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Street gatherings key issue in Homecoming doorknocker campaign

On September 24th, several community partners will share key messages in student housing neighbourhoods
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NEWS RELEASE
CITY OF WATERLOO
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Several community partners, including representatives from the City of Waterloo's Municipal Enforcement Services, Waterloo Regional Police Services, Wilfrid Laurier University, Wilfrid Laurier University Students' Union, Waterloo Fire Services and Region of Waterloo Paramedic Services will come together next week for the annual Homecoming doorknocker campaign. 

What: Homecoming doorknocker campaign
When: Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019
Time: 5 - 8 p.m. 

In the past, the goal of the doorknocker campaign was to welcome students and share information about parking, property standards, fire safety, and other similar messages.

With attendance at large street gatherings continuing to grow, campaign volunteers will shift the focus this year and deliver messages aimed at generating awareness about the risks associated with large street gatherings. 

Specifically, campaign volunteers will share these key messages with students: 

- The safety of students, neighbours and community partners is the first priority.
- The negative behaviour often demonstrated at large street gatherings damages the reputation of every student, their respective university or college, and the reputation of our city.
- Laws will be enforced -- students could be fined as much as $500 and/or have to appear in court.
- Five minutes of social media 'fame' is not worth the regret and embarrassment.
- Large street gatherings put everyone at risk -- students, emergency responders and law enforcement officers, as well as the community at large when we cannot respond to real/genuine emergency calls.
- There is a real possibility that participants could be seriously injured or worse.
- Carry identification at all times and designate someone to make sober decisions and make sure nobody is left behind.
- Students are encouraged to participate in organized Homecoming events only -- If they are looking to gather afterwards, the bars and restaurants in uptown are an option, and there is Lumen, our annual festival of light taking place throughout uptown.

In an effort to mitigate the impact on neighbourhoods of out-of-town visitors to Homecoming 2019, there is a ban on overnight parking on Friday, Sept. 27 and Saturday, Sept. 28. 

Registrations will not be processed during this time, and vehicles parked on the street overnight will be ticketed or towed. 

We apologize to the community for the inconvenience this may cause residents living outside of the Homecoming street gathering area. 

Community partners will meet in the Wilfrid Laurier University parking lot off Balsam Street, behind the Lazaridis School of Business, and aim to cover the following areas: 

- Albert Street
- Lester Street
- Sunview Street
- Hemlock Street
- Larch Street
- Hazel Street
- University Avenue West
- Spruce Street
- Hickory Street West
- Balsam Street
- Fir Street
- State Street
- Public Lane
- Ezra Avenue
- James Street
- Marshall Street
- Regina Street North
- Fountain Street
- Dorset Street
- Spring Street West
- Spring Street East
- Young Street West
- Central Avenue
- Elgin Street
- Elgin Crescent
- Noecker Street
- Weber Street North
- Brighton Street

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