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Thank You Lexington Public School!

Following Thanksgiving this year, Lexington Public School’s Grade One and Two classes came up with an idea – to help those without holiday meals at Christmas.  

This one idea resulted in a massive fundraiser operated by the students in partnership with Kernels Popcorn at Conestoga Mall. For five weeks, these classes collected popcorn orders from the entire school. They embarked on an ambitious mission to raise as much money as possible for the annual Rotary Turkey Drive.  
 
Students received and calculated each popcorn purchase, sorted requests by classroom, ensured each order included the right flavors, and delivered them. By the end of the initiative, the students processed 496 orders.

Because of their dedication and hard work, they raised an incredible $2,654! Lexington Public School, thank you for caring about our community.   

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Child Witness Centre

Urgent: Give a Gift for Child Victims

The holidays can be a wonderful time for children to celebrate with those who love them. Sadly, many local kids can not relate to these safe and happy experiences. Every day in our community, more than two young people tell someone they have been a victim of abuse or crime.

In facing soaring demand for our services and less funding, we have been forced to start a waitlist. Your financial gift at this challenging time is vital. We know that children who don’t receive critical support are prone to suffer now and struggle later in life. Hear the difference our support makes in the testimony below, recently shared by a survivor.

“At 12 years old, I was referred to Child Witness Centre after disclosing sexual abuse to my school’s guidance counsellor. My caseworker helped me overcome my fear of testifying and walked with me through the court process. Today, I am a university graduate, actively pursuing a successful career. I am grateful for being supported through a very difficult time in my life so I could move forward.”

Young victims urgently need your gift of support this holiday season. $100 provides a child, and their caregiver(s), with two sessions with our team. They will experience a safe landing place, compassion, and guidance. The child will begin to heal and move forward with hope, wellbeing, and resiliency. By giving more, the more lives you can transform.

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Thank you for giving generously to help local young victims! Your gift will make an immediate and lasting impact in changing lives for the better.


Child Witness Centre

Exciting Update! New Logo for CYAC

As significant demand for services continues at the Child & Youth Advocacy Centre (CYAC), we are excited to launch a new logo that aligns with this strong and progressive collaborative!

Since opening its doors in 2016, the CYAC has provided wraparound support under one roof in relation to over 3,000 investigations involving over 5,000 local children and youth. This past year, there were 632 investigations handled involving 1,006 young people as possible victims or witnesses of crime. This was the most in one year by far.

The new CYAC logo is part of raising greater awareness and support of what takes place at 400 Queen Street South, Kitchener. It embodies a warm, friendly, and welcoming place where children, youth, and caregivers can find help when facing difficulties.

The logo’s elements and characteristics convey a significant amount of meaning.

Two hands: Children and youth, and their caregivers, are not alone on their journey at the CYAC. It is a safe landing place where wraparound support is provided under one roof. Each hand can be identified as a caregiver, youth, child, team member, or support person.

Hearts: These communicate care, kindness, and compassion. The CYAC multidisciplinary team ensure a child, youth, and family-centred approach to the criminal investigation process that is trauma-informed and culturally responsive. The environment is hopeful and encouraging.

Fingers: Each finger can be interpreted as an individual receiving support or as a partner at/of the CYAC. Their coming together at the base is a reminder how together a helping hand is offered. Our services are interdependent and there is strength in our partnership and solidarity.

Colours: The variety of colours speaks to the diversity of individuals who receive support, the staff, and everyone who walks in the doors at the CYAC. It is an equitable and inclusive environment where everyone should feel welcome and accepted.

Overall design: The imagery and use of child-friendly bright colours stimulates a youthful and optimistic mood. Its modern look speaks to our collaborative being forward thinking and relevant in providing quality support to our community.


KW Peace

Protests to Protect Public Medicare – MARCH to “Save our Hospitals”

Jim Stewart of The Waterloo Region Health Coalition writes:

MARCH to “Save our Hospitals” & Million Medicare Defenders

Thank you very much to all who came to our Waterloo Region Town Hall. We discussed how to make the fight visible, to show real resistance to the Ford government’s refusal to take urgent action on the hospital crisis while at the same time privatizing our hospitals. We must come together to share our concern and make it very clear that privatization is not the solution to our hospital crisis.

Now it is time to make this clear to Ford and demand urgent action to fix the hospital crisis and stop privatization. Join our protests in Waterloo Region.

If you were not able to make it to any of the Town Halls the recordings are available on our YouTube channel: Waterloo Hospital Emergency Town Hall Meeting

As outlined below, the first stage of our plan is to hold a major protest to show our support and solidarity with our hospital staff and leaders and also send a strong message to the Ford government. Please share it widely with everyone you know and help to make it a huge show of strength. Thank you! ♦ We will look forward to seeing you all there.

The call-out is below.

The Ford government has done almost nothing to fix the crisis in our hospitals.

Force Ford to act urgently to support our public hospitals now and stop privatizing their services!

Region of Waterloo

Where: Waterloo Public Square
Location: 75 King Street South, Waterloo, Ontario Map
When: Noon on Monday, 12 December, 2022.

We will March to the Grand River Hospital in Kitchener across from CTV News.

If you are able to make it please contact: Jim Stewart at waterlooregionhealthcoalition@gmail.com

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You can also bring signs and messages to Doug Ford to finally take urgent action to restore and rebuild our public hospital services, STOP privatizing them.

Also, please consider becoming one of our million Medicare Defenders. This is not a membership list and you can click NO on the registration and we will not contact you or use your information for anything. This is to tell Doug Ford in no uncertain terms that he does not have a mandate from Ontarians to privatize our public health care. We need to get as many people as possible to scare the Ford Government away from their plans to privatize and do nothing to help the crisis in our hospitals.

You can become a Medicare Defender at www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca/

You can also help by:

  • Handing out Leaflets or putting them up in your community, place of worship or work. Download Public Medicare Defender Leaflet (PDF)
  • If you have been charged for medical services please fill in this survey: Final Survey re: Private Clinics Extra Billing (PDF)


Thank You.

–Jim Stewart, Chair
Waterloo Region Health Coalition


KW Peace

@KWPeace@KWPeace.ca is now in the #Fediverse!

Attention Fedizens! You can now follow @KWPeace@KWPeace.ca, or any other author in the Fediverse.

If you use Mastodon, GNUsocial, Pleroma, or any other application that uses ActivityPub you’ll see all the articles and events on kwpeace.ca as they are posted.

KWPeace is always looking for additional contributors. If you’re an organizer for a Peace, Nonviolence, Social Justice, or Human Rights group active in the Waterloo Region (Ontario, Canada) you can post announcements of your upcoming events here. They’ll show up on Twitter @KWPeace as well as on every Fediverse instance where someone has subscribed to @KWPeace@KWPeace.ca

List of all authors on kwpeace.ca

Looking for a Fediverse instance to join? Try the Canadian mstdn.ca/ or the Waterloo Region wrmstdn.ca/

Questions? Check out the tips on fedi.tips/ as posted by @feditips@mstdn.social (a Fediverse ID), or you can ask us at info@kwpeace.ca (an e-mail address).


James Davis Nicoll

On a Crooked Crutch / Witch Hat Atelier, volume 8 By Kamome Shirahama

Witch Hat Atelier Volume Eight is the eighth tankōbon in Kamome Shirahama’s fantasy manga series. Witch Hat Atelier (Tongari Bōshi no Atorie in the original Japanese) has been serialized in Kodansha’s Monthly Morning Two magazine since July 2016. First published in Japan in 2020, the English translation of Volume 8 was released in 2021.

Unaware of teacher Qilfrey’s horrifying actions in volume seven1, the students at his atelier (protagonist Coco, as well as friends Agott, Richeh, and Tetia) are delighted to be invited to assist shop-boy Tartah to set up a tent at an upcoming fair. Normally this would be a task for Tartah’s boss/grandfather Mr. Nolnoa, but a back injury has sidelined Mr. Nolnoa. If the girls don’t help Tartah, he will have to manage alone. This might affect sales, which would be bad; the fair is financially important to Mr. Nolnoa’s shop.

An entirely different matter emerges to engage Tartah and Coco’s attention.


KW Motion

The Best Indian Takeout in Kitchener/Waterloo

The Best Indian Takeout in Kitchener/Waterloo Whether you’re in the mood for a spicy curry or a delicious biryani, there’s something for everyone in K/W. Here are a few of our top picks for Indian takeout in Kitchener and Waterloo. If you’re in the mood for a delicious curry, we recommend checking out Curry Express. …

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Italian Food in Kitchener / Waterloo

Italian Food in Kitchener / Waterloo Kitchener and Waterloo are two cities in Ontario, Canada that offer a wide variety of Italian food options. From authentic Italian pizzerias to cozy trattorias, there’s something for everyone. Here are a few of our top picks for Italian food in Kitchener and Waterloo. If you’re in the mood …

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Cordial Catholic, K Albert Little

The Catholic Guide to Death, Dying, and the Afterlife (w/ Dr. Randall B. Smith)

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KW Motion

Cheap Takeout in Kitchener/Waterloo – What’s Cheapest?

Cheap Takeout in Kitchener/Waterloo – What’s Cheapest? Kitchener and Waterloo are two cities in Ontario, Canada that offer a wide variety of cheap takeout options. Whether you’re in the mood for pizza, Chinese food, or something in between, there’s something for everyone. Here are a few of our top picks for cheap takeout in Kitchener …

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The Best Pizza and Burgers in Kitchener/Waterloo

Kitchener and Waterloo are two cities in Ontario, Canada that offer a wide variety of cheap takeout options. Whether you’re in the mood for pizza, Chinese food, or something in between, there’s something for everyone. Here are a few of our top picks for cheap takeout in Kitchener and Waterloo. Papa John’s Pizza is a …

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Darcy Casselman

Christmas Mixtape 2022

It’s the hap, happiest season of all! We’re back for a another Christmas mixtape. This will be my sixth. You can listen to all the mixtapes over at my Mixcloud.

You can also find it up on YouTube Music, although you’ll be missing a couple tracks.

Give it a listen! I do this because it’s fun for me and the last couple years, Ellen and I have kind of worked on our own mixtapes together. I like finding stuff that speaks to me and isn’t the sort of thing you’re likely to find playing in the mall. Track list with liner notes and music videos where available under the cut.

Brittlestar – Put On Another Christmas Song (feat. Emma Rudy)

I had this on the provisional 2022 list from last year when the original version was released. But just as I’m getting this mixtape up, he drops a new version with Emma Rudy.

Jack Johnson – Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

I just like the twist at the end, tbh. I think Rudolph was originally conceived as a positive message for children. Accepting difference and all that. But, despite evidence to the contrary, I like to think we’ve made some progress in that direction since Rudolph saved Christmas for the first time.

kennedi – Christmas Morning

Dipping back into the soundtrack to Happiest Season, the Netflix lesbian Hallmark movie-a-like I first pulled from in 2020. I like the cheery, bubbly mid-centuriness of it.

I haven’t actually watched the movie, but I do really like the soundtrack.

Loona – Hijo de la Luna

My friend Stela gave me this CD a while ago. She was playing it in her car and it started playing Bailando, which had occasionally surfaced in my consciousness since the early 90s when I’d heard an Amiga mod version as part of a floppy disk megademo. I didn’t know who did it or what it was called (except “Bailando” gets repeasted over and over), but apparently it was a big deal over in Europe.

Anyway, Stela gave me the CD, and it also has a couple vaguely Christmasy songs on it. Of the two, this one is decidedly less Christmasy lyrics-wise, being a tragic Romani legend featuring femicide and child abandomnent. But it sounds nicer.

Skydiggers – Good King Wenceslas

I like a good Wenceslas. Mark my footsteps good my page. Tread thou in them boldly.

Boyz II Men – Snow White (Keisuke Kuwata Cover)

In another 2020 callback, this is the promised cover of Shiroi Koibitotachi. Love the popped P. I think this is hilarious, although I’m not sure I want to see anyone’s tears fall from the sky and turn into “white love.”

Pomplamoose – Charlie Brown Christmas Mashup

Pomplamoose is back! I love the Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack. It’s amazing. But it’s also everywhere. All the time. I think this medley does a nice job of doing something new with it while also being very faithful to it. The dreamy Linus and Lucy bridge gives me goosebumps.

Ilaria Graziano – CHRisTmas in the SiLenT ForeSt

Yoko Kanno Christmas music! Sort of! This feels very at home on the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex soundtrack, but it’s from OST3, which I never had. Is it very Christmasy? No. But it’s explicitly Christmas and this may be the only chance I get to put Yoko Kanno on the mixtape since you heathens didn’t like the Netflix Cowboy Bebop so we’ll never get a Netflix Cowboy Bebop Christmas special.

Carly Rae Jepsen – It’s Not Christmas Till Somebody Cries

Who among us hasn’t “ruined Christmas” in one way or another?

Jon Blair – Behind the Music—The Grinch Sessions

Behind the Music takes on that quintessential Christmas classic, You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.

Somehow found this up on Facebook.

Shaggy – Christmas With Friends (feat. Gene Noble)

I really miss Christmas with friends.

Jazz Emu – True Meaning of the Season

It’s true. I feel like we, as a society, aren’t doing enough to keep the severed horse head in Christmas.

Lindsey Stirling – Joy To The World

There’s a lot of Lindsey Stirling on Christmas. I’m kind of surprised it took me this long to get some on the mixtape. Lindsey Stirling is something of an Internet icon and, for that reason, merits mixtape consideration.

Phoebe Bridgers – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

I really like this song. And I especially like versions with the original “muddle through” lyrics.

If you weren’t aware, Frank Sinatra wanted to record this song and asked the lyrics be changed. “The name of my album is A Jolly Christmas,” he told the writer, “Do you think you could jolly up that line for me?” And so we got “hang a shining star upon the highest bough,” which is a bit of a non-sequitur. Even so, it became the official lyric and it’s what you’ll find in nearly all recordings.

We can have a little melancholy on Christmas.

Shonen Knife – Sweet Christmas (Acoustic Version)

Yeah, we have Christmas cakes over here, but Christmas cakes are a whole thing in Japan. And Shonen Knife is great. This acoustic version is more my vibe, but here’s the original version music video:

Allo Darlin’ – Space Christmas

Charming little bit of ukulele improv. At least I think it’s improv. It goes places. And who doesn’t want their first Christmas together to be in space?

Chris Pine – Spidey-Bells (A Hero’s Lament)

Ah, Into the Spiderverse. It’s an off-hand joke in the movie and they drop the full version in the end credits. And then they released the whole A Very Spidey Christmas album. Beautiful.


Kalina & Kiana Campion – Miraculous Ladybug (Christmas Theme Version)

I should write a blog post about my move of Miraculous Ladybug. (I should write a lot of blog posts, honestly…). They did a musical Christmas episode. And release the soundtrack. This is the opening. I just think it’s super-fun.


The Linda Lindas – Groovy Xmas

The Linda Lindas, a teenage riot grrl band, went viral in 2021 with their LA Public Library performance of their song Racist, Sexist Boy. They’ve been going gangbusters since, and have this year released a Christmas single.


Kat Robichaud – The Star Wars Holiday Special (feat. Brendan Getzell)

I have seen bits of the Star Wars Holiday Special, and I feel like I’ve seen enough. If you haven’t seen it, this is all you need to get fully up to speed and perhaps assuage any curiosity you might have had. It’s for the best.

Here’s an extended cabaret version:


Christina Aguilera – The Christmas Song (Holiday Remix)

This year’s mix tape is decidedly short on dance remixes. So here’s Christina Aguilera bringing back the party from her 2000 Christmas album.


Boris – Last Christmas

I stumbled on this one last year on BoingBoing and stuck it in the provisional playlist for 2022. Experimental noise rock is not really my thing, but it’s grown on me quite a bit. Last Christmas is… not a good song. I like the synthpoppiness of the original, but not enough to get over how creepy it is.

This version leans into the creepy. The discomfort. All without nearly all of the lyrics. It’s simultaneously spare and overwhelming. For some reason, it felt like a good ending to the mixtape.


Doja Cat – christmas

Secret track! Sort of.

Doja Cat posted this on Twitter on Halloween, in the midst of Elon Musk’s blue check rollout. I don’t actually follow Doja Cat on Twitter, but this little improvisation was brought to my attention through this exchange:

Oh, how we laughed.


Kitchener Rangers

RECAP: Rangers Nation launches 9,962 stuffed animals in 4-1 victory over rival Guelph Tuesday

Kitchener, Ont. – Rangers' captain Francesco Pinelli (Los Angeles Kings) scored just 4:17 into the game to send Rangers Nation to their feet launching 9,962 stuffed animals onto the ice for charity. The Rangers posted a commanding 4-1 victory in front of a season-high 6,644 fans at The Aud Tuesday. Kitchener has now won three of their last four games and are 4-1-0-0 against Guelph this season.
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Pinelli got the ‘Teddy Bear Toss’ started after skating end-to-end from the Rangers’ zone up the left-wing wall and scoring from the middle of the left circle, off the far glove of Storm’ netminder Jacob Oster and into the net. Guelph's Michael Buchinger tied the game at 10:03 on an akward play in front of the Rangers' net. On a defensive-zone pass between two Rangers, Guelph's Buchinger slapped the puck off a Ranger defender's stick and into the net past a surprised Marcus Vandenberg. The game was tied 1-1 after the opening frame. Guelph led in shots 16-12. Filip Mešár (Montreal Canadiens) scored the next two for the Rangers. First, on a Rangers' rush into the Guelph zone, Mešár's intended pass to Carson Rehkopf deflected off a Storm defenceman and redirected into the net at 17:10 of the middle period. Mešár added his second of the night just 31 seconds into the final period. From the left circle, Matthew Sop found Mešár backdoor who converted far-side past Oster to earn the Rangers a 3-1 lead. Then, Kitchener's Adrian Misaljevic scored his first of the season at 2:18 of the third period. A shot from Jesse Fishman that missed the net was dug out by Joseph Serpa who found Misaljevic at the right side of the goal. Misaljevic scored farside to increase Kitchener’s lead to three goals. Final shots favoured the Rangers 39-38. Kitchener was 0-for-2 on the power-play and 1-for-1 on the penalty-kill. Mešár was awarded the game's first star, Pinelli earned second star honours and Vandenberg earned the game's third star after making 38 saves on 39 shots. Next Up: The Rangers hit the road to face-off against the Petes in Peterborough this Thursday. The East Avenue Blue return back to The Aud this Friday against the Niagara IceDogs at 7:30 p.m. Great seats are still available and can be purchased here.   For inquiries, contact: Dominic Hennig Senior Director, Broadcasting, Communications & Hockey Operations Kitchener Rangers Hockey Club 519-497-9342 dhennig@kitchenerrangers.com

KW Motion

What are some options for local food in Kitchener/Waterloo?

Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario is a vibrant and thriving region that is home to a wide variety of delicious and diverse food options. From classic Canadian dishes to authentic international cuisine, there’s something for every food lover in this vibrant region. One of the standout features of the food scene in Kitchener/Waterloo is the region’s thriving local …

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Kitchener/Waterloo, A Guide to Local Culture: An Overview

Kitchener/Waterloo is a vibrant and thriving region located in southern Ontario, Canada. The area is home to a diverse and thriving community, with a wide variety of attractions and amenities to enjoy. One of the standout features of Kitchener/Waterloo is the region’s thriving arts and culture scene. The area is home to a number of …

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The Top Charities in Kitchener/Waterloo

Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario is home to a number of wonderful charities that are dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of people in the region. From health and wellness organizations to social service agencies and environmental groups, there’s a wide variety of charities in Kitchener/Waterloo that are worth supporting. Here are the top ten …

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Korean Food in Kitchener/Waterloo

If you’re a fan of Korean cuisine, you’re in luck – Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario is home to a wide variety of delicious and authentic Korean restaurants. From classic dishes like kimchi and bibimbap to unique and creative fusion dishes, there’s something for every Korean food lover in this vibrant region. One of the standout features of …

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Middle Eastern Cuisine in Kitchener/Waterloo

If you’re a fan of Middle Eastern cuisine, you’re in luck – Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario is home to a wide variety of delicious and authentic Middle Eastern restaurants. From classic dishes like hummus and falafel to unique and creative fusion dishes, there’s something for every Middle Eastern food lover in this vibrant region. One of the …

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Stand-Up Comedy in Kitchener/Waterloo: A Brief Review

Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario is a vibrant and thriving region for stand-up comedy. The area is home to a number of popular comedy clubs, such as The Comedy Quarry and The Chuckle Hut, which offer live stand-up comedy on a regular basis. One of the standout features of the comedy scene in Kitchener/Waterloo is the region’s thriving …

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Shawarma in Kitchener/Waterloo

If you’re a fan of shawarma, you’re in luck – Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario is home to a wide variety of delicious shawarma options. From classic chicken and lamb shawarma to unique and creative variations, there’s something for every shawarma lover in this vibrant region. One of the standout shawarma options in Kitchener/Waterloo is Shawarma Palace. Located …

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Popular Musical Performance in Kitchener/Waterloo

Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario is a vibrant and thriving region for music in 2022. The region is home to a wide variety of music venues, from intimate coffee shops and bars to large concert halls and arenas. From classical to rock, there’s something for every music lover in Kitchener/Waterloo. One of the standout features of the music …

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The Top Ten Local Breweries in Kitchener/Waterloo

Kitchener and Waterloo, Ontario are home to a thriving craft beer scene, with a wide variety of local breweries offering delicious and unique brews. From classic ales and lagers to creative experimental beers, there’s something for every beer lover in this vibrant region. Here are the top ten local breweries in Kitchener and Waterloo: No …

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A Review of The Kitchener Market

The Kitchener Market is a bustling hub of activity in the heart of Kitchener, Ontario. This vibrant market features a wide range of local vendors offering fresh produce, meats, baked goods, and other specialty foods. One of the standout features of the Kitchener Market is the wide variety of fresh produce on offer. The market …

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Kitchener Rangers

Rangers sign goaltender Luca DiFelice

Kitchener, Ont. – The Kitchener Rangers announced today that goaltender Luca DiFelice (pronounced dee-fuh-lee-chay) has committed to an OHL Standard Player Agreement (SPA) and education package with the club.
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“Luca is highly regarded as one of the top goaltenders in the 2022 OHL Draft,” said Kitchener Rangers General Manager Mike McKenzie. “He is a competitor on the ice and will be a great addition to our club. We look forward to developing Luca moving forward.” DiFelice was selected by the Rangers in the fourth round, 72nd overall, of the 2022 OHL Priority Selection. He is the second-highest goaltender selected by the Rangers in the past eight years after Jackson Parsons who was picked in the third round, 53rd overall of the 2020 OHL Draft. Most recently, DiFelice currently plays for the Toronto Marlboros U18 AAA hockey club in the GTHL. “Signing with the Rangers is amazing just because of the history behind this organization,” said DiFelice. “With the amount of top NHL prospects that have come from the Rangers, I think it’s the best path as a player to get to the next level. They are the best organization in the OHL, the way they treat all of their players and staff is top notch. It’s hard to take it all in right now but I cannot wait to play a part of what’s ahead.” A native of Brampton, Ont., DiFelice spent the majority of his minor hockey playing eight consecutive years with the Don Mills Flyers in the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL). At the OHL Cup this past Spring, DiFelice recorded a 2.34 goals against average (GAA) and a .908 save percentage (SAV%) in three games and was named the Flyers most valuable player/player of the game in the tournament. DiFelice will be on the bench with the Rangers at The Aud tonight and will wear number 34 for Kitchener.   For inquiries, contact: Dominic Hennig Senior Director, Broadcasting, Communications & Hockey Operations Kitchener Rangers Hockey Club 519-497-9342 dhennig@kitchenerrangers.com

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Digital East Avenue Blue Game Day Magazine – Tuesday edition vs. Guelph

The East Avenue Blue magazine has gone digital! Fans can get the same game information, rosters, bios and game stories, but with new interactive elements.

Elmira Advocate

MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT (MECP) COMMENTS REGARDING 2021 ANNUAL MONITORING REPORT

 Just to be clear that is indeed review comments by our blessed and beloved MECP not for this year completed (2022) but from the previous year (2021 . The Annual Monitoring Report (AMR) comes out each spring from Lanxess's consultants. It is an annual report and summary of important and ongoing alleged remediation items such as on and off site pumping & treatment plus groundwater elevation contours as well as contaminant concentrations of various plumes on and off site. It used to contain much more but has been trimmed over the decades either due to superior cleanup performance (HA!) or more likely just because.

Hmm the MECP are getting a little pushy here. They actually claim that Lanxess have failed to elucidate the sources of NDMA to the Elmira Aquifers after 1970. They further advise that future reporting (AMR) should include whether or not the decomissioned on-site ponds are still contributing as a residual source of NDMA in groundwater at the site.

On page 4 the MECP bluntly state that the "...timeframe to achieve the existing clean-up objective to restore to drinking water standards for NDMA and chlorobenzene in the off-site MA is uncertain".

A supposed isolated detection of toluene in September 2021 in the Creek and how this detection of toluene was corrected is not provided in the AMR. Similarly the rationale for believing that a temporary loss of containment in the Upper Aquifer allegedly did not cause any adverse affects in the Creek has not been provided. In other words yet again the Conclusions of GHD (always helpful to Lanxess) are not squared with the data and information presented.

Rebound refers to contaminated soils discharging contaminants into the surrounding groundwater and hence raising the concentrations of themselves in the groundwater. Apparently this phenomenon is being proven at the South Wellfield as pumping well E7 is being shut down intermittently and indeed NDMA concentrations begin to rise again in the groundwater. There is also much discussion of residual sources of NDMA  and chlorobenzene in groundwater. 

Further discussion of the pros and cons of the Ricker Method plume stability analysis concludes that Ricker can not predict a time frame to achieve a remediation goal at sites where there is a residual source in the aquifer/aquitard. Apparently in the Municipal Aquifers under Elmira residual phase LNAPL & DNAPL? are considered a continuous source of dissolved plume NDMA and chlorobenzene.No surprise there folks. Yet where was the fuc.ing MECP during all the DNAPL investigations and first class coverup?

Other MECP concerns are how much cleanup of the Elmira Municipal Aquifers are due to natural attenuation processes versus from the On and Off-Site Containment & Treatment System. Apparently the effect of the pump & treat systems on residual sources is unknown. Unsurprisingly the MECP would like future AMRs to provide information about the status and distribution of residual sources of NDMA and Chlorobenzene in both the saturated and unsaturated soil zones at the Site and off-site.

There are a few new interesting admissions here by the MECP. Good for them. Doubtless  Lanxess will ignore them and there will be no consequences. 


Github: Brent Litner

brentlintner commented on pull request zeitspace/stressmodel#55

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Oh haha just noticed this lol. 🤪


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Andrew Coppolino

Antojitos are “little whims”

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Antojitos [an-toe-HEE-toes]

In Mexico, the word translates to something like “little whims.” They are appetizer-sized dishes and may have some resemblance to a morsel found in tapas.

As little whims, they certainly pack lots of flavour and satisfaction.

A similar whim, but which is thousands of miles away, is dim sum, which means “heart’s delight” — little bites that “touches your heart” and gives pleasure as it invigorates.

♦Damn good antojitos! (Photo/andrewcoppolino.com).

Antojitos certainly do that: for a good example, visit Jane Bond Café for their version which is a grilled flour tortilla rolled with cream cheese, jalapeño, bell peppers and kalamata olives, and served with sour cream and salsa.

The bit of crisp and golden brownness Bond chef and kitchen manager Anya Steffler gets on the edges of the slices makes them absolutely perfect — and not whimsical at all.

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Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario Waterloo Region

Day of Remembrance 2022

 

It was 33 years ago today that 14 women lost their lives because of their gender. With heavy hearts, we remember the Montreal massacre at École Polytechnique. 

 

We remember you.

 

Geneviève Bergeron

Hélène Colgan

Nathalie Croteau

Barbara Daigneault

Anne-Marie Edward

Maud Haviernick

Barbara Maria Klucznik

Maryse Laganière

Maryse Leclair

Anne-Marie Lemay

Sonia Pelletier

Michèle Richard

Annie St-Arneault

Annie Turcotte


Glynn Stewart

Icebreaker: A Fantasy Naval Thriller, Available Now!

Captain Coral Amherst is a naval officer from a proud and powerful family with magic in their blood. As magical storms threaten her homeland, her battleship is sent to the frozen north to seek an ancient enemy.

If you enjoy the mix of magic and technology in Starship’s Mage, or the military aristocracy in Duchy of Terra, you’ll find a lot to enjoy in Icebreaker. Click here for the Ebook. The paperback can be found here, and the audiobook by clicking here.

Here’s more about the book:

To the north, the ice♦ To the south, the enemy In the middle, her Republic…

Coral Amherst is the middle child of a wealthy family, with fingers throughout the politics and laws of the magical Dalebloods and the Republic they lead. Skill and connections alike have propelled her to the highest ranks of the Republic’s Navy.

Now, duty inexorably drags her into a mission to learn the fate of a long-lost magical city, once home to many of the people the Dalebloods rule. Storms of dark magic drove the Seablood from their ancient city and to the shores of the Republic—and those same storms now assail the Republic itself!

An ancient threat rises beyond the ice of the northern waters and Coral Amherst will need every scrap of courage, honor, and magic she commands if she is to save the Republic!

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Centre in the Square

War On The Catwalk

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Suspicion, Secrets, and Lies Keep You on the Edge of Your Seat in The Opportunist

The Opportunist by Elyse Friedman is a hard-to-put-down thriller filled with twists and a gaggle of potential culprits from a dysfunctional family who aren’t overly likeable but are oh-so-intriguing. Their lives are filled with wealth, privilege, and secrets which some members will do anything to keep hidden.

Set in a secluded, private island off the coast of Vancouver, the story focuses on Alana, the estranged daughter of the wealthy Shropshire family who has purposely spent decades away from her family. When her brothers enlist her help to put the kibosh on their father’s impending wedding to his decades younger former personal nurse, Alana is pulled back into the family and all its emotional baggage and secrets.

This is a story filled with suspicion, secrets, and lies which pile up as the body count climbs and readers are faced with trying to figure out the identity of the murderer. The author pulls the reader into her story and deftly reveals the secrets and lies of her characters which kept me second-guessing and ultimately surprised me with the final twist. Well done, Ms. Friedman. Well done!

This is a delightfully dark and twisty story about estrangement, rivalry, power, and greed that was hard to put down, clever, and entertaining. Before beginning this book, I didn’t realize Elyse Friedman was Canadian, and a Torontonian t’boot! This was a pleasant surprise to this Canuck who is eager to read more from this new-to-me author.

You’ll find copies of this book at WPL. Put this book on hold at wpl.ca to get your chance to read this dark and twisty read which publishes today!

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The Opportunist


The Opportunist is a hard-to-put-down thriller filled with twists and a gaggle of potential culprits from a dysfunctional family who aren't overly likeable but are oh-so-intriguing. Their lives are filled with wealth, privilege, and secrets which some members will do anything to keep hidden.
Set in a secluded, private island off the coast of Vancouver, the story focuses on Alana, the estranged daughter of the wealthy Shropshire family who has purposely spent decades away from her family. When her brothers enlist her help to put the kibosh on their father's impending wedding to his decades younger former personal nurse, Alana is pulled back into the family and all its emotional baggage and secrets.
This is a story filled with suspicion, secrets, and lies which pile up as the body count climbs and readers are faced with trying to figure out the identity of the murderer. The author pulls the reader into her story and deftly reveals the secrets and deceptions of her characters which kept me second-guessing and ultimately surprised me with the final twist. Well done, Ms. Friedman. Well done!
This is a delightfully dark and twisty story about estrangement, rivalry, power, and greed that was hard to put down, clever, and entertaining. Before beginning this book, I didn't realize Elyse Friedman was Canadian, and a Torontonian t'boot! This was a pleasant surprise to this Canuck who is eager to read more from this new-to-me author.
Note: The story includes a disturbing subject that is one I try to avoid in the books I read. If you want to see trigger warnings, you'll find them after the book description at the bottom of this review.
Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to MIRA for the advanced digital copy they provided me in exchange for my honest review.

My Rating: 4.5 starsAuthor: Elyse FriedmanGenre: Suspense, CanadianType and Source: eBook from publisher via NetGalleyPublisher: MIRA (HarperCollins)First Published: December 6, 2022

Book Description from GoodReads: A deliciously sly, compulsively readable tale about greed, power and the world’s most devious family.
When Alana Shropshire’s seventy-six-year-old father, Ed, starts dating Kelly, his twenty-eight-year-old nurse, a flurry of messages arrive from Alana’s brothers, urging her to help “protect Dad” from the young interloper. Alana knows that what Teddy and Martin really want to protect is their father’s fortune, and she tells them she couldn’t care less about the May–December romance. Long estranged from her privileged family, Alana, a hardworking single mom, has more important things to worry about.

But when Ed and Kelly’s wedding is announced, Teddy and Martin kick into hyperdrive and persuade Alana to fly to their father’s West Coast island retreat to perform one simple task in their plan to make the gold digger go away. Kelly, however, proves a lot more wily than expected, and Alana becomes entangled in an increasingly dangerous scheme full of secrets and surprises. Just how far will her siblings go to retain control?

Smart, entertaining and brimming with shocking twists and turns, The Opportunist is both a thrill ride of a story and a razor-sharp view of who wields power in the world.


Trigger Warning: Child sexual abuse

Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Comerce

Female Founder (December): Jennifer Seberras

We’re excited to announce a new program… our Female Founders series! On the first Tuesday of every month we’ll announce a new Female Founder, including a video interview of them sharing their business story.

Want to be featured as a Female Founder? Contact Heather Hutchings for more details.

♦The first Female Founder that we’re featuring is Jennifer Seberras, President & CEO of Simplify Supply Chain Solutions.

Simplify Supply Chain Solutions is a courier company providing package delivery for businesses across Ontario.

Jennifer Seberras discovered supply chain and logistics 20 years ago. Right away, she fell in love with the possibility of making something so intricate into something simple. As she rose through the ranks of different companies, she noticed there were not many women occupying significant roles in transportation, operations, and supply chain. Jennifer decided to create the change that she wanted to see and Simplify Supply Chain Solutions was born. Now nine years later, Simplify Supply Chain Solutions provides warehousing and delivery service across Ontario. Simplify fleet includes both dry and refrigerated services for home and business deliveries. In 2021 Simplify delivered approximately 4 million packages with over delivery success rate of 99.87%.

To learn more about Jennifer and her journey as a Female Founder, watch the interview below (or read the written format).

Why did you want to be an Entrepreneur?

A lot of people set out to become an entrepreneur. I really didn’t. In the industry that I’m in, being transport and operations, there wasn’t a lot of female representation in manager roles and senior roles. So, that was a big one. I wanted to see that change.

How did you come up with the name for your company?

With every company or every sector, there’s always a lot of red tape where things just get held up. At the end of the day, with logistics we need move things from point A to point B. I really wanted to simplify logistics and transportation and so Simplify, that’s pretty much where it came from.

And the symbol of Simplify is not a complete circle. And the point of that is that there’s always room for improvement. There’s always room to grow as a company, and learning every day how we can do better.

How did the pandemic impact you and your business?

The last two years were absolutely insane. I’m really lucky. I’ve had a great team with me, and so we achieved incredible milestones that, to be honest, we didn’t think that we could probably achieve. But when your feet are to the fire, you just work hard and get it done and work as a team unit. So that was a big thing.

But even with growing – it showed me that growth is great, but it’s also important to see what’s important to you: The culture, the organization, are the people in the right places? So, yeah, going really hard at it, but also remembering, you know, is this growth something that we want? And are we growing properly?

Why did you choose Waterloo Region to establish your business in?

The Kitchener Waterloo area has been an area that I always liked. There’s a lot of great businesses here. I was introduced with the Kitchener Waterloo Chamber, and they’ve been so supportive of me and my business. And there were times when I was starting out as an entrepreneur that coming to the “Peer to Peers” with the KW Chamber made a huge difference. And I don’t know, they’ve always just accepted me. I found that any business opportunity that came along in the KW Chamber, they’ve always been very welcoming and inclusive. I really like this area and I’ll continue to grow the business here.

What core values are important to you when building your team?

To be honest, we grew exponentially. And for me, building a positive culture was extremely important. And so when we grew to the height of what we were, I made a conscious decision to scale Simplify back down. I learned a lot of lessons in growing quite quickly at that speed. When we took the approach to scale down, focus on the culture, focus on who we wanted as customers and who we wanted on our team, it was important that I just sat back and really thought about what I want for Simplify and what I want to see.

First and foremost, everybody that works for Simplify is qualified, but at the same time, everybody that’s at Simplify understands that there’s no glass ceiling. And for me, building a proper culture with the right people is extremely important. I’m not perfect by any means, but I work towards that goal every day.

How do you define success?

Success for me professionally is making sure that my team members know that Simplify will be here tomorrow, next year, ten years, a hundred years from now. I don’t run my business on finances. Obviously, you have to have money to run a business, but to me, finance and business and success don’t equate. It’s making sure that my team’s happy to come into work every day and that our customers are happy with our service and that our team likes dealing with the customers that we have and interacting with them. That’s professional success for me.

Personal success for me is honestly just being a good role model to my kids, my daughters, my nieces. I take exceptional pride when my niece asks me to speak at her school. My nieces think, and my daughter thinks, it’s the coolest thing when I do speaking engagements and talk about what it’s like to be a female entrepreneur. It seems like it might not be difficult, but it’s a pretty crazy road. So to me, personal success is making sure that the people that I love and respect are proud of what I’m doing every day.

What challenges did you have to overcome at the beginning of your journey?

I mean, I’ve experienced a lot of… you name it. I can tell you, from the beginning of my journey in logistics, I remember being called into the human resource office of a fairly large company because the HR lady told me that people were offended that my hair was out. And we’re not talking about 50 years ago, we’re talking like 15-20 years ago. And it threw me back because, being an individual who is half-white half-black, I took offense to it. And instead of being angry at it, I make it a point to always have my hair out when I do things like this and when I’m speaking, because I believe that visual representation is extremely important.

So aside from the challenges of being a female in my industry, when you’re expressing your opinion and having somebody completely dismiss your opinion or having to work ten times harder, or being called “aggressive” because being a Black female intimidated people for some reason. Honestly, I’ve dealt with a lot of adversity in my field. But I was very lucky to grow up with a mom who from the day I was born, used to always say, “people that will love you and hate you in this world, as long as you love yourself, that’s all that matters”. And literally, that’s one of the first things I remember my mom telling me, aside from that she loves me. I never had an issue with my confidence, so whenever I face adversity, I continue to push through it.

I grew up on motorcycles. I got my first dirt bike at seven and my first street bike when I was 16. And I remember asking my dad a few years ago, why did he get me into motorcycles? I’m the youngest. I have older brothers that aren’t into motorcycles. And I remember my dad looking at me, who’s an engineer, and very dry sense of humor and very to the book, and he said, “from when you were younger, I could tell that your personality was going to rub people the wrong way, but that you were going to do amazing things. And so I put you on a motorcycle because you’re always going to fall, and it’s really important to get back up”. And one of the main rules in riding a motorcycle is you want to look where you want to go. You’re looking way out in front of where you want to go, and you’re concentrating on that spot. I really took that as I went into my career. I just look where I want to go, and anytime I fall or take a slip, I get back up, brush myself off, and continue to look in the direction that I need to be. So, yeah, it built resilience for all the stuff that I’ve dealt with in my career.

Who inspires you?

Oh, man, I’m getting emotional. My mom was an incredible person who always made sure that we were always proud of ourselves and we continued to push ourselves. And like I said, one of the first things I remember my mom saying to me is, “people will love you and people will hate you in this world, and as long as you love yourself, that’s all that matters”. And that built an incredible amount of confidence in me – at times, confidence I probably should have had – but it built incredible confidence in me. Honestly, a lot of things that probably should have set me back in life really didn’t. I always grew up around very strong women that didn’t shame us for speaking our mind. And I remember my mom used to always say, “if you’re going to talk, talk with confidence”, so know what you’re talking about.

There’s women that I still aspire to be or to be like. Most people know who Maya Angelou is. I have her poems all over my office. I’ve been lucky to have some pretty incredible people and women in my life.

What has been the best part about starting and running your own business?

I can go for bike rides whenever I like.

No, the best thing is having an impact and being able to because I run a successful business, I’m able to do things like this and be the visual representation that is so very important to me. It’s making an impact on not just our local economy, it’s helping business owners get their packages to where they want to be. It’s growing a positive culture.

When I started Simplify, I remember in the very beginning I was like, “this is going to be easy, I’ll get a customer, no problem”. It took me almost two years to get a paying customer and I gave myself two years. So, when we got close to that two-year mark, I was like, “what did I do?”

It’s just incredible to continue to focus and to continue to build a company where people want to come and work with you and build on a positive culture – I’m very happy.

What advice would you give to other women hoping to own their own business?

I always use the Five Why Rule with anything. Ask yourself the question on why you’re doing something. And with each answer, ask yourself why to get to the root cause of why you’re truly doing something. Then in tough times, really hold on to that and push through it. My mom used to say, “think of all the women that would have stopped at this point”, and it’s imperative that you just push forward. And usually when we remember why we got into it in the first place, if we fall, we brush it off and get back up.

And the other thing would be ‘do you’, right? Do the best that you can. You know you’re going to set milestones for yourself, but realize that those milestones are always changing, and don’t be hard on yourself. Being an entrepreneur is extremely difficult, and you’re just doing the best you can every day, so have some grace with yourself.

What are three words you could use to describe yourself?

Ambitious, feminine, and trustworthy.

Do you believe there’s a winning formula to becoming a successful founder?

I think just being humble. Don’t get too big for your bridges. Always remember why you started your business. Always remember the people that helped you start the business, because nobody starts anything by themselves, and they don’t achieve anything by themselves. I would say, for success, it’s having the right team members. As founders and owners, we give a strategy of where we’d like to be, but at the end of the day, without your team, you’re not anything.

Do you have any tips on how to get more comfortable with networking?

I think being confident in the product or service that you have, being genuine – people can sense when you’re not genuine about something. I think just putting yourself into it, once you get out of your head. And if something is intimidating you, then you should do it over and over and over again until it feels comfortable to you, and then you should go find the next thing that makes you feel uncomfortable.

What tips do you have for helping grow a business?

Surrounding yourself with people that have more experience than you and have more knowledge than you, asking a lot of questions and continuing to want to grow every day to get better in the field that you’re in, to me, is really important.

Do you have any final comments?

I think this is a great series. It highlights people that are in the community and who are still very relatable. I’ve seen speakers where it’s like, to me, it’s not even helpful. I’m not saying I’m perfect by any means, but I’m just saying it’s nice to do this and highlight that stuff.

 

*This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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James Davis Nicoll

Every Game You Play / The Girl with the Silver Eyes By Willo Davis Roberts

Willo Davis Roberts’ 1980 The Girl with the Silver Eyes is a middle-grade stand-alone science fiction novel.

The disintegration of her parents’ marriage, a disintegration exacerbated by financial woes, forced Katie’s parents to leave her in the custody of her Grandma Welker. When Grandma Welker died in a fall, Katie moved in with her mother, in the city.

Adjusting to urban life after a rural childhood is challenge enough. Katie’s circumstances are complicated by the fact that the odd-looking girl has powers beyond human ken.


KW Linux User Group(KWLUG)

KWLUG - Origin Stories, CiviCRM

Monday, Jan 9 2023, 07:00pm

Location: Online Meeting (BigBlueButton)

Several KWLUG members will share quick (10 minute) introductions about how they got into Linux and free software. (Thanks to KWJavaScript for the topic inspiration.)

 

Ian Kelly of PeaceWorks will tell us about the CiviCRM project and their work with it.

CiviCRM(wikipeda) is a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system designed especially for non-profit and civil society groups. Built in PHP and licensed AGPLv3 it integrates with a wide variety of other CMSes.


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Side note: this should technically be in devDependencies. 😄

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Brickhouse Guitars

Maestro Slope Dreadnought Rosewood/Adirondack 19041229 Demo

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Andrew Coppolino

Cedar Spoon and chef Destiny Moser

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Personal chef Destiny Moser recently started Cedar Spoon Indigenous Catering in collaboration with Bingemans, but food had always been an important part of her life including childhood in a large family.

“We got together often and there were always lots of barbecues. I was always one of the cooks in the family,” Moser says.

Eventually, she started cooking at community events and teaching kids cooking at the Kitchener Market. During the pandemic she made a major decision to attend Kitchener’s Top Toques Institute of Culinary Excellence.

As well as her business as a personal chef, FoodZen, Moser does a lot of volunteer work in the community that involves food and cooking, including at The Healing of the Seven Generations.

For more, visit Explore Waterloo Region.

[photo/Sylvia Pond]

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Maestro Traditional O Koa/Koa 19061472 Demo

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