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Monday, January 20, 2020

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Downed planes are collateral damage

One of the main causes of death for airline passengers in recent decades is being shot down by somebody’s military. Not the very...

Spending on transit, bike lanes unlikely to pay any dividends

There’s an “if you build it, they will come” mentality to both transit and so-called active transportation (walking, biking) schemes in Waterloo Region. That’s...

Think of posterity and posteriors when tying flies

This week, I have been making an effort to tie at least one pike fly every day so that when the spring season...

So what’s wrong with a $4 turkey?

Afriend of mine – let’s call her Tara, because that’s her name – visited relatives in Michigan over the Christmas holidays, and noticed the...

That you have a phone number can be traced to the measles

Q.  How did an epidemic of measles lead to the introduction of phone numbers? A.  At one time, all phone calls...

Major agricultural trends for 2020 taking root locally

Major agricultural trends being predicted this year for all of Canada are taking root here in the region. Although it’s months before crop producers...

Iran likely to play the long game

If the Iranians played the game the same way that Donald Trump does, then their revenge for the American assassination of Iran’s leading general,...

January doldrums ideal for pondering the end of the world

January already got you down? It might get worse before it gets better, at least if you subscribe to the pseudoscience – and...

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Record rainfall in the region

Unusual winter weather walloped local areas as well as Waterloo Region this past weekend, with record levels of...

Woolwich looks to add green projects as part of climate action plan

Planting trees remains Woolwich’s priority in rolling out a 0.5 per cent greening levy on property taxes again...

Regional downloading adds new cost to township fire dept. budget

Regional downloading is expected to add $100,000 a year to the cost of operating the Woolwich Fire Department...

Delve deep into Observer archives.

Looking for a previous edition of The Observer? Our online archives extend back to 2008.

One-day strike to close region’s Catholic schools on Tuesday

Catholic schools across the region will be closed Tuesday as the union representing their teachers looks to get...

Talk of affordable housing is just that while growth continues

Woolwich councillors aren’t wrong when they say there’s a lack of housing options, particularly affordable ones, in the...

Downed planes are collateral damage

One of the main causes of death for airline passengers in recent decades is being shot down by...

The View From Here: January 16, 2020

The region and the townships may have a different take on what's fair when it comes...