Fork Me on Gitlab


Brickhouse Guitars

Avenir 25 AC-EW 23031108 BHG Demo


James Davis Nicoll

They Bite / The Anything Box By Zenna Henderson

Zenna Henderson’s 1965 The Anything Box is a collection of short speculative fiction stories.

Henderson is best remembered for her People stories, since collected in NESFA Press’s Ingathering. The People sequence formed only a fraction of Henderson’s work. The Anything Box collects a cross-section of her non-People work.

Cordial Catholic, K Albert Little

Did the Catholic Church corrupt the simple Gospel of Christ? #bible #gospel #apologetics #jesus


Elmira Advocate


 Hmm let's see. Canada Mortgage & Housing on the hook for millions of dollars in abandoned townhouses due to methane intrusion beside the Ottawa St. Landfill in Kitchener. How about the private wells on Sandy Hills Dr. contaminated with solvents courtesy of the Woolwich Landfill (Seiling Dr. in Woolwich Twn.). A new water pipeline plus never ending aquifer pump & treat costs in Elmira, Ontario. The Middleton Wellfield in Cambridge has the second highest per unit  water treatments costs (only behind the Grand River & Hidden Valley) due to Trichloroethylene (TCE) throughout the groundwater. Oh and of course the Erb St. Landfill in Waterloo has cost millions of dollars in consulting fees alone I expect. Then there are the trucking and treatment costs sending the leachate to the Sewage Treatment Plant. There are also hydro costs pumping groundwater either to waste or to a treatment centre if they even bother to do that. What is the cost of destroying our drinking water wellfields? What is the cost of building a water pipeline to Lake Erie for Waterloo Region? 

Rest easy, the only costs we don't know are for the Lake Erie Pipeline but we will very soon know those costs only too well. 

Jane's Walk Waterloo Region

How Do you Do? The Happy Accident of Meeting a Stranger

Time: Sunday May 5 1-3 pm

Meeting Place: Heritage Clock Tower, Victoria Park, Kitchener

Walk Leader: John MacDonald

An interactive session that uses our city as a backdrop for an important conversation.

What are the spaces / places in our community that help us meet people who aren’t like ourselves? How do our actions in public affect our ability to connect with strangers in a positive way? Why would we want to?

What are the forces that isolate us, and what action can we take to counter these forces? What should we demand of community leadership to help create opportunities for citizens to bridge the gaps and forge meaningful connections among citizens of diverse age, ability, background and circumstance?

Lots and lots of questions that we can explore together, using some of the spaces in Downtown Kitchener as a guide for discussion. If nothing else, this will be a safe opportunity to meet someone that is not like yourself, and to enjoy the benefits that flow from that.

Jane's Walk Waterloo Region

Belmont Village: Rubber, Trains & White Elephants

Time: Sunday May 5 3-4 pm

Meeting Place: The Assembly Point in the Parking lot at The Catalayst, 137 Glasgow Street Kitchener

Walk Leader: Barbara Larke

Belmont Village is now part of a vibrant street in the historic Westmount neighbourhood. But, this wasn’t always the way it was and of course the future brings its own changes. Where did the idea for the neighbourhood come from? How has the original vision morphed in the past 112 years? And where is that pesky White Elephant?  

Brickhouse Guitars

Avenir 20 AC-EW-FF 23031138 BHG Demo


Cordial Catholic, K Albert Little

Why do Catholics Confess Their Sins to a Priest?! (w/ Dr. James Prothro)


Child Witness Centre

NEW! 1,000 Challenge

Join in our mission to support all child victims of abuse and crime in our community! We are looking for champions, teams, and sponsors to help reduce our waitlist!

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Grand River Rocks Climbing Gym

Punch Card Sale

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Punch Card Sale

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A Modern Air Gap for Operational Technology


Concept UWaterloo

Mixing family and business: Student founder optimistic about future of productivity

In the monotonous haze of mundane data entry, Humza Ahmed found inspiration at his engineering co-operative education placement and an opportunity to innovate. His frustration for his work grew into optimism for the future of productivity.

With a vision of creating efficiency, Humza built a software solution using artificial intelligence (AI) that would automate their own data entry process.

“Many businesses don’t know the power of AI to support automation of their own internal processes”

Humza Ahmed, student founder of AutomaxAI.

It wasn’t until a visit with family in the United States that he found a greater calling. During his stay, he discovered the plight of real estate appraisers drowning in day-to-day tasks. “So much of their time was spent on similarly tedious and repetitive tasks like filling in forms or searching through databases,” Humza said.

Determined to make a difference, he developed software to streamline appraisal processes and found a newfound passion for the industry while simultaneously engineering new AI models. “The more I learned, the more opportunities I found.”

With each interaction, appraisers echoed their frustrations, which fuelled his conviction to bring change. “It is the feeling of making a genuine difference that inspires me to do this full time,” Humza said. With his idea refined, Humza entered the Velocity Pitch Competition. His product, Automax AI, aims to revolutionize the industry. It features the Appraisal co-pilot which helps appraisers spend their time on the analytical portion of their job which requires their acute expertise.

Unlike existing solutions, Humza’s software leveraged conversational Large Language Models (LLMs), offering unparalleled automation and insight. “My vision is to bring about a drastic positive change in the lives of existing appraisers,” he said. By relieving appraisers of mundane tasks, he hopes to attract new talent and foster innovation within the field. He anticipates a broader shift towards conversational AI agents in real estate transactions.

Acknowledging the potential disruption caused by AI, Humza said: “Where AI takes jobs, it always creates more opportunities as well in companies like mine.”

Working on an idea or startup? Velocity helps University of Waterloo students and researchers make a real-world impact.

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Elmira Advocate


 George Floyd and Breonna Taylor are two well known American citizens who paid the ultimate price for police misbehaviour and violence.  One was murder by a police officer and the other criminal negligence in my opinion. Here in Waterloo Region a few years back we had a burglary suspect fired at multiple times by Officer Darling while running AWAY from the officer. Running away not attacking! The suspect was hit by one or two of seven bullets fired and the officer was later cleared of any criminal wrong doing.  Any ordinary citizen "defending" their home by shooting a suspect running away would have been convicted and incarcerated.

Today's Waterloo Region Record ("I just wish it didn't happen") advises us that a brown skinned citizen (relevant??) ran over and killed an undercover Toronto police officer three years ago.  The officer and his partner were both undercover i.e. in civilian clothing as they attempted to stop and remove him from his car in an underground parking garage beneath Toronto City Hall. Here's the kicker. The man was with his eight month pregnant wife AND his two year old son. Oddly (?) he was not cooperative in the attempt by two unknown and unidentified aggressive individuals to stop him and remove him from his car. 

The two undercover police officers were allegedly investigating a stabbing at the time and clearly felt that that permitted them to behave aggressively with the unarmed man and his family. They had the wrong person and one of them paid for their aggression with his life. As bad as that is, now the innocent individual protecting himself and his family is charged with causing the officer's death in his attempt to escape the confrontation and the area. 

Police make mistakes just like we all do. Honest citizens should not be punished for resisting illegal or mistaken aggression aimed at them, regardless of the other parties state of mind. Our idiot politicians need to stop backing police carte blanche and pretending that citizens do not have the absolute right to defend themselves and loved ones from ALL threats and hostilities including government sanctioned ones.

House of Friendship

You are Providing A Fresh Start for Joan

You are ensuring that Joan can get a fresh start in a new community, by providing food and more.

Joan* doesn’t know where she would be without House of Friendship.

Every week, Joan receives food deliveries through the Kingsdale Neighbourhood Food program – delivered to her door because Joan is unable to pick it up herself.

Joan has been living in Kitchener since 2016. She moved here suddenly after escaping horrific abuse.

For a time Joan lived in a shelter. When an affordable housing unit became available in Waterloo Region, Joan jumped at the chance.

“I just needed somewhere safe to live.”

Joan was soon connected to the services at Kingsdale and found a community where she could begin again.

As a trained chef, Joan found it healing to volunteer her time with the food programs at Kingsdale.

“It gave me a sense of direction and purpose, a regular routine. It was somewhere to go, and it was fantastic to be able to give back. That meant something.”

However, growing health challenges soon meant that she couldn’t keep up her volunteer role.

But the lifeline of support she receives continues. Alissa, a Neighbourhood Development Worker at House of Friendship, brings Joan food from Kingsdale every week, and makes sure she’s okay.

“Alissa is a godsend,” said Joan. “I have severe dietary restrictions, yet somehow, Alissa still finds food I can eat.”

Joan continues to volunteer her expertise as a chef, providing advice on recipes and food for various program participants with similar dietary challenges. And while she has endured so much in her life, she knows there’s still a lot to be thankful for.

Joan said she appreciates that the community centre provides her with more than food – it’s a resource that connects her to other services.

“If the community centre doesn’t do it, they’ll find someone who does.”

“My community centre is so amazing,” said Joan. “And while there are things I can’t do, there are things I can. I can still give back, and it feels good.”

Your support of Neighbourhood Food programs ensures that women like Joan get the fresh start they need. Thank you!

*name changed to preserve privacy.

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Cordial Catholic, K Albert Little

Why do Catholics confess their sins to a priest? Because it’s biblical! #bible #Scripture #Catholic


James Davis Nicoll

Couldn’t Stay Away / The Dead Cat Tail Assassins By P. Djèlí Clark

P. Djèlí Clark’s The Dead Cat Tail Assassins is an upcoming secondary-universe fantasy novella1.

Death proved a passing malady for Eveen. Reanimated by Aeril, goddess of assassins2, Eveen is a holy assassin, one of Baseema’s posse of Dead Cat Tail Assassins. The price of resurrection is two-fold: comprehensive amnesia concerning her life before resurrection and a century of service to Aeril. Thanks to certain well-intended transgressions, Eveen owes Aeril two centuries.

As Eveen will discover, there are much worse punishments than an extended service contract.

Cordial Catholic, K Albert Little

John 6 is a difficult teaching. #bible #cathecism #God #Catholic #christian Bible Study


Brickhouse Guitars

Avenir 15A CW 20171648 Demo


Apollo Theatre

National Black Theatre and The Apollo Announce Transcendent Renewal of The Gathering: A Collective Sonic Ring Shout

National Black Theatre and The Apollo Announce Transcendent Renewal of

The Gathering: A Collective Sonic Ring Shout

Creative Concept and Direction by National Black Theatre’s Executive Artistic Director, Jonathan McCrory

This performance is co-produced by National Black Theatre and The Apollo in association with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Saturday, June 1, 2024 | 7:30pm | Opera House at the Kennedy Center

For tickets and additional information: www.kennedy-center.org/whats-on/explore-by-genre/classical-music/2023-2024/the-gathering/


New York, NY (April 11, 2024) – Join Nona Hendryx, Abby Dobson, Toshi Reagon, Joel Thompson, Carlos Simon, Courtney Bryan, Troy Anthony and more as they take you on a sonic quest to The Gathering. With virtual host Mahogany L. Browne as our guide—along with the American Composers Orchestra and NEWorks Voices of Inspiration—this experience is meant to be our space to collectively center the social impact issue of our time to awaken joy as a source of liberation, and to find love as our form of possibility and resistance.

Through orchestral, choral, gospel and soul choral music, this one-night-only event is the signature celebration for the Kennedy Center’s Conflux partnership with National Black Theatre (NBT) running May 26 – June 2, 2024. The Gathering: A Collective Sonic Ring Shout will take us on a sonic quest produced by National Black Theatre & The Apollo. Taking place in the Opera House at the Kennedy Center, The Gathering will center the soul of Black folks and the heart of America’s brilliant and bitter present. With Creative Concept and Direction by NBT’s Executive Artistic Director, Jonathan McCrory, and featuring 80 members of the American Composers Orchestra, conducted by Chelsea Tipton, II and 48 members of NEWorks Voices of Inspiration chorale under the leadership of Nolan Williams, Jr., this night will feature the DC premiere of “Seven Last Words of the Unarmed” by Joel Thompson alongside Carlos Simon’s “Amen!” and Courtney Bryan’s “Sanctum.” In conjunction with these pieces, the night has been curated in the African tradition of call and response to include original works by genre-defying Black artists such as Abby Dobson, Toshi Reagon, Troy Anthony, and Nona Hendryx. 

The Gathering: A Collective Sonic Ring Shout was originally performed to a sold out audience at The Apollo in Harlem, New York 2022.

“Technology, along with social media have not just invited, but commanded the world to join the on-going conversation about American police brutality and our nation’s flawed criminal justice system. For generations, we’ve borne the brunt of America’s unrelenting ways and in response NBT has continually answered this call by empowering artists, fostering community, prioritized advocacy and have created a space for a spectrum of voices to be heard. The Gathering is the coming together of all of these elements. What Jonathan McCrory has conceived is nothing short of a miracle; a sonic and spiritual salve to help our communities and our country to see itself healed and whole.  Much gratitude to our long-time collaborators and neighbors at The Apollo and Art For Justice for joining us as partners to bring this powerful work to Kennedy Center.”

Sade Lythcott, CEO of National Black Theatre

“The Ring Shout is historically an open space to grieve, awaken joy as a source of liberation, and use love as a form of resistance. The Gathering embodies that through all of the distinct and moving pieces of the evening, which at times may be emotionally difficult as we confront the horrors of injustice we’ve had to walk through,” said Apollo Executive Producer Kamilah Forbes. “But The Gathering also allows us to lean into a journey of the spirit that will leave audiences feeling healed and rejuvenated for the future. I’m thrilled that The Kennedy Center offers another chance for viewers to engage with this vital production.”

From May 26 – June 2, experience a week of family-friendly programming curated by National Black Theatre to provide a central space for folk to be in dialogue with each other and to unearth the compounded/dynamic narratives that rest in the Black Diaspora existence in America. Seeking to uplift 

the need for narrative change surrounding Black Culture, NBT has curated a roster of dynamic programming that includes performances, social practice demonstrations, classes and discussions throughout the week. All programming will take place on the Kennedy Center campus to help inform, inspire and engage our community in civic and creative discourse. This all leads up to the signature event happening June 1, 2024, The Gathering: A Collective Sonic Ring Shout.


Schedule of events

May 26 – “Dance Sanctuary” Movement

May 27 – June 2 – Quilt Making Art Installation & Workshop

May 27 – June 2 – “An Acknowledgement to Foggy Bottoms” installation by Mahogany L. Browne 

May 30 – The Gathering: Carving The Path from Activism to Liberation (Panel Discussion)

May 31 – The Gathering: “Traditional” Ring Shout curated by Rashida Bumbray

June 1 – The Gathering: A Collective Sonic Ring Shout Performance

June 2 – The Gathering: Learn To Love Yourself: Silent Disco and Portrait Series


All events and artists are subject to change without prior notice.

All ticket prices are subject to change based on demand. Purchase early to lock in prices and the best seats!

This performance is co-produced by National Black Theatre and The Apollo in association with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and is an external rental presented in coordination with the Kennedy Center Campus Rental Office


About National Black TheaTRE

NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE (NBT) is a Tony and Emmy Award-nominated institution founded in 1968 by the late visionary artist Dr. Barbara Ann Teer. The nation’s first revenue-generating Black arts complex, NBT is the longest-running Black theatre in New York City, one of the oldest theatres founded and consistently operated by a woman of color in the nation, and has been included in the permanent collection of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. NBT’s core mission is to produce transformational theatre that helps to shift the inaccuracies around African Americans’ cultural identity by telling authentic stories of Black lives. As an alternative learning environment, NBT uses theatre arts as a means to educate, enrich, entertain, empower and inform the national conscience around current social issues impacting our communities. Under the leadership of Sade Lythcott, CEO, and Jonathan McCrory, Executive Artistic Director, NBT helps re-shape a more inclusive American theatre field by providing an artistically rigorous and culturally sensitive space for artists of color to experiment, develop and present new work. NBT has worked with trailblazing artists from Nona Hendrix to Jeremy O. Harris, and most recently, has helped launch the careers of Dominique Morisseau, Radha Blank, Mfoniso Udofia, Saheem Ali, Lee Edward Colston II, and 

Ebony Noelle Golden. NBT’s cultural production remains unparalleled as they incubated Obie Award-winning companies like The Movement Theatre Company and Harlem9’s 48 Hours. NBT welcomes more than 90,000 visitors annually, has produced 300+ original works, has won countless awards such as 2 Obie awards, 58 AUDELCO Awards, and a CEBA Award of Merit, and has been nominated for multiple Drama Desk awards. Located in the heart of Harlem, NBT is embarking on a historic major capital redevelopment project that will transform the current property into a 21st-century destination for Black culture through theatre. They’re supported by grants from Booth Ferris Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Ford Foundation, New York Community Trust, Shubert Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Mellon Foundation, Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation, City Council of New York, City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and private donations. Visit nationalblacktheatre.org or follow NBT on Facebook (@NationalBlackTheatre) and Twitter/Instagram (@NatBlackTheatre).

Greeting visitors at the 125th Street entrance in Harlem is a restored marquee and façade announcing The Victoria. En route to the theaters themselves is The Apollo’s Laura and Frank Baker Gallery, offering a communal space for audience members to gather before performances, complete with refreshments and rotating exhibitions.

The new 199- and 99-seat studio theaters, the latter named after former Apollo President Jonelle Procope who stepped down in 2023 after leading the organization for two decades, are designed by Brooklyn-based theatrical consultant P&PFC, Inc.’s Christopher Buckley for full theatrical productions, live music performances, film screenings, special events, and recordings. Both theaters are flat-floor venues with acoustically isolated slabs and resilient sprung dance floors—as well as dressing rooms and chorus rooms. Notably, The Apollo has introduced across both theaters, a custom-built, retractable seating
system to allow for multiple configurations, making it adaptable to the needs of performers and collaborators. As The Apollo expands, it will also begin the first-ever full-scale renovation of its Historic Theater, which is slated to begin in summer 2024.


About the apollo

The legendary Apollo—the soul of American culture—plays a vital role in cultivating emerging artists and launching legends. Since its founding, The Apollo has served as a center of innovation and a creative catalyst for Harlem, the city of New York, and the world. In 2024, The Apollo opened The Apollo Stages at the Victoria Theater, marking the first ever expansion and renovation of The Apollo in its nearly 90-year history. The Apollo also has plans to renovate its Historic Theater. For more information about The Apollo, visit www.ApolloTheater.org.

With music at its core, The Apollo’s programming extends to dance, theater, spoken word, and more. This includes the world premiere of the theatrical adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me and the New York premiere of the opera We Shall Not Be Moved; special programs such as the blockbuster concert Bruno Mars Live at the Apollo; 100: The Apollo Celebrates Ella; and the annual Africa Now! Festival. The non-profit Apollo is a performing arts presenter, commissioner, and collaborator that also produces festivals, large-scale dance and musical works organized around a set of core initiatives that celebrate and extend The Apollo’s legacy through a contemporary lens, including the Women of the World (WOW) Festival as well as other multidisciplinary collaborations with partner organizations.

Since introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, The Apollo has served as a testing ground for new artists working across a variety of art forms and has ushered in the emergence of many new musical genres—including jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul, and hip-hop. Among the countless legendary performers who launched their careers at The Apollo are Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, H.E.R. D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill, Jazmine Sullivan, Machine Gun Kelly, and Miri Ben Ari; and The Apollo’s forward-looking artistic vision continues to build on this legacy. For more information about The Apollo, visit www.ApolloTheater.org.


About American COMPOSERS Orchestra

In 1977, a collective of fearless New York City musicians came together to form the American Composers Orchestra (ACO), an ensemble dedicated to the creation, celebration, performance, and promotion of orchestral music by American composers. Over more than 40 years, ACO has blossomed into a national institution that not only cultivates and develops the careers of living composers, but also provides composers a direct pipeline to partnerships with many of America’s major symphony orchestras.

In addition to its annual season, presented by Carnegie Hall since 1987, the ACO serves as a New York City hub where the most forward-thinking experimental American musicians come together to hone and realize new art. ACO produces national educational programs for all ages, and composer advancement programs to foster a community of creators, audience, performers, collaborators, and funders – all dedicated to American composition. To date, ACO has performed music by 800 American composers, including over 350 world premieres and newly commissioned works. 

ACO’s EarShot is the first ongoing, systematic program for developing relationships between composers and orchestras on the national level. EarShot ensures a vibrant musical future by investing in creativity today and has served over 350 composers since inception, who have since won every major composition award, including the Pulitzer, GRAMMY, Grawemeyer, American Academy of Arts and Letters, and Rome Prizes.

ACO has received numerous awards for its work, and ASCAP has awarded ACO its annual prize for adventurous programming 35 times, singling out ACO as “the orchestra that has done the most for new American music in the United States.” Learn more at www.americancomposers.org. 

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For more information please contact:

The Apollo
Sydney Edwards – Press@apollotheater.org


National Black Theatre

Edwin Tetteh Jr – edwin@thechambergroup.com

Samuel Koepenick – samuel@thechambergroup.com

Desmond Sam – desmond@thechambergroup.com


American Composers Orchestra Press Contact

Katy Salomon – katy@primoartists.com

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Becca Grieb

Considerations for Marketing Sustainable Products

In an era where environmental consciousness is at the forefront of consumer minds, marketing sustainable products isn’t just a trend—it’s a strategic imperative. As businesses navigate the landscape of eco-conscious consumers, understanding the nuances of marketing sustainable products becomes paramount. 

In late 2023 our team at Kindle and Slate started working with Anne Mulaire, a sustainable fashion boutique based out of Winnipeg, MB. The company was in the process of making a pivot to ecommerce and was looking to take their marketing to the next level, starting with diversifying their channels and developing a strong customer acquisition strategy. Working with Anne Mulaire opened up my eyes to the world of sustainable marketing and got me thinking a lot about the ‘levels’ of sustainable consumers and how we, as marketers, can reach them.

In this post, we’ll scratch the surface of this complex topic, exploring key considerations for effectively marketing sustainable products and driving positive environmental impact while meeting consumer demands.

Understanding the Importance of Sustainable Marketing

Sustainability isn’t just a buzzword; it’s a critical factor shaping consumer behaviour and purchasing decisions. According to a recent Nielsen survey, a whopping 73% of global consumers are willing to change their consumption habits to reduce their environmental impact. This shift in consumer mindset presents a significant opportunity for businesses to differentiate themselves by offering sustainable products and communicating their commitment to environmental stewardship.

Key Considerations for Marketing Sustainable ProductsAuthenticity and Transparency

Authenticity is key when marketing sustainable products. Consumers are increasingly skeptical of greenwashing—the practice of making misleading or unsubstantiated claims about the environmental benefits of a product. To build trust with consumers, businesses must be transparent about their sustainability efforts, including sourcing practices, production methods, and environmental certifications.

Education and Awareness

Many consumers are still unaware of the environmental impact of their purchasing decisions. Marketing sustainable products provides an opportunity to educate consumers about the importance of sustainability and the positive impact of choosing eco-friendly alternatives. By highlighting the environmental benefits of their products, businesses can empower consumers to make informed choices and contribute to positive change.

♦ Storytelling and Brand Narrative

Effective storytelling can evoke emotional connections with consumers and differentiate sustainable products in a crowded market. Brands should leverage storytelling to communicate their sustainability journey, highlighting the motivations, challenges, and achievements along the way. By weaving a compelling narrative around their sustainability efforts, brands can create deeper connections with consumers and inspire loyalty.

Product Innovation and Design

Sustainable products should not only be environmentally friendly but also meet the functional and aesthetic needs of consumers. Investing in product innovation and design is crucial for creating sustainable products that resonate with consumers and deliver superior value. Businesses should prioritize eco-friendly materials, energy-efficient manufacturing processes, and innovative design solutions to create products that are both sustainable and desirable.

Collaboration and Partnerships

Collaboration with like-minded organizations and stakeholders can amplify the impact of sustainable marketing efforts. By partnering with NGOs, environmental organizations, and industry alliances, businesses can leverage collective expertise and resources to drive meaningful change. Collaborative initiatives can also enhance brand credibility and visibility, demonstrating a commitment to sustainability beyond marketing rhetoric.

Just Scratching the Surface

I have learned so much from working with Anne Mulaire - overproduction, the cost (and volume) of waste, the need to educate consumers on ethically and sustainably made clothing. Carbon footprints. The list goes on. Marketing sustainable products requires a holistic approach that goes beyond greenwashing and superficial eco-friendly claims. By embracing authenticity, transparency, education, storytelling, product innovation, and collaboration, businesses can effectively market sustainable products and drive positive environmental impact while meeting consumer demands. In an increasingly eco-conscious marketplace, sustainability isn’t just a marketing strategy—it’s a business imperative for long-term success.

Andrew Shackleton

Mortgage Rates

The Bank of Canada, at the April 10th policy meeting, once again left the key overnight rate unchanged at 5%. Wednesday was the 6th meeting in a row where the benchmark figure was left unchanged. The last time the rate did move was July 12th, 2023 when the Bank raised it from 4.75% to 5.0%.

The Bank of Canada remains concerned about inflation, here and in the US. While our economy has stalled a bit, growth is expected to pick up in the latter half of the year.

Despite the hold on rates average mortgage rates for April 2024 are down sharply compared to the late fall, with 3, 4 and 5 year fixed mortgage rates dropping by roughly 50 basis points.

The current April 2024 average rates from a basket of lenders across the country are:
  • 1-year fixed insured 7.40%
  • 2-year fixed insured 6.74%
  • 3-year fixed insured 6.05%
  • 4-year fixed insured 5.92%
  • 5-year fixed insured 5.54%
  • 3-year variable insured 7.28%
  • 5-year variable insured 6.82%

Is the mortgage stress test still a thing in 2024? Yes it is, and with the higher rates we’ve seen, it’s even harder to qualify for a mortgage. The rules require you to qualify at either 2% above the rate your lender is offering you or 5.25%, whichever is higher.

Being forced to qualify at the higher stress test rate causes the principal portion of your monthly mortgage payment to shrink, lowering the maximum amount you’ll be allowed to borrow for your mortgage. But the rate you’ll actually pay once you buy is the rate you are offered by your lender. Your monthly payments will be calculated from this lower rate, not the stress test rate. As a result your monthly mortgage bill will be smaller too.

The stress test has been quite unpopular so the federal government has rolled out several new changes to make it easier to buy a home. They are now offering a first time buyer’s credit of $5000, and an increase in withdrawals from your RRSP to $35,000.

In addition existing borrowers are no longer required to re-qualify at the stress test rate when they renew or refinance their mortgages. This will allow borrowers some flexibility if they want to choose a different lender as they are no longer under the pressure of qualifying at an additional two percentage points.

If you’re looking for mortgage info or help please reach out.

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Apollo Theatre

Grammy-Nominated Artist Eric Roberson Heads To The Apollo For One-Night Only Concert

Media Advisory

Grammy-Nominated Artist Eric Roberson Heads To The Apollo For One-Night Only Concert

Saturday, June 1, 2024 at 8PM EST




Two-time GRAMMY-nominee, renowned singer, songwriter and producer Eric Roberson is set to captivate audiences at The Apollo for a one-night-only concert. Returning home to the tri-state area, the 20-year independent music veteran brings his signature “Honest Music” live, hot off the heels of his latest release, “You”.

Acknowledged by luminaries such as Jill Scott and DJ Jazzy Jeff, Roberson has earned the title of “King Of Independent Soul/R&B” for his unwavering commitment to authenticity. Continually peeling back the layers of the music industry, he generously shares his creative journey with fans, inviting them into what he calls “The Process”.

With an impressive discography boasting 13 solo albums, each a testament to the unwavering support of his devoted fanbase, this concert promises to be an unforgettable night of soulful R&B.



Saturday, June 1, 2024 at 8PM EST



The Apollo’s Historic Theater (253 W 125th Street New York, NY 10027)



General tickets start at $55. For more information visit, www.apollotheater.org/eric-roberson/


About the Apollo

The legendary Apollo—the soul of American culture—plays a vital role in cultivating emerging artists and launching legends. Since its founding, The Apollo has served as a center of innovation and a creative catalyst for Harlem, the city of New York, and the world. In 2024, The Apollo opened The Apollo Stages at the Victoria Theater, marking the first ever expansion and renovation of The Apollo in its nearly 90-year history. The Apollo also has plans to renovate its Historic Theater. For more information about The Apollo, visit www.ApolloTheater.org.

With music at its core, The Apollo’s programming extends to dance, theater, spoken word, and more. This includes the world premiere of the theatrical adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me and the New York premiere of the opera We Shall Not Be Moved; special programs such as the blockbuster concert Bruno Mars Live at the Apollo; 100: The Apollo Celebrates Ella; and the annual Africa Now! Festival. The non-profit Apollo is a performing arts presenter, commissioner, and collaborator that also produces festivals, large-scale dance and musical works organized around a set of core initiatives that celebrate and extend The Apollo’s legacy through a contemporary lens, including the Women of the World (WOW) Festival as well as other multidisciplinary collaborations with partner organizations.

Since introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, The Apollo has served as a testing ground for new artists working across a variety of art forms and has ushered in the emergence of many new musical genres—including jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul, and hip-hop. Among the countless legendary performers who launched their careers at The Apollo are Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, H.E.R. D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill, Jazmine Sullivan, Machine Gun Kelly, and Miri Ben Ari; and The Apollo’s forward-looking artistic vision continues to build on this legacy. For more information about The Apollo, visit www.ApolloTheater.org. 

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Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Comerce

What is CYP? & Who is it for?

Written by: Michelle Mcdonald, Chamber Young Professionals Committee + Co-Owner & Office Manager at Creekside Hearing

If you are not familiar with the acronym, CYP, you will want to get to know it! CYP stands for: Chamber Young Professionals, a sub networking group of the Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce.

Now by the title of this group, you may think this networking group is only for the younger professionals. Wrong! Let it be known that could not be further from the truth. This group helps bring young professionals and experienced professionals together.

Why might you want to network with young professionals as an experienced professional? It can be highly beneficial for several reasons: a new perspective, learning or mentorship opportunity, a potential collaboration or even succession planning.

Overall, networking with professionals fosters a dynamic exchange of ideas, promotes mutual learning and growth, and strengthens professional relationships that can benefit both parties eventually.

The CYP networking group allows all that participate to make connections within our community, while supporting young professionals. Not only does this benefit individuals and organizations that are directly involved, but it also contributes to the broader development and prosperity of our community.

How to join and find out more about the CYP events? For more information you can head to the Greater KW Chamber events page or follow us on Instagram or LinkedIn.

We hope to see you there!

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The Backing Bookworm

The Frozen River

This book lives up to its hype.
The Frozen River is a perfect blend of historical fiction and mystery, and I loved that author Ariel Lawhon took her inspiration for the book from real-life of 18th century midwife, Martha Ballard. 
Martha is a beloved small-town midwife and in 1789 the body of local man, who has been accused of rape months earlier, is found frozen in the local river. In her professional role, Martha is asked to examine the body and determine how he died. She concludes it was murder, but not everyone in town, including the new doctor, concurs. With the murder and rape allegation, Martha is concerned justice will not be served and is determined to find out what really happened.
I immediately became fully immersed in this story. Told through Martha's POV and the inclusion of excerpts from her diary, readers are given insight into the day-to-day goings on in the small Maine town, what it was like for a midwife at the time and how the scandal of murder and rape hit this rural community.
The mystery was great, but it was Martha that shone for me. I absolutely loved her. She's a middle-aged woman who knows her worth and is not afraid to stand up for the women and babies in her care, who she treats with compassion and respect. I loved her strength and tenacity as she battled the rampant misogyny and staunch limitations put upon women of the time. This included how differently men and women were treated by the law, for example, morality charges like fornication and having children out of wedlock (it may take two to tango, but not in the eyes of the law or small-town gossip).
This was an unputdownable read for me. Emotional and riveting, The Frozen River had a strong cast (Martha and her husband's bond was *chef's kiss*), great dialogue (with wit) and a solid mystery. I highly recommend this book which pulled me in within its first few pages and didn't let go until it's satisfying ending. 
Note: I highly recommend reading the author's notes at the end of this book to better understand the author's inspiration and get a look into the life of Martha Ballard.

My Rating: 5 starsAuthor: Ariel LawhonGenre: Historical MysteryType and Source: Hardcover from public libraryPublisher: DoubleDayFirst Published: December 5, 2023

Book Description from GoodReads: A gripping historical mystery inspired by the life and diary of Martha Ballard, a renowned 18th-century midwife who defied the legal system and wrote herself into American history.
Maine, 1789: When the Kennebec River freezes, entombing a man in the ice, Martha Ballard is summoned to examine the body and determine cause of death. As a midwife and healer, she is privy to much of what goes on behind closed doors in Hallowell. Her diary is a record of every birth and death, crime and debacle that unfolds in the close-knit community. Months earlier, Martha documented the details of an alleged rape committed by two of the town’s most respected gentlemen—one of whom has now been found dead in the ice. But when a local physician undermines her conclusion, declaring the death to be an accident, Martha is forced to investigate the shocking murder on her own.

Over the course of one winter, as the trial nears, and whispers and prejudices mount, Martha doggedly pursues the truth. Her diary soon lands at the center of the scandal, implicating those she loves, and compelling Martha to decide where her own loyalties lie.

Clever, layered, and subversive, Ariel Lawhon’s newest offering introduces an unsung heroine who refused to accept anything less than justice at a time when women were considered best seen and not heard. The Frozen River is a thrilling, tense, and tender story about a remarkable woman who left an unparalleled legacy yet remains nearly forgotten to this day.

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Tunnel 29 Tells the Gripping Tale of an Unbelievable True Story

If you are looking for a story that reads like an historical fiction thriller, look no further than Tunnel 29 written by Helena Merriman. This story is of a real life rescue mission that took place in 1962 during the height of the Cold War between America and the USSR. Those of us who are of a certain age may remember having to do air raid siren drills in school, getting into the turtle position under our desks when the sirens blew. Much of the book is devoted to providing the background information on what was happening in East Berlin and the stranglehold grip the secret police, the Stasi, had on the citizens of East Germany. The wall was erected ostensibly to keep the immoral westerners out of East Berlin but it was in fact, a device to keep people in the communist realm. 

The book describes the incredible lengths the Stasi went to, to build a spy network that resulted in one spy for every six people in the country. The living conditions were horrible in spite of the grand promises made by the government. It was under those conditions that a small group of men in West Berlin decided to build an escape tunnel under the wall through which their family and friends could get free. What follows is a story that is so incredible, it is hard to believe it is not fiction. But indeed, it actually happened! And this book by Helena Merriman will keep you on the edge of your seat. This book provides a fascinating account of a very fragile time in political history. 

Elmira Advocate


 May 2, 2016 the Waterloo Region Record published a story titled  "Town pushes feds on creek water". Way back in 2004 Dr. Henry Regier also tried to get the federal government involved. They were not interested . This time both TAG Chair Dr. Richard Jackson as well as mayor Sandy Shantz were trying to get some action (i.e. help) from our federal government but they are again playing hard to get. Keep in mind the feds were involved both in studying the grossly contaminated Uniroyal site around 1988 as well as in decisions around supplying war material to the U.S. military for use in Vietnam. I'm speaking of course about the use of defoliant Agent Orange which was produced here and elsewhere during the late 1960s. The unwanted by-product was dioxin which has done serious damage around the world. 

For Dr. Jackson and others the shocking aspect is Canada's help in assisting the Vietnamese people who have suffered greatly from exposure to products produced by Uniroyal Chemical (& others) that were sold to the U.S. military. While that help is appropriate the Canadian government's see no evil, hear no evil attitude to Elmira's related problems are reprehensible. 

It is very clear that our governments cherry pick the issues that they will address. Apparently a group of pacifist Mennonites in Elmira, Ontario are not worthy of protection much less even basic assistance from our federal government. Also to their shame our local councils have joined hands with our provincial government in coddling Uniroyal Chemical and their corporate successors. Neither laws nor morality have been able to budge the dirty, corporate polluters in our midst. 

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Can’t Stay Away / The Feast Makers (Scapegracers, volume 3) By H. A. Clarke

The Feast Makers is the third and final volume in the Scapegracers modern fantasy trilogy. The Scapegracers trilogy is by August Clarke, writing as H. A. Clarke.

Sideways Pike and the rest of West High’s Scapegracer coven have successfully vanquished their enemies and retrieved Sideways’ soul. Now the soon-to-graduate high schoolers need to consider what they are going to do with the rest of their lives… which, thanks to the consequences of their actions in the previous two books, might be very short.

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The Countryside Line is Dead

From the moment I was elected to Regional Council in 2000, politicians worked on two things: Light Rail and the Countryside Line. Both issues dominated my tenure from 2000 to 2018. The Region was focused on preserving Waterloo Region’s environment and farmland by stopping urban sprawl and building a liveable region. The provincial government was excited about Regional plan and the Light Rail and transit that would knit the region together. Businesses and housing grew up along the corridor creating a smart city.

I remember saying to my husband, “This will only work as long as there are councils and provincial governments that support it.” My words have come true.

The countryside line that Waterloo Region Council worked so hard to enact has been secretly breached. If not for the farmers who will be expropriated, no one would know about it. 700 acres of prime farm land, including a cheese business, will be turned from agricultural to industrial in Wilmot Township. There is a lot of industrial land available in Waterloo Region in the Eastside lands. This is totally unnecessary.

This after years of consultations. Years of refusing changes beyond the countryside line to preserve our prime agricultural land. I think back to the angry farmers who wanted to sell their farms to developers and were refused. What about the company that lobbied council to rezone land in Woolwich? The developer who wanted to open lands in Cambridge? What must they think now? Will they all have a case for opening up the land they own to development?

It is interesting to me that the rumours are that this will be an electric car battery plant. If you are a Conservative provincial government with a bad environmental track record, what better way to greenwash yourself than pointing to battery plants. Never mind the possible destruction of the green belt and the cancelling of wind turbines and the hydro dam on the Grand River in Cambridge. Ontario government ads are already touting battery plants and more jobs.

About those jobs. New factories are becoming more and more automated. How many humans will actually be employed? As many as those presently employed in agriculture? A multinational plant will replace a local cheese producer and local farmers. Aren’t we supposed to buy local?

All those years of consultation and work to create a sustainable Waterloo Region. Farmers feed cities. With climate change causing droughts and fires, we cannot depend on California or other countries for our food and, frankly, we shouldn’t have to. Our cities need to grow compactly and up, not sprawl across farmland. Where does it end? Stratford.

It breaks my heart to see the good work of past Regional Councils come undone..

Here are some useful links:


www.therecord.com/opinion/columnists/mclean-insulted-people-who-are-concerned-about-wilmot-expropriation-but-maybe-he-also-did-us/article_f3388b53-cf8a-5fb9-8222-eabaf7d8d50d.html?source=newsletter&utm_content=a01&utm_source=ml_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_email=086D0F84D3095C1808C7316907DA5AF7&utm_campaign=wrop_172678 kitchener.citynews.ca/2024/04/03/more-groups-call-on-region-to-stop-expropriation-of-wilmot-farmland-petition-reaches-20000-signatures/

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Explore Dickson Hill’s History in West Galt

Time: Friday May 3rd, 7 – 8 am

Meeting Place: Victoria Park entrance at Salisbury Avenue and Forest Road

Walk Leader: Kevin Swayze

Join journalist Kevin Swayze for a walk highlighting some of the historic homes and landmarks of Dickson Hill in Cambridge. Learn about how the area was transformed in the late 1800s from the wild “Dickson’s Bush” to an enclave of grand homes for leading members of the former town of Galt and for some of its middle-class workers. Share your stories about a neighbourhood where most of the buildings remain generally unchanged and residents celebrate its history with events through the year.  

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Ontario NDP bill brings Ontario one step closer to declaring Intimate Partner Violence an epidemic

QUEEN’S PARK – Marit Stiles, Leader of the Official Opposition NDP, released the following statement after the NDP’s bill to declare Intimate Partner Violence an epidemic passed second reading:

“This is a welcome first step – but it’s far from the end of the line. We had almost 200 advocates, survivors, and front-line workers join us today at Queen’s Park, and they have been crystal clear in their demands. The time for action is now. The time for believing and supporting survivors of intimate partner violence is now.

We don’t need more half-measures or studies. The work has been done. The Ontario NDP and people across Ontario have spoken. It’s time for Ford to finally take this seriously.”

The Ontario NDP held a press conference this morning before bringing Bill 173 to debate in the Ontario Legislature. The Bill passed second reading and will now go before a committee – and the Ontario NDP will keep up the pressure to make sure the Conservatives follow through and make it law.

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Child Witness Centre Celebrates Provincial Funding Increase and Ongoing Support

April 8, 2024 Kitchener, ON

Child Witness Centre (CWC) is celebrating the announcement of a significant boost in victim sector funding following Ontario Minister of Finance Peter Bethlenfalvy's recent announcement of a $6.4 million investment over three years. This enhanced support is earmarked for programs supporting survivors of sexual assault and expanding the Child Victim Witness Support Program throughout the province. This funding injection marks a positive step forward for victim services in the region, with an initial annual increase of $35,000 allocated to Child Witness Centre, bringing the total provincial funding to $200,000 per year.

The additional funding will enable Child Witness Centre to extend its crucial services to 35 more children annually, providing trauma-informed support, needs assessments, safety evaluations, educational resources, and guidance from trained staff throughout the judicial process. By focusing on reducing secondary trauma and providing essential support during challenging times, Child Witness Centre is dedicated to making a positive impact on the healing, mental health, and overall well-being of young survivors.

Expressing gratitude for the increased funding and support, Executive Director Robin Heald stated, "We are thankful to the Province of Ontario for truly listening to our urgent funding requests and recognizing the importance of child victim services by providing this initial response to our funding requests. I also want to extend appreciation to MPP Jess Dixon for her long-time support and advocacy for our organization, along with other local MPPs who together have consistently supported our funding requests."

"Child Witness Centre's vital work in supporting child victims is something I have witnessed first-hand, and it has been an honour to advocate for their cause," said Jess Dixon, former crown prosecutor and now MPP for Kitchener South - Hespeler. "I am proud to see the Province of Ontario stepping up to provide this crucial initial funding. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the government for their support, and I also want to recognize the tireless advocacy and dedication of CWC and its incredible staff. Together, we can make a positive difference in the lives of those who need it most."

Child Witness Centre Board Chair, Bernadette Behm, expressed, "Child Witness Centre is grateful for the support from the Province of Ontario and our dedicated community members. It truly takes a village to provide essential care and support to child victims in need. We extend our deepest appreciation to all our funders, donors, partners, and supporters who continue to come together during this critical time the non-profit sector is facing. Their collective efforts will have a lasting impact on our community, ensuring that children receive the support they deserve both now and in the future."

While this initial funding increase is a positive step forward, Child Witness Centre acknowledges the ongoing challenges ahead, including an ongoing waitlist currently sitting at 122 children and projected increases in demand for victim services. The organization emphasizes the necessity of continued government and community support to sustain their vital programs for the long term. With significant and steady population growth in the local catchment area, proportional increased demand for their services, and the ever-growing #MeToo movement, Child Witness Centre remains reliant on the generosity of the community, not just the government.

Every donation, no matter how small, can make a significant difference in the life of a child. For more information on how you can help with the urgent need in our community, please contact Child Witness Centre at 519-744-0904.

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 The old joke goes like this: "It isn't fair that 95% of lawyers or politicians give all the rest a bad name." Be that true or not that still leaves 5% who are good people. Yes some have good motives and good intentions. Going back to the 95% or whatever the percentage might actually be however they aren't all wimps. There are likely true believers who honestly believe that all the rest of us are sheep who desperately need to be led by the nose. Then there are some who are inherently bad, greedy and dishonest (too many). Finally there are likely a number of sociopaths. 

I recently watched a Documentary on television describing a mass murderer in the U.S.  He was interviewed after he was caught and his own words were chilling. He was bragging to the police about his one set of murders of four people in a motorcycle shop (there were other murders as well). It was all about him and his feelings, well being etc. Allegedly the four had either insulted or teased him about his difficulty in riding a new, expensive motorcycle that he had bought there. If true then the four certainly weren't terribly smart in being rude to a paying customer. That said the murderer entered the establishment with a handgun and calmly walked through the building shooting and killing all four, unarmed and defenseless individuals. Months later after being caught and then interviewed by police he actually bragged to them about his talent, speed and smoothness in nuetralizing the opposition and "clearing" the building of hostiles. Good God has this individual watched too many police shows on television? Had he been a soldier in another life and he thought he was in a combat zone? Or was he an absolute sociopath who literally had zero compassion, empathy or care for any other human being in the world other than himself? To me that scenario is the most scary.

How many of our political leaders are sociopaths who know how to act, speak and behave while in the public eye while having absolutely zero conscience or concern about any of their fellow human beings? Yes the simply greedy and dishonest politicians will do bad things not in the public interest for their own gain.  They will however generally avoid direct physical harm to their fellow humans unless they have an iron clad excuse such as war and formal hostilities. Even then they will attempt to justify their harsh actions.  Hopefully sociopaths in politics are a very small minority. Otherwise we are all in grave danger as they will not hesitate to sacrifice us and others for their own perceived benefit. Perhaps  policies ignoring Climate Change are such an example???       

Catherine Fife MPP

Mamakwa Statement on Chiefs of Ontario Closing the Infrastructure Gap: Ontario Regional Analysis  Report

QUEEN’S PARK— NDP Deputy Leader and critic for Indigenous and Treaty Relations, Sol Mamakwa made the following statement responding to “The Closing the Infrastructure Gap: Ontario Regional Analysis Report”  recently released by the Chiefs of Ontario, showing Ontarians the stark reality of the infrastructure needed on First Nations to be equal with the rest of Ontario: 

“In Ontario alone, it will cost $58.9 billion to ensure infrastructure in First Nations is on par with the rest of the province by 2030. This gap represents one of the most significant disparities across Canada. A major portion of this deficit, $25.8 billion, is attributed to the critical shortfall in housing. 

“For generations, First Nations across Ontario have suffered from strategically underfunded programs. This has perpetuated a cycle of inefficacy that displaces First Nations peoples from their treaty lands while facilitating the Crown’s access to development resources. 

“Ontario's wealth cannot continue to be built on these ongoing infrastructure shortfalls, such as boil water advisories, overcrowded and unsafe homes, aging remote airports, inadequate digital connectivity, and severely deficient education and community facilities. 

Ontario and Canada's status-quo approach to these matters is a primary contributor to the significant misery and impoverishment of First Nations. Without major systemic change, this gap will only continue to widen. First Nations refuse to stand idly while governments allow this gap to grow unchecked. We demand and deserve better and will continue to fight until progress is made.” 

Catherine Fife MPP

NDP MPPs join nearly 200 advocates to declare Intimate Partner Violence an epidemic

QUEEN’S PARK – The Ontario NDP Official Opposition joined countless families and advocates at Queen’s Park today to declare Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) an epidemic.

“We need every tool available to put an end to intimate partner violence and gender-based violence – and this is one right at our fingertips,” said Kristyn Wong-Tam (Toronto Centre). “Nearly 100 cities in this province, including Toronto have declared Intimate Partner Violence an epidemic and today we can ensure Ontario does too.”

On April 10, the Ontario NDP will debate Bill 173, which would declare intimate partner violence an epidemic in Ontario. This was the number one recommendation of the 86 from the Renfrew Inquest – a recommendation directed at the Province of Ontario that’s been repeatedly rebuked by Ford and the Conservatives. 

“This is an epidemic and we need to act on this issue with the urgency it deserves,” said Jill Andrew, NDP critic for Women’s Social and Economic Opportunity. “Without meaningful action, we’re putting women and gender-diverse people across our province at risk.”

Recent instances of Intimate Partner Violence have been all too common across the province, from Sault Ste. Marie to Huron County to Windsor.  Many impacted families join the MPPs today.

“I am deeply grateful to the advocates and family members who have joined us with their relentless advocacy”, said Lisa Gretzky (Windsor West). “Intimate partner violence has impacted so many people and touched so many communities, including my hometown of Windsor. Stories like Sahra Bulle are heartbreaking – but all too common. We’re here to say that enough is enough.”

“We’re calling on Ford to do the right thing today,” said MPP Peggy Sattler (London West). “There’s too much at stake and no time to waste.”

Fartumo Kusow, Mother of Sahra Bulle
“Intimate Partner Violence is pervasive, predictable and preventable and that is the definition of epidemic. My daughter Sahra was murdered by her partner last year, and it has been an ongoing nightmare. We need the provincial government to step-up and do the right thing: declare Intimate Partner Violence an epidemic in Ontario.”

Erin Lee, Executive Director, Lanark County Interval House and Community Support
“Nearly 100 Ontario municipalities have declared IPV an epidemic, and I strongly urge all members to vote in support of Bill 173. It is critical for victims, families, survivors, and those living isolated to hear a message, loud and clear that they are believed, that they are heard and that they are being responded to by the government of Ontario.”

Kirsten Mercer, Lawyer, Goldblatt Partners LLP (Counsel at the CKW Inquest)
“Using the language of an epidemic frames gender-based violence as the public health emergency that it is- a social challenge not an individual problem.  We are telling all those who live with gender-based violence that what is happening to them is not their fault. This violence is our collective concern.”

Sami Pritchard, Interim Director of Advocacy & Communications, YWCA Toronto
“While we know that this declaration will be merely a first step to addressing and eradicating this epidemic, we also know that we cannot change what we refuse to name. By naming this crisis for what it is - an epidemic - we are sending a clear message to the survivors and children fleeing violence, the frontline workers, advocates and organizations supporting survivors, and the loved ones of those lost to femicide – we see you, we believe you, we respect you, and your life matters.”

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Makin’ Me Better / Returners (The Deer King, volume 2) By Nahoko Uehashi

2014’s Returners is the second and final volume of Nahoko Uehashi’s The Deer King secondary-universe fantasy duology. The 2024 English translation is by Cathy Hirano.

Desperate to rescue his adopted daughter Yuna, Van (a former soldier and ex-slave turned fugitive) catches up with Yuna’s Ahfal Oma kidnappers. The plot pauses as readers are treated to some extended infodumping.

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 Firstly lets define the "grief". Generally speaking it is specific criticism of some of their blatant, not in the public interest, behaviours.  Sometimes that "grief" is simply posts here on the Elmira Advocate. Other times these same posts get sent to the local media such as the Woolwich Observer and the K-W Record.  Usually they also get sent to CPAC members albeit recently I've not been sending them to all CPAC members. Most of the "grief" albeit not 100% is in regards to the long coverup of the facts surrounding the 1989 Elmira Water Crisis. Town councils were long in bed with and in fact included Uniroyal employees back in the day i.e. prior to 1989. 

 Hence recently they got hell for the pathetic and unreliable pump & treat system, the self-serving Risk Assessment of the Canagagigue Creek and the intentional coverup and refusal to properly test the soils on the Stroh and Martin farms for Uniroyal's dioxins and DDT etc. Yesterday they got hell for their Wilmot Township like behaviour in that they rolled over decades ago to the province's wishes. In Woolwich's case they rolled over to the MECP's (Min. of Environment) phony toxic cleanup of Elmira and area.  

Woolwich are not fully in control (ha!) of this cleanup so what do I expect of them? I expect strong  representation all in the public interest of Elmira and Woolwich citizens. I do not expect them to fawn over Uniroyal (Lanxess) . I do not expect them to pick and choose deferential wimps to sit on their alleged public consultation body (TAG/TRAC) . I do not expect them to pick "friendly" citizens who neither are Canadian citizens nor live in Woolwich Township to sit on these committees.  I expect Woolwich to stand strong and firm and insist upon honest data and reports versus client driven, bought and paid for junk science all favouring the polluting company. I expect them to yell long and hard at the province when they refuse to push Uniroyal/Lanxess to clean up the mess they either made or purchased. 

Woolwich Township are beyond complicit and some day that will be common knowledge.

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Stand My Ground / The Warden (The Warden, volume 1) By Daniel M. Ford

2023’s The Warden is the first volume in Daniel M. Ford’s The Warden secondary universe fantasy series.

Aelis de Lenti un Tirraval is a high-achieving academic who is confident that she will receive a high-status first assignment as Warden. To her great vexation, she is assigned to serve in Lone Pine, a rural community barely large enough to warrant a name. She will serve as law enforcement and general problem solver.

She could turn down the post, but this would mean abandoning the career towards which she had worked so hard. Aelis accepts her assignment.

At least Lone Pine is small and isolated, unlikely to attract magical threats. Right?

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New Democrats demand answers for 200 seniors set to be evicted from Chartwell retirement home

QUEEN’S PARK – NDP MPPs Wayne Gates (Niagara Falls), Official Opposition critic for Long-Term Care and Chris Glover (Spadina-Fort York) spoke out in support of the 200 seniors who are set to be evicted from their Mississauga retirement home. 

Last week, nearly 200 residents at Chartwell Heritage Glen Retirement received eviction notices and learned they have just 4 months to find a new place to live. 

“With massive waitlists for health care, and rapidly rising rents, this eviction notice has left hundreds of seniors with limited options and a rapidly ticking clock,” said Gates. “Is this government going to allow Chartwell to throw out hundreds of seniors from their home to make a quick buck?” 

Chartwell is a private retirement and long-term care provider with an ugly track record, especially during COVID-19. They are selling this land to a private developer – and leaving hundreds of seniors with limited options in a system that’s been starved of resources by Ford.  

“This government must stand up for seniors,” asked Glover. “Joyce is a 92-year-old resident who has been unable to eat or sleep because of the anxiety this notice has caused her. Her daughter is in Queen’s Park today to find solutions for her mother. Will this government stop the evictions and help seniors, or will they protect Chartwell’s profits?” 

“It’s unacceptable what’s happening to these seniors and their families,” said Gates. “I am calling on the Ford government to immediately take action to protect these seniors from eviction.” 

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