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Monday, January 20, 2020

Steve Kannon

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...

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...

Photo radar is proof governments don’t care about civil rights

The region’s plan to roll out photo radar is symbolic of what ails government and society in general. An overstatement for something...

Tech and regulations can only go so far in blocking scammers

Along with traditional crimes associated with the holidays – shoplifting, stealing from vehicles and mail theft – technology has brought us a bevy of...

Little time to enjoy the season as Christmas seems to come and go

For kids, Christmas can never arrive quickly enough; the time between the first hints of the season – earlier and earlier each year...

Young buyers need Christmas miracle to afford own home

It’s a safe bet Santa will be receiving plenty of requests for a new home among his stacks of mail: the largesse of...

We can expect more flooding of the kind in new study

Water levels in the Great Lakes continue to climb, giving rise to concerns about flooding even as we head into the frozen-over time...

A new approach to tackle issues like downtown revitalization

Getting more people involved is just the start of community-building efforts. We also need better ideas, the people to enact them and governments that...

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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...