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‘We Can Become a Very Resilient Community’

In neighbourhoods, people have meaningful interaction with their fellow citizens. They are conscientious about energy use and practise conservation. They eat produce grown in local gardens and meat raised by area farmers. They make purchases using the community’s very-own currency. It’s a pretty picture, an ideal way to live on a planet fragile amidst the […]

‘It All Just Stemmed From Having My Feet in the Dirt’

While tending to her own herb farm and welcoming visitors to her property, Andrea Connell saw a connection sprout between her land and its neighbours. Like her dry soil, community members were thirsty for better health and the opportunity to grow. After recognizing that metaphor, Andrea’s passion for permaculture — the development of agricultural ecosystems […]

‘It’s Doable and Possible that Communities Take Control of Their Own Needs’

From providing shelter to funding projects and dreams, social finance is already behind activities contributing to the “Common Good” in the community of Peterborough. For instance, one social financing endeavor helped create 43 apartments for people of varied incomes at The Mount Community Centre. That same building serves as a community hub, boasting office space […]

From Mentor to Ally

When I was first employed in the poverty business, an industry that employs tens of thousands of Canadians, I was told that it was my goal to work myself out of a job. The idea was that if I was effective in my work, I would eliminate the need. Eliminating poverty however, I soon realized, […]

‘Many Windows’ Opens Many Doors in Peterborough


With expressions of love and solidarity in their hearts and in chalk-written messages on the pavement, about 1,000 community members united in support of inclusion and cultural diversity. What started out as one group’s attempt to run an anti-immigration rally at Peterborough’s city hall in 2017, ended much differently, turning an act of hate and […]

What’s On in the Arts: November 2018

Here is your complete listings of arts and culture events happening in Peterborough in November 2018. For a complete list of music events, see our events calendar.   Visual Art // Theatre and Performance // Film // Orchestra and Choir // Literary Arts   Visual Art Nature’s Splendor // Ongoing to November 11 // Kawartha […]

What’s On in the Arts: October 2018

Here is your complete listings of arts and culture events happening in Peterborough in October 2018. For a complete list of music events, see our events calendar.   Visual Art // Theatre and Performance // Film // Literary Arts // Workshops   Visual Art Rod Mireau: Signs of Life // Ongoing to October 8 // […]

Making a Commitment to People with Disabilities

“What commitment do you hold that compelled you to be here today?” This is the provocative question that’s frequently posed to attendees at the start of community conversations. It helps to jumpstart the discussion, and to centre the people who have chosen to come out. Most of the time, the answers are, unsurprisingly, as varied […]