2014 is a year of many choices. With the upcoming municipal elections, we all have much to think and talk about. We will be updating the page on the municipal elections to keep you informed.
The offices of the Social Planning Council of K-W and the Community Information Centre of Waterloo Region will be closed on Monday September 1, 2014 for the Labour Day holiday. We will open again on Tuesday, September 2nd 2014 at 9am.
Have a great Labour Day!
As you may know from the annoucements made by the Alliance for Children and Youth (here and here), the Social Planning Council of K-W is taking over the Mid-Month Connection newsletter formerly put out by the Alliance. The newsletter has been renamed and rebranded as the Waterloo Region Child and Youth Connection, but will still feature the same great content that you're used to, such as events, announcements, tweets and research about children, youth and families in the Waterloo Region.
New Page on the Website & Twitter Handle
We've created a new Child and Youth page on our website to house the sign-up page and archives for the newsletter, past Alliance documents and information about our other streams of activity related to children and youth, such as our involvement in the Children's Planning Table and Child-Well-Being Dashboard. Visit the Child and Youth page to read our first newsletter or to sign up to have the newsletter delivered to your inbox each month. We've also taken over the Twitter account used by the Alliance, which has also been renamed; you can follow us over at @WRChildYouth.
Submitting Content to the Newsletter
If you would like to submit articles or events for inclusion in the newsletter, please contact Gillian Veitch at firstname.lastname@example.org. or on Twitter at @WRChildYouth. Please note that the deadline for submission of articles or events is the 13th of each month.
It has been reported that the basic needs allowance of single parents on social assistance will be reduced by $8 dollars starting August 1, due to the increase in Ontario Child Benefit bound to happen on October 1 (Carol Goar, The Star, July 31, 2014). In a context where the cost of living raises much faster than the social assistance rates, which are already gravely inadequate, reducing basic needs allowance when raising the Ontario Child Benefit is simply wrong policy.
Take a look at our Festival of Neighbourhoods Billboard with the announcements of the July Early Bird Prize Winner, the new city of Kitchener neigbhourhood grants, and more tips on how to make your neighbourhood activities simple, manageable and year round fun. You will see as well which Wards are in the lead with most activities registered and you can check our updated 2014 map! Keep ever-fresh with updates by following us on the FoN Facebook and Twitter!
This June, the Community Information Centre of the Waterloo Region, Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo, was the host of a dynamic professional development symposium for the members of the Association of Community Information Centres in Ontario - InformOntario. Read the highlights from the symposium in the IO Connector, the E-newsletter published by the Association. You can see the presentations on this webpage and read about the "Hihg-Tech & High-Touch" balance from the keynote speaker Douglas Bartholomew Saunders, Comissioner of Social Services of the Waterloo Region.
Check out what events are happening this summer in the Waterloo Region townships (Wellesley, Wilmot, Woolwich and North Dumfries). This list was compiled through online scanning. It is not comprehensive, and will be updated if new events are found. If you would like to include an event/activity, please contact the Community Information Centre at 519-579-3800 or email email@example.com
The temperatures are soaring today, so keep cool and beat the heat at a city facility or cooling centre.
- City of Kitchener Cooling Centres
- City of Waterloo Cooling Centres
- City of Cambridge Cooling Centres
- The Region of Waterloo Public Health has some great tips to care for yourself and others during extreme heat and humidity
If you have any resources to add, please contact the Community Information Centre at 519-579-3800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Find more community information on Twitter and Facebook by following the #CommInfoWR hashtag.
Check out what is happening this summer in Waterloo! This list was compiled through online scanning. It is not comprehensive, and will be updated if new events are found. If you would like to include an event/activity, please contact the Community Information Centre at 519-579-3800 or email email@example.com
Check out what is happening this summer in Kitchener! The list was compiled through online scanning. It is not comprehensive, and will be updated if new events are found. If you would like to include an event/activity, please contact the Community Information Centre at 519-579-3800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org