Category Archives: Ward News

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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Fare thee well Ward 9 residents

Quoting from my distant musical folky days, ’“Goodbye is too good a word…so I’ll just say fare thee well.” That Bob Dylan lyric comes from the song “Don’t Think Twice,” something I’ve done many times in recent weeks. With mixed … Continue reading

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Be prepared when municipal candidates come calling

Four questions I would suggest you ask Kitchener and regional council candidates at public meetings or if they come tapping on your door leading up to the Oct. 22 election: 1. Why has there been a shortage of neighbourhood public … Continue reading

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New sign of development interest in Cherry Park

It looks like the Ward 9 development tsunami mentioned in an earlier blog is now blowing into the Cherry Park area of Ward 9. This week I learned from nearby residents and business contacts that a new partnership of local … Continue reading

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Deferred Breithaupt proposal ignores city’s own neighbourhood policy

° Late last night, with a gallery full of residents and inner-city neighbourhood-association representatives, Kitchener councillors agreed to defer a decision on the Breithaupt proposal in a 7-3 vote. The move gives residents, planners and the developer until June 25 … Continue reading

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Kitchener councillors approve drug-injection site

Kitchener councillors voted unanimously Monday to work closely with regional government and establish a supervised injection site at a fixed location somewhere in the downtown. In doing so, councillors recommended the Region — responsible for local health and social services … 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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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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Former Schneider’s site could be a beautiful urban village

Close your eyes as you stand among the ugly former Maple Leaf-Schneider’s buildings between Courtland Avenue and Mill Street and imagine a gurgling creek flowing through a green, urban village. That’s the preferred planning vision for the huge 11-hectare (27-acre) … 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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