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Trent Students to Launch Interactive Community Web site on April 20


Student-Driven Initiative to Engage Peterborough Citizens in a Dialogue about the Future of the Community

Tuesday, April 18, 2006, Peterborough

On Thursday, April 20 at 2:00 p.m. in the Pit at Lady Eaton College (Symons Campus) Trent students and faculty will be joined by local dignitaries, including Linda Slavin and Bob Paehlke, to officially launch the www.imaginepeterborough.ca website, a "living" website designed to promote community dialogue around the future of Peterborough.

Initially created from seminar discussions in a Canadian Environmental Policy course, this website features information collected by students on various community issues, including: governance and decision making, water, energy, waste, transportation, land use, and education. As a living document, this website will allow citizens of Peterborough to create and edit the content of the site, thereby encouraging dialogue and engaging all members of the community in a discussion about Peterborough's future.

"I wanted the students to try to make connections between the theory we were examining in class and the real-world challenges of policy makers, citizens and politicians grappling with sustainability," said Professor Stephen Hill, the faculty member behind the creation of the website. "We decided to focus on Peterborough because we wanted to make a difference in the community that we study, work, and live in. We talked a lot as the students' work progressed about the need for a meaningful community discussion about where Peterborough wants to go and what it wants to be, hence the imaginepeterborough.ca name."

Thursday's launch will feature students and faculty discussing the project. They will be joined by local dignitaries Linda Slavin and Bob Paehlke who were invited because they were actively involved in producing the Mayor's Sustainable Development Task Force Report of 1991, which was a source of inspiration for the work of the class and students. Other invited dignitaries include Jeff Leal, local MP Dean Del Mastro, city councillors and other community leaders.


The media are invited and encouraged to attend this event.
For more information, please contact:
Professor Stephen Hill, Trent University, 748.1011 x 5368

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