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Reflections on Ramadan

[Electric City/Faiths} Interviews by Will Pearson Muslims in Peterborough and around the world are currently observing Ramadan, the most holy season of the Islamic year. We asked local Muslims to share with us what Ramadan means to them and how they observe it. Here’s what they said:   Shaikh Shazim Khan Shaikh Shazim Khan is […]

Letters: June 2017

Gentrification Re: “A Space for Us” I really appreciated Ann Jaeger’s piece on the need for cheap and accessible creative spaces downtown, and I agree with the article’s arguments. The imagery felt incongruous, though. In an article warning against the dangers of gentrification, the pictures depicted people sipping wine and looking at conceptual art in […]

What’s On in the Arts: June 2017

Here is your complete listings of arts and culture events happening in Peterborough in June 2017. For a complete list of music events, see our events calendar.   Visual Art // Theatre // Film // Literary Arts // Workshops   Visual Art The Best of High School Art Show // Ongoing to June 1 // […]

Letters: May 2017

Gentrification in Peterborough Re: “Reduced Visibility” It made me both sad and angry to read this article. Not one word indicated any care or concern for the low income people who will be displaced by changes made to appease business owners and shoppers in the downtown. At a time when big cities like Toronto and […]

Transmissions: April 2017

[Transmis/sions} A Library of the Future? Last May, the downtown branch of the Public Library—by some estimates the city’s most-used public institution—decamped, along with its entire collection, to Peterborough Square, where library staff have continued to provide an essential service in the offices of a former call centre. They plan to stay until September. And […]

Letters: April 2017

The End of Strategic Voting? Re: “Time to Get Woke to the Threat of Slick Rich Guys” For those of us pitiful wretches who are hopelessly addicted to making outrageous political predictions for which we can offer no rational justification, David Tough’s commentary on Minister of Finance Bill Morneau and the duplicity of the Liberal’s […]

News in Crisis

The news media is in crisis; we all know this. The past year has seen the closure of historic daily newspapers, unprecedented profit losses, newsroom consolidations, and journalist layoffs at major Canadian media organizations like Torstar (owners of Peterborough This Week) and Postmedia (owners of the Peterborough Examiner); the rise of ‘fake news,’ first as […]

Job Posting: Advertising Sales

Please note: the position has been filled. Electric City Magazine is hiring! We are looking for someone dynamic, motivated, and generally awesome to be our new advertising salesperson. This person will be the public face of Electric City Magazine for current and future advertisers, and will play an essential role in growing the magazine.   […]

Letters: February 2017

Why homelessness exists Re: “Why Does Homelessness Exist?” Upon reading C.J. Smale’s article “Why Does Homelessness Exist?” I was surprised by the absence of a discussion of capitalism, the economic context in which homelessness exists in Peterborough and beyond. After all, it is capitalism that allows for—and encourages—homelessness to exist alongside an abundance of resources: […]

It Takes an Electric City

Welcome to volume 2 of Electric City Magazine! It’s hard to believe, but Electric City Magazine launched one year ago this month. Over the past year, we’ve used these editorial pages to speak as openly as possible about the thinking behind what we do, and the process of making it happen. So, as we hit […]