October 18, 2021

Kitchener’s Frederick Art Walk returns, moving outside for the first time

Kitchener’s Frederick Art Walk could be a walk to remember this year. The 20th annual art walk that started in 2001 will look a little different. It will be held outdoors because of COVID-19 restrictions. “We started the art walk to just build community in our area and as an outlet for artists,” Lori Cole, Coordinator of the Frederick Art Walk said. “We learned we had a lot of creative … Continued

World Mental Health Day in the time of COVID-19 related stress

Life has looked considerably different for many people over the past two years. COVID-19 took a big toll on mental health, especially in students. Sunday, Oct 10 is World Mental Health Day, a time to raise awareness and advocate for mental health around the world. Mental health supports and services are needed now more than ever. According to a 2020 Statistics Canada survey, around 64 per cent of participants aged … 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

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