Working through hesitancy to bring residents together at the Waterloo Night Market

Two smiley vendors stand in their market stall hocking their wares. A blue tent overtop with lighting in the frame sits about the vendors and their baked goods which are stacked on crates and tables.
Market vendors are happy for the return of the Waterloo Night Market. Image courtesy of UWBIA.
Krista Henry - CKMS - KitchenerON | 09-08-2021
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Host: Krista Henry

As Cananadians continue to emerge from long-periods of restrictions, organizations such as the Uptown Waterloo Business Improvement  Area (UWBIA) are trying to re-ignite the passion for coming together again for events that bring people together in a real way. Tracy Van Kalsbeek, executive director of the UWBIA, speaks about bringing people back to uptown.

Events are vital in the country's economic recovery and the mental wellness of countless community members. But is there hesitancy in going back to normal with events? CKMS explores the importance of such events and speaks with Waterloo resident Sarah about comfort in participating in the community as COVID-19 restrictions ease.


This program is a part of the “Local Journalism Initiative” grant program and is funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada, the Government of Canada, and the CKMS Newsroom.

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