Peterborough Pulse Will Transform George Street

Peterborough Pulse 2019 will transform George Street for one fun-filled day of walking, cycling, and activities on Saturday, July 27th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pulse is an open streets initiative that temporarily replaces car traffic with people traffic to create a safe and vibrant car-free corridor for walking, biking, dancing, playing, and socializing.

Peterborough Pulse file photo

Peterborough Pulse file photo

The Peterborough Pulse route will be closed to vehicular traffic between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Street parking will be prohibited from midnight on Friday, July 26th, until Pulse is over at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 27th.

Here is a map of Pulse...

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STREET CLOSURES FOR PETERBOROUGH PULSE

George St. from McDonnel St. to Sherbrooke St. 

  • Will be CLOSED Saturday, July 27th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Vehicles entering or exiting will need an escort.

  • Street parking will be prohibited from midnight on Friday, July 26th until Pulse is over at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 27th. Vehicles left on street will be towed.

ONLY local traffic will be allowed to access these streets…

  • Murray St. from Aylmer St. to George St. and George St. to Water St.

  • Brock St. from Chambers Lane to George Street and George St. to Water St.

  • King St. from Aylmer St. to George St. and George St. to Water St.

The following intersections will remain open for east-west traffic…

  • McDonnel St. at George St.

  • Hunter St. at George St.

  • Simcoe St. at George St.

  • Charlotte St. at George St.

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$3.1 Million Investment Will Support Indigenous Clean-Tech Company Carbonix

Paul Pede and Darren Harper, two of the co-founders of Carbonix—a Canadian Indigenous technology company—were on hand at The Gathering Space at Gzowski College/Enwayaang at Trent University on Monday (July 15th) for the announcement of an investment of $3.1 million in their company.

MP Maryam Monsef was there to announce the investment for Carbonix’s Indigenous-led clean technology pilot project it’s conducting that aims to use resources more efficiently to reduce pollution and water waste.

Carbonix Co-Founder Darren Harper speaking at announcement (Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada)

Carbonix Co-Founder Darren Harper speaking at announcement (Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada)

HOW CARBONIX TECHNOLOGY WORKS

-> Carbonix will scale-up a project that produces active carbons from sustainably sourced feedstock, like petroleum coke and wood waste, and uses them to capture contaminants from industrial waste streams and mine tailings.

-> This project aims to accelerate the return of water used during extraction processes back to the environment and accelerate land restoration.

Carbonix Co-Founder Paul Pede speaking at announcement (Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada)

Carbonix Co-Founder Paul Pede speaking at announcement (Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada)

“Through projects like this, the Government of Canada is finding solutions that will help reduce pollution, drive clean innovation and create good jobs,” says Monsef.

“Accelerating clean technology development is key to promoting sustainable economic growth as Canada moves toward a clean energy future, helping us meet our domestic and international commitments while helping maintain our natural resource advantage for years to come,” she adds.

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StoosNews Spotlight: Check Out The Business Beat This Week Featuring Comfort Keepers Peterborough, Harley Farms & More!

PTBOCanada is delighted to to be running StooNews columns each week here, spotlighting new businesses and startups in Peterborough and the Kawarthas. Here is this week’s edition…

Alyssa and Corey Rowe recently opened Comfort Keepers Peterborough. Comfort Keepers provides in-home services such as respite care, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, end-of-life care, nursing services, and more. Alyssa has worked for Comfort Keepers Calgary for six years, and is excited to bring a franchise to Peterborough. Her husband Corey is joining her in the business and they would love to welcome your calls or questions, or to join them for their Open House on August 22nd from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Peterborough Business Hub, 398 McDonnel Street. “Like” their page on Facebook here.

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Harley Farms continues to grow. Located on Heritage Line near Lang Pioneer Village just north of Keene, the farm checks all the boxes, providing 100% GMO free, grass fed, free range, sustainable, locally raised and environmentally friendly products. The on-farm store features quality meats, and vegetables and is now surrounded by a free to enter Family Fun Farm and Picnic Area which includes a play area and farm animals. Stop in for a visit and watch for the customer appreciation BBQ and Grand Opening on August 3rd.

Harley Farms Family Fun Farm and Picnic Area

Harley Farms Family Fun Farm and Picnic Area

Atlas Therapeutic is a new clinic offering float therapy, massage therapy, CBD oil sales, meditations and stress management, mini retreats and acupuncture for treatment of everything from work and sports injuries and tendonitis, to whiplash, headaches, back, neck and shoulder pain. Located at 322 McDonnel Street in Peterborough, Atlas Therapeutic is open 7 days a week. 

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PedalBoro is a multi-passenger bike tour company providing a fun way to do a discovery tour of Peterborough’s vibrant food and beverage scene. The unique 15-passenger party bike typically takes you and your group to 3 or 4 local pubs, craft breweries, distilleries and restaurants. Owner Hillary Flood says Peterborough is the 5th city to host this type of cycle tourism in Canada. For more info, click here.

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If you’d like your company to be involved in the next Habitat for Humanity Women Build Program, they are always looking for teams and sponsors. To explore a partnership opportunity, contact Sara George at 705.750.1456 or habitatpkr.ca.

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Over $15,000 Raised At B!KE-a-thon Fundraiser At The Social Pub

The Social Pub was spinning (with music and bikers) on Saturday (July 13th) as friends of B!KE: The Peterborough Community Cycling Hub came out in droves to fundraise at their first-ever fundraising event, the “B!KE-a-thon”, which raised more than $15,000.

From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., cyclist teams—outfitted in themed costumes and spirited attitudes—pedalled for 12-hours straight, relay-style, on stationary bikes at The Social in downtown Peterborough. "It wasn't as easy as you'd think," says Lily Haryett, long-time supporter of B!KE. Haryett and other cyclists were urged on by visiting supporters including Mayor Diane Therrien, local federal PC leader Mike Skinner and Town ward councillor Kemi Akapo.

Bikers at The Social Pub (Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada)

Bikers at The Social Pub (Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada)

"The vibe was great—there was stiff competition to raise funds between teams, and it was heated!" says Kate Siena from the 5-member team, The Cranks. "In the end, our shared love of B!KE brought out the best in us!" 

Bikers at The Social Pub (Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada)

Bikers at The Social Pub (Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada)

Sponsors for the B!KE-a-thon included The Social Pub, Wild Rock Outfitters, Green Eyewear, Frog Cycles, Runners Life, Pastry Pedlar, Fresh Radio, Global TV/CHEX, PTBOCanada (that’s us!), Henry's Barbershop, Ultimate Distribution, Sam's Deli, Publican House, Fontaine Source for Sports, Pedalboro, The Endeavor Centre and Peterborough Tool Library.

Due to unforeseen changes to the provincial non-profit funding landscape, B!KE is anticipating a challenging fiscal period ahead.

These vital funds raised from the B!KE-a-thon will enable them to fill in funding gaps, freeing up staff and board members to explore new revenue sources for the coming years.

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A Record-Breaking 34 Participating Restaurants Will Paint The Town Red For United Way

The 7th Annual Paint the Town Red event in support of the United Way Community Campaign will have a record-breaking 34 participating restaurants this year.

It takes place Wednesday, July 17th, and the participating restaurants will be donating 25 percent of their daily sales to support United Way of Peterborough. Last year’s event raised more than $16,000, bringing the total to over $75,000 since 2013.

Photo from Paint the Town Red Media Launch courtesy United Way of Peterborough

Photo from Paint the Town Red Media Launch courtesy United Way of Peterborough

“I am thrilled be part of Paint the Town Red this year and even more excited to see restaurants in the County of Peterborough participating for the first time including Jack’s Restaurant in Lakefield and Rallis Burger Family Restaurant in Bridgenorth,” says David Goyette, Chair of this year’s United Way campaign.

Adds United Way Development Officer and Event Coordinator, Erica Richmond: “This is truly my favourite event of the year. I believe that food has the power to bring people together and this is consistently demonstrated during this event as community members support local businesses who are supporting our community. It’s a full circle of support bound together by food, conversation and local love.”

For a full list of participating restaurants, click here—and make sure to hit up one of them on Wednesday for a great cause!

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An Awesome 15 Passenger Party Bike Called PedalBoro Has Come To Town

Peterborough’s very first 15-passenger party bike, PedalBoro, will soon be launching in the city. This will be a great idea for office functions, family and friend parties, tourists, and more—and it’s environmentally friendly.

PedalBoro is a multi-passenger bike tour company that will provide an innovative, eco-friendly transportation alternative for exploring downtown Peterborough's vibrant food and beverage scene.

Photo courtesy PedalBoro

Photo courtesy PedalBoro

With the launch of PedalBoro, Peterborough will become the 5th city in Canada to host this new form of cycle tourism, a sector that is booming right now. 

Once launched, PedalBoro tours has the opportunity to be a powerful economic driver as part of the city’s high value cycle tourism industry; connecting residents and tourists alike to Peterborough’s culinary creators and beverage makers.

Photo courtesy PedalBoro

Photo courtesy PedalBoro

Sign up here to be the first to know about ride bookings, and add this to your summer bucket list.

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Brock Mission Shelter Redevelopment Set To Begin After $5.2 Million From Federal Government

On Thursday (July 11th), MP Maryam Monsef announced a $5.2 million financial commitment from the federal government for the redevelopment of the Brock Mission—a non-profit organization formed in 1987 to provide shelter for homeless adult males.

“Addressing housing and homelessness in our community will solve many of the other challenges we face,” says Monsef. "My team and I have been working with several local groups to support building housing locally. I’m happy to announce that the Brock Mission is receiving a significant boost to build 30 new shelter beds and 15 new affordable housing units for homeless and at-risk men.”

Main entrance of Brock Misson, rendering courtesy Lett Architects

Main entrance of Brock Misson, rendering courtesy Lett Architects

The redevelopment of the Brock Mission—which is located on Murray Street—is expected to begin as early as this month and be completed in 2020.

"I am happy to see this investment in emergency shelter for Peterborough," says City of Peterborough Mayor Diane Therrien. "We are facing a serious housing crisis and all levels of government must come together to make change. This is an important step in the right direction."

View of Brock Misson dining hall, rendering courtesy Lett Architects

View of Brock Misson dining hall, rendering courtesy Lett Architects

Lett Architects is designing it (see renderings in this post) and says the three-storey building has been designed around a courtyard with access to natural daylight into every room and corridor. Aside from the shelter beds and housing units, the building also includes a dining hall which will provide three meals a day all year.

“We are very grateful for the support that MP Maryam Monsef and her office have given our redevelopment project,” says Bill McNabb, Executive Director of the Brock Mission. “The investment from the National Housing Co-Investment Fund has enabled us to finally move forward on a much needed purpose-built facility that offers appropriate Housing First shelter services and supportive housing to some of our most vulnerable homeless citizens.”

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StudioPTBO Releases YPQ T-Shirts In Collaboration With Ricart Promotions & Recognition

As a way to celebrate the growth of Peterborough Airport and the community—in this, Canada’s fast growing city—Peterborough-based marketing studio StudioPTBO has released a YPQ tee (Peterborough’s airport code) in partnership with Ricart Promotions & Recognition.

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The tees are out for a limited time during this trial run in Men's/Unisex, Women's and Youth, and are available by ordering online here through Ricart.

”I’m stoked that our studio has released these in partnership with Ricart,” says Neil Morton, Co-Founder of StudioPTBO and PTBOCanada. “This is meant to be worn as a celebration of this community and the airport—Team Peterborough spirit—and I’m excited and grateful to see many people ordering them already.”

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“The YPQ tees were designed by my partner Nora Mickee at StudioPTBO, and I’ve been working closely with the community-minded Matt D'Agostini from Ricart to make this a reality,” adds Morton. “I would love to see these tees fly off the shelves so to speak.”

“We’re excited to be collaborating with our partners at StudioPTBO to generate awareness and hype surrounding our city’s airport, celebrating its 50th year,” says Matt D’Agostini from Ricart. “Our collective goal is to get more and more people around town and across the province to identify Peterborough as a popular destination spot for travelers while promoting growth for our city.”

Morton hopes to see the #YPQ hashtag used more on social media over time as another way to promote the city here and beyond to tourists.

You can order the tees here.

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The 17th Annual Rotary Ribfest Starts July 12th At Millennium Park

The 17th Annual Rotary Ribfest takes place in Peterborough from July 12th-14th at Millennium Park.

“Ribfest is three days of live music, delicious food, and cold drinks,” says Terry “Mr. Downtown” Guiel, Executive Director of the Downtown Business Improvement Area. “The ribbers are always a big draw and our local restaurants do a great job of showcasing all kinds of food from around the world, including vegetarian options. It’s a fun, family-friendly event.”

Photo courtesy DBIA

Photo courtesy DBIA

Admission to Rotary Ribfest is free, and the festival will take place the following hours:

• Friday, July 12th: 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

• Saturday, July 13th: 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

• Sunday, July 14th: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Photo courtesy DBIA

Photo courtesy DBIA

There will be plenty of musical entertainment each day as always, and delicious restaurants participating include…

• Dr. J’s BBQ & Brews

• BrickHouse Craft Burger Grill

• Island Cream Caribbean Cuisine

• Caribbean Sizzle

• McThirsty’s Pint

• La Mesita

• Curry Mantra

Ribber’s Row includes the following..

• Fat Boys

• Boss Hogs BBQ

• Jack the Ribber

• Smokehouse Bandits

• Ontario Corn Roasters

• Summer Fun Funnel Cake


Hungry yet? Don’t miss this.

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