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Peterborough Council Report Card: We grade the top issues of 2019

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08.01.2020

If Tent City were a test for Peterborough’s city council, would it have passed?

That’s the question posed by This Week’s 2019 council report card, where the newsroom looked at various issues council tackled.

This was a trying year for a fledgling council and a new mayor, with a number of divisive challenges.

Everyone will have different opinions though, and the point is to try and find areas where council can improve during the rest of its term.

So what happened in 2019 that tested council, and how did they do?

Tent City: F

The homeless encampment in downtown Peterborough was one of the most trying moments for city council in 2019.

There were no winners in this issue, and whether council rushed to kick them out or let them stay, there was going to be detractors.

Over the course of the summer, the city chose to let the campers stay, eventually opting to close the park at the end of the summer and pass a bylaw to prevent future tent cities from ever happening again in public parks.

That the shelter system allowed for the closure of the low-barrier shelter, and there was no replacement for 17 days, which many opted not to use, is a failure of the........

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