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Eleven unresolved community cases of COVID-19 in city

There are 11 unresolved COVID-19 cases in Kawartha Lakes, according to the local health unit, all of whom are self-isolating in their homes.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit data shows 171 confirmed cases total for Kawartha Lakes, minus the 141 cases considered ‘resolved.’ There are also 19 COVID-19-related deaths tied to confirmed cases in the community.

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New home for Kawartha Lakes Food Source

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Book your tour of Food Source's brand new building with KLFS' Jess Topfer.

Kawartha Lakes Food Source will soon have a new home at 164 Needham Street in Lindsay as of July 10.

The new place is accessible for its member agencies, volunteers, and donors. More importantly, according to a press release, “it is dry, clean, bright, maintained, and has more space for our current operations.”

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Class action: Court to decide if there’s ‘legitimate claim’ for basic income suit

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Court to decide if there’s ‘legitimate claim’ for class action over cancelled basic income project
Mike Perry, left, with members of the Toronto law firm of Cavalluzzo LLP.

A class action lawsuit initiated by four people from Lindsay who were once on the Ontario Basic Income Pilot moves one step further along this week. The court will decide over June 24-25 in Lindsay if there is “legitimate claim” for such a lawsuit to proceed.

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City concerned about financial impact of loss of community sports

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Director of Community Services Craig Shanks is keeping an eye on the ever-lengthening list of local sporting groups that are suspending or restructuring play for the 2020 summer season and the 2020-2021 winter season.

His department, responsible for public spaces, is already facing a reduction in revenue of $1.7 million because of pandemic-inspired cancellations and things continue to look bleak as soccer, figure skating and hockey struggle with making tough decisions based on player and parent safety.

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Public school board in search for new director of education

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The Trillium Lakelands District School Board has begun to interview candidates to replace the outgoing director of education, Larry Hope, who retires on July 31.

The board is hoping to have a candidate in place by the end of June, who will be ready to take over as Hope ends his decade-long tenure with the board.

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Boys and Girls Club moves to offer childcare, summer camp

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Boys and Girls Club moves to offer childcare, summer camp
Unlike in this file photo, children will be encouraged to maintain social distance as club re-opens. Photo: Roderick Benns.

The Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes (BGCKL) is developing plans to offer licensed childcare and in-person summer camp programs in accordance with the government guidelines.

The club has not confirmed the starting dates for licensed childcare at the Lindsay site (Kids in Motion) or the Little Britain site (Dr. George Hall Child Care). Summer Camps are scheduled to begin on June 29. Both licensed child care and camp programs require public health approvals.

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Home owner help on the way from City for needed repairs

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Photo: Sienna Frost.

Help is on the way for homeowners in need of repairs, energy efficient upgrades or accessibility modifications.

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The Cat came back: Restaurant meets learning curve head on

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For restaurants, it offered some relief – some.

But being restricted to take-out service only during the pandemic was hardly a simple matter of closing one door – literally – and directing customers to the other open door to that dedicated take-out counter.

If you’d never previously offered full-scale take-out you had to learn.

Fast.

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Mayor encouraged by stage two reopening so far

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Today Mayor Andy Letham commented favourably on the public’s cooperation in following health and business protocols for the stage two reopening as set by the province.

“Over the weekend, our police and municipal law enforcement services reported no major issues related to COVID-19,” says the mayor.

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Five decisions you can make in the age of COVID-19

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Wearing masks in public could mean cutting transmission rates by up to 95 per cent.

Many Kawartha Lakes residents are struggling with what to do and how to behave regarding the COVID-19 pandemic now that the curve appears to be flattening.

Everywhere people turn they seem to be getting mixed messages from government and the media regarding behaviour that will keep people safe but also help their neighbour’s businesses survive to open another day.

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Billionaires equate to failed public policy

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Billionaires equate to failed public policy

As our people and small businesses hold on for their lives and livelihoods, many are looking on, wondering what happened to the grand promise of unfettered capitalism.

What happened to the promise of endless growth? Of the greatness of the free market?

The sheer inadequacy of the market to respond to this pandemic, the utter weakness of big business to pull us out of this mess is itself a master lesson in economics.

It’s also an indictment of extreme capitalism.

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