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Our Common Threads

Artist spent 15 years knitting gigantic interfaith tapestries as a means of wrestling with ideas of good and evil in a divided world.

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quiet contemplations

How can we recognize quiet? Is it the same way that we know a colour is black when we see it? The relativity of quiet in relation to noise intrigued me and I wanted to explore this idea in sounds I collected while exploring.

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Episode 7 — Site by Otonabee River Goes from Paved to Paradise

On October 27, 2018 community members gathered by the Otonabee River in downtown Peterborough. They donned hard hats and work boots—picked up pry bars and hammers—and they got to work removing layers of asphalt from a municipal roadway. It’s the first Depave Day of many to come, organized by GreenUp, as part of Green Communities […]

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Operation Catnip helps feral cats and you can too

If you drive North of downtown Peterborough, after about a half hour you will pass through the village of Burleigh Falls. There’s a roadside inn, a gas station, a restaurant, a boat launch — and if you stop at this little pit stop and keep a sharp eye you might spot the darting tails of […]

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Peterborough Currents wins ‘Best in Podcasting’

At the National Community Radio Conference awards gala in Fredericton, NB this Spring, Peterborough Currents won the award for ‘Best in Podcasting!’ It was a huge delight to be recognized for our work.

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The Deans’ List

The institution of the university in 2018 has a diversity of programming. It should come as no surprise, then, that university leaders in different disciplines will have vastly different opinions on the purpose of post-secondary education. Alumna Ayesha Barmania reached out to academic deans at Trent University to get their views.

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With scallops, this B.C. First Nation is developing a sustainable economy

Coastal Shellfish in Prince Rupert, B.C., is raising sustainable scallops. The company grew out of Coastal First Nations Corporation, an alliance of several First Nations communities, including Gitga’at First Nation.

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Thirteen years on, Food Not Bombs Peterborough has never missed a meal

Every Monday in Peterborough, right when City Council sits down for their weekly meetings, across the street Food Not Bombs Peterborough is setting up tables and laying out a free community meal, open to all.

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New project will teach women construction skills to build environmentally friendly housing

Seven years ago, Janice Keil set out on a mission to find a perfect plot of land. She loaded up her bike, took the GO train, and cycled around Southern Ontario looking for an ideal location for her new home.

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Voices from Confederation Square (Sep. 30)

It was a peaceful gathering for most of the day. The counter rally ‘Love Lives Here’ congregated at Emmanuel United Church, across the street from the park where a rally planned by Kevin Goudreau, a known white supremacist, was expected to be held.

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The Master Canoe Builder

A master canoe builder visits Peterborough and shares his knowledge with young people, and with me in this radio documentary.

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The Disclosure Dilemma: Talking about disability at work

A holiday program about disability disclosure for CBC Radio.

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Those donkeys have real character!

The Primrose Donkey Sanctuary gives a home to discarded animals in Ontario. With the price of hay so high, there’s a lot of donkeys up for auction and owner Sheila Burns has her hands full with these guys.

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Travellers on the Trans-Canada Trail

The Trans-Canada Trail is touted as the longest network of trails in the world. When completed, it will span the length of Canada, going from the tip of Newfoundland, to the Arctic Ocean in the Northwest Territories, and over to Vancouver Island. For my birthday, my partner and I went to none of those places. […]

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Women seek apology, inquiry from government for ‘forced adoptions’

Spring of 1968, an 18-year-old ‘unwed mother’ sees her son for the first and last time before a 33 year separation. Jennifer Charles is one of an estimated thousands of Canadian women who alleges that she was coerced into giving up her newborn baby for adoption against her will. Charles became pregnant in an era […]

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Manoomin // Rice picking in the Kawarthas

Around the end of September and beginning of October, I had the amazing experience of helping James Whetung of the Curve Lake First Nation harvest wild rice in what he calls “the wild rice basket of the world”. Wild rice (manoomin in Anishnaabemowin) is a grain indigenous to the Central Ontario area, as well as […]

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Store manager who survived Kenya’s Westgate Mall attack won’t return to work

Fatima Abdul-Rahman is pleased the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, is reopening this weekend. But, after barely surviving the attack at the mall, she doesn’t want to work there anymore. When Al-Shabaab terrorists attacked the Westgate nearly two years ago, they killed 67 people and injured more than 175 others. Abdul-Rahman was one of those […]

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East bank tipi desecrated for third time since September

What should have been a celebration of Indigenous culture at the Haudenoshaunee Social was marred by the discovery of the east bank tipi’s desecration. On November 18, members of the First People’s House of Learning (FPHL) and the Trent University Native Association (TUNA) discovered that this sacred space had been used as a venue for […]

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Precarious Peterborough: Living on the edge of poverty

Originally published: http://trentarthur.ca/precarious-peterborough-living-on-the-edge-of-poverty/ The number of people living precariously in the city of Peterborough and in Canada has been growing in the past few decades. To live precariously is to live without certainty of income and without the security of self that comes with it. It is a sociological and political term that is used […]

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Clearing the air of Canadian colonialism: A conversation on Indigenous health and history with Dr. James Daschuk

Prof. James Daschuk, of the University of Regina, has dedicated the past two decades of his career to uncovering the history of the Canadian colonial expedition of the Great Plains.

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A book town waiting for the buyers: Students no longer frequenting local booksellers

Peterborough’s used bookstores are plentifully concentrated in the downtown core. They used to be a helpful institution for students to use in order to get steeply discounted books rather than pay the full price for new books at the university bookstore.