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Tuesday, 01 November 2016 21:33

New party challenges councillors

            The Bobcaygeon-based Social Media Party (SMP) is asking all members of Kawartha Lakes council to respond to three yes-or-no questions by Nov. 15.

            Responses will be collated and tabulated and the results posted on the SMP website at socialmediaparty.ca. Party secretary Peter Weygang warns in an email to the councillors that no response “will be interpreted as a negative response.”

            The questions are:

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 21:20

Kawartha Lakes roundup - Nov. 4, 2016

KC 2.5 percent budget hike: Kawartha Conservation is asking the city for $34,717 or 2.5 percent more in its 2017 budget than the 2016 figure. “In preparing this budget our staff and our board were very aware and respectful of the city’s financial challenges,” said KC CAO Rob Messervey. “We also recognized that one of the city’s Top 10 Strategic Priorities identified in their Strategic Plan is to protect and enhance water quality,” he explained, adding that “as part of this budget we have been able to leverage $283,000 from outside sources.”

No Driving School bylaw: After hearing from Young Drivers of Canada representatives, council decided to

By Pat Warren

            Kawartha Lakes council decided Oct. 17 to cut the number of city councillors in half—from 16 to eight. The historic change will be implemented for the 2018 municipal election, once ward boundaries and representation are ironed out.

            This decision—like it or not—is probably the city’s biggest since amalgamation. And unlike the 2001 amalgamation, dictated by the province, this one is “Made in

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 20:59

CKL seeks sustainability in 2017 budget

            Even though the proposed 2017 budget for Kawartha Lakes is still looking at a 4.6 percent jump, both Mayor Andy Letham and CAO Ron Taylor say the city is moving in the right direction.

            "We're heading away from the dangers of raiding reserves to fund operating costs,” says Letham, “and now we're finding

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 19:11

TL says ‘Yes’ to MADD signs on boating

By Glenna Burns

            Trent lakes council has approved the installation of four signs around the municipality asking people to contact the Ontario Provincial Police when they see boaters who are under the influence of alcohol consumption.

            Some people don’t seem to understand that drinking and boating can be just as

            The next meeting of Fenelon Forward will be on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 7 pm in the church hall at St. James Anglican Church. 

            There will be update reports and action-plan discussions for key village issues,including:

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 18:57

Kawartha Lakes roundup - Oct. 21, 2016

YOUR FILMMAKING CAREER: Want to make movies? The city is looking for volunteers to operate audio and visual recording equipment to broadcast both regular and special council meetings on Cogeco Cable. Volunteers will operate multiple cameras from a single control panel located within council chambers. “This is a great opportunity for

            New residential listings in the Kawartha Lakes Real Estate Association’s multiple-listing system totaled 128 units in September—which is down 37 percent from last year.

            It’s the lowest level for new listings in September in more than 25 years.

            Overall supply is currently running near

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 18:49

Gift to TL to fight a silent killer

By Glenna Burns

            Trent Lakes municipality received a generous gift that will save lives on Tuesday, Oct. 4, when John Gignac presented TL fire chief Don Mitchell with $5,000 worth of Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms.

            Gignac, a former firefighter, told council the heart wrenching story of losing his niece Laurie, her husband Richard and their

            The high cost of residential electricity was top of mind when members of the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC) and the Eastern Ontario Mayors’ Caucus (EOMC) met with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne in Kingston recently.

            Peter Emon, Chair of the EOWC and Warden of the County of Renfrew, described the meeting, requested by Premier Wynne, as “an open and frank discussion . . . about the need for further, real relief to the high

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