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Wednesday, 18 May 2016 00:00

OMB appeal confirms quarry approval

By Glenna Burns

            The Ontario Municipal Board has given the proposed Dewdney Mountain Farms mega-quarry at Nogies Creek the go ahead again, after reviewing an appeal of an original board decision in favour of the quarry issued Feb. 5, 2015.

            OMB member Chris Conti’s May 3 decision noted that

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 00:00

The long road to Walmart

            Lindsay is one step closer to a Walmart store in town after the Kawartha Lakes planning committee recommended council approve a zoning bylaw amendment at its May 24 meeting.

            The amendment, requested by Mason Homes, will increase the grocery floor space permitted in a department store to accommodate the current Walmart-store design.

            Mason Homes first raised the Walmart issue in 2005, when

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 00:00

Trent Lakes Roundup - May 20, 2016

By Glenna Burns

CONDO CONUNDRUM: The word “condominium” roused the ire of many members of the Sandy Lake Cottagers Association who attended the public meeting at Trent Lakes on May 3. They feared a large condominium being constructed on 87 acres owned by the Smith family on Adam Cummings Road near Sandy Lake. But it was a misunderstanding, said family spokesperson, Brad Smith. “The family is trying to

            The City of Kawartha Lakes’ ward system may be in for drastic changes.

            Council considered seven options that City Clerk Judy Currins presented to them in a recent report—including

Wednesday, 04 May 2016 00:00

Buckhorn beautification a go

By Glenna Burns

            Trent Lakes council adopted the proposed Community Improvement Plan for beautifying Buckhorn that has been developed by MHBC urban designers and landscape architecture specialists.

            The new plan, approved April 19, will offer financial

Wednesday, 04 May 2016 00:00

Kawartha Lakes Roundup: May 6, 2016

TOO MUCH FIRE TRUCK?:After learning failure to act now means their truck will cost about $60,000 more next year, council confirmed its earlier budgeted decision to purchase a new, $627,000 pumper/tanker for the currently-under-construction Bethany one-truck fire hall.Mayor Andy Letham expressed frustration about

Wednesday, 04 May 2016 00:00

TL begins 10 years of septic inspections

By Glenna Crowe

            The Trent Lakes Municipal Septic Re-inspection Program will begin in a few weeks, Matt Faris, a health inspector for the Peterborough City-County Health Unit told Trent Lakes council April 19.

            The program is expected to take 10 years to complete. Inspectors will examine

Wednesday, 04 May 2016 00:00

Towards a Community Foundation?

            Thursday, May 12, is the date for a final "feasibility meeting" to explore establishing a Community Foundation (CF) for the City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County.

            A well-focused CF, explains Mike Perry, one of the prime movers behind the idea and a New Democratic Party candidate in the last federal election, could “address

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 00:00

Cut by Ross Hospital cuts

By Glenna Burns

            Recently Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay lost some of its crucial laboratory facilities. A portion of its scientific backup moved down the road to Peterborough Regional Health Centre.

            As with many people who use the hospital in Lindsay, I had little idea what that move meant. I believed

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 00:00

From my perch—Integrity punished

            So the New Democratic Party has voted Thomas Mulcair out.

            I suppose they have many reasons for doing so, and I’m not privy to the inner workings of the party—or of any political party, for that matter.

            But I can’t help but think—from my distant perch—that

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