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Regional council approves 2.58 per cent tax increase
Your regional tax bill is set to increase by about $46 this year as councillors approved a 2.58 per cent increase Monday night.
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A timeout from tech
It was all about unplugging to reconnect last week at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate.

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Schneiders closes down after more than a century in the city
It was early Thursday afternoon when a package of bologna made its way down the production line at the Schneiders plant for the last time. There was a group of about 40 employees surrounding the line, watching more than a century of local history come to an end.
Public input will set region’s priorities
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Events could leave Waterloo Region due to LRT construction
Without a firm light rail transit construction schedule, local organizers were forced to start investigating alternative cities to host their national-level event.
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Second attempt at safe roundabouts
There are 42 roundabouts in the Waterloo Region and no laws under the province’s Highway Traffic Act to regulate them.
Conservative hopefuls back their bids for candidacy
There are two people in the running to represent the Conservative Party in the new riding of Kitchener South-Hespeler during the next federal election — Marion Meinen Gagné and Ken Zelazny.
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Buonanotte Cortina
The Italian Cortina Club, which once served as a prominent gathering spot for local Italian-Canadians, is preparing to serve its last lunch March 25.
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Season of detours
It’s going to be a painful construction season for motorists travelling near the light rail transit route as construction gears up during a critical period for the project.
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Clogged arteries
Water main breaks have become all too familiar now. Often leaving streets flooded and traffic rerouted in the city for hours on end.
Connecting youth to opportunity
The Working Centre is helping Generation Y job seekers hone their technical skills and find employment with the new Digital Media for Youth project.
Region launches biosolids video
Poop — we all do it.
Fuel prices save more than money for police
Cheaper prices at the pump have not only saved Waterloo Regional Police money on fuel costs, they have also helped save priority civilian jobs from the budget butcher’s block.
Density-bonusing in the works
A city-run affordable housing incentives plan is in the works after council voted unanimously in favour of a density-bonusing program during budget deliberations Monday.
City taxes to go up 1.91 per cent
It took 13 hours to hammer out the 2015 budget, but city councillors managed to keep the property tax increase well below inflation at 1.91 per cent.
Cold weather policy will be reviewed
Waterloo Region District School Board will be reviewing its school cancellation policies, particularly a new rule requiring automatic closure of schools when temperatures reach –35C with the wind chill.
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Off the charts
When Mark Higgins, president of Big Music Fest, booked the headliners for this year’s concert, he wasn’t sure what the response would be.
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Spreading the word
Emma Ermel is not your average 11-year-old.
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