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Wellington Advertiser

Township purchases 90-acre property beside Fergus sportsplex

FERGUS – Centre Wellington Township has purchased 90 acres of land beside the Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex for $4.8 million.

Mayor Shawn Watters announced the acquisition on June 24 after coming out of a closed session of council.

“It will enhance opportunities to provide recreation for our growing community,” Watters said at the meeting.

“It’s a very exciting day for the community, for council and staff.”

In a press release, Watters added, “The expansion of the sportsplex property from 64 acres to over 150 acres will unlock numerous opportunities for festivals, sporting events and community gatherings in the future. 

“A heartfelt thank-you to our staff for securing this remarkable property and for their vision in enhancing our community’s recreational assets.”

The township is embarking on a review of its Parks and Recreation Master Plan.

New recreational land will help provide space for more and new programs that will be identified during the review.

“This strategic purchase will enhance our ability to offer diverse recreational opportunities and meet the growing needs of Centre Wellington residents,” states a township press release.

The 2018 Parks and Recreation Master Plan highlighted the need for a total of approximately 300 acres of parkland by 2028, the release states.  

In 2018 the township had 240 acres. Since then an additional 17 acres of parkland has been added to the inventory, mainly through new development.

With the township expected to double in population by 2051, more recreational facilities will be required.

“Ensuring we meet these future needs is essential for maintaining the quality of life and recreational opportunities for all residents,” the release states.

Council was unanimous in its approval of the purchase.

“I’m excited for the investment we made today,” said councillor Jennifer Adams at the meeting.

“It will improve activity, health and wellness of Centre Wellington.” 

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Global News: Kitchener

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UW Imprint

An inside look on queer research

On June 20, the Office of the Vice President, Research and International hosted their first Queer Research Panel in honour of pride month. The panel was hosted by lead organizer Benny Skinner and they were joined by Laura Gratton, Lucas Shumaker, Adrian Quijano, and Jayden Bousfield.  

The panelists would be asked a variety of questions by Skinner like their research, experiences at UW as queer people, what queerness meant to them, and what they would research if there were no restrictions that limited them.  

Skinner is an Indigenous Research Advisor who did their master’s on decolonial policy. They worked on queer reunification with families and have found that queer reunifications receive fewer opportunities than cis-gender heterosexual ones. Skinner was able to instantly find belonging in UW as a queer Indigenous person thanks to the Indigenous student community. After hearing what each person said about what queerness meant to them, Skinner found themselves amazed by the agency each person had regarding their queer identity. They decided that had there not been restrictions around funding and resources, that they would like to do queer brain research.  

Quijano is an acting editor for the Community Edition, and he is a UW graduate in English literature. He investigates a lot of trans healthcare in the KW region and found through his interviews that it is often a gamble of if and how long it will take to get the diagnosis of gender dysphoria to receive adequate care. When Quijano was first looking into UW as an option for his post-secondary studies, he noticed the gender-neutral bathrooms, Indigenous queer circles, and queer clubs. Ecstatic about these facilities and opportunities, he chose to attend UW. He joined the drag club during his time here, and discovered his identity as a transgender individual along the way. Upon being asked about what queerness meant to him, Quijano identified an issue with trying to define everything as no one should have to be stuck to one identity and people should pick just what makes them feel most comfortable. Queer Filipino experience research is a topic that Quijano wanted to explore had there not been restrictions.  

Bousfield is an undergraduate student studying sexuality, marriage, and family (SMF) and psychology. For her honour’s thesis, Bousfield found that queerness in research often comes up because it provides a perspective for how we look at things. Through her research into gender dysphoria, she found that therapy is not as helpful as community support. As the only queer kid in her high school, Bousfield found herself often alone in navigating and exploring her queer identity. At UW, she joined the rugby team where she found her first exposure to the queer community from her teammates. She was amazed by how people were so proud and comfortable in their identities. Bousfield believed that queerness is about acceptance and peace. She would add that she chose the queer label to be fluid and not be stuck in boxes. Gender research is what interested her most if there was more freedom to do the research she desired.  

Gratton is working on her master’s and currently works in the Office of Grants and Research. She also works with intimate partner violence survivors. Her research is about media representation for queer people, with a focus on bisexual representation in the fictional character Harley Quinn. For Gratton, during her undergraduate studies ten years ago, she noticed a lack of queer spaces but found her queer community in her SMF courses. Today, despite completing her studies years ago, the queer community she currently has is made up of mostly former UW graduates. Gratton agreed with Bousfield’s idea of not being stuck in boxes, mentioning a need for self-love and acceptance. The research Gratton would choose to research without restriction is the stories people choose to tell.  

Shumaker is a third-year environmental engineering student who works in the WAMPUM Lab. He is looking into the physical impacts of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and shared that the physical impacts of HRT are not as well-researched as the mental impacts. Shumaker already had a sense of community back in high school, but UW did provide him a space to belong. He is the representative for queer alliance at Conrad Grebel University College. To Shumaker, queerness meant finding himself to be his own muse, feeling freedom in being who he is. As for the research he would choose without restriction, Shumaker confirms that he is already doing the research he wants to do.  

A topic that kept coming up throughout the panel was the lack of research into issues that impact queer individuals. First brought up by Skinner, queer research is a topic that has yet to be explored to the depths that non-queer research is. Quijano added that there is no constant average time that it would take for a trans person to get healthcare. In Shumaker’s research, he discussed how doctors are unaware of the many physical effects HRT has, often only covering about 20 per cent of physical effects. The amount of unexplored research is incredibly staggering, this is why the panel is so important as it allows a place for queer researchers to talk about their own research, increasing public awareness. There is a definite need for more panels like this one.  

UW Imprint

UW students win an opportunity to compete at Collegiate Bridge Bowl

The team of John Duong, Max Cheng, Olivia Laufer and Martin Chen, named after the scientific term for UW’s unofficial mascot, the Canadian Goose, The Branta Candensis, showcased their skill set and earned themselves a spot to compete in the annual Collegiate Bridge Bowl. The team earned an all-expenses-paid travel opportunity to compete in the Collegiate Bridge Bridge Bowl by finishing first in the February team bridge event. They were one of five teams awarded complimentary travel packages to compete in this North American collegiate competition. 

This event will feature the top bridge players from various colleges and universities throughout Canada and the U.S. The competition is set to take place on July 25-27 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. They will be competing for the grand prize of $10,000 in scholarship, awarded to the team finishing first. 

To gain more insight into these outstanding accomplishments paired with this amazing opportunity, I sat down with Olivia Laufer, a fourth-year computer science student and the lead of the UW bridge club.

Laufer shared that bridge is something that runs deep in her family tree, “I am a product of bridge, my parents met at a bridge tournament.” Ironically enough, it is no surprise that she started playing the game at the ripe age of seven years old. “Bridge is a game that combines theory and strong mathematical problem-solving and probability skills. It is not just something you can just pick up and be great at — it requires hours of practice and a strong understanding of the game to play at a high level.” With this being the case, it is no surprise that the eternity of the team going to represent UW is majoring in heavy math-based programs, including computer science, engineering, and math. 

When getting more into the details about the team as a whole, Laufer shared that “for the most part, the bridge community is relatively small,” citing that not only did she know the majority of the members on the bridge team at UW before attending UW, but they are also teammates on the Canadian National Bridge Team. 

This is not the first time that this team will be entering the Collegiate Bridge Bowl together. “For the most part, our core group is the same with a few new people joining from years past.” Laufer shared that this is the second year she will be attending the Collegiate Bridge Bowl. Last year the team qualified to compete on the last day but ultimately fell short of winning the grand prize. This year the Branta Candensis will look to flip the script and take home first-place honours. 

Any students interested in learning how to play or joining the UW Bridge Club can reach out to oerlaufe@uwaterloo.ca  for more information.

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UW Imprint

UW begins legal process to end encampment

Lawyers representing UW served court documents to the Occupy UW encampment representatives this morning, June 25. This move is to start the legal process to enforce a trespass notice that was issued last week. Despite this notice, the encampment has remained, not wanting to give into the administrations demands.  

The legal process used is an interlocutory injunction which, according to the Canadian Legal Information Institute, is to “allow the court to order a party to stop doing something… while their cases are being prepared or awaiting trial.”  

The university noted that documents related to the legal process would be made available through their counsel’s website, subject to the court’s approval.

UW affirms that they are upholding the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms while taking these actions to end the encampment. They also highlighted their Task Force on the Freedom of Expression and Inclusive Engagement that is being upheld.

“We have said repeatedly, and as is expressed in the report from the Task Force on the Freedom of Expression, the right to protest does not mean people have the right to endlessly occupy a shared university space,” said UW President Vivek Goel in a statement.

This afternoon, Occupy UW posted their response. They called the move “incredibly shameful” and reminded the university of the people who have died in the genocide. Furthermore, they said this undermines the work of their own Task Force by suing the students for their protest. There is no sign of backing down from the encampment, as they end their post with, “we remain undeterred and committed to our cause and people. History will absolve us. But you admin, how will you be remembered?”    

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Wellington Advertiser

Erin’s first Pride event a great success

ERIN – Organizers and town officials say the inaugural Erin Pride event at McMillan Park on June 22 was a remarkable success.

The event was hosted by the Erin Pride Committee and organized by members Tracey Wallace and Laura Bannayan.

Due to weather issues, the schedule was cut short by four hours, causing problems with the planned entertainment.

“The weather wasn’t super cooperative unfortunately … but everybody was really good sports about it,” Bannayan told the Advertiser. 

Events like the cake decorating competition and story time with drag queen Sapphyre Poison were “so much fun”, Bannayan added.

“Poison read cute books to kids about different kinds of diverse families,” Bannayan said.

Many families showed up to the event with young children.

Bannayan is hopeful next year’s Erin Pride event will be “bigger and better”.

The committee is asking those who attended and those who did not, to fill out a survey at erinpride.com to help improve future events.

“We’re already getting good feedback,” said Bannayan.

“We definitely need to find a way to engage the teenager-to-young-adult crowd; we had a lot of things for younger kids.”

Bannayan is hoping to reach out to local high schools and “find out what pride means to the students”.

“I would love to stay on the committee and see many more Prides to come,” Bannayan added.

Mayor Michael Dehn attended the event, as did councillors Jamie Cheyne and John Brennan and county councillor Jeff Duncan.

“While I was there, people were very happy; there was no protestors and no hostilities,” said Dehn.

He thanked the organizers for doing a great job.

“I was really happy the community came together and that there was a lot of acceptance,” added Dehn.

Asked about the event coming back next year, Dehn noted staff and council would be “very supportive” of it.

Guest speaker chef Pam Fanjoy thanked organizer Tracey Wallace for her “unwavering perseverance and determination” in recent years to make Pride happen.

“There had been a lot of pushback from the previous town council,” said Bannayan.

“This year’s council was incredibly supportive; they were wonderful.”

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CTV News Kitchener

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Transition to smoke-free campus begins July 1

UW has announced today that it will begin moving towards a smoke-free campus on July 1. The announcement comes after the approval of the revised “Policy 29 – Smoke-Free Campus” in April, which outlined the rules that would take effect in July. With the adoption of this policy, UW will join at least 100 campuses across Canada in becoming 100 per cent smoke free.

Starting July 1, all forms of smoking will be prohibited on all UW campuses and property. This includes holding lighted tobacco or cannabis, and the use of e-cigarettes or other vaping devices. The ban does not apply to Indigenous ceremonies or traditions, or to those with medical accommodations.

The university has outlined a transition period from July 1 to April 30, 2025, during which there will be designated smoking areas on campus. These temporary areas aim to “provide an opportunity for University Property users to adjust to the general prohibition against smoking and/or for the University to identify and address campus-specific impacts on the health and safety of the general prohibition against smoking.”

More information and answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the university’s website.

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UW Imprint

Landlords are not responsible for air conditioning

This week, a vicious heatwave has been terrorizing Ontario and Quebec. Temperatures have been into the early 30s with no sign of stopping until this week is over. In the winter, extreme cold temperatures are much more manageable because people can take comfort in their own homes which are required to have heating, not to mention the infrastructure can handle the cold. The same cannot be said for the heat, be it the infrastructure or the ability to be comfortable in your own home.  

The Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) makes that possible as heat is a vital service, meaning that it is a landlord’s responsibility to make sure that their tenants have working heating. On the list of vital services, you’ll find that air conditioning is not considered to be one as it is not on the list.  

This is further supported by the Waterloo Region Community Legal Services who affirm that landlords are not responsible for providing air conditioning because of its ineligibility as a vital service.  

However, if a landlord does provide air conditioning, it is their responsibility to make sure it is maintained like any other service according to the Canadian Centre for Housing Rights.  

Students living in off-campus residences right now where air conditioning is not provided have been struggling with the heat. Many have come out to complain on Reddit and demand action be done to make their living arrangements more comfortable. r/Smooth_Trifle_1458 wrote, “There is a heat warning, we aren’t able to study or sleep, our academics and careers are impacted, not just money.”  

Some have even started a petition to demand that the Waterloo City Council to make air-conditioning a requirement, especially when temperatures indoor reach certain extremes.  

There is significant danger for residents when temperatures get too cold, leaving them at risk for freezing to death in the comfort of their own homes. Why can’t the same be said for the risk of heat exhaustion or heatstroke? Should the laws not be adjusted for the rise in global temperature? Why do tenants only get to have one and not the other? Aren’t both equally as important? 

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UW Imprint

Westinghouse opens doors to future engineers with new Kitchener hub

On June 11, Westinghouse electrical corporation unveiled their new nuclear engineering hub in Kitchener to create 100 new engineering jobs by 2025, including paid internship positions for university students and new graduates. 

This 13,000-square-foot office marks a crucial step in the company’s commitment to Canada, its customers, and its workforce. “Their work will focus on supporting cutting-edge nuclear energy technologies right here in Ontario,” said Vic Fedeli, Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade, in the hub’s promotional video. “This new engineering hub will create up to 100 new engineering jobs by 2025 with the ability to scale upwards to 400, which is tremendously exciting.”

“I can’t stress enough how important the internship program is for Westinghouse,” said Nathan Lewcock, the director of global engineering at Westinghouse. “There are paid positions so regardless of years of experience, whether you’re a first year engineering student or you’re completing your final year, we have paid internships across to hear students are definitely interested in.”

Westinghouse has been in the nuclear power industry since the mid-1900s and is looking to expand globally. “We engineer nuclear first of kind and next generation nuclear power plants,” Lewcock said. “We build some of the world’s largest and best nuclear power plants around the world.” This is their fifth engineering hub, known as the centre of excellence, that Westinghouse has around the world and they plan to add over 25 per cent more engineers globally. 

The goals of this hub focus on innovation, the environment, and employee development. “The goal of the center of excellence is to continue to develop, engineers turn them into the next generation of subject matter experts leading the development of those technologies,” Lewcock said. “They’re working on development in that next generation technology to get us to those goals — those zero-carbon, those low-carbon goals in the next few decades.”

The goals also include collaboration and a variety of engineering disciplines. “The intent is to bring people together on the days in office so that they can get together and really collaborate and then work together and flush out ideas,” said Lewcock. “We’re supporting things from plant engineering across all disciplines… we’ve just started rolling out, over the last couple of years, a new mechatronic engineering organization.”

Westinghouse encourages the public to take a tour of the engineering hub and learn more about their internship program. “It’s a very hands-on approach to how we bring in those folks, and mentoring and shaping people’s professional development,” Lewcock said.

To learn more about this engineering hub, check out this video or go to their website.