Program and Event updates

MHBPNA has supported a local soccer program for the past few years. This year we could not hold it because of the Covid-19 situation. It may be possible to offer something in the fall, or it may have to wait until next spring. As we know, everything is in flux so we will announce events when we are sure it is safe to go ahead. 

The Duke St. West Music Fest was being planned for its third year. We have have the local musicians, the space, the equipment but…..it will certainly not go ahead in June as planned. Depending on the official recommendations on events we may plan something for the fall. But everything may have to wait until next year. Who knows, perhaps we can try some kind of ‘virtual’ event.

MHBPNA has been active behind the scenes with our virtual executive meetings and we have a couple of activities we are organizing. We’ll let you know in the next week or so about them.

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Covid-19 and the Community

The MHBPNA held our last meeting online and the future looks bleak for social gatherings. Everyone is encouraged to get out and walk around the block, or on the Spur Line trail etc. while maintaining a 2 metre distance from others. We are fortunate to have enough space in Kitchener so this is very easy.

Yes, we are still planning another fabulous Duke Street West Music Fest on June 20, but we have no idea what the health situation will be at that time. So we are hopeful but, as we know, things change every day. We will provide updates on our website.

The Soccer program is also on hold. Everyone who has participated in the past should be receiving emails that provide updates.

The city of Kitchener has closed playgrounds because they cannot clean the equipment. People are still free to walk (or run) in parks and playgrounds.

The City of Kitchener’s Covid Update is here.

The Region of Waterloo has a comprehensive page on the virus here.

There is a great deal of information out there. Here is a great interview placing the pandemic in context.

As always, if you have questions about our Neighbourhood Association you can contact us at mhbpna@gmail.com or by posting a message to our Facebook Page.

Transit Hub Public Consultation, Monday, January 27th

RE: King Victoria Transit Hub Public Consultation (Open House)
To: Transit hub stakeholders and interested public

The Region of Waterloo believes in open and transparent public consultation. We invite
you to join us to learn more about the King Victoria Transit Hub and provide feedback
on the latest design concepts.
What: King Victoria Transit Hub Public Consultation Open House
When: January 27, 2020 from 4-8 p.m.
Where: Region of Waterloo Headquarters Lobby – 150 Frederick St. Kitchener, ON
The transit hub will connect ION, GRT, GO, VIA, pedestrians and cyclists in one
convenient location. It will connect to the Toronto-Waterloo innovation corridor and
provide opportunities for community and economic development.
The purpose of this public meeting is to inform, answer questions and collect feedback
about current design concepts including the building(s) and use of site space. Regional
staff, architects and Metrolinx will be on hand to answer questions.
Can’t attend? The design concepts and project information are now online. Your
comments are valuable. Visit engagewr.ca to give feedback on current designs, access
key dates and documents, as well as sign up for ongoing project updates.
Regards,
Ellen McGaghey, Project Director
Region of Waterloo
If you require accessibility assistance to participate in this event, please contact us in
advance at: 519-575-4596 or the deaf and hard of hearing line (TTY): 519-575-4608.

“D” is for December and Development!

There are many “Development Related” events happening this week and you can stay informed by attending any of them. Probably the most important for our city’s development is the meeting on Monday. Bring a coffee, relax in council chambers and listen to a discussion of zoning changes. It can be more exciting than you think!

Monday December 9th at 7 pm.   Meeting of the Planning and Strategic Initiatives Committee to approve the Secondary Plans for KW Hospital/Midtown (the section of our neighbourhood running from King St to Moore Avenue).  Other Secondary Plans for approval include:  Cedar Hill, Victoria Park, Civic Centre, Mill Courtland, King East and Victoria Street.

The meeting will be held in Council Chambers at City Hall and the information is here and the agenda is here (note that some Delegations will present their response to the Secondary Plans).

Tuesday December 10th at 10 am.   Committee of Adjustment

Request from the owner of the property at 52 Wilhelm to sever a lot in order to build two duplexes on the current single lot. Link to meeting.

Thursday, December 12 at 6:30 pm in the Conestoga Room.  The City/owner of the property at 41 Moore Avenue (the vacant lot between Louisa and Wellington) will hold an open house in order for neighbours to review the proposed building plans for the lot. 

Stocking stuffing and potluck, Saturday, December 7

The annual neighbourhood stocking stuffing event and potluck is Saturday December 7th at 4:30 WALES portable behind Sacred Heart school on Moore Avenue. We are collecting items for people experiencing homeless.
Donation items needed are:
  • Hats, mitts
  • Socks
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Toothbrushes and paste
  • Lip chap
  • Shampoo/ conditioner- travel size
  • Hand warmers
  • Bandaids, deodorant
  • Non perishable packaged snacks
  • Condoms
We will also be decorating the bags, so any craft supplies such as holiday stickers etc would be great.
Questions? Please email michellebuckner0@gmail.com
This year the donations will be going to the Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre‘s outreach team who provides medical services and counselling for those on the streets.

Public Meeting: Public transit project in your community

The future of transit in your community is changing. Metrolinx and the Region of Waterloo are moving forward with plans for the future King Victoria Transit Hub, and we want your input. The transit hub will connect ION, GRT, GO, VIA, pedestrians and cyclists in one convenient location. It will connect to the Toronto-Waterloo innovation corridor and provide opportunities for community and economic development.

The project team is committed to a fair, open, transparent process involving both community and business.

Please join staff from City of Kitchener, Metrolinx and Region of Waterloo for an update on plans for your neighbourhood, which will include information about the potential future closure of Duke Street. Representatives will be available to answer your questions and collect your feedback.

Thursday, November 28, 2019
Kitchener City Hall, Council Chamber
200 King St W, Kitchener, ON
6:30 – 8 p.m.

For further information, contact: Leona Hollingsworth, Senior Manager, Community/Stakeholder Relations,
Metrolinx – Leona.Hollingsworth@metrolinx.com
Ellen McGaghey, Project Director, Region of Waterloo – EMcGaghey@regionofwaterloo.ca
Barry Cronkite, Director, Transportation Services, City of Kitchener – Barry.Cronkite@kitchener.ca

2019 AGM, 10 am, November 2

Come out to our Annual General Meeting

10 am, Saturday, November 2, Breithaupt Centre Room 201

Learn about your neighbourhood. Mt. Hope – Breithaupt Park is part of a city with a new LRT and great plans for the future. We will have “special guests” from the City of Kitchener to talk about cycling and traffic infrastructure and other issues. Our Councilor Sarah Marsh will be there and deliver a “city update”. Justin Readman from the City of Kitchener will be presenting on: Complete streets and cycling and trails master plan!

Learn about the MHBPNA: Members of the executive will discuss events we sponsored and assisted with over the past year including soccer programs, Duke St West Music Fest, the Big Breithaupt Campout, our Garage Sale, and City planning and development meetings where we have contributed our perspective. We will also have a Financial report.

Meet your neighbours! Have a coffee and refreshments on us! Aside from the formal presentation and elections everyone benefits from the time to connect with neighbours and friends over a coffee. You can discuss street closures, events you are planning and what is going on in your lives. You will be surprised who you meet!

Election of the executive: we rely on the volunteers who sit on the executive to coordinate our events. We have many formal positions laid out in our constitution but we have tried to make it easy for anyone to participate. You can join the executive at the AGM (or afterwards) and decide in the future what position you would like. Or just be a “Member at Large” and help with whatever projects you find interesting.

–We will have Lego for the kids to play with. What’s more fun than a table full of Lego? Nothing!

Everyone is welcome. You do not have to live in our ‘hood to come out to the meeting.
If you have any questions, please email us at “mhbpna@gmail.com”