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Vincent Killen new ED of local Community Futures Development Corporation

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The Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation (KLCFDC) has announced the appointment of Vincent Killen, as the new executive director effective February 11.

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Local businesses work around downtown reconstruction

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“We would love people to take the steps to come see us.” Photo: Sienna Frost.

The Enbridge natural gas pipeline replacement project is moving along as planned, with crews completing work along Kent Street, from Lindsay Street North to William Street, and continuing towards Victoria Avenue.

It’s not easy for local businesses in the downtown that are affected but most owners are taking it in stride.

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Does policy trump logic in city’s refusal to clear Kent Street sidewalks?

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Council backs proposal to fund local improvement loans for businesses

Take a walk in downtown Lindsay after a snowfall, especially early in the morning, and you might have problems negotiating the sidewalks and especially the intersections.

Many people might well wonder why Kawartha Lakes wouldn’t prioritize the snow removal in the busiest commercial downtown area in the entire municipality. However, because of bylaw (95-04) passed by the town of Lindsay in 1995 — predating amalgamation — property owners or “the person who rents, leases or otherwise occupies property” in this area (from Sussex to Lindsay Street, Peel to Russell St.) are responsible for clearing sidewalks in the downtown area.

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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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Flower power: A dark and early drive with Sarah Hill

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Hill’s is not just a family business but a multi-generational family business. Photo: Jamie Morris.

It’s 3:30 a.m. when the Hill’s Florist & Greenhouses van pulls up. Eleven years ago I climbed into the same Ford Econoline to accompany Roger Hill on his weekly trek to “The Clock” — the Mississauga flower auctions.

There’s a different Hill at the wheel this time: Sarah, Roger’s daughter, who for the past few years has been the one occupying the Hill’s seat in the auction gallery.

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What’s up downtown? Time to show our retailers how much we support them

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What’s up downtown? Time to show our retailers how much we support them
This brand new downtown will be something to be proud of. Photo: Sienna Frost.

This is the time of year that seems like winter will never end. Since the rush of the holiday shoppers ended in January, and with various types of winter weather being heaped on us over and over again, it’s difficult for most to be motivated to spend much of their time outside.

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Eating meat and saving our place

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Eating meat and saving our place

There were about 40 indigenous leaders along with some settlers from across Canada on the bus, listening to a young indigenous teacher tell us about the first peoples of Toronto when the awkward conversation took place.

As one of his stories unfolded the teacher said, “Of course, we don’t say `Indian’ any more, just like we don’t say `Eskimo’.” There was barely a pause before Annie, who is an older Inuit woman, spoke up. “I call myself `Eskimo’,” she said. “It just means someone who eats whale meat, and I eat whale meat.”

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Advocate stakes out new ground with The Advocate Podcast – Stories from Kawartha Lakes

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Denis Grignon interviews Warren Frank and Tanner Paré of Heaps (formerly The Kents) at Boiling Over in Lindsay for an upcoming podcast.

It’s new territory for the Advocate – a podcast geared exclusively to, and about, people in Kawartha Lakes. The first episode of the twice-monthly, news magazine program becomes available for streaming and download on February 15.

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Andrew Rafton named as paramedic chief; other committee highlights

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Andrew Rafton was appointed to paramedics chief, after serving as acting chief for the last several months.

Rafton has served Kawartha Lakes Paramedics for over 18 years and will serve as chief for the remainder of 2020, after which he plans to retire and a new chief will be appointed.

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