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Church bell will toll 100 times on November 11 to remember the end of WWI By Helen Hall t the setting of the sun, they will remember them. The youth of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in downtown Kitchener will start ringing its bell 100 times at 5pm on November 11. They are taking part in the Bells of Peace remembrance initiative being organized by Legions across Canada to re-enact the bells that rang in local churches across Europe and in Canada 100 years ago on November 11 to mark the end of the First World War. Pastor Mark Ehlebracht of St. Peter’s said they were informed of the Bells of Peace program by Branch 50 of the Royal Canadian Legion (Fred Gies branch) in Kitchener and were glad to take part. “We honour those who served Canada, past and present, by ringing these bells as symbols of peace, victory, relief and joy,� Ehlebracht said. “The hope is that all who hear the Bells will stop and focus on the loss and sacrifice both on the battlefield and at home, and to feel, perhaps for a second, the joy that peace brought after so much death and destruction.� The Bells of Peace program is geared toward youth remembering the sacrifices of war, so it is fitting that the youth group at St. Peter’s will be ringing its bell. There are about 10 youth in the group led by Kris McGee. St. Peter’s is located on Queen Street North, between Duke and Weber.


Although the church has been located on this site since 1863 (after they bought the piece of land for $178.50), the current structure was built in the 1960s with a tall, free standing bell tower in the courtyard in front of the church. It is rung electronically from inside the building. On November 11, there will be five seconds between each toll of the bell. Sundown has been chosen to reflect a line from the poem “For the Fallen� by Robert Laurence Binyon that is recited at Legion meetings, “At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.� In Ottawa, the Peace Tower bells will ring in sync with those in Mons, Belgium, the final town liberated by the Canadian Corps in 1918. Don Gingrich, Poppy Chair for the Kitchener Legion said “it’s appropriate� that St. Peter’s has offered to ring its bell, as the church is located not far from the Cenotaph on Frederick Street in downtown Kitchener. Remembrance Ceremonies The Kitchener Remembrance Day Parade and Ceremony will be held on Sunday, November 11, 2018. The Parade will start at the corner of Duke and Frederick Streets. The service will start at 10:45 am at the Cenotaph on Frederick Street. Kitchener’s German Remembrance Service will be held Sunday, November 18, 2018 at Woodland Cemetery at 2:30 pm. For more information about the Kitchener Legion and its activities, visit

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church youth group member Cameron McGee will be one of the youth from his church that will ring its bell 100 times at sunset on November 11 to mark 100 years since the end of World War I. Photo by Helen Hall

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Redman elected as new regional chair and Vrbanovic re-elected as Kitchener mayor By Carrie Debrone and Helen Hall opes for a smooth online 2018 municipal election and earlier results were dashed on October 22 election night as servers across Ontario and in Waterloo Region were overwhelmed causing delays in both casting and counting votes in several municipalities. Results were delayed in Woolwich, Wellesley and Cambridge because of the technical problems and it was announced on election night that the Regional Chair winner would not be named until October 23. The server breakdowns caused problems and confusion even in municipalities that did not have online voting because all ballots in the region included candidates for regional chair. The result was that the winner from the four candidates vying for the region’s top job could not be announced on election night in order not to influence the outcome of the election in one municipality that had experienced technical problems and had extended its voting period to 8pm on October 23. In Kitchener, Berry Vrbanovic was easily elected for a second term as Mayor, taking over 85 per cent of the vote. At his election party, Vrbanovic told supporters that he is “humbled by the trust you have shown in me. You will never know what your support has meant to me.”


He said he is excited to continue his agenda to make Kitchener even better, and will continue with work to strengthen neighbourhoods and build a caring community, work collaboratively to build a strong council team, and ensure that Kitchener continues to be a well managed city. “We have more work to do,” he said, adding that he plans to “continue to serve the city with the energy and enthusiasm that I have in the past.” “Tomorrow we’ll wake up to begin the next four years of the journey together,” Vrbanovic said. At Karen Redman’s postelection gathering, she thanked her supporters for their help, but because of the computer glitches that caused the results to be delayed until the following day, they were unable to celebrate her victory. It was announced after 8pm on October 23 that Redman had won. Redman declared her candidacy for Regional Chair in May of this year while serving as a Waterloo Region councillor representing Kitchener. A lifelong resident of Kitchener, Redman has extensive experience in the political world. She has served her community in multiple capacities for over 20 years at both the municipal and federal levels. Redman was elected Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre in 1997 and re-elected in 2000, 2004 and 2006. She was most recently the CEO of Habitat for Humanity

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Waterloo Region, and resigned to run for Regional Chair. Redman will lead a Regional Council comprised of eight directly-elected regional councillors and the mayors of the seven local municipalities that include Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo and the townships of North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich. “I am pleased to see Karen Redman elected to Chair and am confident she will provide solid leadership, engage the community and serve with a caring, responsible government,” said retiring Regional Chair Ken Seiling following Redman’s victory. Final results show the October 22 municipal election turnout was only 28.22 per cent. Here are the results: Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic - elected with 34,983 votes (85.47%) Kitchener Ward Councillors Ward 1 Scott Davey – elected with 2,683 votes (61.73%) Ward 2 Dave Schnider – elected with 3,405 votes (59.67%) Ward 3 John Gazzola – elected with 1,621 votes (66.8%) Ward 4 Christine Michaud - elected with 1,423 (39.24%) Ward 5 Kelly Galloway-Sealock – elected with 1,779 votes (65.91%) Ward 6 Paul Singh – elected with 2,733 votes (80.71%) Ward 7 Bil Ioannidis – elected with 2,631 votes (52.44%) Ward 8 Margaret Johnston – elected with 1,946 votes (49.24%) Ward 9 Debbie Chapman – elected with 2,162 votes (52.15%) Ward 10 Sarah Marsh – elected with 3,911 votes (76.39%) Waterloo Region Chair

Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic celebrating his victory on election night. Karen Redman elected with 66,370 votes ( 62.40%) Waterloo Regional Councillor Tom Galloway – elected with 23,078 votes (19.15%) Elizabeth Clarke – elected with 21,037 votes (17.46%) Michael D. Harris – elected with 16.935 votes (14.06%) Geoff Lorentz – elected with 16,599 votes (13.78%) Member – Waterloo Region District School Board Joanne Weston – elected with 10,953 votes (13.17%) Natalie Waddell – elected with 10,663 votes (12.82%)

Kathi Smith – elected with 10,522 votes (12.65%) Mike Ramsay – elected with 10,391 votes (12.50%) Member – Waterloo Catholic District School Board Tracey Weiler – elected with 5,319 votes (27.88%) Greg Reitzel – elected with 4,593 votes (24.08%) Brian Schmalz – elected with 3,763 votes (19.73%) Kevin Dupuis – elected with 2,933 votes (15.38%) Membre – Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir Dorothée Petit-Pas acclaimed

Thank you Waterloo Region! I value and appreciate your support in electing me as your Regional Chair. Together we will build a strong, prosperous Region for all. 

Karen Redman

Newly-elected Regional Chair Karen Redman and former Kitchener Mayor Carl Zehr at Redman’s gathering on election night. Troubles with online voting in Cambridge and Woolwich and Wellesley Townships meant the chair results were not available until 24 hours after voting closed on October 22.

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Kitchener offers two programs to assist with sidewalk snow removal Helen Hall he deadline is drawing near to apply for a City of Kitchener program that can provide neighbours with a grant of $500 to purchase a snow blower to clear the sidewalks in their neighbourhood. The City of Kitchener has grant funding available for up to 10 neighbourhood shared snow blowers. Applications are due by November 9. Residents living in the same neighbourhood can submit an application to receive the grant toward the purchase of a new snow blower. Resident groups must have a minimum of four group members. If the application is successful, each resident group member will sign the Neighbourhood Shared Snow Blower Letter of Understanding and equally share in the ownership of the new snow blower. The grant is used to offset the cost of a snow blower. If the neighbourhood group purchases a more expensive snow blower, the remainder of the cost must come from their own pockets. Rules for the use and care of the snow blower, like the schedule for its use, who will store it, and who will pay for gas and repairs, must be agreed upon by the neighbourhood residents. The City does not own the snow blower, it is owned by the resident group. The snow blower must be used to clear sidewalks. The shared snow blower can also be used to clear snow from private walkways and driveways. Resident groups will be asked to identify which sidewalks in their neighbourhood they



can commit to clear using the shared snow blower. Extra consideration will be given to resident groups that identify sidewalk snow clearing that helps clear routes to key community destinations such as schools, bus stops, and other nearby amenities. The Working Centre Through a partnership with the City of Kitchener, The Working Centre is offering assisted sidewalk and windrow clearing services for residents in need through the 2018/2019 winter season. A snow windrow is the pile of snow that is left at the bottom of a driveway after the snow plow has cleared the road. The Working Centre has capacity to provide this assistance to 50 properties free of charge. Thirty of these spaces are available for early registration and enrollment will be confirmed for those approved on November 15. The remaining 20 spaces will be available to residents in need identified through the City’s bylaw enforcement program. Residents eligible to receive this service must meet the following criteria: • Must reside in the City of Kitchener living in a detached dwelling or semi-detached dwelling with frontage to a public street with adjacent sidewalks. • Must be an older adult aged 65 years or older, and/or have a disability that prevents you from removing snow • Cannot afford to pay for private snow removal. • There is no able-bodied person living in the same household who is physically able to shovel snow

THANK YOU KITCHENER “I am forever grateful for the vote of confidence you have once again placed in me to lead our city, and I was humbled by your strong support. I love our city, and I look forward to working together with you over the next four years to continue building strong neighbourhoods, a growing economy and a better, more caring Kitchener for everyone.”


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Sunnyside Home Supportive Housing tenants Hannah Baker (left) and Angela Plante volunteered to sell some of the handmade items they helped make at the annual Sunnyside Foundation Bazaar held Nov. 3 at the home. Proceeds from the bazaar, which offered handcrafted and specialty items from over 40 vendors, benefit programs and services for older adults living in long-term care and the community. Photo by Carrie Debrone

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SPCA recognizes wartime contributions of animals with a commemorative pin


new commemorative pin is being sold by the Ontario SPCA to recognize the wartime contributions of animals. “A variety of animals have served in wartime. Mules carried artillery, horses transported troops and hauled field guns, pigeons delivered crucial messages and dogs served as messengers, medical assistants, bomb detectors and search and rescue workers,” said SPCA communications associate director Melissa Kosowan. The concept for the pin was launched in 2017 and the inaugural design featured a horse. “The Animals in War pin is designed to be worn alongside your poppy to remember our veterans and the animals who bravely served by their side. This year’s pin will feature a dog,” said Kosowan. The Ontario SPCA will also be sending officers to Ottawa to place a wreath during the National Remembrance Day Ceremony on November 11, marking the third time the Society has taken part. The Animals in War pin is available online at www. The cost of the pin is $12.95 and for each pin sold, $1

100 rings to mark 100 years In 1918, bells rang to celebrate the end of the First World War. At the setting of the sun on November 11, 2018, bells will ring in communities across Canada to remember.

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The War Amps 1918-2018

The War Amps programs have grown over the years from assisting war amputees – whom we still serve – to all amputees, including children. Today, we still have much to do to ensure amputees have the artificial limbs they need to lead independent and active lives. To achieve this, we need you! Thanks to donations to the Key Tag Service, our programs will carry on long into the future. To order key tags, please visit or call 1 800 250-3030. Charitable Registration No.: 13196 9628 RR0001

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Adèle Hempel Manager/Curator

New in the Collection

With the OMA Award of Merit in Exhibitions are, from left: Philip Ower, Exhibit Designer and James Jensen, Supervisor, Collections and Exhibits, Waterloo Region Museum. Photograph provided by Waterloo Region Museum.

This crayon portrait is of James Cook (1800-1880) from the former Waterloo Township (now Waterloo Region). Crayon portraits were popular from the 1860s to the early 1900s, and were an inexpensive alternative to a painted portrait. The process involved enlarging a photograph onto drawing paper using a weak emulsion, which produced a faint image. The artist would then draw over the photograph with charcoal or pastels, copying the photograph while making it look hand drawn. Adèle Hempel is the Manager/Curator, Region of Waterloo Museums Contact her at

Waterloo Region Museum and local volunteer Warren Stauch receive OMA Awards of Excellence


aterloo Region Museum received an Award of Excellence in Exhibitions, and Warren Stauch received a Volunteer Award of Excellence at the Ontario Museum Association (OMA) Annual Conference that took place Thursday, October 25, 2018 in Toronto. The OMA Awards of Excellence are an opportunity for the OMA to recognize institutions and individuals who are leading the way in enriching people’s lives and helping build vibrant and engaged communities Award of Excellence in Exhibitions Waterloo Region Museum - Trailblazing: Women in Canada since 1867 The OMA Award of Excellence in Exhibitions recognizes the creation of an exhibit. Examples may include permanent, temporary, traveling or virtual exhibitions. Trailblazing: Women in Canada since 1867 was on exhibit from September 2017 to January 2018 at the Waterloo Region Museum. The exhibition examined 150 years of women’s history in Canada divided into five thematic areas: work, education, politics, body, and violence against women. Within each theme the exhibit examined specific events and the trailblazing women who have brought about, and continue to bring about, social and political change. The exhibit examined women’s experiences based on race, ethnicity, and class, and juxtaposed the well-known “trailblazers” with “everyday” women. Museum staff worked with an advisory committee of local academics who provided editorial review. All those involved in the creation of Trailblazing strived to transcend sociopolitical boundaries and integrate diverse and marginalized voices, including those of Indigenous and minority women previously underrepresented in Canadian history. The exhibit incorporated interactive components using both leading edge responsive technology as well as low-tech activities that underscored the physical effort and skill of women’s work through the 1960’s. Audience response to the exhibit was very positive and the exhibit

will tour for five years, continuing to shape the story of Canada’s trailblazing women. Volunteer Service Award of Excellence Warren Stauch - Volunteer, Region of Waterloo Museums The OMA Volunteer Service Award of Excellence is presented to individuals who have made a significant contribution to a museum or museums through volunteer work. Serving for more than 50 years as a volunteer with Region of Waterloo Museums, Warren Stauch’s boundless dedication to preserving local heritage has had lasting, widespread impact. Stauch’s contributions to his community have been invaluable, extending throughout his life. During his career as a high school geography teacher and university lecturer, Stauch was always an active volunteer and held leadership roles in regional heritage organizations. In the 1970s, Stauch served as President of the Board of the Ontario Pioneer Community Foundation, which administered Doon Pioneer Village (now known as Doon Heritage Village), and spearheaded changes to the village and studies for the future of the site. Simultaneously, he was also involved in the Waterloo Heritage Foundation and the restoration of Schneider Haus National Historic Site. In 1983, both of these sites came under the jurisdiction of the Regional Municipality of Waterloo and through the subsequent years, right up to the present, Stauch has been involved with both sites as a very active volunteer. Serving on the Friends of Waterloo Region Museum board, Stauch has helped support fundraising and programming initiatives for the Waterloo Region Museum, undoubtedly helping it achieve success in becoming the largest community museum in Ontario. Stauch’s exemplary contributions of support and leadership are deserving of much praise and recognition, demonstrating the important impact volunteers have in heritage institutions across the province.

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Dave Northey (1949-2017) attended the University of Waterloo, where he excelled in varsity cross country running and won many championship races in the 1970s. Northey was a founding member of the Waterloo County Amateur Athletic Association and a member of the organizing committee for the inaugural Waterloo 10 KM Classic Road Race. Visit the Hall of Fame exhibits located on the second floor of the Waterloo Region Museum.

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Saying good-bye after 33 years as Waterloo Region Chair

Carrie Debrone t took less than one minute for retiring Waterloo Region Chair Ken Seiling’s secret to success to surface. When I arrived to interview him for this article he greeted me at the regional offices with a smile as comfortable as if I had been a guest at his home. He asked if I would like coffee. When I said yes, he immediately went to the kitchen, poured a cup for each of us and carried them to his office, warning me to watch my step because of all the moving boxes currently piled on his office floor. Caring service -- with a smile. That’s the way I think many people will remember his 33 years in office – his gift of keen committment to this region and his humble, hard-working, down-to-earth willingness to serve in this piece of the planet that he so passionately loves. “Ken’s contribution as Regional Chair is remarkable not merely for the length of time, but the steady forward progress that has defined our Region,” said newly elected Regional Chair Karen Redman who worked with Seiling as a Waterloo Region councillor. “He has been an understated statesman who has provided leadership to successive councils for challenges from provincial governments. Local decisions on rising to the new evolving responsibilities such as social housing when it was downloaded to the region, the implementation of Ontario Works and the withdrawal of discretionary supports for welfare recipients have defined the caring community people in Waterloo region expect from local government.” “Ken has recognized the talent and vision of staff throughout the years. After thorough consideration and due diligence Ken has worked to implement ambitious projects such as the LRT that will enable the region to be at the forefront



of progress and prosperity. Ken has provided respectful and effective relationships with successive provincial and federal governments irrespective of partisan stripe. All of these contributions demonstrate the values and ethics that define Ken as a person, his leadership and by extension, the councils serving Waterloo Region for the past 33 years,” Redman said. Seiling’s patient, inclusive and out-of-the-spotlight way of doing things has certainly served him well and has resulted in wise and productive regional political decisions. And perhaps being such a good behind-the-scenes administrator has in many ways allowed him the time and freedom to avoid making rash decisions and to fully consider issues from all angles. Seiling, now 70 years old, has overseen many large regional projects including the long-term planning of transit, the establishment of local water and waste policies, streamlining garbage and recycling pickup, and the creation of 2003 Regional Growth Management Plan. Some consider his legacy to be the LRT, a project that took shape over many years under his watch. But if you ask him about his involvement with the success of any of these projects, the answer is wrapped in Seiling’s quiet humility. “Any success I’ve had is because I work with a great community. A lot happens here at the grassroots that no government can take credit for. We can only try to help and support the good things going on. That sense of stewardship is so imbedded here. I hope we don’t ever lose that.” However, it may be Seiling’s longevity in office for which he will be most revered. His political career began in 1976 when he was elected a Woolwich township councillor. In 1978 he ran for mayor and won the job, going on to be

Retiring Waterloo Region Chair Ken Seiling sorts though years of reports and memories deciding what to keep and what to donate to the regional archives. After 33 years as chair, 10 terms in office and more than 40 years in politics, he will retire November 30. acclaimed for three more mayoral terms. First appointed as Waterloo Region Chair in 1985, Seiling was only 37 years old. Fellow councillors

appointed him as regional chair again in 1985, 1988, 1991 and 1994, and when election rules changed in 1997 and the position of chair was put on the

ballot, he ran and was elected. Seiling went on to win six more times consecutively, usually garnering more than 70 per cent of the popular vote. Contrary to some current thinking, Seiling believes continuity of leadership shows strength rather than weakness in a community. “At different times I thought maybe I’ve outstayed my welcome, but I think continuity of leadership gives municipalities strength. We don’t regularly throw out our mayors or councillors here. I think that’s a positive. It’s problematic for communities who have frequent changes in leadership. They can’t attract ...continued on next page

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Regional Chair Ken Seiling to retire November 30...from previous page and hold high quality staff and the leaders aren’t rooted in the community. We’ve had a level of stability here that’s not usual elsewhere and we are known in political circles in Ontario as one of the best municipalities. We’re often called ‘The Region that Works,’” he said. The regional chair is the top elected official in the region. Working with a budget of about $1.5-billion and representing a population of about 580,000 people, the chair oversees a staff of about 4,200. Seiling describes the job as multifaceted. “The largest public role that the chair plays is being the face and voice of the region and the community,” he said, adding that the political part of the job, which may be more behind the scenes, is to keep council together, moving forward and working well together and to interface with the council and regional staff. “I always laugh when candidates make promises during municipal election campaigns. That’s just not the way things work. You’re only one of 16 votes. There’s no party politics at this level. There’s no whip telling councillors how to vote so the chair has to work very hard to make sure as many people as possible are involved and that they are working together and understand the issues. That’s one of the things I love about

municipal politics. There’s room for decisions that sway from right to left depending on the issue. I think you get more balanced decision making that way and more decisions that are concerned with the common good,” he said. Seiling also considers the often unseen work that a regional chair does with the province and other levels of government to be a very important part of the job. “I’m going to miss the opportunity to influence change at the provincial level. I’ve always been very protective of the region,” he said. “I’ll be watching what’s happening on that front.” And he sees there could be some major challenges coming. Provincial Premier Doug Ford’s government is looking at making changes to municipalities. Noting that while the methodology may have been wrong in the ward reduction that occurred when Ford’s government imposed the changes in Toronto just prior to the last municipal election, public opinion polls on the issue supported the move. “Things are still very much up in the air. I don’t think the province knows what it’s going to do. The changes could be as simple as making sure that all regional chairs are directly elected in every municipality, like we do here. It’s too early to predict what this government

Waterloo Region Museum renamed in honour of chair Ken Seiling

By Carrie Debrone n honour of the region’s longest serving chair, The Waterloo Region Museum will be renamed the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum. Serving for 33 years, Seiling announced his retirement last May. The renaming was announced October 21 at a tribute event for Seiling that raised money in support of Hospice of Waterloo Region. Regional Council will approve the change at its November 14 meeting. Community members that formed the Ken Seiling Recognition Committee unanimously agreed that renaming the museum would be the most appropriate form of recognition given Seiling’s local heritage interest and his support of heritage preservation initiatives. “We wanted to find a lasting way to recognize Ken Seiling’s significant civic leadership and community


contributions that suit his values and leadership style,” said Joan Fisk, Recognition Committee member. The museum reflects Seiling’s commitment to all aspects of this Region in the past, present and future.” “I appreciate it very much,” said Seiling, adding that the tribute reflects some of his interests and “a good chunk of his professional life before I became chair.” Before beginning his political careeer, Seiling worked at the Wellington County Museum. Many years ago, he also helped bring the Doon (now Waterloo Region) and Schneider Haus museums under the umbrella of regional responsibility. Busy packing up to vacate his regional office, Seiling said he had recently come across a letter from former chair Jim Gray thanking him for his work on those two museums – a letter he will either keep or donate to the regional historical archives.

• Chesterfield - November 11ammusic at Cenotaph in theSeiling Chesterfield C will do,” Seiling said. Seiling says projects like6 atplay as a hobby. • Drumbo November 11 at 11am at Blenheim Public School Seiling is concerned over how to provide more affordable has played piano and organ the shift in political trends housing, the opioid crisis11and and at directed choirs at various • Innerkip - November at 11am Cenotaph in Cemetery worldwide that seems to favour how• best support the local 5 at local part time over New to Dundee - November 11amchurches at New Dundee Park populism and extremism. arts •community will continue to the years, butDowntown says he intends Paris - November 11 at 11am at Cenotaph Paris “I watch the States and be issues that the new regional to step away from& District any music • Plattsville - November 11 at 11am at Plattsville Public Scho Britain and Ontario and I’m council will need to address. leadership role in order not to • Princeton - November 11 at 10:45am at Princeton Cenotaph less optimistic than I was when “The competition for money be tied down. brought you it by Mike DodgetoChrysler in Pa I took office. Some of this This is somessage tight these days,to and “I Yarek also hope try to Limited sort right wing negativity, racism sounds like the province is out my family genealogical and looking after yourself going to cut spending in some records, something I’ve only as opposed to others I find areas. Maybe we can find more had a little time to do in the troublesome,” he said, adding grassroots partners to help past.” that many people today accept fund some of these projects” Seiling officially retires behaviours from politicans that he said, adding that working November 30. Newly elected would not have been tolerated incrementally instead of taking Regional chair Karen Redman only a few short years ago. on huge projects may be a way will take over December 1. “I hope the pendulum will that the regional government “Each leader has to develop swing back and there will be level can make the most impact. their own style and their more balance,” he said. With retirement only a few own reputation. Karen has And he has some advice short weeks away, Seiling said experience in local politics and for young people and others he currently has no plans for his at the federal level. She’s smart wanting to get into politics. immediate future. and I think she’ll be okay,” “I am always amazed at “I’ve had offers, but I’ve been Seiling said. the people who run for office advised to take at least four or “I have no intentions of who have no community five months to figure out what I interfering politically --- unless experienced. It sort of blows really want to commit to. There they do something really me away. I think it should be a is no question I’m going to egregious, then they’ll see me,” prerequisite for anyone running miss the job,” he said. he laughed. for office that they have some He said he hopes to continue When asked if he had any community involvement. They to enjoy time at his family advice for the new chair, Seiling also need a good understanding cottage, spend time with his 9 quipped, “She should probably of what’s made this community grandchildren (and two more change the carpet in the office. tick.” on the way) and to continue to It’s been here for 25 years.”

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by the St. Mary’s Board of Trustees, led by Board Chair Tom Motz and Dr. Tom Stewart, Chief Executive Officer of the

St. Joseph’s Health System. St. Mary’s is the second largest hospital in the St. Joseph’s Health System. “We are delighted to welcome a leader of Dr. Falconer’s caliber to St. Mary’s,” Stewart said. “He approaches healthcare from a system perspective, and is committed to building on the strong relationships St. Mary’s enjoys with its healthcare, government and community partners.” “Dr. Falconer understands the traditions and the values of St. Mary’s and believes in our approach of putting the patient at the centre of everything we do,” said Motz. “He is passionate about continuing St. Mary’s

commitment to Lean management which has contributed to our recognition as one of the safest and most effective hospitals in Canada.” Looking forward to leading the organization, Falconer said he feels, “honoured and privileged to be joining the leadership team at St. Mary’s, an organization that has an outstanding reputation nationally and provincially in the provision of excellent care.” Falconer replaces Don Shilton, who retired as St. Mary’s President in June of this year. Marco Terlevic, Vice President Corporate Services and Chief Financial Offer at St. Mary’s, will continue as Acting President until Falconer officially assumes his role.


Leaf drop-off areas open until December 14


itchener residents can bring leaves that fall on their property to one of eight leaf drop-off sites located in neighbourhoods across the city until December 14. Or leaves can be mulched or composted or bagged for pick-up on yard waste days. Curbside collection only occurs in more heavily forested areas of the city. “The City of Kitchener and Region of Waterloo collaborated to develop a program where the Region brings collected leaves directly to farmer’s fields to be used as natural fertilizer for their crops,” said Scott Berry, Manager of Maintenance Operations for the City of Kitchener. “It’s an efficient process that helps our environment by using leaves a natural renewable resource – to improve farmers’ soil.”

Drop-off locations are open seven days a week during daylight hours and are for loose leaves only. Plan to take your bags or bins back with you after disposal. Sites are monitored and all other materials left at the drop-off locations will be subject to a fine. Leaf drop-off site are located at: • Schaefer Park - 75 Bloomingdale Rd. • Breithaupt Park - Kinsmen Park, off Union Street • Kitchener Auditorium Ottawa Street North entrance • Meinzinger Park Soccer Fields - Homer Watson Boulevard • Lions Arena - Rittenhouse Road • Southwest Optimist Sportsfield - Pioneer Drive • Cherry Park - Strange Street at Waverly Road • Hofstetter Park - 40 Hofstetter Ave. Please note that the Victoria Street South at Eastforest Trail site is permanently closed. Use one of the other locations. For properties located in designated curbside collection areas, city staff will pick up leaves during the following weeks: Blue zone: November 13-16 Gold zone: November 19-23 Brown zone: November 2630 Red zone: Hot spot; monitored and collection occurs as required from November 2 until December 7. Residents can type in their address using the online tool to find out what zone their property is located in, and leaf collection options available

to them, or call the Kitchener corporate contact centre for more information 519-7412345. Residents living within the identified zones on the online map are permitted to rake their leaves to the curb once during November, on the weekend before their scheduled pickup. The leaves must be at the curbside before 7 a.m. on the first day of the scheduled pickup week. Residents living in areas identified as “hot spots” on the online map will receive multiple leaf collections, as required, to keep the streets clear. Leaves in these zones must be raked out no later than December 3. Additionally, city staff will monitor all streets on a regular basis to ensure roadways remain safe and clear. No matter where you live, all residents are encouraged to use this order of preferences to help protect the environment and create less waste when dealing with their leaves: • Mulch them with a lawn mower to help fertilize the grass. • Compost the leaves on your property to enrich your garden. • Take your leaves to one of the eight leaf drop-off sites. • Bag your leaves for pickup as yard waste on collection days. • For properties in the curbside collection areas, rake leaves to the curb for pick-up by the city during the designated weeks for your zone. For more information visit: leafcollection





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THE KITCHENER CITIZEN OPINION PAGE the editor Heading heading heading heading Voting….the ultimate way to honour veterans Dear Carrie Debrone, another reading and also promised to call me back once this was done. It



very four toyears, I get this awful feeling in the and pit of myit I was pleased get your Kitchener Citizen (east edition) found stomach thinking about how low voter turnout will likely quite informative and I thank you for it. I just your short article regarding be at theread municipal election polls. the natural gas rates going down for customers. Weresidential are living in a region that appears increasingly apathetic Youitwrite that to Kitchener Utilities havepast a 2,100 cubic only meter 28.22 averageper use when comes elections. In this election annually for its residential customers. I still have an imperial gas meter, cent ofshows eligible voters in Waterloo region to cast a which the consumption in cubic feet. I have bothered never been able to read ballot. that meter and as for that matter, even the meter readers seem to have a The fact elections typically just few problem withthat it asmunicipal well. Why else would the city issueoccur a bill in the aamount of $452? weeks before Remembrance Day, makes it worse. bill hadtobeen $222.16. $295.79, there I already sat IMy findJanuary it difficult think aboutFebruary, all the brave men and women up and took notice, but then excused it by, the winter being especially harsh. who served our country, many who gave up their lives so that However, when I received my March bill, I knew that something was very we couldI called have the vote,and andwas then see to how of usofseem wrong. the right UtilitytoOffice asked takefew a piece paper toand cherish that right. a pen and read the meter myself. To this request I replied that I did not know how toAffairs read the Canada imperial meter and aside from66,655 that, it wasn't my job. Veteran records show Canadians The lady talked to was very nice and agreed to send out to do died and I172,950 were wounded in WWI. Ofsomebody the 1.1 million Canadians who served in WW2, 44,000 died and 54,000 were wounded. Of course, voting is just one way to honour the freedoms we enjoy because of the sacrifices made by soldiers, nurses and

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many who and areherpart protecting our country, was theothers very next day were that I received call of telling me that the new amount but it surely is a major way. owing was now $200.10, a mere difference of $251.90. I only wonder how often the meter had of been in thewhat past. we are saying to veterans When so many usmisread don’t vote, on either sideappreciated have metric because meters and I had previously is My thatneighbours their sacrifice isn’t during elections if Ionly couldhave get one that I would be to able to read. Theinanswer to that asked we not a responsibility participate democracy, consisted of a flat NO. weThehave responsibility honour privileges the past for that2004/005 gave uswhich that city ahad pre-authorized to withdrawal responsibility. they bungled up so badly that I revoked that privilege. I did ask that office really aren’t citizens if my werecords don’t which acceptI never and received participate to We please send me a paper trail for nor didthat I getresponsibility an answer to myand request course, oneof canusforget about in eachand, andof everyone should beana apology. part of determining the way our country is governed. willing I realize that it is up to your discretion to publish or not to publish my If you see a veteran on Remembrance Day and you voted, letter. However if you decide to print it I would like to warn my fellow may I make atosuggestion. Thank them with "Kitchenerites" be extra "vigilant" every timefor thatproviding Utility Billyou arrives. that right. Respectfully, If you see and veteran and you didn’t vote, thank them for Ingrid service E. Merkeland maybe let them know that you’ve given it their some thought and changed your mind….. when the next election comes you will take the time to vote as a way to ensure that their sacrifices will always remain in our memory. Carrie Debrone - Editor

Just what makes Kitchener so good at Arts development?


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 photographic arts opportunities here and first impressions are very me with information about what was going on here. Those people in turn encouraging. It's just not just in the tech side of quality that the community have offered their own advice and contacts, so again two thumbs up for should be judged. A thriving Arts usually does well. This can the level of you support theyfailing give each other.we throw/The torch,” I am hencommunity November rolls around, I lines, “To from hands not always be measured in the financial spectrum as the living standard Yes,certain there that are already many photographers doing Fields the normal can’t wait to wear a poppy, always fairly the man who penned In Flanders did expectations of artists are remarkably low. photographic needs of the region, but the opportunity to work with checking the earliest possible date that I not mean for us to set the world alight with war. We need better We don't want that two bedroom house within convenient driving emerging image companies like web designers, animation houses, software can don thisSpeaking flower as ofone Remembrance. And firefighters; we need or mall. of those underfunded distance to the golf course producers, locally basedwomen. video firms, electronic images for broadcasters independent art producers tell frequently you I've lived in embarrassed some very bad becausei'llI’ve been The growing Great War only eight months and the fighting as was the manufacturing base old, has declined. The live conditions just to be close to my working environment. An example being only entertainment industries, local graphic designers and most especially the by meeting a poppy seller precisely when 100 miles away, when 1,000 women from twelve when living in my various illegal Toronto warehouse studios many years emerging gallery system bodes well for business opportunities, even in this my red floret has mysteriously dropped off combatant countries gathered in the Netherlands to talk peace. before they were condoized. downturn. myThere jacket, even fashioned who held political, military, and economic power refused are I’ve basically twodevised reasons aforblack artistsmetal to be incenter an area. A slightly Men Kitchener is projected to be growing by a conservative estimate of from a jewellery post as a more permanent fastener. In my to listen. Yet these women notplans givecallup. fed and compact arts community with low rents and the availability of galleries or 100,000 people over the next 20would years and forThey a big investment I have noticed that thereinvention is a vibrant clothed venuesyears to showcase the artteacher, produced.I distributed latter as a history my little refugees, visited POW camps, and created in conversions of existing warehouse buildings into studio styletherapy live work theatre network here that none the lesspoppies is going through hard times. The programs to students, making certain their were affixed before for shell-shocked soldiers. space. Technically the manufacturing base hasTheir down-reward? turned andLosing left a lot music scenefor is really good with a solid choice ofhonoured local talentCanadian that is well sons, of empty buildings. departing our assemblies, where we brothers, and fathers to the cause, so many that in Great publicized by a few local free publications. Radio generally follows the If outthe of those numbers there soldiers are 10 percent artists in alltomedia that men and women who died in military service. Britain deaths of 750,000 is still referred as “the 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 The 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month has special Lost Generation,” and on November 11th, widows, orphans, community station. build up our community. Artists, being artists though, do not like to be The huge pool of university students drawhave from passed for a vocal audience significance in 2018, because 100 to years since the relatives, even we honouris their sacrifice. told how toand do things. Thestrangers, local government working hard to reach that and with someofdisposable helps H.G. in keeping the cities“the vibrant cessation hostilitiescash in what Wells termed war to But what about the two million British women who never level where they can integrate the needs of the artistic community enthusiastic. The number ofGreat professional artists is still small enough so that married, nor bore children? In an era where marriage was the end war.” Because the War did not end war. Not even seamlessly into their development plans. they know one another. Many studies shown time and again howWomen efficient had an Arts based close. Andquickly so, after 100astounding years, it’sgrowth time for a change. It’s time to societal path tohave fulfillment, these Surplus to deal We are seeing in the digital imaging community can be. A planning group called The Prosperity Council putindustry. womenFortunately, in charge as ofathe November commemoration. with the consequences of a war directed by men, that deprived photographer who has been working in digital specifically callsBritish for a huge investment for artists and art based businesses for years Remembrance it helps me integrate my own work into video, 3D, and web, them While Day ceremonies include women, of men. women, Canadian women, women from to encourage them to choose Kitchener as a place to work. This is the first advertising, So I think, personally, the opportunities Kitchener are every warring nation had little choice but to reinvent themselves; honour theiretc. sacrifices made in military service, theintruth is, old time I have found a directed approach to our niche, but very valuable better thanalways Toronto.sent An younger example being cablethe TVyoungest (Rogers) that works men have men the to lead men to that’s the cultural DNA needed to reinvent Remembrance Day. very hard to involve the regions schools and artisians in locally produced segment of society. If even fifty percent of the plans get done it is still an be slaughtered. Men pontificate more on defeating Adolf Hitler Because women never disregard nor dishonour the attractive place to buildwill a career. programming. Our image production isbear nowtheallcombatants pixels andinwith recent in Let's 1945not butforget less that on Kitchener/Waterloo winning 40 kilometres of bloody Belgian dead, for unlike men, they theirthe wombs, was voted the most intelligent announcement of And a newunlike 5 million Federal grant to establish city and speakingand as maiming a newcomer is very soldiers evident that the level mud by killing 14 itmillion in 1918. Andof giving them life. men,dollar I trust women more to know a massive centretoinprotect. the downtown core, it offers unexcelled professionalism is visibly here. upon People waste little and the when while I am unworthy to high expound Colonel Johntime McCrae’s todigital serve,media and when welcome i've received in presenting my own portfolio to various galleries opportunities to work with some of the leading edge image systems in the and companies has been warm and enthusiastic. A very nice event held world. In fact there are plans to make Kitchener a regional in town is the quarterly parties at the KW regional art gallery. Mellow communications hub and that leads into the possibility of thousands of new people who enjoy art meet each other with cool jazz and some ambient uses for my photos. There is a very good internet system here and if you would like more dub from the djs. Thenet Kitchener invites youare to available. share your experiand mostCitizen community plans The next With the projected growth of the regions artists in all mediums I have info just go to the ences the community as a guestspecifically columnist. Do you have a rant? A viewpoint about local event opinion about an"Silicon important issue? Or, do three years willaestablish this or region of one of the Valley" inspired foundwith there are many dynamic, targeted plans, by the of aare thriving gateway of their new ideas I feel fortunateintoa you have a personal or funny story? ThetoKitchener is looking writers who willing to share viewsand with theirvery neighbours municipal government in particular, foster aCitizen (relatively) largeforexamples be able to establish myself withinformation.To so many other creative artists. community in development towards I was must guest column.investment Columns should be 400-500 wordsartist longintegration. and submissions include your name andhere contact submit your column


2018: A Remembrance Like No Other


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ToastyToes sock collection is expanding as other cities take join in the campaign By Carrie Debrone ho doesn’t like a warm, comfortable pair of socks to wear in the winter? But warm socks are not only appreciated, they’re a necessity for people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. No one knows this better than ToastyToes founder Sharon Gilroy-Dreher who began collecting socks to donate to local social agencies and shelters six years ago. “Every single pair will make a difference to someone,’ Gilroy-Dreher said. “People are so generous. If you just give them a way to contribute, then they will.” Last year’s donations topped 32,400, a huge increase from the first year when she collected 492 pairs. With cash donations to ToastyToes, Gilroy-Dreher purchases socks for a very reasonable price from a company in Montreal. “I didn’t know how I was going to get the socks from Montreal to here, but after I did a presentation about ToastyToes at a local church a woman came


up to me and volunteered to donate a truck to pick them up. People are just very generous,” Gilroy-Dreher said. And ToastyToes is spreading. “My collection has spread to other cities,” she said, adding that a friend in Guelph is hosting a collection in that city and another contact is collecting in St. Thomas. The collection from Waterloo Region is also much larger this year. About ten local branches of the Bank of Montreal (BMO) collected socks this year joining the three local Libro Credit Union branches, all three local YMCAs, 13 local schools, several hockey teams, individuals and faith groups. In all, ToastyToes has more than 90 collections going on. “It’s part of our corporate culture to give back, but it also ties in well with the work of the United Way – another agency which BMO supports,” said Jessie White, Strasburg and Ottawa BMO Branch Manager. White’s branch alone collected over 1,500 pairs of socks for ToastyToes. Collection of the socks wrapped up November 9 and

10. The Salvation Army in Kitchener offered its gym that will be used as the main drop off point. From there the socks will be given to Cambridge Self Help and The Working Centre which will then distribute them to their partners in the community including 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 the Bridges Shelter. “I know it makes a difference in the community,” GilroyDreher said, adding that she received this very touching email last week: “I’m the mother of a homeless man living in KW & wanted to say thank you for your kindness. I don’t know where he is but thinking a stranger is providing him with a warm pair of socks is heartening. God Bless.” Anyone wanting to donate socks or money to the ToastyToes campaign after the November 10 wrap up are welcome to email to make arrangements.

Jessie White, Strasburg and Ottawa Bank of Montreal Branch Manager, stands with a bin of socks collected for the 2018 ToastyToes campaign. About 10 local BMO branches participated in this year’s collection. Her branch collected over 1,500 pairs of socks.

The Libro Prosperity Fund invests $460,000 into our communities. Libro is helping propel programs and projects across southwestern Ontario that are helping grow prosperity through regional economic development, youth leadership and money-smarts. “St. Paul’s GreenHouse students could not achieve their great work and leadership skills without the contribution of Libro Credit Union’s Prosperity Fund. The program encourages and facilitates labs for students and community members to co-design early-stage prototypes and provide pathways for their ideas, thereby resulting in more impactful projects and ventures.” – St. Paul’s Greenhouse, 2017 Prosperity Fund Winner

Here are some of our 2018 grant recipients: New Canadian Youth Connections – Reception House Waterloo Region Inc.

OK2BME Youth Leadership Group – Kitchener-Waterloo Counselling Service Incorporated

Learn more about Libro’s Prosperity Fund and our commitment to southwestern Ontario at

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Does sorting waste in your home really help? The environment says YES!

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Over the last couple of years, residents of Waterloo Region were asked to Rethink Waste. By thinking of waste not as garbage but as a resource to be recovered through the green bin and blue box recycling programs, less could be sent to the landfill. Residents upped their sorting game and the benefits are very impressive. The new in-home sorting habits have changed waste. In 2017, 60 per cent of total residential waste was diverted away from landfill and into recycling and reuse programs.

Sorting food into the green bin and away from landfill reduces greenhouse gas (GHG). Food waste in the landfill slowly decomposes and a natural by-product of this is landfill gas. About half of landfill gas is methane gas. Methane is a greenhouse gas that is 25 times more harmful than carbon dioxide, and a contributor to climate change. The environment is the big winner from your sorting. As a direct result of you using the green bin, greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced by 22,000 metric tonnes over the last seven years. The amount of GHG emission reduction doubled in 2017, as green bin use increased. Below is a chart of GHG emission reductions due to green bin use over the last five years.

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In 2017, green bin amounts collected curbside more than doubled. Blue box amounts also increased, saving more natural resources.

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24% All of the food waste collected in the green bin is turned into compost, and all of that compost (100 per cent) is used on local farms to add nutrients to soil.

The residents of Waterloo Region (you!) are responsible for this. It is your actions of sorting waste in your home that has achieved very large local and global benefits. The first sort (your home) is the most important. Yes, it is more work, but so worth it. We all thank you. 519-575-4400 TTY 519-575-4608

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The Willibald Distillery in Ayr added a restaurant in September that serves local food and seasonal vegetables. With a charcuterie board and some appetizers are, from left: head chef Byron Hallett, Mike Gibner, and Chad Mccord. Photo by Helen Hall


Willibald expands from spirits to sustenance firewood for the restaurant,” he said. 150 feet of public art by 150 volunteers in Canada’s 150th year by Helen Hall Hallett says it is “all about the quality” of the

10th Annual Auction The new CanadaCharity 150 muralWreath is locatedSilent on Charles Street, between Cameron and Cedar Streets. It is a celebration of belonging, equity, social justice and diversity.


eruda Arts unveiled professional artists including its 150-foot mural Pamela Rojas and August 17-24, 2018 on OctoberNovember 28, which Swinson, both of Kitchener; commemorates Canada’s 150th The Firm – Kitchener and Artfully Decorated Wreaths Up for(an Auction anniversary. Cambridge artist collective The mural isWreaths a celebration Paul McDonald Featuring by Newof Hamburg Lioness and Tom of belonging, equity, social Tonner); and Ian Pierce & Chef Derek Hines and Mono Gonzalez, justice, and respect for cultural (“Ekeko”) diversity. both of Chile. All proceeds going to House of Friendship The project was led by a The mural was designed team of local andBaked international by the artists and was painted Home Treats Hot Apple Cider


he food the Willibald FarmaDistillery & food at the restaurant, andhow as much as possible by over 150at volunteers who smudging ceremony, noted happy he was itto Kitchen is so local, they’ll soon be serving is created in-house, including honey, pickles contributed hundreds of hours guest speakers and music. see the artwork alongsideand the beef raisedJune on the sameJune property cured meats. between 6 and 16, and A butchered smudging ceremony is an ION light rail transit tracks on the same The restaurant 38 and isStreet. open Wednesday 2017. The road. mural was erected indigenous custom that uses a seats on Charles The Region The Willibald Distillery at 1271 Reidsville to Friday from 5pm to 10pm, and and painted inside the K-W cleansing smoke to purify the of Waterloo hasonitsSaturday own art Road in Ayr April 2017body by brothers noon to 10pm. Granite clubopened – Rink in the Park and createfrom balance. program to create unique and Jordan and Nolan der was Heyden,First and Cam threeand founders of spaces Willibald came up in Waterloo. The van mural Nations The singer creative along the ION Formica. It is one of 34 small, craft distillers with the idea of starting a craft distillery and later mounted in its permanent songwriter Elsa Jayne and light rail transit route. listed in Ontario and sells barrel-aged Willibald after university. an engineer, location on Charles Street in Chilean musicrestaurant artist Emilia NerudaNolan, Arts received $12,000 gin, and is working on a whiskey that won’t be does most of the distilling. Jordan and bringof Kitchener. Diaz performed. in funding from theCam Region ready for a couple years. their university business and marketing skills to The mural unveiling included Regional Chair Ken Seiling Waterloo Arts Fund. The “& Kitchen” was added in September of Willibald. The business was opened in a former this year. dairy barn at the van der Heyden farm. Chef Byron Hallett came to Willibald in Willibald gin is now available in 80 LCBO August from the craft beer bar Arabella Park on stores in Ontario and at some restaurants and servicesAvenue and products. Belmont in Kitchener. cocktail bars in Waterloo Region. Closing takeall things being “The bigceremonies focus herewill is on And how did they come up with the unique place Saturday November 18th the spirits to name Willibald? It turns out it is also as local as handcrafted,” Hallett said. “From with closing bidskitchen.” at 1pm sharp. everything in the the food they put on the table. Enjoy live music Hallett said the menuprovided changes as the season’s It is the middle name of Richard Feicht, the by the using Acoustic Steelis “fresh.” Band, change, whatever van der Heyden boys’ grandfather, who lives on warm refreshments, homeTwo items always on the menu are woodfired Wrigley Road, just up from the distillery. baked treats and pictures pizzas and farm sourdough. with Family history says that Feicht wasn’t very Santa. Nolan van der Heyden said the woodfired oven fond of his middle name, but is now proud to see Thegets Colour never shut Paradise off, it justChristvaries in temperature it on his grandsons’ growing business. Denise Huck (left) and Wilmotvisit Mayor Les also be held asmas it isOpen usedHouse to cookis different things.Colour Paradise owner For more information on Willibald, www. Armstrong open the 2016 wreath auction. on thatjust day.go to the back of the barn to grab “We

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With special guest appearances by Acoustic Colour Paradise invites you Steel The ribbon cutting ceremony to join them November 11th to open the silent auction will Christmas Open House Nov 23- 24 to November 18th to celebrate be Saturday November 11th at its 9th Annual Charity Wreath 1 pm. Silent Auction. The auction will be open Through the annual wreath during Colour Paradise’s reguauction, Colour Paradise lar retail hours. has raised over $16,500 for In addition to being beautiful Greenhouse -Closing Bid 1pm, Sat Nov 24th the Bidding HouseOpen of during Friendship, an Hours Christmas decorations, the Monday to Saturday 9 am-5 pm, Closed Sundays organizaiton which serves local wreaths often offer other 1209 Bleams Road, Mannheim * * 519.745.0200 families living on low income incentives for people to bid on in the community. them including gift cards, free

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COMMUNIT Y CALENDAR FREDERICK ART WALK - The 18th annual edition of this “walking art and artisan tour through one of Kitchener’s oldest neighbourhoods” happens Saturday, November 10th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Frederick Art Walk is an evolving event, and you never know what you’re going to find or who you’re going to meet. Welcome to our homes! visit awHome.html for more information. AMALGAMATION IN WATERLOO REGION? – The Confederation Club presents guest speaker Luisa D’Amato, local opinion columnist for the Waterloo Region Record, at its Nov. 15th luncheon. D’Amato has worked in daily newspapers for 36 years. Her work has also received recognition from the Michener Award for Public Service Journalism, the B’nai Brith Media Human Rights Awards and the Ontario Newspaper Awards. She will speak about local amalgamation. Registration: 11:30a.m. to 12noon, Luncheon: 12noon to 1:30pm at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 105 King Street East, at Benton Street, Kitchener. To reserve a seat, call: Jamie Hill at 519-747-3014 or Email: Please reserve tickets by noon Monday November 12. Members $30/Non-Members $45 (Note that desserts are no longer included with luncheon.) KITCHENER PUBLIC LIBRARY MINI-CONCERTS - Laurier’s Faculty of Music and Kitchener Public Library are excited to team up to present a series of free mini-concerts this fall. All music performances take place in the reading lounge at Kitchener Central Library, 85 Queen Street North. 
 This partnership with Kitchener Public Library provides an ideal outreach opportunity for Laurier’s outstanding students and faculty and complements the KPL’s community outreach efforts. All performances are free and no tickets or registration are required. Everyone is welcome to drop in and enjoy the music lineup including: the Laurier Singers, Chamber Choir, Tuesday, November 13 at 6:30pm; Marko Pejanovic, with Anya Alexeyev, piano on Tuesday, December 11 at 6:30pm. HOLLY & IVY CHRISTMAS SALE – The Garden Club of Kitchener Watleroo will hold is annual Holly & Ivy Christmas Sale on Sat. Nov. 17 form 10am to 2pm at First United Church, 16 William St. in Waterloo. Crafted items, fresh planters, floral design, tea room. Cash or cheque only, thanks. KWSA ART EXHIBITION – The Kitchener-Waterloo Society of Artists (KWSA) presents ‘Selection 2018’ on exhibit until February 1, 2019 at The Link at Waterloo Innovation Park, 611 Kumpf Dr., Waterloo. Gallery hours are

Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm. KWSA is Waterloo Region’s oldest continuously operating arts organization and currently has over 130 members. For more information visit THE MISTLETOE AND HOLLY SHOW - an exhibition of art by Waterloo Region artists for the holiday season at The Gallery, Frames by Verne, 299 Manitou Drive in Kitchener, Nov 22 to Jan 19. Free opening reception, with complimentary refreshments and finger food, to meet the artists on the evening of Nov 27 from 6:45pm. Gallery hours: Tues-Fri 9:30am to 5:30pm, Sat 9:30am to 3:30pm. For further information, tel 59-489-6038 or email verne@ A NIGHT IN VIENNA - Making his debut on the KWS Pops Series, Music Director Andrei Feher leads a classic Viennese-style pops celebration for A Night In Vienna, on November 23 at 8 pm and November 24 at 2:30 and 8 pm at Centre In The Square,101 Queen St. N. in Kitchener. This program features famous waltzes by Johann Strauss Jr. and Sr. and light classics by Mozart and others. Vocalist Aline Kutan is featured on fun operatic pieces like Die Fledermaus and The Merry Widow. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 519745-4711 or 888-745-4717. AN EVENING WITH MARGARET ATWOOD – Experience an intimate evening with Canadian icon and literary legend, Margaret Atwood on May 30, 7pm at the Centre in the Square, Kitchener. Margaret Atwood: From The Handmaid’s Tale to Art & Technology; An Evening in Conversation with Dave Bidini will explore the themes, perception and inspiration behind her most provocative works. Noted musician and author Dave Bidini will moderate the discussion, which will include art, technology and the role of girls and women in STEAM. The author’s dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, has been adapted into a critically acclaimed TV series – receiving 13 Emmy nominations and eight awards. “There is an infinite number of possible futures,” said Margaret Atwood. “Which one will actually become the future? It’s going to depend on how we behave now.” This special presentation is in support of Education/STEAM programming at THEMUSEUM. General admission: $60+hst/CITS ticketing fees. Student admission: $30+hst/ CITS ticketing fees *Valid Student ID required. Tickets available at or by calling 519-578-1570. VIP tickets, which include a reception with Margaret Atwood following the event, are available. Contact or 519-749-9387 ext.222 to secure your tickets.

ELORA SINGERS CONCERT SEASON - The Elora Singers has released its 2018/19 choral concert season. The season includes Messiah, Sat. Dec. 1 at 8pm at St. Joseph’s Church, Fergus. Tickets are $50: Festival of Carols, Tues. Dec. 18 and Wed. Dec. 19 at 5pm and 7:30pm at St. John’s Church, Elora. Tickets are $45. Soup and Song will be held at 12:30pm at St. John’s Church, Elora on Sat. Feb. 9, 2019 featuring the music of Sir James MacMillan with enlightening commentary about the music by the artistic Director, Mark Vuorinen. Lunch inlcudes a hearty bowl of soup, fresh bread, cheese and a glass of wine, tea or coffee. Tickets are $45. (Performance only tickets are $30 – begins at 2pm). For tickets visit or call 519-846-0331. CAPTURING WATERLOO REGION - art exhibition continues until November 17, showcasing views of regional life and landmarks by local artists at The Gallery, 299 Manitou Drive, Kitchener. Gallery hours: Tuesday-Sunday 9:30am to 5:30pm, Saturday 9:30am to 3:30pm. Further information: telephone 519-489-6038 or email THEMUSEUM’S AFTER DARK SERIES - From Pints and Pooches to Beer, Bath and Beyond, the Museum After Dark (MAD) series was created for young professionals, creatives and culture-craving urbanites with a shared passion for community and immersive experiences. This THEMUSEUM sub-brand is revered for wild dance parties, unconventional events and titillating encounters. It also shines a spotlight on local organizations and community partnerships. Enjoy a free pint from Descendants Beer & Co. November 21 features Beer & Brainiacs with Nerd Nite Trivia and KW Craft Cider. Unleash your inner geek and check out THEMUSEUM’s newest exhibition, BRAIN: The World Inside Your Head.THEMUSEUM has also partnered with Eco Well to create luxurious gifts that keep on giving: lip balms, bath bombs and beard/ hair oils. Beer & Beauty runs December 12 – just in time for the holiday season! For further details, visit SULTANS OF STRING Christmas Caravan - Last season’s sold out concert returns. Unique, original arrangements of Christmas favourites from Canada’s worldbeat ambassadors. Huron Carol, Little Drummer Boy and many more! Two of Canada’s finest vocalists, Rebecca Campbell and Amanda Martinez join the Sultans. A concert for the whole family. Two shows Sunday, November 25th ~ 3pm matinee & 7:30pm . $30 At The Registry Theatre,122 Frederick St. (at Weber St.) Kitchener.Tickets: 519-578-1570

~ As part of The Sultans of String’s Christmas Caravan shows, the band will also play a fundraising show at Utopia Hall near Barrie, ON, 8313-8513 6 Line, Utopia, on Nov 24, 8pm ($40 adv/$45 door (prices include dinner at 7pm) for tickets visit. www.utopiahall. ca 877-499-HALL. This concert is in support of the United Nations Agency for Refugees in Canada, the world’s leading organization aiding and protecting people forced to flee their homes due to violence, conflict or persecution. UNHCR provides shelter, food, water, medical care and other life-saving assistance to refugees around the world. FOLK NIGHT AT THE REGISTRY - Season 13 of Folk Night at the Registry is presented by The Old Chestnuts Song Circle in partnership with The Registry Theatre. The 13th year features both rising stars and iconic folk artists welcoming singer-songwriters and traditional musicians from near and far. All shows are at 8pm at The Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick St, Kitchener. Advance tickets and a limited number of series passes are available exclusively through andjhcole@mgl. ca. WORTH A SECOND LOOK – The Working Centre’s thrift store, 97 Victoria Street North, Kitchener is looking for donations of clothing, books, current magazines, craft and art supplies, sporting goods, housewares, furniture, jewelery, purses, backpacks, hygiene products, pictures, frames, music and movies, radios, stereos, CDs, DVDs, toys and games. The retail outlet’s goal is to provide the community with low-cost used furniture and assorted houseware items while keeping reusable goods out of landfills and creating opportunities for employment. Open 9am to 5pm weekdays and 9am to 4pm Saturdays. To donate call 519-569-7566. SCHWABEN CLUB EVENTS EVERY FRIDAY at the Schwaben Club Keller, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Fish Fry. Fridays & Wednesdays KARAOKE with Randall Kuhn’s ”The Musicscene.” Pub Food available. Fridays 8:30 p.m. – until close Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.Table Tennis – EVERY TUESDAY at the Schwaben Club at 7 p.m. Should you be interested in a few trial games and see if you would like to play it and have fun at the same time; then we would appreciate if you would contact Walter at 519-742-3372 or Ken at 519-894-6695. Saturday, November 17 – 83. Gründungsfest der Frauengruppe des Kitchener Schwabenklubs. Music provided by “Wildbahn“, Doors open: 5:00 p.m. Dinner: 5:30 p.m. Club Members $34, Guests $40,

Frauengruppe $30, Child 9-12 $15. Children under 9 are free. Saturday, November 17 – The Schwaben Club welcomes back Selective Soul, the ultimate Party Band. From classics to current hits. Doors: 7:30 p.m. Show: 8:30 p.m. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Saturday November 24 – Group Therapy and the OCD Horns at the Kitchener Schwaben Club. Classic Rock, R & B, Soul, Funk. Doors: 7:00 pm. Show starts at 8:00 pm. $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Sunday, November 25 from 11 am – 4 pm – Christmas Marketplace – 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 from 12 – 3 pm plus get a digital photo with a donation to the food bank. Sunday, December 9 – Filmnachmittag – Schwaben Club Keller – “TIEF DURCHATMEN, DIE FAMILIE KOMMT“. Film begins: 2:30 PM, Coffee & Cake available. New lunch available provided by the Freundschaftsgruppe. Doors open 1:30 pm. Lunch served 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Come for lunch and stay for the movie. REDUCING YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT 101: How to Find Your Carbon Footprint - Project Neutral is known for its communityfocused, carbon benchmarking and climate action tool. Project Neutral allows anyone to find out their carbon footprint in 3 minutes, based on real local data. Join us for an in depth look into the Project Neutral tool. We’ll introduce the online tool, answer any questions you may have, and provide a step by step walk through as you find your carbon footprint number. Thurs. Nov. 22 from 5:30 – 7pm at Reep House for Sustainable Living, 20 Mill Street, Kitchener. Please preregister by calling519-744-9799 or 1-855-744-7337 (REEP) or email: Investing In a Greener Future Panel - The world is changing – and your investments should too. High-carbon investments will fall short in a low-carbon world. Yet, Canadian banks have doubled down in energy infrastructure intended to sustain fossil fuel production decades into the future. We all have a role in achieving the low-carbon transition – start by divesting your money from fossil fuels. Join us in this lively panel discussion event with experts who will teach us how to invest in companies dedicated to promoting sustainability! Sat. Nov. 24, from 1:30 – 3:30pm at Reep House for Sustainable Living, 20 Mill St. Kitchener. To register call 519-7449799 or 1-855-744-7337 (REEP) or email:

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It’s cold outside, but warm and friendly inside the Kitchener Market. With special holiday markets, festive cooking classes there’s plenty to do, for an evening out with friends or fun with the whole family and Santa will be stopping by too! To register for market events, visit

KIDS HOP AND KIDS ART – FREE 11 a.m. - noon Kids Hop this month: Dec. 4 and 18 (with Santa!) Kids Art this month: Thursday, Dec. 13 & 20

The Kitchener Market is a great place for FREE family fun. Bring the kids out to play, sing and create.

CHRISTMAS MARKETS AND LUNCH Friday, Dec. 21 from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.

If you are frantically searching for those last minute Christmas gifts or yummy ingredients, we are here to help. A bonus, Friday market will have plenty of holiday and winter themed vendors and artisans with unique gift ideas and delicious additions to your Christmas meals. And don’t miss the tasty lunch specials offered in our international food court. You can also join us on Saturday for everything you’ve come to expect at a Saturday market along with extra holiday vendors and artisans. Get here early for your best selection of items.


Join us as Yearn to Urn walks you through creating a 10-12” winter themed planter. Learn design fundamentals and ways to personalize it too. You will take home a beautiful hand-made winter planter that is as seasonal or festive as your heart desires. While you design, Buzz Tour Co.’s Drink Diva, Christine, explores wines from the up-and-coming wine region of Norfolk County!

WINTER HERB PLANTER WITH NAILED IT NITE - $60 Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Nailed It Nite shows you how to build your planter box, Simply Fine Wine teaches you about the perfect Christmas wine and The Garden Shed advises you on how to properly care for and maintain your herb planter for the perfect Christmas culinary experience!


Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Bring a little extra sparkle to your holiday with some easy to make tarts, breads and cookies. Come join us to learn how to bring more joy and less stress to your holiday baking. Please bring your own containers. Wine and cheese will be provided.

CHRISTMAS SIGNS WITH NAILED IT NITE - $55 Wednesday, Dec. 14 from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Let the Nailed It Nite team lead you step by step to build, design and paint the perfect Christmas or winter wooden sign all while enjoying some wine courtesy of Simply Fine Wine in Waterloo! Each wooden sign will be approximately 14”x18”. For more information, and to register, visit

by Raj Saini MP for Kitchener-Centre

Dear Friends, The month of November is a time for reflection. It is a time for remembering and paying tribute to the courageous men and women who have dedicated their lives, and to those who continue to dedicate their lives, to selflessly serving our great country. This Remembrance Day holds special significance as 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice when guns fell silent across Europe. This occasion offers an opportunity to look back on the past one hundred years. I wish I could say that a hundred years ago the guns fell silent for the last time. I wish I could say that it really was the war to end all wars. But it wasn’t. Every year, Remembrance Day is filled with stories of sacrifice. Of the price that was paid. Of lives lost, and lost lives. The heavy toll exacted by taking up that torch and holding it high. These lives are commemorated on the many veterans’ memorials located across Waterloo Region. November 11th is not only a day to remember those who fought, those who lived, and those who died, but to remember why they fought,

why they lived, and why they died. Now, more than ever, Remembrance Day is about renewing our faith in our country, and values once and still defended. This Remembrance Day, let’s remember that there were men and women who believed in the darkest of times that a better world was possible. That a better world is always possible, as long as there are those who take up that torch and work to make it better. Yesterday it was them, but today it is up to us. There are Remembrance ceremonies across Waterloo Region this month, and I encourage you to join me in recognizing our brave men and women by participating in one of these services. Information about Remembrance services can be found on the K-W Poppy Fund website. To learn more about the work I am doing here in the riding and in Ottawa, please visit my website,, email me at Raj., or call me at 519-741-2001. My staff and I are always ready to answer your questions and assist you as needed. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Harold Albrecht MP for Kitchener-Conestoga


encourage all residents to join me in honouring and commemorating the courage, service and sacrifice of Canada’s Veterans during Veterans’ Week. November 5th to the 11th, Veterans’ Week is a time to remember the bravery shown by the members of the Canadian Armed Forces during the many battles that helped shape our country and world into what we know today. Remembrance Day marks the Armistice that arrived on the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day, of the eleventh month. It is a time to pay tribute to those who went far from home to answer the call to stand against oppression in the cause of peace. Canada’s veterans have served and continue to serve with distinction while defending our democracy and freedom; some making the ultimate sacrifice to protect the values we treasure. Sacrificial service was real for those who “laid down their life for a friend.” From the beaches of Normandy, to the cliffs of Dieppe, to the trenches of Kapyong, to the mountains of Kandahar, the brave men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces have served this country with pride and honour. These heroes, both past and present have taken up the great and noble cause of protecting our freedom - a cause for which all of us are grateful. Our military tradition is remarkable with over 1.7 million Canadians having served in our Armed Forces during the last century. It speaks to the nature of our country that so many have stood on guard, and continue to stand on guard

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for Canada. Over the next few months, I encourage all Canadians to take the time to learn more about these important moments in our history. It is also my hope that you will join me in attending one of the many Remembrance Day ceremonies that will be taking place across our Region in November. On Saturday November 3rd I was at the Elmira Legion’s Remembrance Day Tea and Bake Sale. The following day Sunday November 4th, I participated in the wreath laying ceremony at the Linwood Cenotaph. And later that day, I was back in Elmira for the Remembrance Day Parade starting at the Legion Branch 469. I will participate in the New Dundee Remembrance Parade and Ceremony on Saturday morning, November 10th and the New Hamburg Legion Dinner that evening. On Remembrance Day, November 11th, I will be part of the New Hamburg Remembrance Parade and Ceremony, and join with Elmira Legion that evening for their Remembrance Dinner. There is also a Remembrance Ceremony held at the Kitchener Cenotaph at 11 am on November 11th, which I will be unable to attend, but encourage my constituents from Kitchener to attend to honour our brave men and women who have served and continue to serve with valour. Taking time to remember these heroes is the very least we can do to thank them for the bravery and courage they show on our behalf. Lest we forget.

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2018 Grand River Watershed Award recipients


he Grand River Watershed Awards took place October 18, 2018 to present the 2018 Grand River Watershed Awards, scholarships and grants. The evening was jointly organized by the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) and the Grand River Conservation Foundation (GRCF). Listed are the 2018 recipients. 2018 Grand River Honour Roll Award • John Parish, Erin Pileated Woodpeckers in the (posthumous award) John Parish (1963-2018) Grand River Watershed. was a fluvial geomorphologist to improve local fisheries. This who understood the complex has brought provincial, national interactions between water, and international recognition to land and nature. Sometimes the Grand River watershed. referred to as a river doctor, • Jeff Grant, St. Agatha he assessed rivers and found Jeff Grant is a dynamic Grade ways to restore those that had 10 student who loves butterflies, been damaged, so they could especially monarchs. He raises flow naturally. He had passion hundreds of caterpillars of and a strong work ethic and several species on his family’s was involved in many studies farm. After seeing hundreds and projects for the GRCA. His of milkweed plants destroyed work related to environmental in his township, he began to flow has provided insights volunteer at Laurel Creek that the GRCA considers Nature Centre, where he when making reservoir and educates people of all ages flow management decisions. about monarchs and their His legacy also includes habitat. mentoring a new generation of • Philip Holst, Woodstock geomorphologists. Philip Holst has been 2018 Grand River Watershed working with landowners to Awards steward wetland projects on • Jack Benham, Damascus private land for 10 years. He Jack Benham is a passionate is vice-chair of Stewardship volunteer with the Arthur Trails Oxford and a national director Group, which has created two for Ducks Unlimited Canada. trails in Wellington North As a volunteer, he works behind — the West Luther Trailway the scenes with agencies, and the River Trail along the companies and politicians. He Conestogo River. He has toptakes an active role in each notch woodworking skills, project that he works on. enjoys people and loves nature. • Ontario Stone, Sand and Inspired by his enthusiasm, Gravel Association (OSSGA) a dedicated team has worked OSSGA works in partnership with him to create, maintain with government and the and fund the local trails. public to promote a safe and • Dr. Derek Coleman, responsible aggregate industry, Cambridge with a focus on environmental Dr. Coleman has brought stewardship and sustainability. his ecological expertise to the In recent years, OSSGA has Cambridge Environmental raised $280,000 for the GRCF. Advisory Committee and Members of the association a wide variety of other have undertaken numerous ecological initiatives. He has environmental projects in the also provided financial support Grand River watershed. through the Ages Foundation Scholarships Fund that is administered by the These scholarships are Cambridge and North Dumfries given by the GRCF to support Community Foundation students attending post(CNDCF). Through this he secondary institutions in the has funded planting events, watershed. stewardship initiatives and • SC Johnson Environmental many other projects. Scholarship – Sage Handler, • Grand River Fisheries University of Guelph, B. Management Plan Sc. Environmental Sciences Implementation Committee ($4,000 scholarship) This award recognizes the • McEwen Clean Water Prize many partners who have been – Garrison McCleary, Wilfrid working together to improve Laurier University, Masters aquatic health over the past of Social Work ($3,000 20 years. This collaboration scholarship) has resulted in hundreds of Community Conservation initiatives across the watershed Grants

The Community Conservation Grants are provided by the GRCF to support environmental projects being carried out by community groups throughout the watershed. The 2018 grants, valued at more than $600 each, went to these community groups: • Breslau Park Ad hoc Committee — for trees and shrubs at Breslau Memorial Park and Hopewell Heights Park. • Dunnville Horticultural Society — for a project to link and naturalize Lions and Centennial parks. A natural pathway is being installed and Carolinian trees and shrubs are being planted along it. • Forests Ontario — for native trees to restore habitat along Laurel Creek on the University of Waterloo campus. The project was in partnership with the University of Waterloo and the work was carried out by high school students and teachers during the Ontario Envirothon Championships. • Speed Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited Canada (TUC) — to plant saplings and seedlings along Marden Creek at the north end of Guelph. This is part of a long-term project to help stabilize the stream bank along this cold water stream. • 31st Guelph Scouts — over the winter, the Scouts will build bat houses that will be installed at their camp near Belwood.

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Fashion Santa visits Waterloo Region for 17th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes

opeSpring Cancer Support Centre proudly reveals a special partnership with Paul Mason, who is also known as Fashion Santa, in conjunction with the 17th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes. This initiative is supported and sponsored by Meadow Acres and The Inn of Waterloo. Mason was a model in New York City for 15 years when his mother’s health started to decline. Instantly, he moved back to Toronto to support his mother. Sadly she passed away from liver cancer. In his grief, he stopped shaving his face and woke up one day, looked in the mirror and saw a skinny Santa – and so Fashion Santa was born, with a mission to support those facing hurdles, and struggling in their journey and looking for support. His mother’s legacy stays with every partnership, campaign and selfie he takes providing hope to millions around the world. “I’m so looking forward to partner with HopeSpring Cancer Centre and the 17th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes” Mason said.

“Fashion Santa represents joy, cheer and hope so it’s only fitting to be part of such an exciting event that benefits those affected by cancer through the free services that HopeSpring offers. I am approached to be a part of many charitable events – however, HopeSpring aligned very closely to my personal values and beliefs in regards to the cancer journey and cancer support.” Fashion Santa will be available November 9 from 4 to 9pm and November 10 from noon to 4pm at The Inn of Waterloo Holiday Tour of Homes Fashion Santa Studio. Fashion Santa is welcoming the community to come out for selfies and photos with a suggested minimum donation of $20 to support the vital free services that HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre offers to the community. He will also be touring Waterloo Region November 9 during the day to visit businesses, elected officials, and organizations who wish to have a photo taken with him – suggested minimum donation of $100 during this timeframe. For those interested in having

Fashion Santa will be a part of the 17th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes, which will raise funds for the HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre. a photo taken with Fashion Santa contact: Macpherson Consulting, (519) 500-1367 or kate@macphersonconsulting. ca Canadian-born Paul Mason is one of the country’s most famous male models. He was discovered at the age of 22 while attending Toronto’s Ryerson University for a degree in social work. Mason has

walked the runways of London, Paris, Tokyo, Milan and New York, and walked for designers such as Gianni Versace, Dior, Dolce & Gabanna and Armani. On the Canadian scene, he has served as the face of Toronto Men’s Fashion Week, and he has walked for Rudsak, Farley Chatto, Bustle, Joseph Tassoni, and is the regular opener for Canadian Men’s designer, Christopher Bates. Mason has shot a number of campaigns with Donna Karan, Dolce & Gabbana, Gap, and has shot the Montauk Sofa campaign, as well as gracing many covers from Vogue to Canadian Magazine – Dress To Kill Men. He will be featured in the upcoming Paco Rabanne Invictus fragrance commercial, shot in Africa, which debuts in January 2019. He has worked with some of the best photographers in the business, from Steven Meisel and Patrick Demarchelier to Christoph Strube and Chris Nicholls. In 2014, he was named one of Toronto Life Magazine’s Best Dressed and featured in their Yearly Style Book. Following that, Mason was named one of Canada’s Best Dressed 2016 by Hello! Canada Magazine. He is often approached to promote products and serves as an influencer in style and fashion. In 2014, Mason created the character “Fashion Santa”,

which took the world by storm and became a viral phenomenon during the 2015 Holiday season. His character made over two billion impressions worldwide. Over 88 hours of selfies were taken, including one with fellow Canadian superstar Justin Bieber, to raise funds for the SickKids Hospital, and the sensation continued into the New Year. Mason’s Fashion Santa started off 2017 with an invitation to celebrate Chinese New Year at the Spring Gala Festival, with an audience of 700 million viewers. Mason has used his fame to champion for a number of causes such as the SickKids Foundation, “Stand Together” – an initiative to stop cyber bullying, Xpand Laces to support First Book Canada, and the Humane Rescue Alliance, among others. During the 2017 holiday season, Mason’s Fashion Santa partnered with Heroes in Black to raise funds and awareness of homelessness through a 12 hour skate-a-thon. His character has been sought out by retailers Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and the BIA of Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills. He has served as a mentor to Ryerson University students for the past three years, where his journey all began. Mason will be celebrating his 34th anniversary of modeling this year.

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New online art book looks at one of Canada’s truly pioneering artists

rtist Homer Watson (1855–1936) went from obscurity to international renown in 1880 when his painting, The Pioneer Mill, was purchased by Canada’s then governor general as a gift for Queen Victoria. The British monarch was an instant fan and went on to acquire a subsequent work. In 1882, Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde discovered Watson during a North American tour and dubbed him “the Canadian Constable,” comparing him to John Constable, one of Britain’s best-known painters of the nineteenth century. In two short years, Watson promoted his paintings that showcased a distinctly Canadian identity on the international stage. In the new art book Homer Watson: Life & Work, author Dr. Brian Foss recounts Watson’s remarkable career. The online book was released by the Art Canada Institute (ACI), a non-profit research organization based at Massey College, University of Toronto. Its Canadian Online Art Book Project is a program that in the last three years has released over 25 books free of charge online on key topics in Canadian art history. The books are available in both French and English.

Launched in 2013, ACI is the only national institution whose mandate is to promote the study of an inclusive, multi-vocal Canadian art history to as broad an audience as possible, in both English and French, within Canada and internationally. Watson was born in Doon, Ontario, now the Doon suburb of Kitchener. His landscape paintings were deeply engaged with his beloved local geography. Although he made numerous stints abroad in Great Britain and the United States, Watson always eagerly returned to Doon, where he found the most inspiration. The town became the subject of his career masterpiece The Pioneer Mill (1880), which famously hung in Windsor Castle. “Nearly forty years before the Group of Seven, in the 1880s, Watson made Canada his mission - a cause that the famous school would champion,” says Sara Angel, Executive Director of the Art Canada Institute. “He was one of the first artists to portray local landscape painting as specifically Canadian, rather than as a pastiche of European influences.” When the Group did emerge, Watson was not impressed by its stylistic modernism and its portrayal of the Canadian landscape as rugged and unpopulated.

Homer Watson’s painting The Pioneer Mill (oil on canvas 1880) was purchased by the Marquis of Lorne, Canada’s Governor General, for $300 and presented to his mother-in-law, Queen Victoria. After that, the Kitchener artist became well-known on the international stage.

Watson’s landscape paintings are particularly relevant today because they raise difficult questions about the history of European settlement in Canada. The artist was a descendent of pioneers who in the early nineteenth century settled in southwestern Ontario on Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, and Neutral (Attawandaron) land. Deeply connected to his

roots, Watson often dealt with pioneer subjects in his landscapes, which serves as a reminder of Canada’s contentious colonial past. In Homer Watson: Life & Work, available online now, Foss reminds us of such complicated questions while recognizing this artist’s contribution to Canadian art history. “Watson believed in the importance of people

maintaining sustainable relationships with nature, a perspective that owed much to his self-identification as a grandson of pioneers,” says Foss, Director of Carleton University’s School for Studies in Art and Culture. “His lifelong commitment to environmentalism and to the sanctity of nature echo strongly in twenty-first-century cultural attitudes.”

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Sunday, November 25, 2018 Elmira Lions Hall 40 South Street West, Elmira PAST/PRESENT/FUTURE SCULPTURE IS REGION’S MOST RECENT PUBLIC ART INSTALLATION - The Region of Waterloo’s most recent public art installation is located on a previously vacant spot at the corner of Duke and Queen Streets in Kitchener. Entitled Past/Present/ Future, it was created by Ernest Daetwyler. This thought provoking piece has seven spheres, relating to evolution and the passage of time. The project inspires reflection on our common cultural experience and history. The sphere shape stands for community and is associated with the beginning of life; science; microcosms; molecules; the sun and moon; stars and planets. It has an element of surprise and wonder – inviting us to look at the sky and imagine the future. “People are encouraged to visit the site, engage with the artwork and enjoy the public space,” said Regional Chair Ken Seiling. The Region is also partnering with the Grand Valley Institution for Women who will landscape the surrounding area with indigenous plants as part of their GVI Horticulture program.

Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Show begins at 2:00 p.m.

Adults: $20 Students: $12 5 & under: Free

To order tickets: Call Jane at 519-291-1656

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Kitchener Rangers’ coach upbeat about this season’s younger squad The blueline corps is suffering from some injury woes. Kyle Gentles has a lower body injury. He’ll be out for a month. Connor Hall’s playing minutes are also a question mark. He requires medical advice on his future for a recurring shoulder problem. Donavan Sebrango a rookie who’s improving each game, Jack York, Justin MacPherson and Micael Vukojevic are the others on defence. In goal, Luke Richardson gets the nod as the Number 1 goaltender. He’s showing great confidence and maturity this season. Lucas Pfeil will be the back-up. With the new OHL season nearing the twenty game mark, fourteen teams out of twenty are showing strong starts. This should be the indicator for another great season of OHL action.



n recent years, Kitchener Rangers supporters have had their patience tested, when it comes to long playoff runs. That scenario changed last season. The Rangers narrowly lost to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in double overtime of game seven of the OHL Western Conference final. So with a talented graduating class moving off to the pro ranks, what kind of team can fans expect this season? Head Coach Jay McKee is very upbeat about his younger squad. There are six rookies in the lineup, which leads to many teaching moments and patience for the skills to shine through. McKee says you’re dealing with a different dynamic each

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season. In his days as a player, it was a rougher and more aggressive game with bigger athletes. Today, the small, speedy and skilled athlete can excel too. Joseph Garreffa at 5 ft. 7 inches is the second shortest player on the Rangers squad but his size hasn’t denied him star status. He’s near the top in team scoring and takes his minutes on defence too. He steps into the role where he’s most needed and delivers. Veteran forwards Greg Meireles, Jonathan Yantsis, Riley Damiani, Eric Guest and Mick McHugh have also stepped up their game. Swede Rickard Hugg has found his confidence and scoring touch in his second season with the Rangers. Alexey Kitchener Rangers’ speedy and versatile player, Joseph Lipanov from Russia is adjusting to his new team Garreffa, is near the top in team scoring this season. and hopefully will be another scoring asset. Photo by: Durda/OHL Images

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

THIS MONTH’S READING: Strange the Dreamer By Laini Tayler REVIEWED BY: Amanda Wilk Country Hills Community Library

“Names may be lost or forgotten. No one knew that better than Lazlo Strange. He had another name first, but it had died like a song with no one left to sing it,” begins the story of Lazlo Strange, one of our protagonists in Laini Taylor’s lushly written love letter to dreamers, story dwellers, and possibility. An orphan with a dark childhood, raised by monks in the city of Zosma, Lazlo has little hope for a life of adventure or even joy, until he is tasked with delivering manuscripts to the Great Library of Zosma. He decides to carve a new future for himself: a future in which he becomes a librarian and begins a life of the mind surrounded by books: books on alchemy, and magic, and battles lost and won, but more than anything, books on the lost city of Weep, a place so wondrous and filled with mythic curiosities that have been lost to time and history. Ridiculed for his obsession with the lost city, the story and Lazlo’s future changes once more when a hero labelled the Godslayer visits

Zosma in need of assistance to free Weep—but free it from what? And what role could a bookish librarian possibly play in changing the fortunes of a long forgotten place? In Strange the Dreamer, Laini Taylor takes readers on a fantastical journey filled with richly textured characters. Though a lyrical treatise on the power of dreaming, it is not a light read as it delves into weighty topics including slavery, trauma, memory, and appropriation. With a diverse cast of characters, and a story filled with adventure, unexpected twists, magic, and not a small bit of romance, Strange the Dreamer is an engrossing novel. Readers who enjoy character-driven stories set in intricately crafted worlds may enjoy this lush escape. Kitchener Public Library has this title available to read as a book or e-book, or to listen to as an audiobook or e-audiobook. We also have copies of its sequel (and final volume in this duology) The Muse of Nightmares which was just released in October.

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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Kitchener Citizen - West Edition - November 2018  

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