Livin’ In “The Shed”

February 1, 2020 admin 0

CHERYL LYON – Some folks call their local neighbourhood, the ‘hood.’ To be really cool, we might even call it our “shed”  if we think of the Peterborough region in terms of its “watershed.” Now the word “watershed” can mean a crisis event or a time of turning toward a new course of action or situation.  Kind of appropriate for our time of climate crisis. The watershed we mean here is the area of land […]

Global FIRE… Local GEM Globalization versus Economic and Social Localization

January 16, 2020 admin 0

FRED IRWIN – Globalization is a result of cheap energy and corporate capitalism chasing the lowest cost of labour wherever it is anywhere on the globe ..all with the bulk of the reward (profit) going to the already rich. The already rich are invested in the Global FIRE sector which drives the entire global economy. What we aren’t yet prepared to face is that globalization of our economics has also globalized much of our social […]

Equity – A Fair Shake

January 9, 2020 admin 0

PETER CURRIER – Driving through India two years ago, my wife and I found ourselves among tens of millions of impoverished people. As we made our privileged way, I thought, “There, but for an accident of birth, go I.” We went by women as poised as queens, carrying baskets of cow pies on their heads for cooking fires. Wiry young men schlepped huge slabs of marble. The toil of survival was everywhere. From the cool […]

The Resiliency Imperative & 4 E’s Framework For a More Resilient Peterborough by 2030

January 9, 2020 admin 0

FRED IRWIN – “Climate Change is creating a vicious cycle in which change creates greater extremes in weather which create more demand for energy which is still largely generated using fossil fuels -which then release more greenhouse gases creating more extreme climate.” – Kurt Cobb Resource Insights. The only downturn in planetary warming caused by GHG emissions was during the 2008/2009 Great Recession as global economic growth stalled. Despite our collective global efforts, GHG emissions […]

Dana Jordan

Making Sense Of Peterborough’s Climate Emergency Declaration

January 6, 2020 admin 0

BILL EEKHOF – Peterborough high school student Dana Jordan believes meaningful action is needed to address the climate crisis. So, she wants to pursue a career in science, politics or law to further climate action efforts. “I am very worried about climate change,” Jordan admits, “but as (Swedish climate activist) Greta Thunberg has said, ‘you need to keep hope with you…’ Every small action makes a difference.” Jordan is pleased to see her hometown acting, […]

A Travel Tale from a Transitioner’s Family

January 1, 2020 Mark Woolley 0

MARK WOOLLEY – This is a small slice of history from the still remembered past about Peterborough Farmers’ Market. At the time of this family story the farmer’s market was held in Market Hall on George Street Peterborough. On my Mother’s side, I am from settler stock in Northumberland County. My maternal-maternal great grandparents we’re the second generation born on farms in the fairly newly-formed country called Canada. Railroads and waterways dominated the long haul […]