Kawartha Lakes' Finest Magazine

Author

Kirk Winter

Kirk Winter has 128 articles published.

Kirk is a retired high school history teacher and coach who has had a lifelong interest in politics at all levels. Since retiring, Kirk has spent the last three years doing freelance writing of all kinds for various platforms. Kirk can often be found sitting in the press gallery at City Hall observing and reporting on the vagaries of local government.

Second-class property owners? Edgewater condos lose their loose-leaf pick up

in Municipal by

A deputation made to Kawartha Lakes council by C. Brian Lailey, a resident of the Edgewater condominiums in Bobcaygeon, questioned why the complex did not receive leaf pickup for the first time in possibly two decades.

The condominium owner was caught off-guard when on both Nov. 6 and Nov. 20 of 2020 Miller Waste, responsible for the city-wide leaf pick up, did not arrive.

Keep Reading

Road database update delivered to council as city tries to map all its roads

in Municipal by

Kawartha Lakes is responsible for maintaining almost 2,800 kilometers of roads right across the city. Since 2017, city staff has been mapping the road network, trying to create an accurate database of all roads in the area, including those the roads department has no legal responsibility for.

The director of public works responsible for roads, Bryan Robinson, told council that 4,554 road segments have been mapped and included in the database. A segment is from intersection to intersection or where the service or ownership changes.

Keep Reading

Councillor wants city to establish PPE production to see return of manufacturing jobs

in Business/Municipal by
Councillor wants city to establish PPE production to see return of manufacturing jobs

If Councillor Ron Ashmore has his way Kawartha Lakes could one day be a manufacturing hub for PPE, therapeutics, and vaccines.

A majority of council, at the committee of the whole meeting on Jan. 12, recommended a written proposal from the Ward Six councillor to investigate attracting medical manufacturers with hopes of reducing the area’s concerning 9 per cent unemployment rate.

Keep Reading

City recommends internet and telephone voting for 2022 election

in Municipal by
City recommends internet and telephone voting for 2022 election

Kawartha Lakes council unanimously recommended at their Jan. 12 committee of the whole meeting that the city permanently adopt the combination of internet and telephone voting for future municipal elections that was first experimented with in 2018.

City clerk Cathy Ritchie asked that the internet/telephone vote be kept for the upcoming Oct. 24, 2022 city-wide election.

Keep Reading

School board notes: Health unit supports classes shut down until at least Jan. 25

in Education by

The Ontario government has extended the temporary remote learning period for elementary schools by an additional two weeks while they monitor the ever increasing second wave of COVID-19.

Keep Reading

Union disputes letter sent to TLDSB parents about teacher online training

in Education by
Union disputes letter sent to TLDSB parents about teacher online training

Colin Matthew, president of District 15 of the Ontario Secondary School Teacher’s Federation, is upset that the Trillium Lakelands District School Board  forwarded a letter from the Minister of Education to parents with important contextual errors unchallenged and uncorrected.

The Jan. 2 press release, received by parents and guardians yesterday, stated that, “to ensure a better learning experience every teacher in the province received mandatory training on remote learning before the school year began.”

Keep Reading

Amalgamation 20 years later: Victoria County’s demise still rankles many rural constituents

in Municipal by
Amalgamation 20 years later: Decision to dissolve Victoria County still rankles many rural constituents
"Sometimes we need to focus on what we have, not what we don't," says Coun. Tracy Richardson. Photo: Erin Burrell.

It was perhaps the most divisive political debate in this area since self-government in 1863. Amalgamation — the forced bringing together of the constituent parts of the old Victoria County 20 years ago this month – is a word that still triggers much debate and tests professional relationships to this day.

The fissures still run deep, particularly amongst those over the age of 50. Many knowledgeable individuals who were there two decades ago have died, developed sudden political amnesia, or refused to become engaged in a retrospective of an issue they wish would just disappear.

Keep Reading

Caribbean scandal: An apology is not enough when the premier knew all along

in Opinion by
Former finance minister Rod Phillips was vacationing here in St. Barts while Premier Doug Ford knew about it.

It doesn’t take a political genius to realize that what the public may remember from the Rod Phillips scandal is that Premier Doug Ford, by his own admission, knew much more about his minister’s Caribbean trip than he first let on.

While the rest of Ontario was facing COVID-19 inspired travel restrictions, the premier did nothing to right the public relations disaster before it damaged both he and his government irreparably.

Keep Reading

Two sets of rules — one for Ontario’s politicians and one for the public

in Opinion by
St. Barts, the Caribbean island where Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips has been spending time on vacation.

During a time of national emergency Ontarians need role models for civic minded behaviour. Members of the ruling Progressive Conservative party led by Premier Doug Ford should be setting these examples of appropriate behaviour during this pandemic, but they are not.

From the premier on down the clear message is there are two sets of rules — one for politicians and another for the general public. This needs to stop.

Since the declaration of a pandemic last March, Ontarians have been told to follow government mandates regarding personal hygiene, travel and gatherings for the good of all. Ford, MPP Sam Oosterhoff, Finance Minister Rod Phillips and MPP Randy Hillier have ignored these rules making it doubly hard for public health agencies to convince Ontarians that their mandates need to be followed.

Keep Reading

Teachers’ federations raise concerns about January shutdown

in Education by
Teachers’ federations raise concerns about January shutdown

Premier Doug Ford’s announcement of temporary closures of all publicly-funded schools in Ontario beginning Jan. 4 has raised the ire of Ontario’s three largest teacher federations.

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association, the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation bemoan the lack of consultation regarding the closings, the poorly thought out return of elementary students to in-person learning while the province is still locked down and the lack of detail and inherent inequalities regarding virtual learning.

Keep Reading

1 2 3 13
Go to Top