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Ezra task force report presented to Waterloo council
WUSA is pleased to announce that the Unsanctioned Public Gatherings Task Force’s report was received by the Waterloo City Council on Sunday. While not every element of the document is ideal for students, it represents a balanced and multi-stakeholder approach to managing large public gatherings, especially those on Ezra Avenue.
Coverage has focused on dissuading students from attending altogether, however, the report is more comprehensive than that. It focuses on topics like long-term changes to the culture of St. Patrick’s Day, changes to the built form, and a continued focus on prepardness of first responders. WUSA has been a part of combined advocacy efforts with Conestoga College and Laurier Students’ Union to promote student safety as the chief concern in the report.
As St. Patrick’s Day draws near, we will continue our support of students’ right to legally congregate, while also informing them of the potential risks associated with the festivities on Ezra.
Our forward direction in changing culture will continue to be guided by student input, including our Students’ Council, and our Municipal Affairs Commissioner, who serves as part-time student staff. We look forward to collaboration with the University of Waterloo and other partners to work towards making St. Patrick’s Day a safe and enjoyable day of celebration for many years to come.