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Saint Kateri school raising money to buy gifts for prisoners’ children By CARRIE DEBRONE

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tudents at Saint Kateri Catholic Elementary School in Kitchener have embarked on a project to help the children of prisoners at Kitchener’s Grand Valley Institute for Women (GVI). Students at the school, located on Pioneer Drive a few blocks from the prison, are raising funds to purchase gifts that will be given to the women prisoner’s children this summer. In June, the prison holds a day where prison mothers visit with their children and give them gifts supplied via a project organized through the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council. Later the prisoners write a personal thank you letter to the gift donors. Students have also raised money for art supplies that are needed for a prison art program where prisoners create art that is sold to raise money for local charity. Saint Kateri school students are also holding a skirt drive to collect anklelength skirts that Aboriginal women prisoners need to wear during traditional Aboriginal spiritual ceremonies. “We’re literally in the backyard of the prison,” said Lee-Anne Gruber, teacher and coordinator of the school’s Me to We team that spearheads the students’ charitable work. “It fits in well with our values here at the school that teach children to be char-

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itable and to help allow people to be the best they can be,” Gruber said. Saint Kateri School principal Bill Haber said he considered helping the prison inmates after talking with a friend who works with Community Justice Initiatives, an organization that helps prisoners successfully reintegrate into society before and after release. “I brought the idea to the school council, staff and students and they agreed that we should help.” Haber considers the partnership between the school and the prison a “natural fit.” “We want to try and dispel some of the mythical beliefs of what goes on beyond that chain link fence over there and break down some physiological barriers. The women there are part of our community. A lot of women at GVI are moms with school-aged children. Maybe people don’t like to think about that, but that’s the reality,” he said. There is also a connection between the school’s name and the substantial Aboriginal population at the prison. The local school changed its name from Blessed Kateri to Saint Kateri in November 2012 in honour of the first Native North American Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, who was canonized on Oct. 12, 2012. Saint Kateri is the patron of people who love nature, work in ecology and work to preserve natural and human environments.

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Canadian Cancer Society volunteers Mildred Harrington (left) and Sandy Gamble, who have sold Daffodil Days daffodils for about 30 years, ran a busy booth outside Zehrs at Stanley Park Mall on April 6. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Canadian Cancer Society. See story on page 21.


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Just as scary outside BY CARRIE DEBRONE

One of the most difficult things facing women who have been in prison is successful reintegration into society after their release. There are few companies willing to offer former prisoners jobs, few low-income housing options, little support for mental health or addiction issues they may still face, and almost no support for former women prisoners who are often the sole providers for their children.

Women who are released from prison need jobs that will pay them enough money to allow them to look after themselves and their families– but how can they find a job? Who will hire them? Who will take the risk to help? If they can get involved in local businesses, education and training programs while they are serving their prison terms, they will likely have a better chance of being successful when they are released. Currently over 80 social agencies, schools, churches and local organizations work

with Grand Valley Institute for Women (GVI) in Kitchener to help prisoners get onto a productive path. GVI also has 200 volunteers involved directly with prisoners in chaplaincy, recreational, leisure, support and programoriented activities. Many prisoners work on educational upgrading to achieve grade 12. There are currently over 90 women involved in education, with 19 women on a waitlist to start attending school, and 23 involved in post secondary studies and through partner-

The Warden of Kitchener’s Grand Valley Institute for Women Nancy Kinsman (left) and Kelly Blanchette, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Women, Correctional Service of Canada, both spoke at the March 20 forum.

ships with Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Toronto, which provide courses for “inside” incarcerated students and “outside” social work students to work on under and post graduate credits. While acknowledging that the prison system has made great strides in recent years towards successful reintegration, many say it is not enough. If society wants to help prisoners change from a life of crime to become responsible members of society, the community must step up. Many, many more community partners are needed to offer opportunities to incarcerated women before they are released – that’s the message

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sent from five current and released Grand Valley Institute women prisoners. “We’re not bad people. Just people who made bad choices, an inmate Jade said. And their message was echoed by the institute’s warden, Nancy Kinsman, and the Acting Deputy Commissioner for Women, Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), Kelly Blanchette who were also guest speakers at the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council’s 4th Annual Forum for Federally Sentenced Women, Celebrating and Enhancing Community Connections. This was held March 20 at the Victoria Park Pavilion. The forum hosted by the

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Waterloo Region Crime Preven- dergone 6 residential expansions. Two tion Council, invited people from so- years ago there was a sharp increase cial agencies, local businesses, school from 120 to 190 prisoners incarcerated boards, and universities to be part of a there. To meet this need, some rooms discussion about how to provide work became shared accommodation and a experience and education to women in portable housing unit was added to accommodate up to 16 women. Currently prison. “The safe transition of these women most of the women live in two storey into the community is a key goal of houses that they share with about 10 the CSC,” said Blanchette, adding “We can’t do it alone. We must partner “Change is possible but we need with the community.” supports in the community. The Blanchette said that more supports available the more new partnerships are needed especially in the more successful we will be...” areas of mental health and employment. Over 225 people, many from local so- other women. The new three-storey unit will have cial agencies and businesses, listened to the personal stories of five courageous several ‘ranges’, each with a common women who either are currently or had shared kitchen, living room area, shared been incarcerated at GVI, one of the washrooms and single bedrooms. The five regional facilities for federally sen- new unit will have several adjoining rooms to allow children to live with tenced women in Canada. Filled to capacity and overcrowded, their mothers. Candace, released from GVI two GVI will open a new 40-bed minimumyears ago, told her story of being on security unit this summer. The local prison was constructed in her own since she was 15 years old and 1997 with a capacity to house 70 wom- turning to a life of crime to support heren. Over the past 15 years it has un- self. While in prison she was separated from her daughter, with whom she has since been reunited. She said that by taking programs offered at the prison, and with the help of Women’s prison facts a good support worker there, she was reprovided at the forum: leased to a half-way house in Hamilton. She now works in retail and serves on • There are currently 341 federally the board of the Elizabeth Fry Society. sentenced women in Ontario She hopes to attend Conestoga College region. The current institutional and become a social worker. count at Grand Valley is 201, “Change is possible but we need supand the remainder are under ports in the community. The more supsupervision in the community. ports available the more successful we • Most women prisoners are will be, “ Candace said. considered low risk “Everyone deserves a second chance.” • The majority is serving sentences Tina, who entered prison six years of 3 years or under ago, said she felt hopeless in the begin• 25 women are serving life ning. sentences “I was told by a judge that I would die • The cost of incarceration is in a cage if I didn’t change,” she said. $211,086 per woman per year. A job at the Kitchener Waterloo Hu• 58% require some type of mental mane Society, where she works every health care day and returns to prison at night, has allowed her to get over her self-hatred, • More than 80% have experienced physical or sexual abuse she said. “Most of my life I felt hopeless and • 80% have some type of substance worthless. When I went to work there I abuse problem thought they would judge me, but they • 30% have finished high school showed me support. I felt accepted and • Many are single mothers and appreciated by strangers. They were often the sole providers in the compassionate,” she said. family She said the prison system needs to • Many of the women have offer more grants, bursaries and scholexperienced homelessness, arships for prisoners so that they can foster care and prostitution educate themselves and be ready to • Many suffer from low self-esteem work when they are released. • 20% of GVI’s population is Completing her BA this spring, Tina Aboriginal said she wished more prisoners could have the opportunity to work that she • 25% have self-identified as Black has had. • 15% have self-identified as Asian, “I feel unconditional love from the Latin American, Caribbean or animals and from my co-workers. The Filipino opportunities I have been given have • 13% are deportable upon release encouraged me to change my life and be successful,” she said.


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Community SPOTLIGHT

Sunnyside School teens use art to communicate their ideas on the world BY CARRIE DEBRONE

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ometimes the best way to communicate an idea is through art. No where was this more clear than at the sixth annual Sunnyside Senior Public School’s Teen and World Issues art exhibit featured at the Stanley Park Community Centre

March 23 to April 6. This year’s show, titled “Our Thoughts” featured original works of art by 90 grade 8 students, based on a youth’s perspective of important teen and world issues with a negative or positive outlook. “This show not only demonstrates the talent of our students but it shows real issues that our teens see or think about,” said Chantry Makinen, art teacher

at Sunnyside Public School. “Each year, I am impressed by the direction our students take with showing these ‘grown-up’ issues.” Topics included bullying, global warming, war, poverty, body issues and teen suicide. The students were allowed to create their work using any type of material, and display their thoughts

in any style of art to get their point across either abstractly or directly. The show featured a sample of work chosen from more than 250 created for the project. The remainder of the works is exhibited throughout Sunnyside Public School.

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Gang intervention program saved by regional funding aterloo regional councilW ors have saved the local inReach gang intervention program by granting it $426,770 that will enable it to continue to the end of 2013. If it did not receive the bailout money, the program would have had to close its doors two weeks ago. inReach is designed as a proactive attempt to decrease local gang activity and to understand and remove the conditions that allow gangs to develop. In the last three years it has counseled about 180 young people. Staff, supplied through local project partners, the John Howard Society of Waterloo Wellington, Lutherwood, Reaching Our Outdoor Friends (ROOF), St. Mary’s Counseling, Waterloo Re-

gional Police Service and the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council, help up to 60 local at-risk youth per year (and their families). The project provides addiction, job and education counseling to youth (13 to 24) who are referred by social workers, police, and schools. The regional money has given the program a few months to continue its search for permanent funding. ”We’re looking under every rock and carpet hoping that someone has a passion for this kind of work,” said Christiane Sadeler, Executive Director of the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council. The program received a one-time federal grant of $3.8-million in 2010, which was supposed to fund it for three years. Sadeler said that the pro-

gram was frugal with the money and had $800,000 left at the end of three year funding term. However, under treasury board rules, the money has to all be spent in the three years or returned. “We agreed to return the $800,000 to the federal government with the hope that, as they have sometimes done in other communities, they would maybe return some of it to us so we could continue the program. By January we still had heard nothing from the government so we approached the region to ask for a grant,” Sadeler explained, adding that 40 youth attended regional council at the budget meeting as a delegation to request the local funding. “That just showed the level of commitment by the youth towards this program. We didn’t ask them to go, they just

Public to be consulted on casino

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he City of Kitchener will hold a public meeting on April 23 at 6pm to ask the public for input on whether Kitchener should offer to become home to a casino. An additional public consultation session could be held on April 30 if there is enough demand. Staff will report back to council on May 13 for a decision on the issue. OLG’s guidelines require that a community consultation be held before a municipality passes a resolution of explicit municipal consent to host a gaming site. If council determines that the city is not willing to host an OLG gaming site, it may do so with or

without public consultation. The OLG was directed by the Province of Ontario to modernize. OLG’s new strategic plan includes a plan to build five new gaming facilities within 29 gaming zones. One of the five zones includes Kitchener and much of the Region of Waterloo, as well as the municipality of Centre Wellington. A regional information session on June 4, 2012, presented the opportunity to municipalities in the affected gaming zones. To date, Woolwich council voted 4-1 to confirm its interest in hosting a gaming site. Waterloo council decided in

favour of an online community consultation. The City of Cambridge and Wilmot Township have expressed that they are not willing to host the gaming site. The April 23 public meeting will be held in the council chambers. Delegations must register by 5pm on April 17 and will be given five minutes to speak. An online survey will also be available on the city’s website kitchener.ca from April 15 to May 1, 2013. Paper copies of the survey will also be available at Kitchener community centres and city hall.

wanted to go.” “We have made great strides in the neighbourhoods where it was determined through a needs assessment that this program was needed most. We want to continue this program and these youth aren’t going to just go away. These problems have taken decades to develop in our society and they can’t be easily fixed. It takes time,” Sadeler said. NIKE • ADIDAS • SAUCONY • SUGOI • NEVADOS • BROOKS • CONVERSE • AIRWALK & MORE

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MPP Harris wants to see roundabouts included in Highway Traffic Act BY HELEN HALL

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aterloo Regional Police (WRP) officers can’t enforce legislation that doesn’t exist. That is the reason the local police force supports an idea by Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris to have a section on roundabouts added to the Highway Traffic Act. Staff Sgt. Scott Diefenbaker, who is head of the WRP Traffic Services Branch, said the law enforcement community would like to see the Highway Traffic Act outline the rules for roundabouts, and “clearly define that a pedestrian has the right of way once they enter a roundabout.” Local roundabouts include a yield to pedestrians sign that is not included in Regulation 615 of the Highway Traffic

Act, and therefore cannot be enforced by police. “We can only enforce legislation,” Diefenbaker said. Harris tabled his private member’s bill, the Safe Roundabout Act, on March 28. “To maintain driver safety, we need to ensure provincewide traffic laws are in place for all areas, including roundabouts. Whether it’s in Ottawa or Hamilton or Waterloo Region, drivers should be able to apply the same rules of the road when manoeuvring through these intersections,” Harris said at an April 3 press conference at the roundabout at Homer Watson Boulevard and Block Line Road in Kitchener. Harris has also called on the Minister of Transportation to include roundabout testing on the G2 and G road exams.

“The rising number of collisions and the resulting increase in public anxiety clearly demonstrates the need to take action,” Harris said. “A critical component of making our roads safer starts with creating clear guidelines. But we also need to ensure drivers are properly trained. That’s why I have recommended that further information on roundabouts be added to the Driver’s Handbook and that drivers be required to enter and exit these intersections on their road tests.” Diefenbaker said that because Waterloo Region is “a leader in the design and implementation of roundabouts,” the WRP force is receiving phone calls from other police departments in Ontario asking for advice about dealing with roundabouts.

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anadians pay some of the highest cell phone fees and are forced into some of the worst contracts in the industrialized world. Our broken cell phone market limits our use of mobile Internet technologies, and with it our creativity and entrepreneurship. Providing more choice for Canadians is crucial to innovation, and the success of our economy. Canadians suffer from poor service because three big cell phone conglomerates control nearly 94% of the market. This means more control for Big Telecom and higher prices and less choice for you and your family. The Industry Minister, Christian Para-

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dis, has the ability to enforce the government’s rules for cell phone service but so far he has refused to do so. Canadians are standing up to Big Telecom, and telling Paradis we expect him to create sensible rules that favour choice and innovation. Tens of thousands of Canadians have already told Industry Minister Paradis to stop Big Telecom from killing affordability in Canada’s mobile Internet and cell phone market at www.demandchoice.ca We’ve faced years of rampant cell phone price-gouging, restrictive contracts, and customer service mistreatment. We need to fix our broken cell phone market, not make it worse.

Big Telecom executives have a sense of entitlement that is bad for our digital economy and our country as a whole. The government’s decision about wireless spectrum is a rare chance to change a bad situation, and unlock the potential of our digital economy. These scarce public spectrum assets should be invested in our digital future. I encourage each and every Canadian to learn more at www.DemandChoice. ca, and read OpenMedia.ca’s study about Canada’s dysfunctional cellphone market at www.openmedia.ca/UpgradeCanada George Rezk, Kitchener Citizen

Consolidated emergency dispatch services

various emergency agencies, such as: Kitchener Fire, Cambridge Fire, EMS and Police. In 2008, a dispatch model review working group was established and tasked with the responsibility of identifying ways our emergency management system could be more efficient. After countless hours of research and review the group determined that it April 11, 2013 l Kitchener Citizen - West Edition l Page 21 would be best to consolidate our Emergency Services DisWelcome to the Kitchener Citizen’s patch. A consolidated dispatch for this Region would mean one fully integrated communications centre. If this consolidation were WIN TWO FREE TICKETS THAT CAN BE USED AT ANY implemented, our Fire, PoDRAYTON ENTERTAINMENT 2013 SEASON PERFORMANCE! lice and Emergency Medical Simply be the first to email debrone@sympatico.ca the Services (EMS) would be correct answer to this question to win: working under one common What local actress, who was also a finalist in the CBC’s hit reality dispatch model. This model TV series Over the Rainbow contest, will play the title role in Drayton Entertainment’s coming production of Peter Pan? would bring all communicators and dispatch operators The Kitchener Citizen is offering you the opportunity to enter every month from April until August. Winning tickets may be used for any together, rather than simply performance at any of the following Drayton Entertainment venues, co-locating between differduring the 2013 season: ent agencies. Other benefits Dunfield Theatre Cambridge** to the centralized dispatch St. Jacobs Country Playhouse would mean that our reSchoolhouse Theatre sponders would be able to King’s Wharf Theatre get assistance to those in Drayton Festival Theatre need, in the shortest amount Huron Country Playhouse Playhouse II of time. By establishing this dispatch system, 9-1-1 com* Tickets must be booked in advance. Performance dates and times are subject to availability. **This offer excludes “Mary Poppins” at the Dunfield municators and all operators Theatre in Cambridge. would also be working from To see what exciting shows Drayton Entertainment has in store for you this the same technology platseason call 1-855-DRAYTON (372-9866) or visit www.draytonentertainment. com. The ticket winners will be announced in the Kitchener Citizen each month. forms. This would eliminate the possibility of misinforn an emergency, our Paramedics, Police and Fire fighters are responsible for providing assistance to our community. They are the first to respond to a call and arrive at the scene. Currently our 9-1-1 operator’s work out of Police Headquarters and our dispatch locations are located across the sites of

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mation between operators, and responders would have greater access to critical safety information. The way in which 9-1-1 calls are answered would not change substantially, but in a consolidated, fully integrated communications centre, the call-takers and dispatchers would all be trained to handle a police, fire, or medical emergency call. All area municipalities currently work together. However, with a fully integrated consolidated model this could result in faster response times as there would no longer be delay in downstreaming or re-routing calls from the 9-1-1 call centre to other agencies. In the next several months the working group will be developing an implementation plan that will cover such things as, governance, labour relations and technology. Their goal is to provide proposed costs to each council (municipal and regional) before 2014. I am looking forward to seeing the final project plan and encourage this proposal. If approved the consolidation of our emergency dispatch call centre would affect this entire region in a positive way. The Region of Waterloo has made a commitment to providing excellent public service by meeting the needs of those who we serve. This proposal reinforces the Regions commitment to service excellence and continued development of an inclusive, thriving and sustainable community. Geoff Lorentz Waterloo Regional Councillor

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PROVINCIAL ISSUES by John Milloy MPP – Kitchener Centre

like to update you on a few Icial’dnews items from the provingovernment…

Wandering Prevention Program When speaking with constituents I have heard concerns for the safety of their loved ones with dementia. That is why I am pleased that the new Ontario government is helping keep Waterloo Region’s seniors and people with dementia safe by ensuring their families, caregivers and the community are prepared to act in case they go missing. With support from the province, the Alzheimer Society of Ontario is launching the new Finding Your Way Wandering Prevention Program. The province is also providing support for the Ontario Police College to develop and deliver police training that incorporates wandering prevention into the police curriculum. The wandering prevention program is a part of Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors and supports the new Ontario government’s efforts to ensure a safe and fair society for all. More information about the program can be found at www. findingyourwayontario.ca The first of its kind in Canada, the program will raise aware-

ness of risks for people with dementia and enhance the community response in case they go missing. This new program will go a long way to raise awareness of the risks of people with dementia going missing and help caregivers prevent missing incidents and crises before they occur. It’s also available in several languages, which will make it easier to reach Waterloo Region’s diverse population. The kits will include an identification form with space for a recent photo and physical description that can be shared with police in an emergency. Practical tips help you safe-proof your home and immediate environment without restricting the mobility of the person in your care. Step-by-step tips let you know what to do if a family member goes missing and what to do when you are re-united, including a list of important emergency numbers to call such as Ontario 2-1-1. Resources and support are also available at any Alzheimer Society in Ontario.

Celebrate Ontario Funding The new Ontario government is giving Waterloo Region’s festivals and events a boost to help drive tourism, create jobs and generate economic

activity in the region. Through Celebrate Ontario, the government is providing funding for 203 events across the province, including over $540,000 to support 5 local festivals and events: including KOI Music Festival - $32,950; The Multicultural Theatre Space - $40,000; Waterloo Air Show - $74,300; Kitchener Blues Festival - $74,999; and Manulife Financial LPGA Classic - $326,000. Festivals like these draw visitors from near and far, generating more local business and helping to create jobs in Waterloo Region. Celebrate Ontario Funding is one important way to support these wonderful local festivals and events that bring so much life to our community. These investments will help organizers enhance programming and services, attract new audiences and create local jobs. By showcasing our diversity, heritage and culture, Ontario’s local festivals and events make our province a more attractive place to visit. They also offer affordable and accessible options for families looking to explore their province. Helping festivals and events grow is part of the new Ontario government’s efforts to build a strong economy and vibrant communities.

PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Stephen Woodworth Member of Parliament Kitchener Centre

Economic Action Plan 2013 On March 21, 2013 the Government delivered the Economic Action Plan 2013. With its continued focus on job creation, economic growth and long-term prosperity, the Federal Budget is good news for Kitchener Centre. First and foremost, the economic policies of this Government during and after the world’s worst economic recession in almost 80 years have gained world renown as an example for others to follow. Governments alone do not create jobs or prosperity but it’s been a happy if unintended blessing to have been led by a Prime Minister with a strong grasp of economics through these troubled times. Keeping taxes low, time-limiting stimulus spending, focusing on long-term infrastructure and job creation investments, while modestly restraining program spending have been key sensible policies in supporting our recovery. As a result, Canada has led the G7 significantly in net employment gains – 950,000 since the reces-

sion - and in GDP growth since 2008. However, we continue to confront significant global challenges. The Eurozone remains in recession and the United States, our major trading partner, is experiencing only modest growth. The Government’s continued focus on job creation, economic growth and long-term prosperity is evident in the major themes of this year’s budget. The Budget includes measures to equip Canadians with the skills and training they need to take advantage of the hundreds of thousands of jobs going unfilled even in today’s economy. It also includes measures to support a globally competitive manufacturing sector, by increasing and diversifying our exports, and developing our natural resources in a responsible and safe way. The Economic Action Plan 2013 establishes a new Building Canada Plan to add to the already unprecedented public infrastructure investments since 2008. The Budget invests in world class research and innovation and

includes a number of targeted measures to support families and communities across Canada. Finally, the Government is controlling direct program spending while not cutting transfers to Canadians or other levels of government. Fiscal responsibility and aggressive debt reduction placed Canada in the best possible position to weather the global recession. The Government ran a temporary deficit to protect our economy and jobs. While other countries continue to struggle with debt that is spiraling out of control, Canada is in the best fiscal position in the G-7 and the Economic Action Plan 2013 keeps Canada on track to return to balanced budgets in 2015-2016 Through the Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government continues to position Canada as a global economic leader. For more information on the Economic Action Plan and how it can benefit you, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.


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with Education Research and Development Corporation. Locally, Fabi serves on the Boards of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, THEMUSEUM, Strong Start, and the Faculty of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University. In 2011, Fabi was awarded the Provincial EXL Award for exemplary leadership in education and the National EXL Superintendent of the Year Award from the Canadian Association of School Administrators in recognition of her educational excellence and leadership. She was recognized that year by Wilfrid Laurier University with the prestigious achievement award, the ‘Top 100 Alumni of 100 Years’. In 2012, Fabi was honoured by the American Association of School Administrators in Houston, Texas as the “Canadian Superintendent of the Year”.

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ou can no longer smoke anywhere at Grand River Hospital (GRH). The hospital became smoke free on April 2, 2013 when it’s new policy came into effect – a policy that means GRH buildings and grounds will be tobacco and smoke free to support the health of patients, visitors, staff, volunteers and the community.

According to Health Canada, tobacco kills over 37,000 Canadians a year. This is more than five times the number of Canadians who die from traffic injuries, alcohol abuse, murder and suicide combined. The hospital’s tobacco-free committee has been working with staff for a number of months to provide education, support and identify any

challenges that may result. Patients and visitors will also receive education, options and support to make them aware of the new rule. The Canadian Cancer Society’s Smokers’ Helpline provides advice and support to help people quit smoking or using tobacco. Please call 1-877-513-5333 or visit www. smokershelpline.ca.

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hey came. They bid. They spun the wheel. Thousands of excited wouldbe contestants jammed the Centre in the Square March 30th for two sold-out shows of The Price is Right LIVE tour. The tour celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the longest running and most famous game show of all time which most famously saw Bob Barker host for 25 years. The Kitchener shows sold out in record time and marked the end of their 18 city North American tour. Enthusiasm was high as throngs of avid fans arrived wearing silly themed outfits and flashy t-shirts featuring iconic phrases like “I Want to Come On Down” and “I bid $1 Dollar.” This highly interactive show encouraged audience participation and had the crowds yelling “higher” and

“lower” to help those on stage. The carnival atmosphere also incorporated lots of footage of classic Price is Right moments throughout the years. Everyone attendance had the chance to become a contestant after completing a registration process which began hours before each show and had eager fans lining up around the block. Upon sign in, each person received a giant price tag name tag before wishfully dropping their ballot in to the bucket for their random chance to hear their name called as a contestant. During the show, 60 lucky

contestants in each show got to ‘Come On Down” and try their luck at the show’s classic games including Plinko, Hole In One, and Cliffhanger. Some lucky winners beat the odds to take home small appliances, electronics and the bigger winners got iMac computers, a trip to Las Vegas, a big screen TV. In very dramatic fashion, the first show saw one lucky winner score the top prize in Punch a Bunch - $5000 cash - -which saw the crowd go wild. Several times during the show a few lucky contestants even got the thrill of spinning “The Wheel” and there were audible gasps as it was unveiled. To the crowd’s disappointment, no one took home the new Smart Car and trip to Hollywood in the big showcase, but everyone left with a smile on their face a great memory of being a part of something they have watched on TV their entire lives.


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Local student art celebrated at KW Art Gallery’s Expressions 38 BY CARRIE DEBRONE

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he 2013 Expressions exhibit’s theme of the ‘Strange and Wonderful’, is the inspiration for several hundred pieces of student artwork on display now at the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, 101 Queen St. N. in Kitchener. The work, which spans the whimsical to the fantastic, includes drawings, paintings, sewn items and sculptures done by local students in grades one to 12. Several hundred student artists and their parents attended the opening reception at the gallery March 24. The theme, inspired by the artwork of two students at St. Aloysius Catholic Elementary School titled The Purple People Eaters, challenged the student artists to find the extraordinary in the

unexpected, to understand how a change in perspective can alter what we see, and invited them to imagine these transformations. The exhibit also celebrates the contributions of teachers in the Region of Waterloo who foster imagination and cultivate creativity and featured several selections from the gallery’s permanent collection that represent this year’s theme. Run in conjunction with the annual show, the In/ Sight program provided an opportunity for some of the students to work directly with professional local artists. Soheila K. Esfahani helped grade 12 students from St. Mary’s Catholic Secondary School design and assemble cultural mashups, while grade 7 and

8 students from Sunnyside Senior Public School teamed up with artist educator Karoline Varin-Jarkowski to transform old books into new creations. Their work is part of the Expressions 38 show. Expressions 38 runs until April 28.

Title: Pop Art Tiger Artist: Cara Lobrutto, Grade 10 School: Sir John A Macdonald

Title: Lead Head Artist: Kelsey Dawson, Grade 12 School: Resurrection CSS

Title: Jurassic Park T-Rex Model Artist: Hossam Ehab, Grade 7 School: Scholar’s Hall

Title: Winston Artist: Alexandra Murray, Gr. 12 School: Preston High School

Title: Bridges of Waterloo County Photographer: Nicole Service, Grade 12 School: Bluevale Collegiate Institute

Title: Two-Eyed Monsters Artist: Brianna Eveleigh, Grade 2 School: Silverheights Public School

Title: Closed Pages Artist: Rachel Freeland, Grade 9 School St. Mary’s CSS

Title: The Pull Artist: Katie Huras, Grade 12 Waterloo Collegiate Institute


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he Kitchener Public Library will host Canada’s “dean of science fiction,” Robert J. Sawyer, who will be reading from his new novel, Red Planet Blues on Tuesday, April 30 at 7pm at the Country Hills Community Library,1500 Block Line Road, Kitchener. Registration is required.

Sawyer’s Hominids was selected as Waterloo Region’s One Book One Community reading selection in 2005 and he was the library’s 2006 Edna Staebler Writer-in-Residence. Sawyer is the only Canadian author to win the world’s top three science fiction awards: the Nebula, Hugo and John W.

Campbell Memorial Award. His writing has garnered 21 literary awards to date, both in Canada and abroad. In 2012, he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association.

Sawyer has written twenty novels, including Frameshift, Factoring Humanity, Calculating God, Wake, and the Neanderthal Parallax trilogy, Hominids, Humans, and Hybrids. His novels are top-ten bestsellers in Canada and #1 in

the U.S. in the science fiction genre. The ABC-TV series FlashForward was based on his novel of the same name. Register online at www.kpl. org or call the host library at 519-743-3558.

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Conestoga College culinary students volunteered their time to prepare and serve soup during the annual Just Add Water soupfest in support of the Children’s Water Education Council held March 22 at the Waterloo Region Museum in Kitchener. From left: Wojtek Debinskki, Jessie Little, Jessica Slade-Hickey, Breanna Firetto-Gross, Greg Williams, Chef Damien Ingrao, and John-Paul Savoy.

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!

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eyond the trees in the deep of the forest is a place where secrets are kept. A place that swallowed Jenny’s older brother when she only 10. Though seven years have passed, the terror of witnessing her brother’s disappearance remains with Jenny to the point of nightmares. Questions haunt and lead her back to the forest to say goodbye to a brother whom she thinks is gone forever. She needs closure. She’s ready for college life. But something in her memory of that forest, and of the day her brother disappeared, just does not sit well with Jenny. Did the trees really move? Were they...alive? Her search for a rational reason lures Jenny deeper into the forest to a world

filled with magic, adventure, and danger. Without learning quickly how to navigate this mysteriously beautiful world, will Jenny ever be able to return home? Will she find her long-lost brother? The Treachery of Beautiful Things is an imaginative story that borrows from the fantasy of folk and fairy tales to create a magically-induced adventure that takes place behind the scenes of our known world. In Jenny, author Ruth Frances Long has created a believably reluctant heroine who discovers her courage by uncovering the motives of the beautifully treacherous forest creatures. Highly recommended reading for fans of fantasy and adventure.

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


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Stanley Park Optimist ball programs filling up fast

s the start of ball seaA son quickly approaches, player registrations continue

Students from ten regional schools took part in the annual Waterloo Region High School Powerlifiting iInvitational held at Bluevale High School April 6. St. Mary’s High School grade 12 student Jessica Bastos broke her competition division’s record with this bench press lift of 43.5 kilos. Bastos has been powerlifting for about 3 years.

to come in for Stanley Park Optimist blastball, t-ball and 3-pitch leagues. Gord Dearborn, Chair of the program, reports that registration is already up ten percent from last year. “It’s the second year in a row we’ve experienced such an increase. With the addition of at least four more teams, we’re now looking for more team sponsors,” he said. The club is working closely with City of Kitchener staff to ensure every team can be scheduled to play two games per week at local diamonds. This becoming more of a challenge each year as the club has historically played most of its games at school locations but school diamonds are in short supply now due to closures and cutbacks. “The good thing is that the bulk of our growth in numbers continues to be in our blastball and junior t-ball programs and we don’t require full-sized facilities for them to enjoy

playing at that level,” Dearborn said. Games begin April 28, field and weather conditions permitting. Organizers are busy finalizing the number of teams, completing the rosters and preparing schedules. Organizational meetings are

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Want to play ball this spring? The Stanley Park Optimist Club still has openings for players: girls and boys born 1999 through 2009 (and early 2010).

Ruth Stevens (forefront), Stanley Park Community Association Line Dance Instructor, leads about 100 people in a line dance during the association’s Hoedown event held March 22 at the Stanley Park Community Centre. The event was very popular and many people dressed up in western-style hats and cowboy boots.

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start at the completion of the Hamburger Hill Race. Refreshments will be served to all participants following the races. The New Hamburg Classic Races are held in support of five local charities: Aldaview Services, the Wilmot Recreation Complex, Interfaith Community Counselling Centre, New Hamburg Firefighters and the Wilmot Family Resource Centre. Race forms are available at Runner’s Choice in Waterloo or off the website at www.newhamburgclassicraces.com.

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From left: Student company Wraps Industries members Shamar Brown, Evan Sitler-Bates, Abdullah Muni and Varun Krishnammagaru show off their product called Snap Jax, which looks like a small yoyo. The device is used to wrap up your headphones when not in use to keep the wires organized and protected. Snap Jax, available in various colours, sold for $5 each at the Sun Life JA Trade Show held March 13.

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That’s clearly the philoso- show included E.T.C., which phy behind Junior Achieve- sold gift mugs with chocolates ment’s Company Program, a and gel candles; As We Grow, program that encourages and selling its flagship product the supports high school students ‘Mystery Plant” which blooms as they create and run their into a mystery flower; Priceown businesses. The students less, a company offering percollaborate with professional sonalized greeting cards and volunteers to design and operate a real business, That’s clearly the philosophy leading to a greater understanding of the role behind Junior Achievement’s of business in society Company Program, a program and what it takes to that encourages and supports high guide your own enterprise through the risks school students as they create and and rewards, maintain run their own businesses. ethical standards and maintain positive relationships with business part- 4 GB USB bracelets; Sigma ners, clients and others in the Designs selling the Pocketer; Limitless, selling duct tape business community. The JA Company Program wallets and T-shirts; Side Kits runs from the end of October selling a mini emergency kit to mid-April each year in the with 31 items; Asterisk Inc. Region of Waterloo offering selling fashion bracelets; Delan opportunity to get experi- ta Style selling crew necks, ence in marketing, sales pitch- mugs and gift boxes; dOts, offering UV bead bracelets ing and event execution. Nine JA companies from that change colour when exCentral Ontario competed at posed to sunlight; Doce sellthe 3rd annual Sun Life JA ing soap, hand cream and of Waterloo Region Compa- fragrances; Showbiz Events, ny Trade Show on March 13. a service company, which was Each company profiled a new selling tickets to a talent show product that it created and de- called Dramatis that it cresigned and came to the show ated showcasing the talents prepared to sell it. The com- of local young performers; panies were then judged by Wired, a company offering an a panel of Sun Life financial array of decorative handmade candles; Ecovation selling a volunteers. This year’s winning compa- pouch that holds your phone ny, called Scanned and Found, while it is charging at an outcreated a sticker with a per- let; Wraps Industries selling sonalized Qr code on it that Snap Jax, a wire winder to can be manufactured to con- keep headphone wires neatly tain personal contact infor- organized and protected; Tormation. The sticker can then rid selling reusable, portable be attached to personal items heat packs and Insula selling and if they are ever lost, the scarves, travel mugs, chocoowner can then be contacted lates and seeds. The winning team received by scanning the sticker. Other companies at the a trophy.


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Rain Barrel Blitz raises funds for community groups and helps to manage local rainwater and runoff by Helen Hall Ten local community groups have found a way to raise funds by selling an item that is good for the environment. With assistance from REEP (Residential Energy Efficiency Project) Green Solutions, the groups are taking orders for recycled rain barrels until April 22 - Earth Day. The barrels sell for $50 and the community group gets $10 for each barrel it sells. The Region of Waterloo used to sell rain barrels at cost but has discontinued that practice. “We saw a gap,” said Sharmalene Mendis-Mil lard of REEP. Last year, REEP held its own rain barrel sale and easily sold 130 barrels. They decided to share their knowledge with community groups to have them use it as a fundraiser. This fits into “the bigger goal of the RAIN program,” said Mendis-Millard. The RAIN program is run by REEP and its purpose is to teach residents more about managing their rainwater and helping to protect our drinking water. “Our goal is to have 1,000 new rain barrels (in Waterloo Region),” said Mendis-Millard. The rain barrels themselves are even recycled. They are former pickle or vinegar barrels. They come from an online sales company called Rainbarrel.ca. Ten community groups signed up for the fundraising program. They received training from REEP on the distribution of the rain barrels and the parts, such as spigots and hoses. The rain barrel sales company provides a webpage for online sales for the groups working with REEP at www.rainbarrel.ca/blitz. This webpage lists the ten Waterloo Region community groups selling rain barrels and what they plan to do with the funds they raise. Online shoppers can read over the groups’ plans and choose who they would like to buy from.

April 27th Downtown Kitchener from City Hall to Bobby O’Brien’s 8am-4pm Shop the market of handmade goods + vintage treasures

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Ed Hunter of Forest Hill School Tree Regeneration, right, and Tommy Kyle of the 1st Ayr Scouts learn about rain barrel distribution at a training session. The groups include the 1st Ayr Scouts, Ayr Public School, Central Frederick Community Garden, Century 21 for Easter Seals, First Mennonite Church, Forest Hill School Tree Regeneration, MacGregor Public School, Stirling Mennonite Church, Victoria Park Neighbourhood Association and Westheights Senior Public School. Laurie Hunter, a member of the Forest Hill School Tree Regeneration group said at last check, her group has sold 40 rain barrels. Forest Hill Public School is located on Westmount Road in Kitchener. “Our plan is to get more shade in the school yard,” she said. The group has already planted eight trees and put some sitting rocks on the property. The school board has also planted some trees following renovations at the school to add a gym and provide wheelchair access. “It looks so much nicer than it was,” Hunter said. “It was a barren wasteland before.”

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You could win a $250 Energy Efficient Shopping Spree by visiting upcoming Spring Coupon Events hosted by Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro at Home Depot and Home Hardware locations in the Kitchener in April. The Spring Coupon Events are in partnership with the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), and are geared toward helping residential customers discover new ways to save energy in their homes. Customers will be able to save instantly on products sold in-store, learn more about

Donate e-waste to the GREENTEC THINK RECYCLE tent

energy-saving tips and tricks, and win prizes including a chance for a $250 Energy-Efficient Shopping Spree. Locations and dates for the Spring events include: • April 20th & 21st – Home Depot at 100 Gateway Park • April 27th & 28th – Swanson’s Home Hardware at 166 Park Street & Home Depot at 1450 Ottawa Street South

WHEN IT DOESN'T BELONG IT STANDS OUT. Tim Hortons wants to get together with you to clean up our neighbourhood and put litter in its place. Because it’s not just any community, it’s our community. So come out and join us on Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at McLennan Park in Kitchener and Waterloo Park in Waterloo for our Annual Community Clean Up.

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Bike sharing program getting ready to roll in both Kitchener and Waterloo Community Transportation, explained to interested onlookers exactly how bike sharing works and who needs it. “I think because Waterloo has so many university students this would be a great system for students to use,” she explained. Community members can buy a membership for up to a year, or as little as 24 hours. Once purchased, they have access to branded cycles that can be driven from station to station, where they are docked after use. It’s a system that has become popular throughout

H. G. Watson Waterloo Region may soon be home to not just one, but two bicycle-sharing programs. Both Grand River Public Bike Sharing (GRPBS) and the Working Centre are in the midst of rolling out systems that would allow residents of Waterloo and Kitchener, respectively, to rent bikes from docking stations for as long as the rider needs. At the Sustainability Fair at University of Waterloo last week, Bianca Popescu, a volunteer with Active by

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also encourage demand for better cycling infrastructure in the region. “[The two] kind of tag team each other.” The GRPBS program will be similar to Bixi’s. However, The Working Centre’s plan will see the bikes operating on a different type of docking system. “The way that we generally designed the system is that the station will have a bike rack and it’ll also have somewhere where the keys are stored,” said Adrian Underhill, who leads the bike-sharing program for the centre. While the two systems aren’t integrated due to the different technology that they use, Underhill did say that he is in talks with GRPBS to determine how the two programs could work together. Bike sharing programs have come under fire for being a financial burden to municipalities. In 2011, Montreal’s city council approved a $108 million bailout to Bixi after the service found itself deep in debt. Unlike the programs in other Canadian cities, GRPBS plans on being 100 per cent self-funded. “We don’t want to rely on tax dollars,” says Prasad Samarakoon, one of the founders of GRPBS. “We want to build a sustainable model.” GRPBS needs to wait to get funding from sponsorships and from people signing up for memberships ahead of the launch. “We need to meet a minimum of 800 members before the launch.” They’re also waiting for additional final approvals from the Region of Waterloo and the City of Waterloo before they can set

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the date for their official launch. The Working Centre was granted $15,000 for its program from the Community Environmental Fund, according to James Lapointe, a transportation demand manager and planner with the Region of Waterloo. However, the Working Centre notes on its website that it plans to cut costs by about two thirds by not using the same technology as Bixi sharing systems. They expect to have their stations operational sometime between May and June. Underhill hopes that a yearly membership to the Working Centre’s program will cost $40. A regular annual fee for GRPBS will cost $78 ($70 for students). However, GRPBS has also reduced yearly fees in hopes of reaching their 800 member goal by the end of the month. Cycling enthusiasts are hopeful that the two systems can integrate to provide complete service to residents. Mike Boos is a member of the Cycling Advisory Committee in Kitchener and an advocate with TriTAG. “I would say in TriTAG’s perspective we would really like to see good cooperation between the two providers,” he noted. “It would be great if they could operate on the same technology and be entirely interoperable.” The benefits for the region of both bike sharing programs could be a positive boost to cycling culture in the region. “It’s eco-friendly, healthier and very a economical mode of transportation,” said Samarakoon.


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Separate yard waste collection has begun in Waterloo Region

Separate collection of yard waste has begun across the Region. Yard waste is collected every second week on residents’ garbage collection day. In Kitchener, yard waste collection began the week of April 1. The collection schedule can be found online at www.regionofwaterloo.ca/ waste.

Yard waste includes grass clippings, tree branches, pine cones, garden material and other compostable yard waste. To ensure yard waste is collected, residents should: • Place yard waste out to the curb by 7 a.m. on collection day. • Use only kraft paper bags or garbage

cans with a brightly coloured ribbon or yard waste sticker. • Set bags or cans apart from garbage and recycling. • Bundle brush together no longer than 92 cm (3 ft.) in length. • Ensure all bags, bundles or reusable containers weigh less than 23 kg (50 lbs.).

Yard waste is not collected in plastic bags or in blue boxes. Information about yard waste collection or any other Region of Waterloo waste management program can be found on its website at www. regionofwaterloo.ca/waste, or by calling its customer service line at 519883-5100.

Reading the newspaper is a greener choice than you might think. We in the newspaper industry are committed to reducing our impact on the environment. We take our responsibility seriously, and our production processes are now more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. We recognize the importance of preserving and protecting Canada’s forests, and we only use newsprint from responsible producers that embrace 5 widely accepted sustainability principles in their forestry operations. For Canadians, this means that the forest industry plants more trees than it takes and it has successfully reduced gas emissions by 10 times what is required under Kyoto! And then, of course, there are your efforts. You’ve helped make newspapers a recycling success story by recycling over 80% of all newsprint in Canada. Thank you for your waste reduction efforts. We will continue to do our part to reduce our carbon footprint. There is more to do, and together, we can work toward sustainability.

BLOOMIN EARTH FESTIVAL RETURNS

The Bloomin Earth Festival will be held in front of Kitchener City Hall on April 27. The festival celebrates the green way of thinking by selling used and recycled items, hosting a clothing exchange, and collecting electronic waste for proper disposal. This vendor from 2012 made ribbons out of paper from magazines and newspapers.

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REGION OF WATERLOO

Over $160,000 in 2013 environmental grants awarded to community groups in February

The Region of Waterloo approved over $160,000 in grants from its Community Environmental Fund on February 26, 2013. Twenty-four groups shared $111,036 in Environmental Stewardship Grants and seven organizations split $50,000 in Sustainability Grants.

STEWARDSHIP GRANTS

• Saginaw Public School Greening Project $3,000 • Elmira District Secondary School Snyder Street Greening Project - $3,000 • Cambridge City Green/City of Cambridge, Cambridge Stewardship - $5,401 • Hillcrest Public School Graduation Forest $2,500 • Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate Institute Sports Field Restoration - $3,000 • Woolwich Environmental Enhancement Committee Tree Nursery Project, Elmira - $1,978 • University of Waterloo Ecoregional Restoration Research - $500 • House of Friendship Eby Village Urban Greening Project - $8,422 • St. Teresa of Avila Elementary School Creative Outdoor Play Project - $3,000 • Waterloo Stewardship Council Restoration of Tallgrass Prairie - $3,452 • Coronation Public School Outdoor Classroom - $3,000 • Crestview Public School Greenspace Enhancement - $3,000 • FutureWatch Environment Development/ Education Green Diversity Project - $10,000 • Edna Staebler Public School Junior Grove

Project - $2,486 • Wilfrid Laurier University Wetland Seed Collection - $5,000 • Matthew & Donna Monteyne Naturalization of 248 Woolwich - $1,000 • Bluevale Collegiate Institute School Ground Greening Project - $2,000 • Southridge Public School Southridge Naturalized Garden - $2,000 • City of Waterloo Environmental Reserve Project - $16,430 • rare ECO Centre Heritage Garden - $5,200 • rare Ecological Landscape Restoration $12,200 • 10,000 Trees Project Inc. City Shade Strategy - $9,472 • St. Peter Catholic School Ground Greening Initiative - $1,995 • Baden Community Association Foundry Greensway Project - $3,000

SUSTAINABILITY GRANTS

• The Working Centre Bikesharing Network - $15,000 • Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate Institute Rain Water Harvesting - $10,000 • Conrad Grebel Electric Vehicle Charging Station - $5,000 • Transition KW Climate Change Adaptation Toolkit - $5,000 • Alternatives Journal Environmental Excellence Film Festival - $5,000 • THE MUSEUM Kids Inspiring Change $5,000 • My Sustainable Canada Informed Energy Star Purchases - $5,000

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Kitchener wins Water Stewardship award

To mark World Water Day, the Council of the Federation (COF) announced the recipients of the Excellence in Water Stewardship Award, and the City of Kitchener was recognized for its impervious-area-based stormwater utility and credit program. “We are thrilled to be among the first-ever recipients of this honour,” said Mayor Carl Zehr. “It’s never easy to break new ground, to look at things in a different way. It’s rewarding to not only benefit our community through improved water management, but to lay the groundwork for other communities to achieve those benefits as well.” The stormwater utility was implemented in January 2011 to dedicate funds specifically to stormwater management, a service consistently underfunded through the tax base. A credit program introduced in 2012 allows residential and non-residential property owners to reduce their stormwater rate through best practices like rain barrels, infiltration galleries, salt management programs and oil and grit separators for managing stormwater on their properties. “Through this funding model, we’ve already been able to complete a significant project in the Victoria Park lake clean-up,” said Nick Gollan, manager of the city’s stormwater utility. “That’s just one example of the many projects that Kitchener will now be able to tackle by having a

dedicated funding source.” To learn more about stormwater management or the city’s utility and credit program, visit www.kitchener.ca/stormwater. On December 5, 2003, the Council of the Federation was formed as a mechanism to promote collaborative intergovernmental relations. In August 2010, provincial premiers endorsed the Council of the Federation’s Water Charter recognizing the collective obligation of Canadians and their governments to be responsible water stewards. In 2011, the Council of the Federation established the Water Stewardship Council (WSC), whose purpose is to: Provide information and strategic advice to premiers on key trends, issues and opportunities related to Canada’s water resources; and Promote, and, where appropriate, implement the commitments of the 2010 Council of the Federation Water Charter. In January 2013, the Excellence in Water Stewardship Awards were created to recognize outstanding achievement, innovative practice and leadership in the area of water stewardship. This award is presented to just one organization, partnership, business, institution, or community group in each province and territory across Canada. To learn more about the award recipients, visit www.councilofthefederation.ca/

Community groups, schools can apply for GRCA grants for environmental projects Applications are now being accepted from community groups and schools for Community Conservation Grants given out by the Grand River Conservation Foundation and the Grand River Conservation Authority. Grants of up to $1,000 are awarded to qualified groups (i.e. registered charities), or up to $750 for elementary schools, undertaking conservation projects in communities throughout the Grand River watershed. Eligible projects must be tangible and available for the use or benefit of

the entire community. The deadline for receipt of grant applications is May 31. The award recipients will be selected this summer, with the cheque presentation taking place this fall. A final report may be requested of grant recipients within one year, or upon the successful completion of the project. Applications can be downloaded from www. grcf.ca or by contacting the foundation in Cambridge at (519) 621-2763 ext. 2372 or by e-mail at foundation@grandriver.ca

GRCA is looking for ‘watershed heroes’

Do you know a watershed hero? They’re the individuals, families, groups and businesses that put their time, energy and sometimes money into improving the environment in the Grand River watershed. Many do it without recognition, satisfied with the legacy they leave for future generations. Well, the Grand River Conservation Authority

thinks they deserve to be acknowledged, so is looking for nominations for its annual Watershed Awards. The GRCA has presented the awards since 1976. There are two categories of awards: • Watershed Awards for outstanding examples of conservation and environmental work • Honour Roll Awards for a sustained record of

achievement over an extended period of time. Nominations can come from anyone in the watershed. The deadline for nominations is May 31, 2013. More information on the program, including short biographies of past winners and a nomination form, can be found in the “Watershed Awards” section of the GRCA website at www.grandriver.ca The winners will be honoured at a special event in the fall.

Kitchener Natural Areas Program (KNAP)

EARTH DAY CELEBRATION Saturday, April 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. Huron Natural Area,801 Trillium Drive This family celebration includes building a KNAP bird box (available to the first 100 families), kids’KNAP bird silhouettes,planting a tree,nature walks and displays. Featuring the Canadian Raptor Conservancy with live birds of prey shows at 1,2 & 3 p.m. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call: 519-741-2600 ext 4177 Email: knap@kitchener.ca Visit: www.kitchener.ca/earthday


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TEDx Waterloo shares ideas worth spreading BY JENNIFER BIRNSTIHL

lam poet and rising star Holly PaintS er opened the 4th annual TEDx Waterloo event with her wildly engag-

ing and eloquent poem describing what home meant to her - “where house and family meet’. Chasing Home was the theme of this year’s TEDx talk that brings “Ideas Worth Spreading” in to our community. Sixteen speakers and performers shared their ideas, talent and enthusiasm on March 27 at the Centre in the Square. TEDx talks, which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, have exploded in popularity across the world, growing from a mere 27 events in 2009 to more than 2000 TEDx events happening in 2013. Speakers including scientists, doctors, entrepreneurs, writers, film makers and historians all shared their powerful ideas on technology, creativity, education and innovation. In the true flavour of TEDx, attendees were encouraged to take what they heard, make it their own and give it new life.

Nearby at The Chysalids Theatre, 400 local students enjoyed TEDxWaterloo Youth, which took place simultaneously and featured 10 speakers dealing with youth issues and education. University of Waterloo neuroscientist Chris Eliasmith, creator of Spaun the world’s largest functional brain simulation, shared his research on brain stimulation, demonstrated by a working robot that mimics the human brain. Emma Allen-Vercoe, University of Guelph microbial ecologist, introduced herself as a ‘speaker for the bugs’ and discussed her research on bacteria in the human gut. This included the strange but fascinating fact that every human has their very own unique poo print. Aygul Memet delighted the crowd with a dazzling display of balance and flexibility in her acrobatic act, showing why she was a finalist in last year’s Canada’s Got Talent television show and is a performer with the Zero Gravity Circus. Toronto’s renowned pediatric oncol-

ogist Mark Greenberg drew a standing ovation after he shared his thoughts on the difference between healing and curing through powerful stories taken from his 45-year career treating children with cancer. He discussed his thoughts on the difference between healing and curing, which he so eloquently described as “dealing in the transaction of mercy”. Greenberg challenged the crowd to consider the danger of society’s demand for control, which he believes is compromising healing. In an interview before his talk, Greenberg explained that “progress depends on connecting technical advances with human and artistic applications.” No doubt the most controversial speaker was Noel Biderman, founder of the wildly popular Ashely Madison online dating service for married people looking to have extra maritial affairs. With 17 million customers in 26 countries, this aficionado of adultery explained that his goal was to “reshape people’s thinking by sharing his very robust database of information.” He

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certainly raised some eyebrows and some good discussion after he shared his insights into relationships. Other notable speakers included Rob Manning, chief engineer for the Mars Science Laboratory, award-winning writer and director Sudz Sutherland sharing the story behind his latest film Home Again and the quirky Mag Ruffman, TV producer, actress turned building contractor who delivered her message for the need for society to nurture a society of builders and doers.

SUMMER CAMPS 2013 City of Kitchener camps – where summer, fun and friends meet!

2013 ROCK ’N’ ROW SUMMER SKILLS CAMP FOR YOUTH AGED 11 - 16

Each morning, develop rowing skills along the Grand River. Reach new heights in the afternoons, indoor rock climbing at Grand River Rocks. Sessions: July 8 – 12 August 12 – 16

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SUMMER CAMPS 2013

Watch for the City of Kitchener Summer Playground Lisings in our May 9th issue!


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In Good Taste SIMPLE RECIPES FOR A BUSY LIFE STYLE

The maple syrup in this recipe enhances and does not at all detract from, the superb flavour of fresh wild Atlantic salmon.

SALMON FILLET WITH MAPLE SYRUP (Serves six)

¼ cup good-quality soy sauce ¼ cup season’s best maple syrup 2-pound piece, centre-cut salmon fillet, 1 ½-inch thick, with skin Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line the bottom of a broiler pan with foil, then oil the rack of the pan. In a small saucepan, over

moderate heat, boil the soy sauce and the maple syrup until it has been reduced to no more than 1/3 cup – about 5 minutes. Place the salmon, skin side down, on the rack of the broiler pan. Set aside about 1 ½ tablespoons of reduced glaze to brush on the salmon after broiling. Brush some of the remaining glaze on the salmon. Let stand at room temperature for five minutes of so, then brush again with more glaze. Roast at 450 degrees F. for 10 minutes. Remove salmon from oven; brush salmon again with glaze; turn on the broiler and return salmon to oven. Broil for to five inches

from the heat until just cooked through – 3 to no more than 5 minutes. Carefully transfer salmon (you will need two wide, metal spatula) to a serving platter (alternatively, cut the salmon into serving sizes), then brush, with a clean brush, with the reserved glaze. Garnish with an herb sprig, if you wish, and serve immediately.

These are merely baked potatoes with a bit of mustard and butter to lift them out of the winter blahs.

CRISS-CROSS POTATOES baking potatoes unsalted, softened butter coarse sea salt of kosher salt dry mustard pepper Scrub potatoes well, and cut into halves lengthwise. Score the cut surfaces about one-quarter inch deep with a sharp knife, criss-cross fashion. Using a generous tablespoon butter for each potato half, mix with salt to taste, and a generous pinch of dry mustard. Spread on the scored surface of the potato. Sprinkle with freshly-ground black pepper. Bake at 350 degrees F. for about an hour or until potatoes are tender. Serve with sour cream, and chopped fresh chives or green onion.

Balsamic vinegar seems to accent the best flavor in almost everything.

SPINACH WITH BALSMIC VINEGAR (For six servings)

about 3 ½ pounds fresh spinach, stems discarded ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar coarse sea salt or kosher salt to taste freshly-ground black pepper to taste In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook spinach, uncovered, for 3 minutes. Drain in a colander, pressing gently with a large spoon to remove excess moisture. Place spinach in a large serving bowl and toss with oil and vinegar. Season immediately with the salt and pepper and serve immediately while warm.


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Canadian Cancer Society marks 75th year By CARRIE DEBRONE

hen you wear a CanadiW an Cancer Society (CCS) daffodil pin this year it will not

only remind you of the ongoing need to raise funds for cancer research, but it will also mark the Canadian Cancer Society’s 75th anniversary. “Our 75th is sort of a mixed blessing. It’s hard to say on the one had that we’re ‘celebrating’ 75 years of fighting cancer. What we really want to do is find a way to wipe ourselves out along with cancer. It would be nice to be able to say we don’t need an organization to fight cancer, but we do,” said Martin Kabat, CEO of the Ontario Division of the Canadian Cancer Society. Kabat said it is “almost impossible not to be aware of the CCS and it’s work. “We’re such a grassroots organization and so profoundly involved in every community,” he said, noting that the achievements of the society over the last 75 years will be highlighted at many of its events this year including the 219 scheduled Relays for Life in Ontario. Diane Hawrylenko, whose mother died of multiple myeloma in 1996, is Past President and Chair of Public Issues Committee for the local Canadian Cancer Society. “A lot of research dollars come from this area but we also have a very strong base of volunteers here,” she said, adding there are many rewarding volunteering opportunities with CCS including fundraising work, supporting advocacy campaigns, driving people to treatments, and peer support. The CCS has over 1,000 volunteers in Waterloo region. “Volunteers are at the heart of the CCS’s efforts,” Hawrylenko said, adding that she personally has found a lot of satisfaction from knowing that her volunteer efforts have helped someone. “You can make a difference. It makes you appreciate life. What you give to your community is way more important than what your community gives you,” she said. “On Daffodil Day April 27 we’re asking people to wear a daffodil pin in support of people with cancer – to show them that no one with cancer has to face it alone,” she said. “The daffodil has been a symbol of strength, courage and hope for 75 years.” Over $1 billion has gone into Canadian cancer research and the impacts of the work shows. For example. Kabat said research, funded by the CCS, at

Sick Kids hospital in Toronto, showed that a brain cancer previously thought to be one type of cancer was actually four different cancers. Now doctors can treat each one separately with much better results. The CCS also funded research at the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact at the University of Waterloo, that studied how social media could be used to change the smoking habits of young people. Research also helped develop a new drug that reduces by 65 percent the likelihood of women prone to breast cancer from developing the disease. “The Canadian Cancer Society doesn’t fund every cancer research project. We only fund the best of the best. We punch above our weight and we carefully rate each project before deciding what to support,” Kabat said. “When we started 75 years ago only about 25 per cent of people with cancer survived. Today over 62 per cent of people with cancer survive.” Kabat said. “Over 88 per cent of peo-

ple with breast cancer now survive. We’re very proud of that. If we can get people to fund other cancers to the same level as they do breast cancer then we will begin to see success like we’ve had with breast cancer.” There are now 300 different cancer charities in Canada. Kabat said that because there is currently so much pressure on health care spending, some cancer research is getting cut. “It’s a tipping point. Now is the time to fund more research,” he said, adding that more attention should be paid to cancer prevention. Over the last ten years in the Region of Waterloo the CCS has provided personal peer support to over 9,000 cancer patients and driven 5,000 patients to over 70,000 appointments. The organization has also helped 4,300 people quit smoking. “Wear a daffodil pin in April. That’s a way that we can show our support for the continued fight against cancer,” Kabat said. For more information visit www.cancer.ca

Community Church Listing St. Anthony Daniel - Catholic

29 Midland Drive, Kitchener (519) 893-6960 Reverend: Earl Talbot Masses: Sat. 5:00pm; Sun. 8:30am and 10:30am

St James’-Rosemount United

171 Sherwood Ave., Kitchener (519) 742-1002 Rev. Christina Boyd, M.A., M. Div. Sunday Service: 10:30am 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: 10:30am Mid-week activities for all ages. www.kgthome.com

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 - 11am

Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran

322 East Avenue (at Stirling), Kitchener (519) 742-5812 www.holycrosskitchener.org 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)

Kitchener Mennonite Brethren

19 Ottawa St. N., (between King & Weber) Kitchener (519) 745-5144 Pastor: Vidya Narimalla Sunday School for all ages – 9:15am. German Service – 9:15am Sunday Worship – 10:30am (Child care provided for all services) Care Groups, Youth Groups & Mid-week programs All are welcome!!

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church

317 Franklin St. N., Kitchener (519) 893-3826 Pastor: Rev. James Koellner 10 am Sunday Service and Sunday School Program. Nursery available.

Hope Lutheran

171 King St. S, Waterloo | 519.745.8445

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30 Shaftsbury Dr., Kitchener (519) 893-529 Pastor: Terry Hursh FALL SERVICE TIMES (starting Sept. 25) Sunday Services @ 9 and 11 am (nursery provided) Sunday School and Bible Study at 10 am. Sudanese service @ 2:30 pm

Reformation Lutheran Church

456 Krug St. (at Cambridge), Kitchener (519) 745-2561 Pastor: Neil Thomsen Worship Service: 10:00am Sunday Church School: 9:45am

The Gospel Centre

1700 Kramp Road (off hwy 7 behind Grobe Nursery) RR2 Breslau (519) 648-3610 Sunday Services: 10:30am & 6:30pm Wednesdays – Adult Bible Study, Youth Group, Fridays at 7:00pm

Christ the King United

167 Thaler Ave., Kitchener (519) 748-6208 Sunday Service: 10:15am Nursery, Sunday School, Choir, UCW Group

Breslau Evangelical Missionary Church 102 Woolwich St., Breslau (519)648-2712 Sunday Worship Service: 9:30am Children’s Ministry - Youth Ministry - Small Groups All are welcome! Visit us at www.bemc.ca

St. Andrew’s - Anglican

275 Mill St., Kitchener (519) 743-0911 Sunday Services: 8:00am and 10:00am Rector: Canon Rob www.standrewsmemorial.ca

Stanley Park Community Church

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9 Dreger Ave., (at Ottawa St.) Kitchener (519) 893-8186 www.stanleyparkchurch.ca Pastor: John Pearce Sunday Service and Kid’s Church: 10:30am ALL WELCOME!

Trinity United Church

74 Frederick Street, Kitchener (519) 742-3578 www.tuckitchener.org Ministers: Rev. Jack Paleczny, Rev. Desmond Jagger-Parsons Sunday Service: 10:15 a.m. Church School and Nursery care provided. Sunday Hymn Sing: 10:00 a.m. (1st Sunday of month)


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notes from city hall

Public consultations

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itchener is a community in which the public is engaged and active in decision-making about local issues. We continue a strong tradition as a leader in community involvement, regularly engaging citizens: l by sharing information; l through citizen consultation on specific projects; and l through the active and ongoing participation of citizens, businesses and community organizations in developing city policies, strategies and plans for strategic investments. Citizens tell us that they want to be informed. They want to speak for themselves. They want to be heard. They want an open, transparent, accountable and accessible local government, now – and for the future. Below is a list of current public consultations in which the community can get involved. South Kitchener District Park A new district park facility is proposed for 17 hectares near Fischer-Hallman and Huron roads. An open house and information centre is scheduled for April 17 for the public to comment on the draft park master plan, which provides the long-term strategy for the South Kitchener District Park. Learn more at www.kitchener.ca/southKitchenerpark Leisure Facilities Master Plan The City of Kitchener is updating its Leisure Facilities Master Plan, which identifies and prioritizes the leisure and recreational programs, facilities and services required to meet the needs of the community over the next five to 10 years. Public consultation is a key element in the master planning process, especially when it comes to recreational and leisure services for residents. Learn more about the opportunities to provide feedback at www.kitchener.ca/lfmp Interest in hosting a casino in Kitchener Kitchener city council voted in favour of asking the community if there is interest in hosting a casino within Kitchener city limits. We are seeking feedback from the public before council is scheduled to deal with the issue on May 13, 2013. Other opportunities for feedback can be found at www.kitchener.ca/casino

understood; that none would consider hosting unless another municipality said “yes” first. And then Township of Woolwich did just that. My sense is the majority of residents would rather we not pursue a gaming facility; unfortunately, whether or not we want a casino nearby is no longer the question. The question now is which side of our border? Both have undeniable negative social impacts for Kitchener, but only one brings fiscal benefits as

well. Woolwich estimates a casino will bring $4 million/year that they’d use toward infrastructure. I’d instead see the money go to pay the social costs a casino brings. The moment Woolwich said “yes” to a casino, the issue became very grey for Kitchener because they’re so close. If Kitchener ultimately says “no,” the identified Woolwich locations put a casino just five or eight minutes down the road from Kitchener, and perhaps as few as three minutes if some Woolwich

councillors’ preferred airport location materializes. Perhaps none of this information matters to you. I tend to look at things as an equation, pragmatically assessing the pros and cons for Kitchener, and perhaps I'm missing the point. It's a moral issue for some, and our democracy allows for that. To that end, it's critical you contact me with your preference because it is Kitchener's collective values that will determine my vote on May 13. n

our roads; be extra cautious. Federal budget 2013-14 The last 24 months of work by my FCM colleagues and I proved worthwhile in the recent federal budget, when the government announced a new infrastructure program for cities like Kitchener to continue tackling our infrastructure challenges. Starting in 2015, we will receive a two per cent annual index on our allotted gas tax dollars, totalling almost $27 million over 20 years. We will also be able to apply

to the Building Canada Fund for larger-scale infrastructure projects. While it doesn’t address the infrastructure deficit entirely, the program shows a commitment to work with municipalities to create an environment that creates jobs and grows the economy. Do you want a casino in Kitchener? Recently, I have heard from some of you about whether or not you would like to see a casino in Kitchener. While I have concerns around a casino, including how it

could negatively impact the economy and social issues, I also recognize there are also positives. The fact is we may be faced with one just across the river in Woolwich. That’s why your views are important to me. 3Council has established a formal consultation process, and I invite you to complete the survey at www.kitchener.ca/casino from April 15-May 1, attend our public meeting on April 23 (and April 30, if required), or contact me directly. n

council chambers, when constituents (both residential and commercial) will have an opportunity to express their thoughts on this issue. A dedicated page on the city’s website gives details on how you may share your opinion with the city and council. After hearing from the public, council makes a decision on May 13. In addition, please feel free to contact me 24/7 at 519-744-0807 or at john.gazzola@kitchener.ca concerning this significant issue. I will be pleased to convey your thoughts to the rest of council and to

assist in providing additional information concerning this subject. It is important that we hear from as many constituents as possible, as it is my hope that council’s decision will reflect the voice of the majority. Rockway Centre options Please continue forwarding me your thoughts on the design options and locations. For more information visit www.kitchener.ca, search word “rockway feasibility study.”Staff will present final recommendations to council on May 27.

Extension of Strasburg Road A special public information consultation is scheduled for 7 p.m. on April 24 at Huron Heights in the cafetorium to hear your comments on this project. Please plan to attend and/or email me your comments. Hidden Valley Another public meeting is arranged for mid-June on the River Road extension. Full details will be provided in the near future on the exact date and location. Please contact me. n

pril marks the beginning of spring and, to many citizens who look forward to it, Earth Day. Although only one day has been

chosen to promote environmental stewardship of our planet, some communities celebrate Earth Day for a week with events and activities. Whether it starts with Earth Hour in March or Earth Day in April, there is always an opportunity to make a change. One wonderful opportunity I am excited to be involved in is the planning of the city’s first Sustainability Networking Forum to be held the morning of April 20. Grass-roots environmental groups have an opportunity to connect and collaborate with each other and

some significant environmental organizations like REEP, Grand River Environmental Network (GREN), Community Renewable Energy Waterloo (CREW) and Sustainable Waterloo Region, while working towards sustainable living. The week before Earth Day is filled with many activities for businesses, individuals and families to take part in: April 20, McLennan Park clean-up at 10 a.m.; Huron Natural Area activities from 1-4 p.m.; April 27, seventh annual Bloomin’ Earth ecomarket from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Details

can be found at www.kitchener.ca/earthday. It is my hope that you will participate in one of these events, organize one locally or join in a neighbourhood clean-up. Remember, every small step we make makes a difference! Cycle and walk to reduce your carbon footprint. Plant a tree, start composting, or recycle your cast-off clothes, old furniture and other items that can be diverted from our local landfill site; all great ways to get involved and do your part. n

Office: 519-741-2786 Residence: 519-576-3501 Email: dan.glenn-graham@kitchener.ca have recently joined other community representatives to sit on the industrial, commercial and institutional energy task force of Climate Action Waterloo Region, on

which I am the only municipal council voice. Input is being sought from community stakeholders on residential energy, agriculture and food, and transportation in this community engagement process. I have learned a great deal while participating in these discussions, which are intended to find creative and new ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. I am committed to doing my part to keep the City of Kitchener a leader in energy conservation! Climate Action WR task force plans

to challenge the region’s citizens to do their part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. At a recent forum, I heard that if all countries used as much energy as Canada, we would need the resources of 4.5 earths! This statistic is mind boggling, and should be enough to make us consider our use of energy each day. So, what can you do? Try these win-win ideas to get you started and save you some money too: go to the REEP website, www.reepgreen.ca to find out ways to get stormwater

credits on your utility bill and book yourself a home energy audit, or borrow a free electricity audit toolkit from Community Renewable Energy Waterloo (CREW) at www.crewzone.ca. We need a shift in our culture surrounding energy use! I believe it is possible, just like similar shifts have taken place regarding the use of seatbelts, helmets, and the Blue Box. Feel free to get in touch with me. I would be happy to help connect you to some great community resources.n

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t was almost as if there was an unspoken agreement among local municipalities that the public disinterest in a casino was

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urrently, the city is grappling with a choice to either pursue the establishment of a casino in Kitchener or not. A special meeting of council will be at 6 p.m. on April 23 at city hall in the

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esidents of Ward 5, we need you. There are three important projects affecting our area I hope you will provide your input by

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ouncil voted to proceed with a public engagement process to determine whether a new gaming

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ongratulations and welcome to the city’s newest neighbourhood association. Many thanks to the driving force behind

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asinos have always created no-win situations. And, by the time you read this, Kitchener councillors will be preparing to

attending the public meetings or sending me your thoughts. South District Park PIC: Wednesday, April 17, 4-8 p.m., Dedication Centre at Williamsburg Cemetery. The project team and I will be there to hear your feedback and answer questions on this 17-hectare site at Huron and Fischer-Hallman roads, which is projected to host recreational facilities. Your perspective on future needs, current concerns and thoughts are important. Strasburg Road Extension EA: Wednesday, April 24, 6-8 p.m., Huron

Heights S.S. This public meeting will examine the various alternatives for the Strasburg Road extension. Please provide your thoughts before it comes back to a committee of council meeting in May. Williamsburg Community Association AGM: Thursday, April 25, 7 p.m., Williamsburg Community Centre. Come support your neighbourhood and hear what is going on in our community. Many thanks to the current board for their dedication and hard work. New volunteers and board members are

facility within Kitchener’s city boundaries is supported by residents and businesses in our community. Please participate in the public consultation session on Tuesday, April 23 at 6 p.m. at city hall. If you are unable to attend, submit your opinion by email to me or through a special webpage at www.kitchener.ca/casino that outlines other ways to communicate your opinion on this matter. Please check the website, as you must provide certain information for your feedback to be recorded. Staff

reports back to council May 13 for a decision. Let me be perfectly clear regarding my stand on this pending decision to consider hosting an OLG gaming facility in Kitchener — if the question were put before me — my answer would be a clear and definitive NO. I don't see a casino in our city as part of our economic development strategy, and I believe the social and moral costs will not outweigh the generated revenue. But, this is my personal opinion, and I want to hear from you, our citizens, in this

the Boardwalk NA, its new president, Sara Clarke. Sara has worked closely with district facilitator, Bonnie Snyder, since August 2011 and this dynamic duo has been instrumental in recruiting current board members: Bryan Hastie, VP; Jane Liu, treasurer, Amy Prenderpast, secretary. There’s always room for more voices, perspectives and ideas at the table so, please, don’t be shy. Volunteer to help build this association and your community.

The Boardwalk NA has taken over the boundaries of the former Resurrection NA in addition to the new subdivision in the north-west area of the city and will service about 2,300 households. Join the board for a kick-off launch party on Saturday, April 27, noon to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Village 1, The Boardwalk at Ira Needles Blvd. Light refreshments will be provided and you can expect fun activities for the whole family. This is a great opportunity to meet some neighbours and I look forward to

this question. As most of you have gathered, council has decided to test the market and see what the residents feel. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) folks were directed by the provincial government to promote more casinos in order to bring in more money to reduce the provincial debt. As a result, through the Chamber of Commerce, each municipality in Waterloo Region has been asked whether it wants one or not. With the

Township of Woolwich earlier agreeing to be interested in one, its decision has a major implication on the rest of the Waterloo regional municipalities. There are pro and con positions on casinos. I have seen very little interest from our residents or commercial businesses on this issue. I have received very few emails, letters or phone calls either for or against. Councillors were inundated with emails and calls last year when the Boathouse and backyard pit fires

discuss and decide whether or not they want a destructive slot-machine palace in our city. Before our Chamber of Commerce requested a public debate, I had hoped we would not have to discuss such an insidious issue. But that hope vanished after Woolwich councillors ignored the wishes of a majority of their residents and voted yes to government-backed gambling. This put Kitchener in a position where we could have a casino

perched on our boundary and end up paying the police, health and social-service costs of gambling while Woolwich creams off millions of dollars in profits. Speaking as a veteran casino opponent, I think it’s too bad Kitchener councillors have now agreed to spend staff time and your money organizing a yes-no casino debate. I tried, unsuccessfully, to avoid consultation but did manage to win residents more time to participate in a less-hurried debate that will take place April 23 instead

welcome. For more information on the meeting and getting involved, visit www.williamsburgcommunity.ca Activa Avenue area previous land use: During the public meeting about the home explosion on Activa Avenue, residents asked about the Office: 519-741-2300 land use prior to homes being built. Email: mayor@kitchener.ca Through the investigations, I can confirm the previous land uses were agricultural and gravel pit. There ’m sure you’ve seen the were many studies completed prior headlines, heard it mentioned to these homes being built and if on the radio or watched stories you would like more information, on the news about the possibility of don't hesitate to contact me. n a casino in Waterloo Region. At the council meeting on Monday, important decision-making process. March 25, Kitchener City Council I was in favour of council facilitating voted in favour of holding a public a representative process allowing consultation session in order to Kitchener residents to have their gauge the public’s interest in hosting say, and argued to ensure it’s a gaming facility within Kitchener city inclusive and accessible. limits. This input session will be held The decision for a casino in our on Tuesday, April 23, at 6 p.m. in municipality is far reaching; it will council chambers, with a secondary forever define who we are. I strongly date of April 30 tentatively held in encourage you to take part in this case the first session fills to dialogue, and after the public capacity. engagement process is complete, I Although I have stated that I give you my firm commitment to believe a casino does not add value accept the majority consensus and to our region, I feel it is important to vote accordingly. n allow our citizens – our community – to share their ideas, opinions and seeing you there. concerns with us. It is critical that To connect with the Boardwalk residents make an informed NA, visit their Facebook page, or at decision on the matter and www.boardwalkneighbourhood.com. recognize that the decision that is You can also email them at made today will affect our boardwalkneighbourhood@hotmail.com community for many years to come. Meetings are currently held the In an effort to ensure we hear from second Tuesday of the month, 6:30 as many residents as possible, p.m. at the Forest Heights numerous communication methods community centre, 1700 Queens will be set up to seek your input. In Blvd. n addition to the public consultation, an online survey is being developed and should be available, in the next few days, on our website, www.kitchener.ca/casino. The survey may also be filled out in hard were a hot topic. The council copy and submitted to any one of chambers were filled to capacity when this was debated. Casino? Not our community centres or mailed to the mayor’s office. much interest so far. Surveys must be received by May If you have an opinion, please send me or us an email or appear at 1 to be included in the staff report. the public forum on Tuesday, April If you prefer, you may also share 23 or 30 (if necessary) and voice your feedback by email, mail or your opinion. phone, with me, your ward councillor or all members of council. In order You can also complete the online survey or a printed survey. I’d like to for your response to be included in our final staff report, you must decide how to vote for all of you. n provide your name and mailing address. Please note your personal information will only be used to of the originally proposed April 9 and ensure unique responses are 10. Council will make its final casino recorded and will be secured in decision on May 13. accordance with the requirements Councillors also decided to under the Municipal Freedom of complain to the provincial Information and Protection of Privacy government about the fact the Act. casino decision will not be shared by I thank you in advance for your regional and municipal councils. And feedback on this important issue.n they voted to have our mayor meet with other concerned municipal leaders to discuss the type of unfair situation created by the Woolwich support for a casino. n So, on with the very divisive debate.n

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Timing is Everything Throughout the year there are good and bad times to list a home for sale. The dead of winter, for obvious reasons, is a bad time to sell a home. And the spring market is the best time to maximize the value of your home. Home buying and selling largely revolves around the school year. Parents are reluctant to take their kids out of school to move to a new area in the middle of the school year. So a good percentage of home sales happen now in April and May with a closing date for the end of June or sometime before school starts again at the

beginning of September. So if we have a year over year increase in the average sale price of 4%, it is quite possible with the increase of buying and selling in April and May you might see a spike in prices of 6% to 8% and then a softening of prices in the summer months when sales naturally slow down. If you have the luxury of timing when you sell your home, there is no better time throughout the year than right now!! For a free home evaluation, call me at my home office at 519-741-9704.

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n many parts of Canada, particularly in the eastern parts of the nation, too many youngsters do not have a job. This is not only a huge loss of productive capacity, as people in the prime of life are turned into dependents, but is a source of great social upheaval. At the same time companies complain a great deal that they cannot find the right people. An employment agency reported that a significant number of employers in special areas, such as engineering, but also in mid-level ones such as administration, disclosed that they are beset by shortages of personnel. All kinds of firms apparently have a lack of people to fill mid-level jobs. What are the explanations for this paradox, and how can that be changed? The problem is the gap between employers and our education—training system. The solution is to coordinate their goals. The most obvious answer

is to completely reform our vocational education that, for the most part, is non-functional. Governments and parents alike have focused on other parts of education, mainly universities and consider vocational schools a less desirable option for young people. The obsession with prestigeous institutions makes no sense in this era and wastes millions of dollars. What is the point of young people attending, say the University of Toronto, taking a liberal arts course, and then being unemployed after graduation? Other nations have started to change that emphasis. In Australia an institute of technology has a fully functioning replica of a gas processing plant. Governments and companies very short of qualified personnel then will have access to qualified workers as a consequence. Many continue to be sceptical about the efforts to bridge the gap between academic and vocational schooling. Yet, nowadays technology means

that the cost of vocational training can be reduced. In the past, that has been a major impediment in funding vocational training. In the United States Miami Dade College, that nation’s largest community college, keeps very close tabs on students to ensure that their training is not wasted. To improve vocational training, schools must try to match teaching with employers’ requirements. Although currently unemployment will persist because of weak overall demand, the shortage of skills is not beyond remedy and the gap between job shortages and employers’ needs can be bridged by revamping government programs. That will help reduce youth unemployment. Let’s begin to implement the necessary reforms. * * * Bruce Whitestone is an economist and syndicated columnist living in the Breslau area.

2012 International Plowing Match raises $300,000 for local charities T he efforts of 1,400 volunteers and dozens of area sponsors at the 2012 International Plowing Match & Rural Expo generated over $300, 000 that will be awarded to local charities on April 18. The five- day plowing match event was held in Roseville last September during a week of challenging weather. About $110,000 raised has already been distributed to

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR non-Sinclair who is a registered Marriage & Family Therapist. An afternoon retreat for couples wishing to dust off and polish the foundation of their partnership. Cost is $50/ couple and is to be paid on the day of the event. Please register in advance by calling 519-742-1002or e-mailing the church office mail@sjruc.ca or on the church website sjruc.ca REEP OPEN HOUSE - REEP House for Sustainable Living, 20 Mill Street, Kitchener is open every Saturday from 10am to 2pm. An interactive community resource, this 100-year-old home has been renovated by REEP Green Solutions to exceed modern building standards while maintaining heritage value; working demonstrations of household energy-efficient and water management technologies; certified energy adviser available to answer your home energy and water savings questions. Contact info@ reepgreen.ca or call 519-744-9799. There’s a Meetin’ Here Tonight - Twin City Harmonizers presents a There’s a Meetin’ Here Tonight on Friday, May 3, 7:30pm and Saturday, May 4, 2pm at theWaterloo Mennonite Brethren Church, 245 Lexington Rd, Waterloo. Special Guests:The Randy Lyght Trio & Eastwood Chamber Choir. Adults $20 $25 at the door, Children 12 & under $5. Call John Duggan 519-621-2275 or tickets@twincityharmonizers.com SOLAR HOT WATER FOR YOUR HOME AND POOL - Harness the power of the sun with solar thermal technology presentation on Thursday, April 25, 2013 from 7 - 9 pm at the REEP House for Sustainable Living, 20 Mill Street in Kitchener (at Queen). Parking:The green off of the Joseph Schneider Haus lot off Queen Street . Free (Charitable donations are welcome, but not required) presented by REEP Green Solutions with Special guest: Steve Dyck, Guelph Solar Homeowner panel. THE GRAND NATIONAL QUILT SHOW - Homer Watson House & Gallery proudly presents The Grand National Quilt Show, an invitational Canada-wide quilt exhibition that celebrates both tradition and innovation, exemplifying the fine Art of the Canadian quilter today Please join us for the Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony on Sunday April 21, 2013, 2– 4pm. The exhibition runs

April 13-June 23 with Artist Talks scheduled for Saturday, May 11, 1 - 3pm and Saturday, June 1, 1- 3pm. WATERLOO POTTERS’ WORKSHOP SPRING SALE - The Spring Sale of pottery by the Waterloo Potters’ Workshop celebrates the beginning of its 44th anniversary as an active not-for-profit guild in this regional community. From days of a limited number of glazes and forms to the current vast collection of forms and colours, there is sure to be an interesting piece perfect for that wedding, shower, birthday or personal gift, or for your own pleasure. Come to see for yourself on Friday, April 20 from 1 – 9:30 pm, Saturday, April 21 from 10 am – 5 pm and on Sunday, April 22 from 12 – 4 pm at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex, 101 Father David Bauer Dr., Waterloo. Free admission. Free parking. Cash, cheque, Interac, Visa and MasterCard accepted. Visit us online at: www.waterloopotters.ca for further information.

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knit people into strong and resourceful communities. We are inviting you to lead a walk in the area you live, work or play. It simply involves planning a route, connecting places and people’s stories, and promoting it around the neighbourhood. If you are interested in volunteering for Jane’s Walk in Kitchener on May 4 and 5, please contact the organizer: Juanita Metzger at jmetzger@regionofwaterloo.ca or phone: 519.883.2306 WALK FOR GUIDE DOGS - Anyone in Kitchener/ Waterloo can walk a dog, but it takes a special kind of dog to help a person walk. Dog Guides enable many of the millions of Canadians with disabilities to live safely and independently. By participating in the Kitchener/Waterloo Purina Walk for Dog Guides on May 25, 2013, you can help provide Dog Guides at no cost. The five kilometer walk is taking place at Waterloo Park at Hospitality Area and begins at 8am. There is no registration fee and one hundred per cent of funds raised will go towards training and placing Dog Guides. For more information, to register, or donate, please visit www.purinawalkfordogguides.com. A MONTH WORTH OF SUNDAYS –April 21, 28 & May 5 from 3 – 4:30pm talks with regional film-makers, presented at the KW Art Gallery in partnership with the Multicultural Cinema Club (based at The Working Centre) as part of Local Focus +. To register call 519-579-5860 or visit www.kwag.ca FREE VAULT TOURS - on Sunday April 28, and June 23 from 2 – 3pm. Guided vault tours offer a behind the scenes look at the KW Art Gallery’s permanent collection. Explore areas of the gallery not usually open to the general public. Space is limited, registration is required. To register call 519-5795860 or visit www.kwag.ca or vist the gallery at, 101 Queen St. N. in the Centre in the Square, Kitchener. GERONTOLOGY WORKSHOP - The 11th annual Gerontology Workshop, sponsored by the Waterloo Region Gerontology Interest Group, is happening Wednesday May 29th from 8:30am-4pm at Sunshine Centre in Luther Village on the Park. The event, Enhancing Interactions: Exploring Responsive Behaviours, features Geriatrician Dr. Nicole Elaine Didyk, MAREP Director Dr. Sherry Dupuis, Psychogeriatric Resource Consultant Sharon Stap and Robin Smart of the Alzheimer Society. Tickets are $50 for GIG Members and $75 for Non-Members. Emailwaterloogig@gmail.com, or visit www.waterloogig. org for more information. MUSIC FOR THE LOVE OF IT - a concert spilling over with music from many different genre. For the Love of gospel, love songs, new age, musical themes, anthems, folks songs and rock and roll! Come share in this experience by spending a delightful night with Dr. Alfred Kunz and his choirs (Music Alive and the Nith Valley Singers) on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Benton Street Baptist Church in Kitchener. A second performance will be held Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at Steinmann Mennonite Church on Snyder’s Road West in Baden. Both evenings will begin at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. Music For the Love of It is dedicated to all people who want to enjoy a night of wonderful music to lift their spirits. You may reserve tickets to either concert at any time. For tickets email Dana Kunz kunzmusc@sentex.net or call 519-662-3291. KW PRINCESS PROJECT DRESS DAYS - The KW Princess Project is holding two Dress Days on May 2 and May 29, from 5:30-8:30pmat the Victoria Park Pavilion in Kitchener.The costs of going to a prom/ formal can be prohibitive for some families and girls. If my mom didn’t sew, there is no way I would have been able to afford a dress to go to mine!! This is a chance for girls in KW to come in and find a beautiful, gentlyused prom/formal dress absolutely FREE! They also get great advice and assistance from helpful volunteers (like moi!) who will help them choose styles as well as shoes and accessories! All they have to do is email kwprincessproject@yahoo.com to register. Check out the KW Princess Project on Facebook for more details. CELEBRATING HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS - Saturday April 27, 2013 12:30pm5pm at St. James’~Rosemount United Church, 171 Sherwood Ave, Kitchener (near Krug Street Plaza) Facilitated by Kelly McLar-

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STUDENT HOPES TO HELP BUILD NEW SCHOOLS IN GHANA - Christine Strong, 16, of New Hamburg, has organized a concert to be held May 10 from 7:30pm to about 9pm at the Living Waters Church, 45 Hincks St., New Hamburg, to raise funds for her volunteer trip to Ghana this summer to build schools in rural communities. Christine has travelled to Kenya and Ecuador over the past two summers with Me to We, helping to build schools in rural communities. The concert will feature vocal country and pop music performances by Christine and fellow students Ruth Tierney, Markus Pfenning and Greg Myers, accompanied by piano or guitar. There will be refreshments and a silent auction. Everyone welcome. Donations gratefully accepted. For more information call 519-662-4867. GEM AND MINTERAL CLUB ANNUAL SHOW - The Kitchener Waterloo Gem and Mineral Club invites you to its annual show and sale on Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 10am to 4pm at the Waterloo Community Arts Centre (25 Regina Street South). You will find rocks, minerals, fossils, meteorites, displays, beads and jewelry. Complimentary gem identification courtesy of the Canadian Gemological Association. Children’s activities include gem dig, uncover a fossil fish and free samples. Free admission. Everyone is welcome. RECYCLING EVENT - Drop off your old electronics at Trinity Village, 2727 Kingsway Drive, Kitchener, April 19, 20 and 21st. For more details call 519-893-6320 ext. 232 or 239. COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE – Saturday, April 27, 2013, 8 to 11am at the Ratz-Bechtel Funeral Home, 621 King Street W. Kitchener (lower parking lot). Rain date, Sat. May 4, 2013. Anyone interested in renting a space may do so for $20 (6 ft. table) included. Proceeds from table rentals will be donated to KidsAbility. For more information and to reserve your space call Jana or Diane at the funeral home (519) 745-9495 by Fri. April 19th. GARAGE SALE AND PANCAKE BREAKFAST - Saturday May 4, 2013 8am - 1:30pm - Annual Garage Sale & E-Waste Collection with 24th Scouting Pancake Breakfast at St. James’~Rosemount United Church, 171 Sherwood Ave, Kitchener. EASTWOOD COLLEGIATE INTEGRATED ARTS PROGRAM REUNION - Eastwood Collegiate is hosting the 25th Anniversary Reunion of the Waterloo Region Integrated Arts Program and is calling alumni, administration, staff, parents and friends home for the celebration. This spring all who were touched by its energy are invited to come back and reconnect with the people who have made it what it was, what it is and what it will be. Daytime events begin Saturday, April 27th at noon, with an Open House at Eastwood Collegiate followed by special ECI Alumni performances at 3pm inside the school’s auditorium. The party continues 7pm that evening at THE MUSEUM (10 King Street West) in downtown Kitchener. Doors open at 6:30. Please register TODAY at http://eastwoodartsreunion.info/get-registered See you at the Reunion April 27th, 2013! SCHWABEN CLUB EVENTS – Friday, April 26, Spring German Show with Entertainers from Germany and Austria. Doors open: 5:30pm, Dinner: 6:30pm. Show starts at 8pm. Members: $39.95 + tax and Non-Members: $44.95 + tax. Sunday, May 12, Filmnachmittag “Die Gustloff” – Part 1. Admission $4. Doors open at 2pm. Film begins at 2:30pm. Coffee and cake available. HOMER WATSON HOUSE & GALLERY FAMILY PROGRAMS - Paper Weaving - Learn about the art of weaving with the whole family! This program instructed by Scott McNichol is hosted during The Grand National Quilt Show. Sunday, April 21, 2 4pm, $25. This program is FREE for members who hold a current family membership. JANE’S WALK VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Jane’s Walk is an annual celebration of people and city neighbourhoods, held annually on the first weekend of May. Created in 2007 by friends of the urban thinker, Jane Jacobs, the annual series of free, volunteer led walks has grown from 27 to over 600 walks. We are inviting you to join the Festival of Neighbourhoods through a simple act of walking together and discussing what makes a neighbourhood, Jane’s walk helps

WATERLOO REGIONAL POLICE MALE CHORUS FISH FRY -The Waterloo Regional Police Male Chorus will host its annual Fish Fry on Wednesday, April17, 2013 at Parkminster United Church, 275 Erb St, Waterloo with continuous service from 4:30 to 7pm. Advance Tickets Only - $15 per adult, $7.50 for children under 12. Tickets are available from all chorus members and via e-mail at chorus@wrps.on.ca For more information, visit www.wrps.on.ca/volunteers/malechorus.htm BIDS & BITES SILENT AUCTION and SPRING MUSICAL - Friday May 10th at Calvary United Church 48 Hawkesville Rd., St Jacobs. Over 150 silent auction items, refreshments and a free show! Register to place your bids at 6pm (bidding closes at 7:30pm) At 7:45pm, enjoy our Spring Musical – ‘Solid ROCK Cafe‘ presented by the students of Foundation Christian School. Auction checkout begins after the show (about 8:45pm). Admission FREE.



Kitchener Citizen - East Edition April 2013