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Tuesday, 04 October 2016 19:39

From my perch-Oct. 7, 2016-Wind Power

            The province’s announcement it’s suspending its program to encourage solar farms and wind farms (Large Renewable Energy Procurement) must be bittersweet for Manvers Wind Concerns (MWC).

            That citizens group has been fighting a furious but losing battle against four wind-farm projects on the Oak Ridges Moraine since well before

Tuesday, 04 October 2016 19:12

Born where?

 Maryam Monsef, seated with her niece, Leila Taheri, Leila’s parents Mina Monsef and Mehdi Taheri (centre standing), plus sister Mehrangiz Monsef and mother Soriya Basir-Monsef.

           Peterborough (including Trent Lakes) MP Maryam Monsef was not born in Herat, Afghanistan—as she has always claimed. According a Globe and Mail article published Sept. 22, she was actually born in Mashhad, Iran.

            As Monsef’s arrival with her mother and siblings in Canada as refugees from Afghanistan has long been a

Tuesday, 04 October 2016 19:03

Airport is now breaking even

By Pat Warren

            For many years some people viewed it as black hole of expense, but now the Kawartha Lakes Municipal Airport (KLMA) is actually breaking even—and bringing business to Kawartha Lakes.

            The airport board has hired the management company, the Loomex Group, to help make the facility more profitable.

            Bob Hunter, a marketing and business-development manager with Loomex, outlined to

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 21:34

Trent Lakes roundup-Sept. 23, 2016

OWN LAWYER IS INTEGRITY COMMISSIONER: TL council on the recommendation of staff has appointed their own municipal lawyer, John M. Ewart as the new Integrity Commissioner. Since 2012, Ewart and his firm Ewart O’Dwyer of Peterborough have specialized in municipal law. Councillor Peter Raymond asked whether appointing a municipal employee was a conflict of

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 21:23

Kawartha lakes roundup-Sept. 23, 2016

WATER MAINS—The Small Communities Fund of New Building Canada is giving over $5 million to support a six-year project to replace ageing small-diameter cast-iron water mains in Lindsay. Cast-iron mains, especially those over

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 21:22

Is Fenelon’s old arena land surplus?

By Pat Warren

            Ward 6 Councillor Doug Elmslie’s motion to remove the land where the old Fenelon Falls arena once stood from a list of surplus properties was defeated at council Aug. 30.

            Elmslie argued that the downtown-Fenelon property, which currently is being used for the local farmers market, should be

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 21:05

Blandings turtles a development issue

By Glenna Burns

            Many important Ontario Municipal Board hearings and decisions have been based on the presence of “threatened” Blanding's turtles on wetland sites slated for development or mining.

            One hearing that began Sept. 13 in Woodview is the Fraser Wetlands case on Stoney Lake. Another ongoing issue is the Dewdney Mountain Farms mega quarry development near Nogies Creek.

            Success in saving such areas from development and environmental destruction rests almost solely on the

            Library staff in Bethany and Kirkfield will help with municipal permits and information as Kawartha Lakes closes its Service Centres in those two villages.

            Council approved July 12 the Core Service recommendation to move assets and human resources of the Bethany and Kirkfield Service Centres into the remaining

By Glenna Burns

            Picard Lake cottagers want Trent Lakes to keep an 11-acre parcel described as Block 20 on Picard Lake (west of Highway 507) as “open space”—the way it has been since 1985.

            Joanne Brown told council on behalf of the cottagers association July 12 that lake residents have come to

Tuesday, 26 July 2016 00:00

City pauses for arena rethink

            It appears Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham was listening during his flurry of town hall meetings throughout city communities earlier this month. He came to council July 12 with a memo on community centres—which council approved—that gives more weight to community needs, and not just

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