November 14, 2019

Candidates spar over Indigenous issues at Conestoga College debate

Kitchener-area political candidates campaigned for the student vote during a debate at Conestoga’s doon campus on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019.

Students questioned candidates on issues facing Indigenous people, including the lack of clean water in some communities, land ownership and respectful consent.

OPINION: The single-use plastic epidemic

Walk along a coastline, any coastline, and what do you experience? The smell of salty sea air and the piercing cry of gulls circling overhead? Definitely. Colourful plastics washed up on the shore? Almost certainly. The single-use plastic problem doesn’t just affect coastlines and beaches either. Forests, green spaces, and anywhere else people routinely gather, there’s going to be plastic waste which affects the ecosystem and wildlife. This in turn … Continued

Some people live life, others create it

The short film industry is thriving, thanks in part to smaller competitions such as the OWL 48.5 Hour B Film Challenge in Stratford, Ont., where film enthusiasts come together to meet, experiment and have fun.

Bernier’s views now a political belief

EDITORIAL By Ahmad Khan Maxime Bernier criticizes “Trudeau’s extreme multiculturalism” but is he turning hate into a political belief? Maxime Bernier, leader of the People’s Party of Canada, stirred up a storm of controversy when he criticized Justin Trudeau of “extreme multiculturalism.” On Aug. 13 an article appeared on CBC that published a series of tweets from Bernier …. “Trudeau’s extreme multiculturalism and cult of diversity will divide us into … Continued

Doug Ford, a man with a plan for the people, but which people?

EDITORIAL By Colin Burrowes When Premier Doug Ford announced in the Legislature on Tuesday, Oct. 1 his government, which he claims is “for the people,” would be eliminating all of Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, we wondered, which people is this government for? There is more to Bill 148 than a raise of minimum wage to $15 or the first two of 10 emergency leave days being … Continued

No justice for Tori Stafford

EDITORIAL By Jessica Towriss Beaten, raped and murdered. Those are three words you never want to hear but they will haunt Tori Stafford’s family forever. Tori was only eight years old when she was abducted walking home from a school in Woodstock on April 8, 2009. She was lured away by a woman who dangled the promise of seeing a puppy in front of her. After being missing for almost … Continued

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

Safe injection sites – are they really safe?

EDITORIAL By Jessica Towriss Dangerous, disruptive, enabling and controversial. Those four words describe safe injection sites in Canada. In response to a rising drug crisis, cities have implemented safe injection sites in order to reduce incidents of public drug use and to provide a hygienic environment in which individuals are able to consume illicit recreational drugs intravenously. Injection sites are publicly funded facilities and last year alone they secured a … Continued

Are we prepared for the robotic revolution?

EDITORIAL By Terry Foster Since the invention of fire, mankind has worked tirelessly to make life easier and more comfortable. Never has mankind seen a shift in labour like we did during the industrial revolution, however technology has finally caught up. We are now in an age of unlimited potential and using automation and artificial intelligence (AI), we are quickly replacing the need for not just physical labourers but even … Continued

U-Pass not for everyone

EDITORIAL By Niall McCrossan Students at Conestoga College can now vote in a referendum that would allow full-time students to receive a bus pass as part of their tuition. The universal transit pass would be effective September 2019 and would cost no more than $137 per semester. The pass, also known as the “U-Pass,” would grant full-time students unlimited access to all Grand River Transit (GRT) services which will also … Continued