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Transmissions: Therrien à la Town

[Transmis/sions} Town Ward City Councillor Diane Therrien was exhausted from a marathon Council session when she got a call from a journalist for Radio-Canada, CBC’s French-language network, asking if she wanted to do an interview about Peterborough’s anti-abortion bus ads. “I have a francophone name,” Therrien says, “so he thought I would be fluently bilingual.” […]

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 […]

Reduced Visibility

Over the last six months, the City has put forward two key policies that aim to clean up the downtown’s image as a centre of poverty and in one case, literally pave the way for a better future. Approved in November 2016, the Bethune Street Revitalization is a $40-million infrastructure project that will replace old […]

Geoengineering: Is This Our Climate Change Solution?

{Grounding/s] Being an environmental science student, I am constantly being bombarded with scientific proof that climate change is real, and that something must be done in order for us to maintain sustainable life on Earth. On the other hand, I also get to learn about innovative cross-disciplinary solutions that could mitigate the effects of climate […]

Trent University Campus Clash

Scenes from a small liberal arts university in the year 2016. It’s early September. Student groups gather on a large courtyard in front of the library. One of them, alone among the others, displays one of those Make America Great Again hats—you know the ones—and plays excerpts from Donald Trump’s campaign speeches on a loudspeaker. […]

Abortion Ad Snafu

{Local/Currents] Starting April 1, Peterborough Transit riders could be confronted with an uncomfortable message. “Abortion kills children,” says the ad, written in shattered big block letters. Next to it are three images: two showing a developing fetus, saying, “Growing… Growing…”, and then a streak of blood-like red, with the word “Gone.” (We’ve chosen to not include […]

Time to Get Woke to the Threat of the Slick Rich Guys

{Power/Lines] A few months ago I developed an unhealthy relationship with a photo of Bill Morneau, Finance Minister to the stars, in which he was beaming with what appeared to be genuine, astonished happiness, as his fellow Liberals applauded him and his dumb budget as if their seats at the cabinet table depended on it. […]

Syrian Refugees: Damascus to Peterborough

In an institutional stairwell of the New Canadians Centre (NCC), Natalie Napier presses Michael VanDerHerberg on the question of birthday parties. Two children who arrived in Canada in the fall are having birthdays—Anas is turning 14, and Sedra is turning 11—and Natalie wants to know if, failing other possibilities, the NCC itself could host the […]

Plastic Ain’t Fantastic

{Grounding/s] Growing up, whenever I found myself feeling overwhelmed or worried about life’s woes I would take a walk down to Lake Ontario, just steps away from our family home in Ajax. Hearing the waves crashing against the rocks and feeling the sand under my toes relaxed me. Unfortunately, those were the only aspects of […]

Voter Suppression: Eyes on the Prize, People

{Power/Lines] Amid all the theories about what caused the disastrous outcome of the US election, one key factor that has been overlooked, and one that helps in particular to explain the wide divergence between opinion polls leading up to the election and the actual ballots cast, and therefore the shock of the result, was voter […]