Jerry Seinfeld in Peterborough. Peterborough?

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Comedy at the Memorial Centre

Jerry Seinfeld and Mario Joyner performed in Peterborough April 26

Not that there is anything wrong with that, but why would Jerry Seinfeld do a show in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada?

Jerry Seinfeld is one of the world’s most rich and successful comedians of all time. For 9 years his TV show “about nothing” dominated television with its self centred characters and focus on trivial matters blown out of proportion. The TV show changed society and North American culture. Reruns are readily available and still get high ratings. People are always talking about classic episodes of the show and a possible reunion. Yada, yada, yada.

But Jerry Seinfeld put on a very different kind of show in Peterborough Saturday night April 26, 2014. It was one of only two shows in Ontario on a major American tour with the other show in Kitchener the night before. Why Peterborough? That question was never really answered. He made the point in a question. “Do you know how long I’ve been wanting to come to Peterborough?” His answer “Never! Yet it’s a pleasure”. And it was a pleasure to see and listen to Jerry Seinfeld on the stage talking about life and death and relationships in a show that thrilled the packed Peterborough Memorial Centre. He suggested the audience was there because they had nothing else to do. “That’s why I’m here too. I had nothing else to do.”

The warm-up comic act to Seinfeld was Mario Joiner, a black comedian known for his work doing stand-up comedy and collaboration with both Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock. Mario was quick to note the lack of ethnic diversity in Peterborough in saying how friendly a town it was. “I met the black community, all ten of them” he quipped. He joked about Canada’s culture being dominated by Tim Horton’s not Starbucks and how he was directed by Canada Customs to go to Tim’s as a necessary thing to do in Canada before he would be allowed to leave. He said he was staying at the Holiday Inn, “Peterborough’s best 4 star hotel”. He suggested that it was scary there having male maids banging on the door early to wake him up and get him out of the room so they could clean it. He talked of hockey, which of course, is something important in Peterborough. Jerry Seinfeld also spoke of hockey and that it was the main thing at the “Memorial Auditorium”. He suggested that he could not get them to remove the ice for his show “but when Elton John was here it was a rider in his contract to remove the ice”. Jerry joked about how far north Peterborough is, but he made the faux pas of referring in one fat joke to “donut holes” which went dead on the Canadian audience, which only knows the fattening treat as Tim Bits.

Both Seinfeld and Joiner spoke about what it is like getting older. Mario Joiner is 52 and Jerry Seinfeld was about to turn 60 three days after the Peterborough show. Joiner spoke of how people tell him “ you look good for your age.” He questioned “why can’t they just say I look good?” Jerry Seinfeld talked about his own life marrying for the first time at 45 and then having three children. Much of his humour was about marriage, relationships and children. He joked about women’s complex brains and superiority over men. He compared men’s simple brains to the minds of dogs, which explains why the dog is “Man’s best friend”. He spoke of how women can’t be pleased and the need for men to simply avoid conflict and be careful what they say. “Marriage is a chess game. It’s not checkers.” He spoke of life and death (burial versus cremation) and how humans evolved to standing up. “Now we just want to sit down and we look for a chair to sit down on every time we enter a room”. The only thing better is a bed “Why get out of bed to do anything?” He spoke of hydration and dehydration. “Once you are thirsty it is too late you are already dehydrated”. He spoke of energy drinks. “Why would anyone want a 5 hour energy drink” since nobody works a five-hour shift. “Why don’t they just go to bed?’

Everything we have turns to garbage including some day the “Memorial Auditorium”. He went on an on praising Ebay as a way we can send our garbage to other people who want it. That skit was reminiscent of George Carlin’s infamous skit about “stuff” but was cleaner. There was of course some toilet humour where Jerry criticized the poor design of public toilet cubicles and also about the effects of coffee. He made fun of the people who carry around giant coffee cups and also the people who have stick people versions of their families pictured on their vans.

The crowd was enthusiastic about both comedians and their energetic performances. After an hour and a half show with no intermission everyone seemed content and happy to leave the “Auditorium” without demanding an encore. It was a great day for Peterborough, when Jerry Seinfeld came to town.

Trent University Celebrating 50 Years

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Trent University Campus

Trent University campus – A River runs through it

Peterborough is very proud of its university located in the north end of the City of Peterborough on the Otonabee River.  Community leaders dreamed of a university in the early 1960s and with the leadership of Professor Tom Symons and generous community support and land donations in the Nassau Mills area from General Electric, Trent university started in 1963 and officially opened in 1964 with downtown facilities.  Trent began as a small liberal arts school which featured small group teaching and a tutorial system with a residential college system.  For the first decade everybody knew everybody else and there was much interaction between “Town and Gown” with activities in the city which housed two of the university’s colleges, Peter Robinson College for male students (now closed) and Catherine Parr Traill College for female students (now the home of graduate studies).  The administration was located in Rubidge Hall in town in the early days and now is located on the Nassau Mills campus in the still beautiful Bata library on the west bank of the river.  Trent now has more diverse programs and the science area has grown greatly with new buildings on the east bank.  Champlain College opened for male students in 1967 and Lady Eaton College for female students opened in 1968.  The two colleges and the library were the centrepieces of the brilliant campus architecture of Ronald Thom, which integrated nature with university buildings, in harmony.  Within a few years society had changed and the gender divisions were removed from the colleges.  The campus added co-ed Otonabee College in 1972 and Peter Gzowski College in 2003.  The college system was and still is a major part of the Trent system and values. There is now a student residence across the road from the west bank campus and it is not associated with a College.

With over 8,000 full time students Trent is now a medium sized university with 50 years of loyal alumni.  Trent has become a leading institution for Canadian studies, environment, indigenous studies and even has a nursing programme. Trent has changed with the times but retains the values and vision of its founding president Tom Symons pictured below then and now:


Trent's Founding President

Young President Symons

Tom Symons now

Retired Tom Symons

Trent has big plans for the coming year with 50th Anniversary celebrations and hopes to involve many people in reunions and commemorative events.  There is an Alumni Reunion Weekend in early August featuring a Blue Rodeo concert and many other activities.  On October 17 there will be a Gala Dinner and a Parade on October 18th. For other events and more specific information visit the university website:


New Initiative to Control Abuse of Prescription Opiate Fentanyl

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Fentanyl Patch

Peterborough Plan to Stop Fentanyl Abuse

Local Healthcare Providers Collaborate to Address Misuse of Fentanyl in Peterborough New Fentanyl Patch Return Program Aims to Keep Drug Users and Community Safe

Thanks to the fast-acting collaboration of local healthcare providers and the Peterborough County-City Health Unit, a new initiative to reduce the harm caused by fentanyl misuse is now in play for our community. “I’m proud of how quickly physicians, pharmacists and other local partners came together to respond to this growing and very dangerous problem in our community,” said Dr. Rosana Pellizzari. Since the government wisely chose to discontinue funding OxyContin in 2012, those who use opiates illicitly have chosen to shift their focus to other opiates, such as fentanyl. Evidence from local addictions treatment centres and the Emergency Department in 2013 suggested that incidence of fentanyl overdose was increasing. This is concerning as fentanyl is among the strongest of the opiates, being 750 times stronger than codeine. In response to this situation, the Health Unit teamed up with a group of pharmacists, physicians and law enforcement officials to develop the Fentanyl Patch Return Program to minimize the harms associated with fentanyl misuse. Under this program, individuals who use fentanyl are required to return used patches to their pharmacists before they are dispensed the next set of patches. This practice discourages diversion of used patches from which the remaining drug is harvested for illicit use. “The success of this program requires collaboration among the prescribers, the pharmacist, and the patients. Physicians and other prescribers are being asked to discuss this practice with all patients who receive a prescription for fentanyl and to also direct pharmacists to collect used patches through an indication on the prescription,” said Dr. Pellizzari. continued… When dispensing the patient’s fentanyl prescription, pharmacists provide the patient with the Opioid Patch Exchange Disposal Tool along with their fentanyl patches. At the patient’s next visit, the pharmacists then collect the used patches as indicated on the prescription, ensure they are accounted for, and then dispose of them appropriately. Opioid overdose in Ontario is a serious public health problem. Accidental opioid deaths are a leading cause of unintentional death, often surpassing fatalities from motor vehicle collisions. Although victims include those who experiment with and/or who are addicted to opioids, the majority of victims are citizens who are using opioids as prescribed. The most recent data indicates that more than 500 Ontarians (median age of 40) died in 2011 of an opioid-related overdose, and 20% of these were specifically due to fentanyl. The majority of these individuals had a prescription for an opioid dated within four weeks of their death. Local data from 2010 indicates that approximately 25% of all drug overdoses are due to prescription opioids, and anecdotally health authorities know this has increased to at least half in recent years. Since the discontinuation of funding for OxyContin in 2012, reports indicate that individuals who use opioids are changing their drug of choice to other substances such as heroin, hydromorphone, methamphetamine, cocaine and fentanyl. Recent media reports and anecdotal data suggest that fentanyl is making its way to the street by means of finding inappropriately disposed of used patches, stealing new or used patches, or purchasing patches from those who have legal prescriptions. It is then being cut up and chewed, smoked or extracted from patches and injected, which is dangerous considering the high potency of fentanyl and that it is meant to be a slow-release drug. For more information, please visit In the “For Professionals” section, on the webpage for “Alcohol & Other Drugs” there is a document entitled Fentanyl Patch Return Program FAQ and a copy of the Opioid Patch Exchange Disposal Tool.

New Management for Connection Newspaper

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Peterborough Dotorg and the Connection are One

New ownership for the Connection Newspaper joins it with

On January 24, 2014 a transaction was implemented that sees the Connection Newspaper, a 20 year old local community publication change hands, from Saville Publishing to a group headed by Peterborough lawyer Murray H. Miskin.  Murray Miskin is originally from Toronto but came to Peterborough in 1973 to attend Trent University and in more recent years he has served on the University’s Board of Governors and worked with the Alumni Association.  Mr. Miskin promises “big changes, better content and a visually more attractive publication with broader distribution across Peterborough County and into the Kawartha Lakes areas.”  Changes will appear clearly in the February issue which will be printed on bright white paper and improved layout.  “Readers will certainly recognize the paper and we will try to do all the things the Connection has done before and more.” said the new Editor and Publisher. While the newspaper is only printed and distributed once a month it has an active up to date online presence with its blog/website: plus Facebook, Twitter and other Social Media accounts.

The Connection newspaper will commemorate its 20th anniversary in April with a nostalgic look at how the area has grown and changed since the paper began in 1994.  This will include a focus on cottage development and real estate prices on the lakes.  Environmental issues will also be reviewed in light of the great amount of development and the strain this has placed on ecosystems.  Many new cottagers have arrived since 1994 and many who were cottagers have become permanent residents. As Mr. Miskin puts it  “There is greater interaction between cottagers and permanent residents and the line has blurred.  To a large degree the Connection will work to connect the two and their common interests. I was a cottager since 1987 and now I live full time and with less stress on Stoney Lake.  More and more people are making a similar shift or hope to do so.  We are changing the newspaper name to the “Cottage Country Connection” for good reason”.

The new Connection newspaper will strengthen and increase its distribution territory on an incremental basis.  Most distribution has been by direct mail which will continue and soon expand.  The publication’s Manager of Sales Donna Matthews promises “a brighter face for the Connection Newspaper, greater integration with social media platforms and lots of contests for readers.  Advertisers need new and exciting affordable ways to promote their business and we plan to deliver exactly that” Ms. Matthews said.  As a free publication the Connection relies entirely on local businesses who advertise to pay for its publication and distribution costs.  Donna Matthews can be contacted about advertising by email to or by phone to 705-874-1106 or cellphone 705-313-5455

The Cottage Country Connection can be reached by mail and welcomes contributions including local news, event information, poetry and short stories.  Submissions can be mailed to Box 200, Time Square, 380 Armour Rd., Peterborough Ontario, K9H 7L7 or by email to Murray Miskin:

Advertisers and others may submit content for the newspaper to: where the newspaper’s new graphics, design and layout team will work to make it visually appealing for readers.

Editor and Publisher Murray Miskin may be contacted for media interviews, questions or comments by email, or by phone to Miskin Law Office at 705-755-7363.

(Please note that this website is owned by the new owners of The Connection Newspaper and that the above information in this post is a press release issued on January 25, 2014 on behalf of Cottage Country Connection, a Division of 2403262 Ontario Inc.) 


Head of the Trent Best Photos 2013

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View from a bridge

Head of the Trent

Many people have Tweeted photos from the 43rd annual Head of the Trent 2013 with @Ptbodotorg and #Ptbo #HOTT2013. We have posted the best rowing photos here starting with our own above, taken with an Iphone 5 just before noon October 5, 2013 looking down from the Reginald Faryon Bridge. Photos below are all from Twitter. The Head of the Trent is the largest one day rowing regatta held in North America and draws over 1200 rowers from over 50 clubs and schools.  Despite non-ideal weather the turnout was huge and a good time was had.


Branksome Hall Rowers




On the Bridge





Rowing in the wrong direction



Peterborough the City and the County, Ontario Canada

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Peterborough Canada

This is Peterborough, the heart of Ontario

Welcome to our new web source and community website for Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. This was formerly an informational website of Peterborough, England but it has been captured by Canadians and here we are. You can also find our community page on Facebook. We are in the Central East Region of Southern Ontario about 100 KM northeast of Toronto. The City of Peterborough has a population of 80,000 and the Peterborough County total population is 135,000.  The population expands in the summer with many cottagers living seasonally on the lakes.

This website is designed for Peterborough residents and visitors.  The site was just launched on July 7, 2013.  Keep tuned for lots of good things to follow. We will be adding links to local events, businesses, community organizations, services, sights and activities. Our site does not Tweet (yet) but we do post a feed of new #Ptbo posts on Twitter for informational purposes.

Hunter Street Bridge Shamrocks

One of 88 Shamrocks across Hunter St. Bridge