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UNREST: ME/CFS documentary at the Princess Twin Cinemas in Waterloo

The Waterloo Wellington Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Association (WWMEA) is pleased to present UNREST (for free) on Tue. May 1, 2018, 7:00 PM EDT at the Princess Twin Cinemas, 46 King Street North, Waterloo, ON  N2J 2W8.
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Jennifer Brea's Sundance award-winning documentary, Unrest, is a personal journey from patient to advocate to storyteller. Jennifer is twenty-eight years-old, working on her PhD at Harvard, and months away from marrying the love of her life when a mysterious fever leaves her bedridden. When doctors tell her it's "all in her head," she picks up her camera as an act of defiance and brings us into a hidden world of millions that medicine abandoned.

Quote from Vogue magazine:
"… the documentary is not only for those suffering from chronic illnesses – it’s for everyone, especially those who feel they cannot relate. In the same way that we don’t need to be in love when we read a love story, viewers don’t need to be sick in order to participate in the much-needed conversation that Brea’s documentary proposes. In fact, participation and engagement by a more diverse population is not only preferable, it’s crucial. Millions of people currently have some diagnosis of chronic illness, with a reported 15 to 30 million people worldwide reportedly suffering from ME/CFS alone."

M.E. is a poorly understood, invisible chronic illness. Anyone familiar with M.E. or other invisible chronic illnesses such as Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or Multiple Chemical Sensitivity will appreciate Jennifer's story.

Parking suggestions can be found at this link:
Note that street parking is free after 6:00 pm

Ken Nightingale

Waterloo Wellington Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Association
P.O. Box 20075 Pioneer Park Post Office


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MCC Milverton Thrift Shop Closure



After an in-depth review, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Ontario’s Director of Social Enterprise, Jan Martens Janzen, regretfully announces the closure of the MCC New to You Thrift Shop in Milverton, Ontario, effective June 30, 2018.


“We deeply appreciate the dedication shown by the staff, volunteers, customers and churches who have supported the New to You Thrift Shop and we recognize the impact of this difficult decision.” says Martens Janzen.


“The ministry of the New to You Thrift Shop has contributed to MCC’s work around the world as well as to the community in and around Milverton. Many families have had access to good quality fairly-priced goods, many volunteers have experienced meaningful work opportunities, and many donors have given their gently used items in support of MCC’s relief, development and peace work in the name of Christ.” continued Martens Janzen. “We thank everyone for their many years of commitment to the mission of MCC.”


The New to You Thrift Shop opened in 1989 and was the seventh MCC Thrift Shop to open in Ontario. New to You has contributed more than $700,000 to Mennonite Central Committee’s work of relief, development and peace in Ontario and around the world since it opened.


Mennonite Central Committee operates seven thrift shops in Ontario and an additional 90 in Canada and the U.S.  Each year MCC Thrift Shops in Ontario are able to divert more than 4,000 tonnes from landfills.  In 2017 MCC Thrift Shops in Canada contributed over $20 million to the mission of MCC.


Sheryl Bruggeling

Communications & Events

MCC Ontario


203-50 Kent Ave, Kitchener, ON, N2G 3R1

22-595 Carlton St, St. Catharines, ON L2M 4Y2

519-745-8458 ext 265

289-407-4758 (cell)


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Earth Day Celebration

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Celebrate Mother Earth with us at

 Earth Day Festival 2018

April 21, 2018 from 12:30 to 8pm
The Regina Street Commons, Regina and Dupont, Uptown Waterloo


The businesses at The Regina Street Commons, located at the corner of Regina and Dupont Streets in uptown Waterloo, will host their second Earth Day Festival titled “Common Ground”. Free all-day activities, music and art will engage our community in discussions and actions challenging the myth of separation and looking deeply at how intimately we are all connected to each other and to the land. 

Kultrún Market and Neruda Arts will present live world music from Mari Palhares and Y Josephine, a female led percussion duo from Venezuela and Brazil, followed by a drum circle, so don’t forget to bring your drums!

Torchlight Tattoo will open Connected, a group art exhibition featuring 5 artists working in a variety of mediums as well as a collaboration between members of the Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. Seven Shores Café will provide locally sourced sweet potato and chive soup, free of charge if you bring your own reusable container or purchase one on site. Yoga and/or mindfulness meditation classes will be offered (pre-registration required for limited

A vendors’ market full of local and eco-friendly organizations/businesses will be showcasing their products. Click here for a full schedule. 

The Mighty Kultrún is Coming Soon! 

Mark your calendars
JULY 13 – 15, 2018

Neruda Arts gratefully acknowledges our operating supporters:

Department of Canadian Heritage, Ontario Arts Council, City of Waterloo, City of Kitchener and Waterloo Region Record. 

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Bulletin: Province Expands Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians in Brantford


Updated: Province Expands Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians in Brantford


April 12, 2018


Ontario has expanded
the activation area for the
Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program in the
City of Brantford
(see map).


Minister of Municipal Affairs Bill Mauro activated the program in Brantford on February 27, 2018 following flooding along the Grand River. Expanding the original activation
area will allow more residents who were affected by the flood to submit claims for assistance.


Additional areas on the west bank of the Grand River and south of Baldwin Avenue are now eligible for assistance.


Due to the expansion of the activation area, the deadline to submit claims for applicants from Brantford is extended to
August 10, 2018.


Deep thaw and heavy rains between February 19 and 21, 2018 led to
flooding that damaged homes along the Grand River. Parts of Brantford were evacuated due to an ice jam that was released, sending water surging into the city.


Individuals, small businesses and not-for-profit organizations that have experienced property damage or loss as a result of this disaster may be eligible to receive help with
emergency and recovery expenses. The program provides reimbursement of expenses incurred but may also offer interim payments to those who need upfront help.


The program applies to a primary residence and its basic contents, or to main small business premises, a farm or not-for-profit organization. Damage from sewer backup is not
eligible under the program except under special provisions for low-income households.


More information and detailed program guidelines are available at or
call toll-free 1-844-780-8925.


Event type: Flood


Event date: February 19 – 21, 2018







Mise à jour : La province élargit le Programme d’aide aux
sinistrés pour la reprise après une catastrophe à Brantford


Le 12 avril 2018


L’Ontario a élargi la zone d’activation du Programme d’aide aux sinistrés pour la reprise après une catastrophe dans la cité de Brantford
(voir la carte).


Bill Mauro, ministre des Affaires municipales, a activé le programme à
Brantford le 27 février 2018 après une inondation le long de la rivière Grand. L’élargissement de la zone d’activation initiale permettra à davantage de résidents touchés par l’inondation de présenter une
demande d’aide.


Des zones additionnelles de la rive ouest de la rivière Grand et au sud de l’avenue Baldwin sont maintenant admissibles à une aide.


En raison de l’élargissement de la zone d’activation, la date limite de présentation des demandes pour les demandeurs de Brantford est
repoussée au 10 août 2018.


La fonte rapide et les fortes pluies survenues du 19 au 21 février 2018 ont causé une inondation qui a endommagé des maisons situées le
long de la rivière Grand. Des secteurs de Brantford ont fait l’objet d’une évacuation en raison de la rupture d’un embâcle qui a fait déferler l’eau dans la ville.


Les personnes, les petites entreprises et les organismes sans but lucratif qui ont subi des pertes ou des dommages matériels par suite
de cette catastrophe peuvent être admissibles à une aide pour les dépenses d’urgence et de reprise. Le programme prévoit le remboursement des dépenses engagées, mais peut aussi offrir des paiements provisoires aux personnes et entités ayant besoin d’une aide


Le programme s’applique à une résidence principale et à son contenu de base, ou aux locaux principaux d’une petite entreprise, d’une exploitation
agricole ou d’un organisme sans but lucratif. Les dommages causés par un refoulement d’égout ne sont pas admissibles dans le cadre du programme, sauf en vertu de dispositions spéciales visant les ménages à faible revenu.


Pour obtenir plus de renseignements et les lignes directrices détaillées du programme, visitez
ou composez sans frais le 1 844 780-8925.


Type d’événement :


Date de l’événement :  
Du 19 au 21 février 2018

Carte :



What does “Sauerkraut and Enterprise” have to do with Book Sales and Scholarships?

For Immediate Release

What does “Sauerkraut and Enterprise” have to do with Book Sales and Scholarships?

Waterloo, April 9, 2018: Canadian Federation of University Women Kitchener-Waterloo (CFUW K-W) announces its 54th Annual Used Book Sale on Friday, April 20th and Saturday, April 21st, 2018.

The first used book sale was the vision of the late Edna Staebler, writer, philanthropist, and member of CFUW K-W. In 1964, Ms. Staebler suggested organizing a used book sale to raise funds to support local scholarships. Since then, funds raised at their annual book sale have helped CFUW K-W recognize and encourage educational excellence by offering scholarships and awards at the secondary and post-secondary levels in the Kitchener-Waterloo Region, and nationally. Since its founding in 1922, CFUW K-W has awarded close to $500,000 in scholarships.

Each year, thanks to generous donations from the community, CFUW K-W offers an incredible selection of pre-screened, top quality used books, starting at just $1, including hard and soft cover books for adults, youth and children, CDs, DVDs, talking books, sheet music. On Saturday, the final day of the sale, shoppers can take home any boxful of books for only $10.

Where: First United Church, 16 William St W, Waterloo, ON N2L 1J3

When: Book donations can be dropped off on April 18, 2018 between 9 am and 9 pm and April 19 between 9 am and 6 pm. The Book Sale runs from 9 am to 9 pm on April 20 and 9 am to 1 pm on April 21, 2018.

CFUW K-W is the local chapter of CFUW, a national, non-partisan, voluntary and self-funded organization, and one of 100 such clubs across Canada. CFUW works to improve the status of women, promoting human rights, public education, social justice, and peace.  CFUW holds special consultative status with the United Nations (ECOSOC) and belongs to the Education Committee of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.

Contact: Susan Vecchiarelli, CFUW K-W Past President, 2018 Book Sale Committee Chair
Phone: (519)885-7924






Cheryl Ambrose BSc PhD 

VP Advocacy 

Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW)

Cell: 519-546-89110

The Power of Women Working Together



WREVA / WRVoltec Upcoming Events

1. EV Information Day – Sat April 14 Guelph – 10am – 2pm
Barry Cullen Chevy will be holding its first ever Electric Vehicle Information Event at their dealership in Guelph.  This event is to inform the public so they may see and understand how EV's operate in the region, and outline the benefits and advantages of going EV.  This is NOT a car sales event, and this event is open to ALL EV owners and enthusiasts.  There will be presentations about EV ownership, food, and the opportunity to speak with experienced owners from around the region.  WREVA has been invited to attend with as many owners and cars (any EV manufacturer) that would wish to attend and to converse with the public.  Please RSVP (and have not already),  if you would be interested in attending this event so they can plan to have enough food and space for the participants!

Responding to the world refugee crisis one family at a time



On Saturday, April 14 from 9 am to 3 pm, MCC Ontario will be presenting a one day conference entitled Responding to the world refugee crisis one family at a time.


This important conference will provide opportunities to learn more about how you can respond to the current refugee crisis through the Blended Visa Office Referred Refugee Sponsorship program.


Keynote speaker Ann Voskamp, noted blogger and passionate refugee sponsorship advocate, will share her refugee sponsorship experience. Named by Christianity Today as one of fifty women most shaping culture and the church today, Ann knows unspoken brokenness and big country skies and an intimacy with God that touches wounded places. Millions do life with her at her daily photographic online journal, one of the Top 10 most widely read Christian sites:


Other presenters include Barbara Treviranus, former field worker for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, representatives from Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada, Brian Dyck, MCC National Migration and Resettlement Program Coordinator, Moses Moini, MCC Ontario Refugee Program Coordinator, and Kaylee Perez, MCC Ontario Refugee Resettlement Associate.


For more information, please go to or contact Sheryl Bruggeling at or 519-745-8458 ext 265.


Thank you,


Sheryl Bruggeling

Communications & Events

MCC Ontario


203-50 Kent Ave, Kitchener, ON, N2G 3R1

22-595 Carlton St, St. Catharines, ON L2M 4Y2

519-745-8458 ext 265

289-407-4758 (cell)



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Magical Wizards Festival-Waterloo Central Railway

Thanks for your interest in the Magical Wizards Festival. I look forward to speaking with the hosts about any opportunities they have avaliable. Attached below is the flyer for the festival and here is a link to our festival's video on YouTube:
The festival takes place on September 8 and 9th with multiple interactive train experiences running both days. Here is some more information about the event.
"Train Ticket holders will become agents upon boarding the "Hogwarts Express". Prior to boarding the train all agents will enter our training camp allowing them exclusive entertainment, live music, aerial acts and illusions like never seen before.

ALL ABOARD!! Your dark forces briefing and training begins as you board the train with your professors and off you go on this mystical excursion. Some prisoners have been plotting to escape "Azkaban" Spellbound prison, it is your job to help transport them to a new secure location to await trial. Will you be successful in the mission?

At the Festival Harry Potter fans may take part in interactive shows, potions classes, learn about the care of magical creatures, take a workshop in Defending Against the Enemy, write spells and see wondrous animals and magic shows. Fans can join thousands of other Harry Potter fans to wander the merchants of our Enchanted Alley where you can see all sorts of strange and wonderful items and maybe even sip on some Butter Beer too!

Fans are encourage to wear their Harry Potter costumes. Go all out with your garments relating to Harry Potter, Moaning Myrtle, Hagrid, Dumbledore and more Harry Potter characters. Dress to impress; it will only add to the fun!"

Feel free to contact me for more information about the event. I look forward to speaking with the hosts!


Mapleton Receiving Flood-Damage Assistance / Mapleton reçoit une aide à la reprise après des inondations


Ministry of Municipal Affairs


Mapleton Receiving Flood-Damage Assistance

Ontario Funding Local Recovery Efforts


NEWS                                                                                                                          April 4, 2018


Ontario is providing financial support through the Municipal Disaster Recovery Assistance (MDRA) program to help the Township of Mapleton with recovery efforts for flood damage that occurred last year.


Significant rainfall on June 22 and 23, 2017 caused widespread flooding throughout Midwestern Ontario. The funds will help with culvert and road repairs, and rebuilding shoreline infrastructure in Mapleton. The township may be eligible for as much as $359,601 in provincial funding under the program.


The MDRA program helps municipalities address extraordinary emergency response costs and damage to essential property or infrastructure like bridges, roads and public buildings, as a result of a natural disaster.




“Helping communities recover after natural disasters is a priority for our government. I am pleased that Mapleton is able to access the funding it needs to make essential repairs to local infrastructure that was damaged by last year’s spring floods.”

— Bill Mauro, Minister of Municipal Affairs




§  The province delivers the MDRA program, which provides funding to eligible municipalities using a cost-sharing formula.

§  A municipality may be eligible under the MDRA program if its disaster-related costs reach a threshold of three per cent of its Own-Purpose Taxation levy.

§  The MDRA program was activated in Clarence-Rockland, Frontenac Islands, Horton, Killaloe, Hagarty and Richards and Lincoln in 2017 to help offset costs associated with flood recovery efforts and damage to public infrastructure. Ontario has committed up to $2.3 million to help cover response costs and damage to infrastructure in these communities.




Preparing for an emergency


Municipal Disaster Recovery Assistance Guidelines






Mark Cripps, Minister’s Office



Praveen Senthinathan, Communications Branch


Disponible en français



Plan Ahead to Reduce the Impacts of Extreme Weather Events / Préparez-vous pour réduire les répercussions des phénomènes météorologiques extrêmes

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has prepared the attached to assist residents, businesses and communities plan ahead to reduce the impacts of extreme weather events.  We would appreciate
you sharing this information with your readers, viewers and listeners.




Lee Alderson

Media Relations / Spokesperson

Ministry of Municipal Affairs