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NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK, APRIL 15-21 Young Kitchener archer sets

Local volunteers honoured L with Impact Award

his sights on the Olympics

Past recipients of the FACE for equipment, training and I achieved, I was invited to the each session in preparation for grant include Olympic and carding camp that was held in several coming tournaments. travel expenses. By Carrie DeBrone Lee will compete in Paralympic medalists Patrick Lee began archery at the age Mississauga, Ontario where ocal archer Benjamen of 12, inspired by watching all the qualifying archers are Guatemala at the Youth Chan, Hayley Wickenheiser, Lee is hunting gold. The grade 10 Kitchener shows like The Hunger Games tested physically to be carded Olympic Games Qualifier in Rosie MacLennan, Mark May 2018, and if he does well Tewksbury, Kaitlyn Lawes, for 2018.” Avengers. Collegiate student is hoping and The each and every person that she meets BY CARRIE DEBRONE Mac there he will go on to compete Marielle Thompson “I am grateful to receive “My dad called the local Bow to be one of the elite athletes like they are her family and does evMarcoux (GOLD, Para alpine at the Youth Olympic Games the FACE grant,” he said, Shopofhere in KW, and it just so representing Canada at the he Volunteer Action Centre erything in her power to make them adding that he did not know in Buenos Aires, Argentina skiing) and Nicholas Gill. happened the and instructor wasthem 2020Kitchener Tokyo Olympic summer Waterloo & Area will laugh to make feel imporSince 1988, FACE grants coachand of special. the Canadian much about the grant before in October 2018. He hopes games, 2024 organizations Paris also the tant presentand/or 14 localthe citizens, to attend the Pan American have supported more than National summer games. with its Volunteer and businesses Im- archery team - Shawn receiving it. “I researched it and found out and Para Pan American 3,000 Canadian athletes and Riggs,” said. LastAward, week,honouring Lee received pact the time and Lee Mentorship Award – Jill Strome (Medellin, coaches by providing more how so many Last October, Lee was invited some help towards talentsfinancial they contribute to the local The success of the partnership be- athletes across Championships than $11,000,000 in financial Columbia) in August. Canada before me had been to compete at the 2017 World that goal when he was named community. tween Langs and W. G. Davis school is support. Developed by “My goal is to make our part of this great program, and Youth Archery Championships as The one awards of 55 young athletes will be presented on much to be credited to the leadership Petro-Canada, the Canadian country proud and place how much it showed during in Rosario, Argentina. Lee from across Canada selected Thursday, April 19 at the Waterloo and organizational direction of Strome. these mission, past winter Olympics. in Guatemala at the Youth Olympic Committee (COC) in is hiswell age versed group (15by the Museum, Canadian 10 Olympic Region Huron placed Road, 5th She with Langs What an 17 year olds ‘Cadet’). It was Committee (COC) and PetroKitchener. vision, values and is a big advocatehonour and to be part of Olympics, and I hope it’s and Canadian Paralympic this program his first competition outside of Canada to receive a $10,000 Canada’s National Volunteer Week supporter of the programs and servic- and the Petro- me that will represent and Committee (CPC), the FACE bring home a gold medal Program supports up-andCanada Team!” North America. Fuelling and 15 Coaching is beingAthletes held April – 21. In Wateres. This semester alone, 19 student vol- he said. for both YOG and Pan Am coming athletes at a most Lee is currently training “Surprisingly my year of Excellence (FACE) Program loo Region, 48 percent of the popula- unteers have volunteered 5440 hours championships. My long term critical time in their careers with sport psychologist Dr. shooting was strong, where grant. tion over the age of 15 volunteers. to support the Early Years programs of Mario Faveri, and working goal is to make the Olympic ---when they are striving shot over The grantwinners helps are: athletes I consistently The 2018 Langs thanks to Jill600 Strome. (from both summer and winter points, (720 being a perfect on physical training and squad for Tokyo in 2020 and/ to represent Canada at the Benjamen Lee placed 5th in his age group in the 2017 World Olympic or Paralympic the qualification sports) and their Caring coachesProgram on score). During Organizational Support Award – Archery Championships in Argentina. Photo Submitted Games, but don’t yet qualify rounds, I ended up in 74th their athletic journey ($5,000 Barbara Duncan Award – for government funding. 114the archers across directly to the Freda athleteMillar and place out of With Fairview Senior’s CommuRecipients are selected based the world,” he said. $5,000 to their coach) as Over the years nity and the Cambridge Library Barb on potential. or Paris 2024, where I hope conditioning with Nick “I guess you can say it was they compete Freda nationally, Millar has de- Duncan works tirelessly to maintain FACE grant recipients who medalSHOT and be able to take Anapolsky. He continues to beHIStoBEST long hard But exchange internationally andlivered ultimately TAKING and fought supportbattle. their book proover a7,000 participated in County the February a team of archers to the next coached by Riggs four times due to gram. this accomplishment at the Olympics. meals for CommuDale Henry of New York State travelled to Kitchener to participate in the Waterloo Classic Whether researching book reCrokinole Tournament at Joseph Schneider Haus on April 7. Seven teams of four peopleon competed. ...continued page 24 Olympics,” he said. a week for about four hours Gold ranking FACE grants are often used and the Canadian nity Support Con- quests or organizing book sales, Barb Joseph Schneider Haus has in its collection what is believed to be the earliest known crokinole nections Meals on Wheels and more. is the driving force behind this library board. It was made by Eckhardt Wettlaufer in 1876 in Perth County, Ontario, Canada. Photo by Helen Hall The ‘and more’ tends to speak to program for seniors. Freda’s volunteer efforts. Freda treats ...continued on page 2


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Start the week off on the right foot by getting the kids involved with making simple, healthy snacks for the week with certified health coach Cassandra Eggleton.


Indulge in cuisine from around the world presented by aspiring chefs, restaurant managers and entrepreneurs studying in hospitality and culinary programs at Conestoga College. Delight in food and wine tastings as you travel the globe through eight internationally inspired ports, enjoy live music, and experience food demonstrations by some of Waterloo Region’s finest chefs. Purchase tickets:


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April 3 and April 17, 11 a.m. – noon


Thursdays, 11 a.m. – noon

Bring your little ones for a fabulous fun-filled morning. Be prepared for a high-energy, hopping good time. Erick Traplin, a popular local musician, performs some of kids’ favourite songs. Every Thursday ARTSHINE hosts a program for children and their parents. Participate in a fun, hands on creative art experience.

FRESH FUEL 4 SCHOOL: MEAL PREP 4 KIDS May 5, 10 a.m. – noon

Start the week off on the right foot by getting the kids involved with making simple, healthy snacks for the week with certified health coach Cassandra Eggleton.


Registration is now open. Kids from 7 to 12 years of age take over the Marketplace for an interactive cooking camp in July and August. View details at:


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MAKE YOUR OWN MONOGRAM DOORMAT April 12, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

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Personalized doormats can be a great way to glam up your doorway and add a unique touch to your porch décor. Join Sarah Forler for a fun night and see how easy it is to create your own doormat! Supplies (and a glass of wine) provided, just bring your creativity.


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Get your girls together for wine and painting! No experience needed, no brushes used. Create two beautiful marbled paintings with the help of host Cindy Pearce of Conscious Creations Arts. Get the MarketNEWS delivered every month to your inbox!


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Outstanding Youth Award – Chloe Jang Chloe Jang is motivated to serve her community and she gives back with energy and enthusiasm. A third-year biomedical student at the University of Waterloo, she volunteers with: • University Gates Seniors Residence • Grand River Hospital Asso-ciation Supporting Children’s Education Nurturing and Development (ASCEND) • YMCA • Margaret Avenue Public School • New Canadian Ukulele Youth Band • Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre Special Event Award Marlene O’Brien No task is off limits for Marlene O’Brien. If it needs to get done she will give it 100%. House of Friendship staff rely on the ‘Marlene Effect’ to provide support and creative problem solving for the Community Potato Lunch, The Golf Tournament and the Friendship Dinner. Neighbour Award - Yvonne Hilker No task is off limits for Marlene O’Brien. If it needs to get done she will give it 100%. House of Friendship staff rely on the ‘Marlene Effect’ to provide support and creative problem solving for the Community Potato Lunch, The Golf Tournament and the Friendship Dinner. Neighbour Award - Mamaye Yimegnuhal The entire Sunnydale community would agree that Mamaye Yimegnuhal is an integral part of the community. She goes above and beyond in all of her work and is truly committed to being a “Good Neighbour”. She is an advocate for those who are not able to advocate for themselves and strives to create a community that is welcoming for everyone. Multicultural Award - Com-munity Coalition on Refugee and Immigrant Concerns Waterloo Region is an inclusive, welcoming com-munity and CCORIC contributes to this spirit of diversity and inclusion. A volunteer-based grassroots group composed of representatives from local immigrant and refugee serving agencies, faith group members, immigrants and refugees, and community members, CCORIC has held forums on mental health, the need for trained interpreters in healthcare settings, family reunification, and the need for timely accreditation of internationally trained professionals. Board of Directors Award - Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation Each year, the Board of Directors of the Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation sets a growth target, and for the past eight years they have not only reached their targets, but they have surpassed them. But what is even more notable, commendable and inspiring is that, as individuals, the Board Members of the Foundation invest a huge amount

of time in the community on behalf of the Foundation. They are truly the community champions. Committee Award - Professional Advisory Committee Bereaved Families of Ontario – Midwestern Region is fortunate to have a Professional Advisory Committee which provides guidance and expertise on program development and delivery. The skills and commitment of this advisory assists in decision making about program direction that have clearly led stronger programs supporting more families in our communities. Group Engagement Award - Menno S. Martin Contractor Ltd. Putting people first is not just a catch phrase for Menno S Martin contractor Ltd., it’s a way of life. From supporting staff to donate funds and time to giving each employee $75 to conduct random acts of kindness, Menno S Martin acts its values. In 2017 they also built fencing to provide private outdoor spaces for people transitioning out of House of Friendship addiction treatment programs. Leadership Award – Chuck Snider Among his many roles as Chair of the Cambridge Memorial Hospital Volunteer Association, Chuck Snider has provided leadership for the operation of three businesses; The Red Poppy Gift Shop (on- site gift shop), The Recovery Room (a thrift shop located in downtown Galt) and the ever-popular on-site Tim Hortons. In addition, he has been a key player in fundraising and board restructuring, and has also made time for regular volunteer shifts in the Diagnostic Imaging Department. Volunteer Manager Award – Janine Armstrong In Janine Armstrong’s term as Manager of Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region she has positively impacted thousands of individuals. Her ability to engage not only the conventional volunteer base, but to promote inclusiveness is inspiring. She has created numerous strong community partnerships with co-op students, community service individuals, retirees, individuals with disabilities, and teams. Recently, Janine was featured in a newspaper article for her role in integrating inmates from Grand Valley Institution for Women into a volunteer program and she will soon be working closely with McMaster students to create supports for volunteers with accessibility issues. Volunteer Impact Award – Trevor Bauman Thanks to Trevor Bauman’s behind the scenes support, over 4000 Christmas food hampers get delivered to people in need in the Waterloo Region each year. At one of the busiest times of the year, he takes more than a week’s vacation from his fulltime job in order to volunteer with House of Friendship. For 36 years Trevor has been involved with the Christmas Hamper program and for 26 years his leadership has been invaluable.


New Hospice to be built in North Waterloo this year BY CARRIE DEBRONE

10-bed residential hosA pice will be built in North Waterloo near the RIM Park

building, as part of a new hospice palliative care centre. Construction is expected to start late this spring and it is hoped the project will be completed by the summer of 2019. The Ontario government will provide up to $2 million to help fund the costs of build-

ing the new hospice wing of the Hospice of Waterloo Region Centre. And, once construction is complete, the province will provide over $1 million in annual operating funding. The new residence will provide nursing and personal support services for end-of-life support in a home-like environment. The centre will also include expanded spaces for

the community hospice support services currently delivered by Hospice of Waterloo Region, rooms for volunteer and health care professional education, and a palliative medical clinic. Hospice of Waterloo Region has been providing services to the community for 25 years. In 2017, more than 230 volunteers delivered over 11,000 hours of support to 1,200 cli-

ents and caregivers for home visits, day programs, and a variety of support groups. “Compassionate palliative care is a much needed resource in Waterloo Region. This is a welcome investment for our community, and will go a long way toward bringing support for people where and when they need it. By provid-

ing a warm and welcoming atmosphere, hospices offer an environment where friends and family offer support for their loved-ones, while knowing that they’re receiving the best possible care at a difficult time,” said Daiene Vernile, MPP for Kitchener Centre.

Local company convicted and fined for spill of waste oil into the Grand River in 2016 BY CARRIE DEBRONE

.V. Development CorporaP tion and Ronald Behrendt have been convicted and fined

for discharging waste oil into the Grand River and the natural environment on April 29, 2016. P.V. Development Corporation is located in Kitchener and operates Code Yellow Towing. The company leased an industrial garage space on Forwell Road and used it for truck maintenance and oil changes. Behrendt is the company director. On April 29, 2016, the ministry’s Spills Action Centre (SAC) received a report that an oil spill was draining into

the Grand River near where it intersects with Victoria St. N. in Kitchener. On May 3, 2016, Behrendt contacted the SAC and advised that waste engine oil had spilled at the Forwell site during the night on April 29, 2016, and that it was not discovered until the following morning. He said that the oil had leaked from an 800 litre waste oil storage tank through a broken valve. The matter was referred to the ministry’s Investigation and Enforcement Branch. On April 3, 2018 the company was convicted of one offence under the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA)

and one offence under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) and was fined a total of $50,000 plus a Victim Fine Surcharge (VFS) of $12,500. Behrendt was also convicted of one offence under the OWRA and was fined $6,000 plus VFS of $1,500. A restitution order was issued under the OWRA conviction, requiring both defendants to jointly pay $122,000 to the City of Kitchener for a portion of the cleanup costs, which are estimated to be about $1.3-million, which the city hopes to recover through it’s insurance coverage.

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Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic (right) and Ken Schade, who has been a volunteer Meals on Wheels driver for five years, packed meals into a van and then delivered them to local seniors and adults with disabilities during the anuual Mayors for Meals event hosted by Community Support Connections on March 22. The CSC prepares and delivers up to 350 Meals on Wheels every weekday in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and North Dumfries. Volunteers able to drive once a week over the lunch hour are needed for the program.

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April is National Oral Health Month Mouthguards – protect your winning smile

id you know that dental D injuries are the most commonly reported injuries that

occur during participation in sports? These injuries can be painful, costly and permanent. Therefore, all athletes from kids to professionals should wear a mouthguard. What is a mouthguard? A mouthguard is an appliance worn in the mouth, which helps: • Prevent tooth fracture, tooth dislocation and bone (jaw) fracture • Protects the lips, tongue, and cheeks from bruising and laceration • Allows the athlete to play with confidence

What to look for in a mouthguard. • Should provide maximum protection from a traumatic force • Remain in place during play • Allow proper breathing and speech • Be comfortable and easy to clean Types of mouthguards? There are three main types of mouthguards: • Stock mouthguards: These are made in standard sizes and offer little customization. Many people complain that they are loose, bulky, uncomfortable and difficult to wear.

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hygiene care along with improved oral care at home can enable everyone to maintain healthy gums and teeth.

share their wisdom at every dental visit, debunking the oral health myths that prevent us 3. Even if your teeth look great and don’t hurt, from enjoying a perfect smile. they may not be healthy. Regular dental hygiene care is important for the early detection Here are some facts you need to know. and prevention of cavities and gum disease. 1. Gum disease is not normal and unavoid- Often by the time there is pain, advanced disable. Gum disease is preventable with proper ease is present. Early detection by a dental oral care. Gingivitis, the first stage of gum dis- professional can prevent lengthy and costly ease, is an inflammatory response of the gums treatments. to bacterial infection and can be reversed with improved oral hygiene at home. In contrast, 4. Bleaching your teeth is not dangerous. more advanced forms of gum disease destroy There are many safe ways to brighten your the supporting tissues, including the bone, and smile. To keep your teeth safe, arrange for a are non-reversible. To prevent these condi- full oral exam prior to tooth whitening and tions from developing, schedule regular visits consult your oral health professional for adwith your dental hygienist. vice about the best bleaching options for you.

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Adult Music Night Out

Neighbours Day Extravaganza!

Come and join us, whether you’re looking for a date night without the kids, or just a fun evening out. Live music, good company, and refreshments for all. Friday, May 11th 7:00-9:30pm Age: 18+ • Cost: FREE Registration stas April 16th. Register in advance to grab your spot.

City of Kitchener, SPCA, The Stanley Park Optimist, and Extend-A-Family bring you the 4th Annual Neighbours Day event taking place on: Saturday, June 9th 9:00am-4:00pm Featuring: The Annual Bike Rodeo, Ball Hockey Tournament, Live Enteainment, BBQ, Bouncy Castles, Face Painting, Prizes and so much MORE! Save the date because this is one FREE event you do not want to miss!

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Movie Under the Stars/Roof Come out for a FREE fun family movie! FREE popcorn and refreshments will be served Friday, July 27th Doors open at 8:30pm Movie sta‚s at 9:00pm Register online beginning June 18th (spaces limited)

Volunteers Wanted The Stanley Park Community Association is actively looking for members of the community to volunteer with us! All of the programs we offer are organized by a team of dedicated volunteers and we are always looking for fresh faces to come on board. We are currently recruiting for the following positions: - Newsleers Coordinator - IT Coordinator - Special Event Volunteers Please visit for position details

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“Mighty Maracle” the first recorded Indigenous NHL player was born in Ayr

next year he played for the North Bay Trappers by Irene Schmidt-Adeney History was made when Henry “Buddy” and it was here that he met his wife, (Mildred) Maracle played 11 games with the New York Irene Marshall. At the time of their marriage in 1924, he was Rangers in 1931, and it gave Ayr bragging rights listed as a riveter and she was a stenographer. as his birthplace. Maracle was a Mohawk from Six Nations and She was not Indigenous. They moved to Toronto where Maracle joined appears to be the first Indigenous person to play the Toronto Industrial senior hockey club for the in the National Hockey League. After exhausting every avenue of research, we 1925-26 season. He spent the next five years can say that Maracle was born in Ayr – not from with the CanAm League’s Springfield Indians, any official government document, but because winning championships in 1927 and 1928. He was noticed by the media, and became Maracle stated it. On his marriage licence issued on June 11, 1924, he signed in beautiful known as “Buddy” Maracle, the Indian Puck Star, and the Redskin Icer. At handwriting that he was the time, he was 5-feet, born in Ayr, Ontario. It 11-inches tall, weighing was also listed as his 195-lbs., playing center birthplace in several and left wing. newspaper articles written Maracle was traded about him when he was a by Springfield to the New player. York Rangers to play Our research began the final 11 games of the at the Six Nations 1930-31 season, scoring Woodland Cultural one goal and having three Centre in Brantford assists. He stayed with almost two months ago. the team to play the first When executive director four games of the postPaula Whitlow heard that season, but was kept off research into Maracle’s the scoreboard. past was difficult, her By this time, the response was, “Welcome Maracles had two children, to the world of Indigenous John Richard and Betty history.” Fay. Maracle returned Whitlow explained that to the Can-Am League, at the turn of the century, playing one season for when Maracle was born, the Bronx Tigers. He then the government did not returned to the Springfield encourage Indigenous Indians, followed by people to record their the New Haven Eagles, history. Henry Elmer Maracle Philadelphia Arrows, During a trip to the centre, an Indigenous woman remarked that Tulsa Oilers, and Detroit Pontiacs. He missed two some parents didn’t register the birth of their seasons due to injuries and retired from hockey in children, fearing that they would be taken away 1939, at the age of 35. Maracle became a naturalized American and and put into residential schools. With Whitlow as a sounding board, we have went to work as a tire builder at an auto factory assembled the facts and filled in with theory what in Detroit. Irene was an elevator operator in an could be the events that led to Maracle’s birth in apartment building. It appears that Maracle became estranged Ayr. According to the Six Nations’ Interest from his family after 1939. Maracle gave up his Mohawk status in 1955. Distribution Lists, Maracle’s father Albert was born in Blenheim Township in 1891. The lists He died three years later, in 1958 at the age of 53 record that his grandparents, Elias and Elizabeth from a kidney disorder. At the time, he was driving (Betsy) Maracle lived in Blenheim Township in a produce truck and living in Dallas, Texas. He had remarried, and his wife Josephine 1871. The Interest Distribution Lists recorded the died in 1969. They are both buried at Oakland names of band members who received interest Cemetery in Dallas. Recently, the Canadian government honoured payments from the federal government. Albert Maracle was a Mohawk from Six Nations of the another man as the first Indigenous hockey player Grand River near Brantford. His mother, Elsie Hill in the NHL – an honour that belongs to Maracle. The Order of Canada was presented to Fred (also called Alsie or Alice), was born around 1877 Sasakamoose, an Ahtahkakoop Cree from and grew up at Six Nations. “Henry and both of his parents were members Saskatchewan, recognizing him as the first of Six Nations,” confirmed a member of the player with treaty status to play in the NHL. Sasakamoose played 11 games for the Chicago Ohsweken Genealogy Society. Henry Elmer Maracle was born on September Black Hawks during the 1953-54 season, over 20 8, 1904 while his parents were living in Blenheim years after Maracle. Township. At that time, his father was a farm HALL OF FAME MAY RECOGNIZE MARACLE Craig Campbell, a researcher with the Hockey worker and a Presbyterian. The border of former Blenheim Township is Hall of Fame in Toronto, has requested a copy of on the west side of Trussler Road, a very short the Ayr News research into Maracle. The Hall of Fame currently has both the distance from the Ayr village limit. In this area of Trussler Road between Piper Street and the Sasakamoose and Maracle biographies in its Drumbo Road remain descendants of the farmers database, but only has Sasakamoose described as Indigenous. from this time. “We had no idea,” Campbell said. “New Those farmers remember an Indigenous settlement on Gibson Lane. Gibson Lane is a information surfaces all the time that is another little nugget for our history.” short distance to the farms on Trussler Road. He said the Hockey Hall of Fame is a charitable Knox Presbyterian Church has records pertaining to the name Maracle, but no direct link organization that focuses on all kinds of hockey from minor to professional and relies on the to Henry Maracle’s family. After Henry’s birth, Albert and Elsie Maracle assistance of others to share new information moved to Haileybury in Northern Ontario by 1911. when it is found.Campbell said they also currently Maracle’s hockey prowess was revealed during have a “Diversity in Hockey” exhibit on display at the Hall of Fame and may be able to add Maracle this time. Maracle was a member of the Haileybury High to it. From The Ayr News School hockey team for the 1921-22 season. The

Adèle Hempel Manager/Curator

New in the Collection Temperance was a social and political movement in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Temperance supporters advocated moderate use of or abstinence from alcohol. Many temperance societies were formed, and this pledge card was signed by Albert Meyer Snyder (1869–1936) around 1890. Albert was a greatgrandson of Joseph Schneider, the owner of the home now known as Schneider Haus National Historic Site. Adèle Hempel is the Manager/Curator, Region of Waterloo Museums Contact her at

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Muriel Clement (1895-1975) helped hundreds of new Canadians who came to the Kitchener-Waterloo area from the 1930s to the 1950s. Clement founded and developed the Council of Friendship, of which, she was president for thirty years. She was named Woman of the Year by the Quota club in 1949. Visit the Hall of Fame located on the second floor of the Waterloo Region Museum.

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Ojibway quillwork

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On exhibit now to September 2

Waterloo Region Museum Special Events

Schneider Haus Special Events

Egg to Chicken PD Day Fun – April 13, Enjoy the Wild April 14, 15, 16, Visit our baby chicks and Weather exhibit and activities. learn what it takes to raise them. Teddy Bears’ Night at the Museum WAMPUM and its Importance to April 13, 6 to 8 p.m., Children can bring Indigenous People – April 18, 7 to 9 p.m. their favourite stuffed animal for a fun night of storytelling, crafts, and games. Guest lecture by Seneca Elder Yvonne $10 per child. Pre-registration required. Thomas of the Six Nations, Grand River Territory. Eco Market Waking up the Garden April 21, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 21 and 22, The Schneider family Eco-friendly vendors, speakers, depended on their garden for food. Help us panelists are featured in this market. Doon Heritage Village opens for season plant some seeds and find out what sorts of food the Schneiders ate as the garden May 1, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. wakes up in the spring. Regular admission rates apply. For event details visit our websites. TTY: 519-575-4608


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Our high schools are well-armed

ast month I joined some teachers and L students from Huron Heights Secondary School on a week-long tour of Italy.

spectre of species extinction). If you can’t capture the culprit, then change the culture. Let’s return to Huron Heights, where waiting list leadership classes don’t just send kids to conferences; they get equipped for life outside the school by practising within it. Think true colours, not school colours. Leadership students at Huron not only lead the cheer charge, they are trained to investigate peer group corners, encouraging the quiet kids to find their comfort level of involvement. So, the curriculum-challenged student can finally play his guitar on MyArt Music Night, and the socially-awkward teen finds a safe spot playing board games. And these events, and games, and mentoring activities are all led by teachers who are giving of their time. Arm teachers? They are already armed, with ideas, compassion, and character, modelling behaviour for those kids who might not consistently see positive adult role models. On the first night of our Italian trip, after 27 straight hours of travelling, we pulled into our hotel room, only to find a maelstrom of teens from an Arizona high school (no curfew), and an all-male Welsh rugby team (no guidelines). But what did tired Huron Heights teachers do? Located their supervisory counterparts and laid down the law. Night, night. So be concerned about school threats, but know that in WRDSB high schools, a proportional response is being gathered. No joke.

THE Huron Heights? The epicenter of the recent “School Shooting March 28! Not a joke. Watch Out,” washroom wall scrawl? Yep, that’s the one. It’s also the school that gave ten thousand dollars and a van to a needy mom and her family. The school that consistently earns “The Best School Spirit” award at the annual Ontario Student Leadership Conference, AND the one sending a student master of ceremonies to this year’s GLOBAL Student Leadership Summit. The school where the current WCSSAA Dunk Champion attends, and whose staff pioneered computer initiatives for students. I could go on, and on, but you see my point. Now is NOT the time for casting aspersions on students, staff, and faculty; it is, instead, the time for a reality check. All bathroom scrawlers want to promote a frenzy on social “feedia,” but peek behind that curtain of fear. Unlike the dreadful situation at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, Waterloo Region students don’t possess assault rifles, or guardians who would willingly allow them in their homes. But our schools do contain the lonely, the marginalized, and the disregarded, all of whom may have real or perceived grievances. And despite societal progress regarding mental illness, teens need to be coaxed out of their dark thoughts, for they still fear the stigma spotlight. So be supportive. First recognize that you will never stop Jack Nahrgang recently retired from the Waterloo Region a scrawler without putting cameras in washrooms (just view- District School Board. He is a monthly columnist with the ing what males DO in high school washrooms would raise the Kitchener Citizen.

REGIONAL GOVERNMENT COMMUNITY UPDATE By Geoff Lorentz, Chair of Community Services Committee

n anticipation of First Responders Day Iacknowledging on May 1, Waterloo Regional Council is the accomplishments of the

Region’s life-saving paramedic services team. Despite growth in call volume throughout 2017, response times improved to a Regional average of nine minutes and 21 seconds, compared to nine minutes 37 seconds in 2016. Paramedics serve a population of approximately 600,000 across Waterloo Region, and currently operate 37 vehicles. From January to December 2017, Paramedic Services responded to 45,621 calls resulting in 52,771 vehicle responses. This is the highest yearly call total to date - 4,194 more vehicle responses than last year. To address these increasing call volumes three additional ambulance units were introduced in July 2017, and two more in February 2018. Offload delays, which occur when a patient has been transported to a hospital but remains under paramedic care until the Emergency Department can take over, prove to be one of the major challenges for our Paramedic Services. Last year, time lost to offload delays more than doubled from 2016. Work is being done to minimize offload delay losses, includ-

ing shifting offload nursing hours to periods of greater demand, and advocacy from Regional Council to the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care to “…immediately increase funding to the dedicated offload nurse program, to a level proportionate with the degree of offload delay in our local Emergency departments and, that this increase to ongoing base funding be effective immediately.” In addition to new ambulances added to support the growth of the service, designs for a new Paramedic Services administrative headquarters and north fleet centre are underway. Construction is anticipated to be completed and the building occupied by the end of November 2019. This facility, which will be built on Regionally owned lands along Erb Street West, Waterloo, will be comprised of a 20,000 square foot vehicle garage bay for parking of up to 21 ambulances and support vehicles, a two-storey administrative area, and will also be an active deployment station. As we celebrate the accomplishments of first responders, let’s acknowledge the immense contribution that Paramedic Services workers make to our healthcare system, and give thanks for all they do to provide excellent patient care and to save lives. On behalf of Regional Council and the residents of Waterloo Region, I would like to thank the Region of Waterloo Paramedic Services for the essential work they do every day.

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tant topics. The common thread among all these issues is the notion of care. She believes that government can and should be a force for good in peoples’ lives. And, it’s this sentiment that inspired me to serve the people of Kitchener. Our recently announced 2018 Budget embodies this commitment of caring and compassion. We are making historic investments in care across the province. From the Ontario Drug and Dental Program – ensuring dental care for so many in this province who don’t have dental coverage – to expanding OHIP + to seniors 65 and over with free prescriptions – it’s clear that this budget will expand access to healthcare in a way that’s never been achieved in any province across Canada. We are seeing life made more affordable for families with free pre-school childcare for children aged 2.5 until they are eligible for kindergarten, which puts $17,000 a year, per child, back in families’ wallets.

For low income students and families, the new OSAP provides free tuition – a first for any jurisdiction in North America. This school year, over 225,000 Ontarians, of all ages, benefited from the new OSAP. And, the Seniors’ Healthy Home Program will help Ontarians 75 and over offset the cost of maintaining their homes. We’re also committing to monumental investments in public transit across the province. So, what does this mean for Waterloo Region? It’s full speed ahead with $11 billion invested to support construction of the first High Speed Rail service in Canada, connecting our region to Toronto and London. We continue our investments to deliver two-way, all day GO Train service to our region. And, when the Region asked the province to cover a $25 million dollar cost overrun for the new ION LRT, we were quick to the table with that support, bringing our total investment to $325 million. Our local hospitals will receive $11.62

million to reduce wait times and provide services, with St. Mary’s General Hospital receiving an additional $7.58 million, and Grand River Hospital receiving $4.04 million. Across the province, our management and intentional investments have created 800,000 jobs since the recession. Ontario has the lowest unemployment rate in 18 years at 5 per cent, and it’s even lower in Waterloo Region, at 4 per cent. Our province is experiencing faster growth than Canada and all G7 countries. The people of Waterloo Region have always persevered in an ever-changing economy, and these investments will continue to make life more affordable for families and seniors. How a Government invests its money is a strong indication of its priorities. If this budget is any indication, it shows that Premier Wynne and the Liberal Government see the people of this province as a priority. Caring for everyone is our responsibility, and we will always stand to ensure every person in Ontario will receive the care they need.

and Climate Change launched the Low Carbon Economy Challenge - an open call for made-in-Canada climate solutions; and the Minister of Health announced a number of important initiatives to help address the opioid crisis including emergency funding to help provinces increase access to evidencebased treatment. Our Government also introduced firearms legislation that prioritizes public safety and effective police work; and in late March MPs stayed in the House of Commons through the night to cast budget votes! On the Foreign Affairs and International Development Committee, we just wrapped up a study on how Canada provides consular services to Canadians abroad. Our Government must be able to help Canadians in trouble abroad whether during a natural disaster, during a violent incident or those who have been charged with a crime. It is vitally important to ensure that the Government has all of the necessary tools at its disposal when dealing with these cases. Next, the Committee will be looking at Canada’s relationship with Asia and examining ways of strengthening our links

with countries such as Japan, Indonesia and South Korea. On the Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics Committee we are beginning a study on ways to keep Canadians’ private information safe and secure as we move towards a more digitalised government. With more and more activity taking place online, it is important for us to have the ability to safely store and maintain that information so that Canadians will have confidence when giving their data to the government. Here in Kitchener, last week, I was honoured to attend a wreath laying ceremony at the Armoury commemorating the 101st anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. It was a solemn moment, and an opportunity to pause and reflect on the sacrifices made by those brave men and women who serve our country in uniform. We all have a responsibility to honour their sacrifice, and our Government has a duty to support those who have served and their families. This is why I’m so proud to be able to share with you that on April 1st our Government implemented a series of meaningful changes to better support Canada’s

Veterans and their families. We are removing time limits for the Rehabilitation Services and Vocational Assistance Program; introducing a Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund and a Veteran Emergency Fund; expanding access to the Military Family Resource Centres; and working to recognize the important role of caregivers, help more families, support mental health, and offer greater education and training benefits so that Veterans can find the work they want following their military career. To learn more about the work I am doing here in the riding and in Ottawa, please visit my website,, email me at Raj.Saini@parl., or call me at 519-741-2001. My staff and I are always ready to answer your questions or assist you with any casework that you may have. You are also always welcome to join us on the first Sunday of every month for a community Potluck held in my community office, or to join me at one of the many events I attend in our community – like the Blood Donation clinic I adopted on April 12th . I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure, announced the signing of a bilateral agreement that will provide more than $11.8 billion over the next decade in federal funding dedicated to infrastructure projects under the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Canada will make unprecedented investments towards infrastructure across Ontario and providing the flexibility for its communities to identify their priorities and projects. These investments will help transform Canada in four priority areas: public transit; green infrastructure; community, culture and recreation infrastructure; and rural and northern community infrastructure. Under the public transit stream, Waby Marwan Tabbara terloo Region will receive more than MP Kitchener South/Hespeler $187 million to build new urban transit networks and service extensions that will transform the way Canadians live, Infrastructure Investments in Ontario move and work. In addition, other local Last month, the Honourable Amar- communities will receive funding totaljeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and ing more than $10 million to strengthen Communities, and the Honourable Bob their public transit systems.

These investments will make a positive difference in communities, resulting in the better movement of people and goods, providing clean air and water, and enabling smarter and more efficient cities, including right here in Waterloo Region.

dations on a path forward for a pharmacare system that puts the needs of Canadians first. This builds on existing work our government has undertaken to bring down the cost of prescription drugs.

PROVINCIAL ISSUES by Daiene Vernile MPP Kitchener Centre


s an MPP, I’ve had the privilege of a front row seat hearing Premier Kathleen Wynne speak before numerous communities and during the daily Question Period on a variety of impor-

PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Raj Saini MP Kitchener Centre


arch was a busy month in Ottawa! The Minister of International Trade launched a new organization focused on streamlining and encouraging investment in Canada called “Invest in Canada”; the Minister of Environment


Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare Canada remains the only industrialized country with universal health insurance but no national pharmacare policy for its citizens. The most comprehensive study estimates one in ten Canadians can’t fill their prescriptions because of the cost. Just as access to a family doctor or emergency department is crucial, access to drugs is essential for a truly responsive and sustainable health care system. In Budget 2018, our government announced the creation of an Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare. The Council will study, evaluate, and provide recommen-

EAF Funding for Hespeler Legion The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 272, in Hespeler was recently approved for funding through the Ministry of Sports and Person with Disabilities’ Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF). Branch 272 received $50,000 that will help to make all washrooms in the building accessible. The Legion hosts many low cost or free events on a regular basis for seniors and persons living with disabilities, including Friday night meals, hosting a dart league for the hearing impaired, luncheons, card and bingo games, darts, washer toss and horseshoes, just to name a few. This funding will help the Legion continue to serve our community and eliminate all barriers to participating in the activities and ceremonies at the Hespeler Legion.

8 • 10 APRIL 2018 • Citizen KITCHENER Page l Kitchener l AprilCITIZEN 2018 (EAST EDITION)

Earth Day is April 22, 2018 NHL Green collaborates with Laurier’s citizen-science research initiative RinkWatch

Joint Design Review Panel - Transit Hub Citizen Appointments

Up to six persons are required for an initial term of up to five years starting May 2018. Persons with knowledge, interest, professional or technical qualifications related to such disciplines as architecture, urban design, public art, landscape design, engineering or planning are invited to apply. The Joint Design Review Panel will focus on the Region’s transit hub development project. To view the application and/or Terms of Reference visit Please file an application with the Region’s transit hub team via prior to 4:30 p.m. on April 18, 2018. For further information please contact Council and Administrative Services at 519-575-4400.


inkWatch, a citizenscience research initiative led by Wilfrid Laurier University faculty members Robert McLeman and Colin Robertson, has joined with the National Hockey League as part of NHL Green’s commitment to ensure all levels of hockey, including hockey played on outdoor rinks, are available for future generations. Since its launch in 2010, NHL Green™ has been committed to promoting sustainable business practices across the league as well as preserving the environment, including the frozen ponds that inspired and cultivated the game more than 100 years ago. “We are so excited to be associated with NHL Green,” said Robertson. “They have been great supporters of RinkWatch and will help us

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Shown together in 2013 are RinkWatch developers, from left: Master’s student Haydn Lawrence and Associate Professors Robert McLeman and Colin Robertson. Photo courtesy of Wilfrid Laurier University reach a wide audience with our research.” “The NHL is making genuine efforts to become a leader in corporate environmental responsibility, which fits well with Laurier’s commitment to leadership in environmental research,” said McLeman. “Hockey in Canada can be traced back to humble beginnings on frozen ponds,” said Kim Davis, NHL executive vice president, Social Impact and Growth Initiatives. “A lot of NHL players grew up playing hockey outdoors. It’s such a critical part of the game and it’s important that access remains available for future generations.” Launched at Laurier in January 2013, RinkWatch offers people who love outdoor skating the chance to help environmental scientists monitor winter weather conditions and study the longterm impacts of climate change. RinkWatch users do so by submitting information about

skating conditions on outdoor rinks in their neighbourhoods to the RinkWatch website. The results highlight the value of engaging citizens in environmental research. Using data submitted by RinkWatch participants, the researchers have been able to show that the number of days cold enough for outdoor skating in a typical Canadian winter could decrease by 34 per cent in Montreal and Toronto and by 20 per cent in Calgary over the course of this century as a result of climate change. RinkWatch has also generated valuable information about what motivates people to build outdoor rinks and the important social benefits they bring to communities. The National Hockey League released its 2018 Sustainability Report during the first-ever NHL Green™ month. The report is available on, and includes highlights from studies generated by the RinkWatch project.

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New sustainability officer position will help Kitchener deliver on environmental commitments


itchener’s new sustainability officer Claire Bennett began work last week. In March, the city announced the creation of a sustainability office and appointed Bennett. She will continue to advance Kitchener’s strong reputation for leadership in environmental management. Bennett has spent the last seven years developing and leading a sustainability program at Wilfrid Laurier University that was recognized on a national and international scale. Climate change is a significant global challenge that requires everyone to take action. In her role, Bennett will lead the development and implementation of the city’s Corporate Climate Action Plan and establish standards, policies and procedures that will help the city reach the organization’s greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target of eight per cent below 2015 levels by 2026, as well as contribute to achieving the community’s target.

Claire Bennett “Being a leader in environmental sustainability is something that our residents regularly identify as a key municipal priority,” said Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “We need to build a culture of sustainability and lead by example in terms of asset management, energy consumption, water and waste initiatives and building and operating environmentally responsible facilities.” Municipalities have a key role to play in reducing GHG emissions and achieving commitments on a global scale. Kitchener is known for its ability to innovate, and many of the city’s initiatives, including the work it’s doing around stormwater management, are

leading edge in Canada. The creation of an organizational sustainability role will help ensure the city is in compliance with increasing legislative requirements and higher expectations from the public by embedding a framework of sustainability into its policies and planning. “Kitchener is already quite progressive in the area of sustainability and I couldn’t be more excited to join their team,” said Bennett. “I believe wholeheartedly this needs to be fully embraced throughout society - sustainability is one of the biggest contemporary issues the world is facing today. I look forward to leveraging the skills and resources already in place to embed sustainability into the very fabric of the organization.” Bennett will also work with staff across the organization on a variety of environmental initiatives, track progress and present annual updates to council on project and program achievements.

Landfill tours! Saturday, April 21, 2018 Tour times: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Celebrate Earth Day with a free, one-hour guided bus tour of the Waterloo Waste Management site.

Find out how organics are turned into compost!

Get up close to landfill equipment and collection trucks!

Visit the recycling sorting centre!

Reservations required Call 519-575-4400 Deaf and hard of hearing (TTY): 519-575-4608 or email Waste Management Operations Centre, 1516 Glasgow Street, Kitchener Donations to support local Food Banks are welcome. If you require accessibility assistance to participate, please let us know at time of booking.

Tagged trumpeter swans have been seen migrating through the Grand River watershed for the past few weeks. The swans are leg banded and tagged with large yellow plastic wing tags. The Wye Marsh in Midland keeps track of the migrating swans with the help of citizens who document sightings of the swans on the Wye Marsh website.

GRCA looking for watershed heroes

Do you know a watershed hero? They’re the individuals, families, groups and businesses who put their time and energy into improving the Grand River watershed. Many do it without recognition, satisfied with the legacy they leave for future generations. The Grand River Conservation Authority thinks they deserve to be acknowledged and is looking for nominations for its annual Watershed Awards. The GRCA has presented the awards since 1976. There are the two categories:

• Honour Roll Awards - presented for a sustained record of environmental achievement over an extended period of time • Watershed Awards for outstanding examples of environmental work Nominations can come from anyone in the watershed. The deadline for nominations is May 1, 2018. More information on the program, including the nomination form and a list of past winners, can be found on awards. The winners will be honoured at a special event in October.

Reading the newspaper is a greener choice than you might think. We in the newspaper industry are committed to reducing our impact on the environment. We take our responsibility seriously, and our production processes are now more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. We recognize the importance of preserving and protecting Canada’s forests, and we only use newsprint from responsible producers that embrace 5 widely accepted sustainability principles in their forestry operations. For Canadians, this means that the forest industry plants more trees than it takes and it has successfully reduced gas emissions by 10 times what is required under Kyoto! And then, of course, there are your efforts. You’ve helped make newspapers a recycling success story by recycling over 80% of all newsprint in Canada. Thank you for your waste reduction efforts. We will continue to do our part to reduce our carbon footprint. There is more to do, and together, we can work toward sustainability. Because sustainability isn’t just another story to us. It’s how we’re shaping our future.

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Kitchener’s Happy Harmonica Band - champions of community music for 40 years accordion player and a piano player gather to rehearse upstairs at the centre. The atmosphere is casual -- the players playing because they are truly having a great time making music together. Started in 1978, the community band has been championing community music for 40 years. Michel Allard, who took over last June after long-time director Irene Watt passed away, now directs the band. Obtaining Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of Toronto, Allard taught music

at elementary schools in the Peel Regional School Board for many years. Now retired, Allard is the Music Director at Calvin Presbyterian Church. Playing many types of music during his life, including classical and jazz, Allard enjoys presenting solo piano and chamber concerts, accompanying and composing. He has been a volunteer at the Community Music School of Waterloo Region and at the Westmount LTC facility in Kitchener. He also presents “The Versatile Piano’ series of piano concerts at the Rockaway Community

Centre and performs in the Dixie Doodle Band. n Tuesday mornings at He also has experience Kitchener’s Rockway teaching how to play many Community Centre a special different instruments through group of musicians participate his work with schools. in what could be considered Because the harmonica a down-home-style Waterloo band plays in only two keys (C Region ‘kitchen party’ – proand G), Allard has arranged ducing music that will have many of its songs to remove you tapping your toes and chromatic scale notes. He maybe even singing along in a learned how to make these matter of minutes. types of alterations in muThe Happy Harmonica sic when he played a 15-bell Band, a group of 12 harmonichime at the St. James Anglica players (including one bass can Church in Stratford. There harmonica player), 2 guitarists he had to arrange songs to fit and a banjo player, a button the notes that could be made by the small number of bell chimes. Isolde Rigby, who has been a Happy Harmonica Band member from its beginning, plays the button accordion and harmonica. “You know, I can come in here grouchy in the morning, but once I play I’m happy. I’m humming all the way home,” Rigby said with a smile. Harmonica player Axel Schoenemann, who had heart surgery six years ago and lost about 90 per cent of his lung capacity, credits playing with the band for improving his health. Problems with his hips keep him from exercising, but blowing the harmonica has The Happy Harmonica Band members gather Tuesday mornings at the Rockway Community Centre to practice. From left: helped him regain more than front, Henry Epp, Director Michel Allard, Isolde Rigby, Chuck Carney, back, Guenther Haas, Dale Sider, Dave Allen, Ron 20 per cent of his lost lung caJohnston, Richard Charbonneau, Danny Graham, Gerry Nentwig, Axel Schoenemann, Fran Gordon. pacity in just two years. BY CARRIE DEBRONE


Ron Johnston plays banjo and guitar with the Happy Harmonica Band.

“I’m still trying to improve, but if it wasn’t for this group and my harmonica I don’t think I would have improved at all,” Schoenemann said. The band’s varied repertoire includes traditional folk and pop music. As Allard accompanies the players on the piano in rehearsal, they get to hear the tune clearly. Then he steps away from the piano to direct, encouraging the players and keeping tempo and even singing with the band at times. As the song ends, Allard discusses the outcome of the playing, what changes could be made and how it could be played when they perform it

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!


The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own By Joshua Becker REVIEWED BY:

Lesa Balch, Director, Technologies and Content

The More of Less is more than just a de-cluttering book. It promotes minimalism in all areas of life, in an effort to focus on what is really important. Becker encourages you to figure out what you want to achieve by minimalizing, and use that goal to help you determine what objects or time commitments should be removed from your life. For example, your goal might be to downsize to a smaller living space, spend more time with your children, go on a trip, join a gym, or find time to volunteer. Practical suggestions are included regarding how to reduce the amount of stuff in your life. For example, the 80/20 rule means that we use 20% of our things 80% of the time, so start with an easy sweep through your house, removing what you don’t use and don’t want. Then, after the initial sweep, go through room by room, handling each item as you decide if and how it helps you achieve your goal. Becker acknowledges how books, papers, and technology are often the hardest to let go, and provides some suggestions regarding how to decide to keep something or not. One thing

Becker does not mention is how your local public library can still provide access to books or movies that you may be reluctant to part with. The More of Less points out how stores and society encourage us to purchase things, promising an easier or happier life with our purchase. We need to be aware of loyalty points and cards that offer the opportunity for targeted marketing, and encourage spending. Becker occasionally includes religious reasons for decluttering your life, but you can apply the spiritual premise in a more general way. This book reminds us that instead of looking for security in the accumulation of things, we need to focus on our relationships. If we have less stuff to take care of, we have more time to spend with others. “Own less to live more.” Kitchener Public Library has this title available as a book or e-book or listen to as an e-audiobook, and a DVD featuring Joshua Becker was recently released entitled “Minimalism: a documentary about the important things.” The library also offers other titles about minimalism and decluttering.

For more great reading ideas, visit and click on the “Books and More” tab. Want to share your own review of your favourite read? The library’s online catalogue enables library card holders to write a review for any item in the collection. Simply click on the “Add Review” tab for your selected book, and write away!


surrounding areas. Past performances have been at local nursing and retirement homes, churches and community centers and they recently played at the Trinity Village Adult Day Program, which includes music in its programming. The band will be featured April 20th at the Chartwell Westmount Long Term Care Residence.

Some members of the band play several instruments including Isolde Rigby, in the foreground, who plays both the button accordion and the harmonica. Rigby was one of the band’s original members when it formed in 1978.

for community groups, taking suggestions from the players. At a typical practice you might hear Turkey in the Straw followed by Zippity Doo Dah, a Beatles tune, then Camp Town Races, a theme song from a movie, then on to I Love to Go A Wandering followed by a Hank William’s song – all popular tunes that anyone can enjoy playing and hearing. The fun group vibe is something Allard is very proud of. “For many people there seems to be an aura around musicians. We feel that they are not accessible,” Allard said. “But music is for everyone and everyone has a right to learn to play it. Often in our society we celebrate the achievers or the people who get to their goals, but we don’t celebrate the action taken by people on their way to achieve a goal,” he said adding that we need to remember to support those who are trying – in all areas of life whether it be in sports, business or the arts. “I just love community music and helping others to learn how to play. It must be my music education background,” Allard said. “I want to promote music to everyone in the community.” “This group embodies the elements of learning to play music together and community music,” he said, adding that most of the songs the band plays can be learned by ear. “Maybe I like this band so much because I’m trying to make up for all the years that I didn’t use my ears to make music,” he joked. Allard’s goals for the Happy Harmonica Band include giving spotlight opportunities to players who are becoming more accomplished in the style of music they like to play such as the blues or jazz. He and the band have also committed to ‘playing out’ at least once a month at various locations in Waterloo Region.

The band’s 16 members come from Waterloo, Guelph, Kitchener, St. Mary’s and the

* * * The Happy Harmonica Band practices weekly from 9:15 to 10:30am each Tuesday at the Rockway Community Centre (September to June). The band is accepting new members and anyone interested in joining can contact Michel Allard at or call 226-476-2330. Some knowledge of playing the harmonica is required. Reading music is also a plus, but not required.

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This Spring Break the Ice in your Neighbourhood!

Traynor Vanier Clean Up

Williamsburg Country Hills Plant Swap Spring 2017 brought neighbours together with different activities that celebrate the season. As we look forward to warmer weather, think of the many opportunities available to meet your neighbours and have fun! Special days such as Earth Day, Mother’s Day or Victoria Day can inspire you to organize an activity. Neighbourhood clean-ups, plant swaps, pancake breakfasts, cob oven cook-offs, garage sales and Jane’s Walks are just some of the activities that can bring your neighbours together this spring. Break the ice so you and your neighbours can connect with each other and grow a stronger sense of belonging. Enlist the help of your neighbours, not just to lighten your load, but also to include them as you organize the event. Invite everyone in your neighbourhood, and reduce barriers to participation to make your neighbourhood gathering as inclusive as possible. Think of ways to make sure that there is something for everyone so they can feel welcome. For example, combine a barbecue with a bike safety event to engage children and adults. Check out our website for tips on how to make your neighbourhood gathering more inclusive with the Reach! Challenge. Also the Neighbourhood Activity Guide is full of practical tips on how to bring your neighbours together. Contact the City of Kitchener for support and supplies to do a neighbourhood clean-up. At you will find all the information to hold a Jane’s Walk.

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Teen art showcases world wide issues S


unnyside Public School held its 11th Annual Teen and World Issues art show at the Stanley Park Community Centre March 19 to 27. The show featured 70 works of art created by Grade 8 students, with their view of what they perceive as a ‘Teen or World Issues’. A further 50 works of art by grade 8 students were also on display at Sunnyside School. Students were given the opportunity to choose their own topic, their own art materials and their own style of art to get their messages across. Topics included global warming, depression, anxiety, drug abuse, relationships, body image, war, and animal abuse. Chantry Gesinghaus, Grade 7 and 8 Art Teacher at

Sunnyside, started the show 11 years ago. “The message was so strong. Many people who saw the artworks said that they were ‘very well done, but the messages were sad,” she said. Gesinghaus then decided to approach the Stanley Park Community Centre to present the art show each year so that the public would have the opportunity to find out what young teens today are concerned about. “It is concerning to see the ‘problems’ that this group is facing compared to previous years,” she said, “but it is important for us to see what they are thinking and how these items bother them, so that we have a better understanding,” Gesinghaus said.

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Artist: Sky Ounarom Title: Tranquility Medium: graphite Topic: Depression and Anxiety

Artist: Emma Rutherford Title: Temptation Medium: graphite, coloured pencil, coloured paper Topic: Drug Abuse

St James’-Rosemount United 171 Sherwood Ave., Kitchener (519) 742-1002 Sunday Service: 10:30am Lunch served following service on the third Sunday of every month. 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 9:00 - 11:00am 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 (519) 893-5290 Pastor: Rev. Raymond Kirk Worship Service Times (starting on Sept. 17) 10:00 am Worship Service Sunday Morning Fellowship & Bible Study 11:15 am Adult Bible Study 11:15 am Sunday School (JK –Grade 12) Breslau Evangelical Missionary Church 102 Woolwich St., Breslau (519) 648-2712 Sunday Worship Service: 10:00am Children’s Ministry - Youth Ministry - Small Groups All are welcome! Visit us at 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!

Artist: Kendra Calliste Title: Stitched Up Faded Heart Medium: oil pastel, crayon, watercolour Topic: Heart Break

Artist: Abigael Luke Title: Prison to My Thoughts Medium: graphite and coloured pencil Topic: Depression

MARWAN TABBARA, M.P. Kitchener South – Hespeler Please contact my office for assistance with federal government services, including:

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Artist: Nickola Kubatlija Title: Untitled Medium: oil, pastel and paint Topic: Animal Abuse


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scription. The buildings and the land must be fully detailed in the description and be divided into units and common elements. The declaration and description must be registered in the land titles division of the land registry office or the registry division of the land registry office, if it does not have a land titles division. The land registrar will assign a name and number to each corporation that is registered. Freehold condominium corporations are allowed under the Condo-

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14 • 14 APRIL 2018 • Citizen KITCHENER Page l Kitchener l AprilCITIZEN 2018 (EAST EDITION)

Notes from City Hall parking that directly impact your dayto-day lives. The city operations staff has worked diligently to keep our roads clear of snow and safe, yet there is still room for improvement based on feedback received from Kitchener’s citizens. I request that you contact me to provide me your input on what you feel requires more attention with the city’s winter maintenance. Council is still in the midst of determining the right course to take with sidewalk snow clearing. Currently the sidewalk snow clearing

by-law requires the property owner to be responsible for snow clearance within a 24 hour period. Some residents have been advocating for the city to take over this responsibility. Council will have to weigh the overall benefit with the significant increase in costs to the operations budget and its impact on taxes. Please provide me with your input so that it will help guide me on this issue. A few years ago, bylaw staff presented council with the option to allow residents to park on the driveway apron, also referred to

as boulevard parking. At that time, council chose to restrict this allowance to Ward 5 due to the number of narrow lots providing only single car parking and little on street parking. I have continued to hear from residents that this should be allowed citywide. Based on staff clarification, this could be reconsidered during this term of council; otherwise it will have to wait until the next term. Let me know if you feel this should be allowed in Ward 6. Depending on your feedback I will advocate accordingly.

To get started, visit and access the step-by-step guide that walks you through the whole process from organizing logistics, promoting your market to making it run smoothly. On the website you will also find a bookable pop-up market kit with all the supplies you will need to create your own neighbourhood market. The kits are free and include tents, tables, baskets, a cash box, signage, tablecloths and more. The program will connect you with Kitchener Market farmer’s vendors so you can purchase the produce to sell at your

stand. Make the market your own by adding entertainment, craft vendors, food vendors. The idea is to create situations that encourage people in their community to gather and get to know one another. A neighbourhood market is the perfect way to enrich neighbourhood life. Neighbourhood Matching Grant Do you have a great idea for your neighbourhood but not sure how to make it happen? First you come up with an idea, gather a team together, reach out to your neighbours and community for assistance and support

with the project. Develop your project budget. There’s up to $15,000 in matching grant funds available for projects that transform public space and build stronger relationships with your neighbours. Once you have your proposal ready, submit your application and wait for city approval. Visit and search keyword “grants” to learn more about Neighbourhood Matching Grant. The grant continues until funds run out, so you can apply anytime. Get creative and make some plans to support positive change in your hood!

Avalon/Southmoor area. Regional Council approved the construction of this bridge unanimously supported by the four Kitchener regional councillors notwithstanding that I appeared before the Regional Planning & Works Committee to argue against it. The Environmental Assessment has now gone through its public process and everything was carried out properly by all parties and due diligence was done as I see it. I read over the lengthy report that was available for public review and have no objection to the EA process. However, this is a case of a carrot

of money dangling from the feds with the Regional transit staff jumping on board to build something not needed. The Region wants to provide bridge access to the bus routes on Chandler that are not available in the Avalon area. There was bus service in the Avalon/Stirling area for years until the transit staff removed it for lack of ridership a few years ago. Now they want a few potential passengers using this bridge. I monitored the existing pedestrian bridge built in the early 1970s from Dixon area to Boniface for school children the other day. I counted

twelve pedestrian students using the bridge in the morning and the same in the afternoon going to and from Rockway Public School. Other than that no one else was using the bridge. The Region is also spending about the same amount of money at $7.3 million widening Highland Rd. from Ira Needles to Fischer-Hallman from two lanes to four. This road will carry around 20,000 vehicles daily. Now this is money well spent. But this pedestrian bridge has no vision.

Local taxpayers should read it and weep. They have paid about $1 billion for a much delayed light rail system that I’m glad to see has generated at

least $1.2-billion construction activity in downtown Kitchener. But the same taxpayers are now paying excessive “bonuses” to developers who are already making large profits on condominium units selling vigorously along that LRT route. At the same time, not a single unit of subsidized housing is included in the rash of buildings being approved, mostly in my downtown ward. That reflects a grossly inequitable payback for taxpayers and was the reason I voted at planning committee against a project by Momentum developments

that wraps around the heritage Huck Glove building at Victoria and Bramm streets. Because I support efforts to save the beautiful Huck building and, after research, found that Momentum, under a different name, is building a token amount of Kitchener-Waterloo affordable homes, I approved the project at council. Meanwhile, at the Huck site, an intensified 25-storey building will have 300 units, an outdoor park area will be replaced with a partly-indoor “public amenity area,” and parking spaces will

be cut from 411 to 233. Momentum has or will soon build more than 1,000 high-rise condos on Victoria and at Charles-Gaukel that include no affordable shelter despite the fact Waterloo Region has 3,000 names— about 10,000 adults, children and seniors—on a waiting list for lowcost housing. Buried under the blanket of bonuses is a responsibility that companies make certain affordable housing forms part of their projects. Housing is supposed to be a basic right for all Canadians.

Happy spring to you! I want to draw your attention to a couple important opportunities for feedback. This month, our staff will bring forward a draft of the long

anticipated comprehensive review of the zoning by-law (CRoZBy). Public meetings will take place to hear citizen input on these plans in the evenings of April 30th and May 8th . If you are interested to learn more and have your say, please see the project page: www. If you live in the Midtown/Mount Hope neighbourhood, please consider participating in a planning charrette to discuss the future of 152 Shanley St. In advance of a second tax sale process,

neighbours are invited to share their perspectives about possible future uses for the building. Email me to register by April 21st. The event takes place April 28th. During the month of April, Earth Day will be celebrated worldwide, and locally, many residents will demonstrate support for our environment by gathering friends, family, and neighbours together to organize a clean-up of a public space. Residents planning local clean-up activities are invited to register their event on our City of

Kitchener website at earthday. We will provide gloves and bags to assist you with keeping our earth beautiful! In addition, on Friday April 20 the city is hosting a 20-Minute Makeover event. Wherever you may be at 2pm, grab a friend and join in by heading outside for 20 minutes to pick up any nearby litter and garbage. When you register a team at, not only will you receive your free supplies for your clean-up team, your group will have a chance to win a prize.

Dear Residents, Although winter is almost done, I want to take this opportunity to gauge the interest of Ward 6 residents on key winter maintenance matters and

Neighbourhood Pop-up Markets The Kitchener Market and Love My Hood have recently joined together to provide you with everything you need to bring a market to your neighbourhood!

I have serious concerns about the waste of taxpayers’ money to build a $7.6 million pedestrian bridge across the Conestoga Parkway from the Chandler/Strasburg area to the


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THANK-YOU, MICHAEL HARRIS This past weekend, we learned that Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris will not be running in the upcoming provincial election due to health reasons caused by a chronic issue involving his eyesight. Public life is a significant sacrifice from both a personal and family perspective. I applaud Michael for putting his health and his family first. Thank you as well Michael, for being a strong voice for the concerns of Kitchener and Waterloo region at Queen’s Park. Best wishes as you address your health concerns and in your future endeavours. BCMC MEETING ON MENTAL HEALTH Earlier this week, Toronto Mayor John Tory hosted a Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Big City Mayor’s Caucus (BCMC) Summit on Mental Health in Toronto. As the local member of BCMC representing the region’s urban municipalities, I attended and shared our experiences in Kitchener and throughout Waterloo region, some of our best practices and also identified areas where we need more support from our provincial and federal powers. In preparation for the meeting, I obtained significant input from our local WaterlooWellington LHIN, the Waterloo Regional Police Service, Grand River Hospital, the Region of Waterloo and a variety of community not-for-profits including the House of Friendship and the Working Centre. Addressing mental health needs more effectively is extremely important to me if we are going to effectively address the needs of some of our city’s most vulnerable population, and I am pleased to add my voice to those of Mayors from Canada’s largest cities in our call for help from our provincial and federal partners. STATE OF THE CITY 2018 Next week, I will be delivering my final State of the City speech during this term of Council, reflecting on how our community has done over the past year, as well as throughout this term of Council. The speech will be taking place at the new Catalyst 137 facility, home to Miovision and many companies working in the smart city and IoT space, with ticket proceeds going to the KW Community Foundation. You can watch the speech live on the City’s Facebook account as well as via our website, and it will be posted on the website afterwards. I’ll share some of the highlights from the speech in next month’s edition. VOLUNTEERS ROCK Finally April is national volunteer month! Throughout this month, I will be participating in activities that thank and acknowledge both City of Kitchener volunteers as well as others which support different community organizations. Our City is fortunate to have literally thousands of volunteers who engage with everything from sports teams to arts & culture organizations to social not-for-profits like Carizon and The Working Centre. Our community is better because so many of you roll up your sleeves to help build a better community. Thank you for all you do! You are helping ensure that one day we leave our world a little better than we found it!

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Notes from City Hall assets; the Grand River. The Grand, which marks the eastern boundary of the City (and Ward 1) is a nationally significant heritage river, and one that many believe to be vastly underutilized. Fortunately, the Regional Tourism Organization 4 (RTO4) agrees, and they will be working with the City of Kitchener to develop two new mini-park-style canoe-launch sites this summer. The first location is just off of Victoria St. at 2500 Shirley Dr. and the other is near the end of Ottawa St. at 650 Otterbein Rd. I’m also pushing

for a third location in Bridgeport that’s TBD. Each site will include parking, picnic tables and benches, waste bins, and washrooms. There will, of course, be a canoe-launch area with a kiosk and appropriate signage/mapping to help navigate your trip. These locations will be designed to tie in nicely with our ever-expanding network of trails. Bridgeport Community Centre One of the best kept secrets in our corner of the city will become less of a secret soon. The Bridgeport community centre on

Tyson Dr. (just off of Bridge St.) is finally getting a digital community centre sign like the ones you see elsewhere in the city. This small but mighty centre is tucked back, off of main roads, so during the summer, the sign will be installed on Bridge St. to help bring attention to the many great programs and services provided to the local community. For questions on these, or any items city-related, please don’t hesitate to contact me anytime.

519-741-2200 ext. 5345 to request a paper application. Please submit your nomination by April 13. The recipient of our Senior of the Year Award is announced by Mayor Vrbanovic at the Living Well Expo on Saturday, May 26 at City Hall. My Ideal City lets students in grade 5 and 6 tell us in 250 words or less about their ideas to make Kitchener even better. Winners get their essay published in the Kitchener Citizen, come to a reception and tour of City Hall with their family, and are

in a mock debate on Rogers TV. Hopefully your child’s school is taking part. If not, entries can be dropped off at the security desk at City Hall or emailed to me at dave. before the deadline of April 9. Our city staff is looking for your input on how they can serve you better. Take a few moments and visit to share your experiences and suggestions. To learn about what parks, arenas, community centres and

more are in your neighbourhood, visit You can also find ideas and ways you and your neighbours can make your neighbourhood an even better place with events, activities and grants. If I can assist you, contact me or call our contact line anytime at 519-741-2345. I update my city and community activities often on social media. Follow me on Twitter @DaveSchniderKW, friend me on Facebook or visit my website

Up-coming Events During the next several months there are a number of issues coming before Council affecting constituents of Ward 3. There are only 5 Committee Meetings followed by 5 Council meetings between now and the summer break. Council activity always

slows down in the summer. This year being an election year proceedings will be even slower. Fallowfield Dr. Traffic Calming Review This will be discussed in Committee on March 5th and will be ratified at Council on March 19th. (Evening Meeting). Zone Change Application-25 & 75 Fallowfield Dr. Staff have yet to complete their report. This should come to Committee before the summer break (latter part of June). Zone Change Application-Block Line Rd & Courtland Avenue This also is still a work in progress and is expected to come to Committee and Council in the latter part of June. When specific

dates are known I will attempt to notify all interested parties with ample notice. Traynor-Fairway LRT Pedestrian Crossing A Public Information meeting was held on December 2nd but, unfortunately it appears that very little progress has been made with this project. This is a Regional project that should have been in place prior to the start of LRT service operations. This is not a question of “if” but “when”. City Hall was quick to shut down skating on storm water ponds but we are moving too slow on this which can have much more serious safety risks for our constituents. The Region recently approved an unsolicited multi-million dollar pedestrian walkway over the Conestoga Parkway

and yet are unable to find the funding for this small overlooked part of a billion dollar project. I encourage you to petition our local representatives at the Region regarding this potential risk before someone is injured. Regional Councillors (E. Clarke / T. Galloway / G. Lorentz / K.Redman / B. Vrbanovic) can be reached at 519-575-4404 and the Regional Chair (K. Seiling) at 519-5754585. Please do not hesitate to contact me at your convenience regarding any of these or other city matters. I can be reached at 519-744-0807 (home) 519-741-2790(city hall) 519-498-2389(cell). john.gazzola@ or

Over the last few weeks I have been working with a group of citizens who were shocked to learn that an application to sever part of the heritage property at 883 Doon

Village Road would be discussed at a Committee of Adjustment meeting the next week on Feb. 20th. At that meeting a decision could be made to allow the owners to sever the property resulting in the addition of 4 new lots along the side of the property facing Bechtel Dr. This property is the original home of Benjamin Burkholder the first teacher in the Waterloo Township. His house was built in 1863 and stands as a reminder to all who pass by it of bygone days. A time in our community history when the home

was surrounded by acres of farmland and where the first settlers came to make a new life. The buildings on this site are unique in their appearance, therefore it should be the entire site that is considered of cultural heritage landscape importance, not just the house. The view of the house on this property with an out-building that is presently used as storage shed should be the important consideration. Generations of residents have walked, biked and driven past this wonderful property.

Committee members listened to numerous delegations speaking against this change. Thankfully the committee saw the importance of being further informed about this site and deferred their decision until April 17, the next Committee of Adjustment meeting. A public meeting was held on March 22 and well attended by over 80 residents. If you are concerned with the changes in this site please contact me at Yvonne.fernandes@kitchener. ca

Just a quick reminder, Catch Up with Kelly is coming up on Tuesday April 10 from 7-8pm at the Williamsburg Community Centre. Hope to see you there.

You can expect to see the construction work begin on Ottawa St. S., the regional road between Fisher-Hallman Road and Knechtel Court. The purpose of the project is to repair the road, add curbs, street lights and replace/add underground infrastructure as well as create new multi-use trails for hiking and biking. With the new residential development in the Ottawa and Trussler Rd. area, there is a need to accommodate growth. Between April and December Ottawa Street

will be closed from David Bergey Dr. to Trussler Rd. and a signed detour route will be available along Trussler Rd., Bleams Rd. and Fischer-Hallman Rd. Local residents or emergency services will continue to have access. The Sunrise Centre and any other local businesses will remain open and you will continue to have access. The public will still be able to use the Ottawa Street and David Bergey Dr./Windflower Dr. intersection for most of the year, however, the region will need to

close it for a short period to make final pipe connections. Residents who front or back onto Ottawa St. will receive a letter within the next couple of weeks detailing the construction timing and contacts in case they need to get in touch with the region and/or contractors. For more information on the Ottawa St. S. project, please contact Boris Latkovic, Project Manager at the Region of Waterloo at 519-575-4457 or BLatkovic@

Happy Spring Ward 1 As warmer days are upon us, I am happy to report an exciting new development leveraging one of Kitchener’s greatest outdoor

We’re looking for Kitchener’s Senior of the Year. You can nominate someone by searching Senior of the Year at or by calling Carolyn Cormier at

#PrayersForHumboldt As I sat down this weekend to write my column for the Kitchener Citizen, the topics I was going to write about took a turn as our country suddenly became united in grief and support for the community of Humboldt, Saskatchewan and the unspeakable tragedy faced by the Humboldt Broncos hockey organization resulting from a tragic bus accident on Friday evening. This tragedy hit us hard for many reasons. First, because there were so many deaths and difficult injuries impacting young people – young people in the prime of their lives and moving forward with promising futures doing what they love – playing hockey – Canada’s national sport. Second, because so many of us could see ourselves, our family members, our friends on that bus. Whether as part of a hockey team or another sports team or a choir or a folkdance group, bus travel as part of a team or group is part of a ritual of growing up or coming of age for so many youth in our city and in our country. Tragedies such as this should never stop us from doing what we love or from giving our youth a chance to spread their wings and fly. Rather, they should always be a reminder to cherish the relationships we have, to take time to tell people we love them, to even in competition or disagreement, never lose sight of the common humanity that binds us. On behalf of all of us in the City of Kitchener, I have extended our prayers and sincere condolences to the people of Humboldt, the Humboldt Broncos organization and all of their many family and friends. May these young, innocent souls rest in peace, and now play the game they love for all of eternity. MAYORS’ DINNER FOR THE WORKING CENTRE This past Saturday, I was joined by Mayor Dave Jaworsky of Waterloo and Mayor Doug Craig of Cambridge as we hosted the 31st annual Mayors’ Dinner for The Working Centre. That night, we recognized St. John’s Kitchen and three women who have been key leaders at the kitchen over the past 30+ years – Arleen Macpherson, Gretchen Jones and Jennifer Mains. It was an incredible evening with over 950 guests who came out to support this incredible community organization and its work with some of our community’s most vulnerable citizens. A place where through the support of the Working Centre’s dedicated team of staff and volunteers, guests get food, support and medical and psychiatric care in a non-judgmental environment filled with compassion, dignity, grace, hope and love. Thank you to The Working Centre co-founders Joe and Stephanie Mancini, to Arleen, Gretchen and Jennifer, and to the many volunteers who walk alongside these citizens, demonstrating that Kitchener and Waterloo region truly is a caring and compassionate community to live in. ...continued on next page

Vitamin C for Collagen? W. Gifford-Jones, MD (age 94)

Everyone is talking about collagen these days, and with good reason. As we age, the body’s production of collagen slows down, which can result not only in aging skin, but also contributes to osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and many other conditions, including declining cardiovascular health. This is where vitamin C comes in. Vitamin C is the single most important water-soluble antioxidant in the human body. Aside from supporting immune health, vitamin C is needed to manufacture collagen, the major component of the body’s connective tissues, including cartilage, tendons, ligaments, bones and most importantly, blood vessels. High doses of vitamin C, combined with lysine, support healthy arteries and overall cardiovascular health. Vitamin C is required to manufacture healthy collagen, the glue that holds coronary cells together, just like mortar is needed for bricks. Lysine, like steel rods in cement, makes collagen stronger. Together they provide healthier arteries and reduce risk of heart attack and stroke. Coronary arteries are under more pressure than any other artery in the body. The heart beats 100,000 times every 24 hours and 2.2 billion times if you live to 70 years of age. Without healthy arteries, this constant pounding causes minute cracks in collagen, resulting in atherosclerosis, blood clots, or rupturing of a weakened artery, resulting in a stroke. As we age, the key to healthy collagen for cardiovascular health, joint health, teeth, gums, wound healing, and more is vitamin C combined with lysine. If that doesn’t convince you, all the beauty experts will also tell you that collagen helps keep skin looking youthful. I’ve been taking high doses of vitamin C and lysine for 20 years following my heart attack. I still enjoy travelling, writing my columns, and I also rappelled down Toronto City Hall to help raise funds for Make-A-Wish® Canada. I turned 94 this year - not bad!

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In Good Taste SIMPLE RECIPES FOR A BUSY LIFE STYLE Sometimes celery doesn’t get far beyond tuna salad sandwiches, but it can be an excellent side dish in its own right.

MUSTARD CELERY 4 cups celery, cut into 1-inch pieces 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 or 3 teaspoons prepared mustard — Dijon, or your choice salt freshly-ground black pepper freshly-grated nutmeg Cook the celery in boiling, salted water for five minutes or more, just until it is barely done. It should still be slightly crisp to the testing fork. Drain well. Melt butter over medium heat (don not let it brown), and stir in the mustard. Taste, and add more mustard if you wish. Stir in the celery, and cook and stir until the celery pieces are well coated with the mustard butter (You might want to add more butter). Sprinkle with salt and pepper and add a few gratings of nutmeg. Serve immediately, while still very hot Greek lentil soup differs somewhat from the versions that are common in Lebanon, Syria, Turkey and other countries – all of which are equally delicious.

GREEK LENTIL SOUP 1 pound lentils 2 or 3 large onions, peeled and chopped 3 or 4 (or more, to taste) cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 28-ounce or 32-ounce can of tomatoes, including liquid 2 or 3 bay leaves generous handful of chopped fresh parsley chopped fresh herbs of your choice (basil, oregano, etc.) or generous pinches of dried herbs 1/4 to 1/3 cup good-quality olive oil coarse salt freshly-ground black pepper about 1/4 cup red-wine vinegar Wash the lentils well, and put them in a large soup-pot with about 2 quarts of warm water, or enough water to cover them. Allow to stand for an hour or two over minimum heat. Bring slowly to a boil, and add the onion, garlic, tomatoes, bay leaves, herbs and olive oil. If you wish, you may add an extra can of tomatoes and liquid. Add salt to taste. Simmer, covered, for as long as possible — a few hours, or a day. It must be cooked at least until the lentils are tender. Part way through the cooking period, taste for seasoning, and add more herbs or salt if you think it needs it. Just before serving, add lots of freshly-ground black pepper, and stir in the wine vinegar. Taste again for seasoning. Serve very hot and pass additional wine vinegar.


This will add sparkle to your winter salads. Use it on any kind of greens or mixture of greens - spinach, beet, mustard, lettuces, etc.

HOT GARLIC DRESSING (These amounts are sufficient for greens that will serve five or six) 1/4 cup olive oil 3 large garlic cloves, minced 3 tablespoons cider vinegar Heat oil and garlic in a small saucepan over medium heat, for about a minute, or until fragrant. Stir in the vinegar, and pour immediately over the greens. Season with salt and freshlyground black pepper, and toss well. Serve immediately. You can use this same method for onions (thickly sliced) for sliced beets as well as for other vegetables.


leeks for 4 servings 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 3/4 cup chicken stock Wash the leeks well, and trim the greens, leaving about an inch of greens. In a large skillet, cook the leeks in butter over medium heat, until leeks are softened. Stir in the sugar, vinegar, and stock, bring to a boil and simmer covered until leeks are very tender. Uncover and boil rapidly to reduce the liquid slightly, if you wish. Add salt to taste and freshlyground black pepper. Serve immediately. When the occasion arises that a cake is necessary in a hurry, you will not find one much easier than this.

EASY WHITE CAKE 1/4 cup fresh lard or shortening 1/2 cup sugar 1 large egg 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup cake flour 2 heaping teaspoons baking powder dash of salt 1/2 cup milk or light cream Beat together the lard or shortening and the sugar until creamy. Add the egg and continue to beat until well mixed. Stir in vanilla. With a fork, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt. Stir the flour mixture into the creamed mixture alternately with the milk or cream, in two additions. Stir only until batter is blended. Grease an 8-inch-square baking pan. Scrape the batter into the pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes, or until the cake tests done when a toothpick is inserted in the center. Frost with butter icing, slather with sweetened whipped cream or serve as is.


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SUMMER CAMPS 2018 A Special Section of the Kitchener Citizen CITY OF KITCHENER NEIGHBOURHOOD CAMPS you have any questions please call 519-741-2200 ext 7389. Please note all school locations are subject to change based on availability. For full refund, request must be made 7 days before the start of the program.

The City of Kitchener provides a variety of affordable full day and half day camps for children aged 4 – 13. Registration is available online by visiting or in person at any City of Kitchener Community Centre. Should

School’s Out Weekly Sessions: July 3 – August 10 • Full Day Weekly Sessions: July 3 – August 17

Schools Out Camp Schools out camp 5-12 year olds 9am – 3pm • $62.45 ($50 for the week of July 3 and Aug 7)

Chandler Mowat Community Centre

Crestview Public School

Doon Public School

Jean Steckle Public School

WT Townshend Public School

9am – 3pm START DATE Jul 3* Jul 9 Jul 16 Jul 23 Jul 30 Aug 7*

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One week at summer camp...a lifetime of memories Full Day Specialty camps (9-12 year olds) Full day camps are $101.95 ($81.55 for the week of July 3 and Aug 7). Before and after care available at all full day camps. 8:30 – 9am and 4:30 – 5pm - $11.50 ($9.20 for the week of July 3 and Aug 7)

Creative Kids Art Camp at Rockway Centre

Eco Discovery Camp at Huron Natural Area

Multi Sport Camp at Budd Park

9am-4:30pm START DATE Jul 3* Jul 9 Jul 16 Jul 23 Jul 30 Aug 7* Aug 13

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Full Day Camps (JK – 12 years old) Full day camps are $101.95 (*81.55 for the week of July 3 and Aug 13) Before and after care available at full day sites 8:30 – 9am and 4:30 – 5pm • $11.50 ($9.20 for the week of July 3 and Aug 7)

Bridgeport Community Centre

Centreville Chicopee Community Centre

Country Hills Community Centre

Downtown Community Centre

9am – 4:30pm START DATE Jul 3* Jul 9 Jul 16 Jul 23 Jul 30 Aug 7* Aug 13

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Forest Heights Community Centre

Kingsdale Community Centre

Stanley Park Community Centre

9am – 4:30pm START DATE Jul 3* Jul 9 Jul 16 Jul 23 Jul 30 Aug 7* Aug 13

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Victoria Hills Community Centre

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Our popular Summer Art Camps are designed for students aged 4 - 14; select programs are available for students aged 14-18. Visual art activities include painting, drawing, pottery, photography, cartooning, animation, sculpture, printmaking, mixed media and more! Camp Dates: Monday - Friday, July 3 - August 31, 2018 Camp Times: 9:00 am - noon & 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Minecraft , Pokémon or Lego Obsessed?

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Williamsburg Community Centre (For children 4-8 years old)

9am – 4:30pm START DATE Jul 3* Jul 9 Jul 16 Jul 23 Jul 30 Aug 7* Aug 13

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Stanley Park Optimist Ball FOR CHILDREN BORN 2004–2014 (and as recently as May 31, 2015)

Blastball $50 • Junior T-Ball $90 Senior TBall & all 3-Pitch $100 LIMITED SPACES STILL AVAILABLE

*Extended care is available as early as 8:00 am and as late as 5:00 pm.


Come see why families voted us the best Summer Camp in 2017.

Art Camps 519.748.4377 |

Register on-line: or pickup a form at your local community centre

SUMMER DAY CAMPS Visiting Cousins

Travel back in time to the 1800s. Children dress in authentic clothing. July 9 to 13, July 23 to 7, July 30 to August 3 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. • $180 per week Lunch included

Ages 8 to 12

Schneider Survival 101

Experience how early settlers like the Schneiders survived the early years. August 6 to 10 and August 20 to 24 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. • $155 per week Bring your own lunch

Pre-registration is required

Baseball School For over 40 Years!

July 9-13 and July 16-20

PlayBall Academy 10 Executive Place, Kitchener

Book Now!

466 Queen St. S. Kitchener • 519-742-7752

To learn more & register visit:


Half Day Camps Half day mornings camps 4-8 year old 9 – 11:30am $37.75 ($30.20 for weeks of July 3 and Aug 7)

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Centreville Chicopee Community Centre 9am – 11:30am START DATE Jul 3* Jul 9 Jul 16 Jul 23 Jul 30 Aug 7* Aug 13

Call Carrie at 519-578-8228

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Chandler Mowat Community Centre 9am – 11:30am START DATE Jul 3* Jul 9 Jul 16 Jul 23 Jul 30 Aug 7*

COMMUNITY CALENDAR WATERLOO COUNTY TEACHERS’ CHOIR PRESENTS - SPLISH SPLASH - A Tribute to Water. Date: April 24, 7:30pm at Grandview Church, 250 Old Chicopee Dr., Kitchener. Cost: $15, Children 12 and under free. Tickets: available through Jan Hember 519-745-1375 or email Reception to follow concert. Donations: Opportunity to give to the Pikangikum Water Project with tax receipts for $20 donations from the Mennonite Central Committee. This spring, the Waterloo choir chose to raise awareness of the much-needed help for the people of the First Nation community, Pikangikum in Northern Ontario. This community has made world news recently due to the high suicide rate of teenagers. The community has been under a boilwater advisory for 10 years. The WCTC is donating a portion of

net proceeds to support solutions for safe and accessible water in Pikangikum. The money will go directly to the project through the MCC. SCREENING GALA of the YOUTH VIDEO COMPETION - KPL Central Library Theatre on Saturday, April 28 at 2pm. View the winning short original films by youth ages 12-25, including up to 10 honourable mentions followed by a short Question and Answer period with film industry professionals:Tony Smith (One of the founders of Lighthouse Equipment) and Duncan Finnigan (producer, director and filmmaker). Free admission. A WILL FOR THE WOODS - What if our last act could be a gift to the planet? In this remarkable film, determined that his final resting place will benefit the earth, musician, psychiatrist, and folk

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Jean Steckle Public School 9am – 11:30am START DATE Jul 3* Jul 9 Jul 16 Jul 23 Jul 30 Aug 7*

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dancer Clark Wang prepares for his own green burial while battling lymphoma. The spirited Clark and his partner Jane, boldly facing his mortality, embrace the planning of a spiritually meaningful funeral and join with a compassionate local cemetarian to use green burial to save a North Carolina woods from being clear-cut. With poignancy and unexpected humor, A Will for the Woods portrays the last days of a multifaceted advocate – and one community’s role in the genesis of a revolutionary movement. As the film follows Clark’s dream of leaving a legacy in harmony with timeless cycles, environmentalism takes on a profound intimacy. Thursday April 19 at 7pm at the Princess Twin. Presented by the Good Green Death Project. Tickets: $10 www. After the film, join Instigators, Susan Koswan and Ellen Newman, from the Good Green Death Project and other panellists to learn about the Good Green Death Project, and what green funeral and burial options are currently available in the region. Continued on back page...

Calling all future student leaders, decision makers and visionaries in grades 5 and 6! What does your ideal city look like? We want to know what makes a city a great place to live. Tell Mayor Vrbanovic and members of council (in 250 words or less) how you would shape Kitchener for the future. Winners will participate in a MOCK DEBATE (televised meeting) on May 7, 2018, to debate a community-related topic and receive a tour of City Hall. As well, your report will be printed in an upcoming issue of the Kitchener Citizen! Reports are due by April 9, 2018 and can be emailed to or dropped off at the Office of the Mayor and Council in City Hall, 200 King Street West (after business hours, please drop off at security desk.) A total of 11 reports will be chosen. All entries are the property of the City of Kitchener. Only the winners’ names, their age and reports will be published. For more information, call 519-741-2300.

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BRACELET OF HOPE FUNDRAISER – Bracelet of Hope is hosting a one of a kind event, our 4th Annual Women to Women Event on Sunday, May 6th from 11am-4pm at 10 Carden, located at 42 Carden Street, downtown Guelph (the old Acker’s Furniture Building). Women to Women is a pop-up boutique, a great afternoon of shopping, networking, and best of all- celebrating, empowering and supporting women worldwide. Featuring beautiful, affordable clothing, scarves, purses, shoes and jewellery. The event will raise awareness and funds to support women and girls affected by HIV/AIDS in Lesotho, Africa. Our goal is to raise $20,000 to provide education, health and wellness, safety, a stable home, emotional support and a brighter future for the women and girls of Lesotho. ART$PAY CALL FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS – ART$PAY is looking for photographers to participate in its Distillation – The Essence of Waterloo event. Application deadline is April 15, 2018. Nine juried Art$Pay photographers will be matched with nine sound artists for a one-day performance of sight and sound at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). Applicants must be AP members. Visit for full details KITCHENER-WATERLOO BRAIN TUMOUR WALK 2018 - People affected by brain tumours should never walk alone. Join the movement to end brain tumours. Walk to raise funds to support your brain tumour community. These funds go towards life-changing research, support programs, information, advocacy, awareness, and HOPE. Sunday, June 10 at Waterloo Park, 50 Young St W., Waterloo. Route Length(s): 2.5km or 5km. Register Free Online at KW ASTRONOMY CLUB - The KW Astronomy Club (The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Kitchener-Waterloo Centre) works with

local universities, local schools and conservation areas and provides events for the public to observe the night sky. We set up telescopes and invite everyone to learn about astronomy. The events are free to attend. April 27, 7 to 9pm, Activity: Stargazers 101, the monthly meeting for people new to astronomy. The meeting is free and open to the public. Location: Upstairs in the Community Room of the Zehrs store, 750 Ottawa St S, Kitchener. CANSTRUCTION WATERLOO REGION – April 15 – 22 and May 6 – 13/2018. Canstruction is a unique, international event engaging groups to use their talents to help those struggling with food insecurity. Canstruction tales place at Conestoga Mall. Sign up your Canstruction team or visit the mall and vote to determine the People’s Choice awards. To sign up a team visit Community Sorting Night at the local Food Bank is March 8 form 6 – 8pm. Each year, volunteer groups sort 900,000 pounds of food donations. You must register to ensure your sorting night spot at RICK MERCER COMING TO KITCHENER - Canadian comedian Rick Mercer will perform May 1 at Bingemans at 7:30pm. Fresh off his top-rated, award-winning CBC Show, The Rick Mercer Report, “Canada’s Unofficial Opposition” will make Kitchener his first stop on a nation-wide tour. THEMUSEUM is thrilled to host “An Evening with Rick Mercer” celebrating Mercer’s storied 15-year TV series as well as THEMUSEUM’s 15th anniversary. Born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Mercer has won over 25 Gemini Awards for The Rick Mercer Report, Made in Canada and This Hour has 22 Minutes. Mercer also starred in Rick Mercer’s Talking to Americans and is the author of three national bestsellers: Streeters, The Rick Mercer Report: The Book and A Nation Worth Ranting About. For tickets visit CALLING ALL HARMONICA PLAYERS – Michel Allard, an accomplished pianist, has taken the lead of the Happy Harmonica Players and is energizing and refining the group. We welcome any interested harmonica players. Come out

and see what the Happy Harmonica Players are all about. We practice Tuesdays from 9:15 to 10:30am at the Rockway Center (upstairs), 1405 King St. E, Kitchener. For more information contact 519-745-9834. SCHWABEN CLUB COMING EVENTS – Fish Fry – EVERY FRIDAY at the Schwaben Club Keller, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Fish Fry. Serving Fish & Chip and Schnitzel. Fridays & Wednesdays KARAOKE with Randall Kuhn’s ”The Musicscene” at the Schwaben Cub. Come and enjoy. Singing & dancing, making more friends, good food & beverages. Pub Food available. Fridays 8:30 p.m. – until close Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Table Tennis – EVERY TUESDAY at the Schwaben Club at 7 p.m. Should you be interested in a few trial games and see if you would like to play it and have fun at the same time; then we would appreciate if you would contact Walter at 519-742-3372 or Ken at 519-894-6695. Fridays & Wednesdays KARAOKE with Randall Kuhn’s ”The Musicscene” at the Schwaben Cub. Come and enjoy. Singing & dancing, making more friends, good food & beverages. Pub Food available. Fridays 8:30 p.m. – until close Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Sunday, April 8, 2018 – Filmnachmittag – Schwaben Club Keller – “Die Fischerin vom Bodensee”. Doors open 2:00 PM, Film begins: 2:30 PM, Coffee & Cake available. Saturday, April 14, 2018 – Group Therapy & The OCD Horns. Live Performance at the Schwaben Club. Doors open at 7:00 PM. Tickets $15.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door. Saturday, April 21, 2018 – Spaghetti Dinner – at the Schwaben Club. Come and support the Schwaben Club’s Kinder- & Jugendgruppe. Doors open 4:30 pm, Dinner 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $12.00 each which includes dinner and dessert. Sunday, April 29, 2018 – Filmnachmittag – Schwaben Club Keller – “Die Zwillinge vom Zillertal”. Doors open 2:00 PM, Film begins: 2:30 PM, Coffee & Cake available. Sunday, May 6, 2018 – Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea – at the Schwaben Club. Doors open 1:30 p.m. Program begins 2:00 p.m. High Tea 3:00 p.m. (includes tea, coffee, finger sandwiches & delicacies. Admission $16.00, Children 10 &

under $8.00. For tickets and more information on any of the above events, please call the Schwaben Club at 1668 King St. E. in Kitchener – 519-742-7979. DIVERSECITY TOASTMASTERS CLUB - Do you have trouble finding the right words when speaking to a group? Need a career boost? Want to polish your presentation skills? Toastmasters is the place for you. Learn communication, leadership and presentation strategies in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. DiverseCity is a new club and is open to all. It runs Mondays, 7 - 8:30 pm at Kitchener City Hall, the Conestoga Room. For more information contact Leo Tintinalli, ADULT DAY PROGRAM - Did you know Trinity Village has an Adult Day Program for seniors wishing to socialize with other seniors? The cost is just $8 per day and the program runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am to 1 pm, at Trinity Village Care Centre, on Kingsway Drive, near Fairview Park Mall. For more information call the Day Program Coordinator at 519-893-6320 ext. 235. SPRING SPARKLERS ART SHOW - The Spring Sparklers art exhibition continues until May 10 at The Gallery, 299 Manitou Drive in Kitchener, showcasing new work by 26 Waterloo Region artists. Gallery hours: Tues-Fri 9:30-5:30, Sat 9:30-3:30. For further information contact Frames by Verne, tel. 519-489-6038 or email FREE “YOUR FIRST HOME’ SEMINAR - Tuesday April 24, Your Proven Path to Home Ownership 7 – 8:00pm. Drawn from the real-life experiences of hundreds of thousands of first time home buyers this seminar provides proven, practical guidance on how to:
Hire a great Real Estate Agent;
Determine what you can afford;
Secure the best financing; Recognize the right home for you;
Close on your new home and maintain it.
Let us take you step by step through this exciting time in your life. Registration is required for all FREE workshops. Please contact our office at: (519) 570-6299 direct (519) 570-4447 office or email to reserve your space.

Kitchener Citizen - East Edition - April 2018  
Kitchener Citizen - East Edition - April 2018  

Kitchener's original community newspaper - established in 1996.