January 25, 2022

New building for youth experiencing homelessness nears completion

You can listen to the audio of the report, or read the full news article below! “One youth on the street is one too many,” has been the long-standing motto for OneROOF, an organization that seeks to help youth experiencing homelessness in Waterloo Region especially during the pandemic.  Despite the hardships OneROOF has faced during the era of COVID-19, a new building is in development near OneROOF’s current operational facilities. … Continued

Getting a handle on winter maintenance for 2022

Infrastructure services staff at the City of Kitchener have to propose a budget to city council every year on the estimated winter maintenance costs. Though the numbers for 2022 won’t be officially passed by the city council until Dec. 13, it’s expected to be similar to previous years.  Winter maintenance covers anything from the labour force of the mechanics and drivers that provide 24/7 coverage in the winter, to supplies … Continued

Students look forward to studying abroad post-pandemic

“There isn’t any place I’d rather be,” said Biplov Ramal, 26, a Sheridan College graduate who recently travelled back to his home country of Nepal. “Traveling is an experience that lets you come back with new perspectives.” Over the last decade, Asian academic communities have seen a massive uptick in international students. Low tuition and living costs are often cited as key factors in the economic decision as to why … Continued

Future Entrepreneurs Need to Beware Ransomeware

Spoke had the opportunity to speak with David MacBride, an operations manager at W.A Stephenson Mechanical who spoke of his horror stories with ransomware after his company was hacked. His experience was complicated and difficult, but with the right insight, he says there is a way out. 

The Personal Stories of Orange Shirt Day

Ryan B Chan This was the first year that Canada recognized the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation which now takes place annually on Sept 30. The day is to honour the lost children and survivors of residential schools, their families and communities.  The event also coincides with Orange shirt day which is a symbolic day to represent the culture that was taken from Indigenous peoples. The story behind Orange … Continued

Conestoga mourns the death of Joshua Bennett

By Ryan B Chan The Conestoga College Community mourns the tragic loss of Joshua Bennett who died early Friday morning. Flags were lowered at Conestoga College on Monday, Sept. 27 in memory of the student, whose death is being investigated as a homicide. Bennett was a Conestoga student from the Etobicoke area and was enrolled in the carpentry and renovation technician program.  “It is with great sadness that I share … Continued

From Student To Home Owner

By Ryan B Chan Becoming a homeowner is probably one of the last things on a student’s mind. There are so many other things that take the forefront. Grades, work, social life, finances all take precedent, but real estate agent Troy Challe shows that it’s really not as difficult as it seems.  “First off, it’s all a case by case basis,” Challe said during an interview. “The market is heated … Continued