Category Archives: Greener City

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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Thirsty community gardens get $50,000 drink

In a city that is actively supporting community gardens as a way to grow healthy neighbourhoods and human relationships, there’s an ongoing thirst among green-thumb participants to ensure available, reliable water sources. Three of those 28 Kitchener gardens have been … Continue reading

Posted in Budget, Cherry Park, Greener City, Neighbourhoods, Victoria Park, Ward News | 3 Comments

All pumped up about first pumpkin parade

Here’s your big chance to get over your candy hangover and show off your pumpkin-carving skills. Park resident Steve Burrows recently suggested we start a yearly pumpkin festival for local residents that could, as in other cities,  grow into a citywide … Continue reading

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Ward 9 time of the signs

Today’s the day Kitchener’s election bylaw permits municipal candidates to put up lawn signs. Members of our campaign crew — recent experts in the use of boltcutters required to snip metal prongs that support signs — were out braving blisters … Continue reading

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Ward 9 housing instead of toxic soil

Last night unearthed personal memories of past Record columns and a group of residents who successfully beat city hall. I recalled those columns as we canvassed the attractive housing development fronting on Highland Road near Queen Street, site of what … Continue reading

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Ward 9 voters and light rail

Prime Minister Stephen Harper came to town yesterday and helped to derail light rail in Kitchener-Waterloo. I’ve been holding my fire on this huge issue until I found out how much Harper’s minority federal government would commit to the overpriced … Continue reading

Posted in Greener City, Transit | 6 Comments

In Kitchener, watch or listen to Frank

Rogers TV should be commended for programming a series of all-candidate debates for the October 25 election. The one-hour debate for Ward 9 council candidates will be live Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. on Rogers TV Cable 20 in Waterloo … Continue reading

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Ward 9 and speeding drivers

As I canvas different parts of the ward, I’m hearing frequent complaints about voters and their children put at almost risk by drivers speeding through residential neighbourhoods. Based on personal experience — we have low-rise speed bumps on the narrow … Continue reading

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Ward 9: another parking lot

Following too close behind the city-approved demolition of historic buildings at the Ward 9 Lang Tannery development to make room for a surface parking lot, Kitchener councillors have approved a second lot in the area that meets neither the terms … Continue reading

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Time for a change of approach at Kitchener city hall

After 38 years of local journalism and column writing, I’m seeking election to city council in Kitchener’s Ward 9. The ward includes Victoria Park, a beautiful neighbourhood where I live with the very patient and caring love of my life, … Continue reading

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