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By Carrie DeBrone he front yard of the by Helen Hall Haus historic Schneider Frank Glew a manStreet who museum on is Queen was ahead of his time.has more South in Kitchener Thedoubled environmental than in sizescientist, due to retired teacher,of and former the demolition the two old outdoorthat education co-ordinator homes stood beside it. and universityexpanded instructor, The museum’s yard “re-invented� himself asanda space will become a garden children’sarea, author way to teaching and as willa provide hislarger passion forfor nature and ashare much area hosting the environment. museum and community Today’s concerns about events. climate change, environmental The new space officially emissions, pollution and opened September 29. endangered species make his Two neighbouring heritage messageat more important than homes 474 and 484 Queen ever. South that were owned Street somefor would sayyears, that byAnd the region about 30 childrendemolished have now last surpassed were May, adults in the their commitment to allowing land they stood on protecting planet. to be addedthe to the front and side In of2005, GlewHaus. published yard Schneider theIn abest-selling controversialchildren’s decision bookyear, Samuel’s Mostcouncillors Important last regional Message.inIt tells the story of voted favour of the a Blanding’s named demolition afterTurtle the Kitchener Samuel, which was based on heritage committee gave the a turtlethe that Glew discovered project green light. and photographed in against the Huron The approval went the NaturalofArea. advice city heritage planners, Theargued book explains to children who that is would set an how turtles have to protect unfavourable precedent. The their houses, shell, which home, two builtisintheir 1900 and to stay He compares 1920 hadalive. formerly been renteda turtle’s shell theasearth for to tenants and to used regional


A celebration to officially open the new expanded front yard of the Schneider Haus museum was held September 29. The new space will house a large garden, teaching space and provide extra space to host community and museum events. From left: Schnieder Haus Teacher and Interpreter Christy Hoffman, Regional Councillor Tom Galloway, Kitchener SouthHespeler MP Marwan Tabbara, Regional Chair Ken Seiling, Regional Councillor Elizabeth Clarke, Regional Councillor Sean Strickland, Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, Junior Interpreter Alec Sampson. Photo by Carrie Debrone

With one of storyboards for their grandfather Glew’s bookroom “Samuel’s Most Important Message� offices, butthehad been vacant give the Frank museum more restoring Schneider Haus,along and the trail at the Huron Natural Area are, from left: Kaleb Palubiski, Sophie Palubiski and Kalista Palubiski. since 2014. The homes were for programming, especially commented that the removal of part of the protected Victoria for large groups. the two adjacent houses gives is now being humans, anddistrict. how we must 12Thechildren’s Park heritage two vacantbooks. lots left And, after theSamuel’s museumstory a much-improved done of shared 13 stations protect home. argued that he The our region the has houses werethousands torn down “vista� at and much along morea schools total and trail at the for Huron Naturaldriving Area. Turtles are now theBlanding’s demolition would givea presentations increases the in museum’s visibility anyone givenbyaway $865,000 worth saysalong having the storythreatened Ontario. has Schneider species Haus, ain National acreage about 25 per cent to orGlew walking Queen Street free books. boards Samuel believed be still of Historic is Site, a more to prominent 0.35 hectare. South. along the trail “opens He “loves watching environmental dialogue, living the Huron frontageat on Queen Natural Street; At said the heofficial opening, upNow just planted with grass, looks on kid’s Ken faces�Seiling when plus getsHoffman, everyonea out to share Area. restore more of the feel and look the Regional Chair Christy teacher and visits schools. adding that “youHaus, will then, Glew has written ofSince the original farm setting; and he reminisced about the history of nature� interpreter at Schneider

never areas. destroy anything you love.� One part of the garden will to share Samuel’s beThe usedidea to teach people how to story in his Huron Natural Area garden. home came area to Glew after he A second of the garden was themuseum’s Sudbury will contacted be used bybythe Conservation Little SproutsAuthority, programwhich – a asked if it that could teaches add Samuel’s program very story one oftoits trails in a youngtochildren garden. program called The final third “Tales will be for usedthe as Trails.� a second garden for Schneider Glew iswhere recognized along Haus vegetables with Tom grown Clancy,across a former currently the Director Parks Schtick and street in theof museum’s Recreation Citynext of Garden willwith be the moved Kitchener, as visionaries who year. helped in thesaid creation the Hoffman the of new Huron Natural Area.will likely museum garden In thepole 1980s, Clancy thought grow beans, artichokes, the land where potatoes, squash, theflaxnatural and area sits, and which rhubarb, that was the slated many for industrial use, now should be blackberry bushes in the preserved as a natural Schtick Garden may area. also He be approached Glew for assistance transferred to the new space. when The Glew futurewas of the outdoor Schtick education co-ordinator the Garden space has notforbeen school board. but Clancy determined, shethought said if it he get the school area boards maycould become a picnic or involved, he would have a a second teaching/community better chance of saving the event space. land. The opening of the new Glew’s discovery the Schneider Haus greenof space Blanding’s happened also featuredTurtle live fiddle and when and onClancy were swing he music the porch, exploring area in 1989. cake and the refreshments and ...continued next page traditional outdooron games.

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Samuel the Turtle storyboards along trail at Huron Natural Area...from page one

The first story board is located near the children’s playground behind the washrooms.

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Samuel was discovered, but it would still be some years before his story was written, illustrated and published. The two men talked the public and separate school boards and the City of Kitchener into working together to purchase the land and save the 107 hectares as a natural area. Kitchener’s website now describes the Huron Natural Area as its “largest and most valuable natural space.” It is regularly used by school groups and for City of Kitchener nature programs, and by hikers, bird watchers, dog walkers and nature lovers. So it seemed appropriate to Glew that Samuel should be featured along the trail. Glew modified the story a little from its original version to make it less general in nature, and more Kitchener oriented. He approached Mary Elizabeth Hearn, whose late husband, Waterloo Regional District School Board Superintendent Mike Hearn, was an avid supporter of the Huron Natural Area. Glew thought Samuel’s storyboards along the trail would be a great way to remember Hearn as an educator and lover of the Huron Natural Area. Hearn funded the 13 $500 storyboards and they were

unveiled last May. She also takes care of the maintenance of the boards. Glew thinks Samuel’s story is even more fitting to the Huron Natural Area today than when it was written. In 2010, the remains of an aboriginal village and a number of other artifacts were found along Strasburg Creek when the city was expanding the trail system. Archaeologists believe the village was built 500 years ago. The site spans the space of two soccer fields at the south end of the Huron Natural Area. Glew says the turtle is a sacred symbol for Aboriginal people, and there are Native stories that say that humans live on the back of a giant turtle - the earth. Glew said teachers can get a digital copy of the book through him by emailing or by emailing Kitchener’s Natural Area Co-ordinator Josh Shea at This gives them the opportunity to read through the book with students before hitting the trail as a class, or suggesting that children go through the area with their families. “We should look after our shell, the earth, like the turtle looks after its shell. Our lives depend upon it,” says Glew.

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he provincial government says it has no plans to change the setup of municipal governments across Ontario. On October 25, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark announced the next steps in the Regional Government Review. The province committed to partner with municipalities, support local decision-making and provide funding to assist municipalities in their ongoing efforts to modernize service delivery. “This is welcome news from Minister Clark and Premier Ford,” said Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “It is clear through today’s announcement, that the government is demonstrating their commitment to local decision-making and will not be taking a topdown approach to modernization.” The City of Kitchener says it collaborated closely with Minister Clark and the Special Advisors, Michael Fenn and Ken Seiling, since the launch of the Regional Government Review. They say the mayor, council and staff worked closely with area municipalities, heard from residents, engaged local MPPs, commissioned public opinion research, and met with the Minister and Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “While we recognize there are a range of opinions on the shape of municipal government, a majority of residents told us they like our existing local decision-making structure and want to see more supports for making our service delivery even more efficient,” said Vrbanovic.

Earlier this year, the City of Kitchener commissioned a statistically representative survey of Kitchener residents about the review. When asked about the structure of their local government, they report that 8 of 10 Kitchener residents said they are satisfied with their twotier government in Waterloo Region. “The province’s approach is very much in line with what we heard from Kitchener residents,” said Vrbanovic. Waterloo Region has a long history of successfully collaborating on shared priorities. Area municipalities are currently in discussions to explore more service delivery opportunities in pursuit of cost savings and optimization. And currently Kitchener is undertaking its own service review of fleet and facilities to find efficiencies. The $143-million announced for audits and modernization will make the cost of service delivery reviews much less onerous for municipalities. “This new funding will help area municipalities further explore opportunities and will help us improve municipal service delivery; avoid duplication of activities; reduce costs; optimize infrastructure investments; and position the communities within our region to compete effectively on the global stage – now, and well into the future,” Vrbanovic said. “The City of Kitchener is grateful for the work of Michael Fenn and Ken Seiling as Special Advisors. They are respected municipal leaders and I have no doubt that their work has helped shape the government’s direction.”

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Regional Council recognizes local recipient of the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers


PUDDING FACTORY - It’s a sure sign that Christmas is coming when the St. John the Evangelist Church’s Pudding Factory is up and running. Every November for the past 71 years volunteers from the downtown Kitchener church have produced traditional Christmas puddings for sale, with this year’s proceeds supporting the church, the Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region, The Food Bank of Waterloo Region and the East Village Animal Hospital, a not-for-profit organization that helps people with low incomes care for their pets. This year 2,000 puddings are being produced from November 4 - 7. The puddings will be available at the church’s Craft Sale and Tea Room on Saturday, November 9 from 9am to 3pm and at the Kitchener Market. They cost $10 each. Volunteering their time to set up the production line are, left side (front to back), David Emery, Enid Emery, Peter McNamee, Ray Cloutier, Frank Millerd, Bob Humphreys, right side (front to back), Jennifer Utley, Judy Shantz, Mindy Hurley (94 years old), Charles Stuart, Carol McNamee, Linda Seibert, Ann Cloutier, David Whitfield.

avid Willmott of Kitchener received the ‘Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers’ at the October 9 Regional Council meeting. Regional Chair Karen Redman presented the medal on behalf of Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, in recognition of Willmott’s extraordinary volunteer efforts in the region. Willmott started volunteering with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) in 2001, following his retirement from the manufacturing sector. He offered his services to the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP), a program designed to help low income residents complete their annual tax returns. He volunteers his services to numerous agencies, including the Region, during the tax season and completes approximately 1,100 tax returns annually. “David Willmott knows that filing income taxes often results in vital financial support for low income families and individuals,” said Redman. “David continues to positively impact many of our citizens by generously volunteering his skills and services, and as a result, makes our community a better place.”

David Willmott (left) receiving the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers from Waterloo Region Chair Karen Redman on October 9. Photo supplied A Kitchener resident, Willmott drives to the Region’s Cambridge office three times a week at his own expense during tax season to provide free drop-in tax services. Willmott believes helping low income people file their taxes provides them better access to benefits. In June 2019, Willmott was also named an ‘Ontario Senior of the Year’ by the Region.

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Second World War amputee veteran Lloyd Brown shares a special bond and Remembrance Day tradition with Sean Borle.


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ean Borle, 24, recalls meeting Second World War veteran Lloyd Brown, 96, for the first time six years ago at a Remembrance Day ceremony. “We had this magical moment where I reached out my right hand and he put out his left, to shake hands,” he says. Borle was born missing his left hand, and Brown lost his right arm on October 18, 1944 while serving with the Loyal Edmonton Regiment in Italy. “I was staked at a farmhouse which had a children’s treehouse located behind it,” says Brown. “In the treehouse was a sniper who kept shooting at our boys. A tank then came which shot out shells, the shrapnel hitting my right arm.” When Brown arrived at the hospital, the doctors had to amputate his arm. “Fortunately, I was in such shock that I didn’t feel a thing,” he recalls. The ability to find the positive in a dark situation is one reason why Borle admires Brown. On Remembrance Day, the pair share a special tradition of laying a wreath on behalf of The War Amps, an organization entering its second century of service this year. The War Amps was started by war amputee veterans returning from the First World War to help each other adapt to their new reality as amputees. They then welcomed amputee veterans following the Second World War, sharing all that they had learned. Borle grew up in The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program,

which provides financial assistance for the cost of artificial limbs, emotional support and regional seminars to young amputees across Canada. It was started by War Amps Members, like Brown, who realized their experiences of living with amputation could help others. Through what they call “Operation Legacy,” Borle and his fellow members of CHAMP have now “taken up the torch” of remembrance to pay tribute to the veteran members of The War Amps, whose efforts have made a difference in the lives of thousands of amputees. “I can’t overstate the impact that these programs have on young amputees and their futures,” says Borle. “Knowing that there are people like Lloyd who understand what it’s like to be missing a limb, makes you feel like you’re not alone.” When Brown attends the Remembrance Day ceremonies, he reflects on all those in his regiment who never came home. “It’s heartbreaking to think of all those who lost their lives, and it’s important to remember them,” he says. For Borle, it’s special to share Remembrance Day with Brown. “I would not be the person I am today had it not been for that decision more than 100 years ago to begin The War Amps,” says Borle. “It is our commitment as Champs that the legacy and sacrifices of Lloyd, and all the war amputee veterans, will be remembered and carried forward.”

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Kitchener-Conestoga has new Member of Parliament for the first time since 2006

Helen Hall est Kitchener residents had to wait until the day after the October 21 election to find out who was the Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Conestoga. Five of the polling stations couldn’t be counted until Tuesday morning because the paperwork noting the totals was not attached to the outside of the ballot boxes when they were dropped off. The paperwork was put inside the sealed boxes. The next morning Elections Canada announced that Liberal candidate Tim Louis edged out long-time incumbent Conservative MP Harold Albrecht by 305 votes. It was a flip of the 2015 election, when Albrecht beat Louis by 251 votes. Louis spoke to his supporters at the Malt and Barley Public House in Kitchener at about 12:30am on election night. The Kitchener-Conestoga riding is made up of Woolwich, Wellesley and Wilmot Townships, and a section of Kitchener from Fischer-Hallman Road west to the townships. With the lead by a slim margin of votes going back and forth between the two candidates for most of the evening, Louis joked that his 251 vote loss to Albrecht in 2015 “might seem




like a landslide now.” He let them know that the results would not be announced until the next day. Louis thanked his family, friends and supporters and all the candidates who ran in the riding. “It takes a lot of courage to get out and run. It takes a lot of sacrifice,” he said. Louis is a jazz singer, songwriter and pianist. He was born in New Jersey and studied music at Rutgers University. He immigrated to Canada and he has lived in the Forest Heights area of Kitchener for the past 25 years, where he and his wife are raising their two children. Albrecht put a lengthy


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New President and CEO of Grand River Hospital Foundation returns home to Waterloo Region

he Grand River Hospital Foundation Board of Governors announced that Paul McIntyre Royston will be the Foundation’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. McIntyre Royston is a skilled and seasoned fundraiser with a proven track record for being creative, thinking big, and driving himself and his teams to success. Since 2017, McIntyre Royston has been the CEO of the Canadian Olympic Foundation, where he led the team in pursuing ambitious goals by engaging Canadians in the Olympic dream.

Prior to this, as the President and CEO of the Calgary Library Foundation, he recognized the Library’s value as a key contributor to the community’s vibrancy and with that energy raised more than $300 million in public and private funds – the largest library fundraising campaign in Canadian history. His hospital fundraising experience includes successful tenures as Vice President Development for Hamilton Health Sciences and a campaign director for the Sunnybrook Foundation. “The drive and energy that

Paul so clearly embodies is what makes him a successful leader and fundraiser,” said Steve Currie, Chair of the Grand River Hospital Board of Governors. “His innovative approach to everything he does will serve the Foundation and the community well. His experience with current best practices in fundraising will support world class health care in our region.” McIntyre Royston grew up in Waterloo Region and graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Mathematics.

His early career included working as a development officer for UW. He notes that he and his family received great care at the hospital over the years, so getting excited about leading the team that supports the hospital in so many ways is easy. “Getting behind our hospital demonstrates a belief in our community and an opportunity to support our family, friends and neighbours now and in the future.” Sharing his reasons for a career in fundraising McIntyre Royston adds, “Philanthropy changes

lives – for both the receiver and the giver.” McIntyre Royston and his partner Christine look forward to returning to the region where they were married and are now introducing their five young daughters to the community where he grew up. Stephen Swatridge, Interim President and CEO for the Foundation, will continue to lead the team and ensure a smooth transition as McIntyre Royston joins the Foundation on December 16, 2019.

It’s Carbon monoxide Awareness Week


ntario’s Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week runs from November 1-7. Kitchener Fire and Kitchener Utilities reminds you to prevent carbon monoxide (CO) in your home by getting all fuelburning appliances inspected annually. “In Ontario, the majority of injuries and deaths from CO occur in the home,” said Tom O’Hara, public education officer for Kitchener Fire. “We want to make sure everyone is safe from CO, so we recommend that all fuel-burning appliances get inspected annually by a registered contractor.” If you have a fuel-burning appliance, a fireplace or an attached garage, you must install CO alarms outside of all sleeping areas in your home. “For added protection, you can also install a carbon monoxide alarm on every storey of the home.” adds O’Hara. Fuel-burning appliances can include furnaces, hot water heaters, gas or wood fireplaces, portable fuel-burning heaters and generators, barbeques, stoves, and vehicles. What is CO? CO is known as the silent killer because it is an invisible, tasteless and odourless gas that can be deadly. CO is produced when fuels such as propane, gasoline, natural gas, heating oil or wood do not burn completely in fuel-burning appliances and devices such as furnaces, gas or wood fireplaces, hot water heaters, stoves, barbeques, portable fuel-burning heaters and generators and vehicles. Prevent CO in your home: Ensure fuel-burning appliances, chimneys and vents are cleaned and inspected annually. Visit to find a registered contractor near you. Check that all outside appliance vents are not blocked. Gas and charcoal barbeques should only be used outside, away from all doors, windows, vents, and other building

openings. Never use barbeques inside garages, even if the garage doors are open. Portable fuel-burning generators should only be used outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from windows, doors, vents and other building openings. Ensure all portable fuelburning heaters are vented properly, according to manufacturer’s instructions. Never use the stove or oven to heat your home. Open the flue before using a fireplace for adequate ventilation. Never run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor inside a garage, even if the garage doors are open. Always remove a vehicle from the garage immediately after starting it. Know the symptoms of CO: Exposure to CO can cause flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea, dizziness, as well as confusion, drowsiness, loss of consciousness and death. If your CO alarm sounds, and you or other occupants suffer from symptoms of CO poisoning, get everyone out of the home immediately. Then call 9-1-1 or your local emergency services number from outside the building. Know the sound of your CO alarm: Your CO alarm sounds different than your smoke alarm. Test both alarms monthly and make sure everyone in your home knows the difference between the two alarm sounds. Don’t be confused by the sound of your CO alarm’s low-battery warning. Follow your CO alarm manufacturer’s instructions so you know the difference between the lowbattery warning, the “end-oflife” warning, and the alarm alerting you to the presence of CO in your home. For more CO safety tips, visit the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management’s website and

Public Input Meetings on the 2020 Regional Budget

Public Input meetings are scheduled to gather input on the 2020 Regional Budget. The meetings will be held on: Tuesday, November 26, 2019 6:00 p.m. and Wednesday, December 11, 2019 6:00 p.m. Both Meetings will be held at: Regional Council Chamber 150 Frederick Street, 2nd Floor, Kitchener If you are interested in Regional services you may wish to attend. Final approval of the Region’s 2020 Operating Budget and Ten-Year Capital Program is scheduled for Wednesday, January 22, 2020. Please contact 519-575-4400 for meeting start time or check the Region’s website. Notice of these meetings is being given in accordance with the “Municipal Act” as amended and the Region’s Notice Policy. Please visit our website for more information on the Regional Budget: or view the 2020 Preliminary Budget Book and 2020 Budget Issue Paper Package at the Council and Administrative Services Office, 150 Frederick Street, 2nd Floor, Kitchener after November 20, 2019. To speak to a staff person in Corporate Budgets regarding the budget, please call Chris Wilson at 519-575-4757 ext.3544 or email You are welcome to attend any of the scheduled budget meetings or Council meetings. For a copy of the budget schedule please visit our website, as above. Members of the public may register as a delegation at the two public meetings on November 26th and December 11th, 2019. Deadlines for delegations to register are: • Monday, November 25th before 4:30 p.m. for November 26th meeting • Monday, December 9th before 4:30 p.m. for December 11th meeting To register: • By phone 519-575-4400 • By email • Or through the Region’s website by following this link: If you require accessible services to participate in these meetings, please contact the Regional Clerk’s Office by the Friday prior to the meeting. Unable to attend the Budget Public Input meetings? Join the conversation online at between November 20th and December 20th, 2019 to provide your feedback on the Region’s 2020 Budget. Kris Fletcher Regional Clerk All comments and information received from individuals, stakeholder groups and agencies regarding the budget are being collected to assist the Region of Waterloo in making budget decisions. Under the “Municipal Act”, personal information such as name, address, telephone number, and property location that may be included in a submission becomes part of the public record. Questions regarding the collection of this information should be referred to Chris Wilson, as above.



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eaching Canadian federalism to Dear Carrie Debrone, I was pleased to get your Kitchener (east edition)ranked and found history Citizen students always asit quite informative and I thank you for it. an educational challenge for me – that I just read your short article regarding the natural gas rates going down is, until I threw in my family members for residential customers. You write that Kitchener have a 2,100 cubic meter average use as Utilities analogies: thirteen Nahrgang annually for its residential customers. I still havethe an concerns imperial gas children to represent ofmeter, ten which shows the consumption in cubic feet. I have never been able to read provinces andthe three territories. Students matter, even meter readers seem to have a that meter and as for that began understand why northern governments problemto with it as well. Why else would theterritorial city issue a bill in the amount of $452?angered by Ottawa ignoring them – especially were My January bill had been February, $295.79, already sat when I compared this$222.16. political scenario to there my Iparents’ up and took notice, but then excused it by, the winter being especially harsh. pronouncement that my myMarch brother sister Gail, was andvery I However, when I received bill, ITom, knew that something wrong. Icontinue called the Utility Officeto and waschildren’s asked to take a piece of paper would our exile the card table for and a pen Christmas and read the meter myself. To this request I replied that I did not another meal! know how to read the imperial meter and aside from that, it wasn't my job. Once with details onsomebody how Montreal The lady monumentally I talked to was verybored nice and agreed to send out to do

and Toronto appeared to control everything in Canada, students perked up to hear how my two oldest sisters told their siblings what to do. Of course, using such familial political comparisons brought the inevitable personal question: what province was I? Quebec, of course; I never wanted a complete separation from my family, but surely every kid dreams of sovereignty association! These political memories of our federal kinship recently surfaced as I looked backin atKitchener last month’s election As a relatively new arrival I've been exploringand the forward to Remembrance notimpressions well in Family photographic arts opportunitiesDay; here all and isfirst are very encouraging. It's just not just in the tech side of quality the community Canada. Our political map resembles the that balkanization should be judged. A thriving Arts community usually does well. This can of early 20th century Europe – small geographical not always be measured in the financial spectrum as the living standard regions angrily separation from unmindful expectations of artistsdemanding are remarkably low. We don't want that two bedroom house driving greater powers. History records thewithin harshconvenient judgements; mall.disappearance Speaking as one ofofthose distance to the golf course violent upheavals sawor the theunderfunded Austrian independent art producers i'll tell you I've lived in some very bad Empire, thetoSoviet and environment. Yugoslavia, the conditions just be close Union, to my working An amidst example being deaths of thousands. might follow similar when living in my various That illegal Canada Toronto warehouse studiosamany years

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disintegration was a promised ludicrous even ago.It another reading and also to thought call me back onceten thisyears was done. was the very I received her telling me that the new amount Today, I’mnext notday sothat confident. Butcall surely, in this month, we owing was now $200.10, a mere difference of $251.90. I only wonder how should be. often the meter had been misread in the past. Charles Dickens once remarked that and family should My neighbours on either side have metric meters I had previously couldjust get of one those that I would able to read. The that asked if Inot consist who be share blood, butanswer thosetofor consistedwe’d of a flatgive NO. blood. Among the many subtexts of whom The city had pre-authorized withdrawal privileges for 2004/005 which Remembrance idea that Canadians they bungled up so Day badly is thatthe I revoked that privilege. I did fought ask that and office died willingly nottrail only theirI never own received families to please send me atopaper for safeguard my records which nor did Ito getdefend an answer to my request and, ofEvery course,year one can about an but unknown citizens. onforget November apology. 11th, I give thanks for the sacrifice of others who died to I realize that it is up to your discretion to publish or not to publish my protect the freedom of strangers. to print it I would like to warn my fellow letter. However if you decide "Kitchenerites" to be Utility Bill arrives. But there is a extra cost,"vigilant" a true every quidtime prothatquo, seen in the conclusion of John McCrae’s haunting poem, In Flanders Respectfully, Fields: “Take up our quarrel with the foe/To you from Ingrid E. Merkel failing hands we throw/The torch; be yours to hold it high.” In present-day Canada, that heartfelt pact is frayed. Quarrel with a foreign foe? How? We’re too busy sniping with neighbours over pipelines. Grab that torch of selfless sacrifice? We can’t even get a grip on climate change. Instead, we relish clever tweets that mock our leaders and denigrate others we don’t even know. But such vilifications break more than our spirits; they break faith with who perished service this very impressed by the those Arts office at City Hall andin with how theyfor provided nation. These strangers, whom weonhonour on November was going here. Those people in turn me with information about what have offered theirour ownfreedom advice andtocontacts, thumbs up for 11th, bought build so a again bettertwoCanada, not the level support give each other. for us tooftear outthey tantrum-sized pieces of it. Elections and Yes, there are already many photographers doing the normal Remembrance ceremonies one tosad trend photographic needsDay of the region, but do the share opportunity work with –emerging involvement continues to designers, dwindle. Don’thouses, shame our image companies like web animation software producers, locallywith basedapathy video firms, electronic images fortheir broadcasters fallen heroes or rabid behaviour; torch growing as the manufacturing base has declined. The live is meant to guide our steps, not to burn down the family entertainment industries, local graphic designers and most especially the home. emerging gallery system bodes well for business opportunities, even in this

Just what makes Kitchener so good at Arts development?

before they were condoized. downturn. There are basically two reasons for artists to be in an area. A slightly Kitchener is projected to be growing by a conservative estimate of compact arts community with low rents and the availability of galleries or 100,000 people over the next 20 years and plans call for a big investment LETTER TO THE venues to showcase theEDITOR art produced. I have noticed that there is a vibrant in conversions of existing warehouse buildings into studio style live work theatre network here that none the less is going through hard times. The space. Technically the manufacturing base has down- turned and left a lot music scene is really good with a solid choice of local talent that is well of empty buildings. publicized by a few local free publications. Radio generally follows the If out of those numbers there are 10 percent artists in all media that standard corprock but the University of Waterloo has an outstanding actually Dear Editor, who towork thank. at their art all of us are going to need some of this space to community station. build up our community. Artists, being exists artists though, do not like to be IThe had the privilege of growing up in The War Amps Canada as we know it today because of the men huge pool of university students to draw from for a vocal audience told how to do things. The local government is working hard to reach that Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program which was started by level and women who served, sacrificing life and limb so that with some disposable cash helps in keeping the cities vibrant and where they can integrate the needs of the artistic community enthusiastic. Theveterans. number of professional artists is still small enoughwhich so that future generations could live freely and safely. As young war amputee Through Operation Legacy, seamlessly into their development plans. they know one another. is made up of members of CHAMP, we pay tribute to the people, we are that future is up to us tobased say Many studies have shown time generation. and again howItefficient an Arts We are quickly seeing astounding growth in the digital imaging be. remember A planning group The Prosperity Council veterans founded the Association those who community thank youcanand them called because their sacrifices industry. who Fortunately, as a photographer who hasand beenall working in digital calls for a huge investment for artists and art based businesses for years it helps integrate my own work into video, 3D, web, specifically have served our me country. weren’t for nothing, they were for everything. to encourage them to choose Kitchener as a place to work. This is the first advertising, etc. So I think, personally, the opportunities in Kitchener are I have participated in Operation Legacy as far back On Remembrance Day this year, I challenge young better than Toronto. An example being the cable TV (Rogers) that works time I have found a directed approach to our niche, but very valuable segment of society. If even fifty percent of the plans get a done it is still an as canto involve remember by schools layingandwreaths and attending ceremony, wear poppy over the regions artisians in locally produced people to attend your local veryIhard attractive place to build a career. programming. ceremonies. I have only scratched the surface your heart, or at the very least, take a moment at 11 a.m. to remembrance Our image production is now all pixels and with the recent not forget thathow Kitchener/Waterloo voted the most intelligent of Let's understanding much these was soldiers sacrificed, but pause and say thank you. city and speaking as a newcomer it is very evident that the level of announcement of a new 5 million dollar Federal grant to establish a Iprofessionalism am eager toisspread the remembrance message to other Rachel Quilty unexcelled visibly high here. People waste little time and the massive digital media centre in the downtown core, it offers opportunities to work with some of the leading edge image systems in the young so that we and the generations usgalleries know The War Amps welcomepeople i've received in presenting my own portfolio toafter various 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 veryThe good internet Citizen system here andyou if you wouldyour like more dub from the djs. Kitchener invites to share experiinfo just go to the net and most plans available. The next Withwith the the projected growthasofa the regions artistsDo in all mediums I haveA viewpoint ences community guest columnist. you have a rant? about a local event orcommunity opinion about anare important issue? Or, do found there are many dynamic, specifically targeted plans, by the three years will establish this region of one of the "Silicon Valley" inspired you have a personal or funny story? The Kitchener Citizen is looking for writers who are willing to share their views with their neighbours in a municipal government in particular, to foster a (relatively) large examples of a thriving gateway of new ideas and I feel very fortunate to guest column. Columns should be 400-500 words long and submissions must include your name and contact information.To submit your column community investment in development towards artist integration. I was be able to establish myself here with so many other creative artists.

Child amputee encourages young people to attend remembrance ceremonies


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by Raj Saini MP for Kitchener Centre

am thrilled to have been re-elected as Member of Parliament by the people of Kitchener Centre. You have sent me back to Parliament with a clear message that I need to continue the progress that our government has made over the last four years in making life more affordable for Canadians, investing in the middle-class, and protecting our environment and fighting climate change. I am so proud of our accomplishments and look forward to returning to Ottawa to keep working for you, your families, and your neighbours. In the last Parliament, I relentlessly highlighted the importance of a national pharmacare program to my colleagues because all Canadians deserve quality access to prescription medication. As a pharmacist, I am a proponent of pharmacare because I have seen firsthand how it would benefit not only people here in Kitchener, but across the country. I was proud that a national pharmacare program was one of our key promises this election and that I am part of a government that is making it a reality for our country. The environment and climate change have been, and will continue to be, a priority for me and our government. It is the single biggest issue facing our country and our planet and the time for action is now. Last spring, I was proud to second

Bill C-454, introduced by my friend Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, that called on the government to join the global community in committing to net-zero emissions by 2050, which is crucial to keeping warming below 1.5°C. This became a key party promise in the election including the measures required to achieve it. Along with a price on pollution, we will be planting billions of trees, retrofitting millions of homes to be more energy efficient, banning single-use plastics, investing in green technology, and ensuring a fair and just transition away from fossil fuels. This work is critical to ensuring that we leave a healthy planet for our children and grandchildren. These are my top priorities based on what I heard from constituents over the last four years and throughout the election. There is always more to do for our community and our country. We will continue to work hard to make your lives better and move our country forward. Thank you once again for showing your confidence in me and my vision for Canada, and I hope to make you proud as I continue to represent you in Ottawa. To learn more about the work I am doing here in the riding and in Ottawa, please visit my website,, email me at Raj., or call me at 519-741-2001. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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by Marwan Tabbara MP for Kitchener South—Hespeler

t is an honour and a privilege to be able to continue representing the residents of Kitchener South–Hespeler as your Member of Parliament, following my re-election on October 21st. I look forward to continuing to be of service to constituents who require assistance in interacting with the federal government. I also hope you will continue to share your views about issues that are important to all of us, including continued progress on addressing climate change, affordability, equality and inclusion and, of course, so much more. Thank you to all those who participated in October’s federal election: the 52,628 voters who cast their ballots; the hundreds of people who worked in the local Elections Canada office and at the polling stations; the six other candidates and the hundreds of volunteers who worked in the seven campaigns; the radio, television, newspaper and other media who covered the local campaigns and provided valuable information to voters; the schools who had allcandidate visits for their student vote programs; and the organizations and media who hosted allcandidates meetings.

In the 42nd Parliament I was a member of a parliamentary majority. The 43rd Parliament will be quite different. While I am still part of the government, we are in a minority situation, meaning that we will be relying more heavily on co-operation with other parties in order to pass legislation of benefit to Canadians. Our ability to enact the programs we put forward during the campaign will depend on the support of MPs from the other political parties. While there will be no formal coalition, we will be working with the other parties on a case by case basis. As a government we will be continually listening to Canadians and addressing the most pressing issues. Finally, I’d like to remind you that the flu vaccine is now available. For most people, it is as simple as visiting your local pharmacy. For people at higher risk, a visit to your doctor will ensure that you are provided with the appropriate dose of the vaccine. Remember, it is not just your own health that you are protecting, but also the health of others with whom you come in contact daily who might be at risk if you get the flu and pass it on to them.

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Welcome to the Kitchener Citizen’s 2019

'I Love Live Theatre'

Drayton Entertainment Ticket Giveaway! Win two free tickets that can be used at any coming Drayton Entertainment 2019 season performance! Last month's winners: Mike Walloschek; Claudette Spencer Simply email to be entered in the draw. Winners will be notified by the newspaper following each month’s giveaway and winners will be announced in the Kitchener Citizen following each draw. Winning tickets may be used for any performance at the following Drayton Entertainment venues during the 2019 season: Hamilton Family Theatre - Cambridge St. Jacobs Country Playhouse St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre King’s Wharf Theatre Drayton Festival Theatre Huron Country Playhouse Huron Country Playhouse II *Tickets must be booked in advance. Performance dates and times are subject to availability. To see what exciting shows Drayton Entertainment has in store for you this season call 1-885-DRAYTON (372-9866) or visit

Tony Olivieri is a solo artist who also plays with a band called Rock Patrol.

Tony Olivieri’s rock career started with an accordian By Steve Beilstein orn and raised in Kitchener-Waterloo with strong Italian roots, music played a huge part in the life of Tony Olivieri. Although his parents didn’t play musical instruments, music was played every day in his childhood home, instilling a strong love and desire to create his own. With an eclectic influence of classical, country and rock laying a strong foundation, and paired with supportive parents, he began at eight years old with an accordion. “My parents saw I was eager to listen to The Beatles, Elvis, Buddy Holly, among other artists, popular artists of the day, so they bought me an accordion.” Olivieri laughs. “I took accordion lessons at the former Ontario Conservatory of Music for two years. I received two awards,” Olivieri remembers. “My first live performance was 1972. An all accordion band with a bassist and a drummer at the high school KCI in Kitchener. The event was organized by the Conservatory of Music to showcase our talent for our families and friends. ” Although he was nervous, the performing bug bit him hard. His parents bought him an acoustic guitar in the late 1970s, and he took lessons for only three weeks seeing if he was able to learn to play on his own, which created his own unique style in the years to come. As he grew as an artist, his influences grew, and he began to incorporate more of the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s styles into his music. Then one day he heard Canadian rock group Rush, and became hooked. You can hear quiet whispers of


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their influence if you listen closely. In 1995, Olivieri took part in two compilation CD releases entitled Garage Sale Junkies and National Chaos, with Pinelake Studios in Kitchener followed by two successful CD release parties promoting local singers and songwriters. This fueled his desire to keep performing. In 2006, Olivieri released his first full length CD of original music titled Find The Way, reminiscent of the music of the 70s and 80s. In 2009, he assembled a band, Rock Patrol which is still together today, playing classic rock and his original music for their many loyal fans. Since forming Rock Patrol, they’ve managed to stay pretty busy, amassing a respectable following. They are always looking for new and original ways to improve their shows, making it more entertaining. In 2016, Olivieri released yet another CD, called Transformed, with 10 new original songs. Each song has a special meaning to him. Singing straight from the heart, it left him vulnerable. He felt it was time to reveal himself, and did a beautiful job of communicating some hard to explain emotions. Since then, he has been planning a third CD of original music and performing solo acoustic shows. Forever smiling and exhibiting a positive attitude, Olivieri has a bright outlook on his future musically, and a drive to increase his already respectable fan base. If you wish to contact Olivieri to hire him for an event or purchase a CD, you can look him up on facebook. He will be happy to accommodate any questions or requests.

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Kitchener artist uses found items to tap into viewer’s imaginations By Carrie Debrone itchener artist Susan Coolen loves collections. She loves them so much she’s made it her life’s work to collect things she finds in nature, things that have been thrown away, or things in her environment and arrange them into connected groupings that tap into viewer’s imaginations – often making them see the world in a different way. Viewing her work is very much like reading a book, where the author’s words spark the reader’s own image of what’s presented. “I always had an urge to explore the world visually and I have an interest in public art. I love exploring the things I collect artistically and then putting them out into the world. I’m interested to see how people respond to them, to see if other people see what I see. If they do I feel like we’re kindred spirits on some level. Even I don’t get everything I do. I often discover things in my work long after it’s finished,” she laughed. Influenced by famous artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Louise Bourgeois, Coolen has been creating art for decades. Growing up in Nova Scotia, Coolen often walked the shoreline as a child collecting shells or other items that had washed ashore. Now, she often finds hidden meaning and even beauty in the things others throw away. Several years ago she collected about 40,000 shards of old dishes from a low-tide bay in her home village. She carefully arranged them into traditional quilt patterns and her resulting work became part of the National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography’s travelling national exhibit in 2000 - 2002. Coolen holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Concordia in Montreal, and a Masters in Fine Arts in Photography from Columbia College in Chicago, and her work has been included in solo and group exhibits in Canada, the United States and Europe.


Standing in her studio, Kitchener artist Susan Coolen holds one of her graphic design style works. Coolen was the City of Kitchener’s Artist in Residence in 2013, working on The LitterArti Project. For this project she collected litter such as drivethrough restaurant’s cardboard drink trays, plastic rings that keep beer cans together, hubcaps and drinking straws. She then created art exhibited along the Iron Horse Trail and at Kitchener City Hall. Using her background in graphic design and fine art, she scanned, photographed, and drew images of this collection of debris using a computer, including video and digital animation. She also produced books of all of the images, something she does for all her art pieces, thus creating a permanent library of her work. At the end of the year, her exhibit pieces were placed at the Forest Heights Community Center as a permanent public art exhibit.

She also served as the Ayr Library’s Artist in Residence in 2016, and with the help of a Region of Waterloo Arts Fund grant produced an 8-volume art book series that documents her project based on time capsules of nature specimens. It explored the relationship between the shapes and colours of natural things such as seal bones, twigs and dried chicken feet to various writing styles and letters. Titled ‘A Companion Library of COLLECTIONS’ for ‘(an incomplete) Museum (of categories) for the Future’, these books feature three initial nature specimen categories; birds, animals and plants. Her art books are held in the public collections of the Kitchener and Ayr Public Libraries. Coolen is drawn to things others might find disgusting like

PUDDLE ‘INTERVENTION’ - Kitchener artist Susan Coolen is currently working on an art project involving exploring puddles.She places colours into puddles then waits to see what happens. She carefully photographs and draws the results.

road kill, rotting natural debris and the bones of dead animals. “I’m constantly looking on the ground but I don’t go out to collect a specific item. I just respond to what’s in my environment,” she said. She has boiled dead fish to get their skeletons and mummified their eyeballs. After taking digital photographs of the eyeballs she saw that they looked like planets floating in deep space. They became the inspiration for one of her iconic exhibitions ‘Alien Orbs.’ As a CAFKA artist she presented an alien sperm and ova display in the Kitchener City Hall pool. Working from her studio at 742 King St. W. in Kitchener, which she has shared with her architect partner Michael Brisson for the last 14 years, Coolen is currently working on a project involving puddles and their “effluvium.” Spending a lot of time around abandoned buildings, industrial sites and derelict environments, capturing what she sees with photography, and through drawings and computer graphics she’s exploring the shape of puddles, the reflections in them and finding out what happens when she “intervenes”, adding colours or other substances to them. She searches out places

where puddles form, even photographing the puddles left when the city dumps plowed snow. “I don’t aim to tell people anything with my art, but because I like to make the process and how I produce it public people have many points of entry to discover what it’s all about,” she said. “I’m willing to live more frugally to be able to do this type of art,” she said. When she’s not producing her own art, Coolen is a Downtown Kitchener Ambassador, has worked for other artists, has worked on design-related projects for KWAG and serves on several public art committees. * * * Some of her most recent work is currently on display at the Robert Langen Art Gallery at Wilfrid Laurier University. The Lost & Found LIFT Series exhibit featuring artists Susan Coolen, Agnes Niewiadomski and Paul Roorda can be found on floors four to six in the Laurier Library and will be available for viewing until August 1, 2020. The exhibit features an assemblage of found objects. Like the Curiosity Cabinets so popular in the 16th century, these collections of rare or unusual objects tell stories about the oddities of the natural world.

Notice of Intention to Amend the Fees & Charges By-Law The Region of Waterloo intends to amend By-law 19-016 (Establish Fees and Charges). The amendment to the by-law will include changes to Child Care Fees. The by-law will be considered at the Regional Council Meeting scheduled for: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Regional Municipality of Waterloo Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, Administration Building 150 Frederick Street, Kitchener If you wish to speak at the Council meeting, please register as a delegation with the Region's Council and Administrative Services Division at 519-575-4400 by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, November 12, 2019. If you require accessible services to participate, please contact the Council & Administrative Services at least five days in advance of the meeting. This notice is in accordance with the “Municipal Act”, 2001. Kris Fletcher, Director, Council and Administrative Services/ Regional Clerk All comments and information received from individuals, stakeholder groups and agencies regarding this by-law are being collected to assist the Region of Waterloo in making a decision. Under the “Municipal Act”, personal information such as name, address, telephone number, and property location that may be included in a submission becomes part of the public record. Questions regarding the collection of this information should be referred to Council & Administrative Services.

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Notes from City Hall

Sidewalk Snow Clearing Well, winter is almost here and the snow will be flying before you know it. While winter brings that undeniable Canadian beauty to our

homes and countryside, it also brings an undeniable pain (in the backside) for those of you with sidewalks. We have a problem here in Kitchener. We want to be pedestrian-friendly with our snow-clearing rules, but we also want to be reasonable and realistic considering our Canadian climate. Unfortunately, our staff have been unable to find a middle ground between the current “bare pavement” standard and something consistently achievable. Most of us have shoveled sidewalks since we were kids.

Getting to the pavement is often pretty easy, even without salt, MOST of the time. The problem is the REST of the time. Many sidewalks heave, pooling water that forms ice in endless freeze-thaw cycles, and snowblowers can’t get down to the pavement. Other times, the ice is just so thick, and stuck, that nothing is bringing it up. So, people surrender. They dump a bag of salt in vain and worry someone will call bylaw. “Bare pavement” is an unreasonable standard in Canada and I can’t support it. Some may

see this development supporting the idea of the city clearing all sidewalks. All of my past writings condemning this idea aside, NO city that does this work clears down to bare pavement. Why? Because it doesn’t matter whether the snow clearing force is that of city staff with heavy machinery, or hundreds of thousands of residents with shovels, ice picks and snow blowers, sometimes mother nature is going to win.

Council begins the 2020 budget process on November 25 with our Operating Budget, followed by Capital Budget on December 2. There’s also a public input day on

Monday, January 13. The 2020 budget will be finalized on January 20. Look for opportunities for you to provide input online and know that I’m always open to hearing your thoughts and suggestions. Engage Kitchener lets you share your input on various city issues. Give us your thoughts on our Cycling and Trails Master Plan until November 30 at Registration for Winter Programs at our Ward 2 Community Centres starts on November 19. Visit each Centre’s website to see an online

version of their Winter Program Guide. Find Stanley Park Community Centre’s at and Centreville Chicopee’s at You can see the programs offered at all the Community Centres across the city with our Active Net Program. To do that, just Google Active Kitchener. The Stanley Park Community Centre has their Christmas Family Pancake Breakfast & Party on Saturday, December 7. There’s crafts for the kids and visits with Santa too. Online registration starts November

7. If you can, please donate to their Hat and Mitten Tree. A Seasonal Bylaw Reminder: boats, trailers and RV’s must be stored somewhere other than your driveway between November 1 and March 31. The annual Christkindl Market returns to City Hall and Carl Zehr Square December 5 to 8. Please contact me if I can assist you. Our Contact Centre is staffed 24/7 to report an emergency, an issue or ask questions about any city department at 519-741-2345.

I would like to remind everyone of several upcoming November meetings. Deer Ridge Dr Traffic Calming PIC #2: The follow up meeting at which concepts will be discussed

will be at Howard Robertson School on Tuesday Dec-03-2019 from 7 to 9 PM. This is your next opportunity to express your opinions regarding alternative traffic calming ideas. NO DECISIONS HAVE BEEN MADE AT THIS POINT! Stage 2 ION: LRT Kitchener to Cambridge: Public meetings relating to the route of this stage of the LRT will be held on 3 different nights (Nov-19-20-21st) in three different Cambridge locations. This project will impact constituents of Ward 3 especially those located

between Fairview Mall and Highway #401. Please call my office for details relating to times and locations. Festival of Neighbourhoods 26th Annual Celebration: Takes place on Sunday November 17 from 1 to 3 PM. Join in celebrating and honouring the citizens who were active in hosting gatherings throughout all our Kitchener Neighbourhoods this past year. Come out and enjoy free treats and refreshments! Perhaps your neighbourhood will be the lucky recipients of the annual $20,000

capital grant Traynor-Vanier LRT Crossing: Preliminary construction work has commenced on the crossing. I am again assured that it will be in place by year end. Again, I urge residents to not attempt crossing the train tracks illegally. Please do not hesitate to contact me at your convenience regarding any of these or other city matters. I can be reached at 519-744-0807 (home) 519-741-2790 (work) john. or jgazzola@

Community Centre Update! The city expects to get occupancy of the centre in November, allowing staff to move in and set up which will take up to two weeks. Look for an opening

date to be posted on the DPPCA website: The library continues to be open and directional signage is posted for the entrance. I want to recognize and extend my thanks and appreciation to the Doon Pioneer Park Neighbourhood Association Executive Board, and make special mention of the Pres., Pam Ritz; VP, Elaine Andrews and Community Liaison, Yvonne Fernandes. They, and the board, have done an incredible job of continuing their operations by offering programming at alternate

community locations during the centre’s closure since March. I am so impressed by the work the board has put into communicating the changes, while still supporting and making programs available to our community. Our driving habits can affect the safety of our neighbours. I bring this up, as I’m hearing from Ward 4 residents in increasing numbers about driving habit related issues. So in hope of appealing to your sense of safety for your children, your neighbour’s children,

pedestrian safety in general, and your own safety, I ask that you pay special attention to speed limits in neighbourhoods and school zones, and that you come to a full stop at every stop sign. Also, please remember the law requires drivers to stop when school bus lights are flashing. The 2020 budget is coming up. I am happy to assist with your questions and concerns. Please connect with me at 226-752-9541 or by email at christine.michaud@

Have you seen the artwork of Luke Hodgson on display at the Williamsburg Community Centre Gallery? If not, I encourage you

to visit the Centre and see the art which will be exhibited until December! Luke is a self-taught artist, who was diagnosed with a rare muscle inflammatory condition. He uses his art throughout his recovery and has raised over $20, 000 in charitable donations from the sale of his pieces. He is an incredible example of resiliency and philanthropy and we are lucky to have his work showcased in our community.

This winter by-law staff will be implementing a new online system that will allow you to request five overnight parking exemptions over a four month period; from December 1st to March 31st. Residents will be able to log onto the City of Kitchener website and register for an overnight parking exemption, or call the Corporate Contact Centre at 519-741-2345 to submit a request. You must submit a request before 2:00am

and provide license plates of the vehicle requesting an exemption. In the case that a Snow Event is declared exemptions will not be permitted. Remember that your vehicle must be legally parked to qualify or else you may still get a parking ticket. Flexibility is a key piece in addressing the needs of our community. I am so pleased to see this new initiative, as it enables us to more easily visit our friends and family.

Wow! It is hard to believe that the year continues to whiz by us and we’re into November already. Before we know it, the snow will be flying in significant ways and we’ll be in the thrust of winter. Good luck as you complete all the outdoor household preps before winter arrives. REMEMBRANCE DAY Next Monday marks Remembrance Day. It’s important that we continue to take time to remember those who have given their lives through wars and peacekeeping missions so that we can continue to enjoy the democracy and freedoms which we all enjoy today. I encourage you to attend the ceremony in Downtown Kitchener at the cenotaph beginning at 10:30am, or if you can’t attend, take a couple of minutes at 11am to remember the sacrifices made by others on our behalf. I will be away for Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) related meetings that day, so I thank Acting Mayor John Gazzola and the Members of Council who will lay the wreath on the city’s behalf at the ceremony and I will take time at 11am to remember our fallen. #LestWeForget MAYORS’ ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MISSION This week, I am travelling with my colleagues Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky, Cambridge Mayor Kathryn McGarry and Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation CEO Tony LaMantia on an economic development mission in the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas to support our community’s investment marketing efforts. The group is meeting with several California-based companies with new and expanding operations in Waterloo region to build stronger strategic relationships with headquarters leadership. We are also meeting with key investment intermediaries, including site selectors, venture capitalists and business executives to promote the unique talent value proposition and benefits of investing in Waterloo region. Working alongside partners at the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, we will also be working to strengthen ties to alumni that are now in leadership positions in Silicon Valley. Special thanks to our Government of Canada Consulate Generals – Rana Sarkar in San Francisco and Zaib Shaikh in Los Angeles and their teams for all their support in making this mission productive. ...continued on next page

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Notes from City Hall Loose leaf drop-off sites are now open. A reminder that NO bags, not even paper yard waste bags are accepted at the drop sites. Leaves can be dropped and debagged until

Our community is evolving which means that we must continue to address the changing needs of our citizens. Affordable housing is an enormous challenge, not only

Hello Ward 8! It’s hard to believe November is here and winter is right around the corner. November marks the beginning of the City’s Budget Process. It is important to ensure

It was just over a year ago that I was elected to represent Ward 9 in Kitchener. I like to describe the experience as interesting, challenging and demanding. It was

Last month, Council approved a set of new residential zone definitions. These new zones are not yet applied on the map of Kitchener. When those zones are applied ward by ward throughout

Friday, Dec 13 at the Ward 6 sites: Meinzinger Park Soccer Fields Homer Watson Blvd.; Lions Arena - Rittenhouse Rd; and South West Optimist Sportsfield - Pioneer Dr. All residents are encouraged to use this order of leaf disposal: mulching and composting where possible; use of one of the eight approved leaf drop-off sites; bag your leaves for yard waste pick-up; for designated areas only, rake your leaves to the curb for designated pick up dates. Please check www.kitchener.

ca, key word search “curbside leaf collection” for your area’s leaf collection options or call the city at 519-741-2345. Residents living within the loose leaf collection zones are permitted to rake their leaves to the curb by 7am of the first day of their collection week. Residents living in areas identified as “hot spots” will receive multiple leaf collections, with Dec. 2 being the last day for pick up. Since leaves raked to the curb can cause some safety concerns, all residents – no matter where they

live in the city – are encouraged to mulch or compost leaves on their properties. Please provide me with your feedback on the current approach to curbside-leafcollection. Do you feel that this is a beneficial city service or would you rather see the cost and resources applied elsewhere? Join me at the Country Hills Community Centre each month on the third Wednesday from 7:308:30pm to hear your questions or concerns about city business.

for our City but across the entire country. Every community is unique and requires a tailored approach to solving this complex problem. A comprehensive review of the City’s Bylaw, commonly known as CRoZBY, is one way the City is working to meet the diverse needs of our community. I am encouraged that Council has endorsed an update to Kitchener’s residential zoning based on this review. The update to the zoning bylaw is an important step towards improving the affordability of rental units in

Kitchener, allowing a more flexible range of housing types. New types of rental units on residential properties, such as apartments above a garage or “coach houses,” and small structures separate from the main building will now be permitted. Up to two additional dwelling units such as basement apartments, granny flats, backyard tiny houses will now be allowed on most residential lots. These changes allow for a range of housing types including midrise and high rise apartments near to transit. The update will

improve the compatibility of larger development projects with existing neighbourhoods by limiting building height within the immediate vicinity of single-story homes. What this means for our community is more housing options and an integrative approach to meeting the needs of our community through the design and landscape of our city. Although this will not solve the issue of affordability, it is a step in the right direct.

everyone has a clear understanding of what this process looks like. There are opportunities to get involved and provide feedback including a Public Budget Input Night on January 13, 2020. Other key dates can be found on the City of Kitchener’s website at, keyword search: ‘2020 Budget’. On November 25, 2019 the Budget Engagement Survey is set to launch, so you can share your input online. The City has tried different engagement approaches in the past and has

received the most public input and response through the online survey. As part of the 2020 Budget Engagement Survey there will be a new budget allocation tool, which will provide information related to the overall cost of delivering programs and services in our community.

household. This is an important initiative, which will be included in this year’s process as well to ensure that budget information is communicated in a manner that is straightforward and easy to understand. While City staff are committed to moving forward with the 2020 budget process, they are always open to receiving feedback and considering different approaches to the budget process. Your feedback is invaluable to this process, so please have your say in person, online, or with me.

less than a month ago that we elected a new federal government. And we have just heard that, following the regional review, municipalities will not be amalgamated by the provincial government. Politics never rest! CRoZby stage two was discussed at a recent public forum where residents had the opportunity to give feedback to the proposed residential zoning categories, parking guidelines, and new legislation related to tiny homes, granny flats and laneway homes. I was

contacted by a number of residents who expressed concern about the transitioning from one zoning category to another on adjacent properties. I share this concern, especially in the established neighbourhoods in the core. I am committed to working with residents as we move into the next stage where details of the secondary plans will be discussed and finalized. If you want to know the zoning changes that are being proposed in your neighbourhood, please attend the public consultation events.

Budget time is also upon us. I have worked with residents to organize two budget information evenings. The first one will be at the Mill Courtland Community Centre on Tuesday November 26th at 6:30pm and the second will be at the Downtown Community Centre on Wednesday November 27th at 7:00pm. I hope you will join us. City staff will be available to answer your questions. I can be reached at I welcome your feedback.

the next year, it will mean that single-family homes will then have the ability to add up to two additional dwelling units on the same property, one in the same building, and one in the backyard, if sufficient room is available to do so. One of the most discussed new options is to add granny flats/coach houses/tiny homes in backyards. If a property owner is really keen and can’t wait for the next phase to be completed, they can apply for a minor variance to put one in sooner. This month, the Great Places

Awards will celebrate the urban design accomplishments of property owners and builders who have built properties in the last two years. I was honoured to be a part of the selection committee this year. We had several incredible entries, including many examples in Ward 10. I hope to see many of you at this year’s 23rd annual Christkindl Market. This free event will be held from Thursday, December 5 to Sunday, December 8 at Kitchener City Hall. Join the candlelight

procession and sing-along on Thursday December 5 at 5:45 pm from Hall’s Lane and Gaukel Street to Carl Zehr Square. This timeless experience stems from a 700-year old German tradition. It is an authentic cultural festival that my family looks forward to every year. Come see train room and pick up some artisan made gifts. The Christkindl Market is a place of tradition and community connection. I look forward to seeing you there!

Last year City staff introduced the Budget at a Glance document providing details on the main components and laying out how items will impact the average

Vrbanovic ...from previous page FEDERAL ELECTION 2019 During the last federal election, together with my fellow Mayors in the FCM Big CIty Mayors’ Caucus and the FCM board, we worked hard to bring a variety of municipal issues to the forefront for your consideration during the recent election campaign. These issues included infrastructure investment, affordable housing, climate change, public transit investment, opioid crisis and others. In the weeks of the campaign, many of you approached me to discuss these issues and why they were important to Canada’s cities and communities and indicated you appreciated having constructive information to consider ahead of making your decision at the ballot box. I want to thank everyone who took the time to be engaged and most importantly become informed in the issues raised during our FCM #BuildingBetterLives campaign. I’d like to congratulate everyone who ran in the recent election. You are an important part of our democratic process, and this region was well served by many excellent candidates across all parties in our 5 federal ridings within Waterloo region. I would especially like to congratulate our 4 re-elected MP’s – Bardish Chagger, Bryan May, Raj Saini and Marwan Tabarra and our newly elected MP Tim Louis. I look forward to working with the five of you, together with my fellow mayors and chair, on our shared priorities for this community. I also want to congratulate and thank Harold Albrecht for his many years of service as the MP for Kitchener-Conestoga. Whether in government or opposition, Harold always made himself available to work with elected local leaders on our shared priorities and I want to thank him and wish him much success in the next phase of life’s journey. DECEMBER EVENTS With the holiday season coming upon us, time to mark some important dates in your calendar. First – Santa Claus will be coming to town before you know it. The annual KW Santa Claus parade will be in a little more than a week, on Saturday November 16th. Next up, don’t forget about our much beloved annual, Christkindlmarkt which will run from December 5th to 8th this year at Kitchener City Hall, on Carl Zehr Square and on King Street between Young and College. Watch for more event details in my December column.


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Kitchener Rangers poised for another good, long season Francesco Pinelli, the Rangers top draft pick has solid credentials as well. He had 49 goals and 65 assists in 71 games in top midget play. Joining the blueline corps are imports Axel Bergkvist, a 19 year old from Sweden and Ville Ottavainen, a 17 year old, 6’4’, 200 lb. player from Finland. Simon Matew, Michael Vukojevic and Joseph Rupoli are on the D too. There’s a new face between the pipes. He’s Jacob Ingham who had been a workhorse for the Mississauga Steelheads the last number of seasons. He also possesses a respectable goals-against average. Lucas Pfeil will be his back-up. Luke Richardson, Kitchener’s goalie the last three seasons has gone onto university play at Queens. Another fan favourite of recent campaigns, Joseph Garreffa was traded to the Ottawa 67’s for draft picks. Both these players are in the overage category and a team can only carry three on the roster. In the early going, many teams are off to a good start, which should be an indicator of keen competition for the valued play-off spots come next spring. “Go Rangers”.



t’s no big secret that Jay McKee would like to be an NHL Coach in the near future, but before that happens, he’s very focused on continuing his learning curve and success in top level Jr. “A” hockey with the Kitchener Rangers. His results in three seasons are good. He’s made the play-offs each year, and two seasons ago guided the locals to an impressive run in going to the Western Conference final against the Soo Greyhounds, losing in a heartbreaker. Rangers GM Mike McKenzie was busy in the off

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season wheeling and dealing talent to form a competitive roster, that could be very good come playoff time. It all depends on the development of the younger players. Reid Valade, McKenzie’s top choice in 2018, Isaac Langdon, Joseph Serpa, Declan McDonnell, Donavan Sebrango and Ville Ottavainen will hopefully take major steps in their game. Rangers fans are delighted to see last years star performers like Greg Meireles, Riley Damiani and Jonathan Yantsis back again. Meireles and Damiani are also the team’s new co-captains. Meireles was the teams’ top sniper last year with 97 points in 68 games. Yantsis reached the 50 goal plateau. Liam Hawel is a new forward, who spent the past 2 1/2 seasons with the Guelph Storm. His scoring touch around the net is welcome too, notching 78 points last year.

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Good Talk by Mira Jacob

Reviewed by: Kristin Johnson-Perlock, Information Services Manager

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!

Mira’s young son, Z, is full of questions like any child. Sometimes the questions are easy (“Did Michael Jackson lose his other glove?”), but often they are Tough (“Why are white people afraid of brown people?”). Yes, that’s tough with a capital “T”. Z is half-Jewish and half-Indian, growing up in the fractured climate of the 2016 American presidential election. Obama’s term is ending and the Trump era is beginning. Through the Tough Questions asked of his mom, Z brings to light the challenges of his social and political environment. He’s a child in a world where racist language is in the media and on the street, and political divisions splinter his own family. Mira shares the process of answering Z’s questions which involves reflecting on her own life experiences and some of the weighty conversations she’s had with family and friends. As a woman born to Indian parents in the United States, Mira has faced shifting and often trying family dynamics and bonds; racism and sexism in the workplace, school, and everyday life; and

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the struggles of marriage and co-parenting with a partner who doesn’t always share her perspectives. Through this reflection and storytelling, the reader is absorbed in Jacob’s strong, honest, and whip-smart voice. She’s equal parts humour and wisdom; she deftly highlights human absurdity and flaws with criticism and sensitivity. She never shies away from sharing the messiest and hardest conversations, and that’s what makes this graphic memoir so phenomenal. She candidly shares the struggle and rawness of difficult conversations, and in doing so shows the deep need and necessity for them to occur, especially those around race, sex, class, politics and family. This an incredibly engaging and poignant graphic memoir, by far one of my favourites in years. If you’ve shied away from graphic novels because you’ve questioned the medium or doubted the weight of a story-with-pictures, “Good Talk” may just change your mind. “Good Talk” is available at Kitchener Public Library, place a hold at

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