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March-April 2012 The city’s publication for its residents

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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 ( 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.

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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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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 or contact Carolyn at: carolyn@outstandingwomenspeak. com or stockings.

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bring along their letters to Santa. A team of Canada Post letter carriers will be collecting them and sending them by “Special Delivery” to the North Pole. This year’s parade involves the help of over 100 volunteers, many of them local young people who have volunteered to dress up as clowns or animals and will be walking along the parade route. Rogers Television, Cable 20 will televise the parade live from Kitchener City Hall at 11am on Saturday, November 17. The channel will offer a repeat broadcast of the parade at various times to its cable customers during the weeks leading up to Christmas. Parade onlookers are also encouraged to bring an “unwrapped” toy for the Waterloo Knights of Columbus and the Waterloo Fire Department’s annual New Toys for Needy Kids toy drive. Volunteers from the Food Bank of Waterloo Region will also be collecting food and cash donations along the parade route. “I keep watching the weather forecasts and hoping for good weather. We’re expecting lots of people along the parade route,” Bovingdon said.




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THE KITCHENER CITIZEN OPINION PAGE is published monthly by Rosemount House Publishing 10 Edinburgh Rd., Kitchener, ON N2B 1M5 519-578-8228 P UBLISHER/EDITOR Carrie Debrone ADVERTISING East 519-578-8228 NEWS REP ORTERS Jennifer Leppek Helen Hall Andrea Hall


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 Geoff Lorentz Region of Waterloo Councillor

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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 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. 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

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

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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


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.

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Continued from cover All budget papers are posted on the city’s website /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, visit our website at 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 Andrea completed a global studies and history degree at Wilfrid Laurier University, followed that with journalism, and now works at CBC Radio in Toronto.



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 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 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



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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&#x20AC;&#x2122;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: Remembering Veterans Lest we forget â&#x20AC;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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Holiday Open House I would like to invite you to my holiday open house at my constituency office. The open house will be held on Friday December 7th from 1-4 pm. The office is located at 1770 King St. E., Unit 6C, in Kitchener (next door to the Red Lobster on King). I hope youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to come by to enjoy some baked goods, coffee and hot chocolate and share in some holiday cheer. Please let us know if you plan on attending by emailing my office at

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Expanding Cardiac Care Services at St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x2122;s General Hospital. $2,326,500 will go to launch a much needed Arrhythmia Management Program offering local procedures for implantable cardioverterdefibrillators (ICDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x2122;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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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



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,



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.

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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 For more on the city’s winter bylaws, see 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 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 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/, 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 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 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 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, 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, 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 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 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, search words “Rockway study.”n

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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 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 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.

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 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 : 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 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, 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 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

Help conserve Kitchener’s tree canopy.

information and energy saving tips are now available

anytime, anywhere!

Christmas spirit at the Kitchener Market with these fun, family holiday events ! Let us help you get into the

Breakfast with Santa December 8, 9 a.m. __________

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$5 per ticket or $15 for a family of four

Cookie and cupcake decorating

December 15 10 __________ a.m. - 12 noon

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*“CITY BUCKS” can be used to pay a City of Kitchener bill or to purchase tickets, services or merchandise at city-owned facilities, like The Aud, Rockway and Doon Valley Golf Courses and many more!! Don’t delay! Deadline to enter for your chance to win $300 “CITY BUCKS” is December 20, 2012.

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! or call 519-741-2699 for details.

Visit 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 to learn more.

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KW Habilitation has plans to make its building as up-to-date as its services BY H.G. WATSON


tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital.

The sod-turning is expected to take place in February 2013 for KW Habilitationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x2122;re participating as an organization in helping people have a good life. If you look at what habilitation means, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not rehabilitation. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a broken arm that can be rehabbed. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x2122;re interested in supporting KW Habilitationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s AchieveAbility campaign, visit

HGW: Your contribution to the community isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;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&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve moved a long way baby! Compared to the old time where it was total support, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x2122;re putting in the centre? AB: Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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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wo very different exhibits grace Kitchener City Hallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x153;To contemplate a landscape is to feel a deeply spiritual sense of connection to oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surroundings,â&#x20AC;? says the artist. Harron adds that when the natural landscape is altered, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We create self-reinforcing disconnects within the historical record that lead to inter-generational blindness of what has been altered.â&#x20AC;? Spanning several disciplines, Harronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x2DC;give backâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x2122;s or childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.


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2011 and I was sitting at my kitchen table. My family and I had just finished having dinner and we pulled out a few old albums. I came across one of my brother who was sitting in the same spot he was sitting in the photo and I was sitting in the same spot from where my mom took the photo. I went and took it out of the plastic and held it up and then grabbed my camera and took a picture of it. After that I started a Tumblr HG Watson: Where did the idea blog. I went to go upload the photos and it asked for a come from? Taylor Jones: It was May 25, Continued on next page...

where it was taken. But the captions underneath them serve as letters to a time gone by, adding an emotional resonance that is missing from say, LOLcats. Taylor Jones is the local creator behind the website and book, which was released on May 8 of this year. We spoke to Jones at Word on the Street Kitchener in September while he was waiting to meet one of his many fans: Jian Ghomeshi.

WHAT WEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;RE READING A monthly column featuring great reads as suggested and reviewed by librarians from the Kitchener Public Library. Follow along each month and discover your next great read! ike many an opera, this is a story of love L and loss, and how one personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tragedy can affect the lives of others. The author

THIS MONTHâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S READING SELECTIONS ARE: THE BEGGARâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S OPERA by Peggy Blair REVIEWED BY: Lesa Balch, Senior Manager, Service Development

takes us to Havana, where a young beggar boy is found assaulted and dead near the seawall along the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coastline. The plot moves quickly forward as the Cuban police have three days to make an arrest. We are introduced to an intuitive Cuban police detective who has a special connection to the murdered victims he seeks to avenge. Soon afterwards, we meet a visiting Canadian police detective, who bring his secrets and a tragic past with him to Cuba, and eventually becomes the primary suspect. The Canadian is guilty of something, but is he guilty of murder? The story unfolds over the Christmas holidays, so we get to experience Christmas Eve in Cuba through the eyes of Cubans in different financial circumstances, contrasting their lives to well-to-do Canadian tourists. The Cuban characters come to life as we get to know the young beggar boy and his family, the police detectiveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right-hand man, a beautiful and smart prostitute, and a brilliant medical examiner. At one point, we travel outside Havana to a remote village, where Cuban life in

the countryside is contrasted to life in the city. Throughout the novel there are comparisons between Canada and Cuba, such as individual rights in the legal system, prostitution laws, penalties for child abuse, freedom of the press, and internet availability. These differences are presented as the way life happens in the context of the story, but the author does occasionally offer some interesting historical background for the rules and regulations, as well as how Cubans manage to circumvent some of the restraints. We watch closely as the Cuban police detective stretches the boundaries but manages to work within the flawed legal system in Cuba, as he seeks to find out why the beggar boy was killed and ultimately bring the murderer to justice. The Beggarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Opera pulls us into life in Havana with its daily joy and tragedy. From the personal perspective of both Cubans and Canadians, we encounter political corruption, violence and revenge, but also get to experience love, loyalty and friendship. We emerge satisfied with how the mystery is resolved, wondering if there will be another novel with some of the same characters set in either Havana or Ottawa.

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Community Church Listing St. Anthony Daniel - Catholic

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St James’-Rosemount United

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...continued from previous caption… I thought how do people talk to photos? I said, “well, people write letters.” That’s where Dear Photograph came from. I had a decent following for my personal brand I guess you could say. People actually reacted to it — before I put out a ton of websites that were just flops. But people just kept sharing it and sharing it. Two weeks later I got picked up by Mashable — I was working at RIM at the time and it was right after lunch and I got an email that asked to do a story on my website. HGW: You had to quit your job at RIM, right? TJ: I would go home and do radio interviews at lunch. I started at RIM in April 2011 and I had to quit Sept. 1. I was only there for the summer! It was way too much work with all the press and logistics for the book, and I couldn’t do it all. HGW: What’s next for you? TJ: I’m starting to [look] at more opportunities. I’m working on something I’ll have out in the next little while that I’m excited to share with everybody. It won’t be the same as Dear Photograph but it will be cool. HGW: Before Dear Photograph were you a photographer? TJ: I’ve always been in love with photography. I wouldn’t call myself a photographer; it’s just more of a hobby. One of my websites before was Appleography — I curated photos from people’s iPhones that were really nice photos. Its weird now that I’ve created something that has all my interests combined. I like photography, blogging and creativity so it’s been cool to do something that I actually love. When I first started it was weird to see people from Kitchener then from Hamilton, London and it just started exploding. I remember getting my first international submission — it was just really cool. HGW: Are there any photos that have stayed with you? TJ: One was posted last week

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HGW: What makes Waterloo of a mother who lost her child and two days before she took a Region a good place to be in a photo of him kissing a tree and creative industry? TJ: When I was younger I she did a Dear Photograph. It was wanted to move out of the city. super sad. Now I’ve been so involved with HGW: Are there any local ones? everything that’s going on. It’s a TJ: The owner of Disneybound, great community and it’s cool she sent in a photo of her at because its not too big but its not Disney Land when she was really too small and you get to know young in front of the castle. (Ed. everybody… everybody just helps note: Disneybound is another each other out. That’s one of the local tumblr blog that shows reasons Dear Photograph has fashion outfits inspired by done what its done; because I’ve had that community behind me. characters in Disney films.)

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

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Applesauce (as a condiment) can be a surprisingly flavourful accompaniment to roasted meats, especially, but also to other preparations of pork and poultry. One need not restrict the additions to the usual cinnamon and, perhaps, allspice, but one may try any one of a number of flavourings to help it to be more assertive.


Peel and core apples of your choice, and cut into eighths or chop coarsely. Place in a saucepan and add a very small amount of sugar (just a pinch, if you have, say, three or four large apples) and a dash of cider vinegar. If garlic is one of your selected flavourings, mince or chop finely, and place in the saucepan with the apples and sugar. Place saucepan over low heat and cook and stir until apples are softened. Mash apples with a fork or potato masher and stir in seasonings to taste: a wee pinch of salt, for sure, and coarsely-ground black pepper. Also, any one, or a combination of additions such as chopped fresh sage, freshly-ground nutmeg, a small amount of dried red-pepper flakes, a pinch of dry mustard (or a bit of prepared mustard), curry spices of your choice (as hot as you wish), ground ginger, ground cumin, etc. Taste as you add. Serve as a condiment, hot, warm or cold.

BAKED HADDOCK (four servings)

about 1 ½ pounds haddock fillets about ¾ cup fine, dried bread or cracker crumbs 1 teaspoon (or more, to taste) dried thyme or other herb about ½ cup unsalted butter chopped fresh parsley for garnish 1 lemon, quartered for garnish Brush both sides of the fillets generously with melted butter. Combine the crumbs and the herb, along with a pinch of salt and some freshly-ground black pepper and coat the fish with the crumb mixture. Place in a well-buttered baking dish and bake at 400 degrees F. Check at 10 minutes (it shouldn’t require any longer). When the fish is done, place on warmed plates and garnish with the parsley and lemon. Serve immediately, with your best homemade tartar sauce.

I like the nutty flavour of Brussels Sprouts, with only butter and dash of fresh lemon juice. But, a small bit of real maple syrup won’t do them any harm.


Applesauce as a dessert is no less appealing, with the addition of such spices as cinnamon, ginger, allspice and freshly-grated nutmeg, along with additional sugar. Serve warm and top with ice cream, or sour cream, or crème fraîche, or yogurt or whipped cream.

Haddock is an agreeable fish; you may use this method of preparation with many alterations in flavour; to the crumbs, add freshly-ground black pepper; use an herb or herbs other than thyme (sage, oregano, etc) and garnish with an herb of your choice other than parsley.

1 pound Brussels sprouts 2 tablespoons olive oil coarse sea salt or Kosher salt freshly-ground black pepper 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup 1 or 2 tablespoons soft butter 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano, or pinch of dried Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Trim Brussels sprouts, and cut into halves. Place cut side down in a single layer and cook until they are a deep golden brown (four or five minutes). Season with the salt and pepper and toss. Cook a further 3 or 4 minutes, until sprouts are just tender.


Remove the skillet from the heat and spoon the sprouts into a large bowl. Add the maple syrup, soft butter, parsley and oregano to the skillet (turn off the heat); as soon as the butter has melted add the sprouts to the skillet and toss or stir carefully to coat the sprouts well with the syrup mixture. Remove sprouts to a serving platter and serve immediately.

Brussels sprouts also make excellent coleslaw, with or without the additions of chopped onion, grated carrot, chopped celery and a few slivers of green and red sweet pepper. Or, instead, add chopped onion, chopped tart apple, and grated Swiss cheese. Use a mixture of homemade mayonnaise and vinegar, or your favorite coleslaw dressing. Top with toasted pumpkin or squash seeds.

For the best-flavoured cornbread, use an extra-sharp, extra-old, best-quality Cheddar cheese.

CHEDDAR CORNBREAD 1 ¼ cups cornmeal ¾ cup all purpose flour 1 tablespoon sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 3/4 teaspoon table salt ½ teaspoon baking soda 1 cup coarsely-grated extra-sharp cheddar cheese 1/3 cup finely-chopped onion 2/3 cup whole milk 2/3 cup buttermilk, well shaken 2 large eggs 3 tablespoons butter, melted

Whisk together, or stir with a fork, the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a large bowl. Add the grated cheese and onion and whisk until well combined. In another bowl, which together the whole milk, the buttermilk (shake well first), the eggs and the melted butter. Add the milk mixture to the cornmeal mixture, being careful not to over mix -stir until just combined.

Pour the batter into a well-buttered 9 x 2-inch round baking pan, and bake at 425 degrees F. until pale golden, and until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out dry – 18 – 20 minutes. Place pan on a rack and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Turn the cornbread out onto a rack, invert on a plate, cut into wedges, and serve immediately.

A lovely fall dessert – and so very easy.


Using one pear for each serving, cut pears in half, remove the core, and place the halves, cut side up, in a baking dish. Sprinkle very lightly with cinnamon and freshly-grated nutmeg. Add drizzle of brandy, or your favorite liqueur, or a light sprinkling of sugar, if you wish. Bake at 350 degrees F. until the pears are just barely tender (be careful not to over bake) and serve as is, or with a dollop of sour cream or other topping of your choice.

Dried citrus zest adds a special flavour to salt and pepper. Finely-grate lemon zest onto a sheet of parchment and microwave for a couple of minutes, until dry. Cool, then store in an airtight container, at room temperature. Stir into salt and pepper, breadcrumbs, sauces, stews, and salad dressings, etc. as needed.

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Board can reject owner’s request to attend board meeting by MARILYN LINCOLN

Q. I wrote a letter to our board of directors requesting that I be able to attend the next board meeting. I would like a one on one meeting to discuss some issues. I received a response informing me to submit my issues by letter and the board will discuss them at their next meeting. I would like to voice my issues personally. How do I even know that they will discuss my issues? Can they stop me from attending the next board meeting? A. Check your bylaws to confirm whether or not requested


This is probably not something you would hear from most real estate agents, but, if you don’t have to sell your home now, wait! November through January is traditionally the worst time to sell a house. The main reason is that there are the fewest amount of buyers out looking at this time of year. People generally do not want to move into their new home in the winter months.


members to consider putting aside a little time at the end of their board meeting in order to meet with a concerned owner. Sometimes residents feel their issues are not taken seriously and this creates a lot of friction between the board and the owners. Open and honest communication is the key to a well managed successfully condominium property. * * * Marilyn Lincoln is a condo owner, director and author of “The Condominium Self Management Guide” 2nd ed. Send questions to To order a copy of her guide send $39.95 plus $4.98 shipping and handling to The Condo Guide, 163 Thaler Ave. Suite #302, Kitchener, Ontario, N2A 1R4

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ne of the most amazing O features of our economy now is that interest rates, adjusted for inflation are negative, and there is every reason to believe that they will remain so for quite some time. The same thing happened at the end of the Second World War and then again in the 1970s. However, in those eras, inflation was much higher than it is today. The reported inflation rate is now falling, primarily because of the low commodity prices. Yet, except for nations such as Greece and perhaps Switzerland, almost no one expects outright deflation, which could justify the currently low interest rates. Later, inflation is certain, so our short-term rates, adjusted for prices, will provide a negative return. The major central banks are targeting inflation at about 2 per cent. It should be noted that in the 1970s inflation was not expected, but investors currently are aware that they will be losing money in real terms.

The level of interest rates now is the price, which balances the desire for saving with the demand for investment. It is obvious then that investors are extremely cautious and businesses are unwilling under present circumstances to invest in new projects. Certainly it is clear that the objective of government policies is to discourage saving-hoarding capital and stimulate consumer demand along with more business spending to reduce unemployment. The central banks attempt to affect interest rates by setting the base rates at which they will supply liquidity, that is, funds to banks. In order to accomplish this they have been using socalled quantitative easing, the printing of new money to buy bonds with the objective of pushing down longer-term yields. There is a correlation of real interest rates and economic growth. When the economy is flourishing, there will be many profitable opportunities. Businesses then will be borrowing and speculators will

be tempted to acquire money to invest in property development or the stock market. There is a great danger in this. The fall in financing rates may tempt borrowers to ignore ordinary caution and invest funds in risky ventures that would not be even considered if interest rates were at normal levels. Also, banks may be inclined to disregard the ability of borrowers to carry the loans. And pension funds likely would take chances with speculative vehicles in order to compensate for sub-par rates of return. Hence, overleveraging misallocates capital, creating asset and inflating bubbles commodity prices. The situation will be made worse once inflation and commodity prices inevitably climb again. Clearly, artificially low interest rates entail real danger. *** Bruce Whitestone is an economist and syndicated columnist living in the Breslau area.


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Grand River CarShare gets its first electric vehicle BY ANDREA HALL


on’t let the coming snowflakes fool you – Waterloo Region is getting greener. Grand River CarShare recently added an electric car to its fleet of shared vehicles. It’s a perfect fit for the cooperative, which promotes a sustainable transportation system. But executive director Dave Steffler says there were obstacles. “At this point in time the infrastructure is still in its infancy,” he said. “In order to get this vehicle in place we had to have a charging station installed.” Steffler gives a lot of credit to the Region of Waterloo for the new addition. Not only did the Region install the charging station in its Administration Building, but the co-op purchased the Mitsubishi i-MiEV in part with a $15,000 grant from the Region’s Community Environmental fund. The car officially launched October 17, and Steffler says it’s been used every day since. Of course by now, the co-op is used to success. Grand River CarShare began in 1998, based on a model that had already gained popularity in Europe. Members reserve a vehicle just when they need one – insurance and gas included in the rate. It fosters what Steffler calls a conservation ethic. “When you own a vehicle and it’s sitting in the driveway, it’s easy

to use because it’s there,” he said. “When you’re paying per use you’re much more aware of how much it’s costing you.” The idea took off – the co-op now has 23 vehicles and 700 members between its Grand River and Hamilton branches. “You can rent per hour, which is very convenient for me, and it’s cheaper than owning a car,” said CarShare member Suzie Nunes. She said the co-op fills in the gap when she needs to get somewhere in a hurry, or out of reach of public transit. Nunes hasn’t had a chance to take out the co-op’s i-MiEV, but is looking forward to the

opportunity. “It’s another way to promote healthier means of transportation.” As its Waterloo Region fleet grows, Grand River CarShare is also looking to expand its market across Southern Ontario. It’s currently evaluating interest in Niagara Region, Elmira and Cambridge, and Steffler says they’ve had inquiries from London and Peterborough. “It’s still a fairly new concept to a lot of people, but our hope is that with time it’s going to become the social norm.” For more information visit the website at

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Schneider Haus Museum is located at 466 Queen St. S. in Kitchener. Weekend hours are Saturdays 10am. to 5pm., Sundays 1 to 5pm. Admission is $5/family, $2.25/adult, $1.50/senior, $1.25/child. FREE: DIABETES & YOU ~ Take Charge Expo; Sat., Nov. 17th; 8:30am- 12pm at St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s High School; 1500 Block Line Rd., Kitchener. Learn about diabetes and prevention. Cooking Demo with Chef D and Dietitian Cristina Fernandes; Tips on Motivation and Lifestyle Change from Psychologist Shannon Currie; Exhibitor Tradeshow and more! Call the Canadian Diabetes Association (519) 742-1481 x 221 to pre-register or more info.

Longtime local butcher Delford Schultz will be on hand to share his butchering expertise and discuss the cuts of meat most popular among PennsylvaniaGerman settlers in this region. Costumed staff will be busy making heritage recipes such as Pawnhaas, Brodwarscht and Sommerwarscht. Not sure what these are? Come to Schneider Haus for Butchering Bee and find out! The Joseph

at the Waterloo Region Museum on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7pm for a fundraising event called Christmas Readings. Lynn Haddrall, Waterloo Region Record Editorin-Chief and CTV Southwestern Ontario reporters Nadia Matos and David Imrie will join museum staff in bringing to life best-loved Christmas stories including O. Henryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sentimental â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Gift of the Magi,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Leacockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amusing â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hoodoo


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K I TC H E N E R C I T I Z E N ( E A ST E D I T I O N ) • N O V E M B E R 1 5 , 2 0 1 2 • 29 CHRISTMAS & ALL THAT JAZZ - Sunday Nov 25, 2pm - Gilbert & Sullivan Ensemble – variety of festive favourites, sing-along, featured guests – Barb Brown and Alison Enns at St. James’-Rosemount United Church, 171 Sherwood Ave, Kitchener. Call (519) 744-3146. ACT OUT LOOKING FOR MONSTERS -

Before Twilight and Interview With a Vampire, there was Dracula. Based on the book by Bram Stoker, act OUT KW will present a stage adaptation of the frightening story that made this a horror classic and is looking for young people to take part. Auditions are being held in November for the production that will hit the stage at The Registry Theatre in Kitchener in February 2013. Successful artists will receive more than 50 hours of rehearsal time, a legal copy of the Dracula script and costumes. Registration is also open for the 2012-13 season of classes, workshops, camps and PD Days. Please visit for complete details and registration forms. Registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis. START A FAMILY TRADITION - at the Waterloo Region Museum. Tickets are now on sale for Christmas programming offered at the Waterloo Region Museum. Country Christmas Sundays: Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 11am to 4pm. Enjoy Christmas in the country from the early 20th century! Take in the sights and sounds of a Christmas past with horse drawn wagon rides, music and Father Christmas. General Admission rates apply. Doon By Lantern Light Tours* Fridays & Saturdays: Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15 and 21. Tours at 7 or 8:30pm. Step back in time and enjoy one of our longest standing traditions - a guided lantern-lit tour of Doon Heritage Village, with a horse drawn wagon ride and carol singing in our village church. Note museum exhibit galleries closed. $12 (plus HST) Starry Night* Saturday, Dec. 22, 6:30 to 9:30pm. Enjoy Doon Heritage Village

beautifully lit by lantern light on a winter night under the stars! You'll feel the spirit of Christmas at Starry Night. Presented by the Friends of Waterloo Region Museum. $20/adult, $10/child (plus HST) Tickets on sale now! Space is limited. Call today so you won't be disappointed. 519-7481914. Waterloo Region Museum is located at 10 Huron Rd. in Kitchener. CHRISTMAS SHOW - Tuesday, December 11, 2012 Schwaben Club - Christmas Show 2012 with Liane, Marcel, Werner George, Jo & Josephine and the Pfaelzer Buam. Doors Open: 5:30pm, Dinner: 6:30pm. (Caesar Salad, Roast Beef with Gravy, Turkey with Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Carrots, Torte, Coffee/Tea), Show: 8pm. Admission: Members $41.50 plus tax, Non-Members: $46.50 plus tax. FOCUS ON FRIENDS - Friday March 8th, 2013 will be the 12th anniversary of “Focus on Friends,” Focus for Ethnic Women’s recognition of immigrant women in Waterloo Region celebrating the accomplishments of immigrant women who distinguish themselves in their chosen profession and as volunteers in the community. Nominate the professional woman of your choice who has also contributed to her community as a volunteer. The deadline for nominations is November 19th, 2012 by fax, 519-746-6799 or by email, Remember to book Friday, March 8th, 2013 to support Focus for Ethnic Women and enjoy an evening of entertainment and good food with friends at Golf’s Steak House. WEST 49 COATS FOR KIDS - campaign runs to November 21. Since 2002 more than 80,000 Canadian kids have received winter coats as a result of this program. Coat collection barrels are at every West 49 store. Everyone who brings in a clean, insulated gently used winter coat to any West 49 store across Canada receives $25 off any winter jacket. Donated jackets are given to youth shelters and

charities across the country.

with other seniors? The cost is just $6 members in KW alone. Our chapter of 8

COFFEE BREAK - is an interdenominational per day, and the program runs Mondays, women has members in our mid 30s and

Bible Study for women of all ages and all stages of faith. Nurseries and preschool programs are provided. All programs are free. Wednesdays 9.30-11am, at the Community Christian Reformed Church, 1275 Bleams Rd., Kitchener. Register at or come out on a Wednesday morning. Questions? TRAVELOGUES AT ROCKWAY SENIOR CENTRE - Slide travelogues are being

offered at the Rockway Senior Centre on the first Wednesday monthly at 1:30pm. Wednesday, December 5 - Aspects of Asia - Presenter: Marlene Burke Cost: $2. For more info, contact: Georgina Green, 519-743-7655 SUNBEAM CENTRE HAS A VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU!

If you are a people person with 2 hours per week to spare to brighten the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities, Sunbeam Centre has a volunteer opportunity for you! We are now recruiting Day Program Recreation Assistants at our Kingsway Drive location, and Friendly Visitors (reading, computer, crafts, games, music, etc.) Various times available throughout K-W and training provided. Students welcome! Contact Christine at (519)8936200 ext. 253 or c.rushton@sunbeam SUNNYSIDE SENIORS’ SERVICES NEEDS VOLUNTEERS - We are recruiting

for a Tuck Shop Clerk (Mondays 1:15 – 3:45 p.m.), a Shopping Assistant (Thursdays 9 – 10:30 a.m.) a Pub Night Assistant (Thursdays 6 – 8 pm.) and Friendly Visitors (flexible times). If you are interested in any of these positions, contact Janice Klassen, Coordinator, Volunteers at 519-893-8494, ext 6372 or email SENIOR ADULT DAY PROGRAM - Did you know Trinity Village has an Adult Day Program for seniors wishing to socialize

Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am to 1 pm, at Trinity Village Care Centre, on Kingsway Drive, near Fairview Park Mall. Self-referrals welcome. Call 519-8936320 ext. 235 for more info. MAKE NEW FRIENDS WITH BETA SIGMA PHI - Are you a woman looking for

new friends and fun things to do? Do you enjoy a social, community service-oriented group? If so, you might be interested in our Beta Sigma Phi chapter. Beta Sigma Phi is an international women’s friendship network. For more information about Beta Sigma Phi visit the international website: There are 200

early 40s, mostly married, with small children. We meet twice a month May – Sept. and plan socials throughout the year too. Email betasigmaphiKW@ for more information. ROCKWAY ENTERTAINERS - choral group singing four-part harmony. Recruiting new members... Membership open to those over 50 years old. Rehearsals are Thursdays at 1:30 – 3:30pm from September until May at Rockway Centre Auditorium, 1405 King Street East, Kitchener. Please phone 519-885-9978 or 519-741-2507 for more information.

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Kitchener’s main library addition nears completion BY CARR IE DEBRONE


hen renovations are complete at Kitchener’s central library, the new space will be, well, just like a good book – well constructed, imaginative, and satisfying…and it’s well on its way to a happy ending too. As Kitchener Public Library’s chief executive officer Sonia Lewis walks through the construction space at 85 Queen St. North her eyes light up – especially when she reaches what will become the new children’s department. “When we open I want to be standing right here in the children’s department to see the looks on their faces,” Lewis says with a smile. Completion of the library’s new 20,000-square-foot addition at the back of the existing building is still several months away. A further 5,000-square feet of space will be added to the northwest corner of the original library building in phase two of construction. Lewis said the addition is expected to be completed in the next month or so allowing the existing library to move into the new space in January so renovations can begin on the 82,000-square-foot 50year-old original building. When completed, the addition will give the library about 95,000-square-

Sonia Lewis, Kitchener Public Library’s chief executive officer, stands in front of the old exterior facade of the central library. The wall is being maintained as a design feature in the interior of the library's new addition.

The central library expansion project requires a massive amount of careful planning because the KPL remains open to the public throughout the construction. From left: WalterFedy Consulting Engineer Angelo Ceccato, Maystar General Contractors Project Superintendent Domenic Trichilo, Donmor Drywall Project Coordinator Rick Saunders, Ozz Electric Electricians Pat Sullivan and Mike Kennedy look over construction plans for the $40-million project.

feet of barrier-free wide aisle space in which to display its growing collections, provide an abundance of group and private work spaces, room for future growth, more space for administrative support to the area’s four community libraries (with a fifth community library anticipated to be built by 2019) and better serve central library customers. “The library needs this renovation. We need to support and promote literacy. We take it for granted, but we can’t,” Lewis said. Started in the fall of 2010, the $40million renovation (including the price of the parking lot) is expected to be completed by the fall of 2013. However, the project is behind schedule because of the complexity of constructing while the library remains open to the public. “Anyone who has done a home renovations knows that you have to expect the unexpected,” Lewis said of the delay. “We knew it was going to be challenging and take time.“ The first phase of construction included the construction of half of the 3-storey underground parking garage behind the library, a project completed in partnership with the city, region and the province. The 412 spaces will serve not only library customers but also local

businesses, nearby courthouses and the Centre in the Square. The project was complicated after the deep hole dug for the underground parking garage reached the water table. With some delay the water problems were fixed and the first half of the parking lot was completed in July and is now open for use by the public. Users must still be prepared to walk around the construction zone to enter the library’s Queen St. main entrance, as there is no entrance yet open from the completed section of the parking lot to the library. Eventually there will be entrances to the library and an elevator from the garage to both library levels. The second half of the underground parking lot is now under construction. When completed, it will be topped with grass and left as a green space. After the new two-level library addition is completed next month, the library will then move as much of its collection as possible into the addition in January, where the library will remain open while the original building is renovated, under phase two of the construction. Many of the library’s books and resources will have to be put into storage or sent to community branches because the addition provides only

about a quarter of the space of the current library. “Planning that move certainly is challenging, but we think we can get most of our main collections into the space,” Lewis said. “It may be tight quarters but we have the same great staff here and I think we can make it work for the year,” she said. The addition has been designed to LEED Gold standards by Architects Levitt Goodman (in association with The WalterFedy Partnership and Phillip H Carter Architect). Other notable Levitt Goodman projects include the Waterloo Regional Children's Museum and the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. Maystar General Contractors Inc. based in Vaughn, Ontario is constructing the parking garage and library. Some of Maystar’s most recent projects include a $45-million high school and aquatic centre for the York Catholic School Board and City of Vaughan; a $34-million multi-purpose arena and recreation complex for the City of Oshawa and a $110-million project to renovate and upgrade several long term care facilities across Southern Ontario. The new library addition’s many glass and opaque windows fill it with natural

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Architect's drawing of the Queen Street main entrance.

Architect's drawing of the new library courtyard, which will abut the wall of the historic Gaol next door.

light and the building is made architecturally interesting with design features including a green roof, outdoor court yard, a garden trestle off the main floor, a front glass wall façade, and many private and group tutorial rooms. The new children’s department, which will triple the size of the current children’s area, will include a designated program room (something the current library had to give up several years ago as the demand for study and computer space increased). It will have a heated floor (because it

is being constructed over the parking garage), columns wrapped in walnut veneer to symbolize trees and topped with stamped concrete leaf ceiling tiles, and reading nooks on the floor that will be filled with pillows where children can curl up with a book. The gateway to the children’s department will include an interactive discovery zone where children can manipulate letters and numbers on a wall. A huge piece of public art, a sculpture made of fabric called FLUX designed

“The library needs this renovation. We need to support and promote literacy. We take it for granted, but we can’t.” by Edward Lam and Deborah Moss, will hang from the library’s atrium ceiling. Renovations to the existing library will include building a café and lounge to the right of the main Queen Street entrance and enlarging the Grace Schmidt Room of local History. The library is also taking great pains to preserve the Jack Bechtel mural that currently hangs on the south wall of the library. The old library will be insulated (the building was not insulated when constructed) but construction crews will be insulating the mural wall from the outside in order not to disturb the artwork. The library has raised 76 per cent of its $500,000 commitment towards the

Meant to resemble clouds, large round discs have been installed in ceiling of the library's new children's department.

project through a variety of donations from local companies and foundations. Its Evolve Literally campaign, where it is asking the public to text KPL to 45678 to donate $5 to the project, kicked off this month. “Right now the new addition is a noisy, dusty place with parking issues, but hopefully it will all be worth it,” Lewis said. “I hope it becomes a vibrant, welcoming community space where people of all ages and ethnicities feel welcome. We’re hoping to create a sense of community through the building and the services we provide. We’re in the business of helping people succeed and I think this renewal will help us do that better.”

Excavation of the second half of the 412-space underground parking lot is currently underway. The first half of the new parking garage has been completed and is now open.

Kitchener Citizen - East Edition - November 2012  

Kitchener's original community newspaper established in 1996.

Kitchener Citizen - East Edition - November 2012  

Kitchener's original community newspaper established in 1996.