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
No bus service Tuesday as Grand River Transit workers plan to strike
Workers at Grand River Transit are scheduled to be on strike Tuesday morning after GRT workers, represented by Unifor Local 4304, turned down a tentative agreement negotiated with the Region of Waterloo.
Kate's 5 fun things to do this weekend (Jan. 17 to 19)
There are many events this weekend in Waterloo region and Guelph with music, outdoor activities and marking Chinese New Year.
Waterloo region sees 93 cases of flu so far this season
The number of flu cases spiked last week in Waterloo region, and local health officials are reminding people it's not too late to get a flu shot.
Kitchener woman's death should spur conversations about domestic violence, experts say
The 2018 death of Kitchener's Yvonne Umutoniwasi should start conversations in Waterloo region about how domestic violence cases are handled and what the community at large can do, experts say. Umutoniwasi's boyfriend pleaded guilty to manslaughter for her death on Monday.
Man gets 6 years for hitting and killing child's mother, hiding her body
The man who killed 28-year-old Yvonne Umutoniwasi in 2018 has been sentenced to six years in prison for hitting and killing the woman, then hiding her body in the closet of a child's bedroom.
What you need to know about job action by teachers, education workers this week
Elementary and English Catholic teachers are expected to ramp up job action starting Monday, while OSSTF has announced another one-day strike on Wednesday that will impact schools in Guelph and Wellington County.
Warmer winter means fewer water main breaks, potholes in Waterloo region
The warmer temperatures seen so far this winter, and the lack of really cold nights, means the region and cities aren't seeing as many water main breaks and potholes as in years past. But staff warn that could change if the temperature drops.
Kate's 5 fun things to do this weekend (Jan. 10-12)
The weather outside might be frightful this weekend, but if you feel like getting out of the house, there are lots of events including hikes, hockey, a clothing swap and improv.
'Force of nature' Guelph PhD student killed in Iran plane crash
University of Guelph PhD candidate Ghanimat Azhdari is among 138 people headed for Canada who died Wednesday in a plane crash in Iran.
Kate's 5 fun things to do this weekend (Jan. 3 to 5)
You'd be forgiven if you want to spend the weekend at home after the busy holidays and ringing in the new year, but if you want to get out of the house, this list offers a few suggestions.
Waterloo's plan for a living street a great start, but city needs more: Expert
Waterloo is planning to build a woonerf, or living street, on Larch Street near Wilfrid Laurier University. The idea is a welcome one, but University of Waterloo researcher Brian Doucet says the city should consider how it will play into a larger network of similar spaces.
Kate's 5 fun things to do this weekend (Dec. 20-22)
There's lots of music, winter solstice celebrations and a few last minute markets this weekend in and around Waterloo region.
Make a holiday visit to a loved one with dementia a priority, Kitchener care home worker says
It's important to visit people with dementia over the holidays because interactions with people, while tiring, are also great stimulation, says Kait Carnegie of Highview Residences in Kitchener.
MeToo, sexual assault survivor stories part of new Waterloo region podcast
A new local podcast is focusing on the impact the MeToo movement has had on Waterloo region. Host Elizabeth Heald says it helps listeners understand the ongoing issues faced by this community.
Happy Thriftmas: Tips on spending less money and more time with people you love
It's a goal of many during the holidays: spend less money and more time with the people important to you. Local experts weigh in on how to achieve both.