Peterborough County Warden J. Murray Jones stated Wednesday evening it is time to cease the blame sport and begin working collectively so Peterborough and the group of Cavan Monaghan can agree on a boundary adjustment that provides workspace to town — although mayor Diane Therrien stated she was making an attempt to collaborate the entire time.
“Truthfully, we have to begin banding collectively and fixing this downside — and cease blaming individuals and pointing fingers,” Jones stated through the Energy Hour, an annual panel dialogue with elected officers run by the Chamber of Commerce of Peterborough and Kawarthas.
“Let’s bury the hatchet — regardless of the hatchet is — and we will sit down and speak about it,” Jones stated.
However Therrien stated the issue lies nicely earlier than her decade at Peterborough: For 20 years town has been in dire want of commercial land and has eyed vacant tons to the west, within the parish of Cavan Monaghan, for potential annexation, however no deal has ever been cast .
Therrien stated on Wednesday she needed the matter settled and was approaching them with out hostility.
“I’ve no hatchet to bury — I’ve no baggage or historic points with individuals, and I agree that we have to work collectively and transfer ahead,” she stated.
“I agree, Warden Jones – that is greater than haphazardly drawn strains… We have to develop the place we will,” she continued, including that there’s developable land close to Peterborough Airport.
She stated she’s had “a number of conversations” with Cavan Monaghan Mayor Scott McFadden not too long ago and that these discussions “will proceed as a result of it is one thing that everybody needs to occur.”
“So it is about placing egos apart and making it occur,” Therrien stated.
The ability hour occurred on Wednesday night through Zoom, with Joel Wiebe, the chamber’s authorities relations coordinator, moderating a panel that included Jones, Therrien, Peterborough-Kawartha MPP Dave Smith and Northumberland-Peterborough South MP Philip Lawrence.
Peterborough-Kawartha MP Michelle Ferreri is away this week with regrets.
A number of different points had been raised through the 90-minute session:
Psychological well being
When requested what could be accomplished to assist native individuals with psychological well being points, Smith stated there isn’t any easy reply.
He quoted the founder and president of Whitepath Consulting, Peggy Shaughnessy: “She stated individuals take medication to cease feeling one thing or to start out feeling one thing.”
A number of new initiatives funded by the provincial authorities will assist, Smith stated, together with supervised drug use and remedy companies quickly to be provided on the opioid assist middle within the former downtown Greyhound bus station.
Lawrence stated he would proceed to foyer inside the Conservative Get together for extra authorities funding for psychological well being companies.
Ward J. Murray Jones known as it “a gargantuan downside” and stated native attorneys should proceed to press federal and provincial governments to fund psychological well being companies.
Jones additionally urged individuals to not choose others for his or her dependancy and psychological well being points.
“What is the saying? I’m going there with out the grace of God,” he stated.
Therrien stated that common primary revenue “would assist so much” and that even fiscal conservatives ought to give it some thought as a result of it in the end saves on well being care and police spending.
She additionally stated that whereas the supervised drug use companies would assist, Peterborough wanted inpatient rehab companies “as a result of we’re a group that has a requirement for it”.
Smith stated he “100%” agrees with that assertion, noting that detox beds have already been funded in Lindsay at Ross Memorial Hospital.
Therrien additionally stated it helps when individuals do not stigmatize others with psychological well being and dependancy points “if you do not know their life story.”
“There is a saying within the restoration group: The other of dependancy is connection,” she stated.
Requested in regards to the significance of a Toronto-Quebec Metropolis passenger practice service with a cease in Peterborough that might be established in a decade, Smith stated it was important.
“Please get on,” he stated, including that within the meantime he has a proposal for an Categorical GO Transit bus to take individuals from Peterborough to the deliberate new Yonge Avenue tube station.
That journey is not anticipated to take greater than an hour and value $30, Smith stated, nevertheless it will not come in a single day — this new prolonged subway line, known as the Ontario Line, is not anticipated to be accomplished till 2029-30.
Therrien stated the specific GO bus will assist: “Something we will do to get individuals round is welcome,” she stated.
Lawrence stated quick trains are wanted: Suppose how environment friendly the passenger practice techniques are in Europe and Asia, he stated.
“It is a kind of issues: we should always simply get it accomplished,” he stated.
Jones stated he hopes rail service plans do not “stall” and that they will “keep heading in the right direction.”
“I hope that goes forward,” he stated, noting that individuals just like the late lawyer Tony Smith had championed the ministry for years.
Smith stated By way of Rail, which plans to supply the service, has already dedicated to naming some points of the road after the late Tony Smith.