Author Archives: Frank Etherington

Diluting wishes of 400 people by introducing word “flexible”

When it comes to strong and comprehensive planning regulations designed to protect and preserve Kitchener’s older, established neighbourhoods, I don’t like weasel words like “flexibility.” Which is why this downtown councillor joined Coun. John Gazzola to recently oppose a recent … Continue reading

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Time to get off our butts on low-cost housing

You would never know it but affordable housing has been one of Kitchener council’s top six priority items for at least three years. And while the city has been delaying planning programs that will encourage creation of low-cost shelter, we … Continue reading

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Reaction to Trump and Muslim deaths make me glad I live in Kitchener

Following the horrendous slaughter of six Quebec Muslims partly enabled by racist words from a U.S. President, I was grateful to live in Waterloo Region during such a sad, depressing week. Deeply troubled, I’m proud of local actions and responses witnessed during … Continue reading

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Conflict over Kitchener councillors’ potential $55,000 lawyer allowance

Read it and weep as council strums the budget blues During recent sessions, councillors faced the unpleasant but necessary prospect of raising costs of storm water by 9.2 per cent, sanitary/sewers by 10.8 percent and water by 7.6 per cent. … Continue reading

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Council’s 2.5-hour cluck-cluck debate was no yolk

That was to be the only fowl pun I intended to use, but then yours truly was cooped up in council chambers for so long…. Egged on by numerous residents who flocked to council and asked councillors to lay a new … Continue reading

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Instead of demolition, use Victoria Park homes for low-cost housing

For at least a decade, Waterloo Region has had 3,000 names on a waiting list for affordable housing. That’s more than 8,000 adults and children desperate for low-cost shelter in one of Canada’s wealthiest regions. Which makes me wonder why our … Continue reading

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Come to “Pumpkinpalootza” Nov. 1

Here’s a great way to have some fun and recycle your soggy pumpkins: Carry them over to the Clock Tower in Victoria Park where dozens of pumpkins will be on display. The event, organized for the second year by members of the Victoria … Continue reading

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Kitchener homeowners should learn more about RIENS

Intensified attention. That’s what I believe is necessary for anyone living in an established area of Kitchener, including residents in heritage areas. Homeowner attention is vital for an ongoing planning study known as Residential Intensification in Established Neighbourhoods (RIENS). I … Continue reading

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Pork chop and good governance

In case you ever contemplate the very important municipal duties handled by an elected councillor, consider this: On a recent Sunday afternoon, yours truly is standing in a Ward 9 backyard being nuzzled by a 100-pound miniature pig officially known as … Continue reading

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Fix city hall despite multi-million cost

The staggering $7-10 million price tag is undoubtedly difficult to swallow but the long-term value is worth the cost. That’s my conclusion after considering recommended options to maintain and upgrade our city hall considered this week by council. A final decision on how … Continue reading

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