Kurtis Rideout

Kurtis Rideout

Kurtis is the former Editor-in-Chief of The Cord. He is a wannabe music producer with an honours degree in journalism from Laurier Brantford and a post-grad certificate in integrated marketing communications from Conestoga College. He initially started as the Web Editor at The Sputnik (the student paper at Brantford) but he quickly fell in love with all things Cord-related upon meeting the staff from the 2016-17 year. Never one to shy away from a good opportunity, he decided to try his hand as Editor-in-Chief and has not looked back since. He can be found - right now even - at the WLUSP office on Regina street, where he constantly bothers colleagues with his eccentric and polarizing taste in music. Fun fact: he usually prefers debut albums.

Articles by Kurtis Rideout

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LSOI event at UW cancelled over $28,500 security fee

An event hosted by Laurier Students for Open Inquiry (LSOI) set to take place on April 30 has been cancelled due to increased security costs. Lindsay Shepherd, the controversial Laurier TA behind LSOI, announced the cancellation of the event via tweet at 1:57 p.m. “$28,500 is the confirmed figure @UWaterloo said we would have to pay for security and police […]

by Kurtis Rideout· · Local, News ·
file photo by Emi Zibaei

Task Force holds town hall meeting to discuss Draft Statement of Freedom of Expression

At 10 a.m. this morning, Wilfrid Laurier University’s Task Force on Freedom of Expression held a town hall meeting where members of the community were encouraged to present questions, comments and feedback statements. The meeting, which was held in the Senate & Board chamber on Laurier’s Waterloo campus, began with a presentation by Rob Gordon, vice-president: research and acting provost, […]

by Kurtis Rideout· · Campus, News ·
file photo by Emi Zibaei

BREAKING: Laurier releases Draft Statement on Freedom of Expression

Wilfrid Laurier University has released their Draft Statement on Freedom of Expression and is now calling for feedback through the university’s website. The draft statement, available in full here, begins with an introduction from vice-president: research and acting provost, Rob Gordon, who outlines the school’s aspirations to “promote respectful intellectual discourse.” As noted in the introduction, the task force has […]

by Kurtis Rideout· · Campus, Local, News ·
Lam Diing played wide receiver for the Waterloo Warriors. Photo courtesy of University of Waterloo.

UW football player identified as victim in Kitchener homicide

Lam Diing — a 23-year-old football player and third-year student at the University of Waterloo — has been identified as the victim of a fatal stabbing that took place near Stanley Park early Sunday morning. Waterloo Regional Police Service [WRPS] spokesperson, Cherri Greeno, confirmed to The Cord that WRPS were dispatched to a Kenora Drive residence around 12 a.m. after reports of […]

by Kurtis Rideout· · Local, News ·
Map from The Weather Network shows the storm (red) will affect most of southern Ontario

Both Waterloo and Brantford campuses closed due to ice storm

Campuses are closed and exams have been rescheduled at both of Wilfrid Laurier University’s campuses today, as well as at University of Waterloo, due to a severe weather warning. Environment Canada issued a warning of a ‘potentially historic’ storm that will affect the GTA and southern Ontario today, and in response all exams at Laurier, including those taken online, have […]

by Kurtis Rideout· · Campus, Local, News ·
Screenshot from WRPS live feed.

Annual Ezra street party costs city $713,500; Public Gatherings Task Force launched in response

Waterloo Regional Police Service held a press conference this morning where the total amount spent by community partners during the Ezra Avenue street party was disclosed. The total combined amount spent on various services in the region reached $713,500 this year. In a tweet following the press conference, these costs were described as “not sustainable.” A media release from the […]

by Kurtis Rideout· · Campus, Local, News ·
BREAKING: Kitchener-Waterloo MPP removed from PC caucus amid sexting allegations

BREAKING: Kitchener-Waterloo MPP removed from PC caucus amid sexting allegations

Kitchener-Waterloo Member of Provincial Parliament Michael Harris has been removed from the PC caucus after an investigation revealed  he had sent a number of inappropriate messages to a female intern. In a statement released on Monday, Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson, who serves as chair of the caucus, announced that Harris had been removed from the caucus and disqualified from running […]

by Kurtis Rideout· · Local, News ·
Editor’s Note: Proactive approach

Editor’s Note: Proactive approach

Eat well, exercise, talk about your feelings, take care of yourself. Easier said than done for most of us right? But if you are the type of person who freezes up in the face of adversity, I would recommend not letting self-care fall to the back burner, because it can be a slippery slope. It’s so easy for us to […]

by Kurtis Rideout· · Opinion ·
Photo by Jake Watts

Unpopular Opinions speaker series disrupted by fire alarm, sparks counter-demonstration

  Wilfrid Laurier University’s Waterloo campus is currently embroiled in another polarizing debate, although this time around it is much less vague with respect to where people stand. The debate is, again, centred around Lindsay Shepherd and her efforts to promote “open inquiry” on campus at Laurier. She aims to do this by hosting a series of speakers under the […]

by Kurtis Rideout· · Campus, News ·
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Ezra Street party draws 22,400 attendees: 616 charges laid

The annual street party on Ezra Ave. reached a peak attendance of 22,400 people according to the Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS) enforcement results report, which was released on Monday. According to report, early indications show that WRPS “responded to 248 calls for service in the St. Patrick’s Day perimeter, resulting in 619 charges.” These numbers are a significant increase […]

by Kurtis Rideout· · Campus, Local, News ·