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Changes coming in 2024 to blue box recycling in Waterloo Region Helen Hall s of March 2024, the Region of Waterloo will no longer be responsible for managing the local blue box recycling program. Provincial legislation will move 100 percent of the responsibility for collecting and recycling packaging material to the companies that put it into the marketplace. Some examples of those companies are Procter and Gamble, that makes cleaning products, and Coke and Pepsi, that packages soft drinks. Currently, those companies are represented by Stewardship Ontario. Stewardship Ontario is a not-for-profit organization funded and governed by the industries that are brand owners, first importers or franchisors of the products and packaging materials collected in blue bins. Through Stewardship Ontario, the companies currently fund local municipalities with 50 percent of the cost of blue bin recycling. Those municipalities sell the packaging they collect - plastic bottles, tin cans, and bags - to recycling companies and keep the profit to help offset the

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(and profits) will be handled by the producers. Second, there will be uniformity across the province as to what items are collected at the curbside. Currently, if you move from one municipality to another, you might find that the recycling rules are different. Ursu said the producers will be in charge of providing home owners with blue bins, or they might opt for other containers like the large bins that resemble garbage cans that are used in Toronto. Third, Ursu thinks it will make producers use materials that can be sold and reused, since they will be responsible for them at their ‘end of life’. “Sometimes things are designed in the marketing division to make them eye catching,” Ursu said. Under the SORTING RECYCLABLES IN WATERLOO - When the Region of Waterloo’s recycling contract comes up for new program, the producers renewal in March 2024, companies that produce the packaging, such as soft drink companies, will become 100 will want to get money back percent responsible for the collection and management of recyclables. Photo by Helen Hall by being able to resell any packaging they use. remaining 50 percent of the Region of Waterloo, or they Cambridge. Because municipalities Ursu said there are several are currently responsible for blue bin cost that is covered by may set up their own system. “We may be out of the game, upsides for taxpayers when the collecting this packaging, taxpayers. Once the producers take so to speak” said Mike Ursu, new system starts in 2024. recycling centres are located First, taxpayers will no longer within each municipality. over 100 percent of the Operations Manager, Region of be responsible for part of the responsibility for their waste, Waterloo Waste Management. When the producers take The region has two landfills, cost of collecting and selling over, they may opt to create they may continue to contract some of the local work to the located in Waterloo and recyclable material. All costs ...continued on page 14

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Embracing latest communication technology helped CFUW maintain membership during pandemic Carrie Debrone arly adoption of the newest communication technology has allowed the Canadian Federation of University Women K-W to maintain and grow its membership of nearly 200 as it heads into planning for its 100th anniversary next year. “I was so pleased that our members were able to engage through the technology. Zoom was the answer for us,” said Anita Davis, club president. The local chapter has even gained a few members during the pandemic, women who were able to enjoy the club’s guest speakers and special interest group activities because they were offered online. “I think that in some cases we had even higher attendance online than we’ve had at in-person meetings in the past,” said Ardith Toogood, former local and national club president. “I don’t think we ever considered not meeting. We realized that it’s the social connection that ties this special group together and we went out and found a way to carry on,” Toogood said. “It’s that convenience that’s also attracted a lot of people,”

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Canadian Federation of University Women’s club logo. Davis said, including some younger members who often have less time to become involved with community groups because of career and home obligations. “Shortly after the pandemic we heard about a group called Bits and Bytes who was going into retirement homes to help seniors learn how to use Zoom and other communication technology. We contacted them and they came and spent a few hours with us teaching us how to use Zoom. That gave us the confidence to go online and continue to provide events and speakers for our members,” Davis said. She added that shifting to an online format allowed members to get up-close and personal with the guest speakers and facilitators who are invited to present at the club’s regular meetings. Some recent online speakers include a Wilfrid Laurier University professor who talked about vaccines and viruses and a professor of History from University of Waterloo who spoke about the architecture of Waterloo Region over the last 50 years. Connecting online has also allowed the club to maintain operation of many of its more than 40 special interest groups. Interest group topics include travel, book clubs, wine, nutrition, games, French conversation, and sketching. One of its several gourmet groups has pivoted from indoor, in-person potluck meals to focus on supporting local restaurants with pickups of specific dinners, followed by online dining and discussion together. “We’re expecting an exciting year this year and we have a committee working to plan special celebrations for our coming 100th year next year,” Davis said. In its 99 years, the club has attracted some high profile local women including local

author Edna Staebler. The current Chair of Waterloo Region, Karen Redman, is also a member. Davis said she is particularly proud of the advocacy work undertaken by the club’s members, concentrating on issues that affect women and girls, housing and homelessness, the environment, and more recently the crisis in long-term care. Members often conduct letter-writing campaigns to raise awareness of these issues. “Women need a strong voice and strong lobbyists at a high level. The vision set 100 years ago is still relevant. We still believe that if you educate women to enable them to step into leadership positions then the world will be a more peaceful place,” Davis said. CFUW K-W, which formed in 1922, is a member of the National CFUW organization. CFUW is a member of Graduate Women International (formerly known as International Federation of University Women). Graduate Women International (GWI) advocates for women’s rights, equality and empowerment through access to quality secondary and tertiary education and training up to the highest levels. It has national affiliates in over 60 countries and individual members in more than 40 other countries. The federation encourages its members to use their expertise to bring about change, with particular reference to women’s issues such as violence against women, early learning and childcare, education, economic prosperity and the empowerment of women as leaders and decisionmakers. All members have the opportunity to join the Advocacy Committee. The local club provides a monthly newsletter to members, is active on social media, and has a YouTube channel. The local Club also fundraises every year to provide over $40,000 through 45 scholarship awards to local students at the secondary and post-secondary education levels. Founded in 1985, the scholarship fund is a registered charitable organization. More than $25,000 is raised annually through the CFUW K-W’s spring used book sale, as well as donations from members, friends and families of club members. It now stands at over $1.3 million and investment ...continued on page 3

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Your turn  is coming soon. Early book sale Publicity - The CFUW keeps track of its history, including this old newspaper photograph from its annual book sale.

Canadian Federation of University Women...from page two earnings from it provide funds for the scholarships awarded to students in K-W each year. Sarah Gritzfeldt, who joined the CFUW K-W last December, said she was looking to make a connection in the community. “There are a lot of different facets to the club and a lot of ways to become involved. They really know what they’re doing and have been around for a long time. The membership is diverse and members have a lot of experience and expertise in many areas. I was drawn to the group by the fact that they focus on women’s rights and education,” Gritzfeldt said. “The speakers they get in are really good. They present topics that I never even thought to learn about, but that keeps me learning about things that are current. The meetings are really well organized and run smoothly and if you want to be involved and learn some leadership skills you can volunteer to be on the executive committee. Some clubs are closed to new ideas, but I have found these women to be very open to new ideas,” she said. Toogood, who joined the local club in 1979, said she joined because it gave her a purpose beyond her own job and personal life. “I liked that they specifically promoted education worldwide.” Toogood added that the organization’s original vision of working to ensure that all girls and women have equal opportunities and equal access to quality education within a peaceful and secure environment where their human rights are respected carries on today. “We’ve tackled local issues like human rights, safety issues and the ability to maximize potential,” she said, adding that serving as national president offered her the opportunity to travel to many different parts of Canada and meet many different women. “It was so great to be invited to their meetings and into people’s homes where you both share a

common interest and bond,” she said. Membership costs $120 a year. “We just couldn’t run without our many volunteers,’ Davis said, adding that members step up to organize and run its annual book sale at First United Church, its Open Closet campaign that collects used clothing to give away, and its December 6 vigil honouring the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada. In March, 27 delegates from CFUW clubs across Canada, joined over 25,000 activists from around the world to participate in this year’s virtual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, which focuses on the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. Due to the pandemic, the annual New York City-based conference took place in a hybrid format with mostly virtual meetings. On March 24, CFUW organized a conference to mobilize communities toward positive change, which featured Jackie Neapole of the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW), Dr. Stephanie Mullen from the University of Ottawa, Shelagh Day of the Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA),  and Ashwini Selvakumaran, a Youth Ambassador with Plan International Canada. The two-week conference concluded on March 26 after UN Member States reached an agreement on how countries can work together to accelerate gender equality and ensure that women’s rights are respected and protected. CFUW delegates will be sharing the information they gained at the conference with local clubs. “If we have to go through a pandemic then thank goodness there is technology that allows us to communicate easily. If this happened 30 years ago we’d be licking stamps to keep in touch,” Toogood said. To learn more about joining CFUW K-W, visit www.cfuwkw.org

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Dear Carrie Debrone, “These are strange times. Reason, I was pleased to get which your Kitchener Citizen (east faith edition) andseemed found it once combatted and quite informative and Ito thank you for it. have conquered it, now has to look to I just read your short article regarding the natural gas rates going down faith to save it from dissolution.” for residential customers. Huizinga You write that Kitchener Utilities have a 2,100 cubicJohan meter average use annually for its residential customers. I still have an imperial gas meter, which shows the consumption in cubic feet. I have never been able to read s we second evenendure the meterour readers seem COVID to have a that meter and as for that matter, year, and in the midst ouramount third problem with it as well. Why else would the city issue a billof in the of $452? wave, I feel like Diogenes the Cynic, My January bill had been shining $222.16. February, $295.79, sat endlessly wandering, my lantern intothere darkI already COVID up and took notice, but then excused it by, the winter being especially harsh. corners, looking for my honesty in Ithe of conflicting However, when I received March bill, knewmidst that something was very pandemic information. wrong. I called the Utility Office and was asked to take a piece of paper I did not and a pen and read the myself. To this request I replied For instance, if meter Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson &that Johnson, know how to read the imperial meter and aside from that, it wasn't my job. and AstraZeneca vaccines cost 30, 20, 15, and 5 dollars a The lady I talked to was very nice and agreed to send somebody out to do

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dose (respectively), are blood clot controversies based on medical data or competitors’ propaganda aimed at a greater market share? Is Ontario’s latest shutdown equitable? Can you rope off one store’s non-essential inventory while simultaneously closing an entire business? Imagine the conversations: “Sorry sir, you can’t buy that puzzle to keep your children occupied, but I can sell you throat lozenges after you’ve lost your voice, screaming in frustration.” IAsdon’t want to be Diogenes, because it is too easy to be a relatively new arrival in Kitchener I've been exploring the cynical. I’d rather follow the Huizinga, a photographic arts opportunities herepath and of firstJohan impressions are very encouraging. It's justwho not just in the tech side of quality that theby community Dutch historian saw his country occupied Nazis, should be judged. A thriving Arts community does well. Thisinto can and who implored his fellow citizensusually not to dissolve not always be measured in the financial spectrum as the living standard divisiveness. In a are country rife with expectations of artists remarkably low. confusing propaganda that urged theconvenient Dutch people Weobscured don't want reason, that two Huizinga bedroom house within driving mall. Speaking one of those underfunded distance the golf to havetofaith incourse eachorother, to lookas out for one another, independent art producers i'll tell you I've lived in some very bad and to strain newstothat came environment. from government sources conditions just tothe be close my working An example being

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through the and filter what was what was another reading alsoof promised to callreasonable, me back once and this was done. It was the very next day that I received her call telling me that the new amount not. To Huizinga, it was sensible to obey a directive to owing now $200.10, a mere difference of $251.90. how rationwasfood so everyone could eat; it wasI only not,wonder however, often the meter had been misread in the past. reasonable to on inform neighbour a belief that saw My neighbours either on sideyour have metric meters–and I had previously him ifincarcerated for four months. I could get one that I would be able to read. The answer to that asked consisted of a flat attitude NO. Huizinga’s can serve us well in these turbulent The city had pre-authorized withdrawal privileges for 2004/005 which times. True, we do not occupying troops street they bungled up so badly that have I revoked that privilege. I did on askour that office corners, but neither did the Dutch people face a social to please send me a paper trail for my records which I never received nor did I get an answer my request and, of course, onelive can forget aboutthat an media storm oftomisinformation. Yes, we in a city apology. has a COVID hotspot in Country Hills, but it could easily I realize that it is up to your discretion to publish or not to publish my be your neighbourhood we itrelax ourlike vigilance, flout I would to warn myorfellow letter. However if you decide toifprint travel restrictions, or"vigilant" party like it’stime 2019. "Kitchenerites" to be extra every that Utility Bill arrives.

Premier Ford has given the moniker of “Emergency latest shutdown, but we are abandoning reason if we expect politicians to govern our behaviour. And while I’m happy you bought a shiny new trailer to take your family on a vacation to Lion’s Head this summer, without applying your own spring emergency brake, are you truly comfortable with overwhelming that community’s four-bed medical center, should you succumb to one of the many variants in our province? Of course not. That’s unreasonable. So gather your news wisely this month, separate the very impressed by the Arts office at City Hall and with how they provided propaganda (such as what the idea thatonBill installed was going here.Gates Thosehas people in turn me with information about have offered their own advice and shot!) contacts,from so again thumbs up for microchips in each vaccine thetwo truth (we’re the the level of support they give each other. only country in the world with significant outbreaks of all Yes, there are already many photographers doing the normal three new COVID stayopportunity faithful totosupporting photographic needs of variants) the region, and but the work with the collected health of all. We set our own emergency emerging image companies likeus web designers, animation houses, software producers, locally electronic images for broadcasters brakes; do we based reallyvideo wantfirms, a government minion to do it for etc.is us? growing as the manufacturing base has declined. The live Respectfully, Brake” to our Ingrid E. Merkel

Just what makes Kitchener so good at Arts development?

entertainment industries, local graphic designers and most especially the when living in my various illegal Toronto warehouse studios many years emerging gallery system bodes well for business opportunities, even in this before they were condoized. downturn. There are basically two reasons for artists to be in an area. A slightly Kitchener is projected to be growing by a conservative estimate of compact artsTO community with low rents and the availability of galleries or 100,000 people over the next 20 years and plans call for a big investment LETTER THE EDITOR venues to showcase the art produced. I have noticed that there is a vibrant in conversions of existing warehouse buildings into studio style live work theatre network here that none the less is going through hard times. The space. Technically the manufacturing base has down- turned and left a lot music scene is really good with a solid choice of local talent that is well of empty buildings. publicized a few local free publications. Biologist, Radio generallydedicated follows the aIf‘Just from pandemic. I want to seethat the ’m byan Environmental out ofRecovery’ those numbers therethis are 10 percent artists in all media standard corprock but the University of Waterloo has an outstanding actually work at their art all of us are going to need some of this space to environmental volunteer, tutor-mentor and auntie to a principles of this plan enacted so that we can co-create a community station. up ourfuture community. Artists, being artists though, do not like to be resilient for our youth! 10The yr old yr old.students to draw from for a vocal audience build hugeand poolaof16 university told how to do things. The local government is working hard to reach that with disposable helps in healthy keeping theand citiessustainable vibrant and My hopethey is that we can the persuade thethepeople power Mysome vision of cash thriving, level where can integrate needs of artisticwith community enthusiastic. The number of professional artists is still small enough so that and influence to understand and act on our moral obligation communities includes equity in the access of necessary seamlessly into their development plans. they know one another. time and again how efficient an Arts based eachstudies otherhave andshown the environment. social services, expanding green infrastructure, incentives toMany We are quickly seeing astounding growth in the digital imaging community can be. A planning group called The Prosperity Council industry. Fortunately, a photographer has been working Vital to this end is facing our next global challenge; and initiatives thatas promote thewho reduction in andin digital need specifically calls for a huge investment for artists and art based businesses for years it helps me integrate my own work into video, 3D, web, to flatten the curve of climate change by switching to for fossil fuels, and a system that works in all ways for advertising, etc. So I think, personally, the opportunities in Kitchener are to encourage them to choose Kitchener as a place to work. This is the first time I have found a directed approach to our niche, but valuable renewables, retro-fitting old buildings to very make them reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. better than Toronto. An example being the cable TV (Rogers) that works segment of society. If even fifty percent of the plans get done it is still an and artisians in locally produced I want be the partregions of aschools community that respects the energy efficient and electing governments that support very hard toto involve attractive place to build a career. programming. climate ispolicies. rights of Indigenous people in all resource decisions, and science-based Our image production now all pixels and with the recent Let's not forget that Kitchener/Waterloo was voted the most intelligent where politicians act daily with an understanding of our city and speaking as a newcomer it is very evident that the level of announcement of a new 5 million dollar Federal grant to establish a unexcelled Sonja Teichert interconnection with nature. professionalism is visibly high here. People waste little time and the massive digital media centre in the downtown core, it offers opportunities to work with some of the leading edge image systems in the welcome i've received in presenting my own portfolio to various galleries Kitchener People have been participating in the process of creating and companies has been warm and enthusiastic. A very nice event held world. In fact there are plans to make Kitchener a regional in town is the quarterly parties at the KW regional art gallery. Mellow communications hub and that leads into the possibility of thousands of new people who enjoy art meet each other with cool jazz and some ambient uses for my photos. There is a very good internet system here and if you would like more dub from the djs. The Kitchener welcomes thecommunity Editor. Allplans letters clearly state info just go to the Letters net and to most aremust available. The nextthe With the projected growth of the regions artists in all mediums I have Citizen writer’s full name, address, phone number and targeted be signed.plans, Names published with the letter, however, andValley" telephone numyears along will establish this region of one ofaddresses the "Silicon inspired found there are many dynamic, specifically bywill thebe three bers will begovernment used only forinverification not be published. Lettersofshould be submitted leastideas one and week before publication a thriving gateway ofatnew I feel verythe fortunate to municipal particular, purposes to fosterand a will (relatively) large examples be able to establish myself so many other creative artists. community investmentreserves in development integration. date. This newspaper the righttowards to edit,artist condense or rejectI was any contribution for brevity or here legalwith purposes. Copyright in letters and other

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he Volunteer Action Centre of Waterloo Region has experienced the highs and lows of the pandemic alongside its community. There are daily phone calls from people who want to volunteer, but many volunteer programs are on hold or closed permanently. Jane Hennig, Executive Director of the Volunteer Action Centre, says “We hear from volunteers missing their programs, and clients missing those same programs and the volunteers that have become such a large part of their organization’s community. Most of all, we hear from volunteer managers who are overwhelmed with the role of supporting the pandemic or the task of redesigning volunteer roles to provide community support in new ways.” Volunteerism in Waterloo Region is active, and volunteers are providing their skills and expertise in new ways to support their community. In this past year, we have seen the people of Waterloo Region step up time and time again. They are involved in food delivery, housing and shelters, animal care and a variety of mental health support. They are working shifts at the vaccine clinics, and are helping to maintain community programming wherever it is safe and permissible to do so. More and more volunteers are contributing informally by helping neighbours during this time. Hennig, who has been with the Volunteer Action Centre for 20 years, is clearly impressed with the contribution of volunteers in the community. “People are willing to step up, even when they are aware of the associated risks. I am constantly in

awe of volunteers and their commitment to the broader community.” April 18th to 24th is National Volunteer Week. National Volunteer Week is a specific week set aside each year to recognize the significant contributions that volunteers make, in or around the community, province, and nation. The passion and skills of volunteers enhance the ability of organizations and their staff teams to deliver valuable programs to the community that would not be possible if it were dependant solely on paid positions. 2021 is the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Volunteer (IYV). In 2001 the United

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Grand Horizons CELEBRATING SENIORS National Volunteer Week Stories from Volunteer Action Centre Waterloo Region

A Story of Solidarity By Serap Tezgel It was a warm day in July 2020. My neighbourhood was quiet. Few people were walking on the street. The traffic on Victoria Road was also less than usual. I was sitting by myself in my garden. Due to COVID-19, no one was outside. We had been staying at home since Canada’s first COVID-19 death in March. I was in a panic for the first two months and was constantly looking at the news, trying to understand

what the virus was and what were its effects. However, as the weather got warmer, I started to spend more time in the garden. I started to wonder about my neighbours and how they were dealing with this situation? Did they need any help? Finally, on a warm day in July, I decided to knock on my neighbours’ doors. I rang the doorbell of about ten houses that day. A few of the doors did not open. But I met with those who did, from a two-metre distance. Some conversations were long,

some short. We talked about what my neighbours missed and needed on these difficult days. An elderly neighbour, who lived alone, complained about not being able to clean her house. I offered to help, and she accepted! We arranged a day, and I showed up. Another neighbour said she missed eating out at the restaurant. I offered to set up a dining table for her in my garden. I prepared a vegetarian dinner on the balcony. Conversation and food have helped us establish a friendship. Value - My other neighbours were very happy that I had knocked on their doors and asked how they were doing. Whenever we meet on the road now, we stop and chat. This epidemic made me meet my neighbours. Now, I have two good friends in my neighbourhood. Gazmend Preteni By Heidi Elliott Gazmend enthusiastically joined Community Support Connections last June during the beginning of the pandemic to volunteer with our Meals on Wheels program. New to Canada with his family (wife and 3 daughters) he was determined to help any way he could during this critical time for the most vulnerable in our community. Gazmend previously worked for the UN Doctors without Borders in community policing and is vocal to everyone he meets about his volunteering role. He exemplifies how one person can make an impact on so many. Power - His role with Community Support Connections didn’t stop there. Gazmend very strongly believes that businesses should support local organizations, so he has been very vocal in getting businesses to support us. Gazmend has been successful in getting door prizes from

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Waterloo Brewing to support our Volunteer appreciation events. Recently, Ms. Michalofsky, a teacher from Williamsburg Public School had her ‘Mindful Me’ class write/ draw inspirational cards that went out to our Meals on Wheels clients! We are so grateful for all Gazmend’s efforts! Kathy’s Facebook Filter By Kevin Noseworthy Kathy created a Facebook filter that people can impose in the background of their selfie photos to bring awareness to volunteerism and thank our volunteers for their efforts during National Volunteer Week. Power - By sharing these instructions and setting up the Facebook filter with our volunteers, participants, clients and patients we can create a huge buzz during National Volunteer Week. The hope is to have everyone update their Facebook profile photo with this National Volunteer Week background filter where they can choose what Langs site they want in the background along with the pink and blue colour schemes that represent National Volunteer Week.

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$1-million anonymous gift launches 125th Anniversary Year for KW Health care

long-time KitchenerWaterloo business leader has made an anonymous donation of $1M to the highest priority needs to our city’s hospitals. The 90 year-old, who immigrated to Canada from Germany with his wife in 1954, settled in Kitchener. He recalls, “after the second world war, the turmoil in Europe didn’t provide a promising future. Like thousands of other refugees we decided to look for a better life, and found it in Canada. We arrived in

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the Quebec City harbour in 1954, and settled in Kitchener-Waterloo, which we still call home today.” The donor, who raised his family in the community, and established a successful manufacturing business, still lives in town and says he has always felt compelled to give back to the community that was so good to him. In light of several interactions with area hospitals over the years, the donor and his wife planned many years ago to leave a gift in their wills. However,

The $1 million gift will Hospital (KW and Freeport after a tumultuous year for health care, the donor felt the support the highest priority sites) and St. Mary’s General time was now to make a gift, needs at Grand River Hospital. and have the opportunity to see it make a difference. This family’s life story now has a big chapter on the impact of the health of their community,” says Paul McInytre Royston, Our pharmacy is staffed the President and CEO of the Grand River Hospital with a Certified Geriatric Foundation. “While the Pharmacist specializing in donor and his family wish dispensing medications to remain anonymous, they and counselling older hope their gift will inspire others to give while they patients about their live. medications.

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or years, Kyle Brohman delivered Meals on Wheels in Toronto, an experience that never left him. When he began working for community-conscious Conestogo Electric here in Waterloo Region, he saw an opportunity for his team to champion that cause. “Volunteering is an opportunity to put your mind and body where your mouth is,” Brohman explains. “Lots of businesses can help. It fleshes out what you think you know and what you actually know about your community and what you want to do about it.” This past summer, Brohman approached Community Support Connections on behalf of Conestogo Electric about partnering with our Meals on Wheels service. From there, his team was set up with our Adopt-A-Route program for businesses and organizations. Brohman stresses that, while Waterloo Region is a positive community to live in, “we should not sit on our laurels; there is always work to be done.” He hopes that every time he or one of his colleagues takes a company truck out on a Meals on Wheels route, that they are demonstrably affecting a culture shift towards businesses taking a tangible part in connecting their community together. “We like to think that we are

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Brohman is seeing the impact volunteering is making in him and his fellow colleagues every week, noting that the clients “become a feature in our world. Nobody comes back from Meals on Wheels without talking about it, and never in a negative way.” He is excited for this dynamic to only foster as Conestogo Electric continues with the Adopt-A-Route program. “Volunteering is a pillar to build on. We look forward to doing this as long as we can!”

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PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Raj Saini MP for Kitchener Centre

Dear friends and neighbours, he global community including Canadians are unfortunately facing the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this situation, we can only control our actions while staying strong and supporting everyone around us. As vaccines become available, provinces and territories are responsible for administering them to our communities. Since we are focusing on essential to-do items, fast approaching is the filing date for 2020 individual income tax returns. Filing on time

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avoids late-filing penalties and ensures that you continue to receive your benefits in a timely manner. Due to the COVID-19 situation, there are some changes that may impact your 2020 income tax return. If you received the COVID-19 emergency or recovery benefits in 2020, you must report this income on your tax return. You will receive a T4E or a T4A slip depending on the government organization that administered your COVID-19 benefits. For example, if you received the Canada Emergency Response

Benefit (CERB) from Service Canada or any Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, you should get a T4E tax slip indicating how much you received. Alternatively, if you received COVID-19 emergency or recovery benefits from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), you will get a T4A slip. When you receive these slips, it is helpful to verify the amounts you received are correct. If you were an employee, you may be able to claim home office expenses through the pre-existing detailed method or through the new flat rate

PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Tim Louis MP for Kitchener-Conestoga

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s we welcome the spring weather, we have much to look forward to. While we need to hold tight for a little while longer, there are reasons to feel hopeful as we surpass a full year living amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Safe and effective vaccines are being rolled out with over a million doses being delivered to provinces each week. Even with vaccines, we must do all we can to protect

ourselves and each other. Continue to wear a mask, wash your hands, keep your distance, use the COVID Alert app and avoid gatherings. My office has worked with a record number of constituents this past year, and I am thankful to be in a position to help individuals, families, and businesses in KitchenerConestoga. I am honoured to bring your voices, experiences, and feedback to Ottawa to help

our government support you. While we continue to gather online, this month the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival celebrated virtually with an interactive website. Although we would all prefer in-person events, there are many ways we can support local business. Ordering take-out, purchasing through curbside pickup, or simply ordering online from local vendors helps support our neighbours.

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by Marwan Tabbara MP for Kitchener South—Hespeler

s the saying goes; April showers bring May flowers. This year, the proverbial showers have included the highest province wide COVID-19 case counts and ICU admissions that we have seen to date. This resurgence is being driven by a number of variants of the virus that are proving more infectious than the original. I want to focus today on our path out from under the clouds; I want to focus today on vaccines. As you may be aware, the

federal government has been hard at work to procure vaccines for Canadians and began to receive limited deliveries at the end of December. While things began slowly, increases in the number of approved vaccines and the size of deliveries have started bearing fruit. The government had initially set a procurement target of 6 million doses by the end of March, and I am happy to share that target was met and exceeded by an additional 3.5 million doses. While the federal government has set ambitious timelines for

this procurement, they have not slowed their efforts to increase the number of doses delivered and to move up these timelines as much as possible. Recent negotiations have moved up deliveries into the second quarter, and we are now on schedule to receive 44 million doses by the end of June. We all have our part to play in this effort. The federal government is working hard to procure doses for Canadians, provinces are working hard to distribute these doses, and we as individuals must do our part

method. You are eligible to use the simplified, flat rate method if you worked more than 50% of the time from home for at least four consecutive weeks in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can claim $2 for each day you worked from home during that period plus any additional days you worked at home in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, up to a maximum of $400 (200 working days) per individual. The detailed method allows individuals to claim actual costs they personally paid for and requires supporting documentations as well as a completed and signed Form T2200S / Form T2200 from the employer. If you use the detailed method, the CRA has developed a calculator specifically for your home office expenses. Please visit

www.canada.ca/en/revenueagency to access the calculator and for additional details. One person per family can claim the Climate Action Incentive (CAI) which was introduced in 2019. To claim your CAI, please complete your 2020 income tax and benefit return and complete schedule 14 included with your return. The CAI payment will be automatically applied to your balance owing for the year, if applicable, or may increase the amount of any refund you may be entitled to. I hope this information is helpful to you. If you have further questions about the information above or about other federal programs, please feel free to reach out. You can email me at Raj.Saini@parl. gc.ca or call 519-741-2001.

April 18 to 24th is National Volunteer Week. The theme this year is “The Value of One, the Power of Many.” We celebrate and recognize everyone who stepped up to help, and also those who stepped back to protect themselves and others. Earlier in April, I visited a vaccine clinic in Waterloo Region in which nurses, doctors and other volunteers donated their time to vaccinate members of our community. Words cannot express my gratitude. If you have helped by donating time to safely deliver food, organize essential care packages or support

our vulnerable neighbours, thank you! Your tremendous dedication during these uncertain times is having a positive impact on countless lives. Would you like to recognize someone with a National Volunteer Week Certificate? Please contact my office by email at Tim.Louis@parl.gc.ca or call us at 519-578-3777. The health and safety of Canadians is our Federal government’s top priority. We are here to support you, whatever is needed for as long as it takes. Stay safe, and take care

and get vaccinated as soon as possible. A number of countries have now proven the dramatic positive impacts and drops in case numbers that result from high levels of vaccination. Vaccines work, and they are the best tool we have to end this pandemic. Here in our region, preregistration for vaccine appointments are available for all adults aged 60 and over and all adults 18 and over with high-risk health issues. Adults 50 and over are also eligible if they live in select hotspot neighbourhoods such as Vanier/ Rockway, Country Hills, Alpine/Laurentian, Victoria Hills/Cherry Hill, and Shades Mills. Registration is a simple process and can be done online

at the Region of Waterloo website, or by calling 519575-4400. In addition, shots of the AstraZeneca vaccine are available to adults 55 and over at select pharmacies, a list of which can be found on the Ontario website. Our collective actions in the following month will be crucial in determining the end of this crisis. I hope we all continue to take care of one another, exercise caution, and remember to respect public health measures. As usual, let’s wash our hands often, wear our masks and keep a safe distance from one another. And this time around, let’s do our part by getting our shot and helping any of our eligible loved ones schedule their own.

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Notes from City Hall ago. While everyone has their own ideas and interpretation of what actions should be taken, I don’t have much say at my municipal level, and just hope you’re using your best judgment to keep everyone safe. I am confident vaccines will be largely administered over the summer and can’t wait for the day we look back on this pandemic and say “remember when?” Switching gears from the COVID crisis to the housing one, I’m interested in your thoughts. Mine

are somewhat malleable but have long been as follows: 1. Defending the sustainable “countryside-line” approach which is essentially a government-determined imaginary line around Waterloo Region that tells developers that they can build homes to that line, using city services, but no further. 2. Much of the cause of high housing prices is a direct result of a lack of housing supply. Combining one and two above, the only solution is infill or the increase of supply/availability

of homes within our Region’s already built-up areas but it’s more complex than that. 2017 estimates put the average monthly cost of owning a car at nearly $750 which includes cost/depreciation, gas and maintenance. In other words, building up near transit locations like the ION, where car-ownership is less necessary, is paramount in making homes otherwise affordable. Let me know your thoughts using the contact info above!

January of 2020. At both meetings staff from Transportation Planning and I listened to the input and comments shared by residents. This resident feedback was used to create the plan that will soon be implemented this year. One of the comments heard most often was about the safety of pedestrians trying to cross the street to get to and from Eby Park. In response to these concerns, there will be a raised crosswalk installed at Carnaby Crescent

which will cause cars to slow down, making it safer to cross. The other calming measures to be installed will include a road narrowing in the street section between River Road and Old Chicopee and a speed cushion near Coventry Drive. There will also be some sidewalk improvements in the Holborn Court area by the bus stop. The intention of these installations is to cause drivers to drive at the speed limit along the whole stretch of street. You can see

an illustration of it on my website at daveschnider.com. Just look for Holborn Traffic Calming under the MORE button at the top of the page. Our new Kitchener website is up. I hope you’ll look through it and customize it to your liking with the “My Kitchener” option. If I can assist you, contact me or call our contact line anytime at 519741-2345. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @DaveSchniderKW and friend me on Facebook.

limit of 40km/h will also be applied to the Deer Ridge neighbourhood. These measures will help reduce speeding and increase safety for all users. Each year traffic stats and resident feedback are used to locate the seasonal Traffic Calming measures for each ward,. The in-road flex signs and speed signs have both proven to increase safety and reduce speeds. In 2021 11 locations and three Radar Speed Sign locations (Fallowfield Dr. / Kingsway Dr. / Pioneer Tower Rd) will be installed. There are tools

and staff to help with resident-led Traffic Calming projects. Painted intersections, sidewalks, signs and planters are just some of the ideas already used. To learn more on how to get started please contact me. john.gazzola@kitchener.ca 519744-0807 (Home/Office) jgazzola@ rogers.ca 519-498-2389 (Cell) Increased Traffic and Speeding – Vanier Dr. Speed humps are scheduled to go back in with the final layer of asphalt. We must wait to install to ensure that they are constructed appropriately. The speed

humps will be reinstalled where the signs were placed. That should occur as part of 2021 construction. Auditorium 70th Anniversary The “Aud” has been famously known as a premier sport and entertainment venue, hosting national and international competitions, and trade shows. Help celebrate this milestone by sharing your personal photos, stories and videos about the Aud. Your stories will be posted online and in a celebratory video to be released on the official anniversary, May 24th, 2021.

Council approved this year’s traffic calming projects to help reduce speeding and increase safety on your streets. Formal traffic calming studies are currently underway

on Deer Ridge Dr, Holborn Dr and Robert Ferrie Dr. If you want to explore a resident-led traffic calming initiative, the city has the tools and staff to help. Find ideas and how to get started at www.kitchener.ca/ trafficcalming. The Lower Doon Master Plan study is complete, and council approved the recommendations on March 22nd. Public consultations with residents, landlords and college representatives helped outline recommendations that will lay the groundwork for the Lower Doon

Secondary Plan to likely begin in 2022. Construction is underway on a new sanitary pumping station at Willow Lake Park. The project will also include the reconstruction of Old Mill Rd between Pinnacle and the bridge and the demolition of the old pumping station. Community Centres are closed due to the lockdown, so supplies for a neighbourhood cleanup aren’t available at this time. We may not be able to celebrate Earth Day together, but you can take part in

an activity called “Plogging.” It’s an eco-friendly fitness mash-up of jogging or walking and picking up trash. You would need to use your own supplies, but you can leave a full garbage bag on a city street blvd. near the entrance of a trail or park and call 519-741-2345 with the location/address so staff can pick it up. I am available by email Christine. michaud@kitchener.ca or call me 226-752-9541. Stay safe and stay well #inthistogether

Hello Ward 5! Now that we are under the province-wide stay-athome order, Kitchener Public Library (KPL) locations are open for curbside

pickup only but they are also offering many exciting virtual activities for you and your family this month. During April Break, KPL has many fun virtual programs for kids of all ages. For ages 3-5 years there’s Teddy Bear’s Picnic, and for kids ages 5-10 years there’s Recording Strange Sounds. For kids in grades 7-9, KPL offers Writing With Randomness and Train Like a YA Hero. For the family, subscribe to KPL’s Facebook Live for Superheroes Storytime on April 17.

With the arrival of Spring, you can get your garden started with a Seed Starter Kit offered for pick up at KPL Central location until April 16. The kit includes selections of vegetable, herbs and flower seeds with seed starter mix, peat pots as well as a tip sheet. Just in time for Earth Day, why not register for KPL’s free online webinar, Climate Change in Waterloo Region: What Should We Expect and What Do We Do About It? on April 20th. Kids can also celebrate Earth Day

with KPL’s Take & Make: Grass Heads for Earth Day on April 22. Register today to reserve your kit! KPL also hosts some amazing local hobbyists, guilds and businesses in a video series, DIY Festival. Learn something new by watching the videos on the KPL website at: kpl.org/diy-festival. Check out KPL’s Virtual Library for events, blogs, challenges, videos, podcasts and more. For more information on these programs and events, visit kpl.org.

Hi Ward 1! Hope you’re well. As I write this, we’ve just entered a month-long lockdown approximately on the anniversary of the emergency declaration of COVID-19 a year

I’m pleased to share that Council passed the Traffic Calming plans for Holborn Drive. The process for these plans began in May of 2019 with a follow up public meeting in

Traffic Calming - Council has approved Traffic Calming measures for Deer Ridge Dr. consisting of new speed cushions, raised crosswalks, and sidewalk improvements which will start this summer. A new speed

Happy Spring, City of Kitchener! It’s hard to believe that a few weeks ago we already celebrated the arrival of Spring – one of my favourite seasons as it represents hope and new life. This Spring is particularly meaningful, as we are also starting to see increasing numbers of people in our community being vaccinated against COVID-19. While the current challenges presented from increased cases due primarily to the variants, there is still much reason to be hopeful as we look ahead to the rest of Spring and the upcoming Summer season in a few months. PROVINCIAL STATE OF EMERGENCY AND STAY AT HOME ORDER Over the last two weeks, the Government of Ontario has had to take some significant steps as a result of a growing number of cases of COVID-19 cases throughout Ontario, putting significant pressures on our health-care system, and especially on Intensive Care Units throughout the province. Many of these cases are variants of concern which are putting more and more people in hospital. I know that for many of us, this has been disappointing news. I’ve heard your calls, seen your messages and feel your frustration. We are ready for this pandemic to be over – myself included. But the reality is we’re in a third wave and have to do what we can now before it gets worse. We’ve seen in our own community how one case can quickly lead to dozens more when public health measures aren’t practiced. All of this recently led to the second year when many had to celebrate various Easter spiritual festivities differently because of COVID-19, and this was the last thing anyone of us wanted. No one also wants to see our businesses lose or operate at reduced capacity. None of us want to be disconnected from family and friends as we follow the stay at home orders. But we can’t reverse the progress we’ve made to date. If we can put a stop to the surge now, it increases our chances of enjoying a safer summer. Kitchener - I know we can do this. I am asking everyone to please continue to follow public health measures, stick to your household and avoid non-essential travel. ...continued on next page


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Notes from City Hall

I take special pride in the Ward 6 community. Each year I try to drive through all the streets in Ward 6 to identify and acknowledge the work residents put into beautifying their

properties. It’s great to see and enjoy the results of your efforts, which impact the community’s level of civic pride and add community value. Numerous times over the past years, Ward 6 has had the most nominated properties for Kitchener in Bloom. I’m hopeful that once more, Ward 6 has the highest participation. If you haven’t yet been introduced to Love My Hood (LMH), then get ready to be excited! LMH is a program established for you. It

provides the resources, tools, and supports to implement your ideas and projects in your neighbourhood. Visit lovemyhood.ca for ideas, available tools and grants, existing events and parties, neighbourhood amenities and recognition programs. Our LMH staff are ready to answer your questions and eager to work with you. Contact them at 519-741-2200 ext. 4663. This year has brought uncertainty, challenges, and difficulties for many of us, but one thing that holds true and gives me great encouragement

is the love and care Kitchener residents show towards their community - I find this especially true in Ward 6. Again, I want to commend you for your efforts and thank you for helping us create an even more welcoming Ward 6 and for enhancing the visual appeal of our community. Questions or concerns? Please contact me, your Ward 6 Councillor, at paul.singh@kitchener.ca or call our Corporate Contact Centre about city related services. They’re open 24/7 at 519-741-2345.

Housing affordability is a serious issue in our city and across the region. It’s an issue that requires action from all levels of government, the private sector and not-profit sector. City staff

have been working with an Advisory Committee to prepare a Housing Strategy, “Housing for All”, which Council approved in December 2020. Housing For All is a human rightsbased Housing Strategy, to help end homelessness and create more affordable housing opportunities. Council asked that focus be on actions the city could take, recognizing the responsibilities that the Region of Waterloo and the provincial and federal governments have for affordable housing and addressing homelessness. Seven priority areas

were identified: Human Rights Based Approach to Housing; Commitment to Lived Experience Collaboration; Help End Homelessness; Help Secure Community, Affordable Rental and Affordable Ownership Housing; Advocacy; Align Policies, Processes and Use of City Land to Facilitate More Affordable Housing; Fill Data Gaps and Establish Effective Monitoring and Accountability Mechanisms. Under each of the priorities are actions for the city to take. Council also approved Make it

Kitchener 2.0, in 2020, an economic development strategy to ensure affordability is an economic priority. Staff are preparing plans to develop mixed-income communities to include affordable housing. Council also approved work to advance inclusionary housing policies where affordable housing would be required in new developments close to Major Transit Stations. To find out more, visit: kitchener. ca, keyword search “Housing For All”.

which summarises the discussions from the ten small group meetings held in March of this year, as well as responses to all questions submitted during the larger Neighbourhood Information Meetings. To review the report, go to www.kitchener. ca/planningapplications and scroll down to 660 Belmont Ave. As always, if you have questions or concerns regarding this application please email me at: margaret.johnston@kitchener. ca or Garett Stevenson at: garett. stevenson@kitchener.ca. No

decisions have been made on this Planning application and no date has been set for it to come to Council for consideration. Update: The Region of Waterloo’s approved Transportation Capital Program provides funding for road resurfacing and intersection improvements on Westmount Road from Glasgow Street to Erb Street in 2025. Over the next two years, a project team will be considering possible design options for additional facilities and improvements for this section of the corridor.

Additional work is being done this year to identify and analyse possible design options. Opportunities will be provided for public input on any options being considered, likely in 2022, before any recommendations are made to Regional Council regarding the preferred design approach. If you would like to be added to the list to receive information on this proposed project, please contact the Region’s Project Manager for the Westmount Road project at: ESaunderson@ regionofwaterloo.ca.

new board member of the Kitchener Horticultural Society, I’m impressed at the dedication members bring to running workshops, preparing for the growing season, and celebrating nature’s beauty. You can learn all about their upcoming events by visiting www.kitchenerhs.ca/cms/. Outdoor patios will be opening soon. The City of Kitchener recently expanded its temporary outdoor patio extension program. Last year over 60 businesses participated. Don’t hesitate to say hello if we cross paths at an outdoor patio over

the next few months. The REEP/City of Kitchener Back Yard Tree Planting program is on again this year. Visit https:// reepgreen.ca and submit your application. Another program to consider is the Grand River Conservation Authority Community Conservation Grant program for schools and community groups wanting to do conservation projects. Details can be found at www.grcf.ca. I’ve noticed an increasing number of cyclists on the streets and trails

since the temperatures have begun rising. I finally filled the tires on my bike and also ventured out to explore new trails. I also noticed the return of Otis and Ophelia to Victoria Park, another sign of spring’s return. As the vaccines continue to be rolled out and the weather warms, it’s tempting to want to congregate with friends, yet we all need to continue following public health guidelines to keep the third wave in check. Stay healthy and enjoy the springtime.

collective COVID fatigue, and the messaging that we are all in this together, the truth is that we are each experiencing different types of stresses. In particular, let’s remember that the impact on small business owners has been overwhelmingly challenging. While support for small businesses has been provided by upper levels of government, in addition to programs offered by our Waterloo Region Small Business Centre (www.waterlooregionsmallbusiness. com), these supports have not

adequately addressed the needs of some businesses. The provincial and federal governments remain the main sources for business supports, but the local level needs to play a role. We talk to business owners and we know the pandemic has disproportionately affected specific sectors such as restaurants, bars, personal services, and small retail. That is why this month, Council will discuss and consider recommendations from staff on how we can provide additional supports to respond to the gaps and specific

needs of small businesses as they work to recover from the impacts of the pandemic. Of course, we all as individuals have a role to play too. Please continue to support our local businesses as much as possible. KITCHENER MARKET: As an essential business, the Kitchener Market will continue to operate. Our vendors continue to provide amazing fresh local food. Be sure to check out our online shop at: www.localline.ca/ kitchenermarket.

Happy Spring Ward 8! Regarding the 660 Belmont Ave development proposal, Planning staff have now published a Comprehensive Engagement Report

Spring is in the air! April is one of my favourite months of the year as it symbolizes new beginnings with the budding of trees and the reemerging of perennial plants. As a

SUPPORT FOR SMALL BUSINESS: With the pandemic’s third wave upon us and the provincewide Stay-At-Home order in place, we are all weary. Despite our

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Please continue to maintain at least 2m distance from others, wear a mask when indoors or if you can’t be certain of maintaining distances outside and wash your hands or sanitize regularly. Please do not travel outside of Waterloo region if not necessary. This also means limiting yourself to your own household or only one other household, if you live alone. Eligible small businesses are encouraged to visit www.ontario.ca/ covidsupport for financial support programs designed to help you through the shutdown. For more information about changes to City of Kitchener services and programs, visit kitchener.ca/COVID19 Kitchener - Let’s all do our part to keep our community safe and healthy, and make this shutdown, the last shutdown. STATE OF THE CITY 2021 March 25, 2021 marked the one year anniversary since I had declared an emergency in the City of Kitchener due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We used the anniversary to deliver my State of the City speech and highlight how the story of Kitchener this past year has been shaped by business owners, health care heroes, essential workers, educators, students, shelter workers and more. I was pleased during the speech to share a video that showcased community heroes across a variety of sectors. The video shared the emotional journeys that individuals and groups have gone through over the past year. It was a touching tribute to the power of individual hope and resilience and a reminder of the importance of community connection. I want to thank Clarence Cachagee, Jared & Miki Farrell, Cavell Johnson, Jessica Bondy, Mary George, Andrea Dunning, Kimiko Shibata, Melissa Noble, Rozina Shaheen, Lenore Johnson, Christa & Bo Gedja, and Tracey Ruetz & her students – Allen Abesamis, Loyd Gebreselassie, Elliot Chaves, Fayosola Quadri, and Ethan Gordier for sharing your collective stories in such a powerful way. The event closed with an inspiring original performance by over 75 members of KW Glee. They performed, WE GOT THIS, an original composition that captures the spirit of youth and their struggles and connections throughout the pandemic – all wrapped into a fun 80s vibe. If you missed the speech, I encourage you to visit www. kitchener.ca/stateofthecity and watch it. I hope it leaves you with the hope and inspiration that many who attended said they felt.


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Changes coming to blue box recycling in 2024...from front page

Community Church Listing Kitchener Gospel Temple-Pentecostal 9 Conway Dr. (at River Rd), Kitchener (519) 894-5999 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Mid-week activities for all ages. www.kitchenergospel.com Kitchener East Presbyterian 10 Zeller Drive, Kitchener (519) 748-9786 Reverend: Mark S. Richardson Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Nursery and Sunday School provided Sonshine Corner, Thursdays from 9 - 11 a.m. Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran 322 East Avenue (at Stirling), Kitchener (519) 742-5812 www.holycrosskitchener.org Sunday Service: (Sept. - June) 8:30 and 11 a.m., (July-Aug.) 9:30 a.m 9:45 a.m. - 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 : 10:00 a.m. Nursery closed at this time www.hopelc.ca Breslau Evangelical Missionary Church 102 Woolwich St., Breslau (519) 648-2712 Sunday Worship Service: 10 a.m. Children’s Ministry - Youth Ministry - Small Groups All are welcome! Visit us at www.bemc.ca Stanley Park Community Church 9 Dreger Ave., (at Ottawa St.) Kitchener (519) 893-8186 www.stanleyparkchurch.ca Pastor: John Pearce Sunday Service and Kid’s Church: 10 a.m. ALL WELCOME! Nexus Church Meets in The Conrad Center - 36 King St W. Kitchener Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. K www.nexuschurch.ca All are welcome!

their own recycling centres and put them closer to highways or other transit routes. At the Nyle Ludolph Materials Recycling Centre at the landfill on Erb Street West in Waterloo, 75 percent of what they collect (by weight) is paper and cardboard, which is transferred to another recycling centre in Niagara. The other 25 percent of the weight is the packaging containers that are sorted and resold. Ursu said the equipment at the recycling centre is near the end of its life, and the region will not be reinvesting in it. The employees who work there do not work for the region, but are part of the contract for recycling pickup that expires in March of 2024 - when the responsibility will transfer to the producers. Ursu said the exact details of the changes are not known yet, and the region could still have some role in managing local recyclables under a contract with the producers. But the region will not be responsible for any of the cost. The region will continue to be responsible for garbage, green bins, and yard waste.

Waterloo Region’s recycling equipment is near the end of its life.

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between the teeth and gums. Flossing helps to reduce bad breath and gum disease. Using a mouthwash can help reduce plaque from forming, reduces infection and eliminates bad breath. Eat, Drink But Be Wary healthy, unprocessed nutrient rich foods help the body fight any infection. Reduce sugar intake. Sugar is a major cause of

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WHAT WE’RE READING

Waterloo, Wellington & Guelph Hikes

Written By Nicola Ross Reviewed by Lesa Balch, Director, Innovation and Integration

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!

What better way to enjoy the outdoors than going for a hike? Waterloo, Wellington & Guelph Hikes will let you discover local points of interest as you hike throughout our rural and urban areas. See and experience the covered bridge in West Montrose on the Kissing Bridge Trailway route; historic buildings in Elora on the EloraFergus Grand Tour; and an Indigenous archeological site on the Huron Area Natural Loop in Kitchener. If you’re interested in nature, try the Snyder’s Flats Loop through Bloomingdale and the Shade’s Mills Loop through Cambridge. If you want to combine a hike with a train ride for a fun family outing, consider either the Waterloo Central Railway/St. Jacobs Loop or the Elmira to St. Jacobs Choo-Choo Route. There are a few urban routes, such as the Guelph Inside and Out Loop, the Erin Village Loop, and routes inside Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge. The guidebook includes places to stop for food, drink, and most importantly for a lot of us, where to stop for ice-cream. A few hikes, such as the Rockwood Pothole and Laurel Creek

loops, require an entrance fee, which is listed in the guidebook. It clarifies that you should check online or call first to confirm the costs. The 35 routes in the guidebook range in length from 2.4 to 22 kilometres. There is a list of routes by distance, hiking time, and level of difficulty, including easy, moderate or challenging. As the book states, you can “go long or short” or “go hilly or flat”. There is a hike for everyone, taking you through local stunning landscapes you may not have realized are just next door to where you live. Kitchener Public Library has other local and province-wide trail guidebooks. Nature Hikes: Near-Toronto Trails and Adventures by Janet Eagleson is worth checking out, as well as various titles by Katherine Jacob including The Best of the Bruce Trail: Wine Country to Wilderness. Books by author Kas Stone combine hiking and paddling. For paddling locally down the Grand River, check out Paddling the Grand River: A Trip-planning Guide to Ontario’s Historic Grand River, written by the staff of the Grand River Conservation Authority and Jamie Kent.


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Pandemic forces Stanley Park Optimists to cancel spring ball programs

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ll Stanley Park Optimists programs have been cancelled for this picking strawberries, climbspring. ing trees to collect cherries, The localcelery, club usually runs harvesting peppermint, numerous Blastball, T-Ball melons, onions and peachandand Three-Pitch that es planting, leagues hoeing and include more than 500 players weeding. each spring. The pandemic Their work fuelled the also war forced the club to cancel those effort helping to feed families programs last year.overseas and at home, soldiers people inrelease Britain who A press from thewere club starving. states that, after meeting with Often recruited through the city, “We have decided to CBC formallyradio cancel presentations our plans to played in program high schools and offer a ball this spring with of 2021.the Notadded only incentive are all the not having to write exfacilities closed untilfinal at least ams theybut signed up for the mid if May, the expectation program, the girls were paid is that the region will then about twenty-five cents an (if things are it progressing hour. For many was the reasonably well) into first time they had move been away Club Continued frombaseball cover...

red and we still wouldn’t be permitted to offer anything.” from home. Under current pandemic Although the work was hard, remembered their rules, most the region would have time in into the the Farmerettes as to move orange colour among the best of code before localsummers diamonds their lives.could open, and even and parks “I hope readersbewill get an then there would numerous appreciation for what these restrictions that would not girls did. They didn’t go into allowfactories the club to to make offer a bombs viable the recreational program. but they did something just as “Our plan is said. to resume valuable,” Sitter offering a ball program that “I wrote the book because we can be proud of in spring I love history, but also because wasrelease shocked that these 2022,”I the states. women’s part ofClub our Stanley history, Park Optimist agricultural in Ontario, Chair Gordhistory Dearborn said had beenwill ignored. I felt it was members be monitoring the time to acknowledge what pandemic restrictions through these womenand didhope and totheir the summer be volunteerism.” able to offer some program in “I was a Farmerette in the the fall. last summer, 1952. In my mind

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Ontario who volunteered with the program in 1952 on Sitter’s husband’s grandfather’s farm in Thedford. “I have fond memories of the Sitters for the wonderful way they treated us. Grampa Sitter always made sure our hoes were sharp and this made a hard job easier,” Schofield recalls in the book. “The worst job was thinning peaches as the peach fuzz was quite an irritant to the skin. But other times were fun. Some days in the watermelon season, we would be called into the storage shed and told we could eat all the melon we wanted as long as we saved the seeds. Those nights we

to sign up for the Farmerettes in 1941. But the book may never have been written if Sitter hadn’t decided to sift through and downsize her late husband’s photo collection. She came across a photo that showed three girls in farm work clothes sitting on the running board of an old

“This is history that we need to be paying attention to.”

contribution of those teen-age girls, now in their 80s and 90s, was important and should be recognized; this history needed to be told. What those unsung girls accomplished and how they contributed to the war effort is a remarkable and joyous story. Needless to say, Farmerettes are delighted with the book and many persons in agriculture have been interested and pleased that a farm experience has come to light,” said English. “Little did I know on that winter’s day in 2018 that the small photo of the three Farmerettes would set in motion a wonderful adventure in which I would connect with Shirleyan and other Farmerettes and together we would finally tell their story,” writes Sitter in the book’s prologue. “This is history that we need to be paying attention to.”

always got home late,” writes car. On the back was written former Farmerette Jay Mun- “Farmerettes, about 1946.” Sitter’s interest was piqued. ro in the book. * * * “You had to learn to get She researched the Farmerettes learning they were part along and I had an advantage Sitter and English are availthat a girlfriend was there. of the government-sponsored able to speak at author’s You supported each other war effort – an effort she had readings, community events, and you had to keep going never heard of. book clubs, museum and hisHer research led her toSports write Association because if you didn‘t ASSOCIATION finish torical society and to at KITCHENER SPORTS - The Kitchener (KSA)events endeavors an article published in the church groups. They were key the 13 weeks, you wouldn’t provide financial assistance to local minor sports groups and was pleased to be able to help Kitchenerget your year. So there was Rural Voice in 2018 that two note speakers at the London Waterloo Gymnastics ClubThat with amonths $2,500 later grantprompted in spite ofa current constraints. KWGC has letter budget no thought of quitting. Heritage Festival on Feb. 15, suffered extensive damage to its facility and equipment during the shutdown caused by the pandemic to the editor from reader Shirfall, I went to Normal School and at the Goderich Huron leyan English who had worked and is working to be ready for a return to normal. From left: KSA Director Bernie Strauss in Toronto and had a physical. County Museum’spresenting InternaonPresident Sitter’s father-in-law’s farm tional The woman couldn’t the cheque fordoctor $2,500 to Kelvin Yee, of the KW Gymnastics Club to help withDay the purchase Women’s event on in 1952 and dated Sitter’s get over how muscular my March of a new training pit on March 30, 2021. KSA is continuing to operate (on a8.reduced basis) during brother-in-law. back was. She called Their high bookschool has been nomithe pandemic. KSAeven has set June 30 Sitter as the deadline date for local graduating students to contacted English someone in to see it,” recalls nated by the Huron County submit their applications for this year’s awards. KSA is offering up to eight scholarships, each valued who told her that she pos- Historical Society for the OnEleanor Moffitt in the book. at“Girls $1,000 in each. is also welcoming from local are competing atAlithe sessed applications over 300 letters fromathletes theKSA Beamsville tariowho Historical Society’s other Farmerettes she where camp to the local nationalwent (or equivalent) level ice for recognition and financialthat assistance applicable. son Prentice Award for Womin response cream parlor every evening af-(andhad History. The winner will For more information on these other)received KSA programs, please visiten’s KitchenerSports.ca ter supper. I gained a measure to a request she’d placed in be announced in late June. of fame by once eating a whole newspapers across Ontario in The hard cover book is now brick of ice cream on a dare,” 1995. English, a writer herself, on display in the Juno Beach wrote former Farmerette Inge had intended to write a book Museum, in France and at the about the Farmerettes but Canadian War Heritage MuCumberland. “Initially, the Farmerettes had not had time to complete seum in Mount Hope. faced skepticism – few thought it. Sitter asked English to join Printed by Briesens Corpothese ‘city girls’ who landed her to co-produce the book ration, Canada and designed using athe letters. on the farm would be of much To foster stronger sense of by Barbara Moquin Durand, Both realized that because Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: help, but the girls proved their greater Memories of Ontario Farmerthe a Farmerettes mettle season after seasoncommunity and many ofand were now quite made a major contribution to sense of belongingelderly, in ourit ettes costs $49 and can be the war effort at home,” states would be important to com- purchased by emailing bonTheas pos- nie.sitter@gmail.com or by a quote in a Niagara neighbourhoods. area plete the book as soon sible, interviewing as many of calling 519-235-1909 (cheque newspaper from Jean Brett Stanley Park Community who was the first Niagara teen the women as they could find and e-transfer accepted).

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Kitchener Citizen - April 2021  

Kitchener's original community newspaper - established in 1996.

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Kitchener's original community newspaper - established in 1996.

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