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Panic Mom

[The Body/Politic} This is a story about mental health. It’s also a story about being a mom, alone and in a community. I’ve been an off-and-on-again denier of my generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). It comes in waves, and usually strikes at the most inappropriate times. GAD is like being on high alert all the time. […]

Transmissions: Opioids in Peterborough

[Transmis/sions} It’s been referred to by former federal Minister of Health Jane Philpott as “the greatest public-health crisis we face in Canada,” and recently we got a picture of just how bad it is locally: Peterborough now has the fourth-highest rate of opioid-related deaths in the province. The Ontario government recently announced a string of new […]

The Half-Life of Canadian General Electric

Everybody in Peterborough knows all about General Electric, the sprawling industrial complex between Park and Monaghan, and Albert and Wolfe, in the shadow of the High Street water tower, roughly at the boundary of the city’s south end, that was for many years the city’s most iconic and biggest employer. Two sad stories have dominated […]

Income Tax and Canadian Identity

{Power/Lines] The 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation passed pretty painlessly, with surprisingly little ranting and raving, and with little to show for it overall. The fact that a tipi erected by Indigenous activists on Parliament Hill, amid a characteristically violent RCMP response, so easily upstaged the official festivities was both a bit sad for those […]

Transmissions: Lights Out at GE

[Transmis/sions} It’s always tragic when hundreds of people lose their jobs, especially if they’re unlikely to get another job, and if they support dependents, and if losing their job also means losing benefits they were entitled to as employees, and which they would benefit from as unemployed people. The announcement that General Electric is closing […]

Transmissions: A Pro Choice

[Transmis/sions} This past spring, when Peterborough City Council consented to the placement of several anti-abortion advertisements on the backs of city buses, many Peterborough residents got mad. A group of five Trent students, however, decided to get even. As part of a third-year social work class, they’d been given a unique assignment: to create a […]

The Wealthy Banker’s Kid

The Ontario government’s announcement last winter that students below a certain family income threshold would be admitted to college or university for free was greeted with stunned glee by progressive people on the internet. It turns out the reality was more complicated than the spin suggested. The full story is that tuition is scheduled to […]

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 […]

Peterborough’s Usual Suspects?

Sitting on the patio at the Only on Hunter Street on a warm summer evening, cold drink in hand, indie tunes wafting across Jackson Creek from the Garnet, and a gallery of friendly faces in the crowd, you may be forgiven for concluding that Peterborough is the best small city in Ontario: all around you, […]