Since 2010, I have blogged about my passion for a better world starting with a better Kitchener.

James Howe

Excellent news for the hide building at the Tannery

Excellent news for the hide building at the Tannery

While 2015 was a difficult year on the heritage front in Kitchener, it ended on a high note with the excellent news that the last remaining building on the Tannery’s second block is to be preserved as shared in this Record article. In 2010, I actively worked with a group of citizens to save four Tannery buildingsContinue Reading

Will Kitchener’s new set of Heritage Best Practices save 48 Ontario N.?

Will Kitchener’s new set of Heritage Best Practices save 48 Ontario N.?

Here are my planned remarks to Kitchener City Council tonight: The report by staff on Heritage Best Practices is excellent. I urge Council to adopt it and have staff immediately begin to implement it. I particularly applaud the development of a “Built Heritage Emergency Management Protocol” and creation of a list of pre-qualified engineers (with heritage expertise) for emergencyContinue Reading

Act now on Kitchener’s responsibility for affordable housing

The City of Kitchener has been reviewing at how it can have an impact on the availability of affordable housing thanks to the work of Ward 9 Councillor Frank Etherington. When a report when to a Council Committee for consideration, not all Councillors were convinced that they should be discussing the matter. In a Kitchener PostContinue Reading

Stand up to Stephen Harper. Vote.

Stand up to Stephen Harper. Vote.

I believe that in a democracy that one of our greatest rights and responsibilities is to vote. Participating in choosing who forms our government is a fundamental way to make our voice heard. Whether you agree with my choice or not, I believe that it is critical that everyone votes.That’s why I am so pleasedContinue Reading

Final thoughts on handling vacancies in local government

Final thoughts on handling vacancies in local government

Both James Bow and the Waterloo Region Record called for the Region of Waterloo to develop a policy for consistently dealing with how to fill vacancies on Regional Council. I wrote the following letter to support them that was published by The Record on Aug. 25 and in the Kitchener Post on Sept. 16. Letter toContinue Reading

We need to engage citizens and value Council seats by holding a byelection

We need to engage citizens and value Council seats by holding a byelection

Last month, I shared my perspectives on why Regional Council should hold a byelection to fill the vacancy representing Kitchener at Regional Council. Despite lack of even a rough consensus with many voices calling for a byelection, Chair Ken Seiling has made a motion to appoint Kitchener’s next Regional Councillor. I plan to stand up forContinue Reading