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La Yapa: Cherries
Cherries are delicious. Cherries are heavenly. Cherries are here — and then they are gone. Poof. Done.
John De Boer photo
De Boer's treasures: funky tree
Like a giant anaconda, this maple tree squeezes this old bicycle wheel as though it were prey. This oddity sits on a large front lawn at the T-intersection of Spooky Hollow Road and Front Road in the village of Normandale.

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Friday, July, 03, 2015 - 12:12:33 AM
Inquiry into Mayfair demo denied "I can't believe this is still dragging on. The building was unsafe and 3 separate reports said the same thing UNSAFE. Remember please this was no longer the "Mayfair" it was CJ's lounge, one of the dumpiest,seediest dives. It really didn't have "
Comment by Cardio
Tuesday, June, 16, 2015 - 8:08:04 AM
Bringing back ‘Busy Berlin’ "[...] Bringing back 'Busy Berlin' | Your online newspaper for Kitchener … [...]"
Friday, June, 05, 2015 - 2:02:30 AM
Hey council: It’s time to get it together people "Thanks for the article. I agree with you 100%. I hope you have it emailed to each councilor."
Comment by Natasha
Signs, signs, everywhere a sign
You can’t travel along many streets in Kitchener without running into one — a construction sign.
A lucky victim of the local craft beer wars
Canadians like their beer, and in 2014 drank more than 22 million hectolitres of various types of suds.
Experiencing the pride of San Francisco
By a lucky coincidence, the wife, kids and I found ourselves in San Francisco in time for the Pride parade. In fact, our hotel was steps from the parade route.
Support should be on and offline
My Facebook feed lit up last Friday — quite literally — in a rainbow-coloured hue of support on the heels of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex unions.
Encourage your children to play safely
When it comes to accidents, it’s common to think, ‘Oh, it will never happen to us.’ That is what we thought until our nine-year-old daughter, Zoe, a member of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program, lost her leg in an accident.
La Yapa: Food truck frenzy
The evolution in the way food trucks do business within the confines of city bylaws and regulations has been a positive one.
De Boer's treasures: Supertest Petroleum
Supertest Petroleum was an all-Canadian oil and gas company that operated from 1923 to 1973. Their first gas station was in London, where co-founders John Gordon Thompson and James D. Good started the business.
Highlighting the Liberal plan for change
After 10 years under the Harper government, Ottawa is broken. Canadians’ faith in politics has never been lower. After promising reform, the Conservatives delivered the most centralized, partisan and self-serving government in our history.
Making fitness a goal in our new neighbourhood
When we moved to our new place, my wife launched some new house rules. The kids had to make their beds and keep their rooms cleaner, for instance. In return, the kids got to make rules of their own.
Wettlaufer stood by his convictions to the end
There were a lot of people who didn’t agree with Wayne Wettlaufer’s approach to politics, and you can count me as one of them.
Supporting the social market
There has always been a marketplace for goods and ideas — the online world has just made it more accessible.
The true cost of Canada’s senate expense scandal
There is no getting around the fact the senate spending scandal and the scathing report into the expenses of the upper house by Canada’s auditor general exposed what’s wrong when people don’t respect the public purse.
A student housing surplus might not be a bad thing
It’s hard not to look at the mass of highrises going up on the streets near the universities in Waterloo and wonder if maybe we’re going too far. A returning resident who lived in the area five years ago would hardly recognize the place.
La Yapa: Multicultural Festival
It might be regarded as the unofficial kick-off to summer: the K-W Multicultural Festival has been rolling along for — it’s hard to believe — more than 40 years now. The weekend is a highlight when it comes to foods from around the world in the city.
Parents should be part of sex education
There has been much controversy concerning the Health and Physical Education curriculum. Is it justified?
Stop hovering and let them go outside and play
Where once our parents would have to search the neighbourhood for their vagabond children, it seems now we’re putting too much bubble wrap around our kids and keeping them from what was once a formative experience.
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