Adam Sandler in Guelph, pediatric vaccination clinics full, housing prices: Top news of the week

First week of appointments at Waterloo Region Pediatric Immunization Clinics already busy

Thursday was the first day that children aged six months to five years were eligible to receive the Moderna COVID-19 pediatric vaccine, but the availability of local appointments didn’t last long. Waterloo Region Public Health said the first week of availability at their two clinics is already full. Over the next few weeks, they opened 70 appointments a day.

One difference with this series of vaccine reservations is that reservations can now only be made through the provincial vaccination portal – not the regions. Injections are also available at participating pharmacies and some family doctors.

“We are very used to children under five being vaccinated in our offices who need more attention, especially those under two,” said Cambridge family physician Dr Sharon Bal.

Adam Sandler’s visit to Guelph leaves a large footprint on social media

The pandemonium caused by Adam Sandler’s visit to the town of Roytal will not be soon forgotten by many in the town. From inviting Sandler out for a drink via Twitter, posting photos, or even waiting outside Elora’s career for hours, fans eagerly tried to catch up with the comedian during his visit.

The movie star was in the area for a few days to film and produce his new Netflix project You Are SO Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah!

Staff at the Milestones in Guelph bonded with Sandler, who dined at the restaurant two nights in a row. Brad Clarke, manager of Milestones Guelph, said Sandler was a pleasure to meet and one of the nicest celebrities they had ever met.

“It was life changing. He was honestly one of the most handsome celebrities I’ve ever met,” he said.

‘Should we be hopeful or just give up?’: U of G residency crunch prompts students to consider other options

With just over a month to go until the University of Guelph’s fall semester begins, some incoming students are still waiting to see if the university will be able to accommodate them in residence. The school says it is unable to accommodate all first-year students due to record enrollment.

One of those left in limbo is Madeleine Essery, who says she was looking forward to the full freshman experience at U of G this fall.

“Through residency you can make friends for life, and I think a lot of people really, really want that,” said Essery, who currently lives in Acton.

In June, Essery found out she had been waitlisted for a residency spot.

“We went on the tour and the tour guide was very clear about freshmen getting residency,” said Kim Essery, Madeleine’s mother.

She said she is currently third on the list and has only moved up two spots since being added.

The University of Guelph is pictured above. (CTV)

Kitchener bistro about to close

A Kitchener restaurant that narrowly survived the pandemic is once again about to close. Elvis Ellison, owner and chef of Ellison’s Bistro, said bouncing back from the pandemic closures has been difficult. He said that with the price of everything rising, paying the bills has become even more difficult.

“Lack of funds to pay phone bills, lack of funds to pay rent. It’s like a domino effect, like when a domino falls, all of them start falling at the same time,” he said.

Since he couldn’t pay the bills, his phone line and internet were cut off. He said it cost him about 40% of sales this week.

“It’s kind of a loneliness.”

Ellison said he’s worried if he continues down this path, his 18-year-old bistro will have to close.

Ellison’s Bistro faces setbacks as costs rise. (Stephanie Villella/CTV News Kitchener)

What a Major Housing Market Correction Could Mean for Waterloo Region

A new report from Canada’s largest bank suggests that the current housing market correction could prove to be one of the largest in Canadian history, and that Ontario markets could experience some of the most significant impacts.

Locally, the average selling price of a home in Kitchener-Waterloo has seen four consecutive months of price declines. The RBC report comes on the heels of soaring home prices in Waterloo Region during the pandemic, with the average home price in Kitchener briefly crossing the seven-digit mark.

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The Kitchener-Waterloo Association of Realtors (KWAR) said the average cost of a single-detached home topped $1 million in December, then rose to $1.1 million in January, followed by the February report which listed an average price of just over $1.2 million.

In the reportRBC said it now expects the average Canadian home price to decline 12% by the start of 2023 from highs reached in February 2022. This would be the most significant correction. pronounced in the last five national recessions.

A for sale sign is visible in the Waterloo region. (CTV News Kitchener)

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