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Special weather statement

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Vigil for man shot by police

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Wellington Advertiser

Ceremonial tree tapping symbolizes start of maple syrup season

BRESLAU – Sap began running quickly at Snyder Farms on Feb. 23 for the Waterloo-Wellington Maple Syrup Producers and Elmira Maple Syrup Festival’s annual ceremonial tree tapping.

The plus-five-degree weather, which is ideal for maple season, made for a good turnout for the ceremony, announcement of this year’s Producer of the Year and pancake brunch.

Graham Snyder of Snyder Acres won Producer of the Year last year, the reason the tree tapping ceremony was held here.

“We move it around to different locations to showcase different people’s operations,” president of Waterloo Wellington Maple Syrup Producers Kevin Synder told the Advertiser.

Kevin is cousins with Graham and taps maple around the corner at Snyder Heritage Farms.

“Maple season is here and the sugar house is in full production,” Kevin said.

Maple season typically runs four to five weeks, and the warmer weather results in an earlier maple season for most.

Some producers, like Snyder Acres, began tapping even earlier at end of January.

Chris, left, and David Wagler from Wagler Maple Products began cooking up some sausage before the ceremony to be ready for the hungry visitors. Photo by Nicole Beswitherick

Seasons changing

“The last couple of years, the season hasn’t been typical. If we’d had this conversation 10 years ago and said you’re going to make a lot of maple syrup in February, everybody would have thought you’re crazy,” Kevin explained.

“But again, it’s all dictated by Mother Nature. When she gives us the conditions to run, which is plus-five or minus-five at nighttime,” that is when it is best to begin tapping trees.

Cold nights below freezing with warm, sunny days around five degrees is ideal to have the sap flow back into little fibres inside the tree.

It also creates a certain amount of pressure to keep the maple syrup tasting how it is supposed to.

Local producers

Andrew McNamara is a Canadian bush pilot who in recent years has started up a maple production called Setting North, located just outside of Belwood.

McNamara started out with 30 taps six years ago, and has now grown to tap 600 maple trees on his property – and he hopes to expand more throughout the years.

He was unable to attend the tapping ceremony this year due to an early start in maple production.

“I [first] tapped on Family Day weekend,” he said.

“The sap was running quite a bit… I was actually boiling on Friday during the ceremony, otherwise I would have been there.”

He explained maple season typically begins a week before or a week after the first tapping ceremony, more or less, but ends once the trees start budding or “when the frogs start singing.

“Realistically, it’s [over] when the syrup starts tasting buddy, which is just kind of an off-taste.”

Two gentlemen from the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival (red coats) announced this year’s winner of Producer of the Year to Maple Tap Farms. Photo by Nicole Beswitherick

End of the ceremony

There were several producers unable to make the event because of the early season, but there were still many attendees waiting to enjoy the pancake brunch.

Toward the end of the ceremony, Waterloo Region chair Karen Redman took the floor to say “we should all forget Wiarton Willie… and we now know it’s spring because the maple syrup is running.”

Producer of the Year was then announced by members of the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival, and awarded to Maple Tap Farms based out of Elmira; runner up was Snyder Acres.

The 60th annual Elmira Maple Syrup Festival is set to begin on April 6 at 7am. More information can be found at elmiramaplesyrupfestival.com.

To learn more about Waterloo Wellington Maple Syrup Producers, visit facebook.com/wwmspa.

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CTV News Kitchener

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Ontario university to remove vending machines due to facial recognition technology concerns

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Immigration minister calls Ontario’s international student claims ‘garbage’

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Ontario town backs scrapped LCBO pilot program to scan IDs

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Homebuyers must save decades before buying in Ontario’s largest cities: report

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Ron Johnston on changes to CKCO newsroom

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Ford 'tripling down' over judicial appointments

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Canadian food programs forced to turn people away

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Mosquitoes swarm streets of Buenos Aires

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University of Guelph initiative raises $2.5 million for female student athletes

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Slowing down for safer streets

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Ontario euthanizes 84 raccoons and accuses rehab centre of mistreating animals

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Online buying and selling: Most in Ontario say they’re anxious about meet ups

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Ford shut down internal push to raise university, college tuition: Docs

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UW Imprint

Ontario government announces $1.3 billion in funding for universities and colleges, extends tuition freeze

At a press conference hosted earlier today by minister of colleges and universities Jill Dunlop, it was announced that the Ontario government will provide about $1.3 billion in funding to universities and colleges over the next three years, as well as extend the tuition fee freeze for in-province students until around 2027. 

The tuition freeze was first put in place for Ontario students by the Progressive Conservative government in 2019, and was accompanied by a 10 per cent reduction in tuition fees. Postsecondary schools will still have the ability to increase tuition by up to five per cent for Canadian students from other provinces. 

A UW spokesperson said that the institution would be looking closely at the details of the announcement to understand its implications. 

“We appreciate that the government has taken these first steps to address financial issues in our sector, however we remain concerned about long-term financial sustainability given the impact that many years of a frozen operating grant and frozen tuition rates have had on our institution,” they said.

The announcement did not specify how much each school would be allocated, though factors like total enrollment will be considered. 

“We thank the government for the investment announced today allowing the Advanced Research Computing Infrastructure, of which University of Waterloo is part, to continue to create broadly accessible advanced computing capacity for 36 key institutions, including other universities and hospitals,” the spokesperson continued.

The funding will go to capital repairs and equipment, STEM program costs, research and innovation, mental health supports, and a third-party review that will explore what actions institutions can take to drive long-term cost savings. 

The province is also introducing legislation that, if passed, would require universities and colleges to provide information to students about the cost for ancillary fees, textbooks, and other learning materials. 


CTV News Kitchener

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What caused contaminated fuel?

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Ont. colleges and university get $1.3B in funding

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Seized plane at YKF

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Doug Ford reiterates plan for ‘like-minded judges’ on Ontario courts

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Man ignores warnings, loses more than $180,000 in cryptocurrency scam

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