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Be careful around waterways, says Kawartha Conservation

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Kawartha Conservation issues flood outlook
Unstable stream banks and extremely cold water temperatures can lead to hazardous and dangerous conditions.

Kawartha Conservation is reminding residents of the dangers that exist near bodies of water, particularly around this time of year, and urges people to keep family and pets away from the edges of all waterways.

Spring is quickly approaching and with warmer temperatures, people look forward to getting outdoors. However, warmer temperatures will bring higher water levels and faster flowing water in local watercourses.

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Residents can help walleye conservation in Lake Scugog

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A joint project by the Scugog Lake Stewards, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) and Kawartha Conservation will begin looking at the optimal Walleye habitat conditions in Lake Scugog tributaries beginning this spring and are asking the public for their help in making the project a success.

“There are a significant number of tributaries that enter Lake Scugog that could provide spawning habitat for Lake Scugog Walleye,” explained Brett Tregunno, an aquatic biologist with Kawartha Conservation. “This project will for the first time focus on the tributaries entering the lake rather than the lake itself.”

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Make new habits easier: Simple ways to care for the Earth

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What are the things that make change possible? We might decide to eat better, or get more exercise, or care for the environment. But then we find ourselves late, so we grab some fast food, or we have too much work to do so we skip the walk, or we would like to buy local, but we can’t really afford it. The truth is, it is hard to change our habits, no matter how important we think such changes could be.

One way to make changes and stick to them, is to make it easier to do things the new way. Here is an example from my house. We wanted to cut back on our energy demand. And nothing takes energy like a clothes dryer. So, we chose not to have a dryer.

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Take the climate change quiz for Kawartha Lakes

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How much do you know about climate change and how it’s affecting us here in the City of Kawartha Lakes? Test yourself by taking this quiz, based on a presentation made to council by Deb Pearson and Ginny Colling, members of the Kawartha Lakes Environmental Advisory Committee who’ve taken on climate change education as their mission.

Note: For some questions there may be more than one correct answer. Answers (and some explanations of the connections to climate change) are at the end.

  1. Since 2001 how many of the hottest years on record have occurred? a) 3; b) 10; c) 15; d) 17

 

  1. What is the main source and cause of rising global temperatures? a) Burning of fossil fuels; b) Agricultural practices; c) Forest burning; d) Naturally-occurring CO2

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Cold weather warning: A message from Emergency Services

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Photo: Ethan Sauve.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement that snow and bitterly cold temperatures are expected this weekend. Very cold temperatures and moderate winds of 30km per hour gusting to 50km per hour will accompany the snow resulting in wind chill values in the minus 20 to minus 30 range. These very cold wind chills are expected to last into Monday morning.

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Kawartha Lakes pleased with proposed changes to Ontario’s Growth Plan

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The City can now maintain its greenfield area density target.

On January 15, the province released proposed changes to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, a key document that governs growth within the municipality of Kawartha Lakes.

City staff and Mayor Andy Letham have been involved in ongoing consultation with Hon. Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and his staff. In August 2018, Letham and partners from Northumberland and Peterborough County led a delegation at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference in Ottawa to put forward local concerns. Other meetings and discussions have taken place throughout the last several months.

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It’s yes to cannabis retail storefronts and no to pipeline support

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City Council opts in for cannabis retail storefronts.

In recorded votes on Tuesday council voted to support private recreational cannabis retail storefronts in Kawartha Lakes but rejected a motion that would have supported pipeline development.

If there was an overarching theme for the meeting it maybe had to do with connections.

As proceedings began, Councillor Pat O’Reilly congratulated Mayor Andy Lethem on being elected 2019 chair of the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC), a position that will allow him to advocate on behalf of the 103 municipalities and the 750,000 property taxpayers across rural Eastern Ontario, including for improved cellular and mobile broadband connections.

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Urgent: Province wants to hear your ideas for a made-in-Ontario Climate Plan

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Provincially, two of our largest sources of emissions are transportation and buildings.

The Ontario government recently scrapped the province’s Cap and Trade program and is now looking for suggestions, by Nov. 16, as to what they should replace it with. Replace it they must. In early October, the UN’s panel of climate scientists released a report warning that we have 12 years to limit warming to 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels (that’s .5 degrees more than our current warming level).

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Kawartha Lakes community coming together to create access to fresh fruit

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A new cooperative project is taking shape in Kawartha Lakes aimed at providing residents with access to fresh and healthy fruit. Under the direction of the Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition Food Security Working Group, apple and pear trees will be planted at Orchard Park in Lindsay. An additional 70 apple trees are being planted at affordable housing sites across Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton.

“This fruit will feed seniors, children and adults in Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton who live in poverty. At the same time, it creates habitat and food for wildlife while reducing pollution and the effects of carbon emissions,” commented Liza Hancock, anti-poverty and human rights activist who spearheaded the project.

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Imagining a plastic-free life

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We don’t focus too much on where plastic comes from. It is all made from oil.

Imagine that you are standing on the water tower in Fenelon Falls, looking as far as the eye can see. To the north lies Coboconk, to the east Bobcaygeon. To the south is Lindsay and to the west Beaverton. Except that you can’t see any of these places. Instead all you see is bare earth, roads and trucks driving deeper and deeper into excavated dirt. In fact, as far south as Pontypool there is no vegetation, just dirt piled higher and higher as the trucks go deeper.

This is what I saw when I went to the oil sands four years ago. An entire ecosystem destroyed, with the result that even those who live far outside of the tar sands can’t find animals to hunt anymore, berries to eat anymore, water that doesn’t give them cancer.

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