On October 27, 2018 community members gathered by the Otonabee River in downtown Peterborough. They donned hard hats and work boots—picked up pry bars and hammers—and they got to work removing layers of asphalt from a municipal roadway.
Kemi Akapo was just elected as Peterborough’s newest City Councillor in the Town Ward, having taken the seat vacated by newly elected Mayor Diane Therrien, but the path to public service started early for her. In Grade 4, she took part in a fundraiser for a local orphanage. “I was super excited,” she says, “and […]
Stephen Wright may be new to Peterborough City Council, having just unseated Councillor Dave Haacke in the Northcrest Ward, but he’s been around politics for a long time. He first ran for office at the age of 20, when a simple question asked at a Winnipeg School Board meeting led to a run for school […]
We know the old ways aren’t enough anymore. Some of the old ways are fundamental to civil society. There is no sensible replacement for elected governments and the civil service who work with them, there really isn’t.
The votes have been counted and the results are in: Peterborough has a new mayor. Town Ward Councillor Diane Therrien won in a landslide victory over incumbent Mayor Daryl Bennett, more than doubling his total, with 68.98% of the vote compared to his 31.02%. Peterborough also has three new City Councillors. In Otonabee Ward, Kim […]
The Peterborough municipal election is upon us! Online voting is now open (as of October 9, 2018), and the election date is October 22, 2018. This article will provide all the information you need to find out if you’re eligible to vote, get registered, find your polling station, and vote. Am I eligible to […]
An election issue that crops up time and again in conversations with artists is the ongoing struggle to find and retain affordable space to create their work. With real estate prices rising steeply and an influx of Torontonians fleeing unsustainable housing costs, gentrification is well under way in our downtown, and the arts community feels […]
A warning up top: this is an article about zoning. It’s an article about bylaw processes and land use designations and infrastructure development. But it’s also an article about the Parkway and the casino, about reducing crime levels and cancer rates, and about how we build a healthier, happier, more integrated community for all of […]
“Free coffee for your thoughts,” the sign in pale lettering just off a McDonnel St. sidewalk read. It was a drizzly Friday morning in mid-August. Sheltered by a pop-up tent, three pre-teen boys filled paper cups with steaming hot liquid while talking with the two people standing behind a table covered in an assortment of […]
We are fast approaching the Peterborough municipal election, which occurs on October 22. An election is not just a changing of the guard in leadership. It is also an ideal time to start a conversation about the kind of city, and the kind of future, we want to build. There are many challenges facing this […]