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”

Peterborough residents said housing was their top priority for the 2021 budget – here’s how it’s being addressed

In our sixth episode of the Budget Week podcast, co-publishers Ayesha Barmania and Will Pearson go over how the draft 2021 municipal budget addresses the issue of affordable housing and homelessness. In particular, we look at funding for the city’s shelters, rent supplements, incentives for affordable housing, and changes to funding from higher levels ofContinue reading “Peterborough residents said housing was their top priority for the 2021 budget – here’s how it’s being addressed”

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”