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St. Patrick’s Day attendance hits record number, approximately 30,000 participate in unsanctioned events

St. Patrick’s Day attendance hits record number, approximately 30,000 participate in unsanctioned events

Large crowds took to Ezra Avenue this past Sunday Mar. 17 on St. Patrick’s Day.  Although Waterloo Regional Police Services and partners who helped provide services on Sunday have not released official statistics and numbers, it is predicted that the crowds surpassed last year’s 22,000 attendees and may have hit closer to 30,000.  Constable Ashley Dietrich, public information officer for […]

by Safina Husein· · News ·
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“A ban is not a plan”: provincial government cellphone ban leaves schools without actionable strategies for implementation

On Mar. 15, Lisa Thompson, minister of education for the Ontario Provincial Government, revealed in a media release that, amongst other changes, a province-wide ban on cellphones would be implemented in classrooms beginning next September, as part of the new “Education that Works for You” plan. The plan, according to the release, argues that these changes “will modernize curriculum, modernize […]

by Aaron Hagey· · News ·
Graphic by Kash Patel

Plastic package waste sparks protest in Waterloo from students and community activists

On Monday, Mar. 11, a group of approximately 25 student and community activists collected at Zehrs, located on Erb Street in Waterloo, to protest the use of excessive plastic packaging in grocery stores by large companies.  This particular demonstration was directed towards Loblaws Companies Limited, the owner of Zehrs and several other grocery franchises.  “We were inspired by the UK […]

by Margaret Russell· · News ·
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Provincial Government announces increased funding to target on-campus sexual violence

On Mar. 19, 2018, the Ontario Government announced it would be doubling funding and integrating tangible steps in order to address on-campus sexual violence. Merrilee Fullerton, minister of training, colleges and universities for the Ontario government, said that these changes come in response to results from a province-wide survey. “Our government takes the safety and well-being of our students seriously,” […]

by Cord Staff· · News ·
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New vice-president of research for Laurier university announced

Effective Aug. 1, 2019, Jonathan Newman will take over as the new vice-president of research at Wilfrid Laurier University, lead the Office of Research Services and support and grow research opportunities throughout Laurier. Newman will be coming into the role with a wealth of experience: a professor of ecology, he has worked at the University of Guelph for over 15 […]

by Aaron Hagey· · News ·
Students protest against Canada Goose jackets and growing popularity in Waterloo

Students protest against Canada Goose jackets and growing popularity in Waterloo

On the evening of Friday, Mar. 8, a group of local activists joined together at the intersection of University Avenue and Seagram Drive to rally against Canada Goose, the Canadian winter apparel brand that actively and primarily uses animal textiles for their products. Stephanie Lennon, president of the University of Waterloo Animal Rights Society, was an organizer of this protest […]

by Margaret Russell· · News ·
Photo by Halyley McGoldrick

International Women’s Day luncheon aims to educate and advance women in STEAM

On Friday, Mar. 8, the second annual International Women’s Day luncheon, entitled “Advancing Women in STEAM,” was held by Laurier Alumni in partnership with the International Women’s Forum at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Kitchener. Laurier President Deborah MacLatchy gave a keynote address at the luncheon and was followed by a speaker panel, moderated by Ginny Dybenko, former dean of […]

by Hayley McGoldrick· · News ·