Kate Bueckert

Kate has been covering issues affecting people in southern Ontario for more than 12 years. She currently works for CBC Kitchener-Waterloo.

Latest from Kate Bueckert

Opposition MPPs bemoan 'complete change in culture' at Queen's Park

As they break for the summer, two local opposition MPPs say they don't think the governing Progressive Conservatives are doing enough collaborate.

Kate's 5 fun things to do this weekend (June 14 to 16)

It's Father's Day weekend and there are many events, including a festival celebrating strawberries, food trucks, an arts celebration in Cambridge and a bike festival in Guelph.

Terrified of ticks? There's lots you can do to protect yourself, Guelph expert says

Headlines and social media posts about ticks that can cause red meat allergies or that have spread far and wide in just two years may have you feeling nervous about what you might encounter on your next hike. Katie Clow from the Ontario Veterinary College offers a reality check.

May marks busiest month ever for opioid overdose calls to paramedics in Waterloo region

May was the busiest month ever for Waterloo region's paramedics when it came to responding to opioid overdose calls. Now, paramedics are offering up cards with information about how people can find treatment.

Kate's 5 fun things to do this weekend (June 7-9)

This weekend there's sailing, new plays, a porch party and knitting all around Waterloo region.

Blaring train horns at all hours irk Guelph people living near tracks, city says hands are tied

People who live along Edinburgh Road in Guelph are expressing frustration that CN Rail trains are blaring their horns overnight, keeping people awake. The company says it has to operate this way until rail infrastructure in the area is upgraded.

Open Sesame's new 3-year lease helps local artists, shop owner says

Open Sesame shop founder Lauren Weinberg says she's very excited about a staff report that recommends the City of Kitchener signs a three-year lease agreement for the retail space she rents at city hall, because it will provide stability and they'll be able to plan future events and exhibitions.

Bump in GRT transit pass will impact people living on low incomes, anti-poverty advocate says

Grand River Transit is set to increase the price of an adult monthly pass by $4 this fall but anti-poverty advocate Sandee Lovas says even that will make it difficult for people on low or fixed incomes.

Kate's 5 fun things to do this weekend (May 31 to June 2)

This weekend has something for everyone, with a film festival, artists, theatre, beer, Pride picnics and the Raptors.

Child's emergency near takeoff time voids rebooking despite 'Flex' airfare

A family from Fergus, Ont., says they were an hour from boarding the plane for a vacation in Cuba when their 3-year-old had an allergic reaction requiring a hospital. They had purchased Option Flex from Air Transat, but the airline won't rebook their trip without additional cost.

Waterloo council adjusts focus with new draft strategic plan, seeks public input

The City of Waterloo is looking for the public's feedback on its draft strategic plan. The plan helps guide council in its decision making for the rest of this current term.

Funding cuts top of mind as urban mayors meeting gets underway in Guelph

Premier Doug Ford's announcement that municipalities are expected to trim an extra four per cent from their budgets this year will be a top issue at the Large Urban Mayors Caucus (LUMCO).

The province could change the way Waterloo region funds paramedics, parks and libraries

Development charges are collected by municipalities and the money is used for a variety of projects including roads, water and wastewater, parks and paramedics. But the province is proposing some changes, and that could impact the Region of Waterloo as well as the cities and townships.

Kate's 5 fun things to do this weekend (May 24 to 26)

Don't let rain keep you inside this weekend. There are many events throughout Waterloo region including the annual quilt auction in New Hamburg and a porch party in Kitchener.

Person charged after school photo taken on tracks as train pulls in

One person has been charged after video surfaced online of multiple people standing on Kitchener GO train tracks to take photos of a student group on Thursday.