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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

Scientific prediction of Cleveland winning game 3

Mano A Mano is back on Sunday nights! This past Sunday we simulated game 2 (forgetting to make it in Golden States home stadium) thus making it our prediction for game 3. It is already our most unpopular podcast!

But not for the great music! NEW A Perfect Circle, Giraffes? Giraffes! Cara Leigh, Mounties Band, Robot Apocalypse and more…

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

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


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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





HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre announces: HOUSEHOLD CHINA COMMUNITY DONATION MATCHING – Press Release: April 2, 2018

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Waterloo, Ontario – Today, HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre officially announces the Household China Community Donation Matching Drive effective April 2nd – 7th, 2018.

In partnership with their retirement and liquidation, Household China was inspired to place the spotlight on HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre. Many previous and existing customers, family, friends, acquaintances and vendors of Household China have been affected by cancer in their lives, and this was 
a way to give back to the community while honoring those that remain dear to Household China’s heart. Traudie Kauntz, owner of Household China is currently facing her own battle with cancer. Donations will be matched up to a maximum of $10,000. Donations may be made by visiting, by phone (519) 742- HOPE (4673), or in person (at the back entrance of the Inn of Waterloo), 475 King St. N, Waterloo, ON.

“We have been blessed with this generous offer from Household China. In our year of establishing sustainability, this initiative could not have come at a better time. Household China has been a big supporter of HopeSpring over the years and was a famous contributor to our Holiday Home Tour. We thank Traudie and the team at Household China for believing in the free cancer care programming we offer to the community. If you have ever thought of supporting HopeSpring, now is the perfect time to maximize your donation!” – Shuchanna Swaby, Board Chair

“I have known several people who have used the services at HopeSpring over the years. Their stories have moved me in a deep way, especially now that I am facing my own cancer journey. I believe living life fully and making a difference is all that truly matters. It was a natural fit to offer matching donations to HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre. I am urging the community, businesses, the movers and shakers of the community to reach deep into their pockets and help HopeSpring during this blitz. I am so looking forward to helping HopeSpring in this way.” Traudie Kauntz, Owner

About HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre
Until a cure for cancer is found, those facing the diagnosis need a source of support & information in order to cope with the challenges. Since 1995 HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre has offered free individual and group programs and services to people living with cancer and their families. You can learn more about HopeSpring by visiting

About Household China
Household China & Gifts is a family run business in its second generation. We officially opened our doors at our current location in 1966 & since then have attempted to provide the best prices & service to all of our customers. You can learn more about Household China by visiting

For additional information and media inquiries please contact:
Shawn Hlowatzki – President, Board of Directors
Chair, Communications
HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre
(519) 404-2998

HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre
Shuchanna Swaby – Chair, Board of Directors

Household China
Traudie Kauntz
(519) 884-2792



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Press Release: STEM Camp launching in First Nation communities (English and French version)



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March 26, 2018 (Embro, ON) – “STEM Camp launching in First Nation communities”

Release Date: Monday March 26, 2018


STEM Camp, the Saugeen Ojibway Nation and Bruce Power are pleased to announce the launch of two STEM Camp’s in the communities of Saugeen and Neyaashiinigmiing this upcoming summer. Through discussions and coordinating with the community Youth Leaders and Bruce Power's Indigenous Relations team, this initiative will be the first-ever STEM Camp to be carried out within First Nations.


The purpose of providing a STEM Camp to these communities is to provide inspirational and fun educational activities for Indigenous children aged 5 through 13 and to provide a mechanism to learn more about their history and culture through, or in conjunction with, STEM-based activities. This is a pilot project that, if successful, could be transferred to other First Nation communities.


Kevin Cougler, CEO and Founder, STEM Camp: “The STEM Camp’s in the communities of Nawash and Neyaashiinigmiing are a wonderful opportunity to merge the world of STEM and traditional Indigenous teachings together. We are extremely honoured to be asked to participate in this initiative and hope other First Nations communities will decide to participate in the future.”


“We are very excited to have our youth participate in this pilot project. We need more Indigenous engineers, doctors, and scientists in Canada. STEM Camps are a fantastic opportunity for our young people to get exposure to science and technology,” – Chief Lester Anoquot of Chippewas of Saugeen First Nation.


“We are pleased at the opportunity to bring STEM education initiatives to our community. Partnering with STEM Camp in this pilot project is something that we are proud to be a part of and we look forward to seeing the program incorporate our traditional beliefs and values. Thank you to Bruce Power for its sponsorship”.  – Chief Greg Nadjiwon, Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation


"Bruce Power is proud to support the promotion of STEM in our local communities. It is particularly special to be a part of this remarkable pilot project in Saugeen and Nawash First Nations." said Mike Rencheck, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Being a part of this effort aligns with our focus areas of STEM education, cultural growth and youth development and we are excited about this program."



About STEM Camp

STEM Camp is a Canadian registered not-for-profit organization with a mandate to offer quality STEM-based programming through educational activities. STEM Camp started in 2013 and specializes in summer camps designed to inspire children ages 5-13 through hands-on and inquiry-based activities in the STEM fields. In the summer of 2017 STEM Camp was expanded in Ontario to 46 locations resulting in 8500 campers enrolled. In 2018 STEM Camp has committed to 77 locations including 15 francophone and/or bilingual and to the exploration of pilot projects within indigenous communities.


Author’s note: STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.


Contact Info:

Larissa Mendonca, Public Relations and Marketing


t: 519-475-6600 x11





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Press Release: STEM Camp launching in First Nation communities


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STEM Camp, Saugeen Ojibway Nation et Bruce Power ont le plaisir d'annoncer le lancement de deux camps STIM dans les communautés de Saugeen et Neyaashiinigmiing cet été. Grâce à des discussions et à la coordination avec les leaders jeunesse de ces collectivités et l'équipe des relations avec les Autochtones de Bruce Power, cette initiative sera le tout premier camp STIM à être réalisé au sein des Premières Nations.


Le but d'offrir un camp STIM à ces communautés est de fournir des activités éducatives inspirantes et amusantes pour les enfants autochtones âgés de 5 à 13 ans et de fournir un mécanisme pour en apprendre davantage sur leur histoire et leur culture par le biais d’activités STIM. Il s'agit d'un projet pilote qui, s'il réussit, pourrait être transféré à d'autres collectivités des Premières Nations.


Kevin Cougler, PDG et fondateur de STEM Camp : «Le camp STIM dans les communautés de Nawash et de Neyaashiinigmiing est une merveilleuse opportunité de fusionner le monde des STIM et les enseignements autochtones traditionnels. Nous sommes extrêmement honorés d'être invités à participer à cette initiative et nous espérons que d'autres collectivités des Premières Nations décideront de participer à cet initiative dans un avenir proche. "


"Nous sommes très heureux de voir nos jeunes participer à ce projet pilote. Nous avons besoin de plus d'ingénieurs, de médecins et de scientifiques autochtones au Canada. Les camps STIM sont une occasion fantastique pour nos jeunes d'être exposés aux sciences et à la technologie. »- Lester Anoquot, chef de la Première nation des Chippewas de Saugeen.


"Nous sommes heureux d'avoir l'occasion d'offrir des initiatives d'éducation en STIM à notre communauté. Le partenariat avec STEM Camp dans le cadre de ce projet pilote est une chose dont nous sommes fiers de faire partie et nous avons hâte de voir le programme incorporer nos croyances et valeurs traditionnelles. Merci à Bruce Power pour son parrainage ". »- Chef Greg Nadjiwon, Première nation des Chippewas de Nawash non cédée


"Bruce Power est fière de soutenir la promotion des STIM dans nos collectivités locales, particulièrement dans le cadre de ce projet pilote remarquable dans les Premières nations de Saugeen et de Nawash." a déclaré Mike Rencheck, président et directeur général. "Faire partie de cet effort s'harmonise avec nos domaines d'intérêt de l'éducation STIM, la croissance culturelle et le développement des jeunes et nous sommes ravis de voir naître ce programme."



Au propos de STEM Camp


STEM Camp est un organisme à but non-lucratif canadien qui a pour mandat d'offrir de la programmation STIM de qualité grâce à des activités éducatives. STEM Camp a été créé en 2013 et se spécialise dans les camps d'été qui ont pour but d’inspirer les enfants de 5 à 13 ans grâce à des activités pragmatiques et d'exploration dans les domaines STIM. Au cours de l'été 2017, STEM Camp s’est étendu à 46 emplacements à travers l’Ontario, ce qui nous a permis d'accueillir 8500 campeurs et campeuses. En 2018, STEM Camp s'est engagé à 77 emplacements, dont 15 francophones et / ou bilingues, et à l'exploration de projets pilotes dans les communautés autochtones.


Note de l’auteur: STIM est un acronyme pour Science, Technologie, Ingénierie and Mathématiques.


Contact Info:

Larissa Mendonca, Public Relations and Marketing


t: 519-475-6600 x11





Céline Beaudoin, Directrice du programme francophone / Francophone Program Director


t: 519.475.6600 x.14



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CKMS Video Trainer Needed


With the help of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, CKMS is expanding its capabilities to include equipment for video streaming. We are looking for the right person to help us train our volunteers in this new opportunity.

Please find a full job posting attached. If you know of anyone who may be suitable for this, please let them know.

All applicants should contact Nat Persaud ( by 2-April.

Thanks for your help!

Nat – CKMS President

G2G Rail Trail REMINDER March 25th, Meeting!

Final Notice and Invitation

THIS SUNDAY: March 25th, 2018 – 1:30 @ Cowbell, Blyth ON

Trail User and Stakeholder Informational Meeting 

Everyone welcome, you wont want to miss it! 

G2G is truly looking forward to working with all of you very shortly, your support is greatly appreciated. 

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G2G Rail Trail Inc.  Registered Charity
Trail User & Stakeholder Informational Meeting
Sunday Mar 25th 2018 @ 1:30PM
Cowbell Brewery, Blyth ON

All users and stakeholders of G2G Rail Trail Inc. are invited to attend an informational meeting on March 25th, at Cowbell Brewery in Blyth, Ontario at 1:30pm. Executive Coordinator and Board of Directors for G2G Rail Trail Inc. will host this meeting along with local Trail Advisory Committees, MOU Partners, local Media and RTO4.

Please join us upstairs in Threshers Hall for networking with refreshments and light food (Alcoholic Beverages not included). 
Should you have any questions regarding this event, please email Grace Vanden Heuvel: 

Agenda Topics

1.     Introductions and organizational structure

2.     On the ground updates

3.     Past accomplishment and Lessons Learned

4.     Future Priorities/ Strategic Development Planning

5.     Events and Marketing

6.     Financials

7.     Closing and Final Questions


Community involvement is a huge focus for us, we hope to involve as many businesses, locals, tourists, groups and clubs as we possibly can. How awesome is it that we can bring so many people together from Goderich to Guelph all by connection of the trail.

G2G Rail Trail Inc. Vision Statement

To develop and maintain a continuous, safe and fully accessible G2G Rail Trail Experience that is 127 KM of linear, multi-use green space from the 401 corridor at Guelph, Ontario to the shores of Lake Huron at Goderich, Ontario.

G2G Rail Trail is a natural, historical and culturally significant conservation corridor that supports community recreation and active transportation, promotes health and well-being and brings awareness to rural agriculture, heritage and the environment.

Events you Won't Want to Miss
This spring we are coming at you with great opportunities to get participating in events and live a healthy and safe lifestyle; motivating you off the couch and into the community.


Annual SOTT Get off the Couch and on the Trail  
 12, 2018 (SAT)
Come celebrate spring on the trail with our annual season opener – Spring on the Trail!  SOTT is every communities chance to get on the trail and welcome those who use the trail. Local businesses, clubs, committees, etc will have fun activities along the trail as a chance to meet and greet the trail users. More info to follow.

G2G Dr. P Ahuja Memorial Golf Tournament 
June 6th, 2018 (WED)
Always a fun day at the beautiful Ariss Valley Golf and Country Club. Whack a ball around the course, win a prize, raise money.  Registration starts at 11 am, boxed lunch and steak dinner included. This will be the 7th year our local supporters have joined together to help improve the Kissing Bridge section of the G2G Rail Trail.

Canada Rides G2G – 4 Day Rail Trail Ride  
June 29th – July 2nd, 2018 (FRI – MON)
Annually the Week of Canada Day Long Weekend – 127 km of pure Canadian trail waiting to be filled with celebratory strides and rides.  This year we invite you to ride the distance with a whole bunch of like-minded folks. The ride will be include staging areas for those who wish to camp, a SAG vehicle for hauling gear, emergency services and a mobile bike repair vehicle. You don't have to leave SWO to explore on your bike!
Even if you can't join us we still challenge you to do the full 127km (150km with detours) this year. 

Annual BBQ and General Meeting  
July 18, 2018 (WED)
Learn what's happened on the trail over the past year and where it will be going in the next. A great evening out to share your enthusiasm for the trail!  Save the date and watch for details. The final location will be announced in our next newsletter. 



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Press Release: A New Spin on Local Efforts for World Water Day



Gardens with Rain Barrels Support World Water Day’s Message


HAMILTON, March 20th, 2018


Ottawa resident, Cana Balay enjoys her backyard garden of roses and summer flowering plants each year, where she uses water,
collected in a rain barrel, to keep them well hydrated throughout the growing season. She learned about collecting rainwater in barrels, made especially for that purpose, and purchased one at a local rain barrel fundraising sale. “Instead of coming inside
the house and taking water out, we use the hose attached to the rain barrel outside and fill watering cans to water my plants” says Cana. She appreciates being able to use free water to care for her garden and recognizes the added benefit of conserving and
protecting local water resources at the same time.


Water stewardship is the main focus of World Water Day, which has taken place annually for over 25 years on March 22nd. This
year’s theme, “Nature for Water,” looks to naturally-occurring solutions to the global 21st century water challenges. With environmental damage and climate change magnifying water-related crises around the world, people are experiencing floods,
drought, and pollution on unprecedented scales. South Africa is facing extreme water shortages and indigenous communities in Canada continue to struggle with water quality issues. Nature-based solutions (NBS) emulate what already occurs in our world to protect
water sources such as replenishing forests and reconnecting rivers to floodplains.


Canadians can use small-scale practices carried out around the house to conserve and protect water sources. Most of us are well
informed about the benefits of turning off the tap and taking shorter showers, but fewer people may realize that every rainfall presents its own opportunity for conscientious water stewardship.


Rain barrels, which are becoming increasingly widespread, collect free water from a roof and store it for future use in gardens
and for watering lawns, shrubs, and trees. Rainwater is free of chlorine and fluoride typically found in tap water and is often the preferred choice of local residents for their healthy gardens. Homeowners with rain barrels can disconnect their downspouts
from sewer systems, resulting in redirection of rainwater to permeable ground surfaces that filter and absorb water. This natural filtering helps ensure a cleaner and replenished water supply for the entire community and prevents rainwater from going into
the storm management systems, keeping down water costs and related charges and taxes.


Hundreds of non-profit organizations have utilized rain barrel fundraising sales to support their work in their local communities
and the World Water Day message can be supported with rain barrel use. A growing list of 2018 participating non-profit organizations and municipalities is now posted at


About – reclaims
food grade barrels and re-purposes them as rain barrels. Once used to transport fruits and vegetables, they now offer years of reliable service as rain barrels. Partnering with various non-profit organizations, helps
stage truckload fundraisers in communities across Canada with new communities added each week. Several municipalities distribute our newly manufactured rain barrels at a reduced cost to their residents. For more information, please contact Larry Pomerantz
or visit
Please see our rain barrel fundraising video on 










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The Firefighters' Association of Trent Lakes




District Municipality of Muskoka




Chris Hadfield Public School




Brampton Home Delivery

Home Delivery



Kin Club Of Preston

Coming Soon



Preston Heights Community Group Watertower Gardens Committee




The Optimist Club of Carlisle




Habitat for Humanity Northumberland




Collingwood Lions club




Dairy Queen




Haven on the Queensway


Fall River


Lockview High School




Centre Wellington District High School




Aylmer United Church




Beacon Learning Centre




Just Food




Kinette club of Grimsby




St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School




Centennial CVI




Escarpment Project




North End Breezes




Ingersoll Minor Baseball

Coming Soon



The Friends of the Innisfil Public Library




Kanata Research Park Family Centre




Knights of Columbus




Auditorium Neighbourhood Association




Kawartha Conservation




London Central Lions Club


Long Grove


Congregation Beth Judea




The City of Markham




Miami Minor Soccer

Coming Soon



County Sustainability




Friends of Ecological and Environmental Learning




John Fraser Secondary School




École Secondaire Catholique Sainte Famille




Sheridan Park Public School




Mundare Public Library




62nd Scout Group Ottawa


New Lowell


Royal Canadian Legion New Lowell


Norfolk County (Vittoria)


Nature's Calling Environmental Education




Lady Evelyn




Lester B. Pearson High School




Overbrook Community Gardens








Fairport Beach Public School


Port Hope


The Canadian Firefighters Museum


Richmond Hill


Chorus York

Coming Soon



Alzheimer Sarnia




West Hill Highland Creek Lions Club


South River


Almaguin Adult Learning Centre


St. Catharines


Competitive Dance Kids of Niagara

Coming Soon

St. Catharines


Holy Cross Catholic High School




Stirling and District Lions Club




A Lorne Cassidy Elementary School




Health Sciences North Foundation

Coming Soon



reThink Green


Sutton West


St Bernadette Elementary




Cabbagetown South




The Lighthouse

Coming Soon



Toronto Region Conservation Authority (SNAP)




West Hill Highland Creek Lions Club


Val Caron


Confederation Secondary School




20th Welland Scouting

Coming Soon

West Seneca


Edward & Son




Whitby in Bloom

Coming Soon

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Elora Festival & Singers 2018 Annual Giant Book Sale

Booklovers:  The Elora Festival & Singers' 30th Annual Giant Book Sale is Friday May 4 (5 9pm), Saturday May 5 (9:30 am-5 pm), and Sunday May 6 (9:30 am-4 pm). Browse 60+ thousand gently-read adult and children’s books, music, cds and games. Come to the Elora Curling Club on David St West. $5.00 admission Friday night only, with a voucher redeemable in books Sunday