The local — and national — effort to count cyclists

Early this morning, Kalen Alexander was sitting on the corner of Charlotte and George Streets making note of each cyclist who passed. She is volunteering her time in the first ever national cyclist count, called the Pedal Poll, organized by Vélo Canada Bikes. Alexander sat for two hours this morning, from 7 to 9 a.m.,Continue reading “The local — and national — effort to count cyclists”

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?”

Neighbours podcast: Peter Williams on how “connection, community and belonging” are at the core of harm reduction

Peter Williams has a long history doing harm reduction work, though he didn’t necessarily realize it as such at the time, but he notices now looking back on it. “What I know now looking back is that I was doing harm reduction work but that wasn’t necessarily the framework for it,” he says during ourContinue reading “Neighbours podcast: Peter Williams on how “connection, community and belonging” are at the core of harm reduction”

Neighbours podcast: How Peterborough Drug Strategy brings together a dozen organizations in a coordinated response

The Peterborough Drug Strategy was started in 2009 as a way to bring different organizations together to coordinate a joint response to the drug crisis. Today, they’re the name behind the projects making headlines responding to the overdose crisis: from the Consumption and Treatment Services site to the Mobile Supportive Overdose Resource Team and manyContinue reading “Neighbours podcast: How Peterborough Drug Strategy brings together a dozen organizations in a coordinated response”

Neighbours podcast: musician Pat Walsh on managing chronic pain with opiates

Patrick Walsh is a local musician and radio show host, making music under the moniker Dirty Pat Walsh. Walsh also experiences chronic pain due to workplace injuries and repetitive stress. It’s a condition he manages with his doctor through prescribed opiates. To kick off season one of the Neighbours podcast, which is looking at theContinue reading “Neighbours podcast: musician Pat Walsh on managing chronic pain with opiates”

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”

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”

Operation Catnip helps feral cats and you can too

Operation Catnip helps feral cats and you can too
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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 ofContinue reading “Operation Catnip helps feral cats and you can too”

Meet Peterborough's first black City Councillors

Meet Peterborough's first black City Councillors
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The election on October 28, 2018 wound up being an historic event – because this newly inaugurated City Council is the first in Peterborough’s history that has representation of Black Canadians. And we elected not just one black City Councillor – but two! Kemi Akapo and Stephen Wright will represent Town Ward and Northcrest WardContinue reading “Meet Peterborough's first black City Councillors”

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”

Meet the candidates for school board trustee running in the City of Peterborough

During every municipal election, eligible voters are able to cast their ballots for candidates running for municipal office. In the City of Peterborough, that means voting for the next mayor, voting for your city Councillor, and it also means voting for your local school board trustee. Local media and voters pay a lot of attentionContinue reading “Meet the candidates for school board trustee running in the City of Peterborough”

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”

Peterborough Currents wins ‘Best in Podcasting’

Peterborough Currents wins 'Best in Podcasting'
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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.

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

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

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

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

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.

Voices from Confederation Square (Sep. 30)

Voices from Confederation Square (Sep. 30)
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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.