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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 ·
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LSOI event at UW cancelled over $28,500 security fee

An event hosted by Laurier Students for Open Inquiry (LSOI) set to take place on April 30 has been cancelled due to increased security costs. Lindsay Shepherd, the controversial Laurier TA behind LSOI, announced the cancellation of the event via tweet at 1:57 p.m. “$28,500 is the confirmed figure @UWaterloo said we would have to pay for security and police […]

by Kurtis Rideout· · Local, News ·
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BREAKING: Laurier releases Draft Statement on Freedom of Expression

Wilfrid Laurier University has released their Draft Statement on Freedom of Expression and is now calling for feedback through the university’s website. The draft statement, available in full here, begins with an introduction from vice-president: research and acting provost, Rob Gordon, who outlines the school’s aspirations to “promote respectful intellectual discourse.” As noted in the introduction, the task force has […]

by Kurtis Rideout· · Campus, Local, News ·
Lam Diing played wide receiver for the Waterloo Warriors. Photo courtesy of University of Waterloo.

UW football player identified as victim in Kitchener homicide

Lam Diing — a 23-year-old football player and third-year student at the University of Waterloo — has been identified as the victim of a fatal stabbing that took place near Stanley Park early Sunday morning. Waterloo Regional Police Service [WRPS] spokesperson, Cherri Greeno, confirmed to The Cord that WRPS were dispatched to a Kenora Drive residence around 12 a.m. after reports of […]

by Kurtis Rideout· · Local, News ·