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49TH YEAR — NO. 8

Come one, come all, the circus calls BY REBECCA SOARES

Behind the curtains at the door, a circus awaited. Guests who attended the Night Circus fundraiser at Idea Exchange’s Queen’s Square branch on March 3 were in for a real treat. “This whole night, I’d forgotten this was a library. It truly felt like I was stepping into a circus,” said Miranda Espanola, a Cambridge resident. The idea for the Night Circus fundraiser came from the book Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. In the novel, there is an array of spectacles for the guests to witness throughout the circus, which is what Idea Exchange tried to recreate. Throughout the event there were scheduled performances and entertainers spread out among the two floors of the library to give guests the Night Circus experience everywhere they went. “When you go to a circus there’s things going on all around you,” said Gabrielle Clermont, Idea Exchange’s community engagement specialist. “We didn’t want to have just one main performance at a time, we tried to ensure there was


Lucy Loop from Hoop You dazzled the guests as she performed a radiant fire dance at Idea Exchange’s Night Circus fundraiser for the Cambridge Art Galleries on March 3. something going on everywhere for the guests to enjoy. It really seems like everyone is enjoying the performances too, which is

what we hoped for.” Guests who ventured upstairs found an Escape Room, sinfully sweet baked goods and circus

games available to be played at the leisure of the guests. The second floor also had a section reserved for performances

by local dance groups ONEmovement and Valizan.

Adams said, “It’s another mode of transportation and recreation, keeps the body young and healthy. Like riding a bike or swimming, it just takes time and ambition. I think anyone can do it.” Along with the skateboarding instructors, the group plans to have others attend who are experienced in biking, scooters and rollerblading. They will also provide extra scooters, boards, pogo sticks and roller blades for those who just want a place to practise. Marcus Kuehner, an aggressive rollerblader, attended in support of the club. “We had a bunch of fun, and it was nice to get some practise in before the season for sure,” he said, adding, “It was very well organized for the first event, there was an instructor per student; there was never a student left in the shadows, they were very attentive.” Kuehner will be at the next drop-in event, for those who

want to get their bearings on rollerblades. “I think everyone should be active and have a bit of fun, and what better way than this? I think the event will thrive throughout time; it’s a great way to give back to the community,” he said. The opening event featured a crash course in skateboarding, including health and safety, “ride and stop,” safe falling techniques and how to Ollie, a skateboarding trick where the rider jumps with his board into the air. Although the next event hasn’t been scheduled yet, they plan to offer dropin lessons once a month, which will be posted on their Facebook page. Adams said, “During these winter months, we as busy human beings tend to hibernate. This is a great way for kids, adolescents and adults to kick that cabin fever and get active.”

A new club rolls into town


A new club has started in Kitchener for those who have always dreamt of learning to grind, kickflip, Ollie or simply to keep their balance on a skateboard. The KW Skateboarding Club had their opening event on Feb. 24 at the K-W Badminton Club’s indoor rink, where they invited people of all ages to drop in and take some basic lessons, with a cover of $5. Instructors Michael Adams and Peter Linares, who have been skateboarding for years, started the club in an effort to share their love of skateboarding with the community. “We wanted a place to ride in the winter to stay warm, while still staying ahead of our skill set (by offering lessons),” Adams said. They state on their Facebook page, “Our main mission is to teach eager youth and adults


A new skateboarding club run by skateboarders Peter Linares and Michael Adams held their first drop-in event on Feb. 24 at the K-W Badminton Club, where they offered lessons in skateboarding basics. There will be another drop-in event announced soon on their Facebook page. to skateboard/longboard, but we encourage healthy physical activity in any form.” While they charged only $5 for the opening event, the

following lessons will cost $10. They claim it will only take two or three lessons for a newcomer to be able to comfortably ride a skateboard.



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Random questions answered by random students

If you had the athletic skill to go pro in any sport, what sport would you choose? “Soccer, because it’s my favourite sport and I’m Portuguese.”


Maverick Pereira, second-year office administrator-executive


Mac Eisley, first-year broadcast and production

“Football, because it’s my favourite sport to watch and I’d have the most fun with it..” Beth Smith, first-year respiratory therapy

“Volleyball, because it’s the only sport I’m good at.” Danielle Nagy, first-year nursing

“Volleyball, because I love it and I’m confident in my abilities.” Lisa Mueller, first-year nursing

“Hockey, because I love the culture surrounding the sport and it’s my favourite overall.” Nolan Bremner, first-year supply chain management

Smile Conestoga, you could be our next respondent!


Members of the Guelph Model Train Society gather to prepare for their open house and seasonal showcase of their railroad which has been years in the making. For video story, go to

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Night Circus

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Fundraiser features fire artist, food and fun  CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

On the main level, there was a dance floor that featured the Wishing Tree in which guests could light an LED candle, and place it on the tree while making a wish, a variety of foods that tantalized your sense of smell, a reptile petting zoo, fortune tellers, card readers and more. There was also a stage that featured various performances including beautifully played piano music and daring fire performances. “I had issues deciding what I wanted to do most,” said Espanola. “There was so much going on and I wanted to experience it all! I was never really able to experience a circus before and the very fact that Idea Exchange created a circus

right in my neighbourhood is remarkable. I got to witness someone dance with fire and juggle it like it was nothing, I saw belly dancing, was taught how to juggle. It isn’t a typical circus but it’s everything I could have hoped for.” Clermont said, “Not only are the guests having a wonderful time, but we’ve raised a lot of money for Cambridge Art Galleries.” It may have seemed hectic with so many different acts in one building, but the atmosphere was filled with euphoria as guests witnessed magical and mystic performances before their very eyes. The Night Circus fundraiser went from 8 p.m. to midnight and was packed with guests all night long.


The ONEmovement dance group performed multiple times throughout the night. Dancers entertained attendees on both floors to ensure no one missed out.


Andrew the Absolutely Normal juggles rings at Idea Exchange for the Night Circus event on March 3. For video story, go to


Idea Exchange’s Night Circus paid tribute to the book, Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, by including the symbolic Wishing Tree from the book. Attendees lit LEG candles and placed them on the Wishing Tree.

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2018 Cambridge Campus Job Fair March 21 • 10:30 am – 1:30pm Cambridge Campus Atrium

Don’t miss this opportunity to network with 40 employers recruiting for full-time, co-op and summer positions Get Prepared! Come to the CareerHub Doon 1A105

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New gun laws needed in U.S. BY PETER SWART

Valentine’s Day 2018 will not be remembered for the romance in the air, but rather the day 17 high school students were killed by a gunman in Florida. It’s time for the United States to follow the lead of the rest of the world in restricting gun ownership.. The U.S. has the most guns owned by citizens in the world, about 48 per cent of the world’s civilian-owned firearms. It also has the most gun-related deaths per year. The correlation between the two is no coincidence. There is a saying among gun advocates, that guns don’t kill people, it’s the owners that kill people. The argument is that if someone wants to kill a person they simply will find a way. While this may be true, it is unlikely they will kill people on the scale that is so common now. The fact that weapons such as fully automatic or even semi-automatic assault rifles are so easily accessible in the U.S. is a problem. The even bigger problem is that these weapons are capable of killing so many people, such as the 58 people in Las Vegas last year and the 49 innocents in Orlando the year before. Year after year there are mass shootings followed by debates over the need for gun laws in the U.S. and, without fail, they are not put into place. The result? More mass shootings and more deaths. The simple truth is that countries such as Australia, which introduced much stricter gun laws following a shooting in 1996, and the United Kingdom, which acted similarly after a gunman killed a teacher and 16 children that same year, have seen a significant decrease in mass shootings since the laws were put in place. Australia has not had a single shooting of that scale since the laws were passed. Japan has the lowest number of gun-related deaths in the world thanks to the process one must go through in order to obtain a firearm. In order to get a shotgun, citizens must attend courses, pass exams and undergo psychological testing. They are even subject to a police background check that they must not only pass but their relatives must pass as well. Guns are not a necessity for any civilian and it should not be a right to own one, but a privilege for those capable of using one responsibly. It’s time for the U.S. and every other country still struggling with gun-related deaths to regulate firearms accordingly. The views herein represent the position of the newspaper, not necessarily the author.

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than 500 words. Spoke reserves the right to edit any letter for publication. Address correspondence to: The Editor, Spoke, 299 Doon Valley Dr., Kitchener, Ont., N2G 4M4

Mother Nature’s mood swings.

Our driver’s licence process needs a tune-up Canada’s driver’s licensing system as it stands has existed for years, but the time for change should be now. The way getting a driver’s licence works at the moment seems simple on paper: A G1 level licence is available starting at age 16 after taking a written test, which gives you limited driving abilities, then a G2 after a year and at least 40 hours of experience, which gives you almost full independence on the road, then finally a test for the full G licence. The fundamental problem with Canada’s system is the time and amount of hoops you need to jump through to be officially licensed. Something the government should consider doing is adopting the system used in the United States. Though the ages change based on the state, the basic idea is that a learner’s permit (essentially a G1) is available for those around ages 14 to 16, and after enough practice and time, a full licence test is available for everyone, with

Austin Wells


The fundamental problem with Canada’s system is the time and amount of hoops you need to jump through to be officially licensed.

the minimum age usually being 16-18, but again varying on the state. Having three separate licensing levels is totally unnecessary. All it accomplishes for young drivers is hours upon hours of work (mostly a set amount of hours of road time and countless driving tests and school sessions) and several

years of waiting, in addition to having to pay for every level of testing/licensing. The G2 is a particularly useless stage, as drivers are essentially given almost all of the freedoms of a full G licence except for a select few that aren’t of particular importance. Cutting out one of the G2 or Full G steps to a driver’s licence makes the most sense, as the three-step system is redundant, expensive and time-consuming and simpler two-step systems have proven to be effective in the past, particularly in America. While arguments can be made regarding the proper age for a permit and licence (a full driver’s licence available for anyone at age 16 seems to be a little risky), a two-step system for those above the age of 16 or in the 16-20 age range is the perfect system for Canada’s youth, and it would help improve the overall system and the experience of all involved by cutting out unnecessary extra tests, time, money and effort.


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Useless Facts

Oh Cliff!


A person cannot taste food unless it is mixed with saliva.

Week of March 12, 2018


March 21 April 19 Now could be the time for someone you trust to help you with what you’re going through. Weigh this advice against what you know of the world already.

Taurus April 20 May 20

If you’re going to do one thing this year, then trust your instincts. There’s no reason to be hasty.

Gemini May 21 June 21

You may want a new friend to steer you in the wrong direction. Don’t take any big risks that you may regret.

Cancer June 22 July 22

If you think you might be ready for a big change, you need to have confidence in yourself. Nobody is more familiar with you than yourself.


July 23 August 22 If you are unsure, it might be time to take that plunge. Hesitate if you must, but know that you can do anything you want in the end.


August 23 September 22 It’s never too late for an older relative to make a major decision. Make a commitment to yourself and take at least one step toward it.

Ninety per cent of all species that have become extinct have been birds.


September 23 October 22

Most collect calls are made on Father’s Day.

Are you working toward talking to your significant other? Soon will be the moment you announce yourself.

Bees have 5 eyes. There are 3 small eyes on the top of a bee’s head and 2 larger ones in front. The average lead pencil will draw a line 35 miles long.


October 23 November 21 It may be in your best interest to consider a friend whom you used to be close with to reaffirm a solution you’d already considered.

You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching TV. Cliff can’t wait until the spring weather arrives.

Sudoku Puzzle

Sagittarius November 22 December 21

Fill in the grid with digits in such a manner that every row, every column and every 3x3 box accommodates the digits 1-9, without repeating any.

There’s no reason today can’t be the start of something new. You can do it by just looking out for the people around you.

Capricorn December 22 January 19

If you don’t know where you’re headed in life, you might be wise to weigh all your options. Hesitate if you must.

Aquarius January 20 February 18

Today you can turn your life around. You can start by looking out for the people around you and appreciating life for every little minute you get.


February 19 March 20 Look to a friend whom you used to be close with to answer a difficult question. There’s no reason to doubt yourself, so long as you are cautious.

Diodonna Winona dabbles in forces beyond mortal comprehension. She also enjoys people watching and coffee.

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Something for all at Kitchener Comic Con BY TYLER MEDEIROS

The fourth annual Kitchener Comic Con took place on March 3. The event was a two-day experience that brought artists, fans, gamers and writers to Kitchener City Hall. “I travel around these cons a lot but it’s always nice to come to Kitchener because everyone just gets so into the nerd spirit,” said Laura Suen, owner and founder of Fire and Steel, a premium retailer for specialty blades and traditional weaponry. The Kitchener event featured free admission and was a place where you could dress up as your favourite character or just walk around for an hour or two buying paraphernalia from your favourite shows or books. If your feet got tired you could also sit back and relax while playing a wide variety of fighting games supplied by KW Gamers. “It’s so nice to see people who are genuinely interested in the gear I am selling. I honestly love talking to people in-depth about a specific sword when they actually care about it,” Suen said, adding, “The con experience is a very gratifying one as it shows that other people are just as nerdy as you are and there is no reason to feel embarrassed about it. The 31 Canadian Brigade Group, an army reserve

formation of the 4th Canadian Division, also attended the event alongside Flag Raiders Paintball to ask for support by either signing up for the reserve or making a donation to help our troops. Artist Jonathan Barker said, “People have an open source for sharing their talents at this event, it’s why I am able to sit down at a table and sell my art. It is important for people to be able to see that there is a way to interact with the people that are buying your art.” Having a place to go where no one will judge you is exactly what most cons strive to achieve. They want everyone to come out to the event and feel free to be themselves and interact with other visitors. People were also encouraged to sit in on multiple panels that covered topics including writing comic books, drawing art and even how to make your own costume. Even Conestoga’s very own CJIQ was reporting live from the event and giving away a basket of candy to one lucky winner. Two gaming tournaments were held during the event where gamers could compete head to head and show off their skills at Dragon Ball FighterZ and Super Smash Bros. These tournaments were held by KW Gamers and offered a nice challenge to all who entered.


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Kitchener Comic Con welcomed everyone to Kitchener City Hall to express their inner nerd. Many people attended in order to purchase paraphernalia.


Lots of cosplayers attended dressed as their favourite characters. Above, from left, are Star Lord, Groot and Deadpool.


Laura Suen, the founder and owner of Fire and Steel, a Mississauga store that sells specialty blades and traditional weaponry, shows some attendees replica swords and props.


The 31 Canadian Brigade Group had a booth alongside Flag Raiders Paintball to promote awareness about how Canada’s military can use your support.

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