Category Archives: Neighbourhoods

Theron well deserves Kitchener’s city-builder award

Theron Kramer, a quiet community activist and friend I have admired and respected for almost 50 years has been awarded a prestigious Kitchener award. After the Mayor’s city-builder award was presented at council last night, I was given the opportunity to say … 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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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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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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Honkers prepare to foul our downtown park

Victoria Park is bracing for the annual spring invasion of honking, hissing poop machines. And so are pest-control staff as Canada geese start to nest and breed. Between April and mid-June, pest-control workers hired by the city  will quietly monitor the pesky … 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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