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Maxwell’s shifts focus to new music venue

Maxwell’s Music House is saying farewell to its current location in Waterloo as the popular music venue is moving on to bigger and better things. They are working towards the opening of their new venue on University Ave., scheduled for September of this year. Paul Maxwell recently announced the upcoming closure of his current venue in order to shift focus […]

by Laura Buck· · Local ·
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Amnesty International critical of pipeline impacts

Amnesty International Canada has expressed growing concern for the protection of Indigenous peoples’ rights, as plans for the Northern Gateway Pipeline draw closer to being finalized. The proposed pipeline intends to transport a daily average of more than a half-million barrels of bitumen and oil from the Alberta oil sands to a new facility in Kitimat, British Columbia, where it […]

by Laura Buck· · National ·

ON government targets transparency in new bill

Ontario is looking at becoming more transparent with its citizens. Premier Kathleen Wynne has introduced a comprehensive bill which aims to strengthen political accountability, enhance oversight and increase transparency across government and the broader public sector. This bill comes as response to controversy surrounding expenses at the Pan Am Games, eHealth Ontario and the ORNGE air ambulance service. This proposed […]

by Laura Buck· · National ·
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U of Ottawa students combat rape culture amid controversies

Students at the University of Ottawa are speaking openly about issues of gender-based violence and rape culture both on and off campus. The concerns spurred from a recent incident involving the sexual harassment of U of O’s student union president that was made public. Anne-Marie Roy, the president of the university’s students’ union, revealed an explicit online chat of which […]

by Laura Buck· · National ·
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City mayors address housing and infrastructure issues

Kitchener Mayor, Carl Zehr, joined with other municipal representatives from across Canada to discuss ways to fix the affordable housing shortage—a substantial barrier to national growth — at a meeting in Ottawa last week. Issues with transportation infrastructure were also addressed. Zehr and other members of the Big City Mayors’ Caucus (BCMC) are asking the federal government to invest in […]

by Laura Buck· · Local ·
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City rental by-laws calls for more awareness

Housing landlords in Waterloo are under increasing pressure to comply with the rental licensing by-law, which came into effect in 2012. Now, municipal officials have launched a campaign to increase awareness. The rental housing licensing by-law aims to balance the needs of property owners and residents looking for safe and properly maintained rental accommodation. In 2012, it was estimated that […]

by Laura Buck· · Local ·
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Police taser use under review

Waterloo Regional Police Services is turning to the community for input regarding the expanded distribution of tasers among their officers. Though there is strong support for the expansion of conductive energy weapons (CEWs) amongst the police force, the public will have an opportunity to weigh in on the issue next month. Last August, Ontario’s ministry of safety and correctional services […]

by Laura Buck· · Local ·
Local protestors rally against Canada Goose apparel

Local protestors rally against Canada Goose apparel

Canada Goose jackets have become wildly popular in terms of winter apparel — but not everyone thinks they are morally correct. The Kitchener Ontario Animal Liberation Alliance (KOALA) rallied in front of Channer’s Men’s Apparel in uptown Waterloo on Saturday to raise awareness about animal abuse and to protest the sale of Canada Goose jackets. KOALA speaks openly about the […]

by Laura Buck· · Local ·
Waterloo ranked in ‘top 20’ for waste diversion

Waterloo ranked in ‘top 20’ for waste diversion

The Region of Waterloo has been ranked among the top 20 municipalities in Ontario for waste diversion. Waterloo Region was ranked 16th in the province by Waste Diversion Ontario after successfully diverting 52.5 per cent of residential waste away from landfills in 2012. Cari Rastas Howard, project manager for waste management programs at the Region of Waterloo, was pleased by […]

by Laura Buck· · Local ·
Lured, exploited and sold

Lured, exploited and sold

A recent Kitchener arrest linked to the alleged human trafficking of an 18-year-old woman has elicited discussion across Waterloo Region about just how prevalent this issue is locally. Two men, Shakib Gharibzada, 24, and Masood Hejran, 25, were arrested at a Kitchener hotel last Wednesday and have since been charged with human trafficking, receiving material benefit, procuring, sexual assault, using […]

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