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Proposed bridge could be fast track over expressway Helen Hall proposed cycling and pedestrian bridge is supposed to be a link out of a secluded Kitchener neighbourhood, but some residents are concerned about who it will let in. At a public meeting held October 26, a number of property owners from the north side of Highway 7/8 expressed concerns about the elevated bridge that would link Avalon Place with Chandler Drive near the Grand River Transit building on the other side of the highway. The cycling and pedestrian bridge is proposed to improve connectivity between the two neighbourhoods. When Grand River Transit routes were changed in 2015, part of the Avalon Place neighbourhood no longer had access to a bus stop within 450 metres. The bus route that serves the area does not provide service after 10pm or on Sundays or holidays. The bridge would give



Terry Barna takes part in a smudging ceremony at the celebration of the new Neruda Arts Canada 150 mural on Charles Street near Cameron Street in Kitchener. See story on page 15. Photo by Helen Hall


them access to transit on the south side of the highway, and make it easier to walk or ride to stores and other services in the commercial area on Ottawa Street South. The bridge is not slated for construction until 2020 and would have to be approved by regional council. The estimated cost is $7.6 million, which includes the bridge, ramps, stairs, landscaping and the Strasburg Road cycling connection. Part of the expense is expected to come from federal funding. Geoff Lorentz is the regional council member on the project team and he thinks the bridge is a good idea. Lorentz said everyone has concerns when there are changes to their neighbourhood, but he thinks this bridge will be positive for both sides. “This seems like a really nice shortcut that will make life easier for people,” he added. Lorentz knows the north side of the highway area well. He grew up in the Forest Hill

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neighbourhood and lives not far from where the bridge would be built. There are three proposed styles - a steel truss bridge, a concrete U-girder bridge or a steel box girder bridge. There are also three design options for the stairs and ramps that would be built to lead to the bridge on either side. If built, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation would own the base of the bridge located on the highway, and the City of Kitchener would own ramps and stairs on either side and would be responsible for snow clearing. Lorentz said people worry about crime, but he doesn’t foresee any problems. He said all three bridge designs include an open top, good visibility and lighting. The Region of Waterloo is accepting comments on the project until November 9. Send comments to Senior Project Manager Skylar Van Kruistum at sVanKruistum@ .

strongest workers blend them together with a large wooden spoon until the batter is uniform. At table 3 the batter is scooped into waiting tins, beginning with one pounds, and soon to the twos. We Page 2 l Kitchener Citizen l November 2017 need a balance of these to fit carefully into the aluminum steam kettles that have been heating on the stoves. The kettles are each fitted with a wooden rack putting the twos on the bottom and ones above. Those who fill the cans soon learn how much batter looks right in each tin but it is up to the weigher at table 3 to make sure that the quantity is accurate. At table 4 there are 2 weighers who look often at the sign on the wall that indicates the number of KGs that one pound plus the tin weighs. A dollop of dough is added or subtracted until the scale tells her that it is just right.

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Next: The tins are passed on to the pounder. He or she is waiting with a wooden mallet and readily pounds each filled tin to be sure that there are no air pockets in the batter. Jim MacPherson: “I was initiated, or perhaps bossed around when I first became a pounder, by 7 year old Sonja who insisted on showing me just how the job should be done.” Farther down the production line a group of volunteers is seated at a table ready with pre-cut brown paper circles and industrial Catherine Lowe and Marilyn Malton turn out the steamed Christmas puddings. strength elastic bands . Each tin is covered with a paper circle and Photos supplied by St. John the Evangelist Church the band is put in place so that it will hold during the steaming FACTORY process. The ready product is placed onTHIS a mobile wagonCONTINUES and taken TO FLOURISH Result into the kitchen. St. John the Evangelist church gets ready yours - The dermis also contains tiny blood

It’s all About Your Beauty Protein I for annual Christmas pudding production Judy Winter: “We were only at St. John’s for two years when I was n every body - including collagen is the primary ‘structural vessels which deliver the active protein.’ However, because of its ingredients found in collagen (collagen importance for your skin it is also helpI to build and askedpeptides) to be a which steamer. learned pretty quickly as I had a great referred to as the ‘beauty protein’. In protect the skin’s matrix. by Helen Hall teacher, Myrtle Luelo. At that time a long time parishioner asked youthful skin collagen is abundant t’s a bit of a dying art. This process improves your collagen Myrtle just how long this novice had been at Fewer St. John’s – take the time to making up 75% of the dermis (the people strength, function, and makes it more dermis is the layer of tissue below create a homemade Christmas pudding suggesting I had notdamage. been there resistantthat to free radical And long enough! (Now Judy and your skin). It contains your capillaries, theseexperienced days, preferring more modern her husband Dave are on our team of most steamers) nerve endings, sweat glands, and hair research shows that the collagen holiday desserts. peptides will follicles, and is But if you have a hankering for a fruit actually stimulate The steamers are the most experienced of all thelike volunteers. Their responsible for pudding Grandma used to make, I your cells to giving your skin its knowsteaming who can help you out. to expertise is needed toincrease judge just how much is required collagen structure, firmness, John the4 Evangelist produce a firm, perfectly done product. It St. takes 3 to hours for Church is production. So and elasticity. taking orders until November 5 for for when you action take all over the church, The each batch. Stoves are put into its annual Christmas pudding fundraiser. collagen, your Believe it or not, kettles sit on 2 elements, except for the gas holdsthe “Pudding It’sstove the which 69th year body actually collagen starts to Factory” has got to work steaming several kettles at a time. We usually bring some ‘rented’ semibegins to decline by the age puddings for the church’s largest annual manufacture more disabled stoves into action in the back halls as well. The steamers of 20. By the age of fundraiser. collagen, helping 60, your collagen check the action in each of these with utility glovesJennifer and a good Volunteer Uttley says the to reduce and production is church been uses amade “secret recipe” flashlight. It isn’t as though mistakes haven’t from timebrought reduced by 80%! Age-related decline reverse wrinkling and skin-aging! to them by the late Mildred Robertson, to time. We have lostisa few Because collagen such batches a vital and more than one stove in this in collagen production is met with who suggested the fundraiser when she helps ease yet another problem. Collagen operation. is protein,Ititisalso necessary tojoint coaxpain the steamers back the next year, joined the Anglican Church Women of Naka Pro and increase bone density. constantly under attack by free pleading that we can’t get along without them. St. John the Evangelist after moving radicals which damages and weakens Extra Strength Collagen features 10,000 to Kitchener from London, Ontario in mg of Peptan branded collagen peptides! the collagen matrix. 1945. Plus in-s to Bring out your $ 2.00 o re Since then, on the first Monday The decline in your collagen ff coupon natural beauty of every November since 1949, the production along with ongoing free and improve upper and lower parish halls of the radical damage results in significant your collagen church, located on Water Street North changes in your skin including the health. We highly in Kitchener, are transformed into the appearance of aging, fine lines, recommend Naka “Pudding Factory.” furrows, roughness, and wrinkles. Pro Collagen! According to the history of the event The dermis is an elastin matrix and on the church’s website, making over 300 g is the source of your skin’s firmness, 2,000 fruit puddings “isn’t quite as easy elasticity and overall health and Sale... $ as it might seem.” Sale ends November 30 longevity. About 50 to 60 volunteers arrive each day and get dressed in aprons, hairnets and gloves. Ingredients are washed, measured and combined. Metal tins that once contained vegetables are washed 120 Ottawa Street N, • Kitchener • Phone (519) 742-0691 and greased to be used as baking tins. Once the dough has been created, it is Need more information? Look us up at measured into one, two and three pound tins. They use their “most experienced volunteers” for the job of steaming the puddings, which takes three to four hours for each batch. While the recipe hasn’t changed since 1949, other things have according to Uttley. The first year they made 200 pounds


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A Perfect Three-Pounder A perfect three pound Christmas pudding from the Pudding Factory. of pudding and sold it for 50 cents a pound. This year’s goal is 2,200 pounds of pudding at $10 a pound. Uttley handles the online email orders, and sends out reminders to past purchasers when the Pudding Factory is set to go into production. You can also order by phone by calling Wilma at 519-578-0175 In person, orders can be placed at the Kitchener Farmers Market (Lower Level) on Saturday, November 4. A portion of the money raised from pudding sales goes to a variety of local and national charities. This year, these include the Food Bank of Waterloo Region, Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington and FINCA Canada, an organization that helps people living in poverty – women in particular – build assets, create jobs, and raise their standard of living. In addition, puddings are donated to Meals on Wheels as a Christmas treat for their clients. Uttley said the Pudding Factory is more than a fundraiser for the church. It builds community with volunteers from inside and outside the church. “We involve as much of the parish as we can,” Uttley said. “It’s tiring, but it’s fun.” If you miss the ordering deadline, there are extra puddings made that can be purchased after November 11. For more information, check the church’s website at www.stjohn316. com.

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Sharing a friendship and a Remembrance Day tradition

yley McMillan, 9, and Myles Newton, 5, of Stratford spotted each other for the first time through a fence that separated their neighbouring school and daycare. Noticing that they both share something special, they would often give each other a wave. Today, the boys share a strong friendship as well as a Remembrance Day tradition. Ryley was born a left arm amputee and Myles a right leg amputee. They are both members of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program. War amputee veterans created The War Amps in 1918, its Key Tag Service in 1946, and later, the CHAMP Program. Since 1975, thousands of child amputees have received financial assistance for their artificial limbs through CHAMP, and have attended regional seminars where they learn about growing up as an amputee. For the past couple of years, Ryley and Myles have laid a wreath together at their local Remembrance Day ceremony on behalf of The War Amps Operation Legacy. By doing this, they pay tribute to the sacrifices of the war amputee veterans who started the Association. Rebecca, Myles’ mom, says it is important for her son to mark Remembrance Day by

Rebecca says Myles looks up to Ryley, who often plays hockey on their backyard rink in the winter. To see Ryley not letting his amputation stop him from being active reminds Myles that he too can do anything he sets his mind to. When war amputee veterans started The War Amps nearly 100 years ago, they could not have predicted that their legacy would be remembered and carried on for years to come by

Myles (left) and Ryley laying a wreath on behalf of The War Amps. Photo supplied laying a wreath. “To know that veterans were part of creating the CHAMP Program, which we are so grateful for today, makes it important for him to have that connection.” It was at a War Amps CHAMP Seminar, an annual regional event for child amputees and their parents, that the two boys met for the first time without a fence separating

‘We Will Remember Them’

On November 11th, wear a poppy in remembrance


his year marks the 100th anniversary of the famous WWI Battle of Vimy Ridge (April 8, 1917) where 3,598 Canadian soldiers lost their lives and 7,004 were wounded. The efforts of the Canadians and their sacrifice have sealed this battle as a turning point in Canadian history. Vimy Ridge was the first time in which four Canadian military divisions fought together as a unified force and it is often heralded as the beginning of Canada’s evolution from a Dominion to an independent nation. Each year the Canadian Legion runs the Poppy Fund appeal, raising money to support veterans and their families, Remembrance

young amputees like Ryley and Myles. Thanks to the public’s support of the Key Tag Service, The War Amps vital programs for amputees across Canada will continue long into the future. *** Article provided by The War Amps. The War Amps is committed to improving the quality of life for Canadian amputees. Find more information at

programs, and local cadet squadrons through the sale of poppy pins that many people wear in the weeks leading up to Remembrance Day. Last year, the KW Poppy Fund donated $27,000 in direct assistance to veterans and their families, $20,085 to the Parkwood Veterans’ Institute, $5,000 to the Homeless Veterans Assistance Program, $50,000 to local hospitals for the purchase of major medical equipment, $20,000 to local Cadet squadrons and $15,800 to bursary and Remembrance programs. Donations by cheque or cash to the K-W Poppy Fund can be sent to 316 Marsland Drive, Waterloo, ON N2J 3Z1, or to donate online visit

them. Ryley has attended many seminars, which his mom, Crystal, describes as a powerful experience. “It put us at ease to know that he was going to be OK. The War Amps has supported us emotionally and supported Ryley to do things like any other child.” But the boys’ friendship extends beyond the seminars and Remembrance Day.

Lest we forget

2017 Kitchener Remembrance Day parade and ceremony


he Kitchener 2017 Remembrance Day parade and ceremony will take place Saturday, November 11, at the Kitchener Cenotaph (Corner of Duke & Frederick

Streets) beginning at 10:45am. There will be a Vigil by Cadets at Kitchener Cenotaph, from dusk on November 10th until the End of Service on November 11th.


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Vitamin D levels in Canadians dropping

anadians’ vitamin D levels continue to Percentage of Canadians with vitamin D levels Chesterfield - November 6 at 11am at Cenotaph in the Chesterfield Ce plummet, according to the latest •report from below: • Drumbo - November 11 at 11am at Blenheim Public by School Statistics Canada. 50 nmol/L the level recommended Health Vitamin D levels for Canadians, aged six to 79,- November Canada –11 38.2% • Innerkip at 11am at Cenotaph in Cemetery have dropped by 13% in the last six years. Fourteen nmol/L 5the level atrecommended • New Dundee - 75 November at 11am New Dundee for Parkbone million Canadians do not meet Health Canada’s health by Osteoporosis Canada – 77.4% • Paris - November 11 at 11am at Cenotaph Downtown Paris vitamin D blood level requirements of 50 nmol/L. 100 nmol/L the level recommended by 48 • Plattsville - November 11 at 11am at Plattsville & District Public Schoo This figure rises to 15 million — 40 per cent of us vitamin D scientists and doctors – 93.3% • Princeton November 11 at 10:45am at aPrinceton — during winter months. Dr. Schwalfenberg was co-authorCenotaph on a new The Vitamin D Society has studytowhich found if Canadians raised Limited their in Par This proclaimed message brought you by Mikethat Yarek Dodge Chrysler November as Vitamin D Awareness month since vitamin D blood levels to an optimal level of 2009, and worked with the Vitamin D Council 100 nmol/L, it would prevent 23,000 premature from the United States to celebrate Vitamin D deaths and save $12.5B annually in direct health Day on November 2. Vitamin D Day is a day for care costs. The study found that sun exposure is Canadians to learn about the importance of vitamin recognized as a key factor influencing vitamin D D for good health, and to take action to ensure that concentrations. they have optimal vitamin D blood levels. Many people do not know their vitamin D level. Dr. Gerry Schwalfenberg, an Assistant Clinical Canadians can get their vitamin D levels checked Professor at the University of Alberta who also has by their physicians, or online, through a simple a clinical patient practice, has published numerous 25(OH)D blood test to ensure they aren’t deficient. papers calling attention to this disturbing vitamin Make sure your score is in the range between 100D deficiency problem. 150 nmol/L. “I see patients’ vitamin D levels start to drop “Vitamin D deficiency is a sunlight deficiency. at this time of the year when sunlight does not To reverse the downward trend of vitamin D contain sufficient UVB to make vitamin D in your levels for Canadians requires a change of public skin,” he says. “Without immediate corrective attitude and health policy towards sun exposure,” action through supplementation or artificial UVB says Perry Holman, Executive Director for the exposure, these people will be vitamin D deficient Vitamin D Society. “We need to stop demonizing until next summer or longer if they avoid the sun. sun exposure and provide people with a complete This leads to a higher risk of many diseases such balanced assessment of the risks and benefits as cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, involved.” multiple sclerosis, and also infections such as colds To learn more about the Vitamin D Society, and flu.” please visit

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By Steve Beilstein s winter begins to rear its frigid head, visions of driving on snow covered roads and shoveling the driveway in sub-zero temperatures serve as a reminder to go over my “winter ready checklist” before the snow, (sorry for swearing) finally begins to fall. It’s never a bad idea to take inventory of supplies before you realize you’re out at the last minute. Here is a list of things to check, fix, and do preemptive maintenance on prior to old man winter arriving for his extended stay. On the exterior of the house be sure to stock up on safety salt before the stores run out during a storm, as they usually do. It’s not a bad idea to check your shovels for wear, such as cracked handles or broken blades. Those with snow blowers should do a dry run. Check the oil, spark plug, drain old gasoline. Give it a start to make sure it runs smoothly. If not, have a certified technician give it the once over. Nothing worse than having to rush into work just after the snow plow has blocked you in. A car is an integral part of our lives and moreso in the winter. Taking it in to a tire specialist is a great idea. Snow tires reduce the risk of losing

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control on icy roads. A trip to the mechanic for a full inspection should be on your list as well. Brakes, fluids, leaks, heater, should all be given serious consideration. A breakdown in extreme cold can be prevented by a simple once over by a trained technician. In house is important as well. Check your furnace and change the filter, as it will be running more than usual. If it is due, have a certified technician come out for an annual inspection. Having duct work cleaned will ensure cleaner delivery of warm air throughout. Change any loose or peeling weather stripping as air leaks account for higher heating bills. Make sure all outside water supplies are turned off and the hoses drained and stored inside. Check the electric panel for broken fuses and breakers that need replacing. Don’t forget to do a test on all GFI outlets. It is a must to test the batteries on every smoke detector in the house as well. I like to do this once a month. The safety of your family is important and should never be taken for granted. Checking off the items on this list will help you to make it through yet another winter safely and warmly.

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Adèle Hempel Manager/Curator

New in the Collection This large pewter basin has been passed down through generations of the Betzner family. Samuel Betzner (1738-1813) and his wife, Maria Detweiler (1744-1806), were some of the earliest immigrants from Pennsylvania to settle in Waterloo Region. They arrived in 1800 and settled opposite the Village of Doon on the Grand River. This column is an ongoing feature of artifacts in our collections.

Personnel of the Canadian Women’s Army Corps at No. 3 CWAC (Basic) Training Centre, Kitchener, Ontario. This photo is currently on display at Ktichener City Hall as part of the Berlin Tower ARTSPACE October exhibit Women in Kitchener History. Photo Credit: Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada

Canadian Women’s Army Corp veteran recalls training in Kitchener for The Memory Project An initiative of Historica Canada, The Memory Project is a volunteer speakers bureau that arranges for veterans and Canadian Forces members to share their stories of military service at school and community events across the country. The Memory Project Archive houses more than 2,800 testimonials and over 10,000 images from veterans of the First World War, Second World War, the Korean War and peacekeeping missions. This project has been made possible by the Government of Canada. Historica Canada is the country’s largest organization dedicated to enhancing awareness of Canada’s history and citizenship. For more information, visit Here, Bernice Horn recalls her training in Kitchener and the CWAC Pipe Band.

My name is Bernice “Okie” Horn, and I enlisted in the C.W.A.C. at London, Ontario, in June [19]43 as Bernice Magness, W1880. I hailed from Sand Springs, Oklahoma. Basic training took place at Kitchener, Ontario, where the men’s World War I barracks had been brought back to life with a new world of young women following orders, queuing up for mess hall and/or church parades, doing route marches, and always remembering the large new sign on the barracks wall that read: “Get the ‘Yes-Ma’am’ habit.” And we did. One of the nicest changes taken place at the camp in [19]43 was the installation of a source of hot water for our barracks. In order to have this wonderful convenience, the one selected for duty went out into the night with a couple of coal buckets, filled them with coal, and climbed down a very steep ladder to fire the furnace in a new, small, cellar-like room dug out beneath our huts. I was seventeen years old at the time, when I’d completed my twelveyear education the year before in Sand Springs. Like many women enlistees from the States, I was too young for service in my own country. But there must have been an angel watching over me because I was in the right place at the right time. The recently formed, and much later to become famous, C.W.A.C. Pipe Band made its initial appearance at Kitchener while I was in training, and Pipe Major of Victoria, BC, seemed pleased to learn that I had been a high school percussionist - snare drum, that is - with seven years experience, and I could read music. I had never seen or heard of pipe bands. The band’s first six-month tour of Canada was beginning. To me, bagpipes looked like somebody’s idea of a joke, and all their tunes sounded the same. But the drumming was different and fast, and I loved it. Before long, I could distinguish the pipe tunes and was the leading side drummer. I taught the other drummers as best I could, and other experienced pipers were helping the novice pipers. This first tour took us as far east as PEI, and as far west

as Courtney on Vancouver Island. My eighteenth birthday was quietly celebrated in Victoria. I was, and am, very proud to be the only American in the famous C.W.A.C. pipe band. As related in the transcripts by tenor drummer Jessica “Andy” Anderson-Clayton - her last name is Clayton now - our second tour of Canada was a ninemonth itinerary, covering almost any community where we could arrive on a train or pile out of the back of an army truck. The wonderful, patriotic and caring people we met while traveling across Canada are beyond sufficient words of thanks. The teas, the luncheons, the hospitality, and sometimes billets in their homes, gave our girls an education and appreciation for a way of life and loyalty that couldn’t have been learned elsewhere. Our participation in the U.S. seventh war-bond drive was one of the many highlights our band enjoyed, followed by the orders to sail to the U.K. aboard the beautiful Isle de France. Aldershot, England gave us our first glimpse of many Canadian soldiers in this sector, who were as happy to see us as we were to see them. It had been many years since they’d talked to women from home, and they were very protective of us. The welcome we enjoyed in England was a prelude to the tears of enthusiastic greeting received in Holland from our troops and the wonderful, caring people of the Netherlands who had endured so many hardships during the war. Thanks again to our heroic boys and our friends in Apeldoorn, especially for their TLC [Tank Landing Craft]. As I wind up I might mention that our pipe band played the traditional tunes very well, but precision marching was its forte. Sometimes the concerts had to be performed on a stage and space for marching was lacking, but it was customary to parade, so to speak. We were frequently asked why a pipe band marched as it played, and the delightful answer always was and ever shall be: “Because a moving target is harder to hit.” Cheers to all. We will never forget. Thank you.

Adèle Hempel is the Manager/Curator, Region of Waterloo Museums Contact her at

Waterloo Region 2017 Inductees The first 4-H club in Ontario was formed in 1915 in Waterloo. This was quickly followed by clubs across the region and the province. 4-H has seen hundreds of thousands of youth and volunteers take part in leadership and skills development programs. Logo courtesy of 4-H Ontario

Visit the Hall of Fame located on the second floor of the Waterloo Region Museum.

Waterloo Region Museum Doon Heritage Village

Schneider Haus National Historic Site

10 Huron Road, Kitchener 519-748-1914

466 Queen Street South, Kitchener 519-742-7752

On exhibit now to January 7, 2018

On exhibit now to December 24

Waterloo Region Museum Special Events

Schneider Haus Special Events

PD Day at the WRM - Nov. 17 Homeschool Day at WRM Nov. 20, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Child Workshop - Salt Dough Ornaments Nov. 25, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Ages 3 to 5, $10 per child. Child Workshop - Getting Ready for Santa Dec. 2, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Ages 3 to 5, $18 per child. Country Christmas - Dec. 3, 10, 17, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mom and Babes Morning Out - Dec. 6, 10 to 11 a.m.

Stitching for Pretty and Practical Nov. 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 5, 1 to 5 p.m. Warm and Cozy: Coverlets and Feather Beds - Nov. 11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 12, 1 to 5p.m. Card Making Workshop - Nov. 11, 10 a.m. to noon. $15, register in advance. PD Day Fun: Getting Ready for Winter Nov. 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meat Processing 1850s Style Nov. 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 19, 1 to 5 p.m. Woodstove Cooking Workshop - Nov. 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $90, register in advance. TTY: 519-575-4608

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PARLIAMENTARY REPORT Public Input Meeting on the 2018 Regional Budget Public Input meetings are scheduled to gather input on the 2018 Regional Budget. The meetings will be held on: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 6:00 p.m. and Tuesday, December 5, 2017 6:00 p.m. Both Meetings will be held at: Regional Council Chamber 150 Frederick Street, 2nd Floor, Kitchener If you are interested in Regional services you may wish to attend. Final approval of the Region’s 2018 Operating Budget and TenYear Capital Program is scheduled for Wednesday, December 13, 2017, with the meeting starting at 1:00pm. Notice of these meetings is being given in accordance with the “Municipal Act” as amended and the Region’s Notice Policy. Please visit our website for more information on the Regional Budget: budget.asp or view the 2018 Preliminary Budget Book and 2018 Budget Issue Paper Package after November 17, 2017 at the Council and Administrative Services Office, 150 Frederick Street, 2nd Floor, Kitchener. To speak to a staff person in Corporate Budgets regarding the budget, please call Cheryl Braan at 519-575-4705 or email You are welcome to attend any of the scheduled budget meetings or Council meetings. For a copy of the budget schedule please visit our website, as above. Members of the public may register as a delegation at the two public meetings on November 22nd and December 5th, 2017. Please contact the Regional Clerk’s Office at 519-575-4400 or to register to speak at the public meetings by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, November 20th (for the November 22nd meeting) and Monday, December 4th (for the December 5th meeting). If you require accessible services to participate in these meetings, please contact the Regional Clerk’s Office by the Friday prior to the meeting. Unable to attend the Budget Public Input meetings? Join the conversation online at by November 22nd to provide your feedback on the Region’s 2018 Budget. Kris Fletcher Regional Clerk All comments and information received from individuals, stakeholder groups and agencies regarding the budget are being collected to assist the Region of Waterloo in making a decision. Under the “Municipal Act”, personal information such as name, address, telephone number, and property location that may be included in a submission becomes part of the public record. Questions regarding the collection of this information should be referred to Cheryl Braan, as above.

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by Marwan Tabbara MP for Kitchener South—Hespeler

Crimes Against Humanity: The Rohingya Crisis Since I returned to Ottawa, I have been following the human rights situation in Myanmar closely and raising my voice for the Rohingya community. On September 26th, 2017, the House of Commons held an emergency debate on the plight of the Rohingya minority in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. I joined in that debate to condemn the violence and persecution of the Rohingya. As a member of the Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, my colleagues and I were briefed by Mr. Anwar Arkani, president of the Rohingya Association of Canada on the human rights situation of the Rohingya. On October 23rd, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named the Honourable Bob Rae as his Special Envoy to Myanmar. In this role, he will engage in efforts to address the ongoing crisis and provide advice to the Prime Minister on how Canada can best help those affected by the violence. 2017 Fall Economic Statement

On October 24th, Finance Minister Bill Morneau delivered the 2017 Fall Economic Statement in the House of Commons. Our Government’s plan to invest in the economy and strengthen the middle class is working. Canada is the fastest growing economy in the Group of Seven (G7). The economy has created over 450,000 jobs since late 2015, and the unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest level since 2008. People and businesses in Kitchener South— Hespeler will benefit from new measures announced in the 2017 Fall Economic Statement including: • Strengthening the Canada Child Benefit • Enhancing the Working Income Tax Benefit • Helping small businesses invest, grow and create jobs by lowering the small business tax rate to 10 per cent, effective January 1st, 2018, and to 9 per cent, effective January 1st, 2019. Canada 150 Awards The deadline to nominate someone for a Canada 150 Award of Excellence is November 15th, 2017! To learn more, visit: http://mtabbara.liberal. ca/page/canada-150/

PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Raj Saini MP for Kitchener-Centre

Dear Friends, With the hectic autumn season upon us, I wanted to take a moment to update you on the Government’s work in Ottawa. The main topic of discussion of late here on the Hill has been the growth of our economy. Recently, our Government was proud to present the Fall Economic Statement, which showed the real progress we have made for the middle class. Canada’s economy is not only growing, but outperforming expectations. In fact, Ontario has just posted its longest back-to-back stretch of real GDP growth of above 2 percent in over 15 years. Our country’s strong economic outlook has seen growth across multiple economic sectors and the addition of hundreds of thousands of jobs. There are over 450,000 net new jobs since our government took office in October 2015, and youth unemployment is at an historical low. Canada now has the fastest economic growth of all of the G7 countries. With our plan to cut small business taxes to 9% by January 2019, we will also have the lowest average tax rate for small businesses in the G7. This strong economic growth is allowing our Government to take the important next steps to ensure that the middle class and those working hard to join it have the opportunity to share in the success and prosperity we are achieving as a country. With this in mind, our Government is now re-investing in families and in communities by making improvements to the Canada Child Tax Benefit and the Working Income Tax Benefit. As we reflect on Canada’s current prosperity and plan for a bright and secure future, I would also ask you to take time this autumn to remember those who have helped to build and protect the wonderful country we all call home. This Remembrance Day, I would urge you to

take a moment to pay tribute to those who have served, and who are serving, in defence of our country. The sacrifices made by the brave men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces, and the sacrifices made by their families, have contributed greatly to the peace and security of our country, and have helped to make the world a safer place. The freedoms that we enjoy, and the rights and values that make us Canadian, would not be, if not for their service. Here in Kitchener, we pay tribute to those who have served in a number of ways. In September, our local branch of the Royal Canadian Legion and members of the Kitchener Horticultural Society planted a Vimy Oak tree in Rockway Gardens. This Vimy Oak is a descendant of a tree whose acorns were collected by a soldier wounded at the battle of Vimy Ridge. On November 11th, we will gather as a community for a service of remembrance at the Kitchener Cenotaph at 10:45 a.m., and will dedicate a LAV III at 2:00 pm at the BGen Walter A. Bean Armoury, to commemorate Waterloo Region citizens who served in the 11 year Afghanistan Mission. There will also be a Sikh Remembrance Day service on Sunday Nov. 5th at 2:30 p.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery and a German Remembrance Day service on Sunday Nov. 18th at 2:30 at Woodlawn Cemetery. A reminder that my monthly community pot luck is held the first Sunday of each month from noon to 1:30 pm at my constituency office located at 209 Frederick Street (on the corner of Frederick and Lancaster). The next pot luck is this Sunday November 5th. I hope to see you there. As always, my staff and I are here to assist you with federal programs and agencies or discuss any federal issues that are important to you. You can reach us at or by phone at (519)741-2001.

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by Daiene Vernile MPP for Kitchener-Centre


hen political attack ads begin to fill the airwaves, you know there must be an election on the horizon. A few weeks ago, the Ontario Progressive Conservatives were first out of the gate with two contrasting commercials. One featured a smiling PC boss, Patrick Brown, with a sunny message highlighting his aspirations. The other offering is a classic, attack-style message. A darkened photo of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. A menacing male voice barking the words “corrupt” and “untrustworthy.” The Liberals have launched their own ads. Their commercial showed “average Ontarians” talking about wages, coping with precarious work, and trying to save for post-secondary education. The Premier then appeared saying she’s “Fighting for fairness.” Not to be left out of the pre-election air war, a number of third party organizations have waded into the political arena, primed to take their punches with hopes of swaying voters. The Working Families Coalition ad shows PC leader Patrick Brown as a weather vane, perched above the Ontario legislature. His picture spins around, with the voice-over stating, “He just blows with the winds of political opportunity.” We learn that as a federal MP, Brown voted against marriage equality, abortion, and labour rights. However, he’s changed his position on these issues. And, perhaps you’ve seen the ad launched by a group called Working Ontario Women. This commercial is similar to the Brown-as-a-weathervane specimen. The viewers are informed of Brown’s shifting positions. So, how do we make sense of these political advertisements? What are we to believe? Perhaps it’s the three decades

I spent as a news journalist which triggers a visceral reflex reaction when I see political ads. The question I always ask: is the information factual? Let’s put these ads to the fact test. As a federal MP, Brown voted to re-criminalize abortion, even though his leader, Conservative Stephen Harper, urged him not to do so. Brown also voted against The Civil Marriage Act, which recognizes same sex marriage. And, while Brown is now framing himself as a champion of labour, he recently voted against Bill 148, which provides a living wage for all Ontarians. Labour groups, across Ontario, disagree with Brown. So, the ads illustrating Patrick Brown’s flipflopping on various issues are correct. What about the TV commercials that characterize Premier Wynne as “corrupt?” Are there provable facts to support this claim? Kathleen Wynne certainly doesn’t think so. She served Brown with a libel notice after he claimed she was “on trial” in the Sudbury byelection bribery case. That case was dismissed for lack of evidence. Presiding Judge Howard Borenstein stated, “The charges should never have been laid,” and the case was, “a waste of time and money.” Finally, what about those positive, feel good Liberal ads? Although we want to believe it’s better to take the “high road,” there’s a mountain of evidence to show negative ads do work. That leaves you, the voter, to decide whether these ads will sway your vote. My advice? Always consider the facts. Because, facts do matter.

During the summer I also had the opportunity to host a Veterans Appreciation Lunch with a large number of local veterans. We had the pleasure of hearing from Dave Sopha, the artist who created the Portraits of Honour, talk about his motivation to undertake this momentous project. He reminds us of the importance of celebrating our men and women in uniform. I encourage all residents to join me in honouring and commemorating the courage, service and sacrifice of Canada’s Veterans. Our brave service men and women have shaped our country by defending Canada and have played key roles in promoting peace across the world along with our allies. In 2017 we marked the important milestones of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele, as well as the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Dieppe. May we always remember the sacrifices of those who serve Canada. Lest we forget.

Heinen Thorn will represent PCs in Kitchener Centre


ary Henein Thorn has been nominated as the Progressive Conservative candidate in Kitchener Centre for the provincial election in the spring of 2018. “Mary brings a wealth of experience to our modern, inclusive and pragmatic PC team. A long-time conservative activist with strong ties to the Coptic community, Mary has

experience working within government as an assistant in the regional office for the Hon. Diane Finley,” said PC leader Patrick Brown in a news release. “Her dedication to her community is reflected in her involvement in Zonta International, which empowers women, and her past service as Chair of the MS Society


Saturday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Stuff to do with your kids in Kitchener Waterloo and the Kitchener Market present Movember Kids KW. A free family event! Join us for crafts, music and cooking activities.


Saturday, Nov. 18, noon-2 p.m. Register: ACTIVE Net #14089

Delve into the world of food science, fermentation and kombucha with certified health coach, Cassandra Eggleton. This class includes an in depth tasting of teas and kombucha. Participants will be making kombucha, kombucha vinegar and kombucha shrubs, while learning more about the science behind the brew. To register for classes visit:

BERNARDIN HOLIDAY CANNING Thursday, Nov. 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Join Emerie Brine a canning specialist from Bernardin. Make your holiday gift giving easy with this innovative cooking class that focuses on quick holiday gift ideas and hostess gifts, along with cranberries and pepper jellies.

All classes are $49 unless otherwise noted. Register online through WebReg. If you have questions call 519-741-2287 or email info@ Visit for more information.

by Harold Albrecht MP for Kitchener-Conestoga

ovember has always been an important month for Canadians as we stand together in remembrance at events across Canada; acknowledging the bravery and sacrifice of so many. It allows us to hear the stories of past and present members of the Canadian Armed Forces, and it provides us with an opportunity to reflect upon their service to Canada. During the weeks leading up to Remembrance Day we can show our support for the legions, troops and veterans in a number of ways from proudly wearing a poppy, to attending a ceremony or parade. On my website,, you will find some local events that will be going on in Waterloo Region celebrating this important day. On November 11th there will also be a special dedication of a LAV III Afghanistan Monument at the Kitchener Armoury to commemorate those who lost their lives during operations in Afghanistan by The Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada.






Kitchener Chapter and as Public Relations Chair of the Stanley Park Community Centre.” “In Kitchener Centre and across the province, the Ontario PC Party will continue to work hard for a better future. I look forward to working with Mary as we share our positive message of change with Ontarians.”


Wednesday, Nov. 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Many of the ingredients used in Thai cooking complement a vegetarian diet, so this is the perfect combination of lifestyle and cuisine. Learn about all of the different components of Thai cuisine and leave with recipes for some of your favorite vegetarian meals from Thailand.


Wednesday, Nov. 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Indian food can be spicy, sweet, sour, buttery and salty - but most importantly it can be vegan. Our Market chef will take you through a hands-on culinary class featuring the versatile vegan star - the chickpea.

BUILD YOUR OWN CHARCUTERIE BOARD Wednesday, Nov. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Our chef will lead you through the classic components of a charcuterie board, some local delicacies you can get right at the Kitchener Market and demonstrate how to layout your pieces to compose a beautiful board.

GLUTEN FREE FOR THE HOLIDAYS Thursday, Nov. 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

For those who are gluten free, the holidays can be a stressful time. The goal for this class is to teach participants the basics of understanding the gluten free diet, cross contamination procedures and tasty recipes so you can make something for everyone this holiday season. Get the MarketNEWS delivered every month to your inbox!


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DECA Regionals are coming to St. Mary’s High School


n Saturday, November 25, St. Mary’s High School will host more than 1500 students and 166 community/teacher volunteer judges from an area stretching from Windsor to Guelph in the annual DECA Regional Competitions. DECA is an academic competition in business problem solving. It prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in hospitality, marketing, law, finance and management in high schools and post-secondary institutions across Ontario. Members compete at regionals, provincials, and internationals in a business case study competition, for awards and scholarships as well as in a variety of business paper competitions. Employers, universities, and colleges alike recognize the achievements of DECA members. Students will compete in the case study

business problem section of the competitions, in which they will attempt to convince a community volunteer judge that they have the best solution. Those students who do well will earn the right to advance to the provincial competition in February. If they succeed there they will earn the right to advance to the top level of DECA in Atlanta, Georgia in April. Volunteer judges are still being accepted for the competition. Any post college/university individual with a business/leadership background would be suitable. Training will be provided on the day of the event. For further info please go to http://2016.deca. ca/judge-registration-regionals/


The International Baccalaureate Programme



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he International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) was founded in 1968 as a non-profit educational foundation, growing out of the efforts of international schools to establish a common curriculum and motivated by an idealistic vision: that critical thinking and exposure to a variety of points of view would encourage intercultural understanding in young people. Today the IBO has earned a reputation for rigorous assessment and provides a truly world class education in 148 countries abroad. The International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme was established at Cameron Heights Collegiate in 2002 and with every passing year, the CHCI IB community continues to grow. While students earn their IB Diploma, they also fulfill the requirement of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. The comprehensive pre-university liberal arts curriculum provides students with

the intellectual, social and critical perspective necessary to succeed at post-secondary institutions, both in North America and abroad. The graduates have secured admission at all Ontario Universities, as well as McGill, the University of British Columbia, Yale, Princeton and Oxford, just to name a few further from home. Universities recognize the exceptional qualities of the IB Programme. Typically, diploma holders are ready to debate real-world issues from an international perspective and to provide leadership and support in the local and global communities. The goal of the programme at Cameron Heights is to work with students, parents and community to create a more peaceful world through education that emphasizes international-mindedness and critical thinking. Visit the website at for more information about admissions.

Do you have a child entering Kindergarten in 2018?

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• Small class sizes • French, Mandarin, music and daily outdoor class time • Inquiry-based approach to teaching that inspires curiosity • Individualized learning paths supported by our qualified and dedicated faculty

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• Healthy lunch and morning snack as well as before and after school programs included in tuition

Bring your family for a tour of our stunning 36-acre campus. Experience our JK Kindergarten classroom in action and learn more about the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. Join us for a complimentary lunch in our beautiful Dining Hall.

Register online and learn more at St. John’s-Kilmarnock School | 2201 Shantz Station Road, Waterloo Region (Breslau)





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Letter to the editor


Heading heading May I see your papers,heading please? heading

t started so innocently. Dear Carrie Debrone, a Grade 1 teacher (andit I was pleased to get yourRecently, Kitchener Citizen (east edition) and found lamenting the lack of reading quite informative andneighbor) I thank youwas for it. I just read your short article natural gas rates down skills in regarding some oftheher young boys.going I could for residential customers. empathize; I’d be a gaming millionaire if You write that Kitchener Utilities have a 2,100 cubic meter average use I could develop Call of Duty: Poems & annually for its residential customers. I still have an imperial gas meter, Paragraphs. Butfeet. skill innever reading is never which shows the consumption in cubic I have been able to read instantaneous so I offered my services as a volunteer, hoping have a that meter and as for that matter, even the meter readers seem to problem it as well. Why else would theWaterloo city issue aRegion bill in the amount my yearswith of teaching English for the District of $452? School Board might be helpful. My January had the beenfun $222.16. February, already sat And that’s bill when began. Quite$295.79, rightly,there the IWRDSB up and took notice, but then excused it by, the winter being especially harsh. requires Police Records Check, I that hadsomething not sought an However,awhen I received my March bill, but I knew was very individual one for decades. Like a Big Box store shopper, I wrong. I called the Utility Office and was asked to take a piece of paper benefitted from bulk myself. buy ofTopolice checks by my I did not and a pen and readthe the meter this request I replied that school know -how to readclick the imperial meter and aside from that,yearly it wasn't my job. board merely the appropriate icon on your offence The lady I talked was very nice and agreed toI send out to do declaration and toyou’re done! However, wassomebody not dissuaded;

“Five she replied,to pointing meonce to athis kiosk, anotherdollars reading less,” and also promised call me back was located done. It conveniently next to the security guard. Oh joy. was the very next day that I received her call telling me that the new amount After navigating theavarious computer screens,I only I waswonder rewarded owing was now $200.10, mere difference of $251.90. how often a thereceipt, meter had been misread in the past. with promising notification of results in approximately My neighbours on either side21have metric meters and I had three weeks, and exactly days later, an email didpreviously arrive – asked if I could get one that I would be able to read. The answer to that telling me I needed to be fingerprinted. consisted of a flat NO. Now, former teacher of literature, an 2004/005 inward which spirit The cityas hadapre-authorized withdrawal privileges for briefly shook its fist and shouted, “Police State!” but the truth they bungled up so badly that I revoked that privilege. I did ask that office to please a paperand trail afornephew my records norI is, with send two me brothers whowhich haveI never wornreceived a badge, did I law get anand answer to my request and, of course, one can about an like order. However I was unnerved by forget the statement apology. that my application required fingerprints because of one of I realize that it is up to your discretion to publish or not to publish my three reasons:ifa)youI had not proper (not decide to supplied print it I would likeidentification to warn my fellow letter. However possible online – mistakes light up in red!), b) I had a criminal "Kitchenerites" to be extra "vigilant" every time that Utility Bill arrives. record (Nope. I have a pardon for those lights I took off a police Respectfully, cruiser in 1979. I kid you not), or c) my “date of birth and gender Ingrid E.that Merkel match of a person listed in the pardoned sex offender list.” retirement has only sharpened my love of new adventures. WHAAAAAAAAT? Remember I said that. My chickening-out gene momentarily cried: “Who cares if a Entering the gleaming North Division of Waterloo Region few more boys can’t read?” But I calmed myself down, made an Police Services filled me with community pride; that all appointment, and eventually met a Police Services technician, evaporated when the burly security guard scrutinized me (what who denied my request to ascertain which infraction I had mistake did I commit in three strides?). My poise returned committed, but cryptically replied, “A lot of people have the when I stated my volunteer intentions to the clerk, asking her same birthday.” Got it. After a photo, some wet wipes, and a for a Police Records Check, but confidence nose-dived again signature, I was on my way, told once again to watch for an on the news that volunteers require a Vulnerable Sectors Check email. As a relatively new arrival in Kitchener I've been exploring the very impressed by the Arts office at City Hall and with how they provided (ironically accurate as at that here pointand some my sectorsarewere convoluted it’s nice know our photographic arts opportunities firstofimpressions very meAwith was goingbut on here. Thoseto people in turn informationjourney? about whatMaybe, feeling quite vulnerable!). “What’s the difference?” I asked. schools won’t let just anyone into their classes. encouraging. It's just not just in the tech side of quality that the community have offered their own advice and contacts, so again two thumbs up for

Letter to the editor

Just what makes Kitchener so good at Arts development?

should be judged. A thriving Arts community usually does well. This can the level of support they give each other. Yes, there are already many photographers doing the normal photographic needs of the region, but the opportunity to work with We don't want that two bedroom house within convenient driving emerging image companies like web designers, animation houses, software distance to the golf course or mall. Speaking as one of those underfunded producers, locally based video firms, electronic images for broadcasters Khalid independent by artMadeha producers i'll tell you I've lived in some very bad growing as the manufacturing base has declined. The live Coordinator, conditions just to be Communications close to my working & environment. An example being entertainment industries, local graphic designers and most especially the when living in my various illegal Toronto warehouse studios many years emerging gallery system bodes well for business opportunities, even in this Promotions before they were condoized. downturn. Transportation and Environmental There are basically two reasons for artists to be in an area. A slightly Kitchener is projected to be growing by a conservative estimate of Services compact arts community with low rents and the availability of galleries or 100,000 people over the next 20 years and plans call for a big investment aterloo residents I haveare noticed that there is a vibrant in conversions of existing warehouse buildings into studio style live work venues to showcaseRegion the art produced. passionate about recycling and through hard times. The space. Technically the manufacturing base has down- turned and left a lot theatre network here that none the less is going music scene is reallyThe goodfirst with asix solidmonths choice of local talent that is well of empty buildings. waste reduction. by a few local free our publications. Radio generally follows the ofpublicized waste changes reflect residents’ If out of those numbers there are 10 percent artists in all media that standard corprock but the University of Waterloo has an outstanding actually work at their art all of us are going to need some of this space to commitment to recycling with their blue community station. build up our community. Artists, being artists though, do not like to be boxes and pool green bins. Asstudents of August, The huge of university to draw from for a vocal audience green bin amounts hadcash increased 124 the cities vibrant and told how to do things. The local government is working hard to reach that with some disposable helps inbykeeping level where they can integrate the needs of the artistic community enthusiastic. of professional per cent and The bluenumber box improved by 13artists per is still small enough so that seamlessly into their development plans. they over know the one another. cent previous year. This effort Many studies have shown time and again how efficient an Arts based We are quickly seeing astounding growth in the digital imaging hasindustry. reducedFortunately, the amount of garbage going as a photographer who has been working in digital community can be. A planning group called The Prosperity Council into and only landfill my by 22 for our yearsone it helps me integrate ownper work into video, 3D, web, specifically calls for a huge investment for artists and art based businesses the ‘containers’ Milk and juice withKitchener papers and plastic bags.This is the first to encourage them to choose as a place to work. cent. advertising, etc. So I think, personally, the opportunities in Kitchenerblue are box. time I have found a directed approach to our niche, very to valuable cartons are also considered containers, All blue boxes must bebutkept a 23 better Toronto. An example being the cable TV (Rogers) that works Our than residents embraced these changes segment of society. If even fifty percent of the maximum. plans get donePaper it is stillcan an and not paper. If you use a larger blue kg or 50 pound the regions schools and artisians in locally produced very hard to involve successfully; however, there are some attractive place to build a career. programming. make sure Our it is image ‘containers get very heavy, especially with a bit adjustments which need ongoing support. box,theplease production is now all pixels and with the recent Let's not forget that Kitchener/Waterloo was voted most intelligent only’. of rain, and using the smaller blue box Sorting boxes an important city andblue speaking as is a newcomer it is one. very evident that the level of announcement of a new 5 million dollar Federal grant to establish a In the smaller blue box, stuff plastic bags helps. Remember Styrofoam is NOT in the downtownthat core, it offers unexcelled Use one blue isbox justhigh forhere. containers professionalism visibly People waste little time and the massive digital media centre in one bag, and tie it shut. Place it in the recyclable, and needs to go in the garbage. opportunities to work with some of the leading edge image systems in the welcome i've received in presenting my own portfolio to various galleries (cans, bottles, jars) and do not mix these world. In fact there are plans to make Kitchener a regional box with your with bundled newspaper, Thanks to everyone for doing their part and companies has been warm and enthusiastic. A very nice event held items with papers or plastic bags. Empty communications hub and that leads into the possibility of thousands of new Mellow in town is the quarterly parties at the KW regional art gallery. flattened cereal boxes, junk mail and to recycle right! Keep adding more R’s to aerosol cans, metal paint cans, and jazz and some ambient uses for my photos. people who enjoy art meet each other with cool other papers. Do not mix containers in recycling…re-think, refuse, recover, etc. aluminum wrap There is a very good internet system here and if you would like more dub from the djs. and plates can go into With the projected growth of the regions artists in all mediums I have info just go to the net and most community plans are available. The next three welcomes years will establish region of one the "Silicon found there are many dynamic, specifically targetedThe plans, by theCitizen Kitchener Letters this to the Editor. Allofletters must Valley" clearly inspired state the municipal government in particular, to foster a (relatively) large examples of a thriving gateway of new ideas and I feel very fortunate to writer’s full name, address, phone number and be signed. Names will be published along with the letter, however, addresses and telephone numcommunity investment in development towards artist integration. I was be able to establish myself here with so many other creative artists. not always be measured in the financial spectrum as the living standard REDUCING OUR WASTELINE expectations of artists are remarkably low.

The home of the Blue Box has done it again!



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ToastyToes sock collection helps the homeless

By Carrie Debrone hen Sharon GilroyDreher sees socks, she thinks of her mom who always had cold feet and loved giving socks as gifts. In 2013, Gilroy-Dreher founded ToastyToes, as a celebration of what would have been her mom’s 80th birthday (she passed away in 2011). ToastyToes collects donations of new, warm socks that are given to people in the Region of Waterloo who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness. Socks are the most requested and least donated item at local shelters. In the first year she collected 492 pairs. Thinking she would just collect the socks that one year, when 2014 rolled around and she didn’t organize the collection, people asked her why. So, in 2015 she again started up ToastyToes, collecting 1,001 pairs. Last year, she reached out to everyone in her network and with the help of over 40 companies, schools, faith communities, community groups and individuals she


collected 12,389 pairs of socks. “My house was coming down with socks – and it was wonderful!,” she said. “We had so many socks I couldn’t personally deliver them, so agencies from across the region came and picked them up from my home.” The socks are given to local agencies that work with the homeless, including Kitchener’s The Working Centre/ St. John’s Soup Kitchen, the House of Friendship, KCI Community Outreach Dinner, ONEroof Youth Services, YWCA KW Emergency Shelter, The Van, Marillac Place, Kaljas Homes, and to the Bridges Shelter and the Cambridge Self Help Food Bank in Cambridge. Although she has no set expectations about how many socks she will collect this year, Gilroy-Dreher is expecting to see donations rise because she now has 78 community partners – nearly double last year’s number. Community groups, businesses, individuals and faith communities are collecting socks. Waterloo Region’s 100 Women Who Care group will be collecting socks for ToastyToes

at its November meeting. “Every single pair will make a difference to someone,” she said. Donations can be taken to collection boxes at all local Libro Credit Union locations until November 10. The Libro Fischer-Hallman location collected 645 pairs in one night during its recent owner appreciation night. Gilroy-Dreher has also negotiated a purchasing deal with McGregor Socks as a supplier for the second year and is able to purchase five pairs of high quality men’s socks for $5. This allows ToastyToes to take cash donations and purchase socks directly from the supplier. Other ToastyToes sock or cash donation boxes are located at all three YMCA locations in the region, the Downtown Kitchener BIA office (54 Queen St. S. Kitchener), the KW Community Foundation (260 King St. W., Unit 206, Kitchener), the School of Pharmacy (10 Victoria Street S., Kitchener) and the office of Kitchener Centre MPP Daiene Vernile (379 Queen Street, South, Unit 3, Kitchener). The collection runs until November 10.

Lynn Cameron (left), Libro Credit Union Branch Manager at the Fischer Hallman Road location, and ToastyToes founder Sharon Gilroy-Dreher stand with the 645 pairs of socks that were collected in one night during the credit union’s recent owner appreciation night. Libro is just one of many businesses, schools and community groups that are collecting socks for ToastyToes, which then distributes them to homeless people in Waterloo region through social agencies.

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here is something for everyone to enjoy in the city this holiday season. Whether you have family visiting from out of town, want to do something festive with your kids or plan a night out with friends there is an event for you.

The installation of the annual outdoor Christmas tree kicks off the holiday season in Kitchener. A 30 foot spruce tree will make its way through the streets of Kitchener to city hall at the end of November. Come downtown for a skate on the outdoor rink in front of the decorated tree. Visit the Waterloo Region Children’s Safety Village on Dec. 7 and explore the wonder of lights display throughout the miniature buildings. Learn about winter traditions from around the world, participate in family friendly activities inside the classrooms and stroll through the village.

Three winter parking bylaws you need to know


ith winter approaching there are three parking bylaws you should be aware of: 1. There is no overnight parking on City of Kitchener streets from Dec. 1 to March 31. 2. In the Ward 5 area of the city only, also from Dec. 1 to March 31, vehicles may park on the paved portion of a boulevard under certain conditions.

3. The City of Kitchener’s tag-and-tow bylaw prohibits parking on all streets at any time during a Snow Event. Find details at parkingregulations.

And a sidewalk bylaw Although our bylaws require snow and ice to be cleared from the sidewalk within 24 hours after the end of a snowfall, it’s also the neighbourly thing to do. Getting from Point A to Point B is even tougher when it snows. Clear your snow and ice and help out a neighbour who can’t. Be a good neighbour. Be a snow angel.

November/December 2017

Make memories at one of our events this holiday season Christmas markets are a European tradition as towns and cities come alive with the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas. City hall is home to Canada’s original Christkindl Market. There is a lot to do, see and taste over the four day festival from Dec. 7-10. Grab a bratwurst or pretzel and stroll the market to find unique European themed gifts and decorations. With live entertainment every hour, you’ll hear the sounds of brass bands and philharmonic choirs. There are plenty of activities for kids to enjoy like the model railway and live nativity. Bring the whole family to Christmas Fantasy for some holiday cheer on Dec. 2 from 5:30-8 p.m. in Victoria Park. You don’t want to miss the spectacular moment thousands of twinkling lights on Victoria Park’s buildings, trees and bridges are turned on for the first time.

There will be live music, crafts and free hot chocolate. Ring in 2018 at Kitchener’s New Year’s Eve retro cartoon party in downtown Kitchener on Dec. 31 from 6 p.m.-12 a.m. The Rotunda will transform into a world of animation featuring the Mystery Machine and Flintstone’s vehicle. There will be vendors selling retro collectables and activities for kids. Stay for the countdown to midnight with the mayor and council. Celebrate the New Year with Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, council members and the community at the 2018 New Year’s Levee on Jan. 8 from 1:30-4 p.m. This carnival themed event will have games, food and live entertainment. The 2017 Mayor’s City Builder Award winners will also be announced. The Kitchener Market offers a variety

of events during the holidays. Bring the kids to a holiday baking class or sing along to Christmas music with children’s entertainer Erick Traplin. Plan a night out with friends making wreaths or centerpieces as part of the girls’ night out series. Get everything you need for hosting at the Saturday market. Pick up appetizers, fresh produce, flowers, Christmas cookies and one-of-a kind gifts from local artisans. The holidays are a time to share experiences with your loved ones. Come out and enjoy these events that will leave you with lasting memories. For more information including dates and times of events visit:, and

Keep safe and well this holiday season T

here are many celebrations and gatherings this time of year. And with all the hustle and bustle, sometimes caution and safety are overlooked. These important tips can help keep your family, friends and homes safe this holiday season: • Make sure you have working smoke and CO alarms and don’t forget to change the batteries when the clocks change Nov. 4. • Don’t leave candles unattended and remember to blow them out before leaving the house or going to bed. Keep matches and lighters away from children. • Watch what you heat! It’s easy to get distracted at this time of year when cooking. Kitchen fires most commonly occur when cooking is left unattended. Always stay in the kitchen when cooking. • Water fresh trees daily. Always check lights before you put them on the tree and use extension cords carefully. • Always drink responsibly and plan a safe ride home.

Remembering loved ones While many find the holiday season a time for celebration, for others this can be a difficult time of year. Those coping with the loss of a loved one are welcome to visit the Dedication Centre at Williamsburg Cemetery which is open weekdays in December from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Come reflect quietly at the Tree of Remembrance or hang an ornament in someone’s memory.

Stay connected This time of year also means colder, shorter days which can make people feel isolated. Try to get out when you can to connect with others, or stay in touch with friends and family by phone when that’s not possible. There are lots of programs and activities happening at community centres and libraries across Kitchener. Visit or pick up a copy of Active Kitchener for a list of things to do over the winter months.

2018 budget


he budget process for 2018 gets underway in November. The annual budget covers all of the city’s operational areas, including fire service, snow removal, community centres, water and sewer utilities, culture planning and economic development to name just a few.

fees; used to operate our facilities, and provide municipal services and programs to residents.

stormwater service that is affordable and sustainable for the citizens of Kitchener.

• Capital budget – funded through property taxes, city enterprises, development charges, debt and grants; used to either build or rehabilitate assets that will last for more than one year.

During the 2018 budget process, Kitchener council will review funding options for a long-term approach to deliver reliable service.

Citizens’ feedback translates into real priorities, real decisions and real The city’s water, stormwater and resources each year, as city council sewer infrastructure is funded through approves an annual budget in three parts: stand-alone utility rates, not property • Operating budget – funded mostly taxes. We are committed to providing safe and reliable water, sanitary and through property taxes and user gets a fresh new look


f you’ve visited over the past few weeks you’ll have noticed things look a little different. On Oct. 18, we unveiled our fresh new website. Here are the top five things you need to know about our new site: 1. Our updated design is based on user feedback. It puts the information you’re looking for front and centre. You’ll find the latest corporate news, events and social feed right on the homepage. 2. Our improved navigation is based on how people told us they find information. Over 130 people completed an exercise to help us understand how they expect content to be organized. We also looked at website traffic to help

ensure the most sought after information is easy to find. 3. We’ve re-written content with a more consistent style that’s easier to read and understand to help you get the information you’re looking for. 4. You can now subscribe to specific pages. Curious about a particular project? Regular visitor at your local community centre? Never miss an update by subscribing to pages you’re interested in so you can be notified when new content is added. 5. It looks great! Our updated site features outstanding local photography and design that looks great no matter what device you’re using – phone, tablet or computer.

• Nov. 27: Capital budget presentation to council • Jan. 15, 2018: Public input session • Jan. 22, 2018: Final budget day

Or you can have your own say on our engageKitchener platform. Connect with us by calling 519-741-2200 Dates to remember x7700; emailing Join us in council chambers or online or following the discussion on social via webstream at to media @CityKitchener or #kitbudget listen to the discussion on these dates: and More information is available at • Nov. 20: Operating budget presentation to council

City’s new CAO


an Chapman stepped into his new role as the city’s new chief administrative officer (CAO) earlier this fall. While this is a new role for Chapman, his experience in and passion for public service is long standing. Chapman has been with the city for 12 years, most recently as the deputy CAO for Finance and Corporate Services. “My father worked most of his career as a police officer and a municipal manager, and my earliest jobs as a student were in a municipality,” says Chapman. “I have always believed that there is something honourable about working in the public service, University of Western Ontario. He and I feel very privileged to have been is also a Chartered Professional selected as Kitchener’s new CAO.” Accountant. His passion for citybuilding takes him to many events so Chapman holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid watch for him out and about in the community. You can also follow him Laurier University and a Master of Public Administration from the on Twitter at @DanChapmanCAO

New publication to help keep you informed


fter a detailed review of the city’s publications, we’re excited to be launching our new newsletter – Kitchener Life - in February 2018. Kitchener Life will feature stories about the exciting projects, people and events happening in our city. This new publication will have an updated look and feel with beautiful photography and more pages to share the information you want to know

• Get helpful tips and tricks from our expert staff.

• Find things to do in our calendar of events and program features. • Learn about ways to get involved and provide your input into key projects that affect people living in Kitchener. Kitchener Life will take the best elements from Best of Times and Your Kitchener and fold them into a single, easy to read publication about living and being connected in the city.

A resident-led approach to pedestrian safety T

he students at Wilson Avenue Public School are taking a creative approach to build a safer route to school. Two painted crosswalks were installed in the densely populated area just behind Fairview Mall to improve pedestrian safety on the busy school route. The painted crosswalks – featuring brightly coloured nature scenes - were designed by Eastwood Collegiate Institute student Lauren Reub. Students from the high school were invited to submit a design and then the elementary students from Wilson Avenue voted for their favourite. “This is a great way to build a sense of community and have people working together for a common purpose. This

project has assisted our students in learning about local contribution and shared ownership in making a positive impact in their wonderful neighborhood,” said Elizabeth Martz, principal at Wilson Avenue Public School. Supported by the City of Kitchener’s Love My Hood resident-led traffic calming program, the bright road paintings are expected to encourage students to cross the street safely and slow down drivers. Funding was provided by the city’s Neighbourhood Matching Grant. A step by step guide - found at - can assist any group of residents interested in creative traffic calming approaches.

NOVEMBER 8 Vegan Indian Cuisine – Hands on culinary class featuring the versatile vegan star – the chickpea. Details: cookingclasses 6-10 Residents in the BLUE zone – this is your week for loose leaf collection – Visit www.kitchener. ca/leafcollection to find your zone and other leaf collection options. 11 Legion’s Remembrance Day ceremony Kitchener Cenotaph (Frederick and Duke streets) beginning at 10:45 a.m. The parade begin at 10:15 a.m. at the corner of Duke and Ontario. 13 Kombucha: Beyond the Basics – Learn how to make kombucha, kombucha vinegar and komucha shrubs with certified health coach Cassandra Eggleton at the Kitchener Market. Detials: 14-17 YELLOW – this is your week for loose leaf collection – Visit to find your zone and other leaf collection options. 15 Build Your Own Charcuterie Board – Charcuterie boards are the best way to kick off a dinner party and now you can show off the insider knowledge you will learn in this class. Details: cookingclasses

19 Girls Night Out: DIY sign making and wine – Learn the basics of rustic wooden sign making and create a holiday sign. 20-24 BROWN – this is your week for loose leaf collection – Visit leafcollection to find your zone and other leaf collection options. 20 Operating budget day – Agenda will be posted online closer to the date. You can watch the meeting online. www. 23 Gluten Free for the Holidays – Learn about the gluten free diet, cross contamination and tasty recipes. Details: cookingclasses 25 Summer Employment Expo – Job fair for summer employment opportunities. Youth ages 15 to 24. Kitchener City Hall, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Details: hiringnow 27 Capital budget day – Agenda will be posted online closer to the date. You can watch the meeting online. budget2018 29 Bernardin Holiday Canning – Join Emerie Brine, a canning specialist from Bernardin, for a demonstration on how to preserve fruits and vegetables at the Kitchener Market. Details:

DECEMBER 2 Pancake Breakfast Christmas Party – Kids can write a letter to Santa and participate in crafts at the Stanley Park Community Centre. Adults must accompany children. Details: 2 Kids in the Kitchen: Holiday Baking Special – Interactive baking class for kids. Make cookies, cupcakes and brownies at the Kitchener Market: www. 2 Christmas Fantasy – The spectacular display of Christmas lights on Victoria Park’s buildings, trees and bridges will be turned on for the first time. Live music, crafts and free hot chocolate. Details: 6 Gingerbread Party – Come with your family and decorate a gingerbread house at CentrevilleChicopee Community Centre. Details: 6 Girls’ Night Out: Wine and Wreathmaking – Enjoy a glass of wine while creating a beautiful Christmas wreath for your home. 7-10 Christkindl Market – Four day festival of German Christmas with more than 90 food and gift vendors, live entertainment and activities for kids. For details visit:

10 Family Christmas party at Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre. 13 Girls’ Night Out: Cocktails and Apps – Learn how to impress your holiday guests and mix cocktails like a pro with the recipes you will learn in this class. 16 Join us for a casual Christmas Gathering at the Dedication Centre at Williamsburg Cemetery from 2-4 p.m. 19 Special Santa Kids Hop Erick Traplin and Santa Claus team up to sing holiday music at the Kitchener Market. Details: 20 Girls Night Out: Wine and Centrepieces – Entertain in style with a beautiful centerpiece. All supplies are provided, along with wine and soup. 23 Christmas Market – Get everything you need for hosting over the holidays at the Saturday market. Appetizers, fresh produce, flowers, Christmas cookies and more. Vendors: www. 31 New Year’s Eve – Join our retro cartoon party featuring the Mystery Machine from Scooby Doo and Flinstone’s Footmobile. Vendors will be selling retro collectables. Details:

8 Pizza with Santa at the Forest Heights Community Association – Details:

November 15 – Build your own charcuterie board

November 13 – Kombucha: Beyond the basics

December 7-10 – Christkindl Market

December 23 – Christmas Market

Water infrastructure investments


atermains, sanitary sewers, stormwater management ponds and other infrastructure are part of our complex water system that plays a vital role in creating a safe and healthy city and has a significant impact on your daily lives. That’s why staff and council are working together to balance affordability with safe, sustainable service levels. Thanks to further analysis and detailed review, staff is now recommending a 6.5 per cent increase to utility rates rather than the originally proposed 9.2 per cent increase, to

ensure the appropriate levels of investment and maintenance are performed. Investing in our water infrastructure today results in lower maintenance costs and fewer service interruptions into the future. It provides the lowest lifecycle cost by reducing higher reactive maintenance costs (like the cost to repair watermain breaks) and maintains the vital services the water infrastructure provides. Final utility rates will be decided as part of the budget process in January 2018.

DID YOU KNOW? • There are almost 900 kilometres of watermains bringing more than 21 million cubic metres of cleanclean, reliable drinking water to over 65 thousand properties in Kitchener. • On average, there are 105 watermain breaks a year which each can take about eight hours and $12,000-$15,000 to fix.

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The new Canada 150 mural is located on Charles Street, between Cameron and Cedar Streets. It is a celebration of belonging, equity, social justice and diversity.


150 feet of public art by 150 volunteers in Canada’s 150th year

eruda Arts unveiled its 150-foot mural on October 28, which commemorates Canada’s 150th anniversary. The mural is a celebration of belonging, equity, social justice, and respect for cultural diversity. The project was led by a team of local and international


professional artists including Pamela Rojas and August Swinson, both of Kitchener; The Firm – Kitchener and Cambridge (an artist collective of Paul McDonald and Tom Tonner); and Ian Pierce (“Ekeko”) and Mono Gonzalez, both of Chile. The mural was designed by the artists and was painted

a smudging ceremony, guest speakers and music. A smudging ceremony is an indigenous custom that uses a cleansing smoke to purify the body and create balance. First Nations singer and songwriter Elsa Jayne and Chilean music artist Emilia Diaz performed. Regional Chair Ken Seiling

noted how happy he was to see the artwork alongside the ION light rail transit tracks on Charles Street. The Region of Waterloo has its own art program to create unique and creative spaces along the ION light rail transit route. Neruda Arts received $12,000 in funding from the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund.

9th annual wreath auction raises funds for House of Friendship

olour Paradise invites you to join them November 11 to November 18 to celebrate its 9th Annual Charity Wreath Silent Auction. Through the annual wreath auction, Colour Paradise has raised over $16,500 for the House of Friendship, an organizaiton which serves local families living on low income in the community.

The ribbon cutting ceremony to open the silent auction will be Saturday November 11 at 1pm. The auction will be open during Colour Paradise’s regular retail hours. In addition to being beautiful Christmas decorations, the wreaths often offer other incentives for people to bid on them including gift cards, free

Poinsettias Winter greens Custom Container Design Perennials Herbs & Vegetable Plants Hanging baskets Patio Planters Annuals

by over 150 volunteers who contributed hundreds of hours between June 6 and June 16, 2017. The mural was erected and painted inside the K-W Granite club – Rink in the Park in Waterloo. The mural was later mounted in its permanent location on Charles Street in Kitchener. The mural unveiling included

services and products. Closing ceremonies will take place Saturday November 18 with closing bids at 1pm sharp. Enjoy live music provided by the Acoustic Steel Band, warm refreshments, homebaked treats and pictures with Santa. The Colour Paradise Christmas Open House is also being held on that day.

Colour Paradise owner Denise Huck (left) and Wilmot Mayor Les Armstrong open the 2016 wreath auction.

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The Human Library – where books are people


By Carrie Debrone

veryone has a story – or maybe it would be more accurate to say that everyone “is” a story.

Using this principle, about 50 students participated in the 4th annual Human Library held October 18 at Eastwood Collegiate Institute in Kitchener. A Human Library is an event where real readers essentially borrow real people like a book. The philosophy behind a Human Library is best summed up by the words of Ronni Abergel, the inventor of the Human Library: “How are we to understand each other, if we do not have the opportunity to talk to each other?” Set up to encourage ECI students to connect with a wide range of real people in their community, the evening event encouraged participants to check out a human “book” on a topic they are interested in. ECI teacher librarian and event organizer Margaret Wood said the goal of the human library is to expose students to interesting people and issues. “I really like this event. It gives the students the opportunity to

listen to stories that are not their stories and to talk to people whose reality is very different from their own,” Wood said. “I’ve never had a kid say after the event, ‘oh that was just okay. They all say ‘that was amazing.’” As Wood’s eyes glance over the tables alive with conversation she adds, “And, isn’t it wonderful. Look around. Not one student is on their phone.” Students could spend about 20 minutes with each of the “books” they chose, engaging them in conversation. “It puts the students in the position of listening and having to ask questions, sometimes difficult questions from a real person. Sometimes you have to push people through the door to let them experience something different,” Wood said. ECI’s 13 human books this year included independent filmmaker Laura Archibald, Mohawk First Nations representative Amy Smoke, entrepreneurs and wedding photographers Jeremy Daly and Kiria Shantz, the director of Clinical Counselling at Carizon Family and Community Services Shannon Nicholson, KW Titans Head Coach Serge Langis, Master Electrician for the Stratford

First Nations representative Amy Smoke (left) speaks with students Nate Lachambre and Mackensie Crockatt during the Eastwood Collegiate Institute’s 4th annual Human Library event on October 18. Smoke volunteered as one of 13 human “books” for the event.

Festival Theatre Mick McDonald, veterinarian and founder of the Williamsburg Veterinary Hospital Anne Woolstencroft, Rohingya refugees Anam Ullah, Anayath Hossein and Shofi Aktar, hair stylist and entrepreneur Lina Shamoun, author and Associate Professor of English at the University of Waterloo Sarah Tolmie, 98.5 CKWR radio Production Engineer Rob Daniels, paired living kidney recipient and donor Lori and Don Kraemer and

Eastwood High School’s Head of Guidance Steve Hooper. Smoke, a survivor of the intergenerational traumas that face many First Nations people, said she agreed to participate in the Human Library project because she believes it is important that indigenous people are represented accurately in the community. Using the phrase ‘Nothing about us, without us” she said she hopes to educate young people about the customs, history and culture of

indigenous people through sharing her personal story. She brought with her traditional First Nations items including an eagle feather, tobacco and traditional medicines to enhance the conversation with students. The Human Library is an international organization active in over 60 countries. The movement first started in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2000 with the aim to challenge prejudice against social contact among people.

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Rangers’ front office and on-ice makeover aimed at success


here’s no question that the Kitchener Rangers are one of the most respected and envied franchises in junior hockey today, but in the past decade there’s been little to cheer about when it comes to playoff success. Their teams just haven’t measured up to the best clubs in the Ontario Hockey League. On the business side, Steve Bienkowski, Team COO, reported another glowing profit at the annual meeting in September. It’s the 22nd consecutive year that the Rangers can boast business success. Bienkowski, himself a former Rangers netminder from the early 1980’s wants more than anything else to see a winning team go deep into the playoffs. Loyal fans have been more than patient and their excitement over a

team that is still playing well into the month of May would be the icing on the cake. There’s been some shuffling of key positions in the Rangers front office. Murray Hiebert is no longer the General Manager. He’s now the Rangers Director of Hockey Operations. Mike McKenzie has taken on the GM role. Jay McKee is into his second year as Head Coach. McKenzie is already putting his mark on the team. He’s brought in some impact players that should give team fortunes a big lift. Waterloo born, Logan Stanley, at 6 foot 7 inches, a first round NHL draft selection of the Winnipeg Jets and a member of last year’s Memorial Cup winning Windsor Spitfires, was acquired in a trade. Stanley’s winning experience and stature as a top junior should pay big dividends. Connor Hall, another

NHL draft choice, Giovanni Vallati, Kyle Gentles, and rookies Grayson Ladd and Jack York will fill out the blueline corps. The Rangers offence has been given new energy too. Kole Sherwood, an overage player was acquired in a midOctober trade with Flint. Flint received future draft picks in return. Sherwood had an impressive points total last season with 33 goals and 52 assists. That was good for ninth place in the OHL scoring race. He was also picked by Columbus in the NHL draft. The Rangers 100 point producer from last season, Adam Mascherin, is back again as is Joesph Garreffa, team runner-up. Connor Bunnaman, Greg Meireles, Riley Damiani, Eric Guest, Nick McHugh and others are being asked to ramp up their game.

McKenzie also did his homework on selecting his two European players Swede, Rickard Hugg and Adam Liska of Slovenia are proving to be welcome additions. In goal, the Rangers acquired a new netminder from the Quebec Junior League in Anthony Dumont-Bouchard. Luke Richardson, a returnee, will get ample time too between the pipes. Luke Opilka, currently injured could

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return at some point. The Rangers brass have assembled a very good roster. Time will tell if this team can reach its’ potential. In any event, it should be an interesting ride.


cKenzie has been part of the Kitchener Rangers operation since 2012 when he was hired as an Assistant Coach. In 2017 he’s now General Manager. At 31, he’s also one of the youngest in that position in the OHL. Talented young minds at the top is becoming a new trend in hockey circles. McKenzie continues to work closely with Murray Hiebert, Director of Hockey Operations. To date, there haven’t been any big surprises to the de-

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manding position, but he says you have to commit and adjust to long hours and a constant focus on team success. It certainly isn’t a 9 to 5 job. He doesn’t profess to have a mentor to lean on for support in tough moments, but stays in touch with his father and close friends for guidance. He’s happy with the Rangers showing so far, but wants the offence to pick it up. In a long season though, the highs and the lows seem to average out. His goal is for a long playoff run. You can bet there’ll be further tweaking of this team in the months ahead to achieve this goal.

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Notes from City Hall been contacted several times about both Ottawa Street and Woolwich Street but unfortunately neither of these projects are under my (i.e. Kitchener’s) jurisdiction. Ottawa St belongs to the Region of Waterloo and it’s taking longer than anticipated as they ran into some unforeseeable difficulty with sub-surface water-related infrastructure back in August. Woolwich St, which is actually owned by the City of Waterloo, isn’t terribly behind schedule, it’s just terribly inconvenient for residents

near Bridgeport/River Ridge. I know this work has been difficult but it’s also necessary. It will soon be behind us and I look forward to seeing these key thoroughfares modernized and safe. LED Streetlights Have you looked up lately? If you know me, or have read previous updates in this space, you know I’m a bit of a technophile, and consequently, really excited about our new LED Streetlights and the wireless communication technology built in. The installation

of these lights is nearing completion and not only will it save significant tax-dollars via less electricity, it will open the door to a host of Smart-City technologies but more on that later. If you’re worried the lights are too bright, sit tight, because once they’re all installed they will be automatically dimmed by about 25% and we’ll have the ability to dynamically dim any individual light. If you have any questions on these items, or any other city business, don’t hesitate to contact me anytime!

collection sites at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium near the Ottawa St. entrance and Hofstetter Park near King St. East and River Rd. Leaves taken to our leaf collection sites must be removed from their paper bags as the leaves from this sites are used as compost for farmer’s fields and the bags don’t break down as quickly as the leaves. For collection options on your street enter your address using our online tool at

and typing “leaf collection” in the search bar. You can also call Kitchener’s 24 hour contact centre at 519-741-2345. Council begins the 2018 budget process on November 20 with Operating Budget followed by the Capital Budget November 27. The Operating Budget is for operating our facilities and providing city services and programs to you. The Capital Budget is for building or maintaining assets that last for more than a year.

Your public input session is on January 15. Final Budget day is on January 22. Your thoughts and input are welcomed. My goal is to have the amenities and service levels you want at a tax level cost you’re comfortable with. For more information on the budget go to Please contact me if I can assist you. Our Contact Centre is staffed 24/7 to report an emergency, an issue or ask questions about any city department at 519-741-2345.

Heritage Conservation Districts There are currently four Heritage Districts in the City: Upper Doon, Victoria Park, St. Mary’s and Civic Centre. Heritage Districts are set up to conserve and enhance the unique character of a distinctive neighbourhood.

Each District is established with its own rules and standards. They are established to maintain the view and look of a neighbourhood. Rules relate to the views outside the homes and do not have any jurisdiction with the interiors of properties. Different Districts have different aspects. St Mary’s was established to conserve architecture and suburban landscapes unique to “War Time Housing”. Victoria Park’s goal is to conserve the Victorian architecture and the accompanying landscape. The Districts usually contain many similar type homes. Demolition of properties in these areas is not supported. Each area has its distinct guidelines and sets of rules.

A basic rule in all Heritage Districts is that any particular property cannot be enhanced by removing or causing changes to another District Property. All properties are of equal importance. Kitchener Council recently agreed to set aside its own rules to satisfy another level of local government – the Region of Waterloo. The majority of Council agreed to demolish two period properties to provide more open space for the Schneider Homestead. These properties were originally acquired by the Region to construct the Queen St-Benton diversion. That project has long been abandoned. The homes should have been maintained by the Region and left as part of the Victoria Park landscape. It will never

be possible to recreate the grandeur of the Schneider property as it was in the 1800’s without totally destroying the appearance of the District when it was established. Governments must live within the rules they have established for the rest of the community. In the future how can they deny a developer a similar rationalization. The arguments put forward by the Region were very insubstantial. Had they desired to ignore the rules they should have argued their case when the district was established. Shame on the Region and the Kitchener Mayor and Councillors who supported it. We cannot pick and choose what heritage we preserve!

Have you wondered how well you’re managing your waste now that the Region’s new waste regulations are in place? A number of environmental

committee members, including myself, took on the Zero Waste Challenge for the week of Oct. 16. During that week, all of my personal waste was put into a one litre jar. I wondered at the beginning how I would do. I was concerned that I would fill the jar too quickly and be embarrassed by the amount of waste that I still was producing despite my genuine efforts to compost and recycle everything I could. Day one was easy; I had only the wrapping from some flowers in the jar. As the week progressed I found

myself checking every item that could be recycled or composted. I was surprised that very little was going into my jar. Do you think you and your family could do the zero waste challenge? As I drive through the city and Ward 4 I am feeling hopeful as I see that more residents are disposing of their waste in the appropriate ways; however, I am saddened to still see garbage bags dropped along the side of country roads like Stauffer Dr. I also see garbage mixed in with

leaves at our leaf dumping site. It costs all of us extra when citizens don’t abide by simple regulations when disposing of their waste. These leaf dump sites are for the convenience of our residents who wish to dispose of their leaves on the weeks when yard waste is not picked up. We are also asking citizens to dump the leaves out of the bags, as leaves are being used by farmers on their fields this year, and bags do not break down quickly enough. Thanks for doing your part in dealing with your waste.

your property taxes at a reasonable rate while making investments in our community are paramount to the City of Kitchener. The Budget is funded through three areas: Operating Budget, Capital Budget and Reserve Funds. The operating budget and the capital budget are presented to council as well as a summary of the public feedback received to date. A public input session follows prior to final budget day. This is your budget. Feedback from you is essential to this process and provides the opportunity to

have a say where your tax dollars are spent. You can become involved by reviewing the budget and listening to the presentations of the operating and capital budgets to council. Join us in council chambers on November 20th and 27th for the budget discussions or via webstream at www.kitchener. ca. Other ways to provide feedback are via email, responding to City of Kitchener Facebook and Twitter posts, or through Engage Kitchener. Mark your calendars for the Public Budget Input Night on January

15, 2018 and Final Budget day on January 22, 2018. HNA Trails: Work is underway in Huron Natural Park as part of the Canada 150 grant recipient HNA Trails Project. The work is expected to last until February, 2018. During this time, certain trails will be closed to the public to facilitate construction however, all other features and amenities will remain open. For further information about the project and the trail closures map please visit: huronnaturalarea.

Construction There are a couple roads still under construction in Ward 1 that are frustrating residents, myself included if I’m being honest! I’ve

We’re in leaf collection season. Most of us will rake and bag our leaves for curbside pick-up on our waste collection day. We can also take them to our Ward’s leaf

Budget: Each year, city council approves an annual budget. The budget covers fire service, community services and operations, culture, planning and economic development. Keeping

Happy November! Hope everybody had fun on Halloween earlier this week and remembers to spread the candy loot over several weeks! It’s hard to believe that we are in the final two months of 2017 already – the year when we celebrated Canada’s 150th birthday! It’s been a pretty amazing year, both for our community and our country, and as we approach 2018, things look even more exciting as we look ahead! REMEMBRANCE DAY 2017 Our City of Kitchener 2018 Remembrance Day service, hosted by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 50 will be back at the cenotaph this year at the corner of Duke and Frederick Streets. The service will begin at 10:45am. With Remembrance Day being on a weekend this year, I invite many of you to come out for the ceremony, and encourage you to bring children and teens in particular. It’s extremely important that we take time to remember those who served and those who made the ultimate sacrifice so we can preserve the democracy and freedoms we enjoy in our country. Lest We Forget. Later that day, I invite you to join our community at the Kitchener Armoury on East Avenue as we unveil a decommissioned Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV), as part of a monument to honour Afghanistan veterans. A sincere thank you to our local Regimental Council, Canada Company and the Department of National Defence for their assistance with this important initiative. NEW WLU PRESIDENT Congratulations to Dr. Deborah MacLatchy, who became Wilfrid Laurier University’s 7th President during her installation at the WLU Fall convocation. As a WLU grad, I was honoured to attend the convocation to congratulate Dr. MacLatchy, who also became the second woman to hold the role of President and Vice-Chancellor. Laurier is an important partner of the City of Kitchener, with Downtown Kitchener being the home of WLU’s School of Social Work in the former St. Jerome’s High School building across from Kitchener City Hall on King Street. ...continued on next page

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Notes from City Hall Arena leaf disposal sites in Ward 6, this year you will need to empty your bags of the leaves. The reason being, these leaves will be sent to farmers to be used as compost in their fields and paper bags do not compost quickly enough for their use. Not sure what your options are for leaf disposal? Check out our handy web page at Just search “leaf collection” to find the page. Here you will find all your options, and if you live in an area that has curbside loose leaf collection. If

you do, and you choose to use this method of disposal, please have your leaves raked to the curb for 7am on the Monday morning of your week of collection. Please do not rake your leaves onto the road until the night before, so the road isn’t obstructed by leaves. Be prepared for winter parking on Kitchener’s streets. Here are a few things to keep in mind. Please remember that as of Dec. 1 you will no longer be able to park overnight on the street. This is to allow for proper clearing of roads when they

are plowed. Also, sign up to receive notices about Snow Events, which trigger the City of Kitchener’s tag-and-tow parking bylaw. Visit and search, “snow removal.” Scroll down to snow events and “sign up.” When we are to receive a significant snowfall, a snow event is declared for approximately 24 hours. During this time, no cars are allowed to park on the street, allowing crews to clear city streets and keep pedestrians and cars safe.

revamp how the city shares information with the public. The new homepage features outstanding local photography and new design that makes it easier to find the latest news, events and social feeds. Feedback from the public and city staff is what helped form the basis for the design improvements. Check out popular quicklinks on our homepage, navigating the new website couldn’t be easier! Just a note: All the old links will have changed therefore it is recommended that if you have

bookmarked any pages from the old website you will likely need to re-establish a new link to your favourites. Volunteering Have you ever thought of volunteering? Many of the programs and services in the City of Kitchener would not be possible without volunteers. Volunteering helps to strengthen our community and is a wonderful way to meet new people, to give back and become more involved. The City of Kitchener works alongside affiliated groups

such as our local Neighbourhood Associations and minor sports groups to deliver programs, various services and events. There is always a need for volunteers. For a current listing of volunteer opportunities, I encourage you to visit our website at www.kitchener. ca and click on Employment and Volunteering and complete your volunteer profile or contact 519741-2200, ext. 7564 for assistance in finding the perfect position. The list of opportunities changes often so make sure to check it regularly.

Yes, City Council last month decided to tear down two more heritage houses in the designated Victoria Park Heritage District. The Region of Waterloo wanted to have two homes

removed in order to expand their outdoor garden program. VP received its heritage district designation in 1996. The Region purchased the two houses on Queen St. next to the Joseph Schneider Haus back in 1989 and 1991. They stated that it was for heritage purposes. Well, I’ll have to correct this as these dwellings were purchased because it was intended first by the City and then by the Region to realign the BentonQueen corridor. Several houses were purchased for construction of this new roadway. The City’s Official Plan

stated this proposed realignment. I clearly remember that as a city planner back in the 1980s when I was dealing with land use applications in that area. In the meantime, several homes were demolished and a parking lot was created for the Schneider Haus. After many years and studies, the Region decided to abandon this new roadway and sold off many houses. It still retained these last two at Queen and Schneider. So now what, demolish the heritage homes and make an outdoor landscaped garden area. Wrong!

Belmont Village welcomes you to drop by and attend its annual upcoming Christmas in the Village launch that will take place on Sat. Nov. 25th from 10 am to 4pm. There will be Horse and Wagon rides, Christmas street music, an Information Booth, Santa Claus for photos, a dog parade, and a travelling gift card for you for a chance to win goods or gift cards. I will be there to meet and greet with you on this Christmas launch and look forward to seeing you on hopefully the first snowy day of the season.

Seven Kitchener councillors ignored their own heritage staff by voting recently to demolish two Victoria Park homes that could have provided housing for needy families.

Despite opposition from those staff members, a handful of Victoria Park residents and architecturalconservancy experts, council voted 7-4 to allow regional government to bulldoze the 90-year-old Queen Street homes near Schneider Avenue in order to expand and create more visibility for the Schneider Haus facility. Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic as well as Councillors Sarah Marsh, Dave Schnider, Paul Singh, Scott Davey, Bill Ioannidis and Kelly Galloway-Sealock voted in favour

of bulldozing the houses. Opposing the demolitions, I was supported by Councillors John Gazzola, Yvonne Fernandes and Zyg Janecki. A key point in the debate involved whether the demolitions would create what heritage officials argued would set “a dangerous precedent” in Victoria Park or any other heritage district in Kitchener. That precedent could involve any developer who buys homes in a heritage district and then seeks to demolish the properties and erect alternate buildings. Those supporting the demolitions

to make way for an additional Schneider Haus garden also rejected my attempt to defer the issue until the Region could investigate options other than demolition. And they dismissed arguments that the homes could provide emergency shelter for a few of the hundreds of refugee families arriving each year at nearby Reception House in Victoria Park. Meanwhile, those houses will be flattened at a time when the region has about 10,000 adults, children and seniors on a waiting list for affordable housing.

Leaf Collection It’s that time of year when the leaves fall. Across the city, residents have at least two options for managing their leaves: on your waste collection day, have your

raked and bagged leaves ready for curbside pick-up or on your own schedule, take them to one of the nine leaf collection sites. The leaf collection sites are open 7 days a week during daylight hours. New this year - bags will no longer be accepted at leaf collection sites and fines may apply if bags are dropped off. In areas with significant tree cover, the city provides curbside loose leaf collection on a set schedule. For details, search leaf collection at or call the 24 hour Contact Centre at 519-741-2345 to

inquire. If you require help with raking or bagging your leaves, we have some local agencies that may be of assistance. I suggest the Job Café at 519-513-9225 or Community Support Connections at 519-7728787. Fees for services may apply. Remembrance Day I hope to see you at the Fred Gies Branch 50 Royal Canadian Legion Annual Remembrance Day Ceremony. The Parade forms up at Ontario St. (between King and Duke) at 10:15 am and the Service takes place at the Kitchener Cenotaph at

10:45am. On November 11, Stuff to Do With Your Kids in KW and the Kitchener Market present: Movember Kids KW, a free family event from 10 am – noon in the Upper Kitchener Marketplace Kitchen. Moustache cookie making, face painting, arts and craft activities, a photo booth and more. Come out to the 17th Annual Frederick Art Walk on Saturday November 11 from 10 am until 5pm. We have so many talented artists and artisans within this beautiful neighbourhood.

Dear Residents of Ward 6, I wanted to give you a quick update on the leaf disposal program. If you choose to take your leaves to either the Meinzinger Park or Lions

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from previous page PLANNING AHEAD TO DECEMBER December is always a great time in Downtown Kitchener with many activities planned for families to enjoy the holiday season. The much beloved, Christkindlmarkt will come back for its 21st year, bigger and better than ever. It will run December 7th – 10th. Christmas Fantasy in Victoria Park will be returning again in 2017, and of course, no better place to welcome in 2018 than at our New Year’s Eve event at City Hall in Downtown Kitchener. More details on all these events next month!

Leaf drop-off sites now open for 2017 leaf collection program

Nine convenient leaf dropoff sites for the city’s 2017 leaf collection program are now open to the public. New this year, NO bags, not even paper yard waste bags, will be accepted at the drop sites. That’s because the Region of Waterloo is now removing the leaves from our drop-off site at the Aud and taking them directly to their site in Cambridge, which saves both the Region and the City of Kitchener much time and money. Many of the leaves go directly into farmers’ fields as fertilizer. Bags of any kind, including the paper yard waste bags, don’t have enough time to decompose before they are placed in the field. These bags cause issues for the farmer and their equipment. Leaves are piled loose in the following locations for collection, and should be debagged at the site. Drop-off sites, located in neighbourhoods across the city, are open seven days a week during daylight hours until December 8. The nine leaf dropoff locations are: Schaeffer Park - Bloomingdale Road Breithaupt Park - Kinsman Park, off Union Street Kitchener Auditorium - Ottawa Street North entrance Meinzinger Park Soccer Fields - Homer Watson Boulevard Lions Arena - Rittenhouse Road South West Optimist Sportsfield - Pioneer Drive Cherry Park - Strange Street and Waverly Road Victoria Street South at Eastforest Trail - Eastforest Trail parking lot Hofstetter Park - 40 Hofstetter Ave.

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Kitchener’s outdoor Kiwanis Park pool is ready for next summer

By Carrie Debrone iwanis Park will have a newly reconstructed outdoor swimming pool to offer residents next spring – just in time for its 50th anniversary. The $4.1-million reconstruction of Kiwanis Park pool (1000 Kiwanis Park Drive) is now complete. In 2014, the city was notified that because of changes in legislation, the pool no longer met current code requirements and would need improvements to its filtration and mechanical systems. Refurbished by Melloul-Blamey Construction, the project was completed on time and on budget despite a 7-day delay caused by spring flooding. The city is still looking for about $200,000 in sponsorship to help cover the cost of the pool’s adjacent new splash pad (Kitchener’s eighth splash pad), and is negotiating with several local businesses. In a survey asking residents to provide input on the pool design, 85 per cent of respondents indicated a preference for the splash pad despite the additional cost. The city of Kitchener held a media tour on October 23 to show off the new pool, which was filled with water for the occasion. It features the same unique and very popular sloped entry as the former pool. The pool has become a destination for many people in Kitchener, Waterloo region and beyond. “For some families this is their summer get away. People love this park,” said Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, who noted that after 50 years of use, it was expected that some renovation to the pool would be necessary. Its popular oval shape has been changed to include two oval pools that provide 4,500 square feet of swimming area. The pools, which gradually slope to a depth of four feet, hold a combined 2.4-million liters of water and are divided by


what is being called a sand bar. The raised concrete base that makes up the sand bar allows an additional lifeguard post, making it easier to keep watch on young swimmers. The pool’s gradually sloped deck and walkways are made of concrete, coloured grey, pink and tan, that help warn visually impaired people of the gradient changes. Adjacent to the pool the new splash pad includes 14 spray jets. Kiwanis Park was founded by the Kiwanis Club of Twin Cities in 1967 as a centennial project. The pool open in 1968. The park was looked after by the club until 2008 when the city of Kitchener took over its maintenance. The club is still involved with running the park’s snack bar. It opens each June and remains open until Labour Day welcoming about 45,000 visitors each summer. More than 500 visitors per week use the sports fields during the summer months, the park has about 300 dog park visitors a week, and over 100 visitors per week access its trails. Local politicians described the pool as a well-used “jewel” within the city. It is one of four outdoor city pools that include Idlewood, Harry Class and Wilson. Kitchener councillor Scott Davey said the project reminds him of how important local parks are to Kitchener residents. “The pool is the missing piece of the park,” he said, and noted that several weeks ago volunteers helped plant about 150 trees on the park’s 119-acre site to help complete the park upgrade project. ‘I am very excited to see this project come to fruition,” Davey said. In addition to the pool, Kiwanis Park also has beach volleyball courts, athletic fields, a playground, picnic shelter, nature trails, a leashfree dog park, a snack bar, outdoor ice rink in the winter, a canoe launch and access to the Walter Bean Trail and Grand River.

Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic steps onto the new Kiwanis Park splash pad. The pad features 14 spray jets. Photos by Carrie Debrone

Showing off the completed Kiwanis Park pool project are, from left, Kitchener councillor Sarah Marsh, Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, owner of Melloul-Blamey Construction Bernie Melloul, and Kitchener councillor Scott Davey.

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HOLLY & IVY CHRISTMAS SALE – The Garden Club of Kitchener Waterloo presents the Holly & Ivy Christmas Sale on Sat. Nov. 18, 10am – 4pm at First United Church, 18 William St., Waterloo. Crafted Items, Fresh Planters, Floral Design, Tea Room. Cash or cheque only, thanks. TIMELESS TUNES - Waterloo Regional Police Male Chorus fundraising concert in support of the K-W Seniors Day Program. K-W Seniors Day Program is a non-profit adult day program which supports seniors and older adults in our community to live at home with dignity. All proceeds will support the program to purchase assistive equipment for an accessible washroom. The concert with be on Friday Nov. 19, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 317 Franklin St. N in Kitchener. Doors open at 6:30pm, concert starts at 7:30pm. Silent Auction and refreshments. Tickets are $15.00. For advanced tickets please visit picatic. com/KWSDPtimelesstunes or call 519-893-1609.Tickets will also be sold at the door. INAUGURAL ORGAN RECITAL featuring Angus Sinclair on the newly installed recommissoned Casavant Pipe Organ Opus 2615 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Kitchener with special guest Kim Silver (flautist) on Sunday November 12, at 3pm. Free Concert. 322 East Ave Kitchener, 519-742-5812 LIONA BOYD PERFORMING IN KITCHENER - Liona Boyd, known around the world as “The First Lady of the Guitar” will perform at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 54 Benton St. Kitchener on November 19 from 7 – 9 pm. After touring the world for over three decades, Boyd recently released a much-anticipated new album and a new autobiography both titled No Remedy For Love. Tickets, $40, are available at, Centre In the Square Box Office, or by calling: 519-578-1570. Concert also features K-W singer/guitarist Andrew Dolson, and an appearance by The Cambridge Kiwanis Boys Choir. SULTANS OF STRING AT THE REGISTRY - 3x JUNO nominees/3x Canadian Folk Music Award winners Sultans of String who are celebrating their first festive album, Christmas Caravan, with performances across the country, will stop at the Registry Theatre, Dec 1st, 8pm, 122 Frederick St, Kitchener, 519-578-1570, www. Tickets are $30. EVENTS AT HOMER WATSON HOUSE & GALLERY - DIY Felted Ornaments - November 9 Noon – 1pm at Homer Watson House & Gallery, 1754 Old Mill Road Kitchener. Part of our Lunchtime Lounge Interactive Speaker Series, try your hand at making some cool felted ornaments just in time for the holiday season. Join artist Cornelia LeRoux and create a needle-felted ornament for a gift or for your own tree. Materials and instruction will be provided for this quick little workshop. Admission is $10 per person. Complimentary admission is offered to current members. Artist Talk - November 4, 1 - 3pm at Homer Watson House & Gallery. Join us to hear from the Instructors


exhibiting in our Annual Instructors Exhibition, Living Narratives. Hear from artists regarding their inspirations and techniques. Feature artist Ralf Wall will be on hand to talk about his feature exhibit Way of the Wanderer. Admission is by donation. Jingle & Mingle Holiday Party - November 25 at Homer Watson House & Gallery from 6pm- 8pm. Please join us for our Holiday Party, and the closing reception for our Annual Instructors exhibition: Living Narrative. Help us celebrate the season with live entertainment, tasty hors d’oeuvres and the festive spirit. For more information visit the house located at 1754 Old Mill Road Kitchener, call 519-748-6808 or visit ZONTA FILM FESTIVAL - The 7th annual 3-day Zonta Film Festival (ZFF) kicks of Tuesday Nov. 7th, at 6:30pm at the Princess Twin Cinemas, Uptown Waterloo. This year the festival features 8 inspiring, moving and thought provoking films including The Road Forward, The Founders, Pornocracy, Window Horses, Birth of a Family, A Suitable Girl, Little Stones and SuperGirl. Runs November 7, 8 and 9. All funds raised go to local service organizations for projects involving women. For tickets visit ANNUAL JUSTICE DINNER – The Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council in partnership with Community Justice Initiatives and Grand Valley Institution for Women will host the 39th annual Justice Dinner on November 16 at Bingemans Ballroom, Kitchener. Reception at 5:30pm, dinner at 6:30pm and program at 7:30pm. Keynote speaker is Ted Wachtel, Founder of the international Institute for Restorative Practices, Pennsylvania, with musical entertainment by Alysha Brilla, local artist and two-time Juno Award nominee. Tickets are $65 (plus HST). Tables of 8 available. Tickets are available by email at wrcpc@ TWO OF A KIND VENDOR SHOW – in support of the Grand River Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society. Over 80 vendors will be selling unique artisan products. From handmade holiday decorations, jewelry and bath products to paintings, framed quotes and knitting, there will be something for everyone on your list! Sunday, November 5 at Belgian Nursery (2615 Victoria Street N, Breslau) from 10am to 4pm. Admission is $3 per person or $5 per family and children are free. Admission cost and 10% of sales go to support the MS Society in our community. The Grand River Chapter has given over $100,000 in equipment and assistant funding for those living with MS in our community this year alone and spent over $180,000 on client services in total. Come out and do TWO great things – support a cause and pick up some unique gifts. SLEEP TIGHT ANNUAL PJ PARTY – in support of Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region will be held November 16 at 7pm at 1254 Union Street, Kitchener. All proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to benefit the women and children that Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region supports. In partnership with

Waterloo Regional Police Service, Sleep Tight has collected over 4000 pajamas since its fruition with the goal to send a message of comfort and hope to survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault. This year the focus will be solely on the PJ Party and any pajama donations can be brought to Hacienda Sarria on the night of the party. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased on For more information contact Meaghan Martin 519.496.3528 meaghan@ PICKLEFEST AT THEMUSEUM - The second annual PickleFest will take place at THEMUSEUM on Friday, November 17 from 7 – 10pm at THEMUSEUM, 10 King Street W., Kitchener- and it’s kind of a big dill. At this event, 8 restaurants from the Waterloo Region will present their favourite pickle accompanied by a signature dish. Restaurants include Abe Erb, B@THEMUSEUM, The Berlin, The Boathouse, The Bruce Craft House, Grand Trunk Saloon, Stark & Perri, and TWH Social. Each pickle and dish will be served alongside 8 beer samples from local breweries. A ticket is $30, or $25 for Museum After Dark members, and includes 8 sample dishes, 8 beer samples and a beer tasting glass. Extra beer samples will be available for $1 each and wine and soft drinks will also be available for purchase. This event is 19+. THEMUSEUM BEER& SERIES – the 5th annual Beer& Series includes: Beer& Knitting – Wednesday, November 15; Beer& Brush Lettering – Wednesday, November 29; Beer& Essential Oils – Wednesday, December 13. The Beer& Series events are 19+ and each pair an Ontario Craft Brewery partner with a unique activity. More themes will be released for January 2018. All evenings will begin at 6:30 pm and include admission to THEMUSEUM and its various exhibitions, plus one pint of beer, and a lesson or craft. Additional beer will also be available for purchase. Tickets range in price and can be found online at ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR - Sat. Nov. 4 – St Luke’s Lutheran Church located at 317 Franklin St N, Kitchener is holding its annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday November 4, from 8am to 1pm. The bazaar features gently used Christmas items, knitting, baking, candy, preserves, jams, meat pies and lunch (sandwiches, desserts & beverages). Numerous guest presenters also! Admission is free. Please come and bring a guest. Contact: Gay Anderson 519 8936827 COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS BAZAAR – 7th Community Christmas Bazaar With Nativity Tree Display (Soup and Bun Lunch) Saturday, November 25, 2017, 8am-1pm at Hope Lutheran Church 30 Shaftsbury Drive, Kitchener (corner of Ottawa and Heritage Drive) 519-893-5290 BEECHWOOD MANOR’S FESTIVE CRAFT MARKET - Saturday November 18, 9am-2pm at 305 Erb Street W, Waterloo. www. Knitting,

handmade crafts, gifts, stocking stuffers, decorations, plus a fresh bake sale, Coffee Shop and a variety of vendors. Admission is free. Everyone is welcome, bring some friends! TOASTYTOES SOCK DRIVE - the need for socks will start soon for our neighbours who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness. The ToastyToes campaign begins on World Homeless Day – October 10 and will run until Nov. 10. Socks are the most requested and least donated item at shelters, and wet, torn or worn out socks can lead to a multitude of foot-related health issues. Please consider hosting a sock collection at your workplace or hosting one with your family over Thanksgiving weekend, where a package of new socks could be the price of admission to your Thanksgiving dinner. A collection could also be done with your child’s hockey team or dance studio to raise awareness of youth who find support at oneROOF Youth Services in our Region. For the second year, the YMCAs of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge will be accepting your sock donations. SUNNYSIDE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS LIKE YOU! - We are a Regionoperated campus at 247 Franklin St. N. in Kitchener with long-term care, supportive and affordable housing, and other services for older adults. Make a difference in your community by giving one to two hours a week to assist over mealtime. Your time would enable a resident to have a quality dining experience. To apply, visit www.regionofwaterloo. ca/volunteeratsunnyside<http:// w w w. r e g i o n o f w a t e r l o o . c a / volunteeratsunnyside> or call Janice Klassen at 519-893-8494, ext 6372. MOONLIGHT MASQUERADE – The Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region presents the Moonlight Masquerade Dinner and Ball on Sat. Nov. 4. Doors open at 6pm, dinner at 7pm at the Waterloo Region Museum, 10 Huron Road, Kitchener. Entertainment and silent action. Who will you become? Tickets (on sale until Oct. 28) are $100 before Oct. 14 and $115 after Oct. 14 and are available by visiting ART$PAY ART SHOW & SALE – The first annual Art$Pay Art Show & Sale will be held November 10 and 11 at the Walper Hotel in downtown Kitchener. Over 700 feet of original curated art will be displayed by 50 artists. The Opening Reception on Friday, November 10 from 7-10 pm offers food, music, a cash bar and a first look at all the great art for sale! Tickets are $10, advance purchase only. On Saturday November 11 the show continues from 1-4:30 pm. Tickets are $5; children 12 and under are free. Artists will be in attendance to talk about their work on both dates. Two Art Talks at Noon on November 11 are included with admission. Talk One looks at the qualities of good art with David Kaye Galleries and other speakers. Talk Two helps you find out how to get more original art into your workplace and life, more easily, with Paula White-Diamond Gallery, Art$Pay and Upside Accounting. Art Talk numbers are limited and preregistration is required. For tickets and event details visit www.artsplay.

org or email AN EVENING WITH HAWKSLEY WORKMAN – the Kitchener Public Library and the Centre In The Square will host a special free event - An Evening with Hawksley Workman on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at the library, 85 Queen Street, Kitchener. This free event will feature Hawksley performing, reading from his children’s book Almost a Full Moon and being interviewed about his career by Craig Norris, radio host at CBC-KW. Few Canadian artists have built a career with as much breadth, depth and diversity. Hawksley has acted as producer for Tegan and Sara, Serena Ryder and Great Big Sea. He has opened for Morrissey, David Bowie and The Cure. He has released 16 solo albums, written a children’s book and produced a cabaret theatre show that has run in cities around the world. Join us for what will be a truly magical evening as Hawksley tells his stories through song and speech. His appearance is in support of the launch of Kitchener Public Library’s new musician mentoring website, SCHWABEN CLUB COMING EVENTS Saturday, November 11, 2017 – The David Love Band – at the Schwaben Club. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., Show starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets $5.00 in advance, $10.00 at the door. Sunday, November 12, 2017 – Christmas Marketplace from 11 am – 4 pm – at the Schwaben Club. Baked Goods – Crafts – Handmade Items. Free Admission. Bring a donation for the food bank and get a ballot for great prizes. Visit Santa 12-3pm. Plus get a digital photo with a donation to the food bank. Saturday, November 18, 2017 – Gruendungsfest der Frauengruppe des Kitchener Schwabenklubs. Music provided by the Weiss Blau Band. Club Members $32.00, Guests $38.00, Frauengruppe Members $28.00, Child (9-12) $13.00, Children under 9 are free. Doors open 4:30 p.m. Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available until Monday, November 13, 2017. Saturday, November 25, 2017- “Rock of Ages” The Ultimate Tribute to DEF LEPPARD, appearing at the Schwaben Club. Doors open at 7:30 m, show starts at 8:00 pm. Tickets $10.00 in advance, $15.00 at the door. FOLK NIGHT AT THE REGISTRY’S 12TH SEASON - presented by the Old Chestnuts Song Circle, features an exciting lineup of rising stars and iconic folk artists, thanks to the enthusiasm of our Folk Night audiences. We will welcome singersongwriters and traditional musicians from both near and far, bringing audiences the broad and evocative music that makes up “folk”. All shows are at 8pm and take place at The Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick St, Kitchener. Advance tickets and a limited number of series passes are available exclusively through www. and Line up includes: Jan. 20 Joe Crookston; March 10 Joe Jencks and Si Kahn; April 14 Dave Gunning and JP Cormier; and May 5 Shari Ulrich.

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Arts & ENTERTAINMENT Drayton Entertainment announces 2018 lineup


he production line up being offered during the 2018 Drayton Entertainment season has been set. Artistic Director Alex Mustakas continues his bid to bring crowdpleasing productions to the award-winning charitable theatre organization’s seven stages throughout Ontario. The coming season will feature a brand new show, Canada 151: Better Late Than Sorry, celebrating the true north strong and free starring local celebrity Neil Aitchison as the ever-popular Mountie, a grand-scale production of Disney’s underwater musical The Little Mermaid, and the regional premiere of Ghost: The Musical, based on the hit romantic film. “Variety is key next season,” said Mustakas. “There is something for everyone, from Broadway blockbusters and hilarious comedies to classic musicals and

family fun with another beloved Disney classic and our annual holiday panto.” The 2018 will also see the official renaming of the Dunfield Theatre in Cambridge to Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge, thanks to the generous philanthropy of longtime supporters John and Terry Hamilton. Over the last several years, Drayton Entertainment has made industry heads turn by procuring the Canadian premieres of major Broadway shows. The Irving Berlin musical Holiday Inn continues this momentum with its thrilling choreography, huge dose of humor, and legendary music. Mustakas himself is returning to the stage for the first time in five years to star as the deluded knight errant, Don Quixote, in the epic musical odyssey, Man of La Mancha. Here’s the line up for theatres in the KW area: Hamilton Family Theatre

2017 Frederick Art Walk is November 11


ocal artists are gearing up for the 17th annual Frederick Art Walk, which will be held Saturday November 11 from 10am to 5pm. The free event is a 4 km walking tour through Kitchener’s Central Frederick neighbourhood - one of Kitchener’s oldest neighbourhoods, bound by Victoria, Krug and Lancaster Streets and East Ave. This year, 31 artists will be stationed in homes along the walking route, which open their doors to visitors. Products for sale include fabric art, paintings, watercolour, soap, confections, chocolate, preserves, clothing, photography, pottery, stained glass, metal work, jewellery, woodwork, knitting, weaving and sewing crafts. Since the event occurs on Remembrance Day this year, the host homes will be collecting donations for the K-W Poppy Fund. For more information about the walk and where artists will be located visit


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Cambridge (formerly Dunfield Theatre Cambridge) Hairspray - March 14 to April 8. The Birds and The Bees - May 23 to June 10 Cruisin’ Classics - July 11 to July 21 Jonas & Barry in the Home August 9 to August 26. Man of La Mancha - October 10 to November 4. Holiday Inn - November 22 to December 30 Drayton Festival Theatre Holiday Inn - May 16 to June 3 (Canadian premiere) Canada 151: Better Late Than Sorry - June 20 to July 8. The Birds and The Bees - July 25 to August 11 Cruisin’ Classics - August 22 to September 1. Kings & Queens of Country October 3 to October 14, St. Jacobs Country Playhouse The Drowsy Chaperone - March 28 to April 1 West Side Story - May 9 to June 2. The Rainmaker - June 20 to July 7 The Little Mermaid - July 18 to August 4 Out of Order - August 15 to September 1. Ghost: The Musical - October 3 to October 21 Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto - November 28 to December 30. St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre DIY FESTIVAL AT KPL Shear Madness - September 12 to Schneider Haus Museum staff member Justin Clouthier shapes December 23. the end of a feather to be used as a quill pen. He demonstrated Tickets go on sale for groups and the Mennonite art of ‘Fraktur’ using quill pens during the DIY subscribers on November 15 and to Festival held at the Kitchener Public Library October 21. Visitors the general public on December 1. were invited to use a feather pen, made on the spot by Clouthier, Regular performance tickets are $46 to write the letters of the alphabet or their names using black ink. for adults; $27 for youth under 20. They then got to take the quill pens home with them. Tickets for groups of 20 or more, 8 • JULY 2017 • KITCHENER CITIZEN (EAST EDITION) as well as select discount dates are Photo by Carrie Debrone $37.

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Sunday November 26, 2017 Elmira Lions Hall 40 South Street West, Elmira Doors open at 1:00 p.m. Show begins at 1:30 p.m. To order tickets: Call Jane at 519-291-1656

Adults: $20 Students: $12 5 & under: Free or online 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!


The Christmas Secret By Karen Swan REVIEWED BY:

Laura Luopa Manager, Information Services

Searching for romance, sweeping stories of friendship and love, or trying to escape to another continent with your reading? Bestselling romance author Karen Swan should be in your to-be-read list. Originally a fashion journalist, she left her career and pursued her desire to become an author so she could stay closer to home and raise her three children. She lives in the forest in Sussex, England, and writes her books in a treehouse that overlooks the Downs. Her books include Christmas at Tiffany's, Prima Donna, The Perfect Present, The Summer Without You, The Paris Secret, and The Rome Affair. She has now published over a dozen popular novels. Each of Swan’s novels explores a different setting, from European capitals to the Cornish coast and the Canadian Rockies. Her writing is filled with rich descriptions of the settings, and explores the glamourous and complicated lives of her characters. Throughout the novels, relationships - both friendships and romances - are central to the storylines.

She develops interconnected relationships between friends and families, but always with romance as a key theme throughout. With gripping plots and storylines, fans and reviewers alike describe her novels as page-turners that you just can’t put down. Swan’s next novel The Christmas Secret promises to give existing fans all the elements they look for in her writing, and will get new fans in the seasonal spirit. Set during the holiday season, this gripping story takes place in the United Kingdom. Alex Hyde is contracted as an executive coach for Lochlan Farquhar, the troubled head of a Scottish whiskey company. Working with Lochlan, Alex finds their relationship becoming blurred and realizes first impressions are not always correct. Don’t miss your opportunity to meet the author and hear more about her travels, her stories, and her writing process! Karen Swan will be at Central Library on Wednesday, Nov. at 7 pm as part of the 85 Queen series. All Kitchener Public Library events are free. Find more information and register to attend at, or call 519.743.7502.

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

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