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and treatment site opens in downtown Kitchener this week

said next year some of the new PUDDING By Carrie DeBrone space will FACTORY be divided into three on that reduction It’s afocus sure sign Christmasand he front yard of the in a private room that is social problems,� said Grace surveys, interviews, visioning can areas. is coming of when the St. deaths. John B y Carrie DeBrone supervised by a nurse trained Burmingham, Manager of sessions and focus groups. prevention overdose historic Schneider Haus OneEvangelist part of Church’s the garden will the Pudaterloo region’s first in medical emergencies, who Harm Reduction for Region of Public health officials that According to police officers museum on Queen Street beding used to teach people how to Factory is up running. consumption spoke at a media tour of the who spoke at theandmedia tour, South indrug Kitchener has more can also provide education Waterloo Public Health. garden. Every November for the past and treatment site opened around illegal drug use, a postAccording to a regional new site last week said they it’s not clear how many people than doubled in size due to A years second area of from the garden 71 volunteers the in demolition downtown ofKitchener on consumption room (chill out government community will continue to address any will use the new how long downtown Kitchener church the the two old will be used by site, the museum’s October 15. room) that is monitored by services committee report, the concerns neighbours of the it will take until people have Sprouts produced program traditional–feela homes that stood beside it. Little The site allows people to going there, or Christmas that puddings for sale The museum’s expanded yard a social support worker, an estimated operating cost of the site bring forward, and they comfortable program teaches very with this year’s proceeds supuse their own drugs under the intake area staffed by a peer site will be $802,000 per year. are planning open houses, what impact it will have. portant Message. It tells space will become a garden and young children to garden. BY HELEN HALL porting the church, the consume Womsupervision of medically trained workerofwhere users are asked The capital cost of setting up distributing newsletters and Users will be able the story a Blanding’s teaching area, and will provide The final third willtobe used as en’s Crisis Services of WaUsers isarefor provided to fillnamed out a form stating what the interim site is an estimated sending out emails asking for and possess illegalfordrugs while Turtle Samuel, aworkers. much hosting a terloo second garden Schneider ranklarger Glewarea a man Region, Food Bank withwhosterile consumption type of based drug they using, and $438,000. The total cost of feedback and responding to inside the site, The but once outside was on aare turwasand ahead of his which museum community Haus where of Waterloo Region vegetables and the supplies, education on safer a room dedicated to the safe developing the permanent requests for support. the facility there is no protected tle that Glew discovered time. East Village Animal across Hospital, the events. currently grown consumption, prevenof needles. A security centre is not yet known as the Greatly anticipated, health zone. photographed in the a not-for-profit organization The environmental sci- and disposal The new overdose space officially street in the museum’s Schtick tion and intervention, guard will Area. be posted at the region is still waiting to hear officials said it takes a whole Garden Emphasizing drug low use is that helps with Huron Natural entist, retired teacher, and can opened September 29. and willpeople bethatmoved next incomes care for their pets. access medical and counselling main entrance to direct people how much funding it will team and partnerships at many a complex problem, Inspector The book explains to former education Two outdoor neighbouring heritage year. This year 2,000 puddings are services, referrals to Queen drug upstairs. supervisor Crowell saidthe people children howAturtles havewill also receive from the provincial levels to open a centre like this Mark co-ordinator and univerhomes at 474 and 484 Hoffman said being produced from Nov. treatment, housing, income to protect their shell, be on duty. government. one. using the site should be able to sity instructor, “re-inventStreet South that were owned museum garden will likely Theit puddings will be availwhich is their home, to support and other services. The region has spent years Since 2015, 911 overdose “It’s difficult to describe use without feeling like the ed� himself as a children’s by the region for about 30 years, grow artichokes, able pole at thebeans, church’s Craft stay alive. He compares a In May Kitchener about and planning for related calls to Waterloo how excited we are about this police are constantly watching author as a 2019, way tolast share Sale and Tea Room on Sat-and were demolished May, Atalking potatoes, squash, flax celebration officially open the new expanded yard of the Schneider Haus museum was held September turtle’s shellsite. toto the earth his passion for and site council approved the new Regionfrontparamedic services long overdue opening 29. ofThea them. urday, November 9 from 9am allowing the landnature theythe stood on rhubarb, and that the many new willishouse a we large garden, and provide extraSixtyspace to host andsaid museum for humans, how the environment. location at to150 Dukeand Street Itsspace goaland to save lives by teaching have space increased greatly. site community like this,� Dr. events. Chris blackberry However, he emphasized to 3pm andbushes at also the Kitchener to be added the front side now in the left: Schnieder Haus Teacher and Interpreter Christydied Hoffman, Regional Councillor Tom Galloway, Kitchener South- that mustFrom protect our Today’s concerns about and Market. They cost $10 to each. West (corner ofHaus. Duke reducing the home. number of fatal one people from opioid Steingart, Executive Director the Garden police want make yard of Schneider Schtick may also be Hespeler MPTurtles Marwan Tabbara, Regional Chair Ken Seiling, Regional Councillor Elizabeth Clarke, Regional Councillor Blanding’s are Volunteering their time to set so climate change, environCollege Streets). Described and near-fatal drug overdoses, overdoses in 2018, and there of the Sanguen Health Centre sure the public is safe, In a controversial decision to the new Strickland, Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, Junior Interpreter Alec Sampson. Photo by Carrie Debrone transferred nowSean a threatened species up the production linespace. are,the mental emissions, pol- the as an “interim� facility, reduce the spread of infectious have been 48 suspected that will run the site with the each interaction between last year, regional councillors The future of the Schtick left side (front to back), Dain Ontario. Samuel is belutioncentre and isendangered new much smaller diseases like HIV and Hepatitis voted in favour of the offices, but had been vacant give the museum more room restoring Schneider Haus, and Garden space has not been vid Emery, Enid Emery, Peter Region of Waterloo Public Health Nurse Heather Elliott stands in front of the two consumption booths located at lieved to be still living at species make messageafter C among people who inject than it will endhisup McNamee, Ray Cloutier, Frank demolition after thebeing Kitchener since 2014. The homes were for programming, especially commented thatinthe removal of determined, but she Debrone said it the new drug consumption site at 150 Duke Street West Kitchener. Photo by Carrie the Huron Natural Area. more important than ever. renovations to the building are part drugs,of the connect drugVictoria users for large groups. Millerd, Bob Humphreys, right or heritage committee gave the protected the two adjacent houses gives may become a picnic area Since then, Glew has And some would say completed sometime early next with addictions treatment and side (front to back), Jennifer project the greenhave light. now written Park heritage district. The two vacant lots left after the museum a much-improved a second teaching/community 12 children’s that that children Utley, and Judya Shantz, Mindy year will transform it into a social services like housing, deaths public health.more He police drug user must The approval wentinagainst argued that overdose the houses werefrom tornJanuary down support “vista� ofand much event space. books.The And, region he has done surpassed adults their the Hurley (94 years old), Charles permanent centre. and create a safer community to October this year. added that there is “still a lot to be individually assessed to advice of city heritage planners, the demolition would give increases the museum’s total visibility for anyone driving The opening of the thousands of presentacommitment to protectStuart, Carol McNamee, Lindanew The interim site, located on by reducing drug use in public With the number of local learn� about how the site will achieve a balance between the tionsSchneider in schoolsHaus, and has who argued that is would set an a National acreage by about 25 per cent to or walking along Queen Street Schneider Haus greenDavid space ing the planet. Seibert, Ann theIn 2005, building’s second floor, spaces and options deaths consistently trending be used. public good andCloutier, the individual’s given away Glew published unfavourable precedent. The Historic Site,providing a$865,000 more prominent 0.35 hectare. South. also featured live fiddle and Whitfield. will operate continuously forofproper needle disposal. provincial the Steingart said too many rights. worth free books. by Carrie Debrone the best-selling two houses, builtchildren’s in 1900 and frontage on Queen Street; over At thethe officialaverage, opening, Now just planted with grass, swing Photo music on the porch, throughout the remainder of “This is more than a place public health department saw people in this region wake up cake “We and strongly support this Continued page 2...and look Regional Chair Ken Seiling Christy Hoffman, a teacher and book had Samuel’s Most 1920 formerly beenImrented restore more ofonthe feel refreshments and construction. The ascentre is of forthe consumption of setting; drugs. This need forabout a safethe consumption knowing they are going know we can’t to tenants and used regional original farm and the reminisced history of not interpreter at ifSchneider Haus, initiative. traditional We outdoor games. open seven days a week from is about creating a portal to site and began a public to survive the day, and that arrest our way out of this (drug) 9am to 9pm. other services that people may consultation process several the new site is part of a harm crisis,� he said. It offers two injection booths need to address other health or years ago that included online reduction response that now ...continued on page 2

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With one of the storyboards for their grandfather Frank Glew’s book “Samuel’s Most Important Message” along the trail at the Huron Natural Area are, from left: Kaleb Palubiski, Sophie Palubiski and Kalista Palubiski.

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He said he “loves watching the looks on kid’s faces” when he visits schools. Samuel’s story is now being shared at 13 stations along a trail at the Huron Natural Area. Glew says having the storyboards along the trail “opens up environmental dialogue, plus gets everyone out to share nature” adding that “you will never destroy anything you love.”

The idea to share Samuel’s story in his Huron Natural Area home came to Glew after he was contacted by the Sudbury Conservation Authority, which asked if it could add Samuel’s story to one of its trails in a program called “Tales for the Trails.” Glew is recognized along with Tom Clancy, a former Director of Parks and Recreation with the City of Kitchener, as visionaries who helped in the creation of the Huron Natural Area. In the 1980s, Clancy thought

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than when it was originally written. In 2010, the remains of an aboriginal village and a number of other artifacts were found along Strasburg Creek when the city was expanding the trail system. Archaeologists believe the village was built 500 years ago. The site spans the space of

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

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

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New in the Collection This peanut container from the 1960s was part of the Jack’s Snacks brand produced by Raymond’s Nut Shops. The company was founded in 1935, and the first store was located beside the Lyric Theatre at 124 King Street West in Kitchener. Additional stores and a manufacturing facility were opened by the mid-1940s. The company produced various nut, popcorn, and cheese puff products until it was sold to Borden Limited around 1975. Adèle Hempel is the Manager/Curator of Region of Waterloo Museums. Adèle can be contacted via email at

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Coach Glen Gaudet has played a major role in the development of ringette at the national and international levels throughout his 30 years of involvement with the sport. Between 2004 and 2014, Glen served as head coach of the Cambridge Turbos in the National Ringette League. He also coached Team Ontario to three gold medal wins in 1999, 2003, and 2007 at the Canada Winter Games.

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


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

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

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Time to tighten the family ties


eaching Canadian federalism to history students always ranked as an educational challenge for me – that is, until I threw in my family members as analogies: thirteen Nahrgang children to represent the concerns of ten provinces and three territories. Students began to understand why northern territorial governments were angered by Ottawa ignoring them – especially when I compared this political scenario to my parents’ pronouncement that my brother Tom, sister Gail, and I would continue our exile to the children’s card table for another Christmas meal! Once monumentally bored with details on how Montreal and Toronto appeared to control everything in Canada, students perked up to hear how my two oldest sisters told their siblings what to do. Of course, using such familial political comparisons brought the inevitable personal question: what province was I? Quebec, of course; I never wanted a complete separation from my family, but surely every kid dreams of sovereignty association! These political memories of our fed-

eral kinship recently surfaced as I looked back at last month’s election and forward to Remembrance Day; all is not well in Family Canada. Our political map resembles the balkanization of early 20th century Europe – small geographical regions angrily demanding separation from unmindful greater powers. History records the harsh judgements; violent upheavals saw the disappearance of the Austrian Empire, the Soviet Union, and Yugoslavia, amidst the deaths of thousands. That Canada might follow a similar disintegration was a ludicrous thought even ten years ago. Today, I’m not so confident. But surely, in this month, we should be. Charles Dickens once remarked that family should consist not just of those who share blood, but those for whom we’d give blood. Among the many subtexts of Remembrance Day is the idea that Canadians fought and died willingly to not only safeguard their own families but to defend unknown citizens. Every year on November 11th, I give thanks for the sacrifice of others who died to protect the freedom of strangers. But there is a cost, a true quid pro quo, seen in the conclusion of John Mc

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Crae’s haunting poem, In Flanders Fields: “Take up our quarrel with the foe/To you from failing hands we throw/ The torch; be yours to hold it high.” In present-day Canada, that heartfelt pact is frayed. Quarrel with a foreign foe? How? We’re too busy sniping with neighbours over pipelines. Grab that torch of selfless sacrifice? We can’t even get a grip on climate change. Instead, we relish clever tweets that mock our leaders and denigrate others we don’t even know. But such vilifications break more than our spirits; they break faith with those who perished in service for this nation. These strangers, whom we honour on November 11th, bought our freedom to build a better Canada, not for us tear out tantrum-sized pieces of it. Elections and Remembrance Day ceremonies do share one sad trend – involvement continues to dwindle. Don’t shame our fallen heroes with apathy or rabid behaviour; their torch is meant to guide our steps, not to burn down the family home. Jack Nahrgang recently retired from the Waterloo Region District School Board. He is a monthly columnist with the Kitchener Citizen.


Veteran’s sacrifices “were for everything”


had the privilege of growing up in The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program which was started by war amputee veterans. Through Operation Legacy, which is made up of members of CHAMP, we pay tribute to the veterans who founded the Association and all those who have served our country. I have participated in Operation Legacy as far back as I can remember by laying wreaths and attending remembrance ceremonies. I have only scratched the surface of understanding how much these soldiers sacrificed, but I am eager to spread the remembrance message to other young people so that we and the generations after us know who to thank. Canada as we know it today exists because of the men and women who served, sacrificing life and limb so that future generations could live freely and safely. As young people, we are that future generation. It is up to us to say thank you and remember them because their sacrifices weren’t for nothing, they were for everything. On Remembrance Day this year, I challenge young people to attend your local ceremony, wear a poppy over your heart, or at the very least, take a moment at 11 a.m. to pause and say thank you. Rachel Quilty The War Amps

Letters to the editor The Kitchener Citizen welcomes Letters to the Editor. All letters must clearly state the writer’s full name, address, phone number and be signed. Names will be published along with the letter, however, addresses and telephone numbers will be used only for verification purposes and will not be published. Letters should be submitted at least one week before the publication date. This newspaper reserves the right to edit, condense or reject any contribution for brevity or legal purposes. Invitation to be a guest columnist The Kitchener Citizen invites you to share your experiences of local community as a guest columnist. Do you have a rant? A viewpoint about a local event or opinion about an important issue? Or, do you have a personal or funny story? The Kitchener Citizen is looking for writers who are willing to share their views with their neighbours in a guest column. Columns should be 400-500 words long and submissions must include your name and contact information. To submit your column by fax, email or mail, please call 578-8228. For more information contact, Carrie Debrone, editor, 578-8228.

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PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Raj Saini MP Kitchener Centre

am thrilled to have been reIment elected as Member of Parliaby the people of Kitch-

ener Centre. You have sent me back to Parliament with a clear message that I need to continue the progress that our government has made over the

PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Marwan Tabbara MP Kitchener South/Hespeler


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

last four years in making life more affordable for Canadians, investing in the middleclass, and protecting our environment and fighting climate change. I am so proud of our accomplishments and look forward to returning to Ottawa to keep working for you, your families, and your neighbours. In the last Parliament, I relentlessly highlighted the importance of a national pharmacare program to my colleagues because all Canadians deserve quality access to prescription medication. As a pharmacist, I am a proponent of pharmacare because I have seen firsthand how it would benefit not only people here in Kitchener, but across the country. I was proud that a national pharmacare program was one of our key promises this election and that I am part of a government that is making it a reality for our country. The environment and climate change have been, and will continue to be, a priority for me and our government. It campaigns; the radio, television, newspaper and other media who covered the local campaigns and provided valuable information to voters; the schools who had all-candidate visits for their student vote programs; and the organizations and media who hosted all-candidates meetings. In the 42nd Parliament I was a member of a parliamentary majority. The 43rd Parliament will be quite different. While I am still part of the government, we are in a minority situation, meaning that we will be relying more heavily on co-operation with other parties in order to pass legislation of benefit to Canadians. Our ability to enact the programs we put forward during the campaign will depend on the support of MPs from the other political parties. While there will be no formal coalition, we will be working with the other parties on a case by case basis. As a government we will be continually listening to Canadians and addressing the most pressing issues. Finally, I’d like to remind you that the flu vaccine is now available. For most people, it is as simple as visiting your local pharmacy. For people at higher risk, a visit to your doctor will ensure that you are provided with the appropriate dose of the vaccine. Remember, it is not just your own health that you are protecting, but also the health of others with whom you come in contact daily who might be at risk if you get the flu and pass it on to them.

is the single biggest issue facing our country and our planet and the time for action is now. Last spring, I was proud to second Bill C-454, introduced by my friend Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, that called on the government to join the global community in committing to net-zero emissions by 2050, which is crucial to keeping warming below 1.5°C. This became a key party promise in the election including the measures required to achieve it. Along with a price on pollution, we will be planting

billions of trees, retrofitting millions of homes to be more energy efficient, banning single-use plastics, investing in green technology, and ensuring a fair and just transition away from fossil fuels. This work is critical to ensuring that we leave a healthy planet for our children and grandchildren. These are my top priorities based on what I heard from constituents over the last four years and throughout the election. There is always more to do for our community and our

country. We will continue to work hard to make your lives better and move our country forward. Thank you once again for showing your confidence in me and my vision for Canada, and I hope to make you proud as I continue to represent you in Ottawa. To learn more about the work I am doing here in the riding and in Ottawa, please visit my website,, email me at Raj., or call me at 519-741-2001. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Public Input Meetings on the 2020 Regional Budget

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


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Q. One of our directors has offered to do the cleaning in our building. He says he enjoys cleaning and would do a good job. Can the board pay a fellow director for cleaning duties or is this against the condo act? A. If the board feels they need to hire someone for the cleaning it would be better if that person is an employee of the corporation that is entitled to benefits under the Workers Compensation Insurance Act. This way the employee cannot sue the corporation as a result of a workplace accident. What if

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Watch out for your neighbour

heard recently of a few break-ins in our Ionhave neighbourhood. Thankfully it hasn’t happened my street, but there are things we all can do to keep thieves away. At night it is important to keep a few lights on outside ALL night. With LED lights this is a very inexpensive way to provide security for your home. Imagine if everyone did it on your street! Keep an eye out for unfamiliar vehicles that are parked on your street. I know what kind of cars my neighbours drive and when someone should or should not be at their house. I know

their cell numbers and can contact them when something doesn’t look right. When we are on holidays, they have a key to my home and bring in the mail and my newspaper and make my house look like someone is home. I will shovel their snow or cut their grass if they are away when it needs to be done. When away don’t post pictures on social media about your trip until you are back at home. By looking out for one another we will make our communities a better place to live and work.





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your fellow director falls on a wet floor and is seriously injured? This director would not be entitled to benefits and is not prohibited from suing the corporation. What about the property manager who is in charge of day-to-day supervision of the cleaning staff? She or he may feel uncomfortable supervising the director if the job is not completed up to proper standards. The Condominium Act also requires a director, who has a direct or indirect interest in any cleaning or other type of contract to disclose the interest and to refrain from taking part in any discussion or voting regarding the contract Once your director discloses his or her interest regarding a cleaning contract, the board may approve the contract in the absence of that particular director. This procedure would satisfy the requirements of the Act. The Condominium Act of Ontario does not prohibit a director from becoming a

cleaner. However, it is usually the norm for the board to put out tenders to cleaning companies or professional private cleaners that carry liability insurance. Even though your director has good intentions there is so much to think about before agreeing to this type of arrangement. The board of directors could be held liable for a negligent act of this director if the unexpected should happen. Prior to making any final decision the board must do their homework to see if this type of arrangement would work or not? It is imperative that proper insurance and safety measures are in place in order to avoid any serious consequences if your board goes forward with this. Good luck! Marilyn Lincoln is a condo owner, director and author of The Condominium Self Management Guide 2nd ed. Email: marilyncondoguide@hotmail. com with questions.


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SIMPLE RECIPES FOR A BUSY LIFE STYLE This is an impressive way to serve pumpkin, but it requires an investment of time.

FRIED PUMPKIN CHIPS about 2 pounds pumpkin, peeled and seeded ¼ cup flour ½ teaspoon coarse sea salt ¾ to 1 teaspoon cayenne powder, or to taste 1 cup milk 2 cups vegetable oil for deep-frying about ¼ cup coarsely-chopped fresh cilantro or parsley, for garnish Cut the pumpkin into slices that are no more than 1/8-inch thick; then cut the slices into small rectangles that measure 1-inch by ½ inch. In a bowl, stir together with a fork or a whisk the flour, salt, and about ¼-teaspoon of the cayenne powder. Into another bowl, pour the milk. One at a time, dip the pumpkin pieces into the milk, then into the flour mixture to coat. Shake off the excess flour. Heat the oil to about 370 degrees F. Without crowding, in small batches fry the pumpkin pieces until they are crisp, stirring gently so the pieces cook evenly – about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove pieces with a slotted spoon, and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle the chips with the remaining cayenne powder. In the hot oil, cook the cilantro or parsley leaves in a large strainer for about 5 seconds. Drain briefly on paper towels, then sprinkle over the pumpkin chips and serve immediately.

With winter approaching, hot, cooked cereals are welcome eye-openers and heart-warmers!

CEREAL MIX 2 cups medium cracked wheat (bulgur) 1 cup rolled oats ¼ cup wheat germ ½ cup wheat bran 1 cup cornmeal Stir to combine well. The mixture will keep for months if stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. To cook one serving: 1 cup water dash of salt 1/3 cup cereal mix Bring water to a full, rolling boil; add cereal mix slowly, while stirring constantly. Cook and stir for a couple of minutes over medium heat; reduce heat to low, cover the pot, and cook for about 10 min-

utes, stirring occasionally. Or: cook cereal in a double boiler over boiling water. Stir for the first couple of minutes, then cover, lower heat, and cook for 15 or 20 minutes (no need to stir). Serve immediately with milk or cream, and your choice of sweetener.

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

Allow two drumsticks per person for this dish.

BRONZED CHICKEN 8 chicken drumsticks 4 garlic cloves, peeled and cut into halves 1 tablespoon vegetable oil ½ cup cider vinegar ¼ cup soy sauce 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns 1 bay leaf Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat and brown chicken well on all sides. Remove each drumstick from the skillet as it is browned; do not crowd them. After all chicken pieces have been browned, cook garlic in the skillet over low heat, until golden (do not allow to burn). To the skillet add the cider vinegar, soy sauce, peppercorns, bay leaf and stir to combine. Add the browned chicken and juices; simmer, covered over low heat, for about 15 minutes. Raise heat to moderate; uncover skillet and cook, turning chicken occasionally, until the sauce has thickened and coats the chicken pieces – about 15 minutes. Good with rice.

You may double this recipe if needed. Use it as you would use apple butter – on toast, pancakes or muffins or as a topping for desserts, etc.

APPLE-PEAR BUTTER 2 quarts good-quality apple cider 1 ½ pounds ripe pears 1 pound tart apples Boil cider in a large kettle until it is reduced to half. Do not peel or core the pears and apples, but chop them coarsely and add to the kettle. Boil until the mixture has become a thick pulp. Watch carefully. Force through a sieve to puree. If you want perfectly smooth apple-pear butter, then pour the puree into a blender or food processor, and process until smooth. Store covered in the refrigerator.

CREATE YOUR SPACE IN THE MARKETPLACE! The Marketplace is an accessible, 2,000 square foot multi-use community facility with a full-sized commercial kitchen. It is located on the upper level of the Kitchener Market and is perfect for accommodating a wide variety of events including meetings and team building sessions, birthdays, bridal and baby showers, and cooking classes. Our rental packages cover a variety of options and price points, or you can work with our staff to customize your own, personalized rental situation. For more information and pricing, you can call the Market or visit


Liberal incumbent Raj Saini wins Kitchener Centre BY CARRIE DEBRONE


iberal party Incumbent Raj Saini was re-elected as Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre during the 2019 October 21 federal election. Earlier polling results had predicted a close race between Saini and Green Party candidate Mike Morrice, but Saini was declared the winner before 11pm when the count showed he had almost 40 per cent of the votes. Morrice took second place followed by Conservative candidate Stephen Woodworth and NDP candidate Andrew Moraga. The riding has a population of 105,260 residents. The Liberals captured 36.6 per cent of the vote, while the Greens took 26 per cent. They were followed by the Conservatives with 24 per cent and the NDP with 11.1 per cent. Morrice, who had been working on his election campaign for months credited the dedication of his more than 350 volunteers for allowing him to so ably meet his challengers.

Liberal incumbent Raj Saini captured Kitchener Centre in the Oct. 21 federal election. He thanked his election campaign volunteers during the party on election night.

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Green Party candidate Mike Morrice with his campaign manager Asha Philar. The Green’s came second in Kitchener Centre in the Oct. 21 federal election.

DECEMBER WORKSHOPS DIY Holiday Urn Planters (16+ yrs)

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Province opts out of amalgamation


he provincial government says it has no plans to change the setup of municipal governments across Ontario. On October 25, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark announced the next steps in the Regional Government Review. The province committed to partner with municipalities, support local decision-making and provide funding to assist municipalities in their ongoing efforts to modernize service delivery. “This is welcome news from Minister Clark and Premier Ford,” said Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “It is clear through today’s announcement, that the government is demonstrating their commitment to local decision-making and will not be taking a top-down approach to modernization.” The City of Kitchener says it collaborated closely with Minister Clark and the Special Advisors, Michael Fenn and Ken Seiling, since the launch of the Regional Government Review. They say the mayor, council and

staff worked closely with area municipalities, heard from residents, engaged local MPPs, commissioned public opinion research, and met with the Minister and Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “While we recognize there are a range of opinions on the shape of municipal government, a majority of residents told us they like our existing local-decision making structure and want to see more supports for making our service delivery even more efficient,” said Vrbanovic. Earlier this year, the City of Kitchener commissioned a statistically representative survey of Kitchener residents about the review. When asked about the structure of their local government, they report that 8 of 10 Kitchener residents said they are satisfied with their two-tier government in Waterloo Region. “The province’s approach is very much in line with what we heard from Kitchener residents,” said Vrbanovic. Waterloo Region has a long history of successfully collaborating on shared pri-

orities. Area municipalities are currently in discussions to explore more service delivery opportunities in pursuit of cost savings and optimization. And currently Kitchener is undertaking its own service review of fleet and facilities to find efficiencies. The $143-million announced for audits and modernization will make the cost of service delivery reviews much less onerous for municipalities. “This new funding will help area municipalities further explore opportunities and will help us improve municipal service delivery; avoid duplication of activities; reduce costs; optimize infrastructure investments; and position the communities within our region to compete effectively on the global stage – now, and well into the future,” Vrbanovic said. “The City of Kitchener is grateful for the work of Michael Fenn and Ken Seiling as Special Advisors. They are respected municipal leaders and I have no doubt that their work has helped shape the government’s direction.”

COMMUNITY CALENDAR HOLLY AND IVY CHRISTMAS SALE – the Garden Club of Kitchener-Waterloo presents the Holly and Ivy Christmas Sale on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 10am to 2pm at First United Church, 16 William St. W, Waterloo. Sale includes fresh planters and floral designs, handcrafted Christmas items and a tea room. No debit or credit accepted. For more information contact Gay Anderson 519-893-6827. LOVE OF MUSIC MARATHON – Saturday, November 9, 2019, First United Church, King St. S and William, Waterloo from 10:00am to 5:00pm with 300 musicians young and old, amateur and professional, offer a daylong series of concerts featuring all genres of music. Presented by the KWS Volunteer Committee. Free Admission. Donations in support of the K-W Symphony are welcome. For more information go to SING NOEL – A Christmas Cantata, December 8 and 9 at 7:30pm at the Centre in the Square, 101 Queen St. N. Kitchener. A music celebration, a collection of contemporary music and carols intertwined celebrating our Christian faith. Featuring the 125 voice Festival Choir, Children’s Chorus , soloists and the KW Symphony Orchestra along with guitarist singer/songwriter Jacob Moon, and singers Brandon Leis and Marion Samuel-Stevens. Tickets are available at the center’s box office or online at 519-578-1570 ELORA SINGERS CHORAL CONCERT – The first solo concert performance by The Elora Singers is a can’t miss opportunity. On November 17th, we perform two cantatas from Dietrich Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri, an iconic sacred work of the German Baroque. Along with these two cantatas, and for the first time in Canada, we will perform two modern responses to these cantatas. One by Pulitzer prizewinner Caroline Shaw, and the other by the Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir. On December 8th, join us back at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Fergus for our offering of Handel’s Messiah, with brilliant soloists drawn from The Elora

Singers. Close your eyes and be swept away as you share in this seasonal favourite! On December 17th and 18th join us for Festival of Carols, there are four concerts across the two days but this one is always a favourite, so be sure to get your tickets early before newcomers beat you to your favourite seat! For tickets to these events call 519-846-0331. ART$PAY MEMBER ART SHOW & SALE – ART$Pay is a non-profit initiative with a mission to connect visual artists with opportunities, community and advocate for fair pay. Now with over 145 artist members, the BIG annual Art$Pay Member Art Show & Sale is being held in a larger venue at LOT42 on Nov.8 ad 9. Enjoy a juried exhibition of original art selected from over 140 Art$Pay artist members, a special juried student artist display and much MORE. Nov. 8 Opening Reception 6 – 7pm with Flamenco guitarist sensation Juneyt. Watch an aerialist from Articus Productions dangle above the crowd between 7 and 8pm.Dancers from the award-winning District Dance Company will be there to surprise guests. Liaison College of Culinary Arts student chefs offer finger foods created in response to the art. Cash bar operated by B Hospitality $25 Reception Ticket – good for entry both days! On SATURDAY NOVEMBER 9 FROM 1-4PM the SHOW CONTINUES.$5 Cash Only at the door, children 12 and under free. Location: LOT 42 Flex Campus, 80 Ton Room, 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener. FOR EVENT DETAILS, MAP & TICKETS CONTACT ANNUAL JUSTICE DINNER – On Thursday, November 14th, at Lot 42 starting at 5:30pm, the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council (WRCPC) is hosting its 41st Annual Justice Dinner: Imagine a Community Where Every Voice Matters. This year the WRCPC is engaging many voices from across our region in celebration of diversity. Hosted by Mike Farwell, radio host and the play-by-play voice of the Continued on page 16...


Community Christmas Bazaar with Nativity Tree Display

Soup and Bun Lunch Sat. Nov. 30 • 8 am – 1 pm

Hope Lutheran Church 30 Shaftsbury Dr, Kitchener (corner of Ottawa and Heritage Dr.)

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Community Church Listing St James’-Rosemount United 171 Sherwood Ave., Kitchener (519) 742-1002 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Lunch served following service on the third Sunday of every month. Nursery, Sunday School, Youth Group, Wed. Night Bible study Kitchener Gospel Temple-Pentecostal 9 Conway Dr. (at River Rd), Kitchener (519) 894-5999 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Mid-week activities for all ages. Kitchener East Presbyterian 10 Zeller Drive, Kitchener (519) 748-9786 Reverend: Mark S. Richardson Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Nursery and Sunday School provided Sonshine Corner, Thursdays from 9 - 11 a.m. Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran 322 East Avenue (at Stirling), Kitchener (519) 742-5812 Sunday Service: (Sept. - June) 8:30 and 11 a.m., (July-Aug.) 9:30 a.m. 9:45 a.m. - 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 a.m. Worship Service Sunday Morning Fellowship Bible Study 11:15 a.m. Adult Bible Study 11:15 a.m. Sunday School (JK –Grade 12) Breslau Evangelical Missionary Church 102 Woolwich St., Breslau (519) 648-2712 Sunday Worship Service: 10 a.m. 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 a.m. ALL WELCOME! Nexus Church Meets in The Conrad Center - 36 King St W. Kitchener Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. Kids programs (0-12yrs) offered during service. All are welcome!

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Notes from City Hall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Kitchener artist uses found items to tap into viewer’s imaginations BY CARRIE DEBRONE


itchener artist Susan Coolen loves collections. She loves them so much she’s made it her life’s work to collect things she finds in nature, things that have been thrown away, or things in her environment and arrange them into connected groupings that tap

into viewer’s imaginations – often making them see the world in a different way. Viewing her work is very much like reading a book, where the author’s words spark the reader’s own image of what’s presented. “I always had an urge to explore the world visually and I have an interest in public art.

I love exploring the things I collect artistically and then putting them out into the world. I’m interested to see how people respond to them, to see if other people see what I see. If they do I feel like we’re kindred spirits on some level. Even I don’t get everything I do. I often discover things in my work long after it’s finished,” she laughed. Influenced by famous artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Louise Bourgeois, Coolen has been creating art for decades. Growing up in Nova Scotia, Coolen often walked the shoreline as a child collecting shells or other items that had washed ashore. Now, she often finds hidden meaning and even beauty in the things others throw away. Several years ago she collected about 40,000 shards of old dishes from a low-tide bay in her home village. She carefully arranged them into traditional quilt patterns and her resulting work became part of the National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography’s travelling national exhibit in 2000 - 2002. Coolen holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Concordia in Montreal, and a Masters in Fine Arts in Photography from Columbia College in Chicago and her work has been included in solo and group exhibits in Canada, the United States

Standing in her studio, Kitchener artist Susan Coolen holds one of her graphic design style works.

and Europe. Coolen was the City of Kitchener’s Artist in Residence in 2013, working on The Litter-Arti Project. For this project she collected litter such as drive-through restaurant’s cardboard drink trays, plastic rings that keep beer cans together, hubcaps and drinking straws. She then created art exhibited along the


Good Talk by Mira Jacob

Reviewed by: Kristin Johnson-Perlock, Information Services Manager

Iron Horse Trail and at Kitchener City Hall. Using her background in graphic design and fine art, she scanned, photographed, and drew images of this collection of debris using a computer, including video and digital animation. She also produced books of all of the images, something she does for all her art pieces, ...continued on next page

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

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

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


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

As the 2013 City of Kitchener’s Artist-in-Residence Susan Coolen created exhibits made from trash.

animals. “I’m constantly looking on the ground but I don’t go out to collect a specific item. I just respond to what’s in my environment,” she said. She has boiled dead fish to get their skeletons and mummified their eyeballs. After taking digital photographs of the eyeballs she saw that they looked like planets floating in deep space. They became the inspiration for one of

her iconic exhibitions ‘Alien Orbs.’ As a CAFKA artist she presented an alien sperm and ova display in the Kitchener City Hall pool. Working from her studio at 742 King St. W. in Kitchener, which she has shared with her architect partner Michael Brisson for the last 14 years, Coolen is currently working on a project involving puddles and their “effluvium.”

Spending a lot of time around abandoned buildings, industrial sites and derelict environments, capturing what she sees with photography, and through drawings and computer graphics she’s exploring the shape of puddles, the reflections in them and finding out what happens when she “intervenes” adding colours or other substances to them. She searches out places where puddles form even photographing the puddles left when the city dumps plowed snow. “I don’t aim to tell people anything with my art, but because I like to make the process and how I produce it public people have many points of entry to discover what it’s all about,” she said. “I’m willing to live more frugally to be able to do this type of art,” she said. When she’s not producing her own art, Coolen is a

Downtown Kitchener Ambassador, has worked for other artists, has worked on design-related projects for KWAG and serves on several public art committees. * * * Some of her most recent work is currently on display at the Robert Langen Art Gallery at Wilfrid Laurier University. The Lost & Found LIFT Series exhibit featuring artists Susan Coolen, Agnes Niewiadomski and Paul Roorda can be found on floors four to six in the Laurier Library and will be available for viewing until Aug. 1, 2020. The exhibit features an assemblage of found objects. Like the Curiosity Cabinets so popular in the 16th century, these collections of rare or unusual objects tell stories about the oddities of the natural world.

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

1-855-drayton (372-9866) TRICK OR TREAT TIME - While it was cold and wet outside, it was warm and dry inside Kitchener fire stations on Hallowe’en night where treats were being handed out. From left: James, Wesley and Lindsay Gordon, Kitchener Fire Platoon Chief Greg Willett, and Jude, Mircea, and Joanna Pop at Fire Station 7 on Huron Road. Photo by Helen Hall

Elf: The Musical

Sleeping Beauty: The Panto


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Kitchener Rangers, dinner guests will enjoy music, visual art and a film to learn why it matters for community safety that all voices deserve to be heard. The dinner will be featuring the Buddy Choir, Mino Ode Kwewak N´Gamowak: Good Hearted Women Singers, and KW Glee Junior Choir. A short film and a regional mural will be unveiled featuring unique voices from across the community. For more information, please contact Julie Thompson, Community Engagement, Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council, 519-575-4400 ext. 3548, email: jthompson@ CANADIAN WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR EXHIBIT – at Schneider Haus National Historic Site. The travelling exhibit features award-winning wildlife photographs promoting the beauty, diversity, value, and vulnerability of wildlife by highlighting the most striking and unique photography depicting natural subjects. The exhibit includes the 30 winning photographs from the Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year Contest organized by Canadian Geographic in partnership with the Canadian Museum of Nature and the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada. Judges selected the top photos from close to 3,800 entries. The photos will be on view until April 26, 2020. Schneider Haus is located at 466 Queen Street South in downtown Kitchener. For more information visit or call 519-742-7752.
 SUNNYSIDE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS LIKE YOU! Do you enjoy simple woodworking? We have an opportunity for you to share

your hobby with others so they can experience it too. Sunnyside is looking for volunteers to do woodworking projects with participants in our Community Alzheimer Program once a week. Groups are held Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings. If one of these days work for you, please call Janice Klassen at 519-893-8494 ext. 6372 or apply at WINTER WARMER DONATION DRIVE – CineSeries is pleased to announce an important partnership with Cambridge Shelter Corporation, The Bridges, for a Winter Warmer Donation Drive at the final film screening of the fall season Wild Nights with Emily, on Wednesday, November 20, 7:30pm at Cambridge Centre’s Galaxy Cinemas, the CineSeries team will be collecting winter gloves and toques, socks and underwear and coffee so they can continue to provide programs, supports and services for anyone in the community experiencing or at risk of homelessness. A team member from The Bridges will attend the screening to discuss the impact the community has in assisting Cambridge Shelter Corporation, and to answer questions. Tickets cost $12.00 + hst and can be purchased in advance at The CineSeries team will collect all donations on site at the event. For full details on each film and screening events, visit and the festival’s Facebook Page. 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 11-15 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 WORTH A SECOND LOOK – The Working Centre’s thrift store, 97 Victoria Street North, Kitchener has completed renovations. Come and see the fresh, new look! The store 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 – Fish Fry – EVERY FRIDAY at the Schwaben Club Keller, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Fish Fry. Serving Breaded Fish, Pan Fried Fish as well as Schnitzel. All dinners are served with creamy coleslaw and choice of French Fries or German potato salad. Fridays & Wednesdays KARAOKE with Randall Kuhn’s ”The Musicscene” at the Schwaben Cub. Come and enjoy. Singing & dancing, making more friends, good food & beverages. Pub Food available. Fridays 8:30 p.m. – until close Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Table Tennis – EVERY TUESDAY at the Schwaben Club at 7 p.m. Should you be interested in a few trial games and see if you would like

to play it and have fun at the same time; then we would appreciate if you would contact Walter at 519-742-3372 or Ken at 519-894-6695. FREE COUNTRY LINE DANCING – EVERY WEDNESDAY at the Schwaben Club at 7 p.m. Lots of fun and good workout! Learn at your own pace. Instructor Steph is great! Learn new dances and review previously taught dances every week! Food and beverages available to purchase. Great night out! Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 – 84. Frauengruppe Gründungsfest (84th Ladies Auxiliary Anniversary) – at the Schwaben Club. Music by Wildbahn, Country Style Dinner, Hall opens 4:30 p.m. Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Frauengruppe Member: $24.00; Club Member: $34.00; Non-Member: $39.00; Child $15.00; (Child 9 & under free). Tickets available until Monday, November 18th, 2019. For tickets and more information, 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 519-8936320 ext. 235. Frederick Art Walk – Join us for a multihome walking tour in Kitchener’s Central Frederick Neighbourhood on Saturday, November 9, 2016 from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Local artisans invite you to this one-day event to view and purchase original works. For information on the artists and a map visit

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