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Emma Cook, a grade student at Westheights Public Schoolseven in Kitchener, our house. All I could think Public School Kitchener, hasWestheights been selected as one of theindancers in about was without the sale hasNutcracker: been selected as one of the dancersonin The A Canadian Tradition here’s nothing better than how would we be able to afThe Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition on December 28 at Centre in the Square. the unforgettable smell of ford our programs for the kids. December 28 at Centre in the After being chosen throughSquare. audition a real Christmas tree filling I was thinking no more sumAfter being chosen through audition by Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s Nutcracker your home on Christmas day. mer camp, no winter camp, no by Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s Nutcracker Youth Education Local Participant This year marks the 25th Jamborees, no program,” said Youth twelve-year-old Education Local Participant Program, Emma is now anniversary of the local 24th Scouter Teresa Carse. Program, twelve-year-old Emma isasnow busy with rehearsals for her role a Kitchener Scouting Family’s But, a call to the Home busy with rehearsals for her role as a Dragonfly. annual Christmas Tree Sale – a Hardware store next door to Dragonfly. The local participant program provides sale that almost didn’t happen Canadian Tire, brought good The local participant program provides this year. the opportunity for young and aspiring news and a new home for the the opportunity for young and aspiring Three weeks ago, Scouter Scout’s tree lot. dancers from the Kitchener-Waterloo dancers from the Kitchener-Waterloo Jim Carse got the bad news After a discussion with store area to perform alongside members to perform alongside members that the Canadian Tire Store manager, Scott Philips, Home of area the professional company and gain of the professional company and gain on Victoria St. N. would not be Hardware welcomed the Scout performance experience. performance experience. able to accommodate the local group with open arms. The new The holiday classic is choreographed The holiday classic is choreographed Scouts Christmas Tree sale this tree lot is now at the back of bybyArtistic ArtisticDirector DirectorofofCanada’s Canada’s Ballet Ballet year because of a shortage of the Home Hardware store Jörgen, Bengt Jörgen, and takes its Jörgen, Bengt Jörgen, and takes its parking lot, 1014 Victoria St. N. space. inspiration from Group of Seven paintings inspiration from Group of Seven paintings Kitchener. “Honestly, that was one of housed EMMA housedat atKleinburg’s Kleinburg’s world-renowned world-renowned EMMA COOK COOK “We are thrilled, and beyond the most depressing nights at McMichael Canadian Art Collection. McMichael Canadian Art Collection. relieved, to have their supThe Thecostume costumeand andset set designs designs reflect reflect word where I feel safe and where I can be port and a new home. We owe word where I feel safe and where I can be Jörgen’s Jörgen’svision visionofofa adistinctly distinctlyCanadian Canadian free to express myself. I especially love Scott and Mark (Coyles, store free to express myself. I especially love Nutcracker set in Algonquin Park – where Nutcracker set in Algonquin Park – where ballet because of how precise you have owner) a huge thank you for ballet because of how precise you have Klara meets lumberjacks, Mounties and Klara meets lumberjacks, Mounties and to be with helping us make sure that our your but you you can can to be with your movement, movement, but woodland creatures in her dream journey. tree sale happens again this The 24th Kitchener Scouts are selling Christmas treesdream in a new location this year - at Home Hardware on Victoria Street. woodland creatures in her journey. still use emotion,” says Emma. stillpast use24emotion,” has been selling Christmas Trees every year years as its major fundraiser. Helping Emma has been ofoffor the year. The money this project The local Scouting group Emma has beendancing dancingsince sincethe theage age She am super excited to She adds, adds, “I to for and this year’s sale arecompetitively from left: front, Adam Hicks (Scout), Corbin“I Hicks (Cub), back,excited David White three, has since brings in is vital to our group”, to unload over 400 trees three, and hasdanced danced competitively since (Group Commissioner), Holger Fischer (Scouter), Jim Carse (Scouter and sale organizer), Josh Orfenadis (Scout) Will dance the role of a dragonfly in this in this said Jim Carse adding that sheshewas wassix. six.She Shecurrently currentlydances dancesatatIN. IN. dance the role Hicks (Scouter) and Larry Conrad (Scouter). extremely year’s Nutcracker Nutcracker and am extremely the group is “extremely grate- Carmount (Scout), Dan MOTION MOTIONSchool Schoolofofthe thePerforming PerformingArts Arts year’s ALL ABOARD BELMONT VILLAGE thankful for for this this opportunity to thankful to dance dance fulINfor the CEREMONY many years of free located MillStreet StreetininKitchener. Kitchener. located ononMill SMUDGING ning of Nov. 24 to unload, unthe trees sell out). The trees are into25.their parking lotInwith hunBelmont Village held its annual Christmas in the Village day on November Visitors space and support that we have with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen; dancing in Ballet dancing in sparetime, time,she sheenjoys enjoyspracticing practicing with Canada’s In herherspare Terry Barna takes part in a smudging ceremony at the celebration ofdreds the new Neruda supplied by Somerville Nurserwrap, and tag a tractor trailer of trees every year for 24 kickedArts of Canada the holidays with wagaon rides, pictures with Santa, and the opportunity to enjoyed at Canadian Tire.” the ballet gives me first hand experience gives me experience barre exercises, exercises, making making up up dances, dances, the ballet barre 150 mural on Charles Street near Cameron Street in Kitchener. See story Inc. in Alliston, Ontario and load of ballets Fraserand Fir,ballet Balsam Firaa ies “They helped make a lot years.” and reading donate into full scale scale professional professional readingabout aboutdifferent different full ballet ballets and ballet into on food page for 15. the local food bank. Wagon rides were provided by BeitzAHorse transported for free by a ballet relaand Scotch Pine trees that will group of leaders, Scouts of Luckhart things possible for a lot Photo of by Helen Hall dancers, Carriage Service of Breslau with Randy at the reins. company production on a large dancers, colouring and playing guitar. company production large concert concert colouring and playing guitar. Photo by Helen Hall youth by allowing us to move and Cubs gathered“Ion the evebe on sale until Dec. 22 (or until “Idance dancebecause becauseI Ican canescape escape into into aa hall hallstage.” stage.” Continued on page 8... BY CARRIE DEBRONE


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Christkindl Market December 7-10 – The holiday season has kicked off downtown is something for one to enjoy this holiday seaMake lasting memories with

Christmas Tree – Nov. 28 The installation of the annual outdoor Christmas tree kicked off friends and family at one of Kitch- the holiday season in Kitchener. A 30-foot spruce tree donated by ener’s festive events.

Karen MacGregor made its way through the streets of Kitchener to city hall on November 28. It was installed outside of Kitchener City Hall at Carl Zehr Square

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by City of Kitchener forestry staff. terloo Region Special Education Decorations for the tree are pro- Choir. vided by the downtown KitchWhen: Opening ceremony ener BIA. Thursday, Dec. 7 (Festival runs Carl Zehr Square Outdoor Rink – December 7-10). Opens Dec. 1 Time: 5:30-8 p.m. Sharpen your skates and come Where: Depart from Victoria downtown to glide around the Park – Clock Tower at Joseph outdoor rink in front of the deco- St. at 6 p.m. for the procession to rated Christmas tree. The skating rink outside Kitchener City Hall at Carl Zehr Square. Who: Official welcome by Carl Zehr Square will open to the public starting Friday, December Christkindl Market committee, Mayor Berry Vrbanovic and other 1, weather permitting. dignitaries. Christkindl Market – Dec. 7-10 More: Candles and holders for Wow your friends and famthe candlelight procession are ily with a unique experience at available at 5:45 p.m. Donations Christkindl Market. The four-day festival brings European Christ- go towards this free festival. mas traditions to Kitchener. Souvenir Canada 150 Christkindl Taste savoury seasonal foods, Market ornaments for sale at the from fritters and schnitzel to stol- Information booth inside Kitchenlen and sausages, and quench er City Hall. See www.christkindl. your thirst with Glühwein. Visit ca for details. over 100 vendors plus 30 live bands, choirs and dance groups. Christmas Fantasy – Dec. 9 Kids will enjoy the model railExperience the magic of the way, live nativity, puppet show, holidays at Christmas Fantasy as blacksmith demonstrations, and thousands of twinkling lights turn kids’ workshops. Relive Christ- on for the first time in Victoria mas traditions with visits from Park. Bring the kids to see and Christkindl, angels and Knecht Ruprecht. Experience the joy of get a photo with some of their faour international phenomenon vourite characters from Frozen, from December 7-10 at Kitchener and Santa and Mrs. Claus. There will be crafts, hot chocolate and City Hall. What: Christkindl Market’s of- live music. Enjoy a trolley ride ficial opening ceremonies begin around Victoria Park provided by with a sing-a-long with the Grand the downtown Kitchener BIA. Philharmonic Choir at 5:45 p.m. at What: Christmas Fantasy openthe clock tower in Victoria Park. ing ceremony. 5:30-8 p.m. - activiThe candlelight procession then ties on Roos Island. Festive lights departs from Joseph St. and Gaukel St. at 6 p.m. Bring your will be turned on at, 6 p.m. When: Saturday, December 9 own lantern or pick up a Time: 5:30-8 p.m. free candle. Proceed along Where: Roos Island, Victoria Gaukel St. Once you arrive at Kitchener City Hall hear Park the Hallelujah Chorus by Who: Live performances by Erthe Grand Philharmonic ick Traplin and School of Rock. Choir. Christkindl then Free admission to all events. opens the ceremony with the lighting of Carl Zehr Tag @CityKitchener and use the hashtag Square and Christmas 8 • JULY 2017 the • KITCHENER CITIZEN (EAST EDITION) #KitchenerEvents to tree, followed by the Wa- share your experiences online.

De Boer’s Treasures Includes free admission to the ‘Trailblazing – Women in Canada’ exhibition!

December 5, Waterloo Region Museum 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. December 7, Waterloo Memorial Rec Complex 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. December 14, Cambridge City Hall 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Theby Kitchener welcomes this new column, De Boer’s Treasures John Citizen De Boer by John De Boer. The column will be a regular feature each month. Last Christmas I visited BY JOHN BOER Candies ofDeMerritt, a unique candyne and gift shop in way to celebrateSpeedvale Canada’s Mall. Guelph’s 150th birthday is to They make two flavours recognize our progin car manufacof ress hand pulled candy canes, turing since 1867. wintergreen andSethpeppermint, That year Henry Taylor, as a watch mak- cut rock. as well Christmas er and jeweller from This family Quebec business is one Stanstead the first of manufactured the last places in Canada car in Canada known as the Seth where they stillTaylor provide candy Buggy. a sustained 24 km/h controlled by a long andSteam completely Hischocolates invention consisted of a horse less handled valve located on the right side carriage with a coal-fired steam boiler of the seat. In front of the seat was a made by hand. behind the back seat. Rubber hoses steering tiller but don’t spend too much The business owned by lo- time looking around for brakes as they carried water to theis boiler from a tank cated under front axle. Merritt Steam pres- don’t exist. Bruce and theKaren sure from the two cylinders powered the can see this one of a kind vehicle with beingforward the motion. head inYou rear Bruce axle, producing the Canada Science Technology MuThe steam buggy was able to travel at seum in Ottawa. candy maker. The Merritt’s are continuing the family tradition that goes back over a 100 years.



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Santa Claus greets the crowds of people who lined the streets November 19 for the annual Lions Club Kitchener Santa Claus Parade.

The parade, which started at Frederick and Weber Streets in Kitchener, featured many floats and eight bands.

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To All the Festival of Neighbourhoods Sponsors and to all the NEIGHBOURHOOD LEADERS, VOLUNTEERS AND PARTICIPANTS,


for making the Festival of Neighbourhoods a great success!!

Paula Saunders of the Independent Living Centre delivers the Inclusion Award to neighbours of TraynorVanier for their exceptional efforts to have a more inclusive neighbourhood. Schneider Creek Neighbourhood and Settler’s Grove were this year’s lucky winners of the City of Kitchener’s $20,000 capital grants. Congratulations! Kitchener’s Festival of Neighbourhoods 24th Annual Celebration took place Sunday November 19 and brought together neighbourhoods from all over the city. This year’s theme, Reach!, encouraged everyone to engage and extend themselves into their neighbourhood, to reach out. Thanks to our sponsors, we can shine the spotlight on the neighbours who bring these values to life in their neighbourhood gatherings and provide models for others to follow.

AWARDS SPONSORS Alejandra Ivic - Re/Max Twin City Realty Boehmers Hargest Block Grand Valley Society of Architects Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region Steed and Evans Swanson’s Home Hardware Building Centre Victoria Park Neighbourhood Association Waterloo Regional Police Service & KidZone Sponsors ArtShine & KW Junk Music


Unique character of Kitchener’s neighbourhoods celebrated with two $20,000 FON grants BY CARRIE DEBRONE

here’s no limit to the ingenuity of KitchenT er’s neighbourhoods – each one with its own character and it’s own ideas.

A celebration of all that creativity and energy was held Nov. 19 at Kitchener City Hall where the 139 activities in 49 Kitchener neighbourhoods that took place in 2017 were highlighted at the annual Festival of Neighbourhoods Finale. The finale drew about 50 representatives from neighbourhoods throughout the city offering the chance to brainstorm ideas, to tell others from across the city about the projects done by their neighbourhoods this year and to reach out to others. But the highlight of the finale is always the draw for a $20,000 grant. Every year the FON invites people to register their neighbourhood events. If they do, their event goes into a draw for a $20,000 capital grant provided by the City of Kitchener, which the neighbourhood can use to fund a future project of their choosing. This year, the amount of the capital grant was doubled. The 2017 grand prize grant winners are the Schneider Creek and Settlers Grove neighbourhoods, which each took home $20,000. Neighbourhood events this year included Canada Day parties, community clean ups, an Easter egg hunt, BBQs, neighbourhood movie nights, a guided bird watching hike, a heritage walking tour, park cleanups, baking sessions, potlucks, community fun days, bike rodeos, meet and mingles, pancake breakfasts, free pubic swims, ballroom dancing, garage sales, building gardens, a dog in the park event, and a winter carnival to name just a few. The Festival of Neighbourhoods, with its goal to build community, strengthen neighborhoods, and improve neighbourhood safety was founded 24 years ago by the City of Kitchener, John MacDonald Architect and the Waterloo Region Social Development Centre. Strong neighbourhoods create strong communities and it has long been recognized that when people know their neighbours, they feel more part of their community and their quality of life is lifted. “This is such an unique event. This doesn’t happen in other cities,” said finale emcee Bill Bean. It’s very usable information and success-

Kitchener’s Festival of Neighbourhoods encourages everyone to organize inclusive activities in their immediate neighbourhood. Contact us for tips and resources in Kitchener to help bring your neighbours together. Register your inclusive neighbourhood gathering (held between October 1st, 2017 and September 30th, 2018) with the Festival of Neighbourhoods before October 5th, 2018 and join us at the Festival Finale at Kitchener City Hall on Sunday, November 18th, when the draws for the $20,000 neighbourhood improvement grants will be held and the winners announced.

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A panoramic photo was taken of this years’ Festival of Neighbourhood’s Finale held November 19 at Kitchener City Hall.

ful. I take a lot of satisfaction knowing it is happening in my city.” “It’s really awesome to see how over the years the festival has grown throughout the city and how the number of events each year has increased,” said Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “This celebration reminds us that the city is ours to care for,’ said founding member John MacDonald, adding that the question “How do you do?” is one of the most important questions you can ask anyone because it opens the door for them to explain how they have achieved something in their community. “‘How’, lets you reach out to others,” he said, adding that there will always likely be preconceptions and misconceptions in our community, which can be combated and dispelled with inclusive neighbourhood events like those supported by the Festival of Neighbourhoods. The festival presents several other awards in various categories. The 2017 winners are: • The Pillar Award, sponsored by Steed and Evans, for a neighbourhood who has registered an event for five or more years, was presented to Bridgeport neighbourhood. • The Newcomer Award (for a first-time registered activity), sponsored by the Victoria Park

Kitchener councillor John Gazzola and Settler’s Grove neighbourbourhood representative, Lurdes Jordao, accept a capital grant for $20,000. The money is provided by the City of Kitchener to fund a future project in the winning neighbourhood.


Kitchener councillor Sarah Marsh (right) presents this year’s second $20,000 capital grant to Schneider Creek neighbourhood representative Jan Pellar.

The Paulander Neighbourhood received the Arts and Culture award for their BBQ, which included a collaborative art project of a tree made with leaves that neighbours wrote on stating their favourite places in their neighbourhood. The idea for the project came from Paulander resident Ilaria Hassan. Paulander representative Wisam Osman received the award from presenter Mark Hildebrand, Kitchener’s Director of Community Programs and Services.

Neighbourhood Association, was presented to the Doon South neighbourhood. • The Arts and Culture Award, sponsored by Alejandra Ivic, RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc., was presented to the Paulander neighbourhood for registering its annual community BBQ, where residents enjoyed a collaborative art project, henna and face painting. • Youth Award, sponsored by the Waterloo Regional Police Service, was presented to Laurentian West neighbourhood for its Wetlands Cleanup, which was organized by students in grades five and six. • The Safer Neighbourhoods Award, sponsored by Swanson’s Home Hardware Building Centre, was presented to the New Doon neighbourhood, which organized a community BBQ. • The Green Neighbourhood Award, sponsored by Boehmers Hargest Block Ltd., was presented to the Mill Courtland neighbourhood. • The Heritage Award, sponsored by Grand Valley Society of Architects, was given to the Victoria Park neighbourhood, who registered a pizza party and trivia night, which featured neighbourhood-specific questions researched and presented by local neighbourhood historians. • The Inclusion Award was selected by the Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region. The winner is the Traynor-Vanier Neighbourhood. • The Neighbourhood Connections award, sponsored by the Social Development Centre Waterloo Region, was presented to the King East neighbourhood for its efforts to provide more time for more engagement and community development activities to strengthen the social connections in this neighbourhood. • The Ward Challenge award went to Councillor Frank Etherington (Ward 9), with 31 registered neighbourhood gatherings. “Since the start of this initiative 24 years ago, participation has grown considerably but much has remained the same. The simple gesture of reaching out to our neighbours may be intimidating if we have a lot of diversity in our neighbourhood. However, doing so can help us to build stronger, welcoming and more caring neighbourhoods. It`s well worth the effort!” said Trudy Beaulne, Festival of Neighbourhoods partner.

Congratulations to Jennifer Miller of Kitchener who is the winner of 4 tickets to a Kitchener Rangers’ game. Her name was drawn in the Kitchener Citizen November Rangers’ Ticket Give-away.

Optimist Club of Stanley Park Blastball, T-Ball & 3-Pitch

Registration for the upcoming spring 2018 ball season is now open. Register before Jan. 1 and take advantage of the special “2017 early bird” fees. For boys and girls born 2004 – 2014 (and early 2015)

Warmest thoughts for the Holiday Season and best wishes for a healthy and prosperous New Year From Mayor Berry Vrbanovic and members of Kitchener City Council Councillor Scott Davey - Ward 1 Councillor Dave Schnider - Ward 2 Councillor John Gazzola - Ward 3 Councillor Yvonne Fernandes - Ward 4 Councillor Kelly Galloway-Sealock - Ward 5 Councillor Paul Singh - Ward 6 Councillor Bil Ioannidis - Ward 7 Councillor Zyg Janecki - Ward 8 Councillor Frank Etherington - Ward 9 Councillor Sarah Marsh - Ward 10 Join us for our New Year’s Levee, a family-friendly event with entertainment for all ages. Magician • Carnival Games • Skating • Music Face Painting • Refreshments and More!

Sunday, January 7, 2018 1:30 - 4 p.m. at Kitchener City Hall

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Of Babies and Bathwater y parents threw a lot of homespun M wisdom at their children. While some sayings were confusing, like “Let sleeping

Except for Christianity, no other faith devalues the central event by rebranding; we need not de-emphasize a little baby for the sake of worldly equivocation. There’s ample room in the month, in our minds, and especially in our hearts, to recognize that we should welcome renewal and enlightenment over routine and darkness. Heck, there’s even the pagan Yule celebration for all environmentalists. Who wouldn’t get up early on the 21st to greet the dawn, knowing that the sun rises a bit earlier and stays a bit longer as gloom surrenders to glimmer. No one is immune to the darkness of the world around us. It permeates politics, families, and our workplaces, but even in those darkest moments we share a kinship with others. Think of Mary and Joseph, a mother anxious for her unborn child, a father concerned about tax money, and both pondering an imminent birth in a manure-strewn stable. But a light shone in the darkness, gifts arrived, and hope began. So, in this month, after a long year of dirt and debris, we deserve to take a moment to wash ourselves clean in the spirit of renewal, to prepare for the new year ahead as if we were once again an untainted child, full of optimism and promise. So, yes, by all means, toss out the bathwater. But keep the baby. After all, my parents kept my little brother Tom around. And he turned out just fine.

dogs lie,” (we HAD no dog), others were intriguing, such as “don’t let the cat out of the bag” (wait, we could put the cat IN the bag?). But the one that stopped me in my tracks was “don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.” When you’re the twelfth child, and your newborn brother has been home from the hospital for a week, you definitely pay attention. That idiom sprung to my mind as we once again enter December and face the societal directive to not mention the 25th by its proper name. It’s “Holiday this” and “Winterlude that,” but such a hedging of history misses the point of this season: faith in spiritual renewal. And if much of the world shares that thought, can’t we share this month, too? We begin with Mawlid an Nabi, a time when Muslims celebrate the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, a role model for followers of Islam. On that day, songs, sweets, and decorations abound. By the 8th of December, Bodhi Day commemorates Gautama Buddha experiencing enlightenment as the “Awakened One.” Followers will spend the day in meditation and performing acts of kindness. December 12th marks the start of Hanukkah, an eight-day Jewish festival of lights when the menorah’s candles chase away the darkness. The renewal I know best is December 25th; Jesus enters the world, born in Jack Nahrgang recently retired from the Waterloo Region a manger, symbolizing hope that extended beyond his thank- District School Board. He is a monthly columnist with the ful parents. Kitchener Citizen.

Letter to the Editor

It’s important to protect green spaces in our region

rotecting green spaces – and why we need them more urPOver gently than we need additional roads 3,500 species, plants and animals call rare home. Thirty

of these species are species designated at risk, which means they are under various degrees of threat, many of them due to significant habitat loss. The healthy relationships among these species, the landscape and humans are of key importance because we all rely on clean air, clean water and healthy soils for our well-being and survival. In an anthropocentric worldview, people often focus on the human species alone and consider it separately from its environmental context; however, all of us, in fact, play a significant part in the environment. We can all be grateful to live in a community that values not only carefully-planned economic development, but also understands the value provided by a place like rare. As a land trust and environmental institute, rare protects over 900 acres of conservation land, an area that is larger than Central Park in New York, and we share a border with the proposed Cambridge West development. The rare lands are part of the Blair Bechtel Cruickston Environmentally Sensitive Landscape (ESL) system, based on a policy framework that was put in place due to the ecological significance of the area. The core of our mission and vision as a land trust is to protect and steward the rare property, beyond municipal or other policy frameworks, intact in perpetuity, on behalf of the public. This means we are charged with the responsibility to protect the lands in one piece, within its existing boundaries, beyond our own lifetimes, for your benefit and that of your children and grandchildren, on into the future. We want to make it clear that, in spite of some confusion, we are in opposition to any proposals that roads be built, enhanced or directed through the rare lands. We have made our standpoint known to community members who have brought up related propositions, including road options, such as a West Bypass –– an option that was dismissed from any further planning many years ago. At that time, hundreds of rare donors came forward and over $1 million was raised to provide critical information that demonstrated the significance of the hydrology, geology, habitat diversity, species diversity and many

other features of the rare property. We led this effort to ensure that the rare lands remain intact in perpetuity with no further roads and bridges built, and the Region and City showed foresight and leadership ahead of their time by deleting these road options and creating the ESL designation, the first of its kind in Canada. Mayor Craig took the opportunity at the planning meeting on November 7 to remind the community of this history and to stress that, for good reasons, the option of a Cambridge West bypass was ultimately and permanently dismissed. We also do not endorse new rare property boundary lines or land swaps that are proposed by community members in order to support the construction of roads through the ecologically significant lands that rare currently owns, by bringing them under new ownership and opening up opportunities for development of these lands. Such suggestions not only disregard the very core priorities and values of our organization, but they are also not permitted within the existing policy framework and ignore the realities of the actual landscape. The area in question is important in many ways, including as habitat for threatened grassland birds and aerial insectivores. The effects of any roads or land swaps would increase fragmentation of the original rare lands, create barriers to wildlife movement and come with severe edge effects, thereby altering and destroying critical habitat. The undesirable impact of roads cannot be mitigated by building additional roads through existing conservation lands. The “green infrastructure” provided by rare, including habitat and ecological services, has an estimated annual benefit to our communities of more than $10,000 per acre, for a total exceeding $9.5 million annually. Our conservation efforts are welcomed by thousands of supporters from across Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and beyond, including Severn Cullis-Suzuki, who says “This organization has a very important role to play on the world stage and I intend to do my part to help it achieve its vision.” We invite the community to explore our 8km of trails to learn more about the importance of green spaces in their neighbourhoods. Stephanie Sobek-Swant rare Executive Director


PROVINCIAL ISSUES by Daiene Vernile MPP Kitchener Centre

fter a five week strike by college A faculty in Ontario finally came to an end, we’re asking a number of ques-

tions. Why did it take so long to end the strike? And, why didn’t the government intervene sooner?

PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Raj Saini MP Kitchener Centre

s 2017 draws to a close, this is the A perfect opportunity for us to reflect on the accomplishments of the

year and to look forward to all that lies ahead for 2018. Over the course of 2017, my team

PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Marwan Tabbara MP Kitchener South/Hespeler

ur fall session will come to a close O shortly and I look forward to being able to spend more time in the riding meeting with residents of Kitch-

Let’s rewind to the onset of this dispute. About 12,000 college instructors – members of the Ontario Public Service Employers Union (OPSEU) – went on strike demanding fewer part-time positions and more classroom autonomy. Meanwhile, the College Employer Council (CEC) was concerned about the cost of these demands. From the onset, the Ontario government supported and respected the collective bargaining process, protected under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. When forcing an end to a labour dispute, there’s always the possibility of facing a challenge before the Supreme Court with a Charter challenge. In 2015, in the case of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour v. the Province of Saskatchewan, the Supreme Court of that province ruled that strike action was protected under the provincial Charter, and that it should only be superseded “if deemed necessary to uphold a free and democratic society.” In other words, workers had the

right to strike. In 2016, in the case of the Union of Postal Workers v. Her Majesty of Canada, the same conclusion was reached by the Supreme Court of Canada. If a provincial government or the federal government of Canada is going to interfere in a strike, it had better be prepared to withstand a Charter challenge. So, according to our laws, the Ontario government was legally obligated to allow OPSEU and the CEC to use all the tools at their disposal to reach a negotiated settlement. Throughout the strike, we were in close contact with both parties, urging a settlement. In week three of the strike, after both parties had spent time away from the negotiating table, we convinced them to return. At first, there was indication that a settlement might be reached. But then, talks broke off, again. A final offer was put forward on week five, but the offer was rejected. It was only when the two sides admitted a deadlock that the government intervened with back-to-work

legislation. When we introduced back-to-work legislation, quick passage could have seen college students back in class a few days later. The Progressive Conservatives supported this measure, but the New Democratic Party refused. The NDP dragged the debate on for an additional three days. During the strike they implored the government not to interfere with the collective bargaining process, but then scolded the government for not taking action sooner. Which brings us to the students. Powerless and caught in the crossfire of this lengthy dispute. With the strike over we’ve brought forward measures to see students eligible for up to $500 for costs such as rebooking travel plans, rent, or child care fees. And, students who decide to withdraw from college because of the strike will receive a full tuition refund. A task force is now looking at ways to protect students and ensure this doesn’t happen again.

and I worked hard on my motion, M-132, which calls upon the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health to conduct a study on ways to improve the results of federally funded health research while bolstering access to medicines. I’m proud to say that, in early November, M-132 passed unanimously in the House of Commons. M-132 will come before the Standing Committee on Health in 2018, and in my view, the Health Committee’s study on this issue represents the best chance for our Government to improve access to medicines, both here in Canada and abroad. My work on access to medicines aligns perfectly with some of our Government’s larger strides within the fields of both domestic and global health. This includes an additional $100 million in funding to the Global Polio Eradication Initiatives’ Endgame Strategic Plan to end polio by 2020; supporting research and releasing a framework to lessen the impact of antimicrobial resistance on Canadians; and new targeted funding to support better home care and mental

health care. Our Government’s strides over the past year go far beyond the realm of health. This includes an historic $28.7 billion investment in public transit systems, approval of over 4,000 infrastructure projects, and the announcement of Canada’s first ever National Housing Strategy. This 10 year, $40-billion plan will give more Canadians a place to call home and will focus on meeting the needs of Canadians by promoting diverse, sustainable, and accessible mixed-income and mixed-use housing communities. This is an exciting program that will have a significant positive impact here in Kitchener. With all that said, I know that there is still so much more to do, and I look forward to continuing to serve our community, and to representing you in Ottawa in 2018. There are many in our community who devote their time, talent and energy, to make our community a wonderful place to live, work and play. I invite you to join me for our Canada 150 Sesquicentennial Awards ceremony on Saturday December 9th at the KPL

main branch at 10:30 am. We will be presenting 20 awards to outstanding individuals and organizations in our community who have shown tremendous leadership in the areas of: diversity and inclusion; youth engagement; the environment; and reconciliation. As we celebrate the holiday season, please note that in lieu of a December potluck, I will be hosting a Holiday Open House on Tuesday, December 19th, 4-7pm at 209 Frederick Street. Please join me and my staff for hot chocolate, sweet treats, and the opportunity to share your ideas regarding how we can best work to improve our community in 2018. Our monthly community potlucks will resume on January 7th, so mark the first Sunday of every month on your 2018 calendar. To learn more about the work I am doing here in the riding and in Ottawa, please visit, or contact me at (519) 741-2001 or Raj. My staff and I look forward to hearing from you. I wish you and your family all the best for a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season.

ener South-Hespeler. As winter approaches and temperatures begin to drop, we see the most vulnerable in our society severely affected by the lack of safe and affordable housing. All Canadians need and deserve housing that is safe, affordable and liveable. Better housing makes it easier to raise healthy children, pursue an education, and gain employment. On November 22nd – National Housing Day in Canada – Prime Minister Trudeau announced Canada’s National Housing Strategy. This 10year, $40 billion strategy will help reduce homelessness and improve the availability and quality of housing for Canadians in need. Across Canada, 1.7 million Canadians are in core housing need. To help address this, the Strategy has set bold goals including: • reducing chronic homelessness by 50 per cent • removing more than 530,000 households from housing need

• creating four times as many new housing units as built under federal programs from 2005 to 2015 • repairing three times as many existing housing units compared to those repaired under federal programs from 2005 to 2015 • protecting an additional 385,000 households from losing an affordable place to live. Investment under the National Housing Strategy includes: • $15.9-billion for a new National Housing Co-Investment Fund • $8.6-billion for a new Canada Community Housing Initiative in partnership with provinces and territories, and $500 million through a new Federal Community Housing Initiative • $4-billion for a new Canada Housing Benefit to be launched in 2020 in partnership with provinces and territories • $2.2-billion to reduce homelessness

• $300-million in additional federal funding to address housing needs in Canada’s North. • $241-million for research, data and demonstrations. The National Housing Strategy will meet the needs of Canadians, including seniors, Indigenous Peoples, survivors of family violence, people with disabilities, refugees, veterans, and those grappling with homelessness. It will encourage the construction of homes that are sustainable, accessible, mixed-income, mixed-use, and located near transit, work, and public services. This sets a long-term vision for housing in Canada, with unprecedented investments and new programs that will deliver real results for many people who are working hard to improve their quality of life. For more details on the strategy, you may visit Please accept my best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Adopt a storm drain this winter to help keep your neighbourhood safe and dry

t’s a simple act that could make a big IREEP difference in your neighbourhood. Green Solutions wants

residents of Waterloo Region to “adopt” a storm drain and keep it free from snow and ice in the winter, and leaves and debris all year long. Keeping storm drains clear is important because when water cannot get into the sewers, it can cause flooding on roads, and can also lead to water getting in nearby homes. The water can also freeze and make the road, and fallen leaves, slippery. Both situations can cause accidents for pedestrians and those in vehicles. A clear storm drain is also important in preventing pollution and salt from entering the storm water system that

makes its way to local rivers and lakes. The storm drain system in Kitchener is operated by the City of Kitchener and individuals who sign up for the REEP program are helping the city and their neighbours out by keeping that drain clear whenever they are able. And if you want to adopt a storm drain, there’s an APP for that. REEP has an online map where people can sign up and volunteer to adopt a drain in the region. It is located at “It’s really about fostering a neighbourhood ethic to handle it,” says Patrick Gilbride, RAIN Program Manager at REEP. Reep Green Solutions is an

environmental charity that helps people to live sustainably. Programs and services focus on residential energy efficiency, managing storm water, water conservation, and waste reduction. Gilbride said REEP has always encouraged people to keep the storm drains near their homes clear when it does home visits to help people out with managing their storm water drainage. “Anyone who lives or works in Waterloo Region can adopt a storm drain,” said Gilbride. “It shows that you care about having safe, dry streets, preventing flooding and preventing pollution from reaching our water system. Use our interactive map and

commit to showing some love to a storm drain near where you live or work. Or perhaps adopt one as a part of a group?” REEP encourages people to be careful when keeping a drain clear, to watch for vehicles on the road and other hazards such as slippery wet leaves or ice. When cleaning the drain grill, leaves and other organic materials can be put out with yard waste. Litter, including plastic, may be recyclable. Grit and other debris is garbage. Snow can go on the boulevard. If that is not possible, avoid putting snow where it will be plowed back onto the storm drain or will block the water running toward the drain.

Kitchener student Emma Cook to perform in The Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition

mma Cook, a grade seven E student at Westheights Public School in Kitchener,

ly love ballet because of how The local participant pro- Collection. The costume and set designs precise you have to be with gram provides the opportunity for young and aspiring reflect Jörgen’s vision of a dis- your movement, but you can has been selected as one of dancers from the Kitchener- tinctly Canadian Nutcracker still use emotion,” says Emma. She adds, “I am super excitthe dancers in The Nutcrack- Waterloo area to perform set in Algonquin Park – where er: A Canadian Tradition on alongside members of the pro- Klara meets lumberjacks, ed to dance the role of a dragDecember 28 at Centre in the fessional company and gain Mounties and woodland crea- onfly in this year’s Nutcracker tures in her dream journey. and am extremely thankful for Square. performance experience. Emma has been dancing this opportunity to dance with After being chosen through The holiday classic is chosince the age of three, and has Canada’s Ballet Jörgen; dancaudition by Canada’s Ballet reographed by Artistic Direcing in the ballet gives me first danced competitively since she Jörgen’s Nutcracker Youth tor of Canada’s Ballet Jörhand experience into a full was six. She currently dances Education Local Partici- gen, Bengt Jörgen, and takes at IN. MOTION School of the scale professional ballet compant Program, twelve-year- its inspiration from Group Performing Arts located on pany production on a large old Emma is now busy with of Seven paintings housed at Mill Street in Kitchener. concert hall stage.” rehearsals for her role as a Kleinburg’s world-renowned The Nutcracker: A CanaIn her spare time, she enMcMichael Canadian Dragonfly. , 2015 l Kitchener Citizen - West Edition l Page 5 joys practicing barre exercises, dian Tradition is at Centre in Page 2 December  Kitchener Citizen - West Edition  December 8, Art 2011 making up dances, reading the Square, December 28 with Emma Cook HELP-PORTRAIT WATERLOO DECEMBER about different balletsINand performances at 2 and 7pm10 ballet dancers, colouring and accompanied by the Kitch- ing. To purchase tickets visit ener Waterloo Symphony Or- playing guitar. “I dance because I can es- chestra. cape into a word where I feel Tickets are $25-$80 with the-nutcracker-a-canadiansafe and where I can be free discounts for students and se- tradition fellow Core photographer Mike Good 4-packand pricto express myself. I especial- niors, and specialFerrede

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

We wish you all the best in 2018.

Elizabeth Clarke Kitchener Regional Councillor

Tom Galloway Kitchener Regional Councillor

Geoff Lorentz Kitchener Regional Councillor

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Photographers across the world share their skills with those in need

BY HELEN HALL have been busy organizing the event. “A portrait! What could be more simple and more “It is amazing the number of people who have complex, more obvious and more profound.” French volunteered their support,” Ferrede said. to help each person Edward Island, Quebec Scout Christmas trees poet Charles Baudelaire,1859. Volunteersand will bebest on hand to register people,select and Nova Scotia. their own perfect Christmas ...continued from cover While we often think of sharing food and gifts with others to do hair and makeup. Ferrede has received a kidsof help with of allphotographic as- tree. Over the ink past 24 years, those in need at Christmas, what about“The the idea donation paper and to print the pects of running the Christmas theCamera Scout Shop group sold close tive of something one of theasScouters. sharing uncomplicated yet powerful as portraits from Henry’s in has Waterloo. aboutMayor the Brenda All proceeds from the tree sale. 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KITCHENER CITIZENDecember (EAST EDITION) • DECEMBER 2017l Page • 9 2017 l Kitchener Citizen

Adèle Hempel Manager/Curator

New in the Collection Card photographed and published by J C Jaimet looking west along King St. East in Berlin from the Market Hotel. The 1886 post office tower is at left top corner. The Walper Hotel’s original tower is in middle background. The building at right is on the site of 2017’s Crabby Joe’s restaurant (although it isn’t the same building). Two streetcars of the Berlin and Waterloo Electric Street Railway are seen. This card was not mailed.

This folk art piece was made by Harvey Sauder in 1937 when he was 13 years old. Sauder served in the military during the Second World War and when he returned to Canada in 1945, he operated a general store in Wellesley. Later in life, Sauder returned to his hobby of making wooden items. This column is an ongoing feature of artifacts in our collections. Adèle Hempel is the Manager/Curator, Region of Waterloo Museums Contact her at

Waterloo Region 2017 Inductees At the time of her retirement from professional skiing in 2013, Kelly VanderBeek was the most decorated female member of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team. She earned three top-three World Cup career medals, and had a fourth-place finish in super-G at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. Visit the Hall of Fame located on the second floor of the Waterloo Region Museum.

This is a Real Photo Post Card taken in Bridgeport. It is not known who created it. It was addressed to Miss Sadie Hosie, 50 Elgin St., Berlin. It shows a scene on the Grand River following a mid-winter flood, which drove ice floes against everything in its path. After the floes jammed up, the river overflowed for a while. Post Card Photos courtesy of rych mills


The thrill is in the hunt for post card collectors Helen Hall ccording to rych mills, every once in a while you find a post card that “makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck.” For mills, it was when he came across a 1933 post card of a class at Kitchener’s King Edward Public School - and his father was one of the students. “It was like he was laughing at me from heaven,” mills said. Mills is a member of the Kitchener Waterloo Cambridge Regional Post Card club, and for him and other post card collectors, the thrill of collecting old post cards is hunting for that intriguing card at post card shows, antique shops, and online. The local Post Card Club was established in 2004 and meets about five times a year at the Victoria Park Pavillion. The group also hosts one of its own post card shows at Bingemans in March. “I started by collecting Victoria Park post cards,” said mills, who is a local historian and writes regularly for the Waterloo Region Record. “I then went on to collect any post cards from Berlin (Kitchener’s previous name) and Kitchener.” Mills said collectors often have an interest, and collect post cards connected to that interest - like the world wars, or a particular city or country.



“The problem is, I’m interested in every damn thing there is,” mills said with a laugh. He said some of the most valuable post cards in the world have to do with the Titanic. Many passengers of the famous ocean liner sent out post cards when the boat made stops in France and Ireland on its ill-fated voyage to New York. “By the time their friends got them, they were on the bottom of the ocean,” mills said of the Titanic passengers who mailed the post cards. Mills said the 1920s were the “golden age” of post cards. Typically, they came in three varieties. Large companies which produced them en masse to sell for a profit; smaller organizations like downtown Kitchener’s JC Jaimet store, which printed primarily local post cards; and individuals who had one of their photos made into a post card, known as Real Photo Post Cards. Mills said Real Photo Post Cards are interesting because often there is nothing written on them, and the collector must try to figure out why someone chose to have the photo made into a post card. The KWC Regional Post Card Club’s next meeting is on January 10, 2018 at the Victoria Park Pavillion. Doors open at 6:30pm and the presentation, which is often a guest speaker, begins at 7:30pm. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Waterloo Region Museum Doon Heritage Village

Schneider Haus National Historic Site

10 Huron Road, Kitchener 519-748-1914

466 Queen Street South, Kitchener 519-742-7752

On exhibit now to January 7, 2018

On exhibit now to December 24

Waterloo Region Museum Special Events

Schneider Haus Special Events

Christmas Shopping at the Gift Shop Daily during the Museum’s open hours. Unique gift-giving with vintage-style toys and ornaments. Country Christmas - Dec. 3, 10, 17, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Horse-drawn wagon rides, Father Christmas and carols. Mom and Babes Morning Out - Dec. 6, 10 to 11 a.m. $3 per adult. Holiday Family Fun Day - Dec. 27 to Jan. 2. Daily activities and experience our Trailblazing exhibit. Gift Shop Boxing Day Sale - Dec. 27, 28, 29, 30, 31.

Puppets and Paper - Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 3, 1 to 5 p.m. Enjoy a puppet show and create a story. Brezeln und Pfeffernüße (Pretzels and Gingerbread) - Dec. 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 10, 1 to 5 p.m. Taste traditional Pennsylvania-German treats. Warm and Cozy: Pants and Petticoats Dec. 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 17, 1 to 5 p.m. Try on 1850s style clothing. Toys and Games - Dec. 23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Dec. 24, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Discover the fun of playing games and making toys. TTY: 519-575-4608



Give the gift of friendship this holiday season SUBMITTED BY CSC


adine Simpson first came to Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC) after a devastating injury that left her isolated and dependent for months. One afternoon she slipped and fell on a patch of ice, breaking her ankle in two places. With her only family living in Australia, she relied on a friend to get her to her rehabili-

tation appointments but eventually she needed more help. She looked into the cost of travelling by taxi but it was too expensive. After a quick search on the internet, she discovered that CSC offers rides to medical appointments with caring volunteers at an affordable price. “The people on the phone were helpful and friendly and they get to know your name. CSC came through when I needed help the most,” Nadine

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Nadine Simpson and Joyce Nieuwesteeg met through CSC’s Friendly Visiting program.

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said. “I was so impressed by how people do things out of the goodness of their hearts, and the community really needs more people to do things like that.” CSC helped Nadine get back on her feet, and after her recovery, she felt empowered to give back. That’s when she met Joyce Nieuwesteeg. Joyce was feeling isolated after losing her mother earlier in the year, and was matched with Nadine through CSC’s Friendly Visiting program.

“It’s opened up a whole new world, or at least it’s brought back part of the world I’ve missed for the last few years,” said Joyce. “I now have someone to go to karaoke with, somebody to laugh with, and someone who can make me feel a little more connected with the world. If there’s something going on I want to go to, Nadine would probably be the first one I’d think of asking.” Joyce uses a power chair to get around and though she says it can be

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difficult to find places in the community that are accessible to her needs, this was never a big enough reason to keep her from doing the things she loves. She simply finds it more fun to go out with a friend. On any given Tuesday, you’ll find Nadine and Joyce belting out their favourite duets at a local karaoke hall. Aside from having the same musical tastes, the pair share a long list of similarities - both are aspiring novelists, love animals, play musical instruments, and were even born in the same year. “We love to laugh together and CSC could not have made a better match,” said Nadine. Nadine is a volunteer with CSC’s Friendly visiting program, one of 11 programs and services offered by the local charity that helps people live at home with independence and

dignity. There is currently a waitlist for the program and the agency hopes more people will sign on to be a friend to a neighbour in need, especially during the holiday season. Nadine and Joyce are sharing their story in support of CSC’s Annual Holiday Campaign which has a $33,000 goal. Proceeds from the campaign will support clients in a variety of programs and services including Meals on Wheels, transportation to medical appointments, the grocery store, or visits to a lifelong partner in long-term care, free gentle exercise classes, caregiver support and much more. Donations are accepted online at or by calling 519-772-8787. CSC is also recruiting volunteers for those interested in giving the gift of time.

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Lost & Found Theatre presents Charles Dickens Writes A Christmas Carol BY CARRIE DEBRONE

o you ever wonder what D goes on inside the head of a writer? Especially a well-

known one? The Lost & Found Theater’s coming production of Charles Dickens Writes A Christmas Carol will offer a unique opportunity to look inside the creative mind of one of the most famous writers of all time - Charles Dickens. Written by Richard Quesnel, the play Charles Dickens Writes A Christmas Carol (which includes lots of music) revolves around the struggle Dickens overcame to produce what has become one of the most enduring and well-loved Christmas tales. “It shows how and why Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol,” said Quesnel, adding that Dickens has been credited by some as single-handedly saving Christmas. Quesnel explained that although Dickens had written his famous novel Pickwick Papers, profits from that book were rapidly running out and he felt he had lost his ‘muse’. And, Dickens publishers cut his salary by 50 British pounds, a significant amount at that time. “He needed to write to

make money,” Quesnel said. Miraculously, he overcame his writer’s block and completed A Christmas Carol in just two weeks in order to publish it before Christmas. He hoped it would be seen by audiences as a ‘Christmas carol in prose’. For the writer who gave us Great Expectations and David Copperfield, A Christmas Carol also became one of his most famous works, published over and over, made into movies and re-told through the ages. The phrases and characters in the book have become a part of our everyday language from “Bah, humbug!” to describing someone miserly as a “Scrooge.” The writing of Charles Dickens Writes A Christmas Carol was not so speedy. Quesnel produced many revised versions of it over about 12 years, with the final version completed in 2014. The Lost & Found Theatre has produced the play for the last three years, adding it to its annual line up – and it’s become a Christmas tradition for many people. Quesnel, who studied 19th century literature as an English major in his youth, became fascinated with Dickens and with how much of his own life he put into his books.

“Dickens was a Christian and saw how Christmas was being eroded because of the politics of the time that valued only things that were practical. It was seen as not practical to give a day off to workers – even for Christmas. It was seen as too great a cost for employers,” Quesnel said. “The play also allows people to see how Dickens created the work. He was an actor and a writer and people say that you could often hear him acting out his characters in different voices in his study while he struggled to produce dialogue,” Quesnel said, adding that when you read the novel A Christmas Carol, the narrator is the voice of Charles Dickens. You can hear his lament for the politics of the time and against the inhumane treatment of the poor. “I wanted the voice to be clear in this play and to be very present. I hope it tells the story from a new perspective” he said. Quesnel’s creation does just that offering audiences the chance to watch Dickens break through his writer’s block with the help of a band of roving carolers. His tightfisted publisher inspires his Scrooge character and Dick-

ens’ own family becomes the Cratchits. Although Quesnel has directed his play other years, this year he is not directing. “I’m hoping to sit back and just enjoy it as a great way to celebrate Christmas,” he said. The show features a cast of 20 blended professional and community actors, aged 6 to 60. Directed by Terry Barna, Dan Payne will play Charles Dickens, Vince Carlin is Scrooge and Hall (Dickens’ publisher), Amie Debrone is Mrs. Dickens, Kathleen Sheehy is Mrs. Dilber and Robin Bennet plays the role of Marley. Charles Dickens Writes A Christmas Carol runs Dec. 13 to 23 at the Conrad Centre

for the Performing Arts, 36 Queen Street W. Kitchener. Tickets range from $19 for students to $30 for adults and are available from the website at or call the box office at 519-896-2253. * * * VICTORIAN CAROLS Join cast members of Charles Dickens Writes A Christmas Carol for a holiday singa-long on Monday, Dec 4, 7-8pm, Kitchener Central Library Lounge. Free admission. * * * COMING PERFORMANCES - Lost & Found Theatre will present THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN by Eric Coble on May 2-13 at KW Little Theatre.

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!


They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us By Hanif Abdurrabqib

This is a beautifully written book of essays on rap and punk and emo, on the rock ’n’ roll of the 70s and 80s, and the pop music of 2016. Chance the Rapper sits beside Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac mingles with Carly Rae Jepsen and Fallout Boy, and Prince walks on water at the Superbowl. The essays are not merely album or concert reviews - though there is some of that - but an ongoing struggle to capture all that music means to us, the ways in which it shapes and reflects and challenges our lives. Many of the essays investigate the intersection of race and music. In Under Half-Lit Flourescents: The Wonder Years and the Great Suburban Narrative, Abdurraqib recalls riding his bike as a black child into the manicured suburbs next to his neighbourhood. “And then, with the sun setting on another hot day, we would ride back a few blocks to our neighbourhood’s familiar skin, the language we knew - the songs we could rap along to, and the comfort that comes with not standing out.”

The essay is about race, home and memory, but also about the universality of music, as he writes about the pop-punk band The Wonder Years and their album Suburbia. In the essay I Wasn’t Brought Here, I Was Born: Surviving Punk Rock Long Enough to Find Afropunk, he looks at both racism and misogyny. “I don’t remember the first time I heard a racist joke at a punk rock show … I don’t remember the first time I saw a teenage girl get shoved out of the way so that a teenage boy her size, or greater, could have a better view of a stage.” Abdurraqib’s excellence as a poet is on display in the piece There Is a Picture of Michael Jackson Kissing Whitney Houston on the Cheek: an extended riff, a poem, a stream of consciousness on youth and death and pop music. “It is likely true that we only get one livable youth & I wasted mine thinking myself beautiful and throwing money into jukes” Abdurraqib writes. They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us is available at Kitchener Public Library and would also make a great holiday gift for the music lover in your life.


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Welcome to the wacky world of independent comic books

Studiocomix Press, located at Frederick Mall in Kitchener, held its grand opening November 4. Owner Alfonso Espinos, (wearing the black Studiocomix shirt and hat) poses with artists and comic enthusiasts who dropped by for the celebration. Special guests included Pat Mastroianni from the Degrassi Series, Mitch Markowitz, better known as Super Hippy from the Hilarious House of Frightenstein and indie comic artists A. Shay Hahn, creator of The Homeless G-Men, and Gerhard of the long-running series, Cerebus. BY SHELLEY BYERS

tep into a world of fantasy. Slimitations. Step into creation without Step into Studioco-

mix Press at the Frederick Mall in Kitchener where you don’t need a cape to be a superhero. Sound a little out-there? Welcome to the wacky world of independent comic books! On November 4th, Studiocomix Press held its grand opening launching owner, Alfonso Espinos, into another chapter. The comic book store which is also a printing house “for every printing need,” is dedicated to showcasing independent comic artists. “There is more in the water than Spiderman and Batman,” says Espinos. Special guests to the event included Pat Mastroianni from the Degrassi Series, Mitch Markowitz, better known as Super Hippy from the Hilarious House of Frightenstein and indie comic artists A. Shay Hahn, creator of The Homeless G-Men, and Gerhard of the long-running series, Cerebus. Dr. Stevil and Gunslinger Spawn also made appearances throughout the day. Independent artists, those brazen souls who print without a publisher, are strapping on their rocket boots and leaving the rules behind. Alfonso and his team have leaped to the challenge. The store offers everything from creation and printing to distribution. Two weeks after the opening, the shop already features the works of 67 artists including Alfonso’s own creation, Night Spike. “We have a different approach,” he says. “You can

come here and have confidence that your art will be handled properly.” As an independent artist, Espinos knows the stresses of creation. Picture this: Mexico City. A boy sits in the corner of a cluttered room. A world of harsh reality is kept outside a dusty window. Disapproval is blocked by a closed door. Fear is submerged in imagination. A pencil moves across the page. In this space, he can become a superhero. He can become an artist. “Mental pollution kept moving and spreading in Mexico City,” he says. “I fought a constant fear. Every day the media would tell us something bad was going to happen; that we should lock our doors and seal the windows.” It was from this world that comic strips became popular. The struggles of living with different social levels, corruption, community, family and history were the hot topics. Superheroes were secondary. “That’s where the concept of my characters came from,” he says. “They are super heroes without super powers.” Espinos’ parents, like most, believed in art as a hobby not a career especially in an environment where fear is consumed like coffee. Still, the budding artist submitted an illustration to a local contest and came in second. “It spurred me to stick with it,” he says. In one room of his house, his parents kept their paperwork from their 30 year business. It was here, hidden among the boxes that Espinos created his characters and honed his drawing skills.

“I finally found my place in that room – in a corner with a piece of wood as a desk.” He started drawing for a few hours, then continuing until 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning. He leans back in his chair, crosses his arms and smiles. Awards hang on the wall behind him. “I would hear my parents coming down the steps late at night,” he recalls. “What the heck could he be doing there in the corner at three in the morning?” he recalls their question. He’d show them his art. ‘Just doodles, they’d say. Do something that will take you someplace. ‘ He joined the local Rotary. He got a paying gig illustrating for a local magazine working 24 hours straight to meet deadlines. Later, he landed employment with the local government and stayed put for six years. But like most superheroes, those were merely his day jobs. “I was doing my comics too. But, it came to a point where I got sick of the fear. I just didn’t want to live with that anymore,” he said. He packed his cape and moved to Cancun. He dove into the tourist industry assisting vacationers from across the globe. It’s also where he met Nancy, his future wife. A friend brought her for a visit. “Yes, it was love at first sight,” he says. Even his eyes are smiling. They married and moved closer to her parents in Kitchener. Still, the heartbeat of his comic characters ricocheted in his mind. He created 22 issues of Night Spike while in Mexico and became his own publisher with the creation of Studio.

Com.ix. For the first year in Canada, Espinos was unable to work as the couple waited for the eternal paperwork. Nancy presented him with a drawing desk. “Being a comic book creator is a tough, lonely career,” he says. “Nobody draws a book or a piece of art thinking it will fail.” With the English version of Night Spike under his arm, Espinos visited local comic book shops where his books were left to collect dust, recycled, or stuffed back in his face. “But I never gave up,” he says. “I dug myself up from the bottom and started going up. I didn’t stop. I was constant.” Today, his books are featured in 45 stores across the province. And he’s scaled another building. He wipes away tears

as he thinks of his parents, finally coming to terms with his passion, accepting his goals, and who are now very proud of him. But the story doesn’t end here. Like all good comic books, there’s a cliff hanger. Stay tuned for the next thrilling issue. “As an independent, it’s always a fight against the big market,” he says. “I’m not going to fight with anyone. I’m just doing my stuff.” • • • Check out Studiocomix Press at: The Frederick Mall, 385 Frederick St, Unit #12 Facebook at www.facebook. com/studiocomixpress or call 519-954-3232.

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A major rebuild for the Titans’ second season BY ROD HODDLE

ith a new look and fully W recharged, the KW Titans are off and running in

season two of the National Basketball League. A record crowd of close to 2,800 cheered them on in their home opener but, the locals fell short by a 116 – 98 score. In looking back though, many would agree that the Titans had a good first season. The team made the play-offs with an 18-22 record but, lost to the Windsor Express in the first round. Windsor, London and Niagara are the other teams in the NBL’s east division. There are six teams that make up the Atlantic division. Serge Langis is back as Titans Head Coach. He’s also holding down the General Manger’s role. Langis brings over 22 years of coaching experience from all levels of competition. This year’s edition of the

Titans is a total rebuild from year one. Langis says many teams are in that predicament. It takes time to build a good nucleus of talent. Windsor and London, two Titan rivals, are in that enviable position. Langis’ goal is to build on last years’ success and to go deeper into the play-offs. To achieve this, you can bet there’ll be further tweaking of the roster in the days ahead. A minimum of 20 wins is a must for the regular campaign. Only two players are back


from last year and they happen to be Canadian. Tramer Sutherland is a 6’3” guard/ forward who averaged 9.4 points per game last season. Greg Morrow, a 6’4” guard/ forward and former Western University star, is hoping to boost his production for his rookie season. Nigel Tyghter, Kyle Arseneault of Acadian University and Denzel James from western Canada are the other Canucks on board. Russell Byrd, 6’7”, is a Michigan State alumnus who led the NBL last year with 126 three pointers. At 6’5” Rick Bodiford, a guard/forward, is a two-year veteran of the NBL. Darren Duncan is just a touch under six feet but is looked upon as a floor general. He was a member of the NBL’s Windsor Express, which won the championship three years ago. Derek Hall is a 6’11” centre averaging 20 points a game playing in Taiwan last year. Kevin Hill, a 6’8” centre, will back-up Derek Hall. Mark Holmes is a 6’6” import from Europe. Ben Vozzola is the newest Titan, taking over for Devon Moore who left the team for personal reasons. The Titans partner ownership remains the same with Ball Construction and Leon Martin but there’s been a

change in the marketing area. The Isabel Avery Group has the new task of building up fan support. The average attendance last year was 1,300 per game. The goal is to boost

that to 2,000. Promotions and marketing are very important for team success but the true tonic for growing your fan base is to have an exciting winning team.

KW Titans’ Head Coach: Serge Langis

W Titans Head Coach and GM of BasK ketball Operations, Serge Langis brings over 22 years of coaching experience from

all levels, including high school, collegiate, and professionally in the National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC). Born and raised in Moncton, NB, Langis earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of St. Thomas and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Maine at Presque Isle. He has been a high school educator for 14 years, lead-

ing several national championships with the Boys’ Under 15 and Under 17 New Brunswick programs. He coached at the Canadian collegiate level at Crandall University before joining the Moncton Miracles basketball organization during the NBLC’s inaugural 2011-12 season. Since then, Langis has held a range of roles and responsibilities including Assistant Coach, Assistant GM, Associate Head Coach and now Head Coach and GM of Basketball Operations for a second year with the KW Titans.


Ball Construction congratulates the Titans on an exciting start to their second season as KitchenerWaterloo’s first National Basketball League of Canada team.

Building Canada's Future Since 1923

No. Player Position Ht Wt College Hometown 1 Darren Duncan PG 6’0 175 Merrimack College, NCAA DII ‘10 Queens, New York 2 Rick Bodiford SG/SF 6’5 205 Indiana University Southeast, NAIA ‘11 Louisville, Kentucky 3 Ben Vozzola P G/SG 6’6 195 St. Catharine College, NCAA DII ‘15 Las Vegas, Nevada 4 Kevin Hill PF/C 6’8 210 University of New Orleans, NCAA DI ‘15 Westwego, Louisiana 6 Denzel James* PG/SG 6’3 200 MacEwan University, U Sports‘17 Edmonton, Alberta 9 Tramar Sutherland* SG/SF 6’3 200 University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Toronto, Ontario NCAA DI ‘12 10 Mark Holmes SF/PF 6’6 220 North Park University, NCAA DIII ‘13 Elk Grove Village, Illinois 12 Greg Morrow* SG/SF 6’4 210 Western University, U Sports ‘16 London, Ontario 15 Kyle Arseneault* SF/PF 6’5 215 Acadia University, U Sports ‘17 Fredericton, NB 34 Nigel Tyghter* PF/C 6’7 250 University of Windsor, U Sports ‘09 Brampton, Ontario 35 Derek Hall PF/C 7’0 230 Albright College, NCAA DIII ‘12 Northampton, Pennsylvania 55 Russell Byrd SF/PF 6’7 215 Michigan State University, NCAA DI ‘14 Fort Wayne, Indiana * DENOTES CANADIAN PLAYER

Best wishes to the KW Titans for a successful 2018 NBL Canada season.

East Edition



The Kitchener Sports Association (KSA) held its annual Volunteer Recognition Award night November 21. The 2017 recipients are: (Back row L-R) Gord Cameron (SkateAble), Mike Rooymans (Special Olympics KW), Jeff Kartechner (KW Gymnastics), Jeff Brown (KW Sports Council), David Bunce (KMBA), Joe Watson (Stanley Park Ball), Sheri Pratt (KW Skating Club), David Sutherland (KMHA) & Duncan Cairns (KW Predators Volleyball). MIDDLE ROW: Joyce Palubiski (KW Water Polo), Stephanie Krug (WRBA), Sharon Dahmer (Waterloo Region Minor Football), Christine Lucin (KWMBSA), Rick Weinstein (KSA). FRONT ROW: Angela Schrum ( KW Sertoma Speedskating), Charlene Stevenson (KMGSA), Melissa Tulipano (KW Youth Basketball), Tina Borghese (Wat Region Track3 Ski School), Janet Lanteigne (Waterloo Ringette) & Norm Leblond (Kitchener Rangers Hockey Club). ABSENT: Liz Koenig (Sports for Special Athletes), Stuart Saunderson (Kitchener Ringette) & Lisa Ross-Black (KW Rowing Club). Photos by Gord Dearborn

Joe Watson was presented with the volunteer award for Stanley Park Optimist Ball at the KSA volunteer awards night November 21. Watson joined the Optimist Club of Stanley Park in 1986. Three years later, he stepped forward to organize the wrapup celebration when the Optimist Club partnered with the individuals who were running a T-Ball program in Stanley Park. With his help, the program flourished and so did the season-ending party that soon became known as “Hot Dog Day” Since its inception, Joe has been responsible for organizing the annual event that now draws well over 1,000 people, involves serving 1,400+ hot-dogs, entertainment, activities for the youth and, most of all, fun for all participants. He trucks supplies to the site, helps erect the tents, sorts equipment and often uses his electrical expertise to get everything running. An executive member of the Club for close to 30 years, Watson is the classic volunteer working mostly behind the scene — one those involved in the Stanley Park Optimist Ball Program can count on. From left: Craig Findlay (presenter), Joe Watson and Bill Pegg (KSA President).

ATHLETIC EXCELLENCE PROGRAM KSA FEE-ASSISTANCE PROGRAM The KSA Fee-assistance Program, initiated in early 2013, provides funding to local minor sports groups that publicly promote the fact that they offer subsidized registration fees for those who otherwise might not be able to afford to participate. This year KSA President Bill Pegg (back right) awarded assistance cheques to: from left: front, Heather MacKneson (Pride Stables), Kelvin Yee (KW Gymnastics), LeVar Pyper (Waterloo Regional Boxing Academy), Adele Couchman (Sports for Special Athletes), back, Ron Mooiboek (Kitchener Minor Baseball), Joe Watson (Stanley Park Optimist Ball), Tammy Carol (KW Minor Boys Softball) and Tom Graham (Kitchener Minor Hockey -- Donna’s Kids Program).

Pancake Breakfast/ Christmas Party! Saturday, December 2 8:00 to 11:00 am • Visit with Santa • Write a letter to Santa • Crafts Cost: FREE Adults must accompany children. Code: 11960

The Kitchener Sports Association (KSA) provides funding assistance to local minor athletes, through their sports organizations, who are competing at the national or international level and have extensive travel, coaching, training, and/or equipment expenses. Grants are awarded on an annual basis. A cheque for $250 was presented to Joey Daniels who was absent for the photo due to his attendance at Princeton University. Joey is a hurdler who competes for Supreme Athletics, Canada at the international level and Princeton, where he’s currently in his 2nd year on an athletic scholarship. His parents accepted the award on his behalf. From left, Bill Pegg (President, KSA), Angelica and Ron Daniels (parents of Joey) and Gord Dearborn (Chair of the Athletic Excellence Program).

Snow Angel

Do you have an angel who’s helped you shovel snow in the winter?

We can help you say thanks. Tell us about your Snow Angel so they can be recognized for their kindness and community- minded spirit. Individuals who are nominated will receive a thank-you letter from the mayor, and have the chance to win a $100 gift card. Learn more:

Stanley Park Community Association • 505 Franklin Street, N. Kitchener • 519-741-2504


(corner of Westmount and Village Rd.) Kitchener

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St James’-Rosemount United 507 Frederick St. • Kitchener, Ontario 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.

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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!

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In Good Taste


SIMPLE RECIPES FOR A BUSY LIFE STYLE If your food budget will stretch far enough, this is a delightful hors d’oeuvre.

SMOKED SALMON AND CUCUMBER ROLLS (Makes about 50 hors d’oeuvres)

1 seedless cucumber, about 12-inches in length 1/2 cup cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup finely-chopped fresh chives 2 tablespoons drained, bottled horseradish 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 pound thinly-sliced smoked salmon freshly-ground black pepper Wash cucumber and cut off and discard the rounded ends, then quarter the cucumber lengthwise. Pat dry with paper towels or a tea towel. Stir together the cream cheese, chives, horseradish, salt and freshly-ground black pepper to taste, until mixture is well combined. In a single layer on a sheet of waxed paper or plastic wrap, arrange enough salmon to completely wrap one cucumber quarter. Spread the salmon with a thin layer of the cream cheese mixture. Place the cucumber quarter on the coated salmon, and wrap the salmon around the cucumber quarter to cover it completely. Press gently to help the salmon adhere to the cucumber. Repeat with the remaining cucumber quarters. Cut rolls crosswise into pieces of about 3/4-inch.

The balsamic vinegar imparts a wonderful flavour to these carrots.

BALSAMIC ROASTED CARROTS 2 pounds carrots, peeled and cut into sticks about 1/2 inch in width 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar Toss carrots with the oil and salt and spread out in a shallow roasting pan. Roast at 425 degrees F. stirring occasionally until carrots are golden and tender - about 25 minutes. Drizzle the vinegar evenly over the carrots and give the pan a few shakes. Roast carrots a couple of minutes more or until most of the vinegar has evaporated. Serve immediately. Serves four.

These chestnuts are not roasting on an open fire, but in a cast-iron skillet on the stove. While the atmosphere is not as festive the flavour of the chestnuts is excellent.

ROASTED CHESTNUTS about 1 1/2 pounds whole chestnuts in the shell 1 teaspoon vegetable oil 1/4 cup water


With a very sharp knife, make a large X in each chestnut, cutting through the shell. In a large bowl, toss the chestnuts with the vegetable oil. Heat a large, dry skillet (cast iron is best) over low to medium-low heat until skillet is hot. Pour chestnuts into the skillet and roast, covered, stirring frequently, for about 15 minutes. Add water and continue to roast, covered, about five minutes longer. The water should have evaporated and the chestnuts should be tender. Serve immediately while hot.

Use homemade jam, if possible, for these squares.

ALMOND SQUARES Pastry layer: 1 cup cake and pastry flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup fresh lard or shortening 1 tablespoon butter 1 tablespoon cold water 1/4 cup homemade strawberry or raspberry jam With a fork or a whisk, combing the flour and the salt. Cut in the lard and the butter; moisten with the cold water and pack into a ball. Roll out thin enough to cover the bottom (not the sides) of an 8-inch square baking pan. Spread with the jam. Filling: 1/2 cup butter 2/3 cup sugar 2 large eggs 2/3 cup rice flour (or cake flour) 14 teaspoon salt Cream together the butter and sugar until mixture is light. Beat in the eggs, one at a time; beat in the flour and salt until well combined. Divide the mixture into two equal portions, and place each in a bowl. Colour one of the portions pale pink and the other pale green. Pick up about 2 teaspoons of the green dough filling and place it in the corner of the pan. With another spoon, pick up the same amount of the pink filling and place it beside the green. Continue to work in a checkerboard pattern alternating the pink and green filling. Bake at 375 degrees F. for about 35 minutes. Watch carefully – it should not get at all brown. Cool then chill, covered. Icing: 1 1/2 cups icing sugar 2 tablespoons butter 1 teaspoon almond flavouring 2 tablespoons warm milk Combine and mix well. Spread over the chilled baked filling layer. Cut into squares or bars. Store, well covered, in the refrigerator.


The smells and tastes of the holidays are captured in this interactive baking class for kids. Make Christmas cookies, brownies and cupcakes.

MAKE COOKIES WITH SANTA Saturday, Dec. 9, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Santa Claus is coming to town and he’s here to make cookies! Santa and Mrs. Claus will be here for a photo opportunity.


Saturday, Dec. 16, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Bring the whole family for breakfast at the market. We will have delicious food and crafts for kids. Santa will be there for a photo opportunity.


Saturday, Dec. 19, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Children’s entertainer Erick Traplin and Santa Claus team up to bring the very best holiday music to kids.


Saturday, Dec. 23, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. The Kitchener Market is your one-stop-shop with tons of vendors and artisans selling unique gifts and delicious additions to your Christmas dinner.

COOKING CLASSES IN THE MARKETPLACE Cost for the Girls’ Night Out Series is $55/class. For more information and to register: Visit www.kitchenermarket/cookingclasses.

GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT: WINE AND WREATH MAKING Wednesday, Dec. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The perfect girl’s night out! Spend an evening with your girlfriends, sisters or mothers and come for our wine and wreath night. Enjoy a glass while creating a beautiful Christmas wreath for your home.

GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT: COCKTAILS AND APPS Wednesday, Dec. 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Gather up your girlfriends and stop in for a fun night of cocktail and appetizer making. Learn how to impress your holiday guests and mix cocktails like a pro with the recipes you’ll learn in this informative, hands-on cooking class.

GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT: WINE AND CENTREPIECES Wednesday, Dec. 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Holiday centerpieces are the perfect hostess gift and the best way to bling up your own dining room table. Get ready to entertain in style with a beautiful centerpiece you made yourself! All supplies are provided, along with wine and soup to dine on during the workshop. Get the MarketNEWS delivered every month to your inbox!


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18 • 18 DECEMBER • KITCHENER Page l Kitchener2017 Citizen l DecemberCITIZEN 2017 (EAST EDITION)

Notes from City Hall largely determined during their budget. Kitchener’s final-budget decision day is in January, but it’s contemplated over four committee meetings prior. The first of these meetings is on User Fees where we set rates for everything from swimming at city pools to building permits. Next up is the Operating budget, where we determine recurring/ongoing expenses, which is followed immediately by the Capital budget where we deal with one-time costs like building a recreation centre or a road. On

January 15th we hold the second last meeting, Public Input, where anyone may register to address council with any thoughts or concerns about the budget thus far. Finally, January 22nd is scheduled for Final-budget day where we take everything into account and make final decisions. We’ve been working on safely getting our water/sewer rates down, and we’ve had some success. Past projections had increases in excess of 9% but we’ve been able to pare that back to 6.5% for this year, and it’s projected to drop to

4.5% the budget after next. Still too high, but put simply, cutting back any further would be irresponsible, and endanger our water service. I’m very pleased to report that this year our target property-tax increase is right at inflation, just 1.7%. That target is lowest of the tri-cities, and we’ve maintained that inflation-level increase for several years running, while not only maintaining, but enhancing city services. Wishing you and yours an enjoyable holiday season and a happy new year!

levels you want and the price you pay for them. There’s a public input session on January 15 and final budget day is January 22. You can also give input at Once we have 5 cm of snow on major roads and 8 cm on residential streets, snow plowing starts, taking 16 to 24 hours to complete. Major arterial roads get plowed first, then major collector roads and bus routes, then our residential streets. Search “snow removal” at for full details. Remember there’s no overnight onstreet parking from Dec. 1 to Mar.

31, and if a Snow Event is declared, there’s no parking on any street at any time. The Stanley Park Community Centre’s Pancake Breakfast/ Christmas Party is Dec. 2 from 8-11:30am. Kids can do crafts and visit Santa. Register at 519-741-2504 or in person. If you can, please donate to their hat and mitten tree. For more events go to The Centreville Chicopee Community Centre has a great outdoor neighbourhood rink. Enjoy a skate over the holidays and winter months. Visit

their website at I thank Colin Robinson for his 6th Annual Toy Drive, collecting hundreds of toys for Women’s Crisis Services and The Salvation Army. Thanks to you and everyone who donated a toy, the media who promoted it and Chicopee for hosting it. I wish you the best during this festive season and happiness and health in 2018. I enjoy serving you so please contact me if I can help. Our Contact Centre is staffed 24/7 where you may report an emergency, an issue or ask questions, call 519-741-2345.

debated. The public are able to register as delegates and offer their personal opinions on topics being deliberated. Motions are tabled. The process concludes with a formal vote which may either be tabulated by a less formal show of hands or by a formal recording of each councillors vote. The results of the vote do not become laws (bylaws) or plans for future actions until they are ratified with another vote at a formal Council meeting usually held a week or two afterwards. In this week/ two week interim Councillors have an opportunity to rethink their position; persuade other Councillors to change their vote; listen to constituents and other interested parties. As a result over the years there have been many occasions

where final actions have changed and normally for a better final result. Prior to the past dozen years a similar process was followed in approving the annual Capital and Operating Budgets. Under current practice questions are asked by some councillors; virtually no debating takes place and NO votes are taken. This is all left until the Final Budget day when all actions are quickly completed. Participation by many Councillors is very limited. It is difficult to know who supports what position. The general public have no idea whatsoever on the stance of each individual Councillor. The annual public engagement meeting is poorly attended and quickly concluded. I suspect that the only discussion takes place in the back

rooms of City Hall by City Councillors out of hearing ranges of the general public. I again put forward a motion to change the current process and to revert to the practice followed with all other Council public meetings. The vote again lost with only Councillors Fernandes and Janecki supporting my motion. Leadership and transparency are AWOL at Kitchener City Council. Traynor-Fairway LRT Pedestrian Crossing I urge all affected residents to attend a second meeting on this issue that is being held on Saturday, December 2nd from 2:00 to 5:00 PM at the Kingsdale Community Centre.

In early November, a group of councillors toured the KitchenerWaterloo Humane Society. I was so impressed with the facility and the work that is done with stray

dogs, cats and sometimes other animals. The shelter is clean and bright and the animals have units that are full of toys to stimulate them, as well as food and daily attention by staff and volunteers. We toured the veterinary clinic where three vets were in attendance. Two were working on cats that required surgery and three puppies were slowly waking up from their surgery. All animals that are brought to the shelter are assessed for health problems, spayed and neutered, treated, then

set up in a unit until they are healed. Last year alone the vets did more than 1900 surgeries, of which 10% were for life saving procedures. There is a belief that the Humane Society euthanizes animals after a certain time, but less than 5% are, and is mainly due to the animal struggling with a significant health issue. The City of Kitchener partners with the KW Humane Society to address the concerns of animal welfare and therefore contributes financially to their operations. It is unfortunate that many dog owners don’t pay for a dog

license as this money helps to assist the Humane Society do their work in the community. Recently, there has been discussion about how to get stray cats home and reduce the feral cat population. I learned that having them spayed or neutered and micro –chipped may be the best solution. Reduced cost rabies vaccinations and micro-chip clinics are offered during the year. Consider a Christmas donation to this wonderful facility. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2018!

Check out the Winter programming offered for the Huron and Willimsburg area communities. Register online with our new online registration system at www. or in-person at a community centre, any public pool or 7th floor at city hall. Looking for some outdoor activities this winter? The Huron Natural Area has some free events coming up. On Sunday Dec 3 at 7pm is the Lantern Walk, Saturday Jan 20 at 1pm is the Winter Scavenger Hunt and Every Wednesday is Tales and Trails at 10:30am. With winter approaching, here are some tips and reminders to keep in mind this season: Overnight parking on city streets

is not permitted from Dec 1– Mar 31. When a snow event has been declared, parking on the road is not permitted at any time. Only Ward 5 residents may continue to park on the boulevard. Residents are responsible for removing snow and ice from the sidewalk adjacent to their property. By clearing snow, you can ensure that everyone can travel safely and easily. There are many individuals who are aging or have physical limitations that prevent them from shoveling their sidewalks. I encourage you to be

a snow angel and help out your neighbours who may not be able to clear their sidewalks. Remember to clear the ice and snow within 24 hours from the time the snow stops falling. Snow can be piled on front lawns and boulevards, but cannot be placed on sidewalks or roadways. Sand is better to use below -10 and is available for no cost at several locations throughout the city. Visit bylawguide for locations. Enjoy the holiday season and have a safe and Happy New Year!

2018 Budget When the snow starts to fly you know decision-time at City Hall is approaching. Most of the big decisions for a municipality are

2018 Budget talks are on. For budget information visit kitchener. ca and search “Budget 2018.” I value your input, as I strive to find the right balance between providing the service

Budget Process – Transparency Missing Committee and Council legislative meetings are a major part of an elected municipal official’s responsibilities. At Committee meetings staff recommendations and issues affecting the municipality are studied and

It’s Christmas time in the city and soon it will be Christmas Day! Yes, it’s hard to believe but December has already arrived and the holiday season is upon us. Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or simply spending time with family and friends during the holiday season, let me begin by wishing each of you and your families a relaxing and joyful holiday season and a 2018 that is filled with health, happiness and new adventures. HOLIDAY SEASON ACTIVITIES There are many activities that take place in Kitchener and throughout the region where you can enjoy the holiday season. By the time you read this paper, the 2017 Christmas tree should have arrived at City Hall and weather permitting, our rink at city hall should be open for the 2017-18 free skating season. Everyone’s favourite Christmas festival, Christkindlmarkt will this year be celebrating it’s 21st season. It officially opens the evening of December 7th and runs from December 7-10 at Kitchener City Hall and in Carl Zehr Square. Some special surprises are in store for you, so make sure you make it out to check them out. And on Saturday December 9th from 5:30-8:00pm, Christmas Fantasy in the Park gets underway in Victoria Park. All these activities are free, and I encourage you to get out and enjoy them through the holiday season, and in the case of skating, throughout the winter. BUDGET 2018 Over the last couple of weeks, Council has begun its review of the staff-developed 2018 budget. Did you know that out of every tax dollar collected, the city only keeps 31 cents, while the other 69 cents goes to the Region of Waterloo and to the local school boards? That 31 cents pays for a range of services including fire protection, recreation and leisure, road maintenance and winter control, planning and economic development, administration and legislated services, Kitchener Public Library, Centre in the Square, Mayor & Council and any debt payment and capital transfers. This year’s draft budget is looking to come in with an increase below the rate of inflation, keeping Kitchener as the least costly city to live in the region and one of the least costly in Ontario. If you’re interested in commenting on the budget, I encourage you to do so via our website and the Engage citizen engagement tool or by attending our public budget meeting on January 15th. ...continued on next page

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Council began the 2018 budget process by reviewing the operating budget Nov. 20. I’m hopeful and will strongly advocate that council again set the tax levy rate relative to the

LED Streetlight Conversion Project You may have noticed the recent change over to LED streetlights

I took the opportunity attending the Veteran’s Day event on November 11th in Orlando while on a family vacation last month. The Americans mainly celebrate the day in ways

Kitchener councillors have “defurred” the cat-licensing issue until Dec. 4. And, with one jaundiced eye on potential lost-pet votes in the 2018 municipal election, I doubt the

Happy December! Last month, we celebrated community members who volunteer their time and energy to organize neighbourhood events at the 24th Annual Festival of Neighbourhoods finale. Many

inflationary rate. This expectation was clearly communicated by our citizens in the last Environics survey. The challenge continues to be with the proposed utility rate increase for water, sanitary, and stormwater. I’ve voiced my concern that this and future rates need to be within the capacity of all home owners to absorb. Although I don’t entirely oppose the rate increase that will address the backlog of important infrastructure maintenance, I have voiced that these rate increases need to be phased in over a longer

time period. I’m happy to report that staff recently updated this is the very strategy that council will consider. The final budget and utility rates will be voted on by council on Jan. 22 and the public input session will be held on Jan. 15. I encourage Ward 6 residents to attend and give feedback concerning the budget by contacting me at paul.singh@ or 226-748-3109; going to; emailing or following the discussion on social media. Your feedback will help me

to better represent your collective voice. Just a friendly reminder not to park on any city street from 2:30am to 6am starting Dec. 1 through March 31. For more information on winter parking regulations and to sign up for snow event advisories search “snow removal” and “parking regulations.” Best wishes to the residents of Ward 6 for a safe and happy holiday season.

in the last few months. There are many benefits to the conversion. The new LED lights are expected to last up to 20 years, reducing future replacement costs and the energy savings from this program should pay for the LED replacement cost in about seven years. The new fixtures have a full cut-off design, which will result in less light. The LED street lights that were chosen are considered “Dark Sky Friendly” by the International Dark Sky Association which has an interest in reducing light pollution and

maintaining the visibility of our night sky. The lights used are warmer coloured LED lights to minimize use of blue light which is known to scatter further through the atmosphere compared to other colours. The new LED lights include sensors with adaptive controls that integrate with the city’s network of smart controls. The adaptive control system will allow the city to control and monitor street lights, which will improve customer service by showing lighting outages in real time so we can respond to faulty

lights more efficiently. The Adaptive Control System provides the ability to dim lights in areas that have more light than necessary, leading to energy savings and proper lighting conditions for residents as well as more advanced uses like improved navigation for emergency services and making gas meter data available in real-time. If you have any questions or concerns, Email me at: I hope you and your family have a safe and happy holiday season! Best wishes for 2018.

that are different from the ways we Canadians observe November 11th. There was a parade held in downtown Orlando which I attended with one of my sons. It was filled with marching bands from various high schools, military men and women currently serving in the armed forces, numerous veterans from various services marching or riding in cars or jeeps, cadets and majorettes marching and other groups wishing to participate. The Americans view this day as a celebration of the victories of the various wars they have been

involved in over the last 100 years. The theme of this year’s Veteran’s Day Parade was “Healing the Invisible Wounds of War” referencing the mental and emotional fallout that service members and their families can face. A number of service men and women suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. No one in attendance wore a poppy or a ribbon. We Canadians, on the other hand, attend a memorial in honour of all the service men and women who served our country and died in battle and we wish to remember them by wearing a

poppy. A couple of years ago I also attended another Veteran’s Day Parade in Beaufort, South Carolina near Hilton Head which included a similar parade but which ended at a Veterans cemetery. There, a US Marine Band played military music and the guest speaker at the event was a four star general who served in Afghanistan and spoke about his service and American involvement and achievements in the war. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.

cat-fight issue will gain more than lukewarm support when my motion comes back for consideration with, I predict, at least one added clause. I think that once a staff report on potential workload and lengthy public consultation involved in the subject of cat licenses and micro-chipping returns to city hall, councillors will take a long pause, a lengthy catnap and no action on the subject. Which means we will ignore issues of unfairness for dog owners and the increasing drain

of $630,000 paid out each year by taxpayers to care for stray animals — 66 per cent of them abandoned, unlicensed cats. That lack of equality has to do with about 40,000 dog owners who are supposed to buy $30 licenses (only 15,000 do so today) while an estimated 50,000 cat owners do not. On the workload issue councillors are fully aware that cities including Guelph, Stratford, London, Mississauga, Sudbury, Ottawa, Peterborough, Calgary, Edmonton,

Winnipeg and Montreal successfully introduced cat licensing without rushing out to hire dozens of people to cope with a spitting push-back from cat owners. After a recent tour of our excellent humane society shelter, I’m convinced Kitchener should create a set fee for a cat license that would be reduced if a responsible pet owner microchips the pet in order to quickly reunite the missing feline. Then, when the cats came back, it would save us all tax dollars.

prizes were awarded, including the Neighbourhood Connections award which went to the King East Neighbourhood Association. Two neighbourhoods won the $20,000 capital improvement grants: Settlers Grove and Schneider’s Creek. Congratulations to all prize winners! As the winter weather sets in, it’s time to get out and enjoy some of our city’s great options for embracing winter activities. Come down and skate at Carl Zehr Square in front of the 30 foot spruce tree decorated for the holiday season. We also offer many free skates and adult pick-

up hockey. For schedule details go to and search public skating. For those who prefer the cozy indoors during colder weather, we also have countless programs at our community centres and KPL locations. Throughout the holiday season, I encourage you to make plans with family and friends to experience downtown Kitchener’s many shops and restaurants to explore. Don’t forget to make your way to the following fantastic annual events: Dec. 7 - 10 Christkindl Market at Kitchener City

Hall: Admission is free. Free horse-drawn carriage rides offered by the Kitchener Downtown BIA. Saturday Dec. 9 Christmas Fantasy Opening in Victoria Park. View the lighting up of the festive lights and enjoy free activities and live music from 5:30-8pm. Dec. 31 Kitchener’s New Year’s Eve Retro Cartoon Party from 6pm12. Ring in the New Year and enjoy a world of animation in the City Hall Rotunda. I offer my wishes to you and yours for a happy, healthy holiday season!


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NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION – DEC. 31st Looking to ring in 2018 at a free, family-oriented New Year’s Eve event. Well, once again, we’ll be hosting our annual New Year’s Eve celebration at Kitchener City Hall and in Carl Zehr Square on December 31st from 6pm to midnight. With a retro-cartoon theme this year, you’ll see everything from old arcade games to Flintstone vehicles and get to listen to the sounds of Sound Parade NEW YEAR’S LEVEE – JANUARY 7, 2018 Please join Kitchener City Council and myself on Sunday, January 7th from 1:30pm to 4pm as we welcome 2018 with our annual New Year’s Levee at Kitchener City Hall. Music, free food, activities for the kids - this family-friendly event, will also see us present the annual Mayor’s City Builder awards to deserving individuals in the community. I hope you and your family will join us for this annual tradition! ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MISSION TO NEW YORK AND BOSTON Earlier in November, Mayor Jaworsky from Waterloo, Councillor Monteiro from Cambridge and I joined our economic development teams, including that of Waterloo EDC, on an economic development mission to New York and Boston. A very busy 4 ½ days saw us participate in events hosted by our two Consul-Generals, spoke at the BlackBerry security summit, met with business leaders to promote investment in Canada, encouraged young Canadians to consider returning home, conducted some company meetings and visited a number of technology and innovation related facilities. We also participated in an event with Mayor John Tory and the City of Toronto, continuing to promote the Toronto–Waterloo Region corridor. Overall, this was a very successful mission. FCM ADVOCACY DAYS & BCMC MEETINGS Over the last two weeks, in my capacity as a former FCM President and a member of FCM’s Big City Mayors’ Caucus, I participated in FCM Advocacy Days and our fall BCMC meeting/economic summit. During our Advocacy days, FCM organized over 200 meetings with MP’s and Ministers. I met with Minister Morneau on finance & infrastructure, Minister Sohi on infrastructure, Minister Bains on innovation and economic development, Minister McKenna on the environment and climate change, and Parliamentary Secretary Bill Blair on the cannabis legislation. I also had the opportunity to talk to all five of our local MP’s and be in Ottawa as Canada’s first-ever Housing Strategy was launched. Last week, BCMC met in Toronto to explore various economic issues and heard from people like Richard Florida, as well as tech leaders from Kitchener-based, Miovision. I left with many ideas to consider for our community.



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alteration. Some boards even have decorating committees in order to include residents in the choices and types of decorations pleasing to the eye and suitable for each holiday season. This is one activity that also peaks the interest of the children in the complex. Remember, decorating is a year round event because of Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Canada Day etc. I feel that condo corporations should be reasonable when it comes to restrictions. After all, decorating can be a great source of fun and does promote good community spirit. In some communities they even hold decorating contest. Owners should work together to create a joyous and peaceful community, not only during holiday season, but, all year round. Good luck and may the Christmas decorating bring lots of joy to all of you in the condo community! * * * Marilyn Lincoln is a condo owner, director and author of the Condominium Self Management Guide, 2nd edition. Send questions to marilyncondoguide@


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COMMUNITY CALENDAR A FREE WORKSHOP FOR SPORT INSTRUCTORS AND COACHES - The KW Sports Council has partnered with the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) and Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) to offer a free physical literacy training workshop for Instructors and Coaches. In this workshop you will: • Learn what motivates women 55-70+ to be active • Better understand what helps build confidence/competence in physical activity and sport for women 55-70+ • Receive training in NCCP Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) • Learn FMS adaptations/considerations for women 55-70+. Workshop will be held Saturday, December 16, 8:30am – 3:30pm (lunch provided) at The Family Centre, 200 Ardelt Ave., Kitchener. No Cost for workshop, materials or FMS training. To register send an email to Shelley at: (limited to first 30participants) CALLING ALL HARMONICA PLAYERS – It is with sadness that we announce the recent passing of our well-known leader Irene Watt and our drummer Douglas Lacey. They will both be greatly missed by all members of the Happy Harmonica Players. We are extremely fortunate to have Michel Allard, an accomplished pianist, taking on the duties of energizing and refining our group. We welcome any interested harmonica players. Come out and see

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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. FAMILY-FRIENDLY HOLIDAY CRAFT WORKSHOP – The holiday season generates mountains of paper waste and packaging, most of which ends up in the landfill or recycle bin. The more we do to minimize and re-use waste the better. This year Reep Green Solutions is offering a make your own wrapping paper and cards workshop on December 9 from 1:30 to 4:30pm at the Mill-Cpurnland ommunity Centre gym located at 216 Mill St. Kitchener. Facilitator Michele Martin will give an overview of materisls and a demonstration of suggested techniques for printing wrapping paper and cards, then you get to try your hand at creating. The workshop is FREE and open to all ages. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Basic materils will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring along tools or materials they would like to try and re-use. To register visit THEMUSEUM BEER& SERIES – the 5th annual Beer& Series includes: Beer& Essential Oils – Wednesday, December 13. The Beer& Series events are 19+ and each pair an Ontario Craft Brewery partner with a unique activity. More themes will be released for January 2018. Event be-

gins at 6:30pm and includes admission to THEMUSEUM and its various exhibitions, plus one pint of beer. Additional beer will also be available for purchase. Tickets range in price and can be found online at SUNNYSIDE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS LIKE YOU! - We are a Region-operated campus at 247 Franklin St. N. in Kitchener with long-term care, supportive and affordable housing, and other services for older adults. Make a difference in your community by giving one to two hours a week to assist over mealtime. Your time would enable a resident to have a quality dining experience. To apply, visit volunteeratsunnyside<http://www.> or call Janice Klassen at 519-893-8494, ext 6372. TAKE A RIDE ON THE POLAR EXPRESS - for the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony’s Annual Yuletide Spectacular. Former Assistant Conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser returns for the annual concert featuring the classic Christmas story, The Polar Express, with images from the original Chris Van Allsburg story projected on the screen above the Orchestra and narrated by Mike Nadajewski, while the Orchestra plays the score by the famous film composer Alan Silvestri. Special guest vocalist Joni NeRita is featured singing O Holy Night and Mary’s Boy Child from the Boney M Christmas al-

bum, as well as the popular Mariah Carey song All I Want For Christmas Is You. Also joining the Orchestra is the Carousel Dance Company and other special guest dancers for selections from The Nutcracker, and the Grand Philharmonic Choir and the Grand Philharmonic Children’s Choir will lead audiences in a sing-along of Christmas favourites. The show runs December 15 at 8 pm, December 16 at 2:30 & 8 pm and December 17 at 2:30 pm at the Centre In the Square, 101 Queen St. N. in Kitchener. Tickets can be purchased online at kwsymphony. ca or by calling 519-745-4711 or 888745-4717. STRONG START TO READING™ NEEDS VOLUNTEERS – Strong Start has a fun and festive volunteer opportunity for 4-5 people on Tuesday December 5 between 10am and 4pm at our office in Kitchener. We need volunteers to help assemble our holiday mailer. Activities include folding, stuffing and sealing envelopes that contain our annual newsletter and holiday greeting card. This is a great activity for a small team or individuals. The work takes place in a large, comfortable boardroom. We can accommodate volunteers between the hours of 10am to 4pm and ask for a minimum gift of time of 2 hours. If you are interested in volunteering, please email as soon as possible. SCHWABEN CLUB COMING EVENTS Fish Fry – EVERY FRIDAY at the Schwaben Club Keller, 5:00 to 8:00

p.m. Fish Fry. Serving Fish & Chips and Schnitzel. Table Tennis – EVERY TUESDAY at the Schwaben Club at 7pm. Should you be interested in a few trial games and see if you would like to play it and have fun at the same time; then we would appreciate if you would contact Walter at 519-7423372 or Ken at 519-894-6695. Sunday, December 10 - Filmnachmittag – Schwaben Club Keller – “Ein himmlischer Freund” – Doors open: 2pm, Film begins: 2:30pm. Coffee & Cake available. Sunday, December 17 – Christmas Show 2017 “Alle Jahre wieder” at the Schwaben Club with guest singer Wolfgang Ribbert from Cleveland/ Ohio, Silke Kuhnert from Niedersachsen, Duo Leuchtfeuer from Ostfriesland, Captain Freddy from Bayern and the Zillertaler Edelweiss Duo from Tirol. Doors open at 11:30am, lunch buffet at 12:00 noon, show begins at 1:30pm. Tickets $55.00. Sunday, December 31 – New Year’s Eve – Ring in 2018 – 80’s Party with Material Men. $75.00 plus taxes, includes Buffet, 3 Drink Tickets and Live Music. Hall opens @ 5:30p.m.Buffet starts @ 6:30pm. Sunday, January 14, 2018 - Filmnachmittag – Schwaben Club Keller – “Unter Palmen am blauen Meer” – Doors open: 2pm, Film begins: 2:30pm. Coffee & Cake available. For tickets and more information on any of the above events, please call Continued on page 22...

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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, leo.tintinalli@gmail. com 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. Self-

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is a tradition that can be part of your holiday rouRHereecycling tine, and makes a lasting difference to the environment. are a few tips to reduce, reuse and recycle through the holidays. Donate gently used clothing, books, toys and housewares at our free Goodwill drop-off, Waterloo site, 925 Erb Street, West, Gate 2. Wrap creatively, don’t use paper and save a tree. Wrap gifts in a scarf, a tea towel, or a cookie tin. Cereal and cracker boxes make perfect gift boxes. Make gift tags by cutting up old greeting cards. Can wrapping paper be recycled? Yes, tissue paper, gift bags, gift boxes, and wrapping paper can be recycled. Please remove tape and ribbon. Avoid foil or metallic wrapping paper as these can’t be recycled. Put all worn or torn wrapping paper into a grocery bag, tie

PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Marwan Tabbara, MP Kitchener South/Hespeler

it shut, and place the bag in the Paper and Plastic Bags blue box. Use your green bin for food waste. All food such as turkey, bones and fruit cake, and soiled paper towels, plates and napkins can be recycled into compost. This compost is used on farm fields, and adds nutrients to the soil. Healthy soil grows healthy food. This is a zero waste gift that keeps on giving. There are many free locations to recycle electronics and batteries. Find drop-off sites near you at, and for batteries at We tend to see an increase in paint disposal over the holiday season. Unused paint and other home chemicals, such as cleaners and solvents, can be dropped off at our free Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) depots: Cambridge (201 Savage Drive), or Waterloo (925 Erb Street West, Gate 2). Empty and dry paint and aerosol cans go into the Containers Only blue box. Styrofoam goes in the garbage, it is not accepted in the blue box. This includes all Styrofoam fast food containers, meat trays, and packing peanuts. Styrofoam is difficult to recycle, and we do not have a recycler who will take it. Most importantly of all, create memories, not waste. Who doesn’t love a gift of home-made jam?

referrals welcome or contact CCAC, 519-748-2222. For more information call the Day Program Coordinator at 519-893-6320 ext. 235. REEP OFFERS HOME RETROFIT COACH - REEP Green Solutions has a Home Energy Catalyst program. Homeowners now have access to the free services of its knowledgeable Retrofit Coach to guide them through the process of making their home more energy efficient. The coach will provide expertise and advice where it’s needed along the way, from prioritizing renovations and hiring contractors, to evaluating completed work and considering next steps. Want to upgrade your drafty home? Want to avoid rising energy costs? We want to hear from you! Please contact for more details. 
REEP is pleased to be working on this project with its partners Mindscape Innovations and Scaled Purpose. FOLK NIGHT AT THE REGISTRY’S 12TH SEASON - presented by the Old Chestnuts Song Circle, features an exciting lineup of rising stars and iconic folk artists, thanks to the enthusiasm of our Folk Night audiences. We will welcome singer-songwriters and traditional musicians from both near and far, bringing audiences the broad and evocative music that makes up “folk”. All shows are at 8pm and take place at The Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick St, Kitchener. Advance tickets and a limited number of series passes are available exclusively through and jhcole@mgl. ca. Line up includes: Jan. 20 Joe Crookston; March 10 Joe Jencks and Si Kahn; April 14 Dave Gunning and JP Cormier; and May 5 Shari Ulrich.

Restoring Christmas

The Kitchener Citizen is very grateful to receive this orignal Christmas short story from author Cyndi MacMillan. May you find Christmas in your own unique way. BY CYNDI MACMILLAN

eatrix Joyce dabbed the last blue polB ka dot on the restored puppet theatre. Perfect. She’d hang the new red, velve-

teen curtain she’d sewn for it, once the paint had dried. Its first Christmas had been disappointing for the Peek-a-BooBoo Toy Hospital & Emporium, but this December had proven to be different. People seemed more open to buying vintage finds as gifts, and her store had gained a reputation for bringing new life to old treasures. Quinn peeked out from the back room and then joined her out front. “The train set’s finished. And the music box just needs a thorough cleaning.” “Great! I’ll let the customer know.” He grinned and returned to his tinkering. Quinn had serendipitously wandered into the store mid-September and asked if she was looking for help. She’d been hesitant. Hiring him had been a risk. What if business slowed? The unknown made her nervous. Now, she couldn’t imagine running the shop without him. In only two months, he’d proven himself invaluable. Quinn had become her very own six-foot cobbler elf. He worked his magic on anything mechanical. She still knew little about him, except that he was an elementary school teacher and a single father of a tween son. Well, she’d also quickly learned that he liked to whistle. And she couldn’t remember a single time she’d heard him say ‘no can do.’ Here it was Christmas Eve, and he’d voluntarily worked an extra shift. The bell over the shop door rang as a potential customer entered the shop. Beatrix recognized the kelly-green coat with the floral patches on the elbows. The thirty-something woman had been in the shop several times before, browsing. She nervously approached Beatrix. “Hello. I’d love to purchase the sweetfaced doll with the curly red hair, the one on the third shelf. My daughter would just love her.” She paused. “I know it’s worth the price you’re asking, but I only have twenty dollars. Please, I was wondering if we could work out some kind of payment plan.” Beatrix could almost hear her mother. Make an exception. Be kind. But she hardened her heart and forced out the

words, “I’m sorry. We don’t offer any form of store credit.” “I understand.” The woman managed to smile. Then, she slipped on her gloves and hurried out of the shop. Beatrix watched the woman cross the street, watched until she vanished from view. The doll was an antique Shoenhut collectible, and she’d already priced it well below market value. She shouldn’t feel like such a Scrooge. But she did. After responding to emails, she called two customers. She’d just hung up the phone when she saw a familiar face peer through her store front window. A minute later, she was laughing with her old friend, Peter. He let her know he was now a father. “I can’t believe it. Twins! And how is ... Jeanette?” “Overwhelmed. Beautiful. ” He rubbed his eyes. “And look at you. A toy hospital? I thought you said you said you’d never run your own business.” She shrugged. “A lay off changed my mind. Besides, I like fixing things.” “You’re so like your parents. I’ve never forgotten how they fed the homeless. When they lost the bakery...” He cleared his throat. “Anyway, I’m so glad you both moved back to town. You’ve been missed.” Quinn approached them, awkwardly. “I need to pop over to the hardware store.” Peter ended up purchasing two teddybears. He’d said he’d return with Jeanette, soon. She stood alone in her shop, listening to Good King Wenceslas, and thinking about her parents. When they’d been forced to close the family business and their home had been repossessed, they’d still managed to stay positive. It had been a horrible year, but somehow, they’d managed to start over. Now, they owned a small cafe with free WiFi. They still gifted baskets to shelters. They’d managed to let go of the past and refused to worry about the future. While she couldn’t forget the yard sale ... her things being sold... leaving her friends... feeling lost and afraid...she was still terrified of change, of the unforeseen. The train set was picked up by a very happy customer, and she tried to shake off her mood as evening approached. Quinn returned and finished more repairs. He didn’t whistle. Just before closing time, another young woman wandered into the store, obviously intrigued by the snow globe display in the front window. She asked to see the one with the Eiffel tower. She turned the key and giggled when she heard it play ‘La Vie en Rose.’ “Sold,” she

said. “Good choice. This will make a lovely gift.” Beatrix carefully wrapped it in tissue. “Actually, I bought this for myself as an early souvenir. My aunt passed away, and I’m using my inheritance to travel to Paris. I leave tomorrow.” “I’m sorry for your loss.” The young woman’s expression saddened. “The truth is that my aunt was an astute businesswoman, but she was never truly happy. Some called her... uncharitable.” She shrugged. “She died alone, and her funeral was pathetically small. Poor Aunt Liz.” The sale finalized, the woman left the store with her purchase. The door caught in the wind, and Beatrix shivered in the doorway. She’d call her parents tomorrow, wishing she had the funds to travel. They understood the true meaning of Christmas. Their charity work was legendary. And, they were happy --- so at peace. Beatrix looked out the window and saw the kelly-green coat with floral patches. There was still time! She grabbed the sweet-faced doll with the curly hair and dashed out the door, racing past a startled looking Quinn. It was snowing, and she hadn’t bothered with her coat and boots. Finally, she caught up to the young mother. “Please, I want your daughter to have this,” she said, holding out the doll. “Really? Thank you! I can hardly... this year... it’s been so very hard.” Beatrix blinked back tears. “It’ll get better. You’ll see.” Unexpectedly, her coat appeared, wrapped around her shoulders. The look Quinn gave her warmed her to her toes. Impulsively, shyly, Beatrix hugged the woman and wished her a Merry Christmas. Later, Quinn offered her his arm as they trudged back to the shop. His eyes shimmered. “If you don’t have any plans, would you like to have dinner with my son and I? I know this is last minute but-” “Yes!” she heard herself yell. “I mean, I’d love to join you.” He tilted his head, waggled his brows and began to whistle. Beatrix slipped on a patch of ice, but Quinn caught her before she fell. Suddenly, it felt like anything could happen. Anything at all. And the thought did not make her nervous. Not even a bit. The thought filled her with Joy.


Kitchener Citizen - East Edition - December 2017  
Kitchener Citizen - East Edition - December 2017  

Kitchener's original community newspaper - established in 1996.