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Victoria Park playground gets the kids’ thumbs up
Kid tested, child approved — that’s the first review I got from my three sons as they tried out the new Victoria Park playground.
The rules have changed and we have to accept it
Earlier this week, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Ontario Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca announced the province would spend up to $1 billion for the City of Hamilton to build a light rail transit line from McMaster University to Queenston Circle. The line should open to the public in 2019.

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Sunday, May, 24, 2015 - 1:01:57 PM
Mayfair Hotel is the last straw "[...] This week’s Kitchener Post editorial is also excellent: Mayfair is the last straw [...]"
Comment by Record says, "An unfair fate for the Mayfair" - Perspectives from James Howe
Wednesday, May, 20, 2015 - 12:12:02 AM
People were informed about heritage landscape study "[...] in the process, I recognized that the criticism was inaccurate and needed a response. Here’s my letter to the editor that appeared in the May 7 [...]"
Comment by Cultural heritage landscape study engaged citizens - Perspectives from James Howe
Thursday, April, 30, 2015 - 3:03:07 PM
Challenging culture: Moving up and moving out "[...] Part 2 [...]"
Comment by Challenging culture: Better together | Your online newspaper for Kitchener, Ontario
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La Yapa: Bread
Bread is the symbol of a connection between friends and family. The word companionship literally means sharing bread with someone, after all.
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De Boer’s treasures: Erb Transport
Erb Transport founder Vernon Erb stands with his 1956 International Dump Truck, the model he used to start his one-man business. He began by hauling gravel in 1959 and a few years later purchased an egg trucking business. Then in 1965, he bought his first reefer, the start of his refrigerated fleet.
Truth in advertising a casualty of government
The truth in advertising is if federal politicians and their provincial cousins want to spend taxpayers’ money to get their message out, it should come out of their own damn pockets if it’s purely partisan propaganda.
Affordability is essential along the LRT line
During my days at the University of Waterloo’s School of Urban and Regional Planning, I heard a story about a company in Markham that shut down and relocated to the United States.
La Yapa: Go beyond basic barbecuing this summer
The May 24 weekend having come and gone — and with it, apparently the cool, wet weather of early summer — we can now declare backyard barbecue season officially open.
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De Boer's treasures: baby raccoons
Four baby bandits snooze, while my camera-flashes, lighting up the inside of their cozy home. As with most raccoon dens, this one was in the hollow of an aging tree.
Contract impasse shows irrelevancy of trustees
As parents and caregivers wait for the other shoe to drop in the ongoing labour impasse between the province and the public school teachers, they’re left to wonder if a full-scale work stoppage will happen before the end of the school year.
Better in the classroom than the playground
As hundreds across the province protest the Liberal government’s proposed changes to the sex education curriculum, a petition circulated online urging Premier Kathleen Wynne to stay the course has gathered almost 28,000 signatures from Ontario parents within a week.
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A meal fit for a king
It was a favourite on the tables of the ancient Greeks and Romans and they are for us a signal that spring is finally here.
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De Boer's treasures: dry stone fencing
A good example of a dry stone fencing (built without concrete or mortar) is the one at the Guelph Correctional Centre on York Road. Inmates were taught skills such as landscaping and farming, so they cleared the fields of stones and boulders, to use them for fencing.
Station walls should show a little more imagination
I’m the first to admit that I’m no art critic, but there’s something about the new LRT station walls revealed this week that doesn’t sit well with me.
Agreeing to disagree the best we can do
When it comes to politics, too many people paraphrase Harry Higgins’ song from My Fair Lady, singing, “Why can’t the people… be like me?”
La Yapa: duck eggs
Recently, at the Kitchener Market, I spotted duck eggs for sale.
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De Boer's treasures: grain harvesting
A threshing machine reminds me of the good old days when grain harvesting was cutting edge technology. Before that, farmers had to use flails that looked like medieval weapons to separate the grain from the chaff.
Old friends get together for more than memories
Getting together with old friends is like opening a storage room door.
GO service leaves room to improve
The wait is finally ending. Effective May 4, GO Trains now depart Kitchener at 5:49 a.m. and 7:05 a.m. instead of at 5:44 a.m. and 7:02 a.m. of the last few months. And they’ll take less time to get to Union Station.
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