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  • THE ELEPHANT: NEW YEAR, NEW BUDGET, SAME OLD BUREAUCRACY

    THE ELEPHANT: NEW YEAR, NEW BUDGET, SAME OLD BUREAUCRACY

    With the need for housing constantly growing in the region, the 2024 City of Kitchener budget emphasizes a need for more infrastructure.   If there is growth in housing, there must be infrastructure to supplement that growth. However, several factors stand in the way of Kitchener’s development plans. “Recent changes to the Development Charges Act, under…


  • NEW TUNE REVIEW: ARCADE ALL STARS (2024)

    NEW TUNE REVIEW: ARCADE ALL STARS (2024)

    Insert Coin is the debut EP from KW’s Arcade Allstars. They make uplifting, ska-punk reminiscent of bands like The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Complete with tenor sax, trombone and keys, the six-piece delivers catchy tunes with deep meanings.   This record appeals to early 2000’s nostalgia. With an emphasis on musicianship, the band executes a playful…


  • 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: THE COLLECTIVE UNCONSCIOUS AND AQUARIUS

    COSMIC RELIEF: THE COLLECTIVE UNCONSCIOUS AND AQUARIUS

    The reason I like to believe that zodiac signs play a significant role in our lives stems from the theories of Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung. In the early 20th century Jung suggested the concept of a collective unconscious which refers to a reservoir of memories, symbols, and archetypes that we all share. It’s a shared…


  • 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,…