May 25, 2024

VIDEO: Plants and flowers will soon be blooming

Gardening season has already begun for some residents of Waterloo Region and as the weather continues to get warmer, more will tackle their gardens. There are many ways to garden, even in small spaces. Things like hanging plants and split planters can help anyone dealing with small space. Many tips can help students shop on a budget, like splitting costs with friends. 

Five gardening tips for beginners

The arrival of spring brings many seasonal delights to Waterloo Region. It signals the end of long Canadian winters, the beginning of warm weather, and many spring activities. One of the most popular, is gardening. Gardening can be daunting for beginners who are not quite sure where to start. For students, the benefits of developing this skill are vast. The height of exam season is now a reality for students … Continued

Students teaching abroad share experiences and offer tips

Students looking to teach abroad are in high demand in Asia and some Ontarians have met the call. Kristofer Kravis has just begun his six-month teaching expedition in Thailand while Robert Lawson has recently returned home from teaching in Seoul, South Korea, and Spain. Both of them have advice and tips for students planning to teach abroad. Provided below are some pointers on how to follow Kravis’s route to teaching … Continued

Hespeler farmers’ market to be ‘bigger and better’ when it returns after two-year absence

June 3 is the day many people in the Hespeler community have been eagerly anticipating. The Hespeler Village Market returns after its two-year pandemic hiatus and organizers say it is ready to come back bigger and better than before. The market has been running since 2016 and takes place every Friday afternoon through late spring and summer. It consists of local vendors who can show up anywhere from once a … Continued

AUDIO: Golfers hoping to hit hole-in-one once courses open

Golfers in Waterloo Region, dust off your clubs, because the season is just around the corner. As the weather gets warmer, golfers are closer than ever to getting their first COVID restriction-free season. Many golfers are excited to have a sense of normalcy in the sport, even though they were able to play through the pandemic.  Local courses are preparing frantically as the tentative date for opening is April 8.

What’s new on streaming services this April: Netflix, Disney+ and more

Spring has sprung, and with the new season comes new original movies and TV shows to Canadian streaming services. From Netflix to Disney+, streaming platforms continue to pump out endless original content for their subscribers to enjoy, and this April is no different. But navigating this immense collection of new shows and movies across a multitude of platforms can be a challenge and a rather expensive one. Take a look … Continued

Kitchener’s Maple Sugar Shack celebrates local maple syrup makers and more Canadian-themed products

The Downtown Kitchener Maple Sugar Shack kicks off spring at the Kitchener Farmer’s Market on April 2 with a celebration of local maple syrup and other Canadian-themed products. Maple syrup is more than just something to put on pancakes in Canada; it’s something many people consider part of Canadian culture, and the flag even perfectly represents that. “We partnered with the Kitchener Market and found that the maple syrup harvest … Continued

Toronto Comicon brings cosplayers together once again

From Trekkies to Potterheads, fandoms of all kinds gathered to share their passion with like-minded people at Toronto Comicon, a three-day convention that ran from March 18 to March 20. After a two-year hiatus because of the pandemic, Comicon’s highly anticipated return to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre had fans big and small dressing up as their favourite characters in costumes known as cosplay. Extravagant cosplays from stormtroopers to giant … Continued

Toronto Comicon, equal parts the same as it was different

Have you ever played Call of Cthulhu? It’s a game that requires wit, a roleplaying spirit, and sometimes even background music to set the tone. At least, that is what the panel called “How To Get Started in “Call of Cthulhu” 7th Edition” said, one of many panels to return to Toronto Comicon this past weekend.  The three day convention, March 18 to March 20, is part of the bi-annual … Continued

VIDEO REVIEW: Shatter Me will shatter you using all the words imaginable

Reading is a great way to relax, but it can also improve your mental health. You can put your current world behind you and dive into one that will sweep you off your feet; you can meet new and interesting people along the way. Shatter Me is a dystopian novel written by Tahereh Mafi. Mafi uses exceptional writing and description that will transport you into a world that could potentially … Continued

Review: Turning Red is a heartwarming love letter to Canada

Spoiler warning: Article may contain spoilers for the film Turning Red. What is red, white, and furry all over? The adorable red panda Meilin “Mei” Lee in Disney Pixar’s latest movie Turning Red. The coming-of-age film, set in Toronto in 2002, follows the story of 13-year-old Lee, a Chinese-Canadian girl who discovers that she turns into a giant red panda when she experiences intense emotions.  Turning Red is Pixar’s first feature-length film to … Continued

FEATURE: Point Clark is a slice of heaven for cottage goers

Yellows, pinks, and oranges light up the sky around 8 p.m. in the month of August. The smell of lake water fills the air as you take a deep breath. The grass brushes against you as you sit on the edge of the hill with rocks and water below.  Your skin is warm from a long day at the beach and you’re getting ready to have a bonfire after the … Continued

REVIEW: Montreal and poutine, the most Canadian combination ever

Chicago is known for its famous deep-dish pizza, Italy is known for handmade pasta, and France is known for macarons. Here in Canada, poutine tops my list of famous Canadian food. Poutine originated in the 1950s in Quebec; a French-speaking province located in eastern Canada. It is fried with a distinct flavoured gravy that will melt in your mouth. Oh, and don’t forget those fresh cheese curds on top. But … Continued

College and university students are getting inked after isolation: here’s the trends they’re into

With restrictions lifted once more in Ontario, tattoo shops have reopened – booked and busier than ever. College and university students have been flooding towards the shops, eager to poke their skin with the most popular tattoo trends, from minimalist flowers to the bold colours of American traditional. Part of the reason tattoo shops have been so busy lately, is because of backed up appointments; clients whose appointments have been … Continued