By Julia Taylor
When I started planning to build “The Worlds Greenest Gingerbread House” for the Santa Day Gingerbread House competition this year, I began by writing down all the features from last year’s model: solar panels, recycle bin, compost, rain barrel, clothes line, garden, backyard chickens. . . .
But, I felt like I’d missed something last year.
Ah—COMMUNITY. The most
By Pat Warren
Kawartha Lakes council voted Dec. 6 to remove $300,000 for implementation of lake-management plans from the 2017 budget. They did however keep $150,000 for finishing the plans of the northern lakes
Many councillors said they wanted to take a pause and regroup for 2017 while the plans are
There’s a growing interest in agriculture education in Canada, along with an increasing number of job opportunities in the industry, according to both Statistics Canada data and a couple of independent surveys.
Stats Can identifies a total of more than 12,000 students studying in agriculture or ag-related programs in 2014—nearly a 17-per-cent increase in four years.
Agriculture programs are also more likely to see full-time enrollment than other programs (87 per cent compared to
Your presence is more important than your presents at this special time of year. Here is a list of the most precious gifts you can
Despite recent snow and rain events, residents and businesses of the Kawartha Lakes are being asked by Kawartha Conservation to continue with their voluntary reduction of water usage.
Drought conditions are
Rob Messervey is resigning as CAO of Kawartha Conservation this December 31—after serving since 2009.
The decision wasn’t easy, said Messervey. “I truly enjoy my job every day.”
During his tenure, Messervey set the overall direction for the organization through
The City of Kawartha Lakes material-recovery facility (aka recycling plant) doesn’t like recycling black garbage bags because the company that buys their plastic #4 makes light coloured raw material.
So dark plastic bags can really mess up a whole batch of product.
This is also the reason we in Kawartha Lakes CAN recycle Tim Horton’s cups and most municipalities do not—because
Bend in close. I’ve got a secret to share.
It’s about Bobcaygeon’s Wilderness Park—a little gem, a natural delight within the village limits.
Wilderness Park shouldn’t be a secret. A few people do use it regularly. I meet them when I go walking there—and I go often, on lunch hours or
Environmental Action Bobcaygeon (EAB) told community members at two recent Open House meetings about their plan to make Bobcaygeon better for walking and cycling
The plan, prepared with a $52,600 Trillium grant, will 1) identify safe and scenic routes for pedestrians and cyclists, 2) add interpretive
Comments to the government on environmental issues “really, really matter,” Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner Dianne Saxe told local folks recently when she visited Kawartha Conservation to speak about climate change, energy and environment, and to hear about local action and emerging issues.
Unique, thoughtful, quality comments do
Kawartha Conservation says it has reorganized to help address growing demands for processing development permit applications—and to be more responsive to the needs of customers and municipal partners.
“With an increase in development across the watershed, combined with a surge in real-estate activity, permit applications have risen
I knew my first house was “the one” as soon as I walked into it. The only thing I didn’t like about it was a large tree blocking all the sun in the backyard.
Fast forward a few years after I purchased the home—to when I had some money in the bank. I wanted that shade-maker cut down.
I called a few people for quotes, but the first man who came out, took a look and told me he
Despite the challenges of a hot, dry summer, the conscientious gardeners with Environmental Action Bobcaygeon and Kawartha Community Care “have done a great job and hopefully have enjoyed the opportunity to grow their own food,” say the two organizations.
“The hot dry weather has made it more difficult to keep plants healthy and hydrated.”
The program has seven organic raised beds of various sizes at
By Glenna Burns
A new Drinking Water Source Protection Plan is set to become part of the Trent Lakes Official Plan—and its policies could impact building permits and home-business activities as the municipality will now have the authority to protect vulnerable areas used for drinking water.
The “ambitious undertaking,” explained Trent Lakes land-use planner Chris Jones in a packed public meeting at the council chambers Sept. 20, was developed to