January 25, 2022

Future nurses say they have adapted to ‘new normal’ despite challenges of learning in a pandemic

A month before the winter semester, news hit for Conestoga students that class would remain online for January. While the continuation of remote learning was troubling for lots of students, can programs that require extra practical learning experiences afford any more remote learning? Practical Nursing is one of Conestoga’s many programs that require students to learn from experience. This program has students completing field placements for most of the time … Continued

Why your tree this year may not embody a traditional Christmas

Christmas tree farms are struggling more than ever this year with the high demand for evergreens. An alternative species may be your best bet this holiday season. The demand for Christmas trees is skyrocketing in North America. From new Canadians embracing the Christmas tradition, to others embracing a more environmentally friendly approach, Christmas tree farms have had to make some changes to their business. Thomas Morelli, co-owner of Andrew’s tree … Continued

Some teachers and students resent remote learning on snow days

Students in Waterloo Region will be expected to participate in remote learning on snow days. Materials will be available via Google classroom and the content will be a review work of previous lessons, according to Abby O’Leary. O’Leary, a Sacred Heart Catholic Elementary School teacher, says that she is not a fan of the system. “I think it stinks for the kids because as a student, snow days were always … Continued

Environmentalist cleans up Kitchener neighbourhood

Night settles over Huron Village and the residents emerge to put their trash on the curb. However, trash day here also means excess garbage, furniture waste, and lack of recycling. Miranda Powell, a resident and environmentalist, decided it was time to make a difference in her community. “I noticed how bad the garbage here was when I first moved in,” said Powell. “Weeks would go on with no change and … Continued

What does it mean to have a ‘COVID’ wedding?

The transition from fall to winter is almost here, which also means the end of an unorthodox wedding season. COVID-19 protocols have affected many couples who planned to get married during a worldwide pandemic. Shortening guest lists, unhappy family members, and vaccination protocols have all become normal aspects of wedding planning in 2021. Any couple who has had the unruly task of planning a wedding during this time knows that … 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

Leylah Fernandez inspires local youth in the tennis community

Abbie Galloway As the 2021 U.S. Open boiled down to its close, one Canadian underdog provided an inspiring success story placing second in the prestigious grand slam tournament. Leylah Annie Fernandez, 19, said encouraging herself and believing in her skills was a major part of her success in the tournament. “Today in this match,” she said in a press conference after her quarterfinal win against Elina Svitolina, “I was only … Continued