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Lest We Forget. On Remembrance Day, let us honour the memory of our brave veterans John Milloy, MPP Kitchener Centre

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Local street renamed Woolner Trail in honour of family’s heritage farmstead BY CARRIE DEBRONE

esignated in 1998 as a heriD tage property, the Woolner family homestead has stood at

748 Zeller Drive in Kitchener since 1830. The love of the property and the dedication to preserve it for future generations by its current owner Dale Woolner and her late husband, Robert, who passed away November 2012, inspired neighbours in the area to ask the City of Kitchener to rename the section of Zeller Drive that runs in front of the homestead, Woolner Trail. On Oct. 12, about 45 neighbours, friends and relatives of the Woolners joined Kitchener Mayor Carl Zehr and councillor Berry Vrbanovic to officially unveil the new Woolner Trail street sign at the roundabout at Fairway Road and Zeller Drive. Designated by the City of Kitchener in 1998 as a heritage property, the Woolner family has owned the 6.47-acre property with its Georgian style farmhouse, barn and silo for over 100 years. Backing onto the Grand River, the farm-

The laneway leading to the Woolner farmstead.

stead was originally purchased by Peter Reesor, one of the first Pennsylvania German Mennonites to settle in Waterloo County, and subsequently owned Abraham C. Weber, another prominent member of the Mennonite community. The property was bought by John Woolner in 1908 and has remained in the Woolner family since then. It is believed to be the last remaining original farm located in the Natchez neighbourhood of Kitchener. “My dad would be very proud,” said Emily LaLonde, Dale and Robert’s daughter who spoke on behalf of her family at the street name

A large rock on the property displays the plaques that dedicate the 1830 farmstead as a heritage property.

Ephraim LaLonde, 4, watches as Kitchener councillor Berry Vrbanovic and his grandmother, Dale Woolner, lift the covering to unveil the new Woolner Trial street sign during a ceremony on Oct. 12. A section of Zeller Drive from the roundabout at Fairway Road and Zeller Drive was renamed in honour of the Woolner family’s dedication to preserving the heritage of their farmstead. Located a few hundred meters from the roundabout, it is the last remaining original farm in the area. From left: Kitchener Mayor Carl Zehr, councillor Berry Vrbanovic, Ephraim LaLonde, Dale Woolner, Annie (begin held), Emily and Jeremy LaLonde.

dedication. “My dad believed with such fervor in the preservation of local history,” she said recalling that she used to visit the farm on weekends to help her

grand parents and then more frequently when her parents took over the farm in 1996. “This is great tribute. I wish Rob was here to see this,” said Dale Woolner, Robert’s wife.

The historical Georgian style Woolner farm house.

“This was done in recognition of the history of this area. We need to keep reminded about our connection with history,” said Mayor Carl Zehr, who was Robert Woolner’s high school classmate. Ilene Woolner, whose husband Gordon, grew up on the farm said in an interview after the ceremony that she believes the renaming of the street is a fitting tribute to the property’s rich history. “I have lots of good memories from here. I was dating my husband when he lived here, she said, adding that another member of her family is currently working on a Woolner family history book, ironically titled the ‘Woolner Trail.’



Kitchener councillor has inside look at emergency services at work BY HELEN HALL

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on’t wear lederhosen.” That was the first lesson learned by Kitchener city councillor Berry Vrbanovic after he volunteered to be extracted from a motor vehicle. Vrbanovic came away with a better understanding of how local emergency services work - and a couple of nicks from broken glass on his legs. At the Firefighters Family FunFest held October 19 during Oktoberfest, Vrbanovic was asked to participate in the extraction demonstration. The scenario was that Vrbanovic’s car was “t-boned” by a car driven by a drunk driver. “It was an interesting experience,” Vrbanovic said. “I’ve gone on a ride along (with firefighters) but this was different.” Vrbanovic said it was valuable to see how all three emergency services worked together at the scene. “They knew it was an exercise, but right away they went into professional mode,” he said. The police were first to arrive and had to evaluate the

scene and the condition of the patients. They then called other emergency services with their findings. Once the firefighters and paramedics arrive, the police concentrate on traffic control, taking statements if possible, and making arrests if necessary. A Conestoga Pre-Service

Firefighting student was the drunk driver and “really played up” his role, Vrbanovic said. He was taken away by a Waterloo Regional Police officer. As often happens at accidents involving drunk drivers, he was not injured in the crash. Fire Captain Tim Forsyth, who is the chairman of bri-

Ward 2 councillor Berry Vrbanovic (behind steering wheel) is attended to in a rescue demonstration October 19. After breaking the car’s windows and removing the roof, firefighters and paramedics are preparing to extract him and the passenger, a Conestoga College Pre-Service Firefighting student, from the car.


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Community Christmas Breakfast & Bazaar A firefighter (on the right) breaks the windshield as they prepare to cut the roof off a car so they can extract two mock injured people inside. This demonstration occurred October 19 at the Firefighter FunFest in Kitchener. A “cribbing” piece can be seen by the front tire that is stabilizing the car while the firefighters work on it.

A second Conestoga student, at left, portrayed the drunk driver who was not injured in the mock collision. Vrbanovic took this photo through the front windshield from inside his car as the drunk was yelling at him and his injured passenger. The blue on the windshield is paint from the auto wreckers yard marking the car as one to be used for a fire department mock extraction.

Becker Bros. Towing volunteered to transport them to the demonstration, which was held on Queen Street North, near the Firefighter Memorial. Forsyth said changes in motor vehicle design mean firefighters have to stay upto-date on the construction of cars they are cutting. “They’re building newer cars lighter, so they use less gas,” Forsyth said, adding that this means they suffer more damage in a collision. With Vrbanovic inside, firefighters covered the car occupants with blankets, smashed the windows, and then using

hydraulic equipment often referred to as the “Jaws of Life” removed the doors and took off the roof. “I actually thought it was going to be a lot noisier than it was,” Vrbanovic said of having the roof cut off the car. “That surprised me a bit.” “I hope I never have to go through this in real life,” Vrbanovic said after he was extracted from the car. He said the demonstration made him appreciate the “well-educated” emergency workers who also did their best to make him feel comfortable and safe while they performed their duties.

gade’s Extraction Committee and was the master of ceremonies at the demonstration, said firefighters take over the scene when they arrive. “We do the 3 S’s. Stabilize the scene, stabilize the vehicle and stabilize the patient.” Like the police, firefighters FREE 18TH ANNUAL look for dangers at the scene, such as leaking gas or downed hydro wires. Then they stabilize the car by putting “cribbing” pieces under Come and enjoy the Christmas Story it or shoring it up beautifully choreographed to music and narration. with poles if it has It’s a wonderful time for the entire family. overturned. This More than 125,000 have experienced the greatest story ever told! makes sure the car won’t move and it is safe to get the patients out. Once firefighters can get into the vehicle, they assist the injured. “When the paraLive animals A cast of 175 Elaborate costumes medics arrive we Thousands make this part of their annual Christmas tradition turn over patient care,” Forsyth PRESENTED OUTSIDE IN OUR PARKING LOT said. The paraBleacher Seating - Dress Accordingly 160 Lancaster St. E. Free refreshments to follow medics help the Kitchener (519)745-0151 firefighters decide how to extract the Downtown Kitchener injured from the Friday, Saturday & Sunday Take Frederick to Lancaster St E car based on their & watch for signs injuries. , , 2013 Forsyth said fireFOOD DONATIONS 3 SHOWS NIGHTLY fighters do a lot of WELCOMED extraction training pm pm pm FREE PARKING & using damaged veFREE SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE OPTIONAL LIVE INDOOR VIDEO VIEWING hicles from Parkway Ford, which supported by also donated the cars for this event. BE




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Residents celebrate at Kitchener Festival of Neighbourhoods’ 20th anniversary finale


he winner of the 2013 Festival of Neighbourhoods (FON) main prize of a $10,000 capital grant is the Chandler Mowat Neighbourhood. The prize was drawn by Kitchener Mayor Carl Zehr during the Festival of Neighbourhoods 20th anniversary finale held at city hall Oct. 27. All events registered with the festival each year are entered into the draw. Jacqueline Burke, who accepted the $10,000 cheque on behalf of the Chandler Mowat neighbourhood, said she does not know yet how the money will be spent. “We will have to have a community meeting before we make any decisions,” she said.

The festival is organized annually by 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. This year, more than 19,000 people participated (up from 15,000 last year) in the 111 activities registered with Festival of Neighbourhoods from across the City of Kitchener. Neighbourhood gatherings ranged in size from five to 2,000 participants. “The Festival of Neighbourhoods is really about providing resources, encouragement and recognition to Kitchener citizens for taking that small step to bring their neighbours

together,” said Janice Ouellette, facilitator of volunteer resources for the City of Kitchener. “The finale is about sharing what has been done and celebrating these efforts, so important to our quality of life and connection to the greater community.” This year’s events included community clean ups and barbecues, cultural celebrations, tree plantings, skating parties, pot luck dinners, community gardens and neighbourhood fairs. More than 100 residents representing many of Kitchener’s neighbourhoods and neighbourhood associations attended the finale. The afternoon included a

Lest we forget Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there, I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung My eager craft through footless halls of air... Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace Where never lark, or even eagle flew And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod The high untrespassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand and touched the face of God. — Officer John G. Magee, Jr. - November, 1941



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The winner of the 2013 Festival of Neighbourhoods (FON) main prize of a $10,000 capital grant is the Chandler Mowat Neighbourhood. On behalf of the neighbourhood, Jacqueline Burke accepted the award from Kitchener Mayor Carl Zehr during the Festival of Neighbourhoods 20th anniversary finale Oct. 27 at city hall.

community bingo game, the presentation of the Mayor’s Challenge Award, neighbourhood stories and the completion of a scrapbook page that tells the story of each neighbourhood activity through photos. In honour of its 20th anniversary, a special award was presented to the six neighbourhoods that registered events at the first Festival of Neighbourhoods and who have participated regularly over the last 20 years. Winners are: Mount Hope-Breithaupt Park neighbourhood; Civic Centre/ Olde Berlin Towne neighbourhood, Central Frederick neighbourhood, Caryndale neighbourhood and Doon Pioneer Park neighbourhood. Also in honour of the 20th year, the mayor issued a challenge to residents to write to him about what their neighbourhood means to them. The winning essay was submitted by Marie Morneau from the Kingsdale neighbourhood who will, as her prize, be giv-

ing the mayor a tour of the Kingsdale Community Centre and her neighbourhood. The awards were selected this year by the festival steering committee and partners. The other 2013 FON award winners are: Newcomer Award – Sponsored by Happenate The award is given to a neighbourhood that has registered an event for the first time. Winner: Ira Needles neighbourhood 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: Topper Woods neighbourhood 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

MOVIE NIGHT Come out for a fun family movie!

Friday, November 29th

The 2013-14 Stanley Park Community Association executive members are: President : Chris Letizi Treasurer: Kim Willms Personal Co-Chair: Julia Meglei Personal Co-Chair: Terry McBride Program Co-Chair: Chris Letizi Program Co-Chair: Jan Fell Publicity Chair: Maryama Hhmed Member at Large: Deb McCarter Member at Large: Anna Jalsovsky

MASS PROGRAM REGISTRATION Wednesday December 4 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Registration ongoing starting December 5 at 9:30am

Doors open at 6:45 pm Movie starts at 7:00 pm Pick up your FREE ticket at the centre Drop in or call the centre for further details! *Adults must accompany children*

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More than 100 Kitchener residents gathered at Kitchener City Hall Oct. 27 or the 20th anniversary Festival of Neighbourhoods finale.

Community Conversations Award – Sponsored by the Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement Given to a group who came together for a conversation about neighbourhood and buildig stronger connections. Winner: Courtland-Shelley neighbourhood

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: Lakeside neighbourhood for its bird count

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: Auditorium neighbourhood for its Knollwood Park walk-about



“Celebrating 75 Years Serving Our Community”

Bring your letters to Santa! Canada Post Carriers will gather them along the parade route. Bring donations for the Food Bank. Bring new toys for the toy drive by the Waterloo Knights of Columbus and the Waterloo Fire departments.





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Parade Grand Marshall is Lydia Herrle VICTORIA ST.

Neighbourhood Connections Award – Sponsored by Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo This award is given to a neighbourhood that expresses a desire to do more to improve their neighbourhood or the quality of life for its residents. It is awarded to a group that demonstrates a need and indicates a desire to participate in such a process with the SPCKW. Winner: Traynor Ave. neighbourhood, for its work to develop an existing park and increase safety in their area

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Over 100 Floats and Features • Live Bands 100s of Costumed Characters


Youth Award – Sponsored by Waterloo Regional Police Service This award is given to a project or activity in which one or more youth under the age of 21 have taken a leadership role. Winner: Colin Robinson, 7, who organized, Colin’s Toy Drive for Anselma House

The Ward Challenge This award goes to the councillor who represents the ward with the most registered neighbourhood events. Winner: Ward 10 (Councillor Dan Glenn-Graham), with 24 neighbourhood events


Parade starts at KING & BRIDGEPORT, Uptown Waterloo at 10:00 a.m.


people together. Winner: Central Frederick neighbourhood for its Art Walk, which takes place in November annually

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Colin Robinson, 7, won the Festival of Neighbourhood’s Youth Award for organizing a neighbourhood toy drive to benefit Anselma House.

Heritage Award - Sponsored by Festival of Neighbourhoods Given to an activity that has recognized the heritage of a neighbourhood or of the City. Winner: Mount Hope-Breithaupt Park neighbourhood for the Mt. Hope Cemetery Jane’s Walk




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: Auditorium Neighbourhood for its annual Waterfest event

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Kingsdale resident wins Kitchener Mayor’s Challenge


arie Morneau is the winner of the Mayor’s Challenge Award presented at the October 27 Festival of Neighbourhood’s finale at Kitchener City Hall. In honour of the festival’s 20th year, Kitchener Mayor Carl Zehr issued a challenge to residents to tell him what their neighbourhood means to them. Morneau, who lives in the Kingsdale neighbourhood of Kitchener, wrote the winning letter and, as a prize, will be spending the afternoon with Zehr on November 15 taking him on a tour of her favourite neighbourhood places. Festival of Neighbourhoods is an incentive program that builds connections and celebrates neighbourhoods by encouraging community members to organize inclusive activities that bring geographical neighbours together face-to-face to get to know one another better. Festival of Neighbourhoods then invites neighbourhoods who have held activities to a Finale in October to share and celebrate community. One community wins a $10,000 captial grant for an improvement to their neighbourhood. Through Kitchener’s Festival of Neighbourhoods program - founded by the city, the Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo and John MacDonald Architect - people are encouraged to plan activities, projects or events in their neighbourhood - ones that bring your geographical neighbours together and are open to everyone.

Here is her winning letter: My first memory of Kingsdale Area was when I was a young girl growing up in Waterloo. I was eleven years old and we had our first small black and white T.V. when it needed fixing my Dad and I brought it down to the area called Centreville. Later I worked at Deilcraft Furniture (Electrohome) and lived in an apartment on Fifth Ave. After I was married to my husband Denis and we had two children. First we rented a house

on Fourth Ave. and then 23 years ago we bought a house on Fifth Ave. Ironically it was beside the apartment I used to reside in years before. As our children grew they attended Wilson Ave. Public School. I was involved with Parents for Wilson during these years. I helped with fun fairs, reading to the children and made a quilt to teach them how to use material to recycle. We also made bond books for the younger grades out of cardboard, wallpaper and paper to write some of their first stories in. One day after coming home from church our whole family was in devastation as Wilson school burnt. Our son was bused to another school for the remainder of the school term. Our family became involved with the Kingsdale Community Centre when our daughter started volunteering there when it was only two portables. When the other portables were added, (they came from Chandler Mowat), my husband Denis and I started to volunteer for the House of Friendship Food Distribution program for people living in the Kingsdale area. We are still doing this in our 6th year. Eventually I acquired employment as an attendant for 2 ½ years for House of Friendship. During this time I sat in on the Kingsdale Neighbourhood Association. Then almost 3 years ago the new centre was built (this was the arena where our children learned to skate). Wow! What a beautiful building. We have a gym, dance room, several room for activities, preschool room, boardroom and offices for Kingsdale Neighbourhood Association, City of Kitchener staff, and House of Friendship. We have a BBQ, Halloween and Christmas parties. We run a variety of programs, and House of Friendship still runs the food program, and a huge Christmas give away for people living in the Kingsdale area. For the last 5 years I have been teaching as a volunteer for one of these programs. It is sewing. One is for parent and child and the other is for adults. I am also on the board for the Kingsdale Neighbourhood Association. Kingsdale has lovely splash pad located outside the centre, a swimming pool, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, and a walking and biking trail. It is also located

Kingsdale neighbourhood resident Marie Morneau is the winner of the Mayors Challenge Award for her letter to the mayor about what her neighbourhood means to her.

beside a creek where I have seen a Heron. We are very fortunate to live in an area that has 3 schools, several churches, several grocery stores nearby, Fairview Park Mall, and tons of businesses along Fairway Road. Kingsdale Community Centre is a GREAT place to come to participate in. We are a diversified area where we meet many people of different nationalities that are calling Kingsdale area their home. This is a great place to come and visit, or when one needs a helping hand, wanting to take a course, celebrate life, play cards or just sit and chat. Please come and see us sometime and participate.

Clarification Last month the Kitchener Citizen incorrectly reported that Patti Lehman is the Opportunity Centre Executive Director, however she is the the Executive Director of the Brain Injury Association of Waterloo-Wellington, which operates its programs out of the Opportunity Centre. In order to attend the Opportunity Center, call Traverse Independence (519) 741-5845 ext 2503. The Citizen regrets any confusion this may have caused.

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PROVINCIAL ISSUES by John Milloy MPP – Kitchener Centre

Making Government More Open interconnected world, Inewnallthis governments must find ways to inform and engage

the people they represent. That is why last month, as Minister of Government Services, I joined Premier Kathleen Wynne to announce that we are opening up our government to new possibilities and will be leading the way through our own Open Government initiative. Just what is behind this Open Government movement? There are two key drivers. The first is technology. It is

empowering citizens to express themselves, to share ideas and to collaborate on a scale and with a speed that has never been seen before. The second is our current economic reality. In order for governments to overcome the fiscal challenges that we face, we need to be more efficient, more agile and more responsive to the people we serve. Open Government enables us to do that. Our approach to Open Government focuses on three key action areas: Open Dialogue, Open Data and Open Information.

Open Dialogue is about reaching out to people and giving them a greater voice in the policies we develop and in the programs and services we deliver. We regularly consult with the public now in a variety of ways, from conducting surveys and reaching out through social media to hosting town halls. We will also create a central space online where people can find information about government consultations, get engaged in that process, and express their ideas on government policy. Open Data is about making the data we collect available to the public in a free and acces-

sible way. Through Open Data, we will make the data we collect open by default, only limiting access when we need to safeguard privacy, security and confidentiality. Data from all ministries will be added to the government’s online data catalogue and we are going to give people an opportunity to vote on what data they want to see first. By putting data online and giving people and entrepreneurs the opportunity to mash it together in different ways, we can spark innovative discoveries that have the power to grow our economy and improve peoples’ lives. Open Information is about making government documents, research and information routinely and widely available. Our government shares information now in many different ways – the online posting of public sector salaries being just one example. We are going to share even more information in accessible formats, making it easier for

the public to see and to understand what we are achieving. Creating greater government transparency can go a long way to strengthening citizen engagement and confidence in government. To help guide us on our Open Government journey, we have assembled an expert team that is consulting with people across the province on their ideas about how we as a government can be more open in everything we do. The team will report back to us in February next year. When we give people more opportunities to connect with us in meaningful ways, we can fundamentally change our relationship for the better, and strengthen our democracy. One way you can get involved right now is by visiting www.ontario. ca/open and filling out our online survey about what Open Government means to you. Together, we will do government differently.

PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Stephen Woodworth Member of Parliament Kitchener Centre

oday, with one in five CaT nadian jobs dependent on exports, our prosperity hinges

Canadian exporters throughout with the European Union. CaEurope and generate significant nadian small business owners benefits, jobs and opportunities support trade arrangements on opening new markets for for all Canadians. The benefits that can open new markets for Canadian goods, services and of this agreement are estimated Canadian goods and services investment. to include almost 80,000 new and help. This is why the Government jobs, equivalent to increasing What’s more, the Governof Canada has delivered the each Canadian household’s an- ment is also keeping the three most ambitious trade agenda in nual income by $1,000. pillars of Canada’s supply manCanadian history. We are workCanadian families will have agement system intact. This will ing to open new markets to greater access to European help ensure Canadian induscreate jobs and opportunities goods at a lower cost, as 98% tries are protected, while still for all Canadians. Prime Min- of all tariffs, both ways, will be gaining access to the world’s ister Stephen Harper recently removed. This will significantly largest market. announced that Canada has boost trade, investment and job This historic win for Canadireached an agreement on trade opportunities for all Canadians. ans highlights Canada’s continwith the European Union. I Canadian businesses will ued leadership on the world’s will provide highlights of this have access to half a billion af- stage. With the international trade agreement in this Parlia- fluent customers – the world’s community marred by ongoing mentary Report. single largest market. With political and economic uncerThis is the biggest deal Can- this agreement, the number of tainty, Canada’s continued poada has28ever made. Whether countries with which Canada litical and economic stability is Page l Kitchener Citizen - West Edition l September 12, 2013 you are a fisherman in Atlan- has a free trade agreement will the envy of the world’s largest tic Canada, a forestry worker triple from 14 to 42. It is expect- economies. in Québec, an auto-worker in ed to inject $12 billion per year The signing of this agreement Ontario, a Prairie farmer, or an in Canada’s economy. The Ca- is an important step for Canaengineer from the West – you nadian Federation of Indepen- da’s continued prosperity. The will benefit from the Canada- dent Business (CFIB) applauds Government will continue to European Trade Agreement. the federal government for fi- focus on creating jobs and opIt will open new markets to nalizing a free trade agreement portunities for all Canadians.


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City of Kitchener to take over the ownership of Budd Park BY HELEN HALL

just increased its KTheitchener roster of athletic fields. approval by the Ontar-

SIR JOHN A. MACDONALD OFSAA FIELD HOCKEY CHAMPS Resurrection Catholic Secondary School grade 11 student Sam Code, right, drives the ball away from Olivia Dale of Sir John A. MacDonald Secondary School during the provincial high school field hockey championship game held at St. David Catholic Secondary School on November 2. Both teams are from the Waterloo County and met in the final game, where Sir John A. MacDonald came away with the gold medal beating Resurrection 1-0. Photo by Helen Hall

io Municipal Board (OMB) to an agreement between the owners of the Kitchener Frame property and the City of Kitchener gives ownership of the 40-acre Budd Park to the city at no charge. “This is great for the community all the way around from a recreational standpoint,” said Kitchener’s Supervisor of Athletics Bob Cheyne. The park, located on Homer Watson Boulevard near Bleams Road, includes six soccer fields, a building with

an indoor field that also houses the Kitchener Soccer Club office, two lit ball diamonds, and tennis courts. Under the previous owners, the city used 23 acres of the park for a few decades, with then added another 17 acres in the past 10 years, said Kitchener Manager of Business Development Brian Bennett. No base rent was paid to use the facilities. When Kitchener Frame closed, a new owner took over the property and started demolition of the factory in 2011. They applied for a rezoning of 28-acres of the 122-acre property to permit retail use for a big-box store development. They also said they

would give the city two year’s notice on the use of four of the soccer fields at Budd Park. In October 2012, city council refused the rezoning application out of concern for losing industrial land. The applicant appealed to the OMB. This summer, council directed staff to enter into discussions with the applicant to see if they could reach an agreement. The final agreement that was approved October 15 by the OMB allows the retail zoning on 28-acres, protects 54 acres of industrial and employment lands, and gives ownership of the park to the city.

Santa Claus Parade set for Nov. 16 BY CARRIE DEBORNE

ydia Herrle will be the L Grand Parade Marshall at this year’s K-W Santa Claus

Parade on Saturday, November 16. Herrle, 14, was hit by a truck while getting off her school bus in front of her home in St. Agatha in May 2012. She was in a coma for several months suffering a brain injury and several broken bones. Her recovery has exceeded expectations, as she has had to relearn even the most basic skills like walking, eating, and talking. “We’re so proud to have her as the parade marshal this year. We wanted to honour her for the great progress she’s made since her accident and we hope people will come out and show their support,” said Vic Bovingdon, Lion’s Club President and Parade Chair for the last six years. Final preparations are being made for the 55th annual Lions Club of Kitchener K-W Santa Claus Parade, which begins at King and Erb Streets in Waterloo at 10am. It will travel about two miles along King St. ending at King and Cedar

Streets in Kitchener. “Community support has been great for this parade”, Bovingdon said. This is the ninth year the Lions Club has organized the parade. “We have lots of float entries this year and there are 11 bands including the Port Dover Pipe Band that will be leading the parade,” Bovingdon said. “We were also very fortunate to have the Tian Guo Band this year.” Following parade tradition, lots of candy will be handed out along the parade route. Children are encouraged to bring along their letters to Santa. A team of Canada Post letter carriers will be collecting them to send 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 vol-

unteered 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 16. 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. “We’re hoping for good weather and we’re expecting lots of people along the parade route,” Bovingdon said.

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Place, Kitchener, behind Double R Steel Inc, from 1-4pm. BOX has free admission and parking, and is accessible by arrangement. The participating artists are present for the entire event, eager to explain and talk about their work with visitors of all ages. Visit for more event information

Michael Harris, MPP for Kitchener Conestoga, received his flu shot from Ronald Naraine, pharmacist at the Rexall store at the corner of Frederick and Ann Streets in Kitchener. The flu shot is now available in Ontario at many drug stores, which offer easy access and are often open evenings and weekends. According to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the flu and its complications result in about 1,000 hospitalizations and 1,600 deaths in Ontario each year. Last year, the Frederick St. Rexall administered more than 1,700 flu shots.



Franklin school raises $6,090 at 10th annual Terry Fox Foundation event BY CARRIE DEBRONE

en years ago, Jennifer Guy T was in her first year of teaching when she organized a Terry Fox

Run at Franklin Public School in Kitchener to raise money for cancer research. The run had not been done at Franklin since the 1980s and, coincidentally, the following year it became an annual Canadian school wide event in which thousands of students across the country now participate. “I had schools calling me to train them on how to set up the event,” said Madame Guy, who is currently the grade 5/6 French Immersion teacher at Franklin.

Franklin Public School Principal Paul Milne and student Isaac Shouldice both shaved their heads to help raise money for the Terry Fox Foundation.

“The students in my class ten years ago had no prior knowledge of who Terry Fox was and now, he is commonly named as my students’ favourite hero or inspirational leader,” Madame Guy said. In recognition of Franklin School’s 10th year of raising money for the Terry Fox Foundation, Madame Guy cranked the event up a notch this year. “I decided to go big and make it a record-breaking Franklin Public School custodian Kyran Young kissed year,” she said. With a committee, a Rainbow trout to help raise money for the Terry Fox Foundation. Young also shaved his head and kissed a snake a dedicated class for the cause. of 22 students and many staff volunThe run not only raises money teers, the school raised $6,090 for for cancer research, it helps Frank- the Terry Fox Foundation. lin launch a successful, positive In addition to the annual run, and meaningful school year, pro- Madame Guy issued a series of vides students with an opportunity challenges to students to raise to help others, encourages good money. Each milestone of $500 raised was rewarded with prizes citizenship and is educational.

Franklin Public School teacher Jennifer Guy (far left) poses with students in her 5/6 French Immersion class who raised $1,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation. Madame Guy has spearheaded the school’s fundraising efforts for the foundation for the last 10 years.

such as listening to music during lunch break or a coupon that could be redeemed for an extra recess. When the amount raised exceeded $2,000 several teachers and a student in Madame Guy’s class stepped forward with pledges to kiss a fish, kiss a snake and shave their heads. They all made good on their promises during a boisterous school assembly October 15. ”I’ve kept track of the amount we raised each year on the first page of my “Run” novel by Eric Walters that I use to launch the initiative each year. Usually we raise between $1,400 and $2,100, so this was by far a record-breaking year. I’m so pleased,” she said. Jennifer Guy has a very personal connection to the fight against cancer.

Franklin Public School music teacher Susan Schoneveld volunteered to kiss this 6 year old Corn snake owned by Kristen Bowman (left) from Kristen’s Kritters to help raise funds for the 10th anniversary of her school supporting the Terry Fox Foundation.

Thirteen years ago, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Considered a fatal disease in the 1970s, with new treatments there is now a 90 per cent survival rate. She underwent six months of chemotherapy in London Ontario, during her final year at the University of Western Ontario. At 22, the same age that Terry Fox lost his battle with cancer, she was given a clean bill of health. Madame Guy remains cancer free. Following her recovery, she promised to “pay it forward” and while at teacher’s college she volunteered as a ‘Chemo Angel,” a member of an online cancer support group. She also organized the University of Ottawa’s teacher’s college charity “Daffodil” ball with proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society. “I took great comfort in knowing about survivors like Mario

Franklin Public School teacher Sharon Zintel volunteered to have her head shaved during an assembly to celebrate the efforts of students and staff who raised $6,090 for the Terry Fox Foundation.

Lemieux” she said, adding that she was part of his program that sends hockey tickets to people going through treatment. “I believe that the greatest gift you can give someone newly diagnosed is the gift of knowing a survivor and the hope that can come with that. Hope, faith and a positive attitude served me well during my battle with cancer and continue to do so.” Madame Guy plans to continue “paying it forward” in both her professional and personal life.

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House of Friendship to open a new centre for the treatment of women who are struggling with addictions.

A large addition allowed the centre to offer a nineroom residential addiction treatment program as well as its many day programs.

The centre opened Oct. 26 at 71 Ann Street in Kitchener and is one of only eight residential addiction treatment centers in Ontario. For years, the House of Friendship, the main provider of adult addiction services in Waterloo region, had been looking for a new, permanent location from which to deliver its treatment programs. Running its Alcontrol program from an old house on King Street for the past 10 years, each year it became more and more evident that a new centre was desperately needed. The house was in poor repair, had a leaking roof and was small -- so small

Tricia Lockwood, Addiction Treatment Program Supervisor (Alcontrol and Moving Forward) and Trent Bauman, Chair of the House of Friendship board gave tours of the new House of Friendship addiction treatment centre for women during the grand opening October 26. The centre is located at 71 Ann Street in Kitchener.

that women in the program had to often share a bedroom with two others. Then the stars began to align about five years ago. “In 2009 we started hearing that Anselma House was going to be moving and we told them we were definitely interested,” said John Neufeld, House of Friendship Executive Director, who was on hand to give tours of the new facility at the opening.

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A deal was struck and when the home for abused women and children moved to a new building on Ottawa St. N. in Kitchener in 2011, work began to ready the new House of Friendship’s Women’s Addiction Services. The House of Friendship purchased the building for $1-million and began a community fundraising campaign called Under One Roof to raise another $1-million to cover the cost of the 2,500-square-foot addition, renovations to the existing 12,000-square- foot building, painting and redecorating. A further stellar alignment took place around fundraising for the project. “The community raised all of the $2-million we needed and we had over 600 donors to the project,” Neufeld said. A group of local entrepreneurs donated $1-million to the project that originally was going to help build an addiction centre for youth on Charles Street in Kitchener. That project fell through and under a new agreement, the proceeds from the sale of that land will now go to the Under One Roof campaign. Neufeld said another thing that helped the project move forward was the fact that the project was a good fit for the neighbourhood. “The building had been used as a women’s shelter in the past and the neighbourhood was used to having a public facility for women there. The neighbours have been great and very supportive,” he said. Another plus is that the repurposed building is also close to public transit routes. Serving about 300 women each year, all of the House of Friendship’s women’s addiction services programs Alcontrol, Moving Forward, Bridges to Health and ASH (Addiction Supportive Housing) - are now under one roof. The front of the building now functions as the health centre’s day treatment program area with counseling rooms, a common meeting room and program rooms. The back of the building has nine private residential rooms. The wait time is currently about 12 weeks for the residential program. The residential area also has a large living room, dining room and kitchen and the whole building is fully accessible. The centre also has an indoor playroom and an outdoor playground for children. “We’re excited to move in and so grateful to the people who made it possible”, said Tricia Lockwood, Addiction Treatment Program Supervisor, Alcontrol and Moving Forward Programs. “There’s lots of room for the women to be able to visit with their children, and we

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will also provide childcare for some of the women who are receiving treatment. It’s an environment conducive to healing. We’re not on top of each other,” Lockwood said.

Dining and kitchen areas of the residential area of the centre.

Neufeld said recent research has shown that women’s addiction to alcohol is on the rise. “Everyone gets that we need these programs. Addiction touches everyone’s lives and it’s a treatable health issue yet we don’t talk about it. Our hope is that it will be like mental health where it went from people not talking about it to where people are now talking openly about it. We want addiction to be destigmatized. Having this new centre might start that conversation,” Neufeld said. “It is great to be able to offer a facility that will feel so nice to the women coming in,” said Director of Addiction Services Pam McIntosh.

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In Good Taste SIMPLE RECIPES FOR A BUSY LIFE STYLE This is an impressive way to serve pumpkin, but it requires an investment of time.

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about 2 pounds pumpkin, peeled and seeded ¼ cup flour ½ teaspoon coarse sea salt ¾ to 1 teaspoon cayenne powder, or to taste 1 cup milk 2 cups vegetable oil for deep-frying about ¼ cup coarsely-chopped fresh cilantro or parsley, for garnish

1 teaspoon coarse sea salt 1 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper juice from ½ lime (about 1 to 1½ tablespoons)

Cut the pumpkin into slices that are no more than 1/8-inch thick; then cut the slices into small rectangles that measure 1-inch by ½ inch. In a bowl, stir together with a fork or a whisk the flour, salt, and about ¼-teaspoon of the cayenne powder. Into another bowl, pour the milk. One at a time, dip the pumpkin pieces into the milk, then into the flour mixture to coat. Shake off the excess flour. Heat the oil to about 370 degrees F. Without crowding, in small batches fry the pumpkin pieces until they are crisp, stirring gently so the pieces cook evenly – about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove pieces with a slotted spoon, and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle the chips with the remaining cayenne powder. In the hot oil, cook the cilantro or parsley leaves in a large strainer for about 5 seconds. Drain briefly on paper towels, then sprinkle over the pumpkin chips and serve immediately.


Brussels sprouts have an affinity for garlic (or so I like to believe), and are quite delicious when cooked and dressed with chopped fresh garlic in butter. This has the addition of a chopped fresh herb, if you wish, and also a dash of wine, to enhance the sprouts even further. Watch them carefully; they are horrid when overcooked.

BRUSSELS SPROUTS (sprouts for 4 servings)

2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 or more cloves garlic, minced about ¼ cup dry white wine or water chopped fresh herb of your choice: dill, parsley, thyme, etc. coarse kosher or sea salt freshly ground black pepper Trim the sprouts and cut them crosswise into slices that are about ¼-inch thick. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat, and stir in the minced garlic. Cook and stir for about a minute. Reduce the heat to low, and stir in the sprout slices. Cook and stir for no more than 2 minutes over low heat. Add the wine or water (wine is better); cover the skillet, and allow to simmer gently until the sprouts are barely tender – they should still be fairly crunchy. This will take no more than a minute or two. Stir in the fresh herb of your choice, if using; then season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.

Carrots, broccoli, squash, cauliflower and other cooked vegetables will benefit from a topping of walnut butter.

WALNUT BUTTER Melt about ¼ cup unsalted butter in a small saucepan, if you have vegetables for four or so servings. When the butter is golden brown, stir in 2 or 3 tablespoons ground walnuts. Cook and stir for a few seconds; then spoon the topping over the drained, cooked vegetable and serve immediately.

It is not difficult to butterfly a loin of pork but your butcher will do it for you if you prefer.


8 large cloves garlic ¼ cup fresh rosemary leaves kosher salt 2 tablespoons olive oil 4-pound boneless pork loin freshly ground black pepper 2 cups dry white wine Finely chop the garlic and rosemary; mix into a paste with ½ teaspoon of salt, using the back of a knife or a mortar and pestle. Place the paste in a small bowl and stir in the olive oil. Butterfly the pork loin. Have it open and flat and spread the garlic mixture over the inside of the loin; season with salt and pepper. Roll the loin tightly and use kitchen cord to tie it in several places (at intervals of about an inch). Season the pork with salt and pepper and place, fat side up, in a large shallow baking dish. Pour in the wine. Roast the pork at 400 degrees F for a couple of hours (or until it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees F. in the thickest part. Place the loin on a cutting board and let it stand for at least 10 minutes. Slice and serve with the pan juices. (before serving spoon fat from the surface of the juices, and discard).

Use a good, firm tart apple for this delightful autumn dessert.

APPLE GINGERBREAD 2 tablespoons butter 3 large tart apples ½ cup (or more to taste) brown sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 large eggs ½ cup sour cream ½ cup molasses 3 tablespoons brown sugar 1-1/2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 tablespoon ground ginger, or less to taste 1 heaping teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ cup melted butter In an 8-inch, square baking pan, melt the 2 tablespoons butter. Peel, core, and slice the apples and arrange them in the pan over the melted butter. With a fork, stir together the ½ cup brown sugar with the 1 teaspoon cinnamon and sprinkle over the apple slices. Beat the eggs well and beat in the sour cream, molasses and 3 tablespoons brown sugar. In another bowl, with a fork, stir together the flour, soda, ginger and heaping teaspoon cinnamon and salt. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture, stirring well to combine. Stir in the melted butter; pour the batter over the apples in the baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F. for about half an hour or until the cake tests done when a toothpick in inserted in the centre. Serve warm or at room temperature, topped with your choice of whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, crème fraîche or sour cream.

The city’s publication for its residents

November-December 2013

A culture of caring


t may be Kitchener’s industrial heritage that laid the foundation for the culture of caring that exists in the city today. As the ebb and flow of manufacturing output met the needs of supply and demand, the city, like many others, went through times of plenty and times of scarcity. This region has a strong sense of social justice and responsibility, something the recent Kitchener-Waterloo Community Foundation’s Vital Signs Report called a “collaborative/barn raising culture.” “The cooperative nature of life in Berlin/Kitchener shows up in the creation of a community fundraising cookbook published in 1906,” said Carolyn Blackstock, whose blog, https:// 366dayswiththeberlincookbook.wordpress .com, garnered much local success. “In researching the women and men contributing recipes to the Berlin Cook Book, I discovered that they came from all sorts of backgrounds. They didn't all belong to the same church or social

organization. Their economic standing varied, too. The recipes of a factory worker appear alongside the recipes of the wife of a factory owner in the same cookbook.” “Early in the last century, the Williams, Greene and Rome Shirt Company at Queen and Courtland, forerunner of Arrow, had a progressive set-up for employee benefits; it was one of the first with actual paid holidays in the summer, a companycreated series of educational lectures at night, and an in-plant library and resource centre,” said rych mills, local historian and author. “JM Schneider resisted unions for the longest time but set up the JMS Association, which had some benefits available to needy employees.” Today, there are currently more than 500 social programs and services offered in the region. While fewer people are donating charitably region-wide, those who are donating are contributing more – up to almost $350 per tax filer. Although the region’s overall poverty rate

is low, 25 per cent of our adult population had incomes of $14,100 or less in 2010. The wider the gap, the more stress there is for those who have been left behind. Increased stress leads to poorer health, among other negative factors. As we move into the season associated with giving, you don’t have to look far to see that this community is ready to take care of its residents. There are 16 hamper programs in Kitchener alone, administered by social service agencies and places of worship, that provide emergency food for those who are without. Did you know last year, 650 volunteers shared the gift of food with needy families across the region through the House of Friendship Christmas hamper and turkey drive programs? Volunteers delivered 4,250 Christmas hampers alone, and distributed 3,600 turkeys, 600 hams and 200 halal chickens. About 12,000 people were fed through the hamper and turkey distribution programs.

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aura Crocker’s psychology degree from Wilfrid Laurier University has taught her some things about being a competitive curler. At 22, she is skip for Team Crocker out of Edmonton, Alta., and will be competing in the Road to the Roar, coming to The Aud Nov. 5-10.

“My psychology degree has taught me how powerful the mind is. When you compete at this level, everyone is a good curler and everyone can throw a great rock, and it's things like mental strength that start making the difference,” Crocker, who lives and curls in Alberta, said in an email interview. “We work with a great sport psychologist who gives us lots of tips and strategies, but I think that my background in psychology helps me realize the importance of those little things, so I work a little harder to make sure they're a part of all of my training and competition.” Featuring 10 teams from Ontario, the Road to the Roar pre-trials competition pits 24 of Canada’s best teams – 12 women’s teams and 12 men’s -- against each other, each with their sights set on securing one of the final four berths in the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings – the Canadian Curling Trials – where Canada will decide its men’s and women’s representatives for the Sochi Olympics.

Crocker, who is from Scarborough originally, said she’s excited to be a part of the Road to the Roar; representing Canada at the Olympics has been her goal for a long time. She moved to Edmonton, away from my family and friends, in September 2012 to pursue curling at a higher level, putting off a master's degree.

Team Crocker “I've invested a lot over the past couple of years. To see it starting pay off has been really rewarding,” she said, adding that playing the Road to the Roar in Kitchener-Waterloo is even more special. “It'll be a ton of fun to play at The Aud. It means that much more to have those who have helped me get here in the stands cheering us on.” So, at the tender age of 22, Crocker has already been curling for 17 years, starting out at the Little Rock program at Scarboro Golf & Country Club, where she used rocks about half the weight of a regular rock. Continued on page 2

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ompass Kitchener is launching an Environics survey as part of its update for the city’s 20-year vision. The telephone survey will be conducted Nov. 28 to Dec. 12. It will lay the foundation for the next term of council by setting the direction of the city for 2015-18. Over the next 18 months, four phases to the city’s strategic planning process will include: l Community assessment (October 2013 – April 2014) l Environmental scan (January– September 2014) l Strategic options (September 2014 – March 2015) l Confirm direction: (March–June 2015). n

“Kitchener residents have demonstrated a culture of caring through the years, since the 1830s when Joseph Schneider helped out in the construction of a new church to present day where 30 volunteer-run neighbourhood associations serve and support residents of all ages,” said Janice Ouellette, facilitator of volunteer resources and community engagement at the City of Kitchener. “We have a long history of engaging volunteers in delivering services and programs and supporting volunteers in their service to community residents. And we are well aware that our wonderful volunteers play an important role in creating a community where people feel cared for, supported and safe.” Currently the city has almost 2,000 direct volunteers who help make city-run programs happen. For the full story, see kitchener n

New year’s levee at city hall


ing in the New Year at city hall with Mayor Zehr and members of council on Sunday, Jan. 5 from 2-4 p.m. Bring your skates and family and take a few spins on the Civic Square skating rink, and then join the festivities in the rotunda. There will be refreshments provided by Bingemans, cookies and hot chocolate, children’s activities, face painters from Bre-Creative, and entertainment appropriate for all ages. Local artists providing entertainment include Drew Leith, lead singer of a folkrock group, Drew Leith and the Foundation; Tim Louis on piano; Lorna Heidt on cello, and the actOUT children’s choir, under the artistic direction of Deanne Bingleman. There will also be free door prizes. n

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Ask an Expert l Tuesday, Nov. 12, 12-1 p.m. on Facebook: snow removal l Tuesday, Dec. 3, 12-1 p.m. on Twitter: snow removal Our manager of maintenance operations, Scott Berry will be on to answer all of your questions about snow removal on Facebook and Twitter. l

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Every kid really does count T

he praise tells the story. Parents writing to city staff about their child’s experience at summer camp because of the Every Kid Counts program are happy, and so are their children.

“(My child) had a great time,” wrote one parent, adding the counselors did “an awesome job with him, working with his needs and inclusion into the camp activities. He was in several other camps this summer as well and I believe his experience at the city-run camps with his worker were some of the best. Thanks again for this great program that is made available to families and children such as our son!” “Our son was quite sad to leave camp, even cried when he had to say goodbye to (the counselor),” wrote another parent. “I take that as a good thing,”

What’s cooking at the Kitchener Market? Discover your love for cooking at the Kitchener Market! Classes take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. To register, visit or email l

Nov. 12: Slow cooker meals


Nov. 13: Dinner party how-to


Nov. 21: Wine & Art workshop


Nov. 27: French cuisine


Dec. 19: Ladies’ Night Out: holiday cocktails and appetizers. n

The City of Kitchener program provides children and youth with a disability opportunities to access additional supports to attend City of Kitchener or City of Waterloo municipal summer and year-round recreation programs. This past summer that amounted to 169 weeks of support to 97 children, up 29 per cent from summer 2012.

Support is provided for camps for golf, junior lifeguarding, skateboarding, busking, day camps at Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex, Breithaupt Centre and Kiwanis Park, Summer Playground programs, Summer Fun Centre programs, and youth camp for teens with disabilities.

donations to the program are so important. There is a waiting list after the deadline, and when the average age of the children who are supported by the program is six years old, and half the children supported have autism, more donations means more children and youth can attend.

Year after year, it’s not just the inclusion facilitators, the children or the parents who make Every Kid Counts happen.

So, when a parent writes, “We were very fortunate to have the support this summer as my son's accident was obviously not planned. We were so happy that our son was able to participate in normal activities, and we could not have done that without the support of Every Kid Counts program,” we know that donors have responded.

It’s the donors. Funding comes from wage subsidies, grants and community business donations. This year, businesses in the community alone donated more than $9,650, while city staff contributed through the civic contribution committee Dress-Down Fridays program, and the City of Kitchener building division’s golf tournament, totaling another $5,000 or more. “Kids are the future and the future counts for all of us,” said Martin Rombout, of JDI Cleaning Systems Inc., which donated last year. Ninety-seven children attended camp with support. Everyone who requested help received it, but the city has to find money to hire support and meet the increasing support requests every year. That’s why

Continued from front page “I did throw, although I'll admit I wasn't all that good at take-outs until I grew a little,” she says, adding both her parents curl. “When I started at about six years old, and it didn't take long for me to fall in love with the game.”

There’s always something fun happening at the Kitchener Market. Events take place on Saturdays. For details, visit l

l Nov. 16, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: party after the Santa Claus Parade

Dec. 7, 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Suzuki School of Music performance l

l Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-noon: Breakfast with Santa (ticketed event) l Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-noon: Family gingerbread house decorating (free but must register online)

Dec. 21, 10 a.m.-noon: Kids in the Kitchen – Santa treats and reindeer eats. n l

Margaret Avenue bridge Demolition of the Margaret Avenue bridge has begun, and is expected to be completed by early December. For updates on the bridge and the proposed schedule, go to , search words “Margaret Street bridge” or watch our social media channels. n

For more information about the Every Kid Counts program, please visit n

Road to the Roar

Events at the market

Nov. 9, 10 a.m.-noon: Movember at the Market

When another says, “Our experience was fabulous. The worker with my son was great. They developed a good rapport. He was able to integrate him into other camps and activities that he thought my son would enjoy and it really worked. It was a very successful camp experience. Can't wait to do it again. The support was exceptional!” we know that this good experience should be spread around to more families who need support.

When I’m up I can’t get down W

hose music always reminds the Canadian listener of a raucous down-East kitchen party? If your answer is Great Big Sea, you must have fond memories of the ‘90s! For the hundreds of thousands of fans who sang, danced and celebrated with the band, Great Big Sea is a Canadian staple. The loveable band is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a new greatest hits and boxed set album entitled XX. They arrive at The Aud on Saturday, Nov. 30. Show starts at 8 p.m., and doors open at 7 p.m. Twenty years is a long time in anyone’s life, and few bands last more than an album or two — a few tours, a song played on the radio, and then they are quickly forgotten. Not so with Alan Doyle, Sean McCann and Bob Hallett. The three Newfoundlanders from Petty Harbour have managed to keep the dysfunctional-family-bar-room-brawlstudent-art-project-musical-pirate-crew known as Great Big Sea going for two decades. Compiled by the band members themselves, XX is a special two-disc set: one disc covers the biggest hits from their more pop-oriented repertoire, while the other contains some of their most loved traditional and folk songs. Plus, there are six new songs and another disc that contains some of the band’s lesser known excursions and experiments. Tickets (incl. HST) are $39.50, $57.50, $84.50. They can be purchased at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Box Office, by phone at 1-800-265-8977, or online at n

Crocker played third for the Laurier Golden Hawks, who went to a semi-final finish at the 2010 CIS/CCA Curling Championships. The following season, however, she led the team to win the 2011 CIS/CCA Curling Championships, defeating Brock University in the final. In her final year at Laurier, Crocker repeated her championship, winning in the final of the 2012 CIS/CCA Curling Championships against Brock once again. “A big part of it is the friendships I made; curling is such a great sport for that, and it became the highlight of my week,” she said. “The people in this sport are still a huge part of my love for the game.” Tickets for Road to the Roar start at $12. Fans can select games when the Ontario favourites are in action by checking out the schedule online at The Old Classic full-event pass including all 18 draws for $169 and the $109 mini-pack, guaranteeing the same great seat for the six draws on championship weekend, are still on sale. For more information, go to n

This Winter Will you have the snow how?

Look inside for important information on how the Cities of Kitchener and Waterloo in co-operation with their residents, can keep all roads and sidewalks as safe as possible this winter.

Snow Shoveling Tips

When you shovel: • Shovel as soon as possible after a snow fall • Use a proper sized shovel • Do not shovel snow onto the road • Keep snow piles low so as not to obstruct the visibility of pedestrians and drivers • Carefully use safety salt only as necessary and/or sand on the ice • If you are going away during the winter months, please arrange for your sidewalks to be cleared • If you suffer heart or other medical problems, do not attempt to shovel snow • If you are unable to clear your sidewalks due to health or mobility restrictions, ask for help or refer to the snow removal services • Wherever possible, help your neighbour!

Once again this winter we need your help!

Thousands of residents living in our communities have mobility restrictions that are further impacted during the winter months. Many residents who use wheelchairs, walkers, canes or strollers find the going gets even tougher when it snows. Snow or ice-covered sidewalks can be treacherous for all residents, especially those who already have mobility restrictions. This can force pedestrians to the roadways where their safety is compromised due to traffic. It can also result in dangerous falls.

All residents need your cooperation, but especially: • Seniors • People using assistive devices (crutches, canes, walkers, wheelchairs or scooters) • People with baby carriages or strollers • People moving heavy or bulky object • People with disabilities If you are unable to clear your sidewalks due to health or mobility restrictions, there are several local agencies that offer help. Fees and eligibility requirements may apply, so call for details:

Waterloo Home Support Services (Waterloo Residents only) - 519-579-6930 Community Support Connections/Meals and Wheels and More - 519-772-8787 (Kitchener) Working Centre - 519-513-9225 House of Friendship (Kitchener) - 519-742-8327 The Cities of Kitchener and Waterloo are responsible for snow removal on: • public roadways • bus stops (City of Waterloo only) • sidewalks around City facilities • crosswalks As a resident of Kitchener or Waterloo you are required by law to clear the snow and ice from the sidewalks at the front and side of your home or business within 24 hours after the end of a snowfall. Although it’s the law, it's also the neighbourly thing to do. You can be sure other residents will appreciate your efforts. To report unshoveled sidewalks (reports cannot be made until 24 hours after the end of a snowfall) in Kitchener, please call 519-741-2330, and in Waterloo, please call 519-747-6280.

IN WATERLOO During a storm a “Snow Ban” will be issued through the media requesting that streets be kept clear of parked vehicles in order to assist clearing of the local streets. The City of Waterloo does not allow on-street parking between 2:30am and 6:00am, but depending upon the weather may grant exemptions if there is no snow ban in place. You must register prior to 1:30 a.m. by doing one of the following: call 519-747-8559 or register at EXEMPTIOnS WILL nOT BE ISSUED DURInG A SnOW BAn. To report cars that are illegally parked in Waterloo please call 519-747-8785.

How will streets be plowed?

The City of Kitchener is responsible for winter road maintenance including plowing, sanding and salting. All roads are classified as per traffic volumes according to Provincial criteria and the City must achieve quality standards that are consistent across the province.

Why should I shovel my sidewalk?

Snow and ice covered sidewalks pose a great danger to all pedestrians, especially seniors and those who have mobility restrictions.

The following is a guide to the level of service you may expect.

Kitchener and Waterloo city bylaws require that your sidewalks be clear of snow and ice within 24 hours of a snow fall. not clearing your sidewalks can result in city crews clearing them for you. Residents are then required to reimburse the city for the cost of the service. Depending on the size of your lot, this will cost you $300-$500. If you cannot clear your sidewalks because of health or mobility restrictions, there are several local agencies that can help. Look inside this brochure for their phone numbers.


To report unshovelled sidewalks:

Each snow plow is assigned a designated area of the City and clearing is carried out on the basis of the fallowing priorities.

In Kitchener (wait 24 hours from the end of the snowfall) - 519-741-2330

City of Kitchener staff acts as soon as a snow event/storm begins. There are a number of factors including temperature, future forecasts and precipitation that determine how and when plowing, salting or sanding should take place.

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Major Arterial Roads Major Collector Roads and Bus Routes Local Residential Streets

What about parking?

Roads cannot be properly plowed when they are blocked by parked cars. As such:

In Waterloo (wait 24 hours from the end of the snowfall) - 519-747-6280

Additional snow how

Help keep our roads as safe as possible this winter. We are asking for your cooperation with the following: • Don’t park on the street during a snowstorm. • Keep snow away from fire hydrants. • Remind children not to climb or play on snowbanks or to dig forts, as it is dangerous. • Drive smart – give yourself extra time and distance. • Respect the blue light - when sharing the road with plows always have your headlights on and give the plow plenty of room. Oncoming vehicles should stay to the right. • To reduce the amount of salt used, only downtown, major arterials, bus routes & hills and curves are salted. • Remember, passing a snow plow on the right side is dangerous as the operator may not be able to see you. For more information:


Kitchener streets between December 1 and March 31, each winter. Additionally, under the City of Kitchener’s Tag and Tow Bylaw, Parking is prohibited on all streets at any time a SnOW EvEnT is declared until such time as the SnOW EvEnT is cancelled. vehicles parked on the street but not towed will also be ticketed. The amount of a ticket for parking on-street during a SnOW EvEnT is $80. To report cars that are illegally parked in Kitchener, please call 519-741-2330 519-741-2345 (TTY) 1-866-969-9994 519-886-2310 (TTY) 1-866-786-3941

The city introduces a new parking pilot for Ward 5

A pilot parking project applying only to Ward 5 means parking is permitted on the boulevard portion of the driveway from Dec. 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014. Driveway



boulevard portion



“Ward 5 is the ward with the largest percentage of smaller residential lots, therefore the smaller driveways,” said Shayne Turner, director of bylaw enforcement for the City of Kitchener. “Since this is a pilot, council is prepared to look at other solutions or maybe extending the boulevard parking concept after staff reports back to them next year.”

There are some specific conditions to note: • vehicles must be on the paved, driveway portion of the boulevard, not the landscaped (or hardscaped) portion of the boulevard; • all of the vehicle’s tires must be on the paved, hard surface driveway portion; • there can be no overhang of any part of the vehicle onto the sidewalk or roadway; • boulevard parking will not be permitted within 15 metres of an intersecting roadway; • in the case of abutting driveways, vehicles must not overhang the projection of the property line, and • drivers must not drive over the grass portion of the boulevard to park on the driveway. This change will also allow the plows to get through the streets in the winter months to clear snow. During a snow event, it will give home owners a place to park their vehicle (on the driveway portion of the boulevard) to allow snow plows easier access. The impact of these temporary changes to the current parking regulations during this pilot will be assessed, and staff will report back to council in 2014 with recommendations on a long-term solution.

More information is available at

Planning around rapid transit stations


s the regional light rapid transit (LRT) project proceeds, the impact on local neighbourhoods is top of mind for City of Kitchener planners. Although rapid transit is a regional project and responsibility, many of the initiatives require the participation of the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge.

One of the projects relating to rapid transit that is currently underway in Kitchener is the Planning Around Rapid Transit Stations (PARTS) project, which spans 2013-2017, and involves developing station area plans for the LRT stops in Kitchener. The goals of the station area planning exercise are to: l

manage growth and change


ensure a mix of appropriate land uses


create high-quality environments to live and work


enhance transportation choice and connectivity


placemaking and community design, and


guiding public and private investment.

Work done under PARTS will protect stable neighbourhoods, improve streetscapes and help planners to understand the implications of LRT to infrastructure, both from an engineering and community standpoint. “We need to ensure that these areas are developed in a way that is desirable to those neighbourhoods around the LRT stations,” said Tina Malone-Wright, senior planner for the City of Kitchener. “Decisions we make now could put the city in a better position to respond to and build on the changes that rapid transit will bring to our community.”

n Saturday, Dec. 21, between 2 and 4 p.m., a casual Christmas gathering will be hosted at the Williamsburg Cemetery Dedication Centre, located at 1541 Fischer Hallman Rd.

Mary’s Place, which provide shelter and services for abused women and their children, and St. John’s Kitchen, which provides support and outreach services in downtown Kitchener.

In memory of a loved one, guests are invited to place a personalized ornament, provided by staff, on the magnificent 18-foot Christmas Tree of Remembrance. The tree graces the charmingly restored Mennonite chapel at the dedication centre. Festive treats will also be available.

“Thank you has many faces. Hundreds and hundreds of faces,” writes Sheryl Loeffler, director of philanthropy at Mary’s Place, in a letter to Williamsburg staff. “These are people helped by your generosity. Like Alyssa, four, and her mother, Amber, 22, who had to flee their home late one winter night. Or Jamaal, nine, and his grandmother, Shirin, 47, who were evicted when she lost her factory job.”

The Williamsburg Dedication Centre also features a second Christmas tree that is ready to be ‘dressed’ with your donations of new hats, mitts, scarves, socks and boots. All items are donated to local charities, such as Anselma House or

Donations can be made during regular office hours. For more information, call 519-741-2880 or visit n

GET YOUR SKATES ON -- Volunteers are always needed to clear the outdoor rinks in neighbourhoods across the city. Join the more than 350 volunteers who do! For more information, check out

Extra caution needed during holiday season T

he nights arrive a lot earlier as winter approaches, and as we move toward the holiday season, that means more lights, candles, lots of hot stoves, perhaps lit fireplaces. While these wrap us in a sense of warmth, they are also sources of danger. Now that the heat is on in our houses, it is important to ensure we are safe from carbon monoxide (CO), which is an invisible, odourless, tasteless and poisonous gas. City of Kitchener Fire Department urges residents to practice fire safety over the holiday season. The winter holidays are

Phase 1 of PARTS, underway since January this year, is the background work necessary to gear up for the detailed station area planning work that will occur in Phase 2. Phase 1 will culminate in a staff report to council later this year with a work program for the completion of station area plans. For more information on PARTS, please see or email n

City planning staff is working to identify

Remember, gather and give O

If you are unable to attend the gathering on Dec. 21, please feel free to stop by on either Dec. 7 or 14 between 2 and 4 p.m.

what could happen in the areas around the 17 rapid transit station stops in Kitchener within a 10-minute walking radius. This will involve understanding the current situation, developing ideas for growth, studying potential opportunities, impacts and implications, and developing plans for implementation.

one of the deadliest times of the year for home fires. “It doesn’t take a lot for a family’s holiday celebrations to go up in smoke,” said Fire Chief Tim Beckett. “It’s easy to get distracted or forgetful because this is such a busy time. A pot left on the stove, or an unattended burning candle can become a problem very quickly.” The law requires working smoke alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas. Beckett notes smoke alarms are missing or not working in almost 50 per cent of the residential fires the fire department gets called to.

Is your home safe for the heating season? Exposure to high levels of CO can kill in just minutes or a few hours. Poor maintenance, damaged or blocked venting, improper use of appliances, or inadequate air flow can cause dangerous

Practicing open government W

hy are all orders of governments increasingly being held to higher standards of openness? Their regulators and/or their constituents are demanding it. This is evident in legislation such as: l the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) l Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act l voluntary efforts by governments to provide disclosure and data l grassroots citizen efforts, which are often enabled by technology, the internet and social media. The City of Kitchener is committed to being open, and supports the principles of Open Government: transparency, participation and accountability. In 2007, the city passed its first corporate accountability and transparency policy. The policy included steps to becoming more accountable and transparent and the expectation that a review of these steps would happen within each term of council. Staff is now reviewing and updating the policy and work plan to include creation of an Open Government framework and a four-year action plan of priority actions to support the framework. A stakeholder consultation to identify priorities for action will be part of the process. More consultation will take place as the plans are implemented. n

Look who’s coming to town! The 2013 Lions K-W Santa Claus Parade will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16, starting at 10 a.m. at King and Erb streets in Waterloo and concludes at Cameron Street in Kitchener. Canada Post picks up mail for the “jolly old man” from the children during the parade, for delivery at: Santa Claus, North Pole, H0H 0H0. Food items are collected for the Food Bank of Waterloo Region. n

Rockin’ the lights! (formerly called Christmas Fantasy) On Thursday, Dec. 5, from 4:456:45 p.m., bring your family down to Victoria Park when it comes alive with thousands of twinkling lights, creating a winter wonderland to enjoy right through into the new year. This family event features live Christmas music by Drew Leith and the Foundation, presented by Dave FM, with hot chocolate and fun winter activities, and, of course, the lighting ceremony. For more information, go to n

Christkindl Market Visit Canada’s original Christkindl Market Dec. 5-8 and relive a centuries-old tradition. This festival of German Christmas is a four-day celebration full of the sights, sounds and tastes of Christmas, with more than 70 vendors and free entertainment. Visit for more information. n

2014 budget levels of CO to build up inside your home. Avoid high levels of CO by: l

Having a certified fuels technician inspect and maintain your furnace annually;


Keeping all outside vents clear of blockage;


Installing a CO alarm on every level.

Know the symptoms of CO poisoning. They are similar to the flu – nausea, headache, burning eyes, confusion and drowsiness – except there is no fever. If they appear, it is imperative to get everyone, including pets, outside to fresh air immediately and call 911. For more home safety tips, call the Technical Standards & Safety Authority (TSSA) at 1-877-682-8772. For Kitchener Utilities inspections, service and repairs, call 519-741-2529, select option #3. For natural gas emergencies, call 911. n

Watch for updates on the 2014 budget deliberations online at Try out the online calculator or come to a budget meeting. Capital budget will be presented to council on Nov. 21, and operating budget presented on Dec. 12. n

New Year’s Eve 2014 The countdown is on for 2014! Join us Tuesday, Dec. 31 in downtown Kitchener and ring in the New Year right! We have something for everyone at this year’s New Year’s Eve event. For more information, please visit or follow us on Twitter @citykitchener. n

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notes from city hall far our term. You probably haven’t andincorruption is often assumed. heard or readthe much aboutof themayors 2013 Consider antics budget because, to be frank, from Quebec to Toronto and London “KITCHENER DELIVERS at the municipal level, cancelledRESPONSIBLE BUDGET” isn’t exactly gas-plants-for-seats at the provincial headline news. level, and the blatant disregard for thanoftwo years I was elected tax dollars by more the likes Bev Oda ago on a platform of efficiency and Mike Duffy at the highest and orders fiscal responsibility; the of government. Soborne manyofpoliticians realization of strained taxpayers and have acted so inappropriately a stagnating economy. that I understand the apathy. It’s With thatwarranted. in mind, back in May I practically suggested we conduct a do we fix The question is: how representative survey of residents to it? Two key methods: policy review,

determine of Oftentimesaffordability policies (e.g. expense services. the with policies) Staff are implemented put in place survey with expediency a benevolent spirit and or the intention, results came back as suspected. It but loop-holes must be better isexplored. best summarized as maintenance Although unfortunate, I of services with tax increases no believe it’s time that governments greater than inflation. begin reviewing policies asking At the time of the survey, inflation the question, ‘if one were to act was projected to be 2-2.5 per cent; unscrupulously, how could this policy little did we know would accordingly. drop be abused?’ and itamend sharply in the latter half of the year The second method is settling at 1.4 per cent.  transparency. I believe in complete Still, with significant work from government transparency save and staff and council, we managed to except areas where disclosures

bring in a budget at 1.39 per cent — legal/proprietary harm. theFortunately, lowest increase of the tri-cities, modern technology and among the is making thislowest type in of Ontario. informationin reaching this figure My pride sharing financially viable. Kitchener stems from the fact that it was is in the early stages of increasing accomplished without our transparency, andbeing our Council is regressive. made a $500,000 extremely We supportive. The intention payment to debt, is to publish morededicated information publicly $800,000 major parks to (including for scrutinytoand debate, ultimately Kiwanis Park), $1.65 million to and help us make better decisions trails, and $320,000 to replace hopefully restore a little faith in the trees affected by the emerald ash process along the way. borer. In short, we’re stronger fiscally and still managed to make Kitchener a little bit better. n

Five dates to know to track the 2014 budget

As part of the 2014 budget process, council directed staff to bring forward a budget that does not exceed a 1.25 per cent increase and to look for an additional 0.25 per cent reduction Office: 519-741-2784 through alternate funding sources. Office: 519-741-2300 Residence: 519-498-9056 Here are the dates you need to know to follow the discussion. 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I also enjoyed teaming cancer & mental health. Hundreds There choosethe Jan. are 13 great is themovies meetingto where women who fought for our country up with students from Grand River of MoBros and MoSistas are joining from this year, including The Lorax; public can attend to offer input into the so that we can enjoy the democracy, Collegiate and Councillor Scott Davey us throughout the city to assist with Ice Age: Continental Drift; discussion. freedoms and quality of life that we do for the food sort challenge. While the this important initiative. I’m joined Madagascar Europe’s Jan. 30 is3:budget day,Most where the Office: 519-741-2243 today! 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This was playing games both indoors andwill be to provide comments, which outdoors, making new friends, and Goldfish and other fish released and the driveways, performing a similar sediment. This has caused some passed on to council to help them reduction, the overall budget for the interactive website, this is what caused unsustainable salary levels makefor their decision onFor Jan. 30, 2014, a daily swim. more storm water andlevel natural by residents who were not into at function as the and concern the municipal and, ponds if they going department will still go up in 2013. citizens told fields, us theyswamps could manage. final budget and today. register, visit these areas were created and continue, our streams detrimental to andetails wetlands that existed before citiesare could experience No significant cuts were madethe to aware Ithat understand how the public may these environments. • Participatingkeyword in an online If at the end of subdivisions were developed. to manage storm water., search unstable financial position. Cities discussion with Ryan Hagey, services such as community centres, perceive these cuts; I respect the the Recently, the city’s consultant the need season you wish to dispose of Many of these storm water “camp.” to send a clear message to thedirector of financial planning, as part snowplowing, and grass cutting; workme our that firefighters do. Itrelease takes a your goldfish, please do not do so in management ponds are enjoyed advised the public April 12,an I will host the annual that these methods are not ofOnthe one significant people do city’s these jobs I province Ask Expert social media goldfish into tothe stormand these natural areas, this is creating as however, neighbourhood natural reduction areas their special of theon CityFacebook Address. on ThisTuesday, sustainable andas taxpayers don’t State campaign know that the community fire that council made affected our problem and a potentially attracting wildlife that can include the water ponds, creeks and natural a significant have limitless funds to pay these breakfast Dec. 17 atevent 1pm.provides an appreciates this essential service. larger Office: 519-741-2779 budget was one should thesetheir fish migrate to opportunity ponds like Wards and Brigadoon Blue department. Heron and aTheir variety of aquatic for me to share increases through taxes. • A dedicated phone line –insights 519-741TheThis reality of the fire department Residence: 519-895-1569 reduced bythe $480,000 life. However, purpose toofaccount these forponds. creates a big problem the Grand River. surrounding the 2013 budget, the call 2200 ext. 7700 – that citizens can budget is that it has gone up 31.3 Everywhere we see efforts to four firefighters; If you are interested in stream progress pondstheisretirement to collectof silt, sand and because goldfish are essentially carp Downtown Incentive Plans to leave their input. of citywide and planning per bottom cent over the past years reduceI spending, musttolead two fire prevention have and are would be we happy helpby projects, sediment which settle toofficers the bottom feeders thatsix can growdue cleanups, • Public meetinginitiatives planned for Jan. upcoming to increases in salary, and the example at the city. Please contact as large as the environment they are organize this with GRCA and our affecting of the pond. On a rotational basis the The City of Kitchener has 125 already retired. This reduction was he final budget was ratified in 13, 2014our in the council chambers community, and many opening of anthe additional your questions or can with streams Clean and ponds devour plant lifefire in station. the silt andstaff sediment, storm water pondssetting which Kitchener’s act as a city removes presentedthe by senior as a viablein. They • Regular mail at: 2014 Budget, c/o January, other issues affecting the citizens thepotential ponds toincrease dry pond reducing the often available oxygen the habitat, allowing natural and n concerns. man-made forThrough the sometimes Salaries are decided throughimprove Corporate Communications, option allowing to limit the tax ratefiltration at 1.39system per cent. businesses of Kitchener,Kitchener and viable aquatic life. thefire removal the after silt and stormpublic waterinput, that runs off oursurveys rooftops City Hall, PO Box 1118, 200 King St. arbitration. These decisions have aquatic species to prosper. to the budget.ofEven the for other research and out for our entire region. W. 2nd Floor, Kitchener, ON N2G 4G7 This charitable is openoftoissue all addition, youand willthe be pleased withofthe Kitchener program to garages;the yourpedestrian input will be requested completed, predesign a review crossing at Once againconsider Festivala pilot of NeighbourThere will be event a number thefinance public, with determine the effectiveness soon. and St. Leger since there is hoods papers forofthe and net corporate new space its changes once it I Victoria new bridge and to begin immediately. recognized ward 10 ofasa the members proceeds from tickettosales donated services committee discuss as part on reduced limit of 40 km/h with understand why I continue to receive sidewalk at this location. winner of speed the Ward Challenge, opens this spring. Improvements will no KW Art Gallery of the operating budget dialogue on to the Kitchener and Waterloo elementary school frontages in the your inquiries about this project, and The Victoria Park washrooms, to be 24 neighbourhood events, narrowly then begin on the original building. Looking for something creative for Dec. 12 for Foundation. the 2014 budget. Community For more 2013/2014 school year. want to stress that weon areprograms committed built at the corner of David and Jubilee beating out other city wards. I also For more information you or your family to do? Take a trip A few of those issue outline on this, andpapers past State to this process as Drive, ahead now that a tender want to make mention A staff reportspecial will come to theof the information andmoving services at all the KPLforward locations, exhibits at the KW to seewill thego great strategic initiatives thatvisit would enhance of the City addresses, quickly as we can, within an 8-12 has been approved by council. It is Knollwood Park walk-about in the community and infrastructure check out their wonderful and Art Gallery and find out about their Office: 519-741-2786 existing services, provide new services keyword search month construction schedule tabled hoped $200,000 federal dollars Auditorium neighbourhood, selected services committee on April 8. We to, interactive website cool artthat programs there for kids, or help implement recommendations Residence: 519-576-3501 “state of the city.” I hope to see you to start following a request for tenders. will goand towards quality project receive Inclusion Award.that Continue need tothe develop a culture says from approved master plans or audit teens adults this at The new underground parking at there! In response to some resident which last for build community by planning first, especially little and reviews. Let theshould inner artist outgenerations to play and in topedestrians the main branch library is open and inquiries, I will ask staff to communicate this heritage The art washroom your ward events with The remaining papers recommend ones! check out the park. wonderful that is in registering he main branch of Kitchener construction will be completed ThePublic Margaret Avenue Bridge is all project milestones will backyard move theatBoathouse Festival of touch Neighbourhoods for ideas next alternative sources of revenue that Keep in with your great your very own Centre In Library on Queen Street sometime this springas onthey the occur other so approvals coming down. everyone is keptto up-to-date. I have operator discussions forward with the year. Please do me know how I can could reduce the tax levy by an or concerns at let dan.glennThe Square! parking garage the east of the is open during construction, and if additional 0.25 per cent. Issue papers Council has given approvals also requested that staff consider two accepted contenders advancing help! or 40 km/hour school zones you have not seen the progression of library. And yes, a great public space and all presented budget information for the bridge to be removed, an the possibility of an advanced left to stage two of the process. 519-741-2786. n is planned above these parking the new 25,000-square-foot can be found on the city’s website. Lastly, I am moving that the City of environmental assessment to be turn from Victoria onto Margaret and Well done and congratulations!







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may seemyour insignificant you, but visit with family, youto may want to check the Huron Area for policeouthaving thisNatural information (HNA) to located 801 Trillium Dr. Not helps map at important trends like only isand it Kitchener’s it where when evenlargest minor park, criminal is also home to some Thank significant activity is occurring. you in wetlandsfor andacting species. Witheyes and advance as the kilometres of trails and boardwalks, ears of our community! Office: 519-741-2791 there truly something for proud to On isOctober 17, I was everyone. bring the film Girl Rising to the City Twitter: @gallowaykelly park also of The Kitchener asoffers part lots of of the UN’s educational experiences, International Day of the including Girl Child. an upcoming presentation Around 100 people came toand citywalk hall Dear Neighbours, hope you have been enjoying entitled All About Bats, happening to learn more about the challenges I have a favourso tofar. askIfyou. the summer you Please are Aug. 24 from 8-10 p.m. You must report all suspicious activity lookingany forand an exciting destination to young women continue to face registerthe in advance to participate. world. If you missed it, you you see to the police. An incident around

stillIf have an opportunity view bats aren’t your thing,toyou maythe be interested in an event called film as part of the Zonta Club of KW’s Ganödagwёhda:’ annual film festivaldosgёh on November 13 gёhö:de’ – villagevisit close by the and 14. Please www.zontakw. stream, which is a chance to learn org for more information. about thebelieve rich archaeological I can’t it’s almost budget heritage of the area. This is to a drop-in time again! I am pleased share 21 from 1-4 p.m. event on Sept. that there are lots of different ways Please, for citizens get involved in deciding for more keyword how tax search dollars “HNA” are spent. Are you information and to register. hooked on social media? You can Every year I look to the now provide inputforward on Facebook Williamsburg Community Festival. (City of Kitchener) and Twitter (@ This year the event will be CityKitchener). I am alsotaking excited place on Sept. 8tool fromthat 11-4is about a Sunday, new online

scheduled go liveCommons. mid-November. p.m. at MaxtoBecker Whilebudget the details are still The calculator willbeing allow you finalized, can expect of to model you different budgetlots scenarios great food, activities to seegames, what the impact wouldand be on entertainment your tax bill. for the whole family. Everyone invited and to see If you isprefer moreI hope traditional you there! communication methods, there willI want also tobeleave a public input session you with a final thought oninfireJanuary, safety. If check you have a sometime www. propane BBQ, please remember, keyword search that the canisters shelf life. “budget2014” laterhave thisayear. Make Propane your voicecylinders heard! must be

from all three Ward 6 neighbourhood McLennan Park. Some key features associations. year a draw is held like the largeEach splash pad, dog park for a $10,000 grand prize to be used and the walking trail are very well for a capitalThe improvement within attended. number ofproject people the ward. using these amenities, plus some It is my pleasure to announce that veryChandler-Mowat hot weather, has neighbourhood made it the evident that more shaded areas won the grand prize. Please join and me are needed key volunteers areas inseating congratulating the in many a to around the park.countless As this is still who dedicated hours newerorganize park, treesthe haveneighbourhood not reached help maturity to provide to sufficient events contributing our firstshade, place more trees at this time and planting win. For more information on event would not solve qualifications and the howissue to register for the 2013/2014 Festival Neighbourhood immediately for theofsame reasons. challenge,, So, I havevisit been working with ourword search “festival of neighbourhoods.”

Viewpoints on are theinvestigating Victoria Park parks staff, who bathroom project have been well some options. discussed by the community at large inconvenience I’mfew andAnother by council over thethat past sure has hampered the enjoyment months. I did not support the tender of McLennan that came in at Park abouthas 40%been overthe budget closure oftothe main because me, thebathroom cost absolutely to some facility. This hasdisagree been duethat matters. I don’t Victoria sanitary and structural issues that Park is lacking appropriate bathroom are takingWhat longerI than anticipated to amenities. couldn’t agree with address. a temporary measure, was living As outside of our means. During washrooms committee have andbeen council portable meetings, I pushedUnderstandably for better judgment made available. this by council—the need to bring costs is not the desired alternative. I askin line withyour what was budgeted you for patience until the earlier this year. Fiscal prudence is even appropriate repairs can be made. more necessary in times of economic

uncertainty. Ultimately tender did This year, my wife andthe I took great get approved. Unfortunately pleasure cruising the streetsdecisions of like these ability to manage Ward 6 inerode order our to nominate the various properties city wide service deserving for thepriorities, while ensuring future property tax Kitchener in Bloom awards to be increases are within an inflationary held on Sept. 12. Many of you are target. the time proud homeowners, taking The 2014 budget review process will to beautify your properties. I wanted begin on November 18. Please engage to make in certain that those of you yourself the budget deliberations whoproviding go aboveme andwith beyond be by your would feedback acknowledged yourinefforts in 6 or simply take for part my ward beautifying your front yards. I am survey at very happy to say I wasinput able to send kitchenerward6 . Your matters, and is greatly in more thanappreciated. 200 nominations for residents in Ward 6. n

eliminate the roadside grass cutting misinformation circulating about Kitchener and Imeasure. would like budget asUtilities a cost-saving toThe setregion the record straight. in contracts out the Here service Kitchener, we when are fortunate enough to the city but the money todisappeared, be one of only twohad municipalities the city no choice inbutOntario who have roadside communityto stop maintaining owned grass. public utilities. That means you, the taxpayer, have a direct Wisely, after receiving a lotIt of stake in Kitchener Utilities. is why pushback fromoffer Kitchener and other the city can efficient, costmunicipalities, region reinstated effective servicethe that is accountable money but unfortunately, a of totheyou. Unfortunately, that level maintenance is backlog had been accountability not possible with a combined created. This backlog, privately-owned utility company. Didanyou know rainy that spring Kitchener’s with unusually and natural gaspesticide supply program operates Ontario’s ban, created the

storm for weeds. atperfect cost? You heard correctly. Customers on Kitchener’s Recently, I met with city staffsupply to program see howpay thiswhat issuesuppliers could beare paid, there is no mark-up and all customers addressed. It is important to note pay the same Another that grass maintenance advantage of being a Kitchener completed on a three-week cycle by Utilities customer is rate stability. The routes. The trim crew performs basic citizens of Kitchener have identified trim maintenance onpriority cul-de-sacs, stable rates as a top and this parkhas frontages around Utilities input guidedand the Kitchener playgrounds program. and park furniture. purchasing Natural gas mowers cut the areas Larger rates can be volatile but main the Kitchener of the parks. Staff have also keeps Utilities purchasing program informed me that theSome maintenance rates predictable. people may prefer to payup a as fluctuating cycles will tighten we returnrate to through private provider which can the driera weather of July and August.

solution be to beAnother beneficial when would rates are lowallow but there no protection for whenCity rates someisareas to be naturalized. skyrocket. is consultation also no surefire staff wouldThere work in with way to predict howappropriate gas rates will residents to locate behave. areas that might be beneficial to With tothe City ofstate, Kitchener gas return a natural like valley supplier contracts running to 2018, lands and meadows. on a yearly declining basis, we are in I am in the process of addition, theInearly stages of reviewing our gas drafting a motion bringa before purchasing policy. to Unlike mortgage, council would seek to increase the city that is unable to break these the amount of maintenance contracts simply by paying a penalty. performedI on cityforward land. I certainly However, look to working sympathize withopportunities residents who are with staff to find to lower costs deliver continued value for rightlyand proud of our community and residents. want to keep it looking its best.n

theWhen downtown core, cyclists this was firstallowing considered for to occupy an entire lane, similar to a tenders on Sept. 16, it was defeated motorist. Kitchener also many on a tie vote. A notice ofhas motion was marked bike lanes. then tabled for reconsideration for In my recent Chicago, September 30th.travels I wastoActing Mayor Vancouver and Ottawa, for this Special CouncilI observed meeting. I one-way and two-way lanes had discussed with thebike city’s clerkonat downtown streets. Some of these that meeting the procedures for this bike lanes are marked with elephant meeting. showinga feet I (extra-wide requested crosswalks, staff to make that bikes are permitted to ride presentation and then the two greentosection as across usingtothespeak delegations the matter. travel lane) and are Itheir permitted questions toseparated be asked by staff eitherand planter boxes, collapsible of the delegations. I then plastic bollards or to no clearly stated thatraised there curbs will be

separate the ridersuntil fromwe thevote discussion orbike debate motorists. I also noticed sharrows to reconsideration on the notice on of the curbif lanes of four lane streets in motion it is supported. The vote Chicago, which allow motorists to it required 2/3 majority votes and pass any cyclists in the passing lane failed. if they are not travelling the speed I then declared thatat since this limit. reconsideration for tendering was I have also outcould bikenot lanes defeated that checked this matter be dedicated bike the lanes to on trailsup andagain brought until after next determineelections if there are municipal andany thegates new slate before approaching public of elected councillorsaare in power. roadway. Having bikeddiscussion in Stanley on There was further Park and the waterfront in bringing forward consideration of Vancouver and Toronto, I have yet to reopening the entire discussion of discover any gatesshould at roadbe crossings. where washrooms located,

fact, Stanley extensive ifInneeded. ThisPark washas supported with one-way bike trails and only oneback gate all background reports to come to council separate to onbicyclists Oct. 21st.from pedestrians using beach. When a motion the waslocal reintroduced directions, bike speed onWell-marked Oct 21st to bring forward the or limits and separated original tender, I alongpedestrian with Councillor bike paths are well designed as John Gazzola argued that because numerous parktime billboards. itnoted was on defeated the first as well Thethe Vancouver parks department as reconsideration motion being also provides an extensive Bike with defeated, it could not be dealt Vancouver route map and guide. until the new term of council after While we haveAccordingly, made great strides elections. we both with ourout. cycling strategy in I did not walked In my opinion, Kitchener, there is in clearly room to in want to participate a proceeding n grow. violation to council’s policies.

Lately,when in thewe hot,recently sticky approved endure public washrooms forbeen Victoria Park. summertime, I have humming Those are the toilets Kitchener that Ghostbusters dittythat while residents attendingbeefs past handling legitimate aboutpublic meetings agreed were required bass-thumping music, high weeds,on ageese site they selected to the droppings andadjacent dying trees. parking lot at David and Jubilee. And that’s why — amid complaint As the final debate took place, calls — it’s John a relief to receive positive Councillor Gazzola refused to comments from people vote and, pandering to delighted the media, about a city-backed program to in a stomped out of council. Then, reintroduce rental boats to Victoria huff-puff game of follow-the-leader, Park. Councillor Zyg Janecki refused to vote before coat-tailing his way As councillor, I have neverout of the chamber. experienced such a refreshing flow

ofThis complimentary responses about a meant that, in a 10-ward system designed to provide improved city project. It’s been great to see and increased the way residentsrepresentation have embracedfor Kitchener voters, thousands the efforts by Canoeing the Grand of to constituents were disenfranchised return boats to the downtown park. in That the Gazzola and Janecki wards. company is also donating $1 Because the two councillors took from every boat rental to a parktheir ball and went home, their voters maintenance fund. were left without a voice on what has Everywhere I go, people become a hot-button issue. tell me they back on the Thelike seeing issue boats has become lake after a 20-year Many of controversial mostly hiatus. because of the $565,000 cost, acome figure thatresidents featured from the comments prominently in aspending poorly-researched who remember enjoyable Waterloo Record editorial and summer Region weekends boating on the

during pastopinion decades. alake lazy, copycat column that conveniently ignored the fact that I recently met one resident in a the price compares favorably to similar neighbourhood grocery store who, washrooms built used several years ago as a young man, to rent boats infrom Kitchener’s McLennan and Huron the city in the park. He loved parks. Those prices, once inflation is seeing the program return and taken into account, would nowadays commented that, years ago, it cost cost between $550,000 and $586,000. $3Meanwhile, to rent a boat. that, backHe’s in amazed our council decades later, it’s stillbe possible chamber, it should noted tothat per half and hour for rent a boat for councillors are$5elected paid n each person. to represent the people who vote them into office. They can’t perform that function by refusing to vote and leaving meetings.


Office: 519-741-2793 Cell: 226-748-3109 Email: Twitter: @paulsinghward6 he beautiful weather has Dear Residents, light some On brought October to 27, Festival of Neighbourhoods their 20th resident celebrated concerns regarding anniversary. I wascity pleased our newest major park —that the event was represented by members


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he summer 2013 Dear Residents ofof Ward 7, has been terrible for weeds in Recently, many of you have Kitchener. It began when contacted me about gas rates. There Waterloo to and Regiontoof be seems a lot ofdecided confusion

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$565,000 – The cost of new am pleased the city recently washrooms for Victoria Park. A waste installed sharrows as a pilot of money? Right? Of course, right. I project Kingspending Street from did NOTalong support so much Madison Avenue to Francis Street in money foolishly.


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Childish theatrics performed for an ot a complaint...who you audience of gullible news reporters. gonna call? Your complaintThat’s the amateurish stage show buster course. council councillor, members of were obliged to


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THE SHOPPING CALENDAR Changes in our retail sector have been taken place at a rapid pace. Hudson’s Bay seems to be waking up from a many decade-long slumber. It recently acquired an upscale U.S. store, Saks Fifth Avenue. Too, Richard Baker, a property mogul who already controls Hudson’s Bay, is planning to open more stores in Canada. Yet, beginning in the 1960’s department store started to falter. Shopping there was frustrating with a scarcity of sales personnel to provide any assistance. Specialized


s we note the dwindling A hour of daylight and start to settle in for the long winter ahead, the shopping calendar alerts retailers to prepare for the most important Christmas shopping season. That accounts for approximately 20% of annual retail sales. Ever since Thanksgiving stores have been displayed Christmas decorations along with pervasive background music appropriate for this time of year.

retailers sprang up in this era, selling items such as hats and gloves. New outlets in shopping malls become common in areas with high predistrian traffic, such as the Eaton Center in Toronto; they featured high-tech equipment or computer or camera accessories. Soon the one-category store started, like toy stores. After hectic openings and initial sales, they failed. Meanwhile online retailers, who hurt the established retailers, experienced a major surge. Given this changes, what

will happen to department stores? All but forgotten is their history. Early in the 20th century it was recognized that by putting all kinds of merchandise under one roof, a big part of retailers’ dollars could be captured. Stores such as Eatons, Simpsons and Morgan and Ogilvy in Montreal thrived. Fierce competition, lack of modern inventory, and dreadful service proved too much for many of these stores. Today, rather than giving up, the more entrepreneurial department stores are staging a major comeback. The Bay is utilizing its U.S. counterpart to offer stylish, imported merchandise. When there is a lack of inventory to reflect a customer’s wishes, shoppers are being accommodated by sales personnel who check

online to see if a specific item is available elsewhere. Sales people are being trained to recognize a good customer who then may be entitled to free alterations or expedited delivery. Frequent, new bargains lure customer to buy a little more. Posters abound with notices that additional sales personnel are needed and will be hired. Improved lightning and décor add to the shopping experience. After a long hiatus, department stores once again are coming to the forefront of retailing. That will be a boon all along the line for our economy. *** Bruce Whitestone is an economist and syndicated columnist living in the Breslau area.


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C O M M U N I T Y C A L E N DA R ing the original and highly gifted artists Nicole Waddick with the exhibition titled Strata based on the rolling grasslands of Southeastern Saskatchewan; Cathy Farwell’s body of work titled Relative Distance inspired by her recent trip to New Zealand; and Kathryn Bemrose courtesy of De Luca Fine Art Gallery, exhibition titled “The Above Series” includes a series of large scale oil paintings that were inspired by the artist having observed car tracks in the snow viewed from her second floor window. Admission $5. Members of the public are invited to attend an Artist Talk Event on Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 1-3pm. For more information call 519-748-4377. 100th ANNIVERSARY OF ST. ANDREWS PUBLIC SCHOOL - St. Andrew’s Public School in Cambridge is

extending an invitation to former staff, alumni, and local history buffs to join in the planning of the school’s 100-year celebration. The school, which first opened its doors in 1914, will be welcoming former students, staff and the public with an Open House and celebration planned for May 10th, 2014. Volunteers are needed plan, prepare, and promote the celebration. Help is needed to collect and scan old photographs, track down yearbooks and memorabilia, promote the event to alumni, plant a commemorative garden, research and document the history of the school, and coordinate activities for the public celebration. For more information, check the school website at or call the school at (519) 621-7170. LINCOLN SERIES OF LIVE MUSIC RETURNS - The Lincoln Series returns this Fall to treat local music lovers to four acclaimed musical groups that will appear at St. Columba Anglican Church, 250 Lincoln Road, Waterloo. There is seating for just over 100 in this warm, acoustically rich ambience. The Nov. 22 presentation will feature virtuoso trumpeter Larry Larson, united with Glenn Buhr in a concert of

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Are there restrictions on how I choose to decorate the inside of my condo? Q. My neighbour just informed me that if I want to paint or wallpaper the inside of my condo I have to inform the condo board in writing. This sounds like an invasion of privacy to me. Why wouldn’t I be able to decorate as I please? I was under the assumption that I own anything inside my condo walls, not outside. Am I correct? A. Search your condo documents for what is called a Description of your condo property. You need to find out the boundaries of the unit’s and common elements. This document will outline whether interior walls are part of the common elements or part of the units (my bet would be part of the unit’s). Next, review your condo corporation’s declaration and rules

to confirm whether or not there are any restrictions on interior decorating. When it comes to painting or wallpapering interior walls, I doubt there are. Most restrictions would apply to any structural changes to the interior walls or modifications to the exterior. Contact your board of directors in writing for some reference on this matter, and if necessary bring it up under new business at your annual general meeting of owners. If you cannot wait for the meeting or receive no response from your letter to the board, then ask your own lawyer to check it out. I have never come across any limitations regarding painting or wallpapering the inside of a condo unit. However, if by some fluke, there is a rule in

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Choosing an agent based on the market evaluation: Agents know, when sellers are choosing between 2 or 3 agents, that the agent who gives them the highest value for their home is most likely to get the listing. Over pricing a home is the biggest reason for homes selling down the road for less than they could have sold for if they would have priced it properly in the beginning. Some sales trainers actually teach agents to just get the listing signed, tell the seller what they want

to hear, then worry about getting the price reduced down the road. Being home during a showing: Buyers often say they are not sure what they want but when they walk into the home they will know! They are using emotion to help them find a home. The problem is that the seller is there at the front door to greet the buyer. Buyers automatically feel uncomfortable and that first impression or feeling is lost when they walk in the front door. I’ve shown homes that are seemingly perfect for the buyer, but for some reason they just don’t think it’s the right home and they are not sure why?





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tuff In Stockings is hoping to S fill about 1,500 stockings for local youth, children, seniors and adults living with disabilities. The charity, which began four years ago, works to make a needy person’s Christmas a little happier by delivering stuffed stockings. Last year it delivered 1,000 stockings through 15 charities. This year, Carolyn Parks, who came up with the idea for the charity in 2010, and her committee of dedicated volunteers, is working with 18 regional charities to collect and deliver the donated stockings at Christmas, including Community Care Concepts, Community Support Connections and the Independent Living Centre. Many local businesses and organizations are already on board for this year’s StuffIn Stockings project. The Lions Club of St. Jacobs provides funding, sorting space and volunteers. 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. 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. A family event to promote Stuff In Stockings, called Elves at Play, will take place on Saturday, December 7, 1 - 3pm. at The Shops, Uptown Waterloo where families are invited to drop off stockings and visit with Santa, get their faces painted, make crafts, eat treats and see Five the Magician. For more information about Stuff In Stockings visit www.

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About 300 people participated in the Stanley Park Community Association’s Oct. 26 afternoon Halloween Party at the community centre that featured ghoulish games and prizes. Whole families got into the celebration by dressing up in original costumes. From left: front, Benedict JD Peregil Jr., back, Destiny Cook, Keisha Cook, Benedict R. Peregil Sr.

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Katie Roberson dresed as a dragon enjoyed the fishing game.

SPCA volunteer Diane Fernandes ran the Plinko game. She was one of about 30 people who volunteered at the popular Halloween event.

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Community Church Listing St. Anthony Daniel - Catholic 29 Midland Drive, Kitchener (519) 893-6960 Pastor: Michael King Associate Pastor: Bradley Markus Masses: Sat. 5:00pm; Sun. 8:30am and 10:30am St James’-Rosemount United 171 Sherwood Ave., Kitchener (519) 742-1002 Sunday Service: 10:30am Nursery, Sunday School, Youth Group, Wed. Night Bible study Kitchener Gospel Temple-Pentecostal 9 Conway Dr. (at River Rd), Kitchener (519) 894-5999 Sunday Service: 10:30am Mid-week activities for all ages. Kitchener East Presbyterian 10 Zeller Drive, Kitchener (519) 748-9786 Reverend: Mark S. Richardson Sunday Service: 10:30am Nursery and Sunday School provided Sonshine Corner, Thursdays from 9 - 11am Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran 322 East Avenue (at Stirling), Kitchener (519) 742-5812 Sunday Service: (Sept. - June) 8:30am and 11am, (July-Aug.) 9:30am 9:45am - Sunday School, Youth & Adult Bible Classes Choirs - Stephen Ministry - Youth Group - Beginnings (0 -3 years) Hope Lutheran 30 Shaftsbury Drive, Kitchener ON N2A 1N6 (519) 893-5290 Pastor: Rev. Terry Hursh FALL SERVICE TIMES (starting on Sept. 22) Sunday, Sept. 15 at 10:15 am – Rally Sunday Sunday Services @ 9 and 11 am (nursery provided) Sunday School and Adult Bible Study at 10 am. Sudanese service @ 2:30 pm Reformation Lutheran Church 456 Krug St. (at Cambridge), Kitchener (519) 745-2561 Pastor: Neil Thomsen Worship Service: 10:00am Sunday Church School: 9:45am

Take a break from the busy-ness this Christmas. Take a lunch break at Trinity. Come as you are. Everyone is welcome at these Free Events:

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St. Jacobs artist Timothy Schmalz will be taking a smaller replica of his life-sized sculpture “Jesus the Homeless” to the weekly general audience with Pope Francis on November 20. The original bronze sculpture sits outside Regis College, at University of Toronto, which is a Jesuit school of theology. Schmalz’s sculpture depicts Jesus, with wounds in his feet, wrapped in a blanket and sleeping on a bench. There is room for a person to sit beside him. On his website, Schmalz says he was “Inspired by Matthew: 25, this sculpture is a representation that suggests Christ is with the most marginalized in our society.” The Firefighter Memorial in the Civic Park in downtown Kitchener is another one of Schmalz’s pieces.

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Breslau Evangelical Missionary Church 102 Woolwich St., Breslau (519) 648-2712 SundayWorship Service: 9:30am Children’s Ministry - Youth Ministry - Small Groups All are welcome! Visit us at St. Andrew’s - Anglican 275 Mill St., Kitchener (519) 743-0911 Sunday Services: 8:00am and 10:00am Rector: Canon Rob Stanley Park Community Church 9 Dreger Ave., (at Ottawa St.) Kitchener (519) 893-8186 Pastor: John Pearce Sunday Service and Kid’s Church: 10:30am ALL WELCOME! Trinity United Church 74 Frederick Street, Kitchener (519) 742-3578 Sunday Service: 10:00am Church School and Nursery care provided. Sunday Hymn Sing: 10:00 a.m. (1st Sunday of month)


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Army Cadets learn skills that help make them good citizens BY HELEN HALL

aptain Gerry Jacobs calls C the Army Cadet Corps “Canada’s best kept secret.”

Jacobs is the Commanding Officer of the 1596 Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada Army Cadets. “Very few people are educated about the cadet program,” Jacobs said at one of their regular training nights at the Armoury on East Ave. The group meets weekly from June to September. Cadets must be between 12

team. Jacobs said through these teams, many cadets find a passion, such as music, and go on to pursue a career in that direction. Warrant Officer Terri-Lynn Kaufman is 17 years old and is in her 6th year with the cadets. Her passion is being part of the Marksmenship Team. This year she is the team captain. “I like the mindset it brings,” she said of the concentration required to hit targets. The marksmenship team tries to shoot pellets within a certain diameter space on

Master Warrant Officer Cassandra Minnis (centre) performs a fitness test.

at Canadian Forces Base Borden. In addition to learning new skills, cadets are surrounded by eight adult officers on staff, who act as instructors and role models. As cadets move up the ranks, they help with the instruction of the newer cadets and also become their role models. Some youth who join the cadets are struggling to figure out their lives. Cadets gives them a structure, a peer group, and the skills they learn helps their self-confidence. Also on hand each week during the almost three hours of training on Wednesday nights is a group of parents, whose job it is to support the cadets through running a canteen, helping with fundraising, driving to events and camps, and running special projects such as the cadet website “This corps wouldn’t run without these volunteers,” Jacobs said. In-class instruction during a regular training night at the Armoury.

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a target. Their coach likes to have accuracy above 90 percent, Kaufman said. She has placed first at a Zone Competition, and also competed in provincial competition. She is hoping to make it to nationals this year. She has also gone to a summer marksmenship camp held

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and 19 years of age. There is no charge for their uniforms, equipment or training. Jacobs said sometimes people have a “stigma” about the program and its connection to the military. But while the cadets receive funding from the military and learn some military practices, it is not only for those who would like to pursue a military life. “The best way to say it is that the Army Cadets promotes an interest in outdoor activities and a sense of comaraderie,” he explains. Cadets receive training in camping, survival, and fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. They are required to do community work, such as helping to set up for Oktoberfest, selling poppies for the Veterans, and helping out at the Firefighter Memorial Day in Kitchener. They also receive academic training in the history of Canada, structure of the government and the background of the military. “In many ways it is similar to Scouting,” Jacobs said. He was also a Scout leader for seven years. Cadets also have the opportunity to take part in several special teams offered. These include playing in the band, orienteering team, marksmenship team, the parachute team, the biathalon team (shooting and running) and the drill

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Nelly Furtado, Martin Luther King III and Shawn Desman among the lineup announced for We Day Waterloo Region


bout 6,000 students who attend We Day Waterloo Region on November 20 at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium will get to hear musical sensations Nelly Furtado and Shawn Desman and inspirational speakers Martin Luther King III and Spencer West. The JUNO and MMVA award-winning recording artist Desman is the host of We Day Waterloo Region, and will lead the crowd through a day full of educational speeches and show-stopping performances.

We Day is a stadium-sized educational event and a movement of young people leading local and global change. The list of speakers and performers announced to date include:

NIGHT/SHIFT 2013 The first night time festival of art and culture was held in downtown Kitchener November 2 between 7pm and 3am. It was presented by Alternatives Journal, an environmental magazine. A rap song by Gnomes Living in the Shadows of Humans had the crowd laughing. The Gnomes continued to wander around the festival after their performance.

• Martin Luther King III – Human rights advocate and eldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. • Nelly Furtado (@NellyFurtado) – GRAMMY® and JUNO award-winner and Free The Children ambassador • Shawn Desman (@DaRealSD) – Platinum-selling, JUNO and MMVA Awardwinning recording artist and host of We Day Waterloo Region • Cast members from the Emmy-nominated TV series DEGRASSI • Craig and Marc Kielburger (@CraigKielburger) – International activists and

co-founders of Free The Children • Kenyan Boys Choir (@BoysChoirKenya) – Traditional African male choir, who sang at the 2009 inauguration of President Obama • Youth speakers – Hannah Alper and Vishal Vijay • Spencer West (@spencer2thewest) – Me to We inspirational speaker, Free The Children ambassador, author and double amputee who climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro on his hands and in his wheelchair in June, 2012 • Molly Burke (@mollymetowe) – Visually impaired Me to We motivational speaker who speaks out against bullying and the power of hope • Chris Tse – Me to We inspirational speaker, national spoken-word champion and humanitarian “We Day is the foundation to inspire a year of service and help students from across Waterloo Region find their passion for the causes they care about,” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of the international charity Free The Children, which started the We Day program. “But it doesn’t stop there. Students are truly making real impact all year round. Last year alone, students involved in the We Act program raised $6 million for over 550 local and global causes and logged more than 1.7 million volunteer hours.” For more information, visit

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

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THIS MONTH’S READING: The Disciple of Las Vegas: An Ava Lee Novel


Lesa Balch, Senior Manager, Service Development

the bad guys with her mastery of Bak Mei, a potentially lethal form of marti al arts. Ava Lee lives in Toronto, but travels the world to recover stolen money. In the first book in the series, The Water Rat of Wanchai, Ava works her way through Hong Kong, Thailand and the Caribbean. In this book, she follows the trail of $50 million dollars to the Philippines, San Francisco, Vancouver, Victoria, Las Vegas and finally to London, where her investigation culminates in a showdown with a wealthy politician. When a wealthy Canadian entrepreneur is the victim of a land fraud deal,Ava is contracted to find the missing money. Her money chase leads her into the world of gambling, where professional gamblers struggle to make a living and thieves are attracted to apparently easy wins.We meet the intriguing Disciple of Las Vegas, a legendary gambler who may hold the key to the re-

trieval of the missing money. While Ava is tracking the stolen money, a former opponent from a previous job is tracking her, intent on killing her. This persistent threat keeps Ava on her toes in her designer shoes, as she doesn’t know who or what might be around the next corner as she travels from city to city. Ava regularly outsmarts her opponents, but is not hesitant to use physical persuasion when verbal persuasion doesn’t work.When trying to get information from two perpetrators that are less than forthcoming, she unhesitatingly employs an alternative form of persuasion that causes excessive bleeding and ends up destroying a white shag carpet. The important thing to Ava is that she successfully delivers on her contracts with her clients, regardless of the method to achieve that purpose. Ian Hamilton has written three more books in the Ava Lee series, so you can continue to follow Ava’s adventures in The Wild Beasts of Wuhan, The Red Pole of Macau and The Scottish Banker of Surabaya.

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Elora Festival Singers to perform at Carnegie Hall in 2015 humorously adds this calling’s many challenges has him wishing some days f you describe the singers in a choir that he was a stockbroker instead. as its heart and lungs, then the diThe 20 to 24-member EFS choir, rector is surely its soul. of which about half are local singers, That description certainly holds is hand picked by Edison who looks true for the Elora Festival Singers first for “healthy personalities who (EFS) and its charismatic founder can work well with others.” and artistic director Noel Edison. They must also have professional Edison, who co-founded the re- vocal training and a great voice. The nowned Elora Festival in 1979, be- choir works on a contractual and ingan the Elora Festival tensified rehearsal schedSingers in 1980 as the ule where rehearsal time professional choir-inlengthens and become residence for the fesmore frequent as a concert tival. He has been its deadline approaches. director since 1984. Auditions each January The festival merged yield an eager group of with the choir in 2005 already polished, profescreating one organisional singers, which Edization now known son then chisels to create as Elora Festival & his magnificently sculpSingers. The festival tured choral sound that now attracts capacity has been described over Noel Edison crowds to the village the years as diverse, warm during its four-week summer run and and offering great clarity of texture. showcases the talents of a variety of “We’re starting so close to the top musical artists from classical to jazz, with all of these singers. They pick up cabaret and chamber choral music. on my expressions of sound, my tone, Edison, appointed to the Order of my phrasing. Musically we’re all on Ontario in 2009, is also the director the same page so you can quickly get of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir to the essence and polish. They come (130 members) and its chamber choir, knowing their notes and then we have and is organist and choirmaster at to bring a spirit to it. We have to discithe Church of St. John the Evangelist pline it.” Edison said. in Elora. In 1988 he established the Admitting to being a perfectionist, Elora Festival Orchestra, which per- Edison said one of his top criteria for forms at the festival’s opening night creating music is that, “If I had to sit concert. in a concert would I like to listen to This year, the Elora Festival Sing- this,” he said. ers was nominated for a Juno Award “Every director is different. There for its 2012, I Saw Eternity CD, which is no right or wrong, but any group features the work of 11 composers that has any worth is only as good as with strong affiliations to Canada. The the director in front of them. I don’t recording is the second CD released create music to win awards. I do it under Naxos label’s new “Canadian because I know we’re going to do a Classics Series”. This is the second good job of it,” Edison said. Juno nomination for the EFS, which Repertoire selection, one of the was nominated about ten years ago main jobs of a director, he describes for it’s The Mystery of Christmas CD. as an attempt to achieve a balance The choir has also been nominated for between what is new and challenging a Grammy award for its earlier Eric and what older scores can be made Whitacre CD. challenging through reinterpretation. In an event that will mark its 35th He often checks the websites of the anniversary, the EFS recently accept- top choruses around the world to see ed an invitation to perform at Carn- what they are programming. egie Hall in New York City in 2015 As with many arts organizations, as part of the choir’s U.S. tour being funds are limited and Edison must planned for that year. carefully choose future goals for the For Edison, choral directing is not choir, which include developing its so much a profession as it is “a call- own recording label, doing away with ing.” paper sheet music and using only “It’s a profession that chosen for electronic music scores and learning you. It’s in your DNA,” although he tracts that would be available to his BY CARRIE DEBRONE


choristers by email, and increasing the number of tours the choir is able to make. With an annual operating budget of about $1-million that must support the summer festival, fall and winter concerts, recordings, broadcasts and tours, means not all of Edison’s wishes are possible. “We would love to travel more but that’s very expensive,” he said. Helping to ensure the continuation of good choral music in Canada, the Elora Festival Singers was recently granted $30,000 from the TD Bank to deliver a music education program that will take it to arts high schools in the Toronto, Kitchener Waterloo and Waterloo Wellington areas. Edison said he believes the state of choral music in Canada to be “actually quite healthy” with a vast number of especially children’s and youth choirs popping up across the country mainly as the result of the decline of

This year, the Elora Festival Singers was nominated for a Juno Award for its 2012, I Saw Eternity CD. music in Canada’s educational system over the last several years. “It’s great to be involved with kids in the schools. They love good music and discipline and they love to perform well. It’s a thrill to perform well. It’s something I really enjoy doing,” Edison said. The Elora Festival Singers has just begun its fall and winter concert series, kicking it off with Nine Lessons and Carols for Harvest on Oct. 27. The series includes the popular Soup Concert on Jan. 19, one of Edison’s favourite events. The event includes a light lunch and a performance talk by Edison before the singers take on Brahms sacred sevenmovement work from the late 1860s, A German Requiem. “I get the chance to talk about the score and about why Brahms wrote it and the theological connections. I think people really like learning about what’s behind the music,” he said. Edison is passionate about the choir continuing to perform Canadian choral music as often as possible with the goal of presenting as many

good Canadian scores as he can get his expressive director’s hands on. “If they are well written then I will continue to do them. It’s something I simply enjoy bringing to people,” Edison said.


The Elora Festival Singers fall and winter season series includes: On November 30 at St. John’s Church in Elora, the one-act opera by Gian Carlo Menotti, Amahl and the Night Visitors. This holiday favourite is a charming opera that “tries to recapture my own childhood” according to Menotti. With an original English libretto by the composer, this work for soloists, organ and piano is the story of how a young shepherd boy’s life changes forever. This family-friendly performance, which includes pianist James Bourne and organist Michael Bloss, offers a timeless and inspiring message. Handel’s English-language masterpiece, Messiah, is one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music. Edison will bring this 1741 oratorio to life with the Festival Chamber Players and soloists from the Elora Festival Singers in Fergus at St. Joseph’s Church on December 8. Fast becoming a Christmas tradition itself, Festival of Carols has three performance times just to accommodate the popularity of this communal event filled with wit and good cheer. Wednesday Dec. 18 at 5 and 7:30pm and Friday, Dec. 20 at 7:30pm at St John’s Church, Elora. The well-loved Soup Concert series is back on January 19, 2014 with a light lunch served at the Elora Legion prior to a performance talk by Noel Edison. The Elora Festival Singers then take on Brahms A German Requiem. Originally scored for numerous instruments, this performance will be an orchestral reduction for organ with chorus and soloists at St. John’s Church in Elora. The Elora Festival Singers and the Festival Chamber Players will close the fall and winter series with Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. John Passion on April 6, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Church in Fergus. Tickets for these performances can be purchased by calling 519-846-0331, or visiting The Elora Festival & Singers online at

Kitchener Citizen - East Edition - November 2013  

Kitchener's original community newspaper - established in 1996.