‘Crazy-busy already’ low-income veterinary clinic opens in Waterloo Region

Kitchener’s East Village Animal Hospital offers veterinary services low-income residents can afford

By Clare Bonnyman, CBC News Posted: Aug 28, 2017

This cat, from the Toronto Cat Rescue, is one of dozens that will be spayed and neutered at the East Village Animal Hospital, a not-for-profit veterinary clinic, and the only in Waterloo Region. (Clare Bonnyman/CBC)

The East Village Animal Hospital is the first low-income veterinary clinic of its kind in the region, and is already high in demand after only being open a few weeks.

“We are crazy busy already,” said Ann-Marie Patkus-Cook, hospital manager.

As one of the only options for low-income pet owners, it’s not surprising that the hospital is gaining momentum fast.

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Kids at Junior Peacebuilders day camp assemble aid for refugees

Youth from 7-14 assemble relief kits for refugees ‘helping the world be a better place’

CBC News Posted: Aug 24, 2017

Twenty-nine kids from age 7-14 packed into the Mennonite Central Committee Warehouse in Kitchener, Ont. on August 23, 2017 to fill relief kits for refugees and learn about international aid relief. (Clare Bonnyman/CBC)

The last few days of summer holidays are precious to kids. But the 29 youths who gathered in the back of a Kitchener, Ont. thrift store warehouse this week for a day camp made their holiday a humanitarian effort.

The Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)’s Peacebuilders Day Camp gathered public-spirited youngsters together to pack aid relief kits and take part in the “blanket exercise,” an education tool used to start conversations about reconciliation.

“We kind of see relief aid as this way to have a bigger conversation around how we use our lives to help our communities be a little bit better for all of us,” said organizer Carolyn Gray.

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Laurier establishes Indigenous Curriculum Specialist

The new position at WLU is one of few across the province, to connect culture and academic studies

CBC News Posted: Aug 24, 2017

Wilfrid Laurier University established an Indigenous Curriculum Specialist position this year, to help support the indigenization of the campus. (GatorEG/Wikipedia)

Wilfrid Laurier University has hired an Indigenous Curriculum Specialist, to help staff and faculty progress with the continued work of reconciliation in the post-secondary environment.

Erin Hodson, is one of only a handful of other ICS across Canada, and as a result the role is very much in development.

“It’s sort of being created as we go,” she said.


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Guelph Food Bank: demand grows 30 per cent

Pauline Cripps says that even with a 30 per cent increase in visits, the GFB still won’t turn anyone away

CBC News Posted: Aug 23, 2017

The Guelph Food Bank has continued to meet the needs of its community, despite a 30 per cent rise in visits from 2015-2016. This is largely in part to a matching increase in volunteers, according to Pauline Cripps. (Guelph Food Bank/Facebook )

The Guelph Food Bank is an important part of the community; now more so than ever, says Pauline Cripps, coordinator at the GFB.

The food bank saw a rise of 30 per cent in visits from 2015-2016, with 26,896 visits growing to 35,160.

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Pollution reduction work can take decades to see results

University of Waterloo professor says it can take up to 35 years to see the effect of pollution reduction

CBC News Posted: Aug 23, 2017

In this Aug. 3, 2014, file photo, an algae bloom covers Lake Erie near the City of Toledo water intake crib off the shore of Curtice, Ohio. Blue-green algae has been causing issues across Canada this summer, an issue that comes from pollution practices we saw in the 1970s and 80s. (The Associated Press)

A professor at the University of Waterloo reports that while efforts to reduce water pollution from fertilizers have increased, Canadians will have to wait decades to see the actual results.

“Some time frames that we saw here ranged from 10 years to 30 or 35,” said Nandita Basu, associate professor of science and engineering at UW.

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Residents move to protect Waterloo ‘heritage neighbourhood’

Residents of Mary Allen neighbourhood in Waterloo are seeking a ‘cultural heritage landscape’ study

CBC News Posted: Aug 23, 2017

Heritage districts, like the McGregor Albert Heritage Conservation District in Waterloo, can have very different arrangements, preserving individual houses, the whole area, or simply setting guidelines for new homes. (The City of Waterloo)

Residents in Waterloo’s Mary Allen neighbourhood are worried that historic homes in the area just behind City Hall could be demolished.

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Waterloo wins pair of 2017 Ontario municipalities awards

City wins both of year’s awards, for innovation and asset management

CBC News Posted: Aug 22, 2017

The City of Waterloo cleaned up at the 2017 Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference, where the city won both awards for innovation and asset management. (City of Waterloo)

The City of Waterloo won awards in both categories recognized at this year’s Association of Municipalities of Ontario Conference in Ottawa, where the province’s 444 municipalities gathered to tackle issues and celebrate achievements.

“I really think this is what shows we have a lot of smart-city technology here in the Waterloo Region,” Mayor Dave Jaworsky told CBC News.

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