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Belmont Village group concerned their unique community will be replaced by tall condos Helen Hall aureen Ferraro describes Kitchener’s Belmont Village as the type of community that “city planners dream about.” A ‘village’ within the city, the community offers all the amenities within walking distance as well as a quaintness, with its independently-owned shops and restaurants. But Ferraro fears that this will change if the City of Kitchener allows a 13 storey condominium building at 660 Belmont Avenue West, where Dettmer Tirecraft was situated for many years. The building will have commercial on its ground floor and 163 residential units above. The Zehr Group has approached Kitchener Council to get an Official Plan and a zoning amendment that would allow a building that is much taller than any other along that section of Belmont Avenue. Ferraro is part of the Leadership Group of the Friends of Belmont Village. They met with Don Zehr, the
Chief Executive Officer of Zehr Group, in the spring to try to come to an agreement. The Friends of Belmont Village would like the Zehr Group to stick to the eight storey limit that is currently the rule for their neighbourhood in the Official Plan. Kitchener Senior Planner Garett Stevenson said the height of buildings in every neighbourhood in the city is outlined in its Official Plan. Belmont Village is zoned as a ‘mixed use’ neighbourhood that combines commercial and residential properties, and it permits buildings that are eight storeys or 25 metres in height. Another city policy allows developers to apply for a 50 percent height increase, which must be approved by council. According to Stevenson, this would permit the Zehr Group to apply for a building 12 storeys or 37.5 metres high. However, it is applying for it to be 13 storeys and 49 metres high. Stevenson said that Belmont Village is an area targeted for “intensification” so council will consider the request.
Low rise buildings line Belmont Avenue West between Glasgow Street and Union Blvd. The Zehr Group has applied for amendments that would allow it to build a 13 storey condo on the former Dettmer Tirecraft location in the foreground.
Ferraro is afraid that if the city allows this condominium, that will be a “towering inferno” over all the other buildings on that section of Belmont Avenue West, it will set a “dangerous precendent.” Ferraro said developers have bought other buildings in Belmont Village and they will be watching what council allows. “That is what everyone is worried about,” Ferraro said.
She thinks that the quaint village will disappear and the individually owned shops will be replaced with condos. “They (developers) sell an image of our lives, which won’t exist anymore when they replace the neighbourhood with condos.” In addition to being concerned with the height of the building, Ferraro’s group is also concerned about the shade it will throw on the neighbourhood, the increase
in traffic, and its lack of parking spaces. She believes that if the building is kept to eight storeys, Belmont Village will do its part to assist in the intensification of the city. “Don is a good developer and does quality work,” Ferraro said. But she doesn’t see the need for a condominium that high in Belmont Village. “The residents of this community and the City of Kitchener cannot be held responsible for the developer’s profitability. He says eight storeys isn’t feasible for him,” said Ferraro. “Well, we can’t be held ransom or be responsible for his need to make money or his vision. It’s our community.” Stevenson said the work on this application is not complete and it has not yet been scheduled to go before council. He said the best place for residents to find up-to-date information on any planning application in Kitchener is to go to www.kitchener.ca/ planningapplications Don Zehr could not be reached for comment.
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Kitchener’s oldest yoga studio moving and relaunching as The Branches By Carrie Debrone f the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that the ability to adapt to change is a huge attribute. And no place is that more true than in small business. After 16 years in downtown Kitchener, Queen Street Yoga is moving to Samuel Street and changing its name to The Branches. Like so many others, this small business has been forced to adapt to the new realities that COVID-19 has brought all of us. Faced with paying rent on a large, empty commercial space as the pandemic dragged on, Queen Street Yoga’s owner, Leena Miller Cressman realized she needed to make a change. Owning and operating the business since 2012, she said she didn’t feel like closing something so treasured by many long-time students was an option. So she, and former schoolteacher and long-time employee Leslie Stokman, joined forces and became co-owners of a century duplex at 9 Samuel Street (near Frederick St.) in January. They hired local contractor Ralph Cressman (Miller Cressman’s father-inlaw) to complete renovations that will see one side of the duplex provide two studio spaces (one on the main floor), washrooms, lounge area, offices, front reception area and large backyard deck for outdoor classes. A ramp will be installed at the front entrance to make the studio more accessible, and the co-owners plan to offer more classes to people with mobility issues. Socially-distanced outdoor classes will start this week, and they hope to have indoor classes start in the summer.
Leena Miller Cressman (left) and Leslie Stokman sit outside the new location of Queen Street Yoga that is now called The Branches and located on Samuel Street.
The other half of the duplex is also being renovated and will become Stokman’s new home. “Previously I thought I’d never be a homeowner,” she said, adding that the opportunity to both own a business and live in Kitchener’s downtown area feels right. “The property just had so many things we were looking for. We love the neighbourhood and its proximity to downtown. It’s on major transit routes, its walkable, has a large deck and it had the potential to create a main floor studio,” Stokman said. Although the name has changed, The Branches’ mission remains: yoga taught with inclusivity, a keen curiosity in the
latest movement techniques, and a healthy dose of community activism. “Our philosophy has always been to take the intimidation factor out of yoga. We’ve had a more nuts and bolts approach and see yoga as a way to care for your mind and body,” Miller Cressman said. The studio will continue to offer classes for anxiety and depression, meditation for resilient living, and yoga for trauma recovery. Since January, its 12 weekly classes have been offered only online. But once businesses are allowed more freedom to open, The Branches aims to return to its pre-pandemic level of 20 to 30 in-person classes (indoor and outdoor) weekly as
well as continue its online classes and yoga teacher training. It currently employs 12 teachers and offers virtual ‘on demand’ classes as well as live streamed classes. The business move is part of a trend of young entrepreneurs in downtown Kitchener who are purchasing their own properties – despite intimidating real estate prices -- in order to find stability in the city’s quickly-changing core. Queen Street Yoga had been located at 44 Queen Street (next to the Walper Hotel) since 2005. Miller Cressman noted that commercial rents had quadrupled in downtown Kitchener in those 16 years. When the pandemic hit, she said paying rent for the large, former studio space meant the business was “hemorrhaging” money each month. “I think a lot of businesses will be downsizing and having to make do with less space. I feel really hopeful about the change. Even though it’s been a ton of work, I feel a greater sense of freedom now that we own our own studio. Now we can put down the kind of roots that we want to have in the community. It’s really a rare gem of a spot,” Miller Cressman said. The studio’s relaunch also provides the business with the chance to remove financial barriers for students by offering sliding-scale prices for all classes. “This is a chance for us to really create a place that’s in line with our social values,” Miller Cressman said, adding that she has felt greatly supported by the studio’s many students throughout the relaunch. “We felt bolstered by the support of our students and our community. It’s what gave us the courage to take the leap.”
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A large collection of shoes, teddy bears and stuffed animals were placed as a memorial in front of the Healing of the Seven Generations building on Frederick Street in Kitchener following the discover of the bodies of 215 children in a mass grave at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops B.C. Several local vigils have taken place and the government is being urged to investigate other Canadian former residential school sites.
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Six Nations calls on government to search for missing children at former Mohawk Institute By Irene Schmidt-Adeney ollowing the discovery of the remains of 215 Indigenous children on the grounds of the former Kamloops Residential School, Six Nations of the Grand River is calling on the federal government to search for missing children on the grounds of the former Mohawk Institute Residential School in Brantford. “There were many causes of death, including Tuberculosis, accidents, and even suicides, and the terrible maltreatment is undeniable,” said Six Nations Elected Chief Mark Hill. “The Truth and Reconciliation Final Report, Vol. IV: Missing Children and Unmarked Burials states that Indian Affairs official Marin Benson wrote in 1914 that students at the Mohawk Institute in Brantford, Ontario were being ‘disciplined to death.’ It continues ‘Because there was no policy, there was no limit on the number of blows or the degree of injury that could be inflicted. There are reports of corporal punishment so severe… These include reports from schools in Brantford…” Six Nations of the Grand River is the largest First Nation in Canada. “The Mohawk Institute, commonly known as the Mush Hole, was one of the first of the Residential Schools and had the longest-running history,” said Chief Hill. “This
meant it was unregulated and unaccountable from the start. With the discovery of the 215 children in Kamloops, there are no excuses for not taking aggressive action to find all the lost ones at any such locations across Canada, including the Mohawk Institute.” The Mohawk Institute Residential School was operated by the federal government in conjunction with the Anglican Church of Canada from 1831 until it was closed in 1970. The school was established on 350-acres of farmland near Brantford that was part of the Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve. Between 90 and 185 children attended each year. “This past Friday [May 28], the old wounds of my people and of other Indigenous peoples were reopened in a most visceral way,” said Chief Hill. “We are heartbroken at the devastating confirmation of 215 children found in unmarked graves at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. Our profound sadness layers the gaping wounds still felt by many Residential School Survivors and their families today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc community, and the families of all the little ones, who are most intimately affected by this indescribable sorrow.” Today, the former Mohawk Institute Residential School is part of the Woodland Cultural
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Notice of Intention to Enact a New Sewer Use By-law to Repeal & Replace By-law 1-90 and Amend the Fees & Charges By-law 21-002 The Region of Waterloo intends to enact a new Sewer Use By-law to repeal and replace By-law 1-90, effective January 1, 2022 and amend the Fees & Charges By-law 21-002 to include new fees for Surcharge, Compliance, Temporary discharges or General permits. The by-laws will be considered at the Regional Council Meeting scheduled for: Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. Regional Municipality of Waterloo Meeting to be held electronically You can provide your comments by participating in the meeting by phone or video conference. If you wish to speak as a delegation, please register through the Delegation Registration Form online: https://forms.regionofwaterloo.ca/Council-and-Administrative-Services/CAS/Delegation-Registration by Monday, June 28, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. Alternatively, you can send a written submission to the Region’s Council and Administrative Services Division at firstname.lastname@example.org . If you require accessible services or technical assistance, please contact the Council and Administrative Services Division. This notice is in accordance with the “Municipal Act”, 2001. Kris Fletcher, Director, Council and Administrative Services/Regional Clerk All comments and information received from individuals, stakeholder groups and agencies regarding this by-law are being collected to assist the Region of Waterloo in making a decision. Under the “Municipal Act”, personal information such as name, address, telephone number, and property location that may be included in a submission becomes part of the public record. Questions regarding the collection of this information should be referred to Council & Administrative Services.
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PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Raj Saini MP for Kitchener Centre
Dear friends and neighbours, As of June 1, 2021, we have successfully delivered more than 27.9 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to provinces and territories. This year we have the chance to take control of the pandemic. Let’s get vaccinated and encourage family, friends, neighbours and peers so we can get the summer we all deserve. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) continues to monitor any new and emerging trends and I recommend staying up to date by visiting: www.canada.ca/coronavirus. At the end of the day, all individuals should consult healthcare professionals to
support an informed decision on vaccinations. Additionally, if you have received your first dose, please remember that you are still obligated to follow all public health guidelines. If you have received the second dose, a big congratulations to you and thank you for taking that step in this tough fight against COVID-19. For the time being, fully immunized individuals with both doses must continue to adhere to all local public health guidelines, but it is bringing us closer to the end of this pandemic. Bringing us back to summer, this year for your Canada Day festivities, my team and I have
prepared Canada Day at-home packages. You can request your package via email at Raj. Saini@parl.gc.ca or by calling us at 519.741.2001. Please make sure to include your full name, address, and phone number so we can get in touch with you regarding package pick-up dates and time. These packages are limited to one per household and include items to help you celebrate Canada Day safely at home. I would like to end on an important note. June is National Indigenous History Month and it is painful to say that this National Indigenous History month is dedicated to the
innocent children who never made it home, their families and all residential school survivors. They were two hundred and fifteen children at just one school. My thoughts remain with Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation, as well as with all Indigenous communities across Canada. It is Canada’s shameful past which continues to cause harm, injustices, trauma, and discrimination into the present day. That is why it is essential to keep renewing our pledge to the original peoples of this land and continue working with them as we walk the path of reconciliation and healing. I
invite everyone to learn more about the effects of our colonial past and discover and honour the cultures and experiences of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada. For immediate assistance to those who may need it, the National Indian Residential School Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day at 1-866-9254419.
PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Tim Louis MP for Kitchener-Conestoga
his school year has been difficult for many Canadians. Students were asked to learn in new ways, educators adapted their teaching styles, and families found ways to keep their children engaged with their schoolwork while working from home. As a parent, I am proud to have had two children graduate since the pandemic started. Milestones like graduations are traditionally celebrated in-person, as families and friends commemorate students’ accomplishments.
From Kindergarten to postsecondary, I am proud of our students of all ages. My office can provide congratulatory certificates for graduates. To get yours, email Tim. Louis@parl.gc.ca with the student’s name, school, grade or accreditation, and full residential address of your graduate so we can send them a certificate. Congratulations to all students for completing another school year – and special congratulations to the class of 2021!
We know that staying active and healthy is an essential part of our mental and physical wellness. In May, I announced funding to support the construction of the Aquatic Centre at RBJ Schlegel Park in Kitchener. The Government of Canada is investing more than $9.7 million in this project. The aquatics centre will include an eight-lane, 25-meter-long pool with a removable floor and ramp access, bleacher seating, and community use multi-purpose rooms. Once complete, the new aquatics centre will provide greater access to recreational facilities and services for members of our Kitchener community. Our government has launched
the Canada Greener Homes Grant to help Canadian homeowners across the country improve the energy efficiency of their homes and lower their energy bills. The grant will provide up to $5,000 to make homes more energyefficient and provide up to $600 toward the cost of home-energy evaluations. Home retrofits are good for your wallet, good for the economy, and good for the environment. June is both Pride Month and Indigenous Heritage Month. We will be commemorating both with the continuation of my virtual town halls live on my Facebook, @TimLouisKitCon. Tune in live and ask your questions in the comment section. I am proud that our community here
in Waterloo Region is moving forward together to celebrate our LGBTQ2+ community. This month is also a time for grieving, commemorating, and celebrating Indigenous culture across Canada. I will continue to listen to your ideas and work tirelessly to support you and keep our community safe. My office and I are here for you, please call 519-578-3777 or email me at Tim.Louis@parl.gc.ca. Stay safe and take care.
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s we round the corner into summer, the collective efforts of our communities have largely succeeded in once again flattening the curve. With provincial reopening plans beginning to roll out in the coming weeks, it is looking more and more like the end of the pandemic is in sight. Since it has been one of the key contributors to ending the third wave and will play arguably the largest role in ending this pandemic, I wanted to take some time today to talk about Canada’s vaccination progress. When I last wrote about our vaccine rollout, many people believed that Canada was falling behind its peers. Today, it is clear that rumours of Canada’s vaccine catastrophe were largely exaggerated. In terms of doses administered per capita, Canada is still behind allies such as the UK, US, and Israel, whose domestic capacity and export bans provided them with
a supply advantage. However, we now rank third among remaining OECD countries in this category, and other metrics show growing signs that Canada may become one of the most vaccinated countries in the world in a relatively short order. On June 2nd, Canada overtook the UK in terms of percent of the population who has received at least one dose, less than two weeks after surpassing our American neighbours by the same metric. We are now only behind Israel among OECD countries. The most significant part of this is that unlike Israel or the US, whose uptake has essentially stagnated, we have not shown any signs of slowing down, which bodes very well for the coverage we can expect to see by the end of our campaign. Furthermore, we now rank among the top 3 OECD countries in terms of vaccination pace. With the focus beginning to shift to second doses, this means that Canada’s ambitious target of
providing first and second doses to every Canadian who wants one by the end of the summer is achievable and we are well on track to get there. Vaccines have played a key role in helping us control the third wave, and will ultimately be the key to ending this pandemic. As we begin to shift the focus to second doses, I would like to urge all of those in our community who have not yet booked a first dose to do so. If you are hesitant or have any concerns, please speak to your doctor, who can provide you with solid information to inform your decision. We are all hoping for a better summer, a better year, and a better future. Let’s all continue to do our part and ensure these hopes turn into realities, and get through this together.
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he arrived. Only a concerted effort by U.S. pilots flying radarequipped fighter planes ended Charlie’s cycle of maddening psychological warfare. With the May 24th weekend in our rear-view mirrors, and Canada Day fast approaching, I was reminded of Washing Machine Charlie as I listened to and read over the ongoing debate regarding backyard fireworks in our city. Traditionalists argue that COVID-19 constraints have curtailed so many municipal-funded fireworks displays that to deny children of As their oohs and over personal I've pyrotechnics is one a relatively newaahs arrival in Kitchener been exploring the photographic arts opportunities here and first impressions arethese very pandemic restriction too many. The prohibitors point to encouraging. It's just not just in the side of quality that the community neighbourhood explosions astech causing pet anxiety, PTSD in should be judged. A thriving Arts community usually does well. This can refugees and veterans, and elevated health risks for humans not always be measured in the financial spectrum as the living standard and animals alike. expectations of artists are remarkably low. Kitchener’s code appears reasonable, allowing We don't wantmunicipal that two bedroom house within convenient driving
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over consecutive weekends. And please stop labelling our overworked bylaw officers as fireworks fun-busters. They only show up because some adults have disdained their civic responsibilities. How about helping our officers by adding some much-needed bite to our city’s “Bylaws at Home” website? Currently there are no restrictions regarding backyard fireworks usage, only toothless “tips.” While it seems reasonable to recommend not launching rockets within 25 feet of any structure, or keeping spectators 65 feet away from the site, only very impressed by ignition the Arts office at Citylaws Hall govern and withthe howunreasonable. they provided Those people in turn me So withlet’s information what was going make a about collaborative effortontohere. create strong fireworks have offered their own advice and contacts, again two up for boundaries between celebration andsocalm. It’sthumbs not fair on the level of support they give each other. anyone who lives next to a Washing Machine Charlie and is Yes, there are already many photographers doing the normal only equipped with thatregion, last resort of any offended photographic needs of the but the opportunity to neighbour work with -- the rocket’s red glare. emerging image companies like web designers, animation houses, software
Just what makes Kitchener so good at Arts development?
distance to the golf course or mall. Speaking as one of those underfunded producers, locally based video firms, electronic images for broadcasters independent art producers i'll tell you I've lived in some very bad etc.is growing as the manufacturing base has declined. The live conditions just to be close to my working environment. An example being entertainment industries, local graphic designers and most especially the when living in my various illegal Toronto warehouse studios many years emerging gallery system bodes well for business opportunities, even in this before they were condoized. downturn. There are basically two reasons for artists to be in an area. A slightly Kitchener is projected to be growing by a conservative estimate of compact arts community with low rents and the availability of galleries or 100,000 people over the next 20 years and plans call for a big investment venues to showcase the art produced. I have noticed that there is a vibrant in conversions of existing warehouse buildings into studio style live work theatre network here that none the less is going through hard times. The space. Technically the manufacturing base has down- turned and left a lot (Hygge: quality of coziness that home, this book is a good reminder of how music scene is really good with a solid choice of localatalent that is well of empty buildings. publicized by a few local free publications. Radio generally follows the engenders a feeling of contentment easy itthere is toarecreate an atmosphere thatthat is If outor ofwellthose numbers 10 percent artists in all media standard corprock but the University of Waterloo has an outstanding actually work at their art all of us are going to need some of this space to being regarded as a defining characteristic cozy and welcoming. community station. build up our community. Artists, being artists though, do not like to be The huge pool of university students to fromculture.) for a vocal audience ofdraw Danish romance factor in hard this tobook is told how to do things. The The local government is working reach that with some disposable cash helps in keeping the cities vibrant and level where they can integrateasthe needs of athe artisticofcommunity In this contemporary romance novel, charming there are couple plots to enthusiastic. The number of professional artists is still small enough so that seamlessly into theirfollow. development plans. between the characters, Clara infuses her Danish hygge practices The banter 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 into a small community in England. the awkward moments, and the shared industry. Fortunately, as a photographer who has been working in digital community can be. A planning group called The Prosperity Council calls for memories a huge investment for artists basedrom-com businesses When Clara a toyspecifically shop owner would makeand a art great for years it helps me integrate my own work into overhears video, 3D, web, to encourage them to choose Kitchener as a place to work. This is the first advertising, etc. So I think, personally, the opportunities in Kitchener announce in the pub thatareshe’s leaving for movie. better than Toronto. An example being the cable TV (Rogers) that works time I have found a directed approach to our niche, but very valuable Spain indefinitely, everyone worries about The relationship between Clara and very hard to involve the regions schools and artisians in locally produced segment of society. If even fifty percent of the plans get done it is still an attractive a career. what will happen to the shop. Clara place usesto build Lauren, a mom she quickly befriends, is programming. 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By Carrie Debrone ncle Hans Oktoberfest Castle, which has been located at the corner of Benton and Charles Streets in downtown Kitchener since 1989, will no longer be the official home of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest. The Oktoberfest office is being relocated to 2 King Street West (formerly the BMO Building). The unique castle-like former home of the festival at 17 Benton Street has been purchased by Hans Haus Inc. and will be redeveloped in a joint venture between the Woodhouse Group and the mortgage firm Brightpath Capital Corporation. The second and third floors of the building will become offices for Brightpath, while the main floor and basement will be renovated to attract a restaurant or retail tenant. The Woodhouse Group has been involved with several regeneration projects in Kitchener’s core, including the historic Schreiter’s furniture building at 27 Gaukel Street that is now occupied
by Google. It also redeveloped the former Schlichter’s automotive shop at 132 Queen St. that was turned into a tech hub for Alert Labs, Binsentry and MaJik. Construction is scheduled to begin in June, with a goal for occupancy in early 2022. “It’s welcome news that this recognizable property in Downtown Kitchener is being renovated and redeveloped to serve the community and its tenants in new ways,” said Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “We’re also pleased to see the K-W Oktoberfest office find a new home and continue to operate in Downtown Kitchener, as they modernize and evolve the festival for decades to come.” Oktoberfest celebrates its 53rd year of operation this year, but because of the pandemic it will again be offering mostly virtual programming with some physical events depending on public health regulations. Oktoberfest 2021 will run from September 24 to October 11, ending on Thanksgiving weekend.
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THE HILL FAMILY IS ALWAYS PLANNING THEIR NEXT GETAWAY. FOR GRAHAM, CHARLENE AND THEIR TWO KIDS, QUALITY FAMILY TIME MEANS PACKING THEIR BAGS AND TAKING OFF ON A TRIP.
“We started travelling and adventuring outdoors before we had kids and have just made it a part of who we are as a family,” Charlene said. “People think that the adventures end when you have kids, but that’s not how it has to be. Now we have two more awesome adventure buddies we get to share these great experiences with.” From the Grand Canyon to Cuba, this Kitchener family never shies away from exploring new places and doing new things. For Graham, the lure of adventure started close to home.
“We would swim in the Grand River and ride our bikes down the trails for hours,” Graham remembered. “Now that my kids are getting older, I want them to be able to explore the way I did growing up.” They would rather be stamping their passports for trips abroad, but like everyone else, their travel plans have been grounded by the pandemic. Lately, they’ve traded their wanderlust ways for hometown tourism.
Now that my kids are getting older, I want them to be able to explore the way I did growing up.
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There’s no shortage of things to do in Kitchener during the SUMMER. Here are some sites and activities to add to your bucket list this season.
MONARCH WOODS NATURAL AREA Multiple access points on Stoke Dr. and Victoria St. S Kitchener is home to more than 125 kilometres of trails, and Monarch Woods Trail is a scenic stretch worth paying a visit. Nestled in the Victoria Hills neighbourhood, the Monarch Woods natural area shows Mother Nature’s maturity with old trees that have cavities or holes which provide nesting for birds. On a hot summer day, you may be able to spot an orange-winged monarch butterfly. The trail goes in a loop which allows you to enjoy the beauty of the area time and time again. kitchener.ca/trails
ENJOYING THE GRAND RIVER Multiple access points
KITCHENER MAKE TRACKS 5 KM CHALLENGE Any City of Kitchener community centre
The Grand River stretches a total of 280 kilometres through much of southwestern Ontario including through Waterloo Region. One way to experience this beautiful waterway is by canoe, kayak or by simply enjoying it from a distance along the riverbanks. The Grand River Conservation Authority provides more information about getting ready for a trip on the water. Learn more about routes and access points at grandriver.ca
We’ve set up a five kilometre Make Tracks route around each community centre in Kitchener, with a bonus route near the future site of the Huron-Brigadoon community centre. With 15 locations in total, there is one to enjoy near you. Strap on your hiking shoes and explore your neighbourhood from a different point of view. Get started with the Make Tracks story map at kitchener.ca/MakeTracks to learn more.
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“We’ve definitely enjoyed getting to know our city more,” Charlene said. “We love exploring different places like Huron Natural Area, the Walter Bean Trail and the Grand River, getting out and biking, hiking and taking advantage of this beautiful city we live in.” “There are so many things to do in Waterloo Region,” Graham added. “The Grand River has a lot to offer as well with canoeing or kayaking, swimming, fishing and exploring the riverbank. There’s also the bike park, skate parks and splash pads.”
Residents don’t have to look far to find ways to stay physically and mentally active in Kitchener. “This past year has been challenging for all of us,” Charlene said. “We’ve had to cancel a lot of plans lately, but we chose to make the best of it. Having this mindset turned a year that could have been viewed as a big disappointment, into a year we will never forget.” Lili Romeo provides professional dog services, and local parks and open spaces are where she spends much of her time.
IT’S FREE. IT’S EASY. IT’S THE LAW. “One of my favourite things to do during the pandemic has been to explore new spots with my dogs,” Romeo said. “With so many people spending more time indoors and isolated, finding the time to get out and be outdoors and stay connected with friends and family, even at a distance, has been a huge help to stay in good spirits over this past year.” If you’re a Kitchener resident looking for things to do in your neighbourhood, create a MyKitchener account and use the What’s Near Me widget for parks, trails, community centres and other amenities close to home. Visit kitchener.ca/MyKitchener to learn more.
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Kitchener recognizing gardeners
of all kinds this summer From victory to vegetable gardens, pollinator patches to herb beds, Kitchener residents and businesses are making the most of their outdoor spaces this summer and we want to recognize them! Each year, Kitchener in Bloom recognizes residents and businesses whose front-facing gardens help to make our city a greener, more sustainable and more beautiful place to live. “Kitchener in Bloom is much more than a garden showcase, it is a celebration of neighbourhood pride,
environmental diversity, and of nature,” said Anne Ramsay, Kitchener in Bloom Committee Member. “Whether you cultivate fruits and vegetables, plant perennials, or showcase bursts of annuals, gardens bring together families and neighbours. This year especially, we want you to look around and nominate the yards and garden plots that bring joy and sustainability to our community.” We know gardens come in all shapes and sizes – and, whether you’re a new gardener or an experienced
one, we’re celebrating all Kitchener residents who are doing their part to enhance their greenspaces and make our city a more vibrant place to live. Is there a neighbour or local business in your neighbourhood whose garden deserves to be recognized? Show your appreciation and community pride by sharing their address with us by Sept. 3 at kitchener.ca/KIB so we can recognize their efforts.
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As an essential business, the Kitchener Market remains open for shopping Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. With staff and visitor’s health and safety a top priority, new measures are in place to allow for physical distancing. For those who prefer to not shop in-person at the Market, a new online option is now available. The Kitchener Market’s online store has over 500 products, including produce, meat and eggs, cheese and dairy, bread and other baked goods, and more. “We know our Market family has varying levels of comfort for in-person shopping right now,” explains Cameron Dale, manager of the Kitchener Market. “We’re immensely proud to have been able to stay open for those who can still come visit, while also now being able to provide an online option. It all comes down to supporting our community members and local businesses.”
SHOP THE KITCHENER MARKET’S ONLINE STORE IN 3 SIMPLE STEPS: 1. Go online to KitchenerMarket.ca/ShopOnline 2. Find the vendors and items you want to buy 3. Order by noon on Thursdays for pickup on Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Learn more about the Kitchener Market, visit kitchenermarket.ca
Local artists awarded $14,000 through Create + Connect grants To support and inspire local musicians during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Kitchener’s Film, Music, and Interactive Media Office and the Centre In The Square partnered to create a fund to help local artists do what they do best create and connect. A total of 146 local musicians applied for the grant and a jury, formed by members of the local arts scene, reviewed the details of each applicant’s project before selecting 14 grant recipients. Each recipient was awarded $1,000 to create audio and video content to engage and grow their audiences. For a list of winners, visit kitchener.ca/createconnect
Get active and creative this summer with Teen Zone The COVID-19 pandemic has meant a great deal of change for young people in Kitchener, which is why the City of Kitchener wants to create a supportive and engaging space for teens to have a fun and dynamic summer. New this summer, the city is launching Teen Zone, a weekly, registered, in-person program for teens 12-17 years to hang out in a safe and supported space to enjoy games and activities with their peers. Teens will have a chance to help plan activities, to make sure the program reflects their needs and unique interests. Each week, activities will include a rotation of sports, arts and crafts, group games, board games and so much more! Make the most of this summer by staying active, getting creative and interacting with peers and positive role models. Registration is required and is now open on ActiveNet. For more information, visit kitchener.ca/youth
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Kitchener in Bloom
From pollinator patches to vegetable gardens to recognize all Kitchener gardeners who are helping to make our city a greener, more sustainable and more beautiful place to live. Have you seen a home or business that’s making the most of their greenspace? Here’s your opportunity to recognize their efforts. It’s easy! Simply share the address of the deserving property by
Friday, Sept 3, 2021 and we’ll take care of the rest.
Visit www.kitchener.ca/KIB or call 519-741-2200 ext. 7537 for more information or to submit a property address.
Traditionally thousands of residents make their way to Kiwanis Park each summer to enjoy the walking trails, dog park, playground equipment, sports fields, and Kiwanis Pool. After being closed last summer, due to COVID-19, the pool will return this summer with new temporary policies and protocols in place. “Staff are working hard to ensure a safe environment that follows all current Provincial and Regional restrictions,” said Adam Brodt, Aquatics Supervisor, City of Kitchener. “We are really looking forward to being a local place of escape this summer.” Visits to Kiwanis pool will be different in 2021 to ensure compliance with Provincial restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The maximum capacity of the pool will be significantly reduced to allow for physical distancing, and guests will be required to book a dedicated time block within the three blocks of swim times available daily. There will be a half hour between swim times to allow staff to properly clean the pool, change rooms, and surrounding areas. Guests should take the time to plan their visit by going to the City of Kitchener’s website to learn more about how the pool will operate this summer to ensure a positive experience for everyone. Kiwanis Pool is targeted to open on Monday, June 14, provided the province enters step one of the reopening roadmap, with pre-registration available seven days in advance. For new guidelines and booking info, visit kitchener.ca/Kiwanis
What is new for Kiwanis Pool in 2021: • The maximum number of guests will be 125 inside fenced pool area • Three recreational swim times will be available each day • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. • 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. • 5 – 7 p.m. • Guests are required to pre-book their visit through ActiveNet • Ontario COVID-19 self-screening assessment must be completed, with proof shown upon entry • Guests must physically distance from anyone outside of their household during their visit • Guests are required to stay within the pool fenced area during their book time – if a guest leaves no reentry will be permitted • Change rooms will have a posted maximum capacity to be followed • Increased accessible parking is available • Between swim time, staff will disinfect the change rooms and clean the pool and park.
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COOKING DEMO: ART OF SOUS VIDE PART 1* KITCHENER MARKET - *VIRTUAL / ONLINE Friday, June 11, 6:30-7 p.m. Learn online about a sous vide machine and how it can elevate your dishes. KitchenerMarket.ca/Calendar
KIDS IN THE KITCHEN* KITCHENER MARKET - *VIRTUAL / ONLINE Saturdays, June 12, 19, 26, 10–11 a.m. Virtual cooking class to inspire and encourage young at-home chefs. KitchenerMarket.ca/Calendar
DATE NIGHT COOKING CLASS with INGREDIENT KIT* KITCHENER MARKET - *VIRTUAL / ONLINE Saturday, June 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Virtual cooking class preparing appetizers and tapas. Ingredient kits available. KitchenerMarket.ca/Calendar COOKING DEMO* KITCHENER MARKET - *VIRTUAL / ONLINE Wednesday, June 16, .6:30-7 p.m. A cooking demo for a shrimp and chorizo one-pan meal. KitchenerMarket.ca/Calendar COOKING DEMO: ART OF SOUS VIDE PART 2* KITCHENER MARKET - *VIRTUAL / ONLINE Friday, June 18, 6:30-7 p.m. Learn what a sous vide machine is and how it can elevate your dishes. KitchenerMarket.ca/Calendar
FATHER’S DAY BBQ MARKET KIT KITCHENER MARKET Saturday, June 19, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Pre-order and pickup an amazing mix of market items for Father’s Day meal. KitchenerMarket.ca/Calendar
SUMMER SOLSTICE BBQ with INGREDIENT KIT* KITCHENER MARKET - *VIRTUAL / ONLINE Monday, June 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Learn how to prepare summer solstice-inspired meals. Ingredient kits available. KitchenerMarket.ca/Calendar SUMMER SOLSTICE* *VIRTUAL / ONLINE June 21, 7:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Celebrate the changing of the seasons during this summer solstice online program. Register at Kitchener.ca/KNAP COUNTDOWN TO CANADA DAY June 23-30 Daily pop-up concerts moving around Kitchener. You never know where they’ll be! KitchenerEvents.ca DATE NIGHT COOKING CLASS with INGREDIENT KIT* KITCHENER MARKET - *VIRTUAL / ONLINE Saturday, June 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Learn how to prepare classic Indian cuisine, including butter chicken and naan bread. Ingredient kits available. KitchenerMarket.ca/Calendar
YOGA HIKES (pending COVID-19 restrictions) MEET AT FOREST HEIGHTS COMMUNITY CENTRE Thursdays, July 8, 15, 22, 29 and Aug. 5, 12 All times 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Enjoy a 90 minute yoga hike through Forest Heights trails and parks. Register at Kitchener.ca/KNAP
OUTDOOR YOGA AT BREITHAUPT PARK (pending COVID-19 restrictions) BREITHAUPT PARK Tuesday, Aug. 17, 7 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Wind down your day with a gentle evening yoga practice in the beauty of Breithaupt Park. Register at Kitchener.ca/KNAP
GUIDED NATURE MEDITATION* *VIRTUAL / ONLINE Monday, July 5, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Wind down your day with two guided meditations. Register at Kitchener.ca/KNAP
GUIDED NATURE MEDITATION* *VIRTUAL / ONLINE Monday, Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Wind down your day with two guided meditations Register at Kitchener.ca/KNAP
MINDFUL MOVEMENT AT LAKESIDE PARK (pending COVID-19 restrictions) LAKESIDE PARK Tuesdays, July 13, 20, 27 and Aug. 3, 10, 17 All times 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Connect with nature during this meditative movement class at Lakeside Park. Register at Kitchener.ca/KNAP OUTDOOR YOGA* *VIRTUAL / ONLINE Tuesday, July 13, 7:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Wind down your day with a gentle evening yoga practice. Register at Kitchener.ca/KNAP DISCOVERY HIKES (pending COVID-19 restrictions) VARIOUS LOCATIONS Wesdnesdays, July 14, 21, 28 and Aug. 4, 11, 18 Be a tourist in your own city during guided hikes. Register at Kitchener.ca/KNAP
SPLASHPADS ARE NOW OPEN! Open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Get outside and stay cool at splashpads across Kitchener. Find the location near you at Kitchener.ca/splashpads
UPCOMING EVENTS To see what we have coming up, visit KitchenerEvents.ca
More free public Wi-Fi options in DTK Residents looking to connect to free internet now have more options Downtown Kitchener. As part of the City’s digital strategy, free Wi-Fi has been expanded to include the public space around City Hall and on King Street West, from College to Queen Street, as well as Goudie’s Lane, Vogelsang Green (corner of Queen Street N and Duke Street E), and in front of the Kitchener Market (300 King Street E). “With so much of our world moving online, accessing the internet is more necessary than ever,” explains Darren Becks, manager, downtown development and innovation for the City of Kitchener. “Free Wi-Fi helps promote equity and inclusion, ensuring more people can access digital tools and online supports and programming.” To learn more about the city’s digital strategy, visit kitchener.ca/DigitalKitchener
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Help keep Kitchener parks lking beautiful!
STRATEGIC PLAN 2019-2022
Together, let’s build an innovative, caring and vibrant Kitchener
• Let plants grow and don’t pick them • Leave animals in their habitat • Put garbage in designated bins • Pick up after your dog
Continuing to make progress on City’s strategic plan
LIGHTS, CAMERA, KITCHENER! ‘A big city look, with a small-town feel.’ It’s a way of describing Kitchener as a wonderful place to work, live and play. It’s also why the film industry is starting to take notice. With filming and other opportunities in the creative industries in mind, Kitchener City Council approved the creation of a new position focused on attracting film and music to Kitchener. The city hired Bob Egan, who brings with him extensive local and international experience in the arts, as the first Film, Music, and Interactive Media Officer. “Kitchener has a major downtown look, a wide variety of industrial and residential settings, and nature and agricultural landscapes, all within minutes of each other,” explains Egan. “When film crews can get all of that, while avoiding the
traffic, higher prices, and logistical complications found in larger cities, it’s easy to see why we’re a favourable location for filming.” The pandemic has slowed down some productions over the last year, but because of effective COVID-19 safety protocols instituted by the film industry, the Province of Ontario has allowed film production to continue. The City of Kitchener has seen an increase in projects, with some of the most popular filming locations including Victoria Park and Downtown, inside and around the historic Walper Hotel. In the first three months of 2021, Kitchener had 17 film location inquiries, resulting in six productions and more in the works. These projects not only shine a light on Kitchener’s visual appeal and diversity, but they also increase economic activity and investment. With production staff staying local during filming, hotel stays, food and catering, rentals, and other opportunities bring a positive local economic impact, especially to the hospitality industry. ............................................................................ To learn more about filming in Kitchener, visit
Trees are an important part of a sustainable, safe and welcoming city. Filtering the air, providing shade on a sunny day and creating habitats for animals are just some of the many benefits they provide. Tree canopy cover is the total area of the city that, when viewed from above, is covered by trees. We’re fortunate to have a 26 per cent tree canopy across Kitchener, and protecting it today will help ensure a healthy and resilient urban forest for years to come.
The City of Kitchener’s 2019-2022 is about delivering on the priorities Kitchener residents. We continue to towards our strategic goals, with milestones.
Strategic Plan that matter to make progress several recent
People-friendly transportation: Downtown Cycling Grid Construction has started on the first phase of the downtown cycling grid. This phase of the work begins connecting our busiest trails and neighbourhoods next to the downtown core. This is the first step in bringing the long-term vision of our Cycling and Trails Master Plan to life – so people of all ages and abilities can run, walk or roll across Kitchener. ........................................................................................... To learn more about the downtown cycling grid and cycling in Kitchener visit kitchener.ca/cycling
Environmental leadership: Community Climate Action Plan We’re working with ClimateActionWR, the Region of Waterloo and other area municipalities on a 30-year climate action strategy with the goal of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. We’ve recently concluded our final round of public consultation on the draft community plan. The revised plan will be considered by local councils this summer and approved later this fall – offering a roadmap towards a sustainable future for our broader community. Meaningful climate action is about sustained structural change, and we’re committed to work with all our community partners to make that change a reality. ........................................................................................... To learn more about the progress made on the city’s 2019-2022 strategic plan visit kitchener.ca/ourplan
Vibrant economy: Make It Kitchener 2.0 + economic recovery plan The Council-approved Make it Kitchener 2.0 strategy is a bold, ambitious plan to support business recovery, to create a future where everyone can make a difference, and to propel our community forward through investments in the impact economy. Cont’d on pg 7
This year, we’re asking the community for input on our tree canopy as the City sets a target for tree coverage. Subscribe to updates at kitchener.ca/UrbanForest to learn when engagement will take place. kitchener.ca/ourplan
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Engage Kitchener is the City’s online space where you can offer feedback, share opinions and exchange ideas about city programs, services and decisions. This summer, we plan to ask about several exciting topics, including making improvements to Kitchener parks, the tree canopy, aquatics programs, development projects, and more! Also launching this summer is a design competition for backyard homes open to both professionals and community members. Register for a free account and you’ll be the first to know about these opportunities when they open. Visit EngageKitchener.ca and be part of the conversation.
CALLING ALL KEENERS! Do you have a lot to say? Are you willing to volunteer a few hours a month? We’re looking for enthusiastic residents with diverse voices to join a panel of community members who want to share feedback and engage more deeply. Apply to be a part of the Kitchener parks and open spaces panel for our city planning and development panel. Find out more by visiting kitchener.ca/volunteer
DID YOU KNOW? Kitchener’s new online experience makes it even easier to stay on top of engagement opportunities! Register for MyKitchener and add the engagement opportunities widget to your dashboard to receive notifications and stay informed. Sign up at MyKitchener.ca and never again miss another chance to have your say.
.............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. Join the 3000+ neighbours just like you who are sharing their feedback and making a difference in our city. Visit engagekitchener.ca and be part of the conversation. Cont’d from pg 6
The visionary plan presents a 10-year vision to guide economic development and community initiatives and presents an innovative funding model through a new Economic Development Investment Fund (EDIF) that would enable Kitchener City Council to invest up to an additional $110 million over 10 years, without relying on a tax rate increase. In addition to the Make It Kitchener 2.0 plan, we’re committed to lifting businesses up through an economic recovery framework. The Economic Recovery Plan includes additional business relief and supports. This includes up to $2 million in support for the local service industry, a partnership with the Waterloo Region Tourism & Marketing Corporation to provide $125,000 in grant funding for the Tourism Adaptation & Recovery Program. The city has also committed $1.5 million to a partnership with Communitech to deliver business recovery supports over three years. ................................................................................................. To learn more about the visionary Make It Kitchener 2.0 strategy and for details on the economic recovery plan visit makeitkitchener.ca
Caring community: Housing For All strategy With a diverse advisory committee, we created Housing for All, a human rights- based housing strategy, to help end homelessness and facilitate housing that people can afford across the housing continuum. In collaboration with our federal, provincial and regional partners, not-forprofit housing providers and the development community, the city will use several tools to help make housing more affordable and accessible to everyone.
Progress on implementing Housing for All includes the city leasing land to the Kitchener-Waterloo YWCA to develop supportive housing for women leaving homelessness and supporting oneROOF in developing supportive housing for youth leaving homelessness. In addition, the city’s newly amended zoning by-law now allows for detached additional dwelling units including tiny homes or backyard homes on some properties. ................................................................................................. To learn more about the Housing For All strategy, and more detail on the current work underway visit kitchener.ca/ affordablehousing.
Great customer service: MyKitchener portal and website We’ve launched a completely transformed website and
new, innovative online customer service portal called MyKitchener. The seamless integration between our new website, portal and city services reimagines how municipalities offer services online. The MyKitchener portal is a home screen for every Kitchener resident, offering a personalized experience through a customizable collection of widgets - each with a modern design that scales to any size of device. These widgets let residents build a home screen with the information that matters to them – neighbourhood events, programs, services, and opportunities to get more involved in the community. It’s a tool that becomes something unique for every person in Kitchener. ................................................................................................. Sign up for free at kichener.ca/MyKitchener
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Getting your vaccine for COVID-19:
When are you eligible? Safe and reliable vaccines help to protect you and your family from the COVID-19 virus. Vaccines are an important tool to reduce your risk of getting COVID-19 by working with your body’s natural defenses to build protection. At this time, Health Canada have authorized several COVID-19 vaccines for use in Canada, they include: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). The COVID-19 vaccines currently approved are all highly effective at reducing the risk of serious illness, hospitalization, and death, and will help control the spread of the virus in our community. COVID-19 vaccines are free and will be accessible to everyone in Canada over the course of 2021.
While the Provincial Government is leading the prioritization and distribution of vaccines in Ontario with a three-phased approach, the Region of Waterloo is supporting these efforts locally, through a regional pre-booking booking system. Currently, we are in phase 3 and any person 12 years or older in Waterloo Region can pre-register for vaccination. Once you’ve pre-registered for the vaccine, the Region will use the information provided to contact residents to book a vaccine appointment at a location easily accessible to you. Due to a steady supply of vaccines, and significant progress on first dose vaccinations, Ontario has announced an accelerated schedule for COVID-19 vaccine second dose appointments, shortening the interval between first and second doses. Beginning May 31, starting with targeted age groups, those 80 years or older, persons with certain health conditions or health care sector workers, can request an earlier second dose appointment.
Fore the most up-to-date information on the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in our community and to find out if you’re eligible to receive your first or second dose of the vaccine, visit regionofwaterloo.ca/COVIDvaccine
DELIVERING SERVICES THAT MATTER While COVID-19 has changed the way we live, work and play, the delivery of important city services has remained a top priority for the City of Kitchener. We’re working hard to make sure critical services community members depend on are delivered safely and efficiently during the pandemic. Changing staffing levels and work guidelines mean things might look a little different. We appreciate your patience as we continue to keep you safe and provide services that matter in Kitchener.
When visiting city amenities, please follow public health guidelines by wearing a mask, physically distancing, using hand sanitizer and throwing out garbage in designated garbage bins. Let’s be patient and kind around others to make our parks, trails and open spaces safe for everyone. ............................................................................
Learn more at kitchener.ca/Services
June 2021 l Kitchener Citizen l Page 17 Peter is a licensed Sales Representative with Re/Max and has specialized in the Stanley Park area for over 35 years.
Selling in the summer
s the weather heats up, the real estate market cools down. The summer, even in the best of markets, has always taken a break from real estate and this year it will be no different. Real estate agent buyers and sellers all take time for holidays and slow down a little. It doesn’t mean the market stops! There are still plenty of buyers that have been looking to find a home but have lost out in
multiple offers. This is now their time to have a better chance to find a home. If you are selling now; here are a few tips. Have the air conditioning on and make sure your lawn and gardens are well cared for and watered. First impressions are very important. And lastly, make sure you have a great agent who is experienced and knows how to navigate the current market conditions.
MAY AREA SALES JANUARY-DECEMBER AREAREPORT SALES REPORT
STYLE OF HOMES
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Single Detached Home –3 bedroom, single garage Single Detached Home –4 bedroom, double garage
Low $649,900 High $980,000 Low $877,500 High $1,825,000
Low $610,000 High $850,000
Peter Schneider, Sales Representative Re/Max Solid Gold Realty (II) Ltd., Brokerage 180 Weber St. S., Waterloo 519-888-7110 Business www.takemehome.ca
For a free in home market evaluation in your area, call me at 519-888-7110. *Price and closing date to be agreed upon by Peter and the seller.
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Are clotheslines allowed in condominiums? Q. We are a villa /bungalow style condominium, all with elevated decks on the main level and walkout patios from the lower level of our units. The majority of the residents are retired. Some unit owners have been drying laundry on their decks attached either to a low height metal laundry rack or a clothes line attached to the deck railings. The laundry is not above the height of the deck railings, but can be seen through the deck boards by adjacent neighbours. Our rules do not permit this practice. However, we were informed that legislation has been passed permitting clothes lines. Does this legislation include condominums as well? A. In 2008, the Ontario Government passed a regulation under The Energy Conservation Leadership Act, 2006, designating clotheslines and clothes-trees as items that may be used for the conservation of energy “despite any law that would otherwise prevent or restrict their use, including a restriction established by a municipal bylaw, a condominium bylaw, an encumbrance on real property or an agreement. The condo rule or declaration that prohibits anything fastened to the common elements is overridden by The Energy Conservation Leadership Act. However, this Energy act goes
on to say that it does not override another act. Therefore, section 98 of the Condominium Act permits the owners to add to, alter or improve the common elements, including exclusive common elements, only if the board approves this change through a resolution and registration of an agreement between the corporation and the unit owner. Attaching any type of clothesline to an exclusive use common element deck would require approval by a board resolution. Many condo townhouses have relaxed their rules and permitted small portable clothes horses to be placed in the exclusive back yard for clothes drying. They are very easy to remove after the clothes are dry and do not detract from the appearance of the condo as long as they stay below the fence level. Trying to conserve electricity is a very important issue. Clothes dryers not only consume excessive amounts of energy, but give off significant emissions of greenhouse gas. Anytime we can help our environment we should take the opportunity when the opportunity is available. * * * Marilyn Lincoln is a condo owner, director and author of The Condominium Self Management Guide 2nd ed.
Peter Schneider Well cared for Duplex located close to King St, the LRT and all amenities. The main floor 2 bedroom unit has recently been renovated and is vacant. The upstairs 2 bedroom unit has long term tenants that wish to stay.
Very clean, well cared for one owner home. Everything is in mint condition. Raised basement has large bright windows and is perfect for Duplexing or in-law set up. Upstairs has gleaming hardwood floors and ceramics in the kitchen and bathrooms. All plaster construction. Newer furnace and central air. Large fenced yard.
Sales Representative Re/Max Solid Gold Realty (II) Ltd., Brokerage 180 Weber St. S Waterloo | 519-888-7110
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Notes from City Hall
We have a serious housing problem in Canada, and unfortunately, the situation is worse in KW than in other major urban centres. We’ve moved from
an ‘affordable housing’ crisis to an ‘ANY-housing’ crisis. Just ask anyone searching for a home. For all but the very wealthy, it’s a nightmare. Why is this happening? When prices escalate in a free market, we need to examine supply and demand. Many have noted the demand spiking, despite closed borders. Canada typically welcomes 300,000+ new residents annually but with COVID there’s zero immigration, so demand should
be dropping. Certainly, COVID’s causing people to flee Toronto to our Region, but Toronto’s market has been rising as well. Some believe speculators (i.e. short-term flippers) are manipulating the market, and most point to record low-interest rates as pushing demand. These are clearly important factors, but enough to outweigh an immigration freeze and higher unemployment? Looking at the supply side, ScotiaBank recently released a study showing Canada at the bottom
of the housing supply list among G7 countries. Worse, within Canada, our area is second to last among major urban centres (per 1000 residents), and dead last in terms of our ability to grow housing supply (to match our growing population from 2016-2020). KW has 13% fewer homes per 1000 people than the Canadian average, and 25% fewer than the average for the G7. Until the cities and Region come together to address this supply problem, this crisis is here to stay.
It’s great seeing the nicer weather and getting outside to enjoy some fresh air. Walking on our trails and throughout our neighbourhoods is popular. On your walk, you’ll
notice some nice-looking gardens and enjoy the beauty they bring. I serve on the Kitchener In Bloom Committee that recognizes and thanks those who create a beautiful garden. When you see one, note the address, go to kitchener.ca, search Kitchener In Bloom and click on Recognize A Property Online. They receive a letter of recognition and thanks for their efforts. As the Province gradually eases some of the COVID-19 restrictions, we’re rethinking some of our signature events, adapting them
or re-scheduling them. Neighbours Day will be rescheduled to the fall, Ribfest is tentatively rescheduled for September, Canada Day Celebrations will be broken down into smaller activations and Outdoor Movie nights will happen across the city with pre-registration required. See all the details by searching Summer Activities at kitchener.ca Take the Make Tracks Challenge. We’ve set up 5km routes around each of our community centres. There’s a story map to give you directions and points of interest
along the way. The 40 km/h speed limit pilot on residential streets continues in parts of our ward. Let’s all do our part and drive safely and drive the speed limit. Drive like you do on your street, on every street, and be aware of your speed. Have a safe summer! If I can assist you, contact me or call our contact line anytime at 519741-2345. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @DaveSchniderKW and friend me on Facebook.
COVID-21: We currently continue to be under a provincewide shutdown with most indoor facilities still closed for public use. More and more of our citizens are getting vaccinated. I expect that, shortly, almost everyone
over the age of 12 will be eligible to register for their second shots. I urge everyone to register and receive both their shots. Only then will things return to some form of normal. In the meantime, please adhere to the current protocols of keeping proper distances and wearing masks. For up-to-date info on what is closed or open please visit www.kitchener.ca/ en/council-and-city-administration/ covid-19-updates.aspx 50 x 30 Waterloo Region: This is an active Regional grass root organization who support a commitment to meet the science-
based target to reduce local emissions 50% by 2030 to preserve a safe climate future. During the past several weeks dedicated members of this group have written to all Councillors requesting them to support a TransformWR Climate Action Strategy when it comes before Council Committee on June14, 2021. Over 700 global cities have already committed to a similar resolution. Additional information relating to this matter can be obtained by visiting https://www.50x30wr. ca This is a current and significant topic that deserves our attention. I encourage everyone to take an active
role in these discussions. I value and appreciate your comments on such a vital issue. I continue to hear from many constituents about their local concerns.. Please feel free to contact me, at your convenience, to discuss any and all Ward/City issues. I am pretty much available 24/7 as I have no other places to visit. Thank you for your continued support during these challenging times. john.gazzola@ kitchener.ca 519-744-0807 (Home/ Office) email@example.com 519-4982389 (Cell)
Thankfully, with the recent release of the Province’s Roadmap to Safely Reopen, we can expect more things to do and enjoy around the city in the coming months.
City staff worked quickly to reopen splashpads at Community Centres and Parks across the city. I encourage everyone to be patient and to please continue following the capacity and safe distancing guidelines when visiting. Skaters can look forward to the new Upper Canada Park skate park to be completed for use by late summer with construction expected to start sometime this month. You’ll see fencing around the construction area and there will be some impacts to the use of the park, but City staff
are working with the contractor to help minimize this. Doon Valley and Rockway Golf courses are now open with online booking tee times available at www. kitchenergolf.ca. Until mid-June, there’s still time to enjoy the outdoor art exhibit Arena & Alpha at the Homer Watson Gallery, 754 Old Mill Road. Info at www. homerwatson.on.ca or 518-7484377. I had the pleasure of being on the selection committee for the My Ideal City Essay contest. I want to
congratulate the 14 winners, age 10-12 years, who presented their ‘Ideal City’ visions to Council. Look for the winning essays in this issue of the Kitchener Citizen. Kitchener In Bloom is about recognizing residents and businesses for their front yard gardening efforts, which also help our city be more beautiful. Pollinator, vegetable and herb patches qualify too! To nominate an address call 519-741-2200 ext. 7537 or fill out the online form at kitchener.ca/ KitchenerinBloom.
Funding for the Aquatic Centre at RBJ Schlegel Park I’m so pleased and excited to share that on May 18, along with representatives of the Federal
and Provincial government, we announced joint funding to support the construction of the Aquatics Centre at RBJ Schlegel Park in Kitchener. The Government of Canada is investing more than $9.7 million in this project through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Ontario is providing more than $8.1 million, and the City of Kitchener is contributing more than $6.5 million toward this project. The Aquatics Centre will include
an eight lane, 25 metre pool tank and warm water leisure pool, a spectacular viewing area on deck and gallery, fully accessible family and universal change rooms and washrooms, a dedicated accessible aquatic entrance, community meeting rooms, and food and beverage services. Southwest Kitchener is the fastest growing area in our region and with our city pools at capacity on average (pre-pandemic), this new investment is much needed. Swimming and water sports are
Kitchener’s most popular recreation activity, and along with an aging population, an aquatic centre will be an increasingly important part of how our community stays healthy and active. Speeding I often hear concerns about speeding in Ward 5. Resident safety and ensuring roadways are safe is a top priority. As a reminder, I urge drivers to please use caution and drive slower in our residential neighbourhoods.
Happy June Kitchener! It’s hard to believe that we are already almost halfway through 2021 and that in about 10 days we will officially be welcoming Summer 2021 on June 20th. The last fifteen months have been challenging for all of us, but with more and more people in Kitchener and throughout Waterloo Region being vaccinated, the stay-athome order behind us and the Province of Ontario’s new re-opening framework almost upon us, there is much to look forward to in Summer 2021! REMEMBERING THE 215 CHILDREN OF THE TK’EMLÚPS TE SECWÉPEMC FIRST NATION A little more than a week ago, residents of Kitchener and people across Canada learned of the gut-wrenching discovery of the remains of 215 children buried at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. This is, without question, a national tragedy. Last week, on behalf of our community, I extended my heartfelt condolences to the families and communities of these children, who remain in our hearts and our minds. As a community, the residents of Kitchener stand alongside the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation and all survivors of the horrific residential school system, who have been forced to remember and re-live their trauma upon hearing this news. Each of these 215 children had a name and a family. None of them returned home and their families were never granted the dignity of knowing what happened. This tragedy is another reminder of the important work done by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and how much more work needs to be done to achieve true reconciliation. This tragedy is a reminder of this horrific part of our country’s history and last week, we joined cities and communities across Canada in lowering our flags at all city facilities for 215 hours to mourn together with all Canadians. I also joined Chief R. Stacey Laforme of the Mississaugas of the Credit and others in the call for a National Day of Mourning and I joined Canada’s Big City Mayors’ Caucus in lending our support to a national initiative to identify, commemorate and protect residential school burial sites across Canada, a process that must be Indigenous-led and carried out through ceremony. It’s important to understand that this tragedy calls for so much more; it underscores the need for continued education and awareness about Canadian history, the ongoing oppression of Indigenous people and the antiIndigenous racism that our institutions have been built upon. All Kitchener residents can take action throughout June – National Indigenous History Month – by learning more about the devastating history of the Residential School system. Residents can also show respect and solidarity by making a donation to a local Indigenous organization or by placing an orange ribbon, a teddy bear or a pair of children’s shoes outside their home during the month of June as a small but powerful reminder of this tragedy and a symbol of
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Notes from City Hall
Council approved an amendment to the Comprehensive Review of the Zoning By-law (CRoZBy – Stage 2a) which also addresses permitted uses and regulations
related to backyard homes and other residential dwellings. CRoZBy Stage 2a streamlines nine residential zones into seven zones to align with the low, medium, and high-rise residential land use designations in the Official Plan. The zoning bylaw states exactly how land can be used and where buildings or other structures can be located. The old bylaw was over 30 years old and needed to be updated to match our Official Plan. The new zoning bylaw was prepared in stages: Stage 1
(Commercial & Industrial), was approved in April 2019; and Stage 2 (Residential), was approved last month on May 17th. Kitchener has more than 50,000 residential properties. Stage 2 was divided into two parts: In Stage 2A, the new residential base zones were drafted and approved. The new residential zones will be added to zoning by-law 2019-051 but will not apply to any properties. The application of these new residential zones to specific properties will start happening later
in 2021 through Stage 2b. The new residential zones are being applied to properties across the city on a ward-by-ward basis. To find out if your property has been updated with the new zoning, look up your address in the zone lookup tool or use our interactive map. Go to kitchener.ca, search CRoZBy, scroll down to these links under Stage 2b. If you have any questions or concerns about the impacts from the new zoning bylaw on your property, you can reach staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My Ideal City On Monday May 17th we announced the 14 winners of our annual My Ideal City creative essay contest at our live-streamed, virtual
Council meeting. The winning entries this year came from students, age 10-12 years, from St. Mark C.S., Suddaby P.S., Williamsburg P.S., King Edward P.S., Queensmount P.S. and Groh P.S. Students each took turns reading their essay, sharing with us their ideas about what kinds of programs and services they think would make an ideal city. I’m so pleased to see youth in our community taking an interest in their local Municipal government! There were so many inspiring suggestions from the winners! I had the honour of
introducing Melanie Preis, a grade 5 student from St. Mark C.S. Melanie said “an ideal city should have many different things. It should have welcoming clean neighbourhoods, and different arts and cultures. Different cultures help bring new ideas and traditions to a community.” She suggested “This will make a city more fun and enjoyable…” A special thank you to all the students who submitted an entry and to the teachers, principals, and parents who encouraged and supported students to participate. My
Ideal City is a valuable opportunity for youth to interact with their municipal government and encourage civic engagement. I hope this experience created some lasting memories for these students and perhaps sparked an interest in becoming future community leaders! Council and committee meetings are recorded and stored in our streaming video archive. To watch the My Ideal City event visit, www. kitchener.ca, keyword search: ‘Watch a meeting’.
Hello Ward 8! Kitchener is home to a wide variety of parks and open spaces that support the wellbeing of residents and a healthy local ecosystem. With the great weather
we are now having, I know many of you and your families are out visiting our parks and trails and enjoying all that nature has to offer! It’s so important when we visit these areas that we remember to put our garbage in designated garbage bins and pick up after our dogs. I just love my walks with Angus and I’m always prepared with bags in my pocket should the need arise! When enjoying outdoor spaces, please keep nature in its place. Allow plants and flowers to grow and don’t pick
them; leave the toads, frogs, turtles, and other animals in their natural habitat to help preserve our parks and keep them safe and clean for every living thing. It’s not unusual to see wild animals like coyotes and foxes in neighbourhoods next to a park, trail, or natural area. Do not feed the wildlife. Always ensure your composter is secure and covered with a lid and don’t put meat products in outdoor composters. By keeping your yard clear of
garbage, piles of branches, leaves and debris, you can avoid attracting wild animals to your property. If you happen to see an animal behaving strangely, please call our corporate contact centre at 519-741-2345 to report it. For more information on co-existing with urban wildlife, visit www.kitchener.ca/UrbanWildlife. We can all work together to preserve our parks, trails, natural areas and our neighbourhoods, to keep them safe and beautiful so we can continue to enjoy them.
healthcare and other professionals helping to make this happen. It’s also great to see people outdoors enjoying beautiful Victoria Park. A recent article, however, raised the question of overcrowding. Is it big enough? Do we need more parks in the core? Numerous residents have contacted me concerned Victoria Park may be too small to accommodate the needs of future residents in the many new condominium towers being built. The City’s goals are to: “give residents
access to a neighbourhood park or playground within 500m of their homes; [and] have at least 1.5 hectares of parkland for every 1,000 residents.” The Ontario Planning Act allows municipalities the option to accept ‘cash-in-lieu’ of parkland. The money collected is then used to improve or build new parks. However, downtown developments do not currently require any ‘parkland dedication’ or cash-in-lieu-of. Given that Ontario Bill 197 states that Kitchener must have a new
Parks Plan Bylaw in place before September 2022, I would like to see greater collaboration between the City and developers to include parkland on downtown development sites and a bylaw requiring this. One resident suggested to me that the former bus depot be turned into an extension of Victoria Park. Rick Haldenby recommends making a park out of the failed development site on Margaret Avenue. These are thoughts worth considering. Where do you think the City should build a new park?
to the surface the atrocities that occurred across Canada with the residential school system. This devastating news was not the first, and sadly it will not be the last time such discoveries will be made. This tragic, dark reality of our collective history is deeply painful to even try to fathom. 215 children. We need to honour their lives, which were cut short way too soon, by educating ourselves, listening to those whose lives have been directly or indirectly affected by these horrible realities. For individuals looking to learn
more about residential schools, here are two resources: https:// projectofheart.ca/ and https:// fncaringsociety.com/welcome. As an organization, the City will continue to partner with Indigenous leaders, groups, and individuals as we forward our equity work. Within this year, we can expect to welcome a Senior Indigenous Advisor role to the new Equity, Anti-Racism and Indigenous Initiatives Director. Tiny Home Takeout and A Better Tent City I want to take a moment to thank
Ward 10’s St Mary’s parish for their social justice work in exploring and delivering authentic and innovative programs to support individuals who are homeless, and street involved. Tiny Home Takeout’s delicious pizza and daily specials are available at 6pm Tuesday to Saturday, free or pay what you can. We are hopeful that A Better Tent City will have their new potential Woolwich-based home confirmed soon.
It was great to learn that 50+% of adults over 18 in the Region have received their first COVID vaccine, and that supplies are increasing across the country: Kudos to the
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remembrance. I want to recognize the impact this news may have on the mental health and well-being of residents in Kitchener and throughout our region. If you require it, support is available for those in need Support resources: · Waterloo Wellington Here 24/7 Addictions, Mental Health & Crisis Support - Phone: 1-844-437-3247 (HERE247), Website: https://here247.ca · Indian Residential School Survivors Society - Phone: 1-866-925-4419, Website: https://irsss.ca · Kids Help Phone, 24/7 distress line - Phone: 1-800-668-6868, Website: https://kidshelpphone.ca As we reflect on this tragedy, the City of Kitchener continues to support First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities and partners in meaningful efforts towards reconciliation and is committed to taking real action to do our part. To learn more about the City of Kitchener’s work, visit: https://kitchener.ca . As individuals and as a community, we must all renew our commitment to educate ourselves and address the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. TRANSFORM WR Next week, Kitchener City Council committee will be considering the TransformWR strategy which shows how the City of Kitchener and other municipalities within Waterloo region will reduce our local greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80% by the year 2050, meeting our Paris climate change accord agreements. TransformWR was developed by area municipalities and local nonprofits through the ClimateActionWR collaborative, administered by Reep Green Solutions and Sustainable Waterloo Region. Achieving our targets will require bold and immediate action from everyone across the community. All of us, as municipalities, businesses, organizations, and individuals, have important roles to play. A central goal of the TransformWR strategy is using work to reduce GHG emissions to transform Waterloo region into an equitable, prosperous, and resilient low carbon community over the next 30 years. The TransformWR strategy focuses on transforming four areas to make the biggest impact: How we move (transportation) How we build and operate our spaces (buildings) How we produce, consume and waste (waste and agriculture), and How we relate (equity and economic development) The TransformWR strategy was developed with funding support from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities through their Transition 2050 program. Watch for additional information on this in the months ahead. CANADA DAY 2021 The City of Kitchener has some exciting plans in the works to celebrate Canada Day, beginning in the week leading up to July 1st. Our plans need to conform to the most recent public health regulations and ensure that we celebrate in a COVID-19 safe way. While I can’t provide the update here, I encourage you to visit www.kitchenerevents.ca as we get closer to the big week to find out more details about Kitchener’s 2021 Canada Day celebrations!
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Grand Horizons CELEBRATING SENIORS
Donald Hishon is named the 2021 Kitchener Senior of the Year
onald Hishon is the 2021 Kitchener Citizen of the Year. Hishon has been described as a ‘star’ because he lights the way for others in their darkest times and inspires others to be better versions of themselves. As a 17-year volunteer with the Grand Valley Institution for Women (GVIW), Hishon’s contributions can be described as truly
outstanding. Ignoring the negative public perception of women offenders, Hishon has dedicated his time and efforts to helping them overcome the challenges in their lives. His presence onsite at GVIW as a volunteer, is as frequent as the staff. Hishon’s volunteer work over the years has included being Site Champion representing hundreds of volunteers
that support GVIW on an annual basis. He also has been instrumental in his involvement with weekly on-site Alcohol Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) groups, leading and mentoring the women who attend. Hishon participates in Family Day activities, Health Fairs, Pow Wow’s, Chaplaincy events and is a frequent familiar face at any
number of activities such as International Women’s Day and school graduations. He has participated in Parole Board Hearings and drives new mothers and their children on various excursions through the mother-child program. In addition to lending his support to inmates, Hishon lends his support to new staff by being by their side for training events, committee
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Grand Horizons CELEBRATING SENIORS Kitchener Senior of the Year...from previous page One such absence supervised by Hishon enabled a mother to see her child in a recital. The mother was ecstatic describing that despite her incarceration being difficult for her family, she was still able to feel like an involved parent all thanks to Hishon. Other Temporary Absences may involve assisting inmates to attend a family funeral, often driving many hours away. Over the years, Hishon has consistently performed this important task for hundreds of women. He understands the importance of helping to prepare women for their release to the community and, as such, his volunteer work contributes to the correctional agenda of changing lives. He does this without judgement, by offering an important friendly face, sage advice and a shoulder to lean on, all with a view towards helping to address the risk factors that brought the women into contact with the Criminal Justice System. Hishon’s volunteerism helps prepare the women for the rigors of community life and thus directly contributes to reintegration.
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He has been described as a pillar of strength in the recovery of former inmates. Words used by a former inmate to describe Hishon include compassion, support, service, reliable, trustworthy, recovery, role model; and that being in his presence is empowering and illuminating. Hishon’s long-standing dedication to assisting those less fortunate in a correctional environment, which can present its own unique challenges, is truly exceptional. Other seniors nominated for the 2021 senior of the year include: Glenn Baird Mel Barrie Larrie Brown Janet Grindgeman Wieslawa Hyzyk Bruce MacNeil Bill Martin Bill Pegg Jim Romahn Florence Simiyu Larry Simpson Erik Westermann Although a large public gathering isn’t possible due to pandemic restrictions, the City of Kitchener will be hosting a Virtual Strawberry Social on Zoom.
The event will take place Thursday June 17 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will include an address by Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, entertainment, strawberry treats for all who register, and an acknowledgment of all nominees including the Senior of the Year Award recipient. Register before June 9 by sending an email Bethany. Pearce@kitchener.ca or calling 519-741-2382. In addition to the Strawberry Social, they will be celebrating the achievements of each nominee by arranging a brief outdoor doorstep visit at their front door (or lobby) by a volunteer from the Senior of the Year Award committee, and a representative from Kitchener’s Office of the Mayor and Council in June (pending COVID-19 restrictions) to present each nominee with: • a recognition certificate signed by Mayor Berry Vrbanovic • gift basket from our sponsor The Village of Winston Park • City of Kitchener pin • celebratory lawn or window sign
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What is Your Ideal City?
In the eighth 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 during a livestreamed Kitchener City Council meeting on May 17. Here are this year’s winning essays. by Eddie Arnett My ideal city would be safe and good for the environment. It would be by the beach with lots of sand and green space to walk. There would be nice houses and apartments for the people to live in. Cars would only be allowed for people who really needed them and everyone else would ride their bikes around the city
and the roads would not be so busy. My city would have schools for all the kids as it is important to have knowledge and to learn. There would be college and university for older kids and adults. There would be libraries for all the people to use and computers in them as well. My city would have stores for groceries with no plastic bags or
containers, you would have to bring your own and the farmers would bring the fresh food to sell in the store. There would also be lots of places to play sports and fun activities like concerts and shows and a big fair. All the houses and places would have solar power and wind power to use less energy. The city would need to have
companies that make things so that there would be jobs for everyone. People would be kind and any time there was trouble they would have older people to help work it out. The ideal city would be a great place to live and more people would want to come and it would get bigger.
by Halle Boehm My name is Halle Boehm and I live in Kitchener Ontario. I believe that Kitchener is an amazing city but I have some ideas to take it one step further. The City of Kitchener could plant more trees like oaks, maples, Bitternut Hickory, American beach, Black Willow, and the Sycamore which are all native to southern Ontario. The City
of Kitchener could plant these trees in parks to add shade to the parks so the people that go there can relax in the shade of a beautiful tree. They could also put some of the smaller trees by the roads so as carbon dioxide is being put out it’s also being turned into oxygen fairly quickly. It would also help a lot if the City of Kitchener could have more homeless shelters so the homeless people could
get off the streets and have a hot meal and a place to stay. They could also upgrade them to have places where homeless people can get a resume so they can get a job. The homeless shelters should also have different rooms for the homeless people to sleep in. They could also provide education to people who never got a full education, and have places where they can get clothing.
The City of Kitchener could also look at the salaries of different people and if there are big injustices they could try and solve that by making the salaries equal. This would help women in this city make the same amount of money as men and it would also help to have more equality in the city. That’s my vision of The City of Kitchener.
by Marina De Castro Kropiwiec
My name is Marina and I have many reasons why nature is important and ideas how we can help. First of all, trees are important to the environment because they store carbon dioxide and make oxygen for us to breathe. And some trees are homes to birds who build their nests
there. And flowers are beautiful, and bees get the pollen from the flowers to make honey. I suggest that everyone start using electric cars because gas cars pollute the air. To produce the gas, we extract petroleum that comes from fossils. It is a non-renewable source of energy and the smoke it generates is bad for plants, animals
and humans. Unlike gas cars, electric cars don’t pollute the air. I think there should be bike stations around the city. But someone is going to have to clean the bikes So there should be a law that after using a public bike, the one who was with it has to clean the bike. I think smoking really should be illegal. It isn’t just polluting the air,
but it isn’t good for us, either. It is very unhealthy. It is scientifically proven that people can get cancer from smoking. People really shouldn’t always keep throwing trash in the streets. It is bad for the animals because they think it is food and it is also polluting the ground. So i think there should be more trash cans in the streets.
by Willow Eulenburg Imagine a city where no one has to worry about Climate Change, and the streets are safe to walk on. My name is Willow Eulenberg. I go to Suddaby Public School and I would like to share my ideas about my ideal city. My Ideal city would be a place where everyone has a home or a place to stay dry. Most of us
don’t think about having a home and needing water because most of us have water, food and a warm home. So I think we should build more homeless shelters. Climate Change is a big problem but some of the things we can do is not just go carbon neutral, we can plant more trees, especially oak trees. They absorb the most
airborne pollutants and one tree can absorb up to 10 lbs of air pollution in a single year, and oaks can live for up to 400 years! To also help climate change we can use green roofs because green roofs will reduce heat fluctuations through the roof, leading to decreased energy demands. Green roofs can last up to 50 years so you won’t have to
change your roof for a long time. And last of all to help climate change we can change a lot of street lights to LED, this will help because LEDs last longer, are more reliable and will lower maintenance costs while reducing greenhouse gas. Thank you for reading. I hope you can use some of my ideas for improving Kitchener.
by Evangeline Gingerich Hello, bonjour, My name is Evangeline G. from Suddaby Public School and if I built a time machine and went to the future Kitchener this is what I imagine it to look like… I stepped out of the time machine to blinding sunlight. I walked down the street. The sidewalks looked as if made from recycled material, on a
second thought they probably were. All around me were trees, beautiful trees and looking up at the sky and listening to the birds sing their melodies I felt peaceful but soon I was whisked away. I find myself walking on a street covered in beautiful art from around the world. There were drawings of people and paintings of flowers that would make one smile on a rainy day.
At the end of the street a lovely house with a sign that read A House For The Homeless in fancy scripted but there wasn’t just one house but three. As I travelled deeper into this wonderful place called Kitchener I found a community garden. The garden had all types of flowers and plants there was even an ungroomed area for monarch butterflies and next to the garden was green houses and like the
homeless house the green houses had a sign but this sign said self serve. Inside I found an assortment of food like cucumbers, grapes, tomatoes and many more. Leaving the green houses I set off across the street which didn’t have very many cars and the ones that drove by were electric. Now that is my future Kitchener.
by Jibrail Poonah My name is Jibrail Poonah, I am a 5th-grade student of Groh Public School in Kitchener. I am writing this essay to express what I believe could be done to make Kitchener a better place. I had the pleasure of speaking with Dayna Edwards, one of many City Planners for Kitchener. She and I discussed
many issues that are currently facing this growing city. Amongst many challenges we discussed, one of the current problems I believe Kitchener is facing is the housing crisis. This issue has increased the housing market, which can lead some new homeowners into challenging financial situations. In my opinion, a solution worth discussing can be to provide families
in need with additional support. We can do this by providing financial relief - one of which can be by providing produce to our struggling community through local food banks at a minimal cost. Here is how, the city of Kitchener can convert the human waste collected and processed at the local treatment plants into fertilizer. The fertilizer is then donated to the local farmers to fertilize their crops. In return, the
farmers donate a portion of their crops back to the city. The city uses local charitable organizations such as Operation Tiny Home to help disperse the produce to the local community in need. In conclusion, I truly believe that the solutions I have stated above can provide people in need with some financial help and opportunity to contribute back to our local economy.
by Melanie Preis An ideal city should have many different things. It should have welcoming clean neighborhoods, and different arts and cultures. Everyone should have utilities such as clean water and electricity. Different cultures help bring new ideas and traditions to a community. Property taxes are important because it helps
a city build roads, pools, sport fields, parks and community centres, trails and recreation. These settings allow you to get out of your home and exercise. There needs to be schools and libraries so you can get an education and learn new things. In a library, you can learn how to read and there are a bunch of programs to allow everyone to access computers, three D printers and books. There
should be malls and stores so people can buy food and different things for their family. Another thing an ideal city needs is safety, rules and regulations, then people can be safe and not get hurt. Jobs are also important, so people can help the city improve and help around to make it safer. One of the last things it needs are hospitals, because if someone gets hurt nurses and doctors will help
and make it better. The thing I would add that an ideal city needs are Arts and Cultures. I think this because then people in Canada learn different things from people who aren’t from Canada. This will make a city more fun and enjoyable and bring different traditions to the city. These are some things an ideal city needs.
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2021 My Ideal City Winning Student Essays
Kitchener City Council and the Kitchener Citizen would like to thank the students from across Kitchener who sent in essays for the My Ideal City contest. The Kitchener Citizen is proud to sponsor this annual event, which helps students learn about municipal politics in a fun way. Watch for an announcement in the Kitchener Citizen in 2022 for the next My Ideal City contest. by Sadia Rahman Hello! Hello! My name is Sadia Rahman. I wanted to tell you about MY Ideal city! First let’s start off with something small. Prepare to be amazed! I think there should be more benches! The reason is people can rest and take small breaks, A lot of people travel and walk. It would be good for them to have some rest.
There should also be more garbage cans! So people can throw out their trash better instead of littering. It would help the environment. No one would throw it on the ground or in the water. It will also help many animals as well! I would also consider putting more hospitals, because if someone gets injured we can quickly take them to the hospital. It will help with
her health and we can save more people. Less death and more lives will be saved. And you know what else I think? No Taxes! Taxes are really annoying and it’s not fair for the people who worked hard to have some of their money taken away. It would be amazing if they could just have it to themselves since they worked hard. Because who knows
what people are going through and if they in need of money I think that’s all for my Ideal city! Thank you for reading and I hope you liked it. These issues may not be big for some people but it is to me! I hope someday in the future one of these ideas will come true.
by Anneke Rous I believe Kitchener is a wonderful place to live and I enjoy living here. Hello, my name is Anneke Rous and I’m a grade five student at Suddaby public school. My first idea for Kitchener is more funding for animal shelters/animal rescues and daily check ups on different organizations. I personally
adore animals and each one deserves an amazing life and human, especially ones who have been abused/injured and/or had a rough life. We also need more homeless shelters, many people are in need and deserve a warm safe place to live, especially in winter. Another idea that would make Kitchener so much greater is more community fridges and community
gardens. Due to COVID-19 many people have lost their jobs and money has been tight for many of them. People could sign up to be a volunteer to take care of the garden and/or the community fridge. This way people with less money or homeless people will be able to take from the community fridge, and for the garden people will have a free and local source of fresh vegetables and fruit.
My final idea is a green roof on the City Hall of Kitchener. A green roof on the City Hall will suck up water when it rains and take in CO2, and in summer, or on hot days it will attract less heat than a black roof, and the plants will get quite a lot of sun. Also, let’s be honest, a green roof is a lot more interesting than a plain roof. Thank you for considering my ideas to improve Kitchener.
by Melika Shiekhai Many things make up an ideal city. Some things that I think make up an ideal city are neighborhoods, schools/ education, and parks and trails. Schools are important in an ideal city because if no one has education who will be running schools, hospitals, and other important services. Also some adults don’t know the common
language in their community so a language school is important so people can communicate with others. They won’t be able to provide for their families and themselves. Education is important for an ideal city so people can run places, get jobs, and communicate with others, for e.g. job interviews . Neighborhoods are essential in an ideal city. People can make you
happy and you can share materials and other things with them, for e.g. you can ask for a shovel. You also have opportunities for recreation and games. Most important you have residents to talk about your feelings with. Neighborhoods can be great in ideal cities because you have someone to talk to, there are recreation and game opportunities, and if you don’t have materials or
other items you can always ask your neighbor. Parks and trails are great for an ideal city. They are like outside areas for people who live in apartments or people who don’t have backyards. Also they keep you healthy. Overall they make you feel good and you always have something to do. Parks keep you happy, healthy, and they are playing areas for people.
by Ahmed Sultan It is evident that most cities are impenetrable and compacted areas. However, I most certainly disagree with the fact that most cities are explicated by their size and population. Although, I can’t change anything about how these cities are mainly considered, or what I need to change about it, what I do know is my ideal city is a lot
different from others. The city of my dreams is neither too big nor small. It is clean, entertaining, and safe. It allows many individuals to live the life of their dreams, and pride themselves on being in this city. My ideal city will provide small programs that will prepare and edify an intellection of computer programming in which we believe these organizations relating to computing will immensely change
what the city is most known for and worldwide automation. The city does not have any issues with religious freedom and will increase the good services like food banks, donations for people in need, and small fundraisers. You may ask what is one city I am devoted to, and that is “UAE’s, Abu Dhabi.” UAE is the top countries to deal with crime issues in fact it’s top city
Abu Dhabi has a 6% crime rate, taxes aren’t required, there are more than 1600 tech companies in the past 19 years, Abu Dhabi has free health care, and the oppurtunities for getting a job are way higher than cities you’ve normally heard of such as NYC, Toronto, London etc, My name Is Ahmad Sultan, I am a 7th-grade student who is 12 years old, I am currently doing remote learning.
by Hamzah Syed The purpose of my ideal city can not be found in any high-rise building nor can it be found in a small home. In fact, no hard structure can ever be built to get a glimpse of the gates being opened, more importantly, it is in the invisible structures around and undergirding these hard bodies for what this city is and to become. You
see, I like to picture living somewhere as […] running barefoot, the skin of our feet collects the seeds and rocks until we put on shoes, shoes that make of everything we have picked up. In my ideal city, residents will grow up in systems that believe in each and every one of them and empower their potential. They will be reinforced
with what is true, that potential knows no colour, no creed and that there is no limit to what we are capable of becoming. For this great equalizer of the city’s society, many important routes will open in this city. Through this, we will be able to carry out civil conversations with one another despite differences, and build a working model of a city through such
peace. This revolution will be carried on the “soles” of the residents feet and leave a footprint. It’s when we empower thousands of people, that thousands of problems will be solved. It’s when we set off thousands of peaceful revolutions in every family, issue, and community is how we can most powerfully take on any issue.
by Sadie Trant Kitchener is a great city. I love it, it is my home. I am 10 years old and I go to Suddaby P.S. my name is Sadie. I have some ideas to make Kitchener an even better place to live in. I think that there should be more art downtown. Art is beautiful and makes people feel happy. It will make the downtown a place where people
would feel safe and comfortable. Some of my ideas of art downtown are crosswalk designs. I think there should be places for people to spray paint for instance, on the side of a building. If people were allowed to do that then I think not so many people would do it illegally.There are a lot of talented people out there that I think would love a chance to show their talent.
I also think that there should be more public gardens where people can sit down and can grow their own food. There can be an area for kids to play, there could also be flowers. A place where the city can plant more trees. I think we should make more places for dogs to play. They are just as important as us. Trees provide shade, and also help prevent climate change. Regarding
climate change, There should be more green roofs in Kitchener. Green roofs create good oxygen and help with climate change. They have a drainage system, and a root repellent system. So they are better than a normal roof. They are also very interesting and pretty. Thank you for taking the time to read my essay. I hope you will take these ideas into account.
by Juniper Webber Massel Dear city (counselor/mayor), my name is Juniper and I am a grade five student. I have lived in Kitchener for my entire life, and have some ideas about how to make it better. My first idea is about having more treed parks and playgrounds, by parks I just mean places to sit under trees and read or listen to birds, play hawk, draw, really anything, so
basically small treed green spaces. For the playgrounds, just a simple play structure (swings, climber, slide, fountain etc..) not too many bright colours (soft greens and browns), with trees close enough to give a good amount of shade (and incorporate into play). Where? For example, there is an empty lot that was going to have some big ugly apartment building but after cutting down all the trees
the construction was discontinued. Places like that are probably available for buying, or are already property of the city, so are optimal for this kind of project. I think that this would be enjoyed by people with small backyards or none at all, anybody wanting to get out of the house, and/or gather with others. My second idea is about adding things like bat boxes, bird houses,
squirrel nest boxes, etc The public would probably love seeing the creatures it attracted, and they might develop a connection. Also it would help lessen the number of squirrels and bats in people’s homes, which would be greatly appreciated by both parties. Those were my ideas on a few things Kitchener could do to improve. Thank you.
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Coming to the Stanley Park Community Centre
Outdoor Market Thursday’s starting June 24th 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. • Food Trucks • Purchase your veggies for the week - local fresh Fruit and Veggie vendor • K-W Library of Things - arrange for pick-up of your items • The Burr’s and the Bee’s honey take home some local tasty honey • Products from Dettweiler Sausage & Grainharvest Breadhouse • Free Give-a-ways ... and so much more
Interested in being a vendor or want more info call 519-741-2504 Market will run on Canada Day hope to see you there! Please wear your mask and social distance. Protocols in place for safe entry and exit.
Join us for The Grand Goose Chase Community Scavenger Hunt! Stanley Park residents are invited to find items, explore nature and get active as they participate in the Grand Goose Chase! Visit our website or social media to find Grand Goose Chase challenges for all ages. As a special treat, those who participate can visit our Community Hut at the Centre to pick up a Grand Goose Goodie Bag! Each goodie bag has a gift to help you complete one or some of the activities on your scavenger hunt list.
PICK UP TIMES: Wednesday June 23, 9 a.m. – noon OR Thursday June 24, 5 – 7 p.m. Pick up location: Community Hut, just outside of the Stanley Park Community Centre at 505 Franklin St N. Please specify if you need a Child’s, Teen or Adult goodie bag. One per person. Available while supplies last
Registration for Summer Programs will open soon, make sure to check out our social media for details.
Stanley Park Eats A volunteer run food support program where folks can come grab a weekly meal-to-go, on us. Where: Stanley Park Community Centre, hut outside the front doors When: Every Wednesday from 11:00-12:00pm We are still graciously accepting gift cards donations so that we can purchase items that we cannot accept at this time, due to the ongoing restrictions of Covid-19. If you are able, please go to our website where you will find the appropriate links to donate.
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