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.
How would local federal candidates respond to the housing crisis?
With less than a week to go until the 2021 federal election, housing continues to be one of the most important issues facing Canada.
And it’s a key issue in Peterborough, too. According to United Way Peterborough, average rents have risen so much recently that there are no longer any types of apartment in the city which are affordable to someone who makes $30,000 per year.
Meanwhile, the local hot housing market is pushing renters out of their homes and the City of Peterborough has measured a 20 percent increase in the number of people experiencing homelessness in the first six months of 2021.
With this in mind, Peterborough Currents co-publisher Will Pearson sat down with the local candidates for the Conservative, Liberal and New Democratic parties to learn how they understand the housing crisis and what new measures they’re proposing to get more affordable housing built in Peterborough.
Meet the candidates running for Peterborough-Kawartha in 2021
Election Day is a matter of days away, and to help you make an informed decision about who to vote for, Peterborough Currents has interviewed all six candidates running for Peterborough–Kawartha in the 2021 federal election.
Skip to the following timecodes to hear specific candidates: 01:24 Robert Bowers, Independent candidate; 09:40 Michelle Ferreri, Conservative Party of Canada candidate; 17:07 Joy Lachica, New Democratic Party candidate; 26:27 Paul Lawton, People’s Party of Canada candidate; 35:52 Maryam Monsef, Liberal Party of Canada candidate; and 44:18 Chanté White, Green Party of Canada candidate.
Neighbours podcast: Peter Williams on how “connection, community and belonging” are at the core of harm reduction
Peter Williams is a key figure working on the response to the opioid crisis locally. Hear how he understands the opioid crisis through a trauma-informed harm reduction lens.
Neighbours podcast: How Peterborough Drug Strategy brings together a dozen organizations in a coordinated response
The Peterborough Drug Strategy was started in 2009 as a way to bring different organizations together to coordinate a joint response to the drug crisis. Today, they're the name behind the projects making headlines responding to the overdose crisis. We talk to Jessica Penner, the drug strategy coordinator about how it all works.
Neighbours podcast: musician Pat Walsh on managing chronic pain with opiates
Patrick Walsh is a local musician and radio show host, making music under the moniker Dirty Pat Walsh. Walsh also experiences chronic pain due to workplace injuries and repetitive stress. It's a condition he manages with his doctor through prescribed opiates. Hear his story and perspective in the first episode of our new series.
City council votes to approve the 2021 municipal budget
On Monday, Peterborough’s city council sat for the last meeting of 2020 and voted to approve the budget documents drafted by city staff with amendments. Peterborough Currents has been covering these deliberations for the past month and in this episode, co-publishers Ayesha Barmania and Will Pearson go over the highlights of this meeting so you can hear what happened.
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!