Category Archives: Victoria Park

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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Pokemon players should hold hands instead of handhelds

  Watching hundreds of glassy-eyed Pokemon Go fanatics swarming around Victoria Park, I marvelled at how — eyes glued t0 mobiles — some didn’t end up in the lake along with the giant carp. Gobsmacked at the popularity of the activity, … Continue reading

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Proposed new Victoria Park sidewalks

Additional Victoria Park sidewalks will make things safer and easier for strolling pedestrians in coming months. The new sidewalks, which have been a city priority for some time, will increase walkability and accessibility when they are constructed along portions of … 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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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

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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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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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