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Green Dishes program eliminates need for disposable dishes: Kawartha Lakes Food Source

Kawartha Lakes Food Source announced the kick-off of a new program designed to eliminate the need for disposable dishes at community events, while also supporting food banks across the Kawartha Lakes.

“We were inspired by our recent work with FoodRescue.ca to expand our efforts to reduce waste related to food and its consumption,” says Jessica Topfer, FoodRescue.ca coordinator at Kawartha Lakes Food Source.

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Podcast teaser: Bugged in the winter by mosquitos

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It’s an ideal title for a kid’s book – especially if those kids live in a climate similar to ours in Kawartha Lakes: There’s a Mosquito in My Bathroom and it’s Winter.

So, if you’ve gotten out of the shower on a minus-20, blizzard-like and blustery morning, only to see a mosquito – (or two, or three) – sluggishly buzzing about your window, you’re not alone, says Katrina Van Osch-Saxon, a professor of urban forestry and coordinator of the arboriculture program at Fleming College’s Frost campus.

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The public good means more public enterprises

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In the early 1900s, a Conservative MPP named Adam Beck campaigned diligently for a public power utility in Ontario.

The campaign was a success, thanks to the hard work of Beck and others. Beck and other allies knew there would be no benefit in creating a private corporation with the vast majority of profits going to shareholders, versus creating a public enterprise where the money is returned to our province.

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Local education workers participate in province-wide walkout

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Local union leader says plenty of supply teachers; no need to abruptly cancel extracurriculars

Tomorrow educators in the City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton, and Muskoka will participate in the first province wide strike ever involving members of AEFO, ETFO, OECTA, and OSSTF — all of the education unions in Ontario.

In all about 200 000 educators will be on strike and all public schools in Ontario will be closed for the day. This coordinated action comes as the Ontario Legislature returns from its winter break with no apparent movement on the education front.

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Vincent Killen new ED of local Community Futures Development Corporation

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The Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation (KLCFDC) has announced the appointment of Vincent Killen, as the new executive director effective February 11.

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Local businesses work around downtown reconstruction

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“We would love people to take the steps to come see us.” Photo: Sienna Frost.

The Enbridge natural gas pipeline replacement project is moving along as planned, with crews completing work along Kent Street, from Lindsay Street North to William Street, and continuing towards Victoria Avenue.

It’s not easy for local businesses in the downtown that are affected but most owners are taking it in stride.

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Does policy trump logic in city’s refusal to clear Kent Street sidewalks?

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Council backs proposal to fund local improvement loans for businesses

Take a walk in downtown Lindsay after a snowfall, especially early in the morning, and you might have problems negotiating the sidewalks and especially the intersections.

Many people might well wonder why Kawartha Lakes wouldn’t prioritize the snow removal in the busiest commercial downtown area in the entire municipality. However, because of bylaw (95-04) passed by the town of Lindsay in 1995 — predating amalgamation — property owners or “the person who rents, leases or otherwise occupies property” in this area (from Sussex to Lindsay Street, Peel to Russell St.) are responsible for clearing sidewalks in the downtown area.

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Innovation cluster will add to a ‘growing and diverse economy’ in Kawartha Lakes

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Many local politicians and City staff were on hand to launch the new initiative.

On February 11, the Innovation Cluster officially opened at 180 Kent Street West in Lindsay. An incubator for high growth entrepreneurs and businesses, the Innovation Cluster provides mentoring, workshops, space and access to specialized resources and complements Economic Development’s services for local entrepreneurs.

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All schools, all grades, across Ontario to close for massive strike on 21st

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All unions, all schools across Ontario are now bracing for a province-wide strike Friday Feb. 21.

All elementary and secondary teachers and education workers represented by the four major education unions in Ontario will take a stand against the Ford government’s education cuts and policies by participating in a one-day walkout across the province.

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Flower power: A dark and early drive with Sarah Hill

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Hill’s is not just a family business but a multi-generational family business. Photo: Jamie Morris.

It’s 3:30 a.m. when the Hill’s Florist & Greenhouses van pulls up. Eleven years ago I climbed into the same Ford Econoline to accompany Roger Hill on his weekly trek to “The Clock” — the Mississauga flower auctions.

There’s a different Hill at the wheel this time: Sarah, Roger’s daughter, who for the past few years has been the one occupying the Hill’s seat in the auction gallery.

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