Kate Bueckert

Kate has been covering issues affecting people in southern Ontario for more than 15 years. She currently works for CBC Kitchener-Waterloo. Follow her on Twitter: @kate_in_guelph

Latest from Kate Bueckert

Waterloo seniors say long-term care, Ontario's future top of mind in provincial election

Long-term care, the way the COVID-19 pandemic was handled, partisan politics and license plate stickers are on the minds of these voters who live at Village at University Gates in Waterloo.

These local groups want to help you decide who to vote for in Ontario election

Various groups in Waterloo region want to help local residents make up their minds for who to vote for in the Ontario election. The groups have asked candidates for their thoughts on gender-based issues, climate change and grassroot values.
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Aiming high: parties outside current mainstream hope to sit in Queen's Park

New and old political parties that have yet to get an MPP elected to Queen's Park have candidates running in local provincial election races. CBC Kitchener-Waterloo takes a look at them and why they wanted to put their name on the ballot here.
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Housing and cost of living top of mind for local municipal leaders in Ontario election

Local municipal leaders offer their takes on what issues are important to them in this Ontario election. On this list: Housing, affordability, transit, climate change, and support for people struggling with mental health and addictions.
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Riding races in Waterloo region could have provincial repercussions

Poll analyst Éric Grenier says the five ridings in Waterloo region will be interesting to watch in the provincial election, especially because one riding has no incumbent and in another the MPP has switched parties.
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Voter guides and letter campaigns: Special interest groups want your attention in this Ontario election

While politicians will be working to get their message out to voters in the next four weeks, so too will special interest groups that want people to keep their issues in mind as they cast Ontario election ballots.

As construction costs rise, some municipalities look to pause infrastructure projects — if they can

Local municipalities are grappling with rising costs for infrastructure projects — budgets for everything from bridge replacements to rec centres are on the rise. Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie, who chair's Ontario's Big City Mayors Caucus, says he's hearing similar stories from around the province.

Afghan refugees stalled in starting new lives in Canada as paperwork has 'ground to a halt,' sponsor says

Jim Estill, a Guelph, Ont., businessman recognized internationally for his work in resettling refugees, says he's eager to sponsor 300 refugees from Afghanistan, but the paperwork is moving slowly. A spokesperson Canada's immigration minister says unique challenges are complicating the process.

Canadians need to do more to prep for 'potentially lethal' extreme heat events: report

Canada will experience more extreme heat events, according to a new report from University of Waterloo researchers, who say that means people and communities need to adapt to higher temperatures and make safety plans.

In the midst of finals, Ukraine is never far from mind for these university students

In the midst of final projects and exams for the winter term, many students on the campus at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont., have been thinking of ways to help people impacted by the war in Ukraine.