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Waterloo Bus Orientation


The second City of Waterloo Ride-a-Bus orientation session will take place Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 9:30 a.m. at Wing 404. This orientation session aims to help older adults become comfortable with bus service in Waterloo, and demonstrates how to use buses to connect with the new ION trains. Full details

From the Creators of Your Favourite Food Events, THEMUSEUM Brings Brunch to Downtown Kitchener

Kitchener, ON – THEMUSEUM team has been hard at work to bring yet another food themed event to downtown Kitchener. This time, the meal is Brunch and THEMUSEUM is bringing a whole new twist to the well-loved weekend tradition.


The first annual KW Brunch & Brews will take place on Sunday, September 22 beginning at 11:00am and provide savoury dishes, sweet treats, and multiple brews until 2:00pm. Tickets ($30) will include a sample of Kitchener-Waterloo’s finest breakfast-lunch hybrids as well as a 4 oz beverage from each vendor.


What is a brew? At THEMUSEUM anything that can be brewed makes the cut. Coffee, tea, beer, and the list goes on. Needless to say, this is one Sunday brunch meant just for adults.


Tickets to the inaugural KW Brunch & Brews will be available at and will offer entertainment in the form of live music, games, and, of course, prizes. Museum After Dark (MAD) members will also receive a discount on ticket price.

Pressure Drop 11 July 2019

name artist
Gateman Dub (feat. Supercat) Chopstick Dubplate
Gateman Dub (feat. Supercat) [92 Remix] Chopstick Dubplate
Yes Canada Michael St. George
Not Another Word (feat. Agent Sasco) Protoje & Lila Ike
Hard Drive Konshens, Shenseea, Rvssian
Rapture Koffee
De Hole ah We Luciano
Mankind Cease Luciano
Saturday Night (Reggae Version) Mr. Williamz & Friendly Fire Band
Liff Up Breakage
Cold Blood AMIT
Wicked Breakage
Mr Wrong 6Blocc
Junior Reid – One blood (Subcriminal Bootleg)
Yeah Breakage
Kiko Bun – Shy Man (Dark Dizkobar & Fullstep Phil Bootleg)
Just Don AU (AKA Gremlinz) & Jesta
Own The Town dBridge
Dreadcomms Om Unit
Windmill Kick Sam Binga & Om Unit
Toprock Paradox
Everybody Smoke (Danny Styles Jungle Remix) Dubzee ft Demolition Man & Trinity Chris
Dem Nah Ready (feat. Crosby) [Gold Dubs Remix] Max RubaDub
Pete Cannon – Electrifying Style Pete Cannon
Make Them Shake A.Fruit
Deep Insight A.Fruit
Call My Name Pete Cannon
DJ PHIL – Rok N Down DJ Phil
Pete Cannon – Feel It Pete Cannon
Pete Cannon – Make The Dance Nice Pete Cannon
TRAXMAN – In Da Air Traxman
DJ SPINN – Roll In Piece DJ Spinn
Clockwerkz Danny Scrilla
Round Ere (feat. Rakay) Hypho
Yinliao Hypho
Graft (feat. Rakay) Hypho
Module Hypho

Community For Can Praxis 2019

A Full Day Event to Raise Money for Can Praxis

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Hand and horseCanPraxis | Veterans, First Responders, PTSD, Horses
Reaching out to: Veterans and First Responders, with Respective Families and Friends, including Community at large, as Mental Health affects all of us.

Event held 14th of September 2019, starting at 10:00am. At the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 50, Fred Gies : 524 Belmont Avenue West, Kitchener


Day of:

Presentations, Documentaries about horses helping humans, Fundraiser concert — Confirmed bands: Jenny Howes Duo, Parallax Error, Piano On The Patio, Burnaby, Cyphier, & Singer/Speaker Relentless Melanie Crawford! Elvis! Karaoke, & food.

Special Guest: Fitz “The Whip” Vanderpool — Kitchener & Waterloo World Boxing Champion, & President of With Hope It’s Possible — Youth In Transition, a non-profit organization for kids at risk.

Schedule will be announced. Community building and fundraising for Can Praxis — Equine Therapy for PTSD. Learn more about Can Praxis at Link to donate via page, or to learn more via Steve Critchley, also direct transfers via Can Praxis Charity number: 79990 7894 RR0001.

Five sponsor logos

In memoriam

Justice For Alecia - Victims Speak Up

For questions about this event, email Yenny at

Facebook: Community for CanPraxis 2019.
See also: Blue Sky Radio with Yenny via, Thursdays, 12PM
on CKMS-FM 102.7 in Kitchener and Waterloo.

Poster: Community For Can Praxis 2019 (PDF, 452 kBytes)

12th Annual Cherry Festival

The Cherry Park Neighborhood Association is currently organizing their 12th Annual Cherry Festival, which will be held on July 6th, in Cherry Park in Kitchener.

The Festival will include live music, children’s entertainment – including Erick Traplin, food, numerous vendors and of course lots of cherries.  The Cherry Train will return this year, as well as the Cherry Café and the vintage car show.  The Kids will have a jumping room, the Carousel Swing, Mini-Putt golf and the climbing wall.

This region-wide event was launched twelve years ago to enhance community spirit and raise funds for the many activities our group undertakes including neighbourhood clean-ups, adult education programs, community gardens, corn socials and various other special events.

#FridaysforFuture School Strike for Climate

On February 1, 2019, young people will sit out of classes across Waterloo Region and again take to the streets to demand that our leaders face responsibility for our warming planet. The Fridays for Future School Strike for Climate will take place at Waterloo City Hall from 12:30pm to 1:30pm on Friday, 1 February 2019, and on the first Friday of every month. Supporters of all ages welcome.


Organizing behind Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, 16, climate strikers will ask cities and councils across Waterloo Region, as well as the federal and provincial governments, to declare a climate emergency.


Thunberg blasts our collective inaction on climate change: “Some people say that we are not doing enough to fight climate change. But that is not true. Because to ‘not do enough’ you have to do something. And the truth is we are basically not doing anything.”


Greta’s not alone. Another youth activist, Jamie Margolin of Zero Hour, has begun her own campaign to rouse global leaders into concrete measures to stabilize our shared climate. Recently, Margolin compared climate change to “a time bomb about to go off and everyone [is] ignoring it.”


We know that our futures will be disrupted by climate, and feel that we have no voice. So we are making ourselves visible across the world. Thirty-five thousand students in Brussels went on strike from school this past week alone, joining school strikers across Europe and heatwave-stricken Australia.


Like our peers across the world, students in Waterloo Region are frightened of an uncertain future dramatically altered by climate impacts and planetary instability. We don’t see the point in attending school for an education for a future that has been neglected by Canada’s government and by decision-makers world-wide.


We strike because we are ignored. We strike because our elders are sacrificing us for short-term profits. We see, as Greta does, that our leaders “need to put their economic goals aside to safeguard the living conditions of humankind in the future.”


Given that the world has until 2030 to cut emissions in half in order to secure a safe climate future, cities across the UK have declared climate emergencies, intending to fully decarbonize their economies. Canada’s precedent for declaring a climate emergency has just recently been set by Vancouver, and Christine Boyle, Vancouver city councillor, told journalists: “I was really inspired to see the students…that they are acting similarly to students around the globe to get older elected leaders in office to listen to them.”


If our leaders truly listened to the science on climate change, as we young people do, they would not build further fossil fuel infrastructure, would end all fossil fuel and animal agriculture subsidies, and invest heavily in a zero-carbon energy future.


We need our elected officials and other citizens to speak out with us for our futures. Today. We need all levels of government to declare a state of climate emergency, and we need every decision they make to be made as if our future depends on it. Because it does.

Back To School: Bus Program & FREE Teacher Memberships

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Back To School: Bus Program & FREE Teacher Memberships

THEMUSEUM Announces New Partnership & Teacher Appreciation Day


Kitchener, Ontario –


As we prepare to head into a new school year, THEMUSEUM continues its commitment to lifelong learning with educational exhibitions, interactive technology installations and hands-on opportunities.


Through The School Bus Program, generously supported by the Gore Mutual Insurance Company, transportation is provided to students who would otherwise not be able to afford a field trip.


“We’ve repeatedly heard from a number of educators in Waterloo Region that the barrier for students to attend field trips is the cost of buses,” said Paige Phillips, the Director of Development & Membership at THEMUSEUM. “The support from Gore Mutual Insurance has eliminated that financial strain, making THEMUSEUM more accessible to students so they may enjoy a learning experience outside of the classroom.”


In addition, THEMUSEUM is now able to offer Teacher Memberships at no cost to educators. The Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan now sponsors Teacher Memberships, which provides teachers with free access to THEMUSEUM and ample opportunity to further develop or incorporate education programs and exhibitions into their lesson plans. 


In recognition of just how important educators are in this community, THEMUSEUM is holding one last “hurrah” before the school year begins. Teacher members with their OCT card will receive free admission and a free membership on Thursday, August 23 from 9:00am-4:00pm. They are welcome to bring up to three family members. 


For further details please contact:


Hayley Zimak
Digital & Communications Manager
10 King Street West

Kitchener, ON N2G 1A3
P: 519-749-9387 Ext. 234
Twitter/Facebook: @THEMUSEUM Instagram: @themuseumkitchener

Did you know that THEMUSEUM is a registered charity? Please click here to make your donation to THEMUSEUM today!


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17th annual Afro Festival

The African Women’s Alliance of Waterloo Region is inviting everyone to the upcoming 17th annual Afro Festival. The Afro Festival is a festival of dance, music, drama, art and African cuisine celebrating the rich cultural heritage of all of the countries that comprise the African continent.

The Afro Festival brings the diverse community of Waterloo Region together to participate in an exciting event. It provides an excellent venue for promoting organizations like yours.

Time: 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Venue: Waterloo Park, Westmount Road entrance.
Admission is Free!!!

BRAIN: The World Inside Your Head at THEMUSEUM

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BRAIN: The World Inside Your Head at THEMUSEUM

Traveling Exhibition Focuses on Function, Physiology and Future


Kitchener, Ontario –


Why do you (we, they) think what you (we, they) think? All your mindful musings – soon answered!


Using innovative special effects, video games, optical illusions and interactive displays, BRAIN shows how the brain functions – and sometimes – malfunctions. This hands‑on exhibition provides an up‑close look at the human body’s most essential and fascinating organ by exploring its development, geography and function. A shimmering tunnel of flashing fiber-optics illuminates networks of neurons firing and communicating, as visitors delve deeper into the brain to discover its basic workings. From infancy through old age, learn the evolution of scientists’ understanding of the brain’s physiology and study the re-created skull of Phineas Gage — a man who survived after his brain was pierced by a metal rod.


“We’re psyched to announce today, on the heels of World Brain Day, the opportunity to bring such an informative, engaging and interactive exhibition to Waterloo Region,” said David Marskell, CEO, THEMUSEUM. “Knowledge is power – and this 3,000-square-foot grey matter exploration will be sure to expand your mind!”


The exhibition makes brain-related disorders, such as Alzheimer’s, depression and addiction, easier to understand. Guests will explore the relationship between depression and creativity, how drugs work in the brain, and the nature of pain as well as the future of brain treatments, genome mapping and molecular medicine. It will run from September 29, 2018 – April 28, 2019 and is made possible by Pfizer Inc. and produced by Evergreen Exhibitions in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health. The exhibition is generously sponsored by The Ontario Brain Institute. A series of related events, including THEMUSEUM’s Dialogue Series, will be announced shortly. More information on BRAIN: The World Inside Your Head can be found here.


For further details please contact:


Hayley Zimak
Digital & Communications Manager
10 King Street West

Kitchener, ON N2G 1A3
P: 519-749-9387 Ext. 234
Twitter/Facebook: @THEMUSEUM Instagram: @themuseumkitchener

Did you know that THEMUSEUM is a registered charity? Please click here to make your donation to THEMUSEUM today!


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Freedom Ride to End MS

Are you looking for a ride, through the country side with winding turns and scenic views?


On August 18th,  join us as we ride through beautiful Forks of the Credit in support of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. The annual Freedom Ride to End MS poker run is back!


Grand River Chapter has teamed up with Simcoe Muskoka Chapter to make this year’s ride  bigger and better than ever!  More riders and more prizes!


The ride will start from two locations this year; 425 Bingeman’s Centre Dr. Kitchener or 5357 County Rd 9 New Lowell. 


Enjoy a pancake breakfast and fresh coffee before you set out at 10am.  All riders will join together at the Forks of the Credit for a BBQ lunch, fun and prizes!  


The minimum pledge to ride is $50. Each rider will receive one ticket to the grand prize, valued at $1000 and one ticket to the scrambler prize table. Raise more money and increase your chances of winning! For every additional $50 raised you receive additional prize tickets! 


All riders will receive a commemorative ride t-shirt!



When: Saturday, August 18, 2018


Time: 8:30AM registration

          10AM ride begins


Start: Bingeman’s – 425 Bingeman’s Centre Dr. Kitchener   OR


          Royal Canadian Legion – 5357 County Rd 9, New Lowell


Finish: Forks of the Credit (location TBA)


Register online at to receive an extra ticket to win the grand prize!

Service Dog Fundraiser

Service Dog Fundraiser Announcement


KITCHENER, Ontario – Announcing that on Sunday July 8th from 10am-4pm at the Kitchener Polish Legion, we will be hosting a Service Dog Fundraiser to bring Amanda’s Service Dog home! There are vendors who will be there to showcase their amazing products
and services along with an affordable clothing drive with clothing of all sizes with prices ranging from $1-$8 per item! The support from the local community has been huge, so there is also a silent auction for some amazing gifts that have been donated from
local businesses such as Belgium Nursery, Alpine Boston Pizza, Shakespeare Pies, and so many more! There are well over 40 silent auction items!


Although there are tons of financial supports for those that need a Service Dog if you have a well-known disability. Unfortunately for Amanda, who just turned 18 a couple months ago, she suffers from PTSD and non-epileptic seizures and so there is absolutely
no support that we can find to help cover the costs of this Service Dog that will literally help bring about the positive change she needs to live her life to the fullest. At $20,000, not to mention travelling to his location in Strathroy at least once per
week, Amanda’s family is unable to cover this cost fully by themselves.


That is where the support from this community has been essential and completely appreciated.


So, come out and support bringing this Service Dog who will be trained in exactly what she needs, home to Amanda so that she will be able to live life to the fullest. All proceeds from this event (excluding whatever is purchased directly from the vendors) will
go to covering these Service Dog costs.


Amanda and her family would like to thank you for your support from the bottoms of their hearts.


For more information please contact Sharlene Mohlman at



Countdown to Canada Day in Wilmot

Countdown to Canada Day in Wilmot For Immediate ReleaseNew Hamburg ON – June 22, 2018 –The Canada Day in Wilmot Committee looks


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New Hamburg ON – June 22, 2018 –The Canada Day in Wilmot Committee looks forward to continuing to deliver an unprecedented level of entertainment that seven-thousand proud Canadians enthusiastically came together to enjoy in New Hamburg in honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.


This year’s event will once again be held at Norm S. Hill Park and will run from 8 am to dusk. Admission is only $5 per adult and children 13 and under get in free.


This year's celebrations get underway on Sunday at 8 AM with a Community Breakfast prepared by Chef Adam Brenner. In addition to the traditional start to the day, breakfast attendees will have a chance to meet the Brampton Batman and see his 1980s movie replica Batmobile in person. Breakfast prices are; Adults $15, Kids $5 (6-12yrs), Kids 5 and under free – cash only. Breakfast with Batman concludes at 11 am.


An interfaith prayer service that celebrates the common themes of community, family and diversity with the grace of unity takes place from 10 am to 11 am.


Also starting at 10 am is the vendor’s market, featuring various local businesses and community organizations. At the same time Ctrl V Guelph will begin to offer a Virtual Reality gaming experience for a donation of $5 to SickKids Hospital. They’ll be located inside the New Hamburg Arena.


The New Hamburg Dental Group Kids Zone opens for fun at 11 am and features various activities including bouncy castles, fun photos frames, face painting and more. Additionally, the Wilmot Agricultural Society Petting Zoo offers a variety of family friendly farm animals who look forward to meeting children of all ages. Acclaimed children’s entertainer Erick Traplin will perform his highly interactive show at 2:30 pm and 4 pm on the Dolman Eyecare Centre Main Stage.


After a performance by the New Hamburg Concert Band, the New Hamburg Legion Beer Garden and the New Hamburg Optimist Food Booth will open for the day. Attendees are encouraged to enjoy their beverages and burgers responsibly- as free Canada Day cake will be served after the opening ceremonies. Karate and Zumba demos also get underway at noon on the Dolman Eyecare Centre Main Stage.


A high-flying freestyle motocross (FMX) stunt show will take Canada Day in Wilmot to new heights at 1 pm for the first of three shows. The Sunbelt Rentals – Stratford Freestyle Motocross Stunt Show features three Canadian World-Class FMX athletes who’ll demonstrate a level of acrobatic moto-magic Waterloo Region has never seen before. Autograph sessions will follow each show.


The official Canada Day in Wilmot opening ceremonies kick off at 2 pm with a colourful Canada-themed walking parade from the New Hamburg Legion to the Grandstands where the iconic king of Canadian viral videos Brittlestar (Stewart Reynolds) will be sworn in as the Official 2018 Canada Day in Wilmot Grand Marshal. Attendees will likely recognize Brittlestar for his recent series of popular viral videos featuring his character; the Rt. Hon. Brittlestar, Minister of Keeping It Real.


The Community Players of New Hamburg’s Artistic Director, Danielle Guistini–Crouse and actress Joanna Guistini–Wilkinson will sing our national anthem and local dignitaries will offer a few words of welcome and help us officially get the Canada Day celebrations underway. Free Canada Day cake will be served to the public at 2:30 pm by local dignitaries and Grand Marshal Brittlestar.


MC Rob Pagetto alongside DJ Habermehl returns to help keep the day moving along and to have some fun with the audience. Pagetto and Habermehl will host a variety of engaging games including the highly entertaining Sweets New Hamburg – Pie Eating Contest and will assist with the New Hamburg Board of Trade Duck Dive. Attendees are advised to get their tickets early.

Shortly after the final of the three Sunbelt Rentals – Stratford Freestyle Motocross Stunt Shows, Orangeman hits the stage with their non-stop show featuring top party songs from the 80's, 90's and some top 40 hits played to perfection. Known as "… one of the country's hardest working cover bands" Orangeman has played across Canada and has graced the stage at Casino Rama Resort where The Tragically Hip, Carrie Underwood and ZZ Top have performed as well.


To cap off an already jam-packed Canada Day in Wilmot, the NW Roofing Fireworks Spectacular will light up the sky with a memorable professional pyrotechnic display to make Canada Day complete.


"Canada Day in Wilmot is a chance to come together as a community, and to celebrate what it means to be Canadian." Angie Hallman, Canada Day in Wilmot Committee Chair


To Learn more about this year’s Canada Day festivities please visit or follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @CanadaDayWilmot and on Facebook at @CanadaDayInWilmot.

We wish to thank our Canada Day in Wilmot sponsors and partners:NW Roofing, Dolman Eyecare Centre, Sunbelt Rentals – Stratford, New Hamburg Dental Group, Imperial Market – Scran & Dram, Sobeys – New Hamburg, New Hamburg Legion, Keith Hallman Contracting, Riverside Brass, BW Feed and Seed, Optimist Club – New Hamburg, New Hamburg MCC Thrift Centre, Gaia's Gardens, RR Gravel & Sand, Argo-ODG, Puddicombe House, Erb Transport, Kitchener-Conestoga MP Harold Albrecht, Finney's Auto Service, TLC Pet Foods, Wilmot Agricultural Society, NorthStar Fireworks, Carey Homes, Sweets- New Hamburg, Oak Grove Cheese Factory, New Hamburg Board Of Trade, Infinet Motorsports, Region Of Waterloo Medical Venturers and Medical Rovers, The Waterloo Region Record, New Hamburg Independent, Virgin Radio KW, CTV Kitchener, KFUN 99.5 and the Baden Outlook. We’d also like to thank the small businesses and individuals for donating to the overall event.


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Canada Day in Wilmot is a not-for-profit single-day festival celebrating Canada Day and Canadian values that our great country and communities are built on; integrity, hard work, compassion, inclusion, equality and diversity.

The day is designed to foster these core values through fun, educational and entertaining family-friendly activities while supporting local businesses, artists and our community partners.

With community support, through public donations and corporate partners the committee endeavors to make this a self-sustaining annual event for many years to come.


Angie Hallman,
Canada Day in Wilmot Committee Chair


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Honey Festival

We are hosting a Honey Festival on July 21st from 10am to 3pm. 
The goal of the event is to promote pollinator awareness and stewardship in our local community by providing an observation hive, kid-fiendly activities and several presentations (one on pollinator plants, one on native bees, and two bee school sessions for kids) that families and individuals can drop in on throughout the day. There will also be food sampling and some local food vendors who produce products that pair well with honey to help people learn about local foods and new ways to use honey. 
You can find more information about the event on our facebook event listing here:
Nith Valley Apiaries Inc.
1041 Christner Road
New Hamburg On N3A 3K7
Store 519-662-3165

WREVA Group / WRVoltec Upcoming Events

Hello Everyone,
Hope all are enjoying the nice weather (and improved EV ranges)!  Here are some upcoming events to add to your calendars:
1. WalterFedy – ChargeWR Event – Friday May 25th 11:30am – 1:30pm – 675 Queen St S Kitchener – WREVA members are invited to display their EVs during the event.  Please RSVP if you would like to attend!
2. WREVA Meeting – Tuesday May 29th at 7pm – 9pm – Barry Cullen Boardroom Guelph. Presentations by Rob S (Travelling North America in a i3) and Ian G (New Solar announcement by Green Ontario Fund ( for residential Solar/Battery incentives).  As well as EV news and discussion.  Again please RSVP so we have the proper amount of seating available!
WREVA decals will be available at the meeting for $5, all proceeds go to the WREVA Group.
Thank you,
Mark Coughlan

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.
Register for free here:

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

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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!