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Dave Thomas CONTRIBUTOR One in four Canadians spend more than 30 per cent of their income on a place to live. That means a lot of people may be one pay cheque away from losing their home. In Waterloo Region, there are 3,000 people on the waiting list for subsidized rental units. Some people may…
This region is made up of people from somewhere else, not including our indigenous neighbours. We arrive here for different reasons, but we stay and thrive because of the hospitality shown to us by those who came before.
Art is not a commodity. That was the message leaders in the local arts community had for the 10 Waterloo Region MP candidates in attendance at THEMUSEUM’s event A Cultural Exchange 5.0.
The Community Edition team tours Grand River Brewing in preparation for Doors Open.
TCE crunched the numbers to see how many volunteer hours make their way into the region’s economy.
The pigs don’t know anyone like they know Andrew Tilt. He’s the man who feeds them and chases them back into their enclosure when they wander past the wood door to the shed in the middle of the field they call home.
TCE chats with Tina Riddell, owner of Living Fresh Flower Studio & School and Helena Kwiecinski, owner of StylFrugal, to hear how small, independent businesses are fairing during ION construction.
TCE is launching “Start-up Watch,” a series featuring what the best and brightest technical minds are creating in the region’s backyard.
From robotics to knitting, from baking to making paper, over 100 exhibitors will be sharing their ideas with the public and with other makers at the Maker Expo.
What started out as a longing for a feminist sex toy store has morphed into the desire to create an intersectional trifecta of support. Plan B will focus on creating a space for all members of the queer community to establish roots in the downtown core.
While keeping more dollars in the wallets of local businesses is on her mind, founder Juliana Gomez actually sets her goal posts for LiveLocalKW a little further.
The drug, marketed as Mifegymiso in Canada, is expected to be available by January 2016 and a prescription will be necessary to purchase it.
Like the ventricles of the human brain, the neighbourhood of Forest Heights is a labyrinth of intertwined strips of pavement, lined on both sides with houses built before the plague of modern residential architecture turned homes into clones made of brick, drywall and shingles.
Allison Leonard shares parting words and welcomes Jesse Bauman as new EIC.
On the border of Kitchener and Waterloo at their headquarters on Roger Street, Ambrosia Pastry Co. plays host to the best dinner party in town.
In “Wear out There,” Christina breaks down the basics of packing for those fleeting, summer holidays.
Outdoor theatre is an experience like no other: bringing art into the open air and immersing the audience into the performance. Taking advantage of the beautiful summer weather, Driftwood Theatre Group performed Hamlet in Kitchener’s Civic Centre Park, between Kitchener Public Library and Centre in the Square, on July 28.
TCE is seeking a new Editor in Chief, applications due Friday, August 21.
The Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre, operators of Bruce Caboose Food Truck and Bruce Restaurant and Lounge will occupy the highly sought-after space in THEMUSEUM’s storefront.
Blume has written about masturbation, birth control, first love, teen sex, death, bullying and racism. All topics adults don’t typically like to speak with young people about. This was especially the case in the 70s when many of her books were written.
Once you’ve piled all your gear and friends/ family into your car, there’s likely a brewery you can visit no matter which direction you’re headed. With a little planning ahead, you can turn a boring drive into a fun brewery road trip and pick up some local beer.
Let’s start with a basic fact: sun damage is by far the most significant cause of wrinkling, skin aging and skin cancers. Jennifer Freitas gives the low-down on summer time damage control.
“Cyclists have a bonus,” says Leminski. “Because we can get places that cars can’t.”
Just south of the Expressway in Kitchener, the Chandler-Mowat neighbourhood is a vital and distinct community – a thin, two-kilometre-long expanse that is home to 4,000 people, in one of the most densely populated and diverse areas in the city.
A quick drive around Waterloo might leave you with the impression that we’re undergoing a major population boom. Whether it be the handful of new condos and apartments being built in the uptown core, or the ongoing forest of student-oriented condominiums sprouting out along University and King, mattress manufacturers should be doing well going forward.
“With downtown under construction, people have a lot to complain about in the downtown experience and the landscape. The opportunity to treat it as more of an adventure and
as an exploration space seems more important,” says Eric Rumble, festival organizer.
Cameron Dearlove shares the story of Roseto, Pennsylvania and their unique model for a healthy lifestyle.
Grocera aims to revolutionize WR food systems by bringing locally-sourced groceries from phone to front door.
The farmland for Warterloo Park was purchased from Jacob B. Eby’s widow, Elizabeth, in 1890 – making this year Waterloo Park’s 125th birthday. When’s the party?
Growing from wedding song favourites to a sound all their own, Dan Howler anticipates the September release of their hyper-local album, Mayfair Hotel.
Nominate your favourite places, spaces and people in Waterloo Region.
This year, there are just over 70 community gardens across Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and the surrounding townships. When KW’s Community Garden Council was first founded in 2005 there were only 28.
There’s a current of optimism about manufacturing in Waterloo Region. We’ve all heard about layoffs and plant closures, but people who make things are positive, whether it’s small-scale, niche production or larger, globally competitive companies marketing their products internationally.
TCE is sharing an on-going discussion series on ION impacts. This month, we sat down with Jay Walljasper, award-winning community builder, journalist, author, and city collector.
Big budget spectacles fill the theatres, page-turning novels keep us up at night, and music is played and sung along to loudly – summer is a great time for pop culture. TCE reviews the season’s got-to-check-it-out experiences.
“I’m not a cyclist by any stretch; I have a bike that has barely been wheeled outside of my garage since its purchase. In honour of bike month and the start of the car-less phase of my adult life, I challenged myself to bike as much as I could in June.”
TCE is exploring the good, the bad and the under-appreciated neighbourhoods of Waterloo Region. This month, we share the stories of Belmont Village.
The traditional economies – building a barn rather than a web page, incubating eggs rather than startups – continue to plow through the seasons, supplying refrigerators across the region.
Regular household in Waterloo Region has nearly $10,000 more in gross income than our neighbours in Toronto. You’d think this above-average financial situation would make us more charitable. Unfortunately that’s not the case.
When I was about eight years old I wondered if I could jump across the creek that flowed along the side of our yard. I backed up a few paces, ran and leaped.
TCE has been penning stories about WR’s neighbourhoods in the series “If streets could talk.” We’re compiling them here!
Early bird tickets for the downtown Kitchener festival went on sale the morning of the launch, selling out in 45 minutes.
TCE catches up with Cory Bluhm, manager of downtown development for the City of Kitchener to check in on downtown revitalization progress.
When the game of Kerplunk is five feet tall, it’s pretty hard to walk past without stopping to stare. That’s okay. In fact, it’s ideal on Ontario Street.
Mitigating WR’s challenge with waste management by highlighting international best practice.
“I have long wanted an open door market in Belmont Village. We have a good mix of residential and business; it just makes sense,” says Susan Broughton, owner-operator of All Things Tea on Belmont Ave.
TCE is exploring the good the bad and the under-appreciated neighbourhoods of Waterloo Region. This month, we share the stories of Kitchener’s Central Frederick.
“To kick off cycling in June, take part in an Aboriginal History Ride. Hosted by the Kitchener Public Library and BikeKitchener, these rides take cyclists on a tour of archaeological sites and Aboriginal culture centres in the city…”
Travelling east to west through WR, TCE visited seven little libraries along a 5 km route.
How the City of Kitchener and the University of Waterloo are collaborating to develop the Iron Horse Trail into an inclusive and equitable community asset.
Following a month of discussion and controversy surrounding “Live nudes,” including copies of TCE being pulled from stands in some locations, EIC Allison Leonard reflects on nudity, on media and on Waterloo Region.
Every factory or business closing is an indication of larger downward pressures. Our “Chicken Little” perspectives, however, tend to gloss over some great news in the local economy.
Every month, TCE will be sharing a conversation with someone affected by LRT construction. To start, we caught up with Kimberly Moser, manger of community relations for the ION.
Jon Johnson breaks down the history and varieties of this cyclist-inspired, citrus-filled summer staple.
The Kitchener-Waterloo Princess Project was formed to ensure that all girls are able to attend their graduation or prom, regardless of financial barriers.
“Whether or not you leave your underwear on will depend on the type of hair removal you want. If you have a vulva and would like the Brazilian or the G-string, the underwear will have to come off…”
“To make a long story short, a few of his classmates have decided that pink is no longer socially acceptable for boys. If you touch pink, you’re a girl. If I make you touch pink, you’re a girl…”
His time as one of Kitchener’s hardest working folk/roots musicians has paid off, Where Fools Gather is as refreshing as a cool glass of sweet tea on a hot summer day.
TCE was fortunate enough to get a preview of three tracks from the upcoming release, “Beyond the Pale.”
Kultrún Festival, the region’s celebration of local, national, and international world music, officially announced its lineup and new location at the Boathouse on Friday, May 29.
Partners Darryl and Sarah Haus took over the popular restaurant known for its authentic southern style barbeque last year. And while BBQ will still feature prominently in the restaurant’s future new southern influence is on the menu, too.
The Community Edition guide to experiencing the Region’s backyard.
Self-described Balkan-klezmer-gypsy-party-punk-super band the Lemon Bucket Orkestra celebrated the release of their sophomore album “Mookra” at Boathouse on April 22.
Kitchener’s first At the Root Festival described as “some of the best folk-indie-grassroots activists and artists in WR and beyond.”
The manufacturing of clothing has shifted almost exclusively to overseas facilities, Christina Proctor explores local alternatives.
TCE caught up with Ryan Mounsey, urban planner, economic developer, and Manager of Business and Retention Services for the City of Waterloo to talk about the vision for Waterloo’s development.
Masturbation Month began in 1995 in response to the forced resignation of U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, who said the act was part of healthy sexuality.
TCE takes to the rooftops for a look at tricity skylines.
Allison Leonard sheds clothing and preconceptions alike at THEMUSEUM.
Pure & Local gives a low-down on repeat, pore-clogging offenders found in your kitchen.
Waterloo Region is one of the most active centres of Jane’s Walk activity. This year the Region hosted 23 completely different walks.
TCE is exploring the good, the bad and the under-appreciated neighbourhoods of Waterloo Region.
How can a region attract talent? Dan Herman asks what the Waterloo Region sales pitch is, and how it measures up to other Canadian cities.
As challenging as it may be, Waterloo, Cambridge, and Kitchener are stronger together than as individual cities.
TCE examines the living wage in Waterloo Region, how it compares provincially and what some companies are doing to raise the bar.
Wherever you live, whatever your background, and cycling ability level, there are plenty of exciting biking initiatives to discover, events to attend, and reasons to bike in Waterloo Region.
TCE sits down with Flanagan to chat music, community and how droning melodies bring both together.
The Community Edition set out to find the frames that withstood industry and time, the brick and mortar laid for generations to come. In a city of development, what historic buildings are candidates for renovation?
Finding sweet escape in a Waterloo Region sugar bush.
From the less travelled to the less-appreciated, TCE is exploring the good, the bad and the evolving neighbourhoods of Waterloo Region.
Claire Cameron’s “The Bear” deftly handles issues larger than the page span should allow.
Jeff Rosenstock’s new album, “We Cool?” debuted on the Billboard Charts at #7 for Heatseekers Albums, #43 for Rock Albums, and #157 for Current Albums.
Thousands of bands both new and old are posting music daily, and they’re all vying for the commodity most precious to them, your ears’ real estate. The Famines, who recently played Princess Cafe are taking a new approach.
Chloe Raincock, founder of Heel Boy, and Brie Heatherley, marketing and strategy manager are stepping up the shoe selection in uptown Waterloo.
First things first – always ask someone before licking their ass. The ass talk is an important talk to have, some people are not comfortable with sexual activities that involve the anus and that is okay.
The Savoury, hidden in uptown Waterloo is offering traditional English fare from shortbread to pot pies.
For this craft, you’ll need a mason jar, glitter and water.
“For me, and some people might disagree, to be a maker you have to do more than just make something or craft. Being a maker is also about rejecting aspects of modern consumer culture.”
Ontario’s sex education curriculum has not been updated in almost twenty years and navigating healthy sexuality through the lens of colouring book penises is no easy feat.
Once upon a time, the region was synonymous nationwide for manufacturing. Whiskey, hockey skates, Sorel boots, high definition televisions — they were all made within a stones’ throw of King Street.
Agricultural and chemical advances often come with unintended consequences. In an effort to fight harmful insect infestation, honeybees are taking a hit, too.
An awareness-raising campaign? A community art project? A neighbourhood party? Whatever your idea to better Waterloo Region, we want to hear it.
Unassuming art pieces link the region’s streets, highlighting local culture and heritage. TCE Photo Editor Matt Smith offers a walking tour.
Andy Brast, owner of Carry-On Comics in uptown Waterloo, breaks away from our interview to greet two customers who have just walked through the door. They exchange greetings of familiarity while he catches up with them and instinctually reaches for their weekly haul of comics behind the counter.
Four pylon-style gas lights have appeared atop Weber St. bridge, donned in art work representing the industrial heritage of the area.
In the midst of common despair, the playwright gives moments of grace and light and humour. Even though these are very flawed people, they reach for relationships and reach for something to grasp on to that gives them a bit of hope…
Can’t we simply outwit and outwait winter – sitting indoors basked in the warm glow of the screens that provide a safe and protected window onto our world? Of course we can. But I, for one, am skeptical of this long hibernation. Comfortable as it is, it comes at a cost.
Waterloo was noted as one of the country’s jewels, rating highly on most metrics, and coming out as one of the most attractive cities in the country – unfortunately, healthcare was not one of the city’s most charming qualities. Dan Herman explores the complexities of healthcare provision in Waterloo Region.
On the eastern edge of downtown, near an expressway onramp, under streets and residential properties, lie the remains of some of Kitchener’s poorest citizens.