October 18, 2021

AUDIO: COVID-19 has changed Halloween but some activities have returned

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused dramatic changes in the way people can participate in traditional events like Halloween. Instead of bouncing around the streets and knocking on doors, people have been encouraged to watch from the glossy windows in the front seats of their cars or attend a walk-through attraction while keeping six feet apart. For the first time in nearly two years, residents in Waterloo Region have been given … Continued

AUDIO: Local restaurants work to adapt to new vaccine policy

This week marks two weeks since the government unleashed a new regulation for the residents in Waterloo Region, causing some concern about how restaurants can continue to serve the public. As of Sept. 22, 2021, vaccinated and unvaccinated people are divided by certain conditions. Those who are vaccinated can dine indoors in restaurants, while unvaccinated residents must be served outside unless they are picking up for a carry out, or … Continued

Local groups create programs to deal with the tragic aftermath of residential schools

Residential schools affected many lives, and the healing continues. A Conestoga graduate is working locally to create programs that help with the healing process for survivors of the residential school system. “We have lost all of our culture, identity, voices, language, ceremonies, traditions, child rearing practices, connection with the land, our animals, laws, education system, our justice system and so on,” said Amanda Trites, the Native Criminal Court/Family Court Worker … Continued

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

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