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Shirleyan English

Farmerettes and the experiences of these young women through letters, photos and interviews. And, the book is soon to be turned into a play to be written by Alison Lawrence and staged by artistic director Kim Blackwell of the 4th Line Theatre near Peterborough in 2022. This compelling story of how young Canadian women worked on Ontario farms stepping up to do the jobs that were usually done by men was

2022. This compelling story of how 2022.young Canadian women worked on Ontariostory farms This compelling of stepping up to do the jobs that how young Canadian women were usually by menfarms was worked on done Ontario

Co-author Bonnie Sitter found this photo in her late husband’s collection. On the back was written, “Farmerettes, about 1946.”

co-authored by Bonnie Sitter of Exeter and Shirleyan English of London. In preparation for the new play, Blackwell, playwright

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Lawrence and the two authors will be hosting an event at the Kitchener Public Library on April 4 from 10am to 12 noon to reminisce with former

will be hosting an event at the Kitchener Public Library on April 4 from 10am to 12 London. noon reminisce for withthe former In to preparation new Farmerettes and anyone who play, Blackwell, playwright isLawrence interestedand in the the two Farmerette authors

program. will be hosting an event at Sitter and English will also be the Kitchener Public Library speaking at a Probus meeting on April 4 from 10am to in 12 Kitchener on April 2. noon to reminisce with former Initiated byand the Ontario Farmerettes anyone who Farmerettes and anyoneFarm who Service Force the Farmerette is interested in the is interested in theFarmerette Farmerette program. program program.ran from 1941 – 1952. Sitter and offers Englishreaders will alsoa The book Sitter and at English willmeetalso be be speaking a Probus glimpse ofatwhat it wasmeeting like to bein speaking a Probus ing in Kitchener on April 2. inKitchener the farmon work program that April 2. OntarInitiated by the sawInitiated more Service than 20,000 women io Farm Force the by the Ontario Farm aged 16 to 18 years old move Farmerette program ran from Service Force the Farmerette 1941 –their 1952. The offers from to live in program ranhomes frombook 1941 – 1952. readers awith glimpse of what camps or billets and work readers a itatThe was book like tooffers be in the farm nearby farms harvesting fruits glimpse of whatthat it was to be work program sawlike more and vegetables as program they came in the farmwomen work than 20,000 aged 16 that to into season. The work was hard 18 years oldthan move from their saw more 20,000 women and the old hot sun. homes to live in in camps or with agedoften 16 todone 18 years move They billets and work atto nearby from sometimes their homesworked livesixin farms harvesting fruits and days a week cutting asparagus, camps or with billets and into work vegetables as they came picking strawberries, climbing at nearby farms harvesting fruits season. The collect work was hard trees to cherries, andoften vegetables came and done inasthethey hot sun. harvesting celery, peppermint, They sometimes worked six into season. The work was hard melons, onions and days week cutting asparagus, and aoften done in peaches the hot and sun. planting, hoeing and weeding. They sometimes worked six Continued pagewar 2... Theira week work fuelledon the days cutting asparagus, effort helping to feed families picking strawberries, climbing attrees home,tosoldiers overseas and collect cherries, people in Britain who were harvesting celery, peppermint, starving. melons, onions and peaches and Often recruited through CBC planting, hoeing and weeding. ...continued on next page ...continued on page 20

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picking strawberries, climbing trees to collect cherries, harvesting celery, peppermint, melons, onions and peaches and planting, hoeing and weeding. Their work fuelled the war effort helping to feed families at home, soldiers overseas and people in Britain who were starving. Often recruited through CBC radio presentations played in high schools and with the added incentive of not having to write final exams if they signed up for the program, the girls were paid about twenty-five cents an hour. For many it was the first time they had been away

from home. Although the work was hard, most remembered their time in the Farmerettes as among the best summers of their lives. “I hope readers will get an appreciation for what these girls did. They didn’t go into the factories to make bombs but they did something just as valuable,” Sitter said. “I wrote the book because I love history, but also because I was shocked that these women’s history, part of our agricultural history in Ontario, had been ignored. I felt it was time to acknowledge what these women did and their volunteerism.” “I was a Farmerette in the last summer, 1952. In my mind

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the experience became for me ‘that golden summer’, the best and most memorable in my life. Most of the girls we heard from felt the same. The work was hard and grueling, most of us had no farm experience whatsoever, but the camaraderie was pure joy,” said English. “When I mentioned I had been a Farmerette, I was met with blank stares. Most people had never heard the term and as the years went by, we were forgotten. Yet these girls made a significant contribution; they helped save the harvests and allowed market gardens and orchards to continue during the war and afterwards.” The book contains many memories from former Farmerettes including one from Roberta Schofield, from Breslau, Ontario who volunteered with the program in 1952 on Sitter’s husband’s grandfather’s farm in Thedford. “I have fond memories of the Sitters for the wonderful way they treated us. Grampa Sitter always made sure our hoes were sharp and this made a hard job easier,” Schofield recalls in the book. “The worst job was thinning peaches as the peach fuzz was quite an irritant to the skin. But other times were fun. Some days in the watermelon season, we would be called into the storage shed and told we could eat all the melon we wanted as long as we saved the seeds. Those nights we

Grampa Nick Sitter (Bonnie Sitter’s husband’s grandfather) with some of the Farmerettes who worked on his Thedford farm.

to sign up for the Farmerettes in 1941. But the book may never have been written if Sitter hadn’t decided to sift through and downsize her late husband’s photo collection. She came across a photo that showed three girls in farm work clothes sitting on the running board of an old

“This is history that we need to be paying attention to.” always got home late,” writes former Farmerette Jay Munro in the book. “You had to learn to get along and I had an advantage that a girlfriend was there. You supported each other and you had to keep going because if you didn‘t finish the 13 weeks, you wouldn’t get your year. So there was no thought of quitting. That fall, I went to Normal School in Toronto and had a physical. The woman doctor couldn’t get over how muscular my back was. She even called someone in to see it,” recalls Eleanor Moffitt in the book. “Girls in the Beamsville camp went to the local ice cream parlor every evening after supper. I gained a measure of fame by once eating a whole brick of ice cream on a dare,” wrote former Farmerette Inge Cumberland. “Initially, the Farmerettes faced skepticism – few thought these ‘city girls’ who landed on the farm would be of much help, but the girls proved their mettle season after season and made a major contribution to the war effort at home,” states a quote in a Niagara area newspaper from Jean Brett who was the first Niagara teen

car. On the back was written “Farmerettes, about 1946.” Sitter’s interest was piqued. She researched the Farmerettes learning they were part of the government-sponsored war effort – an effort she had never heard of. Her research led her to write an article published in the Rural Voice in 2018 that two months later prompted a letter to the editor from reader Shirleyan English who had worked on Sitter’s father-in-law’s farm in 1952 and dated Sitter’s brother-in-law. Sitter contacted English who told her that she possessed over 300 letters from other Farmerettes that she had received in response to a request she’d placed in newspapers across Ontario in 1995. English, a writer herself, had intended to write a book about the Farmerettes but had not had time to complete it. Sitter asked English to join her to co-produce the book using the letters. Both realized that because many of the Farmerettes were now quite elderly, it would be important to complete the book as soon as possible, interviewing as many of the women as they could find

still living. They gave themselves one year. “Bonnie and I both felt the contribution of those teen-age girls, now in their 80s and 90s, was important and should be recognized; this history needed to be told. What those unsung girls accomplished and how they contributed to the war effort is a remarkable and joyous story. Needless to say, Farmerettes are delighted with the book and many persons in agriculture have been interested and pleased that a farm experience has come to light,” said English. “Little did I know on that winter’s day in 2018 that the small photo of the three Farmerettes would set in motion a wonderful adventure in which I would connect with Shirleyan and other Farmerettes and together we would finally tell their story,” writes Sitter in the book’s prologue. “This is history that we need to be paying attention to.” * * * Sitter and English are available to speak at author’s readings, community events, book clubs, museum and historical society events and at church groups. They were key note speakers at the London Heritage Festival on Feb. 15, and at the Goderich Huron County Museum’s International Women’s Day event on March 8. Their book has been nominated by the Huron County Historical Society for the Ontario Historical Society’s Alison Prentice Award for Women’s History. The winner will be announced in late June. The hard cover book is now on display in the Juno Beach Museum, in France and at the Canadian War Heritage Museum in Mount Hope. Printed by Briesens Corporation, Canada and designed by Barbara Moquin Durand, Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: Memories of Ontario Farmerettes costs $49 and can be purchased by emailing bonnie.sitter@gmail.com or by calling 519-235-1909 (cheque and e-transfer accepted).

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Stacy McLennan Collections Curator and Registrar

From our Collection


from the Canadian National Archives and confirmed without a doubt that the plane was the bomber LL720. Jaap then began the search for the crew’s family members and, with the group Wings to Victory, plan for the installation of a memorial near the crash site. In July 2019, seemingly out of the blue, I received an email from Jaap through the K-W branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (I was the Secretary), informing me about the finding of LL720, and that a memorial plaque for the crew would be installed in the coming months. And so, a group of about 90 people gathered at the Paviljoen ’t-Schor on a beautiful Saturday afternoon to unveil the memorial plaque. John Bonneville’s nephew Pat and his wife Terrie, Assistant Canadian Military Attaché Sgt. Jo Anne Wiseman, representatives from the Dutch Air Force and Wings to Victory, and people from the area were in attendance. There was music by the Canadian Scottish Memorial Pipes and Drums and the Bierkaal Brass played the Dutch and Canadian anthems. Jan-Frans Mulder, the Mayor of Hulst, welcomed everyone to the ceremony, and Jaap told the story of how he and Mark found the plane. Karen, Pat and I then unveiled the plaque. The haunting strains of the Last Post were sounded, and the crowd fell silent for two minutes. After flowers and wreaths were laid at the base of the plaque, Karen, Pat and I spoke, through our tears, of our lost loved ones, of our everlasting gratitude for everyone who made this day possible, especially Jaap and Mark. We also expressed our abiding thanks to the people of The Netherlands for their continued honour and care for all of the Canadians killed there in the war. The afternoon finished with a fly over arranged by Wings to Victory, and a reception in the Paviljoen for all of those who attended to share our stories. The following morning, we were invited to attend a Remembrance Day service at the historic Kloostersande Church. In a moving ceremony, a candle was lit for each member of the LL720 crew and for many of the local soldiers and civilians who had been killed in the war. For more information about LL720, and other aircraft that were downed in the southwestern Netherlands in the Second World War, visit www.wingstovictory. nl.

Waterloo Region

In 1906, Charles Harry Boehmer (1877 to 1963) of Kitchener, Ontario began to study opera in Milan, Italy. He gave concerts in Italy and the United States to great acclaim. Charles later toured South American with an Italian opera company and, in 1919, was engaged by the Chicago Opera Company. Later in life, Charles returned to Kitchener and joined the family business, A. & C. Boehmer Box Company, becoming president. Visit the Hall of Fame exhibits located on the second floor of the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum.

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By Lynn Dramnitzi n February 19, 1944, the crew of R.C.A.F. 408 Squadron’s Lancaster bomber LL720 left their base at Lintonon-Ouse, Yorkshire. They were part of the armada of over 800 bombers conducting a raid on Leipzig, Germany. A German Night Fighter shot down their plane at 5:40am, as they were returning to base. The crew, Pilot Elmer Stanley Winn R.C.A.F. (age 23), Flight Engineer Ellis Willam Bolt R.A.F. (age 24), Navigator James Richard Leaman R.C.A.F. (age 21), Bomb Aimer John Raymond Bonneville R.C.A.F. (age 23), Wireless Operator Reginald Herbert Wade R.C.A.F. (age 26), Air Gunner Norman H. Brown U.S.A.F. (age 21), and my Uncle, Air Gunner Eldore Dramnitzki R.C.A.F. (age 22), were all killed. The wreckage of that plane lay hidden until 2013 when historians began searching for any remnants from the plane and found parts of a Lancaster Bomber about 20 feet from the riverbank near Paal, The Netherlands. On November 9, 2019, my cousin, Karen Goebel, her husband Gerry, daughter Kimberley, my husband Jon and I stood on the dyke at the hamlet of Paal, (about 35kms west of Antwerp) listening to Jaap Geensen explain how he and Mark Zwartelé, historians from the Werkgroep Archeologie Hulst, found the wreckage of LL720. We came to Paal to attend a special ceremony to unveil a plaque honouring our uncle and the crew of that bomber. Eldore was the youngest child of Caroline and Gottlieb Dramnitzki. He joined the R.C.A.F. in August 1942, and was sent overseas in August 1943. His military records described him as, “Good solid type, keen to be an air gunner. Neat, well-mannered, and sincere.” In the fall of 2012, Jaap and Mark began their search for an English bomber that was rumoured to have crashed during the Second World War in what is now the Saeftinghe Bird Sanctuary along the Westerscheldt River. They found what they were looking for in May 2013. There were serial numbers on those parts, but nothing that identified the bomber to which they belonged. Jaap then began the detective work to identify the plane, which was Canadian, and its crew. He spoke to eyewitnesses and searched the records at Vlissingen and Schoonselhof War Cemeteries and the German and Dutch Archives. After narrowing the search to two planes, Jaap obtained John Bonneville’s records

Stacy McLennan is the Collections Curator and Registrar for Region of Waterloo Museums. Stacy can be contacted at smclennan@regionofwaterloo.ca

Struggle for Freedom On exhibit February 7 to August 3, 2020

Kitchener family attends ceremony in Netherlands honouring their uncle and his bomber crew shot down in World War II

Struggle for Freedom

Lynn Dramnitzi and her cousin Karen Goebel stand with a memorial plaque for the crew of a Lancaster Bomber shot down in The Netherlands during World War II. The plaque was unveiled in November 2019.

Coffee drinkers in the 1800s often had a coffee bean roaster, like this one, in their homes. Coffee beans were purchased green, roasted to bring out their flavor, and then ground, often with a mortar and pestle. This particular roaster dates from the 1850s and would have been used in a hearth. The handle rotates the cylinder, moving the beans so that they roast evenly. Later, roasters were adapted to be used on iron cook stoves.


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56th Elmira Maple Syrup Festival is Saturday, April 4 Hoover’s Maple Syrup named Ontario Producer of the Year and best syrup BY ROD HODDLE

long time producer who A has never taken part in a “Best Syrup� competition

until recently, took top honours at this year’s Elmira Maple Syrup Festival’s syrup judging event. Hoover’s Maple Syrup, located just south of Listowel near Atwood, won the best syrup prize over six other entries, which included two previous winners. Hoover’s also takes on the title of Producer of the Year. Terry Hoover is pleasantly surprised by the honour, but he’s worked over 40 years to perfect his product. Syrup is graded in four categories – colour, clarity, density, and taste are all scrutinized very closely. “No matter how long you’ve made syrup, you’re always on the learning curve,� Hoover said of his certified organic product. He added that the only thing you can predict about maple syrup is that at times, it’s very unpredictable. He notes that produc-

Hoover’s Maple Syrup was named Producer of the Year and best syrup during the annual tree tapping ceremony that is part of the kick off for the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival that will take place this year on Satuday, April 4. From left: Wilfred Schmidt (farm operator), Annie Crump (Festival Volunteer coordinator), Kevin Snyder (President of the Waterloo-Wellington Syrup Producers), Tim Louis (MP Kitchener-Conestoga), Diane and Terry Hoover, (Producers of the Year and owners of Hoover’s Maple Syrup). Photo by Carrie Debrone

ers need to pay attention to detail—asking questions like, ‘Am I using the rec-

ommended industry equipment to make good syrup? Is my equipment clean at all

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times? Am I staying in tune with weather changes, that can effect the taste of the end product?' “You’ll only sell poor syrup once,� he said. Terry and his wife Diane are supported in their business by his brother Bob and his family. Since turning 60 last year, Hoover plans to ease up a bit on farming year round and solely focus on making prize-winning syrup.

Hoover started syrup producing in 1977 by tapping 300 trees. He now maintains 2,400 taps in his sugar bush. Hoover Maple Syrup will have a prime location on the mall at this year’s Elmira Maple Syrup Festival on April 4. Those visiting the festival’s pancake tent will also enjoy Hoover’s prized amber coloured sweet treat. This year’s best syrup event was judged by Brian Bainborough, a certified syrup judge for six years and current president of the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association. Bainborough is also a syrup producer himself, with a 4,000 tap farm on Manitoulin Island. This year’s syrup entries were also judged by Todd Leuty, who works in forestry and orchard horticulture with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. His connections to maple syrup go back to his childhood when he helped his Mennonite grandparents gather full sap pails one at a time. The way sap is collected and made into syrup may have changed over the years, but the end product is as popular as ever. The expert judges have spoken and now it’s the public’s turn to put its discerning taste buds to the test. See you at the festival pancake tent on April 4th to enjoy “Mother Natures Best�.

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A Taste of Home When You’re Not



Release of new Rosemount area townhomes creates preconstruction buying frenzy BY CARRIE DEBRONE


feeding frenzy by home buyers ensued Feb. 29 when the Strawberry Park Inc. development at 142 Rosemount Drive in Kitchener released the first batch of its soon to be constructed townhomes. The development is now 80 per cent sold out. “We sold 62 units on that Saturday,” said Strawberry Park sales representative Rosa Coelho. “We had lineups of people. There were 24 cars there waiting at seven in the morning,” she said, adding that the sales office opened its doors early because of the number of people waiting to buy the units. “We had a lot of people come from the Toronto area to see them,” Coelho said, adding that the development’s central location close to downtown and to Google’s head offices makes it very attractive to buyers. “My phone hasn’t stopped ringing,” The new development will include 76 townhouses and back-to-back townhomes built in a cluster arrangement on the 1.97-hectare site with construction planned to begin in January of 2021. Coelho said prices range from about $415,000 to $525,000 depending on unit and lot sizes and their locations within the development. Located at the intersection of Sherwood Dr. and Rosemount Dr. the site was previously home to Notre Dame Catholic elementary school. The Catholic School Board closed the school in 2010 and the land was sold to a developer who demolished the school. Strawberry Park Inc. purchased the property in 2015 with the intent of redeveloping it. The first building phase, which did not require a zone change in order to develop that portion of the site, went ahead in 2016 with the construction of seven semi-detached homes. They sold quite quickly. Shortly after, the developer applied for a zoning bylaw amendment and site plan approval for the remainder of the property, which initially included 92 units and 3-storey quad units. A neighbourhood meeting was held in 2017 and changes were suggested to that plan. In October of that year the developer appealed to the OMB, which at the time was being reformed. Now called the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal (LPAT), the development plan sat with the tribunal while it went through its lengthy reform process.

Last summer, Strawberry Park Inc. withdrew its appeal to LPAT, submitting a new development plan to the city that took into consideration several of the neighbourhood concerns, including a plan to maintain some sort of park on the land. The neighbours were used to being able to access the former school’s large yard and baseball diamonds but lost that recreational space when the school property was fenced to allow demolition of the school building. The new plan received approval in principal from Kitchener council in the fall of 2019. According to city planning staff reports, the developer is currently working through the conditions of approval that will allow final site plan approval and allow building permits to be secured prior to construction. Other changes (besides decreasing the number of units from 92 to 76 and eliminating the 3-storey units) include reducing the building masses by breaking up the townhouse blocks differently. The height for buildings around the perimeter of the site is capped at two storeys and the side yard setbacks were increased by 33 percent. One more space was added to visitor parking spots, which will be distributed throughout the property, and there were minor revisions to mailbox locations and bicycle parking. Additionally, the deal with the city includes site-specific zoning regulations requested by councilors to ensure that the details of the development will be completed. This special zoning will give assurance to residents that heights and setbacks associated with the plan will be carried out and that any changes or revisions could result in further public consultation. Under the current development plan for the site, there will be a small park developed with frontage on Rosemount Drive. The city will pay for “amenities” for the park but according to Kitchener councillor Scott Davey, the developer will be responsible for completing all the landscaping and installation of the amenities. “This has significant costs and is above and beyond what’s typically required (of a developer),” Davey said in an email. The development will also include a condominium road that will provide pedestrian and car access from Rosemount Drive, and a private park area with frontage on that internal road. The current pedestrian trail that connects the site to River Road will be maintained and sanitary storm servicing will be provided via River Road through an existing walkway.

Look for the next issue of Kitchener Citizen on April 9

Naturescaping seminar series



Register now for any of these five seminars to inspire you to create beautiful outdoor spaces without much water use. Tuesday, March 31, 7:30 - 9 p.m. Cambridge Centre for the Arts Looks Good Enough to Eat! Permaculture: Living off YOUR Land with Sean James Learn how to grow food on your property including creative solutions for city yards, keeping your edible garden ornamental and how to use edible natives and perennials to be eco-friendly. Saturday, April 4, 10 - 11:30 a.m. Breslau Community Centre Dazzling Natives with Aileen Barclay - Join us to learn about the best native plants for urban gardens that will help you achieve stunning results... plants that also help our local bees and butterflies! Tuesday, April 14, 7:30 - 9 p.m. The Aud, Kitchener (Wright Auto Sales Lounge) Garden Design Secrets with Robert Pavlis - Professional garden designers use a number of important concepts for garden design that are easy to learn and apply to any garden. Learn some of the experts’ secrets to create your own stunning garden. Sunday, April 19, 1 - 2:30 p.m. Wilmot Recreation Complex Tips and Tricks for Easy Gardening with David Hobson - Put the watering can down and put your feet up to relax! A helpful and humorous look at how to keep your garden looking great, without the hose hassles! Saturday, April 25, 10 - 11:30 a.m. RIM Park, Waterloo Waterwise Gardening with Ben Cullen More rain, less often: this is the new normal for Canadian gardeners. Is your property equipped to deal with everything from drought to deluge? Join Ben Cullen to discuss responsible water management in your garden, from plant selection and beyond.

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Taking Stock of Your COVID-19 Larder

ith Canada’s health W minister urging the populace to stockpile

supplies, and America’s president spouting inanities every hour, you can be forgiven if the current COVID-19 outbreak has you running to Costco to purchase a vat of olive oil and a skid of baked beans. But remember who we are. Historically, Canadians have owned the middle ground between panic and placid. We won’t pay two hundred dollars for an ineffective coronavirus face mask but neither do we foolishly book cruises on floating sardine cans. Well, most of us don’t. What we can do in these uncertain times is take stock of our pantries. Again, it’s the middle ground we seek. You might not ask for my grandma’s homemade pickle recipe but you should also stop ordering that cardboard box of food every week! You’ll need all the cash you can spare for soap and Kleenex. No, a good larder should be economical, versatile, and easy to maintain without worrying if you paid a dime too much for that can of tuna. That means having a frank discussion with your loved ones

about what essentials should be stocked in the event that your family must hole up in the hacienda for a few weeks. After all, current social trends give us a solitary advantage; our Netflix binges and video game marathons have made us as comfortable as hobbits in holes. We’re just making a tiny adjustment in food prep from phone-summoned to hand-made. We’re considering combos like pasta and tinned tomatoes, or ground beef and beans, or pumpkin hummus. These staples are nutritious, easily concocted, and shelf-stable. Of course, you need to stake out a pantry for the provisions. We’re blessed at our house; our 1960s-era bungalow came with a built-in cold cellar, but everyone can designate a storeroom for non-perishables. You then brainstorm the family favourites that can be made with the canned, the dry, or the frozen. I have inherited recipes created by my mother and grandmother who fed our household through sixteen years of privation that saw the start of the Great Depression and the end of a global war. But you don’t need that pedigree; just

ask Google and you’re instantly connected to a myriad of cost-saving favourites from your web family. Remember that the worst-case COVID-19 scenario means a quarantine of only 14 days, so rethink that Costco skid of beans. You really want to be in close quarters with someone whose idea of a home-cooked meal involves a can opener and a spoon? I think not. Instead, involve everyone who might be sharing your space. Teens will eat that tuna dish if there are Doritos for dessert. Remember that you are selling an adventure, not enduring the Apocalypse. In times like these, our greatest strength lies in our cultural character; we’re tough, resilient, and have a political system that winnows out the wacky (well, most of the time). So, yes, do wash your hands, but also plan your pantries. Jack Nahrgang recently retired from the Waterloo Region District School Board. He is a monthly columnist with the Kitchener Citizen.


The Indigenous-led movement opposing Trans Mountain isn’t going anywhere

am writing to address the inconceivIpeople able situation that the Wet’suwet’ten are currently facing. Besides this

being a massive human rights violation… below are some points at large that are against the pipeline construction. Since construction started, opposition has shot up, especially in Ontario, Quebec and BC, where the Liberals are holding dozens of ridings by the skin of their

teeth. As costs to taxpayers increase, and resistance on the ground heats up, opposition could increase even further. The Indigenous-led movement opposing Trans Mountain isn’t going anywhere -- and if Trudeau tries to ram the pipeline through, he’ll lose any hope of campaigning on climate or reconciliation in the next election. Trans Mountain still faces huge legal

hurdles. Indigenous communities have already filed an appeal with the Supreme Court challenging the ground on which the recent Federal court decision was made – and we could see more appeals in the coming weeks. Solidarity for Unist’ot’en and the Wet’suwet’en people means a better future for us all. Jazmyn Pettigrew, Guelph

Can’t comprehend or support demands teachers are making

s someone who has many friends and A family members who are teachers, I can’t seem to comprehend nor support the demands they are making of this government. They do not deserve a more than 1% increase when every other public worker is capped at 1%. If $90,000 is not enough for these teachers, and 25 children in their class is too many, maybe they should give

up their jobs and let the thousands of new graduates take their position. I can guarantee these new graduates and the hundreds if not thousands of supply teachers will be happy to support our students. I don’t think the unions are aware that in order to put money in their worker’s pockets, the government is going to need to cut from other sectors. Sectors

more critical to every day life than teachers who make almost 100k and take three of the best months of the year off. I’d rather see government money go into services than higher salaries for people who already have it great! Alex Smythe, Kitchener


PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Raj Saini MP Kitchener Centre


hope you are all doing well and are staying warm this season. Spring is just around the corner, which means that tax filing season is upon us! I know that many of you are getting ready to file your returns or have already filed them. Remember that the last date to file your returns to avoid penalties is April 30. To assist Kitchener Centre residents with their taxes, my office is happy to once again host Free Income Tax Clinics in partnership with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). To find out if you are eligible for the free clinics please give my office a call at 519-741-2001. As taxpayers, we all need to be vigilant of scammers.

It is important to keep in mind that the CRA will never threaten anyone with an arrest or a prison sentence. When in doubt, always ask yourself, does the CRA have your most up-to-date information, and is the caller pressuring you to act immediately? Remember that the CRA will never use aggressive language or accept payment by prepaid credit cards or gift cards. You can report the scam by calling the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501, or if you believe that you are a victim of fraud, please call the Waterloo Regional Police immediately. If your Social Insurance Number (SIN) is lost or stolen, you can contact Service Canada at 1-800206-7218. March marks a very important day, International Women’s Day. This is an opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements, to take a stand for gender equality, and to raise awareness of the struggles faced daily by women around the world. In Waterloo Region, we are surrounded by activists, advocates and trailblazers who work tirelessly day and night to advance gender equality. Among these fierce advocates and trailblazers are my exceptional Kitchener constituency office team. These wonderful women inspire me every day, and their hard work and dedication to the community truly make them champions in their own right.

To further advance gender equality, the Government of Canada has created the first federal Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence, has introduced legislation to close the gender wage gap, will take additional steps to promote women

PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Marwan Tabbara MP Kitchener South/Hespeler

hile we’ve had quite the W cold snap these last few weeks, spring is fast approach-

ing. As we eagerly wait for our surroundings to flourish once again, I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about the important work our government has undertaken to ensure our economy flourishes and Canadians prosper. Over the past 5 years, the policies we have pursued have paid dividends when it comes to strengthening our economy

entrepreneurs, and will encourage women to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and the skilled trades. These are no small accomplishments, and with the passion and inspiration of the women in our commu-

nity, we can create a promising future for everyone. I look forward to seeing you all at the annual Team Saini March Break Family Skate on Monday, March 16, from 12pm to 2pm, at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium.

as a whole. According to Statistics Canada, in 2019 Canada received $66.8 billion in foreign direct investment into our economy. This investment is a staggering 18.6% increase over the previous year, and shows that investors the world over are looking with confidence to Canada’s strong economy, stable and low-risk business environment and highly skilled, educated and diverse workforce. We are currently working hard to ratify the new NAFTA agreement (CUSMA). This agreement will serve to boost that confidence by increasing the stability and predictability investors crave, and ensuring that 99.9% of Canadian exports to our largest trading partners are tariff-free. Closer to home, the positive effects of these policies are also apparent. A competitive business environment, coupled with a $110 million contribution by the federal government, allowed Toyota to create 450 new jobs while building its best-selling vehicle right here in Cambridge, with plans to build luxury vehicles starting in 2022. Helping Canadians prosper is about more than good economic numbers however. It’s

also about helping those in our communities who need it most and making sure that every Canadian has the opportunity to thrive. In our first mandate, we cut taxes on the middle class, created the Canada Child Benefit, and increased Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement. This resulted in the largest 3-year reduction in poverty in Canadian history and helped lift over 1 million Canadians out of poverty, including over 300,000 children, and 70,000 seniors. There is still more to be done to help Canadian families and reduce poverty in this country. In this new mandate, we have cut taxes for the middle class once again and introduced the Climate Action Incentive and the Canada Workers Benefits. While we eagerly wait for spring to bring on its positive changes, I can’t help but think of the ways our government has brought its own positive change and look forward to building on that progress. I would also like to thank everyone who came out to spend some time with me at one of my Family Day free skates. It was a real pleasure spending time with you, and I hope to see you again soon!

To mark International Women’s Day, the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development and the Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues submitted this article about a shortage of women in skilled trades.

We need more women in the trades

ur province is on the brink of a serious shortO age in skilled trades workers. In the third quarter of 2019, job vacancies in Canada in the in-

dustrial, electrical and construction trades were 51 per cent higher than they were four years earlier, according to employment website Indeed Canada. That means jobs are being left unfilled. Companies are turning away business opportunities because they don’t have enough people to get the work done. Part of the challenge in the skilled trades is a key demographic is not represented. In Ontario, only 17 per cent of registered apprentices are women. For the sake of our economy and our people, we need to do better. That’s why today, International Women’s Day, we are calling on employers, teachers, parents, industry leaders and others to help us end the stigma related to young people, especially women, who do not see the skilled trades as a first choice. Everyone has a role to play. Employers and industry leaders need to see the added value female apprentices bring to the sector. Teachers and parents need to consider trades for the meaningful and often lucrative careers they are. And government needs to create a system that is easy to use and financially sustainable. As apprentices first and then as skilled tradespeople, women can find well-paid positions, jobs

with flexibility and the chance to be their own boss. The benefits are expansive. Increasing women’s participation in the labour force, particularly in high-productivity economic sectors such as agriculture, forestry, oil and gas, will add as much as $60 billion to Ontario’s economy by 2026, according to one projection by well-known business consultant McKinsey & Company. Although neither of us is a tradesperson, both of us grew up in small town Ontario surrounded by trades. The Dunlop family is well represented in the plumbing trade. The McNaughton family ran a Home Hardware building supply store for decades. We know that blue collar values – hard work, entrepreneurialism, pride in a job well done – cut across gender divisions. So, why the disconnect? First, there’s still not enough awareness around skilled trades and the apprenticeship system. Our government is actively working to change this, including through ads we’re running this winter. Our goal is to inspire women, among others, to consider the trades. The ads feature two women, an arborist and a crane operator, who enjoy the freedom, sense of accomplishment and earning power their career affords them (the crane operator knows colleagues earning more money than PhDs). We need support from industry leaders to amplify this message and highlight other strong female role models in the trades whom our next genera-

tion can follow. Another barrier is the lack of encouragement for female students to take STEM-related classes. By working with educators and organizations like Skills Ontario, we’re now actively showing young women there’s a place for them in the skilled trades. We also need to acknowledge that traditionally male-dominated workplaces can seem unwelcoming to women. We want to work with industry leaders to find solutions that create an inclusive work environment, which could be as simple as providing daycare supports. By introducing the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, our government has set our province on a path toward prosperity and job creation. We’re now calling on employers to step up and do their part by creating an environment where female apprentices are not only wanted but welcome. We are Open for Business, which means we’re open to opportunities for everyone. * * * The Honourable Jill Dunlop is Ontario’s Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues, and the MPP for Simcoe North. The Honourable Monte McNaughton is Ontario’s Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, and the MPP for Lambton, Kent, Middlesex.


Welcome to the Kitchener Citizen’s 2020

'I Love Live Theatre'

Status certificate is most essential key to condo resale purchase

Drayton Entertainment Ticket Giveaway! Win two free tickets that can be used at any coming Drayton Entertainment 2020 season performance! The Kitchener Citizen will offer the chance to win tickets in its March, May, June, July, September and November issues. Simply be the first to email debrone@sympatico.ca to win. Winners will be notified by the newspaper following each month’s giveaway and winners will be announced in the Kitchener Citizen following each draw. Winning tickets may be used for any performance at the following Drayton Entertainment venues during the 2020 season: Hamilton Family Theatre - Cambridge St. Jacobs Country Playhouse St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre King’s Wharf Theatre Drayton Festival Theatre Huron Country Playhouse Huron Country Playhouse II *Tickets must be booked in advance. Performance dates and times are subject to availability. To see what exciting shows Drayton Entertainment has in store for you this season call 1 -885-DRAYTON (372-9866) or visit www.draytonentertainment.com

Q. What should be the one of the most important factors besides location, appearance and cost when it comes to choosing my first condo? I am not looking for a brand new condo. I am looking into buying something that already exists, maybe a few years old. I have researched a lot of them but haven’t really decided on one yet. Could you please advise? Thank you for your help and experience to guide me. A. The in-depth research really begins once you have found the perfect condo that you feel suits your needs. I believe that a Status Certificate is one of the most important tools when buying a resale condominium. A Status

Real Estate Corner

Peter is a licensed Sales Representative with Re/Max and has specialized in the Stanley Park area for 32 years.

It’s 2017 All Over Again!

The real estate market is booming again with homes selling well over asking and with 10-20 offers on many listings. Currently, we have 348 active resale homes available in all of Waterloo Region. (a healthy market would have over 1,000) Currently, there are about 120 sales every week and about the same number of new listings. With numbers like that prices will continue to climb sharply over the next few weeks.

Surprisingly, 25% of sales are below asking price. If you are a patient buyer and have the right agent it is still possible to find a home and not get involved in a bidding war. If you are a seller there definitely is a right way and a wrong way to price your home. You may be surprised by the answer. To find out about the best pricing strategies to get top dollar for your home call me on my cell at 519-589-3554.





Single Detached Home 9 –3 bedroom, single garage

Low $530,000 High $697,000


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Peter Schneider, Sales Representative Re/Max Solid Gold Realty (II) Ltd., Brokerage 180 Weber St. S., Waterloo 519-888-7110 Business www.takemehome.ca

For a free in home market evaluation in your area, call me at 519-888-7110. *Price and closing date to be agreed upon by Peter and the seller.


Certificate is a mandatory requirement of your purchase and the cost is no more than $100.00. This certificate will be accompanied by a significant amount of documents that may seem overwhelming to a new purchaser. There are rules and regulations for parking, pets, exclusive use common areas, bylaws and declarations, budgets, financial statements, reserve fund account balance etc. The Status Certificate will also inform you of any ongoing legal issues that are facing the corporation. There is a wealth of information to be found in these documents. A condominium lawyer specializes in Status Certificates and will help you sort out all the information very quickly. He or she will assess the physical as well as the financial condition of the property in question. There could be special assessments or huge condo increases waiting in the wings that you want to avoid. This certificate will not guarantee that you will never receive a special assessment in the future, but it will provide a perfect picture

of the past and current financial status of the corporation. The advantage of purchasing a resale unit is there is no uncertainty regarding your occupancy date. A building that already exists for a few years could indicate any problems resulting from construction deficiencies, such as leaky windows, incorrect piping, foundation problems etc etc. You will also be able to learn if this condo has been managed properly in regards to pets, parking issues, dealing with owner complaints and other issues that are relative to living in a condo community. You are on the right track by continuing to investigate before you purchase. Your research will greatly increase your chances of being completely satisfied that you made the best choice. Good Luck! Marilyn Lincoln is a condo owner, director and author of The Condominium Self Management Guide 2nd ed. Email: marilyncondoguide@hotmail. com with questions.


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The City of Kitchener offers many affordable and fun summer camp options for a variety of interests and age groups, beginning at 4 years old. Is your child into cooking? The Kitchener Market runs weekly ‘Kids in The Kitchen’ camps. Do you want your little ones to get outside and stay active? Camps are offered at various community centres and pools throughout the city as well as at Kiwanis Park, Huron Natural Area and Doon Valley Golf Course. The city’s ‘It’s all about YOUth’ camp takes place at Stanley Park Community Centre and makes day camp possible for youth with disabilities youth with disabilities and special needs.


“Summer camps through the City of Kitchener are so much fun!”

“Summer camps through the City of Kitchener are so much fun! They give children the opportunity to pursue their interests, learn new skills and make new friends in a safe and welcoming environment,” says Janice Ouellette, supervisor of children’s and youth services. “We even have kids who enjoy it so much, they return as teenagers to be leaders and counsellors.”

Registration is now open and camps often fill-up quickly, so register early. The City of Kitchener believes recreation programs should be available and accessible to everyone and that includes camps, so fee assistance, camp readiness and inclusion support is available to qualified campers and their families. Some camps even offer before and after care options to make drop-off and pick-up times convenient and stress-free. To find more information and get started on planning an exciting summer, visit Kitchener.ca/camps


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S T R AT E G I C P L A N 2019-2022

Together, let’s build an innovative, caring and vibrant Kitchener

We’re interested in your views on affordable housing in Kitchener Everyone in our community deserves a place to call home. The City of Kitchener is working to make housing attainable for all by creating an Affordable Housing Strategy in collaboration with community groups, the Region of Waterloo and the development industry In January 2020, City staff completed a Housing Needs Assessment to review the state of housing in Kitchener across the entire housing continuum, which includes: • • • • • • • •

Visit www.kitchener.ca/camps for more information or call 519-741-2382.

Homelessness Emergency Shelter Transition Housing Community Housing Affordable rental housing Affordable home ownership Market rental housing Market home ownership

In its 13 key findings, the report identified gaps in our community including a need for:

As we welcome spring, the sun is out longer, and the days get warmer, you can bet with doggone certainty people are bringing out their pooches in Kitchener. The city is home to 220 green spaces, all of which are dog friendly and a great place to spend some time with our four-legged friends. The city has two large dog parks where your furry companion can roam respectfully without a leash. For the safety of all dogs and their owners, owners should keep their dog or dogs within line of sight and under verbal control.

There are also several smaller micro dog parks throughout the city, including one at George Lippert Park and The Aud Neighbourhood Leash-Free Dog Park. When you’re not at a designated pooch park, dogs must be on a leash at all times. With the warmer months ahead, the city invites you to get out and enjoy our beautiful parks and natural spaces with the whole family, whether two or four-legged.

Located at 1000 Kiwanis Park Dr., Kiwanis Park features a dog park approximately one kilometer from the parking lot. There are two leash-free areas next to each other, one for smaller dogs and one for bigger dogs. Follow the signage for the appropriate area for your dog, and ensure that it’s on a leash until you arrive at the designated dog park area. Kiwanis Park is free to use during 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

• An additional 3,000 new units of rent geared to income community housing • More than 9,300 affordable rental units for those with household incomes under $63,000 Affordability across the housing continuum is critical to the City’s long-term prosperity and well-being. Kitchener’s community engagement on affordable housing options is underway. We need to hear from you! Please complete the survey on affordable housing at: Kitchener.ca/AffordableHousing After you complete the survey, click the ‘subscribe’ button to be notified about important project milestones and future opportunities for your voice to be heard as we work towards ensuring our community has a place for everyone.

McLennan Park at 901 Ottawa St. S. is home to another city dog park with a fenced area to let your dog off leash. Water is available for dogs, and there’s a large play area and splash pad for kids. There is no admission to visit McLennan Park, and it’s also open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

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• Between 250 and 750 supportive housing units (where housing includes support services to address mental health, addiction and other challenges)

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“It’s about working hard and working together to gain an invaluable experience that extends well beyond an individual sport.”

SOME OF ONTARIO’S MOST DECORATED ATHLETES ARE GETTING READY TO COMPETE AND, MORE IMPORTANTLY, HAVE FUN! THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS ONTARIO PROVINCIAL SPRING GAMES ARE COMING TO WATERLOO REGION MAY,V 21- 23. “These Games not only provide an opportunity for our community to showcase our Region’s great hospitality, but a chance for us to witness firsthand that being a champion is more about spirit than it is about strength,” says the event’s honourary co-chairs, WRPS Police Chief, Bryan Larkin, and Regional Chair, Karen Redman. “It’s about working hard and working together to gain an invaluable experience that extends well beyond an individual sport.” Special Olympics Ontario is dedicated to enriching the lives of Ontarians with intellectual disabilities

through sport. More than 900 athletes and coaches will participate in the Games which will feature events in rhythmic gymnastics, powerlifting, basketball, 10 pin bowling, and swimming. Events will be held in Waterloo at Wilfrid Laurier University (powerlifting, basketball and swimming competitions) and the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex, in the Sunlife Arena (rhythmic gymnastics, opening and closing ceremonies) and at Bingemans’ Kingpin Bowlounge in Kitchener (bowling). The cities of Kitchener and Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University are all official Games Partners.

Hundreds of volunteers are needed to run an event like this, and Special Olympics Ontario is always looking for enthusiastic people to join their team. Residents and businesses can also lend support by drafting or sponsoring an athlete. Donors who contribute $500 to the Draft an Athlete program, either as an individual or a group, will receive a tax receipt and special mention online and in the Games’ program.



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Thursday, May 21 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, May 23 at 7:30 pm

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Kick off the festivities by embracing the true spirit of the Special Olympics movement. See the lighting of the cauldron in Waterloo Region and enjoy entertainment from local performers.

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10 PIN BOWLING May 22 & 23 Bingemans, Kingpin Bowlounge

POWERLIFTING May 22 Wilfrid Laurier University, University Stadium Gym

RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS May 22 & 23 Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex

For more information about the 2020 Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Spring Games, visit 2020springgames.com Or contact: A/Sergeant Melissa Quarrie, Games Manager, melissa.quarrie@wrps.on.ca

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TELL US WHAT #KITCHENER4EQUITY MEANS TO YOU The Mayor’s Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is working to build a better, more caring Kitchener for everyone. To learn more about how we can work together to address and identify barriers to equity, diversity, and inclusion in our city, we want to hear from you. Share your experiences with us and let us know what a more caring city means to you. Your feedback will be used to develop a set of recommendations that will be brought to council for consideration in Dec. 2020 and will inform the city’s Strategy for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Engagement opportunities for this project will take place throughout the coming year. To learn more about this project, or be notified of upcoming engagement opportunities, visit kitchener.ca/EDI

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CENSUS TO SERVE YOU BETTER Did you know that each City of Kitchener survey now includes a series of standard socio-demographic questions? Voluntarily answering these types of questions provides the city with important information that helps shape our decision-making. With this data, we can better understand who we’re hearing from and determine whether our data is representative of the Kitchener community. The information collected through these types of questions plays an important role in identifying barriers or gaps in service delivery for particular members of our community. The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) supports and encourages the collection of this information as a way to better inform organizational policies and practices and to ensure equitable service delivery.

The City of Kitchener recognizes the importance of strong and diverse neighbourhoods where residents can grow and thrive. As a vibrant and caring community, we’re taking steps to make housing more affordable in our city so Kitchener can be an even better place for everyone to call home. Provide feedback that will help guide the city’s policies and actions to help make housing more affordable. Your input will be used to inform an Affordable Housing Strategy that will be presented to council in Dec. 2020. To learn more about this project, visit:


Help us make decisions that reflect the whole of our community – consider sharing this information with us next time you give feedback on Engage Kitchener. For more information visit:


If so, nominate this special person to be Kitchener’s 2020 Senior of the Year! Visit www.kitchener.ca/senioroftheyear, or pick up a nomination form at any Kitchener community centre to learn more and nominate someone by March 31, 2020. For more information, contact Carolyn Cormier at 519-741-2200 ext5345, or email carolyn.cormier@kitchener.ca

Rockway Centre Advisory Council

The recipient of Kitchener’s Senior of the Year Award will be announced by Mayor Berry Vrbanovic during a FREE public ceremony on Tuesday, June 9 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers. All candidates and their guests will be invited to attend the ceremony, featuring light refreshments, entertainment and announcement of the award recipient. Call 519-741-2507 to reserve your seat.

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For the residents in southwest Kitchener, the Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre is a community hub of excitement and activity. After a year-long closure, the newly expanded facility has reopened its doors to resume programs and services.

“We’ve been eager to resume activities at the centre, recognizing that community members value the programs and services we offer here,” Natascha Voll, centre supervisor. “With new amenities and added features, we’re working towards a full complement of programs and services beginning in the fall of 2020.”

Feedback from area residents informed the centre’s new design, which now includes an additional large program room, gymnasium and meeting spaces, as well as upgraded bathroom facilities and a new outdoor splash pad. The centre also features a new lobby and seating area. The Kitchener’s Public Library Pioneer Park branch is located inside he building, having retained the beautiful stained glass windows which can now be seen from inside the library and from the hallway beside the new gymnasium.

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The centre’s new amenities will allow for better service for members of this community with enhanced programming for older adults and outreach services benefitting lower-income households. While finishing touches continue to be added to the centre, such as an art installation that will be in place in time for spring, centre staff are working to grow their roster of programs and services through continued feedback from the community.

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The city is now accepting grant applications from residents looking to restore or conserve their heritage property. Eligible properties include individually designated properties under the Ontario Heritage Act and properties located in one of the city’s four heritage conservation districts:

The City of Kitchener encourages responsible driving and works to improve safety for all road users - drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. We work towards this goal through three types of traffic calming: • Formal traffic calming, when permanent physical changes are made to the road like speed humps and curb extensions.

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• Seasonal traffic calming, by installing in-road flex signs and radar speed feedback boards. These are often used for streets that do not currently warrant formal traffic calming. • Resident-led traffic calming, through strategies like painted crosswalks and intersections, art poles, Watch for Children boulevard signs and boulevard planters.

Grants are available to cover up to half the cost of eligible projects, from a minimum of $500 to a maximum of $3,000. Applications for 2018 funding are due March 30.

Resident-led traffic calming helps build community awareness about traffic safety, increase a neighbourhood’s sense of place and empowers each of us to make a positive impact on safety.

For more information, go to www.kitchener.ca/heritagefunding

Want to start a traffic calming project in your neighbourhood? Visit the link below for information on how to apply!


NEW LOVEMYHOOD MATCHING GRANT FUNDS NEIGHBOURHOOD PRIDE Residents take the lead and the city supports them along the way – this vision is at the heart of the city’s LoveMyHood Neighbourhood Strategy and the motivation behind the new LoveMyHood Matching Grant. Whether you’re interested in a community garden, little library or painted crosswalk, you could be eligible for up to $30,000 in funding through the LoveMyHood Matching Grant to make your vision for your neighbourhood a reality.

during seasonal intake periods. Resident groups will be notified of the outcome of their application within 4-6 weeks of their submission date. City staff are here to help and want to make it easy for you to make great things happen in your neighbourhood. Have questions? Need help with your application? Connect with our team of neighbourhood liaisons to get started.

Applications for the LoveMyHood Matching Grant are reviewed by the LoveMyHood Grant Selection Committee Learn more at lovemyhood.ca/LMHgrant


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Register to host your own event at www.lovemyhood.ca/neighboursday

CELEBRATE NEIGHBOURS DAY YOUR WAY From street parties to movie nights, cultural events to barbecues, Kitchener residents have embraced Neighbours Day as a way to celebrate the Kitchener community and the diverse people who live here. The sixth annual citywide event, taking place this year on Saturday, June 13, will give passionate Kitchener residents another opportunity host their own neighbourhood events with support from the city. In the spirit of community connectedness, Neighbours Day events bring neighbours together to participate in free activities that are open and accessible for everyone to enjoy. Events occurring within a Kitchener neighbourhood, on public land may be eligible for a $200 gift card to a business or establishment of choice to assist with event supplies. Events may also be eligible for grant funding through the LoveMyHood Matching Grant. To register your event, visit lovemyhood.ca/HYOE For inspiration and more information about funding and supports available visit, lovemyhood.ca or connect with a member of our team at lovemyhood@kitchener.ca



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Visit www.kitchener.ca/camps for more information or call 519-741-2382.

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community to showcase our Region’s great hospitality, like this, and Special Olympics Ontario is always will participate in the Games which will feature Cities consume more than two thirds of the world’s The UN Sustainable Development Goals are the result Progress on the Corporate Climate Action Plan but a chance for us to witness firsthand that being looking for enthusiastic people to join their team. events in rhythmic gymnastics, powerlifting, basketball, energy and account for more than 70% of its carbon of international cooperation from cities across the resulted in Kitchener being selected as one of 25 cities a champion is more about spirit than it is about Residents and businesses can also lend support 10 pin bowling, and swimming. Events will be held in emissions. In recognition of this, Kitchener has world. Combined with cutting-edge research, they across the world to participate in a pilot project with strength,” says the event’s honourary co-chairs, by drafting or sponsoring an athlete. Donors who Waterloo at Wilfrid Laurier University (powerlifting, committed to do its part to meet the emissions targets indicate 17 areas that a city can focus on to become the Global Covenant of Mayors. Kitchener will receive WRPS Police Chief, Bryan Larkin, and Regional Chair, contribute $500 to the Draft an Athlete program, basketball and swimming competitions) and the Canada has committed to under the Paris agreement. more sustainable and maximize growth over the long support and guidance from world-class sustainability Karen Redman. “It’s about working hard and working either as an individual or a group, will receive a Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex, in the term. In 2019, corporate climate action work experts, and the successes will be used as a model for To make climate action, Kitchener is focusing together to gain an invaluable experience that taxprogress receipt on and special mention online and in the Sunlife Arena (rhythmic gymnastics, opening and supported 9 of the 17 goals, and the city’s plan to cities across the world! ongoing efforts to promote conservation, efficiency and extends well beyond an individual sport.” closing ceremonies) and at Bingemans’ Kingpin Games’ program. support all 17 goals through our operations by the end Bowlounge in Kitchener (bowling). The cities ofinnovation within city buildings, outdoor lighting of 2022. Special Olympics Ontario is dedicated to enriching Kitchener and Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier Universityand fleet; upgrading infrastructure to better handle the lives of Ontarians with intellectual disabilities extreme weather events and working to generate less are all official Games Partners. landfill waste. This is all driven by the Corporate Climate Action Plan, a detailed and integrated approach to FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS ONTARIO SPRING GAMES DETAILS AND VOLUNTEER OR SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES, VISIT 2020springgames.com achieve the city’s ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) target of 8% absolute carbon emissions by 2026, based on 2016 levels, which translated to an absolute million THE litres of water saved ONTARIO since 2018 Corporate Climate Action Plan approved in 2019 SPECIAL OLYMPICS SPRING GAMESreduction ARE COMING! of 28% if using the standard 2010 as a baseline year.




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energy audits completed

OPENING CEREMONIES at city facilities like arenas, Thursday, May 21 at 7:30 pm

pool, and community centers

Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex

Kick off the festivities by embracing the true spirit of the Special Olympics movement. See the lighting of the cauldron in Waterloo Region and enjoy entertainment from local performers.


million + in funding and grants received in 2019

will release a sustainability report that outlines key achievements towards this goal. We’ve just released the first report, and you can see progress in the infographic!

or visit www.kitchen

CLOSINGoperations CEREMONIES Kitchener is already generating nearly Saturday, May 23 at 7:30 3,000 fewer tonnes of pm greenhouse gas compared to Waterloo Memorial Recreation 2010, but the work has justComplex begun. Celebrate the athletes’ success and victories from the past three days. The torch will be passed to the next ToGames find host. out more about Kitchener’s efforts to preserve

the environment for future generations, visit:


BASKETBALL SWIMMING 21, 22 & 23 May 21, 22 & 23 your home or Natural gas lines can sometimes intersect with sewer lines beyond the outside walls ofMay Wilfrid Laurier Wilfrid Laurier building. In these cases, clearing a blocked sewer line with motorized equipment could or water jetting University, University, Athletic Complex Athletic to a gas leak creating a serious safety risk for you andComplex others. damage the natural gas line and lead St. David Catholic Secondary School

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10 PIN BOWLING May 22 & 23 Bingemans, Kingpin Bowlounge

POWERLIFTING May 22 Wilfrid Laurier University, University Stadium Gym

RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS May 22 & 23 Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex

For more information about the 2020 Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Spring Games, visit 2020springgames.com Or contact: A/Sergeant Melissa Quarrie, Games Manager, melissa.quarrie@wrps.on.ca

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Struggle for Freedom On exhibit February 7 to August 3, 2020

Struggle for Freedom

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MARCH ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARTY Kitchener Market March 13, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wear your green and celebrate with crafts, face painting, music, and more! KitchenerMarket.ca/calendar KIDS HOP - ST. PATRICK’S DAY Kitchener Market March 17, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. A St. Patrick’s themed morning full of music and dance. KitchenerMarket.ca/kidshop KIDS IN THE KITCHEN Kitchener Market March 14, 10-11:30 a.m. A fun kid’s cooking program with a St. Patrick’s Day theme. KitchenerMarket.ca/calendar UNDERGROUND FLAVOUR SERIES Kitchener Market March 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. A different chef each class featuring food from a different country. KitchenerMarket.ca/calendar

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EARTH HOUR WALK Huron Natural Area, $55 March 28, 8:30-9:30 p.m. Enjoy a quiet, dark, early spring walk through the woods.. Kitchener.ca/knap

WEDNESDAY COOKING CLASSES Kitchener Market, $52 Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Learn new kitchen skills featuring new themes and menus each week. KitchenerMarket.ca/cookingclasses

KIDS’ ART Kitchener Market Every Thursday, 11 a.m. – noon Free fun and hands-on creative art experience. KitchenerMarket.ca/kidsart

EASTER PARTY Kitchener Market April 11, 10-11:30 a.m. Special Easter crafts and treats with a visit from the Easter Bunny. KitchenerMarket.ca/calendar

RECEPTION FOR NOWHERE TO CALL HOME: PORTRAITS BY LEAH DEN BOK Kitchener City Hall, Rotunda Gallery March 5, 6-8:30 p.m. Kitchener.ca/rotundagallery

MIGRATION STATIONS Huron Natural Area (play area) April 26, 2-3:30 p.m. Hands-on activities centered around bird and butterfly migration. Kitchener.ca/knap UNDERGROUND FLAVOUR SERIES Kitchener Market April 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m. A different chef each class featuring food from a different country. KitchenerMarket.ca/calendar KIDS HOP Kitchener Market April 14, 11 a.m. - noon April 28, 11 a.m. - noon A fun, music filled morning for kids. KitchenerMarket.ca/kidshop


YOUTH VIDEO CONTEST – SCREENING GALA Kitchener Public Library April 25, 2 p.m. Winning videos announcement and screening Kitchener.ca/youthvideocomp

KYAC AWARDS Kitchener City Hall, Rotunda May 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Join us in recognizing exceptional Kitchener Youth! Kitchener.ca/KYAC WEDNESDAY COOKING CLASSES Kitchener Market, $52 Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Learn new kitchen skills featuring new themes and menus each week. KitchenerMarket.ca/cookingclasses MOTHER’S DAY Kitchener Market May 9, 10-11:30 a.m. Enjoy treats and special time with Mom. KitchenerMarket.ca/calendar MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH Doon Valley Golf Course May 10, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. A delicious brunch to celebrate mom. KitchenerGolf.ca/mothersday

KIDS HOP Kitchener Market May 12, 11 a.m. - noon May 19, 11 a.m. - noon A fun, music filled morning for kids family fun. KitchenerMarket.ca/kidshop UNDERGROUND FLAVOUR SERIES Kitchener Market, $55 May 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m. A different chef each class featuring food from a different country. KitchenerMarket.ca/calendar YOUNG@RT Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum May 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. An evening of arts, celebrating talented Kitchener youth. Kitchener.ca/young@rt YOUTH VIDEO CONTEST – WINNER’S SCREENING Apollo Cinema May 9, Time TBA A part of the Grand River Film Festival Screening of YVC winners Kitchener.ca/youthvideocomp


Construction to start in March on repairs to Carl Zehr Square BY HELEN HALL

onstruction is expected to C begin this month on repairs to Carl Zehr Square and

other exterior areas around Kitchener City Hall. The city has budgeted $11.8-million for the project that includes repairing the concrete surface that covers Carl Zehr Square, and replacing the parking garage water proofing membrane and trench drains to stop damage from water leaking into the parking garage. Kitchener City Hall was built in 1993, and the outdoor square has become a hub for community events. Heritage Restoration Inc. of Stouffville won the tender for the project. Kitchener’s Director of Facilities Management Asad Qureshi said that the reflecting pool and fountains, skating rink and stage will remain in the square, but will be refurbished and redesigned to help make the space more

adaptable for larger events. The fountains will be in a shallower pool of about five centimetres of water that slopes away from city hall. The new design will make it easier to drain and cover the pool for large events in the square like Oktoberfest. Energy efficient lighting will be added to the square and improvements added to make it more accessible. Qureshi said the first phase of the two year project will be work on Carl Zehr Square and the College Street exterior area of city hall. He said there will always be available entrances and exits to the building, which will be marked at the construction site. The Duke Street back entrance to city hall and the Young Street exterior of the building will be done in the next phase. The project is expected to be completed early in 2022. Qureshi said that the outdoor reconstruction team has been “working closely” with the City of Kitchener Special

Events department because the exterior work will mean changes for some outdoor events usually held at city hall during the next two years. The Kitchener Blues Festival is moving the city hall stage of its August event to the parking lot at 44 Gaukel Street, the arts and technology building owned by the City of Kitchener. Qureshi said that the City of Kitchener website will keep citizens up-to-date with information about changes to outdoor events at city hall.


Artist’s rendition of the new design of Carl Zehr Square with the outdoor rink. Illustrations from the City of Kitchener

If you want to play ball, and haven’t registered yet, NOW is the time to do so!

Let’s play ball!


BLASTBALL, T-BALL, 3-PITCH Most games are played in Franklin/Midland Park area of Kitchener from May 11 thru June 24. Teams usually play 2 games/week on various evenings at 6:30 pm -– any Sat. games are at 9 am. (We offer scheduling options to accommodate you.) Our fee includes team T-shirt, hat, photo package, set of 8 personalized player trading cards & medallion/trophy.

(Note: Late fees in effect as of March 24 – Blastball $50, Jr T-Ball $85, Sr T-Ball $100 & 3-Pitch $105)

BLASTBALL: Co-ed program for children born in 2015 & 2016 (& early 2017)

Fee $45

JUNIOR T-BALL: Co-ed program for children born in 2013, 2014 & 2015

Fee $75

SENIOR T-BALL: Co-ed program for children born in 2011, 2012 & 2013

Fee $90

JUNIOR 3 PITCH: Co-ed program for children born in 2009, 2010 & 2011

Fee $95

SENIOR 3 PITCH: Co-ed program for children born in 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009

Fee $95

(Note: Most Junior T-Ball games will be scheduled on “play areas” at Franklin and Midland Parks.) (Note: Children born in 2013 have the choice of playing at either the Junior or Senior T-Ball level.) (Note: Children born in 2011 may be enrolled in either Senior T-Ball or Junior 3 Pitch) (Note: Children born in 2009 may be enrolled in either Junior or Senior 3 Pitch)

Fee assistance is available. More information and ON-LINE registration: www.stanleyparkoptimist.com

You can register on-line anytime or come to one of our personal registration sessions: Stanley Park Mall on Monday, March 23 from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Stanley Park Mall on Saturday, April 4 (Late fees apply at this session) from 9 am to 1 pm. All participation is solely at participant’s risk. Our program is run entirely by volunteers so parents and/or guardians are required to be involved with the coaching/operation of the team. Mandatory rotation, good sportsmanship & “No Tobacco” rules are enforced. Sponsors*, umpires, scorekeepers & student volunteers are needed: www.stanleyparkoptimist.com *Team sponsorship is only $175 – details are on our website. All support is appreciated.

Artist’s rendition of Carl Zehr Square in the summer with the reflecting pool.

WHAT WE’RE READING Mongrel Media Films Reviewed by: Robyn Zondervan, Manager, Grand River Stanley Park Library

Are you looking for films that are funny and heartwarming, yet honest and true to real life? You need not look beyond Canadian borders with Mongrel Media, an independent film distributor ‘focused on bringing the best of local and world cinema to Canadian audiences’. With hundreds of films in their roster, here are just a few examples that are particularly well done.

The Professor (2018) with Johnny Depp and Rosemarie DeWitt is a funny — sometimes shockingly so — look at life after a terminal diagnosis. Richard, a college professor, is given six-months to live, which he feels gives him license to live life with reckless abandon and brutal honesty with those around him. Through this, he is able to find some truth, mend broken relationships, and reinforce the preciousness of every day in this life we live. A Long Way Down (2014) features Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots. On New Year’s Eve, a group of four strangers meet on a rooftop in downtown London, a spot known for suicides. Each of them expected to be there

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!

alone and are surprised to find they are not. That night, they end up making a pact to ‘take the long way down’ and stay in this world until Valentine’s Day. Through the process, they find humour and companionship while forming an unlikely friendship. Tracks (2013) is based on the book by Robyn Davidson. In the late 1970’s, she embarked on a 1,700 mile trek across the Western Australia desert! This film recounts her amazing journey, filled with Australian scenery, interesting characters along the way, as well as the mishaps of training and working with camels. Her determination and bravery shine through in this incredible tale. Starring opposite Mia Wasikowska is Adam Driver, pre-Star Wars fame in his role as Kylo Ren, as the National Geographic photographer who documented her story.

Check out these and other Mongrel Media titles at the library! To borrow, search for ‘Mongrel Media’ in Hoopla to stream titles, or in the library catalogue to borrow DVDs.

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Notes from City Hall

Affordable Housing When I was first elected in 2010, I clearly remember learning that it had been 12 long years since a condominium development was

built in our once deteriorating downtown. It’s startling to consider that fact today within the context of a region that is now, not only the fastest-growing in the entire country, but significantly so. While population growth in all other areas of Canada is within a few percent of those immediately above/below, we stand out, besting London, Ont. in 2nd-place by an astonishing 22%. As I drive my daughter to her weekly hockey events at

downtown’s Don McLaren arena, I’m reminded of this growth not only in the passing of the now iconic Google building, but also in the many cranes popping up on the horizon. Like all success, this has not come without cost. While longtime property owners in Kitchener have been rewarded with marketbeating housing valuations, those that are not, are suffering. It is now exceedingly difficult to afford a home in our community. Many of those who rent are unable to

meet rising increases, leading to displacement. While this issue, not squarely the responsibility of Kitchener to solve (moreso the Region of Waterloo), I do believe it is incumbent upon us to help, especially where it is jurisdictionally warranted. I believe we can, and will, assist not by tax-supported handouts, but by economically driven incentives to increase the housing supply. Only then should we consider Kitchener’s great revitalization complete.

I appreciate the feedback I’ve received from residents about the City Sidewalk Snow Clearing Pilot. Some sections of Ward 2 are part of it. Thanks for the pictures and

comments you’ve sent. They will be provided to our staff for consideration when they create the final report with recommendations for council. The Kitchener Youth Action Council Awards will be held on May 6, 2020 at Kitchener City Hall in the Rotunda. You can recognize the talents and contributions of a young person by nominating them in one or more of the 12 categories. The deadline for nominations is April 3, 2020.The easiest way to nominate someone is to Google, “KYAC Youth Awards.”

Circle Saturday, June 13 on your calendars for Kitchener’s Neighbour’s Day. Great activities are being planned at the Centreville-Chicopee and Stanley Park Community Centres. Those community centres are programmed by our incredible neighbourhood associations. All throughout the year there are programs and activities for all ages and different interests. I encourage you to visit them and pick up a free program guide. It’s never too early to think about summer. Registration for Kitchener’s

Summer Camps is open. Check out all the options at Kitchener.ca/camps The final regular season home game for our Kitchener Rangers is Friday, March 20. I’m looking forward to an exciting playoff run. Ranger’s fans are the best! If I can assist you, contact me or call our Corporate Contact Centre anytime at 519-741-2345. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @DaveSchniderKW , visit daveschnider.com or friend me on Facebook

Traffic Calming Review - Deer Ridge Drive This review has been ongoing for the past year. Recently staff mailed to residents a list of Preferred Alternative Designs

along with a brief questionnaire. I urge everyone to have their say by returning your response and comments to this questionnaire to the City by Monday March 16, 2020. At this point no decisions have been made. I understand some questionable information has been circulated in the neighbourhood. Please disregard that unsubstantiated information. In the weeks ahead a recommendation will eventually be brought to City Council for a decision. Residents will continue

to have several opportunities to present their views to staff and ultimately to Council. Coronavirus On March 5th the first case of this virus in our Region was confirmed. I realize there has been a tremendous amount of media concerning this topic already. However, it deserves repeating and our full attention. I would like to share some simple things that we all can and must do as we grapple with this problem: · Staying home if you are ill

· Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds · Avoid touching your face · Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, elbow or sleeve · Visit your doctor or pharmacy for your annual flu shot, if you haven’t already done so The Region’s Public health service is providing up-to-date information at the following website www.regionofwaterloo. ca/2019NovelCoronavirus.

A public information session took place last month for the Lower Doon Master Plan Study. Attendance at both afternoon and evening sessions was a clear indication of

how engaged residents want to be throughout the process and city staff are committed to keeping lines of communication open during the study. For updates, go to kitchener. ca, and search “Lower Doon.” Phase two of the study will commence this summer, continuing through the fall with additional engagement opportunities with landowners, residents and stakeholders planned. The city’s seasonal traffic calming has two measures: in-road flex signs and radar speed feedback boards. Ward 4 will see an additional two

locations this season, bringing the total to 10; some of these locations will be repeated from last year, and some will be new. Thank you to the residents who shared their concerns, identifying the areas of need. Installations of the flex signs should begin in April, weather pending. It is with regret that I share that Ward 4 lost a passionate community leader last month. Florence Carbray passed away on February 22 with her family by her side. As a long-time resident Florence was

instrumental in getting city approval for the first Pioneer Park Community Centre and Library in 1989. She also led the Christmas Miracle Food Hamper project for our community for many years. But first and foremost, Florence was a loving wife and mother and a very dear friend to many. My sincere condolences to family and friends. A celebration of life was held by family at the Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre March 7 in her remembrance.

Upcoming Construction and Closure of Fischer-Hallman Road The Region of Waterloo will be closing Fischer-Hallman Rd. from approximately the beginning of May

through to the end of November for improvements from Bleams Rd. to Plains Rd. The following improvements to Fischer-Hallman Rd were approved by Regional Council: widening Fischer-Hallman Rd. from two to four lanes; urbanization of Fischer-Hallman Rd. with raised centre median; concrete curb and gutter; 4.0m wide multi-use trails; enhanced landscaping and streetscaping; storm sewers, street lighting, roundabout improvements at Seabrook Dr. and at Huron Rd.; and two new development driven

roundabouts. Additionally, twin concrete box drainage culverts crossing under Fischer-Hallman Rd. at Strasburg Creek. The road will be fully closed to vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, school buses, GRT buses and emergency services. GRT are preparing bus route changes. School Transportation Services of Waterloo Region Inc. are preparing alternate school bus routes to deal with the closure. A soft road closure will be set up at Seabrook Dr. allowing access to the Portuguese Club and Williamsburg Cemetery.

A hard closure will be set up just north of the Portuguese Club and Williamsburg Cemetery. Region Transportation staff have developed a detour route as follows: northbound traffic on FischerHallman Rd. will take Huron Rd. to Trussler Rd. then on Trussler Rd. to Bleams Rd. then on Bleams Rd. back to Fischer-Hallman Rd. The reverse pattern is to be used for southbound traffic. For more information on this project, please contact Delton Zehr at the Region of Waterloo, 519-5754757 x3637.


Federal Budget an Opportunity to Build Better Lives for Canadians

The next federal budget is a key opportunity to improve Canadians’ daily lives with critical investments in clean public transit, housing affordability and infrastructure for communities of all sizes. That message is the heart of Building Better Lives with Budget 2020, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) pre-budget recommendations. “Whether it’s permanent transit funding, climate action, or access to adequate broadband, municipalities are ready to bring life to the commitments we’ve heard from this government,” said FCM President Bill Karsten. “This government’s first budget is an opportunity to show Canadians it can deliver. What FCM is offering is a clear path to results people can see in their daily lives.” FCM’s submission lays out three paths to delivering for Canadians through Budget 2020: • Local climate action that builds better lives: Cutting commutes and emissions with permanent transit funding, while accelerating transit electrification, making rental housing more energy efficient, investing in disaster mitigation and adaptation and strengthening tools for local climate resilience and natural infrastructure enhancement. • New progress on housing affordability: Building on the National Housing Strategy by investing directly in supportive housing, along with social/affordable housing for Indigenous households— while opening a new front of leadership on the affordability ...continued on next page

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Love My Hood: Resident Led, City Supported If you haven’t yet been introduced to Love My Hood (LMH), then get ready to be excited! LMH is

a program established for you. It provides the resources, tools, and supports to implement your ideas and projects in your neighbourhood. Visit lovemyhood.ca for ideas, available tools and grants, existing events and parties, neighbourhood amenities and recognition programs. Our LMH staff are ready to answer your questions and eager to work with you. Contact them at 519-7412200 ext. 4663. In Ward 6, and across the city, there are many resident projects that have been approved and completed

or are underway as a result of this successful program. Thanks to passionate residents with great ideas and the LMH Matching Grant, Placemaking Challenge Grant, and Community Garden Grant, the Ward 6 community is benefiting from: the Multicultural Women’s’ Sr. Program at Chandler Mowat Community Centre (CMCC); a free community movie night at Country Hills Community Centre (CHCC); the installation of playground features at Alpine Public School; a community chalkboard on the path connecting

Chandler Dr and Westmount Rd; a community garden in Alpine Park; a neighbourhood market at CMCC last summer (and possibly this summer); and a pop-up installation in McLennan Park of interactive flow arts pieces. The total dollar amount awarded in grants to support these initiatives was $24,045. Thank you to all those involved in making these projects become a reality in our community. Contact me with your questions and concerns at 519-7213272 or paul.singh@kitchener.ca.

Neighbourhood Leadership Program Workshop City staff have been working with a group of resident volunteers and local organizations to develop

a toolkit that was launched during a series of free workshops that began on February 6. On February 19th, citizens from Ward 7 gathered at the Forest Heights Community Centre to learn about how to make a positive impact on their neighbourhood. Residents shared ideas and information with one another and learned how the City of Kitchener and other local organizations can help them bring their ideas to life. The new toolkit for residents: In Your NeighbourhoodTips and tools for making a

positive impact was launched. This toolkit is an amazing resource for anyone who wants to learn more about how to plan inclusive neighbourhood events, get support for their ideas, securing funding for their projects and events, and assessing the strengths and needs in their neighbourhood. The toolkit is available for download at www. lovemyhood.ca and paper copies are available by calling 519-7412200 ext. 4663. LoveMyHood Matching Grant The grant is for any resident who

needs funding for a neighbourhood project/idea/event. Resident-led traffic calming projects would be a great idea for a project! City staff are happy to assist and walk residents through this process. The grant has three remaining application deadlines: Thursday, May 21, 2020, Thursday, August 20, 2020, Thursday, November 19, 2020. For more information about how to apply for the grant please visit: www.lovemyhood.ca or call our Neighbourhood Development Office at 519-741-2200 ext. 4663.

Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes the thawing of ice and snow on roads, properties and buildings. Sudden increases in temperature can cause ice to melt

creating the potential for localized flooding. Having concerns over the thought of the upcoming spring melt? Join “Meet with Margaret” on Wednesday, April 15, from 6:30-8:30pm at the Victoria Hills Community Centre. I’ll be hosting a Public Information Session on Storm Water Management: Things You Can Do To Mitigate Flooding On Your Property. Knowledgeable City of Kitchener staff and a representative from REEP Green Solutions will be on hand to discuss your issues with

property flooding, provide helpful tips on what proactive measures can be done to minimize the risk of flooding. Tips like: Make sure to clear snow build up around your foundation, including window wells; Ensure snow, ice and debris is clear from your roof and eavestroughs; If you notice any blockage of catch basins on your street, you can call our Corporate Contact Centre at 519741-2345. Staff from Engineering will provide information on our sump pump program and the process

required to apply for it. Our Sanitary and Stormwater Utilities staff will be providing information relating to the stormwater credit program where you can apply for a credit for the stormwater portion of your utility bill if you own your property and have approved stormwater best practices installed. Staff will provide options to reduce flood risks around your property and general information on the progressive approaches undertaken to manage stormwater in the city.

Public Private Partnerships (P3s) are touted as solutions to such things as affordable housing, healthcare and education. What are they and how does the City of Kitchener figure

into this discussion? P3s involve private financing, maintenance or operation of a facility or infrastructure project such as roads, bridges, public housing and schools. They are legal agreements between a government and the private sector where very little risk falls on the private sector according to the 2015 provincial auditor general’s report. The report found that P3s are often more expensive than the public alternative. The report came at a time when the federal government

required municipalities to engage in P3s if they wanted federal infrastructure funding. Some of the concerns about P3s highlighted in the report include: inappropriate calculations; highly inflated initial cost estimates; high risk for the public sector; the private sector walking away from contracts leaving the public sector to cover the costs; high legal and consultants’ fees; good design being sacrificed for the sake of profit; and lack of accountability and transparency. What makes P3s a ‘thing’ is

cuts to funding for much needed services, which requires lower tiered governments to partner with the private sector in order to continue to provide said services. All municipalities, including the City of Kitchener, should be wary about embarking on P3s and instead lobby the provincial and federal governments for adequate funding for essential services. This is the better alternative in the long run for city residents.

quick wins with the Affordable Housing Strategy. Later in June, we will learn the results of our sidewalk snow clearing pilots and discuss next steps. DOWNTOWN CITY-LED RECONSTRUCTION PROJECTS Starting April 6th, the Queen St reconstruction project will take place in two main phases, culminating in early September. All businesses remain open throughout the construction, with pedestrian access maintained. We will also see the first phase of work on our City Hall

outdoor spaces overhaul in Carl Zehr Square. SENIOR OF THE YEAR If you know of a senior citizen 65+ who has contributed to our community, nominate them today! Deadline for nominations is March 31st. For more information visit: www.kitchener.ca/senioroftheyear. This month, check out two big events in Kitchener: IRISH REAL LIFE FESTIVAL The 5th annual Irish Real Life Festival comes to Waterloo Region from March 7-17th.Join the celebration

and paint the town green. The festival brings contemporary and traditional Irish culture with music, film, theatre, dancing, Irish cuisine and much more. For a schedule of festival events, visit www.irishreallifekw.com. INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY March 8 is a day dedicated to honouring the achievements of women throughout history, to come together to advocate for gender equality and women’s rights in all cultures. I encourage you to check out the many Women’s Day events happening across Waterloo Region.

HAPPY (almost) SPRING! Looking ahead to later this season, we can look forward to discussing many much anticipated topics at Council, including the Cycling and Trails Master Plan and possible

Vrbanovic...from previous page of market rental housing. • Strengthening communities of all sizes: Shoring up key funding tools for better local infrastructure, investing directly in Canada’s rural and northern communities, including rural mobility and transportation solutions and access to adequate broadband. The submission also calls on the federal government to drive immediate progress for struggling western communities by implementing immediate-term proposals from FCM’s Western Economic Solutions Taskforce. “We know this government wants to drive climate progress, and cities like Kitchener are offering solutions our residents and businesses can get behind,” said Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, President Emeritus (2011-12) of FCM and a member of its Big City Mayors’ Caucus. “From our own $2 million in new investments to reduce GHG’s locally to our partnership with the federal government with their $49.9 million commitment to help us address climate adaptation and mitigation in Kitchener, these are the kinds of steps which are key for cities like Kitchener and region’s like ours to achieve the goals of the Paris agreement.” Shortly after last fall’s federal election, FCM released comprehensive recommendations for the new minority parliament in 15 policy areas. Today’s submission presents a shortlist of proposals that Budget 2020 can implement immediately to drive results for Canadians. “When the federal and local orders of government work together, we deliver for Canadians,” said President Karsten. “We’re looking to Budget 2020 to deepen our municipal-federal partnership to get more done—in communities of all sizes, in every region of this country.” Mayor Berry Vrbanovic will return in April.


C O M M U N I T Y CA L E N DA R CANSTRUCTION® WATERLOO REGION - March 14 - 22, Conestoga Mall There is something for everyone to enjoy at Canstruction Waterloo Region, presented by Alles Drywall & Interior Construction Inc. Stop by Conestoga Mall from March 14-22 to see the impressive “Can” structures! While you’re there, you can “Donate to Vote” to help decide the People’s Choice Award

and even try to “Find Phil” (he’s hiding in three structures!) for your chance to win. HER STORY – A WOMAN’S LIFE - In honour of International Women’s Day, McDougall Cottage Historic Site has launched an exhibit showcasing what life was like for local Victorian women. Her Story - A Woman’s Life, 1850 to 1900 will be on exhibit until August 3, 2020. Who

Community Church Listing St James’-Rosemount United 171 Sherwood Ave., Kitchener (519) 742-1002 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. www.sjruc.ca Kitchener Gospel Temple-Pentecostal 9 Conway Dr. (at River Rd), Kitchener (519) 894-5999 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Mid-week activities for all ages. www.kitchenergospel.com Kitchener East Presbyterian 10 Zeller Drive, Kitchener (519) 748-9786 Reverend: Mark S. Richardson Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Nursery and Sunday School provided Sonshine Corner, Thursdays from 9 - 11 a.m. Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran 322 East Avenue (at Stirling), Kitchener (519) 742-5812 www.holycrosskitchener.org Sunday Service: (Sept. - June) 8:30 and 11 a.m., (July-Aug.) 9:30 a.m. 9:45 a.m. - Sunday School, Youth & Adult Bible Classes Choirs - Stephen Ministry - Youth Group - Beginnings (0 -3 years) Hope Lutheran 30 Shaftsbury Drive, Kitchener (519) 893-5290 www.hopelc.ca Worship Service Times 10 a.m. Worship Service Sunday Morning Fellowship Bible Study 11:15 a.m. Adult Bible Study 11:15 a.m. Sunday School (JK –Grade 12)

was the Victorian woman? Doctor, Tailor, Chef, Activist, Farmer, Writer, Artist, Entrepreneur Victorian women could claim all these vocations and more. From interesting clothing and hygiene habits, to the struggle for work and political rights, what you learn about a woman’s life might surprise you. Visit the exhibit at McDougall Cottage Historic Site, 89 Grand Avenue in Cambridge, Ontario. For more information visit www.mcdougallcottage.ca or call 519-624-8250. APPS ON ALPINE - Join us on Sunday, May 3 for Apps on Alpine - an all-inclusive food and drink experience, presented by the Tony Johal Real Estate team, in support of The Food Bank of Waterloo Region. The 31,000 square foot facility will be transformed, as we welcome you to enjoy delicious appetizers and drinks prepared by some of the best food and drink establishments in Ontario, live entertainment, interactive games and a silent auction. Sunday, May 3 from 6 - 8:30pm at The Food Bank of Waterloo Region, 50 Alpine Court, Kitchener. Tickets are $100 per person (19+ event). For tickets visit the foodbank.ca or call 519-743-5576. SUNNYSIDE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS LIKE YOU! An hour of your time at breakfast or dinner once a week is all that’s needed to become a Meal Companion at our long term care home. For this opportunity and others, please contact Janice Klassen at 519-893-8494, ext 6372 or apply at www.regionofwaterloo/ volunteeratsunnyside. Operated by the Region of Waterloo, Sunnyside is a campus at 247 Franklin St. N. in Kitchener with long-term care, supportive and affordable housing, and other services for older adults. CALL FOR ENTRIES: 2020 EDNA STAEBLER AWARD FOR CREATIVE NON-FICTION - Wilfrid

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Breslau Evangelical Missionary Church 102 Woolwich St., Breslau (519) 648-2712 Sunday Worship Service: 10 a.m. Children’s Ministry - Youth Ministry - Small Groups All are welcome! Visit us at www.bemc.ca Stanley Park Community Church 9 Dreger Ave., (at Ottawa St.) Kitchener (519) 893-8186 www.stanleyparkchurch.ca Pastor: John Pearce Sunday Service and Kid’s Church: 10 a.m. ALL WELCOME! Nexus Church Meets in The Conrad Center - 36 King St W. Kitchener Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. Kids programs (0-12yrs) offered during service. www.nexuschurch.ca All are welcome!

Laurier University is seeking submissions for the 2020 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction, a $10,000 literary award that recognizes excellence in Canadian creative nonfiction. Designed to encourage new Canadian talent, this national award is open to authors who have published a first or second book with a Canadian locale and/or significance. The 2020 award is open to works published in the 2019 calendar year and distinguished by firsthand research, well-crafted interpretive writing and a creative use of language or approach to the subject matter. Entries must be received by April 1, 2020 to be considered. To obtain an entry form and a complete list of submission guidelines, please visit the Edna Staebler Award information on the wlu.ca website. The shortlist and winner will be announced in September. CALLING ALL YOUNG FILM MAKERS! - Youth ages 12-25 who are passionate about film making, have a chance to win cash prizes and have their films screened in the community. This year we are partnering with the Kitchener Public Library and the Grand River Film Festival to showcase the amazing talent in our community! Deadline for submissions is March 27.More details can be found at www. kitchener.ca CANADIAN WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR EXHIBIT - at Schneider Haus National Historic Site. The travelling exhibit features award-winning wildlife photographs promoting the beauty, diversity, value, and vulnerability of wildlife by highlighting the most striking and unique photography depicting natural subjects. The exhibit includes the 30 winning photographs from the Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year Contest organized by Canadian

Dr. John S. Cameron, D.D.S. Dr. Irish A. Malapitan, M.Sc., D.D.S. Dr. Michael D. Leeson, B.Sc., D.D.S. Dr. Gino Gizzarelli, B.Sc., Phm, D.D.S., M.Sc., (Dental Anesthesia)

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Geographic in partnership with the Canadian Museum of Nature and the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada. Judges selected the top photos from close to 3,800 entries. The photos will be on view until April 26, 2020. Schneider Haus is located at 466 Queen Street South in downtown Kitchener. For more information visit www. schneiderhaus.com or call 519742-7752.
 AT THE REGISTRY THEATRE RUNA Celtic Roots. Hailing from Dublin to Philadelphia, Nashville to New York, and Canada. RUNA offers an exciting hybrid of Celtic style Americana with lush harmonies and mesmerizing picking. With roots in traditional Irish and Scottish music, RUNA creates a unique sound infused with intoxicating rhythms of jazz, bluegrass, flamenco and blues. Winners of Irish Music Awards Top Group, and Top Traditional Group. Thursday, March 19 at 8pm. Tickets: $27. WILD IRELAND: THE EDGE OF THE WORLD – Colin Stafford leads you on a cinematic journey around one of the most stunning coastlines in the world – the Wild Atlantic Way. Monday, ar. 16 at 7:30pm. Tickets $10 Students $7 HOPE OP, by Kristin Shepard. Presented by Femme Folks Fest. A world premiere of a sparkling new comedy about yoga, crime and women’s anger. Starring the playwright herself, with Baptiste Neis, Kelly McIntosh and Stacy Snith. March 25 – 28 at 8pm. March 28 and 29 at 2pm. Tickets $30. For tickets to any of these performances call 519-578-1570 or visit www.registrytheatre. com The Registry Theatre is located at 122 Frederick St. Kitchener. CALLING ALL KIDPRENEURS!!! Applications for the 2nd annual Waterloo Region Children’s Business Fair are now open! On Sunday May 3, the 2nd annual Waterloo Region Children’s Business Fair will host 90 young entrepreneur businesses at Tapestry Hall, in Cambridge’s Gaslight District. The Waterloo Region Children’s Business Fair gives children the opportunity to launch their very own start up business and showcase it to the community (and the world!). Participants will develop a brand, create a product or service, build a marketing strategy, practice their pitch and then open for customers at our oneday marketplace. Attendees are able to purchase hand-made products and creative services exclusively provided by Kidpreneurs, while supporting youth and encouraging them to aim for the sky! Children can apply online with their parents at www. childrensbusinessfair.org/waterlooregion. For more information, please contact Azra UsaContinued on page 23...

In Good Taste BY ZOE AVON


While these take some patience and time to create, they are quite delectable -- even when enjoyed perfectly plain, without any garnish whatsoever! They are also delicious with a favourite spread (any kind) or a dollop of chutney, or with a topping of whatever you wish. But, I think they are just fine on their own.

SCANDINAVIAN-STYLE YOGURT FLATBREAD 2 3/4 cup bread flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1//2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup chilled, unsalted butter 1 cup best-quality plain yogurt With a fork, stir together the flour, salt, baking soda, and sugar until well combined. Divide the chilled butter into small pieces and cut into the flour mixture until it is the consistency of coarse cornmeal. Stir in the yogurt. Work the dough gently with your fingers until the yogurt is mixed in and the dough resembles bread dough. Working on a lightly-floured surface, pull off a small piece of the dough - about half a tablespoon - and form it into a ball between your palms. Pat the ball into a round that is about 1/8-inch thick. Continue with the remainder of the dough. Place the rounds on an ungreased baking sheet and sprinkle with coarse sea salt. Bake at 400 degrees for 6 or 7 minutes, or until the rounds are lightly browned around the edge. Watch them closely, so they do not burn. Serve the flatbreads at room temperature. If you have any left over, they will freeze well, provided you wrap them tightly and carefully. This refreshing citrus salad has its origins in Sicily.

ORANGE AND LEMON SALAD 4 large oranges 2 very ripe lemons 1 medium-sized red onion freshly-ground black pepper salt about 6 tablespoons olive oil Peel the oranges and lemons, making certain you have removed all the pith. Cut the oranges into slices about 1/4 inch thick, and the lemons into slices about 1/8inch thick. Arrange on a platter. Peel and slice the onion into paper-thin slices and separate into rings. Scatter the onion rings over the orange and lemon slices on the platter. If you wish, you may sprinkle lightly with chopped fresh oregano, or a pinch of dried oregano. Grind on a generous amount of black pepper, and sprinkle lightly with salt. Drizzle the olive oil over all. Cover the platter and allow to stand at room temperature for at least 2 or 3 hours. Tip up the platter, and baste the salad once again with the olive oil mixture. Serve at room temperature.

An old favorite that is in the repertoire of many cooks, this dish never seems to lose its popularity.

CHICKEN CACCIATORE one 3 1/2 - 4-pound chicken, cut into serving-sized pieces coarse salt freshly-ground black pepper 3 or 4 tablespoons olive oil 1 large onion, chopped coarsely 4 or 5 cloves garlic, chopped finely 1/2 cup dry red wine 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano, or 1 teaspoon dried 2 or 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 1 28-ounce can tomatoes Pat the chicken pieces dry, and sprinkle lightly with salt, and generously with pepper. Heat oil in a large, deep heavy skillet over moderately-high heat until oil is hot (but not smoking). Brown chicken pieces, a few at a time (don’t crowd them), until they are well browned about 10 minutes). Remove chicken pieces to a platter. Reduce the heat to medium, and add onion and garlic. Cook until golden, stirring and scraping, for about 10 minutes. Add wine, oregano, parsley, and the tomatoes with their juice. Simmer for a few minutes, breaking up the tomatoes with a wooden spoon. Add chicken pieces to the sauce. Cover the skillet, and simmer gently over low heat for 40 or 45 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. If you wish to have a thicker sauce, remove the chicken pieces (keep them warm) and boil the sauce until it is reduced to your preference. Serve with pasta or rice to 6 happy diners.

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

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KIDS IN THE KITCHEN SUMMER CAMP You can use the filling of your choice for these apples. In place of this sugar mixture, you might want to try homemade jam, or cranberry sauce, or mincemeat, etc. You may also want to add raisins, currants, candied ginger, cut peel, or chopped nuts to the sugar mixture.

BAKED APPLES 6 large tart apples 2 tablespoons butter 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon dash of salt Wash and core the apples, but do not peel. Make a cut about half an inch deep around each apple near the top (to prevent the skin from splitting). Mix together the sugar, cinnamon, salt; cut in the butter until mixture resembles crumbs. Place mixture in the cored center and on top of the apples, and place the apples in a large baking pan. Add enough water to just cover the bottom of the pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour, or until the apples are very tender Another variation is to top each apple with a spoonful of meringue about 10 minutes before they are ready to come from the oven. Serves 6.

WEEKLY IN JULY AND AUGUST, 8:30 A.M. TO 4:30 P.M. COST: $237/WEEK Kids from 7 to 12 years of age take over the Marketplace for an interactive cooking camp. Your little chefs-in-training should expect to roll up their sleeves and get messy! Days will begin with quiet activities leading into a full fun day of cooking, crafts and entertainment. Families are encouraged to register early, as spaces are expected to fill up quickly. Visit kitchenermarket.ca/camp


Join us Wednesday evenings on the upper level, in the Marketplace for cooking classes and demos designed to improve your knowledge and abilities as well as simply provide a great evening out with friends. Each class costs $52 per person and runs from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Registration is required. Visit kitchenermarket.ca/cookingclasses


The Kitchener Market is a great place for family fun! Kids Hop takes place every other Tuesday and Kids Art is every Thursday (unless otherwise stated). Bring the kids out to play, sing and create from 11 a.m. to noon. For the most current info, visit kitchenermarket.ca/calendar

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5 SENSES GALA - The 5 Senses Gala, a fundraiser for DeafBlind Ontario Services, was held at the Galt Country Club on February 28. MacNeil & Dodd Pharmacy is the major sponsor of the event. Diane Gabay, whose son lives in the DeafBlind residence in Ayr was the guest speaker. From left: Patrick MacNeil, Diane Gabay, and Linda MacNeil. The Kitchener Citizen is a media sponsor of the event.

Encouraging hope for Earth Day 2020 by Tamanna Kohi, rare Development and Communications Officer

id you know that according to the ReD gion of Waterloo, almost 90% of people feel personal responsibility to help protect

the environment? Despite the overwhelming concern, this feeling does not always translate into a behavioural change. More than ever, we are witnessing the effects of climate change, which comes with feelings of both hope and despair. It can be easy to feel hopeless as we see little to no action in our communities — or maybe pockets of action, but perhaps we don’t know how to get involved. On April 22 this year, people around the globe will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day — a pivotal year for the earth. The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action — an enormous challenge, but also a plethora of opportunities for the future of all forms of life. Together, we can celebrate the earth and remind ourselves of our interconnectedness with nature. The hope of a better future for our children and grandchildren can inspire us to make changes in our daily lives. If you are looking for that surge of hope and inspiration, you can join the rare Charitable Research Reserve and Musagetes for a special celebration, called ‘Planet in the Square —by rare’ at Centre in the Square, in downtown Kitchener, on April 22 at 7:00pm. It will be an evening of art and activism celebrating the beneficial impact that protecting our local environment can have on Paul Langlois of the Tragically Hip will perform with a global scale. Canada’s best-known photographer and Skydiggers at the Planet in the Square event in prominent lecturer, Edward Burtynsky, will Kitchener on April 22. Photo submitted by Tamanna Kohi be sharing the stage with environmental activist, winner of the 2016 International Children’s Peace Prize and one of Canada’s Top ing direction rare, your urban land trust and environmental institute, is taking by bringing 25 Women of Influence, Kehkashan Basu. The night will end with a musical perfor- together conservation, science, the arts and mance by the Skydiggers, featuring Paul Lan- Indigenous ways of knowing and being. Show your support for the lands you love glois of The Tragically Hip. It will be a night by joining with friends, family and local youth. to remember! The world needs you —and your actions Tickets are $10 each or $5 for students. Call Centre in the Square at 519-578-1570 —for Earth Day 2020. By joining Planet in the Square, you will learn about the excit- for more information.


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novic at kidpreneurwaterloo@ gmail.com or visit the fair website at www.childrensbusinessfair.org/waterlooregion. AN EVENING WITH PETER MANSBRIDGE - will take place April 24 at Bingeman’s Conference Centre in Marshall Hall. The event is part of THEMUSEUM’s ALARM | Responding to Our Climate Emergency and will consist of Mansbridge discussing his illustrious career in a one-on-one format with CBC KW morning host Craig Norris as well as moderating a panel of journalists and researchers in a conversation on the current climate crisis. The panelists will include: Megan Ogilvie, Journalist, Toronto Star, Jessica Johnson, Executive Editor and Creative Director, The Walrus Magazine and Sarah Burch, Senior Fellow, CIGI, Professor at the University of Waterloo. All general admission tickets and VIP packages are available now at THEMUSEUM.ca. SKILLS LIBRARY NEEDS VOLUNTEERS - The Country Hills Community Centre has launched a program called Skills Library. It is a chance for youth and adults to come together and gain an understanding of each other, share the space, learn new skills and build positive relationships on Mondays, ages 11-15 from 6 - 8:30pm. The Centre is looking for adult volunteers to come into the space and share their skills, talents or interests with the youth in our community. If you are interested in volunteering a skill or hidden talent, please contact: Shannon Parsons, 519-741-2200 ext. 5051 or at Shannon.parsons@kitchener.ca KITCHENER-WATERLOO BRAIN TUMOUR WALK 2020 - Come join us and walk to raise funds to support your brain tumour community. These funds go towards life-changing research, support programs, information, advocacy, awareness, and HOPE. Saturday June 6, at Waterloo Park Pavilion (Westmount entrance), 92 Westmount Road N, Waterloo. Route Length(s): 2.5km or 5km. Registration opens at 8:30am, Opening Ceremonies

start at 9:40am, Survivor photo at 9:50am, walk begins at 10am. For more information and sponsorship Email: btwalkhelp@ braintumour.ca | Phone: 1-800265-5106 ext. 250 WORTH A SECOND LOOK – The Working Centre’s thrift store, 97 Victoria Street North, Kitchener has completed renovations. Come and see the fresh, new look! The store is looking for donations of clothing, books, current magazines, craft and art supplies, sporting goods, housewares, furniture, jewelry, purses, backpacks, hygiene products, pictures, frames, music and movies, radios, stereos, CDs, DVDs, toys and games. The retail outlet’s goal is to provide the community with low-cost used furniture and assorted houseware items while keeping reusable goods out of landfills and creating opportunities for employment. Open 9am to 5pm weekdays and 9am – 4pm Saturdays. To donate call 519-569-7566. SCHWABEN CLUB EVENTS Fridays & Wednesdays KARAOKE with Randall Kuhn’s ”The Musicscene” at the Schwaben Cub. Come and enjoy. Singing & dancing, making more friends, good food & beverages. Pub Food available. Fridays 8:30pm until close, Wednesdays 6:30 until11pm. TABLE TENNIS – EVERY TUESDAY at the Schwaben Club at 7pm. Should you be interested in a few trial games and see if you would like to play it and have fun at the same time; then we would appreciate if you would contact Walter at ‪519-742-3372 or Ken at ‪519-894-6695. FREE COUNTRY LINE DANCING – EVERY WEDNESDAY at the Schwaben Club at 7pm. Lots of fun and good workout! Learn at your own pace. Instructor Steph is great! Learn new dances and review previously taught dances every week! Food and beverages available to purchase. Great night out! SCHLACHTFEST - Saturday, March 28. Enjoy a buffet dinner. Doors open at 5, dinner at 6pm. Members $38, non-members $42 (aged 7 and under free). Music provided by the Golden Keys. Tickets on sale until March 16. For tickets and more information, please call the Schwaben

Club at 1668 King St. E. in Kitchener, ‪519-742-7979 ADULT DAY PROGRAM - Did you know Trinity Village has an Adult Day Program for seniors wishing to socialize with other seniors? The cost is just $8 per day and the program runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am to 1 pm, at Trinity Village Care Centre, on Kingsway Drive, near Fairview Park Mall. For more information call the Day Program Coordinator at 519-893-6320 ext. 235 5th ANNUAL AVIATION FUN DAY –will be held Saturday, June 27 at the Region of Waterloo International Airport. A free event that allows people to explore the airport on foot and learn about aviation. In support of local food banks, instead of charging admission, non-perishable food and financial donations are accepted by the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank and the Food Bank of Waterloo Region. MILLIONAIRE REAL ESTATE INVESTOR SEMINAR - Wednesday March 18, 6:00-7:30 pm in Guelph and Tuesday March 23 at 6:00-7:30 pm in Kitchener. Anyone can do it..not everyone will..will you? The seminar is based on the bestselling book by Gary Keller highlighting research and interviews with more than 120 millionaire real estate investors. Keller’s book is a “how-to” guide that reveals the models, strategies and fundamental truths millionaires use to become wealthy through real estate. Our seminar takes a hard look at the money myths that hold some people back from financial freedom, and the money truths that let others soar. MREI explores the “Myth Understandings” about the way people view investing. The seminar will cover, Missing Facts,Types of Investors, Dos and Don’ts, The Big Why, Financing, Referral Networks and Levels of Investment. Registration is required for all of our FREE workshops. Please contact our office at: (519) 570-6299 direct (519) 5704447 office or email suzanne@ JimReitzel.com to reserve your space. YOUR FIRST HOME SEMINAR - Wednesday March 18, 6:00-

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Part of Fischer-Hallman will be closed this summer following discovery of Indigenous artifacts BY HELEN HALL

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ber following the discovery of 965 Indigenous artifacts near Strasburg Creek. A Stage 3 archaeological assessment was done by Wood Environment and Infrastructure Solutions between Bleams and Plains Road prior to the region’s plan to widen Fischer-Hallman and add three roundabouts to the southwest portion of the road. The artifacts, along with evidence of a longhouse and a First Nation village, were found near Bleams Road where the Strasburg Creek crosses Fischer-Hallman. The Region’s planning committee approved a recommendation to hire Wood Environment to do a Stage 4 archaeological assessment between Bleams and Huron Roads. About 120 metres of the area just north of Strasburg Creek will be excavated by hand to salvage, identify, and document all archaeological artifacts. This Stage 4 assessment is expected to take six to seven months and First Nations field liaison

representatives will participate. Fischer-Hallman will be closed between Bleams and Huron during the excavation, and the detour will be Trussler Road. The cost of the stage 4 assessment is estimated to be $1.6-million and clearance will be required from the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries before the road construction can begin. A twin box culvert will replace the 900mm diameter culvert pipe that currently carries water from Strasburg Creek under Fischer-Hallman. Once complete, the reconstructed roadway will go from two lanes to four lanes with raised centre medians and boulevard multi-use trails for pedestrians and cyclists. In 2021, two roundabouts will be constructed on Fischer-Hallman at its intersections with Bleams Road and Rosenberg Way. In 2023 a third roundabout will be constructed at the intersection with Wallaceton Way. The entire road reconstruction project is expected to be completed in 2023.

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Kitchener Citizen - East Edition - March 2020  

Kitchener's original community newspaper - established in 1996

Kitchener Citizen - East Edition - March 2020  

Kitchener's original community newspaper - established in 1996