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Waterloo Region increases new minimum wage for 2018

The Living Wage Waterloo Region released their most recent report on the hourly wage for 2018 last week. The new living wage for the Waterloo Region sits at 16 dollars and 10 cents per hour for 2018. The living wage is the hourly wage an employee needs to earn to cover their family’s basic expenses within their community. Since the […]

by Erin Abe· · Local, News ·
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Gateway Project creates new vision for University Avenue

The City of Waterloo and Region of Waterloo have partnered up with the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College to create the University Gateway Project in order to develop a new vision for the future of University Avenue. The first public consultation was held on Thursday, Nov. 23 at St. Michael’s Church, where the team begun working with the public to […]

by Erin Abe· · Local, News ·
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College students and faculty are sent back to work by Provincial Government

Students and faculty at Ontario’s 24 public college’s are now back in class after the provincial government passed the back-to-work legislation this past Sunday. Faculty were to report to work on Monday in order to revise their courses and prepare for the remainder of the semester, while students were able to return to their normal class schedules on Tuesday. The […]

by Safina Husein· · Local, News ·
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Kitchener announced one of 14 cities to host legal marijuana store

  The Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) has announced the first 14 cities proposed to host a legal marijuana store in preparation for the federal government’s plan to legalize cannabis. Kitchener is among the 14 cities chosen and the stores are intended to arrive by July of 2018. Other proposed store locations include Toronto, London, Kingston, Hamilton, Mississauga, Barrie, […]

by Erin Abe· · Local, News ·
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St. Jacobs Sparkles celebrates the holiday season

St. Jacobs Sparkles is a 4-day holiday event which celebrates the holiday season. The event takes place from Nov. 16 to 19 at the downtown core of St. Jacobs. St. Jacobs is a village set along the Conestoga River with various shops, restaurants, boutique, original artisans shops, and a short bus or car ride away from Wilfrid Laurier University. Wideman […]

by Nathalie Bouchard· · Local, News ·
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First Light Rail Vehicle hits the tracks in Waterloo

  On Nov. 7, the first on-track test of an ION light rail car was completed in Waterloo. “This test is for wayside clearances, and platform clearances,” Tom Galloway, Regional Councillor for Waterloo, said. “So just to make sure that everything was constructed properly along the track. “This really wasn’t to test the vehicle at all, this was to test […]

by Jake Watts· · Local, News ·
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OPSEU rejects council’s renewed offer after bargaining discussions break down

On Nov. 6, 2017, bargaining talks between The Ontario Public Service Union (OPSEU) and the College Employer Council (CEC) broke down. Both parties had returned to the bargaining table on Nov. 1, almost three weeks since their last talks and when the strike first began on Oct. 16. The union represents more than 12,000 faculty members. According to a statement […]

by Safina Husein· · Local, News ·