Waterloo Region votes: Kitchener Ward 8 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. This profile was created in partnership with the Cord Community Edition.
North of the Conestoga Parkway between Belmont Avenue and Fischer-Hallman Road, Ward 8 is home to a growing number of semi-detached housing developments, shopping plazas, Belmont Village and Filsinger Park.
Major issues: Community programming, traffic calming
The shopping-heavy main arteries, Fischer-Hallman Road, Highland Road and Westmount Road, provide nearly all amenities to an increasingly dense population. Kate Murray, a new resident in Ward 8, said that despite proximity to amenities, the ward lacks community-focused events.
"There’s a sizable plaza at Victoria and Westmount, there are a lot of services, but in terms of community events, there’s not a whole lot going on," she said. "The community centre runs the occasional event, but nothing like street festivals or anything like that."
"Our neighbourhood at least is a lot of young families, and it’s a significantly multicultural population," she said. "The community programming needs to speak to this demographic."
With seven schools, 13 parks and vocal neighbourhood associations, Ward 8 candidates can expect constituents to prioritize relevant community programming, bikeability and continued traffic reduction strategies.
In June, Westmount underwent construction to reduce traffic queuing, and Glasgow neighbourhoods have begun campaigns to remind drivers of children at play.