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School board notes: A $3 million deficit, students’ resilience, and a 100 day report from director

The Trillium Lakelands District School Board recently met, covering their recent audit, staff reporting on some of the upsides seen during the pandemic, and the director of education’s 100-day report.

2019-2020 board financial audit reports $3 million deficit 

Superintendent of Finance Tim Ellis presented the auditors report to trustees.

Ellis pointed out that some numbers will look different this year because of pandemic affected accounting. For example, with property taxes deferred until later in 2020 by Kawartha Lakes, the province had to step in with TLDSB and front the board the money that would have normally been transferred by the municipality.

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Logie Park mostly Canadian — except for the Texas-made climbing web

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A made-in-U.S.A. sticker on a brand new piece of playground equipment purchased by the city for Lindsay’s Logie Street Park led to a local citizen contacting the Advocate.

The reader was concerned that the city should be prioritizing local (or at least Canadian) purchasing during this difficult time.

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Podcast Teaser: Kyte and Dwayne offer fresh take on others’ music

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Dwayne Gretzky is not your typical tribute or cover band. Photo: Arden Wray.

In that tables turned episode of The Advocate Podcast, Cambray-based musician Marc Novoselec asked me who my favourite classic rock band was. With little hesitation, I offered British progressive rock group, Yes.

It was the rapid-fire portion of the interview, so there was no need – or time – for me to elaborate on what initially drew me to Yes. Next question, please.

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Downtown Lindsay’s Ironman steels himself to ride out COVID

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Greg Nisbett. Photo: Jamie Morris.

Greg Nisbett was well into a 150-kilometre training ride on his carbon-fibre bicycle when he was caught in a flash storm. High winds buffeted him, and he was soaked by freezing rain. Drenched and shivering he reached the turn toward home. Then, after cresting a hill by Omemee, he faced steady headwinds for the final 20 km. He never gave in.

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Schmale announces referendum: Medical assistance in dying bill

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Local MP Jamie Schmale announced that he will hold a constituency referendum – his third – to give every eligible voter in his riding the opportunity to cast a vote on whether Schmale should vote in favour of, or against, Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (Medical Assistance in Dying), when it comes to its final vote in the House of Commons.

“I believe the people of Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock deserve to have their opinions heard directly. As such, I am asking the people of our riding how I should vote on this bill through a constituency referendum,” said Schmale.

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‘A Downeyville Dozen’: 12 local men in pin-up calendar for church fundraiser

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'A Downeyville Dozen': 12 local men in pin-up calendar for church fundraiser
Peter Downey was one of 11 men who volunteered to be part of the calendar.

Mary Connell of St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Downeyville has made sure people in the area have one less excuse for missing appointments next year, while at the same time raising money for the next phase of improvements to the Downeyville Hall.

And, all it took was 12 good men.

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Kawartha Lakes closer to connected care with designated Ontario Health Team

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Residents of Kawartha Lakes are one step closer to experiencing more connected care in our community, as several health and service providers have been working together to form the Kawartha Lakes Ontario Health Team (KL-OHT).

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Juniper Street housing project gets a step closer: Council to sell land to non-profit

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“Fenelon Falls is not a community prepared for this kind of development.”

Kawartha Lakes council prioritized the need for housing in Fenelon Falls over the range of objections of a handful of people who were determined to block a new development from being built.

Council approved a bylaw to sell a surplus Fenelon Falls property adjacent to Juniper Street for potential future development, despite five deputations presented by local residents opposing the sale.

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City Notes: New paramedic chief, city rebranding, better snow removal, and more

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Council backs proposal to fund local improvement loans for businesses
Downtown Lindsay will see better snow removal this year. Photo: Erin Burrell.

A miscellany of 12 decisions taken by Kawartha Lakes City Council today:

Elmslie honours local volunteer 

Councillor Doug Elmslie congratulated Doug Cox for 50 years of community service to Fenelon Falls through his participation in the local Lion’s Club.

Dunsford Food Bank looking for your help 

Councillor Ron Ashmore encouraged local citizens to support the Dunsford Food Bank food drive that will be occurring from 2-4 p.m. the afternoon of Dec. 6. The drive-through food drop-off will occur in the parking lot of Dunsford United Church.

Support local Bobcaygeon businesses 

Councillor Kathleen Seymour-Fagan announced a socially distanced “Mingle and Jingle” weekend happening in downtown Bobcaygeon this weekend.  The councillor encouraged local residents to come out and support local businesses and restaurateurs.

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Romance and mystery: ruins in Kawartha Lakes

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The Lindsay CPR bridge abutment. Photo: Ian McKechnie.
The Lindsay CPR bridge abutment. Photo: Ian McKechnie.

A year and a half ago, I had the opportunity to spend a week in England. One sunny Sunday afternoon saw me sitting on a bench a short distance away from the Tower of London, munching on a large bag of candy I had purchased from Lindsay’s own Burns Bulk Food. Keep Reading

Will small town pride trump Amazon convenience?

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With the peak of a second COVID-19 wave coinciding with the holiday gift-giving season, saying the small business owner faces some challenges is something of an understatement. 

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