Greg Mercer


Rare diamond became one man’s nightmare

November 14, 2016
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Greg Mercer, Record staff WATERLOO — More than two years after he was released from a South African jail, a Waterloo man accused of fraud in a high-profile battle over a US$3.5-million diamond is still fighting for justice. Dennis Van Kerrebroeck, a former standout rugby player who graduated from St. David Catholic Secondary School,...
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Sipping some ‘shine in North Caroline

May 9, 2016
Sipping some ‘shine in North Caroline

Greg Mercer, Special to the Star RALEIGH, N.C. –  It’s an hour before puck drop outside PNC Arena, and a jug of moonshine that someone’s neighbour’s cousin made suddenly appears and is passed around the crowd. We’re tailgating in a grassy patch by one of the parking lots that rim the rink, and in...
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Bujold sets sights on Olympic podium

February 10, 2016
Bujold sets sights on Olympic podium

Mat McCarthy photo, Waterloo Region Record  Greg Mercer, Record staff This story originally appeared in the Waterloo Region Record.  TORONTO — A dozen boxers are working out in Atlas Boxing Club, a cinder block bunker beside the roar of Highway 401, hip-hop blasting from a stereo in the corner. Mandy Bujold, a bundle of...
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Diamond eyes return to majors

February 10, 2016
Diamond eyes return to majors

This article originally appeared in Sportsnet.ca GUELPH, Ont. – With just a few short weeks remaining until Toronto Blue Jays pitchers report to spring training, Scott Diamond is putting the finishing touches on a curveball he hopes could help him crack the team’s opening day roster. If he does, he may want to break...
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Boom times come to Guelph

February 10, 2016
Boom times come to Guelph

If you’ve been putting off telling your boss what you really think of him or her, this might finally be your chance to let it all hang out. There’s probably never been a better time in our city’s history to be out hunting for a new job. It’s true: Guelph’s unemployment rate sits at...
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So long Sun Sun, we’ll miss you

December 29, 2015
So long Sun Sun, we’ll miss you

It was as close as you could get to a culinary institution in downtown Guelph. And it was at its best after midnight, when hundreds of customers from the after-bar crowd would line up, wait patiently, and re-emerge with Styrofoam containers stuffed to the gills with Chinese takeout, spilling it down the sidewalk as...
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You’ll never take away my pet dolphins, City Hall

December 29, 2015
You’ll never take away my pet dolphins, City Hall

I was out for a walk with my pet alligator the other day when I stumbled across a disturbing story in this newspaper, taunting me from a newsstand. I was shocked — shocked! — by what I read. Guelph is considering a proposed new animal control licensing bylaw. That expanded bylaw, currently being drafted...
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Firing of city inspector demands answers

December 29, 2015
Firing of city inspector demands answers

Whether we want to build an addition on our house or fix our front porch, we all have to play by the rules. Or so we thought. Building permits are a fact of life for citizens and contractors in Guelph, and working without them risks fines or charges, or even being ordered to tear...
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