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Waterloo Wildfire Ringette: Upcoming Games

Regional U10 Game - Guelph - M @ U10W Sunday December 8, 2019 6:00pm

Regional U10 Game - Guelph - M @ U10W Sunday December 8, 2019 6:00pm

Waterloo Wildfire Ringette: Upcoming Games

Regional U14 Game - Wellington North @ U14 Sunday December 8, 2019 4:00pm

Regional U14 Game - Wellington North @ U14 Sunday December 8, 2019 4:00pm

Waterloo Wildfire Ringette: Upcoming Games

Provincial U12PP Game - London @ U12PP Sunday December 8, 2019 2:00pm

Provincial U12PP Game - London @ U12PP Sunday December 8, 2019 2:00pm

Waterloo Wildfire Ringette: Upcoming Games

Regional U12 Game - Guelph @ U12 Sunday December 8, 2019 12:00pm

Regional U12 Game - Guelph @ U12 Sunday December 8, 2019 12:00pm

Waterloo Wildfire Ringette: Upcoming Games

Provincial U19AA Game - Richmond Hill @ U19AA Sunday December 8, 2019 11:15am

Provincial U19AA Game - Richmond Hill @ U19AA Sunday December 8, 2019 11:15am

Waterloo Wildfire Ringette: Upcoming Games

Provincial U14A Game - London @ U14A Saturday December 7, 2019 5:30pm

Provincial U14A Game - London @ U14A Saturday December 7, 2019 5:30pm

Waterloo Wildfire Ringette: Upcoming Games

Regional U8 Game - Elora Fergus @ U8 Saturday December 7, 2019 3:00pm

Regional U8 Game - Elora Fergus @ U8 Saturday December 7, 2019 3:00pm

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Kitchener Rangers

Final: Rangers 4, Spitfires 3

Windsor, ON: On Thursday night, the Rangers (11-10-2-2) played the Spitfires (15-6-3-0) in their first of three-straight games this week. Despite going down 2-0, the Rangers tied the game up after two periods on goals from Axel Bergkvist and Liam Hawel. Kitchener took their first lead in the third on a Jonathan Yantsis goal but that lead only lasted 56 seconds. Finally, a goal by Francesco Pinelli, his eighth, gave the Rangers the lead and the win, 4-3. Jacob Ingham saved 23 in the win. - On the Spitfires' second powerplay of the night, at 16:42 of the first period, the home side scored when an Egor Afanasyev shot rebounded off the pad of Jason Ingham right to Will Cuylle (8) who rifled home the game's first goal to make it 1-0. The period came to an end with the Spitfires on their third powerplay of the game after Axel Bergkvist laid a hip check on Cole Purboo. Windsor led in shots 9-5. The Rangers pulled within one at 11:29 while on the powerplay. Greg Meireles made a pass to the blueline and Axel Bergkvist (1) unloaded a shot on the net of Kari Piiroinen that went off the post and in to score his first OHL goal. That made it 2-1. At 15:45, sustained offensive pressure by the Rangers saw Greg Meireles, from the endboards, pass out to Francesco Pinelli to then passed it to Liam Hawel (8) who shot from just above the slot and tied it up, 2-2. The second period ended with the Rangers up in shots 19-16. Kitchener took their first lead of the night on the powerplay at 8:48 when Damiani put a puck on net that found Jonathan Yantsis (14) who swept it into the back of the net to make it 3-2. Axel Bergkvist also picked up an assist on the goal. Just 56 seconds later, Jean-Luc Foudy (10) tied it up on a solid individual effort to tie the game up once more, 3-3. The Rangers retook the lead at 15:29 when Meireles made a cross-ice pass to Francesco Pinelli (8) who chipped the puck in over the pad of Piiroinen and it was 4-3. Pinelli's goal ended up being the game-winning goal as the Rangers fended off the extra attacker to earn their fourth victory in a row. Final shots on goal were 26-22 in favour of the Spitfires. The next home game for the Rangers is Friday, December 6 at 7:30 pm versus the Oshawa Generals. The next road game is on Saturday, December 7 at 7:30 pm versus the Owen Sound Attack. Tickets are available for all regular-season home games! Purchase yours in-person at The Aud or Centre in the Square Box Office, by phone (519) 578-1570 or 1-800-265-8977, or online. Join the conversation on all things Rangers by using #RTown. You can follow the Rangers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @OHLRangers.

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Centre Stage with Voice Over Actor Graham A Yeates

We end off our December Man blogs with a lovely chat with voiceover actor Graham A. Yeates.

 ♦ (Graham A Yeates - Photo Credit: Ange Clayfield)

Graham is a simple man. He loves medieval history, has a library full of books, has a wonderful wife and psychotic cat whom he loves.Graham has been a member of the KWLT family since 2001 when he caught the acting bug in his first production: Much Ado About Nothing as Don Petro. Since then he's been doing various things including acting, directing, stage managing, and is even a former president. 


It was through KWLT that Graham found voiceover acting and wanted to learn more about that medium.


“I was a stage actor through KWLT and I wanted a way of doing that but with [a further development of the craft]. I took classes [and workshops] for voiceover and I have a particular love of that. A number of years ago at KWLT, we did a radio, theatre-of-the-mind kind of weekend, so I’ve long liked that sort of background...The nice thing is that it allows me to give back to KWLT because I don’t really have time anymore to do shows, but since 2015 I’ve done voiceover work for KWLT show  [on average] one a year. It’s nice; it allows me to keep my hand in.”


After taking all the workshops, Graham was able to transition that practice into a career.


“It is very entrepreneurial based. You have to go and hunt down all your own clients; unlike the more traditional acting stream, where you get an agent and your agent gets business for you. There is some of that in voice acting, but the vast majority of it is making relationships with businesses that need voice over work."


Graham’s work primarily is very client based. He records a lot of industrial narration, explainer videos, and some e-learning tutorials, where the only people that know that it’s him, are the client and himself. Although he would love to get into bigger projects like animation, that particular part of the field is very 1%. It’s union work and very prestigious. He was lucky enough, however, to do an animation pilot once.


When it comes to being an independent voiceover actor, it takes a lot of networking.


“It’s a lot of networking and a lot of cold emails. [You have to contact] people who make explainer videos, people who make documentaries, or anything like that. Any place that might need a voice over, I say, 'Hey! My name is Graham and I do the work you need someone to do. Here’s my website, where you can take a look at my demos'.”


There might be times he may go to their studio, but mainly he works from home in his own studio. Fun fact, he actually recorded and edited all the voice over clips with the other actors from The December Man in his studio! Pretty good eh?!

♦ (Graham at work)

As any good actor knows, whether it’s for a play, a musical or even performing workkjb daily tasks, like talking to clients/customers, vocal warm ups are extremely important! Graham makes sure he is always ready when doing a voiceover.


“The key is to warm up. Every actor hates doing warm ups - I know I do - but they are incredibly important. They can’t be skipped. I find I have to do it for about 20 minutes as a minimum. [I also] read out loud for about 30 minutes to an hour a day to keep the muscles up. It’s not just warming up your voice, it’s also stretching your face muscles, because if your face is tired, you wouldn’t enunciate much or articulate as well.”


Graham also believes in having the proper training and coaching. He thinks that it’s in the best interest of the actor to always stay informed; keep learning from coaches who know what they are doing. Graham says, he isn’t quite qualified to teach or train, but is he willing to share what he has learnt.


“I’m happy to share with people the things that I’ve learned, but I’m in no way qualified to teach it. I can tell you the most important rule: Don’t touch the microphone!”

The reason this is such an important rule is because in most studio’s, their microphones are very expensive and therefore only the sound engineers are allowed to touch them, even if it’s just to adjust it to the right height. That is some sage advice to any up and coming voice actor, and Graham has a few more to add to that:


“The key about being a voice over actor is that it’s acting! Study acting, get into improv, take various workshops, get some coaching.. You don’t have to worry about the microphone; you’ll get there eventually. It starts with the training. It’s actually better to get a quality place to record than having a microphone.”


Come out and hear Graham’s and the other voice actor’s beautiful voices perform in this haunting beautiful show. You only have three more chances to see this amazing show until it is gone forever! Tickets are at the door and online at: www.eventbrite.ca/e/kwlt-presents-the-december-man-lhomme-de-decembre-tickets-78987470651. And don’t forget, tomorrow (December 6th) is the 30th Anniversary and the proceeds from the show will be donated to Victim Services of Waterloo Region. Help support this great organization and show our love for our community be coming down to KWLT. Wer’d love to see you there 

Final Remarks:


COMING SOON: I venture forth towards learning more about East of Berlin which hits the KWLT stage on January 30th.


Miovision supports #FreeTheMIBS

Miovision believes that open architectures are important. Hardware should interoperate easily and data should be based on standards. This allows cities to adopt different systems to meet their needs without having to spend a lot of time and money on integration. Or, worse – discover they are locked into a single vendor because the data they’re generating can’t be used in other systems. 

That’s why when the Free The MIBs campaign recently launched, we immediately applauded the effort. This collaborative campaign aims to encourage traffic signal controllers, ITS device manufacturers, and public sector agencies to unite behind opening and sharing device NTCIP protocols – specifically, management information bases (MIBs). 

As the campaign explains:

“MIBs provide a common language through which central traffic management systems and transportation management devices communicate. For traffic signal operations, MIBs are used to manage traffic signals through advanced transportation controllers (ATC) located in the roadside cabinet.

“While other segments of the ITS industry including variable message sign vendors make their MIBs fully available, the vast majority of traffic control manufacturers don’t, driving up taxpayer costs and limiting Smart City growth.

“Currently, only about 15 – 20% of the communications objects within each MIB are open, preventing traffic management equipment interoperability and handicapping agencies interested in using the best traffic control solutions from different manufacturers.” 

For us, that last sentence is the key. Public agencies should be empowered to pick the best solution for their needs. As an innovative company, we pride ourselves in winning customers because we make a great product, not because we’ve locked customers in and they can’t easily choose another vendor as their needs expand. An open approach ultimately pushes us all to create better solutions. 

Because #FreetheMIBS is better for customers and better for a healthy marketplace, we believe that vendors who continue to rely on closed technologies will ultimately be left behind. 

We support #FreetheMIBS and we strongly encourage others to do so as well. Learn more at www.freethemibs.org. 

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YW Kitchener-Waterloo

Combined Comfort

We were so thrilled that several wonderful Insurance Companies rallied together to provide us with boxes upon boxes of beautiful, warm and much-needed fleece blankets!

We’d like to publicly thank and recognize Josslin Insurance, OTIP, Donovan Insurance, Zehr Insurance and Staebler Insurance along with IBA Waterloo and IBA Ontario.

These blankets will help so many of our clients and program participants, keeping them warm during these frigid winter months.

Thank you to all!

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Open Text

EDI is cool again, says Forbes

Every year, someone announces the final demise of EDI. But this year, Forbes believes EDI has become cool – well, at least the EDI Value Added Network (VAN), aka EDI cloud. So, what is an EDI cloud network and what can it offer your business? An EDI cloud network provides a seamless and automated channel …

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Capturing customer attention with video

Customers today have a lot of choices and are exposed to over 5,000 brand and advertising impressions a day. With reduced attention spans and the increasing complexity of paths to purchase, few messages today actually resonate with customers, making it difficult for brands to differentiate themselves. Consumers now spend over 3 hours per day on …

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Remove data silos to benefit your business

In today’s competitive marketplace, organizations need to blend data from different business units to provide deeper insight into operations, customers, sales and financial performance. To uncover these insights, organizations must integrate siloed data from disparate applications, systems and data warehouses located throughout the business. Unfortunately, only 52% of data integration projects are successfully completed, according …

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Kitchener Panthers

2020 Tickets On Sale Now

♦The Kitchener Panthers Baseball Club announced today their partnership with Canadian online ticketing platform SeatGIANT for the 2020 season.  By establishing this partnership it allows Panthers fans the ability to purchase single game, flex packs, and season tickets online.

Panthers president Bill Pegg had this to say about the partnership with SeatGIANT "The Kitchener Panthers have entered into an agreement with SeatGIANT online ticket sales platform for 2020. SeatGIANT provide services to the
Barrie BayCats and Welland Jackfish in 2019. Both teams were extremely happy with the results. SeatGIANT has offered its services to the entire league. It will now be easier than ever to get your Panthers tickets in advance" 

 To celebrate the partnership, the Panthers are offering $25.00 OFF Season Tickets until December 31st! You can use Discount Code: PANTHERS25 at checkout.  The Panthers are also offering a special offer for the home opener of Buy one adult or senior ticket, and get one for half price (online purchases only).

To purchase your 2020 Panthers tickets click the link below:


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How to leverage eDiscovery software for DSAR reviews

Under the GDPR, individuals have the right to understand what personal data an organization holds about them, ensure the information is accurate, and request the amendment, deletion or transfer of their personal information. Individuals can make this request by submitting a Data Subject Access Request (DSAR), which requires that organizations find, review, redact and produce …

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My Home in Kitchener Waterloo

The Three Reasons You Need A Home Inspection

“A home inspection is your due diligence.” Buying a home will likely be one of the biggest purchases you make in your lifetime. So when you find the home of your dreams and make an offer, it’s highly recommended to have a professional home inspector check it out from top to bottom to determine the […]

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Five questions with… Yukon Regional Chief and COP25 participant Kluane Adamek

The United Nations’ annual climate change conference kicked off Monday in Madrid, with 25,000 delegates from around the world expected to take part in meetings in the Spanish capital over the next two weeks.

COP25 was original scheduled to be held in Chile, but was moved to Spain in November due to ongoing unrest over inequality in the Latin American country. In his opening remarks on Monday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres thanked the two countries for working “together in ...

Kitchener Rangers

RANGERS VISION: This or That – Liam Hawel

James Davis Nicoll

I Get By / Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, book 1 By Shinobu Ohtaka

Shinobu Ohtaka’s Arabian-Knights-themed Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Sunday from June 2009 to October 2017. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Vol. 1 collects the first seven issues (or Nights) of the manga series.

Tween Aladdin seems an easy target, being tiny and half-starved. As one unlucky bandit clan discovers, appearances can be deceiving. Aladdin may be small, but Udo, the djinn who lives in his flute, is large and powerful indeed. 

If only Udo’s head were not still trapped in some other (unknown) container, the djinn would be even more impressive. Aladdin is determined to find and free his friend’s head.

Centre in the Square

KW Comedy Festival Cabaret Show


Centre in the Square



Cherry Park Neighbourhood Association

Winter Program Registration has started

Registration for the Winter 2020 classes have started
The deadline to register is December 30th.  Any classes short of the required number will be cancelled after that date, so please don't delay in registering if you are interested.
Winter classes will start the week of January 7th.

Classes with enough people registered to run
- Yoga (this class is 10 weeks long, not 8 as in newsletter)

Classes with some registered (number needed to run)
- Volleyball Skills for Kids (3 more needed)
- Basic D&D for Youth grades 6-8 (1 more needed)
- Basic D&D for Kids grades 2-6 (2 more needed)
- Knitting for Kids (2 more needed)
- ASL Beginner 1 on Tuesdays (2 more needed)
- Spanish Beginners (1 more needed)
- Spanish Intermediates (3 more needed)
- German Intermediates (2 more needed)
- Zumba (2 more needed)

The registration codes for all our courses are listed in our Winter Newsletter (see link in blog)

WPL's More Books Please!

Woman on the Edge

Woman on the Edge is the debut novel by Toronto author, Samantha M. Bailey. After six years of writing, rewriting and editing, she has written an intriguing story that will snag readers from the get-go. The premise is this: A woman suddenly hands her baby to an unsuspecting stranger on a subway platform, seconds before the woman jumps in front of the train. This emotional and shocking scene is just the start of the suspenseful and impressive story.

As a book blogger, I was lucky to be invited to Sam’s book launch* in Toronto last week. She is a warm and generous person and I’m so happy that I can say that Woman on the Edge is one of my favourite books of 2019.

What made Woman on the Edge stand out for me is that it’s not a ‘typical’ thriller. Within her a compulsive and twisty plot, Bailey incorporates the struggles of new motherhood and mental illness with believably flawed, yet resilient, female characters which culminate in an intense and suspenseful read that will keep readers riveted until the final pages. Yes, it’s that good.

Impressive, suspenseful, clever and thought-provoking. What more could you ask for? You can find this increasingly popular title at WPL.

— Laurie P.

♦*Note: Laurie had posted a review of this book on her personal reading blog, The Baking Bookworm, and was contacted by the author afterwards with an invitation to her launch party in Toronto.

Laurie had an awesome time, met the author and many other book bloggers too.

This photo is of author Samantha Bailey (left) and our own blogger, Laurie Prentice

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Rising Tides

♦ As more municipalities are declaring Climate Emergencies in their communities, it's great to see local organizations offering practical discussions and workshops that offer ways to move forward on the issue. One such event is this one at the Kitchener Public Library (Central). The free event happens Dec 9th starting at 7pm. You do need to register and there is a limit of 2 tickets per email address. (You also don't need to print your tickets). Here are the details:

"Rising Tides is a collection of short fiction, creative non-fiction, memoir and poetry addressing the past, present and future of climate change. Bringing stories about climate change—both catastrophic and subtle—closer to home, this new anthology inspires reflection, understanding, conversation and action. With more than forty purposefully written pieces, Rising Tides emphasizes the need for intimate stories and thoughtful attention, and also for a view of climate justice that is grounded in ongoing histories of colonialism and other forms of environmental and social devastation. These stories parallel the critical issues facing the planet, and imagine equitable responses for all Canadians, moving beyond denial and apocalypse and toward shared meaning and action.

Join us for a special discussion about climate change storytelling with Jesse Thistle, Laurie D. Graham, Timothy Leduc, and Cate Sandilands - editor of the forthcoming anthology Rising Tides: Reflections for Climate Changing Times"

Knox Waterloo Presbyterian Church

Christmas at Knox Waterloo 2019

The nativity scene is in place outside of the church. The Christmas tree is up with lights and decorations. The Advent wreath is ready to be lit. Here at Knox Waterloo we celebrate Advent and Christmas with wonder filled traditions.

We look forward to the children’s service on December 8th and the Choir’s special presentation on the 15th. The traditional Lessons and Carols with university students reading and singing carols with Full House Brass is on December 22nd.

Our LONGEST NIGHT SERVICE is on Saturday, December 21st at 8:00 p.m. As always this is a reflective, quiet, candle lit service for anyone who is finding this Christmas difficult, sad or who just need a quiet place of calm in the busyness of the Season. Our choir will provide some comforting music for us all. We are live on Radio 98.5 FM and live streaming at knoxwaterloo.ca/live.

We continue our tradition with four services on Christmas Eve.

  • 5:00 p.m.-Worship for families with small children, praise band
  • 7:00 p.m.-Candlelight Service with brass
  • 9:00 p.m.-Candlelight Service with Christmas choir
  • 11:00 p.m.-Candlelight Communion Service

Christmas is a time of generosity. Please consider making a Christmas Offering to your church. Our congregation has stepped out in faith. As we enter a new and exciting ministry, we need your financial support to start 2020 well.

Please make sure that your envelope number or full name is on the enclosed envelope. You may want to bring your offering to worship or give via the app ‘Tithe.ly.’ All donations to Knox for this year must be received by noon of December 31, 2019.

We are proud of our congregation. Many people will worship at Knox for the first time this Christmas season and hear the story of God’s amazing love. May our Christmas celebrations at church and at home be a blessing to all, as once again we invite our Lord to be born anew into our hearts.

Yours in love,

Hugh Donnelly
Linda Ashfield
Brooke Ashfield

Knox Waterloo Presbyterian Church

The 26th Annual Longest Night Service

Knox Waterloo Saturday, December 21st, 2019, 8:00 p.m.
Broadcast live on FM 98.5 CKWR Video
Livestreaming: at Knoxwaterloo.ca

We invite you to this special service. Every year brings change and we all have losses; be it loss of a home, a love, a friend, our health, a job or some other part of our lives. Christmas can be a difficult time for us when we are experiencing sadness, loss or transitions in life.

The Longest Night Service invites us to pause in the midst of a busy season; to set aside time for quiet reflection as we seek healing. Together we declare hope and light in a world that sometimes can seem so full of darkness.

This year we are privileged and honoured to welcome as our speaker Mackenzie Leclaire, a student at the University of Waterloo. Currently, Mackenzie works as a research assistant at the University and is President of the Legal Studies Student Society. Mackenzie also volunteers as a facilitator at a restorative justice agency, supporting individuals who have been involved in the criminal justice system.

Mackenzie has a deep passion for promoting mental health. This stems from personal experiences of trauma and mental illness. Mackenzie says, “Peace comes from hearing people’s life stories of overcoming obstacles. The awareness that I’m not alone in my battles is the foundation for my strength. It’s what drives me to continue to share my journey, the challenges I’ve overcome, and the ones I’m still overcoming.”

The Longest Night Service is open and welcoming to all. This is for everyone. Feel free to invite your family and friends. There are light refreshments after the service. Casual dress is expected. There is no collection/offering. Each person will be invited to light a candle as a sign of hope, or in memory of a loved one and the Knox Chancel Choir will offer music to inspire and comfort.

Quiet reflection, words of hope, lighting a candle, and a brief address from one who is experiencing transition. We hope you will be able to join us on December 21st at 8 pm. You may wish to invite a friend or two to join you. This service is also live on the radio and will be live streamed.

May God’s peace and hope be with you,

Hugh Donnelly
Brooke Ashfield
Linda Ashfield

The Ministers at Knox Waterloo

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OpenText Magellan and Platform 3 Solutions

The modern enterprise is a jungle of interconnected legacy systems, business unit applications, and technology platforms. Many enterprises have hundreds, or even thousands of disparate technologies running on their networks. Such a bloated technology landscape requires extensive budget to maintain, and prevents IT staff from concentrating on new priorities and innovation. With so much new …

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St Jacobs Market District

Market Holiday Shopping Passport


How to Play:
1) Spend a minimum of $5 at a St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market booth.
2) Have your vendor mark the appropriate number of boxes for your purchase (e.x. $20 spent = 4 boxes, $32 spent = 6 boxes, etc.).
3) Once you have spent $50 and your passport is full, fill out the portion below and submit your passport in the ballot box at the Market Office inside Peddler’s Village.
4) Repeat steps 1-3 until you’ve finished your holiday shopping! No maximum entries. More shopping = more chances to win!

The Prize:

Win the “Ultimate Ultimate Holiday Prize Pack” valued at over $300. Items like a fresh turkey and produce, charcuterie must-haves, delicious desserts and drinks, gorgeous centrepieces, and MORE! Everything you need to make your holiday a success.

Submit your passport to the Market Office by Saturday, December 21 at 3:30pm. The winner will be drawn, contacted, and announced on social media that day.

♦Click here to download and print your passport, or pick one up at the Market Office!

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Stadia Live Streaming with Farming Simulator 19


Communitech News

Lights. Camera. Apollo.

Red carpets. Flashing lights. Movie premieres. ION light rail transit.

Think one of these things doesn’t belong? Well, they’ll all be part of next May’s edition of the Grand River Film Festival. Last season saw the festival usher in some changes including moving from the fall to the spring. 

This year will see the festival take place entirely in Kitchener with the Apollo Cinema serving as the main screening cinema. “We’re the the Grand River Film Festival, that stretches the entire region. We’re really want to be a great part of the community,” said Michael Clark, Chair of Programming for the festival.

In addition to the Apollo, films are screened throughout the year at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), in Uptown Waterloo. Like the Apollo, both are also quick walks from ION light rail transit stations. “We’re looking forward to leveraging the ION next year to bring people out,” added Clark. 

One of Clark’s favourite parts of the festival is the Youth Video Competition in collaboration with the City of Kitchener and the Kitchener Public Library. The contest is open to budding filmmakers between the ages of 12 and 25. Prizes are awarded in three age groups, 12 to 14, 15 to 17 and 18 to 25. “We find it’s high school students who are really into it. For kids who don’t know yet if they want to be filmmakers, it’s a great way to get started,” Clark said. The cash prizes are great, but even better is that the winners of each category are screened before films during the festival.

Clark mentioned two great local resources for filmmakers of any age in Waterloo Region. The Working Centre’s Commons Studio offers a membership-based equipment rental program and studio space. Their equipment library is impressive and includes everything from lights to microphones to cameras. 

The recently opened Heffner Studio at the Kitchener Public Library also offers tools and space for film and video production. The studio has workstations loaded with Adobe video tools including Adobe Premiere Pro for video editing. Heffner Studio also has production booths for recording audio for your production. “What’s great about Heffner Studio and Commons Studio is that they give people the tools to develop new skills and passion,” said Clark. The Grand River Film Festival is launching a podcast soon and they’ll be recording and editing at the Heffner Studio.

Already lining up to get your tickets and popcorn? Don’t worry – you don’t have to wait until May to enjoy the festival. The festival runs two monthly screening events throughout the year. 

In partnership with CIGI and THEMUSEUM, the CIGI Cinema Series is a monthly screening of documentaries focused on social justice themes. The most recent screening was “The Future of Work and Death,” a documentary exploring the impact of technological advances on the two certainties of human life – work and death. “THEMUSEUM has their exhibit ‘AFTERLIFE | A Séance Experience’ on right now and this tied into the documentary focused on death and dying,” Clark said. The three partners take turns each month curating what film to screen. The series takes a break in December and will return with a screening of the documentary “Anthropocene:The Human Epoch” on Jan 21, 2020.

Also running monthly from the end of April through September is the CineSeries in partnership with the Toronto International Film Festival. Each year, TIFF puts out a list of mid-range movies for other film festivals to screen. “We’re unique in that normally a city this close to Toronto doesn’t get to participate.” In November, the festival screened “Wild Nights with Emily” at the Cineplex Theatre in Cambridge. The screening was also a clothing drive to support The Bridges, an emergency shelter and housing support centre. 

The Grand River Film Festival is also a great option if you’re looking to get involved with a local event. It’s an entirely volunteer-led festival. “There are no salaried positions; we’re here to celebrate and inspire community through the shared experience of film,” said Clark. 

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While I’m getting ready for my close-up, I see and hear that…The Christkindl Market returns to Downtown Kitchener Thursday, Dec. 5 through Sunday, Dec. 8 with live music, unique vendors and more to help you get in the holiday spirit. There’s a screening of the documentary PUSH at the Princess Cinemas starting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5. PUSH follows Canadian Lelani Farha, UN special rapporteur on the right to housing, as she travels the world to figure out who is being pushed out of cities. Presented by Powershift, the KW Community Foundation, ALLIN2020 and the Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation. The Saturday morning all-you-can-eat-cereal cartoon party is back at the Apollo Cinema with their holiday edition this Saturday, Dec. 7 at 11 a.m. Bring your own spoon and bowl – gluten free options available.

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Maxwell's Concerts and Events

Royal Tusk, Thurs March 5

Maxwell’s Concerts & Events is proud to present Royal Tusk “Thunder on the Tundra” Tour wsg BRKN LOVE & Ready the Prince, Thursday March 5th!

Tickets on-sale Friday December 6th at 10am

$15 + service charge
Doors open at 7:30pm, music starts at 8:00pm

19+, valid photo ID required

The Registry Theatre

A Big Band Christmas

The Registry Theatre


A Big Band Christmas with Big Band Theory

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A fundraiser for the Waterloo Region Record’s Books For Kids project.

The Waterloo Regions best jazz musicians play Christmas classics with a jazz twist. 17 great players, plus a special guest vocalist Avery Raquel. A fundraiser for the Waterloo Region Record’s Books For Kids annual project buys new books for needy children in our community.

Saturday December 14th, 8 pm

Sunday December 15th, 3 pm

Tickets: $25

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The Registry Theatre

A Big Band Christmas

The Registry Theatre


A Big Band Christmas with Big Band Theory

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A fundraiser for the Waterloo Region Record’s Books For Kids project.

The Waterloo Regions best jazz musicians play Christmas classics with a jazz twist. 17 great players, plus a special guest vocalist Avery Raquel. A fundraiser for the Waterloo Region Record’s Books For Kids annual project buys new books for needy children in our community.

Saturday December 14th, 8 pm

Sunday December 15th, 3 pm

Tickets: $25

Buy Tickets Online

Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Comerce

Year-End Tips for Kitchener-Waterloo Small Businesses

Carrie Mulrooney of GnarlyBooks.ca, a BBB Accredited Business from K-W, shares how small businesses can get smarter about saving time and money in 2020 with four recommendations to start focusing on growing their business rather than getting lost in the numbers.


Many small businesses will be giving their employees a holiday and/or a year-end bonus soon. It’s important to note that these are two different kinds of bonus structures. A holiday bonus shows appreciation and is usually a gift given during the fourth quarter of the year. A year-end bonus is performance-based and usually given the first quarter to avoid confusion with a holiday bonus. All bonuses are taxable income and employers must withhold, report and remit proper tax amounts. Employees need to be aware of exactly how much money they’ll receive after taxes have been applied. Employers can help employees understand this by communicating with them at the time the bonus is given.

Did you know that after just two payroll mistakes, 49% of employees will start looking for a new job? 60% of small businesses still handle this function in-house but it can become a very costly mistake! Sadly, many companies still spend up to 10 hours a month processing payroll with manual in-house payroll processing resulting in 2x the mistakes. The good news is that cloud-based payroll software, like Wagepoint, reduces errors and lowers processing costs by up to 80%. So why are so many business owners reluctant to make the switch? It’s simple: they’re afraid of what they don’t understand. Once they take the time to understand the new cloud-based tools available, they’ll wish they had switched a long time ago.
Source: blog.wagepoint.com/all-content/why-small-businesses-need-payroll-software-webinar-recap

Many small businesses still manually enter invoices and payroll with a pen and paper. It’s a lengthy process that opens you up to accounting errors. Luckily, there are a number of technology solutions available to small businesses can save a great amount of time. If there’s a single recommendation for small business owners, it’s to look into the automated invoicing and expense tracking tools that will make life a lot easier. There are many cloud-based accounting tools available for small businesses — one of the most popular being QuickBooks Online — and the majority of these tools are surprisingly easy to operate.


Many small businesses operate with limited revenue, and it may be tempting to keep operational costs low by managing accounting in-house. The reality, however, is that handling your own payroll and accounting can cost companies more money and frustration in the long-term. For example, it’s easy for small businesses to misunderstand how to best utilize tax deductions, and bookkeeping/accounting errors can be difficult to spot when you’re busy running the show and it’s just not your thing. Hiring an bookkeeping/accounting professional can minimize these sorts of issues.

Get back to doing what you love and focus on what you do best — growing your business — rather than on your payroll, and bookkeeping/accounting!


Carrie Mulrooney of GnarlyBooks from K-W is an advocate of cloud-based payroll tool, Wagepoint

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Marcel Gagne

New "Cooking With Linux" Intro, Built Using Kdenlive


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How to reduce cost and risk in capital projects

According to McKinsey, nine out of ten large infrastructure projects go over budget. In 73% of the cases, this is because of poor project execution. And what’s at the center of poor execution? Poor document management. In one study, three-quarters of respondents said that project document issues caused overruns on their projects, and 25% said …

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Kitchener Waterloo Association of Realtors


KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON (December 4, 2019) ––424 residential properties sold through the Multiple Listing System (MLS® System) of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR) in November, a decrease of 12.4 per cent compared to the same month last year.   Home sales in November included 265...

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Canada increasingly an outlier by keeping its child citizens detained in Syria

UNICEF recently launched a series of global awareness initiatives for World Children’s Day, which is celebrated annually on November 20. This year, it marked the thirtieth anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN-CRC). Though this seminal treaty has led to important improvements in children’s rights worldwide, the ongoing war in Syria highlights the particular vulnerability of children caught in the midst of armed conflicts. More than 29,000 children have reportedly been ...

Bridgit Solutions

Off the Bench – 5 Questions for 1972 Summit Series hero Paul Henderson

There are three goals that define Canada’s glory in international hockey. Each generation has their own memory of a hero, whose shot lit the red light and sent the country into unbridled elation. Before Sidney Crosby’s “Golden Goal” - Vancouver 2010, and Mario Lemieux’s late wrist shot - 1987 Canada Cup, there was Paul Henderson’s winner against the Soviet Union to capture the 1972 Summit Series.

The political undercurrent of the series ran deep, it was about much more than hockey, it was the Iron Curtain against the free world. The Cold War played out on ice, with skates, sticks and a puck. Down 1-3-1 in the eight game “exhibition”, Canada needed to win three-straight in Russia to take the series. As history shows, they did, in the most dramatic fashion…

Bridgit had the opportunity to speak with Henderson, 76, about the historic events that occurred nearly 50 years ago and the lessons on leadership and teamwork that were learned along the way. Here is what the veteran of 1,067 games as pro (707 NHL, 360 WHA) had to say:

Bridgit: Team Canada was loaded with talent in 1972, when the situation deteriorated to the point that you had a 1-2-1 record after Game 4 of the series and would have to travel to Russia for the final four games, who emerged as the leader to help pull the group forward?

Paul Henderson: I think it was more Phil Esposito than anybody else, we had four co-captains, but Phil, on and off the ice, nobody gave him the role, he just took it. I think he was a best player and he spoke to the team.

The best part was when we got to Russia, we had two dressing rooms, half the guys were in one room and half the guys were in the other room. That made it really difficult. To me you need somebody that is authentic, and you know they are being transparent, then guys will listen. As soon as you pretend, and talk about something you can’t do yourself, then you lose credibility.

The great leaders to me are the guys that do it on the ice, and when the going gets tough, they have the mentally of, “We are going to do this!” You need someone to lead the charge and Esposito did an incredible job of that.


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Bridgit: What did you learn about character when facing adversity midway through the Summit Series when Team Canada was up against the ropes?

PH: Everyone is different, I am a very positive person. I don’t look at things negatively. I remember distinctly Harry Sinden saying after we lost the first game in Russia (Game 5). “Don’t think about the next 3 games, all we gotta’ do is win Game 6. Just think about what we have to do in Game 6. We win Game 6 and we will think about Game 7.”

I sat there and thought, now that is great advice, you have the next game, think about that, you win that sucker, then you go from there. I really believed that I could score, I never ever thought that these guys are gonna’ beat us. I told my wife, “We’re gonna’ win the last three games!”

Bridgit: How did that entire experience change you as a person? Did people expect more of you when you came back from that tournament?

PH: I know I did. People did too, all the time, and I could feel it. The disaster of that was that I tried to do too much. There is an echelon of (star) hockey players, and I was not in that class. I mean I was good, and dependable but I tried to score goals, if we needed a goal, I would try to get the puck and score the (big) goal. It’s a team game, I was never a guy to do that, so of course it didn’t work.

When you try to do too much, it goes from not good, to really bad. People got down on me and I got really down on myself. It was a big learning curve for me and I learned so much in that time about what NOT to do.

Bridgit: In a business sense, what comes to mind as a good example of leadership?

PH: When you take advantage of someone, you don’t feel good about it, it’s just something in your gut. Unfortunately, there are people that operate that way who run businesses. I know a lot of people that run a business and most of them very authentic, they treat their people well and pay their people well. At the same time, the employee is accountable. If you are paying someone, you better get your money’s worth.

A good leader will always be looking out for his people, I have a friend who runs a business and he promises people when he hires them, if they succeed and do well, he will promote them, if you don’t do well, you may be let go, but he promises they will be better at their job when they leave than when they started. To me that’s leadership, the guy is authentic, when he says something, he means it.

For me, in my stage of life, being truthful, being honest, good character and being authentic. Those are the types of people I want to be around.


Photo courtesy of Ficel Marketing Corp.


Bridgit: Has scoring the Summit Series winner over the Soviet Union afforded you a lifestyle that you might not have had otherwise?

PH: For sure! (Alan) Eagleson told me on the way home from Russia, “That goal will probably be worth $1 million.” I laughed at the time, but it has obviously been worth a lot more than that to me.

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New CBRE report ranks Waterloo tech talent #1 for quality

A new report has ranked Waterloo fourth overall for tech talent and first in Canada for tech talent quality. The annual CBRE “Canada Scoring Tech Talent 2019” report grades communities in Canada in nine categories covering talent availability, quality of labour and cost competitiveness.

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Open Text

Early holiday comes to Southfield family through Bike-a-Thon

For many children, a brand new bicycle tops their holiday gift lists. As part of our dedication to giving back to the community, OpenText and Mastercard recently teamed up to help a local family make their children’s holiday wishes come true. Employees from the two companies worked together to custom-build bicycles for the six children …

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Kitchener Rangers

Enter to win the Rogers Suite Contest!

You’ll be sitting in a Mercedes-Benz Kitchener-Waterloo Luxury Suite on Friday, December 13th with three of your guests!

Andrew Coppolino

Fall root veg and other goodies

Roots, tubers and bulbs – much of what we might refer to as fall or “winter” vegetables – have long sustained most of the earth’s population and were among humankind’s first foods: plant roots were likely what ancient hunter-gatherers grubbed up out of the ground even before they had figured out fishing, hunting and fire. Root vegetables, you could say, are in our culinary DNA.

Yet, beets, turnips and parsnips have gotten short shrift; until now, that is: autumn harvest vegetables have gained a renewed appreciation as a comfort food appearing on more restaurant menus as meat prices rise and dietary choices change.

So when the temperatures dip and a north wind blows, root vegetables like parsnips, carrots, turnips, rutabagas, and beets are what a hot oven is calling out for.

Tips and techniques for cooking
Of course, there’s no avoiding that adding a bit of fat to root vegetables can really boost their richness and flavour profiles. On grills or slow roasting in ovens, getting a bit of char and caramelization on the vegetables brings out added sweetness and flavour.

When you can, add some citrus or other acidity to your vegetable preparation too: a little bit of vinegar, orange zest or lemon juice, for instance, can enhance the flavours and moderate bitterness.

Try them naked as well: raw fall vegetables grated or shaved adds flavour and crunch to your dishes. Open up the spice and herb cabinet and apply liberal seasonings of spices and herbs – both fresh and dried – to seasonal fall vegetables.

Probably North America’s most consumed tuber, the humble potato is, of course, the stuff of French fries, but it is also a source of vitamin C. They don’t need to be prepared in mashed or baked forms only.

Oven-roasted potatoes are a thing of beauty as well: peel them, cut them in half, blanch them in salted water to almost fully cooked, slather them with duck fat or veg oil, season with salt and pepper, and tumble them into a pan and get them roasting at a high temperature until they are crispy and brown.

Sweet potatoes
A nutrition dynamo, sweet potatoes are versatile: honey-roasted, put into pancakes, baked, pureed and served with pecans and goat cheese, made into soup as well as chips and sweet potato fries.

As for local, look no further than the Simcoe area of southern Ontario: that’s where Canada’s largest producer of sweet potatoes is located.

Brussels sprouts
Related to the cabbage, Brussels (always plural!) sprouts are a perfect fall and winter menu addition. Growing along a tall, slender stalk, the sprouts tend to add bitterness to a plate; adjust that by cutting them in half, blanching and pan-frying or roasting them. Adding bacon to the sprouts adds even more appeal, if that is your thing.

A swollen taproot, carrots might be harvested well into late fall. Multi-purpose in nature, carrots can take on a rich and warming Middle Eastern or North African character by adding to them hints of wintry spices like cinnamon, cumin and coriander.

And, if you want to know, the “original” carrot wasn’t orange – that colour appeared only in the 17th century. Additionally, the Elizabethans of Shakespeare’s time considered them only as feed for animals.

Celeriac (a.k.a. celery root)
Not a particularly attractive vegetable, the bulbous celeriac is similar in taste to celery, of which it is a variety. Try it roasted with apples, bacon and maple syrup. Shred or grate it and add it to salads with radicchio, orange and cashews; or, boil and puree it seasoned for an interesting and flavourful plating foundation to a grilled piece of meat.

Black radish
Somewhat similar to its smaller red cousin, the baseball-sized black radish is very hard and can be sliced paper-thin or grated to add flavour and crispness to a salad.

Leeks, related to onions and garlic, can tolerate the cold very well and that makes them a great fall vegetable. We are actually close to a major leek producer located in Paris, Ontario: many of the leeks you buy at the supermarket are likely from Canning Produce Inc.

While they do require more careful cleaning between the leaves, they are like two vegetables in one: a white oniony portion and a green “cabbage-tasting” portion. Leeks add terrific flavour to soups and stews but are also excellent roasted, braised, and grilled and tossed with walnuts and herbs. Try them in pasta dishes, frittatas, and in barley preparations.

When roasted, parsnips blend a lovely sweet quality with their tartness. That’s because when “nipped by the frost,” as the saying goes, the large quantity of starch in a parsnip (more than a carrot) converts to sugars. Parsnips pair well with fall apples in making a delicious soup too.

Red, orange, yellow or “candy cane,” beets have too long been ignored as an excellent earthy and sweet complement to a centre-of-the-plate protein. Try roasting multi-coloured beets or making them into a soup with sour cream.

Use them in a hummus dip or candied with cayenne pepper and cumin seeds. They combine well with other vegetables and legumes such as lentils for a hearty and satisfying vegetarian main dish, and they can even be used with chocolate in a unique cake dessert too. What’s at the opposite end of a beet variety? Swiss chard, in fact.

Turnips and rutabagas
They are not the same thing: the former are the purple and white globes, while the rutabaga is larger and often yellow-fleshed. It is starchier and sweeter than the nicely bitter turnip. Both can be used in stews, vegetable medleys, roasted and pureed.

Of late, cauliflower has taken off as a hot vegetable dish. A member of the Brassica family, cauliflower comes in a few different colours, all with delicious florets (also interestingly known as “curds”).

It’s a versatile fall veg that can be pureed or simply broken down, seasoned and oiled and roasted to golden brown in the oven. This roasting method even works for a whole cauliflower. Adding a bit of lemon juice or some milk to the water will help prevent discolouration when boiling.

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Striking a balance between security and usability of sensitive data

Last year, the number of personal records exposed by cyber attacks on the financial services industry was an incredible 446,575,334 – more than triple from the year before. The financial and reputational damage from these data breaches can be immense. However, customers are increasingly demanding more personalized and engaging experiences. That means being able to …

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ACO North Waterloo Region

Mill Street Heritage Kitchener Presentation, December 3rd 2019

Please note that the following by Gail Pool does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the ACO North Waterloo Region Branch

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WPL's More Books Please!

It’s a Little Bit Funny

Time for a little humour…very little. LOL. I jest! Enjoy these 54+ terrible, wonderful, no, good, very bad, hilarious, groaner library puns.