Peterborough Police have great online services on their website that allow the community to access a wide range of police-related services easily. Here are some of them below...
REPORT A NON-EMERGENCY CRIME
If you would like to report a non-emergency crime, you can do so here. Types of non-emergency crimes that can be reported via their online system include:
-> Theft under $5,000
-> Theft from vehicle
-> Fraud scams
-> Damage to vehicle
-> Damage to property
-> Lost property
REQUEST A RECORD CHECK
If you live within the jurisdiction policed by their Service (City of Peterborough, Ward of Lakefield, Township of Cavan Monaghan), you can request a record check online here.
Completed record checks can be picked up in the main lobby of the Peterborough Police Station (500 Water Street), or the record check can also be mailed to the applicant.
REQUEST A BICYCLE LICENSE
This free service is meant to safeguard your bicycle and increase the chances of having your bicycle returned to you if it is lost or stolen. You can either register for a bicycle license in-person at one of their police stations (500 Water Street, Peterborough or 12 Queen Street, Lakefield) or online here.
In order to register online, you must first obtain a licence sticker. Licence stickers can be obtained at bicycle retailers or at the front counter of the Peterborough Police Service headquarters at any time, 365 days a year. Their station in Lakefield may have more restricted hours. If you wish to register in person, you will need to bring your bicycle information.
REQUEST A HOMEGUARD INSPECTION
The Homeguard Inspection Program is a community-based crime prevention initiative of their Auxiliary officers. This program allows community members to take an active role in making their homes less susceptible to criminal activity.
Members of the Auxiliary Unit attend a person’s home and conduct a free home security audit. They inspect windows, doors, and the exterior of the home. A written report is provided to the homeowner detailing potential improvements, for maximum safety.
Officers often recommend Homeguard Inspections to victims of break and enter or domestic violence, but anyone can request an inspection. Homeguard is meant to help residents improve home security and prevent break-ins and thefts at their home. For more information, go here.
A Hate-Free Peace Vigil has been organized for Sunday (August 20th) at Confederation Square in response to President Trump’s rhetoric.
The Facebook event page says this: "We need to build a society that is inclusive, not exclusive, not just for White people, but for everyone. In Peterborough, if we keep silent, if we don’t speak up, then unfortunately we could have groups forming like the White Supremacy groups in the States that is encouraging other people to join them in the brutality of hurting others."
The event is hosted and organized by Peterborough's Charmaine Magumbe, and includes the Community Race Relations Committee, Black Lives Matter and Peace Council Peterborough. It takes place starting at 6 p.m. at Confederation Park on Sunday.
The Peterborough Petes are looking for interested Billet Families for the upcoming 2017-18 season. The team hopes to provide the best living arrangements for their players with the help of local community members.
The Petes are extremely proud of their billet program and could not function without the support of so many families who welcome their players into their homes. Ideal families will be able to provide clean, spacious accommodations for players in an environment conducive to healthy lifestyles.
If you are interested in joining the Petes family and feel you may be a successful candidate, contact Cathie Webster in the Petes Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 705.743.3681, ext 221.
For complete details on becoming a Petes Billet Family, click here.
Kenn Grainger was born March 7th, 1927. He moved to Peterborough with his family when he was 15 from Neepawa, Manitoba. He had four kids with his wife Irene, who passed away in 1992 after a battle with breast cancer. Kenn has outlived most of his friends and three of his children.
Kenn Grainger at Fairhaven (August 14th, 2017)
Kenn worked in the construction business, but where he really gets the most out of life in its adventure. Of having an impact on family and friends, and in giving back through volunteering and public speaking. Indeed, he has been a lifelong volunteer for over 60 years.
He first caught the volunteer bug in his late 20s when he started volunteering with the Kinsmen Club of Peterborough. He's also been involved with Kiwanis Club, YMCA and the United Way of Peterborough. He was Chairman of the CNIB and is currently, at age 90, Chair of the Pathway to Fame in Peterborough, something he himself was inducted into in 2005. For over a decade starting in the mid-Nineties, he was a motivational speaker in local schools.
Kenn Grainger in his room at Fairhaven
Also, Kenn is legally blind—he has macular degeneration, which first came on suddenly on November 5th, 1992 (yes, he remembers the exact day it started)—but has still remained active and involved in the community. He started skydiving regularly at age 70, after he went blind. He has waterskiied on Stoney Lake at age 88 and ziplined off of Fairhaven at age 89, both to raise money for Fairhaven where he resides.
KenN and his wife Irene: The photos hang on his wall at Fairhaven and were taken in 1990 after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. "We better get these taken," she said, "as we don't know how long I'll have." She died in 1992.
He works the phone with friends and for organizations every day, and makes you feel like you're his best friend and you've known him forever. He loves to talk and to listen, and has a photographic memory right down to remembering your phone number.
He moves about Fairhaven with ease and by memory, and knows exactly where every single picture hangs in his room. He loves going out for social occasions but doesn't drink—and rarely has. "I've probably had the equivalent of one case of beer in my lifetime," he laughs.
Ken gets a lot of phone calls
Based on his own approach to life and living, Kenn gives PTBOCanada his 12 Secrets To Living A Great Life below...
1. "There's no point in worrying about stuff you can't do anything about. Just live. If you can't do anything about something that has happened, don't sweat it. Move on."
2. "You're affected by your environment. You're a product of your environment. Community and friends have a tremendous impact on who you are."
"If we each do a little bit, we all do a lot." —Kenn Grainger
3. "If you want to have a friend, you have to be a friend."
4. "Keep perspective. Keep a positive attitude. Keep looking at the positive rather than negative side of your conversations and interactions with others. Because negativity around you usually takes you to more negavity. Positivity does the opposite."
5. "I hate boredom. I'm always looking for things to do. Keep active, keep moving. When I cut off driving because of my eye condition, I started skydiving at age 70. And I continued to do the things I was already doing, like volunteering."
A student made this for Ken covering his amazing journey in life: "Make the Best Of What You Have".
6. "Give people a chance. Always look at someone new with an open mind. Meet new people and give them the benefit of the doubt. Give them a chance. Listen. Because you just never know."
7. "It's never too late to change, and be a better person."
8. "I've always tried to make friends, day after day, month after month, year after year. It's an impossibility to have too many friends."
9. "If you're fortunate enough to have kids, teach them the best things in life. Teach kids good manners. Teach them how to be polite. Teach them how to be good people. Your kids learn from you very quickly, the day they are born actually. They catch on from a very young age. They're observing, listening. Kids have ears and they pick up things you think they might not hear. Say and teach them the right things."
10. "Volunteer. I believe in volunteering for the good of society. If we each do a little bit, we all do a lot. There is hundreds of ways we can make a difference."
11. "I don't have any bad friends because if they're bad, they're not my friend. If someone is my friend, it's because they're a good person."
12. "I like the good things in life, the positive things. I want to leave an example. You can't say one thing and do the opposite. I want to leave an example to people to inspire them."
Campers have already started filling the Jamboree Grounds for this year's Havelock Country Jamboree, the 28th year this has been running.
The Jamboree takes place August 17th-August 20th, and is Canada's largest live outdoor music and camping festival. The show features over 25 entertainers performing on twin stages over the 4 day show, and also showcases terrific vendors and local service clubs.
For more info on this year's lineup and how to get tickets, click here.
In 1996, the Peterborough Downtown Farmers' Market was formed by a group of local farmers' looking to set up a new, producers-only market that would help them grow their businesses, build community and offer customers a mid-week downtown location for purchasing fresh seasonal produce and local goods.
Two decades later, the vibrant market is still going strong. On Wednesday (August 16th), it will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a party.
Local Chef Lindsey Dupuis from Brio Gusto will cook up samples using market produce and products, and give you some ideas for using all this delicious abundance as it comes into season.
As well, live music will be provided to accompany the bustling backdrop of the farmers' market. There will also be a draw for a basket of market goods, kids activities and much more.
Head on down on August 16th, talk to the farmers and vendors about the history of the market, and help celebrate this impressive milestone.
Below is key information about watermain breaks in this special guest post provided to PTBOCanada by the Water Utility VP, Patrick Devlin, written in collaboration with his team...
WATERMAIN BREAKS: WHAT THEY ARE AND HOW THEY HAPPEN
Watermains are underground pipes that distribute water from reservoirs, pumping stations and the water treatment plant to the homes and businesses of Peterborough.
Watermain breaks in Peterborough are most common within the winter months, primarily due to the low temperature conditions which cause the water within the soil to freeze and expand. This freezing activity can result in increased stress to be placed on the pipe, which can cause cracks and or breaks in the watermain that tend to occur at weak points along the pipe.
Weak points within a watermain can arise for a variety of reasons:
Peterborough benefits from good soil conditions that do not actively promote external pipe corrosion. The PUC also works to minimize the above conditions through redundant construction inspection processes as well as active monitoring and liaison of construction activities within the Peterborough area.
However, watermain breaks still occur due to underground excavations associated with construction activities. For that reason, Ontario One Call (1-800-400-2255) must be notified prior to any ground excavation activities taking place within your property.
NOTIFICATION TO RESIDENTS
There isn’t always time to inform residents of an outage. Once the break has been controlled, there will be a written or verbal notice given to residents informing them of the predicted timelines for repairing and reinstating their water.
Some breaks may cause longer outages than others.
There are two classifications of water main breaks: Category 1 and Category 2. Category 1 breaks are low risk breaks that maintain positive flow during excavation and have no evidence of contamination of the watermain. Generally, Category 1 breaks can be repaired quickly with limited implications to the customer.
Category 2 breaks pose a potential risk of contamination and are usually more severe breaks. These breaks are reported to the Ministry of Health (MOH) as well as the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change’s Spills Action Center (SAC). If this type of break occurs, the outage will be longer due to the increased repair and testing procedures required.
There are also a number of other factors that can impact the duration of water service outages due to a watermain break:
-> Size and material (concrete, PVC, cast iron)
-> Location (limited access, high density)
Overall, the City of Peterborough’s water distribution system is built of varying pipe sizes. If a break occurs on a large diameter trunk main, it may require heavy machinery onsite, as well as larger scale cleanup and traffic control efforts. Access to the watermain can be difficult in some locations which may also lead to increased outage times.
WATER MAIN BREAKS CAN BE DANGEROUS: SAFETY IS THE FIRST PRIORITY
There may be instances when you see and are near a possible water main break. It is important that you keep your distance to ensure your safety. Water from the break may have washed away subsurface soil under paved areas or saturated the soil causing unstable conditions to occur.
If you see a potential hazard, be sure to contact the PUC at (705)-748-9300.
HOW WATERMAIN BREAKS ARE REPAIRED
-> Determine and locate the problem.
-> Control the leak to reduce the risk to public safety and property damages by closing valves and isolating the damaged length of pipe.
-> Contact emergency locate services to ensure no other utilities will be hit while the excavation for repair of the watermain occurs.
-> Once locates have been received, pinpoint and excavate for repair taking all precautionary measures to minimize trench material entering the watermain.
HOW SCHEDULED OUTAGES WORK
Some outages are planned in advance to allow us to repair, replace, and make improvements to our water system. Some outages may be individual residences so that staff can perform work requested by customers such as replacing water services or installing meters.
Each year the PUC repair watermains through the process of cement mortar lining, structural lining and complete replacement.
We make every effort to schedule these outages to be as short as possible and to affect the least amount of customers.
Affected customers are contacted over the phone or by hand delivered notice in advance of scheduled outages. We can have problems notifying people if their contact information is out of date. If you haven’t already done so, please contact us with any updates to your contact information. You can email your updated information to email@example.com.
Our staff is dedicated to responding to outages quickly. Your call will be answered 24/7 and Peterborough Utilities staff will work together to get your water back on as quickly as possible, while remaining safe. We understand that outages can be a major inconvenience and we work hard to minimize these disruptions to you. —guest post by PUC