Petition Tag - kitchener

1. Health and Safety

The City of Kitchener, ON, still allows burning wood in backyard campfires (firepits, chimineas and outdoor fireplaces) in small residential backyards.

Under the new proposed by-law being voted on in March 2013 (effective April 1, 2013, if approved) fires could burn in Kitchener backyards from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. The setback to property lines or flammable objects would continue to be only 5 m.

Waterloo's solid-fuel, open-air ban came into effect on January 1, 2012. It is not legal to burn wood in firepits, chimineas or outdoor fireplaces in backyards in that city. Prior to the ban, the required setback was 10 m.

Cambridge has banned backyard campfires from residential properties since 1986. Cambridge has a burn permit system, however, a 150 m. setback to buildings is required for proper dispersal of smoke before it leaves the property.

Kitchener residents deserve public health, public safety and environmental protections that only a ban will provide.

It is unacceptable to expose unwilling neighbours to secondhand wood smoke pollution. We should also be able to enjoy our yards and houses between the hours of 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. without having to smell smoke.

As per The Region of Waterloo's wood smoke position statement, wood smoke is a health hazard for everyone but especially harmful to children, elderly people, and residents with respiratory, cardiac as well as other health problems.

The time is NOW to stop the air pollution caused by these backyard wood fires burning in the name of fun.

The health of the citizens of Kitchener should not be compromised by wood smoke pollution.

2. Kitchener, ON Backyard Campfire Ban - Firepit Ban

The signatures collected on this petition are being added to the 2300+ signatures collected on the first version.

A total of about 2400 signatures had been collected on both petitions when they were presented to Kitchener Council at to the Standing Committee meeting on February 25, 2013.

On March 4, 2013, Kitchener council voted 7-3 in favour of acceping the new draft by-law.

Effective April 1, 2013, backyard campfires are allowed to burn from 6 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. with the fires set five metres from any fences, trees, structures, overhead wires and property lines even if there is no fence erected.

Pick up the phone, and call Office of the Mayor and Council at phone number 519-741-2300, or ask to speak to the council member for your ward.

Send an email to council@kitchener.ca if you are upset with the decision.

Dr. Wang from Region of Waterloo Public Health presented a 'media release' in Kitchener council during the Feb. 25, 2013 Standing Committee meeting. Dr. Wang spoke about the health effects of wood smoke resulting from indoor fireplaces as well as outdoor campfire wood smoke pollution

The Record and Kitchener Post reporters who at the meeting skipped mentioning Dr. Wang's wood smoke public health presentation in both of the written accounts of the meeting.

Please call the Region of Waterloo Public Health Department at phone number 519-883-2000 if you have questions, or concerns. You have the right to request that this information be made available to you.

If a neighbor is breaking bylaw regulations, or smoke is a nuisance, please call Waterloo Region Police Department phone number 519-653-7700 for non-urgent complaints. A Kitchener Bylaw Enforcement Officer will be dispatched to help you.

Bylaw enforcement will be increased during peak backyard campfire season with a new target of a 2-hour response time for bylaw complaint calls.

If the smoke is bothering you, please complain under the smoke nuisance provision.

Start keeping a record of campfire problems by writing down dates, times and the kind of complaint. If no one has come to help you after 2 hours go by, call again.

If you have friends or neighbours who live in Waterloo along the border of Kitchener, and they are being affected by smoke nuisance, or other campfire problems, please mention this information to them. Waterloo residents should call the Waterloo Region Police phone number, and a Kitchener Bylaw Enforcement Officer will be sent to assist them even though they live in Waterloo.

If the yard with the campfire is very small, please insist that the Bylaw Officer MEASURE the setback distance, and record the results on the report. The campfire setback must be 5 m. from any property line even if there is no fence separating the yards.


Notes about the petition:

Please verify the email address that you sign the petition with to make sure that it is correct. You will receive a confirmation email for each signature submitted to that email account.

You may sign all family members up using one email account. If your friends or neighbours lack a computer and they wish to add their names to the petition, please sign them up on your email account.

Email addresses will not be included in any type of list.

The printed off copy of this petition will include only names, postal codes, and comments.

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The City of Kitchener, ON, still allows burning wood in backyard campfires (firepits, chimineas and outdoor fireplaces) in small residential backyards.

Waterloo's solid-fuel open-air ban came into effect on January 1, 2012. It is not legal to burn wood in firepits, chimineas or outdoor fireplaces. Prior to the ban, the setback was 10 m.

Cambridge has banned backyard campfires from residential properties since 1986. Cambridge has a burn permit system, however, a 150 m. setback to buildings is required for proper dispersal of smoke before it leaves the property.

Kitchener residents deserve public health, public safety and environmental protections that a ban will provide.

It is unacceptable to expose unwilling neighbours to secondhand wood smoke pollution. We should also be able to enjoy our yards and houses between the hours of 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. every day without having to smell campfire smoke.

The Region of Waterloo Public Health Department's wood smoke position statement was revised in December 2012 to add a link to the Health Canada website and warns that some of the chemicals produced during the burning of wood have a possible link to cancer. Children, the elderly, and people with respiratory or cardiac conditions are most at risk when they are exposed to wood smoke.

The health of Kitchener residents should not be compromised by wood smoke pollution from campfires burning in residential areas.

3. Make Roundabouts safe for Pedestrians

Roundabouts are unsafe for pedestrians there have been more reported and non reported accidents since they have been installed.

The new Homer Watson roundabout has had 20 Reported accidents in less then a month.

4. Stop 1180 Countrystone!

A builder has purchased the land at 1180 Countrystone in Kitchener Ontario. They are proposing a 29 unit Cluster-Townhome complex in a R-4 residential neighbourhood.

We STRONGLY disagree with this proposal.

5. Stop the Destruction of the Waterloo Moraine

Stop the destruction of agricultural land on the Waterloo moraine.

Taking a look at a zoning map of Waterloo from 2001, I noticed that a lot of the outlying land was zoned for agriculture. Right behind the Columbia Forest Court was a beautiful field that glowed a brilliant gold during the fall season. When I glanced at a more recent map from 2009, this same field was rezoned as land for development. For a decade this field had been owned by IBI, a development company that leased the property to farmers.

Up until the end of 2009, these farmers were growing their crops on their field, but last spring a sign in front of the forest that leads to the field announced City of Waterloo's plans to commence the construction of a trail, lighting and waterworks through the middle of the forest to provide a safe passage from the Columbia Forest Estates to the new “Vista Hills” development to be built on the field.

The field remained dormant until this spring, when bulldozers moved in and started to level it. In addition to IBI destroying the land, they are devastating an entire ecosystem, teeming with flora and fauna. Small animals such as groundhogs are being endangered or extirpated and moved to the nearby forest. This construction has damaged the existing ecosystem of the moraine, and there will be an imbalance of species in the forest, which can cause a lot of damage to the existing plants and animals.

A gaping hole in the forest has been cleared to make way for the new path and waterworks that is going to be constructed. The deforestation of ESPA 19 happened this month, in June, prior to a land bird monitoring report that was to be completed, and it occurred during the migratory bird breeding season.

My family and I would like you to help save the Waterloo Moraine that is being destroyed by developers such as IBI. The reason we are trying to protect this land is because it has a rich natural history: it was formed by glaciers thousands of years ago, and today is a rich supply of water for the residents of Waterloo. If you were dwelling near the construction site, would you want to watch the destruction of a valuable natural resource?

Please assist me in stopping this development by signing my petition, and you will be making a difference in our community for generations to come.

6. Opening a MEC in Hamilton

We believe that many forces (an increasingly younger downtown population, a non-stop flow of potential MEC members through McMaster and Mohawk, proximity to other similar markets -- Guelph, St. Catharines, etc) would combine to provide an ample customer base for such a location. The following cities (and their populations) could be serviced by a Hamilton MEC:

Hamilton (692,911)
London (457,720)
Kitchener (451,235)
St. Catharines-Niagara (390,317)
Guelph (127,009)
Brantford (124,607)
(Total 2,243,799)

We also believe that there are more MEC members (and potential members) within the Hamilton area than the MEC membership data suggests. Most students and temporarily employed people (grad students, medical interns, researchers) are likely registered to MEC with their home (or parents' home) address. For this reason, MECs records probably do not show a high concentration of members in the Hamilton area despite there being a large number of temporary (turning permanent) residents in the "target demographic".

You do not need to be a MEC member in order to sign... but if you ARE a MEC member, it would be very worthwhile to include your MEC member number (and update your address at www.mec.ca)

Update regarding a MEC location in Burlington:
Why Mountain Equipment Co-Op (MEC) chose a bad location for their Burlington store.
More details about the problems with MEC's Burlington location