Jake Watts

Jake Watts

After spending a few months writing stories as a volunteer, Jake was brought on as one of The Cord's news editors. He is currently a third year philosophy major, also aiming for a minor in psychology. Beyond the work he does for The Cord, Jake enjoys trying new things and stifling his disappointment when he realizes he's not always good at them.

Articles by Jake Watts

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CASA lists mental health recommendations to Federal Government

On Jan. 9, 2018, the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) published a policy paper on mental health. The paper lists a series of recommendations to the federal government to improve post-secondary students’ mental health across Canada. “CASA’s membership, from across the country, are student leaders representing their own institutions,” Michael McDonald, executive director of CASA, said. “Many have identified […]

by Jake Watts· · National, News ·
Photo by Sadman Sakib Rahman

Region’s first ION car sent back to Bombardier for completion

Earlier this month, the first ION light rail car to arrive in the Waterloo Region, vehicle 501, was shipped back to Bombardier, its manufacturer in Kingston, for completion. Tom Galloway, counsellor in Waterloo, noted that when the vehicle was sent to Waterloo Region last year, it was known that it was in an incomplete state. “We needed that vehicle in […]

by Jake Watts· · Local, News ·
Photo by Madeline McInnis

Students’ Union Directors explore topics of referendum questions

An emergency Board of Directors meeting called in late December reveals that the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union has faced some difficulty in prepping questions for the upcoming referendum. The Students’ Union elections, which will be held from Jan. 30, 2018 to Feb. 1, 2018, will let Laurier students cast their ballots online to decide on, not just the individuals […]

by Jake Watts· · Elections, News ·
Photo by Paige Bush

New funding given to universities works to alleviate mental health and addictions

  New funding has been granted to a local organization that will use it to bolster surrounding universities’ mental health services. The funding was dispersed by the Local Health Integration Network of Waterloo Wellington (LHIN) to several local organizations, including the Canadian Mental Health Association of Waterloo Wellington (CMHA WW), who will use that funding to continue ongoing mental health […]

by Jake Watts· · News ·
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Freedom of expression rally draws counter-protest

Photo by Tanzeel Sayani On Nov. 24, a student-organized demonstration for free speech attracted a large number of participants occurred on the Veteran’s Green memorial at the intersection of University and Hazel. Not too long after the demonstration for free speech commenced, a counter-demonstration in support of trans students began across the street. Both demonstrations come in the wake of […]

by Jake Watts· · Campus, News ·
Photo by Luke Sarazin

Laurier student starts initiative to support students who don’t receive co-op placements

A Wilfrid Laurier University student is starting an initiative to assist business students who are rejected from the co-operative education program. The initiative is called “Laurier Mentor Connect” and was started a few months ago by Syed Azam Afzal, a third-year bachelor of business administration student at Laurier. “The main purpose really is to just help students. When you get […]

by Jake Watts· · Campus, News ·
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Students’ Union begins to prep for election season

  Wilfrid Laurier University’s Students’ Union has begun preparing for its annual elections, set to take place on Jan. 30, 31, and Feb. 1. The results of the elections will determine who the Students’ Union’s new president and CEO is, as well as the 12 new members of the board of directors. The elections will also determine who will serve […]

by Jake Watts· · Campus, News ·
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Representatives from the Students’ Union visit Ottawa

  Earlier this month, representatives from Wilfrid Laurier University’s Students’ Union travelled to Ottawa to advocate on behalf of the interests of Wilfrid Laurier University students. The representatives included Kanwar Brar, Students’ Union president & CEO, Stephanie Bellotto, vice president: university affairs, Shannon Kelly, assistant vice president: university affairs Waterloo and Zana Talijan, vice president: university affairs Brantford. The representatives […]

by Jake Watts· · Campus, News ·
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First Light Rail Vehicle hits the tracks in Waterloo

  On Nov. 7, the first on-track test of an ION light rail car was completed in Waterloo. “This test is for wayside clearances, and platform clearances,” Tom Galloway, Regional Councillor for Waterloo, said. “So just to make sure that everything was constructed properly along the track. “This really wasn’t to test the vehicle at all, this was to test […]

by Jake Watts· · Local, News ·
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Fentanyl crisis becomes increasingly prevalent in Waterloo Region

The threats associated with fentanyl loom as the drug’s prevalence has grown throughout not only Waterloo, but all of Canada. Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate typically prescribed by medical doctors to alleviate pain and is usually administered through transdermal patches in small doses. However, the extremely powerful drug has been increasingly present in the illegal drug trade, sold both on […]

by Jake Watts· · News ·