Lori Lee Oates


Lori Lee Oates, Ph.D. is a lecturer in the M.Phil. (Humanities) program at Memorial University and has worked in the senior levels of the provincial and federal governments.

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Guelph, Ont., family builds epic snowman you can climb into and peek out from

A family in Guelph, Ont., has built a very large snowman that is hollow, so kids can climb up inside and look down on people below.

Elementary teachers rally 'for a fair deal for our students' outside Kitchener MPP's office

Waterloo region's public elementary schools are closed Monday as teachers and educational workers went on strike as part of rotating Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario job action. One large group picketed outside Kitchener South-Hespeler MPP Amy Fee's office.

Why Grand River Transit isn't an essential service

In light of Grand River Transit workers striking, some have called for the bus service to be an essential service. But experts say that's unlikely to happen and the province says it's remaining neutral.

What to expect this week in Waterloo region schools as contract negotiations continue

Four teachers' unions are negotiating contracts with the province and each union is taking different job action. Here's what to expect in Waterloo region, Guelph and Wellington County this week.

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

From Winterloo to Chinese New Year, the ArtsEverywhere Festival to yoga with butterflies, there are many events to keep you busy on this January weekend.

Grand River Transit workers hit picket lines as region outlines rejected offer

As Grand River Transit workers walk picket lines Tuesday morning, the region has released details about what workers rejected including a six per cent wage increase over three years for bus drivers, dispatchers and service attendants, and a 15 per cent increase for mechanics.

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.