A Tent City Is Emerging In Peterborough At Victoria Park

With the closure of the Warming Room until they can find a new home, a Tent City is emerging at Victoria Park where the homeless are living.

There have a been a couple tents there since May, but now about 20 tents have popped up in recent days since the Warming Room—where the homeless could stay overnight—announced its lease has expired with Murray Street Baptist Church, which could no longer house them until the Fall as they are going through renovations.

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

“City staff and community partners have been working hard to help those affected by the closure of the Warming Room,” says Mayor Therrien in a media release. “As of July 1st, there are 20 beds available to those are living rough.”

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

Mayor Therrien adds that outreach works are actively reaching out to make connections between people staying in tents and available housing or shelter accommodations—a process that takes time.

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

In the meantime, with the city in a heat wave right now, there is growing concern for the health and welfare for these people living in tents.

As such, a free water station has been set up for the remainder of the week in Mayor Therrien’s parking space at City Hall parking lot near Victoria Park. There is also a portable washroom located in the park, and a supply tent where people can drop off donations.

The water station set up at City Hall parking lot (photo courtesy City of Peterborough)

The water station set up at City Hall parking lot (photo courtesy City of Peterborough)

As well, many local organizations such as PARN are stepping up to help out.

As are concerned individuals in the community, such as Laurie English, who dropped off a bunch of supplies such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, body wash, disposable razors, juice boxes and individually wrapped crackers to the supply tent at Victoria Park on Thursday (July 4th).

”My donation doesn’t scratch the surface of the need, but when you are blessed as we are it’s the right thing to do,” English tells PTBOCanada. Indeed, every donation and kind gesture adds up to making a great impact.”

Photo courtesy Niki Allday

Photo courtesy Niki Allday

If you are donating to the supply tent, people also require baby wipes, bug spray, snacks, toiletries, garbage and recyling bags, tampons/pads, sleeping bags/tarps, T-shirts (men’s L/XL) and five people need tents.

Anyone who needs emergency shelter is asked to visit Peterborough Social Services at 178 Charlotte St. or contact Social Services by phone at 705.748.8830 between 8:15 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, or at 705.927.0096 overnight, on weekends and on holidays.

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Gerti's Under New Ownership, Read The Goodbye Note From Gerti

The stalwart Hunter Street pub Gerti’s has been sold after 14 years under the ownership of proprietors/brothers Gerti and Alban Sina. Diana Horvatic Hunter, Sean Hunter and Cole McCall are taking over the pub, and keeping the name.

Alban & Gerti Sina (Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada)

Alban & Gerti Sina (Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada)

The iconic pub first opened in summer 2005, and was one of the originators of what would become known as the Café District along Hunter Street West as more and more pubs and restaurants opened along the strip, transforming that portion of downtown Peterborough.

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

Gerti, always a big proponent of having a vibrant and healthy downtown, wrote this goodbye night to patrons on his Facebook page…

“Hello friends,

Alban Sina and I would like to take a moment to announce that after 14 amazing years we have sold Gerti’s and our last night there will be Saturday night. We would like to invite our friends, family, and custumers to stop in for a drink as we celebrate this achievement.

We are thrilled to have sold to Diana Horvatic Hunter, Sean Hunter and Cole McCall as they are excited to continue with business as usual after a few short weeks of renovations. Let’s welcome these guys with open arms, and wish them nothing but success in the years to come.

We want to to thank our customers that have supported us from the day we opened our doors, and the incredible staff that we’ve had over the years. We will forever be grateful!!

With all the love and gratitude,

Gerti, and Alban”

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Here Is The Schedule For Large Article Pick-Ups For 2019

The first large article pick-up of the year is on Monday, April 29th, according to a City of Peterborough media release.

For a fee, the City will pick up items larger than the weekly garbage allowance such as furniture and appliances. The cost for this service is $20 for the first item and $5 for any additional item. Note: Mattresses and box springs are $20 each and do not count as a first item.

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HOW TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR LARGE PICKUP

-> Arrangements can be made online at peterborough.ca/waste or in person at the City Hall Tax Office, 500 George St. N.

-> Beginning April 15th, you can also book at the Municipal Operations Centre (Public Works) at 791 Webber Ave. Booking must be complete before 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 25th.

WHAT IS NOT ACCEPTED

-> Building materials, automobile parts, televisions and monitors are not accepted in this collection. Refrigeration items must have the Freon removed prior to collection.

The other large article collections in 2019 are as follows…
• Monday, May 27
• Monday, June 24
• Monday, July 29
• Monday, August 26
• Monday, September 30

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Peterborough's Elizabeth Cunningham Wins $116,723.90 In LOTTO 6/49

Congratulations to Elizabeth Cunningham of Peterborough, who won a $116,723.90 prize in the April 13th LOTTO 6/49 draw.

Elizabeth Cunningham

Elizabeth Cunningham

Her winning ticket was purchased at Shell on Lansdowne Street in Peterborough.

Since its launch in June 1982, Ontario LOTTO 6/49 players have won over $12.5 billion in prizes, including 1,370 jackpot wins and 273 Guaranteed $1 Million Prize draws.

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Peterborough Police Need Your Help In Locating Missing Woman Natalie Zwirner

Supplied photo by Peterborough Police

Supplied photo by Peterborough Police

UPDATED POST (April 11th): Police say Natalie has been located safe. They thank the public for their assistance!

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ORIGINAL POST

The Peterborough Police is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing female from the Peterborough area. Natalie Zwirner, 51, was last seen at her residence at approximately 12:30 p.m. on April 8th.

At about 1:40 pm, she was discovered to have left her residence in her motor vehicle, and has not been heard from since.

Zwirner is described as: white, 5’6″-5’9”, 120 lbs, fit build with medium length brown hair.

She is believed to be driving a silver 2012 4-door Honda Civic, with Ontario Licence plates CDPY708. The civic has a dent on the passenger side door.

Anyone with information on the location of Zwirner, or if they see her motor vehicle, is asked to call their local police service, the Peterborough Police at 705-876-1122, or call 9-1-1.

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The Market Hall Clock Is Now Digital, Includes Emoji To Brighten Your Day

UPDATE: Happy April Fool’s Day!!

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After adding LED lights to the iconic Market Hall clock back in January of 2018, further upgrades were completed over the weekend to convert all four faces to digital.

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If you look up on your drive to work in downtown Peterborough, you might not notice that the entire face of the clock is a screen… but you will be sure to do a double take when an emoji is smiling down at you.

Here’s a quote from a press release…

“We had so much positive feedback from our themed coloured lights that this year we wanted to take it one step further!”

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The digital faces also replace the old clockwork machinery that frequently broke down, according to a press release…

“While the new screens were pricey to install, they are rated to work all the way to -40. That's something that we come to expect from our Canadian winters. We think they will pay for themselves vs. the costly repairs of the previous machinery.”

Since it is digital, various emoji can be shown to create a playful vibe downtown while still showing the current time.

—by Evan Holt

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Diane Therrien Elected New Mayor Of Peterborough

Peterborough has a new Mayor. Diane Therrien defeated incumbent Daryl Bennett, with 19,254 votes—68.98 percent of the vote. Bennett finished with 8,659 votes, or 31.02 percent.*

Picture via  @DianeNTherrien  on Twitter

Picture via @DianeNTherrien on Twitter

“Thank you #ptbo for believing in me and for expecting more. Tonight you spoke loudly and I am humbled to be your next mayor of Peterborough,” Therrien says in a tweet.

She also posted to Instagram to thank voters…

*Unofficial results for the City of Peterborough 2018 Municipal Election as released by John Kennedy, Returning Officer on October 22, 2018.

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The Electric City Special Needs Team Just Made 300 Candles To Help Raise Money For The Team & Build Team Chemistry

The Electric City Maroon & White special needs hockey team gathered at Coach Chris Williams house on Saturday (September 29th) for a candle “pouring party” of 300 homemade candles.

It’s a new fundraising initiative that began with the creation of the “Electric City Candle Company” to assist with the costs of running a special needs sports organization such as ice time, equipment and travel costs.

Candle pouring party at Coach Williams house

Candle pouring party at Coach Williams house

“I came up with the idea after seeing a Facebook video on a young girl with Down syndrome who started her own candle company in New Zealand,” Coach Williams tells PTBOCanada. “I reached out to them for advice and was given some great feedback and encouragement on how to get everything off the ground.”

Candle pouring party at Coach Williams house

Candle pouring party at Coach Williams house

With very limited financial sponsorship, the money made through the sales of these candles will help the team but more importantly give the opportunity to kids and adults with special needs to be directly involved with the creation and distribution of something beautiful, a product they made from scratch.

“For me, the initiative is important because it gives the players a sense of pride of accomplishment,” Coach Williams says. “They voted on what scents we would use, the dye colours, and of course were involved with the creation of the candles from start to finish.”

Coach Williams (at right) with one of his players

Coach Williams (at right) with one of his players

The theme of the 300 handmade soy-based candles made is “Shining A Light On Special Needs”.

It gives the players a chance to get together in a social setting and work together as a team to learn skill sets and build chemistry and confidence—ingredients that will ensure they all have a great season on and off the ice.

One of the players at candle pouring party

One of the players at candle pouring party

The Mason jar style 8.5 oz candles will sell for $10 and are handmade with a focus on seasonal Fall/Winter/Christmas scents including Winterberry, Christmas Garland and Warm Vanilla Sugar. There will be a total of nine different varieties available.

“If we sell the initial trial run of 300, that will give us the chance of getting together again and doing another 300,” Coach Williams tells PTBOCanada.

One of the players at candle pouring party

One of the players at candle pouring party

Players will be selling the candles independently to friends and family, and online sales will be ready by the Thanksgiving weekend through the team’s website electriccityspecialneedshockey.com.

For more information on the candles or if you’re interested in providing financial sponsorship of the team, contact Coach Williams
here.

Spread the word on your social media channels about these unique candles for a great cause!

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Hydro One To Acquire Assets Of Peterborough Distribution Inc. From City Of Peterborough

The City of Peterborough and Hydro One have reached an agreement for Hydro One’s acquisition of Peterborough Distribution Inc. (PDI) from the City for $105 million plus terms that include distribution rate guarantees for customers as well as a separate agreement for the construction of a new regional operations centre in Peterborough.

The agreements comprising the transaction meet the terms and conditions approved by Council, including:

- A 1% distribution rate reduction and a five-year freeze in distribution rates for customers
- A second five-year period with distribution rate increases limited to inflation and an earnings sharing mechanism to offset rates in year 11 and onward
- Protections for PDI employees with employees receiving employment offers to move to Hydro One
- A sale price of $105 million
- An agreement to develop a regional operations centre and new fleet maintenance facility in Peterborough on specified pieces of land to be acquired concurrently with the closing of the acquisition of the assets of PDI following regulatory approvals

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The agreements are subject to Ontario Energy Board (OEB) approval. The OEB regulates the province’s energy sector, including setting rules for electricity companies and establishing rates that energy utilities are permitted to charge.

PDI is one part of the Peterborough Utilities group of companies. PDI includes the “poles and wires” business of Peterborough Utilities. City of Peterborough Holdings Inc. retains ownership of the rest of the group of companies, including its water utility, the Riverview Park and Zoo, metering services, and its power generation business.

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W. Garfield Weston Foundation Invests Whopping $7.5 million In The Canadian Canoe Museum’s New Facility

The W. Garfield Weston Foundation is investing a whopping $7.5 million in The Canadian Canoe Museum’s new facility to be built at the water’s edge.

This lead private gift announced on Wednesday (May 16th) will support capital costs and educational program development for the new museum, to be built alongside the Peterborough Lift Lock on the Trent-Severn Waterway. It is the largest known private one-time gift to a charitable organization in the City and County of Peterborough.

Rendering of new Canoe Museum

Rendering of new Canoe Museum

“From the high-profile headquarters that is the new museum, we will be inspiring Canada by canoe," says John Ronson, Chair, Board of Directors. "This investment is indeed transformational, and will not only support the construction of the new museum, it will see our programming reach more people inside the museum, outside the museum, and virtually, around the world."

The W. Garfield Weston Foundation has been a long-time supporter of the museum dating back to 1995, two years prior to its opening, and was instrumental in its founding.

The construction of the new canoe museum is being supported by a $65 million fund raising campaign.

The addition of this beautiful new museum at the Historic Lift Lock's doorstep will make this a must see destination for even more visitors from around the world.

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