Erin Abe

Erin Abe

Erin is a fourth-year communication studies student. This is her second year writing for The Cord and her first time in the Lead Reporter position. Erin enjoys Netflix marathons and has a slight obsession with elephants.

Articles by Erin Abe

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#textbookbroke campaign targets steep costs of textbooks

Jan. 15 marked the first day of this year’s local advocacy week for the #textbookbroke campaign which will conclude this Friday. To find a solution to mitigate the large sum of money students spend every year on textbooks, the Ontario Undergraduate Students Alliance (OUSA) and students at Laurier have joined the #textbookbroke campaign. “We know textbooks are very expensive and […]

by Erin Abe· · Campus, News ·
Photo by Sadman Sakib Rahman

Church opens its doors during colder weather

  On Jan. 9, the Regional Municipality of Waterloo approved a temporary overnight flexible space for emergency shelter overflow at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Kitchener. Operated nightly by the House of Friendship, the church will be providing overflow flexible space beginning around the end of the month until April 30, 2018. St. Matthew’s Church will be able to accommodate […]

by Erin Abe· · Local, News ·
Graphic by Alan Li

Laurier student helps develop fake news detecting software

A Wilfrid Laurier University student recently helped develop a fake news detecting software at the fifth annual Yale Hackathon (YHack) competition, which took place at Yale University. “Open Mind” is a free browser plug-in that alerts internet users when they come across biased article and fake news, including unreliable publications and websites. “It is a chrome extension that helps users […]

by Erin Abe· · Campus, National, News ·
Photo by Qiao Liu

$26.6 million renovation approved for Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex

Waterloo council has approved the $26.6 million renovation of the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex. The recreation centre is now going forward to the next phase of planning details for construction. The team has aimed to present the details of the plans to the council in February of 2019 and, pending approval, construction will begin spring of 2019. Construction of the […]

by Erin Abe· · Local, News ·
Photo by Qiao Liu

St. Jacob’s Market announces sale to new local family

  On Nov. 29, St. Jacob’s Market announced the sale to new owners, the Schlegel family, owners of Schlegel Urban Development in Waterloo. The announcement took place last Wednesday and the transaction is expected to be finalized by the early new year. The properties purchased include the St. Jacob’s Market, St. Jacob’s Outlets, Market Road Antiques and the TSC Store, […]

by Erin Abe· · News ·
Photo by Will Borys

King Street opens after construction closures just in time for the holidays

  Dec. 1 marked the last day of construction for 2017 in Uptown Waterloo. King street has finally reopened, a sign of relief for many of the businesses in the affected area. The section between Willis Way to Bridgeport Road reopened just in time for the city’s holiday market that took place over the weekend. Although this year has been […]

by Erin Abe· · Local, News ·
Graphic by Alan Li

Waterloo Region increases new minimum wage for 2018

The Living Wage Waterloo Region released their most recent report on the hourly wage for 2018 last week. The new living wage for the Waterloo Region sits at 16 dollars and 10 cents per hour for 2018. The living wage is the hourly wage an employee needs to earn to cover their family’s basic expenses within their community. Since the […]

by Erin Abe· · Local, News ·
Photo by Qiao Liu

Gateway Project creates new vision for University Avenue

The City of Waterloo and Region of Waterloo have partnered up with the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College to create the University Gateway Project in order to develop a new vision for the future of University Avenue. The first public consultation was held on Thursday, Nov. 23 at St. Michael’s Church, where the team begun working with the public to […]

by Erin Abe· · Local, News ·
Photo by Will Borys

Kitchener announced one of 14 cities to host legal marijuana store

  The Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) has announced the first 14 cities proposed to host a legal marijuana store in preparation for the federal government’s plan to legalize cannabis. Kitchener is among the 14 cities chosen and the stores are intended to arrive by July of 2018. Other proposed store locations include Toronto, London, Kingston, Hamilton, Mississauga, Barrie, […]

by Erin Abe· · Local, News ·
Photo by Qiao Liu

University Gateway Projects looks to redesign University Avenue

The City and Region of Waterloo have partnered up with the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College to create the University Gateway Project in order to develop a new vision for the future of University Avenue. The project has begun and is in it’s first phase which focuses on community input for future projects. The first public […]

by Erin Abe· · News ·