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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.

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Saturday, November, 08, 2014 - 4:04:28 AM
Outgoing mayor unduly influenced the results "Very well put Bob. Won't miss him."
Comment by alan54g
Friday, October, 17, 2014 - 2:02:32 PM
School board trustee: the forgotten vote "It's totally true. I'm running for School Board Trustee and yesterday I received an email from another candidate and I stopped and went, "wait, who?" I think it goes without saying that as a candidate I have been paying attention to the race! Weird"
Comment by fmcalister
Thursday, October, 16, 2014 - 7:07:44 PM
School board trustee: the forgotten vote "Hi James Thanks for linking to the TriTAG survey. We did not have the capacity to include school trustees in our survey for this election, but it's on our radar for the future, as how kids travel to and from school, and the education they receive "
Comment by MikeOnABike
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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.
La Yapa: Food talks at TheMuseum
TheMuseum in downtown Kitchener is talking food pretty much every Sunday from now until March. The talks span many current hot-button issues around food and agriculture — some seemingly easy to resolve, and others not so.
Taking a SMART approach to job search success
Many people start the new year by making resolutions such as adopting a healthier lifestyle, learning a new skill or finding a new job. Although they begin with good intentions, many struggle to keep their momentum and eventually give up altogether.
Leave turf management up to the professionals, not the politicians
In this, my 58th year writing about the sport, and my beloved recreation, of golf, there are not many times the colour red is a good omen.
My car is ready for the Uber experience
One day soon, I’ll be hitting the streets in search of my first fare as a citizen-driver.
Stop listening to campaign promises
On Monday, Toronto Mayor John Tory announced a $95 million initiative to improve transit in Toronto. Among other things, he announced he would reverse cuts imposed by the previous mayor, Rob Ford, and allow children under twelve to ride transit for free.
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La Yapa: Walnuts and wine
Here’s a suggestion for a cold January evening this weekend: light a fire, turn on your favourite music — and eat some walnuts with a glass of big, bold red wine.
No need to bubble wrap local tobogganing hills
You wonder if it’s another sign that we’ve become a bubble-wrapped society when municipalities across Ontario have banned or are thinking of banning tobogganing.
Don’t chase projects that we don’t need
A cynic once said that teaching would be fun, if it weren’t for the students.
La Yapa: Garbage soup
In the United Kingdom, today is National Soup Day. But I want to talk to you about a very special kind of soup here in Canada: garbage soup.
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De Boer's treasures
To celebrate Canada’s centennial year in 1967, Canadian Forces Base Clinton donated a massive radar antenna to the town of Clinton. This project commemorates the establishment of the first radar training school in North America.
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La Yapa: Embrace the local food scene in 2015
Resolutions aside, here are six things to do when it comes to food, restaurants and markets in Kitchener and Waterloo Region in 2015. They are each suggested to boost your enjoyment and appreciation of our local food scene­ — at the same time they support our whole community and its economy.
Project shouldn’t ride coattails of Sir. John A.
Canadians will be celebrating the 200th birthday of the country’s first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, on Jan. 11.
John De Boer photo
De Boer's treasures
On a cold Saturday last month, this group was standing outside in the St. Jacobs Market parking lot singing their hearts out for the shoppers.
Looking for some civility in commenting
Recently, a number of media sites have announced they are closing the comment sections of their websites.
Waterloo Region is ready for its close-up
The world is at your doorstep, Waterloo Region. What do you want it to see when it peeks inside?
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