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“Many look at the success of the Region with envy. Our community has always found ways to work together to deal with today’s issues while never taking their eyes off the future and planning for it.”
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- Kathryn and Ken with their grandchildren
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Former Notre Dame school site condo proposal withdrawn BY CARRIE DEBRONE
Kitchener Mayor Carl Zehr (middle) holds the spigot as Oktoberfest President, Harry Vogt (far left) hits it with a mallet to tap the Kitchener first keg of beer and officially signal the beginning of the 46th annual KW Oktoberfest celebrations.The tapping was part of the officialcollection opening ceremonies that took place October 10th at noon at Kitchener City Hall’s Civic Square. Zehr and Waterloo Mayor leaf Brenda Halloran (right) were named Oktoberfest parade marshalls. The internationally famous festival, whiich runs until October program 19, is expected to attract more than 700,000 participants. Photo by Carrie Debrone
Kitchener leaf collection program
The recently-proposed Notre Dame school property development is dead. Options for Homes, a non-profit developer corporation, had been interested in purchasing and developing the six-acre site located at 142 Rosemount Ave. in Kitchener, but has now pulled its offer. The land formerly housed Notre Dame Catholic School, which was closed in June 2010 and later demolished to make way for a planned 49-unit subdivision that included single family and semidetached homes However, that deal fell through two years ago.
Options for Homes then became interested in the property and securred an option to purchase the land. To get feedback from neighbours about what kind of development the local community would favour, company representatives held a meeting in June that drew about 150 people. At that time, the company said it was considering several different types of condominium developments for the property - either mid-rise or stacked townhouse styles - with hopes that construction could start in 2017. While some people liked continued on page 2
City of Kitchener leaf collection drop sites are now open. No matter where you live in the city, please, where possible: • Mulch or compost leaves on your property, or • Take leaves to one of the drop-off sites listed, or • Bag your leaves for collection under the Region of Waterloo’s yard waste program or deliver them directly to the regional landfill site. Drop-off sites 1. Schaeffer Park (Bloomingdale Road) 2. Breithaupt Park (Kinsmen Park - off Union Street) 3. Kitchener Auditorium (Ottawa Street North entrance) 4. Meinzinger Park Soccer Fields (Homer Watson Boulevard) 5. Lions Arena (Rittenhouse Road) 6. Southwest Optimist Sports Field (Pioneer Drive) 7. Cherry Park (Strange Street at Waverly Road) 8. Victoria Street South at Eastforest Trail (Eastforest Trail parking lot) 9. Hofstetter Park (40 Hofstetter Avenue) Use the online tool to find the leaf collection options for your specific address at www.kitchener.ca/CurbsideCollection or by calling 519-741-2345.
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the plan for condos, others were unsure saying they believed it would change the character of the mostly singlefamily home area and cause traffic problems. “Our company has pulled its offer for the Notre Dame property,” said Jan Ciuciura, head of Options for Homes Waterloo Region. “The land is overpriced for the number of units we can put on it according to our benchmarks, and the seller didn’t want to lower the price, so we’ve withdrawn the offer,” Ciuciura said. Although the company had talked informally about its proposal with city officials, the City of Kitchener never received a formal application for development from the developer, according to Della Ross, the city’s Manager of Developer Review. The land is currently zoned for single detached homes. Development of any other type of homes, including condos or apartments, would require a zone change.
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New commander of Kitchener RCMP wants officers to have higher public profile BY HELEN HALL
anta won’t be the only S one wearing a red coat in Kitchener’s Santa Claus pa-
rade this year. The Kitchener detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has a new commanding officer who wants to reach out more in the community they serve. His officers marched in the Oktoberfest Parade and he has made plans for them to also march in the local Santa Claus parade. “I want people to see us and feel comfortable around us,” says Staff Sergeant Ed Moreland who took over command of the Kitchener detachment at the beginning of September. Moreland came to Kitchener from Stoney Creek. Many people are not even aware there is an RCMP detachment in Kitchener, and yet its officers serve the largest geographic area in southwestern Ontario - from London, east to Milton, south to Stoney Creek and north to Tobermorey. RCMP officers only wear their red serge (jacket) for dress occasions, so they often go unnoticed while carrying out their police work. And they prefer it that way, since most of the work they do deals with organized crime, drug trafficking, and financial crime. Moreland said they concentrate on many investigative cases in the “upper echelon of criminality.”
Residents had the chance to look inside the RCMP world when the Kitchener detachment held an Open House on September 25 to celebrate its 60th anniversary in Kitchener. Members of the RCMP Emergency Response Team, Police Dog Service and Explosive Disposal Unit explained their jobs and showed their equipment to those who visited the RCMP office on Executive Place in Kitchener. The holding cells were also open to the public. Jean Turner, the local RCMP Corporate Communications and Media Relations Manager, said 13 members received longterm service awards at the Open House. One retired member received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award and another received the National Superintendent Jim Rainville Award for Excellence. Staff Sergeant Nelson Craig, 94, who was the first commander of the Kitchener detachment in 1954, was a special guest at the Open House. “He was a really good speaker,” Turner said. She added that he got lots of laughs when he said there are now 20 officers at the Kitchener detachment doing the same work as the three he had when he was the commander. “He (Craig) is really proud to have been a Mountie and it was an honour to have him here,” Turner said.
And Turner said the RCMP are looking for more people interested in becoming RCMP officers, hoping to recruit 960 cadets across the country. She said the force looks for people with different areas of specialization including finance, technology, and media relations. “We’re looking for wellrounded people, who volunteer and show an interest in the community,” she said. Recruiters give those who apply an aptitude exam, and those who are accepted participate in six months of training in Regina, Saskatchewan. More information on RCMP recruitment can be found on its website rcmp.ca.
for a Second Term as a Waterloo Catholic District School Board Trustee
“His commitment to creating concrete opportunities for all members of our community comes from a place of sincerity and integrity.” — Sara Casselman, Community Leader and Activist, Kitchener “Working with Cameron is inspiring.”
— Lynne Griffiths-Fulton, Colleague and Inclusion Activist
“Cameron brings integrity, passion and thoughtfulness to the position of Councillor.” — Margaret Hennig, Community Volunteer
“I have seen few candidates as hard-working, as accessible, or as action-oriented as Cameron Dearlove.” — Jonathan Rivard, CEO & President of CANGO Group
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As the Region faces the challenges of growth, Ken will continue to work to: • Protect farmland, environmentally sensitive areas, and neighbourhoods while encouraging urban intensification and redevelopment • Create jobs and investment through a stronger approach to economic development • Ensure a balanced program of building and refurbishing infrastructure such as roads, transit, water supply , waste management, and sewage treatment • Expand GO services to and from Cambridge and Kitchener • Work with partners to increase the supply of supportive and affordable housing for seniors, families, homeless, and others • Deal with poverty in the Region by working with community groups and the Province of Ontario’s new strategies for poverty reduction • Push for increased quality childcare
- Kathryn and Ken with their grandchildren
• Help sustain and build our cultural community • Maintain strong financial management at the Region and its Triple A credit rating
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“Many look at the success of the Region with envy. Our community has always found ways to work together to deal with today’s issues while never taking their eyes off the future and planning for it.”
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Top Priorities Involve residents in early planning for new projects and services • Expand programs and services for youth and older adults • Focus on revitalizing our neighbourhoods • Encourage and promote local businesses •
About Me Born and raised in Kitchener • Live in Ward 2 with my wife and daughter • Degree in Social Development and Legal Studies • President/Program Chair at the Stanley Park Community Association • Attended Grand River Collegiate, Conestoga College, and University of Waterloo •
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A Strong Voice for Kitchener Ward 2 City Finances
Over the past 4 years, City of Kitchener taxes have increased at almost double the rate of inflation (14.6% vs 7.7%). There is a need for active business people like Steven Cage, who are willing to enter public service to help ensure that City spending is responsible, prudent and minimizes property taxes. Steven has an MBA from Schulich School of Business (York University), the professional designation Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers (FICB), and over 25 years senior financial management experience.
The Lackner Boulevard - Fairway Road North public school approval should be expedited, so that area students can start attending a local school in September 2016, rather than being bused all over the City.
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Kitchener taxpayers paid over 50% more for natural gas than market rates, due to an aggressive hedging strategy to minimize price fluctuations, implemented in a time of falling market prices. Kitchener can benefit from a City Councillor that has been trained and licenced in Options and other sophisticated financial instruments, to ask the right questions and provide effective oversight.
Seniors Housing Steve has served as a volunteer Director of Thaler Manor Retirement Residence located in Ward 2, and received Region of Waterloo Recognition for his volunteer efforts.
Community Trails A long time marathon runner, Steven can often be seen running streets and trails throughout Waterloo Region. Kitchener should work to expand the City trail system, especially to better connect sections along the Walter Bean and other trails which currently have breaks in them.
Community Activist President of the Confederation Club (founded in 1976), which has hosted many local, national and international renowned speakers in Kitchener. The Confederation Club recognizes Waterloo Region’s top high school history students with an Annual Awards Luncheon and bursary prize, to encourage the study of History. (www.confederationclub.ca)
Steven has had extensive community/volunteer involvement over the years • President of Confederation Club • Member of Greater KW Chamber of Commerce • Member of Communitech • Director of Thaler Manor Retirement Residence (Ward 2) • Small Business Community Network • Appeals Committee of Human Resources Professionals Assoc. of Ontario • Vice President of Tuesday Literary Club • Member of KW Granite and Westmount Clubs • Supporter of United Way and Cancer Society fundraisers Steven enjoys curling, softball and golf. Steven, his wife Maureen and border collie cross Colby have lived in Kitchener for 12 years.
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100 year old home in Kitchener ® receives LEED platinum certification BY CARRIE DEBRONE
EEP Green Solution’s renR REEP Green Solution’s renovated 100-year-home in Kitch-
ener recently received LEED Platinum certification – a designation that now provides the nonprofit organization with a sample of excellence in home energy conservation and sustainability. REEP is known for providing home energy evaluations across the Region of Waterloo. Formerly known as the Residential Energy Efficiency Project, the environmental organization has served Waterloo Region since 1999. It also implemented RAIN - a groundbreaking rainwater management education program, and is co-leading ClimateActionWR, along with Sustainable Waterloo Region, area municipalities and local utilities. On Oct. 4 as part of the Green Energy Doors Open event, REEP staff unveiled five solar photovoltaic panels capable of generating up to 1.25 kilowatts of electricity to the home. Electricity that is not immediately used will be fed into the local electricity grid through net-metering. REEP expects that 20 per cent of the building’s annual electricity needs will be provided by the new panels. The REEP House for Sustainable Living, a century brick home, is located at 20 Mill Street in downtown Kitchener and is one of only a handful of older homes in Canada to achieve LEED Platinum certification – the highest of four LEED levels. Most homes that have achieved platinum certification are new homes. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a third-party certification program for environmentally sustainable buildings, recognized in over 132 countries. It is the primary rating standard used by the Canada Green Building Council for homes and commercial buildings. REEP home staff hope that its $95,000 which took 1 4/7/13 renovations, 2:05 PM Page 1 about a year to complete, will encourage local residents to consider making their home alterations as green and energy efficient as
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possible. The home also provides REEP with a place to demonstrate what is possible --- using the most modern technologies to showcase cutting edge home energy conservation. The changes reduced the home’s energy use by 86 percent. It has water efficient appliances, spray-foam insulation, two heating systems including a wall-hung high efficiency boiler and geothermal heating, several rainwater harvesting systems that provide water for the home’s flush toilets, a rain garden, permeable paving to reduce storm-water run-off, and during construction, waste was minimized by using reclaimed flooring, doors and trim.
The home also provides REEP with a place to demonstrate what is possible – using the most modern technologies to showcase cutting edge home energy conservation. “It will help us get the word out into the community and tell people about what we do,” said REEP Home Solutions Executive Directory Mary Jane Patterson, adding that achieving LEED Platinum certification was one of REEP’s goals from the beginning of the project. “A lot of people are interested in making their home more comfortable. For example, they are interested in finding out about the best types of insulation if their home is drafty or has hot or cold zones,” said Julian van MosselForrester, REEP’s Communications Manager. “This home gives us a chance to show people what can be done.” The REEP Home has been open for public tours and workshops since 2010. A b o u t 1,000 visitors visit the site each year, including people considering home improvement projects and students from high schools, colleges, and universities.
REEP Green Solutions Executive Director Mary Jane Patterson and staff member Brendan Schaefer stand in front of an educational display wall in the newly renovated 100-yearold REEP House, 20 Mill Street in Kitchener, that shows a variety of types of home insulation. The house is one of only a handful of older homes in Canada to achieve LEED Platinum certification – the highest of four LEED levels.
The REEP House is open for free public tours led by a Certified Energy Advisor on a drop-in basis every Saturday from 12 noon to 4 p.m. REEP also provides energy assessments for about $350 (there are now incentives provided through Union Gas and Kitchener Utilities to assist with the cost) and REEP also provides a green home planning tool that can show homeowners the kind of savings they could realize with a few energy saving renovations. “Our mission is to make sustainability the norm in Waterloo Region,” said Patterson. “By achieving LEED Platinum certification, we hope to encour-
age homeowners and industry professionals to adopt the principles embodied in the LEED Canada for Homes system.” * * * REEP will be hosting a series of Better Home Workshops at the newly renovated house. Buying a Home? Ten Things You Need to Know will be held Wed. Oct. 29; Better Basement Renovations will be held Wed. Nov. 12 and Kitchen and Bathroom Spaces will be held Wed. Nov. 26. For more information on the workshops and to register visit www.reepgreen.ca or call 519744-9799. Cost is $10 to $25 per workshop.
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Ontario introduces new food donation tax credit for farmers
he Ontario government has introduced the Food Donation Tax Credit for farmers - a move it hopes will help put nutritious, fresh, locally grown food on the plates of those who need it most. The credit - the only one of its kind in Canada — is giving farmers a tax credit valued at 25 per cent of the fair market value of the agricultural products they donate to community food programs, including food banks and student nutrition programs. “Ontario’s farmers have a long tradition of donating their agricultural products to
charitable causes, and we believe this credit will both honour that tradition and help motivate others to donate,” said Neil Currie, General Manager, Ontario Federation of Agriculture. The new credit is a part of the government’s local food strategy and Local Food Act, 2013 to promote the good things that are grown and harvested across the province. Provincial statistics show that one-third of the 375,000 Ontarians served by a food bank every month are children and more than 600,000
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contributes about $34 billion to the province’s economy and supports more than 740,000 jobs across Ontario.
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Waterloo Region Chair Candidates’ responses to Municipal Election 2014 Questionnaire Residents vote for one of these candidates to become Chair of the Region of Waterloo.
Oscar Cole-Arnal (Oz)
budget controls on salaries over $100,000, setting that figure as a ceiling, cutting salaries to that level and then distributing that extra to public services. A good start will be my own salary of $158.000 going entirely toward the reduction of regional poverty.
Moira Sharon Magee
Age: 73 Occupation: Retired clergy & university/seminary professor (WLU/WLS). firstname.lastname@example.org Age: 53 Organizations belong to/served with (3): Occupation: Just me 1). Organized Lutheran Direct Action ComFollow me on mittee (1969- 1973, Pittsburgh, PA); 2). OrgaTwitter @achairwhocares nized Interfaith Movement for Social Justice or email email@example.com locally (IFMSJ, 1995- 1999) and organizer of the Alliance Against Poverty, locally (hereafter referred to as the AAP), 2009- present). 1. Why do you want to be chair of the Region of Waterloo? What skills do you have 1. Why do you want to be chair of the Re- to allow you to best do this job? gion of Waterloo? What skills do you have I am running for Regional Chair because I to allow you to best do this job? believe my Lived Experience is a huge asset to Our AAP decided to enter a candidate (myself) in the race for regional chair precisely our Region, and beyond. We have lots of busibecause my two major contenders were ness acumen and all those other frills, necespushing agendas of community elites. We sary in government, but I see limited ‘real life’ felt that the needs of the 99% over against experience across a broad sector. I have this the wealthy 1% were being ignored. The and have been advocating for almost as long chief skills I bring to our “share the wealth” as Ken has been Chair, coming up 30 years! campaign is my four decade experience of We need change. Ken’s had a fantastic run. standing for the majority over against the For this, I say thank you; but, I would like to super-rich and their elite allies. see him savor his seventies, with his recently retired Wife and beautiful Family. It’s Precious. 2. What are the three main issues now I have been a tireless volunteer in our Comfacing the Region of Waterloo and where munity, and beyond. I am proud of lending my do you stand on them? face together with my amazing Son to share The main issues faced by our Region as the necessity of Respite, for all in a Family, well as provincially and locally are the obscene wealth gap between “the rich and the when providing constant care to those you rest of us” and the eroding of democracy love. www.ptdc.on.ca/about. Suicide Prevenwhich makes this disparity possible. tion is an imperative for me, given suicide has In Waterloo Region specifically my cam- personally touched my life. We need to Talk. paign moves to reduce this wealth disparity cutting bus fares, which hit our most vulnerable citizens the hardest; addresses the in- 2. What are the three main issues now faccrease in homelessness and lack of afford- ing the Region of Waterloo and where do able housing during a real estate boom; and you stand on them? The LRT is a done deal, IMO. I would like the rise of “temp” labour coupled with the the focus to move to; how do we get it on the loss of secure unionized jobs. The erosion of democracy can be noted in rails with the least amount of disruption and the hasty approval of the LRT and the aban- the most amount of savings. I believe that our donment of Cambridge which is expected to Residents are our best resource and we need fund what will not serve it. to engage all of them, regardless. We need to exemplify the humanity that overflows 3. What are the two most important things that regional government can do to en- here and ensure it isn’t lost in committee and sure the Region of Waterloo will prosper caught up in expensive bureaucracy, in every respect. We need to put people first meeting in the future? The only way to insure regional prosperity their basic human needs. is by employing governmental means to insure that our regional wealth is shared fairly 3. What are the two most important things and equitably? How? that regional government can do to enFirst, seriously pressure provincial and sure the Region of Waterloo will prosper federal governments to use FAIR TAXATION in the future? mechanisms to provide important downTo prosper, we need to protect our most loads for regional services—public transit, valuable resources and work together, inhealth care, public housing, living minimum stead of tearing so much apart. We can do wage, living ODSP/OW, food diet and comit. We rock here in our multi-cultural community start-up restoration, etc. munity, with strengths that are unstoppable, Secondly, given our local unfair regressive when supported. property tax system, I suggest the use of
Robert Milligan no photo submitted Age: 74 Occupation: Retired (Env’tl Health Analyst, Business Systems Analyst, High School math/science teacher) 519-696-2288 firstname.lastname@example.org RobertMilligan.org Organizations you belong to or have served with and in what capacity (limit 3): Regional Landfill Liaison Committee, Wilmot T. Env’tl Advixory Committee, Waterloo Region DSB Spec. Ed. Advisory Committee 1. Why do you want to be chair of the Regi on of Waterloo? What skills do you have to allow you to best do this job? I exclusively have the innovative scientific/ technoligical background necessary to better lead towards the solution of problems that challenge the Region’s taxes and services. 2. What are the three main issues now facing the Region of Waterloo and where do you stand on them? 1. LRT — plan needs improvement: support only a refined design of the LRT plan similar to what I have specified since a likely sub-par LRT system would unnecessarily increase taxes and do little to improve transportation serves for most people. 2. Taxes — need reduction: use new ideas from Innovative Advisory Committees to help reduce taxes (and improve services). 3. Climate Change — more needs to be done fast: LRT could be a CC exemplar.
gion of Waterloo? What skills do you have to allow you to best do this job? I feel the current Regional Chair has forgotten what it is like to be a regular average person living in our region, he has been the Regional Chair for longer than I have been alive, it’s time for new leadership. While in Air Cadets I attended a 6 week Senior Leaders Course at CFB Cold Lake where my leadership skills were honed and polished. 2. What are the three main issues now facing the Region of Waterloo and where do you stand on them? Lack of affordable housing - I think the region needs to start building 1000 units per year for the next 4 years just to clear up the wait list for affordable housing. Infrastructure rehabilitation - Needs to be increased: underground services and sidewalks, bridges and roads. I’ve heard some residents joke that our potholes have roads in them. Public Transit - I think the region should be twinning exisiting rail lines, I believe with the money were are spending on Phase 1 of LRT we could get service into Cambridge. GRT needs to have bus stops cut into the curb so traffic can go around them. 3. What are the two most important things that regional government can do to ensure the Region of Waterloo will prosper in the future? Intelligent land-use planning, Smart prudent spending
3. What are the two most important things that regional government can do to ensure the Region of Waterloo will prosper in the future? 1. Be more sustainably innovative. 2. Involve the public in more useful ways.
Age: 28 Occupation: Temporary Assignment Employee PaulAlexanderMyles@gmail.com / @PaulAMyles2014 paulamyles4waterlooregional chair.weebly.com/ www.facebook.com/paulmyleswaterloo regionalchaircandidate Organizations you belong to or have served with and in what capacity (limit 3): Royal Canadian Air Cadets - 164 Squadron member 7 years 1. Why do you want to be chair of the Re-
Age: 67 Occupation: Regional Chair 519-575-4585 Email: email@example.com Organizations you belong to or have served with and in what capacity (limit 3): Regional Council and Police Services Board, Chair – Mayors and Regional Chairs of Ontario, Board Member – Association of Municipalities of Ontario 1. Why do you want to be chair of the Region of Waterloo? What skills do you have to allow you to best do this job? This Region needs a strong and experienced Chair with a vision that builds on its success, especially when many senior leaders are stepping down. A Regional chair must know and see the whole community and its needs, working with members of Council, working with senior governments, and having a first hand knowledge of the many services the Region provides and the roles it plays. I have served as Councillor, as Mayor, and as Regional Chair for many years and bring much experience to my role in understanding
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the community and helping Council come to good decisions and working together. 2. What are the three main issues now facing the Region of Waterloo and where do you stand on them? We are experiencing rapid growth and must manage it, saving farm and environmentally sensitive lands, protecting our water supply, avoiding traffic gridlock, and building our infrastructure. Our human and cultural infrastructure is all high priority. Affordable and supportive
housing, adequate childcare, new poverty initiatives, and a stronger cultural community are critical. We need to work on economic development initiatives to create investment and jobs by creating a new economic development corporation, bringing on new employment lands, and maintaining reasonable tax increases, all of which helped us achieve a glowing report from Moody’s and a AAA credit rating. 3. What are the two most important things that regional government can do
to ensure the Region of Waterloo will prosper in the future? One of Canada’s more successful communities , the Region continues to plan for infrastructure and human services. Stopping urban sprawl, avoiding traffic gridlock, and having infrastructure to support growth are critical for the Region and we can’t stop our efforts. Maintaining good financial planning, a AAA credit rating, and reasonable property taxes are important to remain competitive yet forward looking. A livable community that enables people is
the key to economic success. Caring for people and their needs – seniors, children, the poor and disabled, those in the cultural community – all of these are important parts of the Regional responsibility.
Candidates Jay Aissa and John Wolf did not respond to our questionnaire.
Waterloo Regional Council Candidates’ responses to Municipal Election 2014 Questionnaire Eligible Kitchener voters elect four of these council candidates to represent them at Waterloo Regional Council.
Age: 24 Occupation: Engineering graduate Contact information: (519)-807-6247 Gregory.firstname.lastname@example.org www.gregburns.ca @gregorytburns Organizations you belong to or have served with and in what capacity (limit 3): Engineering Student Societies’ Council of Ontario as Vice President Finance and Administration and Member of Policy Review Committee, Volleyball Canada as Provincial Arbitrary Official, Member of Program Advisory Committees for Mechanical Systems Engineering and Electronic Systems Engineering (formerly ITCT) at Conestoga College 1. Why do you want to represent the residents of Kitchener at Waterloo Region Council? What skills do you have to allow you to best do this job? I want to provide a voice on council of a regular Kitchener resident; someone who has experience using one of the biggest budget items decided on by council: public transit. The voice of a renter is also essential in this election, as council looks at intensifying the core, increasing the number of people living in multi-residence buildings. As an engineering graduate, I understand the technical side of municipal politics and have been trained to think of problems with a systems approach, looking at all factors and consequences of each possible solution considered to arrive at the most beneficial solution.
2. What are the three main issues now facing the Region of Waterloo and where do you stand on them? Infrastructure supports how we live. We need to be building sustainable and innovative options as we grow as a community. We are a diverse community with a rich cultural heritage, the preservation of which is my next priority. Our arts, museums, and festivals should be supported, helping the community to embrace cultural differences positively. Lastly, social services are paramount to ensuring that all our residents are able to experience a high quality of life and sense of dignity. With fears of displacement of communities during development, it is paramount to examine social services to ensure this community is respected. 3. What are the two most important things that regional government can do to ensure the Region of Waterloo will prosper in the future? Building for projected growth in all aspects of the Region is fundamental to its success into the future. Infrastructure must be upgraded to accommodate for expanding populations, and services must be prepared to ramp up significantly. We need to be ready to step up. Furthermore, we must ensure economic growth occurs to support our Region. Through the continued development of infrastructure, services, and the excellent skilled workforce that already exists and continues to grow thanks to our three world-class educational institutions, we will be sure to create the right conditions to encourage businesses to invest in our Region.
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Age: 56 Occupation: Chief Executive Officer Contact information: email@example.com Organizations you belong to or have served with and in what capacity (limit 3): Since 2000, I have been employed by YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo, a not-for-profit corporation delivering almost 30 programs and services across Waterloo Region and employing in excess of 170 staff. I have been the CEO since 2002. Since 2004, I have served in a volunteer capacity as an Associate Practicum Professor with Wilfrid Laurier University’s Master of Social Work program, providing clinical supervision and support to interns on placement. Since 2012, I have served in a volunteer capacity on the City of Kitchener’s Safe and Healthy Community Advisory Committee, appointed to advise Council and staff on policies, programs and services that relate to the health of the city, with a focus on community safety and crime prevention. 1. Why do you want to represent the residents of Kitchener at Waterloo Region Council? What skills do you have to allow you to best do this job? I’ve spent twenty-five years in the human services sector, developing and delivering emergency, affordable and supportive housing, childcare, and a range of other programs and services to reduce poverty and homelessness. My masters degree and ex-
perience in social policy and administrative work have equipped me with an advanced understanding of the issues and solutions under Regional jurisdiction. I’ve worked alongside Regional government - as a partner, an advocate, and an advisor - for almost fifteen years. I know how it works, I know what it does well, and I know what it must do better, 2. What are the three main issues now facing the Region of Waterloo and where do you stand on them? More than one in ten of our citizens lives in poverty, and the majority of our poor are children. We’ve seen a 220% increase in homelessness shelter use by families. Over 3,000 households are waiting for affordable housing. I believe that poverty and homelessness in Waterloo Region are our most critical problems. In communities where more people are poor, health care costs, social service costs, policing costs and corrections costs are higher. And businesses suffer, too. Affordable and supportive housing, increased access to childcare, enhanced public transit and economic development are necessary tools to relieving and reducing poverty. 3. What are the two most important things that regional government can do to ensure the Region of Waterloo will prosper in the future? Regional government has approved a housing strategy, but its targets are too low. It must work with provincial and federal governments to secure capital and operating funding to build more affordable and supportive housing. And it must work with local municipalities to implement tools and incentives to encourage developers to increase supply. Regional government has also approved an economic development strategy. To achieve the goals of the strategy it must work to improve rail service between Waterloo and the GTA, attract more family physicians, strengthen our arts and recreation sectors, and take the lead in coordinating our municipalities’ development activities.
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Age: 32 Occupation: Coordinator of the Family Centre Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (226) 686-0046 Website: www.camerondearlove.ca Twitter: @camdearlove Facebook: www.facebook.com/ CameronDearlove
Organizations you belong to or have served with and in what capacity (limit 3): • Member of the Waterloo-Wellington Local Health Integration Network’s Community Council • Member of the Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee of the Waterloo Region District School Board • Member of the Early Literacy Alliance of Waterloo Region 1. Why do you want to represent the residents of Kitchener at Waterloo Region Council? What skills do you have to allow you to best do this job? In this race we have record incumbency rates and politicians that have served for decades. While experience is important, it’s also important that regional council reflects the diversity of our community and provides opportunities for new voices to be a part of making decisions. As a new councillor, I will bring a fresh perspective to the issues facing our region. I have a record of reaching out and bringing people together to develop solutions to our challenges. I am working hard every day to earn our community’s support and I will not take a position on regional council for granted. 2. What are the three main issues now facing the Region of Waterloo and where do you stand on them? Smart Growth: • Density bonusing and incentives for affordable housing development • Active transportation and walkability enhancements • Improving transit and implementing ION Good local jobs:
• Region-wide manufacturing retention and recruitment strategy • Taking a leadership role in bringing stakeholders together to ensure our manufacturers have access to new technology, top talent, and markets to sell products • Establishing an incubator for advanced manufacturing in our region that brings together the universities, colleges, tech incubators, and other stakeholders, to maximize innovation Supporting those in need • Protecting funding for childcare subsidies, discretionary benefits and homelessness supports For details on policy positions please visit camerondearlove.ca. 3. What are the two most important things that regional government can do to ensure the Region of Waterloo will prosper in the future? Good local jobs. We need to enhance regional economic development, so that our community is competitive in bringing good local jobs to Waterloo Region. I will push for the development of a strong plan for manufacturing retention and recruitment. More broadly, we need to move beyond thinking about one year budget cycles and four year election cycles. As regional councillor I want to introduce financial, social and environmental long term forecasting into the decision making process. Too often decisions are made without the proper consultation of all those affected. Triple bottom-line forecasting will improve our region’s long-term decision making.
Age: 63 Occupation: Director, Plant Operations, University of Waterloo 578-2112 Email: tomjgalloway14 @gmail. com Twitter: tomjgalloway14 Website: www.tomgalloway.ca Organizations you belong to or have served with and in what capacity (limit 3): Waterloo Region Council 1994-present, Regional Councillor (Kitchener) Chair, Administration and Finance Committee. Waterloo Region Police Services Board 2000-present, Member and Chair.
City of Kitchener Council 1991-2000 South Ward Councillor 1. Why do you want to represent the residents of Kitchener at Waterloo Region Council? What skills do you have to allow you to best do this job? I see elected office as a form of community service. Kitchener and the Region of Waterloo have tremendous reputations for innovation, diversity and general prosperity. I want to keep the momentum going. believe I have the right mix of common sense, community knowledge, business experience and commitment to serve the citizens of Kitchener on Regional Council. I have been able to gain the trust of my fellow Councillors so that my opinion counts. I have been on numerous Boards, Committees, Project Teams and Task Forces that gives me great insight into policy governance and how to get things done. 2. What are the three main issues now facing the Region of Waterloo and where do you stand on them? Financial Policy - We must maximize the value in Regional Services for the tax dollars collected. Through the Service Delivery Review, which I currently Chair, we must examine the need and effectiveness of all services. We must keep our 14 year Moodys Triple A rating for financial management and low debt. Social Services - How we treat those marginalized is a key definer of who we are as a community. Child Care, Homelessness, Affordable Housing are all key issues that require additional support. Transportation - Whether it be roads, transit or rapid transit shaping how our community grows is key.Reducing congestion and promoting intensification is a priority. 3. What are the two most important things that regional government can do to ensure the Region of Waterloo will prosper in the future? Economic Development - Along with the three Cities we need to market our Region internationally through the new Economic Development Corporation in order to attract new investments that will create good paying jobs. We need to make sure our Official Plan and servicing priorities provides various size commercial lots available for purchase. Arts and Culture - We also need to support our Arts and Culture sector that plays a major role in attracting new investment and talent. I believe in Professor Richard Florida’s Creative Class Theory as it relates to Economic Development and Quality of Life.
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Age: 59 Occupation: Property Manager and small business owner email@example.com Organizations you belong to or have served with and in what capacity (limit 3): I am a lifelong Director of K-W and Area United Way I am a 20 year member of the K-W and area Oktoberfest Community Advisory Council I have also been a canvasser for the Heart and Stroke foundation 1. Why do you want to represent the residents of Kitchener at Waterloo Region Council? What skills do you have to allow you to best do this job? I have proven leadership skill along with years of experience working with my colleagues toward making the Region the best place to live both now and in the future. I am a strategic thinker, good problem solver and decision maker and have a strong vision of the direction in which this Region should be moving. I have been a lifelong resident of Kitchener. I have raised my family here and have strong roots in this vibrant community. I have been effective at representing the citizens of Kitchener at the Region and would like to be re-elected for one more term. 2. What are the three main issues now facing the Region of Waterloo and where do you stand on them? Balancing taxes – No greater than the rate of inflation on the Region’s controllable budget, while continuing to provide for a growing Region. Prudent Growth Management Strategy because our community needs to “grow up, not out”. A better use of existing infrastructure will allow this type of development. Integrated Transportation System – because our arterial roads cannot be expanded to six lanes which is what would be needed in the future. Residents require options for transportation in the future. 3. What are the two most important things that regional government can do to ensure the Region of Waterloo will prosper in the future? We need to continue to create economic competiveness in our Region. This requires working hand and hand with our business community and our local municipalities. It is achieved by providing serviced industrial
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land and up to date infrastructure to remain competitive. In this global market it really is our Region against the world. We need to be proactive in initiating safe and healthy communities. It would require continuing community based Policing, the effective EMS system we have in place as well as providing opportunities for healthier life styles, such as walking, cycling or public transportation. This creates a vibrant and caring community.
Age: 61 Occupation: Writer Karen@karenredman.com www.karenredman.com @redman4region 519-570-3838 Organizations you belong to or have served with and in what capacity (limit 3): Chair of Independent Living Centre Board, Board member of YMCA, KidsAbitlity, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary 1. Why do you want to represent the residents of Kitchener at Waterloo Region Council? What skills do you have to allow you to best do this job? Local government serves citizens by providing fundamental services that reflect how we care for and connect with one another as a community. I have served at four levels of government and recognize the impact of
local decisions dealing with social services, sustainable growth, transit and transportation, environmental issues, childcare, social housing and public health. These services are all delivered through the Region. Decisions at Regional Council depend on working as a member of a team. I have demonstrated I can to this effectively. I have experience with working with other levels of government.
type of community future citizens will enjoy. The estimated rate of growth for the Region is 10,000 for each of the next several years. Decisions like controlled growth that balances urban expansion while protecting the rural aspects of life is possible by making better use of existing urban streets and services, sustainable waste management and protection of our ground water source.
2. What are the three main issues now facing the Region of Waterloo and where do you stand on them? Marketing the Region as one entity on a global playing field is essential if the Region can continue to attract investment, job creating enterprises and partnering with new business. The partnership between the Region and all local councils is recognized as necessary and is unanimously supported. The LRT is visionary as an effective planning tool and a transit system. I undertake to ensure that the Light Rail Transit is completed and operates on time and within budget. This project has already resulted in re-development of former empty manufacturing space in Kitchener’s core. Homelessness and social housing is a concern. The Region plays a significant role not only in investing in supportive housing but also in creating partnerships and facilitating other housing players within the Region. 3. What are the two most important things that regional government can do to ensure the Region of Waterloo will prosper in the future? The arts and cultural sector are engines that drive employment and define our quality of life. While supporting cornerstone institutions like the symphony, The Regional Museum and partnering with the redevelopment of the Kitchener library are significant, the Region needs to find ways to facilitate emerging art groups who engage the young professionals who are moving to the Region for work. Solid research is essential for the Region to inform current decisions that will impact the
Age: 70, but what does age have to do with anything? Hazel McCallion is over 90 and has often been cited as one of Canada’s most progressive mayors. Occupation: Business Consultant, Corporate Strategist - President of firm 519-574-5990, firstname.lastname@example.org Organizations you belong to or have served with and in what capacity (limit 3): Past President of German-Canadian Congress, Director of Shamrock Charities, Director of Mosaic Counselling (now Carizon) 1. Why do you want to represent the residents of Kitchener at Waterloo Region Council? What skills do you have to allow you to best do this job? I am proud to call Kitchener my home. I have seen many changes for the better, but am very concerned with what I see as over-
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spending by our regional government and the attendant rapid increase in our debt. The increase over the last five years is nearly a three times multiple, which scares away business investment, because of business’ fears of tax increases. My business and political experience in the fields of finance and management, spending controls and performance measures gives me the expertise needed on Regional Council. 2. What are the three main issues now facing the Region of Waterloo and where do you stand on them? The three main issues that I hear about at the door are: 1) debt and taxes, 2) regional council accountability, and 3) jobs and the economy. Debt and taxes must be controlled by controlling spending, which is controlled by a zero-based budgeting model. Regional Council accountability is controlled by a code of conduct and timely accessibility of councillors’ duties and expenses on region website. Jobs and the economy are best handled by our regional economic development strategy and control of taxes to attract high calibre business and employees. 3. What are the two most important things that regional government can do to ensure the Region of Waterloo will prosper in the future? The Region of Waterloo must a) continue to attract high-tech industry through dialogue with the universities and Conestoga College and the present business community, partnership with the business community in targeted funding of the Arts, a transit policy coordinated with our local municipalities and users of all forms of transit, and marketing of our community to the international business community, and b) through dialogue with Conestoga College, attract specialized businesses requiring the high calibre skilled trades graduating from that college.
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Tech Bar at Kitchener Public Library will honour retiring mayor
ou can honour retiring Y Kitchener mayor Carl Zehr by making a donation in
The Tech Bar will be a designated space within the library where various devices his name to help create a Tech are permanently mounted Bar at the Kitchener Public and available for the public to Library’s Central branch. explore, investigate, and test
run the technology. Staff members will teach patrons how to use the devices through demonstrations, and will be available to respond to questions.
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The Tech Bar will showcase devices across various operating systems, and also allow the public onsite use for additional practice. The wish list is for four to eight devices, depending on funds raised. Technology at the public library builds access, skills, and
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social inclusion by providing the community with the resources and tools necessary to achieve digital literacy in today’s world. Zehr is retiring after 17 years as mayor, and nine years before that as a Kitchener city councillor.
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Over the summer I knocked on every door in Ward 4. I heard your vision for the ward and the city, but most importantly, I heard what you want in your next councillor. You told me that you want:
A councillor who will listen A councillor who respects all voices A councillor who works to understand A councillor who will work with you A councillor who works for you
Establish a Working Group with Conestoga College, residents, students, business and developers to share ideas on how best to manage the growth of the college Hold regular Town Halls and Walk with Wayne days where you can join him in touring the ward and directly addressing issues, together
If I earn your vote and become your next councillor, I promise to work hard everyday to be a leader you can be proud of. On October 27th, I am asking for your support in building a better community.
Engage collaboratively with city staff, in a repectful way, to get things done
Work to keep taxes under the rate of inflation by calling on all city departments to cut spending by 5% over four years
Never make an important decision before publically consulting with the community, first
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HOWE to make a difference James has a proven record of making a difference such as easing the demand for parking on streets near the Auditorium, moving the Margaret Ave. bridge forward and opening the city for food trucks.
For 5 1/2 years, James has been living his commitment to civic engagement by sharing ideas and having conversations on how to make Kitchener the best place possible through his blog and on social media.
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In Good Taste SIMPLE RECIPES FOR A BUSY LIFE STYLE
This versatile condiment makes a great pasta dish. Add a handful of crumbled feta, and toss it with cooked pasta. Or, use it to make a simple version of ratatouille: grill or roast sliced zucchini, onion, sweet red pepper, green pepper, and eggplant until vegetables are soft. Toss with vinaigrette.
CHERRY TOMATO VINAIGRETTE
1 pint cherry tomatoes 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar Kosher salt or sea salt freshly-ground black pepper chopped fresh chives for garnish
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Cut half of the cherry tomatoes into halves. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat and add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, until onion is softened – three or four minutes. Add the halved and the whole tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes have begun to release some of their juices, four or five minutes. Mash some of the tomatoes with the back of a wooden spoon. Add the red wine vinegar and the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Serve warm, or at room temperature. Garnish with chives just before serving.
Of course, we all know how to fry and egg. But perhaps some cooks are not aware of this easy trick to make a perfect fried egg. You need a non-stick skillet that is ovenproof; preferably, a well-seasoned, cast iron frying pan. Choose a size that is suitable for the number of eggs you are frying – the eggs must completely cover the bottom of the skillet. For example, a small skillet that measurers 5 to 6-inches is the correct size for two large or two extralarge eggs. Lightly oil the skillet, and heat over medium heat. Crack the eggs into the pan, and make certain that they are evenly spaced. Immediately transfer to a preheated 350-degree F. oven, and bake until whites are just set – about four minutes. Remove from oven, season the eggs with salt and freshly-ground black pepper, and slide them out of the pan and onto a plate.
Don’t be put off by the somewhat messy look of this cobbler before it goes into the oven. While it is baking, the batter rises above the peaches, and the cobbler will emerge from the oven with a crisp, golden topping.
PEACH COBBLER 5 to 6 medium-sized firm, ripe peaches 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 2/3 cups sugar ½ cup unsalted butter, melted 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt 1 cup whole milk Peel peaches; halve, then pit, and cut lengthwise into slices of about ¼ inch. Place the peach slices in a heavy, 3-quart saucepan. Add lemon juice and 2/3 cups of the sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly, then boil stirring occasionally, for four minutes. Remove from heat. Pour the melted butter into a 13inch by 9-inch baking dish. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and remaining 1 cup sugar in a bowl. Whisk in the milk until just combined. Pour the batter carefully over the butter (do not stir). Then pour peaches carefully over the batter (do not stir). If you wish, sprinkle lightly with ground cinnamon; bake until cobbler is bubbling and top is golden brown, 40 – 45 minutes. Cool in the pan on a rack, for about 25 minutes, or until warm. Serves 6 to 8. Season fritters with salt, and serve with sour cream and lemon or lime wedges. Makes four servings.
As with beef tartare, the salmon version begins with cutting the ﬁsh ﬁnely with a very sharp knife or kitchen shears. You may prefer to use a food processor, but you must pulse it very brieﬂy, and watch it carefully so it is not ground too ﬁnely. (It should resemble raw hamburger). If you are using a food processor, the skinned salmon should be cut into 1-inch pieces ﬁrst, and, of course, you should use only the freshest of salmon. If you are serving the ﬁsh as a ﬁrst course, a 2- pound ﬁllet will serve four.
SALMON TARTARE 2 pound fillet of salmon, chopped as described ½ cup chopped green onion, or sweet onion 3 tablespoons fresh lemon of lime juice 1 large clove garlic, minced 2 tablespoons light olive oil 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill Kosher or sea salt to taste Freshly-ground black pepper to taste Mix together gently using your hands. Serve the salmon in a mound on a plate, with, or on, thinly sliced pumpernickel or black bread, with slices of cucumber.
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Forgotten Foods Symposium at Waterloo Region Museum
he 2014 Forgotten Foods Symposium will take place at Waterloo Region Museum on Saturday, Nov. 1 from 9am. to 4pm. The symposium explores foods and culinary skills that have been forgotten thorough the years and is ideal for those with an interest in culinary skills and food preparation. This food adventure includes sampling a variety of forgotten treats and a local lunch. “Food is everywhere today and we can choose from
a huge array of unusual food items from around the world and close to home. But what about the foods of the past? Many foods, recipes, and techniques fell out of favour and will be explored in this event that is ideal for foodies,” said Wendy Connell, Supervisor of Public Programs for the Waterloo Region Museum. The Forgotten Foods Symposium features keynote speaker Marlene Epp who will give a presentation that
explores the importance of food traditions in shaping cultural, gender and religious identity amongst Mennonites in Waterloo region. Advance registration required. $75 per person plus HST includes lunch and breaks. Special 10% discount to volunteers and members of the Region of Waterloo Museums Membership Program. For more information and to register call 519-748-1914 or visit www.waterlooregionmuseum.com
Food Bank of Waterloo Region Fall season of giving underway T
his month marks the 30th anniversary of the Food Bank of Waterloo Region. Across Canada, an increasing number of Canadians rely of food banks. In Waterloo region, 46 per cent of households seeking food assistance are families with children. The food bank’s fall food drive is now in full swing and it is asking for community support to raise both food and funds to help children, seniors, individuals and families. Workplaces, schools, faith groups, community groups are asked to coordinate food and fund drives. Speakers at the food bank’s Waffles in the Warehouse event marking its 30th year told guests that anyone can experience difficult circumstances resulting in them asking for help. “Food banks will continue to be required and they warrant our help. We should remember that all Canadians have a right to food,” explained Sylvain Charlebois, Associate Dean, College of Business & Economics, University of Guelph. Tim Jackson, from the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing and former president of The Food Bank of Waterloo Region’s board of directors, spoke about the importance of financial support from our community to ensure that the food bank can continue to be innovative and responsive to what is happening in the world around it. “It is imperative to anticipate and manage the changes in the food industry and work collaboratively with other food banks to maximize the variety and quantity of nu-
tritious food available. This innovation requires support from all sectors of our community so the food bank can move forward with necessary technology and infrastructure developments,” he said. “One amazing thing about the Food Bank of Waterloo Region is that it is entirely community funded,” said
Wendi Campbell, its Executive Director. “The food bank is an example of our community at its best, working together so no one goes hungry. Great partnerships mean every dollar provides three meals in our community.” To register your drive visit www.thefoodbank.ca.
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MarketNEWS ZIGGY ZAGGY YOUR WAY TO THE KITCHENER MARKET THIS MONTH TO CELEBRATE OKTOBERFEST! JOIN US TO LEARN HOW TO COOK LIKE OMA AND FOR A PIG ROAST ON OUR PIAZZA. EIN PROSIT, SEE YOU SOON!
OKTOBERFEST COOKING CLASS: COOK LIKE OMA Saturday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Bring your family to learn how to make pretzels and other traditional German food like Oma makes. Accredited KW Oktoberfest awardwinning event.
PIG ROAST ON THE PIAZZA Saturday, Oct. 11, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Join us out on the piazza as we get into the spirit of Oktoberfest! We will be having traditional German music and dancers, kids’ activities and cooking, along with a community pig roast from 11-2 p.m. hosted by our Kitchener Market vendor, Finest Sausage and Meat.
COOKING CLASSES IN THE MARKETPLACE
It doesn’t matter if you know your way around the kitchen, can’t tell a saucepan from a frying pan, or just want a fun night out we have a class for you! All classes are $45 unless otherwise noted. To register: Visit www.kitchenermarket.ca/cookingclasses,call 519-741-2287 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
COOKING WITH BEER:
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Did you know that beer can also be used to enhance the flavours of a recipe? Similar to white or red wine, light or dark beer have different spices, so choosing the right beer to complement your dish is important!
WINE & ART:
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Hosted by a certified Art Innovators teacher, this two-hour class will feature hands-on instruction as you create two pieces of art work, accompanied by wine and a platter of gourmet cheese.
Thursday, Oct. 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thai dishes are created using many different elements in a harmonious way to create a full-flavoured dish. Although it sounds complex, the ingredients are simple and healthy!
HALLOWEEN DINNER WITH CHEFD: Thursday, Oct. 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Watch ChefD prepare a meal right before your very eyes in this cooking demonstation, then sit down to a five star meal with the host. You may bring your own wine to this event. Only $39.
COOK LIKE A CHEF:
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Join us for an exciting new series hosted by Top Chef Canada participant, Terry Salmond. You will learn a variety of cooking tips, techniques and skills designed to make the home cook a top chef, we’ll show you the secrets of the professional kitchen!
SOUPS AND STEWS:
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Warm up to a bowl of homemade soup or stew using one of the fabulous recipes you’ll learn in this class. Soups are a great way to incorporate fresh veggies into your diet! Get the MarketNEWS delivered every month to your inbox!
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Can condo board restrict hours of usage in our social recreation room? Q. Our board is attempting to restrict owners from using our social amenity room between certain hours. The room has a large TV and entertainment centre which owners have used in the past during overnight hours. Some people watch the TV in that room as late as 3 or 4 in the morning.
Others choose to use the entertainment room whatever time they want. Can the board make new rules regarding time limits in which to use this common area amenity? A. According to the Ontario Condominium Act the board of directors may pass rules to prevent unreasonable interference with owners or the
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property and assets of the corporation or to promote their safety, security or welfare. It may be that late night television or activity at the entertainment area may be noisy or bothering some of the other units. There could be any number of reasons why the board has decided there must be time limitations set for the use of this particular room. Prior to passing a new rule it might be a good idea for a board to call an information meeting to let the owners know why a new rule is being created. The board could outline the reasons why it is necessary for them to place new restrictions or time limits in
which to use this room. Keeping owners well informed will avoid any problems or misunderstandings when it comes to creating a new rule. Your board would be wise to contact the corporation lawyer and work with him or her to draft a new rule governing the hours of use for your social recreational facility. Once the rule is drafted the board must approve it and then send notice of the new rule to all the owners including in the notice that owners may requisition a meeting. Any owner who is not happy with the new rule can try to gather the support of 15 % of the other owners to req-
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uisition a meeting to discuss and vote on the rule. The new rule will become effective within 30 days of receiving it, unless the owners requisition a meeting before the 30 days is up.
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No better investment than real estate With interest on savings accounts, GIC’s and bonds at an all time low and stock markets going up and down, real estate has maintained a steady and strong growth over the years. Looking back over the past 5 years, the average single family detached home in KitchenerWaterloo has increased over $83,000 from an average price of $297,794 to $381,455. That is an impressive 28.1%. Going back 10 years, prices have increased from $229,681 to $381,455 which equals $151,774 and is a 60% return. Try getting that anywhere else.
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KITCHENER CITIZEN (EAST EDITION) • OCTOBER 16, 2014 • 17
It’s Your BUSINESS
REGULATING THE REGULATORS BY BRUCE WHITESTONE
ccording to a recent report A from CIBC, Canada has been in a boom in small busi-
ness promotion. Through small and medium-sized companies small businesses have contributed nearly 30 per cent to our Gross National Product, but they increasingly have been hampered by a maze of overregulation. That also hinders others who want to be the promoters of businesses. Clearly, the rules and regulations, which have been so harmful to business, must be changed. Steady growth requires balancing two different economic processes -- investment and demands. We must not impose restraints on them, but unfortunately regulations often inhibit investment. For instance, builders and those involved in construction, have to check with gas, electric, water, and other utilities to make certain that even a minor construction project would not upset underground lines. This columnist attended a Guelph City Council meeting where hours were consumed by a debate over the removal of a tree from the front of a restaurant. Often if a builder’s plans are approved, an application has to be reviewed again before any
changes can be made. Then perhaps several times a year the builder must certify that all the requisite taxes and regulations have been completely followed. Various jurisdictions traditionally try to attract businesses by offering them tax breaks and other alternatives. It is surprising that many report that taxes are not the crucial point restricting entrepreneurs, although uncompetitive personal income tax rates are very important negative factors. There are organizations that will help businesses work through all the red tape entailed in starting a business. It has been noted by the Fraser Institute that “heavy-handed labour regulations are a deterrent to business.”
Dealing with paperwork and regulations has become almost an endurance struggle. Too many officials seem to be so “busy” that it takes countless hours to get approval of a builder’s plans. Red tape is strangling economic growth. Regulating the regulators is a vital way to foster economic growth and more dynamic economy. We must hope that our government acts accordingly, but cutting regulation is not easy because even the most time-consuming and petty regulations have determined defenders. *** Bruce Whitestone is an economist and syndicated columnist living in the Breslau area.
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Kitchener invaded Cambridge on October 9th, when Kitchener Collegiate Institute (KCI) took on Huron Heights in the ‘Kitchener Klash’ of senior boys football under the lights at the Jacob Hespeler field. The Huron Heights Huskies, in the purple, came out on top 38-21. Hundreds of fans were on hand. Photo by Helen Hall
Curves ‘Me Time’ open house encourages fitness and good health T he ‘Me Time’ open house at Curves at the Krug Street Plaza in Kitchener drew many visitors during the week of September 15 to 20. The fitness and nutrition centre was open to anyone who wanted to drop in and members were invited to bring in a friend for a free workout during the week. The open house featured a variety of guest talks and services including a talk on oral health, mini chair massages, a session on thermography, a Steeped Tea home demonstration and sample party, a cupcake day, a diabetes and blood pressure Q &A, eyebrow threading demonstrations,
protein shake and protein bar days where visitors sampled a variety of shakes and bars and a draw for several donated gift baskets from various local businesses. “We wanted to introduce people to Curves and to remind them to practice good heath and to take care of themselves. Coming to Curves is Me Time for everyone,” said Curves owner Martha Bricker. October is Breast Cancer Month and Curves is offering 10 free workouts to anyone wanting to become a member. Participants will get a $10 punch card for the workouts and every dollar is donated to breast cancer research or care.
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Many Kitchener Curves members participated in the ‘Me Time’ Open House that ran September 15 to 20 at the Krug Street Plaza Curves. From left: Helen Sutherland, Wendy Reinhart, Betty Thiessen, Curves owner Martha Bricker, Irma Doerksen, Marcia Liddycoat.
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Boxer Mandy Bujold visits Country Hills Public School to help PanAm Games call for local torchbearers athletes will also be housed in four satellite accommodations nearer their competition venues. The PanAm torch relay will be a 41-day cross-Canada tour and Kitchener residents can apply to be one of 3,000 torchbearers. To help create some local excitement about the games, Kitchener boxer Mandy Bujold who has competed in a former Pan Am Games and
BY CARRIE DEBRONE
itchener will be one of 130 communities in Ontario that the 2015 Pam Am/ Parapan Am games torch will pass through next spring. The largest international mulit-sport games ever to be held in Canada will take place in Toronto July 10 – 26, 2015. About 7,600 top athletes from Latin America, South America, the Caribbean and North America will compete in 41 sports at more than 30 venues across southern Ontario. The games involve more than 20,000 volunteers. With an infrastructure budget of $674 million, the organizing committee is building ten new facilities and substantially upgrading 15 more.
Students got a close up look at PACHI, the PanAm Games mascot.
New games venues in Toronto include an athletics stadium, aquatics centre and field house, velodrome and soccer stadium.
In addition, the Province of Ontario is building the CIBC Pan Am / Parapan Am Athletes’ Village in downtown Toronto. Outside the village,
who won a Bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland in August was a guest speaker at Country Hills Public School on Oct. 9 along with Kitchener Mayor Carl Zehr and members of the PanAm promotions team. The event also included the unveiling of PACHI the porcupine, the official mascot of the 2015 games. Tickets for the Pan Am Games go on sale Dec. 8.
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Local boxer Mandy Bujold and Country Hills Public School Principal Marc Lehmann accpeted a certifical and a plush Patchi from PanAm Games mascot Patchi during a presentation at the school October 9. A team from the games visited the school to inform students about the 2015 games that will be held in Toronto from July 10 - 26 next year. The PanAm Games torch will travel through Kitchener next spring and games organizers are looking for people who want to be torchbearers.
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Festival of Neighbourhoods finale November 2
he 21st Festival of Neighbourhods Finale Celebration will be held on November 2, 1 to 3 pm at Kitchener City Hall. This year’s theme was Reach
Out... Connect... Belong! At the finale, the Festival of Neighbourhoods (FON) will draw a neighbourhood winner of a $21,000 grant. Winners of the grant engage their neigh-
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bours to select an appropriate project, and work with city departments and other partners to implement the plan. The Festival of Neighbourhoods is a longstanding Kitchener initiative celebrating all acts of neighbourly kindness that are exchanged throughout a year. Festival of Neighbourhoods invites citizens to plan activities, projects, gatherings or events in their neighbourhoods that bring people together and are open to everyone. It is important to keep these gatherings manageable, so think simple. Hold a meet and greet so neighbours get to know each other. Have a
games night where people meet and bring their favourite game. Neighbourhoods can then register their activity with FON to have it added to the draw for the $21,000 grant. Committed to building healthy communities, the Festival of Neighbourhoods organization tries to encourage people to build stronger relationships with their neighbours by:
• publishing thE-Neighbour and informing people through the mailing list • supporting neighbours in planning and finding resources for their activities, and • organizing an annual finale celebration to bring all the participants together.
The Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo, the City of Kitchener, and John MacDonald Architect Inc. • telling stories about neigh- are the founding partners of the FON. bourhood activities To learn more about the • giving prizes and awards FON, go to www.kitchener.ca • renting activity trunks with and search “festival of neighbourhoods.” gamesOctober and toys 16, 2014 l Kitchener Citizen -West Edition l Page 13
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Jessop’s map of Canada that will be featured on a Ravensburger 1,000 piece puzzle that will be available in Canada to purchase in January 2015. ...from previous page just one of the many artistic creations available at the walk, which provides an opportunity to view and purchase arts and crafts from artists in 25 heritage homes within a 2km walk in Kitchener’s downtown area. Winner of the 2013 Festival of Neighbourhoods’ Award for Arts and Culture, the Frederick Art Walk is a tour through the Central Frederick Neighbourhood, located north and south of Frederick Street between Lancaster and Edna. Participants can enjoy the beauty of a fall day and pleasure of exquisite artworks, in a setting of grand maple trees and century-old homes. This year’s walk will feature fabric art, paintings, chocolate, photography, pottery, wood art,
stained glass art, sewing crafts, tile work and jewellery. There are items offered to fit every budget. The walk also offers many donated artist’s pieces that are given away to “Art Walkers” via its Passport Program. Children from the neighbourhood also get together and create one-of-akind arts and crafts that will be offered for sale and the money is offered each year to the children’s choice of charity. For a description of the artists and more information about the event visit online at www.frederickartwalk.org. Brochures can be picked up from different locations around the area or at 230 Frederick Street.
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RANTS&raves THE KITCHENER CITIZEN OPINION PAGE
Letter to the Editor
Vote for nature in the municipal election
he upcoming municipal election represents an important opportunity to ensure that nature and the many benefits it provides are protected in your community. Why should this matter to you? For starters, nature is fundamental to your health and happiness. Studies around the world have shown, beyond a doubt, that spending time in natural environments results in greater resilience to stress, increased physical activity, better mental performance and improved immune system functioning. Add to this other demonstrated benefits such as more positive social interaction, more self-acceptance, more self-discipline and a greater sense of purpose in life, and the picture becomes much clearer: access to nature in our communities is vital to our well-being. Nature is also good for the pocket book. Our woodlands, grasslands, wetlands and rivers play a critical role in purifying water, controlling floods, improving air quality, retaining soil, sequestering carbon and providing habitat for pollinators and other wildlife. These and other services are valued at over $84 billion per year in southern and eastern Ontario alone. And nature provides these services for free. We can no longer afford to take nature’s benefits for granted, especially in the face of climate change. We have begun to wit-
ness the astronomical costs of flooding and extreme weather events in Ontario. But the problems have only just begun and we need to prepare ourselves. Part of that preparation should include protecting natural heritage systems – core natural areas and corridors. Robust natural heritage systems help to shield us against floods, droughts and biodiversity loss, all anticipated impacts of climate change. They make us more resilient and better able to adapt. Identifying natural heritage systems is a provincial requirement, but it is at the municipal level where the rubber hits the road. Municipal councils determine what is included in natural heritage systems and how and where growth and ensuing development will be accommodated. We need to elect members of council who understand the importance of protecting and restoring our natural assets. Before you go to the polls, find out who will stand up for nature in your community. Then make your vote count. Vote for a livable landscape and a healthy future where nature is truly valued as the foundation of our social and economic well-being. Dr. Anne Bell, Director of Conservation and Education, Ontario Nature
OPEN LETTER TO THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION
There should be no charges to hold Remembrance Day services Dear Minister Sandals,
is government, and the people of Canada, who owe our veterans, not the other way around. It seems to me that making our public school facilities freely available for Remembrance events for our veterans is the least that we could do. In considering this matter I would ask that you recall the Act of Remembrance from Laurence Binyon’s poem, For the Fallen:
am writing to you today with regard to concerns relating to a Public School Board practice of charging a fee to allow for the use of school facilities to hold Remembrance Day events. Specifically, I’ve been notified that the New Dundee Board of Trade has been instructed to pay a fee of $134 to be allowed to hold a Remembrance Day gathering Saturday November 8th at New Dundee Public School of the Waterloo They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Region District School Board. Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn. Minister, given that it is public funding used to create and At the going down of the sun and in the morning manage these school facilities in the first place, and given that We will remember them. it was the sacrifices of our veterans that have allowed people in Canada to enjoy the freedoms to gather and partake Minister, please consider this matter and act swiftly to enin these nationally significant events, I question why public sure neither the veterans, nor organizations celebrating them schools cannot be made open and available for local recogniare forced to pay for community Remembrance Day events tion of veterans at this time of year free-of-charge. Minister, as we reflect on those whose selfless sacrifice has at public schools in Ontario. provided the freedoms we enjoy today, it seems completely Michael Harris, MPP backwards to now turn around and ask for a fee to be paid to government for a ceremony to recognize them. To be clear, it Kitchener-Conestoga
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arlier this year, the province of Ontario announced that we will be doubling train service between Kitchener and Toronto in 2016. On a very beautiful fall day in September, I had the pleasure of joining local dignitaries and representatives from GO Transit on the Kitchener train station platform. We were gathered there to announce a big step toward allday, two-way GO Train service along the Kitchener line. The province of Ontario has purchased a 53-kilometre section of CN’s Guelph subdivision rail line used primarily for GO Transit service between Kitchener and Georgetown. With this purchase, Metrolinx now owns 80 per cent of the rail corridor over which GO Transit operates up from 67 per cent. The line runs from west of Main Street in Georgetown to Park Street in Kitchener. Metrolinx has also purchased property in Kitchener for the future site of a train-layover facility. By increasing Metrolinx’s ownership of the Kitch-
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infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate. This announcement also means that we are making progress to bring all-day, twoway Regional Express Rail service on the GO network, enabling more commuters to take public transit. Regional Express Rail service will mean faster and more frequent trains, operating in both directions throughout the day, in the evenings and on weekends. This will give commuters additional options for their journeys, and make GO Transit an even more attractive alternative than it already is today by getting commuters to their destinations sooner. The province has an ambitious $29 billion, 10-year plan for transit and transportation infrastructure projects in the GTHA and across the province – we are determined to work as hard as we can to implement this plan. Our government’s focus is the delivery of transit projects that will make the daily commute and quality of life better for Ontario families.
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he economic health of a T nation can be measured in a variety of ways, all of which
should be approached cautiously. One set of measures is the assets, income and upward mobility of the “middle class”. Recently a report using data up to 2007 was contrasted with a report using recent data. The result was a classic example of “the tale of two Canada’s”, the 2007 report laying down the narrative of the “worst of times” and the other describing a Canada enjoying “the best of times”. The data up to 2007 was examined by Employment and Social Development Canada, which concluded that middle class wages were stagnant, that upward mobility was unlikely, and that middle income earners were spending more than they earned. The bottom line was that “the Canadian dream is a myth rather than a
reality, portraying “the worst of times”. The most recent data studied by the Finance Department confirmed the after tax, after-transfer income, adjusted for inflation and for family size, has experienced “robust increases” of 10% after 2006. Finance Canada also found that middle class debt was not unusual compared to other income groups, although noting that over-all personal debt levels posed risks. On balance, the more recent data suggests Canadians are living in the “best of times”. You must reach your own conclusions. My conclusion is that Finance Canada’s more recent data and more detailed analysis present a more accurate picture of Canada today. Finance Canada’s conclusions are also consistent with other independent evidence. For example, a recent Stats Can
study found that the median net worth of Canadians has grown by a whopping 44.5 % since 2005. Also, a recent international study, by the Luxemburg Income Study Group concluded that Canadian middle class incomes rose 20% after inflation between 2000 and 2010, and were among the highest in the world. Atlantic magazine even declared that “Canada is officially home to the richest middle class on the planet”. Together with the fact the percentages of Canadians living below the low income cutoff is at an historic low, and Canadian taxes are at their lowest level in over fifty years, it becomes pretty difficult for any informed Canadian to accept “the worst of times” tale of Canada. Quite the opposite, the result is that, while challenges remain, Canada is enjoying “the best of times”!
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WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS, MAKE LEMONADE
New book uses history of polio to bring hope, confidence to today’s children BY CARRIE DEBRONE
distant childhood memory of a A day in the 1950s when Kitchener author Shirley Hartung didn’t feel well
and couldn’t move her legs sparked her new book ‘Grounded’. A retired teacher, Hartung is the author of several cookbooks including Cookies Naturally, Muffins from the Heart and No Grain, No Pain, a cookbook specifically for people with celiac disease that she wrote in 2000 for a friend who almost died from malnutrition because of undiagnosed celiac disease. She is also the author of Love Stories, a biography. ‘Grounded’ is her first children’s book. Never officially diagnosed with polio, Hartung has since wondered many times if she had the disease that was such a huge threat more than half a century ago to many children in the days before a vaccine was developed. “I can’t remember how long it was that I couldn’t move my legs, but I remember that I had a fever,” she said, adding that many children in her community had suffered from the frightening disease that, before the introduction of the polio vaccine, left some sufferers paralyzed. If she did have the disease, she was spared from its devastating affects although at the age of 19, Hartung had surgery on her legs to alleviate pain she had when standing, something she said may have been related to polio. “I wrote this book because want kids to feel safe. There are so many challenges today for children. I’ve seen kids being bullied, kids having a sibling or a parent die of cancer. I hope
that this book gives them an outlet to talk about it. Sometimes talking about things can make you feel better,” Hartung said. The book is dedicated to the late American doctor Jonas Salk, who first developed the polio vaccine in1952. Since then a second vaccine has been developed and together the two vaccines have eradicated polio from most countries in the world and reduced the worldwide incidence from an estimated 350,000 cases in 1988 to just 223 cases in 2012. The disease is still a threat in Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan and since 2008, more than 20 countries have experienced outbreaks of polio imported from these three endemic countries. Increased effort to eradicate polio have been in the news lately and is the top priority of the Bill and Melinda gates Foundation, which has contributed technical and financial support for immunization efforts. Now very rare in North America, many of today’s children don’t even know what polio is. Hartung’s book, which took her four years to write and is aimed at children in grades 3 to 5, tells the story of how three young friends deal in their own way with polio when it strikes them. The book is accompanied by a 70page activity workbook for teachers to use to discuss the points made in the book -- a tool that fuels Hartung’s personal philosophy that “When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade.” Dovetailing with current curricula, the workbook contains activities such as word searches, inventing your own board game, designing a comic
book, baking brownies, role-playing and learning about Canadian heroes and historical facts about inventions such as the iron lung, helping children explore their feelings about others, making friends, discrimination and developing an attitude of gratitude. “When polio was around that was a really, really scary time for kids. We used to not be allowed to do things like go to the community swimming pool or to places where there would be a lot of other kids. It was like being grounded. That’s where I got the book title,” she said. ‘Grounded’, a clever pun on the book’s look at what is important in life Kitchener author Shirley Hartung recently released her and how to deal with mafirst children’s book, “Grounded.” jor disappointments that are beyond our control, book sells for $10 and its accompanythe book is also about showing children that people with physical or men- ing workbook costs $17.99. tal challenges can do amazing things. * * * “U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt had polio,” Hartung said. Hartung will be signing copies of The book also provides readers with her book at Chapters in Waterloo on historical facts about the disease, a Saturday Oct. 18 and at the Gateway look what it was like growling up with Chapters in Kitchener on October the threat of polio in the 1950s, and 28.She will also have books for sale on moves to the forefront Canada’s role through Jonas Salk to develop the po- November 13 at Grand River Hospital. To order the book Grounded, alone lio vaccine. or with the activity book, visit www.auHoping to sell the book and workbook to schools and home school thorsmhartung.com or email shirley@ teachers, Hartung’s self-published authorsmhartung.com 519-570-4912
WHAT WE’RE READING A monthly column featuring great reads as suggested and reviewed by librarians from the Kitchener Public Library. Follow along each month and discover your next great read!
THIS MONTH’S READING:
The Lemon Orchard by Luanne Rice
Chris Schnarr, Acting Manager, Forest Heights Community Library
ulia and Roberto, two broken characters from seemingly different worlds, are connected by loss and find unexpected love in this captivating novel. Five years after the devastating deaths of her husband and daughter, Julia finds herself minding the beautiful Malibu home of her uncle and aunt. It is here where she meets Roberto, the handsome caretaker of the orchard property. As the two become close, Roberto reveals that he too has lost a daughter. He is tortured by guilt since his daughter went missing years ago when they attempted a brutal desert crossing from Mexico into Arizona. Despite tremendous odds, Roberto hopes Rosa will be found. Drawing on her background in anthropology, Julia is determined to find out what really happened to sixyear-old Rosa. The novel culminates when Julia does finally solve this mystery and Roberto’s life is forever changed. As the story concludes, both Julia and Roberto learn to accept the course their lives have
taken so far. The tale is told from varying viewpoints. A few memorable secondary characters offer depth to the story and help to develop the plot. Lion, a flamboyant retired actor and family friend, adds another perspective to Julia and Roberto. Jack Leary, a former border patrol agent, offers insight into the many tragedies experienced by desperate people who risk everything in the hopes of finding a better life. The vivid descriptions of the setting will appeal to many readers. You can almost smell the sea and citrus perfumed air of the California coast. In sharp contrast, gruesome impressions of decomposing bodies in the scorching Mexican desert will haunt you. Gifted storyteller Luanne Rice crafts a very tender book, one that explores the redemptive power of compassion. The Lemon Orchard is available at Kitchener Public Library in book, audiobook, eBook and eAudio formats.
For more great reading ideas, visit www.kpl.org and click on the “Books and More” tab. Want to share your own review of your favourite read? The library’s online catalogue enables library card holders to write a review for any item in the collection. Simply click on the “Add Review” tab for your selected book, and write away!
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ARTIST’S MAP OF CANADA TO BE FEATURED ON 1,000-PIECE PUZZLE
November 9th Frederick Art Walk to feature work of 70 artists BY CARRIE DEBRONE
ocal artist Louise Jessup’s L future is mapped out – well part of it is.
About two years ago Jessup began using her computer to make unique maps of Canadian cities that show and name each of their neighbourhoods. One of her creations caught the eye of the German toy and game manufacturer Ravensburger Toys and Jessup recently licensed one of her typographic maps of Canada to the company. which will use it as a design for a 1,000-piece puzzle. The 24 x 30-inch puzzle will be available to Canadian consumers in January 2015. New Hampshire-based Ravensburger is the U.S. subsidiary of Ravensburger Spieleverlag GmbH, founded 130 years ago in Ravensburg, Germany. The company is a leading producer of toys and is celebrated for its meticulous commitment to detail, high production standards and superior quality. In addition to its puzzles, games, and science kits, the company holds licenses for well-known
Local artist Louise Jessup’s map of Canada will be used by a German toy manufacturer to produce a 1,000 piece puzzle that will go on sale in Canada in January 2015.
brands such as Thomas & Friends™ and Disney. To produce her maps, Jessup uses each city’s boundary as the map’s border. Within the border, she divides the city into its own unique neighbour-
hoods. Finding out where the neighbourhood boundaries are and exactly how many neighbourhoods there are in a city can be quite challenging. Not all city neighbourhoods
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are recorded on city planning maps, which she uses to research each map, so Jessup also uses local real estate maps. The research may require many hours of searching and in some cases talking with the people who live in the neighbourhoods. After each neighbourhood’s boundary streets are identified she uses her computer to plot them inside the outline of the city, To create visual interest, Jessup then fills in the areas with the name of the neighbourhood using a variety of letter sizes and shapes. She has also created themed maps, such as one of Scotland that is divided into that country’s scotch distilling regions, which she fondly refers to as ‘Scotchland’. She’s also produced a map of Ontario’s 108 active provincial parks. It takes anywhere from three to 10 hours to produce one map, after the research is completed. Some cities have hundreds of neighbourhoods, while others have far less. Her Kitchener map contains all of the city’s 55 neighbourhoods. Jessup then uses several local printing companies to print the maps on 11 x 14-inch, 100-pound paper and wraps them in clear plastic ready to be sold, shipped and, ultimately framed, by the new owner. She can produce maps in any colour, or multi-colours and in various sizes. She readily takes custom orders. For example she has had customers request a black map of Kitchener with their neighbourhood highlighted in a different colour or with a red heart printed over their neighbourhood. She’s had orders from
France, Texas, and Alaska and from all over Canada. So far, she has produced maps of the Region of Waterloo, Ottawa, Guelph, Cambridge, Oakville, Burlington, London, Niagara-on-the-Lake as well as the provinces of British Columbia and Nova Scotia. www.etsy.com/shop/FabulousFelties For the second year, Jessup will be one of 70 artists featured at the 14th annual Frederick Art Walk, which takes place Saturday, November 9. Her unique product is just one of the many artistic creations available at the walk, which provides an opportunity to view and purchase arts and crafts from artists in 25 heritage homes within a 2km walk in Kitchener’s downtown area. Winner of the 2013 Festival of Neighbourhoods’ Award for Arts and Culture, the Frederick Art Walk is a tour through the Central Frederick Neighbourhood, located north and south of Frederick Street between Lancaster and Edna. Participants can enjoy the beauty of a fall day and pleasure of exquisite artworks, in a setting of grand maple trees and century-old homes. This year’s walk will feature fabric art, paintings, chocolate, photography, pottery, wood art, stained glass art, sewing crafts, tile work and jewellery. There are items offered to fit every budget. The walk also offers many donated artist’s pieces that are given away to “Art Walkers” via its Passport Program. Children from the neighbourhood also get together and create one-of-a-kind arts and crafts that will be offered for sale and the money is offered each year to the children’s choice of charity. For a description of the artists and more information about the event visit online at www.frederickartwalk.org. Brochures can be picked up from different locations around the area or at 230 Frederick Street.
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LOVE LOST & FOUND: THE STORY OF MEL BROWN
Mel Brown film documents the evolution of the blues in Kitchener BY ANDREA HALL
n the blues world, Mel Brown is legIhome. end. And in Kitchener, he found a
The guitarist showed up in 1989 and never left. His talent and persona inspired a legion of young musicians and a thriving blues scene. Five years after his death, his remarkable life is being told through a documentary by a local crew who watched him make a mark in Kitchener. “We had an amazing story about a world class musician who impacted our community and we had music that had a real groove to it,” said Sean Jasmins, the director of Love Lost & Found: The Story of Mel Brown. “The goal was to create a film that was cool, and had as much groove as Mel did.” Brown was born in Mississippi to a musical family. Before long he was rubbing shoulders with the best –TBone Walker, B.B. King, and Stevie Ray Vaughan to name a few. After years of touring, recording, and jamming in the United States, he ended up here in Kitchener, where he stayed until his death. Glenn Smith is responsible for drawing him up to Canada. He now owns Ethel’s Lounge in Waterloo, but in the late 80s he started up a local blues club called Pop the Gator in downtown Kitchener, recruiting Brown to anchor the house band. “I just told him almost on a whim that I was looking to put a house band together,” he said. In the film, Smith details how the whole conversation, which took place at Willie Nelson’s golf club in Texas, lasted about 30 seconds. “He was available and I had a club so we made it work,” Smith said. “We never really had any discussion as to whether he’d be here 6 months or 6 weeks. Ended up being, you know, he was here for the rest of his life.” It was during Brown’s time at Pop the Gator that Jasmins first encountered him. “I thought it was amazing this guitar player from Mississippi had somehow landed in Kitchener of all places.”
Later, as marketing director for Centre in the Square, Jasmins fielded requests from performers like B.B. King and Buddy Guy who knew Brown from his pre-Kitchener days. Jasmins was responsible for arranging backstage meetings between the old friends, and got to know Brown, eventually bringing up the idea of making a documentary. “The pitch to Mel was, wouldn’t it be great to take you back to Mississippi and we’ll interview you along the way and you can pick up some gigs along the way,” Jasmins said, but the proposal came too late, a year before Mel died. At a CD release party following his death, Jasmins said he realized the documentary idea wasn’t Premiere of Love Lost and Found film from right: Rob Deyman - Executive Director of the Kitchener totally off the table. Festival, Philip Bast - Co-Producer, Miss Angel Brown - Mel Brown’s widow, Steve Strongman He and his team, including co- Blues - Juno Award Winning Musician, Sean Jasmins - Director, Writer, Producer. producer Philip Bast and editor Rob Photo courtesy of Blue Fusion Productions. Photographer: Gary Collver Ring, worked on the film for three and a half years, with a shoestring budget found out we were doing this people Fests, an event largely inspired by partially funded by an arts grant from were coming out of the woodwork to Brown’s presence in the city. Waterloo Region. It’s Jasmins’ first help,” Jasmins said. “He gave us credibility in the beginfilm, but despite the challenges he said Brown’s widow Miss Angel narrates ning of the Blue Festival. If an artist he found a lot of support the film, which features archival like Mel Brown was in the community, in the community, a concert footage and an all Mel other blues artists would understand testament to Brown’s Brown soundtrack courtesy of that.” impact in Kitchener. Kitchener is now home to one of Electro-Fi Records. Jasmins “It was my idea to the largest blues festivals in the counsaid they also shot tell the story, footage at multiple try. More than 100,000 people come but as soon Kitchener Blues each summer to catch the four days as people of free concerts. Brown was the only musician to take the stage every single year from its inception, until his death in 2009. “It was that generous spirit that Mel had that really led to this blues scene beginning to percolate and led to the birth of the Kitchener Blues Festival,” said Jasmins. The documentary opened to a sold out screening at Princess Twin Cinemas in June. DVDs are available at Encore Records, and the film will return to the big screen at the Registry theatre on November 1, as part of the second annual Night\Shift, a nocturnal arts festival. The free, midnight screening will be preceded by a $10 blues review concert, featuring a number of local artists. For more information on Mel Brown and the film, go to www.loveloMel Brown (Photo courtesy of Blue Fusion Productions. Photographer: Gary Collver). standfoundmovie.com.
Bruce Gordon named Chair of the Centre In The Square’s board
ruce Gordon has been appointed as B the new chair of the Centre in the Square’s (CITS) Board of Directors.
Gordon, who lives in Waterloo, is Chair of the Manulife Bank of Canada and Manulife Trust Company. He serves on the board of the C.D. Howe Institute and joined the CITS board last season.
For more than ten years he has been actively involved in the Kitchener-Waterloo community, currently chairing Barnraisers, serving on the Board of Waterloo Region Family Network, the Advisory Committee of the Conrad Centre for Business Entrepreneurship and Technology at the University of
Waterloo, and chairing the Development Committee. He is also a Partner in Social Venture Partners. Gordon has also served on the board of St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation as well as chairing the hospital’s Leadership Committee, and was a member of the University of Waterloo’s Board of
Governors, Executive Committee, Finance and Investment Committee, and Audit Committee. Gordon takes over the CITS Board leadership from Marcus Shantz, who volunteered to extend his term of service in 2014 in order to serve as interim Chair.
Kitchener has much to celebrate in October – enjoy your time with family & friends and have a Wunderbar Oktoberfest!
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Grand River Film Festival 2014 runs Nov. 3 - 8
he 2014 Grand River Film Festival T kicks off November 3 with Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, the comical and
poignant portrait of one-of-a-kind Broadway legend Elaine Stritch, who indisputably remained in the spotlight till her passing in July at age 89. First time director Chiemi Karasawa, an award-winning filmmaker who has also worked in television and commercial production for over 20 years, clearly succeeded in capturing Stritch’s complete trust as the Tony and Emmy winner shared her battles with alcoholism, the aging process, and diabetes — expressed via Stritch’s ever-crotchety personality. And some of the film’s best moments are when Stritch’s friends and fellow entertainment world colleagues share their reflections. Canadian award-winning actress and writer Jennifer Dale, who in 2013 was honoured in Toronto with a star on College Street’s Italian Walk of Fame, will emcee GRFF’s opening gala. The gala will take place at Landmark Cinemas 12 Kitchener, 135 Gateway Park Drive, Kitchener at 7:30pm. Festivities will begin with a spoken word performance by Water-
loo Region’s own Janice Lee, a poet, musician, actor, video blogger, and community organizer who has toured nationally and is the artistic director of the KW Poetry Slam. A post-screening Q&A with the director will take place directly after the show. Join the group at Blackshop Restaurant & Wine Bar, 595 Hespeler Road, Cambridge, for the after party with local jazz singer and pianist, Tim Louis. Tickets for the Opening Gala, $25 each, can also be purchased in person at the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Centre, 750 Hespeler Road, Cambridge or online at www. grff.ca Nine films have made the cut for the 7th annual SHORT Shorts Competition. Over 80 submissions were received from across Canada. T h e SHORT Shorts Competition takes place within the framework of GRFF and celebrates short films in two categories (Waterloo Region and CrossCanada). It provides aspiring filmmakers support and exposure of their 15-minute-or-less film through the hosting of a networking/shorts award event with judging by film profes-
sionals, the screening of their film in a festival setting, and the opportunity to win significant cash and product prizes. The 2014 guest judges will include Suzan Ayscough, Director of Communications, Academy of Canadian Cinema & TV, Toronto, Chloe Bellande, Director/Producer, Blue Infinity Films, Montreal and Matt Ninaber, Director/Producer, High Rise Studios, Conestogo.
Director. Call it Blue by Alessia Lamonaca, Richmond Hill ON La Canadienne Francaise by Charles Grenier, Montreal PQ The Hold Up by Struan Sutherland, Halifax NS Milk and Honey by Samantha van der Beek Guelph ON Strangers by Jim Calarco, North Bay ON
“Shorts are a fantastic format for both the audience and the filmmaker. The challenge and art of telling a story in a short amount of time produces exceptional films, and has made this annual program a “must attend” event at GRFF” said Chair, Nelson Dunk. Short films will be screened at 2pm, Saturday November 8, 2014 at Princess Twin Cinemas, 46 King Street North, Waterloo followed by an awards presentation, industry keynote and catered reception. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students. For more information about the Canada Wide Category Grand River Film Festival and the The film must have been filmed and event schedule, and for tickets visit produced in Canada with a Canadian www.grff.ca.
Waterloo Region Category Director must be from the Region of Waterloo, or the film must have been produced in the Waterloo Region. Adams Day by Benjamin Rouse, Toronto ON Behind the Mask by Joshua Chislett, Cambridge ON Going Going Gone by Danny Hamilton and Cameron Herzberg, Etobicoke ON Tasha and Friends by Greg Kovacs, Kitchener ON
KWMP presents The Drowsy Chaperone Nov. 6 to 15
W Musical Productions will present The Drowsy Chaperone November 6 to 15 at The Registry Theatre (corner of Frederick and Weber Streets in downtown Kitchener). The hilarious and clever musicalwithin-a-musical is the winner of five
Tony Awards and offers a delightful look into the world of a musical theatre super fan. The show’s narrator invites us into his home to share his favourite musical comedy from the 1920s. As he turns on his record player, the musical
Tickets are now on sale at The Cenbursts to life and his home transforms tre in the Square box office. Call 1 800 into the show’s set. Directed by Eric Da Costa, with 265 8977 or visit bit.ly/10lnkwO Seatmusical direction by Bob Staider and ing is first-come, first-pick. choreography by Sarah Willet, The Drowsy Chaperson is suitable for all ages and audiences.
Dear Friends, As you prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, I encourage you to remember those less fortunate. Many in our community, for the first time ever, are having to rely on the local food banks and they need our help. Donations can be made at local grocery stores, fire halls or at the food banks. If you can, please make a food or cash donation today. Stephen Woodworth Member of Parliament, Kitchener Centre Address: 300 Victoria Street North, Kitchener
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Kitchener Mayoral Candidates’ responses to Municipal Election 2014 Questionnaire Eligible Kitchener voters elect one of these candidates to become Mayor of Kitchener.
Age: 52 Occupation: Councillor and Return to Work Specialist email@example.com (519) 591-1022 Organizations you belong to or have served with and in what capacity (limit 3) Graduate, Leadership Waterloo Region, President, Olde Berlin Town NA, Chair, Downtown Neighbourhood Alliance 1. Why do you want to be Mayor of the City of Kitchener? What skills do you have to allow you to best do this job? Running for Mayor is a response to a calling to public service for me. This is an opportunity to help make Kitchener even greater based on a new vision that taps into our greatest renewable resource, the ideas and energy of our citizens, businesses and social innovators. I have the unique blend of the best of four worlds, city hall, our city and all its sectors, the business world as a trained mediator and also as a community builder for over 20 years. I am the most accessible Councillor ever, being at the Kitchener Market weekly on my own time. I have thousands of successful meetings and mediations to my credit, and have rolled up my sleeves to build community gardens and pot lucks and talk with Presidents and the homeless. 2. What are the three main issues now facing the City of Kitchener and where do you stand on them? Affordability. We need to make it our mission to continuously improve our efficiency and look for savings every day in every operation in the city to help keep taxes low and people in their homes and have money to help those in need. We need to bring our $110 million debt down. Good Jobs. We need a strong leader who can help Kitchener cut red tape and become a welcoming city open for business and growth for good jobs, plus help colleges grow apprenticeships for those good with their hands. As Mayor, I would take an active role in showcasing Kitchener to new companies. The Environment. We can become leaders and make being green into a competitive advantage to attract and retain workers and businesses. Better on energy use, better and more green spaces and better bike trails and ¬†micro dog parks. We can also do a green splash pad for $1000 and put them in widely and not wait 20 years to build one for $400k.
What are the two most important things that the City of Kitchener can do to ensure our city will prosper in the future? Be competitive! Keep our taxes low so we are attractive to businesses and citizens and also cut red tape so we pave the way for business to set up and expand and create good paying jobs. We should always be looking for opportunities to save money and do their work more efficiently. The second priority costs little and is to listen more deeply to our citizens who have amazing ideas and energy. This means as your Mayor, I would continue to listen to you at the Kitchener Market, plus malls and community centres. I would ask council to bring one meeting per term to your ward and tour the area and listen to your priorities from neighborhoods, seniors and youth. I would also support emailed questions to staff during our meetings for those watching at home. Finally, online dialogue about our projects and your concerns on a new engagement tool I have explored with staff.
Peter Martin No photo submitted Age: 56 Occupation: Chef Business Owner firstname.lastname@example.org 1. Why do you want to be Mayor of the City of Kitchener? What skills do you have to allow you to best do this job? To serve the citizens of Kitchener and use my experience in business from the last 25 yeas to bring some order and fairness to the taxes. 2. What are the three main issues now facing the City of Kitchener and where do you stand on them? 1 The first issue is taxes that have risen 30% in the last 10 years. This must chance and be kept in line with the rate of inflation. 2 The LRT must be brought in on time and on budget 3 Managing growth. We should all invest in that personally and professionally to bring out the best in everyone to enhance our future 3. What are the two most important things that the City of Kitchener can do to ensure our city will prosper in the future? Listen to all citizens take there ideas and respond to them. We need to get away from .this top down style of dealing with issues . By getting people in all walks if life to realize that we live in a great place and together we can grow and prosper.
Age: 43 Occupation: Disabled
3. What are the two most important things that the City of Kitchener can do to ensure our city will prosper in the future? Electing me, Slavko Miladinovic, as mayor to implement my ideas for increasing revenue without increasing taxes, which would increase the budget. Turning the role of part time city councillor into a full time job, in order to create greater revenue without increasing taxes. This could be done rather easily by amalgamating ten wards into five wards and doubling the councillor’s salary for a full time position.
email@example.com Organizations you belong to or have served with and in what capacity (limit 3): Founded the KW Serbian Youth Council (1991) that united the Serbian community, which was divided since the 1960s. I was elected as president unanimously, since noone else ran for the position (yes, a vote was still cast). National Rifle Association of America: Life Member and Recruiter. 1. Why do you want to be Mayor of the City of Kitchener? What skills do you have to allow you to best do this job? To create additional revenue for the city and its residents without increasing taxes any further. I have experience in construction, transportation and problem solving skills. I was an entrepreneur from an early age and had great responsibilities, including defense, from an earlier age. I can fend off bullies and bullying towards the two tier municipality from organizations and governments. Forcing the Region, by the province, to become accomplices to illicit drug use would be the first issue I would fend off as a member of regional council. 2. What are the three main issues now facing the City of Kitchener and where do you stand on them? i.) Budget: I plan to increase revenue without increasing taxes. ii) Infrastructure & Services: The old infrastructure needs replacing as soon as possible, so we do not have to experience broken water lines and sewage collapsing. Increasing funds for first responders as requested. I plan on looking into having CCTV (webcams) installed, via the internet, for safer streets and court documentation. iii) Kitchener housing: There is not enough housing to accommodate the homeless. Micro units would fulfill this temporary transition into better housing. Properly retrofitting existing housing for those with mobility issues is another important issue.
Age: 46 Occupation: Tax Lawyer firstname.lastname@example.org Organizations you belong to or have served with and in what capacity (limit 3): Volunteer Action Centre – VP Board of Directors. Ontario Bar Association – Tax Law Section – Executive for Regional Programming. Creator of Canadian Taxation Professionals LinkedIn Group of 2,000 plus professionals dedicated to free assistance. 1. Why do you want to be Mayor of the City of Kitchener? What skills do you have to allow you to best do this job? As the only tax lawyer in the Waterloo Region, I work with all levels of clients from municipalities and large corporations right down to single parents unfairly denied child tax benefits. What I find most rewarding is being able to make a positive difference in my clients’ lives by fixing their problems and guiding their future success. In addition to having an understanding of all areas of law, I am required to understand accounting, budgeting, and financial forecasting. With my education and experience, I know as Mayor that I can guide the future success of Kitchener while minimizing property taxes. 2. What are the three main issues now facing the City of Kitchener and where do you stand on them? The biggest issue is whether another property tax increase of almost double the rate of inflation can be stopped. The other candidates support further spending projects ...continued on page 28
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...continued from page 27 by the City while I believe that the City must start looking for savings and alternative sources of funds. The second issue is the lack of business investment into Kitchener. I believe that the City must use incentives to entice businesses such as manufacturing to locate in Kitchener. The third issue will be the construction of the LRT. I believe the City must assist local affected business to survive the financial disruption. 3. What are the two most important things that the City of Kitchener can do to ensure our city will prosper in the future? To ensure that the City will prosper, its residents must elect councillors and a Mayor that want to freeze further increases in property tax and utility expenses by finding savings within the City budget. If residents, especially those on low income or fixed income, cannot afford to live in the City, the City will never grow and prosper. Secondly, the City must seek to have future development projects co-funded by private businesses looking to advertise themselves. By seeking partnerships, the City is able to raise funds for development without having to increase property taxes.
Age: 48 Occupation: Councillor, Self-employed consultant Email: email@example.com Phone: (519) 578-2014 Twitter @berryonline Organizations you belong to or have served with and in what capacity (limit 3): Federation of Canadian Municipalities (President & board member) Kitchener Public Library (Board member) Wilfrid Laurier University (Board member)
1. Why do you want to be Mayor of the City of Kitchener? What skills do you have to allow you to best do this job? I want to be Mayor because I have a vision for a better Kitchener that is a shared vision which includes input from thousands of Kitchener residents and also attained through my years of local government experience within our community and beyond. I also am the candidate best positioned to deliver on that vision based on my skills, know-how and relevant experience. I know what it takes to get things done at City Hall and with other orders of government. I also know what it takes to bring community organizations together and achieve great things! 2. What are the three main issues now facing the City of Kitchener and where do you stand on them? Strong neighbourhoods: Neighbourhoods must be based on living together as community. I’ll ensure we live in safe neighbourhoods with needed facilities, parks and trails. Road, trail & utility infrastructure and public transit investment will be a priority. Growing our economy: We need to continue welcoming small businesses, high-
tech and new sectors. I will also support a manufacturing incubator to help companies innovate, grow and add jobs. Financial responsibility: We must live within our means. Tax rate increases need to be at or below inflation. We need to review spending, cut city hall’s red tape and explore partnerships and sponsorships. 3. What are the two most important things that the City of Kitchener can do to ensure our city will prosper in the future? To ensure our ongoing prosperity, we must continue to focus on economic development and job creation. That means we must ensure good paying jobs for people with skilled trades in advanced manufacturing, provide guidance and remove roadblocks for those starting small businesses, and continue to spur innovation inspired growth in the hightech and digital media sectors. We must also embrace our big city energy while preserving our small-town feel. That means focusing on building vibrant neighbourhoods, encouraging citizen engagement and through placemaking and arts and culture investment, focus on creating a city where people want to live, work and play!
Kitchener Council Candidates’ responses to Municipal Election 2014 Questionnaire Eligible Kitchener voters elect one city councillor who will represent them in their city ward.
For more information about what ward you live in and what the requirements are for voting, visit the City of Kitchener’s website at www.kitchener.ca and click on Inside City Hall then go to the “Election” tab on the left hand side of the webpage.
There is no city councillor election in Ward 3. Councillor John Gazzola is acclaimed.
cerns and fight to make sure the city does the right thing.
2. What are the three main issues now facing your ward and where do you stand on them? Development – In Ward 1 there are both current (Former Notre Dame school site, Highway 7) and future projects that will impact the community. I firmly believe that projects must be compatible with surrounding neighborhoods and local residents must be onboard. I have experience fighting and winning - these kinds of battles. Environment – As a mother of 3 young boys I am acutely aware of the future and concerned about what we can do locally (greening of our communities and schools, access to nature – i.e. a park on the grand) as well as how we can renewable energy projects where it makes sense (i.e. more projects like solar installation on the Kitchener Operations Centre) How we invest – Spending money is investing. However, in the public sector the returns are not measured in dollars - they are measured in VALUE delivered to residents. We need to look beyond cost cutting and efficiency and make sure that every dollar spent is spent wisely to maximize value for tax payers. Embracing this philosophy impacts all the issues that Ward 1 is currently facing and it will guide how I approach new issues that arise in the next 4 years.
Age: 33 Occupation: Mother (previously: 8 years in Banking & Finance, 4 years as general manager in Hospitality Industry) firstname.lastname@example.org 519-500-1050 www.voteniki.ca 1. Why do you want to represent the residents of your ward at Kitchener City Council? What skills do you have to allow you to best do this job? I have 8 years experience in banking and finance that started right here serving the residents of Ward 1. This gives me a great understanding of the numbers – and the importance of value. I believe tax payers should be treated as customers and the city needs to strive to deliver value to them. I also have experience fighting battles on almost every floor of city hall and at council – all of which have made me realize that Ward 1 needs a strong voice to listen to their con-
3. What are the two most important things that the City of Kitchener can do to ensure our city will prosper in the future? 1) I believe the Value focused philosophy I outlined above in “How we invest” is critical for the entire city. Prosperity comes from
working hard, making smart decisions, and planning for the future. 2) Our city is undergoing rapid change as the downtown is revitalized through redevelopment and intensification and we undertake major infrastructure projects like the LRT. Change and growth can be a great thing, but it requires careful management and smart decisions. I firmly believe that there should be no casualties in the process of development – we are here to plan for the future, but first and foremost, we are here to serve the residents of Kitchener.
Age: 39 Occupation: City Councillor Website: www.scottdavey.info email: email@example.com Phone: 519.489.9056 Organizations you belong to or have served with and in what capacity (limit 3) Economic Development Advisory Committee - Board Member, Safe and Healthy
Communities - Board Member, Kitchener Power Corp. - Vice Chair 1. Why do you want to represent the residents of your ward at Kitchener City Council? What skills do you have to allow you to best do this job? My most relevant skills are in Finance, Technology and Negotiation. Seniors and middle class families (like my own) are especially sensitive to tax increases. Four years ago I promised a strong voice to help keep taxes in check while maintaining the city services we all rely upon. That strong voice has manifested via my election as Finance Chair in each of the past three years. Kitchener has turned a corner. We’ve kept taxes under inflation each of those years, while making significant investments in the Environment, our Community Centres, Cycling, and Parks & Trails. 2. What are the three main issues now facing your ward and where do you stand on them? Hwy #7 is now a reality and will have significant impacts to traffic and local business along Victoria St. and Bridge St. during construction. Post-construction, there will be planning implications for Bridgeport and residents must be engaged. Notre Dame School Site - Although the developer walked away, I went door to door to ensure residents were engaged in the process. I want to be crystal-clear on this point-- Whatever development plan comes forward, I will support the preference of local
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residents because this planning-instance is different from all others in that it was a School, a Park, and a Community space. 3. What are the two most important things that the City of Kitchener can do to ensure our city will prosper in the future? Kitchener enjoys among the lowest unemployment in Ontario, but to ensure future prosperity we must do two things well. 1. Economic Development and 2. Recreation, Arts & Culture. The two go hand-in-hand. We must create employment beyond our growing tech-sector, into manufacturing jobs; and we need strong Recreation, Arts & Culture to attract and retain those workers. We to need to stop competing-against, and rather work-with our northern friends (Waterloo) and southern (Cambridge). Our Regional Economic development strategy aims to achieve just that. I believe it can be implemented while keeping taxation at inflationary levels.
Age: 40 Occupation: Owner of two small businesses: OS Visual (flags and banners), and Greenwich Homes Renovations firstname.lastname@example.org 226-600-1492 Organizations you belong to or have served with and in what capacity (limit 3) Concordia Club – Member 1. Why do you want to represent the residents of your ward at Kitchener City Council? What skills do you have to allow you to best do this job? I have spoken with residents of Ward 1 and feel they need a strong voice who will work with council to better manage the city’s spending and its record-level debt. I have the skills to do this. I have a lifetime of experience locally and internationally of bringing people from different backgrounds and perspectives together to deliver projects on time and on budget. Running two small businesses, I have also learned how to grow a business while working within a budget. I want to give back to my community because I care about the people and enjoy building community. 2. What are the three main issues now facing your ward and where do you stand on them? By far, increasing property taxes have been voiced by residents as their main concern. We need to do more to keep all aspects of property taxes, including water, sewer and stormwater charges at the rate of inflation. The LRT and its impact on property taxes. We need intensification along core transit routes and to connect these routes with
walking and cycling paths to ensure people can access the lines and maximize ridership. Notre Dame School property. Residents need clear and open communication throughout the development process. After hearing residents’ needs, I will push for development that includes green space. 3. What are the two most important things that the City of Kitchener can do to ensure our city will prosper in the future? We need to keep and attract business by offering lower business taxes and streamlined services through city hall. We also need to work with local schools, colleges and universities and engaging with students and graduates to find ways to keep them invested in our city. We also need to ensure affordable housing, safe streets and increased community involvement to enhance ownership and investments that help nurture a prosperous city.
Age: 53 Occupation: Advertising Sales with the Fairway Group email@example.com www.facebook.com/ward1wayne Organizations you belong to or have served with and in what capacity (limit 3) Wilfrid Laurier Alumni 1. Why do you want to represent the residents of your ward at Kitchener City Council? I am running because over three years I have noticed a huge gap in city hall’s understanding of Ward 1’s unique character and needs. I can list several examples. The most recent is in Rosemount area lobbied for Notre Dame School to become park and recreation space once the school became decommissioned. The area is being considered for development into Condominiums. This is clearly the opposite of the residents hopes. Rosemount has been a successful neighborhood for 50 years. Neighborhoods such as this should be protected from over intensified redevelopment. Furthermore, I believe I have a better understanding of the neighborhoods in Ward 1. I live here and I have a stake in representing the resident’s wishes and furthering their best interests. The residents in Ward 1 need a councillor to communicate better educated residents of proposed changes and the impasct of decisions made at council. Ward One deserves an active voice at council advocating on their behalf 2. What are the three main issues now facing your ward and where do you stand on them? I know business and residents are concerned about the Hwy 7 construction
— noise and traffic diversion. Few have discussed intensification of housing and crowding related concerns. Undoubtedly businesses will be affected and all areas including Bridgeport will experience the increase in traffic as it is rerouted into these area. I will be vigilant in addressing these situations as they arise. Regarding infill I think it is important to maintain the balance that has lasted for over 50 years. We need to preserve the green spaces if not expand where possible. Park and recreation area also needs to be increased. This is the situation at Notre Dame on Rosemount. This area should be bought by the city and returned to soccer pitch, tennis courts, baseball diamonds, tennis courts and play ground. The area has young families that lost the use of the fields. The city owes its residents this necessary service — and the residents prefer this to 47 – 200 new homes or units being proposed. I do not believe developing or redeveloping every square inch of the city is smart. The tax base will continue to grow but should not be at the expense of livability and preserve the character of the Ward Taxes although among the lowest in the region, are a top concern for senior residents. I would like to examine a system of tax relief that will lessen the burden on retired people trying to maintain a primary residence. 3. What are the two most important things that the City of Kitchener can do to ensure our city will prosper in the future? The most important undertaking to ensure prosperity for Kitchener is to continue to be a business friendly environment – continue to market Kitchener as the talent rich and future minded centre for industry and innovation. We must underline the word talent. The skill and genius residing in Kitchener has very few equals anywhere in the world. Our workforce is the best. Secondly and equally, the people that lead city hall must continue to work towards a culturally rich, diverse and home for the people who choose to call Kitchener home. Kitchener should place quality and a high standard of living for all residents. Parks, Arts, as well as industry and wealth are intertwined to make this city a unique and worthwhile place to grow and promote family and health.
WARD 2 Steven Cage
Age: 52 Occupation: Recently retired banker with over 25 years senior financial management experience (Would work as your FULL TIME Ward2 Councillor) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 519-221-4442 Website: www.stevencage.ca Twitter: @StevenCageWard2
Organizations you belong to or have served with and in what capacity (limit 3) President of Confederation Club (www. confederationclub.ca) Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce – Member of Municipal Affairs and Federal Provincial Affairs Committees Volunteer Director of Thaler Manor Retirement Residence (located in Ward 2) 1. Why do you want to represent the residents of your ward at Kitchener City Council? What skills do you have to allow you to best do this job? My family has a tradition of public service - my father and one grandfather served as Ward Councillors. The City of Waterloo RIM financing fiasco of 10 years ago and the more recent City of Kitchener natural gas fiasco highlights how municipal finance has become more complicated over the years, with a need for stronger oversight. Steven has an MBA from Schulich School of Business (York University), the professional designation Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers and over 25 years senior financial management experience. Let’s make Kitchener the best place in the world to live, work and invest! 2. What are the three main issues now facing your ward and where do you stand on them? 1) There is a need for business people to enter public service, to ensure that City spending is responsible, prudent and minimizes property taxes. 2) Kitchener taxpayers paid over 50% more for natural gas than market rates for past 5 years, due to hedging strategy implemented during falling market prices. Steven would be the only City Councillor trained and licensed in Options, to ask the right questions, provide stronger oversight and avoid repeating this fiasco. 3) The Lackner - Fairway Road North public school approval should be expedited, so area students can start attending a local school in September 2016. 3. What are the two most important things that the City of Kitchener can do to ensure our city will prosper in the future? 1) It is important to promote the City’s economic development plan, with emphasis on growing the high tech sector, which has jobs of the future. With past active Membership of the local Chamber, Communitech, Small Business Community Network and current President of Confederation Club, promotion of Kitchener is paramount. 2) Ensure infrastructure spending is prudent, timely and in proper scale to requirements. The long time closure of the Margaret Street bridge has caused traffic havoc with its continued delays. Expanding Trussler Road to 4 lanes from 2 after only 5 years’ service is an example of poor planning, wasting millions. ...continued on page 30
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Age: 29 Occupation: Children’s Mental Health Worker email@example.com
Age: 55 Occupation: Broadcaster, Kitchener Rangers PA Announcer
Age: 38 Occupation: Purchasing Manager
Age: 55 Occupation: Speaker & Non-Profit & Event Consultant firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @dangrahamward2 Facebook: dangrahamward2 Phone: 519-895-2990 Organizations you belong to or have served with and in what capacity (limit 3) Mocha Shriner’s London Children’s Hospital Clinic Fundraising Chair MasoniChIP Child ID Kit Chair & Volunteer Volunteer at Sunnyside Seniors Home & Thaler Manor in Ward 2 1. Why do you want to represent the residents of your ward at Kitchener City Council? What skills do you have to allow you to best do this job? I am the most experienced candidate having worked with most departments at City Hall and know how to get things done. I have lived in Ward 2 for 28 years and have been involved in many issues including; stopping an 84 unit townhouse complex from going into a school property that would have taken away 3 soccer fields, getting information and organizing a public meeting about the proposed Chicopee Hills School while advocating for the school, protection of green space and the safety of the children. I have also been involved in traffic calming and noise issues in the ward. 2. What are the three main issues now facing your ward and where do you stand on them? 1) TRAFFIC CALMING People at the door often tell me that their streets are dangerous. I have already worked with the Transportation Department in this regard and I will continue to explore safe, cost efficient measures that keep our streets safe. 2) INFRASTRUCTURE I will work for residents of the ward to make sure we keep on top of our roads and infrastructure issues. 3) GREEN SPACES I will continue to work hard to save and increase the park land and trails in our ward as well as making sure the Chicopee Ski & Summer Resort (a not-forprofit) stays healthy. 3. What are the two most important things that the City of Kitchener can do to ensure our city will prosper in the future? 1) We need to be fiscally responsible by making sure we get a good return-oninvestment for EVERY dollar we spend. We need to keep our tax increases at or below the rate of inflation and cut down on the waste. “I’m not anti-spend, I’m anti-waste.” 2) We need to support our local businesses by assisting their growth and cutting down on the red tape at City Hall and using local goods and services where ever possible. We should do whatever we can to attract new businesses to Kitchener especially when they will employ local workers.
Organizations you belong to or have served with and in what capacity (limit 3) Stanley Park Community Association, President and Program Chair, Ontario Association of Child and Youth Counsellors, Professional Member, Family and Children’s Services of Waterloo Region, Special Buddy / Tutor 1. Why do you want to represent the residents of your ward at Kitchener City Council? What skills do you have to allow you to best do this job? Ensuring the voices of the residents are heard and represented at Council is essential to a city that keeps its residents best interests in mind. I volunteer in my community and I am constantly working at creating new services, programs and events for our neighbours to engage and to meet one another. Representing residents at council will allow me to advocate for what is needed and wanted; ensuring their voices and opinions are heard. Studying community organizations, social work, planning and environmental law in university has provided me with the knowledge to do this job. Volunteering, working and being engaged in my community with the individuals and families who are the residents has provided me with the experience and skills to represent Ward 2. 2. What are the three main issues now facing your ward and where do you stand on them? The speed and increased traffic on our inner neighborhood roads is impacted by the large amount of traffic on the surrounding roads. This issue needs to be addressed while obtaining the feedback of the residents. I feel speed and traffic has been increasing on side streets and creative traffic calming solutions need to be used more often. An example is the street art that is being used at the intersection of Ahrens and Wilhelm streets in place of strategies such as speed bumps to slow traffic. There are concerns about LRT and how it can be incorporated into the suburban neighbourhoods in order for the entire city to be able to use and benefit from this new form of transit. The region and city need to be transparent and work with residents to satisfy their concerns. Finally, citizen engagement and opinions need to be respected regarding their neighbourhoods and more feedback should be obtained prior to projects being starting. This is essential if we are to ensure the money being spent in the municipality is addressing the needs and wants of the residents. 3. What are the two most important things that the City of Kitchener can do to ensure our city will prosper in the future? We need to actively listen to the residents and businesses in our municipality. Seeking their feedback and opinions will ensure that people will remain happy and our businesses continue to grow and thrive. We need to continually review the programs, services and policies to ensure they are serving the current needs of all our residents while ensuring their accessibility. Happy, healthy and engaged residents and businesses will encourage others to come to Kitchener and our city will continue to evolve.
email@example.com 226.929.5683 Organizations you belong to or have served with and in what capacity (limit 3) Canadian Cancer Society – Event Host: Relay For Life, Fashion For Life, Great Ride & Stride, KW Oktoberfest – Host: A Blooming Affair Fashion Extravaganza and Charity Fundraiser, Conestoga College – CJIQ – Board of Directors 1. Why do you want to represent the residents of your ward at Kitchener City Council? What skills do you have to allow you to best do this job? I’m a lifelong Kitchener resident, living in Ward 2. I love and care deeply about our city. I want to serve Ward 2 and all Kitchener residents. Decisions based on being good for Kitchener and good value for your tax dollar. Strong managerial, collaboration and budgeting skills as a radio program director. Many hours of community and charitable volunteering giving me strong connections and a good presence in the city. I’ll be accessible, accountable and transparent. I’m a good listener and will respond to citizens. I’m positive, enthusiastic and can work together with other councillors for the betterment of Kitchener. 2. What are the three main issues now facing your ward and where do you stand on them? I agree with residents at their door when they say speed on residential streets is an issue for children playing in the neighbourhood and for backing cars out of driveways. Parents have safety concerns about their children crossing major arterial roads. Citizens want good value for their taxes and cost cutting where possible. They want input on city issues and see how their input was used. Results from opinion gathering projects like Your Kitchener Your Say that show citizen priorities must be used. I will vote according to their priorities. Attracting manufacturing and food processing jobs to Kitchener. 3. What are the two most important things that the City of Kitchener can do to ensure our city will prosper in the future? Strong economic investment. The Economic Development Investment Fund was a wise choice by past councils creating close to 1,600 jobs and bringing in private sector investment. It attracted important developments like the School Of Pharmacy and McMaster’s Michael G. DeGroote School Of Medicine. Attract diverse new jobs to all areas of the city and help current employers expand. Keeping Kitchener vibrant and an attractive place to live, work and play with great neighbourhoods, parks, trails, green spaces, recreational facilities and programs. We need great events like Oktoberfest, Big Music Fest, Multi Cultural Festival, Cruising On King, etc.
firstname.lastname@example.org 519-569-8948 Organizations you belong to or have served with and in what capacity (limit 3) Heritage Kitchener Advisory Committee – Chair, Waterloo Region Crime Stoppers – Board Director, KW Oktoberfest 1. Why do you want to represent the residents of your ward at Kitchener City Council? What skills do you have to allow you to best do this job? As a Purchasing Manager in the manufacturing sector, I see an opportunity to bring forward a new perspective to council. In my professional experience, I have focused on cost savings, productivity and efficiency, quality and service improvements and securing relationships. Through my community involvement, I have gained a wealth of knowledge and understanding of what makes our community the best place to live, work and play. Using this experience, I will I work hard ensuring that every opportunity I take on is excellent in its deliverables. 2. What are the three main issues now facing your ward and where do you stand on them? A. Road safety and quality. First and foremost is safety. Residents are concerned about the speed of traffic through their neighbourhood. We must respect our neighbours B. School accessibility. With the growth surrounding the Fairway Road extension, there isn’t adequate schooling for the children living in that neighbourhood. We must work with the Region and School board to find the proper solution for the long term. C. Affordability. Many people are concerned about the rising costs of living. Understanding that taxes pay for necessary services, residents want see that their hard earned dollars are spent efficiently. 3. What are the two most important things that the City of Kitchener can do to ensure our city will prosper in the future? A. Focus on job growth and retention. Governments don’t create jobs, however they can create a positive environment that will attract quality employers. We must build a strategy that will make our community a desirable place to invest in. B. Create a vibrant community. By partnering with employers, community groups and residents, we can build the framework that encompasses the necessary components for our community to thrive. Education, Health, Economic opportunities, Arts and Culture, Housing and Infrastructure are sectors that must be considered in order for our community to thrive.
Candidate Wasai Rahimi did not respond to our questionnaire.
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WARD 4 Wayne Buchholtz
Age: 67 Occupation: Retired elementary school principal
3. What are the two most important things that the City of Kitchener can do to ensure our city will prosper in the future? The 2 things are very simple. 1. Work to get as many industries to relocate to Kitchener to provide well paying jobs for our citizens. 2. Control taxes and fees which we pay to the city so we do not start losing our population to smaller centers. I have been hearing from a large number of constituents that they are almost at the end of their ability to pay the taxes we now charge with so many other costs growing well above the cost of inflation. Minimum wage jobs do not allow people to handle all their expenses and people have told me they are hurting severely.
What skills do you have to allow you to best do this job? Over the years, I have enhanced my leadership skills and my skills needed to work co-operatively with a diverse group of staff and trustees. I am a man of integrity and honesty who believes in servant leadership as a way of leading by example. I have the abilility to listen well and to hear the viewpoint of diverse groups of people. I am open to all people, have a great sense of humor and respect everyone. I am knowledgeable of policy governance and of Robert’s Rules and can apply them. I can deal with the most difficult challenges and can help all sides reach consensus on issues. 2. What are the three main issues now facing your ward and where do you stand on them? The 3 main issues facing ward 4 are, Student housing around Conestoga College; the extension of Strasburg Road; and the need for infrastructure improvements in the ward. With #1 we need to convene a summit of all involved parties to deal with the issues around student housing and move to more controlled student housing in Lower Doon. We need to act on this as the student population is only going to continue to grow in our ward. It’s time to stop burying our heads in the sand. #2The issue of Strasburg road has been ongoing for over a decade and the road was approved to move ahead by the last council. We need to move on this as quickly as possible as we need the additional link to New Dundee road and the 401@3 Infrastructure includes the addition on the community center, road and sidewalk improvements in lower Doon, maintenance of our trail system, and more recreational space for older youth and teens, all of which are priorities in Ward 4.
Candidate Rolf Maithaner did not respond to our questionnaire
Organizations you belong to or have served with and in what capacity (limit 3) Kitchener Library Board 2nd vice chair; WCDSB trustee 11 years 5 as vice chair and 4 as chair of the Board; Retired Teachers of Ontario 1st vice president 2 years. 1. Why do you want to represent the residents of your ward at Kitchener City Council? I want to represent the residents of Ward 4 because they deserve to be represented by the best possible councilor, one who has the skills and ability to work with staff and the other members of council together as a unified body. I was disappointed in the previous council with all of their disharmony which prevented them from doing the best job possible for the citizens of the ward and the city.
3. What are the two most important things that the City of Kitchener can do to ensure our city will prosper in the future? We can partner with the Region’s new economic development department to make sure that areas are identified as “shovel ready“ for any new industry. Also encourage small business to find locations for their business while reducing the red tape that allows them to get their businesses up and running. Our Small Business Center has been successful in doing some of this work and is a good contact point for new aspiring entrepreneurs. Lobby for better transit out in the farther reaches of this ward so that people can get to their jobs/school and students to their part-time jobs.
James Howe Age: 58 Occupation: City Councillor Ward 4 City of Kitchener Yvonne.email@example.com 519-895-1569 Twitter: www.twitter.com/yvonnfern Organizations you belong to or have served with and in what capacity (limit 3) Environmental Advisory Committee – member both as a private citizen and now as a City Councillor Cycling Advisory Committee – member Grand River Environmental Committee – part of the founding member group and ongoing member 1. Why do you want to represent the residents of your ward at Kitchener City Council? What skills do you have to allow you to best do this job? I would like to continue to represent the residents of my ward having created the connections with the community on the issues that concern them. Traffic, speeding, student housing, lack of amenities and urban sprawl come up as critical concerns. My ability to listen and connect residents to the right staff people has resolved some of these issues. I believe I can push further on finding resolutions now that I have established a report between citizens and city staff. 2. What are the three main issues now facing your ward and where do you stand on them? Traffic/speeding, Student housing and lack of amenities. Trying to resolve the speeding/ traffic will involve discussions with the residents and creative ways to reduce speeds in new ways which we are doing on Pioneer Dr. trying a unique approach which should reduce the speed of the traffic. The student housing issue requires all parties to come together to discuss how we provide safe housing for the students that is purposeful built while preserving the integrity of the long term residential community. The College must participate in these discussions along with residents, the city and landlords. Expansion of the community center will help address the lack of amenities but we need to engage some of the commercial industry into considering additional shopping options in some areas of the ward.
St.) safer for pedestrians & cyclists • Turning the former Electrohome building at 152 Shanley into a vibrant space • Easing demand for parking in neighbourhoods near the Auditorium My website jameshowe.ca has blog posts with details on my perspectives for addressing these issues. My commitment is to work with everyone involved and continually seek ways to address each priority file. 3. What are the two most important things that the City of Kitchener can do to ensure our city will prosper in the future? The biggest issue facing Kitchener is growth through intensification. Decisions over the next 4 years will determine if this growth makes Kitchener better or worse. Understanding how to make the most of this opportunity is critical if we want to avoid lifeless streets lined with condos. Instead we need to emphasize 6 – 8 story mixed use developments that combine stores, offices and services with places to live. Connecting people and neighbourhoods is also critical to Kitchener’s future prosperity. I look forward to helping develop and implement the city’s neighbourhood strategy. We also need successful public places to bring people together.
Adam Kochanski Age: 49 Occupation: Communications Professional / Small business owner jameshowe.ca firstname.lastname@example.org 519-589-9597 Organizations you belong to or have served with and in what capacity (limit 3) • Central Frederick Neighbourhood Association (Communications Director, June 2013 - present) • Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council (as a Member 2009-2010 & Community Relations subcommittee 2008-2013) • Compass Kitchener (Member & Youth engagement subcommittee, 2010 - 2013 ) 1. Why do you want to represent the residents of your ward at Kitchener City Council? What skills do you have to allow you to best do this job? Being a City Councillor is a logical step for me after a lifetime of demonstrating my passion for Kitchener. My proven record of making a difference includes easing the demand for parking on streets near the Auditorium, moving the Margaret Ave. bridge forward and opening the city for food trucks. For 5 1/2 years, I’ve lived my commitment to civic engagement by sharing ideas and having conversations on how to make Kitchener the best place possible through blogging and on social media. I know Ward 10. I’m invested in its future. You can count on me to make a difference. 2. What are the three main issues now facing your ward and where do you stand on them? I have 5 priority files for Ward 10. Each is a longstanding issue that requires my style as a proactive advocate to achieve better results. Here are 3 of my 5 priority files: • Making Lancaster Street (near Frederick
No photo submitted Age: 29 Occupation: Human Being 519-208-2263 email@example.com
1. Why do you want to represent the residents of your ward at Kitchener City Council? What skills do you have to allow you to best do this job? I want to represent the residents of Ward 10 at Kitchener City Council because I want to serve and give something back to the people in the community that have been so good to me over the years. I want to make Ward 10 and Kitchener a better place for everyone that makes this their home. I am a great listener, am open minded and have the ability to problem solve and reason, while thinking outside of cultural norms and entrenched habits to find the best solution to any problem. 2. What are the three main issues now facing your ward and where do you stand on them? The three main issues facing Ward 10 are the crumbling infrastructure, lack of adequate well paying jobs and lack of affordable housing. I hope to use my voice at City Council to start initiatives to modernize and properly maintain our roads, sidewalks, hydro and water lines. I’d like to see the City of Kitchener create new jobs that pay a living wage and utilize a person’s full potential and abilities while building new housing units that are affordable to everyone regardless of income or employment status. 3. What are the two most important things that the City of Kitchener can do to ensure our city will prosper in the future? The two most important things the City of Kitchener can do to ensure our prosperity is to invest in our people and maintain their health and well being by providing them with the ideal environment to foster a sense of peace, tranquility, creativity, openness, wonder, acceptance, love, harmony and freedom. ...continued on page 32
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Age: 54 Occupation: Business Owner firstname.lastname@example.org 226-476-2484 Organizations I have belonged to: Toastmasters International Club – Past President and mentor. ICON Sales and Marketing – Board Member and Retailer of the Year Committee Member. K-W Business Women’s Association – Member. 1. Why do you want to represent the residents of your ward at Kitchener City Council? A life long resident of Ward 10, I have a passion for and understanding of Ward 10. What skills do you have to allow you to best do this job? The City has the same challenges that I have been resolving in business for the past 25 years. We need to restore Trust, Respect and Collaboration (TRAC) between residents and the City.
When it comes to solving problems, I deal with them head-on. I use what I call the TRAC principle in business every day to create teams where every member feels valued and has a voice (trust), to set and manage budgets (respect for money and each other), and to solve problems. This is the only way to keep projects on track. 2. What are the three main issues now facing your ward and where do you stand on them? Infill and intensification – The City has identified certain areas as developable in order to meet guidelines set out by the province. What makes these areas so desirable is the ability to economically maximize existing infrastructure. However, by-laws surrounding infilling need to be fine-tuned to respect existing neighbourhoods, so that intensification benefits everyone. People Friendly Downtown – Growing up in the 60’s, the downtown was vibrant, and people of all ages felt safe. Today, the downtown has become more vibrant, but doesn’t always feel safe. With the ION coming, we need to make sure we do not create the same problem as when City Hall was torn down and vibrancy and safety is eroded. Transportation: With intensification, we need to be mindful of congestion, safety and respect for all modes of transportation. We need access to all parts of the ward through public transportation. 3. What are the two most important things that the City of Kitchener can do to ensure our city will prosper in the future? Our focus needs to be on diversifying our economy by supporting the growth of small, as well as large, businesses. When businesses prosper so do citizens, and the City. The City must strive to get the best value for its tax dollar and be transparent about it in order to allow for a further reaching tax dollar.
for citizens. I am a resourceful facilitator; I am great at helping people with good ideas take the necessary steps to make them a reality.
Age: 42 Occupation: social researcher & partner in family business Afterglow Ltd.
2. What are the three main issues now facing your ward and where do you stand on them? Growth is the biggest issue facing our ward and our city. Thoughtful growth is one of my main priorities. In particular, we need to address the following three areas: • Local economic development. We need to create the conditions for local businesses to flourish. • Getting around. We need to encourage active transportation, with clear, safe sidewalks and bike lanes. We need to implement traffic calming in some areas, and decrease traffic congestion in other areas. • Intensiﬁcation. As our population grows, we need to keep mid to high-rise intensification on major roads, and maintain our treelined residential streets
email@example.com 519-807-8006 Twitter: @Marsh_Ward10 Facebook: Sarahmarshward10 Organizations you belong to or have served with and in what capacity (limit 3) Compass Kitchener Citizen Advisory Committee member for 8 years Community Car Share (former board member) K-W Sertoma Speed Skating Club, member 1. Why do you want to represent the residents of your ward at Kitchener City Council? What skills do you have to allow you to best do this job? I am passionate about representing Ward 10 because I have a lot of ideas about how to make Kitchener a healthier community. As a collaborator, I share credit for shared successes. My leadership style is to seek common ground and remain community-minded rather than focus on a singular perspective. I am skilled at looking at the big picture and seeking system-level changes that have the highest likelihood of making a positive impact
3. What are the two most important things that the City of Kitchener can do to ensure our city will prosper in the future? • We need to address the priorities of our residents. I am proud of the work we have done on Compass Kitchener to ensure the city’s strategic plan is based on the top community priorities. When elected, I will continue to make sure Council maintains focus on our community’s priorities. • As a municipality, we need to foster strong relationships with key community players including residents, neighbourhood associations, the business community, non-profit organizations, including arts & culture and social services sectors, and other levels of government to ensure we build on our strengths and work together to solve our problems.
Habitat for Humanity builds first accessible home in Kitchener BY HELEN HALL
evin Kingsley says his new accessible home on Howe Drive is not only more convenient, but it has helped his daughter be healthier. Kevin’s wife Sheryl cut the ribbon at the official dedication and opening of their Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region home on October 2. “Kristina’s health has greatly improved” since the Kingsleys moved in on November 1, 2013, said Kevin. Sheryl and Kevin have two children. Kristina, 7, who has cerebral palsy and is a non-verbal quadriplegic, and Keegan, 4, who has Down Syndrome. In their previous apartment, Kristina was often sick because of poor air quality and circulation. In their new, 1,200 square foot, three-bedroom home, there is much more light, better air circulation and a ramp out the front door that makes it easy to take Kristina outside in her wheelchair something that was more challenging when they lived in an apartment. Their accessible home was also built with wider door frames and a wheelin shower. Kevin said owning their own home was not something he had pictured for their family. In the first three years of Kristina’s life, he was a truck driver and away most of the time while Sheryl looked after Kristina.
When their second child Keegan was born with Down Syndrome, Kevin left his trucking job. “I felt there was a need for me to be at home,” he said. “Reality set in that I wouldn’t make the money I used to make.” Sheryl found out in the fall of 2012 that Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region was building its first accessible home. They applied to become a partner family and to perform the 500 hours of “sweat equity” as their down payment on the home. Because their home was already built by the time they were accepted, Kevin spent 300 hours working at other Habitat job sites on Howe Drive and Kehl Street. He also contributed 100 hours by bringing in a group of family, friends - and some Argos - for a group build. The Kingsleys are big Argonaut football fans, and five players and five cheerleaders came to participate in their group build day. Lunch was provided by Mel’s Diner on Ottawa Street South. His remaining 100 hours were in community service, volunteering at the Kitchener Public Library, the Food Bank of Waterloo Region, and with special hockey. He continues to volunteer. After completing their sweat equity hours, the Kingsleys pay for the
Sheryl Kingsley cuts the ribbon at the dedication of her family’s Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region accessible home in Kitchener. With Sheryl are, from left: her son Keegan, Habitat for Humanity board member Tracey Appleton, husband Kevin, and daughter Kristina.
remainder of their home through a mortgage held by Habitat for Humanity based on 25% of their annual income. In addition to living in a Habitat home, Kevin recently got a job working for Habitat, manning its donation centre at the Waterloo Waste Management site on Erb Street West in Waterloo.
The Kingsleys were also nominated for a Kitchener in Bloom award for their garden in front of their home. “When I got the opportunity to own my own home, I wanted the exterior to be as beautiful as the interior,” Kevin said. “It was super exciting to be nominated. I must have got a green thumb from my mom.”
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Seven charities from the Region of Waterloo were presented with free tickets to give to their clients for shows at the Centre In The Square. The 2014-15 Community Ticket Program sponsored by Tim Hortons, presented 670 complimentary tickets to the social agencies. The Centre’s Community Ticket program was created in 2005 to help make the performing arts accessible to members of the community who would not otherwise be able to attend performances at Centre In The Square. From left: front, Julie Phillips and Katie Kraus (Big Brothers Big Sisters), Leslie Josling (KW Counselling), Michelle Doktor, Karen Martin Jacobs, (Tim Horton’s owners), Lisa Talbot (Kidsability), Dorothy Snyder (Early Years Centre), back, Merle Fast (Women’s Crisis Services), Lesley Barraball (Carizon Family Services), Mike Manojlovich, Kathy Toushan (Tim Horton’s owners), Harry Edrulat (Kidsability). Absent, Maria De Boer (Extend-A-Family).
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Those elected to Regional Council make decisions that impact our quality of life on a daily basis. Karen Redman comes to the job with extensive experience in government and community service. Her track record demonstrates fairness, compassion, dedication and vision. You can trust Karen to follow through on her commitment to you.
Fair taxation Better use of existing infrastructure
Review waste management plans
Protect green places Ensure growth of the airport Establish partnerships with other levels of government
Stimulate job creation Market the region to
Sustain an affordable
investors Partner with new business
growth of a diverse and vibrant culture
housing and supportive housing program Establish a user-friendly public transit system throughout the region Encourage balance and fairness at the heart of social service policies
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C O M M U N I T Y C A L E N DA R FREDERICK ART WALK - The 14th annual Frederick Art Walk will be held November 8. The popular event provides an opportunity see and purchase arts and crafts from over 55 artists in 25 heritage homes within a 2km walk in Kitchener’s downtown area. Winner of the 2013 Festival of Neighbourhoods’ Award for Arts and Culture, the Frederick Art Walk will feature the work of 55 artists including
fabric art, paintings, chocolate, photography, pottery, wood art, stained glass art, sewing crafts, tile work and jewellery. For a description of the artists and more information about the event visit online at www.frederickartwalk.org. Brochures can be picked up from different locations around the area or at 230 Frederick Street. ALL CANDIDATES SESSIONS – The
Community Church Listing
St. Anthony Daniel - Catholic 29 Midland Drive, Kitchener (519) 893-6960 Pastor: Michael King Associate Pastor: Bradley Markus Masses: Sat. 5:00pm; Sun. 8:30am and 10:30am St James’-Rosemount United 171 Sherwood Ave., Kitchener (519) 742-1002 Sunday Service: 10:30am Nursery, Sunday School, Youth Group, Wed. Night Bible study Kitchener Gospel Temple-Pentecostal 9 Conway Dr. (at River Rd), Kitchener (519) 894-5999 Sunday Service: 10:30am Mid-week activities for all ages. www.kitchenergospel.com Kitchener East Presbyterian 10 Zeller Drive, Kitchener (519) 748-9786 Reverend: Mark S. Richardson Sunday Service: 10:30am Nursery and Sunday School provided Sonshine Corner, Thursdays from 9 - 11am Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran 322 East Avenue (at Stirling), Kitchener (519) 742-5812 www.holycrosskitchener.org Sunday Service: (Sept. - June) 8:30am and 11am, (July-Aug.) 9:30am 9:45am - Sunday School, Youth & Adult Bible Classes Choirs - Stephen Ministry - Youth Group - Beginnings (0 -3 years) Hope Lutheran 30 Shaftsbury Drive, Kitchener (519) 893-5290 Pastors: Rev. Dr. Terry Hursh, Rev. William Chuol FALL SERVICE TIMES (starting on Sept. 14) Sunday Services at 9 and 10 am (nursery provided) Bible Study 10 am Sunday School and Adult Bible Study at 11:15 am Community Multicultural service @ 12:15 pm Reformation Lutheran Church 456 Krug St. (at Cambridge), Kitchener (519) 745-2561 Pastor: Neil Thomsen Worship Service: 10:00am Sunday Church School: 9:45am Breslau Evangelical Missionary Church 102 Woolwich St., Breslau (519) 648-2712 SundayWorship Service: 9:30am Children’s Ministry - Youth Ministry - Small Groups All are welcome! Visit us at www.bemc.ca St. Andrew’s - Anglican 275 Mill St., Kitchener (519) 743-0911 Sunday Services: 8:00am and 10:00am Rector: Canon Rob www.standrewsmemorial.ca Stanley Park Community Church 9 Dreger Ave., (at Ottawa St.) Kitchener (519) 893-8186 www.stanleyparkchurch.ca Pastor: John Pearce Sunday Service and Kid’s Church: 10:30am ALL WELCOME! Trinity United Church 74 Frederick Street, Kitchener (519) 742-3578 www.tuckitchener.org Sunday Service: 10:00am Church School and Nursery care provided. Sunday Hymn Sing: 10:00 a.m. (1st Sunday of month)
Social Planning Council is holding Kitchener and Waterloo All Candidates Sessions. These sessions are open to all, and are an invitation to finding common ground with people living in the community. This is NOT a debate. The sessions will be held: Kitchener Candidates on Tuesday October 21, at 6:30pm-9pm, Kitchener City Hall. Waterloo Candidates on Wednesday October 22 from 6:30pm9pm at First United Church. CITIZENSHIP COURSE - Pioneer Park Community Library – 150 Pioneer Dr.Tuesdays, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Oct. 21 – Dec. 2. Planning to become a Canadian citizen? Need help preparing for the Citizenship test? Join the YMCA Citizenship Support Group to learn more about your local community and to become an active citizen. Call 519-579-9622 x227or email relmi@ ckwymca.ca to register. PUBLIT BOOK CLUB - The Firkin at the Tannery, 121 Charles St. W., Oct. 28, 7 to 8:45pm. PubLit is a no-homeworkrequired book discussion group in a pub. We’ll talk about what we’ve been reading while enjoying a pint or two. Bring a book, magazine, graphic novel, or blog post, or just come for the conversation. October is theme night – bring your Halloween Reads! #PubLit on Twitter. No registration required; just drop in. FREE FLICKSAT THE CENTRAL LIBRARY – 85 Queen St. N. on Saturdays at 2pm. You bring the popcorn, we’ll show the movie in the newly refurbished Theatre at the Central Library. This month’s theme is Gotta Dance. No registration required; just drop in. Oct. 18 – Step Up; Oct. 25 – Billy Elliot 80 YEARS OF KW FIELD NATURALISTS – Who were the founders of the club? Have meetings always been held at Wing 404? How did the club come to own nature reserves? Was there always a Heron newsletter? Come to our next meeting in this anniversary year, and find out how we have changed over the decades! Mary Ann Vanden Elzen has searched through 80 years of archival documents, photographs, slides, and newsletters. Her detective tools were an inquiring mind, an interest in history, patience and persistence! Join us October 27 from 7.30-9.30pm at 404 Wing/Rotary Centre, 510 Dutton Drive, Waterloo.Further Information: 519 742 4577 or visit www.kwfn.ca “YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!” - Kitchener-Waterloo Fibromyalgia Support Group presents a Sage Naturopathic Clinic Nutritional information night Tuesday, Oct. 21 from 7 – 9pm at Highland Baptist Church, 135 Highland Road Kitchener. This is also a time to meet with others who have Fibromyalgia or support someone afflicted with it. Friends, Family, and support persons, all are welcome. FREE, Refreshments NO SCENTS MAKES SENSE! For more information about the KW Fibromyalgia Support Group contact Sandy 519-741-0744. For information about FibroMoves warm water therapy classes contact Kathy 519-742-7984. “A PSYCHIC SOIRÉE” - Feel the presence of spiritual beings and unlock mysteries from the past, present and future at Homer Watson House & Gallery’s “A Psychic Soirée” on October 18, 2014. Book a 15 or 30-minute session with one or more of our psychics featuring tarot cards, angelologists, mediums, angel cards and more. In addition to our psychic sessions we will also tell fun and entertaining stories of Homer Watson’s spiritual past, and enjoy tasty beverages and sweet Halloween treats. Join us for another
fun evening at our spiritually charged site! Psychic sessions are available for $20 per 15 minute session or $35 per 30 minute session. Sessions can be purchased by calling the Gallery at 519-748-4377 or online at http:// www.homerwatson.on.ca/a-psychicsoiree-2/ HOMER WATSON HOUSE & GALLERY PRESENTS FALL EXHIBITION – on until November 2, the exhibition features artists Anita Kunz, Deborah Pryce, and Diane Young. These women have captured the idea that beauty lies within the eyes of the beholder. Anita Kunz, an independent yet international star, has had her work published in Rolling Stones, Time, Vanity Fair and New Yorker. Kunz is concerned with political systems and social issues. Her work reflects in a humorous way, how we react to certain people in our culture. Artist Deborah Pryce studies worldly struggles through nature but adds a positive outlook through her pieces. Diane Young’s work leaves viewers inquisitive and pondering for more. Known across the GTA, her passion for fine arts has evolved into clay sculptures. Artists’ Talk on October 18th, 2014 from 1pm-3pm. (Free to the public). Homer Watson House & Gallery, 1754 Old Mill Road, Kitchener, 519-748-4377, homerwatson.on.ca CHRISTMAS WITH GRAND HARMONY CHORUS - Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 2pm. Doors open at 1:15Ppm at the Elmira Lions Hall, 40 South Street West, Elmira. Adults: $15; Children 6 – 16, $8; Children 5 and under, FREE. For tickets visit email@example.com For more information visit www.grandharmonychorus.com/ www.facebook.com/GHChorusWaterlooRegion or call Mary, 519-6695298 CHRISTMAS BAZAAR AT A.R. GOUDIE - Come on out and join us for our Christmas Bazaar on Saturday Nov. 22 to raise funds for our Resident’s Council. Some of the highlights include Vendors, Penny Auction, Bake Sale, Tea/ Lunch Room and Door Prizes. We will help you stroke off your holiday shopping list with a large variety of homemade canned goods and baking, gift baskets and more! We welcome you to our home and hope to see you there! Happy Holidays, everyone. BECOME A MEMBER OF MUSIC ALIVE OR NITH VALLEY SINGERS If you love to sing, we would love to have you as part of our group(s). Past members are welcome! Have you been thinking about joining a choir, come out and see what we are all about! We invite you to share your love of music with like-minded individuals. Practices are 7:15-9:30pm in Kitchener on Tuesday nights for Music Alive, and 7:15-9:30pm on Wednesdays for the Nith Valley choir. Music Alive Registration starts Tuesday, September 2 -- final cut off for registration is last Tuesday in Sept. Register at Suddaby Public School, Frederick St, Kitchener 7pm (enter off Lancaster). Nith Valley Singers registration starts Wednesday, September 3,2014 -- cut off for registration is last Wed. in September at the Wilmot Mennonite Church Bleams Road, New Hamburg at 7pm. For more information: 519 662-3291 kunzmusc@ sentex.net SMALL BUSINESS CENTRE EVENTS - The Waterloo Region Small Business Centre is offering several events in October. Emerging Trends: What’s Driving Consumers? featuring Rainer Mueller, CEO of Williams Fresh Café, will be held Monday, Oct 20 from 6 8:30pm at St. Georges Banquet Hall, 556 King St. N. in Waterloo. Bring your
business cards for a chance to win a door prize and for some valuable networking with like-minded small business owners across Waterloo Region! Light refreshments will be provided and a cash bar will be open. Register early as seating is limited! Tickets are $20 per person. Women in the Food Industry featuring Belinda Elysee-Collen, CFS, M.Sc., P.Eng and President, 2013-2014 Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST) on Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 5:30-8:00pm at the Kitchener Farmers’ Market, 300 King St .E. Kitchener. Free admission! To register or for more information on either event contact Mistie Brown, Waterloo Region Small Business Centre 519-741-2604 Mistie. Brown@kitchener.ca ALZHEIMER SOCIETY WATERLOO WELLINGTON EVENTS - Coffee Break - You can support the Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington by hosting a Coffee Break, or by hosting your own event of any kind. Community partners have supported the Society in many creative ways, such as dressdown days, game nights, garage and bake sales, and many other kinds of events. September to December. Allies in Aging - An educational event with interesting speakers and information put on for anyone who interacts in any capacity with those who have some form of dementia, and individuals in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Refreshments, lunch and handouts included in registration fee. October 23 from 8am – 4pm at 425 Bingemans Centre Dr. Kitchener. Tickets can be purchased at www.alliesinaging. eventbrite.ca for $70 before September 20 and $85 after September 30. Purse-Suasion: Purses with Purpose - A celebration in its 4th year featuring both a live and a silent auction devoted to high-end purses. November 14th, 2014 at 7pm at the Waterloo Region Museum, 10 Huron Rd. Kitchener. Tickets can be purchased at www.pursesuasion.eventbrite.ca for $45 each Carols by Candlelight - Featuring the wonderful voices of The Centre Wellington Singers. Enjoy a wonderful evening to the spirited tune of Christmas classics. Dec. 3rd, at 7pm at St George’s Anglican Church, 99 Woolwich St. Guelph. Tickets will be available for sale in October. Please contact Melissa at 1-866-317-6737 x4004 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on any of the above events. 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 Georgina Green, 519-743-7655 or gggreen@rogers. com. REEP OPEN HOUSE - REEP House for Sustainable Living, 20 Mill Street, Kitchener is open every Saturday from 10am to 2pm. An interactive community resource, this 100-year-old home has been renovated by REEP Green Solutions to exceed modern building standards while maintaining heritage value; working demonstrations of household energy-efficient and water management technologies; certified energy adviser available to answer your home energy and water savings questions. Contact info@reepgreen.
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hilarious observations about human nature, this American icon takes the stage on January 7, 2015 at the Centre In The Square for one night only. Tickets available through the Centre In The Square Box Office, online at www.CentreInTheSquare.com or by phone at 519-578-1570. TORONTO SNOW SHOW - October 16-19 at the International Centre. Canada’s largest ski, snowboard and travel show. Complete show information is available at: torontosnowshow.com JUNO AWARDS SUBMISSIONS DEADLINES - submissions for the 2015 JUNO Awards are now open. Apply online at www.junosubmissions.ca. JUNO Week will be held in Hamilton, Ontario, March 9-15, 2015. Important Dates to Remember: October 24, 2014, 5:00 pm (ET): Earlybird deadline to receive discounted submission rates; November 13, 2014, 5:00 pm (ET): Final submission deadline for all categories; January 6, 2015, 5:00 pm (ET): Final submission deadline for International Album of the Year and Album of the Year (sponsored by Music Canada). Eligibility for the 2015 JUNO Awards applies to music released for national sale between September 1, 2013 and November 13, 2014. For a complete list of JUNO Awards categories, eligibility rules, and voting criteria go to www.junoawards.ca/submissions. NATIONAL BALLET SCHOOL TOUR - Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) is pleased to announce that the 2014/2015 National Audition Tour (NAT), which includes Auditions and Open Classes, will commence in Halifax, NS on November 3. This year’s
NAT, which is presented by Sun Life Financial, will visit 20 cities across Canada before concluding in Toronto on February 8, 2015. Auditions for the Professional Ballet Program – which offers full-time dance training, academic education and residential care for students in Grades 6 to12, and full-time dance training to post-secondary students (Post-Secondary Program) – take the form of a specially designed ballet class where dancers are assessed for quality of movement, coordination and overall suitability for the demands of classical ballet. The minimum age to audition is 10, and no prior ballet training is required for students aged 12 and
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mostly married, with small children. We meet twice a month May – Sept. and plan socials throughout the year too. Email betasigmaphiKW@gmail. com for more information. ROCKWAY ENTERTAINERS - choral group singing four-part harmony. Recruiting new members... Membership open to those over 50 years old. Rehearsals are Thursdays at 1:30 – 3:30pm from September until May at Rockway Centre Auditorium, 1405 King Street East, Kitchener. Please phone 519-885-9978 or 519-741-2507 for more information. HOMER WATSON HOUSE & GALLERY WINTER 2014 EXHIBITION Showcasing works by Riverside Print Group, and Homer Watson runs from November 9 to December 15, 2014. Viewers will take a rare look at Homer Watson’s history in printmaking in the exhibit: “Watson: A History of Printmaking”. This exhibit explores Homer Watson’s excursions to Europe, and how his talents included more than oil painting. Several prints and plates will be on exhibit including a re-strike by Nicholas Rees from an original plate by Homer Watson. The Riverside Print Group, a group of nine local artists, invites you to its exhibition titled “Variance”. For more information about this exhibition please call the gallery, 1754 Old Mill Road, Kitchener, at 519-748-4377 or visit homerwatson.on.ca. BILL COSBY COMING TO CENTRE IN THE SQUARE - Legendary comedian, writer and actor Bill Cosby is coming to Kitchener for a one-night only engagement. Best known for a wide variety of enterprises and his family friendly, insightful and frequently
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ca or call 519-744-9799. REEP HOUSE WEDNESDAY EVENING TOURS - REEP House for Sustainable Living, 20 Mill Street, Kitchener is open from 6:30 – 8:30 pm every other Wednesday. Free. Registration required. Contact: info@reepgreen. ca or call 519-744-9799. Drop in and experience trusted home energy and water management information from a certified energy advisor, who is available to answer your questions. The 100-year-old REEP House has been renovated to exceed modern building standards while maintaining heritage value; working demonstrations of household energy-efficient and water management technologies. 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. Selfreferrals welcome or contact CCAC, 519-748-2222. For more information call the Day Program Coordinator at 519-893-6320 ext. 235. MAKE NEW FRIENDS WITH BETA SIGMA PHI - Are you a woman looking for new friends and fun things to do? Do you enjoy a social, community service-oriented group? If so, you might be interested in our Beta Sigma Phi chapter. Beta Sigma Phi is an international women’s friendship network. For more information about Beta Sigma Phi visit the international website: www.betasigmaphi.org. There are 200 members in KW alone. Our chapter of 8 women has members in our mid 30s and early 40s,
under. The tour will be in Waterloo on Friday, January 9, 2015. Registration for Open Classes and Audition dates is now open, check NBS’ website, www.nbs-enb.ca for details. FAIRVIEW MENNONITE HOME ANNUAL HANDICRAFT SALE - Saturday November 15th 9 am – 2 pm, 515 Lang’s Drive. Cambridge. Crafts, Decorations, Gift Items, Stocking Stuffers, Wearables, Wreaths, Woodworking, Baby Quilts, Used Book Table and much more! Featuring: Santa’s Bake Shop, Fresh baking, Tea Room and Lunch. www. fariviewmh.com 519-653-5719. No Admission Charge. Everyone is Welcome!
On October 27th, elect
Strong Leadership • Proven Experience • New Ideas for a Better Kitchener 4 Strong neighbourhoods We all deserve to live in safe and vibrant neighbourhoods where we can enjoy time with our family and friends. That means providing residents with places to come together like recreation facilities, libraries, parks and trails.
4 Growing our economy We all deserve a good paying job. Here in Kitchener that means supporting our small businesses, helping our manufacturers grow and continuing to attract new high-tech companies.
4 Financial responsibility Berry and Councillor Davey at the Stanley Park Community Centre for the annual Stanley Park Optimist Bike Rodeo.
We all deserve to see our tax dollars used wisely. We need to review spending, find smart ways to cut red tape at City Hall and pursue reasonable partnership and sponsorship opportunities. That’s how we’ll keep tax rate increases at or below inflation.
Contact Berry’s campaign for: • Election day information • A ride to the polls • A lawn sign • To help with Berry’s campaign 519-578-2014 email@example.com @berryonline www.facebook.com/ berry.vrbanovic
We all deserve a Mayor with strong leadership, proven experience and new ideas for a better Kitchener.
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