To date, we’ve invested close to $27,000,000 in local small businesses – help us reach $30,000,000 in our 30th year! CFDC staff and volunteers do great work in the community – learn more at our AGM on September 22nd.
You will hear from Economic Development professionals and businesses throughout the City and County of Peterborough as to how our volunteer Board of Directors and staff have assisted 700+ business start or grow.
We’ll share examples of partnerships where the CFDC has worked with banks, credit unions, BDC, FedDev and others to get the financing small business needed to thrive.
There is a 180-year-old wooden barn on Roger Harley’s farm. But no animals live inside it.
“The only thing we use it for is storage and a kind of collecting yard,” he says. “Our animals live outside, 365 days a year, the way nature intended. They all have shelter outside.”
Harley’s 400-hectare farm, two hours northeast of Toronto near Peterborough, provides a viable alternative to industrial farms — financially and practically. He figures he makes as much per acre as an industrial farmer. But for animals, it provides something the industrial model does not: a good life.
His pigs don’t spend their lives in small, solitary steel cages. They live in families, on acre-large (0.4-hectare) lots, where they can root and wallow in the mud, and raise their young.
“That’s the sound of a contented pig,” says Harley, listening to a sow grunting and chasing after her piglets.
“They don’t have sweat glands, so when they get hot they dig a hole and wallow. Imagine how frustrating it is if all you want to do all day is wallow, and you are stuck on a concrete floor.”
While most industrial farmers pick breeds for weight gain, Harley searched for hardiness. He raises 130 Belted Galloway cattle, 700 Tamworth pigs and 850 Wiltshire Horned sheep, which all can withstand the cold.
He does no mutilations, besides boar castrations performed with anesthetic, and no artificial insemination. His animals make babies the old-fashioned way.
“We don’t put the animals on antibiotics unless they need treatment, but we haven’t needed that for about two years,” says Harley, 56. “We find because they are stress-free, they don’t get sick.”
What started with action 35 years ago has, bit by bit, created a movement. It’s like a moving wave that carries with it our essential values.
The future of our communities is directly correlated with the aspirations of the people who inhabit them. Those aspirations lead them to unleash their creative potential, excel, take action and think big. Our movement has been driven, and will continue to be driven, by these people and the qualities they posses.
Proud of our development culture, let’s showcase our accomplishments:
The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) is now accepting applications for the new Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. The program supports the rehabilitation, renovation and expansion of existing community infrastructure, with the aim of creating a lasting legacy for the future as Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary. More than $44 million is available for projects in southern Ontario.
Examples of eligible projects include improving accessibility to a community centre, repairing a museum’s roof, expanding a gymnasium, or extending a trail or bike path. The construction of new infrastructure, temporary installations, moveable equipment or infrastructure expansions of more than 50 percent in size are ineligible.
Eligible applicants are encouraged to submit their application using the online form. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. EDT on June 9, 2015. Please note applications submitted via email are not considered online applications.
Sciens Industries has been named a new supplier for the Boeing 777 through supply of high-precision machined components with deliveries to begin December, 2015. This multi-year contract is set to support production of the Boeing 777 landing gear. Based in Peterborough, Ontario, Sciens Industries has experienced tremendous year after year growth. As a member of Peterborough’s burgeoning advanced manufacturing industry, Sciens has been positioning itself to take advantage of the Canadian/US dollar disparity by pursuing export into the US market. With the awarding of the contract, Sciens has vaulted forward as a production level manufacturer within the global aerospace industry.
Gerry Vandersanden, President of Sciens Industries, said, “It’s not about being the biggest, it’s about being the best. We have embraced our quality assurance programs to really ensure they are considered in every decision we make. This is what has allowed us to consistently put forth the best quality components possible and our growth is a byproduct of this commitment.”
Sciens Industries Inc. specializes in the manufacture of intricate and exacting build-to-print CNC machined parts and components for the Aerospace, Security & Defence, Oil & Gas, and Nuclear Energy industries. The privately held company was founded in 1997 in Peterborough, Ontario.
Second generation Canadian homeschoolers with a passion for math, Alesia and Matthew Blackwood have been working hard to create an effective and easy-to-use math program for older students.
Now available for grades 7 and 8 with more levels currently in the works, Unlock Math first focuses on Pre-Algebra as a base for future lessons. Completely presented online using videos and interactive practice activities, the daily lessons are easy to follow and complete. The FAQs sections says that an average lesson takes about 30 minutes to finish.
Alesia is a certified math teacher whose love of math shines through in her videos as she teaches in a way that is fun, bubbly, and clear for students. Each lesson begins with a warm-up exercise to get minds focused on math, an instructional video, practice activities and review questions from past lessons, a challenging bonus question, and printable reference materials. Visit their demo lesson available on the website to see how the layout works.