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The Trinity United Church move is a sign of the times Helen Hall he interior of Trinity United Church looked a little forlorn as winning bidders came and collected their items following an online auction of the building’s contents in April. But, says Transition Minister Bill Bruce, this is a good news story. “It’s not a disaster,” Bruce said, “it’s about smart decisions on how to use what we’ve been given.” Bruce has helped several churches through the experience of selling their buildings and coping with change. Built in 1906, Trinity United Church was located at 74 Frederick Street in downtown Kitchener. The building was in need of repairs and the size of its congregation was shrinking. “The entire sector is changing. It’s a fact. It’s been a fact for a long time,” Bruce said. Wanting to spend its time dealing with its mission and service rather than worrying about building repairs, the church’s board decided in 2017 to sell the building. After the sale, the congregation packed up what it wanted to take with it and then held a processional walk



Trinity United church member Jane Maass sits on one of the last pews remaining in the church on Frederick Street after the church sold its contents in an online auction. The building has been sold and the congregation is currently renting space at St. Matthews Lutheran Church on Benton Street. The church will be demolished and replaced with a 33-storey condominium building. Photo by Helen Hall to the chapel at St. Matthews Lutheran Church at the corner of Benton and Church where it currently leases space for its services. Over 1,000 remaining items from its former home were put on the online auction block,

including its pews, speaker system, dishes, children’s toys, furniture and office items. “It looks picked clean to me,” Bruce said following the sale. He said the church members have worked hard “repurposing and finding new homes” for

the contents of its previous building. Jane Maass, who has attended Trinity United Church since the early 1970s, helped organize the online auction. “I think the auction went very well,” she said as people

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filed into the building on April 21 to pick up their items. She said it took three and a half days for Timewell Auctions to photograph the items and post them online. Maase said the stained glass windows in the building would be removed and stored for when Trinity decides where its next permanent location will be. The church building will be demolished, and replaced by a 33-storey condominium building. IN8 Developments purchased Trinity and the building next door for the condos called Duke Tower Kitchener. They will offer one and two bedroom suites starting from the mid $200,000s. Considered to be a prime downtown location, the building has the Frederick Street light rail transit stop right outside its door. The building will also feature a rooftop patio with barbecues, pet play area, communal garden plots, and a fitness centre. The units have a smartphone package that allows the lights and thermostat to be operated by the owner’s smartphone. Construction of the new condominiums is expected to begin this year and be completed in 2021.

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12th annual Jane’s Walks – connecting people to their community By Carrie Debrone e isn’t a professional historian, but clearly Wayne Miedema loves history and research and he loves sharing it with others. He’s the perfect candidate to lead a Jane’s Walk – and lots of people who took a morning tour through Kitchener’s Mount Hope Cemetery with him May 4 thought so too. The Kitchener resident received a round of applause and a number of personal thank yous after he lead a group of about 60 people on a ‘Jane’s Walk’ historical tour of the gravestones of some of Kitchener’s famous and not-sowell-known former residents. Miedema, who lives across the street from the cemetery, has lead similar Jane’s Walk tours for about ten years. Jane’s Walk is a grassroots organization honoring the legacy


of community builder Jane Jacobs through free citizen-led walking tours that encourage participants to observe, reflect, share, question, and collectively re-imagine the places in which they live, work and play. Locally, it is organized by a dedicated group of volunteers. “When I moved to Kitchener from Guelph in 2007 I found that I felt rootless,” Miedema said. A self-guided walking tour available through the City of Kitchener website, piqued his interest in Kitchener cemeteries, and he began delving deeper into some of the stories of the people buried in the one across from his home. “I decided to graft myself to the roots in the cemetery,” he joked, adding that knowing some of the history of Kitchener and its famous people has given him a better connection to this community.

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This large gravestone in memory of former Kitchener resident Alice Hett is topped with a sculpture of her. Historical records show it is a very accurate likeness.

His walk this year featured a brief history of the cemetery, whose location used to be considered the outskirts of Kitchener. Opened about 1860 and bound by what used to be named Charon Street (now Moore Ave.) some of it’s gravestones pre-date its beginning. In Greek mythology, Charon was the ferryman of Hades who carried souls of the newly deceased across the river Styx (the former name of Louisa Street). The irony of this fact was not lost on this Jane’s Walk crowd who nodded and chuckled when Miedema told them the street names. The cemetery is broken into three distinct areas – the Catholic section, the public section and the Waterloo section. It is still an active cemetery with all the plots sold but not yet used. The first tour stop was at the grave of Joseph Zuber, which is marked by one of the largest and most impressive stones in the cemetery. Zuber bought the Walper Hotel in 1908. Another stop included the memorials of the School Sisters

of Notre Dame who founded what is now St. Mary’s High School. The gravesite of Antonio and Francesca Longo, who ran a movie theatre located beside their fruit store in downtown Berlin (now Kitchener), held another interesting story. The family gravestone is adorned with a statue of St. Anthony, the patron saint of lost things, and may have been placed there as a symbol of the loss of the Longo family’s 12-year-old son, Liborio, who died of natural causes in a church confessional. There was also a stop at the stone of George Wanner, who was born in 1747 long before the Mount Hope Cemetery was established, and at the grave of Marie Bowman, 22, wife of Emil Ruf, who was the second person in Kitchener to die when the Spanish influenza pandemic swept the world killing an estimated 20 to 50 million people - about one third of the planet’s population. Another interesting historical story came with the visit to the Rumpel Family gravestone.

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Hilda, daughter of George Rumple (of Rumpel Felt Company fame) served as Miss Ontario and was the person who pushed the button which lit an arena filled with lightbulbs at the ceremony held to officially begin Ontario Hydro. James Connor, a teacher and principal at the Berlin High School for 30 years is also buried at Mount Hope Cemetery. The practice of hanging photos of all of the school’s past principals was established in his honour after he resigned due to becoming deaf. His successor, David Forsyth, is buried nearby. Forsyth became known as the father of Canadian soccer, establishing the Canadian Association of Football in 1890 – the oldest soccer association in North America. The Jane’s Walk Festival, which took place May 4, 5 and 6 featured walks or bike rides in 24 locations across Waterloo Region, including a record high six in Cambridge. Hundreds of people participated locally and thousands more joined the walks around the world in nearly 200 cities across six continents. This year, participants could choose from a variety of local walks including a Newcomer Welcome Stroll - A chance especially for newcomers to meet their neighbours and learn about other newcomers that have settled here in times past; or another titled Differently, We Are the Same - An exploration of spiritual buildings in uptown Waterloo. This walk included spiritual buildings representing different faiths and beliefs. It’s a Brew-tiful Day told the story of how downtown Kitchener turned into a coffee lover’s paradise, and A Handmaid’s Tale told the forbidden history of Cambridge before it became part of The Republic of Gilead. Handmaidens escorted participants to the locations used in the hit HBO show The Handmaid’s Tale, and shared the history not to be spoken about ‘Under his Eye’.

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Evolving services highlighted at CSC 10th anniversary celebration “For the past decade, CSC has worked with thousands of volunteers and donors to meet the changing needs of our community,” Horne said. “We are so excited to celebrate this milestone and look forward to serving our amazing clients for the next ten years and beyond.” As the population ages, demand for CSC’s programs and services continues to grow. It now provides up to 350 meals a day to seniors, disabled and low-income clients.

Over the last ten years, the agency has seen a 170 per cent increase in the number of clients accessing its services, with a 410 per cent increase in subsidy accessed by lowincome clients. Wiih the help of more than 700 volunteers, last year CSC served more than 7,500 seniors and adults with disabilities. Anyone interested in learning more about the work they do or wanting to volunteer please call 519-772-8787 or visit the website at

Community Support Connections - Meals on Wheels and More (CSC) held a 10th anniversary bash on May 2, which included tours of their Breslau location, gentle exercise demos, food stations and a cake cutting. From left: CSC Executive Director Dale Howatt, Board President Frank Mensing, Community Connector Stacey Bird, Community Connector Rob Campbell, Major Gifts and Engagement Lead Rosalind Horne. By Carrie Debrone undreds of people attended the Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC) 10year anniversary open house on May 2 at its facility in Breslau, 61 Woolwich Street North. Visitors were treated to tours of the CSC building offices, meeting rooms and kitchen, appetizers and sweets made by the CSC’s Tender Loving Care Kitchen, gentle exercise demos, speeches and a cake-cutting. CSC offers 11 different programs and services to help people live in their own homes, including Meals on Wheels, transportation to medical appointments and the grocery store, and free gentle exercise classes. Past community support has allowed the agency to extend its exercise programs to include at-home options for those unable to get out, expand its transportation services to


include evening and weekend service, and build its kitchen and garden. Ten years ago, on May 2, 2008, four local organizations merged to form CSC. After a successful $600,000 capital campaign in September 2014, CSC relocated to its current location in Breslau, allowing it to open its own kitchen. Two years later, it built the Harvesting Independence Garden thanks to a donation from 100 Women Who Care Waterloo Region. The garden allows CSC to incorporate more fresh, local ingredients into its Meals on Wheels and Community Dining programs. In 2017, CSC received a grant from The Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF) to expand its transportation program to include evenings and weekends. CSC has also entered into a three-year funding partnership

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Smartphone apps help track severe weather and alert the public Helen Hall ccording to Geoff Coulson, no one should be surprised about the weather in 2018. “The science of meteorology is getting better, and with the power of phones for checking weather, you have a super computer in your hand,” he explained. Coulson has been a meteorologist with Environment Canada for 34 years, and he ran a CANWARN Storm Spotter training session at the Innerkip Community Centre on April 24. He said well-known meteorologist David Phillips is the “happy weatherman” that the media goes to for things like when the warm weather will start to arrive in the spring. “I’m the sad weatherman. They come to me for information on tornadoes and snow squalls,” he joked. CANWARN is the short form for the Canadian Weather



Amateur Radio Network. It was created in 1987 as a severe weather spotting and reporting program run by the Meteorological Services Division of Environment Canada. Trained Storm Spotters do “ground truthing” where they confirm or add information to the information provided by Environment Canada’s satellites and radar. Storm Spotters don’t need to be amateur radio operators and can phone in their information. Coulson trains people to be Storm Spotters to give Environment Canada “tangible, useful information” about summer storms. Summer storms, such as severe thunderstorms and tornadoes, are hard to predict and develop quickly with less time to warn people that they are coming. He said summer storms can create a lot of damage with lightning, large hail, heavy rainfall, flooding, damaging winds and tornadoes.

Coulson trained those in attendance about how to look at cloud formations to predict what kind of storm they are bringing and the length and intensity of the storm. Should they see a particularly bad storm developing, they can call it in to the CANWARN reporting line, or they could receive a call from CANWARN asking for information in their area. But always, he said, safety must come first. He warned the Storm Spotters that they should only be following and predicting storm patterns from a safe distance away, and take cover as a storm gets closer. Coulson said there are 80 to 110 severe weather events in Ontario each summer season between April and October, which include severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. There are about 60 to 65 tornadoes across Canada each year. The peak time of day for tornadoes is between 1pm and 8pm, and most tornadoes occur during June and July.

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Environment Canada meteorologist Geoff Coulson talks to a recently trained CANWARN Storm Spotter volunteer. Tornadoes are rapidly rotating columns of air that have contacted the ground. Rapidly rotating columns of air that do not touch the ground are called funnel clouds. Coulson encouraged everyone to watch weather sites such as wunderground. com,, and to keep up-to-date on the weather. He said a good wintertime site is trackmyplow. com that shows dash cam video of the weather on roads from snow plow drivers. He said new smartphone applications are coming out all the time to keep people informed about severe weather situations. Alert Ready, the public warning system that interrupts television and radio with emergency warnings, will now also sound on smartphones. It is a wireless public alerting system that uses the GPS on a person’s phone to know their location and alert them if a severe weather system is approaching them. It also alerts every cellphone within a certain radius of cellphone towers that are in the area that the storm is approaching. Coulson said this app only works with newer cellphones and can be used by about 30-35 percent of people with phones. That number will increase as more people update their phones. “It’s like having a smoke alarm on your phone for the weather,” Coulson said. Federal, provincial and

territorial government agencies, and some municipal agencies with delegated authority, are capable of sending alerts through this system. Alerts issued by authorized government agencies are validated by Pelmorex’s National Alert Aggregation and Dissemination System and disseminated to distributors (e.g. broadcasters and wireless service providers) for mass distribution within a matter of seconds. Government officials created a list of situations that pose a threat to life and property, which will result in an immediate alert. These emergency alerts have the highest level of urgency, severity and certainty. For a full list of ‘broadcast immediately’ emergency alerts, visit In April 2017, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications authority mandated wireless service providers to implement Alert Ready on their LTE networks by April 6, 2018. The first test of the system will be held in Ontario during Emergency Preparedness Week from May 6 to 12. The test will be held on May 7 at 1:55pm Eastern Daylight Time.

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Six people recently inducted into the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame for 2018

The Waterloo Region Hall of Fame held its Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Waterloo Region Museum in Kitchener on Sunday, April 22. The Waterloo Region Hall of Fame pays tribute to individuals and organizations in recognition of their accomplishments and outstanding contributions to this community. The 2018 inductees to the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame are: • Craig Campbell, Environmental Protection • John Mickle Harper, Community Service • Tom Kieswetter, Basketball • Sylvia Malgadey-Forgrave, Track and Field • Dave Northey, Cross Country Running • Cindy Overland, Speed Skating Craig Campbell Born and educated in Waterloo Region, Craig Campbell is a self-trained naturalist and field ecologist. Following his volunteer activities in the 1970s with the Kitchener-Waterloo Field Naturalists (now Waterloo Region Nature), Campbell began a career as an independent environmental consultant and researcher. He became well-known locally, provincially, and nationally as an expert on Ontario’s mammals, reptiles and amphibians, butterflies, and plants. Campbell’s particular focus has been the plight of threatened and endangered species and the urgent need to protect their habitats. Campbell’s contributions to the conservation of Ontario’s natural heritage have been recognized by several honours, most recently by the Ontario Nature W.W.H. Gunn Conservation Award (2013) and the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Trust Lifetime Achievement Award (2016). John Mickle Harper John M. Harper‘s motto was community service is the rent you pay for the space you occupy. Harper was born in Kitchener and served in the Second World War, where he was decorated for his role in the invasion of Normandy. His extraordinary law career began in 1948, when he co-founded the law firm McGibbon & Harper in Waterloo. Harper was appointed to the rank of Queen’s Counsel in 1958. He retired in 2007 as General Counsel of Gowling, La Fleur & Henderson, now known as Gowling WLG with offices around the world. Harper volunteered with numerous organizations including: St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation; Campaign Waterloo; Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation; Waterloo Chamber of Commerce; Waterloo Law Association; United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo; Kitchener­ Waterloo YMCA; and the RIM Park Campaign. In 1975, he was named the KitchenerWaterloo Citizen of the Year. Harper was also a member of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Board of Governors, the Chancellor’s Club, and the William Ross MacDonald Society. He was a proud Senate member with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, and an Honorary Colonel of the Royal Highland Fusiliers. Tom Kieswetter Tom Kieswetter was born in Kitchener and is a lifelong resident of Waterloo Region. He started playing basketball at St. Jerome’s High School, where he was a Twin-City champion, All-Star, and Athlete of the Year. Kieswetter went on to play at the University of Waterloo from 1968 to 1973, becoming a two-time Ontario University Athletics (OUA) All-Star. In 1972, he was a member of the Canadian National Basketball Team and competed in the pre-Olympic tournament in Germany. Kieswetter became a coach at St. Jerome’s, where his teams won three Regional Championships and a Provincial Championship in 1987. He also co-founded and was player/coach of the K-W Titans Senior Men’s Basketball Team. In 1992, he became Head Coach of the University of Waterloo Warriors, leading them to 325 wins and two trips to the National Championships. Kieswetter focused on the

education of his players and, at Waterloo, had an exceptional number of Academic All-Canadians and a graduation rate exceeding 99%. Kieswetter also gave back to the community by helping to create the Community Basketball Camp with Kitchener Parks and Recreation (1977), the Ultimate Warrior Basketball Camp at the University of Waterloo (1993), and the K-W Chapter of KidSport (2013). Sylvia Malgadey-Forgrave Sylvia Malgadey-Forgrave is a lifelong resident of Waterloo Region and a graduate from the University of Waterloo. As an athlete, Malgadey-Forgrave competed as a hurdler and long jumper in provincial level sports. She participated in the 1984 Olympic Summer Games in Los Angeles, competing in the semi-finals of the hurdles event. Giving back to her sport, Malgadey-Forgrave has volunteered with Athletics Canada as Team Leader for 20+ years. She has also developed a network that provides over 60 Olympians with the best foot care in Canada, sponsored students to attend sports camps, and has provided quality shoes for athletes. Malgadey-Forgrave has also created a charity that, to date, has provided over 35,000 pairs of gently used shoes to individuals in underdeveloped countries. As an educator, Malgadey-Forgrave has coached volleyball and track and field, been coleader of the Athletes Against Drugs program, and helped organize school musicals and productions. Dave Northey Dave Northey was born in Peterborough, Ontario and moved to the region to attend the University of Waterloo. At Waterloo, he excelled in varsity cross country running and won many championship races in the 1970s. Northey was employed as a research technician at the University of Waterloo under Dr. Rich Hughson. Here he assisted many undergraduate and graduate students learn exercise physiology and helped them on their way to excellent careers. In 1970, he placed second in the National Cross Country championships, and third in 1971. Northey was the winner and record holder in 1971 and 1978 for the Berwick Marathon held in Pennsylvania. A founding member of the Waterloo County Amateur Athletic Association and a member of the organizing committee for the inaugural Waterloo 10 KM Classic Road Race, Northey volunteered for many years at that event. Cindy Overland Cindy Overland started skating at age three on a small rink her parents made every year in their backyard. Shortly thereafter, Overland joined the Cambridge Speed Skating Club and, in 1986 at age ten, she won her first national speed skating title. That same year Overland won a bronze medal at the North American Championships. Between 1992 and 1994, Overland competed in the World Junior Championships and, at age 18, earned a position at the World Senior Championships, the youngest athlete to do so at the time. Overland was consecutively named the Canadian Senior Champion between 1995 and 1999. Competing in the World Senior Championships from 1995 to 2001, Overland had three top 10 finishes and one top five finish. Holding numerous provincial and national records throughout her career, Overland was a team member at both the 1998 Olympic games in Nagano, Japan and at the 2002 Olympic games held in Salt Lake City, Utah. Retiring from the sport in 2004, Overland now coaches at the Cambridge Speed Skating Club and volunteers with the Ontario Speed Skating Association through the Provincial Racing Series. She also participates in public speaking events at area schools, where she stresses the importance of post-secondary education and giving back to your local community.

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New in the Collection This pair of children’s boots was manufactured by the Great West Felt Company of Elmira in the 1920s. Founded in 1910 by Oscar H. Vogt (1868-1927), the company manufactured heavy felt footwear under the brand names of Great West and Polar King. During the 1920s, Great West was one of the largest employers in Elmira. The factory was located at 20 Arthur Street North and the company closed around 1950. Adèle Hempel is the Manager/Curator, Region of Waterloo Museums Contact her at

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John Price Erichsen-Brown (1906-1997) practiced law in Toronto and Ottawa before joining the Department of External Affairs in 1948. He was a member of the Canadian Delegation to the United Nations (1950-52), Councillor in the Canadian Embassy in Belgium (1953), and Chargé d’Affaires, Warsaw, Poland (1958). Visit the Hall of Fame located on the second floor of the Waterloo Region Museum.

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Mystery house identified quickly with the help of social media

Dwight Storring ne of the unexpected bonuses in conducting a major research project is the mysteries you uncover. Some of those mysteries evolve into essential parts of your finished product. Others are just interesting detours along the way. Over the past two years, I’ve been researching and filming “Finding John Lingwood,” a film about one of Waterloo Region’s leading mid-century architects. He practised in Kitchener from 1955 until his death in 1996. Lingwood, along with six other architectural firms, created the rich stock of modernist buildings that give the region its distinct built environment. What did he design? Well, everything from university and civic buildings to industrial plants and private homes. Thousands of children have passed through the doors of his schools, such as Stanley Park public school and the former St. Mary’s School on Weber Street at Young Street. Many people have worshipped in the sacred buildings he designed, including St. JamesRosemount Church, Beth Jacob Synagogue and the Carmel New Church. In my film, scheduled for release in fall 2018, I zero in on three Lingwood sites – the former Kitchener-Waterloo Record building, now demolished, that stood on Fairway Road; 20 family homes he designed on Manchester Road in Kitchener, and the Carmel New Church in southwest Kitchener. These sites not only reflect Lingwood’s impact on architecture but also his place in developing our community. During one of my research sessions at the University of Waterloo Library Special Collections and Archives, I found a picture of a mystery house. It’s a black and white copy of a colour photograph that Personal Studios’ Bob Nicol made for John Lingwood. The colour photo had been taped down to a table top and you can see a bit of the



This home on the corner of Ottawa Street South and Trussler Road was uncovered when the forest of trees around it were taken down in 2016. photographer’s shoe in the upper left-hand corner of the frame. Although I wasn’t certain, I believed this house was a Lingwood design and I wondered if it was still standing somewhere in the region. On March 28 I posted a plea for help on my blog titled Mystery House: Can you help me find this house? “I’d love to hear from its owner or someone who knows its owner or location,” I wrote. “I’m sure there is someone out there who recognizes this place. … All comments, suggestions and clues are welcome.” Sure enough, within a matter of hours the mystery house had been tracked down and I followed up with another blog post on April 9 that read: “It’s perched on the very edge of the city at 2219 Ottawa St. S., Kitchener, at the intersection with Trussler Road. Based on information found in the Lingwood office project list, it was commissioned by Keith Shantz, a successful industrialist and owner of Morval-Durafoam Ltd., in 1967. “Mr. Shantz married Winifred McLaren (nee Fitch) in 1973

– a second marriage for both. They were renowned for their support of the arts as founding supporters of Waterloo’s Clay and Glass Gallery, establishment of the Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics, the Keith and Winifred Shantz International Research Scholarship and other important contributions. “The home showcases some of John Lingwood’s favourite materials – field stone and wood. “Also in the work, we see his commitment to complementing the terrain. This respect for the physical attributes of the building lot also shows up in the 20 Manchester Road houses that will be featured in the film. All the homes in this group have terraced lots. The houses are carved into the hillside with tall front windows that look out on a wooded conservation area. “Terrain also figures deeply in the Lingwood family cottage on Burnt Island in Georgian Bay – in the selection of the building site and the positioning of the cottage deep in the forest, where chunks of the Canadian Shield actually poke into the interior of the building. In the film, we make a return visit to the cottage

with one of John’s daughters, after a 20-year absence. “In the Shantz house, we see the influence of the great American modernist architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The modest entrance is tucked into the back northwest corner of the house where you anticipate entering the expansive interior; this speaks directly to Wright’s thoughts on compression and expansion. “The Wrightian influence is also present in Lingwood’s 1960 commission – the Carmel New Church on Chapel Hill Dr., Kitchener – another site featured in the film. However, he brings his own vision of materials and meaning to this design, resulting in a building that show’s Lingwood at the pinnacle of his architectural mastery and positions Wright’s ideas as subtext. “The Shantz house and surrounding property were purchased by Stephen Moxey in 2012 after Winifred’s death the same year. Mr. Moxey applied for, and got, a permit from the Region of Waterloo to clear the trees from the lot in 2016. “The house now sits on the cleared lot – a little forlorn and

worse for wear. “I stopped by recently to let the owner know about “Finding John Lingwood”. I left my contact information with the hope someone would contact me and let me know what plans there are for the house. (So far, I haven’t heard back from anyone.) “Of course, demolition is a potential fate for this 50-yearold piece of Waterloo Region’s modernist architecture. It’s not possible to preserve every building from the mid-century nor does every building warrant preservation. However, this house appears to be a significant building in John Lingwood’s body of work and is also deeply connected to the business and cultural life of the community through its former owners. “It would be sad to see it razed.” *** Dwight Storring spent over 15 years as a photojournalist and photo-editor at the Waterloo Region Record, before moving on to the web. He was Internet Operations Manager for CityMedia Group a division of Torstar Corp when he left his newspaper career in December 2006. He moved to the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) where he was director of special projects supporting CIGI’s research and programs through the use of online technology. In 2010 Storring returned to his roots of documenting Waterloo Region and now nurtures a digital media practice. His work centers around creating, developing, documenting and presenting personal narratives as a window on the life of community. He works in a documentary style using video, still images and audio. He also facilitates digital storytelling events and workshops to gather personal stories and encourage their telling. He was Kitchener’s Artist in Residence in 2014 where he created Neighbourhood Voices, a series of documentary shorts about the lives of ordinary people in the city. He can be reached at

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RBJ Schlegel donates $2.3-million to southwest Kitchener park


itchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic announced during his State of the City address in April that RBJ Schlegel has signed a $2.3 million sponsorship agreement with the city, and the new park being constructed in southwest Kitchener will be named RBJ Schlegel Park. “It is fitting that the first multimillion dollar sponsorship the city has received comes from the Schlegel family, a family that epitomizes citybuilding and who have long contributed to building a better Kitchener,” said Vrbanovic. “It gives me great pride to announce that the Schlegels’ contribution to making Kitchener a healthier, happier and more connected city will continue with their investment in what will be the region’s largest, most comprehensive district park.” Currently under construction, RBJ Schlegel Park will bring much needed recreation space to southwest Kitchener. The first phase of development will include artificial and natural turf multi-purpose sports fields, and a football field as well as open community event space, playground and splash play facilities, and multi-use pathways and trails. When complete, RBJ Schlegel Park will be one of the




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Park drawing from the City of Kitchener. largest, most active parks in the city, with a pool, indoor sports facility, outdoor entertainment space and more. “There were several motivations for becoming involved in the development of this park and one of them was to honour the legacy of my maternal grandparents, Max and Florence Becker, who farmed in this area for their entire lives and were community builders in their own practical way,” stated James Schlegel, CEO,

RBJ Schlegel. “We’re developing neighbourhoods in this area of Kitchener so the families and individuals we’re selling homes to will have the opportunity to enjoy the park and facilities, but I also think it has the potential of supporting the entire city and beyond. Fundamentally what we do as an organization is create communities that are healthy, active and available to all ages, so this is very much aligned with who we are.”

Ron Schlegel named KW Citizen of the Year


on Schlegel has been named KitchenerWaterloo Citizen of the Year by the Lions Club of Kitchener. Schlegel, a professor, philanthropist, community leader, business owner, farmer, land developer and family man will be recognized by the Lions Club on May 24 at a special dinner. “What an absolute honour this is,” shares Ron. “My parents instilled in me a strong sense of ‘community’ and I’ve made a point of continuing that tradition during my lifetime through hard work, collaboration and innovation.” Schlegel has made a significant impact in Kitchener-Waterloo and beyond with Schlegel Villages, retirement and long-term care residences, Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging (RIA), Homewood Health Centre and Homewood Research Institute (HRI) (both of which assist people with addictions and mental health issues), farming operations and leading-edge housing developments through Schlegel Urban Developments. A true community builder, Schlegel was instrumental in the development of the Williamsburg Town Centre, in the south end of Kitchener. Schlegel’s list of awards and recognitions include the Order of Canada, officer level; Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award; and Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Ontario) Award. He is a member of Communitech’s Entrepreneur Hall of Fame and Waterloo Region’s Hall of Fame. He has received the Barnraiser Award Waterloo Region, Mayor’s Dinner Recognition, Philanthropist of the Year, and Outstanding Alumni at the University of Waterloo. He has an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Waterloo and a B.A. (Hon) from the University of Western Ontario, M.Sc. from

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Ron Schlegel the University of Illinois; and Ph.D. in social psychology from Ohio State University. “Ron is an incredibly generous and caring person who has done so much to help others in our community and beyond,” said Dr. Jack Bishop, Citizen of the Year Committee Chair. “The Lions Club of Kitchener is pleased to pay tribute to this exceptional and outstanding community leader.” Each year, the Lions Club of Kitchener recognizes a deserving resident from the Kitchener and Waterloo area with the Citizen of the Year Award. The first recipient was Ira Needles in 1957. Last year’s recipient was Olympian Mandy Bujold.

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More grants available for community gardens in Kitchener

he interest in growing your own food, learning about plants, the chance to be outside enjoying nature, and the opportunity to meet neighbours are fueling a growing interest in community gardens. There are 35 community gardens in the City of Kitchener ,and city officials would like to see more. Next year the city will increase the amount of grant money it offers to set up and maintain the gardens. Endorsed by the Community Garden Council of Waterloo Region and through its Love My Hood Community Gardens Grant program, the city plans to build one to three new gardens each year. This spring the city is building community gardens at Gildner Green, Henry Sturm Greenway and in the King East/ Auditorium neighbourhood. Beginning with these new locations, the city is also piloting an insurance program for gardens and individual

gardeners on city-owned land. Insurance allows residents to take the lead on garden projects and ongoing garden maintenance. Community gardens play an important role in neighbourhood life, bringing people from all cultures and backgrounds together, offering a place to build lasting relationships with neighbours, and providing a sense of belonging. Community gardens were among the most requested items by residents in the development of Kitchener’s neighbourhood strategy. * * * The community garden grant application deadline for 2019 gardens is June 1, 2018. Residents interested in starting their own community garden can access tools and resources at, including a step-by-step guide to get started, along with the grant eligibility criteria and the application form.

The official grand opening of the Stanley Park Community Association community garden was held on May 1. The garden is located in front of the community centre on Franklin Street North. Cutting the ribbon are community association board members, from left: Judy McKay, Ron McKay and Kylie Griggs. Photo by Helen Hall

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Letter to the editor Coaxing the publicheading back into the public good Heading heading heading


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Dear Carrie Debrone, bustled through the agora (marketplace) I was pleased to get your Kitchener edition) and found carrying a rope,Citizen coated(east with red dye. Theirit quite informative andtask? I thankCorral you for what it. citizens they could for I just read your short article regarding the natural gas rates going down mandatory government participation; anyone for residential customers. stained with have red became a politician for the You write that Kitchener Utilities a 2,100 cubic meter average use day. customers. I still have an imperial gas meter, annually for its residential which shows the consumption in cubic feet. been ableattoTim read I remembered thatI have ropenever in a line-up evenIthe meter readers seem political to have a that meter(Canada’s and as for agora), that matter, Hortons where listened to various problem with it as well. Why else would the city issue a bill in the amount moans: “Ontario needs Doug Ford, not a greenbelt!” “Trudeau’s of $452? getting his meals delivered to hisFebruary, house!”$295.79, “You know LRT My January bill had been $222.16. there what I already sat stands for? LATE rapid transit!” I sympathized with that coffee up and took notice, but then excused it by, the winter being especially harsh. However, I received my March promises bill, I knewhas thatbecome somethingruinous. was very crowd, aswhen the cost of politicians’ wrong. I called theFinancial Utility Office and was askedOffice to takerevealed a piece of paper The provincial Accountability that in I did not and a pen and read the meterLiberals myself. To thisadd request I replied that 2018, Kathleen Wynne’s will a $12-billion deficit to know how to read the imperial meter and aside from that, it wasn't my job. the province’s already crippling debt. No new revenue streams The lady I talked to was very nice and agreed to send somebody out to do

exist to offset government overspending unless you count Doug Ford’s preposterous plan to trade the Ontario greenbelt for developers’ greenbacks. A good chunk of the provincial deficit has funded our region’s LRT, with a price tag currently pushing a billion dollars, less than half of the ION cars delivered, and a 2019 start-up date. But are local politicians contrite or embarrassed? Not when they introduced taxpayers to LRT 2.0, the Cambridge line, “estimated” at a cool 1.36 billion. Hardly the public good. While not dredging up thein details of I've the been 2003exploring RIM Park As a relatively new arrival Kitchener the photographic arts opportunities here and financing scandal, I will acknowledge thefirst Cityimpressions of Waterlooare didvery do encouraging. It's just nottaxpayers, just in the tech side of quality thecommittee community something right by its establishing an that audit

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of experienced citizens to review major city investments.

another reading and promised to call once this waswe done. It Which brings usalso back to Athens andme theback red rope. Today have was the very nextparticipatory day that I received her call telling me of thatrepresentation, the new amount moved from democracy to one owing was now $200.10, a mereendlessly difference ofover $251.90. only wonder how but rather than complain our Idouble-doubles, often the meter had been misread in the past. couldn’t some ofonuseither withside either financial expertise thepreviously ability to My neighbours have metric meters and Iorhad stare down Bombardier sales reps consider running in municipal asked if I could get one that I would be able to read. The answer to that electionsofthis year? consisted a flat NO. The political stakes have never been higher. The city hadI pre-authorized privileges 2004/005 which Because don’t think withdrawal our politicians arefor incompetent; no they I revoked thatsays, privilege. I did ask office one bungled wakes up upsoinbadly the that morning and “I think I’llthat sink my to please send me a paper trail for my records which I never received nor neighbours with a runaway debt.” No, I believe that it was easy did I get an answer to my request and, of course, one can forget about an for 40,000 citizens to govern ancient Athens. As you could not apology. avoid thatthat reditrope the entiretoAthenian I realize is upforever, to your discretion publish orvoting not to population publish my print itand I would to warn my letter. However if you decide eventually experienced thetohighs lows like of political lifefellow from "Kitchenerites" extra "vigilant" every time that Utility Bill arrives. foreign policytotobedog-catching.

But modern municipal politicians are frequently overwhelmed

Respectfully, with projects Ingrid E. Merkelthat would make John A. Macdonald blanch. And

our first prime minister did not have to endure Twitter bombs thrown from the ranks of anonymous Internet trolls. Surely civic involvement must begin with civility. Yes, I’ve considered running. My election platform involves cancelling the LRT’s Phase 2 and demanding a refund for all undelivered passenger vehicles. I envision Mennonite drivers with Clydesdale horses pulling the shells of our remaining ION cars from Fairview Mall up to St. Jacobs in a fiscally responsible homage to Depression-era Bennett Buggies. So, c’mon by you thick-skinned folk, of a very impressed thefair-minded, Arts office at City Hall and with how unafraid they provided Those people in turn me with information aboutuntil what was little red dye; we have Julygoing 27thon tohere. file our papers.

Just what makes Kitchener so good at Arts development?

should be judged. A thriving Arts community usually does well. This can not always be measured in the financial spectrum as the living standard expectations of artists are remarkably low. We don't want that two bedroom house within convenient driving golf course mall. Speaking as one of those underfunded distance to the Province should add or entire rivers to Greenbelt independent artshould producers i'll tell you entire I've lived in as some veryRiver bad The Province consider adding rivers Urban conditions justGreenbelt, to be close to mynot working environment. Anflows example being Valleys in the and only the section that through when living in my various illegal Toronto warehouse studios many years urban areas. Considering the entire river valley follows the Province’s before they were condoized. systems in identifying theforproposed Thereapproach are basically two reasons artists tostudy be in area. an area. A slightly The lossarts of community green spacewith to urban development has greatly increased compact low rents and the availability of galleries or the probability and occurrence of flooding in southern Ontario during venues to showcase the art produced. I have noticed that there is a vibrant the growing season months of May through October. theatre network here that none the less is going through hard times. The The province cannot have it aallsolid ways. Theofprovince cannot target music scene is really good with choice local talent that is well publicized few local River free publications. Radio generally follows the this portion by of athe Grand watershed for the kind of growth it has standardfor, corprock butsame the University of the Waterloo an outstanding planned and at the time, permit naturalhas recharge area for community this region tostation. be paved over. The huge pool of university students draw from a vocal The entire Grand Valley area has atomoraine andforsand andaudience gravel/ with some disposable helps in keeping the cities glacial drift deposits but cash it is not included in the study area. vibrant West of and the enthusiastic. The number of professional artists is still small enough so that Niagara Escarpment, the Grand Valley area in Dufferin County and the they know one another. adjacent County Wellington has coldwater andimaging wetlands that We are quicklyofseeing astounding growth instreams the digital are industry. not included in the study area. This area includes the LutherinMarsh, Fortunately, as a photographer who has been working digital a for Provincially Significant Wetlandmy (PSW) aninto Areavideo, of Natural and years it helps me integrate own and work 3D, web, Scientific Interest Not only are sustained to the upper advertising, etc. So(ANSI). I think, personally, the flows opportunities in Kitchener are better River than Toronto. being cable TV (Rogers) for thatGrand works Grand that helpAn toexample assimilate thethe treated wastewater the regions and artisians in locally produced very hard involve Valley, buttoalso a wetland thatschools can capture nutrients and sediment programming. locally. Let'sarea not forget thatWaterloo Kitchener/Waterloo was voted theboth mostcoldwater intelligent The between and Elora/Fergus has city and speaking as a newcomer it is very evident that the levelare of streams and wetlands that are a lot included in the study area. These professionalism is visibly high here. People waste little time and the key areas within the Grand River watershed that are to facing challenges welcome i've received in presenting my own portfolio various galleries and withbeen both assimilative capacityAand andconstraints companies has warm and enthusiastic. verydrinking nice eventwater held supplies. in town is the quarterly parties at the KW regional art gallery. Mellow There who are enjoy coldwater streams that people art meet each and otherwetlands with coolwest jazz of andBrantford some ambient for some dub fromarbitrary the djs. reason have not been included even though there is With theland projected growthand of the regions artists in all mediums I have substantial speculation development pressures. found there are many dynamic, specifically targetedGreg plans, by the Thornton municipal government in particular, to foster a (relatively) large Kitchener community investment in development towards artist integration. I was

have offered their own advice and contacts, so again two thumbs up for the level of support they give each other. Yes, there are already many photographers doing the normal photographic needs of the region, but the opportunity to work with emerging image companies like web designers, animation houses, software elementarylocally students andvideo schools a profound way.for I have been an producers, based firms,inelectronic images broadcasters Occasional (substitute) Teacher with the for more than growing as the manufacturing baseWRDSB has declined. The live12 years, and I have seen inside throughout our especially region. the entertainment industries, local classrooms graphic designers and most In my opinion, it is necessary that meet ETFO’s recommendations emerging gallery system bodes well forwe business opportunities, even in this downturn. to fix the education funding formula: Kitchener is projected to be growing conservative estimate of That the Ontario government revise by its aGrants for Student Needs 100,000 people over the 20 years and plans call for big investment to increase support fornext special education funding to aschool boards to in conversions of existingofwarehouse buildings studio style work address the challenge meeting the needs into of children withlive learning space. Technically the manufacturing base has downturned and left a lot exceptionalities and mental health issues. of empty buildings. That the government conduct an independent, external review of the If out of model those numbers there are 10special percenteducation artists in all thatits statistical it uses for funding to media evaluate actually work at their art all of us are going to need some of this space to effectiveness in meeting actual student need. build up our community. Artists, being artists though, do not like to be thedo education formulais be amended increase toldThat how to things. The funding local government working hard totoreach that school boards’ to deliver front-line children’s services by level where theycapacity can integrate the needs of the artistic community paraprofessionals such as school counsellors, psychologists, behavioural seamlessly into their development plans. counsellors, social workers and speech language pathologists so that Many studies have shown time and again how efficient an Arts based students have to services and shorter wait times.Council community cangreater be. Aaccess planning group called The Prosperity That thecalls education formula be amended to businesses ensure the specifically for a hugefunding investment for artists and art based to encourage Kitchener as a place to work.22 This is the first average classthem sizetoofchoose grades 4 to 8 does not exceed students, the time I have found a directed our niche, but very valuable current average class size forapproach secondarytostudents. segment of society. If evencontinue fifty percent of the plansofget done it is stillclass an That the government the reduction Kindergarten attractive place to build a career. size beyond 2018-2019 through a systematic and sustained application production now all pixels recent ofOur classimage size caps that bringisKindergarten classand size with in linethe with other announcement of a new 5 million dollar Federal grant to establish a primary grades. massive digital media centre in the downtown core, it offers unexcelled That the government address the current $612 per pupil differential opportunities to work with some of the leading edge image systems in the in funding for elementary and secondary students by increasing Pupil world. In fact there are plans to make Kitchener a regional Foundation Grant allocations for the elementary specialist communications hub and that leads into possibility of thousandsteachers, of new guidance, librarians, learning and library materials, classroom supplies uses for my photos. and computers. There is a very good internet system here and if you would like more government through plans legislation, a comprehensive infoThat justthe go to the net andestablish, most community are available. The next evidence-based reviewthis of region the education funding formula five three years will establish of one of the "Silicon Valley"every inspired years to determine itsgateway effectiveness supporting public examples of a thriving of new in ideas and I feelhigh veryquality fortunate to be able to establish myself here with so many other creative artists. education.


ETFO’s recommendations will fix funding formula

Since 1997, the provincial funding formula has shortchanged

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What is Your Ideal City?

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In the sixth annual My Ideal City contest, students aged 10 to 12 years were invited to tell Kitchener City Council about their “ideal city” by submitting essays. The 14 top essays were chosen, and those students were invited to participate in a mock city council debate that will be televised on Rogers Cable 20 on May 20 at 6pm. The Kitchener Citizen is proud to sponsor this event, which helps students learn about municipal politics in a fun way. Here are the winning essays as submitted to the contest.

Laura Knight & Acting Mayor Paul Singh by Laura Knight We live in a pretty good society, but I think if we made some improvements to Kitchener, our city could be even better. I think there should more bike lanes, homeless shelters, and community centres. My first improvement is that Kitchener should have more bike lanes. I love to bike, but I don’t always feel safe on the roads because some drivers are distracted by phones and other things on the road. If we had more bike lanes than more people might decide to bike because they will feel safe. Also it allows more safety for cyclist, and the more people who bike the less traffic there would be, and less carbon dioxide in the air. My next idea is that our city should add more homeless shelter. I live pretty close to downtown and unfortunately I see a lot of people who don’t have a home or enough money to buy food. Other people I have seen are not being very safe, and sometimes I don’t want to go outside just because these people are down the street from where I live. If we were to have another homeless shelter the community would be more safe, and provide people without a home food and shelter. My final Improvement to Kitchener is that we should add more community centers. Community centers have lots

of activities for all ages and you can learn new skills. Not only do community centers have lots of activities but they also keep kids out of trouble, bring a community together, and some community centers have a homework club! In conclusion I think if the government of Kitchener added more bike lanes, homeless shelters, and community centers then our city would be even better and more enjoyable to live in. by Norah Leis When I think of an ideal city I imagine that it would have lots of natural resources, friendly neighbours and medical professionals. These are my reasons why I think this would make my city great. My ideal city would have natural resources because then there would be space for animals like squirrels and deer to run around and it would make up for all the space we took from them to make highways, roads and houses. Having natural resources would also be good for trails so people can enjoy nature. In my city there would be awesome hospitals close by or in town so people don’t have to go two hours away to get treated. Someone in my class had to go to Sick Kids hospital all the way in Toronto to get treated. Having amazing hospitals in my city would also mean that we would have medical professionals

Councillor John Gazzola & Leah Fish

Norah Leis & Councillor Scott Davey to find cures for everything so presentable! So if we build everyone can live a happy, more open spaces and parks healthy life. Also if we had kids can go outside and play, medical professionals in our instead of just being inside on city our city could become their electronics. Also, if we famous for that. build open spaces and trails Lastly, my ideal city would everyone can get outside and have friendly neighbours and play, bike and walk in nature. community events so we can We also should build sports get to know each other better. facilities for everyone. Also in Some of the events would be this amazing city, we all need community Easter egg hunts to use green energy e.g. solar and a big Thanksgiving feast panels 1d biomass. Solar and a Christmas concert, etc. panels will save electricity, My ideal city would have even though they only work in natural resources, friendly the sunlight, they will still be neighbours and medical saving electricity. We can also professional. Having all this use solar energy to power our would make me feel happy homes and save money! and safe and that to me is what Biomass is great for earth, makes an ideal city. using biomass will get rid of by Addie Clasper most of our landfills so we will All citizens in Kitchener have cleaner air, less garbage deserve an ideal city and this and more open spaces to is my community plan. First, build parks. That’s great! Even to make an Ideal city, we need though, these things might to convert to Electric vehicles be hard to build (e.g. more now! Converting to Electric open spaces), this will make vehicles will save us money! Kitchener a amazing place to Vehicles like Ambulances and live in and visit! Lastly, an Ideal Firetrucks drive a lot around city needs culture. Culture town. If we use Electric means festivals, street parties, vehicles we will save our food and much more. So on fossil fuels. By Switching to every May 7th this Ideal city Electric vehicles our air will be would have a huge festival cleaner. If we save our fossil to celebrate each and every fuels they will last longer. Don’t person in Kitchener. If we had you want clean air and fossil this festival it would be great fuels for your kids? Second to meet people! This festival of all, for this Ideal city we. would involve great tasting need to have way more open food from citizens, food trucks spaces and community parks. and it would have live bands! More open spaces allow more we would also give recognition options where kids can play. to all of our volunteers and We also need to put in water parents! If you want this City to fountains and plant trees and be a reality we are running out flowers to make kitchener more of time people, let’s make this

Addie Clasper & Councillor Dave Schnider come true! those materials that were not by Leah Fish used and beautify our parks. The citizens of Kitchener We could add in planters, park deserve an ideal city. Have benches, rocks, and attractive you ever wonder what makes ponds. Then this way people a really good city? An important can get outside and EXPLORE fact is that we need to be instead of being a sloth. We connected with the Internet could get gray water and filter it of Things (lOT). lOT can help to make gorgeous ponds. Also, with multiple things. Wifi and use that gray water and give it bluetooth devices can connect the grass in the fields to make with sensors, these sensors them green again. can detect if garbage bins are Although it’s going to be full or if there’s a pipe leak, This expensive having a clean, could help because instead attractive playful environment of picking up empty garbage is worth it. Isn’t it? bins there could be sensors Most importantly, we need so we know if its full instead to start using renewable of wasting time and gas (fossil energy sources. We can add fuels). By putting this on various solar panels and wind farms things we can also detect if the if we add these things and on grass needs to be cut instead renewable energy sources. of cutting short grass. Also, we could use geothermal Another important part of an and biomass we could use Ideal city is that we need hybrid animal waste instead of vehicles. Hybrid vehicles are producing tons of greenhouse great for the environment and gases. Running our city on your wallet. You can save biomass,solar panels and wind landfills of money by not buying farms is a great idea. gas since they barely use After looking at this evidence gasoline. Unlike regular cars I hope you consider these they don’t release emission. options. Living in a complete Normal vehicles release tons dump is a horrifying nightmare. of greenhouse gases. Since By considering my options you they run on both electric and and your kids can have fun and gasoline motors. Which means EXPLORE. Be creative. Be you would be using less fossil you! Bring back the fun to our fuels. Fossil fuels are an non- Ideal City! renewable resources and we by Carson Moraitis need to save them for other What would make an ideal generations. city? First of all, an Ideal City Thirdly, Kitchener needs has affordable day care. So more open spaces. We need if people don’t have a lot of to make open park spaces money that’s not a problem. A.S.A.P. By reusing wood, Well let’s start making day care concrete, stone and gray water affordable for so anyone and from construction, we can use everyone can afford daycare.

Councillor Yvonne Fernandes & Carson Moraitis

Councillor Kelly Galloway-Sealock & Elyssa Reiter

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Jessica Assuncao & Councillor Paul Singh Secondly, having fast and energy efficient public transportation will help the city a lot. If it’s fast it could get people that are going to be late for work can get there in time for work. It needs to be energy efficient with electric buses and trains to keep the environment looking beautiful. Thirdly, there should be more green roofs to make the city look good and maybe be a tourist attraction. Most importantly, there is a TON of green renewable energy sources so in a ideal city we half to use at least one like solar energy. Using solar energy will be a good renewable energy source since we can make parking lots with solar panels to cover the cars so on the hot summer days your car is not burning hot when you touch it. Also, having solar power you don’t need to build the solar panels far from the power plant. Even though solar panels are a lot of money it will help by reducing the pollution in the environment. Finally, make more open spaces, sports areas and park and every park; sports areas and open spaces need to be accessible to everyone so nobody is left out of the fun outside. So now you have two choices you can live in a dump or you can live in a beautiful ideal city? Pick one before it’s too late!

by Elyssa Reiter The citizens of Kitchener deserve a great city! Have you ever wondered what would make our city really great? To start off our city really needs to convert to green renewable energy sources. There are tons of renewable energy sources like solar, wind, hydro and tidal that are way better for our planet and our city but we are choosing to use fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are a non renewable energy source which means that one day they will run out and the faster we use them the faster they will disappear. Earth is the only planet that us humans can live on and by using fossil fuels we are polluting our planet which means we are ruining our one chance at survival. This especially applies to our community. Secondly, an ideal city has fast, affordable, and reliable public transportation. Public transportation reduces the amount of traffic jams on roads and they are fast and efficient. Buses and subways are 2 kinds of public transportation in our city and Kitchener and Waterloo are working on a new kind of transportation called the light rail transit or the LRT. The LRT is going to make it much easier to get around our city. Another important idea is to build more open spaces these

Councillor Frank Etherington & Reiner Faulstroh

Zoey Kiff & Councillor Bil Ioannidis include soccer fields, parks, nature areas and much more. the best cities have parks, sports fields, and basketball courts that are big and accessible to all citizens. Every neighbourhood in kitchener should have parks and fields close by so that everybody has access to them and so that everybody gets fresh air and exercise. Although, all these things won’t be cheap and they will take time, time is something we have however, if we just wait around and do nothing nothing is going to happen so we need to take action. Putting in time and money to make Kitchener a better place is worth it, right? Most importantly, in Kitchener we really need to reduce the amount of things that we throw out, there are so many things that could easily go into a recycling bin but we are putting it in a garbage bag, why? Our landfill is almost full and if we don’t do something it’s going to fill up very soon. One easy way to fix this is biofuel. Biofuel turns garbage and other stuff that we throw out into gasoline by burning it. So if we started using biofuel not only would we reduce the amount of garbage in the landfill but we would also be using less fossil fuels. I believe that if we all put in the time and energy we could really make Kitchener an even

better place, we could make kitchener a truly fantastic city for ill! of its citizens. by Jessica Assuncao All schools should be affordable and offer great education. When kids have a great education they can get good jobs, and do their jobs well. There should be a daily physical activity every day. Daily physical activity is important so that kids are active and their health is better. There should also be a well-numbered amount of books in the classroom, and school library. A wellnumbered amount of books is important so that kids can have a big selection of books to chose from, and so that kids imagination can run wild. There should be af ordable public transit, like buses, taxis, and trains. People should be able to get places without having to pay A LOT of money. This also helps to cut down pollution because there are less cars on the roads. You should have more parks and trails for people to walk on and kids to play on. Some parks should have playgrounds, benches, and picnic tables. Other parks should just have hills, grass, beautiful flowers and trees. There should be more pools and splash pads. Pools and splash pads give the community a fun place to cool

Councillor Sarah Marsh & Tamer Shiekhai

Michael Persaud & Councillor Zyg Janecki of on a hot day. Pools and splash pads Are important so that people can cool of and they won’t get too hot, plus it’s also very fun. There should be more friendly neighborhoods. Everyone should spend time together to get to know each other a little more. Friendly neighborhood are important so that people cannot be painfully shy and can be very social. by Zoey Kiff One thing I would do to shape Kitchener for the future is add more small local business. I love walking into a small business and discovering what it’s all about. Small business can get a lot of business, and are great for the community. This one business in my community called Jimmy’s Minis had such good doughnuts! You would never get that from Tim Hortons. I would also add more picnic areas for families to enjoy. Lots of families enjoy going for a lovely spring walk and picnic when the weather’s nice. They could enjoy their picnic with nature filled scenery, and birds chirping all around them. I would do more to take care of the grass beside sidewalks and school yards. In the Kitchener Victoria Park I would hire high school kids or maintenance workers to pick up goose poop, or trim the hedges. They could also pick up any garbage they see. I would suggest to people that they should use pet friendly rock salt instead of regular rock salt. For that I would hand out a pamphlet telling them the dangers of regular rock salt. Some dangers include pets getting a burn from regular rock salt. I would add one or two more small parks just around

the neighborhood too. by Michael Persaud All of the people in Kitchener know that it is growing and becoming similar to Toronto, well not in space but style (by style I mean the taller buildings replacing our older buildings). But if we are growing in style we also have to grow in technology and maybe even get bicycles to rent. My first idea for an ideal city would be to add water fountains around the city because à lot of university students walk around Kitchener and Waterloo. These water fountains can be for people, water bottles and if we put à section lower we can include pets because many people have pets and lets say they are walking around for the entire day, their pets might become thirsty and we don’t have water fountains around Kitchener. We have a down town but we cant give the downtown everything, our home areas require things as well. Maybe for the home areas such as Williamsburg where I live and more home areas with schools we can have parks, well not really parks but more parks. The closest park we have is approximately ten minutes away and that would be Mount Trashmore or now known as McLennan Park. By our area and many other areas we have a very open area that is not owned and possibly approximately 1 acre of land which can become a natural reserve, playground or even dog park, maybe if there is enough space we can do all of those. This can protect species of plant such as the trillium and maybe protect animals such as pine martens. If we utilise this

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Alice Newell & GM Development Justin Readman space for natural parks we can make a nice beautiful and eco environment for everyone and creature. The last idea that I have is that we should put the action of function of our buildings and make them into historical sites. this can boost the amount of visitors that come to Kitchener and probably make a good income for the city for tourism and make a good set of taxes allowing us to rebuild roads and build up our schools in STEM. thank you Mayor Berry Vrbanovic for reading this and i hope that this can work. by Reiner Faulstroh Kitchener is a great city but I think we need better hockey arenas, homeless shelters, and more downtown concerts these are things I think can make kitchener a better city. Hockey arenas need more improvement for example Don Mclaren and Grand River. For example the locker rooms are tiny and making them bigger would help. Also the boards are a lot taller than other arenas. Have you ever tried to get out of the auditorium after a ranger game it’s so BAD. One day I was trying to get out after a game I waited 15 minutes after a game and it took 10 minutes to get out. People do that every game and that’s why I think the Aud needs a bigger parking lot. Homeless shelters, I don’t know about you but when I’m Downtown or any where in Kitchener, there are a lot of

people that don’t have homes. If Kitchener gets more homeless shelters people will feel a lot more safe and homeless people will not have to eat in gangs. Also they don’t take drugs in homeless shelters and they can all survive. Lots of people don’t have things to do on weekends in the summer so there could be more concerts. It would be good for the city because the city would get more money, for drinks and foods. It’s also good for all the food store downtown because lots of people like to eat. This is what I think Kitchener needs to improve on hockey rinks, a homeless shelter, more downtown concerts. by Tamer Shiekhai An ideal city is a community full of prosperity, care, wellbeing and love. An ideal city caters to all people no matter their race, gender, ethnicity or age. Adults, youth and the homeless all deserve care. Facilities for children to have fun and learn important skills are crucial. Adults have much to worry about and should be supported by the city and its people. In my ideal city, people will wake up with a smile on their face. Youth are still young and have many lessons to learn. A city should have a space where youth can interact and be social while learning. A community centre is the perfect place. A place known for programs and

Sydney Dorsch & Chief Financial Officer Jonathan Leutenbach

activities is great for attracting youth. Also, youth should be involved in the community this way they will make the youth of our future involved as well. An example is youth helping bring people together by providing food for the impoverished. Adults are the role models of this world. Adults don’t get much help so the city should help them. Many adults work grueling hours for not much money and can’t provide for their families. Houses fit for the whole family should be affordable and easily accessible. Subsidy should be provided voluntarily without much hassle. In my ideal city, social justice would be as present as the sun. The city would share its resources with other cities and communities. But, while all the things mentioned above were important. The most important thing is the attitude of the people. by Nygemah Olembe My ideal city would have more jobs, then more people with less knowledge could apply to the jobs they want. This city should understand that there is alot of homeless people because the condos are too expensive, young adults can’t afford them. There should be more affordable houses and condos throughout Kitchener Waterloo. If Kitchener had more jobs for people that aren’t as successful in the city there wouldn’t be homeless people

around every corner. Starting now we should have people from all around aloud to work wherever and whenever. Then we could get the homeless in an affordable condo. In the city there could be more community centres, then more people could get to the gym or go to the pool on a hot summer day. Also there should be more parks around your area so neighbors can go hang out. There should be more parks around this city because on a nice summer day kids should be aloud to go outside and have fun and not be inside all day because there is no parks around them and the closest park is a fifthteen minute walk. Another thing that this city needs is a big clean up when I walk to a park there should not be trash everywhere. I know you can’t control people’s minds and make them put their trash in the garbage can but if there is no garbage cans then where are you going to put your trash so therefore you should put more garbage cans around the park area. That’s all for my ideal city. by Alice Newell Have you ever been hurt or know someone who was hurt when riding a bicycle when biking on the road? In my “ideal city” I think there should be more bike lanes on busy roads to make it a safer city for bicyclists, especially young ones. My name is Alice. I am 10

The view from the 10th floor on the City Hall tour. years old and l always ride my bike to school, but I do not want to start biking on the road! I’m afraid of a car bumping into me. According to a government website about road safety, it says you should start to go on the road when you are around 10-12 years old. If this is to happen, then we must make it more safe by adding more bike lanes. Yes, it is true that there are some bike lanes, but if you wanted to bike to certain places, they are not everywhere that they are needed. To make Kitchener a more “ideal city”, please put more bike lanes on busy streets. This would mean that less kids my age will be afraid to ride on the road, or worse, get injured and need to go to the hospital! by Sydney Dorsch In my ideal city, here are are some things that I think every good city needs. I hope you consider some of my ideas! I think an ideal city needs affordable houses, because not everyone can afford a home/apartment. People who have no place to live, have to live on the street, and that is not safe or healthy. It also needs good paying jobs and more job opportunities for everyone, because, some people have to make decisions. “School lunches for my kids?” “Groceries?” “House bills?” No one should have to make those decision. Easy transportation is also good for a city, for people if they don’t have

a car, or they need another way to get somewhere, also, its better for the environment if 50 people take public transportation rather than 50 people take separate cars. Another thing a city needs is, more green space, because, people always take away green space for more big buildings, or anything else. People love the green space, for a nice place to sit and relax, people would much rather walk and be surrounded by green space more than be surrounded by big buildings. We also need 911 services, for obvious reasons. Last thing I think an ideal city needs is stores, and places to shop with reasonable prices, so it is easier for everyone to afford. I hope you enjoyed my side of what an ideal city needs, and I hope you take my ideas into consideration. Student Debate on Rogers Topic: The city is proposing to convert to solar power as a green energy source. While this will make the city more environmentally friendly, some residents have expressed concern about what this change will mean for them financially. Rogers TV taped the mock student debate it will be aired on Sunday, May 20th at 6pm. The City of Kitchener will livestream the mock debate on its website at https://www. watch-a-meeting.aspx.

Students from schools across Kitchener attended the My Ideal City reception and tour of Kitchener City Hall on April 30, 2018. The Kitchener Citizen is the media sponsor of the event.

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Everything you need to know to create edible planters that can last well beyond one season. Together we’ll create your 10 inch potted planter that can easily transition from indoor to out. Pair those herbs with local cheese and wine and sample a variety of South Coast wines and Ontario cheeses while you pot, as introduced by Buzz Tour Co.


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Rescued Relics collect and “rescue” beautiful rustic pieces of wood from various locations and help you turn them into art. This Mother’s Day you and your mom can make a one-of-a-kind handmade creation, perfect for decorating any space with. Simply Fine Wines will be onsite to provide a wine tasting.

May 26, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Bring the kids to enjoy fun activities in the marketplace including learning about nutrition, arts and crafts and more!


FREE ADMISSION • Drinks for Purchase May 30, 6-10 p.m. Join us for this awesome appetizer and beer pairing event with Together We are Bitter! The Brewers join a variety of local chefs in the marketplace to share their latest brews, and we feed you perfectly paired seasonal appetizers all night long. This event is open to everyone so feel free to bring friends.

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Pho (and the lesser known but equally delicious Bun Bo Hue) are both the umami meal of your dreams. Chef Thompson Tran will lead the class in creating these soups from scratch, focusing on the components of a traditional broth as well as the noodles.


May 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

ost parents will agree that bringing children into the world is one of life’s most joyous experiences. My children and grandchildren are some of my life’s greatest blessings! And although this experience is extremely rewarding, it can also be challenging. Conservatives know that people come before government and that is why our leader, Andrew Scheer, is introducing his first economic policy to provide relief for new parents. Parents know that the financial costs of raising children can make their first year much more difficult – especially when one parent has to take time off of work to care for their newborn. Currently, Canadians taking advantage of EI maternity benefits and EI parental programs still pay federal income tax on the money they receive. Parents shouldn’t have to pay tax on the time they spend bonding with their new child. This is why we have introduced the Supporting New Parents Act. The Supporting New Parents Act will create a federal income tax credit for any income earned under these programs. You have worked hard to earn access to those benefits – the government shouldn’t be taxing you twice. Canada’s Conservatives believe that this is just not fair.

This bill will give parents who are on parental leave the tax relief that they deserve. It will remove federal tax from EI parental benefits and allow parents to keep more of their money so that they can cover the additional expenses that come with a new child. A Canadian, who before going on maternity or paternity leave earned $50,000 dollars per year, would be eligible for a tax credit of around $4,000 dollars. Life has gotten more expensive for young families under Justin Trudeau, and Canada’s Conservatives are bringing forward ideas that address the real challenges which families face. We will fight for every Canadian family. I’m glad to be part of a Conservative team, led by Andrew Scheer, who is focussed on lowering taxes for the middle class, families, and seniors. We want you to keep your hard earned money, not take more of it away through increasing taxes. I believe Andrew Scheer is the leader that Canada needs now. We need to control Government spending, balance the budget, pay down our debt, and provide tax breaks for Canadians. Andrew Scheer is the only leader who is promising to do just that. When we form government in 2019, we will give hardworking families a break – no matter who they are.



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by Harold Albrecht MP for Kitchener-Conestoga

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by Raj Saini MP for Kitchener-Centre

Dear friends, I would like to take a moment this month to reflect on our Government’s efforts to support Canadian workers across a number of industries, and our work to create and support good, wellpaying jobs for Canadians. We are committed to making Canada a world-leading centre for innovation and a top destination for businesses to invest, to help create good, well-paying jobs, and strengthen the middle class. Canadian workers and industries deserve a level playing field, and I’m proud to say that in April, our Government committed new funding, more than $30 million over five years, starting immediately, and $6.8 million per year after that, to help protect Canadian industries from unfair trade practices. This funding will help to defend the competitiveness of Canadian businesses, and will support the creation of more officer positions to investigate trade-related complaints, including those related to the steel and aluminum industries. Meanwhile in the automotive sector, I’m proud to be able to report that Canada is thriving. Canada is supporting our auto sector through the Strategic Innovation Fund, a $1.26 billion program to support research, development, and commercialization, while attracting investments that create jobs. Companies have confidence in Canadian workers, and know that we are ready to build the cars of the future. On average, the auto sector manufactures one car every 13 seconds. Last week, I had the pleasure of attending an announcement at Toyota with the Prime Minister. Our Government’s $110 million investment will support the auto industry and Canadians by securing more than 8,000 jobs while also creating 1,000 co-op placements and

hundreds of new jobs for Canadians. Last week, I also attended a luncheon with the Prime Minister of Portugal, and I am proud to be able to share that Canada and Portugal are collaborating on a youth mobility arrangement. Our agreement will provide greater opportunities for exchanges, helping Canadian youth gain international experience – an increasingly important skill in today’s economy. Our Government also continues to support Canadian youth in gaining work experience through the Canada Summer Jobs program. The hiring season for CSJ 2018 has begun and employers across the country are now accepting applications. Once again this summer, tens of thousands of students aged 15 to 30 will get valuable work experience. A strong middle class and a growing economy depend on young Canadians getting the skills and work experience they need to succeed. Here in Kitchener Centre, more than 190 jobs will be created through the Canada Summer Jobs program this year. To learn more about the work I am doing here in the riding and in Ottawa, please visit my website,, email me at Raj., or call me at 519-741-2001. I look forward to meeting you and your family at our next Community Potluck on Saturday, June 3 from 12:00 to 1:30. I would also invite you to join me at my annual post-tax season shredding party, which will be held this year on Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 10 to 12 in our office parking lot, located at 209 Frederick Street, Kitchener. My staff and I are always ready to answer your questions or assist you with any casework that you may have. I look forward to hearing from you.

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PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Marwan Tabbara MP for Kitchener South—Hespeler


very Member of Parliament hopes that there will come a day when the Prime Minister and the Premier arrive to share good news with the largest manufacturing employer in their riding. I’m certainly no exception and May 4th was that day. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Kathleen Wynne joined Fred Volf, President of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, at the Toyota plant in Hespeler to announce that Toyota would be making a $1.4 billion investment in its plants in Cambridge and Woodstock, and that the governments of Canada and Ontario would each be investing $110 million. The investment will support more than 8,000 jobs in Southwestern Ontario, and will create 450 new jobs as well as 1,000 new co-op placements. Toyota will also invest $200 million in Canadian research and development over ten years. Together, these actions will help maintain and create good, well-paying jobs for the middle class, and promote economic growth and longterm prosperity. Thirty years ago, in 1988, Toyota built 153 cars the first year it began manufacturing in Hespeler. Since then they are closing in on a total of 8 million vehicles. Today, the plants in Hespeler and Woodstock can produce more

than half a million vehicles every year – making Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada the largest automotive manufacturer in Canada. Toyota’s investment will bring a new advanced manufacturing platform to the company’s plants in Ontario. Once complete, Canada will be the North American hub for the RAV4 and home to Toyota’s largest hybrid vehicle production in North America. This will keep our auto sector globally competitive and at the centre of the growing demand for hybrid cars. We are investing in the future of cleaner transportation for all Canadians. The vehicles to be manufactured at Toyota’s plants will be significantly more fuel efficient, and select process improvements within the manufacturing process will reduce volatile organic compound emissions in select shops by 10 per cent. I welcome Toyota’s decision to expand their presence in Canada and invest in our highly skilled workforce. This is a smart decision that further establishes our country as the place where cars of the future are built. Our government is committed to making Canada a world-leading centre for innovation and a top destination for businesses to invest, to help create good, well-paying jobs, and strengthen the middle class.



by Daiene Vernile MPP for Kitchener-Centre

hat’s at stake on June 7, 2018 in Ontario? That’s the date of the next provincial election when voters are faced with the challenge of deciding whom to elect to represent them at Queen’s Park. What do you stand to gain or lose? Over the past four years, my dedicated staff and I have fought to secure $11 million in additional funding for our local hospitals, a new catheter lab for heart patients at St. Mary’s General Hospital, a new cancer radiation unit at Grand River Hospital, free medicine for Ontarians under 25 and over 65, a new Ontario Drug and Dental Plan for those without coverage, and $2.3 million in the fight against opioid addiction. Forgive me if the list seems long. That’s just healthcare. On to transit – a vital issue for our community. The Ontario government is investing $11 billion for high speed trains connecting Kitchener to Toronto, with an environmental assessment already underway. We invested $300 million into the new ION Light Rail Transit system, and when Waterloo Region asked for an additional $25 million because of cost overruns, the province was quick to the table with extra funding. We’ve committed to the full cost of a new transit hub at King and Victoria Streets in downtown Kitchener where the LRT and GO Trains will intersect. In 2016, we doubled GO Train service. We’re building a new GO Train station in Breslau with a large parking garage. We built a new $16 million maintenance and storage facility for GO trains and buses on Shirley Avenue. Highway 401 between Cambridge and

Kitchener is being widened from 6 to 10 lanes. The province is paying for more local buses and bike lanes. And we’re rebuilding the Victoria Street Bridge at the Conestoga Expressway as a flyover at the west end of the new Highway 7. Now, let’s talk about childcare and education. We’re supporting free childcare for preschoolers which will save parents an average of $17,000 a year. Our government has built four new schools in Waterloo Region since the last election. We’re now offering free university and college tuition for low income students. This might be a good time to ask how the opposition Progressive Conservatives and NDP voted on all these important initiatives for Waterloo Region. You may be surprised to hear that they all said “No.” When I was first elected as an MPP, I optimistically assumed that regardless of the colour of your lawn sign, any positive measures for our community would receive a unanimous “Yea!” from our local MPPs. Sadly, this was not the case. The PCs and NDP have consistently voted against all healthcare, education, transit, social services, and economic initiatives for our community since the last election. Regardless, I am fighting to protect your minimum wage increase. I am fighting against secret deals that will carve away at the Green Belt. And, I am fighting for a fair Ontario with opportunity for everyone. On June 7th, please ask yourself, what’s at stake?

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Notes from City Hall

Kitchener Wilmot Hydro Over the years, you may recall me highlighting Kitchener’s strong financial position. We’ve been posting surpluses and paying down

debt. You may also be aware that Kitchener is among the lowesttaxed cities in Ontario, and that we’ve kept tax increases at, or under inflation for several years running. These are facts that few governments can claim. So how, exactly is this the case? Well, you need a disciplined council and equally disciplined staff, and I do believe Kitchener has an especially competent finance department... but this isn’t the whole story. We are also blessed with two utilities that support the bottom line, and

like in Monopoly, it pays to have both. I’ve written about our Gas utility in this space before, but rarely about our 92%-owned Hydro utility, KWHydro (Wilmot Township owns the balance.) The first thing you should know about KWHydro is that most of the negative hydro-things you hear about in the media are in no-way controlled by them. This is because KWHydro does not generate electricity, they only distribute it. They own and maintain things like transformers and power-lines

but the generation-portion on your bill is passed on through them to you. In fact, KWHydro is only responsible for about 22% of your hydro bill. Here’s the amazing part, even within that scant 22%, they’re so well managed that they save the average resident around $10/month compared to Guelph or Waterloo. So not only do they pay Kitchener interest and a healthy dividend to help keep taxes down, they’re working hard to keep your hydro bill in check as well.

Every May we honour volunteer contributions to our City. On May 2, we presented the Kitchener Youth Action Awards at City Hall. On Saturday, May 26 our Kitchener

Senior of the Year Award will be presented at City Hall at the Living Well Expo. The nominations contained praise and appreciation for those nominated. It’s very moving to see how so many give their time, talents and love to our city and our residents. We’re blessed to have our volunteers enriching the lives of others. Council welcomes the winners of the My Ideal City contest to City Hall for a mock debate on May 7 that will be recorded and then aired by Rogers at a later date. Their winning

essays will also be published here in the Kitchener Citizen. I enjoyed being on the selection committee. Our youth have some great ideas! The Stanley Park Community Association’s Annual Bike Safety Day will now be part of Neighbour’s Day on Saturday, June 9. I’ve seen the plans for this celebration and I’m blown away with how much is going on that day. It also includes a road hockey tournament with Extend-AFamily and a Garage Sale with St. Daniel’s Church. Registration for Centreville

Chicopee Community Association’s Summer COPS program is on June 11 at 5pm at their Centre at 141 Morgan Ave. Kids enjoy the great experiences and build positive relationships with our Kitchener Fire Department and Waterloo Region Police mentors. If I can assist you, contact me or call our contact line anytime at 519741-2345. Follow me on Twitter at @ DaveSchniderKW or friend me on Facebook for updates on city and community activities. You can visit too.

Does Kitchener Need An 11 Member City Council? One might ask whether we need a City Council at all These comments are interesting coming from me as I was the one 12 years ago who led the campaign to increase the number of Councillors from 6 to 10. I anticipated

it would lead to more views and opinions resulting in improved and enhanced decisions coming from Council. I was wrong! In the past few years Council has been delegating more and more authority to staff which ultimately increases the influence of staff and dilutes the role of Council. Almost every decision of Council includes some delegation relating to future resolutions. These are all made in the pretext of streamlining and saving time. Several months ago the Purchasing By-Law was amended so that in the future only tenders in excess of $750,000 would be approved by council. I previously wrote about the 2018 Budget process. Limited scrutiny was given to staff estimates. After

30 hours of Council Meetings not one expenditure estimate was reduced. That indicated to me that the budget was perfect and there was no room for improvement. No need for Council scrutiny. Just this past week another request for delegation of authority was recommended by staff and approved by the majority of Council. It related to an approval that is only up for consideration by Council once every four years. It was not really an onerous process. I recently learned that staff have been given authority to sell small parcels of land without further Council approval. What if that involved parkland? Shouldn’t Council and the Public have some say? At Council meetings staff dominate

and consume the majority of elapsed time speaking and giving their opinions. Staff should be limited to just answering questions. They should then step back and let Council make its decision. From time to time these decisions may even be contrary to professional advice from staff. Council is accountable. The “buck stops with Council” not with staff. Staff are not elected. A new salary plan for members of Council goes into effect next year. Is the majority of the Public even aware of this change and is the salary for Members of Council higher than it needs to be as a result of delegating so much authority to staff, supposedly reducing the work load of Council?

Now that we have moved in to spring-like weather our construction season is well under way. Some of you have noticed there are signs posted on New Dundee Road

just south of Robert Ferrie Dr. Construction of a sanitary sewer connection was to have begun in the middle of May but concerns were raised about the impact of the closure on some significant events. Working together with the Region and the developer the construction is now slated to start after June 15. This will also reduce the length of time that the closure will affect school bus routes since it will only impact the last 2 weeks of school. Another important road project that although Regional will have

significant impacts to drivers, is work that was planned on Homer Watson from Conestoga College Boulevard to Block Line Road. The work involved resurfacing, rehabilitation of 2 bridges along Homer Watson and the muti-use trail improvements which include 3 pedestrian bridges over the creeks. Additionally intersection improvements were also planned along this route, this will help move the traffic through this corridor quicker and more efficiently. The delay to 2019 is due to a number of

varying reasons, including access to property and regulatory approvals. I believe that having the construction happen in one construction season instead of over 2 will help lessen long term traffic disruptions along this important route. The permanent closure of Stauffer Dr. between Caryndale and South Creek is now planned for this month. Closing this road each year for endangered species migration has been challenging but important. This road will now become a lovely trail for many to enjoy.

New Interim Traffic Calming Measures in Ward 5 Council and residents requested interim, low cost/seasonal traffic calming measures be made on roads to help alleviate safety concerns

until a formal traffic calming review can take place. Transportation staff conducted a review of interim traffic calming measures, and measures not already part of the formal traffic calming review. Many of these measures have been included in our resident-led traffic calming initiative and two alternative traffic calming measures have been included in the low-cost/seasonal traffic calming policy. 1. Radar speed display signswhich flashes the speed as a vehicle passes it, bringing awareness to the driver of their speed and awareness

of the community concern about speeding. This has been found to temporarily reduce speeding. The radar speed display signs would be in place for a two week period and on a rotational basis. The following 7 locations in Ward 5 will receive the speed display signs: Isaiah Drive, Activa Avenue, Maitland Street, Helena Feasby Street, Woodbine Avenue, Newcastle Drive, Seabrook Drive. 2. Flexi-pole delineators - signs that are mounted in the centre of a roadway and display messages to drivers. The signs are 122 cm tall and

33 cm wide but are mostly outside of the travelled portions of road lanes. The signage provides warning/ regulatory messages to drivers such as speed limit reminders, children at play, school zone. The visual narrowing of the lane has been shown to subconsciously cause drivers to slow down. The following four locations in Ward 5 will have delineators installed from spring until fall: Helena Feasby Street, Commonwealth Crescent, Woodbine Avenue, Activa Avenue.

Happy May everyone! It’s been a long time coming, but finally it seems winter is behind us, and spring has arrived. A shout-out to our first responders, city crews and the team at Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro for all their efforts during our April ice storm and the recent wind-storm last Friday! And a shout-out to our community as well! Thanks for your patience while we dealt with clean-up efforts in both instances and for showing what being a good neighbour is all about as I heard of many stories of neighbours helping neighbours in recent weeks. NEIGHBOURS DAY Speaking of neighbours, our 3rd annual Neighbours Day will take place in early June on Saturday June 9th. There will literally be dozens of #LoveMyHood events organized throughout our community that day and I encourage you to set the day aside and visit as many activities in as many neighbourhoods as possible! The events being planned are as diverse as the neighbourhoods in our city and will offer some of the best that our city has to offer. To make the day extra special, we will have the official Grand re-opening of Kiwanis Park that day as well. So check out our City of Kitchener website at www.kitchener. ca for details in the coming weeks, and plan out what promises to be an exciting day! PROVINCIAL ELECTION On June 7th, Ontario will be going to the polls for the provincial election. As in the federal election, Waterloo region will be gaining a riding, bringing us up to 5 ridings within the region. The City of Kitchener itself will now touch 4 of those ridings Kitchener Centre, Waterloo, Kitchener Conestoga and Kitchener South Hespeler. In the coming weeks, we will be sending a survey out to all the provincial candidates to see where they stand on issues important to cities and communities like Kitchener including investments in infrastructure, affordable housing and public transit. For Kitchener residents, seeing whichever party is elected continue with the priority of Two-Way, all-day Go Transit by no later than 2024 and high-speed rail from Toronto to Waterloo Region and London by 2025 will be a priority. I urge you to get informed about the issues important to help us build a great community, and most importantly to get out and vote on provincial election day - June 7th! GROUNDBREAKING FOR 345 KING WEST Later this month, we will be joining Perimeter Developments, the successful purchaser of the former City parking lot at 345 King, for the ...continued on next page

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Notes from City Hall

I’m happy to be able to wish you a bright and colourful spring. It’s a good time to begin thinking about your neighbourhood. Kitchener council has been a strong supporter of

On April 28th the Forest Heights Community Association (FHCA) had their Community Cleanup Day and Martin Trees demonstrated how to prune at the Food Forest

I have serious concerns about how the Committee of Adjustment handled citizens who appeared at the Apr. 17th meeting were treated by the committee members which I

By the time you read this, I hope we will know where Kitchener’s first supervised injection site (SIS) will be located. And, recognizing that the most suitable site should be located in either my downtown ward or that of Councillor Sarah

Downtown Kitchener’s Major Growth Spurt It’s easy to get excited about the unprecedented urban growth we expect to take place in downtown Kitchener over the next year or

#LoveMyHood, a resident led program created by neighbours for neighbours. I have always been an enthusiastic supporter of opportunities that can invigorate a neighbourhood, allowing for neighbours to engage with each other. When people come together to create or enjoy something together, it can foster a sense of pride and belonging. Community gardens are just one example of how to grow stronger, safer and healthier neighbourhoods. Last year council approved the new Community Gardens Strategy which

included increased funding. Gardens can be located on private or public lands, and are eligible for $1000 towards start-up costs, and more support if it is located on city lands. Application deadlines for 2019 are due to the city by June 1 this year. Besides community gardens, you can access a guide and tool kit for a local pop up market, and apply for grants to create a special space or event in your neighbourhood too. The possibilities are endless. You can get started and find application forms and details at or kitchener.

ca, key word search, “neighbourhood strategy.” I do hope to see you at this year’s Neighbour’s Day on Saturday, June 9 at either the Chandler Mowat or Country Hills Community Centres. Neighbours will come together to celebrate at this annual event that connects people and strengthens relationships. This year there are plenty of city-run and family-friendly events planned across Kitchener like community garage sales, BBQs, free public swims, and the unveiling of the renovated outdoor pool at Kiwanis Park.

next to Forest Heights Community Centre. A great way to mark Earth Day and to welcome spring! If you have an interest in gardening or you want to learn more about gardening practices, I encourage you to volunteer with the FHCA to help with maintaining the edible fruit trees and the community gardens around FHCC. For more information on how you can become involved, please visit or call 519-741-2621. The FHCA will be hosting their 20th Annual Fun Day coming up on

Saturday June 16th from 1:30-4pm at the Forest Heights Community Centre. Bring your family and join your neighbours for some free BBQ, exciting rides and plenty of activities. Volunteers are always needed. To volunteer, contact the FHCA. Sara Clark, the organizer and president of the BNA, was mentioned in the Mayor’s State of the City Address on April 17th. Sara was referred to as a “city builder” for bringing her neighbours together and launching Party in the Park four years ago. Sara together with

her neighbours, have successfully turned Party in the Park into one of the longest running Neighbours Day events in Kitchener. Sara’s story is a perfect example of how the success of one event can help to make a community feel safer and more connected. This year’s Neighbours’ Day is Saturday June 9th and the Boardwalk Neighbourhood Association (BNA) will be hosting their fourth annual Party in the Park at Resurrection Park. Be sure to mark your calendars and see what new activities may be added this year!

attended. Many residents were objecting to the proposed severance application to create four new single family lots at 883 Doon Village Rd. This application was initially heard on Feb. 20th by the Committee and deferred to receive additional heritage information. The committee chair that day, Adam Head, stated that we needed to hear from the residents. At the meeting of Apr. 17th, only five residents appeared to speak. Adam Head again chaired this application and stated since there were so many objectors that he would impose a 5

minute time limit on each speaker. I have appeared before the Committee as a staff person and as a delegation as well as sat as a member of the Committee for six years in a planning career of over forty years. I have never seen a time limit imposed on speakers at this committee in my life to limit their presentations. Unacceptable! Furthermore, when the first delegation spoke to express her opinion and that of the people who signed the petition of over 500 names, the chair of the Committee, Denny Cybalski, cut her off rudely in

the middle of presentation and told her that we needed to hear facts of objections and not opinions. The lady was flabbergasted and fumbled through the rest of her speech. Having sat as a Committee member over the years, the purpose of hearing arguments from both parties in favour and against the merit of the application is to hear their opinions – and not to state that we don’t want opinions. Unacceptable! These residents were unfairly treated by the two members running the meeting and failed their code of conduct.

Marsh, I support establishing a supervised facility in our inner city that includes wraparound social and health services to help addicts. I want to see our municipality and regional government respond in a way that will help solve a worsening, tragic situation where 109 people died in Waterloo Region because of opioid-related overdoses in 2016 and 2017. In a region where we have about 4,000 people injecting drugs often laced with deadly fentanyl, I want to provide help for what could be your child, parent or family member. We should be part of a solution where there has been a 303 per cent increase

in the number of opioid-related overdose calls to paramedic services between 2015 and 2017 along with a 70 per cent jump in opioid-related emergency visits to local hospitals. Overdose calls are higher in Cambridge and Kitchener, but Waterloo also has major opioid issues. I do not want to see Kitchener copy Cambridge council by closing eyes tight and refusing to accept responsibility for this issue. I also don’t want to see Waterloo stay quiet on the subject and pretend, as usual, that it does not have opioid abuse, addictions and homelessness. Statistics show that other cities that have Supervised Injection Sites (SIS) facilities have less needles and drug equipment

now littering their parks and other locations. They also report less injections done with dirty needles and greater use of drug treatment and health services. As a downtown councillor I have, in recent years, worked with residents alarmed at the location of methadone clinics established to help addicts in my ward. At first there were concerns, but I have not had a single complaint call about clinics in the past 18 months. I hope council’s unanimous support for a supervised site continues into the summer especially with a provincial election coming soon and PC leader Doug Ford trumpeting he is “dead set” against provincial support for supervised injection sites.

two. One message we have heard loud and clear is that we need more shops and services at street level to better serve our current and newly arriving downtown dwellers. Part of the answer to this request is to highlight the amazing amenities we already enjoy in the downtown. In addition, the Kitchener Downtown BIA is partnering with the city and others with incentive programs to ensure we are a welcoming landing spot for more retail and services in the downtown. As we grow, we will be looking for plans that balance the need

for intensification with community needs. Within the downtown core, that will include things such as green spaces, cycling amenities, and most importantly, more affordable housing units. Along the edge of the core, the PARTS plans call for middensity projects that act as a buffer zone between high density and low density areas. Kitchener in Bloom April showers bring May flowers! Each year the City of Kitchener recognizes citizens who go the extra distance to help beautify our city through the Kitchener in Bloom

program. We invite you to nominate gardens you admire throughout the city over the next couple months. So, as fine-looking gardens take shape this spring, take a moment to nominate them. All you have to do is send the address of the property you wish to nominate by email to or call 519-741-2200 ext. 7224. Nominations for Kitchener in Bloom will open up towards the end of May and continue until the deadline, July 20.


from previous page ground-breaking of their new office building in Downtown Kitchener. The building will be the first Class A office building to be built in the downtown in over 25 years, and will be home to Gowlings law partnership, amongst others. We are excited to see Perimeter and Gowlings move forward with this exciting project. FEDERAL AND PROVINCIAL INVESTMENTS INTO JOBS FOR WATERLOO REGION Over the past couple of weeks, we have seen some significant investments come to our area from both the federal and provincial governments, as well as the private sector, which will have significant impacts in terms of job creation. Last Friday, Prime Minister Trudeau and Premier Kathleen Wynne, together with Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada announced a Toyota investment of 1.4 billion into the Cambridge and Woodstock plants and $200 million in Canadian research and development over 10 years to be matched by $110 million from each of the federal and provincial governments. These investments are key to not only securing over 8000 manufacturing jobs already in our community that involve many Kitchener residents, but they will also be hiring 450 new full-time staff and 1000 co-ops for the two plants – again benefitting our city and our region. Last week, the province also invested $1.5 million in Leoni Elocab through the Southwest Ontario Development Fund, supporting a $10.5 million investment from the company. This project will protect 79 existing positions and create 19 new jobs with investments in facility expansion and the purchase of additional equipment for this cable manufacturing company. Leoni is a company I spent time with last September during a Waterloo EDC business development mission to Germany, and I am pleased to see them decide to further grow here in Kitchener and Waterloo region. Finally, Trillium Metal Stampings from Kitchener, a manufacturer of metal stamping and mechanical assemblies for automotive, appliance, locomotive and construction industries also received over $475,000 in support from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund as they plan to expand their facility and purchase new equipment to increase production. Their own investment of over $4.2 million will help ensure that 53 current jobs are retained and that 14 new jobs are created. Overall this has been a great couple of weeks for our manufacturing cluster in Kitchener and Waterloo region. With manufacturing responsible for upwards of 20 per cent of our overall workforce, these investments will allow us to maintain a strong, diverse economy, while also growing other sectors such as education, financial services and technology and innovation.

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Vitamin C for Collagen? W. Gifford-Jones, MD (age 94)

Everyone is talking about collagen these days, and with good reason. As we age, the body’s production of collagen slows down, which can result not only in aging skin, but also contributes to osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and many other conditions, including declining cardiovascular health. This is where vitamin C comes in. Vitamin C is the single most important water-soluble antioxidant in the human body. Aside from supporting immune health, vitamin C is needed to manufacture collagen, the major component of the body’s connective tissues, including cartilage, tendons, ligaments, bones and most importantly, blood vessels. High doses of vitamin C, combined with lysine, support healthy arteries and overall cardiovascular health. Vitamin C is required to manufacture healthy collagen, the glue that holds coronary cells together, just like mortar is needed for bricks. Lysine, like steel rods in cement, makes collagen stronger. Together they provide healthier arteries and reduce risk of heart attack and stroke. Coronary arteries are under more pressure than any other artery in the body. The heart beats 100,000 times every 24 hours and 2.2 billion times if you live to 70 years of age. Without healthy arteries, this constant pounding causes minute cracks in collagen, resulting in atherosclerosis, blood clots, or rupturing of a weakened artery, resulting in a stroke. As we age, the key to healthy collagen for cardiovascular health, joint health, teeth, gums, wound healing, and more is vitamin C combined with lysine. If that doesn’t convince you, all the beauty experts will also tell you that collagen helps keep skin looking youthful. I’ve been taking high doses of vitamin C and lysine for 20 years following my heart attack. I still enjoy travelling, writing my columns, and I also rappelled down Toronto City Hall to help raise funds for Make-A-Wish® Canada. I turned 94 this year - not bad!

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Regional Government Community Update By Karen Redman aterloo Region benefits from the influx of bright entrepreneurial people who come here to attend university or be part of the vibrant economic environment. A friend of mine provides local tours to perspective emigres who want to get a feel for the community before relocating their family to the Region. A key question after checking out the neighbourhoods is invariably a question about the vibrancy of cultural life. In recognition of the importance of a vibrant cultural community, the Region of Waterloo supports our key cultural institutions to ensure there is an established home for creative expression throughout the Region. This is why the Region invests in The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener Waterloo Symphony and THEMUSEUM. However, there are smaller venues and events that provide demonstrations of who we are as an evolving community. In 2017 the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund commemorated two significant milestones with the 15/150 Grant: the Arts Fund’s 15th anniversary of Making Art Happen, and Canada’s 150th anniversary. Over the past 15 years the Arts Fund has supported 579 projects by local individual artists and groups through grants totalling $3,304,473. Why invest in the arts? Clearly the arts define us as a collective. Over the years the Arts Fund has invested in film, story telling, festivals, public art projects, music and the literary arts. We ask musicians to perform on state occasions and tell our stories through books and on stage. Waterloo Region has a long history of hosting ‘Sangerfests’ that featured mass choirs when Kitchener was still known as Berlin. Our oral tradition is the thin silver thread that historically has connected us with our ancestors and our First Nations. A visit to the Arts Fund website will show the diversity and uniqueness of the art that has happened throughout Waterloo Region as a result of this investment. The website explains that the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund is a not-for-profit corporation, established by Regional Council to operate at arm’s length from the municipality, and Council provides funding for the performing, visual and literary arts based on a per capita model. The Fund’s mission is to contribute to the vibrancy of the arts and cultural sector in Waterloo Region by promoting and providing support to arts organizations and individual artists. The volunteer board members, current and past, read like a who’s who in the


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local art scene. They bring their lived artistic expertise to the rigorous twostage grant application review process and apply the prescriptive grant criteria to all applications when making final granting decisions. Creators of every arts discipline have benefitted from this peer-review process, as well as from receiving the grant funds. As a Council representative on this board I am continually impressed with how seriously the board members - theatre producers, musicians, authors - take their role. They act with focussed diligence and respect when assessing each grant proposal. The number of applications always exceeds the funds available. The success of the Arts Fund is evidenced in the diversity of projects: the documentary Care for the Child which chronicles the life of the Bridgeport General; the book of poetry, Clearcut, published by Laurie Graham which explores the intersection between ecology and non-human life; a Cambridge story night at a coffee house featuring “Fresh Stories” Judy and Paul Caulfield with the invitation “listen, tell, enjoy”; and the sculpture installation on the exterior of Reception House in Kitchener to provide a welcoming first impression to the newcomers to Waterloo Region. Quite simply, the arts remind us of who we have been, and how far we can reach. *** These community updates are provided by Regional Chair Ken Seiling and Kitchener Regional Councillors Tom Galloway, Geoff Lorentz, Karen Redman and Elizabeth Clarke. Additional information about Regional programs and services can be found at www. or by calling the Region at 519-575-4400.

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KSA/Civitan Athlete of the Year awards to be presented May 16 By Carrie Debrone welve local athletes have been nominated as the 2017 Kitchener, Waterloo and Area Athlete of the Year. The award will be presented May 16. The nominees were introduced during an April 10 media conference at the Kitchener Auditorium. “Every year we are amazed at the talent that is produced in this area. I think this is one of the best communities in Canada to live, work and play in and we create great athletes,” said Athlete of the Year award co-founder Ken Brooks. Brooks noted that the parents of local athletes should be commended for their work to support their athletic children, especially as they reach the provincial, national and international levels. But he said it also takes a lot of community support to raise great athletes, including sports leaders with vision, good facilities, good coaches and sports organizations and funding, noting that the City of Kitchener supports many local sports organizations and has sponsored the Athlete of the Year awards since it began 20 years ago. Selected from hundreds of submissions, the nominees for the 2017 Athlete of the Year Award are: • Dan Benvenuti, Kitchener (Ultimate Frisbee) • Alec Elliot, Waterloo (Swimming) • Chris Ernst, Kitchener (Cycling) • Tim Grant, Waterloo (Adventure Racing) • Brandon Horn, Waterloo (Softball) • Boris Katchouk, Waterloo (Hockey) • Alyssa Logonia, Kitchener (Soccer) • Jamal Murray, Kitchener (Basketball) • Paige Nosal, Waterloo (Ringette) • Jaimie Phelan, Waterloo (Track and field) Mike Poulin, Waterloo (Lacrosse) • Garrett Rank, Elmira (Golf) *** The Athlete of the Year Awards also presents annual Awards of Excellence honouring individuals, organiz-ations and teams. The 2017 winners are: Individual: Barry Abelson, Waterloo (squash): Abelson, 82, has dedicated close to half a century to squash, both as a player at the international level, and as a local builder of the sport. In a 5-year period, he won the


The Athlete of the Year Awards also included awards honouring individuals, organizations and teams. The 2017 Awards of Excellence were presented April 10. The KW Vipers Major Bantam Elite Basketball team won the Team Award of Excellence. Team members are, from left, front, Caela McLennan, Katie Leudy, Dacia Chin, Kayla Hooper, Kara Lowell, middle, Lily Vrugteman, Brie Whitby, Tash Farquharson, Leia Brown, Roisin Djukic, (Vipers head coach Jody Brown is at the far right in the back row of the photo). Back row: from left; Organization Awards of Excellence were presented to the Waterloo Chippers represented by Mel McKay and Gord Earl, and to the Waterloo Region Matmen Wrestling Club represented by Jeff Coulter. Individual Awards of Excellence were presented to Barry Abelson and Adele Couchman. US National Squash Doubles Championship three times and was ranked #1 in the US for four of the five years. With sponsorship and in-kind services from his company, Abelson has been a leading force in keeping the Kitchener Waterloo Racquet Club maintained and viable. He is the longest standing playing member of the club and has been a leader, organizer, chair and trailblazer. He also volunteers his personal time to the House of Friendship and the Rotary Club of Kitchener-Conestoga. Several years ago, he visited the House of Friendship to make his annual donation to their Christmas Hamper drive and found that the hampers did not include turkeys. The Barry Abelson Turkey Project was born. Since its 2003 launch, more than $2-miillion has been raised, over 30,000 turkeys have been donated and over 40,000 Christmas hampers have been given out in our community. Individual: Adele Couchman, Kitchener (Sports for Special Athletes): Couchman has dedicated her life to being a volunteer. She organized and coordinated the KW Special Olympics from the 1980s through to 2000. She

began Sports for Special Athletes for Waterloo Region in 2000. Starting with three sports and 45 athletes, the event now has over 200 athletes participating in over 16 sports. She also is a coach for the KW Sertoma Speed Skating Club, and holds coaching and certifications in power lifting, softball, curling, hockey trainers and concussion management. She has coached and volunteered for numerous local, provincial and national sport tournaments, and is recognized for her humanitarian commitment to her community as coach, volunteer, participant, ambassador, proponent and advocate. Organization: Waterloo Chippers Athletic Club: Chartered in 1972, the Waterloo Chippers Athletic Club‘s mandate was to raise funds and donate to minor sports, including minor hockey, baseball, soccer, ringette and softball. The Chippers organized the Oldtimers Hockey Tournament in Waterloo, which has grown from a four to 24 team tournament, and is currently the longest running tournament in Ontario. The club created a slopitch league in 1979 to promote sport, recreation and sociability.

The club has made substantial contributions including a donation of kitchen and bar appliances and a Zamboni to the Albert McCormick Arena. It has donated over $200,000 to the Waterloo Siskins, the Junior B Hall of Fame, the Waterloo Recreation Complex, to local hospitals, KW Braves Jr A lacrosse, Naismith Boys Basketball Camp, Lutherwood, the WR Police Safety Village, Habitat for Humanity, KidsAbility, Children’s Wish, the local food bank, House of Friendship, Waterloo Fire Department and many more. The club now has over 80 members. K-W Matmen (wrestling): Started as a satellite club to the Mississauga Matmen Wrestling Club in 2005, this not-forprofit organization promotes and teaches basic and advanced freestyle Olympic wrestling techniques to help foster self confidence, sportsmanship, determination and commitment. The club continues to be one of the top Canadian clubs with multiple provincial, national and international champions. The Matmen vision is to develop each athlete’s fundamental and unique skills, build character and integrity, create and encourage

community leaders and support academic excellence. Team: KW Vipers U14 Girls (basketball): The KW Vipers Major Bantam Elite Girls Basketball Team is a group of girls who have been playing together since Grade 3. Ranked #1 in the province for players under 12, they are members of the KW Youth Basketball Association. With the aim to promote physical and mental fitness, respect for self and others, responsibility for self and others, appreciation for volunteers, the community and its facilities, they are winners of the Division 1 provincials. The team was selected to attend a summer camp in Orangeville, which brought the best young players in the province together. The team also participates in a Girls for Girls initiative, giving donations of wrapped shoeboxes filled with useful items as Christmas gifts to Marillac Place, volunteering at events at Lutherwood, the Epilepsy Society and community homeless shelters, and helps needy organizations in conjunction with the Wilfrid Laurier University women’s basketball team.

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Music comes naturally to Kitchener cellist By Steve Beilstein rom her first cello lesson at five years old, Lorna Heidt demonstrated extraordinary talent. Twenty-seven years later, and with a BA of Music Honours Performance Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, she continues to hold the same passion and excitement for music that she did as a child. Her gregarious and bubbly personality is synonymous with her playing style. Bright, vibrant, and talented, it’s easy to see why her calendar is always full. “I was a tomboy, climbing trees, riding bikes, I played soccer,” Heidt remembers. Not a stereotypical beginning for an Ivy League Cellist. “Originally I wanted to play sax or drums, but my parents wanted me to play the cello.” “They were always encouraging me, but my great grandfather and aunt were the musicians. My great grandfather really inspired me, he could learn a new instrument in 20 minutes. My grandparents took me to the Centre in the Square every Friday to see the KW Symphony, firing my passion even more. My aunt plays the violin as Concert Master for the Waterloo Chamber Players. One uncle made hammered dulcimers and my other uncle makes electric guitars. So music is rooted on both sides, but my parents don’t play,” Heidt states. Music was always on her mind, it came naturally to her. They said she was singing before she could talk. She was always making up her own melodies and, even when taking lessons, would always add a bit of her originality to the piece. “I was always a bit of a composer. Even on a piano at my grandparents’ place, even though it sounded horrible, I would be like a little Beethoven plunking away at the keys,” she laughs. Her cello teacher, who taught her for 13 years, has been an enormous inspiration and made


it fun and exciting for her. “In my very first lesson, he picked up my cello, which was half size, and played it like a guitar, making all these bass sounds. He made it cool and he’s the reason I continued. He was the bee’s knees,” Heidt reminisces fondly. Lorna was hooked on cello. Her days were filled with practice, recitals, lessons, Kiwanis festivals, and more practice. When she was 12, a family friend asked her to play for her wedding. That wedding initiated a list of gigs that brought her to retirement homes, local events, company Christmas parties and other music opportunities. “I would play basically where anyone would hire me. I would have to be my own agent and go to places and ask if they needed any background music.” “I made business cards, which got the word around. I was playing tons and tons of weddings.” Her history by then consisted of being in what was called the Senior Youth Orchestra at Centre in the Square, competing at high levels at the KW Kiwanis Festival, and her own personal gigs. High school is when things got interesting for her musically. A friend showed her that she wasn’t confined to just classical, and introduced her to Apocalyptica. It opened up a whole new world to her. “Everything prior was controlled and regimented and now I found a new way to express myself.” Heidt says. At 18 she was accepted into Wilfrid Laurier University for the Music Program. Her professor was the same man who taught her teacher. The irony still makes her laugh. In her first year, she auditioned for the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and was accepted. They went on a 6 week tour across Canada. This was the first of many experiences in her four year course. She played in jazz,

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rock, classical, chamber groups, and the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, and during her last year, the chamber music trio she was a part of competed in and won first place in the National Music Festival. Her schedule was nonstop. She worked full-time in a Gelateria, spent six hours a day practicing and still found time to play in bands aside from her studies. How did she do it? “Students make it work. We just don’t sleep,” Heidt laughs (something she does often). She knew university wasn’t always a bed of roses. It was very demanding, exacting. Her professor pushed her, brought out the best in her students. He demanded only the very best from his students. “It was a very professional environment. He would push you to your limits. When you didn’t have any faith left in yourself, he would have faith in you. He would show you that you can accomplish things you didn’t think you could do. He was excellent at giving you courage.” She reflects. After four years of sheer determination, it was time for the final test: The Grad Recital. “The Grad Recital is a one hour performance, and it’s considered 80% of your overall mark. There is a whole panel of people listening and grading you. It’s mostly by memory. It’s pass or fail. If you fail, you don’t get your degree and you have to go back to square one,” Heidt recounts. Wilfrid Laurier is one of the top five Universities in Canada for music. Their standards are set very high, and only the best can meet them. Lorna Heidt is such a person, acing the Grad Recital. “I was on cloud nine. I was so relieved and just wanted to rest. I felt like I had accomplished so much,” Heidt remembers. After four years of a hard, gruelling schedule, Lorna Heidt had earned her much deserved BA of Music Honours

Lorna Heidt Performance Degree. She was so proud, relieved, and grateful. All of her hard work had paid off, setting the stage for where she is now. She loves to play gigs, do studio work, teach and create her own music arrangements. Her passion for music, if anything, has increased and evolved. She continues to grow as a musician and a person. She loves to practice on all five of her cellos at her Kitchener residence. Each of them are different. One is handcrafted and welded completely out of steel. Instead of a scroll, it is a beautiful swan, and the endpin is a swans foot. One is a five string electric cello, and they are all unique. Heidt’s love of music resonates so brightly within her, it can’t help but radiate outward,

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affecting all who are around her, bringing the same joy and comfort she derives from it. She is currently working on her first CD, developing a website, and is planning a series of music videos. This lady never stops. If you want to see her in her element, you don’t have to travel far. Every Saturday you can find her at the Kitchener Farmers Market on King St. in downtown Kitchener between seven in the morning and three in the afternoon. She is also scheduled to perform at the Cherry Festival July 7 at 1pm. If you want to contact her for an event or for more information regarding lessons or studio work, you can reach her at

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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!


13 Dates


By Robyn Zondervan, Manager, Grand River Stanley Park Library

Do you believe in love at first sight? Or, does love grow over time—in 13 dates, perhaps? 13 Dates by Matt Dunn is a modern romance that humorously addresses these questions. Noah, an art-gallery owner looking to settle down, is on his way to a blind date when the novel opens. He stops at a Starbucks en route and while waiting in line, he meets quirky, upbeat, playful Angel. He falls in love with her at the sound of her voice—love at first sight. Marlon, his business partner, disagrees, arguing that it takes 13 dates to fall in love. With nothing but her first name and her running t-shirt to go on, Noah resolves to find Angel again and try out Marlon's 13-date theory. Surely, that should be enough for her to fall in love with him too. Almost ready to give up his search for Angel, Noah happens to spot her in town and convince her to go on a date. Noah is a planner, but Angel lives on spontaneity and wants to experience as much as life has to offer.

Noah meticulously arranges new, fun experiences for their first few dates, with laugh-out-loud moments and heart-warming results. On their rock-climbing date, Noah doesn't predict that private lessons come with a handsome, fit instructor who tries to charm your date! Despite getting stuck on the rock-climbing wall and nearly falling on Angel, Noah is able to charm Angel with his willingness to make a complete fool of himself. Angel begins to warm up, but quickly thereafter pulls back, much to Noah's confusion. In a plot twist, it is revealed that there is a good reason for Angel's spontaneous nature that the two of them must grapple with together. 13 Dates deals with the question of love at first sight and also tackles how to navigate inevitable differences of opinion in a relationship. This lighthearted novel will have you chuckling while contemplating what it takes to make true love work.

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