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Kawartha Lakes to move forward with community safety and well-being plan

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Kawartha Lakes to move forward with community safety and well-being plan

Right across Ontario an increasing number of people who are socio-economically disadvantaged or neuro-divergent are becoming involved in tragic incidents with law enforcement – many that could have been prevented with the proper interventions beforehand.

By July 1, Kawartha Lakes will have a community safety and well-being plan in place that recognizes and assists vulnerable groups and neighbourhoods throughout the city to lessen the severity of these interactions in the future.

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City council prepares to move municipality to level orange

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If Kawartha Lakes moves to orange level, downtowns and other community businesses will get to re-open. Photo: Jessica Topfer.

Chief Administrative Officer for Kawartha Lakes, Ron Taylor, told council recently that while the city is looking forward to reopening on Feb. 16, citizens should expect continued restrictions as the city will likely be designated orange under the current provincial re-opening framework in the continuing battle to limit COVID-19 and its variants’ spread.

The colour orange in the province’s framework means enhanced measures are still in place, there are restrictions on the number of people who can gather at businesses (which get to open again) or in homes, and enforcement while avoiding any closures.

“It has been a couple of months since my last report,” Taylor said, “and this report is in response to the provincial re-opening announcement made on Feb. 8.”

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Library board asks for bump in budget to move forward with new and ongoing projects

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Projects for 2021 include renovation and expansion of the Bobcaygeon library, expected to be complete by early 2022, and the ongoing expansion of Fenelon Falls' library.

While 2020 has been a very challenging year for the Kawartha Lakes Public Library system, there are important changes on the horizon for 2021, says Jamie Anderson, CEO and library director. Anderson presented to council a budget request for an additional 5.35 per cent.

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Lindsay Downtown BIA asks for increase in 2021 funding

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The additional $10,000 will be spent on new planters and banners for the new light posts. Photo: Sienna Frost.

The Lindsay Downtown Business Improvement Association, representing approximately 150 businesses, made a presentation to Kawartha Lakes council asking for an additional $10,000 in funding for 2021.

The organization is responsible for advocacy, beautification, improvement and maintenance of the downtown area. They also coordinate marketing and special events to promote and improve the economic prosperity of the downtown.

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Kawartha Lakes Housing Corporation plans for an energy-efficient 2021

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City’s new 10-year homeless plan aims for nearly 1,300 housing units

Hope Lee, chair of the Kawartha Lakes Housing Corporation, which is responsible for affordable housing in both Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County, presented a budget request of $1.36 million to council during a recent council meeting.

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City short more than 14 doctors for its needs, says KLHCI

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City short more than 14 doctors for its needs, says KLHCI

Despite considerable efforts by the Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative (KLHCI), the city finds itself 14.5 family doctors short of its needs.

Lisa Green, president of KLHCI shared her findings with city council recently as the group made its annual budget request.

“It takes an entire community to recruit a doctor,” Green said, “and currently 3,550 adults and 300 children in Kawartha Lakes have no access to a family doctor.”

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KLPS requests 1.5 per cent increase from city as provincial grants drop

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KLPS Chief Mark Mitchell also hopes to move forward with a construction upgrade to the police station. Photo: Erin Burrell.

With less money available from the province because of cutbacks, Kawartha Lakes Police Service is looking for a hand from the municipality.

Chair of the Kawartha Lakes Police Services Board Don Thomas presented the 2021 budget estimate to Kawartha Lakes council for their consideration, asking for a 1.49 per cent increase in funding. This would amount to an additional $123,294 allocated to the municipal police force whose responsibilities include Lindsay and part of the old Ops Township.

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Health unit requests money from city after reduction in public health spending by Conservatives

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Health unit requests money from municipality after reduction in public health spending by Conservatives

With the Ontario Conservative government reducing provincial grants by 30 per cent for mandatory provincial programs, the local health unit has requested a 19 per cent increase in funding for the 2021 operational year from the municipality.

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New COVID-19 funding for HKLB school boards

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The Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) will receive a total allocation of $600,787.

In an effort to keep schools safe from COVID-19, the Ontario government is investing an additional $381 million provided by the federal Safe Return to Class Fund. This funding will be used to improve air quality and ventilation in schools, support online learning, promote student mental health and hire more staff.

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City took, on average, 54 days to remedy complaints, says retired civil servant

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City took, on average, 54 days to remedy complaints: Service review

Retired civil servant David Webb made a deputation to council recently regarding the ongoing service level review the city is preparing for release later this year. By using the Freedom of Information Act, Webb discovered the following data about the current city complaint system:

  • The city received 6000 complaints last year requesting action
  • 60 per cent of the complaints involved road conditions and potholes
  • The average complaint took 54 days to remedy
  • Some complaints were not remedied for well over a year

“Citizens and businesses should have a direct input into any city changes (regarding customer service),” Webb said. “We need to make services better and I am willing to volunteer to help if desired. There must be citizen input into any customer service review.”

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