December 11, 2018

Waterloo Region remembers

On the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, Spoke reporters covered Remembrance Day ceremonies in Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo.

Kitchener spends $25,000 to reprint ballots

EDITORIAL By Kaitlyn Mullin/ Spoke News A discrepancy between the City of Kitchener and a candidate in the upcoming 2018 municipal election has sparked controversy over the use of tax dollars. The city will spend $20,000 to $25,000 to reprint 19,500 ballots after one candidate’s middle name wasn’t included. Regan Sunshine Brussé, running for Ward 2 in the Oct. 22 election, had asked the city clerk to include all three … Continued

Protesters make the point that generosity can kill

By Kaitlyn Mullin, Spoke News More than a dozen people protested to put an end to panhandling at the Delta intersection in Cambridge, Ont., yesterday. The goal of their protest was to send a message to not give beggars money but, instead, donate to charities that provide services to those who are struggling. The protesters were all a part of a Facebook group called Clean Cambridge, whose goal is to … Continued

Safe injection, safer community

EDITORIAL By Kaitlyn Mullin “More people have died as result of the opioid crisis than they did in road safety and road deaths in Waterloo Region,” said Waterloo Regional Police Service’s Chief Bryan Larkin in a public service announcement featured on CTV in August. “It is the most complex public health crisis we have ever seen.” We cannot stop addicts from consuming drugs, but as a region, we have the … Continued

Residents concerned about Cambridge treatment centre

By Kaitlyn Mullin, Spoke News Renovations are underway for a men’s addiction treatment centre in Cambridge, Ont., in the hopes of combatting the current opioid crisis in the region. The House of Haven women’s shelter at 562 Concession Rd.,  is currently being restored to make way for House of Friendship’s $3-million project. House of Friendship offers safe, confidential and free treatment for those who are suffering from addiction. The new … Continued

Controversial Nike ad sparks debate

By Kaitlyn Mullin, Spoke News On Sept. 3, the American multinational corporation Nike released an advertisement campaign that became a subject of controversy across the internet. The ad features a former quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, Colin Kaepernick, who created his own controversy in 2016 when he began taking a knee during the American national anthem. “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything,” reads the controversial advertisement … Continued