Kitchener Citizen - January 2023

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Kitchener awards $150,000 in LoveMyHood funding

In 2022, the City of Kitchener awarded $150,000 in support of 20 resident-led projects in neighbourhoods throughout the city.

The LoveMyHood Matching Grant supports projects, events, and initiatives where residents take the lead in making great things happen in their neighbourhoods.

“Since 2017, and especially over the last few years, LoveMyHood grants have been helping residents build meaningful connections amongst both neighbours and neighbourhoods,” said Mayor Berry Vrbanovic.

The grants provide funding to resident groups to foster neighbourhood pride, build capacity, revitalize public spaces, and encourage residents to become more involved in their neighbourhoods.

This year, 26 LoveMyHood Matching Grant applications were received, requesting nearly $200,000 in funds to support neighbourhood projects.

The projects funded in 2022 include community gardens, greening projects,

neighbourhood events, a popup market, sports and recreation infrastructure, community art projects, and community programs. A few examples of this year’s resident-led initiatives include:

Chandler Mowat Community Kitchen Outreach

Residents in the Chandler Mowat neighbourhood come together once a month to cook warm, nutritious meals for seniors and community members that are isolated or disconnected from the community centre. With a LoveMyHood Matching Grant, they were able to offer this meal program nine times, serve 340 meals each delivered with a personal note, and devote 420 volunteer hours to make meals together. This program has helped community members reconnect with one another and helped the Community Kitchen Outreach residents cultivate community spirit.

Gold Garden

When youth in the Forest Heights neighbourhood learned about food insecurity affecting nearby families, they developed a plan to make a positive impact in

their community. Collectively known as Youth Reaching Heights, the youth partnered with the Forest Heights Community Centre and Smart Waterloo Region Innovation Lab’s Nurture to create a community space for growing food. Through a LoveMyHood Matching Grant, the group installed three raised planters in an underused greenspace at the Forest Heights Community Centre, providing opportunities for learning about food accessibility, sustainability, and growing food from seed to harvest.

Since its inception in 2017, the City’s LoveMyHood grant program has received a total of 265 grant applications requesting over $1.9 million in funding, and awarded over $800,000 to support 151 resident-led projects in all ten of the city’s wards.

In return, residents have committed to match these funds with over 30,000 total volunteer hours, over $190,000 in-kind donations and nearly $250,000 in matching funds.

The grant intake dates for 2023 are March 16, May 18, August 17 and November 16.

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2023 KITCHENER NEW YEAR’S LEVEE The New Year’s Levee returned to Kitchener City Hall this year on Sunday, January 8. It included carnival games, skating, music and refreshments. Above, Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic greets some young guests, Brynn (left) and Carter Mielke. Photo by Helen Hall

Region welcomes new Chief of Paramedic Services

Anew Chief of Paramedic Services will join the Region of Waterloo at the end of this month.

The new chief, John Riches, has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy, Administration and Law from York University. He has leadership experience in the areas of 911 response operations, community paramedicine and health outreach programs.

His first day is January 30, 2023.

Riches has over 25 years of paramedic services experience, most recently serving as Deputy Chief of Paramedic Services with the Region of Durham.

In addition to a long career at the Region of Durham, Riches was an instructor in the Paramedic Program at Durham College, and he spent time as a facilitator for the Central East Prehospital Care Program, where he performed quality assurance, curriculum development and course delivery for paramedics and other stakeholders.

Other experience includes a broad range of strategic and progressive leadership skills.

His leadership experience includes fleet and operations management, program administration and delivery, labour relations, change management, and the strategic fiscal management and oversight of paramedic services’ budgets.

He also has significant experience working with health care and municipal leaders to address the pressures of ambulance offload delays.

Riches received the Governor General EMS Exemplary

Service Medal in 2019 in addition to a number of other awards for his leadership.

“We are very pleased to welcome John Riches to the Public Health and Emergency Services department at the Region of Waterloo,” said Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang, Medical Officer of Health for the region.

“We are looking forward to his leadership as Chief of Paramedic Services. At this time, I would also like to thank Deputy Chiefs Kevin Petendra, Jim Topham and Rob Crossan for their interim leadership over the last five months.”

“I am honoured to join the Region of Waterloo and work with the dedicated and hardworking staff in Public Health and Emergency Services,” Riches said in a statement. “In particular, I am very humbled to serve as Chief and collaborate with the paramedics, support staff and leadership team in Paramedic Services to address the many challenges impacting the health care system. We will continue to engage our stakeholders with the goal of addressing the pressures that impact response times, resource availability, and staff wellness and morale.”

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vernight parking vernight parking Tag & Tow Tag & Tow SNOWabout... Remember there is no overnight parking on Kitchener streets between 2:30 and 6 a.m. from Dec. 1 until March 31. You can apply for 5 exemptions during this period. When a snow event is declared the city’s tag and tow by-law remains in effect. Parking on city streets at any time is prohibited until the snow event has ended. Sign up at to learn more about winter maintenance, received snow alerts, and explore the getting around map available after a city-declared snow event. overnight parking overnight parking SIDEWALKS Tag & Tow Tag & Tow SNOWabout... SNOW about... @morricemike MIKE MORRICE Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre | 519-741-2001 In addition to working for you in Ottawa, our constituency office is here to provide information and support for a variety of federal services, including: Immigration and Citizenship Veterans Affairs Canada Student Loans Region of Waterloo votes to extend the mask by-law as COVID-19 cases increase •Laminate • Custom Window Blinds •Kitchen Cabinets • Carpet • Tile • Vinyl • Hardwood • Bathroom Vanities 1011 Industrial Cres. Unit #2 • 519-699-5411
KITCHENER FIRE WELCOMES 15 NEW RECRUITS - The Kitchener Fire Department officially welcomed 15 new firefighters to the service in a ceremony on December 22. The new members have all completed an intensive 12-week training program. The new recruits will begin work this month. Submitted Photo. John Riches
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Choral group the Quintessentials Quintet provided entertainment at the Levee.
See New Year’s Eve photos on page 8
Allison Remillard (left) and Elizabeth Leacock, who are assistants to Kitchener City Council, served refreshments at the Levee.

Kitchener Council provides final approval for the Victoria Park Boathouse redevelopment

On December 19

Kitchener Council provided final lease approval to allow the redevelopment of the Boathouse, a key venue in the heart of Victoria Park.

Walkinshaw Holdings, the selected proponent, will transform the Boathouse into a venue for live music, food, and indoor and outdoor entertainment.

It will place a focus on social responsibility, with paid local live music a minimum of two days a week, and locally sourced food and drink.

Walkinshaw Holdings will also establish a local arts fund and form a Community Advisory Committee to ensure that Boathouse programming is inclusive and diverse.

“So many people have expressed excitement about the new Boathouse proposal as they look forward to sitting on a patio by the water, listening to live music on a warm summer evening,” said Mayor Berry Vrbanovic.

“This venue in the heart of downtown has long been an important part of the Kitchener community and the local music scene, so I am thrilled to see it

come back to life.”

Walkinshaw will soon begin work to transform the Boathouse to offer a waterfront experience unique to Waterloo Region. Renovations will include expansion of the outdoor patio, upgrading the interior, improving the main entrance and enhancing the views of Victoria Park Lake. Kitchener’s Heritage Committee approved the redevelopment plans in October 2022.

“The new and improved Boathouse will truly complement Victoria Park and Downtown Kitchener,” said Ward 9 Councillor Debbie

Chapman. “I look forward to welcoming back residents and visitors from near and far.”

Walkinshaw Holdings is made up of a team of local entrepreneurs with decades of collective experience in the restaurant industry, entertainment, marketing, fundraising, business, and technology. The team includes Amber French, Kurtis McBride, Shawn Flanagan, Sean Goodchild, Taylor Jones, James Barr, and Corey Watterson.

Construction is expected to begin in early 2023 with doors opening to the public next summer.

Enova Power Corp. donates more than 10,000 meals to The Food Bank

Enova Power Corp. (Enova) and its customers brightened the holiday season for local families with a donation of more than 10,000 meals to The Food Bank of Waterloo Region.

Through an eBilling campaign that ran from midOctober to late November, Enova donated six meals on behalf of each customer that registered for eBilling.

The utility then extended the campaign and doubled its donations to 12 meals per customer during the Week of Giving.

“Thank you to our customers who made the switch to eBilling and helped provide much-needed support for

families across Waterloo Region,” said Enova co-CEO Jerry Van Ooteghem.

The Food Bank is a leader of the Community Food Assistance Network, a system of 120+ community programs and agency partners that provide food and support to people in need.

One in 14 households across Waterloo Region use an emergency food program.

Enova, which was formed through the merger of Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro and Waterloo North Hydro, has a long history of supporting The Food Bank of Waterloo Region and other community organizations through eBilling campaigns.

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Enova Power Corp. co-CEOs Rene Gatien (left) and Jerry Van Ooteghem present Kim Wilhelm, CEO of the Foodbank of Waterloo Region, with a ceremonial cheque for 10,092 meals donated. Add traction when needed with sand Shovel or plow the snow first If salt is absolutely necessary, spread evenly on icy areas only and give salt time to work Break up ice with a steel ice chopper I’m your
The Boathouse in Victoria Park. Photo from Google Maps.

Dear Neighbours, I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season spent with those you love. It was meaningful to share holiday cheer at the many events throughout our community. From the parades and markets to the tree-lighting ceremonies, thank you to the volunteers who made these events happen and kept all the holiday traditions going.

At this time of year, we reflect on the past 12 months and look forward to the year ahead. Looking back on 2022, I am inspired by the many conversations I had with residents, families, business owners, farmers, and community

organizations throughout Kitchener-Conestoga. In these conversations, I’ve discovered a commonality –our resilience and community spirit. Kitchener-Conestoga is a strong, supportive community, and I am proud to represent your voice in Ottawa.

As I reflect on the challenges we faced in 2022 and the progress we’ve made as a nation, I realize that despite the past year’s struggles, we have continued to come together and support one another. As we look ahead to the new year, let us resolve to continue working towards a better and brighter future for everyone.

Throughout my time as


Happy New Year to each of you! As we start a new year, often filled with hope for the future, I would like to share some exciting developments for those in our community living with disabilities.

Canadians with disabilities disproportionately live in poverty across our country. The provincial Ontario Disability Support Program currently provides a meagre $1,228 a month for a single person to live on, leaving them in legislated poverty.

It’s why I’ve been advocating for the governing party to fasttrack a Canada Disability Benefit since elected, which would help hundreds of thousands meet their basic


In my most recent work, I am proud to share I have secured support for five of my proposed amendments to improve the bill that will provide this guaranteed income supplement.

Each of the amendments I proposed came directly from disability advocates in Kitchener and across the country who I’ve been working alongside throughout this process. As one example, Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region submitted some fantastic suggestions, many of which I was able to put forward for a vote by members of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills, and Social Development.

your Member of Parliament, my goal has been to keep you safe, supported, and informed. Thank you for trusting me, as I remain dedicated to serving our community. I will continue to work tirelessly to protect the health and safety of Canadians and support jobs and our economy while protecting our environment.

Everyone deserves to be able to make a living and support their families. To our small businesses, you are our neighbours and the backbone of our economy. We are there for you, and I encourage our community to continue supporting local. To students, we are providing support to

help you get through these difficult times. To seniors who helped build this country and who raised us, we are here to care for you. To our healthcare workers, there is not enough gratitude that we can express for your sacrifice and dedication. We will advocate for you and provide the support you deserve.

I am committed to confronting the anxieties we are feeling as a society and doing so in a nonpartisan way. I want to increase our dialogue and work together. I believe we need more people talking to each other instead of talking past each other and, more importantly, listening to each other more.

Among the amendments I proposed, the committee approved:

• To include a definition for the term ‘disability’ in the bill, ensuring consistent and equitable access and eligibility for the benefit

• A requirement for the federal government to make agreements they sign with the provinces and territories public for transparency

• Direction for those who write the regulations to require the benefit to be indexed to inflation

• For the benefit to be barrier-free, meaning recipients shouldn’t have to complete a cumbersome application to be eligible and could include

a potential recipient being automatically enrolled when completing their taxes

• For people with disabilities to have meaningful and barrier-free opportunities to give input into regulations as they’re developed

While I’m glad for these wins for people with disabilities, not all my amendments were supported by committee members. Given almost 10% of Canadian seniors with severe disabilities live in poverty, I had also hoped to see the adoption of an amendment that would have ensured seniors with disabilities would be able to access the benefit in addition to working-age Canadians.

And while we did improve

I look forward to continuing our dialogue; it motivates me to work hard for everyone. Please reach out for more information on support and programs available to you. You can call 519-578- 3777 or email Tim.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2023!

the legislation for this benefit, it hasn’t been funded yet – so nothing changes for those who need it until we finish this work. I will continue to call on the governing party to include funds for the Canada Disability Benefit in budget 2023!

Feel free to connect at any time at mike.morrice.C1@parl. or 519-741-2001.

In 2020, when I tabled the Seniors Advocate Act calling for an independent advocate for older adults across Ontario, I had no idea that I would only have two precious years left with my own father. In November 2022, at the age of 83, Daddy passed away surrounded by family. We had been working to get him on what proved to be a lengthy waitlist for long term care before he died. Daddy had dementia, and the progression had been swift, so we were trying desperately to get him into the Butterfly Program at Sunnyside Homes. The universe had other plans. While this loss has served to emphasize for me the importance of ensuring a

fulsome Ontario Dementia Strategy is developed and maintained, it has left me grappling with another question: How can we truly honour the lives of older adults we have lost? I believe that we need to honour them with our actions, not only with our words. Everything inside of me says that an advocate for older adults can do just that.

Back in 2020, when I began sharing the idea of fighting for an advocate for older adults with elders across Ontario, I heard loud and clear that older adults deserved more than only a focus on end-of-life care. While they appreciated the fight to ensure long-term care homes were safe, affordable,

and supportive, they worried that emphasizing long-term care alone left far too many people to struggle in silence. The move to ensure accessible and affordable home care was definitely a step in the right direction, but to truly provide support to older adults meant shifting our model of care to one that put prevention first. This meant fighting for access to dental care programs and mental health services for older adults – especially for those struggling to get by on pensions or those living at the end of their savings. It meant ensuring that solutions aimed to address the housing crisis took seriously the number of older adults who had been forced

to find roommates in order to afford keeping their homes or paying their monthly rent. It meant making sure that more accessible units were being built and maintained so that they could spend as much of their lives aging at home. And it meant ensuring they had access to activities that kept them mentally and physically active – from attending educational programs to becoming part of a community of care that allowed them to enjoy all that they had worked to build and sustain over the course of their lives.

I miss my father terribly. But the ups and downs of his life, including his own mental health struggles and the realities of dementia, will forever remind

me that renewing the call for an advocate for older adults in Ontario is urgently needed and critically necessary. I look forward to tabling the Advocate for Older Adults Act once more when I return to Queen’s Park. And Daddy, this one’s for you.

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on New Year’s
The We Are Kitchener sign inside the rotunda at Kitchener City Hall was a popular spot
Photos by Helen Hall Star Wars characters wandered around the New Year’s Eve party at Kitchener City Hall. WISHING FOR PEACE IN THE NEW YEAR - New Year’s Eve partygoers were amazed by the work of ice sculptor Philippe Saraiva, who was set up in Carl Zehr Square.

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Maracle, who was born in Ayr, was recognized by the Government of Canada as one of five hockey players who broke racial bar-riers in the NHL.

A plaque was dedicated to the achievement of Maracle along with Paul Jacobs, Larry Kwong, Fred Sasakamoose, and Willie O’Ree during a ceremony held at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on December 7.

According to a press release from Parks Canada, the Ministry that oversees heritage, the five hockey players “broke through longstanding prejudice that prevented Indigenous, Chinese Canadian, Black, and other racialized players from playing in professional hockey.”

Maracle’s achievements came to light through an article published by local newspaper The Ayr News in March 2018.

Maracle was a Six Nations of the Grand River Mohawk who was born in Ayr in 1904. He went on to play 11 games for the New York Rangers during the 1930-1931 NHL season.

Maracle has been officially recognized in Ayr. An authentic replica of his New York Rangers jersey, donated by the Rangers, hangs at the North Dumfries Community Complex, and a street has been named Maracle

Way in Ayr in his honour. Following publication of the article in The Ayr News, the story was picked up by other news agencies and Maracle has been acknowledged as either the first, or one of the first

documented Indigenous hockey players in the NHL. Rogers Sportsnet produced a short television documentary about Maracle that was aired during an NHL game in October 2021.

Paul Jacobs, a Mohawk defenceman from Kahnawá:ke, appeared on the Toronto Arenas’ NHL roster during the 1918–19 season.

In March 1948, Larry Kwong, a Chinese Canadian player from Vernon, British Columbia, made his NHL debut for the New York Rangers.

In November 1953, Fred Sasakamoose, a member of the Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, played his first NHL game for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Willie O’Ree of Fredericton, New Brunswick, became the first Black player in the NHL, debuting for the Boston Bruins in January 1958.

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in Waterloo 505 Franklin St. N Kitchener 519-741-2504 • Cooking instructors • Fitness instructors • Gymnastics instructors • Art instructors We're hiring program instructors! For more information, scan the QR code OR visit Blastball, T-Ball & 3-Pitch Visit us at STANLEY PARK MALL SKATING IN CARL ZEHR SQUARE - The skating rink at Kitchener City Hall is open daily from 9am to 11pm, weather permitting. Changerooms are available from 9am to 10pm. daily. Hockey skates can be borrowed from Central Library during regular library hours. Skates can be borrowed for one day and can be kept overnight. Kitchener Public Library members age 13+ are welcome to borrow skates on a first-come first-served basis. Visit for more information. Photo by Helen Hall
HOCKEY HALL OF FAME RECOGNITION - Members of the Maracle family at the plaque dedication at the Hockey Hall of Fame. From left: great nieces and nephew of Maracle – Carol Cooper, Lynda Wink, Gordon Cooper, Brenda Baughman, Christine Pritchard and Nancy Maracle, great-great nieces of Maracle. In front is Jasmine Pritchard, great-great-great niece of Maracle. Photo submitted.
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Wow, what a crazy ride that was!

The market during this global pandemic was not what we expected. You would think things would have slowed down, but not in Kitchener Waterloo where prices have increased and the number of active listings has decreased. So what’s in store for the future with

Some have said if a global pandemic can’t slow us down then nothing will, and they might be right. But this boom has to end sometime, they all do. But when is the big question.

If I was thinking of selling in the next year or so I definitely would not push my luck and do it now. No one has a crystal ball but we only have to look at history to predict what might happen in the future. And what goes up must come down. It always has, and always will.

smoke detector on every floor. The change to the Ontario Fire Code also requires that all smoke detectors be replaced every 10 years. Significant fines will be imposed on those who are caught ignoring this law.

the condominium corporation from liability.


market during this global pandemic was not what we expected. You would think things would have slowed down, but not in Kitchener Waterloo where prices have increased and the number of active listings has decreased. So what’s in store for the future with us? Some have said if a global pandemic can’t slow us down then nothing will, and they might be right. But this boom has to end sometime, they all do. But when is the big question.

If you would like to know how much your house has increased in value give me a call at 519-589-3554, and I’d be happy to give you an honest opinion of value.

SUNNYSIDE SENIORS’ SERVICES NEEDS VOLUNTEERSSunnyside, located at 247 Franklin St. N., is looking for a volunteer pianist (or 2) to play at chapel services, and for the entertainment of residents. If you would like to share your talent at the piano, please contact Janice Klassen at 519-893-8494 ext 6372 or apply to volunteer at www.regionofwaterloo. ca/volunteeratsunnyside.

Peter is a licensed Sales Representative with Re/Max and has specialized in the Stanley Park area for 32 years.

VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY NEEDED TO DELIVER MEALS - Volunteers who delivered meals to local seniors throughout the pandemic are starting to return to work, leaving a gap for local agency Community Support Connections (Meals on Wheels) to fill. When the pandemic first hit, the charity lost the majority of its meal delivery volunteers who were being instructed to stay safe at home as older adults themselves. Routes in Kitchener and Cambridge are in great need of delivery volunteers. If you can help or for more information please contact Meals on Wheels at (519) 772-8787.

If I was thinking of selling in the next year or so I definitely would not push my luck and do it now. No one has a crystal ball but we only have to look at history to predict what might happen in the future. And what goes up must come down. It always has, and always will. If you would like to know how much your house has increased in value give me a call at 519-589-3554, and I’d be happy to give you an honest opinion of value.

INPUT NEEDED ON REGION’S 2023 BUDGET – Residents can have their say now on the Region of

2023 Regional Plan and Budget

Meetings for the 2023 Plan and Budget Committee for the Regional Municipality will be held electronically on the following dates:

• Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at 1:00 p.m.

• Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at 1:00 p.m.

• Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 1:00 p.m.

• Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at 3:00 p.m.

Public Input meetings will be held on the following dates:

• Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at 6:30 p.m.

• Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 6:30 p.m.

If you wish to appear in person or electronically as a delegation during the Public Input meeting, please visit the Region’s website for more information and to complete and submit an online form:

Final approval of the Region’s 2023 Operating Budget and Ten-Year Capital Program is scheduled for Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at 3:00 p.m

You can watch any of the scheduled budget or Council meetings on the Region’s website at

For a copy of the budget schedule or for more information about the Regional budget, please visit our website:

Notice of these meetings is being given in accordance with the “Municipal Act”, as amended, and the Region’s Notice Policy.

William Short Regional Clerk


Statistics indicate that in 50 percent of fatal preventable house fires, there were no smoke detectors. In fact in August 2002, a tragic fire claimed two young lives in a Toronto condominium hi-rise. Evidence obtained from the fire investigation indicated that smoke detectors were not installed in this condo unit.

Waterloo’s 2023 Plan and Budget. This year, municipalities across the province face significant budget challenges. The Region’s 2023 budget must balance expanding important services for our growing community, and rising costs caused by inflation. Tell council which programs and services are important to you. A short online survey and other feedback options are available at budget2023 until the end of 2022. The dates of all public budget meetings will also be added to the EngageWR page as they become available. Council will finalize the 2023 budget early next year.

The condo corporation was found to be at fault (with the unit owner). The installation of smoke detectors is a public concern and the court found that the corporation did not show that it took reasonable steps to avoid the tragic results. Therefore, it is very clear that the responsibility for the installation and operation of smoke detectors is joint. Owners are responsible to maintain and ensure proper installation.

Preventing fires is a very important issue and the board of directors cannot take risks when you have so many people living above, below or beside you. Those condominium corporations that have not already done so, should be developing a unit inspection plan and keep records particular to each individual unit.

been transformed into an interim incubation space for entrepreneurs and start-ups focused on social and environmental innovation and solving local and global issues. The new space welcomes a variety of social and environmental entrepreneurs including underrepresented groups. The Waterloo Region Small Business Centre will be the first partner, overseeing the space on behalf of the city. Additional entrepreneurial program partners will be brought on in the coming months.

Take the time to educate condo owners about fire safety. No one has to die in a house fire when a simple and inexpensive device called a smoke detector is available. These alarms give the occupants the precious minutes they need to escape a burning building. However, in order to save lives they must be in perfect working order, so please check those batteries now before it is too late.

Directors should confirm all smoke detectors are in good working order. All it takes is a

MUSICIAN DEVELOPMENT FORUM - January, 26, 2023 from 6 - 10 p.m. at the Catalyst Commons, Suite 210, 137 Glasgow Street, Kitchener. The forum is geared towards independent local musicians who want to develop their music businesses and learn about the changes that have taken place in the music industry and how to navigate them. Listen to industry leaders, Joanne Setterington, Steve Waxman, Michael Perlmutter as they are interviewed by CBC KitchenerWaterloo’s Craig Norris. The event will include opportunities for local musicians to network with the speakers and other musicians in the community. For tickets, visit Musician Development Forum.

KITCHENER COMMUNITY ENTREPRENEURSHIP HUB – A first-of-its-kind social entrepreneurship hub is located at 2 King St. W. The space has

THE BACK DOOR BOOK LAUNCH - January 27 from 7:30pm – 10:30 pm. Tickets $15 – $35. A memoir by the popular writer, and broadcaster Coral Andrews chronicling the stories of musicians, artists, and personalities who were part of the counterculture that existed deep in Kitchener’s underground at The Back Door. For tickets, contact The Registry Theatre Presents (519) 745-6565 or inquire by email

Marilyn Lincoln is a condo owner, director and author of The Condominium Self Management Guide 2nd ed. Send questions to marilyn

LARRY LARSON’S JAZZ GUYSThe Anniversary Concert Jazz at The Registry - February 3 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm. Larry and his Guys performed at the first Registry jazz series. The K-W Symphony principal trumpet, and his crack band return annually, this time to celebrate JATR 15. Part of the Winter Jazz Weekend. $30 General Admission, $150 6-Concert Series Pass. For tickets call 519-578-1570 or buy tickets online. Contact info@

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Bandology Music Camp will be held at Laurier university during March Break

For the first time, nonprofit Bandology will be hosting a March Break Music Camp in collaboration with the Beckett School at Laurier. The camp is designed for those aged 7-10 and will focus on a wide array of music instruments and styles as well as fun games and activities.

March Break Music Camp runs March 13-17, 2023, at the Beckett School on the Laurier University campus. Campers will enjoy handson introductory workshops and participate in a variety of musical activities. Alongside dedicated music mentors, kids will try out different musical instruments, take a field trip through the Wilfrid Laurier University campus, and enjoy performances by trained musicians.

“It is the combined goal of the Beckett School at Laurier and Bandology to provide as many opportunities as possible for children in our region to engage in group musicmaking to continue the rich, musical heritage of our KW community,” said Rebekah Jordan-Miller, the Director of the Beckett School at Laurier.

“Learning is at the core of our camp program,” said Sandy Wright, Education Manager at Bandology and a local songwriter and composer. “We want campers to be able to do something they couldn’t at the beginning of the week, to enjoy themselves and to engage with music in new ways. It’s about fostering a lifelong love of music—and making a bunch of joyful noise, of course.”

Bandology has previously

hosted Band Camp in July 2022 at St. John’s-Kilmarnock School in nearby Breslau for kids in grades 1-12, and the non-profit, which is going into its seventh year, is excited to be back in the area bringing more music to more kids. No musical experience is required.

“We’re delighted to partner with our friends at Bandology to enhance our shared mission of fun, high-quality music education for all,” said Cynthia Johnson-Turner, Dean of the Faculty of Music at Laurier University.

“Transferable skills like collaboration are a big part

of everyday life. Music is a fun and challenging way to teach students skills that they will use forever,” said Ryan MacKinnon, Camp Coordinator at Bandology. “Learning and having fun, rather than thinking about perfection, is what we are really striving for at camp.”

Registration is now open for kids ages 7-10 at Parents are encouraged to reach out to ask questions about the camp.

Bandology provides other opportunities for young musicians to play, including the Play A Gig program, which connects young musicians with

performance opportunities in the community and online. Bandology also works to promote and advocate for the long-term value of music education. More information can be found at

On December 12, the Board of Trustees of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board elected Kitchener-Wilmot Trustee Tracey Weiler as Chair of the Board and Kitchener-Wilmot Trustee Kathy Doherty-Masters as Vice-Chair. The board is comprised of the following representatives: Cambridge-North Dumfries – David Guerin, Marisa Phillips, Robert Sikora; Kitchener-Wilmot – Kathy Doherty-Masters, Wendy Ashby, Renee Kraft, Tracey Weiler; Waterloo-Wellesley-Woolwich – Sally Fuentes, Linda Cuff; Student trustees – Chloe Armstrong and Anika Fejerpataky.

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Happy 2023! I wish you a happy, healthy, and prosperous year. Our 2023 Budget process is underway. The proposed budget would have property taxes increase by 4.8% or

Notes from City Hall

Despite sky high inflation of nearly 7%, the proposed budget increase is 4.8% which not only maintains our services, but makes new investments in Parks, Community & Rec Facilities, and some requested items like more Outdoor Rinks. 4.8% equates to about $4.67 per month for the average home. If the dollar amount sounds low in relation to the percentage, remember that Kitchener only keeps 31% of your property taxes (the Region of Waterloo gets 55% and the School Boards take 14%.)

$56.00 for the year. Water Utilities would increase 4.8% or $42.00. Combined, it would be an increase of $98.00 for the year.

No decisions have been made yet. I’d love your input. See the 2023 Budget page on my website, There are links to the proposed budget, and the budget survey to provide your input and how to contact myself and council with your comments and more.

Improvements are coming to Idlewood, Kinzie and Oaten parks. Using your input, our staff created

what you think, what’s important to you, what direction you would like to see the city take in relation to growth and improvements. You will have an opportunity to provide feedback on Jan. 9 on Public Input Night. You can help shape our future by registering to speak at www.

Built within the budget is $1.5M of funding that has not yet been allocated. Council could choose to lower the tax increase with those funds, which would save you about $1 per month on average, but there are suggested strategic actions proposed. These options are: 1) Affordable housing; 2) Lowering Green House Gas emissions of our fleet; 3) Paving more trails; 4) Reduce recreation costs; 5) Support/subsidize local artists and creators; 6) Initiatives to reduce speeding in key areas; 7) Enhance

final concepts for each park. You can go to my website to see the concepts and provide input. If you miss the survey deadline, you can email me at

There’s a new website showing the many services Kitchener delivers to you and your family. Services like water, roads and infrastructure, parks and trails, community centres, arenas, pools, arts and culture, fire protection and more. Visit

Josslin Insurance sponsors some free public skating sessions

also includes the creation of 100 units, including 40 deeply affordable homes. The project, proposed by Knossos Housing Corp.of Waterloo Region will positively impact the lives of many living in our city.

neighbourhood parks/amenities. We cannot afford to fund all of these initiatives within budget, so we are asking you to weigh in with your preferences. Please visit kitchener. ca/budget and follow the link to the survey there or go to kitchener-budget-2023. Knowing your preferences helps us make better decisions. If you have any personal thoughts you’d like to share, please contact me anytime at

Kitchener’s 2023 proposed budget increase stays below inflation

Happy New Year Ward 3. I hope everyone had a great Holiday Season.

Council will be discussing the 2023 Budget this month. I want to know

Kitchener Council was busy in December approving new and exciting developments in many areas of the city. In total, over 2000 condominiums and rental apartments were approved. This

by Mukul Verma and sponsors, Total Aire Care, Doon Village Pharmacy and Crispy Slice Pizza. The team worked tirelessly to help make sure no child goes without at Christmas and, for the fifth year, collected over 1300 toys for the Toy Mountain Toy Drive.

Kitchener Council also provided final lease approval to allow for the redevelopment of the Boathouse in the heart of Victoria Park. Walkinshaw Holdings will transform the Boathouse into an iconic venue for live music, food, and indoor and outdoor entertainment.

Kitchener Council approved a

Council in 1990 and approved by Regional Council in 1991. For more information on the project, go to Infrastructure Projects.

at Kitchener arenas. Our outdoor rinks will be available when weather permits. Find out more at kitchener. ca/skating.

If you need an overnight parking exemption between now and March 31, visit for more info.

If I can assist you, contact me or call our contact centre at 519-7412345. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @DaveSchniderKW; friend me on Facebook. Visit my website for lots of Ward 2 and city info.

new policy aimed at supporting the well-being of residents with undetermined immigration status, or no immigration status, in Kitchener. The policy is designed to clarify and affirm the City’s commitment to providing access to City services for these residents.

On Jan. 18 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, I’ll be hosting an informal meet and greet at Kingsdale Community Center, 72 Wilson Ave. Let’s chat about how we can improve our City and Ward. I look forward to meeting you there.

The City of Kitchener has released its proposed 2023 budget in December, outlining a plan to support core services, respond to growth, and make investments for the community, all while delivering a property tax rate increase below the rate of inflation. The budget includes several investment options for Council to consider, and the City of Kitchener is looking for public input on which options should be prioritized.

“As we begin the budget process for our new term, it is important that the 2023 budget strikes a balance between the priorities important to our community while also recognizing the affordability challenges being experienced by many in our community.” said Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “I’m happy to see that the proposed 2023 budget does just that by accounting for those needs while staying well below the inflation rate.”

For the average home in Kitchener, the proposed rate increases for the 2023 budget are:

• Property taxes: 4.8 per cent or $56 annually

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. The spirit of giving is alive and well in Ward 4 thanks to the generosity of citizens and a dedicated group of volunteers led

The Biehn Drive Extension Project will come to Community and Infrastructure Services Committee on February 13th. Planning on this project began in 1989 as part of the Brigadoon Community Plan and was adopted by Kitchener City

Centre, Jan. 19 and another at the Williamsburg Community Centre, Feb. 2 from 6:30-8pm. Please pop in to say hi and share your concerns or suggestions for Ward 5 or our city. I hope to see you there!

A winter reminder there is no overnight parking on roads until after March 31st, and sidewalks must be shoveled within 24 hours after a snowfall or snow event. Assisted sidewalk and windrow clearing for seniors and those who physically can’t shovel is available for those who qualify. For more information, go to

There are lots of winter activity

opportunities in Ward 4. Some trails are maintained, and those that aren’t are perfect for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. If winter skating is your thing, go to kitchener. ca/skating for skating rink locations. The Pioneer Park West Rink team is getting things ready for another great season. If you want to volunteer, you can connect through Facebook on the Pioneer Park West Winter Rinks page.

Wishing everyone an excellent 2023!

• Water utilities (water, sanitary and stormwater): 4.5 per cent or $42 annually

As a result, the proposed 2023 budget represents a combined annual increase of $98 for the average household, based on the average assessed value of $326,000 and annual water consumption of 170m3.

Happy New Year Ward 5! I hope you enjoyed the holidays with your family and friends.

I’m hosting an informal meet and greet at the Huron Community

Kitchener’s proposed 2023 budget can now be viewed at Based on the average home in Kitchener, the proposed rate increase is 4.8% or $56 annually for property taxes, and 4.5% or $42 annually for water utilities. Council will direct a portion of this budget to strategic investments

that fall under the themes: Housing for All; Creating a Green City; and Wellbeing and Belonging. We need your input on the budget and to determine where we allocate these funds. Visit to share your feedback on investment options and the budget before the survey closes on Jan. 17.

The final budget meeting will take place on Feb. 2. You can attend live at City Hall or virtually at Visit our website to register, if you’d like to

be part of those contributing to the conversation at register. Let’s all work together to keep making Kitchener a great place to live!

As we enter 2023, I can’t help but reflect on the words of a powerful song by Lee Ann Womack, “I Hope You Dance.” I hope you enter 2023 in the spirit of these lyrics.

Feel free to connect with me about these or other city matters at 519-741-2791 or ayo.owodunni@ Follow me on Twitter @ayoowodunni.

“Many in our community are feeling the financial pressures of rising costs,” added Scott Davey returning Chair of the Finance & Administration Committee, “so I’m glad that Council’s consistent focus on long-term financial planning has put us in the position to strike a balance in the proposed budget, which Council will consider beginning in January.”

The proposed 2023 budget has three key themes:

• Supporting core services

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As we begin 2023, I want to thank you for your support and friendship throughout the past year. I’ve

Notes from City Hall

enjoyed representing our community and being your voice on Kitchener Council. I’m sure that the new year will bring many exciting opportunities and challenges, but I’m confident that our community is up to the task.

My efforts will only increase, alongside my passion to help our community in any way I can. Because I value the importance of creating safe and vibrant neighbourhoods, I’m committed to doing my best to create an environment of support and inclusion, by working collaboratively with community members,

to share the following information with you.

stakeholders, and city staff to keep our ward maintained, and offer the services and infrastructure needed to meet these needs.

I’m excited to continue our work on making Kitchener a vibrant, prosperous, and inclusive community. We have big plans for the year ahead within the 2023 Budget, including the support of local businesses; creation of partnerships to accelerate the provision of more affordable housing; investment in our green spaces, neighbourhood parks and, most importantly, in our


To make these initiatives successful, and to ensure they’re in keeping with the priorities and asks from the community, your input is needed. So, I strongly encourage you to take part in local initiatives and public meetings, as these are important ways to impact city decisions. As your Councillor, I’m committed to building a Kitchener where everyone can thrive. I hope that you all have a prosperous and successful year ahead.

• Responding to growth

• Investments for our community

Happy New Year Ward 7!

I’m hearing a growing number of concerns regarding coyotes from all over the Ward, especially in the Forest Heights area and would like

Our city staff are aware of coyotes living in this area and throughout Kitchener. We are told that coyote sightings are normal and should not be misconstrued with something dangerous. The coyote is considered a natural inhabitant of the City of Kitchener and has adapted well to urban life. The city recognizes that coyotes play an important ecological role in urban areas by eating other animals and controlling pest populations.

Generally, coyotes can live near people without causing problems but there are some important tips you can follow to reduce issues. Always keep your cat(s) indoors and dog(s) on a leash. The dog off a leash is a trigger to the coyote and major cause of most coyote incidents that have occurred historically. Coyotes will not approach or chase dogs that are leashed and close to their owners. Never run when you see a coyote, it brings out their “chase” instinct. Instead, stand still, wave your arms and make loud noises

to scare them away. For more tips and information, visit: coyotesandwildlife.

That said, in specific cases where an animal is behaving oddly like frequenting yards, approaching people, behaving aggressively, or feeding on human food scraps, residents are encouraged to report these to our Corporate Contact Centre at 519-741-2345 and staff will inspect these concerns to determine if any further intervention is required.

In the proposed 2023 budget, there is $1.5 million available that council can allocate towards strategic investments. This funding is available due to electricity savings from the city-wide conversion to LED streetlights and additional investment income due to interest rate increases. City staff are looking for public input on a variety of investment options for these funds and has set up a survey on Engage Kitchener to gather community feedback. The survey closes on Tuesday, January 17, and responses will be reported to city council to inform their deliberations.

Happy 2023! Wishing you all a healthy, safe and prosperous year ahead.

A friendly reminder about our anti-idling bylaw. You may recall,

I brought forward a motion about anti-idling to Council which passed on February 22, 2021. The bylaw requires motorists to turn off their engines after 3 consecutive minutes of idling, unless in traffic. As antiidling was a new initiative for our city, research was done on what other municipalities were already doing and three minutes was the most common idle time.

For the first while, the city focused only on educating and informing the community, an adjustment period to the bylaw. Staff can now have a

conversation with residents, and the bylaw provides a consequence if people are not complying, a fine of $75.00.

The bylaw is one of the many actions our city is taking as part of our Community Climate Action Plan - to achieve our goal of 80 per cent reduction in community level greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. I’m pleased to say, we already have an anti-idling policy in place, internally, for our city vehicles and greening work of Kitchener fleet such as idle-reduction kits (electric

batteries to plug into so engines can turn off), expansion of electric vehicles, integration of biofuel. With our anti-idling bylaw, we continue to build on our vision to create a healthy, livable community. Please remember, excessive idling creates unnecessary air pollution, especially in high traffic volume areas such as school zones. Do your part to help make Kitchener healthy and idle free. For more information, visit, keyword search: ‘bylaw guide’.

In 2022 Council returned to the Chambers with a hybrid set-up allowing people to delegate in person or through Zoom. It was a much welcome return. Other highlights

of 2022 included the creation of a Downtown Vision committee, the opening of the Sustainable Development Goals Lab, the City’s partnership with Leilani Farha to understand better the affordable housing crisis and housing as a human right, and the completion of Zoning bylaw CRoZBy Stage 2b and the Spaces portion of Places and Spaces. On the flip side, we have more homeless people, more families on the affordable housing waiting list and a real estate market that is inaccessible to most people.

where we discussed challenging events, processed important concerns, and made tough choices to keep our city functioning well.

We need to do better.

If possible, here’s what I’d like to see in 2023: 1) work with other levels of government to get every homeless person into proper housing, 2) decisive action items to reduce greenhouse gases at community and corporate levels, 3) new sidewalk clearing measures ensuring people of all abilities can navigate the city all year, 4) to clearly define ‘affordable’ rent for the working poor, 5) implement an inclusionary zoning bylaw, 6) build more parks in the downtown Wards

to accommodate growth, 7) use equity as a filter for all decisions, 8) keep all new developments within the current zoning bylaws and density ratio goals, 9) expedite the updating of zoning bylaws in the Urban Growth Centre and the Major Transit Station Areas.

I would love to hear your list of suggestions for the City. I wish you all the best in 2023 and I look forward to working with you. Contact me at Debbie.Chapman@Kitchener. ca.

“We’re facing new economic realities, including skyrocketing inflation, cost increases due to supply chain issues and volatility in fuel costs due to the war in Ukraine,” said Chief Financial Officer Jonathan Lautenbach. “Despite these challenges, staff have prepared a budget that maintains current service levels, responds to growth related pressures, and includes investment options for Council to consider that can have a meaningful impact for Kitchener’s future. The proposed increase of 4.8 per cent is higher than previous years due to factors outside of the City’s control, but still well below the current rate of inflation (7 per cent), demonstrating the balance that staff always try to achieve when setting the budget.”

The 2023 budget process involves four council sessions:

• Public input night: January 9, 2023

• Operating budget day: January 16, 2023

• Capital budget day: January 23, 2023

Hello Kitchener! What an exciting first month as city councillor for Ward 10. Our Council has been productive. We had our first meetings for this term of council

I know this year has been challenging for folks feeling the impact of inflation on their living expenses. I’m looking into more ways in which we can ensure all Kitchener residents can enjoy a good quality of life. For this reason, I invite you to provide your input into the 2023 budget at kitchener-budget-2023. Fill out the survey to help guide council in their

decision making for this budget. To view the proposed 2023 budget prior to public budget night on the 9th, visit We also brought important motions forward to respond to the province’s overreaching bill 23 which interferes with the City’s ability to protect our farmland and wetland, and to fund our infrastructure. I’m optimistic that we are a Council that will work together to get things done. Also, with the help of staff, I’ve been happy to support constituents with questions

and concerns they may have.

I hope all of you had a very healthy and safe holiday season. I hope you had the time to do things that brought you joy, connect with someone you care for and renew your body and spirit for this year. Don’t forget to join me for tea and snacks on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, January 17th at 6:30 at the Breithaupt Community Centre located at 350 Margaret Ave. Happy New Year!

• Final budget day: February 2, 2023

Visit the City of Kitchener’s council and committee calendar to find the agendas when they’re available. People interested in watching the budget meetings can do so live or on-demand.

To read the full proposed 2023 budget and take the survey, visit

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Thirty-three local creators awarded

The Region of Waterloo Arts Fund (RWAF) is awarding a total of $261,849 to 33 local artists and arts organizations for projects slated to take place between January 1 and December 31, 2023. The fall 2022 round of funding received 98 applications, with requests totaling $776,977.

jects are listed below. The information in brackets indicates where the project will

take place. The phrase “Region of Waterloo” indicates projects that will unfold in more than one location.

The total requests were for nearly $800,000.

The Arts fund received a $50,000 donation from the Good Foundation to help fund these projects. The Good Foundation is a legacy created by the Good family in the name

Since 2019, the Good

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Foundation has generously allocated funds to the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund to award through our fall adjudication process.

Good Foundation Projects CAFKA’s 2023 Biennial Exhibition – Caitlin Sutherland (Waterloo): - $10,000 to mount “Stay With Me” Regional Artist Interventions, a program supporting the growth of individual artistic practices, ensuring professional artist fees, and providing platforms for disseminating work to the viewing public.

Geoff Martin (Kitchener):

Badran, and Sheila McMath – aims to strengthen the grassroots arts community and provide opportunities for experimental exchange among artists and the larger community.

RWAF-Funded Projects - Organizations and Collectives

as they face the struggles and triumphs of fleeing crises and coming to Canada. The production will involve local artists and technicians, and Levant will seek partnerships with newcomer and refugee artists.

Mel Brown Music Festival – Carlos Morgan (Region of Waterloo):

- $11,000 for this multievent, multi-venue festival celebrating Black artistry and music in Waterloo Region.

NUMUS – Kathryn Ladano (Kitchener):

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- $7,500 for The Homeground Essays, a literary collection of original work exploring the ecological, spiritual, and settlement histories of Waterloo Region, specifically, and North America, more broadly.

Button Factory Arts – Heather Franklin (Waterloo): - $19,400 for Destination Art, a community arts approach to uplifting community spirit, engaging viewers, and celebrating the arts by featuring the poetry/writing and visual art of 18 artists on local bus shelters and Ion stations.

St James ’-Rosemount United 171 Sher wood Ave., Kitchener (519) 742-1002

Sunday Ser vice: 10:30 a m

St. George’s of Forest Hill - Anglican 321 Fischer-Hallman Road, Kitchener (519) 744-4751

Lunch ser ved following ser vice on the third Sunday of ever y month. Nurser y, Sunday School, Youth Group, Wed. Night Bible study

I, The Mountain – Alison Dyjach (Kitchener): - $1,650 for Sing Yourself Home album artwork. I, The Mountain is partnering with Hushpuppy Designs to create artwork for the group’s upcoming album.

DiverseWorks Dance Co. –Raechele Lovell (Region of Waterloo): - $15,000 for the pilot DiverseWorks Dance Co. Apprenticeship Program, creating apprenticeship and training opportunities for racialized and marginalized youth who have been identified for professional development and mentoring.

- $5,000 for the Anatomy of a Recovering Brain. Ontariobased composer Frank Horvat will be commissioned to create a new work on the theme of brain injury. Project partners include the Brain Injury Association of Waterloo Wellington (BIAWW) and the Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA).

Kitchener Gospel Temple -Pentecostal 9 Conway Dr. (at River Rd), Kitchener (519) 894-5999

Sunday Service 8:15 a.m. (Book of Common Prayer) Sunday Service 10:00 a.m. (Children’s - Youth Ministries) Wednesday Service 10:00 a.m. All Welcome

Sunday Ser vice: 10:30 a m

Mid-week ac tivities for all ages w w w kitchenergospel com

Kitchener East Presbyterian 10 Zeller Drive, Kitchener (519) 748-9786

Reverend: Mark S. Richardson

Sunday Ser vice: 10:30 a m Nurser y and Sunday School provided Sonshine Corner, Thursdays from 9 - 11 a.m.

Holy Cross Evangelic al Lutheran 322 East Avenue (at Stirling), Kitchener (519) 742-5812 w w

Sunday Ser vice: (Sept. - June) 8:30 and 11 a m , (July-Aug.) 9:30 a m 9:45 a m - Sunday School, Youth & Adult Bible Classes

Choirs - Stephen Ministr y - Youth Group - Beginnings (0 -3 years)

Hope Lutheran 30 Shaftsbur y Drive, Kitchener (519) 893-5290

Worship Ser vice : 10:00 a.m. Nursery closed at this time ww w.hopelc ca

Breslau Evangelic al Missionar y Church 102 Woolwich St., Breslau (519) 648-2712

Sunday Worship Ser vice: 10 a m Children’s Ministr y - Youth Ministr y - Small Groups All are welcome! Visit us at ww w.bemc ca

Stanley Park Community Church 9 Dreger Ave., (at Ottawa St.) Kitchener (519) 893-8186 w w

Pastor: John Pearce Sunday Ser vice and Kid’s Church: 10 a m ALL WELCOME!

Nexus Church Meets in The Conrad Center - 36 King St W. Kitchener Sunday Ser vice 10:30 a.m.

Irish Real Life Festival – Sue Nally (Kitchener):

- $3,200 for Kindred Spirits: Irish and Indigenous Peoples. Cape Breton Mi’kmaq fiddler/ singer Morgan Toney will perform Mi’kmaq and original songs, and lead a master class for local musicians.

The Still Waters Collaborative – Tamara Louks (Cambridge):

- $7,480 for The 15-20-50 Film Showcase, curating and presenting a retrospective screening program that celebrates and highlights the work of digital media art practitioners in greater Waterloo.

Midtown Radio DramasDanielle Deveau (Region of Waterloo):

- $7,500 for Midtown Radio Dramas LIVE, a broadcast theatre experience with actors, musicians, and Foley sound technicians performing live on the air.

Peggy Plet (Kitchener):

- $5,300 for researching, conceptualizing, and developing an exhibition on Waterloo’s early Black settler, Levi Carroll. Tri-City Stopgap Collective – Michael Ambedien (Cambridge):

- $8,050 to curate an exhibition for the Gaslight District, Cambridge’s premiere event space. The collective –Michael Ambedian, Nadine

Dundee Artisan Festival –Rosemary Arthurs (Wilmot): - $5,000 for a festival of local artisans and musicians to inspire craftmanship, promote community togetherness, empower youth, and to support small business, including local food trucks.

The Innovative Productions –Sydney Schott (Waterloo): - $676 for this new, small, woman-run theatre company’s development of Hello, Love!, a new comedy by a local playwright about five crazy singles hoping to find their love match during the Valentine’s Day Festival.

Kaleidescope Productions –Heather Majaury (Kitchener): - $12,000 for The Housing Project: Two Minute Plays, a theatre-devising project that results in a series of forum theatre re-enactments about homelessness and housing precariousness.

KW Punk Rock Flea Market –Stacie Robinson (Kitchener):

- $7,000 for KW Punk Rock Flea Market – Stay Cold Fest, an alternative arts and music festival featuring artists and performers from diverse cultural backgrounds and talents.

Levant – Siba Al-Khadour (Region of Waterloo):

- $5,000 for The Beast, a documentary featuring the journeys of refugees from Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, and Afghanistan

People’s Climate Collective –Kai Reimer-Watts (Kitchener): - $9,500 for the “Passages” group exhibit planned for THEMUSEUM. The 6,000 sq. ft immersive exhibition on environmental themes merges sculptural installations with multimedia.

The COVERT Collective –Mark Walton (Waterloo):

- $10,000 for The COVERT Collective Presents, in which three emerging local artists are identified, and their work presented at the Waterloo Information Centre in August of 2023 and in September, at Lumen 2023.

The Freedom Marching Project – Sherylee Honeyghan (Region of Waterloo):

- $12,500 for Legacy: What Was / What Is / What Will Be, a showcase that fosters talent who want to use entertainment to celebrate and appreciate Black culture and excellence.

The New Hamburg Art Tour 2023 – Nancy Taves (Wilmot):

- $2,500 to support “The Tour,” a collaboration of 23 artists in one centralized venue to increase engagement with the community, local businesses, and to help build an arts and culture hub in Wilmot Township.

The Relative Minors – Kiersten Robertshaw (Cambridge):

- $6,000 for Most of What We Do is Sleep, the Relative Minors’ fourth studio album, featuring songs to entertain and inspire children in Waterloo Region and beyond.

Unwrap Theatre – Alten

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Region of Waterloo Arts Fund

Wilmot (Region of Waterloo):

- $10,000 for the 2023 Neighbourhood Series that will commission an artist to create work, curate a multidisciplinary production around that work, then present the production at community organizations whose members face barriers to accessing live performances.

Virtu Arts – Vanessa C. Spence (Region of Waterloo):

- $8,045 for the Virtu Arts Play Development Intensive, an eight-month-long professional and experiential play development program for emerging and established Black artists.

RWAF-Funded ProjectsIndividual Artists

Missy Bauman – Rachele Bauman (Cambridge):

- $5,548 to support the marketing and promotion costs of Bruises, the artist’s third fulllength album of original music.

Behnaz Fatimi (Region of Waterloo):

- $5,000 for Mobile Safe Zones, a multi-media project in which the artist-built, mobile human-size structures allow community members to interactively share lived experiences or perceptions of oppressive regimes and social justice concerns.

Aaron T. Francis (Kitchener):

- $15,000 for Temple of Love: The Untold Story of Erroll Starr, a Vintage Black Canada™ x Digital Sabbath

documentary film about a Juno Award winning Black Canadian pop icon from Kitchener.

Kate Kamo McHugh (Kitchener):

- $10,000 for 20 Grains of Rice: Seeds of Reclamation, a multidisciplinary theatre piece that explores the generational trauma of Japanese internment through dance, monologues, projections, and improvised music.

Mary Abdel-Malek Neil (Kitchener): - $5,100 for Good and Mad Podcast Mini-Series for women artists to reclaim their voices, bodies, right to have emotions, fury, and to fight for their art.

Oja – Oman Akot (Region of Waterloo): - $7,000 for Ana Taban –Juba Arabic for “I am tired” – a visual arts project resulting in a solo show that invites residents of the region to engage with new paintings to be created by the artist.

Mark Anthony Ramitt (Waterloo):

- $4,900 for AI: Altruistic Individuals, a short film about a terminally ill programmer who develops custom smarthome technology to care for her partner after she is gone.

Sharl Smith:

- $15,000 to help in the creation of seven sculptures— ostensibly the largest freestanding bead-stitched sculpture ever made—to be exhibited at the Clay & Glass

Gallery and the Grimsby Public Art Gallery.

Emily Urquhart (Kitchener):

- $5,000 to assist with research and writing The Pit, a novel about ecological grief and the role art plays in amplifying hope and loss in the Anthropocene.

About the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund

The Arts Fund exists to “Make Art Happen.”

The role of the fund is to enhance the creative vitality of this distinctive region of Ontario by providing meaningful grants and advocacy support to individual local artists and to arts-and-culture organizations. The not-for-profit corporation is one of the few granting bodies in Canada that awards grants directly to artist-led projects.

The Arts Fund welcomes

grant applications in all arts disciplines, from individual artists and organizations throughout the region. Applicants may apply in the spring or fall of each year for projects slated to occur within the next 12 months.

Since it was established in 2002, the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund has supported 943 projects, for a total community investment of $5,327,634.


Reid lives in an isolated, close-knit community where everyone has their role. When she gets accepted into a distant university so prestigious that even the stationery of the acceptance letter seems impossibly perfect, her world explodes with possibility.

However, her elation is quickly dampened by fear and guilt. Reid’s mother depends on her to get by, and she knows that leaving could mean destitution for her, and hardship for her whole community.

In this isolated part of the world, only the community elders remember a time of electrical grids and national governments. But in spite of living in a derelict building in the middle of nowhere, and sick with a frightening disease, Reid is being given a chance to live and study in the last known vestige of civilization. A place so fundamentally different from her world, many in her community do not even believe it exists.

Reid’s perspective is that of a bright young person who is suddenly excited and overwhelmed with the immensity of the world, and unsure what her place in it will be.

While protagonists often seem to possess an inhuman assurance in knowing what to do next, Reid’s insecurities are incredibly sincere. While most protagonists leap into adventure, looking at her friends and family in the eye before turning away isn’t that simple for Reid. This honesty makes her character resonate long after the book is over.

Her story and much of the imagery seemed to relate closely to modern tensions about being from a colonized or oppressed group, and being offered a chance to learn or work in one of the colonizer’s own institutions. There are feelings of resentment - betrayal even - but also opportunity. This dichotomy makes the themes of the book strike right to the heart for anyone who has had to turn away from all they knew in order to pursue their dreams.

All this is portrayed in a short book with a darkly meditative and occasionally haunting style. The setting of this story can feel unnerving. However, at its core is a very down-to-earth coming of age story about growing up too fast, and making crucial decisions when every option feels wrong.

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DRAYTON ENTERTAINMENT DIRECTORS RECEIVE QUEEN ELIZABETH II PLATINUM JUBILEE PINS – On December 21, MP Bryan May (centre) presented Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee pins to Drayton Entertainment founder and artistic director Alex Mustakas (left) and executive director Steven Karcher. The pin recognizes contributions to arts and culture in Canada, along with the cultural, social, educational, and economic impact of live theatre in the communities where Drayton Entertainment operates. The pin was created to mark the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II on the throne and Members of Parliament were provided with a limited number of commemorative pins bearing the platinum jubilee emblem. Photo submitted. A monthly column featuring great reads as suggested and reviewed by librarians from the Kitchener Public Library. Follow along each month and discover your next great read! The Annual Migration of Clouds by Premee Mohamed
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