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YOUR KITCHENER YOUR KITCHENER the City of Kitchener’s newsletter for November/December 2017.

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Lest we forget

October is Women’s History Month #claimyourplace

RAJ SAINI MP for Kitchener Centre RAJ SAINI MP for Kitchener Centre

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ToastyToes sock collection helps the homeless BY CARRIE DEBRONE

hen Sharon GilroyW Dreher sees socks, she thinks of her mom who al-

ways had cold feet and loved giving socks as gifts. In 2013, Gilroy-Dreher founded ToastyToes, as a celebration of what would have been her mom’s 80th birthday (she passed away in 2011). ToastyToes collects donations of new, warm socks that are given to people in the Region of Waterloo who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Socks are the most requested and least donated item at local shelters. In the first year she collected 492 pairs. Thinking she would just collect the socks that one year, when 2014 rolled around and she didn’t organize the collection, peo-

ple asked her why. So, in 2015 she again started up ToastyToes, collecting 1,001 pairs. Last year, she reached out to everyone in her network and with the help of over 40 companies, schools, faith communities, community groups and individuals she collected 12,389 pairs of socks. “My house was coming down with socks – and it was wonderful!,” she said. “We had so many socks I couldn’t personally deliver them so agencies from across the region came and picked them up from my home.” The socks are given to local agencies that work with the homeless including Kitchener’s The Working Centre/ St. John’s Soup Kitchen, the House of Friendship, KCI Community Outreach Din-

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• Reading print? • Recognizing a familiar face? • With light or glare? Lynn Cameron, (left) Libro Credit Union Branch Manager at the Fischer Hallman Road location and ToastyToes founder Sharon Gilroy-Dreher stand with the 645 pairs of socks that were collected in one night during the credit union’s recent owner appreciation night. Libro is just one of many businesses, schools and community groups that are collecting socks for ToastyToes, which then distributes them to homeless people in Waterloo region through social agencies.

ner, ONEroof Youth Services, YWCA KW Emergency Shelter, The Van, Marillac Place, Kaljas Homes, and to the Bridges Shelter and the Cambridge Self Help Food

Bank in Cambridge. Although she has no set expectations about how many socks she will collect this year, Gilroy-Dreher is expecting to see donations rise because

she now has 78 community partners – nearly double last year’s number. Community groups, businesses, individuals and faith communities are collecting socks. Waterloo Region’s 100 Women Who Care group will be collecting socks for ToastyToes at its November meeting. “Every single pair will make a difference to someone,” she said. Donations can be taken to collection boxes at all local Libro Credit Union locations until November 10. The Libro Fischer-Hallman location collected 645 pairs in one night during its recent owner appreciation night. Gilroy-Dreher has also negotiated a purchasing deal with McGregor Socks as a supplier for the second year and is able to purchase five pairs of high quality men’s socks for $5. This allows ToastyToes to take cash donations and purchase socks directly from the supplier. Other ToastyToes sock or cash donation boxes are located at all three YMCA locations in the region, the Downtown Kitchener BIA office (54 Queen St. S. Kitchener), the KW Community Foundation (260 King St. W., Unit 206, Kitchener), the School of Pharmacy (10 Victoria Street S., Kitchener) and the office of Kitchener Centre MPP Daiene Vernile (379 Queen Street, South, Unit 3, Kitchener). The collections runs until November 10.

Most customers to see decrease on natural gas bill

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hanks in part to a warmer T than average winter followed by a cooler than aver-

age summer this year, 98 per cent of Kitchener’s natural gas customers will see a net decrease to their bill. Staff proposed the following changes to gas rates that took effect Nov. 1, 2017 • The supply component of the natural gas rate will be decreased to 9.0000 cents per cubic meter (from 9.5000 cents) • The transportation component of the natural gas rate be decreased to 4.5000 cents per cubic meter (from 5.0000 cents) • These two components – supply and transportation will also be combined on the bill to align with industry

trend and simplify the bill. • The Ontario Cap and Trade component of the variable delivery rate is to be increased by 0.3072 cents per cubic metre from 3.5647 cents per cubic metre to 3.8719 cents per cubic metre to cover the ongoing cost of compliance. • The combined impact of the rate changes are expected to produce a decrease of two per cent or about $18 on the overall bill to the average system gas (based on residential customer consuming 2,100 cubic metres annually). • The large industrial and commercial contract customers will see rates increase by 0.50000 cents per cubic metre.

Kitchener Utilities goal is to provide customers with reliable service at a fair price and strive to keep rates consistent and as low as possible. Customers have consistently provided feedback around their preference for rate stability over the rise and fall of rates, which is difficult to plan for. * * * The cap and trade program is a provincially legislated emission trading system launched by the Ontario government to reduce the impacts of climate change. It places a price on the emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. Because natural gas is a fossil fuel, it is subject to this new charge. Kitchener Utilities must purchase emission allowances on behalf of its customers.



Kitchener’s outdoor Kiwanis Park pool is ready for next summer BY CARRIE DEBRONE


iwanis Park will have a newly reconstructed outdoor swimming pool to offer residents next spring – just in time for its 50th anniversary, The $4.1-million reconstruction of Kiwanis Park pool (1000 Kiwanis Park Drive) is now complete. In 2014, the city was notified that because of changes in legislation, the pool no longer met current code requirements and would need improvements to its filtration and mechanical systems. Refurbished by MelloulBlamey Construction, the project was completed on time and on budget despite a 7-day delay caused by spring flooding. The city is still looking for about $200,000 in sponsorship to help cover the cost of the pool’s adjacent new splash pad (Kitchener’s eighth splash pad), and is negotiating with several local businesses. In a survey asking residents to provide input on the pool design, 85 per cent of respondents indicated a preference for the splash pad despite the additional cost. The city of Kitchener held a media tour on Oct. 23 to show off the new pool, which was filled with water for the occasion. It features the same unique and very popular sloped entry as the former pool. The pool has become a destination for many people in Kitchener, Waterloo region and beyond. “For some families this is their summer get away. People love this park,” said Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, who noted that after 50 years of use, it was expected that some renovation to the pool would be necessary.

Its popular oval shape has been changed to include two oval pools that provide 4,500 square feet of swimming area. The pools, which gradually slope to a depth of four feet, hold a combined 2.4-million liters of water and are divided by what is being called a sand bar. The raised concrete base that makes up the sand bar allows an additional lifeguard post, making

A ‘sand bar’ separates the Kiwanis Park pool’s two swimming areas.

A large sand filtration system was installed to keep the pool clean.

it easier to keep watch on young swimmers. The pool’s gradually sloped deck and walkways are made of concrete, coloured grey, pink and tan, that help warn visually impaired people of the gradient changes. Adjacent to the pool the new splash pad includes 14 spray jets. Kiwanis Park was founded by the Kiwanis Club of Twin Cities in 1967 as a centennial project. The pool open in 1968. The park was looked after by the club until 2008 when the city of Kitchener took over its maintenance. The club is still involved with running the park’s snack bar. It opens each June and remains open until Labour Day welcoming about 45,000 visitors each summer. More than 500 visitors per week use the

sports fields during the summer months, the park has about 300 dog park visitors a week, and over 100 visitors per week access its trails. Local politicians described the pool as a well-used “jewel” within the city. It is one of four outdoor city pools that include Idlewood, Harry Class and Wilson. Kitchener councillor Scott Davey said the project reminds him of how important local parks are to Kitchener residents. “The pool is the missing piece of the park,” he said, and noted that several weeks ago volunteers helped plant about 150 trees on the park’s 119-acre site to help complete the park upgrade project. ‘I am very excited to see this project come to fruition,” Davey said.

Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic steps onto the new Kiwanis Park splash pad. The pad features 14 spray jets.

In addition to the pool, Kiwanis Park also has beach volleyball courts, athletic fields, a playground, picnic shelter, nature trails, a leash-

free dog park, a snack bar, outdoor ice rink in the winter, a canoe launch and access to the Walter Bean Trail and Grand River.

CONVERSATION CIRCLE Come out for a fun family movie. Saturday, Nov. 25th Doors open at 7:00pm. Movie starts at 7:30pm Register online beginning Oct. 30th (spaces are limited) Code: 9987

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FREE popcorn FREE drinks

English conversation circles for adults. A fun and friendly group to practice speaking English and meet new people. Fridays 12:00 - 2:00 pm. Call 519-741-2504 for more information.

Adults must accompany children.

Call the Stanley Park Community Centre at 519-741-2504 or stop in for information.

505 Franklin St N Kitchener 519-741-2504


Remembrance Day November 11


Sharing a friendship and a tradition BY CARRIE DEBRONE

yley McMillan, 9, and Myles Newton, 5, of R Stratford spotted each other for the first time through a fence that separated their neighbouring

school and daycare. Noticing that they both share something special, they would often give each other a wave. Today, the boys share a strong friendship as well as a Remembrance Day tradition. Ryley was born a left arm amputee and Myles a right leg amputee. They are both members of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program. War amputee veterans created The War Amps in 1918, its Key Tag Service in 1946, and later, the CHAMP Program. Since 1975, thousands of child amputees have received financial assistance for their artificial limbs through CHAMP, and have attended regional seminars where they learn about growing up as an amputee. For the past couple of years, Ryley and Myles have laid a wreath together at their local Remembrance Day ceremony on behalf of The War Amps Operation Legacy. By doing this, they pay tribute to the sacrifices of the war amputee veterans who started the Association.

Rebecca, Myles’ mom, says it is important for her son to mark Remembrance Day by laying a wreath. “To know that veterans were part of creating the CHAMP Program, which we are so grateful for today, makes it important for him to have that connection.” It was at a War Amps CHAMP Seminar, an annual regional event for child amputees and their parents, that the two boys met for the first time without a fence separating them. Ryley has attended many seminars, which his mom, Crystal, describes as a powerful experience. “It put us at ease to know that he was going to be OK. The War Amps has supported us emotionally and supported Ryley to do things like any other child.” But the boys’ friendship extends beyond the seminars and Remembrance Day. Rebecca says Myles looks up to Ryley, who often plays hockey on their backyard rink in the winter. To see Ryley not letting his amputation stop him from being active reminds Myles that he too can do anything he sets his mind to. When war amputee veterans started The War Amps nearly 100 years ago, they could not have predicted that their legacy would be remembered

Myles and Ryley

and carried on for years to come by young amputees like Ryley and Myles. Thanks to the public’s support of the Key Tag Service, The War Amps vital programs for amputees across Canada will continue long into the future.

2017 Remembrance Day parade and ceremony

he Kitchener 2017 Remembrance T Day parade and ceremony will take place Saturday, November 11, at the Kitchener Cenotaph (Corner of Duke & Frederick Streets) beginning

at 10:45am. There will be a Vigil by Cadets at Kitchener Cenotaph, from dusk on November 10th until the End of Service on November 11th.

‘We Will Remember Them’

On November 11th, wear a poppy in Remembrance


his year marks the 100th anniversary of the famous WWI Battle of Vimy Ridge (April 8, 1917) where 3,598 Canadian soldiers lost their lives and 7,004 were wounded. The efforts of the Canadians and their sacrifice have sealed this battle as a turning point in Canadian history, Vimy Ridge was the first time in which four Canadian military divisions fought together as a unified force and it is often heralded as the beginning of Canada’s evolution from a Dominion to an independent nation. Each year the Canadian Legion runs the Poppy Fund appeal, raising money to support veterans and their families, remembrance programs, and

local cadet squadrons through the sale of poppy pins that many people wear in the weeks leading up to Remembrance Day. Last year, the KW Poppy Fund donated $27,000 in direct assistance to veterans and their families, $20,085 to the Parkwood Veterans’ Institute, $5,000 to the Homeless Veterans Assistance Program, $50,000 to local hospitals for the purchase of major medical equipment, $20,000 to local Cadet squadrons and $15,800 to bursary and Remembrance programs. Donations by cheque or cash to the K-W Poppy Fund can be sent to 316 Marsland Drive, Waterloo, ON N2J 3Z1 or to donate online visit www.


November 2017 l Kitchener Citizen l Page 5

Adèle Hempel Manager/Curator

New in the Collection This large pewter basin has been passed down through generations of the Betzner family. Samuel Betzner (1738-1813) and his wife, Maria Detweiler (1744-1806), were some of the earliest immigrants from Pennsylvania to settle in Waterloo Region. They arrived in 1800 and settled opposite the Village of Doon on the Grand River. This column is an ongoing feature of artifacts in our collections.

Personnel of the Canadian Women’s Army Corps at No. 3 CWAC (Basic) Training Centre, Kitchener, Ontario. This photo is currently on display at Ktichener City Hall as part of the Berlin Tower ARTSPACE October exhibit Women in Kitchener History. Photo Credit: Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada

Canadian Women’s Army Corp veteran recalls training in Kitchener for The Memory Project An initiative of Historica Canada, The Memory Project is a volunteer speakers bureau that arranges for veterans and Canadian Forces members to share their stories of military service at school and community events across the country. The Memory Project Archive houses more than 2,800 testimonials and over 10,000 images from veterans of the First World War, Second World War, the Korean War and peacekeeping missions. This project has been made possible by the Government of Canada. Historica Canada is the country’s largest organization dedicated to enhancing awareness of Canada’s history and citizenship. For more information, visit Here, Bernice Horn recalls her training in Kitchener and the CWAC Pipe Band.

My name is Bernice “Okie” Horn, and I enlisted in the C.W.A.C. at London, Ontario, in June [19]43 as Bernice Magness, W1880. I hailed from Sand Springs, Oklahoma. Basic training took place at Kitchener, Ontario, where the men’s World War I barracks had been brought back to life with a new world of young women following orders, queuing up for mess hall and/or church parades, doing route marches, and always remembering the large new sign on the barracks wall that read: “Get the ‘Yes-Ma’am’ habit.” And we did. One of the nicest changes taken place at the camp in [19]43 was the installation of a source of hot water for our barracks. In order to have this wonderful convenience, the one selected for duty went out into the night with a couple of coal buckets, filled them with coal, and climbed down a very steep ladder to fire the furnace in a new, small, cellar-like room dug out beneath our huts. I was seventeen years old at the time, when I’d completed my twelveyear education the year before in Sand Springs. Like many women enlistees from the States, I was too young for service in my own country. But there must have been an angel watching over me because I was in the right place at the right time. The recently formed, and much later to become famous, C.W.A.C. Pipe Band made its initial appearance at Kitchener while I was in training, and Pipe Major of Victoria, BC, seemed pleased to learn that I had been a high school percussionist - snare drum, that is - with seven years experience, and I could read music. I had never seen or heard of pipe bands. The band’s first six-month tour of Canada was beginning. To me, bagpipes looked like somebody’s idea of a joke, and all their tunes sounded the same. But the drumming was different and fast, and I loved it. Before long, I could distinguish the pipe tunes and was the leading side drummer. I taught the other drummers as best I could, and other experienced pipers were helping the novice pipers. This first tour took us as far east as PEI, and as far west

as Courtney on Vancouver Island. My eighteenth birthday was quietly celebrated in Victoria. I was, and am, very proud to be the only American in the famous C.W.A.C. pipe band. As related in the transcripts by tenor drummer Jessica “Andy” Anderson-Clayton - her last name is Clayton now - our second tour of Canada was a ninemonth itinerary, covering almost any community where we could arrive on a train or pile out of the back of an army truck. The wonderful, patriotic and caring people we met while traveling across Canada are beyond sufficient words of thanks. The teas, the luncheons, the hospitality, and sometimes billets in their homes, gave our girls an education and appreciation for a way of life and loyalty that couldn’t have been learned elsewhere. Our participation in the U.S. seventh war-bond drive was one of the many highlights our band enjoyed, followed by the orders to sail to the U.K. aboard the beautiful Isle de France. Aldershot, England gave us our first glimpse of many Canadian soldiers in this sector, who were as happy to see us as we were to see them. It had been many years since they’d talked to women from home, and they were very protective of us. The welcome we enjoyed in England was a prelude to the tears of enthusiastic greeting received in Holland from our troops and the wonderful, caring people of the Netherlands who had endured so many hardships during the war. Thanks again to our heroic boys and our friends in Apeldoorn, especially for their TLC [Tank Landing Craft]. As I wind up I might mention that our pipe band played the traditional tunes very well, but precision marching was its forte. Sometimes the concerts had to be performed on a stage and space for marching was lacking, but it was customary to parade, so to speak. We were frequently asked why a pipe band marched as it played, and the delightful answer always was and ever shall be: “Because a moving target is harder to hit.” Cheers to all. We will never forget. Thank you.

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

Waterloo Region 2017 Inductees The first 4-H club in Ontario was formed in 1915 in Waterloo. This was quickly followed by clubs across the region and the province. 4-H has seen hundreds of thousands of youth and volunteers take part in leadership and skills development programs. Logo courtesy of 4-H Ontario

Visit the Hall of Fame located on the second floor of the Waterloo Region Museum.

Waterloo Region Museum Doon Heritage Village

Schneider Haus National Historic Site

10 Huron Road, Kitchener 519-748-1914

466 Queen Street South, Kitchener 519-742-7752

On exhibit now to January 7, 2018

On exhibit now to December 24

Waterloo Region Museum Special Events

Schneider Haus Special Events

PD Day at the WRM - Nov. 17 Homeschool Day at WRM Nov. 20, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Child Workshop - Salt Dough Ornaments Nov. 25, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Ages 3 to 5, $10 per child. Child Workshop - Getting Ready for Santa Dec. 2, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Ages 3 to 5, $18 per child. Country Christmas - Dec. 3, 10, 17, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mom and Babes Morning Out - Dec. 6, 10 to 11 a.m.

Stitching for Pretty and Practical Nov. 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 5, 1 to 5 p.m. Warm and Cozy: Coverlets and Feather Beds - Nov. 11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 12, 1 to 5p.m. Card Making Workshop - Nov. 11, 10 a.m. to noon. $15, register in advance. PD Day Fun: Getting Ready for Winter Nov. 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meat Processing 1850s Style Nov. 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 19, 1 to 5 p.m. Woodstove Cooking Workshop - Nov. 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $90, register in advance. TTY: 519-575-4608



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1 teacher (and neighbor) was lamenting the lack of reading skills in some of her young boys. I could empathize; I’d be a gaming millionaire if I could develop Call of Duty: Poems & Paragraphs. But skill in reading is never instantaneous so I offered my services as a volunteer, hoping my years of teaching English for the Waterloo Region District School Board might be helpful. And that’s when the fun began. Quite rightly, the WRDSB requires a Police Records Check, but I had not sought an individual one for decades. Like a Big Box store shopper, I benefitted from the bulk buy of police checks by my school board — merely click the appropriate icon on your yearly offence declaration and you’re done! However, I was not dissuaded; retirement has only sharpened my love of new adventures. Remember I said that. Entering the gleaming North Division of Waterloo Region Police Services filled me with community pride; that all evaporated when the burly security guard

scrutinized me (what mistake did I commit in three strides?). My poise returned when I stated my volunteer intentions to the clerk, asking her for a Police Records Check, but confidence nose-dived again on the news that volunteers require a Vulnerable Sectors Check (ironically accurate as at that point some of my sectors were feeling quite vulnerable!). “What’s the difference?” I asked. “Five dollars less,” she replied, pointing me to a kiosk, located conveniently next to the security guard. Oh joy. After navigating the various computer screens, I was rewarded with a receipt, promising notification of results in approximately three weeks, and exactly 21 days later, an email did arrive – telling me I needed to be fingerprinted. Now, as a former teacher of literature, an inward spirit briefly shook its fist and shouted, “Police State!” but the truth is, with two brothers and a nephew who have worn a badge, I like law and order. However I was unnerved by the statement that my application required fingerprints because of one of three reasons: a) I had not supplied proper identification (not possible online – mistakes light up

in red!), b) I had a criminal record (Nope. I have a pardon for those lights I took off a police cruiser in 1979. I kid you not), or c) my “date of birth and gender match that of a person listed in the pardoned sex offender list.” WHAAAAAAAAT? My chickening-out gene momentarily cried: “Who cares if a few more boys can’t read?” But I calmed myself down, made an appointment, and eventually met a Police Services technician, who denied my request to ascertain which infraction I had committed, but cryptically replied, “A lot of people have the same birthday.” Got it. After a photo, some wet wipes, and a signature, I was on my way, told once again to watch for an email. A convoluted journey? Maybe, but it’s nice to know our schools won’t let just anyone into their classes. Jack Nahrgang recently retired from the Waterloo Region District School Board. He is a monthly columnist with the Kitchener Citizen.

The home of the Blue Box has done it again! BY MADEHA KHALID Coordinator, Communications and Promotions Waste Management Division, Region of Waterloo

aterloo Region residents are passionate about W recycling and waste reduction. The first six months of waste changes reflect our residents’ commitment to

recycling with their blue boxes and green bins. As of August, green bin amounts had increased by 124 per cent and blue box improved by 13 per cent over the previous year. This effort has reduced the amount of garbage going into our one and only landfill by 22 per cent. Our residents embraced these changes successfully; however, there are some adjustments which need ongoing support. Sorting blue boxes is an important one. Use one blue box just

for containers (cans, bottles, jars) and do not mix these items with papers or plastic bags. Empty aerosol cans, metal paint cans, and aluminum wrap and plates can go into the ‘containers’ blue box. Milk and juice cartons are also considered containers, and not paper. If you use a larger blue box, please make sure it is ‘containers only’. In the smaller blue box, stuff plastic bags in one bag, and tie it shut. Place it in the box with your with bundled newspaper, flattened cereal boxes, junk mail and other papers. Do not mix containers in with papers and plastic bags. All blue boxes must be kept to a 23 kg or 50 pound maximum. Paper can get very heavy, especially with a bit of rain and using the smaller blue box helps. Remember that Styrofoam is NOT recyclable, and needs to go in the garbage. Thanks to everyone for doing their part to recycle right! Keep adding more R’s to recycling…re-think, refuse, recover, etc.

Letters to the Editor The Kitchener Citizen welcomes Letters to the Editor. All letters must clearly state the writer’s full name, address, phone number and be signed. Names will be published along with the letter, however, addresses and telephone numbers will be used only for verification purposes and will not be published. Letters should be submitted at least one week before the publication date. This newspaper reserves the right to edit, condense or reject any contribution for brevity or legal purposes. Invitation to be a guest columnist The Kitchener Citizen invites you to share your experiences of local community as a guest columnist. Do you have a rant? A viewpoint about a local event or opinion about an important issue? Or, do you have a personal or funny story? The Kitchener Citizen is looking for writers who are willing to share their views with their neighbours in a guest column. Columns should be 400-500 words long and submissions must include your name and contact information. To submit your column by fax, email or mail, please call 578-8228. For more information contact, Carrie Debrone, editor, 578-8228.


PROVINCIAL ISSUES by Daiene Vernile MPP Kitchener Centre

hen political attack ads begin to W fill the airwaves, you know there must be an election on the horizon. A few weeks ago, the Ontario Progressive Conservatives were first out of the gate with two contrasting commercials. One featured a smiling

PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Raj Saini MP Kitchener Centre

With the hectic autumn season upon us, I wanted to take a moment to update you on the Government’s work in Ottawa. The main topic of discussion of late here on the Hill has been the growth of our economy. Recently, our Government was proud to present the Fall Economic Statement, which

PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Marwan Tabbara MP Kitchener South/Hespeler

PC boss, Patrick Brown, with a sunny message highlighting his aspirations. The other offering is a classic, attackstyle message. A darkened photo of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. A menacing male voice barking the words “corrupt” and “untrustworthy.” The Liberals have launched their own ads.  Their commercial showed “average Ontarians” talking about wages, coping with precarious work, and trying to save for post-secondary education.  The Premier then appeared saying she’s “Fighting for fairness.” Not to be left out of the pre-election air war, a number of third party organizations have waded into the political arena, primed to take their punches with hopes of swaying voters. The Working Families Coalition ad shows PC leader Patrick Brown as a weather vane, perched above the Ontario legislature.  His picture spins around, with the voice-over stating, “He just blows with the winds of political opportunity.”   We learn that as a federal MP, Brown voted against marriage equality,

abortion, and labour rights. However, he’s changed his position on these issues. And, perhaps you’ve seen the ad launched by a group called Working Ontario Women. This commercial is similar to the Brown-as-a-weathervane specimen.  The viewers are informed of Brown’s shifting positions. So, how do we make sense of these political advertisements?  What are we to believe? Perhaps it’s the three decades I spent as a news journalist which triggers a visceral reflex reaction when I see political ads. The question I always ask:  is the information factual?   Let’s put these ads to the fact test. As a federal MP, Brown voted to recriminalize abortion, even though his leader, Conservative Stephen Harper, urged him not to do so. Brown also voted against The Civil Marriage Act, which recognizes same sex marriage. And, while Brown is now framing himself as a champion of labour, he recently voted against Bill 148, which provides a living wage for all

Ontarians. Labour groups, across Ontario, disagree with Brown. So, the ads illustrating Patrick Brown’s flip-flopping on various issues are correct. What about the TV commercials that characterize Premier Wynne as “corrupt?” Are there provable facts to support this claim? Kathleen Wynne certainly doesn’t think so. She served Brown with a libel notice after he claimed she was “on trial” in the Sudbury by-election bribery case. That case was dismissed for lack of evidence. Presiding Judge Howard Borenstein stated, “The charges should never have been laid,” and the case was, “a waste of time and money.” Finally, what about those positive, feel good Liberal ads? Although we want to believe it’s better to take the “high road,” there’s a mountain of evidence to show negative ads do work. That leaves you, the voter, to decide whether these ads will sway your vote. My advice? Always consider the facts. Because, facts do matter.

showed the real progress we have made for the middle class. Canada’s economy is not only growing, but outperforming expectations. In fact, Ontario has just posted its longest backto-back stretch of real GDP growth of above 2 percent in over 15 years. Our country’s strong economic outlook has seen growth across multiple economic sectors and the addition of hundreds of thousands of jobs. There are over 450,000 net new jobs since our government took office in October 2015, and youth unemployment is at an historical low. Canada now has the fastest economic growth of all of the G7 countries. With our plan to cut small business taxes to 9% by January 2019, we will also have the lowest average tax rate for small businesses in the G7. This strong economic growth is allowing our Government to take the important next steps to ensure that the middle class and those working hard to join it have the opportunity to share in the success and prosperity we are achieving as a country. With this in mind, our Government is now re-investing in families and in communities by making improvements to

the Canada Child Tax Benefit and the Working Income Tax Benefit. As we reflect on Canada’s current prosperity and plan for a bright and secure future, I would also ask you to take time this autumn to remember those who have helped to build and protect the wonderful country we all call home. This Remembrance Day, I would urge you to take a moment to pay tribute to those who have served, and who are serving, in defence of our country. The sacrifices made by the brave men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces, and the sacrifices made by their families, have contributed greatly to the peace and security of our country, and have helped to make the world a safer place. The freedoms that we enjoy, and the rights and values that make us Canadian, would not be, if not for their service. Here in Kitchener, we pay tribute to those who have served in a number of ways. In September, our local branch of the Royal Canadian Legion and members of the Kitchener Horticultural Society planted a Vimy Oak tree in Rockway Gardens. This Vimy Oak is a descendant of a tree whose acorns were collected by a soldier wounded

at the battle of Vimy Ridge. On November 11th, we will gather as a community for a service of remembrance at the Kitchener Cenotaph at 10:45 a.m., and will dedicate a LAV III at 2:00 pm at the BGen Walter A. Bean Armoury, to commemorate Waterloo Region citizens who served in the 11 year Afghanistan Mission. There will also be a Sikh Remembrance Day service on Sunday Nov. 5th at 2:30 p. m. at Mount Hope Cemetery and a German Remembrance Day service on Sunday Nov. 18th at 2:30 at Woodlawn Cemetery. A reminder that my monthly community pot luck is held the first Sunday of each month from noon to 1:30 pm at my constituency office located at 209 Frederick Street (on the corner of Frederick and Lancaster). The next pot luck is this Sunday November 5th. I hope to see you there. As always, my staff and I are here to assist you with federal programs and agencies or discuss any federal issues that are important to you. You can reach us at or by phone at (519)741-2001.

Crimes Against Humanity: The Rohingya Crisis Since I returned to Ottawa, I have been following the human rights situation in Myanmar closely and raising my voice for the Rohingya community. On September 26th, 2017, the House of Commons held an emergency debate on the plight of the Rohingya minority in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. I joined in that debate to condemn the violence and persecution of the Rohingya. As a member of the Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, my colleagues and I were briefed by Mr. Anwar Arkani, president of the Rohingya Association of Canada on the human rights situation of the Rohingya.

On October 23rd, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named the Honourable Bob Rae as his Special Envoy to Myanmar. In this role, he will engage in efforts to address the ongoing crisis and provide advice to the Prime Minister on how Canada can best help those affected by the violence.

People and businesses in Kitchener South—Hespeler will benefit from new measures announced in the 2017 Fall Economic Statement including:

2017 Fall Economic Statement On October 24th, Finance Minister Bill Morneau delivered the 2017 Fall Economic Statement in the House of Commons. Our Government’s plan to invest in the economy and strengthen the middle class is working. Canada is the fastest growing economy in the Group of Seven (G7). The economy has created over 450,000 jobs since late 2015, and the unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest level since 2008.

•Strengthening the Canada Child Benefit •Enhancing the Working Income Tax Benefit • Helping small businesses invest, grow and create jobs by lowering the small business tax rate to 10 per cent, effective January 1st, 2018, and to 9 per cent, effective January 1st, 2019 Canada 150 Awards The deadline to nominate someone for a Canada 150 Award of Excellence is November 15th, 2017! To learn more, visit:

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by Marwan Tabbara MP for Kitchener South—Hespeler

Dave Schnider new co-host of Fergus radio morning show T C it of Kitchener councillor Dave Schnider is the new Morning Co-Host, on the “Erin and Dave in the Morning” show on The Grand @ 101 FM radio station in Fergus, Ontario. Schneider has many years of experience in the broadcasting industry starting out

at CHYM as a board operator. He worked in Stratford and then returned to CHYM in various positions and onair as “the friendly neighborhood Schniderman”. He also worked as Program Director at KICX 106 and from there moved to KOOL FM, He was Program Direc-

Public Input Meeting on the 2018 Regional Budget Public Input meetings are scheduled to gather input on the 2018 Regional Budget. The meetings will be held on: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 6:00 p.m. and Tuesday, December 5, 2017 6:00 p.m. Both Meetings will be held at: Regional Council Chamber 150 Frederick Street, 2nd Floor, Kitchener If you are interested in Regional services you may wish to attend. Final approval of the Region’s 2018 Operating Budget and TenYear Capital Program is scheduled for Wednesday, December 13, 2017, with the meeting starting at 1:00pm. Notice of these meetings is being given in accordance with the “Municipal Act” as amended and the Region’s Notice Policy. Please visit our website for more information on the Regional Budget: budget.asp or view the 2018 Preliminary Budget Book and 2018 Budget Issue Paper Package after November 17, 2017 at the Council and Administrative Services Office, 150 Frederick Street, 2nd Floor, Kitchener. To speak to a staff person in Corporate Budgets regarding the budget, please call Cheryl Braan at 519-575-4705 or email You are welcome to attend any of the scheduled budget meetings or Council meetings. For a copy of the budget schedule please visit our website, as above. Members of the public may register as a delegation at the two public meetings on November 22nd and December 5th, 2017. Please contact the Regional Clerk’s Office at 519-575-4400 or to register to speak at the public meetings by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, November 20th (for the November 22nd meeting) and Monday, December 4th (for the December 5th meeting). If you require accessible services to participate in these meetings, please contact the Regional Clerk’s Office by the Friday prior to the meeting. Unable to attend the Budget Public Input meetings? Join the conversation online at by November 22nd to provide your feedback on the Region’s 2018 Budget. Kris Fletcher Regional Clerk All comments and information received from individuals, stakeholder groups and agencies regarding the budget are being collected to assist the Region of Waterloo in making a decision. Under the “Municipal Act”, personal information such as name, address, telephone number, and property location that may be included in a submission becomes part of the public record. Questions regarding the collection of this information should be referred to Cheryl Braan, as above.

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Heinen Thorn will represent PCs in Kitchener Centre


Leaf drop-off sites now open for PARLIAMENTARY REPORT 2017 leaf collection program


by Raj Saini MPbeforconsidered Kitchener-Centre ine leaf drop-off sites for will garbage lar basis to ensure roadways

Kitchener’s 2017 leaf col- and therefore illegal dump- remain safe and clear. Dear program Neighbours, who wishes to stop by and lection are now open ing, and will be anyone subjectand to everyone a Since leaves thatbetter, are raked Where did September go? It was a very busy get to know me and my a little share to the public. fine. City staff will monitor to the staff curb do conversation. cause some start to the House of Commons’ fall session. a meal and engage in meaningful New this year, NO bags, not the drop-off sites and take a safety allyou residents I havepaper been yard in Ottawa the past weeks approach Are youwith a youth agedconcerns, 15-18 or do know a even wastefor bags, zerofew tolerance and have had multiple opportunities to address – no matter where they live high school student who would be interested in will be accepted at the drop offenders. the House. As a member of the Standing my YouthinCouncil? all ideas the cityWe – welcome are encouraged sites. All residents –joining no matter Committee on Foreign Affairs International points If you knowfor someone who Leaves are piled loose in and where they live and in the cityof– view. to use leaves mulching Development was proudforandarehonoured to to would like orto getorinvolved in a great community the following I locations encouraged use this composting on their propgive a speech supportbeofdeBill C-47. Bill volunteer council, then encourage them to apply collection, andinshould der ofThis preferences when dealerties. Information about would have Canada sign and ratify the Global before the October 15th deadline by visiting my bagged at the site. Drop-off ing with their leaves: the benefits to your garden Arms located Trade Treaty (GATT). This represents an with website, sites, in neighbourMulch them the lawn along with helpful important international effort toward combatting This month I am co-hosting a towntips hallcan on be the hoods across the city, are mower if possible or practical. found at the spread illegal armsdurand other weapons proposed cannabis legislation with my fellow open seven of days a week Compost the leaves on your of daylight war thathours represent significant risk to local MP’s, Bryan May, Marwan Tabbara and en/livinginkitchener/Mulching until aDec. property if possible. peace and security. Bardish Chagger. We invite you to come out The nine leaf drop-off locaTake your leaves to one of ingAndComposting.asp. This week I also took the opportunity to rise in andleaf learn about the new legislation share tions are: the nine approved dropResidents who liveand outside the House and share with Canadians amazing views withofusthe so more we can better represent off the sites on theyour designated heavily forested things that are going on heredays. in Kitchener you in Ottawa. The town hall will take place Schaeffer Park areas who are not able to Centre. OctoberRd.marks the startFor of those German on Wednesday at properties in the October 11th, 5:30-7:30pm, Bloomingdale mulch or compost their leaves Heritage month when we recognize the many Preston Auditorium, 1458 Hamilton Street, designated areastheonly, rake Breithaupt Park - Kinsman on to their ownallproperties can contributions that German-Canadians made the have leaves to the curb for Cambridge. I hope see you there. Park, off Union St. to Canada through contributions to industry, pickup by arts, the city This during theof also Region of Watertime year use alsothe brings Thanksgiving. Kitchener - This holds culture, andAuditorium political life. especially designated weeks. This is a time toloo reflect the past year and to yardonwaste program. The Ottawa St. North Residents can spend use the true in Waterloo Region where we have a vibrant timeonwithprogram friends and family. We have so offers collection in entrance Culture that comes line tool to find much out the leafthankful German together each to be for in a country kraft paper Canada, bags bi-weekly Watson to Blvd. collection options their October share the richness of German culture that for values freedom and opportunity, supports until the end of November. specific www.kitchand traditions the address largest at community members, and celebrates diversity. I Lions Arena - through Oktoberfest, Forallmore or wish Bavarian festival I am would like to thoseinformation celebrating a about happy Rittenhouse Rd. outside of Germany. the Region’s yard-waste proby calling 519-741-2345. proud to live in a country that values diversity Thanksgiving. South West Optimist Residents living To within gram, speeches see the green and a community thatDr. embraces and celebrates viewthe my recent in the pages House in or Sportsfield - Pioneer identified zones on the map the Bell our many different cultural traditions. for more information on upcoming events weand are telephone book Cherry Park - Strange St. are rake please their visit I am pleased ourpermitted monthly tohosting, my website at RajSainiMP. the Phone Guide, visit www. and Waverly Rd. to advise thatleaves to the curb once durcommunity potluck has returned following the ca, downVictoriabreak. St. South at ing November, on As thealways, week-my staff and I are here to assist you summer load the www.regionofwaterEastforest Trail Eastforest endCommunity before their scheduled This season we-will be hosting our with federal programs and agencies or discuss Trail parking lot pick-up. Residents living issues in potluck on the first Sunday of every month. any federal that are important to you. You or call Hofstetter Park areas identified as “hot spots” Donations for the food bank are welcome. can reach us atment/mywaste-app.asp 519-741-2001 or at raj.saini@ 40 Hofstetter Ave. on the map will receive mul519-883-5100. From noon to 1:30 my office will be open to tiple leaf collections, as reFor more information Drop-off locations are for quired, to keep the streets about Kitchener’s leaf collecTwitter @kitchcitizen • Facebook/kitchenercitizen clear of leaves; leaves in these leaves only. All other materials left at the drop-off loca- zones must be raked out no tion program, please visit the tions will be subject to a fine. later than Nov. 27. Addition- city’s website at www.kitchAll other materials that are ally, city staff will monitor all or call left at the drop-off locations Kitchener’s streets on a regu- 519-741-2345.

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Ice Cream for Breakfast raises $1,750 for Make-a-Wish Foundation BY CARRIE DEBRONE

en-year-old Maddy Letizi T knows what it feels like to have a wish come true. It

happened to her. In order to make it happen for another child, the Crestview Public School student decided to raise money by holding an Ice Cream for Breakfast event at the Stanley Park Community Centre Oct. 21 with all donations going to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, an organization that grants the

granted,” Maddy said. Living with muscular dystrophy and scoliosis, (a condition which has necessitated her enduring seven surgeries) Maddy’s wish was granted in 2014, when she went to Disney World in Florida. “I had an amazing time there. We went swimming and saw everything. It was so much fun,” she said, adding that while at Disney she had ice cream for breakfast – a memory that gave her the idea for the fundraiser. Maddy set up a table in the front lobby of the community centre, bought several kinds of sprinkles and candy to top the ice cream and, because she is not strong enough to scoop ice cream, purchased premade ice cream cups. With the help of her friend, Emery Bunker, the girls ran the booth handing out the cups and replenishing toppings in exchange for donations. “She organized all of this by herself. I think it is quite remarkable and great to see her being able The dermis also contains tiny blood to give back, especially vessels which deliver the active considering the constant ingredients found in collagen (collagen struggle she lives with. She peptides) which help to build and has such resiliency,” said protect the skin’s matrix. her very proud dad Chris Letizi. This process improves your collagen

wishes of children with lifethreatening medical conditions. She far surpassed her initial goal (to raise $300) collecting $1,750 for the organization. “I feel very happy that the event went very well. I raised so much money for Make-A-Wish and beat my goal of $300. It was so much fun.” “I had a wish granted and I wanted another child to experience that. I felt really happy when I had my wish

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here is something for everyone to enjoy in the city this holiday season. Whether you have family visiting from out of town, want to do something festive with your kids or plan a night out with friends there is an event for you.

The installation of the annual outdoor Christmas tree kicks off the holiday season in Kitchener. A 30 foot spruce tree will make its way through the streets of Kitchener to city hall at the end of November. Come downtown for a skate on the outdoor rink in front of the decorated tree. Visit the Waterloo Region Children’s Safety Village on Dec. 7 and explore the wonder of lights display throughout the miniature buildings. Learn about winter traditions from around the world, participate in family friendly activities inside the classrooms and stroll through the village.

Three winter parking bylaws you need to know


ith winter approaching there are three parking bylaws you should be aware of: 1. There is no overnight parking on City of Kitchener streets from Dec. 1 to March 31. 2. In the Ward 5 area of the city only, also from Dec. 1 to March 31, vehicles may park on the paved portion of a boulevard under certain conditions.

3. The City of Kitchener’s tag-and-tow bylaw prohibits parking on all streets at any time during a Snow Event. Find details at parkingregulations.

And a sidewalk bylaw Although our bylaws require snow and ice to be cleared from the sidewalk within 24 hours after the end of a snowfall, it’s also the neighbourly thing to do. Getting from Point A to Point B is even tougher when it snows. Clear your snow and ice and help out a neighbour who can’t. Be a good neighbour. Be a snow angel.

November/December 2017

Make memories at one of our events this holiday season Christmas markets are a European tradition as towns and cities come alive with the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas. City hall is home to Canada’s original Christkindl Market. There is a lot to do, see and taste over the four day festival from Dec. 7-10. Grab a bratwurst or pretzel and stroll the market to find unique European themed gifts and decorations. With live entertainment every hour, you’ll hear the sounds of brass bands and philharmonic choirs. There are plenty of activities for kids to enjoy like the model railway and live nativity. Bring the whole family to Christmas Fantasy for some holiday cheer on Dec. 2 from 5:30-8 p.m. in Victoria Park. You don’t want to miss the spectacular moment thousands of twinkling lights on Victoria Park’s buildings, trees and bridges are turned on for the first time.

There will be live music, crafts and free hot chocolate. Ring in 2018 at Kitchener’s New Year’s Eve retro cartoon party in downtown Kitchener on Dec. 31 from 6 p.m.-12 a.m. The Rotunda will transform into a world of animation featuring the Mystery Machine and Flintstone’s vehicle. There will be vendors selling retro collectables and activities for kids. Stay for the countdown to midnight with the mayor and council. Celebrate the New Year with Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, council members and the community at the 2018 New Year’s Levee on Jan. 8 from 1:30-4 p.m. This carnival themed event will have games, food and live entertainment. The 2017 Mayor’s City Builder Award winners will also be announced. The Kitchener Market offers a variety

of events during the holidays. Bring the kids to a holiday baking class or sing along to Christmas music with children’s entertainer Erick Traplin. Plan a night out with friends making wreaths or centerpieces as part of the girls’ night out series. Get everything you need for hosting at the Saturday market. Pick up appetizers, fresh produce, flowers, Christmas cookies and one-of-a kind gifts from local artisans. The holidays are a time to share experiences with your loved ones. Come out and enjoy these events that will leave you with lasting memories. For more information including dates and times of events visit:, and

Keep safe and well this holiday season T

here are many celebrations and gatherings this time of year. And with all the hustle and bustle, sometimes caution and safety are overlooked. These important tips can help keep your family, friends and homes safe this holiday season: • Make sure you have working smoke and CO alarms and don’t forget to change the batteries when the clocks change Nov. 4. • Don’t leave candles unattended and remember to blow them out before leaving the house or going to bed. Keep matches and lighters away from children. • Watch what you heat! It’s easy to get distracted at this time of year when cooking. Kitchen fires most commonly occur when cooking is left unattended. Always stay in the kitchen when cooking. • Water fresh trees daily. Always check lights before you put them on the tree and use extension cords carefully. • Always drink responsibly and plan a safe ride home.

Remembering loved ones While many find the holiday season a time for celebration, for others this can be a difficult time of year. Those coping with the loss of a loved one are welcome to visit the Dedication Centre at Williamsburg Cemetery which is open weekdays in December from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Come reflect quietly at the Tree of Remembrance or hang an ornament in someone’s memory.

Stay connected This time of year also means colder, shorter days which can make people feel isolated. Try to get out when you can to connect with others, or stay in touch with friends and family by phone when that’s not possible. There are lots of programs and activities happening at community centres and libraries across Kitchener. Visit or pick up a copy of Active Kitchener for a list of things to do over the winter months.

2018 budget


he budget process for 2018 gets underway in November. The annual budget covers all of the city’s operational areas, including fire service, snow removal, community centres, water and sewer utilities, culture planning and economic development to name just a few.

fees; used to operate our facilities, and provide municipal services and programs to residents.

stormwater service that is affordable and sustainable for the citizens of Kitchener.

• Capital budget – funded through property taxes, city enterprises, development charges, debt and grants; used to either build or rehabilitate assets that will last for more than one year.

During the 2018 budget process, Kitchener council will review funding options for a long-term approach to deliver reliable service.

Citizens’ feedback translates into real priorities, real decisions and real The city’s water, stormwater and resources each year, as city council sewer infrastructure is funded through approves an annual budget in three parts: stand-alone utility rates, not property • Operating budget – funded mostly taxes. We are committed to providing safe and reliable water, sanitary and through property taxes and user gets a fresh new look


f you’ve visited over the past few weeks you’ll have noticed things look a little different. On Oct. 18, we unveiled our fresh new website. Here are the top five things you need to know about our new site: 1. Our updated design is based on user feedback. It puts the information you’re looking for front and centre. You’ll find the latest corporate news, events and social feed right on the homepage. 2. Our improved navigation is based on how people told us they find information. Over 130 people completed an exercise to help us understand how they expect content to be organized. We also looked at website traffic to help

ensure the most sought after information is easy to find. 3. We’ve re-written content with a more consistent style that’s easier to read and understand to help you get the information you’re looking for. 4. You can now subscribe to specific pages. Curious about a particular project? Regular visitor at your local community centre? Never miss an update by subscribing to pages you’re interested in so you can be notified when new content is added. 5. It looks great! Our updated site features outstanding local photography and design that looks great no matter what device you’re using – phone, tablet or computer.

• Nov. 27: Capital budget presentation to council • Jan. 15, 2018: Public input session • Jan. 22, 2018: Final budget day

Or you can have your own say on our engageKitchener platform. Connect with us by calling 519-741-2200 Dates to remember x7700; emailing Join us in council chambers or online or following the discussion on social via webstream at to media @CityKitchener or #kitbudget listen to the discussion on these dates: and More information is available at • Nov. 20: Operating budget presentation to council

City’s new CAO


an Chapman stepped into his new role as the city’s new chief administrative officer (CAO) earlier this fall. While this is a new role for Chapman, his experience in and passion for public service is long standing. Chapman has been with the city for 12 years, most recently as the deputy CAO for Finance and Corporate Services. “My father worked most of his career as a police officer and a municipal manager, and my earliest jobs as a student were in a municipality,” says Chapman. “I have always believed that there is something honourable about working in the public service, University of Western Ontario. He and I feel very privileged to have been is also a Chartered Professional selected as Kitchener’s new CAO.” Accountant. His passion for citybuilding takes him to many events so Chapman holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid watch for him out and about in the community. You can also follow him Laurier University and a Master of Public Administration from the on Twitter at @DanChapmanCAO

New publication to help keep you informed


fter a detailed review of the city’s publications, we’re excited to be launching our new newsletter – Kitchener Life - in February 2018. Kitchener Life will feature stories about the exciting projects, people and events happening in our city. This new publication will have an updated look and feel with beautiful photography and more pages to share the information you want to know

• Get helpful tips and tricks from our expert staff.

• Find things to do in our calendar of events and program features. • Learn about ways to get involved and provide your input into key projects that affect people living in Kitchener. Kitchener Life will take the best elements from Best of Times and Your Kitchener and fold them into a single, easy to read publication about living and being connected in the city.

A resident-led approach to pedestrian safety T

he students at Wilson Avenue Public School are taking a creative approach to build a safer route to school. Two painted crosswalks were installed in the densely populated area just behind Fairview Mall to improve pedestrian safety on the busy school route. The painted crosswalks – featuring brightly coloured nature scenes - were designed by Eastwood Collegiate Institute student Lauren Reub. Students from the high school were invited to submit a design and then the elementary students from Wilson Avenue voted for their favourite. “This is a great way to build a sense of community and have people working together for a common purpose. This

project has assisted our students in learning about local contribution and shared ownership in making a positive impact in their wonderful neighborhood,” said Elizabeth Martz, principal at Wilson Avenue Public School. Supported by the City of Kitchener’s Love My Hood resident-led traffic calming program, the bright road paintings are expected to encourage students to cross the street safely and slow down drivers. Funding was provided by the city’s Neighbourhood Matching Grant. A step by step guide - found at - can assist any group of residents interested in creative traffic calming approaches.

NOVEMBER 8 Vegan Indian Cuisine – Hands on culinary class featuring the versatile vegan star – the chickpea. Details: cookingclasses 6-10 Residents in the BLUE zone – this is your week for loose leaf collection – Visit www.kitchener. ca/leafcollection to find your zone and other leaf collection options. 11 Legion’s Remembrance Day ceremony Kitchener Cenotaph (Frederick and Duke streets) beginning at 10:45 a.m. The parade begin at 10:15 a.m. at the corner of Duke and Ontario. 13 Kombucha: Beyond the Basics – Learn how to make kombucha, kombucha vinegar and komucha shrubs with certified health coach Cassandra Eggleton at the Kitchener Market. Detials: 14-17 YELLOW – this is your week for loose leaf collection – Visit to find your zone and other leaf collection options. 15 Build Your Own Charcuterie Board – Charcuterie boards are the best way to kick off a dinner party and now you can show off the insider knowledge you will learn in this class. Details: cookingclasses

19 Girls Night Out: DIY sign making and wine – Learn the basics of rustic wooden sign making and create a holiday sign. 20-24 BROWN – this is your week for loose leaf collection – Visit leafcollection to find your zone and other leaf collection options. 20 Operating budget day – Agenda will be posted online closer to the date. You can watch the meeting online. www. 23 Gluten Free for the Holidays – Learn about the gluten free diet, cross contamination and tasty recipes. Details: cookingclasses 25 Summer Employment Expo – Job fair for summer employment opportunities. Youth ages 15 to 24. Kitchener City Hall, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Details: hiringnow 27 Capital budget day – Agenda will be posted online closer to the date. You can watch the meeting online. budget2018 29 Bernardin Holiday Canning – Join Emerie Brine, a canning specialist from Bernardin, for a demonstration on how to preserve fruits and vegetables at the Kitchener Market. Details:

DECEMBER 2 Pancake Breakfast Christmas Party – Kids can write a letter to Santa and participate in crafts at the Stanley Park Community Centre. Adults must accompany children. Details: 2 Kids in the Kitchen: Holiday Baking Special – Interactive baking class for kids. Make cookies, cupcakes and brownies at the Kitchener Market: www. 2 Christmas Fantasy – The spectacular display of Christmas lights on Victoria Park’s buildings, trees and bridges will be turned on for the first time. Live music, crafts and free hot chocolate. Details: 6 Gingerbread Party – Come with your family and decorate a gingerbread house at CentrevilleChicopee Community Centre. Details: 6 Girls’ Night Out: Wine and Wreathmaking – Enjoy a glass of wine while creating a beautiful Christmas wreath for your home. 7-10 Christkindl Market – Four day festival of German Christmas with more than 90 food and gift vendors, live entertainment and activities for kids. For details visit:

10 Family Christmas party at Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre. 13 Girls’ Night Out: Cocktails and Apps – Learn how to impress your holiday guests and mix cocktails like a pro with the recipes you will learn in this class. 16 Join us for a casual Christmas Gathering at the Dedication Centre at Williamsburg Cemetery from 2-4 p.m. 19 Special Santa Kids Hop Erick Traplin and Santa Claus team up to sing holiday music at the Kitchener Market. Details: 20 Girls Night Out: Wine and Centrepieces – Entertain in style with a beautiful centerpiece. All supplies are provided, along with wine and soup. 23 Christmas Market – Get everything you need for hosting over the holidays at the Saturday market. Appetizers, fresh produce, flowers, Christmas cookies and more. Vendors: www. 31 New Year’s Eve – Join our retro cartoon party featuring the Mystery Machine from Scooby Doo and Flinstone’s Footmobile. Vendors will be selling retro collectables. Details:

8 Pizza with Santa at the Forest Heights Community Association – Details:

November 15 – Build your own charcuterie board

November 13 – Kombucha: Beyond the basics

December 7-10 – Christkindl Market

December 23 – Christmas Market

Water infrastructure investments


atermains, sanitary sewers, stormwater management ponds and other infrastructure are part of our complex water system that plays a vital role in creating a safe and healthy city and has a significant impact on your daily lives. That’s why staff and council are working together to balance affordability with safe, sustainable service levels. Thanks to further analysis and detailed review, staff is now recommending a 6.5 per cent increase to utility rates rather than the originally proposed 9.2 per cent increase, to

ensure the appropriate levels of investment and maintenance are performed. Investing in our water infrastructure today results in lower maintenance costs and fewer service interruptions into the future. It provides the lowest lifecycle cost by reducing higher reactive maintenance costs (like the cost to repair watermain breaks) and maintains the vital services the water infrastructure provides. Final utility rates will be decided as part of the budget process in January 2018.

DID YOU KNOW? • There are almost 900 kilometres of watermains bringing more than 21 million cubic metres of cleanclean, reliable drinking water to over 65 thousand properties in Kitchener. • On average, there are 105 watermain breaks a year which each can take about eight hours and $12,000-$15,000 to fix.

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Rangers’ front office and on-ice makeover aimed at success


here’s no question that the Kitchener Rangers are one of the most respected and envied franchises in junior hockey today, but in the past decade there’s been little to cheer about when it comes to playoff success. Their teams just haven’t measured up to the best clubs in the Ontario Hockey League. On the business side, Steve Bienkowski, Team COO, reported another glowing profit at the annual meeting in September. It’s the 22nd consecutive year that the Rangers can boast business success. Bienkowski, himself a former Rangers netminder from the early 1980’s wants more than anything else to see a winning team go deep into the playoffs. Loyal fans have been more than patient and their excitement over a

team that is still playing well into the month of May would be the icing on the cake. There’s been some shuffling of key positions in the Rangers front office. Murray Hiebert is no longer the General Manager. He’s now the Rangers Director of Hockey Operations. Mike McKenzie has taken on the GM role. Jay McKee is into his second year as Head Coach. McKenzie is already putting his mark on the team. He’s brought in some impact players that should give team fortunes a big lift. Waterloo born, Logan Stanley, at 6 foot 7 inches, a first round NHL draft selection of the Winnipeg Jets and a member of last year’s Memorial Cup winning Windsor Spitfires, was acquired in a trade. Stanley’s winning experience and stature as a top junior should pay big dividends. Connor Hall, another

NHL draft choice, Giovanni Vallati, Kyle Gentles, and rookies Grayson Ladd and Jack York will fill out the blueline corps. The Rangers offence has been given new energy too. Kole Sherwood, an overage player was acquired in a midOctober trade with Flint. Flint received future draft picks in return. Sherwood had an impressive points total last season with 33 goals and 52 assists. That was good for ninth place in the OHL scoring race. He was also picked by Columbus in the NHL draft. The Rangers 100 point producer from last season, Adam Mascherin, is back again as is Joesph Garreffa, team runner-up. Connor Bunnaman, Greg Meireles, Riley Damiani, Eric Guest, Nick McHugh and others are being asked to ramp up their game.

McKenzie also did his homework on selecting his two European players Swede, Rickard Hugg and Adam Liska of Slovenia are proving to be welcome additions. In goal, the Rangers acquired a new netminder from the Quebec Junior League in Anthony Dumont-Bouchard. Luke Richardson, a returnee, will get ample time too between the pipes. Luke Opilka, currently injured could

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return at some point. The Rangers brass have assembled a very good roster. Time will tell if this team can reach its’ potential. In any event, it should be an interesting ride.


cKenzie has been part of the Kitchener Rangers operation since 2012 when he was hired as an Assistant Coach. In 2017 he’s now General Manager. At 31, he’s also one of the youngest in that position in the OHL. Talented young minds at the top is becoming a new trend in hockey circles. McKenzie continues to work closely with Murray Hiebert, Director of Hockey Operations. To date, there haven’t been any big surprises to the de-

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This year the focus will cert with be on Friday Nov. 19, at St. Instructors exhibiting in our Annual be solely on the PJ Party and any Luke’s Lutheran Church, 317 Franklin Instructors Exhibition, Living Nar- pajama donations can be brought to St. N in Kitchener. Doors open at ratives. Hear from artists regarding Hacienda Sarria on the night of the 6:30pm, concert starts at 7:30pm. Si- their inspirations and techniques. party. Tickets are $25 and can be lent Auction and refreshments. Tick- Feature artist Ralf Wall will be on purchased on For more ets are $15.00. For advanced tickets hand to talk about his feature exhibit information contact Meaghan Marplease visit Way of the Wanderer. Admission is tin 519.496.3528 meaghan@sleeptimelesstunes or call 519-893-1609. by donation. Jingle & Mingle Holi- Tickets will also be sold at the door. day Party - November 25 at Homer PICKLEFEST AT THEMUSEUM - The INAUGURAL ORGAN RECITAL - fea- Watson House & Gallery from 6pm- second annual PickleFest will take turing Angus Sinclair on the newly 8pm. Please join us for our Holiday place at THEMUSEUM on Friday, installed recommissoned Casavant Party, and the closing reception for November 17 from 7 – 10pm at THEPipe Organ Opus 2615 at Holy Cross our Annual Instructors exhibition: MUSEUM, 10 King Street W., KitchLutheran Church in Kitchener with Living Narrative. Help us celebrate ener- and it’s kind of a big dill. At special guest Kim Silver (flautist) on the season with live entertainment, this event, 8 restaurants from the Sunday November 12, at 3pm. Free tasty hors d’oeuvres and the festive Waterloo Region will present their Concert. 322 East Ave Kitchener, spirit. For more information visit the favourite pickle accompanied by a house located at 1754 Old Mill Road signature dish. Restaurants include 519-742-5812 LIONA BOYD PERFORMING IN Kitchener, call 519-748-6808 or visit Abe Erb, B@THEMUSEUM, The KITCHENER - Liona Boyd, known Berlin, The Boathouse, The Bruce Look at your water bill and call us if you are using around the world as “The First Lady ZONTA FILM FESTIVAL - The 7th an- Craft House, Grand Trunk Saloon, more water than this guide shows you should be. of the Guitar” will perform at St. Mat- nual 3-day Zonta Film Festival (ZFF) Stark & Perri, and TWH Social. thew’s Lutheran Church, 54 Benton kicks of Tuesday Nov. 7th, at 6:30pm Each pickle and dish will be served St. Kitchener on November 19 from at the Princess Twin Cinemas, Up- alongside 8 beer samples from local 7 – 9 pm. After touring the world for town Waterloo. This year the festi- breweries. A ticket is $30, or $25 for Number of people in home Average water use per month over three decades, Boyd recently val features 8 inspiring, moving and Museum After Dark members, and released a much-anticipated new thought provoking films including includes 8 sample dishes, 8 beer 6 m3 6,000 L album and a new autobiography The Road Forward, The Founders, samples and a beer tasting glass. both titled No Remedy For Love. Pornocracy, Window Horses, Birth Extra beer samples will be available 12,000 L 12 m3 Tickets, $40, are available at kw- of a Family, A Suitable Girl, Little for $1 each and wine and soft drinks 3, Centre In the Square Box Stones and SuperGirl. Runs Novem- will be also available for purchase. 18,000 L 18 m Office, or by calling: 519-578-1570. ber 7, 8 and 9. All funds raised go to This event is 19+. Concert also features K-W singer/ local service organizations for proj- THEMUSEUM BEER& SERIES – the 3 24 m 24,000 L guitarist Andrew Dolson, and an ap- ects involving women. For tickets 5th annual Beer& Series includes: pearance by The Cambridge Kiwanis visit Beer& Knitting – Wednesday, No3 30,000 L 30 m ANNUAL JUSTICE DINNER – The vember 15; Beer& Brush Lettering Boys Choir. SULTANS OF STRING AT THE REG- Waterloo Region Crime Prevention – Wednesday, November 29; Beer& ISTRY - 3x JUNO nominees/3x Cana- Council in partnership with Com- Essential Oils – Wednesday, Decemdian Folk Music Award winners Sul- munity Justice Initiatives and Grand ber 13. The Beer& Series events are We can help you. No charge. tans of String who are celebrating Valley Institution for Women will 19+ and each pair an Ontario Craft their first festive album, Christmas host the 39th annual Justice Din- Brewery partner with a unique activCall 519-744-9799, ext. 1 or e-mail Caravan, with performances across ner on November 16 at Bingemans ity. More themes will be released for the country, will stop at the Registry Ballroom, Kitchener. Reception at January 2018. All evenings will begin now! Theatre, Dec 1st, 8pm, 122 Frederick 5:30pm, dinner at 6:30pm and pro- at 6:30 pm and include admission to St, Kitchener, 519-578-1570, www. gram at 7:30pm. Keynote speaker is THEMUSEUM and its various Ted Wachtel, Founder of the interna- bitions, plus one pint of beer, and a tional Institute for Restorative Prac- lesson or craft. Additional beer will string. Tickets are $30. EVENTS AT HOMER WATSON tices, Pennsylvania, with musical also be available for purchase. TickHOUSE & GALLERY - DIY Felted Or- entertainment by Alysha Brilla, lo- ets range in price and can be found In partnership with naments - November 9 Noon – 1pm cal artist and two-time Juno Award online at REEP Green Solutions at Homer Watson House & Gallery, nominee. Tickets are $65 (plus HST). ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR 1754 Old Mill Road Kitchener. Part Tables of 8 available. Tickets are - Sat. Nov. 4 – St Luke’s Lutheran of our Lunchtime Lounge Interac- available by email at wrcpc@region- Church located at 317 Franklin St tive Speaker Series, try your hand at N, Kitchener is holding its annual making some cool felted ornaments TWO OF A KIND VENDOR SHOW – in Christmas Bazaar on Saturday Nosupport of the Grand River Chapter vember 4, from 8am to 1pm.The baof the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) So- zaar features gently used Christmas ciety. Over 80 vendors will be sell- items, knitting, baking, candy, preing unique artisan products. From serves, jams, meat pies and lunch handmade holiday decorations, (sandwiches, desserts & beverjewelry and bath products to paint- ages). Numerous guest presentings, framed quotes and knitting, ers also! Admission is free. Please there will be something for every- come and bring a guest. Contact: one on your list! Sunday, November Gay Anderson 519 893-6827 5 at Belgian Nursery (2615 Victoria COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS BAZAAR Street N, Breslau) from 10am to 4pm. – 7th Community Christmas Bazaar Admission is $3 per person or $5 per With Nativity Tree Display (Soup and family and children are free. Admis- Bun Lunch) Saturday, November 25, sion cost and 10% of sales go to 2017, 8am-1pm at Hope Lutheran support the MS Society in our com- Church 30 Shaftsbury Drive, Kitchmunity. The Grand River Chapter has ener (corner of Ottawa and Herigiven over $100,000 in equipment tage Drive) 519-893-5290 hlcoffice@ and assistant funding for those liv- ing with MS in our community this BEECHWOOD MANOR’S FESTIVE year alone and spent over $180,000 CRAFT MARKET - Saturday Novemon client services in total. 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SIMPLE RECIPES FOR A BUSY LIFE STYLE To serve the world’s best French onion soup requires an investment of significant time and effort, and the use of top-quality ingredients. A food processor may be used to lessen the time to chop the onions and grate the cheese, but the soup requires your attention through much of the preparation time. But, oh! The results!

FRENCH ONION SOUP 3 or 4 tablespoons butter 1 or 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 7 or 8 cups thinly-sliced onions about 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt ½ teaspoon sugar (to help brown the onions) 2 quarts rich, homemade beef stock 1 cup dry red wine 1 or 2 bay leaves about 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage, or 1 teaspoon dried sage freshly-ground black pepper In a large, heavy saucepan or soup kettle, heat the butter and the oil over moderate heat. Stir in the sliced onions and continue to stir to coat them well with the butter and oil (add a bit more butter and/or oil if necessary). Cover the kettle, and cook the onions over moderate heat, stirring occasionally until they are transparent. Stir in the salt and the sugar. Raise the heat slightly and continue to cook, stirring almost constantly until the onions are a deep, golden brown. Be careful that they do not burn, but they should be very well browned. Near the end of the browning, it will be necessary to stir constantly to keep the onions from burning Stir in the beef stock and the wine; add the bay leaves and sage. (Be generous with the sage, especially if you are using the fresh herb.) Simmer very gently over low heat until the onions are completely tender – a couple of hours or more. Taste for seasoning; add more salt cautiously and lots of freshly-ground black pepper. While the soup simmers make the croutés.

CROUTÉS baguette extra-virgin olive oil or melted butter peeled garlic cloves 1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese 1 cup grated Gruyere or Emmental cheese For each serving of soup, cut a one-inch thick slice of French bread. Place the bread slices in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake at 325 degrees F. for 15 minutes. Using a pastry brush, coat the bread slices on both sides with olive oil or melted butter. Turn the slices over and bake on the


other side for another 15 minutes, or until the bread is completely dry and lightly browned. Rub the bread slices on both sides with cut garlic cloves. Stir together the two cheeses. Ladle the hot soup into individual oven-proof soup bowls (you should have enough soup for 6 servings). Using about half of the cheese mixture, sprinkle it lightly over the top of the soup, dividing it evenly among the six bowls. Place a piece of the prepared garlic bread into each soup bowl. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese mixture again dividing it evenly among the bowls, covering the bread completely. On top of the cheese mixture, drizzle a teaspoon or more of olive oil or melted butter on each serving. Bake at 350 degrees F. for about half an hour, or until the soup is bubbling and the cheese has melted. Serve very hot.


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Delve into the world of food science, fermentation and kombucha with certified health coach, Cassandra Eggleton. This class includes an in depth tasting of teas and kombucha. Participants will be making kombucha, kombucha vinegar and kombucha shrubs, while learning more about the science behind the brew. To register for classes visit:

BERNARDIN HOLIDAY CANNING Thursday, Nov. 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

You may add a pinch each of freshlyground cinnamon and freshly-ground cloves, and a tad of grated fresh ginger to this relish, but I like it as is.

Join Emerie Brine a canning specialist from Bernardin. Make your holiday gift giving easy with this innovative cooking class that focuses on quick holiday gift ideas and hostess gifts, along with cranberries and pepper jellies.

CRANBERRY-ORANGE RELISH 1 pound fresh cranberries 2 oranges, unpeeled 1 cup sugar If you are in possession of an oldfashioned food chopper, the kind that you fasten to the edge of the table and turn the handle), by all means use it (making sure you catch all the juices), since it does a much better job than an electric food processor. Chop the cranberries and the oranges in the food processor; mix in sugar to taste (less than a cup if you prefer). Combine well, cover, and refrigerate for a day or overnight to give the flavours time to meld. Bring the relish to room temperature before serving. This coleslaw dressing is appropriately assertive, and does not take a back seat to the vegetables. It will dress about 8 cups of shredded cabbage, or a mixture of cabbage, onions and whatever else you put into your slaw. Makes about 12 servings.


All classes are $49 unless otherwise noted. Register online through WebReg. If you have questions call 519-741-2287 or email info@ Visit for more information.


Wednesday, Nov. 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Many of the ingredients used in Thai cooking complement a vegetarian diet, so this is the perfect combination of lifestyle and cuisine. Learn about all of the different components of Thai cuisine and leave with recipes for some of your favorite vegetarian meals from Thailand.


Wednesday, Nov. 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Indian food can be spicy, sweet, sour, buttery and salty - but most importantly it can be vegan. Our Market chef will take you through a hands-on culinary class featuring the versatile vegan star - the chickpea.

BUILD YOUR OWN CHARCUTERIE BOARD Wednesday, Nov. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Our chef will lead you through the classic components of a charcuterie board, some local delicacies you can get right at the Kitchener Market and demonstrate how to layout your pieces to compose a beautiful board.



1 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup sugar 1/3 cup cider vinegar 1 cup whipping cream 2 tablespoons best-quality mayonnaise 3 large cloves garlic, peeled and mince

For those who are gluten free, the holidays can be a stressful time. The goal for this class is to teach participants the basics of understanding the gluten free diet, cross contamination procedures and tasty recipes so you can make something for everyone this holiday season.

In a bowl combine all ingredients and stir until smooth, Pour mixture over shredded cabbage and toss well.

Thursday, Nov. 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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Notes from City Hall been contacted several times about both Ottawa Street and Woolwich Street but unfortunately neither of these projects are under my (i.e. Kitchener’s) jurisdiction. Ottawa St belongs to the Region of Waterloo and it’s taking longer than anticipated as they ran into some unforeseeable difficulty with sub-surface water-related infrastructure back in August. Woolwich St, which is actually owned by the City of Waterloo, isn’t terribly behind schedule, it’s just terribly inconvenient for residents

near Bridgeport/River Ridge. I know this work has been difficult but it’s also necessary. It will soon be behind us and I look forward to seeing these key thoroughfares modernized and safe. LED Streetlights Have you looked up lately? If you know me, or have read previous updates in this space, you know I’m a bit of a technophile, and consequently, really excited about our new LED Streetlights and the wireless communication technology built in. The installation

of these lights is nearing completion and not only will it save significant tax-dollars via less electricity, it will open the door to a host of Smart-City technologies but more on that later. If you’re worried the lights are too bright, sit tight, because once they’re all installed they will be automatically dimmed by about 25% and we’ll have the ability to dynamically dim any individual light. If you have any questions on these items, or any other city business, don’t hesitate to contact me anytime!

collection sites at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium near the Ottawa St. entrance and Hofstetter Park near King St. East and River Rd. Leaves taken to our leaf collection sites must be removed from their paper bags as the leaves from this sites are used as compost for farmer’s fields and the bags don’t break down as quickly as the leaves. For collection options on your street enter your address using our online tool at

and typing “leaf collection” in the search bar. You can also call Kitchener’s 24 hour contact centre at 519-741-2345. Council begins the 2018 budget process on November 20 with Operating Budget followed by the Capital Budget November 27. The Operating Budget is for operating our facilities and providing city services and programs to you. The Capital Budget is for building or maintaining assets that last for more than a year.

Your public input session is on January 15. Final Budget day is on January 22. Your thoughts and input are welcomed. My goal is to have the amenities and service levels you want at a tax level cost you’re comfortable with. For more information on the budget go to Please contact me if I can assist you. Our Contact Centre is staffed 24/7 to report an emergency, an issue or ask questions about any city department at 519-741-2345.

Heritage Conservation Districts There are currently four Heritage Districts in the City: Upper Doon, Victoria Park, St. Mary’s and Civic Centre. Heritage Districts are set up to conserve and enhance the unique character of a distinctive neighbourhood.

Each District is established with its own rules and standards. They are established to maintain the view and look of a neighbourhood. Rules relate to the views outside the homes and do not have any jurisdiction with the interiors of properties. Different Districts have different aspects. St Mary’s was established to conserve architecture and suburban landscapes unique to “War Time Housing”. Victoria Park’s goal is to conserve the Victorian architecture and the accompanying landscape. The Districts usually contain many similar type homes. Demolition of properties in these areas is not supported. Each area has its distinct guidelines and sets of rules.

A basic rule in all Heritage Districts is that any particular property cannot be enhanced by removing or causing changes to another District Property. All properties are of equal importance. Kitchener Council recently agreed to set aside its own rules to satisfy another level of local government – the Region of Waterloo. The majority of Council agreed to demolish two period properties to provide more open space for the Schneider Homestead. These properties were originally acquired by the Region to construct the Queen St-Benton diversion. That project has long been abandoned. The homes should have been maintained by the Region and left as part of the Victoria Park landscape. It will never

be possible to recreate the grandeur of the Schneider property as it was in the 1800’s without totally destroying the appearance of the District when it was established. Governments must live within the rules they have established for the rest of the community. In the future how can they deny a developer a similar rationalization. The arguments put forward by the Region were very insubstantial. Had they desired to ignore the rules they should have argued their case when the district was established. Shame on the Region and the Kitchener Mayor and Councillors who supported it. We cannot pick and choose what heritage we preserve!

Have you wondered how well you’re managing your waste now that the Region’s new waste regulations are in place? A number of environmental

committee members, including myself, took on the Zero Waste Challenge for the week of Oct. 16. During that week, all of my personal waste was put into a one litre jar. I wondered at the beginning how I would do. I was concerned that I would fill the jar too quickly and be embarrassed by the amount of waste that I still was producing despite my genuine efforts to compost and recycle everything I could. Day one was easy; I had only the wrapping from some flowers in the jar. As the week progressed I found

myself checking every item that could be recycled or composted. I was surprised that very little was going into my jar. Do you think you and your family could do the zero waste challenge? As I drive through the city and Ward 4 I am feeling hopeful as I see that more residents are disposing of their waste in the appropriate ways; however, I am saddened to still see garbage bags dropped along the side of country roads like Stauffer Dr. I also see garbage mixed in with

leaves at our leaf dumping site. It costs all of us extra when citizens don’t abide by simple regulations when disposing of their waste. These leaf dump sites are for the convenience of our residents who wish to dispose of their leaves on the weeks when yard waste is not picked up. We are also asking citizens to dump the leaves out of the bags, as leaves are being used by farmers on their fields this year, and bags do not break down quickly enough. Thanks for doing your part in dealing with your waste.

your property taxes at a reasonable rate while making investments in our community are paramount to the City of Kitchener. The Budget is funded through three areas: Operating Budget, Capital Budget and Reserve Funds. The operating budget and the capital budget are presented to council as well as a summary of the public feedback received to date. A public input session follows prior to final budget day. This is your budget. Feedback from you is essential to this process and provides the opportunity to

have a say where your tax dollars are spent. You can become involved by reviewing the budget and listening to the presentations of the operating and capital budgets to council. Join us in council chambers on November 20th and 27th for the budget discussions or via webstream at www.kitchener. ca. Other ways to provide feedback are via email, responding to City of Kitchener Facebook and Twitter posts, or through Engage Kitchener. Mark your calendars for the Public Budget Input Night on January

15, 2018 and Final Budget day on January 22, 2018. HNA Trails: Work is underway in Huron Natural Park as part of the Canada 150 grant recipient HNA Trails Project. The work is expected to last until February, 2018. During this time, certain trails will be closed to the public to facilitate construction however, all other features and amenities will remain open. For further information about the project and the trail closures map please visit: huronnaturalarea.

Construction There are a couple roads still under construction in Ward 1 that are frustrating residents, myself included if I’m being honest! I’ve

We’re in leaf collection season. Most of us will rake and bag our leaves for curbside pick-up on our waste collection day. We can also take them to our Ward’s leaf

Budget: Each year, city council approves an annual budget. The budget covers fire service, community services and operations, culture, planning and economic development. Keeping

Happy November! Hope everybody had fun on Halloween earlier this week and remembers to spread the candy loot over several weeks! It’s hard to believe that we are in the final two months of 2017 already – the year when we celebrated Canada’s 150th birthday! It’s been a pretty amazing year, both for our community and our country, and as we approach 2018, things look even more exciting as we look ahead! REMEMBRANCE DAY 2017 Our City of Kitchener 2018 Remembrance Day service, hosted by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 50 will be back at the cenotaph this year at the corner of Duke and Frederick Streets. The service will begin at 10:45am. With Remembrance Day being on a weekend this year, I invite many of you to come out for the ceremony, and encourage you to bring children and teens in particular. It’s extremely important that we take time to remember those who served and those who made the ultimate sacrifice so we can preserve the democracy and freedoms we enjoy in our country. Lest We Forget. Later that day, I invite you to join our community at the Kitchener Armoury on East Avenue as we unveil a decommissioned Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV), as part of a monument to honour Afghanistan veterans. A sincere thank you to our local Regimental Council, Canada Company and the Department of National Defence for their assistance with this important initiative. NEW WLU PRESIDENT Congratulations to Dr. Deborah MacLatchy, who became Wilfrid Laurier University’s 7th President during her installation at the WLU Fall convocation. As a WLU grad, I was honoured to attend the convocation to congratulate Dr. MacLatchy, who also became the second woman to hold the role of President and Vice-Chancellor. Laurier is an important partner of the City of Kitchener, with Downtown Kitchener being the home of WLU’s School of Social Work in the former St. Jerome’s High School building across from Kitchener City Hall on King Street. ...continued on next page

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Notes from City Hall Arena leaf disposal sites in Ward 6, this year you will need to empty your bags of the leaves. The reason being, these leaves will be sent to farmers to be used as compost in their fields and paper bags do not compost quickly enough for their use. Not sure what your options are for leaf disposal? Check out our handy web page at Just search “leaf collection” to find the page. Here you will find all your options, and if you live in an area that has curbside loose leaf collection. If

you do, and you choose to use this method of disposal, please have your leaves raked to the curb for 7am on the Monday morning of your week of collection. Please do not rake your leaves onto the road until the night before, so the road isn’t obstructed by leaves. Be prepared for winter parking on Kitchener’s streets. Here are a few things to keep in mind. Please remember that as of Dec. 1 you will no longer be able to park overnight on the street. This is to allow for proper clearing of roads when they

are plowed. Also, sign up to receive notices about Snow Events, which trigger the City of Kitchener’s tag-and-tow parking bylaw. Visit and search, “snow removal.” Scroll down to snow events and “sign up.” When we are to receive a significant snowfall, a snow event is declared for approximately 24 hours. During this time, no cars are allowed to park on the street, allowing crews to clear city streets and keep pedestrians and cars safe.

revamp how the city shares information with the public. The new homepage features outstanding local photography and new design that makes it easier to find the latest news, events and social feeds. Feedback from the public and city staff is what helped form the basis for the design improvements. Check out popular quicklinks on our homepage, navigating the new website couldn’t be easier! Just a note: All the old links will have changed therefore it is recommended that if you have

bookmarked any pages from the old website you will likely need to re-establish a new link to your favourites. Volunteering Have you ever thought of volunteering? Many of the programs and services in the City of Kitchener would not be possible without volunteers. Volunteering helps to strengthen our community and is a wonderful way to meet new people, to give back and become more involved. The City of Kitchener works alongside affiliated groups

such as our local Neighbourhood Associations and minor sports groups to deliver programs, various services and events. There is always a need for volunteers. For a current listing of volunteer opportunities, I encourage you to visit our website at www.kitchener. ca and click on Employment and Volunteering and complete your volunteer profile or contact 519741-2200, ext. 7564 for assistance in finding the perfect position. The list of opportunities changes often so make sure to check it regularly.

Yes, City Council last month decided to tear down two more heritage houses in the designated Victoria Park Heritage District. The Region of Waterloo wanted to have two homes

removed in order to expand their outdoor garden program. VP received its heritage district designation in 1996. The Region purchased the two houses on Queen St. next to the Joseph Schneider Haus back in 1989 and 1991. They stated that it was for heritage purposes. Well, I’ll have to correct this as these dwellings were purchased because it was intended first by the City and then by the Region to realign the BentonQueen corridor. Several houses were purchased for construction of this new roadway. The City’s Official Plan

stated this proposed realignment. I clearly remember that as a city planner back in the 1980s when I was dealing with land use applications in that area. In the meantime, several homes were demolished and a parking lot was created for the Schneider Haus. After many years and studies, the Region decided to abandon this new roadway and sold off many houses. It still retained these last two at Queen and Schneider. So now what, demolish the heritage homes and make an outdoor landscaped garden area. Wrong!

Belmont Village welcomes you to drop by and attend its annual upcoming Christmas in the Village launch that will take place on Sat. Nov. 25th from 10 am to 4pm. There will be Horse and Wagon rides, Christmas street music, an Information Booth, Santa Claus for photos, a dog parade, and a travelling gift card for you for a chance to win goods or gift cards. I will be there to meet and greet with you on this Christmas launch and look forward to seeing you on hopefully the first snowy day of the season.

Seven Kitchener councillors ignored their own heritage staff by voting recently to demolish two Victoria Park homes that could have provided housing for needy families.

Despite opposition from those staff members, a handful of Victoria Park residents and architecturalconservancy experts, council voted 7-4 to allow regional government to bulldoze the 90-year-old Queen Street homes near Schneider Avenue in order to expand and create more visibility for the Schneider Haus facility. Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic as well as Councillors Sarah Marsh, Dave Schnider, Paul Singh, Scott Davey, Bill Ioannidis and Kelly Galloway-Sealock voted in favour

of bulldozing the houses. Opposing the demolitions, I was supported by Councillors John Gazzola, Yvonne Fernandes and Zyg Janecki. A key point in the debate involved whether the demolitions would create what heritage officials argued would set “a dangerous precedent” in Victoria Park or any other heritage district in Kitchener. That precedent could involve any developer who buys homes in a heritage district and then seeks to demolish the properties and erect alternate buildings. Those supporting the demolitions

to make way for an additional Schneider Haus garden also rejected my attempt to defer the issue until the Region could investigate options other than demolition. And they dismissed arguments that the homes could provide emergency shelter for a few of the hundreds of refugee families arriving each year at nearby Reception House in Victoria Park. Meanwhile, those houses will be flattened at a time when the region has about 10,000 adults, children and seniors on a waiting list for affordable housing.

Leaf Collection It’s that time of year when the leaves fall. Across the city, residents have at least two options for managing their leaves: on your waste collection day, have your

raked and bagged leaves ready for curbside pick-up or on your own schedule, take them to one of the nine leaf collection sites. The leaf collection sites are open 7 days a week during daylight hours. New this year - bags will no longer be accepted at leaf collection sites and fines may apply if bags are dropped off. In areas with significant tree cover, the city provides curbside loose leaf collection on a set schedule. For details, search leaf collection at or call the 24 hour Contact Centre at 519-741-2345 to

inquire. If you require help with raking or bagging your leaves, we have some local agencies that may be of assistance. I suggest the Job Café at 519-513-9225 or Community Support Connections at 519-7728787. Fees for services may apply. Remembrance Day I hope to see you at the Fred Gies Branch 50 Royal Canadian Legion Annual Remembrance Day Ceremony. The Parade forms up at Ontario St. (between King and Duke) at 10:15 am and the Service takes place at the Kitchener Cenotaph at

10:45am. On November 11, Stuff to Do With Your Kids in KW and the Kitchener Market present: Movember Kids KW, a free family event from 10 am – noon in the Upper Kitchener Marketplace Kitchen. Moustache cookie making, face painting, arts and craft activities, a photo booth and more. Come out to the 17th Annual Frederick Art Walk on Saturday November 11 from 10 am until 5pm. We have so many talented artists and artisans within this beautiful neighbourhood.

Dear Residents of Ward 6, I wanted to give you a quick update on the leaf disposal program. If you choose to take your leaves to either the Meinzinger Park or Lions

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from previous page PLANNING AHEAD TO DECEMBER December is always a great time in Downtown Kitchener with many activities planned for families to enjoy the holiday season. The much beloved, Christkindlmarkt will come back for its 21st year, bigger and better than ever. It will run December 7th – 10th. Christmas Fantasy in Victoria Park will be returning again in 2017, and of course, no better place to welcome in 2018 than at our New Year’s Eve event at City Hall in Downtown Kitchener. More details on all these events next month!

Leaf drop-off sites now open for 2017 leaf collection program

Nine convenient leaf dropoff sites for the city’s 2017 leaf collection program are now open to the public. New this year, NO bags, not even paper yard waste bags, will be accepted at the drop sites. That’s because the Region of Waterloo is now removing the leaves from our drop-off site at the Aud and taking them directly to their site in Cambridge, which saves both the Region and the City of Kitchener much time and money. Many of the leaves go directly into farmers’ fields as fertilizer. Bags of any kind, including the paper yard waste bags, don’t have enough time to decompose before they are placed in the field. These bags cause issues for the farmer and their equipment. Leaves are piled loose in the following locations for collection, and should be debagged at the site. Drop-off sites, located in neighbourhoods across the city, are open seven days a week during daylight hours until December 8. The nine leaf dropoff locations are: Schaeffer Park - Bloomingdale Road Breithaupt Park - Kinsman Park, off Union Street Kitchener Auditorium - Ottawa Street North entrance Meinzinger Park Soccer Fields - Homer Watson Boulevard Lions Arena - Rittenhouse Road South West Optimist Sportsfield - Pioneer Drive Cherry Park - Strange Street and Waverly Road Victoria Street South at Eastforest Trail - Eastforest Trail parking lot Hofstetter Park - 40 Hofstetter Ave.


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Q. I live in a hi-rise condominium and I am finding it very difficult to get myself in and out of our building because I have to use a scooter. Neither of the two heavy glass entrance doors has an automatic door opener. At the front of the building, vehicles constantly park in front of a sloped ramp offering wheelchair/scooter access. Verbal complaints to the board fall on deaf ears. What are my rights?

need to take note that on December 16, 2009, a condominium corporation in Ontario was fined $12,000.00 in damages as well as the cost to install a wheelchair ramp for a person who suffered disabilities. The human rights tribunal ruled that the board had discriminated against a disabled person in their handling of a complaint. You should write the board of directors and property manager, requesting the installation of an automatic A. Condo boards everywhere front door opening system. There are several issues to consider regarding the entering and exiting of a Peter is a licensed building. For example, in Sales Representative case of fire it is imperative with Re/Max and that the disabled be able to has specialized in the evacuate as quickly as those Stanley Park Area who are not in a wheelchair for 31 years. or scooter. The board would be very wise to make their

decision with the Human Rights requirements in mind. There should be a highly visible No Parking Sign on the sloped ramp that leads up to the sidewalk, indicating vehicles will be ticketed or towed. However, signs will only work if the board enforces them. Letters should be sent to all residents reminding them that ignoring the parking restriction or blocking the wheel chair ramp will have serious consequences. Board members are responsible for the safety and security of all residents.

Selling a home in November and December? hile the next few months is not the not to over decorate. This will make W best time of the year to sell, there your home seem cluttered and small. are a few things that can be done to Also, have your outside lights on maximize the value of your home. With the cooler days and less daylight, make sure all your lights are on for any showings before the buyers show up. If you have a fireplace, have it going. It will make your home feel warm and cozy. As we get closer to Christmas time, decorations can also add a warm family feel to your home, but be careful

at night even when showings are not scheduled. Buyers will drive around in the evenings to look for homes that they have seen on line or in ads. The real estate market has rebounded a little from the lows we saw in the summer. So it looks like a stable market and things are returning to normal at least for the next few months.





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t’s a bit of a dying art. Fewer people take the time to create a homemade Christmas pudding these days, preferring more modern holiday desserts. But if you have a hankering for a fruit pudding like Grandma used to make, I know who can help you out. St. John the Evangelist Church is taking orders until November 5 for for its annual Christmas pudding fundraiser. It’s the 69th year the “Pudding Factory” has got to work steaming puddings for the church’s largest annual fundraiser. Volunteer Jennifer Uttley Catherine Lowe and Marilyn Malton turn out the steamed Christmas puddings. says the church uses a “secret Photos supplied by St. John the Evangelist Church recipe” brought to them by the late Mildred Robertson, who suggested the fundraiser and gloves. Ingredients are This year’s goal is 2,200 when she joined the Anglican washed, measured and com- pounds of pudding at $10 a Church Women of St. John bined. Metal tins that once pound. Uttley handles the online the Evangelist after moving contained vegetables are to Kitchener from London, washed and greased to be email orders, and sends out used as baking tins. reminders to past purchasOntario in 1945. Once the dough has been ers when the Pudding FacSince then, on the first created, it is measured into tory is set to go into producMonday of every Novemone, two and three pound tion. You can also order by ber since 1949, the upper tins. phone by calling Wilma at and lower parish halls of the They use their “most expe- 519-578-0175 church, located on Water In person, orders can be Street North in Kitchener, rienced volunteers” for the are transformed into the job of steaming the puddings, placed at the Kitchener which takes three to four Farmers Market (Lower “Pudding Factory.” Level) on Saturday, NovemAccording to the history hours for each batch. While the recipe hasn’t ber 4. of the event on the church’s A portion of the money website, making over 2,000 changed since 1949, other fruit puddings “isn’t quite as things have according to Ut- raised from pudding sales easy as it might seem.” tley. goes to a variety of local and About 50 to 60 volunThe first year they made national charities. This year, • JULYday 2017 and • KITCHENER CITIZEN (EAST EDITION) teers arrive8 each get 200 pounds of pudding and these include the Food Bank dressed in aprons, hairnets sold it for 50 cents a pound. of Waterloo Region, Cana-

De Boer’s Treasures The Citizen welcomes this new column, De Boer’s Treasures by John DeKitchener Boer by John De Boer. The column will be a regular feature each month. A casket containing a corpse saved three lives during a BY JOHN powerful blizzard onDe BOER Lake Kamaniskeg. It happened on ne way celNovember 12, 1912 whento the ebrate steamer Mayflower, a flat Canada’s bottom 150th birthday is to stern wheeler went down on recognize our progher way from Bay to ressBarry’s in car manufacCombermere.turing since 1867. Captain/owner John C. That year Henry Seth Taylor, a watch makHudson, pilot/wheelsman Aaron and jeweller from Parcher ander fireman/engineer Quebec Tom DelaneyStanstead had nine passengers thesat first on board. Onmanufactured the open deck car in Canada known an air tight casket containing the as the Seth Taylor body of JohnSteam Brown,Buggy. on his way a sustained 24 km/h controlled by a long for burial in Palmer Rapids. consisted of a horse less handled valve located on the right side His invention Parcher swam to with shorea coal-fi but red Shivering and disoriented theyIn front November thewas three carriage steam boiler of the seat. of the 13, seat a survivors died trying tobehind get claw wayseat.paddled the onlysteering visibletiller landbutwere andmuch picked up by the his back Rubberto hoses don’tspotted spend too up a muddy carried embankment while mass they could through thearound the steamer Ruby. water to the boiler from a tank lo- see time looking for brakes as they cated under the Joe front axle. Steam presdon’t exist. passengers John Imlach, blinding snow storm. They ended Mission House Museum and sure from the twoand cylinders the of You see this one of ainkindCombermere vehicle Harper, Gordon Peverly up onpowered the shores Gullcan Island, Gallery has rear axle, producing motion. Mayflower in the Canada Paddy O’Brien managed to keep forward now called Island Science artifactsTechnology on displayMurescued from The steam buggy was able toO’Brien travel at succumbed seum in Ottawa. afloat by clutching the floating where to the wreck by curator/diver Dave casket. hypothermia. On the evening of Kelley.


dian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington and FINCA Canada, an organization that helps people living in poverty – women in particular – build assets, create jobs, and raise their standard of living. In addition, puddings are donated to Meals on Wheels as a Christmas treat for their clients. Uttley said the Pudding Factory is more than a fundraiser for the church. It builds

community with volunteers from inside and outside the church. “We involve as much of the parish as we can,” Uttley said. “It’s tiring, but it’s fun.” If you miss the ordering deadline, there are extra puddings made that can be purchased after November 11. For more information, check the church’s website at

Community Church Listing St James’-Rosemount United 171 Sherwood Ave., Kitchener (519) 742-1002 Sunday Service: 10:30am Lunch served following service on the third Sunday of every month. Nursery, Sunday School, Youth Group, Wed. Night Bible study Kitchener Gospel Temple-Pentecostal 9 Conway Dr. (at River Rd), Kitchener (519) 894-5999 Sunday Service: 10:30am Mid-week activities for all ages. Kitchener East Presbyterian 10 Zeller Drive, Kitchener (519) 748-9786 Reverend: Mark S. Richardson Sunday Service: 10:30am Nursery and Sunday School provided Sonshine Corner, Thursdays from 9:00 - 11:00am Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran 322 East Avenue (at Stirling), Kitchener (519) 742-5812 Sunday Service: (Sept. - June) 8:30am and 11am, (July-Aug.) 9:30am 9:45am - Sunday School, Youth & Adult Bible Classes Choirs - Stephen Ministry - Youth Group - Beginnings (0 -3 years) Hope Lutheran 30 Shaftsbury Drive, Kitchener (519) 893-5290 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 Stanley Park Community Church 9 Dreger Ave., (at Ottawa St.) Kitchener (519) 893-8186 Pastor: John Pearce Sunday Service and Kid’s Church: 10:30am ALL WELCOME!


The Human Library – where books are people BY CARRIE DEBRONE


veryone has a story – or maybe it would be more accurate to say that everyone “is” a story. Using this principle, about 50 students participated in the 4th annual Human Library held Oct.18 at Eastwood Collegiate Institute in Kitchener. A Human Library is an event where real readers essentially, borrow real people like a book. The philosophy behind a Human Library is best summed up by the words of Ronni Abergel, the inventor of the Human Library:  “How are we to understand each other, if we do not have the opportunity to talk to each other?”   Set up to encourage ECI students to connect with a wide range of real people in their community, the evening event encouraged participants to check out a human “book” on a topic they are interested in. ECI teacher librarian and event organizer Margaret Wood said the goal of the human library is to expose students to interesting people and issues. “I really like this event. It gives the students the opportunity to listen to stories that are not their stories and to talk to people whose reality is very different from their own,” Wood said. “I’ve never had a kid say after the event, ‘oh that was just okay. They all say ‘that was amazing’.”

As Wood’s eyes glance over the tables alive with conversation she adds, “And, isn’t it wonderful. Look around. Not one student is on their phone.” Students could spend about 20 minutes with each of the “books” they chose, engaging them in conversation. “It puts the students in the position of listening and having to ask questions, sometimes difficult questions from a real person. Sometimes you have to push people through the door to let them experience something different,” Wood said. ECI’s 13 human books this year included independent filmmaker Laura Archibald, Mohawk First Nations representative Amy Smoke, entrepreneurs and wedding photographers Jeremy Daly and Kiria Shantz, the director of Clinical Counselling at Carizon Family and Community Services Shannon Nicholson, KW Titans Head Coach Serge Langis, Master Electrician for the Stratford Festival Theatre Mick McDonald, veterinarian and founder of the Williamsburg Veterinary Hospital Anne Woolstencroft, Rohingya refugees Anam Ullah, Anayath Hossein and Shofi Aktar, hair stylist and entrepreneur Lina Shamoun, author and Associate Professor of English at the University of Waterloo Sarah Tolmie, 98.5 CKWR radio Production Engineer Rob Daniels, paired living kidney recipient

First Nations representative Amy Smoke (left) speaks with students Nate Lachambre and Mackensie Crockatt during the Eastwood Collegiate Institute’s 4th annual Human Library event on Oct. 18. Smoke volunteered as one of 13 human “books” for the event.

and donor Lori and Don Kraemer and Eastwood High School’s Head of Guidance Steve Hooper. Smoke, a survivor of the intergenerational traumas that face many First Nations people, said she agreed to participate in the Human Library project because she believes it is important that indigenous people are represented accurately in the community. Using the phrase ‘Nothing about us, without us” she said she hopes to educate young people about

the customs, history and culture of indigenous people through sharing her personal story. She brought with her traditional First Nations items including an eagle feather, tobacco and traditional medicines to enhance the conversation with students. The Human Library is an international organization active in over 60 countries. The movement first started in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2000 with the aim to challenge prejudice against social contact among people.

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!


The Christmas Secret By Karen Swan REVIEWED BY:

Laura Luopa Manager, Information Services

Searching for romance, sweeping stories of friendship and love, or trying to escape to another continent with your reading? Bestselling romance author Karen Swan should be in your to-be-read list. Originally a fashion journalist, she left her career and pursued her desire to become an author so she could stay closer to home and raise her three children. She lives in the forest in Sussex, England, and writes her books in a treehouse that overlooks the Downs. Her books include Christmas at Tiffany's, Prima Donna, The Perfect Present, The Summer Without You, The Paris Secret, and The Rome Affair. She has now published over a dozen popular novels. Each of Swan’s novels explores a different setting, from European capitals to the Cornish coast and the Canadian Rockies. Her writing is filled with rich descriptions of the settings, and explores the glamourous and complicated lives of her characters. Throughout the novels, relationships - both friendships and romances - are central to the storylines.

She develops interconnected relationships between friends and families, but always with romance as a key theme throughout. With gripping plots and storylines, fans and reviewers alike describe her novels as page-turners that you just can’t put down. Swan’s next novel The Christmas Secret promises to give existing fans all the elements they look for in her writing, and will get new fans in the seasonal spirit. Set during the holiday season, this gripping story takes place in the United Kingdom. Alex Hyde is contracted as an executive coach for Lochlan Farquhar, the troubled head of a Scottish whiskey company. Working with Lochlan, Alex finds their relationship becoming blurred and realizes first impressions are not always correct. Don’t miss your opportunity to meet the author and hear more about her travels, her stories, and her writing process! Karen Swan will be at Central Library on Wednesday, Nov. at 7 pm as part of the 85 Queen series. All Kitchener Public Library events are free. Find more information and register to attend at, or call 519.743.7502.

For more great reading ideas, visit 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!


150 feet of public art by 150 volunteers in Canada’s 150th year

eruda Arts unveiled its N 150-foot mural on October 28, which commemorates

Canada’s 150th anniversary. The mural is a celebration of belonging, equity, social justice, and respect for cultural diversity. The project was led by a team of local and international professional artists including Pamela Rojas and August Swinson, both of Kitchener; The Firm – Kitchener and Cambridge (an artist collective of Paul McDonald and Tom Tonner); and Ian Pierce (“Ekeko”) and Mono Gonzalez, both of Chile. The mural was designed by the artists and was painted by over 150 volunteers who contributed hundreds of hours between June 6 and June 16, 2017. The mural was erected and painted inside the K-W Granite club – Rink in the Park in Waterloo. The mural was later mounted in its permanent location on Charles Street in Kitchener. The mural unveiling included a smudging ceremony, guest speakers and music. A smudging ceremony is an indigenous custom that uses a cleansing smoke to purify the body and create balance. First Nations singer and songwriter Elsa Jayne and Chilean music artist Emilia

SMUDGING CEREMONY Terry Barna takes part in a smudging ceremony at the celebration of the new Neruda Arts Canada 150 mural on Charles Street near Cameron Street in Kitchener. See story on page 15. Photo by Helen Hall

Diaz performed. Regional Chair Ken Seiling noted how happy he was

The new Canada 150 mural is located on Charles Street, between Cameron and Cedar Streets. It is a celebration of belonging, equity, social justice and diversity.

to see the artwork alongside the ION light rail transit tracks on Charles Street. The Region of Waterloo has

its own art program to create unique and creative spaces along the ION light rail transit route.

Neruda Arts received $12,000 in funding from the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund.

2017 Frederick Art Walk is Saturday, November 11 ocal artists are gearing up for the L 17th annual Frederick Art Walk, which will be held Sat. November 11 from 10am to 5pm. The free event is a 4 km walking tour through Kitchener’s Central Frederick neighbourhood - one of Kitchener’s oldest neighbourhoods, bound by Victoria, Krug and Lancaster Streets and

East Ave. This year, 31 artists will be stationed in homes along the walking route, which open their doors to visitors. Products for sale include fabric art, paintings, watercolour, soap, confections, chocolate, preserves, clothing, photography, pottery, stained glass, metal work, jewellery, woodwork, knitting, weaving and sewing crafts.

Drayton Entertainment 2018 season includes Hairspray, The Drowsy Chaperone and Man of La Mancha

he production line up being offered during T the 2018 Drayton Entertainment season has been set.

Artistic Director Alex Mustakas continues his bid to bring crowd-pleasing productions to the award-winning charitable theatre organization’s seven stages throughout Ontario. The coming season will feature a brand new show, Canada 151: Better Late Than Sorry, celebrating the true north strong and free starring local celebrity Neil Aitchison as the ever-popular Mountie, a grand-scale production of Disney’s underwater musical The Little Mermaid, and the regional premiere of Ghost: The Musical, based on the hit romantic film. “Variety is key next season,” said Mustakas. “There is something for everyone, from Broadway blockbusters and hilarious comedies to classic musicals and family fun with another beloved Disney classic and our annual holiday panto.” The 2018 will also see the official renaming of the Dunfield Theatre in Cambridge to Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge, thanks to the generous philanthropy of longtime supporters John and Terry Hamilton. Over the last several years, Drayton Entertainment has made industry heads turn by procuring the Canadian premieres of major Broadway shows. The Irving Berlin musical Holiday Inn continues this momentum with its thrilling choreography, huge dose of humor, and legendary music. Mustakas himself is returning to the stage for the first time in five years to star as the deluded knight errant, Don Quixote, in the epic musical odyssey, Man of La Mancha.

Here’s the line up for theatres in the KW area: Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge (formerly Dunfield Theatre Cambridge) Hairspray - March 14 to April 8. The Birds and The Bees - May 23 to June 10 Cruisin’ Classics - July 11 to July 21 Jonas & Barry in the Home - Aug. 9 to 26 Man of La Mancha - Oct. 10 to Nov. 4 Holiday Inn - Nov. 22 to Dec. 30 Drayton Festival Theatre Holiday Inn - May 16 to June 3 (Canadian premiere) Canada 151: Better Late Than Sorry June 20 to July 8. The Birds and The Bees - July 25 to Aug. 11 Cruisin’ Classics - Aug. 22 to Sept. 1 Kings & Queens of Country - Oct. 3 to 14 St. Jacobs Country Playhouse The Drowsy Chaperone - March 28 to April 1 West Side Story - May 9 to June 2 The Rainmaker - June 20 to July 7 The Little Mermaid - July 18 to August 4 Out of Order - Aug. 15 to Sept. 1 Ghost: The Musical - Oct. 3 to 21 Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto - Nov. 28 to Dec. 30 St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre Shear Madness - Sept. 12 to Dec. 23 Tickets go on sale for groups and subscribers on November 15 and to the general public on December 1. Regular performance tickets are $46 for adults; $27 for youth under 20. Tickets for groups of 20 or more, as well as select discount dates are $37.

Since the event occurs on Remembrance Day this year, the host homes will be collecting donations for the K-W Poppy Fund. For more information about the walk and where artists will be located visit


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Sunday November 26, 2017 Elmira Lions Hall 40 South Street West, Elmira Doors open at 1:00 p.m. Show begins at 1:30 p.m. To order tickets: Call Jane at 519-291-1656

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free. Everyone is welcome, bring some friends! TOASTYTOES SOCK DRIVE - the need for socks will start soon for our neighbours who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. The ToastyToes campaign begins on World Homeless Day – October 10 and will run until Nov. 10. Socks are the most requested and least donated item at shelters, and wet, torn or worn out socks can lead to a multitude of foot-related health issues. Please consider hosting a sock collection at your workplace or hosting one with your family over Thanksgiving weekend, where a package of new socks could be the price of admission to your Thanksgiving dinner. A collection could also be done with your child’s hockey team or dance studio to raise awareness of youth who find support at oneROOF Youth Services in our Region. For the second year, the YMCAs of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge will be accepting your sock donations. SUNNYSIDE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS LIKE YOU! - We are a Regionoperated campus at 247 Franklin St. N. in Kitchener with long-term care, supportive and affordable housing, and other services for older adults. Make a difference in your community by giving one to two hours a week to assist over mealtime. Your time would enable a resident to have a quality dining experience. To apply, visit volunteeratsunnyside<http://www.

sunnyside> or call Janice Klassen at 519-893-8494, ext 6372. MOONLIGHT MASQUERADE – The Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region presents the Moonlight Masquerade Dinner and Ball on Sat. Nov. 4. Doors open at 6pm, dinner at 7pm at the Waterloo Region Museum, 10 Huron Road, Kitchener. Entertainment and silent action. Who will you become? Tickets (on sale until Oct. 28) are $100 before Oct. 14 and $115 after Oct. 14 and are available by visiting ART$PAY ART SHOW & SALE – The first annual Art$Pay Art Show & Sale will be held November 10 and 11 at the Walper Hotel in downtown Kitchener. Over 700 feet of original curated art will be displayed by 50 artists. The Opening Reception on Friday November 10 from 7-10 pm offers food, music, a cash bar and a first look at all the great art for sale! Tickets are $10, advance purchase only. On Saturday November 11 the show continues from 1-4:30 pm. Tickets are $5; children 12 and under are free. Artists will be in attendance to talk about their work on both dates. Two Art Talks at Noon on November 11 are included with admission. Talk One looks at the qualities of good art with David Kaye Galleries and other speakers. Talk Two helps you find out how to get more original art into your workplace and life, more easily, with Paula WhiteDiamond Gallery, Art$Pay and Upside Accounting. Art Talk numbers are limited and preregistration is required. For tickets and event details visit or email AN EVENING WITH HAWKSLEY

WORKMAN – the Kitchener Public Library and the Centre In The Square will host a special free event - An Evening with Hawksley Workman on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at the library, 85 Queen Street, Kitchener. This free event will feature Hawksley performing, reading from his children’s book Almost a Full Moon and being interviewed about his career by Craig Norris, radio host at CBC-KW. Few Canadian artists have built a career with as much breadth, depth and diversity. Hawksley has acted as producer for Tegan and Sara, Serena Ryder and Great Big Sea. He has opened for Morrissey, David Bowie and The Cure. He has released 16 solo albums, written a children’s book and produced a cabaret theatre show that has run in cities around the world. Join us for what will be a truly magical evening as Hawksley tells his stories through song and speech. His appearance is in support of the launch of Kitchener Public Library’s new musician mentoring website, For tickets visit SCHWABEN CLUB COMING EVENTS Saturday, November 11, 2017 – The David Love Band – at the Schwaben Club. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., Show starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets $5.00 in advance, $10.00 at the door. Sunday, November 12, 2017 – Christmas Marketplace from 11 am – 4 pm – at the Schwaben Club. Baked Goods – Crafts – Handmade Items. Free Admission. Bring a donation for the food bank and get a ballot for great prizes. Visit Santa 12-3pm. Plus get a digital photo with a donation to the food bank. Saturday, November 18, 2017 –

Gruendungsfest der Frauengruppe des Kitchener Schwabenklubs. Music provided by the Weiss Blau Band. Club Members $32.00, Guests $38.00, Frauengruppe Members $28.00, Child (9-12) $13.00, Children under 9 are free. Doors open 4:30 p.m. Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available until Monday, November 13, 2017. Saturday, November 25, 2017- “Rock of Ages” The Ultimate Tribute to DEF LEPPARD, appearing at the Schwaben Club. Doors open at 7:30 m, show starts at 8:00 pm. Tickets $10.00 in advance, $15.00 at the door. DIVERSECITY TOASTMASTERS CLUB - Do you have trouble finding the right words when speaking to a group? Need a career boost? Want to polish your presentation skills? Toastmasters is the place for you. Learn communication, leadership and presentation strategies in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. DiverseCity is a new club and is open to all. It runs Mondays, 7 - 8:30 pm at Kitchener City Hall, the Conestoga Room. For more information contact Leo Tintinalli, leo.tintinalli@ ADULT DAY PROGRAM - Did you know Trinity Village has an Adult Day Program for seniors wishing to socialize with other seniors? The cost is just $8 per day and the program runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am to 1 pm, at Trinity Village Care Centre, on Kingsway Drive, near Fairview Park Mall. Self-referrals welcome or contact CCAC, 519-748-2222. For more information call the Day Program Coordinator at 519-893-6320 ext. 235. REEP OFFERS HOME RETROFIT

COACH - REEP Green Solutions has a Home Energy Catalyst program. Homeowners now have access to the free services of its knowledgeable Retrofit Coach to guide them through the process of making their home more energy efficient. The coach will provide expertise and advice where it’s needed along the way, from prioritizing renovations and hiring contractors, to evaluating completed work and considering next steps. Want to upgrade your drafty home? Want to avoid rising energy costs? We want to hear from you! Please contact for more details. 
REEP is pleased to be working on this project with its partners Mindscape Innovations and Scaled Purpose. FOLK NIGHT AT THE REGISTRY’S 12TH SEASON - presented by the Old Chestnuts Song Circle, features an exciting lineup of rising stars and iconic folk artists, thanks to the enthusiasm of our Folk Night audiences. We will welcome singer-songwriters and traditional musicians from both near and far, bringing audiences the broad and evocative music that makes up “folk”. All shows are at 8pm and take place at The Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick St, Kitchener. Advance tickets and a limited number of series passes are available exclusively through www.folknight. ca and Line up includes: Jan. 20 Joe Crookston; March 10 Joe Jencks and Si Kahn; April 14 Dave Gunning and JP Cormier; and May 5 Shari Ulrich.

Kitchener Citizen - East Edition - November 2017  

Kitchener's original community newspaper - established in 1996.

Kitchener Citizen - East Edition - November 2017  

Kitchener's original community newspaper - established in 1996.