Bowskill & Fewings Cover 'Wait On Down' by Garry James White

This was filmed at The Spill by Jeremy Kelly...

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Invasive Species App Released, Workshop This Thursday

The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) recently demonstrated the EDDMapS Ontario app for your phone (you can read more about the announcement over at Trail Swag).

This handy app is a great way to identify, learn more about, and report invasive species. There is an upcoming Peterborough workshop on how to use the app at the Otonabee Inn (84 Lansdowne Street East) on Thursday, April 24th, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Space is limited for the workshops, which will be offered on a first come, first serve basis.

Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or smart phone to follow demonstrations. To register or learn more about the workshops, call Alison Kirkpatrick, OFAH Monitoring and Information Specialist/Aquatic Invasive Species Outreach Liaison, at 705-748-6324 ext. 234.

The EDDMapS Ontario app is available for free for both Apple iOS and Google Android.

[Contributed by PtboCanada's Evan Holt]

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The Amazing Duke's Trail Tour Fundraiser For Peterborough Humane Society Launches

Duke & Sofie

Duke & Sofie

The Summer Fundraiser campaign for Peterborough Humane Society's "Duke's Trail Tour" kicked off today (April 22nd) at Montana's Cookhouse. Duke, an 8-year-old Belgian Shepherd, and his owner Sofie Andreou (pictured at left) were there and will serve as ambassadors for the 1st Annual event, which takes place June 22nd.

Duke, a Peterborough Humane Society rescue, has overcome the abuse he suffered as a puppy with the love of his Forever Home family, and the freedom he found exploring trails around the world.

"Duke is a very special dog," says Sofie. "We adopted him from Peterborough Humane Society in 2005, and he's been by my side ever since, travelling trails from Mexico to Nova Scotia. We want to share our love of exploration and help give other dogs a chance at a Forever Home."

Duke's Trail Tour press conference picture

Duke's Trail Tour press conference picture

With a vast array of trail-systems available to Peterborough and the Kawarthas, Duke (and Sofie) thought it was high time to spread the love and get others trekking for a great cause—as PHS looks after 1,300 needy animals on an annual basis and is in desperate need of funds.

Duke's Trail Tour takes place Sunday, June 22nd from 1:30 pm to 4 pm. Walkers can register as teams or individuals at DukesTrailTour.com. It is a fun 5k/10k walk through the Rotary Trail system.

Interested in adopting a pet from the humane society? Learn more here.

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Connecting The Disconnected: The Story Of Peterborough's Redpath

Redpath, a Peterborough-based startup for those affected by mental health and addiction, is in the Finals of Bears' Lair Entrepreneurial Competition this Wednesday at Market Hall. To learn more about the backstory of how Redpath came to be, read this post below by the Redpath team...

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In 2004 a maximum security prison in Canada recorded a staggering 53 inmate stabbings in 51 days. In response to this dramatic rise in prisoner violence, they contacted Peggy Shaughnessy for a needs assessment. Peggy was a trusted consultant after her Master's Thesis work with the Emotional Health Lab at Trent University as well as her subsequent work with Corrections Canada, assessing the needs of voiceless minorities within the prisoner population.

She was in a unique position of trust with both the administration and inmates; someone who could hopefully lead the way through this crisis. In one-on-one interviews with high-risk inmates, Peggy began by recording anonymous biographical data. When her questions turned to issues of trauma in the prisoners' early lives, many could not, or would not answer.

So Peggy handed them the questionnaire and asked them to check the boxes that applied, so that no one could ever know the answers a specific prisoner had given. Most – if not all – of the inmates she interviewed had been the victims of abuse in their lives, long before they had ever committed a crime. She promised these inmates that she would process their answers and return with a program, designed to address their needs.

Driving home that night, Peggy began to see a bigger issue. Many of these inmates didn't recognize that they had been traumatized in their early lives, or didn't think it mattered. They had been suffering in silence and didn't know it. Whatever program she designed for them would have to dig deeper than any other had done before, and carefully connect past traumas with behaviours today.

The program Peggy returned with would become the first RedPath Program. A group of 13 high-risk inmates sat down together and began to share their life stories along the path laid out by the program. Through each level of the program, they gained a new perspective on their lives, saw similarities among the groups' life experiences, and realized the effect of their trauma on their current suffering. These inmates formed a tight bond throughout the program, and loose ends began to be tied up. Many of them realized a connection between the crimes they had committed and the traumas they had been victim to. The RedPath program helped these prisoners place their traumas along the path of their life story, and measured a remarkable change in their growth as a result. Many would go on to be released from the prison, and were seen as examples of successful rehabilitation.

Peggy was certain that if the program could create positive change in prisons, it could make massive changes elsewhere. That's when the RedPath program began training facilitators to go into communities all around Canada with high levels of substance abuse, violent crimes and mental health issues. Here too the RedPath approach yielded the same incredible results. By guiding groups to realize the truth of their life stories, sharing only what they were comfortable sharing, missing pieces of their lives could fall into place and help them understand their lives in the here and now.

Over the past ten years, the Redpath program has trained a thousand facilitators to offer the program in their communities. These facilitators have in turn helped countless thousands of people suffering in their lives to find a way through their struggles, by coming to a greater understanding of themselves.

But the trouble with suffering is that it almost always happens in silence. We know that 90% of addicts will never seek treatment. We know that 1 in 5 people in Canada will be seriously affected by mental health struggles in their lifetime. We know that the rate of teenaged addiction is on a dramatic rise; and we know that the stigma associated with abuse keeps survivors from leading comfortable, healthy lives. We all have a responsibility to turn this around, but the current model is not helping people get onto a path towards happiness. If anything, it is deepening the stigma, pushing people into the shadows, creating a growing mass of people suffering alone and in silence.

However, almost everyone in Canada has access to the internet, and many people who are in trouble are spending more and more time online as an escape from their pain. How could we not respond? This is why RedPath is translating its programs into an online format, and building a free social network for everyone who is suffering.

—The Redpath Team

Learn more about Redpath by following them on Twitter and Facebook, watching this YouTube video, and attending this special event they're hosting during Mental Health Week (see invite below—we're a sponsor) on Thursday, May 8th at The Venue in Peterborough called "Connecting the Disconnected".

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Peterborough Musicfest 2014 Launch Party

Join Peterborough Musicfest at Lansdowne Place Centre Court at noon on Wednesday, April 23rd for their 2014 Launch Party. Learn this year's lineup and how to win VIP tickets.

[Contributed by PtboCanada's Evan Holt]

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Look At This Video Of The Otonabee River Flood Shot Near Peterborough

Just outside of Peterborough, Chris Francoeur shot this video. "We got flooded out pretty good this year. Here is one of the clips from my go pro camera." Have a watch, crazy stuff...

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Hope Paterson Made This Tribute Video For Her Fiance Aaron Murray Who Died After Head On Crash Near Peterborough

Hope & Aaron

Hope & Aaron

Aaron Murray, who had been planning to attend Trent University starting in September to study forensic science, died days after a head on collison on Highway 7 near Peterborough earlier this month. Aaron was engaged to his girlfriend Hope Paterson, the mother of their 3-week-old son, Jude. They had met in a Loyalist class in Belleville last year, and fell in love. If anything ever happened to him, it was Aaron's wish to be an Organ Donor, so his family honored his wishes and Aaron was able to donate his lungs, liver, pancreas and kidneys and successfully saved four lives. Aaron lived a short but amazing life. Watch the beautiful and touching memorial video Hope made to honour Aaron's life...

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Horses Head To The Tim Hortons Drive-Through In Peterborough

Yep, even horses like Timmies. These ones were spotted at the one on Water Street today (April 20th)... Click the "This Just Happened" link below the photo to watch the video.

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Kindness Of Stranger Allows Autistic Boy To Ride A Bike Again

Kate and Jason Wells have given PTBOCanada readers a window of what it's like to have an autistic son in a previous post from last year. There are difficult moments on a daily basis, but there are also joyous moments. Like this for example involving Aidan getting a 3-wheel bike. As Kate writes in a Facebook post, "The kindness of people is astounding. This bike (see pictures below) was given to Aidan after they no longer could use it. He used to love riding his bike, but required training wheels which he outgrew a few years ago. He hasn't been on a bike since—something he used to love to do. Because of her generosity, he is able to ride again. Tears of happiness as we watched him go!!!"  Watch him go below...

Aidan with his father Jason

Aidan with his father Jason

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Look: Flooding In Peterborough

UPDATE: April 21st: ORCA advises things should begin to level off with the flooding along the Otonabee River over the next couple days—take a look at this video shot near Peterborough—but water levels remain high in the city (Del Crary Park is flooded), and rain is expected tomorrow. Take a look at these pics from today...

Silver Bean Cafe, pic via @LEGnCAS

Silver Bean Cafe, pic via @LEGnCAS

Lock St closed at King George St. & McKellar St. due to flooding, pic via @TVCPtbo

Lock St closed at King George St. & McKellar St. due to flooding, pic via @TVCPtbo

Backyards underwater at Graham St. & Lillian Ave, pic via @TVCPtbo

Backyards underwater at Graham St. & Lillian Ave, pic via @TVCPtbo

Quaker Park Tennis Club, pic via @TVCPtbo

Quaker Park Tennis Club, pic via @TVCPtbo

UPDATE April 20th: Yep, here's someone canoeing in Del Crary Park...

Canoeing in Del Crary Park, via @ScrappyLilAngel on Twitter

Canoeing in Del Crary Park, via @ScrappyLilAngel on Twitter

via @harleywpayne on Twitter

via @harleywpayne on Twitter

BREAKING: APRIL 20th. Here's the latest update from ORCA on flooding...

[UPDATE, April 20th]: These photos tweeted from above by Michael Alexander show the extent of flooding around Del Crary Park and Holiday Inn (protected by a giant water bag) on Little Lake...

Michael Alexander via Twitter

Michael Alexander via Twitter

Michael Alexander via Twitter

Michael Alexander via Twitter

Hugh MacMillan via Twitter

Hugh MacMillan via Twitter

Monaghan Road at the bypass, via Hugh MacMillan on Twitter

Monaghan Road at the bypass, via Hugh MacMillan on Twitter

Hugh MacMillan via Twitter

Hugh MacMillan via Twitter

Scott Arnold

Scott Arnold

Scott Arnold, Graham Avenue at Lillian St.

Scott Arnold, Graham Avenue at Lillian St.

[UPDATE, April 19th]: More pics from Scott Arnold of the flooding in Peterborough...

Crary Park entrance

Crary Park entrance

Water under Crary Park stage

Water under Crary Park stage

Crary Park under water

Crary Park under water

[UPDATE: April 19th]: BREAKING...
Flood Warning Update and Road Closure. A flood warning remains in effect for the City of Peterborough. The Otonabee Region Conservation Authority (ORCA) has advised that water levels will continue to rise in the lower Kawartha Lakes and Otonabee River over the next few days. City staff are closely monitoring the situation in consultation with ORCA, Trent Severn Waterway, Ontario Power Generation, as well as local dam operators, and are prepared to respond as required. Be advised that Lock Street at McKellar Street is closed to through traffic due to flooding. There is local access only. Please use alternate routes, such as King George and Park Street. Citizens travelling on Johnson Drive at the Highway #115 underpass are advised to use caution, as there is water over the roadway. Citizens are also advised to stay away from flooded areas and riverbanks due to fast moving water and the potential for unstable ground. City residents living in low-lying areas along the Otonabee River are encouraged to monitor water level changes on their properties, and to take necessary precautions to protect life and property. Docks and structures close to the water should be secured or moved, other personal effects should be moved to higher ground, and residents should consider moving personal belongings from lower levels of their home. Residents are advised that they should have sufficient and appropriate emergency supplies at the ready, and sump pumps and backflow preventers should be checked to ensure that they are functioning properly.

UPDATE No. 2 (April 18th): Here are photos by our Evan Holt of the Pedal 'n' Paddle (beneath the Silver Bean Cafe), which now has a few feet of water in it, and of East City...

UPDATED: Scott Arnold captured these dramatic images today (April 18th) of the flooding in Peterborough, as ORCA advises the situation is expected to worsen before it gets better...

Holiday Inn, protected by sandbags and huge water bag

Holiday Inn, protected by sandbags and huge water bag

Holiday Inn Waterfront Room

Holiday Inn Waterfront Room

Holiday Inn patio under water

Holiday Inn patio under water

Holiday Inn parking lot leading to walkway

Holiday Inn parking lot leading to walkway

Holiday Inn parking lot getting washed out

Holiday Inn parking lot getting washed out

Worker getting wires out of water and placing on roof

Worker getting wires out of water and placing on roof

Little Lake building under water

Little Lake building under water

Liftlock Cruise ticket booth

Liftlock Cruise ticket booth

Paddle boarders

Paddle boarders

Lock 20

Lock 20

Beavermead Park

Beavermead Park

ORIGINAL POST (April 17th)

The Otonabee Region Conservation Authority (ORCA) has advised that water levels will continue to rise along the Kawartha Lakes and Otonabee River over the next few days, as a flood warning continues for Peterborough. City staff are closely monitoring the situation in consultation with ORCA, Trent Severn Waterway, Ontario Power Generation, as well as local dam operators, and are prepared to respond as required. City residents in low-lying areas along the Otonabee River are encouraged to monitor water level changes on their properties, and to take necessary precautions to protect life and property.  The City of Peterborough Public Works will be providing limited sandbags to those City residents that are in imminent danger of flooding for lower entry points on foundations such as doorways and window wells (not for riverbanks). Sandbags will be available for City residents to pick up on April 18th from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Morrow Park parking lot; west lot, southwest corner. If at anytime city residents feel that they are in immediate danger by rising water, they should call 9-1-1. Scott Arnold captured these images (and video) below around Peterborough this evening (April 17th)...

Little Lake

Little Lake

Little Lake

Little Lake

Little Lake

Little Lake

McKellar St.

McKellar St.

Ducks on McKellar

Ducks on McKellar

McKellar St.

McKellar St.

Little Lake

Little Lake

McKellar

McKellar

—Scott Arnold

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