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Waterloo mayor thanks students for celebrating homecoming responsibly

Waterloo bylaw reported less than 20 fines were handed out on Saturday
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File photo of Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky. Mark Pare/KitchenerToday

Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky is saying 'thank you' to university students for celebrating homecoming responsibly this past weekend.

Jaworsky, the region's medical officer of health, and police chief, all issued similar messages last week --- asking any students celebrating homecoming, to do so in small groups.

The mayor thanked students for their cooperation, in a letter that was sent out on Wednesday.

"Thank you for putting safety first, and for showing your respect for our community. Thank you for making us proud and for showing you can celebrate a special event in a way that doesn’t lead to large unsanctioned street parties that strain emergency services resources." Jaworsky said in part.

Waterloo bylaw reported less than 20 fines were handed out on Saturday, and that students were "incredibly respectful" towards bylaw officers.

There were no unsanctioned street gatherings on Ezra Avenue, and there were only a few large residential parties witnessed in the university district on Saturday evening. 

The letter from Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky is posted below:

To our post-secondary students:

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

This past weekend, Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Waterloo held their annual Homecoming events – which included a return of the Battle of Waterloo football game.

Leaders from across the community asked students to socialize and celebrate responsibly and you did! Thank you for putting safety first, and for showing your respect for our community. Thank you for making us proud and for showing you can celebrate a special event in a way that doesn’t lead to large unsanctioned street parties that strain emergency services resources.

I also want to thank the many emergency services responders who worked and contributed to a positive experience, notably members of Waterloo Regional Police Service, the City’s Municipal Enforcement team, Waterloo Fire Rescue, regional Paramedics, public health officials and staff and school leaders at WLU and UW.

My hope is that this marks a significant change in the way students mark special events and provides a positive example for other communities across the province.

As always, be smart, stay safe, wear a mask and get vaccinated.

Respectfully,

Mayor Dave Jaworsky
City of Waterloo

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