Schools remain closed, dash camera footage, tallest tower: best stories of the week
“I must live with the tragedy”: memorials in memory of 215 Aboriginal children found buried in a residential school
Several memorials have been erected in the Waterloo region to commemorate the 215 Indigenous children found buried in a former residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia. Throughout Monday, children’s shoes and stuffed animals were placed in remembrance at the Healing of the Seven Generations on Frederick Street.
The organization’s chief executive, Donna Dubie, said the news is devastating and highlights the residential school tragedy.
“I had to live my whole life with the residential school tragedy,” Dubie said. “It’s very disrespectful when we hear people say ‘can’t you just get over it? Nothing has been done to help us get through the grieving process.
Waterloo Region classrooms will remain closed this school year
Classrooms in Waterloo Region and across the province will remain closed until the end of the school year following the announcement by Premier Doug Ford, Education Minister Stephen Lecce and Minister of Education. Health Christine Elliott Wednesday afternoon.
Modeling released by Ontario health officials last month showed that reopening schools could lead to a 6-11% increase in COVID-19 cases.
A tweet from the Waterloo Region District School Board said students will continue distance learning until their last day of class this year. Elementary students will finish the school year on June 28 and high school students will finish school on June 25.
Ford also pitched the idea of outdoor graduation ceremonies earlier this week, catching school boards and teacher unions by surprise.
“No one had a clue that he was publishing it, and it’s so disrespectful that many schools have already planned events that could take place virtually or like a drive-thru,” said said Rob Gascho, President of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation for Waterloo Region.
COVID-19 in numbers (as of June 6):
Waterloo region: 16,202 confirmed cases, 256 deaths, 15,603 resolved
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph: 7,982 cases, 118 deaths, 7,727 resolved
Brant County: 3,323 cases, 20 deaths, 3,326 resolved
Haldimand-Norfolk: 2,663 cases, 53 deaths, 2,578 cured
Huron Perth: 1,835 cases, 57 deaths, 1,738 cured
Waterloo Catholic School Board administrator resigns in part over decision to fly the pride flag
A Waterloo District Catholic School Board administrator resigned, citing the board’s decision to hoist the pride flag in June as a contributing factor.
“Closing the pride flag is part of my decision, but not the only concern,” former administrator Kevin Dupuis said in an email to CTV News. “It is a separation of a specific group and giving favors to one group only divides the other students.”
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Last month, the board announced that it would fly the pride flag outside of schools for June – the month of pride – for the first time. At a board meeting on Monday evening, it was announced that Greg Reitzel had also resigned as a director.
Dash camera video captures near-miss with a flying tire on a highway in Kitchener
A man on his way to Stratford, Ontario. had a close call with a tire taking off from a truck and bouncing off the freeway in front of him, and the whole incident was captured on his dash cam.
Justin Breau says he was on a morning outing to meet a friend for a round of golf but, shortly after hitting the freeway in Kitchener, something out of the corner of his eye caught his eye. He adds that he was traveling westbound on the highway. 7/8 between Fischer-Hallman and Trussler Road when it happened.
In the distance, Breau thought the tire was actually an animal in the center of the median, but realized what it was as he approached quickly, forcing him to brake to pull away. .
Proposed tower could become Kitchener’s tallest building
A construction project in Kitchener could dramatically change the city’s skyline. The Charles and Francis Street area across from CommuniTech may soon be the site of Kitchener’s tallest tower.
On Wednesday evening, a neighborhood meeting was held to discuss the plan for a possible 44-story structure. Concerns mentioned by locals included traffic, parking and shadows, but affordability was raised the most throughout the evening.