Feature Archive

  • BY DEEANNA ROLLINS The Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory is a beautiful place to go and visit, full of anywhere from 1,500 to 2,000 colourful butterflies, turtles, finches, doves, quail and an eight-year-old parrot named Cheecho. Most, if not all, of those butterflies are completely new as of two weeks ago. And by the time this is printed, there will be a whole new set of butterflies. This is because the average butterfly only lives six to...

    Behind the scenes of the butterfly conservatory

    BY DEEANNA ROLLINS The Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory is a beautiful place to go and visit, full of anywhere from 1,500 to 2,000 colourful butterflies, turtles, finches, doves, quail and an eight-year-old parrot named Cheecho. Most, if not all, of those butterflies are completely new as of two weeks ago. And by the time this is printed, there will be a whole new set of butterflies. This is because the average butterfly only lives six to...

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  • BY CASSIDY FOULDS “Look at that.” Terry Salmond held his phone, grinning down at a video of a red cap bolete mushroom that he’d found while out foraging. He’d snapped the cap in half, revealing the quickly-oxidizing flesh on the inside. The flesh quickly shifted colours, indicating it was unfit for consumption. “That’s cool, right? The way it changes to blue like that?” He sits in a homey little Portuguese restaurant called Nova Era in...

    Kitchener’s ‘Top Chef ‘ wears many hats

    BY CASSIDY FOULDS “Look at that.” Terry Salmond held his phone, grinning down at a video of a red cap bolete mushroom that he’d found while out foraging. He’d snapped the cap in half, revealing the quickly-oxidizing flesh on the inside. The flesh quickly shifted colours, indicating it was unfit for consumption. “That’s cool, right? The way it changes to blue like that?” He sits in a homey little Portuguese restaurant called Nova Era in...

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  • BY SHAFAQ PARWEZ For some people, talking about their problems is considered taboo. And asking somebody for help is also looked down upon. These victims never feel empowered. It has always been worse for women, who have endured being assaulted, both sexually and physically – and watching as it was shoved under the rug. It was not something that anybody liked to mention to anyone – or anybody wanted to listen to. With the rise...

    Waterloo man invents personal protection device

    BY SHAFAQ PARWEZ For some people, talking about their problems is considered taboo. And asking somebody for help is also looked down upon. These victims never feel empowered. It has always been worse for women, who have endured being assaulted, both sexually and physically – and watching as it was shoved under the rug. It was not something that anybody liked to mention to anyone – or anybody wanted to listen to. With the rise...

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  • BY ROLAND FLEMING Looking up to the sky, a scarecrow, a fire hydrant and a dragon can all be seen floating by. It seems like a bizarre dream, a fantasy world, but it’s not. It really happens. It has been called the most photographed event in the world. It is a gathering of people from many na-tions, all coming together to take to the skies. It is the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the largest hot...

    Flyers fill the sky at fiesta

    BY ROLAND FLEMING Looking up to the sky, a scarecrow, a fire hydrant and a dragon can all be seen floating by. It seems like a bizarre dream, a fantasy world, but it’s not. It really happens. It has been called the most photographed event in the world. It is a gathering of people from many na-tions, all coming together to take to the skies. It is the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the largest hot...

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  • BY MARISSA CUDDY The spring annual Healthy Choices Wellness Show in Cambridge is back this year on April 22 and 23. The show features about 40 vendors including Hybrid Hair and Detox Salon, Visalus Pilates Challenge and Physiotherapy and Health Cambridge. Lee Pryke is the founder of the Healthy Choices Wellness Show and her company, I Am I Can Self Enrichment Centre, is one of the sponsors. Last year the event wasn’t held, but Pryke...

    Healthy choices start with you

    BY MARISSA CUDDY The spring annual Healthy Choices Wellness Show in Cambridge is back this year on April 22 and 23. The show features about 40 vendors including Hybrid Hair and Detox Salon, Visalus Pilates Challenge and Physiotherapy and Health Cambridge. Lee Pryke is the founder of the Healthy Choices Wellness Show and her company, I Am I Can Self Enrichment Centre, is one of the sponsors. Last year the event wasn’t held, but Pryke...

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  • BY JENNA BRAUN In a region consumed by commercial, industrial and residential construction, there is some solace – natural areas preserved for our enjoyment. “Sometimes I need some place to go, somewhere for inspiration or peace and quiet,” said Benji Luangxay, a third-year architecture project and facilities management student. “City life gets overwhelming.” Located in southern Kitchener is the Huron Natural Area, Kitchener’s largest and “most valuable” natural area. The protected space features the Strasburg...

    Enjoy the outdoors this spring

    BY JENNA BRAUN In a region consumed by commercial, industrial and residential construction, there is some solace – natural areas preserved for our enjoyment. “Sometimes I need some place to go, somewhere for inspiration or peace and quiet,” said Benji Luangxay, a third-year architecture project and facilities management student. “City life gets overwhelming.” Located in southern Kitchener is the Huron Natural Area, Kitchener’s largest and “most valuable” natural area. The protected space features the Strasburg...

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  • BY EMMIE SIROKY The aroma wafting out of local restaurants makes your mouth water; as you try to choose which one to dine at, another comes into view, making your choice even more difficult. It doesn’t matter which you pick, you will have a fantastic experience. You walk downtown and stop at the many beautiful stores that you never knew were there. Originally, you came for a play at one of the many upscale theatres,...

    There’s so much to enjoy in Stratford

    BY EMMIE SIROKY The aroma wafting out of local restaurants makes your mouth water; as you try to choose which one to dine at, another comes into view, making your choice even more difficult. It doesn’t matter which you pick, you will have a fantastic experience. You walk downtown and stop at the many beautiful stores that you never knew were there. Originally, you came for a play at one of the many upscale theatres,...

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  • BY LEAH MORROW True love is a beautiful thing, but sometimes it ends in tragedy. When walking in the heart of downtown Cambridge, it appears as if time itself came to a standstill somewhere around the 1800s. The picturesque scene of old bricked buildings backing onto the Grand River provide the perfect back drop for a love story. The story begins in downtown Galt. William was a married man who worked as a mail carrier...

    The paranormal side

    BY LEAH MORROW True love is a beautiful thing, but sometimes it ends in tragedy. When walking in the heart of downtown Cambridge, it appears as if time itself came to a standstill somewhere around the 1800s. The picturesque scene of old bricked buildings backing onto the Grand River provide the perfect back drop for a love story. The story begins in downtown Galt. William was a married man who worked as a mail carrier...

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  • BY MIKE STROMME Who doesn’t remember their high school prom? To relive it, attend Conestoga in Action’s latest charity event, Prom4Pups. On the evening of April 8, CIA will be holding a prom on campus with all of the proceeds going to Therapy Tails Ontario, a program that has volunteers and therapy dogs that go into the community to teach, listen, visit, mentor and become involved with numerous outreach programs. “It’s all for a good...

    Relive your prom with Prom4Pups

    BY MIKE STROMME Who doesn’t remember their high school prom? To relive it, attend Conestoga in Action’s latest charity event, Prom4Pups. On the evening of April 8, CIA will be holding a prom on campus with all of the proceeds going to Therapy Tails Ontario, a program that has volunteers and therapy dogs that go into the community to teach, listen, visit, mentor and become involved with numerous outreach programs. “It’s all for a good...

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  • BY LEAH MORROW It was 1984, the year of Ghostbusters and Terminator and the year that Dune was turned into a movie. It was also the year the term “cosplay” was coined. According to the website strangelandcostumes.com, Japanese reporter Nov Takahashi invented the term to describe what he saw at the 1984 Los Angeles World Science Fiction Convention (more popularly known as Worldcon). What Takahashi saw were people wearing costumes in the halls and a...

    Cosplay, I choose you

    BY LEAH MORROW It was 1984, the year of Ghostbusters and Terminator and the year that Dune was turned into a movie. It was also the year the term “cosplay” was coined. According to the website strangelandcostumes.com, Japanese reporter Nov Takahashi invented the term to describe what he saw at the 1984 Los Angeles World Science Fiction Convention (more popularly known as Worldcon). What Takahashi saw were people wearing costumes in the halls and a...

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