The No Private Residence at Trent Coalition

July 08, 2009 14:52 ET

No Private Residence at Trent

PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 8, 2009) - The No Private Residence at Trent Coalition, (, has sponsored a visual art show at Natas Cafe, 376 George Street North, Peterborough, ON. The show began yesterday and will run until the beginning of August. The installations consists of eight photographs depicting Trent University's attempt to develop a P3 (public-private partnership) student-housing project.

The eight images were created in response to Trent's plan to develop a privatized student-housing project at 1633 Water Street. The images juxtapose elements from the site plan submitted to City Hall as part of the Site Planning Process by Trent University with photographs from the area slated for development.

The land in question was a gift to Trent University by the local Peterborough community and the employees of General Electric decades ago, yet a dismal lack of public consultation has left thousands of people who disagree with the proposal few avenues for dissent. Despite 75% of students polled voting against the private residence plan in a referendum at Trent University, the University still wishes to go ahead with the project. However, the proposal still needs approval from City Council in. More information about the proposal and the coalition against it can be found at

The photographer, Holly Norris, is a third year undergraduate student at Trent University pursuing a joint-major in Women's Studies and Environmental and Resource Studies.

The coalition, No Private Residence at Trent (, includes students, faculty, alumni, labour, and local neighbours - all in opposition to this P3 project at Trent University.

NPRT advocates against the proposed project because students voted 75% NO in a referendum to Trent's proposal - students have said they do not want to live there. Additionally, NPRT is opposed to the privatization of public institutions. NPRT sees the real issue as the lack of an adequate funding formula for all Ontario Universities.

For more information or to arrange an interview with artist Holly Norris, contact Matthew Martin at 705-761-1211 or or

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