Search

Trying To Get Inside Bo’s Head After Watching Bo Burnham’s Inside
Lucas Schaefer reviews Bo Burnham's new comedy special, 'Inside' -- a self-reflexive and self-deprecating take on one comedian's journey to create a comedy special entirely alone and in one single room.
Editorial: Reclusive Editor Pipes Up
In this editorial, Brazil Gaffney-Knox reflects on her first year as Arthur editor. While the year has been painful and chaotic writ large, Arthur has brought her hope and joy.
Editorial: How It All Hangs Together
In this editorial, Nick Taylor reminisces on the year that has been and all that it requires of journalism. They also attempt to weave a few seemingly-unrelated stories together: CAUT's censure on UofT, the bombing of Al Jazeera and Associated Press offices in Gaza, and the felling and beheading of a statue of Egerton Ryerson.
Open Letter to Trent Security re: Racism on Campus
Domenica Othwolo, the VP of The Association of Black Students (TABS) writes an open letter to Trent Security, detailing the anti-Black racism that she and others have experienced in their engagements with campus security.
The Arthur Literary Review: Roger Boylan's Timeless Novel
In his latest edition of the Arthur Literary Review, Dante Pettapiece reviews Roger Boylan's newest novel, The Adorations, which has been described as this Nabokovian author's magnum opus.
How Does Peterborough Police Service Investigate Sexual Assault: Part 2
In this follow-up, Elizabeth Mitton dives deeper into the changes that resulted from the findings of Robyn Doolittle’s 2017 “Unfounded” investigation for about how Canadian Police services handle sexual assault investigations. Specifically, Elizabeth details the local effects: the changes made in the Peterborough Police Services policy around sexual assault investigations. This piece outlines these changes in great detail.
How Does Peterborough Police Service Investigate Sexual Assault: Part 1
In this article, Elizabeth Mitton dives into Robyn Doolittle’s groundbreaking 2017 Globe and Mail article, “Unfounded” and the impact it had in police precincts across Canada. At the time, Peterborough stood out in this investigation with rates of sexual assault allegations classified as ‘unfounded’ exceeding both the provincial and national rates. Mitton examines the realities behind these numbers and the commitments made by the Peterborough Police Service in response to this investigation..
The Grift that Keeps on Giving
In this op-ed, Cameron Noble explores how the anti-lockdown, anti-vaccine movements overlap with far right movements in Peterborough. He provides a glimpse at the backdrop of anti-vaccine sentiments in Canada, and some updates about the anti-lockdown movement locally. Ultimately, Noble argues that while these movements seem fringe, they have perhaps shifted the overton window both in how mainstream media frames the pandemic response, and in how state actors have repeatedly put self-interest and profit above the safety of citizens.
'For All That I Learned From You' : Trent's Broken Promise to its Students
In 2019, the TCSA approached Daniel Crawford and Hannah Spinney to paint a mural outside their office in the Student Centre. Mid-way through the project, the TCSA learned that the mural was in violation of their lease agreement with the University, and was destroyed.
Little Barbershop of Horrors: The Bosses Revolt
In this op-ed, Cameron Noble tracks the rise of anti-mask, anti-vax, anti-lockdown mobilization in our city -- including how local business owners are working together to 'end the lockdowns.'
On Trent Land: An Alternative Plan
Connor McCaskill and Carolina Engering are senior undergrad students in Michael Classens’ ERST 4810- Ecological Design course. As their final project, they have chosen to undertake the task of bettering the Trent Lands Plan, specifically proposing an alternative to Cleantech’s ‘Street B’ that will bisect the Trent Vegetable Garden.
Slander in Cinema
In this article, Aimee Anctil explores the oft-overlooked racist and homophobic tropes in 'Mean Girls' (2004) and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010). Anctil reminds us that "we can appreciate art, we must also criticize it for what it is. No art is without flaw, and no film is without its biases."
Private Server, Lonely World
In his most recent non-fiction story, Dante Pettapiece recounts an online encounter with a Penguin, the avatar of a self-proclaimed shut-in from Hong Kong. Pettapiece weaves web worlds, long nights, and the elusive question of democracy into this story about confronting someone for whom the new norm of “quarantine” is typical.
Community-Based Research: A Year in Review
Alexia Kambanis finishes off her Community Based Research project with Arthur by reflecting on the year she has had. While this project is one of the most challenging things she did in her undergrad, she also says it was one of the most rewarding. Read the final results of her survey and learn more about the endless possibilities offered when doing research through your local student press.
Virtual Sleep Out Raises $5000 For Youth Experiencing Homelessness
Trent student, Simal Iftikhar helped host a “Virtual Sleep Out” in collaboration with Peterborough Cares umbrella network in effort to raise money for youth and families experiencing homelessness. On March 26, several participants slept outside in their backyards or garages and were successful in raising $5000 for the YES Shelter for Youth and Families. The event was live streamed, during the event’s livestream, Iftikhar and her friend Jocelyn Enright were joined by Brooke Erickson, the Community Engagement Manager at Youth Emergency Shelter (YES) Shelter.
Interviewing the Trent Vegan Society
The Trent Vegan Society (TVS) is a registered group with the Trent Central StudentAssociation (TCSA) that has been active since September 2018. The founders Shira Rubinoff and Eliaz Tavares have promoted the importance of veganism through pay what you can bake sales, a kombucha brewing workshop, Annual General Meeting (AGM), and communal potlucks. In this interview with TVS, we learn about how this group has been engaging students during COVID-19 and how you can get more involved.
Has City Hall Failed the Transgender Community?
In this article, Robert Gibson explores the debate about change rooms at the Peterborough Wellness Centre--diving into whether or not transgender and non-binary folks are being heard by the City of Peterborough. In addition to pointing out some of the transphobic rhetoric being espoused by community members, Gibson interviews a transgender man to provide insight on the developing situation.
CFS Ontario's Sébastien Lalonde on the Student Choice Initiative Appeal Hearings
Robert Gibson and Spencer Wells interview Canadian Federation of Students' (CFS Ontario) chairperson, Sébastien Lalonde, about the ongoing fight against the Ontario government's Student Choice Initiative (SCI). The CFS organized an online gathering March 23rd to view the Province's appeal hearing. Student leaders from various Ontario post secondary institutions as well as CFS members voiced concerns about the ongoing legal battle, and what the SCI could mean for levy groups like student unions, students services, student spaces and more.
The 140 Billion Dollar Personality Cult
Katie Pedlar critiques the ethics and efficiency of high budget environmentalism. How does our fascination with technology convolute the priorities of environmentalism? And how are we to resist the charms of a handsome billionaire genius who claims to know what’s best?
News Goes Down Under!
In this article, Rob Gibson explains why Facebook's choice to remove news content from its site in Australia. This controversial decision by the multi-billion dollar tech company was made amidst ongoing conversations about how to regulate social media, news media, and the internet more broadly. Find out how greed is driving the conversations, and policy development around regulating the internet.
Enriched Secrecy: BWXT’s Radioactive Plans
Zach Ruiter provides an update on the legal dispute over the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission's recent decision to renew BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada's licence for their site on Monaghan Road, allowing them to pellet uranium across from Price of Wales Elementary School. A local grassroots organization called Citizens Against Radioactive Neighbourhoods (CARN) is working with lawyers from the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) to put forward a legal challenge against the licence renewal.
Why Now is the Time to Talk About Tuition
In this op-ed, Maggie Piper explains how COVID-19 has exacerbated the unaffordability crisis in post-secondary education in the province of Ontario, and how legislators and administrators alike have failed to respond to students needs. Piper asks, "Is our educational funding model prepared for the next crisis?"
OPIRG's New Research on Student Experiences During the Pandemic
Madelin Gennaro examines Diya Shah’s research on students’ experiences with online learning during the pandemic. Shah’s research shows that the year has been challenging for students, and that online learning has taken a toll. Students have especially struggled financially, socially and with mental health broadly. While it is unclear whether shutdowns will continue in the Fall 2021 semester, Shah’s research suggests that a hybrid model of in-person and online classes would be the best option for improving student experiences across the board.
Year One of Black Student Support
The Black Student Support (BSS) program has been operating at Trent University since the Summer of 2020. In this in-depth interview with the Student Facilitators Ethel Nalule and Ropa Mungwari, we find out how Black students and community members can better access mental health resources and more positive space. With partnership with Student Affairs and the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Accessibility (CHREA) Special Projects Coordinator, Faith Mwesigye, joins us for a discussion on how Black students can be better supported at Trent.
Black History Month Blowout Goes Online
Irene Suvillaga highlights Black History Blowout’s success in transforming Zoom events now and for all by providing an “exquisite banquet of cultural pride and unapologetic innate talent” through a series of Black and Indigenous performances by both domestic and international artists. The event also announced the new recipient for the second annual Charlie Earle’s Micro Grant for Black Women and Non-binary artists.
Municipal Parks and COVID-19
In his second article on the importance of city parks and COVID-19, Robert Gibson dives into the stats that relate COVID-19 incidence to availability of city parks. While there isn’t a direct link between these two factors, Gibson argues that biodiversity is linked to the incidence of pandemic and that parks have many health benefits for urban populations.
The Next Best Option; the Musicfest Livestream
Musicfest's free admission concerts in Del Crary Park have been a staple summer activity in the Peterborough-Nogojiwanong area for decades. However, in the age of COVID-19 and concerts being cancelled for the foreseeable future, Musicfest opted to host their first-ever livestreamed performance while aiming to maintain audience engagement. How did they do it? Elizabeth Mitton sat down with Musicfest's Marketing and Communications Specialist Justin Sutton to find out.
Arthur Editorship Platforms 2021-2022
Nick Taylor and Brazil Gaffney-Knox are running for Arthur's editorship for Vol. 56. If you are part of Arthur's Staff Collective, you are eligible to vote for the incoming editors on April 10th, 2021 over zoom.
The Environment is Under Attack
Robert Gibson outlines the challenges faced by the public in recognizing issues of environmental concern in Ontario. Minister’s Zoning Orders (MZOs) in particular, he says, threaten the public’s ability to challenge new developments put forward by the province and municipalities. Additionally, Bill 245, he calls “a clear bombardment of environmental rights” as it weakens citizens’ right to appeal environmental decisions.
2017 Campus Sexual Assault Case Continues
In this article, Elizabeth Mitton provides an update on the ongoing legal battle surrounding an alleged sexual assault that took place on Trent University's Symons Campus in September 2017. After the criminal charges against Adam Bullock were dropped, his legal team filed a civil suit that has since been responded to with a countersuit.
Femmephobia: Q&A with Dr. Rhea Ashley Hoskin
In this article, Aras Mommertz interviews Dr. Rhea Ashley Hoskin about her research on gender roles, hegemonic femininity, and how society values feminine-presenting people. They discuss how everyone is affected by femmephobia and how it is engrained into the dominant culture to devalue and police those who are femme.
Femmephobia: What’s the Impact?
Through this article, we discuss how everyone is affected by femmephobia and how it is engrained into the dominant culture to devalue and police those who are femme. With a specific focus on the 2SLGBTQ++ community, this article hopes to inform the general public on how to be more intersectional, understand micro-aggressions and create a discussion on how we conduct ourselves in society.
TCSA Elections Part 2: The Executive Candidates
In her second article covering the TCSA Spring Elections, Irene Suvillaga focuses on the candidates running for executive positions. Suvillaga documents the second half of the ‘Candidate Meet and Greet’ where the candidates for VP Health and Wellness, and VP Campaigns and Equity shared their platforms and answered questions from viewers and previous TCSA board members.
TCSA Elections Part 1: The Equity Commissioner Candidates
Irene Suvillaga covers last week’s “TCSA Candidates Meet and Greet.” In this article she focuses on the only contested Equity Commissioner position: Women's Student Commissioner, detailing the two candidates' answers during the Q & A period. Suvillaga also covers the platforms presented by the candidates for Part-Time Student Commissioner, Environment and Sustainability Commissioner, and Students with Disabilities Commissioner.
Transit Town
Radiyah Kareem details the changes that have been made in the past year since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold of Peterborough. She investigates how the changes affect various groups in the community; those who rely on transit for access work and necessities including Peterborough locals, students who live downtown and on campus.
A Naturalist's Beef with the Trent Lands Plan
Francene Francis interviews local biologist and naturalist, Basil Conlin. Basil has spent countless hours on Trent land researching plants, mammals and bugs (moths especially). His discovery that there are about 800 moth species just on Trent lands, led him to wonder, if the Trent environment can provide for 800 species of moths, imagine what else it can provide for! After all, a moth isn’t just a bug, an Aspen isn’t just a tree, and a Bobolink isn’t just a bird. They’re stories. They’re life histories of different ecosystems and environments that had to come together just right for life to thrive. But with the Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan unfolding, will this thriving be able to continue?
Laurentian's Tensions
Katie Pedlar dives into the dire financial situation at Laurentian University and questions if these circumstances could arise at Trent University. This article touches on administrative redundancies, international tuition and post secondary funding.
The Arthur Literary Review: Tim Hwang and Why You're a Commodity
In his latest edition of the Arthur Literary Review, Dante Pettapiece reflects on Tim Hwang's new book, 'Subprime Attention Crisis,' which explores how big tech financializes attention. In this review, Pettapiece reimagines the internet and explains why Hwang believes there is a ticking time bomb at the heart of the internet.
A Better Way to Talk About Crime
In her second article of this series, Alexia Kambanis introduces a counter-example to her initial criticisms of local crime reporting: Arthur Newspaper! She explores how crime has been covered in Arthur's pages, and argues for crime reporting that accounts for context and empathy.
RPM Challenge: the 2021 Listening Listicle
To highlight the ever-expanding catalogue of music in the city of Peterborough and the Kawartha Lakes region, Spencer Wells provides a detailed list of artist submissions for the 2021 Record Production Month Challenge. This is the final article based on the Revvin Up radio miniseries on Trent Radio.
How Trent University Responds to an Outbreak on Campus
A recent spike in COVID-19 case numbers has caused the Region of Peterborough to escalate their control measures into the red zone. Spencer Wells reached out to Trent University on what new measures are going into effect to protect the students and faculty, as well as the surrounding community.
Racist Landlords Pose Challenges for International Students
Irene Suvillaga displays the harrowing reality that racialized international students face in finding housing in Peterborough.
Trent Approves Lands Plan That "Makes Sense For The World"
The Trent Board of Governors approved the Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan at their February meeting. Three community members spoke to challenge the approval, grad student Matt Dutry, the TCSA’s Jocelyn Whalen, and Elder Dorothy Taylor. The speakers argued that the Plan should not be approved, citing issues during the consultation process, and students feeling confused and uninformed. Elder Taylor, a member of Curve Lake First Nation explicitly asked the Board not to approve, “The land has said “do not allow anymore, do not allow this project to go forward.” Because this land is sacred.”
How did TACSU celebrate Black History Month?
Irene Suvillaga follows the Trent African Caribbean Student Union (TACSU) in this year’s endeavour to celebrate Black History Month through several small events that were sought to create a long lasting impact in the hearts and minds of the Trent community. In this short piece, we explore what is Black History Month, its purpose and its significance.
On Trent Land: An ED-ucation
Francene Francis interviews Edward (Ed) Smith, of the Society for Ecological Restoration, a student group at Trent. They discuss his views on the recently approved Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan, its environmental implications and what is says about Trent's future. Ed shares some of his environmental passions and the great work SER-TU has been up to in the past few years.
Spring Elections at the TCSA
The Trent Central Student Association launches their Spring elections for the 2021-2022 academic year. Arthur published this compilation of the students running for various positions at the TCSA to help students get informed, and feel empowered to vote. Stay tuned for our podcast interviewing the candidates running for executive positions.
No More Opioid Deaths in Our Backyard
In this Editorial, Nick Taylor unpacks commentary from local developers and business-owners on the proposed Consumption and Treatment Services (CTS) site at 220 Simcoe Street. Taylor explains how the CTS site -- a long overdue, lifesaving service -- has become a topic of criticism in local headlines and amongst some downtown property owners, despite having widespread support from the community and various levels of government.
RPM Challenge: Mixing Tricks
As the Record Production Month challenge draws closer to the submission date, Spencer Wells and Connor Stinson discuss the basics of mixing and mastering recorded audio – including equalizers, compression, and reverb effects. The article touches upon Spencer and Connor’s experiences as co-hosts and musicians, with tips based on the Audacity recording and editing platform. Part of a month-long series documenting the 2021 RPM Challenge.
‘Video Killed the Radio Star?’ More like ‘The Network Killed the Lesbian Co-Star’
Aimee Anctil argues for the importance of high quality, complex, and realistic queer BIPOC representation in media. Pulling from shows like 'The Legend of Korra' and 'She-Ra and the Princesses of Power' Anctil underscores the impact queer BIPOC representation has had in her life. On the other hand, shows like 'The 100' and 'Riverdale' and basically everything produced by Netflix fail to give queer characters the story arcs they deserve. Tropes like bury your queers and queer-coding evil characters are harmful; “Children internalize it all, regardless of if they are aware of it or not.” Stay critical, Anctil implores, and demand better from the networks.
Interview with BIPOC Liason: Rhea Shahe
Aras Mommertz interviews the Trent Centre for Women and Trans People’s BIPOC Liaison, Rhea Shahe. Rhea explains the importance of her work providing an explicitly BIPOC-focused space in an organization that must contend with issues of representation. She shares the results of her research at the Centre and the projects she is currently focused on: BIPOC Archives Nogo and the BIPOC self-care zine in collaboration with the Trent Queer Collective.
On Trent Land: 'Sus'tainable
With the recent approval of the Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan, including all the sustainability promises it promises, Francene Francis reflects on the current sustainability of the Symons campus. The Lands Plan is meant for holistic, ecological development that will improve life, work, and play on the Trent campus. Using the three pillars of sustainability as a guideline, she examines Trent’s sustainability framework and the plans folded into the new guiding document.
RPM Challenge: On the Record
Spencer Wells and Skye Vasey discuss some fundamental techniques to capturing audio, including microphone placement, natural acoustics, sound isolation and much more. The article reflects both Spencer and Skye's individual experiences in DIY recording, referring to many easy-to-learn tricks that anyone can use to record high-quality audio. Part of a month-long series documenting the 2021 RPM Challenge.
Faculty Focused On Student Success Despite Pandemic's Challenges
The Trent University Faculty Association (TUFA) find that online learning during the pandemic has brought about feelings of isolation for students and professors alike. Using data gathered by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations, TUFA discusses the immense challenges and successes of online learning as well as areas for improvement within the university and across the province broadly.
The Arthur Literary Review: Mark Leyner is the Right Kind of Sleazy
Resident literary critic, Dante Pettapiece, dives into Mark Leyner's recent book The Last Orgy of the Divine Hermit.
A Case for Parks in a Pandemic
Robert Gibson explores the role of biodiversity loss on the instance of zoonotic pandemics, as well as the role that Peterborough can play in preventing this. Between the proposed developments around town to park spaces already lost to new builds, Peterborough has a way to go to imporving the park space available to the public, especially in a time like this.
Confessions of Trent Teacher Candidates
Elizabeth Mitton sits down (virtually) with four of Trent’s teacher candidates to discuss their unique perspectives and experiences as both teacher and student during the COVID-19 pandemic. The teaching candidates talk about the successes and challenges that come with learning to become a teacher during one of the most difficult times to be a teacher.
Defending Moose on Unceded Lands
In this Arthur exclusive, Cheyenne Wood interviews an Indigenous Trent Student who was involved in organizing a moratorium on unceded Algonquin lands near La Vérendrye Wildlife Reserve in Northern Quebec. Local Anishinaabeg community members have been calling for a five year moratorium on non-Indigenous moose hunting to to allow for repopulation. Recent years have seen a steep decline in moose, and a lack of response from the Quebec government. Cheyenne Wood uses this example to explore other examples of contemporary colonial violence in Canada, and the difficulties involved in defending unceded territory.
A Review of a Service Canada phone call
Robert Gibson reviews a Service Canada phone call in this timely piece of comedy as more people are using Service Canada over the phone. While his experience was a hellscape, he hopes you have a better time.
Proximity Holding Peterborough Back
Devin Henderson writes about the difficulties involved in supporting local businesses during the pandemic. With the end of the State of Emergency quickly approaching, Devin is looking forward to the opportunity to shop local, rather than putting money into big box-stores.
Kawartha Nishnawbe Demand Consultation for Parks Canada Development
Irene Suvillaga follows the Kawartha Nishnawbe barricade of a dam reconstruction project by Parks Canada on January 13, 2021. The project has been deemed illegal, moving forwards without consultation to the Nishnawbe Community prior to the construction process and has resulted in the erection of barricades that block the entry to the construction site. This article follows both the Nishnawbe and Parks Canada , featuring statements by David Britton, Director of the Ontario Waterways; Christopher Reid, appointed lawyer for Kawartha Nishnawbe; and Nodin Webb leader and spokesperson of the Kawartha Nishnawbe Community.
New Year New Queer: Review of the Trent Queer Collective’s Annual General Meeting
Aras Mommertz reviews the Trent Queer Collective (TQC)'s Annual General Meeting, where the organization re-caps what they have been up to over the past year. Learn more about how the TQC are bringing the Queer community together and uplifting Queer voices, through their radio show 'Queer Talks', their QTBIPOC fund, their rebrand, and their upcoming plans for a Queer Skateboarding group come Spring!
RPM Challenge: A Songwriter’s Primer
With the RPM Challenge officially underway, Spencer Wells offers insightful tips and techniques on how to get started on the songwriting process. The challenge is seeking musical submissions from anyone and everyone interested, regardless of prior musical experience. This article is part of a month-long document highlighting the event, with each article reflecting Spencer's progress as he participates in the challenge himself.
On Trent Land: Wildin'
Habitat destruction and fragmentation is often a common side effect of human habilitation and expansion projects. How will the Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan (TLNAP) affect the feeding relationships on the Trent campus and its surroundings? Let’s examine the situation through the lens of two top predators in the Trent natural community.
Catching up on the Subway Chicken Court Catastrophe
For over three years, Trent University and the CBC have been locked in a legal battle against Subway for a Marketplace episode involving a lab test done on campus, confirming the quality of the chicken products being served by a multitude of fast-food chains. Spencer Wells follows up on the extensive history and media developments of this series of cases, of which set historic precedents for all of the parties involved.
The Showstopper: How COVID-19 has Affected Local Performing Arts Organizations
One of the first to close, and presumably one of the last to reopen due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Peterborough-Nogojiwanong’s arts and culture scene has remained out of the spotlight for almost a year. In this article, Elizabeth Mitton goes behind the scenes of the Peterborough Arts Recovery Alliance, an ad-hoc group which represents 13 local performing arts organizations, to discuss the impacts the pandemic has had on the arts, and how they’re aiming to come back even stronger.
On Trent Land: Ashes to Ashes
Trent is planning for many changes in their Lands Plan. Utilizing more of their property, they want to expand the built campus and its periphery for future economic, social, and environmental gain. Much of the property is occupied by ash trees that will be negatively affected by construction. As much of the Ontario ash populations are already at risk, are we willing to unnecessarily endanger more?
4chan With a Bloomberg Terminal
In a much needed act of public service, Alex Purdye takes readers through the events unfolding in the international casino that many call the stock market. Have you been confused about recent news citing a “reddit-fuelled take-over” of the market? Don’t have any idea what a “short” is, not to mention a “short squeeze”? Want to know more about GME, ‘hedgies’, and all the wall street bad boys out there losing money? Though the story isn’t as hopeful, nor as simple as he’d like, Purdye can be your guide.
Gearing Up for the 2021 RPM Challenge
Spencer Wells highlights the upcoming Record Production Month Challenge - an internationally-recognized event that promotes anyone and everyone to produce music for the entire month of February. He is also working with Trent Radio to produce a series of shows that covers his progress in the challenge, as well as offering tips and advice on how to get started with the production process. Features an interview with Peterborough artist Victoria Stoddart.
Resisting Food Injustice With Food Not Bombs
Demand for the free weekly provided by Food Not Bombs has increased throughout the past year’s lockdowns, reaching an all-time high in August and September. Elizabeth Mitton dives into the local chapter of this international movement that has provided a free meal in Nogo-Ptbo every week since 2005. In the face of a global health crisis, which has exacerbated an already tenuous and unjust food system, community members come together every week at Food Not Bombs to share in resistance. As member Myles Connor articulates this organization “is an opportunity for praxis...not an opportunity to give back, but to take action.”
Examining the Examiner: Covering Crime in Peterborough
In the first article for her Community Based Research project with Arthur, Alexia Kambanis examines the trappings of crime coverage in Peterborough. Does the Examiner’s heavy handed and often classist reporting lead readers to feel more unsafe? Is the upswell in the true crime genre--of podcasts, books, reporting--affecting the way crime is reported? Alexia is Arthur’s researcher in residence this Spring and she will be working on answering big questions about crime reporting through the lens of our very own, homegrown, Peterborough publications.
ReFrame Review: The Garden Collective
Aras Mommertz reviews Sara Wylie's short documentary 'The Garden Collective.' This film documents the Prison for Women (P4W) Memorial Collective, telling tragic stories of injustice in the Kingston women's prison which closed in 2000, particularly histories of violence inflicted upon Indigenous women. 'The Garden Collective' is also a story of colonial brutality, the violence that the Canadian justice system continues to inflict, and the immense project for justice and healing that this collective has undertaken.
Seen Reading: Hell Light Flesh by Klara du Plessis
Local poet Angela Hibbs reviews Hell Light Flesh by Klara du Plessis, a recent publication from Palimpsest Press. Hell Light Flesh is du Plessis' second collection of poetry, and details family, punishment, and the ferocity and brilliance of creation. Hibbs reviews the collection and poses some questions to the author.
ReFrame Review: Call Me Human
Katie Pedlar discusses Kim O'Bomsawin's impactful new documentary, Call Me Human. This film follows Innu poet Joséphine Bacon, though she rejects the title as "poet" does not exist in Innu-aimun. As part of a generation grappling with the effects of centuries of violent oppression, Bacon's work serves to nourish Innu language, resisting colonial suffocation of Innu language and culture.
ReFrame Review: The Reason I Jump
Robert Gibson reviews Jerry Rothwell's The Reason I Jump. This film is adapted from Naoki Higashida's 2007 memoir on growing up as a non-verbal autistic person. The Reason I Jump explores these themes, weaving together individual stories and challenging ableist myths and stigma around autistic people who require a high degree of support. Gibson writes that this film accomplishes the difficult task of bringing the audience into the minds of neurodiverse people with respect and care.
ReFrame Review: Dope is Death
Spencer Wells reviews Mia Donovan's 2020 film, 'Dope is Death' - a documentary film that details the community response to the 1970s heroin epidemic in the South Bronx. In response to government inaction, the Black Panthers led an occuption of Lincoln Memorial Hospital and under the leadership of Dr. Shakur, the Lincoln Detox clinic became the first government-funded clinic of its kind. This article is part of the a series of a series of reviews for the 2021 ReFrame Film Festival.
On Trent Land: The Costs of Expansion
Francene Francis kicks off her series of articles on ecological diversity on campus with a profile of three beautiful and enchanting bird species: the bald eagle, the barn swallow, and the wood thrush. Read more about these species and what they bring to the ever-evolving biological diversity at Trent.
Charlie Earle Micro-Grant Returns for a Second Year
Irene Suvillaga dives into the legacy of Charlie Earle, a beloved Peterborough musician who passed away in 2019. The Charlie Earle Micro-Grant, created by family, friends, and the Trent Centre for Women and Trans People helps to support up and coming Black woman or non-binary artists with a one-time bursary. The grant's second year will close on Friday, January 22 and the 2021 winner will be announced later this spring.
ReFrame Review: There's No Place Like This, Anyplace
Janine Joseph reviews canadian director Lulu Wei's 'There's No Place Like This, Anyplace' a documentary about the famous and grand Honest Ed's--a landmark in Toronto's downtown. The fall of Honest Ed's is the story of gentrification and this documentary is a clear snapshot of the ever looming force of condo development and rent hikes in Canada's largest city.
ReFrame Review: Wintopia
Liam Parker reviews Canadian director Mira Burt-Wintonick's Wintopia. This documentary is a post humous collaboration with her late father, famous Canadian director, Peter Wintonick. "A brilliant blend of tradgedy, insight, wit, and philosophy," Wintopia is showing at ReFrame's COVID-ready online film festival from January 22-29.
ReFrame Review: The River
Liam Parker reviews 'The River' a documentary short that is close to home in Peterborough. 'The River' directed by Benjamin Hargreaves skillfully tells the story of The River Magazine and Faelan Dobbin, a local artist whose struggles with mental illness and disability in this film elucidate the reality of being low income in Peterborough.
ReFrame Review: For the Love of Rutland
Liam Parker reviews director Jennifer Taylor's 'For the Love of Rutland'-- a tale of 100 Syrian refugees in a small town in Vermont, USA. Parker concludes that this documentary "masterfully" balances this story about small-town life, through civil disputes over xenophobia and classism to very close-to-home scenes of the opioid crisis--in a place not all that unlike Peterborough.
A Farewell to Tom Symons
Michael Eamon, Trent professor of History and Principal at Traill College reflects on the unmatched legacy of founder Tom Henry Bull Symons who passed away in the early hours of the New Year. From Symons' work building Trent, to his famous "Symons Report", to his love of teaching, Professor Eamon relays the incredible life of this inimitable Canadian from the perspective of a friend and colleague.
More Poison From the Plant
In the final days of 2020, BWXT received an extended licence to intensify current operations through pelleting. Zach Ruiter contextualizes this new development in a longstanding struggle between community members and this corporation.
Accessible or Ableist? How Students Really Feel About Student Accessibility Services (or Lack Thereof) During the Pandemic
Elizabeth Mitton follows up with Maxmillion Setka, the TCSA Commissioner for Students with Disabilities, and Stewart Engelberg, the Director of Trent's Student Wellness Centre, to find out how the University is responding to concerns shared by students with disabilities. How does online learning affect the quality of education for students, especially those with different needs? Is the University doing enough to accommodate these needs?
Trent Land is Sacred and the Community is Rallying 
Nick and Brazil cover 'Honouring the Land of the Sacred Elements' -- a virtual seminar organized by community members who are concerned about the Trent Lands Plan and what it means for the wildlife that call our campus home. This article features the perspectives of Professor Emerita Dr. Shirley Williams, Elder Dorothy Taylor, local naturalist Basil Conlin, and PhD candidate Debbie Jenkins.
The Bowlcut: Happy Holidays from a Safe Distance
A satirical address from the President of LeglessU! Arthur funny-man Drew Dafoe takes a poke at Public Relations, and those infamous Holiday Videos that are viewed exclusively by students desperate to procrastinate during exam season. Find out how Legless Pete plans to celebrate the holidays! Hint: it involves that dreaded Josh Groban album and being ignorant about any holiday that isn't Christmas.
Climate and Environment in the 2021 City Budget
The City declared a climate crisis in 2019, check out Rob Gibson's coverage of the 2021 city budget from an environmental perspective.
The Arthur Literary Review: A 2020 Holiday Listicle
Dante ties up the 2020 Arthur Literary Review with a beautiful bow. Take note of these readable recommendations for your friends, family, or for yourself.
City Council Approves Police Budget Increase
Spencer Wells reports on the City's decision to increase the Peterborough Police Service (PPS) budget by 2.43% amidst calls from Black Lives Matter Nogojiwanong to defund the police, and re-allocate those funds to social services. Learn more about how the PPS budget gets drafted each year.
Save Inverlea Park
Marlee Lunshof breaks down the City's decision to list the beloved and historic Inverlea Park as a potential site for the City's new Firehall. Find out what your City Councillor is saying about it, and how the community is responding.
Toasting the Theatre on King
Local performing arts venue holds a holiday bottle drive to raise money from December to early January.
Consultation, Commercialization, and Confusion On Trent Lands
Nick and Brazil wade into the PR Pond to uncover what the 2020 Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan actually proposes. This Lands Plan sure does talk the talk, but does it walk the walk? Read this in-depth investigation to learn more about Trent’s plans to commercialize, their consultation process, and the confusion and concern surrounding it all.
Chapter One of 'Highway Robbery: An Odyssey of Bikes Stolen in Peterborough'
In this first instalment of her series, Katie Pedlar retells her personal experiences with bike theft in Peterborough. Drama, crime, and intrigue -- this odyssey has it all! Katie confronts cycling as a paradox: it is a symbol of wealth and hardship, a means of transportation, a creative outlet and a metaphor for Peterborough itself.
Fly me out of this Room
Irene reflects on a trip home like no other: from Peterborough to El Salvador during amidst a global pandemic. It is a masked journey, full of introspection and a yearning, "To lay under El Salvador’s sun and hear the ocean’s whisper once again, to speak my mother tongue rather than having to translate my soul everyday; fearing that my thoughts were not being expressed properly or that mispronounced words would slip out of my mouth." 
Fentanyl, COVID-19 and New Measures to Keep our City Safe
As the Opioid Response Hub including a safe consumption site takes shape in Peterborough's downtown, Aras Mommertz tells the story of the opioid crisis in Peterborough and how these measures act as steps toward a safer city for all residents.
Orange Not Sus: Jagmeet Singh and AOC prophesize progressive victory in ‘Among Us’ livestream
Canadian NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and U.S. congressperson Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez build progressive solidarity in a livestream of Among Us. Danny Taro has the highlights, both for the ever-popular video game and for the political discourse between two progressive rising stars.
Letter to the Editor: It’s time to take back Peterborough ... somehow?
In this Letter, Alexia breaks down a recently published Letter to the Editor in the Peterborough Examiner.
Legless U
Drew Dafoe brings his observations from his first semester at Trent: it's legless. Meaningful connection is difficult in this post-apocalyptic landscape where you only ever see the top quarter of anyone’s body. Read on to hear sage advice from two profs and a psychotherapist--as well as Drew's pitch for Zoom-style reality dating show.
A Legless Interview
The unedited interview from Drew's recent article "Legless U"
The Bowlcut: Reconciliatory Cuddles
Reviewer extraordinaire, Dante Pettapiece, takes a break from LitCrit to try his hand at satire. In this hilarious yet poignant short story, Dante explores the aftermath of the 2020 American election, and how America could reset itself. Spoiler: there's a lot of tears and tenderness. You might even feel hopeful about the future!
Trent Lands and Nature Areas Virtual Town Hall
As the January 4th deadline for public comment approaches, the Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan team hosted a virtual public meeting November 19 to present the Plan and address questions and concerns brought forward by the community.
Letter to the Editor: Western Chorus Frogs rebuke the Trent Lands Plan
A frog collective expresses vexation with the Lands Plan. In chorus they implore Trent, "reinvest in your nature areas, give us the means to help you, provide funding to your committees, give them the backbone they need to elicit a real change in the direction of the University."
How to Read the Budget: Housing
The Draft Peterborough City Budget for 2021 is currently under review. Here's what you need to know about housing in the City's budget.
Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan: it brags ‘green’ but is it?
Debbie Jenkins unpacks the ecology of the Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan, and explains why she thinks it is not as environmentally friendly as advertised.
Community Mourns Brett LeBlanc
Trent and Peterborough come together to mourn the tragic death of Trent student who went missing from his home on the Symons campus last week.
Reflecting on Transgender Day of Remembrance
Trans Day of Remembrance, November 20, was commemorated in Peterborough-Nogojiwanong by various student and community run groups. Read more about their Virtual Vigil and this worldwide movement to highlight those lost to violence and anti-transgender bigotry.
A Toast to B.A. Johnston
How is Peterborough legend B.A. Johnston faring through COVID-19? He is reviewed and interviewed by Spencer Wells and Connor Stinson in this piece on pandemic .
The Arthur Literary Review: Atwood’s Poetic Justice
Dante Pettapiece's latest edition of the Arthur Literary Review responds to CanLit Titan Margaret Atwood's latest work, a collection of poems entitled 'Dearly'
Future Majority Puts Minister Monsef, Mayor Therrien in the Hot Seat
Youth activists from Future Majority grill Maryam Monsef and Diane Therrien about the most pressing issues of our time. Read more about the Future Majority Town Hall.
The Big Switch: from TCSA to Trent Mobile
Spencer Wells details the shift from the TCSA app to Trent Mobile, including TCSA President Ann-Majella McKelvie's explanation as to why the switch happened at all!
What You Need to Know about Housing in Peterborough
Unpacking accessibility and affordability of housing in Peterborough with the United Way's 'Housing is Fundamental Report' for 2020.
All-American Flicks from the Trent Film Society
U.S. election on your mind? Your local film buffs are serving up fresh recommendations that are as American as apple pie.
Local Festival Works Towards Religious Harmony
Elizabeth Mitton covers this year's Abraham Festival - a religious festival started by three women that aims to bring Christians, Muslims and Jews together in religious unity. Find out how they've adapted to keep the festival going during the pandemic!
TCSA Town Hall Meeting: The Highlight Reel
Here's what you need to know about the recent TCSA Townhall: exams, the creation of a Black Student Representative on the TCSA and more.
The Wait is Over, The Environmental Advisory Committee is Back
Highlights of the recent meeting of the City's Environmental Advisory Committee.
On the Life and Death of @trentu.confessions
Nick Taylor unpacks the life and death of anonymous instagram account @trentu.confessions in light of their recent--and dramatic--demise.
Surviving a Coronavirus Winter
Maggie Piper surveyed students and Trent faculty for some tips on surviving a coronavirus winter. This is the guide you'll need for the impending winter!
The Frugal Student's Guide to Textbook Shopping
Alexia Kambanis outlines her tips and tricks for aquiring all the textbooks you need and saving money at the same time!
Community Takes Action to Defund the Police
The Nogojiwanong chapter of Black lives matter gathers community support and takes action to defund the police in Peterborough.
Letter to the Editor: Online learning is not for everyone
This letter to the editor features a Trent student struggling to be accommodated in online schooling this semester.
Nogojiwanong Stands in Solidarity with Mi'kmaw Fishery
In light of escalating violence against Indigenous fishers on Canada's East coast, Ptbo-Nogo community gathers in solidarity with Mi'kmaw fisheries.
The Virtual Void: How COVID-19 has affected the delivery and reception of educational instruction at Trent
Staff Writer Elizabeth Mitton interviews representatives from Student Accessibility Services, Trent I.T., and the TCSA, to get the scoop on online learning!
A Glimpse into COVID’s hold on Peterborough
Spencer Wells asks a few locals about their thoughts on COVID-19 in Peterborough and Trent. COVID's hold on Peterborough.
Trent's New Anti-Racism Task Force: A step towards a more egalitarian campus
Our coverage of Trent's Anti-Racism Task Force! We interview some members of the committee, and discuss why it is important now more than ever.
The Arthur Literary Review: Don DeLillo's Deafening Silence
Dante Pettapiece serves up his latest edition of The Arthur Literary Review. This time the recently released Don Delillo, The Silence.
Supernatural Entities—They’re just like us! with the Trent Film Society
This week's recommendations: Supernatural Entities! Trent Film Society hopes you will enjoy the many interpretations of paranormal featured in these films.
A Call for Stories: the Trent Lands and Nature Areas Draft Plan
What you need to know about the October 2020 draft of the Trent Lands Plan, most notably, the displacement of student-led agricultural projects.
Thinking About Thinking About Carbon with Dr. Anne Pasek
Arthur Newspaper sits down with Dr. Anne Pasek, Trent's newest professor in the School of the Environment AND Cultural Studies!
Will COVID End Reusable Containers at Trent?
We update you on how Trent University Food Services is responding to COVID, and adapting its reusable container programs.
[Insert Title After School Work is Finished]
Petition about school work overload circulates Trent. Students struggle with online school. Will you sign?
The Arthur Literary Review: Charles Yu Wants You To Know That There Are More Asian Stars Than Kung Fu Guy
The second instalment of the Arthur Literary Review! brought to you by reviewer Dante Pettapiece and Charles Yu - author of 'Interior Chinatown'.
TCSA By-Election: The Issues Around the Ballot
Katie Pedlar breaks down some of the issues around this year's TCSA Fall Elections. Who will be the new VP Health and Wellness?
Be Nice or Leave
One of Spanky's last shows of the season featuring B.A. Johnston and The Muddy Hack. Read the interview here.
Our Dance of Revolution: an ode to the start of a radical Black queer movement!
Aras Mommertz details a recent Q&A with Black Lives Matter Nogojiwanong and Philip Pike - the Director of 'Our Dance of Revolution.'
The Walkhome Walkout
Walkhome at Trent suffers from lack of engagement in a time when students are in need.
Art at The Foot of The Waters: Jiimaan ’ ndewemgadnong
Tia Cavanagh unviels public art installation, Jiimaan’ndewemgadnong (the place where the heart of the canoe beats). Peterborough's art at the foot of the waters.
Students Lobby for Course on The Glory of Africa
The Trent African and Caribbean Student Union (TACSU) team successfully lobbied for a course on the history and glory of Africa.
Getting HOTT During COVID
Katie Pedlar updates the Trent community re: the Head of the Trent Regatta in the context of COVID-19, and how the Alumni Association is adapting.
Life at All Angles with Trent Film Society
Your latest film recommendations brought to you by the Trent Film Society. This week: Life at all Angles with Trent Film Society.
The Arthur Literary Review: Author Emma Cline Doesn't Have Daddy Issues
Arthur Contributor Dante Pettapiece reviews the recently published collection of short stories, "Daddy" by Emma Cline. This is part of an ongoing column.
The Old and New with Trent Film Society
Trent Film Society brings you "The Old and New", a second serving of bi-weekly film suggestions to keep you trucking through the fall.
Back to School with The Trent Film Society
The Trent Film Society brings you a collection of recommendations for the beginning of term. Stay tuned for bi-monthly updates and your what to watch guide.
Coping with COVID: What to Expect at Trent
Are you about to embark on a life altering adventure in the middle of a global pandemic? We’ve compiled all the most important information (and some of our best unsolicited advice) to help in coping with COVID.
Who the F is Arthur?
Who is Arthur? An in-depth explanation of who we are and what we do - including the sought-after origin story of our paper's strange name!
TCSA Votes to Review Conduct of VP Allan Fabrykant
Nick Taylor covers the recent conduct of TCSA VP Health and Wellness Allan Fabrykant and the Emergency Meeting that resulted in an Executive Review.
Shedding Light on Local Black Hair Businesses
Ethel Nalule profiles various Black Hair Businesses in Peterborough-Nogojiwanong: Sammy's Braids, Irun Elewa, Trimz by T, and Braids by Marilyn.
CRRC Hosts "Tough Conversation" with Police Chief
Leina Amatsuji-Berry's coverage of the Community Race Relations Committee's 'Tough Conversation' with PPS Chief Scott Gilbert.
Hydration Station Provides Access to Drinking Water
Local group sets up Hydration Station in Millenium Park, providing access to drinking water. Organizers asking for donations new or unused water bottles.
Fourth CRRC “Tough Conversations” Features PPS Victim Services
The fourth CRRC “Tough Conversations”, Victim Services' Alice Czitrom discusses Victim Services, trauma-informed policing, and new facility dog Pixie.
BLM Nogojiwanong Organizes Successful Phone and Email Zap
Ethel Nalule's coverage of the Phone and Email Zap Event held by BLM Nogojiwanong to hold municipal representatives accountable for the police budget.
Mapping Memories of a Company Town
Arthur reflects on the Company Town at Artspace, featuring the works of Anne White, Ann Jaeger, Miranda Gee Jones, Eryn Lidster, and Lillian Ross-Millard
Locals Share Thoughts on Re-Opening
As Phase 3 begins in Ontario, Nogojiwanong-Peterborough locals share thoughts on re-opening the town with Arthur Newspaper's Ethel Nalule.
Third “Tough Conversation” Discusses Peterborough Police Training
CRRC Executive Director Angela Connors talks to PPS Sergeant Ted Branch about prioritizing anti-racism and anti-oppression training for the police, and defunding the police in July 13’s third “Tough Conversation.”
CRRC Has "Tough Conversation" with PPS' Peter Williams
CRRC has "Tough Conversation" with Peter Williams, of the PPS’. This week Angela Connors talks 2SLGBTQIA-police relations, mental health, and police reform.
Defund Canadian Cops, Too
Editorial: Analysis of the Peterborough Police Service’s response to calls to defund and disarm the police in Peterborough-Nogojiwanong.
CRRC Hosts First of Series of "Tough Conversations with Peterborough Police"
"Tough Conversations with Peterborough Police" is an Instagram live series to discuss policing and racism, in light of recent events across the continent.
Theatre Trent Launches COVID-19 Venue Relief Fund
Theatre Trent Launches Venue Relief Fund amidst COVID closures, and a lack of governmental support for arts and culture organizations.
OPIRG Free Market Transition
A press release from OPIRG Peterborough concerning the transition of their Free Market.
Future Majority Holds Digital Town Hall
Students and volunteers from Future Majority held a digital town hall, meeting with local politicians to discuss current events
Local Publisher Launches Children's Book on National Indigenous Peoples' Day
The Children's book, "Kindness Is...", has been translated into two Indigneous Languages, Tłı̨chǫ and Inuktitut, launches on National Indigenous Peoples Day
Submit to 'Oatmeal': Arthur Newspaper's summer zine
Submit to OATMEAL July! Arthur Newspaper's summer zine returns for issue #2, July 2020. Send submissions to editors@trentarthur.ca
Letter to the Editors: When are decisions reversed?
A Letter to the Editor from Robert Gibson regarding the recent closure of George Street, and the accountability of the City of Peterborough more broadly.
Trent University + COVID-19: What You Need to Know
What to know about Trent and COVID-19. September 2020: from campus closures to athletics updates, to "multi-access learning", we've got you covered.
Black Lives Matter in Peterborough-Nogojiwanong
In-depth coverage of Black Lives Matter Peterborough/Nogojiwanong's response to anti-Black racism and police brutality in the U.S. and Canada.
Notes on Yellow Peril and COVID-19
Content warning: This article discusses the novel coronavirus and the illness it causes (COVID-19), and violent racism.
Arthur × TCRC: Learning about Trent's Resources through Community Research
I’m sure at some point every student has thought about doing some version of a research project; whether it be a thesis, an independent research project, or a community-based research project. What they don’t tell you is that it is so much more than a project you work on for eight months.
An Introvert’s Guide to Surviving COVID-19
Going a bit stir crazy? These are strange times we’re living in so we've made a list of things to help you while away the endless hours in the day.
What Does Environmentalism Look Like During COVID-19?
We've successfully reduced our carbon emissions under social distancing, but environmental feedback loops are still accelerating the effects of climate change.
Liftlocks, Leg Drops, and the Canadian Mental Health Association
Canadian Pro Wrestling comes to Peterborough in support of the local Canadian Mental Health Association.
Arthur × TCRC: Trent Student Knowledge of Sexual Violence Resources Low
If there’s one thing I can say about completing a student research project, it’s that the people you talk to will be interested in what you are doing. No matter the program or the topic of research, there will always be lots of people that want to participate. Due to time constraints, I was not able to distribute a survey to students regarding sexual violence policies on Trent’s campus. I was, however, able to interview multiple members of staff on campus.
Community Spirit on Show as Kawartha Food Drive Hits the Road
It’s Megan’s first time organizing a food drive, but you’d never have known. “I was disappointed by the hoarding I saw on the news, it wasn’t a fair representation of the community.” She confides in me. “Being vulnerable is scary enough when everything is fine, but it’s even scarier right now. It’s important we stay connected.”
General Committee Meeting Discusses Floods in Peterborough
Peterborough has a history of flooding, which was showcased this past Thursday at the intersection of George and Dalhousie, as reported in the Peterborough Examiner.