The Critter Conker: High Tech in the Garden of the Future

November 27, 2022 admin 0

CHERYL LYON – Rob eyed the odd contraption with suspicion, rightly so, given his Scottish Grandfather’s weird sense of humour. Granddad had once entered a local parade dressed like a priest riding his bicycle backwards. A sign on his back read “Clerical Error.” The contraption in front of Rob consisted of a big elastic band attached to the two prongs of a sawed off piece of the forks of one of Rob’s childhood bicycles. It […]

Area Resident Examines His Life Through the Poetry of Laurie Graham

November 25, 2022 admin 0

JIM SLAVIN – On the cover of Laurie Graham’s long poem Fast Commute (McClelland & Stewart, ISBN 978-0-7710-5197-5), Jan Zwicky writes: “Graham has set herself a vital moral task: actually to see the fantastic violence of resourcist culture, its appalling and unremitting abuse of the land, and to name the cultural forces that render that vast degradation almost invisible, reduce it to a blur on the edge of our fast commute.” As I read, I […]

More Local Power For Climate Crisis Economic Development & Land Use Planning

November 16, 2022 admin 0

EDITORIAL COLLECTIVE – The child born in 2022 will be 78 years old in 2100. Many of the children of that generation will have had kids during that time who will range from teens to mid-life during the coming 78 years. These are today’s parents’ children and grandchildren. These kids will be living in the future that we are shaping NOW, right here. That’s no small responsibility for the current generation. Economic development in Peterborough/Kawartha […]

Local Cohousing Group is Going Green

November 12, 2022 admin 0

“How can we not do this?” SCOTT DONOVON − Kawartha Commons is a cohousing group developed in the city of Peterborough. We aspire to build a 30+ multi-family, custom designed, residential building; a collection of independent dwelling units that maximize sharing of common resources and reinforces community life through common meals and social interaction by design. My co-housing community is committed to building to a green standard. What does that mean today? Where do we […]

IMHO

October 31, 2022 admin 0

PATRICIA REMY – Two terms these days make me froth at the mouth. One is “a wake-up call”.The other is “the political will”. How many frackin’ wake-up calls does it take for Pete’s sake? And “the political will”? How can it be focused to take on the strictures which will be an inevitable consequence of climate change? We can’t even agree about wearing masks and getting a vaccination. Floods, fires, and droughts out west, storms […]

Inverlea Park: Nature Benefits When Citizens Act

October 29, 2022 admin 0

DENNIS HOWLETT − I live just two doors away from Inverlea Park which hugs the Otonabee River just North of Park Hill Road in Peterborough. It is a beautiful park with many large old trees, and well-used by dog walkers, fishers, basketball players and children who play on the swings and climbing structure. I am one of many who also go swimming in the river when it is really hot. In the winter, neighbours work […]