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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, […]


It was another rainy day this spring, and my partner was at work, so I put the dog in the car and drove over to the city’s only official off-leash dog park, in Farmcrest Park across from Beavermead, just north of Lansdowne and Ashburnham. I say park, but it’s really more of an enclosure. Roughly […]

The Sad Reality of Basic Income in Ontario

{Power/Lines] In the crass lead-up to an election, governments will roll out freebies to people who might be thinking of voting them out. The Ontario government, under Kathleen Wynne’s leadership, has alienated voters with high electricity bills which, in places where homes are heated with electricity and the hydro bill is not included in rent, […]

Transmissions: $15 is Fair

[Transmis/sions} Kathleen Wynne’s government announced, as part of a slightly desperate ramp-up to hopefully not losing the next election, that the province’s minimum wage would rise in increments to $15 by 2019. Although the increase is fully justifiable from a public policy and simple human decency standpoint, it is undoubtedly the outcome of a highly […]

Transmissions: Spring is Sprung

[Transmis/sions} Spring this year began less as a season than as a battle of two great weather armies—let’s call them Winter and Summer for simplicity’s sake—attacking and repulsing, rallying and retaking the territory. Eventually the cold Napoleon surrendered to the warm one, but whatever happened to “April showers bring May flowers”? This time around the […]

Transmissions: Public Input on Immigration Detention

[Transmis/sions} The federal government announced this month that it’s inviting public input on the future of immigration detention. Canadians who have impeccable citizenship credentials will be invited to weigh in on whether and how people who find themselves on the wrong side of our border with incomplete paperwork should have their habeas corpus rights recognized […]

The Island

In the last federal election, a polling station was located at Bishop Doyle Hall at the corner of Hunter and Reid Streets. Across the road and two blocks away, is an assisted-living facility where many residents are confined to wheelchairs. Even though they lived just a 100 metres away, physically disabled residents of the building […]