Eighteen-year-old community advocate Zach Hatton is running for City Council in Northcrest Ward in the upcoming October election. The Grade 12 student at St. Peter Secondary School has a passion for politics, having run for the New Democratic Party in this riding last year.
Thirty-year-old Liberal MP Maryam Monsef—the first woman Peterborough has ever elected to serve in Ottawa (and the first Afghan-Canadian MP)—now also has another amazing honour after being sworn in for a cabinet position.
Monsef was appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as Minister of Democratic Institutions in a swearing-in-ceremony at Rideau Hall Wednesday morning (November 4th).
The PCVS and Trent University grad is the first federal cabinet minister from Peterborough since the late Seventies.
Learn more about Monsef's backstory in this feature article—"From Afghanistan To Iran To Peterborough: One Woman's Amazing Story Of How A City (& A School) Saved Her Life"—we posted in 2012.
Read her biography here and this excellent profile the Ottawa Citizen did on her.
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Youth, here is your chance to make a difference by becoming a member of the Peterborough Youth Council.
The Peterborough Youth Council is now receiving applications for their 2015-2016 Term.
The 10-member Youth Council will engage, assist and empower young people in Peterborough to take action in addressing youth issues in our community.
This opportunity will provide members with leadership skills, responsibility and a chance to contribute positively to their community. The Youth Council will also provide networking possibilities with other youth and adults in our community.
**The application deadline is Friday, May 15th by 4:30 p.m.
UPDATED: Here's the video of his resignation in the House...
Peterborough is without an MP as Dean Del Mastro has resigned his seat, CBC reports, less than a week after being found guilty of spending too much on his 2008 campaign. "I will not be a distraction in Peterborough," he said during his emotional resignation in the House of Commons.
Del Mastro was found guilty last week on three counts of violating the Canada Elections Act—exceeding spending limits during the 2008 election, failing to report a personal contribution of $21,000 to his own campaign and knowingly submitting a falsified document.
No word on when the by-election will be.
[UPDATED October 20th: With over a little over a week to go, 3,232 people have cast their vote online, while 3,804 Electors have registered to vote online. The total number of electors who cast a ballot online in 2010 was 3951, up from the 3473 who voted online in 2006.]
Internet voting has caught on this municipal election in Peterborough like never before, with more and more people on social media reporting they are registering their votes online and the City reporting higher numbers than past years. About 3,900 people voted online in the 2010 municipal election, and that number is expected to be significantly higher this election—nearly 500 people alone voted online on the first day online voting began here October 14th.
Peterborough is one of the greatest cities anywhere—one of Canada's most secretly awesome cities. But we know that. You know that. We trumpet that all the time here: the amazing people (and their animals), organizations, institutions, non-profits, charities and businesses that make this community what it is. In many respects, it's a community of collaboration. Build a city together, not in silos.
It's stunningly beautiful, this gateway to the Kawarthas—and pretty much anyone who visits here or lives here raves about it. It has all the amenities of a big city, and then some. And the best zoo anywhere.
So yes, there is lots of greatness here—so get ready for "great" (repeat) in this paragraph. We have great businesses. We have a great emerging tech (and green tech) sector. We have great organizations like Peterborough Economic Development working to bring business here (and create jobs)—"Let's do Business” is one of their mottos—and the Peterborough Chamber (one of the best Chambers anywhere) working to help grow existing businesses (like ours), make them sustainable and advocate on their behalf. We have great post-secondary institutions in Trent University and Fleming College. We have great (and diverse) restaurants, pubs, cafés and retail stores. We have a great music, arts and cultural scene. We are a great sports town, and the Petes and Lakers are known far and wide. And most important, we have great people all around us. Peterborough is a city of great people.
But everyone knows there is room for improvement in this city; there always is. This is a particularly crucial phase, this next four years. There are many questions—and no easy answers—in the city around jobs, sustainable economy, economic development, green spaces, urban sprawl, development, Parkway (or no Parkway), taxes, the downtown, crime, addiction, social services, keeping young people here, etc.
Which is why October 27th is so damn important. It's the Mayor (and city council) you elect who sets the tone for this city. They are representatives/ambassadors for you—the constituent—and for the city on a local, and sometimes, national and world stage. They are a vital, essential part in where we are now, and where we're going to move forward as a city in healthy ways.
So be engaged. Get informed. Go to the debates. Go to the candidates' websites and social media pages. Learn their platforms and policies. Ask questions. Tweet, email and call your candidates. Stop them on the street. Talk to your colleagues, friends and family. What are they saying?
The city is buzzing about this election because of the amazing candidates running for city council, school board trustee and Mayor. They all care about city building, which is why they're running. There is no excuse for voter apathy/angst/cynicism this time out.
Now it's up to you to get out there and vote. Find out everything you need to know about voting by going to Peterborough.ca/vote.
Voting is your democratic right and one so many people in other countries don't have, so exercise it. Cast your ballot October 27th.
[UPDATE: HAPPY APRIL FOOLS' DAY!! Peterborough, we love you just the way you are.]
Peterborough has had a longstanding friendly feud with our neighbours up the 115, mainly stemming from the rivalry between our junior hockey franchises the Peterborough Petes and Oshawa Generals. But sources tell us this merger would actully make sense for a lot of reasons.
First off, it would make the commute up the 115 into Oshawa much more bearable knowing that Oshawa is now part of us. Sources tell us that putting our resources together will create a "Supercity" of sorts, creating more jobs as we compete against the GTA.
Some of the other factors sources cite regarding the merger:
- mimicking the Toronto city combination
- creating an "All-star" Petes/Generals team that always goes deep in the playoffs
- wanting to speed up Go Train link between cities
- combined populations could create a tax break
- the possibility of bringing in an expansion NHL team
- Combining GE and GM forces. They would become "GEM".
Under the terms of the city merger, sources tell us Oshawa would agree to use our 705 area code and become in effect part of the Kawarthas and "cottage country" rather than the Durham region. This would also give Oshawa access to Little Lake and the Otonabee River, and in turn Peterborough would have access to the Lake Ontario shoreline. Trent University already has a campus in Oshawa so this will make make Trent's campus much larger, and extend the reach of Head of the Trent.
Sources tell us the name of the combined city will be either "Oshborough" or "Petershawa" and that there will be an online vote using the hashtag #NameOurNewCity to decide on the name. The new city logo will then be created by a design firm in Bowmanville or Kirby to avoid bias in the design from a Peterborough or Oshawa firm.
Both Peterborough Mayor Bennett and Oshawa Mayor Henry refused to comment on the possible merger when asked yesterday, saying "No comment", before heading into closed door meetings.