October 3, 2022

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

VIDEO: College students who ‘forget all the rules’ about recycling could vastly improve their recycling habits

Waterloo Region has a rich history with the blue box, particularly Kitchener which started the first blue bin program. But the student population seems neither to know nor care about this. Kathleen Barsoum, coordinator of waste management in Waterloo Region, says students need to put more effort into sorting their recycling and garbage. In this video, she speaks about the history of the blue bin and youth involvement in recycling.

Rabbits need a new home for Easter

By Ryan B Chan   Rabbits at the Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo & Stratford Perth are looking for new homes after several bunnies were dropped off at the Kitchener Waterloo Animal Centre overnight Sunday, April 3. One of the rabbits was found inside a truck engine on Wednesday evening but was removed and taken to the Humane Society.  This adds to the additional surge of rabbits the Humane Society … Continued

AUDIO: World Autism Awareness Day’s importance goes beyond April 2

World Autism Awareness Day is a day to promote inclusivity, create awareness, and listen to autistic voices about their experiences. While April 2 is the day dedicated to this, people with autism and organizations that support them believe World Autism Awareness Day should be on our minds – specifically, neurotypical minds – every day, ensuring the awareness turns into action.

The World of Bodybuilding: “My world revolved around my diet and the gym and that’s it.”

Charlotte McCord, Conestoga alumni, is a nutrition and fitness coach at Proactive Fitness in Cambridge. McCord has enjoyed her career as a coach for many years but in her early twenties she thought she might pursue a different career path. Just after her 21st birthday, McCord competed in the bikini division at her first, and last, bodybuilding competition. She trained rigorously for 16 weeks prior to the competition and engaged … Continued

“Holy reviews, Batman!” (The Batman spoiler-free review)

Riddle me this, what’s dark, dreary, and makes you have to pee?  With a runtime that is four minutes shy of three hours, The Batman feels longer than it needs to be.  The runtime of this movie has been met with some support from die-hard fans who suggest that it needed to be this long, but the die-hard fan within me tells me it was not necessary. Both Seven (David … 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

Safe driving tips for the ever-changing weather patterns

As we hope for warmer spring months in Ontario, winter can have a fierce way of holding on for as long as it can. For the past few weeks, it has been coating Southern Ontario roads in a blanket of glistening ice and snow. However pretty it may appear, it can be extremely dangerous to drive on, especially when the weather around this time of year can change from a … 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

FEATURE: If you are looking to travel again, there is no place like New York

Travelling has been a real struggle during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially for those living away from their families. Vacations and family traditions have been broken, causing an emotional outcome for some hardcore travellers. But there are signs that Ontario and the rest of the world is starting to welcome back visitors. For me, this creates a longing to return to New York City where I had an exciting first visit … Continued

VIDEO: Hike in cost of food items creates a challenge for international students

       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zn49aWAMa9g Some Conestoga College students face hunger because of the increased prices of food items in Waterloo Region. Many students go hungry to class because they cannot afford to buy needed food items. Students now subscribe to eating only food they can afford, not necessarily the most healthy choices. Christine Balogun, an international student at Conestoga College laments about how tough it has become to access affordable food. “I used $25 … Continued

A Spoke retrospective, a glimpse into the news machine

The technology of today can be taken for granted. Keyboards instead of typewriters, computer screens instead of plain paper, virtual classrooms instead of the hardwood of times past.  Through the Spoke online archive, one can see that some things never change. Since Spoke’s introduction in 1968, the issues matched the times for everyone, not just those on the other side of the pen and paper.  One might consider modern journalism … Continued

‘Fun’ manager lifts spirits for residents at retirement home in Cambridge

The pandemic has forced many people to lead a more isolated lifestyle. This can lead to unpleasant emotions, mental health declines, and feelings of loneliness. Some of the people who are most at risk reside in facilities that provide care for seniors. From January to June of 2019, the percentage of adults reporting symptoms of anxiety or depression was 11 per cent. By January 2021, that number had increased to … Continued