Kitchener Citizen - June 2024

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The City of Kitchener held a groundbreaking on May 31 for the start of construction of the new multi-purpose indoor recreation facility at RBJ Schlegel Park located at Fischer-Hallman and Huron Roads.

In April 2024, Kitchener City Council approved construction of the premier indoor recreation complex and Kitchener’s first net-zero carbon building. The facility is expected to welcome more than 380,000 people in its first year of operation after opening in late 2026.

The Government of Canada provided $9.7-million for this project, and the Government of Ontario provided over $8-million through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP).

The remaining cost of this $144-million project ($126.2-million) will be funded through Development Charge revenues collected by the City of Kitchener. In a press release, the city stated that this means there will be no affect on Kitchener municipal taxes.

“The vision for this new multipurpose recreation facility for our community has become a reality with today’s official groundbreaking and much-anticipated launch of the construction phase,” said Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “As a Council, and a community, we are grateful for the investment from both the Federal and Provincial governments in one of the most energy-efficient and sustainable recreation facilities in Canada.”

“As our community continues to grow, this new recreation complex will help to ensure we can meet the diverse recreational

needs of our residents for decades to come and promises to be a wonderful addition to RBJ Schlegel Park.”

The new recreation facility will include the following amenities, all of which are designed to support a greater diversity of sports and physical activities in the community:

• A FIFA-sized indoor turf fieldhouse that can be divided into four individual fields to allow more residents to use the turf at the same time for sports such as soccer, cricket, and lacrosse.

• An aquatics centre that includes a community leisure pool and a separate lane pool with

several viewing galleries.

• A second-floor walking track around the perimeter of the turf field will allow residents to stay active indoors all year around.

• An indoor cricket batting cage to support year-round growth and development in this rapidly growing sport within the community.

• A multi-purpose space with top-notch athlete amenities, including a large dividable room for community events, family parties or other rentals.

According the the press release, the facility has been designed as one of the most sustainable recreation facilities in

Canada.

In addition to operating at a very high level of energy efficiency through a geothermal heating and cooling system, it will also house the city’s largest array of solar panels that will reduce 22 tonnes of carbon annually and save the city close to $100,000 in annual utility costs.

“Our community facilities are much-loved, but are significant contributors to greenhouse gas emissions,” said Ward 8 Councillor and Chair of the Community and Infrastructure Services Committee, Margaret Johnston.

“To make meaningful progress towards the City’s GHG emis-

sion targets, we are taking our environmental commitments seriously. That’s why this new recreation facility is being designed as one of the most sustainable recreation facilities in all of Canada.”

The new facility has been designed with significant landscaping and other outdoor amenities surrounding it, which will help it fit in well with the existing outdoor elements of RBJ Schlegel Park. The park offers two outdoor soccer fields, a multi-purpose turf sports field, a cricket pitch, four outdoor courts, a splash pad, and other play areas.

The City is using Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) in the design and construction of the Kitchener indoor recreation complex.

A IPD in a new build is a project delivery method by which key parties responsible for the design, fabrication, and construction components of the project are unified through a single legal agreement.

It allows more cost certainty and helps projects get built more quickly than traditional project delivery methods. It is a key factor in expediting the groundbreaking this soon after Council’s decision to proceed with the project.

To continue to meet the needs of Kitchener’s growing community, including supporting recreational opportunities for youth and families, the City of Kitchener anticipates a future phase of RBJ Schlegel Park will include an indoor gymnasium space as further government funding becomes available. To read regular project updates, visit www.kitchener.ca/KIRC.

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Westinghouse opens global engineering hub in Kitchener

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Canada officially opened their Canadian Global Engineering Hub on Sportsworld Crossing Drive in Kitchener to support their growing CANDU® and global new-build business.

The hub supports the growing clean energy industry and creates more jobs in Kitchener.

With only four other Westinghouse engineering hubs in the world, the new hub in Kitchener, selected from a list of 15 cities globally, represents a dedicated commitment and investment into the growth of Westinghouse in Canada.

At the official opening on June 11, Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic joined The Honourable Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, John Yakabuski, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy and Electrification, Patrick Fragman, CEO and President of Westinghouse Electric Company, and Tony LaMantia, President and CEO of Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation.

“We’re thrilled that Westinghouse has chosen to #MakeItKitchener, joining the many other global organizations that have seen so much potential in the City of Kitchener and our

local ecosystem that they decided to make a home here,” said Vrbanovice.

“Establishing one of its five global engineering hubs in our community – and the only one in Canada – will bring new jobs and continue an exciting chapter in our long history of research and development, innovation, and collaboration.”

“This is the future of nuclear energy, and it starts here in Waterloo Region,” said Tony LaMantia, President & CEO of Waterloo EDC. “Westinghouse’s new engineering hub in Kitchener will drive innovation in nuclear energy, setting new standards for the industry at large. By tapping into our highly skilled, work-ready talent pool, Westinghouse is sure to make a huge and lasting impact.”

The Canadian Engineering Hub in Kitchener is a state-ofthe-art facility that will service projects in Canada and around the globe. The new global engineering hub will bring 100 jobs to Kitchener. The strong strategic partnerships with area universities and colleges, and the skilled workforce available in Kitchener and Waterloo Region will help foster the next generation of innovators.

“We are immensely proud to

continue investing in Canada and to grow our presence in this dynamic energy market,” said Patrick Fragman, Westinghouse President and CEO. “Today, Westinghouse has more than 250 employees based in Canada across a diverse range of technical and professional roles. The new engineering hub in Kitchener will expand our employee base with approximately 100 additional engineers by 2025. This – coupled with our robust domestic supply chain and our proven technology offerings – uniquely positions Westinghouse to meet Canada’s clean energy needs for generations to come.”

In addition to Westinghouse’s commitment to research in the clean energy sector, this aligns with the City’s strategic goals of sustainable paths to a greener, healthier city and the commitment to the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals for a better and more sustainable future for all.

To learn more about Westinghouse Canada’s Global Engineering Hub, visit www.westinghousenuclear.com/canada/ about-us.

To learn more about the City’s Make It Kitchener strategy, visit www.MakeItKitchener.ca.

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At the Nyle Ludolph Materials Recycling Centre at the landfill on Erb Street West in Waterloo, 75 percent of what they collect (by weight) is paper and cardboard, which is transferred to another recycling centre in Niagara.

The other 25 percent of the weight is the packaging containers that are sorted and resold.

Ursu said the equipment at the recycling centre is near the end of its life, and the region will not be reinvesting in it.

The employees who work there do not work for the region, but are part of the contract for recycling pickup that expires in March of 2024 - when the responsibility will transfer to the producers.

Ursu said the exact details of the changes are not known yet, and the region could still have some role in managing local recyclables under a contract with the producers, but the region will not be responsibile for any of the cost.

Veronika Marsland of Ayr is the writer, director and producer of the short film Coffee & Books.

Local filmmaker wins Judges Award at KW Film Festival

Veronika Marsland, Ayr

writer, director and producer, has come away from the Kitchener Waterloo Film Festival with a Judges Award for her short film, Coffee & Books. The festival ran from May 31 until June 2 at the Princess Cinema in Waterloo.

Marsland’s own mother Soňa is featured, filmed from her home in Slovakia.

Marsland. “I was worried about the change, but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise.”

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“This achievement is a significant milestone for me as a filmmaker,” said Marsland. “Coffee & Books was my first entry to the Kitchener Waterloo Film Festival.”

“I drew inspiration from my own life as many artists do,” Marsland said. “My goal was to tell a personal story with a female lead that would resonate with other parents who might find themselves struggling to strike balance between joy and duties. I wanted to take on a serious topic in a playful way.”

Marsland is committed to bringing more female creatives to lead roles in the film industry.

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“That is why my crew is always at minimum 50/50, which leads us to bring more diverse and holistic stories to life,” she said.

Prior to this event, Marsland had entered festivals in Toronto.

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“My short film Girl vs. Lockdown was officially selected for International Isolation Film Festival (based in the U.K.), and my short documentary My Girls won the Best Student Film at Toronto Female Feedback Film Festival,” said Marsland.

Coffee & Books documents a journey of a new mother grappling with the delicate balance between duties and joy. Learning to navigate her limited time, she turns for help from her mother despite the physical distance between them.

Marsland was born in Slovakia, and this is where she met her husband Vincent, a U.S. citizen at the time. They lived in the Czech Republic, Spain, the United Kingdom, before coming to Canada in 2017.

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“I moved to Toronto in 2017 to take advantage of a scholarship I received to do an MBA degree at University of Toronto,” said Marsland.

The couple became Canadian citizens and along with their two daughters, moved from Toronto to Ayr in 2020.

“After living for a decade in big cities like London (UK) and Toronto, we felt like shaking it up, trying something new and raising our growing family in a slower paced setting,” said

She believes that her film Coffee & Books could inspire other local artists and filmmakers.

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“Highlighting the talent and creativity within our town,” she said.

She has two productions on the horizon. A video to celebrate Ayr’s 200th anniversary, that is expected to be released this week, and a documentary series called Café Culture, which is in the pre-production stage. Coffee & Books will be the prelude to this series.

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To view Coffee & Books and for more information visit Marsland’s website www.veronikamarsland.com.

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Q. Who is responsible to confirm that the condo owners have smoke detectors and that they are in proper working order? I have concerns because my neighbour told me he removed the battery out of his detector because it went off too many times.

Q. Who is responsible to confirm that the condo owners have smoke detectors and that they are in proper working order? I have concerns because my neighbour told me he removed the battery out of his detector because it went off too many times.

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As of March/2006 every residence must have a working smoke detector on every floor. The change to the Ontario Fire Code also requires that all smoke detectors be replaced every 10 years. Significant fines will be imposed on those who are caught ignoring this law.

repairs that would cost a fortune? I thought this is why we pay condo fees and have reserve fund studies. Isn’t the condo corporation responsible for this major repair or restoration?

simple door to door inspection to avoid loss of life and protect the condominium corporation from liability.

A. How many people reading this article know someone who has removed the battery from their smoke detector? Anyone who thinks they are invincible regarding house/apartment fires better think again and replace those batteries immediately.

simple door to door inspection to avoid loss of life and protect the condominium corporation from liability.

to maintain all the upper balconies attached to the buildings. We do not have a ladder and have no knowledge of balcony repairs. We feel that this is not our responsibility as balconies are part of the common elements. Why should we be forced into hiring someone for balcony

A. How many people reading this article know someone who has removed the battery from their smoke detector? Anyone who thinks they are invincible regarding house/apartment fires better think again and replace those batteries immediately.

A. How many people reading this article know someone who has removed the battery from their smoke detector? Anyone who thinks they are invincible regarding house/apartment fires better think again and replace those batteries immediately.

Avoid All Tobacco Products - using tobacco (chewing or smoking) can cause minor and major oral health problems. Minor problems include bad breath and teeth staining. Major problems include heart disease, oral cancer and other cancers.

As of March/2006 every residence must have a working smoke detector on every floor. The change to the Ontario Fire Code also requires that all smoke detectors be replaced every 10 years. Significant fines will be imposed on those who are caught ignoring this law. Statistics indicate that in 50 percent of fatal preventable house fires, there were no smoke detectors. In fact in August 2002, a tragic fire claimed two young lives in a Toronto condominium hi-rise. Evidence obtained from the fire investigation indicated that smoke detectors were not installed in this condo unit.

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

As of March/2006 every residence must have a working smoke detector on every floor. The change to the Ontario Fire Code also requires that all smoke detectors be replaced every 10 years. Significant fines will be imposed on those who are caught ignoring this law. Statistics indicate that in 50 percent of fatal preventable house fires, there were no smoke detectors. In fact in August 2002, a tragic fire claimed two young lives in a Toronto condominium hi-rise. Evidence obtained from the fire investigation indicated that smoke detectors were not installed in this condo unit.

The condo corporation was found to be at fault (with the unit owner). The installation of smoke detectors is a public

The condo corporation was found to be at fault (with the unit owner). The installation of smoke detectors is a public

A. Review your condo documents and find the description and declaration pages. The description will inform you of the boundaries of the units and the common elements. The declaration will inform you who is responsible for the maintenance and repairs of the units and the common elements. A schedule

The condo corporation was found to be at fault (with the unit owner). The installation of smoke detectors is a public

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

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

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

Take the time to educate condo owners about fire safety. No one has to die in a house fire when a simple and inexpensive device called a smoke detector is available. These alarms give the occupants the precious minutes they need to escape a burning building.

Take the time to educate condo owners about fire safety. No one has to die in a house fire when a simple and inexpensive device called a smoke detector is available. These alarms give the occupants the precious minutes they need to escape a burning building.

of the owner of a particular unit. The same usually applies to exterior doors and windowsills. It seems a little risky to expect owners to climb up on ladders to complete balcony repairs. If your condo documents are silent regarding balcony repairs or maintenance then the responsibility lies within the condo corporation to have these balcony repairs completed. You may also request access to the reserve fund study to review the current and future major repairs and replacements that are scheduled regarding your

Take the time to educate condo owners about fire safety. No one has to die in a house fire when a simple and inexpensive device called a smoke detector is available. These alarms give the occupants the precious minutes they need

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Preston Scout House Band awards prize money to two Kitchener high schools

Thisyear, two high school bands and two performers at the Kitchener-Waterloo Kiwanis Music Festival are sharing $900 awarded by Preston Scout House Band in memory of founder Wilf Blum. The festival was held from

April 2 until April 26 at Conrad Grebel University College, Wilfrid Laurier University, and Mount Zion Lutheran Church in Waterloo.

The prize winners included Forest Heights Secondary School and Huron Heights Secondary School, that each received $200.

The individuals included Alex Zan, $150, and Jacob Blais, $100, both in the woodwind category. Zan also received the Woodwind Trophy for top score in the woodwinds category. Both Zan and Blais are also delegates to the Ontario Music Festivals Association provincial finals held in Burl-

ington and Oakville from June 10 to 15.

In the past decade, Preston Scout House Band has awarded approximately $11,000 through its Scout House Band youth music scholarship. Scholarships were previously awarded through the Waterloo Region boards of education. This year awards were presented through the Kiwanis Music Festival.

The Wilf Blum Memorial prize winners will be recognized at the Scout House community Summer Social on Saturday, June 22.

Blum founded the Band in 1938 and 2024 marks its 86th year of community service. Over the years, the organization has included five member groups. The current active group is the award-winning Silver Leaves Brass ensemble, and it includes some members who marched in the Preston Scout House Band.

Preston Scout House Band, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with registered charity status able to issue tax receipts to donors, incorporated under the Corporations Act of the Province of Ontario. For more information call (519) 653-3376, or email PSHBAND.INC@ outlook.com.

Notice Of Pesticide Use

Please be advised of the application of larvicide to the following locations for the control of West Nile Virus Vectors;

• Catch Basins

• Sewage Lagoons

• Ditches and Standing Water

Between June 1, 2024 and August 31, 2024, municipalities within the Region of Waterloo will be conducting a larviciding program under the authority of the Region of Waterloo Medical Officer of Health to prevent the development of mosquito larvae into vectors of West Nile Virus. Altosid Pellets (PCP #21809, pellet) Altosid Granules (Methoprene, PCP #22676) or VectoLex WSP (PCP #28009, pouch) will be placed by hand into catch basins of storm drains within the Region. The larvicide VectoLex CG (PCP #28008, granular), may be applied to sewage lagoons, if larvae are present. The larvicides VectoBac 1200L (PCP #21062, liquid) or VectoBac 200G (PCP #18158, granular) may be applied to standing water throughout the Region, if larvae are present. All larvicide will be applied by licensed applicators or trained technicians employed by Pestalto Environmental Health Services following Ministry of the Environment Conservation and Parks guidelines.

For additional details on exact locations and dates of treatments, please call Region of Waterloo Public Health, Health Protection and Investigation at 519-575-4400 or Pestalto Environmental Health Services Inc. at 1-866-648-7773. For information about West Nile: www.regionofwaterloo.ca/fightthebite

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June is Seniors’ Month

donna dubie is Kitchener’s 2024 Senior of the Year

Local community leader Donna Dubie has been named Kitchener’s 2024 Senior of the Year at a special recognition event hosted May 28 at the Victoria Park Pavilion.

This annual award is presented by the Mayor’s Advisory Council for Kitchener Seniors (MACKS) in partnership with Mayor Berry Vrbanovic and City Council, and celebrates the contributions of Kitchener residents aged 65 and older. In addition to honouring the Senior of the Year award recipient, the celebration also recognized the outstanding contributions and achievements of 16 nominees.

“We aim to foster a caring city together for people of all ages in the City of Kitchener. Congratulations to all nominees, who have shown that they are doing just that and more, by generously contributing their knowledge, care, and time to build a better, more caring community for everyone,” said Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, “I am so pleased to present Donna Dubie with this year’s senior of the year award and recognize her outstanding contribution as an inspiring role model to her peers and the community.”

Within Kitchener and beyond, Donna Dubie is a deeply respected and beloved Elder who has been leading the community forward for many years. Many know Donna as the Founder and Executive Director of Healing of the Seven Generations where, together with her team, she has created space for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to grieve, connect, and learn together towards shaping a different future for the next seven generations. However, Donna’s community impact is far-reaching and ex tends throughout the commu nity including with organizations such as the K-W Urban Native Wigwam project, Grand Valley Institution for Women, Unified Family Court, Waterloo-Wel lington Reintegration Planning Table, Family and Children’s Services, and the Region of Waterloo Anti-Racism Working Group. Beyond all of these roles, Donna is a sought-after teacher and speaker, a mighty presence at local events, an insightful and generous participant in local governance, and an exemplar of loving community.

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Donna Dubie was named Kitchener’s Senior of the Year on May 28. With her at the ceremony at the Victoria Park Pavilion are, from left: Kitchener Councillor Dave Schnider, Kitchener Councillor Stephanie Stretch, Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, Donna Dubie, and Kitchener Councillor Scott Davey.

June Winners: Tasha McLimont, Joseph Ferrari

Simply email citizenwest@hotmail.com to be entered in the draw Winners will be notified by the newspaper following each month’s giveaway and winners will be announced in the Kitchener Citizen following each draw.

Winning tickets may be used for any performance at the following Drayton Entertainment venues during the 2024 season: Hamilton Family Theatre - Cambridge

St. Jacobs Country Playhouse

St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre

King’s Wharf Theatre

Drayton Festival Theatre

Huron Country Playhouse

Huron Country Playhouse - South

Huron Stage

*Tickets must be booked in advance. Performance dates and times are subject to availability.

Congratulations to Donna Dubie and all the 2024 nominees, including Donna Archibald, Esseleyne Bell, Liz Burke, Kenneth Campbell, Helen Cipriano, Charles Debrot, Ron Dowhaniuk, Louise Gardiner, Patricia Grundy, Dorina Idvorian, Marcela Kupfer, Christine McLauchlin, Rukia Mohamud, Ken Schilling, Donna Swiech, and Ann Whittle.

The Senior of the Year selection panel, made up of members of Kitchener City Council, MACKS, and City of Kitchener staff, carefully reviewed each nomination and selected a candidate ‘whose contributions make a unique and positive impact on the community’.

To learn more about this year’s Senior of the Year recipient, Donna Dubie, and all the nominees, visit www.kitchener.ca/ SOTY.

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Let ter to the editor

Dear Carrie Debrone,

Building trust on Neighbours day

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I was pleased to get your Kitchener Citizen (east edition) and found it quite informative and I thank you for it

I just read your short article regarding the natural gas rates going down for residential customers

The 18th century English essayist Joseph Addison once wrote that the “three essentials to happiness are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” And when he penned those words, had you mentioned the name “Kitchener” to him, Addison would have been hard-pressed to attach any significance short of a minor functionary living in Suffolk.

You write that Kitchener Utilities have a 2,100 cubic meter average use annually for its residential customers I still have an imperial gas meter, which shows the consumption in cubic feet I have never been able to read that meter and as for that matter, even the meter readers seem to have a problem with it as well Why else would the city issue a bill in the amount of $452?

But fast-forward to June 2024, and Addison’s words could be the underlying principles of Kitchener’s Neighbours Day, held this year on June 15.

My January bill had been $222 16 February, $295 79, there I already sat up and took notice, but then excused it by, the winter being especially harsh However, when I received my March bill, I knew that something was very wrong I called the Utility Office and was asked to take a piece of paper and a pen and read the meter myself To this request I replied that I did not know how to read the imperial meter and aside from that, it wasn't my job The lady I talked to was very nice and agreed to send somebody out to do

I mean, finding someone today not weighed down by political, societal, or personal burdens makes me feel like a modernday Diogenes, casting my light around, searching in vain. Yet once a year, and with growing success, over 30 neighbourhood associations in Kitchener call upon its citizens to organize musical porch parties and host varied social events – all aimed at growing grassroots communities – encouraging us all to act in building hope and in creating “filia,” the love of friends and equals.

Let ter to the editor

construct. Flesh-and-blood people living in homes on our blocks are the true movers and shakers here.

another reading and also promised to call me back It was the very next day that I received her call telling m nt owing was now $200 10, a mere difference of $251 w often the meter had been misread in the past

My neighbours on either side have metric meters and I had previously asked if I could get one that I would be able to read The answer to that consisted of a flat NO

The city had pre-authorized withdrawal privileges for 2004/005 which they bungled up so badly that I revoked that privilege I did ask that office to please send me a paper trail for my records which I never received nor did I get an answer to my request and, of course, one can forget about an apology

In many ways, it’s easier for the newcomer who can spout the tag line of “We’ve just moved here.” For the longtime reticent resident, Neighbours Day can feel like you’re being outed as the recluse. The underlying tension of close proximity strangers meeting reminds me of a game theory concept known as the prisoner’s dilemma; will a cooperative attitude displayed towards another prisoner bring more rewards than would be gained by betrayal?

I realize that it is up to your discretion to publish or not to publish my letter However if you decide to print it I would like to warn my fellow "Kitchenerites" to be extra "vigilant" every time that Utility Bill arrives

Respectfully, Ingrid E Merkel

After all, “trust” has the word “rust” in it. It’s easier to let our eyes slide past a neighbour than risk engagement; unless you’re naturally gregarious, COVID has corroded our abilities to meet and greet. That’s why being asked to sign up for Neighbours Day activities can bring a plethora of excuses or out-of-town road trips.

Because the best relationships sprout up; top-down directives to bake some cookies or participate in a block long yard sale can be onerous, especially for participants who haven’t exercised their vocal cords in a while. Social media makes it easier to friend a stranger in cyberspace than to actually speak with that neighbour next door.

But this year, shelter in place, take that risk to combat the helplessness that comes so close to swamping our boats: callous politicians, greedy grocery moguls, debt-without-end, etc. You have at your fingertips neighbourhood information that can turn trivial to tactical. You know your hood -- ask about lawns, vacation plans, herb gardens, and renovations. People love to talk about their kids, their pets, and food!

Just what makes Kitchener so good at Ar ts development?

As a relatively new arrival in Kitchener I've been exploring the photographic arts opportunities here and first impressions are very encouraging It's just not just in the tech side of quality that the community should be judged A thriving Arts community usually does well This can not always be measured in the financial spectrum as the living standard expectations of artists are remarkably low

To be sure, one day a year designated by a municipality does carry some dictatorial flavour, but that’s merely an organizational

very impressed by the Arts office at City Hall and with how they provided me with information about what was going on here Those people in turn have offered their own advice and contacts, so again two thumbs up for the level of support they give each other

Centuries have passed since Addison penned his formula, but we know he’s right; acting to encourage hope and love can harvest happiness that’s closer to home.

FROM THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

MPP Aislinn Clancy for Kitchener Centre

We don't want that two bedroom house within convenient driving distance to the golf course or mall. Speaking as one of those underfunded independent art producers i'll tell you I've lived in some very bad conditions just to be close to my working environment An example being when living in my various illegal Toronto warehouse studios many years before they were condoized

Well hello Kitchener! I hope everyone is enjoying the sunny turn our weather has taken.

There are basically two reasons for artists to be in an area A slightly compact arts community with low rents and the availability of galleries or venues to showcase the art produced I have noticed that there is a vibrant theatre network here that none the less is going through hard times The music scene is really good with a solid choice of local talent that is well publicized by a few local free publications Radio generally follows the standard corprock but the University of Waterloo has an outstanding community station

Yes, there are already many photographers doing the normal photographic needs of the region, but the opportunity to work with emerging image companies like web designe are producers, locally based video firms, electr ers etc is growing as the manufacturing ba ve entertainment industries, local graphic desi he emerging gallery system bodes well for busin his downturn

vehicles more affordable and amend building codes to ensure charging stations in all buildings. Manufacturing investments are not enough; we need to make sure that EVs are affordable and accessible to everyday Ontarians so that no one is left behind in our transition to clean energy.

The huge pool of university students to draw from for a vocal audience with some disposable cash helps in keeping the cities vibrant and enthusiastic The number of professional artists is still small enough so that they know one another

Stepping into office midway through the session, I jumped right into tackling our community’s priorities. I introduced Bill 170, the Keeping People Housed Act, which would have implemented rent control for all buildings and strengthened protections against renovictions, if passed. Unfortunately, the government failed to deliver on solutions and voted down the bill. I will continue pushing for stronger tenant protections and affordable housing solutions that give our community options besides urban sprawl.

people can better access shelter and live in dignity. Schools, childcares, and hospitals were counting on investments just to keep up with the rate of inflation as they continue to face huge budget deficits. The small increase they received is effectively a budget cut.

Kitchener is projected to be growing b of 100,000 people over the next 20 years and p ent in conversions of existing warehouse buildin ork space Technically the manufacturing base has down turned and left a lot of empty buildings

If out of those numbers there are 10 percent artists in all media that actually work at their art all of us are going to need some of this space to build up our community Artists, being artists though, do not like to be told how to do things The local government is working hard to reach that level where they can integrate the needs of the artistic community seamlessly into their development plans

We are quickly seeing astounding growth in the digital imaging industry. Fortunately, as a photographer who has been working in digital for years it helps me integrate my own work into video, 3D, web, advertising, etc So I think, personally, the opportunities in Kitchener are better than Toronto An example being the cable TV (Rogers) that works very hard to involve the regions schools and artisians in locally produced programming

Let's not forget that Kitchener/Waterloo was voted the most intelligent city and speaking as a newcomer it is very evident that the level of professionalism is visibly high here People waste little time and the welcome i've received in presenting my own portfolio to various galleries and companies has been warm and enthusiastic A very nice event held in town is the quarterly parties at the KW regional art gallery Mellow people who enjoy art meet each other with cool jazz and some ambient dub from the djs

This month, I also put forward a bill with MPP Mike Schreiner called the Affordable Electric Vehicles and Accessible Charging Act –Bill 206. If passed, this bill will require government to consider rebates and other incentives in a plan to make electric

In other news, the province released their annual budget for 2024/2025. Some investments impacting Kitchener include the infrastructure to help make two-way all-day GO a reality, a new school in the area, money for sewers and roads to get more housing online, and an investment in a supportive housing project (details to come).

There were also many things missing from the budget that we would have liked to see. Many folks facing poverty, along with housing and food security advocates, were hoping for increased income support to ensure low-income

With the projected growth of the regions artists in all mediums I have found there are many dynamic, specifically targeted plans, by the municipal government in particular, to foster a (relatively) large community investment in development towards artist integration I was

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Also missing was an investment in a clear, credible climate justice plan. This year, Ontario is slated to see unprecedented forest fires that will cause harm to our communities, our economy, our health, and our future. I’m not convinced the province is preparing us for the reality we’re facing this summer and beyond.

Many studies have shown time and again how efficient an Arts based community can be A planning group called The Prosperity Council specifically calls for a huge investment for artists and art based businesses to encourage them to choose Kitchener as a place to work This is the first time I have found a directed approach to our niche, but very valuable segment of society If even fifty percent of the plans get done it is still an attractive place to build a career

Our image production is now all pixels and with the recent announcement of a new 5 million dollar Federal grant to establish a massive digital media centre in the downtown core, it offers unexcelled opportunities to work with some of the leading edge image systems in the world In fact there are plans to make Kitchener a regional communications hub and that leads into the possibility of thousands of new uses for my photos

At Queen’s Park, I was initially assigned to the Heritage and Infrastructure Committee, where I vocally opposed sprawl development that threatens 6,500 acres of farmland in Waterloo Region alone as part of the Get It Done (Wrong) Act.

Undermining farmers and farming everywhere mean undermining the protection of prime farmland and our $50 billion farming and agrifood economy everywhere – as we’re currently seeing play out in Wilmot. I then transitioned to the Social Policy Committee, where I debated important legislations including child welfare protections and combating hate on postsecondary campuses I’m very excited to be fully back in Kitchener Centre this summer, and I look forward to continuing to meet you all. Please do not hesitate to contact my office if you need assistance with provincial services or have concerns to raise. I would love to hear from you.

There is a very good internet system here and if you would like more info just go to the net and most community plans are available The next three years will establish this region of one of the "Silicon Valley" inspired examples of a thriving gateway of new ideas and I feel very fortunate to be able to establish myself here with so many other creative artists

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PARLIAMENTARY REPORT

MP Tim Louis for Kitchener Conestoga

I’m looking forward to attending many of the events happening in our community this summer.

I’m also looking back with pride on what our federal government has achieved since last September.

Construction has officially begun on a brand-new indoor recreation facility coming to RBJ Schlegel Park. With two indoor pools, a cricket batting cage, a FIFA-sized indoor turf, and more, this complex will offer something for everyone.

I’m proud of our federal government’s $9.7 million investment in this project.

We have invested over $50 million in Kitchener-Conestoga to fast-track 1,390 housing units and accelerate the construction of more than 39,000 homes.

We are doubling the tax credits for firefighting and search and rescue volunteers from $3,000 to $6,000, saving volunteer firefighters in our region up to $900 per year.

My Private Members Bill, Bill C-355: Prohibition of the Export of Horses by Air for

Slaughter has passed through the House of Commons and will now move on to the Senate.

The Canadian Dental Care Plan is helping Canadians get the essential care they need. The plan is currently open to seniors 65 and up, and on June 27th, the plan will also open to children under 18 and Canadians with disabilities. We are also making Pharmacare accessible and affordable for all Canadians, starting with diabetes medications and contraceptives.

We are introducing a new National School Food Program to help 400,000 kids learn, grow, and reach their full potential. We are also ensuring parents have the support to provide quality daycare for their little ones, including more $10-aday child care spaces.

Every day, 12 people in Canada face their darkest moments alone. That’s why we introduced the 9-8-8 Suicide Crisis Hotline. Now, help is just three digits away. We are creating a new Youth Mental Health Fund with a $500 million invest-

PARLIAMENTARY REPORT

MP Mike Morrice for Kitchener Centre

It has now been over a decade since two-way all-day GO train service from Kitchener to Toronto was first promised to our community.

In the time since, in addition to provincial funds for the project, the federal government has contributed three quarter of a billion dollars, 40% of costs, to help make it happen. Yet despite this, we still don’t even have a timeline for the project’s completion.

Meanwhile, folks in our community remain stuck waiting for overcrowded buses to get to Toronto – limiting their ability to work, visit loved ones, or access services. It’s not right.

Our community deserves answers, and that’s exactly what my team and I have been pushing for, starting with calls for the federal government to demand more accountability from the province, over the past two years.

Today, I’d like to share a recent update on that advocacy, following up on calls I’ve made

ment to reduce wait times and provide more care options for younger Canadians.

Our new National Action Plan on Combatting Auto Theft will make Kitchener safer with tougher penalties, enhanced law enforcement and jurisdictional collaboration, and stronger border controls.

Our Housing Accelerator Fund is removing barriers to build more homes, faster. By taking action like fixing outof-date permitting systems, local governments can accelerate change so the system is fair for all Canadians.

There is more work to do, and I look forward to continue the hard work necessary. I will continue to advocate for you, this summer and beyond.

Happy Summer and Happy Canada Day, Kitchener!

to the federal Minister directly urging him to demand a timeline from the province given the significant investment his government has contributed to the project

Back in March, the CEO of Metrolinx appeared as a witness to a Parliamentary committee. In response to a written request for an update on the project resulting from that meeting - including a timeline for completion - my team and I received a deeply disappointing letter: two pages in length but still no timeline! If you’d like to read that letter, it is available on my website at mikemorricemp.ca.

I’ve since continued pressing directly to the Minister responsible for infrastructure, including most recently at committee, and we made some progress. The minister publicly confirmed that this important issue will be on the agenda when he next meets with his provincial counterpart in late June.

Although it is still not the concrete answer we are looking for, it is an important step in increasing accountability from the federal government to the province.

I’ll continue to work alongside provincial advocates for this project, including MPP Aislinn Clancy and MPP Catherine Fife, to push for a firm timeline for our community.

If you’d like to chat about these, or any other concerns that you’re passionate about, feel free to get in touch. You can reach my team and I at mike.morrice.C1@parl.gc.ca or 519-741-2001.

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July kicks off with CANADA DAY celebrations (July 1) featuring a free live concert and fireworks in the heart of downtown, including Canadian Music Hall of Famers April Wine, The Redhill Valleys, and Danny Michel featuring Romeo Sex Fighter. This will kick off a month of excitement in Downtown Kitchener!

King Street will come alive with vintage cars at CRUISING ON KING (July 12) and Victoria Park will fill with the smokey scent of summer at RIBFEST (July 1921). The whole family can celebrate LoveMyHood’s remarkable journey with food, music, and family-friendly activities at the LoveMyHood Neighbourhood Celebration (July 17)!

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Stay up to date on everything in store this year at KitchenerEvents.ca

The month wraps up with a rockin’ good time in front of Kitchener City Hall at WAYBACK FESTIVAL (July 26-27) with a heavy-hitting line-up of your favourite classic rock artists featuring eight-time Juno Award winner Tom Cochrane. Life is a Highway at this open-air rock and roll concert with familiar hits all weekend long and brand-new sounds you’ll be humming for days! The soulful sounds of the blues will also return to King Street in August at the KITCHENER BLUES FESTIVAL with four days of live music (August 8-11).

It’s not summer without a patio, so plan to visit Rockway Centre on Wednesdays in July and August for live music, food and drinks on their patio with ROCKIN’ IT AT ROCKWAY ! Throughout the summer, you can also enjoy open-air fun at the Kitchener Market (Thursdays, Aug 1 - Sept. 19), with classes, the Saturday farmers’ market, and their beloved Music at the Market series. And be sure to keep up with the season’s calendar of events at downtown’s Gaukel Block!

As you count down the days to a new school year, treat the family to a fun day out with family-friendly activities that encourage learning through play at KIDSPARK (August 18). Kids can also beat the heat all summer long at splash pads throughout the city!

Brand new this year, the ultimate street party is coming to Kitchener with CARIBANA IGNITE (August 23-24).

Take in a stunning street theatre presentation showcasing the true essence of carnival, the hottest up-andcoming carnival designers and the diversity and vibrancy of the Caribbean, all in one celebration!

A weekend of live music wraps up summer at the ENDLESS WEEKEND FESTIVAL (September 7). This new party will bring the ultimate festival vibe to Downtown Kitchener with an eclectic mix of musical genres, featuring Juno-award winner TALK. Mark your calendars and get ready to dance the weekend away, because this is a party you won’t want to miss!

HOWEVER YOU CHOOSE TO CELEBRATE THE SEASON, THERE IS SOMETHING FOR YOU! With concerts, events in parks and community centres, and the activities available every day at our parks, golf courses, trails, pools, and splash pads, summer is truly the season of fun in Kitchener!

Cool off this summer at one of 10 splashpads at city parks and community centres.

For locations, visit Kitchener.ca/Splashpads

School’s almost out and we have plenty of ways to keep children and youth active and connected this summer!

Youth (8-17) are stoked for skateboard season! Our mobile skatepark offers ramps, quarter pipe, grind rails and more. Open weeknights from July 2- Sept. 6..

For the schedule, visit Kitchener.ca/Skatepark

Earn your high school volunteer hours with us this summer! Youth (12-17) are invited to volunteer with our Kitchener Youth Crew at Youth Drop-in programs.

For more info, visit Kitchener.ca/YouthCrew

Dive into summer at our outdoor pools. Two of our outdoor pools, Wilson and Idlewood, offer free swims and will OPEN JUNE 15 (weather dependent).

For hours and all pool locations, visit Kitchener.ca/Pools.

Youth (12-17) are invited to drop in to our community centres all summer to enjoy sports, cooking, arts and crafts, and more, weeknights from 6:30-9:30 p.m. For locations and details, visit Kitchener.ca/YouthDropIn.

Be responsible and know the rules for fireworks in Kitchener

• Must be set off before 11:00 p.m.

• Only allowed on Victoria Day (Monday, May 20) , Canada Day (Monday, July 1) and Diwali (Friday, November 1)

• Violations could result in a $400 fine

• Must be set off on private property (no city streets, parks, trails, school yards, or woodlots)

• Must be set off 25+ feet away from buildings and structures Visit kitchener.ca/fireworks or call 519-741-2345 to learn more

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GET READY ‘FORE’ SUMMER!

You don’t have to travel far to find lush fairways and inviting greens for a great round of golf!

Kitchener is host to two scenic golf courses – Doon Valley and Rockway – that offer a driving range, par 3 Pitch & Putt, 9-hole and 18-hole courses. Each course has a pro shop and clubhouse to round out your golf experience!

Our Kitchener Golf Academy offers programs for all ages and skill levels. From Introductory and Learn to Play sessions, to clinics to improve your game including putting, chipping, setup, fundamentals, and of course, the swing! Young golfers can join our Junior Golf League or our Junior Camp (ages 6 to 15) which promises fun-filled weeks of golf, games and more all summer. No experience or equipment required. Learn more at Kitchener.ca/Camps

Golf is a sport for all ages and abilities. Golf Fore Life is an inclusive golf program that supports people living with dementia. Golfers will enjoy the Doon Valley driving range, Pitch & Putt Par 3 course, and the 9-hole course over the summer. Volunteer caddies are needed. If interested, please contact 519-741-2200 ext. 5346 or email melissa.bruce@kitchener.ca

For more information, to book a tee time, or to register for a program, visit KitchenerGolf.ca

Recognize a garden in our community that makes Kitchener a greener, more vibrant and sustainable place to live!

Simply share the address, and we’ll take care of the rest!

The submission deadline is Sept. 15, 2024. Call 519-741-2200 ext 7564 or visit kitchener.ca/bloom for more information.

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Summer means blue skies, warm days, and plenty of opportunities to get outside! With over 150 parks across the city, here are some of the best ways to enjoy the outdoors in Kitchener:

GET ACTIVE: find sports courts and fields, skate parks, horseshoe pitches, pools, splash pads, playgrounds, and more at Kitchener.ca/OutdoorFitness

CONNECT WITH NATURE: explore one of our hiking trails and see how many native plant species you can find! Visit Monarch Woods to see trilliums blooming in the spring, look for white pines – Ontario’s native tree – in many of our neighbourhood parks, or explore Huron Natural Area to see wildflowers throughout the summer.

PACK A PICNIC: treat yourself to a midday reset with lunch outdoors any day of the week. Whether you visit your neighbourhood park or explore one of our downtown green spaces like Victoria Park or Vogelsang Green, a lunchtime picnic is always a good idea!

Find your nearest park and plan your summer outdoors at Kitchener.ca/Parks

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The City of Kitchener is doing its part to address the housing crisis. Recently, the City of Kitchener announced its partnership with the Government of Canada to fast-track the construction of 1,200 new homes through the Housing Accelerator Fund. Kitchener has also adopted its new GROWING TOGETHER policy framework, enabling more than 100,000 new homes in all shapes and sizes.

Council has also approved an inclusionary zoning policy, which allows cities to require private developers to include a certain percentage of affordable units within new, multi-unit housing developments. This could mean as many as 4,500 affordable units secured through inclusionary zoning.

The Growing Together and Inclusionary Zoning plans feature new zoning rules that enable all housing types through:

• Full range of building types, including missing middle forms

• No density maximums

• No parking minimums

• Requirements for a minimum amount of affordable housing units through Inclusionary zoning

• Full mix of uses

• Flexible built-form regulations, including a zone without height limits

Summer is a time for barbeques and outdoor celebrations with friends and family. The Kitchener Fire Department wants to help you do it safely by following these tips.

BARBECUES

Please keep your BBQ at least three metres away from any building. Fire-fueled BBQs are not permitted on apartment balconies.

BACKYARD FIRES

Backyard fires are permitted between 6 and 11 p.m. if you have a fire pit, outdoor fireplace or chiminea. When having backyard fires, remember to watch where your smoke travels to avoid disturbing your neighbours.

FIREWORKS

Fireworks celebrations are permitted before 11 p.m. on Victoria Day, Canada Day, and Diwali.

Stay fire safe this summer. For more fire safety tips, visit KitchenerFire.ca

These fundamental changes to Kitchener’s planning framework are game-changing and visionary; they will allow a lot more housing to be built, more affordably, on much less land.

Late last year, Kitchener City Council announced its Provincial Municipal Housing Pledge, with a goal of building 35,000 new homes by 2031. Kitchener has a long-standing history of managing growth and enabling housing supply through the City’s Official Plan and forward-thinking zoning rules.

In 2020, Kitchener released its award-winning Housing For All strategy to increase affordable housing options across the housing continuum. More recently, council approved Mayor Berry Vrbanovic’s motion to develop a bylaw to allow four units as-of-right on all residential lots in Kitchener.

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MAKING PROGRESS ON OUR STRATEGIC PLAN

We’ve continued to make progress on the shared community priorities that we developed for our 2023-2026 Strategic Plan. We’ve heard from people across the community that these priorities matter to them, and in the past several months we’ve made significant progress.

BUILDING A CONNECTED CITY TOGETHER –

We’ve begun the process of updating Kitchener’s Official Plan. In the coming months there will be ample opportunity for you to have your say on how and where Kitchener should grow. Visit Kitchener.ca/OfficialPlan and subscribe to be notified about engagement opportunities.

CULTIVATING A GREEN CITY TOGETHER – With the adoption of our new Corporate Climate Action Plan, we’re on track to reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated by city operations. Find out more on page 6.

CREATING AN ECONOMICALLY-THRIVING CITY TOGETHER – We completed a review of business processes and approvals for brick-and-mortar retail businesses, engaging business owners and resulting in 55 recommendations to streamline processes and help businesses open their doors quicker.

Find out more about how we’re working towards the priorities that matter to you by visiting Kitchener.ca/OurPlan

KITCHENER’S NEW CORPORATE CLIMATE ACTION PLAN

The City of Kitchener has approved its new Corporate Climate Action Plan (CorCAP 2.0), a detailed strategy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, reduce operating costs through investments in energy efficiency and prepare our community for the increasing impacts of climate change.

The plan outlines 47 actions to be implemented through 2027, setting the City of Kitchener up to achieve its goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. The actions in the plan focus on reducing GHG emissions in the city’s facilities and fleet & equipment divisions, as these focus areas offer the greatest opportunity for impact.

The plan outlines the three overarching pathways to net-zero for the City of Kitchener:

• ENERGY EFFICIENCY

• FUEL SWITCHING

• GENERATING LOCAL RENEWABLE ENERGY

Staff intend to report on the plan’s progress yearly near Earth Day. The financial implications of the organization achieving net-zero are roughly estimated at $250M in additional capital funding over the next 25 years. Community engagement on the plan included the involvement of Kitchener’s Climate Change and Environment Advisory Committee.

CorCap 2.0 is an important part of how the City of Kitchener is achieving its strategic goal of Cultivating a Green City Together.

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SAY HELLO TO KITCHENER’S NEW eBILLING PORTAL

We’re excited to announce that we’ve launched a new eBilling portal! This new portal is a central online location for property tax and utility billing needs and a convenient new way for customers to manage their accounts.

NEW FEATURES:

• Pay your bill directly from the portal

• Ability to set up a third party to manage your account on your behalf

• Ability to download billing and payment history

• Green Button Certified

AND YOU’LL STILL BE ABLE TO ACCESS:

• Bill details and bills

• Consumption history year over year

• Billing and payment history

• Ability to enter your meter reads

• Ability to connect with customer service

If you’re an existing eBilling user, your account has been moved to the new portal. The first time you sign in to the new eBILLING portal, you will be prompted to reset your password.

Every year, our maintenance crews are out on our roadways daily working on short-term maintenance or construction projects that support reliable essential services like water and gas delivery to our homes, streets free from flooding, and roads safe to drive on. While these crews work, they are sharing the road with traffic, so we all have a role in making Kitchener streets a safe place to work.

Obey the signs. As you drive through a construction zone, obey all signage and follow the directions of the traffic control person. Plan your route. Check Kitchener.ca/RoadClosures to find the roads closed near you, use a GPS app that can tell you where there are delays, and leave yourself extra time on your route. Stay alert. Keep an eye out for trucks, machinery and people moving in and out of the construction zone.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

JUNE

BERLIN TOWER ARTSPACE EXHIBIT

KITCHENER CITY HALL

June 1-30

Photography by Dharmesh Bhavsar showcasing the vibrancy of life. Kitchener.ca /BerlinTowerArtspace

ROTUNDA GALLERY EXHIBIT:

KITCHENER CITY HALL ROTUNDA

Until June 28

Explore ethereal prints of natural subjects at “Tangible Experience” by Wen Li. Kitchener.ca /RotundaGallery

NEIGHBOURS DAY

NEIGHBOURHOODS ACROSS KITCHENER

Saturday, June 15, 1-6 p.m.

Join us for a city-wide neighbourhood party with live music on porches, driveways, and front lawns. Kitchener.ca/NeighboursDay

KW MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL

VICTORIA PARK

June 22-23

Enjoy food, fun, music and dance. kwmf.ca

JULY

BERLIN TOWER ARTSPACE EXHIBIT

KITCHENER CITY HALL

ROTUNDA GALLERY EXHIBIT

KITCHENER CITY HALL ROTUNDA

July 2-Aug. 30

Photography exhibit by Vanessa Pejovic. Opening reception July 11, 7-8:30 p.m.

Kitchener.ca /RotundaGallery

ROCKIN’ IT AT ROCKWAY ROCKWAY COMMUNITY CENTRE

Wednesdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31 and August

7, 14, 21 6-8 p.m.

Join us for live entertainment on our patio! Food and beverage available for purchase starting at 5:30 p.m.

Kitchener.ca/Rockway

CANADA DAY AT KITCHENER CITY HALL

KING ST./CARL ZEHR SQUARE

Monday, July 1, 2-11 p.m.

Family-friendly fun, fireworks, live music from headliner April Wine and more. Kitchener.ca/CanadaDay

CRUISING ON KING

KING ST./CARL ZEHR SQUARE

Friday, July 12, 5:30-9:30 p.m

Classic cars, live entertainment and food! kitchener.ca/CruisingOnKing

LOVEMYHOOD NEIGHBOURHOOD

CELEBRATION AT VICTORIA HILLS

COMMUNITY CENTRE

Wednesday, July 17. Drop in after 6 p.m. Celebrate LoveMyHood’s remarkable journey over the years with food, music, family-friendly activities, and more. LoveMyHood.ca

DOWNTOWN KITCHENER RIBFEST AND CRAFT BEER SHOW IN VICTORIA PARK

July 19-21

Enjoy barbeque ribs and chicken, Ontario craft-brewed beer, live entertainment, and a Kids Fun Zone. KitchenerRibAndBeerFest.com

WAYBACK FESTIVAL

KING ST./CARL ZEHR SQUARE

July 26-27

Music, entertainment and fun, featuring Tom Cochrane! Kitchener.ca/Wayback

AUGUST

BERLIN TOWER ARTSPACE EXHIBIT

KITCHENER CITY HALL

July 2-Aug.30

Nathaniel Voll presents collage works rooted in surrealism. Kitchener.ca /BerlinTowerArtspace

ROTUNDA GALLERY EXHIBIT

KITCHENER CITY HALL ROTUNDA

July 2-Aug. 30

Photography exhibit by Vanessa Pejovic. Kitchener.ca /RotundaGallery

MUSIC AT THE MARKET

KITCHENER MARKET

Aug.1-Sept. 19, Thursdays, 6-9 p.m.

Enjoy free live music while grabbing delicious food and beverages. KitchenerMarket.ca

KITCHENER BLUES FESTIVAL

DOWNTOWN KITCHENER AND VICTORIA PARK

August 8-11

KITCHENER BLUES FESTIVAL

DOWNTOWN KITCHENER AND VICTORIA PARK

August 8-11

Incredible talent. Great tunes. Fun times. KitchenerBluesFestival.com

KIDSPARK

VICTORIA PARK

Sunday, August 18, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Family-friendly fun with games, activities, music and more. Kitchener.ca/Kidspark

CARIBANA IGNITE

KING ST./CARL ZEHR SQUARE

August 23-24

A street party showcasing the true essence of carnival and vibrancy of the Caribbean. Kitchener.ca/CaribanaIgnite

SEPT

July 2-Aug.30, Opening reception July 13, 2 - 4 p.m. Nathaniel Voll presents collage works rooted in surrealism. Kitchener.ca /BerlinTowerArtspace ENDLESS SUMMER VICTORIA PARK

Incredible talent. Great tunes. Fun times. KitchenerBluesFestival.com

EXPERIENCE ART IN KITCHENER

Live concert with food, drinks, electronic, pop music, and more! KitchenerEvents.ca

KITCHENER FIRE ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE

KITCHENER FIRE HEADQUARTERS, STRASBURG ROAD

Saturday, Sept. 14, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Tour a fire truck, visit safety displays and demonstrations, kids’ activities and more! Kitchener.ca/OpenHouse

KITCHENER IS HOME TO A VIBRANT ARTS COMMUNITY, with artists from all backgrounds expressing their experiences and creativity in their own distinctive styles. There are lots of great ways to enjoy the arts in Kitchener!

• Free exhibits showcasing local art in Kitchener City Hall’s Rotunda Gallery and Berlin Tower ARTSPACE, and public art throughout the city. Plan a gallery visit or walking tour at Kitchener.ca/PublicArt

Artist talks at the 44 Gaukel Creative Workspace showcasing how local artists created their iconic pieces. Find a session

this summer at DowntownKitchener. ca/HowIMade

Cultural events inviting us all to explore the communities that make up the mosaic of our city. Discover these events at Kitchener.ca/Calendar

Opportunities for artists to exhibit

and work in City spaces, including our Artist in Residence program opening for applicants this summer. Sign up for updates at Kitchener.ca/PublicArt

Galleries, theatres, museums, and resources for artists across our community. Explore these spaces at Kitchener.ca/ ArtsAndCulture

Local artists have made Kitchener’s art scene the vibrant and diverse community it is today. Whether you are an artist looking for your next opportunity or an art lover interested in everything our city’s creatives have to offer, there is something for you in Kitchener!

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Come out to Jack Couch Park and catch a Kitchener Panthers game this summer

For over 100 years, the Kitchener Panthers have brought local baseball fans great entertainment at Jack Couch Park.

It’s been a bit of a bumpy start so far this season, but upper management is still optimistic about turning fortunes around with the addition of five familiar faces.

By mid June, pitcher Blake Jacklin, outfielder Eric Martin, infielder Tyler Hinrikus and Simon Grinberg will be on board. A fourth Cuban will be suiting up too. Pitcher Yankiel Maurin will be another welcome addition.

Manager Bill Matetich is back again for his second season. He led the Panthers to a respectable finish in his first campaign. He was also selected as the league’s top Manager by his peers.

The Intercounty Baseball League consists of nine teams including Brantford, Barrie, Guelph, Hamilton, Kitchener, London, Toronto, Welland and the newest addition from Chatham. They will be known as the Chatham-Kent Barnstorm-

ers. Home games will be played at Fergie Jenkins Field - Rotary Park.

Chatham is the birthplace of Major League Baseball’s great Fergie Jenkins. Early indications point to the team as a solid addition to the league. From the start, they’ve sold lots of season tickets.

The Panthers will also be keeping their fans better informed this season.

You can now follow them online at pantherbaseball.com or on You Tube Panther Baseball.

Also every Thursday night their home games are broadcast on radio station CKWR FM at 98.5 at 7:30 pm. Mark Pare is your play-by-play host for both venues. Make the Kitchener Panthers part of your summer.

DEDICATION CEREMONY - Habitat for Humanity Dedication

WHAT WE’RE READING

The Blurry Years

This novel packs a lot of punch in nineteen short chapters. Set in Florida, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the surroundings are vividly described. This is not a tale of fun on sun-drenched beaches, but a story of a floundering child who grows up in various sand-dusted places to become a survivor, full of grit herself.

We meet young Cal, short for Callie, at age six. She grows up out of a suitcase, hungry for both food and a sense of home. Cal lives in limbo, sometimes sleeping in the car, or hauled from trailer park to a boyfriend’s couch by her alcoholic single mother, Jeanie.

As the years pass, the two are always stuck in situations with few options. Jeanie uproots Cal time after time, leaving friends behind. When the plan to return to Oregon to stay with Grandmother June sinks, the duo appears unannounced on the doorstep of Starr, Jeanie’s best friend. For a fleeting time, Cal feels stable and happy. She becomes attracted and attached to Starr.

Before long, Jeanie is restless again and Cal is forced to leave Starr.

Back in Florida and in high school, tired of goodbyes, Cal desperately wants to feel love. She gives herself to an older boy. Later, she recalls other regretful times in filthy bathrooms, bedrooms and backseats, and everything she has done there. Cal learns from these encounters and thinks to herself how dangerous it could be to set your value at what you thought you might deserve.

At eighteen, Callie has matured enough to know that there is the family you are born into, and the family you can choose for the remainder of your life. Although Callie comes of age too quickly, her traumatic upbringing does not drown her. She does surface for breath, and readers are left with a sense of hope.

‘The Blurry Years’, a memorable book by first time novelist Eleanor Kriseman, can be borrowed from Kitchener Public Library in print format.

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Ceremony was held May 28 for the completion of the Habitat House Build and Development on Kehl Street in Kitchener. Above is Robin Habermehl and Waterloo Regional Police Chief Mark Crowell in front of the Ceremonial Band of the Waterloo Regional Police who performed at the ceremony.
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Let’s talk issues with our twotier Municipal government. The Regional government is responsible for about 27% of all roads, which are confusingly intertwined with

The City of Kitchener has again supported the building of affordable housing by providing city owned land, this time at Ottawa and River Road in Ward 2. This will be the

Welcome to Summer, Ward 5! As the warm weather rolls in, let’s dive into all the exciting happenings in our vibrant city:

1. Summer Fun: Splash pads,

Notes from City Hall

those owned by cities. This causes considerable confusion - from construction and road closures to sidewalk and trail maintenance.

The division makes little sense and serves no one. Suppose you’re concerned with construction traffic parked illegally on a trail, who do you call, the City or Region? What about an overflowing garbage can?

Well, it depends on who owns the roadway.

The overlap extends to other areas such as Arts and Culture.

We have two municipal orders of

first Habitat For Humanity Waterloo Region Build Now Project. Habitat has a proven record in building affordable housing and keeping it affordable forever.

Neighbours Day is This Saturday, June 15. Thanks to the Ward 2 Residents who are hosting a performance by one of our local musicians on their porch, driveway or front lawn. I have the addresses, times and performers on my website, daveschnider.com.

There are a lot of great events planned throughout the summer

off the line-up on June 22 at Victoria Park, with great food, music, and vendors. Enjoy Classic Canadian musicians throughout the downtown core until the end of September; vintage cars on display at Cruising on King; Ribfest; and so much more. Visit kitchener.ca and search, “Kitchener events” for a full line up.

Are there traffic and speeding issues on your street? I have several “slow down signs” available for your front lawn. Please reach out if you would like one dropped off. I’m happy to get that to you.

Kitchener in Bloom program. If there’s a garden you enjoy and would like to have their address recognized by this program, visit kitchener.ca/kitchenerinbloom, or call 519-741-2200 ext. 7564 with their address. Garden types include balcony, community, container, fairy, flower, pollinator, rain, raised and rock gardens. There’s also a garden finder map and free virtual gardening classes on Facebook live by gardening experts on this web page.

Neighbour’s Day, this Saturday,

trails, community gardens, and more await! Explore Schlegel Park’s new amenities or cool off at outdoor pools and splash pads near you. Find locations and opening times on www.kitchener.ca/ pools. There are many upcoming festivals and events to enjoy, starting with Neighbours Day on June 15. Enjoy live music in participating neighbourhoods and join the party! Canada Day celebrations will take place on July 1 with free concerts and fireworks. And I can’t wait until the very first Kitchener Caribana in

government issuing grants. How can this ever be efficient or fair? These examples highlight issues that only serve to confuse and disenfranchise our residents.

How can this be fixed? Let’s streamline all services, responsibilities and assets that can be easily delineated. Or put another way, re-set the Region’s responsibilities only to those that cannot be effectively governed by the cities, without significant complication or risk. Those items would be Police/Court and EMS

and fall. This month the Grand River Black Music Festival happens June 14-16, The KW Multicultural Festival returns to Victoria Park June 22 and 23 and The I AM KITCHENER Indigenous Art Market is on June 29 in the Gaukel Block. Visit Events and Festivals at my website for the full line-up.

The Thursday Neighbourhood Markets at Stanley Park Community Centre start again on June 20 from 4:30 to 7:30 The Saturday Markets at Centreville Chicopee Community Centre begin on Saturday July 6

Is there a beautiful, thriving and/ or sustainable garden you enjoy in Kitchener? Please go to kitchener. ca/kitchenerinbloom to nominate that address for recognition.

I’m beyond excited that council unanimously approved the donation of land at River Rd. East and Ottawa St. North to Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region (HHWR) as part of buildnowwr.ca. A first of its kind partnership that will create 10,000 new affordable and attainable homes for individuals and families in Kitchener and the Region by

June 15! Grab a lawn chair and a friend, then head over to the nearest participating address in your neighbourhood to take in some great local musical talent. Some residents have volunteered as Neighbour’s Day Ambassadors offering their porch, driveway, or lawn to host live music. Find a location near you on our map and more info at kitchener. ca/neighboursday. Performances are at 1pm, 2pm, 4pm, and 5pm. Please be mindful of your speed this summer season and keep watch for children playing in and

August!

2. Love My Hood: Got a great idea for your neighborhood? Apply for Love My Hood and let’s make it happen together! It’s all about empowering residents to create positive change, with full support from City staff.

3. Fireworks Update: Remember, fireworks are now limited to one night until 11 pm, only on Victoria Day, Canada Day, and Diwali.

4. Safer Streets: Exciting news! Kitchener’s Vision Zero Strategy is making our streets safer than

services, Transit and Airport, Water Treatment, Waste management, Public Health and Social Services. There shouldn’t be overlapping responsibilities in areas such as Libraries, Bylaw, Land-use planning and Arts and culture. There shouldn’t be overlapping ownership or funding of assets like museums, roads, multiuse trails, or subsurface water infrastructure etc. These should all be downloaded to the lower tier.

I firmly believe this reform can happen; we only need the political will to do so.

from 10-3.

If you’d like a free Please Slow Down sign to remind drivers to drive safely on your street, just email me at dave.schnider@kitchener.ca and I’ll deliver one to you. Have a safe and happy summer! I’m happy to assist you. Contact me directly or call our contact centre at 519-741-2345 or email info@ kitchener.ca. Follow me on X and Instagram @DaveSchniderKW or “friend” me on Facebook. Visit my website daveschnider.com for lots of Ward 2 and city info.

2030, HHWR will include three and four-bedroom homes, and studio, one, and two-bedroom units. This housing announcement marked a new era in the relationship between the City of Kitchener and community partners to get more affordable housing built throughout our community to tackle housing affordability and supply.

Pop in to my next “Meet and Greet” at Kingsdale Community Centre on June 12 at 6:30pm. I look forward to chatting with you.

near the street. If you would like a free “Slow Down Sign” for your front yard, please email me at christine. michaud@kitchener.ca and I’d be happy to drop one off while supplies last. You may also reach out to me about any other city matter at this email address.

Have some city related questions, concerns, or ideas? I’ll be at the Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre on Saturday, June 22 from 10am-11:30am. Join me for a coffee and let’s chat. I look forward to meeting you.

ever. With initiatives like pedestrian crossovers, traffic calming measures, and complete street designs, we’re committed to eliminating severe injuries and fatalities. Let’s make this summer one to remember, filled with community connection, safety, and plenty of sunshine!

Feel free to reach out anytime with City-related questions to ayo. owodunni@kitchener.ca or 519741-2791.

June marks the return of Pride Month, a celebration of the history, contributions and diversity of the Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer and questioning communities 2SLGBTQIA+.

The City of Kitchener’s vision is one of building a city for everyone where, together, we take care of the world around us – and each other. As we celebrate Pride Month, we reaffirm our commitment to building a more inclusive and equitable city where all members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community feel valued, respected and welcome.

Today the Progress Pride flag was proudly raised at City Hall. It is a representation of our commitment to supporting members of all identities. The Progress Pride flag combines the original multi-coloured rainbow flag and the transgender pride flag to re-imagine a flag that recognizes and values all parts of the modern 2SLGBTQIA+ community. Artist Daniel Quasar’s Progress Pride flag includes black and brown stripes to represent marginalized 2SLGBTQIA+ communities of colour, community members lost to HIV/AIDS and those currently living with AIDS. The chevron represents a need for forward movement.

Pride Month is a reminder that we all have a role to play in creating a world where everyone can live authentically and freely. I invite you to reflect on what equitable actions you can take – in both your personal and professional lives – to create a more inclusive and caring community.

As we reflect, let us also take in the opportunities across our City and Region to learn and celebrate Pride. Please visit OurSpectrum. com and community calendars for details. Happy Pride Month! Mayor Berry Vrbanovic on behalf of Kitchener Council Kitchener

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Hello Ward 4, Each year we celebrate the gardening efforts of Kitchener residents who help to beautify our neighbourhoods through the Summer is around the corner and so are a boat load of great events happening in Downtown Kitchener. The KW Multicultural Festival kicks
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Dear Friends,

Over the past many years, Cinema Under the Stars has been a continued success, with over 500 people in attendance at times. I have always

Hi Ward 7! With Canada Day swiftly approaching, I know a lot of you are worried that the Victoria Day events – when a group of people caused significant trouble

Notes from City Hall

taken pride in helping to facilitate this event and to see the many families, young people, and other residents of all ages enjoying the outdoor movie night.

I work with the Ward 6 neighbourhood associations to provide the Cinema Under the Stars event to foster a collaborative approach to community building.

People resources are what makes this event possible, which is why

I’m thankful that the neighbourhood associations are happy to come together and work with me to provide

at Victoria Park with fireworks –could repeat. I want to remind everyone that under the City of Kitchener Municipal Code, fireworks can only be set off on privately owned property before 11 p.m. on Victoria Day, Canada Day, and Diwali, provided residents can meet the setback requirements, which only allow fireworks to be set off in areas over 25 feet away from any building or structure. Fireworks cannot be set off on Cityowned lands, parks or woodlots,

neighbourhood park within a changing community. It was formerly shared with an adjacent school that has since been demolished and is being developed into townhomes. With this project, the intent is to revitalize the park by upgrading existing features and providing elements and features that reflect the needs of the community.

Westwood Park’s second phase of construction is starting on the second week of June.

You may see some site fencing installed during this week which will

I’ll keep this light as many of us are occupied with our gardens, the end of the school year, National Indigenous Peoples Month, Pride Month, fathers’ day on June

to be serving you. I am thankful to be entering the summer

a free, fun, and family friendly outdoor experience.

Once more this year, on September 14, we will be having our Cinema Under the Stars event. Mark your calendars and come out and help make the best one yet! Bring your own blanket and lawn chairs. Check Kitchenerevents.ca for details.

One of the Committees I sit on as a Councillor, is Kitchener in Bloom. I enjoy supporting this garden recognition program that allows for residents and businesses to be nominated for making the most of

roadways, or schoolyards. They can only be sold to or set off by people over the age of 18.

Setting off fireworks outside of the permitted areas and times could result in a $400 fine. To learn more about when and where fireworks are permitted and for tips on how to use fireworks safely, visit kitchener.ca/fireworks.

For firework complaints, call the Waterloo Regional Police Service non-emergency line at 519-5709777. In the event of an emergency

fence off all areas except for the playground. The playground will remain open unless otherwise communicated. Areas that are not fenced off at this time may be fenced off later on and an update will be provided prior to any closures.

During the construction, please only use the unfenced amenities.

Updates will be posted regularly to the Kitchener Engage page: www. engagewr.ca/westwoodpark to ensure the community is well informed of the project’s progress.

This phase of construction will

16, and the official beginning of summer on June 20.

June is also recreation and parks month. To mark its start a groundbreaking ceremony for a new recreation facility was held at RBJ Schlegel Park. Built to net zero specifications it will sport a 25-meter pool, FIFA-sized field, walking track and cricket batting cage.

On June 1, the installation of the Kitchener Ranger’s Outdoor Fitness equipment in Victoria Park

months and I am jumping in with two feet.

The City of Kitchener is excited to announce a new Summer Splash Pass, making recreational swimming affordable for Kitchener residents this summer. The Summer Splash Pass is valid at all indoor and outdoor City of Kitchener pools for Recreational Swim programs, for all ages. The City of Kitchener operates four indoor pools year-round, with an additional four outdoor pools all open before the end of June for the

their green space/balcony. Last year we received over 1000 nominations. If you walk by an address with a front garden type that you find appealing, why not nominate them to be recognized by Kitchener in Bloom. I will personally be nominating several addresses that are deserving of recognition in our ward. All you need is an address to nominate. You can call or fill out the short form found here: kitchener.ca/kitchenerinbloom

Feel free to contact me at paul. singh@kitchener.ca.

or dangerous situation, always call 911.

The City of Kitchener will have fireworks and concerts DTK on Canada Day. Please come out and enjoy them in a safe, controlled environment.

There are many other festivals and events planned for the summer as well. Visit kitchener.ca/ events for a full list. Let’s make this a summer to be remembered!

Canada’s Big City Mayors meet with federal leaders to champion a plan for growth

Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic and Canada’s Big City Mayors Caucus (BCMC) met on June 6 with the Honourable Sean Fraser, Canada’s Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities, to discuss the urgent need for a new fiscal framework that meets the needs of our rapidly growing communities. This meeting was part of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM’s) launch of Making Canada’s Growth a Success: The case for a Municipal Growth Framework.

“To maintain and deliver essential services in Canada’s fastest growing community, we need an updated revenue framework,” said City of Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “Kitchener and municipalities across the country are expected to deliver more services while operating with a policy and funding framework that fundamentally has not been changed since 1867.”

look to complete the practice cricket pitch, install the walking loop path, reconstruct the infiltration gallery and finish up some final works.

Community engagement has been central to the development of Westwood Park, with input from residents helping to shape its design and functionality. As construction progresses, ongoing dialogue will ensure that the park remains true to its purpose: to serve as a dynamic hub for recreation, relaxation, and community connection.

was celebrated. It will add to the extensive trail system and multiple community centres, pools and arenas around the city that provide places to enjoy recreational activities. You can always apply for a Leisure Access Card to offset city program fees here: bit.ly/3pIZQ64.

It’s Multicultural Festival time again! I hope you will join me in Victoria Park on June 22 and 23 for a weekend of delicious food, vendors, and performances. Following this, mark July 1 in your

summer weather. We also have nine splash pads!

The KW Multicultural Festival is one of my favourite downtown festivals and is happening on June 22/23 at Victoria Park. I hope to see you there or at one of the many other festivals happening downtown this summer. Another favourite is to head to Vogelsang Green (at the corner of Queen and Duke) on Friday evenings and gather under the lights during sunset to enjoy free live music.

Once you are DTK consider

calenda to enjoy Canada Day festivities at City Hall.

Summer road closures are underway. Visit the following URL for road reconstruction projects in your area. engagewr.ca/ roadreconstruction.

I’m happy to connect with you to discuss any city or ward related matters. Contact me at debbie. chapman@kitchener.ca. Have a great and safe summer!

picking up your free “Field Guide to DTK’s Artwalk” The series of oversized outdoor artworks curated by Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery in partnership with the DTK BIA during summer 2020 has been updated with new art and a new guide. It is a great reason to explore public art downtown again. Choose your own adventure at your own pace at the region’s largest outdoor gallery, featuring 50+ murals, sculptures and other installations that beautify DTK’s parks, streets and laneways.

The need to modernize municipal funding, including tying federal transfers to population and economic growth, is critical to facilitate the necessary infrastructure that enables more housing. FCM is advocating for a new, fair and predictable municipal growth framework that will provide more revenue tools to support our rapidly growing communities.

“From the moment our residents wake up every day to the moment they go to bed at night, our communities count on infrastructure such as clean water, wastewater treatment, transit, and community facilities,” said Mayor Vrbanovic. “Cities like Kitchener bear major costs for maintenance and growth, yet we do not have the financial tools that grow with the economy like other orders of government have to support the services that our residents rely on. We can’t keep doing this with just 8 to 12 cents of every tax dollar collected.”

Kitchener joins the Mayors of Canada’s 23 BCMC cities in calling on the federal government to work with provincial and territorial governments and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to negotiate this growth framework. Now is the time for a mutual commitment to building strong cities by investing in the infrastructure and services required.

The City of Kitchener, as the largest city in Waterloo region, stands ready to continue working with all orders of government, including our area local and regional partners, to ensure and to enable more housing for a strong Kitchener and a stronger Canada.

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Hello Ward 8! The nice weather is finally here, and I know you’ve been waiting for an update regarding the status of Westwood Park. Westwood Park is an established Hello Ward 10! I am four months into working with you as your Councillor and I am really honoured and happy

What is Your Ideal City?

In the annual My Ideal City contest, students aged 10 to 12 years were invited to tell Kitchener City Council about their “ideal city” by submitting essays. The 14 top essays were chosen, and those students were invited to a mock council debate televised on Rogers Cable 20 on May 27. The Kitchener Citizen is proud to sponsor this event, which helps students learn about municipal politics in a fun way. Here are the winning essays as submitted to the contest.

Clean drinking water, food and sanitation are essential because if we gave citizens dirty water they would suffer from diseases and sickness. Food is another important thing because if a whole city didn’t have food most likely everyone would die of starvation.

First responders and hospitals are very important. First responders’ main job is to respond and recover from a disaster. Hospitals are important because they save lives, promote health, and provide essential medical services.

Community centers, affordable housing and schooling are other things people don’t notice that can change lives. Community centers are partly important because it gives people a chance to socialize. Affordable housing is really important because people are going bankrupt because house prices keep rising and it’s putting people in poverty. Schooling is also important because it gives kids basic knowledge that they will need to use when they grow older.

Grocery stores, electricity and smooth roads are some of the necessities that people usually don’t acknowledge. Grocery stores are there to give people access to food and can also provide jobs for citizens. Electricity gives the city heating, cooling, refrigeration, public transport and more. Smooth roads last long and are safer to drive on.

My ideal city should be nice, clean, safe and make people feel like they belong. The people that live in the city are nice and helpful. Any people of any race and any religion will be allowed to live in my city.

That is what my ideal city would look like.

“To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honors.” We must do this in order to show their value for us and to acknowledge all the sacrifices and love for us. A further instance of this is senior housing in our community. When people get older and they can not take care of themself physically due to age or a condition they are in need of good care and a safe and healthy space to live in before they pass. The senior care needs to improve because in about 10 years 24% of Canada will be seniors and will be in need of care. The cost of 24/7 in-home care in Canada can range from $10,000 to $20,000 per month, depending on the level of care required and the specific services provided. At this rate, many seniors in about 10 years will not have that kind of money to give every month. In my opinion, I believe that the price needs to go down, seniors should not have to pay 10,000 to 20,000 dollars a month just to get the care they need to live. Along with that, we need to find more ways to have senior care and not just in senior housing, such as in-home care, cooking, bathing and medication needs.

It is my unwavering belief that providing the best quality senior care is essential for helping seniors maintain their independence, dignity, joy and quality of life.

My ideal city has all the important needs to turn the city into a home.

This city uses a great balance of taxes from the grocery stores to build more structures with the leftover taxes. Fresh drinking water is provided so that we have clean water to drink. Some people can’t cook, or some people don’t feel like cooking so they can go to nearby restaurants.

This city has gas stations around the city for people to use. electricity wires around poles outside so people have access to electricity. Car dealerships so people can get their cars. Public transportation so people can get to places faster. Smooth roads for cars to drive safely on. Hospitals for very sick people. There will always be Police stations, fire stations and ambulances around each part of the city so everyone has access to them.

Affordable housing for people to have a place to live. Shelters for the homeless people because they can get a heat stroke in the summer and can get very cold in the winter. Hotels for people who are traveling and need a place to stay. Malls for people to buy their shoes, clothes and food. Safe schools so that kids can get their education. Public pools and splash pads for families to have fun.

I personally think if people are looking for a safe place to live I would recommend going to this city.

My ideal city would help those in need. It would be made sure the people had a place to stay and make sure they were all treated fairly. More money would go to hospitals and medical research. Public libraries would be open to all and books would be treated with care.

The city would use taxpayer’s dollars to create living spaces for those in need of a home, they would be used to help give them all larger wages that they can make a living off of, and entertainment and parks would be built to help the bond of the city grow, these parks would be built safely and well so that the kids are safe. The taxpayer’s dollars would be used responsibly so that they would benefit the community. Taxes would go to help purify the clean fresh and beautiful air.

Homes would be made for those who need a place to stay as they arrange for a job. These people would be given the help and support they need to progress in life and connect with others. There would be many community opportunities like sports teams, clubs, challenges and more. This would

help the community to grow.

The hospitals will get more money to work and function including researching diseases and more. Many fundraisers will be issued to help pay for the hospitals and medical care. There would be doctors for mental support.

My ideal city will be a happy place where all are treated equally. All here would be welcome no matter what.

In my Ideal city families would feel safe, because we wouldn’t want our citizens to feel endangered in their living environment.

Having basic human rights such as food, water and access to a home is important. I believe that there should be a littering fine, our environment is already so close to being completely destroyed. Making sure our city is clean is important. We should have affordable housing because the amount of people living on the streets is growing and it is important to prevent that.

Homelessness is a global problem. With government funding we can prevent that. We also have to think of other citizens. I think we should fund shelters and banks but also to make sure that they get back up on their feet as soon as they can.

I often hear people say “the city is so boring”, “there’s nothing to do around here”. We could change that, with different activities in reach and that are accessible. Therefore we should build things closer to neighborhoods such as libraries, parks, roller rinks, and arcades.

Our schools should make sure learning is successful and creative with field trips and fun different opportunities.

The government should be fair, they should be thinking of what is good for their citizens rather than themselves. Making sure they also fund the “little things’’ that make a big difference such as clean roads and trash picked up.

This city is already a great one but I believe that we could make it greater!

Kitchener can become an even more ideal city through longer lunch breaks, carpooling, and skill sharing.

First, I think school lunch breaks should be longer. For example, I rush to grab something light because lunchtime is divided into two 15-minute breaks right now. If lunch was longer, I could eat a variety of healthy foods and chew slowly, which would be helpful for my health.

Second, I think parents could carpool and drive children to places like community centres, parks and playgrounds where they can do fun activities. For example, parents who finish

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Mayor Berry Vrbanovic and Sasha Henry Councillor Scott Davey and Addyson Wilson Councillor Dave Schnider and Madilyn Henry Councillor Jason Deneault and Henry Carson Councillor Christine Michaud and Emily Bui Councillor Ayo Owodunni and Sehyoun Kwon

work early in the afternoon could drive several children to the community centre after school. In return, other parents who start work late in the morning could drive those children to school. If there was a carpooling link on the City of Kitchener’s website, parents could sign up for it.

Third, there should be a program where children can share their skills. For example, I am interested in computer coding, piano, and French. I want to share my experiences and skills with other children, but it is not that easy. If I could advertise my skills and connect with others on the City of Kitchener’s website, I would be happy to collaborate with them. I think it would help everyone learn a lot!

Finally, with longer lunch breaks and more carpooling and skill sharing, I think Kitchener can become a more ideal city where children can be healthy, happy, and involved in their communities.

Hockey is my passion

Hockey is a big part of my life and for so many others too but it has taken a twist. People in this city need a place where they feel safe and happy. Therefore, the ideal city that I would love has to have affordable things that give you joy.

First, sports prices are crazy high. Hockey and other sports get you the exercise you need. People work very hard to make money, so that they can take their kids to sports which makes them happy. As a result, all of their hard work is wasted in such a small limited time. Besides, I love hockey but having my parents work a lot just to take us to hockey is way too much. Spending time with your family is very important in a healthy relationship with each other, but families like mine have decreased due to caretakers having to work.

Equally important, sports are our happy place. Love, kindness, caring, equality and lots more make happy places, bullying isn’t tolerated. Sports are a place you use to have fun but also get away from the outside world. Our world has gotten so tormented and it has slowly gotten into the sports we love. It’s making people that love the sport and play it stop enjoying it.

To conclude, I believe that relationships bring the best out of people. Which hockey has lots of. The community of hockey is so welcoming and supportive. Hockey is a family that changes your life.

My Ideal City will have all of the necessities, like a clean city, food and safe drinking water. Buildings, shelters and many houses. Good public schools, private Schools, Universities, whatever you name.

For safety, we’ll have Prisons, Police Stations, Fire Departments and Hospitals with free healthcare included.

Clean roads, sidewalks and driveways. Along with car dealerships with functioning vehicles, and public transportation like subways.

Neighbourhoods with kind, welcoming neighbours with housing and low property taxes, houses with furniture and electricity.

Tourist attractions like Niagara Falls, Amusement Parks with many rides and games to choose from! Community pools, waterparks, and Carnivals for entertainment! Along with museums.

Airports with security. Food places like restaurants or grocery stores. Governmental buildings, Courthouses, laws and rules, fines and 30% taxes going towards future buildings. Trees and Plants everywhere, along with lamp posts, multi-purpose stadiums for concerts or anything else! Local trails, community centers, gyms, food places and parks with playgrounds!

Shopping places like Malls with various places, like makeup stores, clothing stores and shoe places! Hotels for any occasion!

Working places with safe working conditions with more furniture and any other working needs! Public Libraries with bookshelves with many genres of books with tables and chairs to read on. An electronics store with laptops, phones, tablets and many others!

For me, an ideal city has safety, housing, schools, food and many others. A city is big and filled with attractions and filled with people.

My Ideal city (poem)

I want a city

Where the skies are blue

Where the flowers can bloom

Where the trees have leaves as green as the grass under you and me

I want a city

Where the people talk and have fun under the morning sun

Where people dance and sing

Of the rich fields and other things I want a city

Where people are happy

Where even plants smile

Where kids learn and play

Under a beaming sun on sparkling days I want a city

Where the skies are blue

Where the flowers can bloom

Where the trees have leaves as green as the grass under you and me I want a city

Where the oceans are clean and the fish swim through seaweed and coral

Where bee’s buzz, over flowers and such I want a city

Where butterflies fly

Where deer can gallop

Where wind can be wild and blow soft breezes through the trees I want a city

Where the skies are blue

Where the flowers can bloom

Where the trees have leaves as green as the grass under you and me I want a city

Where there is no scurrilous language no sir no!

Where people run through flora fields and lovely meadows I want a city

Where friends have fun

Where we are excited to go outside

Where people have picnics

Under the setting sun I want a city

where the skies are blue

Where the flowers can bloom

Where the trees have leaves as green as the grass under you and me and I hope maybe, just maybe, That city can come true.

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Councillor Stephanie Stretch and Leurisse Diaz Councillor Debbie Chapman and Jasmina Aboueldahab Councillor Margaret Johnston and Myra Bess Dawar Councillor Bil Ioannidis and Julia Nguyen Peyton Moonen and Councillor Paul Singh GM Development Services Justin Readman and Karly Lekavy
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First and foremost I would like to state that I appreciate the hard work you put in your life to make the people of Kitchener live better on a daily basis. Most importantly I would like to say thankyou for this opportunity to write to you and express how I feel, so I am writing this letter to talk about systems that you control to improve such as recycling, planning new community developments and enhancing existing neighborhoods. I hope you can reach me and read what I have to say.

We should improve your recycling system. This is important because the amount of plastic ending up in the ocean is getting worse every single day. We can improve your system of recycling with the Timmies cup not being made out of plastic since it is very popular in Canada so it would most likely be the most to be littered.

The next thing I would like to talk about is planning new community developments and enhancing existing neighborhoods. I know for a fact, you and I both, that people are getting frustrated that there are not enough houses to provide to the people of Kitchener therefore the prices will rise. So my thoughts on this is to focus more of your time and money on increasing buildings for people to live in instead of using a bunch of land for buildings like restaurants and entertainment since there is a good variety already. Thankyou for hearing what I have to say.

by Leurisse Diaz

If I made my ideal city I would want it to be safe, educated, fun, and caring to all citizens.

I would want it to be run in a good and just way and in a safe environment. Families would be able to get access to needed services like healthcare and jobs. Having jobs, healthcare, and safety is important for everyone because having jobs means you can buy things or a house, having healthcare means you get help when you are hurt, and having safety means you wouldn’t have to be endangered and be safe anywhere.

Kids could also be taught sports or creative activities and be able to get an education and become responsible and caring citizens. Kids need to learn sports and creativity to become good, educated, and caring citizens. But also it’s important to stay healthy and stay close to their friends. As for the much older students there will also be colleges where they could

express their passion and creativity in their way.

It would be nice if there were different parks, for example, water parks or amusement parks where kids could play and have fun anywhere they like. As for adults, they could relax or gather together on the weekends or holidays at houses, cafes, restaurants, and more.

The Ideal city that I want to live in is accessible for all, safe, provides for people’s needs, caring, and helpful to all citizens.

We have clean water and food nearby for basic needs. The food options range from small food stands, grocery stores, and the delicious, sweet smells of restaurants and bakeries. All homes have clean water taps that are safe to drink from. In parks we generally have benches and garbage cans. There are benches for sitting down to enjoy the food and hang out with friends.

There are playgrounds that are fun to play on and everyone can be included. We value religions and cultures and everything else about you. We have community centers and libraries where you can be yourself and show who you are. In the city we have plenty of shops and malls where you can go to do your shopping. There are stores with anything you could want or need, from clothing, to hammers and saws. We have police offices, hospitals, and fire stations. They are always nearby to save people’s lives from possibly dying. Free healthcare is something we value for families and people that can’t afford it.

We have lots of ideas for housing. We have apartments, houses, condos, and trailer parks. We let everyone in and welcome them in with open arms

In my city everyone would feel safe and happy in a safe and loving community where everyone is welcome.

If I had my own city

If I had my own city I would have everything everybody would need. I would likely make the best city and everybody would love to live in my city. I will build many schools so the kids in my city can have a good education. I would likely add many colleges and universities to give people a great education. I would build many libraries so people have access to somewhere quiet and peaceful to get work done or study.

I would build many roads and highways so people can reach their destinations faster and safer. I also want to add many forms of public transportation like trains, taxis, and many airports. So when people want to visit countries or see family and friends they have the opportunity to.

I will add some police stations, fire stations, and hospitals so people can call them when in need.

I would love to add lots of forests to my city so people can have peaceful and fun walks, looking and absorbing the wild. I’ll also add many parks and fields for people to play in, I love to add all sorts of fields or courts in my city

I would love to add many stores, and malls for grocery shopping. People need water and food, and in my city, we will assure everybody equal food supply. Everybody will get food and water supply, even the people who are homeless.

I will be talking about the details and what you would love about it my ideal city has Banks, so that they can put their money somewhere safe. Homes, so people can live somewhere. Malls, so people can shop for new things, like clothes. Grocery stores, so people can buy food. Smooth roads, so there are no bumps for the cars. Lights, so they can see. Traffic lights, so people drive safely and not crash. Parks with swings, slides and other things, so people can have fun. Street signs for the cars, so that people get warned about what is up ahead. Car dealerships, so people can get new cars, and they can drive somewhere. Gyms to exercise, so that they can stay healthy. Clean water so people can drink and bathe, because dirty water can give you germs and diseases. Hospitals, in case someone gets hurt or sick. Schools, like high school’ college/university so that people can learn and get ready for the future. Ikea, to buy house items so that you can decorate your house. Museums, to see old things and the past, to learn about history and evolution of people on earth. Police stations, to talk about what they did wrong, and so the city does not turn bad and into chaos. Prison if people do not follow the rules. sidewalk so people can walk somewhere You can ride in a bus. a pet store so you will not be alone.

It will not be very bright at night for the city. It will not have too many buildings, more nature, more trees and more bushes. The city will have friendly people. Your house has a camera and inside it will be warm and it will have a finished basement. When it is winter your house will be warm and nice and cozy. You would love it, good Neighbors.

Special thanks to Anita Zapletan Csonti and Elizabeth Leacock

Constituency Assistants to Council for coordinating the publication of the student essays in the Kitchener Citizen

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GM Infrastructure Services Denise McGoldrick and Lucas Reis Kitchener CAO Dan Chapman and Sinan Mutlu My Ideal City essay contest winners and Kitchener city council members and staff prior to the televised mock debate on May 27 in the Kitchener City Council chamber

CoMMuNitY CALeNdAr

OPEN HOUSE & BBQ – Saturday, June 15th: celebrating the 75th Anniversary of 404 K-W Wing, Royal Canadian Air Force Association and the 100th centennial of the Royal Canadian Air Force. The K-W community, aviation enthusiasts, Air Cadets, current and retired members of the RCAF, comrades and friends of the Wing are invited to celebrate with Wing members. Photographs, memorabilia and history with the community will be on display. For information contact airmail@404wing.ca. Visit from 12 noon to 4:00 pm at 510 Dutton Drive, Waterloo.

KITCHENER HOSPITAL MER-

GER TOWN HALL - What should the future of hospital care in Waterloo Region look like? In April 2024, the Boards of St. Mary’s General Hospital and Grand River Hospital announced their plans to merge into a single hospital organization, serving the communities of Waterloo-Wellington and beyond. As a part of their merger work, the Hospitals want to hear from you about what hospital healthcare could look like! Take the community survey or attend their FREE community town hall.

Details and registration can be found at https://futureofcareto gether.ca/

Date: June 18

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)

an annual Book Sale that funds 47 Scholarships and Awards. If this sounds like a club that would interest you, feel free to view our website. We would like to welcome you.www.cfukw.org

Monthly Meetings are on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, starting September 19, 2023. Location... The Cedars, 543 Beechwood Drive in Waterloo at 7 pm. Hope to see you there.

SINGERS NEEDED FOR THE ROCKWAY ENTERTAINERS

- We are a group of age 50+ seniors who sing a variety of music, in 4-part harmony. We generally perform one or two concerts per month, in the afternoons, at a seniors’ home or retirement home, as well as concerts in the spring and at Christmas. We sing primarily for pleasure and fun, providing toe-tapping enjoyable entertainment. Practices are at the Rockway Community Centre, 1405 King St. E.,Kitchener Thursday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:30. We meet from September to May (Yes, we get the summers

Location: Kitchener Public Library (85 Queen Street North, Kitchener)

THE SCHNEIDER MALE CHORUS - hosts a “new members month” during January and September. If you like to sing, come on out Monday nights from 7:30 to 9:30 at Waterloo North Mennonite Church, 100 Benjamin Rd, Waterloo, ON N2J 3Z4 and give us a try. More information on our website www.SchneiderMaleChorus.ca including sample concerts.

CANADIAN FEDERATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN KITCHENER-WATERLOO (CFUW K-W) - Are you a woman interested in Camaraderie, Advocacy and Service to the Community? Come Join Us!! The Power of Women Working Together. We welcome all women who share our values, no need to have a university education. We are a vibrant welcoming group of over 200 women of all disciplines and ages, promoting gender equality and education for girls and wom en. We have monthly meetings and speakers. We have 45 plus interest groups/activity groups: Examples are Antiques, Books, Bridge, Coffee Meets, Euchre, Languages, Cooking, Games, Wine Tasting, Health, Hiking, Theatre and so forth. We hold

off!).

Please feel welcome to attend a practice or two just to check us out. When you arrive, ask for Marilyn, Karl, or Jim. We are aiming to find an additional 12 members preferably Tenors and Altos. For more information, please call the Rockway Community Centre office, 519-741-2507.

Community Church Listing

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

Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Lunch served following service on the third Sunday of every month. Nursery, Sunday School, Youth Group, Wed. Night Bible study

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

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

Kitchener Gospel Temple-Pentecostal

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

Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Mid-week activities for all ages. www.kitchenergospel.com

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

Reverend: Mark S. Richardson

Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Nursery and Sunday School provided Sonshine Corner, Thursdays from 9 - 11 a.m.

Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran

322 East Avenue (at Stirling), Kitchener (519) 742-5812 www.holycrosskitchener.org

Sunday Service: (Sept. - June) 8:30 and 11 a.m., (July-Aug.) 9:30 a.m 9:45 a.m. - Sunday School, Youth & Adult Bible Classes Choirs - Stephen Ministry - Youth Group - Beginnings (0 -3 years)

Hope Lutheran 30 Shaftsbury

Hope Lutheran

30 Shaftsbury Drive, Kitchener (519) 893-5290

am Worship Service 11:15 am Adult Bible Study Nursery open at this time St Paul’s Lutheran Church (Bridgeport) 101-544 Bridgeport Rd E., Kitchener ON N2K 1N7 Phone: 519-743-4464 Pastor Mario Hryniewicz Email: https://stpaulsbridgeport.weebly.com/ Worship Service: 10:00 am All are Welcome!

ON N2A 1N6 (519) 893-5290 www.hopelc.ca

Service Times

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

Breslau Evangelical Missionary Church

102 Woolwich St., Breslau (519) 648-2712

Sunday Worship Service: 10 a.m.

Children’s Ministry - Youth Ministry - Small Groups

All are welcome! Visit us at ww w.bemc.ca

Stanley Park Community Church

9 Dreger Ave., (at Ottawa St.) Kitchener (519) 893-8186 www.stanleyparkchurch.ca

Pastor: Brad Bauer

Sunday Service and Kid’s Church: 10 a.m. ALL WELCOME!

Nexus Church

Meets in The Conrad Center - 36 King St W. Kitchener Sunday Service 10:30 a.m.

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www.nexuschurch.ca

All are welcome!

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