PTBOCanada Reaches 20,000 Fans On Twitter

PTBOCanada.com has reached a big milestone on our Twitter platform, reaching 20,000 fans.

Twitter is where it all started for us back in October 2009. After that, we launched this here website—which turns 10 years old in 2020!—and then our Facebook (25,500+ fans) and Instagram (13,400+ fans) platforms.

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Watch a message from our PTBOCanada.com Co-Founder Neil Morton on the milestone and the impact the community has on it…

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The Peterborough Chamber’s Annual Power Hour Event Wins National Award

The Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce has won the “Canadian Chamber of Commerce Competition” at the Canadian Chamber’s Annual General Meeting, which was held in Saint John, New Brunswick this year.

Each year the competition is focused on a different aspect of the Chamber operation. This year, the competition was titled “Influence in Action - Advocacy through Events”, with an emphasis on events that create profile for the fundamental advocacy work of the Chamber Network. The Peterborough Chamber’s annual Power Hour event was chosen as the 1st Place Winner by some 300 delegates from across Canada.

Left to right: Stu Harrison and Sandra Dueck from Peterborough Chamber of Commerce with Dawn Hennessey, Vice Chair of the Peterborough Chamber Board

Left to right: Stu Harrison and Sandra Dueck from Peterborough Chamber of Commerce with Dawn Hennessey, Vice Chair of the Peterborough Chamber Board

The Power Hour is an annual event bringing together the business community and our elected officials. Attendees hear from elected officials at all four levels of government: the MP for Peterborough-Kawartha, the MPP for Peterborough-Kawartha, the Warden for the County of Peterborough, and the Mayor for the City of Peterborough. Also invited as guests are the elected councils for the City and County of Peterborough, First Nations Chiefs and the City and County CAOs.  

The event features a Q&A session, moderated by Peterborough Chamber of Commerce Policy Analyst, Sandra Dueck, with questions provided by the audience. The questions and the discussion further inform the advocacy direction for the Chamber moving forward.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the staff and volunteers of the Chamber,” says President and CEO Stu Harrison of the award. “To have the opportunity to not only showcase our Chamber at the national level, but to be judged the best, is truly an honour.”


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Don't Miss The Smart City Readiness Project Summit At Market Hall In Peterborough

On Wednesday, September 18th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Market Hall, there is a Smart City Readiness Project Summit taking place.

This is an active working group that will help the City of Peterborough prepare an application and proposal for the Canadian Smart Cities Challenge—a competition held by Infrastructure Canada. It is open to all municipalities, local or regional governments, and Indigenous communities across Canada.

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This challenge empowers communities across the country to address local issues such as sustainability and economic growth through new partnerships and a smart city approach.

Finalists will receive support to develop their Smart Cities proposals. Winning communities will be awarded with prize money up to $50 million to help implement their programs.

The Smart City Readiness Project is the working group that will help Peterborough prepare an application and proposal for this challenge.

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Speakers at the information summit include:

Paul Bedford, former chief planner for the City of Toronto, will talk about the development of new planning values, policies and processes to guide the next generation of city building

Alex Speigel, from Windmill Development Group, will share about The Baker District Project in downtown Guelph

Anthea Foyer, project lead for Mississauga’s Smart City Master plan, will share about Mississauga’s Smart City submission

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Go to smartcityptbo.ca for more info, and get your FREE tickets here for the event at Market Hall on September 18th.

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Victoria Park To Close Effective August 27th, Will Re-Open After Encampment Is Gone & Grounds Cleaned Up

The City of Peterborough has announced that Victoria Park will be closed effective Tuesday, August 27 at 9 a.m. (the “Effective Date”).

“Entry into the park is prohibited during the closure,” the City of Peterborough says in a release. “Anyone who is encamped in the park must remove their items and leave the park before the Effective Date. Anyone in the park after the Effective Date is trespassing.”

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Peterborough County, in consultation with the City of Peterborough, decided to close Victoria Park because conditions in the Tent City there have deteriorated to the point where it is not suitable for the shared use of the public.

“There are numerous and continuing failures to comply with the requirements of the Parks and Facilities By-Law that established minimum standards for the shared use of public parks and protection of the natural environment,” according to the release.

Victoria Park will re-open after the encampment is gone and the grounds have been restored.

Outreach workers, wearing yellow t-shirts, are regularly available on site in Victoria Park for people who need assistance. Social Services can be reached at 705-748-8830 or in-person at 178 Charlotte St.

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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 13-Year-Old Patient At PRHC Needed A Dress To Attend Her Grade 8 Graduation, Look What Happened

A 13-year-old Peterborough girl named Kristey has been staying at PRHC frequently during hospital treatments.

This has made it very difficult for her to shop for a dress to attend her Grade 8 graduation. So Peterborough does what it does, stepping up with generosity and love to bring the dress to her.

Photo courtesy PRHC

Photo courtesy PRHC

PRHC posted a heartwarming story on their Facebook page that is getting hundreds of shares about how staff in their Pediatric Outpatient (POP) Clinic reached out to Shelby Leonard-Watt, owner of S.O.S Save Our Soles in downtown Peterborough, for help with selecting a dress for Kristey.

Kristey at PRHC with Shelby Leonard-Watt from S.O.S. (Photo courtesy PRHC)

Kristey at PRHC with Shelby Leonard-Watt from S.O.S. (Photo courtesy PRHC)

Shelby not only showed up to PRHC on Tuesday (April 23rd) to help Kristey find the dress of her dreams after trying on several, but also generously donated it (plus a pair of matching shoes!) at no cost.

”When you don’t have a rolling rack to hang dresses on, you grab an IV pole instead,” says Shelby on a S.O.S. Facebook post. “And when an angel of a nurse calls your shop saying she wants to bring Grade 8 Grad dress shopping to her patient going through chemo, you drop everything and say he!! YES.”

Photo courtesy S.O.S.

Photo courtesy S.O.S.

Photo courtesy PRHC

Photo courtesy PRHC

Time and time again, this community shows how kindness and empathy wins.

This was another prime example of that. Well done PRHC and Shelby. Kristey, have a great graduation!

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Check Out These Renderings Of The New Brock Mission

Brock Mission is a homeless shelter in Peterborough for men that includes sleeping, dining and program areas. A new modern facility is being built on the existing property on Murray Street where the old building was housed, that is slated to open late 2020.

Lett Architects is designing it and has released renderings of the project. Lett says the three-storey building has been designed around a courtyard with access to natural daylight into every room and corridor. The building will accommodate 32 shelter beds and 15 independent living units, of which 25 percent are fully accessible. The building also includes a dining hall which will provide three meals a day all year.

This is a rendering of the main entrance…

Main entrance of Brock Misson, rendering courtesy Lett Architects

Main entrance of Brock Misson, rendering courtesy Lett Architects

The Lett Architects team is providing the most inclusive, home-like and durable building with a high level of energy performance, exceeding the 2015 National Energy Code by 28 percent. Critical to the success of the project has been the ability to meet tight budgets and schedules as the Brock Mission has been without a true home to call their own for some time.

This is a view of the Dining Hall…

View of Brock Misson dining hall, rendering courtesy Lett Architects

View of Brock Misson dining hall, rendering courtesy Lett Architects

Watch this video to learn more about the project….

The new Brock Mission shelter is slated to open its doors in November 2020.

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We Aren't Some Best Kept Secret Anymore: Peterborough Is The Fastest Growing City In All Of Canada

The rest of the country is figuring out what Peterborough residents have known for a long time: We live in a great communty with all the amenities—and rivers, lakes and green space all around us.

Indeed, Peterborough was listed as Canada's fastest growing city by Statistics Canada with a 3.1 per cent increase, followed by Kitchener-Waterloo at 2.6, then both Ottawa and Windsor tied at 2.5.

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Statistics Canada

According to Statistics Canada, more than seven in 10 Canadians live in an urban area—and the five fastest growing census metropolitan areas are all in Ontario, with Peterborough being Numero Uno.

Photo by Patrick Stephen

Photo by Patrick Stephen

Peterborough’s population growth rate per thousand has jumped from 19.8 to 30.5, from 2016-17 to 2017-18.

What does all this growth mean to you? Comment on our Facebook page here.

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Hundreds Form Human Chain Around Peterborough Mosque In Act Of Solidarity & Peace

In a symbolic act of protection for the Muslim community, hundreds of people formed a human chain around the mosque in Peterborough, Canada during prayer on Friday (March 22nd).

This comes one week to the day after a gunman opened fire on two mosques in New Zealand during Friday prayer, killing 50 people.

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It was incredibly moving to see people there showing their support for the local Muslim association and those around the world.

Mayor Diane Therrien and MP Maryam Monsef (see pictures and video below) were both there to show their community support. “It’s important for me to be here with so many members of the community to show our love and solidarity with our Muslim community here in Peterborough,” Mayor Therrien tells PTBOCanada. “It speaks volumes about who we are as a community that we always come out to support each other when we need it.”

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After the tragedy in New Zealand, Peterborough's Masjid Al-Salaam mosque—and others everywhere—are taking safety and security very seriously. The Peterborough Police Service service are keeping a close watch on the premises for protection.

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Watch the footage below our video team captured…

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Trent University Crushes Its United Way Goal For Second Year In A Row

Trent University blew past its United Way goal for a second year in a row. The target was $100,000, and they raised a whopping $114,328.

United Way’s Cabinet member Michael Nasello—the Education Director for the Peterborough, Victoria, Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board—was on hand at the United Way office (see picture below) to receive the oversized cheque from Trent University’s Julie Davis, Vice President of External Relations and Advancement, and Trent’s internal United Way committee.

Michael Nasello (far left) And Julie Davis (far right) with Trent’s internal United Way Committee (Photo courtesy United Way)

Michael Nasello (far left) And Julie Davis (far right) with Trent’s internal United Way Committee (Photo courtesy United Way)

“This is humbling and speaks to the quality of educators and educational institutions in Peterborough and their commitment to the community,” says Nasello.

Since 1991, employees at Trent University have given more than $1.6 million to United Way of Peterborough and that is definitely something to celebrate.

“We really challenged our faculty, staff and retirees by setting a $100,000 goal for the 2018 campaign—our highest ever,” adds Julie Davis, vice-president, External Relations & Advancement. “Trent University’s annual campaign is the largest corporate campaign in the community and it’s an important way for us to give back and support the Peterborough region.”

Photo courtesy United Way

Photo courtesy United Way

“Trent University is setting the standard for leadership and employee engagement in the annual Campaign,” adds United Way CEO Jim Russell. “Not only have they raised the most money this year, they maintain their unofficial title of best damn burgers during campaign.”

United Way Peterborough will be celebrating its 2018 campaign wrap-up on Wednesday, March 27th from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Showplace Performance Centre.

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