Kitchener Citizen - July 2022

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New departures lounge officially opened at the Region of Waterloo International airport BY CARRIE DEBRONE he new departures lounge at the Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF) officially opened July 5. The lounge is part of the airport’s $30.2-million Airport Terminal Expansion Project currently underway. About 500,000 passengers are expected to travel through YKF this year. The new lounge is expected to improve passenger service and help manage increased numbers of passengers travelling on Flair Airlines’ additional flights. The 20,000-square-foot lounge provides seating for 500 people with additional standing room space, and six new boarding gates will allow passengers to board their aircraft faster. “I am thrilled to be celebrating another milestone in this important project,” said Karen Redman, Chair of the Region of Waterloo. “Since this expansion plan was put in place in 2017, our airport has undergone impressive growth – not just in size and number of passengers – but in overall jobs and economic impact as well. We are very thankful for the support of our federal partners and the Canada Community-Building Fund to help make our vision a reality. We look forward to the next phase of development at the

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Region of Waterloo International Airport.” The Canada CommunityBuilding Fund (CCBF) provides permanent, stable funding for municipal infrastructure across the country, supporting local projects that have a direct community benefit. The fund is delivered in Ontario annually through the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) to all municipalities (except Toronto). Waterloo region has invested $246-million in CCBF funding since the fund was established in 2005, and its most recent project is the largest investment to date under the Regional Airports category. “Investments in transportation infrastructure is vital to ensuring residents and businesses are well connected. The work being done here is critical to the future of our region - our economy, and the way we travel,” said Tim Louis, Member of Parliament for Kitchener–Conestoga, who spoke on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities. “The new departures lounge will ensure the Region of Waterloo International Airport has the capacity to accommodate the increasing number of travellers to our region in a modern and welcoming space.”

Flair Airlines has three planes based at the airport and currently provides non-stop service to 12 destinations. Flair recently expanded its service to the east coast including Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Deer Lake, Newfoundland, and also to Montreal, Quebec. “Kitchener-Waterloo is an important part of the Flair network,” said Stephen Jones, President and Chief Executive Officer for Flair Airlines. “We strengthened our ties with YKF earlier this year by positioning a third aircraft at the airport. We are committed to this community and to expanding affordable air service options for all. We are excited to see the airport expansion plan become a reality and want to thank the community for supporting local air service.” This month, phase two of construction will begin to reconfigure the existing terminal building providing self-service kiosks and common use airline counters. A third security line will speed passenger screening. A new baggage system, with a selfservice bag drop and expanded sort area, will be constructed. Phase two is expected to be completed by the spring of 2023. The expansion is part of YKF’s 20-year Airport Master Plan, which was approved by Regional Council in 2017.

SHARING WISDOM AND HAVING FUN - Fran Voisin of Kitchener plays a game of bean bag toss on Gaukel Street when the Schlegel Villages Green Benches were brought to downtown Kitchener on June 29. During seniors’ month in June, Schlegel Villages took its green benches to five different cities in Ontario, including Kitchener, where their residents could sit, meet others, and share their wisdom and experiences. Photo by Helen Hall

VALERIE BRADFORD Member of Parliament, Kitchener South—Hespeler

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Neighbours’ Day in Kitchener - June 18, 2022 Photos by Carrie Debrone and Helen Hall Page 2 l Kitchener Citizen l November 2020

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VICTORIA HILLS - Volunteers were giving away free snacks during the Victoria Hills Community Centre’s 2022 Neighbours’ Day celebration on Saturday, June 18. Events were scheduled throughout the city including porch party entertainment, street gatherings and events at several city community centres. From left: Anna Toomey, Neighbourhood Association President Pauline Freeman and Joseph Toomey.

Region of Waterloo votes extend the CLIVE ROAD POP-UP to CONCERT - Local singer and songwriter Dan Walsh played at a Neighbourhood Pop-up Concert on Clive Road on mask by-law asNeighbours’ COVID-19 cases increase Day. The event included outdoor games and was sponsored by the Eastwood Neighbourhood Association.

Looking to share input on issues impacting Kitchener older adults? The Mayor’s Advisory Council for Kitchener Seniors (MACKS) is seeking volunteers 55+ to join the committee this fall. MACKS meets monthly (Sept – June) with the Kitchener Mayor and staff to share ideas on how to make Kitchener an age-friendly community where residents can live well and age well. Those interested in applying must be Kitchener residents aged 55+ and willing to serve a three-year term. Please complete and submit an application form by visiting www.kitchener.ca/MACKS or request a print copy by contacting Carolyn Cormier at 519-741-2200 x 5345 Application deadline is August 1

WHERE ARE YOU FROM? - Carizon volunteer Tashi Thompson, who works with Canadian newcomers and refugees, helps a boy place his marker on a map of the world showing where he is originally from. The “Where are You From?” map display was set up to let neighbours participating in the Victoria Hills Community Centre’s Neighbours’ Day event see what countries visitors to the centre came from.


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Lois Millar was named Senior of the Year at a ceremony at the Kitchener Market on June 9. From left: Councillor Paul Singh, Councillor Scott Davey, Lois Millar, Councillor Debbie Chapman, and Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. Submitted photo

Kitchener names Lois Millar 2022 senior of the year

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itchener’s Lois Millar was named 2022 senior of the year in a ceremony held at the Kitchener Market on June 9. The award is part of the larger celebration for seniors’ month in June. The annual award is presented by the Mayor’s Advisory Council for Kitchener Seniors (MACKS) in partnership with Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, celebrating the contributions of residents 65+ in Kitchener. In addition to the senior of the year award, the evening ceremony recognized the achievements of 10 nominees. “Tonight, I had the privilege of celebrating in person the contributions of some really amazing older adults in our community who work tirelessly to build a better, more caring Kitchener,” said Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “I am so pleased to present Lois with this year’s senior of the year award and recognize her outstanding contributions as an inspiring role model to her peers and the community.” Despite her official retirement from nursing 15 years ago, DSD_KM_CitizenAd_Jul22.indd 1

Lois Millar continues to work in the emergency department at St. Mary’s General Hospital as a casual part-time nurse. She readily volunteered for shifts during the pandemic when staffing challenges occurred, and offered muchneeded support to patients and colleagues during challenging times.

“Tonight, I had the privilege of celebrating in person the contributions of some really amazing older adults in our community who work tirelessly to build a better, more caring Kitchener.” Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic Lois has witnessed a great deal of change in health care throughout her career and has always embraced these changes. She also played a key role in mentoring and supporting her colleagues, encouraging them

to stay active to keep up with the demands of nursing. Millar has been a member of the YMCA for 40 years and has volunteered for the YMCA’s Healthy Hearts program for the past 15 years and the Rock Steady Boxing program for the last five years. The program could not meet in person during the pandemic, but Lois continued to volunteer virtually and kept in touch with her participants each week. The award’s selection panel, made up of members of Kitchener City Council, MACKS and City of Kitchener staff, carefully reviewed each nomination and selected a candidate whose contributions make a significant, positive impact on the community. Other nominees for the award included Lerma Aguto, Rev. Brice Balmer, Jennifer Cameron, Catharine Gilbertson, Shirley Gosselin, Philip Martin, Don McDonald, Judy McKay, Mary Patterson and Adeline Warmington. To learn more about Lois Millar, this year’s senior of the year recipient and nominees, visit www.kitchener.ca/SOTY.

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Welcome to the Kitchener Citizen’s 2022

'I Love Live Theatre'

Drayton Entertainment Ticket Giveaway! Win two free tickets that can be used at any coming Drayton Entertainment 2022 season performance! Last month's winners: Crystal Marques, Darlene Pett Simply email debrone@sympatico.ca to be entered in the draw. Winners will be notified by the newspaper following each month’s giveaway and winners will be announced in the Kitchener Citizen following each draw.

The Stanley Park Optimist Ball spring season wrapped up June 26 with medallion and photo presentations to all players. The King East Dental (Junior T-Ball) team posed for this photo. From left: front, Will Bigger, Curtis Fromm, Lucas vant Voort, Josip Tomic, Evie Watson and Nora Cheung, back, Coach Andrew Jay, Brayden Martin, Maxwell Stevens, Cora Jay, Conner Veen, and Coach Stephen Martin Absent: Lilah Todd

Local youth served as umpires and officials for the 2022 Stanley Park Optimist Ball spring season. From left: front, Luke Manson, Alex Burt, Gavin Raper, Jordan Capling, Gage Sapeta and Claire May, back, Supervisor Ken Wettlaufer, Olivia Manson, Cole Raper, Jacob Burt, Helena DeGraaf, Caleb Mcdonough, Titus Klassen, Caleb Hodd and Taedyn LeBlanc Absent: Moira Jepson, Keaton Simpson and Supervisors: Gord Dearborn, Ken Mielke, April LeBlanc and Mark Onischke

ADDITIONAL GAMES BEING ARRANGED FOR SEPTEMBER

Stanley Park Optimist Ball takes a summer break

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fter a two-year hiatus due to COVID restrictions, The Optimist Club of Stanley Park’s Ball Program resumed play on May 16. This year’s program included five leagues (Blastball, Jr. and Sr. T-Ball and Jr. and Sr. 3-Pitch) with almost 400 registered players. With the delayed start, and a shortened season to finish play by June 26 when schools closed for the summer, the season focused on game education and skill building. Teams were offered the opportunity to play more games after Labour Day in September. Organizers report that all teams have said they intend to play the additional games offered. All players received photo packages and medallions after their last game of the May/June segment of the season. Domino’s provided each team with a couple of pizzas and, to add to the festivities, many teams organized additional refreshments and made it a real celebration. The league’s crew of officials also got in on the act by renewing the annual “Umpires Game”. The event included impromptu discussions on the rules, distribution of the paycheques and, not to be outdone, Domino’s pizza and a plethora of “healthy” snacks. A great way for everyone to welcome in the summer break!

With an emphasis on game education and skills building, volunteers with the spring Stanley Park Optimist Club Ball program provided coaching to all players. Pictured here is coaching assistance for Junior T-Ball CC Cleeves Realty Group team players at first and at bat.

“This year’s organizers thank all those who stepped forward to coach, help coach, manage and supervise the teams so the players could develop their skills while enjoying the games. We look forward to carrying on in September with experienced volunteers. Hopefully all this is preparation for a “more normal” season in 2023, said Gord Dearborn, Chair, Stanley Park Optimist Ball.

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THE KITCHENER CITIZEN OPINION PAGE EDITORIAL

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Letter to the editor

Just what makes Kitchener so good at Arts development?

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Thoughts on Queen Victoria and Victoria Park

As a relatively new arrival in Kitchener I've been exploring the very impressed by the Arts office at City Hall and with how they provided photographic arts opportunities here and first impressions are very me with information about what was going on here. Those people in turn encouraging. It's just not just in the techPark side was of quality the community offered ownissues advicein and contacts, so again up that for My first recollection of Victoria on a that Sunday morning have There aretheir many our country’s pasttwo andthumbs present should be judged. A thriving Arts community usually does well. This can the level of support they give each other. walking in hand with Grandpa. I was have become political. Are we to destroy or hide out of sight not alwaystobeVictoria measuredPark in thehand financial spectrum as the living standard Yes, there are already many photographers doing the normal probably about six years old. We would walk around the park everything helped Canada? should understand our expectations of artists are remarkably low. photographic that needs of themake region, but theWe opportunity to work with don't want thatexplain two bedroom house within driving emerging andWeGrandpa would the signifi cance ofconvenient Queen Victoria. beginnings and make sure future controversies like the Queen image companies like web designers, animation houses, software golfthis course or mall. Speaking of those underfunded to theby locallyhappen based video firms, electronic images for broadcasters Idistance was awed magnifi cent statueasofone a lady who was our producers, Victoria never again. independent producers tell born. you I've lived growing as solved the manufacturing hasand declined. Theaction live Queen manyart years before i'll I was (I am 82.)in some very bad etc.is Issues are not by a criminalbase action a criminal conditions just to be close to my working environment. An example being entertainment industries, local graphic designers and most especially the As the years passed, Victoria Park became a place to sail our no matter what the issue should not dictate the future. Motion when living in my various illegal Toronto warehouse studios many years emerging gallery system bodes well for business opportunities, even in this boats, and always meet friends at Queen Victoria. downturn. sensitive cameras for Queen Victoria would be more appropriate before ride they our werebikes condoized. are basically twoVictoria reasons for artists toa be in an area. A slightly AsThere a teenager Queen became meeting place to go than moving or destroying a partbyofa conservative Kitchener’sestimate Canadian Kitchener is projected to be growing of compact arts and community low rents and the availability galleries or 100,000 ice skating to the with dances at the Pavilion. Thirtyof years ago Heritage. people over the next 20 years and plans call for a big investment I haveVictoria noticed that is a vibrant to showcase the art produced. of existing warehouse buildings into studio styleHistorical live work Ivenues introduced my grandson to Queen at athere Teddy Bears in conversions Any proposed changes of this magnitude to this theatre network here that none the less is going through hard times. The space. Technically the manufacturing base has down- turned and left a lot Picnic. Park will be a tragic loss to many Kitchener residents. music scene is really good with a solid choice of local talent that is well of empty buildings. This statue beenfree a pivotal part of our generally community since Ardelle Karn publicized by a has few local publications. Radio follows the If out of those numbers there are 10 percent artists in all media that 1911. Kitchener standard corprock but the University of Waterloo has an outstanding actually work at their art all of us are going to need some of this space to community station. build up our community. Artists, being artists though, do not like to be The huge pool of university students to draw from for a vocal audience told how to do things. The local government is working hard to reach that with some disposable cash helps in keeping the cities vibrant and level where they can integrate the needs of the artistic community enthusiastic.TO TheTHE number of professional artists is still small enough so that LETTER EDITOR seamlessly into their development plans. they know one another. Many studies have shown time and again how efficient an Arts based We are quickly seeing astounding growth in the digital imaging community can be. A planning group called The Prosperity Council industry. Fortunately, as a photographer who has been working in digital specifically calls for a huge investment for artists and art based businesses forAlthough years it helps me integrate my own work into video, 3D, web, I do not live in the specific area affected by the to need to be thinking of ourKitchener children’s grandchildren’s future. encourage them to choose as aand place to work. This is the first advertising,highway etc. So I think, in Kitchener proposed 413, Ipersonally, do know the thatopportunities it is not a good idea! are time If weI do notfound act now to keep the atmospheric temperature within have a directed approach to our niche, but very valuable better than Toronto. An example being the cable TV (Rogers) that works At hard an estimated costregions of $10 billion money, segment a liveable limit (as promised), we will or of society. If even fifty percent of thehave plansno getneed done of it iscars still an schools anddollars artisiansofin public locally produced very to involve the to build a career. itprogramming. will make it even harder to reach our vital climate targets attractive any otherplace of our modern conveniences. Our imageworried production now all as pixels and with recent not forget Kitchener/Waterloo voted thefarmland most intelligent as Let's it paves overthat Ontario’s Greenbelt,wasdestroys and I am very aboutisour future residents of ourthe beautiful announcement of a new 5 million dollar Federal grant to establish a city and speaking as a newcomer it is very evident that the level of harms wildlife habitats. All this to save drivers 30-60 seconds planet earth. There is no plan B if we destroy it. massive digital media centre in the downtown core, it offers unexcelled professionalism is visibly high here. People waste little time and the in commute time! welcome i've received in presenting my own portfolio to various galleries opportunities to work with some of the leading edge image systems in the If we hope tohas keep our climate liveable, thatA$10 should Irish a regional and companies been warm and enthusiastic. verybillion nice event held world. In fact there are plans to make KitchenerShirley be used istothe invest in clean, We communications hub and that leads into the possibility of thousands Waterloo of new in town quarterly partiesgreen at theand KWpublic regionaltransportation. art gallery. Mellow people who enjoy art meet each other with cool jazz and some ambient uses for my photos. There is a very good internet system here and if you would like more dub from the djs. With the projected growth of the regions artists in all mediums I have info just go to the net and most community plans are available. The next The Kitchener Citizen invites to share your experithis region of one of theyou "Silicon Valley" inspired found there are many dynamic, specifically targeted plans, by the three years will establish ences with the communityinasparticular, a guest columnist. have a rant? A viewpoint a local gateway event or of opinion aboutand anIimportant issue? Or,todo examplesabout of a thriving new ideas feel very fortunate municipal government to fosterDoa you (relatively) large able towho establish myself to here withtheir so many artists. in a community investment in development towards artistCitizen integration. I was forbewriters you have a personal or funny story? The Kitchener is looking are willing share viewsother withcreative their neighbours

Provincial government should not build Highway 413

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Celebrating 26 years Serving Kitchener since 1996


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PARLIAMENTARY REPORT MP Tim Louis for Kitchener Conestoga

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hank you to all teachers, educators, staff and students who have shown tremendous resiliency over the past two years. I know how challenging it’s been for everyone, and your dedication and hard work are appreciated. Have a wonderful summer! I hear and understand concerns surrounding the rising cost of living many Canadians are facing. We have been working hard to implement policies and programs that make life better, safer and more affordable for Canadians. Our government is helping Canadians weather this challenge. We have a plan that

includes real and tangible steps to help Canadians. Our government will continue to work to make housing more affordable. We need more houses built to make housing more affordable for everyone. We are launching a New Housing Accelerator Fund designed to be flexible to the needs and realities of cities and communities. We are introducing the Tax-Free First Home Savings Account that would allow firsttime home buyers to save up to $40,000. Tax-free in, tax-free out. We are introducing a Multigenerational Home

Renovation Tax credit to support families living together in multigenerational homes. This credit will provide up to $7,500 to help construct a secondary suite for seniors or adults with a disability. We will provide renters in 2022 a one-time $500 payment to nearly one million lowincome Canadians struggling with the cost of housing. Our government is cutting child care fees by the end of 2022, saving the average family with two children approximately between $2,600 and $6,000. We are increasing the Canada Child Benefit to up to $6,900 for eligible families

with two children. We are expanding eligibility for the Canada Worker Benefit to approximately $2,300 in additional funding for low to middle-income families. Our government is administering Climate Action Incentive payments worth approximately $745 in annual funding for eligible families of four. We are increasing Canada Old Age Security (OAS) by ten percent for seniors over 75. My responsibility as your Member of Parliament is to keep you safe, supported and informed. I am happy to answer any questions or concerns

you may have about what our government is doing to help you. As always, if you would like to make an appointment with me or need assistance, contact me at (519) 578-3777 or email me at Tim.Louis@ parl.gc.ca.

PARLIAMENTARY REPORT MP Valerie Bradford for Kitchener South - Hespeler

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want to start by wishing the residents of Kitchener South – Hespeler a Happy Canada Day! I was so thrilled to be able to celebrate and connect face-to-face with so many people in Hespeler and Kitchener this year. Here in our region, we saw a return to many of the festivities that have been on hold for the past two years, and it made me reflect on some of the other big changes that we’ve witnessed in that time, and how our government is responding. Two years ago, Canada was in the throes of one of the deepest recessions in nearly a century due to a global pandemic. Today, thanks in large part to government supports to businesses and individuals throughout this unprecedented challenge, jobs are plentiful, and business is booming; in fact, Canada is sitting at its

lowest unemployment rate since comparable data began being recorded in 1976. Paradoxically however, it is also harder for a lot of Canadians to pay their bills at the end of the month, due to inflation. Inflation is a global phenomenon driven by factors that no single country can solve on its own. Pandemic supply chain disruptions, the steep increase in oil prices and the ongoing conflict in Ukraine are just some of the factors contributing to the higher costs of living Canadians are facing today. Over the past two years, our government stepped up to help Canadians weather the pandemic, and with the new challenge of inflation, this is exactly what we will continue to do. Our government has put forward an $8.9 billion

Affordability Plan that includes new steps that will help make a tangible difference in the budgets of Canadians, and I wanted to touch on several of these today. These new steps include the introduction of our National Childcare Plan, which will help to reduce childcare fees by 50% by the end of this year, an enhancement to the Canada Workers Benefit which will put an additional $2,400 into the pocket of low-income families beginning this year, a ten percent increase to Old Age Security for seniors over 75 who face increased health-care related costs and dwindling personal retirement savings as they age, and the introduction of dental care coverage for Canadians earning less than $90,000 (starting with hundreds of thousands under the age of 12 this year, and expanding in

the coming years). It is also a good time to remind Canadians that our government has previously ensured that some of the social supports and benefits that Canadians rely on most (such as the Canada Child Benefit, the GST Credit, CPP, OAS, GIS and the federal minimum wage) have been designed to weather this type of challenge by being indexed to inflation. As the rate of inflation rises, these benefits are increased accordingly. As we mark over two years since the start of the pandemic, it is important to enjoy the return of some of our most cherished traditions and to take pride in our successes in navigating this challenge. While it is equally important to recognize that we now have new challenges ahead of us, you can rest assured that our

government will continue to support Canadians through these just as ardently as we have over the last two years. As always, if you have any questions or concerns regarding federal programs, please reach out to my office by phone at 519-571-5509, or by email at Valerie.Bradford@parl.gc.ca, and my team will be happy to assist you.

PARLIAMENTARY REPORT MP Mike Morrice for Kitchener Centre

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ooking back at my first session in Parliament, I continue to be grateful for the opportunity to serve my neighbours. It’s important for me to have opportunities like this to report back on the work I’ve been doing with my team on everything from the climate crisis to housing affordability to mental health supports – all issues I first heard from you when knocking on doors in both 2019 and again in 2021. Even before being sworn in, I was off to Glasgow, UK as part of Canada’s official delegation at COP26, the United Nations annual climate conference. I met climate leaders from

around the world, but was also dismayed by the even larger number of oil and gas lobbyists. It has turned out that some of my biggest disappointments in Parliament relate to the climate crisis. In addition to approving new oil and gas projects like the first deepwater oil drilling project off the east coast, the largest climate spending in the government’s spring budget was for $7.1 billion for a new subsidy to the oil and gas sector, for unproven carbon capture technology. We know that could have been invested in incentivizing home retrofits and low carbon transportation infrastructure like high-speed rail, and in so doing would

have provided a prosperous transition for workers that puts people and the planet before corporate profit. One highlight has been our collective progress in advancing a guaranteed livable income supplement for Canadians with disabilities living in legislated poverty. I sponsored a petition calling on the government to fast-track the Canada Disability Benefit that attracted almost 18,000 signatures. A letter of support co-signed by 43 Senators to the Prime Minister soon followed, which inspired me to initiate a letter signed by 79 MPs from across four parties, including all my local Liberal colleagues

across Waterloo Region. In our Kitchener office, much of our work has focused on inquiries around Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. Delays and backlogs are a huge cause of stress and anxiety for families wanting to visit loved ones in their country of origin, or who have been separated for years and are waiting to be reunited in their new home. Some of the most beautiful messages I receive are from constituents who were supported by our team, following their advocacy to various federal government ministries (and sometimes, Ministers directly!). I’m thrilled to be back home

for the summer. I’d love to continue to hear from you and invite you to book a backyard chat with me with a group of neighbours or friends. Visit mikemorricemp.ca or call 519741-2001!


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Notes from City Hall

Hi Ward 1. I’d like to use some space here to explain the homeless situation in our city. Homelessness has been top-of-mind as of late for obvious reasons, but it’s critical for

residents to understand the “what and who” when it comes to input and feedback to elected representatives. I’ll begin by relating who is actually responsible for ensuring everyone has a safe, sheltered, place to sleep because there’s significant confusion. The primary jurisdiction is that of the Waterloo Regional Government but it’s also the responsibility of the Provincial Government, who provides much of their funding. While the City is supposed to play more of a minor

role (e.g. inclusionary zoning), the Region is squarely responsible for many social services, including the sheltering of those experiencing homelessness. Kitchener has been punching above its weight, even crossing jurisdictional boundaries where we have donated city lands for affordable housing (e.g. land across from St. Mary’s High School) and our push to support A-Better-Tent-City (formerly on our lands, now partially, as-shared with the Public School

Board.) I’m proud of my Council for supporting these initiatives but it’s critical to remember that the more we spend on another level of government’s responsibilities, the less we have for our own. I believe it’s critical that governments respect jurisdiction to be accountable to their citizens. If you care about this, as my Council clearly does, please engage your MPP’s and Regional Councillors and help us put an end to homelessness in our Region.

I want to thank residents who hosted Neighbours Day porch party performances, and thank Hope Lutheran, Grandview and Stanley Park Community Church for hosting

events and Acts of Kindness at their Centreville-Chicopee Community Centre event. I spent the day visiting these events and saw so many people enjoying them. City Hall’s Carl Zehr Square has been renovated to enhance your enjoyment of our downtown events like Cruising on King, July 9: the new Wayback Festival on July 23; and the TD Kitchener Blues Festival, August 4 to 7. Victoria Park has the Downtown Kitchener Ribfest & Craft Beer Show, July 15-17 and Kidspark,

August 21. Music At the Kitchener Market happens Thursday nights in July from 5-9pm with great food, beverages, shopping and live music on the piazza. Visit kitchenerevents. ca for all the events you can enjoy. Recognize a beautiful garden through Kitchener In Bloom at kitchener.ca/kitchenerinbloom. Council welcomed some amazing young students to City Hall for My Ideal City. They shared their ideas to make Kitchener even better. Read their stories in this edition of your Kitchener Citizen

Thanks for your patience and to our incredible staff who continue the clean-up efforts of the massive damage the May 21 storm caused. It will take most of the summer to fully complete it. I can help with issues or questions you have. Contact me directly or call our contact centre at 519-7412345 or email info@kitchener.ca. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @DaveSchniderKW or “friend” me on Facebook. Visit my website, daveschnider.com for lots of Ward 2 and city info.

Queen Victoria Statue & Indian Rd. Over the next 8 – 12-month period the public will have limited opportunity to join in discussions concerning these two significant

issues. All the discussions will be managed and driven entirely by the staff of the newly established Department of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. I have been advised that discussions on Indian Rd. are limited to residents or businesses on the street, students, and staff from Grand River Collegiate or members of local Indigenous communities. I gather that is what is meant by the term “equity-driven community engagement.” Priority will be given to those affected by colonialism, specifically Indigenous, Black, and

racialized persons. The goal in this process appears to be to remove the Statue of Queen Victoria and to change the names of any street, park or building containing a name that has any reference to colonialism or early Canadian settlers. I urge all those who are allowed to participate in the process to take an active role in it. I also encourage you to call and write all members of Council to express your opinions. I believe that everyone should have an equal say in the process.

I understand and fully sympathize with the fact that, as a nation, as a community and as individuals, we must accept the reality that our ancestors were imperfect and with flaws. We need to learn from history and from their mistakes. We need to reconcile our future with our past. However, reconciliation is not a oneway street. To maintain and create a more respectful, liveable, peaceful, and safe city, we must denounce tearing down our history either moral or immoral. It is a fact.

I want to thank all Ward 4 residents who hosted and participated in the 2022 Neighbours Day last month. It was well attended and enjoyed by many.

My ideal City Council had the honour of hosting students aged 10 to 12 years old who participated in the My Ideal City contest. Winners had their submissions printed in the Kitchener Citizen and appeared on Rogers TV for a live event in council chambers on June 20th. Submissions were filled with wonderfully creative ideas on how to make our city better. You can read the winning essays in this issue of the Citizen or watch the video at https://bit.ly/3n4RaSB. Biehn Dr. Traffic calming

The Biehn Dr traffic calming review was completed May 2021 in response to resident concerns. The resident survey results showed that 86% supported the proposed traffic calming plan. Council approved the plan, which will be installed summer or fall 2022. For details go to www. engagewr.ca/biehndrive. Lower Doon Secondary Plan Staff will undertake background research and develop draft materials to form the new Secondary Plan. Future community engagement is expected to start early 2023, at which

the draft Secondary Plan materials will be presented for the community to review and provide feedback. Kitchener In Bloom When you’re out this summer, if a home or business has a garden that makes the area a more beautiful place, why not nominate them for the Kitchener In Bloom award? You can call in the address at 519741-2200 ext 7537 or fill out the short online form at kitchener.ca/ KitchenerInBloom. Wishing everyone a safe, exciting, and happy Summer!

being built in partnership with the Waterloo Region District School Board, and will be attached to Oak Creek School, on Tartan Avenue. Staff are preparing to move into the facility for a fall opening and are so excited to be receiving the public in the new space at this time. This has been a fantastic partnership with the school board, and there will be many opportunities for both partners to share spaces, to benefit our community and the neighbourhood students that will

be going there. The community centre brings with it a gymnasium, two good-sized programmable multipurpose rooms, a partner’s office, and a large welcoming foyer for our neighbors. Outside of school hours, there will also be opportunity for programs to run in the school’s two gymnasiums. That’s three gymnasiums in total! Another important partnership, and benefit to the community is the involvement of the YMCA EarlyOn program. They will also have

spaces, attached to the community centre portion of the building, for the use by the EarlyOn program throughout the day. Some of these spaces will also be made available for additional programming when the EarlyOn program is not running. Overall, I expect this building, with the community centre, school and the EarlyOn program to be a fantastic community hub, with a lot of positive programs and activities for our neighbours!

Upcoming Opening of the Tartan Ave Community Centre Hi Ward 5! The City of Kitchener is just about ready to open it’s newest community centre that is

Happy Canada Day Week, Kitchener! It’s hard to believe we are already a couple of weeks into summer and beyond the mid-point of 2022! The energy and enthusiasm felt around the community last Friday as we all celebrated our first in-person, large-scale Canada Day since 2019 was energizing and awesome! From neighbourhood events to Glass Tiger who played numerous encores as they fed off the energy of the 7-10,000 people approximately in Downtown Kitchener, it reminded all of us that while we have challenges, Canada is by far still the best country in the world to live. CANADA DAY 2022 Last Friday, Canada Day reminded all of us about the importance of coming together to reflect on what it means to be Canadian and to celebrate all our country has to offer. It was a time to celebrate the values we aspire to as a country, while remembering the past and committing to working for a brighter future for all. There is no question that the last couple of years have been challenging for all of us – some more than others. But in a world filled at times with conflict and strife, let us never forget who we are as Canadians and the values that Canada and our flag represent for all of us. There are many things that make Canada a great country and a destination of choice for people from all over the world: the natural beauty of our landscape, our cultural diversity, our reputation for the good we have done around the world, and so much more. While Canada Day is one day in the year, let our collective passion to be a caring nation, and a diverse and inclusive community for everyone, help drive our resolve to ensure the Canada we all love, always remains true north, strong and free. 2022 – KITCHENER, LET’S GO THE SUMMER OF EVENTS After two years of collectively fighting the battle against COVID-19, Kitchener Events, together with community partners, has planned a summer like no other as we look forward to re-connecting with others, enjoying the outdoors and celebrating all the great things that make Kitchener a great community to live, work and play in. After a very successful launch to the 2022 festival scene with Neighbours Night, Neighbours Day, the Greek Food Festival, the Multicultural Festival and Canada ...continued on next page


July 2022 l Kitchener Citizen l Page 9

Notes from City Hall

Cinema Under the Stars was a huge success this year, with over 500 people attending. My thanks to city staff, Fire, and the neighbourhood associations for

Hello Ward 7! We’ve seen red paint splashed on the statue of Queen Victoria on many occasions. The statue has been the subject of criticism by Indigenous, Black

Editor’s note: Following Councillor Johnston submitting her column, the City of Kitchener announced that they believe the cygnet has died. “The first few days and weeks of a young swan’s

Residents often criticize the public engagement process when they feel they have been ignored. But where are they left when there isn’t one at all?

Recently I was humbled to sit down with some of our community’s outreach workers. Thank you Lee Morgenson for allowing me to re-share your powerful words here: Tonight, our hearts are tent shaped. on the Eve / of the Eviction / of the

your participation in making this event happen for the community. I was so happy to see the many families, young people, and other residents of all ages enjoying the outdoor movie night. I work with the three ward 6 neighbourhood associations to provide the Cinema Under the Stars event each year to foster a collaborative approach to community building. People resources are what makes this event possible each year, so I am thankful that the neighoburhood

associations are happy to come together to provide a free, fun, and family friendly outdoor experience. One of the Committees I sit on as a councillor, is Kitchener in Bloom. I enjoy supporting this committee as it is a garden recognition program that allows for residents and businesses to be nominated for making the most of their green space. Last year we received over 1000 nominations. If you walk by an address with a front garden that you find appealing, why not nominate them

to be recognized by Kitchener in Bloom. I will personally be nominating several addresses that are deserving of recognition in our ward. All you need is an address to nominate. You can call or fill out the short form found here: kitchener.ca/ kitchenerinbloom I’m hoping that like the stellar turn out at Cinema Under the Stars, that Kitchener residents are equally as enthusiastic about attending some of the City’s favourite summertime events returning this year: Check Kitchenerevents.ca for details.

and other racialized communities and allies over the past year. We’ve heard differing opinions from residents as to whether the statue should or shouldn’t remain in Victoria Park. This is why staff brought a report to committee on June 8 and to Council on June 20, recommending we launch an equitydriven, community engagement strategy to gather ideas and feedback from residents related to the Queen Victoria Statue in Victoria Park, and it was endorsed by Council. An important part of

the strategy will include education about the historical legacy of Queen Victoria, the statue, as well as the continuing influences of colonialism on generations of Indigenous, Black and racialized people. The engagement process will provide opportunities for residents to share their feedback and ideas while also prioritizing the voices of Indigenous, Black and racialized members of the community. Working in collaboration with multiple stakeholders and with the ongoing projects taking place at the city, the

proposed strategy will happen over an 8 to 12-month period. Council also endorsed an amendment to the staff report to commission a new temporary public artwork that recognizes Indigenous Peoples on the site during the engagement process. Watch for upcoming community engagement and education opportunities between October 2022 – February 2023 and we would love to receive your feedback!

life are vulnerable” and that “it will not impact Otis and Ophelia’s future as parents and we have hope for their future cygnets.” Hello Ward 8, You may have heard about our Victoria Park swans, Otis and Ophelia, now have a baby swan (cygnet)! Otis was a bachelor for many years and returned with Ophelia two years ago from their winter home in Stratford and this is their first hatching that we know of. It’s so wonderful to see how they are thriving in their third season. City staff are allowing parents and cygnet to grow up with minimal interference. A health check will be

undertaken by swan experts, and we may learn the gender of the baby over the coming weeks. As a reminder, residents should enjoy the new arrival and watch from a distance as they grow up. Swans at Victoria Park, as well as all of our urban wildlife, do not need to be fed and so feeding of the swans is discouraged as this can be detrimental to their health. In addition, a naming contest has been put together, which opened on June 27, and the City is collecting name submissions until noon on July 18, here on Engage Kitchener: www.engagewr.ca/name-that-cygnet. A list of the top names will be pulled,

and you can vote on them until voting closes on July 15. Plans to announce the name will be the week of July 18. In other news, on June 20, Council approved moving forward with a community engagement process to gather feedback from residents about the Queen Victoria Statue in Victoria Park. The proposed strategy will include public education related to the historical legacy of Queen Victoria, the statue, as well as the ongoing impacts of colonialism on generations of Indigenous, Black and racialized persons, taking place over an 8–12-month period.

One of the most common public engagement exercises realized in Ward 9 involves new development proposals. When they require official plan and bylaw amendments the process is: notify residents within 240 metres and post on City website, then hold a neighbourhood information meeting, discuss, and vote on a staff report to the Planning and Strategic Initiatives Committee, and finally to ratify the decision at a full meeting of Council. Community members are invited to participate at each step of the process.

I recently learned about a proposal to build a 44-storey building at the corner of Queen and Charles containing 566 residential units. It did not require official plan or bylaw amendments, and so did not require any of these steps. It went to the Heritage Committee for comments (but no vote), and then directly to Site Plan Review. The community and Council were otherwise left out of the entire process. Some of the questions I still have about the proposal relate to the number of family sized units,

whether units are condos or rental apartments, what LEED standard features will be in the new building, how many units will be affordable, how many accessible, how bonusing was calculated (permitting increased height) and how the ‘public space’ will be used. It seems to me that we have an obligation to inform residents and give them the opportunity to provide feedback on developments of this magnitude, no matter where they are located.

encampment on the corner previously marked by England’s dominion and German immigration Victoria and Weber, when cities were groomed with sidewalks A corner now engaged by a group who seek no dominion Seek only to have their feet in the earth their wordless statement as strong as a bora wind dislodging the common landscape making tenuous walls strong, and solid structures quiver Placing their triangle homes on a

square of land with nothing but the circle in the sky watching over Waiting not so much on a home, but a change / in the direction /of the wind. a sea of tents on a patch of desert / a barren plot of dust and scorching sun like nomadic 4th century people purposely leaving cities because of decadent leadership, social conventions, class systems, carrying only a songbird in their hearts. These folks are in good company I feel brought to my knees by this encampment and their courageous message of no words, only actions

their courage to stand their ground, the courage to be afraid, for it is tangled and uncertain, but the truth is that uncertainty is a gift we are deluded with thoughts of permanence; permanence that has served no one well. False, deceitful permanence, just ask the wind We talk too much, while the earth quietly tilts its axis, and the solstice sun bears down into the night of the garden of planted tents Tonight Our hearts are tent shaped

...Vrbanovic from previous page

Day last weekend, there is an endless stream of great activities planned in the weeks ahead throughout July and August. Upcoming activities include…. CRUISING ON KING – JULY 8TH This beloved annual event returns to Downtown Kitchener this Friday, exclusively as a display of vintage vehicles, with live entertainment, on King Street between Francis and Frrederick Streets from 6-10pm. Hope to see you there! DTK RIBFEST & CRAFT BEER SHOW – July 15-17 This annual favourite returns to Victoria Park next weekend with many of your favourite ribbers and local craft beer companies back in 2022 to the kind of awesome event we enjoyed with family and friends for many years in the past. You better eat light for the next week, so you can try out all the great food that will be on offer. WAYBACK FESTIVAL – July 23 This first-time event replaces the former Rock ‘N Rumble festival. The good news is that it’s all about taking us back in time with some classic rock! Running from 6pm to 10:30pm, it promises to be an amazing evening rocking to the sounds of Helix, Lee Aaron and Trooper! Going to be an incredible night! TD KITCHENER BLUES FESTIVAL – August 4-7 Finally, the highlight of the summer is back with the biggest Blues festival yet! From The Kramdens to Davd Wilcox and JJ Wilde to the Sam Roberts Band – this promises to be an unforgettable weekend. And the best part, it’s all free except for the Thursday night fundraiser concert! Incredible Talent. Killer Tunes. Great Times. See you there! KITCHENER CONTINUES TO ADVANCE THE UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS Earlier this week, I met with Karina Gould, Canada’s Minister for Families, Children and Social Development. She is also Canada’s minister responsible for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). Kitchener has done a significant body of work to localize the SDG’s in our work as a City, including incorporating them into our 20192023 strategic plan, using them as the foundation for building our new 20year strategic plan which is underway right now, and also creating a SDG incubator for social enterprises and sustainability focused businesses in the former BMO building in Downtown Kitchener. I will share more on this in subsequent columns, including my work on the SDG’s as part of the leadership of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) – representing Kitchener and Canada on this global association of local and regional governments. Stay tuned!


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What is Your Ideal City?

In the annual My Ideal City contest, students aged 10 to 12 years were invited to tell Kitchener City Council about their “ideal city” by submitting essays. The 14 top essays were chosen, and those students were invited to read their essays televised on Rogers Cable 20 on June 20. The Kitchener Citizen is proud to sponsor this event, which helps students learn about municipal politics in a fun way. Here are the winning essays as submitted to the contest.

Ayah Brogden and Mayor Berry Vrbanovic

Dimitris Dogantzis and Councillor Bil Ioannidis

Tin Cao and Councillor Dave Schnider

by Ayah Brogden Hello my name is Ayah Brogden. I would like nothing more than to see my home, Kitchener, thrive so I will be sharing my ideas for my ciry called Agoraton. Agoraton’s population is fifty thousand residents. Housing developments and business area have common spaces for people to get together. Community unity is very important in Agoraton. We prioritized families in Agoraton by providing free childcare to the age of 13! Schools will hav smaller class sizes so each student gets more attendtion. Agoraton uses alsomost 100% renewable energy. Solar panels will be used for energy on most of the buildings: espacially the goverment run buildings. Public transporation will use electric buses and trains. Agoraton has many parks with trails and natural areas. The food in Agoraton will be organic, local and affordable. Agoraton will have a universal income tax of 20%. Minimum wage in in Agoraton is $22.50 per hours. In Agoraton, we have implemented a 4 day work week so families can spend more time together. The most important thing about Agoraton is that all people are equal! Agoraton has no mayor, but a Town Council that contains 50 people. The Town Council is re-elected every two years. No one is allowed to serve on Town Council for more than three terms. All people in Agoraton over the age of 18 are allowed to vote on all issue raised by the Town Council. Agoraton is truly the ideal city in my opinion. by Dimitris Dogantzis The people of kitchener deserve a new and improved Green oasis. In the near future. This is what kitchener should look like. For my first point, I want more people cleaning up litter and emptying garbage cans so they don’t flow , the public areas around the city are very disgusting like washrooms in parks. They are very unsanitary and all around gross we should have people to clean the public restroom on a regular basis throughout the day. We should have kid volunteer groups to help clean up The plastic and garbage in parks and other natural areas. For my next piece of evidence. I want more city clubs and activities for kids to do over the year. kids need the option to go to city clubs for things they love. The city should provide clubs for kids like me to be able to socialize. It will help the kids pursue what they love and enjoy. It will drastically improve the mood of kids knowing they can go to clubs and meet new friends. If we were to renovate the city it would cost millions or maybe billions and cause pollution to build solar and wind power farms. The short term pollution is worth saving the amount of pollution that we would make if we kept the coal and other greenhouse gas plants. It might cost lots of money but it will save the city lots of money having to buy coal and paying coal miners. If we switch to solar panels and windmills people will lose their jobs if they work at power plants. If we switch to solar panels and windmills we

can re-employ them because the panels are going to have to be cleaned all year around especially in winter because you will have to clean the snow off the panels. The windmills need to be at a controlled temperature so the generator does not freeze and stop running. For my finalizing point, I want to switch the city to clean electricity. I wanna switch the city to energy sources like solar panels and windmills inside of coal and other non renewable fuels. We should also stop using gasoline in cars and buses, instead we should switch to electric vehicles to save the pollution emitted. We are going to have to switch eventually when we run out of gasoline so we should switch sooner to save the mass amount of pollution if we don’t switch fast. Kitchener should be renovated to save on the cost of thing in the future and to save the earth . by Tin Cao Individuals of Kitchener, you deserve a wondrous city because of their loyalty to serve our Urban Area. We need a city that gives freedom, that protects the environment, and excels your needs. You give us excellent ideas, marvelous service, and plenty of kindness. When we design our perfect city, we are giving back to our citizens and constructing a superior future for our city. First of all, a throughgoing city for our citizens would need lower gas prices. They are outrageous and overpriced for what, regular fossil fuels? With the high gas prices, lots of people are considering electric and hybrid vehicles. But since lots of electric Automobiles don’t have a powerful battery yet, they can’t go as far as gas vehicles… not yet. Until Electric vehicles advance even more, I suggest lower gas prices so we can use Gas Automobiles more, until Electric Cars advance. Oh I forgot, Electric Car Corporations, don’t release any Electric Cars until you find a way to make them cheaper. In Addition, The children in our beloved city should have “make-up” field trips due to the inability for two years. Covid-19 has impacted us all with tough restrictions, masks, and the reason to quarantine. It is even harder for the students at schools because they have to stare at a screen for a whole 5 hours when they are quarantined. Even if they go outside, they don’t learn and remember as much as in a fully educated class with their peers. So all the schools that are in Kitchener, I hope you can find a time when you can take the classes for a field trip. Because of this, Parents Of Kitchener you may be thinking “ Why should my kids go on field trips, they should study more because they went to school on screen.” “ That’s not enough”. Although that might be true, we should reward them for being able to study on a screen due to tough times. Once they get their field trip, they can return to going to school regularly and study extra hard for their clever and bright brain to grow bigger. In Conclusion, The City Of Kitchener should have a Wetland Safari. This great biodiversity EDU-adventure would advise students about our local Biodiversity. It will also

tell people how not to litter or else they will endanger these species. This will make a perfect field trip for all Citizens. This will help protect the habitats and instruct us about our natural conservation areas. This will make a great addition for the community, and a popular tourist attraction. All these reasons would make a Perfect City, for me and for you… Wouldn’t it? by Oussama Fakhran All citizens of Kitchener deserve a healthy and stable city where they could raise their family and future generations. Firstly, we should start using renewable energy sources instead of fossil fuels. When power plants are burning the oils this can create a TON of greenhouse gasses. Just last year alone 36.4 billion metric tons of greenhouse gasses released into the air can destroy the ozone layer. 100 years from now, this would be bad for the environment and it won’t be an Ideal place to live. An ideal city would use renewable energy sources to make power (electricity). This would help the earth and make our home an Ideal world, this could also help reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses in the air. Secondly, I think that we should manage our waste by thinking about our planet. Who wants to live in a garbage dump? I don’t! The city should look into ways of converting our garbage into electricity. We know that biomass can be converted into electricity and this would solve our problem with where to put our trash. The region of waterloo landfill is almost full and we need to act fast. This would help the community and it would help us raise generations to come. These ideas would cost lots of money. But who can put a price on the kids? We shouldn’t always focus on the money, we should think about the kids. Most importantly an ideal city could make you feel like living in nature. Having waterfalls and vines growing up the building and trees on balconies would make you feel like living in an amazing oasis and make you feel like you’re living in a concrete box. Having these vines,trees and waterfalls could also be better for the environment. Everybody in our community should dream big. Don’t you think the future will be a better place if we act on these activities? by Addison Borman An ideal city to me is a city that respects everyone for whom they are. Where no one is left out because of how they were born or how they look/talk. A city where everyone is included no matter their skin colour or beliefs. No matter who they are. I believe in an ideal city everyone has a right to be themselves and not get made fun of or bullied for being different. Everyone would have the same privileges, and no one would be treated ...continued on next page

Oussama Fakhran and Councillor John Gazzola

Addison Borman and Councillor Christine Michaud

Jasmin Rodriguez and Councillor Kelly Galloway-Sealock


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Oliveah Carter

Sofia Kyriacou and Councillor Bil Ioannidis

less equally than the rest. It’s important for everyone to be able to show their true selves and be proud of their true selves. Another very important part of an ideal city is a clean city. I feel that it is very important to have a clean safe environment because if we walked outside every day and there was garbage everywhere and smoke polluting the air it would feel like an unsafe and unclean home. I would want the city to be a happy and safe place where when you walked outside it felt like a home and a place where you can make memories. Another key to my ideal city is having lots of free and safe amenities open to everyone. For instance, fun games run on weekends, and lots of trails and playgrounds for families. There would be more museums and other facilities around the city like rock climbing and go-karting. All prices would be lowered so everyone is able to use them. This is my picture of an ideal city. by Jasmin Rodriguez The people of Kitchener deserve a great city. If I could see the future, my ideal city would have a nice, beautiful and safe environment. If you think about it, some people might like a nice and safe city. First of all, my ideal city would have trees and ponds at parks and a safe environment for animals and children. There will be playgrounds for kids, a dog park for dogs. Secondly, there would be two homeless shelters and a hospital across the road from it in case someone gets hurt or very sick. There will be a few farmers to help with vegetables and fruits for the shelters, schools and daycares. I know that this will cost money but it might be worth it. Lastly, there will be markets for people to buy clothes, food and other things. The food will be cheaper than a few other things in case some people can’t afford food. There can be free samples of food but they can only try one or two, in case people don’t like the food. If we want an ideal city we have to act now! by Oliveah Carter All citizens of Kitchener deserve a clean and safe city to live in! First of all, an ideal city could have electrical vehicles, such as cars, buses, bikes, etc so our citizens can get around the city. Electrical vehicles would be a finer and healthier choice for the environment, don’t you agree? Also a very considerable thing that our city needs is more community parks, trails, etc. More community parks would be great for the citizens of Kitchener to go outside and have an enjoyable time! Some things the city should consider installing at all community parks are cold vending machines and water fountains for the

citizens to get fresh water and more. Cleaning public washrooms and planting more trees is also a great idea for our community parks and the environment. I believe that another thing that would be great for the community is to have different kinds of cultural festivals so that we can all learn about people’s culture. Festivals Would be a great thing for the community, it would also make people happy to get outside for some fresh air and have fun at the festival! Even though these ideas are great for the city, Sometimes they can be expensive. I think a great idea to be able to make this happen is setting up a fundraiser for the city so we can have these things for the citizens. My last idea is streetlights. Streetlights would be a great idea especially in the night so our citizens can feel safe when walking down the streets and driving around the city. I think that if we all work together we could make this happen. by Sofia Kyriacou If I jumped into a portal and went into the future, I could see how my ideal city of Kitchener would look like. Taking Kitchener to the next step into the future takes thoughtful planning. Firstly, my ideal city would support the farmers while they are out planting food for our cities. If we have any extra fruits or vegetables we could give them to the homeless or starving citizens. Farmers markets should have affordable prices for all people to be able to afford healthy foods. Growing fruits and vegetables or even having gardens is good for the environment and is helping farmers and our community. Also, We should start using electric vehicles. Electric vehicles would reduce greenhouse gasses, carbon monoxide and human footprint. Having electric vehicles can help city garbage trucks, snowplows, school buses, city buses and taxis can be runned by electricity provided by the city. These vehicles would run off of electricity which would help our community air and slow down air pollution. Gas powered vehicles and electric vehicles both have their pros and cons but, electric vehicles are worth it for helping the environment and others around. Having electric fire trucks or ambulances would really help them so they are never low on gas so they can get to emergencies faster. Don’t you agree? Electric vehicles are awesome but, we don’t have many charging stations. We need to have plenty of charging for our cars to be able to charge. We should be able to buy charging stations and put them in our garages so we are able to power up our vehicles without air pollutants and greenhouse gasses. Maybe we can add some charging stations around the city in case someone forgot to charge their vehicles.

Most importantly, our city could use open spaces and natural features. Parks can be connected with nature for example, turtles, great blue herons, lots of birds, snails and we can even see water features. More open spaces are needed to combat the highrises being built all over town. Retenals could even include e scooters, e bikes, roller blades, basketball courts, basket balls, tennis court, tennis balls and rackets. More spaces for trees and natural spaces with forest trails, flowers, coy fish and dog parks. The city would be such a beautiful place. Therefore, Kitchener would be a way better place with all these features. Let’s make this happen for the bigger step of Kitchener. by Anamaria Fitero Hillwood is a town for everyone. It has great homes and is a very green town. We have solar panel roofs and solar powered trains for transportation. If you do not want to take the train to get to your destination you can either walk, bike or scooter instead. This town also has apartments for people who can’t afford homes ; if you are homeless the town gives you 7,000 dollars to get back up on your feet. We also provide reasonable prices for hospital bills so everyone can stay safe and healthy. Another thing to know about this town is that we provide 24 hours a day police and firemen help. Minimum wage is 30 dollars an hour. Education is important. In Hillwood there will be many libraries for people of all ages ; We have many schools including over 6 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, 6 colleges and 4 universities. An attraction we have in this town is the world’s largest ice cream shop. We have over 200 flavours of ice cream and sorbet! Another thing to know about Hillwood is that we have many parks and trails you can go to with your family and friends. Also another great thing about your town is that we have over 6 community centers. We also have a dinosaur museum and a gorgeous tropical fish aquarium! Our town’s motto is “Stay Safe Be Happy!” by Mazzy Cant I’m Mazzy. I’m eleven years old. I live in Kitchener with my parents. My neighbourhood is special because there is a close community of diverse people with different family sizes, with different languages, and different mobility needs. My neighbours are all diverse but we have the same access community centre services. Community centres make communities stronger. First, community centres have lots of kids programs ...continued on next page

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which is good for kids mental health. At my community centre, there is a preschool, cooking classes, sports and tech programs, and a youth group. I have done most of these programs, and I felt good going to those programs. Second, community centres bring people together so that people can help each other. For adults and seniors, there is a walking group, yoga, book club, and more. Third, community centres have food programs to help with good health. Ours offers free toiletries, clothing, and food. If there was no community centre, a lot of my neighbours wouldn’t have access to services to meet their vital needs. In my ideal city I would like to see more funding for community centres so all their programs can be expanded! Every neighbourhood needs a community centre. Community centres provide important programs for people to connect with each other. When neighbours meet other neighbours, it strengthens the community as a whole. When people are isolated, their mental health goes down and they get lonely. With community centers available, people get services to make their lives way better. by Johnny Mac Human beings in Kitchener need to have a fabulous place! If i could look into the future, ideal city would be amazing. First, I think an ideal city should have hybrid cars because it uses electricity and less gas. We need to make the city safe, we need more benches and we need covers over the benches just in case you get hot, or you run too much you get tired and get hot at the same time. Secondly, We need more community parks and more open spaces, also we all need green energy (for example solar panels, biomass We need more different cultures in the city so we can have more celebrations and festivals and fun. and we need to have big bus stations so more citizens can fit in and wait for the bus. and also require more benches in the subway stations so more people can have more spot to sit. I want people to be safe and have a fun city, No crimes and everyone is at peace. I want people to have a really good city, open spaces may cost a little bit but citizens can relax and can be happy. Thirdly We need kids to play (e.g more parks, more water parks and a lot) of fun stuff) We should plant more trees and plants and flowers to make fresh air for the city. Kids should go outside instead playing electronics inside, as well we need more open spaces for trails and bike

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hiking. we need to celebrate because it would be really fun and everyone be happy. by Alexis Ryan The citizens of Kitchener deserve a safe and stable city to live in. Don’t you agree? First of all, my ideal city would convert all gasoline cars and or trucks to electric. Electric cars are better for the environment as they do not release emissions such as greenhouse gasses and carbon monoxide. If we convert gasoline vehicles to electric vehicles we will save fossil fuels for the future, as they are limited. Also doesn’t everyone like a clean breath of fresh air? Another point to consider is that my ideal city will have living architecture. such as parks and gardens on rooftops of buildings. There will be trees, flowers, water features such as a fountain and places to sit with shade from the trees. This will add life to normal buildings and encourage more people to go outside. you don’t want to be a sloth do you? I understand that it may be expensive to add/switch to these futuristic ideas but it will all be worth it, as in the long run it will save lots of money. Our citizens of the future will thank us? Thirdly, I believe my ideal city should have a local community farmers market so the citizens of my city will be able to have fresh food and the farmers can sell the crops that they grew. The leftover crops that don’t get sold will be sent to homeless shelters or charities such as better tent city. A final point to consider is that my city will have festivals and public gatherings normally most of the festivals will be downtown. The parties will range from house parties to street parties. There will be 1 annual festival on july 1st to bring citizens together. There will be food, live music, fun activities, games and structures to play on (bounce cartels, parks etc.). I believe that these reasons are a great way to improve the city and keep the citizens safe. What kind of city do you want to leave your kids with? by Jason Wong People of KItchener deserve an amazing city! my ideal city would have many cool things! First of all, my ideal city would have random things like shoe cleaners to clean your shoes when you step in mud, and random rocks stuck in between your shoes and others. The cleaner would cost around $1 - $5 to clean your shoe, if you’re cleaning one shoe it would be $1 or $2 and if you were cleaning both shoes it would be $3 or $4. The reason I put “shoe cleaner” is because most people don’t

like having dirty shoes so i put that in as suggestion for the future, maybe. Second of all, my ideal city would have cleaner bus stations and bigger bus stations so more people can fit and wait for the bus to go in. and the bus stations would have better times when the bus comes. And there should be more places to sit because on the normal bus stations there not that much places to sit. My point of view on this is for people to have a better and more fun city with no crime or bad things happening in the city, just peace across the city. Thirdly, our city needs to have a larger airport for people to travel. At Waterloo Region Airport there would be a bigger parking lot because the current parking lot at YKF (CYKF) is very small so if there is anything thats is not in use they can take it away and convert that “thing” into a parking lot. And there should be an airport shuttle to pick up people around the city so they don’t have to drive there. by Jayden Alexander People of Kitchener deserve an amazing city! If I could gaze I into a crystal ball, an ideal city would the IoT ( The Internet Of Things). First of all, an Ideal city would have IoT (The Internet of Things) that could notify the city if the grass needed cutting or if the garbage needed to be picked up to get sent to the dump so the city wouldn’t have to just guess that oh the grass needed to be cut when the grass was barely even growing or if the garbage wasn’t that full and it still got picked up. The city has to use gas to get to the places it needs to be and gas is very expensive right now. The Iot can also help you notify the mail station if nobody is getting mail. If the Iot was introduced then it would be a big help. Another reason is that I think an ideal city needs to have more open spaces and natural features. Huron park is a great place to see wildlife. Mayor Berry wants livable environments and neighborhoods with all equipment that is needed like creative playgrounds, slides, park benches, basically everything that is needed for a good park and good environment. An ideal city should have a forest for all the wildlife and a dog park because if we have good treatment then the animals should as well. Although, we have an ideal city and Mayor Berry is wrong because we already have livable environments and we have security cameras to see if the grass is growing. More livable environments means that they will have to build more houses and that will make the construction workers more stressed and make them do more work. My last and final reason that we should add to our environment and community is living architecture. I think that this will be an upgrade because imagine a park on a building rooftop! That would be amazing! This could have basketball courts, an open field, soccer fields,skating rinks (only in the winter) and parks all on a building! We could have the materials used to make buildings and houses like wood and bricks but this time we could use bamboo or new materials that are different that don’t have to make us cut down trees or waste water to make the bricks and wood. The people of Kitchener deserve a great life and great city . What would you do if you had the choice to change the city?

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR UPTOWN WATERLOO JAZZ FESTIVAL – Friday, July 22 to Sunday, July 24. Waterloo Town Square Parking Lot South, 35 Alexandra Ave. in Waterloo. Featuring street buskers, entertainment and food and vendor stalls. Fun for the whole family. WAYBACK FESTIVAL – Saturday, July 23 from 6 to 1:30pm at Carl Zehr Square at Kitchener City Hall (200 King Street West). Kitchener’s classic rock celebration and a trip back in time. Experience retro fun with legendary Canadian performers

Trooper and Lee Aaron. AUTUMN LEAVES STUDIO TOUR - The 28th Annual Autumn Leaves Studio Tour is back in full swing this year! This self guided tour, which will include 13 artists’ studios located throughout the Georgian Bay/Grey County area, is held on the weekend before Thanksgiving. The dates this year are September 30, October 1, 2, from 10-5pm each day. Every year this dynamic group of artists, open up their studios allowing visitors to see the world of the artist firsthand. Unlike a gallery setting, each Artist invites you

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321 Fischer-Hallman Road, Kitchener (519) 744-4751 Kitchener East Presbyterian www.stgeorgesofforesthill.com 10 Zeller (519) 748-9786 Prayer) Sunday ServiceDrive, 8:15 Kitchener a.m. (Book of Common Reverend: Mark S. Richardson Sunday Service 10:00 a.m. (Children’s - Youth Ministries) Kitchener GospelService Temple-Pentecostal a.m. Sunday Service:Wednesday 10:30 a.m. Nursery and10:00 Sunday provided 9 Conway Dr. (at River Rd), Kitchener (519)School 894-5999 All Welcome Sonshine Corner, Thursdays from 9 - 11 a.m.

Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Mid-week activities for all ages. www.kitchenergospel.com Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran 322 East Avenue (at Stirling), Kitchener (519) 742-5812 Kitchener East Presbyterian www.holycrosskitchener.org 10 Zeller Drive, Kitchener (519) 748-9786 Reverend: S. Richardson Sunday Service: (Sept. - June) Mark 8:30 and 11 a.m., (July-Aug.) 9:30 a.m 9:45 a.m. - 10:30 Sundaya.m. School, Youth Adult Bible Classes Sunday Service: Nursery and& Sunday School provided Choirs - Stephen Ministry Groupfrom - Beginnings Sonshine Corner,- Youth Thursdays 9 - 11 a.m.(0 -3 years)

Hope LutheranLutheran Holy Cross Evangelical 30 Shaftsbury Drive, Kitchener (519)(519) 893-5290 322 East Avenue (at Stirling), Kitchener 742-5812 Worship Service : 10:00 a.m. www.holycrosskitchener.org at 11 thisa.m., time(July-Aug.) 9:30 a.m Sunday Service: (Sept.Nursery - June) closed 8:30 and www.hopelc.ca 9:45 a.m. - Sunday School, Youth & Adult Bible Classes Choirs - Stephen Ministry - Youth Group - Beginnings (0 -3 years) Breslau Evangelical Missionary Church 102 Woolwich St., Breslau (519) 648-2712 Hope Lutheran 30 Shaftsbury Drive, Kitchener 893-5290 Sunday Worship Service:(519) 10 a.m. Children’s Ministry Youth Ministry - Small Groups Worship- Service : 10:00 a.m. All are welcome! Visit usatatthis www.bemc.ca Nursery closed time www.hopelc.ca Stanley Park Community Church Breslau Evangelical Church 9 Dreger Ave., (at Ottawa St.)Missionary Kitchener (519) 893-8186 102 Woolwich St., Breslau (519) 648-2712 www.stanleyparkchurch.ca SundayPastor: Worship Service: John Pearce10 a.m. Children’s Ministry Youth Ministry - Small Groups Sunday Service and Kid’s Church: 10 a.m. All are welcome! Visit us at www.bemc.ca ALL WELCOME! Nexus Church Church Stanley Park Community Meets inAve., The(at Conrad Center 36 King St(519) W. Kitchener 9 Dreger Ottawa St.) -Kitchener 893-8186 Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. www.stanleyparkchurch.ca K Pastor: John Pearce www.nexuschurch.ca Sunday Service and Kid’s Church: 10 a.m. All welcome! ALLareWELCOME! Nexus Church Meets in The Conrad Center - 36 King St W. Kitchener Sunday Service 10:30 a.m.

safely into their personal space to experience the origins of their creativity, the place where it ‘all happens’. You are encouraged to ask questions, understand the process and witness the many different materials each artist works with including sculpture, metal work, painting, printmaking, pottery, jewelry, fibre art, wood turning and much more. For more details visit www.alst.ca Facebook:https://www.facebook. com/AutumnLeavesStudioTour LOST AND FOUND PETS - July is National Lost Pet Prevention Month, and The Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo & Stratford Perth (HSKWSP) is launching its new “Bring them Home” Campaign. The campaign runs until August 31st with the hopes of reaching pet lovers across Waterloo Region and Perth County. The campaign aims to provide awareness, education, and checklists for what to do if you lose or find a pet, as well as how the community can support getting pets back home quickly by using the Humane Society’s new Lost and Found Page. It also launches the Humane Society’s new online page to view any lost pets currently in care at their Kitchener or Stratford locations. Previously, pet owners had to come to the centres to view them in person. The campaign also heavily shares the benefits of microchipping your pet. Pledge participants will be entered to win one of two $150 gift cards from our friends at Global Pet Foods in Kitchener-Waterloo. DOON HERITAGE VILLAGE – The Region of Waterloo’s Doon Heritage Village is open for the summer. Wander through

the 60-acre outdoor village featuring historic buildings, gardens, farm animals and daily programming. The village is open Thursday to Sunday from 11am to 4pm with extended hours through the summer months. For more information visit regionofwaterloomuseums.ca HUMANE SOCIETY SEEKS FOSTER HOMES – The Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo Stratford Perth (HSKWSP) is making an urgent appeal for foster homes for 17 animals in their care including ten dogs and seven cats. With three dogs needing medical attention, there is a pressing need for new fosters who can provide extra care and attention to the animals. Both centres see a high influx of injured and sick animals almost daily, and foster homes will also be needed for them where they can recoup. If you are interested in becoming a foster parent visit the Humane Society’s website. FREE EDUCATION PROGRAMS - Until October 7, 2022 THEMUSEUM is offering free education programming for all STEAM, virtual and inperson school trips as part of a pilot project. Aiming to make programming accessible for everyone, the project is funded through a grant from the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation. Before the pandemic, THEMUSEUM hosted 10,000 students annually. Currently, if offers 25 curriculumbased programs from JK to 12 and is developing additional climaterelated, bilingual and STEAM programs. To book STEAM, virtual or in-person visits teachers should visit THEMUSUEM online at THEMUSEUM.ca/educators-2/

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education-programs/ or e-mail Education@THEMUSEUM.ca to inquire about program availability. KW SYMPHONY PERFORMANCES - the KitchenerWaterloo Symphony has returned to in-person performances. It will be offering a wide range of performances from Signature and Pops concerts to Baroque and Family concerts. For more information visit kwsymphony.ca NEW ENTREPRENURSHIP HUB – A first-of-its-kind social entrepreneurship hub was recently approved by Kitchener City Council. Located at 2 King St. W., the space will be 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 will welcome a variety of social and environmental entrepreneurs including under-represented 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. STRATFORD MARKS 70TH SEASON - with a full repertory playbill running to the end of October, ten major productions and almost two hundred Meighen Forum events. There are stories from the English and French traditions, a new Indigenous play, a magnificent Nigerian tale, and a comedy about polyamory and economics in the modern world. FESTIVAL THEATRE - HAMLET | CHICAGO | THE MISER: TOM PATTERSON THEATRE RICHARD III | ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL | DEATH AND THE KING’S HORSEMAN: AVON THEATRE - LITTLE WOMEN: STUDIO THEATRE - EVERY LITTLE NOOKIE | HAMLET-911 | 1939. For tickets and more info visit stratfordfestival.ca 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


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WHAT WE’RE READING

My Own Way : Celebrating Gender Freedom for Kids by Joana Estrela, Jay Hulme Review by Michael Cruickshank, Librarian: Children & Teen Collections and Services, Kitchener Public Library

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My Own Way is a picture book that takes a gentle look at gender identity in a way that is accessible to the very young. The message is a simple one: only you can know who you are, what you like, and how you want to express yourself. The book is presented with simple text, with no more than 10 words on any one page. The illustrations are striking, high contrast, and colourful, giving the illusion of having been drawn in crayon, capturing what you might imagine to be the innocence and simplicity of a child’s drawing. Easily falling into the ever-growing “be yourself” category of children’s books, My Own Way offers an introduction to the idea of gender and gender norms, leaving plenty of space for a caregiver and child to discuss the concepts. The book could be a catalyst for conversations about why some things are labelled as “girl things” while others are “boy things”, but more importantly how those labels don’t mean much, recognizing

that not everyone fits into the gender binary ever so neatly. It gently encourages children to do the things that they like doing, and not worry about the stereotypes that may be associated with them; “Your truth isn’t hidden under your clothes.” Picture books can be exceptional tools to help introduce new concepts to children. Books like My Own Way do not lead a child to any conclusions, offer definitions or explanations that would make the subject less approachable to a young audience. Rather, this book simply explains that we are all different, and that is okay; a message that is very important to hear at an early age. This title would be a brilliant starting point for discussions for young children who are becoming gender aware. It would be especially meaningful to children who express gender in creative ways, but also to those who might find themselves confused when they meet others who don’t express gender in the same way that they do.


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