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Alison Blay-Palmer to formally launch UNESCO Chair at Balsillie School event on Jan. 28

On Tuesday, Jan. 28, Wilfrid Laurier University professor Alison Blay-Palmer will formally launch the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Chair in Food, Biodiversity and Sustainability Studies at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA). In addition to UNESCO Chair Blay-Palmer, secretary-general of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, Sébastien Goupil, will be present at the event to speak […]

by Sophia Cole· · Local, News ·
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Mental Health at Laurier’s Forefront on “Blue Monday”

Monday, Jan. 20 was the day known worldwide as “Blue Monday,” dubbed the most depressing day of the year. This year, Laurier Alumni put together a full day of events to help students, faculty, staff and alumni find coping mechanisms and healthy ways to improve both mental and physical well-being. “Laurier’s community is a point of pride for alumni; it […]

by Hayley McGoldrick· · Campus, News ·
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Co-creator of iconic Degrassi franchise to talk television at Laurier’s Brantford campus

On Tuesday, Jan. 28, Linda Schuyler, co-creator and executive producer of the hit television franchise Degrassi, will be giving two lectures at Wilfrid Laurier Universities Brantford campus. In the two lectures, titled “Heads On…Reflections on Life” and “The Degrassi Story,” Schuyler with delve into her own experiences growing up in Paris, ON, working as a junior high school teacher in […]

by Sophia Cole· · Campus, News ·
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Uptown staple Harmony Lunch to close its doors Jan. 24

For its last week in business, Harmony Lunch, uptown Waterloo’s iconic local eatery, has been saying goodbye to the community that has supported it for almost 90 years. The decision, which was reached sometime in mid-December, came following a series of deliberations and discussions regarding Uptown construction and the impact it would have on the business long-term. “We had hoped […]

by Emily Waitson· · Local, News ·
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New year, new situation? Laurier and UW hope to give student housing a new face in 2020

Students in the Waterloo Region have known for some time that housing across the city is growing to be increasingly unattainable for students and lucrative for corporations. After this fall’s Accomod8u scandal and a number of online exposées against popular student rental company KW4Rent, student housing in Waterloo became a hot button issue yet again. Both companies came under fire […]

by Victoria Marshall· · Local, News ·
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City of Waterloo changes development fees in hopes to diversify housing market

The City of Waterloo is hoping to diversify the housing market in the city with a recent change to building development fees. While previous development charges for two and three-bedroom units had been more expensive that development of single bedroom units, the city has decided to equalize the costs of building units with anything from one to three bedrooms as […]

by Sophia Cole· · Local, News ·
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Waterloo tech team named one of ten finalist in fight against fake news

On Jan. 10, local Waterloo team, the Traveling Wilburys, was announced as one of the finalists in the first phase of a competition in effort to combat fake news using artificial intelligence (AI) technology. Out of the 150 teams across the country who entered the competition, the Traveling Wilburys are one of only ten teams who will be moving forward. […]

by Sophia Cole· · Campus, News ·
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Laurier’s faculty of music receives four million dollar donation

Laurier’s Faculty of Music has been given a donation that is getting them closer to their goal of $14 million in the Making Space for Music campaign, created to revamp their facilities for students. The Savvas Chamberlain Family Foundation pledged $4 million to the campaign, bringing the campaign’s total to $9 million – only $5 million away from their goal […]

by Hayley McGoldrick· · Campus, News ·
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Wilfrid Laurier clubs and associations lose their “Perch” to rest on

The Wilfrid Laurier Students’ Union announced that it would no longer be using the clubs and associations platform The Perch, one of the main platform points of former president Tarique Plummer’s 2018-2019 presidency campaign. The Students’ Union announced via email that the software company that previously hosted The Perch, CampusVibe, would no longer be providing the software, thus ceasing operations […]

by Hayley McGoldrick· · Campus, News ·
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Two University of Waterloo students killed in plane crash in Iran

Two University of Waterloo PhD students, Marzieh (Mari) Foroutan and Mansour Esnaashary Esfahani, were listed as passengers on a plane crash near Iran’s capital, Tehran, early Wednesday morning. “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of everyone who died in this incident and we will provide support to anybody in our University community who is affected by this tragic […]

by Cord Staff· · News ·