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The Jane’s Walks are inspired by the late author and urban activist, Jane Jacobs, who advocated liveable, healthy cities that should be designed to accommodate human-scale neighborhoods. There are several walks planned in the month of May.

This Friday, 3 May, there is a walking tour co-sponsored by the Peterborough Historical Society and Peterborough Public Health, underscoring public health in Peterborough’s past and present.

Friday, 3 May, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Start at Peterborough Public Health, 185 King Street, Jackson Square.  The walk is free, but best to register to receive any relevant notices. Here’s the link:




1919 and the Labour Revolt: How Workers Fought for a Different Canada 100 Years Ago

One hundred years ago, massive unemployment, economic dislocation and social unrest greeted soldiers returning from the First World War. Labour revolt and strikes were widespread across Canada, the most notable being the Winnipeg General Strike of May-June 1919. Peterborough, then a manufacturing town, also witnessed strikes in this year. Professor Bryan Palmer will take us back to the aspirations of workers in 1919 when Canada was very different from today. Professor Palmer is a labour historian who has taught at McGill, Queen’s, Simon Fraser, and Trent where he was a Senior Canada Research Chair. He has authored, co-authored, or edited more than 20 books, a number of which have won awards.

Tuesday, 21 May 2019, Lion’s Community Centre, 347 Burnham Street, 7:30 p.m.





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