November 16, 2018

Additional parking garage not needed

BY AUSTIN WELLS Last week, reports were released that Kitchener officials plan to build a sixth parking garage in the city, despite the other five being underused. One of the newest lots reported 36 per cent monthly occupancy, while the market garage reported a 52 per cent occupancy. The industry average for occupancy is 86 per cent. These low numbers should be reason enough to drop the project, yet the … Continued

The internet made you eat what?

BY Tyler Medeiros Throughout the years there have been many dangerous fads that have injured or killed the people who participated in them. The Tide Pod challenge is the current fad of 2018 and we have already seen about 40 cases of people ingesting the detergent pod in Canada. In 2016 anonymous users online started posting jokes about Tide Pods looking like Fruit Gushers, the children’s snack. However, it wasn’t … Continued

Family lives in forest on their own terms

BY PAUL BOREHAM Being a reporter for Spoke has led me to places I would never have gone otherwise. One of these places is down by the river just east of Guelph where a family of four have been living in a yurt for several years. They live off society’s grid – no indoor toilet, electricity or running water. An inquiry at their neighbour’s home led to a meeting with … Continued

Six-year-old shaves head on World Cancer Day

BY JESSICA PETT “I’m sorry, it’s cancer.” Those four words changed Sarah Cinelli’s life forever. The mother, sister, wife and friend immediately started counting the ways. “The kids need me, who’s going to plan the birthday parties, who’s going to do everything a mom does, am I going to die, what’s going to happen?” she thought. She was shocked, like anyone would be in her situation, but she immediately began … Continued

New creative coping workshop

BY JOE WEPPLER According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 350 million people across the world suffer from depression. It is also the leading cause of disability worldwide. Despite the fact that anxiety disorders such as depression are highly treatable, only about one-third of those suffering receive treatment. To help combat this, Bell Media created the Let’s Talk initiative, with a focus on raising awareness and encouraging people to … Continued

Local church a sanctuary for students

BY MIKE STROMME The Doon Presbyterian Church is open to helping out Conestoga students in any way it can. This includes providing a space for musicians to practise and using their kitchen to make home-cooked meals. ”We want to be an option for students to come to if they have a need, whatever it is,” said Aaron Hooper, the church’s outreach/Christian education co-ordinator. “We want to help serve the community, … Continued

Horoscopes – Week of Oct. 19

Aquarius: January 20 – February 18 Don’t let procrastination affect you. Keep up with your workload and you will be rewarded. Pisces: February 19 – March 20 Your honesty enlightens those around you. Don’t be afraid to express the thoughts others didn’t think you had. Aries: March 21 – April 19 Your passions may cloud your judgment in a dispute. Don’t be quickly angered by a friend’s abstract point of view. Your … Continued