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Hydro workers thanked for ice-storm repairs spread the word. Vexler had planned any people were grateful for the to provide the pizza hard work of Waterloo region to hydro workers durhydro workers to get their power re- ing the ice storm, but stored in the days that followed the lo- it was such a busy time cal devastating Dec. 22 ice storm. for workers that it Kitchener resident Nate Vexler was could not be arranged so grateful, he collected about $800 us- at that time. He had ing crowd funding on the internet that already purchased pizhe used to buy a pizza lunch for about zas for the workers but 150 Kitchener Wilmot Hydro workers they went to a men’s on Jan. 8th as a thank you. shelter instead and it “I went through the ice storm in 1998 was decided to hold in Montreal where I was living at the off the pizza lunch for time,” said the University of Waterloo the hydro workers unemployee. The storm, which hit Que- til the second week in bec and eastern Ontario left about one January. On Jan. 6, Waterloo million people without power. “When it hit here I saw how hard North Hydro workers the hydro workers were working and were the first to be givin very dangerous conditions. It kind en the free pizza party, of touched me and I just wanted to do followed by Kitchensomething to thank them,” Vexler said, er-Wilmot workers on who lost power for a day and a half at Jan. 8. Vexler hopes to also provide a pizza this Kitchener home. He thought of giving them pizza af- party for Cambridge- University of Waterloo employee Nate Vexler (wearing the scarf) stands with Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro linesmen, from left, Beacock, Justin Rivard and Clayton Schatti as they thanked him for providing a free pizza lunch for them on January 8. ter he heard of “Random Acts of Piz- North Dumfries hydro Travis Vexler raised money using crowd sourcing to pay for pizza parties to thank local hydro workers for their hard work to restore workers, but if that za” that was started after the Boston power following the Dec. 22 ice storm that hit Waterloo region. bombings when residents raised mon- can’t be arranged, any ey to buy pizza that was given to first left over money will be homeowners really do appreciate it,” areas) customers had power. donated to the St. Jacobs Market Fire he said. responders as a thank you. “Some of you came in sick or came He enlisted the help of Kitchen- Relief Fund. Kitchener Wilmot Hydro CEO Jerry off your vacation time to work,” he “We’re pleased that the community er councillor Berry Vrbanovic who Van Ooteghem said the unusual na- said adding that working in extremely would recognize the efforts of our helped organize the pizza parties and employees. Power is some- ture of the ice storm left 30,000 homes cold temperatures was not the only thing that everyone takes without power in its first eight hours challenge to completing repairs. Workgranted and many of – about one –third of all homes in the ers also had to deal with falling branch
 for es overhead, freezing equipment and these guys gave up their region. exhausting double shifts. “It struck every corner of our service Christmas to work,” said Blastball,
 “We appreciate that. You did a rearea,” Van Ooteghem said. Rod Goetz, Past Chair of Registration
 He said that, at its peak, 22 feeder markable job,” he told his workers, Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro. spring
 “You worked under some stations were knocked out and that adding that the region gratefully reopen.

 extreme conditions and Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro answered ceived help from Sarnia and Chatham now
 crews. the recent cold is another 2,000 phone calls that day. special
 Repair work will continue over the Van Ooteghem said hydro workers challenge for you,” Kitch
 ener Mayor Carl Zehr told had restored power to 15,000 homes next few weeks as there are still many For
 workers during the pizza by 5pm on the day of the storm and by branches lying on hydro lines. “We will remove them as quickly as midnight all but about 1,300 (many in lunch.
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City of Kitchener prepares for increased development in areas around ION stations think beyond the tracks. Kitchener’s planning des Kitchener prepares for partment is looking at how the ION light rail transit it will handle development to come to the city, it has to within a 10 minute walk of BY HELEN HALL


Happy New Year! All the best in 2014! Dan Glenn-Graham

I have been honoured to serve as a Kitchener City Councillor over the past three years and on January 3rd, 2014, I declared my candidacy for Mayor of the City of Kitchener for the October 27th municipal election. During my 2010 campaign, during Saturdays spent at the Kitchener Market and at the over 700 public outreach events that I have attended thus far, I have had the opportunity to hear from you about your priorities. I want to thank each and every one of you for taking the time to engage with me and I encourage you to continue to share your ideas, concerns and questions for this great city that we call home. I look forward to continuing the conversation and can be reached at: The Kitchener Market on Saturdays at a rotating time, Jan. 11th at noon, Jan. 18th at 1pm, Jan. 25th at 7am, Feb. 1 at 8am etc

each of the ION stations in Kitchener. Twelve stations will be located in Kitchener. The first one will be on King Street West near Grand River Hospital and the second one will be near the future Transit Hub at King Street West and Victoria Street North. The tracks split off King and go down Duke Street West and Charles Street West, before joining together again at Charles Street West and Frederick Street. There are two stops on Duke Street West and Frederick Street, and four stops along Charles Street West. The tracks split again at Charles Street West, with one set going down Borden Street South and the other set down Ottawa Street South before meeting again on Courtland Avenue East. There are three stops on Courtland Avenue East, with the last one at Fairview Park Mall. A final Kitchener station will be shared with Canbridge and connect the ION light rail to the Cambridge’s bus rapid transit. To provide for future development around these stations, the planning department has been working on a project called PARTS - Planning Around Transit Stations.



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cial Plan or zoning bylaws and how to handle requests in the interim. Communications Approach Sloan said the city wants to engage landowners in these areas to share their ideas and respond to the city’s recommendations. A communications approach will be designed to figure out how to best reach out to landowners and the public.

Interim Direction Because it is anticipated there will be continued redevelopment interest in properties that are in close proximity to the station, guidelines will be created to consider whether amendments need to be made to the existing Offi-

Transportation Demand Management Strategy This strategy will create transportation rules for new developments to make sure they include options for all kinds of transportation including things like trails for walking and cycling.

Urban Design Guidelines The city will establish Urban Design Guidelines for development around the ION transit stations. These guidelines could look at things like streetscape design, sidewalks, public art, benches and landscaping. Sanitary Sewer Capacity Analysis This report will look at the future sanitary sewer capacity needed around the stations to meet the expected increased development.

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“There will be a lot of development in the areas around the stations,� said Brandon Sloan, Manager of LongRange and Policy Planning with the City of Kitchener. “We want to make sure it positively complements our city.� Because of the large amount of work to be done, planning staff have divided the PARTS project into phases. In 2014, the PARTS team will look at “corridor-wide initiatives� or guidelines that will apply to all the areas around ION stations in Kitchener. “There would be a lot of duplication if we did this for each individual station,� Sloan said. They will look at guidelines for specific neighbourhoods around the stations between 2014 and 2017, when the trains are due to begin running. Corridor-wide iniatives in five areas will be established this year.

he Region of Waterloo has extended the free drop-off at transfer stations for branches and brush from the recent ice storm until Saturday, January 18, 2014. Residents who bring segregated loads of their tree debris to the Cambridge (201 Savage Drive) or Waterloo (925 Erb Street West, Gate 2) transfer stations will have their tipping fee waived up to and including Saturday, January 18, 2014.

The curbside collection of properly prepared storm debris for diversion with Christmas trees ended with the end of the tree collection program on Saturday, January 11. However, properly prepared storm debris will still be collected but will go to the landfill as garbage. Residents wishing to divert their storm debris for composting are asked to please bring it to a transfer station, or hold it until the start of the

seasonal yard waste program at the end of March. Information regarding the proper preparation of yard waste, and the 2014 yard waste collection schedule can be found on the region’s website under Seasonal Services at waste. If you have any questions regarding collection, please call customer service at 519-883-5100.

is your ideal city?

Calling all future leaders, decision makers and visionaries - between the ages of 10 and 12 years old!

We want to know what makes a city great place to live, tell Mayor Zehr and members of council (in 250 words or less) how you would shape Kitchener for the future. Winners will participate in a live, televised council meeting on April 28, 2014 to debate a community-related topic and receive a tour of city hall! As well, your essay will be printed in an upcoming issue of the Kitchener Citizen.

Essays are due by March 28, 2014 and can be emailed to or dropped off at

the Office of the Mayor and Council in City Hall (after business hours, please drop off at security desk.) A total of 11 essays will be chosen. All entries are the property of the City of Kitchener. Only the winning names and ages will be published. For more information, call 519-741-2300.   



Candidates start registering for October 2014 municipal election BY HELEN HALL

en Seiling and Dan K Glenn-Graham didn’t waste any time.

Both declared their intention to run in the 2014 municipal election in the first few days of January. Ken Seiling is running again for Chair of Waterloo Region. Seiling, of Elmira, is seeking his 10th term as Regional Chair. He was first elected to this position in 1985. Bob Oberholtzer of Waterloo is also running for Regional Chair. Ward 10 councillor Dan Glenn-Graham has set his sights on the mayor’s seat in Kitchener. He officially announced his candidacy on January 3 at Entertaining Elements in Kitchener. Glenn-Graham said his vision is to keep taxes low and citizens engaged in what is happening at city hall. GlennGraham is known for his interaction with the community. He spends his Saturday mornings at the market talking with community members. About 40 supporters attended to hear his speech. Kitchener Mayor Carl Zehr has not yet announced if he will be running for another term. Zehr is Kitchener’s longestserving mayor, first elected in 1997. Around the council horseshoe, some councillors are in, others undecided, but no one has counted themselves out yet. Ward 3 councillor John Gazzola wants to return to his seat at the council table. Gazzola, who has been a councillor since 2002, said he is in good health and wants to continue to serve his constituents. Ward 9 councillor Frank Etherington will also be running again. Etherington is a former Waterloo Region Record reporter who is currently serving his first term on council. In October 2010, he beat Debbie Chapman by one vote to take Ward 9. “I would like to continue efforts made during this term to strengthen and retain the urban health of inner-city

communities while working to revitalize our downtown. I would also like to nurture our high-tech’ future and continue to create jobs in and around Ward 9’s Tannery district,” Etherington said. Ward 1 councillor Scott Davey is also seeking his second term. Davey said he wants to keep taxes down and look for ways to make the city’s core services more efficient. Zyg Janecki announced in his column in this week’s Kitchener Citizen that he will also run again in Ward 8. He plans to file his registration papers after the city budget is finalized. As of press time, councillors Bil Ioannidis, Kelly Gal-

Dan Glenn-Graham announced his candidacy for Kitchener mayor at Entertaining Elements on January 3. He is shown here at the event with his wife Bev.

loway-Sealock, Yvonne Fernandes, Paul Singh and Berry Vrbanovic had not yet made a decision on whether to run.

2014 New Year’s Levee at Kitchener City Hall

She shoots! She scores!

Hannah Williams, 8, celebrates after scoring a goal at her game during Girls Hockey Day in Kitchener January 12. All girls registered with Kitchener Minor Hockey played at Activa Sportsplex that day. They also celebrated that girls hockey teams collected 25,000 pounds of food for the Food Bank in December. Williams plays for the Novice Pandas team, which tied the Dolphins 2-2.

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Take time to weigh in on statue project

n the best situation, all citizens would Ierything be engaged enough to comment on evtheir city council is considering

doing. Fortunately we elect councilors to do that work for us because most people would not have the time to make an educated decision on every council consideration, but sometimes it is a good civic exercise to weigh in on some things. The recently proposed “Statue Project” is one opportunity. In honour of Canada’s sesqincentennial (150th birthday), the city is currently con-

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lion cost of the project have already been received by the organizing committee and the city has been asked to consider providing $300,000 towards the installation of the statue bases, landscaping and ongoing maintenance. The city has set up a brief on line survey on the proposed project that will be open until February 7, 2014. Don’t miss your chance to tell the city what you think by going to and click onto complete this brief survey.

Energy cost will increase due to Liberal plan

n December, as we moved into the holiday season, the current Ontario Liberals gave us yet again, another “gift” that we will have to pay for: INCREASED energy costs. The Liberals announced that energy costs in Ontario will increase as a result of their plan. The Liberal plan will increase reliance on expensive and unreliable wind turbines at the expense of affordable energy. The increased rates will also go to pay for the cancelled gas plants – a cost of $1.1 billion to taxpayers. Taxpayers also need to hold the Ontario NDP party responsible, because it is

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sidering the proposed “Statue Project” – a collection of life-sized bronze monuments of all of Canada’s former Prime Ministers that it has been suggested be placed along the walk way that rings the commons area at Victoria Park in Kitchener. The statues would each have an educational component encouraging viewers to interact and think about that particular Prime Minister’s actions while in office – whether now deemed significant or detrimental. Pledges for about half of the $2.2-mil-

their support of the Liberal government, time and time again, that is allowing the Liberals to put forward plans like this that gouge taxpayers even more. When is the Liberal government going to realize that Ontario taxpayers – you and me - cannot afford to pay anymore? Energy prices affect everyone – the Liberal plan shows absolutely no respect for taxpayers. In my role as the Ontario PC Candidate in Kitchener-Waterloo, one of the most common pieces of feedback that I hear is that families just can’t afford any more increases in energy rates. Local businesses also tell me increased

energy costs may be just the tipping point to force them to close or move. We used to have the most affordable energy in North America, and now we are among one of the most expensive jurisdictions. The PC Party has a plan to make energy in Ontario more affordable; you can find our plan at As the Ontario PC Candidate in Kitchener-Waterloo, I am standing up for taxpayers and telling the Ontario Liberal government that we cannot afford their plan. Tracey Weiler, Kitchener


It’s time for students to sit around the council horseshoe

n election year seems like the perfect A year to get students interested in municipal politics.

The Kitchener Citizen is excited to be working with the City of Kitchener again and sponsoring the My Ideal City Contest. This is the second year of the contest, which was designed to help school children learn more about municipal politics - and have some fun too. Until March 28, 2014, the City of Kitchener will accept essays (250 words or less) from students between the ages of 10 and 12. The essay should explain how the student would shape Kitchener for the future. Do you think we should improve transportation, build more parks, build more houses, or should we be more environmental? Put your ideas in your essay. Eleven winners will be chosen. Those students will have the opportunity to participate in a live, televised council meeting April 28, where they will take on the role of a city councillor or the mayor. They will debate a community topic and also receive a tour of city hall. However, the students aren’t all on their own for this. They will have the op-

portunity to meet the members of city council before the televised debate and ask them questions. They are also accompanied by a member of council during the debate, who can assist them if they have questions. The Kitchener Citizen will reprint all the winning essays. With 2013 being the first year of this contest, we weren’t sure what to expect when our student winners filed into the council chambers. We were amazed by the research they had done and at how thoughtful their ideas and comments were during the debate. Things started off quietly when the microphones were first turned on, but just like real politicians, once the debate started there was no slowing them down. We’d also like to thank Rogers Cable 20, who will be televising the student debate and the regularly scheduled council meeting that night. Students can write and submit an essay on their own. Teachers can have their whole class submit essays as part of the Social Studies curriculum in government and citizenship in Grade 5, or maybe just as a writing project.

Kitchener Mayor Carl Zehr shows student Mayor Olivia Gibson how to work the microphone before the 2013 My Ideal City televised student debate. The Kitchener Citizen is proud to be sponsoring My Ideal City again. This year, the televised student debate will be in the evening of April 28, 2014.

Essays can be emailed to council@ or dropped off at the office of the Mayor and Council at Kitchener City Hall. Outside of business hours, they can be left at the security desk outside the Rotunda. Or, you can use Canada Post and mail them to the Office of the Mayor and Council, City of Kitchener, PO Box 1118, Kitchener, ON, N2G 4G7. We look forward to reading your essays and printing them in the Kitchener Citizen.

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


PROVINCIAL ISSUES by John Milloy MPP – Kitchener Centre

New Infrastructure Act to spur much-needed investments


nfrastructure is the lifeblood of our communities, and a foundation of jobs and growth. It results from years of careful planning and study, spurring significant investment and prosperous returns. Infrastructure laid the foundations for Ontario’s twentieth century economy – and now it is

time to build the foundations for the twenty-first. We have made major improvements to highways, roads and bridges across the province to create jobs and ensure safer, more convenient rides for families and businesses. Over the course of the 2013 construction season, crews:


by Stephen Woodworth Member of Parliament Kitchener Centre


ith today’s technological advances, cyberbullying is becoming increasingly common in Canadian society. Cyberbullying is a form of bullying in which aggression towards another is done through electronic means. Cyberbullying that uses new communication technologies to distribute intimate images without the consent of the person depicted is taking bullying way beyond the school yard. Once online, images or information can spread quickly and often uncontrollably and may also be permanently available on the Internet. We have seen too many instances where such conduct has victimized a young Canadian before the entire world. It can destroy lives. The impact of cyberbullying is far reaching and has been a factor in the tragic suicide of several Canadian teenagers. In order to help protect the most vulnerable in society, we need a stronger criminal justice response. In the 2013 Speech from the Throne, the government committed to better protecting children from all forms of bullying. The government is delivering on the commitment with the introduction of legislation that specifically addresses cyberbullying. The government introduced legislation that will amend the Criminal Code to prohibit the non-consensual distribution of intimate images. This crime will be punishable by a maximum penalty of five years. A judge can order the removal of an intimate image from websites and may impose restrictions on the use of the Internet by the person convicted.

This legislation will also modernize existing investigative powers to enable police to more efficiently and effectively obtain electronic evidence that exists on the Internet or other technologies. This legislation is essential to addressing cyberbullying and holding cyberbullies accountable for their actions. The government also remains committed to putting the needs of victims first. That is why we are continuing to work with partners in the public and private sectors to address all forms of bullying through education, awareness and prevention activities. As part of the government’s crime prevention projects, we are supporting the development of school-based projects to prevent bullying. The government also supports the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, which operates and, websites that Canadians can use to report online sexual exploitation of children. They provide important resources for those seeking help. We are also ensuring that Canadians have access to information they need to protect themselves and their families against online threats through the GetCyberSafe. campaign. Through this new legislation and continued efforts to promote education, awareness and prevention, we will help better protect children from all forms of bullying. The government remains committed to keeping Canada’s streets and communities safe for all Canadians, particularly for children.

• Work was done on Highway 7 and 85 in Waterloo Region from Krug Street to Waterloo Road 15. This work includes repairs to 14 bridges, culvert and storm sewer work, lighting improvements, and pavement rehabilitation; • Widening of Highway 7/8 from Fischer Hallman Road to Courtland Avenue from four to six lanes will ease congestion and improve access to and from west Kitchener neighbourhoods. Eleven bridges will be widening and repaired as part of this project. This work also includes enhancing safety by constructing concrete median barriers, illumination, and paved shoulders; • Repaired 9 kilometres of southbound lanes on Highway 427 from Highway 401 to the QEW in Toronto and Mississauga;

• Repaired 12 bridges along Highway 401 from Jane to Kipling in Toronto; • Widened Highway 401 from the 401/410/403 interchange to Hurontario Street in Mississauga. Infrastructure means longterm jobs and growth, prosperity and success. That is why Premier Kathleen Wynne and our new Ontario government are taking bold and decisive action to get it right. We have unveiled legislation that, if passed, will support long-term strategic infrastructure planning to build a stronger economy that supports more jobs and apprenticeship opportunities. The new Infrastructure for Jobs and Prosperity Act would require the province to regularly table a long-term infrastructure plan in the Legislature covering a period of at least 10 years. It would require the first long-term infrastructure plan to be tabled in the legislature within three years, with following plans tabled every five years. The Infrastructure and Prosperity Act also includes guiding principles to help planning align with demographic and economic trends to maximize

the value of provincial infrastructure investments and promote innovation, competitiveness, job creation, and training. Over the next three years, we are investing $35 billion in infrastructure across Ontario, which will support more than 100,000 jobs, on average, each year. The proposed legislation leverages the best possible economic, cultural and environmental outcomes from the province’s infrastructure investments by delivering a strong positive signal to industry about the Ontario government’s long-term commitment to building projects. Recognizing Ontario’s need for skilled trade workers, our legislation would also require the province to involve apprentices in the construction of certain provincial infrastructure projects. Strengthening communities by supporting strategic growth is part of Premier Kathleen Wynne and the new Ontario government’s plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure, and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.


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C O M M U N I T Y C A L E N DA R TAX DISCUSSION AND WORKSHOP – Join the Social Planning Council of Kitchener Waterloo and the Community Information Centre of Waterloo Region for this free event as they welcome Alex Himelfarb, author of “tax is not a four letter word, A Different Take on Taxes in Canada, to Kitchener-Waterloo on January 23 as part of a cross province tour to seed a more balanced discussion on taxes and their role in everyday lives. Himelfarb will speak and there will be a panel discussion from 12 – 1pm followed by a workshop on the local perspective on taxation from 1 to 2:30pm. Light lunch will be offered. For more information or to register for the workshop call 519-579-3800. COLDEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR WALK - On February 22, 2014 approximately 800 toque-wearing walkers from the Waterloo Region will be taking part in the fourth Coldest Night of the Year, a family-friendly winter fundraising event for K-W’s homeless, hungry and hurting. The funds raised will directly support the Ray of Hope Community Centre, which provides daily meals, food hampers and clothing to those who need it. This year’s walk is BIGGER, growing from 37 cities to 64 from all across Canada. People can support their favourite KW walker or join a toque-wearing team for this 2, 5, or 10 KM walk event by signing-up online ( Registration is at Cameron Heights Collegiate (301 Charles St. E) from 4-5 PM and each walk route finishes at the Ray of Hope Community Centre (659 King St. E) where a warm bowl of soup will be waiting. For more information call 519-578-8018 ext 220 or visit

rich ambience. March 4, 2014 will see the return of the acclaimed Royal City Saxophone Quartet, for a Mardi Gras Concert of New Orleans Jazz and Ragtime tunes. Back by popular demand for the fourth and final concert on April 25, 2014 is the Brian Pickell Band. The band includes Brian Pickell (guitar, mandolin, banjo), Pat O’Gorman (flute, whistle, Irish pipes), Shane Cook (fiddle), James Stephens (fiddle, mandolin, tenor guitar) and Julie Schryer (piano). Single event tickets are $30/Adult and $20/Student. Series tickets are $100 Adult/$65 Student. Tickets can be purchased by calling 519-886-6395 or by emailing For more information go to FREE COMMUNITY EVENTS AT DOON VILLAGE RETIREMENT RESIDENCE - Treasure Antiques Appraisal Day – Wednesday,

January 22, 2014, 2-4pm. The Valuation Clinic is run by Treasure Antiques & Appraisals of Oakville. Treasures will evaluate fine art, decorative art (Silver, china, clocks and art objects), jewellery, watches & coins. Spaces are limited. Call for your reservation. Lunch n Learn Workshop – Vibrant Living – Thursday January 30, 2014 from 2:30-2 pm. Join us for a complimentary lunch and a vibrant living at any age workshop with psychotherapist, author, trainer and speaker Judith L. Harrison. Reservations required. Call 519-896-8702 or email 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 KW SYMPHONY PRESENTS ZHANG PLAYS ROAHMANINOFF standards while maintaining heritage value; working - The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony presents a dramatic program tions of household energy-efficient and water management techwith Zhang Plays Rachmaninoff on Friday, January 17 and Satur- nologies; certified energy adviser available to answer your home day, January 18 at 8 pm at the Centre In The Square, 101 Queen energy and water savings questions. Contact St. N. in Kitchener. Led by Guest Conductor Courtney Lewis, the or call 519-744-9799. program features Van Cliburn gold medal winning pianist Haochen COFFEE BREAK - is an interdenominational Bible Study for wom• Basic & advanced foot care Zhang playing Rachmaninoff’s timeless Rhapsody on a Theme by en of all ages and all stages of faith. Nurseries and preschool • Trim & file toe nails Paganini along with works by Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky and Cana- programs are provided. All programs are free. Wednesdays • Skin, corn & callous management dian composer Michael Oesterle. Tickets start at $19 and can be 9.30-11am, at the Community Christian Reformed Church, 1275 • Diabetics welcome purchased online at or by calling 519.745.4711 or Bleams Rd., Kitchener. Register at or come out • Veterans welcome on a Wednesday morning. Questions? 888.745.4717. • Home visits available STANLEY PARK SCHOOL’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY – Stanley Park ADULT DAY PROGRAM - Did you know Trinity Village has an Senior Public School will be celebrating its 50th anniversary on Adult Day Program for seniors wishing to socialize with other seLinda, The Foot Nurse Saturday, April 5th, 2014.The school will be open to anyone inter- niors? The cost is just $8 per day and the program runs Mondays, 519-893-2969 ested in sharing in our history during a “drop-in” from 1 to 4pm, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am to 1 pm, at Trinity Village Care Linda Heber, RPN Foot Care Nurse where visitors will be able to view a variety of “decade rooms”, Centre, on Kingsway Drive, near Fairview Park Mall. Self-referrals Nursing Foot Care Educator complete with photos, yearbooks and other school memorabilia. welcome or contact CCAC, 519-748-2222. For more information Foot Care Certified Master Pedicurist There will be a short program in the gym at 2pm, featuring some call the Day Program Coordinator at 519-893-6320 ext. 235. Free Parking local dignitaries. Refreshments will also be served. Following the MAKE NEW FRIENDS WITH BETA SIGMA PHI - Are you a program until 4pm, visitors can tour the school and view displays woman looking for new friends and fun things to do? Do you enincluding the contents of the 25-year time capsule that will be joy a social, community service-oriented group? If so, you might be interested in our Beta Sigma Phi chapter. Beta Sigma Phi is opened especially for this occasion. 100th ANNIVERSARY OF ST. ANDREWS PUBLIC SCHOOL - St. an international women’s friendship network. For more informaAndrew’s Public School in Cambridge is tion about Beta Sigma Phi visit the international website: www. extending an invitation to former staff, There are 200 members in KW alone. Our alumni, and local history buffs to join in chapter of 8 women has members in our mid 30s and early 40s, the planning of the school’s 100-year cel- mostly married, with small children. We meet twice a month May ebration. The school, which first opened – Sept. and plan socials throughout the year too. Email betasigits doors in 1914, will be welcoming for- for more information. mer students, staff and the public with an ROCKWAY ENTERTAINERS - choral group singing four-part harOpen House and celebration planned for mony. Recruiting new members... Membership open to those May 10th, 2014. Volunteers are needed over 50 years old. Rehearsals are Thursdays at 1:30 – 3:30pm plan, prepare, and promote the celebra- from September until May at Rockway Centre Auditorium, 1405 tion. Help is needed to collect and scan King Street East, Kitchener. Please phone 519-885-9978 or 519old photographs, track down yearbooks 741-2507 for more information. and memorabilia, promote the event to DIVERSECITY TOASTMASTERS CLUB - Do you have trouble alumni, plant a commemorative garden, finding the right words when speaking to a group? Need a career research and document the history of the boost? Want to polish your presentation skills? Toastmasters is school, and coordinate activities for the the place for you. Learn communication, leadership and presentapublic celebration. For more information, tion strategies in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. DiverseCity check the school website at is a new club and is open to all. It runs Mondays, 7 - 8:30 pm at Kitchener City Hall, the Conestoga Room. For more information or call the school at (519) 621-7170. LINCOLN SERIES OF LIVE MUSIC RE- contact Georgina Green, 519-743-7655 or TURNS - The Lincoln Series returns this TORONTO SPORTSMEN’S SHOW - Celebrating 67 years, the ToCome Experience The Difference... Fall at St. Columba Anglican Church, 250 ronto Sportsmen’s Show brings everything for the great outdoors Lincoln Road, Waterloo. There is seating under one roof! From fishing and hunting to boating and camping, CALL TO REGISTER TODAY!! for just over 100 in this warm, acoustically this year’s event will feature more than 400 exhibitors making it the biggest show of its kind Solution to Crossword #33 All registration information: in Canada. Kids of all ages 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 can try their luck at the Fish Extended Day Learning information: C E M E T E R Y O P U S E S TV Trout Pond or Toronto Sun $75,000 Casting Pond; O I I E O P I St. Kateri Tekakwitha(519) 895‐1716  9 10 Catholic Elementary Schools: get up close and personal A T W O O D P O L I T I C S with live Birds of Prey; see St. Mark (519) 743‐4682  11 K L O P P I E P The Marvelous Mutts in Blessed John Paul II (519) 742‐7378  St. Paul (519) 743‐4401  12 13 action; and check out the Blessed Sacrament (519) 745‐5950  N S U E R U L E O F L A W E St. Teresa (519) 743‐2131  Husqvarna chainsaw carvCanadian Martyrs (519) 578‐7579  H D O U A R St. Timothy (519) 748‐1874           ing demo with artist Bobbi 14 15 16 17 John Sweeney (519) 579‐52                                 Switzer. Taking place at P A N D A S W O R K S H Y Catholic Secondary Schools: 18 The Direct Energy Centre, Monsignor Haller (519) 579‐1230    K I R A S G tickets ($19 for adults, $13 19 20 21 Our Lady of Grace (519) 745‐3961  ResurrecƟon Catholic Secondary            P R I N C E R E E N T E R for seniors 60+ and juniors St. Aloysius (519) 893‐5830  22                                 (519) 741‐1990  aged 6-15, $45 for a family A H E A R S St. Anne (519) 745‐7847  pass) can be purchased on St. Mary's High School            23 24 25 F O R C E F E E D Q U A C K site. Children under 6 years St. BernadeƩe (519) 743‐1541                (519) 745‐6891  old enter for free. The show H R F D U M A F St. Daniel (519) 893‐8801                                    26 27 runs from 10am to 8pm FebR O N I C F I L A M E N T I St. Dominic Savio (519) 576‐5503  ruary 6 to 8th and February N N N S N E T 9 from 10am to 6pm. 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Community SPORTS Kitchener woman to represent Canada at world Karate competition in October 2014 BY CARRIE DEBRONE


or the last 14 years, Sanja Mitrovic has asked herself the same question every morning --- ”What am I going to do today to improve at my sport?” Then, she goes and does it. Her disciplined approach to Karate has paid off. In October 2014, she will represent Canada at the World Karate Championships in Tokyo, Japan. Mitrovic, 23, took the gold medal at the November 10 2013 National Karate competition in Montreal qualifying her to represent Canada in two divisions – individual and team sparring.

Over 100 countries will be represented at the worlds’ and still fresh from her national win, Mitrovic is excited about going. Her calm voice and determined, dark eyes are enough to make anyone believe she is a force. Mitrovic has been to the world’s once before and her story about competing there three years ago demonstrates her extreme inner fortitude. At the 2011 world championship in Thailand, she competed for Canada despite breaking her arm while training two weeks before the competition. Against the advice of her

Not yet recognized as an Olympic sport, Karate associations worldwide have been campaigning hard with hopes for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic games.

coach and doctor, she decided to remove her arm cast (not allowed in competition) that was supposed to stay on for six weeks, and do her best, knowing full well that her arm could be badly injured during the competition. The competition ended with a third round loss to Japan. But, luckily she did not further injure her arm. “I saw it as a once-in-alifetime chance and I had worked so hard to get there. I was not about to throw all that away just because my arm was broken,” she said. “At the last world’s there were thousands of people there watching and my arm was a huge strain. This time I am much more prepared mentally. I’m training hard and I am looking forward to winning,” she said calmly. Mitrovic began studying Karate when she was nine years old.


Men’s fastpitch world championships returning to Kitchener in August 2014 BY HELEN HALL

he Hallman Twins are T coming back to take a run at their third world champi-

onship when the International Softball Congress (ISC) world tournament is held in Kitchener this August. Matt Allen, Media and Marketing Chair for ISC 2014 said the Twins are still working on its roster but will be at the tournament, which runs from August 8 to 16. This is the fourth time Kitchener has hosted this premier tournament in men’s fastball. Previous tournaments were held in Kitchener in 2002, 2006 and 2007. Kitchener was also to host in 2011, but pulled out when changes to the tournament format made them unhappy. Allen said that the tournament registration fee has been reduced as well as some of the requirements to enter the tournament - meaning any team that wants to try can register. “Locally, there are all kinds of teams that might like to enter,” Allen said. “And there’s always kind of a dark horse team in these tourmaments.” Kitchener is a fastball community and previous ISC

championships have drawn about 50,000 fans each and raised approximately $100,000 each for local charities, service groups and minor sports. They’ve also used their proceeds to make improvements at the Peter Hallman Ball Yard on Hayward Avenue, where the tournament is being hosted. Games will also be played at Budd Park on Homer Watson Boulevard. The tournament will bring in many fastball enthusiasts from outside Kitchener who will spend money locally. Allen said Kitchener is a “hotbed for softball” and that many people were disappointed when the group folded its bid to host in 2011. He said it is “really exciting” to be bringing it back. Hosting a tournament of this size is expensive and the ISC 2014 was happy to announce in December that Your Neighbourhood Credit Union (YNCU) is the title sponsor for the event.

One of the largest credit unions in Ontario, Your Neighbourhood Credit Union is a prominent cooperative banking provider with branches across southwestern Ontario; they are committed to providing member-driven financial services with a community connection. “This is definitely the biggest sporting event we’ve been involved in,” said Kate Neff Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications with YNCU. Neff said this tournament is important to the community and to local families, and that is the kind of event they like to be involved with. But, Neff said, it is about more than just providing money. She said YNCU staff will also be signing up to volunteer at the tournament. “We’re so thrilled to be a part of it,” she said. Tourament organizers have launched a website at www., a twitter feed @ isc2014 and a Facebook page. For the tournament to run smoothly, about 5,000 volunteer hours need to be filled. Visit the tournament website and click on the Volunteer tab at the top of the page to register.

Sanja Mitrovic wearing the gold medal she won at the Canadian National Karate Championships held November 10th in Montreal. The win has qualified her to represent Canada at the World Karate Championships in Tokyo, Japan in October 2014.

She tried ballet, basketball, volleyball, and a variety of other sports, but nothing grabbed her like Karate. “I really liked it and my parents were all for it. I really like competing. I motivates me,” she said, adding that her father Boris Mitrovic has been very influential in her sport career. “My father used to do Karate and he has come with me to every single training or competition. The time he’s invested is almost as much as the time I have invested. He’s a huge driver for me in my sport and he’s always pushed me to do my best,” she said. To improve her core strength and conditioning Mitrovic trains about three hours a day either on her own at local fitness clubs like the YMCA and the Athletic Club or with her coach Dragos Rosu in Kitchener. On weekends you will find her training at the Brad Jones Karate Club in Newmarket. “Dragos is probably my biggest influence. He brought me to this level. There was a time in the past when I was always second. With him helping me I was able to get to the number one spot,” she said. “Karate is the most disciplines of the Marshall arts. Its simple exercises can build stamina. It has become a way of life for me. It requires a lot

of focus to improve,” said the former Forest Heights High School and Wilfrid Laurier University Accounting and Economics grad. Mitrovic is actively looking for sponsorship to help her pay for her trip to compete at the worlds’. Not yet recognized as an Olympic sport, Karate associations worldwide have been campaigning hard with hopes for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic games. “It’s hard to get sponsorship when your sport is not a recognized Olympic sport, but I will keep trying,” she said. * * * Karate is thought to have developed about 500 years ago after a ban on the possession or use of weapons was issued by the Satsuma clan, who had invaded Okinawa in the early 1600’s. Under the rule of the Japanese Shogunate, Karate was developed as a form of unarmed combat for protecting oneself and one’s country. It was further developed by Gichin Funakoshi, considered the father of modern Karate. In 1949, Funakoshi along with his senior students, formed the Japan Karate Association, which now has branches in countries around the world.


Smithson food drive doubles goal and delivers R&B Christmas cheer at evening of entertainment concert BY JENNIFER BIRNSTIHL

families were treatSon mithson ed to a special night of music December 12 in celebration of their highly successful December food drive.

People were dancing in the aisles during the “Evening of Entertainment’ concert featuring a great mix of holiday Blues and R&B classics. Those in attendance donated food and cash in exchange for a fun night in

support of the Food Bank of Waterloo Region. The food drive ran from December 2 to 13 raising 1,030 food items and $686.30 in cash donations, far exceeding the school’s goal of 500 items. Guests at the Evening of Entertainment were greeted by the triumphant brass sounds of the WLU Jazz Quintet including Aaron Beuckert and Caitlin Stuart on trumpet, Paige Mitchell on French horn, Danny Allen on trombone and Leslie Perrin on tuba and Michael Moore representing the food bank thanked Smithson families for their donations, which go towards feeding approximately 28,000 needy families in our community. Guests were also entertained by the Smithson Kodaly Choir

The highlight of the night was an amazing high-energy blues performance by two local blues legends John McKinley and Douglas Watson who donated their time and talents to the Smithson Public School’s food drive concert. Photo by Jennifer Birnstihl

and treated to a lively Celtic performance by the Eastwood Fiddle Ensemble. The highlight of the night was an amazing high-energy blues performance by two local

blues legends John McKinley, who’s granddaughter Claire attends Smithson and Douglas Watson whose godson Vincent also attends Smithson school.


Come join us for a fun-filled, high energy, interactive musical show!

Online registration beginning in September 2014 for Fall Registration

Saturday, February 8th Show starts at 1pm to 1:45pm Pick up your FREE ticket at the centre with a food bank donation (please bring a food donation to the event) Adults must accompany children. *limited seating

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January-February 2014

1,500 kilometres plowed


an you imagine plowing 1,500 lane kilometres of roadway when there is a snowfall? When the snow falls, that’s how far City of Kitchener is responsible for plowing, sanding and salting during winter road maintenance. That’s like plowing all the way to Thunder Bay!

“The city does its best to quickly clear the snow and ice to reduce hazards to motorists and pedestrians, and acts as soon as a storm begins,” said Jim Witmer, director of operations, adding it takes between 16 and 24 hours to complete all snowplowing routes after the snowfall has stopped. “Factors such as temperature, future forecasts and precipitation also determine how and when plowing, salting or sanding should take place.” Each snow plow and salter is assigned a designated route in the city and clearing is carried out based on the following priorities: 1.

Major arterial roads


Major collector roads and bus routes


Local residential streets.

When five centimetres (two inches) of snow has accumulated, that’s when the city begins plowing major roads. When up to eight centimetres (3.5 inches) has accumulated, plowing may begin on local residential streets.

Snow removal is based on compliance with the provincial minimum maintenance standards. Snow removal at bus stops is done by Grand River Transit, and inquiries should be directed at 519-585-7555. Sand may be applied on designated routes when temperatures are lower than -12 C; salt is used on designated routes, including hills, grades and intersections, when temperatures are above -12 C. The City of Kitchener is a leader in salt management reduction, through its antiicing program and other initiatives to minimize salt use. A common concern from residents is the plow pushing snow into driveways or on your sidewalk. While that is unfortunate, the plow operator generally has no other location to place the snow. This can be a challenge especially if you are unable to

Will you run for a seat in this year’s municipal election?


his is an election year for municipal government. On Monday, Oct. 27, residents across the region and province will exercise their right to vote. Every person who wants to be a candidate in the 2014 municipal election can now file a nomination with the city clerk.

Waterloo Catholic District school boards • Conseil scolaire de district du CentreSud-Ouest and Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud. Region of Waterloo elects for the positions of regional chair and regional councillor. Nominations can be filed any day from Jan. 2 to Sept. 11 when offices are open to the public, or municipal on Sept. 12 (nomination election day) from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

“The municipal election is likely the election that has the most impact on residents,” said Christine Tarling, director of legislated “The services and city clerk for the City of Kitchener. “Everything For the City of Kitchener, ... has the most nominations from water bans to snow must be filed clearing and leaf collection, impact on in person from 8:30 a.m.-5 garbage pick-up, boards of residents.” p.m. to Christine Tarling, education and urban forestry city clerk and returning – Christine Tarling, maintenance and clean-up is officer. director of legistlated all part of the municipal services, city clerk A filing fee of $200 for mandate. It is so important the office of mayor or for residents to get in touch regional chair, or $100 for any other office, with these issues beyond budget time.” must accompany the nomination form. A A candidate’s election campaign period declaration of eligibility signed by the begins on the day the nomination for the person being nominated should also be office is filed. Refer to, submitted. search word “election” for the rules. More information about how to file can Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo elect for be obtained by calling the city clerk at 519the positions of: 741-2200 x7809 or by emailing her at • Mayor and ward councillor Information is also available at n • Waterloo Region District and

shovel because of ill health, a disability or age-related mobility issues. The ad on the back page of this edition has some numbers you can call to get help.

“Unfortunately, the city can’t remove the snow that the plows put in driveways or on the sidewalk, because it doesn’t have the resources available to send additional personnel and equipment to clear the ridge of snow,” said Witmer. He adds, however, that some sidewalks are very close to the curb and it is difficult for the plows to avoid getting snow on them. Please call 519-741-2345 to report it and a supervisor will assess the situation. City by-laws require property owners or occupants to remove snow and ice from sidewalks. When they receive a complaint, staff inspects the property and may issue a notice to the resident. If the sidewalk isn’t cleared upon re-inspection, city staff will remove the snow and invoice the property owner. There is no overnight parking on city streets from Dec. 1 to March 31. Please

Fun on Family Day I

n the depths of winter, in that long period of time between New Year’s Day and Easter, you need a break. Family Day in Ontario is always the third Monday of February; this year it falls on Feb. 17. What will you do to have fun with your family on Feb. 17? In Kitchener, our community centres are doing Family Day up right. It’s a great opportunity for some fun. Check it out:

Breithaupt Centre (519-741-2502): Open gym and swim times 3-5 p.m. Bridgeport Community Centre (519-741-2271): A skating party and/or indoor family activities, 2-4 p.m. Weather dependent. Centreville Chicopee Community Centre (519-741-2490): Free movie

Your Kitchener

To report unshovelled walks, call 519-741-2345. listen to local media or stay informed with email notifications related to snow events by signing up for notifications online at, search words “tag and tow.” Snow events are declared based on credible weather forecasts or actual snow accumulation of eight cm or greater. During a declared snow event there is no parking permitted on any City of Kitchener street until the snow event has been cancelled. Parked cars on streets hinder the ability and in some case make it impossible for plows to access the street to do their job. Parking on the street during a snow event may result in your vehicle being towed and/or receiving an $80 ticket. For more information on snow removal and for a map of plow routes, visit n matinee, 1-3:30 p.m. Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre (519-741-2641): Open gym time from 2-4 p.m. Forest Heights Community Centre (519-741-2621): Open house with various activities, 1-4 p.m., plus outdoor skating, weather permitting. Kingsdale Community Centre (519-741-2540): Free family movie from 1:30-3 p.m. Williamsburg Community Centre (519-741-2240): Crafts, family fun indoors and out, weather permitting from 1–4 p.m. Space is limited, so please call the centre to register. Rockway Centre (519-741-2507): Inter-generational dance from 1-4 p.m. Dom Cardillo arena at The Aud: There will be a family/Valentine skate Feb. 15, 11 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. Wear something red and save $2! Continued on page 2

is published every other month to keep citizens informed on local issues and events. Questions or comments can be directed to 519-741-2200 x7383 or The City of Kitchener is committed to providing accessible formats and communication supports for persons with disabilities. If another format would work better for you, please contact the number above.

Hockeytown is back The City of Kitchener, along with Kitchener Minor Hockey Association, brings this fan favorite back to city hall on Saturday, Feb. 22. There will be sports memorabilia and teams vying for the mayor’s cup on Civic Square rink, as well as a display of custom goalie mask paintings and the opportunity for your child to paint their own, plus much more. Please visit for more info. n

Black History Month Events will be held across the community to observe black history month beginning mid-January until the end of February. Events begin with Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 20 at Kitchener City Hall, and wrap up with Bring on the Sunshine Festival on Feb. 17. On Saturday, Feb. 1 at 10 a.m., come down to the Kitchener Market for food, music, dancing, kids crafts and more! Caribbean Cuisine will be hosting food demonstrations and providing samples to enjoy. Please visit for a complete event line-up. n

Walking the line


ake a look at the Band Perry’s video of “If I Die Young” and immediately recognizable is a scene Canadian actress Megan Follows enacted in Anne of Green Gables . . . the copy of Alfred Lord Tennyson poems clasped over the heart as a woman lies in a boat gently floating on a river. The boat filling with water. Onlookers rescuing the romantic young woman from her sinking boat. “We are avid readers,” admits Kimberly, lead singer of the trio of siblings, in a phone interview. “We all three felt our imaginations expanded more through reading.” The Band Perry, who appears at The Aud on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m., is on

their first worldwide headline tour in support of their album, Pioneer, which debuted at #1 on the Canadian sales chart. Easton Corbin and Lindsay Ell open.

The last time the band toured in Canada, they were the opening act for Keith Urban. Pioneer contains the band’s first two Canadian #1 singles, “Better Dig Two” and “Done,” and their new single, “Don’t Leave Me Lonely,” is charting in the top five. This isn’t your average country band, though. Their interest in literature has connected them to the southern Gothic culture that emerged through writings by William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor. “Southern Gothic walks the line between

I On Saturday, Jan. 18 at 9 a.m., spend the morning exploring the Walter Bean Trail while we search for and learn about some of the birds that remain in Ontario for the winter season. Suitable for all ages and experience levels – beginner bird watchers welcome! If you have binoculars, please bring them along. Meet at Pioneer Tower, located at end of Lookout Lane (map available on web). For map and directions, and to register, see n

Statue project Do you support statues of our past prime ministers in Victoria Park? Why? Why not? Tell us in this brief survey at The survey is live until Feb. 7. n

The influence is evident in both the lyrics and videos of singles such as “DONE” and “Better Dig Two,” a foreboding tale of a woman who makes a lifelong, somewhat unhinged commitment, while still wearing her heart on her sleeve. “The song expresses what we love about the deep South,” Kimberly says. “When you listen to the lullabies and fairy tales told in that part of the country, they feel a lot like the lyrics in this song.”n

Winter fun, indoors and out t’s easy to stay indoors and spend more time on the couch through the winter months. Getting all dressed up to go out, especially if you have children, can be a bit of an ordeal. However, it’s worth it in the end to get out to have some fun.

Winter birdwatching along the Walter Bean Trail

beauty and the grotesque,” says Neil. “There’s a moral to the story that emerges. You absolutely have to read Flannery O’Connor’s A Good Man is Hard to Find!”

There are lots of options – some free – for indoor and outdoor activities through the winter. Try tobogganing on the long hill at McLennan Park, near Ottawa Street and Strasburg Road. Bring your best sled, your helmet and prepare to have a load of fun! And just think of how tired the kids will get walking back up the hill! There are more than 30 outdoor rinks around the city from December through March. More than 350 dedicated volunteers help operate these rinks at schools and parks throughout the city. You could be a volunteer, too! The city’s outdoor rinks are dependent on weather and volunteer support. Without generous help from our community volunteers, the rinks wouldn't be possible. If you are interested, please call 519-741-2200 x7389 for more information. If you’d prefer to skate indoors, there is free community skating at The Aud & Arenas, presented by Josslin Insurance.

Activa Sportsplex and is available for community use. There is no charge to use it during walking track hours, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily unless otherwise posted.

Each of the city’s indoor pools offers a variety of recreational swim programs, aquafitness classes and swimming lessons for all ages.

A complete schedule of free community skating and public skating times can be found at There are also two sledges and three wheelchair skates available at Kitchener arenas, which can be reserved by calling 519-741-2200 x 7228 or TTY 1-866-9699994. For casual ice rentals, skating parties, hockey parties or practices, as well as Lions Hall rentals (meetings, birthday parties, weddings, etc.), please call 519-741-2699. Did you know there is an indoor walking track at the Activa Sportsplex? The Lyle S. Hallman Foundation walking track is located above the Kitchener Minor Hockey Association (KMHA) Alumni ice pad at the

Send the kids to camp

There will be so many outdoor and indoor active games, theme-based activities and a daily swim in the indoor pool that your campers will go home tired at the end of the day.

Campers will be divided into two groups by age. Staffing for younger group is at a 11:1 ratio, the older group is 12:1 ratio.


arch Break is just around the corner. Breithaupt Centre offers March Break Camp March 10-15 for children currently in junior kindergarten to Grade 6.

The program runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Additional supervision is available from 8-9 a.m. and 4:30-5 p.m. at no additional charge. Cost is $147.45. Register in person at all City of Kitchener pools, Rockway Centre or the Downtown Community Centre, or online with WEBreg. n

There are also specialty aquatic programs offered, including an introduction to many aquatic sports, and leadership and lifeguarding courses. Pick up Leisure magazine at a city facility or read it online at for more information on swimming programs and lessons and sign up online by visiting WEBreg - our online registration program. And for you golfers out there who want to start the season at the top of your game, there are lots of off-season golf tips offered by our golf pro, Dave Roy, at Roy offers tips on balance, strength, flexibility, cardiovascular health, hand-eye coordination, as well as some practice tips. The winter months can seem very long, but they provide a great opportunity to enhance your body and mind to help improve your golf game and overall health. n Family Day continued from front page Lyle Hallman Pool: public swim from 3-5 p.m. Cameron Heights Pool: public swim 6:30-8 p.m. Forest Heights Pool: public swim from 9 a.m.–10 a.m. Regular rates apply. Please refer to the city website at for up-tothe-minute information on any other events and activities planned for Family Day. More information on which city facilities will be closed for the day will be posted at on the city’s website closer to the date. n

GO service in Kitchener: all day, both ways? Move over, Silicone Valley. Local mayors pitch business case to federal and provincial governments to include GO service in the 10-year capital budgets, to enhance tech supercluster.


wo-way GO train service to Kitchener could be a reality established in the 2014 provincial and federal budgets, if local mayors get their wish. The Toronto to Waterloo region corridor, known as Canada’s Innovation Supercluster, represents one of the most significant economic growth areas, provincially and nationally. The cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Guelph partnered with the Region of Waterloo and others in the region’s technology and financial services sectors. Together, they recently called on the provincial and federal governments to provide full-day two-way GO train service on the Kitchener line by including an allocation for it in the 10-year capital portion of the 2014 provincial and federal budgets.

for two-way urban commuter rail on the CN North Mainline.” It was developed, researched and produced by the City of Kitchener’s economic development division and the City of Waterloo, the City of Guelph, the Region of Waterloo and private sector partners: Google Canada, Communitech, Open Text, Desire2Learn, The Co-operators, and Manulife.

“We are calling for a forward-thinking commitment and investment,” – Rod Regier executive director, economic development

“This is about job creation and our ability to attract and retain the best and brightest minds,” said Rod Regier, executive director of economic development for the City of Kitchener. “We are calling for a forwardthinking commitment and investment from the provincial and federal governments to create one large and internationally competitive corridor of innovation.”

The document presents the case for extending the two-way GO train service from Union Station and Brampton to Kitchener. It was presented to the Minister of Transportation, as well as to officials in the premier’s office, the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment, and Metrolinx.

The 90-page business case is entitled “Innovative regional economies and strategic infrastructure: the business case

It contains a number of maps, a costsavings analysis, ridership estimates and development potential.

Extreme weather


evere weather has been the hallmark of this winter. Closures and cancellations are posted at and shared on our social media channels @CityKitchener

The report makes a compelling comparison between Silicon Valley and the Waterloo Region to Toronto corridor. These two regions are about the same size and population. Silicon Valley is home to the world’s leading technology cluster, and the Waterloo Region/GTA supercluster is not far behind. A key difference is that Silicon Valley has the Caltrain commuter service running between San Francisco and San Jose all day both ways, while the GO train only serves commuters going from Kitchener to Toronto. Enhanced intercity transit service from Toronto to Waterloo Region would create a globally competitive tech ecosystem, with more than 12,800 companies, 2,800 start-ups and 205,000 tech employees. Job growth forecasts estimate that more than $800 million in personal income tax would be generated. Canada’s Innovation Supercluster is renowned for private-sector success in several economic sectors, including finance and insurance, manufacturing, post-secondary and research, as well as technology. For more information on the business case, please see, search words “GO service.”n

Think summer

Winter wildlife tracking Learn how to recognize some of the common winter animal tracks and enjoy a leisurely hike through the forests and fields of the Huron Natural Area, 801 Trillium Drive, on Sunday, Feb. 2 from 1-3 p.m. Dress appropriately for the outdoor hike and meet at the school portable. Free – all ages welcome! For map and directions, see n

Kitchener Market kid fun Bring your little ones to Kids in the Kitchen at Kitchener Market every Tuesday from 11 a.m.-noon for a high-energy, hopping good time at these FREE weekly children’s events as our performers entertain your tots! Afterwards, stop by one of our international food court vendors for a healthy and kid-friendly lunch with plenty of options for adults too! l

Jan. 21: Erick Traplin


Jan. 28: Crafts

And there are cooking classes for kids, too! l

Jan. 18: New Year's goodies

Feb. 15: Valentine's Day and get your picture taken with the Olympic torch, for a donation to the food bank. For more information, check n l

For information about warming centres and emergency shelters and overnight support, see the Region of Waterloo’s website at The public can also seek temporary relief from extreme cold at Kitchener City Hall Monday to Friday, and other facilities are also available during opening hours. For hours, check Remember to check on the elderly and those who may be at risk during a weather event. For more information on staying safe during an extreme cold alert, visit the Environment Canada website at n

Registration for the 2014 Summer Playgrounds season begins on March 4. Each summer, the city offers an affordable opportunity for children ages three to 12 to grow over the summer months. For more information, go to and search “summer playgrounds.”

Nominate a young person for an award


t’s all in the name: Kitchener Youth Action Council, or KYAC as they’re also called. The council is a team of youth who work to promote youth initiatives in the community.

Each year, KYAC celebrates and recognizes the talents and contributions of young people in our community at an annual awards ceremony at city hall. And they’d like you to nominate a young person who you think contributes to the community, through volunteer work, or through activities and initiatives that they’re involved with. Nominations close on March 28, 2014. “By nominating a young person for a KYAC Youth Award, you have an opportunity to strongly impact that person's life,” said Lori-Ann Palubeski, manager of programs and resource services for the City of Kitchener. “A nomination shows them that you care about them, that the work they do

is valued and appreciated, and it just might be the motivation they need to take their community involvement to the next level.”

done some of their volunteer work, efforts or community contributions within or for the benefit of the Kitchener community.

The awards program promotes a positive image of young people and generates awareness of the valuable contributions youth make in our community. Nominees must be between the ages of 14 and 24 and must reside within the KitchenerWaterloo area. Nominees should have

By taking a few minutes to complete the nomination form, your recognition of their contribution and commitments can influence a young person's life. For more information, please visit or call 519-741-2200 x5075. n

Wine and art Let us show you how to find your inner artist! Come to Kitchener Market for Wine & Art, two hours of hands-on instruction on Jan. 23 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Hosted by a certified Art Innovators teacher, you’ll create two pieces of artwork, accompanied by wine and a platter of gourmet cheese. Class is $55 for two people and includes supplies, wine and food. To register, visit Private bookings also available. n

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The City of Kitchener operates family-friendly facilities and supports breastfeeding mothers.

City of Kitchener announces a special opportunity for youth (12-25)

Showcase your short original videos (no audio) for public outdoor digital display on city hall.

There are cash awards available in two age categories: • 12-17 years (3 awards, $200 each)

In this age category, the winning student’s school will also receive $100 in media supplies

• 18-25 years (3 awards, $300 each) PLUS: Up to 10 honourable mentions will be exhibited for a minimum of one month Deadline: March 31, 2014. Fill out an application and include the url where your video is located (YouTube, Vimeo, etc):

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SNOW & ICE We’re all aware of the damage that freezing rain, snow and ice build-up can cause. Monitor snow and ice build-up on or around your gas meter and exhaust vents. Keep snow and ice clear from the gas meter and exhaust vents. This will allow a consistent flow of natural gas to the appliances, ensure proper venting of your fuel-burning appliances and lower the risk of natural gas build-up in your home. If there is a fire hydrant near your home, make sure the hydrant is clear and accessible in case there is an emergency.

HOW YOU CAN HELP AVOID A PROBLEM • USE a broom or a car brush to remove snow from your exhaust vents and gas meter. • KEEP all your vents and meter clear. • NEVER kick your vents, meter or piping to clear snow or ice build-up. • AVOID damaging your vents or meter with a shovel, plow or a snowblower. If a fire hydrant is located close by, avoid piling snow on top and keep clear for visibility purposes. • PLEASE remove icicles from your overhead eavestrough and watch for build-up of freezing rain or water dripping onto your meter. If there is an extremely large build-up on the meter, do not chip it off, call us as there is no charge for ice removal.

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2013 live outdoor Christmas pageant draws thousands T

he 18th annual Live Outdoor Christmas Pageant at Bethany Evangelical Missionary Church on Lancaster St. E. drew thousands of people again this year – an event that has become both a community and a family tradition. Running December 6, 7 and 8 with three shows nightly, the popular Christmas event featured a performance of

the Biblical story of the birth of Christ with live animals, including horses, goats, sheep, donkeys, rabbits, chickens and llamas. Each year more than 350 volunteers, nearly all members of the church, either perform in the show or help to run every aspect of the pageant, which is performed outdoors in church’s parking lot.

Community Church Listing St. Anthony Daniel - Catholic 29 Midland Drive, Kitchener (519) 893-6960 Pastor: Michael King Associate Pastor: Bradley Markus Masses: Sat. 5:00pm; Sun. 8:30am and 10:30am St James’-Rosemount United 171 Sherwood Ave., Kitchener (519) 742-1002 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. 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 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)

Roman soldiers dressed in colourful costumes make the show visibly spectacular.

Hope Lutheran 30 Shaftsbury Drive, Kitchener ON N2A 1N6 (519) 893-5290 Pastor: Rev. Terry Hursh FALL SERVICE TIMES (starting on Sept. 22) Sunday, Sept. 15 at 10:15 am – Rally Sunday Sunday Services @ 9 and 11 am (nursery provided) Sunday School and Adult Bible Study at 10 am. Sudanese service @ 2:30 pm

The innkeeper leads Mary and Joseph to the stable because there is no room for them in the inn.

In one scene, actors portraying people in the town of Bethlehem lead donkeys and other livestock through the city’s streets.

Reformation Lutheran Church 456 Krug St. (at Cambridge), Kitchener (519) 745-2561 Pastor: Neil Thomsen Worship Service: 10:00am Sunday Church School: 9:45am Breslau Evangelical Missionary Church 102 Woolwich St., Breslau (519) 648-2712 SundayWorship Service: 9:30am Children’s Ministry - Youth Ministry - Small Groups All are welcome! Visit us at St. Andrew’s - Anglican 275 Mill St., Kitchener (519) 743-0911 Sunday Services: 8:00am and 10:00am Rector: Canon Rob

A chariot drawn by two powerful black horses was one of the highlights of the show.

Shepherds. Wisemen and angels gather at the stable.

Stanley Park Community Church 9 Dreger Ave., (at Ottawa St.) Kitchener (519) 893-8186 Pastor: John Pearce Sunday Service and Kid’s Church: 10:30am ALL WELCOME! Trinity United Church 74 Frederick Street, Kitchener (519) 742-3578 Sunday Service: 10:00am Church School and Nursery care provided. Sunday Hymn Sing: 10:00 a.m. (1st Sunday of month)






recise data is not available, P but it appears that a generation ago, few auto mobiles

were purchased on a payment instalment plan -- only about 40 per cent. Today, with few people using cash to buy anything and according to the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association, 90 per cent of people buying a car use a deferred payment plan. That trend has been carried beyond any reasonable limit. Low interest car loans are a major factor in spurring sales to advance in a parabolic fashion, similar to the housing bubble in the preceding

decade. At the end of last year, Canadian car sales amounted to 1.67 million new vehicles, far beyond most forecasts, and far above what economist inferred they should be. Looking at the total picture there was every reason to anticipate a rebound from the 2011 level, given that the average age of cars on the road was 11 years compared to 8 years before the recession, but few expected such a strong recovery. There are several reasons for this surge. In part it is due to the eight-year interest-free loans offered by some automobile companies. The ex-

tended duration prompted concerns expressed by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, who worried that inevitably higher interest rates will entail trouble later on. The automobile industry is fighting to boost car loans, and banks desiring to put their reserves to work have obliged. Consequently, automobile debt has been increasing at an annual rate of about nine per cent in recent years, compared to six per cent in

year’s before. J.D. Power Associates, a consulting firm, stated that car companies are motivated by an effort to make payments as low as possible. Nowadays, most consumers are taking out loans for six years or longer. Clearly, stretching remittance schedules lowers monthly payments, luring customers to buy a new vehicle that, in the long run, will be a burden and affect all retail sales. Any objective observer would acknowledge that some of these buyers will return to invest in a new car while still owing money on the vehicle that is being traded in for a replacement. Is this sustainable when consumer debt already is so leveraged?

Automobile companies now are emphasizing leasing as a way to boost sales -- an expensive route for consumers. General Motors Canada among others now offers zero down, zero security deposits, no first down payment, and for the first time zero money due at signing the lease for the less popular models. Are these appropriate ways to underpin the automobile sector? Any reasonable commentator would disapprove of these steps. *** Bruce Whitestone is an economist and syndicated columnist living in the Breslau area.

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Why does our condo corporation need a standard unit bylaw? Q. Our board of directors has informed the owners that we should pass a standard unit bylaw. Is there a specific bylaw that fits all condominiums or does each condo corporation create this bylaw on their own? I wish to be informed before I cast my vote regarding a standard unit bylaw. What’s your advice? A. Each condominium corporation should have a clearly written bylaw which defines the standard unit in a condo corporation. Having a clearly written definition makes it easier for owners and for the corporation to sort out insur-

ance claims, It also makes it very simple for the corporation insurer to identify improvements made to a unit, as improvements are not covered under condo corporation insurance policies. When creating a standard unit bylaw the board must describe the standard unit, detailing the fixtures and finishes. For most suites there will be several classes of standard unit, and the Condominium Act allows condos to class units according to various criteria, including use, style or size. There is no specific standard unit bylaw that fits

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all condominiums. Each corporation can make its own decision on where to set the boundaries of the units and what to include in the standard unit description. Most will include and cover plumbing, basic paint finish, electrical, appliances, floor coverings and overall basic structure. The board of directors should consult their insurance specialist as well as a condo lawyer prior to drafting this type of bylaw. For brand new condominiums, a standard unit will be defined in the documents that the builder is required to hand over to the new board at the turnover meeting, or within 30 days of it. The new board may accept the builder’s standard unit bylaw or follow the process for creating a new standard unit bylaw, which would require the approval of the owners. *** Marilyn Lincoln is a condo owner, director and author of The Condominium Self Management Guide 2nd. Sen d questions to To order a copy of her guide, send $39.95 plus $4.98 shipping and handling to The Condo Guide, 163 Thaler Ave., Suite #302, Kitchener, Ont. N2A 1R4

Real Estate Corner

Peter is a licensed Sales Representative with Re/Max and has specialized in the Stanley Park Area for 27 years.

Things to know about selling in the winter

intertime is actually a good time to sell a home. W January starts out slowly but by the end of the month and continuing into February and March

sales are brisk! When selling in the winter, there are a few important things to know. Since most showings are in the evening and it gets dark so early, have all the lights on in the house before the buyers arrive. This gives an appearance of a warm and inviting home as they pull up in their car. Of course, for safety and

a good first impression, have the snow completely cleared off the driveway, sidewalk and front porch. It’s even a good idea to shovel off your back deck or patio so buyers can have an idea what the back yard would be like in the summer. Finally, if you have a wood or gas fireplace, the warm glow of a fire creates an inviting and cozy feel. For a complete list on how to prepare your home for sale call my at my office at 519-888-7110 or e-mail



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MarketNEWS Welcome to 2014!

We hope you had a lovely holiday season and look forward to sharing all of the fun and exciting new events and classes we have planned for the New Year! Kids in the Kitchen

January 18, 10 a.m. - noon Come to the Marketplace for a fun an interactive kids’ cooking class!

Black History Month Celebration Feb. 1, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Come down to the Kitchener Market as we kick-off celebrating Black History Month on February 1! We will have food, music, costumes, dancing, kid’s crafts and more! Caribbean Cuisine will be hosting food demonstrations and providing samples for you to enjoy.

Cooking classes in the Marketplace

It doesn’t matter if you know your way around the kitchen, can’t tell a saucepan from a frying pan, or just want a fun night out we have a class for you! Cost: $45 includes a market bag and prepared food. To register: Visit, call 519-741-2287 or email

French Cooking:

Thursday, Jan. 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Have you ever wanted to flambé something? Well, who wouldn't? French cooking techniques aren't as complicated as they seem, with a little help from the professionals. France is the home of the croissant, crème brûlée, fondue and more! Learn how to make exciting and easy at-home recipes with a French flair, which will impress your family and dinner guests alike. Cost: $45

Thai Cuisine:

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The essential comfort food: homemade sauces, breads, garlic and herbs flavors. If you haven't been blessed with One of the most popular international cuisines, Thai dishes are created using many different elements in a harmonious way to create a full dish. Although it sounds complex, the ingredients are simple and healthy! Come in and learn about all of the different components of Thai cuisine, and leave with recipes for some of your favorite meals from Thailand. Cost: $45

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In Good Taste SIMPLE RECIPES FOR A BUSY LIFE STYLE A fresh pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into wedges or slices, is a refreshing dessert, just as it is. Or, you can sprinkle it lightly with brown sugar, and put it under the broiler for three or four minutes. If you want it to be even dressier, you can top it with a rum caramel sauce (or with your favourite caramel sauce, if you are out of rum).


1 fresh pineapple, about 4 pounds ¼ cup packed brown sugar 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar (for caramel) 2 tablespoons dark rum 1 tablespoon butter ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract Peel and core the pineapple, and cut lengthwise into 16 long wedges, then cut each wedge in half crosswise. Or, if you prefer, cut the pineapple into 16 equally-sized slices, allowing two slices per person. Preheat the broiler and line a baking sheet with foil. Arrange the pineapple slices in a single layer on the sheet, and sprinkle the ¼ cup brown sugar evenly over them. Broil under preheated broiler, watching carefully to avoid burning, just until the sugar bubbles and turns an amber colour – about five minutes. Bring to a boil the 2 tablespoons brown sugar, rum, butter and vanilla in a heavy, small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar has completely dissolved, lower the heat, and boil without stirring for a minute or two, or just long enough for the mixture to thicken slightly. Arrange the warm pineapple slices on a large serving platter, or on individual serving plates, and drizzle the caramel mixture over them. Serve warm.

Iceberg lettuce has suffered for many years from being shunned by good cooks, who considered it vastly inferior in flavour to other greens (which it is). Recently, however, gourmet cooks and chefs have found that

if you dress it well enough, it adds a pleasant texture (if not much flavour) to a salad. Blue cheese does the trick in this dressing. .


1 small, firm head of iceberg lettuce (for 4 servings) ½ small shallot, or green onion or your choice ¾ cup sour cream ½ cup buttermilk 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives (or more green onion if you are unable to locate chives) 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar ½ cup crumbled mild blue cheese kosher salt freshly-ground black pepper Topping: crisp cooked bacon; thinly-sliced red onion, more crumbled blue cheese, etc. Cut the lettuce into four wedges, and place on serving plates. Whisk together the shallot (or onion) sour cream, buttermilk, chives and wine vinegar in a small bowl. Stir in the crumbled blue cheese and taste for seasoning – perhaps more vinegar? Spoon the dressing over the lettuce wedges and top with what you wish. You might like croutons or toasted almonds, or a bit of diced avocado. Or, leave well enough alone.

An old winter standby.

SPICY BEETS fresh beets for four or five servings ¼ cup butter 3 tablespoons vinegar pinch of ground cloves 1 small onion, chopped Cook the beets until tender; peel and slice, dice, or cut into wedges, depending on the size of the beets. Melt the butter in a large saucepan and stir in the vinegar. Add a generous pinch or two of ground cloves and the chopped onion. Simmer gently for a few minutes, to meld the flavours, then taste for seasoning. Stir in the beets and cook and stir until beets are well coated and hot through. Garnish with chopped parsley, if you wish, and serve immediately.

You can use a slow cooker for this, but it will roast nicely in a low oven.

BOSTON BUTT ROAST boneless Boston butt, about 6 pounds garlic sage rosemary olive oil kosher salt freshly-ground black pepper Chop three or four (or more) cloves of garlic and combine in a small bowl with some chopped fresh sage and rosemary. If you do not have the fresh herbs available, use a teaspoon or more of each dried herb. Pour in enough olive oil to make a paste with the herbs and garlic, and add salt and pepper to taste. With your fingers, spread the paste evenly over the meat. Use more oil and herbs if needed. Roast on a baking sheet at 250 degrees F. for 6 hours or more until the meat can be pulled with a fork. Chop the meat, and add the barbecue sauce of your choice. Or serve as you wish.

Use the best quality cheese you can find for this simple but quite delicious pasta dish.

FETTUCCINE WITH PARMESAN about 8 or 9 ounces fettuccine ¼ cup unsalted butter cut into pieces 1 ½ ounces finely-grated Parmigiano-Reggiano Boil the fettuccine in a large pot of boiling, salted water, just to the al dente stage – it should still show some resistance to the testing fork. Reserve ¼ cup of the pasta water, then drain the pasta in a colander, and transfer it to a heated, large serving bowl. Toss immediately with the butter pieces, and the reserved pasta water, until butter is melted. Add the cheese and toss to coat. Grind a generous flurry of black pepper on top and serve immediately.


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espite a mild start to the 2013/2014 influenza season, flu activity in Waterloo Region has increased. As of January 3, Region of Waterloo Public Health had received reports of 53 lab confirmed cases of influenza. There had been 18 influenza-related hospitalizations and 1 influenza-related death. There had been no outbreaks in hospitals, retirement homes or long term care homes caused by influenza. All reported local cases have been Influenza A. Of these, 20 cases have been strain typed as H1N1. Strain typing is pending on the remaining cases. H1N1 was first seen in the 2009 pandemic and has continued to circulate as a seasonal strain. Based on provincial and national trends, it appears that H1N1 is the predominant circulating strain this season. The 2013/2014 influenza vaccine includes coverage for H1N1. It is not uncommon to see surges or clusters of influenza activity in communities during the flu season. Flu seasons are unpredictable in nature and vary from year to year in terms of timing, severity and length. Each year there are hospitalizations and deaths related to influenza. Influenza immunization offers the best protection for persons six months of age and older and is available free of charge to all residents. Although no vaccine is 100% effective in preventing disease, influenza vaccine has been shown to reduce the incidence of influenza related complications and deaths. Influenza vaccination continues to be available through family physicians, urgent care clinics and local pharmacies. In

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to two years. The website has also been formatted to fit mobile and tablet devices so that the public can check this information before they go to any food or beauty and body art business in Waterloo Region. Businesses are invited to display the Check it! We inspect it. sign in their window. These signs have a QR code that you can scan with your smart phone to access the website at the business. The promotional signs are being distributed during inspections throughout 2014. Each year, Public Health Inspectors complete over 5,750 inspections of businesses that serve food and offer beauty and body art services. They check to make sure these businesses are meeting minimum public health requirements for food safety and infection prevention. Beauty and body art services include tattooing, piercing, electrolysis, manicures/ pedicures, waxing, and hair services. Don’t have access to the Internet? Call 519-575-4400 extension 5417 or drop by a Public Health office to get inspections results. Interested? Begin your search by checking out checkit



ou can now view public health inspection results for your favourite beauty and body art businesses online at Check it! We inspect it. The new inspection reporting website adds inspection information for these businesses to inspection information for food businesses, which has been available online for ten years. “The concept builds on the successful food inspection results website we launched in 2004,” says Dave Young, Director of Health Protection and Investigation. “Today we anticipate that the public has an interest in knowing whether beauty and body art businesses are safe. Does my spa use proper infection prevention steps? Is that piercing needle sterile? This new site makes it even easier to find out about the prevention practices in local beauty and body art settings. It allows the consumer to make an informed decision about where they get a tattoo, piercing or aesthetic service.” To make it easier to search for inspection results, the website offers search functions and maps. Viewers will be able to see the date of inspection, critical and non-critical infractions, and whether the infractions led to a ticket, court summons, or a closure. Inspection results will remain on the new website for up

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visit with your family, you may want Master Plan was approved by council to check out the aHuron Natural and will become vibrant focal Area point at 801 Not in(HNA) our located community. To Trillium find outDr.more only isthe it Kitchener’s park, it about project, visitlargest www.kitchener. is also home search to some“South significant ca , keyword Kitchener wetlands and species. With District Park”. kilometres of trails to and • Congratulations theboardwalks, WCA! Office: 519-741-2791 there trulytosomething It’s is hard believe it’sforbeen over five everyone. years already. Special thanks to Twitter: @gallowaykelly theThe volunteers foroffers your hard park also lots ofwork and dedication. Make sure toincluding get your educational experiences, skates and check out the winter at 2013 in Review andrink walk an upcoming presentation hope you enjoying Becker Commons. Happy Newhave Year!been I hope you had Max entitled All About Bats, happening theand summer so holiday. far. If youHere are are • International Dayp.m. of the Child a safe relaxing Aug. 24 from 8-10 YouGirl must looking for an exciting destination to To celebrate the UN’s International some highlights from 2013: register in advance to participate. • South Kitchener District Park Day of the Girl Child 2013, I hosted

If bats aren’t your may free screenings of thing, the you acclaimed be interested Girl in anRising eventatcalled documentary, City Hall, Ganödagwёhda:’ dosgёh sponsored by the YWCA KW. The film gёhö:de’ – village close the brings awareness of thebychallenges stream, is awomen chancecontinue to learn to that manywhich young about the rich face around thearchaeological world. heritage of theParking area. This is a drop-in • Boulevard 21 from event on pilot Sept.project A new in 1-4 our p.m. ward will allow residents/visitors to park cars on Please visit, the pavedsearch portion“HNA” of thefor boulevard more on keyword residential until March 31, informationroadways and to register. 2014. Foryear more information, visit www. Every I look forward to the I am Festival. looking for Williamsburg Community your feedback on the Should This year the event willproject. be taking itplace be continued? has it impacted on Sunday,How Sept. 8 from 11-4 you?

p.m. at Max Becker Commons. • Events While details are still I wasthe able to attend overbeing 50 events finalized, you am canhonoured expect lots this year and to of be able great games, activities and to represent ourfood, community throughout entertainment the whole family. the ward and thefor city. Everyone is invited • Personal Note…and I hope to see you Mythere! husband Trevor and I welcomed theI want birth to of leave our first you child with aCallan final this year. With support, able ato thought on fire safety.I Ifwas you have continue duties as Councillor propanemy BBQ, please rememberwith a deeper of athe balancing that theunderstanding canisters have shelf life. act new parents face. Propane cylinders must be Please feel to contact inspected and free re-certified or me to provide your input on matters in the Ward replaced every 10 years. Enjoy 5rest or citywide. of your summer! n

time with family and friends. McLennan Park. Some key features Asthe welarge stepsplash into 2014, I hope like pad, dog parkwe can look at it with optimism and the walking trail are very welland confidence. Wenumber truly ofarepeople blessed attended. The tousing be living such a great city. It these in amenities, plus some has my pleasure and ithonour verybeen hot weather, has made toevident work that withmore so many shadedexceptional areas and people thatneeded are in dedicated seating are key areas and committed to building a better a around the park. As this is still community. havehave enjoyed working newer park,Itrees not reached with community stakeholders with maturity to provide sufficientand shade, our associations in a at this time andneighbourhood planting more trees collaborative effort build stronger would not solve thetoissue Ward 6 neighbourhoods. immediately for the same reasons. Because strong So, I have been workingcommunities with our are built by those who live in them,

Iparks began a who process last year to staff, are investigating recognize these good citizens. It some options. is Another our fellow neighboursthat who, inconvenience I’m by their individual actions, improve our sure has hampered the enjoyment surroundings and help to keep of McLennan Park has been the our streets great. To recognize closurelooking of the so main bathroom these exemplary citizens, started facility. This has been due toI some the Ward 6 in bloom certificate sanitary and structural issues that of recognition. In thisthan Newanticipated Year, I hope are taking longer to toaddress. build onAsthat and furthermeasure, recognize a temporary those special individuals portable washrooms havewho beenmake our Ward a better place to live, work made available. Understandably this and play. is not the desired alternative. I ask council has auntil busy youCity for your patience theyear of decision making ahead, with the 2014 appropriate repairs can be made. budget to approve, community input

onThis the year, Victoria Parkand Statue my wife I tookproject great to assess,cruising and thethe purchasing pleasure streets ofpolicy for natural gas to reexamine (www. Ward 6 in order to nominate your the deserving properties forLeave feedback the 2014 Kitchenerconcerning in Bloom awards to budget be on dedicated phone lineare 519heldthis on Sept. 12. Many of you 741-2200 ext. 7700 or email me. To proud homeowners, taking the time provide meyour withproperties. your feedback on to beautify I wanted other ward related issues,of access to make certain that those you who go above and beyond would be to complete myfor Ward survey.inI am acknowledged your6efforts happy to hear you onI am these beautifying your from front yards. and any other very happy to say I matters was able affecting to send you, as your is most important in more than voice 200 nominations for to consider when6. nmaking these residents in Ward decisions.

eliminateup, thethe roadside wrapped snow isgrass here cutting to stay budget as a few cost-saving for the next months.measure. Below are aThe fewregion thingscontracts to keep in when it outmind the service snows to the in cityKitchener. but when the money SNOW REMOVAL: Thechoice City disappeared, the city had no ofbutKitchener is mandated by the to stop maintaining roadside province grass. to keep all main roads clear forWisely, emergency servicea lotvehicles, after receiving of therefore these roads are the top pushback from Kitchener and other priority. That means you may notice municipalities, the region reinstated nearby roads being cleared while the money but unfortunately, a your street remains unplowed for a maintenance backlog had been short time after a snowfall. Please backlog, combined created. be patient,This crews will be there soon. with an unusually rainy springfalling, and After the snow has stopped

for weeds. itperfect takes storm between 16 to 24 hours to complete a full plow of city city staff streets. Recently, I met with to TAG-AND-TOW BY-LAW: see how this issue could be During aaddressed. significantItsnowfall, the tocity may is important note declare a “snow event”. When a that grass maintenance is snow event is it means 24 completed ondeclared, a three-week cyclea by hour banThe on trim street parking goesbasic into routes. crew performs effect so that roads can be cleared trim maintenance on cul-de-sacs, as quickly as possible. Advance park frontages and around warning will be given through local playgrounds and park furniture. media, but why not be the first to Larger mowers cut the main areas know? Sign up for the city’s email of the parks. Staff have also distribution list at informed the maintenance SNOW me ONthat SIDEWALKS: As a cycles will tighten up return to resident, it is your jobastowe make sure

solution would be to allow thatAnother the sidewalks abutting your property remain of snowCity and some areas to befree naturalized. ice. you work are inconcerned staff Ifwould consultationabout with specific that remain residents sidewalks to locate appropriate snow-covered hours after areas that might24be beneficial to a snowfall, by-law return to aplease naturalcontact state, like valleyat: 519-741-2330. If you are elderly lands and meadows. or Inhave mobility there in the process of addition, I am challenges, are a number of agencies that can drafting a motion to bring before help with residential snow removal council that would seek to increase including: House of Friendship: 519the amount of maintenance 742-8327, the Working Centre: 519performed on city land. I certainly 513-9225 and Community Support sympathize with residents who are Connections: 519-772-8787. Best rightly proud of our wishes for 2014! community and

at New Year’s Levee cyclists at City thethe downtown core, allowing Hall on January 5thlane, and similar discussing to occupy an entire to a motorist.issues Kitchener also hasup. many various you brought marked Duringbike thelanes. month of January, City Council be tofinalizing In my recentwill travels Chicago,the city’s budget forOttawa, 2014. IOn Monday, Vancouver and observed one-way and bike lanes on January 13, two-way Kitchener citizens will downtown streets. Some oftothese have had the opportunity appear bike lanes are marked with elephant before Council and provide their feet (extra-wide crosswalks, comments on the budget.showing Final that bikes permitted to ride 30 budget dayare is Thursday, January the green section across using with council finalizing the budgetasand their travel and arerequests. separated hearing anylane) last minute by either planter boxes, collapsible City Hall collects the property plastic bollards or raised curbs to taxes on behalf of the Region

and the school Thethe City’s separate the bikeboards. riders from portion of property taxessharrows comprises motorists. I also noticed on the curb of four lanethe streets in about 25lanes per cent, with School Chicago, which motorists Board’s portionallow being aboutto 25 pass any and cyclists passingabout lane percent thein the Region’s if they notAlthough travelling all at the speed 50 perare cent. residents limit.concerned about the amount are have also out bike every lanes of I taxes thatchecked are increased dedicated lanes to on trails year, youand must put intobike perspective determine if there arethe anyamount gates of and remember that before approaching a public percentage increase that results roadway. biked in Stanley from eachHaving of the three individual Park and the waterfront in jurisdictions. Vancouver and Toronto, I have yet to With 2014 being a municipal discover any gates at road crossings. election year, I will be running

again city Park councillor in Ward In fact, for Stanley has extensive 8one-way and filing my papers the bike trails and onlyafter one gate to separate bicyclists from budget is finalized. It has been a pedestrians using the beach. pleasure serving andlocal representing you this past three years and there Well-marked directions, bike speed islimits still and more that needs to be done pedestrian or separated bike wellIt designed in thepaths next are term. has also as been a noted on numerous park of billboards. pleasure meeting many you and The Vancouver department resolving your parks problems, concerns also provides an extensive Bike and answering your questions. Vancouver route map and guide. Please feel free to contact me at Whiletime we have made great any on any issue youstrides have at with phone our cycling strategy in or via the numbers below Kitchener, there is clearly room to email.

bronze of sticky Canadian Prime Lately,statues in the hot, Ministers around the outside pathway summertime, I have been humming ofthat theGhostbusters Common area front of the dittyinwhile clock tower. The proposal, endorsed handling legitimate beefs about by Governor General David Johnston, bass-thumping music, high weeds, isgeese the droppings brainchild and of two dyingpassionate trees. local residents, Dave Caputo and Jim why — amid complaint And that’s Rodger. Councillors learned about callssesquicentennial — it’s a relief to receive positive the idea when its comments from people delighted promoters outlined the proposal and about a city-backed program to next requested public reaction before reintroduce boatstotocouncil. Victoria March when itrental will return Park. A few positives and negatives: On the plus side, have As councillor, I havepromoters never received pledges for $1.1 million of the experienced such a refreshing flow required $2 million and hope to receive

more money fromresponses federal-provincial of complimentary about a governments to help for atoproposal city project. It’s beenpay great see that designed to celebrate Canada’s the is way residents have embraced 150th birthday in 2017. the Grand to the efforts by Canoeing The statues would be a first return boats to the downtown Canada and might attract tourism That company is also donating $1 dollars and would also provide a lasting from every boat rental to a parkhistorical resource for educators. maintenance fund. Among the negatives, Kitchener Everywhere I go, donate people tell me taxpayers would $300,000 back on the tothey paylike forseeing statueboats bases, landscaping and cleanup of vandalism which, lake after a 20-year hiatus. Many of considering the dubious historic actions come from residents the comments ofwho some prime ministers is guaranteed remember spending enjoyable tosummer happen.weekends Some critics say on thethe idea boating smacks of U.S. style patriotism and

suggest otherpast Canadians are far more lake during decades. worthy of statues than unelected I recently met one resident inprime a ministers. neighbourhood grocery store who, areman, alsoused questions about asThere a young to rent boats why Canadians would fete some from the city in the park. He loved prime ministers who have displayed seeing the program return and questionable leadership. Examples commented that,camps years ago, it cost include internship for Japanese $3 to rent a boat. He’s amazed that, residents and rejection of Jewish decades later, it’s still possible to refugees facing extermination in $5 per half hour rent a boat Germany by for a prime minister whofor also each person. praised Hitler. n Help decide by completing a short survey at insidecityhall/statueproject.asp.


Office: 519-741-2793 Cell: 226-748-3109 Email: Twitter: @paulsinghward6 he beautiful weather has Greetings Ward 6 Residents, brought to light some and I wish everyone a peaceful resident regarding Happy New Year.concerns I hope the holiday our newest city park —to enjoy season gavemajor you opportunity


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he summer of 2013 has

Dear Neighbours, been terrible for weeds in I hopeKitchener. you had a wonderful holiday It began when season! While the celebrations have Region of Waterloo decided to

Office: 519-741-2796 Residence: 519-57 9-4052 Email:

Happy New Year and your am pleased the to cityyou recently family and all the best in 2014. installed sharrows as a pilot It wasalong a King pleasure a project Streetmeeting from number residents from my ward MadisonofAvenue to Francis Street in


Office: 519-741-2798 Email: frank.etherington@kitchener. ca

Your turn to speak up. ot a complaint...who you We want to know if you like or gonna call? Your complaintdislike a $2-million project proposed buster councillor, of course. for Victoria Park. The project involves placing 22


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hat does youreveryone a I would like to wish neighbourhood happy and prosperous Newmean Year!to you? This is the As we begin the new year, one of question that is asked our first tasks is being to finalize theof2014 residents as part of the 20th budget and that will take place on anniversary Kitchener’s Festival January 30. ofSetting the budget for of Neighbourhoods. the coming year is never an easy Typically, residents would host a to task, however we are pleased community and register their say we are event in a good, solid financial event to be entered into a random position. draw for a $10,000 capital for one Setting budget figures improvement grant to be used in can year in isolation of prior years their neighbourhood. be very risky, and it is important that themade 20th now yeara marks weSince look this at how decision anniversary Festival of will affect usofinKitchener’s the future. By looking Neighbourhoods, we thought at the bigger picture, we are we able to would addthe even more excitement consider benefits that may tobe this already outstanding event and possible in the years to come. created the Mayor’s It’stax We continually aimChallenge. to keep our simple; to do isHowever, tell me rate as all lowyouashave possible. what your means toin having a neighbourhood zero percent increase you. Maybe you want to share our budget or imposing taxa story cuts about the memories haveservice of inevitably results inyoubase growing up in yourOur neighbourhood, level reductions. goal is to be theorimpact at near that the one rate special of inflation and or thethat neighbour made inworking your life,within staff are currently history of your entire neighbourhood. guideline. There is no right or wrong answer;that Although the tax rate shows just share what your community there was a tax increase in 2013, it to YOU! ismeans important to keep that increase in You canKitchener’s tell me about your property context. 2013 neighbourhood any way that taxes were, oninaverage, theyou third choose.ofWrite a story or essay of 500 lowest Ontario cities, at $2988, words less; draw, paint or create a with theor average Ontario household picture on an 8.5x11 page; our paying $3484. And,inch although create an fiveother natural gasaudio rate recording is higher of than minutes or less, or film of per local municipalities, oura video overall five minutescost or less. household for property tax plus utilities is submit still theyour lowest oftothe three entry Sarah Please cities in our region. FitzPatrick, executive assistant to the I know at times it can seem mayor, via that email, hard to see your tax dollars or byat work, especially since municipal mail, 200 King St. W., Kitchener, ON taxes are Submissions only one of must a number N2G 4G7. be of taxes homeowners pay. To assist received no later than 3 p.m. on in transparency, here is a list of the top Sept. 30. three your tax dollars But areas now the big city question – whatare used towards: the Fire Department; do you win? Since this is the Mayor’s the Community Service Department, Challenge after all, the winner and e.g. arenas and community centres; his/her neighbours will have the and the Operations Department, e.g. opportunity to take me on a walking snow road maintenance, You can tour ofclearing, your neighbourhood. and and favourite trail maintenance and showpark me your spots, chat grooming. about topics that are of interest to I or encourage to oflearn more you share youryou vision how you about the ongoing budget process see your neighbourhood in the by, future. visiting keyword search “2014 budget”. If you have questions or need Your thoughts and suggestions more information, please contact are always welcome!at 519-741-2200 Janice Ouellette x7227 or I look forward to reviewing all of the entries and will see one lucky winner this fall! n

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notes from city hall Office: 519-741-2784 Residence: 519-498-9056 Blog: s Kitchener’s finance chair, Happy New year my everyone! I’d like to detail pride in I hope your holidays were what bothI staff and council for bringing restful with family and believe and to bespent the best budget thus

friends. council a busy far in ourAs term. You returns probablytohaven’t heard or read the 2013 schedule, wemuch will about be re-entering budget because, be frank, what I see as thetomost critical time “KITCHENER DELIVERS of the year; budget. On the evening RESPONSIBLE BUDGET” exactly of January 13 anyoneisn’tseeking headline news. Kitchener council as an audience more than two years willI was haveelected our undivided attention for ago on a platform of efficiency 5 minutes to tell us what we’re and doing fiscaland responsibility; borne of the right what we’re doing wrong. realization strained taxpayers We’ll factorofyour thoughts into and our a stagnating decisions oneconomy. final budget day on With that in mind, May Ithe January 30th. If youback can’tinattend suggested conductbut a would like public inputwesession, representative survey ofI residents to to provide feedback, would love

to hear from you so of please don’t determine affordability Staff implemented the hesitate contact. survey withlike expediency and the I would to take a brief moment results It to thankcame the back staff as at suspected. KW Hydro for is best summarized as maintenance their tireless work through the recent of services increases no ice storm. with I’vetaxheard comments, greater than inflation. echoing my sentiments, that our At thecompany time of the survey, inflation Hydro needs to implement was projected to be 2-2.5tools. per cent;In better communication little did we know it would their defense (and in mydrop own as I sharply the latter half ofinthe year a was a in board member 2013) settling at 1.4 per cent.  process was proactively undertaken Still, with work from months agosignificant for a comprehensive staff and council, we managed communication-strategy; it is tonow

being into place. near bring input a budget at 1.39Inperthe cent — the lowest increaseofofKW the tri-cities, future customers Hydro will and among lowesttoin Ontario. have betterthe access information viaMytechnologies such social thisas figure pride in reaching media. stems from the fact that it was accomplished without being repairs This won’t result in quicker regressive. made $500,000 or responseWetimes asathat aspect is payment to debt, dedicated already very efficient, but armed $800,000 to major parks (including with a smartphone or other device Kiwanis Park), $1.65 to you’ll that works during anmillion outage, trails, a and $320,000 replacepower have better idea ofto when trees affected by the emerald ash will be restored. In other words, borer. In short, we’re stronger you’ll no longer be in the dark while fiscally and still managed to make waiting in the dark.

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winter weather, maintaining home Day isimportant. only a few days safetyamily is very away, so if you are still Keep snow and ice fun clear looking for something tofrom do on Feb. I suggest checking the 18, gas meter and out Mayor Zehr’s Movie Morning, in Kitchener a little bit better. n exhaust vents. This will allow support of the Multiple Sclerosis a consistent natural Society of Canada.flow Doorsofopen at 8 filled with health, happiness and great to help and support each other with its leaf drop-off sites open for folks who a.m. and movies begin between gas to the appliances, memories from times spent with those the challenges friends and neighbours want to leave brush and branches there 8:45 and 9:15 a.m., at Empire ensure proper venting of were facing during and after the storm. as well. nearest and dearest to you! Theatre on Gateway Park Drive. BUDGET 2013 I was proud of the many acts that ICE STORM 2013 UPDATE your appliances Therefuel-burning are great movies to choose Thank you to those who came out Ice Storm 2013 caused demonstrated that Kitchener truly is, a from this year, including Lorax; of natural on Monday night to provide input into and lower the risk The unprecedented damage and caring community! Thank you to all! Ice Age: Continental Drift; As reported, the amount of damage the 2013 City of Kitchener budget. gas build-up in your home. inconvenience in the lead up to the Office: 519-741-2243 holiday season. Much of the info about to trees throughout the city has been Everyone’s input was appreciated. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most If there is a fireDarkhydrant Transformers: Side Residence: 519-896-7300 the storm has been covered elsewhere unprecedented. It is estimated clean- As we work towards final budget day, Wanted; of the Moon and The Hunger in this paper or other community up will take well into February, if not January 30th, I continue to be committed near your home, make sure @berryonline newspapers, however, as a member of beyond. For those cleaning up their own to what we have consistently heard from Games. the hydrant is clear and The morning is sure to offer council who was engaged in keeping property, the Regional Municipality of the vast majority of Kitchener residents, accessible in caseThere there Happy New Year! I trust everyone people informed and dealing with Waterloo has extended free drop offs of namely that our tax increase comes something for everyone! will is enjoyed the holiday season, despite some of our community issues during yard brush until this Saturday, January in at or below the rate of inflation. I’ll be Looney draws, great door anLucky emergency. all of the weather challenges. Please the outage, I was really encouraged 18th at the regional waste management report on this, next month. prizes, face painting and visits from Keep your home safe. Use accept my best wishes for a 2014 by how our community came together facilities. The City continues to have Onkle Hans and Miss Oktoberfest. themore following tipsevent, to visit help For details on this accomplished During this same period, water and Although thehigher increase taxes is keep your meters and vents that council willwithout agree cutting to limit any our tax considerably thanin the current than 9%. rates have increased 199 per integral services. a reasonable level,rates I wasare slated sewer Although March Break is still increase to less than 1%. I believe at inflation rate. Water I appreciate that considerable clear of snow and debris: cent and 293 per cent respectively. extremely disappointed in the The most contentious issue was that goal can be attained without any to increase by 3.5%, sanitary sewer funds are required to upgrade our weeks away, it’s time to start beby facing increase USEabout a broom a car Users of our however, recreational reducing four firefighters in the fire what your or children reductions in our service levels. by 5.0%,constituents storm waterwill fees 3.0%, infrastructure; we services have been thinking again be facing a further threefrom will department attrition. be doing with their newfound Although through this appears to This be a through parking other rates essential from 4 services: to 7%, and will receiving large sums of money brush to remove snow from and sewer fees for taxes, a freedom. Will they be visiting with resulted in annual savings of I am water commendable accomplishment, recreational and rates otherare fees by 3%. per the cent city’sincrease share ofin gasoline your exhaust vents and gas 4.75 perslated cent.for I had Office: 519-741-2790 I supported this, of rising increasing such swimming $480,000. about concerned the impact Hydro ratesbyare also higher activities new source of as funding in theand last few their grandparents, spending the put forward a limiting increase of requesting ways tofor than inflation rate increases. skating. week at home with family, or visiting Residence: 519-744-0807 meter service feesstaff on investigate our constituents years. Hydro rates are also per cent, received providenothis essential service in a the three many will items longer included under Storm waterbutfees usedsupport to be increasing Althoughand increases areface undoubtedly friends? KEEP all your vents and from only three Our over increases manner we can affordare nowfunded and the next four years we tax levy.that Many services included in thecouncillors. tax levy and, required over for these enterprises, Another great option is March or the first time in 10 years, I meterCamp clear. utilities in a years, strong financial in the future. No action will be taken change propertycloser to Break I hope that everyone enjoyed the outside of the tax levy, including: the pastarefive water service due needtotothe limit those in increases at the Breithaupt votedSeason in favour taxlike to water and could withstand giving until thorough studies arenatural carriedgas, position values. The Christmas andofI the would and sanitary sewer, rates and sanitary sewer rates have assessment the current inflation rate;taxconsidering Centre, NEVER vents, runningkick from 9your a.m.-4:30 budget, resulted in an consumers a slight reprieve. out, which in no we fell wish you which a Happy New Year! storm waterclearly fees, result parking and many our increased by approximately 35%Inand increase that manywas tax reasonable, payers in ourbut community p.m. daily with additional supervised meter or piping to clear snow increase of 1.39 cent; will slightly 10 years, the inflation short in with other the essential comprise to the safety In of our citizens On January 30,per council finalize recreational services. all of these the 44%last respectively. In this samerate period considerably are still struggling recent hours available. Children in JK to lower than the annual increase in increased about 20 perby cent. or icesixbuild-up. to our citizens. n and risk to ourisproperties. the budget for 2014. I am hopeful areas council considering increases has the inflation ratebyhas increased less services economicprovided slowdowns. grade will spend the week the inflation rate. This was playing games both indoors andyour AVOID damaging outdoors, making new friends, and budget We for theCentre interactive website, this is to what tires,reduction, unsustainable levels vents or meter with caused pumpkins,the andoverall pet waste. may offer affordable salary solutions. Whatthe if each one of us decided amore shovel, going for a daily swim. For at the municipal level and, if they department will still go upsoinlet’s 2013. Resolution told usthat theywould couldimpact for makecitizens a resolution waste management, 3—Keep everyone plow or a snow blower. If a could in experience No significant were made ato make use the community we cuts live in? I made of that service to keep Street cities parking school andetails and to register, visit I understand how the publicour may safe.continue,, fire hydrant iskeyword locatedsearch close unstable financialareas, position. short services list of suggestions that I thought community clean. no stopping in Cities front such as community centres, perceive these cuts; I respect the zones, “camp.” need to send a clear message to the wouldsnowplowing, be helpful and by Resolution 2—Care about your of trail entrances and over bike andappreciated grass cutting; work our firefighters do. It takes a by, avoid piling snow on top these for methods are not On April 12, I will host the annual many.however, one significant reduction neighbours. Pleaseto do consider theandlanes createsthat chances accidents special people these jobs I province and keep clear for visibility andPlease taxpayers Resolution 1—Take in our yourfire people who be out walking and sustainable is prohibited. takedon’t into State of the City Address. This know thatmay the community that council made pride affected event provides an have limitless to pay these purposes. community. Each Their spring, oncewas the their appreciates children to this school, the seniors who funds you might affect breakfast essential service. consideration Office: 519-741-2779 department. budget opportunity for me to share insights increases through their taxes. snowreduced has departed, we see the results who want some fresh air, and your when you park. The reality of the fire department Residence: 519-895-1569 by $480,000 to account for PLEASE remove icicles surrounding the 2013 budget, the litter, yard and neighbours have Those are my suggestions for New budget who is thatmay it has gonephysical up 31.3 Everywhere we see efforts to yvonne.fernandes@kitchener.caof people’s the retirement of fourwaste firefighters; from your overhead eaves of citywide and planning Downtown Incentive Plans garbage streets, along our trails anddueYear’s resolutions. If you have lead onesby progress per centand overfor thewhom past sixiceyears reduce spending, we must twoon fireour prevention officers have challenges projects, upcoming initiatives trough and watch for buildand in our natural areas. Many citizens snow can be perilous. If clearing your that you think I should have included to increases in salary, and the example at the city. Please contact already retired. This reduction was final budget was into ratified affecting our community, and many We haveheturned the corner a inare perplexed as to why people are sidewalk is a physical challenge, the please send me an email. My best opening of an additional fire station. me with your questions or up of freezing rain or water presented by senior staff as a viable Kitchener’s New Year, January, and withsetting that many of us spoiling their ownthe neighbourhoods House Salaries of Friendship, Community to younand your family for a other issues affecting the citizens concerns. are often decided throughwishes option to limit potential increase tax rate at 1.39 per cent. Through and businesses and If dripping ontoof Kitchener, your meter. have made New Year’s resolutions. and green spaces with things like Care Access Centre and The Working Happy and Prosperous New Year. arbitration. These decisions have to the fire budget. Even after the public input, research surveys and our entire region. there is an extremely large This charitable event is open to all addition, youdays, will be pleased with the possible, Kitchener a pilotNew program garages; but yourdespite input will requested bad weather while our wonderful theirbebest efforts, had a veryconsider successful Year’sto build-up on the meter, do determine the effectiveness soon. new space and its changes once and it snow clearing staff is out all night we know snow winds up on sidewalks Levee celebration again thisof ayear. members of the public, with net not chipfrom it off call the City proceeds ticket- sales donated on reducedentertainment, speed limit of 40 km/hcrafts opens Improvements well intothis thespring. next day cleaning up will our thatKW have or no boulevards. Great food, Artsmall Gallery to the Kitchener and Waterloo elementary school frontages in the then begin on the building. streets so we canoriginal get back to our ILooking have asked staff to creative provide for the and outdoor skating in Civic Square of Kitchener as there is no for something Foundation. For more 2013/2014 year. For more information usual routine. Please on beprograms aware that cost to your purchase sidewalk were part ofschool the festivities. Please Community you or familyadditional to do? Take a trip charge foronice information this,removal. and past State A staff report will come to the side streets need to wait after plows and hire enough staff to clear take advantage of our free rinks at and services at all the KPL until locations, to see the great exhibits at the KW of the City addresses, visit Got a problem? Suspect a community and infrastructure the major roadsand are done the wide. It would cost City Hall, Victoria Park, other local check outand theirarterial wonderful Art sidewalks Gallery andcity find out about their Office: 519-741-2786 keyword search, services April 8. We when we have snow falls. almost million dollars andcommittee communityoncentres. Keep problem? interactive website cool artaprograms there or formore, kids, per parks Residence: 519-576-3501 “state of the city.” I hope to see you need to develop a culture that says Beyond that, let me also sympathize year, to do this. I wish it was an smiling this winter, and for those who teens and adults at The new underground parking at Please call the City of there! pedestrians little with you when dealing the crusty expense that artist we could and I hibernate, seefirst, youespecially in the spring! Let the inner out toafford, play and the main branch librarywith is open and and heavy snow that is at the end agree of you who It is easy to share your concerns Kitchener immediately at checkwith out those the wonderful arthave that said is in ones! he main branch of Kitchener construction will be completed A warm welcome asStreet I write of your driveway, sometimes that toobackyard much to at add to your andKeep ideasinwith me. Please drop me a 519-741-2529 and select touch with your great ideas yourthis veryisown Centre In Public Libraryto on2014, Queen sometime this springand on the other this on aduring cold and blustery January dumped onto your taxes. line at my email dan.glenn-graham@ or concerns at dan.glennThe Square! parking garage to thefreshly east of cleaned the is open construction, and if day. sidewalk by our plows. Staff are aware To those of you that came out, I am or call my or office at 519- option #3.





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Kiwanis Festival piano concerto winners to play unique concert with community orchestra BY CARRIE DEBRONE

ext month five local young N piano players will do something that musicians rarely have the chance to experience. They will each perform one movement of a piano concerto accompanied by a full orchestra. The concert will be performed February 23, 7:30pm at Knox Presbyterian Church, 50 Erb Street West in Waterloo. Winners of the piano concerto competitions at the 2013 Kitchener Waterloo Kiwanis Music Festival, Elina Ho, Emily Wan,

Michael Wong, Rachel Kim and Tracey Strauss, all between the ages of 11 and 13, will play with the 60-member Kitchener Waterloo Community Orchestra (KWCO). They were selected from about 11 Kiwanis concerto category winners by the adjudicators of the 2013 Kiwanis Music Festival Last February, the community orchestra contacted the KW Kiwanis Music Festival with the idea. “We wanted to give these kids a special award for their hard work and exemplary per-

formances at the festival. We also felt the performances could bring the two organizations together in a celebration of the arts in our community,” said organizer Jackie Wall, who also plays first violin with the KWCO. The discussions and eventual collaboration between the two organizations resulted in the creation of the brand new concert. “We’re all really excited about it. It will be so awesome and invigorating for the kids who get to play with the orchestra,” Wall said, adding

22nd annual GRCI Student and Senior Christmas Tea draws over 350 people

Students and teachers performed together in several talent showcase numbers.

Clark Gibson performed March and Jig Set and Amazing Grace on the bagpipes.

Five young piano players, winners of the 2013 K-W Kiwanis Music Festival concerto performance category, will perform a special concert accompanied by the full Kitchener Waterloo Community Orchestra (KWCO) on February 23 at Knox Presbyterian Church in Waterloo. From left: Dr. Erin Walker, President of the KWCO, Rachel Kim (11), Emily Wan(11), Tracey Strauss (13), Michael Wong (13), Elina Ho (11)

that the community concert is a “back scratcher for all of us.” She explained that both organizations realize the potential of the concert to draw larger audiences and provide more exposure for the community orchestra while showcasing the talents of the young people and promoting the Kiwanis Music Festival. “Kids don’t often listen to live music and listening is critical to developing fine musicians,” she said, adding that many people enjoy listening to an orchestra but may not be able to afford to go to the symphony, so this is a good alternative. “These kids are phenomenal players! I’ve heard them they will blow your socks off!” Wall said. The five performers have been busy over the last few

months preparing new works for the concert and start rehearsing with the orchestra on January 21. “We’re so excited about performing with amazing local talent. The KWCO and the KWKMF feel really good about bringing together musicians of all ages with our talented youth under the baton of Daniel Warren, Music Director of the KWCO. This will truly be a celebration of music and community, lifting up the excellence of our youth,” Wall said. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children (12 and under) and are available at the door, unassigned seating. Parking across the street at Waterloo Town Square and at Knox Presbyterian. For more information on the concert call 226789-5007.

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


THIS MONTH’S READING: Jane the Fox and Me Fanny Britt, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault


Christy Giesler, Children's and Teen Collections Librarian

ane the Fox and Me is a compassionate look at the everyday loneliness experienced by a young bullied girl. Much of the story takes place within the confines of her school as she faces the daily taunts of her classmates, in particular a group of former friends. Helene spends her days ridiculed and friendless, always dreading the start of each school day and constantly wondering what new torment awaits her. She is mercilessly teased about her appearance and social status and it becomes clear that Helene’s feelings of worth have been shattered. In her sadness and desperation she turns to her favourite new book, a story about another lonely young girl named Jane Eyre. Helene quickly finds solace and hope in Jane’s own sad, and yet ultimately happy,

story. If someone like Jane can find acceptance and love, then perhaps so can she. Can Helene finally learn to look past what others say about her and realize that she deserves love and friendship? While many excellent novels exist for younger audiences that focus on bullying, the combination Fanny Britt’s sensitive prose and Isabelle Arsenault’s Governor General award-winning illustrations perfectly capture Helene’s loneliness and struggles with self-esteem. Together they effectively convey a message that is important for every young girl to learn, that silver linings do exist. This graphic novel is highly recommended for readers in grades 7 and up.

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Local singer is second in COC’s opera competition for young artists BY CARRIE DEBRONE


e tried to fight it, but 25-yearold Jean-Philippe Fortier-Lazure’s true passion has won –allowing him to become one of Canada’s rising young opera stars. On November 26, the 25-year-old tenor, who grew up in Kitchener, won Jean-Philippe Fortier-Lazure second place in the third annual Canadian Opera Company’s (COC) Ensemble Studio Competition. “I’m still over the top about everything. They treated us like kings during the competition. The money doesn’t matter. I just love performing too much to ever give it up,” said Fortier-Lazure (who is known to his friends as JP). From the 155 singers from across Canada who auditioned in Montreal, Vancouver, New York and Toronto only nine were chosen for the Centre Stage competition (which is the audition for the Ensemble Studio program). Each young artist was asked to sing two arias of their choice, performing for an audience of about 900 people on the main stage of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto accompanied by the COC Orchestra. St. Matthews Church in Ottawa kindly released Fortier-Lazure from a contract to sing the Messiah enabling him to enter the COC competition. “Hearing and seeing JP live on stage at the COC Opera House gave me an overwhelming sense of pride. As he finished his last note, I was beaming with joy, and my wife was crying. Having first heard JP as a treble about 15 years ago, it was a tremendous honour for me to watch him -- at just 25 years of age -- be awarded second prize in this prestigious competition. What an accomplishment! He could hold is own against anybody I’ve heard on that stage,” said long-time friend and local musician Sean Simpson. The competition was launched in 2011 by COC General Director Alexander Neef to showcase the opera talent the COC had scouted from across the country and create a public platform for celebrating the future of opera in Canada. Quebec soprano Karine Boucher took home the $5,000 first place cash prize, while Fortier-Lazure received $3,000. Third place winner bass-baritone Iain MacNeil of Brockville won $1,500. As one of the top winners, Fortier-Lazure is now being considered for acceptance as a member of the Ensemble Studio, Canada’s premier training program for young opera

Tenor Jean-Philippe Fortier-Lazure (right), who grew up in Kitchener, took second place in the recent prestigious Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio Competition. From left: third place winner bass-baritone Iain MacNeil, first place winner soprano Karine Boucher and Fortier-Lazure. Photo by Michael Cooper

professionals that has launched the careers of many young opera singers. The number of members chosen varies each year depending on which positions the COC needs to fill. The COC will announce this year’s new Ensemble Studio members on January 15 as part of its unveiling of next year’s season. Since the inception of the program in 1980, over 180 young professional Canadian singers, opera coaches, stage directors and conductors have acquired their first major professional operatic experience through the Ensemble Studio. Former members include Ben Heppner, Isabel Bayrakdarian, John Fanning, Wendy Nielsen, Joseph Kaiser, David Pomeroy, Allyson McHardy and Krisztina Szabó. Members of the Ensemble Studio are the COC’s resident artists and also act as ambassadors for the company. Paid by the company while they learn, they receive a blend of advanced study and practical experience through an individually tailored, multi-year program, involving understudying and performing main stage roles, intensive vocal coaching, language and acting studies, and career skills development. They also participate in master classes with internationally renowned opera professionals. Fortier-Lazure’s musical career was spawned early as he explored the rich classical music options offered in Kitchener. He took violin lessons when he was five years old and a few years later began voice lessons with Anita Noel at The Beckett School in Kitchener.

A former Grand River High School student, Fortier-Lazure said it was Simpson who first persuaded him to become a member of Waterloo Region’s Grand Philharmonic Youth Choir. “That was a really big experience for me. I met other local artists, I travelled with the choir and I fell in love with performing,” Fortier-Lazure said. After high school, Fortier-Lazure began studying languages at the University of Ottawa intending to become a translator. It was a natural career choice because with extended family in Québec, French comes just as easily to him as English. He is also familiar with Spanish, German and some Italian, courtesy of high school student exchanges. “I didn’t think I could make enough to support myself by singing so I thought I should become a translator and then I could sing on the side,” he said. After enrolling in the university linguistics course he also joined a few Ottawa choirs and sought out a voice teacher finding Lawrence Ewashko the chorus master at Opera Lyra, Ottawa’s opera company. He was asked to join the opera company’s chorus giving him the chance to observe the performances of many professional opera singers. “Lawrence helped push me in the right direction,” he said. After two years in the linguistics program Fortier-Lazure left. “I didn’t do very well in the translators course because I was spending so much time singing. I can see now that linguistics was not where my passion was,” he said. He started his career over and enrolled in Music at the University of Montreal where he is currently completing a Masters in Vocal Performance and expects to graduate this spring. He has participated in young artist training programs with the National Arts Centre, Centre d’Arts Orford and Académie Internationale d’été Nice. His credits include Pelléas in Pélleas et Mélisande (Nova Scotia Opera Company and Atelier d’Opéra, University of Montreal); Chevalier de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites (Atelier d’Opéra); Beppe in Pagliacci (Opera Lyra Ottawa – Silver Cast); Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Don Curzio/Don Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro and Mr. Gobineau in The Medium (University of Ottawa Opera Productions); and Guard in Manon and Prince of Persia in Turandot (Opera Lyra Ottawa). This year wasn’t the first time FortierLazure had entered the Ensemble Studio competition. Last year, he also auditioned fighting through a nasty bout of the flu just to appear. “I was really, really sick that day and I just couldn’t sing like I wanted to. This year I wanted to show them that I could redeem myself,” he said. His parents and several friends from Kitchener and Ottawa were at the competition to celebrate his win.


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Kitchener Citizen - East Edition - January 2014  
Kitchener Citizen - East Edition - January 2014  

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