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By Irene SchmIdt-Adeney ntario Black History Society President Natasha Henry is urging BY HELEN HALL educators to get Black history into the Ontario curriculum. “In our still onecan specific hat curriculum, is a simplethere thing a isn’t parent do learning expectation that their all students Ontario that can improve child’sinphysical have mental to learn health, in regards to the Black community and help make their neighpresence. Everything is taught is optional,” bourhood safer, and that is also good for the ensaid Henry. vironment? Henry made a presentation Let them walk to school. to educators from theThe Waterloo Region District School Board Canadian Cancer Society, the Water(WRDSB) March 7 at the Education loo RegiononBlock Parent program, andCentre local school boardsThe are event working to bringof in Kitchener. wastogether a continuation “Walking School Bus” routes to schools. Black History Month. According to the Region Henry is also an Waterloo educator with the DisPeel trict Public School Board a Walking District School Board and awebsite, 2018 Honoree - 100 School Bus is “an organized walkAccomplished Black Women.system She is of currently ing with school home to school working on herchildren PhD in from history, with a focus and back. and Students the same geographic on slavery Black in history in Ontario. At the area walk of to her school together she under the subeginning presentation pointed out pervision ofBlack an adult volunteer.” that the first people came to Ontario in the Those volunteers can be parents, grandpar1600s. ents or just members of the community whoin “Many people think that Blacks arrived only want to get said out Henry. for some exercise each day. the 1960s,” Volunteers training to andconsider support to She asked receive the educators the develop their route, and have to pass a safety historical narrative that is being presented in the check Waterloo Region to history. allow current by curriculum with the lackPolice of Black them to volunteer with children. “The curriculum acts as a barrier itself because many of the concerns par-to it’sThis leftidea up tosolves whether or not a teacher wants ents have about letting their children walk do it, or whether a teacher feels they can do to it,” school she saidalone. Colleen Cooper is the Walking School “At this time, we need to make space for that representation in the curriculum. If we are moving toward a true equity-focus in education,


then it’s something that needs to be addressed,” she said. Henry pointed out that the systemic barriers have historical roots. Bus Coordinator for Waterloo Region, and Slavery became outlawed in Society CanadaWawhen works for the Canadian Cancer BritainWellington. abolished itCooper in 1834. said one of the terloo number one questions she gets askedofis why Despite the implementation public the Canadianwhich Cancerwas Society would part education, offered to be everyone ofregardless a walkingoftoreligion schoolor program. race, in 1842 Colchester, “They might not seem connected, buthad theyone the southernmost settlement in Canada, are,” Cooper said. of the first segregated schools in the province. She thatCommon nine percent of CanadiByexplained 1850, the School Act was anamended childrentodo not get enough exercise, and allow for the creation of segregated that inactivity has been linked to a higher schools and it remained in effect until 1965. risk of some was sortsthe of last cancers. Colchester segregated school to be “We want to develop habits at an early age closed that year. thatHenry children take into adulthood,” she gavewill examples of early correspondence said Prior to working on this program, Cooon the issue of education of Black children, per was a Public Health Nurse for 30 years. segregation, and of Black parents fighting for a Cooper said some parents think that bebettertheir education for their children. cause kids play a sport they are active She said it’s important thatthem the curriculum enough, but she said teaching to walk incorporates a wide range of stories on the or to cycle to get around is a lifelong physical African-Canadian experience into all classrooms. activity. “It’s important Blackthat students see that, She said researchforshows beingtooutside but it’s important for all students to see that these has a calming effect and reduces anxiety, stories are included,” said Henry. which helps with a child’s mental health. Thisit also year,builds Blackindependence, History month was And as chilcommemorated by Canada Post with a stamp dren often meet their neighbours on the recognizing Jackson as the Black walk and learnAlbert their way around theirfirst neighpostal carrier in 1882. Jackson was born into bourhood. Hills Public School walk leaders Caroline Nichols and Randi St. Laurent, “There inis the a social walking and toChicopee slavery Unitedaspect States to before escaping with her daughter Claire, prepare to lead a group of children on their daily walk Ontario Black History Society President and Peel District School Board you don’twith get that in a car,” Cooper said. Canada family. to school. ...continued on page 5 of Henry pointed out that the local newspaper educator Natasha Henry (left) with Pauline Janke, vice-principal Submitted Photo Waterloo Collegiate Institute, at a presentation at the Waterloo Region began carrying stories of white co-workers Photo by Irene Schmidt-Adeney ...continued on page 2 District School Board.

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Region’s first Indigenous child and family centre is now open BY CARRIE DEBRONE


he region’s first child and family centre to offer Indigenous children opportunities to engage in their culture opened its doors April 2 in a quiet Kitchener neighbourhood. Anishnabeg Outreach’s Child and Family Centre, located in the former St. Phillip Lutheran Church at 236 Woodhaven Road., will offer the same core services as EarlyON child and family programs, but in a way that its CEO says is culturally responsive and supportive of Indigenous children and families. About 30,000 Indigenous people live in Waterloo Region. Services will include free drop-in programs for parents and children up to age six that relate to engaging parents and caregivers, supporting early learning and development, and making connections to services in the community. It will also offer pre and post-

natal support programs. “Our centre will develop early learning programs associated with traditional and land-based wisdoms and skills,” said Stephen Jackson, CEO of Anishnabeg Outreach, the organization that manages and operates the centre. “For this we will rely on the guidance of Indigenous Elders, Knowledge Keepers and educators.” The programs may include teaching about smudging ceremonies, preparing Indigenous food, making dream catchers, making moccasins, teaching Indigenous languages and traditional medicine. In only six months, the former church was totally transformed thorough the hard work and resourcefulness of many volunteers including Jackson who personally put in hundreds of hours of labour to ensure that the time-line conditions for the nearly $100,000 in grant money the project received from the Region of Waterloo would be met.

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The Region of Waterloo’s first Indigenous child and family centre includes a large livingroom area where children and parents can meet others, read together or play games. It is decrorated with metal tree sculptures, a limestone wall and art created by the centre’s CEO Stephen Jackson.

Anishnabeg Outreach used the money it received when a former client died and donated her house to the organization as seed money towards the purchase of the church. Combined with generous donations from former church and community members it was able to purchase the property. “We looked a lot of spaces to rent in the city but they were too expensive. Eventually we came across this and the church wanted to help us,” Jackson said. “Now what we have is a future. Here we can start doing all the proactive things that will prevent larger societal problems like homelessness. We can help people start to heal and to build relationships and alliances with the community that will allow reconciliation to take place,” he said. The centre has repurposed much of the wood and other items it saved from the church – pews are being made into the centre’s large boardroom table, the former baptismal

font is now used in the centre’s smudging ceremonies, and the alter table will eventually be used to display a refurbished cedar strip canoe. Designed to bring the outdoors in, the church’s former cinderblock walls are covered with an ascetically pleasing and calming combination of limestone bricks, cedar planks and decorative copper (a sacred metal to Indigenous people). Jackson said they also plan to plant a garden in a side yard and an orchard in the front yard. “We hope it feels like home,” Jackson said. The former church sanctuary, still being renovated, will become the center’s grand gathering room. The center also offers a fully functional kitchen were cooking classes and communal meals will take place. There is a large living room space where adults can gather to talk as their children play close by in one of several play areas, or a place where parents can read to their children.

A highlight is the centre’s nature room. Complete with a “grass” (Astroturf) floor, wooden and limestone walls, it is a visual and tactile feast that is reminiscent of being in a forest. This is a room where Jackson said he hopes children and their families can de-stress and feel really comfortable. The center also has a yoga room with a rock climbing wall, offices and lots of storage areas where currently there is a supply of items that have been donated to the centre that it will offer to those in need. With all services now under one roof Jackson said this centre is a model. “Whatever your needs are, you can come here and find help,” he said adding that it has been suggested by other Indigenous organizations that the Kitchener centre become the model for all other communities wanting to build one like it. “Design creates function. ...continued on page 4

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Adèle Hempel Manager/Curator

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The Berlin (Kitchener) Carnegie Library opened in 1904, but has since been demolished. Submitted photo

Architectural Conservancy of Ontario offers local Carnegie library tours


he Architectural Conservancy of Ontario’s (ACO) study of the Carnegie phenomenon culminates with a day-long bus tour that will allow registrants the opportunity to view firsthand, a number of Carnegie libraries, large and small, that were funded through the philanthropist’s generous building program. A Carnegie library is a library built with money donated by Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. A total of 2,509 Carnegie libraries were built between 1883 and 1929, including some belonging to public and university library systems. Over 1,600 were built in the United States, 660 in the United Kingdom and Ireland, 125 in Canada, and others in Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Serbia, Belgium, France, the Caribbean, Mauritius, Malaysia, and Fiji. Travelling in style in a full-service, luxury motor coach, the tour will visit libraries in Waterloo Region and neighboring counties that represent both extremes of this ambitious programme from grand imposing Carnegies built in the classic Beaux Arts style, to charming, scaled down examples designed for a smaller community. The trip includes an original Carnegie creatively retrofitted and enlarged to meet the changing needs of its constituents, another restored and enjoying a new life in the business sector, and a third library still operating but preserved under glass. And it will include the opportunity to meet and speak with

several individuals most knowledgeable about their particular Carnegie building. One actually owns the building. While travelling from site to site, specialists on board will relate details of Carnegie’s life, his funding program and the various libraries visited. This day-long adventure starts and returns to Fairview Park Mall and includes lunch. Though all buildings are accessible, guests must be able to walk short distances and climb steps as needed. For more information contact the ACO North Waterloo Region Branch com. The cost is $60 per person. For registration and payment go to Evenbrite and search for Bus Tour of Carnegie Libraries. Kitchener was once home to a Carnegie library when the city was known as Berlin, Ontario. The Carnegie funded Berlin Public Library opened on January 8, 1904 at the southwest corner of Queen Street North and Weber Street. The library remained at that location for 58 years. In May 1962, the new Main Library was opened on Queen Street North, on the opposite corner of the intersection. The original Carnegie Library building was then demolished. Eight Carnegie Libraries were built in Waterloo Region, including the Ayr Carnegie Library, Elmira Carnegie Library, Galt Carnegie Library, Hespeler Carnegie Library, Kitchener Carnegie Library, New Hamburg Carnegie Library, Preston Carnegie Library, and the Waterloo Carnegie Library.

Hand-painted by Louise (Grube) Vogelsang (1883-1927), this fine bone china plate dates to between 1908 and 1916. Louise’s married name is painted on the back of the plate, indicating it was done sometime after her 1908 marriage to Otto Vogelsang (18731945). Louise and Otto lived in Berlin (now Kitchener) where he worked as a foreman at Lang Tanning Company. Adèle Hempel is the Manager/Curator of Region of Waterloo Museums. Adele can be contacted via email at

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William James Scott (1812-1882) was New Hamburg’s first postmaster from 1851 to 1857. He was also a member of the first council of Wilmot Township and the first Waterloo County Council. In 1858, Scott was elected as an Independent Conservative member of the provincial parliament, representing South Waterloo. Visit the Hall of Fame exhibits located on the second floor of the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum.

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Easter Weekend Extravaganza April 19 to 21 Sample Easter chees and scratch traditional designs onto Easter onto naturally dyed Easter eggs

Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. Workshop: Historic Cooking - Lunch on (Historic House opens at noon) $2 per child. Ages up to eight years old. the Woodstove Saturday, April 27, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bring your own basket and collect coloured eggs scattered around the $35 per person plus HST. Includes food site. Exchange eggs for a sweet treat. and recipe to take home. For special event details visit our websites. The Carnegie Public Library building in Ayr was sold after a new regional library was built.

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We hope we’ve created a place where people will open up and feel that this is a safe place to have those conversations. People have told us that this place has such positive energy – a place where you can be transformed,” Jackson said. But the centre is far from complete. Jackson said future plans (which he hopes to have funding in place for within this year) include building a 9,000-square-foot addition that will become a youth centre offering STEM and other programs aimed at teens. Staffed by two Early Childhood Educators, a student and Jackson, the centre is currently open Monday to Wednesday from 9 am to 12 noon. Jackson said he hopes the hours of operation and staff can be increased as the centre grows, but growth de-

pends on how much funding is available in the future. The centre is open to Indigenous and non-Indigenous children and families. “We’re pleased to see the centre up and running,” said Barb Cardow, Director of Children’s Services with the Region of Waterloo. “It fills a gap in services for Indigenous families in Waterloo Region.” The centre is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education. The Region of Waterloo has oversight of this and other child and family programs as part of its role as a system manager for EarlyON programs in Waterloo Region. The centre is planning a grand opening later this year. For more information on the centre visit Anyone wanting to donate to the centre can contact Stephen Jackson, Chief Executive Officer, Anishnabeg Outreach, 226-972-1900 or email



NATURE ROOM - Stephen Jackson, CEO of the newly-opened Anishnabeg Outreach Child and Family Centre in Kitchener, stands in the “nature” room, which is decorated to make visitors feel like they are surrounded by nature. Calm and comfortable, Jackson said the room was designed to be a place where families can de-stress.

The Region of Waterloo is improving safety on regional roads with education, increased traffic enforcement and planned changes to infrastructure. But a full solution takes all of us. Whether you ride, walk or drive, there’s no road safety without you.



There are many great reasons to walk in Waterloo Region. Walking keeps us healthy, protects the environment and reduces traffic. To make sure every walk is a safe one, drivers and pedestrians need to be extra cautious at signalized intersections. This is where most pedestrian collisions happen.

In Waterloo Region, rear-end collisions at intersections account for the majority of injury-causing collisions. Fortunately, they’re easy to prevent. When following another vehicle, take an extra second, keep your eyes on the road and give yourself plenty of space to stop. It’s that simple.

Traffic signals are not safety devices, so you must be aware of your surroundings. Take an extra second to double check that the way is clear before you enter an intersection.

Entering roundabouts is another frequent way that motorists collide. Did you know that, before you enter a roundabout, you have to yield to traffic in all lanes – not just the outside lane? Pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles in the roundabout always have the right of way. Take an extra second to yield smart and avoid a costly collision.

Cycling Cycling is one of the most versatile ways to get around the Region. Since bicycles share the road with other vehicles, it’s important that we work together to create a safe space for everyone. There are some easy steps we can all take to eliminate injury.

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With 74% of cycling collisions happening at signalized intersections, drivers should expect cyclists at every traffic signal. Always check your blind spot before turning or changing lanes. When cycling, be sure to use the rightmost through lane (not the crosswalk). Make eye contact with drivers and be aware of traffic around you.

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Jim Hallman chosen as Kitchener-Waterloo Citizen-of-the-Year O n May 23, local philanthropist, businessman, community leader and volunteer Jim Hallman will be recognized as the 62nd Kitchener Waterloo Citizen of the Year. Hallman has contributed his time and money to many organizations and projects and has personally given back to his community through his work as chair or the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation in support of children and families, healthcare and post-secondary education. A press release on the award quotes Hallman as stating: “I am deeply humbled. Creating a supportive community for our friends and neighbours has long been a priority for our family. My grandfather taught my father who in turn mentored his children to give back, something that I hope I have instilled in my children too.” The local fastball scene has also benefitted from Hallman’s generosity. His support

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Two volunteers walk with each group, one at the front of the group and one at the back. “We haven’t had an issue with any children misbehaving,” Cooper said. And having children walk to school benefits the community as a whole. Reducing the number of cars on the road is better for the air and reduces the carbon footprint. “The majority of our trips are short trips that can be done on foot or on cycle,”

Jim Hallman Photo courtesy Lions Club

of the Kitchener Hallman Twins fastball team, International Softball Congress World Tournament, the annual Peter Hallman Memorial Fast Pitch Tournament and the Peter Hallman Ball Yard has paved the way for many provincial, national and global fastball championships. As President of the respected development company, Cooper said. And for schools it helps reduce the number of cars in front of the school and in its parking lot, which is a safety concern before and after school. The Walking School Bus program began in Quebec in 2010. Three years ago, a pilot program was run at one school in Waterloo Region. This year, there are eight schools participating in the program in Waterloo Region, and they are looking to get more schools involved. More information on the program can be found on the website www.walkingschool-

Hallman Construction Limited, he has provided a model for local businesses looking to give back to their community. Building a caring and supportive community has been key to his lifetime work. Often described as humble, smart, innovative and compassionate, he continues to leave an unforgettable mark on the citizens of Waterloo Region. “It’s hard to believe that Jim hasn’t already received this award, given his incredible community support,” adds Dr. Jack Bishop, Citizen of the Year Committee Co-Chair. “The Lions Club of Kitchener is pleased to pay tribute to this dedicated and outstanding community leader.” The Citizen of the Year Award, hosted by the Lions Club of Kitchener, annually recognizes a deserving resident from the Kitchener and Waterloo area. The award was first presented to Ira Needles in 1957 and For more information on the Walking School Bus program in Waterloo Region, contact Colleen Cooper at 226-339-2021 or by email at

previous winners include Walter Bean, Jack Harper, Owen Lackenbauer, Mac Voisin, Elizabeth Witmer, Neil Aitchison and last year’s recipient, Ron Schlegel. A gala to celebrate the 2018

Citizen of the Year will be held on Thursday, May 23 at the Crowne Plaza in Kitchener. Tickets are $125 and can be purchased by contacting Dr. Bishop at (519) 575-6184 or

Welcome to the Kitchener Citizen’s 2019

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March winners: Michael Turman and Karen Stickel Last month's winners: 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

Notice of Special Council Meeting

Regarding Public Input on the Regional Government Review The Region of Waterloo will hold a Special Council Meeting to hear from members of the public on the Regional Government review. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the meeting scheduled for: Date: Time: Location:

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 7:00 p.m. Regional Council Chambers, 2nd Floor 150 Frederick Street, Kitchener

Anyone wishing to register to speak at the meeting as a delegation can contact the Regional Clerk’s Office at 519-575-4400 before 4:30 p.m. on the Monday prior to the meeting or via email: regionalclerk@ Delegations will have a 5 minute time limit and can submit their written notes and materials to the Regional Clerk. Members of the public are welcome to submit their comments to the Regional Clerk, without attending the meeting, via email: or to the Province via the participation survey at government-review

Students from King Edward Public School in Kitchener walk home from school together in a group with adult supervision as part of the Walking School Bus program at the school. Submitted photo

Accessibility: This event is accessible for people with disabilities. Accessible parking is available. If you require assistance to attend or participate in this meeting, or to access information in alternate formats, please contact the Regional Clerk’s Office at 519-575-4400 at least five days prior to the meeting. 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 the Regional Clerk’s Office.


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Savouring Our Soul Salt

ecently I perR formed an outdoor maneuver pre-

viously unattempted since New Year’s Day. I took a stride. Instead of my recent winter walking regimen that required mincing my steps like a cast member of the Mikado, I confidently strode on sidewalks unencumbered by glaciers. My head was up, my shoulders back, and my two canine companions looked at me with loving gratitude for not requiring them to skate. The Spring of 2019 has not sprung those early crocuses and daffodils but it has catapulted us from our houses to happily stride and stroll. And while I’m quite content to walk our dogs, or amble along with my wife, my solitary spring hikes are invariably accompanied by music sourced from my ancient iPod nano. Yes, I hear you laughing, and yes, I do realize that Apple has withdrawn tech support for the nano, but you see, I relish such planned obsolescence, for my little unit allows me to only walk and listen, not take a call, or send a text, or scroll through my social media accounts. Alright, I’ll admit that that last comment

was intended to impress you that I actually HAD social media feeds. The truth is, when I’m walking, I’m nourished by music, not likes. Just as great movies are enhanced by superior soundtracks, the visuals encountered on my long distance walks are heightened by apt sound selections. For instance, walking by an empty ION track would normally sadden me, but not when I listen to Dire Straits “Money for Nothing.” And passing by an empty storefront once made me worry about recessions, but not when Ray Charles belts out “Let’s Go Get Stoned.” After listening to Ray’s mellifluous track, I can envision a marijuana retail outlet coming to our fair city. Maybe. Now if you want to enjoy a fantasy without medicinal support, wander to the Stirling Street end of the Lakeside Park walking trail and look for an astonishing willow tree with a twisted and hollowed out trunk. When I stop to look at its splendour, and spool up the “Many Meetings” selection from The Lord of the Rings soundtrack, I can almost imagine an elf lodging in that tree.

Of course, some of the best treks are in our own neighbourhoods. Where I live, the warm weather brings me into contact with our local bike gang, except these riders are sitting astride beribboned bicycles, not Harleys. You have not experienced true girl power until you’ve been forced off the sidewalk by adolescences using training wheels. Watching these laughing bikers sweep by is made even richer with Kelly Clarkson delivering her powerful “Miss Independent.” The birdsong from returning flocks can certainly provide sufficient melodies for our excursions, but selecting walking songs is more than a pleasurable activity. Music lowers levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, which is responsible for myriad health concerns. Who knows? Choosing varied soundtracks might just expand your destinations, promote spring route growth, and produce a welcome flowering of health. Jack Nahrgang recently retired from the Waterloo Region District School Board. He is a monthly columnist with the Kitchener Citizen.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR as a Canadian, am tired of hearing of IDIAN everyone else’s history but our CANAhistory.

We don’t need Black history in our education system! We need CANADIAN HISTORY taught at every level in every institution of learning here in Canada! This was removed decades ago leaving Canadians with little patriotism via little understanding of our own history while everyone coming here to live from all over the globe along with our politicians have made it top priority to understand and hear of everyone else’s history! Canada is in trouble . We have no pa-

triotism, no identity anymore other than pushovers who are constantly being told we are boring, have no values, our culture is offensive and so on. Well, let me tell you. We have a very rich history which needs to be taught to every child in every school not just for we Canadians but those allegedly choosing to come here for a better life. Appreciation, gratitude and respect begins with understanding the history of the country you grew up /were born in and equally important, the one you chose to immigrate to. Sadly Canadians have been made to

feel far too long now that our history is unimportant and we are all immigrants! NOT SO! Time for us all to appreciate the land our forerfathers built and throughout its history, laid their lives on the line for! From our First Nations/Aboriginals to the British and the French, Canada is a rich country in every way from our history on down and it is time to celebrate it rather than denying, ignoring, re-writing and obliterating it because someone might be offended by it! Jill Ward, Kitchener

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PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Raj Saini MP Kitchener Centre


t has been an exciting and productive start to the spring season. My constituency office held four very successful Income Tax Clinics all thanks to the volunteers who

PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Marwan Tabbara MP Kitchener South/Hespeler


he Government is committed to supporting Canada’s Veterans and their families and values the significant contributions that veterans have made protecting Canadians. On April 1st, 2019, Veterans Affairs Canada implemented Pension for Life – a combination of benefits that

generously dedicated their time to help our community members. My community never fails to impress me, as residents are always ready to lend a helping hand to find solutions for our neighbours who are most in need. While my office was busy assisting constituents with taxes and federal matters, I was up on Parliament Hill being briefed on the 2019 federal budget. Our government continues working on building healthier communities for all Canadians while making sure that our economy grows in an environmentally friendly and fiscally responsible way. Budget 2019 has so much to offer Canadians from all walks of life – from helping new home buyers to ensuring that every senior enjoys a secure and dignified retirement. All Kitchener Centre households will receive a Budget

2019 newsletter from my office that explores our government’s budget initiatives in more detail. According to Statistics Canada, the Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo area is the second fastest growing region in Canada, and our city is rapidly becoming a major economic hub for new businesses and investments. As more young people and families move to the Region for work, buying a new home becomes a top priority. The Government of Canada’s First-Time Home Buyer Incentive aims to make home ownership more affordable and accessible by providing up to 10 percent financing of the home purchase price. Additionally, it is becoming increasingly challenging for the rental market to keep up with housing demands. Our government’s Rental Construction Financing Initiative

provides low cost construction loans to create more affordable rentals. The initiative was launched in 2017 and Budget 2019 extended this program over nine years. The federal government recognizes that industry and jobs are changing, and the current core skill sets are being replaced by new ones. The Canada Training Benefit introduced this year provides hard-working Canadians with a non-taxable credit to invest in new skills. For our youth preparing to enter the labour force, the government will ensure that they receive work-integrated learning opportunities so they graduate with skills that will help them succeed in the changing workforce. In Ottawa, my committed advocacy for Pharmacare continues because it is an issue of personal and national

interest. Many people in our community and throughout Canada are burdened by heavy costs because of variable prescription coverage. In the previous budget, we announced the creation of the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare. This year, as we wait for the final report by the Council, our government is moving ahead with the initial steps put forward by the Council’s consultations. These measures will make sure that no Canadian will face the difficult decision between paying for prescriptions, heating their homes or putting food on their family’s table. 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.

provide recognition, income support and better overall stability to Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members and Veterans who are living with a disability due to a servicerelated injury and/or illness. This new suite of benefits will empower veterans and Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members living with a servicerelated injury and/or illness to determine the form of compensation that works best for them and their families. Pension for Life represents an additional investment of close to $3.6 billion to support Canada’s veterans. When combined with well-being programs already announced in previous budgets, the Government of Canada’s investments since 2016 add up to nearly $10 billion. These investments deliver what veterans have asked for: a monthly pension for life, enhanced supports and a simpler system, and a more positive experience while helping veterans and their families as they

transition to civilian life. We continue to strengthen the support available to CAF members, veterans and their families by delivering on a strong mandate that will re-

store critical access to services and support for financial independence. I have, and will continue to, communicate with the veterans in our community to ensure they receive

the respect, support, care, and economic opportunities they deserve! Wishing you and all your loved ones a very Happy Easter! Make the most of the extra time to enjoy each other

Look for the next issue of the Kitchener Citizen on May 9 To advertise call 519-578-8228

We Want To Hear From You On These Upcoming Projects/Events In Your Area The full details of any notices are available on our Public Notices webpage at; click on the Public Notices link in the top right of the homepage. If you have any trouble viewing this information or wish to obtain a full copy of any Public Notice, please contact the Regional Clerk’s office at 519-575-4400 or email

Change in Council Meeting Time Please be advised the Regular Council meeting for the Regional Municipality of Waterloo scheduled for Wednesday, April 17, 2019 will be starting earlier at a time to be determined between 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, Regional Administration Building, 150 Frederick Street, Kitchener. For more information or to register as a delegation, please contact the Regional Clerk’s Office at 519-575-4400 or email

Special Council Meeting Regarding Regional Government Review

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019 7:00 p.m. Regional Council Chambers, 2nd Floor 150 Frederick Street, Kitchener

Anyone wishing to register to speak at one of these meetings as a delegation can contact the Regional Clerk’s Office at 519-575-4400 before 4:30 p.m. on the Monday prior to the meeting or via email: Delegations will have a 5 minute time limit and can submit their written notes and materials to the Regional Clerk. Members of the public are welcome to submit their comments to the Regional Clerk, without attending the meeting, via email: or to the Province via the participation survey at government-review


Barbecues become hot issue in some condo’s Q. Our rules say barbecues are not permitted. Some of the owners try to disguise their barbecues by covering them up. I’m becoming very annoyed because I can’t even open my windows sometimes because of all the smoke. What can I do to resolve this problem? A. It is imperative that prospective buyers read their condo rules prior to purchasing. Some owners may feel it is quite safe to barbecue on the balcony, but the condo rules in some communities will state otherwise. Some owners cannot understand what all the fuss is about and why someone would try to prohibit a favorite summertime activity.

There are two important reasons why barbecues are prohibited on a balcony. One is a potential fire hazard and the other is environmental. Strong cooking odors along with thick smoke will definitely drift into a neighbor’s window or common areas, including hallways where smoke detectors will be activated. There are also laws concerning the transporting of propane through a hi-rise building that only complicate matters further. Propane tanks or cylinders must be stored in a safe place away from dwellings. Propane cylinders must be transported in a service elevator, or when there is no service elevator, the person must use the passenger elevator alone to transport the cylinder.

Real Estate Corner

Some condo corporations restrict the use of barbecues on the balcony because their insurance policies will not permit transporting a propane cylinder through the common elements or in the elevator. Restrictions are in place to protect the safety of both the property and the residents who live there. Several newer condominium projects allow barbecues by having them hooked into the natural gas supply for the building, which have balconies designed to prevent the accumulation of gas from any leakage. In this case there will likely be restrictions on what can be stored on the balcony where a barbecue is located. The writer could contact the board of directors as soon as the

barbecuing begins so at least one board member can witness the infraction to confirm who is breaking the rules. Immediate steps should be taken by the board of directors in order to rectify this violation and avoid additional barbecues. Since most people do enjoy barbecuing, the board should try to compromise. Maybe there is a common area that can be set up for those who want to barbecue. Giving owners a choice is the key to a happy, healthy condominium community. Good Luck! Marilyn Lincoln is a condo owner, director and author of The Condominium Self Management Guide 2nd ed. Email: with questions.

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hile there is still a shortage of homes for W sale in Kitchener-Waterloo, the gap between the number of buyers and listings available is shrinking. Just a few months ago, multiple offers on every new listing was common. Now it’s not automatic. Homes must be priced right and be in good condition to attract multiple offers. Buyers now have the luxury of asking for time to do home inspections and get financing secured before they go and make a firm offer

on their new purchase. Right now we are still in, what is considered, a Sellers market. But soon I can see the pendulum swinging back to a more balanced market. This will be a better, fairer market for both buyers and sellers. If you would like to know how much your home has jumped in value over the past few years, call me at my office 519-888-7110 or my e-mail You might be surprised.

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Stanley Park Optimist Ball season set to start

he arrival of spring finds T participants in the Stanley Park Optimist Ball program, run by The Optimist Club of Stanley Park, keen to get out there and start playing. The season is set to officially start on May 1 but organizer Gord Dearborn reports that, weather permitting and being an “Optimist”, the group hopes

to be able to get some 3-pitch teams playing some exhibition games in the books as early as April 27. Once things get rolling, each of the organization’s teams will generally have two games scheduled each week right through until June 22 — just before school breaks for the summer. Lots of games in a short period of time!

As was done last year, play will essentially be totally focused at the Franklin and Midland Park locations where there are enough diamonds (4), “play areas” (now 4 with the addition of another one for the 2019 season), and lots of spaces for participants in the blastball program. The Club’s offerings include: blast-

Public is invited to comment online or meet with special advisors working on regional government review

s part of its review of WaA terloo Regional government, the province of Ontario

is asking the public to provide input directly to the province online. The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing announced the request as part of the government’s next phase of consultation. On April 3, anyone wanting to make presentations directly to special advisors Michael Fenn and Ken Seiling who are looking specifically at governance in Waterloo Region, could begin registering to do so. Fenn and Seiling will look at the information presented by local residents and businesses and will be providing recommendations to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing,

Steve Clark, this summer. The review of regional governments has the potential to affect how municipal services are delivered in communities. The region had previously encouraged the provincial government to provide as many opportunities as possible for public input into the review process and is encouraging residents to take the opportunity to make their concerns and views on how the region is governed known through this process. “We are committed to providing taxpayers with efficient and effective service delivery that show respect for their hard earned dollars,” Clark states in a press release. “It’s important to me that the people who live, work and spend time in the municipali-

ties covered by the review can share their thoughts on how we can improve regional governance,” it states. For details on how to comment on local governance visit The region will hold a special council meeting about the government review on Wed. April 17 at 7pm, in the Regional Council Chambers, 150 Freerick Street, Kitchener. Anyone wishing to speak as a delegation at the meeting can contact the clerk’s office at 519-5754400 before 4:30pm on the Monday prior to the meeting or email regional clerk@ Delegations will have a 5 minute time limit.

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Earth Day is April 22, 2019 Sandhill Cranes agree that this area is a great place to live by Irene

SchmIdt-Adeney s a result of a change in weather patterns combined with the preservation and restoration of the natural habitat, once again there is a significant population of Sandhill Cranes that call this area home year round. And this bird is hard to miss. Standing about four feet tall with a wingspan of nearly seven feet, they have a distinctive red forehead, white cheeks and long, dark pointed bills. In flight, their long dark legs trail behind. Some birds have reddish-brown feathers, a result of searching for food in ironrich bogs. When those feathers moult away, the crane is a light grey colour. Males and females look alike. This area used to be a favourite stopover for Sandhill Cranes migrating from Northern Ontario to winter in the southern States. But the population disappeared for decades, possibly due to overhunting or a loss of habitat. “It’s like the bald eagles that historically were part of the landscape, the cranes were wiped out locally as a breeding species,” said naturalist Ken Dance. “All of a sudden, about 30 years ago, a breeding pair was seen on Grass Lake, near Shouldice Road.” Grass Lake is located in North Dumfries Township, in the Region of Waterloo. Since that time, over 200 have been known to stop by at Bannister Lake south of Ayr, mostly in October. And Dance says up to 100 remain in this



A group of Sandhill Cranes near Drumbo in December 2018. Photo by Mark Hall area from April to September. Rather than a series of busy On their way to Grass Lake, “To birders it’s exciting to roads leading to Highway 401, Janet watched a mother crane see the rebound,” says Dance. there are also areas of natural showing her young how to get Ken and Janet Dance live in wooded swamp, kettle lakes into a cob of corn. The mother Blandford-Blenheim Township (which are shallow bodies of carefully peeled back the husk and became interested in the water formed by glaciers), and and gave a few kernels to her cranes about 15 years ago. fields of grain and corn – the little one, showing it how to They undertook a formal study type of habitat that attract the access the tasty treat. The young of the birds from March 2014 cranes. one soon followed her lead until October 2017. The study “It’s a combination of and during the lesson, a male area included the southwest agricultural practices and low crane stood guard watching for part of Waterloo Region, wet areas that can’t be farmed,” predators. part of Brant County south said Ken. “It was just so cool,” said of Waterloo Region, and into They nest in the shallow Janet. Oxford County, southeast of water and invertebrates, “Corn is a big source of Waterloo Region. mainly insects, which live in carbohydrate for the young A report of their lengthy study the wetlands, provide a food cranes,” said Ken. “The young was published in the August source. Adding to their diet have to build bones and muscles 2018 issue of Ontario Birds, is the by-product of local in order to migrate. And corn a journal published by the livestock. will fuel their flying.” Ontario Field Ornithologists. “You see them around the “If they hatch in May, by The Dances’ enthusiasm for cow patties, and they are October they have to be mobile. the Sandhill Cranes reveals a picking off the flies and the In a period of five months you different side of the community. beetles,” said Ken. have to generate this beastie that is four feet tall with a wing span of six feet. They need both protein and carbohydrate.” “During late summer when the wheat and oats are harvested, they will also pick up what’s left behind.”


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But cranes eating the harvest have some farmers claiming that grain crops are being significantly damaged and they have asked the provincial government for a hunting season. Saskatchewan allows the cranes to be hunted and it has one of the biggest harvests in North America. The hunting season is also a boon for local economies, attracting thousands of hunters from other provinces and the United States. “The pushback on that will be the naturalists and birdwatching community who will say that you shouldn’t hunt a crane because you don’t need it for food,” says Ken. “But the number of cranes [in Ontario] has tripled over the last 10-15 years. If that continues over the next 20 years, it might make sense to harvest some of them.” Currently, the population of cranes in Ontario is between 12,000 and 15,000. In the last four years, some cranes remained in the area well into January and February, and could stay all year, moving to the warmer climate at Long Point, if necessary. “You see them at the end of February and think they’ve returned but they have probably been in lowland areas all winter,” Ken said. “These cranes can survive as long as they have open water to drink,” added Janet. She said that the birds will pick up and move quickly, sensing that colder weather is coming, flying long distances with little effort. “They can fly at 60 kilometres per hour and it’s only an hour flight to Long Point if they decide it’s miserable weather here,” said Ken. “Even at this time of year, Long Point is at least 3 degrees warmer.” ...continued on next page

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RAIN BARREL RULES A young Sandhill Crane eating corn off the cob. Photo from Ken and Janet Dance Once the warmer spring weather arrives, it is anticipated that the cranes will become more obvious. “They are big and people can figure out what they are,” said Ken. “They are social and their behaviour is neat.” “If you see 20 or 30 of them together that’s exciting. They dance and make a lot of noise, they are very vocal. Lots of times you will hear them before you see them.” Janet added, “They call to each other, especially at Bannister Lake you will hear birds that could be three kilometres away and then all of a sudden they appear on the horizon, and join the ones who are already on the water.” Toward the end of February, start watching for the crane families that have returned from the south together with their young, hatched the year before at Bannister Lake, Grass Lake or even at the Horner Creek floodplain, south of Drumbo. These families won’t

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an antibacterial oral rinse, eat a healthy diet, eliminate tobacco use, and see a dental hygienist regularly. Organized by the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (the collective national voice for more than 29,500

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR BRAIN EXHIBIT AT THEMUSEUM EXTENDED - Due to popular demand, BRAIN: The World Inside Your Head, exhibit at THEMUSEUM (10 King St. W.) has been extended to September 8. The exhibit offers some of the most educational and interactive experiences to visitors allowing them to learn how the most essential and unique organ in the human body reacts to various environments and emotions. Guests go through a series of fun games, life-scale models, and impressive special effects across a 3,000 square-feet floor space. THEMUSEUM is also set to host the coolest sleepover in Waterloo Region for families, Friday, April 26th to Saturday, April 27th. This BRAIN themed A Night At THEMUSEUM: Family Edition is an overnight adventure filled with fun activities, programs and the chance to explore the exhibitions. For more information or to buy tickets visit or call 519-749-9387. ECO MARKET 2019 - The Eco Market 2019 featuring a highly curated marketplace, speakers all day, interactive activities for the whole family, and more will be held Saturday, April 27 from 11am to 5pm at the Waterloo Region Museum, 10 Huron Rd. Kitchener. This event is FREE to attend. Reep Green Solutions will be offering $10 off a Bloom(in) Box order when you drop by their booth. EVENING OF ELEGANCE – Join Master of Ceremonies Mike Farwell as the Waterloo Region Farmily Network journeys back to its roots during its 5th annual signature fundraising event on Friday, April 26 from 7 – 10pm. Enjoy an evening of mixing and mingling at the Great Hall, Luther Village on the Park (139 Father David Bauer Dr, Waterloo), while tasting delicious wine, beer and cider, all paired with appetizing food selection. All proceeds go directly to providing support to exceptional families in our community so they can thrive. Cost: $100. To purchase tickets visit waterloo-region-family or contact Krista at WRFN at or at 519-886-9150 ext.2 SCHOLA ANTIQUA OF CHICAGO - Tuesday, May 7 at 7:30pm at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo. A lone voice echoes through Perimeter’s four-storey glass Atrium. It is the Adhan, the traditional rendition of the Muslim call to prayer, but here it is calling us to experience the sounds of medieval Jerusalem. Featuring Islamic chants, Christian chants in Georgian and Armenian, and a set of Sephardic songs, Schola Antiqua’s unique choral program uses music to erase the boundaries that divide us. Tickets for this performance are $88 for the main atrium, and $55 for the mezzanine. For tickets visit

AND THE WINNERS ARE..... – The winners of the screening gala where the winners of the 2019 Youth Video Competition will be announced. Grand River Film Festival and The Commons Studio will also be on hand to share information about their programming within the local film industry. Curious about the film industry? Jury members will be on hand for a Q&A period to answer all your questions. FREE; OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, Kitchener Public Library, Main Branch, 85 Queen Street North, Kitchener, Lower Theatre on Saturday, April 27 at 2pm. BIG IDEAS HAVE SMALL BEGINNINGS – The first annual Waterloo Region Children’s Business Fair featuring 75 child-launched businesses, will take place Saturday, May 11, from 11am to 2pm at Catalyst 137 in Kitchener. The fair gives children the opportunity to launch their very own startup business and showcase it to the community (and the world!). They develop a brand, create a product or service, build a marketing strategy, practice their pitch, and then open for customers at the one-day marketplace. Customers see what children are truly capable of and can purchase their hand-made products and creative services. The Children’s Business Fair is the largest children’s entrepreneurial event in North America, with over 250 fairs taking place every year around the world. This event has been brought to Waterloo Region by Acton Academy Waterloo, Waterloo Region Small Business Centre and Junior Achievement Waterloo Region. For more information visit the fair website at SKILLS LIBRARY NEEDS VOLUNTEERS - The Country Hills Community Centre has launched a program called Skills Library. It is a chance for youth and adults to come together and gain an understanding of each other, share the space, learn new skills and build positive relationships on Mondays, ages 1115 from 6 - 8:30pm. The Centre is looking for adult volunteers to come into the space and share their skills, talents or interests with the youth in our community. If you are interested in volunteering a skill or hidden talent, please contact: Shannon Parsons, 519-741-2200 ext. 5051 or at Shannon.parsons@ HISTORICAL FAMILY BUSINESS EVENT
 - The Centre for Family Business’s Signature Series Launches with Dirk Schlimm: Influencing Powerful People on Friday, April 26 at 7am at the Embassy Room, Bingaman’s Conference Centre. In the age of transformational technological change and disruption, technical know-how is no longer sufficient. Building ...continued on page 24

Neighbours get the Tools to Connect across Diversity

Neighbours meeting at the Cherry Park Neighbourhood Forum in March 2017 to talk about being active in their community and about how to unleash the power of neighbours. This event, co-hosted by the Cherry Park Neighbourhood Association and the Social Development Centre was the result of the Neighbourhood Connections Award that they won at the Festival Celebration in the Fall of 2016.

The Neighbourhood Connections Award has had a Deep Impact in Neighbourhoods across Kitchener The Neighbourhood Connections Award was introduced in 2000 by the Social Development Centre to inspire neighbours to improve social cohesion and the quality of life for everyone. This award is presented annually at the Festival Celebration in November to a neighbourhood that expresses a clear wish to connect people of different backgrounds and involve neighbours across diversity. With this award, the Social Development Centre facilitates an engagement process and addresses neighbourhood concerns about equity and community capacity. The solutions that arise are as varied as the neighbourhoods themselves. Valley View neighbours connected youth and adults in a photo-voice exploration of their community. Cherry Park built connections between long-standing residents and families new to the neighbourhood. Traynor-Vanier neighbours worked to build solidarity across culture and language to improve safety and property standards in their buildings. This is just a small sample of the sorts of solutions that have emerged over the years in other neighbourhoods. Victoria Park Neighbourhood is this year’s winner of the Neighbourhood Connections Award. They are exploring ways to strengthen the social cohesion in their neighbourhood around equity and inclusion.

Kitchener’s Festival of Neighbourhoods encourages everyone to organize inclusive activities in their immediate neighbourhood. Contact us for tips and resources in Kitchener to help bring your neighbours together and to ensure that your activity qualifies your neighbourhood for the $20,000 capital improvement grant draws. Register your inclusive neighbourhood gathering (held between October 1st, 2018 and September 30th, 2019) with the Festival before October 5th, 2019 and join us at the Festival Celebration at Kitchener City Hall on Sunday, November 17th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. when the draws for the $20,000 neighbourhood grants will be held and the winners announced.

Several Waterloo Region high schools took part in the commemeration of the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination held at Kitchener City Hall on March 21. Carla Beharry, who began mentoring women and girls in Guyana, Belize and Trinidad and Tobago 16 years ago, spoke with students about self love, youth identity and inclusivity during the full day event.

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planning to build a green- and install the greenhouse house to support the Meals on a new concrete pad just on Wheels program offered steps from CSC’s kitchen, acby local charity Community cessible raised herb bed, and Support Connections – Meals garden. on Wheels and More (CSC). “Every year we work to CSC built its own kitchen give back to the community over four years ago, where it that has helped make us sucinvites volunteers in and accessful, and this opportunity Member of Parliament, Kitchener-Conestoga cepts fresh, local food dona- just seemed like a great fit,” tions making the program said Jamie Adam, President Member of Parliament, Kitchener-Conestoga Country Hillyears Drive, 2A Craftsmen Ltd. more 153 sustainable. Two ofUnit Pioneer ago it Kitchener, also built a kitchen gar“Collaboration is one of our ON N2E 2G7 Hill Drive,core Unit 2A which is why we den on153 site toCountry further increase values, 519.578.3777 fresh,Great local content ON inBird its N2E meal are so excited about this projKitchener, 2G7 Backyard Count - February 15 to 18, 2019 programs. ect. We built the greenhouse, The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event 519.578.3777 that engages bird watchers of all ages to count birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as • Basic advanced little as 15 minutes (or as long as &they wish) onfoot onecare or more days of the • Trimsightings & file toe nailsat Anyone four-day event and report their online Skin,beginning corn & callous management can take part in the GBBC,•• from bird watchers to experts, and Diabetics welcome you can participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world. Each • Veterans welcome checklist submitted during• the GBBC helps researchers at the Cornell Home visits available Lab of Ornithology and theLinda, National The Audubon Society learn more about Foot Nurse how birds are doing, and how to protect them and the environment we 519-589-4470 share. Last year, more than 160,000 participants submitted their bird Heber, RPN Foot Care Nurse Our pharmacy is Linda staffed observations online, creating the largest instantaneous snapshot of Nursing Foot Care Educator with Certifi Geriatric global bird apopulations recorded. Please visit the officialFreewebsite Foot Careedever Certified Master Pedicurist Parking at for more informationinand be sure to check out the latest Pharmacist specializing educational and promotional resources.

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Grand Horizons Celebrating Seniors Celebrating Seniors’ Month - June 2016

Sunnyside helping residents June is Seniors’ month! with dementia live better lives

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Kitchener, the bright purple, blue and red resident room doors are just one sign of changes being made to help residents with dementia live their best lives. Sunnyside’s new approach to care is called Still ME. It involves making resident rooms and common areas feel more like home. Staff are also trained to engage with residents in meaningful ways and create regular opportunities for residents to feel joy and purpose. This helps remove triggers that cause residents with dementia to feel distressed, improves their Member of Parliament, Kitchener-Conestoga quality of life and reduces burnout for staff. 153results Country Hillseen Drive, Unit 2A Positive can be in residents like Bill, a forKitchener, ON N2E 2G7 mer mechanic whose cogni519.578.3777 tion and memory have since changes were made to the sitting area near his room. The area now has a work bench, can crusher, and photographs of classic cars on the walls. “I’m going June 5, 2014 to make this my garage,” he said, as he chatted with staff about fond memories he has Our pharmacy staffed of working on a cariswith his brother. with a Certified Geriatric “Many peoplespecializing who move in Pharmacist into long-term care worry dispensing medications about the things they may counselling older haveand to give up,” said Connie Lacy, Seniors’ Services patients about their Director. “We don’t want peomedications. ple to feel that way. We want them to feel like their life is enhanced, not compromised, 65things University and that the that wereAve. E Waterloo Fax: (519) 746-3788 important to them at home • Tel: (519) 746-6133 canPradeep continue to important Acharya, Phm, Rph, CGP Certified Geriatric Pharmacist to them. We’re responding to the needs, interests and abilities of each individual we serve.” You are unique. Your life is unlike any other. By pre-planning Sunnyside will measure the your final arrangements now, you can decide how you impact of Still ME by looking want to be remembered. at rates of depression, falls, Call today to take the first step: 519-804-4813 and the use of antipsychotAsk us about your FREE Planning Kit! ics, as well as how socially engaged residents become. It Memory Gardens Funeral Home & Cemetery by Arbor Memorial is also hoped the new model will help reduce sick time 2723 Victoria Street N., Breslau, ON • among staff and lead to better job satisfaction.

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ARTS&entertainment Local author releases updated version of picture book about diversity and inclusion BY CARRIE DEBRONE


ontinuing the theme of diversity and inclusion, Kitchener author Shirley Hartung has recently published an updated version of her previous picture book, ‘Different but the Same’. The major change to the newly titled book, You and Me, is the addition of beautiful illustrations by Tom Liantang Pu, a fourth-year student from the University of Waterloo. “Feedback from the professionals was that I should keep my art form consistent throughout,” Hartung said. Taking their advice, she advertised at local collages and universities, eventually hiring Liantang Pu who she feels is gifted in capturing facial features and emotions on paper. He also has included many small details, which are fun for children to search for. One example being to find the child who is left handed. Hartung explains that this can then lead to a discussion about being left-handed. Focused on the theme of diversity and inclusion, You and Me, is a 20page interactive paperback picture book. Questions at the bottom of each page invite participation from readers and encourages appreciation for those different from ourselves. Appropriate for students in grades JK to 2/3, You and Me includes colourful images of children from different ethnic backgrounds engaged in everyday activities such as making bannock or falafels, trying to use chopsticks and interacting with each other. It also encourages inter-generation-

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al conversation as parents and grandparents in the book share what life was like for them as children. Hartung has talked about her book with several local school board officials, and hopes to make it available through school libraries. It has elicited praise from Deepa Ahluwalia, Equity and Inclusion Officer for the Waterloo Region District School Board who wrote in a statement, “You and Me skillfully represents the diversity of lived experiences of students and families in our schools and classrooms in this easy to read and interactive book. The recognition and honouring of our students’ identities are critical to their well-being and learning.”

The idea for the book came to Hartung as she was driving. “I was thinking about when I was a teacher and on yard duty. I remembered a young boy who was smaller than his classmates and who was often picked on at recess. I remember interceding on several occasions. One of the boys would grab the small boy’s hat from behind and then throw it to the other, who would then run with it, and back and forth if would go, often ending with the hat buried in a snow bank or thrown up on the roof of the school,” Hartung said. “It wasn’t a life or death situation but it was a hurtful one, and I was thinking about how it must have felt for that student, even though the other boys thought it was all in fun. Although my book is not about bullying as such, it is about respect for oneself as well as for others, regardless of how others might be different from us. If this respect is in place, I believe that bullying will not be the same issue whether on the playground or the workplace,” she said. Although, Hartung has taught many different grades, both in the elementary and secondary levels, she never got the opportunity to teach kindergarten age children. “I guess I was busy with my own little ones at home,” she says. “But writing You and Me has become my kindergarten experience in a different way. It has allowed me to enjoy interacting with young children when I do signings etc. I enjoy their honesty and the insights they have

at that young age. They make me smile,” she said. The book concludes with a song about friendship – a song that Hartung wrote. She is becoming known as the “singing author” because she now sings the song for anyone who attends her book signings and “who is willing to indulge her,” Hartung adds jokingly. Printed by M&T Printing Group in Kitchener, You and Me sells for $14.95. Hartung will be participating in a book signing at Indigo on Fairway Road in Kitchener in the near future, but the date has not yet been finalized. She also hopes to attend the Author Afternoons which start May 25 at the Visitor and Heritage information Centre in Waterloo and she also plans to have a booth at the coming 2019 December Christkindl Market at Kitchener City Hall. * * * You and Me is Hartung’s eighth book. Her former books include, Cookies Naturally, Muffins from the Heart, No Grain, No Pain, Love Stories (2007), Grounded (2014) and Grounded Activity book (2015),Different but the Same (English version) 2016, Different But The Same (French version) 2017. To order the book online visit You can also purchase it at THEMUSEUM and at Joseph Schneider Haus in Kitchener and Wordsworth Books in Waterloo. You can contact Shirley at 519-578-4526 or email

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: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green REVIEWED BY: Kim Cluthe Library Assistant

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is a fantastic work of speculative fiction, released last year by debut author Hank Green. The story focuses on April May, a 23-year-old recent art graduate, whose video goes viral after discovering the first of many “Carls” – a robot-like statue - that have suddenly appeared worldwide. The Carls abrupt arrival brings both a mystery and the discussion of the possibility of extra-terrestrial life. April struggles with the pressures of unexpected fame, and criticism from a group of people called the Defenders who feel that the Carls pose a risk to humanity. The themes this book touches on are very relevant to today’s society. Bloggers, social media and YouTube have a strong presence in influencing opinions; many people are thrust into the spotlight quite quickly and sometimes without expertise in the topics they are commenting on. April as a narrator can be quite unlikeable at times, due to the often selfish actions that she chooses to take after being turned by the dark side of fame, but I

think she often makes realistic choices. Author Hank Green definitely knows about Internet fame. He and his brother (author John Green) started a YouTube web series over 10 years ago which propelled them both into Internet celebrities. Since then, they have used this power to educate and promote positive messages, but not every person who becomes famous thinks about the messages that they are sending to their fans. The main downside of this book is that it ends on a cliffhanger. I am happy that there is still more to the story but I am also disappointed that I have to wait for the sequel to get certain answers. Otherwise, the plot moves at a good pace and the characters are diverse and interesting. Overall, I thoroughly loved this book. While the story is speculative in nature, the choices and events felt believable in the context and the plot felt engaging from the very beginning. I would recommend it for any adult or young adult readers who just want a taste of science fiction.


Mike ‘Mudfoot’ McDonald’s musical roots started in Eastern Canada place called Grossman’s Tavern and dragged his guitar and amp down and was welcomed to sit in with the band learning not only a new style of music, but also about the business of music and how it worked. He began to really grow not only as a musician, but also as a businessman. “It’s one thing to get a gig. It’s another thing to have a career in music. Most musicians are hung up on getting a gig. Having a career means organizing a hundred gigs,” McDonald explains. It was those lessons that launched a long and success-


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foot’ McDonald grew up in a musical family. “I was an Armed Forces brat, my father was in the Navy - a career man. Mom played piano and Dad played trumpet, which obviously had an impact on me in terms of musical surroundings,” McDonald rem-inisces. “My Dad played jazz, from Glen Miller all the way up and Mom used to sit and play the piano, whatever she felt like playing. I fell in love with music, not one particular style. Music is all-encompassing. So I never tried to box myself in. I just absorbed everything,” McDonald continued. Whether it be jazz, Dixieland, blues, rock and roll, or Middle Eastern music, McDonald would listen to it. Soaking in all the different styles and techniques his young mind could, learning to play it, paving the road for what would become a very successful and exciting lifelong career. McDonald was around 13 when he first picked up a guitar. “I wanted to play the piano, but my parents couldn’t afford a new piano, the one that they had was all beat up. So I picked up the guitar from my next door neighbour. I would go next door and just start noodling around. The first lick I learned was a Jimmy Reed lick, from Dion’s Ruby Baby. That’s pretty much how I got started in the blues idiom,” McDonald recalls. Although he had to work at it, guitar came naturally to him. A practice became a daily ritual. He began to pick up on different styles and quickly mastered them. “The first band I ever played in was a band called The Strollers. The reason for that was the drummer wound up beating on the back of a baby stroller. The guy’s father, an Englishman, said ‘That’s it, you guys are going to be called The Strollers,’ ” McDonald laughs. They eventually played church gigs, and schools, and were frightened out of their minds. Nevertheless, they became popular. After The Strollers, McDonald played in other basement bands performing songs by legendary artists like Eric Clapton, Cream, The Rolling Stones, for whoever would hire them. All the while honing his skills to a fine edge. Eventually he gravitated toward the blues, the music style he has built his entire musical career on. It is the

ful career. From local bars to a European tour, McDonald has been there. Eventually moving to Kitchener, he started the Monster Jam at The Boathouse in Victoria Park, and has since moved to Rhapsody Barrel Bar on King Street, where you can see him every second Sunday starting at 4:30pm and meet the legend himself. He is always happy to meet new people. For a schedule of his shows, you can visit his facebook page Mike’s Monster Jam. It has a list of shows and guest performers.

Community Church Listing St James’-Rosemount United 171 Sherwood Ave., Kitchener (519) 742-1002 Sunday Service: 10:30am Lunch served following service on the third Sunday of every month. Nursery, Sunday School, Youth Group, Wed. Night Bible study Mike ‘Mudfoot’ McDonald Photo courtesy of Nadezhda Lyra of Mirrored Muse Imagery

kind of music that he has a passion to share with the world. He talks fondly about the three blues players he admires the most. “There was the Kings. There was B.B., Albert and Freddy,” McDonald explains. “I gravitated to them only, because they had their own unique style. B.B was the purest of the three in terms of tone. Albert had that nasty little growl to his playing style. That’s where people like Eric Clapton gravitated toward Albert because of that edgy distorted sound. And then Freddy was kind of like right in the middle.” McDonald said he has met all three of them and had the chance to jam with them. He says they were experiences he will always remember. In his late teens, with a reputation as a hot shot guitar player, McDonald moved to Toronto and began to scout out the music scene, eventually landing a steady gig with Fingerwood, the house band at The Meet Market in the basement of the Colonial Tavern. “At the time, The Meet Market was the premier club for the blues and jazz acts. It was one of the few clubs that brought in people like B.B. King, Bobby Blue Bland, Buddy Guy, Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy

Reed, Asleep at the Wheel, and Gino Vannelli. A huge cross section of entertainment,” McDonald recounts. “I was fortunate enough to be in a band that had a house gig like that. I got to learn a lot just by osmosis. I was in the thick of it,” McDonald said. Being in the house band, that was extremely popular, afforded him the opportunity to not only meet legendary musicians and singers, but to jam with them. To have them show McDonald their styles and share their stories. Having that kind of exposure strengthened his guitar playing ability and forged his unique style that to this day is being emulated by so many veteran and up and coming blues musicians. Another opportunity granted him was his grandfather, a retired army veteran, was head of security at Massey Hall and often got him in backstage to see the bands and meet them. This furthered his musical exposure to different techniques and styles of playing. McDonald soaked it up like a sponge, learning from anyone who would give him the chance. After three years, Fingerwood broke up ending the gig at The Meet Market, only for another even more exciting door to open. McDonald heard about a

Kitchener Gospel Temple-Pentecostal 9 Conway Dr. (at River Rd), Kitchener (519) 894-5999 Sunday Service: 10:30am Mid-week activities for all ages. Kitchener East Presbyterian 10 Zeller Drive, Kitchener (519) 748-9786 Reverend: Mark S. Richardson Sunday Service: 10:30am Nursery and Sunday School provided Sonshine Corner, Thursdays from 9:00 - 11:00am Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran 322 East Avenue (at Stirling), Kitchener (519) 742-5812 Sunday Service: (Sept. - June) 8:30am and 11am, (July-Aug.) 9:30am 9:45am - Sunday School, Youth & Adult Bible Classes Choirs - Stephen Ministry - Youth Group - Beginnings (0 -3 years) Hope Lutheran 30 Shaftsbury Drive, Kitchener (519) 893-5290 Worship Service Times :10:00am Worship Service Sunday Morning Fellowship & Bible Study 11:15am Adult Bible Study 11:15am Sunday School (JK –Grade 12) Breslau Evangelical Missionary Church 102 Woolwich St., Breslau (519) 648-2712 Sunday Worship Service: 10:00am Children’s Ministry - Youth Ministry - Small Groups All are welcome! Visit us at Stanley Park Community Church 9 Dreger Ave., (at Ottawa St.) Kitchener (519) 893-8186 Pastor: John Pearce Sunday Service and Kid’s Church: 10:00am ALL WELCOME!

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Notes from City Hall

Hi Ward 1! With spring now here, I’d like to provide some ward-specific updates. You may see some of those yellow mid-road speed

reminder signs popping up in your neighbourhood soon. We were able to significantly increase the number of installations across the city for this year. They are a great reminder for motorists to travel at safe speeds, and are targeted at areas where there have been issues. I’ve been asked for an update on the former Notre Dame school site potential development. While I don’t have anything new to offer at the time of this writing, I do expect information will be coming out around the time you read this. The

property owner/developer is the same and if they proceed there will be a full public process. During the last election, I was asked by several residents about the possibility of a traffic light installation at the Manchester and River Road intersection. It’s rare for traffic light requests to be approved as these controls, quite rightly, need to be supported by traffic data, but early indications of demand are good in this instance. Though it’s not yet a certainty, I’m optimistic and will update you when there’s

news. Kiwanis Park is an amazing local destination park and I hope everyone enjoys the new huge beach-like pool this summer. We are also just finishing up the public engagement for a significant new playground in the park. While I don’t know the results yet (residents were asked to choose from three great options) the play structure should be completed in time to enjoy this summer.

We’re looking for Kitchener’s Senior of the Year. You can nominate someone by searching Senior Of The Year at or by picking up a paper copy at the Rockway Centre.

Please submit your nomination by April 12. The recipient of our Senior of the Year Award is announced by Mayor Vrbanovic at a special ceremony on Wednesday, June 12 at 6:30pm at City Hall. My Ideal City lets students age 10-12 tell us in 250 words or less about their ideas to make Kitchener even better. Winners get their essay published in the Kitchener Citizen, come to City Hall for a reception and tour of City Hall with their family, and are in a mock debate in council chambers on Rogers TV. Hopefully

your child’s school is taking part. If not, entries can be dropped off at the Office of the Mayor and Council, City Hall or emailed to council@ We’re looking for your input online on issues like Bike Share Stations, Sidewalk Winter Maintenance, Customer Service and the RBJ Schlegel Park Playground. Please visit and select Kitchener to see the topics you can give input on. To learn about the parks, arenas, community centres and more

that are in our neighbourhood, visit You’ll also find ideas and ways that you and your neighbours can make your neighbourhood an even better place with events, activities and grants. If I can assist you, contact me or call our contact line anytime at 519-741-2345. I update my city and community activities often on social media. Follow me on Twitter at @DaveSchniderKW, friend me on Facebook or visit my website

survey will be shared with the public, the premier of Ontario, the minister of municipal affairs and housing, the regional government review advisors, all regional MPPs and all local heads of council. To participate in the survey sign into “Engage Waterloo Region” and proceed to the Kitchener section. I encourage everyone to participate as this will give Council some direction as to the desires of our constituents. I have been personally involved at the Local Government sector for over 50 years. In a future article I will share my thoughts on this topic which has been debated many times over that period. I look forward to hearing from as many as possible in the near future.

Leisure Facilities Master Plan. This document has been approved by Council. It was prepared by staff after a ten-month review including several public consultations. This Master Plan is intended to help the city provide high quality recreation programs and services that foster lifelong participation, access for all, and sustainable environments and infrastructure. The study has 18 recommendations. Every recommendation entails the spending of considerable funds. A substantial portion of the funds required will be supplied by new comers to our city in the form of Development Charges on new homes and buildings. This document will become the

standard for spending on future leisure and recreational facilities for the next 5 to 10 years. I did not support its adoption even though it is a superb document containing reams of information; because it virtually has no information as to the COST of these facilities. Staff continue the process of asking the Public what they would like to have without ever discussing the cost of paying for these things. I recommended, without success, waiting until the Development Charges by-law was approved. All the “wants” were approved without the reality of payment being debated. In my opinion this is not acting with transparency for our taxpayers.

Hello Neighbours! Spring is finally here! I always equate this time of year to cleaning - indoors and out. It’s also the month that Earth Day falls under and there

are activities to join or create with family and neighbourhood friends. We have many Ward 4 citizens arranging their own Earth Day activities. This is a great way to meet new neighbours and reconnect with existing ones after this long winter. If you are currently part of a group― that’s great―if not, organize your own clean-up on any one of our beautiful trails, parks, or your street, and register to have your supplies dropped at the nearest community centre. Just go to and search “Earth Day,” click on “Earth Month

events and activities.” The Pioneer Park KPL will also have free Earth Day clean-up supplies for you to pick-up after April 1, and while supplies last. I plan to be out and about this month as much as possible doing my part for Earth Day clean-up, and I hope to see you all out as well. I also want to bring to your attention the seasonal flex signs that promote traffic calming. I have asked for them to be installed on the following streets in response to resident concerns and my own observations: Thomas Slee; Old Doon Village; Robert Ferrie and

Appleridge. On Saturday, April 27 from 2 to 4pm, please join me for an informal gathering at the Pioneer Park KPL. As your new Ward 4 councillor, I’m looking forward to creating new connections with residents of this ward and learning more about your interests and concerns in our Ward. As always, I’m happy to discuss your city interests and concerns. Contact me at 519-741-2779; email me at christine.michaud@kitchener. ca, and follow me on Twitter @ ward4councillor.

Run a Neighbourhood Event With spring comes warmer weather, and a great opportunity to host a fun street party event in your own neighbourhood! A lowcost, small gathering like a BBQ or

a potluck can help build community spirit. For inspiration, check out some of the wonderful ideas for events and projects at lovemyhood .ca. If you would like to host a street party and don’t know where to start, there is the “Everything you need to know about street parties” guide which clearly lays out the process for getting approval from the city to close your street. You can also visit for an eventplanning toolkit to get started. Remember to register your event with the Festival of Neighbourhoods for a chance to win one of two $20,000

neighbourhood improvement grants! For more information visit the Festival of Neighbourhoods website at: www. Williamsburg AGM - Call for Volunteers The Williamsburg and Huron Community Associations are always looking for energetic volunteers to help with their programming and special events. If you’re interested in learning more about all the great things that both of these associations bring to our community, please join the Williamsburg AGM on Tuesday April 30, 2019 at 6:30pm at the

Williamsburg Community Centre. Contact or info@huroncommunity. ca for more details. Catch Up with Kelly On Thursday April 25, 2019, I will be hosting “Catch Up With Kelly”, an informal open house from 7 - 8pm at Williamsburg Community Centre. This is a great opportunity for me to meet with you one-on-one to hear your comments, concerns and suggestions. Drop in or join in the conversation online @gallowaykelly #kellychat.

Regional Review Consultation (Amalgamation). Council directed staff to commission a statistically representative survey of Kitchener residents that will give them an opportunity to have their say on this issue. The results of the

City’s Customer Service recommendations will improve customer experience In March, city staff unveiled 15 recommendations from its customer service review that are strongly grounded in the input of more than 3,500 citizens and 1,700 city staff. The recommendations are intended to improve service and ensure friendlier, easier and more positive customer experiences for citizens. Council accepted the findings and recommendations from the eight-month review which focused on key areas including: • Improving the city’s offering of e-services, including adding online payments and developing a centralized online service portal where citizens can perform all of their e-service transactions in one place, improving online program registration and enabling bookings of city facilities online. • Simplifying processes that citizens identified as difficult including: callers being bounced between city staff, checking the status of a service request and getting updates on road closures. • Setting and communicating service standards and service levels for frequently asked about city services including: tree maintenance, parking, property standards, snow clearing and grass cutting. • Creating a customer satisfaction program as a way for customers to provide more frequent feedback about their customer service experiences • Developing an extensive public awareness campaign for the city’s corporate contact centre to ensure citizens are aware that they can speak to a live voice 24/7. • Ensuring staff have the tools and training they need to deliver excellent service. “We spent lot of time hearing from citizens this past year – at city facilities, at events, ...continued on next page

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Traffic calming measures are installed throughout our city to encourage responsible driving and improve safety for everyone. We receive many requests from across

Leisure Facilities Master Plan At our council meeting on April 1, after a ten-month long review, council were presented with recommendations for the updated 2019 Leisure Facilities Master Plan

The sunshine we are enjoying has been so welcome after the winter we have had! It’s wonderful to see people outside again chatting with friends and enjoying our beautiful neighbourhoods.

I was recently asked what I thought about community centres; however, rather than think of centres, I would prefer to advocate for community spaces. Currently in Ward 9 we have two

Graffiti Have you noticed more graffiti in your area lately? The earlier it gets reported, the quicker we can ensure it is removed. I’ve been receiving an increase in reports, and it makes me think of

the city each year, asking us to place traffic calming measures to slow down drivers. We asses these requests based on terms in our traffic-calming policy, and choose three streets each year for formal traffic calming studies. You may remember seeing some yellow and black flex signs called PED Zone signs in the middle of particular streets in our ward last summer. Their placement is part of the Seasonal Traffic Calming Program, and locations are chosen based on your feedback to me, and my observations in the ward.

This year, these signs will be on Erinbrook, Blackhorn, Lucerne, Pinedale, and Dunsmere. If you have any other locations of concern, you can let me know or call our Transportation Services department to book the radar display units that are placed for short periods on streets during the summer under our Speed Advisory Program. I encourage you to take a look at our resident-led traffic calming program created in response to resident feedback. Under our new Neighbourhood Strategy, you and your neighbours can slow traffic,

bring awareness to safety issues and add beauty to your neighbourhood through some creative measures, like painted crosswalks, intersection murals, boulevard planter boxes, neighbourhood lawn signs (i.e. Drive like your kids live here), and more. To get started, search for the “Neighbourhood Strategy” page on, click on resident-led traffic calming, and click on the “Easy Steps Guide for Resident-led Traffic Calming.” You can also contact me for assistance or to talk about city matters at or call my office at 519-741-2793.

(LFMP). The recommendations was grouped into five main areas: existing leisure facilities commitments; investing in, and maintaining existing infrastructure; future leisure facilities and initiatives; funding models and partnerships. The purpose of the LFMP is to help the City of Kitchener to provide excellent recreational programs and services that nurture lifelong participation, access for everyone, sustainable environments, infrastructure and partnerships. I am happy to share that all 18 recommendations and key findings were approved!

Feedback received from the 2019 LFMP public consultation and from our city staff show trails to be an integral part of recreation and leisure. Community trails benefit our overall health and wellness and provide people with an alternate mode of transportation. That is why staff will be exploring specific trail requirements and investments in the upcoming Cycling and Trails Master Plan scheduled to be completed by next spring. Residents have told the city that recreation facilities are valuable and as a result, staff are recommending

the city look at all potential funding sources to find ways to ensure the city can continue to invest in existing facilities and build new facilities, such as expanding Forest Heights Community Centre (FHCC). FHCC services approximately 62,700 residents and while this area is already well developed, surrounding areas like Ira Needles continue to grow, putting pressure on the existing centre. An expansion to FHCC would provide additional space for the city and community partners to deliver programs and services.

April brings us Earth Day on the 22nd. Let’s celebrate by appreciating and respecting our natural world by joining with friends and neighbours in Ward 8 to participate in community clean-ups. The Friends of Lakeside Park are holding their annual spring clean-up and neighbourhood potluck on Saturday, April 27 beginning at 10:30am. Meet by the playground equipment. Bags and gloves provided. Sunday, April 28 from 2-3:30pm, join the Westmount Neighbourhood Association in their annual Earth Day clean-up of the Westmount Neighbourhood! Three different groups

will work to beautify our wonderful area! More details on their Facebook page. The Victoria Hills Neighbourhood Association will be holding its’ first Community Clean-up Saturday, May 11 from 10am-noon. Meet your neighbours in Gzowski Park – bags and gloves will be provided! A visit to the Evergreen Nature Play Area in Gzowski Park is another great way to celebrate Earth Day. Outdoor play supports health, wellbeing, sense of inclusion, and a long-term interest in environmental stewardship. I have really enjoyed getting to know Ward 8 residents over the past few

months. Thank you for your invitations to have coffee with you and your neighbours, speak to Brownie and Girl Guide groups, school classes, and Ward 8 businesses. Our residents are interesting, informed and community minded! I wanted to highlight the contact information for our Corporate Contact Centre. You can reach them at 519741-2345 or by email at info@kitchener. ca. Connect with them about all our city services, including, downed trees, potholes, bylaw infractions, and issues the city needs to address quickly.

community centres, Mill Courtland and the Rockway Seniors’ Centre, plus those in adjacent wards that many in Ward 9 use. But, there are some underserviced areas in our ward that lack community space. We have some wonderful, active neighbourhood associations representing the northwest area of the ward, namely Cherry Park NA and Victoria Park NA, both of which could benefit from a modest space located in their catchment area. While the city does a great job at growing existing community centres, I

would like to see a greater emphasis on creating community spaces in all neighbourhoods. Spaces where new and longtime residents can have a permanent place with a door to come together to create, plan, share, and get information, to gather, hold meetings and social events and, to build community. I know some residents are in favour of growing and building large new spaces, while others are interested in adding simple spaces such as portables. I’d love to hear your ideas. Let’s be creative! In addition, I would also be happy to

work with any neighbourhood leaders or community minded residents in the areas around St. Mary’s Hospital and the Rockway Golf Course. Contact me if you would like to pitch any ideas. At the April 1st council meeting I tabled a motion asking city council to encourage the Province to continue their support to operate the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal’s Support Centre. I want to thank my colleagues for their unanimous support and for the residents who wrote letters, and/ or attended the council meeting. I am truly grateful.

the broken windows theory, which was proposed in the 1980s and popularized by Malcolm Gladwell’s the Tipping Point. Essentially the idea is that when an area has visible signs of vandalism that don’t get repaired quickly, it encourages more vandalism and other more serious anti-social behaviour. Alternatively, when we remove graffiti and repair damage quickly, the more likely the area is to remain intact. If you see graffiti, or broken windows for that matter, please contact our bylaw

department to report it at 519-7412345 or Neighbourhood connections Earlier this month, the City of Kitchener hosted a Neighbourhood Summit where residents heard stories from four different neighbourhoods. Each shared examples of simple interactions with neighbours that quickly evolved into neighbourhood gatherings that brought people together and resulted in more connected neighbourhoods. For anyone looking to take that first

step, our neighbourhood liaison staff can help get the ball rolling. Congratulations to KW Art Gallery A big congratulations to the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery for being named in the top five finalists this year for the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the arts, adjudicated by the Ontario Arts Council. Come check out Culture Talk #3 featuring Heidi Reitmaier, as well as the grand open house post renovations on April 26th 10:00 -4:00.

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through surveys and social media – about their service experiences and where they see opportunities for us to improve. And, we spent a lot time learning from staff about where they face barriers in delivering great service,” said Jana Miller, director of corporate customer service. “Together, they’ve painted a very clear big picture for how we need to improve services and make it easier to interact with the city.” Key review findings The most important factors influencing customer satisfaction include getting service in a reasonable amount of time, dealing with knowledgeable staff, and getting the answer they need the first time. The city must maintain a multi-channel approach (phone, in-person and online) to service delivery. Almost 70 per cent of citizens indicated that they continue to access city services in person or by phone. Six of the top 10 frustrating experiences identified by citizens involve getting or sharing information with the city. When asked why they experienced frustration when accessing city services, the most frequently cited source of frustration was ‘Not knowing who to reach/call/talk to answer my questions or inquiries.’ Kitchener staff also sought direction on the prioritization of e-services improvements and areas identified for service reviews to reduce red tape. An implementation plan will now be developed and the recommendations will form the bulk of the work of the corporate customer service division over the next four years. To learn more about customer service at the City of Kitchener, visit www.kitchener. ca/customerservice. *** Mayor Berry Vrbanovic’s column will return next month.


The Kitchener Market is more than a building, it's a community. The market exists to connect people, create experiences and build relationships. Whether you’re coming for the Saturday farmers market, stopping in during the week for breakfast or lunch or taking part in one of our many events and cooking classes, we hope you enjoy your visit and come back again. 300 King St E, Kitchener, ON N2H 2V5 General line 519-741-2287 TTY 1-866-969-9994

Hours of operation: Tuesday to Friday: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday: 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. Closed Sundays and Mondays


11 a.m. - noon

The Kitchener Market is a great place for family fun. Bring the kids out to play, sing and create from 11 a.m. to noon. Kids Hop takes place every other Tuesday and Kids art is every Thursday, unless otherwise stated. For the most recent list of dates, visit


Saturday, April 20 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $2 per child or a donation for the Food Bank of Waterloo Region. Hop on down to the Kitchener Market to create special Easter crafts and treats and take your own pictures with the Easter Bunny. Don’t forget to bring your phone or camera! Thank you to our sponsor OK Egg Farm for donating eggs for the crafts. Visit OK Egg Farm at our Saturday Farmers’ Market. Please register online as space is limited

CHILDREN’S PEEK A BOO BUNNY DIY SPECIAL Saturday, Apr. 20 from 1 - 3 p.m. Cost: $20

Let the Nailed It Nite Creative Team lead your little one step by step on how to create an adorable DIY wooden bunny sign. Then enjoy a yummy Easter snack and fun visit with the Easter Bunny! Perfect for those ages 3+. Please register online as space is limited


Wednesday, Apr. 24 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Cost: $50

Taking you back to your roots! Understanding a balanced and tasty diet through vegetarian cooking. Get to know the new Canadian food guide! Please register online as space is limited


Saturday, May 11 from 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Cost: Free with a donation to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region. Bring your mom to celebrate her day. Enjoy a lovely cupcake and tea and make a nice gift. Visit the upper level Marketplace for the event. Please register online as space is limited


Join us for FREE live music every Saturday! Performances run from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 13 - David G April 20 - Jessie T April 27 - Jesse Webber

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In Good Taste


SIMPLE RECIPES FOR A BUSY LIFE STYLE Celebrate April with the best-ever apple pancakes topped with local maple syrup.

APPLE PANCAKES 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour scant 1 tablespoon baking powder 3 tablespoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, or more to taste 2 large eggs, yolks and whites separated 1 cup milk, or half milk and half light cream 3 tablespoons melted butter or vegetable oil 1 cup peeled and shredded apples With a fork, stir together the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and cinnamon. With a large spoon, stir in the egg yolks, milk and melted butter or oil, until well combined. Shred the apple, and add it immediately to the batter. Fold in the stiffly beaten egg whites. Heat a griddle over moderate heat until it is hot enough that a few drops of water sprinkled on its surface will scatter. Brush the griddle lightly with oil. For smaller pancakes, drop about 2 tablespoons of batter onto the griddle, and cook until golden on both sides -- a minute or two, turning once. Double the amount of batter to 1/4 cup for larger pancakes and stir in a bit of milk if necessary. Keep pancakes warm while you cook the remaining batter. Serve with lots of the season’s first maple syrup poured over the top.

Use lamb chops that are at least 1 1/2 inches thick, for best results.

BAY LEAF LAMB CHOPS 6 thick loin or rib lamb chops 1 medium-sized onion 1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons olive oil 6 bay leaves

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Grate the onion into a bowl, and sprinkle with salt. (If you like garlic, you will want to add a few cloves, minced, to the onion.) Allow to stand for about half and hour; then extract the juice by squeezing the onion in your hands, over a bowl to retain the juice. Discard the onion, or use in soups or stews, or in another dish. Stir the oil into the onion juice. Place the chops on waxed paper, and

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rub both sides of the chops with the onion and oil mixture. Place a bay leaf or two on top of each chop, and cover with another piece of waxed paper. Let stand at room temperature for an hour or two, or overnight in the refrigerator. (Bring to room temperature before cooking). When ready to prepare, place the bay leaves under the chops, and set the chops on a broiler pan. Preheat the broiler and place the broiler pan so the chops are about four inches from the source of the heat. Broil five minutes on one side, then one minute on the other, being very careful not to overcook. The chops should remain pink inside. Very good with chutney.

If you mix your own curry spices, these biscuits will be quite outstanding. If you need to use a commercially prepared curry powder, then try to get the best quality that you can. A hot Madras curry is very good.

CURRY-CURRANT BISCUITS 3/4 cup fresh lard or butter 1/4 cup sugar 1 cup buttermilk 3 cups cake flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoons cream of tartar dash of salt 1/2 teaspoons garam masala, or curry powder 1 cup currants Cream together the lard or butter and the sugar; beat in the milk. (If you do not have buttermilk, place 2 tablespoons vinegar in one-cup measure, and fill to the one-cup mark with sweet milk. Allow to stand for a few minutes before using. With a fork, stir together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt, curry spices and currants; using a wooden spoon stir the dry mixture into the milk mixture until well blended. Using a heaping tablespoon of dough for each biscuit, place unbaked biscuits a few inches apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes, or until done. Serve hot from the oven, with sweet butter. Also good at room temperature.


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What can we do this summer?

A Special Section of the Kitchener Citizen City of Kitchener summer neighbourhood camps

Each summer thousands of children join us to participate in their favourite active games and enjoy our creative crafts, while making friends, having fun and enhancing their interpersonal skills. The City of Kitchener Neighbourhood Camps are delivered at various community centers and local schools; all locations are proposed and subject to change. For information call 519-741-2200 ext. 7389. Camp leaders are trained in Standard First Aid and police screened.

FULL DAY SPECIALTY CAMPS (9-13 year olds) 9am - 4:30pm

Full day camps are $104 (*83.20 for the week of Jul 2 and Aug 6 Before & after care available at all full days camps, 8:30-9am and 4:30-5pm - $11.50 ($9.20 for the week of Jul 2 and Aug 6)

Multi Sport Camp at Budd Park START CODE DATE Jul 2* 32740 Jul 8 32741 Jul 15 32742 Jul 22 32743 Jul 29 32744 Aug 6* 32745 Aug 12 32746

BEFORE AND AFTER CARE 32483 32484 32485 32486 32487 32488 32489

Creative Kids at Rockway START CODE DATE Jul 2* 32537 Jul 8 32538 Jul 15 32539 Jul 22 32540 Jul 29 32541 Aug 6* 32542 Aug 12 32543

BEFORE AND AFTER CARE 32544 32545 32546 32547 32548 32549 32550

Huron Eco Discovery Camp START CODE DATE Jul 2* 32619 Jul 8 32620 Jul 15 32621 Jul 22 32622 Jul 29 32623 Aug 6* 32624 Aug 12 32625

BEFORE AND AFTER CARE 32613 32614 32615 32616 32617 32612 32618

SCHOOLS OUT CAMPS School’s Out Camp Half Day (5-12 years old) 9am-3pm - $38.50 (*$30.80 for the week of Jul 2 and Aug 6)

School’s Out Camp Full Day (5-12 years old) 9am-3pm - $63.70 (*$50.95 for the week of Jul 2 and Aug 6)

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Doon Public School





Jul 2* Jul 8 Jul 15 Jul 22 Jul 29 Aug 6*

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SUMMER CAMPS 2019 SCHOOLS OUT CAMPS School’s Out Camp Full Day (5-12 years old) 9am-3pm - $63.70 (*$50.95 for the week of Jul 2 and Aug 6) School’s Out Camp Half Day (5-12 years old) 9am-3pm - $38.50 (*$30.80 for the week of Jul 2 and Aug 6)

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START CODE DATE Jul 2* 32839 Jul 8 32840 Jul 15 32841 Jul 22 32842 Jul 29 32843 Aug 6* 32844

BEFORE AND AFTER CARE 32833 32834 32835 32836 32837 32838

Centreville Chicopee Community Centre START DATE


Jul 2* Jul 8 Jul 15 Jul 22 Jul 29 Aug 6* Aug 12

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Victoria Hills Community Centre START DATE


Jul 2* Jul 8 Jul 15 Jul 22 Jul 29 Aug 6* Aug 12

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(JK-12 year olds) 9am - 4:30pm Full day camps are $104 (*$83.20 for the week of Jul 2 and Aug 6) Before & after care available at all full days camps 8:30-9am and 4:30-5pm - $11.50 ($9.20 for the week of Jul 2 and Aug 6)

Bridgeport Community Centre START CODE DATE Jul 2* 32469 Jul 8 32470 Jul 15 32471 Jul 22 32472 Jul 29 32473 Aug 6* 32474 Aug 12 32475

BEFORE AND AFTER CARE 32462 32463 32464 32465 32466 32467 32468

Centreville Chicopee Community Centre START CODE DATE Jul 2* 32497 Jul 8 32498 Jul 15 32499 Jul 22 32500 Jul 29 32501 Aug 6* 32502 Aug 12 32503

BEFORE AND AFTER CARE 32490 32491 32492 32493 32494 32495 32496

Country Hills Community Centre START CODE DATE Jul 2* 32530 Jul 8 32531 Jul 15 32532 Jul 22 32533 Jul 29 32534 Aug 6* 32535 Aug 12 32536

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FULL DAY CAMPS (JK-12 year olds) 9am - 4:30pm Full day camps are $104 (*$83.20 for the week of Jul 2 and Aug 6) Before & after care available at all full days camps 8:30-9am and 4:30-5pm - $11.50 ($9.20 for the week of Jul 2 and Aug 6)

Downtown Community Centre

Stanley Park Community Centre

START CODE DATE Jul 2* 32584 Jul 8 32585 Jul 15 32586 Jul 22 32587 Jul 29 32588 Aug 6* 32589 Aug 12 32590

START CODE DATE Jul 2* 32766 Jul 8 32767 Jul 15 32768 Jul 22 32769 Jul 29 32770 Aug 6* 32771

BEFORE AND AFTER CARE 32577 32578 32579 32580 32581 32582 32583

Forest Heights Community Centre START CODE DATE Jul 2* 32598 Jul 8 32599 Jul 15 32600 Jul 22 32601 Jul 29 32602 Aug 6* 32603 Aug 12 32604

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BEFORE AND AFTER CARE 32760 32761 32762 32763 32764 32765

Victoria Hills Community Centre START CODE DATE Jul 2* 32793 Jul 8 32794 Jul 15 32795 Jul 22 32796 Jul 29 32797 Aug 6* 32798 Aug 12 32799

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Kingsdale Community Centre

Williamsburg Community Centre (ages JK-8Y)

START CODE DATE Jul 2* 32721 Jul 8 32722 Jul 15 32723 Jul 22 32724 Jul 29 32725 Aug 6* 32726 Aug 12 32727

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influence and strong working relationships with people in positions of power is in high demand. Dirk Schlimm is an expert on executive effectiveness, leadership and collaboration in organizations and author of “Influencing Powerful People” (McGraw-Hill, New York). During this keynote session, Dirk will explore: Understanding founders and other powerful people and what drives them 
• Making your ideas count and persevering through conflict 
• Helping powerful people change their mind, and
• Becoming a trusted advisor. BREAKFAST - 7:00am to 10:00am 

Table pricing (table of 8): CFFB Members: $360, $790 for nonmembers 
Single tickets: CFFB Members: 2 free tickets, $60 for extra tickets, $120 for non-members. 

For more information and to register for this event, visit: CSC FREE GENTLE EXERCISE CLASSES - Stand Up to Falls. Meet People, Stay Active! Join Registered Kinesiologists to improve balance, strength, and maintain your independence. Classes are held 2pm-3:30pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Rockway Centre, 1405 King Street East, Kitchener. Classes run until June. Registration is not required. For more information and other class locations across Waterloo Region, please call Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More at 519-772-8787 and ask for Jenn at extension 228 or email THE SCOTT WOODS SHOW - The Scott Woods Show will be coming to Parkminster United Church, 278 Erb St. E. in Waterloo on Saturday, May 4th at 7pm. This 2-hour live show will combine old time fiddling with country Gospel songs and perennial favourites played by Canadian Fiddle Champion Scott Woods from Fergus. This charity event will support S.H.O.W, Supportive Housing of Waterloo. S.H.O.W is building an apartment complex on Erb St in Waterloo. The one-bedroom apartments will provide affordable housing to those in our community who face homelessness. Tickets are $30 for Adults, $15 for Children 6-12, Children under 5

Free. Tickets are available at the Church Office (Tues. - Fri. 10am - 3pm). Words Worth Books in uptown Waterloo and from Linda Bird, 519-746-9576 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 boxoffice@centreinthesquare. com or by calling 519-578-1570. VIP tickets, which include a reception with Margaret Atwood following the event, are available. FREE YOUR FIRST HOME SEMINARS - Tuesday April 23,7:00-8:00pm; Thursday April 18, 7:00-8:00pm SU PRIMA CASA (Your First Home offered in Spanish); Wednesday April 24, 7:00-8:00pm Guelph Location - Buying your first home is probably the most exhilarating material experience you can have. Nothing else compares. Drawn from the real-life experiences of hundreds of thousands of first time home buyers this seminar provides proven, practical guidance on how to hire a great Real Estate Agent, 
determine what you can afford, secure the best financing, recognize the right home for you, close on your new home and maintain it. Registration is required for all of these FREE workshops. Please contact our office at: (519) 5706299 direct (519) 570-4447 office or email suzanne@Jim- to reserve your space. THANK YOU SUNNYSIDE VOLUNTEERS! - During National Volunteer Week, Sunnyside recognizes its 225 volunteers for making a difference in so many ways. Together in 2019, you spent over 19,700 hours helping older adults we serve live their best life. Thank you. 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, jewelry, 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 – 4pm Saturdays. To donate call 519-569-7566. SCHWABEN CLUB EVENTS - Saturday, April 19, 2019 – Good Friday Fish Fry – at the Schwaben Club. Choice of Fish, Schnitzel, Vegetarian Lasagna. 11am to 8pm - Takeout available. Groups of 6 or more should call our office to make reservations. Saturday, April 27, 2019 – Spaghetti Dinner with Silent Auction – at the Schwaben Club. Fundraiser for the Kinder/Jugend Gruppen. Hall opens 4:30pm. Dinner at 5pm Tickets - $15.00 (includes Dinner and Desert). Sunday, April 28, 2019 – Filmnachmittag – Schwaben Club Keller – “Zei Matrosen of der Alm“. Film begins: 2:30pm, Coffee & Cake available. Doors open 2pm. Film starts at 2:30pm. For tickets and more information for any of these events, please call the Schwaben Club at 1668 King St. E. in Kitchener – 519-742-7979. ADULT DAY PROGRAM - Did you know Trinity Village has an Adult Day Program for seniors wishing to socialize with other seniors? The cost is just $8 per day and the program runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am to 1 pm, at Trinity Village Care Centre, on Kingsway Drive, near Fairview Park Mall. For more information call the Day Program Coordinator at 519-893-6320 ext. 235.

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Kitchener Citizen - East Edition - April 2019  

Kitchener's original community newspaper - established in 1996.

Kitchener Citizen - East Edition - April 2019  

Kitchener's original community newspaper - established in 1996.