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Waterloo region council announces mandatory face mask bylaws

Waterloo region council has announced the approval of the bylaws that will require people to wear masks on Grand River Transit and indoor public spaces, effective on July 13.  The council approved the bylaws in a meeting on Monday night, in an additional effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  The bylaws will be in place until Sept. 30, with […]

by Alyssa Di Sabatino· · Local, News ·
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Racist posters found inside Kitchener-Waterloo residents’ mailboxes

Posters containing racist statements have been circulating in the Kitchener-Waterloo region, with reports stating that these posters have been found in local residents’ mailboxes.   The posters express racist statements regarding interracial marriages and the children of interracial partners. The Cord has chosen not to republish these statements.  Kitchener mayor Berry Vrbanovic penned a response online and has called the posters […]

by Alyssa Di Sabatino· · Local, News ·
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Thousands come together in solidarity with Black Lives Matter march on Wednesday

On June 3, an estimated 20 000 people attended the KW Solidarity March for Black Lives Matter to protest and raise awareness for the many lives lost to police brutality.  The march, which began at 44 Gaukel Street in downtown Kitchener, happened in response to racial injustice against Black and racialized folks. Attendees of all ages were there to stand […]

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Peaceful Black Lives Matter march to take place in Kitchener

On June 3, the “KW Solidarity March for Black Lives Matter” will take place at 44 Gaukel street, across the street from Victoria Park, Kitchener. This march, set to begin at 5 pm on Wednesday, is a peaceful demonstration in solidarity with those who have lost their lives to police brutality, institutionalized racism and anti-Blackness.  “We will march for Ahmaud […]

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Laurier opens its residence buildings to healthcare workers

Laurier has recently partnered with regional hospitals to provide temporary housing to healthcare professionals who are choosing to live away from their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Announced in a news release on May 4, about 150 residence rooms will be available for hospital workers to isolate in, starting early this month. “We’re always looking for ways to ensure that […]

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Charges made in connection to fatal shooting of Laurier student in December

Two men have been charged with second-degree murder following the fatal shooting of first-year student, Yafiet Rezene on Dec 15. Police responded to the shooting at a Kitchener house party at 4:15 am, where Rezene was found dead on the scene. His death was confirmed by Laurier on Dec 16. Two others are reported to have received gunshot wounds, but […]

by Alyssa Di Sabatino· · Local, News ·
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UPDATED: Chainsaw, beloved uptown Waterloo karaoke bar, permanently closes due to COVID-19

According to CTV News Kitchener, Chainsaw, the popular uptown Waterloo restaurant and karaoke bar that was founded in 2009, has permanently closed. The coronavirus outbreak has hit small and locally-owned businesses particularly hard, with the closure order of non-essential operations across the province providing unprecedented setbacks and financial uncertainty for stores and restaurants. Chainsaw posted on March 16 through their […]

by Emily Waitson· · Local, News ·
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COVID-19: A summary of major Canadian and local news

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, more extensive measures have been put in place to protect the health and safety of Canadians and prevent further spread of the virus. In a public statement on March 23, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Canadian government would be allocating $192 million in funding toward developing and mass producing a COVID-19 […]

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Premier Doug Ford announces closure of all non-essential services

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has announced the closure of all non-essential services across the province in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).   As of today, services that have remained open include manufacturing and supply chain providers, grocery stores, pharmacies, takeout restaurants and LCBO outlets. More information on the businesses that are going to be affected will […]

by Emily Waitson· · Local, National, News ·
Waterloo community prepares for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day street parties

Waterloo community prepares for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day street parties

Wilfrid Laurier University’s most infamous holiday, St. Patrick’s Day, is on the horizon and both Laurier and the Waterloo community are preparing for the annual unsanctioned street party which takes place on Ezra Avenue. “Unsanctioned street gatherings are dangerous. Laurier continues to actively discourage them and to urge our students not to participate,” said Kevin Crowley, director, communications and public […]

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