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Name Change Coming Soon? Maybe, Maybe Not.

Background:

Thoughts:

Various Proposals (mutually exclusive):

  1. Rename Kitchener to New Berlin or but keep everything else the same. We already have neighboring communities with names like New Hamburg and New Dundee so New Berlin would fit right in. Alternatively just change the name back to Berlin. Ontario already has cities named Paris and London so this might be a more natural choice.
     
  2. Rename Kitchener to New Berlin but get rid of the regional government. I'm sure that a reasonable arrangement can be made with neighboring communities to share costs.
     
  3. Merge the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo then call the resulting city Waterloo. Why this name? Almost no one outside of our community knows the name Kitchener but people around the work know the name Waterloo because of the University of Waterloo. Get rid of regional government.
     
  4. Dissolve the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo. Defer everything to the regional government called Waterloo.
     

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Berlin (Ontario) Gets Commercial Electricity

OPG MARKS THE 100th ANNIVERSARY OF POWER IN KITCHENER

Town then known as Berlin was electrified October 11, 1910

TORONTO, Oct 7 /CNW/ - While Ontarians enjoy their holiday turkey and residents of Kitchener Waterloo take in the annual Oktoberfest Parade, a historic event, the "electrification" of what's now known as Kitchener will also be marked.

A century ago, on October 11, 1910, future Prime Minister Mackenzie King, Premier James Whitney and Sir Adam Beck, the father of public power in Ontario, joined local dignitaries and  hundreds of people  to "switch on" the town with electricity from Niagara Falls, 180 kilometers away - an incredible achievement for the time.

Ontario Power Generation (OPG), Hydro One and Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro are honouring the event with a commemorative ad in local newspapers and Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro has developed an exhibit that can be seen at the Kitchener Public Utilities building at 191 King Street West in Kitchener, on Monday, October 11 between 10 am and 2 pm; it will then move to the main branch of the Kitchener Public Library for the remainder of October.

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

       PHOTOS OF THE EVENT ARE AVAILABLE AT:

       http://images.ourontario.ca/kitchener/results?grd=876

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Neil Rieck
Kitchener - Waterloo - Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.