Category Archives: Light Rail Transit

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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Kitchener councillors political art of public appearance

If you care about creation of a downtown arts-culture facility in one of Kitchener’s few city-owned heritage buildings, I would suggest you speak up at Monday’s June 6, council meeting. The session starts at 7 p.m. and you can register to … Continue reading

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Finally a historic-building victory in anti-heritage Kitchener

When it comes to protection of Kitchener’s historic buildings, we all have a responsibility to be aggressive watchdogs of our declining stock of downtown heritage assets. In Ward 9, that responsibility has been shared for more than five years by residents, … Continue reading

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Lost, Raving and traumatized by road works

“Can’t get there from here.” That’s the message I expect to see on regional road signs soon as the LRT construction project digs its way under and through Ward 9. Take a recent example of demented driving where I was … Continue reading

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Review of low-income housing incentives underway

Kitchener councillors voted unanimously this week to review a series of incentives that will help increase the city’s supply of low-income housing. The approval to hire a planning student who will assemble information about incentive-bonus housing programs used by municipalities came during … Continue reading

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In 2015, LRT stands for ‘Lots of Raucous Times’

Prepare for noise, dust and traffic disruption throughout Ward 9 neighbourhoods in the rest of 2015 as the massive LRT project moves down the track. Kitchener councillors recently approved a noise exemption that will extend from March 1  until December 31 to allow … Continue reading

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“Landslide Frank” offers thanks for your support

Thanks, 2,322 times, my sincere thanks. Approaching a new term as Ward 9 councillor, I would like to thank all 2,322 of you for your votes, kind words and support offered so generously on countless doorsteps during the recent campaign. Considering the fact … Continue reading

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Front-porch politics in Kitchener’s vibrant Ward 9

Your vote counts. That’s the powerful lesson learned when I was elected by a single vote in 2010 that I would like to communicate before tomorrow’s election. And, based on subsequent conversations with hundreds of people convinced that they each cast … Continue reading

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Dovetailing the LRT with Ward 9 neighbourhoods

Managing the impact LRT will have on our inner-city Even though it is a regional, not a Kitchener council issue, I am frequently asked about Light Rail Transit as I canvas Ward 9 communities before the Oct. 27 election. When asked, I … Continue reading

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LRT moving too fast

Regional LRT officials are urging that Kitchener councillors and taxpayers give rapid transit to unacceptable street-design plans for inner-city stations. This means — because of unrealistic, rushed  deadlines — they are trying to ram poor quality urban design down the … Continue reading

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