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Wednesday, 14 December 2016 21:17

It’s Easy Being Green--It takes a community

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

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 21:11

CKL cuts lake-management funding

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

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 20:57

Career in agriculture looks promising

            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

By Julia Taylor

            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

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 20:16

It's not over yet

            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

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 21:34

Rob Messervey leaving Kawartha Conservation

            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

By Julia Taylor

            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

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 21:11

From my perch—161104 - Wilderness Park

            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

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 20:48

By shank’s mare in Bobcaygeon

            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

By Julia Taylor

            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

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