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.
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
More Canadians will benefit from using the new Random Acts of Green® Mobile App thanks to $200,000 in support for its promotion and sustainability, announced by the Honourable Maryam Monsef, MP for Peterborough Kawartha on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna.
RAOG Founder/CEO Jessica Correa
The app, which was first released last Fall and has gone through updates after receiving user feedback, encourages Canadians to act daily to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) while raising awareness of individual acts toward climate change.
Left to right: RAOG CEO Jessica Correa, Peterborough Mayor Diane Therrien, Mayor of Selwyn Township Andy Mitchell and MP Maryam Monsef (Photo courtesy RAOG)
“Random Acts of Green (RAOG) is grateful for this funding that will help us spread the word and get more Canadians using the app as a tool for individual climate change action,” says RAOG CEO Jessica Correa.
“The app has the power to measure how individual Canadians are reducing their greenhouse gas emissions (GHG),” she adds. “We want to prove to individuals that seemingly small daily choices make large collective impacts so that we can all make a difference for the future of the planet—starting now.”
Photo courtesy RAOG
The funding will support the implementation, launch, measurement, evaluation and report on the success of the Random Acts of Green® Mobile App, which encourages Canadians to act daily to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) production by choosing to adopt one or more of 40 low-carbon choices or “Green Acts”.
The App has been designed based on motivational tools and barrier reduction strategies, and educates, engages, encourages and rewards individual Canadians for taking climate action.
An official app launch party celebrating the many volunteers, local business partners and supporters is being planned for May 28th at Market Hall in Peterborough.
The County of Peterborough in partnership with Curve Lake First Nation will be monitoring the status of the walleye in Chemong Lake for the next five years.
This Spring, County consultants along with Curve Lake First Nation community members will be collecting information on walleye that inhabit and spawn in nearshore areas of Chemong Lake along the Causeway and Eastern Shoreline.
As part of this study, water quality, egg collection and night monitoring will occur during the month of April. Water quality will be captured using data logging equipment placed on the lakebed. The sampling procedures they use are not harmful to the fish.
Picture of Gifford Causeway courtesy Peterborough County
It is very important the equipment is not disturbed, according to a County release. Signs will be placed at both ends of the Gifford Causeway notifying the public about the fish monitoring in progress.
During the evening while they are performing the monitoring, people may see monitors traveling by boat and counting the number of walleye observed using spotlight style lighting equipment. Generally, workers could be onsite between 6 p.m. and 4 a.m., so don’t be startled if you spot them.
As they move forward with this monitoring, information updates will be shared with the public and also posted to their webpage on the James A. Gifford Causeway.
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
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
Watch this video to learn more about the project….
The new Brock Mission shelter is slated to open its doors in November 2020.
The City of Peterborough green waste collection begins on Tuesday, April 2nd. Leaf and yard waste may go out to the curb every week for collection on your regular collection day.
There are no quantity limits for curbside green waste collection. Green waste must be in paper yard waste bags, bushel baskets or a garbage bin labeled with the City “Green Waste” stickers. These stickers are free and available at City Hall, GreenUP and local Home Hardware stores (Merritt on Lansdowne Street and Kingan on Simcoe Street).
Weekly green waste collection (plastic bags are not accepted) will continue through until the last week of November.
For more details, call the City Waste Management Division at 742-7777, ext. 1657.
Fleming College’s Developmental Services Worker (DSW) program and Child and Youth Care (CYC) program is welcoming the Autism Reality Experience to Sutherland Campus from March 11th to 14th.
The Autism Reality Experience is designed to provide a virtual experience of living with autism. It is an immersive experience that gives participants greater insight into what it can feel like to struggle with processing sensory information and help participants see the world from an autistic person’s perspective.
(Left to right): Child and Youth Care program coordinator Heather Sago; Developmental Services Worker program coordinator Ann Hines; and Professor, Simulation & Interprofessional Education Lead Wendy Morgan.
“At Fleming, we are committed to providing experiential learning opportunities for our students and exposing them to simulation-based learning throughout the course of their programs,” says Carol Kelsey, Dean, School of Health and Wellness, and Justice and Community Development.
“Hosting the Autism Reality Experience will give our students valuable hands-on learning, as well as provide important knowledge with our college community about autism, and a better understanding of the sensory processing difficulties faced by people on the autism spectrum,” adds Kelsey.
The initiative is connected to college’s investment in the newly renovated A-Wing learning labs. These modern learning spaces replicate a broad range of environments, from ambulances to hospitals, courtrooms to jail cells, and pharmacies to home settings. When coupled with cutting edge simulation technology, this means their students can apply what they learn in settings that feel like the real world, but are safe and engaging for everyone involved.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for Keene’s Valerie Davidson, who has begun her fight against cancer after a diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia.
Val is known to many people in the community. She works at Hi Ho Silver in downtown Peterborough, where she also creates amazing jewelry. Hi Ho Silver shared the news about Val on their Facebook page…
Val has been told by the doctors at Kingston General Hospital that she needs to be prepared to be in Kingston for at least a month, and be off work and receiving treatment for about a year.
Val (and her family) needs to be focused on her recovery, and this GoFundMe page will help alleviate some of the financial stresses by helping with the extra expenses that the family will incur during this battle. Please give what you can—the goal of the campaign is $20,000—and spread the word on your social media channels.
The Peterborough Police Service is pleased to announce it is hosting its first ever symposium for women interested in a career in policing.
Taking place March 23rd, the event will invite women to participate in a number of activities meant to expose them to elements of the profession in an informal manner, increase their confidence in their suitability and capability to become an officer, and prepare them to be successful in a recruiting process.
Photograph courtesy Peterborough Police
In order to provide a quality experience for attendees, the Committee will invite 40 applicants to attend the event. The agenda includes:
-> Resume review -> Mock interview -> PREP (physical readiness evaluation for police) test exposure and practice -> Use of force exposure and practice -> Scenario work in partnership with an officer -> Networking lunch with an officer -> Panel Q&A
Fleming College is partnering in the event and is generously providing their facility. In addition, they will provide childcare for those attendees who need it. A complimentary light lunch will be included during which attendees will have the opportunity to have impromptu conversations with the officers.
Poster courtesy Peterborough Police Service
The free event is geared toward women who have an interest in policing but have never applied or were unsuccessful in the recruiting process and given up.
It takes place Saturday, March 23rd from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fleming College’s Sutherland campus. To apply for this event (the deadline to apply is March 4th), complete this short questionnaire.
Those who have been selected to participate in the event will be notified via email by Friday, March 8th.