KITCHENER’S ORIGINAL COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER
Volume 5, Issue 3
Thursday, July 4, 2013
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No more teacher-librarians for public elementary schools by CARRIE DEBRONE
here will be no more teacher-librarians in Waterloo Region’s 102 elementary public schools. In September 2013, the teacher-librarian position will no longer exist. A small portion of the work that teacher-librarians did will be taken over by four Digital Literacy Teachers who will spend 75 per cent of their time working on computer/technology related issues in schools and helping to keep teachers up to date with new technology, and 25 per cent on library issues. The completion of library courses is recommended, but not required, for the new Digital Literacy jobs. The current teacher-librarians were informed in March that their jobs were being terminated, a decision made internally at the Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) after it was informed last year that the Ontario Ministry of Education was changing the way it funds what are termed “centralized roles” --- people who work in the system who serve as resources and program leaders. “The bottom line is that we had less money so therefore we have less people that can be withdrawn from the classroom to serve in these centralized roles,” said Mark Carbone, Chief Information Officer at the Waterloo Region District School Board. Carbone said the board deferred the change for nearly a year while it examined how to best meet its new goal to prioritize support for digital learning and technology in schools. He said the board looked at what other school boards in the province were doing and examined the skill sets needed for digital learning. “We needed to rebalance things,” Car-
bone said, adding that the new technology-focused goals meant the board has to provide more direct support and resources for teachers, so they can learn how to properly use new technologies and become more media literate. “Teachers need to be up to speed with new technology. These goals weren’t on the table two years ago,” he said. “This new Digital Literacy position means we will be able to provide service in the areas where we needed more horsepower,” he said, adding that the same amount of money will be spent on libraries this year as in previous years. ”You can’t prepare students for the future if you don’t focus on good skill sets for the kids. All school boards are going through this. We’re in a time of such rapid change that has not been faced by school boards ever in their history,” Carbone said. All elementary school libraries will continue to be staffed with library clerks and technicians, and teacher-librarians will remain in place at all public high schools. In 2001, the WRDSB cut its elementary school teacher-librarians from 56 to 28, and the following year it further cut that number to just five. One more teacher-librarian was later added and the six teacher-librarians remained on the job until just a few days ago. Pam Burrows, who retired June 30 from a 34-year career as a teacher-librarian working with several school boards in Ontario, both at the high school and elementary school levels, said she found out her job would no longer exist when she received an internal memo a week before March break. Burrows is dismayed by the board’s decision. Continued on page 5...
Data Perceptions team member Joel Guse strains as he makes a fantastic pop-fly catch that was the final out in the bottom of the 5th ending the championship game against Canoeing the Grand, allowing his team to capture the 2013 Sr. T-Ball championship. Coverage of the Stanley Park Optimist Club Ball Program season finale is on page 6. Photo by Ben Guse
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Construction starts on Woodland Christian High School’s $4.8-million addition BY CARRIE DEBRONE
onstruction of a $4.8-milC lion addition to Woodland Christian High School, locat-
ed on Spitzig Road near Breslau, began this week. The 67,943 square foot addition will more than double the size of the current school and allow it to increase its present enrolment of 255 to 325 students over the next three to five years. Students, teachers, parents and local officials participated in a groundbreaking ceremony at the school June 12 beginning the construction that will include a new double gym, new change rooms, a conference room, new science lab, an additional 105 lockers, more classroom space, storage space, washrooms, office space and teacher workspace, and a new two-storey main entrance lobby, which will be located on the south side of the school.
The construction will also convert the existing gym into a new Performing Arts/ Student Commons area with a practice room, media arts room and servery. Plans for the addition began about five years ago and school board chairperson Steve Marfisi said it signifies the “start of a new journey” for the school. Established in 1976, the Christian education high school constructed its first school building in 1979 with later additions in 1987 and again in 2001. It has a current staff of 30 and 1,120 alumni. Principal John Van Pelt said $3.6-million has already been raised towards the project and fund raising efforts will continue through coming years. “The founders had a vision for Christian education and they sacrificed to give us the school and gifts we have now. This addition will allow us to
Students, staff and local dignitaries took part in the groundbreaking ceremony June 12 for the $4.8-million addition that began this week at Woodland Christian High School located on Spitzig Road near Breslau. From left: front, Regional councillor Jean Haalboom, Staff representative Ken VanderZwaag, Student Government President Emily Fearon, Capital Campaign Chairperson Derrick Grift, back, Principal John Van Pelt, Waterloo Regional Chair Ken Seiling, MPP Mike Harris, Board Chairperson Steve Marfisi, SKC Construction representative Clare Streutker. Photo by Carrie Debrone
provide Christian education to a larger group of people. We want our kids to feel valued and appreciated and to engage students in the learning process,” Van Pelt said, adding that the additions will provide a “new face allowing us to renew and expand our
vision.” Waterloo Regional Chair Ken Seiling noted that at the base of a solid education is a good facility in which to learn. Remembering that he had watched the initial opening of the school, which he described as a “leap of faith,” Seiling
said the school has proven itself successful. “Congratulations on a great project” Seiling said of the addition. “Clearly this expansion will produce grads who will go on to become community leaders,” said MPP Mike Harris.
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SOME PROVINCES USING CAR SEATS
Conflicting opinions about JKs riding school buses BY HELEN HALL
enna Hammond doesn’t believe JWhen she’s an over-protective parent. making plans for her daugh-
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ter to attend junior kindergarten this fall, she wondered if her 14.5 kg (32 lb) daughter would even be able to climb on and off a school bus on her own. She began searching junior kindergarten and school buses and that’s when she came across a 2004 Transport Canada study that recommends students under 18 kg. (40 lb) are safer in car seats on the school bus. School bus seats are built with high backs and cushioning on both sides of the seats. In a crash, the children will hit the back of the padded seat in front of them and it absorbs the energy from their bodies in the collision. This is called “compartmentalization” and Transport Canada believes it is safer for children than using seat belts on the bus. However, another study by Transport Canada found that children under 18 kg. don’t have enough body mass to benefit from compartmentalization and tend to fly head first into the seat in front of them. Therefore, Transport Canada recommends children under 18 kg. are safer in car seats on a school bus. In addition, in 2007 Transport Canada required that all new school buses have Universal Anchorage Systems (UAS) to hold car seats. Transport Canada says its role is to “determine requirements for child seats in Canada” and “to define appropriate size categories for infants and children.” It says the provinces decide “in what circumstances and in which vehicles” the child seats will be required by law. “When I came across these reports I was totally shocked,” Hammond said. Hammond said her daughter is average in both height and weight for her age. In digging further, Hammond found that Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia started putting car seats on school buses in 2010 for children under 18 kg. The children are weighed at the beginning of the year and quickly learn how to do up the clips themselves. Hammond has called a school principal, Student Transportation of Waterloo Region, and Service Ontario to inquire about using a car seat. She said people just keep reassuring her that school buses are safe.
“I feel like nobody is listening to my concerns,” she said. General Manager of Student Transportation of Waterloo Region Benoit Bourgault his company has no plans to add car seats to its school buses. They bus both public and Catholic board students. “We are always looking at providing safe transportation for students,” Bourgault said. He said that the risk of an injury is “extremely low in our environment” because their school buses travel in the city at slower speeds. He also said having car seats in the bus would be “very difficult to manage.” Bourgault said drivers cannot be responsible for buckling students into car seats and no parents are allowed on the bus for safety reasons. He also said keeping tabs on which students were over and under 18 kg. would be difficult. Local school buses are used for two runs each day. High school students travel first because they have to be at school earlier. Elementary school students are picked up in the same buses when the high school run is complete.
Bourgault said that they wouldn’t be able to fit the high schoolers on the bus if several of the bench seats had car seats on them. Bourgault said he believes about 40 percent of their fleet has anchorage systems for car seats since they were purchased after Transport Canada made it a law. Hammond is unsure about what she will do in September. Her family is moving to Baden and her children will travel to New Hamburg on the school bus, which means they will be travelling at higher speeds on country roads. She said she has never had a concern about her son being on the bus, who was larger and heavier than his sister when he started junior kindergarten.
Of course, she has the option of driving her children to school. “I’m trying to be as reasonable as possible,” she said. “I’m not saying that school buses aren’t safe. I just don’t know what the right choice is to make.” She doesn’t want to exclude her daughter by not sending her to junior kindergarten or boarding the bus with other children in their new neighbourhood. But now she has read the reports that say her child should be in a car seat on the school bus, she finds it hard to put that aside. “I think ‘what if they get in an accident?’ How am I going to sleep at night when I knew it wasn’t safe.”
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Bicycle safety fun day
Tim Horton’s to be constructed at Frederick Mall in Kitchener BY CARRIE DEBRONE
four months, there will Iton’snbeabout a freestanding Tim Hordrive thru at the corner of
Deb Wilburn, a volunteer from the 1st Stanley Park Scouts teaches bicycle signals to Ethan Cotrina. More than 150 children took part in the June 15 bicycle safety fun day held at the Stanley Park Community Centre. The free event, jointly planned by the Stanley Park Optimist Club and the Stanley Park Community Centre, included a bike safety course, bike inspections, entertainment, mini golf, face painting and food.
Hayden Steele, 4, had his face painted like Spiderman by volunteer Bryan Meglei.
Volunteer Walter Schaefer helped inspect bikes.
Volunteer Deb McCarter really got wrapped up in her work as she made and bagged candy floss at the bicycle safety fun day.
Frederick and Edna Streets. It will be constructed at the northwest corner of the Frederick Mall parking lot. The entrance to the Tim Horton’s will be from Edna Street and the drive thru will feature two lines that will each allow five cars at a time to queue up. The developer accepted revisions requested by two representatives from the Central Frederick Neighbourhood Association before the site plan for the new fast food store was approved June 26 by the city’s site plan review committee. The city sent out notices to the few houses within the required 60-metre notification area. The location is across from Weber Park and there are office buildings on the other two adjacent corners. However, the neighbourhood association was not notified and it found out only when one of the few neighbours who had been notified, told some of its members. The city then gave the association extended time to respond to the proposal. Ward 10 councillor Dan GlennGraham said the developer has offered to help build a new sidewalk on Edna and the U-shaped Tim Horton’s lot will be fully fenced. He said the city will also be limiting mall parking to three hours and better signs will be installed at the mall’s one-way entrance from Frederick Street. The city will also be looking at having the concrete stairs and railings at the front of the mall removed and improving the nar-
row sidewalk at the side entrance in front of the one way road that offers access to the mall off Frederick Street Additional garbage containers will also be placed at the park. “We would have liked to see the drive thru stay out of the neighbourhood. We support small businesses but we don’t consider Tim Horton’s to be a small business,” said Central Neighbourhood Association President Laura McBride. “We’re a very communitybased neighbourhood and our main concerns were eternal traffic, having more lights in the mall parking lot and safety concerns about the outdoor pedestrian sidewalk,” said McBride. “We are really hoping the façade of the building would be constructed to stay consistent with the heritage buildings in the neighbourhood. This is very important to us,” McBride said, adding that a further site plan meeting is being planned to discuss the store’s design and she hopes the association members will be invited. “I really feel we should be stepping back and looking a the drive thru policy. It goes with the zoning of a fast food restaurant now, but it should really be considered as a separate issue,” Glenn-Graham said. “We have a car culture now and if we really mean what we say about being pioneers in protecting the environment then we should look at this,” he said. Should other contentious issues arise in this neighbourhood in the future, Glenn-Graham said he would inform the neighhbourhood association so members can provide input early in the process.
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No more teacher-librarians ...from cover
A teacher-librarian for the last 12 years with the WRDSB, and the person responsible for bringing the first school library to Long Island, Bahamas, she said the board has made the wrong decision in the wrong way. Burrows said she is absolutely in favour of technology in schools and believes that technology is a good tool for every student and teacher to learn to use, however she said that schools must value grounding in basic knowledge, which includes learning to read and write well, for their students to become competent, successful learners. “A specialist teacher is a positive step but not at the expense of basic library skills.
program and teacher-librarians through all your school years. You have to become a good reader in order to become a good learner and we must teach children at a young age to love reading,” she said. “I don’t know why the board is not recognizing the need and the importance of teacher-librarians,” she said. An OLA brief released recently in response to the loss of teacher-librarians across the province titled “De-Valuing of Teacher Librarians in School Boards” states that for the past 12 years the association has witnessed an erosion of qualified teacher-librarians. “School boards are facing difficult decisions in light of declining enrolment combined with a fiscally austere government. However, placing unqualified staff in charge
”You can’t prepare students for the future if you don’t focus on good skill sets for the kids. All school boards are going through this. We’re in a time of such rapid change that has not been faced by school boards ever in their history,” Choosing to put money into the area of technology over the expertise and knowledge base of people who have a wealth of experience is throwing the baby out with the bath water,” Burrows said in a recent interview. Shelagh Paterson, Executive Director of the Ontario Library Association (OLA), said students who attend schools without teacher-librarians are at a disadvantage. “It’s a really perplexing thing that’s happened in Waterloo. Why narrow the offering to students?” Paterson questioned, adding that recent EQAO testing shows schools with teacher-librarians and solid library programs score on average 5.5 per higher than those without teacher librarians. “You need a solid library
of the school library program is not an economic decision.” “Students who are in schools without a staffed and resourced library program are not receiving he same education as students who have school libraries,” the report states. And Burrows said it is particularly difficult to understand why the decision to eliminate teacher-librarians in the Region of Waterloo was made at a time when libraries continue to be built, upgraded and funded in its schools and in the community. “The knowledge and experience of teacher-librarians has been invaluable in the design and set up of libraries in new schools,” she said. In the past 11 years, local teacher-librarians have helped set up and design libraries in
14 new schools in this region. “They’re not making the best decision for students, and the decision was not made properly. It was not made public. We weren’t even asked or consulted. We were told a week before March break that the job would not exist anymore,” Burrows said. “No parents were told, and even some of the staff at schools didn’t know. It is a loss of an entire philosophy and an entire teaching stream. It’s an important enough change that the public should have been made aware of it,” Burrows said. “There will be no depth of knowledge or experience left in our school libraries. It’s the students and the teachers who will really lose here.” “The decision was already made and there were no clear answers to our questions,” Burrows said of her attempts and the attempts by the other teacher-librarians to find out why their jobs were being terminated without consultation. “We are passionate about what we do and we have done our jobs very well. I feel like truly what we did was not valued,” Burrows said. “We should be role-modelling collaboration and respect for the opinions of others, and I don’t feel that opportunity was afforded to me or to anyone on our team of teacherlibrarians,” she said. “Teacher-librarians already do what is required for the Digital Literacy position, plus we have a library-resource background,” she said. “You can’t have technology without literacy. Libraries teach a life-long skill. They are so important,” she said. “It’s a difficult change,” Carbone said. “No one is saying libraries are not important. But we must look at the broader picture of connecting it to the digital world. Relative to today’s world, we needed to achieve another balance.”
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Community SPORTS OVER 500 YOUNG BALL PLAYERS PARTICIPATED
Successful 2013 ball season ends with celebration at Wilson Park by CARRIE DEBRONE
he 2013 Stanley Park OpT timist Ball season ended June 22 with the traditional
Mr. KW Landscaper beat PSG Plumbing to win the 2013 Senior 3-Pitch championship. From left: front, Kayla Reitzel, Marly Reinhardt, Emily Luft, Eric Galbraith, middle, Josh Shouldice, Luke Bonsi, Timothy Ward, Tyler Ridsdale, back, Coach Paul Reitzel, Ben Bernard-Jardine, Greg Huras, Coach Mike MacKenzie, Jacob MacKenzie, Coach Ruth Reitzel. Absent: Ethan Evans, James Mulholland.
Tent Works captured the 2013 Junior 3-Pitch championship. From left: front, Logan Knowles, Mackenzie Kolpean, Owen Kimbauer, Jackson Suderman, middle, Joel Grevenstein, Connor McCormick, Hailley Rowden, Miya Murakami, Michael Lafleur, Phoenix Bradley, back, Team Sponsor/Coach Randy Uuldriks, Kohl Grevenstein, Josh Uuldriks, Coach, Amanda Ducey. Absent: Cecelia Schaeffer.
Data Perception won the 2013 Senior T-Ball championship beating Canoeing the Grand in the final. From left: front, Noah Sharpe, Liam Brohman, Joel Guse, middle, Sierra Cochrane-Beder, Logan Monachan, Ethan Druar, Aaron Martin, Rylie Heimbecker, Ashlynn Renner, Carter Brohman, back, Coaches, Ian Martin, Ryan Brohman. Absent: Ashleigh Murray, Hope Grubb and coach Neil Murray.
Hot Dog Day celebration at Wilson Park in Kitchener and some exciting championship games. This year, almost 500 young players on 44 teams in five leagues had fun playing Blastball, T-ball and 3-Pitch during the season that runs from early May to the third week in June. The popular program also enjoyed the highest enrollment in its Blastball league since it was first offered with 15 teams registered. The year-end wrap up party provides the opportunity for individual players to receive their trophies, for winning teams to be recognized and for the community to thank the many people who work together to provide the popular program including organizers, umpires, coaches, managers, assistants, helpers and team sponsors. Each young player receives a team photo and is treated to free hotdogs, pop and entertainment. In the final game on June 22, Data Perceptions narrowly beat Canoeing the Grand 41 to 39 to win the Senior T-Ball championship. Some speculate the win could be attributed to Coach Neil Murray’s final game attire. Sporting a kilt, Murray made good on an earlier promise to wear a skirt if his team made it to the final game. “At the semi final game the team wasn’t playing with much
energy in the first inning. So I pulled them in for a quick pep talk basically saying “Guys, if we win today, we make it to the final game and I’ll show up wearing a skirt.” Go figure that this was highly motivational to a group of kids 7 and 8 year olds, and their energy level went through the roof. So, I showed up to Saturday’s game in a kilt!” Murray said. Sportco took the Senior TBall Consolation championship barely edging out PM Windows 10 to 9. Tentworks beat Car Toons, 14 to 12 to become this year’s Junior 3-Pitch champs. “It was a close game the entire way through, and both teams played very well. There was a great show of sportsmanship from both sides, and everyone had a great time,” said Tentworks Coach Amanda Ducey. In the final inning Kohl Grevenstein caught two pop flies, which helped keep Tentworks ahead. “Each player played the best that they have played all season, and I couldn’t have been prouder.” Ducey said. Helmutz Interlock beat Mo Targosz Financial 28 to18 to win the Junior 3-Pitch consolation title. Mr KW Landscaper edged out PSG Plumbing 19 to 18 to become the 2013 Senior 3-Pitch champions. This game was a nail-biting, see-saw battle with PSG players taking an early 10-6 lead after only two innings then finding themselves down by five going into the seventh. The team scored exactly five and then held Mr KW off the
The 2013 season umpires were personally thanked at the year-end hotdog day T-Ball program wrap up June 22 at Wilson Park in Kitchener for helping to be part of a smooth-running program where good sportsmanship was demonstrated. From left: front, Andrew Fulton, middle, Bobby Ballantyne, Colin Wyatt, Conor Dowling, Heather Ebel, Kelly Waters, back,Collin Ebel, Timothy Ward, Cassie Shantz, Cassidy Lake, Sara Seiling, Eric Wardell, Sarah Rombough, Darren Givlin, Megan Whalen & Claire Waters. Absent from photo: Becca Ballantyne, Victor Grigorian, Jackson Haire, Alex Lake, Jacob MacKenzie and Kyle Stolz.
scoreboard to leave the game tied at 18-18 and send it into extra innings. PSG failed to add to its total while Mr KW got one runner across to claim the victory. Wagner Livock & Associates beat Vancea Financial 13 to 8 to take the 2013 Senior 3 Pitch consolation title. FINAL STANDINGS Senior T-Ball: Champions: Data Perceptions Finalists: Canoeing the Grand Consolation Champions: Sportco Consolation Finalists: PM Windows Junior 3-Pitch: Champions: Tentworks Finalists: Car Toons Consolation Champions: Helmutz Interlock Consolation Finalists: Mo Targosz Financial Services Senior 3-Pitch Champions: Mr K-W Landscaper Finalists: PSG Plumbing Consolation Champions: Wagner Livock & Associates Consolation Finalists: Vancea Financial Registration for 2014 will open in Dec. 2013 - with early bird fees!
The Stanley Park Optimist Club Ball Program would not run without the help of these generous sponsors. This year’s teams were sponsored by the following local businesses: Blast Ball League sponsors: Aunty B’s Place, Madorin Snyder, First Choice Haircutters, Natural Sports, Twin City Tile, PKG Photography, Zehrs Market, Minute Muffler, Team Cleeves, Total Auto Service, Mayburry Electric, Kitchener Citizen, TD Bank, Fabutan, Kiddies Fun Trak Junior T-Ball League sponsors: Strassburger Windows, First Choice Haircutters, OH Dental, Fiddleheads Health, R&S Screening, Zehrs Market, Miller Wealth, Durnin Motors, Steve Scherer GM, Brodrechts Flooring, Franklin Pizza, Dawn’s Summer Care, Joseph & Co. Senior T-Ball League sponsors: Data Perceptions, Alfran Trophies, Sportco, Canoeing the Grand, PSG Masonry, PM Windows, Mo Targosz Financial Junior 3-Pitch league sponsors: Tentworks, Car Toons, Mo Targosz Financial, Helmutz Interlock, Diekat Cranes Senior 3-Pitch: Wagner Livock & Associates, PSG Plumbing, Mr KW Landscaper, Vancea Financial
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GRCI SPORTS AWARDS GRCI 2013 Top Graduating Athletes Petar Simidzija and Samantha Salata.
GRCI 2013 Top Junior Athletes are Caroline Lorkovic, Matthew Richardson and Jessa Braun.
GRCI True Renegades Chuder Teny and Tori Givlin
The 2013 GRCI Joy and Effort Award winner is Lucas Adam. This special award is designed to recognize an amazing individual who has been an inspirational part of the school finding countless ways to brighten the day for athletes from GRCI as well as from the schools it competed against.
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Kitchener councillor wants monthly financial statements
embers of council currently receive M financial reports three times a year. On June 17th, we received a report for the
four months ended April 30. That report indicated that the city could be facing a deficit in excess of $1 million for 2013. For several years, I have advocated for more timely monthly financial information so that changes can be considered. Recently, the WRPS Board requested monthly statements because of constant budget over expenditures due to police overtime. The city faces similar issues. With that in mind, I again presented a motion asking for monthly financial statements. The city has annual revenues
in excess of $350-million. Monthly financial statements are a necessity for private business corporations even much smaller compared to the City of Kitchener. The city’s local agencies (Library Board; Center in the Square; Kitchener Housing etc.) all prepare monthly statements. Accounting technology has changed considerably. Accounting programs costing less than $100 are capable of producing immediate reports. The city’s multimillion dollar accounting system should be able to easily produce clear and concise monthly reports. My recommendation did not ask that these reports be reviewed at the committee meetings but
that they merely would be available for interested Members of Council and the Public. Staff has stated that it would take 65 hours a month to produce these statements. With 1,500 employees paid for 210,000 hours in a month; surely we can expend 65 hours to keep council and our constituents better informed. My motion was again NOT SUPPORTED by Councillors Singh; Davey; Vrbanovic; Galloway; Etherington; Ioannidis and Mayor Zehr. It is all a question of accountability and transparency. John Gazzola, Ward 3 Councillor
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aterloo Region is a vibrant global comW munity that continues to experience increased investment, growth and change.
munity. In preparation for the ION in 2017, a Central Transit Corridor Community Building Strategy is being created to help guide We are the fourth largest community in growth and development around the 23 new Ontario and the tenth largest in Canada, Wa- transit stops. This strategy will link Camterloo Region continues to grow with over bridge, Kitchener and Waterloo. Transportation is an essential factor in half of our new development taking place in managing growth, both in terms of moving existing built up areas. Some of the objectives for Regional Coun- people and shaping the community. ION is cillors and mandates for the Region are to expected to attract more people to the Refind ways to manage and shape growth to gion’s downtown core, allowing for expanded ensure a livable, healthy, thriving and sustain- amenities and new job opportunities. In Kitchener, five areas along the ION corable community for all of our residents. The demand for an economical, depend- ridor have been identified as key developable and environmental friendly mode of ment and investment areas based on their transportation is something I continue to unique characteristics and development pohear from many of my constituents. The Re- tential. These areas include: gion wants to shift the current trend of how people travel, less people using their cars and • Downtown Kitchener: Includes ION stops at King/Victoria, Young/Gaukel, Benton/ more people using various modes of public Frederick and Cedar transportation. If gas prices are averaging • Ottawa/Borden: Includes ION stops $1.27 now, what will they look like four years at Ottawa/Borden and Mill Street from now? As fuel prices continue to rise • Blockline: Includes ION stop at and car insurance premiums at an all-time Blockline high, by 2017 public transportation may very • Fairview: Includes ION stop at well be the only affordable mode of travel in Fairview Park Mall Canada. • Sportsworld: Includes ION stop at The Region of Waterloo is looking ahead Sportsworld and preparing for the future by focusing on We have limited room for new roads in our the growing needs of our com-l June 6, 2013 existing built up areas. The Page 24 l transportation Kitchener Citizen - West Edition Region is planning for the arrival of ION with the goal Welcome to the Kitchener Citizen’s of creating seamless connections with Grand River Transit (GRT).
GRT continues to expand and align transportation services in preparation for the ION. For example, if you currently live in Forest Heights you will be able to take the iXpress directly to the corridor, transfer onto the ION and make your way to various ends of Kitchener, Cambridge or Waterloo. Over the next few years residents will see an increased number of routes and service run times between buses. Starting this fall, a new 202 University iXpress route will begin operating Monday to Sunday with 15 minute peak and midday service and 30 minute offpeak frequency service. In 2015, iXpress will run along Victoria Street and Highland Road. The future of Waterloo Region’s integrated transit system including: GRT, ION, GO transit and VIA Rail, will solidify our region as a prosperous, innovative community with a connected network. I want people to have alternatives to how they choose to travel. The ION will be another viable option for our residents. It may not solve all of our transportation needs but, combined with our walking, cycling and GRT initiatives the ION will help move people with ease to and from local businesses, attractions, and regional facilities - not only in our downtown core but within our surrounding neighbourhoods.
Arts & ENTERTAINMENT
I LOVE LIVE THEATRE TICKET GIVEAWAY!
Geoff Lorentz Regional Councillor - Kitchener
WIN TWO FREE TICKETS THAT CAN BE USED AT ANY DRAYTON ENTERTAINMENT 2013 SEASON PERFORMANCE!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org the correct answer to this question for a chance to win. Winner’s name will be drawn. Who is Drayton Entertainment’s Artistic Director? The Kitchener Citizen is offering you the opportunity to enter every month from April until August. Winning tickets may be used for any performance at any of the following Drayton Entertainment venues, during the 2013 season:* • Dunfield Theatre Cambridge** • St. Jacobs Country Playhouse • Schoolhouse Theatre • King’s Wharf Theatre • Drayton Festival Theatre • Huron Country Playhouse • Playhouse II * Tickets must be booked in advance. Performance dates and times are subject to availability. **This offer excludes “Mary Poppins” at the Dunfield Theatre in Cambridge. To see what exciting shows Drayton Entertainment has in store for you this season call 1-855-DRAYTON (372-9866) or visit www.draytonentertainment. com. The ticket winners will be announced in the Kitchener Citizen each month. JUNE WINNERS: Laura Mills and Diane Lemont
Several decades from now people in Kitchener will open the 40 time capsules buried beneath this commemorative bench installed at city hall and dedicated June 10th in honour of the city’s 100th year of cityhood. The Kitchener Citizen was honoured to fill one of the time capsules. The bench was donated by Superior Memorials. From left: front, Superior Memorials representative John-Michael Weber, Councillor Scott Davey, Councillor Berry Vrbanovic, Mayor Carl Zehr, Councillor Paul Singh, Councillor Kelly Galloway-Sealock, Councillor Gazzola, back, Glenn-Graham, Councillor Frank Etherington, ogerJohn Nicholson jokesCouncillor that he Dan wanted to divisions. Most models are radio co Councillor Councillor Janecki, Councillor buyBill a Ioannidis, 1953 Chris Craft Zyg 63-foot motor usingYvonne two toFernandes. six channel radios.
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PROVINCIAL ISSUES by John Milloy MPP – Kitchener Centre
Ontario Government Introducing Positive Change Across the Province he spring session of the Ontario Legislature T wrapped up on June 11th with the passing of the 2013 Budget. Since the session began in Feb-
ruary, Premier Kathleen Wynne and our team moved forward on a number of measures to grow the economy and help people in their everyday lives.
Our government is helping people in their everyday lives through measures that include: • Increasing the Ontario Child Benefit’s annual maximum payment by up to $210 over the next two years; • Taking steps to transform social assistance to help more recipients find jobs and improve their financial security; • Reducing auto insurance rates by 15 per cent on average for nine million drivers; • Investing an additional $260 million this year in home and community care; • Proposing new rules for wireless contracts and services; • Strengthening the rights of consumers in the areas of door-to-door sales, debt settlement services and real estate transactions. During the spring session, the government also introduced legislation that, if passed, would help make Ontario a safer, healthier place for everyone by: • Prohibiting the sale of tanning services to people under 18 to protect young people from skin cancer; • Providing job protection for caregivers who take leave to care for sick or injured loved ones or to cope with the illness or loss of a child; • Making it easier for municipalities to collect unpaid fines from Ontario drivers;
• Making more local food available in stores, schools and restaurants across the province; • Requiring producers to take responsibility for recycling the products they sell and turning more waste into new products. In the 2013 Budget, the government unveiled new initiatives to create jobs, including: • A plan to invest more than $35 billion in infrastructure across Ontario over the next three years that will support more than 100,000 jobs on average each year; • A proposed increase to the Employer Health Tax exemption that would provide greater tax relief for small employers and help them hire more people. Our government is also focused on youth unemployment, which is why we created a new Youth Jobs Strategy that will create about 30,000 job and mentorship opportunities for young people and support their entrepreneurial efforts. As part of this strategy consultations have been happening across the province, including one I hosted on June 21st with the Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment, Dr. Eric Hoskins. At the roundtable we discussed the growing technology sector with some of our youth entrepreneurs and what our government could do to assist them and other youth looking to start their own company. Through the Youth Jobs Strategy, the government would invest $295 million over two years in the strategy. This would support employment opportunities for about 30,000 young people, while promoting innovation and entrepreneurship as valuable career options. Helping youth succeed in a 21st-century economy is part of the new Ontario government’s plan to build a prosperous and fair province. It has been a busy spring session at Queen’s Park and I am looking forward to enjoying all the summer events in Waterloo Region!
PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Stephen Woodworth Member of Parliament Kitchener Centre
Legislative Highlights from the 41st Parliament The negative coverage of Question Period and party politics can sometimes overshadow the great work happening on Parliament Hill. The 1st session of the 41st Parliament can best be described as tumultuous. Last week, however, as the dust settled and Parliament adjourned for the summer, you could see the difference made by team work and determination in getting important legislation passed. This legislation wasn’t reported as much as the controversies, so I am pleased to share some highlights now. Bill C-60, Budget Implementation Act This year I again spoke on Spring’s Budget Implementation Act, which emphasized $900 million in new infrastructure spending, the development of the Canada Job Grant, an extension of the Employment Insurance credit for new hires, and new skills training programs. All of that emphasizes job creation for Canadians. The budget bill also delivered changes to the temporary foreign workers program to ensure Canadians find jobs first and to protect foreign workers from exploitation. The bill was assented June 26, 2013. Bill S-15, Sable Island I was also especially honoured to speak in the House of Commons on Bill, S-15, which creates a new national park reserve, Sable Island, protected
in the middle of an active oil and gas field. The island, known for its wild horses, hundreds of shipwrecks and wildlife habitat is currently protected informally and without legal backup by residents who spend months at a time guarding the island. I was pleased to see this bill from inception to royal assent through my role on the Environment Committee. The bill received Royal assent June 19, 2013. Bill S-8, Safe Drinking Water for First Nations There is a misconception that every Canadian living in our country has access to safe drinking water. This is in fact not the case as there has been no legislation in place, until now, to ensure First Nations have access to safe drinking water. The Act addresses health and safety issues on reserves by providing strict regulations to govern drinking water. The bill has a long history, first being introduced by the Senate in early 2010 and only receiving royal assent on June 19, 2013. There are no good reasons for First Nations residents to accept second-class standards. Parliamentarians continue to work hard and work together to ensure these important pieces of legislative move smoothly through the lengthy process. I am proud of the numerous accomplishments of session 1 in the 41st Parliament. Have a safe and enjoyable summer!
MarketNEWS Cruise on by to the Kitchener Market this month to watch the Cruising on King classic car parade from our piazza. Stay after the parade to enjoy live music, food, exhibits and more! Visit our website for details and to register:
Cruising on King at the Kitchener Market Friday, July 12, 3-11 p.m.
Classic car displays, parade, food, live entertainment and lots more! Event takes place at Kitchener City Hall, Victoria Park, King Street and the Kitchener Market. Visit www.cruisingonking.ca
BBQ on the Piazza
Saturday, July 13, 7 a.m.- 2 p.m. Join University of Waterloo students as they fundraise for their dragon boat team. They’ll be cooking up a storm to raise money to compete in the Canadian Nationals that will be held in Victoria, BC.
Saturday, July 13, 7 a.m.- 2 p.m. Learn about the descent of corn such as the ancestral importance of the grain. Enjoy live flamenco music and dancing. Feast on delicious food. Organized by Kitchener Market vendor, Pupuseria and Bakery Flor de Izote.
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: $39 includes a market bag and prepared food. To register: Visit www.kitchenermarket.ca/cookingclasses, call 519-741-2287 or email email@example.com
Summer series – meal salads Wednesday, July 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
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St. John’s passion for all things green BY CARRIE DEBRONE
arishioners of The Church of St. John the P Evangelist have always had many passions. Known locally for its Soup Kitchen
outreach work and its Christmas pudding program, in recent years, the congregation’s passion for greening it’s church has been added to the list. Greening an old building takes commitment, time and money, but if it is done right it can save a lot of energy while preserving historical buildings for the next generation – that’s what the St. John the Evangelist congregation is banking on. Spearheaded by church warden Al Coughlin, the congregation began its Green Passion program two years ago, taking on various environmentally-themed projects around the church, which is located at 23 Water. St. N. in Kitchener. “Everything we do here now has an environmental or green component to it. As we think about renovations we think about longrange sustainability,” Coughlin said.
St. John the Evangelist Church warden Al Coughlin checks the green roof starter panels on the church roof. The church plans to cover its whole roof with the panels in coming years.
The irony of the church’s Water Street address was not lost on several of the speakers who participated in a Water Festival celebration in the church’s existing Memorial Garden on June 16, when the congregation celebrated the installation of a 2,000-litre water cistern and native plant rain garden at the Water/Duke street corner of the church lot. The cistern will capture water from the church’s roof, which has been draining directly into the city’s storm water system, for use around the church property. The church worked with REEP Green Solutions, on an eco-friendly plan to better manage its storm water. REEP Green Solutions is an environmental, non-profit organization that provides services, tools and programs to help people use energy and water wisely. The church also installed a second underground 500-litre cistern to capture overflow water from the larger cistern and use it to supply a water feature waterfall that will be installed on top of it in the garden. The overflow from the 500-litre underground cistern includes a pipe that drains to a rain garden. The rain garden can also capture and dissipate about 500-litres of rainwater through
Members of downtown Kitchener’s St. John the Evangelist Church congregation gathered June 16 for a Water Festival ceremony in the church’s Memorial Garden to celebrate the installation of two new water cisterns and a native plant rain garden that will help the property better manage its storm water. From left, holding a paper chain ribbon, are: REEP representative Cheryl Evans, warden Al Coughlin, parishioner Debbie Houston, warden Matt Kieswetter, deputy warden Dawn Carr, Kitchener councillor Dan Glenn-Graham, MPP Peter Braid, MP Stephen Woodworth, Reverend Christopher Pratt.
the use of native plants with long roots that will capture and use the water. The rain garden soil contains about 30 per cent sand and 30 per cent mulch, which helps the soil act as a sponge to capture water. The special garden ceremony included a snake-like art display made from hundreds of plastic drinking water bottles, that were draped through the trees at the front of the church around signs below on the lawn that read, “Where Do You Get Your Drinking Water?,” and “Is Water a Human Right?” Coughlin said the bottle sculpture, constructed by the youth at the church, is meant as a reminder to everyone that water is a precious resource that we should be constantly thinking about protecting. It also is designed raise awareness about the over abundance of plastic water bottles. The new water-based initiatives are just two of the many environmental projects completed at the church in the last few years. In 2008 the church insulated its bell tower and surrounding roof area, a spot where there was previously no insulation and where a significant amount of heat was escaping. Kicking off its Green Passion campaign, in 2010 the church installed four green roof starter panels, which successfully grew again this year. Church plans include covering the whole roof in coming years to gain the green roof benefits of extra insulation in the winter, keeping the building cool in the summer and protecting the roofing material. In 2011 it completed a solar panel assess-
ment and is currently working with the city to install solar panels in the future. The church’s 180, 40-watt florescent light fixtures are being replaced with 25-watt tubes, at a cost of $10,000. Members worked with KW Hydro through it’s Save on Energy Retrofit Program program, (which pays about 50% of the cost). The church also installed nine large LED efficient lights in March significantly reducing power usage. It is expected that these two lighting changes alone will save between $1,000-$2,000 per year in energy costs. The church practices composting and collects water in a rain barrel. It has also purchased a cordless, rechargeable, battery powered lawnmower and weed cutter. The church is also planning to replace its 1968 boiler/furnace heating system in the very near future. “We’re working with Enermodal Engineering in Kitchener to see how we can make this a really green system,” Coughlin said. The church is also considering lowering its 4,000 square-foot flat gym roof, changing it instead to a sloped roof. Constructed in 1954, the gym has no insulation. Coughlin said a gabled roof will allow it to be shingled instead of having to have a more expensive membrane-style flat roof covering that needs maintenance and replacement more often. “We have an architect and an interior designer on board to help us create a ten-year plan for renovations so we can put the money we save in reduced energy costs into our outreach programs instead,” Coughlin said.
Hundreds of plastic water bottles strung together and hung from trees in the St. John the Evangelist church in Kitchener created a display meant as a reminder that water is a precious resource and to raise awareness of the over abundance of plastic water bottles.
The city’s publication for its residents
Text in the city: 76000
t takes 26 hours for the average person to report a lost wallet. It takes 68 minutes for them to report a lost phone.
For most people, phones are a necessary part of our accessories, like key, purses or wallets. We carry them in our pockets and pull them out when we’re standing in line. Whether it’s a smart phone or cell phone, it’s even easier now to get information from the City of Kitchener as it rolls out a one-year short messaging system (SMS) pilot. SMS, commonly known as texting, provides the ability to
reach a large number of mobile phone users and is not limited to smart phone users.
It also has the potential to reach different demographics such as youth and employees without internet access or city email. “It’s another way to get the information you want,” said Nicole Amaral, communications unit, social media. “It’s convenient, and you only sign up or subscribe to the streams you want information for.” Under the pilot SMS program, residents
Hall of famer shares history with Rockway D
og owners know people in their community by their dogs. Tony Matlock knows communities by their golf courses. He should. With a few partners, he started some courses around here, including Merry-Hill and Dundee.
But it’s his connection to Rockway Golf Course that holds some of his fondest memories. Matlock, who was recently inducted into the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame housed at the Waterloo Region Museum, remembers watching Rockway being built in 1933. He was five years old. “I watched it from my father’s little farm through the fence,” said Matlock, now 85. “It was a makework project. Instead of people asking for relief funds, the unemployed men worked with teams of horses, shovels, whatever. It was nice to see those men at work.” The beautifully landscaped 18 hole, par 70 course was designed by Stanley Thompson. Opened in 1935, Rockway remains one of the finest public golf courses in Ontario. For Matlock, those observations through the fence sparked a lifetime of interest in the sport. He started caddying at Rockway at age eight. “Golf was good to us. Two holes bordered my father’s farm, and golf
became a source of income for us during the Depression when we got a few cents for handing the balls back over the fence,” he said. “Then we caddied. We got 50 cents for 18 holes. That was good income for a kid.” At age 14, when he left school to enter the workforce, he and many of the other caddies became members at Rockway. And many went on to become golf professionals. The golf course was a place to connect, to do business, to drum up business. Matlock caddied for Norman Schneider of JM Schneider Meat Packers; Harold Guy, president of Mutual Life, and Mort and Nat Budd of Budd’s Department Stores, among others. Later, when he went into business himself as owner of a successful appliance retail centre, he did his own share of work on the golf course.
“One wonders if the city fathers and the engineer, Stanley Shupe, and his associates had not taken an abandoned sewage disposal tract of land in 1933, in the height of the Depression, to build a fine golf course, where would we be today?” Matlock ponders. “Golf in this region has flourished well.” For more on City of Kitchener golf courses or to book tee times, please see www.kitchenergolf.ca n
sign up to receive specific, targeted information of interest to them. The type of messages includes news, information, notifications and deals, depending on the keyword.
To subscribe, cell phone users can simply text a keyword, such as the ones below, to 76000 to sign up. The participating divisions include KitchenerNews, KitchenerYouth,TheAud, KitchenerArts, FieldClosures and RoadClosures. A full list of keywords is online. The city’s human resources division is also using this tool to increase its reach to
employees by delivering messages related to learning and development programs, internal initiatives and wellness and benefits. After the one-year period, the communications and marketing division will assess the program to determine continued use of the tool and potential expandion to other divisions within the corporation. To receive future media releases right to your phone, text KitchenerNews to 76000. For a complete list of keywords and instructions, visit: www.kitchener.ca/text n
Tooney Tuesdays with a twist B
ring the kids downtown on Tuesday evenings for Discovery Square -- a brand new twist and name for Tooney Tuesdays! There are more things to do, including more activities that embrace the technology-focused initiatives the city is becoming known for. Hosted by popular children's entertainer, Erick Traplin, Discovery Square runs every Tuesday in July from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Civic Square. “Many kids have access to so much technology and information now. We’re trying to reflect that and give them an outlet where they can discover and explore what they are passionate about,” said Jeff Young, manager of special events. “It still has everything people love about Tooney Tuesdays, but we’ve expanded the age group to include older children, too. It’s a new generation of innovation!” There are hands-on activities and demonstrations for children aged five to 12 that focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math. For more information, please go to www.kitchenerevents.ca n
Where to go when it’s hot T l l l
he following facilities are cooling centres in extreme heat: Pools and community centres during regular hours. All splash pads and outdoor pools in the city during regular hours. Kitchener Public Library: all locations during regular hours.
The Aud and community arenas (foyer and lobby areas) l Kitchener City Hall is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day. Call or visit family, friends and neighbours, especially isolated adults and seniors who are at greater risk of suffering from heat-related illness, to see if they require assistance. A list of cooling centres and extended hours in extreme conditions is available online at www.kitchener.ca/staycool. n l
is published every other month to keep our citizens informed on local issues and events. If you have questions or comments, please contact us by phone at 519-741-2200 x7383 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 inclusion coordinator, City of Kitchener/City of Waterloo, at 519-741-2200 x7226.
Ask an Expert Have a question? We have an answer! We’re bringing in experts from the City of Kitchener to answer your questions – right on Facebook and Twitter! For details, visit www.kitchener.ca/askanexpert l
July 9, 12-1 p.m. on Facebook: municipal bylaws with Shayne Turner, director of bylaw. n
Williamsburg Bereavement Companions Take in relevant presentations and connect with others who share your journey of grief. Hosted on Sunday, Aug. 4, 1-3 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 1, 1-3 p.m. For more information and to RSVP to one of these programs, visit www.kitchenercemeteries.ca/events or call 519-741-2880.n Walk to Remember and butterfly release Kitchener Cemeteries, in partnership with Bereaved Families of Ontario (BFO), hosts an annual Walk to Remember and butterfly release at Williamsburg Cemetery Dedication Centre on Sunday, Sept. 8. Registration 1-2:15 p.m. n Free pre-planning seminars Delaying preplanning results in increased future costs – investing today results in savings tomorrow. We can show you how to save your family time and money. Join Kitchener Cemeteries at Williamsburg Cemetery 1541 Fisher Hallman Rd., Kitchener on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 12-1:30 p.m.n
The wheels are turning
n the last issue, we highlighted the super-sharrows the city installed on King Street. Well, guess what? The City of Kitchener won an award for being bike-friendly; the bronze 2013 Bicycle Friendly Community Award was given by the Share the Road Cycling Coalition (SRCC) at the fifth annual Ontario Bike Summit in May. The sharrows are just one part of the efforts the city is making to make city streets a welcoming place for cyclists.
“The City of Kitchener is honoured our community is being recognized for our efforts to promote and encourage cycling, including installing Ontario’s first supersharrows, new eye-catching bike racks, a bicycle map, the Bike2Work Challenge, and more,” says Josh Joseph, transportation demand management coordinator with the city. “More than 1,500 residents attended our first BikeFest event in May. I think it’s safe to say this community wants healthy, active, and sustainable transportation options such as cycling,” he adds. Studies indicate there is a pent-up
Aug. 3, 10 a.m. to noon: Kids in the Kitchen: Melon heads. n
The creation of Joseph’s position three years ago is one of the factors that helped Kitchener win the award, said Justin Jones, project co-ordinator for the SRCC. “The judging panel really felt that Kitchener had shown a dramatic commitment to improving conditions for cyclists in the city. Hiring a full-time transportation demand manager to oversee the city’s transportation demand management plan and their Cycling Master Plan speaks volumes to the true dedication to these issues,” he said, adding the panel was impressed with the Bike Ambassadors program, which aims to
Free wi-fi at most city facilities
as this happened to you? You’ve got the smart phone but you’re out of data.
You’re out and about and you just have to keep up with your Twitter account, you’re waiting for an important email, or you want to upload a video of that really great performer at the festival at city hall.
What’s cooking? Discover a love for cooking at the Kitchener Market for only $39! Classes are Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Visit www.kitchenermarket.ca/cookingclasses or email email@example.com l July 17: Grilling and BBQ techniques l August 7: Cooking with fruit l August 13: Bernardin water bath canning workshop l August 21: Harvest food There’s always something fun happening at the Kitchener Market on Saturdays. Details are available at www.kitchenermarket.ca/events. l July 6, 10 a.m. to noon: Kids in the Kitchen: Canadian, eh? l July 12, 6-11 p.m.: Cruising on King at the Kitchener Market l July 20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Corn Festival
desire for cycling across the province: l 69 per cent of Ontario residents said that they would prefer to cycle more. l 70 per cent of respondents said they would like to see more bike lanes where they live. l Five per cent of Ontarians – or 600,000 people — are riding their bicycles daily. l 36 per cent of Ontarians ride at least once a month. l 17 per cent of that total number is riding weekly.
Your dilemma is over if you’re in a city facility. Free wi-fi (wireless fidelity) has been installed in 12 community centres, two pools, Doon Valley and Rockway golf courses and the Kitchener Market. Kitchener City Hall has wi-fi service in council chambers and the rotunda. The other floors at city hall will be completed before year end. The internet can now be accessed
“We are excited to offer this convenient service to the public who use and rent our facilities,” said Dan Murray, interim director of information services and technology. “We were able to integrate the public wi-fi internet access project with our existing network and telephone upgrade project. This allowed the city to provide this service at our facilities with no extra cost to the taxpayer.” For information about the 18 public wi-fi locations with free access to the Internet, a listing of facilities and the Acceptable Use Policy, visit www.kitchener.ca/wifi n
Tweet us @CityKitchener T
he City of Kitchener’s social media efforts are getting noticed! Redbrick Communications, an independent public relations agency based in Mississauga, recently released its annual survey of municipal social media activity, placing the City of Kitchener in the top 10 in the following categories: Facebook Most Active, Facebook Most Liked, Twitter Most Followed, Twitter Most Active. To view the Redbrick results, visit www.redbrick.ca/resources And, recently, the city made it even simpler to follow and interact with residents. In June, the city’s Twitter handle was changed to @CityKitchener. This new, single official account is now a one-stop place to find city-wide news, events, job opportunities, programs and services – and to interact with the city. “The City of Kitchener is regarded as a leader in municipal social media and is committed to timely and consistent communication with the public,” said Laura Johnston, the city’s director of corporate communications and marketing. “Under the @CityKitchener handle, information sharing is streamlined and two-way dialogue with the city is even easier.” To find out all of the ways you can connect with the City of Kitchener online, visit www.kitchener.ca/socialmedia n
“The work is just beginning,”
-- Josh Joseph transportation demand management coordinator
educate drivers and cyclists about the proper way to share the road, and were also impressed by Kitchener’s innovative “super sharrows” being installed.
“In addition, we felt Kitchener was building a strong network of city staff, local cycling groups, bike shops, schools and other stakeholders to promote cycling,” said Jones. “These are the kinds of connections and partnerships that lead to strong action.” “The work is just beginning,” agrees Joseph, “but in the short term, the work we’re doing is raising the profile of cycling and reminding both cyclists and drivers that we need to share the city’s roads.” For full story, see www.kitchener.ca/yourkitchener. For more information about what the city is doing to promote cycling, please visit www.bikekitchener.ca n
KU aims to please I
t’s Easter weekend and you discover that your hot shower is not hot. In fact, you have no hot water at all. It’s a long weekend, and you’re sure there will be no repair service. You’ve got the Easter bunny making an appearance and guests are coming for dinner. What will you do? One Kitchener resident discovered Kitchener Utilities (KU) is more than just a uniform. A call to the KU service department on Saturday evening around dinner time brought a service technician out to inspect the tank on Easter Sunday between 9-10 a.m. “What I liked is that KU delivered on their promise and came out within the 24-hour turnaround period that they promise customers,”Michele K. of Lackner Woods explains. “When the service technician came out, the problem was fixed very quickly and only one quick visit was required to fix the tank.” “We take our customers’ concerns to heart because they’re taxpayers in Kitchener. That means our customers are also our owners,” said Barry Nash, manager of customer relations for KU. “We keep our customers’ best interest top of mind.” “At each stage of the process, everything worked out perfectly for the situation I was in,” said Michele. For full story, see www.kitchener.ca/yourkitchener n
Rockway remains central to city’s seniors
ockway participants can look forward to the possibility of a purpose-built older adults’ centre on the current Rockway site, while continuing to enjoy the centre they know and love for the foreseeable future. Rockway Centre could be redeveloped into a medium-to-high density residential building that would include a new, modern and fully accessible ground-floor older adult community centre, as well as additional space for uses such as a drug store and doctor and/or dental offices. “There are a huge number of variables that must be considered when making planning decisions about city facilities. There are also many competing interests that impact on, or which are impacted themselves by such decisions,” said Elizabeth Leedham and Janet Speight, who represented the Rockway advisory committee on the project team through the feasibility study. “City staff made a great effort to ensure the concerns of Rockway
“We felt involved and supported by both city staff and the Rockway community.” – Janet Speight and Elizabeth Leedham, Rockway advisory committee members
members were heard, and also that members received accurate information in a timely manner, during the process. We felt involved and supported by both city staff and the Rockway community.” Council directed staff to proceed with a request for proposals to engage a private partner in the redevelopment opportunity, a process that could take up to six years. “We now know where we’re headed,” said Mark Hildebrand, director of community services. “The Rockway Centre community can breathe easier now, and we can all
City recognized for finance reporting
he City of Kitchener was recently recognized for its commitment to open communication, two-way citizen engagement and transparency in governance. The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) gave the city a Canadian Award for Financial Reporting for its 2011 Annual Financial Report. The annual report summarizes the city’s finances – its assets, liabilities, revenues, and expenses – much the same as private-sector annual reports. When the city’s 2012 financial report was presented to council at the end of June, this commitment to fiscal
transparency was again evident. “The 2012 financial results demonstrate Kitchener’s continued excellence in sound financial management,” said Dan Chapman, deputy CAO, finance and corporate services, and city treasurer. “We are committed to creating a sustainable financial position now and into the future and to being transparent in our delivery of high-quality services to the community.” The award is given for an easily readable and efficiently organized annual financial report, with content conforming to specific program standards. A copy of the 2012 Annual Financial Report is available at www.kitchener.ca or by calling 519-741-2200 x7357.
move ahead together.” Meanwhile, the Rockway centre will continue in its current configuration, offering programs and services to older adults, and the centre will be maintained at a reasonable standard, in line with other municipally owned buildings, until a final decision regarding the long term vision for the centre has been implemented. Rockway Gardens would also be identified as having cultural heritage value and interest; specific heritage criteria will be included in the request for proposals. “The location is important, pleasant to look at, and easy to access. We are attached to the homey atmosphere rather than the bricks and mortar of Rockway,” said Leedham and Speight. “Rockway has programs for almost every activity and yet encourages people with different interests and abilities to socialize and be mutually supportive. This has a well-documented benefit to physical and mental well-being for seniors who may otherwise be isolated.”n
That’s a lot of grass to cut! D id you know the city currently maintains 3,000 acres of turf and sportsfields across the city? Did you know it also spends about $2 million annually to keep these popular places maintained so our residents and visitors can enjoy them? Did you know it takes nearly 30 fulltime and 40 seasonal staff to spread out across the city to work on one of 14 grass-cutting routes? The inventory of city-owned parks and green space continues to grow each year, as the city grows. These locations differ in size, location and classification, and the city attempts to ensure they’re maintained on a regular basis throughout the warmer months. Of course, this work depends on variables such as weather conditions (too wet or too dry), large amounts of litter and staff and equipment allocations.
Cruising on King It’s all about the cars! Join us on Friday, July 12 for the largest parade of its kind in Ontario. l Show and shine in Victoria Park from 3-7 p.m. l The Cruise on King Street from 7-8 p.m. l Car show on King Street from 8-10 p.m. l Plus live music, exhibits and activities. Please see www.kitchenerevents.ca for details on the summer’s events. n Kidspark Celebrating its 25th year, Kidspark is an exciting day full of activities, entertainment, music, art, crafts and more! Join us on Sunday, Aug. 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in historic Victoria Park for a day packed with fun for the whole family.n Kitchener Blues Festival Why is it that when living legends get the blues, the rest of the world is happy to listen? You’ll find the answer to this question and more at the annual Kitchener Blues Festival, held every August in front of Kitchener City Hall. The Kitchener Blues Festival will take place from Aug. 8-11. www.kitchenerbluesfestival.com n Rock ‘n Rumble Come enjoy the live rock show, unique “street eats” and some of the area’s best motorcycles on Saturday, July 27 noon – 6 p.m. There’s lots to see and do whether you are a rider or just looking, including shopping at some of our downtown merchants. www.kitchenerevents.ca. n
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BLOOMIN’ LOVELY – Are there properties in your neighbourhood that have gorgeous gardens or use environmentally friendly gardening practices? The Kitchener in Bloom committee wants to hear about it! All you have to do is provide the address. Deadline for nominations is July 15. www.kitchener.ca/bloomn
Regional economic development T
he region’s chief administrative officers (CAOs) put their heads together to propose a region-wide economic development strategy to the eight local municipal councils.
The proposal, which came out of a jointly commissioned study on economic development services and the supply of industrial/employment lands in the region, was developed by the CAOs of all the municipalities, including the Region of Waterloo. Completed by Malone Given Parsons Ltd. in April, the proposal received an approval in principle from the finance and corporate services committee at the City of Kitchener in May and city council in June. “The strategy would address gaps in delivering services across the region,” said Jeff Willmer, CAO of the City of Kitchener. “The perception is often that neighbouring municipalities are our
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competition, but really, they are our partners. We should work together.” The recommendations include: l Creating an office of economic development at the Region of Waterloo, which would coordinate the strategy in partnership with area municipalities, Canada’s Technology Triangle (CTT) and other local economic development stakeholders; l Approval in principle for a Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation (WREDC) to oversee services other than land development;
Further investigation toward creating a corporation specifically for developing strategic employment lands; l
l The implementation plan would consider how to build on the existing strengths of CTT, and create a smooth transition to the new organization. CTT’s current mandate focuses on foreign direct investment and the new corporation would need to maintain CTT’s momentum.
Similar recommendations are also being considered by all city and township councils, as well as regional council.n
Ribfest It’s the 10th anniversary for the Downtown Kitchener Ribfest and Craft Beer Show, held July 19-21 in Victoria Park. Entertainment by Ian Ross Band, D’Eve Archer Band, Greasemonkeys and more. Free admission, but donations to The Food Bank of Waterloo Region accepted at the gate. Those under 19 must be accompanied by an adult. www.kitchenerribandbeerfest.com n
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notes from city hall Art markets foster local arts and culture scene
ocal artist and downtown core resident, Kate Cox has taken part in many of the collaborative arts projects happening in the tri-cities. Originally from the UK, Cox has been in Canada for seven years. Community arts are a big part of her interest, and she loves to delve into projects that help to develop arts in the community. Her most recent involvement was in the Kitchener Art Market. “It’s a really fantastic initiative,” said Cox. “The art market brings together a really diverse group of creative people.” Cox’s vibrant art was on display while passersby walked through the streets soaking up the sights and sounds of Canadian art right in our core. “As a participant, it gives me the opportunity to be present in the downtown and reach a really wide audience,” she said. “People who maybe are too busy to get to a show, or are just walking home from work; we get great incidental interaction.” With the revitalization of the core and arts initiatives in recent years, Kitchener has gone from a few events a year to an abundance of them. From lectures, art events and festivals, underground arts and creative events in open studios, to mural painting, burlesque shows, late-night live painting competitions and live music in venues around the city, there is something in the region’s arts community for everyone. As an artisan, Cox’s work is vivid with expression inspired through books, music, film and anything around her. Passion and creativity are clearly a part of her nature, and expressed through her art as well as in her high-spirited personality. “I love building really abstract backgrounds with bleeding ink washes and watercolours, and working into them with metallic paints and line work to make the images seem deep and complex,” she said. Arts and culture builds community and improves quality of life. Thanks to contributors like Cox, Kitchener is on the map as a city that knows a thing or two about embracing the many opportunities art brings to a community. The art market is just one of the many ways to enjoy the occasions to be a part of the growing culture within our community. Check out www.kitchener.ca to learn more. Follow Cox’s work at http://kategcox.tumblr.com/ n
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he City of Kitchener provides natural gas service to most of our residents. We are in the minority, as few municipalities own
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n the past 2.5 years, an increase in the number of demolition applications coming to council has come to my attention. I have
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their gas utility, but it’s a favourable minority and one that pays dividends... literally. It’s important to note that the dividend comes from delivery and does not (and, by policy, cannot) draw profit from everfluctuating natural gas rates. There have been calls to liquidate this asset, and this concerns me greatly as it’s exactly the opposite direction to my preference of lower taxes via other-revenue generation. If Kitchener were to sell the utility, we would certainly get a sizable one-
time payout, but what then? If we spend the payout, it’s gone forever, and if we invest it, the return would be at a much lower rate than taxpayers currently enjoy from owning the utility! Meanwhile, the private-sector purchaser would draw the same profit except that it would no longer offset taxes and would, in all probability, leave the country as it does with Union Gas to their U.S. parent, Spectra Energy Corp. The surplus Kitchener draws goes right
back to the community, as was highlighted during the 2013 budget by the $4.3 million dedicated from the gas utility to deal with the annoying little emerald ash borer (EAB) beetle. This unfortunate cost would have otherwise come via taxation as we simply cannot have dead trees falling into the streets. Assets like the one we have in natural gas are critical in maintaining service levels without higher taxes.n
challenged many of these applications, even though the Planning Act does not provide much authority to the municipality. It is really the planned development that may be of concern to residents as it can sometimes change the fabric of the neighbourhood. A new development can be positive if an older or derelict building is replaced with something that provides better housing for residents. Conversely, the new structure can be a major change in the neighbourhood and cause frustration for neighbours.
Since the province passed the 40 per cent infill development requirement in their Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the city has experienced an increase in residential demolitions for the purpose of developing more units on many of these sites. Our site plan-review process, rezoning, and variances monitor these new builds. The provincial policy guidelines state replacement buildings must follow the zoning of the area and fit in with the existing community. Your voice can be
influential in decision-making when there is a zone change application. Planning staff and council recently reviewed the demolition control policy and application process. Greater transparency was identified as an item and is something I strongly support. In response to council direction and past resident concerns, a letter will be sent to neighbours within close proximity to the proposed site for demolition and clear signage will be erected. I hope this helps you better understand this process and how you may impact the outcome.n
Methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) clinic We have more people living and working in Kitchener. This is why I find it frustrating that another MMT clinic will be in the former Fred Astaire dance studio at King and Ottawa — just a block from the first clinic location in this area. Some residents and business owners expressed concerns about the issue. I responded by asking council to support a motion that was approved. The resolution will be sent to clinic owners, requesting that all
operators of MMT clinics in Ontario not locate future clinics within three kilometres of an existing methadone maintenance treatment clinic in Kitchener, and to consider locating future clinics equitably throughout the region. I am happy to arrange a meeting with the new owner, if anyone wishes. Porch parties in your neighbourhood I was very impressed by the Hohner Street group who held their first “porch party.” It was so professionally planned and performed that people were raving about it. The turnout was
tremendous, filling the streets with spectators! Musicians actually had to be turned away from playing! If you would like to plan a “porch party” or a street event, please contact me for direction on what you will need from city hall, how to qualify to win a $10,000 improvement grant with Festival of Neighbourhoods, and some pointers, like making your event child- and family-friendly by offering sidewalk chalk, face painting and games. So throw a porch party! I would love to help and attend!n
First transportation master plan receives unanimous support
The City of Kitchener has its first transportation master plan (TMP). The community and infrastructure services committee unanimously recommended the master plan on June 17. The plan will be reviewed every five years during its 20-year life span. Kitchener has never had its own transportation master plan, instead relying on direction from the province and region to help define how transportation choices and direction are made. The TMP and its implementation are directly linked to the city’s draft Official Plan, which incorporates transportation policies, and must be approved before the Official Plan is finalized and approved. The second draft of the new Official Plan was recently tabled for public review and is nearing completion. “Until now there has never been an allencompassing plan that integrates all the pieces that make up the city’s transportation system and by doing so, supports a complete and healthy Kitchener,” said Ken Carmichael, interim director of
transportation services. “With this plan, we’re defining and prioritizing a transportation system that is integrated and supports all types of travel under the city’s jurisdiction. If the policies, plans and forecasts for this area come to fruition, there will be a significant increase in people walking, cycling and using public transit.” The TMP also provides policy and direction for future transportation projects and planned growth, and follows the provincially approved planning process for master plans. The city and Region of Waterloo have developed options for improved walking, cycling and transit use, while also maintaining and improving the efficiency of trips related to moving people and goods, which reduces dependency on single-occupant vehicle trips. Councillor Paul Singh highlighted the importance of coordinating the city’s transportation plans with the plans of neighbouring municipalities. “When we’re looking at transportation
demand management, it’s not just what we’re doing on our city streets,” he said, “it’s what’s being done in Waterloo and Cambridge, too.” Continued dependence on private auto use over the next 20 years is not sustainable from either a community or financial perspective, the plan indicates. Therefore, the goal of the TMP is to reduce auto dependence by 2031. Implementation has been designed to: • Have transportation policies that support a complete and healthy comunity; • Support and encourage alternative modes of transportation such as walking, cycling and transit; • Support and encourage transportation demand management measures to change travel patterns and habits; • Support the integration of both conventional and rapid transit operations in the city; • Support and encourage a city form that requires less reliance on cars; and • Support growth and intensification initiatives in a sustainable manner.
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ne of the great things about living in Kitchener is access to lots of leisure and recreation options.
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ave you heard about the new Kitchener Studio Project (KSP)? If you haven’t, you soon will – KSP is creating a lot of buzz!
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e will soon have two methadone clinics open for business in a one-block area of King Street East.
I am happy to report that your choices are about to expand even further! The Leisure Facilities Master Plan (LFMP) was implemented in 2005 and the projects outlined in it are now almost 92 per cent underway or completed. The LFMP was developed in consultation with community groups and sports organizations, as well as council members and city staff. An exciting component of the plan is the development of the new South Kitchener District Park – right here
in our own backyard. The 17-hectare piece of land will be developed in phases; construction is tentatively scheduled to start in 2017. For more information and to view conceptual drawings, visit www.kitchener.ca/southkitchenerpark Recently I have received a number of calls about cars speeding on residential roads in our area. While the city is able to put in trafficcalming measures like speed bumps and additional signage, it’s important that everyone is mindful
of the speed limit, particularly during the summer months when children are playing outside. Speaking of children, as some of you may have heard, I am expecting my first child in August. While my husband and I are thrilled to welcome our new addition, I wanted to reassure residents that I will be back to work soon after the baby is born. I am fortunate to have lots of help in place, so I will be just as available as before. Enjoy your summer! n
summer with the city coming in under-budget by $1.3 million in this first quarter. The first variance report, which assesses the city’s financial performance compared to the 2013 budget, indicated the city underspent the tax-supported budget by about $1.3 million in the first four months of the year. All good news aside, there are still some areas in the corporation that have or cause chronic deficits, such as bylaw, hydro and water, and operations. These were identified to council through the
2013 budget process. Earlier this year, I brought forward a motion directing staff to accompany the variance report with additional information detailing the chronic deficits, and, more importantly, to give opportunity to departmental heads to make recommendations on how to resolve these chronic deficits. This was a helpful addition to the first 2013 variance report, and I have requested staff to include it in all future variance reports. Each year the City of Kitchener, along with our local partners,
recognizes our residents and businesses who express their pride of ownership by beautifying their property through their gardening and greening efforts. Not a gardener, but enjoy the efforts of those who are? Then why not nominate their property to be recognized through the Kitchener in Bloom program. The city will be receiving nominations until July 15. All you have to do is send in the address of the property you wish to nominate to email@example.com or call 519-741-2200 x7224.
What is KSP? Think of it as an ideas lab for the next generation of local digital artists. As one of the facilitators of this project, I am really excited to see it launch. It was inspirational to meet with stakeholders and work to pinpoint areas that could be further strengthened. Our already-thriving tech community identified a need for collaborative space to work with emerging artists. Promoting arts and culture is a big part of what we
do at the City of Kitchener, so the project was a perfect fit. Led by Conestoga College, KSP will also partner with Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo, with support from the City of Kitchener and Christie Digital. Students of all three schools will benefit from access to both the academic perspective of the universities and the hands-on approach offered by Conestoga College. KSP promises to be an ideal
training facility and showcase for our next generation of digital media artists. Having a business background, I fully support this kind of investment. Training people locally to work in our growing digital arts sector is a smart way to attract and retain talent. Please check the city’s website www.kitchener.ca, keyword search: “Kitchener Studio Project” for the latest developments. Have a great summer!n
Westmount Golf Course. There is one large vacant lot located at the end of the cul-de-sac and all 17 of the existing developed properties have a septic system. The houses were built in the late 1950s in the former Township of Waterloo abutting the golf course, which was located within the Kitchener border. Over the last half-century, these executive homes have become one of the nicest enclaves in the city. The residents are satisfied with their septic systems and a few have
replaced them when new dwellings were erected. The owner of the one remaining lot wishes to construct a huge single detached dwelling and an adequate septic system cannot be accommodated on the lot. Accordingly, the owner wishes to construct a sanitary sewer along the entire length of Maple Hill at his initial expense and has requested through the city that each property owner reimburse him up to a maximum cost of up to $20,000 within 20 years should they need to
hook up. Each resident would also need to extend the lateral connection from the street line to their dwelling unit and decommission their septic system. This hook-up on their own lands would cost each owner about an additional $50,000 and the costs would vary from each lot depending on the extent of their landscaping, distance from house, depth of pipe, and elevation of the home on the lot. To install a sewer and hook-up or not? That is the question! n
Which means, with another clinic on Park Street, there will be three in my ward. Before going further, I would emphasize that I support the use of methadone to help those whose lives are devastated by opiate addictions. However, I object to having two methadone clinics 250 paces apart at 1145 King near Sydney Street, and 1253 King near Sheldon Avenue. Combined, the two could eventually treat about 1,300 people and some patients will come
from as far away as Brantford and Stratford. I recognize that methadone centres can legally open in areas zoned for medical clinics and owners want their buildings near public transit. My concern with having two clinics so close in proximity is that they are located in Kitchener’s east end, an area that already has more than its share of agencies providing excellent help for disadvantaged and addicted people. For years east-end residents have
asked that these agencies be spread through Kitchener and Waterloo Region. That’s why I recently supported a council motion asking clinic operators to not put any clinics in an area three kilometres from existing treatment centres. Operators were also asked to spread clinics around the region. And, to achieve more planning control, staff will investigate a separate zoning category for methadone clinics.n
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ave you been to downtown Kitchener lately? If the answer is no, then I highly encourage you to come and see what all the buzz is about. Downtown Kitchener is vibrant and exciting, with lots of new additions that are worth checking out. Recently, new colourful, artistic bike racks where installed throughout the downtown core, providing secure places to lock up your bike. In the interest of cyclist safety, bright green sharrows have been painted on King St. Sharrows remind drivers and cyclists that they must share the road and indicate to cyclists proper positioning on the roadway. There is always something to see and do in downtown. Foodies, head to civic square for lunch on Food Truck Thursdays or check out our numerous other restaurant choices any day of the week. For those looking to relax, you can take part in free yoga in Victoria Park, Wednesdays at noon; bring your mat and look for the group gathering near the Clock Tower. Music lovers will enjoy the noon hour concerts happening throughout the downtown. The music venue changes from day to day, so check out www.downtownkitchener.ca to find updates on this and all downtown events. For some, namely those who visit downtown infrequently, there is a memory of a downtown from years ago, one that was a little rougher around the edges and maybe not as inviting. However, I challenge you to find that old downtown feel today – it truly is history! Now, I won’t sugarcoat things by saying there aren’t people downtown who are facing their own personal challenges, as there are in any urban centre. In order to ensure their needs are attended to as equally as other people, several social service agencies are located in our core aimed at assisting them. It is this welcoming attitude and enthusiasm that has created a renewed interest in living, visiting, and working in downtown Kitchener. So, the next time you are looking to try a new restaurant, go shopping, hear some live music, or check out a local festival, make downtown Kitchener your destination. You won’t regret it! n
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Grand River High School honours its 2013 music award winners Awards are presented to students who make the most outstanding rand River High School’s top contribution to a band or music music students were honoured group or are considered the most at the 2013 Jazz, Spaghetti & valuable players. This year’s award Awards Night on June 4. winners are: Students and teachers volunteered their time to prepare, cook, Most Outstanding Contribution: serve and clean-up while diners Senior Wind: Sarah Brooks were entertained by the upbeat Senior String: Paul Kratky sounds of the GRCI senior and ju- Junior Wind: Darron Phann nior jazz bands, the fiddle club di- Junior String: Kenny Hoang rected by student Mary Zach, the choir, senior string orchestra and Most Valuable Player: Honour Band: Rachel Dettweiler the Men’s Quartet. The evening is an annual re- Senior Jazz Band: Nathan minder of the school’s commitment Suderman-Gladwell to musical excellence and provides Concert Band: Yaneth a chance to showcase the varied Escoto-Belusa ensembles and musical groups of- Symphony Orchestra: fered at the high school under the John Krukowski direction of Susan. Senior Strings: Mary Zach The 2013 music awards were Junior Strings: Keith Lehtinen presented following the dinner. Concert Choir: Soleil Howe BY CARRIE DEBRONE
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GRCI MUSIC AWARD WINNERS: From left: front, Joyce Park, Emma Dickson, Soleil Howe, John Krukowski, Kenny Hoang, Darron Phann, Mary Zach, Ryan Tennant, back, Nicky Foster, Elizabeth Baxter, Morley Wettig, Cassie Shantz, Rachel Coombs, Keith Lehtinen, Teacher Susan Lee, Adam Gierscher,Yaneth Escoto Belusa, Quinton Tremblay, Nathan SudermanGladwell, Paul Kratky, Teacher Mr. Dirks, Sarah Brooks, Henry Hoffman. Photo by Carrie Debrone
seph, Joyce Park, Morley Wettig, Elizabeth Baxter, Emma Dickson Melissa Konig Memorial Award: Musical talent & leadership with caring & compassion for fellow Rookie of the Year: Most involved music students. Christine Wardell and dedicated grade 9 student. F. Kirby Julian Award: Passion for Cassie Shantz, Jennifer Jo- Music and dedication to the Music True Renegade: characteristics we most desire in a musician at Grand River; commitment, caring, compassion and talent. Adam Gierscher, Quinton Tremblay
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one instead. His boat took him two years to make and is an exact scale model of the original. The biggest benefit of his boat (pictured above and below) is that it fits in the reflecting pool in front of Kitchener City Hall. Nicholson and other members of the Golden Triangle Marine Modellers Club are hobbyists who meet in front of City Hall on Wednesday evenings between 6:30 and 8:30pm to do a little summer boating. John Freund of Waterloo is one of the founding members of the club, that started in 1969 to promote model boating. He says the club has visited many watering holes in Waterloo Region - from Columbia Lake to Waterloo Park to a gravel pit out by the Schneiders sign by the 401 - but it currently calls the reflecting pool in front of City Hall its home. Formal Meetings are held from September to May at the Albert McCormick Arena in Waterloo. The meetings feature guest speakers, modelling information, member updates, and news about upcoming competitions. Local modellers have boats in the Scale, Sail, Submarines, Steam, Fast Electric and Gas divisions. Most models are radio controlled, using two to six channel radios. For over 30 years, the club has put on a show at the Wellesley Apple Butter and Cheese Festival each September. Between 60 and 80 miniature boats of all types take over Wellesley Mill Pond. He said kids a drawn to the pond when they hear the gas boats racing. “Gas boats used to go 60mph,” Freund said. “Now they go 70, 80, even 90mph.”
“It’s quite a show,” Freund said. “And it’s the only time we’re all together.” Paul Dreher has been a member of the local club for over 20 years and was driving a radiopowered military boat that was given to him by a friend. He said regattas are held all summer by clubs, like his, that are members of the Great Lakes Model Boat Association. There are seven clubs in the association. He explained that at the regattas, competitions are held for driving the boats through obstacle courses (without touching the obstacles) and “predicted log” events where modellers observe the course and then predict low long it will take their boat to get through it. These are not races, but more about the modeller knowing how his or her boat performs in different types of courses.
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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! enry K. Larsen is a 13 year old boy who H loves watching wrestling, has just started at a new school, and happens to be a
THIS MONTH’S READING: The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen
Barb Janicek, Children’s Librarian (approx. 300 words)
trivia buff. He also reluctantly keeps a journal, at his therapists’ suggestion. It is through his journal entries that we experience the ups and downs of Henry’s daily life: adjusting to life in a small apartment with annoying neighbours, getting roped into joining the Reach for the Top team, inadvertently befriending the geekiest kid in school, and coping with his parents’ uncertain marital status. It is also through his journal that we eventually learn the reasons for the changes in his life. Henry’s older brother, Jesse, having had enough bullying, committed a violent and desperate act at his old school. Both amusing and heart-wrenching, it is a timely story, reflecting recent headlines. Nielsen approaches the weighty topics of bullying, school shootings, and grief in a way
that allows the reader to understand all sides, never painting anyone as simply victim or bad guy. Henry and his parents each deal with the fallout of Jesse’s decision in different ways. Seen through Henry`s eyes, the story is ultimately about how to cope with grief, how to move on after tragedy, and how hope and support can come from the most unlikely people and places. Susin Nielsen has been writing for youth for a long time. She started in television, writing for Degrassi Junior High and Ready or Not. The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen won the Governor General’s Award, the Canadian Library Association’s Book of the Year for Children Award, and was shortlisted for the CLA Young Adult Book Award. The book will appeal to both boys and girls who are looking for a satisfying read in realistic fiction. (Recommended for Grades 4 and up).
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MY IDEAL CITY
Students “thinking on their feet” in mock council debate BY HELEN HALL
one thing to learn about Isixt’smunicipal politics in a grade classroom - and quite an-
other to sit in the Kitchener city council chambers and take part in a televised debate. Fourteen elementary school students took the positions of the mayor, city councillors, city staff, and a delegation on June 10 in a mock debate televised on Rogers Cable 20. The students got the opportunity to participate by winning the City of Kitchener’s new essay contest called My Ideal City, which was adopted by council as an innovative way to encourage young people to become more familiar with municipal government. The Kitchener Citizen sponsored the contest and published the winning entries in our May edition. The students spent a half hour debating programs Kitchener could develop that were good for the environment. Julia Henry, acting as the City of Kitchener’s Chief Administrative Officer, started off the meeting with a wellresearched report on green initiatives, such as starting a Bixi bike rental program, putting out more garbage cans in
Grade 6 student Elise Wunder (second from the right) makes a comment during the My Ideal City mock city council debate held June 10 at Kitchener City Hall. The debate was shown on Rogers Cable 20 and still can be seen in the archives on its website www.rogerstv.com. From left, Mariana Latta Suazo, Councillor Berry Vrbanovic, Hugh Macfarlane, Councillor Frank Etherington ,Wunder, and Councillor Paul Singh.
public areas, and encouraging people to install solar panels. Delegate Violet Huras came to the microphone to say she also “supported protecting the environment” and suggested starting a program where all elementary schools would have designated natural areas in the playground and another where high school students would adopt city parks and then get community service hours for keeping them clean. She also suggested that developers should have to plant a tree for every new home they construct. “Growth has to happen, but nature is still important,” Huras said. Student council members debated the cost of the Bixi bike program, and talked about other bike sharing programs already running in
Kitchener. Ward 6 councillor Elise Wunder was clever enough to slip in a “shout out” to a couple of her friends by describing them as residents who had spoken to her with regard to the environment. “I was really impressed with the quality of the questions asked during the debate,” said Ward 9 councillor Frank Etherington. “These kids were really thinking on their feet.” Violet Huras, a Brigadoon Public School student who played the role of a delegate coming to speak to councillors, said she was “really excited” to be part of the contest and the debate. “I feel like I know how city hall runs now. I know that there is an open and friendly atmosphere at city hall,” she said.
“I think it’s important that people know about city hall. I didn’t know that anyone could come and talk to councilors before this,” she said. “I learned that city hall is a cool place”, said Shehzad Khaliqi, a student at Sheppard Public School. “I liked using the microphones and sitting in the big chairs,” he said. SMSCitizenAdJune13:Layout 1 “I wasn’t nervous. It was
definitely a good experience.” “He was really good at writing down questions during the debate,” said Councillor Yvonne Fernandes who was paired with Shehzad for the debate. “It was an exciting experience,” said Alex Blagojevic, a student at Sheppard Public School. “You learn a lot about the environment. “Councillor Gazzola helped me and gave me advice. He’s a funny guy,” said Alex. “ I wish we had more time to talk. He has some good ideas,” said Alex. “Alex did a good job representing ward 3,” Gazzola said. “I was impressed with the dialogue and the questions. I know that our city is in great shape for a long time into the future,” Mayor Carl Zehr said of the student debate. 6/5/13 1:35 PM Page 1
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Q. Our property manager prepares and signs the status certificates. For this service our manager receives $100.00 as indicated in the Condominium Act. However, the manager feels that since he includes additional information, such as a welcoming package and other summaries of up to date information, he deserves an additional fee of $40.00. This extra work consists of running off copies of three or four extra pages. We feel that since this additional information is not a required part of the Status Certificate, why should we have to pay the manager an extra $40.00? Are we correct in assuming that this additional cost is unreasonable and not necessary?
a written request for it and after receipt of the corporation’s fee of $100.00. This will allow a prospective buyer adequate time for their lawyer to review the contents prior to signing on the dotted line. Status certificates are vital to a successful purchase. The certificate will disclose the financial condition of the condo corporation, along with additional documents outlining bylaws, declarations, rules, regulations etc. Anyone acquiring or proposing to acquire an interest in a unit from an owner may request a status certificate. A new buyer should review as much information as possible in regards to the community they choose to reside. Your property manager has good intentions and is on the A. A status certificate must right track. However, if the be provided within 10 days board agrees with the manafter the corporation receives ager to include a few copies of
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additional printed materials, then the board could make the necessary photo copies and the cost would be that of the corporation. Most management contracts provide that the $100.00 will be retained by the manager for the preparation of this document. There is absolutely no basis to pay the property manager an extra $40.00 fee to provide additional copies of information that has not been requested by a unit purchaser.
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uyers beware of Bad Home Inspectors! But B not for the reasons that you might think. For years we have watched shows like Holmes Inspection, that expose home inspectors that have missed major problems. While that is still a problem it is rare. Home inspectors are better educated and are more thorough than they were 10 years ago. The problem we are seeing now is that some inspectors are going over board, finding small problems and making them sound worse than they really are. It’s almost like they feel the need to find something major in their inspections to justify their fee, or maybe they are afraid of being
sued down the road so they expose every little issue. My pet peeve is cracks in a foundation. I would estimate that 90% of homes have cracks in their foundations. Concrete when it cures, shrinks, and cracks occur. It’s a normal occurrence. Most cracks never cause a problem and homeowners don’t even know they exist. Before you choose an inspector ask your agent, friends and family members who they would recommend or call my office and I’d by happy to give you the names of inspectors I would use. For a free home evaluation, call me at my home office at 519-741-9704.
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It’s Your BUSINESS
SHAKING UP THE ECONOMY BY BRUCE WHITESTONE
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change as people rent every manner of assets directly from each other. This resembles, or course, time-sharing for holiday housing that has been going on for some time. Technology has made it easier and less expensive than ever to share. Participating in a car pool illustrates this, but it has evolved into something altogether new. The availability of technology reduces transaction costs making the sharing of assets less costly and easier. Before the internet renting a small piece of equipment generally was more trouble than it was worth. To cite just some instances, one cam come to a retailer to rent a small space for a holiday sale event.one can rent a piece of jewellery for an evening or fishing equipment. The process works for items
expensive to buy and are widely owned by people who do not use them all the time. Sharing can obviate the need for ownership in many cases. Collaborative consumption is a contemporary wave, permitting owners to make money from assets not always in use. People who rent their homes for a very short period while they are on away on a holiday. Car owners can rent their cars when they are not wanted. One can rent facilities when youngsters are at university, even exercise equipment. Web users can check on the background and reliability of potential renters. New social contacts may evolve. In cities throughout the world people have been able to borrow bicycle for a few hours and return it, even to a different location. This was
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Members of the Kitchener Cycling Advisory Committee and City Councillors Dan GlennGraham (in blue), John Gazzola (in yellow) and Zyg Janecki (at front in white) bike away from city hall to look at cycling conditions in Kitchener.
Councillors and avid cyclists share the road
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hit the road on June 18 to look at how cycling iniatives are working - or not working - in the city. Councillor Zyg Janecki said it is the second year the group has taken a trip together around Kitchener on their bicycles. It took about two hours, with stops and starts, for the trip. “The purpose is to see what has been completed and what still needs to be done (to meet the recommendations of Kitchener’s Cycling Master Plan)” Janecki said. Four city councillors Yvonne Fernandes, John Gazzola, Daniel Glenn-Graham and Janecki went on the ride. Janecki said it would be the first time he will merge with car traffic on the portion of King Street that is now painted with sharrows - indicating cars and bikes must share the road. Transportation Demand Management Coordinator Josh Joseph said the route was chosen by members of the Cycling Committee. “They can show councillors what’s working and not working (for cyclists on city streets),” Joseph said. Joseph said some participants from June’s Bike2Work Challenge also went on the ride. They spent the month of June biking to work each day. Their blogs are located at.www. bike2work2013.blogspot.com.
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