 7pm. UPTOWN WATERLOO JAZZ FESTIVAL – July 15, 16 and 17 in uptown Waterloo. Free music festival encouraging all genres of jazz. In its 24th season, it is expected more than 35,000 enthusiastic festival goers will visit. Features vendors, workshops and 17 performers including Dione Taylor and the Backsliderz, The Heavyweights Brass Band, Michael Kaeshammer and the Toronto Jazz Orchestra among others on the main stage at Waterloo City Centre parking lot. For more information and performance schedule visit NERUDA ARTS KULTRUN FESTIVAL - Festival At Victoria Park: Neruda Arts’ Kultrún World Music Festival July 9-10, 12pm onwards, Victoria Park, Downtown Kitchener (FREE). Local, national, and international world music bands, activities for kids, food and craft market, beer garden. Info & Schedule: Festival Gala: Neruda Arts’ Kultrún World Music Festival Gala July 8th, 8pm at TheMuseum, 10 King St West, Downtown Kitchener featuring Afro-beat artist Elida Almeida and

Turkish flamenco by Juneyt and Band. Tickets: $30 Advance $35 Door | Student/Senior 65+ $20 Advance $25 Door. Tickets & Info: or at Kultrún Market 8 Regina St North, Waterloo KWAG’s 60th ANNIVERSARY OPEN HOUSE – 2016 marks 60 dynamic years since KWAG was created in 1956. Mark Saturday, 16 July on your calendar, and bring the whole family to KWAG’s 60th Anniversary Open House from 12 to 5 pm. There will be the kind of specially devised art activities you’ve come to love at our programs; there will be an actual cake with the requisite sixty candles; and best of all, there will be a Corn Roast conducted by artist Ron Benner all at the KW Art Gallery, 101 Queen Street N. (inside Centre in the Square) 519579-5860, DIVERSECITY TOASTMASTERS CLUB - Do you have trouble finding the right words when speaking to a group? Need a career boost? Want to polish your presentation skills? Toastmasters is the place for you. Learn communication, leadership and presentation strategies in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. DiverseCity is a new club and is open to all. It runs Mondays, 7 - 8:30 pm at Kitchener City Hall, the Conestoga Room. For more information contact Georgina Green, 519-743-7655 or ADULT DAY PROGRAM - Did you know Trinity Village has an Adult Day Program for seniors wishing to socialize with other seniors? The cost is just $8 per day and the program runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am to 1 pm, at Trinity Village Care Centre, on Kingsway Drive, near Fairview Park Mall. Self-referrals welcome or contact CCAC, 519748-2222. For more information call the Day Program Coordinator at 519-893-6320 ext. 235. COMMUNITY SUPPORT CONNECTIONS EVENT - The Mayor’s Souper Sampler Meals on Wheels event will be held at Cambridge City Hall, 50 Dickson Street, Cambridge on October 22 from 10am – 2pm. Local restaurants and caterers donate a variety of soups, sides and desserts for 500 attendees who

have the opportunity to vote for their favourite soup. Funds raised support clients of Community Support. $5 at the door includes two samples. For more information visit https://soupersampler. ALZHEIMER SOCIETY WATERLOO WELLINGTON EVENTS - Coffee Break - You can support the Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington by hosting a Coffee Break, or by hosting your own event of any kind. Community partners have supported the society in many creative ways, such as dress-down days, game nights, garage and bake sales, and many other kinds of events. MAKE NEW FRIENDS WITH BETA SIGMA PHI - Are you a woman looking for new friends and fun things to do? Do you enjoy a social, community serviceoriented group? If so, you might be interested in our Beta Sigma Phi chapter. Beta Sigma Phi is an international women’s friendship network. For more information about Beta Sigma Phi visit the international website: www. There are 200 members in KW alone. Our chapter of 8 women has members in our mid 30s and early 40s, mostly married, with small children. We meet twice a month May – Sept. and plan socials throughout the year too. Email betasigmaphiKW@ for more information. REEP OFFERS HOME RETROFIT COACH - REEP Green Solutions has a Home Energy Catalyst program. Homeowners now have access to the free services of its knowledgeable Retrofit Coach to guide them through the process of making their home more energy efficient. The coach will provide expertise and advice where it’s needed along the way, from prioritizing renovations and hiring contractors, to evaluating completed work and considering next steps. Want to upgrade your drafty home? Want to avoid rising energy costs? We want to hear from you! Please contact coach@ for more details. REEP is pleased to be working on this project with its partners Mindscape Innovations and Scaled Purpose.

Historica Canada Day Quiz Answers...from page 9 1. B) Sir John A. Macdonald 2. D) Bytown 3. C) Churchill 4. A) The Bluenose 5. A) In Flanders Fields 6. B) Julie Payette

7. A) Dominion Day 8. B) Inukshuk 9. D) Mordecai Richler 10. D) Indianapolis Racers 11. D) Haiti 12. C) Telescope

Community Faith Listings St. Georges of Forest Hill Anglican Church

321 Fischer-Hallman Road, Kitchener 519-744-4751 Sunday Service 8:15am Holy Eucharist 10:00am Holy Choral Eucharist with Sunday School and Nursery Wednesday 10:00am Healing Service email:

Calvin Presbyterian Church

248 Westmount Rd. E., Kitchener (519) 744-4061 Minister: Rev. Frank Szatmari Sunday Service: 10:15 a.m. Nursery and Sunday School provided

Faith Lutheran Church

247 Westmount Road East (Enter off of Village Road) Divine Service - 8:15am and 10:45am Sunday School and Bible Study - 9:30am to 10:30am (519) 745-6422 or

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Kitchener’s Neighbours Day event is growing in popularity

eighbours Day activities spread to more sites this year, with 32 registering to take part. The second annual Neighbours Day was held on June 11. Nine of the new events were a direct result of neighbourhood initiatives that included residents, organizations and neighbourhood associations. Neighbours Day began in June 2015 with the goal to connect neighbours with resources and information about programs and services available in the city, while providing an opportunity for neighbours to build a greater sense of belonging with other members of the community. This year, the event has grown to include many grass roots events hosted by community partners including the Kitchener Public Library, Boardwalk Neighbourhood Association, Huron Com-

munity Association, Settler’s Grove & Deer Ridge Neighbourhood Association, Mattamy Wildflowers Community, Wilson Education Centre, First Mennonite Church and the Westmount Neighbourhood Association. Festivities begin as early as 8:30am at the Downtown Community Centre, where a pancake breakfast was served until quantities ran out. Events continued throughout the day until sundown, with times varying by location. Mayor Berry Vrbanovic served breakfast at the Downtown Community Centre at 8:30am and visited 11 other events over the course of the day. Neighbours Day was supported by title sponsor, Your Neighbourhood Credit Union, presenting sponsors 96.7 CHYM, 106.7 Country and 570 News, and print sponsor Kitchener Citizen.

Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic unveiled the city’s newest pubic art sculpture “City on Stilts” installed at the Mill-Courtland Community Centre at the second annual Neighbours Day. From left: Kitchener councillor Frank Etherington, Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, artist Maca Suazo, Kitchener Centre MP Raj Saini, Pamela Rajas.


Permission to play inside.

“The Buddy Choir” directed by Kali Kay, performed at the Neighbours Day celebrations at Stanley Park Community Centre June 11. The choir, which started in 2007, is sponsored by the Waterloo Region Down Syndrome Society. The 30-member choir performed in Montreal in May at the society’s national conference.

Find Your Adventure Downtown DOWNTOWNKITCHENER.CA

From left: Andrew and Anthony Stevens get help from Karen Buhr planting bean seeds at the Country Hill Library on Block Line Road.

Polercise instructor Dee Kennedy walks with William Snatyriski at the Rockway Centre on King Street East.

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At left, top: Shauna Felix holds her daughter, Brittany, 2, to meet Kirby the Your Neighbourhood Credit Union mascot during Neighbours Day celebrations June 11 at Mill-Courtland Community Centre in Kitchener. At left, bottom: The El Salvador traditional dance group ‘Generciones’ performed at the First Mennonite Church, 800 King Street East, on Neighbours Day. The group, made up of 10 adults and about 10 children, practise every Tuesday at the church. At top: Josh Rinz, Community Outreach Coordinator for the KW Humane Society, and his dog Wee Chee, a Boston Terrier mix, greeted visitors at the pancake breakfast at Kitchener’s Downtown Community Centre on Neighbours Day.



• Title Sponsor: Your Neighbourhood Credit Union • Presenting Sponsor: 570 News, CHYM 96.7, Country 106.7 • Contributing Sponsor: Kitchener Citizen • Contributing Sponsor: Kitchener Honda

• Catch the Fire Kitchener • Cedar Hill Community Group • Centreville Chicopee Community Association • Chicopee Ski and Summer Resort • Coalition of Muslim Women of KW • CrossFit Kitchener • Dettweiler’s Sausage • Doon Pioneer Park Community Association • Doon Presbyterian Church


PA R T N E R S !

• Downtown Community Centre Senior Advisory Council • Dutchie’s Fresh Market • EMS • Erb & Erb Insurance Brokers Ltd • First Choice Haircutters • Forest Hill United Church • Game Asylum • Gathering Church • Grandview Baptist Church • Highland-Stirling Community Group • House of Friendship • Huron Community Association

• Jackie Watson • Jane Lapierre • Kingsdale Neighbourhood Association • Kitchener Market • Kitchener West Optimist Club • KW United FC • Landmark Cinemas • Lene Sunglasses • Libro Credit Union • M&M Meats • Menchies Frozen Yogurt • Mill-Courtland Neighbourhood Association • OK Tire

More than 6000 people came out for the 2nd annual Neighbours Day, held at locations across Kitchener, on June 11, 2016. This event was a huge success due to the many sponsors, partners, and volunteers that made this special day possible. Everyone involved with this event made an impact on neighbourhoods across the city, and we want to thank you for all your hard work. We truly could not have done this without you.

• Optimist of Kitchener West • Pathways Community Church • Radiant City Church • Revera Retirement Living • Rockway Advisory Council • Scholars Choice • Sherwood Systems • South West Optimist Club • Stanley Park Community Association • Steckle Heritage Homestead • The Home Depot • The Kitchener Rangers • Tracey Valko Dominion Lending Centre

• Una Free Methodist Church • United Way • University of Waterloo Science Outreach • Victoria Hills Neighbourhood Assoc • Victoria Park Neighbourhood Association • Waterloo Regional Police • Williamsburg Community Association • WMB Church • Your Neighbourhood Credit Union • Zehrs

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NEW WEBSITE check it out!

www. 1400 Ottawa St. South at Fischer-Hallman Rd.