September 25, 2021

Supporting sexual assault victims amid COVID-19 pandemic

The effects of COVID-19 have been frustrating for some, but for others it’s been agonizing and fearful, leaving them alone with the people who have hurt them the most. “Survivors are struggling with their wellness like never before,” said Jessica St. Peter, the Public Education Manager at the Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) located in downtown Kitchener. “Isolation, social distancing, loss of employment, disruptions in routines, and increased anxiety, all … Continued

College and university students are getting inked after isolation: here’s the trends they’re into

With restrictions lifted once more in Ontario, tattoo shops have reopened – booked and busier than ever. College and university students have been flooding towards the shops, eager to poke their skin with the most popular tattoo trends, from minimalist flowers to the bold colours of American traditional. Part of the reason tattoo shops have been so busy lately, is because of backed up appointments; clients whose appointments have been … Continued

Oktoberfest kicks off, but with some changes due to COVID-19

The Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is set to kick off on Friday, Sept 24 at noon with their opening ceremonies, the start of the 18-day festival. This year’s celebrations will be a mix of online festivities and small in-person gatherings. Due to the pandemic, schedules for many in-person events can not be released to the public, including The WunderWagen. This attraction is a travelling stage that can appear anywhere in Waterloo Region.  … Continued

Staying safe on campus as students resume in-person learning

People from across Waterloo Region joined together Thursday (Sept. 15) evening to protest sexual assault and gender-based violence. The event was hosted by the Take Back the Night foundation, and the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region (SASC). Ruth Cameron, Executive Director of The Aids Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo area (ACCKWA), kicked off the night with a powerful message. “What are we here to reckon with at … Continued

Combatting gender-based violence in Waterloo Region and school campuses

Recent disturbing allegations about sexual assault at post-secondary institutions have re-fueled a conversation around gender-based violence in our communities. Alleged sexual assaults from Western University in London, Ont., and allegations of illegal drugging at Guelph University in Guelph, Ont., have been shocking, however, sexual violence has been an urgent problem on school campuses for a while. “It’s terrible and not surprising. We know that universities and colleges have high rates … Continued

VIDEO: Local Art Fair marks the start of “event season” at Homer Watson House & Gallery

An art fair held at The Homer Watson House & Gallery on Sunday, Sept. 22, provided 20 local artists with the chance to sell their work to people in the region. The outdoor fair, located near Conestoga’s Doon campus, was a welcomed change for many artists who, due to COVID-19, have been unable to attend such events. Information on the upcoming Spirit Season held by the Homer Watson House & … Continued

Understanding mental illness and when to seek treatment

Mental illness can affect anyone and everyone, but for teens and students under the stress of a heavy school load, it can be highly detrimental. “It is hard sometimes. With the stress of school and the class workload, plus other things going on in life, it can really have a negative affect on me and my mental health,” said Jason Landry, a 17-year-old Delhi high school student. Conestoga College offers … Continued

Kitchener woman’s jewelry business gives back to the community

“Handful” of Conestoga students support Montclaire and its mission During COVID-19, many people have started their own businesses to fill up their spare time, and their pockets. In the midst of the pandemic, a Kitchener woman attending University of Guelph, started a jewelry business for customers to look good and feel good – 10 per cent of every purchase gets donated to a local charity. Montclaire – a name derived … Continued

From construction to cocktails, new Hespeler restaurant opens after years in the making.

The New York is a new restaurant and pub located in Cambridge. The owner, Jason York, has a successful construction business but felt Hespeler “needed a bar.” York has lived in Hespeler for the past 20 years and has wanted to open his own bar for the last six years.   “Before the last owner got it, I really wanted it but I didn’t have the money then,” York explained.   York has seen many bars come and go over his time in Hespeler and knew he had to have his … Continued

Online fitness classes have something for everyone at Conestoga

COVID-19 is keeping Conestoga College’s recreation centre closed for the first semester, along with their in-person fitness classes. Fortunately for students, classes are still being offered online through Zoom. Students can sign up for any classes through the college’s website.  Kristen Bolliger, the assistant manager of athletics and recreation, encourages students at the college to attend.  “The thought really is to provide support for students who are studying at home,” … Continued

Local realtors bring community together through film and music

What started out as a small idea, turned into something much bigger than expected in Waterloo Region all thanks to Julie D. Martin and her husband Roger. The Red-Carpet Crew, a community group formed by the couple three years ago, is determined to bring the community together through film and music. With an incredible success during their first year in 2019, screening of The Greatest Showman, the couple was shocked … Continued

VIDEO: The increasing problem of missing persons during COVID-19

With the winter season approaching and a fourth wave of COVID-19, the chances of a person going missing are far from negligible. Using the story of one local man who went missing in June of this year, and testimonial from an aggregate website, a story emerges of how precarious the growing problem of missing people is during the pandemic.

Local talent in the spotlight at the Homer Watson art fair

The Homer Watson House & Gallery will host an outdoor art fair on Sunday, Sept 19 to showcase local artists and their talent.  The fair, which was initially planned for last Sunday but was rescheduled due to rain, will take place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Guests are invited to buy some of the pieces created by 20 different artists from the region, including Katherine Olenic, who currently works at … Continued

Protesters demand more affordable housing in Waterloo Region

Protesters came together for a ’round two’ last weekend at City Hall in Waterloo, urging action in addressing Canada’s housing crisis. “Housing is a basic human right, and it’s a foundation for us to build the rest of our lives,” said Layla Morrison, a DJ, audio engineer, and co-organizer of last Saturday’s protest. ‘Round one’ was last month, but protesters are disappointed with the progress made so far. Protesters this … Continued