January 25, 2022

OPINION – Online schooling has caused frustration for post-secondary students for almost two years now

As the return to in-person classes looms for college and university students, it is time to reflect on the entire online learning experience.  For the most part, the consensus is that students struggled with online learning and that was also my experience. All colleges and universities need to lower tuition. Students have paid thousands of dollars to sit at home or in their dorm. Multiple services, such as gym facilities, … Continued

Cambridge Christmas Market welcomes in-person shopping this year

The Cambridge Christmas Market is officially back to in-person shopping this year when the city holds its event on Dec. 11. Anyone in the community can come shop at the market but there will be health protocols in place.  This year, the market is being held at Cambridge City Hall and is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free but most things in the market will cost … Continued

Teddy bears in forecast for Kitchener Rangers; Jesse Fishman recalls an emotional goal

The Kitchener Rangers 26th Annual Teddy Bear Toss game will take place on Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. when they take on the London Knights at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium. All the bears thrown on the ice will be donated to charitable organizations around Waterloo Region.  The rules of throwing the teddy bears onto the ice are simple. You throw them on the ice after Kitchener scores their first goal … Continued

Bingemans Gift of Lights aims to lift holiday spirits

Bingemans Gift of Lights is back for another holiday season with more than 300 light displays, including drive-thru tunnels. The attraction can vary in cost; depending on what night you go, it can be anywhere from $25 to $45. This attraction will be open all through the holiday season. Its last day is Jan. 9, 2022.

AUDIO: Local business hopes to bounce back from pandemic during the holiday season

Valerie Simpson, the owner of One Sixty One Artisan Market in the downtown Hespeler area of Cambridge can’t wait for the holiday season. The store’s “Christmas Arrives” event will be held on Nov. 13 in hopes of getting customers in the holiday spirit and also giving back to them. Without the support of the community, these local businesses would not have survived the worst of COVID-19.

Local groups provide programs to support athletes who have experienced sexual abuse

Multiple players from a variety of sports have begun the long process of healing from sexual abuse. When former Chicago Blackhawks player Kyle Beach came forward with news that he was allegedly sexually abused by Blackhawks video coach Brad Aldrich, it led to more athletes coming out with their stories and seeking the proper support. This has also helped many other people outside of the sports world realize where they … Continued

Artists ready to shine at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery

The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery welcomed three new award-winning exhibits this past weekend. Admission is free.  The exhibits include art from Meghan Sims, Walter Ostrom, and the 2021 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics.  Denis Longchamps, the executive director and chief curator of the gallery, has worked there for three years. He has enjoyed his time at the gallery and is looking forward to this new exhibit. “We do fantastic … Continued

VIDEO: Conestoga College professor wins Halloween Food Network challenge

Raquel France, a Conestoga baking and pastry arts professor, recently won “The Big Bake: Halloween” which aired on the Food Network. She graduated from Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute in Ottawa, Ontario. She has opened her own bakeshop in Waterloo, Ontario called Q’s Cakes. She has also recently been named a Top 30 Under 30 award winner by Kostuch Media Ltd.

Live sports are back in town as Kitchener Rangers prepare for home opener

It has been a long time coming but live sports are finally back in session. The Kitchener Rangers is one of the local teams that Conestoga College students could see live. They are a junior-based hockey team that plays in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).  The Rangers are one of the most historic junior franchises in the league because they have been a part of it since 1963. The OHL … Continued

Oktoberfest kicks off, but with some changes due to COVID-19

The Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is set to kick off on Friday, Sept 24 at noon with their opening ceremonies, the start of the 18-day festival. This year’s celebrations will be a mix of online festivities and small in-person gatherings. Due to the pandemic, schedules for many in-person events can not be released to the public, including The WunderWagen. This attraction is a travelling stage that can appear anywhere in Waterloo Region.  … Continued

Online fitness classes have something for everyone at Conestoga

COVID-19 is keeping Conestoga College’s recreation centre closed for the first semester, along with their in-person fitness classes. Fortunately for students, classes are still being offered online through Zoom. Students can sign up for any classes through the college’s website.  Kristen Bolliger, the assistant manager of athletics and recreation, encourages students at the college to attend.  “The thought really is to provide support for students who are studying at home,” … Continued