City Musings June 2017

Mmmmmm… Free WiFi
One of the big pieces of news last month was the launch of free WIFI in the downtown core. Thanks to financial support from Community Futures Peterborough, Peterborough Utilities Group and Peterborough and the Kawarthas Economic Development and DBIA members, visitors to Downtown can now hook up for free on Tinder or ruin their reputation on Facebook. Though the DBIA is still working out the kinks, it’s a progressive addition to the landscape and one in keeping with making downtown the place to hang out, do some shopping, eat some grub or catch some entertainment. Kudos to all involved. Now to download all those movies before they figure out how to “crimp” the bandwidth. You can download their app from the App Store or Google Play Store.
Paddle Me This
Big news for canoe lovers, as the Ontario Liberals announce $9m in funding to relocate the Canadian Canoe Museum from Monaghan Rd to its future home along side the Lift Locks. Though the museum has struggled to attract visitors to its old location, It’s believed the move will prompt people off their boats to remember just why they bought one with an engine in the first place. Despite a growing public outcry over Premier Wynne’s spending habits, the $9 million will be spent over the next 3 years. Another $1.4 million is coming from the Federal government plus their offer to match up to $15 million in capital raised from private sources. Just to be clear as our hydro rates go up, we can all rest assured Canada’s old canoes will be well lit. I guess.
More than a Weed
Transition Town Peterborough unveiled their 4th annual staging of the Dandelion Day Wellness Expo last month at its new location; Millennium Park. Organizers were hoping the bigger facilities would encourage more vendor and audience participation and they were right. Hippies were out in full force grabbing massages, organic foods or just soaking up the sun. Lots of music, workshops and information on how to keep the mind and body willing to carry on, kept visitors engaged and inspired. A big success, TTP now looks ahead to their other event the Purple Onion Festival in September. Same Park.
Drink Up
Just in time to show off at this year’s Kawartha Craft Beer Festival, Peterborough craft brewer Publican House has won a gold medal at the 2017 Canadian Brewing Awards. June 9-10 you can head to Millennium Park and sample some of the areas finest brews, including the Publican House’s award winning Belgian-style Strong Specialty Ale. Congratulations for making Peterborough’s drinkers proud. Burp.
It’s a Gamble
Shoreline casino moved their project a step further last month as council gave preliminary approval to a site plan for the new casino and hotel in the south end of Peterborough. A growing number of concerned citizens, debating its merits, can breathe some relief as council has to ratify the decision at a meeting June 5, at which time citizens will have a chance to share their concerns and most likely go home tainted and frustrated by the experience. That said, the Great Canadian Gaming Corp. is anxious to break dirt and imagine business as early as 2018. But it’s not going to be as easy as that, as Councillors have some demands of their own. Most notably, if the Casino is going suck millions from our local economy, they must agree to turn off the parking lot lights when it’s empty, which it will probably never be! continue…