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Westheights student Emma Cook to perform in The Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition
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“I dance because I can escape into a mma Cook, a grade seven student sign encouraging people to at Westheights Public School in world where I feel safe and where I can be wear proper equipment, such here are some benefits to as a certified helmet. Harris Kitchener, has been selected as one free to express myself. I especially love the frigid temperatures said the rinks have low boards of the dancers in The Nutcracker: A ballet because of how precise you have this winter. to encourage hockey players Canadian Tradition on December 28 at to be with your movement, but you can People have been able to to keep the puck low when still use emotion,” says Emma. Centre in the Square. bundle up and participate in shooting to help avoid injuries She adds, “I am super excited to After being chosen through audition traditional Canadian outdoor on the ice. dance the role of a dragonfly in this by Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s Nutcracker activities like skiing, snowHarris said keeping the Youth Education Local Participant year’s Nutcracker, and am extremely boarding, tobogganing and ice puck low is “good shinny etiProgram, twelve-year-old Emma is now thankful for this opportunity to dance skating. quette” since players rarely busy with rehearsals for her role as a with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen; dancing in The City of Kitchener is wear full hockey equipment. Dragonfly. the ballet gives me first hand experience helping to organize and supHarris said rink organizers The local participant program provides into a full scale professional ballet port 38 outdoor winter rinks the opportunity for young and aspiring company production on a large concert at community centres, schools sometimes make rules around dancers from the Kitchener-Waterloo hall stage.” and parks that can be used shinny and free skating times at their location, and that all free of charge. area to perform alongside members “The rink really brings skaters should look out for of the professional company and gain people in a neighbourhood the safety and enjoyment of performance experience. together,” says Mark Harris, everyone on the ice. The holiday classic is choreographed He said some locations in Children’s Service Co-ordiby Artistic Director of Canada’s Ballet nator who looks after the out- Kitchener have two rinks so Jörgen, Bengt Jörgen, and takes its hockey can be played on one door rinks in Kitchener. EMMA COOK inspiration from Group of Seven paintings “In the summer, it’s easy to and just skating on the other. housed at Kleinburg’s world-renowned Ice skating is not allowed on go outside,” he said, adding McMichael Canadian Art Collection. any stormwater ponds owned in the winter it’s things like The costume and set designs reflect community rinks that bring by the City of Kitchener. Jörgen’s vision of a distinctly Canadian Manager of the Stormwapeople together. Nutcracker set in Algonquin Park – where Harris said that, while the ter Utility Nick Gollan said Klara meets lumberjacks, andwere low, but there was lots of sunshine for a game that people are often drawn GETTING TOGETHER FOR A GAME OF SHINNY - TheMounties temperatures City of Kitchener helps orgawoodland creatures in her dream journey. of shinny behind the Forest Heights Community Centre this weekend, on one of the outdoor rinks organized by the City of to skating on the frozen tops nize the rinks, it is the “hard Filiatrault, Jamiedancing Sloat, London Myles Emma has been sinceSloat, the age of Filiatrault, and Nolan Filiatrault. work of the volunteers” that of stormwater ponds, but they Kitchener. From left: Don Photo by Helen Hall three, and has danced competitively since makes the outdoor rink pro- are not safe for recreation. said someVILLAGE stormwa- are created from shestormwater was six. She pucks currently anddances nets at canIN.sink into doorrinks. Volunteers are algram possible. ALL ABOARD Gollan IN BELMONT ter ponds are over two metres runoff, the waterMOTION School of the Performing Arts the stormwater treatment ways needed. You can sign up This year, about 350 volunin the pond Belmont Village held its annual Christmas in the Village day on November 25. Visitors ponds during a melt, and plug by contacting Mark Harris at teers are maintaining outdoor deep. They have water flowing has road salt in located on Mill Street in Kitchener. it that can afkicked holidays with wagonunder rides, the pictures and the opportunity to ice, with and Santa, sometimes theshe pond andpracticing cause flooding. firstname.lastname@example.org. rinks in off thethe city. fect the strength ofInthe her ice. spare time, enjoys donate food for the local food bank. Wagon rides were provided by BeitzGollan Horse and To see a up list of the locations “We’ve had amazing rink air pockets between the ice said items on barre left exercises, making dances, Carriage Service Breslau with Randy at the making reins. Photothe by ice Helen andLuckhart the water, them of Kitchener’s weather,” Harrisofsaid. byHall skaters, such as rinkdifferent reading about ballets andoutdoor ballet rinks, For a list of outdoor rinks in Each Kitchener rink has a unpredictable. Because they boards, seats, hockey Kitchener, see page 4. sticks, visit www.kitchener.ca/outdancers, colouring and playing guitar. BY HELEN HALL
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ive individuals have been recognized as recipients of the City of Kitchener’s 2017 Mayor’s City Builder Award for fostering community connections to build a better Kitchener for everyone. “Reviewing the nominations showed me how much passion our residents have about ensuring community support is there for everyone,” says Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “The compassion and commitment these five leaders have shown is inspirational and critical to the success of each program, committee and organization they are involved in.” The awards were handed out at the January 7 New Year’s Levee held at Kitchener City Hall and hosted by Mayor Vrbanovic and council.
current chair of the Downtown Action and Advisory Committee (DAAC). Melissa’s work with VPNA has helped make this neighbourhood an exciting and vibrant place to live and visit. Her leadership and insight has provided value to city staff on the rejuvenation of the downtown core. An avid volunteer, Melissa has been donating her time with the Waterloo Region Food Bank for almost a decade and served for seven years in volunteer roles with Nexus church. Known for her desire to make her neighbourhood great, Melissa gladly lends a helping hand whenever she can.
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ual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region and sits on a number of boards and coalitions addressing gender violence. She co-chairs the Sexual Assault Response Team of Waterloo Region and represents her centre as a member of the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres and the Sex Workers’ Action Network of Waterloo Region.
Basheer Habib serves numerous organizations including: Canadian International Council, World Partnership Walk, Aga Khan Council for Ontario, Aga Khan District Administrative Committee, St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation, Junior Achievement and Waterloo Region Walks. Specifically, Basheer has been instrumental in making the World Partnership Walk a fixture in Waterloo Region. He was one of the original founders of the walk and has served as a chair for many years. As chair, Basheer built relationships with local corporations, academic institutions and all levels of government, educating them about the importance of supporting international development. Through Basheer’s philanthropic work, many local residents have been inspired to be active members of the community, turning their thoughts and learnings into meaningful action.
Laura McBride has been a Kitchener-based artist for the past 10 years. Her love for visual arts, photography and event planning has evolved into her role as a local place maker and community ac-
tivist. Laura bridges art and community through individual initiatives like Central Fairy Doors and The Ladybug project, and through creative collaborations like The Frederick Street Art Walk, The Hohner Avenue Porch Party and The Weber Park Piano. Whether its long term collaborative committee work with the Central Frederick Neighbourhood Association and Downtown Neighbourhood Alliance, or joining relatively new adventures like the Summer Lights Festival Board of Directors and the City of Kitchener’s Neighbourhood Strategy Project Team, she commits to long term relationships and follows through with dedication, passion and action. This dedication to reaching as many people as possible and creating community connections is woven throughout her artwork and love of storytelling.
Paula Saunders has been a strong advocate for promoting a barrier-free community. For over 25 years Paula has been on the Waterloo Region Barrier-free Advisory Committee, offering suggestions and practical solutions for eliminating barriers to both municipalities and the region. She has consulted for the City of Kitchener to review blueprints and designs of new buildings, including the construction of City Hall. With the introduction of the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, this committee became the Grand River Accessibility Advisory Committee where Paula continued her work in the role of Built Environment Chairperson from 2011 to 2017. Paula has worked with city staff and engineers to examine curb cuts, intersections, trails, parks and buildings to ensure the same level of accessibility for everyone. The Mayor’s City Builder Awards recognize any youth, adult, older adult or group that has demonstrated a commitment to making the city and community a better place today and in the future.
OMB replaced by new tribunal BY HELEN HALL
he Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) has been replaced by the new Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT). The tribunal is a result of the new Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, which was passed in the Ontario legislature in December 12, 2017. “This legislation is taking action to give residents and municipalities a greater say in how our communities are developed and grow,” said Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry Kathryn McGarry, who represents Cambridge and North Dumfries. “Giving people a stronger voice in the planning of their own communities will help ensure that these areas reflect the best interests of the people living in them today, as well as future generations.” Appeals currently filed with the OMB are not affected by the new tribunal. “Matters currently in process will continue to be dealt with under the current rules and processes,” said Mark Cripps, OMB spokesperson.
In 2015-2016 (the most recent year for which data is available), the OMB received 1,460 cases from across the province. McGarry said that the new legislation will create the free local Planning Appeal Support Centre, which will provide people across the province with information about the land use planning appeal process, legal and planning advice. In certain cases, legal representation will be provided for proceedings before the tribunal. OMB hearings were previously “de novo”, meaning the board looked at all the information for the first time as if no decision had been made by the local municipal council, which will no longer be the case.
The LPAT will have less power than the OMB. Appeals to the LPAT will focus on whether a municipal council failed to follow its own Official Plan or disregarded provincial planning policies. If a municipal council doesn’t follow its own planning rules in its decision, the matter will be sent back to the council by the LPAT for them to reconsider. The act will also modernize the Conservation Authorities Act. The legislation clarifies the roles and responsibilities of conservation authorities and strengthens oversight and accountability. It also encourages increased public engagement by setting requirements for more public disclosure and for meetings to be open to the public.
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Committee members needed for project to digitize sports Parade of History photos BY CARRIE DEBRONE
ver wonder which Canadian and international sports heroes come from Kitchener and Waterloo? Well, if you’ve ever gone to an event at the Waterloo Recreation Centre or the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium, you likely couldn’t help but notice the large photo galleries that cover some of the walls. The photos tell the story of previous championship sports teams and local athletes who competed and represented both cities provincially, nationally and internationally. Called the Sports Parade of History, the idea to create and maintain walls of photos of our sports champions came from the late KW Civitan Club member Ed Davies. Established in 1988, in cooperation with the City of Kitchener, the Parade of History project became the way that the Kitchener Waterloo Civitan Club celebrated its 25th anniversary. Since then the numbers of photos have grown and now cover four walls beside the Subscriber’s Lounge at the Aud and a large wall on the second level of the Rec Centre outside the Hauser Haus Room. From 1989 to 1993, 204 pictures of local athletes representing 42 sports were added to the walls, which include photos dating back to 1888 and represent historical sports pictures as well as championship teams and individuals. Some are of athletes who have won Canadian and World Championships or have represented Canada at the Olympics. Younger athletes who have also won championships in Ontario and had no higher level at which to compete, are also included in the displays. Kitchener has had world champions in many sports including the 1918 Kitchener Allan Cup and World Amateur Champions in wrestllng, boxing, waterskiing, windsurfing, 10pin bowling, and men and women atheletes who have played on Canada’s World Championship
Hockey teams. In recent years the project has struggled, mainly because it is running out of space and because many of the people involved in its development and continuation have passed away including well-known champions of local sport Pat Doherty and Howie Dietrich. And, some of the older photos are now showing their age and have become faded or ragged and need to be replaced. An idea to update the project by digitizing all the photos has taken root and four organizations have stepped up to the leadership plate. The Parade of History digital project is a partnership of the KW Civitan Club, the Kitchener Sports Association (KSA), the City of Kitchener and the City of Waterloo. The project is looking for volunteers to be on a committee that would lead the project. The work will involve digitizing all the photos currently on display and presenting them to fans on web based touch screens likely located at kiosks at the Aud, the Rec Centre and possibly other locations in the region such as museums and libraries. KSA President, Bill Pegg said he has received about seven applications so far from people willing to serve on the committee. “The ideal would be to have ten or more,” Pegg said. “The cities have all the negatives stored in their archives,” Pegg said, adding that the costliest part of the project will be converting the photos to a digital format and purchasing equipment to allow viewing. No budget for the project has yet been set. “We started talking about the project about three years ago. The KSA stepped in and said we’re willing to get involved. We think it is a very worthwhile project and I think both cities and the Civitans want to get going on it,” Pegg said. Ashley Purvis, Sport Development Coordinator at the City of Kitchener, said that after applications are received, the committee will
The Parade of History was a project started in 1988 by the KW Civilian Club and the City of Kitchener to recognize the achievements of local athletes. The club, the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo and the Kitchener Sports Association have partnered to begin a project to digitize the photos, some of which are fading or damaged, and then display them to fans on video screens or at kiosks at the Aud and Waterloo Recreation Centre and possibly other local public locations.
be struck with a view to having the project started next month and a goal to having all the photos digitized within two years. If you are interested in local sports and/or local history
with a background in either, skilled in research or technical aspects, or just an interested person that this appeals to, the committee would like to hear from you. The committee will also be charged
with reviewing and approving all new applicants to the Parade of History. Anyone interested should email a response/inquiry by January 31, 2018 to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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• Admiral Park, 93 Roxborough Ave. • Belmont Park, 285 Belmont Ave. W. • Bridgeport Community Cenre, 20 Tyson Dr. • Centreville Chicopee Community Centre, 141 Morgan Ave. • Chandler Mowat Community Centre, 222 Chandler Dr. • Cherry Park, Strange St. and and Waverly Rd. • Conway Park, Conway Dr. and Wayne Dr. • Country Clair Park, Country Clair at Pebble Creek • Country Hills Community Centre, 100 Rittenhouse Rd. • Country Hills Public School, 195 Country Hill Dr. • Crosby Park (formerly Stanley Park Public School), 191 Hickson Dr. • Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre, 150 Pioneer Dr.
• Forest Heights Community Centre, 1700 Queens Blvd. • George Lippert Park, Weber and Louisa streets • Glendale Park, Rex Dr. and Glen Rd. • Guelph Park, Guelph St. and Clifton Rd. • King Edward Public School, 709 King St. W. (on Walter St., near Agnes St.) • Lakeside Park, Lakeside Dr. and Gatewood Rd. • Max Becker Commons, Max Becker Dr. and Commonwealth Rd. • Meadowlane Public School, 236 Forestwood Dr. • Mill-Courtland Community Centre, 216 Mill St. • Morrison Park, Morrison Rd. • Pioneer Park Public School, 55 Upper Canada Dr. • Pioneer Park West, 40 Green Valley Dr.
•P rueter Public School, 40 Prueter Ave. • River Ridge Community Rink (at Kiwanis Park), 600 Kiwanis Dr. • Salvation Army Church, 75 Tillsley Dr. • Sheppard Public School, 278 Weber St. E. (at Stirling Avenue) • Smithson Public School, 150 Belleview Ave. • Southridge Public School, 1425 Queen’s Blvd. • Stanley Park Community Centre, 505 Franklin St. N. • Timberlane Park, Timberlane Cr. • Vanier Park, 319 Vanier Dr. • Victoria Hills Community Centre, 10 Chopin Dr. • Victoria Park (2), Jubilee Dr, and David St. • Weber Park, Frederick and Edna streets • Westmount Public School, 329 Glasgow St.
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Regional approves 2.74 per cent property tax increase
aterloo Region residents will pay about $53 more per household in regional taxes in 2018 following council’s December 13 vote to increase taxes by 2.74 per cent to provide more services and infrastructure necessary to meet the growing needs of the community. The increase of is comprised of a 2.27 per cent increase for regional services and a 0.47 per cent increase for police services. The Region is a major provider of essential community services including: helping families, children and seniors; getting people to the hospital in emergencies; ensuring availability of affordable housing; providing
public transit and the Regional transportation network; garbage and recycling collection; ensuring the quality of our drinking water; planning for growth; and supporting other vital community interests. “The Region of Waterloo continues to provide services which support a thriving community. Keeping pace with the demands for service that ensure a good quality of life is key to our budget, and residents of the Region continue to receive good
value for their property tax dollars,” said Ken Seiling, Regional Chair. “Major cost drivers for the 2018 budget are enhanced paramedic services and increased transit services as outlined in our long term business plans. This includes the addition of two 12 hour ambulances and 10 paramedics. Additionally, proposed transit service changes to improve service to Conestoga College and better integrate with ION LRT service.Expan-
sion of MobilityPlus service will ensure accessible transit to those who need and request it. Transit and paramedic services are big ticket items that are costly but necessary to service our community,” said Sean Strickland, Regional Councillor and Chair of the Budget Committee. This year’s budget includes additional funds allocated for investment in a number of critical services. These include an emergency notification system, discretionary benefits for On-
tario Works clients and providing additional staff resources at Sunnyside Home to ensure high quality care. The budget also continues to invest in new infrastructure to support growth and the repair and replacement of existing, aging infrastructure in areas such as: roads; bridges; transit; water supply and wastewater treatment facilities; affordable housing units; and Regional buildings while continuing to promote long term financial sustainability.
On exhibit at the Waterloo Region Museum February 2 to April 29, 2018
Winter returns to six Grand River Parks
fter an unseasonably mild winter last year prevented most Grand River Parks from offering traditional winter activities, six Grand River Conservation Authority parks will open for the winter, beginning January 6. Shade’s Mills (Cambridge), Pinehurst Lake (North Dumfries), Rockwood, and Belwood Lake offer year-round access, providing limited winter maintenance for activities such as hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing, where available. Guelph Lake also provides a small parking area for limited winter activities such as hiking Winter operating hours at these parks are 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., 7-days a week. Shade’s Mills opens one hour early at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Laurel Creek Park in Waterloo will open on weekends only, beginning January 6, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Cross-country skiing and snowshoe equipment rentals are available on weekends at Shade’s Mills, Laurel Creek, and Pinehurst, when conditions allow. To find out current trail conditions and rental availability, call the parks directly. For more information on winter programs visit www.grandriver. ca/winterprograms.
Ice Fishing Ice fishing is available, when conditions allow, at Shade’s Mills, Pinehurst Lake, and Belwood Lake. Ice conditions are monitored daily at these facilities. For up-to-date information on ice fishing, call the parks directly. Ice conditions are not monitored at Guelph Lake and ice fishing is not allowed. Lakes and rivers may look frozen at this time of year, but the ice may still be very thin. Recreational users and the general public are reminded to stay off unmonitored water bodies.
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A New Year’s resolution: increasing our local fitness
admit it – I have not been this excited ICan’llabout a new year in a long, long while. you guess why?
affordable housing when your home address is in Toronto. Local politics is exciting because it’s close to home, our chance to influence school board decisions, city services, and Regional policies. These elected officials are not only our neighbours, but the very system that elects them is the purest form of democracy since Socrates stood up in Ancient Athens to say, “What the heck?” And in 2018, there’s a new wrinkle. Candidates for the October 22nd elections can’t declare their intention to run until May 1st, making it a bit difficult to back a particular political horse when you don’t have the needed background. That’s where the Kitchener Citizen comes in. If an incumbent candidate decides to run, the back issues of our paper (all online!) give you a wealth of information – some written by the very politicians you’re scrutinizing. And should a new candidate enter the fray in May, you can count on the Citizen to cover construction of all local political platforms. Being informed doesn’t mean gleefully putting the feet of elected officials to the fire, but silence implies consent, and Canadian electorates must shun the trend of American meanness permeating the political landscape. So, let’s work out more this year by exercising our local franchise. Let the Citizen be your personal trainer with a dedicated political regimen. After all, we charge no membership fees.
Some of you might choose the long-awaited roll-out of our LRT, the IOU – whoops -I mean, ION. Good guess, but no, although I will be fascinated less by the ridership and more by the vehicular ballet that will ensue when motorists, cyclists, and train conductors all vie for the same piece of pavement. You want a prediction for 2018? KW will be the first region to deploy Blackberry self-driving cars – for our self-preservation! You might pin my excitement to the fed’s legalization of recreational marijuana, slated for July 1st. Hmmmm, close, but again, no. While I will be among the first consumers to visit the Region’s three designated cannabis retail outlets, it won’t be to purchase product, but to peruse the personnel for former students of mine, the ones I frequently admonished with the lecture, “Your marijuana expertise will surely lead you to a life of drugs.” How was I to know that they’d be working with governmental blessing? How about a hint? Okay, think politics, but not the American variety, although I will admit that should our southern cousins not throw out a good number of Republican apparatchiks in their November midterm elections, I will lead the call to build a northern wall. No, my January excitement is for this year’s municipal elections. Forget about trying to get the federal Liberals to buy Jack Nahrgang recently retired from the Waterloo Region military equipment worthy of our armed forces. Ditto for the District School Board. He is a monthly columnist with the provincial government; you can’t truly understand the need for Kitchener Citizen.
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Most streets inaccessible in winter: TriTAG sidewalk study
esidents who walk a distance as short as 50 metres in winter are more likely than not to encounter a sidewalk or corner obstructed by ice or snow, according to a new study released by the Tri-Cities Transport Action Group (TriTAG). The volunteer-run study, conducted over several weeks in January and February of 2017, has found that local bylaws and enforcement practices requiring property owners to clear adjacent sidewalks of snow and ice do not guarantee sidewalks are accessible to all in colder months. “Kitchener’s Pedestrian Charter recognizes walking as a right to be enjoyed by its citizens,” said Mike Boos, executive committee member of TriTAG. “What we’ve found though, is that today’s ‘do-it-yourself’ sidewalk clearing policies do not uphold the Pedestrian Charter’s promise of safe and consistent walking conditions throughout this city.” TriTAG initiated the study following a City of Kitchener report that compared the city’s sidewalk clearing policies with those of other cities that actively plow their sidewalks, solely on the basis of costs and complaint volumes. The TriTAG study attempts to provide better, more direct metrics to assess the state of walking mobility, by counting the number of adjacent properties and street corners where absent or inadequate
snow-clearing has left sidewalks inaccessible. The study found that even in cases where there had been no snowfall for several days, an average transit user would get less than halfway to a bus stop before encountering uncleared ice or snow. “For many of our neighbours, uncleared sidewalks means they end up staying indoors to feel safe, rather than participate in everyday tasks or social interactions,” said Boos. “Our cities’ approach to sidewalk clearing should not confine anyone within a prison of ice and snow.” TriTAG is recommending that Kitchener and other municipalities adopt metrics that assess the mobility impacts of sidewalk policies, and is calling on the city to conduct a pilot program to more directly evaluate various sidewalk enforcement and plowing options. The full report can be accessed from the TriTAG website: tritag.ca/wintersidewalks Submitted by: The Tri-cities Transport Action Group (TriTAG), a local grassroots organization advocating for changes that enable all people in Waterloo Region to have transportation choice, and to improve their experience and dignity when walking, biking, and riding transit.
Calling all future student leaders, decision makers and visionaries in grades 5 and 6! What does your ideal city look like? We want to know what makes a city a great place to live. Tell Mayor Vrbanovic and members of council (in 250 words or less) how you would shape Kitchener for the future. Winners will participate in a MOCK DEBATE (televised meeting) on May 7, 2018, to debate a community-related topic and receive a tour of City Hall. As well, your report will be printed in an upcoming issue of the Kitchener Citizen! Reports are due by April 9, 2018 and can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped off at the Office of the Mayor and Council in City Hall, 200 King Street West (after business hours, please drop off at security desk.) A total of 11 reports will be chosen. All entries are the property of the City of Kitchener. Only the winners’ names, their age and reports will be published. For more information, call 519-741-2300.
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PROVINCIAL ISSUES by Daiene Vernile MPP Kitchener Centre
he start of a new year is when many T people resolve to make changes to improve their lives. Lose weight. Quit
smoking. Get your finances in order. At the start of 2018, the Ontario
PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Raj Saini MP Kitchener Centre
ith the holiday season behind us, W I’m looking forward to the year ahead, representing our community
both here at home and in Ottawa. As we enter 2018, I’m pleased to begin the year by sharing very positive news about our economy. In 2017,
government resolved to create fairness and opportunity with a milestone plan to help people get ahead in our changing economy. This plan includes a higher minimum wage for workers and free prescription medications for Ontarians under 25 years of age. So, why are we doing this? Currently, Ontario’s economy is red hot. The unemployment rate, at 5.5%, is the lowest it’s been in 18 years. Economic success is being felt across all sectors, including manufacturing, technology, real estate, and finance. And for a third straight year, our growth is outperforming all G7 countries. But, unfortunately, not all Ontarians are sharing in these gains. Many are struggling to get ahead in a workplace where jobs and benefits are less secure, and income inequality has become the moral issue of our time. This is why the Ontario government is taking action to help more people afford life’s expenses. The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act increases the minimum wage to $14 per hour on January 1st of this
year, and then to $15 per hour by January 2019. This means almost a third of Ontario workers will now earn a living wage. It will also make employee scheduling fairer, require employers to pay the same wage to part-time employees who do the same job as full-time employees, introduce two paid days per year of personal emergency leave, and ensure at least three weeks’ vacation after five years of service with the same employer. Recently, while browsing through dress shop Sisters on Huron, owner Delores Sullivan approached me to share her views on the minimum wage. Delores has experienced both sides of the retail floor – as a staffer, and now as a small business owner employing six workers. “I agree and support the fact that the minimum wage should be increased. I appreciate that it is to be done incrementally over 2 years,” wrote Delores in an open letter posted on Facebook. Delores’ next comments are striking. “How is it possible that employers
sleep at night, growing their successful companies on the backs of loyal and often hard working people, paying them poorly?” She concludes by saying, “Thank you to the Wynne government for this new action to ensure that all will be treated fairly.” Delores encourages more business owners to take a positive stand and treat their employees fairly. Ontario is also expanding medicare so no parent has to choose between paying for their child’s prescription drugs and providing other essentials. Everyone under the age of 25 with OHIP coverage and a valid prescription will now get their medications at no cost. OHIP+ provides access to more than 4,400 drug products, including ones to treat cancer and rare diseases. Building a fairer Ontario is fundamental to the success of people in every corner of our province.
Canada added 422,000 jobs. Our country’s unemployment rate now stands at 5.7% - the lowest since government records started being kept in 1976. In 2018, through smart investments, we’ll continue to create the kind of growth that works for everyone. When you have an economy that works for the middle class, you have a country that works for everyone. For some, this will mean that is easier to find a good well-paying job, or to progress in their careers. Our Government is investing in growing this economy through measures like the recently announced Venture Capital Catalyst Initiative, which will make $400 million available through the Business Development Bank of Canada. This will help companies grow start-ups into global champions while creating jobs across the country. Interested applicants can submit expressions of interest until February 23, 2018, and can learn more here: www.ic.gc.ca/eic/ site/061.nsf/eng/h_03052.html. Another important component of the Government’s work to create jobs is the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program. Canada’s future prosperity de-
pends on young Canadians getting the education and experience they’ll need to succeed, and that includes access to work experience. From December 19, 2017, to February 2, 2018, eligible employers can apply for CSJ 2018 funding. For more information on CSJ, including the eligibility criteria and application guide, visit www.Canada. ca/Canada-summer-jobs, drop by a Service Canada Office or call 1-800935-5555. Small businesses are at the heart of the Canada Summer Jobs program, and they are the heart of our community. From the bookshops and galleries where we share art and knowledge, to the start-ups where we innovate and share ideas, local businesses help shape the character of our city. In the coming weeks, I hope to meet with local businesses to discuss some of their priorities for 2018, to answer any questions about Government programs, and to ensure that our Government is working to meet their needs. If you are a small business owner and would like me to drop by in January, I would encourage you to reach out to my office to arrange a visit.
As we continue to look to the year ahead, the Minister of Finance has also launched an online pre-budget consultation process for Budget 2018, inviting Canadians to offer their ideas on four themes: progress for the middle class, the economy of tomorrow, lifelong learning, and gender equality. Canadians can participate in person, through the website www.budget.gc.ca/pbc18, or by engaging on social media using #YourBudget2018. I would encourage all members of our community to participate, as we work together to create a vision of what Canada’s future should look like. To learn more about the work I am doing here in the riding and in Ottawa, please visit my website, www. RajSainiMP.ca email me at Raj.Saini@ parl.gc.ca, or call me at 519-741-2001. Please also feel free to join us at our next Community Potluck, to be held in my office on Sunday February 4th. My staff and I are always ready to answer your questions or assist you with any Federal matter you may have. I look forward to hearing from you. I wish you and your family all the best for a safe, healthy, and happy 2018.
health, happiness and peace. The New Year started with some excellent news: Canada has created almost 700,000 jobs since we were elected, and now has its lowest unemployment rate in over 40 years! Canada’s unemployment rate now stands at 5.7% – the lowest since government records started being kept in 1976. Ontario’s unemployment rate has fallen to 5.5%, and, in the Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo Census Metropolitan Area, the unemployment rate hit an extraordinary low of 4.3% in December. I believe that this success has been achieved by implementing our plan: reducing taxes on the middle-class and those working hard to join it, putting by Marwan Tabbara more money in the pockets of moms MP Kitchener South/Hespeler and dads who will stimulate the local economy with their tax-free Canada Child Benefit, and investing in infraappy New Year! I offer my best structure. I believe we can continue to wishes to all the residents of build on this success in the year ahead, Waterloo Region. I hope 2018 brings and I look forward to continuing to
being a strong voice for my constitu- Canada Summer Jobs ents in Ottawa. Last summer, several not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund and small businesses and the students In 2017, the world faced another they hired as summer employees in humanitarian crisis that saw the flee- Kitchener South-Hespeler benefited ing of 600,000 Rohingya refugees from the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) from Myanmar to neighbouring Ban- program. In total, 158 job opportunities gladesh. The majority of these refu- were available thanks to $542,047 in CSJ subsidy funding to employers in gees are women and children. The Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund our riding. This is a great opportunity for was established to help address this crisis. In the span of three months, Ca- employers and students; employers nadians donated more than $12.5 mil- benefit from acquiring extra help lion to registered charities. The Gov- during the summer months and ernment of Canada made a matching students gain valuable workplace contribution of $12.55 million which skills and experience. Applications from employers are will be allocated to life-saving and gender-sensitive assistance being being accepted online until February provided by humanitarian partners 2, 2018. For more information on CSJ, to those living in camps and settlements in Bangladesh or those dis- including the eligibility criteria and placed within Myanmar. Overall, application guide, visit www.canada. Canada’s contribution is more than ca, a Service Canada Office, or call 1-800-935-5555. $37.5 million.
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LOWE’S GRAND OPENING
Lowe’s and its employees each give special gifts to food bank BY CARRIE DEBRONE
fter 16 weeks and a $4.3-million renovation, Lowe’s located in the former RONA Home and Garden location at 730 Ottawa Street South in Kitchener, held a grand opening December 14. The converted store is the first “new model” home improvement Lowe’s store in Ontario. Company representatives explain that the new store design was developed by taking the best of Lowe’s and RONA’s offerings with the goal to create an enhanced shopping experience for customers. It has 40,000 items available in store and many more online. The Kitchener store is the 60th Lowe’s store in Canada
and the second location locally (the other is located on Ira Needles in Waterloo). The opening of the new Lowe’s created 45 new jobs in the community. It has 160 permanent employees and about 40 seasonal workers. The grand opening included speeches by local politicians and company representatives. It also included a $5,000 donation to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region from the company, which will go toward work needed on the food bank’s Alpine Ct. building. A team from Lowe’s will be going to the food bank to help with clean up, repairs and other work needed at the Lowe’s new location on Ottawa Street South in Kitchener held its official grand opening December 14. Lowe’s facility. An additional $2,200 dona- representatives and the Waterloo Regional Chair watch as Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic (middle) saws the grand opening board in half. From left: Store Manager Summet Sindwani, Regional Chair Ken Seiling, Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, Lowe’s Divisional Vice President Malcolm Parks, and Marketing Director Rick Truant.
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tion that was raised solely by the store’s employees will go towards purchasing food for the food bank. Summet Sindwani, store manager, said the employees raised the money in only a few short weeks by baking cookies, selling chocolate and holding a chili cook off among other fundraisers. “I’m proud to be part of such an amazing team,” Sindwani said. The store was kept open for all but about five hours during its four-month transformation. Although it was difficult, employees worked around the construction and Sindwani praised their above and beyond efforts to ready the store for the opening. The store includes an ex-
BLASTBALL, T-BALL, 3-PITCH Most games are played in the Stanley Park / Rosemount areas of Kitchener from April 28 thru June 23. Teams usually play 2 games/week on various evenings – any Sat. games are A.M. (We offer scheduling options to accommodate you.) Our fee includes team Tshirt, hat, photo package, medallion/trophy and wrap-up party on Sat. June 23
(Note: Late fees in effect as of March 20 – Blastball $50, Jr T-Ball $90, Sr T-Ball & 3-Pitch $100)
BLASTBALL: Co-ed program for children born in 2013 & 2014 (& early 2015)
JUNIOR T-BALL: Co-ed program for children born in 2011, 2012 & 2013
SENIOR T-BALL: Co-ed program for children born in 2009, 2010 & 2011
JUNIOR 3 PITCH: Co-ed program for children born in 2007, 2008 & 2009
SENIOR 3 PITCH: Co-ed program for children born in 2004, 2005, 2006 & 2007
(Note: Most Junior T-Ball games will be scheduled on “play areas” at Franklin and Midland Parks.) (Note: Children born in 2011 have the choice of playing at either the Junior or Senior level.) (Note: Children born in 2009 may be enrolled in either Senior T-Ball or Junior 3 Pitch) (Note: Children born in 2007 may be enrolled in either Junior or Senior 3 Pitch)
(Note: There is a $5 fee discount for each additional family player registered online.) Fee assistance is available. For more information and ON-LINE registration: www.StanleyParkOptimist.com You can register on-line anytime or come to one of our personal registration sessions:
Stanley Park Mall on Saturday, February 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Laurentian Power Centre (upstairs in Zehrs Community Room) Saturday, March 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stanley Park Mall on Saturday, March 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stanley Park Mall on Monday, March 19 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. All participation is solely at participant’s risk. Our program is run entirely by volunteers so parents and/or guardians are required to be involved with the coaching/operation of the team. Mandatory rotation, good sportsmanship & “No Tobacco” rules are enforced. Sponsors*, umpires, scorekeepers & student volunteers are needed: www.StanleyParkOptimist.com *Team sponsorship is only $175 – details are on our website. All support is appreciated.
panded summer patio furniture section, a wood flooring section and new products by manufacturers like John Deere and Cub Cadet. Its services to contractors have also been expanded and include charge accounts and a drive-through lumberyard. Lowe’s Companies Inc. is visited by 17 million customers a week in Canada, the
United States and Mexico. Based in Boucherville, Quebec, Lowe’s Canadian business, together with its subsidiary RONA Inc., operates or services more than 600 corporate and independent affiliate dealer stores including Lowes, RONA, Réno-Dépôt, Marcil, Dick’s Lumber and Ace.
Grand River Hospital tops Canadian hospitals for blood donation in 2017
rand River Hospital has become the top hospital in Canada for lifesaving blood donations in 2017. Staff, physicians and volunteers gave 571 units last year. “When organizations like Grand River Hospital become part of the Partners for Life program, they help support collections to help all those who need it most,” says Michael Betel, Director of Donor Relations (Ontario and Nunavut), Canadian Blood Services. “Canadian Blood Services congratulates Grand River Hospital, and appreciates the organization’s vital role in increasing blood donations in 2017.” Grand River Hospital joined Canadian Blood Services’ Partners for Life program in December 2009. Donations by members of the hospital community are tallied for a GRH total. Of particular note: • The hospital’s 2017 blood donation total is more than double its previous record of 274 units donated in 2015;
• New donors were responsible for nearly a quarter of the hospital’s blood donation total for the year; and • Of more than 2,000 partner organizations taking part across Canada, GRH placed 19th in 2017. “Every year, thousands of patients in our emergency, childbirth, children’s, surgical, cancer and renal (kidney) programs depend on blood products for their care,” said Malcolm Maxwell, GRH’s president and CEO. Even though half of the Canadian population is eligible to donate, only four per cent of people do. Every year, patients at GRH depend on more than 9,000 units of blood and blood products to support their care. Donor clinics are readily available in permanent and travelling locations. To book an appointment, use the Give Blood App for Apple or Android, visit blood.ca or call 1-888-2-DONATE.
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SKI FOR FREE
Kitchener Community Night at Chicopee on February 11 C
hicopee Ski & Summer Resort will hold its Kitchener Community Night on Sunday, February 11 from 5 to 9pm. Residents of Kitchener are able to ski free – just bring your proof of residency. Chicopee Ski Club, situated on 165 acres at 396 Morrison Rd. in Kitchener East, is a community Not-For-Profit organization established in 1934 and operated by a volunteer Board of Directors. Chicopee provides work for approximately 500 seasonal employees; many are students and first time workers. The club’s mission statement is to “Offer unique and memorable experiences through fun-filled programs, activities, and events.” In the winter, Chicopee is open seven days a week from 9am to 9pm weekdays and 8:30am to 9pm on weekends. The resort offers three chairlifts and two surface lifts that serve 11 runs and its Freestyle Terrain Park. Chicopee offers eight-week lesson programs in skiing, snowboarding, freestyle skiing and racing for all ages. If you have never tried skiing or snowboarding, you can try a Discover Monday where from 5 to 9pm you get
Public Notice 2018 Municipal and School Board Election Changes to Nomination Dates
a Beginner Centre Lift ticket, Group Beginner Lesson, and your equipment all for $35. Students receive a special All-Access $25 Lift ticket rate on Student Wednesday. Family Fridays offer $30 All-Access Lift Tickets and $45 Discover Packages.
The Municipal Elections Act requires that every person who wants to run for office in the Monday, October 22, 2018 Municipal Election must file a Nomination Form with the Clerk. There have been a number of changes to the legislation, including a change in the Nomination period which now opens on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 and closes on Friday, July 27, 2018 at 2 p.m.
It is anticipated the Province of Ontario will release the prescribed Nomination Form on or after April 1, 2018 which will include the new requirement for 25 supporting signatures on the Nomination Form.
The Municipal Elections Act provides that a candidate’s election campaign period for any of the offices listed below begins on the day they file a nomination for the campaign. No contributions shall be made or accepted and no expenses may be incurred before the Nomination Form is filed with the Clerk. Money, goods and services given to and accepted by or on behalf of a person for their election campaign are contributions. Please note that nominations for the offices listed below will be received by the Clerk responsible for their municipal election to be held on Monday, October 22, 2018: • • • • • • • •
Regional Chair Mayor Regional Councillor for Cambridge, Kitchener or Waterloo Ward Councillor Waterloo Region District School Board Trustee Waterloo Catholic District School Board Trustee Conseil Scolaire Viamonde Conseil Scolaire catholique MonAvenir
For more information, please visit wrvotes.com. Dated this 1st day of December, 2017.
Conversation Circle English conversation circles for adults. A fun and friendly group to practice speaking English and meet other people.
Thursdays, 10:00 - 12:00pm
Euchre Enjoy your Friday nights playing euchre with new and old friends. No need to come with a team, single player welcome.
The Stanley Park Community Association is actively looking for members of the community to volunteer with us. Visit us at spcakitchener.ca/openings or call 519-741-2504 for more information.
Fridays, 6:30 - 9:25 pm
Stanley Park Community Association • 505 Franklin Street, N. Kitchener • 519-741-2504
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The City of Kitchener’s first priority is making sure residents can travel safely around the city each winter by keeping roads and sidewalks clear of snow and ice. The city is responsible for snow removal on: • public roadways; • sidewalks around city facilities; • crosswalks.
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We must all work together to ensure residents can travel safely. Unshovelled sidewalks create issues for individuals who use mobility devices or who have a disability; older adults or parents with strollers. Residents are responsible for removing snow and ice from sidewalks around their property within 24 hours after a snowfall. There are local agencies who can help, if you are unable to clear your sidewalks because of health or mobility restrictions. Fees and eligibility requirements may apply, so call for details: • Community Support Connections/Meals and Wheels and More: 519-772-8787; • Working Centre: 519-513-9225; You can also ask a high school student; volunteer hours are required for graduation from high school. Contact your local high school to see if there are students who can help you through the winter. Be a Snow Angel! Snow Angels volunteer to shovel snow for someone in their neighbourhood, lending a hand to clear to those who may not be able to meet their responsibility to remove ice and snow from their sidewalks after a snowfall. They help create a safer community for everyone.www.kitchener.ca/snowangel
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There is NO OVERNIGHT PARKING on City of Kitchener streets between December 1 and March 31. Our operations roads crews aim to clear all streets within 24 hours when a SNOW EVENT occurs. The City of Kitchener’s tag-and-tow bylaw prohibits parking on all streets at any time during a Snow Event, until it is cancelled.* Keeping vehicles off the streets allows the crews to clear the streets safely. Cars parked on streets during Snow Events will be ticketed and may be towed. A ticket for parking on-street during a Snow Event is $80. *To receive notices when Snow Events are declared, visit www.kitchener.ca/ tagandtow to subscribe.
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Snow and ice clearing tips Follow these tips to keep your sidewalk clear of snow and ice this winter.
Shovel or plow the snow first. • Clear the snow as soon as you can so a snowy walk doesn’t become as icy one • Do not use salt or de-icers to melt snow • Use a broom to sweep up snow left behind by the shovel or plow
Treat icy patches only. • Remove ice with a steel ice chopper • Use non-clumping kitty litter or sand to reduce the potential to slip and when it’s too cold for salt to work • Sprinkle salt or de-icer on icy areas only and give it time to work before clearing ice • Follow salt or de-icer directions for working temperature and application rate • Empty leftover salt from your scoop or bucket back into the bag, and not on the ground, to save for next time
Stopping salting completely may not be realistic, but we know we could all use a little less.
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Four local leaders win Jack Young Civic Awards
our local leaders received Jack Young Civic Awards from the Region of Waterloo in December. Recipients were former regional councillors William (Bill) Strauss, Carl Zehr and Jane Brewer (posthumously), and retired Waterloo Region Police Chief Larry Gravill. The Jack Young Civic Award is the Region’s highest honour and is presented to individuals in Waterloo Region who exemplify the high standards of political and civic life exhibited by Jack A. Young – the first
Chair of the Regional Municipality of Waterloo – during his years of public service. It is a uniquely Region of Waterloo Award that celebrates and recognizes the contributions of people directly connected to Regional government and its programs and services, or Regionally created or administered organizations. “The selection committee was struck by the broad scope and length of time of the recipients’ involvement in our community,” said Ken Seiling, Regional Chair. “The con-
Community Church Listing St James’-Rosemount United 171 Sherwood Ave., Kitchener (519) 742-1002 Sunday Service: 10:30am Lunch served following service on the third Sunday of every month. Nursery, Sunday School, Youth Group, Wed. Night Bible study Kitchener Gospel Temple-Pentecostal 9 Conway Dr. (at River Rd), Kitchener (519) 894-5999 Sunday Service: 10:30am Mid-week activities for all ages. www.kitchenergospel.com 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 www.holycrosskitchener.org 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 www.bemc.ca Stanley Park Community Church 9 Dreger Ave., (at Ottawa St.) Kitchener (519) 893-8186 www.stanleyparkchurch.ca Pastor: John Pearce Sunday Service and Kid’s Church: 10:30am ALL WELCOME!
tributions of Jane, Larry, Bill and Carl and during the accumulative 130 years of their Regional public service have had a lasting and positive impact on the citizens of Waterloo Region.” Jane Brewer was known for her fair, thoughtful and even-handed approach to politics. She served on Regional Council for 32 years, including her initial appointment in 1982. She was elected as Mayor of Cambridge in 1988, serving in that capacity until 2000, when she was directly elected by Cambridge residents to represent them on Regional Council. She could be strong without being combative. Brewer was always a Cambridge booster who also understood how her city fit within the larger Regional government. Brewer, who passed away on August 22, 2017 at the age of 93, was so devoted to her constituents that she only left public office in 2014 – at age 90 – because she was forced by illness. However, that didn’t stop more than 4,000 people voting for her in the municipal election that fall. Jane was honoured with the Cambridge and North Dumfries Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014. She was famous for working long hours in her prime and was known as an old-school politician who rarely missed a community barbecue, festival or parade. Larry Gravill joined the Waterloo Regional Police Service in 1973, holding several progressively responsible positions until he was appointed Police Chief in 1992, a position he held until his retirement in 2007. He is credited with numerous innovative policing initiatives, but particularly the operationalizing and championing of the Community Policing Model, introduced by his predecessor, Harold Basse. This model has been adopted across the country. In 2001, retired Police Chief Gravill was recognized for his outstanding service and leadership to the policing profession and invested as a Commander of the Order of Merit of Police Forces. In June 2014, he was appointed to the position of Citizenship Judge, serving in that capacity for three years. During his career, Larry was instrumental in many initiatives including the development of the Waterloo Region Children’s Safety Village – which celebrates 25 years this year – providing quality hands-on education to elementary school-aged children. He has served as Honourary Chair of the Kitchener Water-
At regional council on December 13 to receive a Jack Young Civic award were, from left: John Brewer (accepting for the late Jane Brewer), Larry Gravill, William (Bill) Strauss, and Carl Zehr. Also recognized at the meeting was Marilyn Scott with the Ontario Senior Achievement Award.
loo United Way campaign and continues to be involved with the local Rotary.
served as a Councillor, first in the Township of Wellesley from 1969 to 1974, and later in the Township of Woolwich from 1985 to 1994, before becoming Mayor of the Township of Woolwich in 1997. While serving as Mayor, a position he held until 2010, he also served on Regional Council for 13 years. In November 2009, Bill received a 25-year Long-Standing Service Award from the Province of Ontario. What stands out the most about Bill is the genuine relationships he nurtured with the residents he served, as well as the Council members and staff with whom he worked. He has always maintained that if you take the time to talk to people, you can learn so much. Carl Zehr was first elected to Kitchener City Council in 1985. He continued to serve on Kitchener Council, representing residents in the ward of Chicopee until 1994. He was appointed by the City of Kitchener to represent the municipality on Regional Council from 1988 until 1994. In 1997, he was elected as the Mayor of Kitchener and was re-elected in 2000, 2003, 2006 and 2010; he also served on Regional Council in his capacity as Mayor. He served on Regional Council for 21 years. In 2014, as the longest serving mayor in Kitchener, he announced that he would not be seeking an additional term in the municipal election. He was a member of the Large Urban Mayors’ Caucus of Ontario and served as its chair in 1999. He was also a member of the Big City Mayors Caucus (Canada) from 1997 to 2014. He has served as a member of the board of numerous Kitchener area organizations, including the Kitchener-Wilmot
Hydro Board, the University of Waterloo, Centre in the Square, and Kitchener Housing Inc. Officially retired, Carl continues to represent Waterloo Region through his work on the board of Metrolinx, the Toronto-based public transport agency, where he’s supporting improved rail service to Waterloo Region. Carl always brought a Regional perspective to his work and was a key supporter of projects such as the LRT, the medical school, and the David Johnston Technology Park. The 2017 award recipients’ names have been engraved on the Jack Young Civic Award plaque and their group photograph will be displayed in the lobby of the Regional Administrative Headquarters, 150 Frederick Street, Kitchener until December 31, 2019. Also recognized during the Council meeting was Marilyn Scott, past-Chair of the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund. She was one of 15 individuals recently presented with an Ontario Senior Achievement Award by the Lieutenant Governor for Ontario, the Honourable Catherine Dowdeswell. “I was pleased to support Marilyn’s nomination in recognition of her volunteer work to support and strengthen the arts in Waterloo Region. Marilyn has served on the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund for the past six years, three of those as Chair,” said Ken Seiling. “I witnessed first-hand the significant measures she implemented, in collaboration with the Board, during a very challenging period in the Arts Fund’s history. She has spent countless hours over the past many years to help further the cause of the arts community and to ensure that much needed funding was available to support local artists and artistic organizations.”
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Kitchener Centre MP Raj Saini honours local members of the community with sesquicentennial pins n December, Raj Saini, Member of Iawarded Parliament for Kitchener Centre, 15 individuals and five orga-
nizations with sesquicentennial pins in honour of their extraordinary contributions to Kitchener. Recipients were nominated from the community and excelled in one or more of the following four categories: promoting a diverse and inclusive Canada, advancing reconciliation of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians, reaffirming the importance of strong environmental stewardship, and engaging and inspiring youth. “Our community is fortunate to have so many people who strive to help and support others in so many different ways,” said Saini. Each award recipient received a Canada 150 pin and a challenge coin. The pin incorporates the original copper which covered the roofs of Canada’s Parliament buildings from 1918 to 1996. Challenge Coins have long been a tradition to mark outstanding service. The award recipients are: • Asma Al-wahsh • David Marskell • Debora Ritchie • Diane Bonfonte • Donna Dubie • Engin Sezen & Selda Sezen • Fitzroy (Fitz the Whip) Vanderpool
A group photo following the Sesquicentennial Awards of Recognition hosted by MP Raj Saini on December 9 at the Kitchener Public Library. Recipients excelled in one or more of the following four categories: promoting a diverse and inclusive Canada, advancing reconciliation of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians, reaffirming the importance of strong environmental stewardship, and engaging and inspiring youth.
• Gebrehiwot (Gebre) Berihun • Haile Kiflai • John Neufeld • Kathryn Bender • Laura Hamilton • Sarah Shafiq • Tarique Plummer • Tracey Weiler
As well as four groups: • Anishnabeg Outreach • I am Rohingya (Theatre production group) • Mennonite Central Committee • OK2BME, KW Counselling • YWCA, Kitchener Waterloo Emergency Shelter (formerly Mary’s Place)
The ceremony was held December 9, 2017 at the Main Branch of the Kitchener Public Library. Entertainment was provided by Drumming Women from Healing of the 7 Generations. O Canada was performed by Yvonne Jarsch. The award winners were introduced by Ethan McCready-Branch.
Community Environmental Improvement Grant Think locally, act locally with a grant up to
Got an idea? Apply today! www.kitchener.ca/CEIG Application deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. The City of Kitchener hosted a New Year’s Eve retro cartoon party at City Hall to ring in the New Year. The free event featured live music, retro arcade games, costumed characters, and ice skating on Carl Zehr Square. Scooby-Doo from the much-loved children’s cartoon ScoobyDoo, Where are You? was on hand with the Mystery Machine van. With Scooby-Doo are Isabelle (left) and Annapaula.
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Notes from City Hall
Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were satisfying and restful. As council begins the new year we delve right back into the 2016 budget process. To find
It was nice meeting many Ward 2 residents at the New Year’s Levee. The 2018 budget will be finalized on Monday, January 22. You
I would like to wish everyone a Happy and Rewarding New Year in 2018 !! Several major issues affecting various areas of Ward 3 will be discussed by Council in 2018. These include: the Traynor-Vanier LRT pedestrian crossing to Fairview; the planning for Phase 2
A new year brings the promise of hope and many resolutions are made as the year unfolds. When attending events throughout the Christmas season,
I hope you enjoyed a happy and peaceful holiday season. As we kick off the new year, council will be finalizing the 2018 budget. Public Budget Day takes place on January 15 in the council
out more, visit www.kitchener. ca/budget2016. If you have any interests or concerns, you are more than welcome to call (519) 7412200 extension 7700 to connect on the budget, or appear before council for a presentation. Our Public Input session is January 12th at 7pm. Alternatively, you can contact me directly any time before January 18th; final budget day. The property tax increase target is 1.5%, a low certainly in our region and likely near the lowest
in Ontario. 1.5% approximates the previous-years inflation which has been our past practice, but I wonder if that’s appropriate going forward. I do believe CPI inflation is the target to which we should hold ourselves, but using an averaged inflation over the previous few years makes more sense than a single year. Consider the implications of a volatile year. Suppose an anomalous year that saw deflation of say -3%. Would it be reasonable/possible to cut approximately $3 million from our
budget without lowering service levels? Conversely, if inflation were to skyrocket 5% or 6% in a single year, is it reasonable to expect taxpayers to accept that increase the following year? I think not in both cases. Our current informal policy forces reactionary decisions rather than carefully planned ones. While this isn’t an issue that needs resolving for this budget, I believe council should revisit it prior to 2017.
can view the proposed budget at kitchener.ca/budget2018. The proposed tax rate increase is 1.7%. For a home assessed at $300,000 it’s an increase of 18 dollars a year or $1.50 per month. The combined rate increase for our Water, Sanitary Sewer and Storm Water utilities is 6.5%. That’s down from 9.3% from last year’s budget. We’ll improve our infrastructure maintenance to preserve it and keep it functioning longer. It still allows us to continue
a steady rate of replacing our infrastructure too. The budget also allows for investment in parks and trails and for citizen led neighbourhood projects and events. My goal is to have the right balance of the services you want at a cost acceptable to you. Call or email me with your thoughts and suggestions or come to our public input session on January 15. You can also have your say at engagekitchener.ca
Visit our Community Centre websites at cccakitchener.com or spcakitchener.ca they have great programs, activities and events to enjoy. If I can assist you, please contact me or call our Contact Centre anytime at 519-741-2345. I update my city and community activities often on social media. Follow me on Twitter at @DaveSchniderKW or friend me on Facebook. My website is daveschnider.com All the BEST in 2018!
of the LRT affecting residents in the Hidden Valley and Deer Ridge areas; Traffic Calming plans for Fallowfield Dr; the Tall Buildings planned for the corner of Courtland & Block Line Rd; the Zone Change application for the property at the corner of Fallowfield & Block Line Rd. In addition there will be the annual issues dealing with the increasing costs of all of the City’s services such as Utilities and Property Taxes. There will undoubtedly be considerable media coverage for these issues. In addition the City’s web site at www.kitchener.ca/ will provide considerable back ground information on these and other Kitchener projects and programs. I strongly encourage all citizens to continue to be actively engaged in all of
these discussions. Please do not hesitate to contact me at your convenience for updates and additional information on these and any City project. My main office is in my home so that I am pretty much available 24/7 to assist you with your concerns and questions on all issues. (519-744-0807 / 519-498-2389 / john.gazzola@kitchener. ca / email@example.com ) Over the past several months a number of residents have asked whether I am as actively involved as in the past since they have not seen my name in media reports. I assure you that I participate vigorously in all Council debates and activities. I continue to try to put forward all sides of issues being considered. Unfortunately the trend continues to discount opinions
‘different’ from those put forward by staff and many Members of Council. I have found over the years that giving “different” opinions makes you “negative” and earns you the label of “naysayer”. Recently the question was raised in Council as to why opposing views were not included in City media reports. Apparently this is a City policy. One that I submit lacks transparency. I will continue to work energetically to see that all aspects of all issues are considered in City discussions regardless of whether or not they are reported by City or other media.
it is encouraging to see how our community comes together. Hundreds gather in City Hall and in the square to celebrate the cultural heritage of Christkindl Market; on New Year’s Eve, again hundreds attend the festivities to ring in the New Year, and our New Year’s Levee is always well attended by the community. As our city grows, people are finding more opportunities to gather together with their neighbours to celebrate not only special events,
as I mentioned above, but also to get to know their neighbours. As Ward 4 grows further out towards New Dundee Rd. it is encouraging to see citizens step up to gather their neighbours together to build safer communities. When you know your neighbours and look out for each other you are building a better and safer community. I was so proud to see that two groups in Ward 4 were recognized at the Festival of Neighbourhoods for events that
were held during the summer. The Safer Neighbourhoods Award was given to the group in the Topper Woods area who hosted a “Mix and Mingle” for their neighbours, and the Newcomer Award was given to a second group who held a large neighbourhood gathering in Thomas Slee Park. Look out for each other especially as we move through the winter and sidewalks become treacherous and roads are less safe.
chambers and I encourage you to attend and share your feedback on the proposed budget. You may also provide input by visiting www. engagekitchener.ca and complete our online survey or by calling: 519741-2200 ext. 7700. Final budget will be approved on January 22. With winter well underway it is important to remember a few things regarding snow removal that will assist the city and help keep the public safe: observe the city’s tag and tow program and keep parked cars off streets wherever possible;
clear the snow and ice from your sidewalks within 24 hrs after a snow event; avoid pushing snow back onto roads - please shovel it onto private property; place your garbage and recycling in the driveway area and not on the roadway on collection day; remind children not to climb or play on snowbanks; try to keep your fire hydrant or gas meter clear of snow and ice. Last year we began the new Snow Angels initiative to encourage people to be good neighbours by clearing snow for those with
limited mobility or individuals with a disability. This campaign is also a recognition program where residents can nominate their “Snow Angel” to receive a letter of thanks from the mayor and a chance to receive a $100.00 gift card. Last year was a great success with 177 nominations received along with many inspiring stories sharing acts of kindness. This year the program continues and I encourage you to be a Snow Angel and help shovel snow for a person in your neighbourhood.
Happy New Year 2018! I hope everybody had an opportunity to enjoy the holiday season with an opportunity to slow down, spend time with those nearest and dearest to us, reflect on 2017 and look forward to 2018! I wish each of you and your families a year filled with health, happiness, prosperity and gratitude for all that we have in this great country we call home. CANADA 150 COMES TO AN END With the arrival of the new year, the celebration of our country’s sesquicentennial comes to an end! 2017 was a great year to reflect on our country’s and our city’s history as we have lived it for the past 150 years, and begin to think about the kind of country we want to be as we commence the next 150 years of our journey. Congratulations to the team in Ottawa that organized the celebrations in our nation’s capital for those who were able to make it there at some point this year! Thanks also to everyone who participated in some of our local celebrations including Canada Day on July 1st, the ON150 concerts in Downtown Kitchener and our commemorative tree planting of 150 native trees in Kiwanis Park. As we begin this next part of our shared history together, let’s make sure we ask ourselves, “What am I going to do in the coming year to make Kitchener and Canada a kinder, gentler and smarter community and nation?” We all have a role to play in this journey and I encourage you to begin writing that next chapter in the coming year. MAYORS CITY BUILDER AWARDS This past Sunday, I was pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Mayor’s City Builder Awards at our annual New Year’s Levee. I introduced these awards in my first State of the City speech as mayor in 2015, and this will be the third year that we are awarding them. The award was introduced to recognize and bring attention to Kitchener citizens and groups who have demonstrated a commitment to making our city and community a better place today and in the future. Congratulations to this year’s recipients - Melissa Bowman, Sara Casselman, Basheer Habib, Laura McBride and Paula Saunders. Thank you to them for all they have done to make our community a great place to live, work and play in. Thank you also to everyone who took time to nominate people this year. ...continued on next page
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Notes from City Hall efforts to improve city services, make them more effective and efficient, and strengthen our economy. As your representative on City Council, I feel that a strong and resilient economy and effective and efficient city services, as outlined in the city’s strategic priorities, are the most important endeavours for our focus: Strong and resilient economy: We will work within a collaborative network of city-builders to create a dynamic and prosperous Kitchener that is rich with employment opportunities and successful business ventures that can
grow and thrive within the broader global economy. Effective and efficient city services: We will deliver quality public services that meet the day to day needs of the community in a reliable and affordable way, made possible through technology, innovation, employee engagement, and a sound long-term financial plan. Collaboration, partnerships and the leveraging of Federal and Provincial funding, help to ensure you get the most for what you pay through your property taxes. A recent example of
this is the $865,000.00 in provincial funding that Kitchener will receive for new bike lanes and other cycling infrastructure, covering up to 80% of the capital costs. This new funding will help promote alternative modes of transit for our growing population, by significantly improving our cycling infrastructure. Staff will look at the list of possible projects on their work plan to determine which investments will maximize the impact on commuter cycling locally by creating a safer, more connected bike network.
capital budget plan puts the City of Kitchener in a great position moving forward into the new year. With a proposed net tax levy increase of 1.7%, the average Kitchener home ($300,000) will see an approximate net tax increase of only $1.50 per month. Compared to other large cities across the province, Kitchener has one of the lowest tax burdens making it one of the most affordable places to live. Through a careful review of our city’s water infrastructure we discovered with improved
maintenance programs we can extend the life of some of our city’s water pipes. This savings allows for a reduced utility rate increase of only 6.5% in 2018 which is considerably lower than the projected 9.2%. Keep in mind, this rate increase also includes the 2.5% portion we pay the Region of Waterloo for treating our city’s water and sewage. Not only is the proposed capital budget balanced, it includes 423 projects and also reduces the city’s debt. According to the Province of Ontario, the recommended target
range for average city debt per household is between $400.00 and $1000.00. The City of Kitchener’s average debt per household falls well within this range and is expected to drop even lower by 2023. Public input on the budget is important and council relies on your feedback. A public input session takes place on January 15 at City Hall. Please visit www.kitchener. ca for more information as well as the many other ways to share your feedback before we approve the final budget on January 22.
The City of Kitchener has been growing at a steady rate since the formation of Regional government. Its growth has been outward with new subdivisions in the suburbs as
well as upwards with tall apartment buildings. There was a very strong apartment development in the 1970s when the baby boomer population was leaving home and wanting to live in a starter home, usually an apartment building. Many apartments were built and some as high as 20 storeys at certain nodal points like around Fairview Park Mall, as it was called then, the downtown and elsewhere throughout Kitchener. We are now at a point in Kitchener’s growth into the 21st century of going
even higher. City staff has prepared a manual entitled Design for Tall Buildings which was approved by City Council last month. As a former city planner I can envision the direction Kitchener is taking in the next 25 to 50 to 100 years. Tall buildings that are erected today are built to last a very long time and will be standing well into the 22nd century. Note that we also have many buildings from the 19th century still standing. With intensification we will be growing taller and denser. We won’t
look like Toronto or New York but we’ll have buildings in the future as high as 40 storeys or more. These buildings will have to be located at nodal LRT stops to maximize transit travel in the region. In their design we need to look at buildings higher than nine storeys to be architecturally beautiful as well designed to address placement, relative height, separation, overlook, orientation, streetscape and landscape design amongst other things. Yes, we’re planning tall buildings for the 21st century.
It’s unlikely Ottawa’s overdue housing strategy will be in place when at least 15 major high-rise projects dramatically change Kitchener’s skyline during the next two years.
That $1-billion construction frenzy will be caused by a combination of intensification, the much-delayed Light Rail Transit and developers scrambling to benefit from forgiven developmentcharge incentives in the core worth millions of dollars that end in February 2019. To help save countryside from urban sprawl, I’m in favour of intensification but I also support protection and preservation of established communities in downtown wards, particularly heritage neighbourhoods. Which is why I’m concerned about developments being built along King,
Queen, Victoria, Benton and Charles as well as other major downtown arteries cradling those older communities. Recently I noted plans to build a 25-storey tower along with the first supermarket-grocery near the Tannery in Kitchener’s west end at Francis and Charles streets and another 20-plusstorey building at Victoria and Bramm streets. Meanwhile others will be built around the LRT hub at King and Victoria and developers of what started as a 24-storey condo at Gaukel and Charles streets are pushing it up to 31 storeys. Additional projects are coming which
is good for the economy but what about the character of established neighbourhoods expected to embrace condo towers that do little to provide housing for other than investors and high-income homebuyers beside the LRT? Councillors and planners should insist developers benefiting from cash incentives meet high standards of quality and design in buildings that will be with us for decades. They should also do more to make certain that developments meet housing affordability needs of all income groups.
Happy New Year! Looking ahead to 2018, we can anticipate an unprecedented amount of proposed development in our city’s downtown core. It’s undoubtedly an exciting time as we experience
intense urban redevelopment, and it’s also very important that we are thoughtful and careful about how we grow our city. In December, Council approved a new tool to help us look at many aspects of designing buildings taller than eight storeys. I recommend having a look at our new Tall Buildings Urban Design Manual. It is intended to aid council, staff, and the private sector to consider things like scale, compatibility, sustainability and safety as we move forward with intensification. I’d like to draw your attention to
two important initiatives planned within Ward 10. King Victoria Transit Hub. Plans will be developed for Regional Council approval. Stay tuned for public consultation on the name and public art decisions for this future central hub for trains, buses, LRT, and active transportation uses. 152 Shanley St. After the first tax sale process failed last year for this vacant property, the city is now in a position to reduce the price and hold a second tax sale by the end of 2018. Before we do that, we will hold a neighbourhood charrette (a
brainstorming session to discuss a design challenge) this spring to explore redevelopment options for this property. Active participation from neighbours will help make this event successful. We will use the feedback to help create the terms of the second tax sale process. If you want to make sure that you receive all notices and information updates on this initiative, please contact me about it. I wish you and yours all the best in 2018.
Dear Ward 6 Residents, I wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous 2018. Our city continues to grow and change for the better as we sustain our
I am proud of the City of Kitchener’s newly proposed budget for 2018. The proposed net tax levy increase, utility rate increase and
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BUDGET 2018 City Council is well on its way in the preparation of Budget 2018. The draft budget is looking quite positive with one of the lowest proposed increases in the region which will be below the rate of inflation and includes investments in new and replacement infrastructure, pays down our debt and maintains and in some cases improves services to our residents. For more information on the 2018 budget, please visit our website at: www.kitchener.ca, and search on keywords Budget 2018. We will be completing the 2018 budget on January 22nd but in the meantime, we will have a Budget Public Input night on January 15th at 7pm. If you have input for the 2018 budget, you are encouraged to attend and participate. COMMUNITY EVENTS First of all, a giant thank you to all the staff and community volunteers who helped make the holiday season in Kitchener outstanding this year. Highlights included our 21st annual Christkindlmarket, Christmas Fantasy in Victoria Park, the annual KW Musical Society Christmas concert in the Rotunda and of course our annual New Year’s Eve celebration! A special thank-you goes to Christie Digital who returned this year during Christkindlmarkt and had a simultaneous showing of Handel’s Messiah in Carl Zehr Square with thanks to the KW Symphony, the Grand Philarmonic Choir and the Centre in the Square. Looking ahead, don’t miss out on a new event, a winter Porch Party at the Kitchener Public Library branch in January 20th from 10am – 4pm. Then in term of planning for next month, throughout February, various organizations will be celebrating the Chinese New Year so lots of activities to participate in. In addition, look for a variety of activities on Family Day, Monday February 19th throughout the city, including the Bring on the Sunshine African festival! GROWING ECONOMY Things continue to flourish on the economic development front throughout the City. Many of you no doubt read the story over the holidays in the Waterloo Region Record by Terry Pender that reflected on the success of the city’s 10 year economic development fund, and spoke of the estimated $1.2 billion in potential building permits to be issued over the next 12-16 months as a result of job growth in the tech sector, an increased desire to live downtown and the construction of the LRT. Next week, I will be joining the Deloitte team as we open their new regional office as part of the Tannery development in Downtown Kitchener. Later this winter, or in early spring, we also expect to see Thalmic open their new space in the former Schreiters furniture building and the new 475,000 sq.ft. IoT space open at Catalyst 137, where Miovision will now be headquartered. Overall 2018 looks to be very promising for our community.
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Tuesday, Jan. 9 and Jan. 23, 11 a.m.-noon Bring your little ones to the market every other Tuesday for a fun-filled morning. Popular local musician, Erick Traplin performs some of kids’ favourite songs. Be prepared for a high-energy, hopping good time.
EARLY YEARS CENTRE FAMILY KITCHEN Tuesday, Jan. 16, 23 and 30, 9:30-11 a.m.
Join Early Years Centre in the marketplace for family cooking time. This program provides strategies to families on how to involve children in the kitchen.
Thursdays, 11 a.m.-noon Every Thursday ARTSHINE hosts a program for children and their parents. Participate in a fun, hands-on creative art experience.
MUSIC AND MOVEMENT Fridays, 9:30-11 a.m.
Imagination and creativity are developed and explored through rhymes, songs and finger plays. Bring your young children to an interactive class that supports language development and physical activity.
COOKING CLASSES IN THE MARKETPLACE All classes are $49.88 unless otherwise noted. Register online through ACTIVE Net. If you have questions call 519-741-2287 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.kitchenermarket.ca/cookingclasses for more information.
Wednesday, Jan. 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Vietnamese dishes are widely acknowledged as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world: full of fresh ingredients with limited use of dairy and oil. Join Chef Thompson Tran for a hands-on class creating a delicious Vietnamese meal that will satisfy your taste buds without breaking your new year’s resolutions.
WINTER WARMER: SOUPS & STEWS Wednesday, Jan. 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Warm up to a bowl of homemade soup or stew using one of the fabulous recipes you’ll learn in this class. Soups and stews can be made ahead of time and frozen for future meals; they are also a great way to incorporate fresh veggies into your diet.
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
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SIMPLE RECIPES FOR A BUSY LIFE STYLE This old Cornish dish is traditionally topped with dollops of Cornish cream – which is very thick, fresh cream. A suitable substitute is whipped cream made from the heavy cream that is available in some specialty stores and some supermarkets and is not ultrapasteurized. It is also very good with chili sauce, or chutney or another condiment of your choice.
BACON AND POTATO PIE
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(4 servings) 8 thick slices of bacon 2 medium-sized potatoes 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion 1/4 cup flour 2 eggs salt freshly-ground black pepper 1/2 cup milk 1 tablespoon rendered bacon fat or fresh lard Remove and discard the rind, and finely-chop the bacon. Peel potatoes; finely-shred them and squeeze dry in paper towels or a tea towel. Mix together the bacon, potatoes and onion; stir in the flour. Beat the eggs, season with salt and pepper to taste and beat in the milk. In a shallow pie pan, melt the bacon fat or lard until it is hot. Pour in the pie mixture and bake in a preheated 400-degree oven for about 40 or 45 minutes (check at 30 – 35 minutes) or until the pie is browned on top and firm to the touch. Slice the pie, and serve immediately while very hot.
APPLE WALNUT CRISP 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 3/4 cup walnuts, toasted, cooled and chopped 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup butter, cut into small cubes, at room temperature 2 to 2 1/2 pounds tart apples 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 3 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon flour Stir together the flour, oats, brown sugar, walnuts, cinnamon, and salt. With your fingers, blend in the butter until the mixture forms small clumps. Peel and core the apples; cut into thin wedges and toss in a large bowl with the lemon juice, sugar and flour. Spread the apple mixture evenly in a well-buttered 8 or 9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle the oat topping evenly over the apple mixture. Bake at 375 degrees F. until the topping is a light golden colour and the apples are tender – about 45 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before serving. Or, serve at room temperature if you prefer.
BY ZOE AVON
The old stand-by for a cold winter day is a heart-warming soup. Here are two varieties sure to please.
VEGETABLE SOUP 3 or 4 tablespoons olive oil 1 large onion, thinly sliced or chopped 4 to 5 cups chicken stock 2 to 3 carrots, thinly sliced 1 large potato, coarsely chopped 2 cups small broccoli florets fresh thyme to taste, or about 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme salt freshly-ground black pepper Sauté the onion in the olive oil until the onion is soft but not at all browned. Add the chicken stock, carrots and potato. Simmer for 5 or 10 minutes. Add the broccoli (or another vegetable if you prefer), the thyme, and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer just long enough for the vegetables to be tender. The broccoli should retain its bright green colour, so be careful not to overcook. Serve piping hot.
CREAM OF CARROT SOUP WITH GINGER
(6 servings) 2 tablespoons butter 2 medium-sized onions, peeled and coarsely-chopped about 1 1/2 pounds carrots, peeled and sliced 3 heaping tablespoons peeled and shredded fresh ginger 6 cups chicken stock 1 cup milk 1 1/2 cups light cream salt freshly-ground black pepper Melt the butter in a saucepan and cook the onions over low heat until translucent (about 15 minutes). Raise heat slightly and stir in the carrots and ginger. Cover and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, bring the chicken stock to a simmer in a separate saucepan. Stir the stock into the carrot mixture and simmer gently over medium heat until the carrots are fork-tender. Remove from heat and add the milk. Allow to cool somewhat before placing in a food processor or blender (the food processor produces a soup with a bit of texture). Return to a saucepan and stir in the cream. Add salt and pepper to taste. Reheat the soup very gently (do not boil). Serve immediately in heated bowls.
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Our condo does not have a board of directors, what should we do? Q. I have lived in my condo for two years and to date there has been no board of directors. The board resigned prior to me moving in and has not been replaced. The property manager refuses to deal with this problem and just continues to manage our property without directors. What can be done to rectify this situation? I am really concerned about the fact that we do not have a condo board like we are suppose to have. A. Your condominium corporation is not legally functioning without a board of directors. In the absence of a board, no accounts can be paid up and no contracts can be negotiated or entered into without board approval. No rules can be passed and there is no one to deal with enforcement of the declaration and the current rules that govern your condominium corporation. Board meetings cannot be conducted, current repairs
and replacements cannot be decided etc etc. Your property manager armed with experience and knowledge help guide the directors of the corporation through many difficult decisions. However, the board of director’s are in charge of managing the corporation, not the manager. The manager is hired by the board of directors to conduct certain duties that are outlined in the management agreement. It sounds like the manager is in complete control of your corporation and this is not the way a condominium corporation operates. The Condominium Act of Ontario clearly states that a director should call an owners meeting to elect directors within 30 days of the board losing its quorum. If there is no board an owner may call the meeting. However, in order for an owner to call the meeting, the owner must request the property manager to provide a list so that entitled owners and mortgages
may be given notice of the meeting to elect new directors. It would be a good idea to speak with other owners and maybe have everyone chip in to hire a condo lawyer to help you through this step-by-step process of electing a new board. Especially since it sounds like the property manager is not interested in helping to correct this situation. Good luck and the sooner you elect a new board of directors, the better. * * *
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Marilyn Lincoln is a condo owner, director and author of the Condominium Self Management Guide, 2nd edition. Send questions to marilyncondoguide@ hotmail.com
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JANUARY—DECEMBER AREA SALES REPORT STYLE OF HOMES # OF SALES # OF SALES PRICE RANGE PRICE RANGE AVERAGE FOR 2016 FOR 2017 FOR 2016 FOR 2017 PRICE Single Detached Home 200 188 –3 bedroom, single garage
Low $235,000 Low $310,000 $371,150-2016 High $690,000 High $1,150,000 $456,873-2017
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Low $267,000 Low $340,000 $524,875-2016 High $1,000,000 High $1,300,000 $670,980-2017
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De Boer’s Treasures The Kitchener Citizen welcomes this new column, De Boer’s Treasures by John De Boer. The column will be a regular feature each month. BY JOHN De BOER
COMMUNITY TEACHING AWARD
We all have one .... that exemplary teacher we remember. Even if decades have passed, our memories of a teacher who stood out, provided guidance, motivated or inspired us, stay with us for a lifetime.
Have you or your family been impacted by a great teacher? Have you been looking for a way to show your appreciation? At the Kitchener Citizen we value the important role teachers play in shaping tomorrow’s community leaders. That’s why we have established the Kitchener Citizen Community Teaching Award to recognize teachers who go above and beyond in Kitchener classrooms each day.
The award is open to teachers currently working in all of Kitchener’s Public and Catholic schools, teaching grades from Junior Kindergarten through to Grade 12. Nominating your favourite teacher is easy. Watch for details in coming issues of the Kitchener Citizen! Nominations will be accepted until March 23, 2018.
ne way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday is to recognize our progress in car manufacturing since 1867. That year Henry Seth Taylor, a watch maker and jeweller from Stanstead Quebec manufactured the first car in Canada known as the Seth Taylor Steam Buggy. a sustained 24 km/h controlled by a long His 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 behind the back seat. Rubber hoses steering tiller but don’t spend too much John De Boer carried water to the boiler fromby a tank lo- time looking around for brakes as they cated the front axle. Steam presdon’tWestern exist. Withunder the construction of the Great Railway between sure from the two cylinders powered the You can see this one of a kind vehicle Toronto Windsor 1853, the village of Glencoe became rear axle, and producing forwardin motion. in the Canada Science Technology MuThe steam buggystop was able travel at seumsettling in Ottawa. in the region. a regular train for toimmigrants
Glencoe’s first train station was a log structure, which was replaced with a frame building in 1856, and by 1873 a more suitable station was built to meet the needs of the local community. The Wabash Grand Trunk Railway built a new train station in 1900, which only lasted a year due to a fire. In 1902, another larger station was built, however it burned down in 1904. That same year this current building was erected, which continued to operate until 1993 when it was closed and boarded up. Eventually the village of Glencoe acquired the deteriorating building from Canadian National Railway. Historian Harold Carruthers from the Glencoe and District Historical Society tells me they formed a committee called “Save the Station” whose members were instrumental in getting this train station restored to its original glory.
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THIS MONTH’S READING:
The Losers Club
By Andrew Clements REVIEWED BY:
Christy Giesler Librarian, Children’s and Teen Collections Kitchener Public Library
Sixth-grader Alec loves to read. Usually this would be considered a good thing, but in Alec’s case reading has become a problem, especially during the school day. Alec reads in class and doesn’t pay attention to his teachers. Warned repeatedly that this must change, he can only stop for short periods before he is drawn back into his beloved world of stories. That is, until his school principal gets involved. Alec’s grades have plummeted and he is now in danger of having to attend summer school, ultimately ruining the family vacation plans. To complicate matters, his parents have changed work schedules and he has been signed up for an after-school program full of activities and clubs. Desperate to regain his impending loss of reading time, he comes up with a plan to start his own club - a book club! - one that is unique where members (hopefully a membership of just one) sit quietly and read whatever they want and are not disturbed. Welcome, The Loser’s Club, a name chosen
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specifically to deter anyone from joining. His club is approved. • January 11 Finally, things begin to look up for Alec. He pays attention in class, his grades improve, and he now • February 8 has time to sit and read. What he doesn’t anticipate is that there could be other kids just like him. • March 8 Unable to prevent new members from joining, Alec’s club soon becomes the most popular after-school club and teaches him that ....Kitchener’s real life original co can be just as exciting, interesting, and engaging as the world of books. New York Times bestselling author Andrew Clements has written another winning, smart, and very funny middle grade tale. I highly recommend it for Grades 3- 6, this book would also make an excellent read-aloud for a classroom.
Did you know that Kitchener Public Library has a mother/daughter book club and a book club for boys? Upcoming meetings are on Jan. 20 and Feb. 17. Go to kpl.org and check our program calendar for details.
For more great reading ideas, visit www.kpl.org and click on the “Books and More” tab. Want to share your own review of your favourite read? The library’s online catalogue enables library card holders to write a review for any item in the collection. Simply click on the “Add Review” tab for your selected book, and write away!
KITCHENER CITIZEN (EAST EDITION) • JANUARY 2018 • 19
Kitchener singer-songwriter doesn’t let setbacks set her back BY STEVE BEILSTEIN
ell known in the local W music scene, Kitchener singer-songwriter Nicole
Aube has the talent and determination to go far. Bright and articulate, Aube continues to move forward. With two full length albums under her belt, she tirelessly navigates the ever changing currents of pop. From studio sessions to live shows, her every moment is devoted to creating, performing, and recording. And Aube does it all with a smile on her face and a sparkle in her eyes. Nicole Aube Her debut CD Philosoft Photo by Ema Suvajac Photography shows her unique style. She not only wrote all but one of thought I was making up the the songs, but did the musical dances.” arrangements and played a Eventually her passion and host of instruments as well. talent for dance led her to an The CD is a series of in- audition, but heartbreak set triguing stories that will take in when they told her she was you on different journeys. too tall. Some songs are bright and Already a burgeoning probubbly, while others are more fessional, she wouldn’t stay somber, but they all com- down for long. mand rapt attention. Shortly after that, she tried Aube explains that she ini- modeling. At 14, she was extially wanted to be a balleri- cited when she was offered a na, after seeing her first ballet $30,000 contract and a ticket on TV at the tender age of to Tokyo. three. Her mother wasn’t as en“I just started dancing ev- thusiastic, and told her that erywhere. I asked my mom focusing on modeling would for lessons, which I got three take away from her interest years later.” in music. Until around age 11, she “She said if you go, you would fall asleep with visions won’t ever play piano again. of dancers performing to mu- I naively believed her and sic she had written. turned it down. Six months “I didn’t realize at the time later, I started to regret it and I was making up music, I felt like I had failed again.”
Next, at 18, she wrote a short story for a creative writing OAC exam, and, unbeknownst to her, the teacher submitted it to the Waterloo Regional Short Story Award. “It won! It really won!” Aube cried, reliving the moment. It was a much needed boost. She sent the story along with another to a publisher who met with her and signed her to a book deal. “What do you think happened?” Aube laughs. “By the time I was finished writing the book, the original publisher had handed over the company to someone else, and by the time it got to the printers the company had folded.” To overcome three landmark disappointments at such a young age gave her the determination and strength that would shortly begin to pay off. While in university, she began to feel homesick, missed her family, friends and her beloved piano. One day her roommate brought a guitar and Aube picked it up and began to play around with it. Within a few minutes she had figured out a song. This brought a sense of confidence back and helped her to combat the feelings of separation. As fate would have it, some friends heard her and asked if she would help them out by singing and playing to test out their new gear. They continued playing together for two years and the performing
bug bit Aube hard. After that things began to happen fast. Aube worked tirelessly honing her skills, writing songs, perfecting her style, recording, and eventually she started playing shows. There was a lot to learn, but she caught on fast, even mastering the recording equipment herself so she wouldn’t have to rely on others. “It was a huge learning curve. It’s all about collaboration. You need to learn how to communicate about something that comes from somewhere deep in you, something you feel vulnerable about.” she remembers. “It took four and a half years. I thought it would take four and a half weeks.” With her debut CD Philosoft, and the release of the video Ghosts of Ignatius, suc-
cess started smiling on her. Show after show, studio session after studio session, interviews, another CD, more videos, and her opportunities to perform increased. Aube goes on to explain about having balance amidst all the work she does. About staying true to herself and her music. She explains how grateful and blessed she is for being able to perform for a living. “This is cliché, but it comes from my Christian upbringing - to make a joyful noise. I set out to do that, and everything I got back from that was multiplied.” To learn more about Aube, visit her website at nicoleaube.bandcamp.com/album/ philosoft. See her videos on youtube by typing in Nicole Aube.
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Arts Awards Waterloo Region forms new board to create plan for future BY CARRIE DEBRONE
new board of directors A has been formed for Arts Awards Waterloo Re-
gion. The board will be leading the development of a new strategic plan for not-forprofit organization. For the past nearly three decades, the mandate of the Arts Awards organization has been to recognize, honour and celebrate the arts sector in a meaningful way that highlights and showcases creativity in the Region of Waterloo. It did that by celebrating excellence in the arts and arts organizations with annual public nominations, independent juried adjudication and presenting ‘Denny’ awards
at an annual gala. More than 250 local artists in all disciplines have been recognized over the years. Last spring directors decided that for the first time in 28 years, there would be no Arts Awards given out in Waterloo Region, allowing the organization time to step back and analyze its options for the future. The 29th gala awards presentation will be held after a new strategic plan is in place. The development of a new strategic plan is being led by a consultant hired by the board and a number of local stakeholder in the arts community including creators, presenters and supporters have been interviewed and asked for their thoughts on what the future role of the Arts Awards should be. In
the first months of 2018, community consultation sessions open to everyone will be held in Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo. “We believe the Arts Awards should play a key role in celebrating and promoting the arts in our Region, but we also want to do it in the very best way we can, to best meet the needs of the entire arts community. That’s why we put the annual gala on hiatus, while seek input from our stakeholders,” said Arts Awards Waterloo Region Chair C.J. Allen. New members have been added to the board, including Treasurer Don Flanagan, Vice-Chair Pam Patel, Wandy Eby, Suzann e Luke, Andrew Bennett, Ron Craigen, Barbara Hobot, Rufus John and Paul Knowles.
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR COAA ART SHOW AND SALE - The Central Ontario Art Association (COAA), presents ’Visions’ its 2018 members’ show and sale of recent work January 26 to February 16 at the Button Factory Arts, 25 Regina St. south in Waterloo (just north of William). Gallery hours: Tues – Fri. 10-5, Sat. 10 – 3. Opening reception is January 26 from 5 to 7pm and is a free ‘Waterloo Final Friday’ event. For further information on the COAA art show and sale visit the website: www.coaart.com HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU, KID! - Casablanca Comes to Life with the KWS Classic cinema and symphony orchestra…it’s the beginning of a beautiful friendship as the KWS presents the timeless romantic classic Casablanca on January 19 and 20 at the Centre In The Square. Former KWS Assistant Conductor Evan Mitchell leads the Orchestra as they play Max Steiner’s Oscar nominated score while the film is shown on the big screen. This 1942 American romantic film classic tells the dramatic story of a man torn between love and virtue and features iconic performances by Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid. Assistant Conductor of the KWS from 2011 to 2014, Evan Mitchell is proving to be one of the most able and imaginative young conductors in Canada. He has enjoyed two triumphant seasons as Music Director of the Kingston Symphony Association. CASABLANCA: THE FILM WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA runs January 19 and 20 at 8 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 888-745-4717. KITCHENER COMIC CON - Kitchener Comic Con 2018 will be held Saturday, March 3 (11am to 8pm) and Sunday, March 4 (11am to 4pm) at Kitchener City Hall, 200 King Street West, Kitchener. Comic Con is an award-winning event that celebrates the wonderfulness of all things that are comic book related. For more information visit www.kitchenercomiccon.
com or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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. 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 to help in our afternoon Tuck Shop, assist over mealtime in long term care or supportive housing, porter residents to the hair salon or to the Sunday afternoon chapel service. Your time would enable residents and tenants to have a quality dining experience or be more involved in activities. To apply, visit www.regionofwaterloo.ca/volunteeratsunnyside or call Janice Klassen at 519-893-8494, ext 6372. CONFEDERATION CLUB EVENT – The Confederation Club proudly welcomes its January 18, 2018 luncheon guest speaker: Todd Smith, Ontario PC Party Energy Critic who will present “Fueling the Future: The People’s Guarantee and the Energy Revolution.” Hear Smith in advance of the June 2018 provincial election, as he outlines the depth of the Liberal government energy mismanagement, and the PC Party’s energy platform. Todd previously served as Critic for Natural Resources and Forestry, Small Business and Red Tape, Citizenship
and Immigration Critic and Critic for the Pan Am Games. Date: Thursday January 18, 2018; Registration: 11:30am. to 12noon; Luncheon: 12noon to 1:30pm at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 105 King Street East, at Benton Street, Kitchener. To reserve a seat, call: Jamie Hill at 519747-3014 or Email: sandy_jamiehill@hotmail. com Please reserve your tickets by noon on January 15, 2018. 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, January 14, 2018 - Filmnachmittag – Schwaben Club Keller – “Unter Palmen am blauen Meer” – Doors open: 2pm, Film begins: 2:30pm. Coffee & Cake available. Saturday, January 20, 2018 – Miss Schwaben Ball 2018 - Music by the Golden Keys. Doors open 4:30 pm, Dinner 5:30 pm. Members $32.00. Non-Members $37.50, Children (8-14) $13.00, Children (7 & under) are free. Tickets are available until January 15, 2018. Saturday, February 10, 2018 – Valentines Event - The Schwaben Club proudly presents New Kid In Town, an evening of the Eagles. Canada’s #1 Eagles Tribute. Doors open at 6 pm, Dinner is served at 7 pm; Show starts at 8:30 pm. Dinner and Show tickets $49.75 ea. + HST, Show only $28.25 ea. + HST. For tickets and more information on any of the above events, please call the Schwaben Club at 1668 King St. E. in Kitchener – 519-742-7979. DIVERSECITY TOASTMASTERS CLUB - Do you have trouble finding the right words when speaking to a group? Need a career boost? Want to polish your presentation skills? Toastmasters is the place for you. Learn communication, leadership and presentation strategies
in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. DiverseCity is a new club and is open to all. It runs Mondays, 7 - 8:30 pm at Kitchener City Hall, the Conestoga Room. For more information contact Leo Tintinalli, email@example.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. Selfreferrals welcome or contact CCAC, 519-7482222. For more information call the Day Program Coordinator at 519-893-6320 ext. 235. RECOGNIZE EXCEPTIONAL WOMEN AND GIRLS - Ontario is celebrating inspiring local leadership by recognizing the women and girls who are making a difference in their communities. Nominations are now open for the annual Leading Women/Leading Girls Building Communities Recognition Program, an award for women and girls who are improving the lives of others through volunteer work. Since its launch in 2006, nearly 1,000 women and girls from across Ontario have been recognized for their exceptional contributions to their communities.Individuals, organizations, schools and community groups are encouraged to contact the Office of MPP Daiene Vernile for information on how they can nominate women and girls for this award. The nomination period runs until January 20, 2018. 2018 YOUTH VIDEO COMPETITION - Calling all aspiring filmmakers between the ages 12-25! Every spring, the City of Kitchener partners with the Kitchener Public Library (KPL) to offer young, budding filmmakers in our community, the chance to showcase their talents and win some extra spending money. There are two $300 cash prizes in each of the following age categories:12-14, 15-17 and 18-25.The winning short original films, including up to 10 honourable mentions, will be showcased at the KPL central library theatre on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 2 p.m. Submission deadline: Friday, March 30, 2018 - 5 p.m.
Published on Jan 11, 2018