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New chief for WRPS

New chief for WRPS

Bryan Larkin has returned to serve as chief of police for the Waterloo Regional Police Service

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Study show region’s adults more likely to drive distracted

A recent study has shown that province-wide, the primary demographic involved in distracted driving are teenagers. However the study, conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, showed a different outcome for the Region of Waterloo. Around a third of distracted driving charges in the region between 2010 and 2013 went to drivers in the 25 to 34 demographic. […]

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Youth in need of shelter, support

Youth homelessness is on the rise in the Region of Waterloo. Referencing annual data summaries on homelessness and housing in the region, the amount of youth who used emergency shelters rose from 738 in 2008 to 916 in 2013 — an increase of approximately 27 per cent over a five-year period. Homeless youth are defined as people between the age […]

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Velocity expands startup space

The University of Waterloo’s Velocity program will soon be expanding to include yet another incubator for Kitchener-Waterloo technology startups. Velocity, a program designed by UW to help bright, entrepreneurial students start their own technology company, will soon be expanding on Water Street in downtown Kitchener. The new space, dubbed The Foundry, will be able to hold as many as 30 […]

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Last year's Ezra St. Paddy's Day festivities brought out more than 7,000 people (Photo by Shelby Blackley)

Police Recognized for St. Paddy’s efforts

The Waterloo Regional Police Service received an award from the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police for their role in keeping the Waterloo community safe during St. Patrick’s Day this past year. The award was given at a meeting of the OACP at the end of June in Ottawa. The provincial award for community safety and crime prevention was given […]

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Construction accidents increasing in region

Construction accidents increasing in region

On May 6, a construction worker fell from a balcony on a work site in Kitchener, suffering non-life threatening injuries to his back and legs. This incident closely resembled the fatal fall of another construction worker from an apartment being built across from the Wilfrid Laurier University campus on Bricker Avenue on Oct. 11, 2013. These incidents reflect the regular […]

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The PCs want to make a push towards math and science in the university classroom (File photo by Nick Lachance)

PCs push for post-secondary math and science expansion

Changes may be in sight for post-secondary students if the Progressive Conservatives are elected on June 12. The PCs are proposing for extra emphasis to be placed on math, science, engineering and business programs in universities and colleges. They claim this push to expand post-secondary math and science education will help foster job creation and help Ontario’s economy adjust for […]

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Local candidates prepare for upcoming Ontario election

On May 2 the lieutenant governor of Ontario, David Onley, ordered a provincial election for the date of June 12. The decision was made by Premier Kathleen Wynne after the leader of the Ontario New Democrats, Andrea Horwath, announced the party would not support the recently proposed Liberal budget. The candidates of the Kitchener-Waterloo riding, housing both of the region’s […]

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Graphic by Joshua Awolade

Social media revenue down, membership up

In the past few weeks, many of Silicon Valley’s major social networking companies have released earnings reports. In this round of report releases, many social networking giants have posted results that are more adverse than one might expect in an industry known for its rapid growth and prosperity. The prominent professional networking company, LinkedIn, faced a six per cent decline […]

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Paddy’s Day partying deemed ‘pretty safe’

In spite of high anticipation from the city, the universities and law enforcement for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day, the day of partying passed without any major incidences. This year’s Ezra Avenue crowd was estimated by police at 4,000 people, down from last year’s 7,000 partiers. In the past, major arrests, vandalism and violence have been a major concern for […]

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