January 25, 2022

Faculty strike looms over Conestoga College after union negotiations hit a standstill

While Conestoga College continues to grapple with the difficulties of the pandemic, a new challenge has made the future for students and faculty even more unclear.  After months of failed negotiation attempts between the College Employer Council (CEC) and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), which represents Ontario College Faculty (CAAT-A), the CEC is calling for a final offer vote. The vote is scheduled to take place from Feb. … Continued

Stores and shoppers prepare for a busy Black Friday in Waterloo Region

The slow return to normal after the pandemic has many people excited, including those who want to venture out on Black Friday. In Waterloo Region, some shoppers look forward to the busy day when they can search for bargains. “Christmas is for gifts. Black Friday is for me,” said Tammy McNamee, a Waterloo Region resident who already has her shopping list ready. “I’m definitely into Black Friday. I buy stuff … Continued

Santa Claus is coming to town for COVID-19 friendly parades

Santa Claus’s return to Waterloo Region this November might look a bit different yet again this year with pandemic precautions still in place, but the show must go on for the jolly man in red. This year, guests attending parades in Waterloo and Kitchener will be the ones rolling past the floats in what is being called a Reverse Santa Claus Parade. But, in Cambridge, the traditional parade will return. … Continued

COVID-19 can’t stop Kin and Kinette clubs from making an impact in their communities

Kin and Kinette club members across Canada work to make a difference in their communities, and Waterloo Region is no exception. According to Krista Nicol from Kin Canada, “Kinsmen, Kinettes, and Kin clubs are comprised of volunteer members who share the mission of serving the community’s greatest need.” Adrian Helm from the Preston Kin Club in Cambridge talks about how he got involved with his local Kin Club and how … Continued

Remembrance Day 2021: Remembering Canada’s armed forces amidst the pandemic

Closures and cancellations are commonplace in the pandemic world, but Remembrance Day services will proceed in Waterloo Region this year, with some precautions in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Waterloo Warbirds will be flying high with their annual Remembrance Day honour flights this year.  “We do plan on overflying the region on Remembrance Day,” said Doug Sheppard, Team Coordinator for the Waterloo Warbirds. “It has become a tradition … Continued

Back to school: What returning to campus means for some Conestoga College students

With many courses at Conestoga College expected to return to in-person classes this winter, some students and professors are looking forward to the transition, but others have concerns for the semester ahead. Ashhar Khan, an IT student at Conestoga College who graduated in 2020, is one of the many who experienced the challenges of transitioning their education to a fully online environment. “I faced a lot of difficulties in adapting … Continued

COVID-19 drives up the demand for Food Bank at Conestoga College

With the challenges that come from a global pandemic, places like The Food Bank of Waterloo Region (FBWR) have been hit harder than ever before as the need for food resources in the region grows. “Since March 2020, we have seen an increased need for emergency food assistance throughout the Community Food Assistance Network,” said an impact report provided by Jennifer Judges, Communication Specialist at the FBWR. The Food Assistance Network is … Continued

VIDEO: Dive into the autumn season with fall festivities around Waterloo Region

COVID-19 has changed how people enjoy the seasonal activities they love, but there are still plenty of ways to celebrate the fall season safely in Waterloo Region. From pumpkin patches like Good Family Farm to movie theatres like Princess Cinema, everyone has had to adapt to the pandemic. While some places have had to find new and innovative ways to celebrate the fall season, others have found success amidst the … Continued

Local performers prepare for impact at the IMPACT 21 festival

IMPACT 21, a local international and multicultural festival, is back and ready to get people excited for live theatre once again.  The seventh biennial International Multicultural Platform for Alternative Contemporary Theatre (IMPACT) will unfold at various locations in Kitchener and Waterloo from Sept. 28 to Oct. 9. “As we all know, COVID-19 has impacted all of us, and very harshly the arts,” said Carlos Parada, Public Outreach and Development Coordinator … Continued

VIDEO: Local Art Fair marks the start of “event season” at Homer Watson House & Gallery

An art fair held at The Homer Watson House & Gallery on Sunday, Sept. 22, provided 20 local artists with the chance to sell their work to people in the region. The outdoor fair, located near Conestoga’s Doon campus, was a welcomed change for many artists who, due to COVID-19, have been unable to attend such events. Information on the upcoming Spirit Season held by the Homer Watson House & … Continued

Local talent in the spotlight at the Homer Watson art fair

The Homer Watson House & Gallery will host an outdoor art fair on Sunday, Sept 19 to showcase local artists and their talent.  The fair, which was initially planned for last Sunday but was rescheduled due to rain, will take place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Guests are invited to buy some of the pieces created by 20 different artists from the region, including Katherine Olenic, who currently works at … Continued