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Community partners head out to welcome students
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(Waterloo, Ont. – Sept. 16, 2014) Once again, the City of Waterloo, in partnership with Waterloo Regional Police Service, Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Waterloo are leading the annual door knocker program.

“We want to welcome students to our community and reassure them that Waterloo is their home,” said Jim Barry, the city’s director of municipal enforcement services. “But like all residents here, being part of a community comes with responsibilities, including being considerate of neighbours and following local bylaws.”

Police officers, bylaw enforcement officers, WLU and UW campus police and the City of Waterloo fire prevention team will go door-to-door this evening, starting at 6 p.m., to welcome students and provide information about how they can get involved in the community. Staff and student representatives from both universities and residents from local neighbourhood groups will join the enforcement officers to deliver a message of positive, constructive behaviour, being a good neighbour, and encouraging others to do the same.

The municipal enforcement team will also educate students about the rights they have when renting a home or apartment. For instance, the city can step in if landlords refuse to rectify unsatisfactory living conditions such as broken steps, missing locks or unwanted pests. They will also reinforce the city’s firm but fair approach to dealing with disruptive behaviour.

This door knocker campaign complements the efforts made earlier this month to welcome students:

  • Heavy advanced communication about traffic and construction, including online maps and detour information, a Twitter GPS service, and postcards, created a smooth move-in for students;
  • City of Waterloo facilitated UW’s World of Waterloo orientation week event in uptown Waterloo on Sept. 3;
  • City of Waterloo enforcement officers and recreation programmers attended WLU’s Get Involved student fair on Sept. 4; and
  • Police, bylaw officers and fire prevention staff attended three tent events on Sept. 8, 10, 11 to welcome students to the community.

For more information, please contact City of Waterloo municipal enforcement services at 519-747-8785, municipalenforcement@waterloo.ca or http://www.waterloo.ca/bylaw.

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