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Resident group researching idea for a new leash-free community dog park By Carrie Debrone good crowd of people and their pets had a dog gone good time at Kitchener’s Knollwood Park event June 25, when a group of residents from the Auditorium and Central Frederick neighbourhoods hosted The Dogs of East Ward: A Canada 150 Celebration. Invited to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial, the first 150 dogs received goodie bags and ‘Canada 150’ bandanas. The event was both a unique way to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation and to discover if people in the area want a leash-free dog park in their community. “It started with the idea that we could have a party for area children and families to celebrate Canada’s 150th, and then the idea just came to me that we could stick with the 150th theme and try to attract 150 dogs and their owners and centre the event around them,” said group member Susan Fulop. The event included an afternoon mass pack walk, a group photo, a vet who answered questions about dog health, plastic pools for the dogs to cool off in, and crafts for all ages, including one that allowed owners to design their own dog bandana. Visitors were asked to bring a donation for the food bank or an item needed by the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society. Visitors could also fill out a survey that


asked if they were interested in having a dog park in their community. Results from the survey were not known by the Kitchener Citizen’s press deadline. “We don’t know what the results from the survey will be. It could be that only a few people are interested in the idea, or there may be tons of people interested,” said event organizer Donna Cassidy, while helping to stuff goodie bags for the event on the Thursday before the event. About two months ago, Heinz Koller, another member of the group, developed a “dog density” map using word of mouth, email and a Facebook page. It maps out the homes in the area that have dogs to get an idea of how many pet dogs there are in the two neighbourhoods. So far, map results show 60 to 70 dogs in his neighbourhood, but he said it is far from complete and continues to be a work in progress. Both Koller and Fulop agree that dogs are great community connectors. “I think there are 11 dogs on my block of 12 houses alone,” Fulop said. “You meet a lot of people when you walk your dog,” said Koller, who owns a Shepherd-Chow cross named Jace, and who admits to usually not being very social. “I wouldn’t have met half of my neighbours if I didn’t walk the dog,” he laughed. “I’ve talked to a lot of dog owners in the area, and a lot of them tell me what ...continued on page 2

Members of a neighbourhood group organizing the Dogs of East Ward: A Canada 150 Celebration stuffed goodie bags that were given to the first 150 dogs who arrived at the sesquicentennial event held June 25 at Knollwood Park in Kitchener. The event was both a unique way to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary and a way to discover if people in the area want a leash-free dog park in their community. From left: Donna Cassidy, Susan Fulop, Martha Kalyniak, Heinz Koller.

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hree more Canadian Prime Minister sculptures will join Sir John A. Macdonald and be installed on The Prime Ministers Path in Baden during 2017, Canada’s Sesquicentennial year. The Prime Ministers Statue Project group and the Township of Wilmot are working together to have a bronze statue of all Canadian Prime Ministers installed at Castle Kilbride in Baden. A statue of William Lyon Mackenzie King of Kitchener (formerly Berlin), who was Canada’s longest serving Prime

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Wilmot sculptor Ruth Abernethy with her bronze statue of Sir John A. Macdonald that was unveiled at a Kitchener Rangers game in January 2015, to celebrate the 200th birthday of Canada’s first prime minister.

Minister, will be unveiled on June 29 at 6pm, along with Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson, who was Canada’s prime minister for its 100th birthday. The statues will be unveiled on the northeast lawn of the Wilmot Township Administration Complex, which is located behind Castle Kilbride. The sculpture of Prime Minister Lester “Mike” Pearson, entitled “Big Shoes”, is one of the works being installed beside Castle Kilbride. It will be the second piece in the collection by Wilmot Township artist Ruth Abernethy who created the inaugural sculpture of Sir John A. Macdonald that was unveiled on Canada Day, 2016. Nearby, visitors will be able to explore “A Meeting of Minds” by Newfoundland sculptor Morgan Macdonald. It depicts Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King in attendance at the Quebec Conference during World War II. In early November, “The Confident Patriot”, a sculpture of Sir Robert Borden, who was Canada’s Prime Minister during World War I, will be unveiled. This bronze work is currently being created by Nathan Scott in his studio near

Victoria, British Columbia. All three sculptors will be in attendance at Castle Kilbride on the evening of June 29. Plans call for New Brunswick artists Darren Byers and Fred Harrison, and for Alberta artist Alan Henderson to complete works for the collection in 2018. All sculptures on The Prime Ministers Path are life size and invite viewers to interact with the subjects. The poses of the figures and their ground level installations allow viewers to get up close and interact with the figures or perhaps take some selfies. In addition, every sculpture has “Easter Eggs”, subtle carvings and symbols relating to the prime ministers’ lives, embedded on some surfaces. The unveiling of the Lester Pearson and Mackenzie King sculptures will be part of an evening warm-up to the July 1 weekend and sesquicentennial celebrations in Wilmot Township. Following the unveiling, guests are invited to bring lawn chairs and attend the first outdoor concert in the summer series at Castle Kilbride. It will feature the Shananigans performing a lively all-Canadian program.

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Dog park study...from page 1


a great thing it would be to have a dog park.” Fulop said, adding that research has shown that off-leash parks allow dogs to socialize more and get more exercise (and in a shorter time) than just walking. Fulop said it would also be great to be able to walk to a dog park instead of having to drive to one. Currently only two leash-free dog parks exist in Kitchener – at McLennan Park and at Kiwanis Park. Fulop pointed out that access to the Kiwanis Park location is down a lengthy path, so for seniors, anyone in a wheelchair

or with other physical challenges, it can be difficult to get to. The neighbours group has a few ideas where an off-leash park could be established in their neighbourhood, but they are not ready to discuss possible locations yet. “We want to hear from dog owners and from people who don’t have dogs,” Cassidy said. A lot of groundwork has yet to be done - and the first order of business is to find out if there is an appetite for a community dog park, or whether it will be a bone of contention.

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rustees of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board approved the Board’s $271.8 million 2017-18 school year budget on June 19. The 2017-18 budget anticipates enrolment will continue to increase in both elementary and secondary schools in the upcoming year. This increased enrolment, along with provincially-negotiated labour agreements, accounts for the large year over year funding change for the Board. The planned expenditures are based on the Grants for Student Needs and incorporate provincially-negotiated labour agreements, along with new funding to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and continued supports to reach provincial student achievement goals. The total operating budget is $252.7-million and the total capital budget is $19.2-million. A key focus of the budget is ensuring students with special needs receive the support and assistance they need to

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A window into the life of artist Homer Watson Shelley Byers he window in the studio of the Homer Watson House and Gallery is double the size of any others in the home. Rippled glass faces north allowing only stable light into the modest room. Hung on uneven walls are paintings of landscapes alive with movement and shadows and a glint, perhaps a hope, of light. Imagine an easel, a paint coated brush, and the stillness of a man waiting for his inspiration. Then, look out that window. If you see a woman clad in a black dress with a high lace collar, take no mind. She’s not really there. That’s Phoebe and she runs the place. Or it could be Roxanne, the inspiration behind the illuminating last pieces painted by Homer Ransford Watson. Faith Hieblinger, Executive Curator and Helena Ball, Executive Director of the home on Old Mill Road in Kitchener are gracious guides throughout this historic site nestled minutes from the Grand River. Faith tells of a man encumbered by tragedy, guided by hope, and inspired by spirits. Even into his 80s, Homer Watson trekked out to his beloved, snow dressed woods, his oil paints stiffening in the chill, his bare fingers chaffing, with only the light of the moon as his beacon. It was foretold. “Do not despair,” his late wife Roxanna had said as he sat in his rocking chair, misery setting in like paints drying on canvas. “All is well, Homer. You still have work to do.” Then she vanished. With that, he rose and set to work. Many of his last paintings hold the image of the moon. He believed the artistic lore that if paints were exposed to moonlight, healing



Today’s view from Homer Watson’s art studio. powers emanated back to the observer. Roxa’s spectre in 1918 set him on his path to spiritualism. Candlelit séances summoned spirits for honoured guests such as Prime Minister William Lyon MacKenzie King, while mediums scrawled ghostly messages. These predictions are preserved under glass in his studio today. All the while, his sister Phoebe Amelia Watson (1858-1947) supervised his marketing. A proper Victorian woman, few knew that she had acquired her own nest egg allowing her to travel to her cottage on the shores of Lake Huron – unheard of for an unmarried woman. An artist in her

own right, her intricately painted tea cups, vases and plates are on display in the study. Homer Watson was born in 1855 in Doon Village and lived poorly in a house that still occupies the corner of Tilt Drive and Doon Village Road – across Homer Watson Boulevard from the gallery. His father died of typhoid in 1861. Not long after, the family’s woollen mill failed and turned to rubble. Homer continued his studies until he was 12 then worked with his brother Jude (1853-1867) at a pug mill. When allowed, the boys escaped to the woods where they enacted stories rich with mythical characters conceived in Jude’s

poetry and illustrated by Homer. However, young Homer was rambunctious and often let his mind wander from his work. When Homer’s horse spooked then jerked while winding the pug mill, Jude was pulled into the machinery. He died on the ground moments later. The compassionate mill owner and a kind aunt gave Homer a set of oil paints and canvases. These he took to the forest where he claimed to communicate with his father and his brother while he painted. The mill owner also gave the young Homer access to his library where books opened to visions of art that revealed colour and technique. Homer inhaled these artistic styles and exhaled his own. In 1872, at the age of 20, he announced that he would be an artist. He traveled to Toronto for advice but was unschooled. By 1880, he submitted “The Pioneer Mill” to the newly formed Royal Canadian Academy’s inaugural exhibition in Ottawa. Some in his village baulked at his ambition to become an artist. He should let go of such flights of fancy and find real employment. Homer almost believed them when he walked through the doors of the academy. Talented, educated men, much older than himself, sauntered throughout the show. Embarrassed, he left. Days later, Homer’s painting was purchased by the Marquis of Lorne, Canada’s Governor General, for $300 and presented to his Mother-In-Law, Queen Victoria. Queen Victoria commissioned two more paintings, “The Last of the Drought” and “The Torrent” thus launching Homer

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New in the Collection National historic site the Homer Watson House and Gallery.

Homer Watson...from previous page Watson’s career. With money from his sales, he was able to marry Roxanna Bechtel (1855-1918) and rent the third floor of his dream home. The Homer Watson Home and Gallery was originally built by developer Adam Ferrie in 1834-35. He bought 300 acres of land and constructed a grist mill, saw mill and distillery then named the new village Doon. Built in the vertical style of Gothic Scotland, the house was an uncommon structure among the common Georgian style. For Homer, the light was the thing. He and Roxa purchased the home and its 2¾ acres in 1883. Ten years later, he built his studio and painted a frieze in honour of the artists who inspired his first brush strokes. Their names, along with his renditions of their art, touch the ceilings of the studio and study. Faith explains that Watson’s early style was well defined, like a snapshot. As he became comfortable with his brush, he became impressionistic. Leaves are not defined, light captures movement and the viewer’s eyes do the work to create nature in all its raw moments. He traveled extensively throughout his popular period between 1900 and 1910 and in his own words “carved a road for Canadian artists.” In 1906, his second addition, The Watson Gallery, is the perfect ratio for acoustics and well-being. From above, Clerestory Windows allow light to blend. Iron rod ceiling supports replace beams that would have distracted visitors from the art. His fame and fortune would not last. The members of the Group of Seven became the new rage. Their marketing skills increased

and they thrived. Times were changing. Watson’s sales dwindled. When the stock market crashed in 1929 he lost everything. The bank allowed him to stay in his home, but his belongings, including his paintings, were not his own. He died in 1936 as penniless as he had started. Phoebe continued on in the house and gallery until her passing when it sold to Ross Hamilton. He and his wife, Bess, created the Doon School of Fine Arts where, ironically, members of the Group of Seven became instructors using Watson’s paintings as teaching tools. It closed in 1966. Tom and Ruthe Cayley were the last private owners of the home. Without funds, the house decayed. Ruthe asked Phoebe for help and then did as the spectre instructed, putting the house up for demolition. As predicted, people in the city rallied against the destruction. Later, the City of Kitchener stepped in and by 1980 it was deemed a National historic site and later a registered charitable organization. Phoebe is still hard at work assisting tourists. Faith admits that she has stopped telling visitors that the gallery doesn’t have someone dressed in “charming period clothing” strolling through the gardens. Today, the Homer Watson House and Gallery hosts classes for artists of all ages as well as a summer camp and outreach programs for seniors. Events are ongoing each month. “Homer’s life was the process of the art and how it can spiritually heal you,” says Faith. “It’s nice to know that his vision remains active here.” For more information, contact www. or 519-748-4377.

Found in the family Bible of Joseph Schneider and his wife, Barbara Eby, this paper cutting dates from between 1805 and 1835. This decorative art form, called Scherenschnitte (“paper cuttings”) in German, became popular in Germany and Switzerland in the 16th century and was introduced by immigrants from these areas into colonial America, notably Pennsylvania. Scherenschnitte were sometimes created by young women as gifts for loved ones – including male suitors. An ongoing feature of artifacts in our collections. Adèle Hempel is the Manager/Curator of Region of Waterloo Museums. Contact her at

Waterloo Region 2017 Inductees At 20 years of age, Abner Martin became the founding conductor of the newly created Menno Singers. In 1974, Martin was also the force behind the formation of the Mennonite Mass Choir. Both choirs continue to play significant roles in Waterloo Region. Photograph courtesy of Hunsberger Photography

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Homer Watson’s painting The Pioneer Mill (oil on canvas 1880) purchased by the Marquis of Lorne, Canada’s Governor General, for $300 and presented to his Mother-In-Law, Queen Victoria. Kitchener Citizen file photo

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Letter to the editor Heading heading 2017: What’s yourheading Canadaheading co-incidence?


t is time, dear readers, for you to practice Dear Carrie Debrone, sesquicentennial I was pleased to get your Kitchener Citizensynchronicity. (east edition) and found it Stop you shaking quite informative and I thank for it. your heads; I am not I just read your short article regarding the natural gas ratesuse. goingThat’s down hallucinating from marijuana for residential customers. NEXT Canada Day, when the Liberals intend You write that Kitchener Utilities have a 2,100 meter average use to legalize pot – and singcubic the praises of a very annually for its residential customers. I still have an imperial gas meter, differentinleaf! which shows the consumption cubic feet. I have never been able to read synchronicity occurs matter, even the meterwhen readersparticipation seem to have in a thatSesquicentennial meter and as for that problem with150 it asevent well. Why else would thewith city issue a bill inwillingness the amount a Canada CO-INCIDES an actual of to $452? do so. My January bill had been poutine $222.16. on February, $295.79, there but I already sat I don’t mean to rain anyone’s parade, haven’t up and took notice, but then excused it by, the winter being especially harsh. you winced at news storiesbill, thatI knew not only chroniclewas unique However, whena Ibit received my March that something very national birthday celebrations but ones that are accomplished in wrong. I called the Utility Office and was asked to take a piece of paper 150adifferent ways! Whomyself. can compete with the 12 year-old kid and pen and read the meter To this request I replied that I did not know to read imperial meter and asidestand from that, wasn't my who how raises 150 the bucks at her lemonade andithands outjob. the The lady I talkedof to water was very nice and agreed to send somebody out to do same number bottles to the needy?

and white TV, rolledtoout of Bobby another reading andand also we promised call choruses me back once this was Gimby’s done. It centennial celebration song while watching scenes from Expo was the very next day that I received her call telling me that the new amount 67 inwas Montreal. owing now $200.10, a mere difference of $251.90. I only wonder how oftenWe the were meter had been misread in the a young country of past. 20 million souls, doing great My neighbours on either side have metric and I had previously things. And my contribution? Why,meters I channeled my inner asked if I could get one that I would be able to read. The answer to that Samuel de Champlain; I conned my best friend Gary to join me consisted of a flat NO. in an expedition up the mighty Nith River from Millbank to the The city had pre-authorized withdrawal privileges for 2004/005 which newly created Centennial Park.I There they bungled up so Mornington badly that I revoked that privilege. did askwe thatplanted office toaplease send me Canadian a paper trailflag for my records never received(sorry nor homemade made outwhich of aI pillowcase did I get an answer to my request and, plaque of course, one can forget an mom) and left behind a crude chronicling ourabout exploit. apology. Silly? Maybe when viewed through an adult’s cynical eyes, but I realize that it is up to your discretion to publish or not to publish my Canada’s flagif you wasdecide only two years old, and to print it I would like within to warn ten my months fellow letter. However we would swap a 70 year-old prime minister for a dynamic "Kitchenerites" to be extra "vigilant" every time that Utility Bill arrives. 49 year-old named Trudeau. Canada’s 100th birthday signalled an

Respectfully, era of wonder for young people whose dreams were as big as Ingrid Merkel

I’m merely here to say, relax. Our patriotic zeal may reach a Five decades later, that same sense of wonder still needs red and white fever pitch on July 1st, but we still have six months nurturing. Fifty years ago, I regularly scoured my parents’ pocket left to mark the occasion. So stop trying to get on Youtube by change to collect the various denominations of centennial coins. wearing a toque and shouting, “Eh!” You can do something In today’s currency we might have lost the penny and the 50 local, something heartfelt, and even something small. And that cent piece is a rarity, but they are both in my 1967 collection. 12 year-old kid with the lemonade stand? We could learn from It’s time to polish it up and give it to a deserving young person her low-key action because the gesture shrinks a vast country to who is not only celebrating this year’s national milestone, but a neighbourhood. It’s inspiring, and for me, nostalgic. who will, in all likelihood, be here for the 200th festivities. Coin Fifty years ago (stop laughing), I was a 10 year-old kid, in collector or not, the recipient will be holding the history of a As a relatively new arrival in Kitchener I've been exploring the very impressed by the Arts office at City Hall and with how they provided a three roomarts elementary school, by my teacher’s great in her hand. photographic opportunities here mesmerized and first impressions are very me with nation information about what was going on here. Those people in turn tales about Canada’s 100th birthday. Mr. Wick rolled in a black So c’mon – get your sesquicentennial synchronized. encouraging. It's just not just in the tech side of quality that the community have offered their own advice and contacts, so again two thumbs up for

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Just what makes Kitchener so good at Arts development?

should be judged. A thriving Arts community usually does well. This can the level of support they give each other. not always be measured in the financial spectrum as the living standard Yes, there are already many photographers doing the normal expectations of artists are remarkably low. photographic needs of the region, but the opportunity to work with REDUCE WASTELINE We don't OUR want that two bedroom house within convenient driving emerging image companies like web designers, animation houses, software distance to the golf course or mall. Speaking as one of those underfunded producers, locally based video firms, electronic images for broadcasters independent art producers i'll tell you I've lived in some very bad growing as the manufacturing base has declined. The live conditions just to be close to my working environment. An example being entertainment industries, local graphic designers and most especially the t is the time of year when we get the urge to sort out cluttered Compost pick up: Free compost is available every day, when living in my various illegal Toronto warehouse studios many years emerging gallery system bodes well for business opportunities, even in this areas ourcondoized. home. Monday to Saturday, while supplies last. Bring your own before theyin were downturn. There arebasically many drop-off programs fortoyou reuse and shovel.toMaximum per pick up. of There are two reasons for artists be intoan area.orArecycle slightly containers Kitchener is projected be growingfive by bushels a conservative estimate compact arts community with low rentssite, and the availability of galleries or 100,000 these items at our Waterloo waste Gate 2: Appliances: collection people overThere the nextis20curbside years and plans call for for a bigappliances, investment I have noticed there isclothing, a vibrant inevery venues to showcase the artDrop produced. Household items: gently used but that reusable conversions of existing warehouse buildings into studio styleitems live work second week with garbage, maximum three per theatre network here that none the less is going through hard times. The space. Technically the manufacturing base has down- turned and left a lot housewares, toys, sporting equipment, etc., at the free Goodwill collection. No need to call us in advance, just have it to the curb music scene is really good with a solid choice of local talent that is well of empty buildings. Industries trailer. 7 a.m. on the same day that your garbage is collected. There publicized by a few local free publications. Radio generally follows the by of those numbers there are 10 percent artists in all media that Home renos: Home building and reno items can be actually isIfaout maximum of three appliances or bulky items per collection. standard corprock but the University of Waterloo has anthat outstanding work at their art all of us are going to need some of this space to community station. reused such as lumber, doors, counter tops, and flooring can be build Not Ask the Waste our easy to use search up sure? our community. Artists,Whiz, being artists though, do not like totool. be The huge of university students draw fromtrailer, for a vocal audience dropped offpool at the free Habitat fortoHumanity open April told Find the Waste Whiz on our website,is working www.regionofwaterloo. how to do things. The local government hard to reach that with some disposable cash helps in keeping the cities vibrant and to October. level where they can integrate the needs of the artistic community enthusiastic. The number of professional artists is still small enough so that ca/waste or on our free My Waste app. With the My Waste app, seamlessly into their development Bicycles: We support a program that teaches youth how to reyou can also set up collectionplans. schedule reminders right on your they know one another. Many studies have shown time and again how efficient an Arts based build bikes. Drop off your old bikes and let the frames and parts smartphone. We are quickly seeing astounding growth in the digital imaging community can be. A planning group called The Prosperity Council as a photographer beindustry. used forFortunately, this community program.who has been working in digital specifically These drop-offs are open Monday to Saturday, a.m.businesses to 6 p.m., calls for a huge investment for artists and art 7 based forPaints, years it cleaners helps me and integrate my chemicals: own work into video,items 3D, web, yard These are toatencourage our Waterloo waste site, 925 Erb St. W., GateThis 2, Waterloo. them to choose Kitchener as a place to work. is the first advertising, etc. So I think, personally, the opportunities in Kitchener are hazardous waste and should not go in the garbage or down the Find out more at, or call our time I have found a directed approach to our niche, but very valuable better than Toronto. An example being the cable TV (Rogers) that works drain. 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PROVINCIAL ISSUES by Daiene Vernile MPP for Kitchener-Centre


hen the Ontario legislature rises from the spring session and Members of Provincial Parliament return to their home ridings, I always find it amusing when people say, “So, you’re off for the summer?” Truth be told, time spent in our ridings is often much busier than when we’re serving at Queen’s Park. There are countless meetings with constituents and stakeholders, ribbon cuttings for new buildings and businesses, festivals, cultural events, walk-a-thons for worthy causes, and many other appointments to keep. However, I will say that the spring session was extremely productive. We passed 17 pieces of legislation during the spring sitting of the 41st Parliament of Ontario. These measures support good jobs, fair workplaces and better wages, prepare our workforce for the new innovation economy, and make life more affordable for workers, students, seniors and families. Ontario’s economy is in a relatively strong position. Our unemployment rate has dropped to a 16 year low, our growth is outpacing all G7 countries, and as promised we delivered a balanced budget. But, even with a strong economy, there are many people who feel uncertain about their futures in a changing world. “As a government, we can and must be a force for good,” says Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. “That is why we are taking bold action so that everyone can feel more secure and confident about the future.” To help people in Waterloo Region get ahead and stay ahead in a changing economy, the government brought forward a comprehensive list of actions that will make a positive difference in our lives. These actions include:

• Raising the minimum wage and creating more security for employees through landmark changes to employment and labour laws. • Making prescription medications free for everyone 24 years of age and younger through OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare — the biggest expansion of universal Medicare in Ontario in a generation. • Launching a pilot project to assess whether a basic income can better support workers and improve health and education outcomes for people on low incomes. • Making it more affordable to buy or rent a home, expanding rent control and bringing stability to the real estate market through Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan. • Lowering electricity bills by 25 per cent, on average, for all residential customers and as many as half a million small businesses and farms. • Providing access to affordable, quality licensed child care for 100,000 more children, including 24,000 in 2017–18. • Making it easier for Ontario businesses to grow and create more jobs by cutting red tape and reducing regulatory burdens. • Creating tomorrow’s jobs today, and attracting talent and investment by funding transformative technologies such as artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles and 5G (fifthgeneration) wireless networks. • Continuing to stand up for Ontario workers and businesses by actively defending the province’s trade and investment interests with U.S. legislators and businesses. Actions introduced this legislative sitting are part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

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25 Newcomers will receive their citizenship on July 1

n Saturday, July 1, a special Canada Day Citizenship Ceremony will be hosted at THEMUSEUM by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. The ceremony, which will see 25 candidates become Canadian citizens, will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the atrium of THEMUSEUM. Following the ceremony will be a reception for the new Canadians. “I am extremely honoured that this citizenship ceremony will be taking place at THEMUSEUM, especially on the occasion of Canada’s 150th anniversary,” said David Marskell, CEO of THEMUSEUM. “These ceremonies are humbling, emotional and absolutely strengthens my pride as a Canadian.” With special hours for Canada Day 2017, THEMUSEUM will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. with a special admission price of $5.00. After the ceremony, there will also be an unveiling of a plaque featuring the names of the donors to THEMUSEUM’s Canadian Flag Campaign. In addition, the day will include a performance by the Kitchener Musical Society Band, who will be featuring Canadian content.

This year, to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial, THEMUSEUM is hosting a number of exhibitions that collectively tell the story of the first 150 years in Canada. Beginning in February 2017, THEMUSEUM proudly unveiled Waterloo Region’s largest Canadian Flag through the generous contributions of 150 community members. THEMUSEUM continues to celebrate diverse Canadian identities through various exhibtions, including A Cause for Celebration? First Things First, Step Right Up! The Travelling Carnival in Canada, the Side by Side Art Show, a Refugee Art Show, an exhibit by the Muslim Women’s Coaliation of Kitchener-Waterloo and the Great Canadian LEEDScape. THEMUSEUM, which is situated on the Haldimand Tract, acknowledges that it is located on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishnawbe and Haudenosaunee peoples. The Haldimand Tract is the land promised to the Six Nations and includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. More information about the upcoming exhibitions and programming can be found at

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by Marwan Tabbara MP for Kitchener South—Hespeler

elebrating Canada Day has always been a special day for me and my family. We arrived in this wonderful country 28 years ago when I was four years old. My parents decided that fleeing Lebanon was the best decision for me and my two brothers after 15 years of civil war. Although I wasn’t aware at the time, my parents sought a home where freedom, opportunity and equality were values that were protected and cherished. Today, these are the values I cherish most and I am forever grateful to all those who worked hard to build this nation. And, now, as a Member of Parliament, I am honoured to give back and serve my community. This year is especially significant as Canada celebrates 150 years since confederation. To celebrate this momentous milestone, I would like to recognize people that make our community such an extraordinary place to live. The Canada 150 Award of Excellence will recognize the

achievements of twenty residents of Kitchener South-Hespeler who have made significant contributions in the following areas (the four themes of Canada 150): - Promoting a diverse and inclusive Canada; - Supporting efforts towards national reconciliation of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians; - Reaffirming the importance of strong environmental stewardship; and, - Engaging and inspiring youth. If you know someone who is deserving of a Canada 150 Award of Excellence, nominate them by visiting my website and following the instructions: http://marwantabbara.liberal. ca/page/canada-150. If you prefer to receive a hardcopy of the application, please call (519571-5509) or email my office (Marwan.Tabbara. to request one. My best wishes for a memorable Canada 150!

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Two-step your way to the market for our free family friendly Canada Day event. Activities include: Live country music, family concert performance by Erick Traplin, face painting, crafts and a patio set up on the piazza.

MARKET TOUR: FOOD THAT SURVIVES A HEATWAVE Sat. July 8, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Join us for a market tour where we explain how to survive a heatwave with cool and fresh dishes - no oven required! Menu items include: Gazpacho, fruit and yogurt freezer pops and pesto zoodles.

JULY LIVE MUSIC SPONSORED BY THE DOWNTOWN KITCHENER BIA Enjoy live music as you shop at the market on Saturdays. Local musicians will perform outside on the piazza (weather permitting). July 1: Jesse Webber and Jesse Treener July 8: Andy K July 15: David Savoie July 22: Tim Moyer Band

DID YOU KNOW? Blueberries and peaches are in season in July. Pick some up at the Saturday market to add to a fresh fruit salad for a healthy snack or dessert.

s the House of Commons rises for the summer, I am excited to spend the warmer months back in our wonderful community. The best part of these months is the amount of time I get to spend one-on-one with you in the riding, meeting you at festivals, fairs, events, and at my community office! During this time, I’d also like to reflect on the accomplishments of our Government over the past few months. In 2017, our Government welcomed the European Parliament’s approval of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union, something which will create good, middle class jobs on both sides of the Atlantic. Building on our commitment to invest in growing the middle class, in March, our Government also introduced a budget which places a strong focus on supporting social and community infrastructure, as well as investing in innovation and skills training. Among other things, this budget makes significant investments in public transit systems, invests $11.2 billion in affordable housing, and invests in a skills plan which will prepare Canadians for the changing economy. We have also committed to establishing a National Strategy to Address GenderBased Violence and have introduced a new Feminist International Assistance Policy. This International Assistance Policy is complemented by a commitment to a new Defence Policy, and a Foreign Policy based on supporting alliances, progressive trade policies, gender equality, and fighting climate change. As we celebrate 150 years of Canada, these initiatives will help to build an innovative, healthy, environmentally friendly, future Canada, focused on protecting and advancing human rights at home and abroad. Our Government has recently introduced the Transportation Modernization Act, which

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represents a first step in providing Canadians with more efficient, more reliable and safer transportation systems that will facilitate trade and travel. We have also introduced significant amendments to the Access to Information Act, so that we can raise the bar on openness and transparency by revitalizing access to information. Also working towards strengthening accountability, transparency, and effectiveness, the Minister of Public Safety recently tabled national security legislation which will help fulfill our promise to fix the problematic elements of Bill C-51. When the House of Commons resumes its session in the fall, I will continue to work to represent you, as our Government works towards fulfilling our commitment to both keep Canadians safe and to protect rights and freedoms. With Canada 150 approaching, I hope we can take a moment to show pride in our history, culture, and achievements. We are a country grounded in multiculturalism, and strengthened by our diversity, our respect for human rights, and our innovation. There are many ways to mark Canada’s birthday and I hope that every member of our community will find a way to participate, whether it is through attending a community event, or by volunteering, or taking in the natural beauty of our numerous National parks, all of which are offering free admission in 2017. Regardless of how you celebrate, I hope you have a safe, and enjoyable, summer. To learn more about the work I am doing here in the riding and in Ottawa, please visit my website,, email me at Raj., or call me at 519-741-2001. My staff and I are always ready to answer your questions or to assist you with any federal matter you may have. I look forward to hearing from you, and I hope to see you all throughout the community this summer!

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Big Canada Day 150th anniversary celebrations in Kitchener and Waterloo BY CARRIE DEBRONE

in Canada’s 150th anJin oin niversary celebrations downtown Kitchener on

Canada Day, July 1 from 5-10:30pm when the country comes to the city. Experience a concert by one of Canada’s hottest country music acts, James Barker Band. The main stage will be located at Kitchener City Hall with live performances by Jessie T, Vanessa Marie Carter and River Town Saints, who just released their debut album. James Barker Band will close the show with hits like “Lawn Chair Lazy” and “Chills,” which just reached number one at Canadian Country Radio. The event is free to attend. Come out wearing red and white, and show your Canadian pride. There will be food for purchase and a licensed area (19+) or make a night out of it by heading downtown for dinner at one of downtown Kitchener’s inviting restaurants. Make sure to stay for the grand finale – an expanded fireworks show off the roof of City Hall for Canada’s 150th anniversary. Earlier in the day head to

the Kitchener Market for a family-friendly Canada Day party from 10am to 2pm. There will be live music, a performance by Erick Traplin, face painting, crafts and a patio set up on the piazza. * * * The Canada Day celebration at the University of Waterloo will be bigger than usual as this July 1 marks the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. Preparing to host at least 60,000 people, the free event will kick off at 4pm. It will include a Canada 150 cultural stage, with a variety of dance and music performances by local cultural groups. At 6pm the Waterloo Warbirds vintage war aircraft will fly over. Canadian rock icon Tom Cochrane will perform with Red Rider, and Juno award winning children’s performers Bobs & Lolo. Food trucks and family friendly activities will round out the day, which will end with a spectacular fireworks display at dusk. Anyone attending is encouraged to take public transportation, walk or cycle rather than drive because parking is limited.


Quiz created by Sean Simpson, Vice President, Ipsos Canada, Public Affairs

1. What type of government does Canada have? 2. What is Canada’s largest export? 3. Who is Canada’s longestserving Prime Minister? 4. Who is Canada’s shortestserving Prime Minister? 5. Who is the most recent Prime Minister to have lost a vote of noconfidence in the House of Commons? 6. Which of Canada’s provinces has the highest median age? 7. Which city has a larger population: Ottawa or Mississauga? 8. In what year did Berlin change its name to Kitchener? 9. How old is the province of Ontario? 10. What are the national sports of Canada? 11. Which Canadian NHL team won the Stanley Cup most recently?

12. In what city can the Bluenose be found? 13. 2017 marks the centenary of what famous Canadian battle, where the 4 divisions of the Canadian corps fought together for the first time? 14. What was the name of the beach where Canadians landed on D-Day in Normandy? 15. What is the longest flight (by distance) operated by a Canadian airline, non-stop. 16. To within 5 percentage points, what percentage of Canadians live within 100 miles of the U.S. border? 17. What city was the capital of the Province of Canada immediately prior to Confederation? 18. Which Canadian singer sold 39 million copies of one album – making it the best-selling Canadian album of all time?

19. In what year did the Toronto Blue Jays last win the World Series? 20. In what year did Newfoundland join Confederation? 21. What town has Ontario’s only saltwater port? 22. How many NBA basketball teams does Canada have? 23. As of 2011, what was the second-most common mother tongue for residents of Toronto? 24. What university is Canada’s largest university, as measured by the number of full-time students 25. Which Canadian city has the largest underground network (i.e. walkways, retail stores, etc) in the world? Answers on page 10

E.Dyck Opticians is honouring Canada’s history with an eye to the future Kitchener Waterloo Musical Productions presented Secret at Woodside on June 16. Taking place in 1891, Berlin, Ontario, the play celebrates Canada’s 150th with an intriguing tale of of someone who vanishes during a social evening at Woodside, the home of John and Isabel King. With the help of 16-year-old Mackenzie King, Detective Dickson follows the clues like a Victorian cobweb party until the last puzzle piece falls into place. In the photo, Detective Dickson (played by Brian Otto) is confronting Madame Zona (played by Sonja Ticknor-Malton) in the parlour of Woodside. Photo by Langen Studios, Waterloo. Location: Woodside National Museum

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‘Vimy’ oak tree planted at Canadian Martyrs School BY CARRIE DEBRONE

n June 20th, the 320 stuO dents who attend Canadian Martyrs Catholic Elementary School in Kitchener

experienced an event that will, no doubt, become a memory that they will pass onto their children and grandchildren. Who knows, maybe in 30

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Wishes for a memorable “Canada Day” on this special anniversary from Dr. Douglas Beaton & Staff Canadian Martyrs Catholic Elementary School students, staff and parents gathered for a ceremony to dedicate an oak tree sapling that was planted at the entrance of the school that is a direct descendent of the oak trees destroyed at the Battle of Vimy Ridge 100 years ago in France.

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or 40 years, some will even return to the school to show their descendents the historical “Vimy” oak tree that they watched being dedicated in front of their school on that beautiful spring day in 2017. The acorn that sprouted the tree is an example of living history. The dedication ceremony included the singing of O Canada, several choral performances by individual classes, pipe and drum band music by members of the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada, the story of the Vimy Oak read by Air Cadet (Breslau Branch 822) and grade 8 student Quinn Jensen (who also cut the ribbon to officially dedicate the young tree) and a recitation of the famous Canadian poem In Flanders’ Fields. “I wonder what stories the acorns from this tree will tell in 100 years,” said Wendy Price, Vice-chair of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. “I’ve always been fascinated by the history of our country,” said Elizabeth Nigh, who is a grade 8 student at Canadian Martyrs and also an Air Cadet with Breslau Branch 822. Dressed in her Cadet uniform, she was one of the speakers and responsible for publically thanking those who took part in the tree dedication ceremony. “I try to be a model citizen

and try to help anyway I can to celebrate my country,” she said. The Battle of Vimy Ridge in northern France, Quinn Jensen, Canadian Martyrs School grade 8 April 9-12, 1917, is student and member of the Breslau Branch 822 considered one of Air Cadets, cuts the ribbon to officially dedicate the defining events in the ‘Vimy’ oak tree planted at the front of his Canadian history. Al- school on June 20. lied troops had struged near the front entrance of gled and failed, but with all four of our country’s Canadian Martyrs School in military divisions fighting to- the first week of June. It will gether for the first time, it was remain in that sheltered spot the Canadians who overcame for four or five years and then, great odds and eventually cap- when it is well established, tured the ridge at the cost of it will be transplanted to the school’s playground where a 10,600 casualties. The world has never forgot- plaque will be added to tell ten the Canadians’ success or people about its significance and where it will serve as a their sacrifice. The battle destroyed nearly welcome outdoor classroom every tree in the once-forested space or shelter from the sun French ridge area. But after during recess or lunch breaks. Grand River High School in the battle and sensing that he had been a part of something Kitchener also recently planthistorically important, Cana- ed a Vimy oak at the front dian soldier Lieutenant Leslie entrance of the school after Miller of Scarborough, Ont., 60 Waterloo Region District gathered acorns from a bro- School Board students and ken oak tree branch on the staff travelled to France to ridge and sent them home to mark the 100th anniversary of Canada to be planted on his the Battle of Vimy Ridge. “We are so honoured to Scarborough farm. He later named the farm Vimy Oaks. be chosen as one of the sites Ten of these trees still exist on where Vimy Ridge and all the people who served in the war From Mayor Berry Vrbanovic the woodlot now owned by the will be remembered,” Scarborough andChinese membersBaptist of Kitchener City Council said Canadian Martyrs’ school princiChurch. pal Sean Spitzig. A “Vimy” oak sapling, grown Councillor Scott Davey - Ward 1 “The Battle of Vimy Ridge from an acorn taken from one Councillor Dave Schnider - Ward 2 of those Vimy oaks, was plantContinued on next page...

Wishing everybody a festive and safe celebration on Canada’s and Ontario’s 150th anniversary!

Happy Canada Day!

Councillor John Gazzola - Ward 3 Councillor Yvonne Fernandes - Ward 4 Councillor Kelly Galloway-Sealock - Ward 5 Quiz answers Councillor Paul Singh - Ward 6 1. Constitutional monarchy 2. Automobiles Councillor 3. William Lyon Mackenzie -King Bil Ioannidis Ward4.7Sir Charles Tupper 5. Stephen Harper 6. Newfoundland and Labrador 7. Ottawa 8. 1916 9. 150 years old Councillor Zyg Canadiens Janecki - Ward 8 10. Lacrosse (summer) and ice hockey (winter) 11. Montreal 12. Lunenburg, NS 13. The Battle of Vimy Ridge 14. Juno 15.Councillor Toronto to Hong Kong 16. 75% 17.-Quebec Frank Etherington Ward 9City 18. Shania Twain 19. 1993 20. 1949 21. Moosonee 22. OneSarah (the Toronto Raptors) Councillor Marsh - Ward23.10Cantonese 24. University of Toronto 25. Montreal

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marks the real beginning of Canada. That’s why I’m so proud to be here today,” Mark Poland, Commanding Officer of the Royal Highland Fusiliers told the students, parents and staff who gathered for the ceremony. The school had to meet several criteria in order to qualify as a suitable site for locating the oak sapling, including

assurance that the tree will be cared for in the future. The school is located in the “Heritage Park” neighbourhood of Kitchener surrounded by streets with names that commemorate Canadian history. The school itself is located on ‘Confederation Drive’. The school’s name also dovetails with the realization that the soldiers who fought and died on Vimy Ridge were “Canadian martyrs.”

As a way to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, a project to bring the oaks back to the ridge in France is well underway. The plan is to plant over 100 trees descended from the acorns that were rescued by the Canadian soldier in the Vimy Foundation Centennial Park, adjacent to the Canadian National Vimy Memorial site, as part of this year’s centennial commemorations in France.

Wishing everybody a festive and safe celebration on Canada’s and Ontario’s 150th anniversary!

Happy Canada Day! From Mayor Berry Vrbanovic and members of Kitchener City Council

Councillor Scott Davey - Ward 1 Councillor Dave Schnider - Ward 2 Councillor John Gazzola - Ward 3 Councillor Yvonne Fernandes - Ward 4 Councillor Kelly Galloway-Sealock - Ward 5 Councillor Paul Singh - Ward 6 Councillor Bil Ioannidis - Ward 7 Councillor Zyg Janecki - Ward 8 Councillor Frank Etherington - Ward 9 Councillor Sarah Marsh - Ward 10 Join us for the party 150 years in the making in downtown Kitchener on Canada Day featuring

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River Town Saints and more! Free concert • Food for purchase • Outdoor patios Licensed area • Spectacular fireworks show

Saturday, July 1, 2017, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. City Hall, Downtown Kitchener Head to the Kitchener Market for a family-friendly Canada Day party on Saturday, July 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Funding of this event provided in part by Canada150 Cet événement a été soutenu par le Fonds Canada 150

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Notes from City Hall

Construction. Arg. I know. No one enjoys construction delays, but if we never saw construction, it would mean our city was falling apart. It can be

a big inconvenience for some, but it’s necessary for a healthy city and region. Ward 1 is seeing a fair bit of construction now and will be in the near future. The city owned streets slated for reconstruction or resurfacing this year include: Carson Drive, Confederation Drive, Matthew Street, Montcalm Drive, Marketa Crescent, Smetana Drive, Springdale Drive and Woolwich St. If they haven’t begun working by the time you’re reading this, they will soon.

The project with the greatest impact at the moment is the Ottawa Street reconstruction, which is undertaken by the Regional level of government. (Tip: unsure whether it’s a regional or city road? Check the street sign. If it’s green, it’s the region; if it’s blue, it’s the city.) The work is well underway on Ottawa and is expected to continue until late in the year, but the short-term pain will result in a much improved transit link no matter your method of travel. Expect a similar result to what’s been done to the other

side of Ottawa from River Road to Lackner Boulevard. Being the north-east ward of the city, and the one closest to Guelph, means we’ll see the biggest impacts of the Province’s Highway 7 project. We’ll be most-impacted by that development in 2018 as the Victoria Street bridge over the expressway will be closed for at least a year. For questions on any of these items or others, please don’t hesitate to contact me any time. My contact info is listed above.

Neighbours Day on June 10 was amazing! Thanks to the Centreville-Chicopee and Stanley Park Community Associations for the great celebrations at their

Community Centres. The Grand Opening of Eden Oak Park saw over 1,000 neighbours show up to a great party provided by Hallman Construction and planned by Ace Events. Get on the Eden Oak Neighbourhood email list at Our Kitchener Events team is putting these free events on: Every Tuesday from 5 – 8pm, it’s Discovery Square in Carl Zehr Square. Free hands-on science, technology and art activities for kids aged 5-12.

Cruising on King Friday July 7 and 8. Enjoy classic cars on King Street and live music at Carl Zehr Square. The Kultrun World Music Festival July 8-9 in Victoria Park: Local and international artists, storytellers, food, crafts and interactive activities for children. The Downtown Kitchener Ribfest and Craft Beer Show: July 14 to 16 in Victoria Park. Rock & Rumble: July 22 from 5-11pm. Hundreds of motorcycles line King St. Platinum Blonde will

perform in front of City Hall, with epic food truck fare and craft beer. Get more details on these events at Cool off at Centreville Chicopee Community Centre’s Splash Pad. It’s free to enjoy daily from 9 till 9. Just bring your towel. I welcome hearing your ideas and concerns. Contact me if I can help in any way. You can report an issue or get questions from any city department answered by calling our 24 Hour Contact Line at 519-741-2345.

either had no sidewalks or only on one side. After many meetings in their neighbourhood the issues move on to Council for further lengthy discussions; often deferrals; and again considerable public engagement. In the majority of cases residents have not asked for and usually are not in favour of disrupting their neighbourhood for something they really don’t want or feel they need. Rarely are there occasions cited where after many years of no sidewalk there are now real safety reasons for imposing them; no occurrences ever shown where the lack of sidewalks have resulted in accidents. Costs for these unwanted and unwarranted projects normally are in the range of $100,000.

Council is currently in the midst of debating two particular cases. By the time this article reaches readers a decision will have been made and I expect the results will be in favour of spending substantial amounts on something that “isn’t broken” as opposed to directing that money to the many areas of our infrastructure that badly need funding. I have normally not supported this type of “nice to have” expenditure as opposed to “required infrastructure” spending. I will always support the neighbourhood needs and wishes unless I can be shown reasonable grounds not to do so. In 2004 Council adopted a Pedestrian

Charter - a very reasonable and common sense approach to enable easy access to all pedestrians. There have been no problems in implementing every aspect of this Charter in new subdivisions. But in older areas of the city problems are encountered when trying to apply each and every word of the Charter. The Charter is a goal that can be implemented in the fullness of time. The Charter sets no time lines and nowhere in the Charter is the word “sidewalk” mentioned. Why then are so many on Council quick to deal with the words of the Pedestrian Charter instead of its intent? I fully support the Pedestrian Charter. I would encourage all (including Council) to read and review it.

sidewalk on their streets. The sidewalk infill policy approved by council in 2015, set out a variety of criteria to direct how, where and when sidewalks would be added to residential areas. The policy considers improving walkability and accessibility in new and existing development, as well as how to encourage pedestrian activity. Staff created a point system so that decisions around sidewalk infill could be made with sensible strategy. Unfortunately, sensible

strategy doesn’t take into account the emotional impact this change may have on residents. Sidewalk infill, whether completed as a stand-alone project or during road reconstruction to realize cost benefits, can be upsetting to our residents, as many are disturbed to find out that trees and landscaping that have been a part of their street for decades may need to be removed. And, in some cases there is an existing sidewalk on one side of the roadway. On other streets,

there may be no sidewalk at all, so residents find the addition of sidewalks to be a dramatic change to their neighbourhood. Although we want to make our city as walkable as possible, I think it’s important to make these infill decisions carefully and understand the impact on the affected residents. If there is a sidewalk on one side, or if infill can be done with less impact on one side, I believe this should be part of how we decide to put in a sidewalk.

Pets are allowed and a rain date is planned for July 15. This family friendly movie title is still to be announced. NOMINATE A GARDEN Kitchener in Bloom is an annual recognition program designed to show appreciation for the efforts of our citizens who help to make our city look beautiful. There are four categories to nominate in: front yard, environmental, businesses, and stormwater management. Nominating is so easy, you just have to search, “Kitchener in

Bloom” at to find the online nomination form and details for each category. Just make sure you have the address and name of business where applicable. PROPERTY MAINTENANCE I thought I would mention the bylaw pertaining to grass and weeds, as we have had a lot of rain, requiring our grass to be mowed a few times already this year. As well, many of you may be away on vacation for a week or two over the summer. Grass and weeds on private property must

be kept below 8 inches. If bylaw receives a complaint, they will investigate and leave a notice at the property asking for the grass to be cut within 72hrs. If the grass is not cut in this timeframe, bylaw sends a request to operations for the property to be mowed, and the owner is billed for the service.

Sidewalks and the Pedestrian Charter Several times every year residents in the older areas of the city become actively engaged with respect to new sidewalks. These are usually small streets or cul de sacs which have

Sidewalk infill policy has brought many residents into Council Chambers to express their concerns over the addition of a

MOVIE NIGHT Friday, July 14 grab some friends and family, a blanket, a few chairs and head down to the park located off of Seabrook/Ludolph.


On July 1st, this great country we call home will be celebrating its 150th birthday! This is an achievement that all of us as Canadians should be extremely proud of! Our indigenous communities, the original people who walked on this land we call Canada, have generously shared this land with Canada’s first settlers, and for generations since then, new people have arrived to Canada from all corners of the planet. People of different races, of different faiths and different languages have all arrived in this fantastic country – a country where all of us or our ancestors have been welcomed with open arms and where we have added to the Canadian mosaic. As many of you know, my own family arrived to Canada from what is now Croatia, in 1969, when I was 2.5 years old, with hopes and dreams of a better life. This is the story of so many of us. We lived in Winnipeg a short period of time, then Hamilton and for the last 40 years, since 1977, Kitchener has been the community where I was raised and where my family has lived an incredible life. When we arrived, little did we know about what the future would hold for my family, and nobody imagined that one day, I would have the privilege to serve as Mayor of one of Canada’s biggest and most dynamic cities. Canada is a country upon where through hard work and perseverance, great things can be achieved. Whether your dreams had you developing the world’s first smartphone, or being the Mayor of a City, or whether your dreams had you playing professional basketball or serving as a doctor – the opportunities in this great land are plentiful and are available to most of us. But as we all know, as great as this country is, as much as we have achieved together in demonstrating that our diversity is our strength, we still have some work to do. As we enter July, and the next 50 years of Canada’s history and ultimately Canada’s bicentennial in 2067, let’s ask ourselves, what are the 3 Things We Can do For Canada. How can we get involved to make a difference in our neighbourhood? How can we create the next invention? How can we help someone who isn’t as fortunate as we are. How can we ensure we are an inclusive nation where we ensure that everyone has a high sense of belonging? That’s my challenge to all of you. Let’s use this historical moment and ensure we see great things come out of it.

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Notes from City Hall

On June 27 of last year, I introduced the following motion that was approved by City Council and directed staff to investigate the feasibility of enacting requirements for vacant buildings to be

maintained at a level in keeping with neighbouring properties: WHEREAS, a review of the City of Kitchener Property Standards By-law is currently listed in the 2016 Business Plan as Item CS20 Neighbourhood Property Standards Compliance Review and Proactive By-Law Enforcement; and, WHEREAS, through initiatives, such as the Neighbourhood Strategy, the City is striving to promote its vibrant communities; and, WHEREAS, vacant boarded-up buildings can project an unwarranted negative image of a neighbourhood;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that as part of the current review of the City of Kitchener Property Standards By-law, staff be directed 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; and, BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that staff be directed to review the best practices implemented by other municipalities to regulate the keeping of vacant buildings. After an extensive two year period of reviewing our property standard By-

laws, staff presented their final report on June 12 of this year. This report included the motion I made in 2016 in staff’s proposed recommendations and changes to our current Property Standards By-law Chapter 665. This incorporated processes currently in place, related to how by-law enforcement concerns are addressed in residential neighbourhoods. Allowing for greater efficiency and expediency in dealing with problematic properties, these changes, along with my motion, will help to both safeguard and instill greater pride in our neighbourhoods.

CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS This Canada Day, July 1, celebrate our great country in downtown Kitchener! Starting at 6pm and ending at 10:30pm, enjoy a night packed

with live music, beer gardens, and food. There is a great lineup of artists, including Dragonette as this year’s headliner, and appearances by Teen Violence, the Stanfields, Wayfarer and The Bosswich. And of course, we can’t properly celebrate the uniting of our country without some great fireworks. EVENTS IN JULY There are so many events and activities for all ages in Kitchener each summer that it would be impossible to list them all here. Check out www. to see what’s coming up so you don’t miss out. I’m just highlighting a few favourites here.

Join us downtown for Cruising on King Street July 7, one of Canada’s largest classic car parades. The celebration continues on July 8 with live music by tribute bands. July 7-9 in Victoria Park music lovers will gather at the Kultrun World Music Festival featuring local, national and international world music bands, all ages interactive activities, workshops, food, craft and art market and beer garden. Starting at noon July 14-16, join other hungry barbeque rib, chicken and craft beer lovers in Victoria Park for Kitchener’s Ribfest & Craft Beer

Show. July 22 motorcycle enthusiasts and concert goers will come together to take in the 6th Annual Rock & Rumble event. You’ll enjoy live music, food trucks, craft brews and of course, motorcycles. This year’s headliner is Platinum Blonde. Discovery Square is a free program series for kids aged 5-12 focusing on science, technology, engineering, art and math each Tuesday rain or shine on Carl Zehr Square from 5:008:30pm. Stage shows by Erick Traplin or Ultimutts each night from 6:307:15pm.

A couple of months ago at a Council meeting I requested that staff take action on having the owner clean up the property of the former Mayfair Hotel across the street from City Hall

as, in my opinion, it was a mess and did not meet property standards in the eyes of the public. Staff responded back and indicated that the property does meet property standards as it’s fenced off from the public and building debris has been cleaned up since its demolition in compliance with Property Standards By-law. Staff indicated there’s nothing further they can do. Since it is downtown and looks ugly in the public’s eyes, nothing further can be done. If the same scenario was located on a residential street in my ward, the

nearby residents would have a bird and would be demanding a clean-up immediately. There is another scenario on Glasgow St. with the residents demanding the city fix the ‘dead grass’ along the boulevard after reconstruction took place a couple of years ago. The infrastructure replacement went well but the grass along the boulevard has died and is full of weeds. These residents have lovely front lawns except for the curb area which they tried to maintain as best as possible with watering. They’re demanding the

city replace the boulevard sod even though staff has acknowledged that the landscaping subcontractor’s job was acceptable. $100,000 was saved by not building a sidewalk on Glasgow St. say the residents. Put that money into replacing the sod. Compare Glasgow St. to the boulevard work of another contractor which did Vista Pl/Lakeside Dr. last year. These two streets look immaculate. Job well done. A big difference between Glasgow St and Vista Pl/Lakeside Dr. Like black and white.

With good reason, residents rarely stay calm about traffic calming. Which is why I was glad to see Kitchener council recently approve an excellent “Love My Hood”

program designed to encourage residents to take the lead in community improvement projects that include traffic calming — one of the largest neighbourhood concerns identified in Ward 9 and other parts of the city. Kitchener currently has a list of 170 streets where residents complain about speeding traffic. Based on traffic volume, about 50 would probably qualify for city action but, because of cost, we can afford to pay for traffic calming on only three streets a year.

Included in traffic-calming methods now available to neighbourhood groups are painted crosswalks, intersection road murals, planter boxes, lawn signs and alternate uses of street parking spaces. Matching city grants up to $15,000 will help pay project costs and, if a neighbourhood can’t raise enough cash, they can contribute goods or volunteer work. On the lighter side of a serious issue, yours truly lives on a oneway lane where speed bumps were introduced many years ago and

report that they do not work to slow trucks, cars and even school buses that speed down our narrow street. What does work to slow traffic near our Victoria Park home is the Canada geese patrol that slowly criss-crosses Jubilee Drive, often pausing while traffic backs up to participate in hissy-fit honking matches with impatient drivers. Unfortunately, to date, staff have refused to grab gaggles of geese and export them to areas in need of traffic calming.

Summertime is here! That means we have lots going on in downtown Kitchener. For a full list of events and festivals, pick up your copy of our #dtklove summer music

and events calendar, or view it online at Some highlights include: Kultrun World Music Festival, July 7-9th,; Kitchener Blues Festival, August 10-13,; and, free lunchtime music Tues/Thurs at Goudie’s Lane Patio and Wed/Fri at Carl Zehr Square. Dog parks: As our urban core becomes more densely populated, an interesting trend we’ve seen is that urban dwellers love to own dogs. It’s no surprise that in the last

few years we’ve seen an increase in requests for leash-free dog parks. So when city staff members receive these requests, they’ve recently started to put the question back to the residents: what is your preferred location for a leash-free dog park? Is there support within that neighbourhood to have one there? So if you are a dog owner, and you are interested to explore where to put a new dog park, start talking to other residents about it and see what interest is out there. Reach out to our neighbourhood

development office for support. The recommended size of a dog park is about 4 acres, but smaller dog parks have been seen to work in other communities. Right here in our own ward 10, we are piloting a micro dog park in George Lippert Park at 200 Weber St W. Once we see how well it’s working, we can use that learning when considering other locations. I’m curious what you think about the dog park in George Lippert Park. Please contact me with your thoughts.

City of Kitchener outdoor pools are now open

Residents have more options to cool off now that the City of Kitchener outdoor pools are open. The Harry Class, Idlewood and Wilson Pools opened in mid June. Swimmers can buy single admissions, books of tickets as well as weekend and summer passes that are valid at all indoor and outdoor pools. Kiwanis Park pool is closed for renovation this summer, and the city looks forward to reopening in 2018. You can get project updates on the city’s website www.kitchener. ca/kiwanispark. Swim times vary by location and schedules are available online at pools. Pools will close if: • Temperatures drop below 15°C • There is heavy rainfall • Staff sees lightning or hears thunder (and pools will remain closed until 20 minutes following the last sighting) There are also seven free splash pads open daily throughout the summer as well. Parents are reminded that splash pads are unsupervised facilities and that supervision is important to keep children safe. • Breithaupt Park splash pad, Breithaupt Park, 806 Union St., 519-741-2502. • Centreville Chicopee splash pad, 141 Morgan Ave., 519-741-2490 • Chandler Mowat splash pad, 222 Chandler Dr., 519741-2733 • Doon Pioneer Park splash pad, 150 Pioneer Dr., 519741-2641 • Kingsdale splash pad, 78 Wilson Ave., 519-741-2540 • Vanier Park splash pad,329 Vanier Dr. • McLennan Park splash pad, 901 Ottawa St. S. [Closed for 2017] • Victoria Park splash pad, Courtland Ave. W., 519-7412345 For more info visit www.

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WHAT WE’RE READING Princeton firefighters and

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A monthly column featuring great reads as suggested and reviewed by librarians from community fundraisers join Library. Follow along each month and discover your next great read! the Kitchener Public to deliver rescue vehicle

review will have Hugh Fraser (Agatha Christie’s stories), Garrison By Irene Schmidt-Adeney This ganmonth’s to rescue an injured snow-road trips, listening in the car while travelling is a bit of a twist. It focuses on a Keillor and Maya Angelou. a great way to get your reading in! And who Local firefighters and mem- mobiler. format rather than reviewing one But really, the best way to listen to any audiodoesn’t love being read to? bers of the community got a After the incident, the 16 particular title: audiobooks. book is to have it read to you by the author! That first look at the new rescue volunteer firefighters at the There are several ways to listen to books Listening is the station new wayorganized to be through the author presents the story or Ladies information the library. Titles are available onVEHICLE CD way, vehicle that was recently delivPrinceton PRINCETON FIRE STATION RESCUE DONORS – From left, Darlene Tait, Auxiliary ered to the Princeton fire stafundraising well areadcommunity and informed. Have with to you in exactly the way they intended youThede; to anywhere from 2 to over 20 discs. If you President; Virginia Janssen, Oxford Junior Farmer; Sue Thede, Frank Cowan Company; Terry tion. Last Wednesday evening, to popularity raise fundsof fordon’t you campaign noticed the hear it. juggle discs, look for titlesDeputy that Chief Kenwant Hall,toEnbridge; Jamie Janssen, Drew Davidson Kayla Janssen, Oxford County everyone enjoyed a barbeque the UTV . Enbridge donatedareJunior podcasts lately? With summer If Auxiliary; you are aNancy non-fiction enthusiast, listen recorded in MP3 format on oneAnne discCobb, – just Ladies Farmers; Tony Janssen; Ruck, Will Ruck, Greg Gale,toand at the station as a thank you $10,000 toward the project.make Nancy sureGale. that your disc player is compatible anything written and read by Malcom Gladwell. In to those who raised almost Ken Hall, senior communitywith MP3 formats. And if you don’t want to Born a Crime, Trevor Noah reads the story of his $30,000 to purchase the Polaris engagement advisor with En-manage any discs, eAudiobooks are available life growing up in South Africa. For anyone that Ranger 6x6 utility task vehicle bridge delivered the cheque tofrom Kitchener Public library to stream or wants to learn more about the nature of time and (UTV). The UTV is equipped the group last December and space, listen to Neil deGrasse Tyson read you download to a mobile device. Then listen to with a fire pump, hose reel and was also on hand last week to Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. your books with head phones or via Bluetooth hose, small tank, foam system enjoy the community barbeque At few fiction titles read by the author are All speakers in your car, on the dock or and emergency lights. and inspect the new vehicle. Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai, Lincoln in the The vehicle will allow Other donors includedanywhere! Bardo by George Saunders and The Bear by Claire Blandford-Blenheim firefight- CN Rail, Hydro One, Toyota, Some listeners choose a title just for the Cameron fabulous narrator. A few of the best loved ers to deal with grass fires, Frank Cowan Company, WilAsk staff at any Kitchener Public Library locasnowmobile rescues, ATV ac- liam Ruck Trucking, JDEreaders are Jim Dale (known for narrating the tion to help you find great audiobooks on disc, or Harry Potter series), Jeremy Irons (The Alchecidents, or other incidents that Electric Inc., GB Excavating, THIS MONTH’S READING: require off-road capabilities. Janssen Turkeys, the Princ-mist by Paulo Coehlo), Alan Cumming (Leviato guide you through downloading or streaming Let’s Listen to Books! About two years ago, fire- eton Firefighters Ladies Aux-than by Scott Westerfeld), David Suchet and your next best listen! fighters and ambulance re- iliary,REVIEWED Princeton BY:Firefighters, sponded to a snowmobile in- Galeforce Welding, David W. Alison Schroeder cident that was about over a Wilson Mfg. Suretrol-Bucek,For more great reading ideas, visit and click on the “Books and More” tab. Manager, Country Hills Terry PRINCETON FIREFIGHTERS WITH NEW RESCUE VEHICLE – From left, Scott Bolisak, Jeff Tait, mile from the roadway and in Ayr Farmers Mutual, to Taylor, share your own review of your Myles favourite read? TheJake library’s online catalogue Ryan Paul Bucek, Paul Brittain, Cruickshank, Deverell, Mike Kestelootenables (sitting at Community five feet of snow. The respond- Thede, Union Library Gas, and OxfordWant library card holders to write a review for any item in the collection. Simply click on the “Add right), Deputy Chief Drew Davidson (at wheel), Bob Cadwell, Myles Pynenburg, Chris Rook, Tony ers ended up pulling a tobog- Junior Farmers. Janssen, Director of Protective Services Rick Richardson. Review” tab and for your selected book, and write away!

The Hungry Farmer...with asparagus farmer Tim Barrie By Jennifer Spencer “Chef Jen” What do you get when you combine super foods and astronauts? Tim Barrie’s Asparagus Farm in North Dumfries, Ontario, of course! Welcome to our first installment in “The Hungry Farmer” feature series, where my sous chef Robin and I, Chef Jen, from Oakridge Acres in Ayr, Ontario visit local farms to get the inside scoop on what’s fresh and just what it takes to thrive in this demanding business. Today’s feature is on asparagus, or what King Louis XIV of France called “The King of Vegetables.” The sun shone bright as Robin and I pulled up in front of a large wooden sign on King Road in front of Barrie’s Asparagus Farm. The road was named after Tim’s great-grandfather James King. Who originally founded Barrie’s as “Cedardale Farm” back in 1892. Clearly Tim’s roots run deep in this area. The tree-lined lane leading up to their charming farm house was spectacular, as were the perennial flowerbeds that adorned the grounds. I was glad Tim had agreed to let us pay him a country visit today to get a “sneak peek” into the world of asparagus, a world his family knows a thing or two

about. Not only do they have four generations of farming under their belts, including everything from potatoes to cattle, but Tim’s grandfather Homer McMann was known as “The Guy” for having a 100-acre asparagus farm in Alliston, Ontario, making him the largest asparagus grower in Canada. In fact, he was so well-known for his asparagus that for 41 years he supplied Campbell’s Soup with all their asparagus. Today Tim, his wife Libby and their four children run the 35-acre asparagus and rhubarb farm, combined with their farm store and a thriving line of consumer products with everything from salsa to soap, all made locally with their own asparagus. “We’re sort of obsessed with asparagus.” Tim says. As we approached the front porch leading into their country farm store, farmer Tim came whipping around the corner, with his wide welcoming grin and a quad filled with boxes of fresh asparagus… and I do mean fresh. The asparagus he had was within 10 minutes of being picked. “Have you ever had fresh asparagus?” Tim asked with a devilish grin. I had to laugh, as his asparagus has been on my menu at work for years now,

in everything from soups to meals, to quiches, and meat pies. “I mean, have you ever had it raw?” Tim pursued. Just then a couple came out of his store, as if on cue, claiming “It’s the best thing you can put on a vegetable platter.” I had to admit that I had never actually had it raw and wondered if this was North Dumfries’ way of “screeching you in.” But before I knew it we were toasting each other before downing the tender stalks. “It’s like candy right now.” Tim remarked. “Very sweet. It tastes like fresh peas.” I couldn’t have agreed more. In the fields surrounding their farm store, customers can watch as Tim’s newest investment, an “electric harvester” glides past. Proudly Tim explained how it runs on electricity not gas or diesel. “It’s so quiet the staff fight over who gets to drive it. We try to be good stewards of the land.” “With astronaut Chris Hadfield stopping by to tour your farm the other week I need to know… do you have any plans to put asparagus in space?” I asked Tim. Tim laughed, agreeing “That’s a good question. It’s a super food that can go anywhere…”

From left: Kelly Mossman and Tim Barrie help customer Doug Chalk of Galt pick out some fresh asparagus.

Roasted Asparagus • 1 lb fresh Barrie’s Asparagus • 1 shaker of Barrie’s Asparagus Garlic Scape Sea Salt • Good quality olive oil Simply preheat your oven to 350F. Line a baking pan with tin foil. Lay your fresh stalks of asparagus in the pan. Drizzle with some olive oil and sprinkle with Barrie’s Asparagus Garlic Scape Sea Salt. Cook for 15 minutes and enjoy. Recipe provided by Tim Barrie

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Men over 30


Kitchener Citizen took the 2017 Stanley Park Optimist Club Senior T-Ball Championship beating Exquisite Floral 40 – 25 in the final game on June 24. From left: front, Luka Augustinovic, Evan Fountain, Landon Millar, Ethan Borges, Emily Gugins, Mikala Hunt, middle, Jayce Brito, Nathan Adams, Lyla Labranche, Max Stroeder, Phoenix Loschnig, Elizabeth Gugins, back, coach Rebecca Loschnig, scorekeeper Brian Millar, assistant coaches Jeremy and Tiffany Brito.

K-W Community Orchestra performing in England and Wales


he Kitchener Waterloo Community Choir Cor Meibion Maelgwn. Orchestra will embark on its fourth This time the joint piece will be Tydi a Roddaist a popular Welsh prayer by Welsh overseas concert trip in July. Along with Beethoven’s Symphony #1, composer Arwel Hughes (1909-1998) the concerts will feature music with a British beautifully arranged by Warren with lovely connection and include Mendelssohn’s resounding brass sections. Warren has played trumpet with the Hebrides Overture and Vaughan Williams’ Kitchener Waterloo Symphony since 1993 English Folk Suite. Music Director Dan Warren has arranged and has been the conductor and Music a beautiful choral piece Rise Up My Love Director with the KW Community Orchestra by Canadian composer Healey Willan for for 19 years. He is frequently in demand as a guest orchestra and also arranged two pieces for orchestra and choir. Each concert will be conductor and has performed with the performed with a choir – one from Liverpool Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova and one from North Wales. The orchestra will perform on the evening Scotia, Orchestra London, the Windsor of Friday July 7 in the Hoylake Chapel on Symphony, Symphony New Brunswick and the Wirral Peninsula as part of the Wirral the Canadian Chamber Ensemble. Also active as an arranger, his work Festival of Firsts, where the women’s chorus Singing Our Socks Off will join to perform has recently been played by the Royal the Humming Chorus from Puccini’s Symphony Orchestra in London, England. His symphonic arrangements span classical, Madame Butterfly. There will be a repeat performance on jazz, Broadway and rock styles, and have Saturday July 8 in Llandudno, where they been performed by orchestras in Canada, the 8 •be JULY 2017 • KITCHENER CITIZEN (EAST EDITION) USA, England and Asia. will performing with a Welsh Male Voice

De Boer’s Treasures The Kitchener Citizen welcomes this new column, De Boer’s Treasures by John De Boer. The column will be a regular feature each month.

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ne way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday is to recognize our progress in car manufacturing since 1867. That year Henry Seth Taylor, a watch maker and jeweller from Stanstead Quebec manufactured the first car in Canada known as the Seth Taylor Steam Buggy. His invention consisted of a horse less carriage with a coal-fired steam boiler behind the back seat. Rubber hoses carried water to the boiler from a tank located under the front axle. Steam pressure from the two cylinders powered the rear axle, producing forward motion. The steam buggy was able to travel at

a sustained 24 km/h controlled by a long handled valve located on the right side of the seat. In front of the seat was a steering tiller but don’t spend too much time looking around for brakes as they don’t exist. You can see this one of a kind vehicle in the Canada Science Technology Museum in Ottawa.

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More than 7500 people came out for the 3rd annual Neighbours Day, held at more than 40 locations across Kitchener, on June 10, 2017.

THANK YOU TO OUR CORPORATE S P O N S O R S ! Presenting sponsors:

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.

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Photos by Gerhard The weather was perfect for the third annual Neighbours Day in Kitchener on June 10. The Optimist Club donated 100 kites for a Kite Festival at the Victoria Hills Community Centre.

This budding rock star picked up a bass and joined in with a band called the Guitar Club at the Mill-Courtland Community Centre.

Above: Residents put their green thumbs up after unveiling a sign at the Mansion Greens Edible Forest Garden in Kitchener’s Weber Park. This event also included a tree walk.

From left: Andy, Abbi, and Alissia got their very own plastic firefighter helmet when the Kitchener firefighters visited the Carnival at the Mill-Courtland Community Centre.

Third annual neighbours day bigger than ever Thousands of residents came together June 10 thanks to the hard work of community members who volunteered their time to organize events across Kitchener in celebration of neighbourhoods. The 3rd annual Neighbours Day was the biggest yet, with 40 events around Kitchener. “With 21 of the 40 events being hosted by people in the community, this year’s Neighbours Day is a perfect example of the #lovemyhood strategy in action,” said Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. Events included tree-walks, public art unveilings, bike rodeos, guerilla gardening, street hockey games, live music, BBQs and potlucks. The Kitchener Citizen is proud to be a sponsor of Neighbours Day.

Benit watches a 3D printer create a plastic robot at the Country Hills branch of the Kitchener Public Library.

Vivian looks at plastic buildings in her neighbourhood made by the 3D printer at the Country Hills library.

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August 19 & 20, 2017

Canada’s largest all Mopar Car Show

Moparfest Show highlights and information

• 240+ vendors in the swap meet area • Car corral (buy or sell the car of your dreams) • New Car Display beside the grandstands (brought by the participating dealers and Chrysler Canada) • Arena has some special interest, freshly restored, unique and survivor cars. This is a must see • 50th Anniversary of the Coronet R/T and GTX in the Arena • Check out the Car Clubs located in the ball diamonds • The Canadian Dukes Museum will be here with a large display and tons of nostalgia • Door prizes all day long - you must be present to win • Food and beer tents open all day • Face painting and games for the kids • Visit Artist Michael Irvine in space 175 in the

• Cruise to Wellington Motors after Moparfest on Saturday to check out their Smoke Show • Helicopter Rides near the spectator parking field with a free shuttle to and from the show field • Get your Mopar on the Dyno – Saturday only •• Chesterfield 66 at in Chesterfield -atNovember November at 11am 11am at at Cenotaph Cenotaph in the the Chesterfield Chesterfield Cemetery the Dynocologist’s mobile dyno to try to Cemetery •• Drumbo 11 at Blenheim Public Drumbo -- November November 11 at at 11am 11am Blenheim Public School School claim the prize forattop horsepower •• Innerkip 11 at Cenotaph in Cemetery Innerkip -- November November 11Authentic at 11am 11am at at Apparel Cenotaphon in the Cemetery •- November Choko track •• New Dundee 5 at 11am at New Dundee Park New Dundee •- Draw November 5 at 11am at New Dundee Park for $5,000 in Mopar Money on Saturday •• Paris November 11 at 11am at Cenotaph Downtown Paris Paris - November 11 at 11am at Cenotaph Downtown Paris – Open to all registered participants. You must •• Plattsville 11 at 11am Plattsville -- November November 11 to at win 11am at at Plattsville Plattsville & & District District Public Public School School be present vendors field •• Princeton November 11 at 10:45am at Princeton Cenotaph Princeton - November 11 at 10:45am at Princeton Cenotaph • Draw for Mike the 1973 Dodge Chrysler Dart on Limited Sundayin Paris and D • Get yout tickets on the New This Hamburg Op-brought to Yarek This message message brought to you youtoby byall Mike Yarek Dodge Dodge Chrysler – Open pre-registered (before Limited July 1,in Paris and D timist Club’s 2017 Dodge Challenger • Tim Hortons coffee & frozen lemonade serv- 2017) 1992 and older Mopars. You and your registered vehicle must be present to win ed all day near the grandstands • Kids can fill out a ticket for the Bike Draw • Draw for the New Hamburg Optimist Club’s (free to kids 12/under). You must be present 2017 Dodge Challenger on Sunday. You do not to win. Obtain your free ticket under the need to be present to win grandstands • AutoGlym, Part Source, Rudy Held’s Performance, Mopar Canada, Zehr Insurance, MADD and more by the grandstands. •• Chesterfield - November 6 at 11am at Cenotaph in the Chesterfield Cemetery Chesterfield • Becker Bros Towing draw, Girl Guide Draw, - November 6 at 11am at Cenotaph in the Chesterfield Cemetery •• Drumbo November Drumbo - November 11 11 at at 11am 11am at at Blenheim Blenheim Public Public School School Silent Auction, draw for a $750 Yokohama •• Innerkip November 11 at 11am at Cenotaph in Cemetery Innerkip November 11 at 11am at Cenotaph in Cemetery Tires gift card •• New New Dundee Dundee -- November November 55 at at 11am 11am at at New New Dundee Dundee Park Park • 50/50 draws both days •• Paris November 11 at 11am at Cenotaph Downtown Paris - November 11 at 11am at Cenotaph Downtown Paris Paris • Bus Trip to St. Jacobs’s on Saturday at •• Plattsville Plattsville -- November November 11 11 at at 11am 11am at at Plattsville Plattsville & & District District Public Public School School 10:30am •• Princeton November 11 at 10:45am at Princeton Cenotaph Princeton - November 11 at 10:45am at Princeton Cenotaph • Breakfast in the Legion fromThis 7:30am untilbrought to you by Mike Yarek Dodge Chrysler Limited in Paris and D This message message brought to you Mike Yarek Dodge Chrysler Limited Draw forbythe 1973 Dodge Dart on Sunday . in Paris and D approximately 10am

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WELLINGTON MOTORS 935 Woodlawn Rd. W. Guelph

After Moparfest, at around 4:30pm on Saturday, cruise down to Wellington Motors in Guelph for a cruise night, dinner and one big smoke show!

At the New Hamburg Fairgrounds

68 Breithaupt St. Kitchener 519•748•5914

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Kitchener Citizen - West Edition - July 2017  

Kitchener's original community newspaper - established in 1996.

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