Waterloo Region votes: Kitchener Ward 2 profile
(Map by Allison Leonard)
Municipal elections will be held across Waterloo Region on Oct. 27, and the following is a city ward profile that summarizes some key information. Did we miss any key issues in your ward? Let us know; email us at email@example.com. This profile was created in partnership with the Cord Community Edition.
Kitchener’s Ward 2 runs south of Ottawa St. and east of the Conestoga Parkway until the Grand River. It encompasses Chicopee Park and the Stanley Park community. Most residential areas in the ward surround River Rd., which is slated for a $75 million extension.
Major Issues: Airport noise
Despite the price tag of the extension, residents we spoke to skimmed over it. Rather, flights to the neighbouring Region of Waterloo International Airport are a priority for Gerry Leeman, a ward 2 resident and retired construction worker.
"We’re subsidizing those international airlines but there are better types of transit for my tax dollars to pay for," said Leeman.
"I hear the 7:20 a.m. plane everyday, and every scheduled one after that," he says. "But I’m sure the generation before us thought building the [Conestoga] Parkway was useless when they were paying for it. This is probably the same."
Leeman’s concern with flights and airport-related noise in ward 2 was a recurring agenda item for current councillor and mayoral candidate Berry Vrbanovic as the airport’s master plan was developed.
With Vrbanovic vacating his seat, more candidates are running for the seat than any other ward in the city.