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Remember their sacrifice

BY MICHELLE MAISONVILLE Each year on Nov. 11 we remember the courage of the Canadian men and women who fought to defend our freedoms and rights and who made it possible for us to live in a peaceful and...

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Weddings today are full of drama

BY JESSICA HAMMER Weddings and drama, unfortunately, go hand in hand. How did your big day become everyone else’s? Weddings are about celebrating the bride’s and groom’s love for one another and...

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Distracted driving still a big problem

BY JASON MOTA Distracted driving is a problem that we have been trying hard to solve for decades now – in fact, as of September, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation has started trying a little...

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Trudeau’s cabinet sets precedent

BY JOE WEPPLER “Because it’s 2015,” quipped Justin Trudeau with a shrug of his shoulders when he was asked why half his cabinet are women at his first public address as Prime Minister. While some...

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Beertown an uptown Waterloo treasure

By CHRISTEL ALLISON When I think of a treasure, I never imagine it can be so obviously placed, but, in the heart of uptown Waterloo, there is one. Beertown Public House, located at Waterloo Town...

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Testing on animals must end

BY KANDACE GALLANT Not only are animals taken from the wild and used for our entertainment, they are also used to test products on that we use every day. Makeup, dish soap, shampoo, body wash,...

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What does Christmas really mean?

BY JESSICA PETT Christmas is a holiday that was once both a religious holiday and a cherished, family-filled time with memories and tradition. Now it is cursed with the obsessive need to give and...

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Trudeau needs to smarten up

BY CHRISTEL ALLISON How explosive do things need to get before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau changes his mind? Although Trudeau expressed to the G20 gathering that Canada was “profoundly saddened” by...

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Take care of your pets

BY ASHLEY NEQUEST Dog owners know that dogs typically become part of the family. The four-legged pup will cuddle up and watch television with everyone, so naturally walking the dog can become a family...

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What is something interesting that you’ve learned recently?

Now deep thoughts…with Conestoga College Random questions answered by random students What is something interesting that you’ve learned recently? “Otto the dog recently beat the world record for the...

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The importance of sleep and why you should be getting more

BY ETHAN KOMPF This is the first of a three-part series about sleep. This part covers the importance of sleep and the negative effects of lack of sleep. The second and third parts will cover the...

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LRT won’t benefit Conestoga students

BY MATT LINSEMAN With growth comes growing pains and this is true with the planned Light Rail Transit (LRT) in Waterloo Region. Despite the frustration felt by students who have to use public transit...

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History must not repeat itself

In light of the attacks on Paris and Beirut, there has been a lot of talk about refugees, and people who are against allowing them to emigrate from the countries they’re living in. People have been...

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Why we should reflect on 2015

By TAYLOR SCHWEITZER This past year was one of turmoil, with few bright spots. From the Russian passenger plane being brought down by a bomb and the attacks in Paris to the Syrian refugee crisis,...

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Self-education leads to selflessness

By JOE WEPPLER Altruism is the principle of concern for the welfare of others. It is a core value in many traditions, cultures and world views that exist today. The word was coined by French...

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Give winter a hug

By  PAUL BOREHAM Brrrr … It’s cold outside. Waves of white steam pour from peoples’ noses and mouths with each breath as they painstakingly negotiate icy pavements, wearing tortured expressions, before...

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Why I love Valentine’s Day and you should too

By MICHELLE MAISONVILLE “You’ve got a pizza my heart,” reads a Ninja Turtle Valentine’s Day card, much like the ones we used to receive back in elementary school. Remember those days? Back before we...

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Seek help if struggling

By JASON MOTA There is a gap in the Canadian mental health system. This “gap” refers to the unnervingly large percentage of people with mental illnesses who do not receive treatment for – or even an...

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How bad can eating your pet be?

By JENNA BRAUN Eating your pets after their death seems like something only a savage in a horror film would do. I have two dogs and the thought of eating them sounds emotionally scarring and...

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World comes together in fight against cancer

BY GARRET BURCHETT The fight against cancer is a global one. And the fight ramps up on Feb. 4, on World Cancer Day, when the world’s population unites to raise awareness about the disease and to press...

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