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Helen Hall anada is known as an “international forerunner” in volunteering, according to Jane Hennig, and she is encouraging Canadians to kick it up a notch during the country’s 150th anniversary this year. Hennig is the Executive Director of the Volunteer Action Centre of Kitchener Waterloo and Area. The Centre is a non-profit organization that helps direct volunteers to opportunities at over 160 local organizations. It has joined with other Volunteer Action Centres across Canada to sponsor the Canada 150 for 150 Volunteer Challenge. They are asking Canadians to register with them and perform 150 hours of volunteer time to celebrate Canada’s 150 birthday in 2017. The Challenge began at the Volunteer Action Centre in Ottawa and is spreading across the country.
According to statistics provided, Canadians volunteer an average of 154 hours a year. About 59 percent of our population has volunteered at some time in their lives. Despite being so good at donating our time, volunteering in Canada is going through a “massive shift” according to Hennig. Societal changes, such as having both parents work, and the time required by adults to care for both their children and their aging parents has put
a squeeze on the amount of volunteer time that they have available. Hennig said Statistics Canada data collected between 2009 and 2013 saw that Canada lost a million volunteers. “We don’t want to see that trend continue,” Hennig said. Those who want to take the challenge, can register on-line at https://www.volunteerkw. ca/. There is also a mobile app created by Volinspire that allows you to create a volunteer profile, and can be used to share volunteer stories and track volunteer hours. Commemorative t-shirts will be distributed to the first 10.000 who meet the challenge. An Awards Ceremony will be held in Ottawa in early 2018 to recognize individuals who volunteered the most hours in each province and region. There will also be recognition in special categories for new Canadians, Aboriginals, seniors and youth.
Five individuals and one organization were presented with 2016 City Builder Awards during the City of Kitchener New Year’s Levee held January 8 at City Hall. From left: front, Nadia Muhammed, Carl Cardogan (representing Reception House), Brooke Robinson, back, Don Bourgeois, Dr. Mike Stephenson, Warren Stauch and Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. See the full story about the award winners on pages 8 and 9. Photo by Carrie Debrone
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Grade 6 Howard Robertson Public School teacher Sara Weber (back) cut the long hair off principals Karen Tomlin and Cindy Foss-Silviera during the school’s Terry Fox fundraiser held at the end of November. The principals then donated their cut hair for chemo patients. The event helped the school raise $4,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation, far surpassing its goal to raise $1000.
Workforce Planning Board looking for employers to answer its third annual on-line survey
f you are an employer having trouble filling vacancies, let your concerns be known to the Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin. The group is launching the third annual EmployerOne Survey from January 2 to 31. The EmployerOne Survey is an on-line survey of local employers focused on the demand-side of the local labour market. It is designed to collect information on a range of workforce issues, such as labour turnover, hard-tofill positions, recruitment difficulties, and current and future skill shortages. “In my work as a Business Development Officer for a municipality, I have the opportunity to visit many
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employers, as part of our corporate visitation program,“ said Valerie Bradford, Business Development Officer with the City of Kitchener. “The overwhelming challenge faced by manufacturers in growing their business, is fulfilling their labour requirements, at all levels. Unlike workforce labour statistics that measure what has occurred in the past, the EmployerOne survey gives employers the opportunity to indicate the positions they anticipate recruiting for in the future,” Bradford said. Completing the EmployerOne Survey offers several benefits to employers: • Is a helpful HR planning tool • Helps identify skills shortages
• Informs the community about their needs EmployerOne is a collaboration of over 30 partner organizations representing workforce, economic, education and business groups. “The information this survey gathers helps us understand the needs of local employers and provides labour market information to our students,” said Jan Basso, Director of Cooperative Education and Career Development, Wilfrid Laurier University. The 2016 EmployerOne Survey is open to employers from January 2 to 31, 2017 and is available at: http:// fclmpb.fluidsurveys.com/s/ wpbemployerone2017 The project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.
WINTER PROGRAM REGISTRATION IS ON GOING. Please visit online.spcakitchener.ca or come into the community centre to register. The Stanley Park Community Association has volunteer positions available including: - Student Volunteers for Special Events - Program Coordinator - Adult Volunteers for Special Events - Conversation Circle For more info, please visit the Stanley Park Community Centre or email email@example.com
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The Williamsburg Community Association (WCA) has started a program called “Knitting is the New Yoga” where members of the community are invited to join the knitting group at The Village of Winston Park every other Monday at 10:30am. This group has been meeting on its own for eight years to knit items that are donated to charity. They want to share their skills with those who join them through the WCA program. From left: Louise McLean, Alice Ripley, Therese Schuett, Marian Ask about our low,Retterath, annual business card rates. Kidd, Sadie Klassen, Anneliese and Regina Weber.
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and slippers for the homeless. This Christmas alone, they made 458 items to be donated to those less fortunate. WCA program manager Laura Shaver said this is the second session for the knitting program that unites the community association and the retirement home. She said that they are hoping to get more people to join them in the next few months. Shaver said the program started after the WCA received a Horizons grant that is to be used for programming for seniors. The WCA saw this as a great opportunity for the knitters at Winston Park to share their skills and for the two communities to spend some time together. The WCA provides the yarn and the needles for the knitting projects, and the seniors share their knowledge. To find out more information about joining this program, go to http://www. williamsburgcommunity.ca/ or call them at 519-741-2240
New bylaw includes no stopping on the LRT tracks
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by Helen Hall he Williamsburg Community Association (WCA) has found a group of eager program instructors - and they live just up the street from the community centre. The association is running a knitting program that meets at the Village of Winston Park every other Monday morning. There, people from the community can meet with an experienced group of knitters who can share their skills. “I started this knitting group eight years ago,” said Annelise Retterath who lives at Winston Park. Retterath is 90 years old, as are several other members of the group. She said she has been knitting since she was five years old. The group has put together an impressive resume in the past eight years. They have knitted and donated chemotherapy hats, pneumonia vests that went to Guatemala, 450 dish clothes that were part of a gift bag at an annual meeting,
ew changes to the Region of Waterloo’s Traffic and Parking By-law include no stopping on the light rail transit (LRT) tracks. The new by-law went into effect on January 1, 2017. The new by-law means that any vehicle stopped or parked anywhere along the LRT route will be fined or towed at the owner’s expense. The LRT tracks are reserved for light rail vehicles and construction or maintenance vehicles only. “It’s important to create good habits in advance of the start of service,” said Councillor Tom Galloway, Chair of the Region of Waterloo’s Planning and
Works Committee. “These changes are intended to ensure the safety of all residents. Keeping vehicles off the tracks allows GrandLinq to complete their work in a timely fashion and will be critical once testing of the light rail vehicles begins.” While LRT construction is nearing completion, with the majority of roads re-opened in 2016, GrandLinq does require full and unobstructed access to the LRT tracks to complete their remaining work, including stringing the overhead catenary system that powers the train. The ION light rail transit service is expected to launch in early-2018.
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COMMUNITY TEACHING AWARD
We all have one .... that exemplary teacher we remember. Even if decades have passed, our memories of a teacher who stood out, provided guidance, motivated or inspired us, stay with us for a lifetime.
Have you or your family been impacted by a great teacher? Have you been looking for a way to show your appreciation? At the Kitchener Citizen we value the important role teachers play in shaping tomorrow’s community leaders. We are proud to announce the launch of the Kitchener Citizen Community Teaching Award to recognize teachers who go above and beyond in Kitchener classrooms each day.
The award is open to teachers currently working in all of Kitchener’s Public and Catholic schools, teaching grades from Junior Kindergarten through to Grade 12. Nominating your favourite teacher is easy. Watch for details in coming issues of the Kitchener Citizen! Nominations will be accepted from January 4 to February 15.
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rustees of the Waterloo Region Public School Board elected Scott McMillan as Chair of the Board and Ted Martin as Vice-Chair at their inaugural meeting December 5. Trustee McMillan was first elected in 2014 to represent the townships of Woolwich and Wellesley. “Selecting a first term trustee as Chair signals that this board is ready to take on challenges,” said McMillan. “As trustees, we have good intentions and I believe in us individually and as a group. Nothing worthwhile is ever easy and I look forward to serving this board in the role
as chair as we implement our strategic plan.” Trustee Martin was first elected in 1997 and previously served as Chair in 2014. The Waterloo Region Public School Board Trustees are: Scott McMillan (Chairperson) Ted Martin (ViceChairperson) Colin Harrington (Cambridge/ North Dumfries) Andrea Mitchell (Cambridge/ North Dumfries) Cindy Watson (Cambridge/ North Dumfries) Mike Ramsay (Kitchener) Kathi Smith(Kitchener) Natalie Waddell (Kitchener)
Sidewalk clearing tips Clear the snow as soon as you can so a snowy sidewalk doesn’t become an icy one. Do not use salt or de-icers to melt snow. Sprinkle salt or de-icer on icy areas only and give it time to work. Create traction with non-clumping kitty litter or sand to reduce the potential to slip.
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Carol Millar (Waterloo/ Wilmot) John Hendry (Waterloo/ Wilmot) Kathleen Woodcock (Waterloo/Wilmot) *** Trustees of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board elected trustee Joyce Anderson (Kitchener/Wilmot) as Chair of the Board and trustee Wendy Price (Cambridge/North Dumfries) as Vice-Chair. Anderson, who was first elected in 2010, has served the last two years as Vice-Chair. Price was also first elected in 2010. The Waterloo Catholic District School Board Trustees are: Joyce Anderson (Kitchener/ Wilmot) Bill Conway (Cambridge/ North Dumfries) Manuel da Silva (Cambridge/ North Dumfries) Amy Fee (Kitchener/Wilmot) Jeanne Gravelle (Waterloo/ Wellesley/Woolwich) Wendy Price (Cambridge/ North Dumfries) Greg Reitzel (Kitchener/ Wilmot) Brian Schmalz (Kitchener/ Wilmot) Melanie Van Alphen ( Wa t e r l o o / We l l e s l e y / Woolwich) Joseph De Sousa and Samantha Lim (Student Trustees)
Grand Harmony Chorus auditions
Grand Harmony Chorus is hosting auditions for talented singers who want to find their voice and perform. Do you miss show or college choir? Do you crave more music in your life? Are you able to sing? Do you enjoy competition, performances and putting on theatrical productions? Grand Harmony will host an audition for all parts: bass, baritone, lead and tenor, on Tuesday, January 17th from 6pm to 7pm at Parkwood Mennonite Home, 726 New Hampshire Drive, Waterloo. An award-winning women’s a cappella chorus, Grand Harmony has won medals singing on stages across Kitchener-Waterloo to Michigan and beyond. Performers will audition in a stress-free, fun environment, and in traditional solo format. Sing a song of your choosing in a cappella format or with a karaoke track that you bring with you. If you pass the initial audition, you will be given one competition song to learn and be provided with the opportunity to observe at the chorus’s Competition Coaching session, Saturday January 14th.
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Representatives from ATS Automation Tooling Systems made a donation of $100,000 on behalf of their company to KidsAbility in Waterloo just before Christmas. KidsAbility helps children with special needs from across the Region of Waterloo. Submitted Photo
ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. donates $100,000 to KidsAbility clients) and reducing wait times by an estimated 3 months. An additional 10 percent of the funds will be allocated toward the Kids Can’t Wait campaign, which was created to support those areas of greatest need at KidsAbility (such as direct therapy for children). The last 5 percent of the donation will go toward Eye Gaze technology, a peripheral eye tracker that registers eye movements to replace a mouse or switch, allowing clients to navigate and control a desktop or laptop by using only their eyes. “It is a remarkable moment when we hear a child’s first word,” said Linda Kenny, chief executive officer of KidsAbility Centre for Child Development. “For children and youth with special needs, this moment may not come until many years later. Augmentative Communication Services at KidsAbility help children who have difficulty communicating verbally to find their voice through the use of speech generating devices and eye gaze technology to convey their ideas and dreams.
ACS empowers children and youth with special needs to live richer, more inclusive and independent lives. It is through the support of the incredible generosity of ATS that together we will help our children to unlock their own voice,” she explained. “We are truly grateful for the donation by ATS,” adds Lisa Talbot, executive director of KidsAbility Foundation. “The impact of this gift will be far-ranging, and our children and youth will benefit greatly.”
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TS Automation Tooling Systems (ATS) embraced the true spirit of giving this past Christmas season donating $100,000 to help KidsAbility and children and youth with special needs. “We are all thrilled to be in a position to support KidsAbility in delivering critical services to children and youth in Waterloo Region and Wellington County,” said Anthony Caputo, ATS chief executive officer. “The dedication of all involved with KidsAbility, including its staff, volunteers, and supporters, is inspirational. On behalf of ATS, and especially our 650 local employees, we are proud to support an organization whose sole purpose is to help children and youth reach their full potential through innovative programs and advanced technology.” The majority of the gift from ATS will go to KidsAbility’s Augmentative Communication Services (ACS), meeting projections of a 22 percent increase of children and youth served (approximately 47 more
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Calling all future leaders, decision makers and visionaries between the ages of 10 and 12 years old! What does your ideal city look like? We want to know what makes a city a great place to live. Tell Mayor Vrbanovic and members of council (in 250 words or less) how you would shape Kitchener for the future. Winners will participate in a live, televised council meeting on May 15, 2017 to debate a community-related topic and receive a tour of City Hall. As well, your report will be printed in an upcoming issue of the Kitchener Citizen! Reports are due by April 17, 2017 and can be emailed to email@example.com or dropped off at the Office of the Mayor and Council in City Hall, 200 King Street West (after business hours, please drop off at security desk.) A total of 11 reports will be chosen. All entries are the property of the City of Kitchener. Only the winners’ names, their age and reports will be published. For more information, call 519-741-2300. CAO_OMC_MyIdealCityAd_Jan17.indd 1
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PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Harold Albrecht MP for Kitchener-Conestoga
Community Church Listing
Community Church Listing St. Anthony Daniel - Catholic 29 Midland Drive, Kitchener (519) 893-6960 Pastor: Michael King Masses: Sat. 5:00pm; Sun. 8:30am and 10:30am
St. Anthony Daniel - Catholic St James’-Rosemount United 29 Midland Drive, Kitchener (519) 893-6960 171 Sherwood Ave., Kitchener (519) 742-1002 Pastor: Michael King 10:30amand 10:30am Masses: Sat. Sunday 5:00pm;Service: Sun. 8:30am
Lunch served following service on the third Sunday of every month. Nursery, Sunday School, Youth Group, Wed. Night Bible study
St James’-Rosemount United Temple-Pentecostal 171 Kitchener SherwoodGospel Ave., Kitchener (519) 742-1002 9 Conway Dr.Sunday (at RiverService: Rd), Kitchener (519) 894-5999 10:30am Lunch served followingSunday serviceService: on the10:30am third Sunday of every month. Mid-week activities for Youth all ages.Group, www.kitchenergospel.com Nursery, Sunday School, Wed. Night Bible study Kitchener East Presbyterian
Kitchener Gospel Temple-Pentecostal 10 Zeller Drive, Kitchener (519) 748-9786 9 Conway Dr.Reverend: (at River Mark Rd), Kitchener (519) 894-5999 S. Richardson SundayNursery Service:and 10:30am Sunday Service: 10:30am Sunday School provided Mid-week activities forThursdays all ages. www.kitchenergospel.com Sonshine Corner, from 9:00 - 11:00am Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Kitchener East Presbyterian 322 East AvenueDrive, (at Stirling), Kitchener 742-5812 10 Zeller Kitchener (519)(519) 748-9786 www.holycrosskitchener.org Reverend: Mark S. Richardson Sunday Service: (Sept. - June) 8:30am and 11am, (July-Aug.) 9:30am Sunday 9:45am Service:- Sunday 10:30am Nursery Sunday School, Youthand & Adult BibleSchool Classesprovided from 9:00 - 11:00am ChoirsSonshine - StephenCorner, MinistryThursdays - Youth Group - Beginnings (0 -3 years)
Holy CrossHope Evangelical Lutheran Lutheran 322 East30Avenue (atDrive Stirling), Kitchener (519) 742-5812 Shaftsbury Kitchener (519) 893-5290 Pastors: www.holycrosskitchener.org Rev. William Gillissie, Rev. William Chuol Sunday Service: (Sept.Service - June) 8:30am 11am,Worship (July-Aug.) 9:30am Worship Times: 10:00and am Family 9:45am - Sunday School, Youthin&theAdult Classes 1:00 pm Multicultural Worship NuerBible language Choirs - Stephen Ministry - Youth Group& -Bible Beginnings Sunday Morning Fellowship Study: (0 -3 years) 11:15 am Adult Bible Study Hope School Lutheran 11:15 am Sunday (JK –Grade 12)
30 Shaftsbury Drive Kitchener (519) 893-5290 Breslau Missionary ChurchChuol Pastors: Rev.Evangelical William Gillissie, Rev. William 102 Woolwich St., Breslau (519) 648-2712 Worship Service Times: Service: 10:00 am Family Worship SundayWorship 10:00am 1:00Children’ pm Multicultural Worship in the NuerGroups language s Ministry - Youth Ministry - Small All are welcome! Visit us at www.bemc.ca Sunday Morning Fellowship & Bible Study: 11:15 amPark Adult Bible Study Stanley Community Church 11:15 School (JK –Grade 12) 9 Dreger Ave.,am(atSunday Ottawa St.) Kitchener (519) 893-8186 www.stanleyparkchurch.ca
Breslau Evangelical Church Pastor: JohnMissionary Pearce Sunday and Kid’ ALL WELCOME! 102Service Woolwich St.,s Church: Breslau10:30am (519) 648-2712 SundayWorship Service: 10:00am Trinity UnitedMinistry Church - Small Groups Children’s Ministry - Youth 74 Frederick Street, Kitchener (519) 742-3578 All are welcome! Visit us at www.bemc.ca www.tuckitchener.org
Sunday Service: 10:00am Church School and Nursery care provided. Stanley Park Community Church Sunday Hymn Sing: 10:00am (1st Sunday of month)
9 Dreger Ave., (at Ottawa St.) Kitchener (519) 893-8186 www.stanleyparkchurch.ca Pastor: John Pearce Sunday Service and Kid’s Church: 10:30am ALL WELCOME!
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1335 Ottawa St. N Kitchener ottawaheritagedental.ca MPP for Kitchener-Centre John P Rush, B.Sc., D.D.S. John S Cameron, D.D.S. xperts have identified climate change gas emissions at theIrish lowest possibleM.Sc.. cost. D.D.S. Malapitan, as one of the greatest threats facing the Alternative schemes, such as a B.Sc., Carbon Tax, Gino Gizzerelli, Phm, world today. From increased extreme weather were also considered. After criticizing our Cap D.D.S., M.Sc. (Dental Anesthesia) events causing droughts, damage to our homes and Trade plan, without any plan for reducing and infrastructure, the result is higher food costs carbon emissions, Conservative leader Patrick and insurance rates. We can no longer ignore the Brown recently announced his party’s support for 1335 OttawaaSt. N Kitchener ottawaheritagedental.ca fact that the planet is warming because of human Carbon Tax. According to EnviroEconomics, activity. calculations show the Conservative scheme Last fall, the federal government announced its would actually cost households $50 a month. commitment to put a price on carbon. Already, That’s four times more than the government’s British Columbia, Alberta, and Quebec have estimated $13 a month under Cap and Trade. implemented climate control initiatives. Action What’s more, Cap and Trade will see an is no longer a choice for us here in Ontario, but estimated net greenhouse gas reduction of an imperative. 18.42 million tonnes by 2020, whereas the The critical question we need to ask ourselves Conservative plan would only see 12.7 million is…“What are we going to do about it?” tonnes reduced in the same time period. This isn’t a simple question. Despite positive After California introduced its own Cap and job growth we’ve seen in Ontario over the past Trade program, its economy grew at a pace that few years, some people are still struggling. Any exceeded the rest of the U.S. economy. With action we take must be mindful of that. almost 3.3 per cent growth in the number of As part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action jobs in the first year and a half of its program, Plan, the Cap and Trade program is designed to California showed the world that Cap and Trade respect the needs of Ontarians, with the objective can be an effective model for both reducing of decreasing carbon emissions. emissions and supporting a healthy economy. The concept is simple. We put a cap on carbon Growing a low carbon economy – producing emissions, and companies that produce more and selling energy efficient furnaces, water pollution pay a penalty. The funds collected are heaters, windows, doors, roofs, cars, etc. – then returned to you to make your home more creates a profitable energy future. Just ask the energy efficient. Businesses can take advantage 40,000 people now working in Ontario’s green of clean-tech options. The plan supports electric tech sector. vehicles and public transit. While there are some costs related to reducing Leading economics and environmental policy our carbon emissions, the cost of doing nothing group EnviroEconomics has weighed in on this is much greater. Cap and Trade is how we’re debate, stating that Cap and Trade is the most going to ensure a healthy future with the least effective policy for Ontario to reduce greenhouse impact on households today.
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PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Marwan Tabbara MP for Kitchener South—Hespeler
irst, I would like to offer my best wishes to all the residents of Kitchener South—Hespeler. I hope 2017 is a healthy and prosperous year for everyone. In the year ahead, I look forward to continuing to engage with the residents of my riding about issues that matter to our community. This year also marks Canada’s 150th year since Confederation and I very much look forward to joining in the celebrations to mark this momentous occasion. For more information on Canada 150 visit: https://twitter. com/canada150th and https://www.facebook. com/canada150th While the summer may seem to be in the distant future, I want to dedicate my column to the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program. CSJ is a federal government initiative that strengthens local economies and communities across Canada. Each year, Canada Summer Jobs helps employers create valuable summer job opportunities for full-time students aged 15-30 years old. CSJ provides funding for not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with up to 50 employees. Not-for-
profit employers can receive up to 100 percent of the provincial/territorial minimum hourly wage as well as employment-related costs. Public-sector employers and small businesses can receive up to 50 percent of the provincial/ territorial minimum hourly wage. In 2016, Kitchener South—Hespeler received approximately half a million dollars of funding for the Canada Summer Jobs Program. This money provided 165 summer jobs for full-time students in our riding! This funding provides a beneficial opportunity for both employers and students. While employers benefit from acquiring extra help during the summer months, students gain valuable workplace skills and experience. This year, applications from employers are being accepted online until January 20, 2017 with students starting their jobs as early as April 2017. For more information on CSJ, including the eligibility criteria and application guide, visit Canada.ca/Canada-summer-jobs, a Service Canada Office, or by calling 1-800-935-5555.
irst I would like to take a moment to wish you all a Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed a safe and happy holiday season with friends and family. 2017 is an exciting year for our country – it marks Canada’s 150th birthday. Throughout the year there will be many special events held across our Region and across the country to help celebrate this milestone occasion. Congratulations to Perimeter Institute’s The Power of Ideas exhibit and to THEMUSEUM’s Quantum exhibit that were selected to tour the country as part of the Canada150 celebrations! For more information on Canada 150 celebrations please visit: www.Canada150.ca Canada was recently named the #1 country to visit in 2017 by the New York Times, in part due to our Canada150 celebrations. As part of these celebrations, all admission fees are waived for Canada’s National Parks. I encourage everyone to get out and explore some of the spectacular natural beauty Canada has to offer. The Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program creates summer job opportunities and valuable work experience for full-time students aged 15 to 30 years old. Last year our government doubled the funding for this program, providing 77,000
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summer jobs for youth nationwide. Here in the riding of Kitchener Centre, 209 young people were employed with local businesses and nonprofit organizations through the Canada Summer Jobs program. The application deadline for employers who wish to apply for the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program is January 20th, 2017. Employers approved for CSJ funding will be able to hire students as early as April 2017. For more information please visit www.ServiceCanada. gc.ca/csj or call 1-800-9355555. Everyone deserves a place to call home. Access to sustainable, affordable housing is one of the biggest challenges facing Canadians both here in Kitchener and across the country. Our government recognizes the importance of a National Housing Strategy and is moving forward to address this need through infrastructure investments. In November
2016, the government released a report summarizing the feedback we received through the nationwide consultation process held earlier in 2016. This data will be invaluable as we proceed with creating a National Housing Strategy to address this complex issue. I was very pleased to host a pre-budget consultation last month, in December 2016, with my colleague MP Marwan Tabbara. The meeting was well attended and provided thoughtful, positive feedback on a broad cross section of our local and national economy. I look forward to continuing this dialogue with you and advocating for my community with the Minister of Finance and my colleagues in Ottawa. My staff and I are here to assist you with any federal matter you may have or to answer questions and discuss issues that are important to you. You can reach us at 519-7412001 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Five individuals and one organization honoured with 2016 City Builder Awards
Five individuals and one community organization are the recipients of the City of Kitchener’s 2016 Mayor’s City Builder Awards for their volunteerism and service to the community. The 2016 City Builder Award winners are: Don Bourgeois Don Bourgeois has been active in municipal strategic planning, arts and culture, and economic development in Waterloo Region for 40 years. He volunteers countless hours to local organizations and civic committees such as the KW Art Gallery, KW Symphony and Compass Kitchener. A retired Barrister & Solicitor, a prolific writer and a former editor of The Philanthropist/Le Philanthropie, a free online journal for practitioners, academics, supporters and others engaged in the non-profit sector in Canada. He is a Principal of Gaming & Regulation Group Inc. and has a private practice of law. As president of JM Drama Alumni he has guided the organization though many successful years of community theatre and in 2000 spearheaded a project that resulted in the creation of The Registry Theatre, a 166seat theatre in the heart of downtown Kitchener that was formerly the Land Registry Office. An active arts hub, The Registry has supported and encouraged the development of countless artists in the region, and is a model for a successful small-scale rental venue as well as for mutually beneficial partnership with the municipality. In addition to volunteering his time to charitable organizations across Kitchener, he is the recipient of several awards and honours, including The Amethyst Award for Outstanding Achievement by Ontario Public Servants, AMS/ John Hodgson Award in recognition of his leadership, development of the law and service in the charitable arena, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Don’s work to establish the Registry Theatre not only created a vibrant small venue arts hub, it established a model for partnership between the city and small non-profit arts organizations that can be of tremendous use to this community as progress is made on plans for arts and cultural development. Behind the scenes, Don is the go-to guy for advice on governance, strategic planning, and matters pertaining to policy, having quite literally written the book on non-profit law in Canada (The Law of Charitable and Not-for-Profit Organizations, currently in its 5th edition). Through Createscape Waterloo Region, a charity Don founded, he supports education of the public for visual arts and for music, along with promoting efficiency and effectiveness of charities involved with the arts through programs relating to audience development, networking and similar activities. Nadia Muhammad Nadia Muhammad arrived in Kitchener from Pakistan in 2013, and has been heavily involved in the community ever since. In the fall of 2013 at the AGM she volunteered to be a member at large of the
Victoria Hills Neighbourhood Association and quickly took on multiple responsibilities including helping with the banking and much of the programming. She was elected vice president of VHNA and took the role of acting president when the president took a leave of absence. In her broad capacity with the VHNA, Nadia is a respected leader. She has taken on progressively challenging leadership roles where her spirit of joyfulness, openness and inclusivity has shone through. She has led in organizing and ensuring successful cultural celebrations at the community centre including the annual Diwali celebration, Eid and Christmas parties. She has also taken a leadership role in connecting with the “Our Stories – Let’s Connect” program being held at the centre, and has represented the association at the Lemonade Stand Neighbourhood Strategy session. Nadia’s spirit of volunteerism and community building followed her from her native Pakistan where she was born in the small village of Madina Syedan in Gujrat. She has always been driven to bring people together by creating support systems to deal with local issues. Her entry into social services began early as a grade 7 student. Seeing a need, Nadia started teaching children in her village who could not afford to go to school or who needed some extra support in their studies. Her educational and professional career took her to different cities in Pakistan, but wherever she went she continued teaching children from less privileged families. After earning her Masters Degree in Psychology from the Government College, Lahore, University of the Punjab, Nadia started her career as a school teacher. Simultaneously, she worked with different not-for-profit organizations as an independent facilitator in parenting skills. She is always keen to connect with people and the barriers of language and cultural backgrounds do not prevent her from it. She speaks four languages and smiles in all of them. When she cannot speak a language, she is happy to speak with gestures or signs. She always finds a way to connect. After arriving in Kitchener in 2013 and settling in, the first thing Nadia did was to look for the local community center to see how she could be of assistance. Dr. Mike Stephenson Dr. Mike Stephenson is passionate about refugee medicine. Opening Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre (SRHC) in 2013 he has become the “go to” person among service providers and organizations supporting refugee newcomers, Dr. Stephenson also works closely with Public Health and the Canadian Mental Health Association. Dr. Stephenson moved to the Region of Waterloo in 2012 when his wife took an academic appointment at the University of Waterloo. As a young doctor with a passion for refugee medicine, he immediately recognized a gap in services for refugee newcomers. In April 2013, he opened Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre one afternoon each week
with 6 patients and quickly moved to offering primary health care two evenings a week from the library in St. Mark’s Lutheran Church on King Street in Kitchener. A few months later SRHC moved to premises at 687 King Street West and welcomed patients two days each week. As of October 2016, the clinic roster lists more than 1500 patients and is open four days each week to any refugee newcomer or refugee claimant. It is the only primary health care clinic specializing in the needs of refugee newcomers in Kitchener, which has welcomed more than 1200 refugee newcomers since January 2016. “Dr. Mike” is wellknown and recognized throughout the community by patients and other service providers alike. Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre, under his direction and leadership, has been at the forefront of the welcome given to the large number of refugee newcomers arriving from Syria and elsewhere in 2016. SRHC staff provided nursing assessment and advice to government sponsored refugees at the temporary housing site established at Howard Johnsons; privately sponsored refugees were offered two initial assessment appointments at SRHC. Many of the refugee newcomers with the most complex and chronic health care needs are now on the clinic roster. Dr. Stephenson is intimately involved in Immigration Partnership and collaborates, in partnership with Reception House, the Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support, the Welcome Home program of Ray of Hope, the Canadian Mental Health Association and the Kitchener-Waterloo Multi-Cultural Centre, in seeking to afford refugee newcomers the sort of care and support that will set them on the path to prosperity. Dr. Stephenson is a resource to other Family Practitioners in the City and the region and offers support to many individual and group sponsors who have committed to supporting refugee newcomers. Raised in Ottawa, Stephenson graduated with a BSc in biology from University of Guelph He took his medical education at Queens and developed a passion for refugee medicine during his residency in Montreal. While working with the Access Alliance Multi-Cultural Health and Community Services in Toronto, he recognized a gap in services for refugee newcomers in Waterloo Region and took the initiative to fill that gap. At SRHC patients are assured of culturally sensitive and knowledgeable treatment and may converse in their own language; they find patient assistance with accessing systems, filling out forms and advocacy where appropriate. Dr. Stephenson leads a team of health care professionals and others, mostly volunteers, including students from both local universities where he teaches occasionally. He truly “cares” for his patients and goes the second mile in the tradition of the best family doctors. At the same time, he works closely with Public Health, the Canadian Mental Health Association and local hospitals to provide
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City Builder Awards...from previous page evidence that early and comprehensive interventions limit visits to Emergency Rooms as well as reduce distress and long term disability for refugee newcomers. Kitchener-Waterloo is considered a show piece in the welcome given to the recent influx of refugee newcomers. Many agree that Dr. Stephenson is at the centre of that picture for without his commitment and the services of Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre, the region would not be heralded in this way. Dr. Stephenson and his wife live in Waterloo with their young children. Brooke Robinson Brooke Robinson is an advocate for the community and passionate about creating stronger neighbourhoods. Ten years ago when the neighbourhood was new, Robinson reached out to neighbours to gather ideas and plan events in Tremaine Park. This was the start of connecting neighbours and having great neighbourhood events. She has led the planning for Easter Egg Hunts, Summer Family Barbecues and Earth Day Clean Ups. This summer’s BBQ raised $2066 for the Grand River Hospital Foundation. This was made possible by Brooke getting sponsors from neighbourhood businesses like RBC, PharmaSave, Subway, Lackner Woods Dental, and a food sponsor in Piller’s. Her family donated the first outdoor ping pong table in Kitchener to Tremaine Park and it has become a source of neighbourhood fun and gets lots of use. She and her husband, Scott, worked with city councillors and staff to make sure all safety concerns were met and the right location was chosen. Brooke created a Facebook page to communicate with neighbours. Her home is the gathering place for planning events. She also serves on the city’s Neighbourhood Strategy committee. What she has already done in her neighbourhood has given the Neighbourhood Strategy some great ideas to share. Her insight and experience have been a huge benefit to the Committee. Brooke has also led the neighbourhood group in advocating for the building of the new Chicopee Hills School. She presented the ideas and concerns of the neighbourhood and has attended council and committee meetings pertaining to the building and design of the school and the site plan. She also serves on the parent council at Lackner Woods Public school where she helps plan school activities, and has communicated concerns the school has to local councillor Dave Schnider about school crossing safety issues. She also created a new teacher’s award in the city to recognize outstanding teachers. Her son Colin created Colin’s Toy Drive to collect toys for the Women’s Crisis Centre. She has supported his efforts by driving him to sponsors and to pick up and deliver the toys. It has grown so well that this year the Salvation Army will share the toys collected with the Women’s Crisis Centre. Warren Stauch Warren Stauch is a member of the Christkindl Market organizing committee; chair of the Waterloo Region Heritage Foundation, and executive of the Auditorium Neighbourhood Association. He was also project co-leader in the implementation of the pavilion project in Knollwood Park, and volunteers as director of business for the St. Mary’s Hospital volunteer association and with Joke Junction at Grand River Hospital. Building our city at a grass routes level and creating a sense of belonging is what Warren Stauch has been doing his entire
Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic address the crowd during the 2016 City of Kitchener New Year’s Levee held at City Hall January 8. The levee included children’s games and craft table, door prizes, free food, a demonstraion of sledge hockey by the KW Sidewinders, a performance by jazz singer Tim Louis and ended with a sing-a-long of Auld Lang Syne. life. His may well be the first face to greet many visitors when they are investigating moving to our community as a doctor, an academic or high tech entrepreneur. Warren conducts familiarization tours for the Chamber, the local universities and both hospitals. According to Dr. Ken Shonk, Warren “....has really been the driving force in organizing meetings, training the volunteers and in manning the actual services of the project. ‘Joke Junction’ would not have existed without his help and enthusiasm.” In 2016, when Rockway Mennonite Church congregation was preparing to move, Martina C. Steiger states that Warren’s outreach to their congregation helped connect them to their new community by bringing local history and architecture to life. A natural leader since his high school days as a student and later as faculty member at ECI, Warren has a talent for involving others and inspiring them. He was an active member of the organizing committee for the school’s 40th, 50th, and 60th reunions. John Ryrie, former President of OSSTF, remembers that “Warren always exhibited an infectious enthusiasm along with his pragmatic thoughtfulness, both of which did much to strengthen a sense of community among the educators in our high schools in Kitchener and beyond.” People are what fascinate Warren. Local heritage and geography are his passions. Warren is a long standing member of the GRCA’s Heritage Working Group which was instrumental in securing the designation of the Grand River as a Heritage River in 1994. Not only is the variety of his involvement noteworthy but many of these volunteer activities span a period of decades. Reception House Reception House welcomes government-assisted refugees through a number of programs and services to make their new life in Canada a success. Since the federal government announced a commitment to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees within Canada just over a year ago, Reception House has settled more than 1,000 government-assisted refugees in the region. In addition to providing temporary housing, and
home placement services, it also provides additional programs and services throughout the first year of the refugee’s arrival including: • Client Support Services that connect the refugees to resources and services within our community that they need to settle into their new life • A Life Skills Program that assists clients arriving from rural communities and refugee camps to learn to use modern amenities and live independently • The Refugee Health Clinic provides their clients with the opportunity to see a physician within one week of their arrival • A Youth Program that helps young refugees face a number of challenges such as learning a new language and education system, making new friends and creating a balance between the cultural expectations of their parents and competing expectations of their new Canadian friends. This organization has helped to create a more diverse community that offers the opportunity to learn about many different cultures, while also offering a better life for the newcomers to the City of Kitchener. They have access to services such as Health Care that were very limited or non-existent to them because they were living in refugee camps. The services and programs provided by Reception House ensure that newcomers have a better opportunity for integrating into the community. The Life Skills Program also teaches refugees how to use kitchen appliances safely, and how to use plumbing and sanitation systems. While Reception House has always provided these services and programs to newcomers, it has never had to provide these services to so many refugees all at once within a short time frame. In November 2015, the federal government announced a commitment to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada through government sponsorship. With only six resettlement sites in Ontario, Kitchener was predicted to receive 850 refugees within a few months. This exceeded the yearly intake of refugees by over 250 per cent. In addition to dealing with an increase in numbers for finding temporary housing and permanent housing, the organization was also dealing with larger-sized famllies and major language barriers, which made providing services more difficult. Between December 2015 and April 2016 Reception House assisted about 824 government assisted refugees (819 of whom have found permanent housing in Kitchener) and 78 partially government assisted refugees and anticipated a further 300 to 400 refugees to arrive before the end of 2016. While the nomination recognized all Reception House staff, it was noted in the nomination forms that “we should not overlook the contributions by Bert Lobe, the Executive Director of Reception House. When the Waterloo Region Syrian Refugee Resettlement Preparedness Plan was developed he also co-chaired the Refugee Resettlement Steering Committee. As co-chair he gave the much needed sense of confidence to all the other participants, he reminded that the function that Reception House provides was not new and it was what it does every day. it was only the magnitude that was new. He was confident in the fact that it could continue to provide the services even with the amount of anticipated arrivals, to ensure that this community could successfully integrate the newcomers and provide a more diverse community for the City of Kitchener and its residents.” Recipients were recognized at the mayor and council’s New Year’s Levee on January 8 at Kitchener City Hall.
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THE KITCHENER CITIZEN OPINION PAGE LETTER TO THE EDITOR
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limate change is an issue that we as a species need to Dear Carrie Debrone, come together andKitchener solve. Citizen (east edition) and found it I was pleased to get your There is no super to save us from our self-created quite informative and Ihero thankcoming you for it. I just or reada your short ready article regarding the natural gas rates going down doom, miracle to drastically change our immediate for residential customers. future and make everything okay. Within the last century our sea You write that Kitchener Utilities have a 2,100 cubic meter average use levels have risen 17 centimeters Inches), rate within the annually for its residential customers.(6.7 I still have an the imperial gas meter, last decade is double what it was within that century. Meaning which shows the consumption in cubic feet. I have never been able to read millions willmatter, be without homereaders as kilometers anda even theameter seem to have that meter of andpeople as for that problem withof it as well.will Whybeelse would the city issue a billunder in the amount kilometers land completely submerged water, of $452? of us. because My had been $222.16. February, $295.79, I already sat TheJanuary globalbill temperatures are rising every year, there in turn creating up and took notice, but then excused it by, the winter being especially harsh. more health because of us.bill, I knew that something was very However, whenrisks, I received my March wrong. I called the Utility Office and was asked to take a piece of paper and a pen and read the meter myself. To this request I replied that I did not know how to read the imperial meterJack and aside from that, it wasn't my job. You don’t know Jack...by Nahrgang The lady I talked to was very nice and agreed to send somebody out to do
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2017: A year to celebrate, not denigrate
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ell, it’s the third week of January. How’s your New Year’s resolution holding up? Still hitting the gym? Or that vow to cut back on spending? I mean, how exactly DID you pay for that fitness membership? Fear not, for if you are already dreading resolution I’ve got all-purpose As a relatively new arrival failure, in Kitchener I've an been exploring app the to help you safely navigate 2017’s perilous shoals of integrity photographic arts opportunities here and first impressions are very encouraging. It's justcalled not justTwitbit. in the tech side of quality that the community commitment. It’s should judged. thriving Arts similarities community usually does well. can Yes, bethe app Adoes bear to Fitbit, butThiswith not always be measured in the financial spectrum as the living standard two additional enhancements. First, Twitbit moves beyond expectations of artists are remarkably low. improving well-being; aims to enhancedriving your We don't your want physical that two bedroom houseit within convenient mental, political Second, instead of a digital course or mall.vows. Speaking as one of those underfunded distance societal, to the golf and readout, Twitbit comes with an you intelligent independent art producers i'll tell I've livedpersonal in some assistant. very bad conditions to be close to my working environment. example being And whilejust you might immediately think of theAnsilky tones of when living in my various illegal Toronto warehouse studios many years Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri, Twitbit’s audio assistant is before they were condoized. eerily similar to Howard Wolowitz’s late mother on TV’s Big There are basically two reasons for artists to be in an area. A slightly Bang Theory. And you’ll that voice, if necessity truly or is compact arts community withneed low rents and thefor availability of galleries the mother of invention, then 2016’s all to I haveevents noticedwill that cause there isus a vibrant venues to showcase the art produced. theatre here thatinnone the Here’s less is going look fornetwork our mommas 2017. why.through hard times. The music scene is really good with a solid choice of localmedia talent that is well On January 20th, a man possessing a social addiction publicized by a few local free publications. Radio generally follows the that rivalscorprock any teenager’s will be sworn in as the president standard but the University of Waterloo has45th an outstanding of the United States. Whether you’re a fan or afeared, few will community station. disagree Trump’s caused The hugethat poolDonald of university studentscampaign to draw frombehaviour for a vocal audience and with some todisposable cash helps keeping vibrant2017 everyone be distracted. Andinthat begs the an cities important enthusiastic. The number of professional artists is still small enough so that question: if Candidate Trump caused such deep divisions in they know one another. society, President Trump begrowth a year-long dumpster fire that We arewill quickly seeing astounding in the digital imaging promises sap our resolve? industry.to Fortunately, as a photographer who has been working in digital because you’ve got Twitbit. forNo, years it helps me integrate my own work into video, 3D, web,
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s the new year turns, we’re into the final stretch of 2017 budget deliberations. As a resident of Kitchener, you have lots of opportunities to be part of this process, and to provide input. By getting involved, you can assist council and staff to put your utility and tax dollars to work where you want to see them spent. Save these dates, review the budget content online at www.kitchener. ca/citybudget or www.kitchener.ca/ budget2017, and join us in council chambers or online via webstream at www.kitchener.ca to listen to the discussion on these dates: • Jan. 16: Public input session, 7 p.m. • Jan. 23: Final budget day, 9:30 a.m. During final budget day, council will set the budgets for all city services, as well as funding provided to other organizations. During these deliberations, council will consider
Budget Highlights the balance between affordable rate increases, and sustaining valued service levels. Kitchener continues to be one of the most affordable cities in the province, enjoying among the lowest combined tax and utility cost of Ontario’s largest cities. Things you should know about the 2017 budget 1. The proposed tax-supported budget gives citizens what they’ve asked for, by maintaining services levels at a tax levy increase equal to the rate of inflation: The proposed net tax levy increase of 1.75 per cent equals the rate of inflation, amounting to an additional $19 per year, or $1.58 per month on the average Kitchener home (assessed at $291,000). 2. The proposed utility budgets include substantial increased investments in utility infrastructure: The proposed increases in water,
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sanitary sewer and stormwater are a combined 9.3 per cent. This level of increase is driven by the need to replace large amounts of capital infrastructure that are at the end of life (e.g., roads, water and sewer pipes) and also implement a proactive maintenance program. Proactive maintenance will extend the life of capital infrastructure and reduce costs in the long run. The rates also cover increases to the cost of water supply and sewage processing passed along by the Region of Waterloo. Water, sewer and stormwater utility rate increases amount to an additional $98 a year, or a combined monthly impact of $8.15.
3. More than half of the proposed total increase in Kitchener rates is attributed to other levels of government: Cost increases controlled by the Region of Waterloo (water supply and sewage processing costs) and Province of Ontario (natural gas cap-and-trade charges) are responsible for 52 per
4. Like other Ontario municipalities, Kitchener is increasingly exposed to rising Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB) costs: In recent years, the provincial government has changed WSIB legislation, specifically as it relates to coverage for firefighters for presumptive illness, like cancer and post-traumatic stress disorders. The city maintains a WSIB reserve to help offset the cost of claims, but the reserve requires a multiyear solution to respond to a growing liability for WSIB costs. The proposed budget contains options to increase funding to the WSIB reserve with no additional increase to property taxes. You can connect with us by calling 519-741-2200 x7700; emailing email@example.com or following the discussion on social media @ CityKitchener or #kitbudget and facebook.com/CityofKitchener
Where do your tax $ go?
You expect safe, clean and reliable water every time you turn on the tap, and dependable removal of wastewater. Kitchener is committed to delivering just that. To do this, though, the city must take a multi-year approach to funding aging infrastructure.
32% goes to the City of Kitchener to provide programs and services.
As part of the 2017 Kitchener budget process, the City of Kitchener is reviewing water, sanitary sewer and stormwater utility rates, and measuring them against a long-term approach to funding maintenance and infrastructure replacement. As a result the proposed 9.3 per cent increase to utility rates for 2017 will have a combined monthly impact of about $8.15. This includes a proposed 7.6 per cent increase to water rates; a 10.8 per cent increase for sewer rates, and a 9.2 per cent increase to stormwater rates.
cent of the proposed total tax and utility rate increase in the 2017 City of Kitchener budget.
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68% goes to the school boards and Region of Waterloo.
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The rate increases also include the Region of Waterloo’s costs, and are largely due to substantial and sustained pressures beyond the city’s control, including: • Aging infrastructure; • Declining water consumption; • Regional rate increases for water and sanitary; • Strict legislative requirements. For more information about 2017 utility rates, including videos, please go to www.kitchener.ca/utilityrates2017 n
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Youth Video Competition
Council discussed how the city will improve the way it engages with the public on Jan 9.
Young filmmakers wanted! The City of Kitchener and Kitchener Public Library are offering three $300 cash prizes in two age categories – 12-17 and 18-25 – for youth to showcase an original short film and animations. Plus, up to 10 honourable mentions will be awarded. The deadline for submissions is March 31. Winning short original videos will be showcased at the Central Library Theatre on Saturday, April 29 at 2 p.m. For guidelines and formats, please see www.kitchener.ca/youthvideocomp Living Well Expo The Mayor’s Advisory Council for Kitchener Seniors (MACKS) is launching a new initiative called the Living Well Expo, a new showcase of the many opportunities available in the city for older adults to maintain active, healthy lifestyles in Kitchener. On Saturday, May 27, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., MACKS’ inaugural “one-stop-shop” for adults 55+ will be held in the rotunda at Kitchener City Hall. The Living Well Expo will feature several speakers and demonstrations that focus on healthy aging as well as information on local programs and services that keep seniors connected to the community, active and staying in their home longer! Hiring now for summer jobs Postings are now open for summer employment with the City of Kitchener. If you know a motivated, energetic youth, the city is now hiring for positions in youth services, summer camps, inclusion services and sports instruction, full and part-time summer employment. There are more than 150 rewarding job opportunities for youth ages 15-24 for summer programs offered by the city, working with children and youth with the city’s community services department. It’s a great way to develop leadership, problem-solving and collaboration skills. Training is provided to all successful applicants. Position descriptions and applications deadlines and other information are online at www.kitchener.ca/hiringnow or by calling 519-741-2225 or TTY 1-866969-9995. The majority of postings have application deadlines of Jan. 31, 2017. Family Day fun - Feb. 20 In the depths of winter, in that long period of time between New Year’s Day and Easter, you need a rest – what better way than with your family? There are a number of events happening throughout the city this year. Visit www.kitchener.ca/familyday for a full listing. Winter scavenger hunt On Saturday, Jan. 14, 1 p.m., at Huron Natural Area, come with a camera in hand to explore the winter woods to see how many things you can find on a scavenger hunt list. Come dressed for the weather! Note: Bathrooms are not available in the winter months. Meet at the play area.
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ouncillors meet regularly at standing committee and council meetings to discuss and make decisions on issues facing the city and its residents. Typically the process begins with a report generated by city staff, which in most cases, provides recommendations that are to be
considered by the standing committee most closely related to the matter at hand.
are then compiled as a report which is submitted to city council at their next meeting for final approval.
Councillors use the standing-committee meetings to discuss and debate an issue, and either adopt, amend, defeat or defer the related recommendations. The decisions of a standing committee
Some of the reports coming forward in January and February are highlighted below.
Neighbourhood Strategy (Feb. 13)
For the full agendas, see the calendar at www.kitchener.ca
Community engagement review An engaged city brings people together for conversations to address issues that impact them, to solve shared problems, and to bring about positive social change. It involves people in the decision-making process, encourages two-way dialogue with the city and helps us to make decisions that are more informed and reflective of our citizens concerns and values. On Jan. 9, councillors discussed recommendations coming out of the city’s first comprehensive review of its public engagement practices, processes and policies that will help us achieve our goal of building a community where the public is engaged and active in decision making about local issues. These recommendations will improve the ways in which citizens can participate in the decisions that impact them and make it easy for anyone to join the conversation. There are 16 recommendations that propose better internal collaboration and coordination of engagement initiatives, new staff training, developing strategies to reach people who don’t typically get involved, new tools and processes intended to improve consistency and reporting back to the public. The recommendations were developed following an extensive consultation with staff, council and the public. The full report and recommendations can be found at www.kitchener.ca/ communityengagement. Who we talked to • Mayor and council through individual interviews; • 100+ city staff through 25 discussions and two workshops;
Also on Jan. 9, staff presented the city’s first community-based tech strategy called Digital Kitchener – a commitment to build a city that is connected, innovative, on-demand and inclusive. Based on the “smart city” concept, Digital Kitchener is more than a strategic document with guiding principles and actions. It’s about transformation and a vision to harness the power of digital technology to create a smart, modern city. Smart cities use technology and creative solutions improve service delivery, reduce costs and resource consumption, attract knowledge and build innovative clusters. Several initiatives to expand the city’s digital infrastructure are already underway. Citywide internet speed testing will identify areas that require new infrastructure. The installation of new LED lights with smart sensors will reduce electrical consumption and costs. Expanded WiFi access at city facilities will make information more accessible and convenient.
• 100+ citizens through two community workshops and discussions with 11 advisory committees;
Digital Kitchener is about more than tech. It’s a commitment to connect citizens with each other, their surroundings and their government through the power of digital tools.
• 500+ responses received through EngageKitchener;
To read the strategy, please go to www.kitchener.ca/digitalkitchener.
• Hundreds of citizens engaged through street teams and events.
Kitchener’s first-ever Neighbourhood Strategy is nearly complete! The strategy has emerged from nearly 4,000 hours of conversations with more than 5,000 people. There are 18 action items in three themes: Great Places, Connected People, Working Together. The strategy supports resident-led neighbourhood ideas that are fun and easy to do. Some examples include creating community gardens, painting crosswalks, hosting street parties, and lots more. Find out more at www.kitchener.ca/lovemyhood.
Fire Master Plan (Feb. 13) The City of Kitchener’s new Fire Master Plan is set to guide the Kitchener Fire Department for the next five years. The plan focuses on aligning service levels and priorities with the community’s expectations and ensuring the community is safe. The plan is based on the three lines of defense framework from the Ontario Fire Marshal’s office: 1) public education and fire prevention; 2) fire standards and code enforcement; 3) emergency response. The plan will also provide clear direction with respect to future needs, maintenance of existing facilities and services and how to prioritize resources to most effectively benefit this growing and diverse community.
Celebrating Outstanding People in Kitchener A s a city, Kitchener thrives because of the many citybuilders who are committed to our city through charitable work, acts of kindness and compassion and community-fostering activities. And there are so many groups and events that also strengthen and benefit our community. Take a look at some of the people who make Kitchener #awesome, and some of the ways we celebrate our community builders.
City Builder Award winners
Five individuals and one community organization are the recipients of the City of Kitchener’s 2016 Mayor’s City Builder Awards for their volunteerism and service to the community: Don Bourgeois has been active in municipal strategic planning, arts and culture, and economic development in Waterloo Region for 40 years. He volunteers countless hours to local organizations and civic committees such as the KW Art Gallery, KW Symphony and Compass Kitchener. Nadia Muhammad arrived in Kitchener from Pakistan in 2013, and has been heavily involved in the community ever since. She was elected vice president of the Victoria Hills Neighbourhood Association in 2015, and has led successful cultural celebrations at the community centre, including Diwali and Eid.
Senior of the Year Award
Nominations open Feb. 1 for Kitchener’s Senior of the Year Award. The Province of Ontario offers each municipality in Ontario the opportunity to honour one outstanding recipient who, after the age of 65, has enriched the social, cultural or civic life of his or her community. The recipient is selected by a panel of city staff, volunteers and members of council. Kitchener’s recipient will be awarded the honour on Saturday, May 27 during the Living Well Expo.
For 49 years, the Athletic Awards have celebrated many of this city’s and country’s finest amateur athletes, and the coaches who have inspired and motivated them to excellence. The awards recognize local athletes who have won a provincial or national championship, and those who won gold, silver or bronze at an international championship. “Local athletes spend countless hours
Now taking heritage grant applications The city’s heritage grants are open to residents who own property that is designated under the Ontario Heritage Act, including individual properties and properties located in one of the city’s four heritage conservation districts. Grants are available to cover up to half the cost of eligible projects, to a maximum of $3,000. Applications are due March 31. For more information, visit www.kitchener.ca/heritagefunding Tales & Trails discovery walks
Dr. Mike Stephenson (not pictured) is passionate about refugee medicine, opening Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre in 2013; the centre is staffed mostly by volunteer health care professionals, and served more than 1,500 refugees with complex and chronic needs in 2016. The “go to” person among service providers and organizations supporting refugee newcomers, Dr. Stephenson also works closely with Public Health and the Canadian Mental Health Association. Brooke Robinson is an advocate for the community and passionate about creating stronger neighbourhoods. She leads activities and gatherings, such as Easter egg hunts, summer family barbecues and Earth Day clean-ups in her neighbourhood, Tremaine Park. She is a member of the Neighbourhood Strategy project team and her family donated the first outdoor ping pong table in Kitchener to Tremaine Park.
Warren Stauch is a member of the Christkindl Market organizing committee; chair of the Waterloo Region Heritage Foundation, and executive of the Auditorium Neighbourhood Association. He was also project co-leader in the implementation of the pavilion project in Knollwood Park, and volunteers as director of business for the St. Mary’s Hospital volunteer association and with Joke Junction at Grand River Hospital. Reception House welcomes governmentassisted refugees through a number of programs and services to make their new life in Canada a success. Since the federal government announced a commitment to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees within Canada just over a year ago, Reception House has settled more than 1,000 government-assisted refugees in the region. Recipients were recognized at the mayor and council’s New Year’s Levee on Jan. 8.
Nominate a local athlete online by Jan. 12, and the event will be on March 21.
The Kitchener Youth Action Council (KYAC) celebrates and recognizes the talents and contributions of young people aged 14-24 in our community at an annual awards ceremony at city hall. You can influence a young person’s life by taking a few minutes to complete an online nomination form and recognize the contributions they’ve made to Kitchener through volunteer work or activities and initiatives that they’re involved with. There is also a category for those over 24.
Nominations are open Feb. 1 through March 31 and the awards are given out on May 3. For more information, please visit www.kitchener.ca/youthawards or call 519-741-2200 x5075.
What’s on at the market Learn some new skills or try some new recipes in the Marketplace at Kitchener Market. Classes run 6:30-8:30 p.m. Register online @ kitchener.ca/webreg • Knife Skills - Jan. 17: Sharpen your cutting skills with this intensive hands-on tutorial and learn the basics of how to hold, sharpen, clean and purchase knives, as well as some classic cuts. • Make Your Own Pasta - Jan. 18: Penne, spaghetti, fettucine… are we speaking your language yet? If you love pasta as much as we do you will want to make it fresh at home. Come learn how to make basic pasta and sauces to accompany. • Artshine and Wine Meditative Shapes - Jan. 24: Inspired by abstract shapes and layers, this project uses soft muted colours, and mixes them with gold leaf to produce a 3D textured effect. Luminous Transcendence Feb. 28: This piece takes elements inspired by nature and combines them with modern colours like teal and gold to produce a whimsical masterpiece.
training, competing and striving for success, all the while giving back to our community. Athletes and teams are nominated by their peers, coaches or members of the community, which reflects the community’s appreciation of their hard work and dedication to their sport,” said Ashley Purvis, sports development coordinator for the City of Kitchener. “That is the true value of the event.”
Grow your young child’s love of nature with songs, stories and a hike at Huron Natural Area each Wednesday from Jan. 11 through Feb. 22. This free program runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon, is great for kids five and under and is different each week. Dress for an outdoor program. No registration required. Note: Bathrooms are not available during winter months.
Synchronized swimming for adults 55+ Lyle Hallman pool’s new synchro program for adults 55+ is making a splash! The pilot was such a success, the pool has made the synchronized swimming program for adults 55+ a regular part of its programming at the centre. Register through WebReg. Find out about all these programs and celebrations on the city’s website at www.kitchener.ca, or follow the city on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Even better, take a look around at your community and think about which city builders you can nominate next year!
• Knitting 101 - Jan. 19: Want to learn to knit but don’t know where to start? Attend one of our beginner knitting courses and receive two hours of hands-on instruction. And more! Kids in the Kitchen are making Snowman Soup on Jan. 14, 10 a.m. until noon. in the Marketplace. Or, on Feb 10 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., you can bring your sweetheart and join Chef D for a Valentine’s Day cooking class Cost: $55. For live music and event listings for the market, go to www.kitchenermarket.ca/events
Salt impacts our water.
We all have a role to play.
The Region of Waterloo is committed to protecting our water. We are working to reduce salt use on roads and on properties through innovative solutions and partnerships.
Here’s what YOU can do... Shovel or plow first. Clear the white stuff as soon as you can so a snowy sidewalk doesn’t become an icy one. Instead of salt, let the sun do the melting for you.
Use salt wisely. Only use salt on icy areas and give it time to work. A little goes a long way and salt works best between 0°C and -10°C.
Create traction. Use alternatives like sand or non-clumping kitty litter to create traction instead of salt.
Wear winter boots. Wear a pair of winter boots with good tread to keep you safe and warm.
For more ideas contact: Region of Waterloo, Water Services
Telephone: 519-575-4400; TTY: 519-575-4608 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.curbthesalt.ca
Ontario Cap-and-Trade and Natural Gas Some changes will be reflected on your next utility bill, starting Jan. 1. For the average residential customer, the combined impact of the supply, transportation and delivery rate change is net zero from Kitchener Utilities. Two factors will affect the rate you pay:
1. Ontario cap-and-trade program This provincially legislated program has been introduced to reduce the impacts of climate change. The program places a price on the emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. The new Ontario cap-and-trade charge will be added to the variable delivery rate on your bill. Cap-and-trade will produce an increase of 10 per cent – or about $71 per year – for the average residential gas customer.* *The average residential customer uses 2,100 cubic metres of natural gas annually.
2. Natural gas rate changes Kitchener City Council approved new Kitchener Utilities (KU) natural gas rates, effective Jan. 1, 2017. For the average residential customer, the combined impact of the rate changes is net zero from KU. • Decreased supply rate to 9.5 ¢/m3;
• For M1 customers, decreased delivery rate to 6.9890 ¢/m3
• Increased transportation rate to 5 ¢/m3;
• For M2 customers, reducing the delivery rate tiers to one tier, to 6.1873 ¢/m3.
Our goal is to provide natural gas supply with stable pricing, as our customers expect. That’s why we take a disciplined approach to buying natural gas. We do not make a profit on our natural gas supply and transportation programs; they are operated at cost.
Did you know? Kitchener Utilities customers can now apply for Ontario’s Home Energy Conservation Incentive rebate program. Customers are eligible for a rebate up to $5,000 and must select a certified energy advisor to get started. The incentive is part of the province’s $100 million contribution to the Green Investment Fund, an initiative designed to strengthen the economy and fight climate change. Learn more at www.ohecip.ca
We’re all aware of the damage that freezing rain, snow and ice build-up can cause. Monitor snow and ice build-up on or around your gas meter and exhaust vents. Keep snow and ice clear from the gas meter and exhaust vents. This will allow a consistent flow of natural gas to the appliances, ensure proper venting of your fuel-burning appliances and lower the risk of natural gas build-up in your home. If there is a fire hydrant near your home, make sure the hydrant is clear and accessible in case there is an emergency.
How you can help avoid a problem • USE a broom or a car brush to remove snow from your exhaust vents and gas meter. • KEEP all your vents and meter clear. • MAINTAIN a clear path to your meters. • NEVER kick your vents, meter or piping to clear snow or ice build-up.
• AVOID damaging your vents or meter with a shovel, plow or a snowblower. If a fire hydrant is located close by, avoid piling snow on top and keep clear for visibility purposes. • PLEASE remove icicles from your overhead eavestrough and watch for build-up of freezing rain or water dripping onto your meter. If there is an extremely large build-up on the meter, do not chip it off, call us as there is no charge for ice removal. Got a problem? Suspect a problem? Please call us immediately at 519-741-2529 and select option #3. Have a worry-free winter!
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Look inside for important information on how the City of Kitchener, in co-operation with their residents, can keep all roads and sidewalks as safe as possible this winter! The City of Kitchener is responsible for snow removal on: • public roadways; • sidewalks at city facilities; • crosswalks. As a resident of Kitchener you are required by law to clear the snow and ice from the sidewalks at the front and side of your home or business within 24 hours after the end of a snowfall. Uncleared sidewalks can result in dangerous falls for pedestrians, or force them onto the roadways where it is unsafe because of traffic.
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The City of Kitchener is responsible for winter road maintenance including plowing, sanding and salting. All roads are classified as per traffic volumes according to provincial criteria and the city must achieve quality standards that are consistent across the province. In most cases, the city response begins before the snow starts, in the form of applying anti-icing brine, as long as the weather cooperates. A number of factors – including temperature, future forecasts and precipitation – determine how and when plowing, salting or sanding should start. The following is a guide to the level of service you may expect: Snow-plowing priorities Each snow plow is assigned a designated area of the city and clearing is carried out on the basis of the following priorities. 1) Major arterial roads; 2) Major collector roads and GRT bus routes; 3) Local residential streets.
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Why should I shovel my SIDEWALK? Not clearing your sidewalks can result in crews contracted by the city clearing them for you. Residents are required to reimburse the city for the cost of the service. Depending on the size of your lot, this will cost you a minimum of $280.
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Be a good neighbour. Although it’s the law to clear snow and ice from the sidewalk within 24 hours after the end of a snowfall, it’s also the neighbourly thing to do. Snow or ice-covered sidewalks can be treacherous for all residents, especially those who use wheelchairs, walkers, canes or strollers; getting from point A to point B is even tougher when it snows. All pedestrians need you to clear your sidewalks, but especially: • Seniors; • People using assistive devices (crutches, canes, walkers, wheelchairs or scooters); • People with baby carriages or strollers; • People moving heavy or bulky objects; • People with disabilities.
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SNOWabout... parking Roads cannot be properly plowed when they are blocked by parked cars. IN KITCHENER, there is NO OVERNIGHT PARKING on City of Kitchener streets between December 1 and March 31. Additionally, under the City of Kitchener’s tag-and-tow bylaw, parking is prohibited on all streets at any time a SNOW EVENT is declared until it is cancelled.* Vehicles parked on the street but not towed will also be ticketed. A ticket for parking on-street during a Snow Event is $80. * To receive notices when Snow Events are declared, visit www.kitchener.ca/tagandtow to subscribe.
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Be a SIDEWALKS snow angel
Keeping sidewalks free of ice and snow can be very challenging for older adults and people with limited mobility. As a snow angel, you can be good neighbour by clearing snow for those who need assistance. All you have to do is adopt a sidewalk and keep it clear when it snows. Watch for people in your neighbourhood who could use help with snow and lend them a hand. It’s also a great opportunity for students to complete volunteer hours needed and to exercise outdoors! Tips and tricks WHEN YOU SHOVEL: • Shovel as soon as possible after a snow fall; • Use a proper sized shovel; • Do not shovel snow onto the road; • Keep snow piles low so as not to obstruct the visibility of pedestrians and drivers; • Carefully use safety salt only as necessary and/or sand on the ice; • Snow/ice must be cleared 24 hours after the end of a snowfall; • If you are going away during the winter months, please arrange for your sidewalks to be cleared; • If you suffer heart or other medical problems, do not attempt to shovel snow; • Wherever possible, help your neighbour!
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Tips and tricks for additional SHOW-HOW • Don’t park on the street during a snowstorm. • Keep snow away from fire hydrants, gas meters and vents. • Remind children not to climb or play on snowbanks or to dig forts, as it is dangerous. • Drive smart – give yourself extra time and distance. • Respect the blue light - when sharing the road with plows always have your headlights on and give the plow plenty of room. Oncoming vehicles should stay to the right. • Remember, passing a snow plow on the right side is dangerous as the operator may not be able to see you.
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Page 18 l Kitchener Citizen l January 2017
Notes from City Hall
Happy New Year Ward 1! I hope everyone had a relaxing holiday with family, friends, and great food! Council will be getting right to work
in 2017, kicking it off in a grand way with our Digital Kitchener Strategy. This significant piece of work will lay out how our city will plan and leverage technology to achieve new efficiencies internally. Externally, the strategy aims to ensure Kitchener is on the leading-edge with internet access, availability and speed; and create new intuitive services. I believe investment in emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) is the path to an efficient and responsive city,
one that fixes things before you notice... in a cost-effective way. The Digital Kitchener report has not been released at the time of this writing but I will follow up with more detail in a future article. Next on our agenda is, of course, our city budget. All information is completed, council questions have been answered, and it’s all available on the city’s website. The onesentence synopsis of the budget is as follows; we are on target, yet again, to have the lowest property
tax-rate increase in the Region, under inflation in fact, but we cannot avoid required significant increases in water-related rates to pay for deteriorating infrastructure. If you would like to voice your opinion, I would love to hear it personally (at the above contact information) or along with all of council at our public input session on January 16th at 6:30pm. Council will make their final budget decisions a week later on January 23rd.
It was nice meeting many Ward 2 residents at the New Year’s Levee. The 2017 budget will be finalized by council on Monday, January 23. You can view the proposed budget
at www.kitchener.ca/budget2017. The proposed tax rate increase is 1.75%. For a home assessed at $291,000 this means an increase of 19 dollars a year or $1.53 per month. My goal is to have the right balance of services that you want at a cost that is bearable to you. Call or email me with your thoughts and suggestions or come to our public input session on Monday, January 16. You may also have your say at www.engagekitchener.ca. The combined rate increase for our water, sanitary sewer and
storm water utilities is 9.3%. It’s an unpleasant increase, but we must catch up with the necessary infrastructure replacements and increase our maintenance. Fortunately, our advocacy with the federal government for increased infrastructure funds has paid off. We expect to receive about $3.6 million through the Clean Water Wastewater Fund this year to do one additional project. Five billion dollars will be available to municipalities over the next five years. We’ll continue to work to get
our fair share of it. Visit our ward 2 community centre websites at www.cccakitchener. com or www.spcakitchener.ca, as they have great programs, activities and events to enjoy. If I can assist you, please contact me or call our Corporate Contact line anytime at 519-741-2345. I update my city and community activities often on social media. Follow me on Twitter at @DaveSchniderKW or friend me on Facebook. All the BEST in 2017!
We are currently at the midway point of the 2014-2018 term of Council. It might be interesting to review our actions. The current Council takes great pride in appearing to keep tax increases at or near the inflation rate. With this in
mind I thought I would examine the past 10 years. The leadership and make-up of Council has changed very little over this period of time. As a professional accountant with a weakness for not throwing anything out I went into my personal archives to review what has transpired over the 10 years. During this period my Property Taxes have increased 23%. When you include the Storm Water charge which is now run as a Utility Enterprise the increase becomes 28%. Water and Sewer rates have increased by 76% and 102% respectively. My hydro bill is up 47%. Delivery and Supply rates for natural gas have fluctuated considerably. The only real measurable component is
the “fixed charge” which has increased 38%. During this same period of time the inflation rate for Canada has increased by 17%. Most members of Council ( Including the Mayor ) appear to be satisfied with just blaming the Region and the Province for these huge increases. They are quick to show that our Property Tax increases (without considering Utility Rate Increases ) are among the lowest in the Province. Considering that we are the only municipality with a city-wide natural gas system that annually produces dividends that lower our tax rate by about 10%; we should have the lowest property tax rate in the Province. As we move into the next 10 years
we must bring Utility rates under control and affordable for the average family. It is time to reduce spending on Economic Development and our City Center. Our number one priority is to improve our aging infrastructure. Current plans by Council for 2017 appear to change very little. Some improvements can be expected in 2018 – the next Election year. The 2017 Budget will be finalized by Council on January 23rd. The Public will have an opportunity to have their say on the Budgets (Taxes & Utilities) on Monday January 16th. I would encourage everyone to come out on the 16th to express their opinions. You can have an impact on our future.
Every organization has challenges when it comes to appointing people to work on committees. Sometimes the same people are appointed or selected because they have
expertise or interest in holding that position which can be beneficial, but sometimes this consistency leaves little room for new and fresh ideas. This is no different with council. We have three standing committees that a chair and vice-chair are nominated for each year. For the last six years the same group of councillors have been nominated and voted to these positions even though other councillors have expertise that could be a great asset to one of these committees. To bring change to this ongoing
practice, I brought forward a motion at council on December 12. It was an attempt to raise the issue of what appears to be a closed group of people who continue to shuffle positions amongst themselves. This leaves out other Councillors who could and would like to hold the position of Chair or Vice Chair. The majority of council who objected to my motion mentioned that I did not try to build consensus with the rest of council. I am not sure what their definition of consensus is, but it is my understanding that
as a representative of citizens in my ward, I am here to challenge the status quo and ask questions that confront that status. I am not here to just agree with the majority of council in order to get elected as Chair for the purpose of running meetings and making decisions more efficiently. I represent my constituents based on what I heard at the door during elections and what I continue to hear from my constituents.
city can better support the already great things happening at the grassroots level. The project team connected with 5,343 residents and participated in 3,842 hours of conversation. Needless to say a lot of information was collected! The team purposely set out to reach citizens who might not normally attend a town hall-style meeting so they engaged people through unusual methods like lemonade stands and street parties, in addition to surveys and roundtables. What do people want to see more of?
Overall people are looking for resident-led action. Three main themes emerged: great places, connected people and working together. After analyzing the data, the Neighbourhood Strategy team made a list of recommendations to help make Kitchener an even better to place to live. The recommendations include: a neighbourhood places program, a placemaking guide, a placemaking challenge, tree planting on private property, engagement around
parks and trails, community spaces in multi-residential buildings, neighbourhood use of schools and faith-based facilities, neighbourhood leadership program, more neighbourhood events (and an event-in-a-trailer to make them even easier to host!), reduce municipal barriers, a neighbourhood website and inviting front porches. How would you create a more engaged community? Let me know at: kelly. email@example.com or find me on Twitter @gallowaykelly.
NEIGHBOURHOOD STRATEGY OUTCOMES The Neighbourhood Strategy launched a large-scale community consultation to find out how the
Happy New Year 2017! Best wishes to each of you and your families for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017! As we look forward to the coming year, let us also celebrate the 150th anniversary of our great country, Canada! Take time this year to celebrate our country, perhaps visit a corner of Canada that you haven’t previously seen or think about how you can volunteer to make Canada an even better country! MAYOR’S CITY BUILDER AWARDS This past Sunday, at our annual New Year’s Levee, I was pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Mayor’s City Builder Awards. These five individuals and one community organization have been recognized for their volunteerism and service to our community. Thank you to everyone who took time to nominate someone, to the selection committee and most of all, to those who were nominated for all you do in our community. Congratulations to this year’s recipients – Don Bourgeois, Nadia Muhammad, Mike Stephenson, Brooke Robinson, Warren Stauch and Reception House! Start thinking now about someone you may want to nominate in 2017! BUDGET 2017 City Council will be finalizing the 2017 budget in the coming weeks. So far, things are looking good to see any increases come in at or below the rate of inflation, with increases on our utilities forecasted as announced last year, in order to make necessary investments on our water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure. A public input session is scheduled for Monday January 16th, beginning at 6:30pm. Please join us that day if you would like to provide input into our budget process. DIGITAL KITCHENER STRATEGY This past Monday, Council’s Finance & Administration committee considered our city’s first Digital Kitchener strategy. The strategy formalizes the role the city must play in our city’s ongoing transformation in terms of the innovation & digital economy – ensuring we don’t only focus on the economic development aspects, but also look at how we improve digital access and literacy, how we maximize use of technology within our own municipal organization and how we capitalize on the incubators and talent in the community in terms of developing as a “Smart City”. The recommendations from Committee will go to Council on January 30th. MUNICIPAL ADVOCACY During the month of January, I will be participating in meetings of the FCM Big City Mayor’s Caucus, as well as visits of people like the provincial Finance minister to the area, ensuring that the City of Kitchener’s voice is at the table providing ongoing input into the provincial and federal budgets, implementation of infrastructure programs and more. Stay tuned in subsequent issues for further updates.
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Notes from City Hall in the great lawn area. Because of this, woodchips were used as a short term capping material. Unfortunately the wood chips have diminished the beauty and function of our park and recreational space. The city has placed a priority on the current state of the park, and has been advocating to have this fixed by the Region. The Region of Waterloo, the landowner, has been the lead on the project and a city partner. I have continually expressed my displeasure with the time that the Region has taken to budget and plan for the work to
remediate the park. I’m glad to finally tell you that the detailed design for the great lawn is 90% complete, and will be followed by an evaluation of the design elements. Our staff has assured me they are confident that the first of the two phased project will begin in May. The first phase involves stripping the topsoil from the great lawn and focusing on the areas around the splash pad and playground. This will be a good opportunity for the creation of berms and planting of trees to provide shade and places
to sit. Since the park opened, the lack of shade for families has been one of the most frequent concerns I have received. This area will also be sodded and should be open to the public by July 2017, dependent upon good weather to complete the work. The second phase involves the remainder of the great lawn area due to the extent of work involved. The anticipated completion date is expected to be in November of 2017. Again, weather will be a critical factor.
before the Community and Infrastructure Services Committee on February 13. Residents of Yellow Birch Drive can expect a letter about the report and staff recommendations shortly. Staff received extensive resident input from the follow-up survey and considered all of the information very carefully before creating recommendations. Like many residents, I am looking forward to this process finally wrapping up. 2017 BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS This year’s budget process is well underway and will be finalized on
January 23. If you want to have your say beforehand, I invite you to attend Public Budget Day on January 16 in council chambers at 6:30 p.m. I’m pleased to report that the proposed budget features a tax levy increase of 1.75% which is in line with the current rate of inflation, adding an additional $19.00 a year to the tax bill of the average homeowner. This modest increase means that our property taxes continue to be among the most competitive in the province and the lowest in the region. Unfortunately, Kitchener, like
other municipalities, is exposed to rising Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB) costs. Recent changes to provincial legislation mean that the city must keep a larger reserve on hand to offset the cost of claims, specifically those related to firefighters. TAG-AND-TOW SNOW BY-LAW Kitchener prohibits parking on city streets when a snowfall of more than eight centimetres is forecast or when a snow event is declared. Sign up for the city’s snow event email distribution list at Kitchener.ca.
Dear Public: At the last City Council meeting on Dec. 12th, Coun. Yvonne Fernandes tabled a Notice of Motion to limit council members serving as chairs or vice-chairs of
the three standing committees to a maximum of two years per term. It’s quite evident that for the last many years, only certain councillors were voting themselves in for chairs and vice-chairs as a clique since they had the majority with the support of the mayor. Coun. Fernandes wanted everyone to have an opportunity to be chair or vice if they wanted to be. Yet the voting would always go with three of the councillors always shut out: Coun. John Gazzola, Coun. Fernandes and me. So even though they
democratically elected themselves with the majority in the public session after colluding first, Donald Trump was correct when he said: “The election is rigged unless I win.” This election is not done by the citizens of Kitchener. It’s done from within Council by city councillors. There’s your “democracy” at work at City Hall. Thanks to those folks who have responded to us personally via emails and for your support. Those who don’t follow municipal government politics unfortunately are not aware
what is happening at City Hall. The Record has not reported on this topic as they don’t want to rock the boat. Only the Kitchener Post reporter and the writings in councillor columns in this paper have exposed the goingson at City Hall. Yes, this whole election process was a farce that the public is not aware of. By the way, guess what the vote was on that motion? You’re right. 8-3 to turn it down and the same old continues. Anyways, Happy New Year.
Read it and weep as council plays the budget blues. During a recent session, councillors faced the unpleasant but necessary prospect of raising costs of storm
water by 9.2 per cent, sanitary/sewers by 10.8 percent and water by 7.6 per cent. On top of a 1.75 inflationary hike to property taxes this could result in a $117 tax increase for the average homeowner. To help replace Kitchener’s aging water and sewer pipes, similar annual hikes are necessary for the next decade and, depending in part on help from higher levels of government, it could take many more years to catch up on our infrastructure deficit. As if that was not bad enough, councillors considered a new proposal at the same operating-budget meeting
that could, depending on individual councillor use, provide up to $55,000 a year to help pay legal fees. The amount would be used any time a councillor preparing to vote seeks legal advice on whether a conflict of interest exists. Currently, any regional councillor can claim up to $5,000 for such advice. Unlike some fellow councillors, I will argue against any such perk when we vote on final budget day January 23. While I am critical of Ontario’s conflict legislation governing municipal councillors, I think that, instead of subsidizing legal fees, we
should pressure MPPs to rewrite the conflict law. That way, councillors elected to represent residents on important municipal issues could do so without being muzzled by fuzzy conflict regulations. Councillors can’t ignore their responsibility to maintain and fix our utility woes, but they should reject efforts to have taxpayers cover their legal bills. Sound off on these and other issues during a January 16 public budget meeting starting at 7pm at city hall.
As we kick off the new year, Council will be finalizing the 2017 budget. Public Budget Day happens on January 16 and I encourage you to sign up to share your feedback. If you can’t make it in person, you can also have your say at www. engagekitchener.ca or by calling: 519-741-2200 ext. 7700. RIENS Later this winter, we look forward to the final draft of the Residential Intensification in Established Neighbourhoods (RIENS) Study, which will be posted at www. kitchener.ca/riens. Thanks to
everyone who provided valuable feedback on this important subject. HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE OF DOWNTOWN KITCHENER Shape DTK 2020 wants to hear from you! Things are definitely evolving quickly downtown. With the arrival of the ION we can expect even bigger changes to come. That’s why the Downtown Business Improvement Association and the City of Kitchener are partnering with residents to steer the continued transformation of our city’s core. There are many ways you can share your ideas about how the
downtown should look in 2020. You can fill out a quick or in-depth survey at: downtownkitchener. ca. You could also participate in a small community roundtable (dates TBD) by contacting Stef Golling at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (519) 744-4921 ext. 403. There will also be a large community forum on January 17, from 6 to 9pm at THEMUSEUM. Register with Stef Golling to attend. Your feedback will be compiled into a discussion paper that will form the basis of an action plan for 2017-2020. Help make #DTK even more #WRAwesome.
McLennan Park has been plagued with issues over the last few years due to the ongoing problems related to methane percolating to the surface
YELLOW BIRCH DRIVE TRAFFIC CALMING REVIEW The Yellow Birch Drive Traffic Calming Review will be coming
HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope that you enjoyed a peaceful and happy holiday season and here’s to a positive, fulfilling 2017. PUBLIC BUDGET DAY
January Rotunda Gallery exhibit:
Once Upon a Tree
Like a Rorschach inkblot test, Trevor Ewert’s prints of cross-sections of trees can be seen as abstractions, yet they are direct representations of nature. Showing good years with abundant sunshine and water. Showing bad years: drought; fire; a lightning strike; the bore holes of insect attack. Sometimes showing more years than a human lifetime. Circles drawn by nature. Concentric yet imperfect. Black and white like a fingerprint.
Continuing in the Berlin Tower ARTSPACE in January:
Our Fibres, Our Forests: Adventures in Felting and Song Sarah Granskou invites you to step into our local forests in her final exhibit as 2016 Artist in Residence at city hall. Sarah Granskou is a musician, storyteller and felting artist -- using soap and water or a felting needle to transform wool into various forms. Throughout her project, Sarah has been creating felted puppets, garments and songs inspired by Kitchener’s natural areas and observations made by her “Forest Watchers” in the community. Come celebrate the completion of Sarah’s amazing larger-than-life-size tree puppet, clothed in hundreds of leaves made by community members, all fashioned out of wool naturally dyed with local plants. In addition, this evolving exhibit includes insights into Sarah’s felting process, and examples of community work created during her workshops.
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A new green bin user story
BLASTBALL, T-BALL, 3-PITCH Games are played in the Stanley Park, Rosemount, Chicopee and Centreville areas of Kitchener from April 30 thru June 24. Two games/week on various evenings – any Sat. games are A.M. (We offer scheduling options to accommodate you.) Our fee includes team T-shirt, hat, photo package, medallion/trophy and wrap-up party on Sat. June 24.
(Note: Late fees in effect March 21 – Blastball $50, all T-Ball & 3-Pitch $95)
BLASTBALL: Co-ed program for children born in 2012 & 2013 (& early 2014)
JUNIOR T-BALL: Co-ed program for children born in 2010 & 2011
SENIOR T-BALL: Co-ed program for children born in 2008, 2009 & 2010
JUNIOR 3 PITCH: Co-ed program for children born in 2006, 2007 & 2008
SENIOR 3 PITCH: Co-ed program for children born in 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006
(Note: Children born in 2012 with Blastball experience may be enrolled in Junior T-Ball.)
(Note: Children born in 2010 have the choice of playing at either the Junior or Senior level.) (Note: Children born in 2008 may be enrolled in either Senior T-Ball or Junior 3 Pitch) (Note: Children born in 2006 may be enrolled in either Junior or Senior 3 Pitch)
(Note: We’re also offering a $5 fee discount for each additional family player registered online.) Fee assistance is available. More information and ON-LINE registration: www.StanleyParkOptimist.com
You can register on-line anytime or come to one of our personal registration sessions:
Laurentian Power Centre (upstairs in Zehrs Community Room) Saturday, Feb. 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stanley Park Mall on Saturday, March 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stanley Park Mall on Monday, March 20 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Stanley Park Mall on Saturday, March 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Late fees apply at this session)
All participation is solely at participant’s risk. Our program is run entirely by volunteers so parents and/or guardians are required to be involved with the coaching/operation of the team. Mandatory rotation, good sportsmanship & “No Tobacco” rules are enforced. Sponsors*, umpires, scorekeepers & student volunteers needed: www.StanleyParkOptimist.com *Team sponsorship is only $175 – details are on our website. All support is appreciated.
Next edition of the Kitchener Citizen - February 9, 2017
Real Estate Corner
Peter is a licensed Sales Representative with Re/Max and has specialized in the Stanley Park Area for 31 years.
How to Set Your Asking Price When Selling Your Kitchener Home Kitchener - When you decide to sell your home, setting your asking price is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Depending on how a buyer is made aware of your home, price is often the first thing he or she sees, and many homes are discarded by prospective buyers as not being in the appropriate price range before they’re even given a chance of showing. Your asking price is often your home’s “first impression”, and if you want to realize the most money you can for your home, it’s imperative that you make a good first impression. This is not as easy as it sounds, and pricing strategy should not be taken lightly. Pricing too high can be as costly to a homeseller as pricing too low.Taking a look at what homes in your neighborhood have sold for is only a small part of the process, and on its own is not nearly
enough to help you make the best decision. A recent study, which compiles 10 years of industry research, has resulted in a new special report entitled “Homesellers: How to Get the Price You Want (and Need)”. This report will help you understand pricing strategy from three different angles. When taken together, this information will help you price your home to not only sell, but sell for the price you want. To order a FREE Special Report, visit www.takemehome. ca Get your free special report NOW to learn how to price your home to your maximum financial advantage. This report is courtesy of Peter Schneider Re/Max Solid Gold. Not intended to solicit buyers or sellers currently under contract. Copyright ©2017
JANUARY - DECEMBER AREA SALES REPORT STYLE OF HOMES
SALES For 2015
SALES For 2016
PRICE RANGE For 2016
PRICE RANGE For 2015
Single Detached Home -3+ bedroom, single garage
200 Low $224,000 High $810,000
Single Detached Home -4+ bedroom, double garage
Low $235,000 High $690,000
94 Low $349,000 High $855,000
Low $267,000 High $1,000,000
42 Low $166,000 High $389,000
Low $222,500 High $781,000
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by Madeha Khalid Coordinator, Communications and Promotions Region of Waterloo Waste Management re you considering using the green bin or new to using the green bin? I am glad that I am not the only one who just started using the green bin. As a new resident, I made the decision to start using the green bin after I heard about the waste management changes coming to the Waterloo Region in March 2017. My goal is to recycle and compost so that my garbage fits into the two bags which will be collected every second week. I dropped by Region of Waterloo Waste Management (admin) building, and picked up my shiny new green bin, a kitchen catcher and samples of certified compostable bags and paper liners. The helpful staff shared lots of handy information and tips. After dinner, I introduced the newest addition to our household to my
family. I asked my children to help me create the perfect spot for our new toy. My daughter created artwork to make the corner more special. There were a few hiccups in the beginning but two weeks later, it is easy and part of routine in our house. I learned a few tips along the way: • Use a liner bag in the winter, it prevents food from sticking to the green bin; • Put a cardboard egg carton on the bottom of the green bin, then insert the liner bag; • Don’t pack food waste too tightly, it can freeze into a solid block causing cracks in the green bin; • And put the green bin to the curb by 7 a.m., not the night before. I encourage everyone to start green binning and not waste another day! Residents can pick up an extra free green bin at the Cambridge (201 Savage Drive) or Waterloo (925 Erb Street West, Gate 1) waste sites, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Local tech company gift allows KPL to expand Wi-Fi Hotspot lending program
gift from local tech giant Sandvine, a global leader in Network Policy control, will allow more people to use the Kitchener Public Library’s popular Wi-Fi lending program. Launched in October 2015, the Kitchener Public Library was the first in Canada to offer a free Wi-Fi hotspot-lending program. Members use their library card to borrow an Internet hotspot device for up to two weeks, giving them access to unlimited data anywhere in Canada where there is Rogers cell coverage. Earlier this year, the Ontario Library Association recognized Kitchener Public Library with an Ontario Library Information Technology Association Award for outstanding innovation in their community. The library started the hotspot collection with 20 devices, but soon realized they were onto something big. “We knew our Wi-Fi lending program would be popular, but we were amazed with the response from our library users,” said library CEO Mary Chevreau. “Not only does the long wait list for our few hotspot devices prove this, but sadly, it also illustrates the very real digital divide that exists in our technology-focused community.” Thanks to Sandvine’s
generosity, the library’s Wi-Fi lending program will soon be getting a much needed boost with the addition of another 20 new hotspot devices along with financial support for ongoing data usage. “Sandvine’s products help several ISPs around the world offer free Internet services to their subscribers, so we jumped at the opportunity to make a donation to the Kitchener Public Library to do the same thing for those in our own community,” said Dave Caputo, CEO, Sandvine. “Waterloo Region is flourishing thanks to the power of the Internet, and KPL’s WiFi lending program plays an important role in ensuring that anyone in the region can have access to the empowerment it provides.” The library’s hotspot devices can help job seekers, students, or anyone who needs access to the internet or digital library resources outside library hours, or outside the library. The devices are currently available at Kitchener Public Library’s Central Library, located at 85 Queen Street North, but will also be available at Community Libraries in the coming months. For more details about the library’s Wi-Fi lending program, please visit kpl.org/ hotspot.
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Stanley Park Community Association Christmas Party Photos by Carrie Debrone
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Santa Claus had some fashion competition this year from the Vuong family. Every member of the family dressed in red and white for their visit and photo with Santa Claus at the Stanley Park Community Association’s annual Christmas Party held December 10 at the Stanley Park Community Centre.
Regional Municipality of Waterloo
Citizen Appointment to Police Services Board
Due to a mid-term vacancy, interested residents of the Region of Waterloo are invited to apply for appointment to the Police Services Board. This appointment will expire in November 2018. The Police Services Board administers the Waterloo Regional Police Force and is a civilian oversight body that governs how police services are provided in Waterloo Region. Persons interested in serving on the Police Services Board must file an application with the Regional Clerk prior to 4:30 p.m. on January 27, 2017. Application forms are available on the Region’s website: • Go to www.regionofwaterloo.ca • Select the “Regional Government” pull-down menu • Select “Agencies/Boards” • Scroll down the page for “2017 Citizen Appointments” This information may also be obtained from the Office of the Regional Clerk by contacting Tim Brubacher at 519-575-4493 or by emailing email@example.com All applicants will receive written notification about the outcome of their application. It is expected that all appointments will be finalized and approved by Regional Council no later than February 22, 2017. Kris Fletcher Director, Council & Administrative Services/Regional Clerk 150 Frederick Street, 2nd Floor Kitchener, Ontario N2G 4J3 Zoe Landry, 3, puts mittens on the Hat and Mitten Tree that was set up to accept donations for charity at the annual Stanley Park Community Association’s Pancake Breakfast and Christmas Party.
Personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act and will be used to determine suitability for appointment. Questions regarding the collection of personal information should be referred to Tim Brubacher at 519-575-4493, Office of the Regional Clerk.
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Next edition of the Kitchener Citizen is February 9, 2017
World’s first exhibition of Tyrannosaurus rex’s ancestors at WR Museum in February
ver wanted to get up close and personal with a Tyannosaurus rex? Maybe compare your armstrength to that of the mighty rex or meet one of his family members? The blockbuster exhibit “Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family” makes its North American premiere from Feb. 3 to April 30 at the Waterloo Region Museum. Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family, developed by the Australian Museum, is an innovative, hands-on immersive experience. Come face-toface with life-sized dinosaur skeletons, including ‘Scotty’ the Tyrannosaurus rex. “We’re thrilled to bring this incredible exhibit about Tyrannosaurs to Canada,” said Geoff Lorentz, Regional Councillor and Chair of the Region of Waterloo Community Services Committee. “Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family provides a snapshot of dinosaur life and shows how this group of animals became the world’s top predators with their massive skulls, powerful jaws and bone-crunching teeth. Who isn’t fascinated by dinosaurs!” said Tom Reitz, Manager/Curator of the Waterloo Region Museum. It anticipates record crowds to see this world class exhibition
that will be showing during Family Day weekend and March Break. The exhibit features many family activities and is appropriate for people of all ages, including children over 3 years of age. The exhibit includes a table-top video game that multiple people can play at the same time where players hatch mystery Tyrannosaurs and have to place them correctly on the family tree of dinosaurs. If you place all the dinosaurs in the right order, a giant meteor wipes them all out – demonstrating the mass extinction that they faced. Visitors can download the free Tyrannosaurs gaming app, already downloaded more than 2 million times, and have fun hatching dinosaur eggs and collecting them while discovering secrets behind this formidable dinosaur family. Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family will be on exhibit from February 3 to April 30, and is included with general admission. Waterloo Region Museum is located at 10 Huron Rd., Kitchener. In order to accommodate demand, the museum is extending open hours to 8pm on February 23, March 23 and April 13.To learn more visit www.waterlooregionmuseum. com or call 519-748-1914.
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WHAT WE’RE READING A monthly column featuring great reads as suggested and reviewed by librarians from the Kitchener Public Library. Follow along each month and discover your next great read!
THIS MONTH’S READING:
By Tom Angleberger and Paul Dellinger REVIEWED BY:
Christy Giesler Librarian, Children’s and Teen Collections
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Fuzzy is a clever middle-grade novel and the result of the complementary collaboration between Tom Angleberger, author of the bestselling Origami Yoda series, and Paul Dellinger, a science fiction and fantasy author. Set in the not-too-distant future, the bulk of this tale takes place during an average school day at Vanguard One Middle School. Many aspects of school remain recognizable, but advances in technology have changed the school environment in interesting ways – especially in the areas of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics. The main character, Max (Maxine) Zelaster, is in Grade 7. An average student, Max often struggles with her studies and is frequently at odds with the school’s newly adopted supervision software (and vice principal) Barbara. Barbara has constant surveillance capabilities and very strict standards – especially when it comes to the latest academic criteria adopted by the school. Vanguard is a test school for education technology called Constant UpGrade. Every student is expected to improve with every test, no exceptions. The story starts at the beginning of the school
year and Vanguard is welcoming a new student: Fuzzy. Fuzzy is a robot and part of the Robot Integration Program. Fuzzy is brilliant, by human standards, but overwhelmed by the constantly changing variables of the school’s hallways, classrooms, and student body. After an unsuccessful first day, Max is selected to be Fuzzy’s student guide. Max is thrilled to be chosen, teaching Fuzzy the ins and outs of being a student and navigating the halls of Vanguard. Unfortunately, not everything is going to plan with the Robot Integration Program. To make matters worse, Barbara is seemingly out of control, becoming more authoritarian and taking student learning and testing to the extreme. She also seems to be disconcertingly focused on the activities of Max and Fuzzy. It’s now up to these two to figure out what is really going on at Vanguard. Fast paced and with the perfect blend of science fiction and humour, Fuzzy is a fantastic novel for middle-grade readers. This story not only entertains, but also encourages readers to consider some of the broader topics related to technology and its place in our society.
For more great reading ideas, visit www.kpl.org and click on the “Books and More” tab. Want to share your own review of your favourite read? The library’s online catalogue enables library card holders to write a review for any item in the collection. Simply click on the “Add Review” tab for your selected book, and write away!
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HUGE SALES ON NOW.
Snooze, You Lose.
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