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Community rallies in support of Ross Memorial; Merger not wanted

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"We don’t want it to just be a home for the elderly.” Photo: Trevor Hutchinson.

Under a damp and insistent rain, more than 70 people braved the elements to fight for the local hospital they have come to believe in and depend upon.

While they did so, multiple cars streamed by, their drivers honking and waving in a show of support for the Ross to remain as is, and improved, not merged with Peterborough Regional Health Centre.

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Councillor Gord Miller passes away suddenly; City extends condolences

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It is with deep sadness the City of Kawartha Lakes announces the death of Councillor Gord Miller. He passed away suddenly on the weekend.

“I was devastated to hear of the passing of Councillor Miller over the weekend. He was a great man and Councillor who was dedicated to serving his community, and he was also my friend. Gord will be greatly missed and I offer my heartfelt condolences to his family and friends,” said Mayor Andy Letham.

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Hospital merger? Fighting the LHIN spin

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Experts like Natalie Mehra of the Ontario Health Coalition have warned us that our local hospital is at risk. And as concerned residents continue to await more information on the proposed integration of the Ross Memorial Hospital (RMH) and the Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC), the clock is ticking on the the directional plan that the two hospitals submitted to the Central- East Local Health Integration Network (CE-LHIN) in June 2018.

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Breaking: Gord James says handling of election process ‘doesn’t pass the smell test’

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Mayoral Candidate Gord James.

The campaign team of mayoral candidate Gord James has written a letter to the City Clerk requesting to see the original election data from Dominion Voting for the City of Kawartha Lakes municipal election results.

The team has also asked for an official response as to why the results were tabulated/received by City election staff without the candidates’ scrutineers present.

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Rally for the Ross Monday to stop merger; Toronto rally attracts thousands

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About 8,000 people rallied in Toronto to halt hospital mergers. Photo: Ron Sutch.

“Hands Off Our Health Care” chanted a capacity crowd of about 8,000 people — including people from Kawartha Lakes — who joined hands and encircled Queen’s Park earlier in the week at the largest rally at the Ontario Legislature since Doug Ford became premier earlier this year.

On Monday Oct. 29, from 11 am to 1 pm, under the umbrella of the Ontario Health Coalition, the newly formed Kawartha Lakes Health Coalition chapter will rally at the corner of Kent and Angeline Streets outside. The goal is to stop the expected Ross Memorial Hospital merger with the Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC).

The coalition is hoping for a good turn-out from the public to join in and peacefully protest against the proposed merger.

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Yes, please and thank you: Elections, ramen noodles, and bad manners

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By the time you read this, our municipal election results will have finally been tallied – (No, honest! We mean it, this time! Hey, where are you going? Come back here!). A few candidates’ signs will have even been removed from intersections and road sides. Some will have been mulched by grass cutting equipment.

Many, however, will have been, um, appropriated and re-purposed by citizens — stapled to barn walls where snow used to blow in on the hen’s roosts, the kids’ bicycles and that paddle board you last used in 2004.

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Letham wins: City votes to stay the course

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Mayor Andy Letham wins again. Photo: Erin Smith.

In the end, the City of Kawartha Lakes voted for stability, as embodied in the leader they already knew. Andy Letham pulled out a victory with 11, 435 votes. Gord James, the former councillor who was always assumed to be Letham’s greatest challenger to overcome, came in second with 9,878 votes.

Brian Junkin was a distant third with 2,724 and Peter Weygang captured 1,007 votes in unofficial results.

James ran a highly visible campaign. He clearly won the ‘sign war’ across the City, dominating early in that regard. He was visible, amiable, and congenial, always.

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Election extended — here’s what we know

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Pat O'Reilly, left, Charlie Clark, right. Photo: Roderick Benns.

Last night at around 7 p.m., the City of Kawartha Lakes Clerk, Cathie Ritchie — invoking powers given to her role under the Elections Act as the clerk of this municipal election — declared an ‘emergency’ and extended the election. Voting was to have ended by Monday Oct. 22 at 8 pm. Voting has now been extended until today (Tuesday Oct. 23) at 8 pm. All methods of voting (online, telephone, online in-person at select City locations) has been extended.

In a press release released last night, the City described the reason for the extraordinary measure as follows: “Due to the volume of voters casting their electronic ballots this evening, the system continues to run slower than expected.

Further investigation by The Lindsay Advocate has revealed that the delay had nothing really to do with the number of voters, but rather technical systems that Dominion Voting uses — the company hired to administer this election.  

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Campaign Life registers in CKL election as municipal battle winds down

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Campaign Life registers in CKL election as municipal battle winds down
Campaign Life is against same-sex marriage, sex education, homosexuality, pre-marital sex, and contraceptives.

Another right-wing leaning outside group wants to be part of the City of Kawartha Lakes’ municipal election. Campaign Life Coalition, based out of Toronto, declares on its website that it is against same-sex marriage, sex education, homosexuality, pre-marital sex, and the use of contraceptive methods.

“Almost daily, the culture of death spawns new threats to human life, the family and freedom,” its website reads.

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Advocate takes third place Innovation Award through KLCFDC

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The Advocate's multimedia experience helped it win an Innovation Award through the KLCFDC.

The Lindsay Advocate took third place in the Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation (KLCFDC) 2018 Innovation Awards, held at the Lindsay Golf Club.

The Awards were part of the KLCFDC’s Innovation Day event, which featured a presentation on digitization from the Business Development Bank, the twentieth anniversary of the KLCFDC’s  annual small business Innovation Awards competition, and an address by Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MPP and Minster of Labour Laurie Scott.

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