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The resident explained were stuck in aCentre downtown parking on aasnowy SUMMER SAFETY “It’s wonderful to live across Boulevard across from home. more people are getting wind outside to sculptures enjoy the warmer in the center of three trying to track thank driver of one ofaour snowplows delivering great Valentine’s daydown with and a flat tire. the Carlos Medeiros, member of ourfor transportation was recalls going tothat beFOR built on Ira Needles pieces including three large kinetic she her was disappointed to EXPRESS BUILDING PERMIT SERVICE Benninger said. “So far it’s been really well weather andsummer we havehas some tips and reminders about Now that arrived (at least unofficially), service. The resident werethe stuck a downtown parking lot on a snowy services/parking staff,explained who was they plowing lot,innoticed the resident struggling, asked ed But, she across says, from The her Boardwalk has roundabouts at the mall. Boulevard home. wind sculptures , bylaws intended help keep you family done.” more people areto getting outside enjoy the safe. warmer in the centre of three learn aSERVICE shopping mall was going to be built onandtoyour dayand withended a flatup tire. Carlos Medeiros, a member of our ifValentine’s he could help changing the tire. Carlos didn’t give thetransportation resident his name g PERMIT FOR HOMEOWNERS IS BACK! turned out be a great by at award-winning artist weather and we have some Created tips and reminders about s, services/parking staff, wastoplowing noticed the resident struggling, asked and simply said he, “waswho happy help.” Atthe thelot, City of Kitchener, we’re committed to used sheto says, The neighbour. Boardwalk has roundabouts the mall. She said the owners ofRon The Boardwalk, IraBut, Needles Boulevard across from • Backyard fireher pitshelp arehome. permitted in Kitchener between g, bylaws intended to keep you and your family safe. if he couldexcellent help andservice endedthat up changing thebeyond tire. Carlos give the resident name “It’s wonderful to live across the Baird, the sculptures were designed at providing often goes whatdidn’t you might expect – justhis like ng Need a building permit fast? Every Tuesday at Kitchener HOMEOWNERS IS BACK! 6 p.m. and 11 p.m., but conditions doINCC apply. by award-winning Corp., have taken “a lot of care” to turned out to be a great neighbour. Created artist Ron ts, and simply he, “was to help.” At thefor City of Kitchener, we’re committed to Carlos – andsaid we also knowhappy that we have room improvement. City Hall from 2-5 p.m.Benninger during the months ofsaid. May to August, street,” “So far it’s been Baird’s workshop in Barrie and installed • Backyard fire pits are permitted in Kitchener between make sure that were the shopping has lots of “It’s wonderful to live across the Baird, sculptures designedcentre at providingyou excellent that often beyond what you might – just like receive building permit the spot so that you can Need ayour building permit fast?on Every Tuesday at Kitchener Whether registerservice for a program at agoes community centre, apply forexpect a building permit, • Fireworks onlybut permitted thedothe day before, day 6 p.m. andare 11 p.m., conditions apply. really well done.” on site. Baird is one of brought Canada’s mostbuses into the Carlos – and wethe alsocity know that we have your roomexperiences for improvement. start your do-it-yourself home project the of next City Hall from 2-5 p.m. during the months Mayday! to August, green space, more and day after VictoriaBaird’s Day, Canada Day and during or interact with on social media, matter to us. The City of street,” Benninger said. “So farofit’s been workshop in has Barrie and installed receive your building permit onowners the spot so that you can Boardwalk, Whether you register for a program a community apply for how a building • Diwali. Fireworks are only permitted theneighbourhood, day before, day Kitchener is doing a customer serviceatcheck-in so wecentre, can understand we’re permit, doing, She said the of The successful sculptors, creating overits new heated now with really well done.” on site. Baird is one of and Canada’s most Building permits are required for projects suchday! as decks, start your do-it-yourself home project the next of and day after Victoria Day, Canada Day and during or interact the city on social media, your matter us. The City ofright. what great with customer service means to you, andexperiences what we can do to to serve Kitchener Corp., have “a lot of care” 300 public, corporate and private sheds, INCC garages, carports, swimming poolstaken and finishing Splash Circle, Benninger said her young fam• IfDiwali. you’re doing work around the house or insculptors, your Kitchener is doing a customer check-in so events we can understand how we’re doing, She are said theforowners ofdecks, The Boardwalk, successful creating over Throughout the summer, lookservice for staff at local and city facilities for your basements. Building permits required projectsthe such asshopping yard, centre building permitscommissions. may be required depending togarages, make sure that what great customer to you,experiences. and what we can do tousserve right. ily will “just come hang out” in the summer. opportunity to tell usservice aboutmeans your service Or, tell howKitchener we’re doing Corp., have “a lot of care” 300 public, corporate and private sheds, INCC carports, swimming poolstaken and finishing the project. Find around out which a • on If you’re doing work the projects house or need in your Throughout the summer, for staff at local events and city facilities for your o view ahas full through our online surveylook at: The Splash Circle opened on May 25. The of green brought “We want to create a vibrant area in To learn more lots about projects that requirespace, a building has permit basements. on our website. yard, centre building permitscommissions. may be required depending to make sure that the shopping opportunity to tell us about your service experiences. Or, tell us how we’re doing permit and what is needed in order to obtain one, visit on the project. Findthe out neighbourhood,” which water projects need is acreate heated and there isinno admission busesofstop into the neighbourhood, and Voisin said. oy. view amore full through our online survey at: Plan your, by therequire building has green space, brought “We want to a vibrant area To learn more lots about projects that a division building has Learnpermit more about these and other community bylaws at on our website. .KITCHENER.CA/KITCHENERLIFE LIFE@KITCHENER.CA charge. on the now fifth atisCity Hall, 519-741-2433. with itsorinto new Splash Circle, Voisin said the landscaping atW W WThe permit andfloor what needed incall order to heated obtain one, visit more buses the neighbourhood, and the neighbourhood,” Voisin said. y. Plan your n about the, stop by the building division Learn more about these and other community at be important It bylaws willalso open every day from roughly Benninger said herheated youngSplash family will Boardwalk is to atWthem, W WThe .KITCHENER.CA/KITCHENERLIFE LIFE@KITCHENER.CA on the now fifth floorwith at City Hall, or call 519-741-2433. its new Circle, Voisin said the landscaping May to September between 10am and 8pm, rn about the “just come hang out” in the summer. and the area around the Splash Circle hbourhood. Benninger said her young family will Boardwalk is also important to them, weather permitting.with shade.” Thecome Splash Circle opened on May will lush around environment “just hang out” in the summer. and be the“aarea the Splash Circle hbourhood. The Boardwalk spokesperson Cynthia 25. The water is heated and there is no She said over 1,000 people work at The Splash Circle opened on May will be “a lush environment with shade.” s Day event! Voisin believes it could be the first of its kind admission charge. TheShe Boardwalk, and it people will also give 25. The water is heated and there is no said over 1,000 work at at a privately-owned facility in Ontario. s Day event! ovemyhood. It will be charge. open every day from roughly them a nice placeand to sit will and also eat their PG admission The Boardwalk, give “There are soit many young families on the May to September between 10am and lunch. ovemyhood. 5, 2018 and It will be open every day from roughly them awest nice side placeofto Kitchener sit and eachand their PG Waterloo who 8pm, weather permitting. The Boardwalk hasVoisin a transit hubShe thatsaid that playto September between 10am and lunch. will use this,” said. e 5, 2018May and PG 4 The weather Boardwalk spokesperson Cynthia nine River Transit routes ground equipment willhub bepass installed on two 8pm, permitting. TheGrand Boardwalk has a transit that Voisin believes it spokesperson could be the Cynthia first of through, including one that outpass to PG 4 circles on either sidegoes of the Splash Circle. The Boardwalk nine Grand River Transit routes its kind at a privately-owned facility in New Hamburg. Voisin said they keep in contact with the loVoisin believes it could be the first of through, including one that goes out to Ontario. TheHamburg. Boardwalk currently stretches They realize cal neighbourhood associations. its kind at a privately-owned facility in New “There are so many young families on about one kilometre in length ona Ira that the mall is more than shopping centre Ontario. The Boardwalk currently stretches the“There west side of Kitchener and Waterloo Needles Boulevard, with half of the to those who live nearby. It’s the place where are so many young families on about one kilmetre long on Ira Needles they can walk to work, or where who will use this,” Voisin said. 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portant to them, and the area around the Splash Circle will be “a lush environment with shade.” She said over 1,000 people work at The Boardwalk, and it will also give them a nice place to sit and eat their lunch. The Boardwalk has a transit hub that nine Grand River Transit routes pass through, including one that goes out to New Hamburg. The Boardwalk currently

stretches about one kilometre in length on Ira Needles Boulevard, with half of the mall in Kitchener and half in Waterloo. A line in the cement shows where the divide is, and Voisin

said it is a nod to both cities. “I’d like to have the two mayors come and shake hands over it,” she says with a smile. The same day the Splash Circle opened at The Board-

walk, a 10-day outdoor carnival kicked off in the mall’s parking lot. Proceeds from the carnival will go to St. Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener.

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Holding a neighbourhood gathering is a great way to meet your neighbours, and to encourage others to do the same. When we know who our neighbours are, we don’t feel like strangers. We feel connected and contribute to helping others feel connected, just by being there, saying a friendly “hi” and sharing a smile. When neighbours know each other, they become stronger and more resourceful to make their neighbourhood a better place to live. It is easier to notice what belongs, and what is out of place, as well as offering and receiving help from our neighbours. If we feel reasonably safe, with a sense of belonging, and a good sense of self worth, we can easily become attached to our neighbourhood. Over time, we can come to enjoy the neighbourhood cohesion that makes us all more resilient to the challenges of life.

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

“There will be time later in the year to talk more about all that we and past Councils have done together, but I did want to make my intentions public. In many ways, there is much that is troubling in the politicial world around us, but I made my decision knowing that there are knowledgeable and experienced people who will stand and maintain the strong system of local goverment we have all enjoyed here in Waterloo Region and whom, I believe, the people of this Region will support when elections are held in October,” Seiling said.

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As of press time, two people have registered to vie for the position of Regional Chair in October’s election. Jan d’Ailly of Waterloo and Karen Redman of Kitchener have filed their nomination papers. Redman spent 10 years as the Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre and has served as a Regional Councillor since 2014. d’Ailly is a former Waterloo City Councillor. Candidates have until July 27 to file nomination papers for the election that will take place Monday, October 22.

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that he will not run in the next municipal election in October. “When November rolls around, I will have served on regional council for 40 years seven as a Mayor and Regional Councillor, and 33 as Regional Chair. In addition, I spent two years previously as a Woolwich Councillor - for a total of 42 years,” said Seiling. Seiling made the announcement during a Waterloo Region council meeting on May 9. Seiling has been a staunch supporter of light rail service between Kitchener and Waterloo, which could have passengers by December. “I have thought long and hard about what to do, especially as I see many new challenges appearing on the horizon to which I think I could bring my experience, my contacts, my knowledge, and my connections to the community,” said Seiling. “However, after 42 years, the last 33 being in this chair, I think it is time to pass on the role of Regional Chair to a new Chair.” Several members of Seiling’s family, including his wife Kathryn, were in the gallery for the announcement.

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The new exhibit at the Waterloo Region Museum includes an interactive Lunar Rover, produced for the Canadian Space Agency and NASA by Ontario Drive & Gear in New Hamburg. Photo courtesy of the Waterloo Region Museum


New exhibit looks at the partnership between Canada and Germany


he Canada and Germany: Partners from Immigration to Innovation exhibit at the Waterloo Region presents historical events over the centuries, inspiring stories of German immigrants, and innovative bilateral research projects and partnerships. This exhibit was curated by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Canada for the purpose of celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada, as well as the long and positive relationship between the two countries. A unique local display in the exhibit is an interactive Lunar Rover, produced for the Canadian Space Agency and NASA by Ontario Drive & Gear Limited of New Hamburg, Ontario. Canada and Germany - Let’s Talk! Three presentations focused on the Canada and Germany exhibit will take place on Seniors’ Day, Thursday, June 14, at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. Honouring the contributions of German immigrants and their descendants, the Goethe-Institut has created the German Traces in Canada app allowing users to discover Canada from a new perspective. The multimedia app is available for use on Smartphones and tablets. The app allows users to explore listed sites and take a virtual tour tracing early European settlement as well as present day migration trends across Canada. The free app is available for download at Google Play and iTunes. The Canada and Germany: Partners from Immigration to Innovation exhibit honours the German-Canadian friendship, from a rich history of immigration to cultural collaborations and innovations. Engaging stories are told through three sections. Section One: Canada: A Nation of Immigrants – The German Contribution More than three million Canadians report their ethnic origin as German or of German ancestry. The exhibit looks at six major waves of immigration from Germany to Canada. In the late 1700s, many Germanspeaking Mennonites immigrated to

Canada because they were persecuted in Europe for their beliefs and values. Today more than 20 different Mennonite groups exist in Ontario alone. The story of the Hessians outlines how, during the American Revolution, Britain contracted various German states to provide 30,000 auxiliary troops, with 2,400 remaining in Canada after the conflict. In the 1800s, many German immigrants settled in Southern Ontario, and by 1870 Waterloo region was known as Canada’s German Capital. By the 1900s, most of the population in the Waterloo region were made up of descendants of German immigrants. The peak of German immigration to Canada took place in the 50s and 60s, with more than 300,000 Germans entering Canada by way of Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Section Two: From Enemies to Friends Anti-German sentiment reached record heights in Canada during the First World War. Learn the engaging story of how and why the city of Berlin, in Ontario, changed its name to Kitchener in 1916. Read the story of a prisoner of war Kurt Gunzel, held in captivity during World War II. Selected artworks created by German prisoners in captivity in Canada during World War II are represented. Find out about the birth of German Unification that took place in Ottawa in 1990. Section Three: The Inuit of Labrador and the Germans In 1771, German-speaking missionaries from the Moravian Church arrived in Labrador to establish a settlement among the nomadic population of Inuit. Over time what emerged was a cultural hybrid rooted in Inuit ways of life, but influenced by indigenized European practices. Find out about the little-known story of Abraham Ulrikab and eight Inuit who travelled to Europe in 1880 to introduce Inuit culture to Germany.

This double woven, jacquard coverlet dates from 1885-1890, and belonged to Amanda (Otterbein) Heckendorn (1871-1958). According to family lore, Amanda and her three sisters each received a coverlet as a gift from their parents, Henry Otterbein (1838-1883) and Lydia Kolb (1842-1873). The weaver of the coverlet is unidentified but William and John Noll, brothers from Petersburg, did produce this pattern. Adèle Hempel is the Manager/Curator, Region of Waterloo Museums Contact her at

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Canada and Germany: Let’s Talk! Thursday, June 14 Three presentations focused on our Canada and Germany exhibit. 11 a.m. - The Story of how Berlin became Kitchener 1:30 p.m. - German Influence in Waterloo Region: A Historical Perspective 2:30 p.m. - Panel Discussion - Members of the German-Canadian community National Indigenous Peoples Day Films Join local First Nations, Inuit, and Metis for three evenings at 7 p.m. for film and discussions. June 18 - Women in the Shadows June 19 - Angry Inuk June 20 - Rumble, the Indians Who Rocked the World

The Schneider Men Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 17, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Explore the clothing, work, and leisure pursuits typical for a Mennonite man like Joseph E. Schneider. Garden Days Saturday, June 23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 24, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Come and learn about traditional Mennonite gardens. Discover the plants the Schneider family grew for food and for medicine in 1856. For event details visit our websites. TTY: 519-575-4608


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Beware of the Rockets’ Red Glare


e are all heaving a collective sigh of relief, delighted that five weeks of campaigning has ended, allowing us to pivot our attention from provincial politics to federal fun as we prepare to celebrate Canada’s 151st birthday. It’ll be months before an Ontario budget is brought down; time to spend some cash on July 1st invitations, food, and a fireworks display worthy of this great nation. But if you choose a stay-at-home bangfest instead of the Columbia Lake explosive extravaganza, may I raise a few gentle reminders regarding Kitchener’s fireworks protocol? I know, you’re thinking it’s downright cheeky of me to lecture you on the how’s of celebrating a holiday, but if last month’s May 24th festivities are any indication of neighborhood incendiary intentions, then a refresher course in what you launch, when you launch it, and from where you launch it, is in order. Before you ask who appointed me Fireworks Czar, I’ll admit it, I seized the

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Homelessness in Waterloo Region


tarting in fall of 2017 and lasting through spring of 2018, our region’s three adult shelters saw an unprecedented spike in the numbers of homeless people they served. When full, these shelters overflowed to local motels, and when the motel capacity was exhausted, the Region funded a temporary winter overnight shelter in a Kitchener church. Street outreach workers and police also reported a spike in the numbers of homeless people sleeping rough, and while the shelter numbers have dropped since the weather’s warmed up, it appears that many people have moved from the shelters to outdoor spaces. Of course, this is something that happens to an extent every spring, as some homeless people prefer the solitude and freedom of sleeping rough to the company and the rules

position. You see, this past Victoria Day, a neighbour decided to inaugurate Space-X North, and while I’m not privy to all of Elon Musk’s corporate guidelines for his launch pads, I’m pretty confident that none of his sites offer a miniscule 6 ft by 6 ft platform bordered by a house, a fence, a trampoline and a cedar hedge. Yet that was the situation last month, on our street, when a barrage of Katyusha rockets screamed aloft on the Friday night before the Monday holiday, detonating with such force that the windows rattled, and smoldering debris scorched our herbaceous border. And if that’s the barrage for a holiday commemorating an unfamiliar monarch, I shudder at the volley of Canada Day explosives, given that after Bill C-45 passes, greener grass will not just be on the other side of the fence! And while local bylaws may not be as exciting as legislation to legalize marijuana, there are city rules designed to keep those on either side of that fence safe. Kitchener’s regulations clearly state a safe firing distance from buildings (25 feet) and from spectators (65 feet) if you intend to

use fireworks on your property. You may be reluctant to speak to a negligent neighbour, for you face the prospect of being labelled a “killjoy.” But if we don’t speak up for safety, if we don’t help adults be better role models for the proper handling of explosive devices, it might not be just delight that dies. And for all of you who bought your fireworks in bulk, city bylaws also state that you can only set them off on three major holidays – Victoria Day, Canada Day, and Diwali (November 7th) – and the day immediately before and after those three events. But never fear – start a new tradition. Give some of those explosives away, complete with not only a copy of the bylaws but a free safety lesson, too. You do that, and you’ll keep that red glare in the sky, and off your neighbour’s face.

at the shelters. But in the past, our outreach workers and police knew most of these folks by face if not by name. This spring, they’re seeing new faces. Our community is understandably concerned about what’s caused the sudden surge in homelessness, and about what the Region is doing to address the problem and to ensure that next winter we’ll have something better to offer vulnerable people than a choice between a mat in a church basement or a sleeping bag in an underground parking lot. In fact, we aren’t entirely sure why our homeless numbers appear to be on the rise, and we’re not entirely sure what the numbers really are. We can track and talk to most of the people who use the shelters and other homelessness services – and we did so during last month’s point in time homelessness count and survey – but we’re very challenged to reach and engage those people who avoid formal services. What we got from the count was a good sample, but it wasn’t and wasn’t expected to be a complete picture. We do know that more people are becoming homeless, and remaining homeless longer, because rental housing is disappearing in our region and the rents of the housing that remains are increasing much faster than incomes are. We know, too, that the need for supports for mental illness and addiction exceeds the supply, so people who may get housing, but without the necessary supports, can quickly become homeless again. Greater numbers coming in to a system – inflow – and lower numbers leaving it – outflow – will inevitably cause any system to explode, and the shelter system is no different. Creating another

shelter may be a response to this inflowoutflow imbalance, but it isn’t a lasting solution, and it doesn’t give homeless people what they truly need. The lasting solution lies in part in preventing people from entering the shelters in the first place – reducing the inflow – and in part in creating more appropriate, affordable and supportive housing options so that those within shelters can move out faster and stay out longer – the outflow. The Region is reducing shelter inflow through enhanced and new services that prevent people from becoming homeless in the first place – such as housing resource centres that provide eviction prevention support and housing search assistance – and that divert people who do become homeless from entering the shelter system, through working with them to find safe, non-shelter options, at least on a short-term basis. These prevention and diversion programs tend to work best for people whose support needs are low. And we’re increasing the outflow through enhanced and new housing help and housing support programs, starting this summer, that will focus on helping people within the shelters – and eventually those sleeping rough – with moderate to high support needs to find, secure and then to maintain housing, and this may require providing intensive, individualized support for a year or more postshelter stay. We believe these interventions will work, and we’ll be monitoring shelter numbers closely over the summer and fall, so that we can plan for a much more manageable and humane winter this year than we had last!

Jack Nahrgang recently retired from the Waterloo Region District School Board. He is a monthly columnist with the Kitchener Citizen.

Storm Water Management in Your Garden

By Tom Woodcock, Planning Ecologist, rare Charitable Research Reserve


eavy rains and sudden thaws can result in flood disturbance and damage – no matter what the season. Long ago, many people accepted flooding as the price of living close to a river. However, as property values and cost of damage in cities and towns increased, urban storm water planning began to focus on removing the water from the landscape and confining it to rivers and lakes as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, this resulted in a number of unintended consequences, including erosion, loss of small streams, pollutant runoff, and lost wildlife habitat. It also reduced the amount of precipitation that slowly seeped into the groundwater, which takes a toll on quantity and quality of available drinking water. The key is to slow water drainage in appropriate places, keeping it on the landscape

and allowing groundwater recharge. A fully integrated landscape approach remains elusive, especially one that includes the greatest free labour of all —the beaver! As land values increase, there are economic incentives to limit storm water management to smaller areas. Regardless of perceived cost, water management is invaluable and requires space. Municipalities are introducing the concept of storm water management utilities to encourage responsible behaviour. On the other hand, managing water in the landscape doesn’t have to be a regional effort. You can do your part on your own property. You can help maintain groundwater quantity by diverting water to areas that allow it to soak into the ground. You can protect water quality by minimizing or eliminating the use of fertilizers, pesticides and especially winter de-icing salt, which is impossible to economically remove from stormwater with our present technology — and salty drinking water is becoming a real health concern in our Region. At rare, we are in the early stages of collaboration with REEP Green Solutions to help residents and developers alike understand the benefits of lot-level storm water management. We have construct-

Connecting you – Kitchener’s new 205 iXpress Article submitted by GRT rand River Transit’s G (GRT) new 205 iXpress is a welcome addition to the

series of crosstown express routes. “The 205 iXpress makes it possible to travel across town without having to first go to Charles Street Terminal and transfer,� says John Cicuttin Manager, Transit Development. “It is part of an overall plan to better align our routes with the future ION light rail, creating a more efficient, improved transit service in Waterloo Region.� The limited-stop express route, which travels primarily along Ottawa Street between Sunrise Centre and Lackner Boulevard, was eagerly anticipated by riders. On its first day in service, Ron tweeted, “Pretty cool seeing the 205 going down Borden Avenue this morning.� Travel time from Sunrise Centre to Ottawa and Lackner takes just 25 minutes making it an easy and popular choice. On Facebook, GRT rider Jeremy says, “This actually makes my life better.�

The convenient stops give riders access not only to Sunrise Centre and Lackner Centre, but to Stanley Park Mall, Laurentian Centre and with just a short walk, the Kitchener Auditorium. It will also connect riders to ION stations at Mill and Borden once light rail transit is fully operational. As GRT rider Jane put it, “This is going to be perfect for me to go to work in the morning.� The 205 iXpress runs every 15 minutes weekdays, and every 30 minutes on weekday evenings, weekends and holidays. Once it reaches Lackner Boulevard, the route turns into the 204 iXpress and continues to downtown Kitchener and The Boardwalk. GRT iXpress routes are designed to transport riders across town and to future ION stations along the fastest, most efficient route with fewer stops along the way. There are five other iXpress routes that run in Waterloo Region, the 200, 201, 202, 203 and 204. The 205 iXpress is free every Friday until August 31, 2018. Try it out for yourself, or take a friend who is new to transit.


ed an educational rain garden at North House, our model home for sustainable living, located at 681 Blair Road. This garden is designed to slow the flow of water while directing it around the house. Following some tweaks to the design, the garden will be planted with a variety of native plants suited to the conditions this spring. A rain garden is an excellent way to reduce your impact on water, while helping wildlife and pollinators in your community. Ours will host educational events about storm water management and demonstrate what others can do in their own backyards to manage storm water. To book a tour of North House or the rain garden, contact our Gosling Engagement Coordinator, Laura Klein at (519) 650-9336 x 126 or The North House Rain Garden is supported by the Region of Waterloo Community Environment Fund, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, RBC Bluewater Fund, Fiskar’s Orange Thumb, KPMG and Dufferin Aggregate. The rain garden is a feature of the Savvas Chamberlain Family Foundation Pollinator Conservatory.

Once-per-week lawn watering is in effect May 31- September 30. Remember that lawn watering days are based on the last digit in your house number. If your address ends in: 0 or 1 your watering day is: Monday 2 or 3 Tuesday 4 or 5 Wednesday 6 or 7 Thursday 8 or 9 Friday 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. The following activities are permitted during the above watering hours for evennumbered addresses on even days of the month and for odd-numbered addresses on odd days of the month: • Watering of shrubs, trees and gardens • Washing of vehicles • Pool top-ups

Thanks for doing your part! For newly planted sod/seed lawns and nematode applications contact the Region for a permit. For more information: 519-575-4400 •

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Below are the responses we received to our provincial election candidate questionnaire. After some information about themselves, candidates answered these three questions: 1. Why do you want to be a Member of the Legislative Assembly? What skills do you have to allow you to best do this job? 2. What do you think are the three main provincial issues now affecting your riding? Where do you stand on them? 3. What will your party do to bring down the costs of childcare? Not all candidates who were sent questionnaires returned them for publication.

KITCHENER-CENTRE to put people back at the centre of all of our policies. Improving the lives of the people in our community would be my primary focus. As co-director of a non-profit, I understand the importance of collaboration, cooperation and efficient spending. I understand how interconnected everything is – we can’t have healthy people without a healthy environment, and we can’t have a strong economy without healthy people. So we need to have more complex solutions for the system issues we face. 2. Democracy is a growing issue– people have stopped trusting the system and the people running it. We need to work hard to regain that trust, and improve the system. Affordable housing is important in

this region. We need to put people first and start requiring builders to include 1 affordable housing unit for every 5 that they build. Supportive housing needs be adequate and affordable to live in. People deserve to live with the dignity and stability of a guaranteed annual income. This is not only the humane approach – it also saves poverty-related health and other costs. Climate action is a concern for many in our community. A multi-faceted, bold, approach includes supporting emerging clean-tech innovation, moving faster to improve transit inter-city connections (and operation funding to support municipalities), dedicated and dependable funding for trails and cycling infrastructure, and providing more support

for adaptation planning. 3. We will support the proposed childcare changes from the Liberal budget, with the addition of licensed home care spaces. We will better support families through a guaranteed annual income, which will make fundamental improvements in the health and well-being of the children in our communities. The stability that this will bring will help to decrease the transient nature of children in poverty which disrupts education, weakens our communities, and leads to poorer health outcomes. The guaranteed annual income also supports single parent families, and parents who want to upgrade their education or skills.

Stacey Danckert - Green Party Age: 41 Occupation: Co-Director, Waterloo Region Environment Network Background: Kitchener Environmental Advisory Committee, REEP Green

Solutions Volunteer, TransitionKW Adaptation Toolkit contributor, Community Edition monthly contributor, Policy Coordinator and Finance Critic, Green Party of Ontario, reading volunteer Westmount Public School. MSc Neuroscience – Western University, Ph.D., Cognitive Neuroscience – University of Waterloo 1. I am frustrated by politics in Ontario and I think we can do better. We need to do better for our kids and their kids after them. I want to work to bring a more honest, open approach to politics and work to strengthen democracy. My training as a research scientists, makes me value the importance of evidencebased decision making. We also need

Laura Mae Lindo - NDP Age: 43 Occupation: Director of Diversity and Equity, Wilfrid Laurier University Background: PhD in Education, former singer and performer, single mother of 3 children

1. I have spent over a decade working to bring change and build healthier communities with marginalized youth and their families. Most recently as the Director of Diversity and Equity Director at Wilfrid Laurier University, I have worked with many community service agencies to build capacity and bring about change because community groups are important change agents. But, there are limits and I decided that now is the time to put my skills to use in Parliament where there is more power to bring about progressive change. As a woman of colour, I think it is important that people like me see themselves in their elected representatives and I want to open pathways for young women to increase their agency and political power.

2. Kitchener is a growing and dynamic community. We are on the brink of large growth and a great future, but we need to ensure that all citizens are included. We must build a healthy community, care for the environment and ensure all have access to services. We need to work together to address poverty. It’s not a dream, it’s a plan with; drug and dental coverage, support for tech hubs and small business, an end to hallway medicine, lower hydro rates and two way, all day GO service from Kitchener to Toronto. We need to roll up our sleeves and work with the City and Region, business leaders, service organizations and health care professionals. Together we can get good things done. 3. Ontarians pay the highest child care

fees in the nation and wait the longest for subsidized child care. There are only enough licensed child care spaces in Ontario for 1 in 5 children. Infant fees are the highest of any age group. Numerous cities are seeing child care fees increase faster than the rate of inflation. To change this and make child care affordable, we will phase in an affordable, province-wide child care plan, starting with care for infants and toddlers in the second year of our mandate, and preschoolers in the third year. Households with a combined income under $40,000 will not have to pay for public, licensed child care. Households that earn more will be charged based on ability to pay, with the average cost coming to $12 per day.

We will expand the number of affordable child care spaces in Ontario by 202,000 spaces, a 51% increase, adding more than 10 per cent every year. And, I look forward to working with school boards, community centres and public buildings to create new centres and spaces, with a priority on public boards. At the same time, we cannot forget the important people who provide child care. We will immediately begin increasing wages for Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) and work with Ontario colleges with ECE programs to increase the number of Lab Programs where children of students receive care while their parents get hands-on learning.

Mary Henein Thorn - Progressive Conservative Age: 48 Occupation: Business Marketing Background: I’ve volunteered with organizations that have help our community’s most vulnerable, including the House of Friendship, Grand River MS Society, and Immigration Partnership. 1. I’m passionate about public service, which I feel should be at the core of an

MPP’s responsibility. I believe I have the local experience and compassion to partner with our diverse and growing community. 2. I hear on the doorstep that the three most important issues facing our riding are affordability, healthcare, and transportation. Our party will reduce hydro prices by 12% , and offer tax relief for middle class families and eliminate provincial income

tax for minimum wage earners. On healthcare, we have committed to create 30,000 long term care beds over 10 years to reduce wait times, and provide 1.9 Billion on mental health. Transportation is crucial for our region. We will finally deliver All Day Two-Way GO service to Toronto, and continue to support local transit expansion. 3. Our Party will introduce a Childcare Rebate which will cover the cost, up

to 75% or $6,750 per child, of different programs including licensed care, independent care, babysitters, nannies, and after school programs.

Daiene Vernile - Liberal Party Age: 57 Occupation: Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Background: Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Research, Innovation, and Science, and Parliamentary Assistant to

the Minister of Transportation Award-winning news journalist, anchor, and producer of CTV’s Provincewide, for 30 years 1. I am running to continue serving the people of Kitchener. I believe that building a strong economy empowers us to help each other. I also believe that actions speak louder than words. During my 4 years as an MPP, I’ve built a record as a skilled negotiator in securing local investments and protecting the vulnerable members of our community. I have worked hard for investments of over $25 million in new funding for Grand River and St. Mary’s Hospitals, secured $43 million for a new train station in downtown Kitchener (Transit Hub at

King and Victoria Streets), doubled GO Train service between Kitchener and Toronto, $11 Billion for phase one of high speed rail, built 4 new schools, and renovated and repaired 15 other schools, and brought free medicine to youth and seniors. I want to continue as your local Kitchener champion, because my work isn’t done yet. 2. My top issue without a doubt is transit. We’re on track to deliver all-day two-way GO service to Kitchener by 2024, and we’re the only party that has committed to high-speed rail, with an initial investment of over $11 billion. Healthcare is of immense importance in Kitchener. We must ensure everyone can receive timely and compassionate care.

Kitchener is fortunate to have worldclass facilities at St. Mary’s General and Grand River Hospitals - but it’s my job to safeguard the needed resources these facilities that serve you. Finally, I am passionately committed to raising our quality of life in Kitchener. That’s why we increased the minimum wage, introduced free pre-school, free tuition for college and university students, OHIP+, a new drug and dental program, and a Basic Income pilot. These measures are important for providing opportunity and help us to manage the cost of living. 3. In our 2018 Ontario Budget, we’ve made high quality, licensed child care free for pre-school children between the ages

of 2-and-a-half to full day kindergarten starting in 2020. This is expected to save families $17,000 per child. Our delivery of full day kindergarten is saving parents $6,000 per year. Part of this plan involves historic investments, creating 14,000 spaces in schools and other community based locations, as well as building licensed child care spaces for another 100,000 children between 0-4. Like our other progressive measures delivered over the last 4 years, these investments are costed and will be implemented, unless another party takes power and reverses our plan. As your MPP, I will continue to fight for these needed investments in our community.

Surekha Shenoy - Liberal Party Age: 51 Occupation: Board Member (Past Chair), Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation, and community volunteer on sabbatical from the financial industry. Background: Education: M.Sc., Industrial Systems Engineering, University of Regina M.B.A., Finance and Operations, Wilfrid Laurier University

Volunteer Positions: Past Chair, Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation Co-Chair, East Indian Community Walkathon of Waterloo Region Volunteer for Trinity Anglican Church (Soup Kitchen) 1. The best way to make a difference and be an advocate for the businesses, organizations, and constituents of Kitchener South-Hespeler, is to be their voice at Queen’s Park. For many years I worked on TD Bank’s small business portfolio, so I understand what our businesses need to thrive and create jobs in Ontario. When my dad suffered a stroke, I took a leave from the financial industry to care for him and saw the need for reliable senior and long-term care. As past Chair of the Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation, I learned about the positive improvements that

KITCHENER SOUTH - HESPELER have been made, and the ones that need to be made to our hospitals. All of my experiences, combined with the many community volunteer positions that I have held throughout the years, have made me aware of people’s concerns. I am a passionate, hard-working, strategic thinker, and am committed to building this community. 2. HEALTHCARE/HOME CARE - Our community deserves access to reliable healthcare and long-term care, and we need to continue building on the progress we’ve made. Our plan will add 5,000 more long-term care beds, including 51 new beds at Saint Luke’s Place in Kitchener South-Hespeler. AFFORDABLE HOUSING - Our party took action to protect approximately 1.3 million residential rental households from

unexpected rent increases, capping them at 1.8 percent – including all private rental units, whether they are in apartment buildings, rented condominiums, or homes. TRANSIT - As a commuter to Toronto for close to a decade, I know how important fast, reliable public transportation is for our community. We are committed to two-way, all-day GO Train service to Kitchener, and looking at options for extending that service to Cambridge. Our party is also committed to a high-speed rail line from London to Toronto, reducing Toronto commute times to 40 minutes for our residents. 3. Affordable childcare will support families and grow our economy. Our plan will save families approximately $17,000 per child by making childcare completely

free for all children from the age of twoand-a-half until they are eligible for kindergarten. We are also committed to creating 45,000 new licensed childcare spaces over the next five years, and providing subsidies for almost 60 percent of new spaces. In 2018–2019, over 111,000 children will be receiving childcare subsidies – a 20 percent increase from 2016–2017. The Region of Waterloo’s fee subsidy wait list of 272 children has been eliminated, and access has been created to more than 200 spaces for children aged zero to four. We were also the first jurisdiction in North America to bring in full-day kindergarten. Over 260,000 four and five year-olds are benefitting from all-day kindergarten, saving families up to $6,500 in childcare costs.


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Narine Sookram - Independent Age: 42 Occupation: JOB DEVELOPER Background: 02.7 CKMS FM Radio

Waterloo – Community Radio Host - Initiator and weekly Host of the award-winning community radio show, Caribbean Spice Caribbean Dreams Inc. – Event Organizer - Founder and Event Organizer of the award winning annual Caribbean Dreams Concert Community Support Connections – Delivered lunch door to door to seniors in the Kitchener area 1. I want to be a Member of Provincial Parliament to help my community grow and to be the best advocate for access social services and be the best MPP the community has ever seen. My skills: Honesty: I believe that honesty is the foundation to evoke respect from my teammates and constituents. Flexibility:

I understand the importance to find a common ground and the give-and-take aspects off a political leader. I will listen all parties involved before coming to any consensus. Confidence: I have confidence that will allow me to act in the right, proper, or effective way. I have confident in myself and the ability to lead. Integrity: I can be trusted because I never veer from my inner values, even though it may benefit me from doing so. Compassion: I have the ability to understand the suffering of others and will always go above and beyond to help those in need. 2. Jobs: Advocate for meaningful careers. Many college/university graduating students are not working in their field of study which is causing lots of frustration

and disappointment after graduation. Implement a credential program to assist out of province residents to simply their credentials. Utilize skilled immigrant workers to fill high end jobs in the province. Initiate support groups to make grants and loans more accessible for business start-up. Implement training programs for persons ages 50 and over who want to re-enter the workforce. Education: Build partnership with private and public schools where earned credits can be transferred from one institute to the next (e.g. from private schools to public schools and from public to private). Simplify Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR) process to easily acquire post-secondary credits towards a certificate or diploma completion.


Health Care: Invest in preventative measures by implementing physical activities and nutritious programs in schools and community centres in after school programs. Continuous ad vocacy to ensure better access to all social services, particularly mental health. 3. A) Work from home opportunities: Will advocate to have businesses create work from home opportunities. This will help moms to keep their professional skills up to date. Also, this means more time to spend with your kids and still be able to support your family financially. B) Flexible scheduling: Will advocate to have businesses offer flexible scheduling. This means you are spending less money on daycare and more time with your child/ children.

Kelly Dick - NDP Age: 50 Occupation: Manager at Loblaws Background: I’ve spent all my life in Kitchener and have been a dedicated member of our community working to support and make life better for our most vulnerable citizens.

I have been active for many years on the Waterloo Regional Labour Council working to get results for hard-working families in Kitchener-Conestoga. I have worked on many initiatives with the Labour Council including recent work on the “Make it Fair” campaign that advocates for a living wage for low-income workers. I have also worked extensively with the United Way. Most recently, I organized local “Tampon Tuesday” events partnering with local businesses and charities to provide feminine hygiene products for women who can’t afford them. 1. I want to be the MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga to get better results for working families. We keep switching between the Liberals and the Conservatives, and life keeps getting harder for average people. I want to make life more affordable for families

in Kitchener-Conestoga and provide our community with a credible, component choice for change for the better instead of the same old, same old with the Liberals and Conservatives. I’ve lived my whole life in this community and have a great passion for our region. I am a solutionsoriented person and through all my work seek to work with others in collaboration to find solutions to complex problems. My passion, commitment to our community, and track record of working together with diverse groups of people and interests to get things done is what makes me the best choice to deliver for the voters of Kitchener-Conestoga on their priorities. 2. Health care, affordability, and access to affordable childcare are the main issues in our region. Health care is nearing a crisis point in our region. Right now, the Grand

River Hospital is running at 117% capacity and the St. Mary’s Hospital at 110%. This is unacceptable and results in strain on our front-line workers and undignified care with patients being treated in hallways. The Liberals cut hospitals, and the Ford Conservatives would cut hospitals even deeper. We must end hallway medicine and fix seniors care. We need to appropriately fund our health care system and only Ontario’s NDP can be trusted to do that. Whether it’s hydro bills, cutbacks to education that mean schools ask parents to contribute more to help keep the lights on, or access to affordable childcare, families have been feeling the squeeze from Liberal and Conservative governments. We need to make life more affordable for Ontarians. 3. Every day I hear about the outrageous

costs of childcare. In our region it costs on average $1,165 a month for an infant, $935 for a toddler, and $835 a month for preschool. We can do better to make life more affordable for Ontarians. Andrea Horwath and the NDP will phase in an affordable, province-wide childcare plan, starting with care for infants and toddlers in the second year of our mandate, and preschoolers in the third year. We will base our plan and costs on the Ontario Coalition for Better Childcare’s recommendations. If your household income is under $40,000, you won’t have to pay for public, licensed, not-for-profit childcare. And if your household earns more, your fees will be based on ability to pay — with the average cost coming to $12 per day. We will not reduce existing subsidies.

Joe Gowing - Liberal Party Age: 35 Occupation: Mortgage Specialist, Meridian Credit Union Background: Trustee, Waterloo Catholic District School Board. Rotary Club of Preston/ Hespeler Royal Canadian Legion Br 126 – Public Relations Officer.

1. I have lived in Waterloo Region my whole life. As a member of the Rotary Club and the Royal Canadian Legion, public service is important to me. I have been involved in politics since I was a teenager and have helped with many campaigns over the years. I ran municipally and was elected as a Trustee for the Waterloo Catholic District School Board at the age of 23. I am running because I want to use my experience in the financial industry to help strike the balance between being fiscally responsible while still funding our much needed social services. For the past 13 years, I have worked with clients, offering financial guidance and support while helping them balance their books. If elected I will bring this same skillset in my role as MPP.

2. High-speed Rail - We need to get Ontarians moving faster while focusing on protecting our environment. People don’t want to spend hours stuck on the highway, going to a meeting, a baseball game or trying to get home to spend time with their families. Investing in high-speed rail will not only allow people to get to their destinations quicker, it is also good for the environment. Fewer cars on the roads mean less greenhouse gases. Highspeed rail would run on 96% greenhouse gas-free Ontario energy grid. Consulting with rural Ontario and listening to their concerns will be an important part ofconnecting people, businesses and universities across South Western Ontario using high-speed rail. Balancing the Budget - There is a path to balancing the budget without cutting our

vital services. In my business, I work with clients to help them achieve this balance. My goal as MPP is to ensure that this is front and centre with making governing decisions. Housing - In my current role as a Mortgage Specialist I have first-hand knowledge of the housing market in Kitchener-Conestoga. I understand that young people are worried that they won’t be able to afford their own apartment or be able to purchase a home. While there is more work to be done I am proud of our accomplishments with the Fair Housing Plan, and our partnerships with both the Federal and Regional governments. Through this plan, we have introduced 16 measures that make buying and renting a home more affordable. Included in this plan is a standard lease agreement and

rent controls on all rentals making the rental housing system fairer. Our Fair Housing Plan is helping more people find affordable homes, increasing supply, protecting buyers and renters, and bringing stability to the real estate market. 3. Our Party is making high-quality licensed child care free for preschoolers between the ages of 2.5 to full day kindergarten, starting in 2020. We are investing $2.2 billion over 3 years. Every dollar invested in child care translates to a $2.50 benefit to the Ontario economy because of increases in the working hours and wages of parents. We’re also building 10,000 preschool spaces, 4000 community space and more subsidized childcare spaces. For our First Nations communities we are investing $40 million to support child care programs.

a businessperson and a relationship builder. I moved to Waterloo Region to open a small business five years ago and currently work for Route 1 - a high tech company specializing in digital security. My wife Kim and I have five children under the age of 11 which keeps us very busy. As a family we make it a priority to be active members of the community including attending local Parent Council meetings and family time at the YMCA. This election is especially important as I believe the Ontario PC Party is the only party to set up all of our families and children for success, now and in the future.) 1. My primary motivation as your local representative is to help build an even stronger, safer and more prosperous community, now and for our future

generations. As a father and as a former business owner in Waterloo Region, I am very aware of how the policies and mismanagement of the current government have failed to meet expectations and where we have a tremendous opportunity to make positive change in this election. As your Member of Provincial Parliament, I am committed to being a strong and effective voice for Kitchener-Conestoga. I will bring my commitment to solid fiscal management and accountability for your hard-earned tax dollars. As a relationship builder, my goal is to provide strong local representation that listens and is highly responsive to the needs of our community. 2. Transit: We are committed to reducing gridlock by providing all-day, two-way GO train service between Kitchener and

Toronto. As a party, we are also committed to completing the environmental assessment for high-speed rail. I am personally committed to having extensive consultation with the community to ensure our generational farms and small businesses are not negatively impacted. Healthcare: From hospital wait times to hallway medicine, there are very serious issues with Ontario’s healthcare system. We are committed to investing in $1.9 billion in mental health, adding 15,000 new long-term care beds and funding dental care for low-income seniors. Cost of Living and Affordability: Cost of living has skyrocketed under this government. We are committed to eliminating personal income tax for minimum wage earners, reducing personal and business tax rates, lowering

taxes on gasoline by 10¢ per litre and reducing hydro bills by an additional 12%. 3. The Ontario PC Party’s plan is the only plan that is committed to bringing down your childcare costs while providing you with the flexibility to make the choices that best serve your family. We have committed to providing families with rebates of up to 75% or up to $6,750 per child. Further, our plan intends to cover children up to 15-years of age whereas other parties seek to cover children only up to 4-years of age and restrict your choice of childcare provider. Whether you choose for care to be provided by a licensed daycare, a livein caregiver, an after-school program or a babysitter, a PC government will provide families with financial relief from increasing childcare costs.

Mike Harris - Progressive Conservative Age: 33 Occupation: Director of Enterprise Business Development Background: Politics and public service have always been an integral part of my life for as long as I can remember. Growing up in North Bay as the oldest son of a former Ontario Premier taught me the importance of serving my community in whatever capacity I could. Like my father and grandfather, I am

Make your voice heard. Vote in the June 7 Ontario provincial election.



Jamal Murray named local Athlete of the Year BY HELEN HALL

ormer Grand River High F School student Jamal Murray, who now plays for the

NBA Denver Nuggets, is the 2017 Kitchener, Waterloo and Area Athlete of the Year. His third nomination, Murray was one of 12 local athletes in the running for the award, which was presented May 16. Murray, who noted in his acceptance speech that it is “always great to win in your home town,” thanked

his father who he described as his “mentor, coach and biggest fan.” Murray was drafted by the Nuggets in 2016 after playing college basketball at the University of Kentucky. Playing starting position with the Nuggets, Murray has six 30-point games this season, the most of any Nuggets player and most for NBA players under 21. He’s played over 140 games in the last two years, with his average minutes per game increasing from 21.5 to 30.4. Approaching 2,000 points,

Murray’s field goal percentage increased from .404 to .462 and his free throw percentage increased from .883 to .914. In an interview following the trophy presentation, Murray said that some of his favourite years were spent playing sports at Grand River High School. Noting that it is good to be home with fans, friends and supporters, he said that winning the local Athlete of the Year award was one of his life goals. Murray said his best memory of this basketball season is travelling with his team to games. “What happens off the court is as important as what ...continued on page 11

NBA Denver Nuggets player Jamal Murray (left) was named 2017 local Athlete of the Year. Presenting his award are Ken Brooks Athlete of the Year award co-founderm (middle) and Kitchener Sports Association Past President John Thompson.

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

After a few days of game delays caused by the late April ice storm, the 2018 Stanley Park Optimist Club baseball season is well underway. Here a player on the 2018 Kitchener Citizen Jr. 3-Pitch team hits a pop fly during a game at Franklin Public School on May 22 againist Alfran Trophies. This year’s program includes 48 teams in five leagues.

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 Interim Intentional Pastor: Rev. Raymond Kirk SUMMER SERVICE TIMES Starting June 3, 2018 Worship Service @ 10:00 am (nursery provided ) Breslau Evangelical Missionary Church 102 Woolwich St., Breslau (519) 648-2712 Sunday Worship Service: 10:00am Children’s Ministry - Youth Ministry - Small Groups All are welcome! Visit us at Stanley Park Community Church 9 Dreger Ave., (at Ottawa St.) Kitchener (519) 893-8186 Pastor: John Pearce Sunday Service and Kid’s Church: 10:30am ALL WELCOME!

Eight local high school athletes recently received scholarships from the Kitchener Sports Association (KWS). Each recipient receives $2,000 towards his/her first-year tuition for post-secondary education. From left: front, Danielle Simons (St. David), Tyra Boug (Huron Heights), Grace Ditzend (Bluevale) and Kadyn Wotton (KCI), back, World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis (special guest), Trevor Carlson (Bluevale), Tevin Piper (Elmira), Liliana Paroski (Ecole Pere ReneDe-Galinee), Noah Baker (Grand River), Ontario Junior Curling Champion Matthew Hall (guest speaker) and Rob Fedy (Chair of the KSA Scholarship Committee).


In its 11th year, the Cherry Festival continues to grow BY HELEN HALL


bout 5,000 people visited Kitchener’s Cherry Park last year for its annual Cherry Festival, and organizers hope more will come in 2018. “We try to grow it every year,” said Debbie Chapman, who is a member of the organizing committee. She said they try to “mix it up” and introduce new activities each year. The 11th annual Cherry Festival will be held on July 7

at Cherry Park. There are two entrances, one off Strange Street and one off Park Street. This year’s activities include live entertainment; a cafe with an acoustic stage; children’s activities such as games, facepainting, bouncy houses; the Cherry Train; a carousel swing; mini golf; an obstacle course; rock climbing; and a vintage car show. There will be food including Breakfast Blues and BBQs, Boston Pizza, Ireland Kettle

Corn, Muncheese, SOS BBQ, and Thyme after Time. And of course, it wouldn’t be a Cherry Festival without cherries. Fresh cherries, cherry pies and tarts, cherry streudel, cherry jam and pop will be for sale, to name just a few items. Chapman was the President of the Cherry Park Neighbourhood Association when the Cherry Festival started. “It’s our way of building community,” Chapman said.

The Cherry Train takes kids around Cherry Park.

She said the first festival was “quite small” but has really taken off since then. “All the work is done by volunteers,” she said. Other community events held in the Cherry Park neighbourhood include a

Community BBQ and a Corn Social in the fall. The Cherry Festival is looking for volunteers for this year’s event. A volunteer registration form can be found on its website at

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis and his wife Violet Lewis spoke at a Kitchener Sports Association event announcing expansion of their League of Champion Foundation Youth Boxing Camp to Kitchener. They are soliciting help to fund the initial camp for underprivileged youth, which will run July 23 - 29 at the Waterloo Regional Boxing Academy in Kitchener. The Lewis’s began setting up boxing camps in Jamaica two years ago and now run several in that country. The camps are free for the particpants and include breakfast and lunch daily. Previous boxing experience is not required. Registration deadline for the Kitchener camp is June 15. For more information visit

YOUR FULL SERVICE ONE STOP AUTO SHOP! The John Boulden Award was presented to the top grade 12 history students from local high schools during the Confederation Club’s May17th speakers luncheon in Kitchener. From left: front, Ellen Siebel-Achenbach, Sam Gartner, Eveyn Pinnell, sponsor Mark Maurer (Re/Max Realty), Alicia Koepke, back, Liam Mullin, Michael Buettel, Marin Taylor, Noah Guerin, Julia Schuck, Natalie Way. Established by Boulden, former Head of History at KCI and Confederation Club board member, the awards are presented annually. Each student received a certificate and a $50 bursary.

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happens on the court,” he said. Murray said his future goals include making it to the playoffs and ultimately to the championship and to be an all-star player. The other nominees for the 2017 Athlete of the Year award are: Dan Benvenuti, Kitchener (Ultimate Frisbee) Alec Elliot, Waterloo (Swimming) Chris Ernst, Kitchener (Cycling) Tim Grant, Waterloo (Adventure Racing) Brandon Horn, Waterloo (Softball) Boris Katchouk, Waterloo (Hockey) Alyssa Logonia, Kitchener (Soccer) Paige Nosal, Waterloo (Ringette) Jaimie Phelan, Waterloo (Track and field) Mike Poulin, Waterloo (Lacrosse)

Garrett Rank, Elmira (Golf) * * * The Athlete of the Year Awards also presents annual Awards of Excellence honouring individuals, organizations and teams. The 2017 winners are: Individual: Barry Abelson, Waterloo (squash) Adele Couchman, Kitchener (Sports for Special Athletes) Organization: Waterloo Chippers Athletic Club K-W Matmen (wrestling) Team: KW Vipers U14 Girls (basketball)


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Salute to the Kitchener Panthers’ 100th Season New book ‘The IBL: 100 Seasons of Baseball’ tells history of the league BY ROD HODDLE

he 2018 baseball season T marks the 100th anniversary of the Inter County Baseball

League. The Kitchener Panthers are the only founding team that has played every season. To commemorate the century mark, a book, titled ‘The IBL: 100 Seasons of Baseball‘ has been written. A must-buy for any baseball fan, the new book project was coordinated by Waterloo’s John Thompson. Thompson called on a group of sports writers and researchers from across Ontario to tell the story of the unique league. Each team taking part in the research has provided details of its involvement with pictures, stories and statistics. The book

also contains a list of the IBL’s top 100 players, which includes 15 Kitchener Panthers. The elite lineup was chosen by writers covering the league over the years. The new book can be purchased at Jack Couch Park during Panther games. The cost for the soft cover version is $20, $35 for hardcover. For more information on the book or to purchase it contact marketing@

KITCHENER PANTHERS IBL ALL STARS Bill Byckowski - C/1B - Kit/Tor 1980 -1991 Kevin Curran - Pitcher - Kit 1984-1999 Randy Curran - 1B/OF/DH - Kit 1984-2003 Gary Ebel - 1B/DH - Kit 1964-1979 Brad Hagedorn - Pitcher/OF 1 989-2004 Court Heinbuch - Pitcher - Kit 1961-1972 Richard Jack - Pitcher - Kit/Ham 1959-1968 Bruce Klaehn - Pitcher - Kit 1972-1984 Paul Knight - Pitcher - Kit/Gue 1967-1983 Tom McKenzie - SS - Lon/Kit 1960-1980 Bob McKillop - C/Pitcher - Kit 1966-1977 Scott Medvin - Pitcher - Kit 1994-2000 Jeff Pietraszko - OF - Kit 1995-2017 Harry Psutka - C - Kit 1948-1961 Jason Rausch - 1B - Kit 1988-1998

Starting pitcher, #27, Yonder Martinez, known for pitching with a toothpick in his mouth.

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New Panther’s bench boss Luke Baker has made some strategic changes


he Kitchener Panthers have been in the IBL’s championship final two of the last three years. Dreams of capturing the championship in recent years have been dashed as the Barrie Baycats have proven to be formidable adversaries. Barrie has won four straight Championships, and the team will be tough to dethrone again this summer. The Panthers have made some changes to its roster and management in the off season. Luke Baker who spent 14 years with Kitchener’s IBL entry is the new bench boss. He was a util-

ity player throughout his career but proved most valuable to fill in where needed. Baker was a vital part of the Panther championships in 2000 and 2001 and is quickly learning that the manager role is a very demanding one. When he applied for the job last fall, he laid out a plan of how he would tackle the challenge of directing a successful season, hopefully leading to a championship. Baker is using more structure, discipline and building team comaraderie. He’s still judging the talent at most positions and will let the players decide who wins the job. It’s still early, but in a recent inter-

view said he feels the new squad has more balance than past Panther rosters. The previous slugging teams will have to be more creative in scoring runs as a lot of that offence has left. The Panthers pitching corps now includes two more excellent arms from Cuba in Miguel Lahera and Yonder Martinez. Fellow Cubans Noelvis Entenza another great hurler, and all star shortstop Yorbis Borrota, are back for another season. For more information on the Panthers home schedule and special games visit

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The Kitchener Citizen extends all Best Wishes to The Panthers, on this landmark achievement, in providing thousands of hours of top entertainment, and proudly carrying the Kitchener banner in many Ontario cities.


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This past February our Corporate Contact Centre received a call from a resident

trying to track down and thank the driver of one of our snowplows for delivering great service. The resident explained they were stuck in a downtown parking lot on a snowy Valentine’s day with a flat tire. Carlos Medeiros, a member of our transportation services/parking staff, who was plowing the lot, noticed the resident struggling, asked if he could help and ended up changing the tire. Carlos didn’t give the resident his name and simply said he, “was happy to help.” At the City of Kitchener, we’re committed to providing excellent service that often goes beyond what you might expect – just like Carlos – and we also know that we have room for improvement. Whether you register for a program at a community centre, apply for a building permit, or interact with the city on social media, your experiences matter to us. The City of Kitchener is doing a customer service check-in so we can understand how we’re doing, what great customer service means to you, and what we can do to serve Kitchener right. Throughout the summer, look for staff at local events and city facilities for your opportunity to tell us about your service experiences. Or, tell us how we’re doing through our online survey at:


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MAKING SUMMER PLANS? Mark your calendar for some of Kitchener’s signature events

If you like live music and craft beer, or something more kid friendly - we have you covered this summer. Kitchener is home to a variety of free events downtown that you don’t want to miss.

Kitchener is transforming downtown into the Region’s biggest street party for Cruising on King Street on July 13 from 3-10:30 p.m. with

over 300 classic cars and live music by CCR and Tom Petty tribute artists. Food trucks and motorcycles will line King Street for Rock and Rumble on Saturday, July 28 from 5-11 p.m. Grab a bite to eat and watch amateur boxing while you wait for Honeymoon Suite and the Northern Pikes to rock out live on stage. Victoria Park turns into a kid’s playground

with live entertainment, activities and games at Kidspark on August 19 from 11-5 p.m. There will be some road closures this summer as new developments go up downtown adding to our vibrant city. This won’t stop us from hosting awesome events so plan your route and where to park at: – or better yet, hop on your bicycle!

WATERLOO REGION’S ION LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT, COMING SOON! Join Grand River Transit (GRT) and ION staff on Tuesday, June 19 to learn more about program and service changes. Plus, get up to speed on ION safety and how GRT will keep you moving around the Region. For more information about ION contact: or call 519-575-4400. CAO_KE_RockNRumble_KitLifeAD_Mar18_Wbike.indd 1

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! k r a s i P K iwan Swimming returns to a favourite summer destination! IT WAS A DRY SUMMER IN KIWANIS PARK LAST YEAR while the lake-like pool was closed for renovations. Families, groups and swimmers of all ages will be happy to know though that the park and pool are set to be completely reopened in time for the summer weather! All are welcome to come out to the reopening ceremony, as a part of this year’s Neighbours Day, on June 9. There will be cake, games and activities for the whole family and, as long as the early June weather co-operates, you can even get into the pool and enjoy some free, outdoor swimming.

Registration is open and spots are filling fast. Register at For more information call 519-741-2502.

The pool renovations saw an upgrade to the filtration system as well as increased visibility for lifeguards, who can now be stationed in the middle of the kidney-shaped pool. A fun spray feature was also added to the side of the pool with younger visitors in mind.

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KITCHENER’S 2018 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE, SUMAIRA TAZEEN, SHINES A LIGHT ON NEWCOMER EXPERIENCES The City of Kitchener is pleased to welcome the 2018 artist in residence Sumaira Tazeen, an accomplished artist and educator, originally from Pakistan.

DURING HER RESIDENCY entitled Healing and Surviving: Sabz Bagh (The grass is greener), Sumaira will engage female newcomers and the broader community in an open dialogue about cultural identity, displacement and belonging. She will lead a series of creative workshops with focus groups and engage the community members at large through art activities, demonstrations and performances at local festivals and events. Using artworks produced and stories shared, she will create a collaborative work and

an audio installation for display in the galleries at Kitchener City Hall. Sumaira hopes that the project will provide an opportunity for the public to thoughtfully consider the complex and at times contradictory emotions experienced by newcomers. “I’m excited to have this opportunity to engage with the community and explore experiences of culture and belonging through art,� states Sumaira.


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FRIDAY, JULY 20, 7 - 9 P.M. FEMINIST FRIDAY - FREE Join Sumaira Tazeen, City of Kitchener’s artist in residence, in a participatory performance making art, socializing and sharing stories. TBD, Downtown Kitchener

SUNDAY, AUG. 19, 11 - 5 P.M. KIDSPARK - FREE Join Sumaira Tazeen, City of Kitchener’s artist in residence, drawing miniature portraits and sharing stories of friendship. Victoria Park, Kitchener

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“ “I don’t know my neighbours yet,

MAHA EID’S Volunteer Story

so this is my way of getting to learn about my community and getting involved.” ”

VOLUNTEER ROLE AND LOCATION: Welcome Greeter at Cameron Heights Pool

VOLUNTEERING SINCE: November 2017 ADVICE TO NEW VOLUNTEERS: 1. Don’t be afraid to try something new 2. Give it some time – you need time to learn and get familiar with your volunteer role and surroundings

After arriving in Canada in July 2017, Maha Eid wanted to stay busy and find ways to help enhance her skills for her job search so she started to look for volunteer opportunities. A volunteer role at Cameron Heights Pool stood out because it would allow her to utilize her language skills (Maha speaks fluent English and Arabic) while also letting her try something new: she had never worked at a pool before.

It’s a tree’s life: Kitchener’s Sustainable Urban Forest Strategy


Thinking she would only volunteer twice a month, Maha now volunteers every week working side by side with City of Kitchener staff. She now knows many of the participants or their parents by their first name, helps in the office and learning more about her new community.

What matters to you?

Candidate nominations for the municipal elections opened May 1 and close July 27 at 2 p.m. Third party registrations for municipal elections opened May 1 and close October 19 at 5 p.m. Visit or call 519-741-2200 x7593 for more information. #wrvotes

Over the past year, almost 1,800 residents told us their priorities when it comes to trees. We are excited to share the city’s first sustainable urban forest strategy! Take a look at the draft strategy at and let us know what you think. Comment period closes June 29.

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Do you know a business that has been serving Kitchener for 25 years or more? Nominate them for a BUSINESS HERITAGE AWARD! 519-741-2200 ext. 7311

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Kitchener in Bloom Is there a home or business garden that you think makes Kitchener a more beautiful place to live? Let us know by

Friday, July 20, 2018 and we will recognize the

Choose a location 10 feet away from your home’s foundation, a spot that slopes away from your house.

THIS RUNOFF WINDS UP IN storm drains and, ultimately, into our streams and lakes. This pollutes them and causes flooding when there is a lot of runoff. Rain gardens are one way to reduce the impacts of pollution in stormwater by soaking it up and keeping it clean. You could be eligible for a credit on the stormwater portion of your utility bill. Find out more about stormwater credits at stormwatercredit. For tips on rain gardens, go to

Create a source of water: extend a downspout, build an overland path or use an overflow hose from your rain barrel.

Dig a hole about 80 cm deep, and add sand combined with compost and soil to create a mixture that naturally absorbs runoff.

gardener for their contribution to the beauty of Kitchener. It’s easy! Simply tell us the address of the deserving property and we will take care of the rest. Visit or call 519-741-2200 x7224 for more information and to submit

Add native plants; these have deep roots that help both to take up and infiltrate the water.

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Kitchener’s water systems are connected and play a vital role in creating a safe and healthy city.

started in your

Of the precipitation that falls on land, some is absorbed by soil, plants and trees. The rest is runoff that finds its way into our stormwater system.

Our stormwater system collects and transports water through a series of drains, catch basins, and underground pipes.

KITCHENER RESIDENTS have no shortage of creative ideas when it comes to hosting neighbourhood events. Whether it’s a street party, activities in the park, movie night or a public art project, Neighbours Day is the perfect opportunity to host an event in your ‘hood. Join in the fun on June 9, 2018, the fourth annual Neighbours Day, by hosting your own event or checking out the activities happening in your neighbourhood.

75% of stormwater is NOT treated (vs. 100% that goes down your drain). It is absorbed into our groundwater or natural creeks and wetlands before making its way into the Grand River.

Visit to view a full listing of events happening across the city. Plan your day, connect with your neighbours and learn about the programs and services available in your neighbourhood. It’s not too late to host your own Neighbours Day event! You can find ideas and inspiration at www.lovemyhood. ca. Submit your event details online by June 5, 2018 and it will be included on the event day map.

80% of our drinking water comes from these two sources under the ground. The other 20% is surface water from the Grand River.

This water goes through a complex treatment and testing process before it travels through watermains, and out of your tap.

Once tap water is used for drinking, cooking, our showers, washing machines and toilets, it becomes sewage and wastewater.

It drains and travels through a large network of sewer lines and pumping systems to a number of Regional treatment plants, where it is treated before it’s released into the Grand River.

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EXPRESS BUILDING PERMIT SERVICE FOR HOMEOWNERS IS BACK! Need a building permit fast? Every Tuesday at Kitchener City Hall from 2-5 p.m. during the months of May to August, receive your building permit on the spot so that you can start your do-it-yourself home project the next day! Building permits are required for projects such as decks, sheds, garages, carports, swimming pools and finishing basements. To learn more about projects that require a building permit and what is needed in order to obtain one, visit, stop by the building division on the fifth floor at City Hall, or call 519-741-2433.

SUMMER SAFETY Now that summer has arrived (at least unofficially), more people are getting outside to enjoy the warmer weather and we have some tips and reminders about bylaws intended to help keep you and your family safe. • Backyard fire pits are permitted in Kitchener between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m., but conditions do apply. • Fireworks are only permitted the day before, day of and day after Victoria Day, Canada Day and during Diwali. • If you’re doing work around the house or in your yard, building permits may be required depending on the project. Find out which projects need a permit on our website. Learn more about these and other community bylaws at


Racy Comedy The Birds & The Bees looks at the ups and downs of love


ove and laughter take centre stage in a raucously funny courtship comedy The Birds & The Bees playing at the Hamilton Family Theatre (formerly Dunfield theatre) in Cambridge until June 10. Set in two adjoining bedrooms on a modern Canadian farm, the play tackles love, lust, science, family dynamics … and the artificial insemination of turkeys. It may be the last-ever Turkey Days Festival, but for Gail, Earl, Sarah and Ben … it’s just the beginning. Sarah has left her husband and moved back home to live with her mother Gail until she sorts out her life. Despite the fact that she’s a divorcée of 20 years herself, Gail isn’t exactly providing the compassion that Sarah needs. An avid beekeeper, Gail has other things on her mind – like wondering why her honeybees are dropping dead all of a sudden. Then there’s Gail’s neighbour Earl, a farm tenant (and ladies’ man) who keeps dropping in unannounced, and Ben, an eager 23-year-old Master’s student intent on studying the collapsing bee colonies, who’s about to get a big lesson in pollination. “Audiences are bound to laugh as they see the mating game play out between two couples at different stages in their lives – it’s funny, touching and very relatable,” said Drayton Entertainment Artistic Director Alex Mustakas. Directed by Marti Maraden, who’s career includes 18 seasons at the Stratford Festival, eight years as the Artistic Director of English Theatre for the National Arts Centre, and numerous Drayton Entertainment productions, including last season’s smash hit production of Death of a Salesman, starring George Wendt, the show also features the talents of Set Designer Samantha Burson, Costume Designer Rebecca Wolsley, and Lighting Designer Davida Tkach. Fresh from her hilarious turn as the title role in The Drowsy Chaperone, Gabrielle Jones plays Gail, a long-divorced woman who copes with her loneliness by keeping herself busy with bees. A staple in Cana-

dian theatre, Jones has appeared in productions all across North America including six seasons with the Stratford Festival, 12 seasons with the Shaw Festival, national tours of Mamma Mia! and Les Misérables, and several productions for Drayton Entertainment. Stacy Smith plays Sarah, Gail’s thirty-something daughter, a turkey farmer who has left her husband of eleven years to come back to live with her mother just until she figures out what to do about her messy marital situation. Smith has worked extensively in television and film, and appeared in stage productions nationwide including The Ladies Foursome and Run

For Your Wife for Drayton Entertainment. Terry Barna is Earl, Gail’s frisky neighbour who is a little too forthcoming with details about his boisterous sex life. After a series of failed relationships, he’s taken the “no strings attached” approach, which affronts Gail’s prim sensibilities about mature relationships. In addition to his work on the Canadian sitcom Meet The Family, Barna has appeared in several Drayton Entertainment productions including The Odd Couple, The Love List, Bedtime Stories and more. Thomas Duplessie is Ben, an enthusiastic, young master’s student who visits Gail’s farm to

study her declining bee population. He gets more than he bargained for when he falls into a sticky situation with Gail’s daughter Sarah. Duplessie won hearts with his charismatic portrayal of Eugene in Brighton Beach Memoirs in 2016; he also appeared alongside George

Wendt in Death of a Salesman. Tickets are $46 for adults; $27 for youth under 20 years of age and may be purchased in person at the Cambridge theatre, online at www.draytonentertainment. com or by calling the Box Office at (519) 621-8000 or toll free at 1-855-drayton (372-9866).

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Welcome to the Kitchener Citizen’s 2018

'I Love Live Theatre'

Drayton Entertainment Ticket Giveaway! Win two free tickets that can be used at any coming Drayton Entertainment 2018 season performance! The Kitchener Citizen will offer the chance to win tickets in its June, July, August, September and October issues. Simply be the first to email to win. Winners will be notified by the newspaper following each month’s giveaway and winners will be announced in the Kitchener Citizen following each draw. Winning tickets may be used for any performance at the following Drayton Entertainment venues during the 2018 season: Hamilton Family Theatre - Cambridge St. Jacobs Country Playhouse St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre King’s Wharf Theatre Drayton Festival Theatre Huron Country Playhouse Huron Country Playhouse II *Tickets must be booked in advance. Performance dates and times are subject to availability. To see what exciting shows Drayton Entertainment has in store for you this season call 1 -885-DRAYTON (372-9866) or visit

Neighbours Day Extravaganza City of Kitchener, SPCA, The Stanley Park Optimist, and Extend-A-Family bring you the 4th Annual Neighbours Day event taking place on:

Saturday, June 9th | 9am–4pm | FREE Featuring: The annual Bike Rodeo, Ball Hockey Tournament, Live Enteainment, BBQ, Bouncy Castles, Face Painting, Prizes and so much more.

Save the date because this is one FREE event you do not want to miss.

FREE Fuonvie Family M27th

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June 20 – July 8

Drayton Festival Theatre Canada’s 150th celebration may have passed, but we’re keeping the party going with a brand new show that celebrates the true north strong and free. This celebratory musical tribute features music, dancing, humour, and of course, some biting political satire. Conceived by Lukas Mustakas

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City increases amount available under its Neighbourhood Matching Grant to $85,000


emand for the City of Kitchener’s Neighbourhood Matching Grant, which funds resident-led projects, has been so high that it is increasing the amount available from $60,000 to $85,000 for the next two years. New partnerships with Your Neighbourhood Credit Union (YNCU) and the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF) have allowed the city to expand the grant program. Kitchener’s Neighbourhood Matching Grant was established in 2014 to support resident-led projects in neighbourhoods across the city. In its first three years, ten projects received funding. In February of 2017, the total funding was tripled from $20,000 to $60,000 and the maximum grant amount was tripled from $5,000 to $15,000, resulting in an explosion of interest. In 2017 alone, twelve projects from eight of the city’s ten wards received $58,695 in funding. “We are thrilled to see so many

neighbourhood groups pitch ideas and roll up their sleeves to make positive change in their neighbourhood with the support of our matching grant,” said Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “We’re equally thrilled to bring on YNCU and KWCF, partners with impressive track records in investing in Kitchener’s neighbourhoods.” YNCU is a cooperative financial institution with roots in the community stretching back to the 1940s. “It was our pleasure and honour to be a sponsor of the initial program that introduced Love My Hood to the residents of Kitchener,” said CEO Kerry Hadad. “We love working with the City of Kitchener, and believe strongly in this program. It only makes sense that we continue that support and connection by contributing to the grants that will make citizen-led projects come to fruition. It’s a continuation of the promise

we made to residents many decades ago, and it’s what a good neighbour does.” In March the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation rebranded itself, which included ways to make it easy for people to do more good in their commumity. “Supporting the City of Kitchener’s Neighbourhood Matching Grant program aligns perfectly with this strategy because it enables neighbourhood residents to lead and receive funding for initiatives that matter to the,” said Elizabeth Heald, President & CEO, Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation. This year the city has awarded grants to over 20 different resident groups in nine of the city’s 10 wards including mural projects, traffic calming, street parties and festivals that bring people together as well as seating projects and other structures that enhance neighbourhoods across the city.

The Neighbourhood Matching Grant accepts applications any time of year, for up to $15,000 per project or a maximum of $2,000 for events. Any group of residents can apply. Ideas must be one-time projects intended for a neighbourhood audience and on accessible public land in Kitchener. Past funded events include information boards, cob ovens, murals, painted crosswalks, street parties and plantings. The Neighbourhood Matching Grant is a key component of Kitchener’s Love My Hood strategy, which encourages residents to take the lead in making their neighbourhood great. To apply for a Neighbourhood Matching Grant, visit and review the Ideas and Inspiration section of the website to read stories of resident-led projects in Kitchener and get ideas of the types of projects that are eligible for this grant.

Look for the summer issues of THE Kitchener Citizen on July 5 & August 16


Is smoking permitted in the common areas? Q. I want to know if smoking is permitted in the common areas of a condominium before I decide to purchase one. I have asthma. A. I am certain the smell of smoke is the last thought to cross most minds prior to purchasing their condo. Some people are allergic to smoke and cannot tolerate the smell due to asthma etc. Unless you specifically make a concern a warranty or condition in your agreement of purchase and

sale, or unless the declarant sold the unit in breach of a no-smoking disclosure statement provision, the declarant or resale vendor is not liable for your situation. Condo boards are responsible to promote the safety, security and welfare of the owners, the property and assets of the condominium. They must prevent unreasonable interference with the use and enjoyment of the common elements, units and assets. Therefore, no smoking in the common areas of your

Kitchener hair stylist wins “The Look” competition rika Remers of Kitchen- 17,000 professional stylists. er won $2,500 and took Recognized industry experts E first place in ‘The Look’ styl- served as judges. ist competition, an annual Sports Clips competition showcasing the talent of six winning team members from among the franchise’s almost

The haircutting franchise has two locations in Waterloo Region. Yanet Garcia of El Paso, TX took 2nd, and Shay Hodges of Richmond, VA was 3rd. As ‘The Look’ winner, Remers styled a low fade with a tapered neck line, texturized it and blended the back using clippers, scissors and a feather razor to achieve her winning look. Sport Clips Haircuts is a men’s and boys’ hair care franchise with more than 1,700 locations Canada and the U.S.

Catalyst 137 Tech Hub

New Kitchener-Waterloo BDC Business Centre opens he Business Develop- automotive sector. As head T ment Bank of Canada’s of Canada’s only bank dedinew Kitchener-Waterloo cated exclusively to entrebusiness centre officially opened at the end of April. Formerly located in the Commerce House on Queen St. North, it has relocated to 137 Glasgow Street, Kitchener, in what is known as the Catalyst137 location, the BDC Kitchener-Waterloo supports almost 600 local businesses in key industries including manufacturing and technology. To celebrate the opening of the new 8,200-square-foot centre and the 55th anniversary of the BDC supporting local businesses, Michael Denham, President and CEO of Business Development Bank of Canada, spoke at the launch and met with local entrepreneurs from the

preneurs, he heard first-hand about their challenges in Waterloo Region. The bank is known for funding businesses that commercial banks don’t typically back because they consider them too risky. The launch drew many representatives from the business, government and commercial sectors including, Berry Vrbanovic, Mayor of Kitchener; Michelle Snud, CEO AGS Automotive; Tony Lamantia, President Waterloo Regional Economic Development Corporation (WREDC); Amy Martin, CFO of GM Canada; and Hon. Daiene Vernile, MPP Kitchener Centre.

building may qualify as a rule under under the Condominium Act of Ontario. The assistance of the condominium lawyer is advised prior to passing sensitive rules. Once a rule is passed each owner must receive a copy of the rule, its effective date and a statement that the owners have the right to requisition to approve or reject it. If there is no response within the timeline permitted for the owners to respond, the rule automatically becomes effective.


We all understand the individual rights of those who choose to smoke. However, when it does affect the ability of a fellow owner to be able to breathe in their own unit, laundry room or other common areas, then certain restrictions or rules could seriously be considered. In order to avoid any disappointments

buyer beware, check the condo bylaws, declarations, rules and regulations before you purchase, not after. * * * 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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Real Estate Corner

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

Are we going to see another correction?

ast year at this time the Ontario GovernLestate ment introduced measures to cool the real market and home prices started to fall.

Between May and September, we saw home prices fall approximately 30% in K-W. This almost erased the gains that happened between January and mid May of approximately 40% Even in a normal real estate market it is common to see prices decline a little after a busy spring market. So, are we going to see that correction again? We did have a very active spring where prices increased from $450,000 to $490,000 in only 4 months. It does

seem that we are in for a similar price correction like we did last year. I don’t think so and here is why. For a correction to happen we need a large supply of listings and last week the total number of listings dropped. And again, there were more sales last week than there were new listings. For the next few months, there will be a continued gradual slow down and return to a healthy and fair market for both buyers and sellers. If you are a buyer, now is a good time to jump into the market and take advantage of less competition and better deals.





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Saturday June 16, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Celebrate Father’s Day at the Kitchener Market! Join us outside on the piazza for a BBQ in the sunshine with love music, kids crafts, classic cars and a free jumbo hot dog for all dads! Thanks to our sponsors Finest Sausage and Meats.

MARKET MAKERS WITH TWB BREWING Saturday, June 2, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Activity #23473

Join us for this free event featuring local appetizers paired with local beer! Together we are Bitter (TWB) brewers will join us in the marketplace kitchen to share their latest brews and we will feed you chef created seasonal appetizers.

NEIGHBOURS DAY – GROWING GOOD NEIGHBOURS Saturday, June 9, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

In Good Taste SIMPLE RECIPES FOR A BUSY LIFE STYLE Strawberries with mixed greens make a colourful salad; balsamic vinaigrette makes it delicious. Or may use only one type of green – spinach for example – or a mixture of several kinds of young lettuce and other greens. When the strawberry season has ended, the salad may be made with fresh raspberries or blueberries.

GREEN SALAD WITH STRAWBERRIES 1/3 cup liquid honey 1/2 cup olive oil 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives greens of your choice for four servings 1 small red onion, thinly sliced 1 sweet red or yellow pepper, diced 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms 1/2 cup sliced fresh strawberries In a bowl, whisk together the honey, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and mustard until smooth and well combined. Taste and adjust flavours to suit, adding a bit more honey if you would like the dressing to be sweeter. Add the parsley and chives, and whisk again to combine well. In a large bowl, toss together the greens, onion, sweet pepper, mushrooms and strawberries. Serve the vinaigrette on the side.

Join your neighbours for some fun at the market.

COOKING CLASSES IN THE MARKETPLACE All classes are $49 unless otherwise noted. Register online through ACTIVE Net. If you have questions call 519-741-2287 or email info@ Visit for more information.


Tuesday, June 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Activity #23465

The essential comfort foods - rich pasta sauce, breads, flavors of garlic and herbs. If you haven?t been blessed with your own family recipes to use, we suggest you look a little closer to home! Our chefs can guide you in learning how to make delicious Italian-influenced recipes that will be a perfect go-to for a big family dinner.


Thursday, June 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m Activity #23578

COST: $55

Join Yearn to Urn and Buzz Tour Co. for an evening of wine, planting and fun! Yearn to Urn will teach you how to create a 12” x 14” summer flowering planter while Buzz Tour Co.’s drink diva, Christine provides wine tastings from Norfolk County.

WINE & SIGN: CANADIAN RUSTIC Tuesday, June 19, 7-9:30 p.m.

Activity #23582

During this workshop registrants will have the choice of three pre-cut Canadian-inspired stencils and will be taught the tips and tricks on how to build, design and create their own 14” x 24” wooden Canadian sign, just in time to celebrate our country! Get the MarketNEWS delivered every month to your inbox!



Tiny, young green beans may be combined with the asparagus – about half and half- in this simple preparation.

BLANCHED ASPARAGUS 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 or 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced asparagus spears for four servings coarse sea salt freshly-ground black pepper Heat the olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat; add the garlic, and fry – watching carefully that the garlic does not burn – until fragrant and golden brown (this will take only a minute of two). Remove the pan from the heat, and allow to stand at room temperature for the oil to cool, and the flavours of the garlic to infuse the oil. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Trim asparagus and cut each spear into two. Add the asparagus (and the green beans, if using) to the pot. When the water has come to a full, rolling boil, allow to cook for only one to two minutes. The asparagus should still be crisp. Drain immediately; place in a warm bowl and toss with sea salt and pepper and the garlic-flavoured oil. Serve immediately. If a sandwich made with whole spears of raw asparagus is your idea of a splendid lunch, then you might want to try spreading the bread with this. Or use it as a dip for raw or cooked asparagus, eaten finger-style.

LEMON DIPPING SAUCE 1/2 cup mayonnaise (homemade if possible)

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon finely-grated fresh lemon zest 1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper Stir together in a small bowl; taste for seasoning. Chill, covered, until serving time. A Finnish dessert, these squares may be topped with ice cream, crème frâiche, yogurt, sour cream or sweetened whipped cream. Or leave the lily unpainted.

RAPARPERIPAISTOS 1/4 cup unsalted butter 1/2 cup sugar 1 large egg 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder dash of salt 4 cups chopped fresh rhubarb 1/4 cup sugar 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon Cream the butter and the 1/2 cup sugar until light. Beat in the egg, and continue beating until the mixture is thick and lemoncoloured. With a fork, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt. Stir the flour mixture into the creamed mixture until smooth and well combined. Spread the dough in a buttered 9 x 12inch baking pan, as evenly as you can. Spread the chopped rhubarb over the dough. Mix the 1/4 cup sugar with the cinnamon and sprinkle evenly over the top of the rhubarb. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the edges are browned and are pulling away from the sides of the pan. Cut into squares’ serve warm with your choice of topping. In the frying pan of on the barbecue, lamb chops flavoured with merely fresh lemon, are superb. Use the best-quality loin or rib lamb chops that you can find.

GREEK-STYLE LAMB CHOPS 4 – 6 lamb chops juice and peel of one lemon salt freshly ground black pepper Using a sharp knife, make incisions in the lean part of the chops. Stuff with the grated peel. Sprinkle the chops with the lemon juice, season to taste with salt and pepper and let stand about four hours at room temperature. To pan-fry, melt on tablespoon of lamb-chop fat in the pan; instead use 1 tablespoon of salad oil, or half oil and half butter. Place the chops in the hot fat, and cook for four minutes over medium-high heat. Turn the chops, raise the heart (but watch that the chops do not burn) and cook for four or five minutes longer depending on the thickness of the chops. If you prefer lamb to be rare, you will want to reduce the length of cooking time. Season to taste and serve immediately on heated plates.


Kitchener In Bloom – Nominations due July 20 Submitted by Kitchener in Bloom committee


he Kitchener in Bloom committee is composed of a group of dedicated people that are passionate about their community and civic beautification. As such, they are trying to refine the program so as to recognise as many like-minded gardeners that contribute to that civic beautification as possible. To that end we will be changing or adapting some of the activities that you may be accustomed to and will revisit our efforts at year end.

PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Raj Saini MP Kitchener Centre

This week we mark National Tourism Week. Tourism is an important economic driver. Last year was the best year ever for tourism in Canada. In 2017, Canadians welcomed 20.8 million international visitors, and the Canadian tourism industry supported 1.8 million jobs. Unique small businesses, scenic parks, community festi-

PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Marwan Tabbara MP Kitchener South/Hespeler

Summer Solstice, June 21: National Indigenous Peoples Day You’re invited to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day at the Drum Social and Feast at Victoria Park Pavilion on Thursday, June 21 from 4-10 pm, hosted by: Conestoga

Many, many people and businesses in our community endeavour to keep their properties neat and create gardens that they share with us all. They do themselves proud and they provide the rest of us with examples to emulate. Not only do they lead by example but they are willing to share their expertise with the rest of us. It is time to kick off another season of Kitchener in Bloom and it is time to acknowledge and thank some of these community members for their efforts. It is important to remember that this

program is not a competition, but we want you to help us celebrate the work the work our friends and neighbours do. The Kitchener in Bloom committee wants your support to identify and recognize those residents and businesses that do their utmost to beautify our community and to inspire the rest of us to do likewise. Should you see a front yard garden or business deserving of recognition, you can nominate the residence or business by forwarding the address to the Kitchener in Bloom(KIB) com-

mittee by email (kitchenerinbloom@ or by telephone (519741-2200 x7224). You can also nominate your own garden should you feel it worthy of recognition. The deadline for nominations is Monday, July 20th, 2018. For further information about the Kitchener in Bloom program check the Kitchener in Bloom website at Help us to recognize those who enhance the beauty of our community and make our community such a great place to live.

vals and local attractions are part of what drives this industry in communities like ours. I encourage you to enjoy the many sights that our community has to offer. I plan on visiting a number of these local attractions and small businesses over the coming months, and I would encourage you to reach out to my office at (519) 741-2001 if you would like to schedule a time for me to drop by your event or business this summer! May 27 to June 2 is National AccessAbility Week. Canada has made great strides in fostering an inclusive society for people with disabilities but there is still work to be done. This week we celebrate the contributions of the individuals, communities and workplaces who are actively removing obstacles to accessibility. We also recommitt ourselves to ensuring greater accessibility and awareness of accessibility barriers and the need to remove them, in order to give Canadians of all abilities a better chance to succeed. I’m proud to be able to share that the Government of Canada plans to introduce new federal accessibility legislation in Parliament. The legisla-

tion aims to eliminate barriers and ensure greater accessibility and opportunities for Canadians with disabilities in areas under federal jurisdiction. We want to take a proactive approach and get ahead of systemic discrimination across all areas of federal jurisdiction. Last week our Government introduced legislation to update Canada’s Family Law Act – the first substantial update in 20 years. These changes will help protect families, particularly children, from the negative outcomes that often come from separation and divorce. Our primary goals are to promote the best interests of the child, address family violence, reduce child poverty,and make Canada’s family justice system more accessible and efficient. Last week, two other pieces of legislation, Bill C-49 and Bill S-5, also received Royal Assent and became law in Canada. Bill C-49 will implement new air passenger rights to ensure travelers are treated with respect and fairness, and improve rail safety, efficiency and reliably so that Canadian commodities can get to markets. Bill S-5 will restore Canada as a world

leader in tobacco control by taking action to protect today’s youth from illnesses associated with tobacco use and nicotine addiction, including vaping. Meanwhile, in my committee work, the Ethics Committee continues to study the breach of personal information involving Cambridge Analytica and Facebook. Following our productive trip to Japan, South Korea and the Philippines, the Foreign Affairs Committee is continuing work on a study of Canada’s Engagement in Asia. This week, we are also commencing a study on the situation in Somalia, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Please join me Sunday June 3rd for our final potluck of the season, at my office from noon to 1:30pm. To learn more about the work I am doing here in the riding and in Ottawa, please visit my website,, email me at Raj.Saini@parl., or call me at 519-741-2001. My staff and I are always ready to answer your questions or assist you with any federal matter you may have. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

College Aboriginal Services, White Owl Native Ancestry Association and the Indigenous Student Services of Wilfrid Laurier University. Last year, the Prime Minister outlined the work we are doing to advance reconciliation with Indigenous communities. This year, Canadians across the country will celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day, in recognition of the rich history, culture, heritage, and contributions that First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Indigenous Peoples have made and continue to make within Canada. Indigenous people are the youngest population in Canada 44% being under the age of 25 in 2016. We are working hard to ensure that Indigenous youth have the opportunities they need to succeed by advancing initiatives such as the Indigenous Youth Summer Employment Opportunity, which provides Indigenous youth with 14 weeks of meaningful work experience that gives them extra money to pay for school and develop the critical

work skills they can bring forth in of Württemberg, Germany, Jacob their future careers. Hespeler, an immigrant entrepreneur who established successful industries Canada and Germany Exhibition in Hespeler and performed exemplary I was very pleased to bring greetings public services. to the recent opening of a new, 1,500 The Canada and Germany square foot exhibition, Canada and exhibition presents historical Germany: Partners from Immigration events, inspiring stories of German to Innovation, at the Waterloo Region Museum. The exhibition was curated immigrants, and innovative bilateral by the Embassy of the Federal research projects and partnerships. Republic of Germany to celebrate The exhibition is open throughout the Canada’s 150th anniversary and summer, until September 3rd, at the the long and positive relationship Waterloo Region Museum, 10 Huron between the two countries. Road, at the corner of Homer Watson One of out every five residents Boulevard, in Kitchener. of Kitchener South – Hespeler and nearly one out of every 10 Canadians Portuguese Heritage Month: June is is of German ethnic origin. German- Canada’s first Portuguese Heritage speakers were immigrating to Month. British North America as early as 1751. In 1800, in what is now the Ramadan: a month of fasting in the Kitchener South part of my riding, Muslim community, abstention from two German-speaking Mennonite food and drink from when the sun pioneer families established the first permanent settlement in inland rises to when the sun sets. The dates Upper Canada, and started farming. are dependent on moon sightings, but In 1857, the Hespeler part of my will most likely span from May 15th to riding was named after a native June 14th.


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Notes from City Hall

School Sites Our Northeast corner of the city has seen some issues around school properties over the years. Notre Dame School, once located

Neighbours Day is on Saturday, June 9. The Stanley Park Community Centre has teamed up with St. Daniels Church and Extend-A-Family to make the party

There is basically only one Committee and one Council meeting remaining before the summer recess. There are a number of major issues affecting Ward 3 which will have to come to the June 18th meeting and subsequently be ratified by Council on June 25th. These items have not been confirmed

Each term of Council members have the opportunity to sit on a variety of advisory/standing committees. Councillors may have a special interest in sitting on some committees.

Parking Rules for Spring, Summer and Fall As the seasons change, so do the city’s parking rules. From Apr. 1 to Nov. 30, you may park for up

on Rosemount Dr., was sold off to a developer back in early 2010 prior to my first term on Council. It was a difficult issue because the neighbourhood went through significant ups and downs in terms of development proposals. The first proposal clearly matched the neighbourhood with a simple culde-sac design and single detached homes on large lots (by modern standards). The neighbours were content but unfortunately this plan never came to fruition and was followed by a much more dense,

3-storey-building proposal that the neighbourhood resoundingly rejected. Fortunately, this too did not come to pass. Closing in on a decade later, the lot still remains largely undeveloped. To date, semi-detached units have been built along Sherwood Ave., with a couple fronting on Rosemount, however the lot in behind remains in question. Residents are familiar with a dense (but not as dense as the 3-storey) proposal and are similarly concerned with the development. I can advise that this has been

appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board, which is currently being replaced with a tribunal. This change effectively puts this development in a state of limbo until the Province acts. Another nearby school, Rosemount, nearly faced the same fate. The school board also sold the property, but this time the buyer was the French School Board who intends to renovate the property and build a new school within the existing zoning. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me anytime at the info above.

even bigger with yard sales and a road hockey tournament. There’s live music, food, bouncy castles, games and more. Their Annual Bike Safety Rodeo will also be part of Neighbours Day celebrations. Centreville Chicopee Community Centre has Grandview Church as a partner. You’ll enjoy live music, games, bouncy castles, food, their splash pad and more. I really want to thank our Community Associations at these centres for the many hours they have dedicated in planning

these celebrations and for every volunteer who helped out. For a detailed listing of all the events across the city go to lovemyhood. ca/neighboursday. It’s great seeing our youth engaged with city events. On May 7, council hosted the winners of My Ideal City in a mock debate on Rogers TV 20. The winning essays were in the May edition of your Kitchener Citizen. At our Youth Forum on May 26, high school students visited city hall to present

their ideas to council and staff. I loved being part of the Senior of the Year Selection Committee. It was inspiring to read the nominations. The Salute to Seniors Awards took place on May 26. Let me know if I can assist you. Visit my website daveschnider. com, follow me on Twitter at @ DaveSchniderKW or friend me on Facebook for updates on my city and community activities. Our Kitchener contact line is available anytime at 519-741-2345.

by staff at the writing of this article. However, I would caution constituents to be available for those dates should you wish to participate in the discussions. I am referring primarily to the zone change applications for the corner of Block Line Rd & Courtland Ave and the change for 25 & 75 Fallowfield Dr. Also of importance is the continuing discussions relating to plans for a required Traynor-Fairway LRT Pedestrian Crossing. Planning Around Rapid Transit Stations (PARTS) Council has already dealt with studies about appropriate land uses, streetscapes and infrastructure around LRT stations. Studies have been completed for the Central Rockway and Midtown Stations. Staff have yet to bring forward studies relating to the future Blockline and

Fairway Stations. I would hope that these are dealt with prior to approving any of the aforementioned Zone Change Applications and would thus have to come forward for the June 18th meeting. In addition to the above there are still several outstanding issues relating to Ward 3 such as maintenance plans for trails in the Deer Ridge area; Storm Water issues in the Fallowfield/Bleams Rd area; the proposed routing of Phase 2 of the LRT through Ward 3 and the ongoing studies relative to preserving the Hidden Valley Natural Area. I encourage all constituents to actively participate in these discussions which will undoubtedly have an impact on the quality of your lives in the very near future.

I would also like to remind constituents of the Annual community events. Neighbours Day on Saturday June 9. The 51st K-W Multicultural Festival on June 23 and 24. The Kitchener in Bloom program is again planned for 2018. Neighbourhood participation in any type of Festival of Neighbourhoods celebrations should again be registered. Activities registered with the City will become eligible to win a Neighbourhood Improvement Grant of $20,000. Please do not hesitate to contact me at your convenience regarding any of these or other city matters. I can be reached at 519-744-0807 (home) 519-741-2790(city hall) 519-498-2389(cell). john.gazzola@ or

I have been fortunate to sit as a member on a number of committees over my term on Council. I am impressed with the commitment by our volunteers who attend each monthly meeting with reports read and prepared to discuss the various topics on the agenda. I believe that it important for Councillors who express interest in a particular committee to make sure that they attend. I have seen and heard from different committee members that they haven’t seen the Council rep in months. Most advisory committees have terms of

reference which include the number of meetings that you are expected to attend before you are asked to step down. Should Council reps who insist on being appointed to specific committees like Kitchener Blooms, Grand River Accessibility Advisory Committee , Youth Action Council get a pass if they don’t attend advisory committee meetings? It seems that in 2017/18 Councillors Schneider, Galloway-Sealock, Singh rarely if at all attended these meetings. Yet our standing committees (Finance, Community Services and

Planning) have seen a regular rotation of the same 6 Councillors throughout the entire 2014-2018 Council term. One would think the rotations of chairs should include all members of Council especially those with expertise in the specific area. Councillor Gazzola who has 50+ years of experience in finance has not nor Councillor Janecki who has 40+ years experience in planning. It seems that if you do not build consensus with the majority of Council you are turned down each time. As a community member how does this look from where you sit?

to three consecutive hours on any city street from 6 am to 11 pm, unless signs are posted to indicate otherwise. No parking is allowed on or over any sidewalk or city boulevard— paved or grass. However, due to the narrow lots in the Wildflower subdivision, council made the decision to allow only Ward 5 residents to park on the paved portion of the boulevard (driveway ramp or apron). Parking is allowed on any city street between 11 pm to 6 am. This

means bylaw enforcement staff will not ticket cars parked on city streets during those hours so long as they comply with all other parking regulations. If your vehicle is found in violation of any of parking bylaws, you may be issued a ticket and your vehicle may be towed at your own expense. Parking violation fines can range from $15 to $300. The parking regulations are in place to ensure safety and fairness for local pedestrians, drivers, home and business owners. Naming of Kitchener South

District Park During the State of the City Address in April, the Mayor announced that South Kitchener District Park will be renamed RBJ Schlegel Park after the Schlegel family invested $2.3 million to sponsor the park. The donation will be paid out over 10 years and gives the park the name RBJ Schlegel Park for 40 years. The first phase of the park will include a splash pad and sports fields, while later phases will add trails and sports courts and eventually a pool and arenas.

Happy June everybody! The incredible weather is here, and so is the start of neighbourhood party and festival season in Kitchener and throughout #WRAwesome! Please get out and enjoy the outdoors, enjoy the many festivals and events coming up over the next few months, and most of all, please say hello when you see me around town! TRUE NORTH CONFERENCE This week, Waterloo Region will welcome guests from around the world to the first-ever True North Conference being held right here in Downtown Kitchener, Uptown Waterloo and at the Lot 42 Conference Centre. Hosted by the incredible team at Communitech, with support from our three cities, the region, and countless sponsors, this festival aims to bring top-notch speaks to our region and allow the world to experience more of Waterloo region. Built around the theme – Tech For Good, the festival will bring top-notch speakers to the region ranging from Pixar CEO Ed Catmull to former GovernorGeneral David Johnston to Bridgit’s CEO and co-founder, Mallorie Brodie. Each evening there will also be social events open to the broad community in both Uptown Waterloo and Downtown Kitchener! Please make sure you get out and enjoy all that the coming week has to offer and show our guests the great community that #WRAwesome really is! PROVINCIAL ELECTION – June 7th On June 7th, Ontario will be going to the polls for the provincial election. As in the federal election, Waterloo region will be gaining a riding, bringing us up to 5 ridings within the region. The City of Kitchener itself will now touch 4 of those ridings - Kitchener Centre, Waterloo, Kitchener Conestoga and Kitchener South Hespeler. This election is important for cities and communities like Kitchener for a variety of reasons including investments in infrastructure, affordable housing and public transit. For Kitchener residents, seeing whichever party is elected continue with the priority of TwoWay, all-day Go Transit by no later than 2024 and high-speed rail from Toronto to Waterloo Region and London by 2025 will be a priority. ...continued on next page


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Notes from City Hall The McLennan Park, Great Lawn remediation work was anticipated for completion by spring of this year. Unfortunately, the seeding was delayed last fall, meaning it didn’t have time to establish before the snow fell. As a result, the great lawn will remain closed and fenced off for a few more months to ensure a healthy lawn, suitable for residents to enjoy. Thank you for your patience as this work is completed. We ask that you stay off the newly seeded area until the fence is removed.

The great news for residents is that the majority of the amenities in the park — including the splash pad and full playground — will be open this year. Due to project delays, mostly beyond the city’s control, I met with staff to advocate for earlier completion and use of some park amenities. I was successful in getting staff to commit to removing the fencing around the splash pad, playground, the new shade structure and the expanded trail

network around the Great Lawn area for this summer. Sod will be installed instead of seed around the splash pad given the delay needed for grass to germinate. I’m glad to say that park goers will notice numerous improvements. A new picnic shelter, new expanded pathways, more trees and sitting areas! These improvements make McLennan Park an even more vibrant and safe park for residents of all ages to gather and enjoy.

Launching the Film, Music and Interactive Media Office I am pleased to share that our City’s Finance and Corporate Services Committee resolved in a meeting

last month that a Film, Music and Interactive Media Office (FMIMO) will be launched in 2018 for a two year pilot period. This is following indepth consultation engaging hundreds of stakeholders from 2012-2017 and positive feedback and support from The Arts and Culture Advisory Committee for the concept of a FMIMO. The purpose of the FMIMO is to provide industry development services that capitalize on growth opportunities. If we could grow and develop the creative/artistic side of the media industry here in our Region, we would have the potential to tap into the

$1.1 billion in revenue generated from the media industry in Ontario. This exciting new project will have a professional, experienced music, film and media officer leading the office, working closely with municipal partners and post-secondary institutions to support delivery of the program and maximize resources. Staff, over the two year period, will work with regional stakeholders and partners such as Waterloo Region Small Business Centre, Waterloo EDC, etc to develop a collaborative model to maximize the region’s ability to advance the Film, Music

and Interactive Media industry on an on-going basis. The FMIMO fulfills our city’s Economic Development Strategy, Make It Kitchener, which recognizes arts, cultural workers and content creators as an economic cluster, making up for a significant portion of the workforce. By partnering with regional municipalities to provide professional, craft and entrepreneurial support services, FMIMO will generate careers and a diverse economy, and make Kitchener a compelling city in which to live.

Summer is here and it’s time for our weekly Monday evening cruise nights at the Shops on Highland. The boys and their sweethearts who will bring their old vintage cars – the

Edsels, Desotos, Thunderbirds - are back at the Highland-Westmount plaza along with the 50s and 60s music. Come down and enjoy seeing these cars and oldies music, win some door prizes all starting on Monday, June 4th and running every Monday till mid-September, weather permitting. I’ll be there when there’s no City Council meeting. Also, Belmont Village is hosting their 5th annual cruise nights. This year they’ll be held on Thursdays June 21st, July 26th and August 23rd. We’re located right in the

heart of the commercial village on Belmont Ave. between Union St. and Glasgow St. More vintage cars from the 50s and 60s are planned along with the classic rock & roll music provided by Brian and Wayne. Enjoy the evenings, dine at our fine village restaurants, shops at the various boutiques and sit around or walk around examining this classic cars and take in the summer atmosphere. Starting on Tuesdays in June outdoor Fresh Market is back in Belmont Village at the corner of

Belmont and Claremont. Starting at 10am till about 3pm the market will be open with a fresh supply of seasonal local vegetables, fruits, baked goods and more. So come by and support your vendors and community. I’ll be dropping by at each event as much as possible to meet and greet with you. I would like to retract my statement about Denny Cybulski of the Committee of Adjustment in my article in the May, 2018 edition.

By now, residents of the Breithaupt community will hopefully have some indication if their fight to reduce the impact of upcoming development on their neighbourhood has had any

success. Residents have been meeting with developer Perimeter in an effort to reduce the height of a proposed office tower and nearby parking garage before the issue returns to council June 25. They and residents in other innercity communities are furious that their recent participation in Planning Around Rapid Transit Stops (PARTS) have been ignored by council and city planners. And they are not happy with an appearance-only proposal to improve

understanding of planning process made by Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. The motion — unlikely to have any impact for several years — was passed last month by nine councillors with only me and Cllr. John Gazzola voting in opposition. In light of the mayor’s overdue motion and my concern that little changes will be made to the proposed Breithaupt development, I would like to see a series of meetings this summer between planners and neighbourhood groups to justify why residents’ contributions to PARTS will have little

impact on massive intensification around Light Rail Transit station areas and along the LRT route. PARTS will not become a legal document until long after most inner-city development takes place — something that Breithaupt-area resident and University of Waterloo planning professor Dawn Parker says is extremely frustrating and sends “a terrible message” to residents. She has also heard people ask, “Why should we go to the trouble of coming to these public consultations if the results are ignored?” Why indeed?

Neighbours Day I hope to see many of you out and about for Neighbours Day in Ward 10 and across Kitchener! As usual, the Downtown Community

Centre will be hosting a free pancake breakfast, complete with live entertainment and lots of fun activities for all age groups. Join in on the fun from 8:30am-11:30am. The Kitchener Public Library is offering an Intro to 3D Modelling class from 2pm-4pm. Register online to learn how to make your own 3D models with free open source software that you can use at home. There are so many great events happening across the City! For a full lineup of Neighbours Day events, go to and

click the neighbours day link. CAFKA Biennial Festival CAFKA is back this June with their exciting biennial month-long exhibition of contemporary art installations. This year’s theme is RECOGNIZE EVERYONE, and it runs June 2-July 1. For more information about the featured artists and their work being exhibited in this year’s festival, visit Summer Lights Festival Come join the celebration of art, tech, music, theatre and dance

on Saturday, June 9 from 8pm1am at this year’s annual Summer Lights Festival in downtown Kitchener. Celebrate the beginning of summer by heading downtown to explore the many interactive opportunities in local shops and on several stages along King St. Enjoy some good food, drink and experience creativity in the DTK! For more information, visit www.

With the summer finally here, I would like to take this opportunity to update the Ward 6 residents on the extensive work that has been taking place in McLennan Park.


from previous page I urge you to get informed about the issues important to help us build a great community, and most importantly to get out and vote on provincial election day - June 7th! NEIGHBOURS DAY – JUNE 9th Our third annual Neighbours Day is coming up on Saturday June 9th with dozens of activities taking place throughout the City of Kitchener at many city and neighbourhood locations. We will also have the official grand-opening of the renovated Kiwanis Park at 1pm that day, and will end the evening with the 5th annual Summer Lights festival in Downtown Kitchener. There will be more than 16 hrs of activities throughout our awesome city! Please make sure you take advantage of that day and get out and see all the cool things which our community has to offer. For more information on Neighbours Day, visit….. and search for “Neighbours Day”, or for the Summer Lights festival, please go to: www.summerlightsfestival. com . Look forward to seeing you there. MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL WEEKEND – JUNE 23rd & 24th The 51st annual Multicultural Festival will be taking place in Victoria Park this year on June 23rd and 24th. This popular annual festival brings thousands of people to Downtown Kitchener to celebrate the many cultures that make up Kitchener-Waterloo and Canada. Canada is stronger as a nation, and Kitchener is stronger as a community because of our diversity. Let’s celebrate together that weekend and continue to show the rest of the world how diversity and multiculturalism can be a huge success. CANADA DAY – July 1st As in previous years, #KWAwesome’s main Canada Day festivities will be taking place up at the University of Waterloo throughout the afternoon and evening with additional actitivities, including fireworks taking place in Downtown Kitchener that evening as well. Let’s celebrate our nation’s birthday together. Hope to see you around town that day! Retraction The Kitchener Citizen retracts the publication of Councillor Zyg Janecki’s column about the Committee of Adjustment from its May 2018 edition. Videos of City of Kitchener Committee of Adjustment meetings are available online on the City of Kitchener’s website.


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his fall, THEMUSEUM, 10 King St. W., Kitchener will pilot a unique program pairing seniors with school children in grades 4 to 6 to tackle woodworking and craft projects. In an effort to further develop THEMUSEUM’s senior’s programming, the new workshop program will connect with its already successful education program Against the Grain, which is run in the museum’s Underground Studio MakerSpace. Several seniors groups and assisted living facilities in the region have already expressed interest in this program, in-

cluding Lanark Village. Assisted care facilities have identified a need for their residents to tinker and build, particularly their male residents who often would have spent much of their adult life doing just that around their homes or at their jobs. To better access how THEMUSEUM can best provide this needed program, it is launching the trial program that will run on Thursday’s for the first four weeks of October 2018. If the program is successful, THEMUSEUM will offer it on a monthly basis. The program will pair groups of seniors from local

assisted living centers with school groups (grade 4-6). Seniors will have the opportunity to work and learn alongside the students, which will not only offer seniors the ability to learn or reengage their hands-on woodworking skills, but also encourage community connection and crossgenerational learning. THEMUSEUM has received a grant from Ontario Senior’s Secretariat to develop and facilitate this program. For more information on the pilot project or to learn what other MakerSpace programs are offered at THEMUSEUM visit

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Lois Millar Registered Nurse Lois Millar began her career at St. Mary’s 54 years ago. She continues to work casual shifts in the Emergency Department, inspiring her peers and providing compassionate care. She embraces learning and change, and on her 75th birthday was earning recertification for Advanced Cardiac Life Support. As a mentor to new nurses she demonstrates the power of a positive individual. In her free time, Lois volunteers in the wellness program at the YMCA.

Maxine Neller In 2002, St. Mary’s Volunteer Association recruited retired school principal Maxine Neller to help decorate Christmas trees for a fundraiser. In the 17 subsequent years, Maxine’s energy and administrative skills have been invaluable. She has served in all top leadership roles in the Association and excels as manager of Madeleine’s Gift Shop. She regularly provides rides to the shop’s 100-year-old volunteer and recently helped organize a volunteer group to make pillows for St. Mary’s cardiac patients.

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DEATH BY CHOCOLATE – Sunday, June 10, 1:30 – 4:30pm at Victoria Park Pavilion, Kitchener. Sip wine and indulge in all things chocolate while the award-winning a cappella show chorus, Grand Harmony, serenades you. Songs range from Adele and Celine Dion to Ben E King and John Lennon, sung by both the chorus and featured quartets. Tickets are $25 per person. For tickets visit KW HOUSE & GARDEN TOUR OF NOTE - June 16, 10am to 4pm. The Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Volunteer Committee will present its 20th Annual House & Garden Tour of Note. Tour six exceptional homes and gardens in Kitchener, Waterloo and Conestoga. Tickets $30. For more details visit or call 519-745-4711. WORTH A SECOND LOOK – The Working Centre’s thrift store, 97 Victoria Street North, Kitchener is looking for donations of clothing, books, current magazines, craft and art supplies, sporting goods, housewares, furniture, jewelery, purses, backpacks, hygiene products, pictures, frames, music and movies, radios, stereos, CDs, DVDs, toys and games. The retail outlet’s goal is to provide the community with low-cost used furniture and assorted houseware items while keeping reusable

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goods out of landfills and creating opportunities for employment. Open 9am to 5pm weekdays and 9am – 4pm Saturdays. To donate call 519-569-7566. THE COURAGE EVENT - Lucy DeCoutere is the portrait of courage. When the actor and air force captain came forward to tell the story of her experience as a survivor of sexual violence in October 2014, she put a face on the charges against radio celebrity Jian Ghomeshi. Her resulting experiences from laying a complaint without expecting criminal charges to be laid, being grilled at the trial and being accused of making a false claim, ring true for many other Canadian women. Still in recovery from her experience of coming forward, Lucy is making a special trip to Waterloo Region for a conversation about sexual violence and the resilience that is required to report it and seek justice. The Courage event is June 16, starting at 6 p.m., at THEMUSEUM. Tickets are $75 and available on Eventbrite. Proceeds of the event and silent auction support the work of the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region (SASCWR) and the SHORE Centre.The evening includes entertainment by Joni NehRita and food by noted local chef Derek Hines. KITCHENER-WATERLOO BRAIN TUMOUR WALK 2018 - People af-

fected by brain tumours should never walk alone. Join the movement to end brain tumours. Walk to raise funds to support your brain tumour community. These funds go towards life-changing research, support programs, information, advocacy, awareness, and HOPE. Sunday, June 10 at Waterloo Park, 50 Young St W., Waterloo. Route Length(s): 2.5km or 5km. Register Free Online at www. SUMMER LIGHTS FESTIVAL – Sat. June 9 from 8pm to 1am. Dozens of events in four different downtown Kitchener locations (The Hub, H2GO, Charlie West and City Centre). One night where art, tech, maker, games, music, theatre, dance, business, food/drink and community collide to celebrate a creative experience for everyone FOOD TRUCKS ON FRANKLIN Thursdays until September 13, from 4:30 – 8:00pm at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 317 Franklin St N, Kitchener. All proceeds to charity! Everyone welcome! ROTARY DREAM HOME LOTTERY TICKETS - Please help the Kitchener Conestoga Rotary Club support our local hospitals this year by buying Rotary Dream Home Lottery tickets! And NEW this year is an added 50/50 draw, it is worth $54,000 and climbing! This year, as for many years, our local hospitals are the focus of the Rotary Dream

Home Lottery. The Grand River Hospital, St. Mary’s and Hospice of Waterloo Region are the beneficiaries this year. So help us make this important community building effort a great success! Time is running out to secure your Rotary Dream Home Lottery Tickets! Cut off is June 15! For more information or to purchase tickets Go to today! SCHWABEN CLUB EVENTS Saturday, June 16, 2018 Picnic at Hubertushaus, 1650 Bleams Rd. Mannheim, Start time: 12:30 p.m.. Please RSVP by June 1, 2018. Sunday, June 17, 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP – Germany vs. Mexico – watch at the Schwaben Club. Doors open 10am. Match begins 11am. German Beer on Tap. Food will be available. Multiple Screens. Come out and cheer on your team! Saturday, June 23, 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP – Germany vs. Sweden – watch at the Schwaben Club. Doors open 1pm. Match begins 2pm. German Beer on Tap. Food will be available. Multiple Screens. Come out and cheer on your team! Wednesday, June 27, 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP – Germany vs. Korea – watch at the Schwaben Club. Doors open 9am. Match begins 10am. German Beer on Tap. Food will be available. Multiple Screens. Come out and cheer on your team! Sunday, July 8, 2018 – Filmnachmittag – Schwa-

ben Club Keller – “Das Hirtenlied vom Kaisertal“ . Doors open 2:00 PM, Film begins: 2:30 PM, Coffee & Cake available. For tickets and more information, please call the Schwaben Club at 1668 King St. E. in Kitchener – 519-742-7979. REEP OFFERS HOME RETROFIT COACH - REEP Green Solutions has a Home Energy Catalyst program. Homeowners now have access to the free services of its knowledgeable Retrofit Coach to guide them through the process of making their home more energy efficient. The coach will provide expertise and advice where it’s needed along the way, from prioritizing renovations and hiring contractors, to evaluating completed work and considering next steps. Want to upgrade your drafty home? Want to avoid rising energy costs? We want to hear from you! Please contact for more details. 
REEP is pleased to be working on this project with its partners Mindscape Innovations and Scaled Purpose. ART EXPLOSION! continues throughout June in The Gallery, showcasing the work of our Waterloo Region artists at Frames by Verne, 299 Manitou Drive in Kitchener. Gallery hours: Tues-Fri 9:30-5:30, Sat 9:30-3:30. Further information tel 519-489-6038 or email

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Kitchener Citizen - East Edition - June 2018  

Kitchener's original community newspaper - established in 1996.

Kitchener Citizen - East Edition - June 2018  

Kitchener's original community newspaper - established in 1996.