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Hive WR

Goodbye and Farewell Party

You may have noticed that Hive Waterloo Region has been quiet lately. After our last meetup last November, the group went dormant. Recently we re-evaluated our situation, and realized that it is time to close the doors. Instead of letting Hive buzz away into obscurity, we’re saying goodbye with one last informal gathering:

Farewell to Hive Party
Tuesday, July 30, 7pm
Queen Street Commons
43 Queen St South

Please join us to celebrate the many things HiveWR has achieved over the past five years. Sending an RSVP via the contact link would be helpful but is not required.

Although HiveWR is no more, there are many other organizations in this region that deal with digital inclusion and digital literacy issues. We have listed the ones we know on the hivewr.ca website: hivewr.ca/2019/07/15/local-digital-literacy-resources/ .

The HiveWR website will continue to exist until the domain name expires next February. It will then be available on archive.org : web.archive.org/web/*/hivewr.ca

Other social media accounts will disappear starting in August.

HiveWR has had a good run. Thanks for all your support over the years, and please join us on July 30.

– Paul, on behalf of the HiveWR organizing team







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Kitchener Panthers

Local MP Throws Out 1st Pitch

Member of Parliament for Waterloo Bardish Chagger was on hand at Jack Couch on Sunday afternoon to deliver the 1st pitch before the Welland Jackfish- Panthers game.  Chagger kicked off the day by firing a strike to Mike Adrulis.

The Panthers would like to thank the Honourable Bardish Chagger for taking time out of her busy schedule to spend the afternoon at the park with us.

To find out more about Bardish Chagger visit bardishchaggermp.ca/ 

Maxwell's Concerts and Events

Killer Dwarfs, Sat Sept 7

Maxwell’s Concerts & Events are proud to present Killer Dwarfs, Saturday September 7th!

Tickets on-sale Friday July 12th at 10am

Doors open at 7:30pm, music starts at 8:00pm
Special guests Villain & SPLIT THE SKYE

19+, valid photo ID required

$25 advanced tickets + service charge

Maxwell's Concerts and Events

GODDO, Fri Aug 23

Maxwell’s Concerts & Events & 107.5 Dave Rocks proudly presents GODDO, Friday August 23rd!

wsg Trucker Mouth and the Voodoo Curse

Tickets on-sale Friday July 12th at 10am

Doors open at 7:30pm, music starts at 8:00pm

$25 tickets + service charge
19+, valid photo ID required

Communitech News

D2L goes all in on Amazon Web Services for cloud hosting

D2L, a learning technology leader headquartered in Waterloo Region, is moving its hosting infrastructure to Amazon Web Services, the world’s leading cloud. D2L – through its pioneering learning management systems (LMS) Brightspace – supports millions of learners in schools, businesses and governments around the world.

D2L uses more than 60 AWS services to power its product suite. D2L sites have more durability and stability on AWS compared to its traditional data centre environment, due to AWS’s global reach and scale. D2L can also scale for peak periods without over-provisioning its technology resources to deal with spikes in demand, such as the start of the school year. In fact, D2L is now equipped to handle a three-times increase in the load of a large client in less than 24 hours, something that would not have been possible with its previous environment using its on-premises data centre. The company leveraged AWS’s Well-Architected Reviews and Cloud Adoption Framework – which are available to all AWS customers to provide guidance for successful builds – and expects to complete its migration to AWS by the end of 2019.

“Before we moved to the cloud, we were stuck building on the lowest common denominator in our data centres. We had to invent or cobble together open-source code to make it work,” said Nick Oddson, CTO, D2L. “Re-architecting our application on AWS has enabled a 157-per-cent increase in learner logins at the same cost point so far this year. As a whole, the transition to AWS represents a huge win for our customers.”

“D2L understood from the beginning that the cloud offered increased functionality and would result in a better user experience for its customers. With AWS, D2L is realizing better resiliency, performance and global reach,” said Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector Sales at AWS. “Re-architecting on AWS gave D2L the ability to expand and add more learners, without worrying about the infrastructure.”

About Amazon Web Services

For 13 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 165 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, robotics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), media, and application development, deployment, and management from 66 Availability Zones (AZs) within 21 geographic regions, spanning the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Sweden, and the UK. Millions of customers – including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies – trust AWS to power their infrastructure, become more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit aws.amazon.com.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

About D2L

D2L believes learning is the foundation upon which all progress and achievement rests. Working closely with organizations globally, D2L has transformed the way millions of people learn online and in the classroom. Learn more about D2L for schools, higher education and businesses at www.D2L.com.

Kitchener Rangers

Rangers Business Operations Staff Change

The Kitchener Rangers would like to welcome Dan Polischuk to its business operations staff, as he takes on the Media and Communications Manager role with the club. He will create and distribute all Rangers external communications to the media and the community, oversee the Rangers’ social media presence, and generate digital content for the team website and social media channels. Dan will be the key contact for day-to-day media inquiries and game day press. Dan joins the Rangers after spending the last two seasons covering the Rangers as the Colour Commentator on the Rogers TV broadcasts and, most recently, having worked as the Marketing Manager for the KW Titans of the National Basketball League of Canada. Over the past nine years, Dan has also covered Ontario University Athletics and U SPORTS as a television and radio commentator for Rogers TV and AM570 News, working as a freelance writer for the Kitchener Post and Waterloo Chronicle, and hosting a weekly sports show called “The Home Team” – which covered local athletes and teams in the Region of Waterloo. As a lifelong resident of the area, Dan graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Communications Studies degree and currently resides in Kitchener with his wife Erin and daughter Sophie. Please join us in welcoming Dan to our team.

WPL's More Books Please!

WPL Book Club Picks for August

Join us for book club conversation at any meeting. No need to sign up. No need to clean your house. The WPL Book Clubs have “open” membership, so you can drop in once in a while, or come faithfully every month.

Monday, August 12, 2019 – Monday Evening Book Club
Title: The Outsider by Stephen King
Location: Main Library, Auditorium, 35 Albert Street

An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when his brand has never been stronger, Stephen King has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.

An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.

Goodreads rating = 4.02 and reviews
Place a hold on a WPL copy of the (print) book, the eBook or the recorded book (audiobook on CD)
Consider the discussion questions found on Goodreads

Thursday, August 15, 2019 – Thursday, Afternoon Book Club
Title: The Secret River by Kate Grenville
Location: Main Library, Boardroom, 35 Albert Street

A historical novel about an early 19th-century Englishman transported to Australia for theft, The Secret River explores what might have happened when Europeans colonized land already inhabited by Aboriginal people.

Goodreads rating = 3.97 and reviews
Place a hold on a WPL copy of the (print) book or the eBook
Consider these discussion questions found on LitLovers

Laura Mae Lindo MPP

NDP fights for Health Minister to keep her promise to dialysis patients and reverse out-of-country OHIP cut

QUEEN'S PARK — NDP MPP Sara Singh (Brampton Centre) and kidney dialysis patients are questioning why the Ford government is delaying the reversal of its cut to out-of-country OHIP coverage, leaving Ontario dialysis patients without coverage for out-of-country treatments. 


Singh was joined at Queen's Park by Bonnie Field, John Landreville and Bret Sheppard, three Ontarians with kidney failure, who shared how Ford's cuts to OHIP will impact their ability to leave the country. Field shared correspondences with Health Minister Christine Elliott that illustrate how, two months after Elliott and the Ford government promised to reverse their cut to dialysis support, nothing has happened.


"For Ontarians like Bonnie, John and Bret, who live with kidney failure, access to out-of-country OHIP reimbursements for dialysis treatment is essential to their ability to leave the country for any reason, be it for work, studies, or a family visit," Singh said. "Many people with kidney failure require dialysis multiple times a week, and the current OHIP reimbursement of $210 per treatment had meant they were at least partially covered when a cross-border work trip or family event came up. Instead of improving that partial coverage for a life-sustaining procedure, Ford made things worse with another cut.


"As of Oct. 1, when Ford's cut to out-of-country OHIP coverage kicks in, dialysis patients will have to pay 100 per cent out of pocket for treatments outside Canada. Private insurers consider kidney failure a pre-existing condition, so it's impossible for folks like Bonnie, John and Bret to purchase private travel insurance to cover their dialysis."


In Question Period on May 16, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath asked Minister Elliott if her government will listen to Ontarians with kidney failure and reverse the reckless cut that will leave them unable to travel, indicating that several dialysis patients, including Landreville, were sitting in the Queen's Park galleries. Elliott agreed, committing to reverse the cut.


"Over two months after Elliott was challenged and made this commitment in question period, after repeated e-mails and phone calls to the Premier and the Ministry of Health, dialysis patients had heard nothing, no response," Field, who received her first kidney transplant nine years ago, said. "Until last week, when I received a letter from Christine Elliott stating, 'I have asked my ministry to look at options to address this challenge.' No timeline, no details, no collaboration, as Elliott had promised, with dialysis patients. We are no farther ahead than we were in May, when the cut to OHIP was first announced."


"There is a recklessness and disregard to the ministry's cuts to health care," said Landreville. "Seventy days ago, the minister promised to redress the province's recklessness by consulting with patients directly affected by cuts to specific programs. The fact that consulting with patients wasn't a priority before these cuts were proposed is indicative of the disregard this government has shown to some of the most vulnerable in our province.


"Despite entreaties from myself and other patients, the minister has refused to follow through on her promise to consult with us, to understand just what this cut would do to our lives. Now, we're back again to stating our case. Health care for us is not a talking point, or an abstract line on a provincial budget. It's our lives."


Sheppard, who started dialysis in January, is eager to visit his family in the United States, but cannot afford to pay out of pocket for dialysis treatments three times a week while there, in addition to other travel costs. “I don’t have deep pockets,” he said. “I just want this issue fixed so I can see my family and have a break.”


"The Ford Conservatives are punching holes in our health care system, and real people are suffering," said Singh. "People like Bonnie, John and Bret deserve to have a government that ensures they get the same opportunities as all Ontarians."

Centre in the Square

So You Think You Can Dance Live! 2019


Centre in the Square

Dream Theater


Open Text

OpenText automates invoicing for Rosneft Deutschland

♦ OpenText™ recently announced that Rosneft Deutschland GmbH, Germany’s third largest crude oil refiner and a major wholesaler of petroleum products, has deployed OpenText Business Network solutions to help accelerate invoicing automation. OpenText B2B Managed Services and OpenText Active Invoices with Compliance enable Rosneft Deutschland to more quickly onboard and deliver electronic invoices to customers in multiple …

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Kitchener Panthers

Panthers Drop Wild Game

Having played 4.5 games in the last 6 days, it could be understandable that the Panthers were showing some signs of fatigue on day 6.

Kitchener got involved in a slugest with the Welland Jackfish on Sunday afternoon and ended up on the wrong side of the win column.

Welland jumped on Panthers starter Christian Hauck who lasted 2 innings giving up 7 runs (5 earned).  Reliever Austin Hassani didn’t fare much better going 2 innings as well giving up 6 runs against Welland.  

Kitchener finally got on the board in the 4th down 13-0 when Liam Wilson and Brian Burton reached on back to back hits.  Each would come around to score to make it 13-2.

Geoff Moroz went 3 innings for the Panthers giving up 3 runs (2 earned) as the defence wasn’t as sharp as it has been all season.

Matt Vickers pitched a scoreless 8th inning for the Panthers.  Welland would score 3 more in the 9th off of Brian Burton and Brady Schnarr.

Kitchener would get 4 runs back in the 9th as Welland reliever Ryan Bench had some trouble finding the zone hitting 3 batters and walking another.  It wasn’t enough as the Panthers would fall 19-8 on Sunday.  The two teams meet again Thursday night in Welland at 7:30pm.  Kitchener’s next home game is Sunday, July 28th at 2:00pm against the Guelph Royals.

Kitchener Panthers

Panthers Pitchers Headed To Pan Am Games

KITCHENER — Jasvir Rakkar and Yoennis Yera are teammates on the Kitchener Panthers. But later this month, they'll be opponents playing for their separate countries.

Both pitchers have been selected to pitch in the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, on opposing teams — as Canada and Cuba face off in a division with Colombia and Argentina.

It's a familiar role for both hurlers, who are teammates for the first time this summer on the Intercounty Baseball League team.

Rakkar, a former Chicago Cubs prospect, was a member of the Canadian national team that won gold at the 2015 Pan Ams in Toronto.

Yera, an 11-year veteran with the Matanzas Crocodiles in Cuba's national league, pitched on the Cuban team that took bronze in that same tournament.

For the Panthers, it's tough to lose two of their top pitchers in the final week of the season. But the IBL club says it will be cheering them on.

"We are very proud of both Jas Rakkar and Yoennis Yera for being selected to pitch for their national teams in this important international tournament. This reflects very positively on the calibre of play in the IBL," said Panthers general manager Mike Boehmer.

Both players will join their national teams next week, and are expected to return to Kitchener in time for the IBL playoffs to begin. The club says it will lean on its depth from junior ranks in the meantime to replace Rakkar and Yera.

The Cuban lefty has already departed Kitchener, which hosts Guelph Friday night and slipped out of first place with a 1-0 loss to London Thursday night.

Rakkar is expected to join Team Canada in a few days.

The top two teams from each division will advance to the Pan Am "super round." Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Peru and Nicaragua will comprise the tournament's other division.

Canada and Cuba are scheduled to meet on July 30 — in a televised game that will have special meaning for their Panthers teammates back home.

Kitchener, which travels to Guelph Saturday night, hosts Welland at Jack Couch Park Sunday at 2 p.m.


Twitter: @MercerRecord

Story courtesy of Greg Mercer -www.therecord.com

James Davis Nicoll

A Defector of a Kind / Rite of Passage — Alexei Panshin

Alexei Panshin’s 1968 Rite of Passage is a standalone SF novel. It won a Nebula Award and was nominated for a Hugo.

Mia Havero grew up on a great Ship, an asteroid-sized vessel that wanders from star to star. It’s all she’s ever known. Mia’s Trial, a mandatory test that winnows the unfit from the fit, is approaching. If she passes, she will live out her life on her Ship. If she fails, she might be exiled. Or dead.

Mia Havero is twelve, going on thirteen.

Ranger Report

Connor Hall earns NHL invite

♦All Connor Hall has ever wanted is another shot at the National Hockey League.

And now, after four shoulder surgeries that virtually wiped out his junior hockey career with the Kitchener Rangers, he's got it.

The Cambridge native has worked his way back into game shape and secured an invitation to rookie and main camp with the Arizona Coyotes in September.

"This is one of the first times in many years that I've been full healthy," he said. "I'm excited and eager to jump into camp."

Hall had his doubts that this chance would ever come.

Full story

Kitchener Panthers

Panthers pitchers stymie Royals

KITCHENER – Three Kitchener Panthers pitchers combined to one-hit the Guelph Royals in a 6-0 win Friday night at Jack Couch Park.

Yoen Socarras (3-0) went the first six innings and gave up the lone hit, a leadoff single to Angel Villalona in the second inning. Socarras walked two and struck out 11. Jasvir Rakkar went two innings and Austin Hassani finished the game with a scoreless ninth.

At the plate, Tanner Nivins went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs. Mike Gordner had three hits and drove in a pair, Brian Burton had two hits, Zach Johnson drove in a run and scored, and Andy Leader added an RBI.

Kitchener moved to 22-8.

Yomar Concepcion took the loss for Guelph (15-16), surrendering five runs (one earned) on six hits in 5.2 innings. He walked one and struck out two.

Cherry Park Neighbourhood Association

Community Bread Oven Bakes

Our next Firin' Up of the Bread Oven is Saturday, July 27th.  The fire will be lit at Noon and the oven should be ready for baking by 2 PM.

We are in need more people to lead baking sessions.  You would not be responsible for teaching baking, but caring for the fire to heat the oven and cleaning up afterwards.  In order to be trained you need to attend a baking session from the lighting of the fire until cleanup is finished (about 4 hours).
If you would like to be trained, the fire will be lit at noon at the July 27th bake session and cleanup should be done by 4 PM at the latest.

For those of you who don't know where the Oven is located - it is in the middle of Willow Green Extension Garden in the middle of Raddatz Park (which runs between Gage Avenue and Cherry Street).  It is not on a street, you will need to walk in from Cherry Street along the creek path that goes out the back of the Old Willow Green Garden or come in from Gage Avenue along the little path that leaves the Iron Horse Trail at Gage and follows the creek.

Cherry Park Neighbourhood Association

Cherry Festival - Thank you

♦It was a hot July day, but we were very fortunate to only have a sprinkle of rain and a cooling breeze most of the afternoon.  Counting in our after-sale of cherry treats, we are happy to report that we made a profit for the Festival.Events like this are only possible with the hard work and dedication of many, many volunteers.  We are one of the few completely volunteer run festivals in our City, and we make a difference in the lives of many people who look forward to the Cherry Festival each year.THANK YOU!!!

Open Text

OpenText announces winners of the 2019 Partner Awards at Enterprise World

♦ The OpenText™ Partner Awards, presented annually at OpenText Enterprise World (EW), recognize our global Partners for their commitment to helping customers transform and maximize the potential of the intelligent and connected enterprise. The award winners exemplify top-performing Partners who are dedicated to helping our joint customers get the most out of their OpenText solutions. 2019 …

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Laura Mae Lindo MPP

Fix the First Nations water crisis, send the bill to Ottawa: Horwath to Ford

THUNDER BAY — Official Opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says that since the federal Liberal government has let people down by refusing to ensure there is clean, safe drinking water in First Nations communities, the province needs to step in, address the water crisis and send the bill to Ottawa.


Visiting northern First Nations this week, Horwath spent time in Neskantaga First Nation, where she met with the nation’s leadership and community members. Neskantaga has been under a boil water advisory for 25 years. Horwath also spent time in Attawapiskat First Nation, attending a community forum on water and other health issues. Attawapiskat recently was forced to declare a state of emergency as a result of unsafe water.


“Imagine being part of an entire generation in your community – growing up as kids, maturing through adolescence, becoming adults, and entering parenthood yourself – all while never knowing what it’s like to drink the water from your tap,” said Horwath. “Shamefully, this is all too real for families in Neskantaga who have been under a boil water advisory for 25 years.”

“While in Attawapiskat I met Jackie, a woman whose granddaughter was born with a severe heart defect,” added Horwath. “Her granddaughter is now home with a clean bill of health, but Jackie still lives with fear because of the water in her community. For Jackie, doing something as simple as bathing her granddaughter is dangerous because the water is so full of chemicals that it creates toxic fumes in the shower.”


Horwath echoed the voices of these community members while speaking at the Nishnawbe Aski Nation’s Keewaywin Conference in Kingfisher Lake First Nation on Wednesday.


“Reconciliation is not role-playing,” said Horwath. “It’s acknowledging the wrongs that were done through colonialism, and the wrongs that continue to be done, and it is taking concrete action to do much, much better.

“Ontario can and must fix the water in these communities immediately, and send the bill to Ottawa. Clean water is a basic human right, and if Ontario is serious about Reconciliation, then acting now to clean up the water is what Reconciliation looks like.”

James Davis Nicoll

Under Your Skin / Get Out — Jordan Peele

2017’s Get Out was Jordan Peele’s directorial debut. The cast includes Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Lil Rel Howery, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephen Root, and Catherine Keener.

Photographer Chris Washington (Kaluuya) reluctantly faces a romantic rite of passage: accompanying his girlfriend Rose Armitage (Williams) to a family get-together. What would be stressful in any circumstances is even more so in this case, because Chris is African-American while Rose is white.

Rose assures Chris that her family is not racist but still, any number of unpleasant surprises may await Chris. And do.

Kitchener Rangers

RANGERS VISION: Top 5 – Fluky Goals

Ranger Report

Gentles leads Laurier's recruiting class

♦Kyle Gentles isn't going far.

The defenceman, who was a mainstay on the blue line for the Kitchener Rangers the past three seasons, is heading to Waterloo to play for the Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks.

The Ajax native was one of eight recruits announced by the team Thursday for the coming campaign.

"I had a couple of options, but what put Laurier ahead was that they are focused on team chemistry," he said. "I heard a lot from players I know who told me about the great program and that they take pride in it and want to win."

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Centre in the Square


The Box Office at Centre In The Square is currently accepting applications for part-time customer service representatives.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: Providing professional and knowledgeable service to patrons. Selling tickets for a wide variety of events by phone and in-person. Other office duties as required.


University of Waterloo: Science

Continuing education course using artificial intelligence receives education award

Friday, July 19, 2019

A course created by a professor from University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy and the Centre for Extended Learning (CEL) was recognized by the national association for university continuing education. Entitled Management of Oral Anticoagulation Therapy – Online (MOAT Online), the course received the Non-credit Programming under 48 hours award at the annual conference of the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education (CAUCE).

Waterloo EDC

Need R&D help? Waterloo’s experts can work for you

Innovation is more than just a buzzword for companies looking to prosper and grow. If you aren’t moving forward you’re moving backward, and the best way of moving your business forward is striving to create and offer new products and services that keep you ahead of the pack.

Companies in tech, manufacturing and automotive industries all need research and development capacity in order to grow. That’s where Waterloo can help.

With three renowned post-secondary institutions, 150+ research centres and hundreds of experts in a diverse array of fields including automotive technology, smart manufacturing and technology management, Waterloo has the human resources necessary to help your business take its next step.

Communitech News

We Built This : Avidbots

This video features Avidbots, a Kitchener-based robotics firm and the maker of Neo, the first fully autonomous floor-scrubbing robot for large commercial environments, such as airports, universities, hospitals and malls.

In 2014, Pablo Molina (co-founder and CTO) partnered with his University of Waterloo Mechatronics engineering classmate, Faizan Sheikh (co-founder and CEO), to create a robotics company with the goal of expanding human potential and enabling people to do higher value tasks. Their signature product, Neo uses AI to constantly learn from its environment. Unlike traditional floor-scrubbing machines that follow a teach/repeat methodology, Neo dynamically plans how to clean the floor and avoid obstacles.

Now with 130-plus employees, Avidbots produces the Neo at its 40,000-square-foot facility and has sales in more than 10 countries, including Canada, the U.S., France, Singapore, Japan, Norway and Israel. Watch their journey here.

Video by Sara Jalali.

More on Avidbots:

Article by Craig Daniels.

We wish to thank everyone who supported the production of this video.

Observer Extra

Things aren’t as bad as they look in Elmira woodlot, says township

Resembling a miniature logging operation, work at an Elmira woodlot isn’t what it seems, says Woolwich’s environmental coordinator. It may look messy, but the project visible from Whippoorwill Drive is simply an expanded version of clearing out deadwood, particularly ash trees, said Ann Roberts. While the township usually employs a cut-and-drop approach, leaving the trees […]

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Observer Extra

Delving into roof woes that have closed the Wellesley arena

For 42 years, the Wellesley arena has stood, but last month’s decision to close its doors for the 2019-20 season may mean the end for the township facility. The suddenness of the decision came as a surprise for many who attended last week’s council meeting to discuss the next steps for the township, now one […]

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Observer Extra

Wellesley to focus on west-side growth

Future growth in the Village of Wellesley will be to the west under a redrawing of the settlement boundaries approved last week by township council. Years in the making, the so-called boundary rationalization process has the township looking at short- and long-term growth patterns, removing areas currently within the urban boundary and assigning it elsewhere. […]

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Observer Extra

Council approves zone change to permit sawmill

A contentious issue last time it was discussed, a Linwood sawmill won quick approval from Wellesley councillors meeting July 9. Where neighbours were abuzz when the proposal was aired in April, there was little ado last week, paving the way for the operation of a sawmill on a 93-acre agricultural property at 5055 Ament Line, […]

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Observer Extra

Hot dog! Summer bring plenty of extra offerings from WCS

From free hot dog Thursdays to a community garden ripe for picking, Woolwich Community Services has plenty on offer for just about anyone in the community throughout the summer months. Every week on Thursdays throughout July and August (except August 8), a free hot dog lunch will be offered to anyone interested at 5 Memorial […]

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Observer Extra

Wellesley seeking public input on its new strategic plan

Wellesley officials are looking for feedback as to how to improve the township’s strategic plan, which will guide the municipality for the next four years. The survey collects general information on the participant’s demographic profile, then asks to rate community well-being questions on a scale from 1-4. Wellesley residents can voice their opinions on a […]

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Observer Extra

Summer school means charitable lunches are still in demand

With school out and much more free time available, summer is generally thought of as a leisurely time for students and teachers. But not everybody’s on holidays, as summer school means there’s a smattering of both kids and educators still at it. Likewise, there’s still work to be done for the folks at Nutrition for […]

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Laura Mae Lindo MPP

Long-time advocate backs NDP bill proposing opt-out system for organ donation

QUEEN’S PARK — George Marcello, an organ donation advocate who has received transplant surgery and is waiting again for a donor, is urging Doug Ford’s government to support an NDP bill proposing an opt-out system for organ donation. Marcello, NDP Health critic France Gélinas and recent transplant recipient Gary Marin were at Queen’s Park on Wednesday to fight for the bill. 

Earlier this year, Gélinas tabled the Peter Kormos Memorial Act (Trillium Gift of Life Network Amendment). If passed, it would change Ontario’s system to be an opt-out system, rather than an opt-in system. 


“It’s heartbreaking to watch people suffer for months on end waiting for a donor — especially when there are willing donors whose desire to donate went unknown,” said Gélinas. “By moving to an opt-out system, we can continue to respect people’s wishes, while increasing the chances that those on the waitlist will find their match.”


Marcello received a liver transplant in August, 1995. After that, he founded the charitable organization, Step by Step, which promotes organ and tissue donations. 


“Over the past 25 years, I have advocated to improve organ and tissue donations through education and policy,” said Marcello. “My main focus has been to have Ontario adopt the opt-out system.


“I commend France Gélinas for her bill. I am calling on Doug Ford’s government to follow the UK’s lead in adopting a soft opt-out system for organ donation and pass this important legislation, because lives like mine are literally at stake.”


Nickel Belt resident Gary Marin received a double lung transplant at Toronto General Hospital in April.


“This lung transplant has given me a new lease on life,” said Marin. “My life has improved drastically, and I can’t say enough about the importance of organ donations.


“Any action that makes more organ donations available for sick Ontarians is admirable. That’s why I’m supporting France Gélinas’ private member’s bill to establish an opt-out system.”

Observer Extra

Examing real leadership on Nelson Mandela Day

Anointed a saint by many even in his lifetime, Nelson Mandela took great pains to assert he was as much a flawed human as the next man. But there’s no denying the legacy he left behind and the enduring image of a man embracing peace and his enemies. The late South African president embodies many […]

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Observer Extra

View From Here – July 18, 2019

For some people, there’s a downside to missing out on the usual mid-summer browning of the grass.

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Kitchener Rangers

Rangers & OHL Mourn the Loss of Larry Stern

  The Kitchener Rangers along with the Ontario Hockey League family are deeply saddened by the loss of long-time scout Larry Stern who passed away on Tuesday, one day prior to his 82nd birthday. Charismatic with a great sense of humour, Larry had a passion for hockey and was heavily engaged in both coaching and scouting. He served on scouting departments with the Sudbury Wolves, Owen Sound Attack and Kitchener Rangers over the course of a lengthy tenure in the OHL. Beloved husband to Marilyn, Larry also leaves behind children Ron, Janet (Barry) and Donna (John) along with four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. A visitation and celebration of life will be held at Scott Funeral Home in Mississauga, Ont. on Tuesday July 23rd at 11:00am. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Trillium Health Partners Foundation. For more information visit arbormemorial.ca.

James Davis Nicoll

Hunting Tonight / The Hound of Justice — Claire O'Dell (Janet Watson, book 2)

2019’s The Hound of Justice is the second volume in Claire O’Dell’s Janet Watson Chronicles.

Doctor Janet Watson has a new prosthetic arm and a new position at Georgetown University Hospital. The new arm is a vast improvement over the previous arm, but Janet is finding it hard to master. She needs to be capable of fine, disciplined movements if she is to return to being a surgeon.

America has a new President, Donovan, a Democratic Progressive. Like her new arm, the new President isn’t all Janet could wish him to be, but he is better than the alternative (reactionary Jeb Foley). Years into its second civil war, even a second-rate President and the hope of a disappointing peace is an improvement, at least from the perspective of the sane people of America.

Richard Speiker’s Brotherhood of Redemption is threatened by the prospect of peace. Inauguration day is marred by a terrorist bomb attack that fails to kill its intended target thanks to what appears to be simple incompetence.

Uptown Waterloo BIA

Sun Life Financial UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival Announces Jazz After Jazz

♦Derek Hines, Marketing Director of the Sun Life Financial UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival is pleased to announce the expanded Jazz After Jazz series of small venue shows.

“This series of gigs compliments the main stage performances at the Sun Life Financial UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival next weekend,” said Derek.  The shows will be held at Sole Restaurant & Wine Bar and The Jazz Room in the Huether Hotel. “This is an opportunity for jazz fans to see artists perform in smaller and more intimate venues as opposed to the big outdoor stage.”

“In addition, the outdoor performances cannot run past 10:30 pm.  These indoor shows will go a little later into the evening,” adds Derek.

Some of the Jazz After Jazz shows have a nominal ticket charge since they are not technically part of the outdoor Jazz Festival and involve different artists who are not on the Festival program.

Here is the full schedule for the Jazz After Jazz series:

Thursday, 18 July

The Jazz Room at 8:30 pm:

Festival Launch Jam including Dave Thompson, Jonathan Chapman, Ted Warren, Loop Doctors and other guests.  Tickets are $15 at the door and $7 to perform.

Saturday, 20 July

The Jazz Room at 2:00 pm:

Masterclass with Loop Doctors (Friday night headliners).  Free admission.

Sole Restaurant & Wine Bar at 8:00 pm:

Brent Rowan Trio.

The Jazz Room at 8:30 pm

Standard Fusion Company featuring Jeremy Ledbetter, Ted Quinlan, Jason Raso and Ted Warren. Tickets are $20 at the door.

Check out www.waterloojazzfest.com for a complete event listing.

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Failure Is Not An Option

In the library we see publishers responding quickly to events in the hope that they will capitalize on reader interest and sell more books. In some cases their rush to get a book on the shelves can result in books that meet a need but won’t find their way into your top ten list. With the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing publishers, authors, illustrators, scientists and astronauts had ample time to pull together every resource to make their products top-notch and it has been an absolute thrill to see these book treasures arrive on our shelves. It seems like I have been taking home a book or two a month to read or share with my space-loving family and we have learned some wonderful new facts, sneaky behind-the-scenes tidbits or relived the details we already read.

♦When we look back at those blurry images on the moon it’s hard to comprehend that it was only fifty years ago that engineers and technicians (almost entirely men) huddled over the desks to wait and see if decades of work would pay off. It seems like much more than fifty years because advances in technology have reached an absolutely dizzying pace. The computers used to provide guidance for the Apollo mission were so big that they took up entire rooms but are known to have been no more powerful than a calculator used by today’s high school student. It’s astounding to realize that the code was fed into the guidance computer using punch cards. You can actually see the code listing on the Caltech archive and imagine the incredible amount of work that went into just one part of the mission. Or you don’t have to imagine it. Here is a photograph of Margaret Hamilton, an MIT computer programmer working at NASA during the Apollo missions, standing next to a stack of some of the Apollo guidance computer source code.

Landing on the moon is the anniversary being celebrated on July 20th but there could have been hundreds of thousands of individual anniversaries celebrated before that day. An estimated number of about 400,000 people worked to make it possible for three men to safely travel to the moon and two men to walk upon it. The dedication, the incredible risks, the scientific advances and the decades of research and development since the Apollo mission have culminated in a publishing surge and it’s making for some fabulous reading.

In 1961 John F. Kennedy shared his goal that the United States put a man on the moon by the end of the decade and put into motion his plan to conquer space and the world at the same time. Historian Douglas Brinkley (a professor at Rice University where Kennedy gave his famous “we choose to go to the moon speech”) has done well in tying together the story of Kennedy’s family, that of engineer Wernher von Braun, NASA’s role in American politics and the space program’s future following the president’s assassination. He successfully blends politics, history and the thrill of the space race into one compelling narrative in American Moonshot : John F. Kennedy and the great space race. It’s a must read for anyone interested in the Kennedy story or someone who wants to get a feel for all of the forces that came together to make Apollo 11 happen.

Another 2019 book that has far fewer pages but held me captivated for hours was a gorgeous picture book by Dean Robbins and Sean Rubin. The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon is not about the Apollo 11 mission but about the mission that follows and the images are so beautiful. It’s a sweet choice to take home to read aloud but a reader of any age could learn from this one. Alan Bean was the lunar module pilot for Apollo 12 and was the fourth person to walk on the moon but is also known as the only artist to have ever seen the moon up close. What a perfect chance to use your art to communicate a unique experience! This picture book is a wonderful opportunity to learn a little more about his life as a navy pilot and his work at NASA but focuses more on his work as an artist. The author was able to collaborate on this story with the astronaut before his death and the illustrations share some of Bean’s own bold use of line and shape. It’s a little more STEAM than STEM and it’s perfect. Read more about Alan Bean on his own website or through the NASA website.

Alan Bean was a part of the group known as Astronaut Group 3 which included Buzz Aldrin and Mike Collins. But in the early days at NASA all of the astronauts worked closely together by backing each other up at mission control, training together, testing equipment, flying together and helping each other to learn the dense material required to make each mission a success. We have so many fantastic books on the shelves about these fascinating days – some old and some new – but Neil Armstrong’s authorized biography (the one that the Ryan Gosling biopic was based on) is one that stands out in my mind because it is so clearly written. It reads like a textbook because it is free of extra emotion but filled with incredible fly-on-the-wall detail. The chapters that cover his time as a test pilot are so explicit that I am sure I will remember the types of the planes he flew longer than I will remember the names of the people in his family or the town he was born in (Wapaknoeta, Ohio). If you read one book about the Apollo 11 mission then I suggest you set aside a few evenings and spend some time with First Man : the life of Neil A. Armstrong. It’s the closest you will ever get to feeling like you have experienced the life of an astronaut.

For another perspective on the Apollo 11 mission we have a newly reissued copy of Michael Collins’ Carrying the Fire here on the shelves. As a member of the crew, he followed a similar astronaut career path to many of the other pilots with a graduation from West Point, time spent as a test pilot and a spacewalk on Gemini 10. Where his story becomes interesting is that with Apollo 11 he had the unique worry of being the man who might have to fly home and leave Buzz and Neil behind. He was concerned that they might crash on the moon, that there might be a failure to launch from the moon or any one of a number of other catastrophes. He writes about this weighty knowledge in his memoir. Mike had time to think about this as he piloted the command module and listened to his crewmates make their historic first steps onto the lunar surface. So much of the spotlight has focused on their actions in those days on the moon but his story – and his feeling of being truly alone out there – make this a fascinating memoir.

We have also been experiencing an increase in other material focusing on the Apollo 11 anniversary so if you haven’t satisfied your curiosity through shiny, new books you can view a documentary like the one that features newly discovered 65mm footage of mission control and the astronauts on the moon. It’s a truly unbelievable viewing experience. You can also check out one of the many magazines that have featured the moon landing – Make, National Geographic, Popular Mechanics and Sky & Telescope are a few of the periodicals that I’ve been reading lately – the photographs and features have been a great way to augment my reading about the anniversary.

We have some of the classic books about space flight on the shelves like NASA flight director Gene Kranz’s Failure is Not an Option and Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff (many contemporary astronauts say that this book was an early inspiration for their career choice) and your options for fiction about astronauts are endless. We have so many great books to suggest that you could be reading until we return to the moon. I know I’ll be on the holds list for the book about that mission.

— Penny M.

NOTE: if your children are into space, check out the Moon Lander (see below) in the Children’s Department at the Main Library. And don’t forget to register for the super-fun, space-themed Summer Reading Club. Activities, events, challenges and prizes all summer long.

Adam Wathan

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“Flavours of Kitchener” food tour: sign up!

Stroll the streets and discover the rich and varied food scene of downtown Kitchener!

Those of you reading and continuing to follow me know that I am a dedicated supporter of the food and restaurant scene in Waterloo Region.

♦B staff discuss craft beer selection (Photo/Ellen McClughan)

So now, along with business partner Michael Lutzmann, we’ve created a walking tour of downtown Kitchener to show just how incredible and diverse our local restaurants are — and to support them as the entire Region enters a new phase of its culinary maturity.

Along with Michael (a wine expert and food lover to no little degree), we have formed a new company – with the funky little name World of Flavour – to create experiences such as these. We’ll be sharing our love of food, wine, beer and restaurants through these events which we are calling the “Flavours of Kitchener Walking Tour.”

♦Grand Surf kale and meat salad: delicious (Photo/Ellen McClughan).

In a series of tours, the walks will expose you to the restaurants in the downtown area — but, perhaps more importantly, they will also introduce you to the cooks and restaurateurs (let’s call them passionate culinary artisans!) who work wonders with the best of what our region grows and makes and, in fact, some of the best from around the world.

We’ll sample their creations and enjoy and savour them with a little beverage during a pleasant and relaxed two to three-hour tour of the area. The chefs, wait-staff and restaurateurs will introduce themselves and describe the restaurant and their dish and how it was made.

Michael and I have run a couple of test tours: rest assured, you won’t need lunch afterwards.

♦B at Museum pasta (Photo/Ellen McClughan).

The feedback that we received after we ran the tests was that many walking-tour participants had no idea there were so many varied restaurants and food shops within only a block of the iconic Walper Hotel at the corner of King and Queen, for example.

But don’t take our word for it: check it out for yourself. We have two tour dates planned, so open your calendar and book a spot on August 3 or August 17 (both Saturdays).

The tours begin at the Walper at 11:30 a.m., and we will visit 7-8 venues. Registration is limited to just 12 people each day. The cost is $95 per person: that’s for all food, beverages, taxes and gratuities.

Go to Flavours of Kitchener Walking Tour to register.

If you have any questions, contact me at apcoppolino@rogers.com, or 519-569-0576.

Help us launch Waterloo Region — its cities and townships; its chefs and producers — into a new phase of its food, beverage and restaurant development!

♦Grand Trunk “Coffee and Cigarettes” cocktail (Photo/Ellen McClughan).

Adam Wathan

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Waterloo EDC

CBRE releases list of North America’s fastest-growing “opportunity markets”

A new report from CBRE identifies Waterloo as North America’s third fastest-growing “opportunity market.” The report, 2019 Scoring Tech Talent, says that Waterloo has witnessed an incredible 40 percent growth in tech jobs over the past five years, which put the total tech workforce at 20,500.

Opportunity markets offer quality labour pools and affordability that supports rapid scalability. Waterloo has seen this story play out with numerous local companies, including homegrown scaleups like Vidyard, North and ApplyBoard. Tech giants are also tapping into Waterloo’s unique combination of tech talent quality and cost – which CBRE called “exceptional” just last year – with Google, Square and SAP all having important, growing operations in the area.

Kitchener Rangers

By the Numbers Breakdown of the CHL at World U17 Camp

  112 players from across the country will travel to Calgary this week for Hockey Canada's National Under-17 Development Camp which takes place July 19-26 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park. The future stars of the Canadian Hockey League will be will be split into six teams for on- and off-ice training, fitness testing, intrasquad games and classroom studies, all with the hope of making a good impression that later leads to selection to one of three Canadian teams for the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge November 2-9 in Medicine Hat and Swift Current. Here's a closer look at the Development Camp roster, by the numbers, followed by a full rundown of all invited players listed by their CHL team. 1 - Draft position associated with Dylan Guenther (WHL, Edmonton '18), Joshua Roy (QMJHL, Saint John '19), Matthew Savoie (WHL, Winnipeg '19), and Shane Wright (OHL, Kingston '19) each chosen first overall in their respective leagues. 2 - Draft position associated with Carson Lambos (WHL, Winnipeg '18) who was the highest defenceman chosen across any of the three leagues. 3 - CHL teams lead the way in camp representation with five players including the Ottawa 67's, Quebec Remparts, and the Saint John Sea Dogs. 4 - Players competed last season with Edmonton's Okanagan Hockey Academy which represents the most from any western Canadian program. 5 - Players competed last season with Quebec's Chevaliers de Levis which represents the province's top program at camp. 6 - Players competed last season with the Toronto Marlboros which represents the most from any program in Ontario. 7 - Draft position associated with Ben Gaudreau (OHL, Sarnia '19) who was the highest goaltender chosen across any of the three leagues. 10 - Provinces represented led by Ontario (45), Quebec (30), Alberta (13), British Columbia (6), Nova Scotia (5), Manitoba (4), New Brunswick (4), Prince Edward Island (2), Saskatchewan (2), Newfoundland (1). 12 - Goaltenders invited to Development Camp. 16 - WHL teams represented by prospects invited to camp. 17 - QMJHL teams represented by prospects invited to camp. 20 - OHL teams represented by prospects invited to camp. 25 - Players chosen in the 2018 and 2019 WHL Bantam Draft. 36 - Defencemen invited to Development Camp. 41 - Players chosen in the 2019 QMJHL Entry Draft. 46 - Players chosen in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection. 53 - CHL teams represented by prospects invited to camp. 56 - First round picks by CHL clubs. 64 - Forwards invited to Development Camp. 65 - Minor hockey teams that have developed players invited to camp. 112: CHL prospects invited to Canada's National Under-17 Development Camp. Acadie-Bathurst Titan (3): Zach Biggar (D/Kensington Minor Midget) Riley Kidney (F/Cole Harbour Minor Midget)* Tristan Roy (F/Magog Midget) Barrie Colts (2): Brandt Clarke (D/Don Mills Minor Midget)* Ryan Del Monte (F/Toronto Nationals Minor Midget) Baie-Comeau Drakkar (1): Drew Elliott (F/Saint John Minor Midget) Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (1): Anthony Bédard (F/Trois-Rivières Midget) Brandon Wheat Kings (1): Jake Chiasson (F/Yale Hockey Academy)* Calgary Hitmen (1): Sean Tschigerl (F/OHA Edmonton)* Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (2): David Doucet (F/Newbridge Academy) Jérémy Langlois (D/Séminaire Saint-Francois Midget)* Charlottetown Islanders (1): Jacob Goobie (G/Halifax Minor Midget) Chicoutimi Saguenéens (2): Jacob Guévin (D/Trois-Rivières Midget) Oscar Plandowski (D/Selects Hockey Academy)* Drummondville Voltigeurs (2): Mikael Diotte (D/Saint-Hyacinthe Midget) Elliot Lavoie (F/Lévis Midget) Edmonton Oil Kings (2): Dylan Guenther (F/Northern Alberta)* Keagan Slaney (D/Edge School)* Erie Otters (1): Connor Lockhart (F/Kanata Midget)* Flint Firebirds (2): Braeden Kressler (F/Mississauga Senators Minor Midget) Brennan Othmann (F/Don Mills Minor Midget)* Gatineau Olympiques (3): Olivier Boutin (D/Lévis Midget)* Zach Dean (F/Toronto Nationals Minor Midget)* Charles-Alexis Legault (D/Lac St-Louis Midget) Guelph Storm (2): Jacob Maillet (F/Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs Minor Midget) Danny Zhilkin (F/Toronto Marlboros Minor Midget)* Hamilton Bulldogs (3): Matteo Drobac (G/Halton Minor Midget) Lawson Sherk (F/Halton Minor Midget) Ryan Winterton (F/Whitby Minor Midget)* Kamloops Blazers (1): Logan Stankoven (F/Thompson Minor Midget)* Kelowna Rockets (1): Trevor Wong (F/Greater Vancouver Minor Midget)* Kingston Frontenacs (2): Braden Haché (D/York-Simcoe Minor Midget) Shane Wright (F/Don Mills Minor Midget)* Kitchener Rangers (1): Francesco Pinelli (F/Toronto Red Wings Minor Midget)* Lethbridge Hurricanes (1): Zack Stringer (F/Lethbridge Midget)* London Knights (4): Connor Federkow (D/Niagara North Minor Midget) Logan Mailloux (D/Toronto Marlboros Minor Midget) Max McCue (F/Sudbury Minor Midget) Stuart Rolofs (F/Kanata Minor Midget)* Medicine Hat Tigers (1): Cole Sillinger (F/Regina Midget)* Mississauga Steelheads (1): Ethan Del Mastro (D/Toronto Marlboros Minor Midget)* Moncton Wildcats (2): Julien Hébert (F/Lévis Midget) Zachary L’Heureux (F/Châteauguay Midget)* Moose Jaw Warriors (1): Corson Ceulemans (D/OHA Edmonton) Niagara IceDogs (2): Isaac Enright (D/Pembroke Lumber Kings Midget)* Josh Rosenzweig (G/Toronto Red Wings Minor Midget) North Bay Battalion (3): Liam Arnsby (F/Don Mills Minor Midget)* Paul Christopoulos (D/Don Mills Minor Midget) Ty Hollett (D/Navan Midget) Oshawa Generals (3): Brett Harrison (F/London Minor Midget)* Patrick Leaver (G/Smiths Falls Midget) Daniel Michaud (F/Quinte Minor Midget) Ottawa 67's (5): Jack Beck (F/Toronto Marlboros Minor Midget) Ranvir Gill (D/Ottawa Jr. Senators Midget) Thomas Johnston (F/Whitby Minor Midget) Jack Matier (D/Soo Thunderbirds Minor Midget)* Brendan Sirizzotti (F/Whitby Minor Midget) Owen Sound Attack (3): Ethan Burroughs (F/Halton Minor Midget) Deni Goure (F/Chatham-Kent Minor Midget)* Kaleb Lawrence (F/Ontario Hockey Academy) Peterborough Petes (2): J.R. Avon (F/Peterborough Minor Midget)* Mason McTavish (F/Pembroke Midget)* Prince Albert Raiders (2): Nolan Allan (D/Saskatoon Blazers Midget)* Tyson Laventure (F/OHA Edmonton) Prince George Cougars (3): Craig Armstrong (F/Edge School)* Tyler Brennan (G/Rink Hockey Academy)* Hudson Thornton (D/Rink Hockey Academy) Quebec Remparts (5): Emerik Despatie (G/Gatineau Midget) Nathan Gaucher (F/Saint-Hyacinthe Midget)* James Malatesta (F/Lac St-Louis Midget) William Rousseau (G/Séminaire Saint-Joseph) Charlie Truchon (D/Collège Notre-Dame Midget) Red Deer Rebels (2): Jayden Grubbe (F/Calgary Buffaloes Midget)* Kyle Masters (D/OHA Edmonton)* Rimouski Oceanic (1): Zachary Bolduc (F/Trois-Rivières Midget)* Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (1): Jacob Squires (D/Charlottetown Minor Midget) Saginaw Spirit (3): Josh Bloom (F/Toronto Nationals Minor Midget) Carter Garvie (G/Grey-Bruce Minor Midget) Connor Punnett (D/North Central Minor Midget)* Saint John Sea Dogs (5): Anthony Cliche (D/Bishop’s College School) Cameron MacDonald (F/Selects Hockey Academy) Peter Reynolds (F/Shattuck-St. Mary’s) Joshua Roy (F/Lévis Midget)* Charles Savoie (F/Sainte-Eustache Midget) Sarnia Sting (2): Ben Gaudreau (G/North Bay Midget)* Justin O’Donnell (F/Toronto Marlboros Minor Midget) Seattle Thunderbirds (3): Thomas Milic (G/Burnaby Winter Club) Conner Roulette (F/Winnipeg Thrashers Minor Midget) Kai Uchacz (F/Okotoks Midget)* Shawinigan Cataractes (4): Olivier Beaudoin (D/Ulysse Académie) Tyson Hinds (D/Gatineau Midget) Olivier Nadeau (F/Lévis Midget)* Dovar Tinling (F/Lac St-Louis Midget) Sherbrooke Phoenix (2): Israel Mianscum (F/Amos Midget)* Cameron Whynot (D/Valley Minor Midget)* Soo Greyhounds (1): Jacob Holmes (D/York-Simcoe Minor Midget)* Spokane Chiefs (1): Graham Sward (D/Fraser Valley Minor Midget)* Sudbury Wolves (3): Ethan Larmand (F/North Central Minor Midget) Landon McCallum (F/Brantford Minor Midget)* Chase Stillman (F/Sudbury Minor Midget) Val-d'Or Foreurs (4): William Blackburn (G/Jonquière Midget) Evan Nause (D/Newbridge Academy)* Félix Paquet (D/Magog Midget) Justin Robidas (F/Magog Midget)* Vancouver Giants (2): Zack Ostapchuk (F/Northern Alberta)* Drew Sim (G/Delta Hockey Academy) Victoria Royals (1): Nolan Bentham (D/Yale Hockey Academy)* Victoriaville Tigres (2): Maxime Pellerin (F/Trois-Rivières Midget)* Guillaume Richard (D/Séminaire St-Francois Midget)* Windsor Spitfires (1): Wyatt Johnston (F/Toronto Marlboros Minor Midget)* Winnipeg ICE (2): Carson Lambos (D/Rink Hockey Academy)* Matthew Savoie (F/Northern Alberta)** *selected in the first round of the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft, 2019 OHL Priority Selection, or 2019 QMJHL Entry Draft. **selected in the first round of the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft. For more information on Hockey Canada and the Program of Excellence, please visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow through social media on Facebook, Twitter and Twitter.com/HC_Men.

James Davis Nicoll

Dinner Bell / Kaiu Shira & Posuka Demizu (The Promised Neverland, book 1)

The Promised Neverland, Volume 1 collects the first seven issues of author Kaiu Shira and illustrator Posuka Demizu’s manga.

Emma, Norman, and Ray grew up in Grace Field House, an orphanage run by kindly Isabella. Life at Grace Field House is almost luxurious. It is that rare orphanage whose inhabitants would remember it fondly. In later years. If there were later years. To be explained.

Sometime between the ages of six and twelve, the orphans will be fostered out. Emma, Norman, and Ray are the oldest orphans still remaining at the House. Their twelfth birthdays are looming, so they expect that they will soon be sent on their way to new homes.

When fellow orphan Connie forgets her stuffed animal in her haste to leave the House for her new home, Emma and Norman hurry after the six-year-old to return the beloved toy. They find Connie, but not in time.

It seems there is the orphans haven’t been told the truth about their new homes: they have been raised as food for demons.

Kitchener Panthers

Take The Power Back

Jack Couch Park is well known as a hitter’s ballpark, it sure played that way for both teams on Tuesday night.

Kitchener got off to a blistering start in the 3rd inning against Leafs starter Marek Deska.  The Panthers unloaded for three home runs in the 3rd inning.  Andy Leader got the party started with a solo blast.  Tanner Nivins connected with on a two run shot and Zarley Cina lined a three-run home run out to give the Panthers a 6-0 lead through 3 innings.

Toronto would knock their first home run of the evening in the 4th when Justin Marra took Panthers starter Yoennis Yera deep to make it a 6-1 game.  Kitchener answered with three runs in the bottom of the 4th- Zach Johnson and Mike Gordner had RBI hits, Johnson also came around on a wild pitch by Deska to make it a 9-1 Panthers lead.

Cooper Lamb tried his best to get the Leafs back in it, swatting two home runs on the evening.  A solo shot in the 6th and two run no doubt blast in the 8th to get the Leafs to within 9-4.  

Tanner Nivins delivered another RBI in the 8th, this time with a single to right to score Colin Gordner to push the Panthers lead to 10-4.

Matt Vickers shut the Leafs down in order in the 9th to nail down the 10-4 win for the Panthers.  

Kitchener is back home on Thursday, July 18th at 7:30pm against the London Majors and Friday July 19th against the Guelph Royals at 7:30pm.

James Davis Nicoll

Keep Running, Keep Running / Meddling Kids — Edgar Cantero

Edgar Cantero’s 2018 Meddling Kids is the latest book in the Blyton Summer Detective Club Adventure series1.

In 1977, the Blyton Summer Detective Club — Peter, Kerri, Andy, Nate, and their dog Sean — capped off their successful teen detecting careers with the revelation of that the Sleepy Lake Monster was just would-be burglar Thomas Wickley in a rubber mask.

Wickley was sent off to prison. The four teens got on their lives. Thirteen years later, the surviving members of the Blyton Summer Detective Club are faced with a terrible revelation: they got their final case wrong.