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“We Just Have To Show Them Our Hearts”: Islamophobia in WR

Noor describes November 16 as an unseasonably warm day—a high of 15 degrees Celsius according to Environment Canada—and, pointedly, “the first Monday after Paris.” On that Monday her car windows were rolled down as she sat waiting for the lights to change at the intersection of King and Weber Streets. “When the arrow opened for the cars beside me to go left, I didn’t see the man’s face, I only heard him yell ‘you are a terrorist!’ and go, he was gone,” Noor, who is Syrian, said. “And then the light opened for us to go straight, but I hear a beep! beep! because really I was shocked, and in shock,” she continued, explaining the disorienting moments that followed....

If Streets Could Talk: Tremaine Park

There are Kitchener neighbourhoods rich in history, and then there’s Tremaine Park. With the first residents moving in less than 10 years ago, the neighbourhood loosely bounded by Fairway Road, Sims Estate Drive, Janine Street and Tremaine Drive is one of the youngest in Kitchener. Despite its newness, the neighbourhood has quickly developed a community spirit and strong sense of identity....

Unbuilt WR: WESTIN HOTEL IN UPTOWN SQUARE

In the mid 2000s, soon after the Waterloo Town Square mall was partially demolished, the King Street frontage redeveloped, and the remaining indoor section rebranded as “The Shops,” a luxury hotel was set to rise next door at Caroline and Willis Way....