The Region is growing and currently reviewing the Official Plan, a document that helps guide growth and development over the next decade and a half. The review looks at how our region might grow, types of housing to build, how to protect farmland and plan for climate change, and more. There are several ways you can provide your input into this plan. Check out the Regional Official Plan website for more details. or visit the EngageWR site. There are several open houses coming up over the next month as well where you can provide feedback. They include:
Learn more about the work of the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council at their 41st Annual Justice Dinner on Nov. 14th. The event celebrates "our voices for a positive future built on equity, compassion, and connectedness." Performances by the Buddy Choir, KW Glee Junior Choir, and the Mino Ode Kwewak N'gamowak - Good Hearted Women Singers. Tickets are $90 and the event website states "If you would like attend this event but are unable to afford the full price of a ticket, please contact the WRCPC office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 519-575-4400 ext. 3474." #365ofgoodWR
Join Community Justice Initiatives on November 21st at The Registry Theatre for an evening of live readings and performances in honour of #restorativejusticeweek2019. The Beyond Bars event features poetry slam artist David Delisca and highlights the "voices of male-identified members of the community who have been impacted by incarceration." The event begins at 7pm and tickets are $15. #365ofgoodWR
We're all likely familiar with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but have you heard about Giving Tuesday? On the first Tuesday after Black Friday, folks are encouraged to donate to their favourite charity or organization and to be a part of something big. This year, there will be a Giving Tuesday local event on Dec. 3rd. The event will offer food, networking, and a panel discussion on giving. Email here if you're interested in attending. #365ofgoodWR
I just purchased my tickets to attend KW’s only lip-sync battle fundraiser - #LipOffKW! It's happening Nov. 7th at the Apollo Cinema. Various teams will delight audience members with their lip sync performances but only one will be crowned lip sync champs! Every year, Lip Off KW "partners with a different local initiative looking to make a positive difference in our community. They’ve worked with amazing organizations in the past, like the YWCA and the St. Mary’s Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Centre." This year they have partnered with ALL IN 2020 to end chronic homelessness in Waterloo Region by November of 2020!
I'm looking forward to all of the performances, but especially those by several Waterloo and Kitchener City Councillors! It promises to be a fun night in support of a great cause. Buy your tickets before they sell out! #365ofgoodWR
If you're interested in learning more about creating and supporting welcoming and inclusive communities, then you'll want to register for these upcoming sessions. John will challenge attendees "to consider ways that we can build a sense of belonging and welcoming communities for ourselves in the neighbourhoods we live in and for the wider community of Waterloo Region." These free sessions are offered by author John Lord on Oct. 30th and Nov. 19th. Registration is required and you can do that here for Oct. 30th and here for Nov. 19th. #365ofgoodWR
We're fortunate in our Region to have a number of unique supports for our local artists. I have previously posted about great arts spaces such as Globe Studios, the Registry Theatre, the galleries in Kitchener City Hall, and the Art District Gallery. Today I want to share this Record article that highlights some of the great things happening at 44 Gaukel. I hope that we continue to value and increase the number of these initiatives to better support our arts and culture sector. #365ofgoodWR
I've joined Reep's Zero Waste Challenge this month and have been trying to cram all of my kitchen garbage into a 1L mason jar this month. I have been learning a ton about where most of my garbage comes from (hint: mostly snack and junk food!). I have also appreciated some zero waste tips I've learned through this month's challenge. Reep offers workshops to help live a low waste lifestyle, including this upcoming workshop on Zero Waste Dog Ownership.
Workshop description: "There are also tons of options to handle the waste responsibly. Did you know that you can compost pet waste? You can either throw it in the green bin with compostable plastic bags or make your own compost! Join us to learn more about the options, from DIY compost to park drop offs!" The workshop is offered Oct. 26th starting at 1:30pm and costs $10. #365ofgoodWR
Earlier this week, I wrote about Kitchener's Cycling and Trails Master Plan. One of the the things we've discussed as part of that plan is the importance of safe places to secure bikes. I know I have had many times where I go to park my bike and the bike racks are not very good or, even worse, there are no bike racks at all. That's why I love Kitchener's secured bike cages. For a $10 refundable fee, you get a key tag that allows you access to the city's fenced in bike racks. There are currently 3 locations: City Hall parking garage, Benton St garage, and the KPL parking garage. The key tag allows you access to any one (or all three) of these cages. Anytime I'm in Downtown Kitchener, which is pretty often actually, I make sure I park my bike in one of these cages. I know I feel much more confident that my bike will still be in the same place when I use these cages! #365ofgoodWR
It felt like a long election season this time around but we made it through :) Congratulations to the candidates, their families, and their volunteers! Having run before (in a municipal election), I know that running a campaign takes a lot of time, effort, and energy. I took the opportunity this election to volunteer a bit in support of a local candidate and was always impressed with the many people willing to put in the hard work of making a campaign happen. Personally, I'm ready for a bit of a break from so much election talk, but want to thank everyone who took the time to participate in the process, whether as a candidate, volunteer, or voter. Now we can all get back to our 'regular programming' ;) #365ofgoodWR