Peterborough Lakefield Community Police Service put out a special release announcing "Don't Be That Guy", a social marketing campaign to raise awareness in Peterborough about the issue of alcohol-facilitated sexual assaults.
Alcohol-facilitated sexual assault is a sexual act perpetrated by an offender with a victim who is profoundly intoxicated to the point of near or actual unconsciousness. In these cases, the victim cannot give consent.
The "Don’t be that Guy" social marketing campaign is aimed at the offender.
Historically, sexual assault campaigns focused on how to prevent being sexually assaulted. The campaign’s message is simple: Don’t sexually assault others.
According to the release, the campaign is intended to target men between the ages of 18 and 24, who frequent the bars and party scene.
This is especially important in Peterborough, where Fleming College and Trent University are located.
The campaign just launched and runs until the end of September.
Posters (see examples in this post) will be displayed at Trent University, Fleming College and in downtown bars.
Police encourage the reporting of these incidents to police and to get the message across loud and clear that sex without consent is sexual assault.
For more info on this national campaign, go to Sexualassaultvoices.com.
[UPDATE: Canteen of Kawartha, a small locally owned company which has been in business in Peteborough 30 years, has been awarded the contract. They will serve home-made burgers and fresh curd poutine there, as well as a number of healthier food options.]
This announcement was made on Reggie's Facebook page yesterday:
As of this morning, there were already 51 comments to the post and folks seem ready to take action to discourage this from happening. We all have fond memories of making our way to the chip truck after a long bike ride or hike—or just when you had a craving for one of their delicious burgers and fries. If you would like to voice your concerns regarding this decision, contact the City of Peterborough - Recreation Department at 705. 742.7777 Ext 1873.
[Contributed by PtboCanada's Julie Morris]
Letter from Trent Environmental & Resource Studies Professor Stephen Hill...
For those with more time on their hands, I've written up more on the backstory and posted it to this blog site: SaveCharlotteStreet.blogspot.com. I'd welcome comments or additional information if you have any.
[Photos by PtboCanada's Evan Holt]
With the fall colours in full bloom, a long weekend fast approaching—and in honour of this being Ontario Hiking Week—it is time to think about going out on a hike with friends and family.
Here in the Patch, we have some gems:
Jackson Park offers a 4.2k trail that stretches past a playground, picnic tables, a creek, numerous benches, a large pond and a beautiful pagoda bridge. Located North of Parkhill Road, Jackson Park has three entrances. One is on Fairbairn Street, the second is on Bonacord Street and the third is on Ackison Road.
Mark S. Burnham Park has a double-loop trail that is 2.3k long. There is a big shelter for larger gatherings, a washroom and only one hill on the 1.4k loop. There are plenty of trail signs with interesting little Peterborough factoids about the park itself. Mark S. Burnham park is located on Highway 7 East.
Trent Nature Areas and Promise Rock Nature Area Trail are both off Nassau Mills Road near Trent University. The Trent Nature Areas have Red, Yellow and Blue trails all offering different lengths and difficulty. Promise Rock Nature Trail is a 2.4k trail that runs between the Otonabee River and an abandoned railway.
Julie Kirkpatrick was at Chapters Friday night in Peterborough to autograph copies of her new book, The Camino Letters: 26 Tasks on the Way to Finisterre.
Julie is a local lawyer, practicing in Millbrook. In need of a break from law, she scheduled time off work while trying to make the best use of her daughter's unexpected spare time while in France. They decided to spend a month walking an old historic pilgrimage route through Spain called the Camino de Santiago. To satisfy Julie's thirst for knowledge, she decided to liven up the walk by mailing 26 of her friends asking them to provide her a daily task to complete. This whole adventure impacted her far more than she ever expected.
The book is a snapshot of her life, but is relatable to all as it is based on universal themes such as life, death, love and fear. Readers have conveyed to her that despite how it being such a personal story, they were able to make strong unique connections to it.
Julie will be at Chapters again today for signings (1 p.m. to 3 p.m.), and her book launch is this evening in Millbrook. You can also read more about The Camino Letters on her blog. —words and pictures by Evan Holt