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  • THE ELEPHANT: NEW REPORT SAYS SYSTEMIC CHANGE IS NEEDED TO TACKLE HOMELESSNESS

    THE ELEPHANT: NEW REPORT SAYS SYSTEMIC CHANGE IS NEEDED TO TACKLE HOMELESSNESS

    In early April, the Community and Health Services Committee had a meeting with regional councillors who voted in favour of the Plan to End Chronic Homelessness (The PECH). This plan was a joint effort created by the Region of Waterloo staff in partnership with the Social Development Centre Waterloo Region (SDCWR). Although the plan must…


  • IN SOLIDARITY: WLU STUDENTS STRIVE FOR UNIONIZATION

    IN SOLIDARITY: WLU STUDENTS STRIVE FOR UNIONIZATION

    If you’ve spent time at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) recently, you’ll have likely seen stickers posted around campus bearing this call to action. Maybe you’ve also seen posters, stuck to bulletin boards or taped up on the door of your favourite professor, exclaiming “I SUPPORT All Student Workers.” Or perhaps you’ve seen students hurrying to…


  • NEW TUNE REVIEW: NATASHA RITCHIE I LOVE YOU UNTIL THE SUN DIES (2024)

    NEW TUNE REVIEW: NATASHA RITCHIE I LOVE YOU UNTIL THE SUN DIES (2024)

    Waterloo’s Connor Kurtz explores avante-noise subgenre’s under the name Important Hair. Their latest effort, Natasha Ritchie I Love You Until the Sun Dies (2024), is a meditative collection that sets a course for an experiential ritual in the art of noise.      NRILYUTSD opens with an enchanting composition for melodica. Droning harmonies fold over each…


  • LEVEL UP: REMEMBERING LOCAL MULTIPLAYER

    LEVEL UP: REMEMBERING LOCAL MULTIPLAYER

    As part of the Laurier Pride Society, I’ve been playing a lot of party games with my friends. I’ve also been playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with Laurier’s gaming club and Monster Hunter World with another friend.   Playing games with friends is always a great time for me, even though I usually play single-player…


  • HOW IT WORKS: HOSPITAL BOARDS IN ONTARIO

    HOW IT WORKS: HOSPITAL BOARDS IN ONTARIO

    In Ontario, hospitals are independent corporations run by a localized board of directors.   However, they are still part of an interconnected system of healthcare services offered by the government. Hospital boards work a little bit like school boards and municipalities in that they decide on their individual strategic plans, but they use the framework set…


  • STORIES OF WR

    STORIES OF WR

    It is October and three ghost friends decide to enjoy a night out in Kitchener. Their first stop is to see a spooky film at the Apollo Cinema. After the film, they float over to AOK to play arcade games. They then make their way to linger at one of Schneider Haus’ windows, watching the…


  • COSMIC RELIEF: CANCER SEASON KICKS OFF THE SUMMER

    COSMIC RELIEF: CANCER SEASON KICKS OFF THE SUMMER

    As June arrives, it brings summer in the northern hemisphere and an official change of season with the summer solstice on June 21st. In the world of astrology, this date also marks the beginning of Cancer season.   Cancer is often represented by a crab. While it has many mythic associations, the crab has its roots…


  • QUEER SPACE: WCDSB INFORMAL POLICY CENSORS 2SLGBTQ+ BOOKS FOR STUDENTS

    QUEER SPACE: WCDSB INFORMAL POLICY CENSORS 2SLGBTQ+ BOOKS FOR STUDENTS

    The Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) currently has an informal policy to re-catalogue certain children’s books in their school libraries to the professional collection, a staff-only collection that is reserved for teaching resources. These are age-appropriate 2SLGBTQ+ books selected by trained professionals relocated to teacher-resource collections that students cannot fairly access.   Four titles…


  • SEXPLANATIONS: SETTING BOUNDARIES, BIDDING FAREWELL

    SEXPLANATIONS: SETTING BOUNDARIES, BIDDING FAREWELL

    Recently, I explained to a neighbor who wanted to spend time with me that I needed some alone time on weekends. I thoughtfully reminded her of my multiple roles at the University of Waterloo and how much time, effort and care I put into them. I said I needed time on the weekends to reflect,…