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The story behind the story of Pan Am Games
Before you read this column full of gripe, read the story about local boxer Mandy Bujold.
The accidental gateway to the region
Returning from our trip to California, we arrived at Pearson International Airport and arranged for a taxi to take us the rest of the way. We were driven along Highway 401 as the sun set, tired, but glad that the flight was behind us.

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Friday, July, 24, 2015 - 2:02:07 PM
Bujold to fight for gold "[...] you read this column full of gripe, read the story about local boxer Mandy [...]"
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Thursday, July, 23, 2015 - 6:06:30 PM
Uber launches in Waterloo Region today "[...] Unless something suddenly changes in the next few minutes, at 2 this afternoon Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, Hamilton and London will officially have Uber. [...]"
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Sunday, July, 05, 2015 - 5:05:31 PM
Construction signs cause confusion, frustration "The Caroline/William area closures have also suffered from terrible signage. See this report: This article has quotes that Caroline will be re-opened (if only parti"
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La Yapa: Serbian Food Festival
This weekend’s Serbian Food Festival, July 25 and 26, is an annual event that attracts thousands of people each year.
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De Boer's treasures: Point Clark Lighthouse
After five years of restoration, the Point Clark Lighthouse is open for public viewing. Visitors can climb the 114 steps up to the iron lantern room where they can enjoy a spectacular view of Lake Huron.
Wynne can’t be running victory lap in new TV ad
Does anyone know why Kathleen Wynne is still running?
Flying locally just delays travel stresses
I should have known better than to complain about customs procedures on trains before flying to California. It’s like the fates were listening and decided to give me an object lesson on just how uncomfortable air travel can be.
Hall should make the call for Don
One of our city’s most familiar voices is going to miss next season’s opening faceoff, but the final buzzer is yet to sound on his distinguished career.
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La Yapa: Tarragon
I spied some tarragon at the Kitchener Market a couple of weeks ago. It’s terrific.
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De Boer's treasures: decaying stumps
Between Kincardine and Walkerton lies a massive wetland known as the Greenock Swamp. This area encompasses 20,000 acres, most of which is Saugeen Conservation property.
Statues have become a sore point with public
Public art always has the potential to generate controversy.
Trains should take note of airline practices
As a train fan, it’s not often I laud the practises of the airlines. As one who has spent hours in airport lineups for security and customs, it’s bizarre I should say the one thing competing airlines handle better than our passenger railways is how we cross borders.
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That's a lot of tacos
It’s amazing how the humble taco, long a processed grocery store meal-in-a-box, stacked on the shelves of the international aisle, has become a hot culinary commodity over the past few years.
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De Boer's treasures: dragonflies
A green darner dragonfly decided to land on my knee and pose for a picture while I was kayaking. The funny thing is, when I tried stalking them on the shoreline they buzzed away.
La Yapa: Cherries
Cherries are delicious. Cherries are heavenly. Cherries are here — and then they are gone. Poof. Done.
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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.
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.
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