Newsletter: The City says it wants dialogue with citizens. How should that work in practice?

Good morning,This is the Peterborough Currents News and Updates newsletter, where we bring you local stories straight to your email inbox. As a journalist, a fair amount of my time is spent tracking down information: the whats, the whens, the whos of notable current events – a lot of that information is available publicly ifContinue reading “Newsletter: The City says it wants dialogue with citizens. How should that work in practice?”

City council votes to approve the 2021 municipal budget

On Monday, Peterborough’s city council sat for the last meeting of 2020 and voted to approve the budget documents drafted by city staff with amendments. Peterborough Currents has been covering these deliberations for the past month and in this episode, co-publishers Ayesha Barmania and Will Pearson go over the highlights of this meeting so youContinue reading “City council votes to approve the 2021 municipal budget”

City council went through each page of the 2021 municipal budget – here are the highlights

Last week, Peterborough city councillors sat as the finance committee to review each page of the 2021 draft municipal budget highlights book. This year, it was three evenings of deliberations and discussion, which gave councillors an opportunity to ask questions about city operations and propose amendments to the draft budget put forward by staff. Co-publishersContinue reading “City council went through each page of the 2021 municipal budget – here are the highlights”

The climate change action plan and the municipal budget: interview with Michael Papadacos

For our fourth episode of the Budget Week podcast, Peterborough Currents called up Michael Papadacos, head of the City’s infrastructure management division to talk about how the City approaches climate change action. The interview in this episode is an edited version of our conversation; to listen to the unedited version click here. Read an article roundingContinue reading “The climate change action plan and the municipal budget: interview with Michael Papadacos”

Diving into the proposed changes to social services in the 2021 municipal budget

For our third episode of the Budget Week podcast, Peterborough Currents co-publishers Ayesha Barmania and Will Pearson dive into the proposed changes to the budget for the City’s Social Services Division. Read an article write-up of the changes to the division by clicking here. Episode transcript 0:01 Ayesha Hello, you’re listening to Peterborough Currents. I’m AyeshaContinue reading “Diving into the proposed changes to social services in the 2021 municipal budget”

Arts and the city budget: interview with Su Ditta

For our second episode of the Budget Week podcast, Peterborough Currents spoke with Su Ditta, executive director of the Electric City Culture Council to learn more about the role of advocates in the budget process and what she’s advocating for the 2021 municipal budget. The audio in this episode is an edited version of theContinue reading “Arts and the city budget: interview with Su Ditta”

Dean Pappas on the 2021 budget deliberations and the impacts of COVID-19

To kick off our Budget Week podcast, Peterborough Currents spoke with Dean Pappas, city councillor for town ward and chair of the finance committee about the impact of COVID-19 on the city budget and how the process is unfolding this year. The audio in this episode is an edited version of the interview. To listenContinue reading “Dean Pappas on the 2021 budget deliberations and the impacts of COVID-19”

Introducing the Budget Week podcast

Introducing a new podcast from Peterborough Currents all about the 2021 municipal budget deliberations. On Monday November 16, 2020, citizens will have one of their last opportunities to publicly address city council regarding the 2021 draft budget. The following week, city council will sit as the finance committee to deliberate and make any changes toContinue reading “Introducing the Budget Week podcast”

The science and ethics of mandatory masks

In July, when Peterborough was operating under stage two of the province’s reopening plan, Karen Taylor, director of programs at the Canadian Canoe Museum, was in the midst of planning the museum’s reopening. “There was a lot of work that went into how to interpret the protocols that we received from Peterborough Public Health andContinue reading “The science and ethics of mandatory masks”

Pandemic puts the squeeze on parents and childcare facilities

It’s been almost five months since public schools and childcare centres were first closed in Ontario, forcing parents to find alternatives to look after their children. Now, childcare centres are gradually reopening along with the rest of the province, but it’s still unclear what the school year will look like in September. The personal andContinue reading “Pandemic puts the squeeze on parents and childcare facilities”

Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre sees 50% jump in crisis line usage during pandemic

The Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre has seen a 50% increase in usage of its crisis line during the pandemic, according to the Centre’s administration and volunteer supervisor Lindsay Haacke. This comes as a new report from the United Nations warns that coronavirus lockdown measures are causing a surge in violence against women and girls worldwide,Continue reading “Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre sees 50% jump in crisis line usage during pandemic”

Ending gender-based violence, one man at a time

Ending gender-based violence, one man at a time
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The MENDing program at the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre works with men in the Peterborough area to educate and prevent gender-based violence. The program approaches ideas of gender expression and how violence factors into how society constructs masculinity – then attempts to break down those rigid ideas. Listen to the interview with Ted Lohrenz, MENdingContinue reading “Ending gender-based violence, one man at a time”

Gender Journeys program supports trans people and their loved ones

Gender Journeys program supports trans people and their loved ones
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Gender Journeys is a program offered by the Canadian Mental Health Association — and it’s a program I’ve heard about a lot over the last few years from friends of mine. It’s a support program for trans people, their friends, family, partners and other loved ones. For the trans community in Peterborough, it seems likeContinue reading “Gender Journeys program supports trans people and their loved ones”

Live Peterborough Currents with Mayor-elect Diane Therrien

Live Peterborough Currents with Mayor-elect Diane Therrien
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During the 2018 municipal election, Peterborough voters cast their ballots and the majority voted out incumbent mayor Daryl Bennett and voted in Diane Therrien, previously City Councillor for Town Ward. In light of this change, we invited Mayor-elect Diane Therrien to join us on our live show, broadcast through the facilities of Trent Radio. Co-hostsContinue reading “Live Peterborough Currents with Mayor-elect Diane Therrien”

Peterborough Currents live on Trent Radio

This season, catch Peterborough Currents live on Trent Radio (92.7 FM) every Sunday morning from 10:00-11:30 a.m. You will hear extended versions of interviews and documentaries which will appear in the podcast. Plus there will be live guests in studio and phone in to share your thoughts live on the air. Each week there willContinue reading “Peterborough Currents live on Trent Radio”

Interviews with the candidates, acclaimed trustees and student trustees for the KPRDSB

Interviews with the candidates, acclaimed trustees and student trustees for the KPRDSB
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Nine interviews with the candidates for, and the acclaimed trustees and student trustees of the English public school board for the Kawartha Pine Ridge District. City of Peterborough candidates: Wayne Bonner (00:06:20), Dennis Hildebrand (00:18:10), Rose Kitney (00:26:15), and Steve Russell (00:38:50). County of Peterborough candidates and acclaimed trustees: Diane Lloyd (00:50:58), Shirley Patterson (01:00:43),Continue reading “Interviews with the candidates, acclaimed trustees and student trustees for the KPRDSB”

Stonewall Revolutionary Committee to protest police and correctional officer presence at Peterborough Pride parade

In last August and early September, I spotted some posters appearing around downtown Peterborough advertising the Stonewall Revolutionary Committee. The name immediately sparked an interest in me and I wanted to learn more about the people invoking the name of the famous Stonewall Riots for a Peterborough Pride event. I spoke with three organizing membersContinue reading “Stonewall Revolutionary Committee to protest police and correctional officer presence at Peterborough Pride parade”

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.

Remembering the women of WWI

Remembering the women of WWI
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During the First World War, many women embarked on an adventure going overseas to serve in the Armed Forces as Nursing Sisters. For some, it was the farthest they’ve ever been from home and in many ways it was a lonely, harrowing and somber experience. We know this based on letters these nursing sisters wrote and sent back home.

Sad Fest documentary

Sad Fest documentary
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Every little nook and cranny of Sadleir House was filled with music for two days in July of 2017 thanks to the organizing efforts of summer student Angelica Cooper. Unfortunately I couldn’t speak with all the artists, but I did speak with a lot of them! Hear them speak about the festival, their music and Sadleir House in this sound collage from Sad Fest.

Voice Of A Nation panel

Voice Of A Nation panel
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The panel engaged in conversation about the critical importance of art and performance to the shaping of national identities and the emergence of a post-colonial Canada. This relevant and important discussion will include participating VOAN artists and local indigenous artists and intellectuals: Rebecca Cuddy, Ian Cusson, Nadia McLaren, Cara Mumford, Brian Solomon, Alice Williams, WilliamContinue reading “Voice Of A Nation panel”

Highlights of the New Visions/Old Land live radio broadcast

These are the highlights from Trent Radio’s live broadcast from Hunter Street on July 1 during the day-long street festival celebrating arts and culture in Peterborough. Electric City Culture Council and Artspace invited media artists to create a silent film with the theme of “recasting the past and inventing alternative futures.” Musicians and sound artistsContinue reading “Highlights of the New Visions/Old Land live radio broadcast”

A Space For Us: Re-Imagining Downtown – An EC3 Cultural Incubator

Peterborough has long embraced the extraordinary beauty of the heritage buildings that grace its downtown and the value and significance of both their architectural and social history. These buildings are the “jewels in our crown” and so are the dozens of artists, curators, writers, and gallerists who live and work there.  Numerous restaurants, bars andContinue reading “A Space For Us: Re-Imagining Downtown – An EC3 Cultural Incubator”

Iqaluit school boosts attendance 20 per cent with blended cultural programs

Don Peters is the principal of the Aqsarniit Ilinniarvik Middle School in Iqaluit. In the past seven years that he’s held the position, he’s put his efforts towards finding programs that engage students and improve the attendance rates. http://mp3.cbc.ca/radio/CBC_Radio_VMS/981/979/checkup_20160305_28360_uploaded.mp3 “The attendance rates seven years ago were hovering around 60-62 per cent. Today, our attendance ratesContinue reading “Iqaluit school boosts attendance 20 per cent with blended cultural programs”

Rod Stewart ‘knew it was seal’ says shop owner of photo with rock star in controversial coat

It’s the kind of publicity a small business owner dreams of. Rock star walks into your store, puts on one of your coats. Pictures are taken. Images are then sent around the world. That’s what happened to shop owner Darren Halloran this weekend. He took a photo with Rod Stewart wearing one of his coats at his St.Continue reading “Rod Stewart ‘knew it was seal’ says shop owner of photo with rock star in controversial coat”

Man tracks down the remains of his grandfather, a lost hero of WWII

A 72-year-old mystery was solved recently when Clay Bonnyman Evans found the remains of his grandfather, Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Jr, a WWII war hero lost since the Battle of Tarawa. Evans has been living with the legacy of his grandfather since his whole life. “I grew up with that medal of honour on my family’sContinue reading “Man tracks down the remains of his grandfather, a lost hero of WWII”

Peter Robinson Townhouses sold again

The Peter Robinson Townhouses, located on George St near Parkhill, were sold in March of 2015 to a local property owner who has several holdings in other heritage buildings. The PR Townhouses were the primary residences for the former Peter Robinson college. They were designed by renowned Canadian modern architect Bill Lett and are aContinue reading “Peter Robinson Townhouses sold again”

Trent students exhibit work at 2015 SPARK Photo Festival

These photos are just two of the hundreds you could see at the SPARK Photo Festival The SPARK Photo Festival is opening this week and will feature the artistic contributions of many Trent students through collaboration between the festival and the Trent Visual Arts Network (TVAN). This is the third year of the festival andContinue reading “Trent students exhibit work at 2015 SPARK Photo Festival”

TPSA membership overwhelmingly approves TCSA merger

The Trent Part-time Student Association (TPSA) passed its referendum to merge with the Trent Central Student Association (TCSA) with an 84% vote in favour. This merger has been in the works since the beginning of the school year and incorporates the two student associations into one. The merger will be substantially implemented over the summerContinue reading “TPSA membership overwhelmingly approves TCSA merger”

Board members talk about racist acts and implicit bias in the TCSA

Recent events at the Trent Central Student Association (TCSA) have elicited a conversation about racial discrimination in the student organization. At the last two Board of Directors’ meetings on March 1 and February 8 there were points raised about prejudice inside the organization and its effects. In particular, protest of the motion to impeach ViceContinue reading “Board members talk about racist acts and implicit bias in the TCSA”

Hijab in philosophy and perception

The hijab, a symbol of religious commitment and modesty in Islam, has become a symbol of political conflict. Hijab wearers (hijabis) in Canada are often met with hostility and ignorance. The Trent Muslim Student Association’s (TMSA) event Hijabi Diaries aimed to combat unawareness about the philosophy behind headscarves in Islam and to change some ofContinue reading “Hijab in philosophy and perception”

Why are we still talking about The Parkway?

The Parkway is a divisive issue in Peterborough and draws on a long history of controversy. This long history can make it seem like the Parkway has been debated for nigh on 70 years but really, the issue has only surfaced in the last fifteen years when the City proposed a major thoroughfare for theContinue reading “Why are we still talking about The Parkway?”

Gender and municipal politics: Women in City Hall

It is a definitional aspect of democracy that all citizens are represented in government. Historically and continuing into contemporary times, men are drastically over-represented in the Canadian government at all levels. The politics of gender are visible in our political system in many ways: first, in the proportion of women representatives in legislative bodies; second,Continue reading “Gender and municipal politics: Women in City Hall”

Divestment Week campaign sparks political controversy for OPIRG

Ontario Public Interest and Research Group (OPIRG) Peterborough has been the site of many controversies and incidents over the past few weeks, largely stemming out of controversial topics like boycott and divestment sanctions, particularly those sanctions geared toward Israel. The week of January 26, OPIRG hosted a series of workshops, debates, lectures, and films calledContinue reading “Divestment Week campaign sparks political controversy for OPIRG”

Part-Time Student Association sets its sights on merger with TCSA

The Trent Part-Time Students Association (TPSA) will be holding an online referendum between March 9 and 12 to seek an answer from part-time students as to whether or not they want to merge with the Trent Central Student Association (TCSA). As it stands now, the TPSA and TCSA offer students services separately and to differentContinue reading “Part-Time Student Association sets its sights on merger with TCSA”

Queering the bro: Arenalodge exhibition on at Artspace

Bro-ness: “Men that trust each other and are able to be relaxed with each other,” according to Will, one half of art team Kris & Will. “The problem is that American masculine bro-ness is often misogynistic and homophobic. Those things are bad, obviously. So we are trying to investigate those bro rituals in a wayContinue reading “Queering the bro: Arenalodge exhibition on at Artspace”

Membership votes to rescind boycott of Israeli apartheid

At the annual general meeting (AGM) held January 29, Trent Central Student Association (TCSA) members voted to rescind the “Boycott and Divestment from Israeli Apartheid” policy resolution. The policy was adopted in the TCSA’s 2013 AGM and stipulated that the TCSA would condemn the apartheid in Israel, and participate in an academic, cultural, and consumerContinue reading “Membership votes to rescind boycott of Israeli apartheid”

Trent announces new interdisciplanary Masters of Education

In July 2015, the School of Education and Professional Learning at Trent will be welcoming the inaugural class of graduate students who will be completing a Master’s of Education program (M.Ed.). The Master’s of Education is a two-year part-time program that is geared toward professionals of various fields looking to further their career into theContinue reading “Trent announces new interdisciplanary Masters of Education”

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 forContinue reading “East bank tipi desecrated for third time since September”