Happy Friday everyone! Today's Friday Five includes updates on A Better Tent City, Pumpkinpalooza, and municipal and regional budget season.
While Fall brings cozy hoodies, colourful leaves, and all things pumpkin spice flavour, it also means it's budget season for local and regional governments. The Region of Waterloo has three public input sessions on Nov 1st, Nov 24th, and Dec 8th. This is a great time to speak as a delegate (or write your councillors) to support funding for upstream services, climate action, an Indigenous hub, and affordable housing.
The Schneider Haus Museum is hosting an exhibit entitled "UN/COVERINGS - Mennonite and Muslim Women’s Heads and Hearts". This exhibit asks questions such as: Why do Muslim head coverings cause such visceral reactions? Do Mennonite bonnets provoke the same response? The exhibit is on until May 2022.
A Better Tent City has found a new (still somewhat temporary) home - near their original location - on Ardelt Ave.
As #CoopMonth winds down, here's an article about how community control of housing and land can help solve the housing crisis. There is a lot that I love about this article, but here's just one quote as an example: "Alternatives are out there, but we have to recognize how difficult it is to see them because of many generations now of both public policy and the commodification of everyday life."
Don't throw away your carved pumpkin once the calendar turns to November! Instead, take it over the the Victoria Park clock tower to display with other pumpkins to light up the park! Happening November 1st, at 6:45pm.
Thanks for reading and I hope you have a restful and enjoyable weekend.
Happy Friday everyone! Here are five things I found worth knowing about this week:
With the holiday season not too far away, and rumours of supply chain challenges, why not support #LandBackCamp by purchasing items from their Holiday Auction.
The Sexual Assault Support Centre's Male Allies program is a "six-week program for men dedicated to talking about masculinity, including how masculinity impacts men and women, girls, queer, and non-binary people in our communities. At its core, it aims to dismantle patriarchy and end sexual and gender-based violence." The next session starts Nov 4th.
At Kitchener Council this past Monday, council approved a plan to reduce speed limits to 40km/hr on residential streets and further reduce the limit to 30km/hr in school zones. You can read the press release here.
It's #coopweek and I have loved learning about all sorts of new co-operatives, both locally and globally. I found this video, which highlights a couple of co-operatives and how they are dealing with the pandemic, quite interesting.
Speaking of co-operatives, I was thrilled that Union Co-operative was profiled in the Record yesterday (paywalled article). I think this 'first in Canada' model has the potential to make some real change locally in its efforts to permanently preserve housing affordability through community ownership. If you have any questions about Union's approach, I am happy to chat!
Well, it's been far too long since I posted anything here so I thought I might try something new - the Friday Five. These will be 5 items 'of note' that I share on (most?!) Fridays. It might be an event, an article, a tweet - anything that I found interesting or worth knowing about that I think others may want to know of as well. I'm not sure if it will be a weekly thing or not. Let's give it a try and see what happens :) With that rather lacklustre introduction, here is the first Friday Five!
It looks like the Region has launched a new newsletter "To help you get to know our people and services better". Interested? You can subscribe to it here.
The Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation released their Vital Signs report on Affordable Housing, this week. It is full of a lot of important local stats, information, and ideas from community leaders. Read it here.
October offers many 2SLGBTQ+ awareness days, including National Coming Out Day and International Pronouns Day. The folks at Lunaria have listed 8 awareness days and a short summary of why each is important.
The Woodland Cultural Centre has a variety of events available, including their Mohawk Institute Residential School Virtual Tours. I have attended the online video event and I highly recommend participating.
And lastly, Cambridge Council made a (surprise) decision this week, to endorse 150 Main St as the best location for a CTS site.
Those are 5 things that stood out to me this week. What would you add to this list?