I was lucky enough to get tickets for the (very popular) State of the City address by Mayor Dave Jaworsky this morning ... and a group of Grade 5 kids stole the show. Earlier this year, children from across the city submitted their ideas for how to make Waterloo even better. Today, eight boys and girls are spending the day as Councillors (and Mayor). So what do these young'uns want to see in their city? Some ideas were:
- More art across the city
- Better access to sports for child refugees and newcomers
- Outreach and support for homeless people
- Coordination of garbage pick-up in local parks
- And the one that got the most rousing response: Allowing backyard firepits
Suggestions from previous years have been adopted by Council. I can't wait to see some of this year's ideas become a reality. And if these kids are our future, we're in pretty good shape.