THE 4RG REPORT CARD (VIS-A-VIS MUNICIPAL ELECTION 2022)

For Our Grandchildren (4RG) announces a Report Card and Survey to help citizens understand their candidates’ positions on Climate Change in Peterborough City and Townships.

The Report Card highlighting the voting record of all councillors in the last session of council on five specific issues is available on the 4RG website.

The survey that 4RG created and published is for all candidates in the City of Peterborough and townships in the October municipal election asks five questions about how much the climate emergency will be a priority for candidates if elected. Candidates responses are available HERE.

Please see 4RG’s recent media release for the complete list of survey questions, and for contact info and more.

THIS FALL AT THE NEW CANADIANS CENTRE

Do you have the urge to see the world, but aren’t in the mood to travel just now. Then, meet the world as it comes to Peterborough!

The New Canadian Centre is in much need of volunteers to help orient newcomers – take them grocery shopping, drive them to medical appointments, show them around the city, show them how to ride the bus, etc. If you have even a little time to help out, contact Sarah at sara@nccpeterborough.ca.

PETERBOROUGH COMMUNITY CAROL SING | DEC 4

Peterborough Community Carol Sing will take place on Sunday, 4th December 2022 at 2:30PM in The Salvation Army Temple, Simcoe & Aylmer Streets, Peterborough. This is the first time that a live, in-person version of Carol Sing will be held since December 2019. The viability of this event will, of course, be subject to any change in Covid protocols. At this time, however, we are hopeful the event will go ahead as planned. Further details of the Carol Sing and posters will be circulated in due course.

For general information about the Carol Sing, please contact Diann Butt, Committee Chairperson at diann04@hotmail.com. For information about the event’s music, please contact Douglas Schalin, Music Director at dschalin@sympatico.ca

SACRED CIRCLE DANCE

Try something new! Connect with one’s self, the community, and with all life. The sacred circle encompasses music, dance, meditation, reflection and connection. No dance experience, musical background or partners are needed to participate – just your dancing spirit.

We meet on the 2nd and 4th Fridays, 7-9PM at St. John’s Anglican Church, 99 Brock St. For information, email Paula Greenwood at paulagreenwood@nexicom.net.

FUNDRAISING FOR ELDER DOROTHY TAYLOR

The Founder of the Sacred Water Circle here in Peterborough is Dorothy Taylor, Anishinaabe Ikwe from Curve Lake First Nation.  Dorothy has been living with Limb and Girdle Muscular Dystrophy for many years and is finding the wheelchair she currently uses no longer fits her needs. A GoFundMe account has been set up to raise funds towards the purchase of a motorized wheelchair to give Dorothy more control and independence when out and about. Please consider donating to the fundraiser HERE

To learn more about the Sacred Water Circle, click HERE.

KAWARTHA TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION SUPPORT GROUP

We are a group of First Peoples and Settlers who meet monthly. Our members include indigenous people living in the Kawarthas area, people of local faith groups, and of no religious affiliation. So far, all the Settlers in our group are white people.

We learn together.  Settler members have learned the brutal truths of Canadian history including the Treaty process, the Indian Residential School system and its destructive legacy to individuals, families, communities, languages, cultures, and spiritual ways of living and relating to all of Creation.

Recognizing that the relationship between the government of Canada, its citizens and the First Peoples has been defined by colonialism, racism, and inequality, Settler members strive to identify those patterns within ourselves and to work to change them.

We are trying our best to become an example of what reconciliation looks like: people working together and treating each other with respect, justice and equality.

Contacts: Alice Williams, Chair: 705-657-3319, alwilliams@trentu.ca / Sheila Nabigon-Howlett, Secretary, 705-742-4175, showlett3@cogeco.ca

MONTHLY PEACE VIGIL | PETERBOROUGH PEACE COUNCIL

The purpose of the Vigil for Peace is to put out into our community values of love, peace, listening to one another, along with strong expressions of concern about unpeaceful behaviours to one another and the planet.

The Vigil for Peace has been quietly maintained during COVID. As restrictions lift and public gatherings are allowed, please join us with signs calling for a just peace. Please wear a mask and keep the 2m/ 6′ distance. This is an hour to hold space in stillness, reflection and prayer for a just peace, our common future, and the well-being of the planet.

Join us @ the corner of George & McDonnel St. between noon and 1pm on the last Monday of each month. You can join in solidarity from home too. Put a candle or a sign in your window, take a photo and post to the Peace Council facebook page.

Hosted by the Peterborough Peace Council
Cost/ Free

Stay tuned for our picnic in July, to get together again and rediscover our bearings. Meanwhile, the monthly vigil for peace remains a place to bring all that is on your heart around fractured connections in our community, our country, and internationally.

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CREATING SPACE COMMUNITY ARTS STUDIO | Thursdays 3:30-5:30pm

Creating Space is a community arts studio that fosters connection and resilience by making art of all sorts, telling stories, and learning together in Nogojiiwanong/ Peterborough, Ontario. All are welcome. No skill necessary – only curiosity and a willingness to try.

We meet for drop-ins on Thursdays at Peterborough Square in the Artisan Centre from 3:30-5:30pm. We have been online for February but will be back for in-person operations this March, 2022. We will also begin a workshop series facilitated by local artists once or twice a month on Saturdays from 10:30am to 12:30pm. These events are all free and donations are gratefully received. 

We provide all the materials. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Masks must be worn and social distancing will be in effect limiting the number of participants for the health and safety of all.

Creating Space practices radical hospitality and inclusion, responding in creative ways to things that matter in our community. They do this through hosting drop-in workshops at the Artisan’s Centre (and other locations) and pop-up creative arts activities around town. We believe in the power of creative expression to foster resilience in all of us.

Creating Space on Facebook

LOCAL FOOD PETERBOROUGH…

Now, more than ever is a great time to support local farmers!

This has been a tough few seasons for farmers in our area, between a global pandemic and extreme drought, they have been working harder than ever to produce amazing local food for our communities. And, now more than ever, they could use your support!

Are you wondering where you can purchase wonderful local meats, vegetables, dairy products and other farm fresh products and support local farmers? Well, Local Food Ptbo has launched a new website that can help you do just that! Check out www.localfoodptbo.ca to find information about local farmers markets, CSA’s and farm stands and follow us @localfoodptbo for daily updates from producers themselves on where to buy their products. Use #localfoodptbo and we will share related updates for you.

Did you know that if each community member spent $5/ week on local food it would inject $55 million into our economy? Support a local farmer, and you will help support their families and our entire community, and you will get the freshest foods our region has to offer. So, since it is harvest season, for vegetables and fruit, why not stock up, enjoy the seasonal bounty and do some canning and preserving to help the local flavour stay in your pantry all winter long!