Kate Bueckert

Kate has been covering issues affecting people in southern Ontario for more than 14 years. She currently works for CBC Kitchener-Waterloo.

Latest from Kate Bueckert

Kitchener city hall renovation gets $2.2M more budget

Kitchener city councillors have voted in favour of paying for necessary upgrades to city hall that were discovered during renovations and to adding more work to the project.

Kate's 5 fun things to do this weekend (Sept. 25 to 27)

Lumen kicks off online this weekend, there are Oktoberfest micro-festhallens in local restaurants and get out into the townships to sample some foods as part of Taste the Countryside.

Region to open 3 sites for short-term accommodations to people who are homeless this winter

The region says three sites will open in the coming weeks to help people who are homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic and impending colder weather.

Waterloo region has 'started a new wave' of COVID-19, says public health

Region of Waterloo Public Health reported 29 new cases of COVID-19 in Waterloo region Tuesday morning. There are 142 active cases, eight active outbreaks, but no one is listed as being in hospital.

Future of Guelph's downtown dining district up for debate Monday in special council meeting

Guelph city council will discuss the fate of the downtown dining district in a special council meeting on Monday. Restaurants in the district are asking the city to keep it in place for now to help them survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kate's 5 fun things to do this weekend (Sept. 18 to 20)

From a neighbourhood porch party reimagined to an online medieval faire to the Terry Fox Run, there are lots of events in Waterloo region this weekend.

Ambulance dispatch call centre returns to Waterloo region

Ambulance dispatchers have returned to Cambridge after being moved to the Hamilton office for more than 18 months. Waterloo MPP Catherine Fife says she is happy the dispatchers are back in the region, but the fact they were ever moved in the first place remains a concern.

Kitchener's drive-thru COVID-19 testing site closes 'a few times a day' from reaching capacity

The drive-thru COVID-19 testing centre in Kitchener was closed for part of the day Wednesday after the site reached capacity for testing. An official with Grand River Hospital says it has been happened a few times per day this month as more people seek to be tested.

Rise in COVID-19 cases attributed to people not following rules in Waterloo region

Waterloo region's acting medical officer of health says the recent rise in cases is because people aren't keeping their social bubbles to just 10 people. Waterloo region added seven COVID-19 cases on Wednesday.

Waterloo region's mask bylaw to be extended to May 2021

Regional councillors voted unanimously in committee to extend the face covering bylaw to May 2021 to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

Sick notes should be permanently banned in Ontario, Green leader says

Green Party of Ontario Leader Mike Schreiner is calling on the province to revoke sick notes permanently saying they make 'absolutely no sense.'

Local school boards hiring 165 teachers to help with online learning

Teachers have a "buyer's market" when it comes to looking for jobs in Waterloo region, according to local education leaders.

Kate's 5 fun things to do this weekend (Sept. 11 to 13)

Enjoy some live music, a Love Your Bike festival and harvest time at Doon Heritage Village.

14 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Waterloo region

The region's top public health official is reminding people to be vigilant after 14 new COVID-19 cases were reported on Friday. The number of deaths, however, remained at 120 and no one was in hospital with the virus.

Kate's 5 fun things to do this Labour Day long weekend (Sept. 4 to 7)

This weekend, maybe check out a local brewery you haven't visited in a while, take in the comedy of a Trailer Park Boys actor or take a historical walking tour along the Speed River in Guelph.