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Laurier alumni hosts book launch at Laurier

On April 3, former Wilfrid Laurier University graduate student Allan Downey came back to campus for the launch party of  his new book, The Creator’s Game. Hosted at Veritas Café, the launch party brought out Laurier students and faculty to hear Downey speak about the book, a history of the game of lacrosse and exploration of its position in Indigenous […]

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Laurier emphasizes experiential learning through Navigator website

  Wilfrid Laurier University has made some changes to its Navigator website, the online hub where students and alumni can track experiential learning and find employment opportunities. The new site incorporates the previously separate webpage dedicated to maintaining each student’s co-curricular record. “What we’ve done is bring in the co-curricular record, and re-branded it as the ‘Laurier Experience Record’,” Jan […]

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Raising money for animal care at KW Humane Society

The Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society is still totalling all of the money they managed to raise from this year’s National Cupcake Day, which took place on Feb. 27. National Cupcake Day, an annual initiative to bring in money for humane societies across the country, has community members bake homemade cupcakes to sell to friends, family and others at a profit. Those […]

by Jake Watts· · Local, News ·
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The new federal budget emphasizes spending on science research

With the Liberal’s new federal budget announcement last week came the news that funding for science research in Canada will be bolstered. To help spread the word about the new funding, Navdeep Bains, minister of innovation, science and economic development, came to Laurier to speak to students and faculty. The budget he came to speak about includes over $3 billion […]

by Jake Watts· · National, News ·
Editorial: Social life without social media

Editorial: Social life without social media

Although there are plenty of arguments against social media and smartphones on the basis of their addictiveness, their manipulative nature, their propensity to impair cognitive functioning and so on, I am going to focus this editorial on addressing a common argument in favour of them.    Namely, that you should use them because they are necessary to maintain a social […]

by Jake Watts· · Opinion ·
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The Needle & Damage Done event features panel addressing opioid crisis

On Feb. 8, the United Way hosted a panel discussion featuring local experts to discuss the ongoing opioid crisis in the Waterloo Region. The panel discussion, part of an event titled The Needle & The Damage Done, took place in Communitech’s office space in downtown Kitchener and is one in a series of GenNext events hosted by the United Way […]

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Students’ Union Chair steps down; Laurier Students for Pro-Choice present to the board

  The Students’ Union Board of Directors meeting held on Feb. 2, the day after the Students’ Union election results were announced, was particularly eventful. Starting off the meeting was a presentation on reproductive rights lead by Alicia Hall, along with other members of the group “Laurier Students for Pro-Choice.” The presentation addressed the issue of abortion generally, and then […]

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Turret renovations set to commence this May

  The Students’ Union has announced the next phase of their Turret renovations, with a $2.2 million construction project beginning this May. The Turret, a multi-purpose event space located above the 24-Hour Lounge, has been the subject of renovations talk for a number of years now. “The Turret project started a few years ago when our former executive director Roly […]

by Jake Watts· · Campus, News ·
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Waterloo Fire Rescue warns residents about potential carbon monoxide poisoning

This winter, experts and officials are warning people across Canada to be more vigilant and prepared for the potential of carbon monoxide poisoning. One such person is John Percy, public education officer for Waterloo Fire Rescue “Carbon monoxide is what we call the ‘silent killer,’” Percy said. “What we find in the winter season, with people running their cars in […]

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Toronto shortlisted as a new Amazon HQ2 location

Toronto was recently shortlisted by Amazon as a candidate site for the company’s massive new headquarters. Alongside Toronto — which was the only Canadian city shortlisted — there are 19 US cities, including Austin, Boston, Los Angeles and Atlanta. Over 200 cities began vying to be selected when last year, the e-commerce giant Amazon issued a call for cities to […]

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