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New home and new outlook for Kawartha Lakes Food Source

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Jessica Topfer, administration and programs centre manager at Kawartha Lakes Food Source, welcomes visitors at the new location. Photo: Nancy Payne.

“It’s fantastic.”

Heather Kirby, executive director of Kawartha Lakes Food Source, is clearly grinning behind her mask when she describes the new home for the organization. What’s her favourite part about the new location?

“All of it.”

The new location at 164 Needham St. in Lindsay is big, bright, and fully accessible. It has a walk-in cool room and a freezer built with grant money from Food Banks Canada, and plenty of room for storage and sorting.

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Mayor hints that limiting arena openings might be path for council to save money

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Mayor hints that limiting arena openings might be path for council to save money

Mayor Andy Letham focused a good portion of his weekly press scrum addressing the issue of the city’s pandemic-inspired $2.5 million operating deficit — and just how that deficit might be dealt with.

“There will be a financial update at council on July 28,” Letham shared,” and we are currently running a $2.5 million shortfall. This will impact service levels for the remainder of 2020.”

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Schmale backs O’Toole for Conservative Party leader

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Jamie Schmale, the Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MP, has thrown his support behind Erin O’Toole for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada, which will be determined by mail-in ballot in mid-August.

“Erin is a strategic thinker, level headed and a voice of reason in difficult times,” Schmale said.

The decision was not taken lightly, and the local member shared that both what he wanted, and the wishes of the local riding executive were taken into consideration before he declared for O’Toole.

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Globus fundraising campaign looks to raise $200,000 with help of foundation

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Lakeview Arts Barn, home of Globus Theatre.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Globus Theatre was forced to cancel their 17th season of professional summer theatre. With 60 per cent of their annual $500,000 budget being derived from ticket sales it has meant a huge financial loss to the company and left this Ontario Summer Theatre facing an uncertain future.

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Lindsay to Fenelon Falls on an electric bike: Here’s what it’s like

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Lindsay to Fenelon Falls: Here’s what it’s like on an electric bike                                
The Advocate's Jamie Morris on a Pedego electric bike. Photo: Sienna Frost.

It’s the first “heat event” of the season and temperatures are forecast to reach 35 degrees with the humidity. This — of all days — is the day I’ve arranged to borrow an electric bike and ride the Victoria Rail Trail from Lindsay to Fenelon Falls and back.

Maybe not what the doctor ordered for a 68-year-old who’s barely broken a sweat since early March, when the pandemic confined many of us to long stretches at home with brief, anxious expeditions to pick up groceries.

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Health unit updates mask use instructions as more places open

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With more businesses and services opening July 17 under Ontario’s Stage 3 reopening plan, the local health unit is updating its directives on non-medical mask use in indoor public places.

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Fenelon Falls shows support for LGBTQ+ community after hate crime incident

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Oscar, Charlotte, Zoe and Levon Ceci show their support to staff at Grr8 Finds Market. Photo: Sylvia Keesmaat.

A large group of people congregated outside Grr8 Finds Market in Fenelon on Wednesday to show support following homophobic harassment that targeted the owner and an employee the previous day.

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Expanded city services coming soon as mayor outlines details

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Playgrounds will re-open with no restrictions.

Mayor Andy Letham had a lengthy and detailed list of municipal services and facilities that will be ramping up their services over the next two to six weeks.

The city is moving into a “level 3” re-opening on Friday, following the provincial guidelines.

“This re-opening needs to be done properly,” Letham said, “being mindful that the city cannot end the year with the deficit it is currently carrying.”

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Fenelon Falls business targeted by “hate crime”

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Photo of staff as posted from the Grr8 Finds Market Facebook page.

The staff of the Grr8 Finds Market in downtown Fenelon Falls was victimized yesterday in what the investigating OPP officer initially described as “a hate crime.”

The business, which has operated in Fenelon for more than a decade, takes great pride in the fact its staff are “loud and proud queers.” Until this incident the men and women that worked at Grr8 had only experienced love and support from the people of Kawartha Lakes.

That ended yesterday morning when a man entered the store “and tried to tell an entirely queer staff that they were sick and disgusting.”

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Kawartha Lakes receives over $1.4 million to support tourism recovery

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Kawartha Settlers Village is one of many draws in the city. Photo: Madelaine MacDonald.

On July 9, Lisa MacLeod, minister of heritage, sport, tourism and culture industries joined Laurie Scott, minister of infrastructure and MPP for Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock, in Bobcaygeon to announce over $1.4 million in tourism recovery supports across the Kawartha Lakes region.

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