Lindsay Purchase

Lindsay Purchase

Articles by Lindsay Purchase

K-W braces for crucial byelection following Witmer resignation

Elizabeth Witmer’s resignation last Friday as the Kitchener-Waterloo MPP came as a shock to the many who have supported her in the region for over 20 years. Witmer will be assuming the role of chair of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) for a five-year term. She was appointed by Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty. “At this point in time, […]

by Lindsay Purchase· · Local ·

Students produce local TV series

Students in the television broadcasting program at Conestoga College are being given a unique opportunity to develop practical skills by writing and producing a weekly 30-minute television show about fun activities and people in Waterloo Region. The show, titled Conestoga Connected, is now in its fourth year of production. It began as an exclusively online segment before being adopted by […]

by Lindsay Purchase· · Local ·

‘The only person you can change is you’

“At some point in our lives we’ve all been told ‘that’s impossible,’” said Bertice Berry, sociologist, author, comedian and motivational speaker to a crowd of hundreds at St. George Hall on March 20. “What we need,” she continued, “is to recognize purpose calling us to the highest version of ourselves.” Berry’s lecture, entitled “When you walk with purpose you collide […]

by Lindsay Purchase· · Local ·

Dragon’s Den hits Waterloo

Auditions for the popular CBC television show Dragon’s Den will be making a stop in Waterloo next week as part of a cross-country tour. “We’ve done Waterloo for a few years now, and gotten a few great entrepreneurs from there, which is why we keep coming back,” said associate producer Priscilla Sreedharan. “And obviously being a university town, we do […]

by Lindsay Purchase· · Local ·

Putting a face to homelessness

Will Faulkner doesn’t appear noticeably different from your average 18-year-old. Shaggy brown hair, an oversized orange sweater and a fitted hat – first impressions tell nothing of Faulkner’s tumultuous past and ongoing struggle with homelessness. “On Christmas Eve, four years ago, my mother looked at me and said ‘I want ten bucks for crack, or get out,’” he began. “And […]

by Lindsay Purchase· · Features ·

Guns, armies and aid

“Globally, we invest ten times as much money fighting and killing one another as ensuring that the children of this world have the opportunity to go to school, to be fed, to be vaccinated and to have access to clean water and other basic needs through basic development assistance,” announced Samantha Nutt, founder of international organization War Child, to the […]

by Lindsay Purchase· · Local ·

Debt ceiling raised

Canada’s outstanding student debt is projected to surpass its $15-billion limit in the 2012-2013 fiscal year, according to the actuarial report on the Canada Student Loans Program released last fall. It was previously increased from $5 billion in 2000. Bill C-13, the Keeping Canada’s Economy and Jobs Growing Act, which was passed in late 2011, saw amendments made to section […]

by Lindsay Purchase· · National ·

Mel’s returns

Nearly two years after a raging fire in the Campus Court Plaza on University Avenue destroyed student-frequented eatery Mel’s Diner, along with several other businesses, owner Jerry Smith is preparing to open a new location in Kitchener. “So it’ll be exactly the same feel and vibe and menu and people and atmosphere, but it’s at the corner of Ottawa and […]

by Lindsay Purchase· · Local ·

Students rally high tuition despite 30% grant

Students nation-wide rose up in solidarity against rising tuition costs and barriers to educational access on Feb. 1 in accordance with the Canadian Federation of Students’ (CFS) National Day of Action. For many in Ontario, concerns surrounding lack of access to the Liberal tuition grant were the driving motivation behind engagement in protest. “My opinion, certainly as a grad student, […]

by Lindsay Purchase· · National ·

Issues raised by G20 remain heated

A plea bargain negotiated last week may represent the beginning of the end of ongoing legal struggles regarding charges against protesters as a result of their actions during the G20 summit of June 2010. Charges were dropped against 11 people, while six decided to plead guilty to lesser charges. On Nov. 28, G20 protesters Adam Lewis, Eric Lankin and Peter […]

by Lindsay Purchase· · Campus ·