Justin Smirlies

Justin Smirlies

Articles by Justin Smirlies

Graphic by Adele Palmquist

Stabbing at UofC house party leaves 5 dead

A tragic stabbing in Calgary earlier this week left many heartbroken, confused, shocked and in disbelief. Matt de Grood, a 23-year-old graduate from the University of Calgary, has been accused of committing one of the worst mass killings to ever be recorded in Calgary history. de Grood stabbed five young people while at a house party in Brentwood early this […]

by Justin Smirlies· · Archive, National ·
(Graphic by Adele Palmquist)

Discovering how to feel safe when dealing with anxiety

When it comes to dealing with anxiety, it can feel almost as if there is nowhere you belong and you feel as though anywhere you go is dangerous in one way or another. In a way, it makes it so that every situation you encounter is a struggle and it only makes you more fearful — more in life and […]

by Justin Smirlies· · Cord on Health ·
File photo by Rosalie Eid

Response to ‘Justin Trudeau not the answer for Liberals’

When Justin Trudeau became the leader of the Liberal Party one year ago, he was elected by Liberals to bring a new approach to Canadian politics. By engaging with Canadians of all walks of life — students included — he signaled that any Liberal government he leads will be fundamentally different from Stephen Harper’s approach to governing; the one-man-show that […]

by Justin Smirlies· · Opinion ·
Graphic by Lena Yang

K-W ranked poorly as immigrant destination

Kitchener-Waterloo may not be an ideal area for immigrants settling into Canada, according to a recent online ranking. Immigroup, an immigration law firm, set up an online poll in which readers voted K-W the fourth worst city in Canada for immigrants.  The poll was set up in response to feedback from Immigroup’s ranking released last year of the top ten […]

by Justin Smirlies· · Local ·
Orange Monkey in Waterloo sells LP vinyls. (Photo by Will Huang)

Return of the record in Kitchener-Waterloo

Over the last couple of years, record stores in Kitchener-Waterloo have experienced exactly how the music industry can come full circle. Vinyl, a format of music you were once likely to find in a dusty box in your parent’s attic, is making a comeback like never before. According to the British Phonographic Industry, in 2012 LPs saw sales figures rivalling […]

by Justin Smirlies· · Arts ·
Photo by Kha Vo

Students ask for more participatory learning options

Some students in Ontario today aren’t seeing the same value in the conventional lecture setting anymore. Instead, they are seeing the value outside of the classroom. In a recent survey released by the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA), almost half of the 9,000 students polled had some experience with a high-impact learning practice such as a co-op placement during their […]

by Justin Smirlies· · Archive, National ·
Canadian country singer Dallas Smith performed at the Turret on Tuesday. (Photo by Heather Davidson)

Smith gets ‘up-front and personal’ at the Turret

There was a sea of plaid on campus Tuesday night as Canadian country singer Dallas Smith took to stage at the Turret to perform his latest hits. Inside the Turret, the energy was brilliant despite being crowded and hot. There were two bands that opened for Smith. One was a cover band who sang their interpretations of popular country hits. […]

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

Restrictions placed on tenants on Ezra and Bricker prior to St. Paddy’s

Wilfrid Laurier University has been involved with the enforcement of regulations for students living in Ezra Avenue and Bricker Avenue apartments for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations on Monday. These restrictions consist of limiting tenants to two guests each, recording guests entering and exiting the apartment buildings and requiring all guests to wear wristbands. The university sent these guidelines to tenants […]

by Justin Smirlies· · Campus, Local ·
(Photo by Will Huang)

UW prof reflects on conflict in Ukraine

Heated protests, chaos in Kyiv, the fall of one government and the rapid emergence of another—these are the images presented to the world of Ukraine today. But for John Jaworsky, a professor of political science at the University of Waterloo, the conflict hits closer to home. An avid member of Kitchener-Waterloo’s Ukranian community, Jaworksy offered up his professional opinion and […]

by Justin Smirlies· · Local ·
(Graphic by Joshua Awolade)

7 a.m. business classes still attended despite concerns

James Moore understands the challenges of getting up for early classes—he taught Wilfrid Laurier University’s first ever 7:00 a.m. classes in the fall semester, mandatory for first-year students as a result of a double cohort situation. Moore is an associate professor of accounting at Laurier and taught Introduction to Financial Accounting, or BU 127, in both the fall and winter […]

by Justin Smirlies· · Campus ·