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The City of Kitchener’s Lifestyle Publication W i n t e r 2018

KK II TT CC HH E E ,N N E ER R stay well this winter

Winter issue inside!


Ethel Morris, a retired schoolteacher, loves winter. The change of season and colder weather means she can enjoy a warm bowl of soup, dive into her holiday baking, and get back to knitting mittens for her grandchildren.


May your New Year be filled with joy, peace, and happiness

Despite her enthusiasm, Ethel knows that the winter months can be a challenge for older adults. For this reason, she takes extra time and care in preparing for the colder weather to ensure she can stay healthy all winter long. To avoid slipping on ice, Ethel purchased shoes with good traction and non-skid soles. She also replaced the tip on her cane to make walking in wintery conditions easier. Ethel’s love of baking means frequent trips to the grocery store for supplies. She prepares for the colder temperatures outside by dressing warmly and with layers. She no longer drives, but she knows which bus routes to take to get to all her favourite places in the city.

To avoid feeling lonely and isolated during the winter months, Ethel participates in programs and activity groups at the local community centres. Friends are never far away, as she frequents The Breithaupt Centre, Downtown Community Centre and Rockway Centre to attend a variety of classes and to enjoy social opportunities with her peers.

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Ethel is ready for winter – are you?

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Take steps to stay healthy and enjoy the season as much as she does. To learn more about programs and activities for older adults in the city visit

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Whether you’re someone who revels in the first snow fall or starts counting down the days until warmer weather, we all need to do our part to keep our community moving safely.

Wilma Vanderleeuw,

learning is a long process. Vanderleeuw is a local artist who ches watercolour classes at the Rockway, thaupt, and Bridgeport Centres. “I began teaching

The Community of Artists 55+ Art Show, which is set to take place throughout the months of January and February in the Berlin Tower Artspace at City Hall, will exhibit artwork created by older adults attending City of Kitchener art programs at the Downtown Community Centre, as well as the Rockway and Breithaupt Centres. The collection will include watercolours, pencil portraiture, pen and ink works, as well as zentangle and oil paintings.


E Celebrating 22 Years of Serving Kitchener “ “Clearing your KITCHENER’S ORIGINAL COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER sidewalks is about

friendships shared by the talented group of contributors. “Many people return for more on a regular basis,� spoke Vanderleeuw of her classes. “They are very enjoyable. We have a good time while learning and becoming a close group of adults.�

“Some of the biggest accessibility barriers for people getting around during the winter are due to mobility, sidewalks that aren’t cleared and street corners which can be difficult to cross,� explains Fanny Villarte-Croce, Mayor’s Advisory Council for Kitchener Seniors member.

“People can’t count on being able to get to their destination with any reliability so many don’t try. Clearing your sidewalks is about being a good neighbour. It shows that everyone’s ability to get out and participate in our community is important.�

Kitchener is expanding its winter sidewalk maintenance program this year to include proactive bylaw inspection of sidewalks citywide. If a sidewalk is not cleared of snow and ice, a bylaw officer will issue a one-time notice to the property owner and return within 24 hours. If the sidewalk has still not been adequately cleared, the city will clear it and the property owner will be invoiced approximately $400.

Kitchener residents are responsible for clearing snow and ice from sidewalks around their property within 24 hours after a snowfall. The city clears snow and ice from the roads and sidewalks around city-owned facilities, walkways and parks.



    BUILDING TIPS • December 2018 • Established in 1996 WINTER Circulation 30,000 • Volume 10, Issue 9 • January 2019 12 DAYS OF Kitchener’sTIPS horticultural department spreads beauty and cheer across the city BUILDING PG 4 FIRE SAFETY Regional municipalities vote on allowing retail cannabis stores See works made by Vanderleeuw and her students at the Community of Artists 55+ Art Show.

The exhibit demonstrates that it’s never too late to learn something new, while also serving as a celebration of the tight-knit, mutually supportive

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“When people don’t clear their sidewalks it creates an inconsistent path of travel,� says Greg Moore, member of the Grand River Accessibility Advisory Committee.

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ses for the City of Kitchener at Rockway in 1990,� Vanderleeuw. With her deep ties to the local community in Kitchener, Vanderleeuw was the to express a keen interest in participating in an exhibition featuring artwork made exclusively older adults, many of whom learned the craft h her guidance.

On exhibit Feb. 1 to April 28, 2019 Journey to Space takes visitors as close to being in space as one can get from Earth.

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Government of Canada invests $521,000 in Mackenzie King’s childhood Woodside home in Kitchener

he Government of CanT ada is investing $521,000 in Kitchener’s Woodside

National Historic Site, William Lyon Mackenzie King’s childhood home. King was Canada’s tenth and longestserving Prime Minister. At a press conference in December Raj Saini, Member of Parliament for Kitchener Central highlighted the investment being made at this popular heritage site, work it is hoped will enhance the historic home and improve visitor safety. The work includes replacing the roof on the house, upgrading the secutiry system to ensure protection from fire and, in the spring, pathways will be rehabilitated and outdoor lighting upgraded. Parks Canada ensures the work taking place at all national historic sites adheres to strict guidelines and standards in order to maintain the historic value of the site.

“Thanks to the improved infrastructure at Woodside National Historic Site, current and future visitors will be able to take full advantage of this beautiful 11 acre space nestled in Kitchener,” Saini said. “Through this important work, you will find a rejuvenated national historic site which will encourage more Canadians, including youth and newcomers, to discover and enjoy one of the finest and most extensive systems of protected areas in the world.” To ensure Canada’s historic and cherished places are protected for the future, Parks Canada is investing an unprecedented $3 billion over the next five years to support infrastructure work to heritage, tourism, waterway, and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada.

NEW YEAR’S LEVEE ADDRESS - Mayor Berry Vrbanovic (at right) brought greetings from the City of Kitchener at the New Year’s Levee on January 6. He also introduced some members of council who were in attendance including, from left: Debbie Chapman, John Gazzola, Dave Schnider, Margaret Johnston, Sarah Marsh and Christine Michaud.

Some of the levee entertainment was provided by musicians Julia Appleton and Francois Goudreault.

WHO YOU GONNA CALL? - With 2019 marking the 35th anniversary of the Ghostbusters movies, a replica Ecto-1 Ghostbusters car was part of the New Year’s celebration in the Rotunda at Kitchener’s city hall. There were also console and vintage arcade games, a toy, comic and collectable marketplace, music and children’s crafts. The Jackson family, from left, Calvin, Caleigh, Keeghan and Kyleigh checked out Ecto-1. Photos by Helen Hall


Waterloo Regional Police check 22,889 vehicles during Festive R.I.D.E Program


rom November 23, 2018 to January 1, 2019, Waterloo Regional Police held Festive R.I.D.E programs throughout Waterloo Region to raise awareness around impaired driving and to remind motorists to drive sober. A total of 53 Festive R.I.D.E programs were held and 22,889 vehicles checked. As a result, 36 impaired-related charges were laid (13 Impaired Driving charges, 21 Over 80 charges and two Refuse Breath Sample charges). As well, a total of 31 three-day suspensions were issued, and 271 Highway Traffic Act charges, 16 Criminal Code charges and 12 Cannabis Control Act charges were laid. “Road Safety is a top priority for the Waterloo Regional Police Service and our members remain committed to ensuring our roads are kept free from impaired drivers,” said Bryan Larkin,

Chief of Police. “It is disappointing to see that motorists continue to make the decision to drive while impaired and we will continue our enforcement efforts until everyone gets the message that impaired driving is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.” R.I.D.E programs remain an important part of road safety as they create a visible reminder to motorists to not drive impaired. The Waterloo Regional Police Service conducts R.I.D.E programs throughout the year to remind the public to: • Plan ahead and arrange for a designated drive home or public transportation • Offer a sober ride to a friend who is impaired • Call 9-1-1 to report suspected impaired drivers.

itchener council approved a oneyear pilot project that permits parking on the paved portion of a boulevard (driveway ramp or apron) in Wards 1-4 and Wards 6-10 from December 1 to March 31, 2019. “In 2014 council approved parking on the boulevard in Ward 5, which has helped address concerns with limited parking in neighbourhoods,” said Gloria MacNeil, director of bylaw enforcement. “Allowing parking on boule-vards during the winter months reduces the number of vehicles parked on roadways, which helps our operations crews clear the roads, and keeps pedestrians and cars safe.” There are some areas where boulevard parking is not applicable as there is not enough space for vehicles to park. The following standards outline where parking on the boulevard can occur: • Vehicles, if parked parallel to the road, must be facing the direction of travel. • Vehicles must not park on the landscaped or hardscaped portion of the boulevard or access the paved portion of the boulevard by driving over landscaped, or hardscaped


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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 and cancelled, visit to subscribe.



portions of the boulevard.

• The vehicle must be fully encompassed on the paved portion of the boulevard. • All tires must be fully on the hard surface.

• No part of the vehicle can overhang the sidewalk or the curb/road edge. • Residents with abutting driveways must not overhang the projection of the property line.


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• No boulevard parking will be permitted within 15 metres of an intersection. • Only driveways providing access to single family, semi- detached and street fronting townhouses are applicable.

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5 Senses Gala - Experience a journey of the senses!


oin DeafBlind Ontario Services on Friday, February 22nd at the Galt Country Club in Cambridge and embark on a journey of the senses. At the first 5 Senses Gala, guests will have all of their senses challenged through five interactive sensory stations, including: Vision, Hearing, Touch, Taste, and Aroma. Mystery silent auction items and special discounted product and gift offers will be available to guests from the evening’s sensory station sponsors. Entertainment and a dinner will further enhance this sensory experience. Guests will also have the unique opportunity to inspire their inner artist at ‘Art in the Dark’ workshops throughout the evening. Attendees will experience the artistic process while undergoing a simulation exercise wearing a blindfold. By using their sense of touch, they will interact with art in ways they may never have before. Limited spaces are available; add-on when

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you purchase your tickets. Live and silent auctions, a wine wall, and raffle will complete this memorable event, leaving guests with a better understanding of what it’s like to have a sensory impairment, like vision and hearing loss. The 5 Senses Gala, presented by MacNeil & Dodd Pharmacy, will raise funds to support the specialized services provided by DeafBlind Ontario Services to people living with deafblindness. DeafBlind Ontario Services is a not-for-profit organization that helps individuals who are deafblind to increase their independence and improve their quality of life through specialized services. With programs across the province, their reach extends into a wide range of communities in Ontario, including Ayr, Kitchener, and Waterloo. Learn more and buy your tickets at

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Kitchener senior wins provincial achievement award


itchener senior Ronald J. Desrocher has won an Ontario Senior Achievement Award. The Ontario Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility celebrated the work of 16 outstanding people over the age of 65 for their significant contributions to their communities and to the province at a special Queen’s Park ceremony on November 23. The awards were presented by the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and Raymond Cho, Minister for Se-

Ron Desrocher of Kitchener was presented with an Ontario Senior Achievement Award at a ceremony at Queen’s Park November 23 by the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility.

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spring, they decided cannabis would be sold through private retailers, and it rolled out a new plan for its distribution. A lottery would be held by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario to choose the first 25 private retailers that could apply to sell cannabis. Between January 7 and 9, individuals and businesses filed an “expression of interest” to operate a cannabis shop in the province. There was a $75 fee to get into the lottery. The lottery draw was held on January 11. The 25 “expression of interest” winners will be the first allowed to fill out an application to operate a legal retail cannabis store in Ontario. A waiting list was also drawn to fill in for those in the first 25 whose application does not pass the provincial test, or who decide after the lottery not to apply. With their application, expression of interest lottery winners must submit a $50,000 Letter of Credit (which will be drawn on if they are not able to meet the April 1, 2019 timeline), pay a non-refundable $6,000 Retail Operator Licence application fee, and following com-

niors and Accessibility. According to nomination information, Desrocher, a Kitchener carpenter and contractor, volunteered his skills in order to make his retirement community a better place to live. He undertook several carpentry and landscaping projects, designing, building and maintaining many of the improvements himself. Since 1986, the Ontario Senior Achievement Awards have recognized 645 outstanding seniors who have made significant contributions to their communities. The number of seniors living in Ontario is expected to increase to more than 25 per cent of the total population within the next 25 years. “Congratulations to the 16 recipients of this year’s Ontario Senior Achievement Awards. These outstanding seniors are examples of how everyday Ontarians make a positive difference in our communities. The dedication and compassion of today’s recipients make them role models to Ontarians of all ages,” said The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. pletion of the Retail Operator Licence application, pay a non-refundable $4,000 Retail Store Authorization application fee. To ensure the first 25 outlets are located throughout Ontario, the government has designated distribution of the stores across the province. Five stores will be located in the East Region (Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, Prescott and Russell, Ottawa, Leeds and Grenville, Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, Hastings, Prince Edward, Northumberland, Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Simcoe, Muskoka, Haliburton, Renfrew); six stores in the GTA Region (Durham, York, Peel and Halton); two stores in the North Region (Nipissing, Parry Sound, Sudbury, Greater Sudbury, Timiskaming, Cochrane, Algoma, Thunder Bay, Rainy River, Kenora); five stores in the Toronto Region; and seven stores in the West Region (Dufferin-Wellington, Hamilton, Niagara, Haldi-mandNorfolk, Brant, Waterloo, Perth, Oxford, Elgin, Chatham-Kent, Essex, Lambton, Middlesex, Huron, Bruce, Grey, Manitoulin). The winners of the expression of interest lottery are listed on the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario website.

“I’m honoured to present the 2018 Senior Achievement Awards to these 16 incredible seniors. I know I speak on

behalf of all Ontarians when I express my admiration for their accomplishments and thank them for their hard

work. Their commitment to serving their communities is inspiring,” she said.

Regional Municipality of Waterloo

2019 Citizen Appointments to Boards, Commissions, Advisory Committees & Special Purpose Bodies Each year the Regional Municipality of Waterloo advertises for applications from the public and appoints citizens to various Boards, Commissions, Advisory Committees and other Special Purpose Bodies required for a particular year(s) or Council term of office. These appointments give citizens of this Region, from a variety of backgrounds, an opportunity to volunteer and become actively engaged as a member of a Board, Commission, Advisory Committee or other Special Purpose Body. Interested citizens and incumbent members are invited to apply for appointment to any of the following: Active Transportation Advisory Committee (ATAC)

Five persons are required for a term of up to four years ending December 31, 2022. The Active Transportation Advisory Committee will serve as a forum for the public to raise their viewpoints on particular active transportation issues and to advise Regional Council and staff on cycling and pedestrian issues. Residents from all areas of the Region are encouraged to apply to provide a balanced regional perspective on cycling and pedestrian issues. Ecological and Environmental Advisory Committee (EEAC)

Up to Four persons are required for a term of up to four-years ending December 31, 2022. Persons with knowledge, interest, professional and/or technical qualifications in environmental issues related to such disciplines and policy areas as biology, ecology, hydrology, hydrogeology, forestry, agriculture, environmental law/policy, wildlife management and urban/rural planning are encouraged to apply. Heritage Planning Advisory Committee (HPAC)

Four persons are required for a term of up to four-years ending December 31, 2022. The Heritage Planning Advisory Committee advises on Regional heritage issues and policies, in accordance with the Regional Official Plan. The Committee also assists the Region in promoting Regional heritage and in increasing public understanding of heritage issues. Kissing Bridge Trailway Advisory Board

One person is required for a three-year term ending December 31, 2021. Non-farm landowners in proximity to the Kissing Bridge Trailway in any of the communities in which the Trailway is located are encouraged to apply. The Trailway Advisory Board advises the County of Wellington and Regional Council on the development and management of the Trailway. Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC)

Four persons are required for a term of up to four-years ending December 31, 2022. The Region of Waterloo Public Art Advisory Committee develops and recommends policies for the selection, acquisition, display, retention, maintenance, storage and de- accessioning of public art which is owned by or on loan to the Region. Specialized Transit Services Advisory Committee (STSAC)

Six persons are required for a two-year term ending December 31, 2020. The Specialized Transit Services Advisory Committee will advise and provide assistance relating to the development of Special Transit Services policies and service that best meet the needs of the community. Members of MobilityPLUS are strongly encouraged to apply. Persons interested in serving as a Committee member must file an application with the Regional Clerk prior to 4:30 p.m. on January, 25, 2019. The application form and the Terms of Reference for the listed Committees are available on the Region’s website or by contacting the Regional Clerk’s office. To view the application and the Terms of Reference for the various committees on the Region’s website: •    

Go to Select the “Regional Government” drop down menu Select “Agendas/Minutes” Select “Advisory Committees” Scroll down page for “2019 Citizens Appointments”

This information may also be obtained from the Office of the Regional Clerk or by contacting Tim Brubacher at 519-575-4493 or by emailing Advertised vacancies on a particular Committee may be filled by incumbents whose terms have expired and, therefore, the number of actual vacancies may differ from the number of advertised vacancies. Individuals are not permitted to sit on more than one Advisory Committee unless joint membership is specified in the applicable terms of reference. All applicants will receive written notification about the outcome of their application. It is expected that all appointments will be finalized and approved by Regional Council no later than February 28, 2019. Personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act and will be used to determine suitability for appointment. Questions regarding the collection of personal information should be referred to Tim Brubacher at 519-575-4493, Office of the Regional Clerk.


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One Day at a Time or this January column, I wanted to F offer some inspiration for blazing a trail through the new year, to give us an anchor

suitable hour! If I chose to grumble aloud, my father would rummage through his collection of proverbs and regale me with some homespun wisdom. And while I have forgotten many of his sayings, my favourite had to do with the promise of a new day: “Just breathe in that air,” he’d say, “it’s so new, no one’s used it yet.” The message fell on stony ground, then, but as an adult I now know I was being gently invited to share in the potentiality of each new day. Whether I could see it or not, the sun always rose in the east, just over the bridge; no matter how hard the morning chores were, they always ended, and we’d shut the barn door and turn back to our house. Our routine rarely prompted conversation, but I frequently stole glances at my dad, and his face reflected his life’s philosophy: believe in the freshness of each morning, and smile more than you frown. That’s the approach I would recommend we adopt as we stride into 2019. While the months currently lying empty before us must inevitably be filled, let’s seek out positive companions who will help us complete the days, friends who will celebrate our victories and comfort us in setbacks. And most importantly, let’s remember that every twenty-four hours gives us another chance to make this new year memorable.

when 2019’s winds buffet and blow us off course. We need words that are memorable, words that will offer hope in the year to come. I considered an old-school approach, sifting through Shakespeare for an appropriate stimulus. Not his tragedies (they don’t end well), nor his romances (too contrived), but perchance his history plays. In Henry V, prior to the Battle of Agincourt, there’s the king stirring his outnumbered troops with his famous Band of Brothers speech. But is this inspiration believable? Can a high-born king really know the daily struggles of his lowly subjects? It seems reminiscent of a billionaire president saying he can relate to citizens who have no paycheques. So, no, not Shakespeare. Maybe media? Surely somewhere on CraveTV, or Netflix, or AmazonPrime there’s a television or film offering with inspirational music and special effects (even a plot) that will spur us on to triumph in the year that beckons? Then again, the temptation to binge-watch, to never leave that comfortable couch, well, that’s not exactly the impetus I was searching for. In the end, I found encouragement in the years of my youth. My father was the quintessential early riser, possessing a work ethic that my brothers and sisters strove to emulate. Of course, when Dad required me to follow him to the barn at six in the Jack Nahrgang recently retired from the Waterloo Region morning, I recall more consternation than emulation. Surely District School Board. He is a monthly columnist with the the feeding of newly weaned calves could wait for a more Kitchener Citizen.

Kitchener Citizen is a proud sponsor of My Ideal City contest


ach month, we give Kitchener city councillors and our local federal and provincial representatives the opportunity to talk to you about their ideas and policies through columns in the Kitchener Citizen. Soon, you will have the opportunity to read essays from our future leaders. The Kitchener Citizen is excited to once again be working with the City of Kitchener again and sponsoring the My Ideal City Contest. This is the seventh year of the contest, which was designed to help school children learn more about municipal politics - and have some fun too. Students between the ages of 10 and 12 (grades 5 and 6) are invited to submit short essays to the City of Kitchener, describing their “Ideal City.” The entries are reviewed by a panel made up

of Kitchener City councilors and Kitchener Citizen staff and pared down to 14 winners. Deadline for submissions is April 15, 2019. Winners will participate in a mock council debate at a televised meeting on May 27 at city hall where they take on the role of mayor, councilors, city staff and members of delegations. They will debate a community topic and also receive a tour of city hall. Over the years the topics of the essays submitted have been as varied as the students in our city. They had ideas about recreation, health, security, transportation, and the environment. However, the students aren’t all on their own for this. They will have the opportunity to meet the members of city council before the televised debate and ask them questions. They are also

accompanied by a member of council during the debate, who can assist them if necessary. The Kitchener Citizen will print the winning essays in its June edition. When this contest began in 2013, we weren’t sure what to expect when our essay winners filed into the council chambers. We were amazed by the research they had done and at how thoughtful their ideas and comments were during the debate. Things started off quietly when the microphones were first turned on, but just like real politicians, once the debate started there was no slowing them down. We’d like to thank Rogers Cable 20, who will be televising the student debate as well as the regularly scheduled council meeting on May 27.

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 27, 2019, 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 15, 2019 and can be emailed to or dropped off at the Office of the Mayor and Council in City Hall, 200 King Street West (after business hours, please drop off at security desk.) A total of 11 reports will be chosen. All entries are the property of the City of Kitchener. Only the winners’ names, their age and reports will be published. For more information, call 519-741-2300.


PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Raj Saini MP Kitchener Centre

ear residents of KitchD ener Centre and Waterloo Region, HAPPY NEW

YEAR! I was so happy to celebrate the holidays with many of you at my office Open House. It was great meeting many of you for the first time while also catching up and listening to all of your thoughtful advice. For me, a new year offers a chance to reflect on the previous year and to look forward with optimism and new energy.

PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Marwan Tabbara MP Kitchener South/Hespeler

like to wish everyone Iyearwould a Happy New Year! In the ahead, I look forward to continuing to engage with the residents of Kitchener SouthHespeler about issues that matter to our community. While the summer may

This year started with my first event on New Year’s Day as our community welcomed 38 new citizens into our Canadian family. They shared their stories, the challenges they faced in arriving here and how grateful they are to finally call Canada home. The venue could not have been more perfect! The Kitchener Rangers management team hosted the citizenship ceremony at The Aud. After reciting the Oath of Citizenship, I joined the 38 new Canadians on centre ice and sang our national anthem. The crowd was overjoyed as the new citizens were introduced to our local hockey team. It was a very memorable event that celebrated the best of Canada. 2018 was a great year for the economy, here in Kitchener, and across Canada. Since our Government took office, Canadians have created over 800,000 new jobs and significantly increased the number of full-time jobs. This is a testament to the hard work, creativity, and innovative spirit of our country. There is always more to do, and I am confident in our local entrepreneurial spirit and our country’s innovative drive. On January 1st, our Government also cut the small busi-

ness tax rate to 9.0%, which follows our earlier reduction in January 2018. This means up to $7,500 in savings annually and is the lowest tax rate in the G7. We know that over 98% of businesses in Canada are small businesses and helping them will further advance our economy and make sure that there is ongoing job creation. As we are about to begin our new session of Parliament, I am looking forward to returning to Ottawa and participating in debates that will advance our Region. As a member of the Foreign Affairs and Ethics Committees, our agenda is quite full as we study geopolitical challenges and the protection of Canadians’ privacy. The New Year presents many opportunities. Opportunities for renewal, opportunities to engage and opportunities to meet as many of you as possible. If there is an event that you would like me to attend or if there are any issues where I may be of any assistance, please call 519741-2001 or email me at Raj. Until next time, Happy New Year once again! May this year be positive, hopeful, and successful for each of you.

seem to be in the distant future, I want to dedicate my column to the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program. CSJ is a federal government initiative that strengthens local economies and communities across Canada. Each year, Canada Summer Jobs helps employers create valuable summer job opportunities for 15-30 year-olds. CSJ provides funding for not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with up to 50 employees. Not-for-profit employers can receive up to 100 percent of the provincial/territorial minimum hourly wage as well as employment-related costs. Public-sector employers and small businesses can receive up to 50 percent of the provincial/territorial minimum hourly wage. In 2018, Kitchener South— Hespeler received approximately half a million dollars of funding for the Canada Summer Jobs Program. This

money provided 193 summer jobs for young people in our community! This funding provides a beneficial opportunity for both employers and young people. While employers benefit from acquiring extra help during the summer months, employees gain workplace skills and experience. This year, applications are being accepted online until January 25th, 2019 with applicants starting their jobs as early as April 2019. For more information on CSJ, including the eligibility criteria and application guide, visit Canada. ca/Canada-summer-jobs or a Service Canada Office, or call 1-800-935-5555. Lastly, I would like to invite all residents of Kitchener South-Hespeler to my Family Day Free Skates! I will be hosting a skate at the Hespeler Arena on February 17th from 2:00PM-4:00PM and one at the Sportsworld Arena on February 18th from 2:15PM4:15PM.

Public Input Meeting on the 2019 Regional Budget Public Input meetings are scheduled to gather input on the 2019 Regional Budget. The meetings will be held on: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 6:00 p.m. and Wednesday, February 6, 2019 6:00 p.m. Both Meetings will be held at: Regional Council Chamber 150 Frederick Street, 2nd Floor, Kitchener If you are interested in Regional services you may wish to attend. Final approval of the Region’s 2019 Operating Budget and TenYear Capital Program is scheduled for Tuesday, February 19, 2019, with the meeting starting at 4:30pm. Notice of these meetings is being given in accordance with the “Municipal Act” as amended and the Region’s Notice Policy. Please visit our website for more information on the Regional Budget: or view the 2019 Preliminary Budget Book and 2019 Budget Issue Paper Package after December 11, 2018 at the Council and Administrative Services Office, 150 Frederick Street, 2nd Floor, Kitchener. To speak to a staff person in Corporate Budgets regarding the budget, please call Cheryl Braan at 519-575-4705 or email CBraan@ You are welcome to attend any of the scheduled budget meetings or Council meetings. For a copy of the budget schedule please visit our website, as above. Members of the public may register as a delegation at the two public meetings on January 16th and February 6th, 2019. Please contact the Regional Clerk’s Office at 519-575-4400 or to register to speak at the public meetings by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, January 14th (for the January 16th meeting) and Monday, February 4th (for the February 6th meeting). If you require accessible services to participate in these meetings, please contact the Regional Clerk’s Office by the Friday prior to the meeting. Unable to attend the Budget Public Input meetings? Join the conversation online at by January 16th to provide your feedback on the Region’s 2019 Budget. Kris Fletcher Regional Clerk All comments and information received from individuals, stakeholder groups and agencies regarding the budget are being collected to assist the Region of Waterloo in making a decision. Under the “Municipal Act”, personal information such as name, address, telephone number, and property location that may be included in a submission becomes part of the public record. Questions regarding the collection of this information should be referred to Cheryl Braan, as above.

Land transfer deal finalized between the City of Kitchener and WCDSB Longer term, the land and building urban established area with strong ates how best to provide cemetery he City of Kitchener has purT chased the lot at 91 Moore Ave., a will be used primarily for cemetery links to transit. This purchase will services that meet the needs of the former Catholic school board site, lo- and niche purposes with some limited help expand our end of life services cated directly adjacent to Kitchener’s Mount Hope Cemetery. In the short term, the land will not be altered. The land includes a building with a single tenant, Extend-AFamily Waterloo Region. The city will honour the lease agreement with the tenant and preserve the building.

community space. “The city welcomes the prospect of expanding Mount Hope Cemetery. More land at our oldest and most centrally-located cemetery means it is easier for families to travel to by transit to pay their respects. Opportunities are rare to acquire land in an

and make space available in a growing, intensifying area of our city,” said Trisha Bradshaw, Manager of Cemeteries at the City of Kitchener. Bradshaw said the city issues about 1,100 burial permits each year. With a growing trend toward cremation at the end of life, it continually evalu-

community. “Developing facilities to accommodate cremated remains and provide space for families to visit final resting places is a key part of offering a sustainable, long term approach to after life care by the municipality,” said Trisha Bradshaw.


Are too many items blacked out in my copy of minutes of the board meeting? Q. I received my copy of the minutes of the board meeting and I feel too many items have been deleted or blacked out. I realize that some items must be deleted, but what about the motions made or who seconds the motion etc. Also why can’t a complaint about another owner be left in the minutes? I find my copy of the minutes has very little information and more blacking out then necessary? Your comments would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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residential listings at the end of December was 445. This is one of the lowest numbers we have seen in the past 10 years. This is very similar to January 2017 when we saw a huge spike in prices due to the low inventory. I don’t believe prices will jump 40% like they did 2 years ago due to the fact that interest rates have increased and the rules are tougher to qualify for a mortgage. But I do believe that we will still see increases and houses selling for ridiculous amounts. As more listings come on the market in late winter and early spring, prices should start

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LOCAL SPORTS KSA fee assistance program is open to all local minor sports groups


o assist in efforts to ensure that more children have the opportunity to play, in the spring of 2013, the Kitchener Sports Assocation (KSA) announced the establishment of a program to provide financial support to local minor sports groups offering registration fee subsidies. This initiative provides funding to

local minor sports groups that either already have publicized formal feeassistance programs in place or, plan to establish a formal fee-assistance program and promote it. To date, sports groups offering subsidized registration fees in partnership with KSA include: Kitchener Minor Baseball, Kitchener Minor

Girls Softball, KW Minor Boys Softball, KW Water Polo, KW Youth Basketball, Stanley Park Optimist Ball, Forest Hill T-Ball, Sports for Special Athletes, Waterloo Regional Boxing Academy, KW Gymnastics and ROW Swim Club. KSA also supports Donna Weber’s Sponsored Kids Program (Kitch-

Representatives from a number of local sports groups accepted cheques at the Nov. 27 KSA Volunteer Appreciation night in support of their fee-assistance programs in 2018. From left: (BACK ROW): LeVar Piper (Waterloo Regional Boxing), Ron Mooibrook (Kitchener Minor Baseball), Craig Findlay (Stanley Park Optimist Ball), Mike Quigley (KW Youth Basketball), Brad Freund (Kitchener Minor Hockey Donna’s Kids Program), Scott Mueller ( KW Water Polo), Torsten Wandelt (Kitchener Minor Girls Softball) and Bill Pegg (KSA President - cheque presenter). (FRONT ROW L-R): Kelvin Lee (KW Gymnastics), Heather MacKneson (Pride Stables), Adele Couchman (Sports for Special Athletes), Shon Carroll (KW Minor Boys Softball) and Lerinda Chapeskie (KSA Fee-assistance Committee).

ener Minor Hockey) and Pride Stables (Ontario Developmental Riding Program). The invitation to partner with KSA is open to all the local sports groups. Many other sports organizations may also have their own feeassistance programs.

The Kitchener Sports Association presented a cheque for $1,200 to help pay the travelling expenses of three young members of the K-W Diving Club competing at the recent CAMO International event in Montreal. KSA President Bill Pegg (right) presented the funds to KW Diving Club’s President Brian Dixon during the KSA’s volunteer recognition night. At the diving competition the three KWDC divers had 7 top-12 finishes in the 9 events they entered. They competed against a field from 14 nations and often in divisions with over 30 divers in each event.

Recognized for their volunteer work with local sports organizations are the KSA Volunteer Recognition Awards 2018 winners. The awards were presented November 27 at the annual KSA awards dinner. From left: (BACK ROW): Rick Waud (KSA), Elizabeth Baker (KW Minor Boys Softball), Brian Hilliker (Kitchener Minor Hockey), Trevor Williams (Waterloo County Rugby), Alex Urosevic (KW Youth Basketball), Dale Cressman (Region of Waterloo Swim Club) and Daniel Bartozzi (Track 3 Ski School). (MIDDLE): Alison Sims (KW Skating Club), Kelley Putzu (Waterloo Region Minor Football), Mark Couch (Kitchener Minor Baseball), Lisa Watson (KW Predators Volleyball), Heather Andrews (KW Sertoma Speed Skating), Penny Richard (KW Gymnastics) and Sue Dawson for Dan Dawson (Waterloo Ringette). (FRONT): Eleanor Kerr (Waterloo Regional Boxing Academy), Meaghan and Kelly Reitzel (KW Sports Council), Marlene Weber (Kitchener Rangers Hockey Club), Torsten Wandelt (Kitchener Minor Girls Softball) and Jessica Dawson (for her father Dan). Absent from photo: Ken Wettlaufer (Stanley Park Optimist Ball), Louise Harrison (Sports for Special Athletes), Aaron Himmelman (SkateABLE) and Brian Woolley (Kitchener Ringette).

Ken Wettlaufer with the 2018 KSA Volunteer Appreciation Award (Stanley Park Optimist Ball). (Ken was ill on the day of the presentation at the KSA dinner. He accepted the award later at his home.) Wettlaufer began his coaching career with the Stanley Park Optimist Ball program when his daughter reached Junior T-Ball age in 1995. He refined his coaching skills and coached her teams in later years with Kitchener Minor Girls Softball. Several years ago, he came back into the Stanley Park Optimist Ball program to help supervise games and work with the umpire crews. Since then, he has also worked registration sessions in the spring and equipment sorting in the fall.


A bond beyond video games BY ROSALIND HORNE


hursdays have taken on a whole new meaning for Andy White, a Friendly Visiting client with Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC). “I am so excited when Thursday comes. I’m jumping for joy,” said White. “We are much like brothers, man.” Matched with volunteer Peter Lawler for the past year, the pair meet up weekly for a couple of hours starting with a trip to Tim Hortons followed by a video game session. “Playing my games, sometimes I get stuck and that, and Peter knows what to do,” said White. Peter is a busy fifth-year Wilfrid Laurier University student, but always finds time to volunteer. The flexibility of the position fits his schedule and

fulfills his passion for giving back to others. “It’s about making connections, having someone that you can come and hang out with that you usually wouldn’t have the opportunity to do so,” said Lawler. “It’s been probably one of the greatest things that I’ve done in my youth.” White lives at home with his mom who first discovered the program. She is grateful for the match because she says Lawler adds so much joy to her son’s life. Karla Lambe Communications and Resource Development Coordinator said Peter and Andy have a bond that goes beyond video games. Their friendship is an example of how one relationship can build a greater sense of inclusion and belonging in a larger community. Although program success stories

Peter Lawler and Andy White were matched through the Friendly Visiting program.

BLASTBALL, T-BALL, 3-PITCH Most games are played in Franklin/Midland Park area of Kitchener from April 27 thru June 22. Teams usually play 2 games/week on various evenings -– any Sat. games are A.M. (We offer scheduling options to accommodate you.) Our registration fee includes team Tshirt, hat, photo package, a set of personalized trading cards and medallion/trophy.

(Note: Late fees in effect as of March 19 – Blastball $50, Jr T-Ball $85, Sr T-Ball & 3-Pitch $100)

BLASTBALL: Co-ed program for children born in 2014 & 2015 (& early 2016)

Fee $45

JUNIOR T-BALL: Co-ed program for children born in 2012, 2013 & 2014

Fee $75

SENIOR T-BALL: Co-ed program for children born in 2010, 2011 & 2012

Fee $90

JUNIOR 3 PITCH: Co-ed program for children born in 2008, 2009 & 2010

Fee $90

SENIOR 3 PITCH: Co-ed program for children born in 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008

Fee $90

(Note: Junior T-Ball games will be scheduled on “play areas” at Franklin and Midland Parks.)

(Note: Children born in 2012 have the choice of playing at either the Junior T-Ball or Senior T-Ball levels.) (Note: Children born in 2010 may be enrolled in either Senior T-Ball or Junior 3 Pitch)

(Note: Children born in 2008 may be enrolled in either the Junior or Senior 3-Pitch leagues)

(Note: We’re also offering a $5 fee discount for each additional family player registered online.) Fee assistance is available. For more information, and ON-LINE registration, visit

Sponsors*, umpires, scorekeepers & student volunteers are needed: apply through our website. *Team sponsorship is only $175 – details regarding sponsorship are on our website. All support is appreciated. You can register on-line anytime (24/7) now or come to one of our personal registration sessions (TBA). 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 their child’s team. Mandatory player rotation, good sportsmanship & “No Tobacco” rules are enforced. There is no scoring in our Blastball and Junior T-Ball leagues. All necessary equipment is supplied for all leagues.

Family Fun Night Friday, April 5 6:00-8:00pm Spaces are limited. Registration in advance is required. Use code 32380

Join us for an evening of fun for the whole family. This event will feature games, physical activities and healthy snacks for participants to enjoy. All you need to bring is your best attitude and a smile.

like this one are common, with some matches lasting decades, the agency needs more volunteers to meet increasing demand. “We currently have 31 clients on the program waitlist and encourage anyone who has a couple of hours a week to spare to lift the spirits of a neighbour,” said Will Pace, Executive Director of CSC. “A new friend can make a world of difference.” The program primarily serves socially isolated seniors and adults with disabilities in Kitchener and Waterloo, while the City of Cambridge runs its own programming. Each friendship is unique, and volunteers become an important link to the outside world. The program is also designed to provide caregivers with a brief break while providing compassionate support. The Friendly Visiting program is one of 11 programs and services offered by the local charity, helping people live in their own homes with independence and dignity. Last year, CSC dedicated volunteers provided over 10,000 visits and outings. To become a Friendly Visitor or to make a contribution to support a variety of programs and services call 519772-8787 or visit

Are you looking to be involved in your community? Join our passionate group of volunteers that run programs and activities with the Stanley Park Community Association. Visit and fill out our volunteer application. Someone will be in touch soon to discuss possibilities. We look forward to having you as part of the team!

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Kitchener Waterloo Titans revitalization is bringing success in third season BY ROD HODDLE

s each win is recorded, A the story of this third season for the K-W Titans gets progressively better. It was a struggle early in the season, but Head Coach Cavell Johnson felt good vibes about this group from the start. Johnson took over as Head Coach last year when the locals hit rock bottom and found themselves out of the play-off picture long before the end of the regular season. In looking to a new start in this third season, he knew he could build on a decent nucle-

us of talent returning for this 2018-19 campaign. Now, with one third of the season gone, the revitalized Titans not only appear to be play-off bound but could have an optimistic long run in the post season. The K-W Titans compete in

the 10-team National Basketball League of Canada. There are five teams in each division. The Central Division includes the Titans, along with franchises in London, Windsor, Sudbury and St. Johns. The Island, Moncton, Halifax, St. John and Cape Breton make up the Atlantic Division. This season’s edition of the Titans is made up of mature veterans who are tenacious and talented. Coach Johnson says that due to the spirited competition you can’t afford to coast on a big lead. It can evaporate quickly. The team must stay focused. There are five returning Titans from the previous roster including Canadians Greg Morrow and Tramar Sutherland, who are both in their third season while fellow Canucks Denzel James and Nigel Tyghter are in their second go round and Derek Hall is also back. Ashton Smith and Joel Friesen have joined the Titans ranks. Their presence should encourage a winning pedigree as they helped London to a league championship last year. Flen Whitfield who played for the Titans in its initial season is also back this season after playing as part of a championship team in Finland last season. Akeem Ellis who is a third year veteran of the NBL Canada and a former teammate of Coach Johnson, Justin Strings, Damon Lynn and Ed Horton have all been great additions to this year’s team. Now that the Titans are playing winning and exciting basketball, many fans are taking the time to enjoy their successes and regularly attend games.







Kitchener’s Chef D has lots of delicious plans for the future BY STEVE BEILSTEIN

or the last 34 years KitchF ener native Chef Darryl Fletcher, or Chef D as he is

widely known, has been mesmerizing scores of fans with his culinary magic both in person and on television. So, what started him on the path to being a chef? “Graham Kerr by far. I was in grade nine, watching on a black and white TV and he was making Chicken Coq Au Vin. And I went - I want to do that,” Chef D fondly recalls. Even his mother noticed his passion and ability at an early age. When he cooked, he was fast, efficient, and any and all mistakes were learning experiences. He says his grandmother was his greatest influence. “My grandma Fletcher was a great cook. There would be nothing in the fridge, and all of a sudden this amazing dinner would happen,” Chef D remembers. His grandmother wasn’t the only one who saw his talent. Teachers saw his interest and were supportive, and typed out his menus for his high school

catering company. After high school, Fletcher began to pursue his future career in earnest. He earned a degree as Chef de Partie from Humber College, and worked in restaurants trying to muster all the experience he could. He soaked in every technique and new style of cooking he could find. Eventually moving back to Kitchener, the City of Kitchener hired him to run the concessions and catering for the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium. “I started taking courses at Wilfrid Laurier University in Marketing and Communications because they wanted me to expand my knowledge.” “After I got my degree, I went to work for M&M Meat Shops for two years as a field trainer and a field consultant. It was a great experience.” “Then I went to Webers in Orillia, that people know as the burger place on Highway 11, for seven years,” Chef D says. He went to Toppits Seafood, gathering experience to gain entry into eight years at Aqua Star, a frozen food company,

where he served as Corporate Chef for North America, travelling over 180 nights a year, creating new recipes, food profiles and giving a face to Aqua Star Inc. Then he met Tric. She was working for an online news company. Tric, now Chef D’s wife, saw his charisma on stage, and asked if he was interested in doing a show online. With his reply of “Are you kidding, oh yeah!” they created Chef’s Corner. After about 10 months the company wanted to take it in one direction and Chef D and Tric saw it going in another. They separated with the company and ChefDtv was born. About 40 YouTube videos later, they had a following. The very first episode was at the Owen Sound market and in the following episodes Chef D travelled all over Canada, with one or two pit stops in the United States, doing things like making their own beer and fine dining. The experience prepared him for bigger and better things to come. Taking a huge chance, they submitted a request to Rogers

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Chef D at work in the kitchen for his television show on Rogers television.

Television to do a program and they were immediately turned down. Then very quickly, Rogers called back and said they had cancelled a show and asked if he would still be interested in filming his pilot. That was the beginning of At Home with Chef D. “We are now starting to film our seventh season of At Home With Chef D on Rogers TV, here at the newly built ‘The Studio Kitchen’,” Chef D says. With a large fan base, he is recognized almost everywhere he goes. “One of the coolest things is when someone comes up to me and says ‘Hey I watch your show’. It speaks volumes to me. That’s a huge compliment,” Chef D says humbly. His fans love how friendly he is, how easy his recipes are, and how he connects with them. His wife calls him Cheffie, and if you have met them both together, you are calling him Cheffie too. Off camera Chef D doesn’t change. He is the same friendly, happy personality you watch on television. He smiles easily, and laughs loudly and often. Even though he is associated with amazing easy to cook meals that are fast and taste great, there is another dimension to his talent. He caters to some of the most famous people on the planet, and they just love his food. It all started with a phone call from Centre in the Square.

“They called and asked if we would like to cater for BB King and I said heck yes,” Chef D laughed. Since then some of the artists he’s catered for include Blue Rodeo, Johnny Reid, Diana Krall and, most recently, Collective Soul and Lindsay Buckingham, as well as catering Rock the Park in London, Ontario. Already at the top of his game, he is always looking for a way to give even more to his audience. But how could he possibly outdo his already impressive resume? “I would love to be the Stuart McLean of the cooking industry. My ultimate goal is to have a tour bus to go across the country and do a cooking demo for half an hour, then have the band come on for half an hour, have an intermission, then come back on for 20 to 25 minutes, finish up, then go to the next city,” he said. “The other show I’d like to have is, if you remember Celebrity Chefs with Bruno Gerussi, I’d love to do that. I’ve met all these band members that love cooking and love sharing their stories with me about cooking and that’s where I’d like to go. Wouldn’t it be great to have Jim Cuddy talk to me about wine and food?” he asks. To learn more about Chef D, visit his website at www.

The Kitchener Market is more than a building, it's a community. The market exists to connect people, create experiences and build relationships. Whether you’re coming for the Saturday farmers market, stopping in during the week for breakfast or lunch or taking part in one of our many events and cooking classes, we hope you enjoy your visit and come back again. 300 King St E, Kitchener, ON N2H 2V5 General line 519-741-2287 TTY 1-866-969-9994


Ken Seiling, who officially ended his 33 years as Waterloo Region Chair, hands over the keys to the chair’s office on November 30 to newly-elected Regional Chair Karen Redman. The two shared some memories and a few laughs while the media took photos of the key exchange.

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Do you have those days when dinner is the last thing you have time for? This class concentrates on having something in the fridge that can be completed quickly without giving up taste or nutrition.


COMMUNITY CALENDAR CSC FREE GENTLE EXERCISE CLASSES - Stand Up to Falls. Meet People, Stay Active! Join Registered Kinesiologists to improve balance, strength, and maintain your independence. Classes are held 2pm-3:30pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Rockway Centre, 1405 King Street East, Kitchener. Classes start February 5th and run until June. Registration is not required. For more information and other class locations across Waterloo Region, please call Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More at 519-772-8787 and ask for Jenn at extension 228 or email KW GLEE and KWS - Local Kids, Amazing Voices! KW Glee Joins the KWS for More Pop Music Magic. After two successful collaborations in 2015 and 2017, KW Glee returns to the stage with the KWS on January 22 and 23 at 7:30 pm at Centre In The Square, with brand new music and choreography. Led by conductor and arranger Trevor Wagler, the concert features over 100 youth performers from across Waterloo Region who are members of the nationally renowned show choir while the orchestra provides the music for chart-topping pop hits from the 1960s until now, including music by Rihanna, Michael Jackson, Coldplay, The Bee Gees and more! KW GLEE runs January 22 at 7:30 pm and January 23 at 7:30 pm at the Centre In the Square, 101 Queen St. N. in Kitchener. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 519-745-4711 or 888-745-4717. KITCHENER CITY HALL RINK OPEN– The Carl Zehr Square Outdoor Rink – opened Dec. 3.
Sharpen your skates and come downtown to enjoy free skating with friends and family, seven days a week from 9am to 10pm. AT THE REGISTRY THEATRE – For any of these coming events call 519-578-1570 or buy online at www. K-W’s great singer-songwriter Benjamin Rollo returns. Ben welcomes local music legend, and one of Canada’s finest Danny Michel, popular duo Twas Now (Diana & Mike Erb), and silken voiced songstress Jo Jo Worthington. Plus Ben’s musical friend Matt Weidinger makes a guest appearance. Another evening with some of Canada’s best composers of popular music, plus more of Ben’s own beautiful originals. Friday, Feb. 1, 8pm. Tickets $25. Nota Bene Baroque Players - Musica à 4 - Playing on authentic or replica instruments, Nota Bene’s professional musicians come as close as possible to recreating what the composers from the early Baroque to the early Classical period intended us to hear. The String Quartet is a staple of chamber music, but was

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Wednesday, Jan. 23, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Enjoy your favourite comfort foods, made healthier and more delicious.

not fully formed until the Classical era. However, the tradition of four-voice writing goes back to the Baroque era. Nota Bene plays music for 4 voices that was the genesis of the chamber music quartet. Joseph Lanza – violin, Sarah Wiebe – violin, John Wiebe ~ baroque viola. Joel Tanjerd ~ cello. Sunday, February 3 at 3p. Tickets: $28 Adult/$25 Senior. Children 12 and under Free. Call 519-578-1570 or buy online at Larry Larson’s Jazz Guys and Mary-Catherine Pazzano Part of The Winter Jazz Festival Larry Larson - Friday, February 8th at 8:00 PM Mary-Catherine Pazzano - Saturday, February 9th at 8:00 PM. Tickets: $30 per concert, or $25 each when bought together. Friday: K-W Symphony’s principal trumpet launches the Winter Jazz Weekend. Larry & the Guys are back for their annual Registry appearance. Larry was a jazz aficionado from his earliest days as a musician, so he loves to step away from his day job for a night of cool jazz. Some classic trumpet tunes, plus beautiful, lesser-known gems. Featuring Larry on trumpet and flugelhorn, plus his standout group of not-so-sidemen, Paul Shilton piano, Dave Wiffen saxes, Matthew Lima bass, and Dave Campion drums. Saturday: Bernstein was an internationally renowned composer, conductor, writer, and educator. His centennial will be celebrated worldwide throughout the 18-19 season. On the heels of her remarkable Women Music Revolutionaries concert last season at The Registry with Joni NehRita, M-C returns with music from West Side Story, On The Town, plus some of Bernstein’s choral work, and instrumental compositions. Celebrate Black History Month at the Registry with ‘My Place Right Here’ Hugh Burnett & The Fight for a Better Canada. An original play written by Aaron Haddad, and performed by the Flex We Talent Players. The powerful story of one of Canada’s first civil rights activists. Hugh Burnett was a key figure in the fight for anti-discrimination legislation in Ontario. Through the 1940s and early 1950s, he organized tirelessly against racial discrimination in public service in his hometown of Dresden, Ontario, rising to prominence as a leader and organizer of the National Unity Association (NUA), a coalition of black community members who advocated for equal rights. Sunday, February 10 at 3pm. Tickets: $10 Advance/$12 At the Door. Rock Bottom Movement - a gleeful pop culture mashup. “MANICPIXIEDREAMGIRLS” is inspired by the classic 2004 indie romantic comedy “Garden State.” It is a gleeful pop­culture mashup featuring 90’s female singer­ songwriter karaoke, athletic dance b­reaks, and plenty of dialogue from the film itself. Imagine if

VALENTINE’S DAY KIDS PARTY! Saturday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m. - noon

The Kitchener Market is a great place to find plenty of foods that are good for your heart – eating lots of fruits and vegetables can keep your heart healthy and happy. Join our FREE Kids in the Kitchen program to learn fast facts to improve your overall health and learn how good foods can still be delicious and fun! Create a tasty treat. There will also be activities and crafts for kids. We would love it if you would wear something red and come with a donation for The Food Bank of Waterloo Region.

VALENTINE’S WINE & SIGN DATE NITE - $120/couple Wednesday, Feb. 13, 6:30 - 10 p.m.

Spend an evening enjoying some of Ontario’s boutique and craft producers of wine, perfectly paired with a selection of delicious chocolates all while learning step-by-step how to create coordinating wooden “farmhouse” style signs! Nailed It Nite will teach both you and your sweetie how to build, stain and stencil your coordinating farmhouse style signs, while The Vineyard at Home serves up some delicious chocolates and exclusive samples of wine.


11 a.m. - noon Kids Hop this month: Tuesday, Feb. 5 & 19 Kids Art this month: Thursday, Feb. 7, 14, 21, & 28

The Kitchener Market is a great place for family fun. Bring the kids out to play, sing and create. Kids Hop takes place every other Tuesday and Kids art is every Thursday, unless otherwise stated.


Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Feb.2: Jack Pender Feb. 16: Jay C

Feb. 9: Jessie T Feb. 23: Ben Rollo


Monday, March 11 – Friday, March 15, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day

(extended supervision is available daily from 8:30-9 a.m. and 4-5 p.m.) Roll up your sleeves and get messy! Kids from 7 to 12 years of age take over the Marketplace for this interactive cooking camp. Our leaders and chefs provide a fun experience where kids will cook meals, learn about healthy eating, play games and enjoy other educational activities. INCLUDES: Cooking apron, recipes, lunch and snacks. FOR MORE INFO VISIT

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In Good Taste



If you intend to make real fish and chips, you might as well pull out all the stops and coat the fish with a yeast and beer batter.

FISH AND CHIPS CHIPS Use mature baking potatoes, for the chips (such as Yukon Gold), allowing about two pounds for four servings. Peel the potatoes and cut them into strips that measure about 1/2-inch by 2-inches. Soak the strips for about 15 minutes in lukewarm water; drain, and dry the potatoes carefully with a towel, removing al surface moisture. Rendered beef kidney fat is he best frying medium, but you may also use vegetable oil, fresh lard or beef fat. A mild peanut oil is also suitable. The potatoes must be fried twice. For the first frying, heat oil to 300 - 325 degrees and cook a few at a time (do not crowd them) in the preheated fat, for about 5 minutes or until slightly tender but not at all browned. (at 325 degrees, a cube of bread browns in 45 seconds). Remove potatoes from the oil and drain them on absorbent paper or an old tea towel. The potatoes may be fried up to three hours ahead and allowed to stand, uncovered. Until you are ready to do the final frying. (Let them stand for at least 10 minutes). For the final frying, heat the oil to 375 degrees and cook the potatoes in small batches until they are crisp and deep golden brown. Make certain the oil returns to 375 degrees between batches. (A cube of bread will turn brown in 15 seconds at 375 degrees). This second frying should take only about 3 minutes per batch. If necessary, preheat oven to 250 degrees and keep the double-fried potatoes warm until serving time (which should be as soon as possible) on a paper towel lined baking sheet. Season with salt.

FISH My preference is haddock, but you may use any firm-fleshed white fish, such as cod or halibut. You will need about 1 1/2 pounds for four servings and the serving pieces should be at least 1/2 inch thick. BATTER 2 teaspoons dry yeast 1 bottle beer (341 ml), lightly warmed 3/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, stirred with a fork Dissolve yeast in a 1/4 cup of the warm beer, for about 10 minutes. Whisk in remaining beer, and the salt. Add the stirred flour, all at once, whisking until the flour

is dissolved and the mixture is thin and smooth. Be careful, however, not to overheat, or the batter will be tough. Cover and set aside at room temperature until the mixture is well risen – two to three hours. Heat oil to 375 degrees F. Dry fish with a paper towel, season with salt and pepper and dredge with flour. Shake off the excess and dip the fish into the batter. Allow the excess to drip off and carefully drop fish into the hot oil. Do not crowd. Cook for 5 or 6 minutes, or until coating is deep golden, crisp, and firm. Allow fish to dry briefly on a paper-towellined surface. Season with salt.

If you prefer batter made without yeast, this is a good one. BATTER FOR DEEP-FRIED FISH 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 2 eggs 1 cup milk (or buttermilk) With a fork, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt. Beat the eggs then stir in the milk. Pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients and beat until smooth. Proceed as with risen yeast batter.

This is the old favourite with an addition

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 wellbuttered 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.


Pineapple is he perfect partner to a pork dish. But, it is also compatible with lamb and fish, and usually beef and poultry as well. Baked whole and unpeeled, it retains its juices and flavour.

BAKED PINEAPPLE 1 ripe pineapple, leaves removed 1 lime cayenne pepper finely-chopped fresh parsley Place the whole pineapple, leaves removed on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F. for one hour. When it is cool enough to handle, cut crosswise into thick rounds. Cut the slices into halves and arrange on a platter (you may peel the pineapple if you wish, or leave it as is – which is more attractive-- for your dinner guests to handle. Squeeze lime juice over the pineapple slices (you may use lemon in a pinch) and sprinkle lightly with cayenne pepper. Sprinkle chopped parsley over all. One pineapple is sufficient for four to six servings.

This is the old favourite with an addition

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 Saute 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.


Kitchener Waterloo Musical Productions presents Titanic The Musical Feb 7 to 16 BY CARRIE DEBRONE

n the final hours of April 14, 1912, Ivoyage the RMS Titanic, on her maiden from Southampton, England

to New York, collided with an iceberg. The ‘unsinkable ship’ slowly sank and 1,517 men, women and children lost their lives. Since then, the characters and personal histories of the people aboard, the ship itself and the circumstances that lead to this tragedy have fascinated people. The event has sparked numerous books, a Broadway musical and, of course the 1997 Oscar winning James Cameron film, Titanic. As a child, it also stirred the imagination of Alexander Galant, who is now directing the Kitchener Waterloo Musical Productions offering of Titanic, The Musical, which is coming to the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse February 7 – 16. He knows the tragedy intimately. Galant said he was first attracted to the story by the image of the huge ship

Sebastian Mateus as Jim Farrell, Amie Debrone as Kate McGowan.

sinking and then later by wondering how something so huge could have been brought down by ice. His interest in history and the Titanic later lead him to write the novel Depth of Deception published in 2012 on the centennial anniversary of the sinking. He listened to the Titanic Broadway musical’s soundtrack while he wrote the novel. “I think I’m fascinated by how things happened that night. There were so many mishaps and if any little thing had happened differently it might have changed the outcome. I often think about what might have been,” he said. “When I heard that KWMP was looking for directors, I applied,” he said, adding that it is the first time he’s worked with KWMP, now celebrating its 71st year. “There’s no Rose or Jack here,” Galant said of the musical. “This show is based on or inspired by the real people who were aboard the most legendary ship in the world” — people like Isidor and Ida Straus, who owned Macy’s department store and who died when the ship sank, and, the

Armaan Webb as Frederick Barrett a stocker.

Wes Errey as J. Bruce Ismay, Chairman of White Star Lines, Fred Brandenburg as Captain Smith, Phil Shuh as Thomas Andrews Titanic Designer Photos by Hilary Gauld Camilleri of One For The Wall Photography

captain Edward Smith, who also went down with his ship. The KWMP cast of 46 actors, some who play multiple characters, represent the thousands of Titanic passengers. “There’s no ‘lead’ character in this show. It’s very much an ensemble production and you have all these great characters featured throughout. In this show we want to bring the production to life without copying whatever has been done before.” “This is a very grand and spectacular production with music either being sung or underscoring every scene, and some unique staging,” Galant said. “We chose Titanic the Musical because it is a large ensemble production, with a lot of opportunity to highlight the amazing talent in our community. K-W Musical Productions is dedicated to giving members of our community a chance to shine both on and off stage,” said KWMP President Brenden Sherratt. “The show features Tony award winning music, and a story that is timeless. William Brezden as Edgar Beane and Alison ...continued on page 19

Enns as Alice Beane, 2nd class passengers.


Drayton Entertainment youth auditions announced for 2019 season D rayton Entertainment will soon hold auditions for its coming Youth Musical Theatre Programs and Children’s Chorus. Auditions will be held in three cities during the month of February: Saturday, February 2 in Grand Bend, Sunday, February 3 in Cambridge and Saturday, February 9 in Penetanguishene. These auditions will be used to determine participants for various opportunities including the Youth Musical Theatre Programs and Children’s Choruses for Annie and Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto.

Young performers must sign up in advance. “We are consistently astounded by the talent and passion we’ve seen from aspiring young artists across the province. As a professional company, we feel a responsibility to develop the artists of tomorrow,” says Alex Mustakas, Artistic Director of Drayton Entertainment. “Our Youth Musical Theatre Program sessions and Children’s Chorus opportunities help to prepare young talent for future success and give them an inside glimpse into industry expectations.”

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.

Youth Musical Theatre Program `The Youth Musical Theatre Program (YMTP) is designed to cultivate community and collaboration, ignite imagination, boost confidence and develop a deeper appreciation for live performance. Guided by passionate theatre professionals, participants study aspects of singing, dancing, acting and technical theatre while meeting new friends with similar interests. 2019 offerings include week-long training sessions in Cambridge (August 26 to 30 for ages 8 to 12 and ages 13-18) and Penetanguishene (July 22 to 26 for ages 9 to 17). There is a special program in Grand Bend that offers participants ages 9 to 15 the opportunity to hone

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exhibit is very timely, as Ca- loo Museums. isitors to the Waterlooactive and healthy. V Region Museum this win- nadian astronaut David SaintUsing hands-on and largeter will get a hands-on, climb- Jacques has just started his scale interactive exhibits and aboard experience at what it takes to live and work in space. The interactive exhibit called Journey to Space launches February 1, 2019. “Our new Journey to Space

Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran 322 East Avenue (at Stirling), Kitchener (519) 742-5812 Sunday Service: (Sept. - June) 8:30am and 11am, (July-Aug.) 9:30am 9:45am - Sunday School, Youth & Adult Bible Classes Choirs - Stephen Ministry - Youth Group - Beginnings (0 -3 years) Hope Lutheran 30 Shaftsbury Drive, Kitchener (519) 893-5290 Worship Service Times :10:00am Worship Service Sunday Morning Fellowship & Bible Study 11:15am Adult Bible Study 11:15am Sunday School (JK –Grade 12)

To advertise in the Kitchener Citizen call Carrie Breslau Evangelical Missionary Church Debrone 102 Woolwich St., Breslau (519) 648-2712 at 519-578-8228 Sunday Worship Service: 10:00am

Look for the next issue Stanley Park Community Church on June 7 9 Dreger Ave., (at Ottawa St.) Kitchener (519) 893-8186 Pastor: John Pearce Sunday Service and Kid’s Church: 10:00am ALL WELCOME!

ative team to create a concert version of a musical culminating in a performance. The 2019 Pre-Professional Production is Legally Blonde Jr., a musical based on the popular movie starring Reese Witherspoon. This twoweek session will take place in St. Jacobs from August 12 to 23 for ages 13 to 18. Associate Artistic Director David Connolly will direct and choreograph the production. Connolly’s impressive résumé includes work on major musicals across the country and numerous Drayton Entertainment productions like Hairspray, Mamma Mia!, and the popular panto productions. More information about

Journey to Space exhibit lifts off at can help people in stay WaterlooYou Region Museum February

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

Children’s Ministry - Youth Ministry - Small Groups All are welcome! Visit us at

their skills with industry professionals during the training week and then put those skills to the test performing in two rotating teams in Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, alongside professional performers in the lead roles. Youth performers cast in the Grand Bend program must be available for the training week from July 29 to August 3 and performances from August 5 to August 31. Two years ago, Drayton Entertainment expanded the Youth Musical Theatre Program to offer a more comprehensive option. The Pre-Professional Production Program gives teen performers hands-on insight into how a musical is cast, rehearsed and performed while they work with a professional cre-

multimedia components (including interviews with personnel who share firsthand accounts of life in space), the space exhibit gives visitors a glimpse at the extraordinary conditions of human space travel, as well as the unique challenges and rewards of life on lead board the International CSC is looking for volunteers to Space Station. one-on-one and group gentle exercise Visitors will see relics from the past fifty years of space programs for older adults. Flexible hours exploration – including Neil with a variety of times and locations. Armstrong’s gloves from Apollo 11. No experience required. They will explore the conditions that make space travel Training is provided. so dangerous and try out some of the engineering technology Join our team today! that makes life and research possible in space. 519-772-8787 Visitors will experience the sights, sounds, and smells on board an orbiting space station like the International Space Station. Produced by the Science Museum of Minnesota and the California Science Center with support from NASA, there are also several special events planned in connection with the exhibit including: Breakfast with the Empire Make the Forks be with you Saturday, February 16, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Guardians of the Gallery A Night at the Museum Saturday, March 30, 8:30 p.m. to midnight The Waterloo Region Museum is located at 10 Huron Road in Kitchener. For more information about the Journey to Space exhibit visit or call 519-748-1914. mission and will be the first Canadian to visit the International Space Station since Chris Hadfield visited in 2013,” said Adèle Hempel, Manager/ Curator of Region of Water-



Finding John Lingwood documentary film premieres Jan. 17

he documentary film FindT ing John Lingwood by Kitchener filmmaker Dwight

Kitchener-Waterloo Record. His work still focuses on the stories of ordinary people and how they form a larger community narrative. In his new documentary Finding John Lingwood, Dwight reveals the man behind the buildings. Lingwood was one of Waterloo Region’s most in-

fluential architects and through interviews with family, colleagues, clients and those who have occupied his buildings, the film explores Lingwood’s influence on community life. “This is not a chronology of his life or a survey of his work,” says Storring, “but more of a quest to find just what inspired

him and how that played out in his life and work.” The film includes three of Lingwood’s Kitchener sites and also takes viewers on a journey to the shores of Burnt Island in Georgian Bay, the place where Lingwood felt truly at home a place close to the wood and stone that figure prominently

in his work. The film will premier on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 7pm at the Princess Twin Cinemas, 46 King St. N., Waterloo. A second screening will take place Sunday, Jan. 20 at 1pm at the Princess Twin. Advance tickets only, available at

Titanic the musical

Musical tells the story of those aboard – all innocently unaware of the fate awaiting them. The third class immigrants dream of a better life in America, the second class imagine they too can join the lifestyles of the rich and famous, while the millionaire Barons of the first class anticipate legacies lasting forever. The winner of three Tony Awards including Best Musical,

Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical and an outstanding ensemble production, the production is based on the book by Peter Stone, with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston, music direction by Deva Neely and choreography by Mistyna Wilcock. The main characters include Fred Brandenburg as Captain E.J. Smith, Phil Shuh as Thomas Andrews, Wes Errey as J.

Bruce Ismay, Armaan Webb as Stoker Frederick Barrett, Jesse Katersberg as wireless operator Harold Bride, Trevor Middleton as 1st Officer William Murdoch, Amie Debrone and Sebastian Mateus as 3rd class passengers Kate McGowan and Jim Farrell, Alison Enns and William Brezden as 2nd class passengers Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Beane, and Wendy Parker Wagler and Mike Vanderloo

as Mr. and Mrs. Isidor Straus. * * * The show runs Feb. 7 – 16 at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, 40 Benjamin Rd. E. Waterloo. Tickets are $36 for adult plus HST and $31 for youth under 15 plus HST. To purchase tickets call the Drayton Entertainment box office at 1-855-372-9866 or visit and click on Events by Other Presenters.

Children’s Chorus Opportunities The Children’s Chorus Program offers young performers the opportunity to audition for child ensemble roles in the company’s family panto productions and select musicals alongside professional performers in the lead roles. In the Penetanguishene area,

young performers aged 9 to 15 may audition for children’s chorus roles in Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, which will be on stage at King’s Wharf Theatre from June 5 to June 22. Youth cast in the production will be divided into teams and will perform in the show on a rotating schedule. Auditions will be held on Sat-

urday, February 9. In the Waterloo Region and Wellington County area, young performers aged 8 to 15 may audition for children’s chorus roles in Annie, which will be on stage at Drayton Festival Theatre from June 5 to June 30 and the Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge from October 2 to October 27.

Youth cast in the production will be divided into teams and will perform in the show on a rotating schedule. Auditions will be held on Sunday, February 3. More information about Children’s Chorus opportunities, including show dates and audition requirements, is available at

Storring will premiere January 17 at the Princess Twin Cinemas in Waterloo. Storring, who was also the City of Kitchener’s 2014 Artist in Residence, spent his early career as a photojournalist at the

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The issues that the passengers of the Titanic were dealing with in 1914 are the same ones we are dealing with today,” said Sherratt. Focusing on the hopes, dreams and aspirations of her passengers who each boarded with stories and personal ambitions of their own, Titanic, The

Drayton Entertainment youth auditions ... from page 18

the Youth Musical Theatre Program, including tuition costs and audition requirements, is available at www. youthmusicaltheatreprogram. com


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

No One Eats Alone: Food as a Social Enterprise By Michael S. Carolan Reviewed by Lesa Balch, Director, Technologies and Content

Americans report that they eat almost 50 per cent of their meals alone, and that the majority of office workers eat alone at their desks. Michael Carolan leads us from this statement to the theme that even though we may eat our meals alone, we are connected to everyone who had a role in providing the food we are eating. No One Eats Alone advocates for local and sustainable farming and distribution systems, and alerts us to marketing campaigns by Big Food companies like McDonald’s and Coca-Cola. The author encourages us to consciously make choices beyond Pepsi versus Coke and what flavour of potato chip to buy. Carolan points out that it’s not enough to recognize that fresh fruits and vegetables are healthy and should be eaten

at every meal. Rather, we need to change how we feel about food to effectively change our behavior. Can we eat irregularly shaped chemical-free fruits and vegetables? The author encourages us to discover a superior taste experience by eating local organic produce. We can change how we feel about food when we connect with the people who grow the produce and raise the chickens and the cattle. We need to consider the impact of eating food that benefits the farmers more than the companies that process and package it. Carolan also encourages us to eat food grown in an environmentally sustainable manner. For example, eating local food decreases the impact of transportation. While inspiring us to become conscientious and connected diners, No One

Eats Alone does skim over the need to feed a world population of billions of people, and the difficulty of getting sustainably produced food to the inner city or to remote communities. However, here in Waterloo Region we can apply most of Carolan’s suggestions by shopping at farmers’ markets and local food businesses. Kitchener Public Library has many titles about eating healthy, local and sustainable food, and understanding the food industry. Examples include the E-book Real Food, Fake Food by Larry Olmstead, a Hoopla streaming documentary Food Choices, and the recently published book Unsavory Truth: how food companies skew the science of what we eat by Marion Nestle.

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Zach Braff directed Zooey Deschanel in a psychedelic Fleetwood Mac music video, and Dido and Jewel were interns. It is one hour trip through precise dance breaks, karaoke, fantasies, inflatables, desires, femininity and tropes of the dancer and the dream girl. The work is an absurd prance through the pretend world of the “manic pixie dream girl,” to satirize the term coined by Nathan Rabin in 2005 to describe “that bubbly, shallow cinematic creature that exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures.” The work is a non-linear and non-narrative in structure with very little text. Saturday, January 26th at 7:30pm . Tickets: $25 in Advance, or Pay As You Leave for Enjoyment Received. KWSA ART EXHIBITION – The Kitchener-Waterloo Society of Artists (KWSA) presents ‘Selection 2018’ on exhibit until February 1, 2019 at The Link at Waterloo Innovation Park, 611 Kumpf Dr. Waterloo. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm. KWSA is Waterloo Region’s oldest continuously operating arts organization and currently has over 130 members. For more information visit AN EVENING WITH MARGARET ATWOOD – Experience an intimate evening with Canadian icon and literary legend, Margaret Atwood on May 30, 7pm at the Centre in the Square, Kitchener. Margaret Atwood: From The Handmaid’s Tale to Art & Technology; An Evening in Conversation with Dave Bid-

ini will explore the themes, perception and inspiration behind her most provocative works. Noted musician and author Dave Bidini will moderate the discussion, which will include art, technology and the role of girls and women in STEAM. The author’s dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, has been adapted into a critically acclaimed TV series – receiving 13 Emmy nominations and eight awards. “There is an infinite number of possible futures,” said Margaret Atwood. “Which one will actually become the future? It’s going to depend on how we behave now.” This special presentation is in support of Education/STEAM programming at THEMUSEUM. General admission: $60+hst/CITS ticketing fees. Student admission: $30+hst/CITS ticketing fees *Valid Student ID required. Tickets available at or by calling 519-578-1570. VIP tickets, which include a reception with Margaret Atwood following the event, are available. Contact or 519749-9387 ext.222 to secure your tickets. ELORA SINGERS CONCERT SEASON - The Elora Singers Soup and Song will be held at 12:30pm at St. John’s Church, Elora on Sat. Feb. 9, 2019 featuring the music of Sir James MacMillan with enlightening commentary about the music by the artistic Director, Mark Vuorinen. Lunch includes a hearty bowl of soup, fresh bread, cheese and a glass of wine, tea or coffee. Tickets are $45. (Performance only tickets are $30 – begins at 2pm). For tickets visit www. or call 519-846-0331 VOLUNTEER AT SUNNYSIDE - Make your new year’s resolution about giving to others this year - volunteer to help older adults

at Sunnyside! Spend a few hours a week selling refreshments at our Tuck Shop in Kitchener. Money raised through sales will help support older adults. Sunnyside is a long-term care home on a campus that also includes supportive housing, dementia services, and other programs for older adults. To volunteer, call Janice at 519-893-8494, ext. 6372 or apply at: WORTH A SECOND LOOK – The Working Centre’s thrift store, 97 Victoria Street North, Kitchener is looking for donations of clothing, books, current magazines, craft and art supplies, sporting goods, housewares, furniture, jewelry, purses, backpacks, hygiene products, pictures, frames, music and movies, radios, stereos, CDs, DVDs, toys and games. The retail outlet’s goal is to provide the community with lowcost used furniture and assorted houseware items while keeping reusable goods out of landfills and creating opportunities for employment. Open 9am to 5pm weekdays and 9am – 4pm Saturdays. To donate call 519-569-7566. SCHWABEN CLUB EVENTS - EVERY FRIDAY at the Schwaben Club Keller, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Fish Fry. Fridays & Wednesdays KARAOKE with Randall Kuhn’s ”The Musicscene.” Pub Food available. Fridays 8:30 p.m. – until close Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.Table Tennis – EVERY TUESDAY at the Schwaben Club at 7 p.m. Should you be interested in a few trial games and see if you would like to play it and have fun at the same time; then we would appreciate if you would contact Walter at 519-742-3372 or Ken at 519-894-6695.

DIVERSECITY TOASTMASTERS CLUB - Do you have trouble finding the right words when speaking to a group? Need a career boost? Want to polish your presentation skills? Toastmasters is the place for you. Learn communication, leadership and presentation strategies in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. DiverseCity is a new club and is open to all. It runs Mondays, 7 - 8:30 pm at Kitchener City Hall, the Conestoga Room. For more information contact Leo Tintinalli, ADULT DAY PROGRAM - Did you know Trinity Village has an Adult Day Program for seniors wishing to socialize with other seniors? The cost is just $8 per day and the program runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am to 1 pm, at Trinity Village Care Centre, on Kingsway Drive, near Fairview Park Mall. For more information call the Day Program Coordinator at 519-8936320 ext. 235. CHILD WITNESS CENTRE PANCAKE LUNCH - Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 from 12 Noon to 1:30 pm (doors open at 11:30 am) marks the 21st anniversary of the Child Witness Centre’s Annual Pancake Lunch fundraiser. While we know it is still a few months away, we’re hoping you’ll save the date—it just wouldn’t be the same without you! It’s hard to imagine that last year, 1,255 local children and youth who were victims or witnesses of abuse or crime along with more than 1,400 of their parents and caregivers needed help through the criminal justice process. Event, Partner and Table Sponsorship packages are available as well. Please contact Chris Martin for more information at chris.martin@childwitness. com or call 519-744-0904 x221.

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Kitchener Citizen - East Edition - January 2019  

Kitchener's original community newspaper.

Kitchener Citizen - East Edition - January 2019  

Kitchener's original community newspaper.