I would like to thank you for your patience as I took a brief unpaid leave for 30 days during September and into October.  I am excited to be back around the Council table and I look forward to continuing to serve the interests of the citizens of Waterloo and continuing to work closely with the Eastbridge neighbourhood.


Around the Ward

  1. Loose Leaf Collection:  The City is reviewing the future of the leaf collectionYour input is needed.  Please complete the open City Hall survey at: https://www.peakdemocracy.ca/portals/151/Forum_447/Issue_1619

  2. Application for Rezoning– 355 Lexington Road (southeast corner of Bridge and Lexington):  As many of you may know, an applicant was proposing to rezone the subject lands from Single Residence Three (SR3) to Medium Density Three (MD3) with site specific provisions. This application was being advanced to permit the development of the lands with 8 terrace dwelling units, each with two bedrooms.

    Subsequent to the Informal Public Meeting in October, the applicant requested a neighbourhood meeting at which they proposed changing their request to rezone the property from Single Residence Three (SR3) to Single Residence One (SR1-10) with site specific provisions.  This application is being advanced to permit the development of the lands with three single detached residential dwellings.

    At this time, there is no schedule for a Formal meeting on this application.  If you are interested in attending a future Council meeting regarding this application please watch for the notice to be posted in the Waterloo Chronical or contact the City planner Trevor Hawkins ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and ask to be added to the email list related to the application. Further details are located at the following link: http://www.waterloo.ca/en/business/355-lexington-rd.asp

  3. Christmas Tree collection: As a part of the yard waste program run by the Region of Waterloo natural Christmas trees are collected andBelow are some common reasons why Christmas trees may be left behind at the curb.  Unsure why it wasn't collected? Call Customer Service at 519-575-4400.

Item is not acceptable in our program, such as artificial Christmas trees.

Please consider donating your usable artificial Christmas tree to a local charity or organization. 
Otherwise, please place it in the 
garbage. Or bring it to a Regional facility. Fees will apply.

Christmas tree collection schedule is not in effect

Christmas trees will be collected from January 4 to 15, 2016. If you still have your tree after collection has ended, please take your unbagged, undecorated Christmas tree to a Regional facility.  

Christmas tree was set out late.

Collection begins at 7 a.m. so all items must be set out by then to guarantee collection.

Christmas tree has not been properly prepared,

Please remove all decorations, the stand, etc. Do not place in plastic bag. Please cut - maximum length allowed is 1.2 m (4 ft). Each part of the Christmas tree should weigh no more than 23 kg (50 lbs).

Christmas tree has not been set out in a proper location, such as on top of a snowbank

Place your Christmas tree in a spot at the end of your driveway so that it can be easily seen and reached by collection staff. Do not place the tree on top of or behind snowbanks or behind cars parked along the curb.

Update on My Vision for this Term of Council

Last year I spoke to my goals for the next term of Council. I would like to give you some updates a year later.  I was focused on three major undertakings for the Ward. 

1.Widening of Northfield Drive:  The long awaited widening of Northfield Dr. was to be undertaken in2015.  As a result of major LRT work on Northfield and King as well as some land acquisition challenges.  The Region of Waterloo advised that this work has been delayed until 2017.  As an interim measure to support active transportation options a two way multi-use trail was completed along the south side of Northfield.


2.My second goal is to see library services delivered in the Ward.  There is approximately 7.5 million dollars available for building an East side library.  The investment in East side library services has been in the City’s capital forecast and in the library strategic plan.  However, it has come to light that the library does not have the necessary operational dollars to operate another branch.  Further the 7.5 million dollars will be insufficient to build a new library and undertake a book collection purchase.  I have not given up, but I wanted you to know of some of the challenges facing implementation of this project.


3.My last goal, and likely the most important, is to be your voice at City Hall.  The ION construction in the Ward will occur over the 18 month along Northfield Drive from near the expressway to Conestoga Mall.  I have been promised that the work will include finishing the road way with a dedicated space for cyclists.  The works on Northfield and King Street have been challenging and frustrating and will continue.  We speak a lot about the need for infrastructure re-investment, but when it requires us to manage traffic congestion as a part of the work, it can be tremendously frustrating.  Please be prepared, 2016 will be another spring, summer and fall of road construction. 


Shop in Waterloo

The ION construction has created significant challenges for road users, but even larger challenges for retailers located within the construction zones.  When the ION work is completed we need to ensure that our retail businesses are also still there.  Please consider all of the ways in which you can support businesses operating at Conestoga Mall and UpTown Waterloo. 

Our family is working hard to make purposeful trips to these locations on a weekly basis for dining, entertainment and shopping. 

Upcoming Events:

There are events and public interest activities happening almost every day of the week.  Check out the website: grandsocial.ca to see everything you can access.  Mark your Calendars for some special dates and events happening in and around the City of Waterloo:



Location (s)


Wonders of Winter - Waterloo Park - www.wondersofwinter.ca

Opening and Fireworks - November 28, 2015 at 6pm

Runs Nov 28-Dec 31, 2014

Waterloo Park

Rink in the Square

December - Snow melt 2015

Waterloo Public Square

Mayor and Council New Year Levee - waterloo.ca

January 10, 2015

Forbes Room - RIM Park

Winterloo Festival

February 13-15, 2015

UpTown Waterloo

Kitchener-Waterloo Comedy Festival

March 3-5, 2016

Various: http://kw-comedy.com/

I welcome your comments on my columns so please do not hesitate to contact me at:

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