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Local news more essential than ever: A message from the publisher

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As journalists, we tend to see our community in stories.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re more aware than ever that our community has amazing stories worth sharing.

There’s the story of our front line health care workers, who are the linchpins of this fight. Their courage is evident day after day as they put others’ needs first.

There’s the story of our vulnerable loved ones in long-term care and retirement homes, who hope to once again spend time with their families.

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FanSaves: How you can help local businesses right now

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With local businesses forced to close or reduce their hours amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the newly launched FanSaves Helps Gift Certificate Program is helping give business owners a boost across the country and in the Kawartha Lakes region.

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Lindsay’s Whitney Plastics pivots to making face shields in fight against COVID-19

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Lindsay’s Whitney Plastics pivots to making face shields in fight against COVID-19

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to give local companies opportunities to show the best of the human spirit.

With an existing connection to the medical industry, and facing a two-week shutdown, Whitney Plastics in Lindsay used the time to retool operations and start forming much-needed plastic face shields.

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Deep gouging from airlines as companies try to bring facemasks, shields to Canada

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The president of CardioMed Supplies Inc. in Lindsay, Rafael Dubé, is trying to use his supply chains to get much needed face masks and other critical personal protective equipment to front line health care workers across Canada.

The only thing standing in his way are the independent air cargo carriers who, faced with less passengers, are nearly tripling their cargo rates to businesses like Cardio-Med.

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Local innovation expert offers free conversations with businesses

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Local innovation expert offers free conversations with businesses
Dennis Geelen.

Local innovation expert, Dennis Geelen, is offering free 30-minute consultations to business owners to try and help small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Geelen, of Zero-In Consulting, says this is an ideal time for small businesses to show leadership, innovation, and customer-centric values, given there is an opportunity now for reflection and planning.

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Lindsay’s Dvine Laboratories retools to make hand sanitizer to fight COVID-19

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The label for Dvine Laboratories' new hand sanitizer, made in Lindsay.

A Kawartha Lakes-based company, Dvine Laboratories in Lindsay, has retooled their manufacturing to begin producing hand sanitizer – up to one million bottles a month if needed.

Three and a half weeks ago, owner of Dvine Laboratories, Mike Meathrel, couldn’t see the point of making the change from their usual e-liquids for e-cigarettes, among other products.

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Province orders all non-essential services to shut down

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Province orders all non-essential services to shut down
This closure will be in effect for 14 days. Photo: Erin Smith.

To further contain the spread of COVID-19, the Ontario government is ordering the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces effective end of day Tuesday March 24.

This closure will be in effect for 14 days with the possibility of extending this order as the situation evolves. A full list of businesses that are permitted to stay open will be released tomorrow.

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All-female economic development department moves Kawartha Lakes forward

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All-female economic development department moves Kawartha Lakes forward
Rebecca Mustard, Carlie Arbour, Kelly Maloney, Lindsey Schoenmakers, Laurie McCarthy.

Just inside the doors of the city’s economic development department is a cluster of framed photos depicting the nine people who work there.

It’s conspicuous not just because the photos are an unexpected touch for a department that some might assume would be a little rigid and dry (just how exciting could “economic development” really be?) but rather because since 2018 there hasn’t been a single man to be seen on that wall.

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Milk & Honey Eatery owner always had the drive to own her own restaurant

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Milk & Honey Eatery owner always had the drive to own her own restaurant

Olivia Moore may just be 22 but she’s hoping for big success at her new restaurant in Lindsay’s bustling downtown. She opened Milk & Honey Eatery last week “because I have always had a strong passion for cooking and baking,” she tells the Advocate.

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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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