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Ioannidis wants seniors’ centre to move west

By Helen Hall n May 27, Kitchener councillors will debate what to do about the aging Rockway Centre building, and unfortunately all the options on the table cost money something they don’t have in the budget. In early 2010, Kitchener staff presented city council with a report suggesting they close the centre, located at the corner of King Street East and Charles Street, and move seniors’ programming to other community centres in the city. The building, which was constructed in 1975, needs considerable repairs to its foundation and renovations to make it accessible. It also doesn’t have a gymnasium. “More seniors are demanding that kind of programming,” said Mark Hildebrand, Director of Community Programs and Services. However, many Rockway seniors fought back against the building’s closure, and now city staff have come up with eight options to consider to deal with the decaying building and provide seniors with the programming they desire. They range from doing the minimum of repairing the Rockway foundation and making it accessible (which would cost $2 to $3-million), to building a whole new centre on the Rockway site or at another site in Kitchener, which could cost up to $10-million. Ward 7 councillor Bil Ioannidis is promoting option 4


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- adding an addition onto the Forest Heights Community Centre in his ward and moving programming currently held at the Rockway Centre to west Kitchener. This option is expected to cost $6.5-million. “The west end makes a lot of sense to me,” said Ioannidis in an interview, explaining the registration at the Rockway Centre has been decreasing, while the numbers of older adults in the Forest Hill and Forest Heights areas is on the rise. The Forest Heights Community Centre is located near the corner of Fischer-Hallman and Queens Boulevard and has ample parking. Ioannidis said it is close to other facilities that seniors enjoy, such as the pool and Kitchener Public Library on Fischer-Hallman, and is beside a transit hub at the Highland Hills Mall. The Forest Heights Community Centre also shares its building with a fire station and ambulance service. Ioannidis said he thinks the issue isn’t just about the Rockway building, but more about how and where seniors’ programming should be located in Kitchener. He thinks the Forest Heights option is the most economical, and it is located in an area where seniors’ programming is not currently offered. He has visited several retirement homes in his ward to talk with residents about whether they would participate in seniors’ programming if it were happening nearby.


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Lori-Ann Livingston, founder of the Latitudes Storytelling Festival, guided one of 11 Jane’s Walks offered throughout Kitchener May 4. Titled Made in Kitchener: Personal stories from our industrial past, the walk, which included a booklet that people could take home and use as a link to a digital downtown tour on their computer or smart phone, included some of the history of the downtown area, a look at a variety of public art, buildings that had been former factories, and a description of some of the changes still to come in the downtown core. Jane’s Walks explore the history and stories that shape our everyday urban experience and explore and celebrate our cities. Jane’s Walk celebrates the ideas and legacy of urbanist Jane Jacobs by getting people out in their neighbourhoods and meeting their neighbours. Photo by Carrie Debrone

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“To me this is not an emotional issue. It’s a practical one,” he said. “There is a huge need in our community (for seniors’ programming),” Ioannidis said. “We need to find the funding.” Ward 9 councillor Frank Etherington has suggested that the city look into a public-private partnership with a developer that might help them share funding for the project. He would like to see the seniors’ programming remain at the Rockway site in his ward. A report on the possibility of a public-private partnership will be presented at the May 27 meeting, along with another report about considering a heritage designation for the Rockway Centre, Rockway Gardens and part of Rockway Golf Course. “You can appreciate the complexity of what’s coming forward on May 27,” Hildebrand said.


• Repair Rockway Centre and make it accessible - $2 to $3-million • Expand Rockway Centre preserving heritage exterior of original building - $10-million • Replace the Rockway Centre with a Purpose-Built Older Adult Centre on the Same Site - $8.5-million • Build an Addition onto Forest Heights Community Centre $6.5-million • Build an Older Adult Recreation Centre on Another Site $8.5-million • Build a Mixed-use Facility on Another Site and Include an Older Adult Recreation Centre - $8.5-million • Build a Mixed-Use Structure as an Addition to the Rockway Centre - $10-million • Build a Mixed-Use Structure in Place of the Rockway Centre $8.5-million


• Possibility of public-private partnership • Possibility of heritage designation

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Learning how to create community change

of Kitchener. This engagement a program about business and will not only benefit the city entrepreneurship,” said Rotary today but in the future,” Club of Kitchener Presidentsaid Holly Duff, NEWS member of Elect Martin Jones. COMMUNITY - WEST • DECEMBER 10, 2008 • 3 Compass Kitchener. “This Youth Forum further “Rotary has long been extends Rotary’s involvement involved with youth in our with youth and our community. community through programs The mayor and councillors’ such as our International Youth tremendous participation Exchange, a youth leadership illustrates the strong support training course called the for this kind of youth-oriented Rotary Youth Leadership program in Kitchener,” he Award, and Camp Enterprise, explained.

Providing Insurance and Financial Services Civics students from Resurrection Catholic Secondary School in Kitchener participated in a pilot project Youth Forum to learn how to create change in the community, how local government works and to build positive relationships with members of council, the mayor and city staff. Although the topics of the forum are serious, the day also provided lots of moments, like this one in the City Hall Chamber, where everyone let loose and just had fun. have died in history to give by Carrie Debrone you the right to vote. Don’t hat city issues are im- squander it,” Watkins said. portant to 15 and 16 Members of the Compass year olds? Rarely does anyone Kitchener’s Youth Engagement ask them. Committee began planning the good news is news too! But on April 24 at Kitchener forum about ...because a year ago based City Hall a pilot project gave on a similar event held in 62 students from Resurrection Ottawa. Catholic Secondary School‘s James Howe, committee civics classes the chance to member, said the goal of the directly speak Ask withabout councillors day isbusiness to help card young people feel our low, annual rates. and civic leaders about what more connected to municipal Helen atissues 519-741-5892. they consider to be Call important and that, ideally, future city issues. forums would be open to THE aCOMMUNITY Youth NEXT ForumISSUE 2013, OF funded larger group ofNEWS grade IS 10 by the Rotary Club of Kitchener students from all area high July 2, 2008. and created by volunteers from schools. Compass Kitchener and with Working in groups, students the help of Kitchener staff and had about an hour to narrow in councillors, is the first event of on an issue they felt is important its kind to be held in the city. in the city and produce a visual Its goal is to help young display. The displays were then people learn how to create set up around the perimeter change in their community, of the city hall rotunda and build positive relationships in ‘Dragon’s Den’ style, city with members of council, the councillors and civic leaders mayor and city staff and learn visited each booth to hear about municipal government the students pitch their ideas, and how it impacts them. ask questions and give them Resurrection‘s Civics and immediate feedback. History teacher Carol Watkins Issues identified included said she believes forums of fixing potholes, building an this kind are really needed, and outdoor pool at McLennan that high school civics courses Park, providing more job should be expanded to allow opportunities for youth, more time for students to learn creating programs for the about municipal government. treatment of mental illness, “Young people aged 18 adopting trees and pathways to 25 don’t vote. I think the in the city, traffic calming government is really worried measures in neighbourhoods, about that,” she said, adding teaching roundabout safety, that the reason youth have a installing outdoor information low interest in their community kiosks throughout the city is a bit of a ‘chicken and egg’ that would list information issue. on bus routes, bike trails and “Young people don’t listen restaurants, and saving the to what’s going on in the city soccer fields at Budd Park. and don’t feel involved because During the day, students they believe no one listens to also heard from keynote them. If democracy’s going to speakers, including blogger work then we have to get people and community builder Hilary involved in and interested in Abel, who works in Kitchener’s their community and voting,” economic development departshe said. ment; business development “I tell my students that people professional, real estate



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entrepreneur and community evangelist Ramy Nassar; project manager and planner Sarah Brown; and Executive Director at Sustainable Waterloo Region Mike Morrice. “Youth should feel included in decisions made at City Hall and we need to hear their voices and their opinions. The Youth Forum was a great opportunity to collaborate with young people to improve our community,” said Mayor Carl Zehr. “Compass Kitchener understands that there is great value in supporting youth to be civically engaged in the City

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Help shape the Kitchener of tomorrow! The City itsits Official Plan, a document thatthat contains City of ofKitchener Kitchenerisisupdating updating Official Plan, a document objectives and policies to manage the City’s growth and change, advise contains objectives and policies to manage the City’s growth and how landadvise can behow used,land protect natural environment and ensure the change, can the be used, protect the natural environment timely provision and adequacy of services. and ensure the timely provision and adequacy of services. A first the made new Official Plan to was made available to the public for A firstdraft draftofwas available the public for comment in June. comment in June of 2011. Since the public consultation period ended Staff has compiled the feedback and will present a report to the in September of 2011, staff has compiled the feedback on the first draft planning and strategic initiatives committee at 7 p.m. on Monday, and has produced a second draft of the New Official Plan which will be Nov. 7, 2011. The meeting will take place in Council Chambers, 2nd presented and tabled at a Committee of Council on Monday, May 27, 2013.

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Helen Hall xtremely rainy weather brought attendance numbers down, but the International Plowing Match (IPM) still raised over $300,000 to donate to local charities. At its Foundation Donation Day held at the North Dumfries Community Centre in Ayr on April 18, cheques totalling $210,000 were handed out. About $100,000 had already been distributed to 45 volunteer groups. Grand River Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital, Cambridge Memorial Hospital, the Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation and the Cambridge and North Dumfries Community Foundation each received $40,000. North Dumfries Township received $10,000 to improve its community centre in Roseville, the village where the plowing match was



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Bike2Work Challenge part of Kitchener’s cycling strategy

by Helen Hall hat would motivate a bike store to give away 16 free bikes? “Riding on two wheels can change your perspective,” says Marta Generoux, the store manager of Ziggy’s Cycle and Sport on King St. W. in Kitchener. “You have a different outlook on the world on a bicycle.” Ziggy’s is donating the bicycles to the City of Kitchener’s Bike2Work Challenge. Sixteen applicants have been chosen to receive a free bike and accessories, including a helmet and reflectors, if they agree to bike to work for the month of June and chronicle their journeys weekly on a City of Kitchener blog. But this ain’t no free ride. Each bicycle includes a small ‘computer’ that tallies mileage, and applicants must have someone from work sponsor them to make sure they are actually biking to work. “We want to promote cycling in our community,” said Generoux. “It’s good for the very young to the very old, and it’s good for the environment.” This is the second year the city has held the Bike2Work challenge with Ziggy’s. It’s just one part of the City of Kitchener’s BikeKitchener strategy, which promotes cycling. Transportation Demand Management Coordinator Josh Joseph is in charge of organizing the BikeKitchener programs. This year it will be kickstarted with BikeFest on May 26 in front of Kitchener City Hall between 11am and 4pm. BikeFest will feature free bicycle tune-ups, a scavenger hunt, bicycle polo tournament, food and live music, and cycling prizes and giveaways. There will also be cycling skills workshops and a Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation BigBike team fundraiser, which promotes better cardiovascular health through physical activity such as cycling. Applicants selected for the Bike2Work Challenge will receive their bikes at BikeFest. Joseph said he is hoping that two other parts of the BikeKitchener programs will be ready in time for BikeFest. One is the installation of ‘sharrows’ on King Street between Francis Street and Madison Avenue, which was recently approved by Kitchener City Council. Sharrows are markings on the road that show a bicycle with two chevrons above it. It indicates to drivers and cyclists that they share the lane and cyclists will merge in with traffic.


Marta Generoux of Ziggy’s Cycles shows one of the bike models that they are giving away for Kitchener’s Bike2Work Challenge. Ziggy’s is donating 16 bikes to participants. This is done because this section of King Street is not wide enough to add a bicycle lane, and cyclists who try to squeeze in beside traffic are in danger of being hit by car doors of those parked along King. Also, typically, traffic does not travel as fast along this section of King Street, so accommodating cyclists in the lane is not difficult. Sharrows also encourage cyclists to use the road instead of the sidewalks, which is safer for pedestrians. Joseph said they are also working on a bike map that they hope to have completed by BikeFest. Joseph said this map is geared toward recreational riders who don’t know where bike lanes and trails are located in the city - those who might bike more often if they knew what was available. Other plans include a cycling e-newsletter and more bike racks downtown. To learn more about the City of Kitchener cycling initiatives visit and follow the Bike2Work bloggers at www.

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Letter K-W to theField editorNaturalists Heading heading heading heading support regional official plan


ur Regional Dear Carrie Debrone, Official Plan was approved by the Province Ontario in your 2011Kitchener after years of public inputand andfound com-it I wasofpleased to get Citizen (east edition) quite informative and I thank you for it. munity engagement. It was determined at that time that the Plan I just readsuccessfully your short article regarding theboth natural rates going conformed to the goals of thegas Planning Actdown and for residential customers. the Places to Grow Act; however, the recent OMB ruling struck You write that Kitchener Utilities have a 2,100 cubic meter average use down important densitycustomers. targets and timelines the annually for its residential I stillrendered have an imperial gasof meter, Places to Grow Act meaningless. By ordering the Region of Wawhich shows the consumption in cubic feet. I have never been able to read terloo to make greenfield lands to development, matter, even the available meter readers seem to have a that meter and asmore for that problem with as well.of Why else would the city issue a bill in the amount thousands ofit acres Waterloo Region’s remaining farmland of $452? and natural spaces will now be developed leading to the loss of My January bill had been $222.16. February, $295.79, there I already sat natural habitat and potentially threatening sensitive groundwater up and took notice, but then excused it by, the winter being especially harsh. recharge However, areas. when I received my March bill, I knew that something was very The K-W Field Naturalists thetopreservation our wrong. I called the Utility Office encourage and was asked take a piece ofofpaper I did not and a pen and read meter myself. this request I replied greenspaces. Wethe understand theTo importance of ourthatRegion’s know fields, how to read the imperial meter aside from that, it wasn't my job. open forests, wetlands andandtrail systems that provide the The lady I talked to was very nice and agreed to send somebody out to do outlet that all people need to connect and understand their place

forested landsand both the benefit quality nature another reading alsofor promised to callofme back once this experiences, was done. It butthealso locallyhergrown foods. designating was veryfor next sourcing day that I received call telling me thatBy the new amount owing was now $200.10, a mere difference $251.90. I only wonderat how and preserving valuable and highly ofproductive farmland the often the meter had beenthe misread in theofpast. municipal borders, Region Waterloo has both the long My neighbours on all either have metric meters and environment I had previouslyin term welfare of itsside citizens and the local asked if I could get one that I would be able to read. The answer to that mind, rather than consisted of a flat NO.the short term monetary interests of a handful ofThe developers. city had pre-authorized withdrawal privileges for 2004/005 which encourage the that Region to that continue their of the theyWe bungled up so badly I revoked privilege. I diddefence ask that office toRegional please send me a paper trailand for my which received nor Official Plan, werecords also ask forI never the participation did get an answer toofmy request at and,the of course, one can forgetlevel, about and an of Ithe Province Ontario Divisional Court apology. through the next stages of the OMB appeal to ensure that our I realize that it is up to your discretion to publish or not to publish my Plan that accommodates in like a more balanced and to print growth it I would to warn my fellow letter. However if you decide future sustainable manner – "vigilant" that wasevery developed our Bill citizens, "Kitchenerites" to be extra time thatby Utility arrives.our community, our politicians – is successful.

Respectfully, Ingrid E. Merkel

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Karen Buschert Conservation Director for KW Field Naturalists Waterloo

Letter to the editor LETTER TO THE EDITOR School goes back to the future

Just what makes Kitchener so good at Arts development? I recently attended an information session at a local private

expressed concerns about how the overall quality of public

school ( howI've theybeen planexploring to change education is decaying. By contrast, what now As a relatively new arrival in about Kitchener the very impressed by the Arts office at City Hall andwe with howcall they“classical provided their curriculum: they’re goinghere back “classical education”. education” has been used successfully the western photographic arts opportunities andtofirst impressions are very me was going onacross here. Those people inworld turn with information about what encouraging. just not just the tech sideincreasingly of quality that the community offered theirofown advice and contacts, so again two for The concept It's astounds I’ve been frustrated at have for thousands years, including by Socrates andthumbs other up greats should be judged. A thriving Arts community usually does well. This can the level of support they give each other. how little my kids seem to be learning in the school system, es- from the past, right up until ~100 yrs. ago. In a time when our not always be measured in the financial spectrum as the living standard Yes, there are already many crisis, photographers theto normal pecially since the teachers went on strike this year and the report education system is in financial perhaps doing it’s time rethink expectations of artists are remarkably low. photographic needs of the region, but the opportunity to work with cards feedback theconvenient teachers. driving My 8 emerging the whole machine and consider going back to more effective We have don't been want getting that twoless bedroom housefrom within image companies like web designers, animation houses, software year old’s is atrocious sounds, and producers, models. locally based video firms, electronic images for broadcasters or mall. (right Speaking as onewrong of thoseletters), underfunded distance to spelling the golf course independent artsays producers i'll tell you I've lived in some very bad growing as the manufacturing base has declined. The live her report card she’s excelling. conditions just to be close to my workingisenvironment. especially the Our modern education system less than An 100example years being old, entertainment industries, local graphic designers and most Jackie Satnik when living in my various illegal Toronto warehouse studios many years emerging gallery system bodes well for business opportunities, even in this and educators over the past several decades have repeatedly Kitchener before they were condoized. downturn. There are basically two reasons for artists to be in an area. A slightly Kitchener is projected to be growing by a conservative estimate of compact arts community with low rents and the availability of galleries or 100,000 people over the next 20 years and plans call for a big investment venues to showcase the art produced. I have noticed that there is a vibrant in conversions of existing warehouse buildings into studio style live work theatre network here that none the less is going through hard times. The space. Technically manufacturing has downa lot Thethe Kitchener Citizenbase invites you toturned share and yourleft experimusic scene is really good with a solid choice of local talent that is well of empty buildings. ences with the community as a guest columnist. Do you have a rant? A viewpoint about a local event or opinion about an important issue? Or, do publicized by a few local free publications. Radio generally follows the If out who of those numberstothere 10views percent artists all media that you have acorprock personal but or funny story? The looking for writers are willing shareare their with theirinneighbours in a standard the University ofKitchener Waterloo Citizen has an is outstanding actually work at their art all of us are going to need some of this space to guest column.station. Columns should be 400-500 words long and submissions must name andArtists, contactbeing information.To submit your community buildinclude up ouryour community. artists though, do not likecolumn to be The huge poolplease of university students to draw from for a vocal audience by email or mail, call editor Helen Hall at 519-741-5892 or email told how to do things. The local government is working hard to reach that with some disposable cash helps in keeping the cities vibrant and level where they can integrate the needs of the artistic community enthusiastic. The number of professional artists is still small enough so that seamlessly into their development plans. they know one another. Many studies have shown time and again how efficient an Arts based Kitchener Citizen welcomes Letters to the Editor. All letters must clearly state the We are quickly seeing astounding growth in the digitalThe imaging community can be. A planning group called The Prosperity Council industry. as aphone photographer working in will digital writer’s full Fortunately, name, address, numberwho andhas be been signed. Names be published along with the letter, however, addresses and telephone numcalls for a huge investment for artists and art based businesses for will years helps meforintegrate my purposes own workand into video, 3D, web, specifically bers beitused only verification will not be published. Letters should betosubmitted at least as one weektobefore to encourage choose Kitchener a place work.the Thispublication is the first advertising, etc. So I think, personally, in or Kitchener arecontribution forthem date. This newspaper reserves the rightthe to opportunities edit, condense reject any brevity or legal purposes. Copyright in letters and other better than Toronto. An example being the cable TV (Rogers) that works time I have found a directed approach to our niche, but very valuable material submitted to the publisher and accepted for publication remains with the author, but the publisher may freely reproduce them print, segment of society. If even fifty percent of the plans get done it isinstill an very hard to involve the regions schools and artisians in locally produced attractive place to build a career. electronic or other forms. programming. Our image production is now all pixels and with the recent Let's not forget that Kitchener/Waterloo was voted the most intelligent city and speaking as a newcomer it is very evident that the level of announcement of a new 5 million dollar Federal grant to establish a to the Citizen’s massive digital media centre in the downtown core, it offers unexcelled professionalism is visibly high here. People wasteWelcome little time and the Kitchener welcome i've received in presenting my own portfolio to various galleries opportunities to work with some of the leading edge image systems in the and companies has been warm and enthusiastic. A very nice event held world. In fact there are plans to make Kitchener a regional 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 WINenjoy TWOartFREE CANjazz BE and USED ATambient ANY DRAYTON 2013 SEASON PERFORMANCE! uses forENTERTAINMENT my photos. people who meetTICKETS each otherTHAT with cool some There is a very good internet herename and ifwill yoube would like more dub from the djs. Email the correct answer to this question for a chance to win. system Winner’s drawn. With 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 yearplans, did thebyDrayton Festival begin?this region of one of the "Silicon Valley" inspired yearsTheatre will establish found there are many dynamic, specifically What targeted the three examples of April a thriving gatewayWinning of new ideas andmay I feel municipal government in isparticular, to the foster a (relatively) The Kitchener Citizen offering you opportunity to enterlarge every month from until August. tickets bevery usedfortunate for any to be able to establish with so many other creative artists. community investment inperformance developmentattowards artistfollowing integration. I was any of the Drayton Entertainment venues,myself duringhere the 2013 season:*




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PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Stephen Woodworth MP for Kitchener-Centre


Canada Post Services in Kitchener ecently, the Conference Board of Canada released a report on the future of Canada Post which projected that a continued decline in mail volumes has the potential to lead to losses close to $1 billion a year by 2020. Canada Post is currently exploring options to ensure long-term sustainability without becoming a drain on Canadian taxpayers. As a Crown corporation, Canada Post operates at an arm’s-length from the government. As such, it is responsible for its own operational decisions to achieve its mandate. Canada Post has proposed to close the Kitchener Canada Post facility located at 240-25 Frederick St. Canada Post is undergoing public consultation and as yet the closure of Kitchener Post Office has not yet been finalized. The government expects Canada Post to deliver quality service to all Kitchener residents. If you feel that the closure of the Kitchener Post Office located at 240-25 Frederick St. will negatively impact the postal services available to you, I encourage you to make your views known. Canadians can offer their views to Canada Post online at or by mail to: The Future of Canada Post 2701 Riverside Dr. Suite N0800 Ottawa, ON K1A 0B1 Reforming the Temporary Foreign Worker Program I have also recently had many constituents raise concerns about the Temporary Foreign Worker Program being used by some employers to replace Canadians with foreign workers. The government’s priority is to ensure that Canadians are first in line for available jobs in their area. As such, a review of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program has been launched as per the commitment made to taxpayers in Economic Action

Plan 2013. We have moved quickly to identify and correct any problems that may prevent qualified Canadian workers from getting jobs. These reforms will insist that companies produce a solid plan to move from the use of foreign workers to Canadians — that means training Canadians, if necessary, ensuring that the program remains only a short term solution. These reforms also require employers using the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to pay temporary foreign workers the prevailing wage. The government is also increasing its authority to revoke work permits for those companies that do not play by the rules. These are just a few of the reforms that are being introduced to this program. These changes will improve the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to support our economic recovery and growth. More changes will be announced in the coming months including a number of targeted measures to support families and communities across Canada. Finally, the government is controlling direct program spending while not cutting transfers to Canadians or other levels of government. Fiscal responsibility and aggressive debt reduction placed Canada in the best possible position to weather the global recession. The government ran a temporary deficit to protect our economy and jobs. While other countries continue to struggle with debt that is spiraling out of control, Canada is in the best fiscal position in the G-7 and the Economic Action Plan 2013 keeps Canada on track to return to balanced budgets in 2015-2016 Through the Economic Action Plan 2013, the government continues to position Canada as a global economic leader. For more information on the Economic Action Plan and how it can benefit you, visit



by John Milloy MPP for Kitchener-Centre

his year’s budget reflects the priorities of people in every region of this province, including Waterloo Region, and it speaks to the values of Ontario’s new government. We are making thoughtful, strategic investments that will strengthen the economy, help create jobs, and build a fair society. The deficit for this past year is projected to be $9.8 billion — this is $5 billion less than what was forecast in the 2012 Budget. This marks the fourth year in a row that the province has reported a deficit lower than we projected. We are the only government in Canada to achieve this level of success. In addition, Ontario has created almost 400,000 jobs since the depths of the global recession, recovering all of the jobs lost during those dark days. Ontario enjoys strong fundamentals and we are committed to eliminating the deficit by 201718. We believe a balanced approach is the right approach. That is why our government is keeping growth in spending to less than one per cent while at the same time making strategic investments in the public services Ontario values. This budget lays out an economic renewal plan to help Ontario’s economy seize new opportunities for growth and job creation. This includes continuing to support a competitive business climate while also working with business to invest in the potential of emerging economies. We are making the right investments to help Ontario succeed. The budget includes investments in modern infrastructure, because we know that investing in our transit, roads, schools and hospitals is crucial for our prosperity. We’re

also investing in skills and education, as well as job creation for youth, to ensure the people of the province can work and succeed. When everyone has the opportunity to succeed to their full potential, Ontario’s economy becomes even stronger. That is why Ontario’s budget removes barriers to employment for people who receive social assistance. The budget will create a $200 monthly earnings exemption for people who receive support from Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program because people deserve to keep more of the money they earn through their hard work. There will also be an increase in social assistance rates of one per cent and improved benefit levels of Ontario Works singles without children with an additional top-up. In a fair society, everyone has the opportunity to find a job, participate in the vibrancy of their community and contribute to the prosperity of our province. The people of Ontario value high-quality public services. But they also want to ensure that the cost of these services won’t lead to an unfair burden on their children. By beating our fiscal targets we can continue to invest in the things that matter most to people every day. That’s why we’re fully committed to eliminating the deficit by 2017-18, and then reducing the net debt-toGDP ratio to the pre-recession level of 27 per cent. Our government is committed to helping all the people of Ontario succeed. Our balanced approach to strengthening the economy will help create jobs and build a prosperous and fair Ontario for all. For more information please contact my constituency office: 519-579-5460.

MarketNEWS This month at the Kitchener Market we celebrate mom, help you make healthy food choices and have a full line-up of fabulous cooking classes! Visit our website for details and to register:

Mother’s Day: Tea for Mom Saturday, May 11, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. This event features the royal treatment for mom including a cupcake, tea and freshly decorated clay pot from her kids! Cost: $5 per ticket or $15 for family of 4

KW Food Revolution Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The KW Food Revolution aims to help citizens to make healthy food choices. This event features workshops and presentations around making healthy food choices.

Cooking classes in the Marketplace It doesn’t matter if you know your way around the kitchen, can’t tell a saucepan from a frying pan, or just want a fun night out - we have a class for you! Cost: $39 includes a market bag and prepared food. To register: Visit, call 519-741-2287 or email

Tasty Thai Wednesday, May 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Learn authentic Thai recipes using fresh, local ingredients that will “wow” your taste buds and inspire you to bring a little bit of Thai with you everywhere you go!

Easy Indian Cooking Wednesday, May 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. It’s starting to feel like summer, so add a bit of heat to your cooking with our Easy Indian Cooking class. Come learn about classic Indian spices and pairings.

Dinner Party Basics Wednesday, May 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Our local chefs teach you the foundations of throwing a fabulous dinner party. Impress guests with your culinary knowledge and delicious recipes!

Ravishingly Raw Wednesday, May 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m. This class will teach you how to make meals incorporating uncooked, unprocessed, and organic food products. Raw foods boost energy levels and taste great! Get the MarketNEWS delivered every month to your inbox!

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Green festivities held in the snow and the warm sunshine by Helen Hall week of Earth Day celebrations across Kitchener saw a wide range of weather. On April 20, people bundled up to see the Canadian Raptor Conservatory shows or build a bird box at the City of Kitchener’s Earth Day celebration at the Huron Natural Centre. Close by at McLennan Park the snow flew while people picked up garbage as part of the Tim Horton’s Community Cleanup. The following weekend the weather was much better for the Bloomin Earth Festival in front of Kitchener City Hall. Shoppers looked at recycled goods while being entertained by local talent such as the band Jeremy Day and the Resistance. Vendor Ilona Valcov said she started making art out of corrugated cardboard when she was a student at the Ontario College of Art and Design and “couldn’t afford to buy any other art supplies” for a show that was coming up. Valcov peels back the layers of cardboard to give the artwork depth and then paints it. Even the frames are made out of pieces of cardboard. She has a website that features the artwork she makes out of cardboard and other recycled materials at www.


From left: Treyton and Tyson Weinstein braved the cold to pick up trash at McLennan Park as part of the Tim Hortons Community Cleanup on April 20. Luckily, there was hot chocolate.

Rachel Beauroy, left, and Ivanka Candappa handed out coupons for energy-saving products on behalf of Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro at the Home Depot at the Sunrise Shopping Centre on April 27.

Ilona Valcov of Toronto showed off her art made corrugated cardboard at the Bloomin Earth Festival in front of City Hall on April 27.

Stratford teens Zoe Peters, left, and Celeste McEwin used a variety of recycled items to make the crafts in their booth at the Bloomin Earth Festival. These lamp shades are made of photographic slides they bought at second hand stores.

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Express Kitchener building permits for DIY warriors

he City of Kitchener is serious about supporting do-it-yourself homeowners planning home construction projects this season. Whether you’re planning a new pool, deck or shed for the backyard, or renovation to your home, the city is making it easier than ever to speed up permit approvals and make it easier for homeowners to tackle their own projects. The city building division will be extending hours of service during “Tuesday Night Express Permits” from 4 to 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday, May through August, to give homeowners

adequate time to apply for and acquire permits they may need to undertake a home project. Before you head out to get supplies for your weekend project, check out the city’s website BuildingPermits for what projects may require permits. “Many people choose to undertake home improvement projects, so it is important people have a place to go if they have any questions around the work they’re doing and whether or not permits are needed,” said Mike Seiling, the city’s director of building. “We are happy to extend our hours

every Tuesday from now through August to accommodate people who may have questions but can’t make it out between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.” In addition, the city continues to add residential permit types to an online portal to enable builders and residents to apply for certain types of permits on the

WATER CONSERVATION BY-LAW STARTS MAY 31 Once-per-week lawn watering is in effect May 31- September 30. Remember that lawn watering days are based on the last digit in your house number. If your address ends in: 0 or 1 your watering day is: Monday 2 or 3 Tuesday 4 or 5 Wednesday 6 or 7 Thursday 8 or 9 Friday

Children’s author Nan Forler signed copies of her book Bird Child at A. R. Kaufman School on April 23. Copies of Forler’s book were donated through First Book Canada and TD Canada Trust to students in grades 2 and 3. Volunteers from TD Canada Trust also read to the students.

5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. The following activities are permitted during the above watering hours for even-numbered addresses on even days of the month and for odd-numbered addresses on odd days of the month: • Watering of shrubs, trees and gardens • Washing of vehicles • Pool top-ups


Eastwood Collegiate celebrated 25 years of its integrated arts program with performances by current students at THEMUSEUM on the evening of April 27. During the day, an open house featured alumni performances. At left, current Eastwood Collegiate music students perform a classical piece at THEMUSEUM.

Custom Container Design Annuals Perennials Herbs Vegetable Plants Hanging baskets Patio Planters

web, at any time, and to check on permit approval status without making a trip to city hall. Visit the online permits portal at www. Don’t forget May is building safety month! Visit the Kitchener City Hall Rotunda, May 6-10, noon- 2 p.m.

Thanks for doing your part! For newly planted sod/seed lawns and nematode applications contact the Region for a permit. For more information: 519-575-4495 •

Mother's Day Special Purchase a Colour Paradise Gift Card for $25 or more and receive a free 4” mini rose for your special someone! Also, mark your calendar for Power of Pink Fundraiser on Thursday, June 13.

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Kitchener City Council and the Kitchener Citizen asked students between the ages of 10 and 12 to describe their “Ideal City” for a chance to win a tour of Kitchener City Hall and the opportunity to experience being a municipal politician. On June 10th, these 14 students will take the seats in the council chamber for their own debate that will be televised on Rogers Cable TV prior to the beginning of the official Kitchener City Council meeting. Congratulations! By Alex Blagojevic Sheppard Public School In my ideal city, I would like to see more green space because people should get out more to enjoy nature and to get exercise. In these green spaces, I would like to see tennis courts and basketball courts. It would be good to have a park with slides and swings. It would also be nice to have a pond for people to relax. I would also like to see more solar panels on factories, on houses and on schools. I think this is a good idea because it saves energy and uses less electricity. In my ideal city, there would be more funding for arenas and for sports. I would like to see all people have the chance to play hockey. I think the graffiti on arenas should be stopped. There should also be more ice rinks at each arena so more people can play. I think there should be a community centre for activities such as video games and art programs. In my ideal city, there would also be better roads because they are getting older and run down. It would be safer for cars and bikes to use better roads. Finally, I would like to see the Grand River cleaned and taken care of. I think this is important because I go fishing there a lot and it is sad to see the river polluted with trash. In conclusion, I would picture my ideal city to be like this. *** By Ben Climenhage Sheppard Public School My ideal city would be a city with more solar panels so we wouldn’t use as much electricity. Since solar panels are a lot of money, we could have a building that we could go to in our spare time and we could make them for each other. It wouldn’t be that much money because if someone showed us how to make solar panels, we could make solar panels ourselves and it wouldn’t be as much money. Instead of using regular cars, we could use electric cars because they don’t use gas and they would be good for the environment. We could use the same idea as the solar panels for the electric cars, making it cheaper. Since toys and restaurants are sometimes expensive, we can make our own products. Someone teaches us how to make food, toys and

supplies. In regards to the religion situation in schools, we could have a period in school where every religion splits up in different groups and we can practice are own religion. There would be a big park with a forest in it and a playground and equipment so people would get their daily 60 minutes of exercise all the time. Also in the forest, there would be a variety of great hiking and biking trails for the winter and summer. In my ideal city, there would also be a grocery store where food is cheaper for people who can’t afford nutritious food. In conclusion, that is my ideal city. Thanks for reading. *** By Bianca Ellen Laube Sheppard Public School My ideal city will be a very creative and artsy place. It will be a very kind, nice and peaceful place. There will be lots of different types of sports, music and art! In my ideal city, everyone is equal and everything is shared evenly. In my ideal city there would be community drop in classes every week. One class per week would be free and there would be different classes every week! In my ideal city, there would be a community garden which everyone in the city would help out at. So then everyone would get a fair amount of what they grew. In my city, there would be a place for everyone. There would be a very important “no bully policy” in my city and everyone would help out! I know you may think that “How is this possible?” or “This is almost impossible to do!” But I know we can do it, we just have to try. First, we have to get people more interactive by doing a free activity like a drop in class. People will then have a more full and creative life. We also have to be healthier, like having a big garden that we try to make everyone responsible for. Healthier people make happier people! Now this is what my ideal city looks like. I hope you like it! *** By Elise Wunder Sheppard Public School My ideal city would be focused on the well-being of the community, environmental issues and also education. For the community, I would first make more drop-in programmes to get youth off the couch and into

real world problems and situations. For example, what do they want to be? What will they do to help make the community the best it could be? Secondly, I would also try to get them interested in activities. I would create more homeless shelters so not as many people will be living on the street. The third and most important thing to me is to create more opportunities to do community service before grade nine and community centers for everyone. Also, I would make sure all the people in my community would be loving and caring towards everyone. For the environment, I would create more solar panels so my city would be environmentally friendly. I would also make sure there was lots of green space in parks for all the people in my community and make community gardens too. For the environmental issues in my community, I would only sell electric cars so we don’t pollute the earth more than we have too. We would also work on bringing down our carbon footprint. For education, I would lower tuition for schools. Immediately I would make sure the teachers would only teach real world situations to the kids and not useless things they will forget. Finally, I would make sure all religious children could practice their religion AT school.

Watch Rogers Kitchener Cable 20 on June 10, 2013 at 6pm to see these students debate before the start of the regular Kitchener City Council meeting. *** By Julia Henry Driftwood Park Public School Welcome to My Ideal City Green Ville My ideal city would be beautiful

with many trees and consistent weather, where in the summer it’s hot, in the fall it’s nice but a little chilly, where in the winter its cold so you can go skiing or snowboarding or make a snowman, and where spring has many flowers and green, leafy plants to take your dog for a walk. My city would have fun jobs where you make a lot of money but also get to help people while doing so. Everyone would have a unique, different, bright, joyful house, with big yards and nice playgrounds behind the yards. On Christmas Eve people could go with friends and family to soup kitchens or charities etc. so the less fortunate could have a wonderful happy Christmas like all of us! In this city the government would not make you pay every month to them, and everything wouldn’t be so expensive, so that parents can keep and save their money to go to things we need or deserve. I imagine my city to have many forests so fruit can grow and so we have a lot of nature for the wild animals to live in. In this city everyone would have one car or maybe even none, everything would be close together so that you can just walk or ride your bike or skateboard to get to the places you need to go to, this would be better because if everyone drives everywhere then the exhaust that comes out of our cars pollutes the air which makes it harder for everyone and for nature. All the stores in the city would be in the middle of everything so everyone would go there, there would be all the good quality stores there and none of them would be the same, also the gas stations in this city would not be so expensive because not many people would use cars. My city would be called Green Ville because everyone would “Go Green.” Green Ville would be safe, efficient and fun! *** By Cyan Gielewska Sheppard Public School Scarlet Dusk is a city that has its name for a few reasons. One reason has to do with history. The other is the city’s colours. This city is not very well known, but a city does not have to be famous for it to be a favourite. You’re probably wondering what the history has to do with the

city name. The city started with 10 areas, all ruled by a different nation. All nations took on the name of a color, except the Forest Nation. Some city areas were built near water. It could be a disadvantage or advantage. You could attack or trade with other sea areas, but could get attacked. Some areas were much smaller than others and -unless protected by a stronger ally- were quickly captured. The outcome was only the Forest and Scarlet Nation left standing. They were allies, so they banded together to make one Nation. If you look in a history book, it would say the Scarlet Nation had won the city because they had more city areas. This is also a reason the city’s name is Scarlet Dusk. Now the city’s colours, what do they have to do with the name? The citizens say there are Yellow Sapphire Seas and Blue Ruby Skies. Blue Sapphires and yellow make green seas. Red rubies and blue make purple skies. At certain times, the purple sky looks scarlet. A Scarlet Dusk. These names come from history, but their origin is lost history. Yes, this city could easily take on the name of Forest of Time. *** By Hugh Macfarlane Sheppard Public School My ideal city is the most eco friendly city on the planet. Everything in the city is eco friendly our cars and all other vehicles run on organic matter like banana peels, orange peels and even leftover drinks can power a car. Also we recycle everything. When an old building needs to be torn down we use the old concrete to make new concrete and everything in the building is reused. Now I’m going to tell you about the city’s technology .The city is powered by a rare element called hughtoneum. It has no radiation and is waste free. The worst thing hughtoneum could do is overload the power plant (no power for one day). Also there is only one power plant it sends out waves of energy that are then picked up by all electronic devices and that is how my ideal city gets power. It is also the safest city on the planet. Each building is equipped with an impenetrable security

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MY IDEAL CITY - Essays from local students continued system so there are no robbers (if someone does try to rob you they have no chance). If someone does try to get your door open without having their thumb and their eye scanned they will be paralyzed by short wave sound waves that are unblockable. After they have been paralyzed the police will be notified. Also the city has a police force but not an ordinary police force but a robot one. The robot policemen are armed with stun rays so no one gets hurt. After they are apprehended they are put in a rehabilitation center. Then when they are rehabilitated they are let out but they are kept a close eye on so they don’t try anything *** By Mariana Latta Suazo Sheppard Public School There is not a single perfect city on earth. Problems can be serious like murder, disease or poverty but sometimes problems are as little as a flower not growing. My city has no problems. Not a single mother fears her children will be lost and no father worries about money and work difficulties. Laughter is always in the air and sadness has no place here. The location of my city is unknown. Only the citizens of this city know where it is. My city is a very small place. Every one knows each other, but there are enough people everyone has some one to be with. Loneliness does not exist here. All citizens have a different talent, so together the city works well. People by themselves aren’t as strong so long ago the city decided to work together. No one is left out in this town and everyone has a good job they enjoy. Every flower grows perfectly, and all trees are flawless. All properties are stunning and colours burst from every corner. The salt water gently laps at the shore, a reassuring sound. Wildlife swims all over the sea and in the rich, fertile forest that surrounds the small city. The city provides everything the people will ever need. This city will catch you when you fall. This city will support you through your troubles. This city will let you be yourself. This city, is my ideal city. *** By Olivia Gibson Sheppard Public School If I create my own city from my point of view I would have a fair city named yourtopia. Cities around the world are unfair to the people who live in them. I am determined, to have a good fair city. This is my report on my ideal city. Everyone has opinions on what an ideal city is. This is how my city will look if you go there. Firstly my city is more like a town so if you go there will have 52 people living there and every year 3 people come live there and every 2 years 1 person dies and 1 leaves so in

20 years there will be 62 people living there. The area of my city is 20km by 5km. Everyone who lives there gets free access to pools, gyms and more. This is how my city will look if you go there. Even though my town seems pretty perfect there are some rules to this town. Some of them are that no one is allowed to litter, treat others harshly, and deny them any access to join a club, team, sport e.t.c. Another is every one has the same rights and if you take advatage of others you will go to jail. One other is that you treat others how you want to be treated. Those are some of the rules that would be for my town. If I had a town I would have a fair town. I have explained that is what it would look like, what the attractions would be and what some of the rules would be. I hope you have enjoyed my report on my ideal city. This is my ideal city in action. *** By Ricky Griffin Sheppard Public School In my ideal city everybody would get along and have no problems with each other, there would be no war and nobody would fight. My mom would let me have Xbox live. I would eat like a king and so would my friends and family. I would be good to my people but if they disobeyed me they would be grounded for five weeks. My Ideal city would also have minecraft because my friends really like the game but my world would mostly be black ops two, black ops one, modern warfare three, and modern warfare two because those are my favourite games. I would never allow anybody to have a PlayStation of any kind everybody would have an Xbox 360. My ideal city would also have fifteen skate parks, but only for bmx and scooter riders. I don’t like skateboarders because they are rude and they always yell at you. The gas for cars in my city would be fifty cents per litre. Everybody would love me so much because gas was so cheap. My ideal city would be guarded by the strongest people in the world. If anybody did drugs or did anything illegal they would be thrown in jail for life. *** By Olivia Beaupré Driftwood Park Public School Welcome to OUR Ideal City... A place that is ideal for all who choose to make it home! There is lots I love about Kitchener but together we can make it better! Environment We have to take care of the environment! • Add to the 125 kms of trails with more bike lanes • Weekly park and trail clean ups by residents • Designate carpool lanes on the expressway and provide

carpooling parking at exits Fitness & Fun Exercise and fun is important for an ideal city! • Allow skating on Victoria Park pond • Host an outdoor winterfest... BurrrrlinFest: hockey and other outdoor activities! Enjoy the cold Canadian weather! • More indoor soccer facilities • Loaner bikes with pick up/drop off spots around town! • Become the first Canadian city to require nutritional values on restaurant menus. My brother did a science project and found that people save 400 calories per dining out experience. Canadians dine out 1.7 x a week, which could prevent an 8-11 lb weight gain a year. We’d be reducing obesity and be the healthiest city in Canada! • Outdoor movie nights at parks • Community talent shows at The Auditorium; come out of your shell and shine! • Victoria Park carriage rides • Victoria Park Carousel, built by woodworking students Businesses • The Conestoga College area seems underserviced • Where can students get groceries? • We should attract restaurants to this area • Add an outdoor cafe to MacLennan Park. Thanks for visiting our Ideal City! *** By Paige Sproul Driftwood Park Public School Welcome To My Ideal City Difficult decisions have to be made everyday. As a member of Kitchener City Council, I’m sure decisions are not taken lightly and a lot of hard work goes into identifying the impact of each one made. I think that Kitchener is a fabulous place to live with lots of different things to do, but there are still some ways that we can improve it and make it even better. My perfect city would have more green space with colourful gardens and places to sit. It would also include more trees to help with pollution. Citizens would be nice, respectful and wouldn’t litter if they had greenspaces that were

appealing with places to sit and enjoy. We have beautiful gardens in some parks but others are still lacking the visual appeal it takes for you to be able to relax. Roads need to be smoothly cemented and salted when its icy for safe driving. More lights need to be installed for roads, streets and parking lots to be safer for pedestrians and drivers. It takes lots of ambitious people working together as a team to have a city be run successfully. In order to implement changes I would make sure that the pros and cons for each project are addressed and the concerns are heard and not interrupted so that a clear view can be projected. The ideas I have mentioned would make this my ideal city if I was a city councillor or the mayor. *** By Shehzad Khaliqi Sheppard Public School My ideal city would include all my favourite stores, a place for relaxation and peace and a fun place to be loud and have fun. I would have my favourite stores so I could go whenever I want when I’m bored. I would also include a library for reading and doing my homework because sometimes home isn’t always the best place to do homework! One of the stores I would include is a convenience store to go once in a while with my friends for some snacks. Maybe a gas station so my dad can use some gas whenever his car needs it. We don’t need to take a risk and go to the closest gas station which is so far away! I would want an adult relaxation park for adults who want some peace and quiet. Whenever an adult wants to be alone he/she could visit the park and enjoy the great outdoors! I would also want a mall so I could just hang out with my friends and also go from store to store, which I don’t always get to do. In that mall I would really like some stores that are useful and not those boring stores adults love. Something actually fun that doesn’t involve fitting rooms! I would also for sure add a park. A huge park kids could actually enjoy and not worry about

anything! Equipment that’s actually useful and not things that have no point of doing! I would enjoy a city like this! *** By Violet Huras Brigadoon Public School My ideal city would be a place full of hope. Where people would marry and one day elope. Where everyone would be happy as free as birds. Where nobody would be mean or absurd. Where violence and crime were never a thing. Where all year around all would be spring. Where college and university are available to everyone. Where all of our journeys have just begun. Where all that time working like a wench. Pays off and we don’t have to sit on the bench. Where we will succeed never to fail. Where I can stand up and shout, “I WILL PREVAIL.” Where one would greet the other with how do you do. Where every day you’d wake feeling good as new. My ideal city would be a place of beauty. Where no one is rude or snooty. Where all animals could roam free in the wild. Where every single person would thank you if you smiled. Where each and every person in Kitchener would gather for ones success. Because really we know they did their best. Where adventure would wait around every turn. Where every person will one day return. Where money and land are never a mess. Where nobody would have a stress. Where all dreams and goals could always be done. And you would feel like a champion, like you had won. My ideal city is a place where…. All of Kitchener would share their success. And I would win this contest.


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t’s a simple construction, the bicycle. Two wheels, a seat (sometimes two), a handle and some gears . . . but it’s a vehicle that could change the face of downtown Kitchener a few years from now.

As the region shifts its view to towards greater use of transit, use of the bicycle as a mode of transportation will also increase.

“I’m passionate about the simple bicycle because I view it as a tool that can create vibrant and sustainable communities,” said Joseph. “Issues such as air quality, traffic congestion, parking demand, road safety, and other environmental concerns can be addressed by promoting and encouraging cycling as both a recreational and commuting option.”

The city recently approved BikeKitchener, a platform to foster a sustainable culture of bicycling among residents of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. That’s something that has Josh Joseph, transportation demand management coordinator for the City of Kitchener, excited.

There’s a catch. The traffic lanes on King Street in the downtown core cannot safely accommodate a cyclist traveling alongside a vehicle. The current lane width of 3.5 metres would not be able to support a vehicle and a cyclist traveling side by side without creating an environment where the cyclist would be riding in the ‘door

zone’ of a parked vehicle. Enter the sharrow, a road marking that reminds motorists and cyclists to share the road and help cyclists position themselves properly. Joseph envisions sharrows painted on King Street, between Francis Street and Madison Street in downtown Kitchener, which is already an environment where cyclists and motorists can share the road safely and comfortably because of slowmoving vehicles, short blocks and frequent traffic lights. Motorists are more likely to anticipate cyclists and therefore exercise greater caution, said Joseph, on streets with cycling infrastructure such as bicycle lanes, sharrows or share-the-road

signage. “As pedestrians have the sidewalk and motorists have the roadway, sharrows would indicate to cyclists that they are entitled to ‘take the lane’ in the downtown core if they are keeping pace with motorists,” he said. “This sends a strong message to residents that the City of Kitchener is committed to promoting and encouraging cycling and is dedicated to making the experience safe and comfortable for those traveling on two wheels.” For the full story, please go to For more information on BikeKitchener, please go to n

One-year parking pilots Collaboration station


t’s spring and plans for a summer street party, backyard barbecue and patio party are formulating in your mind.

Question is, where will all your guests park, or leave their car if they’re taking the taxi home? There is, after all, a three-hour parking limit on city streets unless signs are posted to state otherwise. Or is there? A new pilot project introduced by city council will allow residents to park on the street overnight in spring, summer and fall. Winter parking restrictions will still apply. From May 1 – Nov. 30 this year, residents will now be permitted to park on the street overnight between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., while by-law enforcement staff investigate options for a formal parking exemption process that would include online reporting. “Council directed staff to not enforce the three-hour limit overnight during the pilot,” said Shayne Turner, director of bylaw enforcement for the City of Kitchener. “This is city-wide and only from May to November, after which city staff will report

back to council on the results of the pilot.” Ward 5 pilot A second pilot parking project applying only to Ward 5 means parking is permitted on the boulevard portion of the driveway from Dec. 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014. “Ward 5 is the ward with the largest percentage of smaller residential lots, therefore the smaller driveways,” said Turner. “Since this is a pilot, council is prepared to look at other solutions or maybe extending the boulevard parking concept after staff reports back to them next year.” Some conditions apply. Vehicles are permitted on the portion of the boulevard that is the driveway section between the sidewalk and roadway. The impact of these temporary changes to the current parking regulations during these pilots will be assessed, and staff will report back to council in 2014 with recommendations on a long-term solution to current parking challenges in Kitchener. More information is available at n


unique and cutting-edge collaboration blending the arts with digital media, design and content creation will find a home in 44 Gaukel St., the former Canada Post building at the corner of Gaukel and Charles streets.

“Young people today will have to go out and ‘invent’ their jobs . . .” Bob Egan, musician

The Kitchener Studio Project will be led by Conestoga College, University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, including the Critical Media Lab, the Games Institute and the School of Media and Design. The project will also include the regional arts community, Communitech, Christie Digital and Electronic Arts; CAFKA and KWArtzLab have also expressed interest.

“Any decisions we make about this project are built off a model of sustainability based on three things: three world-class academic institutions, the technology hotbed that we have in this region, and the city’s participation,” said Mark Derro, dean, school of media and design, communications and liberal studies at Conestoga College. Bob Egan, who plays with the band Blue Rodeo, is among those who will be teaching courses, particularly audio recording, in the collaborative space. “Digital technology has revolutionized the business of creating and providing music. The traditional roles and functions of the music industry have been eliminated, amalgamated or morphed into something totally new,” said Egan. “To prepare our students to compete in this brave, new world, we will teach not only the contemporary technical skills, but also the entrepreneurial and ‘life’ skills that will be essential.” For full story, see n

Your Kitchener is published every other month to keep citizens informed about local issues and events. If you have questions or comments, please phone at 519-741-2200 x7383 or by email at The City of Kitchener is committed to providing accessible formats and communication supports for persons with disabilities. If another format would work better for you, please contact the inclusion coordinator, City of Kitchener/City of Waterloo, at 519-741-2200 x7226.

Thank the plan Advisory council members wanted Are you an older adult who wants to have a say? The Mayor’s Advisory Council for Kitchener Seniors (MACKS) has three vacant seats to fill. Recruitment starts in May and continues through the summer. Visit for more information. Kitchener Market cooking classes Discover your love of cooking at the Kitchener Market for only $39! Classes take place Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. l

May 15: Easy Indian cooking


May 22: Dinner party basics


May 29: Ravishingly Raw


June 5: Caribbean Cuisine


June 7: Date Night


June 12: Vital Vegetarian, part 2


June 19: Dinner party basics

To register, visit or email

Mark-et on your calendar There’s always something fun happening at the Kitchener Market. Events take place Saturdays. l

Mother’s Day: Tea for Mom, May 11, 9 a.m. to noon. Cost: $5 per ticket or $15 for family of four.


Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution: May 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. This event is free.


Knife sharpening: May 18 and June 15, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Rates vary.


Father’s Day barbecue, June 15, 9 a.m. to noon. This event is free.


Kids in the Kitchen – Blend it up! June 22, 10 a.m. to noon. This event is free.

For more details, visit Building Safety Month May is building safety month! Come see us in the Kitchener City Hall Rotunda May 6-10, from noon to 2 p.m. each day. Also: every Tuesday in May, June, July and August is Tuesday Night Express, where homeowners can get speedy approvals on most standard permits. And don’t forget — you can now get residential permits online.


ave you ever used the dog park or the BMX bike jumps at McLennan Park? You can thank the Leisure Facilities Master Plan (LFMP) for that.

the cycling master plan, the city’s strategic plan or parks master plan.


affirm the mission, vision and values of the plan

Now, the leisure facilities master plan needs to be updated.


confirm trends in leisure services

Have you used a community centre such as Kingsdale? Or are you interested in the district park development that is planned for south Kitchener? That’s in the current plan, too.


On June 19, a community workshop will be held that offers members of the public a chance to provide feedback on the plan renewal., It has already been through a review process, including focus groups with service providers, community groups and advisory committees. Individual residents have also been asked for input.

create a framework for the next five years


investigate alternatives and prioritize funding and resources for leisure facilities and services, and


align recommendations in the plan with the city’s strategic plan.

If there is one document that contributes to developing recreational facilities and services in the City of Kitchener, and residents’ overall quality of life, it is the LFMP. Developed in 2005, the current plan has provided the guiding framework for the city’s leisure services policies, services and facilities for the past number of years. As of October 2012, 92 per cent of the recommendations in the LFMP were complete, on track for completion or included in other master plans, such as

Your feedback on the plan renewal will provide valuable information that will be considered as staff and consultants prepare an updated master plan that will look at facility and service priorities for the future, and go before council for approval in August. Specifically, the update is intended to:

Braves come back home B ack in 1967, Jim McCrea practically lived at The Aud. A two-sport athlete, McCrea was a key player. He played both junior A and B hockey with the Kitchener Rangers, and at the same time played lacrosse with the junior KitchenerWaterloo Braves from 1967-1969. “Needless to say, it was like I was never away from The Aud year round,” said McCrea. “Players were very fortunate to play in a first-class facility, compared to some of the other facilities we played in around the country.” The Braves played their first game in junior lacrosse in 1967 at The Aud on East Avenue. Now entering their 47th season of junior lacrosse, the Braves return to The Aud for their home opener on Thursday, May 9 against Peterborough, the team that knocked them out of last year’s playoffs. On May 16, they face Orangeville at home. “The Braves are truly are excited at the opportunity to return to Kitchener and play our home games in the Kinsmen Area,” said Lawrie Hallman, president of the Braves. “We want to create an in-game atmosphere that gives our fans a memorable experience.” Hallman, whose son, Corey, is assistant coach, said a core of great players will be returning for the season, including Dhane Smith, league scoring leader and most valuable player in 2012; Kyle Jackson, member of 2012 Team Canada in field lacrosse and currently at the University of Michigan on a lacrosse scholarship, and Chris Cloutier, at the University of North Carolina on a lacrosse scholarship. All members of the coaching staff — Brian Beisel, Corey Hallman and Mark Tinning — are returning for their third season. Mike

Poulin, 2012 goaltender of the year in the National Lacrosse League (NLL), has been added as the goaltending coach. Poulin, a former Brave, currently plays for the Calgary Roughnecks in the NLL.

. . . their new home is one of the best in the country.

Jim McCrea former Brave

“There are numerous proud moments for both me and my teammates in both sports from playing at the Aud that will forever remain memorable,” said McCrea of The Aud, which has recently undergone an expansion. “The current players will surely feel a sense of pride, knowing that their new home is one of the best in the country. They will now make their own mark in The Aud.” Panthers baseball At Jack Couch Park at The Aud, the Kitchener Panthers baseball team holds their home opener on Sunday, May 12, at 2 p.m. against Guelph. Tickets are $8 for adults; $6 for seniors and students 13 and under; season tickets are $80. Community-owned and volunteer-run, the Panthers were established in 1919 as a founding member of the Intercounty Baseball League. Formerly known as the KW Dutchmen and the Kitchener Legionnaires, the club has won 10 league championships throughout its history. For a full schedule of the Braves’ and Panthers’ home games, see, under the What’s On tab.n

Information gathered as part of this update will also contribute to the development charges bylaw, which is scheduled for updating this year. Development charges are fees paid by developers to recover growth-related capital costs to provide municipal services. For more information on the LFMP, see n

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GET DOWNT CAFKA @ THE WALPER HOTEL May 3 – August 11 Opening Reception, Thursday May 2, 7pm The Walper Hotel

Wednesday, May 22 Noon-1pm Style and the City Fashion Show Kitchener City Hall

Saturday, May 25 KW|AG Plant Sale Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

Sunday, May 26 11am-4pm BIKEFEST! Celebrating Cycling for all Ages Civic Square, City Hall 5:45pm Arts Awards Waterloo Region Tickets: $10 Centre In The Square

Thursday, June 6

Thursday, June 20

11:30am-2pm FOOD TRUCK : The Schmuck Truck Performance by JoJo Worthington Civic Square, City Hall

11:30am-2pm FOOD TRUCK Performance by Meghan Weber Civic Square, City Hall

7pm Off Topic - Free Speaker Series: Morgan Mavis, Contemporary Zoological Conservatory Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

7pm RasTa: A Soul’s Journey Special guest Donisha Prendergast, Bob Marley’s granddaughter, for a screening of her film. Tickets: $17

Friday, June 7 Noon-1pm Performance by Safe as Houses Civic Square, City Hall 7pm-10pm Our World Festival of Music Civic Square, City Hall 9:30pm Errol Blackwood Injaband Live Tickets: $20

Tuesday, June 11 Noon-1pm Downtown Live @ Vogelsang Green Performance by Sandy MacDonald

Friday, June 21 Noon-1pm Come, check out some live music! Civic Square, City Hall 5pm Kitchener Twillight Grand Prix A professional bike race through Downtown Kitchener 8pm David Murray Big Band feat. Macy Gray, Tickets: $25-$80 Centre In The Square

Rotunda Gallery: ‘You Seem to be Where I Belong’, photography by Jason Brown

Every Tuesday in July 6:30pm - 8:30pm Discovery Square - great family event! Kitchener City Hall, King St

Wednesday, July 3 Noon-12:50pm Yoga in the Park Victoria Park Clocktower

Thursday, May 30

Saturday, June 22 to June 23

7:30pm Songwriter’s Circle, Tickets: $39 Centre In The Square

K-W Multicultural Festival Victoria Park

Wednesday, June 12

Saturday, June 22

Noon-12:50pm Yoga in the Park Victoria Park Clocktower

7pm Battle of the Bands, Tickets $15 THEMUSEUM

Thursday, June 13

Sunday, June 23

11:30am-2pm FOOD TRUCK Performance by Tim Louis Civic Square, City Hall

8pm Roger Hodgson, Voice of Supertramp, with his band, Tickets: $39-$109 Centre In The Square

Friday, June 14

Tuesday, June 25

Noon-1pm Performance by The Urban Monks Civic Square, City Hall

Noon-1pm Downtown Live @ Vogelsang Green Performance by Danielle Beck,

Saturday, June 15

Wednesday, June 26

9am-Noon Father’s Day BBQ Kitchener Market 10am-10pm Waterloo Mini Maker Faire Rotunda, Kitchener City Hall

Noon-12:50pm Yoga in the Park Victoria Park Clocktower

June June 2013 art exhibits at city hall Rotunda Gallery: ‘Pause’, paintings by Rose Pearson Berlin Tower ARTSPACE: ‘Drywall Drum Kit’, installation presented by CAFKA/Open Ears

July, City Hall art exhibits

Noon-1pm Downtown Live @ Vogelsang Green Performance by Vanyah Venhuizen

6:30pm Piece|Meal, presented by Pat the Dog Playwright Centre A reading of Carina Gaspar’s Denmarked The Walper Hotel

4 - 7pm CAFKA + OPEN EARS Performances Civic Square, City Hall 6pm-midnight King Street Art Market AT NIGHT! King Street, between Young & Ontario

CANADA DAY IN DOWNTOWN! Performances All Evening!! Fireworks at 10pm Civic Square, City Hall

Tuesday, July 2

Wednesday, May 29

Friday May 31

Monday, July 1

Thursday, July 4 11:30am-2pm FOOD TRUCK: The Schmuck Truck Performance by DJ Attila the Spun Civic Square, City Hall

Friday, July 5 Noon-1pm Performance by The Honey Badgers Civic Square, City Hall

Saturday, July 6 10am-5pm ONE LOVE Music Festival Inspired by ONE LOVE | The Bob Marley Exhibition, THEMUSEUM comes alive with the tastes, sound, film and people of Jamaica for a day of cultural celebration.

Monday, June 17 8pm Sting – Back To Bass Tour Tickets: from $56.50 to $126.50 The

Tuesday, July 9 Tuesday, June 18 Saturday, June 1 tri-Pride Music Festival Civic Square, King St., Victoria Park

Tuesday, June 4 Noon-1pm Downtown Live @ Vogelsang Green Performance by Lorna Heidt, Cellist

Wednesday, June 5 Noon-12:50pm Yoga in the Park Victoria Park Clocktower

Noon-1pm Downtown Live @ Vogelsang Green Performance by Shane Guse on fiddle

Wednesday, June 19 Noon-12:50pm Yoga in the Park Victoria Park Clocktower Noon-8pm KING STREET ART MARKET King Street, between Young & Ontario Artisans, Vendors & Performers

Noon-1pm Downtown Live @ Vogelsang Green Performance by The Dandy Lions

Thursday, June 27 11:30am-2pm FOOD TRUCK: S.W.A.T Truck “Sandwiches w/ a Twist” Performance by Tyler Schwende Civic Square, City Hall

Wednesday, July 10

Friday, June 28

11:30am-2pm FOOD TRUCK: West of Seoul Civic Square, City Hall

Noon-1pm Performance by Sandy & Friends Civic Square, City Hall

Noon-12:50pm Yoga in the Park Victoria Park Clocktower

Thursday, July 11

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Friday, July 12

Saturday July 27

Thursday, August 15

Tuesday, September 3

Noon-1pm Performance by Mandippal Jandu Civic Square, City Hall

ROCK AND RUMBLE Concert & Motorcycle Show Civic Square, King Street

11:30am-2pm FOOD TRUCK: Café du Monde Crepe Performance by Tim Louis Civic Square, City Hall

Noon-1pm Downtown Live @ Vogelsang Green Performance by Bruce Skelton

Friday, August 16

Noon-12:50pm Yoga in the Park Victoria Park Clocktower

Tuesday July 30 Noon-1pm Downtown Live @ Vogelsang Green Performance by Vanyah Venhuizen

Civic Square, City Hall Noon-1pm Performance by Jesse Webber

Wednesday, September 4

Wednesday July 31 Noon-12:50pm Yoga in the Park Victoria Park Clocktower 3pm-10pm CRUISING ON KING STREET Classic Car Parade, Show and Shine

Saturday, July 13 Noon-5pm Non Violence Festival’s Day in the Park, Victoria Park

Tuesday, July 16 Noon-1pm Downtown Live @ Vogelsang Green Performance by Bruce Skelton, cello

Wednesday, July 17 Noon-12:50pm Yoga in the Park Victoria Park Clocktower

Rotunda Gallery: ‘Objects of Value’, pen and ink drawings by Adam Matak Berlin Tower ARTSPACE: ‘Old… Renewed’, woodcut prints by Ed Schleimer 11:30am-2pm FOOD TRUCK: The Schmuck Truck Performance by Jason White Civic Square, City Hall

Friday August 2 Noon-1pm Performance by The AcaBellas Civic Square, City Hall

Tuesday August 6

Noon-12:50pm Yoga in the Park Victoria Park Clocktower

11:30am-2pm FOOD TRUCK: Café du Monde Crepe Performance by Ty Baynton Civic Square, City Hall

Friday, July 19 Noon-1pm Performance by Safe as Houses Civic Square, City Hall

Thursday, September 5 11:30am-2pm FOOD TRUCK: The Schmuck Truck Civic Square, City Hall

Thursday August 1

Wednesday, August 7

Thursday, July 18


August, City Hall art exhibits

Noon-1pm Downtown Live @ Vogelsang Green Performance by JoJo Worthington

Noon-8pm KING STREET ART MARKET King Street, between Young & Ontario Artisans, Vendors & Performers

Saturday, August 17

7pm Redemption Song: Perspectives on Bob Marley’s Life and Music Join Carol Duncan, Lisbeth Haddad & Brent Hagerman for a conversation on Bob Marley as a cultural icon, his music and his life.

Thursday, August 8 11:30am-2pm FOOD TRUCK: West of Seoul Performance by Charlena Russell Civic Square, City Hall

Sunday, August 18 KIDSPARK in Victoria Park

Tuesday, August 20 Noon-1pm Downtown Live @ Vogelsang Green Performance by Shane Guse, fiddle

Wednesday, August 21 Noon-12:50pm Yoga in the Park Victoria Park Clocktower Noon-8pm KING STREET ART MARKET King Street, between Young & Ontario Artisans, Vendors & Performers

Thursday, August 22 11:30am-2pm FOOD TRUCK: S.W.A.T Truck Performance by Alysha Brilla Civic Square, City Hall

Friday, August 23 Noon-1pm Performance by The Balance Civic Square, City Hall

Saturday, August 24 to August 25 LINK PICNIC Victoria Park

Thursday, August 8 5-7pm Meet the artist, Ed Schleimer, at the opening for his Berlin Tower ARTSPACE exhibit, ‘Old…Renewed’

Tuesday, August 27 Noon-1pm Downtown Live @ Vogelsang Green Performance by Danielle Beck,

5-7pm Meet the artist, Jared Davison, at the opening for his Rotunda Gallery exhibit, ‘Tomorrow Disappears: Vanishing Industry in Ontario’

Friday, September 6 Noon-1pm Performance by Sandy & Friends Civic Square, City Hall

Sunday, September 8, East Village Ping Pong Tournament Kitchener Market

Tuesday, September 10 Noon-1pm Downtown Live @ Vogelsang Green Performance by The Dandy Lions

Wednesday, September 11 Noon-12:50pm Yoga in the Park Victoria Park Clocktower

Thursday, September 12 11:30am-2pm FOOD TRUCK: S.W.A.T Truck Civic Square, City Hall

Friday, September 13 Noon-1pm Performance by Hinindar Civic Square, City Hall 6:30pm – 11pm KOI MUSIC FESTIVAL FREE CONCERT

Friday, July 19 to July 21

Wednesday, August 28

Downtown Kitchener Ribfest & Craft Beer Show, Victoria Park

Noon-12:50pm Yoga in the Park Victoria Park Clocktower

Tuesday, July 23

Thursday, August 29

Noon-1pm Downtown Live @ Vogelsang Green Performance by Tim Moher

Thursday, September 19

11:30am-2pm FOOD TRUCK: Smoke’s Poutinerie Performance by Tyler Schwende Civic Square, City Hall

Noon-1pm FOOD TRUCK: West of Seoul Civic Square, City Hall

Wednesday, July 24 Friday, August 9 to August 11

Friday, August 30


Noon-1pm Performance by TBD Civic Square, City Hall

11:30am-2pm FOOD TRUCK: S.W.A.T Truck Performance by JoJo Worthington, Civic Square, City Hall

Tuesday, August 13

September, City Hall art exhibits

Noon-1pm Downtown Live @ Vogelsang Green Performance by Kevin Ramessar

Friday, July 26

Wednesday, August 14

Noon-1pm Performance by Jesse Webber Civic Square, City Hall

Noon-12:50pm Yoga in the Park Victoria Park Clocktower

Rotunda Gallery: ‘Tomorrow Disappears: Vanishing Industry in Ontario’ Photography by Jared Davison Berlin Tower ARTSPACE: ’50 Ways to Leave Your Litter’ multi-media exhibit by Susan Coolen, Kitchener’s 2013 Artist in Residence

Noon-12:50pm Yoga in the Park Victoria Park Clocktower

Thursday, July 25

Saturday, September 14 KOI MUSIC FESTIVAL, Ticketed

Saturday, September 21 11am-4pm THE WORD ON THE STREET Book & Literary Festival Downtown Kitchener KING STREET ART MARKET King Street, between Young & Ontario Artisans, Vendors & Performers DOORS OPEN WATERLOO REGION Explore Kitchener’s architectual gems.

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Doon Skatium open for summer season


Kitchener to practice their tricks and learn new skills.

Whether you like skateboarding or just hanging out, you can do that for free now that the city’s mobile skatepark, Doon Skatium, is open for the season. Summer youth drop-ins are at a community centre near you, and charge a small fee. All programs are supervised.

Doon Skatium is also available for weekend rental for community events. Boarders should bring a helmet - these are mandatory (we have loaners if required) - and a good attitude. Loaner skateboards are also available. Like all our skateparks, there is no charge to use the Doon Skatium.

ow that it’s spring, and summer is just around the corner, there are lots of things for youth in the city to do.

You can ride the ramps on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre from 5:30-8:30 p.m. (weather permitting), ending Thursday, June 13. The summer schedule begins June 24. During the spring and summer months, the mobile skatepark travels to different locations to provide supervised opportunities for youth from across


Centreville Chicopee Community Centre, Tuesdays 7-10 p.m. and Fridays 6-9 p.m.


Chandler Mowat Community Centre, Fridays 6-9 p.m.

Youth drop-ins

On Thursday nights from 8-10:30 p.m., the Downtown Community Centre holds a sports basketball drop-in for those who are 18-24 years. Kitchener Collegiate Institute’s program is run on Thursdays for youth 14-17 years from 7-9:30 p.m.

The city offers a number of drop-ins for youth at community centres around the city. One for ages 12-17 years runs through May, ending by June 7 but resuming for summer programs on July 2. Currently, the drop-ins for this age group are held at:

Youth drop-in summer programs cost $1 and run July 2-August 16, Monday-Friday 6:30-9:30 p.m. at these community centres: Doon Pioneer Park, Forest Heights, Chandler Mowat, Country Hills, Stanley Park, Kingsdale, Dowtown, Centreville Chicopee and Victoria Hills.


Downtown Community Centre, Tuesdays 6:30-9 p.m.

For more information, please contact us at 519-741-2200 x7603. n

Swing into spring

BUZZ – Sting makes a stop at The Aud on Monday, June 17 on his stripped-down Back to Bass tour. Tickets are now on sale at www.theaud/bu ytickets or at the box office at 519-578-1570.


fter a late start this year, golfers finally teed off at Kitchener Golf’s Doon Valley and Rockway courses in mid-April. Both 18-hole courses are fully open and in great shape, if maybe a little damp yet in some low lying areas! If you’re a bit stiff or out of practice from a golfless winter, and you’re not quite ready to take on a full nine or 18 – warm up at our practice area at Doon Valley. Hit some balls at the driving range or ease into golf on the pitch-and-putt, which features par-3 holes less than 100 yards long.

Rockway’s future built on public response


hat will be the future for Rockway Centre? The surveys are in, the comments are being tallied, and the results will be presented to the community and infrastructure services committee (CISC) on Monday, May 27.

“This has been a careful and involved process and Rockway people have been active participants throughout,” said Mark Hildebrand, director of community programs. “Whatever is decided for the future of this building has been the result of thorough research of all the issues and full knowledge of the importance of the Rockway community to the city.” About 650 surveys were completed about the eight options to consider for Rockway’s future development. The

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ou may write your MP or MPP for issues at the federal and provincial level, but for municipal issues, did you know you can appear as a delegate before a council or standing-committee meeting?

responses are being analyzed and added to the information already gathered by the study consultants for their final report. The heritage report for the centre for adults 50+ and the surrounding Rockway Gardens is also complete, and will be presented at the same time as the study report and recommendations, which will be presented at a council meeting in June. The reports will be available online at the on May 23. The public may also make presentations to the committee during that meeting, but must preregister with the clerk’s office. For more details on timing and the agenda for the meetings, visit the online calendar at www.kitchener.can

Please register by 9 a.m. on the Wednesday prior to the meeting in which you wish to speak. To register, contact: l

City council: Linda Korabo, 519-741-2200 x7591


Community and infrastructure services: Colin Goodeve, 519-741-2200 x7278


Finance and corporate services: Janet Billett; 519-741-2200 x7276

As a delegate, you are allowed a maximum of five minutes to outline your request or concerns.


Planning and strategic initiatives: Daphne Livingstone; 519-741-2200 x7277

Note these are public meetings; they may be recorded for broadcast on Rogers TV and/or the city's website.

You can also register at the meeting. Please speak with the council page or committee administrator prior to the meeting.n

If you want to improve your game, our Golf Academy has a number of options to suit all skill levels. From learn-and-play memberships to onehour-a-week clinics, private or semi-private lessons or introductory camps for kids, our outstanding teaching professionals work with clients to create a comfortable learning experience and achieve their goals. We’ve been working hard over the winter perfecting our online skills and improving our website, keeping your convenience in mind. Check out the all new where you’ll find improved navigation, more resources and booking tee times online. Don’t forget to sign up to receive weekly specials, too! Leave us your email and we’ll send golf and food and beverage specials right to your inbox every week. For those who prefer the phone – we now have just one number to call – 519-741-2949 will get you in touch with the pro shop, food and beverage facilities and our administrative offices, where you can book tournaments or special events. We’re committed to offering a quality golf experience for our valued customers at affordable rates. We’d love your feedback on how we can make your golf outing the best possible, so drop us a line or email If you haven’t made it out to the course yet – come on out and see us! Leagues and clinics are starting soon, so visit now! n

Free pre-planning seminars Delaying preplanning results in increased future costs – investing today results in savings tomorrow. We can show you how to save your family time and money; join Kitchener Cemeteries at Williamsburg Cemetery, 1541 Fisher Hallman Rd., Kitchener, (519-741-2880) on: l

Saturday, May 25, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


Tuesday, June 11, 12-1:30 p.m.


Wednesday, June 26, 5:30-7 p.m.

For more information or to RSVP, visit n Casino decision May 13 Whether through the online survey, or directly to councillors and the mayor’s office, the public has been providing their input on whether they want a casino within Kitchener city limits. The report prepared for council’s consideration will be posted online on May 9. Council will make a decision on the issue on May 13. For more information and to read the report, go to n Celebrating diversity Tapestry: celebrations of diversity is a key part of how the city promotes diversity in the community. Tapestry takes place throughout the year. Watch for these events in June: Tri Pride: June 1 (Civic Square/King Street) Muslim Women: Now and Then: June 9 (City Hall Rotunda) Our World Festival of Music: June 7 (Civic Square) World Refugee Day music concert: June 20 (Civic Square) Latitudes Storytelling Festival: June 22-23 (Victoria Park) National Aboriginal Day: June 22-23 (Victoria Park) KW Multi-Cultural Festival: June 2223 (Victoria Park) n

By the numbers Currently there are nearly 2,000 direct volunteers who help make our city-run programs happen, including: • 140+ volunteers on advisory committees • 350+ in adults 50+ programs • 500+ support special events, The Aud and golf courses yearly • 420 support winter rinks and summer playgrounds • 75 volunteer with KYAC and youth drop-in etc. • 35 volunteer in inclusion services • 60 volunteers help with swimming lessons and adapted aquatics • 200+ in natural areas programs. Current volunteer opportunities can



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Business NEWS What is Meditation on Twin Hearts? Meditation on Twin Hearts is a simple yet powerful technique introduced by Grand Master Choa Kok Sui for achieving cosmic consciousness or what we often call “illumination.” It is also a form of service to the world by increasing harmony and peace through becoming a channel to bless the earth with loving-kindness.


Curtis Sutton, left, was a lucky Roll Up the Rim winner of a $5,000 pre-paid MasterCard from the Tim Hortons at 4285 King Street East in Kitchener. With Curtis are, from left, his wife Tami and children Tucker and Tessa, as well as Tim Hortons owner Dennis Hallman.

Mennonite Savings and Credit Union receives the 2013 award for charitable achievement


ennonite Savings and Credit Union (MSCU) was recognized April 11 with the 2013 Corporate Award for Outstanding Charitable Achievement from the Ontario Credit Union Charitable Foundation (OCUCF). The award is presented annually to an Ontario credit union or company within the co-operative financial system in recognition of their community contribution considered to be above average or beyond normal expectations. MSCU was recognized for the growth of the Stewardship in Action program over the last four years. “We’ve intentionally grown the Stewardship in Action program as a tangible way to advance peace, social justice, and mutual aid in our communities,” said Brent Zorgdrager, MSCU chief executive officer. “We’re delighted to be recognized for this work, particularly by our peers in the credit union system. The support of our members and community partners is crucial to achieving lasting impact.” Benjamin Janzen, stewardship in action advisor, accepted the award at the OCUCF annual meeting on April 11 and noted the amount of dollars flowing into the community has grown

by 22% annually over the last four years. Over 200 churches and charitable organizations now receive support each year. The program has also fostered three significant partnerships during this time: a $500,000 commitment to Mennonite Central Committee Ontario to build a new home for several Anabaptist organizations; a $1 million gift to establish the Mennonite Savings and Credit Union Centre for Peace

Advancement at Conrad Grebel University College; and a new partnership with MEDA to support international development through their Farmer to Farmer program. “We were very excited to be able to recognize MSCU’s efforts,” said Tony Niessen, OCUCF executive director. “MSCU has done a wonderful job at building a unique program. This is a story that needed to be heard by our larger credit union community.”

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This in fact creates a healing and transforming effect. crown chakra should be sufficiently activated. The crown chakra can only be This meditation is truly special. It works on the physical, mental, and spiritual levels to open activat-ed when the heart chakra is first sufficiently activated. the heart chakra (the physical heart) and the crown chakra (the spiritual heart), thereby enabling the practitioner draw down a greatof amount of divine energy the crown There aretomany ways activating theinto heart andandcrown chakras, such as into the system. Hatha yoga, yogic breathing techniques, chanting mantras and visualization Explained by Grand Master Choa, ‘when you do Meditation on Twin Hearts a lot of Soul Energy comes down. You become whole techniques. All of these tech-niques are effective but not fast enough. One of and more connected and one with your higher soul.’ It therefore acts as a bridge between the emotional love of the incarnated the andsoul. fastest ways to acti-vate these chakras is through the soul and most the divineeffective love of the higher Meditation on Twin Hearts. It basically to levels transform internal Many practitioners of the Twin Hearts Meditation have reportedhelps heightened of intuition,the increased healingcondition powers, sharper and mental faculties, innerduring peace, loving kindness, compassion, enhanced Spiritual service, brighter and more of more the organized practitioner. 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Many practitioners of the Twin Hearts Meditation have reported heightened levels of intuition, increased healing powers, sharp-er and more organized mental faculties, inner peace, loving kindness, compassion, enhanced Spiritual service, brighter and more balanced aura, larger chakras, enhanced communication with the Higher Self, the development of clairvoyance and other inner psychic abilities, healthier physical body, more success in life with less stress, and a more balanced personality. In fact Meditation on Twin Hearts flushes and cleanses the aura using the Spiritual energy thereby clearing and sharpening the mind and calming the emotions. It basically works as a spiritual shower. When the aura is clean and bright you will experience calmness, stillness and as a result a higher level of awareness. The other benefits listed above are only the positive side effects. 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notes from city hall

We did it!


uess what? Kitchener holds the world record for longest picnic! After months of back-and-forth review, Kitchener is on the Guinness Book of World Records map – we have officially set the record for world’s longest picnic, with a confirmed length of 2,277 metres and about 5,000 people in attendance. “On July 15, 2012, we needed the community to pull together to break a world record and Kitchener stepped up to the plate. What an amazing feat for our city, and a true testament to the remarkable community spirit that we have,” said Councillor Kelly Galloway-Sealock, council liaison for the Kitchener 100th committee. Thousands of families, service clubs, friends and colleagues came together in downtown Kitchener with lunches in hand to celebrate community and attempt to beat the record. The previous record was held by Halle, Germany, who, in 2009, entered the record books with a confirmed distance of 1,979 metres. Presented by Zehrs, the picnic stretched down King and Duke Streets from Francis to Eby Streets, a span covering nearly 2.5 kilometres. Toast the time capsule The community will have the first public opportunity to view the official certificate from Guinness World Records and have their photo taken with it on Monday, June 10 when the City of Kitchener holds the final 100th event, Toast the Time Capsule, presented by Superior Memorials, at 4 p.m. In celebration of 100 years of cityhood, a centennial time capsule will be placed at Kitchener City Hall to leave a legacy for the future. Put your name on a signature scroll, as a legacy to the future. Mayor Carl Zehr and members of council will celebrate 100 years of cityhood by placing a centennial time capsule at the Duke Street gardens at Kitchener city hall. All residents are invited to this free event and will have the opportunity to sign the centennial signature scroll. The event will include highlights of the year-long celebrations, live music and displays in the rotunda. Refreshments will be provided to “toast the time capsule.” The Guinness certificate reception follows the time capsule ceremony from 5-7 p.m. in the rotunda. More information will be available at n

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fter the winter that just wouldn’t quite leave, spring has finally arrived with some awesome weather recently!

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he city is requesting your feedback on several issues that will impact us for many years to come. Your comments can be made in person at the public meetings, by social media, or email

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t the mayor’s State of the City address, April 12, he spoke of connecting the dots. Part of this connection is between development

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err on the side of frugality with your tax dollars, and should work in perpetuity towards transparency and accountability. An area that has long irked me is the seemingly never-ending expense scandals often publicized at senior orders of government. As deeply annoyed as I am at the offenders, I find myself more disappointed in policies permitting this behavior in the first place. How often must there be an expense scandal before we change

the rules? I found one such policy at our municipal level in my cross-hairs, about council conference expenses. I gave notice-of-motion for our April 29 meeting to change a policy that I believe to have suspicious accountability. I want to be clear on two points before detailing my concern; I do believe conferences are of value, and I do not believe any member of council has acted inappropriately. My motion is purely preventative. Without getting into

great detail, the issue is our conference budget is pooled, not divided per council member. So, should one forego attending conferences in a year, as I did in 2012, there’s nothing preventing other council members from spending the money saved to attend more conferences. My motion caps the dollar amount per council member, similar to other expenses. It’s a small change, but one that could prevent waste before it occurs.n

Kitchener casino proposal Thanks to all who have emailed me, responded to the city survey, came to one of our public consultation sessions or shared your views over social media during the past few weeks. I have been pleased with the overall level of citizen input on this important community issue. On May 13, council will consider all of the input and make a decision on the community’s desire to be a host municipality or not.

For those of you who have not shared your views with me yet, I would certainly welcome your input between now and this Sunday. The input of all interested parties is important to me as I finalize my decision on this important matter. Lock it or lose it Last year, the spring brought about a rash of car break-ins throughout the ward, particularly during the overnight hours. Waterloo Regional Police Services have re-launched their Lock It or Lose It campaign,

reminding all of us that we have a role to play in this property crime. Remember to always shut windows and sunroofs. Always lock your car. Park it in a garage if that is an option. Report suspicious people in your neighbourhood. And if your car is broken into, even if little is taken, please call police on the nonemergency line at 519-653-7700 to report it. It’s the only way that police can monitor activity, assign resources and catch those responsible. n

to me or one of the general city email addresses. I value and appreciate your comments and look forward to receiving them. Casinos: At the May 13 televised council meeting, council will decide whether or not Kitchener will consider hosting a gaming facility. Your comments are welcome right up until that date. Rockway Centre options: Eight options relating to the future of the Rockway Centre have been tabled. Considerable media attention is being given to relocating this centre

to another section of the city, which I personally could not support. I strongly urge you to have your say, and if possible, attend the committee meeting on May 27, at which staff will be presenting their final recommendations. Leisure Facilities Master Plan: This is the blueprint that prioritizes leisure and recreational alternatives for the next 10 years. Facilities that will be required to deliver these services are being contemplated. Feedback is requested on your thoughts and concerns relating to

these valuable and worthwhile services. This should come to council in August. South Kitchener District Park: Discussions are underway about a proposed 17-hectare park in the Fischer-Hallman and Huron Road area. Since about $40 million is identified in the 10-year 2013-2022 capital budget approved by council, your input is required for this expensive undertaking. I urge you to complete our online survey at until May 15. n

and the environment. It’s obvious that this connection is not being made, since the development industry has set their sights on developing farther out, continually challenging the Region’s Official Plan. This plan increases density in already-developed areas to better use the current infrastructure while protecting important farmlands and green spaces. The mayor spoke of construction costs being the cause of the $160 million backlog in Kitchener’s infrastructure renewal program.

Given this deficit, I have concerns with his comment that we must approve the Class Environmental Assessment (EA) study for the southern extension of Strasburg Road. To be clear, if approved, the Strasburg Road extension will significantly add to existing infrastructure deficit, affecting our future generations. I continue to have grave concerns with the position of city staff and Ministry of the Environment that the various studies completed since the 1980s meet the requirements of an

EA for the northern part of Strasburg Road. I strongly disagree with the assessment that it fulfills the spirit of an EA, since this process requires very detailed studies, reviews and consultations. It is my opinion, as well as others, that an actual EA for the northern part should be completed. Whether or not the extension moves forward, I feel it is vital that you, the taxpayers, know the farreaching impact of the Strasburg Road extension on our environment and future costs. n

Grade 10 students from Resurrection High School. One of their questions was, “what do people want to talk to you about?” As exciting as talking about keeping taxes low is, most people care about what affects their quality of life — whether it is firepits or firefighters, bike trails or clearing snow from sidewalks. So, let me challenge you to help me understand what your priorities are. Please take 30 seconds to send me an email with one or more issues that

you care about and any suggestions for improvement. As a footnote, I am currently working with our staff to review our sidewalk snow-clearing operations and by-laws. Kitchener Market for Mothers’ Day We all love our moms, and want to make sure our thanks for her care and love are made known. If you would like to add something to the annual tradition of giving flowers and going out to dinner, why not bring her to a special tea party at the Kitchener Market on Saturday, May 11 from 9

a.m. to noon. Scrumptious cupcakes from Delicately Yours will be served with tea, and little ones can decorate clay pots for their special mom and have a snack, too. All this for $5 per person or $15 for a family of four. Also, there are some great restaurants and shops downtown that make us unique from any mall or any other town. We really have a wonderful vibe in our core again, and I invite you to check it out. I welcome any of your ideas or feedback. n

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notes from city hall esidents of Ward 5, I wanted to give you a quick update on some local issues affecting our

roads. Firstly, from May 1 to Nov. 30, a pilot project is being launched in an effort to ease Kitchener’s parking shortage. By-law enforcement staff will not impose the three-hour parking limit on city streets between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., essentially allowing overnight parking during this trial period. A second change, restricted to residents of Ward 5, will allow drivers to park cars on the paved

portion of the boulevard on residential roadways from Dec. 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014. In order to take advantage of the temporary one-year changes to boulevard parking and avoid being ticketed, residents are urged to read the complete rules which can be found at: In 2014, a staff report on the effect of the temporary changes will be submitted to council with recommendations on a long-term solution to current parking

challenges in Kitchener. Strasburg Road Finally, the Strasburg Road environmental assessment technically preferred alignment will be coming to committee meetings on May 22. This project will conclude shortly so please make sure to contact me with any feedback you may have about this issue. n

Office: 519-741-2793 Cell: 226-748-3109 Email: Twitter: @paulsinghward6 n April 23, council had its first public input meeting to hear our residents’ perspective on being a host municipality to an OLG

gaming facility (casino). From the 21 delegations registered to speak, the response was very clear — 19 thought a casino would NOT be beneficial for our community. One of the delegates, Dr. Liana Nolan, the medical officer of health for Waterloo Region, outlined her concerns well: problem gambling will increase in the region with the proximity of a casino because of increased access. Our city has invested heavily in the revitalization of our downtown; the dividends are starting to pay off. We

are now known as a city that is innovative; we are gaining national and international attention for our tech and digital media clusters, as well as health sciences, and we have a downtown that is an attractive place to live, work and play. Having a casino in our city could hamper all we’ve accomplished. From my perspective, the business case from OLG used to entice our approval provides us with two to five cents for every dollar that is taken out of this community. Seriously, that’s a horrible business case.

As for new jobs, when people choose to spend their money at the casino, in many cases they will be choosing that over going out to eat, seeing a movie, or attending a show at The Aud or Centre in the Square. This could result in jobs lost in these areas of our local entertainment industry.

That is the lens I am applying to the eight different options for the future of Rockway Centre (the options can be found at In my opinion, the fourth option — building an addition to Forest Heights Community Centre (FHCC) — adds the most value to our community. Expanding capacity at FHCC to 33,000-square-feet would include creating an auditorium, extra multipurpose spaces and a café. The site would then be able to accommodate additional recreational programming

to seniors and older adults in Ward 7. These services are much needed, as our community has the highest concentration of people ages 45-65 in the city. The services would also be of particular interest to the residents of the two retirement homes and the long-term care facility nearby. Conveniently, the site is located near a major transit hub. Unfortunately, we can no longer ignore the fact that membership at Rockway Centre has declined over the past 10 years. We must also acknowledge that older residents of

downtown Kitchener have access to two community centres while there are no recreation facilities for older adults in the suburbs. Expanding FHCC represents the most fair and economical way to provide services to this demographic. I encourage you to visit the City of Kitchener’s website and read about all of the available options. I would also welcome your feedback about this issue. For more information, please visit n

arbitration. The bill implements many recommendations contained in the Drummond report pertaining to fixing Ontario’s broken public sector arbitration process. As citizens have noticed, over the years Kitchener and many Ontario municipalities struggle to keep wages for firefighters and police at a reasonable level with other municipal employees. Both firefighters and police use arbitration to achieve their goals. Municipal union employees, if they cannot come to an agreement with

their employer, can go on strike. Firefighters and police, who can’t strike, have successfully used this process to achieve substantial pay increases, along with “retainer pay” by using the argument they are trying to keep up with their respective groups in other municipalities. This becomes a vicious circle. Municipalities then have to fork out more unbudgeted money to pay these salary increases, which are above inflation and city settlements with other municipal unions.

The real cause for these high settlements is the arbitrators’ decisions, which agree with the arguments yet ignore municipal budgeting. Yet it’s the taxpayer who has to pay, even though city council initially refused to succumb to their association demands. The bill to improve the arbitration process was defeated in parliament last month. So, unfortunately, we are still stuck in this same arbitration public process because of this provincial government’s lack of foresight to correct it. n

Council will have heard at least 40 delegates speak out on the subject at two meetings held last month. At the first session, 19 delegates said no to a casino, while two business people who will profit from a gambling palace proposal said yes. Our courageous medical officer of health, Liana Nolan, concerned residents, church spokespeople and social agency representatives all rejected a casino. In addition, more than 300 people delivered petitions

to council opposing governmentsponsored gambling. As a casino opponent, I am delighted with this response. It matches a random survey of 38 people I did in my ward where 34 said no to a casino, two said maybe and two said yes to the dubious proposal. But even with those overwhelming negative responses, I’m concerned this black-and-white debate could turn mushy grey because of the fact that Woolwich councillors ignored

the wishes of a majority of residents by voting yes to a casino that would squat on our municipal boundary complete with 1,200 slot machines. I’m worried some Kitchener councillors will sidestep the issue by voting yes to a casino on condition the provincial government allows regional councillors to decide on the issue. And that pipedream represents a false hope even larger than the one offered to no-win casino gamblers.n

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s a city councillor, it is my responsibility to make strategic decisions in order to benefit the most residents.

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ast month Jim Wilson MPP introduced a private member’s bill enacting the Public Sector Capacity to Pay Act and makes amendments to public sector

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y the time you read this, Kitchener councillors will be a few days away from a hot-button casino decision.

In every aspect, when I consider the option of hosting a casino in our community, I continue to see it as a net loss. n

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n Friday, April 12, I hosted Kitchener’s 2013 State of the City address. I would like to thank everyone who was able to attend and those of you who tuned in to watch it live on Rogers TV. If you were not able to tune in, you can find the video on the city’s You Tube channel: During my speech, I touched on many points, or dots, that need to be connected before we can finally see the “big picture.” When we look at all of the dots we need to connect – infrastructure, environment, economy, growth, prosperity– it can certainly look like quite a puzzle. The only way to connect these dots is step by step, one by one – with a lot of twists and turns along the way. And, we must remember, sometimes results can take years and some dots are far apart and require a lot of time to connect. As I said, there are a number of dots that still need to be connected. And, it is up to us, the community, to take the first steps and begin the process of connecting these dots. There will certainly be challenges along the way – sourcing funds to replace our aging infrastructure, dealing with the emerald ash borer, and managing the growth and intensification of our city. That being said, there are many exciting projects on the way. Whether it’s the expansion of our creative cluster, or seeing the results from investments and development of our Economic Development Investment Fund – we are a city on the move. The benefits of working together are countless and will allow us to create a city that we all want to live in and be proud of. We are all responsible for growing ideas and exciting the imaginations of those around us, and those leading change in our city. I have never been more excited about what lies ahead – about these opportunities that will shape our city. It is time to own our future, and now, more than ever, it’s time for everyone to shape the state of OUR city. n

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Removal of the unsafe Centennial Stadium bleachers at the Kitchener Auditorium began April 15 and work was completed in about a week. This photo was taken when the work was about half done. In 2011, a building condition assessment by the city identified some structural concerns with the bleachers and concrete foundation that includes the changeroom and washroom facilities. The structure was built in 1967. Plans call for portable bleachers to be installed in the space. PHOTO BY GORD DEARBORN

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The Waterloo Regional Synchro U8 team won a gold medal at the Variety Village Invitational. Team members are Makenna Brooks, Ashley Dietrich, Riley Flynn, Izabel Mazurek, Lindsay Saulesleja and Ashton Zimmerman. Photo from Steve Brooks Photography Invitational fell on ‘Synchro de Mayo’ and Waterloo swimmers marked it in style capturing 2 golds and a bronze. In the 8U team event Waterloo swimmers won by 7 points; a point spread rarely ever seen in the synchro community. Swimmers are Makenna Brooks, Ashley Dietrich, Riley Flynn, Izabel Mazurek, Lindsay Saulesleja, and Ashton Zimmerman. Later in the day, the 13-15 team also swam their way to a gold medal with their Egyptian inspired routine. Swimmers are: Jenna Schell, Claire Stubbe, Maelin Stubbe, Emily Beer, Grace Collins, Sarah Frizzell, Gabrielle Scott, and Sydney Marrese.

Schell and C. Stubbe also captured a bronze medal in the 13-15 duet event. Special mention also goes out to Brooks (6) and Mazurek (7) who competed in the 10U duet event and held their own against girls 3 and 4 years older and finished 8th, as well as Avery Noll who competed in the 12U solo event and finished in 7th. While Waterloo Synchro only sent 5 of their 23 provincial routines to the Variety Village Invitational due to it’s close proximity to Provincial Age Group Championships May 22-26th, the club’s results this weekend are a clear depiction of what the remainder of the season holds for the local club.

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


THIS MONTH’S READING: The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier


Eleni Hughes, Branch Manager, Country Hills Community Library

nowing that she must marry in order to survive in her new homeland, Honor weds Jack Haymaker, an honest and quiet Quaker man. Although the Quakers believe in human equality, the Fugitive Slave Act comes into effect and restricts them from helping runaway slaves. If Honor is to follow her conscious and continue helping the slaves that run through the Haymakers farm, she puts the family at risk of dire penalties, something the Haymakers are already familiar with. Caught between her community and her morals, Honor must de-

cide where she stands as a person and where her own freedom lies. Tracy Chevalier, author of many novels revolving around female characters in history, brings us another wonderfully crafted story. The book reads like the Quaker quilts she describes; colourful characters stitched together in a tumultuous time. In Honor Bright, she has captured a stoic young woman motivated by others in search of their freedom to fight for her own. Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction.

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

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“I was devastated by the loss. I was frustrated and almost ignorant to the diseases that took my parents away, however this fueled my studies for health and fitness,” said Walker. His early introduction to fitness also motivated Walker, who now owns Chris Walker’s Fitness in downtown Kitchener, to look for ways to give back. His gym is hosting Saturday Charity Boot Camps from now until the end of June with the proceeds going to Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More. CSC offers services to help improve the quality of life and health for local seniors and adults with disabilities with the help of more than 700

volunteers. Many services, like their gentle exercise classes, are free. But for some, like Meals on Wheels and transportation to medical appointments, a fee is required to help offset costs like reimbursing volunteers’ mileage. Money raised will go into subsidy programs to ensure all clients have access to the care they need. The Charity Boot Camp classes are from 10am-11am Saturday mornings, across the street from Your Kitchener Market. The camps are drop-in with a minimum $5 donation recommended. Call Chris at 519-743-4949 for more information


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he Waterloo region’s new Light Rail Transit system will be called “Ion”. At their April 30 meeting, Waterloo Region councillors voted 11 – 1 in favour of the name. The only councillor to vote against it was Claudette Millar of Cambridge, who objected because the name Ion was one of three suggested by the region’s hired consultants and did not come from the pool of many names proposed by the public. Branding consultant Quarry Integrated Communications Inc. was hired by the region for $75,000 to research and provide names for the $818-million

rapid transit system. The company had suggested three names – the Ion, Trio and Arc. After residents complained that they did not have a chance to suggest names, the Region of Waterloo held three public meetings and conducted an on-line survey that resulted in the public submitting over 500 names for the LRT. The names were then narrowed to The Wave and Ion. Councillors voted to accept Ion after regional staff noted that The Wave is already used by six other cities in North America. Quarry Integrated Communications is now working on developing the Ion logo.

Fife, will all be present at the Chandrika also served as past chair medal presentation ceremony for of UW’s United Way Campaign. the Kitchener Waterloo riding She has also presided as co-chair recipients to be held January 16 at of three local hospital walkathons, and is the chair of the Earthquakes, Kitchener City Hall. COMMUNITY Cyclone and Tsunami relief fund. Milloy was asked to give out CALENDAR 2103 fromis6 atomember 9pm. Profits will India go to YOUTH VIDEO COMPETITION 2013 16, Chandrika of the the medals on behalf of Elizabeth ameidcal clinic located in Western Kenya -Witmer Announcing an exciting opportunity for after she left provincial Canada Association, past chair youth to express their creativity, win prizes (approximately 300 kilometres north west politics. He decided instead to wait of several cultural festivals and a and have their videos digitally projected on of Nairobi), that was recently approved until after the by-election, allowing founding member of Club 55. In city hall, Kitchener. Open to youth, ages by the Kenyan Government as a facility 1997, was health honoured the opportunity whomSubmission ever was that can Chandrika accept national care 12-25. Winners gettocash. as one The ofgoalKitchener-Waterloo elected June to present the Learn medals in insurance. is to raise $5000 so deadline: 14, 2013. more: Oktoberfest’s Women of the Year. their own riding. 166 families will have health coverage, or that Ariaratnam The commemorative medal, for Ariarani a full year allowing free access to the Ariarani is centre.The the founder createdto you to by mark 2012 community health evening and will Brought the City ofthe Kitchener’s music, a variety of wine and Public Art Program. formerofExecutive Director of Focus celebration of the 60th anniversary consist withWomen a Kenyan Tickets WINE TASTING Partnering appetizers for Ethnic in twist. KW. Active ofCHARITY Her Majesty Queen - Elizabeth be purchasedwomen by callingand 519.886.3877 with Vineyards, Caring Partners in supporting children, II’s Niagara accession to the Throne as can emailing Global host a wine event orAriarani served the KW YWCA Queenwill of Canada, is intasting recognition ST. ANDREW’S PRESBYTERIAN atof The Centre International Global locally and internationally. She those who,for like Her Majesty, CHURCH FISH FRY - St. Andrew’s Innovation in Waterloo, on Thursday, May have dedicated themselves to has also served on the Immigration

Ronald Beaudreau served as an and the Canadian Red Cross K-W dedication to his friends and family, Air Cadet, Leading Aircraftman in Branch. Currently, David serves his caring heart and his delight the reserve Air Force and as a Radar on the boards of the St. Joseph’s in storytelling are an inspiration. May System. 9, 2013Inl recognition Kitchener of Citizen - West PageWar, 27 During the Edition Second lWorld Operator in the regular service. He Health George was a member of the on Royal his service, David was awarded the Sunshine is a member and past president of camping Presbyterian Church’s Annual Fish Fry program for children of various Centre in Luther Village the totheSupport CampWing Kummoniwannago, an physical and cognitive The event, Enhancing Interactions: Electrical Mechanical Engineers, K-W Citizen of theneeds. YearFor in tickets 1990, Park. 404 K-W RCAFA of the interdenominational day camp offering call serving the Responsive Ontario Tank Behaviours, Regiment, the519-578-4430. Waterloo Award, the Canada Exploring Air-Force Association of Canada. an programin for children SCHWABEN CLUBmedal EVENT – features Elaine OshawaGeriatrician in Europe.Dr.HisNicole experience Anniversary and the He 8-week also assisted starting the 5-15 Out 125th years of age, on Monday May 27th, Saturday, May 25, Viennese Gala Ball. A Didyk, MAREP Director Dr. Sherry Dupuis, of the Cold program in Kitchener- Queen Elizabeth Silver and Golden during the war inspired him to 2013 from 4:30-6:30pm at St. aAndrews for the Donau Dancers. Music Psychogeriatric Resource become ordained in theConsultant United Jubilee Medals. Waterloo and has been youth Fundraiser Presbyterian Church, Queen and Weber provided by the Golden Keys. Gourmet Sharon Stap and Robin Smart of the Church, and to serve as a Chaplin Owen Lackenbauer counsellor for boys aged 6-18 for Streets, Kitchener. Includes Howell’s fish, Dinner and dances performed by the Alzheimer Society. Tickets are $50 for Owen Lackenbauer began his for the Waterloo Legion for 40 the past 45 years. roasted potatoes, Caesar salad, coleslaw Donau Dancers. Tickets: $48.67 + tax per GIG Members and $75 for Non-Members. years. George has devoted orhis visit life career of serviceSeating, to the community andMarjorie homemadeCarroll-Nelson pie. Adult $15, Child person, Reserved formal Attire, to serving his fellow veterans; by enlisting in the Canadian Army, Marjorie Carroll-Nelson was portion (under 12) $7.50. As our 19th year Event. For more information and tickets for more information. fromevents 1953-1965 and the in listening to their stories and helping elected thewefirst female Mayor of toserving approaches continue to provide a fun any of these please contact the office Army Reserve from 1972- to heal their suffering. A kind soul, Waterloo 1977, and experience remained club and creative in outdoor summer at 519-742-7979. George is known to offer a hug and In 1969, WORKSHOP he co-founded in all this role inuntil 1988. Asregardless a nurse 1985. for children the K-W area GERONTOLOGY - The story to all and enjoys playing the KW’sannual Oktoberfest which continues as a Working public servant, she with was 11th ofand income. in partnership Gerontology Workshop, Kids Ability, K-W choice Extend-A-Family the day. Waterloo to thrive by to this As aRegion past harmonica. an outstanding to chair and the sponsored Family Children’s Services wefrom are Gerontology Interest Group,Oktoberfest, is happening Rosemary Smith President of Kitchener K-W and Hospital Foundation also pleased toAoffer a fully volunteer integrated Wednesday May 29th fromUntied 8:30am-4pm at Rosemary Smith is a visionary Lions Club, K-W Way, 1989-1992. devoted and fundraiser, Marjorie’s efforts Kitchener Chamber of Commerce, leader in our community who has resulted in a remodelled childbirth K-W Community Foundation, and served as mentor to many. Since centre at Grand River Hospital, Westmount Golf & Country Club, 2001, Rosemary has been the renamed the Marjorie Carroll 1979 K-W Citizen of the Year, CEO of the Kitchener-Waterloo and a Paul Harris Fellow (Rotary Community Foundation. She has Childbirth Centre in her honour. We do cutting, trimming International in 1995), Owen’s also had leadership roles with Connie Deckert our community many organizations, such as contributions Connie Deckert successfullyand been profound. He is past Chair of the Greater Kitchener ran Motivair Canada Ltd.,Call a local for have a free estimate. auto company for 35 years. The Honorary Colonel of the Royal Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, Fusiliers of Canada, Cambridge Chamber of Commerce company was sold in 2008 she Highland D.J.andMacRae Maintenance changed careers. Connie is now a Waterloo Region’s reserve infantry and has served on many boards 519-578-0587 such as the K-W YWCA, K-W regiment. member of the LPGA Teaching and Big Brothers, and the Prosperity John Lynch Club Professionals, as well as the John Lynch, a long-time Council of Waterloo Region Canadian Golf Teachers Federation. She is a member of the Canadian Rotarian, was 1981-1982 President Resources Task Force. 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AGE APPROPRIATE CAMPS PRESCHOOL For children ages 3-5 born in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Must be 3-years old and toilet-trained. Songs, games, crafts, and drama create a fun and exciting program. Each week is new, and each day has a new theme! Please note: Preschool programs that offer morning and afternoon programs – you may register for morning OR afternoon, NOT both. JUNIOR For children ages 6-8,born in 2005, 2006, and 2007. Songs, games, crafts, and drama create a fun and exciting program. Each week is new, and each day has a new theme! ADVENTURE For children aged 9-12, born in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004. Songs, games, crafts, special events and drama create a fun and exciting program. Each week is new, and each day has a new theme! ECO DISCOVERY CAMP at Huron Natural Area For 9 - 12 year olds that love being outdoors! Explore and learn about our natural world including wetlands, forests and fields! Each day has a new theme and a variety of outdoor, hands-on activities. $74/4 days • $93/5 days July 2 - August 9, 2013 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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SUMMER CAMPS 2013 BRIDGEPORT AREA Registration Centre: Bridgeport Community Centre. Beginning March 4. PRESCHOOL BRIDGEPORT COMMUNITY CENTRE 9-11am Weekly sessions: July 2-August 9 Cost: $22 per week (4 days); $27 per week (5 days) JUNIOR BRIDGEPORT COMMUNITY CENTRE FULL DAY* 9-4:30pm Weekly sessions: July 2-August 9 Cost: $93/5 days; $74/4 days ADVENTURE BRIDGEPORT COMMUNITY CENTRE FULL DAY* 9-4:30pm Weekly sessions: July 2-August 9 Cost: $93/5 days; $74/4 days CHANDLERMOWAT AREA Registration Centre: Chandler Mowat Community Centre. Beginning March 4. PRESCHOOL CHANDLER MOWAT COMMUNITY CENTRE PLAYGROUND 9-11am Weekly sessions: July 2-August 9 Cost: $27/5 days; $22/4 days JUNIOR CHANDLER MOWAT COMMUNITY CENTRE FULL DAY* 9-4:30pm Weekly sessions: July 2-August 9 Cost: $74 per week (4 days); $93 per week (5 days) CHICOPEE AREA Registration Centre: Centreville Chicopee Community Centre. Beginning March 4. PRESCHOOL CENTREVILLECHICOPEE COMMUNITY CENTRE PLAYGROUND 9-11am Weekly sessions: July 2-August 9 Cost: $22 per week (4 days); $27 per week (5 days)

JUNIOR PLUS CENTREVILLE CHICOPEE COMMUNITY CENTRE 9-3pm Weekly sessions: July 2-August 9 Cost: $42 per week (4 days); $52 per week (5 days) STANLEY PARK AREA Registration Centre: Stanley Park Community Centre. Beginning March 4. PRESCHOOL STANLEY PARK COMMUNITY CENTRE PLAYGROUND 9-11am or 1-3pm Weekly sessions: July 2-August 9 Cost: $22 per week (4 days); $27 per week (5 days); JUNIOR STANLEY PARK COMMUNITY CENTRE FULL DAY* 9am-4:30p.m. Weekly sessions: July 2-August 9 Cost: $74 per week (4 days); $93 per week (5 days) ADVENTURE STANLEY PARK COMMUNITY CENTRE FULL DAY* Weekly sessions: July 2-August 9 Cost: $74 per week (4 days); $93 per week (5 days) PRESCHOOL LACKNERWOODS PUBLIC SCHOOL PLAYGROUND 9-11am or 1-3pm Weekly sessions: July 2-August 9 Cost: $22 per week (4 days); $27 per week (5 days) VICTORIA HILLS AREA Registration Centre: Victoria Hills Community Centre. Beginning March 4. ADVENTURE VICTORIA HILLS COMMUNITY CENTRE FULL DAY * 9-4:30pm Cost: $74 per week (4 days); $93 per week (5 days) JUNIOR VICTORIA HILLS COMMUNITY CENTRE FULL DAY* 9am-4:30pm Weekly sessions: July 2-August 9 Cost: $74 per week (4 days); $93 per week (5 days)

PRESCHOOL VICTORIA HILLS COMMUNITY CENTRE PLAYGROUND 9-11am Weekly sessions: July 2-August 9 Cost: $22 per week (4 days); $27 per week (5 days) PRESCHOOL SANDHILLS PUBLIC SCHOOL PLAYGROUND 9-11am Weekly sessions: July 2-August 9 Cost: $22 per week (4 days); $27 per week (5 days) JUNIOR PLUS SANDHILLS PUBLIC SCHOOL 9am-3pm Weekly sessions: July 2-August 9 Cost: $42 per week (4 days); $52 per week (5 days) DOWNTOWN/BREITHAUPT/ COUNTRY HILLS/ DOON PIONEER PARK/ FOREST HEIGHTS/KINGSDALE/ LAURENTIAN HILLS AREAS ONLINE REGISTRATION AVAILABLE FOR AREAS LISTED ABOVE ONLY Registration information: Register online or in person beginning March 4 at 9am. Online registration. Visit and click on Program Registration (WEBreg) under eServices to register. *You will require a Family Pin and Individual ID code for each family member in order to use this service. If you do not have a PIN visit to complete an on-line request form or pick one up at any City of Kitchener indoor pool, City Hall 7th floor, or at Breithaupt, Kingsdale, Forest Heights,Williamsburg, Doon Pioneer Park,Country Hills, Rockway or Downtown community centres. Register In Person. At Breithaupt, Kingsdale, Forest Heights, Williamsburg, Country Hills, Rockway or Downtown community centres, indoor pools and 7th

Floor City Hall. Registrations will be accepted on an ongoing basis, during regular centre hours of operation. For further information call 519-741-2200 x7389 or 519-7412200 x7225,TTY 1-886-969-9994. SUMMER PLAYGROUND ADVENTURE For 9-12 year olds (2001-2004),uses songs, games, crafts, and drama to create a fun and exciting program. Each week is new, and each day has a new theme! ADVENTURE PLUS ST ANNE SCHOOL Fee: $42 /4 days 9Y-12Y 9- 3pm Jul 2 139737 9Y-12Y 9- 3pm Aug 6 139742 Fee: $52 /5 days 9Y-12Y 9- 3pm Jul 8 139738 9Y-12Y 9- 3pm Jul 15 139739 9Y-12Y 9- 3pm Jul 22 139740 9Y-12Y 9- 3pm Jul 29 139741 ADVENTURE PLUS MEADOWLANE SCHOOL Fee: $42 /4 days 9Y-12Y 9- 3pm Jul 2 139749 9Y-12Y 9- 3pm Aug 6 139754 Fee: $52 /5 days 9Y-12Y 9- 3pm Jul 8 139750 9Y-12Y 9- 3pm Jul 15 139751 9Y-12Y 9- 3pm Jul 22 139752 9Y-12Y 9- 3pm Jul 29 139753 ADVENTURE BUDD PARK FULL DAY* Fee: $74 /4 days 9Y-12Y 9- 4:30pm Jul 2 140594 9Y-12Y 9- 4:30pm Aug 6 140599 Fee: $93 /5 days 9Y-12Y 9- 4:30pm Jul 8 140595 9Y-12Y 9- 4:30pm Jul 15 140596 9Y-12Y 9- 4:30pm Jul 22 140597 9Y-12Y 9- 4:30pm Jul 29 140598 ADVENTURE BEFORE & AFTERCARE BUDD PARK FULL DAY* Fee: $8 /4 days 9Y-12Y 8:30- 9am Jul 2 140600 9Y-12Y 8:30- 9am Aug 6 140605 Fee: $10 /5 days 9Y-12Y 8:30- 9am Jul 8 140601

9Y-12Y 8:30- 9am Jul 15 140602 9Y-12Y 8:30- 9am Jul 22 140603 9Y-12Y 8:30- 9am Jul 29 140604 ADVENTURE COUNTRY HILLS CC FULL DAY* Fee: $74 /4 days 9Y-12Y 9- 4:30pm Jul 2 140012 9Y-12Y 9- 4:30pm Aug 6 140017 Fee: $93 /5 days 9Y-12Y 9- 4:30pm Jul 8 140013 9Y-12Y 9- 4:30pm Jul 15 140014 9Y-12Y 9- 4:30pm Jul 22 140015 9Y-12Y 9- 4:30pm Jul 29 140016 ADVENTURE BEFORE & AFTERCARE COUNTRY HILLS CC FULL DAY* Fee: $8 /4 days 9Y-12Y 8:30- 9am Jul 2 140533 9Y-12Y 8:30- 9am Aug 6 140538 Fee: $10 /5 days 9Y-12Y 8:30- 9am Jul 8 140534 9Y-12Y 8:30- 9am Jul 15 140535 9Y-12Y 8:30- 9am Jul 22 140536 9Y-12Y 8:30- 9am Jul 29 140537 SUMMER PLAYGROUND JUNIOR For 6-8 year olds (2005-2007),uses songs, games, crafts, and drama to create a fun and exciting program. Each week is new, and each day has a new theme! JUNIOR PLUS KINGSDALE CC Fee: $42/4 days 9Y-12Y 9- 3pm Jul 2 139767 9Y-12Y 9- 3pm Aug 6 139733 Fee: $52/5 days 9Y-12Y 9- 3pm Jul 8 139768 9Y-12Y 9- 3pm Jul 15 139769 9Y-12Y 9- 3pm Jul 22 139770 9Y-12Y 9- 3pm Jul 29 139771 JUNIOR PLUS MARGARET AVE SCHOOL Fee: $42 /4 days 6Y-8Y 9- 3pm Jul 2 139804 6Y-8Y 9- 3pm Aug 6 139814 Fee: $52 /5 days 6Y-8Y 9- 3pm Jul 8 139807 6Y-8Y 9- 3pm Jul 15 139809 6Y-8Y 9- 3pm Jul 22 139810 6Y-8Y 9- 3pm Jul 29 139812

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SUMMER CAMPS 2013 JUNIOR PLUS SHEPPARD SCHOOL Fee: $42 /4 days 6Y-8Y 9- 3pm Jul 2 139761 6Y-8Y 9- 3pm Aug 6 139766 Fee: $52 /5 days 6Y-8Y 9- 3pm Jul 8 139762 6Y-8Y 9- 3pm Jul 15 139763 6Y-8Y 9- 3pm Jul 22 139764 6Y-8Y 9- 3pm Jul 29 139765

JUNIOR PLUS JOHN DARLING SCHOOL Fee: $42/4 days 6Y-8Y 9- 3pm Jul 2 140981 6Y-8Y 9- 3pm Aug 6 140986 Fee: $52/5 days 6Y-8Y 9- 3pm Jul 8 140982 6Y-8Y 9- 3pm Jul 15 140983 6Y-8Y 9- 3pm Jul 22 140984 6Y-8Y 9- 3pm Jul 29 140985

JUNIOR PLUS WILLIAMSBURG SCHOOL Fee: $42 /4 days 6Y-8Y 9- 3pm Jul 2 139840 6Y-8Y 9- 3pm Aug 6 139845 Fee: $52 /5 days 6Y-8Y 9- 3pm Jul 8 139841 6Y-8Y 9- 3pm Jul 15 139842 6Y-8Y 9- 3pm Jul 22 139843 6Y-8Y 9- 3pm Jul 29 139844


JUNIOR FOREST HEIGHTS CC FULL DAY* Fee: $74 /4 days 6Y-8Y 9- 4:30pm Jul 2 139816 6Y-8Y 9- 4:30pm Aug 6 139821 Fee: $93 /5 days 6Y-8Y 9- 4:30pm Jul 8 139817 6Y-8Y 9- 4:30pm Jul 15 139818 6Y-8Y 9- 4:30pm Jul 22 139819 6Y-8Y 9- 4:30pm Jul 29 139820

JUNIOR BEFORE & AFTER CARE – COUNTRY HILLS CC FULL DAY* Fee: $8 /4 days 6Y-8Y 8:30- 9am Jul 2 140588 6Y-8Y 8:30- 9am Aug 6 140593 Fee: $10 /5 days 6Y-8Y 8:30- 9am Jul 8 140589 6Y-8Y 8:30- 9am Jul 15 140590 6Y-8Y 8:30- 9am Jul 22 140591 6Y-8Y 8:30- 9am Jul 29 140592

JUNIOR BEFORE & AFTER CARE –FOREST HEIGHTS CC FULL DAY* Fee: $8 /4 days 6Y-8Y 8:30- 9am Jul 2 139834 6Y-8Y 8:30- 9am Aug 6 139839 Fee: $10 /5 days 6Y-8Y 8:30- 9am Jul 8 139835 6Y-8Y 8:30- 9am Jul 15 139836 6Y-8Y 8:30- 9am Jul 22 139837 6Y-8Y 8:30- 9am Jul 29 139838

FULL DAY* Fee: $74 /4 days 6Y-8Y 9- 4:30pm Jul 2 140018 6Y-8Y 9- 4:30pm Aug 6 140023 Fee: $93 /5 days 6Y-8Y 9- 4:30pm Jul 8 140019 6Y-8Y 9- 4:30pm Jul 15 140020 6Y-8Y 9- 4:30pm Jul 22 140021 6Y-8Y 9- 4:30pm Jul 29 140022

JUNIOR DOON PIONEER PARK CC FULL DAY* Fee: $74 /4 days 6Y-8Y 9- 4:30pm Jul 2 140631 6Y-8Y 9- 4:30pm Aug 6 140636 Fee: $93 /5 days 6Y-8Y 9- 4:30pm Jul 8 140632 6Y-8Y 9- 4:30pm Jul 15 140633

6Y-8Y 9- 4:30pm Jul 22 140634 6Y-8Y 9- 4:30pm Jul 29 140635 JUNIOR BEFORE & AFTER CARE – DOON PIONEER PARK CC FULL DAY* Fee: $8 /4 days 6Y-8Y 8:30- 9am Jul 2 140638 6Y-8Y 8:30- 9am Aug 6 140643 Fee: $10 /5 days 6Y-8Y 8:30- 9am Jul 8 140639 6Y-8Y 8:30- 9am Jul 15 140640 6Y-8Y 8:30- 9am Jul 22 140641 6Y-8Y 8:30- 9am Jul 29 140642 SUMMER PLAYGROUND PRESCHOOL Year of Birth, 2008-2010. For 3-5 year olds, uses songs, games, crafts, and drama to create a fun and exciting program. Each week is new, and each day has a new theme! PRESCHOOL SHEPPARD SCHOOL AFTERNOON Fee: $22 /4 days 3Y-5Y 1- 3pm Jul 2 139876

3Y-5Y 1- 3pm Aug 6 139881 Fee: $27 /5 days 3Y-5Y 1- 3pm Jul 8 139877 3Y-5Y 1- 3pm Jul 15 139878 3Y-5Y 1- 3pm Jul 22 139879 3Y-5Y 1- 3pm Jul 29 139880 PRESCHOOL SHEPPARD SCHOOL MORNING Fee: $22 /4 days 3Y-5Y 9-11am Jul 2 139852 3Y-5Y 9-11am Aug 6 139857 Fee: $27 /5 days 3Y-5Y 9-11am Jul 8 139853 3Y-5Y 9-11am Jul 15 139854 3Y-5Y 9-11am Jul 22 139855 3Y-5Y 9-11am Jul 29 139856 PRESCHOOL FOREST HEIGHTS CC AFTERNOON Fee: $22 /4 days 3Y-5Y 1- 3pm Jul 2 139906 3Y-5Y 1- 3pm Aug 6 139911 Fee: $27 /5 days 3Y-5Y 1- 3pm Jul 8 139907 3Y-5Y 1- 3pm Jul 15 139908 3Y-5Y 1- 3pm Jul 22 139909 3Y-5Y 1- 3pm Jul 29 139910


Each morning, develop rowing skills along the Grand River. Reach new heights in the afternoons, indoor rock climbing at Grand River Rocks. Sessions: July 8 – 12 August 12 – 16

July 22 – 26 August 19 – 23

Times: 8:00 am – start at 3565 King St E 4:30 pm – pick up at 1-50 Borden Ave S Put some adventure in your summer! Kitchener Waterloo Rowing Club “Life’s more fun on the water!”

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SUMMER CAMPS 2013 PRESCHOOL FOREST HEIGHTS CC MORNING Fee: $22 /4 days 3Y-5Y 9-11am Jul 2 139900 3Y-5Y 9-11am Aug 6 139905 Fee: $27 /5 days 3Y-5Y 9-11am Jul 8 139901 3Y-5Y 9-11am Jul 15 139902 3Y-5Y 9-11am Jul 22 139903 3Y-5Y 9-11am Jul 29 139904

PRESCHOOLWILLIAMSBURG CC AFTERNOON Fee: $22 /4 days 3Y-5Y 1- 3pm Jul 2 139931 3Y-5Y 1- 3pm Aug 6 139936 Fee: $27 /5 days 3Y-5Y 1- 3pm Jul 8 139932 3Y-5Y 1- 3pm Jul 15 139933 3Y-5Y 1- 3pm Jul 22 139934 3Y-5Y 1- 3pm Jul 29 139935

PRESCHOOL COUNTRY HILLS CC AFTERNOON Fee: $22 /4 days 3Y-5Y 1- 3pm Jul 2 140582 3Y-5Y 1- 3pm Aug 6 140587 Fee: $27 /5 days 3Y-5Y 1- 3pm Jul 8 140583 3Y-5Y 1- 3pm Jul 15 140584 3Y-5Y 1- 3pm Jul 22 140585 3Y-5Y 1- 3pm Jul 29 140586

PRESCHOOL WILLIAMSBURG CC MORNING Fee: $22 /4 days 3Y-5Y 9-11am Jul 2 139924 3Y-5Y 9-11am Aug 6 139929 Fee: $27 /5 days 3Y-5Y 9-11am Jul 8 139925 3Y-5Y 9-11am Jul 15 139926 3Y-5Y 9-11am Jul 22 139927 3Y-5Y 9-11am Jul 29 139928

PRESCHOOL COUNTRY HILLS CC MORNING Fee: $22 /4 days 3Y-5Y 9-11am Jul 2 140024 3Y-5Y 9-11am Aug 6 140029 Fee: $27 /5 days 3Y-5Y 9-11am Jul 8 140025 3Y-5Y 9-11am Jul 15 140026 3Y-5Y 9-11am Jul 22 140027 3Y-5Y 9-11am Jul 29 140028


PRESCHOOL DOON PIONEER PARK CC AFTERNOON Fee: $22 /4 days 3Y-5Y 1- 3pm Jul 2 140650 3Y-5Y 1- 3pm Aug 6 140655 Fee: $27 /5 days 3Y-5Y 1- 3pm Jul 8 140651 3Y-5Y 1- 3pm Jul 15 140652 3Y-5Y 1- 3pm Jul 22 140653 3Y-5Y 1- 3pm Jul 29 140654

All programs offer weekly sessions and every week includes new activities.

The City of Kitchener Summer Playground offers age-appropriate games, songs, crafts, sports, special events and off-site trips open to children ages 3 to 12. Playground leaders are trained in Standard FirstAid and are police screened.

2013 JUNIOR CAMPS Our summer junior camps for children aged 6-14 are a fun and interactive way to introduce kids to the game you love! Using games to encourage athletic development and following the athletic pathway outlined by Golf Canada , participants will learn about:Rules ,Etiquette,Chipping,Putting,Irons,Drivers


Fee assistance may be available. Please call 519.741.2382 one week before registration. If your child has a disability and requires accommodation to participate, assistance may be available. Please call Inclusion Services staff at 519-741-2200 x7229 orTTY 1-866-969-9994. PLEASE NOTE: All locations are proposed and may be subject to change.

PRESCHOOL DOON PIONEER PARK CC MORNING Fee: $22 /4 days 3Y-5Y 9-11am Jul 2 140644 3Y-5Y 9-11am Aug 6 140649 Fee: $27 /5 days 3Y-5Y 9-11am Jul 8 140645 3Y-5Y 9-11am Jul 15 140646 3Y-5Y 9-11am Jul 22 140647 3Y-5Y 9-11am Jul 29 140648

Preschool children must be toilet trained prior to program registration. PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS – For children ages 3-5 born in 2008, 2009 and 2010 (must be three years old) JUNIOR PROGRAMS – For children ages 6-8, born in 2005, 2006 and 2007 ADVENTURE PROGRAMS – For children aged 9-12, born in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004

Great Big Theatre Company

Summer Day Camps July & August

One-week sessions Performances every week! Ages 6-14

One week at camp... a lifetime of memories!

Mon-Fri 8:30am – 4:30pm

45 locations in the GTA & southwest Ontario Camps in Waterloo, Kitchener & Cambridge Call or check our website for schedules (and early registration discounts!)

866 864 4282

Each day our campers will enjoy learning to “play” the game on our state of the art short course. Camps run June 24 – Aug. 30. Half day camps run from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and are just $179 +HST Full day camps run from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and are just $299 +HST. Lunch will be provided for full day campers. An additional hour of supervision can be added for $50/week/child.

Call 226-988-3182 to register. ww

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