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Rooted articles share stories about the people and places that make us proud to call our community home.

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A restaurant in Cambridge serving free meals on Christmas Day

A restaurant in Cambridge serving free meals on Christmas Day

Visitors will be greeted by a warm, welcoming, judgement-free environment
Holiday gifts created by local homeless

Holiday gifts created by local homeless

‘The only way to truly help someone overcome their adversity is by providing them the tools and supports necessary to overcome it themselves,’ said Justin Chan
Google engineer inspires girls with bestselling children’s book

Google engineer inspires girls with bestselling children’s book

It all started when Komal Singh’s 5-year-old daughter declared, 'Oh mama, engineers are boys.'
Suicide prevention focus of local tournament

Suicide prevention focus of local tournament

Grieving family partners with KW Titans to remember ‘gentle giant’ with a bright future
Meet the WRPS Canine Unit: Chase, Grim, Ranger, and Tracker

Meet the WRPS Canine Unit: Chase, Grim, Ranger, and Tracker

In 2018, the Canine Unit conducted 344 suspect tracks, made 45 arrests, executed 47 high or medium risk search warrants, located 30 property-related items, and participated in 14 public demonstrations
Waterloo Fire Chief aims to end hunger in the community

Waterloo Fire Chief aims to end hunger in the community

Public safety is his personal mission, with ending food insecurity at the top of his list
Local author pens memoir: story of child labour, rape, and finding her way home

Local author pens memoir: story of child labour, rape, and finding her way home

'My life felt like a dry leaf in the wind, at the mercy of a strong gust. My body was violated, battered, bruised and stolen,' said Ibrahima
Former troubled teen becomes lifeline for local youth

Former troubled teen becomes lifeline for local youth

'My life very easily could have gone in a very different direction - arrested, jail, young parent,' Shawn Ashe admits
#LipoffKW aspires to help end homelessness in Waterloo Region

#LipoffKW aspires to help end homelessness in Waterloo Region

'Look into the studies that have been done and see that chronic homelessness is something that we absolutely can end in Waterloo Region. We have the power to do this as a community,' Petricevic says
Waterloo Regional Police officers rescue dogs bound for euthanasia

Waterloo Regional Police officers rescue dogs bound for euthanasia

When asked about their successes, she recalls the story of a six-month-old American Bulldog used in dog fighting
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