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THERE’S SOMETHING ENCHANTING ABOUT WINTER IN KITCHENER. FRESH SNOW BLANKETING STREETS, TREE BRANCHES COVERED IN FROST AND NEIGHBOURHOODS DECORATED WITH HOLIDAY DISPLAYS ARE ALL ALL SIGNS THAT WE’RE ENTERING A MAGICAL TIME OF THE YEAR. While winter may feel different this year due to COVID-19, the City of Kitchener is giving residents reasons to celebrate by reimagining how we experience and enjoy the season. Reimagine Winter is an initiative that will provide residents with seasonal experiences that promote community connections while following public health guidelines. Enjoy events and attractions throughout the winter including an

enchanted forest walk at Huron Natural Area, a holiday light display at Victoria Park and virtual family-friendly programming. For outdoor events, please remember to participate with your own household and follow public health protocols including keeping physical distance from others, wearing a mask and staying home if you feel unwell.

For more information about upcoming Reimagine Winter activities, visit kitchener.ca/ReimagineWinter

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There are so many things to do in Kitchener during the winter. This year, we just need to enjoy the winter and celebrate the holiday season differently.

Tobogganing

Visit Kitchener.ca/toboganning for more details

McLennan Park, Hillside Park, and Foxglove Park are open for tobogganing. Use good judgment going up and down hills to ensure there is no crowding.

Christmas Fantasy

Visit KitchenerEvents.ca for details

Get into the holiday spirit with festive lights and a beautiful walk through Victoria Park. Christmas Fantasy lights up on Dec. 5 and continues throughout the month, giving you a safe, outdoor option to gather with your household, while still being able to follow all current COVID health and safety guidelines.

Christkindl Market

Visit Christkindl.ca for details

Kitchener’s beloved annual 4-day Christkindl Market is expanding to 24-days this year! With COVID restrictions in place, The City of Kitchener, the Downtown Kitchener Business Improvement Area (BIA), and Christkindl Market committee are excited to be able to keep the traditions alive by moving to an online format for 2020. ONLINE EVENT FROM DEC. 1-24: · 24-day online Advent calendar to enjoy and relive memories over the past 23 years. · Online shopping links to your favourite vendors - holiday gifts, traditional and handmade treasures as well as delicious holiday specialty foods and treats.

CHRISTKINDL-IN-A-BOX: Filled with some of your favourite Christkindl tastes, smells and fun! Enjoy with your household or give as a gift. Boxed contents may include non-alcoholic Glühwein fruit juice, Downtown Dollars, Oktoberfest stein, sausage, stollen, soft biscotti, 2020 Christkindl ornament, cookie cutter, craft for kids, and shopping bag (contents subject to change. Quantities are limited.) Curbside purchase and pickup on Dec. 4 & 5.

New this year is the Book your Bubble program, giving residents the opportunity to “hang with their household” and book free gym time at their local community centre to participate in a group activity with members of their household bubble of up to 10 people. Bookings for each 45-minute time slot can be made online, in person or by calling the centre, up to seven days in advance. Participants are asked to bring their own equipment and arrive ready to participate, as access to changerooms remain unavailable at this time. To learn more, visit kitchener.ca/communitycentres

Learn to swim programs, as well as other aquatics programs have resumed at city pools. While residents can expect some changes during their visit due to physical distancing and health and safety requirements, there are still several aquatic programs to choose from.

Snowshoeing and Hiking

For a list of trails, visit Kitchener.ca/trails

Hiking doesn’t end when we say goodbye to warmer weather. Kitchener is home to diverse parks and trails that make winter hiking fun. Or if you’re up for a challenge, strap on a pair of snowshoes for a unique way to experience the outdoors.

Skating

Visit Kitchener.ca/outdoorrinks for more details

Each year, hundreds of volunteers support the building and maintenance of dozens of outdoor winter rinks in neighbourhoods across our community. December through March, these rinks provide an opportunity for exercise and family fun for hockey fanatics and skaters of all ages and abilities. Outdoor winter rinks are open to the public daily from 9 a.m.- 10 p.m.

Volunteer with us

To keep these valued amenities open to the public this season, we need your help! We’re looking for dedicated volunteers who can help with building and maintaining our outdoor rinks this winter. Interested in helping at a rink in your neighbourhood? Call us at 519-7412200, ext. 7389 for more information or visit the website above to get involved.

HAVE FUN AND STAY ACTIVE THIS WINTER! Every change of season brings with it plenty of new and exciting opportunities to stay active and learn something new – and this winter is no exception! While recreational programming may look a little different, there are still lots of ways for Kitchener residents of all ages and abilities to stay active and connected. At this time, all programs including drop-in programs require pre-registration. To register for a program, visit ACTIVE Net, the city’s online registration portal. There you can learn more about programs currently being offered, online and in person, at a city facility near you.

Stay connected and take part in recreational programs and other activities online, through Active At Home. From arts and culture, to senior supports, to fitness and wellness classes and resources, there’s something for every age and ability to enjoy. Program offerings are updated weekly at kitchener.ca/ activeathome. Stay up to date on new and upcoming programs as they become available. For a weekly schedule of events and activities, visit kitchener.ca/thisweek.

This winter, your family can cook up something special with a little help from the Kitchener Market. A range of cooking classes and other virtual programs are available for the whole family to enjoy online. Participate in a live virtual event or watch the video at your own pace. Learn about upcoming classes by visiting Kitchener Market’s event calendar or subscribe to their monthly e-newsletter at kitchenermarket.ca

REGARDLESS OF WHICH PROGRAM YOU CHOOSE, THE CITY OF KITCHENER WANTS YOU TO HAVE FUN AND STAY SAFE THIS WINTER! Keep in mind that at all city facilities, safety measures, such as physical distancing and wearing masks upon entry and in common areas such as elevators and hallways are still in effect. Before visiting a city facility, don’t forget to ‘Check before you rec,’ and visit the facility’s page on the city’s website to learn more about safety measures in place to keep you and your family safe.


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DECEMBER AT HOME WITH CHRISTKINDL MARKET – ONLINE Dec. 1-24 Visit the virtual Advent calendar each day to open a new door and discover special moments and traditions. Christkindl.ca

ARTSHINE N’ WINE – FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS – ONLINE KITCHENER MARKET Thursday, Dec. 10, 7-9 p.m. Invite your friends to join for a special virtual paint night with Artshine. KitchenerMarket.ca/calendar

BAKING WITH MRS. CLAUS ONLINE – KITCHENER MARKET UNDERGROUND Saturday, Dec. 12, 10-11 a.m. MULTICULTURAL SERIES Virtual holiday baking session Online with the Kitchener Market with special guest, Mrs. Claus! Friday, Dec. 4, 11, 18 and Tuesday, KitchenerMarket.ca/calendar Dec. 22, 7-8 p.m. NATURE WALK AND TALK Virtual cooking class featuring Huron Natural Area local chefs with backgrounds Dec. 12, 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. from around the world. A nurturing walk connecting with nature. KitchenerMarket.ca/calendar Kitchener.ca/KNAP VIRTUAL KIDS IN THE KITCHEN ONLINE – KITCHENER MARKET Saturday, Dec. 5, 10-11 a.m. Virtual cooking class meant to inspire the young chef in your family. KitchenerMarket.ca/calendar FOREST BATHING WALK Dec. 5, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Huron Natural Area A peaceful winter walk in nature. Kitchener.ca/KNAP VIRTUAL COOKING CLASS ONLINE – KITCHENER MARKET Wednesday, Dec. 9 & 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Kickoff holiday baking season with online demos featuring Chef Nicole. KitchenerMarket.ca/calendar

JANUARY

NEW YEAR’S LEVEE – ONLINE Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021 at noon

GUIDED NATURE MEDITATION – ONLINE Dec. 16, 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Unwind and relax during two guided meditations. Kitchener.ca/KNAP BREAKFAST WITH SANTA ONLINE – KITCHENER MARKET Saturday, Dec. 19, 10-11 a.m. Virtual cooking class with some of Santa’s favourite holiday treats. KitchenerMarket.ca/calendar WINTER SOLSTICE FOREST BATHING WALK HURON NATURAL AREA Dec. 21, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. A mindful walk observing the change in the seasons. Kitchener.ca/KNAP Join us for a virtual celebration of our city! kitchener.ca/reimaginewinter

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STRATEGIC PLAN

Together, let’s build an innovative, caring and vibrant Kitchener Our 2019-2022 Strategic Plan is a shared vision for our community, built in dialogue with the people of Kitchener. We heard that our residents, businesses and community organizations want us to show Environmental Leadership, deliver Great Customer Service, support a Vibrant Economy, foster People-Friendly Transportation options and encourage our growth as a Caring Community. This year was challenging for a number of reasons, but have made tremendous progress in the projects we’ve committed to under those goals. We’ve also taken those five priorities into all matters of decision-making, guiding our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We organized support calls to seniors who are feeling isolated during the pandemic because we are a Caring Community. We transferred dozens of city services online to safely serve our customers, and we’re hearing that many people want to continue having that option. We’ve continued to invest in energy-efficiency retrofits for our buildings and vehicles not just because we want to show Environmental Leadership and reach our emissions targets,

but because these investments are consistently paying for themselves faster than we’ve expected, saving money over the long term. But that’s not to say we aren’t on track to deliver our strategic action items, we are. This year, we delivered: • The Cycling and Trails Master plan was approved, laying out a ten-year plan for connecting Kitchener’s bikeways and trails. • We presented our draft Housing Strategy, supporting availability and affordability across the housing spectrum. • We approved our new Make It Kitchener 2.0 economic development strategy. This 10 year vision will use an innovative model to invest up to an additional $110 million without relying on a tax rate increase. Our 2021 budget and strategy Engage Kitchener page has more information about what we have planned for next year, and we want to know what you think. Visit kitchener.ca/budget to complete the survey.

kitchener.ca/ourplan

THE CITY OF KITCHENER IS COMMITTED TO ENHANCING PEOPLE’S SENSE OF BELONGING AND BUILDING A WELCOMING COMMUNITY. THE CITY PLANS TO ADDRESS A RANGE OF SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES THROUGH A DEDICATED STAFF TEAM. A new 4quity, anti-racism, and Indigenous initiatives team will be the first of its kind for a municipality of Kitchener’s size. Once formed, it will work closely with city staff to support work in areas such as human resources, community services, legislative services, and corporate communications. Issues of equity, anti-racism, discrimination, and Indigenous initiatives, as well as social justice issues such as homelessness, poverty, mental health, and addiction, are all within the mandate of the new team. THE MANDATE FOR THIS NEW TEAM IS: • To lead the city’s leadership team in finding and removing systemic barriers such as those based on race, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religious practices, and physical ability; • To create a more inclusive worKplace culture and diverse workforce through changes to policies, practices, and accountability tools; • To enhance the city’s engagement with members of the community who have traditionally been excluded from city decision-making;

• To recommend new programs and initiatives that support marginalized members of the community;

to working on issues of equity, anti-racism, Indigenous initiatives, or other social justice issues.

• To develop and implement a multi-year evaluation and accountability strategy to monitor, measure, and report on the city’s work on equity, anti-racism, and Indigenous initiatives;

This unprecedented action is in line with the city’s strategic plan to make Kitchener a more caring community by improving feelings of connection and belonging and removing systemic barriers to economic and social participation.

• To develop and implement city policies, partnerships, or programs related to other social injustice issues such as homelessness, mental health, and addiction. The new team will include five full-time, permanent staff. Currently, the city does not have permanent staff dedicated

Hiring for this new team will begin later this year and continue into 2021. For more information, visit kitchener.ca/EDI


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PARK PARK

OVERNIGHT, OVERNIGHT, WORRY-FREE WORRY-FREE THIS WINTER THIS WINTER

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Overnight parking exemptions allow residents to approval request approval thepark city their to park car overnight on residential Overnight parking exemptions allow residents to request from thefrom city to cartheir overnight on residential streets.streets. From From 1 to March 31, residents applyoronline, or bythe calling city’s Corporate Centre to up receive upparking to five parking exemptions Dec. 1 toDec. March 31, residents can applycan online, by calling city’sthe Corporate Contact Contact Centre to receive to five exemptions perplate, license plate, allowing to beovernight, parked overnight, 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. per license allowing vehicles vehicles to be parked betweenbetween 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. Once Event a Snowhas Event been declared, towtakes bylaweffect, takes prohibiting effect, prohibiting city streets allow for Once a Snow beenhas declared, the city’sthe tagcity’s and tag towand bylaw parkingparking on city on streets to allowtofor operations clear snowand safely and efficiently. In the of aEvent, Snowparking Event, parking exemptions be cancelled operations crews tocrews clear to snow safely efficiently. In the case of acase Snow exemptions will be will cancelled to allowto allow for snow clearing. for snow clearing. receivewhen notices when snoware events are declared at kitchener.ca/snowevents SubscribeSubscribe to receivetonotices snow events declared at kitchener.ca/snowevents

Forinformation more information or to request a parking exemption, visit kitchener.ca/parking or For more or to request a parking exemption, visit kitchener.ca/parking or the Corporate at 519-741-2345. call thecall Corporate ContactContact CentreCentre at 519-741-2345.

CUSTOMER SERVICE CUSTOMER SERVICE

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For more details, visit kitchener.ca/service For more details, visit kitchener.ca/service


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SEASON!

STAY IN THE KNOW! Snow Events will be announced on City of Kitchener social media accounts, in the media, on our website at kitchener.ca/snowevents and by signing up for emails at kitchener.ca/subscribe. For information on our assisted sidewalk snow clearing program, please visit our website.

Snowfall during winter in Kitchener is as about as sure of a bet as you can make. When the weather forecast predicts a heavy snowfall, City of Kitchener operations staff move into action.

we can give residents safe and accessible transportation routes to get where they need to go.

Snow clearing in a city of Kitchener’s size is no easy feat.

This year, you may notice a change in how and when snow is plowed as COVID-19 impacts service levels. Staff work as fast as they can to address priority routes to keep our city moving. Please be patient as staff work through main and arterial roads, Grand River Transit routes, and backstreets.

The City clears snow and ice on 550 kilometres of roads every winter, as well as sidewalks around City-owned facilities, walkways and parks. Kitchener residents are responsible for clearing snow and ice from sidewalks around their property. To help our community get around this winter, please do your part by keeping sidewalks clear. By working together,

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A Snow Event is declared when significant snowfall is expected. It triggers the tag and tow bylaw which prohibits parking on city streets.

PONDS

The City of Kitchener maintains more than 100 stormwater management ponds that play an important role in keeping neighbourhoods safe. They may look like tranquil bodies of water, but there’s a lot happening below the surface of stormwater management ponds. After a rainfall or snow melt, these engineered ponds collect runoff including sediment, debris, and pollutants. These ponds help to reduce localized flooding, control downstream erosion, and ensure cleaner water flows into our environment.

During the winter months, city staff maintain stormwater ponds to ensure they continue to work efficiently. They remove sediment and debris that may accumulate over the year, control overgrowth and ensure outlets to creeks or streams aren’t blocked. Poor maintenance of stormwater management ponds could lead to localized flooding and sediment could end up in the environment hurting aquatic life. These important facilities help to protect our environment and our communities.

For more info, visit kitchener.ca/stormwater


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BUDGET 2021 The draft budget proposes the lowest property tax rate increase in a decade, following our policy of keeping increases at or below the two-year inflation average. Learn more about the plan for 2021 and the progress we’ve made in 2020 at kitchener.ca/ budget, and then take our survey to let us know what you think of our approach. We’ve deferred a large number of our one-time or capital projects this year, so there isn’t the range of options we’ve been able to present to Kitchener residents during recent budgets. But your input remains as valuable as ever, and we want to continue the conversation that led us to the shared community vision of our strategic plan. Take the survey, and let us know what you think.

VISION ZERO When councillors and staff talk to Kitchener residents, one of the most common issues raised are concerns about speeding and road safety. The way we design, sign and use our roads often creates the circumstances for a serious injury or collision to occur. That’s why we’re developing a Vision Zero strategy. It will have guidance on building and designing roads, supporting law enforcement and solutions to the specific concerns in our neighbourhoods. We’re starting with simple questions about how often you use certain modes of transportation, and how safe you feel using each. Please help us to ensure that the Kitchener transportation network is safe and accommodates all ages, abilities and modes of transportation.

engagewr.ca/vision-zero

kitchener.ca/budget

We’ve taken steps throughout 2020 to provide financial relief to citizens and mitigate the financial impact of the pandemic without impacting the services that residents rely on every day. To explain the 2021 budget, we need to talk about the past, present and future. PAST – Over the past decade, we have prepared the city for challenging financial times by: • Paying down debt • Building up reserves • Ensuring that taxes remain affordable • Reducing reliance on unsustainable sources of revenue PRESENT – We took immediate action to offset the drastic financial impacts of COVID-19. We: • Placed approximately 900 temporary staff (43% of workforce) on leave • Deferred $21M of capital spending • Returned $1.2M in capital funding to address shortfalls • Froze $1.1 million in discretionary spending • Used stabilization reserves to offset deficits

New k itchener.ca and MyKitchener portal coming 2021 In 2021, a brand-new online experience is coming to DELIVERING GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE the City of Kitchener. Community members spoke, we listened. Residents A re-designed website will improve usability with told us that the services they want are not online and better navigation, enhanced search and search history, 70% of citizens prefer to access information online. and integrate with your favourite voice assistants The City is making it easier for residents to request such as Google Home or Alexa. and receive customized information based on their Our city is also becoming the first municipality in interests, location and other user preferences. Canada to offer a personalize customer service portal. The new portal, MyKitchener, will allow residents to interact with city services using widgets including accessing property tax and utility bills, viewing events and facilities based on their address, receiving Snow Event notifications and more.

Great customer service is a priority for Kitchener, and this online portal is one example of how we’re making information more accessible and relevant to citizens.

TEST IT OUT!

The city is excited for residents to try out a test version of the new website and MyKitchener portal and we want to hear your feedback!

To sign up to get notified when it’s available, visit kitchener.ca/beta

Worry-free rental water heaters With Kitchener Utilities, you get the benefit of local and reliable service.

kitchenerutilities.ca/waterheaters

FUTURE – This budget is only possible thanks to years of fiscal prudence and responsible decision-making. This allows us to: • Have the lowest combined annual increase in a decade • Maintain our programs and services • Invest in business recovery, equity and affordable housing • Advance our strategic and community goals AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD IMPACT For the average household in Kitchener, the proposed rate increases for 2020 are: • Property tax increase is 1.1 per cent or $12/year • Water utilities increase is 0.9 per cent or $11/year • Gas increase is 1.5 per cent or $11/year • Total impact - $34/year Learn more at kitchener.ca/budget


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DECEMBER AT HOME WITH CHRISTKINDL MARKET – ONLINE Dec. 1-24 Visit the virtual Advent calendar each day to open a new door and discover special moments and traditions. Christkindl.ca

ARTSHINE N’ WINE – FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS – ONLINE KITCHENER MARKET Thursday, Dec. 10, 7-9 p.m. Invite your friends to join for a special virtual paint night with Artshine. KitchenerMarket.ca/calendar

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STRATEGIC PLAN

City of Kitchener focuses on COVID recovery and business support Our 2019-2022 Strategic Plan is a shared vision for our but because these investments are consistently paying for community, built in dialogue with the people of Kitchener. themselves faster than we’ve expected, saving money withandMake Kitchener 2.0 We heard that our residents, businesses communityItover the long term. Together, let’s build an innovative, caring and vibrant Kitchener

BAKING WITH MRS. CLAUS ONLINE – KITCHENER MARKET UNDERGROUND Saturday, Dec. 12, 10-11 a.m. MULTICULTURAL SERIES Virtual holiday baking session Online with the Kitchener Market with special guest, Mrs. Claus! Friday, Dec. 4, 11, 18 and Tuesday, KitchenerMarket.ca/calendar organizations want us to show Environmental Leadership, Dec. 22, 7-8 p.m. NATURE WALK AND TALK deliver Great Customer Service, support a Vibrant Economy, But that’s not to say we aren’t on track to deliver our Virtual cooking class featuring Huron Natural Area foster People-Friendly Transportation options and encourage strategic action items, we are. This year, we delivered: local chefs with backgrounds Dec. 12, 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. aroundago, the world. our growth a Caring Community. Fivefrom years Kitchener City Council approved newas economic development strategy that would go on and to win awards. A nurturing walk connecting with nature.a dynamic • The Cycling Trailsnational Master plan was approved, laying KitchenerMarket.ca/calendar Kitchener.ca/KNAP

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ensures that our city doesn’t just weather the pandemic, online presence, improving social media strategies, 10 years, without relying on a tax increase. • We approved our newrate Make It Kitchener 2.0 economic FOREST BATHING WALK BREAKFAST WITH SANTA but that backa.m.better and come out even marketing, and e-commerce set-up. development strategy. This 10 year vision will use an Dec. 5,we 9:30build a.m. - 11:30 We organized support calls to seniors who are “In feeling ONLINE – KITCHENER MARKET the earlyinnovative 2000s, Kitchener made the choice to HuronThe Natural Area global challenges current haven’t changed stronger. model to invest up to an additional $110 Saturday, Dec. 19, 10-11 a.m. isolated during the pandemic because we are a Caring it Kitchener 2.0 isn’t just for business owners embrace change and reimagine our local industries and peaceful winter in nature. whereA we want to walk go as a dynamicVirtual and cooking innovative city,someMake million without relying on a tax rate increase. class with of Community. We transferred dozens of city services online Kitchener.ca/KNAP Santa’s favourite holiday treats.though. It also commits to creating a future where downtown core,” said Cory Bluhm, executive director, but they have changed how we’ll get there. our customers, hearing that development KitchenerMarket.ca/calendar everyoneto Our 2021 budget andCity strategy Engage “Today, Kitchener page has cansafely makeserve a difference investing and in thewe’re impact economic for the of Kitchener. VIRTUAL COOKING CLASS many people want to continue having that option. We’ve ONLINE – KITCHENER The new strategy was MARKET informed through consultation economy; addressing social challenges, like health we again find at aabout point what of economic moreourselves information we havecrisis, planned for next WINTER SOLSTICE FOREST BATHING Wednesday, Dec. 9 & 16, continued to invest in energy-efficiency retrofits for our WALK HURON NATURAL AREA and we want to knowfrom whatcrisis you think. with community partners, key stakeholders, business innovation, affordable housing, social enterprises, and but as thisyear, community has shown, comes a 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 21, 7 p.m. - such 9 p.m.as buildings and vehiclesa 1.0-year not just because we want to show and the overall community. Business supports creative industries. It presents vision to guide collaborative spirit to chart our own brighter future.” Kickoff holiday baking season with A mindful walk observing the and reach our emissions one-on-one andfeaturing group Chef assistance is part of seasons. the plan economicEnvironmental development Leadership and community initiatives and targets, Visit kitchener.ca/budget to complete the survey. online demos Nicole. change in the KitchenerMarket.ca/calendar

JANUARY

NEW YEAR’S LEVEE – ONLINE Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021 at noon

Kitchener.ca/KNAP

To learn more about the newly approved Make It Kitchener 2.0 strategy, visit makeitkitchener.ca

Join us for Fora virtual more celebration on the Digital Mainkitchener.ca/ourplan Street program, visit waterlooregionsmallbusiness.com of our city! kitchener.ca/reimaginewinter

WALK, RUN OR ROLL THROUGH KITCHENER THIS WINTER! Kitchener’s trails, paths and bikeways are a great way to get across the city or have fun outdoors. We’re learning how to safely incorporate cycling into our winter commute!

THE CITY OF KITCHENER IS COMMITTED TO ENHANCING PEOPLE’S SENSE OF Here are the top safety tips from the pros! BELONGING AND BUILDING A WELCOMING COMMUNITY. THEinCITY PLANS • Walking, running or rolling outdoors the winter isn’t TO an all or nothing proposition! There are plenty of clear, ADDRESS A RANGE OF SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES THROUGH A DEDICATED STAFF TEAM.

sunny days that are comfortable for outdoor fun but Do you know check weather forecasts for extreme weather. A new anti-racism, and Indigenous initiatives team will be the first of its kind for a municipality of Kitchener’s size. Once formed, an4quity, outstanding • Don’t forget to dress for the weather! Dress in layers it willKitchener work closely with city staff to support work in areas such as human resources, community services, legislative services, and corporate (don’t forget your helmet if cycling) and don’t leave your resident communications. Issues of equity, anti-racism, discrimination, and Indigenous initiatives, as exposed! well as social justice issues such as extremities aged 65+? homelessness, poverty, mental health, and addiction, are all within the mandate of the• new team. It’s dark in the winter! Reflective clothing ensures that

even on a dark winter afternoon you’re clearly visible to everyone! • To recommend new programs and initiatives that to working on issues of equity, anti-racism, Indigenous support marginalized members of the community; initiatives, or other justice • Watch for signage thatsocial indicates a issues. trail section is not For details to submit anleadership online nomination, • Toand lead the city’s team invisit finding and removing www.kitchener.ca/senioroftheyear. To request a nomination maintained in the winter and avoid them in snowy or icy systemic such asatthose based on race, gender • To develop and implement a multi-year evaluation and This unprecedented action is in line with the city’s strategic form by mail contact barriers Carolyn Cormier 519-741-2200 conditions. sexual orientation, age, religious practices, and accountability strategy to monitor, measure, and report plan to make Kitchener a more caring community by x 5345 or identity, email carolyn.cormier@kitchener.ca • If biking, ensure your tires of areconnection fully inflatedand andbelonging your bike and improving feelings physical ability; on the city’s work on equity, anti-racism, and Indigenous The deadline for nominations is March 31, 2021. is in good working order! Consider winter-appropriate removing systemic barriers to economic and social initiatives; • Tothat create a more worKplace tires, participation. brakes and fenders. It is hoped a FREE publicinclusive celebration event will culture be held and diverse • To THINK developYOU and implement city policies, partnerships, or workforce through toand policies, practices, andIF YOU in June where all nominees will bechanges recognized the award SMELL NATURAL GAS…. recipient announced by Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. If a large Hiringwhere for thistonew begin later this year and accountability tools; programs related to other social injustice issues such as know Don’t go?team Visitwill kitchener.ca/bikemap • DO exit your home immediately; gathering is not possible, alternatives such as a smaller continue into 2021. homelessness, mental health, and addiction. for an interactive map of our city’s trails, paths and bike gathering or individual will be arranged • To enhance doorstep the city’svisits engagement with to members of the • DO call 911 from outside or a neighbour’s home. recognize each nominee and the award recipient. lanes. Many of our parks, natural areas and heritage community who have traditionally been excluded from The new team will include five full-time, permanent staff. neighbourhoods are connected to our city’s trail network. For celebration updates, subscribe to For more information, visit kitchener.ca/EDI city decision-making; Currently, the city doesmore not have Learn at permanent staff dedicated See the most beautiful parts of Kitchener in a new way www.kitchener.ca/senioroftheyear kitchenerutilities.ca/gasleaks this winter! If so, nominate this special person to be Kitchener’s 2021 Senior THE of theMANDATE Year! FOR THIS NEW TEAM IS:

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a little bit of kind goes a long way.. The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard. The way we gather, socialize, take part in programs, access amenities and ultimately live our lives has changed. This is an unusual time that’s taken some getting used to. While our community has adapted to our new reality the best way it can, individually, we all cope in different ways and at our own pace.

Kitchener is a resilient community that pulls through during tough times with kindness and compassion. And a little can go a long way. As we all do our best to follow public health guidelines to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 in our city, let’s remember to show kindness to one another. Whether you’re shopping in a store, eating in a restaurant, or visiting a park, be patient and understanding of those around you. We’re all on the same team striving towards the same goal. This is not an easy time, but we make it as easy as we can for each other. We all want things to get back to how they were. Kitchener is a caring community, and we’ve shown what we can do when we work together. If we do our part, and do our best, we will get through this together.

Dot and Jim take advantage of the city’s Book Your Bubble program to practice their dancing at Country Hills Community Centre. To learn more, visit kitchener.ca/communitycentres

Kitchener is a caring community. Please be kind and patient with others.

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Kitchener Life - Winter 2020  

City of Kitchener's Lifestyle newsletter published four times a year.

Kitchener Life - Winter 2020  

City of Kitchener's Lifestyle newsletter published four times a year.

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