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The Dave Smith United Way Sledge Hockey Challenge


Dave Smith, Member of Parliament for Peterborough-Kawartha, and United Way Peterborough and District are pleased to announce a joint event, the Dave Smith United Way Sledge Hockey Challenge.

Sledge hockey is designed for players who have a physical disability. Players are seated on sleds and use customized hockey sticks with metal teeth on the tips to navigate the ice. Otherwise the game remains the same with respect to rules and much of the same equipment.

The Dave Smith United Way Sledge Hockey Challenge will have two blended teams with MPP Smith’s fellow Members of Provincial Parliament, players from the Blazers, and donors to this event. The game will consist of two twenty minute periods with a skills competition in between. All proceeds will go to the United Way of Peterborough and District.

“I am grateful to MPP Smith and his staff for helping the United Way to realize a truly innovative undertaking that combines sports, support for persons with disabilities, and the best of local and provincial partnerships.” – David Goyette is the 2019 Chair for United Way of Peterborough and District.

“I’ve been involved with sports related activities and events for years. I haven’t had a lot of time for this since being elected but this provides us with a great opportunity.” MPP Smith said. “My past efforts weren’t done simply because I love hockey. I did it because hockey provides us, especially the differently-abled, with so much. It teaches us commitment, determination and team work. It brings us together and strengthens the fabric of our community. I am so proud to play this small part – and prouder still of the benefit it will have in Peterborough-Kawartha through the amazing work of the United Way.”

The Dave Smith United Way Sledge Hockey Challenge will be held on Sunday November 17th at the Douro Arena. The game will be from 2:30pm to 4:30pm. This is a free event and all are welcome to come to what will prove to be a fun afternoon for the family.




For information, contact:

Constituency Office

Phone: 705-742-3777

Email: dave.smithco@pc.ola.org

2019 Living Wage Report

The living wage for Peterborough in 2019 is $17.63 per hour for a family of two parents and two children with both parents working.

“A living wage is the hourly wage required of two parents working fulltime and supporting two children and is different from the provincially mandated minimum wage,” said United Way of Peterborough & District CEO Jim Russell.

Joining Russell at today’s announcement were members of the living wage committee representing Peterborough Public Health, Literacy Ontario Central South, social policy advocates and community planners.

The Living Wage project, sponsored and facilitated by the United Way of Peterborough & District, released a handy four-page brochure highlighting the  report and a companion piece that details the costs and provides the living wage calculation methodology. Both documents are available, below.

The release of the report in Peterborough today, coincides with the release of similar living wage reports in other communities across Ontario, all part of the Ontario Living Wage Network. For further details check out their website here https://www.ontariolivingwage.ca/

Click here to read the full Living Wage Report

Click here to read the calculation report.

The TVM Group to Launch East City Condos Showroom Sales to Support United Way

We are please to share this wonderful partnership with TVM Group.

Click here for Media Release or read below. 

Amit Sofer, President and Founder of The TVM Group – Developers of the 9-storey East City Condos situated
at the corner of Armour Road and Hunter Street East – today announced the grand opening of the East City
Condos showroom. The showroom grand opening will take place at 447 George Street North in Peterborough
from 11 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, October 26, 2019, and is open to all.

Rising 9 storeys above one of Peterboroughs most admired residential neighbourhoods,
East City Condos promises to redefine luxury condominium living in the Peterborough.  Offering spacious
1, 2, and 3 bedroom suites each elegantly appointed with hardwood floors, stone countertops,
stainless steel appliances, walkout and juliet balconies, underground parking and much more. Striking views
can be enjoyed from a variety of vantage points, none more breathtaking than those visible from the
Reserve Collection of private rooftop terraces. East City Condos promises to be a category-creating luxury
development in Peterborough.

Mr. Sofer also announced that The TVM Group will make a donation of $500 to the United Way of
Peterborough & District for every condo unit sold at this and future United Way related events. Said United
Way Campaign Chair David Goyette, “We have introduced a number of innovations to the campaign this
year, and this is one of the most inspiring. Amit and his team are exemplary builders of community and
their enlightened corporate citizenship will go a long way in helping to serve the many ongoing
needs of our community.”

Doors open at 11am announcements will take place at 1:00 PM.

Tyler McKeag, tyler.mckeag@gmail.com, 647-242-1068
Jim Russelll, jrussell@uwpeterborough.ca, 705-742-8839 x26


Opinion – Jim Russell: What will the political parties do to end poverty?

There isn’t a single community in Canada immune to poverty and ours is no different. Unfortunately, according to 2016 census data, 14,645 Peterborough residents, have incomes below the low-income measure. In other words, almost 1 in 5 of our neighbours live in poverty. With election day approaching on Monday, we at United Way of Peterborough and District are waiting and watching for all parties to share their anti-poverty plans with voters.

In June 2019, federal poverty reduction legislation was passed. This means the next federal government — and all those that follow — are required by law to make progress against poverty.

Poverty is an uncomfortable reality most of us have come to accept as a part of our society. But our neighbours who have lived with poverty know that it is ever present in their lives — the choice between rent and food on the table, the fear of unforeseen expenses you can’t meet, the inability to give your children the same experience others enjoy.

When we talk about poverty, we are really talking about the ‘opportunity gap’ — we all have potential; we don’t all have the same opportunity to fulfil it. Tackling poverty is about building hope — a belief in the potential of all Canadians.

Poverty is a driver of the opportunity gap in this country. It can be uncomfortable to talk about. It can seem too complicated to address. But poverty has no place in a resource-rich, compassionate country like Canada. Our failure to eliminate poverty is socially and economically unacceptable.

We know Canadians value taking care of each other when we struggle — we give our time, energy and money because we are compassionate. In Peterborough, individuals, families, businesses and labour councils show their love for this community by supporting our efforts to make social issues like poverty #UNIGNORABLE.

Last year alone, we engaged thousands of donors and volunteers to raise $1.75 million dollars to support community services for people struggling to pay the rent, feed their kids and find work. Our investments work and we are proud to support 46 partners, neighbourhood initiatives, and programs that build community.

To address poverty, modern government policy must be proactive. For our local candidates seeking federal office in October, it’s time to make the eradication of poverty in Canada a policy priority. Doing so will focus our collective efforts on removing the barriers that keep so many from participating in our economy and experiencing the quality of life that is possible here.

The good news for Canada is that we now have the lowest poverty rate in our history, and a federal poverty reduction strategy with targets and timelines, including reducing poverty by 50 per cent by 2030. But are we aiming high enough with a target that is the minimum of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal on poverty? A 50 per cent reduction will still leave more than two million Canadians in poverty, an appalling situation that will continue to drain billions of dollars from public coffers. Canada can surely be more ambitious and set its sights on eradication.

We know that the billions spent today treating the effects of poverty would be better spent removing barriers and creating opportunities to lift people out of poverty and preventing it tomorrow. Vital investments in affordable housing and child care, accessible health and community services, better training to align with labour market needs, and strong, modern income security programs can make poverty a distant memory.

When we remove barriers, we ensure every person in this community and communities across Canada can reach their full potential.

Jim Russell is the CEO of the United Way of Peterborough and District.

Printed in the Peterborough Examiner


Coat Collection – Last Chance!

More winter coats are needed

While the response for the 1 day coat collection was amazing, more winter coats, jackets and snowsuits are needed for the annual Coats for Kids and Adults too! distribution.

“We are asking the community to look through their closets one more time and bring freshly washed outer winter wear to the farmers market location in Peterborough Square during the hours of 5 to 7 pm on Friday, October 25 when many volunteers will be setting up for the coat distribution the following day,” said Stephanie Levesque of United Way Peterborough.

“It is a short window of opportunity to drop off the coats, but after assessing the inventory from last Saturday’s collection, we know we need more winter coats and snowsuits to meet the needs in the community,” she said.

With Thanksgiving weekend upon us, talk to your family members and encourage them to check their closets too!

“We have received a number of calls this week from people who missed last Saturday’s collection and have offered this drop off opportunity,” said Levesque.

United Way Peterborough staff and volunteers will be on hand Friday, October 25 in the farmers market location in Peterborough Square from 5 to 7 pm. The distribution of the coats will take place on Saturday, October 26 from 8 am to 3 pm and distributed on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, contact Stephanie Levesque at 705-742-8839 X32.


EXTRA’s Armchair Quarterback

It is truly time for people to put their money where their mouth is!

“EXTRA’s Armchair Quarterback for the United Way” is a chance for YOU to bid on

an appearance on EXTRA 90.5 to chat sports.

Should Mitch Marner get $11 million? Who should win AL Rookie of the Year?

Are the Lakers going to win three straight Mann Cups?

Gretzky or Orr?

You choose the topic and battle it out with our experts.

Each week there will be a widely promoted auction with a minimum bid of $50.

At the end of the week, whoever has bid the most money will win an hour of talk time during

‘Mercier N Crew’, which airs weekdays between 3 and 6 p.m.

Click here to fill out the form to place your bid.

Coats For Kids – Collection!

United Way Peterborough is once again partnering with The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Peterborough’s thrift store, Vinnies, for the one-day fall collection of Coats For Kids on Saturday, October 5, 2019.

“We are asking for freshly washed or new winter Coats For Kids and Adults too!”, said Stephanie Levesque, United Way Peterborough’s Labour Program & Services Development Officer, today, “And we are pleased that Vinnies is once again assisting this valuable community program.”

On October 5, volunteers will be on hand at a truck in the parking lot of the flagship Vinnies, at 799 Erskine Ave. from 9 am to 5 pm accepting the donations of clean and or new coats.

“Once again we are very happy to help out with this program that benefits the community,” said Angela Oran, Senior Manager of Vinnies. After collection the ServiceMaster Restore Peewee AE Pete’s will be on hand to sort through the donations.

This program provides much needed relief to local families as one in four children in Peterborough lives in poverty. Families continue to deal with sharply rising costs of living and simply don’t have the means to purchase clothing to stay warm during the harsh winter months.

“Every year we distributed over 1,000 coats and the need never lets up,” said Levesque.

Coats for Kids is possible due to the generous support of Peterborough residents, community organizations, and program partners.

The coats will be distributed on Saturday, October 26 from 8 am to 3 pm at Peterborough Square. United Way Peterborough also partners with Peterborough Social Services in the distribution of coats in communities in Peterborough County through the Meet Your Needs days.

For more information, contact Stephanie Levesque at 705-742-8839 X32 or by email at slevesque@uwpeterborough.ca