November 20, 2019

K-W candidates share key views in debate on social justice

Bardish Chagger, the Liberal MP for Waterloo, Mike Morrice, the Green candidate for Kitchener Centre, and Lori Campbell, the NDP candidate for Waterloo, sat down in front of a full sanctuary to state their cases and answer audience questions at the Shaping a Just Canada town hall.

VIDEO: With a fire breathing mechanical dragon, Waterloo’s Lumen Festival sheds light on local art

Uptown Waterloo became a twilit kaleidoscope Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 as crowds gathered for the second annual Lumen light festival. Lumen celebrates Waterloo’s artistic and technological culture, said organizer Sonya Poweska, a culture program specialist at the City of Waterloo. The event, held between 6 p.m. and 11 Saturday night, sprawled across four zones in uptown Waterloo within easy walking distance of each other. Waterloo Public Square hosted an alternative … Continued

Film reveals conditions of Australia’s migrant detainees

Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time documents the purgatory endured by migrants detained on Los Negros Island, Papua New Guinea, by the Australian government. The film, shot by a detainee in secret, premiered in Canada on Sept. 19 at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo. “What we have done is showed the face of these innocent people,” said filmmaker Behrouz Boochani by conference call to the audience. Boochani, … Continued

Stage play sheds light on local sex trafficking

Girls and women are being trafficked for sex in Waterloo Region. That’s the wake-up call issued by a report delivered to regional council Tuesday, Sept. 10. But by telling a victim’s story, three local organizations have begun to open residents’ eyes to this reality, the report says. This February, the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council (WRCPC), the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region (SASCWR) and Kitchener’s Registry Theatre partnered … Continued

Green Party leader Elizabeth May vows to protect data privacy in Waterloo speech

Green Party leader Elizabeth May touted her party’s data privacy platform Tuesday morning at the University of Waterloo. “It’s shocking that we have such inadequate laws governing how our own political parties handle citizens’ personal data,” May said in a press release. “It’s time to tighten our privacy laws.” The Greens promise to mandate personal data stewardship for federal parties, drastically reduce cyber surveillance and empower the national Privacy Commissioner. … Continued