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Global News: Kitchener

Depth scoring leads the way as Leafs down Sens 3-1

The Toronto Maple Leafs have turned to Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and John Tavares for much of their offence in recent years.

CTV News Kitchener

More showers expected to wrap up the weekend

From CTV Kitchener’s Jessica Smith: Expect showers for the rest of the weekend before sunshine and above seasonal temperatures return next week.

CTV News Kitchener

Frederick Art Walk returns to Kitchener

From CTV Kitchener’s Jessica Smith: After a year-long hiatus, the Frederick Art Walk is back to celebrate 20 years of combining art and community.

CTV News Kitchener

'Project Serve' helps U of G students give back

From CTV Kitchener’s Spencer Turcotte: U of G students volunteering with ‘Project Serve’ are staying connected while helping the community.

CTV News Kitchener

Possible snow tire shortage ahead of winter months

Shop owners warn of a possible shortage in winter tires with less shipments expected in the coming months.

CTV News Kitchener

Protect yourself from sophisticated phone scams

From CTV’s Pattie Lovett-Reid: The steps you should take if you fall victim to a financial scam via phone or online.

Global News: Kitchener

Small businesses raise concerns over implementation of QR code

As the province rolls out its new COVID-19 proof-of-vaccination QR code, some businesses are citing concerns over how they will police the measures and say there hasn’t been enough support from the government. Brittany Rosen has more.

CTV News Kitchener

Restaurants frustrated with capacity restrictions

Restaurant and bar owners are feeling the effects of capacity limits, while live events enjoy lifted restrictions.

CTV News Kitchener

Cambridge man identified in Toronto shooting

Randy Nguyen from Cambridge has been identified as the shooting victim in a homicide investigation in Toronto.

CTV News Kitchener

Guelph-based company creates enhanced face masks

From CTV Kitchener: Zen Graphene Solutions in Guelph is changing the way personal protective equipment is made.

Global News: Kitchener

Focus Ontario: A Perfect Storm: Staff Shortages in Healthcare

Ontario’s new QR code passport system is ready to roll. Concern over a possible shortage of healthcare workers in this province — we’ll explain why. And, a glimpse into workplaces of the future when it comes to COVID safety protocols. All that and more on this week’s Focus Ontario.

Global News: Kitchener

Heavy rainfall leads to flooding across Kingston, Ont.

Heavy rainstorms overnight and early Saturday morning have resulted in major flooding across parts of the city. Damage to cars and homes have been expressed online.

Global News: Kitchener

‘Stay the course’: Children’s health group says Ontario measures working to keep schools open

The group said in a statement that since schools have reopened, provincial COVID-19 case rates have been trending within the best-case scenario under provincial modelling.

Global News: Kitchener

Mrazek injury forces Leafs to add U of T goalie

Alex Bishop lived out his dream.

Global News: Kitchener

‘We are stretched to our limits’: Advocates push for extension of Ontario rent freeze

"It's hard to try and make the money stretch," said Monique Gordon, who teared up during an interview. "We can see in a blink of an eye, we can lose things."

Global News: Kitchener

Ontario Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca pledges ranked ballots or he’ll quit

Del Duca is set to tell his party's annual general meeting Sunday that if the Liberals win the June 2022 election, he will ensure future provincial votes are run by ranked ballots.

Global News: Kitchener

Ontario reports less than 500 COVID-19 cases as 7-day average continues to fall

In Ontario, 87.4 per cent of people aged 12-plus have received at least one vaccine dose and nearly 83 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Global News: Kitchener

27-year-old Cambridge man dead after shooting in Toronto: police

Police said a man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds was found inside a vehicle in a plaza.

The Record

Surging Joseph Serpa finds a home on Rangers’ top line

KITCHENER — It’s not set in stone.

But if the newly formed top line for the Kitchener Rangers keeps scoring, the yet unnamed threesome might become a fixture at the Aud.

We knew freshly minted captain Francesco Pinelli and long-time linemate Declan McDonnell had sizzle.

But adding winger Joseph Serpa to the mix, like the Rangers did for Friday’s 5-1 thrashing of the visiting Sarnia Sting, morphed the deadly duo into a terrific trio.

“I thought they were good,” said Rangers general manager and head coach Mike McKenzie. “Declan and Frankie have played together quite a bit and are a pretty obvious pair for us. We’re just trying some things out to see who fits as that third guy.”

Again, it’s early and things can change, but Sarnia really had no answer for the unit in the one-sided affair at the Aud.

It was four zip for the good guys midway through the third period before Sarnia’s Zach Filak broke Pavel Cajan’s shutout bid.

The Czech goalie really wasn’t tested as the Rangers kept their perfect record intact and improved to 3-0 on this young season.

Pinelli, named captain earlier Friday, scored a short-handed goal and added an assist. McDonnell also had the goal-assist combo and was a physical force. Serpa chipped in with two helpers.

It has been a turbulent ride for the Cambridge kid.

Serpa had 14 points in 50 games in his first full campaign two years back before losing a key year of development when the league shutdown last season due to the pandemic.

Now, at 19-years-old, he finds himself trying to make up for lost time.

And, so far, he’s delivering with six points in his first three games, which puts him in a three-way tie for the team lead in scoring with Pinelli and Michael Petizian.

“It’s exciting playing with some top guys,” he said. “I’m happy that the team has the confidence to put me with those guys and trust that I’m going to go up there and fit in.”

McDonnell is the reliable two-way member on the line. Pinelli brings the superior skill. Serpa offers a bit of both.

“I like to think I bring a lot of skill and smarts,” he said.

Serpa also adds character. He’s a guy that toiled on the third and fourth line in the past, so he’s not taking the promotion for granted.

“I feel like I’ve never had anything handed to me,” he said. “I’ve had to work through the ranks and to finally be on the line with the top guys and putting up points is a good feeling.

“But I’m not really too surprised. I put in so much work in the off-season. Even if I had a slow start, I’d still be confident in the work I put in and know that good things would be coming.”

Serpa has always been Kitchener’s in-house secret.

“He’s one of those guys where we know how good he is but maybe people around the league might not know,” said McKenzie. “You might look at our roster and wonder what he’s all about but we had him pencilled in as a top six guy and he’s showing that early and that he’s ready to go.”

Serpa feels the pandemic robbed him of his chance for a breakout season, so he’s eager to get to work.

“I really feel like I have a chip on my shoulder and something to prove on a nightly basis,” he said. “When I get out there with the top guys I feel like I really belong.”

Reid Valade potted a pair for Kitchener on Friday while rookie Cameron Mercer added three assists.

The Rangers are back in action Tuesday when they host the Guelph Storm at the Aud at 7 p.m.

Josh Brown is a Waterloo Region-based reporter focusing on sports for The Record. Reach him via email: jbrown@therecord.com


First period

1. Kitchener, Valade 2 (Petizian, Mercer) 8:43

Penalties: J. LeBlanc, Kit (roughing) 11:58, Hill, Sar (hooking) 14:49, O’Donnell, Sar (holding) 17:11

Second period

2. Kitchener, McDonnell 2 (Pinelli, Serpa) 13:00

Penalties: Pryce, Sar (elbowing) 7:48, Guy, Sar (tripping) 16:51

Third period

3. Kitchener, Pinelli 3 (McDonnell) 6:19 (sh)

4. Kitchener, Valade 3 (Serpa, Mercer) 8:48

5. Sarnia, Filak 1 (Guy, Voit) 11:15

6. Kitchener, Petizian 2 (Valade, Mercer) 18:19

Penalties: Valade, Kit (interference) 5:53, Serpa, Kit (tripping) 14:00

Goalies: Cajan, Kit (W2-0-0-0), Thornton, Sar (L0-1-0-0)

Shots on goal

Kit: 17-11-10=38

Sar: 10-11-4=25

Referees: Brandon Biggers, Jason Faist

Linesmen: Kevin Hastings, Kyle Rodgers

Attendance: 4,365

Global News: Kitchener

Global News at 5:30 Toronto: October 15, 2021

October 15 is a day for remembrance and reflection. It marks Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. Shallima Maharaj has more on the move to end the silence and the stigma surrounding this immense loss.

Global News: Kitchener

Marking Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day

October 15 is a day for remembrance and reflection. It marks Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. Shallima Maharaj has more on the move to end the silence and the stigma surrounding this immense loss.

CTV News Kitchener

Backyard tiny home going up in Kitchener

From CTV Kitchener’s Krista Sharpe: The first approved backyard tiny home is being built in the city of Kitchener.

CTV News Kitchener

Craft brew coming to farmers’ market

From CTV Kitchener: The province announced that local, Ontario craft beers can now be sold in farmers’ markets.

CTV News Kitchener

Rangers back at The Aud with full capacity

From CTV Kitchener’s Heather Senoran: The Kitchener Rangers are back at The Aud with a fully capacity audience allowed in the stands.

CTV News Kitchener

Vaccine policy impact on local hospitals

From CTV Kitchener’s Nicole Lampa: Waterloo-Wellington hospitals are dealing with the fallout of mandatory COVID-19 vaccines for staff.

CTV News Kitchener

Which Santa Claus parades are happening this year?

From CTV Kitchener’s Jessica Smith: Santa Claus Parades in the area are once again navigating a pandemic-era holiday season.

Global News: Kitchener

Step-by-step breakdown of how to get the new Ontario COVID-19 QR code proof-of-vaccination

Global News breaks down exactly how you can download the new COVID-19 verification certification with a scannable QR code

CTV News Kitchener

Task force investigating unmarked grave

From CTV Kitchener’s Carmen Wong: A task force is investigating to see if an unmarked grave has any connection to a former Residential School.

CTV News Kitchener

Man charged in Six Nations shooting back in court

From CTV Kitchener’s Natalie Van Rooy: A man charged in a 2016 Six Nations shooting is standing trial a second time.

Global News: Kitchener

Businesses react to QR code COVID-19 proof-of-vaccination system

Ontario businesses will have to use the new QR code system to verify the vaccination status of customers. As Sean O’Shea reports, owners and operators generally support the plan but say many sectors are still unfairly disadvantaged.

Wellington Advertiser

Mapleton applies for funding for pumping station project

MAPLETON – The township will apply for about $1.4 million in federal disaster mitigation/adaptation funding to assist with the $3.6-million cost of upgrading the Drayton Pumping Station.

Mapleton council approved the decision to apply for the funding at the Oct. 12 meeting, held at the Alma Community Centre.

A report from CAO Manny Baron recommended the town apply to the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF), a national, competitive, and merit-based program intended to support public infrastructure projects designed to mitigate current and future climate-related risks and disasters triggered by climate change, such as floods, wildland fires, droughts and seismic events.

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The report notes township staff met with engineering consultant Cima to discuss what project would potentially benefit most from program funding and it was agreed the Drayton Pumping Station would be a good fit.

“The pumping station struggles to keep up during flooding events,” the report notes.

In the report, Baron points out the project is already scheduled to commence in 2023 and is budgeted at $3,565,000.

If Mapleton is successful in obtaining funding, the grant would cover 40 per cent, or $1,426,000. In 2018, an application for the project was submitted to the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund before the funding program was terminated.

“This means most of the background work is complete and can be submitted with only a few updates,” Baron explained in the report.

The application deadline is Nov. 15 and Baron said he anticipates announcements on funding would be made by next spring or early summer.

“It’s a project that’s already in the capital budget to upgrade our wastewater facilities anyway, so it’s a perfect fit,” he told council.

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The Record

No relief in sight for homebuyers with higher prices forecast

WATERLOO REGION — There’s no relief in sight for homebuyers in Canada.

A new Royal LePage report predicts the aggregate price of a Canadian home will climb 16 per cent in the fourth quarter this year to $771,500, compared to the same period last year.

The aggregate price is calculated using a weighted average of the median prices of all property types, and includes resale and newly-built homes, the report said.

In Kitchener and Waterloo, the report found the aggregate price for the third quarter rose by 25.7 per cent year-over-year to $742,800. Detached homes were up 33.7 per cent to a median price of $871,100, while condos rose 9.5 per cent to a median of $419,100.

In Cambridge, the third-quarter aggregate price climbed 26.2 per cent to $767,000; the median price for a detached home also rose by 33.7 per cent to $873,900, while condos jumped 27.1 per cent to $574,600.

Record-low inventory and high demand continue to conspire to push prices higher in Waterloo Region, said broker Mike Milovick of Kitchener’s Royal LePage Grand Valley Realty.

“Right now, I’m seeing about a 14-day amount of inventory on the market. That is an extremely low amount, and even relative to last year, the number of listings is down about 30 per cent, and last year we had a low inventory market,” he said.

Fourteen days’ worth of inventory means it would take just two weeks to sell the current inventory of homes at the current pace if no new listings were added.

“We usually have over 1,600 houses on the market at one time, and today we might be around 230.”

Buyers escaping higher-priced Greater Toronto Area communities continue to compete with local residents for the few listings available — meaning multiple offers and bidding wars are still common, Milovick said.

“I’ve been with buyers looking specifically around the $700,000 and lower range (for a single-family house), and I feel that there’s about 100 buyers looking in that specific range,” he said.

“What I’m seeing is maybe two listings come up a week, and literally when the properties sell, they’re receiving six to 12 to 20 offers.”

Milovick believes the province will have “some very difficult decisions to make” around land use in order to build more homes to address existing demand and immigration-driven population growth. “It’s a building challenge, there’s just simply not enough homes.”

Prices across Canada aren’t accelerating as quickly as they were a few months ago; demand typically eases during the summer, and relaxed pandemic restrictions gave people more time for other activities.

“In addition, a year of relentless competition for too few properties drove some would-be purchasers to the sidelines as buyer fatigue set in,” Royal LePage president and CEO Phil Soper said in a release.

But the company is expecting an “unusually busy” winter leading into a brisk spring market, he said.

The report didn’t include a fourth-quarter forecast for Waterloo Region communities, but prices in the GTA are expected to rise 14.5 per cent compared to last year.

“I do believe that prices in our area will continue to increase,” Milovick said, especially in light of low interest rates. As well, average household income is higher in Waterloo Region compared to places like Mississauga, while prices remain lower, he said.

“I actually believe there’s still room for prices to run here.”

Brent Davis is a Waterloo Region-based general assignment reporter for The Record. Reach him via email: bdavis@therecord.com

CTV News Kitchener

Rainy end to the work week continuing into weekend

From CTV Kitchener’s Shannon Bradbury: The rain that ended off Waterloo Region’s work week will continue into the weekend.

Global News: Kitchener

Task force investigating residential school in Brantford, Ont. reveal first case

The group looking into child deaths at the Mohawk Institute are taking a look at remains found last year near the facility.

The Record

Witness fails to show up at trial of pair charged with killing Kitchener man

KITCHENER — The trial of two men charged with murdering Shaun Yorke heard no testimony Friday because the scheduled witness did not show up.

A teen who lived in Yorke’s house finished his testimony on Thursday. A new Crown witness was set to take the stand Friday, but a court clerk announced late morning that the court was closed because the witness “didn’t arrive.”

The Crown and defence planned to spend the remainder of Friday negotiating an agreed statement of facts.

Yorke, 45, was shot to death on July 8, 2018, in his townhouse at 150 Elm Ridge Dr. in the Forest Heights area of Kitchener.

Kenneth Morrison, 30, and Mowafag Saboon, 27, both of Kitchener, are on trial for first-degree murder. Two boys previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the killing of Yorke and were sentenced to three years in custody.

The judge-alone trial, which began last week, resumes Monday.

The Record

Warriors, Golden Hawks get back to work in OUA’s wild west

WATERLOO — Halfway through the regular-season schedule and the results have been anything but predictable.

The Ontario University Athletics football season resumes Saturday with a full slate of games, including three matchups in the topsy turvy West division that has three teams (Waterloo Warriors, Western Mustangs and Windsor Lancers) sporting 2-1 records and three (Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks, Guelph Gryphons and McMaster Marauders) at 1-2.

“No one’s undefeated, no one’s winless, no one’s clinched the playoffs, and no one’s out of the playoffs ... all six teams control their own destiny, including us, with three football games remaining,” said Golden Hawks head coach Michael Faulds.

“When I was a player (2005-09 at Western), probably with about 90 per cent accuracy you could pick the winners for the entire season. This year, you’d be wrong in half the games.”

The Golden Hawks resume their push for one of four available playoff spots against McMaster, which dropped a 27-24 overtime decision to Windsor last week. Laurier is coming off a bye week and riding a two-game losing streak, having dropped a 36-16 decision to Western in its last outing. The McMaster-Laurier clash is a 1 p.m. kickoff at Ron Joyce Stadium in Hamilton.

Warriors head coach Chris Bertoia has noticed something else about the West — that his team is the only one to win a road game this season, against Laurier at University Stadium.

“It’s certainly an interesting stat that we brought to the attention of our players,” said Bertoia.

“Every team is competitive, and every team is playing with confidence at home. It’s cliché, but every game means something this year.”

The Warriors are also coming off a bye week and resume their schedule in Guelph with a 6 p.m. start against the Gryphons, who have dropped two straight since opening the season with a 23-21 win over Western. Waterloo’s last outing was one to forget, a 34-13 loss to McMaster in which the visiting Warriors fell behind 27-2 at halftime.

Bertoia expects a stiff test from Guelph, which pushed the undefeated Queen’s Golden Gaels (4-0) to the limit last week before dropping a 14-8 decision in Kingston.

“They’ve got a lot of talent, they’re well-coached, and defensively, that front seven of theirs is very stout, the best front seven we’ve seen so far,” said Bertoia.

“They have a good offensive line as well; I think they’re getting a few players back. They have talent in their receiving corps, and they’re finding their way at quarterback, which is such a huge and critical position in this sport.”

Shawn Lal started for Guelph against Western, didn’t dress in a 14-12 loss to Windsor and exited during the first half of last week’s loss. He was replaced by Deandre Rose, who went the entire way against Windsor. Lal is listed as No. 1 on Guelph’s depth chart.

There are no such issues at Waterloo, where Tre Ford is the undisputed signal-caller and will attempt to rebound from a subpar performance against McMaster. The versatile Ford is second in the OUA in passing, completing 63 of 95 passes for 803 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. He is fifth in rushing, with 25 carries for 280 yards and two touchdowns.

The Guelph roster features a pair of Waterloo Region players in linebacker Jared Beeksma (Jacob Hespeler) and kicker Eric Stranz (Southwood).

Meanwhile, Connor Carusello is expected to return from a Week 1 injury to lead the Laurier offence against McMaster. Rookie Taylor Elgersma has started the past two games in Carusello’s absence and performed admirably. In his last start, Laurier led 16-14 in the fourth quarter but surrendered three touchdowns in the final five minutes, including a 55-yard punt return.

“There are definitely a lot of positives from that game; it’s not all gloom and doom, so we try to build on things like how well we played on defence and clean up the areas where we weren’t so good, like blocked punts and dropped footballs,” said Faulds.

The McMaster roster includes defensive back Mario Alyas (Jacob Hespeler), defensive back Joshua Cumber (St. Benedict), defensive back Dylan Hillier (Preston), offensive lineman Jacob Bradley (Jacob Hespeler) and defensive end Gregory Thomas (Southwood).

Mark Bryson is a Waterloo Region-based reporter focusing on sports for The Record. Reach him via email: mbryson@therecord.com

Global News: Kitchener

Ontario government set to allow local brewers to sell beer at farmers’ markets

Brewers whose full brewing process takes place in Ontario can apply to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario to start selling their products at farmers' markets.

Global News: Kitchener

Cambridge, Ont. man arrested following child pornography investigation

Waterloo Regional Police say they have arrested an 18-year-old Cambridge man in connection to a recent child pornography investigation.

The Record

Cambridge company helping shape the homes of the future

CAMBRIDGE — Gord Cooke is the furthest thing from a crunchy-granola, sandal-wearing environmentalist.

He’s an engineer and businessperson who got interested in sustainability almost by accident.

Just as the 1970s oil crisis hit, he got a job with a small company in Saskatoon that made heat recovery ventilators — devices that replace stale air in a building, while capturing the heat from the air leaving the house in winter, and using it to preheat fresh air coming in.

He began more or less as a salesperson, trying to get builders to install the heat recovery machines in the homes they built. He bought a blower door — a big, fridge-sized device that tests a home’s air tightness — and began trundling it out to homes to win builders over.

Today, Cooke is a nationally recognized leader in the promotion of energy-efficient housing. He was recently honoured with a Clean50 Lifetime Achievement Award, a top national award for significant achievement in furthering sustainability. Past honourees include former Green party leader Elizabeth May and scientist and activist David Suzuki.

His company in Cambridge, Building Knowledge Canada, employs 25 people. It educates builders on the latest energy-efficient technology and evaluates the energy efficiency of more than 5,000 new homes a year.

“We model the energy performance of houses before they’re built,” he says. “Builders will give us the plans for 30 different models, and we’ll tell them the most energy-efficient model for that house ... We try to make it simple for builders to make these decisions.”

Cooke’s knowledge, and his passionate advocacy, has led to the adoption of efficient technologies in Canadian home building, not only with niche builders, but across the industry, says Sean Wadsworth, vice-president at Branthaven Homes in Burlington.

“Gord Cooke and his team at Building Knowledge are best in class at what they do,” says Geoff McMurdo, chief administrative officer at Activa Homes. “They’re very, very good.”

Those changes have come about, but not because builders and homebuyers are demanding greener designs, or because people want to save money on their energy bills. Only six to eight per cent of buyers will place a high priority on energy efficiency, Cooke says.

But buyers and builders want homes that are high-quality, comfortable and livable. The beauty of building sustainably, Cooke says, is that improving energy efficiency hits all those goals.

An energy-efficient home is more comfortable, without drafts or a chilly basement or that cold room over the garage; healthier because there’s less moisture, dust and pollen, and more durable, he says. And it costs about the same to own as a house that’s less sustainable.

“If you were to offer it (energy-efficient design) to customers as an upgrade, more often than not, they wouldn’t choose it,” says McMurdo at Activa. “They’d put the money into countertops” or other visible features.

But that’s partly because buyers just assume builders are already thinking about these things, Wadsworth says.

“They kind of expect it,” he says. “Just like when you buy a new car today, you would expect that model would be more efficient than the one that was built five years ago.”

The technology has advanced tremendously, Cooke says. Even new houses built today to the minimum Building Code standards use about one-quarter the energy that houses used in the 1970s, he says.

And within 10 or 15 years, he says, the Building Code will require all houses to be net zero — using as much energy as they’re able to produce on-site through things like solar power or geothermal systems.

Many builders are already offering these homes — Activa in Waterloo Region and Terraview in Guelph are already building entire “net-zero ready” subdivisions — where every single-detached home is designed for solar power.

Activa is embracing sustainable homes because “it’s the right thing to do,” McMurdo says, but also to have their homes stand out, and because it makes sense to embrace a trend that is clearly the way the industry is headed.

In the next 30 years, there will be plenty more problems to solve, Cooke says: how to reduce the amount of carbon used to build a house, how to improve water efficiency and to reduce stormwater run-off, how to build denser neighbourhoods but still ensure you can’t hear your neighbours through the walls.

“Some builders say, ‘I’ve been doing it this way for 30 years.’ Yes, well then, stop,” Cooke says. “Cars aren’t built the same way they were 30 years ago. Neither should homes.”

Catherine Thompson is a Waterloo Region-based reporter focusing on urban affairs for The Record. Reach her via email: cthompson@therecord.com

The Record

12-storey apartment towers would bring more life to Quiet Place in Waterloo

WATERLOO — Quiet Place will become busier if city council approves three 12-storey apartment towers beside the Ion rail tracks and the Albert McCormick Community Centre.

The proposal in the works for more than three years goes before Waterloo council at a public meeting 6:30 p.m. Monday.

The apartments are proposed at 535 Quiet Pl. on a vacant, triangular lot of 1.2 hectares that is meant for intense development. The site is nestled between the community centre and a small neighbourhood of detached homes. An older apartment building not far away stands at nine storeys.

The full development is proposed at 423 units with 424 parking spaces and 254 bicycle parking spaces. Most would be two-bedroom units; no three-bedroom units are planned.

Council has been asked to tinker with rules on setbacks, parking, and landscaping, and to permit a slight increase in height. City approval won’t happen until a later date, pending further review.

The developer, Hickory Terraces, contends the location and buildings are well-suited to meet provincial and local plans to house more people on less space.

“The proposed development follows the contemporary architectural style and supports a more pedestrian and transit-friendly, higher density complete community,” says a report filed at Waterloo city hall.

Towers are designed with rooflines, materials and colours meant “to create interesting facades and skylines.”

The proposal is within walking distance of two community centres, parks and transit. Nearby housing was developed in the 1970s.

Hickory Terraces is a developer involved in other big apartment projects including Auburn Green and Auburn Terraces on Auburn Drive, Cedar Creek on Old Albert Street, and Maple Hill Creek on Erb Street West.

If approved by council, construction could start next year with completion near the end of 2023, according to a report.

Jeff Outhit is a Waterloo Region-based general assignment reporter for The Record. Reach him via email: jouthit@therecord.com

The Record

School vaccination program restarting in Waterloo Region

WATERLOO REGION — The school vaccination program in Waterloo Region will resume next month after being put on hold since spring 2020 due to the pandemic.

Public health will start the program on Nov. 1, after appointments open for booking on Monday.

Most clinics will be outside school and work hours at public health offices located at 99 Regina St. S. in Waterloo and 150 Main St. in Cambridge.

Details about mobile clinics will be shared when they are finalized.

Children in Grade 7, 8 or 9 this school year are eligible to receive their school program vaccines or complete the series if already started.

Grade 7 students normally have the opportunity to receive three vaccines in school-based clinics: hepatitis B (two-dose series), meningococcal ACYW-135 and human papillomavirus (two-dose series).

The meningitis vaccine is required for attending school under the Immunization of School Pupils Act. Although the act has not been enforced during the pandemic, students’ immunization records will be reviewed in the future for required vaccines.

Appointments will be released in blocks every two weeks over the next year. They can be booked online or by calling 519-575-4400.

Public health asks for patience as it works to get students across the region caught up.

Call 519-575-4400 ext. 5001 with questions about the school vaccine program catch-up process.

Global News: Kitchener

Maple Leafs looking for better starts

Jason Spezza isn't sounding any alarm bells.

The Record

The Canadian Shield now selling rapid COVID-19 tests

WATERLOO — The Canadian Shield is offering rapid COVID-19 antigen testing kits for sale on its website.

The tests, from Markham-based BTNX Inc., are available to Canadian Shield customers in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia, following provincial guidance.

The tests deliver results in 15 minutes. Customers must confirm they’ve reviewed an instructional video and other training resources in order to purchase the tests.

“Due to regulatory issues, everyday Canadians are paying some of the highest prices in the world for rapid testing — we strongly believe that we can play a role in making that no longer the case,” Jeremy Hedges, chief executive officer of Waterloo-based PPE manufacturer The Canadian Shield, said in a release.

The kits sell in packs of five for $49.95, or $9.99 per test, online at canadianshieldppe.ca. They can also be picked up at The Canadian Shield’s head office at 640 Bridge St. W., Unit 1, in Waterloo.

Global News: Kitchener

Another 15 COVID-19 cases reported in Waterloo Region as active case count falls to 106

Waterloo Public Health reported another 15 positive tests for the coronavirus on Friday, lifting the total number of COVID-19 cases in the area to 19,890.

Wellington Advertiser

Town of Erin plans to perform marriages for residents looking to tie the knot

ERIN – Residents looking to tie the knot may soon be able to do so in the Town of Erin’s council chamber – and there is also an option for those looking recite their vows elsewhere.

Council heard from clerk Lisa Campion on the idea of the town being authorized to provide marriage solemnization on Oct. 5.

“Our goal is to be a one-stop shop for municipal services,” Campion said in an interview with the Advertiser.

“We want to be able to serve our residents in the best capacity that we can and with respect to marriages, it’s offering both of those services, not just the licensing.”

In the meeting, council received the report and authorized a bylaw for the adoption of a civil marriage solemnization service in the town.

Campion will now be licensed to perform non-denominational marriage ceremonies.

She said marriage licenses and officiating has been on the town’s list for quite some time, adding licensing was a priority for 2021 but the town was hit with some delays as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We were able to start the licensing once we reopened, which was in September,” she explained.

“There was a lot of residents interested in that service and we thought ‘okay, now’s the time to start that phase two,’ which is the officiating.”

On how the service works, Campion explained she would have a consultation with the couples on when and where they want to get married. From there, she will work with them to put together the ceremony.

Campion said the town will likely have four scripts from which residents can choose. Minimal decor such as flowers and balloons will be permitted, but there will be restrictions on items like confetti.

She explained the town will perform the ceremony and facilitate the paperwork so couples can later get their records.

“We basically do their ceremony and then we register their marriage with the division registrar and within six to nine weeks after their marriage date, they can apply for the actual marriage certificate which is the official record of marriage.”

For $250, Campion will marry couples in council chambers during business hours. For couples looking to get married in council chambers after hours, that cost will rise to $350.

Other venues are also available. To have Campion perform a ceremony at another location in Erin, the cost is $400.

She noted there will be capacity restrictions as well as COVID-19 restrictions that must be adhered to.

“I think it really comes down to our commitment to providing service excellence for our residents,” Campion explained.

She added the town’s interested in seeing what the numbers will look like but for this service, they’re not looking at revenue.

In terms of how the service will be received, she said with the pandemic, the town might see an uptake from people who may have pushed off their weddings, but at the end of the day, it’s not about how many couples make use of the service.

“With this specific service we’re not concerned about the numbers, we’re not concerned about issuing targets,” she explained.

“If, at the end of the day, we can provide an additional service to our residents, we’ve achieved our goal.

“If it’s one, if it’s four, if we were able to provide this new service to you and be part of your special day, that’s what we want to do.”

Campion said she’s looking forward to being a part of the newly-authorized service.

“I’m really excited,” she explained. “My job is very technical in nature and obviously there’s still some legislative things that have to be taken care of with this process but … to be part of the actual ceremony and be part of a milestone for them, I’m personally excited about that.”

She added just having the residents come in for licences and seeing their excitement and hearing their stories has her excited.

In an email, Campion stated the town is waiting on formal paper work to be processed and is hoping the service will be ready within the next month, but it will be dependent on the division registrar’s processing time.

The town will provide an update service is finalized.

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Wellington County OPP lay 110 driving charges over Thanksgiving weekend

Wellington County OPP say they laid 110 driving charges over Thanksgiving weekend as part of Operation Impact.

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‘Jammie Day for Hayden’ returns

WELLINGTON NORTH – Local residents will soon have a good excuse to stay in their pyjamas all day and feel good about it, too.

The second annual “Jammie Day for Hayden” on Oct. 20, in support of Hayden’s Hope Foundation, is approaching.

Hayden Foulon of London, died at the age 7 on Oct. 20, 2019, after a multi-year battle with leukemia.

Hayden’s mother Lindsay Foulon, who was born and raised in Mount Forest, is asking supporters to don their comfy PJs wherever they are—school, work or home—and chip in a couple dollars to support families navigating childhood cancer.

The inaugural pyjama day was held last fall—an “impromptu event,” Foulon said, which ended up raising $10,000.

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Schools, businesses and communities across southwestern Ontario came together, chipping in to make what Foulon called Hayden’s first and difficult “angelversary” a bit easier.

“Having it all come together was just perfect,” she recounted to the Community News recently.

Donations to Hayden’s Hope Foundation this year will go to creating mental health and financial supports for families and an annual donation to the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario’s cancer research.

“I went through awful battles with mental health and I don’t want to see other parents having to suffer,” Foulon said of the motivation to create a support program.  “We’re doing good things in her name and that’s what’s important to me.”

Hayden was diagnosed at just 22 months old and had multiple relapses through her fight, involving a stem cell transplant and Car-T cell therapy.

“She never questioned why this happened to her; just put on her superhero cape and fought as long and hard as she could. It was a six-year cancer battle, and although she had leukemia, she never let it define her. We miss her immensely,” Foulon previously told the Community News.

Hayden spent most of her life wearing pyjamas in hospital and Foulon wants the day to honour her in that way.

“There are still kids in the hospital in their pyjamas every day fighting for their lives,” she remarked.

“I needed a way to keep her in my every day and this was a way for me to that … it just felt like I was keeping her alive within me.”

Foulon said to stay tuned to the foundation, which is planning a  “big walk” from Owen Sound to London to raise awareness about pediatric cancer.

Participants can make a donation on the foundation website and share photos on social media. To make a donation visit haydenshopefoundation.com.

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About 77,000 eligible residents not yet fully protected by COVID-19 vaccine

WATERLOO REGION — This week Waterloo Region reached a big COVID-19 vaccination milestone with nine out of 10 eligible residents having at least one dose.

“While we are pleased to see the 90 per cent milestone for first doses, we do encourage everyone who is eligible for a second dose now to get that dose as soon as possible,” said Vickie Murray, operations lead for the region’s vaccine distribution task force.

Another 20,683 second doses are needed to reach the threshold of 90 per cent of eligible residents fully vaccinated. About 10,000 of those are now eligible for second dose.

“Our goal is to continue to aim for the highest vaccination rates possible to protect our community from the spread of COVID,” Murray said during Friday’s briefing.

Regional Chair Karen Redman thanked all residents who have stepped up to get vaccinated.

“Thank you for making our community a safer and healthier place,” Redman said.

A total of 898,441 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been given to regional residents: 90.12 per cent of residents 12 and older received at least one dose, and 85.92 per cent are fully vaccinated.

The number of daily doses being given is gradually decreasing, currently at about 900 doses a day.

Close to 160,000 residents are not yet fully immunized or not yet eligible. Of those, about 77,000 are eligible to get the vaccine but not yet fully immunized, and 82,000 are children under 12 who cannot yet get it.

Murray said it’s unlikely a registration process will be needed to sign up children to be ready for when the vaccine is approved for the younger age group. That was used early in the region’s vaccine rollout to queue up people who were eligible, but that was before launching an online system that allowed people to book their own appointments.

“Fortunately, I would tell you that our scheduling system is much more robust now than it was early in the pandemic,” Murray said. “I think that will be a smoother and more efficient process for everybody.”

Planning is underway to be ready to immunize children under 12 as soon as possible, including working with local school boards and ensuring the region’s mass clinics are family friendly.

“We have some great ideas on how we can make some changes that will provide an atmosphere that is supportive for families to come into,” Murray said.

Medical officer of health Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang was asked what she’d like to say to health-care and hospital staff who have chosen not to get vaccinated. Employees at the region’s three hospitals who had not yet been vaccinated by Tuesday were put on unpaid leave and have until early November to meet the requirement or risk termination.

“My message to all those who have not yet gotten vaccinated is to encourage them to be vaccinated. The vaccine is safe and effective and will help protect them, their loved ones, and help our community emerge from this pandemic,” Wang said.

She urged the same for any resident who still needs a dose or two.

“If you have not yet been vaccinated, it’s not too late to get the vaccine.”

Johanna Weidner is a Waterloo Region-based general assignment reporter for The Record. Reach her via email: jweidner@therecord.com

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Online guided meditation

♦Leia Carroll posing with her candles

The Kitchener Natural Areas Program will host an online nature meditation on Monday, Oct. 18, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Zoom event will be free and is open to anyone who wants to join. You can register at any time before the event.  

Meditation helps ease stress and can leave you feeling refreshed. The high amount of stress among students can actually decrease their cognitive function.

Meditation can help with stress-induced cognitive decline, according to a study from the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine called, Effect of Meditation on Stress-Induced Changes in Cognitive Functions: “Practice of meditation produced a relaxation response even in the young adult subjects who had never practiced meditation before. The practice of meditation reduced the physiologic stress responses without taking away the beneficial effect of stress, namely, improved memory scores,” the study concluded. 

Leia Carroll graduated with a certificate from the Human Services Foundations course at Fanshawe College. Carroll is now a yoga student at Karma Yoga in London. She is currently starting a medicinal candle business that contains herbs and other essential oils.

“I believe that meditation is a great solution to stress especially because in our western culture we are always on the move and people have very busy schedules,” Carroll said.

“Especially in Colleges with a lot of classes, people are very stressed out often and people forget to relax. It’s not very good for the body and the mind. Meditation is a great way to sit with your thoughts and really relax, think about the situation and really evaluate on a rational level instead of being in a constant fight or flight mode,” she said.

Carroll explained how emotions can be dealt with through meditation.

“I believe meditation is a great way to handle emotion because a lot of the time people bottle up emotions especially in public places. We can’t fully show how we feel and if we do it’s not necessarily okay and accepted. When we meditate we let in all that we are,” Carroll said. 

A former Fanshawe Hotel Management student Josh Juha, showed interest in the online guided meditation.

“I would definitely go to this. I am out of school now but students could definitely benefit from this. Growing up, my Grandma always introduced me to meditation with the idea that it will relax you and take things off your chest and just be clear with yourself,” Juha said.

“Growing up things started to get more stressful and everyone has their own way of coping with things. I never liked talking to people about my problems so finding a way to understand myself and deal with my problems helped me so much. I am 23 years old now and still do yoga and meditation,” he said.

The guided nature meditation Zoom meeting, hosted by the Kitchener Natural Areas Program is still open for registration to anyone needing to ease their stress or refresh their mind. 

♦Josh Juha. Photo sent from Josh

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Dr. Mercer provides COVID-19 update

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