christmas Archive

  • By ASHLEY SPRAGUE Every Christmas thousands of young animals are given as gifts; kittens found in stockings, puppies with crimson, red bows on their heads, all found by their unexpecting, new owners on Christmas morning. Some of these new additions to the family may work out, most, however, do not. Marisa Kelland has been a volunteer at Toronto Cat Rescue (TCR) for four years. The popular cat rescue and adoption agency in southwestern Ontario has...

    Pets are not presents

    By ASHLEY SPRAGUE Every Christmas thousands of young animals are given as gifts; kittens found in stockings, puppies with crimson, red bows on their heads, all found by their unexpecting, new owners on Christmas morning. Some of these new additions to the family may work out, most, however, do not. Marisa Kelland has been a volunteer at Toronto Cat Rescue (TCR) for four years. The popular cat rescue and adoption agency in southwestern Ontario has...

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  • BY MELISSA HORTON Every holiday season, heartwarming stories come out in the news about communities helping families in need. These families are struggling to make ends meet and need help in buying gifts for their loved ones. However, the need is so great that some people are overlooked. One Kitchener company has stepped in to help. Thresholds, a non-profit community mental health agency, works with mental health clients as well as the homeless on a...

    Agency has a giving spirit

    BY MELISSA HORTON Every holiday season, heartwarming stories come out in the news about communities helping families in need. These families are struggling to make ends meet and need help in buying gifts for their loved ones. However, the need is so great that some people are overlooked. One Kitchener company has stepped in to help. Thresholds, a non-profit community mental health agency, works with mental health clients as well as the homeless on a...

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  • BY RILEY LINSEMAN A financial report released by the Finance Department last month suggests that Canadians’ wallets will be taking a hit once again. The report is looking ahead to 2050 and beyond, making many predictions about the country’s finances. The Liberals have been known to be big spenders and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau isn’t changing that perception. Looking as little as eight years ahead (2025), Andy Blatchford, a Canadian Press journalist who analysed the...

    Financial future is gloomy

    BY RILEY LINSEMAN A financial report released by the Finance Department last month suggests that Canadians’ wallets will be taking a hit once again. The report is looking ahead to 2050 and beyond, making many predictions about the country’s finances. The Liberals have been known to be big spenders and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau isn’t changing that perception. Looking as little as eight years ahead (2025), Andy Blatchford, a Canadian Press journalist who analysed the...

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  • BY DEEANNA ROLLINS Since 1997 Starbucks has had a different design for their holiday cups. Last year, they had the plain red cups, which were apparently too subtlety inclusive of other religions and cultures because the cups didn’t blatantly say Merry Christmas. People were going to Starbucks and asking for “Merry F**king Christmas” on their cups in order for them to unashamedly flaunt their religion and beliefs to the world. This year, the coffee chain...

    Cups cause controversy

    BY DEEANNA ROLLINS Since 1997 Starbucks has had a different design for their holiday cups. Last year, they had the plain red cups, which were apparently too subtlety inclusive of other religions and cultures because the cups didn’t blatantly say Merry Christmas. People were going to Starbucks and asking for “Merry F**king Christmas” on their cups in order for them to unashamedly flaunt their religion and beliefs to the world. This year, the coffee chain...

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  • BY ROBERT JANES Christmas is only a few weeks away. At Conestoga College, students were asked whether they believed they would be on Santa’s naughty or nice list. “I’d like to think I’m on the nice list,” said Andrew Dron, a second-year recreation and leisure studies student. “I always put others before myself and I try to help out anyone in any way I can.” The common response among students was that they try each...

    He’s making a list and checking it twice

    BY ROBERT JANES Christmas is only a few weeks away. At Conestoga College, students were asked whether they believed they would be on Santa’s naughty or nice list. “I’d like to think I’m on the nice list,” said Andrew Dron, a second-year recreation and leisure studies student. “I always put others before myself and I try to help out anyone in any way I can.” The common response among students was that they try each...

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  • By DeeAnna Rollins Fifty-eight years. That’s how long Santa Claus has been coming to town for the annual K-W Santa Claus Parade. However, this year, he came in the rain rather than the snow. People, young and old alike, scattered along King Street to watch the jolly old man float along the parade route, waving and ho-ho-ho-ing to all of the shivering – yet, still smiling – children. They were shouting what they wanted for...

    Ho, ho, ho, rain turns to snow

    By DeeAnna Rollins Fifty-eight years. That’s how long Santa Claus has been coming to town for the annual K-W Santa Claus Parade. However, this year, he came in the rain rather than the snow. People, young and old alike, scattered along King Street to watch the jolly old man float along the parade route, waving and ho-ho-ho-ing to all of the shivering – yet, still smiling – children. They were shouting what they wanted for...

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  • BY RILEY LINSEMAN Are you someone who celebrates Christmas? Think of your daily routine every year on Christmas Day. You wake up extra early in the morning (if you were able to sleep at all), race downstairs as fast as you can to see all the presents under the tree and then, if your parents (or whoever it is you may be living with) aren’t up already, you immediately go racing back up to their...

    Tree of Hope Christmas campaign underway

    BY RILEY LINSEMAN Are you someone who celebrates Christmas? Think of your daily routine every year on Christmas Day. You wake up extra early in the morning (if you were able to sleep at all), race downstairs as fast as you can to see all the presents under the tree and then, if your parents (or whoever it is you may be living with) aren’t up already, you immediately go racing back up to their...

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  • BY MEGHAN WEATHERALL Kitchener’s Victoria Park will be filled Dec. 1 with carolers bundled up in coats and mitts, who will encircle a newly lit tree filled with dazzling Christmas lights. From there these hundreds of market attendees will march toward Kitchener City Hall, where over 90 vendors will serve traditional German cuisine and sell knickknacks and hot chocolate. A welcome ceremony will be held that includes a prologue by Christkindl (Christ child) and two...

    Christkindl Market Dec. 1-4

    BY MEGHAN WEATHERALL Kitchener’s Victoria Park will be filled Dec. 1 with carolers bundled up in coats and mitts, who will encircle a newly lit tree filled with dazzling Christmas lights. From there these hundreds of market attendees will march toward Kitchener City Hall, where over 90 vendors will serve traditional German cuisine and sell knickknacks and hot chocolate. A welcome ceremony will be held that includes a prologue by Christkindl (Christ child) and two...

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  • BY PAUL BOREHAM

    Chickadee Christmas trees providing trees and fun

    BY PAUL BOREHAM

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  • BY GARRETT BURCHETT

    Black Friday sales hit Canada

    BY GARRETT BURCHETT

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