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Let’s Celebrate Canada & Ontario 150! Let’s Celebrate Canada & Ontario 150! Daiene Vernile MPP Kitchener Centre Daiene Vernile MPP Kitchener Centre

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to fill out a survey asking if they were By Carrie DeBrone interested in having a dog park in their Hundreds of people, and their pets community. Results from the survey had a dog gone good time at Kitchener’s were not known by the Kitchener cool off in, and crafts for all BY CARRIE DEBRONE Knollwood Park event June 25 when a Citizen’s press deadline. ages including one that algrouplarge of residents the Auditorium “We don’t knowtheir what the results from crowd from of people, lowed owners to design and their pets had a dog own dogthe and Central Frederick neighbourhoods survey will be. 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East Ward: A Canada 150 Cel- also asked to fill out a survey The event was both a unique way About two months ago, Heinz Koller, ebration. asking ifanother they were interested to Invited both celebrate Canada’s 150th of the group, developed to celebrate Cana- in having a dogmember park in their anniversary of confederation to a “dog density” da’s sesquicentennial, the first and community. Results frommap the using word of 150 dogs ifreceived discover people goodie in the bags area want a mouth, email and Facebook page. It survey were not known by and ‘Canada leash-free dog150’ parkbandanas. in their community. maps out the homes in the Kitchener Citizen’s pressthe area that have Thestarted eventwith was both a unique “It the idea that we deadline. could dogs to get an idea of how many pet dogs way ato party celebrate Canada’s have for area children “We and don’t there are in the two the neighbourhoods. 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Fulop said. that we could stickabout with dog the health, answered questions “You meet a lot ago, of people when you About two months 150th theme andthe trydogs to attract plastic pools for to cool off in, walk your dog,” said Koller who owns a 150 dogs and their owners Heinz Koller, another memand crafts for all ages including one that Shepherd-Chow cross named Jace, and ber of the event organizand centre the event around allowed owners to design their own dog who admits to usually not being very ing group, developed a “dog them,” said group member of density” map using word bandana. social. Susan Fulop. mouth, and a have Face-met half of my Visitors asked to bring a email “I wouldn’t The eventwere included an afterIt maps thewalk the dog,” he donation forpack the food or anbook item page. neighbours if Iout didn’t noon mass walk,bank a group the area that have Members of a neighbourhood group organizing the Dogs of East Ward: A Canada 150 Celebration stuffed goodie bags that photo, abyvetthe whoKitchener-Waterloo answered homes in needed laughed. were given to the first 150 dogs arrived at the sesquicentennial event held June 25 at Knollwood Park in Kitchener. From left:who Mayor’s Advisory Council for Kitchener Seniors chairperson Randy an talked idea of questions about dog health, dogs to get Humane Society. “I’ve to how a lot ofThedog owners event was bothFarrell, a unique way to celebrate Canada’s anniversary and Senior a way toof discover if people in the area Kitchener Centre MPP150th Daiene Vernile, the Year Violet Cook, plastic pools visitors for the were dogs also to asked in the park in their community. From left: Donna Cassidy, Susan Flop, Martha Kalyniak, Heinz Koller. continued on page 4... of want In addition, area and a lot thema leash-free tell me dog and Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic.

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Happy Canada Day! RAJ SAINI MP for Kitchener Centre

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Homer Watson…a man encumbered by tragedy, guided by hope and inspired by spirits BY SHELLEY BYERS

he window in the studio of T the Homer Watson House and Gallery is double the size

of any others in the home. Rippled glass faces north allowing only stable light into the modest room. Hung on uneven walls are paintings of landscapes alive with movement and shadows and a glint, perhaps a hope, of light. Imagine an easel, a paint coated brush, and the stillness of a man waiting for his inspiration. Then, look out that window. If you see a woman clad in a black dress with a high lace collar, take no mind. She’s not really there. That’s Phoebe and she runs the place. Or it could be Roxanne, the inspiration behind the illuminating last pieces painted by Homer Ransford Watson. Faith Hieblinger, Executive Curator and Helena Ball, Executive Director of the home on Old Mill Road in Kitchener are gracious guides throughout this historic site nestled minutes from the Grand River. Faith tells of a man encumbered by tragedy, guided by hope, and inspired by spirits. Even into his 80’s, Homer Watson trekked out to his beloved, snow dressed woods, his oil paints stiffening in the chill, his

Homer Watson House and Gallery

bare fingers chaffing, with only the light of the moon as his beacon. It was foretold. “Do not despair,” his late wife Roxanna had said as he sat in his rocking chair, misery setting in like paints drying on canvas. “All is well, Homer. You still have work to do.”

Then she vanished. With that, he rose and set to work. Many of his last paintings hold the image of the moon. He believed the artistic lore that if paints were exposed to moonlight, healing powers emanated back to the observer. Roxa’s spectre in 1918 set


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Homer Watson’s painting The Pioneer Mill (oil on canvas 1880) was purchased by the Marquis of Lorne, Canada’s Governor General, for $300 and presented to his mother-In-law, Queen Victoria. Kitchener Citizen file photo


him on his path to spiritualism. Candlelit séances summoned spirits for honoured guests such as Prime Minister William Lyon MacKenzie King while mediums scrawled ghostly messages. These predictions are preserved under glass in his studio today. All the while, his sister Phoebe Amelia Watson (1858-1947) supervised his marketing. A proper Victorian woman, few knew that she had acquired her own nest egg allowing her to travel to her cottage on the shores of Lake Huron – unheard of for an unmarried woman. An artist in her own right, her intricately painted tea cups, vases and plates are on display in the study. Homer Watson was born in 1855 in Doon Village and lived poorly in a house that still occupies the corner of Tilt Drive and Doon Village Road – across Homer Watson Boulevard from the gallery.

His father died of typhoid in 1861. Not long after, the family’s woollen mill failed and turned to rubble. Homer continued his studies until he was 12 then worked with his brother Jude (1853-1867) at a pug mill. When allowed, the boys escaped to the woods where they enacted stories rich with mythical characters conceived in Jude’s poetry and illustrated by Homer. However, young Homer was rambunctious and often let his mind wander from his work. When Homer’s horse spooked then jerked while winding the pug mill, Jude was pulled into the machinery. He died on the ground moments later. The compassionate mill owner and a kind aunt gave Homer a set of oil paints and canvases. These he took to the forest where he claimed to communicate with his father and his brother while he painted.


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Painting by Phoebe - The window in the background is in the painting. This was the kitchen back then.

Found in the family Bible of Joseph Schneider and his wife, Barbara Eby, this paper cutting dates from between 1805 and 1835. This decorative art form, called Scherenschnitte (“paper cuttings”) in German, became popular in Germany and Switzerland in the 16th century and was introduced by immigrants from these areas into colonial America, notably Pennsylvania. Scherenschnitte were sometimes created by young women as gifts for loved ones – including male suitors. An ongoing feature of artifacts in our collections.

The mill owner also gave the young Homer access to his library where books opened to visions of art that revealed colour and technique. Homer inhaled these artistic styles and exhaled his own. In 1872, at the age of 20, he announced that he would be an artist. He traveled to Toronto for advice but was unschooled. By 1880, he submitted “The Pioneer Mill” to the newly formed Royal Canadian Academy’s inaugural exhibition in Ottawa. Some in his village baulked at his ambition to become an artist. He should let go of such flights of fancy and find real employment. Homer almost believed them when he walked through the doors of the academy. Talented, educated men, much older than himself, sauntered throughout the show. Embarrassed, he left. Days later, Homer’s painting was purchased by the Marquis of Lorne, Canada’s Governor General, for $300 and presented to his Mother-In-Law, Queen Victoria. Queen Victoria commissioned two more paintings, “The Last of the Drought” and “The Torrent” thus launching Homer Watson’s career. With the money from his sales, he was able to marry Roxanna Bechtel (18551918) and rent the third floor of his dream home. The Homer Watson Home and Gallery was originally built by developer Adam Ferrie in 1834-35. He bought 300 acres of land and constructed a grist mill, saw mill and distillery then named the new village Doon. Built in the vertical style of Gothic Scotland, the house was an uncommon structure among the common Georgian style. For Homer, the light was the thing. He and Roxa purchased the home and its 2 ¾ acres in 1883. Ten years later, he built his studio and painted a frieze in honour of the artists who inspired his first brush strokes. Their names, along with his renditions of their art touch the ceilings of the studio and study. Faith explains that Watson’s early style was well defined, like a snapshot. As he became comfortable with his brush, he became impressionistic. Leaves are not defined, light captures movement and the viewer’s eyes do the work to create nature in all its raw moments. He traveled extensively throughout

his popular period between 1900 and 1910 and in his own words “carved a road for Canadian artists.” In 1906, his second addition, The Watson Gallery, is the perfect ratio for acoustics and well-being. From above, Clerestory Windows allow light to blend. Iron rod ceiling supports replace beams that would have distracted visitors from the art. His fame and fortune would not last. The members of the Group of Seven became the new rage. Their marketing skills increased and they thrived. Times were changing. Watson’s sales dwindled. When the stock market crashed in 1929 he lost everything. The bank allowed him to stay in his home, but his belongings, including his paintings, were not his own. He died in 1936 as penniless as he had started. Phoebe continued on in the house and gallery until her passing when it sold to Ross Hamilton. He and his wife, Bess created the Doon School of Fine Arts where, ironically, members of the Group of Seven became instructors using Watson’s paintings as teaching tools. This closed in 1966. Tom and Ruthe Cayley were the last private owners of the home. Without funds, the house decayed. Ruthe asked Phoebe for help and then did as the spectre instructed putting the house up for demolition. As predicted, people in the city rallied against the destruction. Later, the City of Kitchener stepped in and by 1980, it was deemed a National historic site and later a registered charitable organization. Phoebe is still hard at work assisting tourists. Faith admits that she has stopped telling visitors that the gallery doesn’t have someone dressed in “charming period clothing” strolling through the gardens. Today, the Homer Watson House and Gallery hosts classes for artists of all ages as well as a summer camp and outreach programs for seniors. Events are ongoing each month. “Homer’s life was the process of the art and how it can spiritually heal you,” says Faith. “It’s nice to know that his vision remains active here.” For more information, contact www. or 519-748-4377.

Adèle Hempel is the Manager/Curator of Region of Waterloo Museums. Contact her at

Waterloo Region 2017 Inductees At 20 years of age, Abner Martin became the founding conductor of the newly created Menno Singers. In 1974, Martin was also the force behind the formation of the Mennonite Mass Choir. Both choirs continue to play significant roles in Waterloo Region. Photograph courtesy of Hunsberger Photography

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Love of Books Weekend July 29 to 30, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s story time. Gallery Activities Daily July 2 to Monday, July 31, 10:30 a.m.,11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. Hands-on family activities and demonstrations. A Day In The Life … 1914 Daily July 2 to July 31, 11 a.m., 12 p.m. 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3p.m., 4 p.m. Lend a hand on the farm, join a social pastime, or learn something new from our interpreter presentations.

Schneider Creek Porch Party July 22, 4 to 7 p.m. Musicians and community come together. Bill Muir plays at 3 pm. Includes blacksmith demos. Seniors’ Day July 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission (55 years and older). Summer at Schneider Haus Daily July and August, Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Join staff out in the garden or in pickling, preserving, baking and more! TTY: 519-575-4608


Eden Oak Park officially opened June 10

Kitchener on June 10, which included a ribbon-cutting, games, BBQ, , a magic act, musical entertainment and an outdoor family movie.

Located at 125 Eden Oak Trail in the Grand River South Community, 1.72 hectare (4.32acre) park was developed at a cost of $850,000.It features surface painted playground games, a multi-sport court including

tennis, pickle ball and basketball, a paved trail, event space with seating, a large playground, natural areas, soccer field, benches and many trees. Developer Jim Hallman, who represented Hallman


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will be two or three years before it is fully completed. “It will be the heart of the neighbourhood; a place to grow, meet people and relax,” said Kitchener councillor Dave Schnider.

Eden Oak Park includes a large playground with the latest equipment.

Cutting the ribbon to officially open Eden Oak Park in Kitchener are from left, Kitchener councillor Dave Schnider, community member Stephanie McIntyre, developer Jim Hallman and Kitchener MayorBerry Vrbanovic.

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Construction, said his company prides itself on giving back to the community and said he hoped the park will become a community focal point. Hallman noted that the landscaping in the park is still a work in progress and

many pet dogs there are in the two neighbourhoods. So far, map results show 60 to 70 dogs in his neighbourhood, but he said it is far from complete and continues to be a work in progress. Both Koller and Fulop agree that dogs are great community connectors. “I think there are 11 dogs on my block of 12 houses alone,” Fulop said. “You meet a lot of people when you walk your dog,” said Koller who owns a Shep-

herd-Chow cross named Jace, and who admits to usually not being very social. “I wouldn’t have met half of my neighbours if I didn’t walk the dog,” he laughed. “I’ve talked to a lot of dog owners in the area and a lot of them tell me what a great thing it would be to have a dog park.” Fulop said, adding that research has shown that off leash parks allow dogs to socialize more and get more exercise (and in a shorter time) than just walking. Fulop said it would also be great to be able to walk to a

dog park instead of having to drive to one. Currently only two leash-free dog parks exist in Kitchener – at McLennan Park and at Kiwanis Park. Fulop pointed out that access to the Kiwanis Park location is down a lengthy path, so for seniors, anyone in a wheelchair or with other physical challenges, it can be difficult to get to. The neighbours group has a few ideas where an offleash park could be established in their neighbourhood, but they are not ready to discuss possible locations yet. “We want to hear from dog owners and from people who don’t have dogs,” Cassidy said. A lot of groundwork has yet to be done — and the first order of business is to find out if there is an appetite for a community dog park or whether it will be a bone of contention.

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Stanley Park Optimist 2017 ball season wrap up

he Stanley Park Optimist Club T baseball program wrapped up its 48th season with a party at Wilson

Park in Kitchener on June 24. The year-end wrap up party provides the opportunity for individual players to receive their trophies, for winning teams to be recognized and for the community to thank the many people who work together to provide the popular program including organizers, umpires, coaches, managers, assistants, helpers and team sponsors. The event featured free hotdogs and drinks for players, trophy presentations, face painting and music by Erick Traplin, for the more than 500 young players who participated this year. The program is the largest youth baseball program in Kitchener. All participants received a trophy, photo package and a set of personalized trading cards. Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic and councilors Scott Davey and Dave Schnider helped hand out trophies and thanked the hundreds of volunteers who helped coach and manage the teams. FINAL RESULTS Senior T-Ball Champion - Kitchener Citizen (won 40-25 in final game) Finalist - Exquisite Floral Consolation Champion – First Choice Haircutters Consolation Finalist – Durnin Motors

Junior 3-Pitch Champion - TextNow (won 16 – 13 in final game) Finalist - Helmutz Landscaping Consolation Champion – First Choice Haircutters Consolation Finalist Milton’s Bar & Grill

lanc (PSG Plumbing MVP). The program has partnered with the Healthy Kids Community Challenge program (a program that promotes healthy eating, playing and

living) that next season will provide a water jug and a $50 gift certificate (to help provide healthy snacks) to every team.

Senior 3-Pitch Champion - PSG Plumbing (won 26-17 in final game) Finalist - Mr. KW Landscaper Consolation Champion - Teamsters Consolation Finalist - Tentworks Individual Awards While acknowledging that this is a team game and that others (coaches, team-mates, pitchers) have a direct bearing on individual achievement, the following players were recognized for their outstanding performances in the 2017 season: Charlie Burdess (Player to Watch Award), Joey Sherritt (Mr KW Landscaper MVP), Curtis Nugent (Burgess Flooring MVP), Brooke McAfee (KRT Services MVP), Logan Knowles (Tentworks MVP), Mikayla Vanderhout (Player to Watch Award), Phoenix Bradley (League MVP), Lucas MorrissonKardol (MJ’s Scooters MVP), Aiden Baechler (Player to Watch Award), Keshaun Alexander (Teamsters MVP), Chris Dillon (Player to Watch Award), Cannon Loschnig (Player to Watch Award) and Branddyn LeB-

TextNow took the 2017 Junior 3-Pitch Championship beating Helmutz Landscaping 16 – 13 in the final game. From left: front, Amaris Machmuelluer, Angus Quinlin-Cutter, middle, Evan Porrin, Conley Thomson, Nolan Hubert, Gavin Mohr, Brooklyn Kropf, back, coach Tristan Huntington, Charlotte Kirley, Lindsay Kirley, Katelynne Cherrey, Aiden Currie, Keaton Simpson, Elysia Sawatzky, coach Shawn Sawatzky.

Kitchener Citizen took the 2017 Senior T-Ball Championship beating Exquisite Floral 40 – 25 in the final game on June 24. From left: front, Luka Augustinovic, Evan Fountain, Landon Millar, Ethan Borges, Emily Gugins, Mikala Hunt, middle, Jayce Brito, Nathan Adams, Lyla Labranche, Max Stroeder, Phoenix Loschnig, Elizabeth Gugins, back, coach Rebecca Loschnig, scorekeeper Brian Millar, assistant coaches Jeremy and Tiffany Brito. PSG Plumbing took the 2017 Senior 3-Pitch Championship beating Mr. KW Landscaper 26 – 17 in the final game. From left: front, Taedyn LeBlanc, Trevor Hissa, Tyler Potts (holding trophy), Madison Woodworth, middle, head coach Brenda Sauer, Danielle Grominsky, Chloe Sauer, back, Carson Proctor, assistant coach Enrique Hernandez, James Hartman, Evan Freeman, Brandon LeBlanc, Jordan Potts.

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2017: What’s Your Canada Co-Incidence?

time, dear readIticeters,issesquicentennial for you to prac-

synchronicity. Stop shaking your heads; I am not hallucinating from marijuana use. That’s NEXT Canada Day, when the Liberals intend to legalize pot – and sing the praises of a very different leaf! Sesquicentennial synchronicity occurs when participation in a Canada 150 event CO-INCIDES with an actual willingness to do so. I don’t mean to rain poutine on anyone’s parade, but haven’t you winced a bit at news stories that not only chronicle unique national birthday celebrations but ones that are accomplished in 150 different ways! Who can compete with the 12 year-old kid who raises 150 bucks at her lemonade stand and hands out the same number of water bottles to the needy? I’m merely here to say, relax. Our patriotic zeal may reach a red and white fever pitch on July 1st, but we still have six months left to mark the occasion. So stop trying to get on Youtube by wearing a toque and shouting, “Eh!” You can do something local, something heartfelt,

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ister for a dynamic 49 year-old named Trudeau. Canada’s 100th birthday signalled an era of wonder for young people whose dreams were as big as their country. Five decades later, that same sense of wonder still needs nurturing. Fifty years ago, I regularly scoured my parents’ pocket change to collect the various denominations of centennial coins. In today’s currency we might have lost the penny and the 50 cent piece is a rarity, but they are both in my 1967 collection. It’s time to polish it up and give it to a deserving young person who is not only celebrating this year’s national milestone, but who will, in all likelihood, be here for the 200th festivities. Coin collector or not, the recipient will be holding the history of a great nation in her hand. So c’mon – get your sesquicentennial synchronized. Jack Nahrgang recently retired from the Waterloo Region District School Board. He is a monthly columnist with the Kitchener Citizen.

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and even something small. And that 12 year-old kid with the lemonade stand? We could learn from her low-key action because the gesture shrinks a vast country to a neighbourhood. It’s inspiring, and for me, nostalgic. Fifty years ago (stop laughing), I was a 10 year-old kid, in a three room elementary school, mesmerized by my teacher’s tales about Canada’s 100th birthday. Mr. Wick rolled in a black and white TV, and we rolled out choruses of Bobby Gimby’s centennial celebration song while watching scenes from Expo 67 in Montreal. We were a young country of 20 million souls, doing great things. And my contribution? Why, I channeled my inner Samuel de Champlain; I conned my best friend Gary to join me in an expedition up the mighty Nith River from Millbank to the newly created Mornington Centennial Park. There we planted a homemade Canadian flag made out of a pillowcase (sorry mom) and left behind a crude plaque chronicling our exploit. Silly? Maybe when viewed through an adult’s cynical eyes, but Canada’s flag was only two years old, and within ten months we would swap a 70 year-old prime min-

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2017 Maple Syrup Festival raises $55,000

his year’s Elmira Maple Syrup FestiT val raised $55,000, one of the largest amounts ever.

Over the 53 years that the festival has been running, millions of dollars have been raised for charity. The April 1, 2017 event attracted large crowds with its traditional offerings of many lip smacking food choices, a variety of family enter-

tainment, local craft booths, amusements and demonstrations. All the money raised at the festival supports local charities, with the largest amount ($22,000 this year) going to Elmira District Community Living. Thirty four other groups received funds, including eight located in Kitchener-Waterloo: YWCA of KW ($1,200),

Child Witness Centre ($1,000), Woman’s Crisis Services Waterloo Region ($1,000), Pride Stables ($1,000), SkateABLE ($500), Strong Start Charitable Organization ($500), Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region($1,000) and Waterloo Regional Crime Stoppers ($500). Rod Hoddle

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PROVINCIAL ISSUES by Daiene Vernile MPP Kitchener Centre

hen the Ontario legislature rises from the spring session and W Members of Provincial Parliament return to their home ridings, I always find it amusing when people say, “So, you’re off for the summer?” Truth be told, time spent in our ridings is often much busier than when

PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Raj Saini MP Kitchener Centre

As the House of Commons rises for the summer, I am excited to spend the warmer months back in our wonderful community. The best part of these months is the amount of time I get to spend one-on-one with you in the riding, meeting you at festivals, fairs, events, and at my community office! During this time, I’d also like to re-

PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Marwan Tabbara MP Kitchener South/Hespeler

we’re serving at Queen’s Park. There are countless meetings with constituents and stakeholders, ribbon cuttings for new buildings and businesses, festivals, cultural events, walk-a-thons for worthy causes, and many other appointments to keep. However, I will say that the spring session was extremely productive. We passed 17 pieces of legislation during the spring sitting of the 41st Parliament of Ontario. These measures support good jobs, fair workplaces and better wages, prepare our workforce for the new innovation economy, and make life more affordable for workers, students, seniors and families. Ontario’s economy is in a relatively strong position. Our unemployment rate has dropped to a 16 year low, our growth is outpacing all G7 countries, and as promised we delivered a balanced budget. But, even with a strong economy, there are many people who feel uncertain about their futures in a changing world. “As a government, we can and must be a force for good,” says Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. “That is why we are taking bold action so that every-

one can feel more secure and confident about the future.” To help people in Waterloo Region get ahead and stay ahead in a changing economy, the government brought forward a comprehensive list of actions that will make a positive difference in our lives. These actions include: • Raising the minimum wage and creating more security for employees through landmark changes to employment and labour laws. • Making prescription medications free for everyone 24 years of age and younger through OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare — the biggest expansion of universal Medicare in Ontario in a generation. • Launching a pilot project to assess whether a basic income can better support workers and improve health and education outcomes for people on low incomes. • Making it more affordable to buy or rent a home, expanding rent control and bringing stability to the real estate market through Ontario’s Fair

Housing Plan. • Lowering electricity bills by 25 per cent, on average, for all residential customers and as many as half a million small businesses and farms. • Providing access to affordable, quality licensed child care for 100,000 more children, including 24,000 in 2017–18. • Making it easier for Ontario businesses to grow and create more jobs by cutting red tape and reducing regulatory burdens. • Creating tomorrow’s jobs today, and attracting talent and investment by funding transformative technologies such as artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles and 5G (fifth-generation) wireless networks. • Continuing to stand up for Ontario workers and businesses by actively defending the province’s trade and investment interests with U.S. legislators and businesses. Actions introduced this legislative sitting are part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

flect on the accomplishments of our Government over the past few months. In 2017, our Government welcomed the European Parliament’s approval of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union, something which will create good, middle class jobs on both sides of the Atlantic. Building on our commitment to invest in growing the middle class, in March, our Government also introduced a budget which places a strong focus on supporting social and community infrastructure, as well as investing in innovation and skills training. Among other things, this budget makes significant investments in public transit systems, invests $11.2 billion in affordable housing, and invests in a skills plan which will prepare Canadians for the changing economy. We have also committed to establishing a National Strategy to Address Gender-Based Violence and have introduced a new Feminist International Assistance Policy. This International Assistance Policy is complemented by a commitment to a new Defence Policy, and a Foreign Policy based on support-

ing alliances, progressive trade policies, gender equality, and fighting climate change. As we celebrate 150 years of Canada, these initiatives will help to build an innovative, healthy, environmentally friendly, future Canada, focused on protecting and advancing human rights at home and abroad. Our Government has recently introduced the Transportation Modernization Act, which represents a first step in providing Canadians with more efficient, more reliable and safer transportation systems that will facilitate trade and travel. We have also introduced significant amendments to the Access to Information Act, so that we can raise the bar on openness and transparency by revitalizing access to information. Also working towards strengthening accountability, transparency, and effectiveness, the Minister of Public Safety recently tabled national security legislation which will help fulfill our promise to fix the problematic elements of Bill C-51. When the House of Commons resumes its session in the fall, I will continue to work to represent you, as our Government works towards fulfilling our commitment to both keep

Canadians safe and to protect rights and freedoms. With Canada 150 approaching, I hope we can take a moment to show pride in our history, culture, and achievements. We are a country grounded in multiculturalism, and strengthened by our diversity, our respect for human rights, and our innovation. There are many ways to mark Canada’s birthday and I hope that every member of our community will find a way to participate, whether it is through attending a community event, or by volunteering, or taking in the natural beauty of our numerous National parks, all of which are offering free admission in 2017. Regardless of how you celebrate, I hope you have a safe, and enjoyable, summer. To learn more about the work I am doing here in the riding and in Ottawa, please visit my website,, email me at Raj.Saini@parl., or call me at 519-741-2001. My staff and I are always ready to answer your questions or to assist you with any federal matter you may have. I look forward to hearing from you, and I hope to see you all throughout the community this summer!


This year is especially significant as Canada celebrates 150 years since confederation. To celebrate this momentous milestone, I would like to recognize people that make our community such an extraordinary place to live. The Canada 150 Award of Excellence will recognize the achievements of twenty residents of Kitchener SouthHespeler who have made significant contributions in the following areas (the four themes of Canada 150):

• Reaffirming the importance of strong environmental stewardship; and, • Engaging and inspiring youth.

elebrating Canada Day has always been a special day for me and my family. We arrived in this wonderful country 28 years ago when I was four years old. My parents decided that fleeing Lebanon was the best decision for me and my two brothers after 15 years of civil war. Although I wasn’t aware at the time, my parents sought a home where freedom, opportunity and equality were values that were protected and cherished. Today, these are the values I cherish most and I am forever grateful to all those who worked hard to build this nation. And, now, as a Member of Parliament, I am honoured to give back and serve my community.

If you know someone who is deserving of a Canada 150 Award of Excellence, nominate them by visiting my website and following the instructions: canada-150. If you prefer to receive a hardcopy of the application, please call (519-571-5509) or email my office ( to • Promoting a diverse and inclusive request one. Canada; My best wishes for a memorable Canada 150! • Supporting efforts towards national reconciliation of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians;


De Boer’s Treasures The Kitchener Citizen welcomes this new column, De Boer’s Treasures by John De Boer. The column will be a regular feature each month. BY JOHN De BOER


ne way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday is to recognize our progress in car manufacturing since 1867. That year Henry Seth Taylor, a watch maker and jeweller from Stanstead Quebec manufactured the first car in Canada known as the Seth Taylor Steam Buggy. His invention consisted of a horse less carriage with a coal-fired steam boiler behind the back seat. Rubber hoses carried water to the boiler from a tank located under the front axle. Steam pressure from the two cylinders powered the rear axle, producing forward motion. The steam buggy was able to travel at

A group of 14 new paramedics practised rescue techniques during a mock mass casualty incident at the Waterloo Region Emergency Services Training and Research Complex in Waterloo on June 5. The mock incident involved a bus collision with an ambulance.

a sustained 24 km/h controlled by a long handled valve located on the right side of the seat. In front of the seat was a steering tiller but don’t spend too much time looking around for brakes as they don’t exist. You can see this one of a kind vehicle in the Canada Science Technology Museum in Ottawa.

Volunteers and some of the new paramedics were made up as victims suffering from bleeding wounds, with many calling out for help or acting disoriented during the mock incident. Paramedics responding had to prioritize and group the wounded quickly.

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Big Canada Day 150th anniversary celebrations in Kitchener and Waterloo BY CARRIE DEBRONE

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Canada Day, July 1 from 5-10:30pm when the country comes to the city. Experience a concert by one of Canada’s hottest country music acts, James Barker Band. The main stage will be located at Kitchener City Hall with live performances by Jessie T, Vanessa Marie Carter and River Town Saints, who just released their debut album. James Barker Band will close the show with hits like “Lawn Chair Lazy” and “Chills,” which just reached number one at Canadian Country Radio. The event is free to attend. Come out wearing red and white, and show your Canadian pride. There will be food for purchase and a licensed area (19+) or make a night out of it by heading downtown for dinner at one of downtown Kitchener’s inviting restaurants. Make sure to stay for the grand finale – an expanded fireworks show off the roof of City Hall for Canada’s 150th anniversary. Earlier in the day head to

the Kitchener Market for a family-friendly Canada Day party from 10am to 2pm. There will be live music, a performance by Erick Traplin, face painting, crafts and a patio set up on the piazza. * * * The Canada Day celebration at the University of Waterloo will be bigger than usual as this July 1 marks the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. Preparing to host at least 60,000 people, the free event will kick off at 4pm. It will include a Canada 150 cultural stage, with a variety of dance and music performances by local cultural groups. At 6pm the Waterloo Warbirds vintage war aircraft will fly over. Canadian rock icon Tom Cochrane will perform with Red Rider, and Juno award winning children’s performers Bobs & Lolo. Food trucks and family friendly activities will round out the day, which will end with a spectacular fireworks display at dusk. Anyone attending is encouraged to take public transportation, walk or cycle rather than drive because parking is limited.


Quiz created by Sean Simpson, Vice President, Ipsos Canada, Public Affairs

1. What type of government does Canada have? 2. What is Canada’s largest export? 3. Who is Canada’s longestserving Prime Minister? 4. Who is Canada’s shortestserving Prime Minister? 5. Who is the most recent Prime Minister to have lost a vote of noconfidence in the House of Commons? 6. Which of Canada’s provinces has the highest median age? 7. Which city has a larger population: Ottawa or Mississauga? 8. In what year did Berlin change its name to Kitchener? 9. How old is the province of Ontario? 10. What are the national sports of Canada? 11. Which Canadian NHL team won the Stanley Cup most recently?

12. In what city can the Bluenose be found? 13. 2017 marks the centenary of what famous Canadian battle, where the 4 divisions of the Canadian corps fought together for the first time? 14. What was the name of the beach where Canadians landed on D-Day in Normandy? 15. What is the longest flight (by distance) operated by a Canadian airline, non-stop. 16. To within 5 percentage points, what percentage of Canadians live within 100 miles of the U.S. border? 17. What city was the capital of the Province of Canada immediately prior to Confederation? 18. Which Canadian singer sold 39 million copies of one album – making it the best-selling Canadian album of all time?

19. In what year did the Toronto Blue Jays last win the World Series? 20. In what year did Newfoundland join Confederation? 21. What town has Ontario’s only saltwater port? 22. How many NBA basketball teams does Canada have? 23. As of 2011, what was the second-most common mother tongue for residents of Toronto? 24. What university is Canada’s largest university, as measured by the number of full-time students 25. Which Canadian city has the largest underground network (i.e. walkways, retail stores, etc) in the world? Answers on page 10

E.Dyck Opticians is honouring Canada’s history with an eye to the future Kitchener Waterloo Musical Productions presented Secret at Woodside on June 16. Taking place in 1891, Berlin, Ontario, the play celebrates Canada’s 150th with an intriguing tale of of someone who vanishes during a social evening at Woodside, the home of John and Isabel King. With the help of 16-year-old Mackenzie King, Detective Dickson follows the clues like a Victorian cobweb party until the last puzzle piece falls into place. In the photo, Detective Dickson (played by Brian Otto) is confronting Madame Zona (played by Sonja Ticknor-Malton) in the parlour of Woodside. Photo by Langen Studios, Waterloo. Location: Woodside National Museum

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‘Vimy’ oak tree planted at Canadian Martyrs School BY CARRIE DEBRONE

n June 20th, the 320 stuO dents who attend Canadian Martyrs Catholic Elementary School in Kitchener

experienced an event that will, no doubt, become a memory that they will pass onto their children and grandchildren. Who knows, maybe in 30

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Wishes for a memorable “Canada Day” on this special anniversary from Dr. Douglas Beaton & Staff Canadian Martyrs Catholic Elementary School students, staff and parents gathered for a ceremony to dedicate an oak tree sapling that was planted at the entrance of the school that is a direct descendent of the oak trees destroyed at the Battle of Vimy Ridge 100 years ago in France.

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or 40 years, some will even return to the school to show their descendents the historical “Vimy” oak tree that they watched being dedicated in front of their school on that beautiful spring day in 2017. The acorn that sprouted the tree is an example of living history. The dedication ceremony included the singing of O Canada, several choral performances by individual classes, pipe and drum band music by members of the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada, the story of the Vimy Oak read by Air Cadet (Breslau Branch 822) and grade 8 student Quinn Jensen (who also cut the ribbon to officially dedicate the young tree) and a recitation of the famous Canadian poem In Flanders’ Fields. “I wonder what stories the acorns from this tree will tell in 100 years,” said Wendy Price, Vice-chair of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. “I’ve always been fascinated by the history of our country,” said Elizabeth Nigh, who is a grade 8 student at Canadian Martyrs and also an Air Cadet with Breslau Branch 822. Dressed in her Cadet uniform, she was one of the speakers and responsible for publically thanking those who took part in the tree dedication ceremony. “I try to be a model citizen

and try to help anyway I can to celebrate my country,” she said. The Battle of Vimy Ridge in northern France, Quinn Jensen, Canadian Martyrs School grade 8 April 9-12, 1917, is student and member of the Breslau Branch 822 considered one of Air Cadets, cuts the ribbon to officially dedicate the defining events in the ‘Vimy’ oak tree planted at the front of his Canadian history. Al- school on June 20. lied troops had struged near the front entrance of gled and failed, but with all four of our country’s Canadian Martyrs School in military divisions fighting to- the first week of June. It will gether for the first time, it was remain in that sheltered spot the Canadians who overcame for four or five years and then, great odds and eventually cap- when it is well established, tured the ridge at the cost of it will be transplanted to the school’s playground where a 10,600 casualties. The world has never forgot- plaque will be added to tell ten the Canadians’ success or people about its significance and where it will serve as a their sacrifice. The battle destroyed nearly welcome outdoor classroom every tree in the once-forested space or shelter from the sun French ridge area. But after during recess or lunch breaks. Grand River High School in the battle and sensing that he Kitchener also recently planthad been a part of something historically important, Cana- ed a Vimy oak at the front dian soldier Lieutenant Leslie entrance of the school after Miller of Scarborough, Ont., 60 Waterloo Region District gathered acorns from a bro- School Board students and ken oak tree branch on the staff travelled to France to ridge and sent them home to mark the 100th anniversary of Canada to be planted on his the Battle of Vimy Ridge. “We are so honoured to Scarborough farm. He later named the farm Vimy Oaks. be chosen as one of the sites Ten of these trees still exist on where Vimy Ridge and all the people who served in the war From Mayor Berry Vrbanovic the woodlot now owned by the will be remembered,” Scarborough Chinese Baptist and members of Kitchener City Council said Canadian Martyrs’ school princiChurch. pal Sean Spitzig. A “Vimy” oak sapling, grown Councillor Scott Davey - Ward 1 “The Battle of Vimy Ridge from an acorn taken from one Councillor Dave Schnider - Ward 2 of those Vimy oaks, was plantContinued on next page...

Wishing everybody a festive and safe celebration on Canada’s and Ontario’s 150th anniversary!

Happy Canada Day!

Councillor John Gazzola - Ward 3 Councillor Yvonne Fernandes - Ward 4 Councillor Kelly Galloway-Sealock - Ward 5 Quiz answers Councillor Paul Singh - Ward 6 1. Constitutional monarchy 2. Automobiles Councillor 3. William Lyon Mackenzie -King Bil Ioannidis Ward4.7Sir Charles Tupper 5. Stephen Harper 6. Newfoundland and Labrador 7. Ottawa 8. 1916 9. 150 years old Councillor Zyg Canadiens Janecki - Ward 8 10. Lacrosse (summer) and ice hockey (winter) 11. Montreal 12. Lunenburg, NS 13. The Battle of Vimy Ridge 14. Juno 15.Councillor Toronto to Hong Kong 16. 75% 17.-Quebec Frank Etherington Ward 9City 18. Shania Twain 19. 1993 20. 1949 21. Moosonee 22. OneSarah (the Toronto Raptors) Councillor Marsh - Ward23.10Cantonese 24. University of Toronto 25. Montreal

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marks the real beginning of Canada. That’s why I’m so proud to be here today,” Mark Poland, Commanding Officer of the Royal Highland Fusiliers told the students, parents and staff who gathered for the ceremony. The school had to meet several criteria in order to qualify as a suitable site for locating the oak sapling, including

assurance that the tree will be cared for in the future. The school is located in the “Heritage Park” neighbourhood of Kitchener surrounded by streets with names that commemorate Canadian history. The school itself is located on ‘Confederation Drive’. The school’s name also dovetails with the realization that the soldiers who fought and died on Vimy Ridge were “Canadian martyrs.”

As a way to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, a project to bring the oaks back to the ridge in France is well underway. The plan is to plant over 100 trees descended from the acorns that were rescued by the Canadian soldier in the Vimy Foundation Centennial Park, adjacent to the Canadian National Vimy Memorial site, as part of this year’s centennial commemorations in France.

Wishing everybody a festive and safe celebration on Canada’s and Ontario’s 150th anniversary!

Happy Canada Day! From Mayor Berry Vrbanovic and members of Kitchener City Council

Councillor Scott Davey - Ward 1 Councillor Dave Schnider - Ward 2 Councillor John Gazzola - Ward 3 Councillor Yvonne Fernandes - Ward 4 Councillor Kelly Galloway-Sealock - Ward 5 Councillor Paul Singh - Ward 6 Councillor Bil Ioannidis - Ward 7 Councillor Zyg Janecki - Ward 8 Councillor Frank Etherington - Ward 9 Councillor Sarah Marsh - Ward 10 Join us for the party 150 years in the making in downtown Kitchener on Canada Day featuring

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River Town Saints and more! Free concert • Food for purchase • Outdoor patios Licensed area • Spectacular fireworks show

Saturday, July 1, 2017, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. City Hall, Downtown Kitchener Head to the Kitchener Market for a family-friendly Canada Day party on Saturday, July 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Funding of this event provided in part by Canada150 Cet événement a été soutenu par le Fonds Canada 150


7,500 people, 40 locations celebrate 2017 Neighbours Day

The Mansion Greens Tree Walk was a unique Neighbours Day event. Community members walked together from Mansion Greens to Weber Park and a new garden information board was unveiled.

The Victoria Hills Community Centre hosted a kite festival during the third annual Neighbours Day on June 10.

Lots of young people enjoyed playing road hockey at the Stanley Park Community Centre’s Neighbours Day celebration.

More than 7500 people came out for the 3rd annual Neighbours Day, held at more than 40 locations across Kitchener, on June 10, 2017.

The Mill-Courtland Community Centre offered a variety of activities for Neighbours Day including free hats given out by the Kitchener Fire Department, a fire hose spraying demonstration, a balloon walk, fresh pitas made in the centre’s outdoor kiln, and music by the Guitar Club band. Inspired by the band’s music, this boy picked up the bass guitar and started playing.

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This event was a huge success due to the many sponsors, partners, and volunteers that made this special day possible. Everyone involved with this event made an impact on neighbourhoods across the city, and we want to thank you for all your hard work.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR KITCHENER CHERRY FESTIVAL - Come join us for a fun day at our annual Cherry Festival! The Cherry Festival is held in Cherry Park on July 8 from 11am6pm.There will be fresh cherry baked goods, live music, pony rides, a Cherry Train ride, classic car show, food & craft vendors, along with much more! This is a fun event for the whole family. National touring artist Rose Cora Perry and her rock duo The Truth Untold have been scheduled as returning guest performers at this year’s Kitchener Cherry Festival at 2:00pm on the mainstage. There is no admission fee to attend. All ages welcome. You can enter Cherry Park through the entrance on Park St or Strange St, just north of Victoria St S. Plenty of free parking is available! KULTRUN WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL – Free festival presented by Neruda Arts, July 8 - 9 at Victoria Park, Kitchener. Kultrún is a family-friendly celebration of diversity featuring local, national and international world music bands, allages interactive activities, workshops by professional artists, performance art, a food, craft and art market and a beer-garden cantina. Enjoy music of 20 bands representing 16 different nations and cultural communities including First Nations, Inuit, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Indonesia, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Turkey, USA and Algeria, Angola and Zimbabwe. The lineup presents award winning, world famous international bands such as Tanghetto and Djmawi Africa, as well as the Canadian Jerry Cans and Quique Escamilla. Activities for all ages including music jams, drum circles, storytelling, photo booth, parade, dance interventions, Dabke and more. The Festival runs Saturday from 12noon - 11pm and Sunday from 12noon-9pm. For more information visit KWAG BLACK & GOLD FUNDRAISER – Thurs. Oct. 19/2017. The KitchenerWaterloo Art Gallery is the leading public art gallery in the region and Black & Gold annually raises more than $55,000 to support exhibitions and education programs at the Gallery. This year, we continue favourite parts of the event like the reception, the 50/50 draw and the live auction (auctioneer Martin Julien will return!) but we are also switching things up - this won’t be your average fundraising dinner! In keeping with the Gallery’s innovative spirit and the region’s tech affinity, our silent auction will be completely mobile thanks to Givergy, award-winning fundraising technology. No more paper forms, no more forgetting where the item you loved is - you can network and get creative with the art activity and not miss out on the items you are bidding on! Tickets to this highly anticipated event are extremely limited and do sell-out! Get your tickets before July 31st to take advantage of the Early Bird pricing! Special discounts for tables so get a group together and get ready for a fun night out in support of art in YOUR community! THE FOOD TRUCKS ARE HERE - Every Monday from May 1st to Sept 25th … 5-8 pm … St Luke’s Lutheran Church, 317 Franklin St N in Kitchener. Bring your own chairs/blankets. Proceeds to community outreach. FOOD TRUCKS – East Side Eats at Kitchener East Presbyterian Church, 10 Zeller Drive, Kitchener, every Wednesday from 4:30 to 8pm starting May 3 until August 30, 2017. Four Food Trucks every week. FOOD TRUCKS - The Erb strEAT EATS Food Truck event will be back at Parkminster United Church EVERY WEDNESDAY from 4:30 to 8 pm starting May 3 to Sept. 6. At least five trucks will be at 275 Erb Street East. A bouncy castle will be on site on the first Wednesday of each month. WATSON EXHIBITION – at Homer Watson House & Gallery celebrates the 150th anniversary Canada. The Canadian landscape is the predominant

theme and subject matter for Homer Watson. Watson draws from a deep well of life experience, which includes an intimate relationship with the land and his struggle to survive a challenging environment. Accompanying Watson are four exhibitions, Sub-merg is an exhibition of sculpture by Marlene Kawalez inter-played with the paintings of Homer Watson. Décarvage is an exhibition by artist Mike Bergauer that highlights the emotional joy and satisfaction experienced when exploring nature as a medium as much as a subject matter. Embracing Place is an exhibition by the Artist Critique Group exploring complexities of place. These artists find similar inspirations to Watson. Questioning, evoking emotion and revealing truths, they speak honestly to our environmental issues, to the personal journey and spiritual growth and to our future development as a nation within the context of our world and universe. General admission for the exhibition is $5 donation. 1754 Old Mill Road, Kitchener 519-748-4377, COALITION OF MUSLIM WOMEN OF KW COMMUNITY FORUM - the coalition invites the KW community to a presentation titled Allies Against Islamophobia on July 10 from 5 – 8pm at Victoria Park Pavilion. Join us to learn about the historical and cultural roots of Islamophopia around the world and in Canada and speakers will address strategies for becoming an effective ally. For more information visit SCHWABEN CLUB COMING EVENTS – Fish Fry – EVERY FRIDAY at the Schwaben Club Keller, 5 to 8pm. Fish Fry. Serving Fish & Chips, Schnitzel and Grilled Salmon. 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. Schwaben Club Choir – EVERY THURSDAY at 7:30 p.m. practice at the Schwaben Club Keller. Ladies and Gentlemen who love & want to sign are invited. No experience, talent or great vocal chords necessary. English and German pieces. Call Cathy Thompson at 519-569-7824.Schwaben Family Soccer – EVERY FRIDAY – at 6:30 PM (free) All ages and skill levels welcome to join. Schwaben Club Membership not required. Sunday, July 9, 2017 – Kitchener Gun Show – at the Schwaben Club. 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Admission $5.00. Ladies and chil-

dren 12 & under are free! Table rental is $25.00 each. For rentals please call the club office. For more info contact: For tickets and more information, please call the Schwaben Club at 1668 King St. E. in Kitchener – 519-742-7979. DAVID BLAINE at KITCHENER CENTRE IN THE SQUARE – Tues. July 4. Having revolutionized modern magic and mesmerized audiences magician, illusionist, and stunt artist David Blaine is taking his show on the road for his firstever North American tour. Blaine’s oneman show promises to be an unforgettable interactive experience that both shocks and amuses. An experiment in and of itself, the tour will evolve as it moves across the country as Blaine continues to push the limits and attempt new feats for the first time live in front of his audiences. No two shows will be exactly the same. Doors open at 7pm; show 8pm. Buy tickets at, Centre in the Square Box Office or call 1-519-578-1570 to charge by phone. Order on-line at Tickets (incl. HST) $35.00, $55.00, $75.00, $95.00 & $200.00 Reserved/ All Ages (plus FMF and service charges). 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. Self-referrals welcome or contact CCAC, 519-748-2222. For more information call the Day Program Coordinator at 519-893-6320 ext. 235. REEP OFFERS HOME RETROFIT COACH - REEP Green Solutions has a Home Energy Catalyst program. Homeowners now have access to the free services of its knowledgeable Retrofit Coach to guide them through the process of making their home more energy efficient. The coach will provide expertise and advice where it’s needed along the way, from prioritizing renovations

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and hiring contractors, to evaluating completed work and considering next steps. Want to upgrade your drafty home? Want to avoid rising energy costs? We want to hear from you! Please contact coach@reepgreen. ca for more details. REEP is pleased to be working on this project with its partners Mindscape Innovations and Scaled Purpose. ELORA FESTIVAL 2017 - In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, The Elora Festival has an exciting concert season lined up. Opening Night will feature Proms on July 14 at 7pm at the Gambrel Barn, Elora. The famous tradition enjoyed in Royal Albert Hall is brought

to Elora, with beloved favourites such as Pomp & Circumstance, Rule Britannia, and much more. Huge orchestra, The Elora Singers, and Toronto Mendelssohn Choir in this fun spectacle! Bramwell Tovey from the Vancouver Symphony conducts. Other season performers include Angela Hewitt, July 15 at St. John’s Church, Susan Aglukark, July 15 at Gambrel Barn, Joni NehRita, July 15 at Grand River Raceway, Gordon Lightfoot, July 22 at Gambrel Barn, Trinity College Choir July 22 at Gambrel Barn and Cantus, July 28 at Gambrel Barn. Contact: 519-846-0331 or info@ for tickets.

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. Kitchener East Presbyterian 10 Zeller Drive, Kitchener (519) 748-9786 Reverend: Mark S. Richardson Sunday Service: 10:30am Nursery and Sunday School provided Sonshine Corner, Thursdays from 9:00 - 11:00am Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran 322 East Avenue (at Stirling), Kitchener (519) 742-5812 Sunday Service: (Sept. - June) 8:30am and 11am, (July-Aug.) 9:30am 9:45am - Sunday School, Youth & Adult Bible Classes Choirs - Stephen Ministry - Youth Group - Beginnings (0 -3 years) Hope Lutheran 30 Shaftsbury Drive, Kitchener (519) 893-5290 Pastors: Rev. William Gillissie, Rev. William Chuol SUMMER SERVICE TIMES Starting June 1, 2017 Worship Service @ 10:00 am (nursery provided ) South Sudanese Service @ 1:00 pm Breslau Evangelical Missionary Church 102 Woolwich St., Breslau (519) 648-2712 SundayWorship Service: 10:00am Children’s Ministry - Youth Ministry - Small Groups All are welcome! Visit us at Stanley Park Community Church 9 Dreger Ave., (at Ottawa St.) Kitchener (519) 893-8186 Pastor: John Pearce Sunday Service and Kid’s Church: 10:30am ALL WELCOME! Trinity United Church 74 Frederick Street, Kitchener (519) 742-3578 Sunday Service: 10:00am Church School and Nursery care provided. Sunday Hymn Sing: 10:00am (1st Sunday of month)


Dripping water renders balcony unusable Q. There are a few balconies above me that are closed in and have air conditioners that extend out past the balcony railing. My balcony is located on the first level of our condo building and extends further out from the balconies above me. One of the air conditioners is dripping water onto my balcony and leaves puddles. I cannot even use my balcony and have complained to the management and the board. My complaints have been dismissed with the explanation that air conditioners are permitted as written in our declaration. What is my recourse as this board is unwilling to help? A. Balconies are part of the common elements, but designated for the exclusive use of the owner of the adjoining unit. While it may be correct that the declaration allows air conditioners, it is also important to note that you have the right to enjoy your balcony. It should also be taken into consideration that constant dripping of water could cause water damage to the common elements. The board of directors has

an obligation to investigate your situation and find a solution. Maybe the water from the air conditioners could be diverted to the side so it falls on the ground away from your balcony. It would be wise to submit your complaint in writing to the board and the management. Maintain a copy and if your complaint continues to be ignored then you are entitled to begin the mediation process. The Condominium Act specifies disputes between owners and boards of directors must go to mediation or arbitration. Section 132(4) of the Act states that every declaration shall be deemed to contain a provision that the corporation and the owners agree to submit a disagreement between the parties with respect to the declaration, bylaws or rules to mediation and arbitration. Good Luck! Q. I was unable to attend our Annual General Meeting. I requested a copy of the minutes so that I could be brought up to date regarding our elections and any other important matters. The condo manager informed me that the minutes are not available until they are distributed prior to next years


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annual meeting. Can the management refuse to provide me with a copy of the minutes until next year? A. The minutes form part of the corporation records and a unit owner is entitled to examine them and to receive a copy upon paying a reasonable charge for labor and copying. Therefore, submit your request in writing and the board could provide you with a copy of the minutes with a notice attached confirming they are unapproved.

Very clean and well cared for home. You will be impressed with the open concept design. Foyer and kitchen has ceramic tile flooring. Kitchen has lots of cupboard and countertop space. Walkout from living room to a private deck and fenced yard. Large master bedroom has lots of closet space and ensuite privileges. Large finished rec room has oversized bright windows and a rough-in for another bathroom.

* * * Marilyn Lincoln is a condo owner, director and author of The Condominium Self Management Guide 2nd ed. Email marilyncondoguide@ with questions.

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Peter is a licensed Sales Representative with Re/Max and has specialized in the Stanley Park Area for 31 years.

As predicted our Real Estate market has crashed!

For the first 5 months of this year, prices have increased at an alarming rate. It wasn’t uncommon to see homes sell for $100,000 to $150,000 over asking price. Congratulations if you sold your home during this time. Now that the bubble has burst and home prices have fallen as much as 20% what’s next? We could see a further decrease in housing prices or it could start to level off. Interest rates have not changed yet, but we will probably see a small increase this fall and that will slow the market down even more.

If you are selling a home now, you need an experienced agent who has gone through this before and knows how to get top dollar for your home in a down market. I’ve been selling homes in Waterloo Region for 31 years and have experienced a number of challenging real estate markets. Call me anytime on my cell 519-589-3554, I’d love to talk. Check out my website at www.takemehome. ca. If you have any questions, feel free to call me at my office at 519-888-7110, cell 519-5893554 or e-mail me at





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August 19 & 20, 2017

Canada’s largest all Mopar Car Show

Moparfest Show highlights and information

• 240+ vendors in the swap meet area • Car corral (buy or sell the car of your dreams) • New Car Display beside the grandstands (brought by the participating dealers and Chrysler Canada) • Arena has some special interest, freshly restored, unique and survivor cars. This is a must see • 50th Anniversary of the Coronet R/T and GTX in the Arena • Check out the Car Clubs located in the ball diamonds • The Canadian Dukes Museum will be here with a large display and tons of nostalgia • Door prizes all day long - you must be present to win • Food and beer tents open all day • Face painting and games for the kids • Visit Artist Michael Irvine in space 175 in the

• Cruise to Wellington Motors after Moparfest on Saturday to check out their Smoke Show • Helicopter Rides near the spectator parking field with a free shuttle to and from the show field • Get your Mopar on the Dyno – Saturday only •• Chesterfield 66 at in Chesterfield -atNovember November at 11am 11am at at Cenotaph Cenotaph in the the Chesterfield Chesterfield Cemetery the Dynocologist’s mobile dyno to try to Cemetery •• Drumbo 11 at Blenheim Public Drumbo -- November November 11 at at 11am 11am Blenheim Public School School claim the prize forattop horsepower •• Innerkip 11 at Cenotaph in Cemetery Innerkip -- November November 11Authentic at 11am 11am at at Apparel Cenotaphon in the Cemetery •- November Choko track •• New Dundee 5 at 11am at New Dundee Park New Dundee •- Draw November 5 at 11am at New Dundee Park for $5,000 in Mopar Money on Saturday •• Paris November 11 at 11am at Cenotaph Downtown Paris Paris - November 11 at 11am at Cenotaph Downtown Paris – Open to all registered participants. You must •• Plattsville 11 at 11am Plattsville -- November November 11 to at win 11am at at Plattsville Plattsville & & District District Public Public School School be present vendors field •• Princeton November 11 at 10:45am at Princeton Cenotaph Princeton - November 11 at 10:45am at Princeton Cenotaph • Draw the 1973 Dart on Limited Sundayin Paris and D • Get yout tickets on the New This Hamburg Op-brought message to youfor by Mike YarekDodge Dodge Chrysler This message brought to youtobyall Mike Yarek Dodge Chrysler – Open pre-registered (before Limited July 1,in Paris and D timist Club’s 2017 Dodge Challenger • Tim Hortons coffee & frozen lemonade serv- 2017) 1992 and older Mopars. You and your registered vehicle must be present to win ed all day near the grandstands • Kids can fill out a ticket for the Bike Draw • Draw for the New Hamburg Optimist Club’s (free to kids 12/under). You must be present 2017 Dodge Challenger on Sunday. You do not to win. Obtain your free ticket under the need to be present to win grandstands • AutoGlym, Part Source, Rudy Held’s Performance, Mopar Canada, Zehr Insurance, MADD and more by the grandstands. •• Chesterfield - November 6 at 11am at Cenotaph in the Chesterfield Cemetery Chesterfield • Becker Bros Towing draw, Girl Guide Draw, - November 6 at 11am at Cenotaph in the Chesterfield Cemetery •• Drumbo Drumbo -- November November 11 11 at at 11am 11am at at Blenheim Blenheim Public Public School School Silent Auction, draw for a $750 Yokohama •• Innerkip November 11 at 11am at Cenotaph in Cemetery Innerkip November 11 at 11am at Cenotaph in Cemetery Tires gift card •• New New Dundee Dundee -- November November 55 at at 11am 11am at at New New Dundee Dundee Park Park • 50/50 draws both days •• Paris November 11 at 11am at Cenotaph Downtown Paris - November 11 at 11am at Cenotaph Downtown Paris Paris • Bus Trip to St. Jacobs’s on Saturday at •• Plattsville Plattsville -- November November 11 11 at at 11am 11am at at Plattsville Plattsville & & District District Public Public School School 10:30am •• Princeton November 11 at 10:45am at Princeton Cenotaph Princeton - November 11 at 10:45am at Princeton Cenotaph • Breakfast in the Legion fromThis 7:30am until message to Mike Yarek Dodge Chrysler Limited This message brought brought to you you bythe Mike Yarek Dodge Chrysler Limited in Paris Paris and and D D Draw forby 1973 Dodge Dart on Sunday . in approximately 10am

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SIMPLE RECIPES FOR A BUSY LIFE STYLE Top with fresh strawberries, a mixture of fresh berries or peaches, sweetened or not, and with or without ice cream or whipped cream, and you have a sensational summer dessert.

MERINGUE 4 egg whites, at room temperature ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup sugar Beat together the egg whites, cream of tartar and salt until stiff but not yet forming peaks. Gradually beat in the sugar and continue beating until the meringue is firm and peaks are stiff and shiny. Spread evenly over the bottom and sides of a large, well-buttered pie pan. Bake in a preheated 275 degree F. oven for about an hour, or until meringue is a light beige colour and crisp. Allow meringue to cool before topping with fruit and/or ice cream etc. The meringue (without the toppings) will keep, refrigerated, for a couple of days.

This version of potato salad does not contain mayonnaise, and therefore, does not require refrigeration, making it perfect picnic fare. The flavour is better when the salad is served at room temperature and not chilled. If you have refrigerated it after preparation, allow the salad to stand at room temperature for about an hour before serving.

GERMAN STYLE POTATO SALAD ½ cup liquid from dill pickles, preferably homemade ½ small onion, very thinly sliced 1 tablespoon good-quality prepared grainy mustard about 2 pounds potatoes 2 tablespoons finely diced dill pickle 2 or 3 slices bacon, cooked until crisp sea salt flakes freshly ground black pepper In a small saucepan stir together the pickle liquid, onion and mustard and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 5 minutes, then set aside in a bowl. Meanwhile, cook the potatoes in boiling, salted water until they are not quite tender and they still show resistance to the testing fork. They must remain undercooked so they do not become mushy. Slice the potatoes (not too thinly) as soon as they are cool enough to handle, into the bowl with the warm pickling liquid mixture. Toss gently to coat the potato slices evenly. Add the diced pickles to the bowl and crumble in the bacon. Toss again gently to combine all ingredients well. Allow to stand for 2 to 3 hours before serving, to allow the flavours to meld. A few sprigs of fresh dill and some chopped fresh parsley are flavourful garnishes.

Toast the arrival of early-summer tomatoes with this Italian-style bruschetta and a glass of your favourite wine.

BRUSCHETTA 1 best quality loaf of Italian-style bread 2 or 3 or more cloves of garlic extra virgin olive oil sea salt flakes 5 or 6 Roma tomatoes, sliced horizontally good-sized handful of basil leaves Slice the bread on the bias and toast both sides of each slice. Rub the slices with garlic, using more garlic if required. Arrange slices of toast on a large platter and drizzle with a generous amount of olive oil. Sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and add a slice of tomato and basil leaf or two to each piece of toast. Serve without delay.

Mussels are so good, and so easy to prepare. With bread, a leafy green salad, and a glass of cold beer, you have a lovely summer meal. (You may substitute clams, if you prefer).

MUSSELS WITH SPICY TOMATOES (4 servings) 1/3 cup olive oil 3 large garlic cloves, sliced thinly 1 pound fresh, ripe tomatoes, cored, seeded and chopped coarsely 2 tablespoons hot pepper oil coarse sea salt about 3 pounds mussels, scrubbed and debearded 2 tablespoons butter 3 or 4 tablespoons chopped fresh chives grilled country style bread Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook the sliced garlic, stirring occasionally, until crisp and golden, about 3 minutes. Transfer garlic with a slotted spoon to a small bowl. Increase heat to medium high and add chopped tomatoes to the oil. Cook stirring and breaking down tomatoes with a wooden spoon until they are very soft, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove and discard the peels. Stir in the hot chili oil, and season to taste with salt. Add the mussels to the pan, cover and cook shaking the pan once in a while until mussels open – 5 to 8 minutes. Discard any mussels that have not opened. With a slotted spoon, transfer the mussels to serving bowls. Stir butter into the tomato mixture until it is melted and well combined. Taste and adjust seasoning. Ladle the tomato oil over the mussels and top with the chives and fried garlic. Serve with grilled bread.


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with Pam Gillespie of Gillespie’s Garden Robin Tomaz of Oakridge Acres picking strawberries.

them down.” Robin took note and replied “Good to know.” If your family wants to know more about Gillespie’s Garden you can follow them on Facebook, look them up online at call them at (519)622-2294, email them at or better yet, do what we did and pay them a visit at their farm located at 1043 Brantford Hwy in Cambridge, Ontario. They are currently open Monday-Friday 9-5pm, Saturday 8-5pm and Sunday 11-5pm.




Welcome to our first instalment in “The Hungry Farmer” feature series, where my sous chef Robin and I, Chef Jen, from Oakridge Acres in Ayr, Ontario visit local farms to get the inside scoop on what’s fresh and just what it takes to thrive in this demanding business.


n honour of “The 150 Anniversary of Canada,” Robin and I decided this instalment in our series should be extra sweet… and what’s sweeter than fresh picked strawberries? Nothing! Plus, it’s a fruit that is grown in every one of our provinces. Making it a patriotic fruit that deserves some attention. After consulting with our “Taste Local, Taste Fresh” map from Foodlink, we decided to pay Pam and Brian Gillespie of “Gillespie’s Garden” in Cambridge, Ontario a visit. I mean how could we not? The sun was shining and today was the first day of the U-Pick strawberry season and we couldn’t wait to get our hands on some of those super sweet heart shaped berries. Just driving up their lane puts a smile on your face; whether it’s their stunning farm house with fresh laundry hanging on the line, or the beautiful mural that adorns the welcome side of their rustic country store, or maybe it’s the sandbox filled with children’s toys, or their own “Little Library” for friends and customers to borrow a book, that draws you in. No matter what the reason, it just doesn’t get more family friendly than that. Entering their country store you’ll notice two things right off the bat. The first is Pam Gillespie’s smiling face behind the cash register and the second is a sign hanging beside her, welcoming every-

one to their “25th Season On the Farm.” Now that’s a milestone worth celebrating for any small business. You’ll also notice an abundance of locally made goods like fresh preserves, jams, jellies, honey, maple syrup, an assortment of cheeses, meats and eggs. But what customers really talk about is their line of fresh baking, all made on the farm by their daughter Angela including pies, tarts, cookies, loaves, muffins and the house favourite – fresh baked buns. Yes, it’s a true family run farm at Gillespie’s Garden with both Pam and her husband Brian working sideby-side with two of their three daughters; Lauren and Angela. When I asked her about their youngest daughter Emma, Pam was quick to point out that she lives in Leamington, Ontario and is married to a tomato farmer. “So she’s a farmer at heart too!” Pam proudly exclaimed. Robin and I were privileged enough to have farmer Brian lead us to their strawberry patch where he proudly pointed out that they have forty-six rows of strawberry plants and are growing nine different varieties of strawberries. That’s enough to last the entire season from late June into the month of July. Now that’s dedication! With baskets in hand, both Robin and I eagerly headed into the field to join up with three generations of one family who were already busy picking some of the brightest looking strawberries I’d ever seen. It was then that my sous-chef Robin turned to Annet who had just started working on the farm that day and asked a very serious question – “Do you have to watch out for the eaters?” Without hesitation she replied with a laugh “We hose

Sat. July 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Two-step your way to the market for our free family friendly Canada Day event. Activities include: Live country music, family concert performance by Erick Traplin, face painting, crafts and a patio set up on the piazza.

MARKET TOUR: FOOD THAT SURVIVES A HEATWAVE Sat. July 8, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Angela Gillespie’s Favorite Strawberry Bread Recipe Ingredients 2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced 3 1/8 cups flour 2 cups sugar 1 tablespoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 ¼ cups vegetable oil 4 eggs, beaten 1 ¼ cups pecans, chopped Instructions 1) Preheat oven to 350F and butter two 9x5 loaf pans. 2) Place strawberries in a bowl, lightly sprinkle with sugar, combine and set aside. 3) Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl (except pecans). 4) Next blend oil with eggs, then pour into the bowl of strawberries. 5) Finally add the strawberry mixture into your bowl of dry ingredients and combine until moistened before adding pecans. Gently fold the mixture into both loaf pans and bake for approximately 45-50 minutes or until your tester comes out of the centre clean. 6) Let cool on wire racks for ten minutes. Remove loaves from pans and allow to cool before slicing. 7) Enjoy all your hard work – we sure did. This loaf turned out amazing in our test kitchen at Oakridge Acres and we know it will in yours will too!

Join us for a market tour where we explain how to survive a heatwave with cool and fresh dishes - no oven required! Menu items include: Gazpacho, fruit and yogurt freezer pops and pesto zoodles.

JULY LIVE MUSIC SPONSORED BY THE DOWNTOWN KITCHENER BIA Enjoy live music as you shop at the market on Saturdays. Local musicians will perform outside on the piazza (weather permitting). July 1: Jesse Webber and Jesse Treener July 8: Andy K July 15: David Savoie July 22: Tim Moyer Band

DID YOU KNOW? Blueberries and peaches are in season in July. Pick some up at the Saturday market to add to a fresh fruit salad for a healthy snack or dessert. Get the MarketNEWS delivered every month to your inbox!


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Notes from City Hall

On June 27 of last year, I introduced the following motion that was approved by City Council and directed staff to investigate the feasibility of enacting requirements for vacant buildings to be

maintained at a level in keeping with neighbouring properties: WHEREAS, a review of the City of Kitchener Property Standards By -law is currently listed in the 2016 Business Plan as Item CS20 Neighbourhood Property Standards Compliance Review and Proactive By-Law Enforcement; and, WHEREAS, through initiatives, such as the Neighbourhood Strategy, the City is striving to promote its vibrant communities; and, WHEREAS, vacant boarded-up buildings can project an unwarranted negative image of a neighbourhood;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that as part of the current review of the City of Kitchener Property Standards By-law, staff be directed to investigate the feasibility of incorporating requirements for vacant buildings to be maintained at a level that is in keeping with neighbouring properties beyond the existing minimum standard for securing the site; and, BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that staff be directed to review the best practices implemented by other municipalities to regulate the keeping of vacant buildings. After an extensive two year period of reviewing our property standard By-

laws, staff presented their final report on June 12 of this year. This report included the motion I made in 2016 in staff’s proposed recommendations and changes to our current Property Standards By-law Chapter 665. This incorporated processes currently in place, related to how by-law enforcement concerns are addressed in residential neighbourhoods. Allowing for greater efficiency and expediency in dealing with problematic properties, these changes, along with my motion, will help to both safeguard and instill greater pride in our neighbourhoods.

CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS This Canada Day, July 1, celebrate our great country in downtown Kitchener! Starting at 6pm and ending at 10:30pm, enjoy a night packed

with live music, beer gardens, and food. There is a great lineup of artists, including Dragonette as this year’s headliner, and appearances by Teen Violence, the Stanfields, Wayfarer and The Bosswich. And of course, we can’t properly celebrate the uniting of our country without some great fireworks. EVENTS IN JULY There are so many events and activities for all ages in Kitchener each summer that it would be impossible to list them all here. Check out www. to see what’s coming up so you don’t miss out. I’m just highlighting a few favourites here.

Join us downtown for Cruising on King Street July 7, one of Canada’s largest classic car parades. The celebration continues on July 8 with live music by tribute bands. July 7-9 in Victoria Park music lovers will gather at the Kultrun World Music Festival featuring local, national and international world music bands, all ages interactive activities, workshops, food, craft and art market and beer garden. Starting at noon July 14-16, join other hungry barbeque rib, chicken and craft beer lovers in Victoria Park for Kitchener’s Ribfest & Craft Beer

Show. July 22 motorcycle enthusiasts and concert goers will come together to take in the 6th Annual Rock & Rumble event. You’ll enjoy live music, food trucks, craft brews and of course, motorcycles. This year’s headliner is Platinum Blonde. Discovery Square is a free program series for kids aged 5-12 focusing on science, technology, engineering, art and math each Tuesday rain or shine on Carl Zehr Square from 5:008:30pm. Stage shows by Erick Traplin or Ultimutts each night from 6:307:15pm.

A couple of months ago at a Council meeting I requested that staff take action on having the owner clean up the property of the former Mayfair Hotel across the street from City Hall

as, in my opinion, it was a mess and did not meet property standards in the eyes of the public. Staff responded back and indicated that the property does meet property standards as it’s fenced off from the public and building debris has been cleaned up since its demolition in compliance with Property Standards By-law. Staff indicated there’s nothing further they can do. Since it is downtown and looks ugly in the public’s eyes, nothing further can be done. If the same scenario was located on a residential street in my ward, the

nearby residents would have a bird and would be demanding a clean-up immediately. There is another scenario on Glasgow St. with the residents demanding the city fix the ‘dead grass’ along the boulevard after reconstruction took place a couple of years ago. The infrastructure replacement went well but the grass along the boulevard has died and is full of weeds. These residents have lovely front lawns except for the curb area which they tried to maintain as best as possible with watering. They’re demanding the

city replace the boulevard sod even though staff has acknowledged that the landscaping subcontractor’s job was acceptable. $100,000 was saved by not building a sidewalk on Glasgow St. say the residents. Put that money into replacing the sod. Compare Glasgow St. to the boulevard work of another contractor which did Vista Pl/Lakeside Dr. last year. These two streets look immaculate. Job well done. A big difference between Glasgow St and Vista Pl/Lakeside Dr. Like black and white.

With good reason, residents rarely stay calm about traffic calming. Which is why I was glad to see Kitchener council recently approve an excellent “Love My Hood”

program designed to encourage residents to take the lead in community improvement projects that include traffic calming — one of the largest neighbourhood concerns identified in Ward 9 and other parts of the city. Kitchener currently has a list of 170 streets where residents complain about speeding traffic. Based on traffic volume, about 50 would probably qualify for city action but, because of cost, we can afford to pay for traffic calming on only three streets a year.

Included in traffic-calming methods now available to neighbourhood groups are painted crosswalks, intersection road murals, planter boxes, lawn signs and alternate uses of street parking spaces. Matching city grants up to $15,000 will help pay project costs and, if a neighbourhood can’t raise enough cash, they can contribute goods or volunteer work. On the lighter side of a serious issue, yours truly lives on a oneway lane where speed bumps were introduced many years ago and

report that they do not work to slow trucks, cars and even school buses that speed down our narrow street. What does work to slow traffic near our Victoria Park home is the Canada geese patrol that slowly criss-crosses Jubilee Drive, often pausing while traffic backs up to participate in hissy-fit honking matches with impatient drivers. Unfortunately, to date, staff have refused to grab gaggles of geese and export them to areas in need of traffic calming.

Summertime is here! That means we have lots going on in downtown Kitchener. For a full list of events and festivals, pick up your copy of our #dtklove summer music

and events calendar, or view it online at Some highlights include: Kultrun World Music Festival, July 7-9th,; Kitchener Blues Festival, August 10-13,; and, free lunchtime music Tues/Thurs at Goudie’s Lane Patio and Wed/Fri at Carl Zehr Square. Dog parks: As our urban core becomes more densely populated, an interesting trend we’ve seen is that urban dwellers love to own dogs. It’s no surprise that in the last

few years we’ve seen an increase in requests for leash-free dog parks. So when city staff members receive these requests, they’ve recently started to put the question back to the residents: what is your preferred location for a leash-free dog park? Is there support within that neighbourhood to have one there? So if you are a dog owner, and you are interested to explore where to put a new dog park, start talking to other residents about it and see what interest is out there. Reach out to our neighbourhood

development office for support. The recommended size of a dog park is about 4 acres, but smaller dog parks have been seen to work in other communities. Right here in our own ward 10, we are piloting a micro dog park in George Lippert Park at 200 Weber St W. Once we see how well it’s working, we can use that learning when considering other locations. I’m curious what you think about the dog park in George Lippert Park. Please contact me with your thoughts.

City of Kitchener outdoor pools are now open

Residents have more options to cool off now that the City of Kitchener outdoor pools are open. The Harry Class, Idlewood and Wilson Pools opened in mid June. Swimmers can buy single admissions, books of tickets as well as weekend and summer passes that are valid at all indoor and outdoor pools. Kiwanis Park pool is closed for renovation this summer, and the city looks forward to reopening in 2018. You can get project updates on the city’s website www.kitchener. ca/kiwanispark. Swim times vary by location and schedules are available online at pools. Pools will close if: • Temperatures drop below 15°C • There is heavy rainfall • Staff sees lightning or hears thunder (and pools will remain closed until 20 minutes following the last sighting) There are also seven free splash pads open daily throughout the summer as well. Parents are reminded that splash pads are unsupervised facilities and that supervision is important to keep children safe. • Breithaupt Park splash pad, Breithaupt Park, 806 Union St., 519-741-2502. • Centreville Chicopee splash pad, 141 Morgan Ave., 519-741-2490 • Chandler Mowat splash pad, 222 Chandler Dr., 519741-2733 • Doon Pioneer Park splash pad, 150 Pioneer Dr., 519741-2641 • Kingsdale splash pad, 78 Wilson Ave., 519-741-2540 • Vanier Park splash pad,329 Vanier Dr. • McLennan Park splash pad, 901 Ottawa St. S. [Closed for 2017] • Victoria Park splash pad, Courtland Ave. W., 519-7412345 For more info visit www.


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Notes from City Hall

Construction. Arg. I know. No one enjoys construction delays, but if we never saw construction, it would mean our city was falling apart. It can be

a big inconvenience for some, but it’s necessary for a healthy city and region. Ward 1 is seeing a fair bit of construction now and will be in the near future. The city owned streets slated for reconstruction or resurfacing this year include: Carson Drive, Confederation Drive, Matthew Street, Montcalm Drive, Marketa Crescent, Smetana Drive, Springdale Drive and Woolwich St. If they haven’t begun working by the time you’re reading this, they will soon.

The project with the greatest impact at the moment is the Ottawa Street reconstruction, which is undertaken by the Regional level of government. (Tip: unsure whether it’s a regional or city road? Check the street sign. If it’s green, it’s the region; if it’s blue, it’s the city.) The work is well underway on Ottawa and is expected to continue until late in the year, but the short-term pain will result in a much improved transit link no matter your method of travel. Expect a similar result to what’s been done to the other

side of Ottawa from River Road to Lackner Boulevard. Being the north-east ward of the city, and the one closest to Guelph, means we’ll see the biggest impacts of the Province’s Highway 7 project. We’ll be most-impacted by that development in 2018 as the Victoria Street bridge over the expressway will be closed for at least a year. For questions on any of these items or others, please don’t hesitate to contact me any time. My contact info is listed above.

Neighbours Day on June 10 was amazing! Thanks to the Centreville-Chicopee and Stanley Park Community Associations for the great celebrations at their

Community Centres. The Grand Opening of Eden Oak Park saw over 1,000 neighbours show up to a great party provided by Hallman Construction and planned by Ace Events. Get on the Eden Oak Neighbourhood email list at Our Kitchener Events team is putting these free events on: Every Tuesday from 5 – 8pm, it’s Discovery Square in Carl Zehr Square. Free hands-on science, technology and art activities for kids aged 5-12.

Cruising on King Friday July 7 and 8. Enjoy classic cars on King Street and live music at Carl Zehr Square. The Kultrun World Music Festival July 8-9 in Victoria Park: Local and international artists, storytellers, food, crafts and interactive activities for children. The Downtown Kitchener Ribfest and Craft Beer Show: July 14 to 16 in Victoria Park. Rock & Rumble: July 22 from 5-11pm. Hundreds of motorcycles line King St. Platinum Blonde will

perform in front of City Hall, with epic food truck fare and craft beer. Get more details on these events at Cool off at Centreville Chicopee Community Centre’s Splash Pad. It’s free to enjoy daily from 9 till 9. Just bring your towel. I welcome hearing your ideas and concerns. Contact me if I can help in any way. You can report an issue or get questions from any city department answered by calling our 24 Hour Contact Line at 519-741-2345.

either had no sidewalks or only on one side. After many meetings in their neighbourhood the issues move on to Council for further lengthy discussions; often deferrals; and again considerable public engagement. In the majority of cases residents have not asked for and usually are not in favour of disrupting their neighbourhood for something they really don’t want or feel they need. Rarely are there occasions cited where after many years of no sidewalk there are now real safety reasons for imposing them; no occurrences ever shown where the lack of sidewalks have resulted in accidents. Costs for these unwanted and unwarranted projects normally are in the range of $100,000.

Council is currently in the midst of debating two particular cases. By the time this article reaches readers a decision will have been made and I expect the results will be in favour of spending substantial amounts on something that “isn’t broken” as opposed to directing that money to the many areas of our infrastructure that badly need funding. I have normally not supported this type of “nice to have” expenditure as opposed to “required infrastructure” spending. I will always support the neighbourhood needs and wishes unless I can be shown reasonable grounds not to do so. In 2004 Council adopted a Pedestrian

Charter - a very reasonable and common sense approach to enable easy access to all pedestrians. There have been no problems in implementing every aspect of this Charter in new subdivisions. But in older areas of the city problems are encountered when trying to apply each and every word of the Charter. The Charter is a goal that can be implemented in the fullness of time. The Charter sets no time lines and nowhere in the Charter is the word “sidewalk” mentioned. Why then are so many on Council quick to deal with the words of the Pedestrian Charter instead of its intent? I fully support the Pedestrian Charter. I would encourage all (including Council) to read and review it.

sidewalk on their streets. The sidewalk infill policy approved by council in 2015, set out a variety of criteria to direct how, where and when sidewalks would be added to residential areas. The policy considers improving walkability and accessibility in new and existing development, as well as how to encourage pedestrian activity. Staff created a point system so that decisions around sidewalk infill could be made with sensible strategy. Unfortunately, sensible

strategy doesn’t take into account the emotional impact this change may have on residents. Sidewalk infill, whether completed as a stand-alone project or during road reconstruction to realize cost benefits, can be upsetting to our residents, as many are disturbed to find out that trees and landscaping that have been a part of their street for decades may need to be removed. And, in some cases there is an existing sidewalk on one side of the roadway. On other streets,

there may be no sidewalk at all, so residents find the addition of sidewalks to be a dramatic change to their neighbourhood. Although we want to make our city as walkable as possible, I think it’s important to make these infill decisions carefully and understand the impact on the affected residents. If there is a sidewalk on one side, or if infill can be done with less impact on one side, I believe this should be part of how we decide to put in a sidewalk.

Pets are allowed and a rain date is planned for July 15. This family friendly movie title is still to be announced. NOMINATE A GARDEN Kitchener in Bloom is an annual recognition program designed to show appreciation for the efforts of our citizens who help to make our city look beautiful. There are four categories to nominate in: front yard, environmental, businesses, and stormwater management. Nominating is so easy, you just have to search, “Kitchener in

Bloom” at to find the online nomination form and details for each category. Just make sure you have the address and name of business where applicable. PROPERTY MAINTENANCE I thought I would mention the bylaw pertaining to grass and weeds, as we have had a lot of rain, requiring our grass to be mowed a few times already this year. As well, many of you may be away on vacation for a week or two over the summer. Grass and weeds on private property must

be kept below 8 inches. If bylaw receives a complaint, they will investigate and leave a notice at the property asking for the grass to be cut within 72hrs. If the grass is not cut in this timeframe, bylaw sends a request to operations for the property to be mowed, and the owner is billed for the service.

Sidewalks and the Pedestrian Charter Several times every year residents in the older areas of the city become actively engaged with respect to new sidewalks. These are usually small streets or cul de sacs which have

Sidewalk infill policy has brought many residents into Council Chambers to express their concerns over the addition of a

MOVIE NIGHT Friday, July 14 grab some friends and family, a blanket, a few chairs and head down to the park located off of Seabrook/Ludolph.


On July 1st, this great country we call home will be celebrating its 150th birthday! This is an achievement that all of us as Canadians should be extremely proud of! Our indigenous communities, the original people who walked on this land we call Canada, have generously shared this land with Canada’s first settlers, and for generations since then, new people have arrived to Canada from all corners of the planet. People of different races, of different faiths and different languages have all arrived in this fantastic country – a country where all of us or our ancestors have been welcomed with open arms and where we have added to the Canadian mosaic. As many of you know, my own family arrived to Canada from what is now Croatia, in 1969, when I was 2.5 years old, with hopes and dreams of a better life. This is the story of so many of us. We lived in Winnipeg a short period of time, then Hamilton and for the last 40 years, since 1977, Kitchener has been the community where I was raised and where my family has lived an incredible life. When we arrived, little did we know about what the future would hold for my family, and nobody imagined that one day, I would have the privilege to serve as Mayor of one of Canada’s biggest and most dynamic cities. Canada is a country upon where through hard work and perseverance, great things can be achieved. Whether your dreams had you developing the world’s first smartphone, or being the Mayor of a City, or whether your dreams had you playing professional basketball or serving as a doctor – the opportunities in this great land are plentiful and are available to most of us. But as we all know, as great as this country is, as much as we have achieved together in demonstrating that our diversity is our strength, we still have some work to do. As we enter July, and the next 50 years of Canada’s history and ultimately Canada’s bicentennial in 2067, let’s ask ourselves, what are the 3 Things We Can do For Canada. How can we get involved to make a difference in our neighbourhood? How can we create the next invention? How can we help someone who isn’t as fortunate as we are. How can we ensure we are an inclusive nation where we ensure that everyone has a high sense of belonging? That’s my challenge to all of you. Let’s use this historical moment and ensure we see great things come out of it.

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the time of year when we get the Iourturgeis home. to sort out cluttered areas in There are many drop-off

programs for you to reuse or recycle these items at our Waterloo waste site, Gate 2: Household items: Drop gently used but reusable clothing, housewares, toys, sporting equipment, etc., at the free Goodwill Industries trailer. Home renos: Home building and reno items that can be reused such as lumber, doors, counter tops, and flooring can be dropped off at the free Habitat for Humanity trailer, open April to October. Bicycles: We support a program that teaches youth how to re-build bikes. Drop off your old bikes and let the frames and parts be used for this community program. Paints, cleaners and yard chemicals: These items are hazardous waste and should not go in the garbage or down the drain. Keep chemicals in their original containers and drop them at the free Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) depot. HHW also includes propane tanks, batteries, fluorescent lamps (up to 4 feet), motor oil, and more. For a

complete HHW list, please refer to our website. This is for residential HHW only, maximum 25 litres per drop off. Compost pick up: Free compost is available every day, Monday to Saturday, while supplies last. Bring your own containers and shovel. Maximum five bushels per pick up. Appliances: There is curbside collection for appliances, every second week with garbage, maximum three items per collection. No need to call us in advance, just have it to the curb by 7 a.m. on the same day that your garbage is collected. There is a maximum of three appliances or bulky items per collection. Not sure? Ask the Waste Whiz, our easy to use search tool. Find the Waste Whiz on our website, www. or on our free My Waste app. With the My Waste app, you can also set up collection schedule reminders right on your smartphone. These drop-offs are open Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., at our Waterloo waste site, 925 Erb St. W., Gate 2, Waterloo. Find out more at, or call our 24-hour Customer Service at 519-575-4400. The blue box and green bin can recycle about 80 percent of your weekly waste, and these additional free drop-off recycling programs let you recycle even more!

Kitchener Citizen - East Edition - July 2017  

Kitchener's original community newspaper - established in 1996.

Kitchener Citizen - East Edition - July 2017  

Kitchener's original community newspaper - established in 1996.