Category Archives: Ward News

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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Conflict over Kitchener councillors’ potential $55,000 lawyer allowance

Read it and weep as council strums the budget blues During recent sessions, councillors faced the unpleasant but necessary prospect of raising costs of storm water by 9.2 per cent, sanitary/sewers by 10.8 percent and water by 7.6 per cent. … Continue reading

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Council’s 2.5-hour cluck-cluck debate was no yolk

That was to be the only fowl pun I intended to use, but then yours truly was cooped up in council chambers for so long…. Egged on by numerous residents who flocked to council and asked councillors to lay a new … 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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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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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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Schneider’s village should include low-cost homes

Within easy reach of downtown and with Light Rail Transit as an immediate neighbour, it has the potential to be a new and complete Ward 9 community embraced by our rapidly-changing city. By now, Maple Leaf Foods expects to have a buyer for the … 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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