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Community partners go door knocking ahead of Laurier homecoming

Around 50 people came together to welcome and educate new university students who live in areas directly surrounding University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier campuses
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Representatives of the City of Waterloo, University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University have come together to help inform new students about what they can expect as they move closer to campus.

It's an effort by community partners to educate students on what to expect as they move into Waterloo Region.

City of Waterloo Director of Municipal Enforcement, Shayne Turner, says the Welcome Students Doorknocker Campaign is particularly important for new students to the city of Waterloo.

"The key for us is that we want people to stay safe. We want the neighbourhoods to enjoy the students, because the students are living in the neighbourhood. So really, it's about... making sure people know what it takes to be a good neighbour in the city of Waterloo," Turner says.

He says the most common calls about students are regarding noise complaints.

Turner is encouraging students to have fun as long as it doesn't negatively affect their neighbours.

"They start to consume a bit of alcohol.. they're having some parties.. and the noise gets cranked up. Of course, we understand that there is a lot of student housing that is integrated in our neighbourhoods. We want them to enjoy their experience in the city of Waterloo. We just want to make sure that everybody is on balance," he says.

Wilfrid Laurier Students' Union President Tarique Plummer says that the University has created a public gathering task force to deal with issues like noise complaints.

"Our primary focus is to make a culture shift from the behaviour that we see now to where we will see all the residents in the area be treated with a greater degree of respect," Plummer says.

The goal of the campaign is to educate students about different services available to them.

As well as excercising personal safety and respectful behaviour when living in their new community.

Members from the City of Waterloo by-law enforcement, Waterloo Regional Police Services, University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Waterloo's Federation of students, Wilfrid Laurier University Students' Union, waterloo Fire Services, Region of Waterloo Paramedic Services, University of Waterloo police Services and KW4Rent took part in the campaign.

A total of about 50 participants were signed up for the event.

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