{ Will Pearson ]

Who Belongs Downtown?

[Local/Currents} The Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA) and the City of Peterborough’s Social Services Division are funding a new program in response to complaints about panhandlers, loiterers, and perceptions that the downtown is unsafe and unsightly. The new initiative, called the Downtown Belonging Project, comes after the DBIA’s controversial piloting of the downtown ambassadors program […]

A Jewish Presence

[Electric City/Faiths} Peterborough’s Jewish community has just come to the end of the High Holy Days, a religious observance in late September and early October that starts with the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, and ends ten days later with Yom Kippur. Having marked their most significant holiday together as Jews, they are now widening […]

Downtown needs real ambassadors, not a private security team

Controversy erupted earlier this month when the Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA) announced a new initiative to address perceptions that the downtown is unsafe and uncomfortable. The initiative is a four- to six-week pilot project, and will see privately contracted security guards called “Ambassadors” patroling the streets. They’re meant to provide support and a friendly presence […]


Earlier this summer, a photo of a Peterborough panhandler named Doug went viral on social media. Someone had given Doug fifty dollars, and then taken a picture of him smiling with the money on the corner of Water and Charlotte Streets. Thousands of likes, comments, and shares followed, revealing a large community of people who […]

A Guide to Bike Initiatives in Peterborough

There are lots of opportunities to get involved with your community on a bicycle in Peterborough. Whether you want to suit up in spandex and race, or just cruise around town on your grandparents’ one-speed, there are lots of people to do it with.   Sprockids An eight-week program run by the Peterborough Cycling Club […]

3 Great Rides Outside of Peterborough

We are lucky in Peterborough to have easy access to so many recreational bike trails and rural rides. You can head out of the city in almost any direction and quickly find yourself on a secluded trail or scenic backroad that accommodates cyclists. Want to pedal out past city limits this summer, but don’t know […]

A City That Cycles

In early June dozens of children and their families met for a leisurely evening bike ride, pedaling their way from GreenUP’s Ecology Park, through Beavermead, and then along the Edgewater Boulevard peninsula in Little Lake. The children ranged in age, probably between 4 and 12, and in ability too. Some were changing gears on their […]

Presence, Memory, and Witness: The Sisters of St Joseph

[Electric City/Faiths} On a hill in what used to be a farmer’s field west of Peterborough, but which is now a quiet green space tucked away beside Monaghan Road, a community of women have been leading lives of prayer and service for over 125 years. They’re the Sisters of Saint Joseph, a Catholic convent with […]

Peterborough’s Faith Groups Gain Strength by Collaborating

[Electric City/Faiths} This article, the first in a semi-regular series on religion in Peterborough, was planned before six people were killed praying at a mosque in Quebec City, and that event has left me feeling a responsibility I didn’t expect, though I should have. What we say about religion has consequences. But the shooting and […]

Electric City Elders

Cycling enthusiasts meet at Millennium Park on Monday and Wednesday evenings in the summer to ride tandem bicycles together. Half of them are blind or partially so, and the other half have full vision. They’re brought together by a program called Tandem Eyes, which gives people with vision loss the opportunity to ride bikes again […]