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[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Peterborough, Kingston, Québec City, Detroit, Richmond

  • Peterborough is facing a serious shortage of housing. Global News reports.
  • In Kingston, the restoration of the Bellevue House that was home to John A MacDonald continues. Global News reports.
  • The federal government will provide funding for the new streetcar route in Québec City. CTV News reports.
  • Will the Detroit television documentary series filmed by Anthony Bourdain see a release? One hopes.
  • Richmond, a Vancouver suburb home for decades to a substantial diaspora from Hong Kong, is deeply affected by the ongoing protests there. The Toronto Star reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five notes: Saint John, Vancouver, Peterborough, Halifax, Point Hope

  • The mayor of Saint John, in New Brunswick, wants to attract migrants from Canada’s richer but more expensive cities. Global News reports.
  • Vancouver wants to keep old businesses in its Chinatown going, so as to keep as much of the old community as active as possible. Global News reports.
  • Peterborough’s low-income community now has a periodical, The River Magazine, to represent their issues. Global News reports.
  • Assembly of the first Arctic patrol ship in a planned program has been completed in the Halifax Shipyard. CBC reports.
  • The Alaskan community of Point Hope now finds itself, at least partly because of global warming and the interests of financiers, with all of the Internet bandwidth it could ever want. The New York Times reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Four Ontario links: minimum wage, Toronto, Petersborough, Prince Edward County

  • A new TD report suggests the introduction of a $15 minimum wage could cost up to 90 thousand jobs by 2020, especially if the shift is too quick. Global News reports.
  • Torontoist notes the ongoing debate over what to do with the land suggested for Rail Deck Park. (I prefer the park.)
  • blogTO notes the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough is set to expand and move to a new location.
  • Opposition–ill-grounded opposition, I would say–to a new wind energy project in Prince Edward County is growing. Global News reports.

[LINK] “The long road from Syria to Peterborough”

Aaron Hutchins of MacLean’s looks at a Syrian family set to be resettled in the small Ontario university town of Peterborough. It’s a nice place, I can say having visited it years ago.

The last leg of the long road from Syria to Peterborough, Ont., will be travelled in the back of a family van. At 8:30 p.m. on a Thursday night, Abeer Falah and her six children are walking through the parking lot at Toronto’s Pearson airport with a group of five strangers. She gets her three youngest, two girls and one boy, into a Toyota Highlander, with whom she’ll ride. Her three eldest daughters will travel separately, and they quickly climb into a gold Honda Odyssey van.

The trio of girls finds their seats in the back, where winter coats are wedged between the seats. What did they know about Canada before? Nothing. Ask them what they want to know—and they smile. When the 12-year-old Raniem struggles to put on her seat belt, she looks at her two older sisters. They’ve travelled this far; only 150 km to go.

In early 2011, Falah was living in Daraa, Syria, with her children when the government launched a siege on its own people in response to growing protests. The army came in with tanks and snipers. Soldiers and civilians were killed. Homes were destroyed. The city was reduced to rubble. Falah’s family, meanwhile, escaped and found shelter at a refugee camp in Amman, Jordan. It was a temporary dwelling for nearly five years—until today.

Written by Randy McDonald

December 14, 2015 at 5:52 pm

[LINK] “Angry neighbours, other faith groups reach out to help after Ontario mosque torched”

The National Post‘s Richard Warnica writes about the heartwarming response from Peterborough following the mosque arson there.

Members of other church groups have already reached out to offer what help they can.

Larry Gillman, president of the local Beth Israel Synagogue, heard about the attack Sunday night while attending an interfaith dinner to raise money for Syrian refugees.

“I’m angry. I’m absolutely angry,” he said. “This is a hate crime.”

Gillman, who knows Abdella, offered him space Sunday in the synagogue for next Friday’s prayers. As it turned out, he was too late.

The Muslim congregation had already accepted an offer from the Mark Street United Church downtown to use its friendship room for the Friday gathering.

More, including more about the community reaction, there.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 17, 2015 at 11:05 am

[LINK] “Peterborough mosque hit by arson reaches $80K crowdfunding goal”

The arson attack on a mosque in the Ontario city of Peterborough made national headlines, but it’s good to see there’s enough goodwill that crowdfunding for repairs was a near-immediate success.

A crowdfunding campaign to raise money for repairs to mosque in Peterborough, Ont., that was damaged in a fire set deliberately on Saturday has hit its goal of $80,000.

The mosque was damaged in a fire late Saturday night. An entry on the fundraising website FundRazr set a goal of $80,000, the estimated cost to repair the Kawartha Muslim Religious Association’s mosque. That total was reached just after noon today.

Association president Kenzu Abdella said members of the congregation had been inside 784 Parkhill Rd. to celebrate the birth of a new baby just an hour before the fire broke out. He said the fire was “clearly a hate crime.”

[. . .]

Abdella said since the Kawartha Muslim Religious Association was founded in 1994, it has only been targeted by criminals once before. After the 9/11 terror attacks, the previous building had its windows smashed out.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 16, 2015 at 6:14 pm

[URBAN NOTE] On reclaiming the map of Peterborough for First Nations

Lacey McRae Williams writes in Spacing about a First Nations artist’s reclaiming of the map of Peterborough.

I would like to introduce two themes that are continually a point of contention in my own mind that I feel need to be discussed more often, with more people and to a deeper degree: 1) the city as a visual narrative of time and place, and 2) significant historical site selection, which includes the means of commemoration and preservation.

The following artist’s work reevaluates these ideas and shares voices that are less likely to be heard in a contemporary public realm; voices of the Anishinaabek, one of the First Peoples to inhabit areas of Ontario pre-contact.

I met Jimson Bowler at the One of A Kind Show in Toronto, March 2014. He had his art on display alongside a hand-selected group of Indigenous Artists as part of the Thunderbird Marketplace. Jimson’s art at the show was a combination of contemporary sculpture, silverworks, jewelry, and painting. Having been inspired by Norval Morrisseau myself, the grandfather of the Woodlands style of painting, I was instantly drawn to Jimson’s provocative, political, and revelatory works. After a few minutes of talking with him, he explained that all of his pieces are constructed from reclaimed materials found in Ontario, adding depth and meaning to each one. Each piece tells a unique Anishinaabek story – of creation, belonging, survival, community, and spirituality – emphasizing the extreme need for all persons to connect to place. He blends traditional Woodland’s line and shape work with a contemporary streetart-esque technique to reclaim visual space otherwise conquered by colonial values and perspectives.

He notes, “My inspiration comes from the Peterborough Petroglyphs, using the story of the anishinaabe/trickster/nanaaboozhoo as teacher lessons and stories… My sculptural work combines traditional mediums such as bone and turquoise with discarded modern materials. I take inspiration from the traditional ways that respectfully use all materials from mother earth and I seek to create objects that keep the stories alive, motivate us to learn the culture and realize that Aboriginal people are not relics of an ancient past.”

More at the link.

Written by Randy McDonald

May 12, 2015 at 3:53 am

[LINK] “Dean Del Mastro, guilty of breaking election laws, resigns”

From CBC:

Dean Del Mastro, the MP for Ontario’s Peterborough riding, has quit less than a week after being found guilty of spending too much on his 2008 campaign and trying to cover it up.

[. . .]

Del Mastro denies having done anything wrong, despite the Ontario Court of Justice finding him guilty. He told the House he would continue to fight. He said Monday that he would appeal to re-open his defence ahead of his sentencing on Nov. 21.

MPs are to vote tonight on whether to suspend him from Parliament. One of the penalties for breaking certain laws in the Canada Elections Act, including the offences for which he was found guilty, is a five-year ban on holding a seat in Parliament or running for a seat.

The Conservatives had suggested having the procedure and House affairs committee look at a number of questions regarding Del Mastro, including whether he should be suspended or expelled and what would happen to his staff and travel budget. But Government House Leader Peter Van Loan said yesterday that they would vote in favour of an NDP motion to suspend Del Mastro immediately.

In resigning his seat, Del Mastro hangs onto his MP pension, for which he’s eligible when he turns 55. Del Mastro, who is 44, was first elected in January 2006. MPs have to serve for at least six years to be eligible to collect a pension.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 5, 2014 at 9:18 pm

[PHOTO] Sunset returning from Peterborough

Over the past two months, I’ve managed to accumulate four very nice pairs of photos of sunsets I’d like very much to repost. I want to post them since some of them rank among the best photos I’ve taken. So, every day from now until Saturday I’ll post one of the pairs towards the day’s end.

The two photos below were taken from the window of Jerry’s van as we were returning from our early September trip to Peterborough and the Kawarthas.

Sunset returning from Peterborough (1)
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Sunset returning from Peterborough (2)
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Written by Randy McDonald

October 28, 2009 at 10:38 pm

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[FORUM] Where do you go to retreat from your city for a day or two?

I hope that my readers will forgive me not posting my usual Saturday [FORUM] post, or for commenting or even witnessing the two previous posts. That’s because I’ve spent the day on a very nice day trip with Jerry, travelling northeast from Toronto first to the university city of Peterborough and the surrounding Kawarthas cottage district, then when to the charming little community of Lindsay, then finally home. Yes, photos with be forthcoming: did you really think that there was any possibility that they wouldn’t?

The general area of the Kawarthas isn’t the only area for Torontonians to retreat to, and is certainly not the most famous. There’s the Niagara Peninsula a bit over an hour to Toronto’s south, or the famous Muskoka cottage country two hours to Toronto’s north. Other Torontonians and experienced people can doubtless add other ideas.

So, this early, early Sunday morning I ask you: where do you go for brief trips, daytrips or otherwise, out of your community of residence?

Written by Randy McDonald

September 6, 2009 at 12:28 am