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OSFL Football (Under 18) - Peel Panthers vs Brantford Bisons

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CTV News Kitchener

Oxford County crash sends five people to hospital

Police say one person remains in critical condition after a Saturday night crash near Norwich, Ont.

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OSFL Football (Under 16) - Peel Panthers vs Brantford Bisons

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OSFL Football (Under 18) - Sarnia Sturgeon vs Waterloo Jr. Warriors

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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.  


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OSFL Football (Under 12) - Peel Panthers vs Cambridge Lions

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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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OSFL Football (Under 18) - Niagara Spears vs Cambridge Lions

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City of Kitchener

2024-06-24 - City Council Part One

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City of Kitchener

2024-06-24 - City Council Part Two

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519 Sports Online

OSFL Football (Under 16) - Niagara Spears vs Cambridge Lions

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Dan Nedelko

The Dusan Nedelko Foundation at Rock The Bear - A Moment of Loudness

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OSFL Football (Under 14) - Niagara Spears vs Cambridge Lions

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CTV News Kitchener

Nearly $2K worth of cosmetics stolen from Guelph business: police

Guelph police are investigating after two women were caught on video stealing almost $1,900 worth of cosmetics and other items.

CTV News Kitchener

Man arrested after being found sleeping inside vacant home

A 43-year-old man was arrested and charged after he was found sleeping in a vacant residence.

CTV News Kitchener

Man dragged behind vehicle while attempting to stop theft: police

Guelph police are seeking the public’s help after a man was dragged while trying to stop a vehicle theft.

CTV News Kitchener

124 arrests made, 177 stolen vehicles worth $10 million recovered by Ontario carjacking task force

A provincial task force charged with probing carjackings in Ontario says it has made 124 arrests and recovered 177 stolen vehicles valued at over $10 million.

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?”    


CTV News Kitchener

Three Toronto men arrested after attempted robbery at Fairview Park Mall

Waterloo regional police have arrested three men from Toronto after an attempted robbery at a Kitchener mall.

CTV News Kitchener

Paris social worker accused of sexual abuse

A Paris social worker has been accused of sexual abuse, boundary violations, and professional misconduct by the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

CTV News Kitchener

Proud Waterloo Region father celebrates son's Stanley Cup win

Many people in Waterloo Region and beyond were watching Monday night’s Stanley Cup game on the edge of their seats.

Hacksmith Industries

riding a pole-truck (totally safe one day build)

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Ball Construction

Ball Construction’s Annual Golf Tournament at Rebel Creek Golf Club

This past May, Ball Construction held its eagerly awaited annual golf tournament at the picturesque Rebel Creek Golf Club. The event brought together employees and partners for a day of friendly competition, camaraderie, and celebration.

Despite an unexpected one-hour delay due to inclement weather, the tournament was a resounding success. The skies cleared up, and participants enjoyed perfect golfing conditions with a comfortable temperature and beautiful scenery.

The competition was fierce, but a few standout performances deserved special recognition:

  • Overall Tournament Winner: Brendon Aitken showcased his golfing prowess, taking home the top honors.
  • Low Net Winner: Manny Pereria demonstrated remarkable consistency and skill to claim the low net prize.
  • Closest to the Pin: Steve Rees’s precision earned him the title for the closest to the pin.
  • Longest Drive (Women): Liv Kelly’s powerful swing secured her the longest drive for the women’s category.
  • Longest Drive (Men): Brendon Aitken’s exceptional performance was further highlighted by winning the longest drive for the men’s category.

The day was filled with laughter, sportsmanship, and memorable moments, as participants enjoyed not only the competition but also the opportunity to connect and relax outside the office. The event concluded with an awards ceremony, where the winners were celebrated and awarded for their achievements.

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519 Sports Online

Overtime championship winning goal for the U15 Arthur Aces

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Hacksmith Industries

This IS why heroes don't wear capes. #relatable #dc #engineering #water

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519 Sports Online

OSFL Football (Under 14) - Brampton Bulldogs vs Waterloo Jr. Warriors

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OSFL Football (Under 12) - Guelph Jr. Gryphons vs Brantford Bisons

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OSFL Football (Under 10) - Waterloo Jr. Warriors vs Brantford Bisons

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OSFL Football (Under 10) - Peel Panthers vs Cambridge Lions

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OSFL Football (Under 14) - Peel Panthers vs Brantford Bisons

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Junior A Lacrosse - Orangeville Northmen vs Kitchener-Waterloo Lacrosse Club

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OSFL Football (Under 16) - Brampton Bulldogs vs Waterloo Jr. Warriors

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FULL OVERTIME (U15 Gerrie Final) - Burlington Blaze vs Arthur Aces

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Jackson Yanchus and Zach Scotto presented with the Bill McMahon award

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The U17 Orangeville Northmen win their home lacrosse tournament

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Ben Fitzpatrick seals a championship win for the CW Riverhawks

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City of Kitchener

City of Kitchener Council/committee meeting

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519 Sports Online

Carter Kellam kick return for a U18 Brantford Bisons touchdown

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CTV News Kitchener

Kitchener, Ont. family demands justice after SIU clears police in fatal shooting

The family of Kitchener, Ont. man said he was suffering from a schizophrenic episode, and desperately needed help, the night he was fatally shot by an officer with the Waterloo Regional Police Service.

519 Sports Online

The Arthur Aces win the U9 title at the Scott Gerrie lacrosse tournament

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City of Kitchener

2024-06-24 - Audit Committee Meeting

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Ball Construction

Ball Construction’s Safety BBQ: A Day of Celebration and Commitment

On a bright and sunny afternoon, the Ball Construction team gathered for an event that combined camaraderie, safety awareness, and delicious food. Our Safety BBQ was a resounding success, thanks to the presence of special guests Jeff MacIntyre and Mandy Bujold, from the Grand Valley Construction Association (GVCA).

Celebrating Safety with the GVCA

Jeff MacIntyre and Mandy Bujold, both prominent figures in the GVCA, joined us for a delightful lunch. Their presence underscored the importance of community and collaboration in fostering a culture of safety within the construction industry. Mandy Bujold, an Olympian and safety advocate, shared her insights on the significance of small safety measures in preventing accidents and ensuring a secure work environment.

The Jersey of Courage

A highlight of the event was the signing of the Jersey of Courage from the League of Champions. This jersey symbolizes our unwavering commitment to safety and serves as a reminder of the collective effort required to maintain a safe workplace. Each signature on the jersey represents a pledge to uphold safety standards and look out for one another on the job.

♦ Small Precautions, Big Impact

The discussions during the BBQ emphasized how seemingly small safety precautions can make a substantial difference. From wearing proper protective gear to adhering to safety protocols, these measures play a crucial role in preventing accidents and ensuring that everyone returns home safely at the end of the day.

Jeff MacIntyre highlighted the importance of ongoing safety training and the need for constant vigilance. He shared anecdotes and examples from his experience, illustrating how proactive safety measures can avert potential hazards. Mandy Bujold echoed these sentiments, drawing parallels between the discipline required in sports and the diligence needed in maintaining a safe work environment.

A Commitment to Safety

At Ball Construction, safety is not just a priority; it is a core value ingrained in our culture. The Safety BBQ was a testament to our commitment to this value. It was an opportunity to celebrate our achievements, reinforce our dedication to safety, and learn from esteemed experts in the field.

As we move forward, we carry with us the lessons and insights gained from this event. We remain steadfast in our mission to create a safe and secure workplace for all our team members. The Jersey of Courage, now adorned with new signatures, stands as a symbol of our collective resolve to prioritize safety in everything we do.

Thank you to Jeff MacIntyre, Mandy Bujold, and the entire Ball Construction team for making this event a memorable and impactful one. Together, we continue to build not just structures, but a legacy of safety and excellence.

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Dabke dance by Syrian Kurdish group at KW Multicultural festival in Kitchener Ontario Canada

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Gheorghe Curelet-Balan

Dabke dance by Syrian Kurdish group at KW Multicultural festival 2024 in Kitchener Ontario Canada.

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CTV News Kitchener

Kitchener council defers decision to allow alcohol in city parks

Kitchener city council has decided to defer a decision regarding alcohol consumption in city parks.

UW Imprint

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.


519 Sports Online

The U18 Cambridge Lions recognize their graduating players on Senior's Night

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CTV News Kitchener

Willie Nelson cancels concert appearance

Willie Nelson cancels his upcoming concerts, plus Travis Kelce joins Taylor Swift on stage. Angie Hill has the latest for Music Monday.

City of Kitchener

2024-06-24 - Special Council Meeting

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CTV News Kitchener

Jupiter's red spot may be only 190 years old

CTV's Science and Technology Specialist Dan Riskin breaks down the data indicating Jupiter's red spot may be younger than first theorized.