March-April 2012 The city’s publication for its residents
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PUBLIC BUDGET MEETING TO BE HELD IN JANUARY
City's interactive website lets you calculate your tax bill BY HELEN HALL
itchener City Councillors will spend the K next couple of months debating the budget, and now residents can also feel like they are sitting in a councillor’s chair. “We’re ramping up the opportunity for citizen engagement,” said Kitchener’s Deputy CAO of Corporate Services Dan Chapman in an interview with the Citizen. Chapman said the budget website (www.kitchener.ca/2013budget) is “interactive” and residents can use their property value to calculate what effect the 2013 budget will have on their taxes. And it gives them the opportunity to leave input for the councillors. On November 5, city staff presented the Finance and Corporate Services Committee with a draft 2013 budget that proposed a budget increase of 2.87 percent. A list of 10 further reductions were presented that, if accepted by council, total just over $1-million and could deliver an additional one per cent decrease to the city portion of residential taxes. City staff received a list of 20 potential reduction areas from council in August. Council must now decide whether to agree with all, or just some, of these additional reductions which could bring the tax rate under 2 percent in 2013.
LOCAL TIM HORTONS OWNERS DONATE $100,000 TO KIDSABILITY Tim Hortons owners dropped off a cheque for $100,000 at KidsAbility in Waterloo on October 26. The funds were raised through the annual Smile Cookie Fundraiser in September. KidsAbility provides services to over 4,000 children in Waterloo Region and Wellington County. With the cheque is KidsAbility Cambridge ambassador Ava Miller and Kitchener-Waterloo amassador Zhade Thompson. Photo by Helen Hall
They include: • consolidate mapping software to save $10,175 • improve sick leave claims management to save $50,000 • eliminate infra-red asphalt program to save $128,500 • reduce Centre in the Square box office hours to save $24,000 • reduce fire department staff through attrition to save $480,000
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• implement fire insurance recoveries from insurance companies for $200,000 • reduce utility postage charges by $60,000 • remove downtown bulk garbage bins for $29,000 • limit grant funding increases to 1% in 2013 • reduce council technology and home office budget by $11,000
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Simpson Block re-development will be new home of CBC KW radio station BY J USTIN FAUTEUX
rom its redbrick façade to its factory warehouse windows, 117 King St. West, provides a glimpse into a time when Kitchener was still known as Berlin. Built in 1895, the fourstorey building that sits in the heart of downtown Kitchener, just north the intersection of King and Queen. The address bears the name “The Simpson Block” in honour of William Simpson, who had the building constructed as a furniture store and warehouse. Simpson became known as “Daddy Simpson” and has been called “the father of the furniture industry” in Canada. Simpson went on to sell the building to A.G. Schreiter, who continued to use it to make and sell furniture. Over the years, the Simpson block was owned by the Mennonite Publishing company, before Tri-City Music, coffee store Matter of Taste and The Bead Boutique moved into the bottom two floors, with the top floors only being used for storage. In 1985, the city of Kitchener designated 117 King St. West as a heritage building because of the importance Simpson holds in local history.
The Simpson Block, located at 117 King Street West will be home to the new CBC radio station opening in Kitchener this winter.
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What’s happening? Last summer a Toronto development company paid just over $1-million for the building planning to convert it to office space. Of the three existing businesses, only Matter of Taste stuck around. That is where Joseph Bogdan and his architecture firm Bogdan, Newman and Caranci came in. “The idea is to revive and revitalize the building both internally and on the King Street façade, recognizing its heritage aspects but at the same time bringing it up to the 21st century,” said Bogdan. Bogdan emphasized that maintaining the historical elements of the building will play a large role in the block’s redevelopment. “We’ve met with the city and have all the approvals,” he said. “You have to look at a lot of the basic elements of the historical building. You have to look at the scale and keep in context with the rest of the street.” Who’s moving in? When it’s completed, the Simpson block will be home to multiple new tenants, the highest profile one being the CBC. The building will serve as the new Kitchener-Waterloo broadcast centre for CBC Radio. Susan Marjetti, managing director of CBC for the Ontario Region said the location would be ideal because it would put the CBC “in the middle of the action,” when it sets up shop in KW this winter.
When will it be finished? According to Bogdan, the project is in its “final stages,” which is cause for further excitement for local CBC fans. It appears the public broadcaster is all but ready to set up shop. While there is no set date, a CBC press release said the new K-W station would begin broadcasting “this winter.” Considering CBC has already posted jobs for its K-W station, it is likely to be sooner rather than later.
The building’s other tenants will include an office for Perimeter Development – the company that owns the building – as well as technology and marketing firms. According to Bogdan, the retail storefront on the ground floor will remain. Whenever the new 117 King St. West does open, it will be the latest example of a re-vitalized industrial building for which Kitchener has become known.
“Downtown Kitchener has a real wealth of these early 20th century factory buildings,” said Bogdan. “They’re very adaptable and I think it’s right not to knock them all down.”
Justin Fauteux is the Editor- inChief of the Wilfrid Laurier University student newspaper The Cord and a contributor to its monthly community magazine The Cord Community Edition.
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Region and beyond won’t have to wait much longer. The House of Friendship has launched a $2-million campaign to purchase and renovate the property at 71 Ann Street, Kitchener, the former home of Anselma House. Addiction day treatment programs are currently
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tuff In Stockings is hoping to fill about 1,000 stockings for local youth and children this year. The charity works to make a needy young person’s Christmas a little happier. Carolyn Parks, who came up with the idea for the charity in 2010, and her committee of dedicated volunteers, is working with 16 regional charities to collect and deliver the donated stockings that are given to youth ages 0 to 20-years-old at Christmas. “I wanted to donate something at Christmas and I thought of stockings. I remembered how much I liked stockings as a kid. It was magical for me,” said Parks. In 2010, the St. Jacobs woman contacted participants in Leadership Waterloo Region about her idea and immediately got a response from about 20 people willing to help. Within a few days she received 45 stuffed stockings. As word spread throughout the region, Quarry Communications, which had relocated to St. Jacobs, stuffed and donated 100 stockings, something the company has committed to do again this year. “The Perimeter Institute is coming on board this year to provide funds and the Grand River Karate Club is having a collections day to collect stocking stuffer items,” Parks said.
“The Lions Club of St. Jacobs is a major supporter, both in the way of funding as well as in providing space for us to sort and companies like BAM Creative and St. Jacobs Printery help us with design. Media such as The Kitchener Citizen and The Waterloo Region Record help us to spread the word. School classes donate, families donate, and companies donate. This is a wonderful community endeavour,” Parks said. Collecting stockings is important as is receiving corporate donations. Corporate donations allow the charity to purchase stocking stuffers in bulk and put together stockings for groups most in need. This year Stuff In Stockings is placing special focus on stockings filled with items geared especially for teens - both boys and girls, 13 and up. Parks explained that this group tends to be overlooked because there are not as many items available as there are for children. She suggests calling cards, Tim Horton’s gift cards, journals and practical items such as toothbrushes, hats, socks, mitts and scarves as good stocking stuffers for teens. “We have put some good stocking stuffer ideas online to help people with the teen age group,” Parks said. Anyone can donate a stocking – individuals, families, organizations
or businesses. Any size or style of stocking may be stuffed and any amount can be spent on items to fill it. Parks suggests most stockings could be stuffed for about $30. “We want to allow people the freedom to stuff the stocking with whatever items they want to give,” Parks said, adding the only restrictions are that the items must be unwrapped and food items must be commercially available and still in their manufacturer/distributer’s wrapping. A family event to promote Stuff In Stockings, called Elves at Play, will take place on Saturday, December 8, 1 - 3pm. at Waterloo Town Square where families are invited to drop off stockings. “We will have Santa there, kids crafts and goodies, musical entertainment and draws. We hope that the public will join us to share in some Elfing fun,” Parks said. Stockings can be dropped off at the Waterloo Town Square fireplace from November 14 to December 14. For more information about Stuff In Stockings visit www.stuffin stockings.ca or contact Carolyn at: carolyn@outstandingwomenspeak. com or www.facebook.com/stuffin stockings.
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mergency Medical Services (EMS) is E responsible for providing mobile emergency health care in our community. EMS is operated by the Region of Waterloo under our Public Health Division. The Region has long been a leader in providing EMS. Our EMS was the first service in the Province to monitor ambulance movements using satellite tracking, and the first to use laptop computers to collect electronic patient care reports. More recently, EMS became one of four sites in the Province to continuously monitor call activities electronically, sharing information with Kitchener Fire to speed up response to emergencies. We continue to innovate. In the next few months, all of the Region’s traffic signals will allow emergency vehicles to change red lights. This will help speed up emergency vehicle response and reduce the danger involved with crossing against red lights. Next year, EMS will
LETTER TO THE EDITOR CONTRIBUTING COLUMNISTS Zoe Avon Jennifer Leppek Marilyn Lincoln John Milloy Peter Schneider Bruce Whitestone Everton Wilmot Stephen Woodworth
n Councillor Paul Singh's column re: making a decision on the bylaw for open air woodburning fires, he points out that staff informed council that "the Fire Prevention and Protection Act allows for regulation but not prohibition of open-air fires". I find myself puzzled and amazed by this point for a number of reasons. First of all, I have made numerous searches on the net to find the actual Fire and Protection Act legislation that states "regulation but not prohibition of open-air fires" but I am unable
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introduce power stretchers that eliminate the need for Paramedics to physically lift the stretcher into the ambulance. For patients, this means a smoother, more comfortable transfer. As a Region we take pride in our community partnerships. EMS has partnered with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, St. John Ambulance, the Canadian Red Cross, and the Advanced Coronary Treatment Foundation (ACT) in the Community Awareness and Response to Emergencies (CARE) program. Its goal is to have a person trained in CPR and First Aid in every household. CARE provides training throughout the Region, and has partnered with local School Boards to train all Grade 9 students in these lifesaving skills. The combination of Advanced Care Paramedics, Fire tiered response, trained bystanders and accessible defibrillators – 300 in publicly owned facilities Region-wide - gives cardiac arrest victims a dramatically better chance of survival.
Throughout our Region, the EMS goal is to arrive in less than 10 minutes 30 seconds, 80% of the time for most emergency calls. To help achieve this and to meet the needs of our growing community, Council continues to expand and enhance EMS. Kitchener itself is served by 4 ambulance stations strategically located at King and Victoria, in Stanley Park, Forest Heights and the newest station at the Conestoga College Doon Campus. So whether your need is cardiac or otherwise, rest assured, a single call to 9-1-1 will quickly bring well trained and equipped emergency care providers to your door. Help is on the way… For more information about our services please visit our website at www.regionofwaterloo.ca Geoff Lorentz Region of Waterloo Councillor
Re: notes from city hall-September 13, 2012
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to find it. How can I find this on the net? Second, if it is true that "the Fire Prevention and Protection Act allows for regulation but not prohibition of open-air fires" how was it possible for Waterloo and other cities to ban open air woodburning fires? Given that "some residents did request an all out ban for valid environmental and healthrelated reasons"; and given that "the healthrelated issues are so severe": and given that the very small particulates emitted go deep in to the lungs and cause childhood asthma,
cancer in both adults and children, adult lung problems and more--and given that the very small particulates have been shown in various studies to enter even "air-tight" homes, our Regional Health Department recommended that open-air woodburning fires not be allowed in Kitchener. It is thus that I find it hard to understand why this decision was made. Mary Gillen Linington Kitchener
Backyard fire ban supporters launch online petition
irepit ban supporters have launched a petition Kitchener Firepit Ban Petition at www.petitionhosting.com/petitions/kitchenerfi repitban In talking to people, we realized that many Kitchener residents never felt like they had a chance to have a say in this matter. The Waterloo Region Record did not report many of the council meeting details, and the 3 council meetings this year where the firepit debate was on the agenda were not televised. There were no community meetings held for residents to attend to voice their concerns. Waterloo banned backyard wood campfires from residential backyards on January 1, 2012. Before these fires were banned, the setback to property lines had been 10 m. Kitchener shares a common border with Waterloo, and the smoke crosses city boundaries depending on the prevailing winds. Cambridge has not permitted wood firepits in backyards since 1986. There is a strict permit system in place with a 150 m. setback to buildings as a requirement.
Ban supporters started the petition after city councillors voted at the August 27 council meeting to allow fires from 6 to 11 p.m. with a minimum five metre setback from property lines and buildings. The new draft by-law will be ready for approval next March. We are very concerned about the 5 m. setback, and the short-term as well as longterm health effects of wood smoke crossing property lines into neighbouring yards and homes. Residents who cannot tolerate the wood smoke pollution should not be told to go inside their houses, close the windows and turn on their air conditioners. Our supporters are represented by all age groups, non-smokers as well as ex-smokers, people wanting to live a healthy lifestyle as well as individuals dealing with chronic respiratory diseases as well as other health problems, and people concerned about the environmental impacts on local air quality. This summer had more than the average number of smog alerts with well below average rainfall. These campfires are recreational
pollution on top of all of the pollution created by daily living. In July 2012, The Region of Waterloo Public Health Department added a new wood smoke position statement to their website.chd.region. waterloo.on.ca/en/healthyLivingHealthProtect ion/resources/WoodSmoke.pdf. As stated in the position statement “The harmful pollutants associated with wood smoke can impact the health of otherwise healthy people. Young children, the elderly, and people with pre-existing cardiopulmonary disease are most likely to be affected.” I discovered this information existed when I emailed a Public Health Officer while preparing my presentation to speak as a delegate at the August 27 meeting. I asked the Public Health Officer to issue a news bulletin to the residents of Kitchener before that meeting but nothing was done. Ingrid Sienerth Kitchener
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J. F. Carmichael Public School celebrates 75 years J.F. Carmichael was hung in the main foyer alongside pictures of the 1937 and present-day staff. Also, a landscape painting by Viola Snyder, one of JFC’s original teachers, was donated by a relative to mark the occasion. The painting is now the centrepiece of a new history wall in the main office. The following are just a few of the memories sent in after the reunion: “My dad has been gone for many years, so it was very sweet to talk to some of his old pupils, some of whom I had never met and some of whom I knew as my babysitters.” — Diane Rooke, daughter of Judson Brown, JFC principal (1945-57). “Thanks for the wonderful opportunity to visit some of my finest memories.” “It’s hard to express the feeling you get when wandering into classrooms and down hallways from the past. The school seemed so much bigger back then.” “I had one great conversation after another.” “I noticed how much thought
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hen John Fayden Carmichael W moved to Waterloo County in the first decade of the 20th century, he had no idea that people would still be saying his name every day well into the 21st century. And even less did he think that a school named after him would draw over 700 people to its 75th anniversary reunion. Yet both have happened! On Saturday, October 20th, J.F. Carmichael Public School (JFC) opened its doors to say “Welcome Back” to former students, staff and families at a 75th anniversary open house. When School Council began planning the open house in May 2011, it had a smaller event in mind. Over the next year and a half, the scale of the event grew as alumnae, staff, parents, community members, local businesses and media outlets stepped up to assist the 75th anniversary committee with the celebration. Sharing the school’s history was a priority for the organizing committee. In the gym, a photo display provided a visual history of the school and its students from 1937 onward. Binders sorted by decade, and filled with class and team photos, attracted visitors looking for themselves or old friends. On the main floor, a memorabilia room featured school artifacts such as old rolldown maps, trophies and awards, school shirts, “ancient” school texts, slates, and long-forgotten student projects. Attendees received a souvenir program and postcard and were invited to add their thumbprints to JFC’s community art project. A gallery of principal portraits and biographies lined the gym walls, and the event was honoured by the attendance of eight JFC principals — Jack Bean (19751983), Cam Krueger(1983-1985), Blair Foote (1985-1995), Grant Koch (1995-1998), Ellen Dietrich (1998-2002), Penne Cruickshank (2002-2008), Mary Butler (20092012) and Jon Lencz (current). Kitchener Mayor, Carl Zehr, and Kitchener Centre Member of Parliament, Stephen Woodworth, dropped in to present the school with commemorative certificates, and several members of the original 1937 kindergarten class attended the open house and renewed acquaintance. Among them were Oscar Thompson, Ralph Roth, Bill Hall and John Weber. Other alumnae came from as far away as Washington state, Ottawa, Kingston, Gravenhurst and Kincardine. Several postevent parties were held so deeper connections could be restored.
Continued from cover All budget papers are posted on the city’s website www.kitchener.ca /2013budgeT Other opportunities for public comment include an “Ask the Expert” session on Facebook in December and a public meeting January 7, 2013, as well as the opportunity to leave comments on the city website or by visiting city hall.
Members of the Anniversary committee, from left: front, Rych Mills, Anne Ross, Mary Butler, Jon Lencz, Julie Weber, and Christine Saunders, middle, Kathy Bolhuis, Julie Roth, Trudie Playford, Heather Sebastian, and Chrisoula Xintavelonis; back, Dayle Buller-Power, Cheryl Leis, Denise Eppel, John Glass, and Derek Hergott.
Over 650 people attended J.F. Carmichael School’s 75th anniversary. Above, three visitors share stories by the photo wall.
In the months leading up to the open house, current students and staff learned fun historical facts about the school. Classes also contributed to a time capsule to be opened in 2037 on the occasion of the school’s 100th anniversary. Some time capsule entries included a set of pennies (significant, because the maple leaf penny was introduced in 1937 and was taken out of service in 2012); wrappers from Making decisions on these additional decreases is not an easy one according to Kitchener’s Deputy CAO, Community Services, Michael May. One of the biggest savings comes from reducing the firefighting staff by four members through attrition. This would save the city $480,000 in 2013. Firefighting accounts for 29% of the city’s overall budget. However, this reduction could add seconds to response times in certain areas of the city under
favourite 2012 snack foods; popular toys; a BlackBerry (minus its battery!); pictures; poems; songs; a book and a plaque representing the different cultures of today’s JFC. The 75th time capsule will be on display for students before being sealed later this year. To commemorate the event, the 75th anniversary committee produced a cookbook, “A Taste of Carmichael” and a large photo of certain scenerios, May said. And it could result in paying more overtime to firefighters covering for others who are in training or off sick. A detailed analysis of the effects of reducing the firefighting staff is on the city’s budget website. “It’s now up to city council to look at the risks and the impacts of this potential reduction and decide if this is something that is acceptable to them from both the financial and community safety perspective,” said May.
was put into the experience: hand sanitizing stations; places for visitors to sit to chat; crafts for children; allergy-sensitive foods.” The 75th anniversary committee thanks those who shared their time, lent memorabilia, purchased a cookbook, made “in kind” donations, or donated money through the Waterloo Education Fund Inc. (WEFI). Proceeds from the event will help to purchase a bench to complement the new picture wall in the front foyer. The rest of the funds will be returned to the school. Cookbooks are still available for $10 but are selling out quickly. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit our website at jfc.wrdsb.on.ca/ or call Denise Eppel, anniversary chair, at 519-500-4903. The 75th anniversary committee still welcomes loans or donations of photos or any school memorabilia. An archive is being created which will, hopefully someday, be instrumental in helping to produce a written history of the school.
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Vimy Memorial is impressive, but pales compared to tombstone of Kitchener soldier Andrea Hall travelled to France in 2009 with a group of students for the Cleghorn Battlefield Study Tour. For two weeks they visited the battlefields and cemeteries of Europe to learn more about Canada’s sacrifice in war. Three years later, she was asked to reflect on her trip for a blog on the Laurier Centre for the Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies website, which is located at www.canadianmilitaryhistory.ca. Andrea completed a global studies and history degree at Wilfrid Laurier University, followed that with journalism, and now works at CBC Radio in Toronto.
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can still remember exactly the way my stomach dropped when I stepped through the gates into Sucrerie Cemetery. Arthur Manuel Hall is the only soldier I knew anything about before arriving in France and he is buried there. I came on the Cleghorn tour with limited knowledge of the two World Wars and had certain expectations of what I would see and feel. I would stand in awe as I stared up at the Vimy monument. I would picture the men rushing the beaches while my toes wriggled in the sand at Juno. I would stand amidst thousands of graves and probably cry. We did spend a lot of time at a lot of cemeteries. But honestly, the ones that held thousands of
graves probably drew the fewest tears. It’s overwhelming and I found it hard to emotionally connect. The sun glints off the white stone, the French countryside rolls green all around you, and you gaze at the sea of tombstones belonging to people you know absolutely nothing about. But I knew Arthur. We aren’t related but I’d gotten to know him in the weeks leading up to the tour. We each had to share one soldier’s story with the group, and I chose Arthur because of our shared last name and hometown. So I knew he was born in England to Henry, a labourer, and Mary, a dressmaker. He later moved to Kitchener, Ontario with his wife Helena and worked as a tinsmith. I knew he lived on Water Street with his seven kids. The two oldest, Arthur Montague and Frederick, also fought in World War One. And I knew he was the only one in the family who didn’t come home. I was the first one in our group to reach the gates of Sucrerie Cemetery, but I hesitated before entering. His tombstone would be my first encounter with something tangible of Arthur – he wouldn’t just be a story, he’d be buried beneath my feet. A wave of nausea washed over me as I knelt in front of his grave and traced his faded name with my finger. This was the moment that war became real to me. Of course I think of Arthur on
Remembrance Day. But I also think about him in May when he was born. I think about him on December 9, the anniversary of his death in the trenches. This December will mark 95 years. And on some days in between I just think of him for no reason at all. As it turns out, what comes to mind when I reflect back on the tour isn’t the great monuments or the sprawling cemeteries. It’s the little things that tell individual stories. Jack Anderson’s grave in the yard of a family home in Buron, France – the padre survived the war and when he died in 2004, wanted to be buried overseas with his men. The epitaph that read “He sleeps beside his comrades. His grave I may never see, may some kind hand.” The Devonshire Cemetery, which held 161 men from the Devonshire regiment who were killed capturing the village of Mametz and buried together. A small stone near the entrance proudly reads “The Devonshires held this trench, the Devonshires hold it still.” The Vimy monument was beautiful and imposing, but in my mind it pales in comparison to Arthur’s weather-beaten tombstone.
Before her trip to the gravesite of Kitchener soldier Arthur Manuel Hall, Andrea Hall (no relation) did some research for a biography on him to share with fellow students. She left the biography behind by his tombstone for others to read.
Waterloo Region Museum online In Memoriam lists the names of locals who died for their country T he Waterloo Region Museum joins all Canadians in recognizing the sacrifices and achievements of the men and women who have served in the cause of peace and freedom around the world. The Waterloo Region Museum has created an online In Memoriam that list the names of all those from Waterloo Region who have given their lives for their country.
“We created this to honour those from our community who have given their lives in service of their country. We hope visitors to our online In Memoriam will pause and reflect on the ultimate sacrifice these brave men and women have given,” said Tom Reitz, Manager/Curator of the Waterloo Region Museum. The online In Memoriam is located on the Waterloo Region Museum website at the web
address www.waterlooregion museum.com/exhibits/online-inmemoriam and can also be accessed at the Waterloo Region Museum through an interactive kiosk located on the second floor of the museum. Waterloo Region Museum is located at 10 Huron Rd., Kitchener, ON. For more information visit www.waterloo regionmuseum.com or call 519748-1914.
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Remembrance Day On Sunday, November 11th, I attended the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Kitchener Cenotaph to lay a wreath on behalf of the province and pay respect to our veterans. As the son of a WW II Veteran, I know and understand first hand the invaluable contribution, sacrifice and service each veteran has generously given to our country so that we may benefit from the freedoms we enjoy today in this great country of ours. Lest we forget, John
PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Stephen Woodworth
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Great Lakes Nutrient Initiative The Great Lakes Nutrient Initiative will improve the scientific understanding about recurrent toxic and nuisance algae in the Great Lakes which can lead to increased water treatment needs and disruptions to utilities by clogged water intakes. They also have negative effects on tourism, fishing, and recreational activities such as swimming. This Initiative will focus efforts geographically on Lake Erie, the Great Lake most impacted by toxic and nuisance algae. The science and technique developed through the Initiative will be
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November is Financial Literacy Month The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada is an independent organization offering basic information on banking, saving, credit cards and many other aspects of personal finances that affect you every day. Their materials outline your rights and responsibilities when dealing with financial institutions, including how to make a complaint, how to protect yourself against fraud and how different forms of payment work. Their hands-on tools are available free of charge in English and French and are online. Many publications can also be ordered in a printed format, also free of charge. You can reach FCAC through FCACâ€™s Consumer Services Centre by calling toll-free 1-866-461-3222 (TTY: 613-9477771 or 1-866-914-6097) or by visiting their website: www.fcac-acfc.gc.ca Remembering Veterans Lest we forget â€Ś. On November 11 we pay special tribute to our Veterans, but every day of the year we should remember our gratitude for those who have defended equality, human rights and freedom on our behalf.
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Expanding Cardiac Care Services at St. Maryâ€™s General Hospital Last week I had the opportunity to announce that the government is providing over $3.2 million in funding to expand Cardiac Care Services at St. Maryâ€™s General Hospital. $2,326,500 will go to launch a much needed Arrhythmia Management Program offering local procedures for implantable cardioverterdefibrillators (ICDâ€™s) for patients with arrhythmia (irregular heart beat). The remaining $930,400 in funding will provide over 200 opportunities for additional lifesaving cardiac procedures including: 54 heart valve surgeries, 55 angioplasty procedures and 21 pacemaker surgeries. St. Maryâ€™s is a leader in cardiac care. This funding, for the Arrhythmia Management Program, closes the loop on a gap in local cardiac service for Waterloo Region residents and complements St. Maryâ€™s existing cardiac service: diagnostic and interventional cardiology; cardiac surgery; pacemaker implants; and a very busy, very successful heart failure management program. With this new program, the majority of local patients will not have to travel outside of the Waterloo Wellington area for implantation procedures, as they would have done previously. Local access to care also means patients can remain close to their families and homes, as well as their established health care providers during the recovery process. This is great news for our community!
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Community SPOTLIGHT NUMBER OF NEIGHBOURHOOD EVENTS IN KITCHENER DOUBLED IN 2012
Kitchener residents celebrate at Festival of Neighbourhoods finale BY CARRIE DEBRONE
eighbours from many areas of Kitchener gathered Oct. 21 at Kitchener City Hall for the 2012 Festival of N Neighbourhoods (FON) finale. Many reminisced about the great times they had this past year participating in events ranging from community clean ups and barbecues to street parties, neighbourhood pot luck dinners, tree plantings, skating parties, community gardens and safety fairs – events that are celebrated each year by the festival because they help to make Kitchener a more friendly, safe and welcoming place. Kitchener Ward 10 councillor Dan Glenn-Graham accepts the Ward Challenge Award, narrowly beating out ward 3 for the most registered events in 2012. Eighteen events were registered in ward 10 this year. Ward 3 registered 14 neighbourhood events.
OTHER 2012 FON AWARD WINNERS ARE: NEWCOMER AWARD - Sponsored by Kitchener Safe and Healthy Community Advisory Committee The award is given to a neighbourhood that has registered for the first time or a first-time activity. Winner: Rosemount Drive, east off River Road. This neighbourhood held a street party with an Olympic games theme
Kitchener councilor Kelly Galloway presents the $10,000 capital grant prize from the City of Kitchener to the Valerie Kuray and her son, Kolten, who accepted it on behalf of the Valleyview Neighbourhood,. The prize was awarded during the Festival of Neighbourhoods Finale held Oct. 21 at Kitchener City Hall. Kolten and her son helped organize and run a ‘Safety Can Be Fun’ Fair at Country Hills Evangelical Church (corner of Ottawa and Fisher Hallman) in July that drew about 100 people from that neighbourhood.
The events all symbolized the theme of this year’s festival: ‘Ignite Community, Rekindle Connection, Spark Hope.’ “The community members who bring neighbours together, and build connections in our community, create the glue that binds our community together, so that we can face the challenges and opportunities of our future,” said John MacDonald of John Macdonald Architect, one of the founding FON partner organizations, along with the City of Kitchener and the Social Planning Council of Kitchener Waterloo. In the past year, over 15,000 residents in Kitchener took part in 77 registered neighbourhood projects and events (twice as many as last year) from 47 neighbourhoods. Registered events are eligible for numerous awards given out at the finale. The largest award is a $10,000 capital grant from the city, awarded through a draw. This year the winner of the festival’s main prize is the Valleyview neighbourhood, an area bounded by Valleyview Road, Windale Crescent, Howe Drive, and Chandler Mowat Community Centre. The neighbourhood hosted a ‘Safety Can Be Fun’ fair on July 21 as a fun and educational way to present information and resources on home and neighbourhood safety. ”I just thought we needed something that was fun for kids to do in the summer and I wanted kids and their parents to come and enjoy the event together,” said Valerie Kuray, who organized and ran the fair with the help of her son, Kolten. The Valleyview neighbourhood also won this year’s Youth Award, sponsored by the Waterloo Regional Police Service, because the event was lead by Kolten, 8, who wanted to help with the event so that all kids could feel safe and able to ask for help when needed.
Neighbourhood Pillar Award - Sponsored by Julia White, Cooperators Insurance This award is given to a group who has registered any activity for five or more consecutive years. Winner: Olde Berlin Town, for its 18th annual picnic in Hibner Park ARTS & CULTURE AWARD - Sponsored by CityWorks This award is given to a registered activity that has included the arts in its project or activity as a central aspect of the event in order to bring people together. Winner: Dekay Street’s ninth annual street party INCLUSION AWARD - Sponsored by the Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region This award is given to an activity that was inclusive of diversity, in culture, age, ability, economic level and/or identity. Winner: Trinity Village for its fall fair, which was open to and attended by people with varying physical abilities, and from different cultures and varying ages.
Paula Saunders presents the Inclusion Award to Trinity Village representative Susan Box.
GREEN NEIGHBOURHOOD AWARD - Sponsored by Enermodal Engineering This award is given for an activity that includes or is centered on environmental action such as a community cleanup, conservation or beautification. Winner: Cherry Park Neighbourhood Association, for its community clean up and barbecue HERITAGE AWARD - Sponsored by Kris Braun, Happenate Given to an activity that has recognized the heritage of a neighbourhood or of the City. Winner: Olde Berlin Town THE WARD CHALLENGE Winner: Ward 10 (Councillor Dan Glenn-Graham), with 18 neighbourhood events, narrowly beating out several other wards of the city for the highest number of registered events. NEIGHBOURHOOD CONNECTIONS AWARD Winner: Fairview Mall was selected for taking steps to reach out to the broader neighbourhood and for its interest in working with neighbours and other community stakeholders to meet social needs and build a respectful space.
SAFER NEIGHBOURHOOD AWARD - Sponsored by Swansons Home Hardware Building Centre This award is given to an activity that had the purpose to build a stronger, safer neighbourhood. Winner: Olde Berlin Town
Bill Bean presents Rosemount Drive resident Brad Vogen with the Newcomer Award for his neighbourhood street party and mini Olympics for kids that was run this past summer.
Mike Christie, Penelope Christie and Robin Parsons from the Central Frederick Neighbourhood create a scrapbook page of their community garden at Weber Park built this year as a neighbourhood project. The scrapbooking craft was one of several activities offered during the Festival of Neighbourhoods finale held Oct. 21 at Kitchener City Hall.
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COMMUNITY SPORTS Public tours, grand opening of Kitchener Memorial Aud expansion slated for New Year BY CARR IE DEBRONE
f you haven’t already had the chance to visit the expanded Kitchener Memorial Auditorium you will be able to see the changes in the New Year when an open house, official grand opening and public tours are being planned. No date has yet been set.
“Its been a long road and I know it’s been a very long road for the players,” said Steve Bienkowski chief operating officer and governor of the Kitchener Rangers as he lead a media tour of the expansion project Oct. 18, one day before two goals each from Eric Ming and Matia Marcantuoni led the Kitchener Rangers to a 6-2 victory
in their 50th season home opener against the Oshawa Generals. The $12-million Aud expansion project, which added 968 new seats to the facility and raised its seating capacity to about 7,500, met all its construction deadlines. The expansion provides a thirdlevel concourse, a fourth-level media room and loft-style suites, concessions, washrooms and renovated team space, including dressing rooms, player services, offices and retail area. The Kitchener Rangers funded the expansion - a move made possible by a repayable loan from
the City of Kitchener based on a 15-year repayment schedule. The newly-completed renovation is a scaled-back, lesscostly version of the original Kitchener Rangers proposal tabled in 2010, which sought approval from city council for a 3,500-seat expansion that would have cost about $65-million. The transformation began Jan. 11, 2012, with the 61-year-old building undergoing seven-stages of construction over 10 months. Underground water pipes were installed in stage one, with stage two completing the connection of
the new water source and temporarily relocating the Rangers’ offices, dressing room and medical facitlites to 35 Sportsworld Drive so the expansion could continue. The Rangers used Sportsworld as a facility and practice administrative centre until construction was complete. Stage three involved the demolition of the Rangers’ office, dressing room and medical facilities and removal of the outside sidewalk in front of the Rangers’ office to make way for new foundation and column
EXPRESS BUS SO SUCCESSFUL A SECOND BUS HAS BEEN ADDED IN THREE LOCATIONS
Steve Bienkowski, chief operating officer and governor of the Kitchener Rangers guides a media tour of the newly-renovated Kitchener Auditorium.
he Kitchener Rangers Hockey Club has partnered with a number of local restaurants to offer a free express bus ride from the restaurants to hockey games. The Rangers Express program allows fans to meet the Rangers Express bus at seven locations for a free ride to the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium. At the conclusion of the game, the bus picks fans up at the same Aud entrance where they were dropped off and delivers them back to the restaurant where they first boarded. On game nights, the Rangers Express bus is free. Buses depart from the restaurants for the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium 45 minutes prior to game time. The bus returns riders to their original location, leaving the Aud about 10 minutes following the game’s Three Star selection. The bus will leave if passengers do not board in time. The bus service is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. To meet the overwhelming demand, on October 26 the Rangers introduced a second bus on Fridays at three restaurants Montana’s Kitchener, Montana’s Waterloo, and Moose Winooski’s (Sportsworld Crossing). In addition, the Rangers Express program is introducing a ticketing system, guaranteeing patrons a spot on the return ride from The Aud. Upon arrival at the pick-up location, simply ask for a
ticket, free of charge, inside the restaurant (tickets for the Downtown Kitchener location available from the bus driver). At the end of the game, you must show your ticket to reclaim your spot. The Rangers Express bus is available at the following restaurants: CASEY’S BAR AND GRILL, SUNRISE CENTRE (1440 Ottawa St. S.): The bus will park outside the restaurant’s main entrance MOOSE WINOOSKI’S (SPORTSWORLD CROSSING): The bus will be parked in the lot between McDonalds and Ye’s Sushi CASEY’S BAR AND GRILL (1120 Victoria St. N.): The bus will park outside the restaurant’s main doors ST. LOUIS BAR AND GRILL (283 Northfield Dr. E): The bus will park outside the restaurant’s main entrance MONTANA’S WATERLOO (310 The Boardwalk): The bus will park in the receiving area behind the restaurant. DOWNTOWN KITCHENER RESTAURANTS (200 King St. W): The bus will be parked on Young Street side of Kitchener City Hall, by the entrance to the Parking Garage. MONTANA’S KITCHENER (740 Ottawa St. S): Inquire inside the restaurant
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Sun Life’s ‘Kids in Gear’ program helps local kids play hockey BY CARRIE DEBRON E
lot of kids want to play hockey, but the high cost of buying equipment and belonging to a team keeps many from participating. For the last two years, Sun Life Financial is trying to even the score for many local children through its innovative Kids in Gear program. Run in partnership with the Kitchener Rangers and the Kitchener Minor Hockey Association’s Donna’s Kids, the program collects used hockey equipment and trades it in for credits that needy kids then use to purchase new hockey equipment. Sun Life helped 137 children in the community last year by
collecting enough gently-used equipment to generate $17, 229 in new equipment. “The program helps less fortunate kids get active and participate in Canada’s national sport,” said Bill Ramsammy, Assistant Vice-President of Corporate Brand and Marketing. “We are very thankful for the community support we have received. The community has been incredibly positive. It’s a very good cause for the community to get involved with,” he said. “Our ultimate goal is to break the barrier so that kids who may not have the means to play, but have the passion, can learn and play the sport they love,” Ramsammy said. “Everyone in Canada has a pair of skates or some equipment
in a hockey bag in their basement or garage that maybe they’ve outgrown or don’t use any more. Why not donate that and try to help out some of these kids?” he said. The program also appreciates donations of money to help offset the expense of playing organized hockey. All donations go towards the purchase of equipment for the children or to subsidize registration. Although this year’s formal Kids in Gear drive ended November 5, collection of used equipment continues throughout the year. Donations can be dropped off anytime at Sun Life Financial Canadian headquarters, 227 King Street South, Waterloo or at the Kitchener Minor Hockey Association, 135 Lennox Lewis Way, Kitchener.
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COMMUNITY SPORTS work. The interior reconstruction of the Don Cameron Room (removal of kitchen and washroom) located beside The Outpost off of the main concourse was started. On the inside of the arena hoarding walls were installed along the East side of the bowl. Removal of the press boxes and prep work for the installation of the structural steel to support the new roof continued. Stage four work began, April 11 as cranes were erected to prepare for the initial raising and installation of rink-length steel truss framework for the expansion that would be completed in several weeks. Interior work on the Rangers’ offices and medical facilites continued and framing for the three level addition began. The first level now houses the concourse that supports the new seating area and concessions. The second level is the ‘Legends’ level with five private suites, National Hockey League, Canadian Hockey League and Media Lounge and the Rangers’ executive boardroom. The third level features the home and visiting media boxes. Stage five saw significant changes to both the seating expansion and the interior dressing room area. The flooring of the new concourse level was installed to accommodate the concessions and washrooms for the new seating area. Pre-cast concrete for the new seats was added and the majority of the masonry work in the dressing rooms was completed. The erection of trusses for the new roof over the expansion allowed completion of electrical wiring, drywall and other interior fixtures. In stage six, the new arena roof was completed on schedule and the Aud was closed to the public on July 23 to allow inside construction to continue and the elevator shaft to be completed. Renovations in The Outpost, the official retail outlet of the Kitchener Rangers continued,
FREE BUS TICKETS TO AND FROM GAMES
n a pilot project agreement between the Rangers, the City of Kitchener and Grand River Transit, the Rangers are also offering free bus tickets to fans travelling to and from home games. Ticket holders can pick up free bus tickets at the Aud during regular box office hours and use them to travel by bus two hours before each game and 30 minutes after each game. Season ticket holders can pick up bus tickets in bulk.
The expansion of the Kitchener Auditorium allowed the installation of 968 more seats, bring total seating to about 7,500. Alcoholic beverages are allowed in the new blue seat section.
New skate sharpening equipment has been installed near the Ranger's dressing rooms.
including the installation of new windows and the completion of the floors. The last construction stage included the milestone event of removing the old roof over the arena. The concrete walls and roof below the new roof trusses were taken out and the existing steel beams cut and lowered to ice level before being carried out from inside the building. Stucco work began on the Ottawa Street side and inside the seating area was prepared, ready for seat installation midSeptember and the floors were sealed. Stairs were poured and railings for the upper levels constructed. The dressing room and business operations areas neared completion, with furniture and equipment installed in October. In the arena, ice making began in mid October. “We’re very excited and happy with how the entire project has moved forward since we began,” said Bienkowski. “A lot of the credit goes to the various trades people who have worked diligently to meet the tight timelines.” The Aud parking lot was expanded to add 116 new spots and parking lot gate attendants will be on duty fame nights to help guide visitors to parking spaces.
The Kitchener Ranger's new dressing room rivals most of the NHL team's facilities.
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Volunteers from Kitchener East Presbyterian Church in Kitchener were hard at work early in the morning on November 10 to organize and run the church's annual Christmas Bazaar and Tea. From left: front, Marg Fannon, Susan Gascho, Shirley Steinberg, Barb Chippier, Krista Stemmler, back, Marie Becker, Carol Cressman, Anneliese Kramer, Marilyn Weeks, Eldene Martin, Hazel Hislop. Photo by Lloyd Weeks
Dressed as a witch princess, Deb McCarter was one of many volunteers who ran game booths at the Stanley Park Community Association's Halloween Fun Fair. At the Trick or Treat house, those who dared could put their hands through the front door slot to receive a treat. Reaching into the house are Grace Muhlbauer (witch) and Chantal Potoczny (snow princess).
Smithson Public School held its annual Fall Fun Fair October 26. Grade 7 students Andrea Lappage (left) and Sonya Martin volunteered to make cotton candy at the event.
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he Kitchener Rangers skated into an expanded and renovated arena for their season opener at The Aud a few weeks ago. And in fitting style, the Rangers defeated their opponents, the Oshawa Generals, by a score of 6-2. It is that winning attitude that bonds the Rangers’ fans to the team. It is what makes the fans set up lawn chairs on a hot summer day to watch the expansion under way. As one of two remaining not-for-profit hockey teams in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) – Peterborough being the other – The Rangers’ contribution to the city, and to its fans, fosters a unique and reciprocal relationship with the community.
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t’s -10C, and the snow storm ended several hours ago. On the street, a parent struggles to push a stroller down a rutted, icy, snow-covered sidewalk. Across the street and down the hill, a motorized wheelchair struggles through thick snow. Its engine whirrs as the wheels spin on ice and get stuck in ruts. Then it tips, tossing its occupant out onto the cold, snowy sidewalk. It doesn’t take much to think about how that person feels, or how they would even get back into their wheelchair.
“Snowy and slushy sidewalks present great dangers for falls, stuck wheelchairs, tipped wheelchairs,” said Susan St. John, executive director of the Waterloo District Chapter of the MS Society, which advocates for accessible and affordable housing, barrier-free public transportation, age-appropriate long-term care, and accessible and danger-free sidewalks in winter. “In a normal winter, several of our clients, while attempting to travel through their community, are thrown from their power wheelchairs while attempting to navigate a badly cleared sidewalk.” “Sidewalks need to be shovelled immediately after a snowfall because they are a vital part of the transportation network of the city,” said Shayne Turner, the city’s director of enforcement. “It is so much easier to walk down a street where
Construction on the 60-year-old building started in February and added 1,000 seats to the arena's capacity. As well, there were three levels added. The first level houses the concourse that supports the new seating area and concessions. The second level is the Legends level with five private suites, National Hockey League amd Canadian Hockey League suites and media lounge, and the Rangers’ executive board room. The third level will feature the home and visiting media boxes. Other changes were made to washrooms and renovated team space, including dressing rooms, player services, offices and retail areas. “We’re very excited and happy with how
sidewalks in front of all the properties have been shoveled, especially for people who have mobility issues, those who are elderly, and parents with small children.” So what does someone with a physical disability do when they’re lying on the sidewalk or in a snowbank? They wait for someone to help, St. John said.
If you cannot clear your sidewalks, try these agencies (fees may apply): House of Friendship 519-742-8327 The Working Centre 519-513-9225 Community Support Connections/Meals Wheels and More 519-772-8787 “These people cannot get back into their chairs without help, so there they lay, in the snow, in the cold, until a passerby stops to help,” she said. “Think of your mother, your friend or brother laying helpless on the cold ground until someone ‘happened’ by.” Read the full story online at www.kitchener.ca. For more on the city’s winter bylaws, see www.kitchener.ca/bylaws n
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fans to each game at The Aud.
the entire project has moved forward since we began,” says the Rangers’ chief operating officer, Steve Bienkowski. “A lot of the credit goes to the various tradespeople who have worked diligently to meet the tight timelines.”
Service on the Rangers Express is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis at several pick-up points around Kitchener and Waterloo, including the Duke Street entrance at Kitchener City Hall.
An additional 1,000 seats brings the capacity for hockey, including suites and standing room, up to 7,600-7,800, and reduces the 1,300 names on a waiting list for season tickets.
Buses will depart for The Aud 45 minutes prior to game time. The Rangers Express returns riders to their original location leaving 10 minutes after the game’s threestar selection.
The Kitchener Rangers funded the full cost of the expansion, which sits at $9.6 million, but requested that the city provide funding in the form of a repayable loan, based on a 15-year repayment schedule.
For more on the Rangers Express and the expansion, see www.kitchenerrangers.com n
The Rangers teamed up with local restaurants and added a free bus to bring
Ask us about the 2013 budget S et aside an hour on Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. to log into Facebook, where the city’s director of financial planning, Ryan Hagey, will engage in a conversation about the budget for 2013. Hagey’s appearance in the city’s Ask an Expert social media campaign is designed to deliver timely answers to budget questions. Post questions ahead of time or join in the conversation on Monday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m.; he will answer questions live at www.facebook.com/cityofkitchener. Ask an Expert is just one of the opportunities that citizens have to give feedback throughout this year’s budget process. Citizen feedback plays a key role in the budget process, and other opportunities for earlier engagement also include a convenient online budget calculator and a comment web page. The online calculator lets residents experience some of the hard decisions that council must consider, along with the financial implications of those decisions. Learn more about the 10 potential reductions and what effect, if implemented, they could have on the city portion of your taxes. The webpage also allows you to make your voice heard. Not only can you let council know what choices you’d like them to consider, your comments will be provided to council to help them make their decision on final budget day on January 17, 2013. Those not online can still provide feedback by phone by calling 519-741-2602 and leaving a message; in writing to 2013 Budget, City of Kitchener, 200 King St. W, PO Box 1118, Kitchener ON N2G 4G7, or by taking part in the public input session on Jan. 7. For more information, go to www/kitchener.ca, search words “budget 2013.”n
Your Kitchener Is published every other month to keep our citizens informed on local issues and events. If you have questions or comments, please contact us by phone at 519-741-2383 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The City of Kitchener is committed to providing accessible formats and communication supports for persons with disabilities. If another format would work better for you, please contact the inclusion coordinator, City of Kitchener/City of Waterloo, at 519-741-2226.
Santa Claus parade Dress warmly and bring the kids on Nov. 17; Santa Claus is coming to town. Floats, bands and Santa - the parade starts at 10 a.m. in uptown Waterloo and travels along King Street. The BIA, in co-operation with the city, offers free parking downtown on Saturdays on Dec. 15, 22 and 29, with the exception of lots on Otto Street, at Centre in the Square and the Civic District garage. n Christmas craft sales Country Hills Community Centre is having a Christmas craft sale on Saturday, Nov. 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Gifts, crafts, decorations, door prizes and tea room are all part of the event. Vendor space is still available; enquire at 519-741-2596 or visit Country Hills Community Centre. Rockway Centre is holding its Christmas market and craft sale also on Nov. 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale features craft vendors, a silent auction, baked goods, a children’s area and a tea room. Admission to both events is free. n
Something old, something new
he buildings are typical of their era – the mid-to-late 1800s and a bit later. Recognizable from their multitude of windows, the height of their ceilings, and in some cases, painted brickwork, the Tannery, Breithaupt Block, Kaufman Lofts, Arrow Lofts and the Simpson Block, historical buildings in the core of Kitchener, have one thing in common. They have become, either directly or indirectly, touchstones in the city’s strategic economic development plan.
The city’s vision for the downtown includes feisty start-up tech companies in repurposed factories, and a global workforce drawn by creative working and living spaces. It’s a long way from the blue-collar factory jobs that were once the mainstay of Kitchener’s economic engine. Industrial gears that once created buttons, shoes, shirts and other products are now silent, but the creative gears of the minds now working in those same spaces – for example, Google, Desire2Learn and
Christkindl Market Willkommen! Come enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of Christmas at Kitchener City Hall Dec. 6-9. Visit Christkindl Market and relive a centuries-old tradition. Our festival of German Christmas is a four-day festival with more than 70 vendors and free entertainment. For more information visit www.christkindl.ca n Christmas Fantasy On Thursday, Dec. 6 at 5 p.m., Victoria Park comes alive with thousands of twinkling lights, creating a winter wonderland through the holidays – and right through New Year’s Day. This free family event features entertainment, hot chocolate and the lighting ceremony. Lights remain on until early January 2013. Christmas Fantasy is a partnership with the city, Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro and Pioneer Lions club and Kiwanis Club of Twin Cities. n Breakfast with Santa Bring the kids to share breakfast with the jolly ole elf himself on Saturday, Dec. 8. The event includes one photo with Santa, breakfast and a craft. Tickets are $5 or $15 for a family of four ($5 for additional children), available at the Kitchener Market office, Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Limited spaces are available. n
Communitech – are very much active and alive. It’s a migration of an industrial economy to an information economy, and it hasn’t happened overnight. “We have worked in the region for more than 10 years, starting with our redevelopment of Waterloo Town Square. While working there, we always admired the leadership and direction that we saw from the City of Kitchener and the vision they had for the future,” said Craig Beattie, co-owner of Perimeter Development Corporation, which is developing the Breithaupt Block and Simpson Block in downtown Kitchener. “It took some time for us to find the right project in Kitchener, which we finally did with the Breithaupt Block,”he adds. Beattie sees the potential of an old building as a creative workplace. His efforts to revitalize the Breithaupt Block are turning the old factory into places of innovation and information. “Where possible,” he said, “our goal is to maintain as much of the old, interesting elements of these old buildings, while
Don’t get the parking blues when you’re out celebrating I “If there is a chance t’s the holiday season and you’re downtown for a party at a friend’s house, or a local club. You didn’t plan on drinking, but hey, you haven’t been out for awhile and it is the holidays. You’re a responsible drinker, and although you drove to the party, after that first drink, you know you won’t drive home.
The next day, you bus back to where your car is parked, but a little piece of paper is fluttering from its windshield – a parking ticket.
you may be drinking . . . think about taking alternate transportation to and from your destination,” -- Shayne Turner director of bylaw enforcement
“This is absurd,” you think to yourself. “I did the right thing by taking a taxi home. I paid for the taxi, and now I have to pay a parking ticket!” There are options to all users of our parking facilities who may be drinking after they have parked, said Shayne Turner, director of enforcement for the city. “If there is a remote chance you may be drinking when you’re downtown, maybe think about taking alternate modes of transportation to and from your destination,” he said. “If you do drive, I recommend parking in one of our 24/7 garages – such as at Charles and Benton, or Ontario street -- where you pay for the time you use. Or you can park in a surface lot for free from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. the following day. This is a good option, too, but you could still be impaired, and will have to make arrangements to pick up your vehicle before 8 a.m. the following day.”
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), a charitable organization committed to stopping impaired driving and supporting victims, suggests a few things to think about when planning a night out with friends: l
Never ride with an impaired driver.
Plan ahead if you're going to be drinking.
Take a cab or bus, arrange a designated driver or plan to stay over.
If you see a driver you suspect is impaired, call 911 to report it to police.
For more on the city’s parking bylaws, see www.kitchener.ca/parking. n
integrating the new modern amenities that are required to meet the needs of today's sophisticated tenants.” The buildings are also interesting opportunities for community-building projects, particularly where the arts is concerned. Perimeter and some downtown restaurants use their spaces to house galleries and art programs that need help finding a good home to display their works and raise awareness for the arts in general. “Those opportunities are what is just getting us started; along with the positive support and leadership of the city's economic development team, the city is an attractive place to put our capital to work,” said Beatty. “We are excited about the future opportunities.” For more on the city’s economic development, please see www.kitchener.ca, search words “economic strategy.”n
The Tragically Hip come to The Aud I
t’s lucky 13 for the quintessentially Canadian band, the Tragically Hip, as they make a stop in Kitchener with The Arkells on Feb. 5 on the tour for their 13th studio album, Now For Plan A.
Tickets are now on sale for the concert, which will be at The Aud on Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. The band joins the ranks of the likes of Bob Dylan, Elton John and Neil Young, who have also played The Aud in recent years. A five-piece group of friends including Robby Baker (guitar), Gord Downie (vocals, guitar), Johnny Fay (drums), Paul Langlois (guitar) and Gord Sinclair (bass), the band released their first album, The Tragically Hip, in 1987 and have since earned two diamond certifications and more than 20 #1 hits. They enjoy mass popularity with more than eight million albums sold worldwide, as well as peer recognition through 11 Juno awards. Tickets (incl. HST) are $35, $69.50, & $99.50 (plus service charges), and are available online at www.theaud.ca, at The Aud box office, Centre in the Square box office, or by calling 519-578-1570 or 1800-265-8977. For more information about shows at The Aud, see www.theaud.ca n
Public input help shape plans for Rockway
ow do Kitchener residents spend their leisure time? More importantly, how will they spend their leisure time 15 or 20 years from now?
These are questions the city asked as part of the Rockway feasibility study and business case. During June, July and August, the city surveyed adults in Kitchener about their leisure interests, with a significant focus on older adults and the Rockway Centre. More than 1,000 people responded, in addition to public consultations held in May. When choosing a facility to participate in their favourite leisure activities, 47 per
cent of respondents selected a multipurpose facility that caters to all age groups without an older adult component. Thirteen-and-a-half per cent of respondents selected a facility that is dedicated to older adults. For respondents who were Rockway members, the top choice was this type of facility (54 per cent). Just over 11 per cent of respondents were Rockway members. Phase One of a cultural heritage resource study and assessment by Heritage Kitchener is complete and, based on the draft report, Heritage Kitchener recommends that council designate Rockway Centre as a heritage property. That decision has been deferred to a
What are you doing for the new year?
he countdown is on for 2013! As Kitchener winds down its centennial year, come downtown Kitchener and ring in the new year right. Whether it’s New Year’s Eve celebrations or new year resolutions, resolve to spend some time with us. We have something for everyone at this year’s New Year’s Eve event on Monday, Dec. 31. From 4-6 p.m., the kids can do arts and crafts inside city hall, drink free hot chocolate, skate on the rink in front of city hall, or get their faces painted. There will also be children’s entertainers and a kiddie countdown at 6 p.m. From 7 p.m. to midnight, the downtown air will fill with blues music and other special
performances. For more information, please visit NewYearsEveKitchener.ca or follow us @kitchenerevents New Year’s Levee Start the new year right, with Mayor Carl Zehr and members of council at the New Year Levee on Sunday, Jan. 6, from 2-4 p.m. in the rotunda at city hall. Bring your skates for a spin around the rink on Civic Square, then warm up indoors in the rotunda at this family-friendly event. Mark the start of another year, exchange New Year’s greetings with your friends and neighbours, and with council, in anticipation of good news for the year ahead. Stay for refreshments, live entertainment and activities for children.n
future date. A copy of the draft heritage assessment report is posted online and is also available at Rockway Centre. The steering committee for the Rockway Centre feasibility study and business case is currently developing and refining options for the types of spaces and amenities that would allow the city to meet the current and future needs of older adults. The options will be offered to the public for input and consideration once dates are set for public consultation. To follow the process and to view the options, please see www.kitchener.ca, search words “Rockway study.”n
Get into winter C
heck out these things to do in downtown Kitchener before the end of the year!
NOVEMBER 15: Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema at Chrysalids Theatre www.wfac.com 15-18: Artworks at Bingemans 20: Neil Young & Crazy Horse rock The Aud 20: CAFKA hosts a free talk by contemporary artist Rebecca Belmore at Kitchener City Hall 22-Dec. 1: Lost & Found Theatre presents Cariboo Magi at the Registry Theatre 23: Hopelessly Devoted at KW|AG; it’s a karaoke night and fan fair. 24-25: The G33K art show at Kitchener City Hall 29: Faber Drive, live at Chrysalids Theatre
DECEMBER Make a donation to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region. The items needed most include:
The historic Williamsburg Dedication Centre was originally built in the 1800s to serve as a place of worship, on Toronto's waterfront. Following its demolition, the City of Kitchener purchased the original roof decking and support beams and brought the building back to life using reclaimed materials from buildings that had marked Kitchener's past.
REEP rewards with upcoming stormwater workshops R
EEP Green Solutions is offering free workshops and presentations on topics like how to build your own rain barrel and other techniques homeowners can use to reduce stormwater runoff. Not only are practices such as installing rain barrels, rain gardens and infiltration galleries good for the environment, they can also qualify property owners for credits towards the stormwater portion of their utility bills.
Rain gardens: Specifically designed gardens constructed to receive, filter, and absorb water runoff into the ground, these gardens are located so they are in line with a water downspout of the home, and where rain water drains from the property. They also use a special “bioretention” soil media instead of regular soil. Permeable pavers: These pavers are an alternative to traditional pavement or paving stones designed in a way that allows rainwater to drain between the paver stones into an under-layer of gravel, but not sand. Infiltration gallery: This is an underground area, located near a house and connected to the downspout to collect rainwater. The galleries are filled with gravel or stone that temporarily holds water, allowing it to soak slowly into the ground instead of running off into the storm sewer. Visit www.kitchener.ca/stormwatercredits or call 519-741-3400 x3355 to learn more about the stormwater credit program. n
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2: Big Wreck and Theory of a Deadman hit up the Centre in the Square 6: Christmas Fantasy: grab a hot chocolate and enjoy the Christmas lights in Victoria Park 11: Sexologist Dr. Robin Milhausen on 50 Shades of Grey, hosted by KPL at Victoria Park pavilion 12: Nerd Nite at the Rum Runner pub. Come learn about nerdy things. www.kw.nerdnite.com
Ask an expert Wondering about the 2013 budget process? Ask our expert, Ryan Hagey, director of financial planning for the City of Kitchener, on Monday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. using our Facebook forum. For more details, see www.kitchener.ca/askanexpert n Strummerfest Come down to City Hall for a free concert commemorating the life and work of Joe Strummer on Dec. 14, 710 p.m. Music will be at multiple venues throughout downtown Kitchener, and the city hall stage will have bands covering classic Joe Strummer and Clash tunes. Check details on : www.strummerfest2012.com n Kids’ Hop – with a special visit from Santa! Santa Claus joins Erick Traplin for Kids’ Hop at Kitchener Market on Dec. 18 from 11 a.m. to noon. The kids can dance up a storm as Traplin plays a free concert, and they can get a free photo with Santa, with a donation to the Waterloo Region Food Bank. n Honouring loved ones during the holidays On Saturday, Dec. 22 from 2-4 p.m., please join Kitchener Cemeteries at Williamsburg Cemetery for a casual gathering honouring loved ones by placing a personalized ornament (provided) on a tree of remembrance. If you are unable to come on Dec. 22, ornaments can be placed on the tree Dec. 8 or 15 during office hours. For more information, please call Kitchener Cemeteries at 519-741-2880. n Christmas Market Holiday entertaining is a lot easier when you come to the Kitchener Market to pick up all of your holiday entertaining needs on Dec. 22 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Carollers will wander the market celebrating the Christmas spirit with beautiful holiday songs. For more information, call 519-741-2297 or visit www.kitchenermarket.ca n
16: Barenaked Ladies: greatest hits and holiday songs with the K-W Symphony at Centre in the Square 14: #getdowntown after dark! Themuseum and select shops are open late; it’s the perfect time for some holiday shopping 21: themuseum hosts an end-of-theworld party not to be missed 31: Join us for an outdoor concert to ring in the new year! There are lots of free and nearly free activities to do within the city, too. Check out www.kitchener.ca, search words “free or nearly free” to plan your weekend or next evening out. n
Send a kid to camp! Summer is about fun for everyone! Your tax deductible donation of just $352 ensures one child or youth with a disability will receive the one-to-one support necessary to successfully participate in camp for one week this summer (alternative donation amounts are also welcome). Visit www.kitchener.ca/EveryKidCounts to learn more. n
Emerald ash borer (EAB) is now established across the city. Most of the city’s ash trees will be dead by 2017, if no action is taken.
You can save your ash trees. Protect your large, healthy ash trees by injecting them with TreeAzinTM – a natural by-product. To learn more and to find a qualified service provider, check www.bioforest.ca.
Help conserve Kitchener’s tree canopy. www.kitchener.ca
information and energy saving tips are now available
Christmas spirit at the Kitchener Market with these fun, family holiday events ! Let us help you get into the
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Stormwater Credits... apply now and save! If you own residential property and ou have: rain barrels, cisterns, Rain garden infiltration galleries, rain gardens, or permeable pavers you could be eligible to receive up to 45% of the stormwater portion of your utility bill!
Lace ‘em up for public skating programs and NEW skating events: · “Skate-while-you-wait” at The Aud · New Year’s Day, Family Day…and more! www.kitchener.ca/skatingschedule or call 519-741-2699 for details.
Visit www.kitchener.ca/stormwatercredits to apply now! Simply complete the online application telling us how much stormwater you divert from the municipal system using the tools above. Apply before March 1, 2013 and eligible credits could be retroactive to Jan 1. 2011 or the date installed. After March 1, eligible credits will be applied to the date the application was received by the city. To receive a paper copy of the application visit Kitchener City Hall, 5th floor or call 519-741-3400 x3255. Stormwater credits are also available for non-residential property owners – visit www.kitchener.ca/stormwatercredits to learn more.
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REPLACING KINSMEN CENTRE
KW Habilitation has plans to make its building as up-to-date as its services BY H.G. WATSON
tâ€™s an exciting time for local support agency KW Habilitation. After almost five years of planning and campaigning for a brand new building, they are inching closer to starting the project. The proposed building will include a cafĂŠ and brand new resources for the many people who make use of KW Habilitationâ€™s services. It will replace the Kinsmen Centre which currently provides supported employment and hosts many other activities such as aerobics, art, cooking, games, crafts, baking, and the popular annual TC Idol show. Associate Editor of the Cord Community Edition in Waterloo HG Watson sat down with Ann Bilodeau, Executive Director of KW Habilitation to chat about how to get people living the good life HGW: Tell me a little bit about the campaign to get a new building for KW Habilitation. AB: The history in this building goes back to the early seventies. If
Brittany takes advantage of several of the services provided by KW Habilitation including its youth program. Brittany also volunteers in the community at the YMCA and St. Maryâ€™s Hospital.
The sod-turning is expected to take place in February 2013 for KW Habilitationâ€™s new building at 108 Sydney Street South in Kitchener. To be located where the current Kinsmen Centre now sits, the building lot takes up a portion of the block from Sydney Street South to Ottawa Street South. The entrance of the new building will be on Ottawa Street South, rather than Sydney. Drawing courtesy of KW Habilitation Services
you look at the field of developmental services in the early seventies, itâ€™s very different than it is today. It was very much a model of the office in the front and the people we support in the back doing the light industry in the community. It used to be called a sheltered workshop for a lack of a better word, which is not the word today. Thank goodness the field has really shifted over the years. 2007 was when we started this whole adventure. That was for several reasons. One, itâ€™s an old factory and an old factory is not okay any more for adults who have a developmental disability. Two, the building is falling apart and when you start looking at what it would cost to improve it and getting it up to code, it was going to be a couple million dollars. HGW: Will the new building make it easier for the people coming to participate in programs at KW Habilitation? AB: They come to participate in activities that they choose to do in their life so itâ€™s very different. Adults that have a developmental disability have many options today, so they would come here to participate in what is valued to their day. Certainly there is a list of things that they can do - they can go to Zumba class and participate in that, and we have the studio, which is right out back. The day in the life of a person
who has a developmental disability is very different today. The way we look at it is that weâ€™re participating as an organization in helping people have a good life. If you look at what habilitation means, itâ€™s not rehabilitation. Itâ€™s not a broken arm that can be rehabbed. Itâ€™s habilitation, which means good life. We look at it as supporting a good life and building a good life depending on where the participants are at.
The front door of the Kinsmen Centre that fronts onto Sydney Street South. At left: Brittany Franks takes a shot at a summer barbecue held in the gravel parking lot behind the Kinsmen Centre this summer.
truly believe that the day in the life of a person can change drastically from coming in.
The main thing about this building is that it will be welcoming for anyone.
HGW: When does construction start on the new building? AB: Shovel in the ground will be the end of February 2013. Initial plans are for three floors; first floor is all about the people we support.
If youâ€™re interested in supporting KW Habilitationâ€™s AchieveAbility campaign, visit kwhab.ca/donate/achievability/
HGW: Your contribution to the community isnâ€™t limited to assisting people with developmental disabilities. AB: The reality is we employ over 600 people and have almost 30 homes in K-W. We also have one of the largest preschool programs in Waterloo Regionâ€Ś we have certainly a very strong youth program and strong employment program where over 160 adults are in the community working at minimum wage or better. Weâ€™ve moved a long way baby! Compared to the old time where it was total support, thatâ€™s not the case any more. Strong citizenship is also something we believe in. Many of the people we support are involved in traditional volunteering in the community. HGW: Who will run the new cafĂŠ that youâ€™re putting in the centre? AB: Weâ€™ll be doing it all. We have a couple of cool ideas. We get really excited about it because we
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TRIM THE MITTEN TREE! Help decorate SPCA's Hat and mitten tree with hats, gloves, scarves!! Hang your new items on the tree located in the lobby of SPCC. We will be collecting items until Dec. 14th. All items will be donated to the Salvation Army.
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Berlin Tower exhibit features art created at Grand Valley Institute for Women T
wo very different exhibits grace Kitchener City Hallâ€™s art spaces for the month of November. The Rotunda Gallery features the work of Nik Harron, whose exhibit, Interrupted Horizons, explores the sense of connection felt when contemplating a landscape. Artworks created through the
Fresh Start Creations program at the Grand Valley Institute for Women are featured for the month in the Berlin Tower ARTSPACE. ROTUNDA For Belfast-born Harron, Interrupted Horizons speaks to the impact industrialization of the landscape has on our sense of
connection to our surroundings. â€œTo contemplate a landscape is to feel a deeply spiritual sense of connection to oneâ€™s surroundings,â€? says the artist. Harron adds that when the natural landscape is altered, â€œWe create self-reinforcing disconnects within the historical record that lead to inter-generational blindness of what has been altered.â€? Spanning several disciplines, Harronâ€™s recent work has focused on the Canadian landscape. His heavily textural approach to painting bridges the gap between traditional painting and sculpture.
created by women imprisoned at the Grand Valley Institute for Women (GVI), a federal prison located in Kitchener. The women participate in Fresh Start Creations, a program offered inside the institution and delivered through Community Justice Initiativeâ€™s Stride Program. Women in the prison participate in these programs on a voluntary basis. Fresh Start Creations was born out of the popularity of the arts and crafts activities carried out on Stride Nights, offered once a week at GVI. Pieces created in this program are used to â€˜give backâ€™ to the community by raising ARTSPACE funds from the sale of their Embracing Women, Embracing creations. Fresh Start Creations Change is an exhibit of work art will also be available at WIGG
(Womenâ€™s International Gift and Gallery) YWCA (Cambridge), and the Accelerator Centre (Waterloo) in addition to the Community Justice Initiatives office on Queen Street South, Kitchener. Moneys from the sale of these works are held in an account until $500 is raised. Then a local womenâ€™s or childrenâ€™s charity is chosen by the women of GVI to receive the donation. The chosen recipient is invited to the institution where the cheque is presented directly from the women to the charity. Donations are made after each $500 in sales is achieved. A different group is chosen each time.
Dear Photograph... BY H.G. WATSON ASSOCIATE EDITOR CORD COMMUNITY EDITION
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