Author Archives: Frank Etherington

In development boom, try to attend public meetings

Residents who live near Light Rail Transit should prepare for spinoff impacts of a $1.2-billion development boom expected before 2021. And while I see that boom as healthy intensification, I’m concerned about preservation of eight established neighbourhoods in Ward 9. … Continue reading

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Take part in PARTS plan for community and Schneider’s site

Consider this as a homeowner heads up for those living in established neighbourhoods near Light Rail Transit stations at Mill-Ottawa and Borden near the former Schneider’s site. Ward 9 residents who live a few minutes walk from the stations and … Continue reading

Posted in Greener City, Iron Horse Trail, Light Rail Transit, Low-Cost Housing, Neighbourhoods, Schneider's site, Transit | Leave a comment

Nibbling away at Kitchener’s heritage neighbourhoods

Pro-developer Kitchener councillors took one more precedent-setting bite at a downtown heritage neighbourhood last night. They did so by approving a flashy development jammed on a very prominent David Street lot in the Victoria Park heritage neighbourhood where I live. … Continue reading

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Wondering what PARTS puddings will taste like

The proof will be in the planning puddings. That’s obvious as each glossy PARTS (Planning Around Rapid Transit Stations) is presented to Kitchener council while we wait and wait for the LRT to come chugging slowly down the line. The … Continue reading

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Pause on cat licensing supported by most councillors

Call it a purrtial, political compromise to improve the optics involved in the licensing cat fight. A majority of Kitchener councillors considering ways to reject efforts by yours truly to research cat licensing approved that task this week as long … Continue reading

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During budget, facile Facebook items cause spiteful spat

This is an example of what you elect people to do at budget time when they’re supposed to be setting your property taxes. In this spiteful spat on Facebook, our touchy twosome — Councillors John Gazzola and Yvonne Fernandes — last … Continue reading

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Housing strategy won’t impact Kitchener’s changing skyline

It’s unlikely Ottawa’s recent and overdue housing strategy will be in place when at least 15 major high-rise projects dramatically change Kitchener’s skyline during the next two years. That approaching $1-billion construction frenzy is caused by a combination of inner-city … Continue reading

Posted in Cherry Park, Heritage, Light Rail Transit, Low-Cost Housing, Neighbourhoods, RIENS, Vibrant Downtown, Victoria Park | 1 Comment

Councillors yowling about cat-license clawback

Kitchener councillors have de-furred the cat-licensing issue until Dec. 4. And, with a jaundiced eye on potential lost-pet votes in the 2018 municipal election, I doubt the cat-fight issue will gain more that lukewarm support when my motion comes back for … Continue reading

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Fur already flying on proposal to license cats

Based on the reaction I’m getting from feline owners, I probably shouldn’t joke about cat licenses forming part of a perfect solution. But licenses would help pay some of the $630,000 it will cost Kitchener taxpayers in each of the … Continue reading

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Council votes to demolish Victoria Park heritage homes

Seven councillors last night ignored their own heritage staff by voting to demolish two Victoria Park homes that could have provided much-needed housing for low-income  families. Despite opposition from those staff members, some Victoria Park residents and architectural-conservancy experts, council … Continue reading

Posted in Heritage, Homelessness, Low-Cost Housing, Neighbourhoods, Queen Street renewal, refugee crisis, Victoria Park | Leave a comment