Sophia Cole

Articles by Sophia Cole

17 year old male arrested in connection to Labour Day street party fires

17 year old male arrested in connection to Labour Day street party fires

On Sept. 2, nearly 1000 people gathered on Ezra Avenue, causing significant community disruption while setting furniture ablaze. Around 10 p.m., members of the Wilfrid Laurier University Special Constables, Waterloo Regional Police Service, Waterloo Fire Department and Region of Waterloo Paramedic Services arrived on scene in response to the unlawful street party, diverting their attention from other matters. This event […]

by Sophia Cole· · Local, News ·
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Laurier Professor Alison Blay-Palmer named finalist for Canadian research impact award for second time

Alison Blay-Palmer, Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at Laurier and food sustainability researcher, has been named a finalist for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Impact Award for the second time. Blay-Palmer is nominated in the Partnership Category alongside the Food: Locally Embedded, Globally Engaged (FLEdGE) partnership, a project she founded in conjunction with Wilfrid […]

by Sophia Cole· · Campus, National, News ·
Laurier to recieve $1.3 million to support women’s entrepreneurship

Laurier to recieve $1.3 million to support women’s entrepreneurship

Wilfrid Laurier University is set to receive $1.3 million of funding through FedDev Ontario as a part of Canada’s Women Entrepreneurship Strategy. The Women Entrepreneurship Strategy is a $2 billion investment made by the Government of Canada with the purpose of advancing womens’ economic empowerment in hopes of doubling the number of female entrepreneurs by the year 2025. The funding […]

by Sophia Cole· · Campus, Local, News ·
Jamie Mere, Graphics Editor

Crime severity on the rise in Waterloo region

The Waterloo Regional Police Service has noted an overall increase in crime in the Waterloo region over the past couple of years. Through diligent observation and analysis of crime trends, the WRPS has been able to identify which crimes are on the rise and determine where to focus their actions. “Our frontline officers and investigators continue to work diligently to […]

by Sophia Cole· · Local, News ·
Brit Kovacs, Photo Editor

Kitchener receives twelve month exemption to open safe consumption site

On July 26, Kitchener received a federal exemption from Canadian drug law to open a safe consumption site in the downtown sector. The exemption will last for a duration of 12 months before a renewal is needed. 150 Duke Street West was chosen as the concrete location for the safe consumption site and rented out by the city. The interim […]

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Kate McCrae Bristol named new Dean of Students for Laurier’s Waterloo campus

Kate McCrae Bristol named new Dean of Students for Laurier’s Waterloo campus

On Aug. 26, Kate McCrae Bristol was announced as the new dean of students for Wilfrid Laurier University’s Waterloo Campus. McCrae Bristol will effectively assume her role as of Sep. 16, 2019, but will be welcoming the incoming first year students prior to this date during the opening ceremonies of Orientation Week. McCrae Bristol is the first person to inherit […]

by Sophia Cole· · Campus, Local, News ·
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Conestoga College announces plans for Downtown Kitchener campus

On May 31, Conestoga College President John Tibbits and Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic announced plans to open a new campus inside the Market Square location in Downtown Kitchener. The 82,000 square foot campus is set to open in January of 2020 and will aid in accommodating Conestoga College’s growing international student population. The campus will host primarily business classes upon […]

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Graphic by Jamie Mere

Laurier celebrates Pride Month and encourages inclusivity

The end of June marks the end of Pride Month at Wilfrid Laurier University, but that doesn’t mean the efforts towards inclusivity come to a halt. Throughout the month of June, WLU made various efforts to show their support for the LGBTQ+ community, including flying the rainbow flag for the duration of the month and participating in Toronto’s Pride March. […]

by Sophia Cole· · News ·
Photo by Yitian Cai

City centres re-energized with ION launch

On Saturday June 22, Uptown Waterloo and Downtown Kitchener came together with Grand River Transit to celebrate the grand opening of the ION train to the public. There were tens of thousands of people in attendance on June 22, the day of the ION launch, and over 73,000 people who rode the train during its first weekend. “The energy was […]

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