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City approves study on repurposing Ops Community Centre for other indoor sports

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City approves study on repurposing Ops Community Centre

By a unanimous vote, council approved a staff study due back at the end of the summer that will flesh out the specifics and costs of converting Ops from an arena to a multi-sport indoor sports destination.

The ‘new Ops,’ if accepted, would be able to accommodate indoor soccer, volleyball, pickle ball, ultimate Frisbee, box lacrosse, and other non-ice-related games.

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Schmale doesn’t see election happening anytime soon

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Schmale doesn’t see election happening anytime soon

Local MP Jamie Schmale believes there is “no hope” for an election any time soon, and that there “is no appetite amongst Canadians for an election to be fought during a pandemic.”

Although the Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MP is enthusiastic about running under new party leader Erin O’Toole’s banner, he doesn’t think it will happen soon.

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Schmale and O’Toole in minority on climate change recognition

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Schmale and O’Toole in minority on climate change recognition

Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MP Jamie Schmale found himself in the minority last month when a majority of Conservative delegates refused to vote for a statement that read “climate change is real and the party must be willing to act.”

A full 54 per cent of Conservative delegates voted against the statement with an election likely to be called within the next 12 to 18 months.

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A Place Called Home to be reimagined as old building set to be torn down

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A Place Called Home to be reimagined as old building set to be torn down
Several original board members of A Place Called Home, and staff, got together to see the structure one last time.

The century-plus residential buildings of A Place Called Home – as well as the shelter office – are set to fall next week and in its place a new home will rise for those who need temporary emergency shelter.

Dave Tilley, executive director of the shelter, says it took thousands of hours of volunteer labour and sweat to develop the old buildings “and it served us and the community well for decades.”

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Lockdown: Small businesses scramble again to counter COVID and its variants

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Lindsay’s Ctrl V will be one of many businesses closed during the lockdown.

Another lockdown is upon Ontario due to an acceleration of COVID-19 variants – and two local businesses are facing different realities because of it.

At 1:30 this afternoon, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced the lockdown will begin just after midnight on April 3. This will not be a stay-at-home lockdown. Schools will remain open but for at least the next four weeks, various local businesses are to be subjected to the similar sort of measures already in place in hotspot regions.

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Rally for Bobcaygeon, says city, in Kraft Hockeyville contest

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The community is invited to rally for Bobcaygeon, as the arena has made it to the top four finalists in this year’s Kraft Hockeyville competition. Bobcaygeon is the only arena representing Ontario.

Bobcaygeon’s competitors are in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and New Brunswick.

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Cannabis cultivation, processing bylaw changes almost complete

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Kawartha Lakes council received an update on changes being made to the bylaw on property standards. These changes will allow the city to better deal with the odour and ventilation concerns that might be produced by the cultivation and processing of cannabis for sale in areas zoned residential and industrial.

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Globus Theatre forges ahead with a summer season in 2021

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Globus Theatre with spaced seating.

Globus Theatre has announced their 2021 summer season from May 20 to Sept. 4, with “guaranteed crowd pleasers as well as new and exciting Canadian works,” according to a media release.

The summer season has been extended from 10 weeks to 16 due to the limited audience capacity. COVID-19 measures are in place and Globus Theatre is welcoming patrons to join its safe and social live events at the Lakeview Arts Barn.

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Hop to it! Spring break activities available at Kawartha Lakes Public Library

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Kawartha Lakes Public Library is excited to offer spring break events and activities that will keep families busy and engaged all week long.

With children off school the week of April 12–16, the Kawartha Lakes Public Library is offering amazing programs for families and children of all ages, says a media release.

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Fenelon stores try to hang on as construction to go past mid-June

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Construction has already created lineups to The Beer Store. Photo: Geoff Coleman.

Downtown Fenelon Falls can anticipate traffic interruptions right to the beginning of summer as the village accepts short-term pain for long term gain.

The major construction project on Colborne Street will go beyond the original deadline of the Victoria Day long weekend in May. The sewer improvement, traffic calming, and beautification project was originally scheduled to suspend operations then and resume after Labour Day.

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