We are Peterborough Currents — an independent news website reporting stories with rigour and empathy. We’re powered by our community, and we’re committed to producing journalism that deepens our understanding of this city and connects us with our neighbours. Led by co-publishers Will Pearson and Ayesha Barmania.
Rent control, vacancy control and the strategies MPP candidates would use to address the housing crisis
Peterborough is one of the toughest places in Ontario to find an affordable home to rent. We are at the very bottom of Ontario cities for rental vacancies, with only a one percent vacancy rate. The same report also showed that the average rent for vacant units was increasing at a much steeper rate than the average rent for occupied units. Because of these pressures in the local housing market, we asked candidates to speak to specific housing policies. Hear from Greg Dempsey of the Liberal Party, Jen Deck of the NDP and Robert Gibson of the Green Party in this episode.
Peterborough MPP candidates on drug decriminalization and safe supply
We asked candidates if they support the strategies that the Peterborough Board of Health says would combat the drug poisoning crisis.
How local MPP candidates would approach policing in Peterborough
By appointing members to the local police board, the provincial government helps set the tone for policing in Peterborough. So what kinds of people would MPP candidates appoint to the board?
Who’s running for MPP in Peterborough—Kawartha?
Who’s running in Peterborough—Kawartha? Peterborough Currents invited the local major-party candidates to introduce themselves for our listeners. In this episode, you’ll hear candidates Jen Deck, Greg Dempsey and Robert Gibson explain why they’re running, what their priorities are, and how they’ll work to restore decency to our political discourse.
The Greatest Show: an oral history
The Greatest Show was a performance art production that took over Peterborough’s collective imagination in the summer of 1988. Local musicians, performing artists, theatre technicians and more were brought together by renowned Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer. They put their creative efforts together to create a “circus of the damned” in Del Crary Park. This haunted and twisted circus was an experimental production that challenged the audience by forcing them to participate and experience a show that was taking place all around them.
Artist and academic LA Alfonso reached out to some of the artists involved in The Greatest Show and has collected an oral history for Peterborough Currents.
Interview: Dr. Thomas Piggott on his role in public health
Peterborough Public Health is on the front line of two compounding health crises: the third wave of the COVID pandemic fueled by the Omicron variant, and the epidemic of opioid-related deaths and harms. In the midst of these concerns, the organization has taken on a new medical officer of health, Dr. Thomas Piggott. Let’s hear how he thinks of his work, these two crises and how he approaches his position.
Relevant local content, terrific editing.
I've listened to a few episodes of Peterborough Currents, and it has been so helpful in informing me about political, social, and cultural issues relevant to my community. I like the fact that there are different 'stories' reported on each episode,, and Ayesha and Will do a great job in finding a common 'theme'. Even issues that I wouldn't normally have much interest in I find myself 'engaged' as I listen to them.
Great stories with wonderful production. Thanks folks!