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KLAC wants to work with new council to advance tourism, development

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L to R: Andy Letham, Brian Junkin, Gord James.

The Kawartha Lakes Arts Council and the Kawartha Lakes Heritage Network are looking forward to working with the new council to further strengthen cultural tourism and economic development in the municipality.

The groups were interested in electing candidates who support the cultural sector and who believe that long-term investment in the culture of the Kawartha Lakes is vital to economic and social growth.

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Letham says GM is ‘pulling the rug out’ from people’s feet with plant closure

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About 1,000 people commute to Oshawa each day for work from Kawartha Lakes. L to R: Mayor Andy Letham, Manager, Economic Development Rebecca Mustard.

Calling today’s announcement from GM a “huge disappointment” for working men and women, City of Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham says these jobs are going to be “tough to replace” for families.

While GM can’t officially close a union plant until it reaches a deal with Unifor, the bottom line is the company has announced production will cease after December 2019.

In a press release issued by GM Canada’s parent company in the U.S., it paints a rosy picture for investors.

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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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For the record: What did Laurie/Jamie do? (Oct. 19, 2018)

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Laurie Scott: 'We have said time and time again that Ontario is open for business.'

A relatively calm week for local federal MP Jamie Schmale, especially considering the House was in session this week. Conservatives this week, on mass, decided to focus primarily on Mark Norman who is alleged to have leaked government secrets to Quebec-based Davie Shipbuilding. Schmale included some focus as well on the Trans Mountain Pipeline during an appearance on CPAC.

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Canada’s supply management system ensures stability for Kawartha Lakes’ farmers

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Keith Thurston, left, and son, Jeff Thurston, right of Thursthill Farms in Kawartha Lakes. Photo: Erin Smith.

Jim Callaghan was just 8 to 10 years old when the family loaded up the cream they expected to sell to Silverwood’s in Lindsay, a now defunct dairy company. But on that day the company officials shook their heads and sent the Callaghan’s on their way. There would be no dairy sales for the family on that attempt, since Silverwood’s had a glut of supply that day. These were the days before ‘supply management,’ the admittedly boring name for the system that has brought financial stability to Canadian farmers for decades.

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Laurie Scott, PCs, say basic income too costly if expanded to all Ontario

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Scott says basic income would be too costly if expanded to all Ontario
Minister of Labour Laurie Scott and Mike Perry, Basic Income advocate.

Local MPP and Minister of Labour Laurie Scott says there were “too many concerns” about the Ontario Basic Income Pilot to let it go on — but then also noted if it were successful it would have been too expensive to implement Ontario-wide.

Scott, who was responding to questions provided by the Lindsay Advocate, made the seemingly contradictory remarks in her emailed response, although she wasn’t the only one. The lead minister on this file, Lisa MacLeod, said the same thing yesterday, in an effort to stem the growing pressure to see the decision reversed.

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We need public policy for the common good, in common purpose

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We need public policy for the common good, in common purpose
The economic system abdicated its former role as a system that could take of us. 

Small ‘c’ conservatism runs deeply in Kawartha Lakes. Government is largely seen as something to be wary of, even when setting needed public policy, and not overly beneficial for people’s lives.

There is an abiding faith that it is the economic system – not the political system – that will straighten everything out, if people could just get out of the way and let the ‘free market’ do its thing.

Centre-right politicians – both Liberals and Conservatives — talk like that about the economy, about the market, as if our economic system just happened naturally – as if the rules of the game weren’t written by human beings.

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Reflections on the economy-ecology paradox

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Reflections on the economy-ecology paradox

In the 1960s, the inescapable logic of Star Trek’s Mr. Spock left an indelible mark on some TV viewers, including myself. “There are always alternatives,” he dead-panned in one episode, despite the fact that he and the starship crew were in the midst of a crisis that looked like certain doom.

Rachel Carson had just published “Silent Spring,” and started the environmental movement. Since then, the times have been a changin’ but they don’t seem to be a changin’ fast enough to put the brakes on the slow-motion ecological train wreck we appear to be the passengers on, and hear about with daily headlines.

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