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Demand for transit increases

Traffic patterns in Uptown Waterloo have recently been evaluated, indicating that the city is on track with its Regional Transportation Master Plan, which aims to increase the share of transportation demand by transit, cycling and walking in the Uptown core. The Region of Waterloo, in partnership with Waterloo Public Transportation Initiative (WPTI) at the University of Waterloo, conducted the study […]

by Laura Buck· · Local ·
To strengthen the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, the government has proposed banning flavoured tobacco. (Photo by Ryan Hueglin)

Tobacco use under fire

The Ontario government has rolled out new legislation this week aiming to reduce the provincial smoking rate to the lowest in Canada. The Youth Smoking Prevention Act proposes new regulations with the goal of strengthening the Smoke-Free Ontario Act. If passed, the Act would prohibit smoking on restaurant patios and sports fields, in outdoor playgrounds and it would double the […]

by Laura Buck· · National ·

City approves climate action

Waterloo City Council unanimously approved an initiative aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Waterloo Region during last week’s city council meeting. ClimateActionWR, a collaborative initiative of local non-profit environmental organizations and municipal governments, brought the recommendations to City Councilors. ClimateActionWR recommended that Council endorse a community-wide greenhouse gas reduction target of six per cent below the 2010 emission levels […]

by Laura Buck· · Local ·
Bill 60 moves ahead

Bill 60 moves ahead

Wireless consumers in Ontario may be protected by new provincial legislation if the proposed Bill 60, the Wireless Services Agreements Act, is passed is the legislature. Bill 60 passed its third reading in the legislature last week with a unanimous 96-0 vote. The act aims to strengthen consumer protection with respect to wireless services. Legislators are hoping for the bill […]

by Laura Buck· · Archive, Local ·

Recovery for St. Jacobs

St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market, once the victim of a devastating fire, is on its way toward recovery. The market is currently undergoing the installation of a temporary structure that will accommodate up to 60 of its vendors who were displaced due to a fire in September. The building now consists of a steel frame with a fabric roof, pulled taught […]

by Laura Buck· · Archive, Local ·
graphic by Lena Yang

Recent report reveals surprising sex facts for university students

When it comes to sex, Canadian university and college students are not exactly being safe.  No glove, no love is how the saying goes; however, this is simply not the case for nearly half of Canadian students. A recent study by Trojan and the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN) has revealed that of the students who are […]

by Laura Buck· · Archive, National ·

CIGI talk looks back on climate change narratives

“We’re long past the days of denying climate change,” expressed Fred Kuntz, the vice president of public affairs at the Centre for International Governance and Innovation (CIGI). “Each year the earth’s temperature increases, as does the attention given to the issue.” Kuntz shared these sentiments last week in his introduction to CIGI guest lecturer Mike Hulme, professor of climate change […]

by Laura Buck· · Archive ·

Inquiry finds fault with Aboriginal treatment

Following an investigation into the conditions of Canada’s Aboriginal population, United Nations Special Rapporteur James Anaya is recommending that the government launch an inquiry into the treatment of Canada’s Aboriginal population, with particular attention to the high rate of missing and murdered Aboriginal women. Anaya toured Canada for nine days, speaking with various members of the Aboriginal community, as well […]

by Laura Buck· · National ·
(Graphic by Lena Yang)

Minimum wage recipients increase

A global recession has left lingering effects. The changing labour market has dramatically altered the workforce in Ontario, with the number of people earning minimum wage having doubled since 2003. Out of Ontario’s workforce, 9 per cent are working for minimum wage, up from 4.3 per cent in 2003. Sheila Block, director of economic Analysis with the Wellesley Institute is […]

by Laura Buck· · National ·
Flu shot to be more accessible in Region

Flu shot to be more accessible in Region

It comes when you least expect, it can knock you out for days and it can be a detriment to both your overall health and school work: It’s flu season and it’s fast approaching. As a result, Waterloo Region has changed the ways in which the vaccine will be available to the public. The influenza vaccine will be available at […]

by Laura Buck· · Local ·