MPP Jeff Leal has received two more completed petitions on PCVS, for presentation when the Legislature of Ontario re-opens.

One refers to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s “Places to Grow Act”. It points out that Peterborough has worked hard to follow this act by intensifying land use in downtown Peterborough. It suggests that the School Board’s decision to close PCVS directly contradicts the letter and spirit of this important Provincial legislation. In so doing, the Board will impose undue infrastructure renewal costs on taxpayers.

The second petition is directed to the Ontario Ministry of Health. It points out that almost 70% of PCVS students walk to school, gaining valuable exercise. Also, it suggests that decades of use of Nichols Oval (maintained by the City), with a short jog to and from the fields, has, over the decades, made PCVS students fitter and healthier. The school’s record in sports is as good, or better, than those of schools with adjacent playing fields.

The petitions call upon the Legislature to reverse the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board’s decision to close PCVS.

MPPs can read and table official petition in the Legislature. There is a spot in the daily Standing Orders for them to do this. Once a petition is tabled, the Ministry or Ministrie concerned have to table responses within a given period of time.

Both petition and response become part of the official record. All petitions included the requisite minimum number of signatures.

The text of the petitions are presented below:

Petition #1

TO The Legislative Assembly of Ontario: -

WHEREAS The City of Peterborough, in keeping with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s ‘Places to Grow Act,’ has actively pursued the intensification of land use as an important planning strategy for downtown Peterborough, the decision of the Kawartha Pine Ridge School Board calls for the closure of Peterborough’s only remaining downtown school — Peterborough Collegiate and Vocational School — and directly contradicts the explicit purpose of the Places to Grow Act, acts directly against the intensification of downtown Peterborough, acts as a disincentive to necessary infrastructure renewal in downtown Peterborough, and will impose smaller benefits and higher costs to infrastructure renewal that must be borne by the taxpayers of Peterborough, and Ontario alike.

WE the undersigned petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows: -

We urge the Legislature to use its influence to encourage the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to hold the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board accountable for their intentional contradiction of the Places to Grow Act and not allow them to impose undue infrastructure renewal costs on the taxpayers of Ontario.

Petition #2

TO The Legislative Assembly of Ontario: -

WHEREAS one of the reasons the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board (KPRDSB) offers in its decision to close the Peterborough Collegiate and Vocation School (PCVS) is the lack of sports, recreation, and fitness programming and facilities at the downtown school belies the fact that PCVS students are actively engaged in healthy physical activities because the School has (and has had for several decades) access to three playing fields that are 4 to 6 minutes jog or walk from the school (these fields are maintained by the City of Peterborough and freely available to the School) and are extensively used by PCVS students for many physical activities including soccer, rugby, field hockey, etc., other near by facilities make tennis, cross-country skiing, running, and rowing available to the students, PCVS has as many sports teams as any other school in the KPRDSB (with a long history of accomplishment in athletics), and 69% of its students walk to school.

WE the undersigned petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows: -

We urge the Legislature to request the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care to verify that the sports, recreation, and fitness facilities and programming available to students at PCVS, and the location of the School (where more than two-thirds of the students can walk to school), do not detrimentally impact on its students’ health nor do they disadvantage them in terms of their ability to engage in, and live, healthy lifestyles.

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