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William McGinn has 10 articles published.

Housing Hardship: Difficult to move forward in Fenelon Falls with housing supply so tight

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Jeremy Englestad is one of many Fenelon Falls residents who would benefit from a larger housing supply.

Jeremy Engelstad, 24, is a Fenelon Falls resident who has done several jobs while growing up in the village, including farm work, stacking wood, collecting garbage, and shelf stocking and cart gathering at Sobeys.

Lately, he’s been thinking that a job in construction or waste management is something he might like to try.

When it comes to taking all the steps of adulthood, however, his biggest dream is renting his own apartment – and that’s also his biggest challenge in a village where housing needs easily outstrip supply.

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Homeowners need to clear their snow, lawyer advises, to avoid lawsuits

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With more snow in the forecast for Kawartha Lakes, shovelling driveways might not be the most fun activity that the season brings. However, failure to do so, and making sure your property is reasonably safe, can cause legal headaches for homeowners.

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Some small businesses are paying a living wage — even during the pandemic

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As COVID-19 rages across Canada, now in a second wave, most businesses and workers have been affected in some way. Some people have lost their jobs. Countless others have had their hours cut. And while major grocery store chains, for a time, inched closer to a living wage (calling it a “temporary pay premium”) the extra pay was eventually revoked. 

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Local cinemas pin their spring hopes on successful vaccine

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Two local cinemas and the drive-in have all had rough journeys this year due to COVID-19, and yet all hope that next spring will be better with a viable vaccine.

Lindsay’s Century Theatre reopened on Aug. 14. The Lindsay Drive-In reopened earlier, on May 31, where they even tried some live concerts as opposed to just movie offerings. The Highlands Cinema in Kinmount has remained closed since Thanksgiving of 2019.

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Deer remains in ditches: How COVID-19 is increasing animal waste on our roads

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With hunting season in full swing there’s an uptick in the number of deer carcases, bones, or skins, littered around Kawartha Lakes’ rural roads.

While the littering of deer carcasses is not abnormal, there may be a COVID-related reason for the increased dumping this year.

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Rec Centre makes changes, drops pay-as-you-go option

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Since the Lindsay Recreation Complex reopened its doors on Aug. 31, there has been a major change in its policy. The drop-in pay-as-you-go option, allowing anyone to book time in the weight room or for a fitness class, has been eliminated, and non-members are no longer able to register for fitness classes. Residents must have either a corporate or individual membership, and they must register online.

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DriveTest centre in Lindsay faces community scrutiny during pandemic

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DriveTest centre in Lindsay faces community scrutiny in shadow of pandemic
Getting an appointment for a test in the GTA is difficult. Photo: William McGinn.

Scores of people have taken to social media of late to complain about the number of people who are from out of town lined up at Lindsay Square Mall’s DriveTest centre to take their driving test.

Since the Greater Toronto Area is under scrutiny as a COVID-19 hotspot, it has made many uneasy about the loitering near the mall’s back entrance, commonly used by patrons to visit the mall.

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Kawartha Lakes Health Coalition calls for better staffing levels in long-term care

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Karen Vaughan, a long-term care nurse, speaks at Victoria Park Thursday. Zac Miller, co-chair, KLHC stands to her right. Photo: William McGinn.

Joining their provincial and national counterparts to demand action on the state of long-term care, the Kawartha Lakes Health Coalition (KLHC) said staffing levels must improve.

The KLHC joined the Ontario Health Coalition in a “Day of Action” for long-term care across Canada, and demanded the Ford government take immediate action.

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Adopt a Road gets tossed amidst COVID fears

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Back in March when COVID-19 brought Kawartha Lakes to a standstill, one of the many programs put on hold was the Adopt a Road program — and it has remained suspended ever since.

Adopt a Road gets volunteers to collect litter to keep Kawartha Lakes clean and ecological, and the roads they work on receive installed signs commending their work. Program volunteers were able to bring collected waste to landfills without a tipping fee, but that small privilege is on hold.

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COVID testing demands see RMH line-ups extend to Sussex Street

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COVID testing lines have been extra long of late. Photo: William McGinn.

Lineups to get a COVID test at Ross Memorial Hospital (RMH) have seen drastic growth, sometimes stretching all the way down Kent Street to Sussex Street.

While the hospital averages about 200 tests a day, just three days ago RMH saw a record 394 people.

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