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More to breakdowns than freeze and thaws
The rash of water main breaks in the city is getting blamed on the usual culprit — the freeze thaw cycle as we go through another tough Canadian winter.
Loose definitions raise questions about Bill C-51
It is unfortunately true that there are bad people out there who want to do us harm. And while it is important to protect our privacy and civil liberties, it is the government’s responsibility to protect us from threats. It’s not unreasonable to grant the government the powers needed to ensure that protection.

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The city can’t dig us out of this one
This has been the winter of our discontent. Despite only seeing our first truly significant snowfall of the season on Groundhog Day, we’re as winter-weary as any other year thanks to relentless, record cold in February. Rapidly rising snowbanks that have left us wondering where we’ll put the snow the next time it falls.
The Schneiders legacy goes out with a whimper
The last of the Schneiders legacy will be shipped out of the Courtland Avenue plant any day now, but for those of who have an intimate history with the plant, that legacy had been dismantled piecemeal for decades.
Clearing snow needs a happy medium
My in-laws are spending March visiting family in Australia. They’ve earned their vacation, and it’s worth noting they had to brave an 11-hour flight to get there, but it’s hard not to be jealous, especially as I walk their dog.
La Yapa: Corn flakes
Today, Thursday, Feb. 26, is the birthday of John Harvey Kellogg, born in 1852.
Protecting education and the community
The fight over the possible closing of up to 48 schools in the Toronto District School Board might seem like it has nothing to do with the local school accommodation worries, but it could be a model for things to come.
Public photography rules far too restricting
Anybody who thinks that our desire for security hasn’t curtailed our individual freedoms should go out and start taking photographs.
Where my good intentions go to die
February is the month where good intentions go to die.
A small theft could have big implications
Earlier this week, my car was broken into. There was no broken glass. The sneaky thieves gained access to my automobile by opening the driver’s side door. I’d inadvertently left it unlocked.
Andrew Coppolino photo
Tasting the third dimension
Three-dimensional (3D) printing is a manufacturing process where layers of material are extruded through a printing mechanism in any shape or geometry using computer-created design.
La Yapa: Behind silly beer names
There are a lot of great beer names out there: Apocalypse Cow and My Wife’s Bitter are just two of thousands.
Public service strikes a sign of the times
The picket signs are up at the corner of Weber and Union Street in Kitchener as workers from the local Community Care Access Centre are on strike.
Nothing sexy about sewer replacements
There’s nothing exciting about this column. There’s no spending scandal, no controversy, no lie to uncover.
New transit route tackles rural isolation
Years ago, the Region of Waterloo embarked on an experimental Grand River Transit bus service to Elmira, and I wrote a column suggesting that the Region of Waterloo should consider similar services for the other rural townships.
Civic engagement is more of a two-way street
I have to applaud a group of Kitchener residents who organized their own community meeting last week about the proposed development of two 12-storey apartment buildings in their neighbourhood.
Learning to let go a big part of moving
If you want to truly understand how much stuff you have in your life, move house.
De Boer photo
De Boer's treasures
Meet Don Kraemer, his twin daughters Meghan and Kaylie and son Nathan who have all earned their black belts in Taekwondo. This Kitchener family has been training at Vasquez Martial Arts in Cambridge since 2008.
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