Healthy Community

Let’s Start a Conversation About Health. Not Health Care.

Let’s Start a Conversation About Health. Not Health Care.

When sharing my post with the video that explains health is about more than health care, I was introduced to another video that helps to put this perspective on health into context. Created by Wellington Dufferin Grey Health, it looks at the financial implications of only dealing with health through health care with a side helping […]

Health is about more than having access to doctors, drugs and hospitals

Health is about more than having access to doctors, drugs and hospitals

I’ll have a lot more to say on this topic soon but for now I love this video so much I want it to stand on its own. Watch it and you’ll understand why I aam so passionate about the potential for the City of Kitchener’s Safe & Healthy Community Committee.  Making The Connections: Our […]

City seeks members for “Safe and Healthy Community” committee

City seeks members for “Safe and Healthy Community” committee

updated Jan. 11 I am inviting you to consider applying to be a member of the City of Kitchener’s “Safe & Healthy Community Advisory Committee.” If you are not interested but know someone who would be a great addition, please share this post with them. The official word Here is the official blurb about the committee from […]

Police have enough budget. We need to shift our thinking.

Police have enough budget. We need to shift our thinking.

North Dumfries Mayor Rob Deutschmann wants to give the Waterloo Region Police Services an additional $500,ooo on top of the expected 7.3% increase. I should note here that I’ve known the good mayor for most of my life as we attended St. Jerome’s High School together and were politically active together. But I must disagree […]

Budgeting to help people living in poverty

Budgeting to help people living in poverty

When I spoke to Region of Waterloo Council on December 5 about my proposal for a Smart on Crime Foundation, I was part of a packed Council Chambers where the vast majority were concerned about the impact of provincial changes to social assistance. I was particularly moved by the lived experiences of members of ALIV(e) about how […]

Building a “healthy Kitchener”

In my last post, I expressed concern about the direction that the City of Kitchener was taking after reviewing its “Safe and Healthy Community Advisory Committee.” I am speaking at tonight’s City Council meeting. What follows are my planned remarks. We need a healthy community committee I am concerned about the proposed changes to the […]

Should the City of Kitchener have a “Healthy Community Advisory Committee?”

Having completed our move, I am now able to devote time to important issues that I’d normally be blogging about. An issue I first learned about in early November is now at a critical point that requires people concerned to make their voices heard–and we should all be concerned. City of Kitchener on verge of […]