Waterloo Regional Police issue 208 charges on St.Patricks Day

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 07:22 Megan
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The popular Ezra street St. Patrick's Day celebration in Waterloo hit a record breaking twelve thousand partiers this year.

Of those twelve thousand, Waterloo Regional Police laid a total of 208 charges as part of a new mission called “Project Respect.” The project is a collaborative operation with the City of Waterloo, Waterloo Fire Rescue, The Region of Waterloo Paramedic Services, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo. It was designed to promote a safe, respectable and responsible St. Patrick's Day celebration in Waterloo.

Of those 208 charges, 197 were provincial offence notices and the other 11 involved criminal code charges.

(Meghan Spotswood)


(Photo courtesy of the Waterloo Regional Police)


Kitchener Shelter Closing During Day

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 06:07 BD
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The female emergency centre in Kitchener wants its clients to work harder on finding other housing so they are closing their doors from 8:30 until 4:30 daily.  
Staff are worried that some residents are viewing the Frederick Street facility as a permanent residence. It has been suggested that some women sleep in the shelter during the day and then go and party all night and turn down other housing when it has been offered. Restricting access during the day had been planned for a length of time and other shelters in the region close their doors during the day. The shelter has 60 beds and some exemptions to the day time closing rules will be allowed.
The changes take effect April 1st. (bd)


Too Loud, Too Late?

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 05:24 BD
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Saying it does not balance the quality of life downtown with the desires of loud music lovers, London residents are fighting the city's plans to loosen noise bylaws.
The plan would allow music in the downtown area to be played louder and longer.  Staff is bringing the proposal back to city council.
The plan would split the city into three areas, with different regulations for each area, depending on the type of event that would be held. (bd)


Thames Centre March 20 Wrap

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 03:55 BD
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by Brian Donlevy

A group of Thorndale residents want to build an $8 million community complex.  The facility would include an auditorium, main hall, amenities and kitchen facilities. A proposal was first looked at by a professional designer back in 2013, revisited in 2015 and the price tag at that time was $5 million. The group said they want to raise one million dollars towards the project, with the federal and provincial governments as well as Thames Centre putting in 2.8 million dollars each.  Council will move the discussion to this year’s budget process.

The date Thames Centre is holding a breakfast to honour and thank their volunteers has been moved.  It was originally scheduled for Thursday April 27th.  It is now scheduled for Tuesday April 25th at the Flight Exec Centre from 7:30 to 9 a.m. The drop in style event will be held in the auditorium.


Laurier football players head to CFL combine

Monday, 20 March 2017 12:41 Megan
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Three Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawk football players have one last chance to make the CFL. Defensive lineman Kwaku Boatang of Milton, Ontario, Jalen Price of Hamilton and linebacker Nakas Onyeka will be heading to Regina this week for the 2017 national CFL combine.

The three prospects will go through medical examinations, performance, strength and speed tests, on field football drills and team interviews.

Boatang is the sixth ranked prospect in the country. He had yet again another great season with a total of 22 tackles, 6 knockdowns and 4 forced fumbles.

Good luck to you all!

(Meghan Spotswood)


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