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Leejay Levene memorial calendar enters its ninth year
With a new school year ahead comes the ninth annual Leejay Levene Art Calendar. Leejay died in July 2007 while undergoing routine wisdom teeth extractions, and his family has been keeping his memory alive by featuring his artwork and interests in an annual calendar ever since.
Teachers' unions reach tentative deal
Ontario’s public high school teachers and English Catholic school teachers have both reached tentative deals with the province, averting possible job action to start the school year.

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Friday, August, 21, 2015 - 6:06:45 PM
The waiting game: affordable housing "[...] food budgets and oblige entire households to go to soup kitchens and food pantries for support.   Related article: St. Catherines Standard – David Seigel   Fighting p"
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Friday, August, 21, 2015 - 1:01:06 PM
The waiting game: Transit for Reduced Income Program "Hello I am not one to judge but I find this article regarding this matter ridiculous, Mr Suter receives OSDP and after rent has 600.00 a month to live on. He accesses the food bank 6 times a year visits soup kitchens 3 to 4 times a week for meals an"
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Monday, August, 17, 2015 - 7:07:51 PM
Let your vote do the talking "When viewing democracy in Dollars and Cents or in Time, please keep in mind those who have fought for our rights in this country - the right to free speech, the right to vote, the right to a secret ballot during elections - especially the war-dead an"
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Clarke appointed to regional council
The Region of Waterloo council has a full horseshoe again, after a unanimous decision by the 15-member group to appoint Elizabeth Clarke — the fifth place finisher in last October’s election — to the seat left vacant after the death of late Coun. Wayne Wettlaufer.
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City in the hole
Cars bogged down by metres of water in the streets of other cities, collapsed roadways and bursting water mains, were just a few the dramatic images city councillors were shown during Monday’s special council meeting. It was meant to warn council just how real the risk is if the city doesn’t implement a strategic plan and rate increases to deal with aging infrastructure.
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The waiting game: Mental health and addictions
It can take 5,000 days or more than 13 years for people to find housing with built-in mental health and addictions support.
Neighbours cross about traffic calming
Changes to the city’s proposed traffic calming measures on Westheights Drive were met with opposition during Monday night’s council meeting, despite a city survey showing 82 per cent support from neighbours.
Seniors’ issues focus of CARP forum
Older residents who have questions for the four main political parties are invited to a public forum next Thursday to hear party candidates discuss their positions on issues that matter most to local seniors and their families.
New bunkies for homeless
Two small, 100-square-foot bunkies are part of a pilot project with the Working Centre to house some of the region’s most vulnerable this winter.
Police receive 50 pocket dials a day
Between kids playing with new and old phones and pocket dials, there are more than 50 accidental 911 calls in the region every day.
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The waiting game: Transit for Reduced Income Program
In the year Martin Suter has spent on the waiting list for a reduced transit pass, he’s spent an additional $444 — money he would have spent on food.
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Garbage bid structure discussed
Regional councillors discussed how to structure the bids for its upcoming garbage contract last week.
Placemaking and partnerships are the focus of city’s strat plan
During last week’s planning committee, councillors were presented with the five proposed priorities for their 2015 to 2018 strategic plan.
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City plucks away at chicken policy
The City of Kitchener won’t actively enforce its chicken bylaw while staff undertake a review and engage with residents on the issue.
Region reveals draft taxi bylaw
Changes to the taxi bylaw, if approved, will directly affect Uber drivers operating in the Region of Waterloo.
Negotiations set for Catholic, public high school unions
Although two days of negotiations failed to reach a settlement last week, the Ontario Catholic teachers’ union is confident a deal could be in place before school begins.
Canadian Health Measures Survey in K-W
Approximately 560 people locally will be randomly selected to participate in the Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS), a national survey conducted by Statistics Canada. In Kitchener-Waterloo, the survey began on Aug. 4.
Efficiently inefficient
The suggestion both councillors and delegations should have 10 minutes to speak in chambers instead of five quickly turned into a heated discussion about efficiency, democracy and self-policing during Monday afternoon’s finance committee meeting.
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Wettlaufer’s seat declared vacant
If regional council decides to call a byelection to fill former councillor Wayne Wettlaufer’s seat, his brother Larry will be on the ballot.
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