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Kirk Winter has 185 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.

Letham will not stand for a third term as mayor

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Letham will not stand for a third term as mayor

Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham will not be running for a third term.

He informed council at their regularly scheduled April 20 meeting of his decision.  “I will not be running in the next election,” Letham told council. “We have accomplished much together as a team and we have much more to do. Let’s keep going.”

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City takes first step to change rules for election signs

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Mayoral candidates Andy Letham, Brian Junkin, and Gord James squared off in the last municipal election. There could be three elections in 2022.

With the possibility of a federal, provincial and municipal election in 2022, council has unanimously voted in principal to update the by-law currently in place regarding the size, content and placement of candidates’ signs anywhere in the city.

City clerk Cathie Ritchie and deputy clerk Joel Watts presented council with their recommendations in written form. These recommendations were motivated by their experience and the public complaints that emanated from the 2018 municipal election.

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Debt primer: Understanding the city’s debt load

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The $135 million debt is split into five buckets.

With the next municipal election less than two years away and potential candidates already starting to think about running, it is likely that the municipal debt of more than $135 million is going to be a hotly debated issue.

Jennifer Stover, director of corporate services and a 30-year veteran of municipal finances, believes the city debt is being well managed and that much of the debt is “good debt” that will benefit the city in the long term.

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City adopts five-year tourism strategy and focus on outdoor experiences

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The dry stone wall experience near Balsam Lake is the kind of 'experiential tourism' the city will focus on. Photo: Jamie Morris.

Council unanimously adopted a five-year tourism strategy that aims to make Kawartha Lakes a destination for tourists outside the busy summer season.

The strategy also focuses on how tourism operators might attract visitors for longer periods of time and package events where individuals might spend more money than they currently do in Kawartha Lakes.

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City approves hiring of museum curator/manager

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Kawartha Lakes council approved the hiring of a curator/manager in the next two to three months who will have a very broad portfolio of responsibilities assisting the many cultural organizations in the city.

Chief Administrative Officer Ron Taylor, with the help of numerous senior staff, shared four possible options with council regarding the request from the Olde Gaol Museum Board who asked for financial assistance in hiring full-time staff for the 2021 season.

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City approves study on repurposing Ops Community Centre for other indoor sports

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City approves study on repurposing Ops Community Centre

By a unanimous vote, council approved a staff study due back at the end of the summer that will flesh out the specifics and costs of converting Ops from an arena to a multi-sport indoor sports destination.

The ‘new Ops,’ if accepted, would be able to accommodate indoor soccer, volleyball, pickle ball, ultimate Frisbee, box lacrosse, and other non-ice-related games.

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Schmale doesn’t see election happening anytime soon

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Schmale doesn’t see election happening anytime soon

Local MP Jamie Schmale believes there is “no hope” for an election any time soon, and that there “is no appetite amongst Canadians for an election to be fought during a pandemic.”

Although the Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MP is enthusiastic about running under new party leader Erin O’Toole’s banner, he doesn’t think it will happen soon.

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Schmale and O’Toole in minority on climate change recognition

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Schmale and O’Toole in minority on climate change recognition

Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MP Jamie Schmale found himself in the minority last month when a majority of Conservative delegates refused to vote for a statement that read “climate change is real and the party must be willing to act.”

A full 54 per cent of Conservative delegates voted against the statement with an election likely to be called within the next 12 to 18 months.

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Cannabis cultivation, processing bylaw changes almost complete

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Kawartha Lakes council received an update on changes being made to the bylaw on property standards. These changes will allow the city to better deal with the odour and ventilation concerns that might be produced by the cultivation and processing of cannabis for sale in areas zoned residential and industrial.

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Education director says PD has helped staff weather breakneck changes during COVID

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Education director says PD has helped staff whether breakneck changes during COVID
Wes Hahn, director of education.

After more than a year of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, Director of Education for the Trillium Lakelands District School Board, Wes Hahn, focused on how change has been constant for the staff and students attending the local board in his March director’s update.

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