Warming Centres Open in Waterloo Region

Jan 6 2015

Staying warm and safe is important during the winter season.  It is essential to understand how to avoid the serious effects of extreme cold weather. The Region of Waterloo Public Health website shares a guide to identifying and dealing with symptoms of extreme cold exposure. If an extreme cold warning is issued for the Region of Waterloo by Environment Canada, warming centres will open throughout the City of Kitchener, City of Waterloo, and City of Cambridge. Rural centres serving North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich will also be operating. Overnight emergency shelters are available across the region as well. Keep warm!

Holiday Meals in Waterloo Region - 2014

Dec 17 2014

Happy HolidaysHere is a list of Holiday Meals in Kitchener-Waterloo that are open to anyone in need of a hot meal this holiday season. Thanks to various community groups for this information. Please share widely! If you come across any dinners in Kitchener, Waterloo or Cambridge that aren't on our list, please contact info@waterlooregion.org. 

We have also created a document "Holiday Emergency Information" that lists emergency services across the Waterloo Region in case you find yourself in need this holiday season. 

Giving This Holiday Season - 2014

Dec 3 2014

Giving this Holiday Season

Our enquiry counsellors have prepared a list of ways to give and get involved this holiday season across the Waterloo Region called "Giving this Holiday Season".  Find opportunities to volunteer your time, donate in-kind, give food, make monetary donations and how  to help and support your community after the holidays are over. Contact info@waterlooregion.org or call 519-579-3800 to have an item added to this list.


2015 Federal Pre-Budget Community Consultation

Dec 1 2014

2015 Pre-Budget ConsultationWe are opening the Budget Season with the community consultation regarding 2015 Federal Budget. All our appreciation to Stephen Woodworth, MP Kitchener Centre, for providing support for this community forum where we can start giving this holiday season. A special gift is your experience, ideas and caring for the needs of your community. Join us for an open discussion about what the region would need to have addressed in the 2015 budget: Saturday December 13th at 4 pm at the Downtown Community Centre. Click to read the media release.

United Nations International Day for Persons with Disabilities - December 3, 2014

Nov 27 2014

IDPD breakfastDecember 3, 2014 marks the date of the annual United Nations International Day for Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) .  This year's theme is  Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology. Here are two ways to mark this important date: Breakfast hosted by the Independent Living Centre and afternoon meeting of the Disabilities and Human Rights Group. Continue reading for more details.

Festival of Neighbourhoods Planning Group

Nov 24 2014

Capital Grant WinnerThe November E-Neighbour brings good memories of the last Finale celebration and reminds us of the award winners. The New Season has already started and we hope you will embrace the new theme and make it part of your neighbourhood gatherings "Creating Connections, Growing Traditions".  We are thrilled to open a Festival of Neighbourhoods Planning Group and to invite you all to the first meeting on December 9th, 6 - 7:30 pm at the Youth Room at the Downtown Community Centre. Meet like-minded people and help shape the future of the Festival. 

ConnectKW Contracts Application Deadline Extended

Nov 13 2014

Connect KW CoachingThe Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo has two opportunities for youth 15 to 30 years to get paid work experience. Project workers will assist with achieving the objectives of ConnectKW, a network of public internet access sites across K-W. Project Workers will provide introductory technology training at community sites through one to one coaching and in small group workshops. Apply by 12 noon Friday December 5, 2014.

Non-unionized Workers Need Support

Nov 5 2014

Stronger Workplaces Legislation or Bill 18 has been pushed fast forward. On Monday November 3rd, the legislature moved  to expedite the passage of the law with few options to for advocates and groups give input. The Social Planning Council and the Poverty Free Kitchener-Waterloo Action Group are meeting with our local Members of the Provincial Parliament, Michael Harris, Catherine Fife and Daiene Vernile, and are hoping that our suggestions will be passed on to the sub-committee working on the proposal. The Government is already increasing funding for legal clinics and we hope there will be more investment in workerss action services across the province. See what the only Workers' Action Centre in Toronto has to say about Bill-18.

Brock Street wins the $21 000 Grant

Nov 3 2014

Festival Finale 2014

21st Festival of Neighbourhoods Finale brought 35 neighbourhoods together on November 2nd, 1-3 pm at the Kitchener City Hall Rotunda! We celebrated the record number of registrations again this year - 141 registered activities from 56 Kitchener Neighbourhoods! Take a look at the 2013/2014 FON Map and count the stars! Take a look then at the media release to see the description of the awards presented at the Finale.

Budget Bill Restricts Access to Social Assistance for Refugee Claimants

Oct 31 2014

Past September, Poverty Free Kitchener-Waterloo Action Group has sent a letter to local Members of Parliament, to oppose the Federal the Bill C-585 that is depriving the most vulnerable of human dignity and right to social security. (You can read the arguments supported by the Poverty Free group here). At his point, the Bill than many human rights organizations ask to be withdrawn, has been included in the new Omnibus Budget Bill C-43 instead. Both Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo and Poverty Free Kitchener-Waterloo Group are endorsing the open letter written by Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC) and its partners written to the Minister of Finance Joe Oliver asking him to withdraw the sections 172 & 173 from the Bill C-43.  Read more background information from ISAC and some media coverage of the issue.