Category Archives: Homelessness

First tough challenge for our new Ward 9 councillor

Advance polls for Kitchener’s Oct. 22 municipal election are currently taking place around the city. Voting at one such poll, this outgoing, lame-duck councillor was thinking about what could   be the first issue to test the backbone of whoever … Continue reading

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Lip service for neighbourhoods, heritage and the homeless

In the Oct. 22 municipal election, residents should judge their local politicians by their actions and votes, not their empty words. Never was that so true in Kitchener where those seeking re-election to council continue to exhibit shallow “love-my-hood” hypocrisy … Continue reading

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Snail-pace approach toward regional opioid-overdose issue

Alarming increases in opioid-related deaths continue as regional council this week crawled toward a solution. Part of that solution would be a rapid decision on two supervised drug injection sites — one in downtown Kitchener and another in Cambridge’s drug-troubled … Continue reading

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Planning bonuses benefit developers, not taxpayers

Local taxpayers should read it and weep. They have paid about $1 billion for a bungled, much delayed light rail system that I’m glad to see has generated at least $1.2-billion construction activity in downtown Kitchener. But the same taxpayers … 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

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Victoria Park heritage homes facing demolition

Kitchener councillors will now decide if regional government will be allowed to bulldoze two Queen Street houses near Joseph Schneider Haus. They will do so after the city’s heritage committee voted 6-2 yesterday to reject a proposal by their own … Continue reading

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Time to speak out on Victoria Park heritage hassle

I hope Kitchener councillors and heritage officials have the backbone to stand up to blatantly arrogant regional heritage colleagues who are determined to demolish two quality homes on Queen Street just south of Joseph Schneider Haus. And in early fall … Continue reading

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Heritage hassle, Jubilee crossing and condo at Nougat site

Out with the old and in with the new. That seems to be the situation in and around Victoria Park where, in recent weeks, a considerable amount seems to be happening. First development involves what is shaping up to be … Continue reading

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Can’t afford to delay low-cost housing

Kitchener councillors have approved  a solid foundation for an affordable-housing program. Now, with support from non-profit groups and private developers, the city hopes this July  to move ahead with projects offering low-cost shelter  located near public-transit routes throughout the city. In a unanimous committee … 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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