** Note: Some audio recordings have a “ding” sound occurring irregularly throughout. Those are computer system sounds that I’ve recorded accidentally while grabbing the files for my portfolio. I will update shortly with clean files.


The Ever After music fest in Kitchener has been told music from the venue can’t exceed 55 decibels when it reaches the neighbourhood surrounding Bingeman’s. But how loud is 55 decibels? And is that a reasonable limit?

The audience at Maureen Forrester Recital Hall in Wilfrid Laurier University last Friday were treated to a performance of Once Upon a Time, put on by the Arts Express — a week-long camp for children with special needs.

Asia Haraki came to Canada on July 22, 2015. In these two years, she improved her English and opened up a Middle Eastern grocery store in Waterloo, Ont.


Now to Hamilton…Where the inquest looking into the deaths of eight men who died of drug overdoses in the Barton Street is getting under way. The deaths occurred between 2012 and 2016. And the inquest is expected to take about six weeks and will hear from about 100 witnesses. CBC Hamilton’s Flora Pan is at the inquest.

The big game in the World Juniors is happening today in Buffalo. But if you were heading to the Canada-U-S matchup this afternoon, you probably faced huge delays on the Q-E-W. A transport truck caught on fire this morning — and it had every lane that lead from Toronto to the hockey game closed for hours. The CBC’s Flora Pan has the details.


Ontario’s minimum wage will be $15 an hour by January 2019. The provincial government also proposed other changes to labour laws yesterday, including equal pay for part-time workers and 10 guaranteed emergency leave days a year. How are people reacting to the plan?

Where should Kitchener’s first provincial pot store go? The city was chosen as one of the first 14 municipalities getting a standalone store. But the location has yet to be determined. Mayor Berry Vrbanovic said they will be in talks with the province very soon. Yesterday Art Sinclair with the region’s Chamber of Commerce said the downtown core could be a viable location. So CBC’s Flora Pan went downtown to hear from people.

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A Guelph man wanted his dying father from Quebec to be able to spend his last days in Ontario — to be closer to family. But when they got in touch with OHIP they were told they’d have to wait 90 days.

The Grand River Conservation Authority runs a tenancy program with 34 residences available for rent. The GRCA has decided to close down the program. One tenant, Mary-Tim Hare, wants to stay until her challenged daughter finishes high school in 2021.

There is currently not a lot of talk about brain injuries that result from domestic violence, and a Wilfrid Laurier University researcher says that needs to change.