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Wednesday, 06 April 2016 00:00

Fire station fiasco

            If Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham hoped to head off a brouhaha at an April 2 public meeting in Fenelon Falls about closing the Baddow Fire Station, he soon found he was trying to accomplish the impossible.

            Letham opened the meeting by announcing he would

Wednesday, 06 April 2016 00:00

From my perch—The ghosts of amalgamation

            The ghosts of 19 former municipalities (one town, five villages and 13 townships) are still haunting the City of Kawartha Lakes 15 years after it was forced into existence by a provincial amalgamation decree.

            The fallout to this shotgun wedding has been

Wednesday, 06 April 2016 00:00

Kawartha Lakes Roundup: April 8, 2016

MISSING AND DROWNED—One person was confirmed drowned and a second was still missing at press time after a canoe capsized in Pigeon Lake on Sunday, April 3. Three persons paddled out onto the windy lake near Victoria Place sometime after 5 pm to retrieve a pedal boat that had drifted away. One person made it back to shore, the body

Wednesday, 06 April 2016 00:00

Trent Lakes blocks proposed quarry road

By Glenna Burns

            The Dewdney Mountain Farms (DMF) quarry development has been slowed down once again.

            Trent Lakes council has decided not to enter into an agreement with DMF owner Paul Richie to build a new

Wednesday, 06 April 2016 00:00

Trent Lakes roundup--April 8, 2016

By Glenna Burns

COUNTY TAX JUMP— Property owners can expect to pay the county 4.22 percent more in taxes for 2016. In presenting Trent Lakes council with his annual report, Gary King, CAO for Peterborough County, said the increase will mean approximately

Monday, 21 March 2016 00:00

Fire Chief stands behind station closing

            The City of Kawartha Lakes’ decision last fall to close the Baddow Fire Station has raised quite a ruckus—including a petition against the closure—but city Fire Chief Mark Pankhurst told council March 15 he still absolutely stands by his decision.

            While he recognized the issue would be “emotional,

Monday, 21 March 2016 00:00

From My Perch—Police and mental health

            I was moved recently by a media release from the Kawartha Lakes Police. It told of a “distraught man” who came to the front lobby of the police station in Lindsay, demanding that the police shoot him.

            “On several occasions,” they said, the 34-year-old male “made reference to grabbing for an officers’

Monday, 21 March 2016 00:00

Kawartha Lakes roundup--March 25, 2016

GAS YES—Enbridge representatives told Kawartha Lakes council March 15 they’re still confident they can bring natural gas to Fenelon Falls this year—and Bobcaygeon next year—despite blocking by the provincial Ministry of Transportation that has forced new routes. MTO said no to

            Facing a 15 percent decrease in calls for both the Bobcaygeon and Omemee fire stations, the Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue Service has decided to move the three full-time staff in each of the two stations to Lindsay, and to rely on

Monday, 21 March 2016 00:00

Trent Lakes roundup--March 25, 2016

WHAT, ME WORRY?—The Municipality ofTrent Lakes “is in a very good (financial) position; there is nothing to be concerned about,” Richard Steiginga, partner with Collins Barrow chartered accountants, told council at its March 15 meeting as he delivered the 2015 Consolidated

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