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Dec
10
Mon
2018
Alliance Against Poverty Regular Meeting @ The Working Centre
Dec 10 @ 5:15 pm – 7:00 pm

We are an alliance of individuals from a variety of economic and social situations who strive to end poverty within our society by:

  • practicing solidarity between those who have enough and those who do not have enough
  • learning from one another through experience, reflection, and action
  • applying direct political pressure to all three levels of government
  • a personal commitment to group values and actions
CANCELLED: Waterloo Region Health Coalition monthly meeting @ Heather Room, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Dec 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This meeting has been cancelled

Hi Everyone,

We decided to cancel the December Waterloo Regional Health Coalition meeting that was scheduled for Monday December 10th. We had a number of work and social conflicts and December can get quite hectic.

Our January Meeting will be held on the second Monday which is January 14th at 7:00 PM and we are all very much looking forward to seeing you then.

The Seasons’s Best to everyone, see you in 2019 ⏰

Kindest Regards,

Jim

The Waterloo Region Health Coalition is the local chapter of the Ontario Health Coalition | Protecting Public HealthOntario Health Coalition. The chapter meets on the second Monday of every month, except on holidays, when the meeting is on the first Monday of that month.

Meetings are held in the Heather Room of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 54 Queen Street North, Kitchener. Map

Contact:
Jim Stewart <jim.stewartgo@gmail.com> or +1-519-588-5841
Riani de Wet <dewetriani@gmail.com> or +1-226-606-1623

Dec
11
Tue
2018
UofW: HeForShe Masculinity Circle @ Room 353, Environment 1, University of Waterloo
Dec 11 @ 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 — 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM EST

Join us for a workshop exploring healthy masculinity!

These workshops are free and open to open to all male identifying students, staff, and faculty. Lunch will be provided!

PosterThrough interactive exercises and discussions, the Men’s Circle will explore some of the ways in which men can become leaders in creating a safer campus for everyone. The content is geared toward unpacking harmful constructs of masculinity and increasing understanding of the impact of an individual’s behaviour on themselves and others. This workshop will also explore the relations of power involved in sexual violence and sketch men’s roles in fostering gender equity on campus.

Register for free at Event Details – Ticketfi

In May 2015, President Hamdullahpur accepted an invitation from the UN Women’s HeForShe campaign for the University of Waterloo to participate in their IMPACT 10x10x10 framework alongside governments, leading universities, and global businesses.

Cost: Free
Location:

EV1 – Environment 1

Rm 353
200 University Ave West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1

Canada

HeForShe Masculinity Circle | Environment | University of Waterloo

Dec
12
Wed
2018
Refugee Vision Care
Dec 12 all-day
Dec
18
Tue
2018
Mobilize resistance to Bill 66 @ Room A-142, Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)
Dec 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Laura Hamilton from Divest WaterlooDivest Waterloo writes:

I’m writing with some urgency today as we have very little time to mobilize resistance to Bill 66, known as Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act. I have included more information about this Bill below.

Grand River Environmental Network | www.gren.caGREN is planning a preliminary meeting next Tuesday December 18th at 7pm at CIGI (67 Erb Street West, Waterloo, Ontario Map) in room A-142 to discuss the environmental implications of this legislation and to plan next steps for January.

Please extend this invitation to others whom you feel would be interested and able to support our efforts.

I apologize for the short notice and appreciate the difficulty of this request coming so close to the holidays. Our next meeting in January will be on Thursday the 3rd. Consultation closes on January 28th, so we really cannot delay.

Background on Bill 66

Last week, the Doug Ford government introduced Bill 66, known as “Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act.” Among its targets is the Greenbelt Act. Bill 66 would allow municipalities to circumvent Greenbelt protections by enacting “Open for Business” bylaws under which they could approve factories and business parks within the Greenbelt. Smaller municipalities (under 250,000) would simply need to show the Ford government that their Greenbelt development would create 50 jobs. For larger cities the requirement would be 100 jobs.

Related measures in Bill 66 would empower municipalities to exempt developers rules designed to protect wildlife and municipal water supplies, including the Clean Water Act, which was enacted following the Walkerton water tragedy in 2000 when seven people died after drinking the town’s contaminated water.

–Geoffrey Stevens, The Record Dec 10/18: Doug Ford’s hypocrisy on the Greenbelt

Other Acts targeted by the Ford government in the astonishing broad scope of Bill 66 include the Toxins Reduction Act, the Great Lakes Protection Act, the Oak Ridges Moraine Act, the Places to Grow Act, the Lake Simcoe Protection Act and numerous other protections that help to ensure the safety and quality of life for millions of Ontarians.

Bill 66 if approved could destroy our environmental regulations, contaminate our drinking water and circumvent good planning by haphazardly opening up farmland and natural areas for development with no requirement for public meetings or communications and no opportunity for appeal to any decisions.

It is a reckless bill to enhance the profits of only a few large businesses and corporations who would bypass important rules and safely regulations at a huge cost to every Ontarian.

We have just 42 days to stop this major threat to public safety, our environment, and natural resources we all depend on before the Ford government will attempt to approve this Bill. It is been called the biggest and most significant environmental rollback in a generation and we need to act now to mobilize as a community and kill Bill 66.

Dec
19
Wed
2018
Refugee Vision Care
Dec 19 all-day
CANCELLED: Monthly Meeting: Council of Canadians, Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter @ Community Room, Bread and Roses Co-operative Homes
Dec 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

From: K-W CoC <kw.cofc@gmail.com>
We will not be having a monthly meeting this week. Best of the season to everyone!

The Kitchener-Waterloo chapter ofThe Council of Canadians - Acting for Social Justice | Le Conseil des Canadiens - Agir pour la Justice Sociale Council of Canadians meets on the third Wednesday of every month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in the Community Room at Bread and Roses Co-operative Homes, 307 Queen St S. (corner of Queen and Courtland), Kitchener.

There’s parking, but check with the organizers to get a permit.

Current topics include electoral reform, the Nestle boycott, and the TPP and other trade deals.

All are welcome! For info please contact KW.cofc@gmail.com. Follow @kwcofc on Twitter.

Dec
26
Wed
2018
Refugee Vision Care
Dec 26 all-day
Jan
2
Wed
2019
Refugee Vision Care
Jan 2 all-day
Jan
3
Thu
2019
WRCPC meetings 2019 Schedule
Jan 3 @ 10:36 pm – 11:36 pm
Basic Income Monthly Chin Wag with @BasicIncomeWR @ Taste at the Tannery
Jan 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Out-of-focus picture of people

Join us for a Pub Night

Come share your thoughts about Basic Income and hear from others

Basic Income Waterloo Region – part of a grassroots movement to make basic income the next great innovation in social policy.

Basic Income Monthly Chin Wag | Facebook

Bill 66 Community Group Meeting @ Room A-142, Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)
Jan 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

From Kevin Thomason of GREN:

Happy New Year!

While the holidays have been a wonderful break from Bill 66, we don’t have much time to send a strong, clear message to Premier Ford about our concerns this Bill could have on our community, farmland, green space, and natural resources.

I’d like to remind you of the upcoming meeting this Thursday at the same room at CIGI as our initial community meeting. Details are as follows:

Date: Thursday, January 3, 2019
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Room A142, CIGI – Centre for International Governance and Innovation – 67 Erb Street West, Waterloo Map
Access: Through main West doors (facing Erb St) near Caroline St. Intersection

A tentative agenda for the meeting is as follows:

  • update/status of groups working to book Council delegation appearances at municipal and regional councils
  • update/status of groups working to book MPP meetings in local ridings
  • time for groups to meet in breakout sessions and figure out next steps/activities
  • planning/discussion of January 12th Bill 66 training event/protest in Ajax
  • planning/preparations for January 15th event at Kitchener City Hall with ECO Dianne Saxe and other speakers
  • other business

We had a tremendous turnout at our initial meeting and It will be important to have at least one delegate from each community group at this next meeting to help ensure a strong, co-ordinated response to Bill 66.

Please share any questions or ideas and I hope to see you on Thursday evening.

Cheers,
Kevin.

P.S. There is a draft Citizens Toolkit for Bill 66 that is coming together as groups across the province aggregate their materials and efforts. It is evolving daily and contains some good background and supporting material against Bill 66.

P.P.S Also attached below are some initial social media images and video that are under development provincially:

Bill 66 Social Media Video:


YouTube: Save The Greenbelt – Stop Bill 66

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Kevin Thomason
Vice-Chair, Grand River Environmental Network

Phone: +1–519–888–0519
Mobile Phone/WhatsApp: +1–519–240–1648
Twitter: @kthomason
E-mail: kevinthomason@mac.com

Jan
8
Tue
2019
Local groups opposing #Bill66 at Waterloo Region Council @ Waterloo Region Administration Building
Jan 8 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Tomorrow, Tuesday, 8 January 2019, local citizens’ groups will present delegations at three local municipal meetings:

  • 9:00am: Region of Waterloo Planning & Works committee meeting (delegate: Kevin Thomason)
    Waterloo Region Administration Building, 150 Frederick St., Kitchener Map 1
  • 6:30pm: Wellesley Township council meeting (delegate: Sam Nabi)
    Wellesley Township Hall, 4639 Lobsinger Line, St. Clements Map 2
  • 6:30pm: Woolwich Township council meeting (delegate: Bob Jonkman)
    Woolwich Township Hall, 24 Church Street West, Elmira Map 3

Schedule 10 of Ontario’s Bill 66 is damaging to the future development of our region. It allows for developments that don’t follow the laws that protect our water, agriculture, and community development plans (eg. Clean Water Act, Places to Grow, Municipal Official Plan).

Furthermore, no notice or public consultation is required for exemptions granted under Bill 66.

Hold The Line, in collaboration with dozens of local advocacy groups, are calling on local councils to reject Schedule 10 of Bill 66. We request that councils pass a resolution opposing Schedule 10, and committing to not use those provisions should they become law.

Sam Nabi, director of Hold The Line, is available for comment on this matter. You can reach him at sam@samnabi.com or +1–226–988–4137.

Local Voices Against Bill 66 with logos for: Waterloo Federation of Agriculture; Smart Growth Waterloo Region; Hold The Line; The Bluedot Movement; Grand River Environmental Network; Divest Waterloo; TriTAG.ca; APT Environment; Nith Valley Ecoboosters; Waterloo Region Health Coalition; Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region; KWPeace; The Council of Canadians


Hold The Line is a local non-profit made up of artists, community builders, sustainability advocates, and Waterloo Region enthusiasts. We support the farms, towns, and natural spaces that make up the Region’s countryside, and the vibrant and dense urban cores that complement them.

Local groups opposing #Bill66 at Wellesley Township Council @ Wellesley Township Hall
Jan 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Tomorrow, Tuesday, 8 January 2019, local citizens’ groups will present delegations at three local municipal meetings:

  • 9:00am: Region of Waterloo Planning & Works committee meeting (delegate: Kevin Thomason)
    Waterloo Region Administration Building, 150 Frederick St., Kitchener Map 1
  • 6:30pm: Wellesley Township council meeting (delegate: Sam Nabi)
    Wellesley Township Hall, 4639 Lobsinger Line, St. Clements Map 2
  • 6:30pm: Woolwich Township council meeting (delegate: Bob Jonkman)
    Woolwich Township Hall, 24 Church Street West, Elmira Map 3

Schedule 10 of Ontario’s Bill 66 is damaging to the future development of our region. It allows for developments that don’t follow the laws that protect our water, agriculture, and community development plans (eg. Clean Water Act, Places to Grow, Municipal Official Plan).

Furthermore, no notice or public consultation is required for exemptions granted under Bill 66.

Hold The Line, in collaboration with dozens of local advocacy groups, are calling on local councils to reject Schedule 10 of Bill 66. We request that councils pass a resolution opposing Schedule 10, and committing to not use those provisions should they become law.

Sam Nabi, director of Hold The Line, is available for comment on this matter. You can reach him at sam@samnabi.com or +1–226–988–4137.

Local Voices Against Bill 66 with logos for: Waterloo Federation of Agriculture; Smart Growth Waterloo Region; Hold The Line; The Bluedot Movement; Grand River Environmental Network; Divest Waterloo; TriTAG.ca; APT Environment; Nith Valley Ecoboosters; Waterloo Region Health Coalition; Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region; KWPeace; The Council of Canadians


Hold The Line is a local non-profit made up of artists, community builders, sustainability advocates, and Waterloo Region enthusiasts. We support the farms, towns, and natural spaces that make up the Region’s countryside, and the vibrant and dense urban cores that complement them.

Local groups opposing #Bill66 at Woolwich Township Council @ Woolwich Township Hall
Jan 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Tomorrow, Tuesday, 8 January 2019, local citizens’ groups will present delegations at three local municipal meetings:

  • 9:00am: Region of Waterloo Planning & Works committee meeting (delegate: Kevin Thomason)
    Waterloo Region Administration Building, 150 Frederick St., Kitchener Map 1
  • 6:30pm: Wellesley Township council meeting (delegate: Sam Nabi)
    Wellesley Township Hall, 4639 Lobsinger Line, St. Clements Map 2
  • 6:30pm: Woolwich Township council meeting (delegate: Bob Jonkman)
    Woolwich Township Hall, 24 Church Street West, Elmira Map 3

Schedule 10 of Ontario’s Bill 66 is damaging to the future development of our region. It allows for developments that don’t follow the laws that protect our water, agriculture, and community development plans (eg. Clean Water Act, Places to Grow, Municipal Official Plan).

Furthermore, no notice or public consultation is required for exemptions granted under Bill 66.

Hold The Line, in collaboration with dozens of local advocacy groups, are calling on local councils to reject Schedule 10 of Bill 66. We request that councils pass a resolution opposing Schedule 10, and committing to not use those provisions should they become law.

Sam Nabi, director of Hold The Line, is available for comment on this matter. You can reach him at sam@samnabi.com or +1–226–988–4137.

Local Voices Against Bill 66 with logos for: Waterloo Federation of Agriculture; Smart Growth Waterloo Region; Hold The Line; The Bluedot Movement; Grand River Environmental Network; Divest Waterloo; TriTAG.ca; APT Environment; Nith Valley Ecoboosters; Waterloo Region Health Coalition; Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region; KWPeace; The Council of Canadians


Hold The Line is a local non-profit made up of artists, community builders, sustainability advocates, and Waterloo Region enthusiasts. We support the farms, towns, and natural spaces that make up the Region’s countryside, and the vibrant and dense urban cores that complement them.

Solidarity with Wet’suwet’en (Kitchener Waterloo) @ The Shops at Uptown Waterloo
Jan 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en. 50+ solidarity actions taking place around the globe!

Please bring a drum if you have one.

Meet at 7pm uptown outside in front of the Shops on King Street. We will have hot tea – bring your own mug.

Action protocols:

Take action against the provincial government in B.C, federal government of Canada, and Canadian consulate internationally.

Demand that the provincial and federal government uphold their responsibilities to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and ‘Anuc niwh’it’en (Wet’suwet’en law).

The Wet’suwet’en Access Point on Gidumt’en Territory are conducting peaceful actions as sovereign peoples on their territories, and ask that all actions taken in solidarity are conducted peacefully and according to the traditional laws of other Indigenous Nations.

Gidimt’en Access Point

The creation of the Gidimt’en Checkpoint was announced in the Wet’suwet’en feast hall, with the support of all chiefs present. Under ‘Anuc niwh’it’en (Wet’suwet’en law) all five clans of the Wet’suwet’en have unanimously opposed all pipeline proposals. TransCanada lawyers have argued that the Unist’ot’en are essentially a rogue group without a rightful claim to Aboriginal title. The Gidimt’en intervention shows that the Unist’ot’en Camp are not alone, and that the hereditary chiefs of all clans are prepared to uphold Wet’suwet’en law in refusing Coastal GasLink access.

Canada knows that its own actions are illegal. The Wet’suwet’en fought for many years in the Delgamuukw-Gisday’wa court case to have their sovereignty recognized and affirmed by Canadian law. In 1997, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Wet’suwet’en people, as represented by their hereditary leaders, had not given up rights and title to 22,000km2 of Northern British Columbia. Knowing that further litigation would be prohibitively expensive to Indigenous plaintiffs (and that pipeline construction could be completed before any significant legal issues could be further resolved) TransCanada and the provincial and federal governments are openly violating this landmark ruling.

The 22,000 sq km of Wet’suwet’en Territory is divided into five clans and 13 house groups. Each clan/house group manages the use of their own territory. Unist’ot’en homestead sits on Gilsteyu Dark House Territory and manager of this territory is house group better known as Unist’ot’en. From the Widzin Kwa bridge at 66 km passing the bridge going down to 44 KM it becomes Gitdumt’en Territory. No Clan can make decisions regarding another Clans Territory; that would be against Wet’suwet’en Law.

For guiding principles on how to support, and a fact sheet on the Gidimt’en Access Point, visit: Wet'suwet'en Access Point on Gidumt'en Territory (Facebook)

Donate to Gidimt’en Access Point: Fundraiser for Cody Thomas Merriman by Jennifer Wickham : Wet’suwet’en Access Point on Gidumt’en Territory (GoFundMe)

Donate to Unist’ot’en Legal Fund: Unist'ot'en Camp Legal Fund (Action Network)

Jan
9
Wed
2019
Refugee Vision Care
Jan 9 all-day
Jan
11
Fri
2019
Fridays for Future Climate Strike: Kitchener-Waterloo @ Waterloo City Hall
Jan 11 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

From Caterina Lindeman of the Citizen's Climate LobbyCitizen’s Climate Lobby:

Hi All,

Fridays for a Future is a youth-led climate strike, that is coming to Waterloo on Friday, January 11th, from 12:30 to 2:00 at Waterloo City Hall, 100 Regina Street South. Map (Waterloo City Hall is the place where the honourable Bardish Chagger has her office.) All are welcome. For more information and to register, see the Facebook event page Fridays for Future Climate Strike: Kitchener-Waterloo.

For more background on the strike, here is a TED talk by Greta Thunberg, the 16 year-old from Sweden who began the climate strikes last August. She presents a compelling argument that we need action, and then we’ll have hope. (As opposed to having hope first!)


Another event, entitled Stewards of our Future: Protecting What we Love is on Tuesday, January 15th, with Dianne Saxe, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario.

I hope that you will consider attending one or both of these events.

Kind regards,
Caterina

Protect Our Water ~ Doug Ford Meet & Greet @ <b>Bingemans Conference Centre </b>
Jan 11 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Jan
14
Mon
2019
Alliance Against Poverty Regular Meeting @ The Working Centre
Jan 14 @ 5:15 pm – 7:00 pm

We are an alliance of individuals from a variety of economic and social situations who strive to end poverty within our society by:

  • practicing solidarity between those who have enough and those who do not have enough
  • learning from one another through experience, reflection, and action
  • applying direct political pressure to all three levels of government
  • a personal commitment to group values and actions
Waterloo Region Health Coalition monthly meeting @ Heather Room, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Jan 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Waterloo Region Health Coalition is the local chapter of the Ontario Health Coalition | Protecting Public HealthOntario Health Coalition. The chapter meets on the second Monday of every month, except on holidays, when the meeting is on the first Monday of that month.

Meetings are held in the Heather Room of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 54 Queen Street North, Kitchener. Map

Contact:
Jim Stewart <jim.stewartgo@gmail.com> or +1-519-588-5841
Riani de Wet <dewetriani@gmail.com> or +1-226-606-1623

Jan
15
Tue
2019
Stewards of Our Future: Protecting What We Love – an evening with Dr. Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario @ Rotunda, Kitchener City Hall
Jan 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Dianne Saxe
Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

Stewards of our Future: Protecting What We Love

featuring

Dr. Dianne Saxe
Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 @ 7pm
Kitchener City Hall Rotunda

How can we reduce our personal carbon footprint, engage with elected officials about our concerns, and prepare for a world unlike the one we currently live in?

Please join us for a community discussion about the choices we face to address the climate crisis and to protect our environment: the land, water and air that sustain life on Earth.
 
Meet Environmental Commissioner of Ontario Dianne Saxe — our provincial “environmental watchdog” — along with local leaders in environmental protection, for a conversation about climate change and how each of us can play a role in creating a safer environment.

For more on the facts, fallacies and ways forward on climate change, join the conversation!

Please REGISTER (admission is free).
 

Presented by Divest Waterloo, Faith & the Common Good, The Centre for Public Ethics – Martin Luther University College, and Grand River Environmental Network (GREN).

Thank you for your ongoing support for Divest Waterloo and for your part in our collective action to raise awareness and engage our community on issues related to climate change, our pursuit of a low carbon economy, and our movement towards a just and sustainable future. We hope to see you soon!


Divest Waterloo

Jan
16
Wed
2019
Refugee Vision Care
Jan 16 all-day
Monthly Meeting: Council of Canadians, Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter @ Community Room, Bread and Roses Co-operative Homes
Jan 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Kitchener-Waterloo chapter ofThe Council of Canadians - Acting for Social Justice | Le Conseil des Canadiens - Agir pour la Justice Sociale Council of Canadians meets on the third Wednesday of every month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in the Community Room at Bread and Roses Co-operative Homes, 307 Queen St S. (corner of Queen and Courtland), Kitchener.

There’s parking, but check with the organizers to get a permit.

Current topics include electoral reform, the Nestle boycott, and the
TPP and other trade deals.

All are welcome! For info please contact KW.cofc@gmail.com. Follow @kwcofc on Twitter.

Jan
21
Mon
2019
Civic Hub – 2nd Small Groups Summit @ Social Development Centre
Jan 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Dear All,

It has been a year since our initial mobilization around the idea of a Civic Hub. A number of us continued meeting throughout the 2018 and worked on grants, connections and the first vision statement: A home, a landmark, accessible to everyone interested in civic and grassroots groups to showcase what is being done in the community, to allow groups to support each other, recruit, communicate and build credibility and capacity for advocacy and delivery of services to the community.

The number of small groups and organizations interested in the initiative is growing. A number of projects bringing together ethnocultural groups in Waterloo Region in 2018 testified that common, affordable space is a foundation for communication, collaboration and growth for many groups who feel isolated, under-resourced and in constant competition for supports.

However, there is little understanding of the core work that civic groups and small non-profits do in Waterloo Region.

We can learn together with other non-profit networks who want to create hubs for their sectors, such as WR Environmental Network and WR Arts Council.

Our strength is in our diversity and our common vision.

On January 21st 2019, we will gather again to share updates and brainstorm ideas about the next steps in creation of a Civic Hub.


6pm at SDC Office Map
in St John Church,
23 Water St North in Kitchener
Entrance and doorbell on Duke St.

RSVP by January 15th. Please get in touch if you need more information or have ideas/comments to share before the 21st.

Wishing you only the best to come in 2019.
Warmest Holiday Regards,
Aleksandra Petrovic

Executive Director
Social Development Centre Waterloo Region
23 Water St. North, Kitchener ON, N2H 5A4
(entrance and doorbell on Duke Street)
Phone: 519-579-3800

Your Voice and Your Donation Count!
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We will gather again in the New Year! | Social Development Centre Waterloo Region office reopens on January 2nd 2018 (people sitting in a discussion group with notetakers in the background)