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The Trinity United Church move is a sign of the times

filed into the building on April 21 to pick up their items. She said it took three and a half days for Timewell After the sale, the congregaAuctions to photograph the tion packed up what it wanted items and post them online. to take with it and then held a Maase said the stained glass processional walk to the chawindows in the building would pel at St. Matthews Lutheran be removed and stored for Church at the corner of Benwhen Trinity decides where its ton and Church where it curnext permanent location will rently leases space for its serbe. vices. The church building will Over 1,000 remaining be demolished, and replaced items from its former home by a 33-storey condominium were put on the online auction block, including its pews, building. speaker system, dishes, chilIN8 Developments purchased dren’s toys, furniture and ofTrinity and the building next fice items. door for the condos called “It looks picked clean to Duke Tower Kitchener. me,” Bruce said following They will offer one and two the sale. He said the church bedroom suites starting from members have worked hard the mid $200,000s. Considered “repurposing and finding new to be a prime downtown homes” for the contents of its location, the building has the previous building. Trinity United church member Jane Maass sits on one of the last pews remaining in the church on Frederick Street light rail transit Jane Maass, who the haschurch at- sold its contents in an online auction. The building has been sold Frederick Street after stop right outside its door. tended Trinity United Church and the congregation is currently renting space at St. Matthews Lutheran Church on Benton Street. The building will also feature sincechurch the early 1970s, helpedand replaced with a 33-storey condominium building. The will be demolished a rooftop patio with barbecues, organize the online auction. Photo by Helen Hall pet play area, communal garden “I think the auction went plots, and a fitness centre. very sheatsaid people including its pews, speaker to thewell,” chapel St. as Matthews the contents of its previous The units have a smartphone filed into the building on April Lutheran Church at the corner system, dishes, children’s toys, building. package that allows the lights 21 to pick up their items. ofShe Benton and Church where furniture and office items. Jane Maass, who has attended and thermostat to be operated said it took three and it currently leases space for its “It looks picked clean to me,” Trinity United Church since the Trinity United church member Jane Maass sits on one of the last pews remaining in the on Frederick Street after by thechurch owner’s smartphone. a half days for Timewell Aucthe church sold its contents in an onlineearly auction. The building has been sold and the congregation is currently renting services. Bruce said following the sale. 1970s, helped organize Construction of the new tions to photograph the items space at St. Matthews Lutheran Church on Benton Street. The church will be demolished and replaced with a 33-storey Over 1,000 remaining items He said the church members the online auction. condominiums is expected and post them online. condominium building. from its former home were put worked hard “repurposing “I think the auction went to begin this yearby Helen Photo and Hall be ...continued on page 15 have on the online auction block, and finding new homes” for very well,” she said as people completed in 2021.

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Miedema, who lives across the street from the cemetery, has lead similar Jane’s Walk tours for about ten years. Jane’s Walk is a grassroots organization honoring the legacy of community builder Jane Jacobs through free citizen-led walking tours that encourage participants to observe, reflect, share, question, and collectively re-imagine the places in which they live, work and play. Locally, it is organized by a dedicated group of volunteers. “When I moved to Kitchener from Guelph in 2007 I found that I felt rootless,” Miedema said. A self-guided walking tour available through the City of Kitchener website, piqued his interest in Kitchener cemeteries and he began delving deeper into some of the stories of the ...continued on page 4


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The Mystery House BY DWIGHT STORRING

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ne of the unexpected bonuses in conducting a major research project is the mysteries you uncover. Some of those mysteries evolve into essential parts of your finished product. Others are just interesting detours along the way. Over the past two years, I’ve been researching and filming “Finding John Lingwood,” a film about one of Waterloo Region’s leading mid-century architects. He practised in Kitchener from 1955 until his death in 1996. Lingwood, along with six other architectural firms, created the rich stock of modernist buildings that give the region its distinct built environment. What did he design? Well, everything from university and civic buildings to industrial plants and private homes. Thousands of children have passed through the doors of his schools, such as Stanley Park public school and the former St. Mary’s School on Weber Street at Young Street. Many people have worshipped in the sacred buildings he designed, including St. James Rosemount, Beth Jacob Synagogue and the Carmel New Church. In my film, scheduled for release in fall 2018, I zero in on three Lingwood sites – the former Kitchener-Waterloo Record building, now demolished, that stood on Fairway Road; 20 family homes he designed on Manchester Road in Kitchener, and the Carmel New Church in southwest Kitchener. These sites not only reflect Lingwood’s impact on architecture but also his place in developing our community. During one of my research sessions at the University of Waterloo Library

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people buried in the one across from his home. “I decided to graft myself to the roots in the cemetery,” he joked, adding that knowing some of the history of Kitchener and its famous people has given him a better connection to this community. His walk this year featured a brief history of the cemetery, whose location used to be considered the outskirts of Kitchener. Opened about 1860 and bound by what used to be named Charon Street (now Moore Ave.) some of it’s gravestones pre-date its beginning. In Greek mythology, Charon was the ferryman of Hades who carried souls of the newly deceased across the river Styx (the former name of Louisa Street). The irony of this fact was not lost on this Jane’s Walk crowd who nodded and chuckled when Miedema told them the street names. The cemetery is broken into three distinct areas – the Catholic section, the public section and the Waterloo

Special Collections and Archives, I found a picture of a mystery house. It’s a black and white copy of a colour photograph that Personal Studios’ Bob Nicol made for John Lingwood. The colour photo had been taped down to a table top and you can see a bit of the photographer’s shoe in the upper left-hand corner of the frame. Although I wasn’t certain, I believed this house was a Lingwood design and I wondered if it was still standing somewhere in the region. On March 28 I posted a plea for help on my blog titled “Mystery House: Can you help me find this house?” “I’d love to hear from its owner or someone who knows its owner or location,” I wrote. “I’m sure there is someone out there who recognizes this place. ... All comments, suggestions and clues are welcome.” Sure enough, within a matter of hours the mystery house had been tracked down and I followed up with another blog post on April 9 that read: “It’s perched on the very edge of the city at 2219 Ottawa St. S., Kitchener, at the intersection with Trussler Road. Based on information found in the Lingwood office project list, it was commissioned by Keith Shantz, a successful industrialist and owner of Morval-Durafoam Ltd., in 1967. “Mr. Shantz married Winifred McLaren (nee Fitch) in 1973 – a second marriage for both. They were renowned for their support of the arts as founding supporters of Waterloo’s Clay and Glass Gallery, establishment of the Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics, the Keith and Winifred Shantz International Research Scholarship and other important contributions. “The home showcases some of John Lingwood’s favourite materials – field

stone and wood. Also in the work, we see his commitment to complementing the terrain. This respect for the physical attributes of the building lot also shows up in the 20 Manchester Road houses that will be featured in the film. All the homes in this group have terraced lots. The houses are carved into the hillside with tall front windows that look out on a wooded conservation area. “Terrain also figures deeply in the Lingwood family cottage on Burnt Island in Georgian Bay – in the selection of the building site and the positioning of the cottage deep in the forest, where chunks of the Canadian Shield actually poke into the interior of the building. In the film, we make a return visit to the cottage with one of John’s daughters, after a 20-year absence. “In the Shantz house, we see the influence of the great American modernist architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The modest entrance is tucked into the back northwest corner of the house where you anticipate entering the expansive interior; this speaks directly to Wright’s thoughts on compression and expansion. “The Wrightian influence is also present in Lingwood’s 1960 commission – the Carmel New Church on Chapel Hill Dr., Kitchener – another site featured in the film. However, he brings his own vision of materials and

meaning to this design, resulting in a building that show’s Lingwood at the pinnacle of his architectural mastery and positions Wright’s ideas as subtext. “The Shantz house and surrounding property were purchased by Stephen Moxey in 2012 after Winifred’s death the same year. Mr. Moxey applied for, and got, a permit from the Region of Waterloo to clear the trees from the lot in 2016. “The house now sits on the cleared lot – a little forlorn and worse for wear. “I stopped by recently to let the owner know about “Finding John Lingwood”. I left my contact information with the hope someone would contact me and let me know what plans there are for the house. (So far, I haven’t heard back from anyone.) “Of course, demolition is a potential fate for this 50-year-old piece of Waterloo Region’s modernist architecture. It’s not possible to preserve every building from the mid-century nor does every building warrant preservation. However, this house appears to be a significant building in John Lingwood’s body of work and is also deeply connected to the business and cultural life of the community through its former owners. “It would be sad to see it razed.” Storring can be reached at dwight@ storring.net.

section. It is still an active cemetery with all the plots sold but not yet used. The first tour stop was at the grave of Joseph Zuber, which is marked by one of the largest and most impressive stones in the cemetery. Zuber bought the Walper Hotel in 1908. Another stop included the memorials of the School Sisters of Notre Dame who founded what is now St. Mary’s High School. The gravesite of Antonio and Francesca Longo who ran a movie theatre located beside their fruit store in downtown Berlin (now Kitchener), held another interesting story. The family gravestone is adorned with a statue of St. Anthony, the patron saint of lost things and may have been placed there as a symbol of the loss of the Longo family’s 12-year-old son, Liborio, who died of natural causes in a church confessional. There was also a stop at the stone of George Wanner, who was born in 1747 long before the Mount Hope Cemetery was established, and at the grave of Marie Bowman, 22, wife of Emil Ruf, who was the second person

in Kitchener to die when the Spanish influenza pandemic swept the world killing an estimated 20 to 50 million people – about one third of the planet’s population. Another interesting historical story came with the visit to the Rumpel Family gravestone. Hilda, daughter of George Rumple (of Rumpel Felt Company fame) served as Miss Ontario and was the person who pushed the button, which lit an arena filled with lightbulbs at the ceremony held to officially begin Ontario Hydro. James Connor, a teacher and principal at the Berlin High School for 30 years is also buried at Mount Hope Cemetery. The practice of hanging photos of all of the school’s past principals was established in his honour after he resigned due to becoming deaf. His successor, David Forsyth, is buried nearby. Forsyth became known as the father of Canadian soccer, establishing the Canadian Association of Football in 1890 – the oldest soccer association in North America. The Jane’s Walk Festival, which took place May 4, 5 and 6 featured walks or

bike rides in 24 locations across Waterloo Region including a record high six in Cambridge. Hundreds of people participated locally and thousands more joined the walks around the world in nearly 200 cities across six continents. This year, participants could choose from a variety of local walks including a Newcomer Welcome Stroll - A chance especially for newcomers to meet their neighbours and learn about other newcomers that have settled here in times past or another titled Differently, We Are the Same - An exploration of spiritual buildings in uptown Waterloo. This walk included spiritual buildings representing different faiths and beliefs. It’s a Brew-tiful Day told the story of how downtown Kitchener turned into a coffee lover’s paradise and A Handmaid’s Tale told the forbidden history of Cambridge before it became part of The Republic of Gilead. Handmaidens escorted participants to the locations used in the hit HBO show The Handmaid’s Tale, and shared the history not to be spoken about ‘Under his Eye’.


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Six people recently inducted into the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame for 2018

The Waterloo Region Hall of Fame held its Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Waterloo Region Museum in Kitchener on Sunday, April 22. The Waterloo Region Hall of Fame pays tribute to individuals and organizations in recognition of their accomplishments and outstanding contributions to this community. The 2018 inductees to the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame are: • Craig Campbell, Environmental Protection • John Mickle Harper, Community Service • Tom Kieswetter, Basketball • Sylvia Malgadey-Forgrave, Track and Field • Dave Northey, Cross Country Running • Cindy Overland, Speed Skating Craig Campbell Born and educated in Waterloo Region, Craig Campbell is a self-trained naturalist and field ecologist. Following his volunteer activities in the 1970s with the Kitchener-Waterloo Field Naturalists (now Waterloo Region Nature), Campbell began a career as an independent environmental consultant and researcher. He became well-known locally, provincially, and nationally as an expert on Ontario’s mammals, reptiles and amphibians, butterflies, and plants. Campbell’s particular focus has been the plight of threatened and endangered species and the urgent need to protect their habitats. Campbell’s contributions to the conservation of Ontario’s natural heritage have been recognized by several honours, most recently by the Ontario Nature W.W.H. Gunn Conservation Award (2013) and the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Trust Lifetime Achievement Award (2016). John Mickle Harper John M. Harper‘s motto was community service is the rent you pay for the space you occupy. Harper was born in Kitchener and served in the Second World War, where he was decorated for his role in the invasion of Normandy. His extraordinary law career began in 1948, when he co-founded the law firm McGibbon & Harper in Waterloo. Harper was appointed to the rank of Queen’s Counsel in 1958. He retired in 2007 as General Counsel of Gowling, La Fleur & Henderson, now known as Gowling WLG with offices around the world. Harper volunteered with numerous organizations including: St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation; Campaign Waterloo; Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation; Waterloo Chamber of Commerce; Waterloo Law Association; United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo; Kitchener Waterloo YMCA; and the RIM Park Campaign. In 1975, he was named the KitchenerWaterloo Citizen of the Year. Harper was also a member of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Board of Governors, the Chancellor’s Club, and the William Ross MacDonald Society. He was a proud Senate member with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, and an Honorary Colonel of the Royal Highland Fusiliers. Tom Kieswetter Tom Kieswetter was born in Kitchener and is a lifelong resident of Waterloo Region. He started playing basketball at St. Jerome’s High School, where he was a Twin-City champion, All-Star, and Athlete of the Year. Kieswetter went on to play at the University of Waterloo from 1968 to 1973, becoming a two-time Ontario University Athletics (OUA) All-Star. In 1972, he was a member of the Canadian National Basketball Team and competed in the pre-Olympic tournament in Germany. Kieswetter became a coach at St. Jerome’s, where his teams won three Regional Championships and a Provincial Championship in 1987. He also co-founded and was player/coach of the K-W Titans Senior Men’s Basketball Team. In 1992, he became Head Coach of the University of Waterloo Warriors, leading them to 325 wins and two trips to the National Championships. Kieswetter focused on the

education of his players and, at Waterloo, had an exceptional number of Academic All-Canadians and a graduation rate exceeding 99%. Kieswetter also gave back to the community by helping to create the Community Basketball Camp with Kitchener Parks and Recreation (1977), the Ultimate Warrior Basketball Camp at the University of Waterloo (1993), and the K-W Chapter of KidSport (2013). Sylvia Malgadey-Forgrave Sylvia Malgadey-Forgrave is a lifelong resident of Waterloo Region and a graduate from the University of Waterloo. As an athlete, Malgadey-Forgrave competed as a hurdler and long jumper in provincial level sports. She participated in the 1984 Olympic Summer Games in Los Angeles, competing in the semi-finals of the hurdles event. Giving back to her sport, Malgadey-Forgrave has volunteered with Athletics Canada as Team Leader for 20+ years. She has also developed a network that provides over 60 Olympians with the best foot care in Canada, sponsored students to attend sports camps, and has provided quality shoes for athletes. Malgadey-Forgrave has also created a charity that, to date, has provided over 35,000 pairs of gently used shoes to individuals in underdeveloped countries. As an educator, Malgadey-Forgrave has coached volleyball and track and field, been coleader of the Athletes Against Drugs program, and helped organize school musicals and productions. Dave Northey Dave Northey was born in Peterborough, Ontario and moved to the region to attend the University of Waterloo. At Waterloo, he excelled in varsity cross country running and won many championship races in the 1970s. Northey was employed as a research technician at the University of Waterloo under Dr. Rich Hughson. Here he assisted many undergraduate and graduate students learn exercise physiology and helped them on their way to excellent careers. In 1970, he placed second in the National Cross Country championships, and third in 1971. Northey was the winner and record holder in 1971 and 1978 for the Berwick Marathon held in Pennsylvania. A founding member of the Waterloo County Amateur Athletic Association and a member of the organizing committee for the inaugural Waterloo 10 KM Classic Road Race, Northey volunteered for many years at that event. Cindy Overland Cindy Overland started skating at age three on a small rink her parents made every year in their backyard. Shortly thereafter, Overland joined the Cambridge Speed Skating Club and, in 1986 at age ten, she won her first national speed skating title. That same year Overland won a bronze medal at the North American Championships. Between 1992 and 1994, Overland competed in the World Junior Championships and, at age 18, earned a position at the World Senior Championships, the youngest athlete to do so at the time. Overland was consecutively named the Canadian Senior Champion between 1995 and 1999. Competing in the World Senior Championships from 1995 to 2001, Overland had three top 10 finishes and one top five finish. Holding numerous provincial and national records throughout her career, Overland was a team member at both the 1998 Olympic games in Nagano, Japan and at the 2002 Olympic games held in Salt Lake City, Utah. Retiring from the sport in 2004, Overland now coaches at the Cambridge Speed Skating Club and volunteers with the Ontario Speed Skating Association through the Provincial Racing Series. She also participates in public speaking events at area schools, where she stresses the importance of post-secondary education and giving back to your local community.

Adèle Hempel Manager/Curator

New in the Collection This pair of children’s boots was manufactured by the Great West Felt Company of Elmira in the 1920s. Founded in 1910 by Oscar H. Vogt (1868-1927), the company manufactured heavy felt footwear under the brand names of Great West and Polar King. During the 1920s, Great West was one of the largest employers in Elmira. The factory was located at 20 Arthur Street North and the company closed around 1950. Adèle Hempel is the Manager/Curator, Region of Waterloo Museums Contact her at ahempel@regionofwaterloo.ca

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John Price Erichsen-Brown (1906-1997) practiced law in Toronto and Ottawa before joining the Department of External Affairs in 1948. He was a member of the Canadian Delegation to the United Nations (1950-52), Councillor in the Canadian Embassy in Belgium (1953), and Chargé d’Affaires, Warsaw, Poland (1958). Visit the Hall of Fame located on the second floor of the Waterloo Region Museum.

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Wash House Welcome May 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 6, 1 to 5 p.m. Staff will demonstrate spinning and traditional wool dyeing techniques. Learn to pick and card wool and use a drop spindle. The Schneider Women May 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 13, 1 to 5 p.m. Explore the clothing, work, and leisure pursuits typical for a Mennonite woman.

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n ancient Athens, Scythian slaves bustled through the agora (marketplace) carrying a rope, coated with red dye. Their task? Corral what citizens they could for mandatory government participation; anyone stained with red became a politician for the day. I remembered that rope in a lineup at Tim Hortons (Canada’s agora), where I listened to various political moans: “Ontario needs Doug Ford, not a greenbelt!” “Trudeau’s getting his meals delivered to his house!” “You know what LRT stands for? LATE rapid transit!” I sympathized with that coffee crowd, as the cost of politicians’ promises has become ruinous. The provincial Financial Accountability Office revealed that in 2018, Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals will add a $12 billion deficit to the province’s already crippling debt. No new revenue streams exist to offset government overspending unless you count Doug Ford’s preposterous plan to trade the Ontario greenbelt for developers’ greenbacks. A good chunk of the provincial deficit has funded our region’s LRT , with a price

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tag currently pushing a billion dollars, less than half of the ION cars delivered, and a 2019 start-up date. But are local politicians contrite or embarrassed? Not when they introduced taxpayers to LRT 2.0, the Cambridge line, “estimated” at a cool 1.36 billion. Hardly the public good. While not dredging up the details of the 2003 RIM Park financing scandal, I will acknowledge the City of Waterloo did do something right by its taxpayers, establishing an audit committee of experienced citizens to review major city investments. Which brings us back to Athens and the red rope. Today we have moved from participatory democracy to one of representation, but rather than complain endlessly over our double-doubles, couldn’t some of us with either financial expertise or the ability to stare down Bombardier sales reps consider running in municipal elections this year? The political stakes have never been higher. Because I don’t think our politicians are incompetent; no one wakes up in the morning and says, “I think I’ll sink my neighbours with a runaway debt.” No, I believe that it was easy for 40,000 citizens to govern ancient Athens. As you could

not avoid that red rope forever, the entire Athenian voting population eventually experienced the highs and lows of political life from foreign policy to dog-catching. But modern municipal politicians are frequently overwhelmed with projects that would make John A. Macdonald blanch. And our first prime minister did not have to endure Twitter bombs thrown from the ranks of anonymous Internet trolls. Surely civic involvement must begin with civility. Yes, I’ve considered running. My election platform involves cancelling the LRT’s Phase 2 and demanding a refund for all undelivered passenger vehicles. I envision Mennonite drivers with Clydesdale horses pulling the shells of our remaining ION cars from Fairview Mall up to St. Jacobs in a fiscally responsible homage to Depressionera Bennett Buggies. So, c’mon you fair-minded, thick-skinned folk, unafraid of a little red dye; we have until July 27th to file our papers. No joke. Jack Nahrgang recently retired from the Waterloo Region District School Board. He is a monthly columnist with the Kitchener Citizen.

Review of education funding model needed

ince 1997, the provincial funding formula has shortchanged elementary students and schools in a profound way. I have been an Occasional (substitute) Teacher with the WRDSB for more than 12 years, and I have seen inside classrooms throughout our region. In my opinion, it is necessary that we meet ETFO’s recommendations to fix the education funding formula: That the Ontario government revise its Grants for Student Needs to increase support for special education funding to school boards to address the challenge of meeting the needs of children with learning exceptionalities and mental health issues. That the government conduct an independent, external review of the statistical model it uses for funding special education

to evaluate its effectiveness in meeting actual student need. That the education funding formula be amended to increase school boards’ capacity to deliver front-line children’s services by paraprofessionals such as school counsellors, psychologists, behavioural counsellors, social workers and speech language pathologists so that students have greater access to services and shorter wait times. That the education funding formula be amended to ensure the average class size of grades 4 to 8 does not exceed 22 students, the current average class size for secondary students. That the government continue the reduction of Kindergarten class size beyond 2018-2019 through a systematic and sustained application of class size caps that

bring Kindergarten class size in line with other primary grades. That the government address the current $612 per pupil differential in funding for elementary and secondary students by increasing Pupil Foundation Grant allocations for elementary specialist teachers, guidance, librarians, learning and library materials, classroom supplies and computers. That the government establish, through legislation, a comprehensive evidencebased review of the education funding formula every five years to determine its effectiveness in supporting high quality public education. Tiffany Cooper, Kitchener

Letter to the Editor Entire rivers/Grand Valley should be included in provincial study area

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he Province should consider adding entire rivers as Urban River Valleys in the Greenbelt, and not only the section that flows through urban areas. Considering the entire river valley follows the Province’s systems approach in identifying the proposed study area. The loss of green space to urban development has greatly increased the probability and occurrence of flooding in southern Ontario during the growing season months of May through October. The province cannot have it all ways. The province cannot target this portion of the Grand River watershed for the kind of growth it has planned for, and at the same

time, permit the natural recharge area for this region to be paved over. The entire Grand Valley area has a moraine and sand and gravel/glacial drift deposits but it is not included in the study area. West of the Niagara Escarpment, the Grand Valley area in Dufferin County and the adjacent County of Wellington has coldwater streams and wetlands that are not included in the study area. This area includes the Luther Marsh, a Provincially Significant Wetland (PSW) and an Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI). Not only are flows sustained to the upper Grand River that help to assimilate the treated wastewater for Grand Valley, but

also a wetland that can capture nutrients and sediment locally. The area between Waterloo and Elora/ Fergus has both coldwater streams and wetlands that are not included in the study area. These are key areas within the Grand River watershed that are facing challenges and constraints with both assimilative capacity and drinking water supplies. There are coldwater streams and wetlands west of Brantford that for some arbitrary reason have not been included even though there is substantial land speculation and development pressures. Greg Thornton, Kitchener


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Kitchener increases grant support for community gardens

he interest in growing your own T food, learning about plants, the chance to be outside enjoying nature

and the opportunity to meet neighbours are fueling a growing interest in community gardens. There are 35 community gardens in the City of Kitchener and city officials would like to see more. Next year it will increase the amount of grant money it offers to set up and maintain the gardens. Endorsed by the Community Garden Council of Waterloo Region and through its Love My Hood Community Gardens Grant program, the city plans to build one to three new gardens each year. This spring the city is building community gardens at Gildner Green, Henry Sturm Greenway and in the King East/Auditorium neighbourhood. Beginning with these new locations, the city is also piloting an insurance program for gardens and individual

gardeners on city-owned land. Insurance allows residents to take the lead on garden projects and ongoing garden maintenance. Community gardens play an important role in neighbourhood life bringing people from all cultures and backgrounds together, offering a place to build lasting relationships with neighbours, and providing a sense of belonging. Community gardens were among the most requested items by residents in the development of Kitchener’s neighbourhood strategy. * * * The community garden grant application deadline for 2019 gardens is June 1, 2018. Residents interested in starting their own community garden can access tools and resources at lovemyhood.ca, including a step-by-step guide to get started, along with the grant eligibility criteria and the application form. The official grand opening of the Stanley Park Community Association community garden was held on May 1. The garden is located in front of the community centre on Franklin Street North. Cutting the ribbon are community association board members, from left: Judy McKay, Ron, McKay and Kylie Griggs.

Ron Schlegel is Kitchener-Waterloo’s Citizen of the Year

on Schlegel has been R named Kitchener-Waterloo Citizen of the Year by the

Lions Club of Kitchener. Schlegel, a professor, philanthropist, community leader, business owner, farmer, land developer and family man will be recognized by the Lions Club on May 24th at a special dinner. “What an absolute honour this is,” said Ron. “My parents instilled in me a strong sense of ‘community’ and I’ve made a point of continuing that tradition during my lifetime through hard work, collaboration and innovation.” Schlegel has made a significant impact in KitchenerWaterloo and beyond with Schlegel Villages, retirement and long-term care residences, Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging (RIA), Homewood Health Centre and Homewood Research Institute (HRI) (both of which assist people with addictions and mental health issues), farming operations and leading-edge housing developments through Schlegel Urban Developments. A true community builder, Schlegel was instrumental in the development of the Williamsburg Town Centre, in the south end of Kitchener. Schlegel’s list of awards and recognitions include the Order of Canada, officer level; Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award; and Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Ontario) Award. He is a member of Communitech’s Entrepreneur Hall of Fame and Waterloo Region’s Hall

Public Notice 2018 Municipal and School Board Election

Filing of Nominations

The Municipal Elections Act requires that every person who wants to run for office in the Monday, October 22, 2018 Municipal Election must file a Nomination Form with the Clerk.

of Fame. He has received the Barnraiser Award Waterloo Region, Mayor’s Dinner Recognition, Philanthropist of the Year, and Outstanding Alumni at the University of Waterloo. He has an honorary Doctor of Law degree from the University of Waterloo and a B.A. (Hon) from the University of Western Ontario, M.Sc. from the University of Illinois; and Ph.D. in social psychology from Ohio State University. “Ron is an incredibly generous and caring person who has done so much to help others in our community and beyond,” said Dr. Jack Bishop, Citizen of the Year Committee Chair. “The Lions Club of Kitchener is pleased to pay tribute to this exceptional and outstanding community leader.” Each year, the Lions Club of Kitchener recognizes a deserving resident from the Kitchener and Waterloo area with the Citizen of the Year Award. The first recipient was Ira Needles in 1957. Last year’s recipient was Olympian Mandy Bujold.

Nomination period opens on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 and closes on Friday, July 27, 2018 at 2 p.m. The prescribed Nomination Form 1 and Form 2, the new requirement for 25 supporting signatures on the Nomination Form, are available at http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page18735.aspx (School Board Trustees are exempt from the signature requirement). The Municipal Elections Act provides that a candidate’s election campaign period for any of the offices listed below begins on the day they file a nomination for the campaign. No contributions shall be made or accepted and no expenses may be incurred before the Nomination Form is filed with the Clerk. Money, goods and services given to and accepted by or on behalf of a person for their election campaign are contributions. Please note that nominations for the offices listed below will be received by the Clerk responsible for their municipal election to be held on Monday, October 22, 2018: • • • • • • • •

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AWARD CEREMONY TO BE HELD MAY 16 AT BINGEMANS

Twelve local athletes nominated for Athlete of the Year BY CARRIE DEBONE

welve local athletes have T been nominated as the 2017 Kitchener, Waterloo and

Area Athlete of the Year. The award will be presented May 16. The nominees were introduced during an April 10 media conference at the Kitchener Auditorium. “Every year we are amazed at the talent that is produced in this area. I think this is one of the best communities in Canada to live, work and play in and we create great athletes,” said Athlete of the Year award co-founder Ken Brooks. Brooks noted that the parents of local athletes should be commended for their work to support their athletic children, especially as they reach the provincial, national and international levels, but he said it also takes a lot of community support to raise great athletes including sports leaders with vision, good facilities, good coaches and sports organizations and funding, noting that the City of Kitchener supports many local sports organizations and has sponsored the Athlete of the

Year awards since it began 20 years ago. Selected from hundreds of submissions, the nominee’s for the 2017 Athlete of the Year Award are: Dan Benvenuti, Kitchener (Ultimate Frisbee) — silver medallist at beach world championships in France and captain of Team Canada. Benvenuti has competed at local, provincial, national and international levels. In indoor events he won a gold medal in the Ontario 4 on 4, a bronze in the Canadian 4 on 4, and his team received the Spirit Award for best sportsmanship. In outdoor events, he won gold at the provincials and was 5th at the nationals in Saskatoon. Alec Elliot, Waterloo (Swimming) — three gold medals at world Para games. Elliot is a Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks competitor and a member of the Region of Waterloo Swimmming Club. He represented Canada at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was 1st in both 50m backstroke and butterfly at WEU Invitational and

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The Athlete of the Year Awards also includes awards honouring individuals, organizations and teams. The 2017 Awards of Excellence were presented April 10. The KW Vipers Major Bantam Elite Basketball team won the Team Award of Excellence. Team members are, from left, front, Caela McLennan, Katie Leudy, Dacia Chin, Kayla Hooper, Kara Lowell, middle, Lily Vrugteman, Brie Whitby, Tash Farquharson, Leia Brown, Roisin Djukic, (Vipers head coach Jody Brown is at the far right in the back row of the photo). Back row: from left; Organization Awards of Excellence were presented to the Waterloo Chippers represented by Mel McKay and Gord Earl, and to the Waterloo Region Matmen Wrestling Club represented by Jeff Coulter. Individual Awards of Excellence were presented to Barry Abelson and Adele Couchman.

3rd in the same events at the University of Guelph Varsity Club Invitational. He was 1st at the Can Am Para-swimming Championship in 100m freestyle, backstroke and butterfly and 1st in the 50m freestyle and 100m freestyle and backstroke at the Canadian Championships. At the Para-swimming Open Championships he was 1st in the 10m butterfly and 3rd in the 100m backstroke. Chris Ernst, Kitchener (Cycling) —a Forest Heights Collegiate student, Ernst competes in two cycling disciplines – track and road racing. He is a member of Waterloo Cycling Club, Kallisto FCV Peloton Contracting Team and Team Canada. He was first in the Junior Nationals in both Team Pursuit and Madison. He as 1st in scratch in the Ontario Cup and set a team pursuit Canadian record at the junior track Worlds in Italy. He was the overall champion in road racing at the Ontario Cup. With Team Canada, Ernst was 2nd

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 EnteŠainment, 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. Please check out our Program Guide for a number of weekly drop-in programs.

in the Pro ½ War on the Shore and 10th in the Pro ½ Tour di Via Italia. Tim Grant, Waterloo (Adventure Racing) — Grant competes in Orienteering, Adventure and Ultra Races, all considered endurance disciplines. He was 1st in Adventure Race in the Ellicottville Adventure in New York State and 5th in the 24-hour Wilderness Traverse in Parry Sound. At the Blue Mountain Orienteering Race he was 1st in the Snowshoe Raid and 2nd in the Star Wars at Mansfield. In Ultra Race, he competed in a 50mile race in Washington, DC, a 50-kilometer race Hamilton, ON, and a 100-mile race in Alabama, USA. Brandon Horn, Waterloo (Softball) — Horn won a bronze medal at the ISF World Softball Championship batting .308, with a .438 on base percentage, 26 at bats, scored 6 runs and had 4 RBIs. He played for the Can Am Twins in the Canadian

Championship League batting .405, with a base percentage of .522. He also had the fewest strikeouts, most home runs, most RBI’s and scored most runs with 16. Boris Katchouk, Waterloo (Hockey) —is a dual sport athlete splitting his time between lacrosse and hockey. Currently playing for the OHL Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, he won the gold medal at IIHF world junior hockey championship. He is team captain, the recipient of the Red Star Three Star Award and voted the Best Penalty Killer. He also served as team captain in the CIBC Canada/ Russia Series in Toronto and participated in the National Junior Team Sport Chek in Plymouth MI and the National Junior Team Sport Chek Summer Development program. He as drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round 2016 entry. ...continued on next page

Volunteers Wanted The Stanley Park Community Association is actively looking for members of the community to join our growing team! We are currently recruiting for the following volunteer and paid positions: • Newsleers Coordinator • Recreational Gymnastics Assistant • IT Coordinator • Piano Instructor(s) Please visit www.spcakitchener.ca/openings for position details.

For more info and to register: 505 Franklin Street, N. Kitchener • 519-741-2504 • www.spcakitchener.ca


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Young hockey players to play on smaller ice surfaces to build skills faster BY CARRIE DEBRONE

ow hockey rinks are used by young H players in Ontario will be changing next year.

The Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA), in partnership with Hockey Canada and the Ontario Hockey Federation, will be changing the program for Novice and below players to allow them to play cross/half-ice games. Cross-ice games are currently allowed for 5 and 6 year olds, and this year game play for Tykes will be on half-ice. In 2019, Novice players will start out playing on half-ice and transition to full-ice over the second half of the season. “From a development perspective Kitchener Minor Hockey is completely behind and supportive of Hockey Can...from previous

Alyssa Logonia, Kitchener (Soccer) — a professional soccer player, Logonia won the Swiss Cup and Swiss League championship. From 2015 – 2017 she was Captain and midfielder for FC Neunkirch, a Swiss woman’s football club, which began competing in the professional league in 2006. With her leadership, the team won both the League Championship and the Schweizer Cup. Lagonia was 3rd in league scoring with 8 goals in 19 games. When this league encountered financial difficulties, Lagonia moved to Cyprus in July 2017 to join the #1 team Apollon Ladies FC playing in the Champions League where the team won the first round of 64 and lost in the next round to Sweden. Apollon FC won the Super Cup on penalty shots scored by Lagonia. Jamal Murray, Kitchener (Basketball) — a former Grand River High School student, Murray was drafted by the NBA Denver Nuggets 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 ad most for NBA players under 21. He played over 140 games from 2016 – 2018 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. Paige Nosal, Waterloo (Ringette) — A graduate of the University of Waterloo, she is captain of the Cambridge Turbos and led her team to a 1st place finish followed by a Canadian National Championship title. Her performance earned her first line all-star. Nosal is a five-time National Gold medalist, Canada Winter Games Gold medalist, World Junior Gold medalist and National Final MVP. With a record of 18 goals, 38 assists in regular season play and 15 more points in the playoffs, her team captured a season record of 19 wins and 3 losses and went undefeated in the playoffs. With Team Canada, she earned a silver medal at the World Championship in Mississauga. Jaimie Phelan, Waterloo (Track and field) — NCAA 1,500-metre outdoor champion, Phelan was a member of the Laurel Creek Track Club while a St. Mary’s high school student, later becoming a Wolverine at the University of Michigan. Currently she is Team Captain for both Track and Field and Cross Country. At the Big Ten Championships, she was first in the 1500m, 3rd in the 800m with a career best of

ada’s mandate to utilize smaller playing areas to increase the development of players at younger ages,” said Dean DeSilva, KMHA Director of Development. “As the game changes so must we and by working on skill development within smaller areas it makes sense for hockey to move in this direction as well. Other sports reduce their playing surface and equipment for younger players and hockey has followed a similar path. It allows players the opportunity to be more involved in the play and thus develop their skating, shooting, passing and puck control skills. From a goaltender perspective it allows goalies an opportunity to gain proper balance, crease movement and puck awareness with the smaller nets. While some par-

ents may disagree with downsizing the area on the ice they will see the benefits down the road,” DeSilva said. “This program was developed to allow kids to have fun, learn skills, and develop confidence,” said Paul Carson, Vice-President of Membership Development for Hockey Canada. “Their field-of-play now matches their size, and these players will be able to hone in on their skill-development in a way that larger ice surfaces just aren’t conducive to.” Age appropriate programming includes an increased emphasis on skating skills, increased number of puck battles, passing, shooting, ice awareness, and an overall elevation of hockey sense. “Right now, we may all be too focused on over-competing and under-

teaching,” says Phil McKee, Executive Director at the Ontario Hockey Federation. “This fresh direction demonstrates that organizers are thinking about longterm goals that include short-term benefits.” Some researched statistics show that allowing younger players to play on a smaller ice surface allows two times more puck touches, pass attempts, shot attempts/player, and change of direction play and five times more passes received and puck battles. Research also shows an increase in shots per minute to 1.75 from .45 playing on full-ice, that there are 2.75 times more shots on goal and a 10 percent increase in skating acceleration.

2;05.78 and won 1st in the distance medley relay.

dedicated her life to being a volunteer. She organized and coordinated the KW Special Olympics from the 1980s through to 2000. She began Sports for Special Athletes for Waterloo Region in 2000. Starting with 3 sports and 45 athletes, the event now has over 200 athletes participating in over 16 sports. She also is a coach for the KW Sertoma Speed skating Club, and holds coaching and certifications in Power lifting, softball, curling, hockey trainers and concussion management. She has coached and volunteered for numerous local, provincial and national sport tournaments and is recognized for her humanitarian commitment to her community as coach, volunteer, participant, ambassador, proponent and advocate.

The KW Vipers Major Bantam Elite Girls Basketball Team is a group of girls who have been playing together since Grade 3. Ranked #1 in the province for players under 12, they are members of the KW Youth Basketball Association. With the aim to promote physical and mental fitness, respect for self and others, responsibility for self and others, appreciation for volunteers, the community and its facilities, they are winners of the Division 1 provincials. The team was selected to attend a summer camp in Orangeville, which brought the best young players in the province together. The team also participates in a Girls for Girls initiative giving donations of wrapped shoeboxes filled with useful items as Christmas gifts to Marillac Place, volunteering at events at Lutherwood, the Epilepsy Society and community homeless shelters and helps needy organizations in conjunction with the Wilfrid Laurier University women’s basketball team.

Mike Poulin, Waterloo (Lacrosse) — Poulin is goaltender for NLL champion Georgia Swarm, and was selected by peers as NLL Teammate of the Year. His team won the National Lacrosse League Championship in 2017, with 12 wins in the season and was undefeated in post-season play. He is also a member of the 2nd team All Pro line up. Garrett Rank, Elmira (Golf) — Finished year as No. 1 ranked amateur golfer in Canada. Rank is also a full time NHL referee calling 70 games in 2017. Ranked 73rd in World Men’s Amateur golf, he tied for 2nd in the Canadian mid-Amateur and 11th in the Canadian Amateur Championships. He tied for 5th in the Porter Cup and qualified for the US Open. He has participated in the Monroe Invitational, the Irish Amateur Open, Terra Cotta Invitational and the World Amateur Eisenhower Trophy. He also played in the Canadian Open at Glen Abbey and two rounds in a PGA event. * * * 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) -Abelson, 82, has dedicated close to half a century 50 years to squash, both as a player at the international level and as a local builder of the sport. In a 5-year period, he won the US National Squash Doubles Championship three times and was ranked #1 in the US for four of the five years. With sponsorship and in-kind services from his company, Abelson has been a leading force in keeping the Kitchener Waterloo Racquet Club maintained and viable. He is the longest standing playing member of the club and has been a leader, organizer, chair and trailblazer. He also volunteers his personal time to the House of Friendship and the Rotary Club of Kitchener-Conestoga. Several years ago, he visited the House of Friendship to make his annual donation to their Christmas Hamper drive and found that the hampers did not include turkeys. The Barry Abelson Turkey Project was born. Since its 2003 launch, more than $2-miillion has been raised, over 30,000 turkeys have been donated and over 40,000 Christmas hampers have been given out in our community. Individual: Adele Couchman, Kitchener (Sports for Special Athletes) Couchman has

Organization: Waterloo Chippers Athletic Club – Chartered in 1972, the Waterloo Chippers Athletic Club ‘s mandate was to raise funds and donate to minor sports, including minor hockey, baseball, soccer, ringette and softball. The Chippers organized the Oldtimers Hockey Tournament in Waterloo, which has grown from a four to 24 team tournament and is currently the longest running tournament in Ontario. The club created a slopitch league in 1979 to promote sport, recreation and sociability. The club has made substantial contributions including a donation of kitchen and bar appliances and a Zamboni to the Albert McCormick Arena. It has donated over $200,000 to the Waterloo Siskins, the Junior B Hall of Fame, the Waterloo Recreation Complex, to local hospitals, KW Braves Jr A lacrosse, Naismith Boys Basketball Camp, Lutherwood, the WR Police Safety Village, Habitat for Humanity, KidsAbillity, Children’s Wish, the local food bank, House of Friendship, Waterloo Fire Department and many more. The club now has over 80 members. K-W Matmen (wrestling) – Started as a satellite club to the Mississauga Matmen Wrestling Club in 2005, this notfor-profit organization promotes and teaches basic and advanced freestyle Olympic wrestling techniques to help foster self confidence, sportsmanship, determination and commitment. The club continues to be one of the top Canadian clubs with multiple provincial, national and international champions. The Matmen vision is to develop each athlete’s fundamental and unique skills, build character and integrity, create and encourage community leaders and support academic excellence. Team: KW Vipers U14 Girls (basketball) –

Past winners of the Kitchener, Waterloo and area Athlete of the Year Award. 2016 Mark Scheifele (Hockey) 2015 Mandy Bujold (Boxing) 2014 Andrew Poje and Kaitlyn Weaver (Figure skating, ice dance) 2013 Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch (Figure skating, ice dance) 2012 Tyler Miller (Wheelchair basketball) 2011 Miranda Ranieri (Squash) 2010 Andrew Poje and Kaitlyn Weaver (Figure skating, ice dance) 2009 Ron VanKoughnett (Duathlon) 2008 Mandy Bujold (Boxing) 2007 Luca Congi (Football) 2006 Sarah Pavan (Volleyball) 2005 Amanda Overland (Speed skating) 2004 Dana Ellis (Pole vault) 2003 Kelly VanderBeek (Skiing) 2002 Colin Doyle (Lacrosse) 2001 Jennifer Fratesi (Swimming) 2000 Scott Stevens (Hockey) 1999 Lennox Lewis (Boxing) and Laura Nicholls (Swimming) 1998 Fitzroy Vanderpool (Boxing)


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REGIONAL GOVERNMENT COMMUNITY UPDATE ects by local individual artists and groups through grants totalling $3,304,473. Why invest in the arts? Clearly the arts deaterloo Region benefits from the fine us as a collective. Over the years the Arts influx of bright entre- Fund has invested in film, story telling, festipreneurial people who vals, public art projects, music and the literary come here to attend arts. We ask musicians to perform on state ocuniversity or be part of casions and tell our stories through books and the vibrant economic on stage. environment. A friend Waterloo Region has a long history of hostof mine provides local ing ‘Sangerfests’ that featured mass choirs tours to perspective emigres who want to get when Kitchener was still known as Berlin. a feel for the community before relocating their family to the Region. A key question Our oral tradition is the thin silver thread that after checking out the neighbourhoods is in- historically has connected us with our ancesvariably a question about the vibrancy of cul- tors and our First Nations. A visit to the Arts Fund website www.artstural life. fund.ca will show the diversity and uniqueIn recognition of the importance of a vibrant cultural community, the Region of Wa- ness of the art that has happened throughout terloo supports our key cultural institutions Waterloo Region as a result of this investto ensure there is an established home for ment. The website explains that the Region creative expression throughout the Region. of Waterloo Arts Fund is a not-for-profit corThis is why the Region invests in The Cana- poration, established by Regional Council dian Clay and Glass Gallery, Kitchener Wa- to operate at arm’s length from the municiterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener Waterloo Sym- pality, and Council provides funding for the phony and THEMUSEUM. However, there performing, visual and literary arts based on are smaller venues and events that provide a per capita model. The Fund’s mission is to demonstrations of who we are as an evolving contribute to the vibrancy of the arts and culcommunity. In 2017 the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund tural sector in Waterloo Region by promoting commemorated two significant milestones and providing support to arts organizations with the 15/150 Grant: the Arts Fund’s 15th and individual artists. The volunteer board members, current and anniversary of Making Art Happen, and Canada’s 150th anniversary. Over the past 15 past, read like a who’s who in the local art scene. years the Arts Fund has supported 579 proj- They bring their lived artistic expertise to the rigorous two-stage grant application review process and • Basic & advanced foot care apply the prescriptive grant • Trim & file toe nails criteria to all applications • Skin, corn & callous management when making final granting • Diabetics welcome decisions. Creators of every • Veterans welcome • Home visits available arts discipline have benefitted from this peer-review proLinda, The Foot Nurse cess, as well as from receiving 519-589-4470 the grant funds. As a Council Heber, RPN Foot Care Nurse Nursing Linda representative on this board Foot Care Educator I am continually impressed Foot Care Certified Master Pedicurist Free Parking with how seriously the board members - theatre producers, musicians, authors - take their role. They act with focussed diligence and respect when assessing each grant proposal. The number of applications always exceeds the funds available. The success of the Arts Fund is evidenced in the diversity of projects: the docuPlease contact my office for assistance with mentary Care for the Child federal government services, including: which chronicles the life of the Bridgeport General; the  Income Tax  Passport Applications book of poetry, Clearcut,  Old Age Security  Employment Insurance  Canada Pension  Citizenship and published by Laurie Graham Plan Immigration which explores the intersec Student Loans  Canada Tax Benefit tion between ecology and non-human life; a Cambridge story night at a coffee house featuring “Fresh Stories” /MarwanTabbaraMP Judy and Paul Caulfield with www.MarwanTabbaraMP.ca the invitation “listen, tell, en@MarwanTabbaraMP joy”; and the sculpture instal@MarwanTabbaraMP lation on the exterior of Reception House in Kitchener 2A– 153 Country Hill Drive to provide a welcoming first impression to the newcomers Kitchener, Ontario N2E 2G7 to Waterloo Region. Tel: 519-571-5509 Quite simply, the arts remind us of who we have been, Email: Marwan.Tabbara@parl.gc.ca and how far we can reach. By Karen Redman, Councillor

Community Church Listing St James’-Rosemount United 171 Sherwood Ave., Kitchener (519) 742-1002 Sunday Service: 10:30am Lunch served following service on the third Sunday of every month. Nursery, Sunday School, Youth Group, Wed. Night Bible study Kitchener Gospel Temple-Pentecostal 9 Conway Dr. (at River Rd), Kitchener (519) 894-5999 Sunday Service: 10:30am Mid-week activities for all ages. www.kitchenergospel.com Kitchener East Presbyterian 10 Zeller Drive, Kitchener (519) 748-9786 Reverend: Mark S. Richardson Sunday Service: 10:30am Nursery and Sunday School provided Sonshine Corner, Thursdays from 9:00 - 11:00am Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran 322 East Avenue (at Stirling), Kitchener (519) 742-5812 www.holycrosskitchener.org Sunday Service: (Sept. - June) 8:30am and 11am, (July-Aug.) 9:30am 9:45am - Sunday School, Youth & Adult Bible Classes Choirs - Stephen Ministry - Youth Group - Beginnings (0 -3 years) Hope Lutheran 30 Shaftsbury Drive, Kitchener (519) 893-5290 Pastor: Rev. Raymond Kirk Worship Service Times (starting on Sept. 17) 10:00 am Worship Service Sunday Morning Fellowship & Bible Study 11:15 am Adult Bible Study 11:15 am Sunday School (JK –Grade 12) Breslau Evangelical Missionary Church 102 Woolwich St., Breslau (519) 648-2712 Sunday Worship Service: 10:00am Children’s Ministry - Youth Ministry - Small Groups All are welcome! Visit us at www.bemc.ca Stanley Park Community Church 9 Dreger Ave., (at Ottawa St.) Kitchener (519) 893-8186 www.stanleyparkchurch.ca Pastor: John Pearce Sunday Service and Kid’s Church: 10:30am ALL WELCOME!

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What is Your Ideal City?

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In the sixth annual My Ideal City contest, students aged 10 to 12 years were invited to tell Kitchener City Council about their “ideal city” by submitting essays. The 14 top essays were chosen, and those students were invited to participate in a mock city council debate that will be televised on Rogers Cable 20 on May 20 at 6pm. The Kitchener Citizen is proud to sponsor this event, which helps students learn about municipal politics in a fun way. Here are the winning essays as submitted to the contest.

Laura Knight & Acting Mayor Paul Singh by Laura Knight We live in a pretty good society, but I think if we made some improvements to Kitchener, our city could be even better. I think there should more bike lanes, homeless shelters, and community centres. My first improvement is that Kitchener should have more bike lanes. I love to bike, but I don’t always feel safe on the roads because some drivers are distracted by phones and other things on the road. If we had more bike lanes than more people might decide to bike because they will feel safe. Also it allows more safety for cyclist, and the more people who bike the less traffic there would be, and less carbon dioxide in the air. My next idea is that our city should add more homeless shelter. I live pretty close to downtown and unfortunately I see a lot of people who don’t have a home or enough money to buy food. Other people I have seen are not being very safe, and sometimes I don’t want to go outside just because these people are down the street from where I live. If we were to have another homeless shelter the community would be more safe, and provide people without a home food and shelter. My final Improvement to Kitchener is that we should add more community centers. Community centers have lots

of activities for all ages and you can learn new skills. Not only do community centers have lots of activities but they also keep kids out of trouble, bring a community together, and some community centers have a homework club! In conclusion I think if the government of Kitchener added more bike lanes, homeless shelters, and community centers then our city would be even better and more enjoyable to live in. by Norah Leis When I think of an ideal city I imagine that it would have lots of natural resources, friendly neighbours and medical professionals. These are my reasons why I think this would make my city great. My ideal city would have natural resources because then there would be space for animals like squirrels and deer to run around and it would make up for all the space we took from them to make highways, roads and houses. Having natural resources would also be good for trails so people can enjoy nature. In my city there would be awesome hospitals close by or in town so people don’t have to go two hours away to get treated. Someone in my class had to go to Sick Kids hospital all the way in Toronto to get treated. Having amazing hospitals in my city would also mean that we would have medical professionals

Councillor John Gazzola & Leah Fish

Norah Leis & Councillor Scott Davey to find cures for everything so presentable! So if we build everyone can live a happy, more open spaces and parks healthy life. Also if we had kids can go outside and play, medical professionals in our instead of just being inside on city our city could become their electronics. Also, if we build open spaces and trails famous for that. Lastly, my ideal city would everyone can get outside and have friendly neighbours and play, bike and walk in nature. community events so we can We also should build sports get to know each other better. facilities for everyone. Also in Some of the events would be this amazing city, we all need community Easter egg hunts to use green energy e.g. solar and a big Thanksgiving feast panels 1d biomass. Solar panels will save electricity, and a Christmas concert, etc. My ideal city would have even though they only work in natural resources, friendly the sunlight, they will still be neighbours and medical saving electricity. We can also professional. Having all this use solar energy to power our would make me feel happy homes and save money! Biomass is great for earth, and safe and that to me is what using biomass will get rid of makes an ideal city. most of our landfills so we will by Addie Clasper All citizens in Kitchener have cleaner air, less garbage deserve an ideal city and this and more open spaces to is my community plan. First, build parks. That’s great! Even to make an Ideal city, we need though, these things might to convert to Electric vehicles be hard to build (e.g. more now! Converting to Electric open spaces), this will make vehicles will save us money! Kitchener a amazing place to Vehicles like Ambulances and live in and visit! Lastly, an Ideal Firetrucks drive a lot around city needs culture. Culture town. If we use Electric means festivals, street parties, vehicles we will save our food and much more. So on fossil fuels. By Switching to every May 7th this Ideal city Electric vehicles our air will be would have a huge festival cleaner. If we save our fossil to celebrate each and every fuels they will last longer. Don’t person in Kitchener. If we had you want clean air and fossil this festival it would be great fuels for your kids? Second to meet people! This festival of all, for this Ideal city we. would involve great tasting need to have way more open food from citizens, food trucks spaces and community parks. and it would have live bands! More open spaces allow more we would also give recognition options where kids can play. to all of our volunteers and We also need to put in water parents! If you want this City to fountains and plant trees and be a reality we are running out flowers to make kitchener more of time people, let’s make this

Addie Clasper & Councillor Dave Schnider those materials that were not come true! used and beautify our parks. by Leah Fish The citizens of Kitchener We could add in planters, park deserve an ideal city. Have benches, rocks, and attractive you ever wonder what makes ponds. Then this way people a really good city? An important can get outside and EXPLORE fact is that we need to be instead of being a sloth. We connected with the Internet could get gray water and filter it of Things (lOT). lOT can help to make gorgeous ponds. Also, with multiple things. Wifi and use that gray water and give it bluetooth devices can connect the grass in the fields to make with sensors, these sensors them green again. Although it’s going to be can detect if garbage bins are full or if there’s a pipe leak, This expensive having a clean, could help because instead attractive playful environment of picking up empty garbage is worth it. Isn’t it? Most importantly, we need bins there could be sensors so we know if its full instead to start using renewable of wasting time and gas (fossil energy sources. We can add fuels). By putting this on various solar panels and wind farms things we can also detect if the if we add these things and on grass needs to be cut instead renewable energy sources. Also, we could use geothermal of cutting short grass. Another important part of an and biomass we could use Ideal city is that we need hybrid animal waste instead of vehicles. Hybrid vehicles are producing tons of greenhouse great for the environment and gases. Running our city on your wallet. You can save biomass,solar panels and wind landfills of money by not buying farms is a great idea. After looking at this evidence gas since they barely use gasoline. Unlike regular cars I hope you consider these they don’t release emission. options. Living in a complete Normal vehicles release tons dump is a horrifying nightmare. of greenhouse gases. Since By considering my options you they run on both electric and and your kids can have fun and gasoline motors. Which means EXPLORE. Be creative. Be you would be using less fossil you! Bring back the fun to our fuels. Fossil fuels are an non- Ideal City! by Carson Moraitis renewable resources and we What would make an ideal need to save them for other city? First of all, an Ideal City generations. Thirdly, Kitchener needs has affordable day care. So more open spaces. We need if people don’t have a lot of to make open park spaces money that’s not a problem. A.S.A.P. By reusing wood, Well let’s start making day care concrete, stone and gray water affordable for so anyone and from construction, we can use everyone can afford daycare.

Councillor Yvonne Fernandes & Carson Moraitis

Councillor Kelly Galloway-Sealock & Elyssa Reiter


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Jessica Assuncao & Councillor Paul Singh Secondly, having fast and energy efficient public transportation will help the city a lot. If it’s fast it could get people that are going to be late for work can get there in time for work. It needs to be energy efficient with electric buses and trains to keep the environment looking beautiful. Thirdly, there should be more green roofs to make the city look good and maybe be a tourist attraction. Most importantly, there is a TON of green renewable energy sources so in a ideal city we half to use at least one like solar energy. Using solar energy will be a good renewable energy source since we can make parking lots with solar panels to cover the cars so on the hot summer days your car is not burning hot when you touch it. Also, having solar power you don’t need to build the solar panels far from the power plant. Even though solar panels are a lot of money it will help by reducing the pollution in the environment. Finally, make more open spaces, sports areas and park and every park; sports areas and open spaces need to be accessible to everyone so nobody is left out of the fun outside. So now you have two choices you can live in a dump or you can live in a beautiful ideal city? Pick one before it’s too late!

by Elyssa Reiter The citizens of Kitchener deserve a great city! Have you ever wondered what would make our city really great? To start off our city really needs to convert to green renewable energy sources. There are tons of renewable energy sources like solar, wind, hydro and tidal that are way better for our planet and our city but we are choosing to use fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are a non renewable energy source which means that one day they will run out and the faster we use them the faster they will disappear. Earth is the only planet that us humans can live on and by using fossil fuels we are polluting our planet which means we are ruining our one chance at survival. This especially applies to our community. Secondly, an ideal city has fast, affordable, and reliable public transportation. Public transportation reduces the amount of traffic jams on roads and they are fast and efficient. Buses and subways are 2 kinds of public transportation in our city and Kitchener and Waterloo are working on a new kind of transportation called the light rail transit or the LRT. The LRT is going to make it much easier to get around our city. Another important idea is to build more open spaces these

Councillor Frank Etherington & Reiner Faulstroh

Zoey Kiff and Councillor Bil Ioannidis include soccer fields, parks, nature areas and much more. the best cities have parks, sports fields, and basketball courts that are big and accessible to all citizens. Every neighbourhood in kitchener should have parks and fields close by so that everybody has access to them and so that everybody gets fresh air and exercise. Although, all these things won’t be cheap and they will take time, time is something we have however, if we just wait around and do nothing nothing is going to happen so we need to take action. Putting in time and money to make Kitchener a better place is worth it, right? Most importantly, in Kitchener we really need to reduce the amount of things that we throw out, there are so many things that could easily go into a recycling bin but we are putting it in a garbage bag, why? Our landfill is almost full and if we don’t do something it’s going to fill up very soon. One easy way to fix this is biofuel. Biofuel turns garbage and other stuff that we throw out into gasoline by burning it. So if we started using biofuel not only would we reduce the amount of garbage in the landfill but we would also be using less fossil fuels. I believe that if we all put in the time and energy we could really make Kitchener an even

better place, we could make kitchener a truly fantastic city for ill! of its citizens. by Jessica Assuncao All schools should be affordable and offer great education. When kids have a great education they can get good jobs, and do their jobs well. There should be a daily physical activity every day. Daily physical activity is important so that kids are active and their health is better. There should also be a well-numbered amount of books in the classroom, and school library. A wellnumbered amount of books is important so that kids can have a big selection of books to chose from, and so that kids imagination can run wild. There should be af ordable public transit, like buses, taxis, and trains. People should be able to get places without having to pay A LOT of money. This also helps to cut down pollution because there are less cars on the roads. You should have more parks and trails for people to walk on and kids to play on. Some parks should have playgrounds, benches, and picnic tables. Other parks should just have hills, grass, beautiful flowers and trees. There should be more pools and splash pads. Pools and splash pads give the community a fun place to cool

Councillor Sarah Marsh & Tamer Shiekhai

Michael Persaud & Councillor Zyg Janecki of on a hot day. Pools and splash pads Are important so that people can cool of and they won’t get too hot, plus it’s also very fun. There should be more friendly neighborhoods. Everyone should spend time together to get to know each other a little more. Friendly neighborhood are important so that people cannot be painfully shy and can be very social. by Zoey Kiff One thing I would do to shape Kitchener for the future is add more small local business. I love walking into a small business and discovering what it’s all about. Small business can get a lot of business, and are great for the community. This one business in my community called Jimmy’s Minis had such good doughnuts! You would never get that from Tim Hortons. I would also add more picnic areas for families to enjoy. Lots of families enjoy going for a lovely spring walk and picnic when the weather’s nice. They could enjoy their picnic with nature filled scenery, and birds chirping all around them. I would do more to take care of the grass beside sidewalks and school yards. In the Kitchener Victoria Park I would hire high school kids or maintenance workers to pick up goose poop, or trim the hedges. They could also pick up any garbage they see. I would suggest to people that they should use pet friendly rock salt instead of regular rock salt. For that I would hand out a pamphlet telling them the dangers of regular rock salt. Some dangers include pets getting a burn from regular rock salt. I would add one or two more small parks just around

the neighborhood too. by Michael Persaud All of the people in Kitchener know that it is growing and becoming similar to Toronto, well not in space but style (by style I mean the taller buildings replacing our older buildings). But if we are growing in style we also have to grow in technology and maybe even get bicycles to rent. My first idea for an ideal city would be to add water fountains around the city because à lot of university students walk around Kitchener and Waterloo. These water fountains can be for people, water bottles and if we put à section lower we can include pets because many people have pets and lets say they are walking around for the entire day, their pets might become thirsty and we don’t have water fountains around Kitchener. We have a down town but we cant give the downtown everything, our home areas require things as well. Maybe for the home areas such as Williamsburg where I live and more home areas with schools we can have parks, well not really parks but more parks. The closest park we have is approximately ten minutes away and that would be Mount Trashmore or now known as McLennan Park. By our area and many other areas we have a very open area that is not owned and possibly approximately 1 acre of land which can become a natural reserve, playground or even dog park, maybe if there is enough space we can do all of those. This can protect species of plant such as the trillium and maybe protect animals such as pine martens. If we utilise this

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Alice Newell & GM Development Justin Readman space for natural parks we can make a nice beautiful and eco environment for everyone and creature. The last idea that I have is that we should put the action of function of our buildings and make them into historical sites. this can boost the amount of visitors that come to Kitchener and probably make a good income for the city for tourism and make a good set of taxes allowing us to rebuild roads and build up our schools in STEM. thank you Mayor Berry Vrbanovic for reading this and i hope that this can work. by Reiner Faulstroh Kitchener is a great city but I think we need better hockey arenas, homeless shelters, and more downtown concerts these are things I think can make kitchener a better city. Hockey arenas need more improvement for example Don Mclaren and Grand River. For example the locker rooms are tiny and making them bigger would help. Also the boards are a lot taller than other arenas. Have you ever tried to get out of the auditorium after a ranger game it’s so BAD. One day I was trying to get out after a game I waited 15 minutes after a game and it took 10 minutes to get out. People do that every game and that’s why I think the Aud needs a bigger parking lot. Homeless shelters, I don’t know about you but when I’m Downtown or any where in Kitchener, there are a lot of

people that don’t have homes. If Kitchener gets more homeless shelters people will feel a lot more safe and homeless people will not have to eat in gangs. Also they don’t take drugs in homeless shelters and they can all survive. Lots of people don’t have things to do on weekends in the summer so there could be more concerts. It would be good for the city because the city would get more money, for drinks and foods. It’s also good for all the food store downtown because lots of people like to eat. This is what I think Kitchener needs to improve on hockey rinks, a homeless shelter, more downtown concerts. by Tamer Shiekhai An ideal city is a community full of prosperity, care, wellbeing and love. An ideal city caters to all people no matter their race, gender, ethnicity or age. Adults, youth and the homeless all deserve care. Facilities for children to have fun and learn important skills are crucial. Adults have much to worry about and should be supported by the city and its people. In my ideal city, people will wake up with a smile on their face. Youth are still young and have many lessons to learn. A city should have a space where youth can interact and be social while learning. A community centre is the perfect place. A place known for programs and

Sydney Dorsch & Chief Financial Officer Jonathan Leutenbach

activities is great for attracting youth. Also, youth should be involved in the community this way they will make the youth of our future involved as well. An example is youth helping bring people together by providing food for the impoverished. Adults are the role models of this world. Adults don’t get much help so the city should help them. Many adults work grueling hours for not much money and can’t provide for their families. Houses fit for the whole family should be affordable and easily accessible. Subsidy should be provided voluntarily without much hassle. In my ideal city, social justice would be as present as the sun. The city would share its resources with other cities and communities. But, while all the things mentioned above were important. The most important thing is the attitude of the people. by Nygemah Olembe My ideal city would have more jobs, then more people with less knowledge could apply to the jobs they want. This city should understand that there is alot of homeless people because the condos are too expensive, young adults can’t afford them. There should be more affordable houses and condos throughout Kitchener Waterloo. If Kitchener had more jobs for people that aren’t as successful in the city there wouldn’t be homeless people

around every corner. Starting now we should have people from all around aloud to work wherever and whenever. Then we could get the homeless in an affordable condo. In the city there could be more community centres, then more people could get to the gym or go to the pool on a hot summer day. Also there should be more parks around your area so neighbors can go hang out. There should be more parks around this city because on a nice summer day kids should be aloud to go outside and have fun and not be inside all day because there is no parks around them and the closest park is a fifthteen minute walk. Another thing that this city needs is a big clean up when I walk to a park there should not be trash everywhere. I know you can’t control people’s minds and make them put their trash in the garbage can but if there is no garbage cans then where are you going to put your trash so therefore you should put more garbage cans around the park area. That’s all for my ideal city. by Alice Newell Have you ever been hurt or know someone who was hurt when riding a bicycle when biking on the road? In my “ideal city” I think there should be more bike lanes on busy roads to make it a safer city for bicyclists, especially young ones. My name is Alice. I am 10

The view from the 10th floor on the City Hall tour. years old and l always ride my bike to school, but I do not want to start biking on the road! I’m afraid of a car bumping into me. According to a government website about road safety, it says you should start to go on the road when you are around 10-12 years old. If this is to happen, then we must make it more safe by adding more bike lanes. Yes, it is true that there are some bike lanes, but if you wanted to bike to certain places, they are not everywhere that they are needed. To make Kitchener a more “ideal city”, please put more bike lanes on busy streets. This would mean that less kids my age will be afraid to ride on the road, or worse, get injured and need to go to the hospital! by Sydney Dorsch In my ideal city, here are are some things that I think every good city needs. I hope you consider some of my ideas! I think an ideal city needs affordable houses, because not everyone can afford a home/apartment. People who have no place to live, have to live on the street, and that is not safe or healthy. It also needs good paying jobs and more job opportunities for everyone, because, some people have to make decisions. “School lunches for my kids?” “Groceries?” “House bills?” No one should have to make those decision. Easy transportation is also good for a city, for people if they don’t have

a car, or they need another way to get somewhere, also, its better for the environment if 50 people take public transportation rather than 50 people take separate cars. Another thing a city needs is, more green space, because, people always take away green space for more big buildings, or anything else. People love the green space, for a nice place to sit and relax, people would much rather walk and be surrounded by green space more than be surrounded by big buildings. We also need 911 services, for obvious reasons. Last thing I think an ideal city needs is stores, and places to shop with reasonable prices, so it is easier for everyone to afford. I hope you enjoyed my side of what an ideal city needs, and I hope you take my ideas into consideration. Student Debate on Rogers Topic: The city is proposing to convert to solar power as a green energy source. While this will make the city more environmentally friendly, some residents have expressed concern about what this change will mean for them financially. Rogers TV taped the mock student debate it will be aired on Sunday, May 20th at 6pm. The City of Kitchener will livestream the mock debate on its website at https://www. kitchener.ca/en/city-services/ watch-a-meeting.aspx.

Students from schools across Kitchener attended the My Ideal City reception and tour of Kitchener City Hall on April 30, 2018. The Kitchener Citizen is the media sponsor of the event.


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Local cellist working on first CD BY STEVE BEILSTEIN

rom her first cello lesson at five years F old, Lorna Heidt demonstrated extraordinary talent. More than 27 years

later, and with a BA of Music Honours Performance Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, she continues to hold the same passion and excitement for music she did as a child. Her gregarious and bubbly personality is synonymous with her playing style—bright and vibrant. It’s easy to see why her calendar is always full. “I was a tom boy, climbing trees, riding bikes, I played soccer,” Heidt remembers about her childhood. Not a stereotypical beginning for a cellist. “Originally I wanted to play sax or drums, but my parents wanted me to play the cello. They were always encouraging me, but my great grandfather and aunt were the musicians. My great grandfather really inspired me. He could learn a new instrument in 20 minutes. My grandparents took me to the Centre in the Square every Friday to see the KW Symphony, firing my passion even more,” she said. Her aunt plays the violin and is Concert Master for the Waterloo Chamber Players. One of her uncles made hammered dulcimers and another uncle makes electric guitars. “Music is rooted on both sides, but my parents don’t play,” Heidt stated. Music came naturally to her. She was told she was singing before she could talk. “I was always a bit of a composer. Even on a piano at my grandparents place, even though it sounded horrible, I

would be like a little Beethoven plunking away at the keys,” she laughed. Her childhood cello teacher, who taught her for 13 years, was an enormous inspiration. “In my very first lesson, he picked up my cello, which was half size, and played it like a guitar, making all these bass sounds. He made it cool and he’s the reason I continued. He was the bee’s knees,” Heidt reminisces fondly. When she was 12, a family friend asked her to play for her wedding. That performance initiated a list of gigs that took her to retirement homes, local events and company Christmas parties. “I would play basically where anyone would hire me. I would have to be my own agent and go to places and ask if they needed any background music. I made business cards, which got the word around. I was playing tons and tons of weddings.” She was a member of the KW Senior Youth Orchestra and competed in the KW Kiwanis Festival. High school is when things got interesting for her musically. A friend showed her that although she played the cello she did not have to be confined to just classical music, and introduced her to Apocalyptica. “Everything prior was controlled and regimented and now I found a new way to express myself,” Heidt says. At 18 she was accepted into Wilfrid Laurier University’s music program. Her professor was the same man who taught her cello teacher. The irony still makes her laugh. In her first year, she auditioned for the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and was accepted. The orchestra

went on a six-week tour across Canada – the beginning of many unique musical experiences during her four year course. She played in jazz, rock, classical and chamber groups, and with the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony. During her last year, the chamber music trio she was a part of competed in and won first place in the National Music Festival. Her schedule was nonstop. She worked full time in a Gelateria, spent six hours a day practicing and still found time to play in bands. “Students make it work. We just don’t sleep,” Heidt laughed. Although not always easy, she loved university adding that her professor brought out the best in her. “It was a very professional environment. He would push you to your limits. When you didn’t have any faith left in yourself, he would have faith in you. He would show you that you can accomplish things you didn’t think you could do. He was excellent at giving you courage,” she reflects. Her graduation recital was a success. “The Grad Recital is a one hour performance, and it’s considered 80% of your overall mark. There is a whole panel of people listening and grading you. It’s mostly by memory. It’s pass or fail. If you fail, you don’t get your degree and you have to go back to square one,” she said. “I was on cloud nine. I was so relieved and just wanted to rest. I felt like I had accomplished so much,” Heidt remembers after finishing. Heidt continues play gigs, do studio work, teach and create her own music arrangements. If anything, her passion for music has increased and evolved. She continues to grow as a musician and

Lorna Heidt

a person. She loves to practice on all five of her unique cellos. One is handcrafted and welded completely out of steel. Instead of a scroll at the tip of its neck, it has a beautiful swan and the endpin is a swan’s foot. Another is a five-string electric cello. She is currently working on her first CD, developing a website and is planning a series of music videos. Every Saturday you can find her playing at the Kitchener Farmers’ Market in downtown Kitchener from 7am to 3pm. Heidt will also perform at the Cherry Festival at Kitchener’s Cherry Park on July 7 at 1pm. For more information, lessons or studio work, you can email her at LornaHeidt@gmail.com.

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

THIS MONTH’S READING:

13 Dates

By Matt Dunn REVIEWED BY:

By Robyn Zondervan, Manager, Grand River Stanley Park Library

Do you believe in love at first sight? Or, does love grow over time—in 13 dates, perhaps? 13 Dates by Matt Dunn is a modern romance that humorously addresses these questions. Noah, an art-gallery owner looking to settle down, is on his way to a blind date when the novel opens. He stops at a Starbucks en route and while waiting in line, he meets quirky, upbeat, playful Angel. He falls in love with her at the sound of her voice—love at first sight. Marlon, his business partner, disagrees, arguing that it takes 13 dates to fall in love. With nothing but her first name and her running t-shirt to go on, Noah resolves to find Angel again and try out Marlon's 13-date theory. Surely, that should be enough for her to fall in love with him too. Almost ready to give up his search for Angel, Noah happens to spot her in town and convince her to go on a date. Noah is a planner, but Angel lives on spontaneity and wants to experience as much as life has to offer.

Noah meticulously arranges new, fun experiences for their first few dates, with laugh-out-loud moments and heart-warming results. On their rock-climbing date, Noah doesn't predict that private lessons come with a handsome, fit instructor who tries to charm your date! Despite getting stuck on the rock-climbing wall and nearly falling on Angel, Noah is able to charm Angel with his willingness to make a complete fool of himself. Angel begins to warm up, but quickly thereafter pulls back, much to Noah's confusion. In a plot twist, it is revealed that there is a good reason for Angel's spontaneous nature that the two of them must grapple with together. 13 Dates deals with the question of love at first sight and also tackles how to navigate inevitable differences of opinion in a relationship. This lighthearted novel will have you chuckling while contemplating what it takes to make true love work.

For more great reading ideas, visit www.kpl.org and click on the “Books and More” tab. Want to share your own review of your favourite read? The library’s online catalogue enables library card holders to write a review for any item in the collection. Simply click on the “Add Review” tab for your selected book, and write away!


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Canadian premiere of Holiday Inn opens at Drayton Festival Theatre May 16 heck in to the biggest holiday C party of the year as the new Irving Berlin musical Holiday Inn makes

its triumphant Canadian premiere in Drayton. Don’t be fooled – this musical comedy is not just about the traditional “holiday season� – it spans a full year of celebrations from Thanksgiving and Christmas to Valentine’s Day, Easter and more. Holiday Inn runs May 16 to June 3 at the Drayton Festival Theatre. Based on the beloved 1942 Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire film, this taphappy musical features twenty iconic songs from Irving Berlin’s phenomenal musical catalogue including Blue Skies, Cheek to Cheek, Steppin’ Out With My Baby and Easter Parade. Popular nightclub trio Jim Hardy, Ted Hanover, and Lila Dixon suddenly part ways when Jim decides he’s had enough of show business. He leaves the bright lights behind to settle down on a farm in Connecticut, but quickly discovers life isn’t quite the same without a little song and dance. After meeting Linda Mason, a spirited schoolteacher with talent

to spare, the pair turn the farmhouse into a fabulous inn with dazzling performances to celebrate each holiday. When Jim’s best friend Ted tries to lure Linda away to be his new dance partner in Hollywood, Jim finds himself competing for her affections. Can he win her heart? “We are thrilled to be the first theatre company in Canada to produce Holiday Inn,� says Alex Mustakas, Artistic Director and CEO of Drayton Entertainment. “It’s a brand new musical with spectacular dancing and terrific songs by Irving Berlin that spans all four seasons – spring, summer, fall and winter. Audiences are in for a real treat.� A dazzling cast has been assembled for this grand-scale production including Zach Trimmer as Jim Hardy, the heartbroken nice-guy who retires from showbiz but still longs to shine. Jayme Armstrong is the sweet, smalltown schoolteacher Linda Mason, whose budding talent creates a rivalry for her affections. Newcomer Zachary Scott Berger is the irrepressibly charming playboy Ted Hanover, Jim’s best friend and occasional foe.

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Alexandra Herzog makes her Drayton Entertainment debut as the vivacious starlet Lila Dixon, who is reluctant to give up the stage for a quieter life in the country with Jim. Herzog has spent many seasons at the Stratford Festival, playing Kristine in A Chorus Line and Liesl in The Sound of Music, among other roles. She also appeared on the popular Canadian TV series Bomb Girls. Holiday Inn premiered at the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut in 2014, and was subsequently workshopped on a bigger stage at The Muny in St. Louis in 2015. It finally

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Maase said the stained glass windows in the building would be removed and stored for when Trinity decides where its next permanent location will be. The church building will be demolished, and replaced by a 33-storey condominium building. IN8 Developments purchased Trinity and the building next door for the condos called Duke Tower Kitchener. They will offer one and two bed-

opening on Broadway at the Roundabout Theatre Company at Studio 54 in the fall of 2016. The production was filmed for PBS and presented at movie theatres around the world in late 2017. The licensing rights for the production became available shortly thereafter, and Drayton Entertainment is the first professional theatre company in Canada granted the rights to produce the show. Tickets can be purchased online at www.draytonentertainment.com, in person at the Box Office or by calling 519-638-5555 or toll free at 1-855-DRAYTON (372-9866).

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MarketNEWS MAY – THE SATURDAY MARKET HAS MOVED OUTSIDE! ENJOY THE WARMER WEATHER AS YOU SHOP FOR FRESH, QUALITY FOOD. SIP AND SOIL – GUIDED BY YEARN TO URN COST: $55 May 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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Everything you need to know to create edible planters that can last well beyond one season. Together we’ll create your 10 inch potted planter that can easily transition from indoor to out. Pair those herbs with local cheese and wine and sample a variety of South Coast wines and Ontario cheeses while you pot, as introduced by Buzz Tour Co.

MOM’S AND DAUGHTERS CREATIONS WITH RESCUED RELICS COST: $55 May 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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Rescued Relics collect and “rescue” beautiful rustic pieces of wood from various locations and help you turn them into art. This Mother’s Day you and your mom can make a one-of-a-kind handmade creation, perfect for decorating any space with. Simply Fine Wines will be onsite to provide a wine tasting.

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Join us for this awesome appetizer and beer pairing event with Together We are Bitter! The Brewers join a variety of local chefs in the marketplace to share their latest brews, and we feed you perfectly paired seasonal appetizers all night long. This event is open to everyone so feel free to bring friends.

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@ kitchenermarket.ca. Visit www.kitchenermarket.ca/cookingclasses for more information.

VIETNAMESE SOUPS: PHO AND BUN BO HUE

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Pho (and the lesser known but equally delicious Bun Bo Hue) are both the umami meal of your dreams. Chef Thompson Tran will lead the class in creating these soups from scratch, focusing on the components of a traditional broth as well as the noodles.

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Community Support Connections - Meals on Wheels and More (CSC) held a 10th anniversary bash on May 2, which included tours of their Breslau location, gentle exercise demos, food stations and a cake cutting. From left: CSC Executive Director Dale Howatt, Board President Frank Mensing, Community Connector Stacey Bird, Community Connector Rob Campbell, Major Gifts and Engagement Lead Rosalind Horne.

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undreds of people attended the Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC) 10-year anniversary open house on May 2 at its facility in Breslau, 61 Woolwich Street North. Visitors were treated to tours of the CSC building offices, meeting rooms and kitchen, appetizers and sweets made by the CSC’s Tender Loving Care Kitchen, gentle exercise demos, speeches and a cake-cutting. CSC offers 11 different programs and services to help people live in their own homes including Meals on Wheels, transportation to medical appointments and the grocery store and free gentle exercise classes. Past community support has allowed the agency to extend its exercise programs to include at-home options for those unable to get out, expand its transportation services to include evening and weekend service, and build its kitchen and garden. Ten years ago, on May 2, 2008, four local organizations merged to form CSC. After a successful $600,000

capital campaign in September 2014, CSC relocated to its current location in Breslau, allowing it to open its own kitchen. Two years later, it built the Harvesting Independence Garden thanks to a donation from 100 Women Who Care Waterloo Region. The garden allows CSC to incorporate more fresh, local ingredients into its Meals on Wheels and Community Dining programs. In 2017, CSC received a grant from The Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF) to expand its transportation program to include evenings and weekends. CSC has also entered into a three-year funding partnership with the Kiwanis Club of Kitchener-Waterloo to support fleet vehicle replacement and its Community Connector team. Rosalind Horne, Major Gifts and Engagement Lead, said CSC is currently working to establish a frozen meal program, with all frozen meals made in-house. It has purchased a flash freezer and is experimenting with menu items for the program. She added that CSC will soon begin a 10th anniversary fundraising campaign called

“Imagine the Possibilities” that will help raise money towards the new frozen meal program and other CSC programs. “For the past decade, CSC has worked with thousands of volunteers and donors to meet the changing needs of our community,” Horne said. “We are so excited to celebrate this milestone and look forward to serving our amazing clients for the next ten years and beyond.” As the population ages, demand for CSC’s programs and services continues to grow. It now provides up to 350 meals a day to seniors, disabled and low-income clients. Over the last ten years, the agency has seen a 170 per cent increase in the number of clients accessing its services, with a 410 per cent increase in subsidy accessed by low-income clients. With the help of more than 700 volunteers, last year CSC served more than 7,500 seniors and adults with disabilities. Anyone interested in learning more about the work they do or wanting to volunteer please call 519-772-8787 or visit the website at www.cscmow.org.


In Good Taste SIMPLE RECIPES FOR A BUSY LIFE STYLE Good Balsamic vinegar is expensive; but you will get every penny’s worth from this sauce. It is great with fish – especially salmon – and with barbecued meats. It is also outstanding when lightly drizzled over fiddleheads that have been sautéed in garlic butter. Try a small spoonful over a baked potato; use this to enhance virtually any cooked vegetable. For a surprising culinary treat, spoon a small amount on vanilla ice cream.

BALSAMIC SAUCE 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon unsalted butter Combine the vinegar, sugar and salt in a saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat for a couple of minutes or until sauce is syrupy. Remove from heat and stir in butter. Serve warm. Chops should be about one-half inch thick for grilling or broiling. Use one rib pork chop for each person.

ROSEMARY PORK CHOPS 3 large cloves garlic 1 tablespoon coarsely-chopped fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried 3 tablespoons olive oil 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper, or to taste 4 pork chops Mince the garlic and mash to a paste with a pinch of salt. Then stir in the rosemary, oil, salt and pepper. Rub this mixture over the surface of the chops. Grill on the barbecue or broil about 4 inches from the heat source or a pre-heated broiler, turning once, until just cooked through – about 7 or 8 minutes. Let the chops stand for about five minutes before serving. A blender will make this a smoother soup than will a food processor.

CREAMY CELERY SOUP 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 medium-sized onions, chopped 1 bunch celery (for six servings) 3 1/2 – 4 cups chicken stock (or water) 1 bay leaf 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme, or 1 teaspoon dried 2 tablespoons flour 1/4 to 1/2 cup light cream salt freshly-ground black pepper Heat oil in a soup kettle over medium heat and sauté onions until they are soft, but not browned, stirring often. Trim the celery, retaining the leaves. Chop the stalks and the

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leaves. Add celery to the soup kettle and cook stirring frequently until the celery is softened – about 5 minutes. Add just enough chicken stock to come to the top of the celery in the pot. Add the by leaf and thyme. Bring slowly to a boil: cover, reduce heat and allow to simmer gently for about 2 hours or until celery is very tender. Remove and discard bay leaf. Process the mixture in a blender in batches, adding the flour to one of the batches. Return mixture to the pot and bring slowly to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for a minute or two, then gradually add enough cream to make the desired consistency. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle soup into heated soup bowls and garnish with a dab of sour cream or crème frâiche, if you wish.

You can use mixed frozen vegetables for this dish if you increase the first standing time to two hours.

MOROCCAN VINEGARED VEGETABLES Use a mixture of raw vegetables: cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, turnip, celery, zucchini, red and green sweet pepper, cucumber, etc. Cut each into bite-sized pieces. For vegetables for four or five servings: 1 tablespoon coarse salt 1/2 cup white-wine vinegar 2 tablespoons olive oil In a large bowl, combine the vegetables and salt. Toss, and let stand at room temperature, covered, for 1 hour. Stir in the white-wine vinegar: toss to combine. Let stand covered, at room temperature, for one more hour, tossing now and again. Drain well into a colander. Cover and chill until serving time (for up to two days). Place vegetables in a serving dish, drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil and toss well. If you wish, allow to stand until at room temperature before serving. Dress your dandelion salads with this, or use it for salads made with spinach, romaine or other greens.

HONEY-MUSTARD DRESSING 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon honey 1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard 1/2 teaspoon salt freshly-ground black pepper to taste Whisk all ingredients together until emulsified. Pour a bit at a time over the salad until you have enough to coat the greens when the salad is tossed.

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Kitchener Wilmot Hydro Over the years, you may recall me highlighting Kitchener’s strong financial position. We’ve been posting surpluses and paying down

debt. You may also be aware that Kitchener is among the lowesttaxed cities in Ontario, and that we’ve kept tax increases at, or under inflation for several years running. These are facts that few governments can claim. So how, exactly is this the case? Well, you need a disciplined council and equally disciplined staff, and I do believe Kitchener has an especially competent finance department... but this isn’t the whole story. We are also blessed with two utilities that support the bottom line, and

like in Monopoly, it pays to have both. I’ve written about our Gas utility in this space before, but rarely about our 92%-owned Hydro utility, KWHydro (Wilmot Township owns the balance.) The first thing you should know about KWHydro is that most of the negative hydro-things you hear about in the media are in no-way controlled by them. This is because KWHydro does not generate electricity, they only distribute it. They own and maintain things like transformers and power-lines

but the generation-portion on your bill is passed on through them to you. In fact, KWHydro is only responsible for about 22% of your hydro bill. Here’s the amazing part, even within that scant 22%, they’re so well managed that they save the average resident around $10/month compared to Guelph or Waterloo. So not only do they pay Kitchener interest and a healthy dividend to help keep taxes down, they’re working hard to keep your hydro bill in check as well.

Every May we honour volunteer contributions to our City. On May 2, we presented the Kitchener Youth Action Awards at City Hall. On Saturday, May 26 our Kitchener

Senior of the Year Award will be presented at City Hall at the Living Well Expo. The nominations contained praise and appreciation for those nominated. It’s very moving to see how so many give their time, talents and love to our city and our residents. We’re blessed to have our volunteers enriching the lives of others. Council welcomes the winners of the My Ideal City contest to City Hall for a mock debate on May 7 that will be recorded and then aired by Rogers at a later date. Their winning

essays will also be published here in the Kitchener Citizen. I enjoyed being on the selection committee. Our youth have some great ideas! The Stanley Park Community Association’s Annual Bike Safety Day will now be part of Neighbour’s Day on Saturday, June 9. I’ve seen the plans for this celebration and I’m blown away with how much is going on that day. It also includes a road hockey tournament with Extend-AFamily and a Garage Sale with St. Daniel’s Church. Registration for Centreville

Chicopee Community Association’s Summer COPS program is on June 11 at 5pm at their Centre at 141 Morgan Ave. Kids enjoy the great experiences and build positive relationships with our Kitchener Fire Department and Waterloo Region Police mentors. If I can assist you, contact me or call our contact line anytime at 519741-2345. Follow me on Twitter at @ DaveSchniderKW or friend me on Facebook for updates on city and community activities. You can visit daveschnider.com too.

Does Kitchener Need An 11 Member City Council? One might ask whether we need a City Council at all These comments are interesting coming from me as I was the one 12 years ago who led the campaign to increase the number of Councillors from 6 to 10. I anticipated

it would lead to more views and opinions resulting in improved and enhanced decisions coming from Council. I was wrong! In the past few years Council has been delegating more and more authority to staff which ultimately increases the influence of staff and dilutes the role of Council. Almost every decision of Council includes some delegation relating to future resolutions. These are all made in the pretext of streamlining and saving time. Several months ago the Purchasing By-Law was amended so that in the future only tenders in excess of $750,000 would be approved by council. I previously wrote about the 2018 Budget process. Limited scrutiny was given to staff estimates. After

30 hours of Council Meetings not one expenditure estimate was reduced. That indicated to me that the budget was perfect and there was no room for improvement. No need for Council scrutiny. Just this past week another request for delegation of authority was recommended by staff and approved by the majority of Council. It related to an approval that is only up for consideration by Council once every four years. It was not really an onerous process. I recently learned that staff have been given authority to sell small parcels of land without further Council approval. What if that involved parkland? Shouldn’t Council and the Public have some say? At Council meetings staff dominate

and consume the majority of elapsed time speaking and giving their opinions. Staff should be limited to just answering questions. They should then step back and let Council make its decision. From time to time these decisions may even be contrary to professional advice from staff. Council is accountable. The “buck stops with Council” not with staff. Staff are not elected. A new salary plan for members of Council goes into effect next year. Is the majority of the Public even aware of this change and is the salary for Members of Council higher than it needs to be as a result of delegating so much authority to staff, supposedly reducing the work load of Council?

Now that we have moved in to spring-like weather our construction season is well under way. Some of you have noticed there are signs posted on New Dundee Road

just south of Robert Ferrie Dr. Construction of a sanitary sewer connection was to have begun in the middle of May but concerns were raised about the impact of the closure on some significant events. Working together with the Region and the developer the construction is now slated to start after June 15. This will also reduce the length of time that the closure will affect school bus routes since it will only impact the last 2 weeks of school. Another important road project that although Regional will have

significant impacts to drivers, is work that was planned on Homer Watson from Conestoga College Boulevard to Block Line Road. The work involved resurfacing, rehabilitation of 2 bridges along Homer Watson and the muti-use trail improvements which include 3 pedestrian bridges over the creeks. Additionally intersection improvements were also planned along this route, this will help move the traffic through this corridor quicker and more efficiently. The delay to 2019 is due to a number of

varying reasons, including access to property and regulatory approvals. I believe that having the construction happen in one construction season instead of over 2 will help lessen long term traffic disruptions along this important route. The permanent closure of Stauffer Dr. between Caryndale and South Creek is now planned for this month. Closing this road each year for endangered species migration has been challenging but important. This road will now become a lovely trail for many to enjoy.

New Interim Traffic Calming Measures in Ward 5 Council and residents requested interim, low cost/seasonal traffic calming measures be made on roads to help alleviate safety concerns

until a formal traffic calming review can take place. Transportation staff conducted a review of interim traffic calming measures, and measures not already part of the formal traffic calming review. Many of these measures have been included in our resident-led traffic calming initiative and two alternative traffic calming measures have been included in the low-cost/seasonal traffic calming policy. 1. Radar speed display signswhich flashes the speed as a vehicle passes it, bringing awareness to the driver of their speed and awareness

of the community concern about speeding. This has been found to temporarily reduce speeding. The radar speed display signs would be in place for a two week period and on a rotational basis. The following 7 locations in Ward 5 will receive the speed display signs: Isaiah Drive, Activa Avenue, Maitland Street, Helena Feasby Street, Woodbine Avenue, Newcastle Drive, Seabrook Drive. 2. Flexi-pole delineators - signs that are mounted in the centre of a roadway and display messages to drivers. The signs are 122 cm tall and

33 cm wide but are mostly outside of the travelled portions of road lanes. The signage provides warning/ regulatory messages to drivers such as speed limit reminders, children at play, school zone. The visual narrowing of the lane has been shown to subconsciously cause drivers to slow down. The following four locations in Ward 5 will have delineators installed from spring until fall: Helena Feasby Street, Commonwealth Crescent, Woodbine Avenue, Activa Avenue.

Happy May everyone! It’s been a long time coming, but finally it seems winter is behind us, and spring has arrived. A shout-out to our first responders, city crews and the team at Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro for all their efforts during our April ice storm and the recent wind-storm last Friday! And a shout-out to our community as well! Thanks for your patience while we dealt with clean-up efforts in both instances and for showing what being a good neighbour is all about as I heard of many stories of neighbours helping neighbours in recent weeks. NEIGHBOURS DAY Speaking of neighbours, our 3rd annual Neighbours Day will take place in early June on Saturday June 9th. There will literally be dozens of #LoveMyHood events organized throughout our community that day and I encourage you to set the day aside and visit as many activities in as many neighbourhoods as possible! The events being planned are as diverse as the neighbourhoods in our city and will offer some of the best that our city has to offer. To make the day extra special, we will have the official Grand re-opening of Kiwanis Park that day as well. So check out our City of Kitchener website at www.kitchener. ca for details in the coming weeks, and plan out what promises to be an exciting day! PROVINCIAL ELECTION 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. In the coming weeks, we will be sending a survey out to all the provincial candidates to see where they stand on issues important to cities and communities like Kitchener including investments in infrastructure, affordable housing and public transit. For Kitchener residents, seeing whichever party is elected continue with the priority of Two-Way, 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. 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! GROUNDBREAKING FOR 345 KING WEST Later this month, we will be joining Perimeter Developments, the successful purchaser of the former City parking lot at 345 King, for the ...continued on next page


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I’m happy to be able to wish you a bright and colourful spring. It’s a good time to begin thinking about your neighbourhood. Kitchener council has been a strong supporter of

On April 28th the Forest Heights Community Association (FHCA) had their Community Cleanup Day and Martin Trees demonstrated how to prune at the Food Forest

I have serious concerns about how the Committee of Adjustment handled citizens who appeared at the Apr. 17th meeting were treated by the committee members which I

By the time you read this, I hope we will know where Kitchener’s first supervised injection site (SIS) will be located. And, recognizing that the most suitable site should be located in either my downtown ward or that of Councillor Sarah

Downtown Kitchener’s Major Growth Spurt It’s easy to get excited about the unprecedented urban growth we expect to take place in downtown Kitchener over the next year or

#LoveMyHood, a resident led program created by neighbours for neighbours. I have always been an enthusiastic supporter of opportunities that can invigorate a neighbourhood, allowing for neighbours to engage with each other. When people come together to create or enjoy something together, it can foster a sense of pride and belonging. Community gardens are just one example of how to grow stronger, safer and healthier neighbourhoods. Last year council approved the new Community Gardens Strategy which

included increased funding. Gardens can be located on private or public lands, and are eligible for $1000 towards start-up costs, and more support if it is located on city lands. Application deadlines for 2019 are due to the city by June 1 this year. Besides community gardens, you can access a guide and tool kit for a local pop up market, and apply for grants to create a special space or event in your neighbourhood too. The possibilities are endless. You can get started and find application forms and details at lovemyhood.ca or kitchener.

ca, key word search, “neighbourhood strategy.” I do hope to see you at this year’s Neighbour’s Day on Saturday, June 9 at either the Chandler Mowat or Country Hills Community Centres. Neighbours will come together to celebrate at this annual event that connects people and strengthens relationships. This year there are plenty of city-run and family-friendly events planned across Kitchener like community garage sales, BBQs, free public swims, and the unveiling of the renovated outdoor pool at Kiwanis Park.

next to Forest Heights Community Centre. A great way to mark Earth Day and to welcome spring! If you have an interest in gardening or you want to learn more about gardening practices, I encourage you to volunteer with the FHCA to help with maintaining the edible fruit trees and the community gardens around FHCC. For more information on how you can become involved, please visit www.fhcakitchener.ca or call 519-741-2621. The FHCA will be hosting their 20th Annual Fun Day coming up on

Saturday June 16th from 1:30-4pm at the Forest Heights Community Centre. Bring your family and join your neighbours for some free BBQ, exciting rides and plenty of activities. Volunteers are always needed. To volunteer, contact the FHCA. Sara Clark, the organizer and president of the BNA, was mentioned in the Mayor’s State of the City Address on April 17th. Sara was referred to as a “city builder” for bringing her neighbours together and launching Party in the Park four years ago. Sara together with

her neighbours, have successfully turned Party in the Park into one of the longest running Neighbours Day events in Kitchener. Sara’s story is a perfect example of how the success of one event can help to make a community feel safer and more connected. This year’s Neighbours’ Day is Saturday June 9th and the Boardwalk Neighbourhood Association (BNA) will be hosting their fourth annual Party in the Park at Resurrection Park. Be sure to mark your calendars and see what new activities may be added this year!

attended. Many residents were objecting to the proposed severance application to create four new single family lots at 883 Doon Village Rd. This application was initially heard on Feb. 20th by the Committee and deferred to receive additional heritage information. The committee chair that day, Adam Head, stated that we needed to hear from the residents. At the meeting of Apr. 17th, only five residents appeared to speak. Adam Head again chaired this application and stated since there were so many objectors that he would impose a 5

minute time limit on each speaker. I have appeared before the Committee as a staff person and as a delegation as well as sat as a member of the Committee for six years in a planning career of over forty years. I have never seen a time limit imposed on speakers at this committee in my life to limit their presentations. Unacceptable! Furthermore, when the first delegation spoke to express her opinion and that of the people who signed the petition of over 500 names, the chair of the Committee, Denny Cybalski, cut her off rudely in

the middle of presentation and told her that we needed to hear facts of objections and not opinions. The lady was flabbergasted and fumbled through the rest of her speech. Having sat as a Committee member over the years, the purpose of hearing arguments from both parties in favour and against the merit of the application is to hear their opinions – and not to state that we don’t want opinions. Unacceptable! These residents were unfairly treated by the two members running the meeting and failed their code of conduct.

Marsh, I support establishing a supervised facility in our inner city that includes wraparound social and health services to help addicts. I want to see our municipality and regional government respond in a way that will help solve a worsening, tragic situation where 109 people died in Waterloo Region because of opioid-related overdoses in 2016 and 2017. In a region where we have about 4,000 people injecting drugs often laced with deadly fentanyl, I want to provide help for what could be your child, parent or family member. We should be part of a solution where there has been a 303 per cent increase

in the number of opioid-related overdose calls to paramedic services between 2015 and 2017 along with a 70 per cent jump in opioid-related emergency visits to local hospitals. Overdose calls are higher in Cambridge and Kitchener, but Waterloo also has major opioid issues. I do not want to see Kitchener copy Cambridge council by closing eyes tight and refusing to accept responsibility for this issue. I also don’t want to see Waterloo stay quiet on the subject and pretend, as usual, that it does not have opioid abuse, addictions and homelessness. Statistics show that other cities that have Supervised Injection Sites (SIS) facilities have less needles and drug equipment

now littering their parks and other locations. They also report less injections done with dirty needles and greater use of drug treatment and health services. As a downtown councillor I have, in recent years, worked with residents alarmed at the location of methadone clinics established to help addicts in my ward. At first there were concerns, but I have not had a single complaint call about clinics in the past 18 months. I hope council’s unanimous support for a supervised site continues into the summer especially with a provincial election coming soon and PC leader Doug Ford trumpeting he is “dead set” against provincial support for supervised injection sites.

two. One message we have heard loud and clear is that we need more shops and services at street level to better serve our current and newly arriving downtown dwellers. Part of the answer to this request is to highlight the amazing amenities we already enjoy in the downtown. In addition, the Kitchener Downtown BIA is partnering with the city and others with incentive programs to ensure we are a welcoming landing spot for more retail and services in the downtown. As we grow, we will be looking for plans that balance the need

for intensification with community needs. Within the downtown core, that will include things such as green spaces, cycling amenities, and most importantly, more affordable housing units. Along the edge of the core, the PARTS plans call for middensity projects that act as a buffer zone between high density and low density areas. Kitchener in Bloom April showers bring May flowers! Each year the City of Kitchener recognizes citizens who go the extra distance to help beautify our city through the Kitchener in Bloom

program. We invite you to nominate gardens you admire throughout the city over the next couple months. So, as fine-looking gardens take shape this spring, take a moment to nominate them. All you have to do is send the address of the property you wish to nominate by email to kitchenerinbloom@kitchener.ca or call 519-741-2200 ext. 7224. Nominations for Kitchener in Bloom will open up towards the end of May and continue until the deadline, July 20.

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from previous page ground-breaking of their new office building in Downtown Kitchener. The building will be the first Class A office building to be built in the downtown in over 25 years, and will be home to Gowlings law partnership, amongst others. We are excited to see Perimeter and Gowlings move forward with this exciting project. FEDERAL AND PROVINCIAL INVESTMENTS INTO JOBS FOR WATERLOO REGION Over the past couple of weeks, we have seen some significant investments come to our area from both the federal and provincial governments, as well as the private sector, which will have significant impacts in terms of job creation. Last Friday, Prime Minister Trudeau and Premier Kathleen Wynne, together with Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada announced a Toyota investment of 1.4 billion into the Cambridge and Woodstock plants and $200 million in Canadian research and development over 10 years to be matched by $110 million from each of the federal and provincial governments. These investments are key to not only securing over 8000 manufacturing jobs already in our community that involve many Kitchener residents, but they will also be hiring 450 new full-time staff and 1000 co-ops for the two plants – again benefitting our city and our region. Last week, the province also invested $1.5 million in Leoni Elocab through the Southwest Ontario Development Fund, supporting a $10.5 million investment from the company. This project will protect 79 existing positions and create 19 new jobs with investments in facility expansion and the purchase of additional equipment for this cable manufacturing company. Leoni is a company I spent time with last September during a Waterloo EDC business development mission to Germany, and I am pleased to see them decide to further grow here in Kitchener and Waterloo region. Finally, Trillium Metal Stampings from Kitchener, a manufacturer of metal stamping and mechanical assemblies for automotive, appliance, locomotive and construction industries also received over $475,000 in support from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund as they plan to expand their facility and purchase new equipment to increase production. Their own investment of over $4.2 million will help ensure that 53 current jobs are retained and that 14 new jobs are created. Overall this has been a great couple of weeks for our manufacturing cluster in Kitchener and Waterloo region. With manufacturing responsible for upwards of 20 per cent of our overall workforce, these investments will allow us to maintain a strong, diverse economy, while also growing other sectors such as education, financial services and technology and innovation.


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the units). Next, review your condo corporation’s declaration and rules to confirm whether or not there are any restrictions on interior decorating. When it comes to painting or wallpapering interior walls, I doubt there are. Most restrictions would apply to any structural changes to the interior walls or modifications to the exterior. Contact your board of directors in writing for some reference on this matter, and if necessary bring it up under new business at your annual general meeting of owners. If you cannot wait for the meeting or receive no response from your letter to the board, then ask your own lawyer to check it out. I have never come across any

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PROVINCIAL ISSUES by Daiene Vernile MPP Kitchener Centre

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hat’s at stake on June 7, 2018 in Ontario? That’s the date of the next provincial election when voters are faced with the challenge of deciding whom to elect to

PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Raj Saini MP Kitchener Centre

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represent them at Queen’s Park. What do you stand to gain or lose? Over the past four years, my dedicated staff and I have fought to secure $11 million in additional funding for our local hospitals, a new catheter lab for heart patients at St. Mary’s General Hospital, a new cancer radiation unit at Grand River Hospital, free medicine for Ontarians under 25 and over 65, a new Ontario Drug and Dental Plan for those without coverage, and $2.3 million in the fight against opioid addiction. Forgive me if the list seems long. That’s just healthcare. On to transit – a vital issue for our community. The Ontario government is investing $11 billion for high speed trains connecting Kitchener to Toronto, with an environmental assessment already underway. We invested $300 million into the new ION Light Rail Transit system, and when Waterloo Region asked for an additional $25 million because of cost overruns, the province was quick to the table with extra funding.

We’ve committed to the full cost of a new transit hub at King and Victoria Streets in downtown Kitchener where the LRT and GO Trains will intersect. In 2016, we doubled GO Train service. We’re building a new GO Train station in Breslau with a large parking garage. We built a new $16 million maintenance and storage facility for GO trains and buses on Shirley Avenue. Highway 401 between Cambridge and Kitchener is being widened from 6 to 10 lanes. The province is paying for more local buses and bike lanes. And we’re rebuilding the Victoria Street Bridge at the Conestoga Expressway as a flyover at the west end of the new Highway 7. Now, let’s talk about childcare and education. We’re supporting free childcare for preschoolers which will save parents an average of $17,000 a year. Our government has built four new schools in Waterloo Region since the last election. We’re now offering free university and college tuition for low income students.

This might be a good time to ask how the opposition Progressive Conservatives and NDP voted on all these important initiatives for Waterloo Region. You may be surprised to hear that they all said “No.” When I was first elected as an MPP, I optimistically assumed that regardless of the colour of your lawn sign, any positive measures for our community would receive a unanimous “Yea!” from our local MPPs. Sadly, this was not the case. The PCs and NDP have consistently voted against all healthcare, education, transit, social services, and economic initiatives for our community since the last election. Regardless, I am fighting to protect your minimum wage increase. I am fighting against secret deals that will carve away at the Green Belt. And, I am fighting for a fair Ontario with opportunity for everyone. On June 7th, please ask yourself, what’s at stake?

and a top destination for businesses to invest, to help create good, well-paying jobs, and strengthen the middle class. Canadian workers and industries deserve a level playing field, and I’m proud to say that in April, our Government committed new funding, more than $30 million over five years, starting immediately, and $6.8 million per year after that, to help protect Canadian industries from unfair trade practices. This funding will help to defend the competitiveness of Canadian businesses, and will support the creation of more officer positions to investigate trade-related complaints, including those related to the steel and aluminum industries. Meanwhile in the automotive sector, I’m proud to be able to report that Canada is thriving. Canada is supporting our auto sector through the Strategic Innovation Fund, a $1.26 billion program to support research, development, and commercialization, while attracting investments that create jobs. Companies have confidence in Canadian workers, and know that we are ready to build the cars of the

future. On average, the auto sector manufactures one car every 13 seconds. Last week, I had the pleasure of attending an announcement at Toyota with the Prime Minister. Our Government’s $110 million investment will support the auto industry and Canadians by securing more than 8,000 jobs while also creating 1,000 co-op placements and hundreds of new jobs for Canadians. Last week, I also attended a luncheon with the Prime Minister of Portugal, and I am proud to be able to share that Canada and Portugal are collaborating on a youth mobility arrangement. Our agreement will provide greater opportunities for exchanges, helping Canadian youth gain international experience – an increasingly important skill in today’s economy. Our Government also continues to support Canadian youth in gaining work experience through the Canada Summer Jobs program. The hiring season for CSJ 2018 has begun and employers across the country are now accepting applications. Once again this summer, tens of thousands of stu-

dents aged 15 to 30 will get valuable work experience. A strong middle class and a growing economy depend on young Canadians getting the skills and work experience they need to succeed. Here in Kitchener Centre, more than 190 jobs will be created through the Canada Summer Jobs program this year. To learn more about the work I am doing here in the riding and in Ottawa, please visit my website, www.RajSainiMP.ca, email me at Raj.Saini@ parl.gc.ca, or call me at 519-741-2001. I look forward to meeting you and your family at our next Community Potluck on Saturday, June 3 from 12:00 to 1:30. I would also invite you to join me at my annual post-tax season shredding party, which will be held this year on Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 10 to 12 in our office parking lot, located at 209 Frederick Street, Kitchener. My staff and I are always ready to answer your questions or assist you with any casework that you may have. I look forward to hearing from you.

very Member of Parliament hopes E that there will come a day when the Prime Minister and the Premier

ment over ten years. Together, these actions will help maintain and create good, well-paying jobs for the middle class, and promote economic growth and long-term prosperity. Thirty years ago, in 1988, Toyota built 153 cars the first year it began manufacturing in Hespeler. Since then they are closing in on a total of 8 million vehicles. Today, the plants in Hespeler and Woodstock can produce more than half a million vehicles every year – making Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada the largest automotive manufacturer in Canada. Toyota’s investment will bring a new advanced manufacturing platform to the company’s plants in Ontario. Once complete, Canada will be the North American hub for the RAV4 and home to Toyota’s largest hybrid vehicle production in North America. This will keep our auto sector globally

competitive and at the centre of the growing demand for hybrid cars. We are investing in the future of cleaner transportation for all Canadians. The vehicles to be manufactured at Toyota’s plants will be significantly more fuel efficient, and select process improvements within the manufacturing process will reduce volatile organic compound emissions in select shops by 10 per cent. I welcome Toyota’s decision to expand their presence in Canada and invest in our highly skilled workforce. This is a smart decision that further establishes our country as the place where cars of the future are built. Our government is committed to making Canada a world-leading centre for innovation and a top destination for businesses to invest, to help create good, well-paying jobs, and strengthen the middle class.

arrive to share good news with the largest manufacturing employer in their riding. I’m certainly no exception and May 4th was that day. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Kathleen Wynne joined Fred Volf, President of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, at the Toyota plant in Hespeler to announce that Toyota would be making a $1.4 billion investment in its plants in Cambridge and Woodstock, and that the governments of Canada and Ontario would each be investing $110 million. The investment will support more than 8,000 jobs in Southwestern Ontario, and will create 450 new jobs as well as 1,000 new co-op placements. Toyota will also invest $200 million in Canadian research and develop-


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COMMUNITY CALENDAR ALL CANDIDATES DEBATE - The African Canadian Association of Waterloo Region & Area are organizing an all-candidates debate on May 14 from 6 - 8:30pm at the Chandler Mowat Community Centre, Kitchener. The debate will focus very specifically on the African community’s concerns. Residents from 51 countries live in local ridings. ALL ARE INVITED. MEET THE CANDIDATES NIGHTS The Social Development Centre of Waterloo Region will host two provincial election Meet the Candidates up close! evenings. The first will be for Kitchener Centre, May 23 from 6 – 8pm at St. John Church, 23 Water St. N. in Kitchener (drop off and entrance on Duke St.). The second will be for Waterloo, May 29 from 6 – 8pm at First United Church, 16 William St. W. (Parking entrance on Caroline St. S.). This is not a debate. It’s an opportunity to sit and talk with the candidates running in the June 7 provincial election. Topics are expected to include housing, health care, the environment, democratic reform and income security. CONFEDERATION CLUB LUNCHEON SPEAKER SERIES – Polling in Advance of the Provincial Election – On May 17, hear guest speaker Sean Simpson, Vice President of Ipsos Public affairs, Canada’s leading public opinion polling and market research firm, talk about polling as we head into the June 7 provincial election. Simpson leads Ipsos’ public opinion polling specialization focusing on electoral behaviour, social, political and consumer trends, reputation, issues management and stakeholder research. The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 105 King St. E. (at Benton), Kitchener, 12 noon –

1:30pm (registration from 11:30 to 12 noon.). To reserve a seat call Jamie Hill at 519-747-3014 or email sandy_ jamiehill@hotmail.com or buy tickets online from Eventbrite. Members $30/ Non-members $45. Parking is free for luncheon guests. 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 www.grandharmony.com 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 kwsymphony.ca/house-gardentour or call 519-745-4711. QUILT & FIBRE ARTIST TALK - May 26th 1- 3pm. Homer Watson House & Gallery invites you to participate in an exciting and engaging “Meet the Artists” event with Quilters from our Miniature Juried Exhibition, A Reflection. Award winning Quilters in our retrospective exhibition Best Stitch Forward, and solo exhibition Earth, Air, Fire, Water Quilter Penny Grace. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the exhibition and speak to the quilters on site. Artists will mingle with guests during this informal event, which offers the audience a chance to discuss with each artists their visual art techniques and inspirations.

Light refreshments and snacks will be served. Free Admission. 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 goods out of landfills and creating opportunities for employment. Open 9am to 5pm weekdays and 9am – 4pm Saturdays. To donate call 519-569-7566. KITCHENER-WATERLOO BRAIN TUMOUR WALK 2018 - People affected 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. braintumourevents.ca WIGGLE WAGGLE WALKATHON – on May 27, the Wiggle Waggle Walkathon will take place on the grounds of Bingaman’s in support of the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society.This is a chance for you and your four-legged friends to put your best foot (and paw!) forward to help raise much-needed funds for the homeless animals in our centre. After the walk, there’s plenty to keep you, your family and your dog busy. You’ll find the Tim-

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food/drink and community collide to celebrate a creative experience for everyone. CALLING ALL STUDENTS! – Summer Company 2018 Applications are due May 19. Now is the time to give entrepreneurship a try! Summer Company is the perfect opportunity to try being your own boss. Summer Company offers up to a $3000 grant and provides valuable training, mentoring, and coaching. You have the business idea, we’ll help you make it work. To qualify for the program, you must be between the ages of 15-29 and attending school next year. For more information contact Waterloo Region Small Business Centre www.waterlooregionsmallbusiness.com GARDEN CLUB OF KITCHENER WATERLOO PLANT SALE - on Sat, May 19 from 8am – 1pm at First United Church, 16 William St W, Waterloo. Questions contact: gayanderson@ bell.net 519 893-6827 ART SHOW OPENING - Art Explosion Show opens May 22 at The Gallery, 299 Manitou Drive. Opening gala (free) Friday May 25 starting at 6:45pm. Show closes July 24. For further info: 519-489-6038 or email verne@framesplus.ca FOOD TRUCKS ON FRANKLIN - Thursdays May 3 to September 13, from 4:30 – 8:00pm at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 317 Franklin St N, Kitchener. All proceeds to charity! Everyone welcome! SCHWABEN CLUB - Starting May 11th – every Friday – Free – Schwaben Family Soccer. All ages and skill levels welcome. Schwaben Membership not required to join. Location: Lackner Woods Public School, 151 Zeller Dr. Kitchener. For more info contact kwschwabensocccer@ gmail.com Saturday, June 9, 2018 Schwaben Club

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