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

Leadership to move Waterloo Region forward.

Visit Doon Heritage Village Today!

Visit to view a full listing of events happening across the city. Plan your day, connect with your neighbours and learn about the programs and services available in your neighbourhood.


It’s not too late to host your own Neighbours Day event! You can find ideas and inspiration at www.lovemyhood. ca. Submit your event details online by June 5, 2018 and it will be included on the event day map.

Celebrating 22 Years of Serving Kitchener





August 2018


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EXPRESS BUILDING PERMIT SERVICE FOR Volunteers are the backbone of the IS BACK! •30,000 August 2018 year • Issue Established in 1996 2018 Kitchener Blues Festival every Circulation • Volume 10, 5 • September Now that summer has arrived (at least unofficially), more people are getting outside to enjoy the warmer weather and we have some tips and reminders about bylaws intended to help keep you and your family safe.


• Backyard fire pits are permitted in Kitchener between Need a building permit fast? Every Tuesday at Kitchener 6 p.m. and 11 p.m., but conditions do apply. City Hall from 2-5 p.m. during the months of May to August, receive your building permit on the spot so that you can • Fireworks are only permitted the day before, day y project teve start your do-it-yourself home the next eilStein day! of and day after Victoria Day, Canada Day and during Diwali. Building permits are required for projects such as decks, sheds, garages, carports, swimming pools and finishing • If you’re doing work around the house or in your basements. yard, building permits may be required depending


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

trying to track down and thank the driver of one of our snowplows for delivering great service. The resident explained they were stuck in a downtown parking lot on a snowy Valentine’s day with a flat tire. Carlos Medeiros, a member of our transportation services/parking staff, who was plowing the lot, noticed the resident struggling, asked if he could help and ended up changing the tire. Carlos didn’t give the resident his name and simply said he, “was happy to help.� At the City of Kitchener, we’re committed to providing excellent service that often goes beyond what you might expect – just like Carlos – and we also know that we have room for improvement.

Be it at home, in the car, or paid for. Waterloo Regional Whether you register for a program at a community centre, apply for a building permit, B S B just out for dinner, he makes Police do a good job. They have or interact with the city on social media, your experiences matter to us. The City of Kitchener is doing a customer service check-in so we can understand how we’re doing, utting on a big event sure music is always near. It full-time and also auxiliary what great customer service means to you, and what we can do to serve Kitchener right. like the Kitchener Blues seemed a natural progression officers.â€? Throughout the summer, look for staff at local events and city facilities for your Festival is a lot of work for that he would volunteer for the “We have St. John Ambulance opportunity to tell us about your service experiences. Or, tell us how we’re doing plete on the project. Findblock out which enclosed projects need a by King, projected the square would BY HELEN HALL through our online survey at: local “a lot permit of on our Kitchener Blues Festival. with a station at each stage, but To learn more about volunteers, projects that require or a building website. College, Duke and Young hold events that a few hundred permit and what is needed in order to obtain one, visit blood, sweat and tears,â€? says “It’s good music, good people we’ve had no major problems ission accomplished. streets, and held a, stop by the building division Learn more about would attend. Howthese and other community bylaws W W W .years,â€? K I T C H E N E R . C AVandonk T C H E N E R L I F Esaid. on the fifthBernie floor at City Hall, or call 519-741-2433. When the cele- people Vandonk with city a laugh. like one bigbuilding family. The It’s ever, over the tion to -design the some of the/ K I city’s events L I F E @ K I T C H E N E R . 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The festival generates around three hours,â€? Vandonk do what it was intended to do. face King Street West. This year’s festival ran from sales for local 17 from noon to 7:30pm. 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F.R.I.E.N.D.S. celebrates 40 years of providing companionship, education, support BY CARRIE DEBRONE


riendships and places to make new friends never go out of style. They are as relevant today as ever. F.R.I.E.N.D.S. (Fun-loving Retirees Interested in Education, Nutrition, personal Development and Social issues), which started 40 years ago as a fitness club for women 55 and over, proves that every week. The group, which now has about 60 members, meets at Rockway Seniors’ Centre in Kitchener each Tuesday (1 – 3pm) from September to May to hear interesting community speakers and enjoy socializing and refreshments. The group, which used to be called Slim to Health, changed its name to F.R.I.E.N.D.S. in 1998 after members discovered that not everyone in the group enjoyed working out. They agreed to change the group’s mandate from health and fitness to providing companionship, personal development opportunities and discussion on social issues. In June, the City of Kitchener presented F.R.I.E.N.D.S. with a certificate of appreciation in honour of its 40th anniversary. The certificate is soon to be framed and will hang in the lobby at the Rockway Centre. Three current members, Stella Burnham, Maureen Grenia and Roberta Harvey, are spearheading the planning for the high tea that will mark the group’s 40th anniversary in October. As they meet around a table at the Rockway Centre, discussing colour schemes, promotion and pos-

sible menu items for the coming special event, it is clear the three women are passionate about their involvement in the group. Burnham, a member for 5 years, and Harvey, a member for 3 years, both heard about it from friends at their church. “I decided to come and I stayed. We joke around and I like everybody. I also like the interesting speakers. I think most people come for the camaraderie and friendship. It gets us out of the house. We’re here to have fun. If you’re not having fun then there’s no sense in coming,” Harvey said. “And many older women are alone and they look forward to getting out and seeing every-

one each week,” Grenia said. “I think a lot of people like the speakers we get, too. One time we had the ‘chipmunk man’ come – a guy who builds miniature furniture in his yard for chipmunks. I think he has a book out now. He was really interesting,” said Burnham. Last year’s speakers included representatives from Habitat for Humanity, the Children’s Wish Foundation and Osteoporosis Canada. Activities and speakers for the 201819 season include: Jewelry and Spices, a Travelogue of China, Money Matters with a rep from Carizon, a speaker from the Grand Valley Institute’s New Beginnings program, a Halloween social and making your own Christmas cards.

Come join me for FREE fun: paint supplies, rocks, ice cream and drinks! Building community one rock at a time! Weekly Tuesday rock painting nights through September from 6-8 PM at The Grill Burger Kitchen (2934 King E @ Morgan) All Welcome! Kid Friendly! Meet Regan, enjoy art and community! "Pay it forward" painting of rocks - Passed on to the Ward 2 community!

One founding member, Anita Tyrrell, who is 97 years old, still attends the group. “This group has been an oasis for me over the years; a time to leave my everyday problems at home, to have companionship with other women at a time when it is needed,” she said. Another long time member, Edna Johnston, recently celebrated her 100th birthday. The group has evolved even further in recent years becoming a support to members who

have lost spouses, who have health problems or who are going through challenging times in their lives. F.R.I.E.N.D.S. members must also be members of the Rockway Senior Centre. (A membership costs about $15 per year). The group collects $2 at each weekly meeting to help pay for the refreshments and speakers. Anyone interested in joining FRIENDS is invited to call 519-741-2507 for more information.

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. members (from left) Roberta Harvey, Stella Burnham and Maureen Grenia are organizing a high tea to celebrate the group’s 40th anniversary.



Culinary academy to open in former school on Trussler Road near Ayr Island, in a former church recently purchased by Zehr. It will specialize in the art of cooking seafood. Zehr changed his path last year, when he left a 20-year career teaching culinary arts at a Burlington High School. He was also an instructor at Brock University and the University of Toronto. During this time, he also operated eight restaurants in the Halton area, which were sold to invest in his new venture. “Murray’s accomplishments in the culinary world are extensive,” said Wheaton,



urray Zehr must have been born with a love of food in his veins. The Burlington celebrity chef, teacher, restaurateur, author, and entrepreneur recently purchased the former Townline School on Trussler Road west of Ayr, and is turning it into the 1909 Culinary Academy. The building will celebrate its 90th anniversary in 2019, and will come back to life after years of sitting empty - trading pencils for paring knives and welcoming up to 30 student chefs a day. “When I saw this property, I knew immediately that I had to have it,” said Zehr. Zehr was born and raised in Kitchener, and his family has a long history tied to the food industry in Waterloo Region. His grandfather was the late Clifford Zehr, who owned Zehrs Markets along with his brother Lester, who died in March of this year. The Zehr brothers were raised in Ayr, and worked in a general store on Stanley Street, owned by their father Emory Zehr. The family left Ayr and opened the first Zehrs Market at 100 Highland Road West in Kitchener in 1950. With their success at that location, they began opening other stores throughout the region into the early 1960s. The chain was sold to Loblaws in 1963. For Murray Zehr, the joy of food is in the cooking. Last spring, Zehr travelled along the Oxford Cheese Trail with Bernia Wheaton, Executive Director of the Rural Oxford Economic Development Corporation (ROEDC). Zehr was under contract with the ROEDC and presented a series of canning, preserving, and culinary classes over the summer. “These classes were wildly popular and had a fantastic response,” said Wheaton. “It is my hope that once the culinary academy is up and running, similar classes for the general public can be offered in the unique setting of the schoolhouse.” For the next few months, Zehr’s main focus will be the restoration of the schoolhouse. Workers are busy renovating the building, installing 40 new custom made windows to replicate the originals, along with new plumbing, and telephone services. “The integrity of the build-

Chef Murray Zehr at the former Townline School on Trussler Road, southwest of Kitchener. Zehr is the grandson of Clifford Zehr, one of the founders of Zehrs Markets in Kitchener. He is opening a culinary school at the location.

ing will be kept intact starting with the name of the school – 1909 Culinary Academy, with 1909 as the year the building was constructed,” said Zehr. “I couldn’t think of a better fit, it is zoned institutional in the front and agriculture in the back.” Mostly due to its setting, Zehr says this type of culinary school will be unique. “There will be a focus on agriculture, including learning to grow your own produce and herbs,” said Zehr. He added that the students will cook with locally-sourced food and take advantage of farm tours offered by local farmers. The function of the academy will eventually be expanded to include recreational cooking classes and a retail outlet. He said the 1909 Culinary Academy will be the flagship to launch his “Choose Your Own Adventure”, a variety of his schools in different parts of Canada that focus on different types of food preparation. The next academy is planned for Prince Edward

Chef Murray Zehr teaching canning classes. Photo courtesy ROEDC

“including working with the Food Network for the popular television show Chopped Canada, cooking for Prince Charles, Gordon Ramsey, and Emeril Lagasse.” While teaching in Burlington, Zehr took a one-year sabbatical to work for the McGuinty government to become the Chief Education Officer overseeing a new school food and beverage policy, under the Healthy Schools initiative. The former Townline School was known as Us. SS No. 10 and was used until 1965. A traditional one-room schoolhouse, it has remained virtually intact with original blackboards, windows, decora-tive tin ceiling, lighting fixtures, trim, doors, wainscoting, floors, and foyer. After the school closed, the property was assumed by Blandford-Blenheim Township and became the Townline Community Club. It was mostly used as a community gathering place and for 4-H events. The property was declared surplus by the Township of Blandford-Blenheim in April 2016 and put up for sale.


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Tom Kieswetter started playing basketball at St. Jerome’s High School in Kitchener. Kieswetter went on to play at the University of Waterloo from 1968 to 1973, becoming a two-time Ontario University Athletics (OUA) All-Star. In 1992, he became Head Coach of the University of Waterloo Warriors, leading them to 325 wins and two trips to the National Championships. Visit the Hall of Fame exhibits located on the second floor of the Waterloo Region Museum.

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Buttons such as this one were used as employee identification badges in local factories from the 1930s through the 1950s. Milton DeMeuleneare from Bridgeport worked as a tool and die maker at Electrohome Limited in the early 1940s. During the Second World War, DeMeuleneare served overseas with the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. After the war, he returned to work at Electrohome.

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10 Huron Road, Kitchener 519-748-1914

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On exhibit October 5, 2018 to January 6, 2019

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Waterloo Region Museum Special Events

Schneider Haus Special Events

Images of Mennonite: Past and Present

Saturday, September 15, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Participate in a bus tour event hosted by the Friends of Waterloo Region Museum that tells the story of the first Mennonite families arriving in our community if 1800. Preregistration required. Book by calling 519-748-1914.

PD Fun

Friday, September 21, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Village closes at 4 p.m.) Take part in hands-on activities in the historic village and museum. Horse-drawn wagon rides take place in the afternoon.

Grand Opening of the new Schneider Haus National Historic Site Green Space

Thursday, September 20, 1 to 4 p.m. Local woodworker Peter Findlay demonstrates chip carving. Also enjoy a garden tour and freshments.

Seniors’ Day

Thursday, September 20, 1 to 4 p.m. Local woodworker Peter Findlay demonstrates chip carving. Also enjoy a garden tour and freshments.

For special event details visit our websites. TTY: 519-575-4608

Gabriel Kney with one of his organs at the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota. Photo from University of St. Thomas

Records of renowned Canadian organ builder Gabriel Kney donated to the Laurier Archives


he business records of organ builder Gabriel Kney have a new home at the Wilfrid Laurier University Archives in Waterloo. The records document Kney’s custom-built organs, which remain staples in churches, homes and concert halls throughout North America, including Toronto’s Roy Thompson Hall. “I feel so honoured to know that my life’s work will be kept on record. I’m so pleased and so appreciative, because otherwise it would all be gone,” said Kney. The Kney compilation joins the Laurier Archives’ robust collection of records specifically related to organ music and sacred music, and its existing collection from the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary and Laurier’s Faculty of Music. “The collection contains the original drawings and schematics of nearly all of Kney’s organs, as well as business files, correspondence, photographs, technical and architectural drawings and concert recordings — all in excellent condition,” said Julia Hendry, head of archive and special collections. Each one of Kney’s instruments is custom built to suit the specific environment. “The acoustic environment changes from place to place and this affects the scaling of the pipes. Harmonics, so to speak,” said Kney. “This makes a difference in the design of the pipes and in the sound of the pipe scaling. Over his 50-year career, Kney custom built 129 organs and became well known as a top-tier artist. “I don’t consider myself an artist, but rather a craftsman,” said Kney.

Kney’s wife, Mary Lou Nowicki, an organist herself, believes otherwise. “He is far too modest about organ building being a work of art. The look of his instruments is beautiful,” said Nowicki. “He couldn’t build organs well and create the sounds he does if he wasn’t a good musician — a musical artist.” It’s different with each instrument.” These details are preserved in the collection, which is of particular interest to musicians. Shortly after immigrating to Canada at the age of 15, and with his wealth of organ-building experience from his native Germany, Kney founded his own company with the intention of revitalizing the building of mechanicalaction pipe organs — something that was unique in North America at the time — based on historic tonal concepts and construction techniques. “After starting my own business, it took me a number of years to convince people to build mechanical organs again,” said Kney. “However, many organists prefer to play a mechanical-action instrument, which responds directly to the touch of the fingers.” One of Kney’s earliest supporters was Ulrich Siegfried Leupold, a theologian, musicologist and former dean of the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary at Waterloo College (now Wilfrid Laurier University). In 1955, Leupold installed Kney’s first mechanical-action organ built in Canada, the Opus 1, at Waterloo College. It was later moved to Aeolian Hall in London. Records about the Opus 1 are included in the collection.

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City seeks volunteers for citizen advisory committees and boards A re you passionate about your community and interested in contributing positively to Kitchener’s civic life? The City of Kitchener is seeking volunteers to fill various positions on its citizen advisory committees and boards. Kitchener’s citizen committees provide advice and feedback to city council and standing committees on a variety of issues, including arts and culture, accessibility,

downtown and the environment. Board members have the autonomy to make decisions for the good of their organizations. Volunteers can meet new people, learn more about how municipal government works, and contribute their skills and expertise to play an important role in shaping Kitchener’s future. “Volunteering makes a

significant difference in our communities,” said Christine Tarling, director of legislated services. “In joining the citizen advisory committee, volunteers are able to bring forward their unique skills, backgrounds and experiences to contribute to their community in a concrete and meaningful way.” Time commitment for representatives serving on a committee or board includes

attending monthly meetings. During this time, representatives are able contribute to issues and subjects that complement their training, skill set, background, and interests. Interested parties must either live or work in Kitchener. Additional qualifications may also apply. This recruitment period

runs until Sept. 23. Apply online or visit www. for more information. Application forms and background information may also be obtained by contacting the Office of the City Clerk at 519-741-2203, or in person at any Kitchener Public Library branch, or community centre.

Fountain Street Bridge opens ahead of schedule


hree months ahead of schedule, the Fountain Street bridge officially reopened on August 31. The bridge, located on Fountain Street just east of the Blair Road roundabout, provides an important connection between Kitchener and Cambridge. The new bridge is a four-

span steel girder bridge, approximately 150 metres long. It provides significantly improved facilities for pedestrians and cyclists with a raised multi-use trail on each side of the road, plus improved lighting throughout the corridor. The reconstructed road provides an easier crossing for pedestrians and cyclists at

Preston Parkway and Linden Drive. The new bridge reused the existing piers in the Grand River, originally built in 1957, as they are in good condition. Reconstruction of the bridge required planning and careful execution as the old bridge had to be systematically dismantled, piece-by-piece.

All Nations Grand River Water Walk K itchener resident and Anishnaabe Elder Mary Anne Caibaiosai is organizing a Water Walk along the length of the Grand River from September 15-29th. Everyone is invited to join in. A group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous walkers led by Caibaiosai will walk the Grand from source to mouth and back as a way of honouring the river and the sacredness of water. A traditional Anishnaabe water walk involves carrying water from the source of the river, in a copper pail that continues moving to the end of the river. The full duration of the time the water is in motion is considered a sacred ceremony. Caibaiosai, was inspired to organize the water walk after participating in the “For the Earth and Water Walk 2017” led by Josephine Mandamin, the founder of the original Water Walks along the coast of the Great Lakes. Planning to undertake the walk as an annual event for the next four years, Caibaiosai is organizing the 2018 walk in memory of her sister Violet Caibaisashe. She welcomes people from all nations to join her in the ceremony, citing Josephine’s phrase, “It is time for all two-leggeds to walk for the water”. The walk will begin at the source of the river near Dundalk, ON, and travel

south along the west bank to Lake Erie, returning north along the east bank. The first day the walk will begin at 7am, but every day after that it will begin at 4am, wrapping up by mid-afternoon. Local schools and faith communities are rallying to feed and house the walkers. The public is welcome to join the walkers for a short time, a whole day or even longer. Information about precise locations each day will be available on the walk’s website and FaceBook Page, as will a description of the ceremonial protocols that all participants are asked to follow. “It is my dream that many people in the Grand River

Watershed will join us in this walk so they too can reconnect to Mother Earth and to the waters. In light of this dream, we seek support through financial and other donations of food, sleeping accommodations, drinking water, gas, first aid items; support through prayers and helping us bring awareness for this walk and for the need for clean and healthy water. We are grateful for any of this support people can offer. We walk for the water for seven generations and beyond!” Caibaiosai said. For more information about the walk, please visit www. grandriverwaterwalk2018. com


Dave Schnider Your Voice for Ward 2


t’s been an honour to serve you over the past 4 years. We have good, positive momentum in our City. I ask for your vote on October 22nd to keep it going. My pledge to you continues to be: Listen To You And Respond To Your Concerns. When you contact me, I’ll respond and work hard to get answers, explanations and results for you. Respect And Value Your Tax Dollars. Keep our roads, infrastructure, parks and trails a top priority. Finding savings, efficiencies and partnerships. Basing decisions on being good value and good for Kitchener. Strong Economic Development And A Vibrant Kitchener. Support efforts and investments that bring new jobs and help current employers. Support innovation, technology, arts, culture, neighbourhoods, inclusiveness, attainable housing, environmental and social benefit efforts, festivals and tourism. “Dave has an exemplary level of passion. He’s assisted us with a variety of neighbourhood activities and community safety concerns. Count on him to respond quickly, support community and school events and promote the wonderful things taking place in Ward 2. He’s approachable, listens to his constituents and works with them.” – Brooke Robinson/Tremaine Park Neighbour’s Group

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Let’s keep the faith with our farmers


ast week I ventured 20 minutes down the road to the bustling metropolis of Tavistock, as its citizens opened weekend festivities for the 166th anniversary of the Tavistock Fall Fair. Publicly, I was part of a family entourage to support my grandniece Ashley’s quest for the Ambassador of the Fair crown, but I was also seeking some rural solace. I’ve always found time throughout my life to study history; I’ve also been blessed to earn a living teaching pearls from the past to young people, but retirement has afforded me more time for plunges into current world issues. And while I’ve learned much on these deep dives of knowledge, recent NAFTA negotiations have threatened to pull my faith in human decency under to the point of drowning. Because, like the American president, I’m fixated on Canada’s dairy industry. But where Mr. Trump sees an American business opportunity battering against a Canadian tariff wall, I see vibrant farm families that have fed Canadians for centuries and built towns like Tavistock. As I sat in the town’s community center


and listened to the various speeches from the Ambassador candidates, I heard young people speak of robotic milking, and post-secondary farm management plans. I witnessed various community members giving out awards for decorating, academic scholarship, and for supporting local merchants inconvenienced by mainstreet construction. Such care and concern is rooted in the hinterland that surrounds Tavistock, a locality that boasts some of the finest, progressive, and hard-working dairy farmers in Canada. I needed to meet those front-line soldiers of the soil, because I have overwhelmed myself with in-depth details of the trade negotiations underway in Washington. If Canada’s supply-chain management disappears in a Trump trade triumph, American dairy products will flood our markets, foodstuffs made from milk engineered with growth hormones that are banned in Canada. In 1970, there were 650,000 dairy farmers in the United States; today there are less than 40,000. With their own milk processing plants, supported by colossal factory farms, retail giants like Walmart sell their milk at prices cheaper than American dairy farmers can produce it.

And while I’m currently in a very antiAmerican mood, I will give a thankful nod to the scholarship of the Brooklyn-born Abraham Maslow and his Hierarchy of Needs. At the very bottom of this famous psychologist’s familiar chart lie the basic needs of sleep, water, and food. If all higher human needs build on these basics, no country should ever negotiate away its food supply. So, when the American president repeatedly shouts “270% Canadian tax on American dairy products,” please know of his government’s 25 billion-dollar subsidy of the failing American dairy industry. But I’ve grown weary lately, and so journeying to Tavistock to support my grand-niece Ashley was a welcomed respite, for she is a strong young person destined for greatness. And I am very proud to say that Ashley finished the competition as the runner-up to Sarah Danen, of Danenview Farms. Dairy farmers. Jack Nahrgang recently retired from the Waterloo Region District School Board. He is a monthly columnist with the Kitchener Citizen.

Why are voter turnout rates so low in municipal elections?

hy so few peoW ple vote in municipal elections has

always puzzled me. While foreign affairs and education curriculums are far more glamourous topics than road maintenance and waste disposal, the latter issues generally have a greater impact on the day-to-day lives of area residents than the former. Indeed, in the most recent federal election (2015), Elections Canada estimates that nearly 69% of registered voters cast their ballot, which saw the Trudeau Liberals win a majority government. According to Elections Ontario, in the most recent election (2018), which resulted in the election of Doug Ford as Premier of Ontario, an estimated 58% of eligible voters, up from a provincial low of 48% in 2011, decided to turn off Netflix for an hour to exercise their democratic rights. The good news is that, both federally and provincially, turnout rates are trending upward. Across Ontario municipalities in the 2014 municipal elections, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario says that voter turnout averaged approximately 43% province wide. The City of Waterloo’s turnout was about 36%, and Kitchener was an abysmal 31%, somehow still besting Cambridge (30%) by a percentage point. Region wide, including the four townships, turnout was an embarrassing 32%. In 2014, there was no shortage of issues

of importance to the citizens of Waterloo Region and Kitchener. Growth and sprawl, crime and drugs, transit (including light rail), taxes, poverty and social programs, downtown renewal, parks and recreation, infrastructure development like roads and sewers, emergency services, garbage collection and community health programs – these are all portfolios managed by the cities and the region – and yet, the vast majority of city residents decided that they couldn’t be bothered to do their civic duty and vote. And so we’re left with a disconnect, and a burning question: why do so few people vote in municipal elections in this region when they have a chance to influence the shape of government that has the most direct impact on their daily lives? I will offer a few potential reasons: First, voters are primarily motivated by their pocketbooks. Because people likely pay more in federal and provincial taxes than in municipal taxes, their interest in the election, and the amount of effort they’re willing to expend in order to vote, is commensurate with the drain on their pocketbook. In fact, many renters or students probably see themselves as having no skin in the game at all since they are not property owners – but of course their landlords are paying property taxes, which are passed along to the tenant as part of their rent payments. Second, municipal elections are often a foregone conclusion. While incumbency is usually helpful for candidates running in all levels of elections, it is a particularly-strong factor in municipal elections, where typically an election is

only competitive when a position is vacated by someone not seeking re-election. A key motivating factor in elections is the belief (and desire) that one’s vote will have an impact. If one’s chosen candidate is going to win in a landslide, or is sure to get clobbered by the incumbent, then why bother voting? In this election, the Regional Chair position is being vacated by Ken Seiling – who has held the position for 10 terms – which gives voters an added incentive to pay attention to the campaigns of new candidates who are vying for the top job. Third, political parties play an important role in election campaigns, helping to raise money and finance campaigns, which helps to inform and influence voters. When voters don’t take the initiative to educate themselves on the candidates and their platforms, they can at least rely on cues from the parties: parties on the right generally favour less tax and less government intervention and spending; parties on the left generally prefer paying a little more in tax in order to fund government services and programs. While far too general, and not always entirely accurate, these shortcuts can help voters make up their minds with relative ease. Finally, and related to the point above, the loss of local media in many communities is making it more difficult for residents to get the information they crave, in the manner they crave. Not everyone will or can easily seek out literature concerning their local candidates. As such, they rely on the news media to help explore the issues and the candidates. In fact, ...continued on mext page


PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Raj Saini MP Kitchener Centre


t’s that time of year again! The time that parents love and kids dread; it’s back to school time! I hope you all had a fantastic summer and spent some well-deserved quality time among friends and family enjoying the beautiful weather. It has been a privilege for me to be able to spend so much time here in Kitchener engaging with the community over the summer months. As children go back to school and I get ready to go back to Ottawa, I want to take this opportunity to highlight some of the things that our government has done to make back to school easier for families in Kitchener and across Canada. To support families across the country, our government adjusted the Canada Child Ben-

PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Marwan Tabbara MP Kitchener South/Hespeler


hope everyone had an enjoyable summer. It was another busy one for me and my staff as I met with many constituents and helped community members with a multitude of federally related issues. I also attended several of the multicultural events that take place here every year showcasing Waterloo Region’s diversity and rich social fabric. The fall session of parliament begins on Sept 17th, and there are many important bills

efit (CCB) to ensure that it provides support to those who need it the most. The new and improved CCB, is simpler, tax-free, better targeted, and more generous. In fact, 9 out of 10 Canadian families are better off under the new CCB than under any previous program. This July in Kitchener Centre, a total of 8,994 payments benefitted 16,118 children. That means a total of $5,843,299.94 went to helping local families for an average of $649.68 each per month. These funds help children achieve their full potential and are helping to lift over 300,000 children out of poverty across Canada. This past July, just in time for the back to school season, we’ve increased the Canada Child Benefit two years earlier than we had originally planned. This means more money for families – up to $6,500 per child under the age of 6 – and people won’t lose out as the cost of living rises. Our government also believes in highquality and affordable child care. Which is why we are making an historic $7.5 billion investment over 11 years to reduce financial burdens on families in need of child care. This will help create over 40,000 affordable child care spaces across Canada. Parents, particularly women, will have more flexibility when choosing to engage in the workforce resulting in economic growth without leaving people behind. To learn more about the work I am doing here in Kitchener Centre and in Ottawa, please visit my website,, email me at, or call me at 519-741-2001. My staff and I look forward to hearing from you and are always ready to assist with any federal matters.

that need to be passed to improve and protect the lives of Canadians, and advance the Canadian economy. Some of the important work includes introducing legislation that will promote a rights-based approach to housing by creating a new Federal Housing Advocate, establishing a new National Housing Council, and introducing a new Community-Based Tenant Initiative to provide funding to local organizations that assist people in housing need. Also, I am proud that our government will introduce proactive pay equity legislation to ensure that women are paid equally for work of equal value. As the deadline for the legalization of marijuana approaches, I would like to assure my constituents that our government is taking all steps necessary to keep Canadians safe. Based on scientific recommendation, Minister of Justice, Jody Wilson-Raybould, approved the first oral fluid drug screening equipment for use by law enforcement. Impaired driving is the leading criminal cause of death and injury in Canada. Keeping our roads safe means ensuring law enforcement has the tools they need to deter and detect drug-impaired driving. Our government is providing $81 million to provinces and territories to support the purchase of approved screening devices, as well as training and capacity building. This drug screening equipment is another step to ensure we can detect and deter impaired driving to keep Canadian roads safe.

Everyone is talking about The Friendship Connection

If you are an older adult and would like to meet new people in your neighbourhood, join one of our FREE friendship connection groups! Take part in social activities or simply chat with new friends in a small group setting.

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519-772-8787 might even matter more to the residents of Kitchener than the provincial or federal elections. So, let’s act like it. Let’s inform ourselves of the key issues of the campaign, and the platforms of the local candidates. Don’t let other people decide for us. Don’t let inertia and apathy result in the default re-election of all the incumbents – unless of course we decide that they are the worthiest of our votes. It doesn’t matter at all to me for whom you cast your ballot, only that you’ve considered your options and participated in the democratic process like a responsible citizen. I promise to do the same.

a 2017 poll by Ipsos showed that of all the news Canadians consume, 45% is local, 33% is national, and 22% is international. But many communities in Ontario and across Canada are losing their local outlets. People crave local news and consume local news – and the local news media must fulfill their responsibility to do a thorough job of exploring the important issues of the campaign and where the candidates stand on these issues, to help voters make an informed choice. Those who are well informed about the options available to them in the voting booth are more likely to vote. Many just need a little Sean Simpson is Vice President of the polling firm Ipsos, help getting to that state. This election matters. It Canada


Two local men inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame


wo people from Waterloo Region were inducted into the International Softball Congress Hall of Fame in a ceremony held in Kitchener August 12. Jim Hallman of Kitchener was inducted as a sponsor, and Bruce Bierman of Ayr as an umpire. The ICS Hall of Fame started in 1965 in Illinois. The first Canadian was added in 1997. The ICS Hall of Fame has 200 members, 30 of which are Canadian and five are from Waterloo Region. In addition to Hallman and Bierman, John Thompson of Waterloo was inducted in 2014, Larry Lynch of Kitchener in 2007, and Dan Yantzi of Waterloo in 2002.

Jim Hallman - Kitchener Sponsor Jim Hallman, 63, and his extended family have had a long-time love affair with softball as local players, corporate sponsors and team/ league administrators. Following the untimely and tragic passing of his brother Peter in 1999, Jim and his wife Sue spear-headed a

family-based group that was committed to Peter’s vision of success – namely having a “family” of teams with the Twins logo on travel teams from minor softball, through the Jr. Twins and competitive men’s senior teams. The Hallman family became a co-sponsor in 2002 of the Waterloo Twins who at that time were one of the longest participating senior teams in Canada. In 2005, Jim assumed primary sponsorship creating the Kitchener Hallman Twins, with the team finishing 3rd at the ISC Championship in Eau Claire WI. As well, Jim was very supportive of Kitchener’s hosting of the ISC Championships in 2006 and 2007. In 2008, following an amalgamation with the Orillia ON Quaker Riversharks, the new-look Rivershark Twins became just the 2nd Canadian team to win the highly competitive ISC Championship, defeating Saskatoon, SK Aspen Interiors in Kimberly, WI. In 2009, the Rivershark Twins repeated that success in Quad Cities, IA/IL beating the Broken Bow, NE Patsy’s in the

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championship tilt. In 2010, in Midland, MI, Twins almost made a three-peat, losing in the championship final to the Jarvis, ON Travelers. The Hallman family has also been instrumental in forming the Kitchener Cubs, a team that has consistently competed in the ISC annual tournaments from 2006-15, finishing the 2009 tourney as ISC II finalists. Jim and Sue dig in with hands-on enthusiasm ranging from contacting additional sponsors, delivering posters, loading the truck with supplies for the concessions, chasing foul balls, serving as a games controller… there are very few responsibilities that haven’t been personally impacted by the “Hallman touch”. Jim and Sue are humble sponsors, and state that “While the championships and wins are great, it is the people we have met and worked with who I will continue to remember – the great people/ players who have worn the Twins jersey during my time – the great people behind the scenes, the many managers and coaches we have had, getting to know the families of the players. The golf games, the fun and enjoyment of playing a game we love. The tears and the joy.” In particular, Jim acknowledges key individuals who have helped along the way – Dave Bailey, Larry Lynch, Robert Nydick, Doc Simmons, Doug Eidt, Steve Kooser and Ron Hackett.

Bruce Bierman - Ayr Umpire

Bruce Bierman, 75 of Ayr has enjoyed a lengthy career in softball, initially as player and coach, and later as an umpire and official. Born in Waterloo in his grandparents’ home, he initially lived in Erbsville and at age nine moved to New Dundee. Softball was a fixture in rural communities and Bruce recalls playing whenever the weather permitted, and he also participated in basketball, football and volleyball while attending Waterloo Oxford High School. Following graduation he was offered football scholarships at two Canadian universities, but he opted to stay at home and help on the farm. His fastball career continued into his thirties with the New Dundee and Ayr Intermediate teams and he also played in the Kitchener Fastball League for several years. His team won an Ontario Rural Softball Association title and Bruce pitched in several league All-Star games. Later, he coached his daughter Laurie’s teams for a number of years – ironically when Laurie married, her father-in-law was one of Bruce’s first catchers – Orlan Weber. In due course, Bruce ventured into officiating, initially as a member of the Hespeler ON Umpires Association. In 1985 he was appointed the Zone 3 UIC for Softball Ontario and the following year

Bruce Bierman with his ISC fall of fame plaque.

became the UIC for the Ontario ISC Travel League. In 1987, he assumed the role as the Umpire in Chief for ISC qualifiers. In 1997, Bruce achieved his Level 5 Designation from Softball Canada at the Senior Men’s Canadian Championship in Victoria, BC, and two years later, umpired in the PAN AM games in Winnipeg, MB. Bruce served as the UIC for the inaugural ISC II Tournament in Kitchener in 2002 and then again in 2006. In 2006, he also assumed the role of UIC for the ISC and has held that position for twelve years. Bruce acknowledges Bill Weichel, his high school Phys Ed instructor, for teaching game rules in his early years as a basketball official and Gus Kitzman for inviting Bruce into the Hespeler Umpires Association in his early softball officiating days.

Short videos examine opioid crisis in Waterloo Region



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series of short, interview-style videos have been released to provide more context and understanding about the opioid crisis in Waterloo Region. The Waterloo Region Integrated Drug Strategy (WRIDS) committee worked in collaboration with a number of community partners to develop the public service announcements (PSAs). Four PSAs aired on CTV throughout August that includes perspectives from local partners and individuals with lived experience of drug use.The videos highlighted community collaboration and aim to bring more understanding and compassion to the issues. “We are fortunate to have the support of so many partner organizations who are working together to address this complex issue,” said Stephen Gross, co-chair of the

WRIDS committee. “This type of effort and dedication is no surprise in Waterloo Region, as our citizens demonstrate time and time again that we are a truly caring community that is concerned about the number of people dying from overdose.” It’s estimated that 85 people died in Waterloo Region in 2017 as a result of an opioid overdose. This number is up from 38 deaths in 2016. In Waterloo Region, WRIDS is taking a “four-pillar approach” to addressing the opioid crisis. The pillars focus on prevention, harm reduction, justice/enforcement and rehabilitation. To view the PSAs or find out more about WRIDS and the Opioid Response Plan, visit:

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Celebrate 2018 Doors Open Waterloo Region Sept. 15 from 10am – 5pm This year’s Doors Open features talks at seven locations: What is a city? Interpreting change in the urban landscape The gift to be simple: The religious and secular art of Nancy Lou Patterson Renewal and transformation: The modernization of Martin Luther University College


any local businesses and buildings of architectural, historical and social significance will open their doors to visitors on September 15 during the 16th annual Doors Open Waterloo Region event. You can visit the 34 sites in our cities and townships – most of them not normally open to the public – at no charge. Admission is FREE. This year’s locations were sites selected with the theme of Places, Patterns and Plans. Explore how the fabric of our built environment is woven from the threads of urban planning and land use, infrastructure and engineering, public spaces and transportation, and – of course – architectural design. And, this year Doors Open has partnered with Startup Open House. At six of the technology sites, visitors can explore startup offices and connect with CEOs and founders who are shaping the future of local, national and international business. By partnering with Startup Open House (SOH) visitors will have the chance to juxtapose their historical experiences with the ultra modern — From the richly historic Waterloo Pioneers Memorial Tower and the Brubacher House Museum to the fast-paced modernity of local startup and global giant Shopify’s HQ. Since 2003, more than 300 sites in Waterloo Region have opened their doors to more than 150,000 visits during Doors Open. Last year’s Doors Open Waterloo Region had more than 14,500 site visits in seven hours! For participating sites, listings and maps visit the Doors Open Ontario website where you can browse short descriptions, photos and maps for each site. Click individual map points on this illustrated Google map to see detailed 2018 site information available for the event, including special tours, talks and other activities taking place at participating sites. You can download a full-size Doors Open 2018 map and guide or pick up a printed copy available at libraries, museums and community centres around the region. 1

Carnegie libraries: A legacy of form and function Designing our neighbourhoods: Trends and influences over 150 years Brubacher House: Historic icon on an ultra-modern campus Who was Charlie Voelker? The birth of Waterloo’s suburban neighborhoods



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Kitchener Doors Open Sites 1 St. Matthews Lutheran Church 54 Benton St., Kitchener built 1914, 1951; design: Spier, Rohns and Gehrke, Detroit (1914), T.N. Mansell, Philadelphia (1951) 2 NEO Architecture Inc. 243 King St. E., Kitchener built 1929, renovated 2017 design: NEO Architecture Inc. (2017) 3 DOZR Inc. & RouteThis 318 Duke St. W., Kitchener @dozrhub built 1913

ACL Steel 2255 Shirley Dr., Kitchener built 2005 4

5 Waterloo County Gaol and Governor’s House 73-77 Queen St. N., Kitchener @PreventingCrime built 1852-1853 (Gaol), 1878 (GH); design: Mellish and Russell, Brantford (Gaol), D.W. Gingerich, Waterloo (GH)

MartinSimmons Architects Inc. 200-113 Breithaupt St., Kitchener @msarchitectsinc renovated 2015; design: MartinSimmons Architects, Kitchener (by Robertson Simmons Architects prior to name change) 6



7 Homer Watson House and Gallery 1754 Old Mill Rd., Kitchener @HomerWatson built 1834-1835; design: built by Adam Ferrie 8 Carizon Family and Community Services 400 Queen St. S., Kitchener @Carizon built 2000; design: Robert J. Dyck Architect and Engineer Inc., Kitchener

Deloitte Canada – Kitchener-Waterloo Office 195 Joseph St., Kitchener @DeloitteCanada built 1925, renovated 2017; design: Gensler (2017) 9

10 GSP Group at 72 Victoria St. 72 Victoria St. S., Suite 201, Kitchener @GSP_Group built 1903, 1914, 1929, renovated 2000; design: C.E. Cowan, Kitchener (1903) 11 St. Mark’s Lutheran Church 825 King St. W., Kitchener built 1938 design: B.A. Jones, Kitchener

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DO YOU HAVE PLANS ON MONDAY, OCT 22? Kejo Buchanan, a member

of our local civic tech community and Kitchener resident, knows what she’ll be doing. That’s municipal election day in the province of Ontario and she’s planning on heading to the polls to make her voice heard. “I see myself as a resident, information professional and a civic tech advocate,” says Buchanan. “I vote because, like you, contributing to where I live, work and engage counts.” Some of the services that residents value most, like parks and trails, transportation,

community centres and emergency services are provided by municipal government. “We regularly look for input on decisions that impact residents through surveys, delegations and public meetings,” said Christine Tarling, city clerk and director of legislative services. “This is the ultimate feedback opportunity. Your vote can impact who makes decisions about the services that impact your daily life.”


Unlike provincial and federal elections, there are a number of

votes to be cast in a municipal election and you may choose to vote for all or only some the offices on the ballot including: • mayor • city councillor • regional chair • regional councillor • school board trustees

WHEN TO VOTE Election day is Monday, Oct. 22. To vote, bring your voter notification card (VNC) and a piece of photo ID to your polling station between 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

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ADVANCE POLLS You may also choose to vote at one of five advanced poll locations on the following dates: • Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2-8 p.m. • Thursday, Oct. 11, 2-8 p.m. • Friday, Oct. 12, 2-8 p.m. • Saturday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.



GUARDS help keep our community


Now that kids are back in school, if you live near or drive through a school zone make sure you slow down. Kitchener’s crossing guards are dedicated and friendly city employees who help keep our community safe by assisting students from the ages of 4 – 14, and other pedestrians across busy streets during the start and end of school. You’ll easily be able to spot them in their fluorescent orange or yellow-green traffic safety vest and red reflective stop sign.

Kitchener’s CROSSING GUARDS shared these tips for residents to help keep our community SAFE:

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Do not drive distracted or be in a hurry in school zones, haste can create mistakes. To help keep kids safe, it’s important crossing guards are able to keep clear sightlines. Parking in no-stopping zones can block their view. Do not try and make turns before the crossing guard starts to assist the children across. Teach your children to cross where the guard is located. Even if it takes slightly longer, it is safer. If there is a car when they are crossing, tell your kids to make eye contact with the driver so they know the driver sees them.


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The City of Kitchener has a 40 km/h speed limit, 24 hours a day, in front of most elementary schools. As of September 1, a motorist not heeding a crossing guard’s stop sign could be fined up to $1,000 and lose four demerit points. There are more than 80 crossing guards helping get kids to and from school safely. Help keep them safe too by following their useful tips shown above.

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SEPTEMBER OCTOBER SEPTEMBER FREE Rotunda Gallery Exhibit There Must Be Courage Kerry L. Ross Kitchener City Hall

OCTOBER FREE Rotunda Gallery Exhibit Totems: Urban and Rural - Pat Dumas-Hudecki Kitchener City Hall

SEPTEMBER FREE Berlin Tower Artspace Exhibit The Changing Face of Waterloo Region Urban Sketchers Waterloo Region Kitchener City Hall

SEPTEMBER 15 – OCT 13 Harvestfest Kitchener Market BerlinTowerArtspace

THURSDAY, SEPT. 6,13,20, 27 11 a.m. - NOON - FREE Kids’ Art Kitchener Market

FRIDAY, SEPT. 7,14,21,28 9:30-11 a.m. - FREE Our Place EarlyON family programs Kitchener Market

SATURDAY, SEPT. 8 1 - 2:30 p.m. - FREE Bugs and Slugs Meadow Hunt Huron Natural Area huronnaturalarea

FRIDAY, SEPT. 21 7:30 p.m. Kitchener Rangers Home Opener The Aud

TUESDAY, SEPT. 11 11 a.m. - NOON - FREE Kids’ Hop Kitchener Market BerlinTowerArtspace

THURSDAY, OCT. 4,11,18,25 11 a.m. - NOON - FREE Kids’ Art Kitchener Market

TUESDAY, OCT. 9 11 a.m. - NOON - FREE Kids’ Hop Kitchener Market

SATURDAY, OCT. 13 1-2:30 p.m. - FREE Fall Scavenger Hunt Huron Natural Area huronnaturalarea

FRIDAY, OCT. 19,26 9:30-11 a.m. - FREE Our Place EarlyON family programs Kitchener Market

NOVEMBER FREE Rotunda Gallery Exhibit Hidden City - Nik Harron Kitchener City Hall

FRIDAY, NOV. 2,9,16,23,30 9:30-11 a.m. - FREE Our Place EarlyON family programs Kitchener Market

NOVEMBER FREE Berlin Tower Artspace Exhibit William Lyon McKenzie King Kitchener City Hall

TUESDAY, NOV. 6 11 a.m. - NOON - FREE Kids’ Hop Kitchener Market BerlinTowerArtspace

TUESDAY, NOV. 20 11 a.m. - NOON - FREE Kids’ Hop Kitchener Market

a visit to the forest for relaxation and to improve one’s health

SATURDAY, SEPT. 22 9:30-11:30 a.m. - FREE Fall Equinox Shinrin-Yoku Guided Walk Huron Natural Area huronnaturalarea

TUESDAY, SEPT. 25 11 a.m. - NOON - FREE Kids’ Hop Kitchener Market

FRIDAY, OCT. 5 11 a.m.-2 p.m. - FREE Opening Ceremonies of 50th KW Oktoberfest and Kitchener Council Grillefest Carl Zehr Square

MONDAY, OCT. 22 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Election Day Various locations

TUESDAY, OCT. 23 11 a.m. - NOON - FREE Kids’ Hop Kitchener Market

MONDAY, SEPT. 17 NOON - 7:30 p.m. - FREE Kitchener City Hall 25th Anniversary Event Kitchener City Hall

NOVEMBER 1-7 Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week

THURSDAY, NOV. 1,8,15,22, 29 11 a.m. - NOON - FREE Kids’ Art Kitchener Market

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 14 5-6 p.m. Community Grant Public Information Session Conestoga Room, Kitchener City Hall

Play a role in Kitchener’s future! FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, OCT. 5, 6, 7 FREE Rogers Hometown Hockey Downtown Kitchener

OCTOBER 7-13 Fire Prevention Week

SATURDAY, OCT. 27 7 p.m. Tickets $41.75 & up Thank You Canada Tour skating show The Aud

FRIDAY, OCT. 19 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Leaf drop off sites open Various locations doorsopen


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SATURDAY, SEPT. 15 10 a.m.-5 p.m. - FREE Doors Open Waterloo Region Various locations


SATURDAY, SEPT. 11 5:30-7 p.m. - FREE Pre-planning Seminar Dedication Centre at Williamsburg Cemetery & Crematorium preplanning

OCTOBER FREE Berlin Tower Artspace Exhibit The Changing Face of Waterloo Region Urban Sketchers Waterloo Region Kitchener City Hall

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 31 5 - 8 p.m. Trick or Treat Kitchener Fire Halls will be distributing candy and fire safety messages.

MONDAY, OCT. 8 8:30 a.m. - FREE KW Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade See parade route

TUESDAY, OCT. 30 5 p.m. City of Kitchener Artist in Residence Submission Deadline

Kitchener City Council needs citizens and community members to get involved in civic life. At this time, we are recruiting for various committees and boards. Application forms and information may be obtained effective SEPTEMBER 4 by: • visiting our website at citizencommittees; or • in person at any Kitchener branch library or community centre; or • by contacting Legislated Services at 519-741-2200 x7592. The final date for submitting completed applications is Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 at 5 p.m.


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PILOTS NEW DEMENTIA FriendlY PROGRAM Golf is a great opportunity

to get outdoors, enjoy some fresh air and stay active with friends. A new pilot program from Kitchener Golf aims to make sure local residents don’t have to give that up due to cognitive changes they may be experiencing. Golf Fore Life began this spring and is designed to provide those living with dementia a chance to continue playing, or return to, the sport they love. “It’s been amazing to see the reactions of the participants in our new program.” said Bob Cheyne, manager of sport development and golf with The City of Kitchener. “When we discovered that there were no programs like this in Canada, we decided we wanted to change that.”

“This is the greatest opportunity for people in their later stages of life to get out and enjoy a few social interactions, enjoy the weather and get some exercise while having fun.” – Denis T

Eligible participants were able to sign up for the free program which began with instructional sessions at Doon Valley. Following the instructional sessions, participants were invited to Rockway for on-course play with support from a trained city inclusion staff member and a volunteer who were there to guide golfers through the rounds, help with club selection and ball retrieval, and to make sure time on the course was as enjoyable as possible. When participants were done playing, they were invited, along with their support staff and volunteer, to have some social time and trade stories with other golfers over coffee. Golf Fore Life was made possible by the city’s dedicated older adult services staff, and by funding provided by the Government of Ontario. To ensure that Kitchener Golf was responsive to the needs of the golfers, staff was trained in dementia friendly customer service by the Alzheimer Society of Waterloo Wellington.


Natalie Gleadall, City of Kitchener Inclusion Support Worker (Former Touring Professional) with Denis T.

Falls are the leading cause of injury among older adults in Canada.

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y o u t h op p o r tuni t i e s Abbey Poser, youth drop-in coordinator for the City of Kitchener knows that with the start of a new school year, comes many great opportunities for youth to engage with their community in a meaningful way. “Our programming serves as a safe space where youth can foster creativity and build self-confidence, while learning life skills, and practicing patience and respect, so they can grow-up to be the best self they can be,” said Poser. Poser coordinates the city’s youth drop-in, recreational programming, which offers free activities such as games, music, crafts, sports, cooking, and movies for youth aged 12 to 17 years. “Having trained staff who know how to connect with and support our youth makes a monumental difference in their lives,” added Poser. “To the youth who attend, this is more than simply a recreational and social program - for many it’s the most positive adult interaction they experience each day.” Poser, who first became involved in the drop-in program as a youth leader, encourages others to get involved in a similar way. Youth Crew – a volunteer program that empowers youth aged 12-17 years to share their skills and talents with friends lets youth who enjoyed the program previously give back to their peers. “A number of our youth come back as staff,” remarked Poser. That to me says that whatever we’re doing is working.” In this program, youth can take on a leadership role and assist with the delivery of drop-in programming, while earning volunteer hours, and building skills for employment. Youth can continue to build positive relationships with adults in the community through the Kitchener Youth Advisory Council (KYAC). The KYAC is an excellent way for youth aged 14-24 years to take on a leadership role in their community, by working with adults who support and encourage their ideas and contributions.

Residents on Ida Flandja’s street have

come to know her for her incredible tomato garden. Stretching almost the entire length of her backyard, maintaining a garden of this magnitude is no easy task, especially for a woman in her eighties. Last year, Ida fell while watering her garden, dislocating her shoulder and requiring regular physiotherapy sessions. Ida’s story is not unique, as falls are the leading cause of injury among older adults in Canada. With November being Fall Prevention Month, the City of Kitchener wants to do its part to keep older adults in our community safe and active throughout the fall and winter seasons.

“I’m proud to say I work for such an amazing city and program. I really do feel we make a profound difference in the lives of the youth we serve.”

The best way to prevent falls is to understand what factors and conditions may cause them. Poor balance, decreased muscle and bone strength, reduced vision and hearing, and unsafe conditions around the home are the most common causes of falls among older adults. In Canada, 85 per cent of injury-related, hospitalizations for adults over the age of 55 are caused by falls. By staying active and leading a healthy lifestyle, we can reduce this statistic. The City of Kitchener’s Rockway, Breithaupt and Downtown Community Centres offer programming aimed at assisting older adults gain and maintain their strength and stability to prevent fall-related injuries. Programs such as Chair Yoga,

There are plenty of ways for youth in Kitchener to have fun, give back, and get involved in their community this school year. For all the details, visit

– Abbey Poser

Tai Chi, and Polercise for balance and strength improve stability and help older adults build muscle tone to prevent falls. If you’re not sure which program is right for you, stop by the centres to receive a complimentary pass to try an exercise class. The centres offer a wide range of active programming for older adults – so Ida can stay healthy, improve her stability, and spend more time in her tomato garden.

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This fall, bring your loose leaves to one of our drop-off sites located across the city which will be put to good use by farmers. The City of Kitchener and Region of Waterloo collaborated to develop a program where the Region brings leaves directly to farmer’s fields. These leaves can be from any of our drop-off sites, or from the Region’s Waterloo landfill site where the City of Kitchener and City of Waterloo bring leaves to. We caught up with Graham Snider who owns a farm in Bloomingdale and used the leaves from the Kitchener Auditorium last year to hear about his experiences. What do you do with the leaves? I compost the leaves and use them as fertilizer to grow wheat, soybeans and corn.

As of 2017, The City of Kitchener and Region of Waterloo partnered to develop a program where leaves get delivered directly to farmers fields. How did you find this experience? It was an efficient process and helps save money by using natural fertilizer instead of purchasing it. Loose leaves are able to break down fast and that’s important because I

only have a certain amount of time to fertilize the soil so I can grow healthy crops. Last year, I took around 1,091,475 kilograms of leaves so I am making use of what residents are getting rid of which is better for the environment.

Why is this program beneficial? We all have a role to play in protecting our environment. This program ensures that natural fertilizer goes into the ground to help grow food. It also keeps our environment clean by using the leaves as a natural renewable resource.

WHAT DO YOU WANT RESIDENTS TO KNOW? Please make sure you only drop off loose leaves at the sites. Garbage and other debris like branches jam machines and pop tires. If equipment gets damaged it might not be worth participating in the program. Residents did a fantastic job last year and I hope we can continue working together for another successful year!

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IN The bicycle is Emily Sloftstra’s primary way of getting around. But it wasn’t always that way. When Emily moved to Kitchener as an adult, she was terrified at the thought of biking in the city, until several of her friends invited her to join a group bike ride. To her enjoyment, it wasn’t as scary as she thought. She felt safer riding with others, and slowly built up her confidence and knowledge of ideal cycling routes so she could bike on her own too. Her family still owns a car for longer trips or big purchases, but she’s built her whole life around her neighbourhood. The bicycle is a natural choice for most trips, like running errands, taking her kids to visit friends or going out for dinner.

“ “I’m not as worried about going to the gym

because physical fitness is just part of my day” – Emily Sofstra

Emily recently formed a new, grassroots advocacy group called CycleWR. She felt like the experiences of women – who tend to feel less safe than men when cycling– were often overlooked in cycling discussions. She hopes to encourage people who are interested in cycling but may not always feel safe or comfortable to get involved in CycleWR.

Emily uses the Spur Line Trail on a regular basis and has observed many more people biking in her neighbourhood since it was built.

In Kitchener, a major update to the Cycling and Trails Master Plan is underway, with lots of ways for people to share their suggestions for an infrastructure network that is safe and comfortable for all ages and abilities. Learn more at

Non-profit reps invited to community grants meeting Is your organization looking for financial assistance for a community initiative? Don’t miss our public information session on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 to learn about the 2019 community grant application process. Community grants provide financial assistance to non-profit organizations who offer services or special events to Kitchener residents. Organizations or groups in arts and culture; special events; sports and recreation; and community support and development may be considered for funding. Staff will be available at this session to provide information about the grant process and answer questions.

WHAT: Community Grant Public WHERE: Conestoga Room, Ground Floor, Information Session

Kitchener City Hall, 200 King St. W.

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, 5 – 6 p.m.

The 2019 community grant application deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 5 p.m. Late applications will not be accepted. For more information, a complete list of grant criteria and eligibility requirements, contact Kathleen Woodcock at or 519-741-2200 ext. 7597.

K I T C H E N E R C I T Y H A L L 25 TH A N N I V E R S A R Y C E L E B R AT I O N


TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO, Kitchener City Hall opened its doors with a vision of being the open and welcoming heart of the city. A place where community is built. A place where people connect with each other, and with those who represent them.

M O N D A Y, S E P T E M B E R 1 7 , 2 0 1 8 – N O O N T O 7 : 3 0 P. M . To celebrate this important milestone, you are invited to join us for a day of free entertainment and information with live musical performances, guest speakers and tours of special locations, as well as some beautiful art, inside of City Hall. See some of the design concepts and hear from the award-winning architect, Bruce Kuwabara. Relive some of the amazing festivals and events that have taken place at City Hall and enjoy some cake and light refreshments. Over the past 25 years, we have seen dramatic changes developing around City Hall and we are excited to see what the future holds over the next 25 years and beyond. Be a part of this exciting future by taking part in a community photo and help decide what goes into our next time capsule.


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lanting a tiny, little seedling and watching it magically transform into a colossal-sized summer squash – there is nothing like harvesting zucchini. At the Meals on Wheels Harvesting Independence Garden located in Breslau, Ontario, alongside rows of zucchini you will also find tomatoes, cucumbers, cabbage, turnips, peppers, onions (and the list goes on) as well as basil, thyme, parsley and other

herbs in their raised garden beds. After a successful first harvest last year, staff and volunteers at Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC) are now experimenting with new growth possibilities like cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, rhubarb, kale, goji berries, blueberries and strawberries. When the local charity opened its own kitchen in 2014, building a garden was next on the list. Now the joy of discovering a mighty crop

Community Church Listing St James’-Rosemount United 171 Sherwood Ave., Kitchener (519) 742-1002 Sunday Service: 10:30am Lunch served following service on the third Sunday of every month. Nursery, Sunday School, Youth Group, Wed. Night Bible study

2018 volunteers working in the garden.

is a regular experience thanks to funds from 100 Women Who Care Waterloo Region and other supporters who helped build the garden two years ago. Having a kitchen and garden not only allows the agency to improve nutrition for its clients by increasing the amount of fresh local

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Kitchener Gospel Temple-Pentecostal 9 Conway Dr. (at River Rd), Kitchener (519) 894-5999 Sunday Service: 10:30am Mid-week activities for all ages. Kitchener East Presbyterian 10 Zeller Drive, Kitchener (519) 748-9786 Reverend: Mark S. Richardson Sunday Service: 10:30am Nursery and Sunday School provided Sonshine Corner, Thursdays from 9:00 - 11:00am Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran 322 East Avenue (at Stirling), Kitchener (519) 742-5812 Sunday Service: (Sept. - June) 8:30am and 11am, (July-Aug.) 9:30am 9:45am - Sunday School, Youth & Adult Bible Classes Choirs - Stephen Ministry - Youth Group - Beginnings (0 -3 years) Hope Lutheran 30 Shaftsbury Drive, Kitchener (519) 893-5290 Worship Service Times :10:00am Worship Service Sunday Morning Fellowship & Bible Study 11:15am Adult Bible Study 11:15am Sunday School (JK –Grade 12)

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9 Dreger Ave., (at Ottawa St.) Kitchener (519) 893-8186 Pastor: John Pearce Sunday Service and Kid’s Church: 10:30am ALL WELCOME!

content in their meals, but it also combats rising food costs while inviting local volunteer groups to help out. From universities and large corporations, to church groups and neighbours, the garden is buzzing with volunteer activity during the summer and fall seasons. More than a dozen green-thumbed

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volunteer groups have contributed over 200 hours this past summer alone, which has resulted in more than 300 pounds of produce. Organizations including Agilec, iQor, the University of Waterloo, Gore Mutual, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Union Gas and the Bank of Montreal have all dug their hands into the lush soil, while others like Home Depot provides landscape fabric and Adams Landscaping offers truckloads of mulch. The CSC kitchen is able to accept fresh food donations and sees businesses like Nith Valley Organics, Home Hardware Stores Limited, local farmers and backyard gardener’s alike making regular contributions. This year’s harvest is expected to be the largest yet as it is estimated that there are still 250-300 pounds of nutritious fruits and vegetables waiting for a new home in hot meals for hundreds of neighbours who benefit from CSC’s food programs. CSC also welcomes individual and corporate volunteers to join in the kitchen throughout the year and is looking for a volunteer garden helper to take the lead in the next year’s garden planning and execution to ensure its continued success. CSC hopes more people will offer their helping hands in the kitchen to clean, chop and prepare the fresh goodies and support kitchen operations. Meals on Wheels drivers are also needed. To schedule a tour, or for more information, please call 519-772-8787 or visit apply/.

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This is not really ice cream, but a delightful and different accompaniment to all kinds of meats, fi sh, vegetables and any other dishes you can think of. You need an ice cream maker of some kind – (a Donvian is the easiest); or, failing that, freeze the mixture in trays or in a bowl or other container, stirring frequently until it has frozen to the proper consistency (when you are able to scoop it from the container and it will still hold its shape).

GARLIC ICE CREAM 2 cups homemade mayonnaise 4 medium sized tomatoes 3 large cloves of garlic 3 green onions 2 teaspoons soya sauce ½ teaspoon Tobasco 1 teaspoon quatre épices (see recipe below) Peel and coarsely chop the tomatoes; chop the garlic and green onions (white part and a bit of the green). Blend all ingredients in the blender until very smooth. Taste for seasoning. Keeping in mind that the flavour will be milder once the mixture has frozen. Freeze as you would for ice cream.

QUATRE EPICES Combine 1 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper ¼ teaspoon freshly-grated nutmeg ¼ teaspoon ground ginger pinch of powdered cloves An easy dessert to make from fresh fall pears.

BAKED PEARS Fresh pears Freshly-ground cinnamon Freshly-grated nutmeg Drizzling of liqueur, optional Cut each pear in half and remove the core. Place the halves, cut side up, in a baking dish. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon and nutmeg, and, if you wish, drizzle with brandy or a liqueur of your choice. Bake at 350 degrees until the pears are just tender – be careful not to bake them too long. Serve as is, topped with a dollop of sour cream or crème fraîche, or ice cream or yogurt. Serve while still warm or allow to cool to room temperature before serving. Of course you may add chopped fresh herbs to this soup, but it needs no more than salt and perhaps a grating of black pepper to bring out its lovely fresh corn flavour. It may be served hot or cold.

FRESH CORN SOUP 6 cups corn kernels, cut from cobs 2 teaspoons coarse sea salt or to taste chopped fresh chives for garnish Simmer corn in about 4 ½ cups water, covered, until corn is very tender – about 20 minutes. Puree soup in a blender in batches, until very smooth. As each batch is pureed, pour through a coarse sieve into a saucepan, pressing on the solids. (Pour into a metal bowl if you want tot serve the soup chilled). Reheat soup, stirring; if it is too thick, thin with a bit of water. (for cold soup, set

the metal bowl in a larger bowl of ice and cold water, and stir. Add water if the soup is too thick). Garnish with chopped fresh chives and serve either piping hot or very cold. Pork chops will not dry out on the barbecue if you marninate them in a brine mixture before grilling.

GRILLED PORK CHOPS 4 large rib pork chops Brine 2 cups water 3 tablespoons coarse kosher salt 2 bay leaves 1 teaspoon whole allspice 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns Stir brine ingredients together in a bowl until the salt is dissolved. Place pork chops in a baking dish not overlapping and pour the brine over them. Cover and refrigerate for an hour, turning a few times. Remove the pork from the brine, pat it dry and grill until the meat is just cooked through. Serve with your choice of accompaniments. Chili sauce doesn’t get better than this.

CHILI SAUCE 6 quarts tomatoes 10 large onions 2 large bunches stalk celery 2 cups white vinegar 4 cups sugar 2 tablespoons coarse salt 2 tablespoons mixed pickling spices Peel the tomatoes, chop them coarsely and place them in a large canning kettle. Chop the onions and celery and add to the kettle. Bring slowly to a boil and boil for about an hour. Add the vinegar, sugar and salt. Put the pickling spices in a cheesecloth bag and add. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring frequently for another two hours or more. Remove spice bag; ladle the hot chili sauce into sterilized jars and seal immediately. Fresh field cucumbers make a difference in this salad.


(four servings) 2/3 cup sour cream (best quality) 3 tablespoons bottled horseradish, not drained 2 or 3 tablespoons finely-chopped fresh dill about 2 tablespoons finely-chopped white part of spring onion ½ teaspoon salt freshly-ground black pepper 1 large cucumber, thinly sliced Stir together in a bowl the sour cream, horseradish, dill, onion, salt and pepper. Stir in the cucumber until coated. Allow to stand at room temperature, covered, for about 30 minutes for the flavours to meld.




Harvest Festival continues with amazing local farmers, chefs and food! Live music, cooking classes and so much more. For a full schedule of events visit

KIDS HOP AND KIDS ART 11 a.m. - noon Kids Hop this month: Oct. 9 and 23 Kids Art this month: Every Thursday

The Kitchener Market is a great place for family fun. Bring the kids out to play, sing and create!


Friday, Oct. 5- Saturday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m.-12 a.m.

A festival by the people, for the people. Enjoy local art, local food, and unique German and harvest-inspired craft beer and cider made by invited partners from across the province. The upper level of the market will be transformed into a vibrant party filled with entertainment, dancing, food, and interactive art. Every market food vendor is coming along for the ride, showcasing freshly made dishes.


From pasta to tapas we can teach you how to impress your guests, family and even yourself! All of our cooking classes are $47 unless otherwise noted. Visit, call 519-741-2287 or email to register.


Saturday, October 13 from 10 a.m. to noon - FREE

Bring your family to learn how to make pretzels and other traditional German food, just like Oma makes. Afterwards, see traditional German dancers and music, along with appearances from some of your favorite Oktoberfest mascots! This is a free event; however, we would like to encourage participants to bring a non-perishable food donation with them to donate toward the Food Bank of Waterloo Region for the Thanksgiving holiday season.


Saturday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m. to noon - Cost: $5

Want to live a more sustainable and healthy lifestyle, but don’t know where to start? Come and join us as Michelle Renee walks us through a non-toxic lifestyle with 11 popular essential oils and blends. Learn about their origins, why quality makes a difference, and how to use them safely and effectively to replace harsh household cleaning products, support your health and more. Everyone who attends will have the opportunity to make an all-natural soft scrub that can be used for cleaning kitchen and bathroom surfaces gently and naturally. Registration required: Get the MarketNEWS delivered every month to your inbox!


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22 • 22 SEPTEMBER • lKITCHENER Page l Kitchener 2018 Citizen September CITIZEN 2018 (EAST EDITION)

Notes from City Hall

Of all the areas of our municipal responsibilities, the one I continue to struggle with is land-use planning. We have several wonderful plans and policies at the city that, under

I’m happy to announce that there will be a new crossing guard for Lackner Woods Public School. The crossing guard will be located in front of the school. Big thanks to

As you are probably aware by now, 2018 is a Municipal Election year. This is the one excellent opportunity for Public Engagement by getting out to vote on October 22nd or at the advanced polls from October 10th to 13th. This is a

I have always been concerned with urban sprawl and the protection of our greenspaces so when I see infill development happening, I usually feel positive about that development.

Huron Community AssociationMovie Night Come join your neighbours for the Huron Community Association (HCA) Outdoor Family Movie Night on Friday, September 21 at Jean

ideal conditions, would permit reasonable development that just about everyone would accept. The problem, of course, is that the conditions are rarely ideal. Preferred lands are often unavailable, due to greed or disinterest, and what’s left often impacts heritage properties or neighbourhoods in your typical NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) scenario. This frustrates me more than any other duty we have, and council agonizes over these decisions.

However, I have always supported the Country-Side-Line, the imaginary line drawn around our Region where the government has effectively said: “development to here, but no further.” It is the right thing to do for a host of reasons. Firstly, few want to see Kitchener/ Waterloo turn into a Toronto 2.0 of endless suburban housing. Secondly, it is extremely costly for a municipality to be spread out (think more snow clearing, transit, roads/sidewalks/water pipes etc. to

maintain) and thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, it is just bad for the environment and destroys dwindling agricultural land. Meanwhile, as our population grows, the province mandates us to add housing. Freezing our city in time is not an option. As long as our population is growing, the only solution is intensification. The math is simple - if we fail to grow up, we will grow out. If you have any thoughts or questions, please contact me any time using the above information.

the Lackner Woods Parent Council for their supportive assistance. There will also be safety improvements at Chicopee Hills Public School. A crossing guard will be relocated and one will be added to increase crossing safety at Fairway Crescent and for crossing Fairway Road at Lackner Blvd. The Parent Council Meetings I attended were so helpful in gathering the information needed for these changes and improvements. At Sunnyside Sr. Public School

a school bus loading zone will be safely located on Prospect Avenue near Emerald Avenue. In all these cases it was a pleasure to work with Leslie Maxwell from Student Transportation Services and our Transportation Planning Staff along with the Parent Councils and Principals for these positive results. Student safety is so important. Please drive slowly and carefully in and around our school zones. With safety features added in and

around schools, more parents will encourage their children to walk to school. Big thanks to the Stanley Park and Centreville Chicopee Community Associations for the great programs they offer at their Community Centres. Visit and take part in the good things they have going on. A reminder that our Contact Centre is staffed 24/7 at 519-7412345. Call any time to report an issue or get answers to questions about any city department.

chance to have your input into what will transpire in our City and Region over the next four years. Every vote is truly significant as witnessed a few years ago when a Ward Councillor was elected by only one vote. The first step in getting to vote is to verify that you are on the Voters’ List. If you have been missed the correction process is relatively simple. Hardcopy lists are available at all community centers and public library branches. A user friendly online service will again be available starting September 15th. Assistance with the Voters’ List or for information on Advanced Poll locations and times can be obtained by calling 519241-2200, ext. 7593. Notices to all voters

will also be mailed in the next several weeks. L.A.F. (Leukemia Awareness Fund) Activities at City Hall are somewhat reduced due to the impending election. So I would like to take the opportunity during this lull to commend Wayne Ernst, a former resident of Ward 3. Wayne started L.A.F.; a non-profit organization that supports Grand River Hospital’s Oncology Unit by providing funds to help patients, and their families who have been affected by Leukemia. Since its inception the fund has contributed over $200,000 to the hospital. Thank you Wayne Ernst for your dedication to helping others! I would also like to remind constituents of some upcoming Annual community

events. The 14th Annual Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day on September 23rd. The Kitchener in Bloom open house on September 26th. Also a reminder that Neighbourhood participation in any type of Festival of Neighbourhoods celebrations should again be registered. Activities registered with the City will become eligible to win a Neighbourhood Improvement Grant of $20,000 at the Grand Finale on November 18th. Please do not hesitate to contact me at your convenience regarding any of these or other city matters. I can be reached at 519-744-0807 (home) 519-741-2790 (city hall) 519-498-2389(cell). john.gazzola@ or

Unfortunately some infill development makes dramatic changes in the landscape of a street. I am very concerned about 2 recent applications to our Heritage Committee for demolition of existing houses to be replaced with very large homes that are completely out of character with the Upper Doon Heritage District. Upper Doon Heritage District is located mainly along the older section of Doon Village Road. Many houses there date back over 100 years. The feel of the area is one of a small

rural heritage district. Schneider, Doon and Strasburg Creeks all come together here and then flow down towards the Grand River, that is why many pioneers settled here. The historical stories about this community give us an understanding of our cultural rural past and our sense of place. Many homes built during the early years were not grandiose, they tell the story of some of our struggling pioneers who settled there. It is very important that we preserve the integrity of the district. We dilute the preservation of this

area by allowing homes to exceed the height and mass, and ignoring the bylaws set out to protect the heritage district. A proposed house that is 4,500 sq feet and has a 3 or 4 car garage does not fit in with the modest heritage homes in the area. Just because the lot is large does not mean that we have to fill it with large grandiose structures. I sincerely hope that Council does not approve the building of these kinds of homes in our Upper Doon Heritage District.

Steckle Public School. Bring your lawn chair, blankets and spend your evening watching a great movie under the stars. There will be activities for the kids and popcorn prior to showtime! Online registration for 2018 Fall Programs have begun. The HCA is offering Dance Classes, Adult Fitness Classes, Parent and Child Sport Classes and Tech Programs for kids and teens. Make sure to set up your ActiveNet family account at and register for your favourite programs

right away before they fill up! Grillefest The 50th Anniversary of Oktoberfest is this year! Opening Day Ceremonies are happening at Kitchener City Hall on Friday October 5. Join us for Council’s Grillefest in Carl Zehr Square. The other councillors including myself will be serving traditional Oktoberfest sausage on a bun, a cold drink and cookies for a minimum donation of $5. You may also donate canned goods and all of the proceeds go to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region.

Oktoberfest is Wunderbar! Citizen Advisory Committees From September 4 -23 the city is accepting applications for our Advisory Committees and Boards. If you are interested in sitting on a committee or board and providing feedback to city council, I encourage you to check out the city website at, keyword search, ‘Citizen Committees and Boards’. There you can read up on the different board positions and how the whole recruitment process works.

SCHOOL ZONE SAFETY With school being back, our focus once again turns to road safety in our neighbourhoods and especially in school zones. A reminder that on city streets, the speed is reduced to 40km in school zones. and please pay attention to the no stopping/no drop-off zones near schools. Also, please ensure you stop at all crosswalks and crossings controlled by crossing guards and school safety patrols. Last year, one of our crossing guards was seriously injured and several others experienced near misses. Please slow down, pay attention when driving and most of all make pedestrian safety a number one priority! CITY HALL 25th ANNIVERSARY Next Monday, September 17th, we will be celebrating our 25th anniversary of Kitchener’s current City Hall. After about 20 years in a rented building that was built as part of the market square development, the residents of Kitchener once again got to see their City government housed in their own building – a facility designed as a place for the community to gather. Over the past 25 years, tens of thousands of people have attended City Hall for everything from ice skating to the openings of KW Oktoberfest and from protests to community memorials. For more information about the City Hall 25th anniversary, visit the City of Kitchener website at KW OKTOBERFEST 50TH ANNIVERSARY In a few short weeks, we will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of KW Oktoberfest. Thanks to the efforts of hundreds of volunteers each year over the past 50 years, North America’s largest Bavarian festival has welcomed hundreds of thousands of participants to Kitchener and Waterloo Region to celebrate this great Bavarian festival. Many special activities are planned for this year’s festival including Rogers Hometown Hockey coming to Downtown Kitchener again, ...continued on next page

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Notes from City Hall

Dear Ward 6 Residents, If you’re interested in playing a key role in our city’s future, consider sitting on an advisory committee or board. Members on these

committees provide important advice and feedback to city council and standing committees on a variety of issues. The application process for the new term of advisory committees will begin on September 4, 2018. General recruitment for our advisory committees and boards occurs every two to four years, depending on the committee or board. Find a general overview of the committees/boards positions and application information on our website,, keyword search, Citizen Committees and Boards. A nominating committee

will assess the applications and present council with a list of qualified candidates for each committee. Leaves will be changing colour and falling to the ground before we know it. Be prepared and find out about the options and dates for leaf collection on your street by visiting, key word search, Leaf Collection. If you’re in a “Hot Spot”, you can begin to rake out to the curb on Nov. 2, while one time pick-up, curbside collection areas, will begin Nov. 13. If you’re in an area that receives curbside collection, please remember

to have your leaves on the road for 7am on the Monday of your pick-up week. Loose leaf depots will open on Oct. 19 and close on Dec. 14. Mark your calendars! Join Oktoberfesters in downtown Kitchener in Carl Zehr Square for the 50th Anniversary of Oktoberfest’s Opening Ceremonies, as well as Council’s Grillefest. Staff and council will serve up a delicious sausage served on a fresh bun, with a cold drink and cookies. All proceeds go to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region.

The Sprucedale Crescent Explosion On site at 64 Sprucedale Crescent, where this heartbreaking

incident took place, was by far, my most difficult day as your ward 7 councillor. Despite the shock of this tragedy, I would like to say that I am truly inspired by the overwhelming response I have witnessed from Sprucedale Crescent neighbours and the community at large for reaching out to support one another during this difficult time. From neighbours opening their homes to others, to gestures of kindness such as delivering flowers to impacted

residents to creating a GoFundMe page for the purpose of purchasing and installing benches in the neighbourhood. These are fine examples of a strong connected community and I could not be more proud. I would like to send out a special thank-you to our Kitchener Fire Department, Waterloo Regional Police Services, Waterloo Region Emergency Services, Red Cross, Kitchener Utilities, KW Hydro, TSSA, Coroner’s Office and

Victim’s Services and all of the representatives from the many agencies who came together to manage this complex, large scale emergency. Please know I am here to offer my support in any way I can and assist the Forest Heights community with moving forward. Please contact me at the information above if I can be of assistance.

a session on the transition of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) to the new Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT). It’s only been a few months since the transition took place in the spring and already they are backlogged with applications and have issues to deal with. The panel comprised of a lawyer from a municipality and one from a planning law firm along with a city manager noted all their latest opinions and experiences as to how the transition is coming along. There will now be significant changes in the role for councillors to

consider planning applications before city committee meetings and council meetings. Council will now bear much more responsibility on decision making based on planning merits. As well, all additional studies such as traffic, environmental, engineering reports etc. pertaining to the zone change, subdivision or Official Plan applications will now be considered by council which were previously done at the OMB hearings, if appealed. Expert deputations will now be appearing before councillors to make their case. Council meetings on these applications will now take much

longer. The role of LPAT will not be to hear a new case from the beginning like previously by the OMB but to only consider whether these applications were processed correctly according to the Planning Act for both the applicants’ case and for the residents’ case. We’ll have to wait and see how this all transforms over the next many months as we councillors deal with this new approach and whether the new LPAT process will serve the residents well or not.

In the Oct. 22 municipal election, residents should judge local politicians by their actions and voting records, not their empty words. Never was that so true in Kitchener

where those seeking re-election to council continue to exhibit “love-myhood” hypocrisy when it comes to preservation of older neighbourhoods and protection of heritage properties. The same applies to caring about provision of low-cost shelter, particularly for young people surviving in an increasing number of druginfested tent camps. While developer-chummy councillors insist they care about neighbourhoods and heritage, there are two Kitchener proposals in process as we approach the election.

Both will have a negative impact on established heritage plans in Victoria Park and the Civic Centre and risk being approved by council this fall. One could result in relocation of oneROOF Youth Services which, since 1999, has provided shelter for 12 to 25-year-olds at 242 Queen Street South. OneROOF wants to move out of the downtown to help atrisk teens get away from those who have a negative influence on their behaviour and future prospects. The two development proposals have surfaced at Kitchener’s Heritage

Committee on their way to council. The Victoria Park proposal by Vive Development Corp could flatten the youth shelter as well as two nearby historical homes on Queen to build an 8-storey apartment building. The Civic Centre plan by Facet Design Studio would bulldoze houses at 50, 52 and 56 Weber as well as 107 Young streets to make way for a 6-storey project. In the election, those who love their neighbourhoods should hold councillors accountable for protecting heritage properties and established communities

Happy autumn! It’s a time of new beginnings, with the start of the school year and community programs and of course, the fall harvest. This is the best time

of year to come check out the Kitchener Market, with locally sourced fresh foods. Each Saturday, from September 15th to October 13th, I encourage you to check out Harvestfest at the Kitchener Market. For Kitchener Market’s full schedule, visit: www. On September 15th, we have lots to check out, not the least of which is Doors Open Waterloo Region, including an open house drop in at 44 Gaukel, Kitchener’s arts and technology hub. It’s an exciting

space where arts organizations and internet of things start ups access affordable offices and common areas. Tour the space and share feedback with our city planning staff about our draft Urban Design Manual. At this time of unprecedented intensification in our downtown core, it is very important that we ensure high urban design standards for the new building projects coming on board. With great design, we have the capacity to create buildings, streets, and open spaces that

inspire and have a positive impact on our daily interactions. We are seeking citizen input on what those urban design guidelines should be for our city. Also on September 15, celebrate Electric Car week from 11am-6pm at Kitchener City Hall in Carl Zehr Square. The Terry Fox Run will be on Sunday, September 16 from 11am-6pm at the Victoria Park Clock Tower. For more events and details visit

Last month I joined Mayor Berry Vrbanovic and Coun. John Gazzola in attending the Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference. Both Coun. Gazzola and I attended


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the annual Mayor & Council BBQ on opening day with proceeds once again going to the Waterloo Region Food Bank and of course Canada’s only nationally-televised Thanksgiving Parade on the Monday morning! This year’s festival will be one to remember – make sure you get your tickets to one of the many events and festhallen around the region! REMEMBERING CURTIS TULK Earlier this week, our community said goodbye to a beloved musician and artist who has busked for well-over two decades at the Kitchener market. Curtis passed away last week after a battle with cancer. Affectionately known as “The Music Man”, Curtis was so beloved by the community that when a new rule was implemented about buskers auditioning back in 2004, the community outcry from his fans was so strong, he was allowed to continue playing without ever having to audition himself. While he was best known for his banjo and his cowboy hat, Curtis was also a visual artist. Curtis – thank you for gracing our community with your music and your humanity. RIP, ol’ friend!

Notes from City Hall to return in 2019 The City of Kitchener councillor columns will not be published in our October issue. They will return in January 2019, once the new council is sworn in following the election. In our October 18 issue, we will include questionnaires completed by the candidates running for Mayor and ward councillors in the City of Kitchener. Watch for delivery of this issue to begin on October 16, 2018. Helen Hall Carrie Debrone Editors/Publishers


Abandoned vehicle reflects negative appearance of condominium Q. We live in a condominium townhouse complex. In our neighbors driveway sits a car that is unlicensed, has two flat tires, one broken window etc. It is a real eye sore and we are tired of looking at it. We want to sell our condo, but have concerns about the appearance of this car affecting the resale of our home. What can the board or management do to have this car removed? A. This is one situation where living in a condominium can

work to an owner’s advantage. In a regular neighborhood, unless a homeowner’s messy property goes beyond municipal standards as set out in the local bylaws, there is not much one can do. However, in a condominium community the outside grounds are usually considered common elements. Therefore, the corporation can set their own rules. Rules are in place to promote the safety, security and welfare of the owners or to prevent unreasonable inter-

ference with the use and enjoyment of the common elements or other units. In this particular case, the board may establish a rule that would prohibit non-licensed, abandoned vehicles from being parked on the common elements, including exclusive use driveways if they are part of the common elements. Directors should consult with the corporation lawyer so that the rule is properly drafted. New rules become effective within 35 days, un-

Real Estate Corner

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ur August market was mostly typical for this time of year, but there are a few warning signs as well. Normally buying and selling slows down during the summer months. Which it did. This gives the listing inventory time to increase as more listings come on the market, than there are buyers to purchase them, giving us a healthy inventory for the fall market. Unfortunately this didn’t happen. As of September 1st we had 628 active resale listings in Kitchener Waterloo and the townships. This is less than half of what it should be for a healthy market. So if there is a low supply coming into a typical busy buying market that means steep price increases and bidding wars all over again. I hope this doesn’t happen. If you are a buyer, this is bad news and you want to make a purchase as soon as pos-

sible, before things get overheated. If you’re a seller, this is great news and top dollar should be easy to get for your home if you have a good agent that knows how to work in this very complicated market. If you are selling a home this year, timing is tricky, things will slow down before November. So don’t waste time to put your home on the market. If you are a buyer, the next best buying opportunity will come in late November into December. For honest advice on Real Estate, call me on my cell at 519-589-3554. Want to know what your home is worth in this market? Call me for a FREE Home Evaluation, I can be reached at my office 519-8887110, cell 519-589-3554 or my e-mail peter@





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less owners of at least 15 percent of the units requisition a meeting. This particular rule will give the directors the authority to notify the owner in writing that any unlicensed, abandoned vehicle must be removed from the property. If the owner refuses to comply, the directors may proceed to have the vehicle removed and all costs incurred by the corporation will be added to the common expenses of the offending owner. Abandoned vehicles with

missing windows could attract a break in or attract curious children to climb inside the broken window. The board should take care of this problem immediately before it escalates into a very unfortunate situation. * * * Marilyn Lincoln is a condo owner, director and author of The Condominium Self Management Guide 2nd ed. Email: with questions.

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Gateway Pet Hospital is a full service veterinary clinic BY STEVE BEILSTEIN

ets. They are such an inteP gral part of our lives. From teaching children their first re-

sponsibilities, to greeting us at the end of the day with an affectionate nuzzling, they leave no part of our lives unaffected. They are there to cheer us up when we are sad, and they never leave our side when we are sick. So what about when they get sick? What do we do then? There has to be someone to take care of their medical needs. For over 20 years Gateway Pet Hospital on King Street East in Kitchener has been doing just that. As a full service medical facility, they do everything in house from blood work, to full service dentistry, and have a state of the art surgical room, and even pet grooming. All of their equipment is cutting edge technology. They boast the latest digital x-ray units, anesthesia machines, and diagnostic equipment, but the most impressive thing is the people who run them. All staff members, from the person who answers the phone, to the veterinarians, have a high level of professionalism and compassion for the pets and the people who own them. Dr. Stephanie Thompson is a co-owner of Gateway Pet Hospital, and brings 15 years of veterinary medicine to the table. From rural medicine treating livestock on commercial farms, to the spoiled dog or cat from a loving home, she has seen it all. “I’ve always wanted to be a vet from when I was very young. My father was a doctor and my mother was a nurse. I had medicine in my blood. I was a horse lover as a kid, so I just knew this was where I was going to go,” Thompson explains. “My goal through high school and university was to get the grades. I graduated veterinary school in 2004.” After graduating, Thompson and her husband moved to British Columbia where she practiced one year of rural veterinary medicine and five years of domestic veterinary medicine. They then moved back to Kitchener, where she eventually joined Gateway. “We recommend that pets come in once a year for a check-up,” she advises. What happens in a checkup? “They come into a room and a Registered Veterinary Technician comes in and takes their vitals. They then talk to the owners about any problems the pet has, and its diet and exercise.” The veterinarian comes in

Dr. Stephanie Thompson (second from the left) and the rest of the staff from the Gateway Pet Hospital.

and does a full exam and often detects problems the owners weren’t aware of. “One thing I’ve picked up on through the years is that animals are quite stoic. It’s hard to pick up on the signs. They don’t tell you,” Thompson explains. When medical issues do occur, they can be quite costly. Veterinarians will advise you of the severity of the issues, the regiment of treatment, costs, and level of success. Even though they try hard to accommodate everyone’s budget, Thompson recommends looking into pet health insurance. There are a number of plans geared to your income and to your pet. Pet care is expensive, but because everything is done in house at Gateway, their cost of operation is greatly reduced, and they can pass the savings on to their patients. Thompson also advises that vaccinations and de-worming programs are important to the health of your pet. They will customize a vaccination program for your pet based on the risk to the breed. Another tool in their chest is a program called Fear Free. It’s a method of putting your pet at ease. “Fear Free is a program for reducing anxiety in pets that come to the pet clinic.” Thompson says. Part of the program is using a plug-in pheromone diffuser, one for dogs and one for cats. It puts them at ease, making bonding easier. If pets are very anxious, they may recommend a sedative prior to the visit Even though most visits go well with a clean bill of health or just some minor issue, sometimes the prognosis is dire. The level of compassion and understanding the staff

exercises goes above and beyond. They understand your pain and really go the extra mile with a comforting word or a compassionate ear. End of life decisions are not made frivolously and only as a last resort. Sometimes it’s not realistic to spend a large amount of money for surgery to extend the life of a pet when the balance of life will be filled with pain. “It all comes down to quality of life. Are we talking six months of quality life? We talk about the pillars of quality of life. Does your pet still eat? Does it still enjoy its food? Does it still want to socialize or is it off hiding somewhere?” Thompson explains. “There are acceptable quality of life declines and there are unacceptable quality of life declines,” she continues. After a full examination, if it has been determined that the quality of life has declined to where the pet is in a constant state of suffering, the most humane option is euthanasia. As heartbreaking as it is,f it’s o a decision that has to be an made cha M Man in the best interest ofLathe pet. Even though they will be sorely missed, to let them live in a constant state of suffering is cruel. The process is fast and painless. They fall asleep one last time, finally pain free, and with dignity. So what can you expect when you first walk in to Gateway? You get a bright and cheery hello, a warm, friendly smile, and more than likely the animal lovers that work there might just lovingly maul your furry friend. Those at Gateway Pet Hospital truly have your pet’s best interests at heart.

On Stage This Fall

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Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge (Formerly Dunfield Theatre Cambridge) Man of La Mancha | Oct 10 to Nov 4 Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn | Nov 22 to Dec 30 St. Jacobs Country Playhouse Ghost: The Musical | Oct 3 to Oct 21 Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto | Nov 28 to Dec 30 St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre Shear Madness | Sept 12 to Dec 23

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Local youth chosen to dance in Coppélia at Cambridge theatre F ive young dancers will take the stage as part of Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s captivating classic Coppélia, co-presented by Drayton Entertainment this week. This world-famous comic ballet will be on stage for two performances only on Sunday, September 16 at 11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge (formerly Dunfield Theatre Cambridge). The Local Participant Program is part of Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s commitment to developing young talent across the province. Each season, the ballet company casts young dancers in every performance of its touring production alongside the professional performers. The youth dancers are cast based on auditions or recommendations from local dance teachers. The chosen performers must be excellent dancers, quick learners, and have a positive attitude to ensure that they can keep up with the rigours of a professional ballet rehearsal and performance schedule. The local performers who will be joining the company for these two per-

formances this year are: Gillian Blair of The Guelph Academy of Dance Hailey Crawford of Stage Presence School of Dance in Fergus Christopher Hicks of Element Dance Arts in Cambridge Rebecca Reeve of Dynamic Dance Force Ontario in Cambridge Emily Weaver of Contemporary School of Dance in Waterloo Since its premiere in Paris in 1870, Coppélia has remained one of the most enduring and entertaining works in the classical ballet repertoire. The funny and romantic story takes theatre goers into the mysterious mind of Dr. Coppélius, a lonely toy maker who wishes he could bring his dolls to life. When he magically creates a life-sized dancing doll named Coppélia, one of the local villagers Nathanael falls madly in love with her, creating a comic competition for her affections. Tickets for Coppélia are $35 for adults; $25 for youth under 20 years of age. Tickets for groups of 20 or more

Dancers Hanna Mae Cruddand and Daniel Da Silva in Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s captivating classic Coppélia, co-presented by Drayton Entertainment. Photo by Kamal Daid

are $30. HST is applicable to all ticket prices.Tickets may be purchased at, in person at the Hamilton Fam-

ily Theatre Cambridge (formerly Dunfield Theatre Cambridge) Box Office, or by calling (519) 621-8000 or toll free 1-855-DRAYTON (372-9866).

Books To Inspire Fall’s New Beginnings 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! Reviewed by Sherry Erb Manager, Volunteer Services

It has been said that September is the new January. There is a newness to this time of year that makes us feel like we can make a fresh start. After the long days of summer, we are refreshed and ready to set new goals for the months ahead. Here are some books that may inspire you!

Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning To Say by Kelly Corrigan Have you ever been in a situation where you couldn’t find the right words to say? Tell Me More offers 12 simple phrases that will help you manage difficult situations with greater ease. In each chapter, Corrigan shares funny, honest and relatable stories from her own life that gave her insight on how to respond more effectively. In ‘I Don’t Know,’ Corrigan tries to make peace with uncertainty. In ‘No,’ she admires her mother’s willingness to set clear boundaries. And in ‘Tell Me More,’ she learns about the importance of listening to others. This book offers practical advice on how to connect with others.

Practical Meditation: A Simple Step-By-Step Guide by Giovanni Dienstmann We all know that meditation has many benefits but it can be tricky to find the techniques that work best for us. Practical Meditation is a beautifully illustrated guide that explains more than 30 types of meditation, from tai chi to mindfulness to yoga asanas, so you can find your own path. It has easy-to-follow meditations to improve your concentration, athletic performance, and public speaking, plus breathing techniques that immediately calm and energize. This book is perfect for anyone new to meditation and for those who want to enhance their daily practice.

Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gatherings by Joanna Gaines Joanna Gaines, star of HGTV’s Fixer Upper, shares her love of cooking in Magnolia Table. This excellent cookbook is filled with 125 simple recipes (family favourites and Southern classics) that you will actually make - again and again. Be sure to try JoJo’s Biscuits, Chicken Spaghetti and Overnight French Toast. The introduction features practical information on how to stock the pantry with staples and shop for basic kitchen tools. Stunning photographs and personal stories will empower you to gather family for a home-cooked meal.

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

Look for questionnaires from municipal candiated in the coming October18 issue of the Kitchener Citizen.



ICE CREAM FOR BREAKFAST – Sat. Sept. 22, 9am to 12noon at the Stanley Park Community Centre, 505 Franklin St. N. in Kitchener. Madison Letizi is running a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish foundation. When she was 7 she had a wish trip granted and wants to help raise money so other children can have their wishes come true. Drop by and enjoy some ice cream or check out her event at www.facebook. com/events/223482794994993/?ti=icl TERRY FOX RUN – The 38th annual Terry Fox Run will take place Sunday Sept. 16 in Kitchener starting at 12pm from Victoria Park though downtown Kitchener. Route lengths 5km and 10km. Wheelchair, rollerblade and cycling are all accepted. The run does not charge a fee to participate but participants are asked to make a donation or collect pledges. For more info email Marcus Drasdo TRAGICALLY HIP COVER BAND – THEMUSEUM, 10 King St. Kitchener, will host the Tragically Hip Cover Band on October 17 to mark the one year anniversary of Gord Downie’s untimely passing. In honour of the legacy left behind by the singer; songwriter and activist, THEMUSEUM is hosting a celebratory concert, Remembering Gord Downie. The Almost Hip Tribute Band, which played its first official gig in Kitchener in 1990, will remember Gord in the best possible way: through soulful alternative rock and roll that inspired a generation. Tickets are $30 + HST with a portion of sales donated to the Gord Downie

Fund for Brain Cancer Research in support of Sunnybrook Foundation. The event coincides with THEMUSEUM’s newest exhibition opening Sept. 29 – BRAIN: The World Inside Your Head. For tickets visit ZOMBIE PROM 2018 – Friday, October 12 from 6-11pm at The Accelerator Centre, 44 Gaukel Street, Kitchener. Dress up like a zombie and dance the night away for only the cost of $5 online and a non-perishable food item at the door. For tickets visit prom. For more information: KITCHENER ZOMBIE WALK X 2018 – Saturday, October 13 from 12:00noon to 5pm at The Accelerator Centre, 44 Gaukel Street, Kitchener. Dress up like a zombie and go for a walk for only the cost of a non-perishable food item. Visit www. for more information. EMIKO’S MINI CONVENTION 2018 – Saturday, November 3 from 10am to Sunday, November 4 at 5pm at The Accelerator Centre, 44 Gaukel Street, Kitchener.Waterloo Region’s longest running fan-run Anime, Gaming AND Comic Convention are getting ready for our annual event this November. Weekend passes are currently going for the low-low price of $5 dollars online. Website: www.go2emc. ca/facebook Contact information: info@ HOMEWARD BOUND – AN EVENING FOR

THE ANIMALS - The Kitchener Waterloo Humane Society is proud to announce that Bonnie Harris, Gander, Nfld’s animal hero of 9/11, will be featured at its signature event, Homeward Bound – An Evening for the Animals on Friday, September 28th. Spend an evening at Homeward Bound, being held at 8pm at Federation Hall, University of Waterloo, in support of the Kitchener Waterloo Humane Society as Bonnie recounts how her small shelter found a way to find and care for the pets on the airplanes grounded in Gander in 2001 – 9 dogs, 10 cats (including one with epilepsy) and 2 rare Bonobo monkeys. It’s a heart-warming story that you won’t want to miss – a Canadian Happy Tail! The event includes a live auction and dinner. Tickets are $90 per person. To purchase tickets visit CAPTURING WATERLOO REGION – an exhibition of fine art by regional artists, opens in Kitchener on September 21 (until November 17) at The Gallery, 299 Manitou Drive. Gallery hours: Tues-Fri, 9:30am to 5:30pm, Sat. 9:30am to 3:30pm. Free opening reception with complimentary refreshments on Tuesday, September 25 from 6:45pm.offers an opportunity to meet exhibiting artists. Further information, telephone 519-489-6038 or email verne@ FOLK NIGHT AT THE REGISTRY – Season 13 of Folk Night at the Registry is presented by The Old Chestnuts Song Circle in partnership with The Registry Theatre.

The 13th year features both rising stars and iconic folk artists welcoming singersongwriters and traditional musicians from near and far. All shows are at 8pm at The Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick St, Kitchener. Advance tickets and a limited number of series passes are available exclusively through The first concert in the folk series features the double bill of Scott Cook and Craig Cardiff on Sat. Oct. 20. Tickets are $18 / $20. Craig Cardiff, originally from Waterloo, now lives near Ottawa. He has released 16 albums. In 2012, he was nominated for both a Juno (Roots and Traditional Album of the Year: Solo) and a Canadian Folk Music Award (Contemporary Singer of the Year) for Floods and Fires. A roots balladeer with a rare personal warmth, Alberta’s Scott Cook has managed to distil the stories of 11 years touring the world into straighttalking, keenly observant verse. His tunes weave folk, roots, blues, soul and country. His 4th album, One More Time Around, was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award, and its stellar track “Pass It Along” won the Folk and Acoustic category in the 2013 UK Songwriting Contest. In 2017 he released his sixth album Further Down the Line, earning his second Canadian Folk Music Award nomination (English Songwriter of the Year). WORKSHOP: NATIVE BEADED BAG RETREAT (for adults) – Sat. Sept. 22 and Sun. ...continued on page 28

PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Marwan Tabbara MP for Kitchener South—Hespeler



hope everyone had an enjoyable summer. It our government will introduce proactive pay was another busy one for me and my staff equity legislation to ensure that women are paid as I met with many constituents and helped equally for work of equal value. community members with a multitude of As the deadline for the legalization of federally related issues. marijuana approaches, I would like to assure my I also attended several of the multicultural constituents that our government is taking all events that take place here every year showcasing steps necessary to keep Canadians safe. Based on Waterloo Region’s diversity and rich social scientific recommendation, Minister of Justice, fabric. Jody Wilson-Raybould, approved the first oral The fall session of parliament begins on Sept fluid drug screening equipment for use by law 17th, and there are many important bills that enforcement. Impaired driving is the leading need to be passed to improve and protect the criminal cause of death and injury in Canada. lives of Canadians, and advance the Canadian Keeping our roads safe means ensuring law economy. Some of the important work includes enforcement has the tools they need to deter and introducing legislation that will promote a detect drug-impaired driving. Our government is Visit my website • by Wed. Sept. 6:30$81 to million 8pm to provinces and territories rights-based approach to housing creating a 26 providing new Federal Housing Advocate, establishing a to support the purchase Central Library, 85 Queen St. Sof approved screening new National Housing Council, and introducing devices, as well as training and capacity building. a newme Community-Based Initiative to 17 This drugto screening Join at one of myTenant • Wed. Oct. 6:30 8pm equipment is another step to provide funding to local organizations that assist ensure we can detect and deter impaired driving Town Hall meetings: Lion’s Arena, 20 Rittenhouse Rd people in housing need. Also, I am proud that to keep Canadian roads safe.

Rob Deutschmann for Regional Chair


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This is an all skills ture, jewelery, purses, backpacks, hygiene products, completed, Canadians are now left wondering, vessels, including 8,200 tankers each year. In music and movies, radios, stereos, workshop. Participants should be comfortable with hand pictures, frames, “Where do we go from here?” 2016, the Straits of Malacca and Singapore saw CDs, and games. The up retail outlet’s to sewing and working with standard size seed beads.shortly Cost after To add insult to injury, theDVDs, ruling,toys over 25,000 tankers, almost 7 pergoal cent is from provide the community with low-cost used furniture and is $130 plus HST, plus a materials fee of $55. Please bring Kinder Morgan shareholders voted to approve the previous year. assorted houseware items while tankers keeping the sale of the pipeline, leaving Canadian According to Transport Canada, in St James’-Rosemount United reusable goods out of landfi lls and creating taxpayers on the hook for a multi-billion dollar Canada already carry about 80 million tonnes of 171 Sherwood Ave., Kitchener (519) 742-1002 pipeline that the government isn’t even allowed oil safely from coasts each year. In 9am fact, oil opportunities forouremployment. Open to Sunday Service: 10:30am to expand as planned. tankers have been regularly 5pm and 9am –safely 4pmand Saturdays. Lunch served following service onweekdays the third Sunday of moving every month. The fact that the court ruled that the Prime Toalong Canada’s519-569-7566. West Coast since the 1930s. donate Nursery, Sunday School, Youth Group,call Wed.inNight Bible study Minister failed to meet his own standards when it SCHWABEN We know CLUB Canada that it –isevery vital that we Friday EVENTS came to the consultation process is troubling. By get our resources to international markets. The Kitchener Gospel Temple-Pentecostal – Free – Schwaben Family Soccer. All ages failing to adapt to the changing legal landscape, future of our national economy depends on it. 9 Conway Dr. (at River Rd), Kitchener (519)welcome. 894-5999 and skill Schwaben Memthe Liberals have failed our workers and the I sharelevels the frustration of many Canadians with Sunday Service: 10:30am bership not required to join.hasEVERY FRIDAY Indigenous Canadians who saw the economic how the Liberal government mishandled the Mid-week activities foratalltrans ages. mountain the Schwaben Clubproject. Keller,I know 5:00 many to 8:00 FISCAL RESPONSIBILITYpotential • INTEGRITY in the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline of LEADERSHIP • TRANSPARENCY p.m. Serving breaded fish,right pan to fried pipeline. youFish are Fry. angry, and you have every be. Kitchener Eastas Presbyterian It is projected that the expansion will increase The livelihoods hardworking and women fish well asofschnitzel. Allmen dinners are 10 Zeller Drive, Kitchener (519) 748-9786 the number of tankers needed from five per served in ourwith resource sector depend on creamy coleslaw andimportant choice Reverend: Mark S. Richardson month to approximately 34, meaning only one of projects like thisorone. French Fries German potato salad. Friadditional ship each day. My Conservative colleagues with and Randall I will Sunday Service: 10:30amdays Nursery and Sunday SchoolKARAOKE provided & Wednesdays Under our previous ConservativeSonshine government, continue to9:00 push- 11:00am the Liberal government to stand Corner,Kuhn’s Thursdays from ”The Musicscene” at the Schwaben measures were taken to strengthen an already up for ethical Canadian oil and good Canadian and enjoy. Singing & dancing, robust tanker safety system. And when you Cub. jobs,Come come up with a plan to ensure that this Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran making more friends, good food & bevercompare the amount of tanker322 traffic in ports pipeline project is built, and fix this mess of their East Avenue (at ages. Stirling), Kitchener (519)available. 742-5812 Fridays 8:30 Food p.m. around Canada and the world, it is clear this own Pub making. – until close Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 Sunday Service: (Sept. - June) 8:30am andTennis 11am, (July-Aug.) 9:30am p.m.Table – EVERY TUESDAY at the 9:45am - Sunday School, Youth & Adult Schwaben ClubBible at Classes 7 p.m. Should you be inChoirs - Stephen Ministryterested - Youth Group (0 -3 years) and see if you in-aBeginnings few trial games would like to play it and have fun at the same Hope time;Lutheran then we would appreciate if you would 30 Shaftsbury Drive, Kitchener (519) 893-5290 contact Walter at 519-742-3372 or Ken at Interim Intentional Pastor: Rev. Raymond Kirk September 22, 2018 519-894-6695. Saturday, - Kirchweih SUMMER SERVICE TIMES- at the Schwaben Club. Music by Blue Waves. Hall opens: 4:30 pm Starting Junethe 3, 2018 Worship Service –@ Buffet 10:00 amdinner: (nursery provided ) Tickets are on sale 5:30 pm. until September 17th. Members: $32.00, Breslau Evangelical GuestsMissionary $37.50, Church Child (8-14) $13.00 Child (7/ St., Breslau (519)Saturday, 648-2712 September 29, 2018 • Will continue to emphasize the 102 Woolwichunder) Free COUNCILLOR JOHN GAZZOLA social, cultural and recreational Sunday Worship Service: 10:00am The AC/DC Experience at NIGHT PROWLER • Will continue to guard your tax dollars importance of placing a high Children’s Ministrythe - Youth Ministry - Small Groups Schwaben Club.Doors open at 7:30 pm, with a proven record of sound financial priority on Community Centres, All are welcome! Visit usstarts at management. Show at 8:30 pm. Tickets $10.00 in Parks and Community Trails. advance and $15.00 at the door. October 5 • Will continue to work to reduce the Community Church • Will continue as the Voice of Reason Stanley Park level of spending at City Hall. – 13, 2018 - Oktoberfest - at the Schwaben 9 Dreger Ave., (at Ottawa St.) Kitchener (519) 893-8186 on Kitchener City Council! Club. Live Bands – Delicious Food – Dance • Will not support increases in taxes • Will continue to respond to higher than the Inflation Rate. Groups – Games – Shotski. 2 Halls to Party Pastor: John Pearce constituent’s personal and special in – Weiss Blau Band and The Steve Angel • Will continue to work to guard against and Kid’s Church: 10:30am needs and requests for assistanceSunday Service excessive increases in the rates Band. Get your tickets ONLINE or at our ALL WELCOME! in dealing with City Hall and other charged for Gas, Hydro and Water and OFFICE. Keller Bar Buffet Dinner (Free Adlevels of government. the Storm Water Management Fee. mission). October 5 6, 12 & 13 from 5-8 pm.– • Will continue to serve YOU and is • Will continue to encourage open, public ALL YOU CAN EAT OKTOBERFEST BUFFET only a Phone Call or email away. discussion by Council of City affairs. at the Schwaben Club. $19.95 plus tax, 12 and under $12.00 plus tax. Reservations for Councillor John Gazzola is a Qualified, Family, Community Person groups of 4 or more. Sunday, October 7, 2018 from 11 am – 4 pm Oktoberfest Family Day at the Schwaben Club. $10.00 plus For further information call 519-744-0807 or 519-577-8464 tax. Children 10 & under are free. Two great Email: or halls to party in. Craft, Live Music, Games, Web: www. Great Food, Dancing. Sunday, October 14, Follow me on Facebook, and Twitter @jgaz3 2018 – Filmnachmittag – Schwaben Club Keller – “Mein ganzes Leben ist Musik“ mit Peter Alexander. Film begins: 2:30 PM, Cof-


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

fee & Cake available. New lunch available provided by • Basic & advanced foot1:30 care pm. Lunch the Freundschaftsgruppe. Doors open &tickets file toe and nails more information served 1:30 – 2:30 pm.•• Trim For Skin, corn & callous management on any event, please• Diabetics call the welcome Schwaben Club at 1668 • Veterans welcome King St. E. in Kitchener – 519-742-7979. • Home visits available DIVERSECITY TOASTMASTERS CLUB – Do you have Linda, The when Foot Nurse trouble finding the right words speaking to a 519-589-4470 group? Need a career boost? Want to polish your preLinda Heber, Care sentation skills? Toastmasters is RPN the Foot place forNurse you. Learn Nursing Foot Care Educator communication, and presentation strategies Foot Careleadership Certified Master Pedicurist Free Parking in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. DiverseCity is a new club and is open to all. It runs Mondays, 7 - 8:30 pm at Kitchener City Hall, the Conestoga Room. For more information contact Leo Tintinalli, ADULT DAY PROGRAM – Did you know Trinity Village has an Adult Day Program for seniors wishing to socialNew Patients Welcome ize with other seniors? The cost is just $8 per day and the John P. Rush, D.D.S. from 9 program runs Mondays, Wednesdays andB.Sc., Fridays John S. Cameron, D.D.S. am to 1 pm, at Trinity Village Irish CareMalapitan, Centre, M.Sc.. on Kingsway D.D.S. B.Sc., Phm, call Drive, near Fairview Park Mall.Gino ForGizzarelli, more information M.Sc. (Dental Anesthesia) the Day Program Coordinator D.D.S., at 519-893-6320 ext. 235. REEP SERIES - HEAT PUMPS 101: Heat pumps CALL 519-893-6450have been around for a long time, so you may have heard 1335 Ottawa St. N Kitchener of them. But what you may not know is that heat pump technology has advanced tremendously in recent years, and has become one of the most energy efficient ways to heat your home. Come to the Reep House for our Heat Pump workshop and learn about all the options, and take a look at our new heat pump water heater. Saturday, September 22 from 1:30 - 3:30pm at Reep House for Sustainable Living, 20 Mill Street. For more information call 519-744-9799 or email CLASS OF 1978 NURSING REUNION - 40th Nursing Reunion, Conestoga Class of 78. For more info email Mary Ellen @

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Kitchener Citizen - East Edition - September 2018  

Kitchener's original community newspaper - established in 1996.

Kitchener Citizen - East Edition - September 2018  

Kitchener's original community newspaper - established in 1996.