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May 2, 2018

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Want to walk with your neighbours while learning about your city? Jane’s Walk weekend, May 4-6, will feature plenty of Laurier content in both Waterloo Region and Brantford.

Jane’s Walk is a movement of walking conversations inspired by famed Toronto urbanist Jane Jacobs, who died in 2006. The Toronto-based charity that helps coordinate the locally organized walks worldwide calls the walks “citizen-led walking tours that make space for people to observe, reflect, share, question and collectively reimagine the places in which they live, work and play.”

All Jane’s Walks are free and do not require registration.

Waterloo Region

In Waterloo Region, members of the Laurier community are leading three Jane’s Walks.

Friday, May 4, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

All A’Buzz at Laurier’s Food Forest will be led by Tyler Plante, outreach and program coordinator of Laurier sustainability office, Laurier PhD candidate Jennifer Marshman and Kim Fellows of Pollination Canada, a project under the umbrella of Seeds of Diversity Canada.

The walk starts and ends at the Laurier Northdale campus parking lot (66 Hickory Street West, Waterloo) and focuses attention on urban bees, including Laurier’s honeybees.

Saturday, May 5, 10-11:30 a.m.

Green Connections will be led by Laurier Department of Biology associate professors Allison McDonald and Scott Ramsay.

The walk starts and ends at Mary Johnston Public School (Keats Way and Brynhurst Boulevard, Waterloo) and focuses on the green belts running through the Beechwood neighbourhood.

Sunday, May 6, 1-2:30 p.m.

From the Poor House to Now will be led by Laura Coakley, research assistant at Laurier’s Manulife Centre for Community Health Research, and Laurier alumna Jennifer Gordon, director of youth programs with the YWCA of Kitchener-Waterloo.

The walk starts at the Frederick Street Mall (385 Frederick Street) and ends at the Public Market café (324 Frederick Street) in downtown Kitchener. It focuses on the history of the Waterloo County House of Industry and Refuge (“the poorhouse”), which stood on Frederick Street in the 19th and 20th centuries. Laurier’s Social Innovation Research Group created a virtual museum of the institution.

Brantford

The communities of Brantford and Brant are participating in their first-ever series of Jane’s Walks, and Laurier’s Brantford campus is a stop on one of them.

Friday, May 4, 9:30 a.m.

Brantford’s Downtown Central Neighbourhood Association is hosting a walk that starts at Central Public School (135 George Street, Brantford) and includes a stop at Laurier’s Brantford campus. Laurier staff will be on hand to greet participants.

The downtown walk is one of 14 being organized by Jane’s Walk Brantford. Details about the walks are available on the Jane’s Walk Brantford Facebook page.

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