December 11, 2018

Growing concentration of industry in Toronto threatens economy of Ontario

According to Statistics Canada, while the number of jobs in northern and southwestern Ontario have both shrunk by about 20,000 in the last decade, growth in the GTA has been steady during that same time. While provincial reports may reflect developments and improvements in Ontario, this is far from the whole story.

Love of Music Marathon celebrates its 15th year in Waterloo

Since 2004 the Love of Music Marathon has brought the community together to celebrate local musicians at every skill level. Performances range from members of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony to politicians playing duets with volunteer musicians and recitals for music students.

The most dangerous intersections in Waterloo Region

The top two most dangerous intersections, in terms of number of collisions, were recently converted to roundabouts. But check out the other lists here too, involving pedestrians and cyclists.

Fire prevention and safety tips for new renters

As Fire Prevention Week concludes, experts say it’s especially important for students and other first-time renters to know their rights — and what they should expect from their landlords.

Eastwood students walk out over curriculum gaps

By Jeff Halcrow, Spoke News Following last week’s Ontario-wide high school walkout, students in Kitchener-Waterloo organized their own protest to challenge the Ford government’s rollback on sexual education and Indigenous programs. One of the latest walkouts took place at 10:45 am on Friday, Sept. 28, at Eastwood Collegiate Institute in Kitchener, during the school’s lunch period. Most schools in Waterloo Region were unable to observe the walkouts the previous week … Continued

Cambridge councillor pushing separation from region

By Jeff Halcrow, Spoke News With municipal elections next month, one Cambridge city councillor has proposed a radical change to the region, suggesting Cambridge could separate from Kitchener and Waterloo. Ward 8 Coun. Nicholas Ermeta has been sharing the idea of an independent Cambridge with other local politicians and residents of the city. If some would consider separation too extreme, Ermeta has also suggested beginning a regional services board. For … Continued

Rapidly growing economy of Toronto threatens economic stability of Ontario

EDITORIAL By Jeff Halcrow   The announcement of a new Microsoft headquarters in the heart of downtown Toronto will no doubt be a boon for the Greater Toronto Area, but will likely only benefit the rest of Ontario in the short term, if at all.   Planned to open in 2020, Microsoft Canada will relocate their headquarters from Mississauga to Toronto, creating 500 new full-time positions and generating up to … Continued