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City expects to hear about Letham’s COVID results by early next week

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The City of Kawartha Lakes is keeping their fingers crossed that their top official, Mayor Andy Letham, tests negative for COVID-19.

The mayor felt unwell on Tuesday, and in compliance with the city’s COVID protocol informed the Assessment Centre for further direction and then self- isolated awaiting a formal test.

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Retired civil servant offers to assist city improve its performance

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While many Canadians might find their municipal, provincial of federal government services lacking and complain about it, one local man is taking another approach.

David Webb, a retired Ontario civil servant living in the Dunsford area, sees things differently.  In a deputation to council made on Oct. 6, Webb offered to work pro-bono to assist the city to measure and improve the performance of city departments beginning first with a small pilot project.

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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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Schroter strums to appreciative audience – on other side of wall

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Well, so much for feeding off a live audience that’s hootin’ and hollerin’ their approval in front of you.

But the absence of a crowd – well, a crowd that you can actually see – doesn’t deter local musician Craig Schroter. He just keeps on strumming, happily and enthusiastically, delivering old-time country and light pop songs of yesteryear – towards an open window at Caressant Care’s Mary Street location in Lindsay.

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RMH COVID-19 assessment centre shifts to ‘by appointment only’

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Today’s line-up to get tested for COVID-19 in Lindsay stretched down Kent Street West, east onto Adelaide Street, then north all the way back to Colborne Street today.

To respond to the heavy demand for testing, RMH is now shifting to an a “appointment only” model as of Oct. 5.

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COVID-testing line stretched to Albert Street; Do self-assessment first, says RMH

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Cars were lined up as far back as Central Senior Public School at Albert Street in Lindsay. Photo: Roderick Benns.

Kent Street West was effectively down to one lane midday on Tuesday for several town blocks, as scores of people lined up to get tested for COVID-19.

In what is now being called Ontario’s second wave of the pandemic the province posted record number of cases this past week, albeit clustered mainly in Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa.

The province also shifted its messaging five days ago from everyone can get a test if they want to asking that asymptomatic people refrain from getting tested unless they fall under certain criteria.

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Local residents take action to improve long-term care

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Concerned local residents from Haliburton County and Kawartha Lakes have banded together to form the Haliburton-CKL Long-Term Care Coalition to campaign for changes to nursing homes and how residents are cared for in Ontario and nationally.

“So many of us have had experiences with the long-term care system,” notes Haliburton community resident, Bonnie Roe. “COVID-19 has laid bare what we have all known for a long time – there’s an urgent need for improvement.”

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Nigerian family finds local area welcoming as they seek new opportunities

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From left to right: Francis and Tobi Ogunnowo. Photo: Jamie Morris

From Lagos to Lindsay. From a city in Nigeria five times the size of Toronto to a town of some 21,000 souls. Quite a leap to jump an ocean and a continent, but Tobi and Francis Ogunnowo did so — and found welcoming arms.

Tobi and Francis, their then-seven-year-old daughter, Oreofe, and six-month-old son, Victor, arrived in Lindsay in May 2018. A week after coming to town, they started tackling the logistics of settling in.

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Former PM John Turner and the Arctic Youth Corp

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John Turner, Canada's 17th prime minister and avid canoeist.

The South Nahanni River is one of the world’s great waterways. At 563 km long it snakes through the Selwyn Mountains and part of the Mackenzie Mountains in Canada’s vast Northwest Territories.

Along its storied water path you’ll find all manner of hot springs, glaciers, marshes, desert-like landscapes, incredible hoodoos, and bottomless lakes.

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