3rd Annual Win This Space Launches In Downtown Peterborough

The awesome entrepreneurial competition Win This Space—a Peterborough DBIA initiative in partnership with Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development, Community Futures Peterborough and Shorelines Slots at Kawartha Downs—is back for a third year in downtown Peterborough.

Entrepreneurs have until November 16th to put together a video application and submit it to the Win This Space competition through WinThisSpace.com. The Top 10 finalists will take several workshops to fine-tune their businesses plans before a winner is chosen on March 5th by the panel of judges.

 DBIA Executive Director Terry Guiel holding the Wn This Space banner during launch in VentureNorth lobby. (Photo courtesy DBIA)

DBIA Executive Director Terry Guiel holding the Wn This Space banner during launch in VentureNorth lobby. (Photo courtesy DBIA)

The winner of the competition will have their choice of available participating downtown locations free for one year. To cover rent payments, Win This Space has sponsors adopting a month and contributing $2,000 toward the month’s lease.

“This program has been hugely successful for our downtown and has been an inspiration for communities across the country,” says Terry Guiel, Executive Director of the DBIA. “Win This Space gets people excited about the potential of what they could do with a downtown storefront. There’s only one winner, but it’s encouraging to see so many people get connected with the business services in Peterborough and go on to open a local business with the support of our community.”

Visit winthisspace.com to see the rules and regulations for applying to the competition.

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Blue Rodeo To Play Memorial Centre December 28th, Portion Of Proceeds To GPHSF

The Peterborough Memorial Centre and GPHSF, Your Family Health Team Foundation, has announced that Blue Rodeo will be performing at the Peterborough Memorial Centre on Friday, December, 28th with special guests.  

“We are so thrilled to have the iconic Canadian band Blue Rodeo coming to play at the Peterborough Memorial Centre,” says Laura Kennedy, Executive Director, GPHSF. “It is a privilege for us to be able to partner on this event with the Peterborough Memorial Centre and we are very grateful that a portion of ticket sales will be invested in local health care across Peterborough City and County. 

 Photo via Blue Rodeo Facebook page

Photo via Blue Rodeo Facebook page

With their 14th Warner Music Canada studio album, 1000 Arms, Blue Rodeo’s successes include induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame (2012), receiving a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award (2014) and selling in excess of four million records over the years.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, September 20th in person at the Collins Barrow Box Office inside the PMC, by phone 705-743-3561 and online at memorialcentre.ca

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4th Annual Cubs' Lair Competition Launches For Youth Entrepreneurs To Find Next Best Startup

FastStart Peterborough, Innovation Cluster and the Trent Youth Entrepreneurship Society have launched the 4th Annual Cubs’ Lair Entrepreneurial Competition.

Aspiring youth entrepreneurs between the ages of 18-29 will have the opportunity to pitch their startup to a panel of established judges for a chance of up to $10,000 in prizes at the Gordon Best Theatre on November 22nd at 6 p.m.

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HOW TO APPLY

Those who are interested in the competition can apply online here, followed by attending a series of three mandatory workshops inside the Innovation Cluster to help them build skills in creating a business model canvas, financing, marketing, and pitching to prepare for the Lair.

During the event, finalists will be pitching to a judging panel of established business professionals that will test competitors knowledge of how they will grow the business.

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The prize package of up to $10,000 includes incubator space at the Innovation Cluster, a social media package by PTBOCanada (that’s us!), two-year cash flow budgeting support by Gauvreau & Associates, with more to be announced.

The deadline to apply is October 27th. The final pitch competition will take place at the Gordon Best Theatre on November 22nd at 6 p.m.

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How To Guide On Parking Regulations in City of Peterborough

The City of Peterborough has released a breakdown of its parking restrictions. Read them below (and remember, we’re just the messenger so don’t give us any infractions)…

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-> City-wide parking on streets with no meters – three-hour limit

The maximum time a vehicle can be parked on any City street with no meters is three hours. Additionally, many streets have further restrictions covering the times and dates when parking is permitted. Please read on-street parking signs carefully to determine if parking is permitted. If there is no sign, the three hour limit applies.


-> Downtown on-street parking – two-hour limit

Metered parking is provided on streets throughout downtown. On-street parking is intended for quick stops, usually less than an hour in length. The maximum stay at on-street metered spaces is two hours. Please respect these limits, as short term parking ensures that spaces are available for customers and visitors which, in turn, helps the downtown thrive. The rate for on-street parking is $1.25 per hour.

-> Parking for more than two hours, up to a full day

A map of municipal parking lots and both parking garages is online here. Lots and garages can be used for quick stops or longer visits. The rates are $1.50/hour or $10.50 maximum for all day parking at both Simcoe Street and King Street parking garages, with the first hour being free. Surface lots are $1.25/hour or $8.75 maximum for all day. All-day parking in surface lots is available at: Brock Lot, Chambers Lot, Reid Lot and the Del Crary Lot. 

-> Monthly parking passes 

Monthly parking passes are available at Simcoe Street Parking Garage, King Street Parkade, Rehill Lot and Del Crary Lot. Quantities are limited to ensure sufficient spaces are available for short-duration parking as well, so monthly passes occasionally sell out. Please call 705.742.7777 ext. 2763 to check availability.  

-> Additional restrictions

Additional parking restrictions are in place for the safety of motorists and pedestrians. For example, parking is restricted within proximity of Peterborough Transit stops, 18 metres in advance of or 30 metres beyond bus stops. A full list of infractions is available here.

-> Winter parking restrictions

Additional restrictions are in place from December 1st to April 1st annually to assist with winter road maintenance activities such as snow clearing and preventing ice buildup. Please visit here for details.

-> Parking infractions

Parking infractions in the City of Peterborough result in fines ranging from $25 for standard infractions such as “parked longer than maximum permitted period”, up to $300 for “parked in accessible parking space”. Details on parking infraction rates are online here.

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Neil Sanderson Of Three Days Grace Special Guest Speaker At Team 55's 6th Annual Friday Night Lights

On September 21st, all of Peterborough and beyond is invited to Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School for the annual Friday Night Lights, a Team 55 event supporting suicide prevention through the Canadian Mental Health Association, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge

While the event has drawn big crowds in the past, organizers hope this year will be even bigger as they embrace the opportunity to showcase the community’s passion for suicide awareness and mental health to the Parliamentary Assistant to Ontario’s Minister of Health, who is expected to be in attendance.

 From left to right: Dave Pogue from Team 55, Jack Veitch from CMHA and Jeff Challice from TASSS.

From left to right: Dave Pogue from Team 55, Jack Veitch from CMHA and Jeff Challice from TASSS.

“We really need to get as many people to TASSS on Friday night as possible—we want to pack the place,” says Dave Pogue, founder of Team 55: Let’s Tackle Suicide Awareness.

At the opening ceremonies, this year’s special guest will be speaker Neil Sanderson of Three Days Grace. The Canadian band, including the Adam Scott alumnus, is about to embark on a European tour before returning for a Canadian tour in late November.

Friday Night Lights begins September 21st at noon with games and a barbeque, and the Open Ceremonies start at 6 p.m. The main event kick-off is at 7 p.m.

For more on Friday Night Lights and Team 55, watch this recent interview we conducted with
Dave Pogue on PTBOCanada show…

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How The Peterborough Police Service Auxiliary Constable Program Works

The Peterborough Police Service has launched an Auxiliary Constable Recruitment Campaign

“The members of our Auxiliary Unit are an integral part of our Service,” says Inspector Neil Collins, Operations, Peterborough Police Service. “The enhancement these dedicated volunteers bring to our Service is phenomenal.”

 Photo Courtesy Peterborough Police

Photo Courtesy Peterborough Police

HOW THE AUXILIARY UNIT WORKS

-> The Auxiliary Unit, currently comprised of 18 constables, two Staff Sergeants and three Sergeants, is overseen by the Operations Division of the Peterborough Police Service. 

-> Each year members of the Unit volunteer thousands of hours to the communities of the City of Peterborough, the Ward of Lakefield and the Township of Cavan Monaghan. 

-> Auxiliary officers serve the community in a volunteer capacity. Most hold full-time jobs in completely unrelated fields, choosing to give back to the community by joining our Service.

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SERVICES AUXILIARY CONSTABLES PROVIDE

-> assisting at parades, special events and R.I.D.E programs
-> providing information on crime prevention and facilitating crime preventions programs such as the Homeguard Inspection Program
-> conducting car seat installations and working alongside frontline officers during regular police patrols
-> participating in charity events with police

 Photo Courtesy Peterborough Police

Photo Courtesy Peterborough Police

HOW AUXILIARY MEMBERS ARE SELECTED

-> Auxiliary members are selected on the basis of their ability to complete the training program and their availability for service throughout the year. Members must volunteer a minimum of 12 hours each month, attend regular in-service training sessions and commit to a two year volunteer term.

-> Initial training consist of classroom instruction, such as powers of arrest and criminal code, physical restraining methods and firearms qualification. Although auxiliary members are not issued firearms, they must be capable of handling a firearm in extraordinary or critical circumstances.

 Photo Courtesy Peterborough Police

Photo Courtesy Peterborough Police

The Peterborough Police Service is hosting an Auxiliary Recruitment Information Session on Tuesday September 25th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall (317 Hunter Street West). The closing date for applications is October 26, 2018. Learn more here.

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Harlem Globetrotters Returning To Peterborough April 4th

As part of their North American tour to more than 250 cities, The Harlem Globetrotters will return to Peterborough with their one-of-a-kind show at the Memorial Centre on Thursday, April 4th, 2019.

Featuring some of the most elite dunkers on the planet, exceptional ball handlers, and Guinness World Record holders, a Globetrotters game is more than just basketball. They are the ultimate in family entertainment that will bring smiles and fan interaction to people of all ages.

 Photo via  @Globies

Photo via @Globies

The Globetrotters show will feature a star-studded roster, including Showmen like Big Easy Lofton, Hi-Lite Bruton, Ant Atkinson, and Hammer Harrison, as well as fan favorites Firefly Fisher, Bull Bullard, Thunder Law and Cheese Chisholm.

The team will also bring the largest female roster in team history to fans across North America, including TNT Lister, Hoops Green, Torch George, Swish Young, and Mighty Mortimer. After virtually every game, the Harlem Globetrotters remain on the court for autographs and photographs with fans.

Tickets start at $21 plus taxes and services fees, and go on sale Wednesday, October 3rd at memorialcentre.ca, the Collins Barrow Box Office in the PMC, or by phone at 705-743-3561.

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Peterborough Humane Society Has 9 Adorable Puppies Up For Adoption

Peterborough Humane Society Has 9 Adorable Puppies Up For Adoption

Hank, Hercules, Harry, Harriette, Hazel, Helga, Harmony, Hilda and Honey looking for forever homes

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Watch: Dave Pogue On Team 55, Mental Health, Peterborough Petes & Community

On Episode 23 of our show PTBOCanada, Dave Pogue talks about the impact Team 55: Let's Tackle Suicide Awareness is having in raising awareness and funds around mental health programs.

 Dave Pogue on "PTBOCanada" show

Dave Pogue on "PTBOCanada" show

Dave's son Mitchell took his own life in 2013, and shortly thereafter he decided to start the Team 55 program after approaching the Canadian Mental Health Association local chapter. He had no idea at the time the impact it would have, as the program is going stronger than ever since its inception more than five years ago.

Watch the episode below as Pogue—also President of the Peterborough Petes—talks about Team 55, Friday Night Lights, the Canadian Mental Health Association, the Petes and community love...

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Downtown Restaurant Brio Gusto Is Up For Sale

In a heartfelt note to its loyal customers posted to its Facebook page, Brio Gusto Restaurant & Wine Bar has announced that they are up for sale.

"I are writing to inform you that after 15 years in business, 10 years of making magic in the kitchen and 6 years as owner, I have placed Brio Gusto Restaurant & Wine Bar for sale," says owner Lindsey Dupuis in the Facebook post.
 

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The Charlotte Street restaurant, which had celebrity Jerry Seinfeld visit it in 2014 for a meal after he played a show at the Memorial Centre, will be sorely missed by its patrons. The service and meals were fantastic, and they were heavily invested in giving back to the community.

Lindsey says in the Facebook post that after welcoming a new addition to their family recently, "we have had to make the hard decision to close Brio Gusto as it is and focus more on our family."

Their final night of service will be Friday, October 5th. 

Read the Facebook note in its entirety below...

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