Words cannot describe how thankful I am to see the reminders of the cold weather finally dwindling. It was a long winter. Except for the strong winds that seemed to be present in April, it is good to be back cycle commuting too.


Construction Season Dead-Ahead


Lexington Road


Lexington Road will be resurfaced this year from Anndale Road to University Avenue. This work will prevent a full reconstruction of the road in 5-6 years and provide for another 25 years of life. I equate the work to putting new shingles on your roof before the house becomes mould ridden. The work will see sidewalks completed on the south side of the road, on-road cycling infrastructure, some new dedicated left turning lanes and some pedestrian refuge islands which will also function as traffic calming measures. The section between Bridge street and University avenue will be the first phase of the works. The second phase will begin at Anndale Road and advance to Bridge. All of the work is scheduled for completion between the end of May and the end of July (weather permitting). The complete design can be observed on the City website at www.waterloo.ca/en/living/lexingtonroad.asp.


New Sanitary Sewer Pumping Station and Force Main


This work will include the construction of a new sanitary sewer pumping station in Colonial Acres between Lorindale and Denholm streets. The force main pipe will be installed along Denholm to Hillside, Hillside to Bridge, Bridge to Lexington and Lexington towards Lee Ave. The pipe will be connected to an existing force main located roughly halfway between Bridge and Lee Ave. The work will commence the first week of May and is planned to be completed by mid-July.


University Avenue

You have, no doubt, been already caught in traffic along University Avenue. The work on the highway overpass is being undertaken by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and will take many weeks to complete. Further along University Avenue, the Region of Waterloo is undertaking road resurfacing. The good news on this front is that some pedestrian refuge islands will be installed as a part of this work at trail connections such as the one at Hillside Park.


Local Food Charter

On Monday April 28, 2014 City of Waterloo Council unanimously endorsed the Waterloo Region Food Charter. We all eat, and food is central to our lives. Food bears an important role in shaping the health and livelihood of our communities, our environment, and our economies. The significance of food and its far-reaching significance to how we can build toward sustainability have been recognized multiple times.

The Food Charter has been created by the Waterloo Region Food System Roundtable in 2012 after an extensive and transparent public consulting process, which involved a representative cross-section of our local food system such as academics as well as stakeholders from agriculture and business. In April 2013, the Council of the Region of Waterloo unanimously endorsed the Food Charter. Regional Council finds itself in good company with many local businesses, organisations and individuals that also endorsed the Food Charter since its creation. The City of Waterloo was the first of the three cities and of the four townships of the Region of Waterloo to endorse the Food Charter.

The following is the vision of the Food Charter:

A healthy, just and sustainable food system is one in which all residents have access to, and can afford to buy, safe, nutritious, and culturally acceptable food that has been produced in an environmentally sustainable way, and that supports our rural communities. Such a food system promotes social justice, population health and profitable farms, reflects and sustains local culture, and supports ecological viability.

More information on the Food Charter can be found at: www.wrfoodsystem.ca



Upcoming Events:


Mark your Calendars or cut out the following chart for some special dates and events happening in and around the City of Waterloo.



Location (s)


Cruzin' on the Square

This event will feature classic and specialty cars, vendors, activities and live entertainment

May 23, 2014

7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Waterloo Public Square

Manulife LPGA

June 4-8

Grey Silo Golf Course

Thursday Nights UpTown
Live performances from local musicians

June-September 5-8 pm

Bauer Marketplace

Long & McQuade


Seven Shores Café

Summer Solstice Sampling

Sample the foods of Uptown Waterloo Restaurants

June 21 5-10 pm

Waterloo Public Square

Sun Life Financial Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival

July 18-20, 2014

City Hall Parking Lot

Waterloo Public Square

Music & Movies in the Park

Escape from Planet Earth

Jack the Giant Slayer

The Croods


7:30 pm Start Time

July 25

August 1

August 8

August 22

Bandshell area of Waterloo Park located in the WEST end of the park off Westmount Road

Kulturn (LatinFest goes Global) - Summer world music festival

July 11 4:00 pm to July 12 11:00 pm

Waterloo Public Square

Uptown Waterloo

Sun Life Financial Uptown Waterloo Buskers Festival

August 21-24

King Street Waterloo

Waterloo Public Square

Open Streets


June 15

July 19

August 17

September 14

King Street Waterloo

Mayor and Council Free Oktoberfest Luncheon

Thursday October 9 11:30 am -1:00 pm

Waterloo Public Square

Free Community Oktoberfest Breakfast and Great Oktoberfest Barrel Races

October 11 7:00 am - 12 noon

Waterloo Public Square

King Street Waterloo

Oktoberfest Festival

Keg Tapping

October 10 - 17,

October 10 noon

Various - Waterloo Region

Kitchener City Hall

Municipal Election Day

October 27


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