March 19, 2019

Spoke publishes final print edition

By CHRISTINA JONAS It’s the end of an era at Conestoga College. Spoke, the weekly newspaper produced by journalism students, published its final print edition on April 16. In September we are moving to a digital-only model that will allow for more real-time news and digital storytelling. Spoke Online (, our current online news site, will continue the print edition’s tradition of featuring high-quality editorial content, including news, features, commentary … Continued

The time has come to take Cherry off the air

BY MIKE TURCOTTE I grew up in a household that loves hockey. Hockey Night in Canada was a huge part of my childhood, even though I never really had a huge interest myself. I grew up looking forward though, to Don Cherry, and always seeing what kind of suit he might wear that night, or his forward and blunt opinions on things. However, there have been times over the years … Continued

Legalizing pot

BY JOSH PEDERSON The Trudeau government’s legislation on the legalization of marijuana is fast approaching, with the purchase and consumption of the earthy green substance scheduled to begin in July. It is a move that has Canadians speculating as to whether this direction is one of calculated judgement regarding the future of the country and its economy, or if it is an impulsive leap into a vast uncharted realm by … Continued

Horoscope for the week of Jan. 8, 2018

ARIES – March 21 -April 19 Are you comfortable with the idea of doing something new? This year will prove to be the day you stood up for yourself and the trajectory of your life shifted, even if subtly. TAURUS– April 20 – May 20 Seek out someone you trust to answer a difficult question. With good advice you can do anything. GEMINI – May 21 – June 21 This … Continued

Naloxone kits coming to college

BY MELISSA HORTON The growing use of fentanyl has become a crisis in many areas including Kitchener. Politicians are grappling with how to deal with the issue, including proposals for safe injection sites in the hopes of keeping drugs off the streets. Residents have organized events to rid their neighbourhoods of needles and first responders have armed themselves with naloxone kits in hopes of reducing the number of overdose deaths. … Continued

Social mob mentality must go

BY MIKE TURCOTTE Social media has become probably one of the single most powerful and influential aspects of human interaction across the globe. Whether people use it to read about politics, inventions, discoveries, crime, or something in between, social media connects people, and shares information to the masses. However, social media is also a shining example of mob mentality, and it’s starting to get really annoying. How many people reading … Continued

Flu season strikes

By TYLER MEDEIROS The flu season is here so grab your tissues and lozenges because it is going to be a rough one this year. On Dec. 22 nurses came to the Doon campus recreation centre to administer the flu shot to any student, faculty and staff who wanted it. Most of the students who received the shot were people who were not born in Canada or who travel to … Continued

Eat, sleep, study, repeat

By TYLER MEDEIROS Exam time can be stressful for most students. It causes late night study sessions and anxiety, leaving most students wondering if they are as ready as they can be for the upcoming test. “There is nothing worse than exam time and with the recent strike everyone is worried about their grades dropping from just one test,” said Adam Vitug a first-year Conestoga business student. You can beat … Continued

Galt art studio offers more than just art

By TAYLOR PACE The owner of a new art studio in Galt believes providing customers with a positive and memorable experience is the most important part of her job. “I put people first; it’s more important for me to treat people with respect than whether I sell something or not,” said Susan Benton, a mother of two with a friendly face, who opened the doors of Cedar Lake Studios on … Continued

Advocating for the environment

BY JOSH PEDERSON To say that you have received an award directly from Queen Elizabeth II is not a feat that many of us can relate to. For Daniel Ajiroba, a bachelor of environmental public health student at Conestoga College, that was a reality, when he received the Queen’s Young Leaders Medal in 2015. This sensational accomplishment is just one of many that Ajiroba has obtained in his 30-year lifetime. … Continued

Tech bar to the rescue

BY PETER SWART A tech bar is the latest addition to Conestoga’s Library Resource Centre (LRC) and its staff want to help students succeed. “The tech bar is a place for students to come and get help with any of their technology questions,” said Trish Weigel-Green, the director of the LRC. It’s a service that may have students questioning whether it’s just like IT Services, and they’re right to question … Continued

Protest for Palestine

By TAYLOR PACE A group of University of Waterloo students staged multiple peaceful protest in Waterloo Town Square last month to show their support for Palestine. Around 50 people huddled in the cold on Dec. 17, waving the Palestinian flag, holding hand-made signs and chanting phrases like “From Palestine to Mexico, all the borders have to go,” and “From Turtle Island to Palestine, occupation is a crime.” Turtle Island is … Continued

High driving

BY VERONICA REINER We’ve known the date for a long time. Marijuana will become legal in Canada on July 1, 2018, bringing a whole new set of rules, regulations and questions. What should be the set minimum age to smoke pot? How much should it cost? But among these, one issue seems more difficult to solve than the others: How should driving while high be monitored and dealt with? Driving … Continued