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International Women’s Day 2020

Join me in celebrating the remarkable women in our community who help make Waterloo Region a thriving, dynamic and more equitable place to call home


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Ontario Farmerettes - new book brings the war efforts of unsung teenage girls to light

By Carrie Debrone uietly, and without fanfare, young women in Ontario became heroes in the effort to win World War II. Yet their story is almost unknown….until now. These young women were members of the Farmerette program, initiated after war was declared in September of 1939 taking young men off farms to enlist. A shortage of workers in agriculture quickly occurred. Young women from all over Ontario stepped up, volunteering for the Farmerette program and taking on the work of planting and harvesting. A new book titled Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: Memories of Ontario Farmerettes details the history of the Farmerettes and the experiences of these young women through letters, photos and interviews. And the book is soon to be turned into a play to be written by Alison Lawrence and staged by artistic director Kim Blackwell of the 4th Line Theatre near Peterborough in


Grandpa Nick Sitter (Bonnie Sitter’s husband’s grandfather) with some of the Farmerettes who worked on his Thedford farm. Submitted Photo 2022. This compelling story of how young Canadian women worked on Ontario farms,

stepping up to do the jobs that were usually done by men, was co-authored by Bonnie Sitter of Exeter and Shirleyan English of

London. In preparation for the new play, Blackwell, playwright Lawrence and the two authors

will be hosting an event at the Kitchener Public Library on April 4 from 10am to 12 noon to reminisce with former Farmerettes and anyone who is interested in the Farmerette program. Sitter and English will also be speaking at a Probus meeting in Kitchener on April 2. Initiated by the Ontario Farm Service Force, the Farmerette program ran from 1941 to 1952. The book offers readers a glimpse of what it was like to be in the farm work program that saw more than 20,000 women aged 16 to 18 years old move from their homes to live in camps or with billets and work at nearby farms harvesting fruits and vegetables as they came into season. The work was hard and often done in the hot sun. They sometimes worked six days a week cutting asparagus, picking strawberries, climbing trees to collect cherries, harvesting celery, peppermint, melons, onions and peaches and planting, hoeing and weeding. ...continued on page 20

MARWAN TABBARA, M.P. Kitchener South – Hespeler

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Construction to start in March on repairs to Carl Zehr Square by Helen Hall onstruction is expected to begin this month on repairs to Carl Zehr Square and other exterior areas around Kitchener City Hall. The city has budgeted $11.8-million for the project that includes repairing the concrete surface that covers Carl Zehr Square, and replacing the parking garage water proofing membrane and trench drains to stop damage from water leaking into the parking garage.


Kitchener City Hall was built in 1993, and the outdoor square has become a hub for community events. Heritage Restoration Inc. of Stouffville won the tender for the project. Kitchener’s Director of Facilities Management Asad Qureshi said that the reflecting pool and fountains, skating rink and stage will remain in the square, but will be refurbished and redesigned to help make the space more adaptable for larger events. The fountains will be in a

Carl Zehr Square during the winter months.

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Artist’s rendition of the new design of Carl Zehr Square with the outdoor rink. Illustration from the City of Kitchener

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shallower pool of about five centimetres of water that slopes away from city hall. The new design will make it easier to

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drain and cover the pool for large events in the square like Oktoberfest. Energy efficient lighting will be added to the square and improvements made to make it more accessible. Qureshi said the first phase of the two year project will be work on Carl Zehr Square and the College Street exterior area of city hall. He said there will always be available entrances and exits to the building, which will be marked at the construction site. The Duke Street back entrance to city hall and the Young Street exterior of the building will be done in the next phase. The project is expected to be completed early


in 2022. Qureshi said that the outdoor reconstruction team has been “working closely” with the City of Kitchener Special Events department because the exterior work will mean changes for some outdoor events usually held at city hall during the next two years. The Kitchener Blues Festival is moving the city hall stage of its August event to the parking lot at 44 Gaukel Street, the arts and technology building owned by the City of Kitchener. Qureshi said that the City of Kitchener website will keep citizens up-to-date with information about changes to outdoor events at city hall. View from above King Street, looking towards City Hall.

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Artist’s rendition of Carl Zehr Square in the summer with the reflecting pool. Illustration from the City of Kitchener Comprehensive Master Plan | City Hall Outdoor Spaces GSP Group | MTE Consulting | RSA Architects | Mighton Engineering

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5 SENSES GALA - The 5 Senses Gala, a fundraiser for DeafBlind Ontario Services, was held at the Galt Country Club on February 28. MacNeil & Dodd Pharmacy is the major sponsor of the event. Diane Gabay, whose son lives in the DeafBlind residence in Ayr was the guest speaker. From left: Patrick MacNeil, Diane Gabay, and Linda MacNeil. The Kitchener Citizen is a media sponsor of the event. Photo by Helen Hall

Fischer-Hallman Road will be closed this summer following discovery of Indigenous artifacts Helen Hall art of Fischer-Hallman Road is expected to be closed from May to November following the discovery of 965 Indigenous artifacts near Strasburg Creek. A Stage 3 archaeological assessment was done by Wood Environment and Infrastructure Solutions between Bleams and Plains Road prior to the Region’s plan to widen Fischer-Hallman and add three roundabouts to the southwest portion of the road. The artifacts, along with evidence of a longhouse and a First Nation village, were found near Bleams Road where the Strasburg Creek crosses Fischer-Hallman. The Region’s planning committee approved a recommendation to hire Wood Environment to do a Stage 4 archaeological assessment between Bleams and Huron Roads. About 120 metres of the area just north of Strasburg Creek will be excavated by hand to salvage, identify, and document all archaeological artifacts. This Stage 4 assessment is expected



to take six to seven months, and First Nations field liaison representatives will participate. Fischer-Hallman will be closed between Bleams and Huron during the excavation, and the detour will be Trussler Road. The cost of the stage 4 assessment is estimated to be $1.6-million, and clearance will be required from the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries before the road construction can begin. A twin box culvert will replace the 900mm diameter culvert pipe that currently carries water from Strasburg Creek under Fischer-Hallman. Once complete, the reconstructed roadway will go from two lanes to four lanes with raised centre medians and boulevard multi-use trails for pedestrians and cyclists. In 2021, two roundabouts will be constructed on FischerHallman at its intersections with Bleams Road and Rosenberg Way. In 2023 a third roundabout will be constructed at the intersection with Wallaceton Way. The entire road reconstruction project is expected to be completed in 2023.

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Encouraging Hope for Earth Day 2020

By Tamanna Kohi Development and Communications Officer id you know that, according to the Region of Waterloo, almost 90% of people feel personal responsibility to help protect the environment? Despite the overwhelming concern, this feeling does not always translate into a behavioural change. More than ever, we are witnessing the effects of climate change, which comes with feelings of both hope and despair. It can be easy to feel hopeless as we see little to no action in our communities — or maybe pockets of action, but perhaps we don’t know how to get involved. On April 22 this year, people around the globe will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day — a pivotal year for the earth. The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action —an enormous challenge, but also a plethora of opportunities for the future of all forms of life. Together, we can celebrate the earth and remind ourselves of our interconnectedness with nature. The hope of a better future for our children and grandchildren can inspire us to make changes in our daily lives. If you are looking for that surge of hope and inspiration, you can join the rare Charitable Research Reserve and Musagetes for a special celebration, called ‘Planet in the Square —by rare’ at Centre in the Square, in downtown Kitchener, on April 22 at 7:00pm. It will be an evening of art and activism celebrating the beneficial impact that protecting our local environment can have on a global scale. Canada’s best-known photographer and prominent lecturer, Edward Burtynsky, will be sharing the rare

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

Hours of operation: Tuesday to Friday: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday: 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. Closed Sundays and Mondays



WEEKLY IN JULY AND AUGUST, 8:30 A.M. TO 4:30 P.M. COST: $237/WEEK Kids from 7 to 12 years of age take over the Marketplace for an interactive cooking camp. Your little chefs-in-training should expect to roll up their sleeves and get messy! Days will begin with quiet activities leading into a full fun day of cooking, crafts and entertainment. Families are encouraged to register early, as spaces are expected to fill up quickly. Visit kitchenermarket.ca/camp


Join us Wednesday evenings on the upper level, in the Marketplace for cooking classes and demos designed to improve your knowledge and abilities as well as simply provide a great evening out with friends. Each class costs $52 per person and runs from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Registration is required. Visit kitchenermarket.ca/cookingclasses


The Kitchener Market is a great place for family fun! Kids Hop takes place every other Tuesday and Kids Art is every Thursday (unless otherwise stated). Bring the kids out to play, sing and create from 11 a.m. to noon. For the most current info, visit kitchenermarket.ca/calendar

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Paul Langlois of the Tragically Hip will perform with the Skydiggers at Planet in the Square at the Centre in the Square on April 22. Facebook photo stage with environmental activist, winner of the 2016 International Children’s Peace Prize and one of Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence, Kehkashan Basu. The night will end with a musical performance by the Skydiggers, featuring Paul Langlois of The Tragically Hip. The world needs you — and your actions —for Earth Day 2020. By joining Planet in the Square, you will learn about the exciting direction

rare, your urban land trust and environmental institute, is taking by bringing together conservation, science, the arts and Indigenous ways of knowing and being. Show your support for the lands you love by joining with friends, family and local youth. Tickets are a steal at only $10 each or $5 for students thanks to generous sponsors. Call Centre in the Square at 519-578-1570 for more information.

Cowan Insurance Group awarded Platinum Status by Canada’s Best Managed Companies for a second year


owan Insurance Group, a leading Canadian insurance brokerage and consulting firm, was recognized for the eighth consecutive year by the prestigious Canada’s Best Managed Companies program, earning Platinum Club status, for a second straight year. Now in its 27th year, Canada’s Best Managed Companies is one of the country’s leading business awards programs recognizing Canadian-owned and managed companies for innovative, worldclass business practices. Cowan has proven itself as a market leader in commercial and personal insurance, group benefits, and wealth management through its client-centric approach to doing business and commitment to innovation and

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excellence. “Best Managed Platinum Club winners are resilient. They have been consistent in successfully adapting to change throughout the years and overcoming economic challenges,” said Kari Lockhart, Partner, Deloitte Private and Co-Leader, Canada’s Best Managed Companies program. “These companies truly impact how Canada is viewed on the world stage when it comes to the success of private business.” Applicants are evaluated by an independent judging panel comprised of representatives from program sponsors, in addition to special guest judges. 2020 Best Managed companies share commonalities that include a clear and concise strategy, and investment in resources

and development with a strong emphasis on corporate social responsibility. “Attaining Platinum status for a second consecutive year is a testament to our employees who continually go the extra mile and deliver excellence,” said Heather McLachlin, President of Cowan Insurance Group. “We care about what you care about is more than simply our tagline, it’s how we do business. Our clients are at the centre of all that we do.” Winners will be recognized at the annual Canada’s Best Managed Companies gala in Toronto on April 1, 2020. The Best Managed program is sponsored by Deloitte Private, CIBC, Canadian Business, Smith School of Business, and TMX Group.

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Stacy McLennan Collections Curator and Registrar

From our Collection


from the Canadian National Archives and confirmed without a doubt that the plane was the bomber LL720. Jaap then began the search for the crew’s family members and, with the group Wings to Victory, plan for the installation of a memorial near the crash site. In July 2019, seemingly out of the blue, I received an email from Jaap through the K-W branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (I was the Secretary), informing me about the finding of LL720, and that a memorial plaque for the crew would be installed in the coming months. And so, a group of about 90 people gathered at the Paviljoen ’t-Schor on a beautiful Saturday afternoon to unveil the memorial plaque. John Bonneville’s nephew Pat and his wife Terrie, Assistant Canadian Military Attaché Sgt. Jo Anne Wiseman, representatives from the Dutch Air Force and Wings to Victory, and people from the area were in attendance. There was music by the Canadian Scottish Memorial Pipes and Drums and the Bierkaal Brass played the Dutch and Canadian anthems. Jan-Frans Mulder, the Mayor of Hulst, welcomed everyone to the ceremony, and Jaap told the story of how he and Mark found the plane. Karen, Pat and I then unveiled the plaque. The haunting strains of the Last Post were sounded, and the crowd fell silent for two minutes. After flowers and wreaths were laid at the base of the plaque, Karen, Pat and I spoke, through our tears, of our lost loved ones, of our everlasting gratitude for everyone who made this day possible, especially Jaap and Mark. We also expressed our abiding thanks to the people of The Netherlands for their continued honour and care for all of the Canadians killed there in the war. The afternoon finished with a fly over arranged by Wings to Victory, and a reception in the Paviljoen for all of those who attended to share our stories. The following morning, we were invited to attend a Remembrance Day service at the historic Kloostersande Church. In a moving ceremony, a candle was lit for each member of the LL720 crew and for many of the local soldiers and civilians who had been killed in the war. For more information about LL720, and other aircraft that were downed in the southwestern Netherlands in the Second World War, visit www.wingstovictory. nl.

Waterloo Region

In 1906, Charles Harry Boehmer (1877 to 1963) of Kitchener, Ontario began to study opera in Milan, Italy. He gave concerts in Italy and the United States to great acclaim. Charles later toured South American with an Italian opera company and, in 1919, was engaged by the Chicago Opera Company. Later in life, Charles returned to Kitchener and joined the family business, A. & C. Boehmer Box Company, becoming president. Visit the Hall of Fame exhibits located on the second floor of the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum.

10 Huron Road, Kitchener 519-748-1914 www.waterlooregionmuseum.ca

On exhibit February 7 to August 3, 2020

By Lynn Dramnitzi n February 19, 1944, the crew of R.C.A.F. 408 Squadron’s Lancaster bomber LL720 left their base at Lintonon-Ouse, Yorkshire. They were part of the armada of over 800 bombers conducting a raid on Leipzig, Germany. A German Night Fighter shot down their plane at 5:40am, as they were returning to base. The crew, Pilot Elmer Stanley Winn R.C.A.F. (age 23), Flight Engineer Ellis Willam Bolt R.A.F. (age 24), Navigator James Richard Leaman R.C.A.F. (age 21), Bomb Aimer John Raymond Bonneville R.C.A.F. (age 23), Wireless Operator Reginald Herbert Wade R.C.A.F. (age 26), Air Gunner Norman H. Brown U.S.A.F. (age 21), and my Uncle, Air Gunner Eldore Dramnitzki R.C.A.F. (age 22), were all killed. The wreckage of that plane lay hidden until 2013 when historians began searching for any remnants from the plane and found parts of a Lancaster Bomber about 20 feet from the riverbank near Paal, The Netherlands. On November 9, 2019, my cousin, Karen Goebel, her husband Gerry, daughter Kimberley, my husband Jon and I stood on the dyke at the hamlet of Paal, (about 35kms west of Antwerp) listening to Jaap Geensen explain how he and Mark Zwartelé, historians from the Werkgroep Archeologie Hulst, found the wreckage of LL720. We came to Paal to attend a special ceremony to unveil a plaque honouring our uncle and the crew of that bomber. Eldore was the youngest child of Caroline and Gottlieb Dramnitzki. He joined the R.C.A.F. in August 1942, and was sent overseas in August 1943. His military records described him as, “Good solid type, keen to be an air gunner. Neat, well-mannered, and sincere.” In the fall of 2012, Jaap and Mark began their search for an English bomber that was rumoured to have crashed during the Second World War in what is now the Saeftinghe Bird Sanctuary along the Westerscheldt River. They found what they were looking for in May 2013. There were serial numbers on those parts, but nothing that identified the bomber to which they belonged. Jaap then began the detective work to identify the plane, which was Canadian, and its crew. He spoke to eyewitnesses and searched the records at Vlissingen and Schoonselhof War Cemeteries and the German and Dutch Archives. After narrowing the search to two planes, Jaap obtained John Bonneville’s records

Stacy McLennan is the Collections Curator and Registrar for Region of Waterloo Museums. Stacy can be contacted at smclennan@regionofwaterloo.ca

Struggle for Freedom On exhibit February 7 to August 3, 2020

Kitchener family attends ceremony in Netherlands honouring their uncle and his bomber crew shot down in World War II

Struggle for Freedom

Lynn Dramnitzi and her cousin Karen Goebel stand with a memorial plaque for the crew of a Lancaster Bomber shot down in The Netherlands during World War II. The plaque was unveiled in November 2019.

Coffee drinkers in the 1800s often had a coffee bean roaster, like this one, in their homes. Coffee beans were purchased green, roasted to bring out their flavor, and then ground, often with a mortar and pestle. This particular roaster dates from the 1850s and would have been used in a hearth. The handle rotates the cylinder, moving the beans so that they roast evenly. Later, roasters were adapted to be used on iron cook stoves.


On exhibit to August 3, 2020



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Her Story A Woman’s Life, 1850 to 1900

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Doctor, Tailor, Chef, Activist, Farmer, Writer, Artist, Entrepreneur - Victorian women could claim these vocations and more.

On exhibit to August 3, 2020

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Naturescaping seminar series




Register now for any of these five seminars to inspire you to create beautiful outdoor spaces without much water use. Tuesday, March 31, 7:30 - 9 p.m. Cambridge Centre for the Arts Looks Good Enough to Eat! Permaculture: Living off YOUR Land with Sean James Learn how to grow food on your property including creative solutions for city yards, keeping your edible garden ornamental and how to use edible natives and perennials to be eco-friendly. Saturday, April 4, 10 - 11:30 a.m. Breslau Community Centre Dazzling Natives with Aileen Barclay - Join us to learn about the best native plants for urban gardens that will help you achieve stunning results... plants that also help our local bees and butterflies! Tuesday, April 14, 7:30 - 9 p.m. The Aud, Kitchener (Wright Auto Sales Lounge) Garden Design Secrets with Robert Pavlis - Professional garden designers use a number of important concepts for garden design that are easy to learn and apply to any garden. Learn some of the experts’ secrets to create your own stunning garden. Sunday, April 19, 1 - 2:30 p.m. Wilmot Recreation Complex Tips and Tricks for Easy Gardening with David Hobson - Put the watering can down and put your feet up to relax! A helpful and humorous look at how to keep your garden looking great, without the hose hassles! Saturday, April 25, 10 - 11:30 a.m. RIM Park, Waterloo Waterwise Gardening with Ben Cullen More rain, less often: this is the new normal for Canadian gardeners. Is your property equipped to deal with everything from drought to deluge? Join Ben Cullen to discuss responsible water management in your garden, from plant selection and beyond.

Register at www.regionofwaterloo.ca/conservation or call 519-575-4400.

by Raj Saini MP for Kitchener Centre

Dear friends and neighbours, I hope you are all doing well and are staying warm this season. Spring is just around the corner, which means that tax filing season is upon us! I know that many of you are getting ready to file your returns or have already filed them. Remember that the last date to file your returns to avoid penalties is April 30. To assist Kitchener Centre residents with their taxes, my office is happy to once again host Free Income Tax Clinics in partnership with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). To find out if you are eligible for the free clinics please give my office a call at 519-741-2001. As taxpayers, we all need to be vigilant of scammers. It is important to keep in mind that the CRA will never threaten anyone with an arrest or a prison sentence. When in doubt, always ask yourself, does the CRA have your most up-to-date information, and is the caller pressuring you to act immediately? Remember that the CRA will never use aggressive language or accept payment by prepaid credit cards or gift cards. You can report the scam by calling the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888495-8501, or if you believe that you are a victim of fraud, please call the Waterloo Regional Police immediately. If your Social Insurance Number (SIN) is lost or stolen, you can contact Service Canada at 1-800-206-7218. March marks a very important day,

International Women’s Day. This is an opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements, to take a stand for gender equality, and to raise awareness of the struggles faced daily by women around the world. In Waterloo Region, we are surrounded by activists, advocates and trailblazers who work tirelessly day and night to advance gender equality. Among these fierce advocates and trailblazers are my exceptional Kitchener constituency office team. These wonderful women inspire me every day, and their hard work and dedication to the community truly make them champions in their own right. To further advance gender equality, the Government of Canada has created the first federal Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence, has introduced legislation to close the gender wage gap, will take additional steps to promote women entrepreneurs, and will encourage women to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and the skilled trades. These are no small accomplishments, and with the passion and inspiration of the women in our community, we can create a promising future for everyone. I look forward to seeing you all at the annual Team Saini March Break Family Skate on Monday, March 16, from 12pm to 2pm, at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium.



by Marwan Tabbara MP for Kitchener South—Hespeler

hile we’ve had quite the cold snap these last few weeks, spring is fast approaching. As we eagerly wait for our surroundings to flourish once again, I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about the important work our government has undertaken to ensure our economy flourishes and Canadians prosper. Over the past 5 years, the policies we have pursued have paid dividends when it comes to strengthening our economy as a whole. According to Statistics Canada, in 2019 Canada received $66.8 billion in foreign direct investment into our economy. This investment is a staggering 18.6% increase over the previous year, and shows that investors the world over are looking with confidence to Canada’s strong economy, stable and low-risk business environment and highly skilled, educated and diverse workforce. We are currently working hard to ratify the new NAFTA agreement (CUSMA). This agreement will serve to boost that confidence by increasing the stability and predictability investors crave, and ensuring that 99.9% of Canadian exports to our largest trading partners are tarifffree. Closer to home, the positive effects of these policies are also apparent. A competitive business environment, coupled with a $110 million contribution by the federal government, allowed Toyota to create 450 new jobs while

building its best-selling vehicle right here in Cambridge, with plans to build luxury vehicles starting in 2022. Helping Canadians prosper is about more than good economic numbers however. It’s also about helping those in our communities who need it most and making sure that every Canadian has the opportunity to thrive. In our first mandate, we cut taxes on the middle class, created the Canada Child Benefit, and increased Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement. This resulted in the largest 3-year reduction in poverty in Canadian history and helped lift over 1 million Canadians out of poverty, including over 300,000 children, and 70,000 seniors. There is still more to be done to help Canadian families and reduce poverty in this country. In this new mandate, we have cut taxes for the middle class once again and introduced the Climate Action Incentive and the Canada Workers Benefits. While we eagerly wait for spring to bring on its positive changes, I can’t help but think of the ways our government has brought its own positive change and look forward to building on that progress. I would also like to thank everyone who came out to spend some time with me at one of my Family Day free skates. It was a real pleasure spending time with you, and I hope to see you again soon!

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Dear Carrie Debrone, urgingCitizen the populace toand stockpile I was pleased to get your Kitchener (east edition) found it quite informative and Isupplies, thank you and for it.America’s president spouting every the hour, yougascan begoing forgiven I just read your shortinanities article regarding natural rates down for residential customers. if the current COVID-19 outbreak has you You write that Kitchener Utilities have a 2,100 cubic meter average use running to Costco to purchase a vat of olive annually for its residential customers. I still have an imperial gas meter, oil and a skid of baked beans. which shows the consumption in cubic feet. I have never been able to read remember are.seem Historically, matter, even the who meterwe readers to have a that meter and as for thatBut havetheowned thea bill middle problem with it as well.Canadians Why else would city issue in theground amount of $452? panic and placid. We won’t pay two hundred dollars for between January bill had been $222.16. February, there sat anMy ineffective coronavirus face mask, but $295.79, neither do weI already foolishly up and took notice, but then excused it by, the winter being especially harsh. book cruises on floating sardine cans. Well, most of us don’t. However, when I received my March bill, I knew that something was very WhatI we canthedoUtility in these uncertain timestoistake takea piece stockofofpaper our wrong. called Office and was asked pantries. Again, the middle we seek. Youthat might I didnot not and a pen and read it’s the meter myself. ground To this request I replied ask my homemade recipe you should knowfor how to grandma’s read the imperial meter andpickle aside from that,but it wasn't my job. The lady talked to was nice andbox agreed to send somebody to do also stopIordering thatvery cardboard of food every week!out You’ll

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another reading and also promised to call me back once this was done. It ground beef and or pumpkin These staples are was the very next daybeans, that I received her call hummus. telling me that the new amount nutritious, easily concocted, and shelf-stable. owing was now $200.10, a mere difference of $251.90. I only wonder how Ofthe course, youbeen need to stake out a pantry for the provisions. often meter had misread in the past. My neighbours on our either side have meters and I had came previously We’re blessed at house; our metric 1960s-era bungalow with if I could get one that I would be able to read. The answer to that asked a built-in cold cellar, but everyone can designate a storeroom consisted of a flat NO. for non-perishables. You then brainstorm the family favourites The city had pre-authorized withdrawal privileges for 2004/005 which that can beup made withthat theI revoked canned,that theprivilege. dry, or Ithe have they bungled so badly didfrozen. ask that Ioffice recipes created motherwhich and Igrandmother toinherited please send me a paper trail by for my my records never received who nor did answer to my requestsixteen and, of course, oneprivation can forget that aboutsaw an fedI get ouranhousehold through years of apology. the start of the Great Depression and the end of a global war. I realize it isneed up tothat yourpedigree; discretion to publish or not to and publish my But you that don’t just ask Google you’re letter. However if you decide to print it I would like to warn my fellow instantly connected to "vigilant" a myriadevery of cost-saving favourites from "Kitchenerites" to be extra time that Utility Bill arrives.

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Remember that the worst-case COVID-19 scenario means a Respectfully, Ingrid E. Merkel quarantine of only 14 days, so rethink that Costco skid of beans.

need all the cash you can spare for soap and Kleenex. Do you really want to be in close quarters with someone whose No, a good larder should be economical, versatile, and easy idea of a home-cooked meal involves a can opener and a spoon? to maintain without worrying if you paid a dime too much for I think not. Instead, involve everyone who might be sharing that can of tuna. That means having a frank discussion with your your space. Teens will eat that tuna dish if there are Doritos loved ones about what essentials should be stocked in the event for dessert. Remember that you are selling an adventure, not that your family must hole up in the hacienda for a few weeks. enduring the Apocalypse. After all, current social trends give us a solitary advantage; In times like these, our greatest strength lies in our cultural our Netflix binges and video game marathons have made us character; we’re tough, resilient, and have a political system that as comfortable as hobbits in holes. We’re just making a tiny winnows out the wacky (well, most of the time). So, yes, do As a relatively new arrival Kitchener I've been the very impressed by thebut Artsalso office at City Hall and with how they provided adjustment in food prep frominphone-summoned to exploring hand-made. wash your hands, plan your pantries.

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Just what makes Kitchener so good at Arts development?

photographic arts opportunities here and first impressions are very me with information about what was going on here. Those people in turn 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 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 We don't want that two bedroom house within convenient driving by emerging companies like web designers, animation houses, software Timimage Louis distance to the golf course or mall. Speaking as one of those underfunded producers, locally based video firms, electronic images for broadcasters MP bad for Kitchener-Conestoga independent art producers i'll tell you I've lived in some very etc.is growing as the manufacturing base has declined. The live conditions just to be close to my working environment. An example being entertainment industries, local graphic designers and most especially the when living in my various illegal Toronto warehouse studios ast week, I had the opportunity to speak withmany overyears 300 emerging are currently takingbodes applications for youth betweeneven thein ages gallery system well for business opportunities, this before students they were at condoized. 5 different schools in our community. They downturn. of 14 and 26. The deadline to apply is March 19th. If you or There are basically two reasons for artists to be in an area. A slightly Kitcheneryou is projected be growingfeel by free a conservative of were inspiring conversations; students were engaged, shared someone know istointerested, to contactestimate my office compact arts community with low rents and the availability of galleries or 100,000 people over the next 20 years and plans call for a big investment their and asked visited more information. have noticedIthat thereUniversity is a vibrant infor venuesideas, to showcase the artmeaningful produced. I questions. conversions of existing warehouse buildings into studio style live work of Waterloo, Catholic OurTechnically government is committed to addressing youth issues theatre networkWilfrid here thatLaurier none theUniversity, less is going Resurrection through hard times. The space. the manufacturing base has down- turned and left a lot music scene isSchool, really good with aHeights solid choice of local talent that is well Secondary Forest Collegiate Institute, and ofwith several initiatives. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a empty buildings. publicized by a few local free publications. Radio thank generally the national Elmira District Secondary School. A special youfollows goes out council there that are advises him on youth We If out of youth those numbers 10 percent artists in allmatters. media that standard corprock but the University of Waterloo has an outstanding actually work introduced at their art allthe of usCanada are goingService to need some of this space to to all the teachers for allowing me to engage with your students have also Corps, a national community station. build up our community. Artists, of being artists though, dothat notempowers like to be and have these discussions. You should feel proud of their movement to build a culture volunteer service The huge pool of university students to draw from for a vocal audience how to do things. The local government is working hardthis to reach that maturity; hard work invest in our children evident.and told young Canadians to make an impact. Through program with some the disposable cashyou helps in keeping the citiesis vibrant level where they can integrate the needs of the artistic community enthusiastic. The numberare of professional is still small enough so that Young Canadians the mostartists educated, connected, and participants can development travel Canada into their plans.and work on volunteer lead they know one another.has ever seen. I believe that engaging youth seamlessly diverse our country projects with all different types themes. Participants can also Many studies have shown time andof again how efficient an Arts based are quickly seeing astounding growth in the digital imaging is We an integral part to governing. It is important to hear from all get mirco-grants for projects in their own communities. We also community can be. A planning group called The Prosperity Council industry. Fortunately, as a photographer who has been working in digital specifically calls for a huge investment for artists and art based businesses perspectives, and imperative that youth are not left out of our have a strong Youth Policy that was created with feedback from for years it helps me integrate my own work into video, 3D, web, encourage them to choose Kitchener a place to work. This is the first conversations. The future is theirs, the decisions we make across Canada. Because ofasthis, policies directly related advertising, etc. So I think, personally, theand opportunities in Kitchener are toyouth time I have found a directed approach to our niche, but very valuable better than An example being thethe cable TV (Rogers) that works to youth around skills and innovation, employment, truth and today willToronto. impact future generations most. segment of society. If even fifty percent of the plans get done it is still an the regions schools artisians in locally very to involve In hard addition to classroom visits andand discussions, I have produced recently attractive reconciliation, are being implemented. Youth are the place to and buildmore a career. programming. launched the first ever Kitchener-Conestoga Youth Council. The future of Canada, and we need all their voices helpthe shape the Our image production is now pixels andtowith recent Let's not forget that Kitchener/Waterloo was voted the most intelligent goal of this council is to meet on a monthly basis to discuss visons we want generations to come. announcement of a new 5 million dollar Federal grant to establish a city and speaking as a newcomer it is very evident that the level of digital media centre in downtown offersany unexcelled issues that are isaffecting youth. agenda will be time determined As always, my office is the available to core, helpitwith federal professionalism visibly high here.The People waste little and the massive to work of the leading edge image systems in theor welcome i've received in presenting my own to various galleries by our own future leaders. Together weportfolio can address topics like opportunities issues. Please feel with free some to contact us at Tim.Louis@parl.gc.ca world. In fact there are plans to make Kitchener a regional and companies has been warm and enthusiastic. A very nice event held environment, careers, affordability, mental health and more. We call us at 519-578-3777 in town is the quarterly parties at the KW regional art gallery. Mellow communications hub and that leads into the possibility of thousands of new people who enjoy art meet each other with cool jazz and some ambient uses for my photos. There is a very good internet system here and if you would like more dub from the djs. The Kitchener Citizen invites you to share your experiWith the projected growth of the regions artists in all mediums I have info just go to the net and most community plans are available. The next ences with the community as a guest columnist. Do you have a rant? A viewpoint about a local event or opinion important issue? Or, do this region of oneabout of thean "Silicon Valley" inspired found there are many dynamic, specifically targeted plans, by the three years will establish you have a government personal or funny story? The is looking writers who are willing to share theirideas views their in a examples of a thriving gateway of new andwith I feel veryneighbours fortunate to municipal in particular, to Kitchener foster a Citizen (relatively) large for be able to establish myselfand here with so many other creative community investment development towards artist integration. I was must guest column. Columnsinshould be 400-500 words long and submissions include your name contact information.To submitartists. your column




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Grade 8 essay project asks students what they love about Canada By Carrie Debrone eing proud of Canada and being Canadian is something that a lot of Canadians don’t often have the chance to think about. Kitchener resident Lorna Hundt has always been a proud Canadian. She even helped found her family’s bus line company,




Great Canadian Holidays & Coaches, in part based on the pride she felt for our country. Many of the Kitchener company’s very recognizable buses have their exteriors painted with scenes from across Canada and Canadian symbolic icons. Taking a more passive role in the running of the company in recent years afforded Hundt, who

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prizes of up to $1,000. Hundt plans to expand the project next year to include all grade 8 students in the Waterloo Region Catholic School Board. Each 300 – 500 word essay entry will be adjudicated by Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky, Jayne Herrin, WRDSB Chair and Hundt. The project aims to provide young people with the opportunity to look beyond their immediate surroundings and reflect on what Canada means to them as they begin to make decisions about their future education and life choices. “About two years ago I was lying in bed one morning and the idea just came to me,” Hundt said about the project. “I was thinking about what I’m personally passionate about and I thought, well, I’m passionate about Canada and about kids so let’s come up with something that puts the two together,” she said. Hundt said she targeted grade 8 students because she remembered that it was about the age that she personally began thinking about her own future and about the larger questions in life. “I wanted to get them before they become too cool for school. I think this will give them a chance to think about what we as Canadians can do better, and I encourage them to think big,” she said. “Not everyone is proud of Canada and we are leaving our kids and grandkids with a lot of problems like the environment and provincial debt. Maybe younger people have some great ideas about how to solve these problems, but we’ll never know what the youth of today are thinking if there’s no

Lorna Hundt conversation around their ideas. All I can hope is to stir some souls,” she said. “They are the leaders of tomorrow and, boy, should we pay attention.” Hundt would love to see her project grow across Canada, but she warns she does not want it to turn into a commercial venture. “I guess it’s a wait and see as to what will happen in the future,” she said, adding that to become a Canada-wide project would involve finding major sponsors and lots of backers. Great Canadian Holidays & Coaches is funding the contest prize money, which includes $1,000 for first place as well as a $250 donation to the Nutrition for Learning program at the winner’s school. Second place will receive $500 and a $200 donation to the Nutrition for Learning program, and third place will receive $250 plus a $100 donation to Nutrition for Learning. Essays are being accepted until May 15 and the winners will be chosen by late May. An awards ceremony to present the prizes is being planned for June. For complete information on the contest and to obtain an entry form visit mycanadaproject.com

Deputy Police Chief retires


aterloo Regional Police deputy chief Kevin Chalk took the leap into retirement on February 29, 2020, after 38 years of dedicated service. Chalk began his policing career as a beat officer in Waterloo in 1982. Before becoming an inspector in 1992, he served in frontline patrol, drug enforcement, emergency response, and executive officer. In 2001, Chalk was promoted to superintendent and was named Deputy Chief in 2013.  “From a very early age all I ever wanted to do was policing,” said Chalk. “The timing of my retirement is best for me personally and the service.  The service is strong and there are emerging leaders ready to assume the reins.”

Deputy Chief Kevin Chalk

In 2002, Deputy Chief Chalk received the Governor General’s Exemplary 20-yearService Medal in recognition of his loyal and meritorious service to law enforcement in Canada. He also became a member of the Order of Merit of Police Forces in October 2019.




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The City of Kitchener offers many affordable and fun summer camp options for a variety of interests and age groups, beginning at 4 years old. Is your child into cooking? The Kitchener Market runs weekly ‘Kids in The Kitchen’ camps. Do you want your little ones to get outside and stay active? Camps are offered at various community centres and pools throughout the city as well as at Kiwanis Park, Huron Natural Area and Doon Valley Golf Course. The city’s ‘It’s all about YOUth’ camp takes place at Stanley Park Community Centre and makes day camp possible for youth with disabilities youth with disabilities and special needs.


“ “Summer camps through the City of Kitchener are so much fun!” “

“Summer camps through the City of Kitchener are so much fun! They give children the opportunity to pursue their interests, learn new skills and make new friends in a safe and welcoming environment,” says Janice Ouellette, supervisor of children’s and youth services. “We even have kids who enjoy it so much, they return as teenagers to be leaders and counsellors.”

Registration is now open and camps often fill-up quickly, so register early. The City of Kitchener believes recreation programs should be available and accessible to everyone and that includes camps, so fee assistance, camp readiness and inclusion support is available to qualified campers and their families. Some camps even offer before and after care options to make drop-off and pick-up times convenient and stress-free. To find more information and get started on planning an exciting summer, visit Kitchener.ca/camps


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ST RAT E G IC P L A N 2019-2022

Together, let’s build an innovative, caring and vibrant Kitchener

We’re interested in your views on affordable housing in Kitchener Everyone in our community deserves a place to call home. The City of Kitchener is working to make housing attainable for all by creating an Affordable Housing Strategy in collaboration with community groups, the Region of Waterloo and the development industry In January 2020, City staff completed a Housing Needs Assessment to review the state of housing in Kitchener across the entire housing continuum, which includes: • • • • • • • •

Visit www.kitchener.ca/camps for more information or call 519-741-2382.

Homelessness Emergency Shelter Transition Housing Community Housing Affordable rental housing Affordable home ownership Market rental housing Market home ownership

In its 13 key findings, the report identified gaps in our community including a need for:

As we welcome spring, the sun is out longer, and the days get warmer, you can bet with doggone certainty people are bringing out their pooches in Kitchener. The city is home to 220 green spaces, all of which are dog friendly and a great place to spend some time with our four-legged friends. The city has two large dog parks where your furry companion can roam respectfully without a leash. For the safety of all dogs and their owners, owners should keep their dog or dogs within line of sight and under verbal control.

There are also several smaller micro dog parks throughout the city, including one at George Lippert Park and The Aud Neighbourhood Leash-Free Dog Park. When you’re not at a designated pooch park, dogs must be on a leash at all times. With the warmer months ahead, the city invites you to get out and enjoy our beautiful parks and natural spaces with the whole family, whether two or four-legged.

Located at 1000 Kiwanis Park Dr., Kiwanis Park features a dog park approximately one kilometer from the parking lot. There are two leash-free areas next to each other, one for smaller dogs and one for bigger dogs. Follow the signage for the appropriate area for your dog, and ensure that it’s on a leash until you arrive at the designated dog park area. Kiwanis Park is free to use during 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

• An additional 3,000 new units of rent geared to income community housing • More than 9,300 affordable rental units for those with household incomes under $63,000 Affordability across the housing continuum is critical to the City’s long-term prosperity and well-being. Kitchener’s community engagement on affordable housing options is underway. We need to hear from you! Please complete the survey on affordable housing at: Kitchener.ca/AffordableHousing After you complete the survey, click the ‘subscribe’ button to be notified about important project milestones and future opportunities for your voice to be heard as we work towards ensuring our community has a place for everyone.

McLennan Park at 901 Ottawa St. S. is home to another city dog park with a fenced area to let your dog off leash. Water is available for dogs, and there’s a large play area and splash pad for kids. There is no admission to visit McLennan Park, and it’s also open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

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• Between 250 and 750 supportive housing units (where housing includes support services to address mental health, addiction and other challenges)

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“It’s about working hard and working together to gain an invaluable experience that extends well beyond an individual sport.”

SOME OF ONTARIO’S MOST DECORATED ATHLETES ARE GETTING READY TO COMPETE AND, MORE IMPORTANTLY, HAVE FUN! THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS ONTARIO PROVINCIAL SPRING GAMES ARE COMING TO WATERLOO REGION MAY,V 21- 23. “These Games not only provide an opportunity for our community to showcase our Region’s great hospitality, but a chance for us to witness firsthand that being a champion is more about spirit than it is about strength,” says the event’s honourary co-chairs, WRPS Police Chief, Bryan Larkin, and Regional Chair, Karen Redman. “It’s about working hard and working together to gain an invaluable experience that extends well beyond an individual sport.” Special Olympics Ontario is dedicated to enriching the lives of Ontarians with intellectual disabilities

through sport. More than 900 athletes and coaches will participate in the Games which will feature events in rhythmic gymnastics, powerlifting, basketball, 10 pin bowling, and swimming. Events will be held in Waterloo at Wilfrid Laurier University (powerlifting, basketball and swimming competitions) and the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex, in the Sunlife Arena (rhythmic gymnastics, opening and closing ceremonies) and at Bingemans’ Kingpin Bowlounge in Kitchener (bowling). The cities of Kitchener and Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University are all official Games Partners.

Hundreds of volunteers are needed to run an event like this, and Special Olympics Ontario is always looking for enthusiastic people to join their team. Residents and businesses can also lend support by drafting or sponsoring an athlete. Donors who contribute $500 to the Draft an Athlete program, either as an individual or a group, will receive a tax receipt and special mention online and in the Games’ program.



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TELL US WHAT #KITCHENER4EQUITY MEANS TO YOU The Mayor’s Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is working to build a better, more caring Kitchener for everyone. To learn more about how we can work together to address and identify barriers to equity, diversity, and inclusion in our city, we want to hear from you. Share your experiences with us and let us know what a more caring city means to you. Your feedback will be used to develop a set of recommendations that will be brought to council for consideration in Dec. 2020 and will inform the city’s Strategy for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Engagement opportunities for this project will take place throughout the coming year. To learn more about this project, or be notified of upcoming engagement opportunities, visit kitchener.ca/EDI

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CENSUS TO SERVE YOU BETTER Did you know that each City of Kitchener survey now includes a series of standard socio-demographic questions? Voluntarily answering these types of questions provides the city with important information that helps shape our decision-making. With this data, we can better understand who we’re hearing from and determine whether our data is representative of the Kitchener community. The information collected through these types of questions plays an important role in identifying barriers or gaps in service delivery for particular members of our community. The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) supports and encourages the collection of this information as a way to better inform organizational policies and practices and to ensure equitable service delivery.

The City of Kitchener recognizes the importance of strong and diverse neighbourhoods where residents can grow and thrive. As a vibrant and caring community, we’re taking steps to make housing more affordable in our city so Kitchener can be an even better place for everyone to call home. Provide feedback that will help guide the city’s policies and actions to help make housing more affordable. Your input will be used to inform an Affordable Housing Strategy that will be presented to council in Dec. 2020. To learn more about this project, visit:


Help us make decisions that reflect the whole of our community – consider sharing this information with us next time you give feedback on Engage Kitchener. For more information visit:


If so, nominate this special person to be Kitchener’s 2020 Senior of the Year! Visit www.kitchener.ca/senioroftheyear, or pick up a nomination form at any Kitchener community centre to learn more and nominate someone by March 31, 2020. For more information, contact Carolyn Cormier at 519-741-2200 ext5345, or email carolyn.cormier@kitchener.ca

Rockway Centre Advisory Council

The recipient of Kitchener’s Senior of the Year Award will be announced by Mayor Berry Vrbanovic during a FREE public ceremony on Tuesday, June 9 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers. All candidates and their guests will be invited to attend the ceremony, featuring light refreshments, entertainment and announcement of the award recipient. Call 519-741-2507 to reserve your seat.

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For the residents in southwest Kitchener, the Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre is a community hub of excitement and activity. After a year-long closure, the newly expanded facility has reopened its doors to resume programs and services.

“We’ve been eager to resume activities at the centre, recognizing that community members value the programs and services we offer here,” Natascha Voll, centre supervisor. “With new amenities and added features, we’re working towards a full complement of programs and services beginning in the fall of 2020.”

Feedback from area residents informed the centre’s new design, which now includes an additional large program room, gymnasium and meeting spaces, as well as upgraded bathroom facilities and a new outdoor splash pad. The centre also features a new lobby and seating area. The Kitchener’s Public Library Pioneer Park branch is located inside he building, having retained the beautiful stained glass windows which can now be seen from inside the library and from the hallway beside the new gymnasium.

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The centre’s new amenities will allow for better service for members of this community with enhanced programming for older adults and outreach services benefitting lower-income households. While finishing touches continue to be added to the centre, such as an art installation that will be in place in time for spring, centre staff are working to grow their roster of programs and services through continued feedback from the community.

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The city is now accepting grant applications from residents looking to restore or conserve their heritage property. Eligible properties include individually designated properties under the Ontario Heritage Act and properties located in one of the city’s four heritage conservation districts:

The City of Kitchener encourages responsible driving and works to improve safety for all road users - drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. We work towards this goal through three types of traffic calming: • Formal traffic calming, when permanent physical changes are made to the road like speed humps and curb extensions.

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• Seasonal traffic calming, by installing in-road flex signs and radar speed feedback boards. These are often used for streets that do not currently warrant formal traffic calming. • Resident-led traffic calming, through strategies like painted crosswalks and intersections, art poles, Watch for Children boulevard signs and boulevard planters.

Grants are available to cover up to half the cost of eligible projects, from a minimum of $500 to a maximum of $3,000. Applications for 2018 funding are due March 30.

Resident-led traffic calming helps build community awareness about traffic safety, increase a neighbourhood’s sense of place and empowers each of us to make a positive impact on safety.

For more information, go to www.kitchener.ca/heritagefunding

Want to start a traffic calming project in your neighbourhood? Visit the link below for information on how to apply!


NEW LOVEMYHOOD MATCHING GRANT FUNDS NEIGHBOURHOOD PRIDE Residents take the lead and the city supports them along the way – this vision is at the heart of the city’s LoveMyHood Neighbourhood Strategy and the motivation behind the new LoveMyHood Matching Grant. Whether you’re interested in a community garden, little library or painted crosswalk, you could be eligible for up to $30,000 in funding through the LoveMyHood Matching Grant to make your vision for your neighbourhood a reality.

during seasonal intake periods. Resident groups will be notified of the outcome of their application within 4-6 weeks of their submission date. City staff are here to help and want to make it easy for you to make great things happen in your neighbourhood. Have questions? Need help with your application? Connect with our team of neighbourhood liaisons to get started.

Applications for the LoveMyHood Matching Grant are reviewed by the LoveMyHood Grant Selection Committee Learn more at lovemyhood.ca/LMHgrant


Neighbours Day is Saturday, June 13

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CELEBRATE NEIGHBOURS DAY YOUR WAY From street parties to movie nights, cultural events to barbecues, Kitchener residents have embraced Neighbours Day as a way to celebrate the Kitchener community and the diverse people who live here. The sixth annual citywide event, taking place this year on Saturday, June 13, will give passionate Kitchener residents another opportunity host their own neighbourhood events with support from the city. In the spirit of community connectedness, Neighbours Day events bring neighbours together to participate in free activities that are open and accessible for everyone to enjoy. Events occurring within a Kitchener neighbourhood, on public land may be eligible for a $200 gift card to a business or establishment of choice to assist with event supplies. Events may also be eligible for grant funding through the LoveMyHood Matching Grant. To register your event, visit lovemyhood.ca/HYOE For inspiration and more information about funding and supports available visit, lovemyhood.ca or connect with a member of our team at lovemyhood@kitchener.ca

Register to host your own event at www.lovemyhood.ca/neighboursday


Arts Crafts Eco-Discovery Games Kids in the Kitchen Sports PD Day camps (Available throughout the school year.)

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Visit www.kitchener.ca/camps for more information or call 519-741-2382.

Sustainability REPORT Register Now! Spots fill up quickly.

logo> WHAT ARE<CofK THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS? The UN Sustainable Development Goals are the result of international cooperation from cities across the world. Combined with cutting-edge research, they indicate 17 areas that a city can focus on to become more sustainable and maximize growth over the long term. In 2019, corporate climate action work supported 9 of the 17 goals, and the city’s plan to support all 17 goals through our operations by the end of 2022.

Progress on the Corporate Climate Action Plan resulted in Kitchener being selected as one of 25 cities across the world to participate in a pilot project with the Global Covenant of Mayors. Kitchener will receive support and guidance from world-class sustainability experts, and the successes will be used as a model for cities across the world!

SUSTAINABILITY HIGHLIGHTS 1 Corporate Climate Action Plan approved in 2019 10 million litres of water saved since 2018 3,000 tonnes of CO saved compared to 2010 2



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Strong action on climate change is one of the City of Kitchener’s highest priorities. Cities consume more than two thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70% of its carbon emissions. In recognition of this, Kitchener has committed to do its part to meet the emissions targets Canada has committed to under the Paris agreement. To make progress on climate action, Kitchener is focusing ongoing efforts to promote conservation, efficiency and innovation within city buildings, outdoor lighting and fleet; upgrading infrastructure to better handle extreme weather events and working to generate less landfill waste. This is all driven by the Corporate Climate Action Plan, a detailed and integrated approach to achieve the city’s ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) target of 8% absolute carbon emissions by 2026, based on 2016 levels, which translated to an absolute reduction of 28% if using the standard 2010 as a baseline year.

Do cool stuff all day long with Every For year, the City of Kitchener’s Sustainabilitycall Office 519more information, will release a sustainability report that outlines key www.kitchen achievements towardsor this visit goal. We’ve just released the first report, and you can see progress in the infographic!

Kitchener operations is already generating nearly 3,000 fewer tonnes of greenhouse gas compared to 2010, but the work has just begun. To find out more about Kitchener’s efforts to preserve the environment for future generations, visit:


Natural gas lines can sometimes intersect with sewer lines beyond the outside walls of your home or building. In these cases, clearing a blocked sewer line with motorized or water jetting equipment could damage the natural gas line and lead to a gas leak creating a serious safety risk for you and others.

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Struggle for Freedom On exhibit February 7 to August 3, 2020

Struggle for Freedom

10 Huron Road, Kitchener 519-748-1914 www.waterlooregionmuseum.ca

On exhibit February 7 to August 3, 2020

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On exhibit to August 3, 2020


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MARCH ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARTY Kitchener Market March 13, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wear your green and celebrate with crafts, face painting, music, and more! KitchenerMarket.ca/calendar KIDS HOP - ST. PATRICK’S DAY Kitchener Market March 17, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. A St. Patrick’s themed morning full of music and dance. KitchenerMarket.ca/kidshop KIDS IN THE KITCHEN Kitchener Market March 14, 10-11:30 a.m. A fun kid’s cooking program with a St. Patrick’s Day theme. KitchenerMarket.ca/calendar UNDERGROUND FLAVOUR SERIES Kitchener Market March 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. A different chef each class featuring food from a different country. KitchenerMarket.ca/calendar

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EARTH HOUR WALK Huron Natural Area, $55 March 28, 8:30-9:30 p.m. Enjoy a quiet, dark, early spring walk through the woods.. Kitchener.ca/knap

WEDNESDAY COOKING CLASSES Kitchener Market, $52 Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Learn new kitchen skills featuring new themes and menus each week. KitchenerMarket.ca/cookingclasses

KIDS’ ART Kitchener Market Every Thursday, 11 a.m. – noon Free fun and hands-on creative art experience. KitchenerMarket.ca/kidsart

EASTER PARTY Kitchener Market April 11, 10-11:30 a.m. Special Easter crafts and treats with a visit from the Easter Bunny. KitchenerMarket.ca/calendar

RECEPTION FOR NOWHERE TO CALL HOME: PORTRAITS BY LEAH DEN BOK Kitchener City Hall, Rotunda Gallery March 5, 6-8:30 p.m. Kitchener.ca/rotundagallery

MIGRATION STATIONS Huron Natural Area (play area) April 26, 2-3:30 p.m. Hands-on activities centered around bird and butterfly migration. Kitchener.ca/knap UNDERGROUND FLAVOUR SERIES Kitchener Market April 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m. A different chef each class featuring food from a different country. KitchenerMarket.ca/calendar KIDS HOP Kitchener Market April 14, 11 a.m. - noon April 28, 11 a.m. - noon A fun, music filled morning for kids. KitchenerMarket.ca/kidshop


YOUTH VIDEO CONTEST – SCREENING GALA Kitchener Public Library April 25, 2 p.m. Winning videos announcement and screening Kitchener.ca/youthvideocomp

KYAC AWARDS Kitchener City Hall, Rotunda May 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Join us in recognizing exceptional Kitchener Youth! Kitchener.ca/KYAC WEDNESDAY COOKING CLASSES Kitchener Market, $52 Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Learn new kitchen skills featuring new themes and menus each week. KitchenerMarket.ca/cookingclasses MOTHER’S DAY Kitchener Market May 9, 10-11:30 a.m. Enjoy treats and special time with Mom. KitchenerMarket.ca/calendar MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH Doon Valley Golf Course May 10, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. A delicious brunch to celebrate mom. KitchenerGolf.ca/mothersday

KIDS HOP Kitchener Market May 12, 11 a.m. - noon May 19, 11 a.m. - noon A fun, music filled morning for kids family fun. KitchenerMarket.ca/kidshop UNDERGROUND FLAVOUR SERIES Kitchener Market, $55 May 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m. A different chef each class featuring food from a different country. KitchenerMarket.ca/calendar YOUNG@RT Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum May 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. An evening of arts, celebrating talented Kitchener youth. Kitchener.ca/young@rt YOUTH VIDEO CONTEST – WINNER’S SCREENING Apollo Cinema May 9, Time TBA A part of the Grand River Film Festival Screening of YVC winners Kitchener.ca/youthvideocomp

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56th Elmira Maple Syrup Festival is Saturday, April 4 Hooverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Maple Syrup named Ontario Producer of the Year and best syrup BY ROD HODDLE

long time producer who A has never taken part in a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Syrupâ&#x20AC;? competition

until recently, took top honours at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Elmira Maple Syrup Festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s syrup judging event. Hooverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Maple Syrup, located just south of Listowel near Atwood, won the best syrup prize over six other entries, which included two previous winners. Hooverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also takes on the title of Producer of the Year. Terry Hoover is pleasantly surprised by the honour, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worked over 40 years to perfect his product. Syrup is graded in four categories â&#x20AC;&#x201C; colour, clarity, density, and taste are all scrutinized very closely. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No matter how long youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made syrup, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re always on the learning curve,â&#x20AC;? Hoover said of his certified organic product. He added that the only thing you can predict about maple syrup is that at times, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very unpredictable. He notes that produc-

Hooverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Maple Syrup was named Producer of the Year and best syrup during the annual tree tapping ceremony that is part of the kick off for the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival that will take place this year on Satuday, April 4. From left: Wilfred Schmidt (farm operator), Annie Crump (Festival Volunteer coordinator), Kevin Snyder (President of the Waterloo-Wellington Syrup Producers), Tim Louis (MP Kitchener-Conestoga), Diane and Terry Hoover, (Producers of the Year and owners of Hooverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Maple Syrup). Photo by Carrie Debrone

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times? Am I staying in tune with weather changes, that can effect the taste of the end product?' â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll only sell poor syrup once,â&#x20AC;? he said. Terry and his wife Diane are supported in their business by his brother Bob and his family. Since turning 60 last year, Hoover plans to ease up a bit on farming year round and solely focus on making prize-winning syrup.

Hoover started syrup producing in 1977 by tapping 300 trees. He now maintains 2,400 taps in his sugar bush. Hoover Maple Syrup will have a prime location on the mall at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Elmira Maple Syrup Festival on April 4. Those visiting the festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pancake tent will also enjoy Hooverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prized amber coloured sweet treat. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best syrup event was judged by Brian Bainborough, a certified syrup judge for six years and current president of the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association. Bainborough is also a syrup producer himself, with a 4,000 tap farm on Manitoulin Island. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s syrup entries were also judged by Todd Leuty, who works in forestry and orchard horticulture with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. His connections to maple syrup go back to his childhood when he helped his Mennonite grandparents gather full sap pails one at a time. The way sap is collected and made into syrup may have changed over the years, but the end product is as popular as ever. The expert judges have spoken and now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s turn to put its discerning taste buds to the test. See you at the festival pancake tent on April 4th to enjoy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mother Natures Bestâ&#x20AC;?.

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Notes from City Hall

Affordable Housing When I was first elected in 2010, I clearly remember learning that it had been 12 long years since a condominium development was

built in our once deteriorating downtown. It’s startling to consider that fact today within the context of a region that is now, not only the fastest-growing in the entire country, but significantly so. While population growth in all other areas of Canada is within a few percent of those immediately above/below, we stand out, besting London, Ont. in 2nd-place by an astonishing 22%. As I drive my daughter to her weekly hockey events at

downtown’s Don McLaren arena, I’m reminded of this growth not only in the passing of the now iconic Google building, but also in the many cranes popping up on the horizon. Like all success, this has not come without cost. While longtime property owners in Kitchener have been rewarded with marketbeating housing valuations, those that are not, are suffering. It is now exceedingly difficult to afford a home in our community. Many of those who rent are unable to

meet rising increases, leading to displacement. While this issue, not squarely the responsibility of Kitchener to solve (moreso the Region of Waterloo), I do believe it is incumbent upon us to help, especially where it is jurisdictionally warranted. I believe we can, and will, assist not by tax-supported handouts, but by economically driven incentives to increase the housing supply. Only then should we consider Kitchener’s great revitalization complete.

I appreciate the feedback I’ve received from residents about the City Sidewalk Snow Clearing Pilot. Some sections of Ward 2 are part of it. Thanks for the pictures and

comments you’ve sent. They will be provided to our staff for consideration when they create the final report with recommendations for council. The Kitchener Youth Action Council Awards will be held on May 6, 2020 at Kitchener City Hall in the Rotunda. You can recognize the talents and contributions of a young person by nominating them in one or more of the 12 categories. The deadline for nominations is April 3, 2020.The easiest way to nominate someone is to Google, “KYAC Youth Awards.”

Circle Saturday, June 13 on your calendars for Kitchener’s Neighbour’s Day. Great activities are being planned at the Centreville-Chicopee and Stanley Park Community Centres. Those community centres are programmed by our incredible neighbourhood associations. All throughout the year there are programs and activities for all ages and different interests. I encourage you to visit them and pick up a free program guide. It’s never too early to think about summer. Registration for Kitchener’s

Summer Camps is open. Check out all the options at Kitchener.ca/camps The final regular season home game for our Kitchener Rangers is Friday, March 20. I’m looking forward to an exciting playoff run. Ranger’s fans are the best! If I can assist you, contact me or call our Corporate Contact Centre anytime at 519-741-2345. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @DaveSchniderKW , visit daveschnider.com or friend me on Facebook

Traffic Calming Review - Deer Ridge Drive This review has been ongoing for the past year. Recently staff mailed to residents a list of Preferred Alternative Designs

along with a brief questionnaire. I urge everyone to have their say by returning your response and comments to this questionnaire to the City by Monday March 16, 2020. At this point no decisions have been made. I understand some questionable information has been circulated in the neighbourhood. Please disregard that unsubstantiated information. In the weeks ahead a recommendation will eventually be brought to City Council for a decision. Residents will continue

to have several opportunities to present their views to staff and ultimately to Council. Coronavirus On March 5th the first case of this virus in our Region was confirmed. I realize there has been a tremendous amount of media concerning this topic already. However, it deserves repeating and our full attention. I would like to share some simple things that we all can and must do as we grapple with this problem: · Staying home if you are ill

· Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds · Avoid touching your face · Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, elbow or sleeve · Visit your doctor or pharmacy for your annual flu shot, if you haven’t already done so The Region’s Public health service is providing up-to-date information at the following website www.regionofwaterloo. ca/2019NovelCoronavirus.

A public information session took place last month for the Lower Doon Master Plan Study. Attendance at both afternoon and evening sessions was a clear indication of

how engaged residents want to be throughout the process and city staff are committed to keeping lines of communication open during the study. For updates, go to kitchener. ca, and search “Lower Doon.” Phase two of the study will commence this summer, continuing through the fall with additional engagement opportunities with landowners, residents and stakeholders planned. The city’s seasonal traffic calming has two measures: in-road flex signs and radar speed feedback boards. Ward 4 will see an additional two

locations this season, bringing the total to 10; some of these locations will be repeated from last year, and some will be new. Thank you to the residents who shared their concerns, identifying the areas of need. Installations of the flex signs should begin in April, weather pending. It is with regret that I share that Ward 4 lost a passionate community leader last month. Florence Carbray passed away on February 22 with her family by her side. As a long-time resident Florence was

instrumental in getting city approval for the first Pioneer Park Community Centre and Library in 1989. She also led the Christmas Miracle Food Hamper project for our community for many years. But first and foremost, Florence was a loving wife and mother and a very dear friend to many. My sincere condolences to family and friends. A celebration of life was held by family at the Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre March 7 in her remembrance.

Upcoming Construction and Closure of Fischer-Hallman Road The Region of Waterloo will be closing Fischer-Hallman Rd. from approximately the beginning of May

through to the end of November for improvements from Bleams Rd. to Plains Rd. The following improvements to Fischer-Hallman Rd were approved by Regional Council: widening Fischer-Hallman Rd. from two to four lanes; urbanization of Fischer-Hallman Rd. with raised centre median; concrete curb and gutter; 4.0m wide multi-use trails; enhanced landscaping and streetscaping; storm sewers, street lighting, roundabout improvements at Seabrook Dr. and at Huron Rd.; and two new development driven

roundabouts. Additionally, twin concrete box drainage culverts crossing under Fischer-Hallman Rd. at Strasburg Creek. The road will be fully closed to vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, school buses, GRT buses and emergency services. GRT are preparing bus route changes. School Transportation Services of Waterloo Region Inc. are preparing alternate school bus routes to deal with the closure. A soft road closure will be set up at Seabrook Dr. allowing access to the Portuguese Club and Williamsburg Cemetery.

A hard closure will be set up just north of the Portuguese Club and Williamsburg Cemetery. Region Transportation staff have developed a detour route as follows: northbound traffic on FischerHallman Rd. will take Huron Rd. to Trussler Rd. then on Trussler Rd. to Bleams Rd. then on Bleams Rd. back to Fischer-Hallman Rd. The reverse pattern is to be used for southbound traffic. For more information on this project, please contact Delton Zehr at the Region of Waterloo, 519-5754757 x3637.


Federal Budget an Opportunity to Build Better Lives for Canadians

The next federal budget is a key opportunity to improve Canadians’ daily lives with critical investments in clean public transit, housing affordability and infrastructure for communities of all sizes. That message is the heart of Building Better Lives with Budget 2020, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) pre-budget recommendations. “Whether it’s permanent transit funding, climate action, or access to adequate broadband, municipalities are ready to bring life to the commitments we’ve heard from this government,” said FCM President Bill Karsten. “This government’s first budget is an opportunity to show Canadians it can deliver. What FCM is offering is a clear path to results people can see in their daily lives.” FCM’s submission lays out three paths to delivering for Canadians through Budget 2020: • Local climate action that builds better lives: Cutting commutes and emissions with permanent transit funding, while accelerating transit electrification, making rental housing more energy efficient, investing in disaster mitigation and adaptation and strengthening tools for local climate resilience and natural infrastructure enhancement. • New progress on housing affordability: Building on the National Housing Strategy by investing directly in supportive housing, along with social/affordable housing for Indigenous households— while opening a new front of leadership on the affordability ...continued on next page

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Notes from City Hall

Love My Hood: Resident Led, City Supported If you haven’t yet been introduced to Love My Hood (LMH), then get ready to be excited! LMH is

a program established for you. It provides the resources, tools, and supports to implement your ideas and projects in your neighbourhood. Visit lovemyhood.ca for ideas, available tools and grants, existing events and parties, neighbourhood amenities and recognition programs. Our LMH staff are ready to answer your questions and eager to work with you. Contact them at 519-7412200 ext. 4663. In Ward 6, and across the city, there are many resident projects that have been approved and completed

or are underway as a result of this successful program. Thanks to passionate residents with great ideas and the LMH Matching Grant, Placemaking Challenge Grant, and Community Garden Grant, the Ward 6 community is benefiting from: the Multicultural Women’s’ Sr. Program at Chandler Mowat Community Centre (CMCC); a free community movie night at Country Hills Community Centre (CHCC); the installation of playground features at Alpine Public School; a community chalkboard on the path connecting

Chandler Dr and Westmount Rd; a community garden in Alpine Park; a neighbourhood market at CMCC last summer (and possibly this summer); and a pop-up installation in McLennan Park of interactive flow arts pieces. The total dollar amount awarded in grants to support these initiatives was $24,045. Thank you to all those involved in making these projects become a reality in our community. Contact me with your questions and concerns at 519-7213272 or paul.singh@kitchener.ca.

Neighbourhood Leadership Program Workshop City staff have been working with a group of resident volunteers and local organizations to develop

a toolkit that was launched during a series of free workshops that began on February 6. On February 19th, citizens from Ward 7 gathered at the Forest Heights Community Centre to learn about how to make a positive impact on their neighbourhood. Residents shared ideas and information with one another and learned how the City of Kitchener and other local organizations can help them bring their ideas to life. The new toolkit for residents: In Your NeighbourhoodTips and tools for making a

positive impact was launched. This toolkit is an amazing resource for anyone who wants to learn more about how to plan inclusive neighbourhood events, get support for their ideas, securing funding for their projects and events, and assessing the strengths and needs in their neighbourhood. The toolkit is available for download at www. lovemyhood.ca and paper copies are available by calling 519-7412200 ext. 4663. LoveMyHood Matching Grant The grant is for any resident who

needs funding for a neighbourhood project/idea/event. Resident-led traffic calming projects would be a great idea for a project! City staff are happy to assist and walk residents through this process. The grant has three remaining application deadlines: Thursday, May 21, 2020, Thursday, August 20, 2020, Thursday, November 19, 2020. For more information about how to apply for the grant please visit: www.lovemyhood.ca or call our Neighbourhood Development Office at 519-741-2200 ext. 4663.

Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes the thawing of ice and snow on roads, properties and buildings. Sudden increases in temperature can cause ice to melt

creating the potential for localized flooding. Having concerns over the thought of the upcoming spring melt? Join “Meet with Margaret” on Wednesday, April 15, from 6:30-8:30pm at the Victoria Hills Community Centre. I’ll be hosting a Public Information Session on Storm Water Management: Things You Can Do To Mitigate Flooding On Your Property. Knowledgeable City of Kitchener staff and a representative from REEP Green Solutions will be on hand to discuss your issues with

property flooding, provide helpful tips on what proactive measures can be done to minimize the risk of flooding. Tips like: Make sure to clear snow build up around your foundation, including window wells; Ensure snow, ice and debris is clear from your roof and eavestroughs; If you notice any blockage of catch basins on your street, you can call our Corporate Contact Centre at 519741-2345. Staff from Engineering will provide information on our sump pump program and the process

required to apply for it. Our Sanitary and Stormwater Utilities staff will be providing information relating to the stormwater credit program where you can apply for a credit for the stormwater portion of your utility bill if you own your property and have approved stormwater best practices installed. Staff will provide options to reduce flood risks around your property and general information on the progressive approaches undertaken to manage stormwater in the city.

Public Private Partnerships (P3s) are touted as solutions to such things as affordable housing, healthcare and education. What are they and how does the City of Kitchener figure

into this discussion? P3s involve private financing, maintenance or operation of a facility or infrastructure project such as roads, bridges, public housing and schools. They are legal agreements between a government and the private sector where very little risk falls on the private sector according to the 2015 provincial auditor general’s report. The report found that P3s are often more expensive than the public alternative. The report came at a time when the federal government

required municipalities to engage in P3s if they wanted federal infrastructure funding. Some of the concerns about P3s highlighted in the report include: inappropriate calculations; highly inflated initial cost estimates; high risk for the public sector; the private sector walking away from contracts leaving the public sector to cover the costs; high legal and consultants’ fees; good design being sacrificed for the sake of profit; and lack of accountability and transparency. What makes P3s a ‘thing’ is

cuts to funding for much needed services, which requires lower tiered governments to partner with the private sector in order to continue to provide said services. All municipalities, including the City of Kitchener, should be wary about embarking on P3s and instead lobby the provincial and federal governments for adequate funding for essential services. This is the better alternative in the long run for city residents.

quick wins with the Affordable Housing Strategy. Later in June, we will learn the results of our sidewalk snow clearing pilots and discuss next steps. DOWNTOWN CITY-LED RECONSTRUCTION PROJECTS Starting April 6th, the Queen St reconstruction project will take place in two main phases, culminating in early September. All businesses remain open throughout the construction, with pedestrian access maintained. We will also see the first phase of work on our City Hall

outdoor spaces overhaul in Carl Zehr Square. SENIOR OF THE YEAR If you know of a senior citizen 65+ who has contributed to our community, nominate them today! Deadline for nominations is March 31st. For more information visit: www.kitchener.ca/senioroftheyear. This month, check out two big events in Kitchener: IRISH REAL LIFE FESTIVAL The 5th annual Irish Real Life Festival comes to Waterloo Region from March 7-17th.Join the celebration

and paint the town green. The festival brings contemporary and traditional Irish culture with music, film, theatre, dancing, Irish cuisine and much more. For a schedule of festival events, visit www.irishreallifekw.com. INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY March 8 is a day dedicated to honouring the achievements of women throughout history, to come together to advocate for gender equality and women’s rights in all cultures. I encourage you to check out the many Women’s Day events happening across Waterloo Region.

HAPPY (almost) SPRING! Looking ahead to later this season, we can look forward to discussing many much anticipated topics at Council, including the Cycling and Trails Master Plan and possible

Vrbanovic...from previous page of market rental housing. • Strengthening communities of all sizes: Shoring up key funding tools for better local infrastructure, investing directly in Canada’s rural and northern communities, including rural mobility and transportation solutions and access to adequate broadband. The submission also calls on the federal government to drive immediate progress for struggling western communities by implementing immediate-term proposals from FCM’s Western Economic Solutions Taskforce. “We know this government wants to drive climate progress, and cities like Kitchener are offering solutions our residents and businesses can get behind,” said Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, President Emeritus (2011-12) of FCM and a member of its Big City Mayors’ Caucus. “From our own $2 million in new investments to reduce GHG’s locally to our partnership with the federal government with their $49.9 million commitment to help us address climate adaptation and mitigation in Kitchener, these are the kinds of steps which are key for cities like Kitchener and region’s like ours to achieve the goals of the Paris agreement.” Shortly after last fall’s federal election, FCM released comprehensive recommendations for the new minority parliament in 15 policy areas. Today’s submission presents a shortlist of proposals that Budget 2020 can implement immediately to drive results for Canadians. “When the federal and local orders of government work together, we deliver for Canadians,” said President Karsten. “We’re looking to Budget 2020 to deepen our municipal-federal partnership to get more done—in communities of all sizes, in every region of this country.” Mayor Berry Vrbanovic will return in April.

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Ontario Farmerettes - new book brings the war efforts of unsung teenage girls to light...from front page Their work fuelled the war effort, helping to feed families at home, soldiers overseas and people in Britain who were starving. Often recruited through CBC radio presentations played in high schools, and with the added incentive of not having to write final exams if they signed up for the program, the girls were paid about twenty-five cents an hour. For many it was the first time they had been away from home. Although the work was hard, most remembered their time in the Farmerettes as among the best summers of their lives. “I hope readers will get an appreciation for what these girls did. They didn’t go into the factories to make bombs but they did something just as valuable,” Sitter said. “I wrote the book because I love history, but also because I was shocked that these women’s history, part of our agricultural history in Ontario, had been ignored. I felt it was time to acknowledge what these women did and their volunteerism.” “I was a Farmerette in the last summer, 1952,” said English. “In my mind the experience became for me ‘that golden summer’, the best and most memorable in my life. Most of the girls we heard from felt the same. The work was hard and grueling, most of us had no farm experience whatsoever, but the camaraderie was pure joy.” “When I mentioned I had been a Farmerette, I was met with blank stares. Most people had never heard the term, and as the years went by we were forgotten. Yet these girls made a significant contribution; they helped save the harvests and allowed market gardens and orchards to continue during the war and afterwards.” The book contains many memories from former Farmerettes, including one

Above: The photo that started the book. Below: Authors Bonnie Sitter (left) and Shirleyan English (right).

from Roberta Schofield, from Breslau, Ontario, who volunteered with the program in 1952 on Sitter’s husband’s grandfather’s farm in Thedford. “I have fond memories of the Sitters for the wonderful way they treated us. Grampa Sitter always made sure our hoes were sharp and this made a hard job easier,” Schofield recalls in the book. “The worst job was thinning peaches as the peach fuzz was quite an irritant to the skin,” writes former Farmerette Jay Munro in the book. “But other times were fun. Some days in the watermelon season, we would be called into the storage shed and told we could eat all the melon we wanted as long as we saved the seeds. Those nights we always got home late.” “You had to learn to get along and I had an advantage that a

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girlfriend was there,” recalls Eleanor Moffitt in the book. “You supported each other and you had to keep going because if you didn‘t finish the 13 weeks, you wouldn’t get your year. So there was no thought of quitting. That fall, I went to Normal School in Toronto and had a physical. The woman doctor couldn’t get over how muscular my back was. She even called someone in to see it.” “Girls in the Beamsville camp went to the local ice cream parlor every evening after supper,” wrote former Farmerette Inge Cumberland. “I gained a measure of fame by once eating a whole brick of ice cream on a dare.” “Initially, the Farmerettes faced skepticism – few thought these ‘city girls’ who landed on the farm would be of much help, but the girls proved their mettle

season after season and made a major contribution to the war effort at home,” states a quote in a Niagara area newspaper from Jean Brett, who was the first Niagara teen to sign up for the Farmerettes in 1941. But the book may never have been written if Sitter hadn’t decided to sift through and downsize her late husband’s photo collection. She came across a photo that showed three girls in farm work clothes sitting on the running board of an old car. On the back was written “Farmerettes, about 1946.” Sitter’s interest was piqued. She researched the Farmerettes, learning they were part of the government-sponsored war effort – an effort she had never heard of. Her research led her to write an article published in the Rural Voice in 2018 that, two months later, prompted a letter to the editor from reader Shirleyan English who had worked on Sitter’s father-in-law’s farm in 1952 and dated Sitter’s brotherin-law. Sitter contacted English who told her that she possessed over 300 letters from other Farmerettes that she had received in response to a request she’d placed in newspapers across Ontario in 1995. English, a writer herself, had intended to write a book about the Farmerettes but had not had time to complete it. Sitter asked English to join her to co-produce the book using the letters. Both realized that because many of the Farmerettes were now quite elderly, it would be important to complete the book as soon as possible, interviewing as many of the women as they could find still living. They gave themselves one year. “Bonnie and I both felt the contribution of those teen-age girls, now in their 80s and 90s,

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was important and should be recognized; this history needed to be told,” said English. “What those unsung girls accomplished and how they contributed to the war effort is a remarkable and joyous story. Needless to say, Farmerettes are delighted with the book and many persons in agriculture have been interested and pleased that a farm experience has come to light.” “Little did I know on that winter’s day in 2018 that the small photo of the three Farmerettes would set in motion a wonderful adventure in which I would connect with Shirleyan and other Farmerettes and together we would finally tell their story,” writes Sitter in the book’s prologue. “This is history that we need to be paying attention to.” * * * Sitter and English are available to speak at author’s readings, community events, book clubs, church groups, museums, and historical societies. They were keynote speakers at the London Heritage Festival on February 15, and at the Goderich Huron County Museum’s International Women’s Day event on March 8. Their book has been nominated by the Huron County Historical Society for the Ontario Historical Society’s Alison Prentice Award for Women’s History. The winner will be announced in late June. The hard cover book is now on display in the Juno Beach Museum in France, and at the Canadian War Heritage Museum in Mount Hope. Printed by Briesens Corporation, Canada, and designed by Barbara Moquin Durand, Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: Memories of Ontario Farmerettes costs $49 and can be purchased by emailing bonnie.sitter@gmail.com or by calling 519-235-1909 (cheque and e-transfer accepted).

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CANSTRUCTION® WATERLOO REGION - March 14 - 22, Conestoga Mall. There is something for everyone to enjoy at Canstruction Waterloo Region, presented by Alles Drywall & Interior Construction Inc. Stop by Conestoga Mall from March 14-22 to see the impressive “Can” structures! While you’re there, you can “Donate to Vote” to help decide the People’s Choice Award and even try to “Find Phil” (he’s hiding in three structures!) for your chance to win. HER STORY – A WOMAN’S LIFE -In honour of International Women’s Day, McDougall Cottage Historic Site has launched an exhibit showcasing what life was like for local Victorian women. Her Story - A Woman’s Life, 1850 to 1900 will be on exhibit until August 3, 2020. Who was the Victorian woman? Doctor, Tailor, Chef, Activist, Farmer, Writer, Artist, Entrepreneur - Victorian women could claim all these vocations and more. From interesting clothing and hygiene habits, to the struggle for work and political rights, what you learn about a woman’s life might surprise you. Visit the exhibit at McDougall Cottage Historic Site, 89 Grand Avenue in Cambridge, Ontario. For more information visit www.mcdougallcottage.ca or call 519-624-8250. APPS ON ALPINE - Join us on Sunday, May 3 for Apps on Alpine - an all-inclusive food and drink experience, presented by the Tony Johal Real Estate team, in support of The Food Bank of Waterloo Region. The 31,000 square foot facility will be transformed, as we welcome you to enjoy delicious appetizers and drinks prepared by some of the best food and drink establishments in Ontario, live entertainment, interactive games and a silent auction. Sunday, May 3 from 6 - 8:30pm at The Food Bank of Waterloo Region, 50 Alpine Court, Kitchener. Tickets are $100 per person (19+ event). For tickets visit the foodbank.ca or call 519-7435576. SUNNYSIDE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS LIKE YOU! An hour of your time at breakfast or dinner once a week is all that’s needed to become a Meal Companion at our long term care home.  For this opportunity and others, please contact Janice Klassen at 519-893-8494, ext 6372 or apply at www.regionofwaterloo/ volunteeratsunnyside. Operated by the Region of Waterloo, Sunnyside is a campus at 247 Franklin St. N. in Kitchener with long-term care, supportive and affordable housing, and other services for older adults.


CALL FOR ENTRIES: 2020 EDNA STAEBLER AWARD FOR CREATIVE NON-FICTION - Wilfrid Laurier University is seeking submissions for the 2020 Edna Staebler Award for Creative NonFiction, a $10,000 literary award that recognizes excellence in Canadian creative non-fiction. Designed to encourage new Canadian talent, this national award is open to authors who have published a first or second book with a Canadian locale and/ or significance. The 2020 award is open to works published in the 2019 calendar year and distinguished by first-hand research, well-crafted interpretive writing and a creative use of language or approach to the subject matter. Entries must be received by April 1, 2020 to be considered. To obtain an entry form and a complete list of submission guidelines, please visit the Edna Staebler Award information on the wlu.ca website. The shortlist and winner will be announced in September. CALLING ALL YOUNG FILM MAKERS! - Youth ages 12-25 who are passionate about film making, have a chance to win cash prizes and have their films screened in the community.  This year we are partnering with the Kitchener Public Library and the Grand River Film Festival to showcase the amazing talent in our community! Deadline for submissions is March 27. More details can be found at www. kitchener.ca CANADIAN WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR EXHIBIT - at Schneider Haus National Historic Site. The travelling exhibit features award-winning wildlife photographs promoting the beauty, diversity, value, and vulnerability of wildlife by highlighting the most striking and unique photography depicting natural subjects. The exhibit includes the 30 winning photographs from the Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year Contest organized by Canadian Geographic in partnership with the Canadian Museum of Nature and the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada. Judges selected the top photos from close to 3,800 entries. The photos will be on view until April 26, 2020. Schneider Haus is located at 466 Queen Street South in downtown Kitchener. For more information visit www.schneiderhaus. com or call 519-742-7752. AT THE REGISTRY THEATRE RUNA Celtic Roots - Hailing from Dublin to Philadelphia, Nashville to New York, and Canada. RUNA offers

an exciting hybrid of Celtic style Americana with lush harmonies and mesmerizing picking. With roots in traditional Irish and Scottish music, RUNA creates a unique sound infused with intoxicating rhythms of jazz, bluegrass, flamenco and blues. Winners of Irish Music Awards Top Group, and Top Traditional Group. Thursday, March 19 at 8pm. Tickets: $27. WILD IRELAND: THE EDGE OF THE WORLD – Colin Stafford leads you on a cinematic journey around one of the most stunning coastlines in the world – the Wild Atlantic Way. Monday, Mar. 16 at 7:30pm. Tickets $10 Students $7 HOPE OP, by Kristin Shepard. Presented by Femme Folks Fest - A world premiere of a sparkling new comedy about yoga, crime and women’s anger. Starring the playwright herself, with Baptiste Neis, Kelly McIntosh and Stacy Snith. March 25 – 28 at 8pm. March 28 and 29 at 2pm. Tickets $30. For tickets to any of these performances call 519-578-1570 or visit www. registrytheatre.com The Registry Theatre is located at 122 Frederick St. Kitchener. CALLING ALL KIDPRENEURS!!! Applications for the 2nd annual Waterloo Region Children’s Business Fair are now open! On Sunday May 3, the 2nd annual Waterloo Region Children’s Business Fair will host 90 young entrepreneur businesses at Tapestry Hall, in Cambridge’s Gaslight District. The Waterloo Region Children’s Business Fair gives children the opportunity to launch their very own start up business and showcase it to the community (and the world!). Participants will develop a brand, create a product or service, build a marketing strategy, practice their pitch and then open for customers at our one-day marketplace. Attendees are able to purchase hand-made products and creative services exclusively provided by Kidpreneurs, while supporting youth and encouraging them to aim for the sky! Children can apply online with their parents at www.childrensbusinessfair. org/waterlooregion. For more information, please contact Azra Usanovic at kidpreneurwaterloo@ gmail.com or visit the fair website at www.childrensbusinessfair.org/ waterlooregion. AN EVENING WITH PETER MANSBRIDGE - will take place April 24 at Bingeman’s Conference Centre in Marshall Hall. The event is part of THEMUSEUM’s ALARM

| Responding to Our Climate Emergency and will consist of Mansbridge discussing his illustrious career in a one-on-one format with CBC KW morning host Craig Norris as well as moderating a panel of journalists and researchers in a conversation on the current climate crisis. The panelists will include: Megan Ogilvie, Journalist, Toronto Star, Jessica Johnson, Executive Editor and Creative Director, The Walrus Magazine and Sarah Burch, Senior Fellow, CIGI, Professor at the University of Waterloo. All general admission tickets and VIP packages are available now at THEMUSEUM.ca. SKILLS LIBRARY NEEDS VOLUNTEERS - The Country Hills Community Centre has launched a program called Skills Library.  It is a chance for youth and adults to come together and gain an understanding of each other, share the space, learn new skills and build positive relationships on Mondays, ages 1115 from 6 - 8:30pm. The Centre is looking for adult volunteers to come into the space and share their skills, talents or interests with the youth in our community. If you are interested in volunteering a skill or hidden talent, please contact: Shannon Parsons, 519-741-2200 ext. 5051 or at Shannon.parsons@kitchener.ca KITCHENER-WATERLOO BRAIN TUMOUR WALK 2020 - Come join us and walk to raise funds to support your brain tumour community. These funds go towards life-changing research, support programs, information, advocacy, awareness, and HOPE. Saturday June 6, at Waterloo Park Pavilion (Westmount entrance), 92 Westmount Road N, Waterloo. Route Length(s): 2.5km or 5km. Registration opens at 8:30am, Opening Ceremonies start at 9:40am, Survivor photo at 9:50am, walk begins at 10am. For more information and sponsorship Email: btwalkhelp@braintumour.ca | Phone: 1-800-265-5106 ext. 250 WORTH A SECOND LOOK – The Working Centre’s thrift store, 97 Victoria Street North, Kitchener has completed renovations. Come and see the fresh, new look! The store is looking for donations of clothing, books, current magazines, craft and art supplies, sporting goods, housewares, furniture, jewelry, purses, backpacks, hygiene products, pictures, frames, music and movies, radios, stereos, CDs, DVDs, toys and games. The retail outlet’s goal is to provide the community with low-cost used

furniture and assorted houseware items while keeping reusable goods out of landfills and creating opportunities for employment. Open 9am to 5pm weekdays and 9am to 4pm Saturdays. To donate call 519569-7566. SCHWABEN CLUB EVENTS Fridays & Wednesdays KARAOKE with Randall Kuhn’s ”The Musicscene” at the Schwaben Cub. Come and enjoy. Singing & dancing, making more friends, good food & beverages. Pub Food available. Fridays 8:30pm until close, Wednesdays 6:30 until11pm. TABLE TENNIS – EVERY TUESDAY at the Schwaben Club at 7pm.  Should you be interested in a few trial games and see if you would like to play it and have fun at the same time; then we would appreciate if you would contact Walter at 519742-3372 or Ken at 519-894-6695.  FREE COUNTRY LINE DANCING – EVERY WEDNESDAY at the Schwaben Club at 7pm. Lots of fun and good workout! Learn at your own pace. Instructor Steph is great! Learn new dances and review previously taught dances every week! Food and beverages available to purchase. Great night out! SCHLACHTFEST - Saturday, March 28. Enjoy a buffet dinner. Doors open at 5, dinner at 6pm. Members $38, non-members $42 (aged 7 and under free). Music provided by the Golden Keys. Tickets on sale until March 16. For tickets and more information, please call the Schwaben Club at 1668 King St. E. in Kitchener,  519-742-7979 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. For more information call the Day Program Coordinator at 519-8936320 ext. 235 5th ANNUAL AVIATION FUN DAY –will be held Saturday, June 27 at the Region of Waterloo International Airport. A free event that allows people to explore the airport on foot and learn about aviation. In support of local food banks, instead of charging admission, non-perishable food and financial donations are accepted by the Cambridge SelfHelp Food Bank and the Food Bank of Waterloo Region.

Calling all future student leaders, decision makers and visionaries in grades 5 and 6! What does your ideal city look like? We want to know what makes a city a great place to live. Tell Mayor Vrbanovic and members of council (in 250 words or less) how you would shape Kitchener for the future. Winners will participate in a MOCK DEBATE (televised meeting) on May 25, 2020, to debate a community-related topic and receive a tour of City Hall. As well, your report will be printed in an upcoming issue of the Kitchener Citizen! Reports are due by April 10, 2020 and can be emailed to council@kitchener.ca or dropped at the Office of the Mayor and Council in City Hall, 200 King Street West (after business hours, drop off at security desk.) A total of 14 reports will be chosen. All entries are the property of the City of Kitchener. Only the winners’ names, their age and reports will be published. For more information, call 519-741-2300.

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Welcome to the Kitchener Citizen’s 2020


Drayton Entertainment Ticket Giveaway!

By Steve Beilstein or local musician James O’Brien, music has always been an integral part of his life. Born in Kitchener, his parents were from Glace Bay, Nova Scotia and kept moving back and forth between Ontario and the east coast. Every time they moved, it was hard for him. It seemed that just when he started to build roots, they were ripped away in the blink of an eye. Even though it was hard to find a balance, O’Brien managed to find something stable. “Music was a mainstay. It was the one thing I could always count on and take solace in. My father was very musical and a great singer and a world class whistler. My parents were what you might call champion Jitterbug Dancers. When they were growing up in Glace Bay they would go to dances seven nights a week if they could,” O’Brien remembers. His dad had an eclectic taste in music, so he grew up listening to everything from Pavarotti to Elvis. His appreciation of all genres of music would lead him to pursue a career as a singer/musician, playing many different styles ranging from country, to blues, to rock, and everything in between. Artists such as Bob Seger, Elvis Presley, and Robert Johnson were favorites. O’Brien was a late bloomer when it came to learning to play the guitar. He began to pick it up when he was about 17. “When I met my ex-wife, her father and brother were amazing guitar players. That was the beginning of my journey.” O’Brien had always been a singer, performing at family functions, but guitar opened up a whole different dimension for him. Although he had to really work at it, guitar came easily and quickly to him. He learned some things from his future father-in-law, but it was friends who would have the most influence on him. “When I was 21, a friend had moved to town. He had just started to learn guitar himself and he was willing to teach me,” O’Brien explains. “When I was late 21, I bought the cheapest greenest guitar I could find. It was so green it was hard to look at. My girlfriend at the time, who later became my wife, she was so disgusted with it she gave me the extra money to take it back and buy a black one,” O’Brien laughs.

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Win two free tickets that can be used at any coming Drayton Entertainment 2020 season performance! The Kitchener Citizen will offer the chance to win tickets in its March, May, June, July, September and November issues. Simply be the first to email debrone@sympatico.ca to win. Winners will be notified by the newspaper following each month’s giveaway and winners will be announced in the Kitchener Citizen following each draw. Winning tickets may be used for any performance at the following Drayton Entertainment venues during the 2020 season: Hamilton Family Theatre - Cambridge St. Jacobs Country Playhouse St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre King’s Wharf Theatre Drayton Festival Theatre Huron Country Playhouse Huron Country Playhouse II *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 -885-DRAYTON (372-9866) or visit www.draytonentertainment.com

Guitarist a part of the local music scene for over 30 years


James O’Brien on guitar. After that things really began to fall into place. He began playing with friends for fun, but they started getting a bit annoyed that he was learning far faster than they were. Eventually he got his first gig at a place in Kitchener called Del Rio with a few friends. “The premise of this gig was he brought all of his living room furniture and put it on the stage and we would have a circle jam like we did on a regular basis at his place,” O’Brien says. He was hooked after that. All he wanted to do was play in front of audiences and make music. It was also the first time he had ever heard Stevie Ray Vaughan. “The bartender put on a record and I sat down at the bar. He had on Texas Flood. I’m sitting there listening thinking ‘What is this? Oh my God, this is so good.’ I was just so taken with it. I remember thinking how could I ever play anything like that. That was the moment that got me wanting to play blues,” O’Brien says. Even though rock and roll would remain a staple of his repertoire, as he became a guitarist, he would begin to perform some of the more challenging blues songs including songs by Stevie Ray Vaughan. His life’s mission became clear. His first band, Blues

Basement Band, lasted approximately six months. They played local gigs. After that he joined The Underhill Band. “We did maybe a couple gigs. I think one was at a legion in Waterloo. All of a sudden it went from The Underhill Band to James O’Brien and the Underhill Band.” Eventually the name would change to The James O’Brien Band and still remains to this day. That was over 30 years ago. Since then, he has had opportunities to play with some huge names including Doug Watson, Jack Smith, Harrison Kennedy, and a host of others. Unlike many artists, O’Brien shies away from the studio, preferring to play live. He’s only made one CD recorded by Mike McDonald. Accompanying him are Charity Brown and John Lee. Looking to the future, O’Brien would like to start playing the festival circuits. For him, it’s all about the music and connecting with the audience. Seeing their faces and watching their response. It’s something he can’t find in the studio. If you want to connect with James O’Brien to see where he is playing or hire him for an event, you can reach him at arbititle@hotmail.com or his Facebook page James O’Brien.

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WHAT WE’RE WATCHING Mongrel Media Films Reviewed by: Robyn Zondervan, Manager, Grand River Stanley Park Library

Are you looking for films that are funny and heartwarming, yet honest and true to real life? You need not look beyond Canadian borders with Mongrel Media, an independent film distributor ‘focused on bringing the best of local and world cinema to Canadian audiences’. With hundreds of films in their roster, here are just a few examples that are particularly well done.

The Professor (2018) with Johnny Depp and Rosemarie DeWitt is a funny — sometimes shockingly so — look at life after a terminal diagnosis. Richard, a college professor, is given six-months to live, which he feels gives him license to live life with reckless abandon and brutal honesty with those around him. Through this, he is able to find some truth, mend broken relationships, and reinforce the preciousness of every day in this life we live. A Long Way Down (2014) features Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots. On New Year’s Eve, a group of four strangers meet on a rooftop in downtown London, a spot known for suicides. Each of them expected to be there

A monthly column featuring great movies or books as suggested and reviewed by librarians from the Kitchener Public Library.

alone and are surprised to find they are not. That night, they end up making a pact to ‘take the long way down’ and stay in this world until Valentine’s Day. Through the process, they find humour and companionship while forming an unlikely friendship. Tracks (2013) is based on the book by Robyn Davidson. In the late 1970’s, she embarked on a 1,700 mile trek across the Western Australia desert! This film recounts her amazing journey, filled with Australian scenery, interesting characters along the way, as well as the mishaps of training and working with camels. Her determination and bravery shine through in this incredible tale. Starring opposite Mia Wasikowska is Adam Driver, pre-Star Wars fame in his role as Kylo Ren, as the National Geographic photographer who documented her story.

Check out these and other Mongrel Media titles at the library! To borrow, search for ‘Mongrel Media’ in Hoopla to stream titles, or in the library catalogue to borrow DVDs.

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