This week’s round-up of business news includes Peterborough city council being asked to add 411 new properties to the heritage register, Peterborough city council voting on 2019 spending on $35 million worth of projects, City of Kawartha Lakes council approving the largest capital budget in its history, the Bears’ Lair Entrepreneurial Competition returning for its ninth year, Long & McQuade Peterborough raising $3,450 for Five Counties Children’s Centre, and Peterborough Musicfest seeking a new board member and hiring two part-time staff.
New regional business events added this week include an information session for Bears’ Lair on January 29th in Peterborough, Haliburton Highlands Chamber hosting a breakfast meeting with MPP Laurie Scott in Haliburton on February 5th, RBC Dominion Securities hosting a workshop in Cobourg on February 7th, the Peterborough Chamber hosting a breakfast meeting with Dr. Doug Lukinuk in Peterborough on February 12th, and the Port Hope Chamber holding its annual general meeting in Port Hope on February 26th.
Peterborough city council asked to add 411 new properties to heritage register
At its meeting on Monday night (January 28), Peterborough city council will be voting on a report from Erik Hanson, the city’s heritage resources coordinator, that recommends 411 properties — almost half of which are in downtown Peterborough — be added to the city’s heritage register.
The addition of a property to the register does not mean it has been designated as a heritage property; it is only a list of properties that may be of cultural heritage value or interest and could potentially be designated in the future.
For properties on the register, owners can continue to maintain and modify the property. However, if they wish to demolish or remove a building or structure on the property, they must give the city 60 days’ notice before applying for a demolition permit. The waiting period will allow city council to consult with the heritage committee on whether the property should be formally designated as a heritage property, preventing demolition.
The proposed list would quadruple the number of properties currently on the heritage register. Properties were first added to the register in June 2017, with additional properties added in September 2018.
The 411 properties include many buildings located on Charlotte, Simcoe, Hunter, Queen, Sherbrooke, Alymer, Bethune, London, Brock, McDonnel, Rubidge, and Reid streets.
Specific properties include the J.J. Turner building (140 King St.), the former Peterborough Canoe Company showroom now occupied by CHEX Television (739-743 Monaghan Rd.), the former Peterborough Arms building now occupied by the Publican House restaurant (300 Charlotte St.), the Westclox building (211 Hunter St. E.), the building housing the now-closed Dobro (287-293 George St. N.), the Showplace building (290 George St. N.), the building housing the Black Horse Pub (450 George St. N.), the former Montreal House building (282 Alymer St. N.), and the Grant Thornton building (362 Queen St.).
The list also includes various schools, Trent University buildings, bridges such as the Maria Street swing bridge, and the Peterborough Lift Lock.
Although city council passed a motion in June 2017 to exclude from the register all properties within a defined area of downtown Peterborough, the proposed list includes properties within that area, “given that the new Council may wish to reconsider the motion of the previous administration” according to Hanson.
Peterborough city council to vote on 2019 spending on $35 million worth of projects
At its January 28th meeting, Peterborough city council will be voting to authorize 2019 expenditures on a number of ongoing and new projects:
- Extension of Crawford Drive to Harper Road project (total estimated cost: $4,500,000)
- Airport Sewer and Water Upgrades project (total estimated cost: $1,000,000)
- Beavermead Campground Park Implementation project (total estimated cost: $650,000 )
- Bethune Street Diversion City Funded project (total estimated cost: $1,370,000 )
- Chemong Road, Parkhill Road to the Parkway Right of Way Reconstruction project (total estimated cost: $1,000,000)
- Enterprise Software Modernization project (total estimated cost: $2,555,100)
- Evinrude Kitchen Upgrade project (total estimated cost: $100,000 )
- Lansdowne West – Spillsbury to Clonsilla project (total estimated cost: $600,000 )
- Construction and Transfer of Leaf and Yard Compost project (total estimated cost: $1,500,000)
- Memorial Centre – Replace Ice Pad project (total estimated cost: $3,500,000)
- Moorecraig Road and Roper Drive Reconstruction project (total estimated cost: $790,000)
- New Athletic Facilities project (total estimated cost: $3,290,000)
- Peterborough Operations Centre – Install New Generator project (total estimated cost: $460,000)
- Parkhill Road West – Wallis Drive to City Limits project (total estimated cost: $5,500,000)
- Sherbrooke Street, Glenforest Boulevard to the West City Limits Street Reconstruction project (total estimated cost: $500,000)
- Sidewalk Reconstruction project (total estimated cost: $1,235,800 )
- Simcoe Street Parking Garage Reconstruction project (total estimated cost: $410,000)
- Purchase of Transit Buses (total estimated cost: $2,164,000)
- Trent Research and Innovation Park project (total estimated cost: $3,100,000)
- Water Street North Urbanization – Nassau Road to Woodland Drive project (total estimated cost: $1,000,000).
The total estimated cost of all the projects is more than $35 million.
City of Kawartha Lakes council approves largest capital budget in its history
At a special council meeting last Thursday (January 24), the City of Kawartha Lakes Council approved the largest capital budget in the municipality’s history: $45.1 million.
Of the total amount, $24.2 million will go towards roads and related infrastructure, including gravel road rehabilitation ($1.4 million), resurfacing of urban and arterial roadways ($4.6 million) and resurfacing of rural hardtop roads ($3.6 million).
Other notable approved capital expenditures include:
- $6 million for the reconstruction and revitalization of Russell Street and Peel Street in downtown Lindsay
- $4.6 million for fleet and transit equipment, including the paramedic fleet
- $2.2 million for enhcancements to fire facilities (including the new Mariposa fire station that will consolidate the Oakwood and Little Britain stations)
- $2 million towards the $6 million cost of redeveloping Bobcaygeon Beach Park (including outdoor pavilions, increased docking, playground structures, walking paths and shoreline improvements)
- $1.4 million to finalize the $4.5 million cost for the Logie Street Park redevelopment (including a new splash pad, playgrounds, enhanced trails, lilac plantings and improved parking)
- $1.4 million for construction and renovations across all arenas (including new roofs, flooring, and ice work).
Kawartha Lakes council also approved the water and wastewater capital budget of $9.5 million, which will include replacement of cast iron water mains in Lindsay, replacing aging water and sewer mains under Russell Street and Peel Street, finalizing the new Colborne Street Sewage Pumping Station, and an upgrade to the Fenelon Falls Water Treatment Plant.
Council will deliberate the city’s operating budget on Wednesday, February 20th following public input and department overviews on Wednesday, February 13th.
Bears’ Lair Entrepreneurial Competition returns for its ninth year
Applications are now open for the 2019 Bears’ Lair Entrepreneurial Competition.
Details were announced last Tuesday (January 22) by Catia Skinner, chair of the 2019 Bears’ Lair steering committee, at VentureNorth in downtown Peterborough.
New this year is a total cash pay-out of $20,000, with each of the winners in two category streams receiving $8,000, with two runners-up in each category receiving $1,000 each. This is a departure from past competitions which saw gifts-in-kind make up part of the prize package.
The deadline to apply at www.bearslairptbo.ca is February 26, 2019.
An information session for potential applicants will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29th at VentureNorth (270 George St. N., Peterborough).
Bears’ Lair 2019 is presented by Community Futures Peterborough, Innovation Cluster, Peterborough Region Angel Network, Peterborough and the Kawarthas Economic Development, and Mega Experience, with kawarthaNOW.com as the media sponsor.
Long & McQuade Peterborough raises $3,450 for Five Counties Children’s Centre
Last Thursday (January 24), Long & McQuade Peterborough (129 Aylmer St. N., Peterborough) presented a cheque for $3,450 to Five Counties Children’s Centre.
The funds, raised during the holiday season, will go towards music therapy programs at the centre, which helps children with physical, communication, and developmental problems.
Peterborough Musicfest is seeking a new board member and hiring two part-time staff
Peterborough Musicfest — which presents free outdoor concerts at Del Crary Park every summer — is seeking a new member for its board and is also hiring two new staff.
The non-profit charitable organization is seeking a new board member. The volunteer role requires regular attendance and involvement in subcommittees and Musicfest events throughout the year.
Musicfest is also seeking a contract part-time summer park manager, who will work 30 hours a week from May to August 2019, and a permanent part-time marketing coordinator, who will work 25 hours a week year round.
Applications for all positions are due by Friday, February 15th. For more information, visit www.ptbomusicfest.ca/job-postings.
Information session for Bears’ Lair on January 29 in Peterborough
The Bears’ Lair Entrepreneurial Competition is hosting an information session e from 5 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29th at VentureNorth (270 George St. N., Peterborough).
The free session is intended to provide more information about this year’s competition to potential applicants.
For more information, visit Facebook.
Northumberland Central Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual general meeting in Cobourg on January 29
The Northumberland Central Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual general meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29th at Woodlawn Inn (420 Division Street, Cobourg, K9A 3R9).
All members in good standing are invited to attend the meeting and hear an overview of the Chamber’s activities for the past year, including the presentation of the Chamber’s audited year-end financial report. The 2019 executive will be introduced and elections will be held to fill the available seats on the Board of Directors.
The annual “Chair’s Dinner”, a four-course meal with wines, will be held immediately after the meeting.
For more information and to RSVP, visit nccofc.ca/events/details/nccofc-annual-general-meeting-1366.
January 31 deadline for employers to participate in Agilec spring hiring fair in Peterborough
Agilec is presenting a multi-employer spring hiring fair from 1 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26th at Northminster United Church (300 Sunset Blvd., Peterborough).
Numerous employers looking to hire part-time, full-time, and seasonal positions will be in attendance.
Any employer who would like to participate should contact Arlayna Curtin at Agilec before January 31st.
Curtin can be reached at 705-740-2577 ext. 5210 or email@example.com
Haliburton Highlands Chamber hosts breakfast meeting with MPP Laurie Scott in Haliburton on February 5
The Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce is hosting its next “The Breakfast Club” event from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Tuesday, February 5th at McKeck’s Tap and Grill (207 Highland St., Haliburton).
Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock MPP and Minister of Labour Laurie Scott is the guest speaker. She will talk about her role as Minister of Labour and what she is planning on for 2019.
The cost is $20 for Chamber members and $25 for non-members.
Register in advance at events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eg05gl6641591083.
Peterborough Chamber PBX at Peterborough Business Hub on February 5
The Peterborough Chamber of Commerce’s next Peterborough Business Exchange (PBX) takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5th at Peterborough Business Hub (398 McDonnel St., Peterborough).
The PBX networking event is a great opportunity for the business community, employers, consumers, and community agencies to make valuable connections.
Everyone is welcome to attend this free event.
For more information, visit www.peterboroughchamber.ca.
RBC Dominion Securities hosts workshop in Cobourg on February 7
RBC Dominion Securities is hosting a workshop from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 7th at Venture13 Innovation Centre (739 D’Arcy St., Cobourg).
The workshop is intended for investors concerned about recent market volatility. The event will help you understand the options, risks, and opportunities that exist in today’s capital markets.
The workshop is free and refreshments will be served.
To RSVP, contact Neil at 905-372-3379 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peterborough Chamber hosts breakfast meeting with Dr. Doug Lukinuk in Peterborough on February 12
The next Peterborough Chamber of Commerce “Chamber AM” breakfast meeting takes place from 7 to 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 12th at Carousel Restaurant & Tavern (116 Lansdowne St. E., Peterborough).
Dr. Doug Lukinuk of Peterborough Max Living Chiropractic Centre will speak on the topic “Stress Overload and the Entrepreneur”.
Networking begins at 7 a.m., with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. (when you can make your best 30-second elevator speech to the room), followed by the speaker at 8 a.m.
There is no cost for the event (order what you like and pay for what you order).
Peterborough Chamber presents Power Hour with local elected officials on February 12
The Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce is presenting its annual “Power Hour” featuring Peterborough’s elected officials from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12th at The StoneHouse Hall (2195 Lansdowne St. W., Peterborough).
The Power Hour is a lively interactive dinner and question-and-answer session with Peterborough-Kawartha MP Maryam Monsef, Peterborough-Kawartha MPP Dave Smith, Peterborough County Warden J. Murray Jones, and City of Peterborough Mayor Diane Therrien.
Peterborough City and County councillors, along with the Chief Administrative Officers of the City and County of Peterborough and First Nations leaders, will be invited to join individual tables.
The event will be recorded for broadcast on Cogeco’s YourTV Peterborough/Lindsay.
Tickets are $65 per person or $450 for a table of seven for Chamber members, and $75 per person or $525 for a table of seven for non-members.
For more information and to register, visit peterboroughchamber.ca.
Kawartha Chamber annual general meeting in Lakefield on February 13
The Kawartha Chamber of Commerce and Tourism is holding its annual general meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13th at The Village Inn (39 Queen St., Lakefield).
The meeting will feature highlights from 2018 and the election of the 2019 board of directors. The 2017-18 annual report will be circulated to members before the meeting.
For more information, visit kawarthachamber.ca.
Nomination deadline for Haliburton Chamber’s Business & Community Achievement Awards on February 14
Nominations are being accepted for the Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce’s 13th Annual Business & Community Achievement Awards until Thursday, February 14th.
There are awards in 11 categories: Business Achievement, New Business, Customer First Business, Customer First Employee, Tourism & Hospitality, Innovation & Creativity, Skilled Trades & Industry, Young Professional of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Not-For-Profit of the Year, and Highlander of the Year.
Nomination forms are available at www.haliburtonchamber.com.
The awards gala will be held on Saturday, March 30th at the Pinestone Resort & Conference Centre.
Port Hope Chamber holds its annual general meeting in Port Hope on February 26
Port Hope & District Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual general meeting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26th in the Sculthorpe Theatre at Cameco Capital Arts Centre (20 Queen St., Port Hope).
Trevor McPherson, vice president of member services at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, will be the guest speaker.
The meeting will also feature the election of new board members, review and approval of by-law revisions, new style guidelines and marketing materials, and more.
A light lunch will be provided. To RSVP, email email@example.com or call 905-885-5519.