Forrest The Cat Is Losing Leg After Someone Shot Him

On Saturday (June 24th), an injured stray cat that the Peterborough Humane Society has named Forrest was found on North Asphodel 5th Line and brought into the Humane Society.

Forrest

Forrest

Forrest had an injured paw, and upon examination from the Emergency Veterinary Hospital, it was discovered that he had been shot—and the bullet still remained lodged in Forrest’s front right leg.

He is being kept comfortable, but Forrest will have to have his leg amputated due to the damage done by the shot. The surgery is fairly complicated and very costly, the Humane Society says, and they are looking for the public's assistance. To support Forrest, visit peterboroughumanesociety.ca or contact Susan Dunkley, PHS's Manager of Development and Outreach, for info.

Forrest

Forrest

An investigation has started into the state that Forrest was found in. The Peterborough Humane Society is asking for the public's help: If anyone is aware of this incident or has information, please contact 310-SPCA(7722), Crimestoppers or PHS at 705.745.4722, ext. 204.

The Humane Society tells PTBOCanada they hope if Forrest recovers from the amputation, he will eventually be put up for adoption. Whoever adopts the 3-legged cat will need to show great love and care to Forrest in his forever home.

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Tour The Wutai Shan Buddhist Garden Near Peterborough

There will be an Open House at the Cham Shan Temple's Wutai Shan Buddhist Garden on Saturday, July 1st from 10 am. to 1 p.m., and entry is free.

The gardens are still under construction and access is restricted to some areas. Visitors are advised to wear sturdy hiking shoes because the terrain is dusty and uneven. Sandals and flip flops are an absolute no-no. Visitors should also bring water as there are few facilities on site.

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada.com

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada.com

Below is a picture showing the enormity of the laughing Buddha on the grounds. It was built in China, cut into 72 pieces and shipped here in containers and reassembled. It weighs 127 tons. The head alone is 26 tons.

Photo courtesy Andy Harjula

Photo courtesy Andy Harjula

The Wutai Shan Garden is located at 708 Ski Hill Road, a few minutes north of Bethany. The site is 530 acres and is one of four sites being developed by the Buddhist Association of Canada. The total acreage of the four sites combined is 1,700 acres.

The sites—chosen because of their serenity, tranquility and natural environment—have taken two decades to plan and will take a further 20 years to construct at an estimated cost of $80 million dollars.

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada.com

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada.com

For further information about the Buddhist Association of Canada, contact Diane Chen at Cham Shan Temple in Toronto, 905.886.1522, ext 333.

-> We took a tour of the grounds back in June 2015. Read about it here.

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This Clap Out Tribute To Peterborough Custodian Mr. Hilts Is Awesome

The "clap out" is a cool tradition at many schools for Grade 8 students moving on to high school.

What was extra cool about the clap out at St. John Catholic Elementary School in Peterborough on Monday (June 26th) was that retiring custodian Rick Hilts (aka "Mr. Hilts") was able to partake.

Mr. Hilts gets the clap out

Mr. Hilts gets the clap out

Custodians are the unsung heroes of schools, so this "clap out" was a terrific gesture to Mr. Hilts and his profession.

Watch the video below posted to the school's Twitter channel...

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Peterborough Symphony Orchestra Is Holding Summer Auditions

Peterborough Symphony Orchestra Is Holding Summer Auditions

Interested musicians can book audition times for June 29th in Peterborough

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328 Paddlecraft Just Filled Both Tubs At Trent Severn National Historic Site In Epic Display

Last year, 138 paddlecraft were jammed into one of the ginormous "tubs" at the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site in Peterborough on Lock n' Paddle day, breaking the previous record of 101. 

This is what it looked like at Lock 21 during last summer's Lock 'N Paddle...

June 26th, 2016

June 26th, 2016

This year, Lock 'N Paddle upped their game even more, filling both tubs on a beautiful Saturday (June 24th) with more than 150 canoes and kayaks each (to mark Canada's 150 birthday) and lifting them 65 feet.

It was one heck of a jigsaw puzzle for organizers and Lockmaster Ed, seen in this video below...

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But they did it. Look at this picture we took from mission control...

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

Here is the view from the front Trent-Severn Waterway tweeted out...

Here is the view from above photographed from a drone by Justen Soule for Parks Canada...

And once the lock chambers were at an equal elevation, the Lock Master halted the lockage and participants and visitors raised their paddles and sang both O Canada and Happy Birthday in celebration of 150 years of Confederation.

Have a listen of the Happy Birthday...

Here is the moment the chambers aligned...

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Here's a closeup of the East chamber tub filled...

PHoto by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

PHoto by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

And here's a closeup of the West chamber tub filled...

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

360 panorama by Evan Holt, PtboCanada

360 panorama by Evan Holt, PtboCanada

UPDATE: Here is video our Evan Holt filmed from inside a canoe...

Well done Lock 21, well done Peterborough!

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

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5th Annual Paint The Town Red Has 30 Restaurants Participating This Year

The 5th annual Paint the Town Red all day event in support of United Way Peterborough takes place on July 19th.

Participating restaurants, cafes and pubs will be donating 25 percent of their daily sales to support United Way Peterborough & District, with proceeds directing impacting vital social services in your community.

La Hacienda is one of participating restaurants

La Hacienda is one of participating restaurants

This year, there are already 30 participating restaurants—up from 22 this year. 

Also, a big red spoon (with a touch of plaid) has been introduced this year by the United Way Peterborough, built by United Way cabinet member Terry Guiel (pictured above and below)...

Sam's Place is one of participating restaurants

Sam's Place is one of participating restaurants

Fresh Dreams Peterborough is participating

Fresh Dreams Peterborough is participating

For more info on Paint the Town Red, click here and check out the hashtag #PaintPtboRed.

If you're a restaurant that would like to participate, contact Erica Richmond at the United Way Peterborough here.

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Newly Named Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies At Trent University

Trent University has announced the naming of the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies.
 
Coinciding with National Aboriginal Day on Wednesday (June 21st), the announcement of the newly-named School was among a substantial series of recommendations, furthering Trent’s leadership in indigenous reconciliation and education.

Photo courtesy Trent University

Photo courtesy Trent University

The recommendations include an innovative lecture-talk series that will bring prominent Indigenous leaders to the University to speak on Indigenous issues, and a new academic requirement for all undergraduate students to successfully complete at least 0.5 credits from an approved list of courses with Indigenous content. With this recommendation, Trent becomes only the third university in Canada to institute mandatory Indigenous course content.
 
“The naming of the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies and the implementation of the associated recommendations are a milestone in the evolution of Indigenous Studies at Trent," says Dr. Leo Groarke, president and vice-chancellor of Trent University.

Wenjack Theatre

Wenjack Theatre

Trent's largest lecture hall/theatre is named after Chanie Wenjack, and the newly-named school is another huge step in honouring Chanie Wenjack, a young Anishinaabe boy who died in his attempt to escape a residential school in 1966.

Photo courtesy Trent University

Photo courtesy Trent University

The Chanie Wenjack School of Indigenous Studies brings together Trent’s undergraduate, master’s and Ph.D. programs under one School and unites various events, initiatives and spaces dedicated to Indigenous perspectives, knowledge and culture at the University.

Photo courtesy Trent University

Photo courtesy Trent University

“This is the latest effort in Trent’s well-known 48-year record of Indigenous reconciliation,” says David Newhouse, director of the School, and chair of Indigenous Studies at Trent. “We will continue to honour the life of Chanie Wenjack and recognize the impact that residential schools had on Indigenous peoples through the work that we plan to undertake at Trent."

"Our goal at the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies is to constantly advance the knowledge of and about Indigenous peoples with a view to the overall improvement of quality of life and to contribute to the creation of places of respect, dignity and power for Indigenous peoples,” adds Newhouse.

Trent’s leadership in Indigenous Studies dates back to 1969 when the University became the first in Canada, and only the second in North America, to establish an academic department dedicated to the study of Indigenous peoples and Indigenous knowledges.

A full timeline of the University’s history of leadership in Indigenous education can be viewed at the new website for the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies.

The land on which Trent University is located is the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe Mississauga adjacent to Haudenosaunee Territory and in the territory covered by Treaty 20 and the Williams Treaties.

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See Vintage, Military And Civilian Aircraft At Peterborough Airport As Part Of Canada 150 Celebrations

Marking Canada’s 150th birthday will be a special occasion this year at Peterborough Airport, as the general public is invited to join them in celebrating the milestone with vintage, military and civil aircraft on display.

The event, called “Flying Fortress Week”, will take place at Peterborough Airport from July 10th to 16th and is sponsored by the Peterborough Destination Association.

Starting on Monday July 10th, a World War II B-17G Flying Fortress bomber named Sentimental Journey will be on display and ground tours will be available for the public for a small donation to the Commemorative Air Force (on-site) during the entire week. 

B-17 photo via PeterboroughAiport.com

B-17 photo via PeterboroughAiport.com

Flights on the B-17 will take place on Saturday, July 15th and Sunday, July 16th. TIckets for flights and additional information on the B-17 are available here.

On Saturday, July 15th and Sunday, July 16th, the B-17G bomber will be joined by various vintage, military and civil aircraft for public display.

Hercules photo via PeterboroughAirport.com

Hercules photo via PeterboroughAirport.com

Harvard photo via PeterboroughAirport.com

Harvard photo via PeterboroughAirport.com

The Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) will also participate in the event with a “Fly-in”, and their members will have their aircraft on display.

The Loomex Group will have their jet simulator on display. The jet simulator is used for large scale emergency exercises that include airport staff and response agencies.

Scenic flights will be available on Saturday, July 15th and Sunday, July 16th with one of the local flight schools, WM Aeroflight.

For more information, call the Peterborough Airport at 705.743.6708.

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Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site's “Lock’n Paddle” Event In Celebration Of National Canoe Day & Canada 150

The second “Lock’n Paddle” event is preparing to float its way back into Peterborough on Saturday, June 24th.

2016 Lock 'n Paddle

2016 Lock 'n Paddle

This year, in celebration of Canada 150 and National Canoe Day, the Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site of Canada in partnership with The Canadian Canoe Museum and The Land Canadian Adventures will once again ask the question, “How many paddlecraft can you fit in a Lift Lock?"

2016 Lock 'n Paddle

2016 Lock 'n Paddle

With Canada 150 celebrations in mind, the goal will be to fit 150 paddlecraft into each of the two lock chambers, for a total of 300 paddlecraft. This will smash last year’s record of 138 paddlecraft and will highlight the goal of National Canoe Day to promote recreational paddling for individuals, groups, families, clubs and communities.

At 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 24th, the lockage will begin. Once the lock chambers are at an equal elevation, the Lock Master will halt the lockage and participants and visitors will be invited to raise their paddles and sing both O Canada and Happy Birthday in celebration of 150 years of Confederation.

You don't want to miss this event!

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A Superhero Kid Named Harrison Who Touched So Many Lives Is Now In Heaven

Peterborough's Harrison McKinnon lived a short life but had a huge impact on so many.

The little boy who we wrote about last year during his battle with lymphoma—he and his parents helped raise awareness about the vital need for blood donors—died on Saturday (June 17th) at the age of 2 years old after a brief and unexpected battle with infection.

Harrison

Harrison

"Our hearts have shattered into a million pieces... after a brief and unexpected battle with an insidious and relentless infection, today we kissed and held our darling Harrison for the last time," his mom Shannon wrote in a Facebook post.

"On June 17, 2017, 2:15pm, at the age of 2 years, 9 months, our beautiful, sensitive, thoughtful, cuddly, funny and infinitely brave firstborn baby boy peacefully gave up his fight and left all his pain and suffering behind. We are left heartbroken that we will never know the amazing person he was destined to become, but so honoured and thankful that he chose us as his parents so we could know how full our hearts and lives could be. Because of him, we know a love we never guessed was possible before he became ours for his short time in this world. 'Mamoo' forever, Little Love"

Harrison pictured last year with his parents Barrett and Shannon

Harrison pictured last year with his parents Barrett and Shannon

The powerful obituary for Harrison speaks of an "army of people"—family and friends and caregivers and community—that has been so supportive of Harrison and family during his battle, and praying for them. And that included the teams at PRHC in Peterborough and SickKids in Toronto.

"From the beginning of our fight the paediatric team at PRHC have been our number one champions and supporters - doing everything and anything in their power to help make our path a little bit easier to walk and whatever they could do to help make Harrison well... We would like to express our heartfelt and endless thanks to our exceptional medical team at Sick Kids, who treated us with amazing compassion and kindness, and more like family than patients."

Harrison with his baby brother, Jack

Harrison with his baby brother, Jack

"Harrison fought cancer relentlessly for more than half his life, with a remarkably sunny disposition and with an incredible bravery and strength that left us in awe of him in his short time here with us," his parents write in the obit. "In the end, he beat the beast twice, but ultimately lost his fight to a fierce and opportunistic infection that was able to overcome his body as a result of side effects of treatments he received to help him win his battle with cancer."

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that people consider making donations to The Children's Oncology Group Foundation—an organization that funded the trial of the drug that ultimately helped Harrison beat his disease—donating blood in his name, or registering with the stem cell donor registry to help save a life like Harrison's.

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