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The LRT delay in Waterloo Region keeps passengers waiting for the bus

After a highly anticipated arrival, Kitchener-Waterloo’s new ION Light Rail Transit System has been again delayed until the spring of 2019. This 19-kilometre transit route, consisting of 19 stations between Conestoga Mall and Fairway Station, has been a project in the works since 2012. In 2013, Waterloo region entered into a contract with Metrolinx and Bombardier that outlined the purchase […]

by Margaret Russell· · Local, News ·
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Holocaust survivor Berthe Cygelfarb brings awareness and education to Waterloo

Holocaust Education Week, which was hosted by Hillel Waterloo and Hillel Laurier and ended last week, featured a Holocaust survivor testimony at the University of Waterloo campus on Nov. 8. Holocaust survivor Berthe Cygelfarb used the opportunity to discuss and share her personal experiences during the Shoah. “My grandmother … talked about her times during the war — she was […]

by Emily Waitson· · Local, News ·
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“Project Safe Semester” in full effect in Waterloo, WRPS cracks down on Ezra street party

As the Waterloo region has seen an increase in the transient student population in late August and early September, the Waterloo Regional Police saw an influx in student arrests, charges and ticketing. Waterloo Regional Police Services, being aware of this causation, launched Project Safe Semester in the last week of August and will continue until Homecoming at the end of […]

by Margaret Russell· · Local, News ·
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Uptown construction update: Bike lanes are now open to the public

The newly-completed, segregated bike lanes running along King Street in uptown Waterloo are now available for use by the public, after over a year of delayed construction. This construction is another phase of the uptown Waterloo streetscape project, a concerted effort by the Uptown Waterloo Business Improvement Area (BIA). Their goal is to make King Street more accessible for pedestrian […]

by Aaron Hagey· · Local, News ·
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Laurier student helps turn old mattress toppers into sustainable pet beds

When Brooke Dietrich was hired at the Laurier Sustainability Office for a summer student position, her first task was to make use of 30 foam mattress toppers that could not be recycled from the university’s Move Out Program, and would have ended up in landfills. Dietrich reached out to many people associated with Laurier, but unfortunately, she did not have […]

by Hayley McGoldrick· · Local, News ·
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SHORE initiates program for sexual health education

The Sexual Health Options, Resources & Education Centre (SHORE) is offering new programs for newcomers to Canada, people with developmental disabilities, and abortion pill services. The SHORE Centre is a pro-choice positive, inclusive and accessible organization based in downtown Kitchener on King Street East. The SHORE Centre is excited about the new programs being introduced to the Waterloo Region and […]

by Nathalie Bouchard· · Local, News ·
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Waterloo Region moves forward with safe injection sites

As the opioid epidemic prevails, there is talk of progress among Waterloo regional councillors. The community services committee of Waterloo Region, responsible for reviewing and reporting on public health, emergency and community services, agreed to move forward with implementing safe injection sites earlier this month. Proposals have been made regarding the future locations of sites; however, these currently remain undetermined […]

by Margaret Russell· · Local, News ·
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BMO offers Themuseum $1 million for renovations

Early this week, BMO announced’s their intent to offer Themuseum a game-changing donation of $1 million.  The donation comes in two parts, the first being the monetary fund to revitalize and transform Themuseum. The second comes in the form of the sale of the BMO building found right next to Themuseum’s location in downtown Kitchener. “We first offered the sale […]

by Safina Husein· · Local, News ·