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Kawartha Lakes Food Source introduces new platform for food rescue in Lindsay

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A new initiative in Lindsay will address the avoidable crisis of food waste at the local level, with a dual mission of hunger relief and environmental protection.

“The Kawartha Lakes Food Source recognizes that we need to change the way food is valued throughout production, processing, distribution, retail, and at home,” says Heather Kirby, general manager of Kawartha Lakes Food Source.

“Food waste accounts for nearly 60 per cent of the industry’s environmental footprint, and most of it is completely avoidable.”

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Board game teaches organizations how to innovate

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“When they play the game, they start with a business problem of their own that they would like to solve."

Dennis Geelen, owner of a local consulting firm based in Lindsay, has created a new ‘innovation board game’ as a way of helping to teach organizations how to be innovative.

Geelen, principal of Zero In, helps educate individuals on leadership, innovation, and change management. The Zero In – Innovation Board Game is designed to be an engaging, fun, and informative way of helping to teach organizations of any size in any sector how to innovate.

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Summer coding camps back in Kawartha Lakes

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Pinnguaq is bringing their ‘Learn to Code Camp’ to the Kawartha Lakes once again. Throughout the summer, Pinnguaq will be hosting various Code Camps in Lindsay and surrounding areas, that focuses on technology and fun.

These camps will provide youth with an opportunity to learn new skills and develop a new creative outlet to share their stories. We will be combining both online and offline activities so attendees can get the full tech experience while enjoying the summer sun.

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Summer in Fenelon Falls looks to be exciting in 2019

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Summer in Fenelon Falls looks to be exciting in 2019
Fenelon Falls will be a busy place this summer. Photo: Geoff Coleman.

What’s going on in Fenelon Falls this summer? What’s not going might be a better question.

June 8 sees the Kawartha Yarn and Fibre Festival return to the village after a wildly successful inaugural year that saw more than 1,000 attendees at the one day show. Moving to bigger digs at the Fenelon Falls Community Centre, the Festival provides a showcase for small businesses and farms to connect directly with artisans and makers who are passionate about their work. For 2019, they offer an expanded selection of 80 vendors and 20 classes.

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Blame Wynne for some of the doctor shortages Kawartha Lakes is facing

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Blame Wynne for some of the doctor shortages that Kawartha Lakes facing

The family doctor shortage in Kawartha Lakes, and the rest of the country, might not be so bad today if the previous provincial Liberal government had done things differently in 2015.

In Ontario, after a medical student graduates, they don’t immediately start a practice. First, they must complete a residency where they train with established physicians for at least two years and up to four years depending on the discipline.

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Kawartha Traditional Archery Club aims for continued success 10 years running

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Kawartha Traditional Archery Club aims for continued success 10 years running

Fred Walker started the Kawartha Traditional Archery Club as a hobby and it has remained this way for 10 years. He just happens to want to share that hobby with other enthusiasts.

What began with his double car garage quickly became a two room shop offering as much traditional archery equipment as could possibly fit.

“We offer a venue to serve traditional archers — no compound bows or crossbows which makes us unique,” says Walker. “I am not aware of any other club or organization that has this limited focus in Ontario.”

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Being kind to animals includes spaying, neutering says local Humane Society

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Being kind to animals includes spaying, neutering says local Humane Society

Submitted by Humane Society of Kawartha Lakes

Being kind to animals isn’t just about giving them a pet on the head or a treat. Being kind to animals means so much more.

By spaying or neutering your pet, you are being kind. The City Kawartha Lakes has a cat over-population problem and the public can help to curb this issue by spaying and neutering not only their pet cats, but also barn and feral cats.

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‘Attrition protection’ fund added by PCs to prevent teacher layoffs

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'Attrition protection' fund added by PCs to prevent teacher layoffs

A news release from the Ontario government indicates that a new “Attrition Protection Allocation” of $1.6 billion in the province’s education funding model will top-up funding for school boards to protect front-line teaching staff from being laid off.

This will “prevent boards from having to lay off teachers impacted by proposed changes in class sizes and e-learning,” says the release.

The PCs appear to be getting the message from both union picketing and community feedback, after weeks of advocacy that tried to prevent the layoffs.

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The value of a travel agent; travel presentations starting May 1

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The value of a travel agent; travel presentations open starting May 1
Learn more about your bucket list destinations.

Your vacation is an investment of precious time and money. With so many travel options out there, it can be overwhelming. Why not consult an expert and make sure you get it right?

Travel Presentations

Join us for our next set of travel presentations from a few of our preferred partners to learn more about your bucket list destinations:  Royal Irish Tours featuring Ireland & Scotland (May 1 at 3 pm & 6:30 pm); Holland America featuring South America & Antarctica (May 14 at 3 pm only); AMA Waterways river cruising (May 28 at 3 pm & 6:30 pm) and GOWAY Travel featuring Africa (June 11 at 3 pm for South Africa & 6:30 pm for East Africa). Contact us at 705-324-3110 to reserve your seats.

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For the birds — and for people who want birds

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Two approaches to birding: 1. Go to where the birds are. 2. Get the birds to come to you.

A few weeks ago Rob Stavinga, whose day-job is watershed resources technician with Kawartha Conservation but whose full-time passion is birds, demonstrated the first. He led two groups on “owl prowls” at Ken Reid Conservation Area, where, as of January, 2019, a total of 176 bird species have been reported.

Last week he addressed that second approach. After a nudge from his wife, he reluctantly put down his binoculars (he’d been checking out redpolls at his feeders) and made his way to Ops Community Centre to present a “Backyard Birding” workshop, one of a number of educational events being sponsored by the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust.

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