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Doug Elmslie voted in as deputy mayor for one year

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The inaugural meeting of City of Kawartha Lakes Council happened yesterday, with Councillor Doug Elmslie elected as deputy mayor through secret ballot, voted on by Mayor Andy Letham and all councillors.

He beat Councillor Pat Dunn who had been nominated by Councillor Ron Ashmore.

Greer Thornbury, member of the Pipes and Drums of Lindsay, piped in the new Council members to their seats in the newly renovated Council Chambers. Letham welcomed a full gallery of invited guests, the media and members of the public.

A historical presentation given by Ian McKechnie, research supervisor of the Victoria County Historical Society and Lindsay Advocate writer-at-large, focused on the history of the current City Hall building as a former courthouse and jail, and later as a civic building.

A bilingual version of ‘O’Canada’ was performed by St. Dominic Catholic Elementary School Choir. Watch the video on Kawartha Lakes’ You Tube Channel.

Letham introduced members of the senior management team and briefly explained the responsibilities carried by each of them.

Beginning with the mayor, who received the chain of office and mayoral pin, each new council member was sworn in by His Honour Superior Court Justice Drew S. Gunsolus. All council members are returning for a second or third term, with the exception of Councillors Tracy Richardson and Ashmore.

The 2018-2022 Term of Council

Councillor Emmett Yeo – Ward 1

Councillor Kathleen Seymour-Fagan – Ward 2

Councillor Doug Elmslie – Ward 3, Deputy Mayor, one year term

Councillor Andrew Veale – Ward 4

Councillor Pat Dunn – Ward 5

Councillor Ron Ashmore – Ward 6

Councillor Patrick O’Reilly – Ward 7

Councillor Tracy Richardson – Ward 8

Mayor Andy Letham then gave an inaugural address in which he shared his optimism for the future of Kawartha Lakes. He urged council to work together to respectfully, to challenge each other, and to bring forward new ideas.

To close the meeting, ‘God Save the Queen’ was performed by Natasha Mackey.

Council will meet for the first regular council meeting on Dec. 11.

–More to come

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Roderick Benns is the publisher of The Lindsay Advocate. He is the author of 'Basic Income: How a Canadian Movement Could Change the World,' and is also Vice Chair of the Ontario Basic Income Network. An award-winning author and journalist who grew up in Lindsay, Roderick has interviewed former Prime Ministers of Canada, Senators, and Mayors across Canada. He also wrote and published a series of books for youth about Canada's Prime Ministers as teens.

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